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Gender: Male
Interest(s): Stealing
Species: Raccoon
Color: Dark Green
Relatives: Lifty (twin brother)
Episode Count: 33
Friends/Allies: Lifty
Lumpy (at times)
Enemies/Rivals: Almost everyone else
Love Interest(s): None
Kill Count: 21
Deaths: 27 (27 from Regular Episodes)
(1 from Kringles)
(1 from Irregular Episodes)
First Appearance: Wheelin' and Dealin'
First Victim: Lifty
Disco Bear
From Meat Me for Lunch (Internet)
Sea What I Found (TV)
First Death: Wheelin' and Dealin'
Voice Actor/Actress: Mark Giambruno (2000 - 2005)
Voice Sampled
(2006, only in episodes)
Kenn Navarro (2005 - present)
"Bargains to be had when Shifty is around! The street value of his love is priceless."
―"Collect them All" card info

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

Character Bio

Shifty and his brother Lifty are two green kleptomaniac raccoon identical twin brothers with dark green mask-like markings around their eyes. They frequently steal merchandise and produce from the other Happy Tree Friends (thus their names). They also hunt for treasure, ransack houses, or do anything to get rich quick. They mostly steal from Lumpy (in Meat Me for Lunch they stole meat from Lumpy's deli mart, in Milkin' It they stole a cow from Lumpy's farm, in Concrete Solution they stole his wallet, and in Junk in the Trunk they abducted his pet elephant). They probably rob Lumpy so frequently because his lack of intelligence and common sense makes him an easy target.

Although they have the same gender, appearance, and personality, Shifty wears a fedora and often bosses Lifty around. It is assumed that Shifty is the older brother of the duo, since he is a little taller and has a slightly lower-pitched voice. Despite the smirks on their faces, they almost always end up dying in the episodes in which they appear. Their green color implies money and greed, relating to their criminal personalities. They also have a trademark evil snicker (usually a different one for later episodes). Like most siblings, Shifty argues with his brother about who's at fault it is when something goes wrong, but when trouble is afoot, they work together. Shifty has been known to betray Lifty at some points, as seen in Milkin' It when Shifty threw Lifty out of a hot air balloon as not to get caught by a power line. Also, in Sea What I Found, Shifty had a chance to save Lifty, but instead just stole the jewels. In Easy For You to Sleigh, he abandons Lifty when the latter gets caught in a trap.

Despite their numerous illegal activities, they sometimes contribute to recreational activities (such as going on a roller coaster and participating in a Christmas play) without causing any trouble. On rare occasions they earn cash honestly and have even been heroic, such as in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark, when they provided a life raft to help the characters escape from an island.

Lifty & Shifty occasionally make money by themselves without stealing, like when they sold dogs that go crazy when they hear a whistle in Doggone It and when they sold bottles of hair growth formula to Disco Bear in Easy Comb, Easy Go. They also trade or sell things to Nutty, such as in Dunce Upon a Time and the Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm episode (although it could be that these were stolen previous to the episode). They also sometimes show brotherly love towards each other in some episodes, including The Wrong Side of the Tracks, in which they were seen paired up together while riding on Lumpy's theme park roller coaster, Sea What I Found, in which they were seen playing chess together while waiting underwater, As You Wish, in which they were seen hugging each other happily when having their wishes granted leading to their deaths, and Gems the Breaks, in which they were seen glancing at each other lovingly while testing the kryptonut on Splendid.

Lifty & Shifty die a lot due to their lack of teamwork and their greed. Like Cuddles, Petunia, and Sniffles, they tend to die some of the messiest deaths in the series. When they do, their deaths involve machines/vehicles, being mashed together or sliced apart, impalement or some form of heat. In the internet shorts, Lifty & Shifty died in every episode they appeared in. In the TV series, they survived in Ipso Fatso, Concrete Solution and Easy Comb, Easy Go. They also survived in the  YouTube Live Episode, Happy New Year, Cheesy Does It and Claw. However, it is possible they survived in Happy Trails pt. 1, as they were on the island with the surviving characters in part 2, but they weren't seen in part 1. In the "Collect Them All" section, Lifty bowls a 300 score at the game of bowling, and Shifty has a gambling problem. They both also seem to have an unusual desire for meat, as seen in Meat Me for Lunch, Ipso Fatso, And the Kitchen Sink, Milkin' It, Dunce Upon a Time, and their title card. This at least makes more sense than Lumpy's love of meat since (unlike moose) real-life raccoons do eat meat. They also have a knack for car building, being able to assemble/reassemble a car in Junk in the Trunk and maintaining their own race car in Wheelin' and Dealin'.

