Characters: Happy Tree Friends
Happy Tree Friends
has a rather extensive cast of characters
. In each episode, one character is given a starring role, while others play supporting roles. Some do not even show up in a given episode. At least one character almost always dies in each episode.
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"Caring and sharing is cause for charming cheers!"
Voiced by: Kenn Navarro
A cute yellow rabbit who has pink cheeks and is always wearing pink bunny slippers. Cuddles is the main character of the series more so than anyone else, and is one of the four "original" Tree Friends. Despite his cute nature, he has been shown to be a bit of a rebellious Tree Friend who enjoys skateboarding, snowball fights, and daredevil acts. He was the second Tree Friend created (Shifty was the first Tree Friend created), appears in most advertisements, and to date holds the highest death count in the series.
- Blush Sticker: Permanent ones, too.
- Buried Alive: In Can't Stop Coffin. He doesn't stay alive for long, however.
- Creator Cameo: One of the creators voices him.
- Helium Speech: In From A to Zoo. Later on, his eye is impaled on the nozzle and his screams become higher and higher in pitch before he finally dies.
- Ironic Name: His name is "Cuddles" but he's actually a dardevil who's quite fond of risky sports, and being naturally mischievous to boot.
- Interspecies Romance: He's together with Giggles in most episodes, who's a chipmunk.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Cuddles can be a little self-centerd and inconsiderate at times, such as pushing Flaky down a water slide against her will.note But otherwise, he's very kind toward others.
- Official Couple: With Giggles.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Inverted - his favorite color is pink.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Pink bunny slippers, to be exact.
- Screwy Bunny: In From A to Zoo.
- Series Mascot: Cuddles is most prominently used to advertise the show. He usually appears solo in promotional art.
- Too Dumb to Live: In "Water You Wading For", when he jumps in a waterhole that has a no-swim sign.
- Of course, it's possible that he didn't see the sign. However, he definitely plays it straight in From A to Zoo. Don't poke a baboon (or a rhinoceros).
- Turbine Blender: In Spin Fun Knowing Ya, and againnote in Blast from the Past. And while it isn't a literal turbine this time around, he suffers a similar fate in Party Animal.
Voiced by: Lori Jee
A friendly pink chipmunk who wears a red hair bow. Giggles is one of the four "original" Tree Friends and is most often played as a girly girl, along with Petunia (with whom she is best friends). She also cares strongly for the environment, and will lose her cute nature when she sees someone littering or polluting. Despite being the one most often paired with other Tree Friends for Valentine's Day episodes, she and Cuddles are seen as the "default pairing" of the series.
- Beware the Nice Ones / Berserk Button: Anything that damages the environment. In Every Litter Bit Hurts, she ties herself and Sniffles (without his consent) to prevent Lumpy from cutting a tree down. Her reaction to Sniffles dying as a result is to make Lumpy's truck swerve and crash by putting herself in his way.
- The Chick: Portrayed as a girly girl who is sometimes the Distressed Damsel.
- Damsel in Distress: Often spoofs this, particularly in Better Off Bread and See You Later, Elevator.
- Granola Girl: In Every Litter Bit Hurts.
- Interspecies Romance: She's together with Cuddles in most episodes, who's a rabbit.
- She has gone out with half of the male cast, which include Mole (who's a mole), Captain Russell (a sea otter), Cro-Marmot (a frozen marmot) and Flippy (a bear). She once swooned over Lumpy, who's a moose.
- Official Couple: With Cuddles, although she is the character most often paired up with others.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has long eyelashes, pink fur, and wears a bow on her head.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Flaky's tomboy.
- Torso with a View: Every Litter Bit Hurts.
- Turbine Blender: In Winging' It.
- Artistic License - Biology: She's a tailless chipmunk.
"Using a toothbrush is tantamount for twinkling teeth."
Voiced by: Warren Graff
An unlucky purple beaver named for his large, gapped buckteeth
. Toothy is one of the four "original" Tree Friends and is most often played as the everyman. The creators of the show feel he doesn't have enough of a personality, and plan to bring him out of his shell in later episodes. His trademark injuries have to do with his eyes, mostly as shout outs to his most famous episode, Eye Candy
"For a lazy lunch, try leftover loaf!"
Voiced by: David Winn
An idiotic blue moose whose lack of intelligence often lands himself and others into trouble while driving the plot for many episodes. Lumpy is one of the four "original" Tree Friends and to date has the official highest kill count and starring count in the series. Despite his stupidity, he often holds high ranking jobs (such as a doctor), and is sometimes placed with the care of the smaller Tree Friends. He shows signs of greed as well, as visited in several episodes.
- Asshole Victim: When portrayed as a villain.
- Big Brother Instinct: When the smaller Tree Friends are in his care, he'll go to great lengths to try and protect them - even if he usually winds up killing them or himself in the process.
- The Big Guy: He is the tallest of the Tree Friends.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: In Doggone It!, he took on a giant squid with a mousetrap! And won!
- And Wipe Out reveals he's a pro surfer, even managing to juggle chainsaws while hanging ten!
- He climbs a rope with a freshly paralyzed back in Take a Hike, and the rescue he (almost) pulls off at the end of The Wrong Side of the Tracks also counts.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Along with Sniffles, he suffers some of the worst deaths.
- Dirty Coward: In Wingin' It, Lumpy uses many electronic devices in a passenger jet in flight, disrupting its navigational systems. When the plane starts to malfunction, Lumpy kicks out the plane's door, sucking several characters to their inevitable deaths, and takes all of the parachutes to himself, forgetting to properly put on even one.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He, along with Flippy, Handy, and Sniffles, kills Flaky, just because she popped the raft with her quills.
