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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The show's lack of coherent dialogue and continuity leads to the fans creating a lot of these, enough to fill its own page.
  • Angel/Devil Shipping: Any pairing including Flippy, due to his possible berserker state. Shifty and/or Lifty with someone they robbed in an earlier episode may count as well.
  • Angst? What Angst?: In ”Party Animal” where Flippy is having a birthday party, he turns into his evil self when he hears popping baloons and kills all his friends. Once he hears Flaky explode, he turns back into his good self but doesn’t seem to bat an eye when there is blood all over the place and even dead bodies. Instead, he just casually drinks a smoothie, which was made out of The Mime being pushed into the mixer by Evil Flippy, not seeming to notice the taste of blood and even seems to enjoy it. All of this as if he didn’t see all the blood or remembering that he had friends over. (He probably didn't.)
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  • Author's Saving Throw: The Ants being retired in season 3, considering most of the show's fans hated them.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Lumpy. Fans either love him for his stupidity, or hate him and blame his low intelligence for most of the deaths.
    • Lammy and Mr. Pickels, especially for fans who rooted for Truffles in Vote or Die. Some fans like the addition of two characters, and consider Lammy herself as a nice female character additionnote . On the other hand, Lammy's design and her dynamic with Pickels is seen as less unique compared to Truffles as well as a poor replacement for Flippy's flipped-out state.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment:
    • The second half of "A Sucker For Love". Most of the episode is a random montage of Nutty's fantasies about loving, dating, marrying, impregnating, murdering for, and dying old with a box of chocolates.
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    • Unicornius's cameo in "Pet Peeve".
  • Broken Base:
    • The "Breaking Wind" episode. Is the episode genuinely funny, or is it abysmal due to the use of a fart joke? Is the inclusion of a Twilight parody (the book that Splendid is reading) a good mockery of the book/film or massively implying that the creators are actually interested in Twilight? It doesn't help that it has similarity to Craig Moss's film that shares the same name as the episode, as both rely on Toilet Humor and gives a Take That! to Twilight, which are both criticized by viewers.
    • The "In Over Your Hedge" episode. Some fans claim the episode felt like a repeat of "Random Acts of Silence" with Mime being replaced with Lumpy, and see Flippy killing Lumpy as Pandering to the Base to Flippy supporters that are angry that Lumpy is the only character to kill Flippy more than once.
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    • Truffles' Video Bomb Competition. Is this the sign that the creators have finally opened up to adding fan characters in an upcoming episode (albeit only one-time cameo like Truffles himself), allowing the fans to finally see them in the official HTF style, or does this actually mean that Mondo is running out of ideas yet again? The fact that voting just consisted of Facebook "likes" was also controversial; not everyone uses Facebook, and the less "social" fans were unlikely to reach more than single-digit likes regardless of how good the design was.
      • Really Good Unicornius joining the event. The character is an intentionally poorly-drawn unicorn made by Oliver Age 24, who also has a channel on Mondo focusing on "How to Draw" various characters from well-known franchises in the same ugly style. Oliver's ties with Mondo meant he could pretty much take advantage of the Facebook likes due to already gaining exposure from his videos; as a consequence it managed to stay in first place for a long time, leading to many fans feeling like it would be useless to join in. And while some people didn't mind Unicornious, and in fact were hoping to see him getting the "HTF style" treatment (while keeping his Non-Standard Character Design), he looked exactly the same as before in his cameo, causing more outburst.note 
    • The Love Bite short "On My Mind", which features Flippy and Giggles on a date, got a lot of flak from Flippy/Flaky supporters.
    • The infamous hiatus period. During 2011, Mondo got a lot of flak from the HTF fans for the (formerly unseen on the website) HTF Break shorts which mostly end with "Happy Tree Friends is dead!". Former fans of the show thought the show needed to end to prevent further Seasonal Rot, while other fans would like the show to continue, especially to expand more of Lammy and Mr. Pickels' character.
    • The episode "Clause for Concern", which was the only proper episode to air 2011. Fans were glad to see the show finally coming back, but the Bait-and-Switch-y nature of the episode was generally seen as disappointing - the episode is mostly bloodless and the only death is seen as rather uninspired.
    • Deadeye Derby being iOS-only upset fans using other phone OS', especially due to there being no web port.
