|The Muppets character|
|First appearance||The Muppet Show|
|Created by||Jim Henson|
|Aliases||Captain Link Hogthrob
Link Hogthrob is a fictional character, a Muppet pig. He originated on The Muppet Show, performed by Jim Henson. The character possesses traits of a stereotypical leading man, with wavy blond hair, a manly cleft chin, and a high opinion of himself, but not much between the ears.
Link is best known as the captain of the Swinetrek on the recurring sketch Pigs in Space where his unbridled machismo is often a source of conflict with his co-star, First Mate Piggy. Unlike Dr. Julius Strangepork, whose role on The Muppet Show would be primarily relegated to the Pigs in Space sketches including Wonder Pig, Link would feature regularly both in the show's onstage acts and backstage mayhem.
Hogthrob's singing talents featured a number of times in solos ("I Talk to the Trees", "Sonny Boy"), duets ("La Ci Darem La Mano"), and group numbers ("Sea Chantey," "The Rhyming Song"). Starting in the show's third season, Link was also featured as the police chief in the recurring Bear on Patrol sketches, where his dimwittedness was often the source of physical trauma to patrol officer Fozzie Bear.
Link was later one of the few classic Muppet Show characters to be used regularly in the Muppet Central control room on The Jim Henson Hour. His most notable appearance was in Episode 107, in which he believes that he has a disease called Canadian Snout Fever, after reading a book of silly diseases and by coincidentally encountering a number of things related to the book's symptoms. Other notable appearances include Episode 105 (in which he tests the Response-O-Matic, a device used to change television programs based on what the viewers want), and Episode 112 (in which he appears in a sketch as a food critic at a restaurant).
Since Henson's death, Link has mostly remained a non-speaking Muppet, although he has since appeared occasionally in silent cameos in such productions as The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, and Muppets Tonight. His only speaking roles from 1990–2011 were in the video games Muppet RaceMania and Muppets Party Cruise, as voiced by Steve Whitmire. Whitmire performed Hogthrob for the 2011 movie The Muppets. The appearance featured the first speaking appearance of the puppet ever since Henson's death. Hogthrob appears in several scenes in the background and gets a moment in the spotlight as part of a barbershop quartet, singing "Smells Like Teen Spirit". In Muppets Most Wanted, Link returned to prominence for the first time in decades, having several lines of dialogue and his own scene with Usher.
An animated version of Link was seen in Pigs in Space segments in Little Muppet Monsters and an episode of Muppet Babies. A walk-around version of Link was created for The Muppet Show on Tour. An action figure of Link was produced in 2003 as part of Series 4 of Palisades Toys' line of Muppet action figures.
- The Muppet Show (1977-1981)
- The Muppet Movie (1979)
- The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981)
- I Love Liberty (1982)
- Pigs in Space video game (1983)
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986)
- The Jim Henson Hour (1989)
- The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)
- The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
- Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
- Muppets Tonight (1996)
- Muppets from Space (1999)
- Muppet RaceMania video game (2000)
- Muppets Party Cruise video game (2003)
- The Muppets (2011)
- Muppets Most Wanted (2014)