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  • Adorkable:
    • Sniffles. Nerd Glasses and pen protector? Check. Geeky and smart? Check. Some of the most painful, sadistic deaths in the series? Check.
    • Flaky is a shy, awkward character.
    • Toothy's freckles, buck teeth and tedency to cry make him quite lovable in his own special way.
    • Lumpy, despite his unique looks, is a pretty adorable klutz.
    • Nutty may be a crazed maniac but he's still a very adorable one at that.
    • Pop, Disco Bear, The Mole, and Flippy are good examples of the adult Tree Friends being just as charming and lovable as the rest because of their respective quirks.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
    • Some of Lumpy's deaths can be so violent and miserable that even his detractors will feel sorry for him. Notable examples include his Mutilation Conga in "The Chokes on You", his agonizing death in "Letter Late Than Never" and practically every episode where he performs genuine heroic actions and then dies.
    • Even Disco Bear's detractors felt like his treatment in "Put Your Back Into It" was too hard to watch without feeling sorry for him, especially at the end where Russell ends up cooking his head and serving it on a plate to Giggles.
    • Hell, some of the characters' deaths can be so gruesome, that even their detractors will find it hard not to pity them.
  • 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.
  • Alternate Self Shipping: Flippy×Fliqpy is surprisingly popular.
  • 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.)
    • In general, the Tree Friends often demonstrate themselves as uninterested to the frequent deaths on this show. Usually, they will either quickly overcome their friends' demise, laugh it off, have a confused expression, or sheepishly flee the scene.
  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • The Ants being retired in Season 3, considering most of the show's fans hated them.
    • The Classic Remastered fixes a majority of the older episode's errors as well as the ones that were exclusively present in the YouTube uploads. The "Quick Shot Moments" were removed from these as well, preventing spoilers.
    • Lumpy was a rather polarizing character during the early seasons and especially the TV season. What with many fans being fed up on how many episodes were centered on him and how many plots are stemmed on how Lethally Stupid, or even a Jerkass he is. Seasons 3 and beyond rectified a lot of these complaints in a few ways: For one, he shows a more competent side in episodes such "Read 'em and Weep" and "By the Seat of Your Pants". He also shows a much heroic and good-natured side of him in "All Flocked Up" and "Blood Donor". And episodes that run on him accidentally murdering people show that he is not entirely to blame all the time ("All Work and No Play" for example; sure he unwittingly killed the Tree Friends, but they should've known better than to play at an active construction site). Furthermore, episodes that have him as a villain clearly show that this Lumpy is assuming an entirely different role rather than his usual dumb self. Finally, Lumpy has diminished in prominence during the last two seasons. From a technical standpoint, he still appears in the most episodes, but in Season 4 and onward, his number of starring roles was reduced to barely a quarter, if less. The Still Alive episodes cemented this further, by rendering Lumpy completely Out of Focus, save for the last episode. Otherwise, the Still Alive episodes gave the spotlight to infrequent characters, such as Splendid, Flippy, and characters who hadn't played much of a prominent role after the TV series, like Toothy, who suffered a decrease in prominence beginning with the TV series. Lumpy is still very much a Base-Breaking Character, but fans do acknowledge it is not as bad as it was before.
    • The TV series in some degree. In seasons prior, many characters were overlooked because they had little personality. In addition, some of them always got off scot-free after killing their peers, with their few deaths being relatively painless. These complaints were improved upon sufficiently come the TV series: some of the episodes made attempts to fleshed-out the characters like Petunia or Disco Bear. Meanwhile, Shifty, Lifty, Disco Bear, and Russell, who barely appeared in the internet series, started to be featured in prominent roles more often. As for Tree Friends who constantly survived at the expense of others, the TV series proudly heeds the viewers' frustration by giving them some of the most gruesome deaths in their starring roles, like The Mole in "Don't Yank My Chain" or Splendid in "Gems the Breaks". On the flip side, anyone who survived zero episodes before were given chances to come out unscathed in several episodes, which includes the likes of Mime, Russell, Lifty, and Shifty.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Fall Out Boy's "The Carpal Tunnel of Love", of which the music video uses HTF characters.
    • The opening theme to "Ka-Pow!" is an awesome rock tune fitting for the more action-oriented spin-off.
  • 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.
    • Unicornius's cameo in "Pet Peeve".