    • The BlurB! episodes. Some fans like the humor and references provided by the captions, especially when the caption goes into Lampshade Hanging regarding the show's/the "BlurB"-ed episode's nature. Others see them as pointless filler and are not worth watching at all.
    • Vote or Die, an event where fans got to vote for a new HTF character. While it seemed like an April Fools' joke at first (as shown in the "fake" results where Lumpy "won" instead), the team later revealed the vote wasn't a joke, with Lammy and Mr. Pickels winning. The decision to confine Truffels to cameos as a result has been controversial, to say the least.
    • What's the actual premise/appeal of the show? Is it the violent blood/gore inflicted on cute animals as a hilarious contrast, or, going by what Kenn said in one of the DVD specials, a pure visual comedy that just so happens to involve blood and gore thus making the graphic violence optional? Fans who love the pure Sugar Bowl side of the show are more than happy to thank fellow HTF fan Nemao for bringing up the latter (does not help that HTF DVDs were not exactly commonplace until most of them got archived online), pretty much shutting down any thoughts on the former.
  • Cargo Ship: Nutty/Candy is notable for being canon in Sucker for Love, to the point where Nutty imagines he made the candy pregnant.
  • Crack Pairing: The fans seem fond of making these and Ships That Pass in the Night. See that trope for examples.
  • Creator's Pet: Lumpy is often considered one due to his high amount of starring roles combined with a relatively high survival rate.note 
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Adorable and cute characters dying horrible deaths is one thing. Literal Dead Baby Comedy, courtesy of Cub who isn't even out of his diapers and dies just as gruesomely, is another.
  • Designated Hero:
    • Splendid, who is mostly in it for the fame and glory.
    • Lumpy, Pop and the Mole in most of their starring roles. No matter how well they mean, they usually make things worse for everyone else and get off scotfree (usually).
    • While the above examples are likely intentional, the Ants have always been portrayed as in the right, even when the fans hate them for torturing Sniffles (going far beyond self-defense).
  • Designated Villain:
    • Sniffles, specifically in Suck it Up. Usually, it's Sniffles that causes the conflict, but in this episode, the Ants do. And Sniffles is seen as the antagonist because he rightfully gets mad and attempts to fight back.
    • Lifty & Shifty, sometimes. Dunce Upon A Time and Swelter Skelter come to mind.
  • Die for Our Ship:
    • Flippy/Flaky fans voiced their outrage when the Love Bites short "On my Mind" came out, which featured Flippy on a date with Giggles.
    • Cuddles/Giggles has fans who could not imagine either of them in other pairings, even though Giggles has dated several others in the show.
  • Dork Age: Every time the show goes into hiatus. The most notable ones are:
    • During late 2010 to Christmas 2011, the show ended up in hiatus for over 14 months (due to funding problems, according to Word of God). Prior to "Clause for Concern", 2011 was filled with BlurB! episodes and Break episodes, which were notorious for including the message "Happy Tree Friends is dead!". A Ka-Pow! revival during that year also failed utterly due to not even reaching more than a quarter of the funds required in Kickstarter.
    • The show is once again in this status since March 2014 after "Dream Job" was released. Same reason as the previous hiatus: Lack of funds. This hiatus ends with the release of a teaser video in the tail-end of October 2016, confirming five new episodes in December 2016 and, at the same time, lampshading fans' fear of the show ending.
    • It finally happens again once the final episode of the Still Alive pack has been given an official release for public. With no clear confirmation of whether the show is truly done or not, the show and its fandom wallow in this yet again.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Girls just can't seem to stop pairing up Flippy with their original characters... or just Flaky. That said, Flippy is only a Draco when he flips — otherwise, he's a sweetheart.
    • Lifty and Shifty is an interesting case, as fans will usually keep them as troublemakers and thieves while downplaying their worst traits. This includes skimping on their outright murdering of other Tree Friends, which intentional or not, they are usually unfazed by.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • 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.
    • Splendont only appeared in one episode, and yet his popularity rivals that of some of the main characters. It helps that he's Splendid's Evil Counterpart.
    • Despite only appearing for a brief 30 seconds in one episode before being killed off, Flippy's comrades, Sneaky and Mouse Ka-Boom (especially the latter) have as many fans as the examples above. The Tiger General from the same Spin-Off also has his fans for being a Four-Star Badass extraordinaire and being he's the only character in the whole franchise to fight Fliqpy on equal terms.
