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Name: Pop
Gender: Male
Interest(s): Parenting, Barbecues, Cub's Video Game
Species: Bear
Color: Tan/Light Brown
Relatives: Cub (son) and an unknown wife
Episode Count: 48
Friends/Allies: Cub
Lumpy
Mole
Sniffles
Truffles
Disco Bear
Enemies/Rivals: Nutty
Splendid
Whistle
Love Interest(s): Unknown Wife
Kill Count: 30+
Deaths: 17 (17 from Regular Episodes)
(1 from Irregular Episodes)
First Appearance: "Havin' A Ball"
First Victim: Cub from "Chip Off the Ol' Block"
First Death: "Havin' A Ball"
Voice Actor/Actress: Aubrey Ankrum
(2000 - present)

Pop is one of the main characters in Happy Tree Friends.

Character Bio

A light brown bear. He is an adult character. Some people refer to him as the stereotypically clueless, bathrobe-wearing, pipe-smoking 1950s style sitcom father. Pop only appeared without Cub in Something Fishy (excluding his BBQ smoochie, Milk Pong, and the end of Tunnel Vision), though Cub has appeared in multiple episodes without Pop. He was originally going to appear in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark, but the creators considered it weird for Pop to kill Flaky. Instead Flippy took his place which explains why Flippy had Pop's voice. Though Pop is likely an adult character, he is not as large as other adult characters like Lumpy and Giggles' Mom.

His son Cub often dies as a result of both his attention and inattention - although it's clear that he loves him. In the web series he usually didn't know of his son's deaths (as evidenced in Chip Off the Ol' Block, Snip Snip Hooray!, Water Way to Go, Hello Dolly, Clause For Concern, and Bottled Up Inside), but he is more aware of them in the TV series (as evidenced in And the Kitchen Sink, Ipso Fatso, Sea What I Found, Who's to Flame?, Every Litter Bit Hurts, As You Wish and Gems the Breaks ). He isn't very bright as seen in Easy For You to Sleigh where he disables the noisy smoke detector, leading to both their deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. When he tries to save his son, he often kills him by mistake and sometimes kills himself too. The only time Pop killed Cub intentionally was in Read 'em and Weep, when Cub was possessed by a demon (though Pop kills him after Lumpy had already exorcised the demon from Cub). In both the Internet shorts and the TV series, he survives almost every episode in which he appears. When he does die, a lot of these deaths involve fire, impalement, or explosions.

Pop is one of the few characters in the show who has a much more intelligible way of speaking. He almost speaks clear words in some of the episodes he appears in and even reads a story of "The Night Before Christmas" to Cub in Easy For You to Sleigh.

There is evidence in Can't Stop Coffin that Pop may very well be a widower, due to the fact that in their cameo, he and Cub are seen mourning at a gravestone which might belong to his dead wife.

Due to Pop's responsibilities over Cub, he rarely is seen interacting with other characters. He usually calls for their help when he is having some problem with his son. Pop is also somewhat over protective about letting Cub interact with others due the show's lack of other children at Cub's age. However in Season 4, he's starting to socialize more with the other characters.

Pop survives in most of the episodes he appears in, but he does die in Havin' A Ball, Flippin' Burgers, Class Act, Stealing the Spotlight, Easy For You to Sleigh, Who's to Flame?, As You Wish, Aw Shucks!, Every Litter Bit Hurts, Mime To Five, See You Later, Elevator, Wrath of Con, (debatable) Wingin' It, A Vicious Cycle and Spare Tire.

