Trying to Eat Ants
|Relatives:||Prehistoric Sniffles (ancestor)|
|Enemies/Rivals:|| The Ants|
|Deaths:||50|| (45 from Regular Episodes)|
(3 from Smoochies)
(1 from Kringles)
(1 from HTF Break)
|First Appearance:||Crazy Antics|
|First Victim:|| Flaky|
| From Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark (Internet) |
From The Wrong Side of the Tracks (TV)
|First Death:||Crazy Antics|
|Voice Actor/Actress:||Liz Stuart (2000 - present)|
- "This brainy anteater loves to eat ants! Anyway you add it up, he's always getting his nose into trouble."
- ―"Collect them All" card info[src]
A nerdy blue anteater who is one of the most intelligent characters in the series. He is the second character without a heart-shaped nose and a pair of buckteeth. He usually likes doing and reading science and math problems. To reinforce the 'nerd' image that Sniffles exudes, he is seen dressed up as Spock, a Star Trek character (the Vulcan ears being the giveaway), in Remains to be Seen and Something Fishy. He also sports a pair of glasses that are taped at the bridge and a pocket protector on his chest, this being the typical nerd wardrobe.
Sniffles' IQ has proved to be extremely high in both the internet and TV series. He has built things that are far more advanced than most of the other characters (ex. a rocket from a school bus and even a time machine). Most of the times, however, these devices malfunction and work against him, leading to his own death and the deaths of others. Like Toothy, he has a wide range of deaths, usually involving either his tongue, his head, his torso, getting crushed, and getting sliced or cut apart. He also has a multitude of jobs, including a doctor and a pilot. In addition, he is sort of a mad scientist (as shown in his Smoochie) mixing fluids that end up causing his death. He usually says "Ah Ha!" when he gets an idea for an invention. Sometimes, he gets angry with Lumpy or Cuddles, such as Wingin' It, In a Jam, and Tongue in Cheek.
Sniffles also has a craving for ants, which is one of his animal instincts. However, whenever he tries to eat one, they kill him after torturing him in the most sadistic manners. Only in the episode Blast from the Past has Sniffles eaten an ant without being killed. In general, Sniffles' deaths are slower and more painful than most of the other characters. Tongue in Cheek is considered to be his worst and longest death, bringing him to tears from the extreme pain and/or sheer despair. On some occasions, especially in newer episodes, he dies quick deaths, similar to Mime, who has instant deaths. Similar to Cub, Cuddles, Toothy, Petunia, Handy, Lifty, and Shifty, Sniffles rarely survives in the episodes he appears in. The only episodes that he survived are Happy Trails pt. 1, Stealing the Spotlight (debatable), Blast from the Past (with the time machine), See What Develops, Wipe Out, Easy Comb, Easy Go, Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow, We're Scrooged!, Happy New Year, the Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm episode, YouTube Copyright School, Spare Tire, Camp Pokeneyeout, and Dream Job.
His mouth and nose are combined to make a trunk-like snout, with his lips at the tip. It used to be long in the Internet shorts, but starting with the TV series, it became much shorter. The reason for this was to add additional cuteness to his appearance.
It is worth noting that Sniffles, although not one of the four center characters (Lumpy, Cuddles, Giggles, Toothy), is beginning to become more of a main character. He has the second most starring roles in the TV series, at a total of 6; only Lumpy has more, with 16. He has also had a total of 17 starring roles if you add up his starring roles in TV and Internet episodes.
According to the "Collect Them All section", Sniffles has a few allergies and loves calculating long division problems.
He has a MySpace account which shows that his idols are Albert Einstein, Spock, William Shatner, and Splendid. Sniffles is the second character to idolize Splendid (the first being Toothy); this is further evidenced in Suck it Up and A Sight for Sore Eyes. He is best friends with Nutty as seen in From Hero to Eternity, Random Acts of Silence, and All Work and No Play. He is also friends with Giggles as seen in Boo Do You Think You Are?, Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark, I've Got You Under My Skin, Every Litter Bit Hurts, and Idol Curiosity. He has also been seen with Lumpy in In a Jam, I've Got You Under My Skin, See What Develops, Take a Hike, From A to Zoo, Class Act, A Hole Lotta Love, and Blast from the Past.
