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YMMV: Happy Tree Friends
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Lots of characters have different perspectives from fans.
    • Is Cuddles a troublemaker who wants others to do dangerous activities, or does he want others to have fun and is unaware of how dangerous stunts can be?
    • Is Giggles a slut who's more than willing to cheat on her boyfriend, did those events happen before she fell in love with Cuddles, or has she broken up with Cuddles before the episodes where she dates others?
    • Is Lumpy a dimwitted moose that is a threat to civilization, or is he just trying to help his friends, but keeps on making careless mistakes that lead to their deaths?
    • Is Petunia a true neat freak, or did she suffer a severe illness that soon led her to keeping everything germ free and organized?
    • Is Pop a truly neglectful parent, or does he really care about his son and just simply makes careless mistakes (similarily to Lumpy)?
    • Is Flaky a mentally unstable character that has a load of fears, a character that cares about her friends but is scared about facing any danger likely due to a tragic event she has faced, or is she the only sane character on the show that is trying to point out to everyone about all the dangers that happen?
    • Is Disco Bear a pervert who loves flirting with women, or is he just trying to act cool and just doesn't know how to?
    • Are Lifty and Shifty true thieves that truly deserve to be thrown in prison, or have they actually been poor once and are just trying to avoid that from ever happening again?
    • Is Splendid a part-time "superhero" that doesn't care about his job, or does he truly try his best to help others, but simply causes more problems than he solves?
    • Is Lammy a psychopath who believes a pickle is killing others when it's really her doing all the killing, a killer that's trying to frame a pickle for all the killing, or is she a victim to Mr. Pickels who is really killing others and framing it on Lammy?
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: The second half of A Sucker For Love. Most of the episode is a random montage of Nutty's fantasy about loving, dating, marrying, impregnating, murdering for, and dying old with a box of chocolates.
  • Creator's Pet: Lumpy for a great part of the fanbase. It doesn't help that there were only two TV episodes Lumpy didn't appear in. In some of these he didn't have much of a role other than just to be there. This is only justified by the fact that the writers seem to work on a "take the dumbest character in the series and throw him into jobs that require brains and see what happens" system.
    • Another thing pushing him into Creator's Pet territory is that he doesn't die nearly as often as the rest of the cast. Too Dumb To Die, maybe?
  • Crosses the Line Twice: The whole point.
  • Designated Hero: Splendid, intentionally.
  • Designated Villain: Splendont.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Girls just can't seem to stop pairing up Flippy with their original characters... or just Flaky. Arguably justified, as Flippy is only a Draco when he flips — otherwise, he's a sweetheart.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Flippy, Flaky and Splendid. There's enough pictures where they are hanging around, that people who knew nothing of the show would assume that it's only about them or as if they form the main trio of the show. The fandom created this perspective which imposed itself on the entire fanart and fanfiction. They're kinda like the Harry, Ron and Hermione or Naruto, Sasuke and Sakura, from the fandom's point of view. If you don't believe it, check out Pixiv, Zerochan and Deviantart. Some examples are here.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Flippy and Flaky is the most popular couple in the whole fandom . One of the reasons people prefer them together is that Flaky appears to be Flippy's closest friend despite that he has killed her several times and that she develops a phobia of him in the latter episodes. Although the fact that he has stopped killing her recently, for an unknown reason, and a few other hints imply that he may like her.
    • On the girls' part, even though Cuddles / Giggles and Handy / Petunia are official couples, in the anime fandom Giggles is commonly paired with Splendid, while Petunia is often paired with both Flippy and Shifty. Flaky is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships, as she's paired with almost every male character in the series (especially with Flippy, with which she makes the Fan-Preferred Couple). She's most commonly paired with Flippy, Nutty, Lumpy, Splendid, Splendont, Cuddles, or both Lifty and Shifty at the same time (although she's more often paired with Lifty, while Petunia is more often paired with Shifty).
