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Gender: Female (confirmed)
Interest(s): Cooking
Being with friends
Species: Porcupine
Color: Red
Episode Count: 48
Friends/Allies: Cuddles
Disco Bear
Enemies/Rivals: Lifty
Evil Flippy
Mr. Pickels
Kill Count: 19
Deaths: 37 (34 from Regular Episodes)
(3 from Smoochies)
(1 from Irregular Episodes)
(2 from HTF Break)
First Appearance: Water You Wading For
First Victim: Disco Bear
From Rink Hijinks (Internet)
From Party Animal (TV)
First Death: Treasure These Idol Moments
Voice Actor/Actress: Nica Lorber (2000 - present)

"Wherever there's trouble, this dandruff-laden porcupine is sure to be far, far away."
―"Collect them All" card info[src]

Flaky is one of the main characters of Happy Tree Friends.

Character Bio

New flaky designs

A red porcupine whose quills are full of white flakes-like dandruff, thus her name. Despite this, Flaky is one of the most popular characters in the series and has the identifiable personality of being a very cautious and timid character.

Flaky is often seen as a coward and very shy. However, Flaky's actions in both the internet episodes and the TV series go against this, as she has been brave and on several occasions saved her own life. Flaky is actually one of the kindest characters on the show, doing things like saving a baby bird in Take a Hike. She is often seen around Lumpy, Sniffles, Flippy, and Cuddles. Additionally, when hanging around with Cuddles, Flaky is often forcefully dragged into situations that lead to one or both of their demises, despite her warning Cuddles about possible dangers that could occur. This is seen in Water You Wading For, Let it Slide, and The Wrong Side of the Tracks. Her deaths tend to involve breathing problems, burning, and getting eaten.

Flaky seems to be somewhat mentally unstable, as seen in the episode Snow Place to Go. Near the end of the episode, she begins to go insane and treats a garden gnome as her companion, singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" to it after being trapped in the Arctic with no food or civilization. This is also seen in Without a Hitch, where she suffers from fear-induced hallucinations over the course of the episode, culminating in her stabbing Flippy in the eye in imagined self-defense.

In Party Animal, it is revealed that she is allergic to peanuts, as they give her a purple rash, big lips, and make her bloat up like a balloon. She is also prone to vomiting, usually triggered by her fear of heights and flying.

The fact that she is a porcupine often causes trouble - her quills often impale other characters and destroy objects unintentionally. Because of her quills, Flippy once even used her as a weapon to kill Cuddles with in Keepin' it Reel. They also sometimes lead to her being skinned, as in Class Act and Let it Slide, when she falls down a tight space, causing her quills to get caught on the way down. When she comes out the other end, her muscles are exposed.

Her excessive dandruff has sometimes been exploited by other characters. In the Second Serving DVD, she was given her own breakfast cereal called Flaky Flakes, which resemble Cornflakes with red and white pieces mixed in. Her dandruff is also used to create a snowing effect for a play in Class Act. A running gag in the series is that whenever she runs, shakes, or is struck by something, her dandruff falls out.

Flaky's first and third kills were done after she had been killed. In the episode Rink Hijinks, when Disco Bear carelessly pushes her, she falls onto Lumpy's floor buffer, causing her quills to fly out of control and pierce Disco Bear to death. In Party Animal, after she got popped like a balloon by Mole, her quills pinned him to the wall. Her second kill is from Let it Slide, caused by Lumpy accidentally turned off the water on a water slide. She loses her quills all over the slide, separating it, and later on, when Cuddles slides down, he is sliced in two by the separated slide. However, Flaky did most likely not cause Cuddles' death, as the screw popped out before Flaky even went down the slide.

Flaky also shown to be close friends with Flippy as they are shown doing activities together such as playing hide & seek, going camping, and going to the movies. In Party Animal, she even organized a surprise birthday party for him. However, her friendship with Flippy has led to her death several times because of his flip-outs. Interestingly, in Party Animal, Flippy did not kill Flaky even though she instigated the flip-out and was right in front of him (although she looked very different, puffed up, and Flippy didn't kill Mole either). In Double Whammy Part I, her screams snapped him out of one of his flip-outs.