For more information, see Sniffles' Inventions
Known as being the smartest Happy Tree Friend, Sniffles is capable creating inventions, some of which are far more advanced than the inventions of now. However, they almost always backfire on him.
- Rocket (Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark)
- Suction Machine (Suck it Up)
- Jetpack (debatable, as it may have been an item which he just found) (Sniffles' Science Smoochie)
- Giant Magnet (debatable for the same reason as above) (Sniffles' Science Smoochie)
- Growth Formula (Sniffles' Science Smoochie)
- Giant Drill (A Hole Lotta Love)
- Time Machine (Blast from the Past)
- Remote Control Mechanical "Paper" Plane (A Sight for Sore Eyes)
- Ant Robot (Tongue in Cheek)
- Mind/Body Control Helmets (Tongue in Cheek)
- Shrinking Submarine (I've Got You Under My Skin)
- Blob Creature (Pet Peeve)
- Slingshot Machine (Camp Pokeneyeout)
- Dream helmet and dream visualizing TV (Dream Job)
Occupations and Careers
For more information, see List of Occupations
- Scientist/Inventor - Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark; Suck it Up; Blast From the Past; A Hole Lotta Love; Tongue in Cheek; I've Got You Under My Skin; A Sight for Sore Eyes
- Fitness Assistant - Ipso Fatso
- Physician/Doctor - Concrete Solution; Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow; Spare Tire
- Environmental Volunteer - Every Litter Bit Hurts
- Newspaper Camera Repairman - See What Develops
- Lead Explorer - Idol Curiosity
- Plant Breeder - Aw, Shucks!
- Christmas Play Actor - Class Act
- Pilot - Blast From The Past; Wingin' It
- Cotton Candy Vendor - Easy Comb, Easy Go
- Music Background Maintenance Worker - In a Jam
- Rehab Worker - False Alarm Episode
- Mailman - Peas in a Pod
- Student - Aw, Shucks (in one of Lumpy's pictures); Something Fishy
- School Play actor - Something Fishy
=Seen on Computer and TV
- Crazy Antics: Gets his upper body blown up.
- Treasure Those Idol Moments: Sinks into quicksand in a sandbox. (Idol-induced)
- Boo Do You Think You Are?: Gets his head mutilated by a monster hand.
- Tongue Twister Trouble: Falls into a pond and freezes in a block of ice. (Debatable, as Cro-Marmot has survived this fate)
- Spare Me: Is decapitated after throwing his bowling ball while his nose was stuck to it.
- Happy Trails: Is killed by his head exploding when the rocket he is in with Flippy and Handy gets pulled by the sun's gravitational pull.
- Class Act: Dies in an explosion.
- A Hard Act to Swallow: Gets an artery is tied by ants, causing his heart to swell up. Flooded in blood a few seconds later, his heart eventually explodes.
- Remains to be Seen:
- Is killed in a truck crash.
- Is revived as a zombie and dies again when Flippy's brain explodes.
- Suck it Up!: Gets his body compressed while being sucked through a vacuum invention.
- Stealing the Spotlight: Dies from Lumpy's Christmas lights. (Debatable)
- From A to Zoo: Gets his body graphically torn apart by a baboon.
- Kringle Frosty: Is impaled by Lumpy's skis.
- The Wrong Side of the Tracks: Is crushed by the cart Giggles and Petunia are in.
- From Hero to Eternity: Is messily tossed around in a treehouse.
- Party Animal: Is cut to pieces after rolling down a hill in a barrel which has numerous sharp objects sticking through it.
- Ipso Fatso: Is run over by the treadmill Disco Bear is on.
- Doggone It: Is killed by a giant squid.
- Concrete Solution: Gets his head forced through a steering wheel.
- Who's to Flame?: Is cut to pieces by glass shards flying from an exploding window.
- Every Litter Bit Hurts: Is torn to pieces when the tree he is chained to splits in half.
- As You Wish!: Is crushed by a rocket.
