Snarf (ThunderCats)

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Snarf
ThunderCats character
Screenshot Snarf.jpg
First appearance Exodus - January 23, 1985
Created by Tobin Wolf
Portrayed by Bob McFadden in the 1985 series
Satomi Kohrogi in the 2011 series
Information
Aliases Osbert
Snarf-Ra
Species Snarf
Gender Male
Occupation Servant
Relatives Snarfer (nephew)

Snarf is a fictional character featured in the ThunderCats franchise. In the 1985 version of ThunderCats, Snarf is an elder Snarf, properly known by his name Osbert, which he hates. Snarf served as a nursemaid and protector for Lion-O when he was a boy.[1] After Lion-O grew up, Snarf found that often Lion-O did not want to have him "mothering" or protecting him. Still, Snarf has remained loyal to Lion-O and the other ThunderCats. At times, he does come through in a pinch with an idea and takes action when it is needed. Even though not a fighter by skill or nature, Snarf is very agile. He also can communicate with other animals on Third Earth to enlist their help in his tasks, and once even tricked the Ancient Spirits of Evil into giving him a power up to become Snarf-Ra.

2011 series[edit]

In the 2011 cartoon, Snarf is a devoted pet of Lion-O. He is cuter and acts far more cat-like than his predecessor. Unlike the previous Snarf, he is primarily quadrupedal and does not have the ability to speak beyond the occasional murmured word, although later episodes do feature him making his characteristic "SNARF-SNARF" noise, and on occasion "SNARFITY-SNARF-SNARF" noise. Lion-O, at least, appears to be capable of understanding him.[2]

Reception[edit]

The original version of Snarf received a mostly mixed to negative reception by both critics and fans, who perceived the character as being shrill or "annoying".[3][4] But the 2011 version, who lacks the ability to speak, has been much more favorably received; its antics are seen as more "cute" than grating.[citation needed]

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