  • Broken Base: Has its own page.
  • Cargo Ship: Nutty/Candy is notable for being canon in Sucker for Love, to the point where Nutty imagines he made the candy pregnant.
  • Catharsis Factor:
    • Given how he often gets off scot-free for murdering others, it can be pretty satisfying watching Fliqpy getting killed for a change. For example, in "By The Seat Of Your Pants", when Lumpy tries to raise down the flag, Fliqpy ends up getting disemboweled, resulting in his death.
    • Similarly, Lumpy's deaths are considered immensely satisfying by some, as he is a spotlight-hogger with a lengthy survival rate and a huge kill count.
    • For anyone who doesn't like Shifty for bossing Lifty around and leaving him for dead, his Karmic Deaths can be satisfying to watch, despite their Squick-y nature.
    • Any instance where Pop dies can be a joy to watch, since his incompetent treatment of Cub and for acting like a smug idiot can get insufferable at times.
    • Given his extremely high survival rate and usual negligence, all while getting away scot-free, episodes where Splendid dies (namely, "Class Act" and "Gem The Breaks") are generally considered breathers by fans and his detractors alike.
    • While the previous examples have enough demises and redeeming traits to balance out their divisive reputations, any instance where Cro-Marmot, Mr. Pickels, or The Ants die are probably the most satisfying examples, given their track record of killing other characters while having the lowest number of deaths in the series and hardly any likability on their own.
  • Crack Pairing: The fans seem fond of making these and Ships That Pass in the Night. See that trope for examples.
  • Creepy Cute: Fliqpy comes off as this. Yes, he looks a bit scary and is a cold-blooded killer who provides some of the show's creepier moments, but he retains the cute body and bright colors. And come on, his facial features aren't that scary.
  • 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.
  • Delusion Conclusion: Because the series has a habit of killing off characters only to have them come back to die again ad infinitum, many theories have sprung up to explain this, including that it's all in someone's head, whether a hallucination, a game, or an imagining.
  • Designated Hero:
    • 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 Monkey: Given that this is a Sadist Show, it's only natural that some of the characters' bad luck may come across as unnecessarily excessive.
    • As many fans have taken notice, Sniffles and Petunia often get the short end of the stick. While they don't die as often as other characters, they usually get some of the most painful, slowest, and messiest deaths the show has to offer.
    • Otherwise, Handy and Cuddles often attract the most sympathy because of their poor survival rates. Even the likes of Petunia, Sniffles, and Cub have better survival rates.
    • Even with Lumpy, however, some viewers pity his deaths and find them to be on par with Sniffles'. There are plenty of episodes that run on his suffering, including "Out on a Limb", "Wishy Washy", "Letter Late Than Never", "The Chokes on You", "I've Got You Under My Skin", the list goes on. Each episode was a dragged out torture porn against the blue moose, with the latter four all being contenders for the worst death in the entire show.
  • 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.
  • Diagnosed by the Audience:
    • Nutty's inability to pay attention to certain things as well as not being able to sit/stand still hints towards ADHD and his large appetite towards candy hints towards him having a binge-eating eating disorder. He's also shown signs of sociopathy as he doesn't care about the lives of others (he sometimes even laughs at the carnage around him).
    • Russell seems to have some sort of insanity complex; perhaps a form of PTSD, as shown in "Get Whale Soon" and "Snow Place to Go".
  • 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.
    • Handy is hated by Shifty/Petunia and (to a lesser extent) Toothy/Petunia fans for sinking Shiftunia and Toothtunia. While the hate has died down a bit in recent years, fans who ship Petunia with other people are still a little upset.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Girls just can't seem to stop pairing up Flippy with their original characters... or just Flaky. His PTSD also makes him sympathetic in some viewers' eyes, and although Lumpy usually murders Flippy out of self-defense, Flippy is often used as a reason to hate the blue moose. That said, Flippy is only a Draco when he turns into Fliqpy — 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.
    • People who side with Sniffles to an extent. Yes, the Ants would leash some Disproportionate Retribution onto Sniffles, but the fans tend to not realize (or even flat out ignore) how Sniffles is going after a family of ants that are very much sapient and had no qualms over eating the youngest member. And even ignoring that, it's technically Sniffles' fault for his own suffering in the first place, as he stubbornly pursues a family who has put him through torture on every encounter.