She has been killed many times, but survived in Water You Wading For, Out of Sight, Out of Mime, I Get a Trick Out of You (not seen but heard), Stealing the Spotlight (debatable), From A to Zoo (debatable), The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Ipso Fatso, A Change of HeartDouble Whammy Part I, Easy Comb, Easy Go, Happy Trails Pt. 1,  Something FishyThe Chokes On You (debatable), and Random Acts of Silence.

Gender Dispute

Many debates have been raised as to the true gender of Flaky. Several fans assume that Flaky is male due to her lack of a distinguishing feminine appearance; female characters tend to have long eyelashes, whereas Flaky has none. Series creator Rhode Montijo once stated that he initially created Flaky as a male, however, MondoMedia regards Flaky as a female character. Her true gender has caused much confusion; even the Happy Tree Friends website is ambiguous to this, but most of the creators and writers refer to Flaky as a female. This is most obvious in the DVD commentaries, where they regularly refer to Flaky as a "her", such as the commentary for And the Kitchen Sink. Some even see her quills as her having long hair, especially due to the dandruff and the way they respond to hair growth formula in Easy Comb, Easy Go. She also carries a flower suitcase in Wingin' It, and the episode description refers to Flaky as "her". [1] Some voice actors of the show are ambiguous about Flaky's gender, while others think she is female. [2]

Flaky choosing a bathroom

To be fair, Flaky needed to look very close to see which one was the correct one (the women's bathroom is on the right).

In Something Fishy, Flaky is seen trying to decide whether to enter the girls' or the boys' bathroom. So, despite being female, she may be gender-confused herself, which has further contributed to the ambiguity many fans feel about her.

On the official website, Flaky's gender was originally listed as "Female", but was later changed to "Unknown".

Disco Bear is seen flirting with Flaky in Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!, and in See What Develops, he shakes Flaky's hand and winks at her. However, this could have been Disco Bear simply grooving like he usually does.

Flaky's conformation

Flaky's gender confirmation.

Flaky's gender was confirmed on April 28, 2012, on the Happy Tree Friends Twitter account, in reply to a tweet by @AngryBurdsNigga.

She is also referred to as a "her" in some posts on the official Happy Tree Friends Facebook page [3] [4], and there is even a comment posted by the author in which they stated that "Flaky is a girl".

It is also stated by the producers and voice actors during the commentary for the Third Strike Happy Tree Friends DVD that Flaky is, indeed, female. 

To add to the gender debate, some Blurbs like in Without a Hitch use both male and female pronouns, even in the same bubble.

Flaky's Episodes

Famous Deaths

Starring Roles

  1. Water You Wading For
  2. Treasure Those Idol Moments
  3. Boo Do You Think You Are?
  4. Hide and Seek
  5. This Is Your Knife
  6. Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark
  7. Rink Hijinks
  8. Let It Slide
  9. Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!
  10. Flaky's Baseball Smoochie
  11. Party Animal
  12. Wingin' It
  13. Without a Hitch

Featuring Roles

  1. Class Act
  2. Keepin' it Reel
  3. Ski Patrol
  4. The Wrong Side of the Tracks
  5. Take a Hike
  6. Snow Place to Go
  7. Dunce Upon a Time
  8. Mime to Five
  9. Chew Said a Mouthful
  10. See What Develops
  11. Idol Curiosity
  12. Aw Shucks!
  13. Wipe Out
  14. From A to Zoo
  15. Something Fishy
  16. A Bit of a Pickle
  17. Royal Flush

Appearance Roles

  1. Happy Trails Pt. 1
  2. I Get a Trick Out of You (Unseen, but her shriek was heard)
  3. Stealing the Spotlight
  4. From Hero to Eternity
  5. And the Kitchen Sink
  6. Ipso Fatso
  7. A Change of Heart
  8. Concrete Solution
  9. Who's to Flame?
  10. Easy Comb, Easy Go
  11. Double Whammy Part I
  12. Wrath of Con
  13. The Chokes on You
  14. Random Acts of Silence
  15. By The Seat Of Your Pants

Kringle Roles

  1. Kringle Feast (As a picture on the wall next to Lumpy)

HTF Break Roles

  1. Happy New Year
  2. Take Your Seat


Flaky is considered the most cowardly character in Happy Tree Friends. She has a long list of phobias (irrational fears), including:

However, she may just have panphobia, which is the fear of everything.