    • On the Ho Yay part, Flippy/Splendid has the largest following, especially in the japanese fandom. One of the main reasons may be that people always wanted them to fight each other so that they could see who would win. In Japan, it is probably the most popular pairing, after Flippy/Flaky. Other common Ho Yay couples are: Nutty/ Sniffles, Splendid/Splendont, Lifty/Shifty, Good Flippy/Evil Flippy, Giggles/Petunia, Splendid with both Shifty and Lifty, Pop/Disco Bear, Lumpy/Russell and Lumpy/The Mole.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show's garnered a following in Japan. Certain characters are more popular overseas as well; there's a particular contrast in popularity between East and West regarding Lumpy and Mime, whereof the former sometimes receives disturbing amounts of love.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The "moral" at the end of A Bit of A Pickle. If Mr. Pickels truly isn't real... oh dear.
    We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
  • Idiot Plot: Nearly every episode. Especially ones starring Lumpy.
  • Memetic Mutation: A scene from "Letter Late Than Never" in which Cuddles finds Cub's pizza-like corpse inside a flattened box. This has been featured in a series of internet fads known as "Dear, I Found _ in the Pizza Box", where an image would replace Cub's body.
  • Misaimed Fandom: The fact that there are quite a lot of people who make OC Tree Friends and pair them off with characters, just like in any other popular fandom, makes you wonder if they actually saw the show.
    • There's a surprisingly lack of gore artwork within the fandom. It doesn't pop up nearly as much as you'd expect for the series. Instead fans opt for more realistic violence and grimdark.
    • Overall, it seems that there's just as much of a fandom for the character designs and "pre-continuity" Sugar Bowl as there is for the main show. note 
  • Moral Event Horizon: Shifty crosses it when he leaves Lifty to die in the submarine, just so that he could survive and have all the gold. He later receives a Karmic Death.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Particularly if any small children accidentally watch it. And some older viewers too, if they aren't into that sort of thing.
  • The Scrappy: Disco Bear for some. At first, only co-creator Rhode Montijo liked him, but the other staff members say they warmed up to Disco Bear considerably while making the TV series, in part because they enjoyed seeing him get killed.
    • Some veteran fans of the show see Lammy as a Scrappy because of her having a dark murderous side brought on by mental illness, something that's already been done with Flippy, making seem like the creators are trying to make that brand of psychopathic lightning that made Flippy so popular strike twice. Some rumors have started that Flippy is in fact cured (as evidenced by the fact he hasn't flipped out in years) - or, since On My Mind, getting better - meaning Lammy could be another kind of Scrappy altogether.
    • Not a lot of people like the Ants due to their sadistic and disproportionate torture against Sniffles just because he wants to eat what are part of his diet. Doesn't help that they always get off scot-free.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Youtube Copyright School makes it clear what happens when you upload copyrighted videos on Youtube.
  • Squick
  • Tear Jerker: Read here.
  • Ugly Cute: Lumpy and Truffles
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Is Flaky a boy or girl? Fans and creators usually go with girl. Although Graff sometimes trolls the fanbase regarding Flaky's gender because he likes seeing fans fight over it.
    • Played for laughs in the episode Something Fishy, where Flaky's shown trying to decide which bathroom to go in. We never do find out the answer. Although it's not really much of a mystery anymore since the creator has already stated a few times that she's a girl.
    • Was confirmed to be a girl by the website's Twitter account on April 28, 2012.
    • Cuddles often gets confused for a girl. It does not help that he has a high-pitched voice, wears pink bunny slippers, and is a light pastel yellow color. In episodes where he and Giggles are dating, YouTube commenters are shocked to discover Cuddles' true gender.
  • The Woobie: Depending on your tastes, everyone, but the most prominent being Flaky, who - unlike her sometimes blissfully unaware friends - responds with the appropriate amount of fear to the messes she ends up in. Runners up would be Toothy for his tendency to cry and Sniffles (and to a lesser extent, Petunia) for their often exceptionally brutal and prolonged deaths.
    • Jerkass Woobie: Sniffles. Yes, he's trying to eat the ants, but that doesn't justify how much cold-blooded torture he suffers from them.
    • Even the Ax-Crazy Flippy gets his moments when he realizes that he committed his violence against his own friends.
  • What an Idiot: Has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: The videos start out fine... until the middle bordering on end.

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