    • Pop is a frequent case. While he is proven to genuinely love his son, saying that he is even mediocre at best is far too generous. His gimmick is nothing short of being Cub's outrageously incompetent father, and while you can argue that some of Cub's deaths were caused by someone else, it is often because of Pop's neglect anyway. Although Pop's notoriety isn't so bad when compared to the likes of Lumpy or even Flippy, his survival rate is technically higher than both of theirs' (even Flippy's), while his kill count is on par with Lumpy's. Pop has even gone as far as to inflict deliberate pain onto his son in rare instances. To name a few examples - hammering objects back into Cub's wound regardless of any visible pain Cub shows, using extreme methods to dislodge his son out of a kitchen sink like fracturing his exposed bone or tying a rope around his neck to yank Cub out, and even outright killing him when he mistakenly assumed Cub was still possessed by a demon.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Splendont, Splendid's Evil Counterpart, only appeared in one episode, and not even of the main series (he appeared in the "Ka-Pow!" spin-off), and yet his popularity rivals that of some of the main characters.
    • 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 for being 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.
    • 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.
    • For a character who debuted near the series' hiatus and is among the most underused characters, Lammy is proven to be fairly popular. She's especially this in regards to being paired up with Mr. Pickels; usually, it's Lammy who gets a sizable fanbase and all the attention.
  • Evil Is Cool:
    • Despite (or maybe because of) being an Ax-Crazy Serial Killer, Fliqpy is a fan-favorite. His character is widely viewed as badass, especially since he kills his victims in creative ways.
    • While only appearing in one Ka-Pow episode, The Tiger General gets this treatment as well. Especially since he is so far the only character to have actually been able to fight against Fliqpy.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Fliqpy. He's often subjected to this treatment because of his Evil Laugh, deep voice, cute design, and traumatic PTSD.
  • 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 Nickname:
    • The unnamed background characters are nicknamed "Generic Tree Friends". A similar case goes for the ninjas that Buddhist Monkey fights which are called "Generic Tree Ninjas".
    • The villainous rat seen in "Mole in the City" actually has No Name Given. Most people just call him The Rat.
    • The general that Flippy and his comrades fight is usually referred to as the Tiger General. The closest thing to an official name for him is actually The General.
    • The sensei is also called the Sensei Orangutan by most fans. In a blog, he was just referred to as the Master.
    • Sniffles' ancestor, as seen in "Blast from the Past", is given the nickname "Prehistoric Sniffles". In the DVD commentary for the TV show, he is referred to as "Cro-Sniffles". In the storyboards for the episode, he was given the name "Cave Sniffles", making his actual name unclear.
    • The main villain of the Buddhist Monkey series is an unnamed dragon who appears only in silhouette, who's nicknamed "The Dark Shadow Lord".
    • Sometimes, Fliqpy is given the name "Evil Flippy". Interestingly enough, some blogs for the show have used that name on occasion. On the flipside, Flippy's normal self is sometimes called "Good Flippy". As a matter of fact, the name Fliqpy itself could also be considered one. While it does come from a canon source, the fans use it far more extensively to refer to him than the actual crew, who instead tend to use the aforementioned "Evil Flippy" or variations thereof.
    • A frame that appears during old episodes that is completely different from what it's supposed to be (see Blooper above) is dubbed "Quick Shot Moments" by fans. The wiki on Fandom uses this name.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Although Flaky is a Launcher of a Thousand Ships, the most popular couple for her 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 even becomes afraid of him in later 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.
  • 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 HTF Social forum ending up talking more about MLP 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. When 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 show as a reason to back their hate.
    • A small but vocal part of the fanbase has been critical of Star vs. the Forces of Evil due to the character Sean heavily resembling Lumpy. Of course, this alternates with Friendly Fandoms for the same reason.
  • 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.
    • It's not uncommon for fanfics to attribute the characters’ tendency to die and come back to life in the next episode to their world being subjected to some kind of curse or another supernatural phenomenon that makes its inhabitants die in horrible and gruesome ways every single day, before resetting everything, dooming everyone to an eternity of torture. Whether the characters are aware of this and remember their deaths depends on the story.
      • Some go even further and have said curse also warp the character’s personalities, usually by accentuating their worst traits, like Flippy’s PTSD and Lammy’s apparent schizophrenia (leading to Insane Equals Violent), Nutty’s addiction to candy, Shifty’s callousness towards his brother, Pop's incompetency as a parent, Lumpy’s lethal idiocy, and so on.