- Take a Hike: Is impaled on a sharp rock.
- Dunce Upon a Time: Gets his body separated by egg caps.
- Gems the Breaks: Flies into a wood chipper when the bus he is in crashes into Splendid.
- A Hole Lotta Love: Is impaled by high-speed bean cans.
- Mime to Five: Drowns in the ocean. (Debatable, since Petunia passed out on his body, causing most of the water he swallowed to pump out)
- Blast From the Past: Is crushed by his time machine when it suddenly popped up over him and landed on him. A version of himself from the past, however, emerges from the machine and continues as if nothing had happened.
- Idol Curiosity: Gets cut in half by cursed crack. (Idol-induced)
- Aw, Shucks!: Gets his head and arms knocked off by a huge piece of popcorn.
- A Sight for Sore Eyes: Is crushed by giant novelty glasses.
- Wingin' It: Is cut into pieces by a tray cart.
- Tongue in Cheek: Gets his organs ripped out when he ties his tongue around a oar and twists it, making it spin like a propeller.
- I've Got You Under My Skin: Gets his head cut in half by a table.
- In a Jam: Gets his tongue caught in a recording device, causing his organs to get ripped out of his body.
- Double Whammy Part 1: Is impaled with numerous arrows by Fliqpy. (Off-screen)
- Peas in a Pod: Gets his face skinned by a Pod Lumpy who tries to clean his glasses.
- Wrath of Con: Is crushed by a broken part of a building.
- Something Fishy: Gets his head cut in half by a flagpole.
- See You Later, Elevator: Is cut vertically in half when an elevator door closes in between him.
- Moppin Up: Slips and gets his head cracked open when it hits the ground.
- Random Acts of Silence: Is impaled through the eyes by two pencils.
- Breaking Wind: Is killed either by Splendid's gas or by Petunia setting the world on fire. (Death not seen)
- By the Seat of Your Pants: Gets his head sliced in half.
- All Work and No Play: Gets his head splattered by Lumpy's crane.
- Buns of Steal: Is impaled through the back of his head by wooded board.
- Pet Peeve: Gets his head sliced in half by pavement.
- Sniffles Science Smoochie Jet: Gets his arms ripped off by a jetpack, causing him to die from blood loss.
- Sniffles Science Smoochie Magnet: Is impaled by numerous sharp, metal objects while holding a giant magnet.
- Sniffles Science Smoochie Mix: Drinks an enlargement formula, causing his internal organs to grow big, eject from his body, and fill the screen, crushing Sniffles to death.
- Overkill DVD box set: Is most likely killed by Flippy's bomb. (Death not seen)
- August 2005 Calendar: Dies the same death as in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark.
- Mayhem 2008 Wallpaper: Gets his head is cut in half by one of his inventions.
- Fire Escape: Falls to his death.
- It's All Downhill From Here January 2007 Calendar: Is impaled on one of Lumpy's skis.
- Dumb Ways To Die: Gets his arms ripped off by a jetpack and dies from massive blood loss.
- Crazy Antics:
- Gets his tongue nailed to a table by the ants.
- Gets a part of his tongue shredded.
- Gets lemon juice squeezed on his tongue.
- Tongue Twister Trouble:
- Gets his tongue stuck on ice.
- Gets his tongue clawed by a cat.
- Class Act: Gets some of his torso bitten off by Nutty, who mistakes Sniffles for a candy cane.
- A Hard Act to Swallow:
- Gets nailed to a tree.
- Gets his teeth broken open.
- Gets his uvula gets ripped off.
- Suck it Up:
- Sucks tacks into his trunk, cutting his mouth.
- Gets acid sucked into his mouth, burning away his trunk and making him swallow his teeth.
- Every Litter Bit Hurts: Gets stabbed in the foot with a trash pick.
- As You Wish:
- Gets his arms ripped off when Lifty and Shifty snatch the lamp he is holding.
- Is impaled by numerous glass shards.
- Take a Hike:
- Accidentally sets himself on fire.
- Gets his head is then bashed on a rock numerous times by Lumpy trying to put out the fire.
- Tongue in Cheek:
- Gets his hand nailed to the ground.
