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  • Acting for Two:
    • Giggles, Petunia and Cub have always had the same voice actor, although the role has changed twice.
    • Lumpy and Splendid have always shared a voice actor, even when Montijo left the show.
    • Lifty, Shifty, Cuddles and normal Flippy are all voiced by Kenn Navarro, although initially, Kenn only did Cuddles' voice.
  • Ascended Fanon:
    • Fliqpy referred to as "Evil Flippy" is sometimes used as a name on certain blog posts.
    • Fans' suggestions about an episode with Splendid fighting Flippy eventually happened in Happy Tree Friends: Deadeye Derby, though indirectly. Splendid is a playable character in the game and Flippy is a boss, making it possible for Splendid to fight him.
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  • Banned Episode: While part 1 for "Wishy Washy" is still available on YouTube, part 2 was removed for violating its terms of service. It's speculated that either Lumpy's death and hideous corpse or Petunia's suicide was the reason for the video's removal.note  Even the other segments of the TV episode that featured it, "Four on the Floor", were removed from YouTube for the same reason. The entirety of "Wishy Washy" can still be watched on Mondo Media's website, and "Four on the Floor" is available on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Banned in China: The show's TV season was taken off the air from Russian TV channel 2×2 for "promoting violence and brutality". Several Internet episodes were similarly taken down on YouTube's network in Russia.
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  • Based on a Dream: The part in "Easy Comb, Easy Go" where Disco Bear looks into the mirror and uses some tweezers to pluck out a single strain of hair growing out of his eye was based on a dream that writer Ken Pontac had.
  • Blooper:
    • This occasionally happens with a number of characters who have certain parts that face a specific way. Often, they are mirrored, resulting in said parts getting flipped. The most well-known example is Lumpy's antlers; one is meant to be facing up while the other faces down. Whether it's the left or the right, however, changes with each episode and each moment, even onscreen.
    • The TV series introduced redesigned teeth for characters who have buck-teeth. There are however moments where the teeth revert to the older designs, however.
      • In "And the Kitchen Sink" there is a brief scene where Pop uses his older teeth design.
      • In "Dunce Upon a Time", when Giggles is about to knock down the bottles with the imprisoned Tree Friends, they are using their older designs.
      • Even vice versa happens with "Star Kringle", one of the HTF Breaks. The majority of the breaks are supposed to be using the older designs, though for one scene, Toothy actually gets his TV design. This is because the scene in question was added into the break (which was originally created in 2004 for the Winter Break special) after the show got its characters redesigned.
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    • Toothy had this issue in earlier episodes with his buckteeth, which are supposed to be longer than usual with a significant gape, hence his name. The earlier episodes sometimes shift between his unique buckteeth and for the most part, the ones everyone else has. The most glaring example is "Eye Candy", where Toothy spends the majority of the episode with regular teeth.
    • Sniffles' mouth is supposed to be located in his snout. Yet "Take a Hike" has it located under his snout.
    • Many uploads of the original versions of episodes presented in .swf format (from "Spin Fun Knowin' Ya!" up to "Just Desert") were prone to a couple of mistakes.
      • The fan-dubbed "Quick Shot Moments" refers to the uploads' scenes with a random frame of an episode. Sometimes, it would show a much later scene such as a character's death. Starting with "Peas in a Pod", those frames were gone. The "Classics Remastered" removes these moments alongside less apparent bloopers.
      • The original YouTube upload of "Stayin' Alive" has the transitions of Giggles and Petunia's dead bodies during the second rave scene stretch rather than moving to the left and right like in the original animation and its DVD release. Classics Remastered fixes this.
    • The Classic Remastered version of "Pitchin' Impossible" has Petunia's name label appear as "Lifty and Shifty". This mistake was fixed for the Complete Disaster DVD.
  • Creator Backlash: The crew, apparently, did not like "Gems the Breaks", for reasons unspecifiednote . And, on an ask account on Reddit, Warren Graff was displeased on how "Home Is Where The Hurt Is" turned out.
  • Creator's Favorite: Kenn Navarro admits that Lumpy has his favorite character design, due to his lanky limbs.
  • Creator's Pest:
    • Disco Bear was this to writers in the earlier episodes of the show as they considered him annoying. This is the reason why he has only one episode in Season 1. Starting with the TV series, however, they started to love him a bit more.
