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Happy Walter Higgenbottom[1] is Bessie's pet dog[2] and best friend. Bessie adopts him in the show's first episode ("So Happy Together"),[3] having found him at a nearby wharf. Although Happy was not a fan of being a member of the Higgenbottoms at first, he grew to love his new family.

Happy is anthropomorphic, able to walk on his hind legs, drive a car and interacts frequently with the human characters; however, he can only speak through barks that are understood by the characters within the show.

He frequently goes on adventures with Bessie. When not doing that, Happy is usually seen resting on a tiny bed in the kitchen. He is voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.[4]

Appearance

Happy is a sky blue dog (changed to a dark blue hue in season 2) with light blue spots, a red collar, and a round purplish nose. He has yellow sclera with black pupils (his eye color is shown to be green in closeups for "Portrait of a Happy"), in addition to black ears (one of which is torn).[5]

His tongue is pale pink (changed to a lavender pink hue in season 2) when he extends it. Being a dog, he typically does not wear clothes aside from his collar, but he will on special occasions.

Personality

Happy is often portrayed as egotistical and self-serving, but his guilty conscience reveals his true colors: as a loyal and lovable dog. An example of this is in the show's pilot episode, "So Happy Together," wherein Happy abandons Bessie at the dog show, but returns after feeling remorseful.

Very crafty and sly, Happy often has a few tricks up his sleeve, helping out Bessie (whether willingly or reluctantly) when she finds herself in serious trouble.[6] He is shown to enjoy gambling at a private casino reserved for dogs ("Night Howl"), and is shown practicing meditation and tai chi in "O Say Can Bess See."

He can be vengeful, such as trading Bessie's glasses in so he could get a large dog bone Bessie refused to buy for him ("Blindsided"). However, Happy ultimately does the right thing in the end, sacrificing his bone so a blind Bessie wouldn't be hit by a bus.

Happy speaks, however he is only usually understood by the characters within the series and not the viewing audience. His lip movements and closed captioning interpret what he's saying.

Character background

Happy as a puppy

Happy as a puppy.

Happy was separated from his mother (notable for having a heart-shaped birthmark) when he was a puppy, as revealed in "Li'l Orphan Happy"; how this came to be is not touched upon, but for this reason Happy associates Mother's Day with their separation and consequently does not like the holiday. For much of season 1, Happy's background is very rarely brought up, though Bessie states in "Ten Little Honeybees" she was aware "he had a past" when interrogating him during the party.

More of his past is revealed in the second season: he was originally a secret agent (known as Agent Stray) for the attack dog organization known as Seriously Hardcore Attack Dogs Operating Worldwide, known by the acronym "S.H.A.D.O.W." His owner at this time was the founder of S.H.A.D.O.W., K.G. Bianca. He learned twelve languages and bit multiple humans while a member, being considered the best in his field.

Happy as a secret agent

Happy as a secret agent.

However, on his last assignment, Happy was given orders to bite his future owner Bessie (the two had not met each other at this time) as a warning to the Honeybees from the Nougat Lobby because Bessie’s sales crushed the nougat sales. However, Happy is against biting women and children, and so he concocted a way to fake his own death. To make the theatrics seem more realistic, he ripped some of his right ear off, explaining how his ear became torn.

Happy as a stray

Happy meeting Ben and Bessie for the first time.

Thereafter, he decides to live the life of a stray. Until, of course, Bessie, coincidentally the very girl who he had once been assigned to bite, finds him at the wharf and takes him to her house for a dog show in order to get the Animal Appreciation badge. Happy doesn't seem so happy with that idea and even leaves once at the show. However, when leaving, he begins to feel sorry for Bessie and decides to come back just in time. Thus, Happy became Bessie's pet dog and best friend. 

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Bessie Higgenbottom

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Happy is Bessie's pet and best friend in the whole world. Bessie often calls Happy his "senior adviser". They often go on several adventures together, whether that be at the Hive, the Recreation Center or downtown San Francisco. There are times when the two argue and separate, but they always make up.

Ben Higgenbottom

Ben and Happy hug

A rare sight: Ben and Happy hugging each other.

Happy and Ben have an adversarial relationship, often fighting for Bessie's attention. They also occasionally snipe at each other, such as Ben calling him simply "dog." However, they will work together if it means helping Bessie out. The two become closer than imagined in "Hen and Bappy" after switching bodies.

Hilary Higgenbottom

Hilary embracing Happy

Hilary comforting Happy.