- The Ditz: Lumpy's stupidity is the driving force behind the plots of many episodes.
- Expy: Of Bullwinkle, to the point that the creators had to invert the direction of his antlers to keep him from looking too much like Bullwinkle.
- And he sounds a little like Goofy if you think about it...
- Jackass Genie: Unintentionally in As You Wish.
- Jerkass: In some of his roles, such as in We're Scrooged! and Dunce Upon A Time.
- Karmic Death: A large portion of Lumpy's deaths relate to him doing something thoughtless, usually while on the job.
- In Concrete Solution, Lumpy hides the fact he accidentally killed Handy by hiding him in the cement they were pouring. Later he's crushed by the block of cement with Handy's corpse pressed in it.
- Lethal Klutz: His stupidity has caused so many deaths that he has an official kill count higher than that of even Evil Flippy/Fliqpy. In fact, he hold the highest official kill count in the series...mostly due to his stupidity.
- Lethally Stupid: Trope Codifier. His stupidity caused sooooooo many deaths. The creators said the reason Lumpy has so many different jobs is because his incompetence causes havok wherever he goes, and gives different situations.
- Life or Limb Decision: In Out On A Limb.
- Literal Genie: In As You Wish, where he plays a genie in a (table) lamp. His wishes cause grave injuries or death to the other characters.
- Made of Iron: Despite being the most unintelligent Tree Friend in the cast, he is the one who survives the most - a more common occurrence is "Too Dumb For Those Around Him To Live". It seems to have a reason - he is the tallest and probably strongest of the cast excluding Splendid, so the times he doesn't die immediately, he often gets injured. In the TV season, he has survived falling off a highway overpass onto the road below and then getting run over by Lifty and Shifty's van (Concrete Solution) and getting hit head-on by a truck and getting entangled in a bicycle (A Change of Heart).
- Moose Are Idiots: Probably the most glaring example.
- Non-Standard Character Design: Not only does Lumpy tower over the other Tree Friends, he also lacks the round faces that every other character has. He looks the most like the animal he is, compared to the other Tree Friends. He is also one of the few characters (along with Sniffles) who does not have a heart nose.
- Out-of-Character Moment: He plays the villain in We're Scrooged!, killing Toothy in order to sell his body parts for profit. In the TV episode Dunce Upon a Time, which is a Whole Plot Reference to Jack and the Beanstalk, Lumpy takes on the role of the lumbering giant of the castle in the sky, killing the other characters to make his meal and when they try to escape.
- There are times when Lumpy has bursts of intelligence, which goes against his usual The Ditz portrayals.
- In Doggone It, he was the only one to realize the reason for Whistle's attacks.
- In A Sight for Sore Eyes, he realized the danger The Mole's blindness poses to everyone and gave him a guide dog to replace his cane.
- In We're Scrooged!, he quickly managed to make a paddle with his own eye to prevent Sniffles from leaving the shop.
- So far he is the only one to be aware of the causes of Flippy's PTSD, since in Without a Hitch and Random Acts of Silence, several characters who appear to be aware of Flippy's PTSD tought that he would flip out randomly, while in Double Whammy Part 1 he figured out the cause of his problem and attemped to cure it.
- He managed to finish the bridge in Concrete Solution despite his coworkers being dead.
- In A Change of Heart, he managed to save Disco Bear's life by giving him a heart transplant...with an orca's heart.
- Precision F-Strike: He has a tendency to say "What the hell?" when something goes wrong, except for in Doggone It, where it's this.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Lumpy speaks with a deep voice, but in his death throes and instances of torture, he has a high-pitched scream.
- Smart Ball: How Lumpy defeats evil Flippy and the zombies in "Remains To Be Seen".
- Too Dumb to Live: Inverted most of the time (an exception being the episode The Chokes On You).
- Villain Ball: "Dunce Upon a Time".
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: He's held the highest number of jobs to date, ranging from optometrist to plumber.
Voiced by: Nica Lorber
A nervous, cowardly red porcupine whose quills are full of dandruff
. Flaky is the subject of a long-standing gender dispute, though most of the creators and fans refer to her as a female. Her official gender description on the website is a question mark. She is very cautious, scared of nearly everything, and is prone to motion sickness. Despite this, she can be very brave if the situation calls for it.
On April 28, 2012, on the twitter for Happy Tree Friends, in reply to someone's tweet, it was an actual disscusion about Flaky's gender and they intentionally stated Flaky was a girl, confirming Flaky's gender.
- Ambiguous Gender: Word of God (usually) says girl. Word of God also likes trolling the fanbase, as seen in Something Fishy., when she couldn't decide whether to go into the men's or women's restroom (in the end, she went into the women's restroom, which proved disastrous, because the plumbing was infested by Russel's deadly Piranha fish.).
- Badass: She proves that she can be this through the fact that she's the only one who realizes Flippy is crazy and tries to put an end to his lunacy, when she stabs him in Without A Hitch.
- Cowardly Lion: When she isn't simply cowardly.
- Everything's Even Worse With Sharks: She's been attacked by sharks three times over the course of the series: In Wipe Out, Happy Trails Pt. 2, and Wingin' It.
