|~ Gary's common line.|
Garold "Gary" Wilson, Jr. or Gary the Snail is a major character of the SpongeBob SquarePants animated series, a minor character in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water, and the deuteragonist of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge On The Run. He is a sea snail and the domesticated house pet of SpongeBob Squarepants. He generally only verbally communicates by meowing like a cat. Despite his limited speech, he is highly intelligent and has versatile interests including music and literature, though he is frequently depicted as being content with watching television and awaiting his next meal.
He is voiced by Tom Kenny as non-speaking and Dee Bradley Baker as speaking form in the episode “Sleepy Time”.
Personality and Traits
Since he and his fellow snails are meowing, his species is the equivalent of cats in the series, though he had royal blood. In "Rule of Dumb," the royal family tree proves that Gary and Patrick are cousins, as their fathers were brothers. His mannerism and affinity for the finer things in life in previous episodes foreshadows his royal blood, with only exception being his dislike for baths. His disliking of bath proved to be troublesome for both Patrick and SpongeBob.
In many episodes, it has been indicated that Gary is very intelligent, the biggest hint of which was in Sleepy Time, where Gary spoke in his dream (that SpongeBob was interrupting) and sounded very old and wise, warning his master that dreamwalking to other people's dream is not a good thing to do. Also, Gary is implied to capable in human speech, but is prefer to speak via meowing, roar, or screeching like cat. However, in episode Opposite Day, Gary can also barks like a dog. Other things that Gary can do in displaying his intelligence and problem-solving skills as he know how to pay electric bills, excels in driving far better than SpongeBob due to capable to go through the most dangerous road in Bikini Bottom with no issue whatsoever (except the cops stopping the boat), and possesses skills as musicians that excels in various musical instruments. He had an extensive library, which is a possible metaphor for intelligence. This is not true in early episodes, where Gary acted no more mature than a real animal. But this could perhaps be a plot device initially seeking to mollify the viewer with the basic description and behavioral traits of a simple house cat only later going on to disclose a wealth of rich cultural and intellectual traits, same with Karen Plankton's presence that initially kept secret in her husband (Plankton)'s debut in the titular episode.
- As noted by fans and suggested by writer/voice actor Doug Lawrence in the DVD commentary for the season one episode "Plankton!", main casts of SpongeBob SquarePants were intended to represent Seven Deadly Sins. In Gary' case, he represented Gluttony through his big eater side.
- Gary shares the same VA with his owner SpongeBob SquarePants.