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Episode Count51
Kills41 (Main Characters)
113 (Minor Characters)
156 (total)
First appearance"Havin' A Ball"
Latest appearance"Too Much Scream Time"
First VictimCub
First Death"Havin' A Ball"
Latest portrayalAubrey Ankrum (2000- present)

Pop is one of the main characters in the Happy Tree Friends franchise. He is the widowed father of Cub, who often gets killed as a result of his irresponsible nature. While Cub has appeared in several episodes without his father, Pop is always featured with Cub, with a few exceptions, such as Pop's BBQ Smoochie. His most defining traits are his red bathrobe and cap, the pipe he constantly smokes, his unintelligence, and his deep voice.

Concept and creation[edit]

Pop was originally drawn as a bear character with little accessories smoking a pipe in his mouth. This design only featured Pop's recognizable cap and was otherwise seen with a belly marking, a trait seemingly absent in the subsequent episodes. Pop was also missing buckteeth, which is a common trait shared among earlier designs. At some point, Pop was eventually redesigned, but the most notable element in his new appearance was his recognizable bathrobe. At this point in development, he had the working name Poppy and was given a son, who was initially named Fuzzy.

When Pop and his son made their first appearance in Havin' A Ball, their designs went mostly unchanged, although with a few refinements. Most importantly, both characters were renamed to "Pop" and "Cub" respectively.


Happy Tree Friends[edit]

Pop first appears in the season 1 episode, Havin' A Ball, alongside Cub. His debut episode differs from other episodes he appears in as he does not cause Cub harm. Chip Off the Ol' Block depicts Pop as unaware of Cub's death, indirectly burning his corpse in the process. Pop would initially see his son die and intentionally burn his body without remorse in a deleted scene, in stark contrast to him mourning his death in later episodes. The creators felt the scene was too harsh and changed it, so Pop was more unaware than he was. Season 2 would eventually portray Pop as more negligent, as shown in Snip Snip Hooray!, he does not realize Cub has the razor in his mouth and plugs it in, causing him to die. Despite this, Pop does not realize his son died and attempts to cut his hair, assuming he is sleeping. In Water Way to Go, Pop is a bit more aware of his son's demise after he indirectly buried him.

After the television series, Pop intentionally kills Cub in Read 'em and Weep to exorcise the demon controlling him, without knowing Lumpy already doing it. This marked the first and only instance throughout the whole series where Pop deliberately killed his son. In Something Fishy, Pop is seen without Cub for the first time in the internet series.

Pop's BBQ Smoochie[edit]

Pop is the main subject in his smoochie, Pop's BBQ Smoochie. The Smoochie revolves around Pop engaging in barbeque-themed activities such as grilling, eating corn, and eating a kabob. All of these actions cause Pop to die.

Happy Tree Friends (television series)[edit]

Pop appears in the television adaptation of Happy Tree Friends. First appearing in the last two segments of One Foot in the Grave: From Hero to Eternity, and And the Kitchen Sink. Pop has the same role in the internet series, though his incompetence is more severe. However, unlike other appearances, the episode And the Kitchen Sink is the first time Pop notices that Cub dies.

Fire Escape[edit]

Pop makes his first video game appearance in Fire Escape. He is one of the victims in the inflamed building that Flaky must rescue. If Flaky fails to catch Pop and he falls onto the ground, he will violently splatter. Because the same victim can come out of the building twice, it is possible for two Pops to appear on-screen.


Physical appearance[edit]

Despite Pop's age, he shares the same cutesy design and proportions as the rest of the main characters. However, Pop's voice is notably deeper than most characters in the series. His wardrobe is a parody of the 1950s-style sitcom father, as he wears a dark-red bathrobe, a light-red belt, and a dark-red cap, though his attire sometimes changes in certain episodes. In addition, he wields a brown pipe in his mouth, which he smokes. As stated in his Collect 'em All card, he even smokes in his sleep.[citation needed] However, he is seen without his smoking pipe in many instances. Pop is rarely seen without his hat, though he doesn't have any hair underneath it, unlike his son.[1]


Pop is quite similar to Lumpy in personality. Pop is very unintelligent and doesn't pay much attention to his actions. For that reason, he often causes other characters' deaths, mainly Cub. In most scenarios, he fails to notice Cub's demise and once even mistook Nutty's concrete-filled stomach as his own son because it wore Cub's hat. However, in the moments where Pop does realize his son is in genuine danger, he comes to the rescue and tries to save Cub from his predicament.

Pop rarely interacts with anyone besides Cub, and he is usually portrayed as impatient and grumpy when he does. In "A Hole Lotta Love", he threatens Sniffles to rescue Cub and, at some point, engages in a fight with him. In "A Hole Lotta Love", he gets annoyed at Mime when trying to order food. In "From Hero to Eternity", Pop is seen bothered by Splendid each time he passes by him. Pop has shown an interest in barbeque[2] and video games[3]. As seen in "Read 'em and Weep", Pop is a cheapskate.

