"I'm the king of pranks!"
Spencer Shay (born November 11, 1981) is Carly Shay's older brother and former-legal guardian. He is a professional artist who is known for being clumsy and childish.
Spencer is portrayed by Jerry Trainor.
Spencer Shay is Carly's weird, eccentric, but caring and dedicated older brother and the son of Colonel Steven Shay and Mrs. Shay. He was about 26 at the time of the first season. He grew up in Seattle and attended Ridgeway Junior High School. Since his father is in the military, Spencer was Carly's legal guardian. He lived with his younger sister brother in Apartment 8-C at Bushwell Plaza while their father was stationed on a Navy submarine. The whereabouts of his mother is unknown.
Spencer attended Seattle Law School for three days but quit to become an artist. Although he quit law school after only for seventy-two hours, he still possesses some legal knowledge and even kept a textbook. When he dropped out, he made a deal with his grandfather that if he couldn't get one of his sculptures into a museum within three years, he would go back to law school. However, he did not reveal to his father that he had dropped out. During a web show when Spencer talks to his father over the phone, he tells him that law school is going great. He did not reveal the truth until iGoodbye.
Spencer is a wacky artist that became wealthy purely by luck. One of his sculptures caught fire and people thought it was a powerful statement that was a stroke of genius. After becoming wealthy, Spencer gets a falcon named Jericho. Throughout the series, Spencer goes on "next-level dates."
Spencer is tall and has brown hair.
Spencer is Carly's caring older brother. He is eccentric and aloof, but has moments where he is responsible and intelligent, especially when it comes to taking care of Carly. He is not fooled easily, as shown in episodes iLook Alike, iDate a Bad Boy, and iGet Pranky. He once said himself, "I may be an idiot, but I'm not stupid". He is often called abnormal, weird, sometimes gullible and easily distracted, because of his short attention span. According to his old girlfriend, Veronica, he has a "creative, fun spirit." Spencer is kind and friendly towards all. He is frequently seen building strange sculptures on the show and most of his works are displayed in the apartment.
Spencer is caring and protective of his little sister. For example, he shows a strict and mature side in iLook Alike and iDate a Bad Boy, where he grounded Carly twice. He has kept Carly's asthma inhaler even though she hadn't used it since she was seven (iWanna Stay with Spencer). In iLook Alike, Spencer would not let Carly attend the MMA fight, because he said he's seen those fights get really rough and that it's not a place for kids. He also said Carly was grounded for two weeks because she snuck out to see the fight.
Spencer also frequently finds himself in sticky situations that serve as a subplot for the episode. Some of these subplots include his nemesis, the notorious Chuck Chambers.
Spencer is quite a ladies' man, having dated over ten women. Some of his relationships are even more eccentric than he is, like Connie the juggler, Lauren Ackerman, Carly's former teacher with a lot of emotional problems, and Stephanie, and a girl who believed that she had a pet unicorn who could talk. Spencer usually has no trouble getting women to date him (though according to Carly in iDo, he's never had a steady girlfriend), although in iWin a Date, he decides to try a dating site called Why Not Date Me?.
Another recurring gag is that many objects Spencer touches or fixes spontaneously bursts into flames, the first being the chicken stir fry he made in iWanna Stay With Spencer, with added humor due to the fact the item that does so is always made of a material that is non-flammable in real life, such as a desk bell or the cymbal on a drum. In iOMG, it is shown that his flame problem is so bad, Spencer caused a fire extinguisher to expel flames. In iDo and iGot a Hot Room, an item of clothing suddenly falls off Spencer when he is in shock (his bow tie and his pants respectively).
It is revealed in iGet Pranky that Spencer had an obsession with playing pranks on others when he was in middle school. Although he insisted he had gotten over it, the obsession returned when Carly asked him to teach her how to prank and got out of control. Eventually, Carly and Freddie asked his former classmates (and prank victims) to visit the apartment and try to reason with him. Instead they got revenge on him by pinning him to the ground and hitting him, curing his obsession.
Spencer also has a habit of trying to taste things he probably should not. In iTwins he tastes the oily sludge Chuck sprays in his face, and asks himself why he did so afterwards. In the same episode he tries to taste the "chunky red goo" Chuck puts in his motorcycle helmet, only to be stopped by Carly. In iSaved Your Life he tastes the paint from a paint-ball Sam shot at him from her blow-tube as part of their assassin game.
In iDo, it is confirmed that he hasn't had a steady girlfriend since high school, he doesn't like it when people say his butt is flat, and he drinks milk in the shower (also said in iGot a Hot Room). It is seen on a few occasions that he can play the banjo, a skill he has used to attract women.
According to Veronica (his previous girlfriend) in iEnrage Gibby, Spencer is "too loud," which is technically true as proven in most episodes. According to Gibby's mom in iFix A Popstar, Spencer is an amazing cook. Spencer often cooks for Carly and her friends.
