Gary the Snail

Gary the Snail

    SpongeBob SquarePants
Photo Credit: Everett Collection

Character Analysis

(Avoiding Spoilers)

Living... in an oversized pineapple in Bikini Bottom. Spongebob adopted him as a kid, and they’ve been very close ever since.

Profession... unemployed like most pets, but don’t worry – that just gives him time to develop his genius-level brain. He’s a musical prodigy who has played clarinet, trumpet and violin. He also somehow can turn his body into a floor buffer, which comes in handy way more than you’d think. 

Interests… reading, playing music, and other intellectual pursuits. As a snail who says nothing more than the occasional “meow,” you’d think Gary wouldn’t have many interests other than taking naps and lounging around Spongebob’s pineapple. But in fact, Gary has an extensive library of books and is a voracious reader. He is much more intelligent than he looks.

Relationship Status... heartbroken, thanks to his unrequited love for a snail named Mary. She has an angry ex-boyfriend who threatens Gary. Poor guy. The ex has repeatedly thwarted Gary’s attempts to ask Mary out. At least Spongebob promises to help him find another girl, but is there another snail out there as beautiful as Mary?

Challenge... getting through the day without Spongebob giving him a bath. He’s got bigger things on his mind and does not appreciate being thrown in the water. Spongebob is not as bright as his pet, though, so Gary can usually thwart his schemes to get him in the tub. Sometimes he even gets Spongebob dirty in the process, meaning Spongebob is the one forced to jump in the bath. 

Personality...  smart, caring and calm. He is quite an intellectual, spending most of his days reading, levitating, teleporting, and reading poetry. He’s stubborn too; he even refuses to bathe.  And when he wants a cookie, he doesn’t stop until he gets one.


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