- Gets his fingernails ripped off.
- Gets salt poured on the wound from the second injury.
- Accidentally rips off the skin on his hand when he pulls his hand up.
- Eats a razor apple, cutting his mouth.
- Puts his tongue in a paper shredder.
- Gets his tail nailed to the ground.
- Sniffles' Science Smoochie:
- Is impaled by numerous nails and other sharp metal objects.
- Gets his internal organs torn out from his body.
- Dream Job:
- Is shot by arrows. (Only in a dream)
- Breaks his bones on a massage bed. (Only in a dream)
- Is driven mentally unstable.
- Ignorance is Bliss September 2008 Calendar: Gets his trunk is sliced almost off.
Number of Kills
|Character||Number of Times Killed||Episodes|
|Cuddles||2||A Hole Lotta Love (along with Pop)|
Concrete Solution (debatable)
|Giggles||4||Blast from the Past (twice)|
I've Got You Under My Skin
Idol Curiosity (along with the Cursed Idol)
|Toothy||2||A Sight for Sore Eyes|
Idol Curiosity (along with the Cursed Idol)
|Lumpy||4||I've Got You Under My Skin|
Idol Curiosity (along with Cursed Idol)
In a Jam (along with Cuddles)
|Petunia||2||A Hole Lotta Love (along with Pop)|
Camp Pokeneyeout (debatable)
|Handy||4||A Hole Lotta Love (along with Pop)|
Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark
In a Jam (along with Cuddles)
|Nutty||2||A Sight for Sore Eyes|
|Pop||1||As You Wish|
|Cub||1||Who's to Flame?|
|Flaky||2||Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark (Along with Flippy, Lumpy, and Handy)|
|Mole||3||A Hole Lotta Love|
Idol Curiosity (along with Cursed Idol)
|Russell||1||Idol Curiosity (along with the Cursed Idol and Mole)|
|Mime||2||The Wrong Side of the Tracks (along with Lumpy)|
As You Wish
|Flippy||1||Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark|
|Lammy||1||All Work and No Play (debatable)|
|Generic Tree Friends||1||Concrete Solution (debatable)|
|Others||35+||1 ant and 1 dinosaur in Blast from the Past|
4+ germs from I've Got You Under My Skin
29+ Monkeys from Idol Curiosity (along with Cursed Idol)
- Internet series: 24.13%
- Breaks & Kringles: 33.33%
- TV series: 25.5%
- Total Rate: 27.65%
- Sniffles is the first character to have an episode where he starred without any other main character in it (Crazy Antics).
- Sniffles is the first and so far only character to have his fingernails seen in an episode. In Tongue in Cheek, the ants painfully open one of his nails and pour salt under it.
- Despite seeming to be very intelligent, Sniffles often lacks common sense.
- He is the only character who is an animal that doesn't live in North America. Anteaters are found in South America.
- He started the rivalry between ants and anteaters in Blast from the Past by eating a prehistoric ant in front of a prehistoric anteater.
- It is possible that Sniffles wears a shirt since he is seen with a pocket protector.
- Sniffles survives 13 out of the 58 episodes he appears in.
- He may have been based off of the aardvark from the Pink Panther show. Both are colored blue, usually fail to catch ants, and tend to get injured quite a lot.
- Sniffles may also be based off of Arthur the Aardvark as both characters are smart and wear similar-looking glasses. Coincidentally, both characters started off with long noses that were eventually made shorter.
- In the ant episodes, he is also a lot like Aardvark from the 50s theoretical cartoon The Ant and the Aardvark. Both characters repeatedly go after the same ant/ants in exceptionally creative ways only to very painfully pay the price.
- In addition to his snout, his ears and tail are also unique.
- He stars as the only character in an episode the most.
- Some people mistake him for an elephant because of his trunk-like snout. However, his ears and tail are not like an elephant's and his mouth is on the tip of his snout.
- Sniffles is one of the two characters whose species is completely carnivorous. The other character is Russell.
- Sniffles is the only character to kill Mole more than the amount of times Mole has killed him.
- He is one of only two male characters (the other being Cub) with a female voice actor.