Pop's Episodes

Famous Deaths

Starring Roles

  1. Havin' A Ball (with Cub)
  2. Chip Off the Ol' Block (with Cub)
  3. Snip Snip Hooray! (with Cub)
  4. Water Way to Go (with Cub)
  5. Stealing the Spotlight (with Cub)
  6. Pop's BBQ Smoochie
  7. And the Kitchen Sink (with Cub)
  8. A Hole Lotta Love (with Cub)
  9. Read 'em and Weep (with Cub)
  10. Clause For Concern (with Cub)
  11. Pop & Cub's Christmas Smoochie (with Cub)
  12. Cubtron Z (with Cub)
  13. A Vicious Cycle (with Cub)

Featuring Roles

  1. Hello Dolly (with Cub)
  2. From Hero to Eternity (with Cub)
  3. Don't Yank My Chain (with Cub)
  4. Doggone It! (with Cub)
  5. Sea What I Found (with Cub)
  6. Easy For You to Sleigh (with Cub)
  7. Every Litter Bit Hurts (with Cub)
  8. Mime to Five (with Cub)
  9. Letter Late Than Never (with Cub)
  10. Easy Comb, Easy Go (with Cub)
  11. Can't Stop Coffin (with Cub)
  12. A Sucker for Love (with Cub)
  13. Milk Pong (internet game)
  14. Bottled Up Inside (with Cub)
  15. You're Kraken Me Up (with Cub)
  16. Spare Tire (with Cub)

Appearance Roles

  1. Flippin' Burgers (with Cub)
  2. Out of Sight, Out of Mime (with Cub)
  3. Class Act (with Cub)
  4. Just Desert (with Cub)
  5. Ipso Fatso (with Cub)
  6. Concrete Solution (with Cub)
  7. Who's to Flame? (with Cub)
  8. As You Wish (with Cub)
  9. Gems the Breaks (with Cub)
  10. See What Develops (with Cub)
  11. Aw, Shucks! (with Cub)
  12. Wingin' It (with Cub)
  13. Wrath of Con (with Cub)
  14. Something Fishy
  15. See You Later, Elevator (with Cub)

HTF Break Roles

  1. Chore Loser (with Cub)
  2. Happy New Year (with Cub)
  3. Pop & Corn (with Cub)
  4. Tunnel Vision

Occupations and Careers

For more information, see List of Occupations

  • Full time Father - Every episode he has starred in
  • Enviromental Volunteer- Every Litter Bit Hurts
  • Mall Santa - Clause For Concern

Fates

Deaths

Seen on Computer and on TV

  1. Havin' a Ball: Sliced into pieces by helicopter rotors.
  2. Flippin' Burgers: Crushed by burger joint door from an explosion caused by Flippy, along with Cub.
  3. Class Act: Dies in an explosion.
  4. Stealing the Spotlight: Is boiled to death by Lumpy's bright lights.
  5. Read 'em and Weep: Gets killed by a possessed Lumpy. (debatable, as Lumpy may have just eaten the demon and was not possessed by it)
  6. Easy For You to Sleigh: Dies of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  7. Who's to Flame?: Seen burnt to death on the ground (Death not shown, though he presumably dies when the firetruck explodes).
  8. Every Litter Bit Hurts: Impaled through head with flaming pine cone, then burns to death.
  9. As You Wish!: Impaled on the edge of Sniffles' rocket
  10. Mime to Five: Because of a magnified audio feedback, his eardrums rupture and he is impaled by windshield glass shards.
  11. Aw, Shucks!: Crushed by a giant piece of popcorn. (debatable) As there was no actual blood coming out of him, the blood on the ground could be Cub's, despite having a giant pop corn over his head, it didn't appear to have went deep in his head like Giggles', he may have only been knocked out and not actually have been killed.
  12. Wingin' It: Sucked out of a plane along with Cub (debatable).
  13. Wrath of Con: Comic Con Center collapses on him.
  14. See You Later, Elevator: Burned to death or dies from the explosion in the building.
  15. Breaking Wind: Killed by Splendid's fart (death not seen).
  16. Cubtron Z: Crushed when Cubtron sits on him (death not seen).
  17. A Vicious Cycle: Electrocuted by power switch, soon after, decapitating him.
  18. Spare Tire: Vaporized by an explosion.