- Flanderization: Flaky starts off somewhat cautious in season 1. She only got scared of things that were truly dangerous. By season 2, she starts to develop fears that were somewhat irrational (i.e. skating, flying, and skiing). By the end of season 2, she's pretty much scared of anything that's nearby her (i.e. chicks). It's starts to tone down in the TV series, when she was seen brave enough to throw a birthday party for Flippy and bring a baby bird back to its nest. However, by season 3, she's pretty much scared over anything (i.e. going in the wrong bathroom).
- Genre Savvy: Flaky showing concern for danger makes her this by default.
- Lovable Coward: She is understandably always scared of everything, but her whimpering, stuttering and crying is the cutest thing you'll ever see on the show. Not to mention the moments she is actually happy.
- Only Sane Man: When living in a world where you can die by falling down the stairs, getting hit by a coconut in the head or being split in half by a stump she has every damn right to be freaked out of her mind.
- Out-of-Character Moment: In "Lesser Of Two Evils". Let's see... she throws a party, when she usually never takes the initiative to do anything. She almost never looks scared in the episode, except for a few moments. Guess who the party is for? FLIPPY. Yes, Flippy. The character she's deadly scared of. Usually she knows better than do such a thing.
- Properly Paranoid: Considering what usually ends up happening after attempts at even the safest actions, Flaky's fears seem considerably less unreasonable.
- Sanity Slippage: "Without A Hitch".
- Ship Tease: Taking the show's standards into account, she is this with Flippy, particluarly Lesser of Two Evils on both parts, Without A Hitch on Flippy's part and Random Acts Of Silence on Flippy's part, again.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Averted - Possibly what leads to the high amount of Viewer Gender Confusion.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The tomboy to either Giggles'/Petunia's/Lammy's girly girl.
- Too Dumb to Live: In rare occasions, seeing how she is the Only Sane Man of the show. However, she did play this straight in Happy Trails Part 2: Jumping the Shark, when she sat on an inflatable raft that Lifty and Shift inflated. Because her quills touched the raft, it sank and ended up leading to Lifty's, Shifty's, and her own deaths.
- Also happens in Wingin' It, when she finally lands the abandoned plane. She attempts to slide down the emergency inflatable slide, only for it to pop, due to her quills.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In ''Wingin' It', where the sight of a plane makes her double over and puke just offscreen. The puddle is seen in the next shot, though.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Flaky has an odd fear of baby chicks, more so than everything else. Guess what she encounters in the petting zoo in A To Zoo. Weirdly enough, it seems to be just chicks. She doesn't appear to be particularly afraid of any other birds.
"Science is seriously satisfying!"
Voiced by: Liz Stewart
A nerdy blue anteater with glasses and a pocket protector. Often seen as the brains of the show, Sniffles is a geek
who loves science, inventing, Star Trek
, and superheroes (Splendid especially). He sometimes delves into mad scientist territory on a few occasions, however. There are several episodes dedicated to him and a family of ants who he always tries to eat, though the ants always end up killing him in the end.
- Adorkable: Nerd Glasses and pen protector? Check. Geeky and smart? Check. Some of the most painful, sadistic deaths in the series? Check.
- Bad Ass Book Worm: As seen in Idol Curiousity
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Happens to him a lot, even by Happy Tree Friends standards.
- His most famous death is in the episode, Tongue In Cheek, where the ants install a mind control device on Sniffles and force him to eat a razor-bladed apple, stick his tongue in a shredder, nail his tail to the ground, and have his organs ripped out of his mouth while being aware the whole time.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He, along with Flippy, Handy, and Lumpy, kills Flaky, just because she accidentally popped the raft with her quills.
- Flanderization: From a normal smart guy to a tactical genius who can create just about anything.
- Gadgeteer Genius: He was able to build a functioning rocket ship out of the remains of a school bus and a Time Machine out of a washer, for starters.
- Insufferable Genius : It has been hinted several times that he might take his smarts a bit too far. One notable example could be "I've Got You Under My Skin", where he travels inside Giggles (via shrinking sub) to get rid of germs, as opposed to medicine.
- Another is "A Hole Lotta Love", where he builds a drill machine just to rescue Cub from the bottom of a well.
- The best example is probably "Blast from the Past", where he goes through all the trouble of making a time machine JUST to stop himself from dropping a glass of milk.
- Mad Scientist: Sometimes.
- Misapplied Phlebotinum: He manages to build a mind control helmet and a tiny, fully-functioning robot... only to try and capture ants to eat. And the Time Machine? Built just so he could go back to keep his milk from getting spilled. (Though, the latter was put to better intentions. Almost.)
- Nerd Glasses: Complete with tape to hold the lenses together.
- Nonstandard Character Design: Like Lumpy, he does not have a heart-shaped nose.
- Razor Apples: He's forced to eat one in Tongue In Cheek.
- The Smart Guy: Usually builds intricate gadgets that drive the plot of some episodes.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Ants, even though he's only been able to successfully eat one during the course of the series. He usually goes to great lengths just to capture one.
"Plant plenty of pretty, perfumed, purple and pink flowers!"
Voiced by: Lori Jee
A sweet blue skunk who wears a flower on her head and a pine tree car freshener around her neck. Petunia suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and is quite a neat freak. She is best friends with Giggles and they like to hang around with each other, have tea parties, play with dolls, etc. She tends to die the messier deaths in the series, such as having her face pressed to a grill or getting pulled through a sink. For a long time, she is the only character to have not killed another Tree Friend (though she did kill herself in one episode) until "Breaking Wind" where her lighting a match inside Splendid's toxic gas caused the planet to explode.
- Distressed Damsel: Less than Giggles, but still falls into this on occasion.
