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Episode Count78 (physical appearances)
81 (3 likeness appearances)
Kills13 (Main Characters)
5 (Minor Characters)
18 (total)
First appearance"Spin Fun Knowin' Ya!"
Latest appearance"Too Much Scream Time"
First VictimFlaky
First Death"Spin Fun Knowin' Ya!"
Latest portrayalKenn Navarro (1999- present)

"Cuddles" redirects here. For information about the Smoochie also known as "Cuddles", see Cuddles' Pet Smoochie.
"Caring and sharing is cause for charming cheers!"
— Cuddles's starring intro, Season 3 of Happy Tree Friends

Cuddles is one of the main characters, and the mascot of the internet and television franchise, Happy Tree Friends. He is the first character to be created prior to the show's proper debut. While Cuddles made his official debut in the episode, Spin Fun Knowin' Ya, he appeared in the then-unreleased short "Banjo Frenzy" where a blue dinosaur (an earlier version of Lumpy) killed the rabbit character resembling him.

Concept and creation[edit]

Cuddles was the first Happy Tree Friends character made prior to the show's creation.[1] During his time working at Mondo Media, Rhode Montijo sketched a yellow rabbit with the phrase Resistance Is Futile written underneath him on a spreadsheet poster. Rhode hung the drawing up in his workstation, with the intent of allowing his idea to be seen by others. His idea was eventually pitched to the Mondo Media executives, who later accepted the concept.

An early sketch depicts the rabbit and a beaver playing with a bomb. The rabbit was subsequently featured in later sketches with a slight redesign. A particular design of the rabbit was featured in a sketch alongside a beaver, squirrel, and bear character; this would serve as the basis of the unreleased short, Banjo Frenzy. After Cuddles' design was finalized, the creators decided to "experiment with his character" with sketches that saw him in multiple outfits, including a farmer and samurai. [2]

A rumor stated that Shifty was the second character created for the show. This claim originated in the Happy Tree Friends: Volume #1: First Blood DVD , where an early concept for Lifty & Shifty appears. In reality, Shifty existed before the idea of Happy Tree Friends, and Cuddles is the first official character of the series. [3] The error made its way onto the wiki on Fandom as well.[4]


Happy Tree Friends[edit]

Cuddles first appears in the Happy Tree Friends in the episode, "Spin Fun Knowin' Ya". As one of four characters introduced in that episode, he constantly appears in the main internet seasons.

Starring intros[edit]

  • Season 1: Cuddles waves his arm at the audience.
  • Season 2: Cuddles raises both of his arms up within a yellow forest.
  • Season 3 through Season 5: Cuddles is standing up with his arms out. The quote says, "Caring and sharing is cause for charming cheers!."

Happy Tree Friends: Homerun[edit]

Cuddles make his first video game appearance in Happy Tree Friends: Homerun. In this game, Lumpy takes him, Giggles, and Petunia to a playground to have fun together on a new slide. Unfortunately for them, Flippy stumbles across them and happens to flip out through unknown means. Cuddles is one of friends that will be launched off the slide, only to be hit by Flippy, the player character. When he is hit by Flippy's baseball bat, his brain and one of his eyeballs will be forced out of his skull. If Flippy doesn't hit Cuddles in time, the latter will be lethally smacked into a wall.

Happy Tree Friends: Spin Fun[edit]

Cuddles makes a reappearance in Spin Fun, where he is one of the given characters the player can select to be placed on the merry-go-round, which is spun by Lumpy. After Cuddles is launched off the merry-go-round, he will bounce off the ground a few times, taking damage from items scattered around the playfield if he hits them. Once Cuddles ceases movement, the game will end.

Happy Tree Friends: Flippy's Flying Frenzy[edit]

Cuddles reappears in Happy Tree Friends: Flippy's Flying Frenzy. In the opening cutscene, he, Giggles, and Toothy are blowing up balloons when Flippy arrives on the scene. Three of the balloons pop, causing Flippy to flip out. In the game itself, Cuddles is one of the victims Flippy's evil side can drag against obstacles while riding a helicopter. Whenever damage is inflicted upon Cuddles, the player is rewarded with points. If Cuddles receives a substantial number of injuries in a short timeframe, the player will be rewarded with a maximum of five stars.

