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|First appearance||Exodus - January 23, 1985|
|Created by||Tobin Wolf|
|Portrayed by||Bob McFadden in the 1985 series
Satomi Kohrogi in the 2011 series
Snarf is a fictional character featured in the ThunderCats franchise.
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. 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.
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.
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". 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.
- "New 'Thundercats' Series Will Have Simplified Mythology & Classic Characters (Even Snarf!)". MTV. Retrieved 2011-01-28.
- "'ThunderCats' reboot brings back the memorable Snarf. FFSTV is also a Snarfy Show.". Reuters. 2011-07-29. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
- "Thunder Thursdays: Know Your ThunderCats!". IGN. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
- Lowry, Brian (2011-07-28). "ThunderCats". Variety. Retrieved 2011-07-31.
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