Shifty's Episodes

Famous Deaths

Starring Roles

  1. Wheelin' and Dealin'
  2. Meat Me for Lunch
  3. Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark
  4. Milkin' It
  5. Swelter Skelter
  6. Sea What I Found
  7. Easy For You to Sleigh
  8. As You Wish
  9. Gems the Breaks
  10. Buns of Steal

Featuring Roles

  1. Class Act
  2. The Wrong Side of the Tracks
  3. Don't Yank My Chain
  4. Doggone It
  5. Who's to Flame?
  6. Dunce Upon a Time
  7. Junk in the Trunk
  8. YouTube Live Episode
  9. Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm Episode

Appearance Roles

  1. Remains to be Seen
  2. Stealing the Spotlight
  3. From Hero to Eternity
  4. And the Kitchen Sink
  5. Ipso Fatso
  6. Concrete Solution
  7. Aw Shucks!
  8. Easy Comb, Easy Go
  9. Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II)
  10. Wrath of Con

Kringle Roles

  1. Kringle Feast

HTF Break Roles

  1. Happy New Year
  2. Cheesy Does It
  3. Claw

Known Thefts

Occupations and Careers

For more information, see List of Occupations

  • Thief - many episodes.
  • Race-car Driver - Wheelin' and Dealin'
  • Christmas Play special effects helper - Class Act
  • Dog Breeder and Seller - Doggone It
  • Street seller - Easy Comb Easy Go, False Alarm Episode



Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Wheelin' and Dealin': Half of his body scraped off by pavement.
  2. Meat Me for Lunch: Ground into sausage.
  3. Happy Trails Pt. 2: Eaten by a shark.
  4. Milkin' It: Cut in half and tossed about by a windmill.
  5. Class Act: Killed in an explosion.
  6. Remains to be Seen: 1. Killed in an truck crash; 2. Killed again by Lumpy by getting run over by a lawnmover.
  7. Stealing the Spotlight: Killed by Lumpy's Christmas lights. (Debatable since Mole survived the heat as well and they weren't seen being killed, only running into each other.)
  8. The Wrong Side of Tracks: Killed by a spinning pole by the park entrance.
  9. From Hero to Eternity: Sucked into a whirlpool and burned by lava.
  10. And the Kitchen Sink: Sliced in half by a rope.
  11. Don't Yank My Chain: Run over by a train.
  12. Doggone It: Crash their van into a tree and fly through the windshield, crushing their bodies against the tree.
  13. Sea What I Found: Completely covered by molten gold.
  14. Easy For You to Sleigh: Fliqpy cuts his stomach open, using a Christmas tree cookie as a bowie knife.
  15. Who's to Flame?: Impaled by many sharp objects dropped by Handy.
  16. As You Wish: Impaled by a lamp.
  17. Dunce Upon a Time: Crushed by castle spire.
  18. Gems the Breaks: Boiled to death when Splendid magnifies his laser through a pair of binoculars while Shifty hides in a lake.
  19. Aw, Shucks!: Crushed by huge pieces of popcorn.
  20. Junk in the Trunk: Pushed out of the twins' van, then gets mangled by the van's axle.
  21. Autopsy Turvy/Double Whammy Part 2: Pierced in the chest by a recorder.
  22. Wrath of Con: Either burned to death or crushed by Splendid's breath.
  23. Swelter Skelter: Impaled in the face by icicles.
  24. Breaking Wind: Killed by Splendid's fart.
  25. Kringle Feast: Either dies from gas suffocation or in a massive explosion caused by Lumpy.
  26. Happy Tree Friends False Alarm episode: Has his head decapitated and mutilated.
  27. Buns of Steal: Head cut in half.


  1. Overkill DVD box set: Possibly killed by Flippy's bomb or a grenade he and Lifty were passing to each other. (Deaths not shown)
  2. Blood Sample O+: Head impaled by a sharp object.
  3. Fall Harvest Wallpaper: Falls from a high distance, and splatters on the ground. (Deaths not seen)
  4. Holiday Hangover January 2007 Calendar: Dies from breathing in gas, as in Kringle Feast.
  5. Fire Escape: Falls to his deaths.
  6. Unnamed Merry-go-round Wallpaper: Flung off a merry-go-round.
  7. Unnamed Wallpaper: Killed when Flippy's dynamite explodes. (Deaths not seen)
  8. March 2011: Same death as "Swelter Skelter".
  9. Dumb Ways to Die: Dies from drinking alcohol.

