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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: 91+
Deaths: 39 (33 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)
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 in Happy Tree Friends.

Character Bio

A red porcupine (may confuse viewers that she is a hedgehog) whose quills are full of white flakes-like dandruff; thus the 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. As evidenced in Snow Place to Go, she may also have necrophobia (fear of dead things) and possibly a fear of sharks. In Party Animal, she is shown to have a peanut allergy.

Flaky has often been viewed as a coward or 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, such as 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 as seen in Water You Wading For, Let it Slide, and The Wrong Side of the Tracks. Her deaths tend to involve either being skinned, burned, or eaten.

Flaky is a very sweet and helpful character, as evidenced by a couple of the TV episodes. All these factors suggest that Flaky is not only overly cautious (as opposed to being a coward), but also one of the more kind characters of the series. However, as seen in the episode Snow Place to Go, she seems to be somewhat unstable - near the end of the episode, she begins to go insane and makes a companion with a garden gnome, singing "Rock-A-Bye Baby" to it after being trapped in the Arctic with no food or civilization. This is a very odd thing about Flaky but in some instances she is very strong and very brave, as in Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya. Although in many instances she is very weak, even when she is powered by fear, this doesn't usually lead to her death but it can confuse many characters and they sometimes misconcept something else. This look is mostly looked in Without a Hitch, although then again this was her imagination.

In Party Animal, it is revealed that she is allergic to peanuts, as she gets: a purple rash, big lips, and bloats up like a balloon. She also has a fear of flying, and is prone to vomiting. The fact that she is a porcupine often causes trouble - her quills often impale other characters and destroy objects unintentionally.

Flaky designs

Because of her quills, Flippy even once used her as a weapon with which he killed Cuddles in Keepin' it Reel. Also, she is sometimes skinned, as in Class Act and Let it Slide, when she falls down a tight space, her quills stick-out when going down. When she comes out of the other end, her muscles are exposed.

The 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 whenever she runs, shakes, or is struck by something, her dandruff would always fall 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, because Lumpy accidentally turned off the water, she loses her quills all over the water slide, separates the water slide, and later on, when Cuddles slides down, he is sliced in two by the separated slide; due to this, it is assumed Flaky caused Cuddles' death but not likely because the screw popped out before Flaky even went down the slide.

Flaky is 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 Flippy's flip-outs. Interestingly, in Party Animal, Flippy did not kill Flaky even though she instigated the flip-out and she was right in front of him (although she looked very different, puffed up, and Flippy didn't kill Mole either). In Double Whammy: Part 1, 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 1, Easy Comb, Easy Go, Happy Trails Pt. 1 (but not part 2),  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. Also she carried a flower suitcase in Wingin' It, and the episode description referred to Flaky with the female pronoun, "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 appears to be gender confused herself, which further contributed to the ambiguity many fans feel about her.

On the official website, Flaky's gender was originally listed as "Female", but it was changed to "Unknown". [3]

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

Flaky's conformation

Flaky's gender conformation.

On April 28, 2012, on the Twitter for Happy Tree Friends, in reply to @AngryBurdsNigga's tweet, it was an actual discussion about Flaky's gender and they intentionally stated Flaky was a girl, confirming Flaky's gender.

She is also referred to as a "her" in some posts of the official Happy Tree Friends Facebook page[4][5], and there is even a comment posted by the author in which they stated "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. 

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 1
  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), and that includes:

However, she might just have Panophobia, 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 on TV