Occupations and Careers

For more information, see List of Occupations

  1. Soccer Goalie - A Change of Heart
  2. Trapeze Artist - Mime to Five
  3. Grocer - See What Develops
  4. Explorer - Idol Curiosity
  5. Water Dunk Game Victim - Aw, Shucks!
  6. Student Driver - Easy Comb, Easy Go
  7. Student - Something Fishy



Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Treasure Those Idol Moments: Is hit by Lumpy with a car while hanging from a jungle gym. (Idol-induced)
  2. Hide and Seek: Is strangled and hung from a wire by Flippy.
  3. Boo Do You Think You Are?: Burned to the bone by lava.
  4. This Is Your Knife: Is thrown into a campfire by Flippy while hiding in her sleeping bag. (debatable)
  5. Happy Trails Part 2: Jumping the Shark: Is murdered by Flippy, Lumpy, Handy, and Sniffles for puncturing their escape raft (likely only by Flippy). (off-screen, debatable?)
  6. Rink Hijinks: Is shredded by Lumpy's floor waxer after being accidentally pushed by Disco Bear.
  7. Class Act: Dies in an explosion. Everyone dies in that explosion.
  8. Keepin' it Reel: Is strangled and decapitated by Flippy. (off-screen?)
  9. Let it Slide: Drowns in a pool after getting skinned.
  10. Stealing the Spotlight: Dies from Lumpy's Christmas lights. (off-screen, debatable)
  11. Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!: Is sliced into cubes after flying through a chain-link fence.
  12. From A to Zoo: Dies in a bus crash or is killed by a baboon. (off-screen, debatable)
  13. Ski Patrol: Flies into, and is wedged in, a cliffside and gets crushed to pieces by a snowboard.
  14. From Hero to Eternity: Is sucked into a whirlpool and later burned by lava.
  15. And the Kitchen Sink: Gets hit by a chunk of wall while trying to cross the street.
  16. Party Animal: Is popped by Mole after bloating up like a balloon due to an allergic reaction to peanuts.
  17. Concrete Solution: Dies when bridge collapses. (off-screen, debatable)
  18. Who's to Flame?: Is impaled through the head by a klaxon.
  19. Take a Hike: Is killed by an eagle.
  20. Snow Place to Go: Mauled to death underwater by the orca (off-screen)
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  21. Dunce Upon a Time: Is electrocuted and impaled by a fork while hiding behind a piece of toast in a toaster.
  22. Mime to Five: Bisected in half by Cuddles' intestines vertically.
  23. Chew Said a Mouthful: Is killed when an umbrella opens up in her mouth. [confirmed by Warren Graff]
  24. See What Develops: Drowns in a flooded store. (off-screen)
  25. Idol Curiosity: Is devoured by flesh-eating flowers.
  26. Aw, Shucks!: Has her head knocked off by a huge piece of popcorn. Everyone died (except Lumpy) from that incident.
  27. Wipe Out!: Is eaten alive by seagulls after her head cracks open.
  28. Wingin' It: Is killed by Godzilla at the end of the episode. (Death not seen, but her death was confirmed by Kenn Navarro)
  29. Wrath of Con: Is crushed by a collapsing building.
  30. Without A Hitch: Is blown apart by a deploying airbag.
  31. A Bit of a Pickle: Is sliced into three pieces by sheet metal siding.
  32. Happy New Year: Is crushed by Lumpy's van.
  33. Take Your Seat: Dies either from getting impaled by a spring or being crushed by a cinema seat.
  34. The Chokes on You: Chokes on a doughnut. (off-screen)
  35. Royal Flush: Is impaled through the head by a toilet plunger.
  36. Breaking Wind: Has her skin burned off by Splendid's fart.
  37. By the Seat of Your Pants: Is sliced horizontally in half by Flippy when he flips out.


  1. Overkill DVD box set: Is blown up by Flippy's bomb. (Debatable)
  2. False Alarm Cover: Falls off a building. (Debatable and/or death not seen)
  3. Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm gameplay: Dies from various things depending on the environment of the level, such as getting sliced by blades and saws, getting crushed and flattened like paper or cardboard, getting electrocuted, or getting lit on fire.
  4. Spring Training March 2006 Calendar: Dies when she hits one of Flippy's grenades with a baseball bat. (Death not seen)
  5. Fall Harvest Wallpaper: Falls and splatters on the ground. (Death not seen)
  6. Un-named Wallpaper: Is killed when Flippy's dynamite explodes. (Death not seen)
  7. Dumb Ways To Die: Dies the same death as in Flaky's Baseball Smoochie Gum.

