SpongeBob always has his trusty pet snail, Gary, by his side. Garold Wilson Junior, aka Gary, made his first appearance in SpongeBob SquarePants pilot, which premiered on May 1, 1999, on Nickelodeon.
Gary met SpongeBob at Camp Coral, and then SpongeBob adopted him when he got a little older. In the season 8 episode “Treats!” viewers see a picture of the moment that SpongeBob adopted Gary. Gary is shown at the pound with three other snails, reunited with his childhood buddy, SpongeBob.
While Gary is a snail, he has many traits similar to a house cat, like his meow. Gary has a pink shell with a red spiral and blue spots on it. His eyes are on his antennas, and his pupils are a bright orange color.
His body is a light blue color, while his belly is light green. When Gary moves, he is known for leaving behind a trail of lime slime. Even though we rarely see his legs, it was revealed in season 2’s episode “Your Shoe’s Untied” that Gary does wear shoes. Also, many times during the series, Gary has been seen without his shell.
Even though Gary is SpongeBob’s pet, he does have a job! He has worked the Krusty Krab multiple times doing various jobs, such as a waiter or fry cook.
In season 10, when SpongeBob created his restaurant, SpongeBob’s Place, the lovable sponge hired his snail as the food establishment’s cashier. Gary was also a DJ for the group The Sharks.
Gary has some neat talents. As seen in the episode “Gary Takes a Bath,” he can levitate and teleport, which is the episode that reveals that Gary hates taking baths.
Gary is also a good driver. He can drive Bikini Bottom’s most dangerous road in a boat mobile without any problems. Gary can also read and has been seen throughout the series reading books or newspapers.
The character that Gary is closest to is, of course, his owner, SpongeBob. Gary does find himself getting frustrated with SpongeBob’s naivety on occasion, but the duo can always work out their issues.
In the season 4 episode entitled “Rule of Dumb,” it is revealed that Gary and Patrick are cousins. These two creatures also have a reasonably close relationship, and they get along well.
On the opposite side, Gary does not get along with SpongeBob’s neighbor, Squidward Tentacles, and Gary’s enemy is Plankton. Gary has been known to attack Plankton, and Plankton does not like Gary because Gary always gets in the way of Plankton’s attempts to steal the Krabby Patty Secret Formula.
In the new movie The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, Gary plays a much more significant role than he does in the previous SpongeBob films (The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water).
The plot centers around Gary being “snailnapped,” and SpongeBob and Patrick must work together to bring Gary home.