Happy Tree Friends: Blood Money[edit]

Cuddles makes another appearance Happy Tree Friends: Blood Money. He is one of three Friends that Lifty & Shifty tortures in order to use their bloodshed for money. Once the game starts, Cuddles will jump onto a trampoline and become airborne, only to be injured by hazardous objects that appear mid-air. Whenever Cuddles is damaged by any of the hazards, he will drip blood that Lifty & Shifty must collect to obtain points. If Cuddles touches a health box, his injuries will repair themselves. Once Cuddles lands onto the ground, he is no longer usable and will be replaced by another Friend.

Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy[edit]

Cuddles returns in Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy, where he is the only character to appear in the game. The player can harm Cuddles in several ways, but primarily by slapping his cheek with their finger and shaking the screen. If Cuddles suffers too many injuries, he will collapse. However, the player can restruct him by performing CPR on his body or electrocuting him with lightning. Other available options used to harm Cuddles includes a chainsaw that falls on him and slices him in half, spiked walls that closes on Cuddles, and a giant pipe that impales Cuddles' throat. Cuddles is able to be brought back to life from these deaths as well.

Happy Tree Friends (television series)[edit]

Cuddles reappears in the television adaptation of Happy Tree Friends. He debuts in the first episode in the series, One Foot in the Grave, where he makes his first appearance in the segment, The Wrong Side of the Tracks. He is the second most recurring character in the series, behind Lumpy. Despite this, Cuddles is mostly regulated into supporting roles. However, he is the starring character in the episode, In a Jam, where he tries to purchase a guitar in order to audition for Lumpy's band.

Starring intros[edit]

  • Season 1: Cuddles rides his skateboard over a log.

Arcade games[edit]

Fire Escape[edit]

Cuddles returns in Fire Escape, where he is one of the victims Flaky has to rescue from a building fire. Cuddles will appear from the building and must be bounced off Flaky's umbrella until he lands in the ambulance to score a point. If Flaky fails to rescue Cuddles, he will violently splatter on the ground. Strangely, it is possible for two Cuddles to appear on-screen together.

Disco Inferno[edit]

In Disco Inferno, Cuddles is seen dancing the background.

Hot Potato[edit]

Cuddles appears in the background in Hot Potato. If the player fails to keep the grenade airborne, it'll explode, killing the characters, including Cuddles.

Hare Trigger[edit]

Cuddles is the main protagonist of Hare Trigger. When the game starts, Cuddles will retreat into a cannon and Toothy is tasked with lighting its fuse. Once the player fires the cannon, Cuddles is launched into the air and will bounce across the ground, with his airtime being gradually reduced until he is unable to bounce any longer. Bouncing off trampolines or balloons will send him higher, thus allowing him to stay on the air longer. If Cuddles lands on either the ducks or the shovel, he is killed and the game will end immediately.

Aim to Freeze[edit]

In Aim to Freeze, Cuddles is seen aiding Toothy in the snowball fight against Lumpy, where he peaks through his telescope. Otherwise, he has no effect on gameplay.

Happy Tree Friends: Run and Bun[edit]

Cuddles is an unlockable playable character in Happy Tree Friends: Run and Bun. He rides a skateboard, and his favorite level is The Cave. When Cuddles jumps directly off of the ground, he has a jump height superior to Disco Bear's, but his mid-air jumps are much shorter.

Happy Tree Friends: Aggravated Asphalt[edit]

Happy Tree Friends: Aggravated Asphalt, Cuddles makes an appearance as an obstacle. Whenever Cuddles shows up, he is standing in front of a hazard. If Flippy's evil side runs into him, Cuddles will be sliced in half and killed.

Lumpy's Lame Card Trick[edit]

Cuddles makes a cameo in Lumpy's Lame Card Trick. If the player selects the Red Giggles card, Lumpy will summon Cuddles' ears in his magician hat. Lumpy pulls the ears out, revealing Cuddles' severed head, rendering Lumpy confused.

