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These are recommendations made by Tropers for Happy Tree Friends, all of which have been signed. After a few samples, you will be able to judge whether you might be interested in the 'fic, based on who recommended it. No-name recommendations will be zapped. Nobody would back up the rec. Discussion of the recommendation is welcome on the discussion page. As such discussion is important, do remember to add the discussion page to the watchlist, if need be.


Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.

Breaking Point by The Wax Factory

  • Recommended by SouthPawRacer
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: A dramatic story that puts the cast of Happy Tree Friends in a Zombie Apocalypse scenario. Orange rain from a suspect storm cloud spreads a zombie-like infection among the population, and the cast of HTF are forced into a cross-country journey to escape the chaos. But, naturally, things go very, very wrong.
  • Comments: This story is incomplete and likely dead, having not been updated since January 2011, but the fifteen chapters that are there contain some of the most heartwrenching and engaging writing that you may ever see in an HTF fan work. It's dark, unsettling, depressing, gory, and amazing. The author plays with the characters and twists them, but still manages to keep them somewhat true to the show while making them much darker and more mature. A shame that it has not been updated in nearly five years at the time of writing.

Idol Hunting by Hatrfa 327

  • Recommended by: Sotnosen 93
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Sick of the crazy and repetitive deaths of the Happy Tree Town, Sniffles rallies the other HT Fs on a quest to destroy the Cursed Idols and end the Happy Tree Curse once and for all. Includes Flippy/Flaky and, though they're not as prominent, Cuddles/Giggles, Handy/Petunia, and a brief mention of one-sided Giggles/Splendid.
  • Comments: Although a bit mediocre in the beginning, this story only improves as time goes on. It is all in all a rather light-hearted adventure story, although it definitely has its dark moments, especially as the story moves on and the stakes get higher. References to episodes of the original show are not unusual, and while this may be intimidating to someone who has only just gotten into the show, it also serves to prove that the author has really done their research.

A Happy Tree Poem by The-Blue-Fanatic

  • Recommended by: goingmerry27
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: A poem that explains how day to day life goes amongst the Happy Tree Friends.
    • Comments: It's more focused on the setting than anything else. Characters are mostly mentioned in passing so there aren't any pairings.

Stained Clouds

  • Recommended by: Light Tiger Peace Grail Race
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: One night, Nutty discovers strangely colored clouds that give him wings. Wanting a break from his current life, he decides to follow the clouds on an adventure with Nunu, a kangaroo.
  • Comments: It's easy to tell this was written by a beginner, but all the ideas are there. They're just not very strong yet. Focusing on Nutty of all characters is a pretty neat idea, especially giving him wings and taking him to new places. It's a shame because this fanfiction seems to have been abandoned. It's also quite meta-the beginning focuses on the HTF movie and how the Tree Friends rehearse for it. It also sounds like it was going to be scenery-based. I don't understand the concept of putting it on a Wikia instead of, though. A secret wikia nonetheless.

Awful older sibling by Time to show off bad fanfics

  • Recommended by: Sotnosen 93
  • Status: Dormant
  • Synopsis: Lifty deals with having an older brother who constantly leaves him for dead and does not appreciate the great self-restraint Lifty goes through to avoid leaving with some far better guy. No pairings other than a brief mention of Lifty and Shifty going on a date with someone unnamed.
  • Comments: A fanfic focusing on Lifty, Shifty, and Splendid, with occasional appearances by other characters. After Splendid accidentally wrecks the apartment building Lifty and Shifty live in, they blackmail him into letting them stay at his home until it's repaired. The main focus of the story is the relationship between Lifty and Shifty and the criminal hijinks the two get up to. While the grammar and spelling could use polishing, the characters are enjoyably written, with the contrast between the twins' jerkish, snarky personalities (although with the occasional small bit of affection toward each other) and Splendid's sunny, well-meaning one making for a fun contrast. Sadly seems to be a Dead Fic, being last updated July 2015.

Happy Tree Friends Origins by Tandy_16

  • Recommended by RabbitTopeBall
  • Status: Ongoing
  • Synopsis: This fanfiction tells a story for (possibly) every character except for Flippy, who already had his own bit of backstory explained in Operation: Tiger Bomb.
  • Comments: It's a great little fanfiction if you can't seem to find a good fanon answers for the mysteries of HTF, such as the loss of Handy's arms. It's currently being worked on, even though the last chapter as of this comment (Flaky) was released on August 11th. The creator of the fanfic is currently working on Cuddles' chapter. It's a great fanfiction that, to me, captures the spirit of Happy Tree Friends as a series. ~RabbitTopeBall

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