Other outfits and designs[edit]

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

In "Clause For Concern", Pop is dressed as Santa Claus. He wears a large white beard, a red coat with a white fur collar, a black belt, and a red hat with white fur.

In "A Handy Nanny", he wears a bowling outfit.

In "Every Litter Bit Hurts", Pop wears blue trousers over his red bathrobe.


Pop is a full-time father who has a son to care for. However, Pop is very dimwitted and incompetent, leading to Cub getting lost, injured, or even killed.

In "Clause For Concern", Pop is a mall Santa. He plans to go to the designated mall to fulfill his occupation but is halted by many obstacles.

In "A Handy Nanny", he is depicted as a bowler. By the end of the episode, he is seen carrying a tremendous bowling-trophy.

In "Every Litter Bit Hurts", Pop is an environmental volunteer. During this episode, he works alongside Giggles and performs most of his tasks competently. However, he fishes out Cub's beanie and starts to panic. He is later killed by a pinecone.



Pop is the father of Cub. Pop and Cub are paired together in most of their appearances, and rarely seen apart. Cub is often killed by his father's obliviousness and unintellegence. Pop is most defined by his irresponsibility when he is tasked with Cub, as it had resulted in his son's death many times. In Let It Slide, Treasure Those Idol Moments, and Rink Hijinks, Pop seem to leave Cub unattended. While Pop cares deeply about his son, his poor decisions have brought pain and suffering upon Cub. In Stealing the Spotlight, Pop shoved a tooth back into his son's gums after it fell out when Pop unintentionally smacked Cub with a ladder, and later hammered a nail into his son's head after failing to remove it. His incompetence caused Cub to be severly harmed in And The Kitchen Sink. Pop is occasionally unaware of Cub's deaths, such as in Snip Snip, Hooray, Chip Off the Ol' Block, and Bottled Up Inside. While Pop never intends to harm Cub, he deliberately bludgeons his son to death with a shovel in Read 'Em and Weep, believing his son was still possesed by a demon.

Despite Cub's age, Pop seems to task his son with chores. In Chip Off the Ol' Block, as Pop relaxes in a hammock, he gives Cub a lawnmower and allows him to him mow the grass. He also demands Cub to rake leaves in Chore Loser.

Despite his reckless actions, Pop is shown to truly care about Cub. Pop has the tendecy to spoil Cub, giving him a lolipop in A Sucker For Love and Snip Snip Hooray. Whenever Cub gets himself in danger, Pop is always determined to find or rescue Cub. In a few episodes, Pop seems to become somewhat frantic whenever his son is missing, such as in A Hole Lotta Love, where he goes into a hysterical panic upon assuming Cub fell down a well. Pop is known to immediately mourn Cub's death, and in Cubtron Z, Pop revives his deceased son by reconstructing him into a giant cyborg. In A Sucker For Love, Pop confronts Nutty when the latter stole Cub's lolipop.

Pop's wife was never mentioned or seen throughout the show. However, Kenn Navvaro affirms that his wife is deceased by unknown causes. In Can't Stop Coffin, Pop & Cub are seen mourning her grave.


Pop rarely interacts with anyone else but Cub. He only interacted with Cuddles in And The Kitchen Sink, where he accidentally runs him over with his car. In a few instances, Pop is seen with Giggles, but their interactions often come at the latter's expense. In Wingin' It, Pop doesn't intervene when his son whacks Giggles' seat with his toy airplane, and in And The Kitchen Sink, Pop accidentally killed Giggles while driving. However, in their most notable interaction, Giggles hires Pop as an environmental volunteer. His only interaction with Toothy includes purchasing a book from him in Read 'em and Weep and listening to his singing in Class Act.

Lumpy and Pop seem to have regular interactions with each other. In A Vicious Cycle, Pop congratulates Lumpy and Disco Bear for seemingly putting Flippy to justice and invites them to his house. He also requested for Lumpy's assistance in Doggone It and Read 'em and Weep. In the latter episode, Pop mourns his son's death with Lumpy. He also attends Lumpy's gas station in Spare Tire. Pop summoned Lumpy as a genie in the episode As You Wish.

Pop had a brief interaction with Petunia in Read 'em and Weep, where she offered him cookies as a girl scout. Pop has interacted with Handy twice. As Pop navigates the underground with Sniffles' drill machine in A Hole Lotta Love, he stops to ask Handy for help. However, Pop failed to understand Handy because of the latter's amputated hands. In A Handy Nanny, Pop hires Handy to be Cub's babysitter.

