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At least they didn't break your screen.

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 the internet series and the TV episodes.

In Internet Episodes

  • Happy Trails Pt. 1: The bus passengers hum the show's theme song at the beginning of the episode.
  • From A to Zoo: The characters hum the show's theme song as they enter the zoo. Lumpy also shrugs his shoulders while looking at the audience after Sniffles hands him the camera to take a picture with him next to the baboon. He later shrugs again at the audience after the baboon puts Sniffles' glasses on. Lumpy looks at the audience again after he checks his clipboard. 
  • Wrath of Con: Numerous characters are squished against the screen (which is cracked; à la Petunia's Smoochie) and blood splatters slide down the screen.
  • 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.
  • A Vicious Cycle: Cub can be heard singing along to the background music in the beginning of the episode.

In TV Episodes

  • 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.
  • Take a Hike: They hum the HTF theme song at the start of the episode. Later, Lumpy smiles at the viewers after he successfully extinguishes the fire on Sniffles .
  • 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. Also, Mime can be seen smiling to the viewers after nearly getting killed by Petunia .
  • Mime to Five: Flaky breaks the fourth wall by looking at the viewers before her demise.
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). Cuddles also shrugs his shoulders while looking at the audience after waiting at the train tracks and not noticing the train coming.
  • 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.
  • Wingin' It: Flaky stares at the viewer, when she pops the raft near the end.

In Smoochies

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, he could have been looking at Lumpy's smashed body).
  • 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.