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm[edit]

While Cuddles is present in the episode of the same name that is included with the game and is featured/mentioned on supplementary material, he isn't present in the game itself. However, the files contain unused mugshots for Cuddles, suggesting that he was originally planned to be playable at some point before getting cut.[5]

Happy Tree Friends: Deadeye Derby[edit]

Cuddles returns in Happy Tree Friends: Deadeye Derby as one of the playable characters of the game, and one of the two who is unlocked by default. He grants the player extra coins when he is used. In his animation on the character select screen, he burns his hands from holding a marshmallow, prompting him to toss it back and forward onto each hand.


General information[edit]


Cuddles, along with Toothy is taunting a caged baboon.

Cuddles is rebellious and a bit self-centered. Both of these traits have frequently led to his death. At the same time, however, Cuddles is generally a friendly character, though he can be gullible at times. In the episode, In a Jam, he is shown to like rock music. As revealed in the Break, Seize the Day, Cuddles suffers from epilepsy. It was mentioned that he is actually allergic to carrots since they make him choke[6]. However, this was later denied in 2015, where Kenn Navarro said that Cuddles loves carrots[7]. Cuddles is talented in many sports, including skateboarding, surfing, and soccer. He also enjoys snowball fights and seem to like fireworks.

Physical information[edit]

Cuddles is a yellow rabbit with pink blushes on his cheeks. On his torso, he has an abdominal marking that is a lighter shade of yellow. Cuddles also has a white hair tuft, which is modeled identically to his cotton tail. Cuddles' ears often move to reflect his expression; if Cuddles is upset, they usually drop down. But if Cuddles is happy or excited, they stay up. Inside Cuddles' fur seem to contain pockets, as seen in the episode "In a Jam".

He normally wears pink bunny slippers and nothing else. Cuddles is rarely seen without his slippers, but the coloration of his soles have been a subject of inconsistency. In "In a Jam", he was briefly shown to have grey-colored soles. In "The Carpal Tunnel Of Love", Cuddles was erroneously drawn without his slippers in one scene and had white soles instead. [citation needed]

Other outfits and designs[edit]

In "Class Act", Cuddles is wearing a tree costume decorated with two red ornaments and topped with a yellow star.

In "Remains To Be Seen", Cuddles wears a cowboy outfit while trick-or-treating. He is shown wearing a brown hat, a golden star-shaped badge, and a belt carrying a lasso.

In "Ski Patrol", Cuddles is designed with a stylized look. His ears take on a somewhat cubical shape. Additionally, his pupils are completely circular, his limbs are skinnier, and the hair on his head is drawn to look more curly. In this episode, he wears pink gloves.

In "A Change Of Heart", Cuddles wears a green shirt. His bunny slippers are also given additional features, including cleats and an angry expression.

In "In A Jam", Cuddles is dressed like a pirate. He wears an eye patch over his damaged eye and a Jolly-Roger hat similar to Russell's.

In "Cubtron Z", Cuddles is constructed with cardboard to be animated in a stop-motion environment.

In the episode, "New Season Teaser", he is in the same art style as Dick Figures as a yellow stick figure. His ears and hair remain on his head, but he lacks a nose, doesn't wear bunny slippers, and his pink blushes are missing.

In his original debut in "Banjo Frenzy", Cuddles had an entirely different appearance. He didn't have any pink features on his body, including his cheeks and bunny slippers. His fur is also more golden than laser yellow. He also had an upside-down triangle for a nose.


Cuddles has several occupations in the series. He has been a firefighter in "Who's To Flame?", though he was the first member of the rescue squad to be killed off. He was a farmer in Don't Yank My Chain, but he ends up getting decapitated by his well's bucket. He was a daredevil in Mime To Five who was supposed to be fire out of a canon by Toothy, but the beaver misinterpreted Mime's instructions, leading to both of their demises. He was also delivery boy in Aw, Shucks!, a journalist in See What Develops, and an Easter bunny in Just Be Claus.


Friends and love interests[edit]

Cuddles is on great terms with a lot of the characters. His best friend is Toothy, and the two are frequently seen with each other. A conflict was briefly held in Camp Pokeneyeout, where a simple misunderstanding turned into a very fierce war between the two, but the two quickly make up in the end. Lumpy is also a close friend of Cuddles. In many of his appearances, Lumpy has an authority role over Cuddles. However, Cuddles instructed Toothy to hit Lumpy with a snowball in Strain Kringle.

Cuddles and Giggles at a fast-food restaurant, playfully enjoying each other's company.

