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"There's no job too big for this beaver carpenter. He's always eager to lend a helping... limb."
―"Collect them All" card info[src]

Handy is one of the main characters of Happy Tree Friends. He's also a premium character of Deadeye Derby.

Character Bio

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Handy is an orange beaver with unexplained amputated arms (thus his name). The stumps are covered with bandages. He wears a tool belt (consisting of a hammer and a screwdriver) and a yellow worker's helmet (the typical dress of most construction workers). He has mostly been portrayed as an adult, though there has been times when he has been portrayed as a child, such as in Happy Trails Pt. 1, in which he is on a school bus with many other characters, and in Remains to be Seen, in which he and some other characters are dressed up and trick or treating on Halloween. His dam mostly consists of tools that are operated by hand.

An example of what Handy can build as seen in Home Is Where the Hurt Is.

Despite his lack of hands, he is still capable of building many things big or small, though we never actually see him build it in the first place - it's usually off-screen, very similar to Cro-Marmot moving around off-screen (with the exceptions of Wheelin' and Dealin' and Don't Yank My Chain, where he is seen putting the final touches on his race car and steering another car). Usually, whenever he builds something for the female characters, they are pleased and often thank him by hugging him for it, like Petunia from House Warming and Giggles from Home Is Where the Hurt Is. This has led some fans to believe that they have a crush on him and in terms of Petunia, it is correct as both are in a romantic relationship.

A running gag has Handy always forgetting his lack of hands and scowls at the camera.

Whenever he is actually seen trying to do something which would usually require hands, he fails and pulls a frustrated look and an annoyed grunt at the camera, indicating that he forgot that he doesn't have hands. This has become a running gag in the series. Usually when he finds a compromise, it will lead to his own death and sometimes the death of others. Most of his deaths involve machinery, vehicles, getting cut in half, and his head. As he has bandages on what is left of his arms, it can be assumed that he lost them in a work-related accident. He also seems to feel no shock or remorse at seeing others die or get injured, with the exceptions of Petunia and The Mole. In some instances, he even laughs at the demises of his fellow Tree Friends.

Handy is often the most abused character in any given episode.

Handy has gained an interest in flying in the TV series, as seen in Who's to Flame?, Gems the Breaks, A Change of Heart, and Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow. Sometimes he stays in the air from when he first appears in the episode until his death. From the episode, In a Jam, it became apparent that he has photosensitive epilepsy, the flashing lights triggering a seizure as his eyes become nystagmic (they move randomly and uncontrollably), he collapses, seizures on the floor, and foams at the mouth.

Similar to Cub, Cuddles, Petunia, Flaky, Lifty, Shifty, Sniffles, and Toothy, Handy rarely survives the episodes he appears in. Generally speaking, Handy's an unlucky character, perhaps even one of the most unluckiest. Similarly to Petunia, Sniffles, Lumpy and Cuddles, his deaths are very gruesome and slow, often slower than most other characters. He also tends to be the character who receives the most torment in an episode. For example, in Dunce Upon a Time, he had the slowest and most dragged out death, in A Change of Heart, he was the only character who was actually and officially killed off, and in A Handy Nanny, where he was the only character who gains gory injuries, as well as once again taking the position as the only character who dies in the episode. The only TV episodes he survives in are Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow and Double Whammy Part I. In the internet shorts, he survives House Warming, Spare Me, Happy Trails Pt. 1 (but not part 2), Something Fishy, and By The Seat Of Your Pants. He also survives Milk Pong and the HTF Break short Happy New Year.

Handy's Episodes

Starring Roles

Season 1

Season 2

TV Series

Season 3

Season 4

Featuring Roles

Season 1

Season 2

TV Series

Season 3

Season 4


Appearance Roles

Season 1

Season 2

TV Series

Season 3


Love Bites Roles


HTF Break Roles


Role Count By Season

Season Number of Starring Roles Number Of Featuring Roles Number Of Appearing Roles Total
1 2 1 1 4
2 3 2 1 6
TV Series 2 10 8 20
3 2 1 5 8
4 1 1 0 2
Love Bites Roles 1 0 0 1
HTF Break Roles 0 1 1 2
Other episodes 0 1 1 2
Total 11 17 17 45

Attempts at Handed Activities and Tasks (running gag)

It is unknown how long ago before the series Handy lost his hands, but regardless of how long he's been without them, to this day he quickly and readily forgets that he doesn't have them. Every time he remembers he needs hands, he gets frustrated and makes his signature scowl.

Handy's Armless Accomplishments

Despite having no arms or hands, Handy has been able to do countless activities that would involve the use of actual hands.

Occupations and Careers

Handy working hard at construction.

