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Irresponsible Dad
Irresponsible Dad.svg
SizeMedium (Primary);

Small (Secondary Character)

Included in Happy Wheels since version1.0

Irresponsible Dad (or Jim in Happy Wheels: The Series) is the third character addition to Happy Wheels, and the most popular character in the game. As the name suggests, he is an irresponsible father who allows his son to be taken into the dangerous world of Happy Wheels. Irresponsible Dad was the first Multi Playable Character added to the game, and the only one added in the original release. He wears a white helmet, similar to Segway Guy's, Pogostick Man's and Irresponsible Mom's, a turquoise collared shirt, a black belt, khaki shorts, black converse shoes, and white socks. His son, officially named Irresponsible Son (or Cody in Happy Wheels: The Series), is the third-smallest character in Happy Wheels, the second-smallest being Irresponsible Mom's daughter, and the smallest being Irresponsible Mom's baby. He has brown hair and he wears an orange t-shirt, green shorts and red converse shoes with white socks. Both characters are controlled at the same time.

Default Controls

Before Ejection
  • Up - Accelerate
  • Down - Reverse
  • Left - Lean backwards
  • Right - Lean forwards
  • Z - Eject both Dad and son
  • Shift - Eject Dad
  • Ctrl - Eject Son
  • Space - Brakes
  • C - Change camera view between dad and son
After Ejection
  • Up - Straighten arms and legs
  • Down - Curl into a ball
  • Left - Push all joints backwards excluding head
  • Right - Straighten legs and press arms forwards
  • Space - Grab

Mobile Version

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- Accelerate

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- Reverse

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- Lean backwards

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- Lean forwards

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- Eject

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- Pause game

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- Brake


  • There is a common glitch involving the death of Irresponsible Son, whereupon multiple red converse shoes will fall off instead of only two. Jim Bonacci explained this in the 'ABOUT' section as having "forgot[ten] to make the graphics for his footless shins".
  • After manually rotating left, Irresponsible Dad's arms will begin to twitch and jolt. This will often cause his arms to spontaneously break off. This is due to Irresponsible Dad pulling the handlebars too hard. By manually rotating right, his arms will stop twitching without breaking.
  • A notable glitch is that Irresponsible Dad sometimes randomly rips in half, normally when already quite injured.
  • If Irresponsible Dad's bike is upside-down and the character is driven backwards, his legs will tread very fast and most likely break.
  • If Irresponsible Son is no longer attached to the bike and one holds down and right, the bike gets out of control, much like after flying with Wheelchair Guy.
  • In the Level Editor, the crankset will not be shown on the bike. It is shown, however, in the mobile level editor.
  • In the Demo Version of Happy Wheels, Irresponsible Dad and his son do not seem to have a pelvis, but their NPC does, similar to Segway Guy.
  • When Irresponsible Son's leg is stuck on Irresponsible Dad, the latter will start twitching. He will stop twitching once the leg is off of him.
  • Whenever Irresponsible Dad runs into an object at high speeds, one of his knees will bend backwards as he keeps going. This may result in his leg breaking in half.
  • When going at high speeds on a loop, the child's seat may "fall behind" the back wheel, but will not actually detach.
  • Irresponsible Dad can ride his bike without any limbs attached to him.
  • Irresponsible Dad is known for his exploitable maneuverability to 'fly' if enough skill is used. This can be achieved by holding the up arrow key while rapidly tapping the left and right arrow keys in succession. Leaning forwards while doing this allows the maneuver to be executed much better.
  • Sometimes, if a blade weapon is stuck in Irresponsible Dad's stomach, his body will become curved.
  • If Irresponsible Dad backs into a fixed polygon or shape with his son still in his seat on the bike, his son will lodge right between Irresponsible Dad's stomach.
  • If you eject Irresponsible Son after winning a level and holding an arrow key, Irresponsible Son would stay in that certain pose.


  • It used to be the case that if a certain level was reset while the character's limb is severed and the tendon is showing, it would remain in the same spot following the reset. In this state it could not be interacted with. This appears to have been fixed.
  • Another apparently fixed glitch was that if Irresponsible Son was injured/killed and the level is restarted, he would scream, moan, or make gagging noises. Again, this seems to have since been fixed.
  • Sometimes, upon hitting a object, or even just doing nothing, his head will pop off. It will remain attached to his body by the spinal cord. This seems to have been fixed.


