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"This fatherly bear teaches us how to put the "inability" back in "responsibility."
―"Collect them All" card info[src]
"Paternal parents are patient and proud."
―The description alliteration in the intros in late season 3-season 4.

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

Character Bio

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Pop is a light brown bear and 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 and for him to appear without Cub. Instead Flippy took his place, which explains why Flippy had Pop's voice in the episode.

His son Cub often dies as a result of both his attention and inattention, although it's clear that he loves him. In the internet series he usually didn't notice 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 his and Cub's deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning. When he tries to save his son, he often kills him by mistake. Pop often stresses about his son's injuries and would try to fix them himself, but it'll usually result in worsen results. 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).

Pop seems like a good parent at first, but then...

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

There was 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. It was later confirmed by Kenn Navarro that Pop is a widower.

Pop is the show's only major parent out of all of the parents seen within the show. Despite this, he is still somewhat dependent on Cub in terms of prominence. However, to contrary to this fact, he has been the centered of certain episodes without Cub playing a major role. Examples includes A Hole Lotta Love and Clause For Concern. The only major episode he appears in without Cub is in his smoochie. Pop is not too behind in prominence, however, as he is close to having enough starring roles to the four main characters themselves. He appears in two separate smoochies and has a fair handful of episodes each season. He had already made frequent appearances and became the second most common adult character in the series, behind Lumpy, and proceeded to become one of the most frequent characters of the show, appearing in a profusion of episodes, rivaling Petunia and Sniffles even. As well, he has made many appearances in advertisements, such as the warnings of the show not catering for small children.

Due to Pop's responsibilities over Cub, he is rarely 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 starts to socialize more with the other characters as seen in A Vicious Cycle and A Handy Nanny.

Pop is also impatient at most times, being times when he interacts with characters and when Cub gets in danger, that causes him to be freaked out and rushes, also that causes him and other characters to get a conflict, but he still has some patience for other characters.

Pop rarely dies, but he dies 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, Chore Loser (Debatable), Wrath of Con, Wingin' It (Debatable), Cubtron Z, Breaking Wind (Debatable), A Vicious Cycle, Spare Tire, and Going Out With a Bang. In both the internet shorts and the TV series, he survives almost every episode in which he appears. When he does die, most of his deaths involve fire, explosions, or impalement.

Pop's Episodes

Starring Roles

Season 1

Season 2

TV Series

Season 3

Season 4


Featuring Roles

TV Series

Season 3

Season 4

Appearance Roles

Season 2

TV Series

Season 3


HTF Break Roles


Role Count By Season

Season Number of Starring Roles Number Of Featuring Roles Number Of Appearing Roles Total
1 2 0 0 2
2 3 0 4 7
TV Series 3 8 8 19
3 2 4 4 10
4 1 4 0 5
HTF Break Roles 2 0 2 4
Other episodes 1 0 1 2
Total 14 16 19 49

Pop's Bad Parenting

Pop is infamously known for his bad parenting and somewhat neglective behavior. This is a list of Pop's acts as a bad parent, not counting instances where Pop does something clumsy like cutting off Cub's ear in Snip Snip Hooray!.

  • Pop allows Cub to use a lawnmower by himself in Chip Off the Ol' Block. To be fair, he noticed Cub sticking his hand under the lawnmower and pulled him away before Cub could get hurt.
  • Pop leaves Cub unattended with a razor in Snip Snip Hooray!.
  • Leaving Cub alone in a pool near the end of a waterslide in Let It Slide.
  • Pop leaves Cub alone with his body buried in the sand to get ice cream. He most likely repeated the same mistake in Milk Pong.
  • Pop is satisfied with leaving Cub with a tooth shoved through his upper lip in Stealing the Spotlight. Pop later hammers a nail into Cub's head when he realizes that he couldn't pull it out.
  • In And the Kitchen Sink, Pop leaves Cub unattended in a sink and a bathtub.
  • Pop allows Cub to play with a bottle of bleach or liquid detergent in From Hero to Eternity.
  • Pop leaves Cub and a dog alone on a bed in Doggone It, which would be a bad idea even if Whistle was a regular dog.
  • In Mime to Five, Pop allows Cub to sit in the passenger seat of his car.
  • Pop doesn't watch over Cub while he rakes outside in Chore Loser.
  • In A Sucker for Love Part 1, Pop leaves Cub on a bench alone while he goes to get a lollipop for him. When he gives Cub the lollipop he walks away again.
  • In Just Desert, Pop falls asleep fishing while Cub walks around the beach alone.
  • Pop leaves Cub alone at home in Clause For Concern.
  • Pop stops to pick up a coin while Cub, in a stroller, is sitting in the street in Bottled Up Inside.
  • In A Vicious Cycle, Pop doesn't watch over his son when he's riding his trike outside, allowing for an altercation between Fliqpy and two cops to happen in front of Cub.
  • Pop places Cub on a counter and leaves him there when he goes to open the door for Handy in A Handy Nanny. Also, leaving his son with Handy doesn't seem like a very responsible idea.

Occupations and Careers

Pop as a mall Santa.

For more information, see List of Occupations



Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Havin' a Ball: Is sliced into pieces by helicopter rotors.
  2. Flippin' Burgers: Is crushed by a burger joint door from an explosion caused by Flippy.
  3. Class Act: Dies in an explosion.
  4. Stealing the Spotlight: Is boiled to death by Lumpy's bright lights.
  5. Easy For You to Sleigh: Dies of carbon monoxide poisoning.
  6. Pop's BBQ Smoochie:
    1. Gets his eye, brain, and skull impaled by a Kebab.
    2. Has various coal burned into his cranium and eventually into his heart.
    3. Has popcorn pop from within him after being set on fire, crushing his organs and/or suffocating him.
  7. Who's to Flame?: Dies in a fire truck explosion. (Death not seen)
  8. Every Litter Bit Hurts: Is impaled through the head with a flaming pine cone, then burns to death.