- Driven to Suicide: In Wishy Washy, with a potato peeler. Eeep. Although technically she was trying to peel the disgusting slime off her body at the time...
- This also marks the only suicide so far in the entire series.
- Hair Decorations: Wears a pink petunia on her head.
- Interspecies Romance: At first with Mime, who's a reindeer, but then with Handy, who's a beaver.
- Neat Freak: She panics at the mere sight of dirt and filth.
- Palette Swap: Of Giggles, with the exception of her tail and some of the patterns.
- Potty Emergency: in Happy Trails as well as Wingin' It; she seems to like her soda and juice-boxes.
- Official Couple: With Mime first, then Handy as her most prominent.
- Smelly Skunk: Subtly defied - It has never been hinted that Petunia smells bad, but her five showers a day, the flower on her head and the air-freshener necklace may have something to do with that.
- Super OCD: Wishy Washy gratuitously showed us how bad it is with some serious panic attacks.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has long eyelashes and a flower on her head.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: The girly girl to Flaky's tomboy.
- Too Dumb to Live: In Breaking Wind, she lights a match when the atmosphere is intoxicated and causes the entire planet's surface to explode.
Voiced by: Michael "Lippy" Lipman
A hyperactive green squirrel who always has several pieces of candy stuck in his fur. Nutty is absolutely addicted to candy or anything sugary, and will sometimes add pounds of sugar to something just to make it sweet enough for him. His constantly-dilated eyes are mismatched with one lazy eye (a side effect from his high sugar consumption), and his vocabulary consists almost entirely of laughing and giggling. His sugar addiction has gotten him in trouble more than a few times.
- Ax-Crazy: Not to Flippy's level, but he still has his moments. Do not come between him and his candy.
- Braces of Orthodontic Overkill: In Chew Said a Mouthful, he gets them to hold his jaw together after breaking it on a gobstopper.
- Companion Cube: A Sucker For Love was almost entirely dedicated to his fantasies of various candies... as girlfriends and wives. Also doubles as a Cargo Ship.
- Determinator: Even when he's dying, he'll always try to get loads of candy.
- The Ditz: As a result of his candy addiction, he's not the sharpest knife in the drawer. See Too Stupid To Live below.
- Dissonant Laughter: He sometimes laughs while he dies.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: His name says it all — he's as nutty as a squirrel's breakfast.
- Extreme Omnivore: He'll eat anything that vaguely resembles candy, from Christmas lights to cement mix and even other characters in costume.
- Flanderization: From just a sugar addict to pretty much falling in love with candy.
- G-Rated Drug: Consuming anything sugary, sometimes in tiny amounts, will send Nutty bouncing off the walls. Prolonged periods without sugar will send Nutty into withdrawal symptoms, becoming irritable and mentally imbalanced.
- Jerkass: He will prioritize his insatiable sugar addiction over the lives of others and even of himself.
- Laughing Mad: Always. Always. Even when in pain, suffering, or dying he will intersperse giggling with groaning and screaming.
- Nutty Squirrel: In spades. His manic nature is due to his high sugar consumption. Also doubles as a Meaningful Name.
- Sweet Tooth: A whole mouthful.
- Too Dumb to Live: Many of his deaths could have been avoided if he would learn to prioritize his own well-being over a handful of candy.
- In Chew Said a Mouthful he bites on a jawbreaker and ends up breaking his jaw three times.
- In A Sucker for Love, he scoops up some glass shards and gum balls from a broken gumball machine and shovels them all into his mouth. When he blows a bubble, it pops and the glass shards impale his face.
- In As You Wish, he wishes for a lollipop, tries swallowing the entire thing whole, and promptly chokes to death.
- Trademark Favorite Food: No, really?
- Villain Protagonist: In A Sucker for Love, he tries to steal a lollipop from Cub.
"A happy home has all the right hardware for any happenstance!"
Voiced by: Warren Graff
A helpful orange beaver with amputated hands
, who is always seen wearing a hard hat, a tool belt, and arm-nub bandages. Despite his handicap, Handy is most often seen doing (or at least attempting) activities that require hands. Ironically, his dam is full of things that are handheld. Whenever he fails at a task or remembers he doesn't have hands, he will pull his trademark look of a frustrated glance into the camera.
- Aside Glance: Once he realizes he does not have hands or tries to do something that requires hands, he will glare into the camera.
- Behind the Black: Whenever he successfully does something that requires hands, it's almost always done off-camera.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: Whenever he gets frustrated over his lack of hands, he turns to the camera and snarls.
- Butt Monkey: A recurring joke is that his lack of hands prevent him from doing certain things, followed by his signature growl of frustration when realizing that said things need hands to be done.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He, along with Flippy, Lumpy, and Sniffles, kills Flaky, just because she popped the raft with her quills.
- Grievous Bottley Harm: In Spare Me, he's hit in the back of the head while drinking soda from a bottle, which causes it to get stuck in his eyesocket while his eye rattles around inside the bottle.
- Handicapped Badass: Why yes, he did build an entire house by himself. Twice.
- Handless Biped
- Helicopter Blender: In Who's to Flame?, after pushing an unexplained eject button on his helicopter.
- Interspecies Romance: With Petunia, who's a skunk.
- Mr Fix It: He is portrayed as a construction worker...without hands. Yet he manages to perform tasks that require them, including building an entire house. We just do not see him actually do it.
- Nice Hat: Wears a hard hat. It has protected him from serious injury and death on a few occasions.
- Nonindicative Name: His name is Handy, but he has no hands.
- Official Couple: With Petunia.
- Silent Snarker: Would easily be the most fit to say something sarcastic if he could.
