He is a hot pink anthropomorphic mountain lion with a collar, two cuffs and a black tie. He's best known for his famous catchphrase, "Heavens to Murgatroyd!", along with phrases such as "Exit, stage left!" (or stage right, and sometimes even up or down), a phrase used in theatrical stage directions. Finally, Snagglepuss tends to add the word "even" to the end of his statements.
Snagglepuss lives in a cavern, which he constantly tries to make more habitable for himself. No matter what he does, however, he always winds up back where he started or worse off than he was before.
His "birthday" is September 30th.
In his earliest appearances in The Quick Draw McGraw Show, he was orange (and sometimes brown) instead of pink and called Snaggletooth. In later episodes, Snaggletooth was referred to as Snagglepuss' cousin. In the episode "One Too Many", Snaggletooth appears as Snagglepuss' freeloading identical twin brother.
He first appeared in several shorts of The Quick Draw McGraw Show and became a regular segment on The Yogi Bear Show. Daws Butler based the character's voice on Bert Lahr's Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, which at one point caused some confusion to the point where Mr. Lahr threatened legal action against Hanna-Barbera and Kellogg's. To resolve the matter, it was decided to include the on-screen message "Voice of Snagglepuss - Daws Butler" during the commercial segments.
In some episodes, Snagglepuss is chased by Major Minor (voiced by Don Messick), a tiny mustachioed hunter, whose chases seem similar to the ones which involve Elmer and Bugs Bunny. Major Minor requests provisions for a safari in the episode "Lion Tracks" from an Adventurers Club functionary named Chutney.
When he appeared on Fender Bender 500, Snagglepuss was voiced by Greg Burson due to Daws Butler's death. He was paired up with Huckleberry Hound as they drove a monster truck called the Half-Dog, Half-Cat, Half-track; it resembled a portable stage. In Yo Yogi! (1991), Snagglepuss was voiced by Greg Burson as well.
He appears in Jellystone! in where he is a local news reporter and celebrity.
- (See: List of The Yogi Bear Show episodes)
The following is a list of shorts of Snagglepuss' segment from The Yogi Bear Show.
1. Major Operation
9. Paws for Applause
17. Remember Your Lions
25. Don't Know It Poet
- The Yogi Bear Show (1961-1962)
- Yogi's Gang (1973)
- Laff-A-Lympics (1977-1979)
- Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988)
- Wake, Rattle & Roll (1990–1991) (Fender Bender 500 segment)
- Yo Yogi! (1991)
- MetLife - "Everyone" (2012)
- Jellystone! (2021-present)
Films and Specials
- Yogi's Ark Lark (1972)
- Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue (1978)
- Casper's First Christmas (1979)
- Yogi's First Christmas (1980)
- Yogi Bear's All-Star Comedy Christmas Caper (1982)
- Yogi's Great Escape (1987)
- Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose (1987)
- The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988)
- Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration (1989)
- D.A.R.E. Bear Yogi (1989)
- The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959-1960)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Peanut Puberty" (2004)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Bird Girl of Guantanamole" (2005)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Evolutionary War" (2005)
- Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law - "Juror in the Court" (2007)
- Wacky Races (2017) - "Wacklantis" (2018)
- Daws Butler - The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959) through The Good, the Bad, and Huckleberry Hound (1988)
- Greg Burson - Fender Bender 500 (1990), Yo Yogi! (1991)
- Jeff Bergman - The Funtastic Four (1999)
- Stephen Stanton - MetLife - "Everyone" - Behind the scenes
- Billy West - Wacky Races (2017)
- Dana Snyder - Jellystone!
Rumors and jokes about Snagglepuss' sexuality have existed since his creation in 1961. Creator Joseph Barbera said in a conversation with Steve Marmel, "He was modeled after Bert Lahr. He was anything but gay. He beat his wife!" Some HB Productions do show Snagglepuss' attraction or affection to the opposite sex. The shorts "Spring Hits a Snag" and "Rent and a Rave" feature his love interest Lila, a female mountain lion.
Although the creators insist that he is heterosexual, in later years, they became more lenient as to how Snagglepuss is depicted. In a 2001 commercial for Adult Swim, he talks to Wilma Flintstone about rumors that he has heard around the office. In another advertisement for Cartoon Network, he sits at a table with a majority of women from various HB productions for a very brief moment. These could be interpreted as showcases of Snagglepuss' flamboyant nature often associated with many homosexuals. In 2017, when DC Comics acquired the right to produce rebooted, grittier versions of classic HB IPs, they made Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles, in which Snagglepuss is a gay playwright in the McCarthy Era of the 1950s.
Melody Iza, one of the show artists of Jellystone!, confirmed on her Twitter page that Snagglepuss is gay in the show continuity.