    • 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.
    • Fans are completely lenient on making Toothy gay, even claiming this to be his sexuality in canon. In particular, a few scenes in the show, such as Toothy being the only male character who cheers for Lumpy in "Wipe Out!" also caused viewers to genuinely believe that Toothy is a homosexual.
    • As Giggles has a seen mother in the show in "Helping Helps", many fans infer that Nutty also has a prominent mother figure.
    • Because of his recurring habit of showing indifference or mockery to the deaths around him, Handy is widely accepted as a sociopath.
    • Most fanon pairings are way more popular than ones in canon and are frequently implemented into fanfics. For instance, Disco Bear/Pop and Flippy/Flaky are considered the most beloved pairings in the fandom aside from Cuddles/Giggles and Petunia/Handy.
    • It's pretty common for the Tree Friends to be depicted with visible eye colors. Cuddles is usually drawn with blue eyes, while the other characters might be drawn with iris sharing the color of their fur.
      • Because the "Collect Them All" section in the First Blood DVD claims that The Mole has blue eyes, he is usually drawn with blue eyes whenever he's not illustrated wearing glasses in fan art.
    • Given his frequency to suffer eye injuries, Toothy is usually drawn with a scar or glass eye.
    • While Disco Bear and Pop are usually paired together in Ho Yay fashion, some fans take an alternative route and portray them as being related in some way. Flippy is also often depicted as a close relative or friend of Pop and Disco Bear.
    • Flaky was confirmed to be a female. However, as her gender previously spawned a controversy, plenty of fans welcome the idea of Flaky being transgender, nonbinary, or genderfluid.
    • Flippy has never been stated to have fought in Vietnam. The war he has fought in was just referred to as "W.A.R". Of course, most fans assume W.A.R is an alternative name for Vietnam in the HTF Universe.
    • Since Fliqpy has never killed Cub, Handy, or The Mole (at least voluntarily), most fans have interpreted it as him following a moral code that prevents him from killing handicaps or infants. Additionally, on some occasions, Fliqpy also spares Flaky from his sadistic killings. You can probably tell where this is going.
  • Fanwork-Only Fans: The fanbase continues to be active to this day, producing fan animations, comics, AUs, and even entire series based off the show, which itself has fallen heavily in "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny.
  • Foe Yay Shipping: Any ship involving Evil Flippy or the Lifty and Shifty duo.
    • Evil Flippy x The Tiger General has been seen.
    • Oddly, there has been a bizarre ship with Sniffles and the female Ants.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • With Five Nights at Freddy's, another bloody series about brightly colored Funny Animal characters.
    • 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 low quality when it comes to fan characters.
    • Also with South Park, another animated series that is done in a brightly colored style, is filled to the brim with violence and has had its fair share of controversy, even predating Happy Tree Friends by two years. This is especially evident among Japanese fans.
    • A minor example, but they have been this with MAD as well, simply because the German version of the magazine happened to cover the show in two issues released in 2004 and 2007. Coincidentally, the 2004 issue's portrait involved a crossover with South Park, although the 2007 one also had it with SpongeBob SquarePants.
    • With Friday Night Funkin', thanks in large part to two mods (both of which center around Flippy) that were partially responsible for the Newbie Boom of the franchise, and how the game was a sendoff to old-school flash animations, including HTF.invoked
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show's garnered a following in Japan, to the point that exclusive merchandise has been made in that country. Certain characters are more popular overseas as well; there's a particular contrast in popularity between East and West regarding Lumpy and Mime (the former is a Base-Breaking Character while the latter is generally overlooked), whereof the former sometimes receives disturbing amounts of love.
    • Judging by the amount of German and Czech HTF products, it also seems to have a following in Germany and the Czech Republic.

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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Fans have been suggesting Splendid fight Flippy, much to the creators' dismay. The Deadeye Derby mobile game eventually included a boss fight with Flippy. With Splendid being a playable character, it is now officially possible to see it happen. As Flippy isn't playable in the game, Splendid wins.
  • Ho Yay:
    • 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 
    • Toothy x Cuddles is an infamous ship popularized by Nemao (a well-known fan animator who does shorts based off the series). Of course, rather you adore the shipping, find it all right, see them purely as very close friends, or be outright disgusted by the ship tends to vary.
