Who would make a better leader of Animal Farm in Animal Farm, Snowball or Napoleon?

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On the whole, you'd have to say that Snowball would be a better leader than Napoleon. (Though admittedly, that's not saying much). Yes, Snowball is a fanatical believer in the Animalist revolution, which probably would've led to disaster no matter who was in charge, but at least no one could have doubted his sincerity.

Napoleon, on the other hand, is a total hypocrite and opportunist who cynically uses—or rather, abuses—Animalism for his own personal gain. What's more, he's a complete coward, something else that sets him apart from Snowball. During the epic Battle of the Cowshed, Snowball bravely leads the other animals against the hated human oppressor, whereas Napoleon is missing in action. At the very least, a good leader...

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Snowball would definitely be a better leader since he genuinely believes in true communism that Old Major believed in as well. Napoleon, on the other hand, had another aspect of communism in which he focused more towards the power that he and the pigs can gain.