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Species Rabbit
First appearance "Spin Fun Knowin' Ya!"
Latest appearance "Just Be Claus"
Latest portrayal Kenn 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 an energetic rabbit who first appeared in the Happy Tree Friends episode, "Spin Fun Knowin' Ya!" and is the mascot of the franchise. He did exist before the public appearance of "Banjo Frenzy" where the dinosaur (an earlier version of Lumpy) killed a rabbit character resembling him. He was the second character created for the series (the first being Shifty). Kenn Navarro provides his voice but was played by Aubrey Ankrum in "Banjo Frenzy".

Concept and creation[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is the second character to have been created before the official release of the show, next to Shifty. The concept of a yellow rabbit was first conceived when Rhode Montijo, one of the creators of the show, made a sketch of him on a piece of paper with the phrase Resistance Is Futile. However, before this sketch, a few sketches for a rabbit character were drawn, including one with gloves and another with full clothing. This drawing gave the creators the idea of the show. The prototype design of Cuddles was used in the unreleased short, Banjo Frenzy. [1]

History[edit | edit source]

Happy Tree Friends[edit | edit source]

Cuddles first appears in the Happy Tree Friends in the episode, "Spin Fun Knowin' Ya". As one of four characters who were introduced in that episode, he constantly appears in the main internet seasons and has played significant roles in various episodes.

Starring intros[edit | edit source]

  • 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 | edit source]

Cuddles is a character who appears within the game. Cuddles is a character the player can hit with a bat.

Happy Tree Friends: Spin Fun[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is a character Lumpy can spin off of the merry-go-round. Cuddles can be launched a decent distance and will subsequently be killed when he hits the ground or an object.

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

Cuddles is a character who appears within the game. Cuddles is one of the characters the evil side of Flippy could drag with his helicopter. In the opening cutscene, Cuddles, along with Toothy and Giggles, were blowing and inflating balloons, which would pop soon after. This caught Flippy's attention and caused him to flip out.

Happy Tree Friends: Blood Money[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is one of the victims Lifty and Shifty can torment for cash. When the player bounces Cuddles into the various hazards, Cuddles will bleed drips of his blood, which the player must catch to receive points.

Happy Tree Friends: Slap Happy[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is the character who appears in the game. The player can torment the rabbit with various options. A spiky wall trap can clamp Cuddles, a pipe would impale his throat, and a chainsaw will slice Cuddles in half. The other two items serve to bring Cuddles back to life. The player can perform CPR on him or electrocute him to revive him.

Happy Tree Friends (television series)[edit | edit source]

Cuddles appears in the television series adaptation of Happy Tree Friends. His first appearance is in the "One Foot in the Grave" episode, "The Wrong Side of the Tracks". Cuddles makes the second most appearances within the adaptation, behind Lumpy. While he has fewer episodes starring him, he still would be granted the most amount of screen time, next to Lumpy. Habitually, Cuddles serves as a supporting character in the majority of episodes he is featured in.

Starring intros[edit | edit source]

  • Season 1: Cuddles rides his skateboard onto of a hill.

Arcade games[edit | edit source]

Fire Escape[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is one of the characters Flaky must catch in order to land in the ambulance.

Disco Inferno[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is one of the characters who cheers on Disco Bear within the background.

Hot Potato[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is one of the characters who appear within the game as a witness of the grenade. If the player fails to keep the grenade airborne, it'll explode, killing the characters, including Cuddles.

Hare Trigger[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is the main protagonist of the game. In this game, he's performing a daredevil stunt, and Toothy sets the fuse on the cannon with a flame. The height of Cuddles strongly depends on how far the player gets Cuddles on the distance.

Aim to Freeze[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is seen aiding Toothy within the snowball fight against Lumpy. Cuddles is depicted looking through his telescope.

Happy Tree Friends: Run and Bun[edit | edit source]


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 | edit source]

Cuddles play a role in the game as an obstacle. If Flippy's evil side runs into him, Cuddles will be sliced in half and killed.

Lumpy's Lame Card Trick[edit | edit source]

Cuddles makes a brief cameo in one of the selection choices. Lumpy makes a pair of rabbit ears appear in his magician's hat and he pulls on it, which reveals the severed head of Cuddles.

Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm[edit | edit source]

Cuddles was a character originally planned to be into the game, alongside Handy but both characters were cut for unknown reasons. Cuddles was replaced by Flippy and several of his voice clips are still used.[citation needed]

Happy Tree Friends: Deadeye Derby[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is one of the playable characters of the game, and one of the two that 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.

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

Cuddles has made several appearances outside his series in other Mondo shows. He makes a small cameo in one of the episodes of The God and Devil Show as one of God's keys. He also made a cameo appearance (along with Lifty, Handy, and Lumpy) on Gundarr, another Mondo show, in the form of a background totem. In the show, DJs in PJs, Cuddles makes a cameo in the pilot, Monsters are Everywhere, where he is shown as one of a kid's plush toys.

Cuddles, along with the other characters, makes numerous appearances within the German MAD comics. He has appeared in two issues titled "Happy Tree Friends vs. SpongeBob" and "Happy Tree Friends vs. South Park: Hooray! They killed Kenny" respectively.

As Cuddles is a commonly promoted character for Happy Tree Friends, he has received a considerable quantity of merchandise. Cuddles has such products ranging from a Japanese plush series to action figures created by Stevenson Entertainment Group. A specific plush toy was created by Fun 4 All. Cuddles has also appeared in T-shirts, toys, and even as a finger puppet that also serves as a screen cleaner which is exclusive to Japan.

Cuddles has starred in a few comic strips. In an addition, he has appeared in most advertisements. He was present in a certain bumper for the show that was podcasted on MTV in foreign countries, where he is featured alongside Lumpy and various characters from Alejo and Valentina, a show that was also being promoted.

Deaths[edit | edit source]

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 typically relate to 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 is commonly the first character to die in an episode. 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 | edit source]

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

Biography[edit | edit source]

General information[edit | edit source]

Personality[edit | edit source]

Cuddles, along with Toothy is taunting a caged baboon.

Cuddles is a rebellious trouble maker who is very fond of causing mischief or following his own rules. Both of these traits have led to many calamities, with Flaky as the character who would try to warn Cuddles. He can also be self-centered, and would throw his friends under the bus or force them into situations they would rather not involve themselves in. However, on the other hand, Cuddles is very friendly and optimistic. Cuddles is also sometimes naive and gullible, as various characters have used his kindness as an advantage. Cuddles is a music lover, more specifically, he is a fan of 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[2]. However, this was later denied in 2015, where Kenn Navarro said that Cuddles loves carrots[3]. Cuddles is very fond of extreme sports, as he enjoys skateboarding, surfing, and soccer.

Physical information[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is a yellow rabbit who wears bunny slippers. He has a visible abdominal marking that is a lighter shade of his fur. Cuddles has a visible fluff of hair and a tail that bears an exact resemblance to the former. He also has pink cheeks.

Other outfits and designs[edit | edit source]

In Ski Patrol, Cuddles is designed with stylized look. Both his limbs and ears take on a much more cubical shape. Additionally, his pupils are completely circular.

In Cubtron Z, Cuddles is designed within a stop-motion environment, and was made with cardboard to be animated.

In the episode, "New Season Teaser", he is in the same art style as Dick Figures as a yellow stick figure.

Occupations[edit | edit source]

Cuddles has various occupations within the series. He has been the a firefighter in Who's To Flame?, a farmer in Don't Yank My Chain, a daredevil in Mime To Five, a delivery boy in Aw, Shucks!, a journalist in See What Develops, and an Easter bunny in Just Be Claus.

Relationships[edit | edit source]

Friends and love interests[edit | edit source]

Cuddles is on great terms with a lot of the characters. His best friend is Toothy, and the two have been seen engaging in activities together. A conflict was briefly held in Camp Pokeneyeout, where a simple misunderstanding turned into a very fierce war between the two. However, the two quickly make up in the end. Another friend Cuddles regularly hangs out with is Lumpy. Lumpy usually has an authority role over Cuddles, and both characters appear to be very close companions for one another. However, Cuddles instructed Toothy to hit Lumpy with a snowball when the latter was simply walking down the street 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 even have some 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 on an episode basis rather than as a stable one[4]. Giggles has also been seen with other characters, which backs up 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.

Petunia and Cuddles are both characters who appear in numerous of the episodes, yet they have never directly interacted (at least as of on-screen). They are only seen in big groups with other characters as seen 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. The most that could be said is that she served Cuddles burgers and fries in Flippin' Burgers, and how she was annoyed by Cuddles' mischief in Camp Pokeneyeout.

