Popularity:725th , 1,278th Gary is SpongeBob's pet snail. He speaks in meows and is generally more sophisticated and mature than his owner.
In , Gary responded to SpongeBob's question with "Meow-no". SpongeBob didn't think much of it and replied "Aaw, what do you know? You're A Snail!" SpongeBob didn't recognize it as special meaning this isn't the first time Gary spoke. In The Movie, The Citizens of Bikini Bottom were chanting "All Hail ", while Gary chanted monotonously "Meow Plankton".
In many episodes, it has been indicated that Gary is very intelligent, the biggest hint of which was in where Gary spoke in his dream (that SpongeBob was intervening) and sounded very old and wise. He had an extensive library which is a possible metaphor for intelligence. Typically, because he is smart, he is not very athletic and constant exercise and physical work makes him tired and wheeze meaning he is a possible asthmatic. He is a domesticated house pet with similar mannerisms to a cat but also is said to be royal blood as seen in . Curiously in Rule of Dumb, it proves that Gary and Patrick are cousins, as their Fathers were brothers.
In many episodes, it has been indicated that Gary has great intelligence (at least for snail). In "," Gary responded to SpongeBob's question with "Meow-no." SpongeBob did not think much of it and replied, "Aww, what do you know? You're a snail!" SpongeBob did not recognize it as special, perhaps meaning that it was not the first time that Gary spoke. In "," the Bikini Bottomites were chanting "all hail ," while Gary chanted monotonously "meow, Plankton." In "," it is revealed that he pays the electric bill. He may even be more intelligent than all the main characters (excluding Plankton), which is hinted to in "," where Gary spoke in his dream (that SpongeBob was rudely interrupting) and sounded very old and wise. In the episode "," Gary is shown to be a good driver, as he is able to drive through the most dangerous road in Bikini Bottom, with no issue whatsoever (except the cops stopping the boat). 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.