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The term "fourth wall" originated from plays in theaters, when actors would look at the audience, talk to them, or do anything else that involved the audience. Because the stage would generally have a wall at the back and both sides, this concept involves the actors becoming involved with the audience who are at the front, which can be considered an invisible wall, making it the fourth one.

Sometimes in Happy Tree Friends, something will happen that implies the characters are aware of being fictional characters in a cartoon. The Fourth Wall is most often broken in Smoochies, but has also been broken in TV episodes.

In Smoochies

In TV Episodes

  • The Wrong Side of the Tracks: Lumpy looks at the viewer and shrugs after finding Nutty's cotton candy near the rollercoaster.
  • And the Kitchen Sink: When Pop's car lands in the water, it makes a big splash, it can be seen that there is water on the screen sliding and dripping down.
  • Party Animal:Sniffles stares at the viewer when he has an apple in his mouth, Cuddles' blood starts spreading on the screen, Flaky looking at them when removing the peanut, and at the end, the iris closes on Flippy's mouth, cutting off his lips.
  • Wipe Out: When a wave splashes on Flaky and Cuddles, it can be seen that there is water on the screen sliding and dripping down. Also, Lumpy grins at the viewer after his "hair" flies off.
  • As You Wish: After Mime makes his balloon animal, he looks at the viewer.
  • Take a Hike: They hum the HTF theme song at the start of the episode. Later, Lumpy smiles at the viewers when cooled Sniffles down.
  • Wingin' It: Flaky stares at the viewer, when she pops the raft near the end.
  • Mime to Five: Flaky breaks the fourth wall by looking at the viewers before her demise.
  • A Hole Lotta Love: After the drill machine breaks, Sniffles' and Pop's faces smash in front of what appears to be the TV screen.
  • Every Litter Bit Hurts: At the end of the episode, when Giggles' heart drops out of The Mole's bag, blood from the heart squirts outside the closing iris.
  • See What DevelopsSplendid looks at the audience dumbfounded after the Mole leaves with a photo of the superhero.
    Splendid looking at the audience

    Splendid looking at the audience

  • Aw Shucks!: Flaky breaks the fourth wall by looking at the viewers and laughing nervously before her death. (or she could have been looking at the target when the popcorn misses it).
  • Easy Comb, Easy Go: In the beginning of the episode, Disco Bear waves at the camera and says, "Hey!".
  • Double Whammy: After Flippy realized he killed Nutty, he looked at the viewer.

In Internet Episodes

  • Stayin' Alive: At the end, Disco Bear is dancing for the audience and gives a growl to the audience.
  • Water You Wading For: Flaky is the first to break the fourth wall by looking at the camera after witnessing Cuddles' death and nervously laughing.
  • This is Your KnifeCuddles, Giggles and Flaky hum the show's theme song at the beginning of the episode. 
  • Happy Trails Pt. 1: The bus passengers hum the show's theme song at the beginning of the episode.
  • A Hard Act to Swallow: An ant re-opens the closing iris and cheers at the viewer.
  • From A to Zoo: The characters hum the show's theme song as they enter the zoo.
  • Wrath of ConNumerous characters are squished against the screen (which is cracked; à la Petunia's Smoochie) and blood splatters slide down the screen.
  • See You Later, Elevator:: Mime and Sniffles look at the audience in shock/horror, after realizing that the elevator stops, possibly due to the fire alarm ringing (debatable).
  • I Nub You: Petunia growls at the viewer after she realizes she can't pick up a bowling ball. Similar to how Handy realizes he can't do several tasks without hands.

Miscellaneous

  • Milk Pong: After Handy and The Mole crush Lumpy after the tree they were cutting down smashes him, Handy looks at the player (this is a game) in surprise (debatable).
  • Many episodes in which Handy appears: Handy growls and does his signature scowl at the viewer after realizing that whatever task he's trying to do requires hands.
  • Pop-Ups: Excluding the TV series pop-ups, the characters look at the viewers.

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