    • After the first Truffles's Video Bomb Competition ended and the digital trading cards were released in packs, expect to see one or two characters featured in each pack to be this. Some fans even wish that those characters end up in the actual show instead of the winners, cameo or not.
    • While he certainly has always had fans and wasn't, by any means, an unliked character, Sniffles's popularity has skyrocketed over the years with each appearance (from the TV series onwards). The main reason is that he gains a lot of sympathy points from his cruel deaths and his battles with the Ants. While the Ants kept receiving more hate, Sniffles kept getting more love, in a Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain way.
    • FatKat's mascot, who only appears as The Cameo in "Take Your Seat". Quite a few fans unaware of the character's origins love his and want to see more of his appearance in regular episodes, despite the fact that it's just a guest cameo.note 
    • Truffles has an ironic fandom of his own, usually to diss Lammy and Mr. Pickels, if not the entire cast except himself. But there are also genuine fans of him, usually wishing for him to be a main character one day.
  • Fan Myopia: The series has its share of overzealous fans who don't understand why the show has budget problems, and will feel personally offended if you point out the series' flaws (such as the writers still relying on the series' shock value when other contemporary shows with similar themes tried diversifying).
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Although Flaky is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships, the most popular couple for her (and the fandom as a whole) is with Flippy. 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 there are a few hints that imply 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.
    • Petunia/Disco Bear is the closest thing to the Foe Yay side.
  • Fandom-Enraging Misconception:
    • DO NOT mistake any well-known fan-made character as a canon character. At best, you'll drown in disappointment but at least other fans are willing to simply correct you on that. At worst, you'll be shouted at by the more hostile fans, especially if they don't like the idea of fan characters in general (which also isn't helped by the idea of Truffles's Video Bomb Competition).
    • During post-TV series era, saying that Flippy has fully gotten over his flip-outs was enough to garner wrath of fans. It didn't help that the next time a flipped-out Flippy appears, it's only in Flaky's imagination ("Without a Hitch"). The fanbase has calmed down since the release of the Love Bite short "On My Mind", which depicts Flippy flipping out.
    • Character concept-wise, mentioning that the cast is a complete rip-off of Care Bears characters will anger certain fans.
    • Fans that have done their research don't like hearing FatKat being referred to as a permanent part of the cast. FatKat is neither a canon HTF character nor a fan character; he's a guest character (for a single HTF Break) who is simply a HTF version of an animation studio's mascot.
    • Referring to Flippy and Fliqpy as the same character will mash quite a few buttons. From a physical standpoint, they are, but given the sheer night-and-day difference between the two, trying to blame Flippy for something that Fliqpy did can grate some nerves.
  • Fandom Rivalry:
    • When My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was growing in popularity, some HTF fans took offense at the show "taking" the other fans away. Not helped by the Happy Tree Friends Social forum ending up talking more about said show and lambasting anything HTF during the 2010-2011 hiatus. While there are some that enjoy both, it took a while for the rivalry to cool down.
    • HTF and other Mondo Media show fandoms tend to not play well with each other, but none are more notable than Dick Figures. The show debuted amidst the 2010-2011 hiatus, and became popular. Some HTF fans used to whine that Dick Figures is stealing the spotlight, while Dick Figures fans were tired of whiny HTF fanbrats requesting the same thing to be published over and over again. In the end, Dick Figures managed to overthrow HTF in both rating and financial success while HTF ended up wallowing in obscurity as Mondo had less interest in HTF and gained more success from the newer hard-hitters.
    • Back when it was still relevant, the Shoddy Knockoff Product London Mobile Buddies (now known as MobéBuds) somehow gained fans, ironically or not, and considering its notoriety, the two fandoms do not get along well. And the less said about LMB's creator, the better.
    • There is a one-sided example with the Sonic the Hedgehog fandom (when otherwise they can be Friendly Fandoms), particularly regarding the games post-Sonic Colors, as some Sonic fans (and even non-fans) loathe the writing done by Ken Pontac and Warren Graff, calling them hacks and in turn using the Happy Tree Friends show as a reason to back their hate.
    • Happy Tree Friends fans also appear to be hating on Star vs. the Forces of Evil, with one of the most common complains being that a minor recurring character, according to them, rips off Lumpy.
  • Fanon:
    • Fans try to apply Flintstone Theming to locations or objects of interest in the show. Any variation of the show's title and woodland-related puns are welcome.