  • Irresponsible Dad is a popular choice for a forced character. He is the most-forced character, right next to Segway Guy, Pogostick Man, and Wheelchair Guy. This is most likely because he is easy to control and has good movement.
  • When he pedals forward and keeps leaning left, this will cause him to be thrice his normal speed. However, this will only cause him to pedal too fast and fall off the board (if the Level creator/Level has a gap between 2 platforms). This will also cause him and his son to lose limbs. Irresponsible Dad will also die eventually if he loses his limbs and keeps doing the same "flips" over and over again.
  • As he appears on the Happy Wheels Shirts, Irresponsible Dad is thought by many to be the game's mascot, even though this place has likely already been taken by Wheelchair Guy and Effective Shopper.
  • He is noted to be almost twice his normal speed when he is on the bike's front wheel. This is due to the back wheel pushing weight forward. Because of the speed given by the front wheel, Irresponsible Dad is subject to a great risk of either ripping in half, bursting his head open, or his body losing structural integrity, especially when encountering a boost while doing the move.
  • Irresponsible Dad says "Damn it!" if his son is killed (voice 14). He also screams "Oh, God!" if he gets ripped in half (voice 12).
    • The son does not produce any sound effects upon the death of the dad.
  • The dad seems to wear a helmet on his head while his son doesn't; this could be an indicator of why he is called "irresponsible".
  • When Irresponsible Dad's arms break off then he comes off with something large (i.e log or any block), he would slide off,making him more immune to fall accidents.
  • His son is believed to have made a cameo appearance in Divine Intervention as the little demon boy with the helmet on, although Jim has not confirmed this. Also, in Divine Intervention, he is wearing blue shorts, not green shorts like in Happy Wheels.
  • He was the first Multi Playable Character added to the game (the only one until v1.19 and and in the demo), the second being Moped Couple, the third being Santa Claus, and the fourth being Irresponsible Mom.
  • His son's seat looks as though it is only attached to the back wheel.
  • Irresponsible Dad, along with the Moped Couple and Irresponsible Mom, are the only characters with known relatives.
  • The only noise that his son makes that is different to every other character (except Santa Claus) is that when his pelvis is crushed, he retches. This also applies to Irresponsible Mom’s baby since he shares the same sounds.
  • Jim once mentioned giving Irresponsible Dad a jump feature similar to Effective Shopper but he never did so. This is most likely because that would clone Effective Shopper, since she has a similar leaning strength and a jump feature.
  • Before its deletion from the Level Editor, Irresponsible Dad's character model was used as a placeholder for the Akira Bike driver.
  • Irresponsible Dad is the second character with headgear, the first being Segway Guy, the third being Explorer Guy, the fourth being Santa Claus, the fifth being Pogostick Man and Irresponsible Mom, and the last being Helicopter Man.
  • The voice of Irresponsible Son is Segway Guy's voice sped up, but not all of the voices are from that character. However, in the mobile version, all of Irresponsible Son's voice clips are Segway Guy's voice sped up.
  • The character can sometimes break thick glass at strength of 10 in just a tap with the front wheel.
  • As with other Multi Playable Characters, only the primary character (in this case, Irresponsible Dad) can win via the Finish Line, though both characters can collect tokens.
  • His son is weak enough that being blown by a fan can break his body parts/limbs.
  • In 2007, Jim answered a soon-deleted forum article entitled "Is Irresponsible Dad french?" with "Yes."
  • Jim was once asked in the forum if the character was gay, to which he replied "I dunno, he doesn't even have a penis."
  • When the son tries to flip himself over while on his back by pulling himself, his arms break.
  • Irresponsible Dad is the most-forced character for obstacle course levels.
  • The bike only has front-wheel brakes, so braking while doing a back wheelie has no effect.
  • Bumpy terrain occasionally causes Irresponsible Son's chair to be knocked off.
  • The character is often used in slam-dunk levels in which the son is dunked.
  • Irresponsible Dad was the first character to have more than the standard thirteen voice clips; he has fourteen.
  • When going at high speeds on a loop, the child's seat may lag behind the back wheel, but will not actually detach from it.
  • Some assume he is the husband of Irresponsible Mom, although Jim has not made any statements about any primary characters being related to each other in any way (other than the Irresponsible characters and their children and the Moped Couple).
  • Irresponsible Dad is forced in the second-most amount of featured levels in the game (31), the first being Segway Guy.
  • The son is the second character to not eject when his head comes off or gets destroyed, the first being Wheelchair Guy.
  • Irresponsible Dad is incapable of colliding with the back wheel while he's still riding it. Even if he is leaning on it, his head and body will just go through it.
  • Similar to the trivia above, when he's still riding his bike, Irresponsible Dad's upper leg when the lower leg comes off will still remain non-collidable. This means that no object will be able to touch the upper leg, not even the ground.
  • There are no pedals on the bike.
  • Irresponsible Dad has an unused voice clip where he says "GOD DAMN IT".
  • In the mobile version, Irresponsible Dad has an unused voice clip where he says "Oops" as an alternative to "Damn it".
  • Irresponsible Son's seat is indestructible.
  • He is the first character not named after the vehicle he drives, the second being Effective Shopper, the third being Explorer Guy, the fourth being Santa Claus, and the last being Irresponsible Mom.
  • Many users give the son custom names like "Timmy," "Billy," etc. However, his real name is "Irresponsible Son," according to list of sounds in the trigger tool.
  • In the mobile version, there is no button so that only one character ejects from the bicycle, nor is there a button that changes the camera view between the son and dad.
  • As of version 1.0.6 in the mobile version, Irresponsible Son is indestructible. He can sustain injuries, but they are not visible and he can’t scream in pain. This is because the App Store did not like how this young child had to go through violence, so Fancy Force had to change this.
  • Many people believe the Irresponsible Son's real name is Cody, according to the Happy Wheels Series where he is called that many times.
  • It is impossible to detach the son from the seat automatically without either killing him or pressing Ctrl. However, in the mobile version it is impossible to detach the son from the seat automatically since he can no longer be killed.
  • When enabling the hide vehicle option in the app and testing the level, Irresponsible Son will still be present, rather than disappearing. The same happens for Moped Couple.
  • Despite the fact that in the mobile version, the son can not be injured in any way, Irresponsible Dad will still say “Damn it!” when he “dies.” The son will also fall out of the seat as if he has died.