General Trivia

  • Russell is the first character to have a bonus episode in the DVD First Blood.
    • He was seen only as a black silhouette with a big white question mark on the back of the First Blood DVD case.
  • Russell can be seen without his hat on in Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Get Whale Soon, Sea What I Found, Snow Place to Go, Something Fishy, and Bottled Up Inside.
  • Russell appears in the most episodes without trees.
  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Bottled Up Inside, and Put Your Back Into It are the only regular episodes where Russell appears without Lumpy.
  • It's been hinted in the episode In a Jam that Russell lost his eye and wears the eye patch over it (which is the reason Cuddles got his part in the band). However, in Sea of Love, when an angler fish rips Russell's face off, Russell's right eye socket is shown to be empty.
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    Russell with an empty eye socket.

  • Russell is the thirteenth character to come back to life after dying, as he died in Whose Line Is It Anyway? and appeared later in Off the Hook.
  • Despite being in a show where anything can cause death and destruction, Russell's hook has never killed or injured another character. In fact the most damage it's ever done is leave slashes in a whale's stomach.
  • In Off the Hook and Sea of Love Russell does not need an underwater suit for oxygen, but in Sea What I Found he wears a suit while searching for treasure. This could be because in Sea of Love and Off the Hook he was only underwater for about a minute while in Sea What I Found he was underwater longer, possibly indicating he only has short-term breathing abilities underwater or that he was in a deep area with a lot of pressure. Lifty and Shifty survived the area fine, however.
  • His name may come from the word "mussel", as he was seen eating and catching some in Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
  • He has an iPhone, as is seen in YouTube Copyright School. The size bears most resemblance to the Fourth generation with a iOS 6 style menu.
  • In season 3, his alliterate sentence is: Row, row your boat down a running river!
  • Russell was originally going to be the stuntman in Brake the Cycle, but Lumpy took his place since they needed someone with two legs and hands.
  • If Russell is chosen in the Vision-O-Rama feature in the Third Strike DVD, the movie theater's screen will show a "half" Spin Fun Knowin' Ya (the right section of the screen is covered, representing Russell wearing an eyepatch on his right eye).
  • The first (and so far only) time he plays an antagonistic role is in YouTube Copyright School, where he commits crimes of copyright infringement.
  • In YouTube Copyright School, he has 70 videos.
  • Russell appears as a boss in Deadeye Derby, in the level "Rabid Rapids".
  • He is the only character who has yet interacted with Petunia.


  • Russell's hook and eye patch often change places between and within episodes. As with Lumpy's antlers and Nutty's eyes, this is probably the result of the animators mirroring him when he turns around, instead of making new models with his hook and patch in the right places.
  • Russell is sometimes mistaken as a cat due to his whiskers and love of fish.
  • Russell originally had a five o' clock shadow on the bottom of his face. However, it was removed when he debuted in Season 2.

    Russell with his season 1 beard.

    • Russell was originally going to have a bushy beard but it was removed when animating the episode Whose Line Is It Anyway? because the beard made it hard to notice the blowfish in Russell's throat.
  • Russell's tail is flat and beaver-like. In reality, sea otters have only slightly flattened tails.

Episode Statistics

Kills and Deaths


  • If one counts Double Whammy as a finale (since it's a two parter) Flaky and Russell would be the only characters to survive both the first and last episodes of the TV series.
  • He is one of the three characters to do something religious in the show, as he is seen praying for his life in Snow Place to Go. The others are The Ants, who are also seen praying, and Lumpy, who is a priest in Read 'em and Weep.
  • He, The Mole and Splendid are the only main characters to have had their official name change during the show (in Russell's case from 'Russell The Pirate' in Whose Line Is It Anyway? to 'Russell' in Off the Hook)
  • Russell wears a hat, along with Shifty, Pop, Handy, Flippy, and Cub.
  • Russell, Petunia, and Rudy are the only Happy Tree Friends with realistic human names.
  • Russell's eyepatch and hook tend to switch positions; much like Lumpy's antlers, Lammy's bow, Nutty's eye and candy, Flippy's beret, The Mole's mole, Handy's tools, Sniffles' pocket protector, and Cub's diaper pin.
  • He is one of the two main characters (along with Lammy) that isn't a tree or forest animal. He is a sea animal.
  • Russell is one of the few characters to eat/drink the remains of themselves or another character, the others are Cuddles (thrice), Giggles (four times, one time offscreen), Toothy, Lumpy (twice, one time offscreen), Petunia, Nutty (twice, one time offscreen), Pop (Offscreen), Cub, (twice, one time offscreen), Flaky (twice, one time offscreen), The Mole (Offscreen), and both sides of Flippy (thrice).
  • Russell, Lumpy, Handy, Mr. Pickels, and Flaky are the only characters without visible ears. In Something Fishy, when Russell's hat is removed, his ears still cannot be seen.
  • Russell, Mime, and Cro-Marmot are the only characters without secret information in the "Collect Them All" section.
  • Russell, Sniffles, and Nutty are the only characters to debut in a solo episode.
  • Just like Lumpy, Russell is often killed by animals. Coincidentally, the animals that kill Russell are water creatures while the animals that kill Lumpy are usually land animals. The only animal that has killed both Russell and Lumpy in the same episode are ducks, which are semi-aquatic.
  • He's one of the five characters who never appear in all three segments of a TV series episode, the other four being SplendidHandyDisco Bear, and Nutty.
  • Russell is one of the eight characters wearing clothes. The others are Mime, Disco Bear, Flippy, The Mole, Lammy, Pop and Lumpy.
  • He is one of the three main characters without good vision, the others being The Mole and Sniffles.
  • He is one of the three characters who wear footwear. The other characters are Disco Bear and Cuddles.
  • He is one of three characters to have permanently missing hand/hands, the other two being Handy and Tiger General.


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