    • Fans also do not have any problems putting Spin-Off characters into the main show's setting and have them interact with the main cast, no matter how out-of-place they are.
    • For an example that actually involves the show's assets, any interpretation of the characters in CartoonStar's (or htfgames.com) works is considered this. So, bikini-wearing Cuddles and Giggles, half-melted Cro-Marmot, Mole with visible mouth, etc.... all non-canon.
    • If a given character has a disability (Handy's lack of hands, for example), fans will try to come up with a background story that explains it.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Any ship involving Evil Flippy or the Lifty and Shifty duo.
    • Evil Flippy x The Tiger General has been seen.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Five Nights at Freddy's, another bloody series about brightly colored Funny Animal characters.
    • Minor example, but with MAD, simply because the German version of the magazine happened to cover the show in two issues.
    • As mentioned on the Fandom Rivalry above, Sonic the Hedgehog, another franchise with Funny Animal characters. In fact, both fandoms might as well have a counterpart comparison of their own, mainly that both are notorious for the worst kind of Sturgeon's Law when it comes to fan characters.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Giggles being crushed by the compactor of a garbage truck in Blast from the Past. In 2020, a woman was killed by a garbage truck while dumpster-diving.
  • 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.
    • Judging by the amount of Czech HTF products, it also seems to have a following in the Czech Republic.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The "moral" at the end of A Bit of A Pickle. If Mr. Pickels truly isn't real, the implications are very creepy.
    We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Ho Yay/Ho Yay Shipping:
    • Flippy/Splendid is probably the most popular pairing after Flippy/Flaky in Japan. One of the main reasons may be that people always wanted them to fight each other so that they could see who would win.
    • Lumpy and The Mole have actually dated in one episode (although The Mole was unaware of it and Lumpy was dead), so it is a fairly popular couple. Shipping Lumpy with Russell is also common due to Russell being a fanboy of Lumpy in the Copyright School and a few other episodes where they get along well.
    • Especially on Pixiv, certain shippers like the idea of Disco Bear becoming Cub's second dad after entering a relationship with Pop.note 
  • Hype Backlash: The popularity poll results were considered predictable by name, seeing as the last two characters standing in the final voting session were Flippy (who eventually became the winner) and Flaky.
  • Incest Yay Shipping: For some reason, Shifty/Lifty is very popular among the yaoi crowd.
    • The Splendid x Splendont shipping could arguably be another example, though others see it more as Selfcest considering Splendont came from a mirror.
  • Iron Woobie: Handy; fans often feel awful for him for being an amputee, but he doesn't let said-condition stop him from tackling a situation. It also doesn't help that he has one of the lowest survival rates in the series.note  Take, for example, Change of Heart, where he is the only character that dies in the episode. What hammers this home: right before his epic death in Don't Yank My Chain, he just lets out a little whimper.
  • It's Short, So It Sucks!: The general consensus of the "Still Alive" package. While fans are happy for the five more episodes after the two-year long hiatus, the episodes themselves barely clock into the two minute mark minus the intro and credits. The episodes themselves have been met with average reception by fans minus "An Inconvenient Tooth" which has been recieved vastly more positive and "In Over Your Hedge", which has divided the fanbase over its plot. Most feel that it's only worth the six dollars if you want to support the creators.
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Sniffles constantly tries to eat the ants, but that doesn't justify how much cold-blooded torture he suffers from them.
    • Lifty and Shifty steal, are often very unsympathetic (but loveable), and usually deserve what happens to them, but their deaths are some of the most sadistic. The fact that the show portrays them to be robbing out of poverty doesn't help.
    • Fliqpy might be a murderer, but he can't really control his actions and seems to regret it in his main "Flippy" persona.
    • Disco Bear in "Easy Comb Easy Go" when he cries over his Traumatic Haircut. In that same episode, it's implied that he is only pretending to be an egoist due to self-esteem issues.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Flippy has been paired up with just about everyone: Flaky, Splendid, Giggles, various fan characters, himself...
    • Within the Ka-Pow gang, Mouse Ka-Boom and Splendont have proven surprisingly popular. Some examples include Mouse Ka-Boom being paired with Flippy, Flaky or even Giggles while Splendont is often seen with Lifty, Flaky, and Evil Flippy.
