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    "Don't let your kids watch it!" - Robbie Rotten

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    "Meet Pop, one of the worst fathers on Earth."
    Gender: Male
    Type: Neglectful Dimwitted Father
    Species: Bear
    Portrayed by: Aubrey Ankrum
    Status: Alive
    Media of origin: Happy Tree Friends
    First appearance: Havin' A Ball

    Pop is a character from the webseries Happy Tree Friends. He serves as a father to his son Cub. He is a bear father who is usually clueless and wears bathrobes and smokes a pipe. For the most part, his son dies from his neglectful actions. He is voiced by Aubrey Ankrum.

    Why He's Not the Greatest Father of Cub

    1. The biggest problem with Pop is that he is a very bad father, since he usually pays no attention to his son, Cub, leading to the latter getting killed by him or other characters. Even his actions would make even Stephen and Linda Stotch from South Park look like great parents by comparison.
    2. He lets his son do dangerous stuff, such as letting him play with things that aren't safe for children to play with, such as an electric razor can and bleach.
    3. In "Stealing the Spotlight", Cub had a nail stuck on his face that was hard to remove, and what does he do? He decides to push the nail in deeper, despite Cub's pain.
    4. In "And the Kitchen Sink", he breaks off Cub's leg bone when he is stuck in the sink.
    5. Like Lumpy and Splendid, he is very dumb and negligent, due to him doing a lot of stupid things and paying no attention to Cub's pain or other characters' sufferings that he has caused, often at times leading to their injuries or deaths.
    6. After Lumpy removes the demon from Cub on "Read 'em and Weep", he still thinks that the demon is inside Cub and smashes him with a shovel.
    7. He is also very stingy and cheap as well, like in "Read 'em and Weep" where he refuses to buy Cub an expensive children's book and buys a cheap cursed book that summons a demon.
    8. In "Easy For You to Sleigh", he disables the fire alarm instead of resetting it, which inevitably leads to his and Cub's death due to carbon monoxide poisoning when the smoke from the chimney that was previously blocked by Lifty and Shifty fills up the room.
    9. In "Bottled Up Inside", he stops in the middle of a crosswalk to pick up a coin, allowing Cub and much of the stroller to be hit by Russell's car, to which he remains completely oblivious.
    10. In "Chore Loser", he plays with a portable game system and remains completely oblivious that Cub is getting torn to pieces by a rabid angry dog outside.
    11. He usually acts like a nervous wreck most of the time, which gets annoying after a while in a moment that’s supposed to make the viewers feel bad for him.
    12. Pop can be impolite towards other characters, mostly because of impatience and sole care for Cub.
      • In "A Sucker for Love", when Nutty steals Cub's lollipop, instead of asking Nutty to politely to return the lollipop, he chooses to become aggressive against him and fight with him over the lollipop, which causes the lollipop to get flung and stuck to Cub’s face, which Pop tries to remove with so much force that it results in the skin on Cub’s face being ripped off.
      • In "A Hole Lotta Love", when he believed his son fell into the well and tried to get some help, he found Sniffles and instead of asking politely to help him find Cub, he grabs Sniffles by the chest demanding him to bring back his son, more worse, he fights over the controls with Sniffles on who gets to drive it. For the Mole, he angrily takes the Mole's pencil without asking, before he realized he is blind.
      • In "Mime to Five", when he is unable to hear what Mime is saying in the drive-thru speaker, he yells at the speaker impatiently demanding for food.
      • In "Something Fishy", when Sniffles, Mime, and Russell died, he actually cheered on the fact that they died, which is even more cruel, considering that the three aforementioned dead people are depicted as children. Regardless, cheering for someone else's death is very cruel and uncaring.
    13. He does not get any comeuppance for ignoring Cub or causing the deaths of others due to his negligence or unwise actions, and usually gets off without any trouble in the end, which makes him a big time Idiot Houdini.

    Redeeming Qualities

    1. There were at least some times where he notices Cub's pain and deaths and sympathizes for Cub.
    2. There are some people who root for Pop, since they know he usually kills Cub by accident.
    3. He was likable in the episode "Water Way to Go", whereupon noticing Cub's hat floating on the water in a beach, he panics and immediately goes out to find him. When he couldn't find Cub, he is distraught and calls out for Cub very loudly.
    4. Like most HTF characters, he has a cute design.
    5. Most of his kills on Cub are usually understandable since he's a single parent and doesn't have a wife to take care of Cub, and also because real male bears are terrible fathers.
    6. His stupidity can be funny at times.
    7. He does actually get along with some characters, like Lumpy and Disco Bear.
    8. Sometimes when he appears in an episode with Cub, he doesn't kill him in the episode, instead, another character does that.
    9. He did try to save Cub's life a few times like in "Doggone It", where he fights off Whistle.
    10. He does have his fair share of deaths like the rest of the cast.
    11. He was a better parent in "A Sucker for Love", where he gets in a fight with Nutty to retrieve the lollipop that Nutty had stolen from Cub.
      • Speaking of "A Sucker for Love", him becoming aggressive with Nutty in order to give the lollipop back to Cub could be justified since he (Nutty) stole the lollipop from his (Pop's) son.
    12. Aubrey Ankrum did a decent job voicing him.
    13. Because of him getting Pop killed usually by accident and him being a bad father, he is clearly made to be hated, thus making him a hate sink.


    • He has the second-highest number of kills in Happy Tree Friends, only to be beaten by Lumpy.


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