    • It's implied that Sniffles and Nutty are good friends (the former even shakes the latter's hand in the False Alarm episode), so it's a fairly popular couple.
    • In a lesser fashion, Giggles and Petunia fall into this trope, as they're often portrayed as very close friends.
  • Hype Backlash: The Best Happy Tree Friends Character Tournament 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 in 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 were happy with five additional 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 also were met with average reception by fans (minus "An Inconvenient Tooth", which was positively received, and "In Over Your Hedge", which was more divisive). Most feel that it's only worth the six dollars if you want to support the creators.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: Part of what caused the series to fall into "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny is the fact that there were very little attempts to shake up the formula of the show, with detractors/former fans criticizing the show's reliance on shock value as eventually becoming tiresome and too predictable.
  • 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.
  • Jerks Are Worse Than Villains: Fliqpy is very much beloved by the fandom, and most viewers site him as their favorite character. Yet, he is a sociopathic Serial Killer who loves to torment his victims in the most violent ways. However, his tragic illness earns him sympathy and his killing methods are so creatively badass that it is hard to actually loathe him. On the contrary, Pop, Lumpy, The Mole, and Splendid are despised by a good portion of the fanbase, and for fairly good reason: they are all bumbling idiots who cause grief for their fellow Tree Friends out of stupidity, selfishness, or even malice. Furthermore, these four's nature for killing others has gotten pretty stale. At least with Fliqpy, he doesn't appear as much for his formula to dry out. Granted, Splendid appears just as often, but his shtick of accidentally or recklessly killing other characters gets old in the same episode.
  • Karmic Overkill: Although Lifty and Shifty have their moments, Sniffles deserves a special mention. Sure, he clearly wants to eat the Ants. However, their retaliations easily fall under Cold-Blooded Torture and Disproportionate Retributions, with "Tongue in Cheek" being the most notable. Yes, the anteater is trying to eat them again and he gets their home destroyed, although it's unclear exactly how intentional the latter is.note  The Ants respond by sadistically torturing him in brutal ways even for a series like this one. Also, they give him easily the most painful death (or, at the very least, easily one of the most painful deaths) in the entire franchise.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships:
    • Flippy has been paired up with just about everyone: Flaky, Splendid, Giggles, various fan characters, himself...
    • Giggles is a technical canon example of this. As she dates another character each episode, there are many popular ships involving her.
    • Petunia is slowly starting to become this. She's been shipped with Handy, Giggles, Flaky or Lammy, Toothy and even Lifty or Shifty.
    • 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.
  • Love to Hate: Fliqpy may be a psychotic mass murderer, but his absolutely gruesome and surprisingly badass kills are seen as some of the best of the show, making him one of the (if not the) most popular characters in the series.
  • 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, usually either something completely silly, such as Morshu giving the middle finger with both hands, or, because of Cuddles' shocked reaction, something that the creator dislikes, such as Twilight.
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  • Memetic Molester: Disco Bear, an adult character who often flirts with Petunia and Giggles, a pair frequently depicted as children or teenagers, usually gets called this.
  • Memetic Psychopath: As Handy rarely shows any grievance or remorse at his friends' deadly misfortune, plenty of fans have referred to him as a sociopath.
  • 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.
  • 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 gory fanart within the fandom; fans instead opt for more realistic violence and grimdark tones. On the other side of the coin, there are also fans who prefer the pure Sugar Bowl aspects of the show and remove all the graphic violence; Nemao's "No Blood Allowed" shorts are quite popular for this reason. note 
      • Speaking of Nemao, it appears that as of the late 2010s, newer fans are more gravitated towards his fan animations and artworks than the official episodes (not helped by the show becoming Quietly Cancelled after 2016). Case in point: The show's 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 Snowers).
    • 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.Explanation 
    • 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 (such as in the 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 it's 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's an Idiot Hero who's 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.
  • Moe: The entire show, at least on the surface. Special mention goes to Cuddles, Toothy, Lammy, Petunia, Mime, Cub, and Flaky especially—in particular, the fandom takes her Moe and runs with it.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The sounds of the tree friends laughing and chattering happily, as heard at the beginning of episodes such as "From A to Zoo" and "Remains To Be Seen".