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Misaimed Fandom:
    • Quite a lot of people make OC Tree Friends (many of them using more human names instead of cartoony-sounding ones that invoke Punny Name and/or Meaningful Name) and pair them off with characters, just like in any other popular fandom,.
    • There's a surprising lack of gore artwork within the fandom; fans instead opt for more realistic violence and grimdark tones. On the other side of the coin, there are also fans that prefer the pure Sugar Bowl aspects of the show and remove all the graphic violence (example being Nemao's No Blood Allowed shorts).
    • Speaking of Nemao, it appears that as of late 2010's fans are more gravitated towards his fan animations than the official episodes (not helped by the show's hiatus). Case in point: The Happy Tree Friends Discord server, despite aptly-named and being the largest and the most active HTF-related server (thus first-timers may think this appeals more to HTF fans in general), has dedicated channels to giving suggestions and feedback for Nemao's works and lacks canon characters for its emojis (instead, most of them are of his fan character).
    • 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 
    • The point of this show is to appear as a cruel Subverted Kids Show whose shock value lies in cute cartoon animals living in an innocent-looking Sugar Bowl getting killed in various ways, even ways not logically possible in real life. Also helps that the show runs on negative continuity to keep the cast going and come up with more ways to kill them. Cue the fans who try to apply continuity to the show and/or make up OC relatives to the cast.
    • Fans also tend to miss the show's appeal of being purely reliant on action and visual gags for its humor. Written text In-Universe is very rarely used in the show, only limited to Freeze-Frame Bonus Easter Eggs and special occasions (ex. Smoochies). Even if a character's speech is nearly intelligible, it is usually done as a gag without sacrificing the action. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the infamous promoted fan episode "All Work and No Belay" got panned so much...
    • Even fans that are into the Black Comedy aspects of the show tend to fall into one simple mistake: death by guns. The show's creators actually loathe this type of killing method, stating that said method is cheap, to the point they dismiss any existence of guns in the world of Happy Tree Friends. A more improvised and creative "gun-like" use (like in W.A.R. Journal) is more preferred.
    • Character examples:
      • Splendid fans tend to emphasize his good superhero archetype and make him almost always able to save the day, forgetting the fact that he is a Designated Hero Played for Laughs.
      • Certain Flippy fans, mostly ones involved with shipping, invoke the classic Draco in Leather Pants. This is usually done by removing his flip-out tendencies (thus missing the point of his name), toning down his evil side for shipping purposes, making his flipped out mode able to spare targets out of his affection to them, among many other things. Then there are those who decided to literally split Fliqpy from Flippy without any justification a la his mental battle from "Autopsy Turvy/Double Whammy pt. 2". These fans basically forget that Flippy is a Rambo Expy and the tension building to his flip-outs is basically one of the show's running gags.
      • Truffles fans, especially the more genuine ones. Many of these fans tend to beg Mondo to make Truffles into a main character instead of being demoted to background cameos, pretty much missing the point of the "Vote or Die" event.
  • Mind Game Ship: Fliqpy ships in general tend to run on this.
    • Lammy x Truffles can jokingly fall under this category as some fans believe his photobomb appearances are actually him stalking her.
    • Some portray Shifty as being manipulative with him sweet talking Flaky or Giggles.
  • Moe: The entire show, at least on the surface. Flaky and Toothy in particular are seen as especially huggable. The fandom takes Flaky's Moe and runs with it.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Shifty crosses it in "Sea What I Found" when he leaves Lifty to die in the submarine, just so that he could survive and have all the gold. While he has killed his brother a few times before where he at least had some reason to, outright leaving him behind instead of helping him is a new level of cold. He later receives a Karmic Death.
    • Lumpy crosses this the moment he dropped Toothy into a box full of active, razor-sharp toy teeth, just so he can make a few extra dollars off of the latter's organs in "We're Scrooged".
    • The Ant Family has always pulled sadistic, disproportionate Cold-Blooded Torture against Sniffles, but they ultimately cross it in "Tongue in Cheek", where they use his mind-controlling machine against him to put himself through a brutal Mutilation Conga.
  • Never Live It Down: For many people, their first exposure to the series was the infamous copyright school video that YouTube has been forcing anyone who receives a copyright strike on their channel to watch since 2011.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Does have its own page, but mainly if any small children accidentally watch it. (We tried to warn you.) And some older viewers too, if they aren't into that sort of thing.