Cuddles' relationship with Handy has mostly been positive but at times, the latter has shown to be not too fond of the former. In The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Handy made fun of Cuddles' lack of arms when they have been ripped off, and he didn't even care about Cuddles' demise. In In a Jam, Cuddles admired Handy's band and tries to get into it. However, Handy was not too fond of Cuddles in here as he, along with Lumpy and Sniffles, thought the rabbit's guitar skills were abysmal and Cuddles later indirectly caused Handy's death. In Don't Yank My Chain, Cuddles was frightened by the sight of seeing Handy in his well, which caused him to drop all the way to the bottom again.

Both being Toothy's closest friends, Cuddles and Sniffles almost always appear with Toothy when together, where the three would form a trio. The trio of the three characters can be seen in some episodes such as Class Act, Remains to be Seen, From A to Zoo, Party Animal, and Take a Hike. In Wipe Out!, the two were briefly seen playing with a beach ball without Toothy. However, at times, it seems that the relationship is more dependent on Toothy's presence, as in Camp Pokeneyeout, Sniffles attacked Cuddles with his own invention after Cuddles attacked Toothy. Cuddles also annoys Sniffles by messing with the lights and subsequently getting Handy killed in In a Jam.

Cuddles is friends with Russell, as he was seen riding his ship along with several other characters in Snow Place to Go. 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 seem to be friends for the most part. They both go to 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?. However, sometimes, things do not go so well due to The Mole's blindness. Examples of this are in In a Jam, in which The Mole makes Cuddles give a second amount of blood, despite how he gave Cuddles a button the first time. Later, he accidentally kills Cuddles and mistakes him for a chair afterwards. In Home Is Where the Hurt Is, they operate a wood chipper together until the Mole unknowingly killed Cuddles. In A Sight for Sore Eyes, Cuddles watches as The Mole drops something in his drink, which makes him sick.

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 another one of Cuddles' friends, as shown in Autopsy Turvy, in which they and Toothy play dress-up and in Can't Stop Coffin, they're seen playing baseball together.

Cuddles seems to be a fan of Splendid as he appears in Wrath of Con, where he is attending to the latter's speech, along with various other characters. He interacts with Splendid again in Just Be Claus when he gives him his Easter basket filled with eggs that need delivering, after getting sliced apart. Splendid then tears his ears off.

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

One of the few characters Cuddles actually harbor a disliking for is Nutty. In Sweet Ride, he was horrified when he saw Nutty chasing him for his ice cream cone, and showed no concern for him when he died, even showing relief towards the fact that he could enjoy his treat. In Class Act, Cuddles seemed to be put off at witnessing Nutty biting a chunk of both Sniffles' body and costume. Cuddles also showed annoyance at Nutty stealing his car in Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm. Also, while to a lesser extent, Cuddles seemed indifferent towards accidentally burning Nutty's eye in Camp Pokeneyeout. The only positive instance of Cuddles' opinion of Nutty is that he was polite to him in In a Jam and showed no contempt towards the fact that both of them were auditioning for the same part in Lumpy's band despite obviously wanting a part.

Lifty, Shifty, and Cuddles appear in the same episode on several occasions but rarely interact, but when they do, they oddly aren't always at ends. Their most significant interaction and only negative one was Junk in the Trunk, where Cuddles unwittingly helps Lifty and Shifty with their scheme, until they steal his pet mouse and get him killed. The rest of their interactions seem netural or even friendly at times, as were also supposed to eat a Christmas dinner in Kringle Feast. They all even went trick-or-treating in Remains to be Seen. In Claw, Lifty and Shifty attempted to save Cuddles from the claw, which shows that they occasionally care about him.

Cuddles appears to dislike Disco Bear for apparently kissing Giggles in YouTube 101: Subscriptions. However, they work together in the fire brigade in Who's to Flame? and seem to have no problems with each other, that is until Disco Bear drives the firetruck without lowering the ladder first, getting Cuddles killed.

Like most characters, Cuddles strongly fears Flippy's evil side. As seen in episodes such as This Is Your Knife, Party Animal and Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow, Flippy's evil side would kill Cuddles.

Speech[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.[2]
  • According to the Favorite Character poll in 2003[5], 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[6] only to lose against Flippy on Round 3.[7]

References[edit | edit source]