Interaction between Happy and Hilary is not often seen. Hilary shows annoyance towards him whenever he eats food meant for her customers at the cafe. However, Hilary states in "Li'l Orphan Happy" that she views him as a member of the family, showing she loves him just as much as the kids.

Rose

A dog in the episode, "Lil' Orphan Happy", who claimed to be Happy's mom but was lying just to live in Bessie's house.

Roxxy

In "C'mon, Get Happy!", K.G. Bianca sent a girl dog named Roxxy to lure Happy to her plane. Happy was madly in love with Roxxy even to the point of moving out of the house to be with her. However, he found out that K.G. Bianca was using Roxxy to lure him back to her. Bessie then saves Happy and haves a quicky "friendship ceremony" at Las Vegas.

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Trivia

  • Happy's breed is uncertain; he is referred to as a "mutt" both within the series and in articles about the show.[7]
  • His exact age is never stated in the series, though in "Awww-esome" Bessie says "my poor middle aged dog."
  • A press release for the show claims Happy "has the biggest appetite in San Francisco."[8]
  • Happy has at least two tattoos: one on his left shoulder, a heart (possibly a tribute to his mother) and another on his butt, for a girl named "Jessica."
  • Has his own "secret serenity garden," as shown in "O Say Can Bess See." The same episode shows he knows how to play the flute.
  • "Artificial Unintelligence" reveals Happy can draw well.
  • Is talented at twisting balloons into animals and other shapes, a trait revealed in "Super Secret Weakness" and shown again in "The Bone Identity."
  • He serves as editor-in-chief of The Hive Herald and has won a "Poochlitzer Prize," per "Woodward and Beesting."
  • Happy seems to suffer from back problems, as Bessie mentions him having low back pain in "Little Womyn" and Ben criticizes Happy for whining about his herniated disc in "Hat Trick." Per "O Say Can Bess See," he owns a back and lumbar massager.
  • Maintains a subscription to Bacon of the Month Club ("Hive Jacked").
  • Happy is the second animal secret agent Dee Bradley Baker has voiced; he concurrently provided secret agent Perry the Platypus' voice in Phineas and Ferb.
  • He was named after a pet co-creator Cynthia True had in the past.[9]

References

  1. Revealed in "Li'l Orphan Happy"
  2. Terrace, Vincent (January 10, 2014). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010. Page 688. McFarland & Company. Second edition. International standard book number 9780786486410.
  3. Lowry, Brian (April 23, 2008). The Mighty B!. Variety. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. Ball, Ryan (September 18, 2008). Mighty B! will Buzz Again. Animation Magazine. Retrieved May 3, 2020.
  5. Hinckley, David (April 23, 2008). New Poehler expedition: 'Mighty B' is a real honey. New York Daily News. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  6. Moody, Annemarie (September 17, 2008). Nickelodeon Picks Up Two New Series, Renews Mighty B. Animation World Network. Retrieved May 6, 2020.
  7. Stewart, Susan (April 25, 2008). Animated Look at the Virtue of Keeping on Keeping On. The New York Times. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  8. PR Newswire (April 8, 2008). Bee Prepared To Catch the Buzz When The Mighty B! Flies to Nickelodeon Saturday, April 26, at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT). Business Insider. Retrieved May 22, 2020.
  9. Liu, Ed (April 21, 2008). NYCC 2008: Bouncing Off the Walls at "The Mighty B!" Panel. Anime Super Hero. Retrieved May 23, 2019. Quote: "Happy, on the other hand, is a rescue dog (named after a pet True had when she was younger)..."

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The Mighty B! Characters
Main Bessie HiggenbottomBenjamin HiggenbottomFingerGwen WuHappy HiggenbottomPenny LefkowitzPortia Gibbons
Secondary Hilary HiggenbottomThe HippieMary Frances GibbonsMr. WuRocky Rhodes
Minor Anton St. GermainChai GallagherChelsea GibbonsChester TurtletonDoctor/VetDonaldFritzIntegritone 2HalK.G. BiancaLola MillersonMillie MillersonMiriam BreedloveMr. LefkowitzMr. PantsRainbowRichard and Dick GibbonsRonnieTate
One-shots BugChelsea's FriendsDanielEmilyFinguereHarris DayeIntegritone 1MaudeMonaMorly RooberMr GriffMurdockNorman MorrisonPrecious GibbonsRoxxySissy Sullivan
Groups Honeybee ScoutsThe BeaversThe DragonfliesGwen's BrothersThe IntegritonesThe Pretty Pretty PrincessesSugar Boys
Background Honeybees Jean ParklandsMarie G. MalarkeyMolly O'ConnellNisaSatha ThomasTigerlily Roberts
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