Flippy and Fliqpy
"Fire fried food is a feast for a famished soldier."
Voiced by: Kenn Navarro (Flippy), Aubrey Ankrum (Fliqpy)
A war-torn green bear who wears a military jacket, beret, and dog tags. His rank is apparently sergeant (by USA stripes; other countries have other rank insignia).
Flippy suffers from severe post-traumatic stress disorder due to the time he spent in the W.A.R (Weaponized Animal Regiment). While his "good" side tends to be one of the kinder and more sociable of the Tree Friends, his 'evil' side "Fliqpy" will emerge whenever he sees or hears something that reminds him of war or death. Once in his evil state (usually dubbed "Fliqpy"), he turns into a highly efficient killing machine, slaughtering everyone around him. He is arguably the most popular character of the series among fans. He stars in Ka-pow!
alongside Splendid and Buddhist Monkey.
- Alas, Poor Villain: He doesn't die often, and when he does it's a particular sore spot for the fanbase.
- Anti-Hero: In Operation: Tiger Bomb.
- Anti-Villain: Type II
- Art Evolution: Originally his flipped out state was drawn with crooked teeth. In later episodes he has fangs.
- Ax-Crazy: His flipped-out state.
- Badass: Both parts of him are this.
- Bears Are Bad News: Flippy actually plays with this trope, being one of the nicest characters in his normal state. However, when he does flip out, you'll understand why this trope is in bold.
- Berserk Button: If Flippy encounters anything that reminds him of war: RUN, BITCH, RUN!!!.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: In "Double Whammy" an army of evil Flippys and a army of good Flippys are much less resistant than the originals.
- Creator Cameo: Both of the voice actors (good and evil) are creators of the show.
- Curtains Match the Window: Green Eyes, green fur.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He, along with Lumpy, Handy, and Sniffles, kills Flaky (despite not flipping out), just for accidentally popping the raft with her quills.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Fliqpy's voice is much deeper than Flippy's.
- Expy: Of Rambo. In his first appearance, his kills mirror that of Rambo.
- Fangs Are Evil/Slasher Smile: Fliqpy, always.
- Green And Mean: As Fliqpy
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Anything that reminds Flippy of war will trigger his evil side.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears no pants.
- Helicopter Blender: In Hear Today Gone Tomorrow.
- Improvised Weapon: Fliqpy has a knack for transforming nearby objects into lethal weapons, such as a movie projector, a propeller blade, a rose, a straw, and even a Christmas cookie.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Flippy and Fliqpy are complete polar opposites of each other, yet Flippy is the only character who can hold his own in a fight with Fliqpy.
- Karma Houdini: While Flippy often dies, the same can't be said for Fliqpy.
- Karmic Death: In Remains to be Seen, Fliqpy first gets killed when he rams his truck to a tree, killing himself and everyone near him. Then he becomes a zombie and dies again when he gets his brain stuck to a leaf blower and a zombified Toothy bites his brain, causing it to explode.
- Also happens in By the Seat of Your Pants, when he attacks Lumpy, only for him to bounce off of Lumpy's shortened skin (used as a swim trunk) and be impaled by a flagpole (which he survives), where he then attempts to climb out of it, only to be roped down by Lumpy, disemboweling and killing him. Thus, Lumpy is now considered the third character to intentionally kill Flippy (the first be the zombified Toothy, and, indirectly, Flaky, though the latter killed him while he was not flipped out).
- Knife Nut: A bowie knife is his iconic killing tool; not that he needs it.
- Mood-Swinger: While this is not his disorder, and merely triggered by his Berserk Button, he can go from heartwarmingly friendly one minute to a cold-blooded killer the next.
- Nice Guy: As Flippy.
- Pet the Dog: His episodes contain some moments of this for Flaky. In episodes such as Party Animal, Without A Hitch and Random Acts of Silence, he doesn't purposely kill her despite killing everyone else around him. This is often seen as either an Relationship Writing Fumble or Fanservice from the creators for the most popular Fan-Preferred Couple.
- Rasputinian Death: See Karmic Death.
- Real Men Wear Pink: Besides collecting weapons in his bunker-house, he likes flowers, tea parties, pink penguins and unicorns.
- Recurring Riff: Typically, when Flippy is triggered enough to start killing, his transformation is triggered by a quite literal Recurring Riff: a low, descending guitar tone and background sounds of warfare.
- Scary Librarian: In Random Acts of Silence when he flips out.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: His post-traumatic stress disorder had manifested itself into both schizophrenia (having hallucinations of his evil self and of many versions of himself and his evil self going into battle) and Split Personality (he becomes an entirely different person when something reminds him of war and he doesn't remember the things he's done as his other self either).
- Ship Tease: Taking the show's standards into account, he is this with Flaky, particluarly "Lesser of Two Evils" on both parts and "Without A Hitch" on Flippy's part. In his flipped out state in "Lesser of Two Evils", "Random Acts of Silence" and "Double Whammy" Flaky is the only character he doesn't kill. In fact, she snapped him out of his flipped out state once with her screams.
- Split Personality
- Super Strength: He once stopped the blades of a biplane with his bare hands during a flip-out.
- Villain Protagonist: Though not intentionally, once Flippy flips out, he kills other characters without remorse or mercy.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: PTSD is a devastating mental illness, and it's very easy to feel sorry for Flippy, even though he has the second-highest kill count in the series.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Indicated in "A Vicious Cycle". Flippy - in his evil state - simply pushes Cub off his bike before attempting to use it as a weapon. Later, after he (or the bike possessed by his spirit) kills everyone else, Cub happily rides him without being harmed in any way.
