Snowball V, commonly referred to as the new and improved Snowball II, is the Simpsons' fifth cat and looks exactly the same as the original Snowball II, killed when Dr. Hibbert's Mercedes-Benz struck her by accident. The Crazy Cat Lady throws the cat at Lisa while she is mourning the deaths of the other cats that she kept (Snowball III and Coltrane (Snowball IV). She and Santa's Little Helper are the two current pets of the Simpson family.
After the Crazy Cat Lady throws the cat at her feet saying that she doesn't want it anymore, Lisa tells it to leave, because any cat that she owns is unlucky and is certain to be killed. As the cat starts to cross Evergreen Terrace, Gil drives by in his car. Gil swerves to miss the cat, hits a tree, and his car bursts into flames, which means that Gil will be able to use the insurance money to buy food. Since the cat is unhurt, Lisa takes it as a sign of good luck and adopts her.
Lisa renames Snowball V "Snowball II," in her words, "to save money on a new dish." She also vows to pretend the whole thing never happened (i.e., two adopted cats dying in quick succession). Principal Skinner, who happens to be walking by and overhears Lisa talking to the cat, asks "Isn't that a cheat?", to which Lisa replies "I guess it is, Principal Tamzarian" (referring to when he admitted he was not the real Seymour Skinner, while knowing that the citizens of Springfield should never speak of that again).
The cat later becomes overweight after abandoning the Simpsons for brief periods to visit a different family. At the other family's house, she is fed, taught tricks and given the name "Smokey".
There is suspicion that Snowball V is in fact the new and improved Snowball II, but there is no proof, except for that she looks like an exact replica, but in real life many cats look identical. She may even be related to her or an identical twin. However the answer to that happens to be unknown.
At one point, Homer forces Snowball V to grab Santa's Little Helper by the collar (with difficulty) so he could then say the adage "look what the cat dragged in" (with Bart and Lisa, upon witnessing it, not being impressed with his actions).
Snowball V appeared in "Treehouse of Horror XXVIII" segment "Coralisa", where she was guest-voiced by Neil Gaiman. Otherwise on most cases, stock cat sound effects would be used for Snowball II's meows and yowls (often from Hollywood Edge's "Premiere Edition" sound library), but sometimes Dan Castellaneta would provide additional vocal effects (usually depending on the scenario).
- (Non-Canon) In "Treehouse of Horror XXVII", she was killed when she jumped in front of a knife thrown at Marge Simpson (possibly to protect her from danger). Her death went seemingly unnoticed by the family.
- Though she is female, she is portrayed with a man's voice in a Treehouse Of Horror special based on Coraline. Presumably this is because the cat in Coraline is male.
|Snowballs I a V|
|Snowball I • Snowball II • Snowball III • Snowball IV • Snowball V|
| Homer Simpson • Marge Simpson • Bart Simpson • Lisa Simpson • Maggie Simpson •|
Santa's Little Helper • Snowball V
|Homer's living relatives|
|Abraham Simpson II • Abbie • Herbert Powell • Tyrone Simpson • Dr. Simpson • Cyrus Simpson • Chet Simpson • Stanley Simpson • Bill Simpson • Frank Simpson • Cyrus's 15 wives|
|Marge's living relatives|
|Jacqueline Bouvier • Selma Bouvier • Patty Bouvier • Ling Bouvier • Jub-Jub|
|Homer's deceased relatives|
| Amber Simpson|
Mona Simpson • Hubert Simpson • Hortense Simpson
Orville Simpson • Bonita Simpson • Elrita Simpson • Twitta Simpson • Yuma Hickman
"Old Tut" Simpson • Gaston Simpson • Hugo Simpson I • Dulcine Simpson • Lou Simpson • Floyd Simpson • "Happy" Simpson
Howland Simpson • Zeke Simpson • Pippa Simpson • Gabby Crouse
Garwood Simpson • Ivy Simpson • Galston Simpson • Prudence Simpson • Trixie Simpson • Clowta Stillman
Rupert Simpson • Lambert Simpson • Winifred Running Goat • Humphrey Little Goat • Jane Nervous Goat
Sven Simpson • Claretta Ethridge • Mary Frowning Cloud • Joe Puffing Goat
|Marge's deceased relatives|
|Clancy Bouvier • Gladys Bouvier • Alvarine Bisque • Arthur Bouvier • Alfreda Bouvier II • Françoise Billout • Antoine Bouvier • Axel Bouvier • Bambi Bouvier • Charlene Bouvier • Chester Bouvier • Dorothé Bouvier • JoJo Bouvier • Monique Bouvier • Pépé Bouvier • Victor Bouvier • Victor Bouvier II • Cléo Bouvier • Didi Bouvier • Ferdinand Gurney • Gladys Gurney • Honoré Bouvier • Alfreda LeDoux • Angelique Marceau • Marcel Bouvier • Bambi Petitbois • Pierre Bouvier • Rowena Bouvier • Yves Bouvier|
|Hugo Simpson II • Maggie Simpson, Jr. • Bart Simpson, Jr. • Picard Simpson • Kirk Simpson • Captain Kidney Pie • Colonel Custard • Maggie's Husband • Man O' Pies • Pieman of the World • Señor Fritatta • Zia Simpson|
|Bart Junior • Chirpy Boy and Bart Junior • Coltrane • Duncan • Greyhound Puppies • Henry the Canary • Laddie • Lou • Mojo • Pinchy • Plopper • Princess • Smiley • Snowball I • Snowball II • Snowball III • Snowball V • Snuffy • Stampy • Strangles • She's the Fastest|