  • No Problem with Licensed Games: Complaints about Freemium games aside, probably the only game worth belonging here is the iOS-exclusive Happy Tree Friends: Deadeye Derby, an online one-on-one FPS game based on the episode "Camp Pokeneyeout". It makes use of the smartphone's features quite well (gyroscope and touch screen) and has fun gameplay, either against other players or bosses. Aside from gameplay, if you're a collector, you can win/earn actual HTF merchandise from this game (obviously, it needs to be shipped). It also has one feature rarely implemented on other games of this type: You can also gain premium currency by exchanging the regular currency with the former.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy:
    • The 2010-2011 Dork Age period is more well-remembered for the accusations that Mondo stole the "All Work and No Belay" fan episode (even though it was put in the Fan Fest section, a section specifically for promoting fanwork) and the many fans jumping ship from that. The fan-made short itself, in turn, ends up being associated with the downfall of what is left of the show instead of a product of love from the fans.
    • The Still Alive announcement is more well-known for gating the new episodes behind a paywall despite promises of free public release (which they did later). The name Still Alive also ends up being associated more with Nemao's (free to watch, though he runs a Patreon for funding) fan episodes because of that. Once the episodes were available, the whole collection also caused a Broken Base as well and, with no official news (except for a single promise dropped by Mondo that new episodes are still being worked on), ended up being more well-known as a blip in the show's Dork Age than as something worth announced/published with fanfare.
  • Periphery Demographic: One would be surprised to see that children, especially below the age of 13, can also be fans of this show despite the show's joke-y disclaimer "Not for small children or big babies!".
  • Popular with Furries: Most fan-works feature the characters as humans, but nevertheless it attracts furries.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: While most official (or officially-approved in the case of the games in htfgames.com) HTF games tend to be So Okay, It's Average due to being plain arcade games or just one of those "generic" Flash games, the absolute low point when it comes to the games is probably Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm for the Xbox and PC. Before the smartphone games, it was the only major release (the older mobile games are rather obscure), and it's the only one to be released for a console, at that. Graphically, it stays true to the show, but perhaps too much. The mostly-solid bright colors look unpleasant, the Happy Tree Friends' 3D models look plain (what with the stiff, flat face whose expression only changes when he/she gets certain injuries), and the blood and gore graphics might as well not "gory"-looking at all. Gameplay-wise, it's just an uninspired Lemmings lookalike minus the behavior-changers (you can only either freeze, thaw out, scare off, or burn the Happy Tree Friends) but with more Artificial Stupidity. While every level has environment-based gimmicks and traps, they all still feel the same. Also, the game's rather short (at around 2 hours quickest), it doesn't make use of all HTF characters (not counting the episode that comes with the game and the Xbox achievements' pictures, only 8 out of 20 (Lammy and Mr. Pickels didn't exist yet) main characters are in-game) and the special episode it promises is already readily-watchable on YouTube in its entirety.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Disco Bear, specifically during the TV series. He went from being the annoying Casanova Wannabe to a more layered character. In "Change of Heart", he's shown to be an unhealthy eater, in "Ipso Fatso", he attempts to lose weight by exercising (with minimal success) and "Easy Come, Easy Go" implies that he might suffer from low self-esteem. This has made him go from being the most unliked character into being one of the most well-liked.
    • Petunia, while certainly not disliked, didn't have much of a personality to begin with, and wasn't a talked-about character. She was pretty much a different colored Giggles. Come her Neat Freak persona in the TV series however, and she's considered one of the most interesting.
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Often for Flippy. The most notable case being "By the Seat of Your Pants", where many viewers were against Lumpy for killing Flippy in an act of self-defense.
    • A good number of people root for Sniffles to win against the Ants (especially in Suck it Up where they start the conflict by messing with Sniffles and getting off scot-free and Tongue in Cheek where they mercilessly torture him).
    • Lifty and Shifty, but to a much lesser extent than the above.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Not a lot of people like the Ants due to their sadistic and disproportionate torture against Sniffles just because he wants to eat what's part of his diet. It doesn't help that they always get off scot-free.
    • Cro-Marmot isn't well-liked due to his uselessness (being trapped in an ice block will do that to you). Not helping is that his gag of somehow accomplishing things off-camera (the only real joke he has other than that he exists) is something already covered by the much more versatile and well-liked Handy.