- Yellowish-Green Eyes, Take Warning: Fliqpy
Voiced by: Sarah Castelblanco
A quiet purple deer (he is actually capable of speech like the others, just choosing rather to be silent) who is (as his name suggests
) a mime, complete with face-paint and a striped shirt. Mime is very talented at various circus and carnival acts, such as pantomiming, juggling, making balloon animals, fire breathing, and riding unicycles. His reluctance to speak often lands himself and others into trouble, and he will sometimes choose showmanship over actual helpfulness.
- Blush Sticker: As part of his mime getup.
- The Casanova: In Easy Comb, Easy Go.
- Everyone Hates Mimes: Inverted In-Universe. Most characters seem to like him and his tricks.
- But why else would a mime be in a show relying on pain and death?
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Wears no pants.
- Nonverbal Miscommunication: He does not speak, but there have been several instances where he tries to make a phone call...and miming over the line.
- Official Couple: With Petunia at first, before she started dating Handy.
- Poor Communication Kills: See The Voiceless below.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: In the TV series, when a character has a "starring" role in an episode, expect them to be dead by the end. Mime survives both of his, even if the episodes themselves have downer endings.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Peanuts, for some reason.
- The Voiceless: In several episodes he makes brief vocal sounds, such as snoring, gagging, or gurgling. He most likely chooses not to speak or scream out of showmanship.
- Deconstructed since this often leads to the deaths of those around him. One notable example was "Who's To Flame?" when he called 911 and didn't actually speak to Lumpy on the other end.
"Myopic, meandering marches most often lead to macabre mishaps."
Voiced by: Dean MacDonald
A blind lavender mole who wears sunglasses and a dark turtle neck sweater, with a mole on his face. His blindness drives the plot for many episodes, since the creators feel that he and Lumpy are the most inept Tree Friends for any given job. Paired with his blindness is also the inability to speak, possibly because of his sweater. His deaths are limited to the TV series because a producer for the internet seasons has a blind daughter. A lone Ka-pow!
episode, Mole in the Big City
, visits the idea that The Mole is an international spy, an actual character trait that was cut
before he was introduced into the series.
"Parental parents are patient and proud."
Voiced by: Aubrey Ankrum
A bumbling tan bear who is almost always seen with a pipe and wears a red hat and robe. Pop is a single father to his son
, Cub, whom he tends to accidentally kill on a regular basis due to his oblivious and slightly dim nature. Despite this, he is actually very caring towards his son and will go out of his way to save him in the few times he knows Cub is hurt or lost. What happened to his wife/Cub's mother is never explained, though it is hinted at that she may have died prior to the series.
"Cute kids are cuddly and carefree!"
Voiced by: Lori Jee
An adorable tan baby bear, who is always wearing a propeller beanie hat and a diaper/nappy. Cub is Pop's son, and often his deaths are due to his father's oblivious nature. He tends to act stereotypically baby-like (babbling, drooling, etc.), though he has the mobility of a toddler. Because of his babyish nature and innocence, he doesn't usually notice if someone has died or is in pain, and has even played with severed body parts on occasion.
- Baby Talk: Being a baby, this is how Cub talks.
- Demonic Possession: In Read 'Em And Weep, by an Eldritch Abomination.
- Dead Baby Comedy: All of his deaths.
- Disney Death: In And the Kitchen Sink when Pop sees Cub's seemingly decapitated head lying in the sand after the two have gone over a waterfall. When he grabs his head, he finds that he was just buried in the sand up to the neck, and Cub lets out a weak cough.
- Infant Immortality: His entire existence in the show revolves around averting this.
- Made of Iron: In And the Kitchen Sink, Cub survived being scalded by extremely hot water, having his entire lower half of his body disintegrated in a sink garbage disposal, being pulled by the neck with a rope tied to a station wagon whose accelerator Pop floored (in an attempt to free Cub from the sink drain), being dragged by said station wagon while still stuck in the sink, and falling off a waterfall. These injuries and situations usually kill or dismember the older Tree Friends. He only died by drowning in the bathtub when Pop was looking away.
- Missing Mom: His mother's absence is never explained.
- Possibly explained in Can't Stop Coffin, where he and Pop are standing over someone's grave; the name is unseen to the audience.
Lifty and Shifty
"No need to be thrifty, just take whats nifty and be back in fifty!"
Both voiced by: Kenn Navarro
Two kleptomaniac green raccoon twin brothers, the older of which (Shifty) is always wearing a green fedora. Lifty and Shifty often scam or steal from unsuspecting Tree Friends (mostly Lumpy
) in an effort to get rich. They are played as sinister characters with narrow eyes, dark mask-like markings around their eyes, wide grins, and trademark evil snickers. Often times they work together to steal or scam, though they will sometimes fight, kill one another, or abandon the other to die in favor of riches or goods.
- Alas, Poor Villains: See Pet the Dog.
- Asshole Victims
- Can't Get Away with Nuthin' : They have died in EVERY episode of the internet series so far.
- Cheshire Cat Grin: Often seen with this, this is their trademark feature, along with...
- Dirty Coward: Shifty.
- Evil Laugh: They are very well known for their laughs.
- Five-Finger Discount: Though they really have Four-Fingered Hands.
- Green And Mean: they have green fur
- Jerkasses: They swindle, steal, and pillage from the other characters on a regular basis, even if it sends their victims to their deaths.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: See Pet the Dog.
