Although Napoleon is a tyrannical, violent, and oppressive leader throughout the novella Animal Farm, he does possess some positive character traits. Napoleon is a determined, ambitious, competitive pig. After Mr. Jones is expelled from the farm, Napoleon begins to plot how he is going to usurp power. Napoleon stops at nothing to become the supreme leader of Animal Farm and is willing to lie, kill, and intimidate the other animals in order to secure his position as leader. Napoleon is also intelligent and deflects attention towards Snowball whenever disaster strikes. He appoints Squealer to propagate lies and is able to gain the trust of some animals. Despite Napoleon's positive character traits, he is a selfish egomaniac. Napoleon physically and psychologically abuses the animals on the farm. He is not concerned with the well-being of the animals and they live in terrible conditions throughout his reign.