Cuddles is close friends with Giggles, and the two had romantic interactions together. He spends the entirety of The Carpal Tunnel of Love attempting to woe her in numerous ways. They also shared a kiss in a reference to Lady and the Tramp as zombies in Remains to be Seen. However, some episodes depict the two as nothing more as friends. When directly asked about the topic, Kenn Navarro responded that the relationship is only used depending on the episode's story.[8] Giggles has also been seen with other characters, reinforcing Kenn Navarro's answer.

Flaky is another friend Cuddles regularly hangs out with. They would partake in various activities together, but Flaky seems to not be fond of these events. In some instances, Cuddles even forces Flaky into these sports. He completely ignores Flaky’s warnings in Water You Wading For and he forces Flaky into these activates in Let It Slide and The Wrong Side of the Tracks. In Snow Place to Go, he along with Lumpy, Russell, and Toothy volunteer Flaky to retrieve the can from Giggles’ dead body. However, he also cringes upon witnessing her death in Mine To Five and expresses shock towards her death in Take Your Seat.

While Cuddles and Petunia are often in the same episode, they never interacted on-screen. In Flippin' Burgers, Petunia serves Cuddles his food at a resturant. They participate in the same group in From A to Zoo, Kringle Feast, I Get a Trick Out of You, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Take a Hike, and Home Is Where the Hurt Is. Petunia briefly partakes in Cuddles and Toothy's fued after the rocks they pelted destroyed her grapes in Camp Pokeneyeout.

In The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Handy and Cuddles share a cart on a rollarcoaster. Later in the episodes, he mocks Cuddles after his hands were severed and ignores him falling out of the cart. In In a Jam, Cuddles strived to join a band that included Handy. In Don't Yank My Chain, Cuddles gets frightened by Handy in his well.

In Class Act, Remains to be Seen, From A to Zoo, Party Animal, and Take a Hike, Sniffles and Cuddles are together seen with Toothy and the other Happy Tree Friends. In Wipe Out!, Cuddles and Sniffles were briefly seen playing with a beach ball. In Camp Pokeneyeout, Sniffles attacked Cuddles with his own invention after Cuddles attacked Toothy. Cuddles wanted to join a band managed by Sniffles in In a Jam, but Cuddles ends up causing trouble when Lumpy hired him.

Russell is a good friend of Cuddles. In Snow Place to Go, the two attend a vacation. They also play baseball with Toothy and Cro-Marmot in Can't Stop Coffin. They are seen in a group trick-or-treating in Remains to be Seen.

Cuddles and The Mole were seen together a few times. They attend the same birthday parties in I Get a Trick Out of You and Party Animal. Both characters also work as firemen in Who's to Flame?. In In a Jam, The Mole injuries Cuddles in an attempt to sample his blood and he accidentally kills Cuddles at the end of the episode. In Home Is Where the Hurt Is, Cuddles and The Mole operate a wood chipper together until the Mole unknowingly killed Cuddles. In A Sight for Sore Eyes, The Mole drops an organ-filled pouched into Cuddles' drink, sickening him.

Cuddles and Mime have interacted a few times. They both appear together in Party Animal to help with Flippy's birthday and in Home Is Where the Hurt Is when they work together to build a house for Giggles. Cuddles buys a guitar from Mime in In a Jam.

Cro-Marmot is one of Cuddles' friends, as they and Toothy play dress-up in Autopsy Turvy. In Can't Stop Coffin, they play baseball together.

Cuddles attends Splendid's convention center in Wrath of Con. When Splendid cuts him in half with his laser vision by mistake in Just Be Claus, Cuddles asks Splendid to deliver the eggs for Easter. Splendid responds by taking not only the eggs, but also ripping off Cuddles' ears and wear them.

Foes and rivals[edit]
Nutty giving chase to Cuddles out of a hankering for his ice cream.

Nutty and Cuddles appear to be rivals. In Sweet Ride, Cuddles was chased by Nutty for his ice cream cone. Nutty also hijacks the latter's car in Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm. In Camp Pokeneyeout, Cuddles accidentally pelts a rock at Nutty's marshmellow, causing it to be knocked into his eye and melt it. They seem to be on decent terms in In a Jam, where Cuddles politely asked Nutty where he got his money.