  1. Treasure Those Idol Moments: Hit by Lumpy with a car while hanging from a jungle gym. (Idol-induced)
  2. Hide and Seek: Strangled and hung from a wire by Flippy.
  3. Boo Do You Think You Are?: Melted by lava, leaving her as a mere skeleton, save for the upper part of her head.
  4. This Is Your Knife: Thrown into a campfire by Flippy while hiding in her sleeping bag.
  5. Happy Trails Part 2: Jumping the Shark: Murdered by Flippy, Lumpy, Handy, and Sniffles for puncturing their escape raft (likely by only Flippy). (Death not seen)
  6. Rink Hijinks: Shredded by Lumpy's floor waxer after being accidentally pushed by Disco Bear.
  7. Class Act: Dies in an explosion.
  8. Keepin' it Reel: Strangled and decapitated by Flippy who proceeds to use her as a weapon.
  9. Let it Slide: Sinks and drowns after sliding down, and getting skinned by a dehydrated slide.
  10. Stealing the Spotlight: Possibly dies from Lumpy's Christmas lights. (debatable and not shown)
  11. Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!: Sliced into cubes after flying through a chain-link fence.
  12. From A to Zoo: Along with Lumpy, possibly dies in a bus crash or killed by a baboon. (debatable, off-screen)
  13. Flaky's Baseball Smoochie Catch: Gets hit in the eye by a baseball so hard that it pops out in a geyser of blood.
  14. Flaky's Baseball Smoochie Bat: Struck by lightning while holding a metal bat. Her charred upper body is then turned to dust when it is hit by a wayward baseball.
  15. Flaky's Baseball Smoochie Gum: Suffocates after blowing and popping a chewing gum bubble that covers her entire face.
  16. Ski Patrol: Flies into, and is wedged in, a cliffside and gets crushed to pieces by a snowboard.
  17. From Hero to Eternity: Sucked into a whirlpool and burned by lava.
  18. And the Kitchen Sink: Gets hit by chunk of wall while trying to cross the street.
  19. Party Animal: Has an allergic reaction to peanuts causing her to bloat like a balloon. Popped by Mole.
  20. Concrete Solution: Possibly dies when bridge collapses. (debatable and not shown)
  21. Who's to Flame?: Impaled through head by a klaxon.
  22. Take a Hike: A mother eagle turns her body into a nest.
  23. Snow Place to Go: Eaten by an orca.
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  24. Dunce Upon a Time: Electrocuted and impaled by a fork while hiding behind a piece of toast in toaster.
  25. Mime to Five: Bisected in half by Cuddles' intestines.
  26. Chew Said a Mouthful: Killed when an umbrella opens up in her mouth. [confirmed by Warren Graff]
  27. See What Develops: Drowns in a store.
  28. Idol Curiosity: Devoured by flesh-eating flowers.
  29. Aw, Shucks!: Head knocked off by a huge piece of popcorn.
  30. Wipe Out!: Head bashed by a coconut and eaten by seagulls.
  31. Wingin' It: Killed by Godzilla at the end of the episode (Off-screen, Kenn Navarro confirmed this).
  32. Wrath of Con: Crushed in the building.
  33. Without A Hitch: Blown apart by the deploying airbag .
  34. A Bit of a Pickle: Sliced by sheet metal siding.
  35. Happy New Year: Crushed by Lumpy's van along with Russell.
  36. Take Your Seat: A spring goes through Flaky and part of her liver comes out.
  37. The Chokes on You: Likely chokes on a doughnut (debatable).
  38. Royal Flush: Impaled through the head by a toilet plunger.
  39. Breaking Wind: Skin burned off by Splendid's blast.
  40. By the Seat of Your Pants: Sliced horizontally in half.


  1. Overkill DVD box set: Possibly died from Flippy's bomb.
  2. False Alarm Cover: Her quills were on fire as she fell off of building. (Debatable and not shown).
  3. Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm gameplay: Deaths and injuries various, 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: Killed when Flippy's dynamite explodes. (Death not seen)
  7. Dumb Ways To Die: Same death as Flaky's Baseball Smoochie Gum.

Seen in comics

  1. Making a Good Bleed: Killed in a car explosion.
  2. Lost Claws: Sliced by ladder.


Seen on Computer and on TV

  1. Class Act: Is skinned when she falls down a chimney.
  2. Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna be Ya (before death): Steps on a nail sticking out of a plank with both feet, and her arm gets stretched when she tries holding onto a branch in an attempt to stop herself as she is skiing down the hill. 
  3. The Wrong Side of The Tracks: Vomits while stuck in an upside-down roller coaster cart.
  4. Wipe Out (before death): Runs into a coconut tree, and gets hit by a coconut, exposing her brain.
  5. Wingin' It: 1. Vomits before she enters the airport, 2. Vomits 5 or 7 times again when she is in the plane's bathroom (as Cuddles used the barf bags as puppets), causing her to puke all over the room. 3. Flaky is bitten by a shark.
  6. Party Animal (before death): Suffers an allergic reaction to peanuts (twice), causing her to develop a rash and swell up.
  7. Ipso Fatso: Hit in the head by one of Lumpy's detached arms.
  8. Something Fishy: The flesh on both of her hands are bitten off by Russell's piranha.
  9. Without a Hitch (before death): Receives lacerations and is impaled by glass from her car windshield.
  10. The Chokes on You: If not killed, then injured when she chokes on a donut.

