- This is an article about Flippy himself. To view information on Flippy's evil side, see Fliqpy.
- "This emotionally tattered bear veteran will warm your home and leave no witnesses."
- ―"Collect them All" card info[src]
- "Fire fried food is a feast for a famished soldier."
- ―The description alliteration in the intros in late season 3-season 4.
Flippy is a green male bear. He wears dog tags around his neck and a green beret with checkered crest on his head. He is a retired veteran soldier in the Army. He fought in the Weaponized Animal Regiment (The W.A.R), and has an obsession with making booby traps inspired by the Viet Cong, as well as a flashback of his experience of being held captive by them (as seen in Easy For You to Sleigh). In addition, his attire seems to resemble the U.S. Army Special Forces, which played a role during the Vietnam War. As he fought for years, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. According to writer Warren Graff, Flippy is mostly inspired by and based on John Rambo. During the internet and TV series, it is unknown if Flippy has retired from the Army or if they are simply in a time of peace. Flippy rarely appears in the series, most likely due to his repetitive behavior in most of the episodes in which he appears. Lumpy most likely has even more kills than Flippy, since he has below 150 kills and has only appeared in 23 episodes so far.
Flippy is the only character in the series to cause the deaths of other characters on purpose in every episode which he appears, at least when he "flips out" (except Without a Hitch, where he never flips out for real, and Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II), where all of his kills happen by accident). He has a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Whenever he sees or hears something that reminds him of war (e.g., gunshot-like sounds or crackling campfires), he becomes delusional and extremely aggressive, often killing everyone in sight. (It's possible he also has dissociative identity disorder as a result of his experience in war, judging from him basically becoming someone else in most of his appearances and the few instances he resisted his evil side during Double Whammy and Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow, much like a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde complex). He also might "flip out" due to anger or stress as seen in Random Acts of Silence and Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark. While flipped-out, several physical features about him change: His eyes turn a different color, usually green or yellow, his voice changes from high and cute to deep and evil, and his teeth become sharp. In the early internet shorts, his teeth simply became crooked. There has even been one instance where his eyes became small, circular, and with a light blue iris (Remains to be Seen). If he is in his evil state, he (along with Lumpy, The Mole, Cro-Marmot, and Nutty) doesn't have Pac-Man shaped pupils. When he is flipped out, he is known as Fliqpy.
Although Flippy can be the most cruel and dangerous character in Happy Tree Friends when "flipped out", in his normal state, he is considered to be one of the most sociable and one of the kinder characters. This is proven in several episodes where he is seen doing social activities with some of the other characters, such as going to the movies and playing hide and seek. In most of the episodes where he appears, he is shown as a friendly individual before he goes insane, or as many people say, "flipping out", hence his name. Additionally, when he "flips out", he doesn't remember the bloody rampage that follows. However, in Double Whammy Part I, (and possibly Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow, when he resists his evil side for the first time) he finally realizes his problem and goes to Lumpy the psychiatrist for answers. After three attempts to cure him, Lumpy fails. At the end of the episode Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II), Flippy finally cures his post-traumatic stress disorder, but is run over soon after by a chicken truck.
He appears to be good friends with Flaky, as they are shown doing activities together like playing hide and seek, and going camping. Although Flippy has killed Flaky several times (even once on purpose in non flipped out state in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark) he doesn't kill her in Party Animal or Random Acts of Silence, while she is vulnerable. Flaky's scream snapped him out of his flipped-out mode in Double Whammy Part I. Despite that they appear to be good friends, Flaky develops a phobia of him in the later episodes. She gets so scared of him that she gathers the courage to kill him, going to the point where she stabs him in fear when he tries to help her in Without a Hitch. As of Random Acts of Silence, Sniffles and Nutty also seem to be aware of Flippy's flip-outs, when they tried sneaking out of the library as Flippy got agitated by Mime.
He also has an allergic reaction to peanuts (or venison) just like Flaky (if his allergy to peanuts is true). The Blurb version of Remains to be Seen also states that he is allergic to chocolate and candy corn. However, like most Blurbs, most of the info mentioned isn't considered canon until approved, so this may not be true. Flippy also appears to be an extremely heavy sleeper, as seen in Easy For You to Sleigh and Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow.
Flippy rarely dies in the series. When he does die, his deaths usually involve vehicles, machinery, Lumpy, and explosions.