According to the iCarly Website (in the iParty with Victorious picture gallery), when Spencer was in the 5th grade, he was in a choir group. They soon kicked him out of the group because Spencer is known to make an "unusual" face whenever he sings. In both iParty with Victorious and iLost My Mind, it is seen that Spencer is not afraid to get in touch with his feminine side, which is shown by meetings with his ladies' book club, where they discuss books and recipes for fruit tarts.
In iStart a Fanwar, it was confirmed that Spencer could sing very well. During his "Aspartamay V.S Aruthor" battle, there was a "sing-off" (dissing) scene between Aspartamay and Aruthor. Spencer's well-singing talent is again brought up in iParty with Victorious when he (faintly) sings "Not a fantasy".
The fire department has put out a total of 18 fires in his apartment.
As an artist, Spencer is usually making an odd art project for some equally weird reason. A recurring gag is that the majority of his projects will burst into flames randomly. Added humor comes from the fact that the item subjected to this gag is always either
- made entirely of material that is non-flammable at room temperature in real life.
- made of both flammable and non-flammable materials, but it's the parts made of the latter that invariably catch on fire.
Spencer gets many of his art supplies from the local junkyard and even claims to have an account there (iAm Your Biggest Fan). Spencer has also made a short claymation film called The Alien, The Space Hamster, and the Burrito, which ironically are the names of the actual characters.
See the gallery of Spencer's Art Projects here.
(In order of first interaction)
Carly and her brother have a very strong and loving relationship. They often have fun hanging out together. Carly acts as his voice of reason or emotional support when needed and vice versa. Despite seeming pretty laid-back in his role as a guardian, he is able to be responsible, mature, and strict when necessary as shown in iLook Alike. He also has proven to be a protective but understanding big brother. In IDate a Bad Boy, he grounds Carly for kissing Griffin behind his back when they were home alone. He also forbids her from seeing him out of protecting her and making sure she doesn't grow up too fast. He does change his mind when he realizes Carly is growing up and is old enough to date. However, he still gets protective and makes sure Carly and Griffin don't have "that much fun". Their brother/sister relationship is very important to the show in many different ways. (See: Sparly)
Spencer and Sam seem to be very good friends, and whenever Carly isn't available, Sam enjoys hanging out with him. Occasionally, they seem as close as siblings, possibly making the Shay family a replacement for Sam's own dysfunctional one. It is revealed in iGet Pranky that Sam has/had a "little crush" on him. (See: Spam)
(2005-Present; Friend, Neighbor)
Spencer seems to be something like a big brother to Freddie. Freddie usually asks him for advice (especially about girls) and enjoys hanging out with him when he needs "guy time" away from girls. We can also see that Freddie and Spencer work together as a team. (See: Fencer)
Gibby and Spencer seem to enjoy each other's company and get together often when the others are not around. Both are rather eccentric, often serving as the ones to do some of the crazier things on the web show. Gibby frequently tries to help Spencer out, offering his Grandfather's services in iGot a Hot Room, rubbing Spencer's sore back in iParty with Victorious, etc. (See: Gencer)
Throughout the series, it has been shown that Spencer is quite the ladies' man who dates many women. Most of the relationships don't last for more than one episode.
Jennifer: A girl mentioned in iHate Sam's Boyfriend, who Spencer dated while he had poison ivy for two weeks and didn't even notice. He noticed when the poison ivy, spread to 'places.'
An unnamed girl: Referred to as 'that girl' by Sam in iWant More Viewers who only liked Spencer because of his glowing socks.
Connie: Dated her, but found out she was "juggling for other guys," so he decided to break up with her. It is said she is diabetic.
Stephanie: Dated Spencer, but he broke up with her because she was annoying. She was never seen in the show, but Spencer talked to her on the phone. Apparently, she believes in unicorns, claiming she has a one as a pet.
Marilyn Ramer: Spencer was flirting with her in iWant a World Record, even when she mentioned she had a boyfriend. She eventually does bring her boyfriend (Calvin, the Guy Who Never Blinks) to the Shays' apartment when she takes a photo of Spencer's completed sculpture. When Spencer says, "Wait, I blinked", Calvin says, "I didn't." Spencer finally relents and says to Marilyn, "I can see why you love him."
Sasha Striker: No real relationship as seen on the show, but she offered to "take him for a ride," and they kissed for 7 seconds passionately after Spencer won the title for best Pak-Rat player in the world. (see Spasha)
Marissa Benson: In an alternate reality, if Spencer was born normal, then Mrs. Benson and Spencer might have married, making Mrs. Benson Carly's sister-in-law and Freddie her nephew. In reality, however, she occasionally treats him like she's his mother. (see Sparissa)
Trudy Galini: He dated Trudy, although he found her rather unattractive and repulsive, in order to get Mr. Galini's delightfully delicious pie recipe, and Trudy kept kissing Spencer for some reason, calling his kissing, "Good stuff," much to Spencer's revulsion.