- Karmic Death: Most of their deaths are a result of their thievery. For instance, in Don't Yank My Chain, they steal a car at a gas station. At the end of the episode, they get run over by a train when the car runs out of fuel right on the track. As a bonus, the original owner(s?) of the car are being dragged along the train when this happens.
- Laser-Guided Karma: "Laser-guided" is a bit of an understatement...
- Nice Hat: Shifty wears a fedora to differentiate the two.
- Pet the Dog / Out-of-Character Moment: In Happy Trails Part 2: Jumping the Shark, when they try to save everyone by using an inflatable raft to bring everyone back to civilization. Too bad that didn't work quite as they planned.
- Rascally Raccoon: They are the de facto villains of the series.
- Sibling Rivalry: They're sometimes seen fighting over who gets to rightfully keep things they have stolen.
- Sibling Team: For kleptomania, no less.
- The Unintelligible: While other characters can be understood if one listens to them closely enough, Lifty and Shifty usually only speak in complete gibberish. There HAVE been a few times where they can be understood.
- Trademark Favorite Food: A Running Gag in the series is them stealing various meats or cows.
- Too Dumb to Live: Their thievery usually goes against common sense, and usually gets themselves killed.
- Villain Protagonists: Usually, the episodes they appear in centre around them.
"Row, row, row your boat down a running river!"
Voiced by: Francis Carr
A turquoise pirate sea otter with a Jolly Roger hat, eye-patch, ripped striped shirt, black pants, two peg legs, and a hook hand. Russell dresses and talks like a pirate, with his vocabulary consisting almost entirely of "Yar!" He enjoys the sea and nautical activities, such as fishing, sailing, or hunting for treasure, and he even lives in a house boat (perched in a tree). His early design had him with five-o-clock shadow
, but this has been retired since his second appearance onward.
"Don't be a drag. Get down and dance! Can you dig it?"
Voiced by: Peter Herrman
A groovy golden bear with an orange afro, yellow leisure suit, yellow bell-bottoms, and platform shoes. Disco Bear is stuck in the 1970's and lives the disco way of life, from his clothing to his dance moves to the music that plays on his alarm clock. He likes to roller blade, ski, and (unsuccessfully) hit on Giggles and Petunia, but most of all he loves to disco dance. However, he also loves deep fried/fatty foods, has a noticeable gut, and lives an unhealthy lifestyle. He takes great pride in his afro and goes to extremes to make sure it's perfect. It took until the TV series for the creators to stop finding him annoying and actually start liking him.
"Super squirrel swooping in for the save!"
Voiced by: David Winn
A heroic blue flying squirrel who is always seen with a red mask. Splendid is a superhero with super strength/speed, heat vision, the ability to fly, and more. Despite his helpful nature, he always seems to hurt more than he helps. When not saving the world, he's quite the homemaker who enjoys baking and sewing. He is a comic book legend in-universe, and is an idol to Sniffles and Toothy in particular. His only weakness is a green acorn-shaped rock
called Kryptonut, which caused his only confirmed death throughout the whole series. He has an evil twin/evil counterpart, Splendont, who ironically is much better at being a superhero. Splendid stars in Ka-pow!
alongside Flippy and Buddhist Monkey.
- Anti-Hero: A Nominal Hero.
- Clark Kenting / Part Time Hero: At the Daily Acorn as a reporter, no less.
- Cool Mask: Even while Clark Kenting.
- Designated Hero: Invoked. He's a superhero in title only.
- Destructive Saviour: Often causes more problems than he solves.
- Everything's Nuttier With Squirrels: Downplayed, compared to Nutty.
- Evil Counterpart / Evil Twin: Splendont, complete with Color Coding For Our Convenience.
- Expy: Of Superman and Rocky.
- Failure Hero / Idiot Hero / Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: His efforts to do good often lead to mass destruction and deaths of others.
- Fartillery: Introduced in "Breaking Wind". Although Toilet Humor appears occasionally in the show, this episode is the first to show farting.
- Flying Brick: Has the standard set of superhero powers: Flight, Super Strength, Super Speed, Eye Beams, Super Breath, and Super Senses.
- Informed Flaw: See Why Did It Have to Be Snakes? - he never shows having any problems from flying at great heights.
- Kill It with Fire: Despite having Superman-like invincibility, he (and every other character) gets killed in the fire that burns down the school in "Class Act".
- Kryptonite Factor: Kryptonut.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: Comes with being a Superman Expy. This is made most obvious in "Class Act" and "Breaking Wind"; in "Class Act" he is killed when the school explodes, but in "Breaking Wind" he is completely unharmed when the Earth explodes.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Tends to survive things other tree friends can't, which is made abundantly clear in "Breaking Wind" where the entire planet explodes and he is unharmed. He has so far only died twice, one of which was due to Kryptonite Factor.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Another deep-voiced character who does this when in pain.
- Super Strength
- Super Team: The Supremely Sensational Stupendously Spectacular Super Squad, or SSSSSuper Squad for short.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: The Collect Them All section states that Splendid has acrophobia, a fear of heights.
Voiced by: Dean MacDonald
A prehistoric yellow marmot who wears a leopard-skin loincloth and carries a club. Cro-Marmot is always seen encased entirely in a large block of ice (except for the irregular episode Dino-Sore Days). Despite this, he will often be seen doing activities (almost always off-camera), and is apparently known for his impressive talents, all unseen by the viewer. His main method of transportation is an ice cream truck.
Lammy and Mr. Pickels
"Long lasting friends don't tend to be fickle. More likely, they would laugh and love to tickle!"
