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.
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 depending on if a copy of the episode counts as a second time 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.
Asshole Victim: Some Cuddles x Giggles fans see her as this in On My Mind.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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).
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.
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.
Too Dumb to Live: Inverted most of the time (an exception being the episode The Chokes On You).
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.).
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.
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
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.
Cross-Dressing Voices: One of two male characters to be voiced by a female voice actor, the other being Cub.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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 reef 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.
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.
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.
Shell-Shocked Veteran: His post-traumatic stress disorder had manifested itself into schizophrenia. When something reminds him of war, he will flip out, letting his evil side take over.
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.
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.
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.
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 as this has led to the death of many others in Who's to Flame? when he chose not to talk to Lumpy on the phone.
"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.
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.
The Determinator: The few times he ever is aware that Cub is in danger he'll never stop in trying to save his son, up to and including going over a waterfall in And the Kitchen Sink and successfully fending off a rabid dog in Doggone it!
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.
Disney Death: In And the Kitchen Sink when Pop sees Cub seemingly decapitated after falling off a waterfall. When he grabs his head, he finds that he was just buried in the sand up to the neck. A second later, Cub confirms that he's alive when he coughs.
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.
"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.
Karma Houdini: "Ipso Fatso", "Concrete Solution", and "Easy Comb, Easy Go" are some of the few episodes where they survive and the only ones where they get away with their actions.
Lifty fell into this in a comic strip called "Bank on it!".
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ax-Crazy: After accidentally killing Lumpy in Get Whale Soon.
Cartoony Tail: He has a flat tail like a beaver. Real-life otters have long tails.
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.
Casanova Wannabe: Continuously flirts with the female characters throughout the series. The only female he has not flirted with is Lammy.
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.
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. His only actual death was due to Kryptonite Factor.
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.
Informed Ability: As revealed in Intimate Spotlight, he's an accomplished writer, painter, and pianist. Also, he has his own brand of foot powder, held a tour on Broadway, is known for his loud antics and energetic performances, and had been titled "Sexiest Happy Tree Friend" in 1992.
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.
"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).
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.
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.