  • Nausea Fuel: If you're sensitive to hyper-violence, then it might not be a very good idea to eat while watching this show.
    • Petunia drinking disgusting algae-filled water in "Take a Hike".
    • Flippy's swollen lips getting cut off by the closing iris in "Party Animal" might be hard to look at depending on the type of person you are.
    • In "Tongue in Cheek", Sniffles attempts to use a mind-control device on the ants he intends to eat. Big mistake. The ants reverse its effects so that they control him and then proceed to force him to brutally torture himself.
    • In "Eyes Cold Lemonade", Giggles (who is blind due to bandages wrapped around her head) mistaking Petunia's eyeball for a lemon, juicing it and using it to make "lemonade". And drinking it.
  • 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 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 history 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 be "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 officially and in its entirety.
  • Recurring Fanon Character:
    • Ale is a grey wolf character created by AleEvilSoldier on DeviantArt. She became so popular that some fans mistook her for a canon character.
    • Thanks to Nemao's general popularity, it's no surprise that his character Snowers (a winged artic fox) became such a well-liked character among the fanbase.
    • The growing popularity of Sebastian Rodriguez' Happy Tree Friends: Amnesia series has led to his character Xebas becoming one of the most popular OCs in the fanbase, thanks to his absolutely mysterious presence and being the source of the amnesia plague.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
  • Rooting for the Empire:
    • Often for Fliqpy. The most notable case being "By the Seat of Your Pants", where many viewers were against Lumpy for killing Fliqpy 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.
  • Ron the Death Eater:
    • Lumpy. There are genuine criticisms, such as having by far the biggest case of Spotlight-Stealing Squad in the show, especially in the TV series. He also gets chastised for having the highest kill count and occasional villainous role while frequently surviving at the expense of others. What Lumpy's critics tend to forget is that while he has one of the higher survival rates, the chance of him dying in an episode is 50/50, and because of how often he appears, his death count is arguably as high as Cuddles'. Additionally, some of Lumpy's deaths are among the most brutal and painful in the series ("Wishy Washy", "Letter Late than Never", "The Chokes on You", "I Got You Under My Skin") and the episodes that have him be deliberately callous always kill him off. Due to the target rarely being on Pop, whose most frequent victim is his own son and has a higher survival rate than Flippy, or Splendid, who always gets away with his apathy except that one time and survives incidents he caused that should've logically killed him (the explosions in "Wrath of Con" and "Breaking Wind"), accusations of Lumpy being an Idiot Houdini feel like a shallow product of genuine frustration at the writers for relying on him too much.
    • A minor case with Shifty. While he is willing to leave Lifty behind, he's not as bad as most fans make him out to be. Most fanfictions centered around the twins usually have Shifty's Dirty Coward and Cain and Abel tendencies turned up to eleven with him acting as a big brother bully towards Lifty, when in the actual show, he's merely just a scamp towards his brother. People also tend to treat both Shifty and Lifty as serial killers. In reality, they only aim to kill another Tree Friend in cold blood when absolutely necessary for their schemes.
  • The Scrappy:
    • The Ants are extremely hated by a large portion of the fanbase 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. Even the creators have stated that they don’t like him much.
    • Mr. Pickels has very few supporters. More often than not, nobody really pays any attention to his existence and when they do, Mr. Pickels is usually disliked for having little development and/or killing other characters and framing it on Lammy. It doesn't help that he's usually unfavorably compared to Fliqpy, or that he has the highest survival rate.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Back when Happy Tree Friends premiered, it was infamous for jumping the shark because of its gruesome premise. Most viewers find it shocking to witness a cartoon about lovable critters subjected to painful deaths. Nowadays, Gorn is utilized in adult cartoons pretty often, other shows have a more appalling usage of gross-out humor, and the trademark shock value Happy Tree Friends was known for had eventually worn off, leaving the show into slight obscurity.
  • 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.
  • Spiritual Adaptation:
    • In many ways, Happy Tree Friends is the real-life version of the 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), Happy Tree Friends is very much meant for adults.
    • In addition, the KAPOW! short "Operation: Tiger Bomb" can be seen as an adaptation of Squirrel and Hedgehog. Both shows feature cartoon animal soldiers (in “Tiger Bomb”, there is W.A.R.note  and the unnamed tiger army, while Squirrel and Hedgehog has the Flower Hill Army and it’s various enemies) in wartime, with blood and gore to boot. The only difference between both shows is while Squirrel and Hedgehog is North Korean propaganda aimed at children, KAPOW!, being a spin-off of Happy Tree Friends, is explicitly made for adults and animated by an American animation studio.
