Snowball (The Simpsons)

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The name Snowball refers to five fictional cats that have been owned by the Simpson family in the TV show The Simpsons. The differences between them are:

  • Snowball, a white female cat who died and only briefly appeared in a flashback in the series, but has been mentioned numerous times.
  • Snowball II, a dark grey female cat which was the cat owned from the first episode up until her death in the episode "I, (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot".
  • Snowball III, a brown male cat that only appeared in "I (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot"
  • Coltrane (Snowball IV), a white male cat that only appeared in "I (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot".
  • Snowball V, a dark grey female cat that first appeared in "I (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot" and has been the family cat ever since. In order to save money on a new food dish, Snowball V was renamed Snowball II to save confusion about the cats before her. She is the current cat owned by the family. Snowball V is identical in appearance to Snowball II.

The various Snowballs have mainly been in the background but have been featured in several episodes, including "Old Yeller Belly", "The Seven-Beer Snitch", and the aforementioned "I (Annoyed Grunt)-Bot".



Snowball, also known as Snowball I, was the Simpsons' first cat. Her death is never seen in the actual series, since it occurred "before" the show's continuity began. She was first mentioned in the series premiere in a Christmas letter Marge is writing where she explains that Snowball had died that year. Snowball was named due to her white-colored fur, though in a few occasions in the series Snowball I is pictured similar to Snowball II.

In "Treehouse of Horror III", a picture of Snowball I (as a black cat) is shown with the words "1988-90" underneath and Lisa says "she died four years ago tonight" (although that particular episode aired in 1992). In a song Homer wrote for Lisa, he says her cat died on Christmas Eve. Snowball was, according to Lisa in a poem, run over by a Chrysler. At a later point it emerged that Snowball was run over by Mayor Quimby's beer swilling brother, Clovis. Although the Sunday school teacher, Mrs. Albright, tells Lisa that Snowball cannot go to Heaven, this proves to be wrong as Snowball has been seen in heaven by characters who have undergone near-death experiences, including Bart, and sometimes in flashback sequences. Due to election forgery, Snowball was listed as posthumously voting for Sideshow Bob. Snowball also appears in "Bart gets hit by a car" where Snowball is run over by a car.

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