Snarf (ThunderCats)

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ThunderCats character
Screenshot Snarf.jpg
First appearanceExodus - January 23, 1985
Created byTobin Wolf
Portrayed byBob McFadden in the 1985 series
Satomi Kohrogi in the 2011 series
RelativesSnarfer (nephew)

Snarf is a fictional character featured in the ThunderCats franchise. He was also featured in South Park's season 11 series of episodes about "Imaginationland".

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's friends are Jaga, Tygra, Pantrho, Cheetara, Wilykit, Wilykat and Lion-o. 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. Catch phrase "SNARF!" Often refers to himself in third person. His enemies are Mumm-Ra, Ancient Spirits of Evil, The Mutants, The Lunataks, The Berserkers, and Grune the Destroyer.

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][5] 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.[6][7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ "New 'Thundercats' Series Will Have Simplified Mythology & Classic Characters (Even Snarf!)". MTV. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
  2. ^ "'ThunderCats' reboot brings back the memorable Snarf. FFSTV is also a Snarfy Show". Reuters. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  3. ^ Bricken, Rob. "​12 Insane Things You Totally Forgot About the ThunderCats". Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Thunder Thursdays: Know Your ThunderCats!". IGN. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  5. ^ Lowry, Brian (2011-07-28). "ThunderCats". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-01. Retrieved 2019-01-24.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Does Snarf Have A Place In The Cartoon Network's Dark New THUNDERCATS??". Aint It Cool News. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  8. ^ "The New Thundercats Have A New Snarf". Retrieved 25 January 2019.
  9. ^ "'ThunderCats' reboot brings back the memorable Snarf". 29 July 2011. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  10. ^ Andy Khouri. "SNARF! New 'Thundercats' Snarf and Toy Designs Revealed". Retrieved 24 January 2019.