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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]

Uses outside Scratch

A modified version of Gobo, named Alonzo after Alonzo Church, is used as the mascot for the programming language Snap!.[6] It has a "tail" depicting the Greek lowercase letter lambda (λ), which, in computer science, is often used as a symbol of functional programming. Some Scratchers say that Snap! stole Gobo,[7] but it was used with permission from the Scratch Team.[8]


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.


  • Gobo is sometimes misidentified as a fish.[9]
  • Gobo sometimes has a tail[10] and sometimes does not.[11]
  • Gobo was originally going to be the main mascot for Scratch.[12]

See Also


  2. projects:10001345
  4. users:natalie/#comments-3492143
  5. yt:a- YhpoqHBk
  6. "Alonzo, the Snap! mascot, is named after Alonzo Church"
  7. gameboy987. (13/01/2022). "i found a site copying scratch and their name is "Snap!", their mascot is a cheap copy of Gobo and their site is" topic:571932
  8. Brian Harvey. (19/07/2022). "Gobo is not freely licensed, but we have special permission for our modified version."
  9. projects:60372828
  10. post:699158
  11. projects:2777405
  12. projects:273675374
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