  • 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".
  • Stock Parody Jokes:
    • An unwitting child managing to find the show and getting traumatized.
    • Giggles is a slut who cheats on every boyfriend she has because she dates a variety of characters.
    • Flaky is either the Lady Looks Like a Dude or a walking punch line for having such a gender controversy.
    • Nutty being intoxicated by cocaine or using sugar as a substitute.
  • Take That, Scrappy!:
    • Prehistoric Ants actually being eaten by Sniffles and his prehistoric counterpart in "Blast From the Past" is viewed as this.
    • Nearly anytime Lumpy dies can be this to some fans.
    • Similarly, Splendid dying in "Class Act" and "Gems the Breaks" is this for those who hate him.
  • Tear Dryer: In "And the Kitchen Sink", Cub is buried up to his neck in the sand and it looks like he's been beheaded, causing Pop to let out an anguished Big "NO!". Then Cub coughs, revealing that he's still alive, just without anything below the waist. The delighted Pop cuddles him.
  • 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:
  • The actual winners of Vote or Die, Lammy and Mr. Pickels, after "Royal Flush" have been Out of Focus despite being the newest characters. They've appeared only 4 times since, only in featuring or appearing roles, with Lammy (despite being thought of as a character who rarely dies) dying in all but one. This especially is true for Mr. Pickels who has done nothing outside of cameos in his inanimate form.
  • 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.
  • Heck, just about any character who was pushed Out of Focus and/or has spent most of their episodes as an interchangeable Living Prop can fall into this trope. Giggles, Cuddles, Petunia, and Toothy get this the worst; The former three gain their own unique personality quirks in the TV series, but mostly (if not completely) go back to being flat side characters after their given starring episodes. Meanwhile Toothy doesn’t even get the luxury of having a starring role in the TV series. Then there are the cases of established characters becoming Demoted to Extra, such as Giggles, Mime and Cro-Marmot never having starring roles after the TV series and most infamously Flaky not getting another starring role following the fanfic-fueling Without A Hitch.
  • 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).
  • Trans Audience Interpretation: Because there were genuine uncertainties over her gender, not helped by a scene in "Something Fishy" where she has trouble deciding which bathroom to go into, Flaky is commonly interpreted as being non-binary by the fanbase.
  • Unexpected Character: Fatkat's appearance in "Take Your Seat" can be as he is actually the mascot of an animation company who worked on the television series.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: There was a fan character 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, to the point he (tied with Mime) came in third place in the Best Happy Tree Friends Character Tournament.
  • 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, due to his high-pitched voice, pink bunny slippers, and light pastel yellow color scheme. In episodes where he and Giggles are dating, YouTube commenters are shocked to discover Cuddles' true gender.
    • While his case isn't as infamous, a good number of viewers have mistaken Sniffles for a girl. This is often attributed to his more feminine sounding voice, courtesy of Liz Stewart.
  • Viewer Species Confusion: To name the most egregious cases, Giggles (a chipmunk) is notorious for being constantly mistaken as a bear, some viewers have assumed Sniffles (an anteater) to be an elephant, it's somewhat common to see a YouTube commenter referring to Flaky (a porcupine) as a hedgehog, and the list goes on. Cuddles (a bunny) and Lumpy (a moose) are the least susceptible to these misconceptions. The show's usage of Only Six Faces has only made this more problematic.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: We can't help it just because it's saccharine. The videos start out fine... until the middle bordering on end.
  • The Woobie: Honestly, who isn't? Given the nature of the show, it would be easier to list characters who don't fit the bill, like Lumpy, Lifty and Shifty, and Splendid.
    • 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 been brutally killing 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).
    • Handy, a beaver who is physically impaired because his arms remain amputated, unlike most other injuries. Not helping matters is his very low survival rate, as Handy only survived a whopping two episodes in the TV series and none at all in Seasons 2, 4, and 5.
    • Lammy. She genuinely wants to have a peaceful time with the other characters but Mr. Pickels ends up finding ways to murder them. Even when she tries to stop him, she ends up mistaken as a murderer by the other characters (mainly Flaky).
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