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Snagglepuss is a Hanna-Barbera cartoon character created in 1959 and voiced by Daws Butler. He originally appeared in episodes of The Quick Draw McGraw Show and became a regular in The Yogi Bear Show. Snagglepuss lives in a cavern which he tries to make more habitable for himself. No matter what he does, he always winds up back where he started or worse off than before. Snagglepuss is chased in some episodes by the tiny hunter Major Minor.

In addition to the cartoons, he also appeared in commercials for Cocoa Krispies, Metlife, and Cartoon Network.

Although he is a pink panthernote , do not confuse him with The Pink Panther, whom he predates by four years.


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  • Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Snagglepuss wears a collar, cuffs, and string tie.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: He is gay in the Hanna-Barbera Beyond continuity, though this is reconciled by making Lila his beard.
  • A God Am I: His plan in the episode "A Snag in Time".
  • All Gays Love Theater: His later persona presents him as a gay Southern Gothic playwright. Though with his hammy and theatrical personality, "Exit, stage left" (or "right") catchphrase, and Ambiguously Gay depiction, he arguably embodies this trope in the early 1960s shorts as well.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Orange in the Quick Draw McGraw shorts, pink in his own shorts.
  • Camp Straight: His flamboyant nature is his most distinctive attribute, and almost universally interpreted as him being gay. Lila was tacked on probably as an attempt to dissuade this, though to no success.
  • Catch Phrase: Three signature ones:
    • Before dashing off, "Exit, stage left!" or “stage right.”
    • He typically appends the adverbial "...even" focus particle to synonyms, or sentences in general.
    • And most famously, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!"
  • Circuit Judge: In "Legal Eagle Lion", a criminal is waiting for a trial and his henchmen are making sure no judge will arrive to preside over it so he'll eventually have to be released. The last judge to be denied entry in town makes Snagglepuss take over his role.
  • Darker and Edgier: When DC Comics began making "reboot" comics for various Hanna-Barbera properties in the mid-2010s, they reinvented ol' Snaggy as a gay Southern Gothic playwright making a stand against the House Un-American Activities Committee. Seriously.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Before he got his own cartoons, he was orange with no collar or cuffs. He also appeared as the brown "Snaggletooth" in an Augie Doggie cartoon, "The Party Lion". Confusion arises because in his first appearance, The Quick Draw McGraw Show episode "Lamb Chopped", he was called Snagglepuss, but referred to an unseen Snaggletooth as his brother. Snaggletooth would later show up in a Snagglepuss cartoon where he is pink like Snagglepuss. So perhaps Augie met the actual Snaggletooth.
  • Expy: His voice is reminiscent of the more soft-spoken aspect of Bert Lahr's broad-ranging characterizations, specifically the Cowardly Lion.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Before he got his own series of cartoons, Snagglepuss was an antagonist.
  • I Warned You: In "Lion Tracks", the Major tried to make Snagglepuss clear out of his cave so a railway could go through, while Snagglepuss constantly tried to tell him there was a reason one couldn't go through apart from the cave being his home. It's only too late that the Major finds outs Snagglepuss was trying to tell him there was no place for tracks beyond his cave.
  • Kangaroo Court: Snagglepuss presides over one and plays nearly every role in it in the short "Legal Eagle Lion"
  • Leaving Audience: One cartoon had the character attempting to do Shakespeare in front of an audience of the Major's fellow adventurers at their club, but the audience left. This lets Snagglepuss escape.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Snagglepuss' voice was based on Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz.
    • Driving the similarity further, the "Murgatroyd" Catch Phrase was spoken by Lahr in the film Meet the People (1944).
  • Noodle Incident: Whenever the Major and Snagglepuss meet, Major is always surprised to see him, citing some random previous encounter in some random place, presumably because he thought he killed him.
    Major: Didn't I shoot you in the veldt?
    Snagglepuss: I beg to differentiate, it was below the veldt! I couldn't sit down for a week.
  • Off Like a Shot: His default stance whenever he goes "exit stage left." He used to be the page image, even.
  • Playing Cyrano: Snagglepuss does this in one short to woo a lady for a noble. It backfires as the lady he wanted moved and Snagglepuss has wasted all his time romancing the wrong lady.
  • Ring Around the Collar: He wears a white collar as well as white cuffs, despite being naked otherwise.
  • The Tooth Hurts: The plot of "Snagglepuss Gets A Snaggletooth."
  • Three Shorts: Traditionally the second for The Yogi Bear Show.
  • Twin Switch: Happens to Lila in one short in which she thinks Snagglepuss and his brother Snaggletooth are the same person.
    • Also happens in "Twice Shy" where Snagglepuss himself gets confused between wildlife hunter Major Minor and his twin brother, wildlife photogapher Sir Clyde.
  • Whoosh in Front of the Camera: He's a classic example, who do this a lot and even it's part of his Catchphrases:
    Exit, stage left/right! *WHOOSH*


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