Seen in Comics

  1. Bank on It!: Impaled by a hammer. 


  1. Class Act: Burnt by the fire in the school.
  2. Easy for you to Sleigh: Has his arm severed by a bear trap.
  3. Sea What I Found: The soles of Shifty's feet stick to a hot metal floor, tearing the skin off.
  4. Who's to Flame?: Shifty is beaten up by Lifty after snatching away the wallet full of money.
  5. Burn2

    Dangerously cheesy!

    Swelter Skelter: His hands catch on fire when he picks up a piece of frozen solid fire (ice).
  6. Cheesy Does It: Eats a slice of pizza, but the piping hot cheese melts his jaw and pops one of his eyes.


  1. Unnamed Comic: Lifty accidentally closes the door to a safety box with Shifty's hand in it, causing Shifty's hand to be cut off.
  2. May 2005 Wallpaper: Shifty's lower body is torn off, with his spine stretching out.

Number of Kills

Character Number of Times Killed Episodes
Cuddles 4 Junk in the Trunk
Gems the Breaks (along with Lifty and Splendid)
Claw (along with Lifty)
Buns of Steal (along with Lifty and Mole)
Toothy 1 Gems the Breaks (along with Lifty and Splendid)
Lumpy 2 Milkin' It (along with Lifty)
Doggone It (along with Whistle)
Petunia 1 As You Wish (along with Lifty)
Nutty 1 Swelter Skelter
Sniffles 2 Gems the Breaks (along with Lifty and Splendid)
Buns of Steal (along with Lifty and Mole)
Pop 1 Easy For You to Sleigh (along with Lifty)
Cub 1 Easy For You to Sleigh (along with Lifty)
Disco Bear 1 Sea What I Found (along with Lifty)
Russell 1 Who's to Flame? (along with Handy)
Lifty 6 Meat Me for Lunch
Milkin' It
Sea What I Found
Swelter Skelter
Buns of Steal
Doggone It