He has his own action episode called W.A.R. Journal, part of the Happy Tree Friends Action Series: Ka-Pow! show. According to the first episode, Private Flippy didn't start out as a well-honed killing machine. He accidentally threw a slice of pizza at the enemy commander rather than his knife, demonstrated an inability to throw his knife straight while under pressure, killed both of his teammates, and hid in the carcass of one of his dead teammates in fear. He flips out for the very first time when he hides inside his comrade's dead body to avoid being killed by the Tiger Army. He ended up losing his hands in a fight with the Tiger General, but he was apparently able to reattach them some time between the events of W.A.R. Journal and the regular Happy Tree Friends series (unless these episodes, like the regular Happy Tree Friends series, revert everything back to original at the start of each new episode).
- Most of Flippy's flip-outs don't involve actual flashbacks, only showing the suggestion of war and fire. This implies that Fliqpy knows exactly who he is killing.
- Flippy wears Sergeant stripes in the show but first flipped out when he was a Private, meaning his flip-outs are not the reason he left the army.
- In fact there's no evidence he's been discharged at all; as well as always wearing his camos and beret, he owns a large collection of war memorabilia, a helicopter, and according to Deadeye Derby, a tank, suggesting he earns a sergeant's salary and is on paid leave.
- The majority of episodes that Flippy appears in, he stars or plays a large role, which partly accounts for his popularity.
Love Bites Roles
W.A.R. Journal Episodes
HTF Break Roles
Role Count By Season
|Season||Number of Starring Roles||Number Of Featuring Roles||Number Of Appearing Roles||Total|
|Love Bites Roles||1||0||0||1|
|HTF Break Roles||0||1||0||1|
Occupations and Careers
- For more information, see List of Occupations
- Veteran - Almost every episode he has been in.
- Nuclear Waste Trucker - Remains to be Seen
- Carny - Double Whammy Part I
- Soldier - W.A.R. Journal
- Librarian - Random Acts of Silence
Seen on Computer and TV
- Happy Trails Part 2: Jumping the Shark: Flies into the sun in a rocket along with Handy and Sniffles.
- Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow: Shredded by the tail rotor of a helicopter along with Cuddles.
- Autopsy Turvy: Is run over by a chicken truck.
- Without a Hitch: Is run over by Lumpy's truck.
- Breaking Wind: He is either killed by Splendid's gas or by Petunia setting the world on fire. (Death not seen)
- Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm gameplay: Deaths and injuries various, depending on the environment of the level, such as getting sliced by blades and saws, getting crushed and flattened like paper or cardboard, getting electrocuted or burned, or drowning.
- August 2005 Calendar: Dies the same death as in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark.
- Dumb Ways to Die: Dies from smoking cigarettes.
Seen on Computer and TV
- Happy Trails pt. 2: Jumping the Shark: (Before death) His head boils from the heat of the sun.
- Party Animal: Has an allergic reaction to peanuts and/or Mime (venison), causing him to get a purple rash and swollen lips. His lips are then torn off by the closing iris.
- Double Whammy: Coughs when water is splashed in his face and when he breathes in some smoke.
- Autopsy Turvy/Double Whammy Part 2: Injured throughout his fight with Fliqpy.
- Operation: Tiger Bomb:
- Without A Hitch:
- Happy Tree Friends: False Alarm gameplay: Wounds and injuries various, depending on the environment of the level, such as getting cut by blades and saws, getting crushed and flattened like paper or cardboard, getting electrocuted or burned.
Number of Kills
Please note that these are Flippy's kills as his normal self (see his evil side).
|Character||Number of Times Killed||Episodes|
|Cuddles||2||Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow|
Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II) (Along with Cro-Marmot)
|Toothy||1||Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II) (Along with Cro-Marmot)|
|Flaky||1||Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark|
|Lifty||1||Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II)|
|Shifty||1||Autopsy Turvy (Double Whammy Part II)|
|Others||2||Sneaky and Mouse Ka-Boom from Operation: Tiger Bomb|
- Run and Bun: Kills Lumpy by bumping into him and having his body sliced in half by his car door or by impaling his body on numerous spikes. He can also kill Cub, Sniffles, Cro-Marmot, and Lumpy's elephant.
Episodes Survived by Season
(Counting both Flippy and Fliqpy)
|Season/Total||Number of Appearances||Deaths||Survived||Survival Rate|
(Counting both Flippy and Fliqpy)
- Internet series: 53.84%
- Breaks & Love Bites: 50%
- TV series: 60%
- Total Rate: 56.52%