Even though Lifty, Shifty, and Cuddles rarely interact, they are rarely at odds. In Junk in the Trunk, Cuddles helps Lifty and Shifty with their scheme without hesitation, until they steal his pet mouse and get him killed. They were supposed to eat at a Christmas dinner in Kringle Feast. In Claw, Lifty and Shifty attempted to save Cuddles from the claw.

In Cuddles' only interaction with Disco Bear, he was furious after watching a video of Disco Bear dating a cardboard cutout of Giggles in YouTube 101: Subscriptions. They worked at the same fire department in Who's To Flame.

FLiQPy has killed Cuddles several times. In This Is Your Knife, Cuddles sheepishly waves at Flippy's evil side just before he was killed. In Party Animal, he was horrified when Flippy's evil side killed Toothy.


Cuddles speaks in a high-pitched voice. Like most characters, Cuddles' dialogue is often jumbled and mostly consists of gibberish. However, occasionally, Cuddles would speak clear English. Cuddles is the first character to spoke an English sentence, as he said the lines "Spin Faster, Spin Faster" in Spin Fun Knowin' Ya. His catchphrases often include the interjection "Come on". He is one of the few characters to swear, as he said the word "Fuck" in "In a Jam". In the Dick Figures parody, "New Season Teaser", Cuddles is given intelligible dialogue, making him the only character to speak full sentences coherently.


Cuddles has the highest number of deaths than any other character, has died in his debut, and rarely survives. Cuddles is one of the three characters to die in all of their starring roles, the other two being the raccoon duo Lifty & Shifty. Most of Cuddles' deaths usually involve his intestines, being sliced apart, getting crushed, and impaled. Cuddles have been the most frequent victims to the following characters: Toothy, Flaky, Lifty, Cro-Marmot, Lumpy, and Flippy. Additionally, Cuddles has been the first character to die in an episode many times. He is also the first character to die in Happy Tree Friends Break.