Seen in Comics

  1. Making a Good Bleed: Is killed in a car explosion.
  2. Lost Claws: Is sliced by ladder.


Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Class Act: Is skinned when she falls down a chimney.
  2. Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna be Ya (before death):
    1. Steps on a nail sticking out of a plank with both feet.
    2. Gets her arm stretched when she tries holding onto a branch in an attempt to stop herself as she is skiing down a large hill. 
  3. The Wrong Side of The Tracks: Vomits while stuck in an upside-down roller coaster cart.
  4. Wipe Out:
    1. Runs into a coconut tree.
    2. Gets hit in the head by a coconut, exposing her brain.
  5. Wingin' It:
    1. Vomits before she enters the airport.
    2. Vomits several times again in the plane's bathroom.
    3. Is bitten by a shark.
  6. Party Animal: Suffers an allergic reaction to peanuts (twice), causing her to develop a rash and swell up like a balloon (before death)
  7. Ipso Fatso: Gets hit in the head by one of Lumpy's detached arms.
  8. Something Fishy: Has the flesh on both of her hands bitten off by Russell's piranha.
  9. Without a Hitch: Is cut and impaled by glass shards from her car's windshield.
  10. The Chokes on You: Chokes on a doughnut, possibly dying, or her friends saved her.

Number of Kills

Character Number of Times Killed Episodes
Cuddles 2 Let it Slide
Keepin' it Reel (along with Flippy) (debatable)
Giggles 1 Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya! (debatable)
Petunia 1 Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya! (debatable)
Handy 1 Easy Comb, Easy Go (along with Disco Bear)
Mole 1 Party Animal
Disco Bear 2 Rink Hijinks
Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!
Lifty 1 Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark (along with the sharks)
Shifty 1 Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark (along with the sharks)
Mime 1 Wingin' It
Flippy 1 Without a Hitch (along with Lumpy)
Others 7 3 chicks in From A to Zoo
1 Eaglet and 3 eggs in Take a Hike

Survival Rate

  • Internet series: 29.16%
  • Breaks: 0%
  • TV series: 35%
  • Total Rate: 32.08%


