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Gobo is a sprite that comes with all installations of Scratch. Gobo was named by Scratch Team member Natalie Rusk.[1] It was drawn by Wing Ngan.[2] On February 14, 2011, the Scratch Team announced that Gobo was the ninth most common sprite used in projects uploaded to the Scratch Website (after buttonPressed).[3] It is unknown how commonly the sprite has been used more recently.

Name Origin

The burdock root.

Gobo was named by Scratch Team member Natalie. According to Natalie, she got the idea from Gobo vegetable, also known as burdock root in English.[4] Gobo was originally named "Blob".[5]


A modified version of Gobo is used as the logo for the programming language Snap!. It has a "tail" depicting the Greek lowercase letter lambda (λ), which, in computer science, is often used as a symbol of functional programming.


Gobo Emoji

Gobo emoji.png

In a comment, if a user types _gobo_ it will create an emoji. The emoji appears as an image of Gobo. This image was introduced in Scratch 2.0,[citation needed] alongside _waffle_.

To use this emoji on the Scratch Wiki, see Template:E.

Snap! (BYOB)

Snap!'s mascot is a modified version of Gobo, called Alonzo. Some Scratchers say that Snap! stole Gobo.[citation needed]


  • Gobo is sometimes misidentified as a fish.[6]
  • Gobo sometimes has a tail[7] and sometimes does not.[8]
  • Gobo was originally going to be the main mascot for Scratch.[9]

See Also


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