For more information, see List of Occupations
  1. Architect - House Warming; Home Is Where the Hurt Is
  2. Race-car Driver - Wheelin' and Dealin'
  3. Student - Happy Trails Pt. 1 and Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark
  4. Auto Repairman - The Way You Make Me Wheel; Blind Date
  5. Construction Worker - Concrete Solution
  6. Emergency Rescue Squad Member - Who's to Flame?; Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow
  7. Underground construction worker - A Hole Lotta Love
  8. Banner Setter-upper - See What Develops
  9. Driving Instructor - Easy Comb, Easy Go
  10. Drummer - In a Jam
  11. Lumberjack - Milk Pong
  12. Road-Line Painter - A Bit of a Pickle
  13. Nanny - A Handy Nanny



Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Wheelin' and Dealin': Hits an ambulance, getting his lower half ripped off by his cart and having his intestines fall out.
  2. Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark: Dies when the rocket he is in hits the sun and explodes.
  3. Class Act: Dies in an explosion.
  4. The Way You Make Me Wheel: Gets his organs forced out of his mouth and gets wrapped around a tire due to Lumpy accidentally putting his car in reverse.
  5. Shard at Work: Drowns to death in a fish bowl or dies of blood loss.

    All of this just for changing a light bulb.

  6. Remains to be Seen:
    1. Is killed in a truck crash.
    2. He is later revived as a zombie, only to be torn in half by Fliqpy. However, his upper body is still animate afterwards. He is presumably killed again when Fliqpy's brain explodes.
  7. Blind Date: Is cut in half by an engine lid when The Mole's car bumps into the truck he is working on.
  8. YouTube Live Episode: Is either killed by Fliqpy or the claw. (Death not seen, confirmed by Kenn Navarro)
  9. The Wrong Side of the Tracks: Is cut in half by glass tunnel shards.
  10. From Hero to Eternity: Gets his head cut in half by a slab of ice.
  11. Ipso Fatso: Gets his face bashed by a chunk of concrete.
  12. Don't Yank My Chain: Is smashed against a tunnel while being dragged along the outside of a train.

    With a disturbingly detailed face like this one, you know there's no chance of survival.

  13. Doggone It: Is killed by a giant squid. (Death not seen, confirmed by Warren Graff)
  14. Concrete Solution: Gets shot in the back of the head with a nail gun by Lumpy, who then pushes him down in wet concrete and suffocates him.
  15. Who's to Flame?: Is shredded by his helicopter's propeller.
  16. Dunce Upon a Time: Gets his head cracked open with a nutcracker by Giant Lumpy.
  17. Gems the Breaks: Is disintegrated by Splendid's heat vision.
  18. A Change of Heart: Dies in a plane crash with a whale. (Death not seen)
  19. The evidence is concrete - this was definitely painful. (Sorry for the bad pun)

    A Hole Lotta Love: Suffocates from a gas leak when Pop and Sniffles drill through a gas pipe.
  20. See What Develops: Falls from a string he is hanging from and smashes to pieces on the ground.
  21. Home Is Where the Hurt Is: Gets his head pierced by a nail in a loose plank.
  22. Aw, Shucks!: Gets crushed by a huge piece of popcorn. (Death not seen)
  23. A Sight for Sore Eyes: Gets his head mowed by The Mole.

    Handy, you had plenty of time to get down.

  24. Wipe Out!: Has all his organs fly out of his body after The Mole unzips a zipper caught in his flesh.
  25. Easy Comb, Easy Go: Is impaled by Flaky's quills.
  26. In a Jam: Suffers a seizure, falls off stage, and has his head cut in half by cymbals in his mouth.
  27. Wrath of Con: Is crushed by the force of Splendid's breath.
  28. I Nub You: Flies apart after being sewn to Petunia, thanks to Petunia's pet bird.
  29. A Bit of a Pickle: Gets his head run over by his own truck.
  30. See You Later, Elevator: Dies in a fiery explosion.
  31. Claw: Is either killed by Fliqpy or the claw. (Death not seen, confirmed by Kenn Navarro)
  32. My Better Half: Is sliced in half by a saw, along with Petunia.
  33. Breaking Wind: Is poisoned by Splendid's gas.
  34. No Time Like the Present: Is forced through a hole.

    Stretching is good for your body. Well, unless this happens.

  35. Pet Peeve: Is run over by The Mole's van.
  36. A Handy Nanny: His upper body is shredded by the blades of a fan.


  1. Overkill DVD box set: Is killed by Flippy's bomb. (Death not seen)
  2. August 2005 Calendar: Probably dies the same death as in Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark.
  3. Fall Harvest Wallpaper: Falls to his death. (Death not seen)
  4. Unnamed Merry-go-round Wallpaper: Is flung off a merry-go-round.(Death not seen)
  5. Unnamed Wallpaper: Is killed when Flippy's dynamite explodes. (Death not seen)
  6. Work Is Such A Buzz Kill: Is sliced in half by a power saw blade.
  7. So Wrong It´s Right Poster: Gets his head bashed by Lumpy's bat.
  8. Dumb Ways to Die: Has a lightbulb he is using to replace another shatter in his mouth while the gas is on.
  9. Deadeye Derby: Like most characters, he could be hit with various slingshots, eventually killing him and pushing his damaged body off the cart, hitting and bouncing off the ground.