Survival Rate

  • Internet series: 29.41%
  • TV series: 17%


  • Shifty was the first created Happy Tree Friends character. Created by Rhode Montijo, Shifty was created even before Cuddles.
  • He and Lifty haven't survived a single internet episode.
  • At the table in Kringle Feast, one of the green legs belongs to Lifty and the other to Shifty.
  • In Shifty's MySpace Profile, it explains in Shifty's marital status that he is currently in a relationship. The page also states that he and Lifty are both 28 years old, though this is probably just a throwaway gag.
  • Shifty is occasionally seen without his hat and looks like Lifty. This happens in Wheelin' and Dealin', Stealing the Spotlight, Who's to Flame?, Sea What I Found, As You Wish and Junk in the Trunk.
  • Lifty & Shifty have a van similar to that of the A-Team (evidenced by the red stripe and spoiler), as seen in Doggone It, Concrete Solution, As You Wish, Easy Comb, Easy Go, Junk in the Trunk and Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm episode. Because of this, some people believe that Lifty and Shifty stole the A-Team's van.
  • Shifty is the fifth character to die in the TV series.
  • Shifty and Lifty only survive 5 out of the 33 episodes they appear in. (Which is the lowest amount of episodes any character has survived)
  • Ipso Fatso and Concrete Solution are the only episodes where Lifty and Shifty steal without getting a comeuppance.
  • Lifty & Shifty have a hot-air balloon they use for escapes, as seen in Milkin' It and As You Wish.
  • The only four instances that Lifty died before Shifty are Milkin' It, Who's to Flame?, Swelter Skelter, and Buns of Steal.
  • The only times Lifty and Shifty don't do anything antagonistic are Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark, Remains to be Seen, Stealing the Spotlight, From Hero to Eternity, Easy Comb, Easy Go, Wrath of Con, The Wrong Side of the Tracks, Kringle Feast, Happy New Year, Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm (episode), YouTube Live Episode, and Claw. Doggone It could count depending on what Lifty and Shifty were doing. In Aw Shucks!, they were likely planning on stealing a cow before Lumpy's corn killed them first.
  • He is one of the few characters who haven't killed all of the four primary characters. The others are Petunia, Handy, Russell, Flaky, Flippy, Lammy, and Mr. Pickels.
  • He drives the raccoon twins' van in a majority of the episodes. Lifty, on the other hand, seems to be the mechanic of the duo, as in a few episodes he is seen working on their van or vehicle.
  • Despite being one of the least appearing of the 20 Happy Tree Friends main characters, he and Lifty had four starring roles in the TV series, the third most behind Lumpy and Sniffles.
  • He and Lifty appeared in thirteen out of the first eighteen TV episodes but only in four of the last nineteen.
  • Unlike Pop and Cub, he and Lifty have never been seen without each other (the only exception being spaced out deaths and Easy For You to Sleigh).
  • There has never been an episode where one of the raccoon twins has died while the other survives. They always either die or survive together (although sometimes they suffer different deaths, and for the first time in Cheesy Does It, both survive while Shifty is injured and Lifty is unharmed.).
  • Shifty is the first character to kill another character while he was already dead.
  • In early episodes, his and Lifty's pupils are normal like any other Tree Friend (like Pac-man pupils). However, occasionally in early episodes, and always in later episodes, their pupils dialate/shrink, making them appear more mischievous.
  • Lifty and Shifty say "Uh-oh!" when something goes wrong.
  • While he and Lifty rarely appear in the internet series, they appear in a majority of the TV episodes.
  • He and Lifty appear in all three episodes of "The Third Degree" and "One Foot in the Grave".
  • He and Lifty don't always die the same deaths, and they don't always die at the same time. Junk in the Trunk and Buns of Steal featured the only instances where they did not die at the same time or one right after the other, while Cheesy Does It marks the only episode where both survive but one of them gets injured (in this case Shifty gets injured while Lifty is left unharmed).
  • Although they are identical twins, Shifty's voice is slightly lower pitched than Lifty's voice. This has led some to believe that he is the older of the two.
  • He and Lifty are voiced by Kenn Navarro, the same voice actor who does Cuddles and Good Flippy, although Lifty and Shifty sound nothing like Cuddles and Good Flippy.
  • Lifty and Shifty are two of six green characters. The other four are Nutty, Cro-Marmot, Flippy, and Mr. Pickels. The two were made possibly green to match the color of money.
  • Shifty's most frequent victim is his twin brother Lifty.
  • In the episode Class Act, Shifty was seen dragging Lifty, so it is evident that even though Shifty has killed Lifty before (like in Milkin' It) and left him to die (like in Sea What I Found), he still tried to save his brother; however, at the time, there was no danger to Shifty, so it is fair to assume he cares for his brother, but at any sign of danger, he'll leave him behind.
  • Because of a goof in the opening credits of As You Wish, Lifty and Shifty are two of three characters to have only have their names and not "starring" or "and" in the first season of the TV Series, the other being Mole.
  • Lifty & Shifty are the only characters who have triangle-shaped ears.
  • His and Lifty's laugh is unique to them. Most other HTFs either giggle or laugh.
  • The only characters Lifty & Shifty haven't stolen from are Flaky, Splendid, and Lammy.
  • The first character to kill Lifty and Shifty at the same time was Flaky (indirectly) with the sharks in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping The Shark.
  • In the TV series, Pop & Cub appeared in all of their starring roles.
  • Despite their low survival rate, Lifty & Shifty has appeared in multiple HTF Breaks without dying once, along with Mime, Pop, Handy and Mole.
  • He has more injuries than Lifty.
  • Lifty and Shifty only appeared twice in Internet Season 3.
  • Shifty is one of the only two characters to survive in more irregular episodes than regular, the other being Lifty. Both of them survived three regular episodes and four irregular episodes.
  • He and Lifty are the only characters who have not yet survived a single Internet episode.
  • Despite being better known for trying to steal money and other valuable items, Lifty and Shifty have tried to steal food eight times in: Meat Me for Lunch, Milkin' It, Swelter Skelter, Easy For You to Sleigh (in which they stole both), Buns of Steal, And the Kitchen Sink, Ipso Fatso, and Cheesy Does It. By comparison, they only tried to steal money or valuables six times in: Sea What I Found, Easy For You to Sleigh, As You Wish, Gems the Breaks, Concrete Solution, and Who's to Flame?.
    • This could further support the theory that they steal out of necessity instead of greed.

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