    • The staff have also admitted to disliking Cro-Marmot which likely explains the reasons he has very few starring roles in the show.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Cub, Sniffles, and Mime (when he needs a vocal effect) are all voiced by women.
    • All the ants, including the female ones, are voiced by men.
  • Descended Creator: All three creators were regular voice actors at one point:
    • Aubrey Ankrum voiced Pop and both of Flippy's personalities before leaving the show. His voice is still sampled for Pop and Fliqpy, so he was only replaced for good Flippy.
    • Rhode Montijo voiced Lumpy and Splendid in the first two seasons before being replaced by David Winn.
    • Kenn Navarro voices Cuddles, and started voicing Flippy, Lifty and Shifty after their original voice actors left.
  • Development Hell: A movie for the show was announced to be in pre-production in 2014, but as of 2019, no update on its development has been given since then.
  • Enforced Method Acting: In "Shard at Work", Warren Graff choked himself with water while recording the scene where Handy gets a fish bowl stuck on his head.
  • Missing Episode: Several "irregular" episodes can't be found on Mondo Media's website. Among them are "Dino-Sore Days" (a sketch featuring a non-ice-encased Cro-Marmot), "Intimate Spotlight" (an "interview" with Cro-Marmot), Cuddles's "Smoochie" episode, and a Christmas episode titled "We Wish You".
  • Newbie Boom: The many YouTube videos of people reacting to the series and the popularity of the Friday Night Funkin' mods VS Flippy and Vs. Flippy: Flipped Out! brought new fans to the series.
  • No Export for You: A lot of the merchandise is Japan Only. Averted if said merchandise turns up on Amazon or eBay, though.
  • Orphaned Reference: Aside from the irregular episode "Mole in the City", The Mole as a secret agent is still somewhat hinted at by his name.
  • The Other Darrin: Several changes in voice actors:
    • Giggles, Petunia and Cub have always shared a voice actor, though the role has been replaced twice: first Dana Belben, then Ellen Connell, now Lori Jee.
    • David Winn replaced Rhode Montijo as both Lumpy and Splendid when Rhode left the show. Similarly, Kenn Navarro replaced Mark Giambruno as both Lifty and Shifty (although Giambruno's laughs were sampled in at least one episode) and Francis Carr replaced Jeff Biancalana as Russell.
    • Kenn Navarro voiced Handy in "A Hole Lotta Love" because Warren Graff was unavailable.
      • According to the Happy Tree Friends wiki, Kenn Navarro also voiced Toothy in "Keepin' It Reel".
    • Subverted with Pop; Aubrey Ankrum's voice has been sampled since he left the show. Ankrum is also sampled for evil Flippy, but Kenn took over voicing good Flippy.
  • Quietly Cancelled: Not outright confirmed, but likely. In 2014, the series entered a hiatus that was eventually revealed to have been due to a lack of funds. In order to solve the issue, five new episodes were released for paid digital download in 2016. However, according to a Twitter post by Kenn Navarro a few months later, sales fell below expectations. While he claimed that he remained optimistic for the show's future, no more episodes were released after that, nor was there any significant word on the fate of the show.
  • Reclusive Artist: Of the voice actors who worked on the show, only Kenn Navarro, Ellen Connell, Warren Graff, Nica Lorber, David Winn, and Michael Lipman have given interviews. The others have basically disappeared off the face of the earth since HTF stopped production of new episodes.
  • Schedule Slip:
    • No internet episodes were released between late 2005 and October 2007, as the producers were in the process of making the TV series. Even after the TV season came and went in late 2006, the hiatus continued.
      • Only two episodes were released in all of 2007, both of which were Holiday Episodes.
    • There were only three episodes in 2010 and one full episode in 2011, which was also a Christmas Episode.
    • There were also only three episodes in 2014, all of which were released within the first three months of that year, and after their debuts, the show entered a hiatus that lasted through late 2016. The show finally returned yet again with 5 new episodes in December 2016.
      • The first 2014 episode, "Spare Tire", itself was originally intended to debut in December 2013, but ended up releasing on January 7, 2014.
  • Screwed by the Lawyers: Subverted. They have the "Copyright School" video, which Youtube users would be forced to watch when they get a full on Copyright strike.
