In the early parts of the book, Snowball is a hero of the animals' revolution. He is, in particular, the main hero of the Battle of the Cowshed. But then he loses out to Napoleon in a contest to see who will rule the farm. Napoleon chases him off the farm and starts to blame everything that goes wrong on him. Here are some examples:
- He steals the corn
- He knocks over pails of milk
- He breaks eggs
- He tramples on the seed beds where young plants are
- He is chewing the bark off of young trees.
Basically every setback is blamed on him so that no one will blame Napoleon for them.