Scruffy was one of the leaders of the Marsh Pride. He formed a coalition with an older male, Scar, and seized power from previous ruler Blondie in 1998.

Although he was noticeably younger than Scar, he played a more proactive role in looking after the Marsh Pride's cubs than Scar, assisting the females when they needed his help. This became important during the 1998 buffalo attack, where Scruffy helped Khali, Notch and the other females in rescuing the cubs, albiet at the cost of one of Khali's cubs.