- Sniffles' snout was long in the first two seasons of the internet series. During the TV series, though first shown in Suck it Up, his snout became shorter.
- In internet season 4, his snout became slightly smaller and straight (like it appears when he is facing the front). Now his snout can transition between curved and straight in episodes such as Pet Peeve.
- Most of his kills are caused by what he creates or builds, like his pet in Pet Peeve, the drill in A Hole Lotta Love, or his mechanical paper plane in A Sight for Sore Eyes, to name a few.
- He has a lot of money, as is shown in the episode We're Scrooged!, possibly because his intelligence allows him to have high-paying jobs.
- The only main characters he has yet to kill are Disco Bear, Pop, Lifty, Shifty, Cro-Marmot, and Splendid.
- The only characters who haven't killed Sniffles are Handy, Cub, Flaky, Cro-Marmot, Good Flippy, and Lammy.
- Sniffles is one of the tweleve characters with more kills than deaths. The others include Lumpy, Splendid, Flippy, Disco Bear, Pop, Lammy, Nutty, Mime, Mole, Flaky, and Cro-Marmot.
- He is the first victim of Disco Bear in the TV series.
- He stars in The Wrong Side of the Tracks and Wrath of Con despite barely appearing in either them.
- Just like Handy and Cub, he sometimes doesn't seem to mind when characters are injured or dead around him.
- In A Sight for Sore Eyes, he shows no concern when Toothy breaks his head in half and dies, he just watches.
- In In a Jam, he (along with Handy) shows no concern when Cuddles slices his eye in half.
- In We're Scrooged!, he isn't shocked to see Lumpy lose his eye and leaves.
- In Concrete Solution, he just stares at the Mole's dead body and doesn't seem surprised in the slightest.
- In Pet Peeve, he is aware that his pet is acidic, but doesn't bother treating Lumpy after he pulls the blob away from his leg.
- Flippy has always killed Sniffles and Nutty in the same episode.
- Handy, Lumpy, and Giggles are his most frequent victims.
- His deaths from Tongue in Cheek and In a Jam are both similar.
- He was seen without his glasses in A Sight for Sore Eyes and briefly in Tongue Twister Trouble.
- He is the most frequent and only victim of The Ants (and Mittens, within the show).
- Like real anteaters, Sniffles has very poor eyesight (though he wears glasses to help himself see). But unlike his species, he has teeth.
- So far, the only starring roles he has survived in are Blast from the Past (only with the time machine in an endless loop) and Dream Job (only suffering a minor hallucination episode despite all the dream deaths).
- In three of the six TV episodes he starred in, he killed other characters, and in the other three, he didn't.
- Despite being a "nerd", Sniffles is pretty athletic. He can run fast, jump far, and is very strong as in Idol Curiosity. However, he is seen having difficulty while lifting a bowling ball in Spare Me.
- In the TV series, Lumpy appears in all of his starring roles. Lumpy also co-stars with him in The Wrong Side of the Tracks and I've Got You Under My Skin.
- In season 3, his alliterate sentence is: Science is seriously satisfying!.
- Sniffles and Mole are the only characters that regularly wear glasses.
- Sniffles was originally planned to be a squirrel.
- Despite his tries to catch ants, he almost never succeeds at catching them at all, an exception being when he destroyed an ant hill in Tongue in Cheek with a robotic ant.
- Sniffles has a longest tongue length out of all of the characters, which isn't at all strange considering his species.
- After Petunia in Stayin' Alive, he is the second character to die a blood-free death (in Treasure Those Idol Moments).
- Sniffles appears as a boss in Deadeye Derby.
- It is odd that a character that is portrayed as so intelligent never learns from trying to eat The Ants, despite how they brutally torture him to death every time he does. This is possibly due to the show's little continuity (similar to how Flippy never got over his disorder despite being cured once).
- However, in the particularly brutal Tongue in Cheek, he was tortured just as brutally (if not more) as usual when he reached his hand into their anthill, but still tried to catch and eat them again later in the same episode.
- Sniffles is similar to Twilight Sparkle from the TV show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic because of their brainy behavior.