Snarf (ThunderCats)

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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
Aliases Osbert
Amy Budgen
Species Snarf
Gender Male
Occupation Servant
Relatives Snarfer (nephew)

Snarf is a fictional character featured in the ThunderCats franchise.

1985 series[edit]

In the 1985 version of ThunderCats, the character is an elderly Snarf, whose real name is Osbert. However, he hates his real name. 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 the devoted cat-like pet of Lion-O. Unlike his predecessor, Snarf is primarily quadruped and does not 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]


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] The 2011 counterpart, who is less human-like, has been more favorably received by critics and fans, who perceived his antics to be more "cute" than grating.[citation needed]