Robertryan Cory (born October 15, 1979; age 42) was a SpongeBob SquarePants crew member who worked on the show from seasons 4 to 8. He replaced Todd White as the character designer. He returned in 2021 to work on the main series and the spin-offs as a character designer.
Cory grew up in Austin, Texas, and was born to musician parents, which called for moving throughout the country frequently. Robertryan Cory began working in the animation industry at the age of 17. His first major animation job was layout artist on Ren & Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon". He worked on SpongeBob SquarePants during seasons 4-8 and also contributed designs to the second movie. He has taught character design master classes at CalArts.
Cory's work as a character designer for the Secret Mountain Fort Awesome episode "Nightmare Sauce" earned him a Creative Arts Emmy Award for "Outstanding Individual in Animation" at the 64th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in 2012. For the same episode, he was also nominated for an Annie Award for "Character Animation in a Television Production" at the 39th Annie Awards. His work was showcased in a lecture given to the California Institute of the Arts in 2014, presenting notes for designing characters.