  • Screwed by the Network: By 2005, the show was at its peak, and G4TV, which at this point was already broadcasting the internet shorts (some of which had just been seen on Attack of the Show!), picked up a TV adaptation of the show, which premiered in 2006. In the months leading up to the TV series' premiere, G4 and the Happy Tree Friends website both comfortably gave it plenty of advertising, with a small number of the TV series' episodes even being given early previews that were sent to subscribers of the show's now-defunct email fan club. Unfortunately, G4 placed first-run episode broadcasts at the highly inconvenient time slot of midnight Eastern Time on Monday nightsnote  with extremely poor promotion, which translated into low ratings, which not only ensured the TV series' cancellation after 13 episodes and the scrapping of a planned second TV season, but also indirectly caused the show's popularity to crash, although the show itself luckily avoided the fate of its characters. Making matters worse, the TV series was removed entirely from G4's schedule as soon as the final episode aired, as if it never existed.
  • Trolling Creator: The crew did this with Flaky's gender to intentionally have fans argue about it. Word of God would eventually confirm she's a girl, though.
    • A blog post for "Wrath Of Con" initially claims she's a girl, but the next one says otherwise.
    • Many of the Blurbs refer to Flaky with both male and female pronouns.
    • The episode "Something Fishy" has Flaky deciding on which bathroom to use. It's never shown which one Flaky enters.
  • Two Voices, One Character: Flippy is a variation in that he was originally voiced only by Aubrey Ankrum, but after Ankrum left the show, Kenn Navarro took over as good Flippy while Ankrum was sampled for Fliqpy. Presumably Navarro couldn't go deep enough.
  • What Could Have Been: A commentary in the First Blood DVD revealed various concepts. That also includes prototypes and unused concepts.
    • A few rejected characters:
      • Pranky the bear.
      • Cookie the chef sloth.
      • An unnamed centaur character.
      • A fugitive character whose head is phallic instead of round. (species is not clear)
      • A cyborg bear, with one side of his body being mechanical.
      • Mafia Doctor the deer, possibly based on quack doctors. He has one of his cheeks bandaged, has a broken right arm, has his feet stuck in concrete blocks, and wields a saw.
      • An unnamed monkey.
      • Penny the princess/queen bear.
      • Bunny Bumpkin the, well, country bumpkin.
      • An unnamed bear character in a warrior-like outfit.
      • An unnamed possum character who is supposed to be Mole's arch-rival.
      • An unnamed female possum character with a flower on her head and small possum(?) plushies stuck on her body.
      • Swami the skunk.
      • Meat Face, a character whose head is covered with a bag.
      • Skizzy the tall, skinny squirrel.
      • An unnamed platypus character in a strait jacket.
      • Princess the rabbit.
    • Prototypes involving existing characters include: Lumpy being a bear instead of a dinosaur in an early sketch about the pilot episode, Shifty being a squirrel, Pop only donning his hat and having his smoking pipe, Flippy having bandages covering his injuries and having a broken arm, Russell with a long beard, Cub being named Fuzzy, Sniffles being a squirrel, and Flaky having ears and being named Corky.
    • Pop was originally going to be in Happy Trails Part 2, but the writers didn't like the idea of him appearing without Cub or murdering Flaky in cold blood. They instead opted for Flippy, which makes it much easier since they were (at the time) voiced by the same person, however, Pop's dialogue was used in the final episode.
    • A second TV season was requested by G4TV, and a promotional poster was even created for press purposes, but it was vetoed by the producers due to how the first TV season got the Screwed by the Network treatment mentioned above.
  • Why Fandom Can't Have Nice Things:
    • The show's creators have occasionally shown disinterest with a Fliqpy vs. Splendid episode, an episode idea fans have suggested a lot, as shown in the TV show's DVD commentary and on a live stream chat. On the former, the creators themselves state it wouldn't happen while on the latter, they feel that having one like that would be Jumping the Shark.
    • Kenn Navarro has stated that Truffles will not play a significant role that isn't him being The Cameo. He stays like this because the show must remain faithful to Vote or Die contest results.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Fandom/Wikia HTF Wiki, and a brand new and under construction Lumpypedia.
  • Word of God:
    • It's confirmed that Flaky is indeed a girl.
    • Kenn Navarro confirmed that Giggles does have a tail, albeit a really tiny one that viewers can't see.
    • He also stated that the SSSSSSquad members other than Splendid do have names.
      • The fox is named Wonder Wanda.
      • The spider is named Webster.
      • The robot is named Tick-Talk.
      • The jellyfish is named Man-O-War.
    • The creators addressed the infamous two hiatuses (2011 and 2014-2016) by saying that both cases were caused by a lack of funds.

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