  • Shipping Goggles: Flippy x Flaky fans are commonly accused of this, as some believe that there is clear evidence supporting it. Mainly those who push evidence are called out for ignoring episodes where Flippy kills her, and especially the episode Without a Hitch which shows Flaky being very scared of him.
  • Ships That Pass in the Night: Characters from the Ka-Pow! spinoffs are occasionally shipped with
  • Ship-to-Ship Combat: Flippy/Flaky fans have a tendency toward this, as previously established on this page.
  • Signature Scene:
    • Out of the individual episodes, "Eye Candy" is the most successful.
    • Flippy's fight with his Superpowered Evil Side in "Double Whammy", especially when an army of both of them escalate into a giant fight.
  • Spiritual Adaptation: In many ways, it is the real-life version of the Itchy & Scratchy Show segments from The Simpsons, only while that show was presented in-universe as a children's program (specifically a parody of violent children's animation), this is very much meant for adults and older kids.
  • Squick:
    • If you're sensitive to hyper-violence, then the entire show is a big squick factory.
    • Lumpy drinking his own stomach acid in "I've Got You Under My Skin".
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • The Ants actually being eaten by Sniffles in "Blast From the Past" is viewed as this.
    • Nearly anytime Lumpy dies can be this to some fans.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: A quite merciless parody.
  • Tear Jerker: Read here.
  • Theme Pairing: Many characters are shipped due to their similarities. Notably, Lumpy/The Molenote , which either lead to or was caused by an episode where Mole goes on a date with Lumpy after the latter's death.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Truffles, especially to those who wanted him to win Vote or Die.
    • Some feel Cro-Marmot would've been a more entertaining character had he been an unfrozen caveman who could actually do stuff and get into unique scenarios rather than a Living Prop relegated to the occasional background cameo or Behind the Black gag.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some fans feel this way about "A Vicious Cycle" for apparently scrapping another Flippy episode in favor of a possessed object (which to be fair, is possessed by Flippy).
  • Unfortunate Character Design: There was a fancharacter with some visual similarities to FatKat's mascot. When the mascot made a cameo appearance, fans who didn't know of him lashed out against the fan character's creator.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic:
    • If you couldn't tell from the other entries, Sniffles in episodes where he's against the Ants.
    • Lifty and Shifty can sometimes come across as this. How much we are intended to not like them is debatable, but some episodes show that they are poor and are usually seen grabbing meat, implying that they can't actually feed themselves.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • The Ants. The viewer is supposed to feel bad for them because Sniffles tries to eat them. But given that they torture Sniffles in ways that not even Fliqpy would put his victims through, it's downright impossible to.
    • Lumpy and Pop can count as well. Despite their good intentions, their incompetence has caused a lot more harm than it's done good.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: Nutty is implied to be viewed as nuisance and a menace among the Happy Tree Friends. In real life, he's one of the shows more popular characters; probably the most popular who's not Flippy or Flaky.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Flaky's gender was debated for a while. The confusion got referenced in the episode Something Fishy, where Flaky's shown trying to decide which bathroom to go in and the episode never shows which one she went to. That said, Word of God has confirmed a few times that she's a girl.
    • 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.
  • We're Still Relevant, Dammit!:
  • What an Idiot!: Has its own page.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: We can't help it just because it Tastes Like Diabetes. The videos start out fine... until the middle bordering on end.
  • The Woobie:
    • Flaky, who — unlike her sometimes blissfully unaware friends — responds with the appropriate amount of fear to the messes she ends up in.
    • Toothy for his tendency to cry.
    • Sniffles (see Jerkass Woobie) and Petunia for their often exceptionally brutal and gruesome deaths. In particular, Petunia's the only character to have ever deliberately committed suicide (in Wishy Washy) and Sniffles has what many consider to be the single worst death in the entire series (in Tongue in Cheek).
    • The non-Ax-Crazy side of Flippy goes into this territory when he realizes that he's brutally killed his own friends in Double Whammy Part I. He gets more and more traumatized after every flip-out, and ends up cuddling a teddy bear while in a Troubled Fetal Position after the third one.
    • Cub. Unlike the other characters who at least have some form of defense (somewhat), Cub is just a child and lacks that ability. Therefore, he's completely at the mercy of the cruel world of Happy Tree Friends (no thanks to his clueless father).

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