Additional

  1. Overkill DVD box set:Killed by Flippy's bomb. (Death not seen)
  2. Hop on Pop June 2009 Calendar: Impaled in the stomach by some scissors Cub was holding. (Death not seen)
  3. Ice Slide: Flattened by Cro-Marmot.
  4. Bar-B-Qued Ribs August 2007 Calendar: Killed when the barbecue he was lighting explodes.
  5. Un-named Wallpaper: Killed when Flippy's dynamite explodes. (Death not seen)
  6. Pop's BBQ Smoochie Light: Lights a BBQ grill with a match, but the grill explodes after he used too much lighter fluid. Charcoal pieces then fall and burn a hole through his head.
  7. Pop's BBQ Smoochie Corn: Pop eats some corn, but then a flame from the grill pops the corn inside him, presumably crushing his organs.
  8. Pop's BBQ Smoochie Kabob: A kabob stick impales Pop through the eye and out of the other side of his head.
  9. Dumb Ways To Die: Same as Pop's BBQ Smoochie Light option; however, the charcoal killing him is cut.
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Pop with a skewer in his eye

Seen in Arcade Games

  1. Fire Escape: Falls to his death.

Seen on Comics

  1. Making a Good Bleed: Dies in car explosion.

Injuries

Seen on Computer and on TV

  1. Havin' a Ball: (before death) Hit by numerous cars while trying to cross the road.
  2. Class Act: Burnt by a schoolhouse fire.
  3. And the Kitchen Sink: Walks through a cactus patch.
  4. Doggone It: Attacked by Whistle.
  5. Mime to Five: (before death) Eardrums burst.

Number of Kills

  • Cuddles - 2 ("And the Kitchen Sink", "A Hole Lotta Love" along with Sniffles)
  • Giggles - 2 ("And the Kitchen Sink", "See you Later, Elevator")
  • Toothy - 2 ("And the Kitchen Sink", "See You Later, Elevator" , "Spare Tire")
  • Lumpy - 2 ("A Hole Lotta Love", "Spare Tire")
  • Petunia - 1 ("A Hole Lotta Love" along with Sniffles)
  • Handy - 2 ("A Hole Lotta Love" along with Sniffles, "See You Later, Elevator")
  • Nutty - 0
  • Sniffles - 1 ("A Hole Lotta Love")
  • Cub - 12 ( Chip Off the Ol' Block", "Snip Snip Hooray", "Water Way to Go", "And the Kitchen Sink" debatable, "Sea What I Found" along with Disco Bear, "Easy Comb, Easy Go", "Read 'em and Weep", "Pop & Cub's Christmas Smoochie Gift 2" "See You Later, Elevator", "Clause For Concern", "Bottled Up Inside" along with Russell, "Cubtron Z" along with Lumpy)
  • Flaky - 1 ("And the Kitchen Sink")
  • Mole - 2 ("A Hole Lotta Love" along with Sniffles , "Spare Tire")
  • Disco Bear - 0
  • Russell - 0
  • Lifty - 1 ("And the Kitchen Sink")
  • Shifty - 1 ("And the Kitchen Sink")
  • Mime - 1 ("A Hole Lotta Love")
  • Cro-Marmot - 0
  • Flippy - 0
  • Splendid - 0
  • Lammy - 1 ("Spare Tire")
  • Generic Tree Friends – 0
  • Other - (numerous birds in "Read 'em and Weep")