  1. Banjo Frenzy: He is sliced in half by the dinosaur's banjo.
  2. Spin Fun Knowin' Ya: He gets shredded alive by a plane's turbine engine.
  3. Water You Wading For: He is crushed by a whale.
  4. Sweet Ride: He is cut into three separate pieces by a staircase.
  5. This Is Your Knife: He gets his face skinned off with a rock, cut open with a knife, and his intestines pulled out all by Evil Flippy.
  6. Happy Trails Pt. 1: He is cut in half by a school bus window.
  7. Flippin' Burgers: He dies from massive blood loss after Evil Flippy impales his chest with a straw.
  8. Class Act: He dies in an explosion.
  9. I Get a Trick Out of You: He dies from blood loss after Lumpy obliviously removes his IV.
  10. Keepin' it Reel: He is smacked and gets his chin impaled by Flaky's quills.
  11. Let it Slide: He is cut in half by a broken water slide.
  12. Remains to be Seen: He is run over by Evil Flippy's truck but is later revived as a zombie. However, Cuddles dies once again when the zombified Evil Flippy's brain explodes.
  13. From A To Zoo: He is impaled in the eye by a helium tank, which inflates his other eyeball and causes it to float out of its socket.
  14. Kringle Feast: He is knocked out cold by the gas leak and then dies in an explosion caused by Lumpy.
  15. Kringle Karols: He is impaled through the face by an icicle.
  16. Ski Patrol: He gets slammed into an ambulance, blown up by a helium tank, and buried in by an avalanche.
  17. YouTube Live Episode: He gets beaten to death by the claw of a crane machine.
  18. The Wrong Side of the Tracks: He dies of blood loss when his hands are ripped off by a tunnel on a rollercoaster he is riding and then falls off said rollercoaster.
  19. From Hero to Eternity: He gets impaled in the eye by a pointed rock and then bursts after Splendid performs CPR on him.
  20. And the Kitchen Sink: He is hit by Pop's SUV.
  21. Party Animal: He is strangled by balloons and then shredded to pieces by a ceiling fan
  22. Ipso Fatso: He crashes his car into a hollow tree, where his body is forced through the knot and into a bloody cylinder-like shape.
  23. Don't Yank My Chain: He is decapitated by a bucket after getting his head smacked through it.
  24. Who's to Flame?: He is impaled vertically by a fence post.
  25. Take a Hike: He gets impaled through the crotch by a sharp rock.
  26. Snow Place to Go: He has his entire upper-half eaten by an orca.
  27. Dunce Upon a Time: He gets shredded to pieces while in a giant pepper grinder.
  28. Gems the Breaks: He gets flung out of a bus and flies into a wood chipper along with Toothy and Sniffles.
  29. A Hole Lotta Love: He is sliced vertically into six pieces when a window frame lands and shatters on him.
  30. Mime to Five: He is blown in half by a cannon with too much gunpowder in it and then gets eaten by the killer ducks.
  31. Blast From the Past: Cuddles dies twice in this episode due to time travel.
    1. Firstly, he gets launched off a seesaw into outer space, where he is frozen and then broken to pieces by a satellite.
    2. Secondly, he endures the same exact death he previously suffered from in Spin Fun Knowin' Ya.
  32. See What Develops: He s accidentally frozen by Splendid's ice breath, then shattered into a bunch of ice cubes by Splendid's laser vision.
  33. Home Is Where the Hurt Is: He is knocked into a wood slicer when The Mole unintentionally throws a log at him.
  34. Aw, Shucks!: He is sliced vertically in half by a railroad crossing gate.
  35. Wipe Out!: He lands and gets mutilated on a buoy.
  36. Wingin' It: His stomach gets cut in half by an airplane tray table when Lumpy, who was sitting in front of Cuddles, reclines his seat.
  37. Easy Comb, Easy Go: After he mistakes a bottle of hair growth formula for soda and drinks it, he vomits out his internal organs and suffocates to death when hair starts to grow inside of him.
  38. In a Jam: He suffocates to death after getting filled with chair cushioning and transformed into a chair by The Mole.
  39. Junk in the Trunk: He is forced through and ripped apart by a pulley.
  40. Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: He is cut to pieces by the tail of Flippy's helicopter.
  41. Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II): He is crushed by Cro-Marmot.
  42. The Carpal Tunnel of Love: He is impaled through his mouth by a pipe.
  43. Can't Stop Coffin: He is crushed by Lumpy's truck.
  44. Peas in a Pod: He is killed by a Pod Lumpy with a mop.
  45. Seize the Day: He is electrocuted by Lumpy and then has his body conjoined with his game controller.
  46. Wrath of Con: He is crushed against a wall by the force of Splendid's breath.
  47. Strain Kringle: He gets impaled through the eye by a telescope.
  48. A Bit of a Pickle: He has both of his ears and feet sliced off by Lumpy when his car door slams shut on him.
  49. See You Later, Elevator: He gets an elevator door closed on him, has his intestines stretched by the elevator, and then blown-up by the building's explosion.
  50. Claw: Cuddles die in two separate segments.
    1. He gets his lower half ripped off by Lifty and Shifty, causing his internal organs to fall out of his body.
    2. His body is torn out of his skin.
  51. New Season Trailer: He is shot in the head numerous times by Evil Flippy.
  52. Breaking Wind: Breaks in half when Splendid flies through him.
  53. Buns of Steal: He is decapitated by Lifty's veins.
  54. Cubtron Z: He is smashed against a building by Cubtron.
  55. Camp Pokeneyeout: He is crushed by a boulder.
  56. Just Be Claus: He gets sliced in half by Splendid's laser-vison and has the skin on his face torn off by Splendid.

Debatable Deaths[edit]

  1. Concrete Solution: He likely dies either when Sniffles' ambulance hits his car or when the highway bridge collapse.
  2. Happy New Year: He is crushed behind Lumpy's car door.


For this subject's image gallery, see Gallery:Cuddles.


  • Cuddles, along with Lifty, Handy, and Lumpy makes a cameo appearance as a totem pole in Gundarr, another Mondo Media show.
  • According to his Myspace page, Cuddles' zodiac sign is Aries.[6]
  • According to the Favorite Character poll in 2003[9], Cuddles was tied with Nutty, Flaky, Petunia, and Giggles for having 6% votes, putting all of them below Lumpy (16%, second place) and above Toothy, Handy, Pop, and Cub (all at 4%). In the Best Happy Tree Friends Character tournament, he beat The Mole on Round 2[10] only to lose against Flippy on Round 3.[11]