Veronica: A supermarket clerk at Hey Food, who Spencer was convinced only liked him when he was in a tuxedo, since she had hated him before. (see Speronica) Unlike most of the women Spencer has dated, Veronica appears in more than one episode-iMake Sam Girlier, and then later in iEnrage Gibby, when it is made clear she had dumped Spencer in her previous appearance. She feels bad that Spencer has "died," but when Spencer shows her he's not dead and tries to convince her to date him again, she leaves.
Ms. Fielder: The art teacher at the community center. He was jealous Carly chose to study under her rather than him and they came to blows by covering each other in paint during the art class. They have no real relationship, but they made out at the end of iMust Have Locker 239, after Ms. Fielder expressed a desire for him to teach her in the work of passionate art.
Alison: She only appeared in iWas a Pageant Girl. He was supposed to go on a double date with her along with Freddie, and her 15 year old cousin Leslie, but while waiting at the apartment for their rock climbing reservation time, Spencer and Freddie became obsessed with a party game Leslie suggested, and their dates eventually left when they couldn't get either Freddie or Spencer's attention off of the game.
Charlotte Gibson: Dated her, but he saw a vision of Gibby (especially her 'Gibby lips') when he saw her face, and Gibby's mother also saw a vision of Carly on Spencer's face, so they both ran away screaming in horror. (see Sparlotte)
Candace: A sophisticated young woman. He had a date with her, but they broke up when she found out he helps children with webcasts, and she was out of his league.
Gia Chambers: The hot older sister of his nemesis Chuck Chambers. In iBeat the Heat, Spencer kept flirting with her and even put up with Chuck tormenting him in order to keep him from taking her away from his house.
Jodi: She was meant to marry Gordon Birch, but when she saw Spencer, she decided that she wanted to marry him (something that Spencer is not exactly pleased about). However, when Carly sings, Jodi realizes she belongs to Gordon. (see Spodi)
Krustacia: A woman from Uzbekistan who didn't speak any English. Spencer went out with her because he thought she was hot. Gibby tried to help him translate, but instead he got a man who only spoke Uzbek as well and stole Krustacia away from Spencer. (see Spristasia)
Moni: A make-up artist Spencer dated six years before iParty with Victorious. He broke up with her and due to his bad driving, he backed over her leg with his car. She is stil upset that he ran over her.
Stephanie: Another girl mentioned in iParty with Victorious. Spencer backed over her leg with his car, too.
Hardware Store Girl: A girl Spencer met at a hardware store who likes moist chicken in iDate Sam & Freddie. At the end of the episode she stole Spencer's wallet, which had four dollars in it. Carly had called her icky and Spencer had called her dumb.
Jenna Hamilton: Jenna was Spencer's ex-babysitter. Spencer and Jenna broke up due to Carly telling them that they're forcing their relationship. Jenna was also treating Carly and Spencer like she was the babysitter of them.
Justine: iGo One Direction
Kirsten: iShock America
Audrey: Mentioned in iGoodbye to be the only girl Spencer ever really loved. He was really looking forward to reuniting with her during a lay over in Seattle but gave up the opportunity to take Carly to a Father/Daughter dance she had been looking forward to.
Maeve (2021 Ex-Girlfriend): Spencer meets Maeve in the revival episode, iTake a Girls' Trip, who is Harper's cousin. The two are instantly smitten with each other and get to know each other over a meal. Spencer surprises Maeve with doing a parody of the famous pose scene by Jack and Rose from Titanic. Although it is not actually confirmed, it is hinted that the two have entered a romantic relationship and Spencer has invited Maeve to stay with him in his apartment until she finds her own place in Seattle. It was revealed in the following episode that they were dating. However, by iThrow a Flawless Dinner Party, the couple had gone past the "honeymoon phase" and were starting to get on each other's nerves, which lead to them breaking up.
- When Spencer was in 10th grade, he played the role of "man in suit" in a school play.
- He was 26 going on 27 in season 1 and went to high school 14 years prior to the events of IGet Pranky.
- Spencer's star sign is a Scorpio.
- Spencer is allergic to bees.
- Spencer has owned several goldfish. Several of them died due to Spencer forgetting to feed them and one presumably died after Spencer shattered its fish bowl by accident. Despite this, Spencer appears to care about the wellbeing of his goldfish, as he takes them to see a pet psychologist, as revealed in his blog, Is She Into Me?.
- Spencer took a year of Japanese in college.
- Both Carly and Spencer snore in their sleep. Carly uses a breathing apparatus to avoid it, whereas Spencer does not.
- He appears in the Victorious episode April Fool's Blank brushing Gibby's Head.
- There is a running gag that anything Spencer fixed and/or created, it either explodes or catches on fire, which is seen for the first time ever in iWanna Stay With Spencer.
- Spencer did immersion therapy to overcome his fear of clowns, so they only make him cry sometimes.
- He is extremely competitive.
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