Number of Kills

Character Number of Times Killed Episodes
Cuddles 3 Let it Slide
Keepin' it Reel (along with Flippy) (debatable)
Mime to Five (debatable)
Giggles 2 Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!
Mime to Five (along with the ducks)
Lumpy 1 "Mime to Five (along with the ducks)
Petunia 1 Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!
Handy 1 Easy Comb, Easy Go (along with Disco Bear)
Nutty 1 Mime to Five (along with the ducks)
Mole 2 Mime to Five (along with the ducks)

Party Animal

Disco Bear 2 Rink Hijinks
Ski Ya, Wouldn't Wanna Be Ya!
Russell 1 Mime to Five (along with the ducks)
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)
Generic Tree Friends 66+ Mime to Five (along with the ducks and Mime)
Others 7 3 chicks in From A to Zoo
1 chick 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 reveals that Flaky was banned from balloon, glass, and party shops due to her quills.[6] This is also seen in her MySpace page.   
  • Flaky is the only main character who didn't hurt anyone or got hurt in her debut starring role. Along with Cro-Marmot, she also has this condition in her first appearance.
  • Even though Flaky is afraid of birds, as seen in Take a Hike, she actually tried to help a little baby bird that fell off the nest. This might be because she has just alektorophobia, the fear of chickens.
  • Flaky, Lumpy, Handy, and Russell, are the only characters without visible ears.
  • Flaky likes corn dogs, and hot dogs as seen episodes The Wrong Side of the Tracks and Double Whammy Part 1.
  • In From A to Zoo, and in Take a Hike, every other character were humming the Happy Tree Friends theme song except her (possibly due to the fact that she was too nervous to sing).
  • Flaky suffers from motion sickness and vomits, as seen in the episodes The Wrong Side of the Tracks and Wingin' It.
  • Flaky is considered a tomboy because 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's quills are considered to be her long hair, as they grew with hair tonic from Easy Comb, Easy Go and the dandruff in her quills thus her name. This is logical, as the quills of real-life porcupines are a kind of hair. She sometimes impales others on her quills.
  • On Flaky's MySpace page, she is listed as a Gemini on her own home page.
  • Flaky saw Lumpy naked in the original version of Let It Slide, but in the edited version, she was replaced with Giggles.
  • Flaky is the first character to kill others after she has been killed.
  • The only characters Flaky has killed without her dying first are Cuddles (debatable), Handy, Lifty and Shifty, Mime, and Flippy.
  • She is the first victim to Cuddles in both the internet shorts and TV Series.
  • Flaky is arguably one of the few characters not to kill Petunia.
  • She was also the first victim of Cuddles, Sniffles, Handy (debatably), and "Good Flippy".
  • She is the first victim of Pop and Mole in the TV Series.
  • Flaky's most frequent victims is Cuddles.
  • She has Cuddles, Disco Bear, Giggles and Mole as frequent victims of being jabbed by her quills.
  • She appears in the first five TV episodes.
  • Flaky is one of the playable characters in Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm.
  • She is one of the characters not to die in their debut episodes, the others are Lumpy, Handy, Petunia (Debatable), 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 to kill Flippy.
  • In all three episodes Disco Bear starred in the TV series, Flaky (debatably), Petunia and Giggles appeared as well and survived in them.
  • Flaky almost always laughs nervously in 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 (debatably) Handy.
  • She, along with Disco Bear, Splendid and Flippy are the only characters who had survived their debut episodes in both 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 the few characters - along with Toothy, Lumpy, 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.
  • So far the only starring role she survived was "Water You Wading For".
  • Fans are shown to argue that she is in a relationship with Flippy as they do activities with each other 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 with in fanart, but this maybe due to the fact that she's one of only five females in the show.
  • Flaky is the only female character in the series that does not have any eye lashes.
  • Flaky is almost always nervous.
  • Flaky at many times seems pigeon toed as she sticks both of her feet inward, although she is usually seen doing this when she is nervous. Even though that at some times when she is not nervous, scared, or shocked, she will walk with both of her legs inward, as if she was pigeon toed, most noticeable in the episode, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, when she is walking with Cuddles to the Roller coaster.
  • The only characters she has yet to kill are Toothy, Sniffles, Pop, Cub, Cro-Marmot, Splendid, and Lammy.
  • Most of Flaky's kills happen in the episode "Mime to Five".
  • Flaky was originally the girl scout in You're Bakin' Me Crazy instead of Giggles.
  • Flaky and Handy are the only 2 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 survived the first ever TV episode the other two are Disco Bear and Russell.
  • She and Lammy are the only female characters that Disco Bear has yet to flirt with.
  • Flaky was killed purposely in one episode: Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark because she was responsible for popping the inflatable raft.
  • Flaky is 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 her 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.



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