  • In the "Collect Them All" section, it is revealed that Flaky was banned from balloon, glass, and party shops due to her quills. [5] This is also seen on her MySpace page.
  • Flaky is the only main character who didn't hurt anyone or get hurt in her debut starring role. Along with Cro-Marmot, this also applies to her first appearance.
  • Despite having a low kill count, she has the highest number of posthumous kills (her body killing someone after she is dead).
  • With 37 deaths Flaky has the eighth highest death count.
  • Even though Flaky is afraid of birds, she actually tried to help a little baby bird that fell out of the nest in Take a Hike. This might mean that she only has alektorophobia, the fear of chickens.
  • Flaky survives in 11 out of the 48 episodes she appears in.
  • Flaky is the thirteenth character to die in the TV series.
  • Flaky, Lumpy, Handy, and Russell are the only characters without visible ears.
  • Flaky likes corn dogs and hot dogs, as seen in the episodes The Wrong Side of the Tracks and Double Whammy Part I.
  • In From A to Zoo and Take a Hike, every character were humming the Happy Tree Friends theme song except her (possibly due to the fact that she was too nervous to sing).
  • Flaky is considered a tomboy, as she seems to enjoy male-oriented or jock sports (her Smoochie is baseball-themed and she plays soccer with Cuddles in A Change of Heart).
  • Flaky is listed as a Gemini on her MySpace home page.
  • Flaky saw Lumpy naked in the original version of Let It Slide, but in the edited version, she was replaced with Giggles.
  • The only characters Flaky has killed without her dying first are Cuddles (debatable), Handy, Lifty, Shifty, Mime, and Flippy.
  • Flaky is arguably one of few characters not to kill Petunia.
  • She is the first victim of Sniffles, Handy, and Good Flippy. She is also the first victim of Cuddles, Pop, and Mole in the TV series.
  • Flaky's most frequent victim is Cuddles and Disco Bear.
  • Cuddles, Disco Bear, Handy, and Mole are the most frequent victims of being jabbed by her quills.
  • Flaky seems to be a bit smarter than most of the other characters. Some examples include Water You Wading For, she knew better than to jump in the lake with animals, Wingin' It she was the only character who realized Cuddles was dead and she successfully landed the plane, and in Breaking Wind she was the only character who sheltered herself from the tornado while everyone else stood in the open.
  • She appears in all the first five TV episodes.
  • Flaky is one of the playable characters in Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm.
  • She is one of the characters who did not die in their debut episodes. The others are Lumpy, Handy, Petunia, Flippy, Splendid, Cro-Marmot, Mole, Disco Bear, Mime, and Lammy.
  • Originally in the episode Flippin' Burgers, she was going to be behind the grill instead of Petunia, which can be seen on the Second Serving DVD commentary.
  • She is the only female character who wears no clothing or accesories.
  • She is the only female character to kill Flippy. Unless Petunia killed him in Breaking Wind.
  • In all three of Disco Bear's starring roles in the TV series, Flaky (debatably), Petunia, and Giggles both appeared and survived.
  • She is one of the few characters who haven't killed Lumpy. The others are Mime, Lammy, and Mr. Pickels.
  • Flaky laughs nervously in almost every episode.
  • Most of her kills involve her sharp quills.
  • Flaky is one of three main characters whose first appearance, first death and first kill took place in different episodes. The other two are Cro-Marmot and Handy.
  • She, along with Disco Bear, Splendid, and Flippy, are the only characters who survived their debut episodes in both the internet and TV series.
  • In the TV series, Lumpy, Sniffles, Mole, Toothy, Cuddles, and Mime appeared in all of her starring roles.
  • She is one of few characters, along with Toothy, Lumpy, Nutty, Petunia, and Splendid, and a Generic Tree Friend, to have killed Flippy.
  • Flaky was originally going to be called Porky.
  • A concept art of Flaky depicts her with visible ears.
  • She is the first character to break the fourth wall, as her eyes slowly darted towards the viewer as she laughed nervously in Water You Wading For.
  • So far, the only starring role she survived was Water You Wading For.
  • Some fans believe that she is in a relationship with Flippy, despite how they have killed each other.
  • Flaky and Lammy are the only females who have yet to star in a Love Bites episode.
  • Flaky is the only character to be killed by Mr. Pickels without the help of Lammy.
  • Flaky is the character most paired up with other characters in fanart, possibly due to the fact that she's one of the only four females in the show.
  • Flaky is the only female character in the series that does not have eyelashes.
  • Flaky seems pigeon-toed at many times, usually when she is nervous. However, it will occasionally happen when she is not nervous, scared, or shocked, most noticeably in The Wrong Side of the Tracks, when she is walking with Cuddles to the roller coaster.
  • She is one of the few characters who haven't killed all of the four primary characters (Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy, Lumpy). The others are Petunia, Handy, Russell, Shifty, Flippy, Lammy, and Mr. Pickels.
  • The only characters not to kill Flaky are Toothy, Petunia, Cub, Russell, Lifty, Shifty, and Cro-Marmot.
  • Flaky was originally the girl scout in You're Bakin' Me Crazy instead of Giggles.
  • Flaky and Handy are the only two characters so far to be intentionally left alive by Evil Flippy. Though Handy did get injured in By The Seat Of Your Pants, Flippy decided to leave him alive.
  • Flaky has psoriasis, a disease that involves flaking of the scalp.
  • She was one of the only three characters to survive the first ever TV episode. The other two are Disco Bear and Russell.
  • She is one of the few characters who do not have a season 3-4 starring pop-up. The others are Nutty, Mime, Giggles, and Cro-Marmot.
  • Flaky was purposely killed in the episode Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark because she was responsible for popping the inflatable raft.
  • Flaky has been called both a male and female in blurb episodes, most likely to confuse people about her true gender.
  • Flaky is partially responsible for her own death in Wipe Out, since she joined the surfing contest despite being hesitant to go in the water.
  • She and Splendont are the only red characters in the whole Happy Tree Friends franchise. But since Splendont is a member of the Ka-Pow! series, that makes Flaky the only red character in the main show.
  • Flaky is similar to Fluttershy from the TV show "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" because of their timid and scared behavior.




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