Pop recruits The Mole to a search team and tried to rush him in A Hole Lotta Love. He takes Cub to an ambulance driven by The Mole in A Sucker For Love. Pop sits next to and watches a school play with The Mole in Something Fishy

In Sea What I Found, Pop is disturbed by seeing Disco Bear walking in only a speedo. In A Vicious Cycle, Pop invites Disco Bear and Lumpy to hang out at his house.

While Pop neither interacts with Russell and Mime face-to-face, he attempted to order food from them in Mime to Five and gets agitated with nobody responds to his order in the drive-thu. He also watched their school play in Something Fishy.

Pop's only interaction with Cro-Marmot is ordering an ice cream cone from him in Water Way To Go.

Foes and rivals[edit]

Pop was at odds against Nutty in A Sucker for Love. After the crazed squirrel snatched the lolipop from Cub, Pop confronted him and tries to pull it from Nutty's grasp. Likewise, Pop does not have a good relationship with Sniffles either. In A Hole Lotta Love, Sniffles coperated with Pop to find Cub, but the two quickly started bickering. Pop kicked away Sniffles' severed arm with an indifferent expression in Who's To Flame.

Lifty and Shifty have never robbed Pop. So far, Pop has only witnessed the raccoon duo running over his son in As You Wish. He also caused their deaths in And The Kitchen Sink. Fliqpy hasn't killed Pop in his regular form, but in A Vicious Cycle, he intentially causes Pop's death when his soul possesed Cub's tricycle.

As revealed in From Hero to Eternity, Pop does not like Splendid. He is seen looking at Splendid with a frown upon first seeing him and gets bothered when Splendid speeds past him, causing his paper to get blown around.

When Pop and Cub bought Whistle from a pet store in Doggone It, they happily adopted him. This changed when Pop saw Whistle violently mauling his son. As Pop calls pest control, he is seen getting attacked by the dog and trying to fend him off.


Unlike most characters, Pop speaks in a very deep voice. Several of Pop's given dialogue is somewhat intelligible. For instance, in "Chip Off the Ol' Block", he tells Cub to "stay here". In most instances, he often calls for his son and usually says his name. Pop is often the character to read literature, thus, he is given moments where he is heard reading (unseen) words.


Pop has a relatively low number of death and rarely dies, but despite this, he dies in his debut. Most of Pop's deaths usually involve getting impaled, burned to death, or head-trauma.

  1. Havin' a Ball: Is sliced into pieces by helicopter rotors.
  2. Flippin' Burgers: Is crushed flat by a door.
  3. Class Act: Dies in an explosion.
  4. Stealing the Spotlight: Gets his skin boiled by Lumpy's bright lights.
  5. Easy For You to Sleigh: Dies from inhaling carbon monoxide.
  6. Pop's BBQ Smoochie:
    1. Gets his head is impaled by the kabob skewer in the Kabob option.
    2. Gets his head pierced through by charcoal in the Light option.
    3. Suffocates when popcorn fills up his entire body in the Corn option.
  7. Who's to Flame?: Was burned to death off-screen.
  8. Every Litter Bit Hurts: Is impaled through the head with a flaming pinecone, which subsequently sets him on fire.
  9. As You Wish!: Is impaled on the tip of Sniffles' rocket.
  10. Mime to Five: Has glass shards from a broken windshield pierce his body.
  11. Aw, Shucks!: Is crushed by a giant piece of popcorn.
  12. Wingin' It: Sucked out a plane along with Cub.
  13. Wrath of Con: Is killed off-screen when a Comic Con Center explodes.
  14. See You Later, Elevator: Dies in a building explosion.
  15. Cubtron Z: Gets crushed when Cubtron sits on him.
  16. A Vicious Cycle: Gets decapitated after being electrocuted by a power switch.
  17. Spare Tire: Is reduced to a skeleton by an explosion.
  18. Going Out With a Bang: Gets squeezed to death by Cub's baby leash.
  19. Too Much Scream Time: Is impaled in the head with a plunger handle shot by Cub.

Debatable deaths[edit]

  1. Chore Loser: Is killed by a dog.
  2. Breaking Wind: Is killed either by Splendid's gas, or by Petunia setting the world on fire.


  • According to the Happy Tree Friends QA section, which is handled by Kenn Navarro, Ken Pontac, and Warren Graff, on the official Mondo website, Pop is one of their favorite Happy Tree Friends characters, the other being Cub.[4]


  1. In the episode Snip Snip, Horray!, Cub is shown to have a head full of long hair after Pop removes his cap.
  2. Pop's BBQ Smoochie
  3. Chore Loser
  4. https://mondomedia.com/channel/HappyTreeFriends/qa Q: Whats you favorite happy tree friends characters - A: Pop & Cub (because Pop is SUCH a bad father but he has no idea).