Additional

  1. April Showers 2005 Wallpaper: Impales Cub with his umbrella.

Survival Rate

  • Internet series: 64.58%
  • TV series: 63%

Trivia

  • His name is an informal variation of the word "Father", usually, not very polite.
  • Apparently, Pop owns a 1940's style Woody Wagon seen in And the Kitchen Sink.
  • Cub almost always dies before Pop, and although Pop sometimes die afterwards, he survived a lot of times too. Sometimes, who died first is indeterminable (like in See You Later, Elevator, and Wingin' It) or even if they died at all.
  • Every time Pop dies, Cub is sure to die as well (excluding his BBQ SmoochieCubtron ZA Vicious Cycle and Spare Tire). Mostly just Cub dies, they both die, or they both survive.
  • He has a starring role, a featuring role and an appearance without Cub.
  • In the Internet shorts, there were a few episodes where Cub appeared on his own. In the TV series, however, Pop and Cub are always together.
  • One question on 'Question Kenn' asked if Disco Bear and Pop could be the same character, though this is certainly not the case as they have been seen as separate characters in episodes in which they both appeared in.
  • The fun fact of the "Collect Them All" section is that he even smokes in his sleep.
  • In the Halloween episode "Read 'em and Weep", Pop is a cheapskate as he's seen unwittingly buying the Necronomicon which is in the cent symbol box, which results in Cub being possessed by The Demon.
  • According to writer Warren Graff, Aubrey Ankrum has left Happy Tree Friends, but the creators will sample his voice rather than replacing him for the voices of Pop and Evil Flippy.
  • You could consider Pop to be 'bald', seeing as there have been times where Cub's Beanie is off and he has clearly visible auburn hair, when Pop takes off his hat, there is no 'hair' on his head.
  • The only times he appears without Cub are in his SmoochieMilk PongSomething Fishy and Tunnel Vision
  • In Pop's episodes, he doesn't always kill Cub, (e.g. Concrete Solution, when Cub was killed by Nutty's concrete-filled stomach).
  • Even though Smoochies usually feature one character at a time, Pop & Cub's Christmas Smoochie features the father and son duo. This marks the second Smoochie in which Pop is featured, though only Cub dies in this one.
  • Pop (like Mole) has a rather low death count despite having a large number of appearances.
  • Pop wears a hat, along with Shifty, Russell, Handy, Flippy and Cub.
  • Pop is one of the eight characters wearing clothes. The others are Mime, Disco Bear, Flippy, Mole, Russell, Lammy and Lumpy.
  • The only 2 times Pop died before Cub was Havin' A Ball and Stealing the Spotlight.
  • Pop is one of the eight characters with more kills than deaths. The others include Lumpy, Splendid, Flippy, Mole, Lammy, Nutty and debatably Cro-Marmot.
  • The only main characters Pop hasn't killed are Russell, Disco Bear, Nutty, Flippy, Splendid, and Cro-Marmot.
  • Even though Pop usually doesn't pay attention to Cub and kills him because of his bad parenting, it was not the case during their debut episode.
  • In Just Desert, Pop was seen in during the credits still fishing. This makes him the second character to be seen during a credit sequence, the first being Mole in Remains to be Seen.
  • Pop survived in all of his TV starring roles, along with Mime and Cro-Marmot.
  • Pop survived his debut in the TV series, along with Russell, Flaky, Disco Bear, Splendid and Flippy.
  • In the TV series, Cuddles appeared in all of his starring roles.
  • Mole is the only character to only kill Pop but not Cub.
  • Lumpy is the only character to kill Pop multiple times.
  • In Season 3, his alliterate sentence is: Paternal parents are patient and proud.
  • Pop and Cub's Season 3 featuring card is somewhat similar to their TV series Starring card.
  • He is the first character to see and encounter Truffles (in Clause for Concern).
  • He is the only character to star in more than one Smoochie, starring in his own BBQ Smoochie and Cub's Christmas Smoochie.
  • Pop doesn't have a tail, which is odd because real bears have tails.
  • Pop was originally going to be called Poppy.
  • Cub is Pop's most frequent victim. One the other end of the scale, Cub has only killed Pop once (Cubtron Z). 
Happy Tree Friends Main Cast

CuddlesGigglesToothyLumpyPetuniaHandy
NuttySnifflesPopCubFlakyMoleDisco Bear
RussellLiftyShiftyMimeCro-MarmotFlippy (Fliqpy)•
SplendidLammyMr. Pickels

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