Voiced by: Renée T. MacDonald
A wooly violet lamb who wears a purple hairbow and a white wool sweater, and a pickle dressed in a top hat and mustache. Winners of the Vote or Die
10th anniversary new character contest held by the Happy Tree Friends website in early 2010, Lammy and Mr. Pickels are the newest additions to the HTF cast. While Lammy appears to be a relatively normal girl, her (seemingly imaginary) friend Mr. Pickels gleefully causes mischief with others, even killing them. As a disturbing twist, when Lammy tries to stop Mr. Pickels from harming others, it's Lammy unintentionally causing pain and grief.
- Ax-Crazy: Mr. Pickels (intentionally), and Lammy (unintentionally).
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Companion Cube: In A Bit of a Pickle, Mr. Pickels is shown to be a regular pickle that Lammy considers her Imaginary Friend.
- Hair Decorations
- Eye Scream: In their debut episode, Lammy is shot in the eye with a taser, and then electrocuted. We later see her with her eye horribly swollen, dark red, and covered in welts.
- Actually, if you pause while she's being tased, you'll notice she has a crack in her skull. Hmm...
- Green And Mean: Mr. Pickles, a psychotic murderous pickle.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal
- Nice Hat: For a pickle, anyway.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Lammy's attempts to stop Mr. Pickels end in death and disaster.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Royal Flush seems to show that Mr. Pickels is not just in her imagination, as he kills Flaky while Lammy's whereabouts are accounted for. Note that Mr. Pickels pulls the rug from under Flaky when he's supposed to be in the toilet.
- Pokémon Speak: Lammy speaks with a sheep's bleat. It's most pronounced when she's laughing or panicking.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Yes, it's meant to be "Pickels."
- Split Personality: It's implied that Mr. Pickels is the result of Lammy having Dissociative Identity Disorder.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Lammy has long eyelashes and, like Giggles, wears a bow on her head. Mr. Pickels, on the male end of the spectrum, wears a top hat and has a mustache.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Lammy is the girly girl to Flaky's tomboy.
- The Voiceless: Mr. Pickels
- Yandere: Mr. Pickels doesn't like when Lammy shows affection to others...
Voiced by: Jeff Biancalana
A peaceful orange monkey who wears a dark orange Buddhist robe and large prayer beads. Buddhist Monkey is, as his name suggests
, a monkey who practices Buddhism and is normally nonviolent. However, when attacked by Generic Tree Ninjas and others sent from a mysterious, dark overlord
, he sheds his passive outer nature and call upon his extensive martial arts training to kill his enemies. A flashback focused on his training by Sensei Orangutan
, who had died sometime between the flashback and the series. He is the only main recurring character to not have died yet (although the fact he's only appeared in person in Ka-pow!!
helps immensely). He stars in Ka-pow!
alongside Flippy and Splendid.
Generic Tree Friends
Background characters who, very much like the main cast, can be caught up in messed-up gory glory.
- Faceless Masses: Mostly their faces aren't shown. One of the few exceptions being "Class Act", where Flippy is briefly shown stabbing one to death in the background.
- Recurring Extra
- You Look Familiar: Many of them resemble Toothy without a tail. However, some with different shapes occasionally appear (especially in early episodes).
A blue pig who was rejected in favour of Lammy and Mr. Pickles. At least for now...
- Anyone Can Die: He's been killed at least twice so far ("All in Vein" and "By the Seat of Your Pants"), but all his deaths occur offscreen.
- Blowing a Raspberry: Seen doing this as one of his poses.
- The Cameo: Ever since he lost Vote or Die to Lammy & Mr. Pickles, Truffles could only appear through making small cameos in the background of episodes. Ironically, however, he makes more appearances than Lammy & Mr. Pickles.
- Demoted to Extra
- Non-Standard Character Design: Like Lumpy and Sniffles, he lacks the common nose style of most characters. While distinctly heart-shaped, it is bigger, has visible nostrils, and is more purplish in color. He also lacks normal hands and feet, having hooves instead, as well as being the only character to bear tusks. His ears and tail are unique as well.
- Spoiled Brat: Truffles has been referenced as a brat by the creators. His personality could also be hinted by his appearance.
- Silent Bob: We've never heard his voice. At least not yet.
Voiced by:Kenn Navarro, Ken Pontac, Warren Graff
A family of ants who are Sniffles' arch-enemies. Small but surprisingly deadly.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: They inflict this on Sniffles whenever he tries to eat them. For this reason, not many fans like them.
- Disappeared Dad: The family consists of a baby, a brother, sister, and mother ant. Where's the father ant? Some fans assume he died prior to the series; most likely eaten by Sniffles.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Why must they torture that poor anteater who only wants a snack?
- Expy: Some fans compare them to The Simpsons, most notably the mother ant being associated with Marge due to her hair.
- Four-Legged Insect: They also lack antannae, except the baby ant who has one antenna on his head like a strand of hair.
- Karma Houdini: They ALWAYS get away with torturing and killing Sniffles. The closest thing they got to a comeuppance was the baby ant catching Sniffles' cold at the end of "Suck It Up".
- Mama Bear: In "A Hard Act to Swallow", the mother ant attacks and goes inside Sniffles to rescue her youngest offspring, who was eaten at the beginning of the episode.
- Out of Focus: Since "Tongue in Cheek" back in 2006, they have made no appearances in the show, being absent for all of Season 3 and, so far, Season 4 of the Internet series.
- Sadist: Their torture methods would make even Fliqpy wince.