Snidely Whiplash

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Snidely Whiplash
First appearance "Dudley Do-Right", a spin-off of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show
Portrayed by Hans Conried (Cartoon series)
Alfred Molina (Live action film)
Corey Burton (2014 short film)
Nickname(s) Snidely
Species Human
Occupation Stereotypical villain

Snidely Whiplash is the archenemy of Dudley Do-Right in the tongue-in-cheek Dudley Do-Right of the Mounties segments of the animated television series, The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show (1959–64) conceived by American animation pioneer Jay Ward.

The character was voiced by Hans Conried in the original cartoon series. Snidely was played by Alfred Molina in the 1999 live action film version Dudley Do-Right, in which he is called Snidely K. "Whip" Whiplash.[1]

Whiplash is the stereotypical villain in the style of stock characters found in silent movies and earlier stage melodrama, wearing black clothing and a top hat, and twirling his long handlebar moustache. He has a henchman named Homer, who usually wears a tuque. In the cartoon's opening segments, Snidely is seen tying Nell Fenwick to a railroad track. He is the antithesis of Do-Right, who is the archetype of goodness and a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman.

Later popular culture references

  • In The Simpsons episode "Glamourus Godfrey", Mr. Burns makes reference to Snidely in a song.
  • Pinky and the Brain alludes to Snidely Whiplash in the episode "Leave It to Beavers/Cinebrainia", in which Pinky, dressed in a top hat and long mustache, ties a rag doll to train tracks and Brain, dressed as a Mountie, attempts to save the doll.
  • Family Guy pays homage to Snidely Whiplash in the episode "Mother Tucker", in which Peter Griffin has an evil twin named Thaddeus, who looks exactly like Peter, but talks and dresses like Snidely and wears an identical long mustache.
  • One of Lee Publications's invisible ink books contains a puzzle in which Snidely Whiplash has kidnapped a beautiful circus acrobat.
  • Hall-of-Fame relief pitcher Rollie Fingers of the Oakland A's was nicknamed "Snidely Whiplash" because of his handlebar mustache.
  • Droopy does an impression of Snidely Whiplash in his cameo in the Roger Rabbit short, Roller Coaster Rabbit, after tying Jessica Rabbit to the tracks of the roller coaster in which Roger Rabbit and Baby Herman are riding.
  • In The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, Whiplash has a brief cameo near the beginning and is later seen in a pile of dead bodies near Captain Hook's hand.
  • The music video of the Taylor Swift song, Mean, features Swift tied to a set of railroad tracks, watched over by a man that bears a striking resemblance to Snidely.
  • In the Archer episode "Southbound and Down", Pam says to Archer: "What the shit, Snidely Whiplash?!".
  • In the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless, multiple characters frequently refer to Victor Newman as "Snidely" or "Snidely Whiplash."


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