    It's amazing how this kills him instantly while most characters suffer when it happens to them.

  9. As You Wish!: Is impaled on the tip of Sniffles' rocket.
  10. Mime to Five: Is impaled by glass shards from a broken windshield.
  11. Aw, Shucks!: Is crushed by a giant piece of popcorn. (Death not seen)
  12. Wrath of Con: Dies when the Comic Con Center collapses on him. (Death not seen)
  13. See You Later, Elevator: Is burned to death or dies from the explosion in the building.
  14. Cubtron Z: Is crushed when Cubtron sits on him. (Death not seen)
  15. A Vicious Cycle: Is electrocuted by a power switch and decapitated.

    Pop goes the Pop.

  16. Spare Tire: Is vaporized by an explosion.
  17. Going Out With a Bang: Is crushed by Cub's baby leash when it is tied around his body.

Debatable Deaths

  1. Wingin' It: Is sucked out of a plane along with Cub.
  2. Chore Loser: Is killed by a dog.
  3. Breaking Wind: Is killed either by Splendid's gas, or by Petunia setting the world on fire.


  1. Overkill DVD box set: Is killed by Flippy's bomb. (Death not seen)
  2. Freshly popped Pop popcorn. Say that three times fast.

    Hop on Pop June 2009 Calendar: Is impaled in the stomach by some scissors Cub was holding. (Death not seen)
  3. Bar-B-Qued Ribs August 2007 Calendar: Is killed when the barbecue he was lighting explodes.
  4. Un-named Wallpaper: Is killed when Flippy's dynamite explodes. (Death not seen)
  5. Dumb Ways To Die (Music video): Same as Pop's BBQ Smoochie Light option; however, the charcoal killing him is cut, since it's assumed that the grill explosion killed him.

Pop with a kebab in his eye.

Seen in Comics

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

Seen in Arcade Games

  1. Ice Slide: Is flattened by Cro-Marmot.
  2. Dumb Ways to Die (Arcade game): Same as in the music video.
  3. Fire Escape: Falls to his death.


Seen on Computer and TV

  1. Havin' a Ball: Is hit by numerous cars while trying to cross the road.
  2. Class Act: Is burned by a schoolhouse fire.
  3. And the Kitchen Sink:
    1. Walks through a cactus patch.
    2. Falls down a waterfall and vomits.
  4. Doggone It: Is attacked by Whistle.
  5. Easy For You to Sleigh: Breathes in some smoke and coughs.
  6. Mime to Five: Has his eardrums burst by audio feedback. His eyes also start to bleed from the noise.
  7. A Vicious Cycle: Breaks an arm and a leg while falling down a flight of stairs.

Number of Kills

Character Number of Times Killed Episodes
Cuddles 3 And the Kitchen Sink
A Hole Lotta Love (Along with Sniffles)
See You Later, Elevator
Giggles 2 And the Kitchen Sink
See You Later, Elevator
Toothy 3 And the Kitchen Sink
See You Later, Elevator
Spare Tire (Along with Lumpy and The Mole)
Lumpy 3 Every Litter Bit Hurts
A Hole Lotta Love
Spare Tire (Along with The Mole)
Petunia 1 A Hole Lotta Love (Along with Sniffles)
Handy 3 A Hole Lotta Love (Along with Sniffles)
See You Later, Elevator
A Handy Nanny
Sniffles 2 A Hole Lotta Love
See You Later, Elevator
Cub 16 Chip Off the Ol' Block
Snip Snip Hooray!
Water Way to Go
And the Kitchen Sink (Debatable)
Doggone It (Debatable)
Sea What I Found (Along with Disco Bear)
Easy For You to Sleigh
Who's to Flame? (Along with Petunia and Sniffles)
Gems the Breaks (Along with Splendid)
A Hole Lotta Love (Debatable)
Easy Comb, Easy Go
Read 'em and Weep
See You Later, Elevator
Clause For Concern
Bottled Up Inside (Along with Russell)
Cubtron Z (Along with Lumpy)
Flaky 1 And the Kitchen Sink
The Mole 2 A Hole Lotta Love (Along with Sniffles)
Spare Tire (Along with Lumpy)
Lifty 1 And the Kitchen Sink
Shifty 1 And the Kitchen Sink
Mime 1 A Hole Lotta Love
Russell 1 Bottled Up Inside (along with Cub)
Lammy 1 Spare Tire (Along with Lumpy and The Mole)
Generic Tree Friends 2+ 2 in Class Act
Numerous in See You Later, Elevator
Other 113+ 113+ birds in Read 'em and Weep

A rare example of Pop killing a character without also killing Cub in the same episode.



  1. April Showers 2005 Wallpaper: Impales Cub with his umbrella.
  2. Overkill DVD box set: Steps on Cub's body.
  3. Bar-B-Qued Ribs August 2007 Calendar: Burns Petunia to a skeleton when a barbecue explodes as he lights it.
  4. Cub's Christmas Smoochie Gift 2: Throws multiple hula hoops to Cub and slicing him to pieces.

Episodes Survived by Season

Season/Total Number of Appearences Deaths Survived Survival Rate
1 2 1 1 50%
2 7 3 4 57.14%
TV Series 19 7 12 63.16%
3 10 3 8 80%
4 3 2 1 33.33%
5 2 1 1 50%
HTF Break 4 1 3 75%
Other 2 1 1 50%
Total 49 18 32 65.3%

Survival Rate

  • Internet series: 62.5%
  • Breaks: 75%
  • TV series: 63.16%
  • Total Rate: 65.3%

See also