Seen in Comics

  1. HTF Comic #4 & HTF Comic #5: Chokes on an apple and gets his organs squeezed out of his mouth when Splendid tries to perform the Heimlich Maneuver on him.


Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Lost both of his hands prior to the series. (Permanent)
  2. House Warming: Is slightly burned when he kicks a bucket full of gas onto a flaming Petunia.
  3. Spare Me: Loses his right eye after a bowling ball forces a bottle inside his eye socket.
  4. Happy Trails pt. 2: Jumping the Shark: (Before death) His head boils from the heat of the sun.
  5. Class Act: Loses both of his feet during a stampede to escape a burning schoolhouse.
  6. Remains to be Seen: Gets his lower half ripped out. (As a zombie)
  7. The Way You Make Me Wheel: (Before death) Is crushed between Lumpy's car and his tow truck.
  8. Shard at Work:
    1. Gets glass shards in his mouth, back, and foot when a light bulb in his mouth breaks and he falls to the ground.
    2. Handy impales his foot on a sharp piece of glass.
  9. Don't Yank My Chain:
    1. Is beaten by Lumpy.
    2. Is battered when he falls into a gorge.
    3. Hits his chin on the edge of a well.
    4. Is suffocated by a chain.
    5. Sinks in water when he is in a river.
    6. Has his leg worn down to the bone from dragging a heavy ball and The Mole's corpse.
    7. Has his tail and back shredded off when he is dragged by a train.
  10. Concrete Solution:
    1. Gets dizzy after he climbs out of his car.
    2. Is shot in the back of the head with a nail gun.
  11. Dunce Upon a Time: Gets his head hit repeatedly against a pot, making him dizzy.
  12. See What Develops: Has his upper lip torn off when he hangs from a string by his mouth for too long.
  13. In a Jam:
    1. Gets a seizure caused by flashing lights, making him foam at the mouth.
    2. He chips his buckteeth when Sniffles puts a pair of cymbals in his mouth to keep him from biting off his tongue.
  14. Wrath of Con:
    1. Has his ears ruptured by Splendid's voice.
    2. Has his whole body set on fire.
    3. Suffocates from a lack of oxygen.
  15. I Nub You: His flesh and organs are formed into pin-like shapes after getting crushed by a pinsetter.
  16. No Time Like the Present:
    1. Gets his foot stabbed with a knife.
    2. Gets his body compressed into a hole.
  17. By the Seat of Your Pants: Gets his legs severed by Fliqpy.

    Who knew Handy would lose both his arms and legs?

  18. A Handy Nanny:
    1. Gets stabbed in the eye by Cub's binky.
    2. His face becomes swollen when the nipple of Cub's baby bottle explodes.


  1. TV Series Volume 4 cover: Is burned by an explosion after his blowtorch falls on some gasoline.
  2. Spring Ahead March 2007 Calendar: Gets his eye impaled out of his head by a spring.
  3. Dumb Ways to Die: Gets his mouth pierced by glass when a light bulb explodes in it.
  4. TV series volume 7 DVD: Is set on fire, is cut by pieces of a gas canister, gets a fuel tank lodged in eye, and gets his foot stabbed by screwdriver.

Number of Kills

Character Number of Times Killed Episodes
Toothy 1 Breaking Wind (Along with Splendid)
Lumpy 3 Blind Date (Along with The Mole)
Don't Yank My Chain
No Time Like the Present
Flaky 1 Happy Trails Pt. 2: Jumping the Shark (Along with Flippy, Lumpy, and Sniffles)
The Mole 2 Don't Yank My Chain
No Time Like the Present (Along with Lumpy)
Russell 1 Who's to Flame?
Lifty 1 Who's to Flame?
Shifty 1 Who's to Flame?
Mime 1 See What Develops (Along with The Mole)
Other 1 1 Whale in A Change of Heart

Handy accidentally has The Mole killed.



  1. Deadeye Derby: Kills Cuddles, Toothy, Flaky, Nutty, Giggles, Petunia, himself, Disco Bear, Splendid, Sniffles, Lifty, Shifty, Russell, a giant squid, and Fliqpy by flinging rocks at them with a slingshot.
  2. 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

Season/Total Number of Appearances Deaths Survived Survival Rate
1 4 1 3 75%
2 6 6 0 0%
TV Series 20 18 2 10%
3 8 6 2 25%
4 1 1 0 0%
5 1 1 0 0%
Love Bites 1 1 0 0%
HTF Break 2 1 1 50%
Other Episodes 2 1 1 50%
Total 45 36 9 20%

Survival Rate

  • Internet series: 26.31%
  • Breaks & Love Bites: 33.3%
  • TV series: 10%, the lowest out of all the characters.
  • Total Rate: 20%

See also