History Literature / TheBerenstainBears

26th Jul '17 12:59:25 PM fruitstripegum
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* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to the dog? An early book depicts them getting a pet dog who is never shown again. Granted, she appears in the 2003 cartoon a few times.



* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to the dog? An early book depicts them getting a pet dog who is never shown again. Granted, she appears in the 2003 cartoon a few times.
26th Jul '17 12:56:43 PM fruitstripegum
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* {{Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome}}: look at Brother in The New Baby. Kayaking, snorkeling, and all sorts of activities. The New School Year is post-Honey's birth (to the point where she's walking). Brother is in 3rd grade and Sister is in 1st. No way is Brother 2 in the first book, and no way is Sister 4 in the Bear Scout books.


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* SoapOperaRapidAgingSyndrome: look at Brother in The New Baby. Kayaking, snorkeling, and all sorts of activities. The New School Year is post-Honey's birth (to the point where she's walking). Brother is in 3rd grade and Sister is in 1st. No way is Brother 2 in the first book, and no way is Sister 4 in the Bear Scout books.
26th Jul '17 12:54:29 PM fruitstripegum
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* JerkassHasAPoint: In "Forget Their Manners", Papa (who has suffered most from Mama's "Politeness Plan") rightly brings up that you need to have common sense along with good manners ("If you let everybody cut in front of you at the checkout, you'll be in live forever."), and that sometimes you ''have'' to interrupt somebody. He perfectly demonstrates the latter by politely interrupting a customer at the supermarket to inform her that she has a leaking bottle in her shopping kart.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: In "Forget Their Manners", Papa (who has suffered most from Mama's "Politeness Plan") rightly brings up that you need to have common sense along with good manners ("If you let everybody cut in front of you at the checkout, you'll be in live line forever."), and that sometimes you ''have'' to interrupt somebody. He perfectly demonstrates the latter by politely interrupting a customer at the supermarket to inform her that she has a leaking bottle in her shopping kart.
26th Jul '17 12:53:27 PM fruitstripegum
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* InsufferableGenius: Ferdie Factual, in his debut episode, [[CharacterDevelopment at first]].



* InsufferableGenius: Ferdie Factual, in his debut episode, [[CharacterDevelopment at first]].
26th Jul '17 12:51:30 PM fruitstripegum
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* AbusiveParents: Tuffy's [[FreudianExcuse reason that she became a bully in The Bully.]]

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* AbusiveParents: Tuffy's [[FreudianExcuse reason that why she became a bully in The Bully.]]



* CompressedVice: The plot point of several books, among them: eating too much junk food, watching too much television, throwing tantrums, and forgetting their manners. It gets lampshaded in the Christmas book, where Sister feels guilty recalling some of these adventures while wondering if Santa Bear will label her as naughty.



* CompressedVice: The plot point of several books, among them: eating too much junk food, watching too much television, throwing tantrums, and forgetting their manners. It gets lampshaded in the Christmas book, where Sister feels guilty recalling some of these adventures while wondering if Santa Bear will label her as naughty.
14th Jul '17 7:27:31 PM JMQwilleran
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* SpoilerTitle: The Nelvana animated series has "Papa's Pizza" in which Brother and Sister [[spoiler:are throwing a party, but can't figure out what to serve for food because all of their friends have different likes and dislikes.]] Three guesses how the problem is solved, and the first two don't count.
12th Jul '17 4:20:53 PM MoPete
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* [[NotNowKiddo Not Now, Dear]]: In ''Too Much Pressure'', Papa tries to warn Mama that the spark plugs of the car need cleaning, but Mama, who's already been running herself ragged trying to keep up with the cubs' busy schedules, cuts Papa off and drives away. This later leads to the car breaking down on their busiest day yet.
12th Jul '17 4:15:32 PM MoPete
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* LoopholeAbuse: In one of the novels, a new principal establishes a school dress code, and the students hate ''both'' the new principal ''and'' the dress code. So they study the rules and on the very first day, decide to piss off the principal by doing ''just'' this, and intentionally declaring that they are not breaking any rules. "The rules say there are no ''blue'' jeans allowed...Mine are ''green''", and "It says no ''Superman'' capes...this is a ''batman'' cape." This prompts the principal to blow his top and put in an ObviousRulePatch mid-day.

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* LoopholeAbuse: In one of the novels, a new the former vice principal becomes acting principal and establishes a school dress code, and the students hate ''both'' the new principal ''and'' the dress code. So they study the rules and on the very first day, decide to piss off the acting principal by doing ''just'' this, and intentionally declaring that they are not breaking any rules. "The rules say there are no ''blue'' jeans with holes allowed...Mine are ''green''", "I didn't cut these shorts, I ''ripped'' them" and "It says no ''Superman'' capes...this is "It's not a ''batman'' cape.Batbear Cape, it's a Superbear Cape." This prompts the acting principal to blow his top and put in an ObviousRulePatch mid-day.


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* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mr. Honeybear, the principal of the school Brother and Sister attend, is much more reasonable than his vice principal, "Bullhorn" Grizzmeyer.
12th Jul '17 1:08:58 PM MoPete
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* ScoobyDooHoax:
** In ''The Ghost from the Forest'', Papa Bear, Scout Leader Jane, and Mama Bear set these up. Subverted in that none of them had malicious intent; it was just a prank by Papa Bear to scare the cubs during a camping trip, and by Scout Leader Jane and Mama Bear to get back at Papa Bear.
** In ''The Galloping Ghost'', the Bogg Brothers, a family of criminal brothers, pull one of these at Ms. Mamie's Horseriding Academy by sabotaging the place in a bid to get it shut down so Ms. Mamie can't make her mortgage payment. When Brother Bear, Sister Bear, and their friends form a group to raise money for Ms. Mamie, one of the Bogg Brothers dresses up as the ghost of Billy Beechtree in a last ditch effort to scare them away, but he and his brothers get caught. The ending reveals that they were hired by a real estate development company so they could take over the academy, tear it down, and build a shopping mall.
11th Jul '17 5:13:37 PM JMQwilleran
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* ExactWords: In the 2003 animated series story "The Female Fullback," Betsy never told Brother, Freddy and Too Tall's football team that she would play in their big game, only that she would ''help'' them. And though they didn't realize it at the time, she did, by putting them variously through regimens of basketball, track and ballet, which provided them with needed skills for their football game.
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