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Everything's Worse with Bears...except when it isn't. Perhaps it's because of the proliferation of the teddy bear as a child's toy, but bears are often portrayed as Boisterous Bruisers or sometimes just Big Fun, and aren't really looking to eat people so much as just looking to eat. (Truth in Television; most bears are omnivorous and will gladly eat nuts and berries; also, while grizzlies are aggressive, their favorite food is salmon.) Seems most common in Western Animation, although circus bears are common in Real Life.

Note that while the majority of these have bears being used for comedic purposes, non-comedic examples of bears being lovable should work for the trope as well.

Examples of Beary Funny include:


Anime and Manga

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Comic Books

  • In the French graphic novel Pyrenee the Wild Child title character is a girl raised by a bear in the mountains. The bear is mostly seen as a big furry dope, but there's one scene where they get into a serious argument and he only just manages to hold back from killing her.

Film (Animation)

  • Baloo in The Jungle Book epitomizes the "lovable lug" archetype for bears. Baloo was also friends with Mowgli in the original Kipling story, but his Disney version is probably the most well-known.
  • Little John in Disney's Robin Hood, practically an Expy of Baloo.
  • Boog the bear from Open Season.
  • In another example of bears being nice, the movie Brother Bear begins with Kenai discovering that his spirit animal is "the Bear of Love". And then he tries to prove his toughness by slaying a bear and gets turned into one as a result, and discovers that bears are pretty nice.
  • Bongo the Bear from the first segment of Fun and Fancy Free.
  • Cubby from Peter Pan, who wears a bear suit as clothing.
  • Brer Bear from Song of the South. He's a villain, but a harmless and humorous one.
  • Muk and Luk the polar bear twins from Balto.
  • Zozi from Bartok the Magnificent.
  • Brave hasd Merida's mother Queen Elinor and her three younger brothers turned into bears, due to Merida making a careless wish that backfires on them. The tiny princes/cubs fit in this trope perfectly, though Elinor's situation is treated more seriously as she begins to lose her human mind....

Film (Live Action)

Literature

Live Action TV

Newspaper Comics

  • The Far Side depicted bears sympathetically, even (or especially) when they go after humans.

Puppet Shows

Real Life

Theme Parks

Video Games

Webcomics

  • Sore Losers has a blue midget bear named Coleman as its Animal Mascot. While Coleman still can be vicious, he's also a constant source of comic relief, talks in half-growls, and is small enough to pass for a teddy bear when standing still.
  • When some bar-bear-ian Were-bears turned up in Exiern they unleashed a Hurricane of Puns, utterly un-bear-able in the watching crowd.

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Western Animation

  • Baloo again in Tale Spin, as well as Rebecca, Molly, and Kit.
  • Yogi Bear, Boo Boo, and Cindy Bear.
  • The Care Bears, although these probably fall squarely into the "actual teddy bears" category.
  • The Gummi Bears, who also might qualify--although, as they had a wide variety of personalities and everyone was a bear, maybe not as much so.
  • In the Teen Titans episode "Bunny Raven, or How to Make a Titanimal Disappear", Cyborg gets turned into a dancing bear, in a tutu. Due to the magical properties of the realm they were trapped in, every time he removed the tutu, a new one winked into existence to replace it, resulting in a giant pile of discarded tutus.
  • The unnamed bear that appears very often in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
  • Humphrey Bear from the Classic Disney Shorts.
  • Bear from Word World.
  • Tim, Arianna, and their son from The Cleveland Show.
  • The Little Flying Bears.
  • Julie Bruin from Tiny Toon Adventures.
  • In The Simpsons, Homer Simpson thinks the ballet is a bear wearing a fez and riding around a tiny car.
  • Rupert Bear
  • ThunderCats (2011) has Cute Machines the Ro-Bear Berbils, helpful, rainbow-hued robotic teddy bears who love to build and repair things.
  • The Hair Bear Bunch.
  • Breezly Bruin, a Hanna-Barbera character from 1964 who always tried to get into an arctic army base.
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