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22nd Jun '18 8:55:34 PM Theriocephalus
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* ''TabeltopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'':

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* In the Southern Vashnar mountains in ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}'', there is a point where the traveller must decide between going south or southwest. Southwest is a safe path leading to the city of Cyrene. There is a small and easy to miss sign at the fork in the path, which reads, "CAUTION: bears south". They're ''not'' friendly.
** Speaking of Iron Realms, there's a whole ''race'' of humanoid bears in ''{{VideoGame/Lusternia}}'', called the Tae'dae. Though usually Franchise/WinnieThePooh-esque GentleGiant's, they're about eight feet tall and have the highest potential natural strength in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', players can hunt bears for food (the villagers sent to the process will get quite injured, though)... and [[SillinessSwitch use a cheat code to unlock a "lazer bear"]], which wears the flag of Canada and fires beams.
** In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires 3'', the bears are treasure guardians but they're neutral. They'll only attack when you attack or when one of your cannons manage to get a AOE attack on them. There's 3 different types of bears, the strongest one being the Polar Bear (found in snow maps). There's also tamed bears.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}'':
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In the Southern Vashnar mountains in ''VideoGame/{{Achaea}}'', mountains, there is a point where the traveller must decide between going south or southwest. Southwest is a safe path leading to the city of Cyrene. There is a small and easy to miss sign at the fork in the path, which reads, reads "CAUTION: bears south". They're ''not'' friendly.
** Speaking of Iron Realms, there's a whole ''race'' of humanoid bears in ''{{VideoGame/Lusternia}}'', ''VideoGame/{{Lusternia}}'' called the Tae'dae. Though usually Franchise/WinnieThePooh-esque GentleGiant's, they're about eight feet tall and have the highest potential natural strength in the game.
* ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires'':
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In ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'', players can hunt bears for food (the villagers sent to the process will get quite injured, though)... and [[SillinessSwitch use a cheat code to unlock a "lazer bear"]], which wears the flag of Canada and fires beams.
** In ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpires ''Age of Empires 3'', the bears are treasure guardians but they're neutral. They'll only attack when you attack or when one of your cannons manage to get a AOE attack on them. There's 3 different types of bears, the strongest one being the Polar Bear (found in snow maps). There's also tamed bears.



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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the Yao Guai, giant, vicious, mutated bears that roam the Capital Wasteland disemboweling anyone they come across. In terms of dangerousness, they're second only to the Deathclaws.
** [[FromBadToWorse And then they start appearing in]] ''[[FromBadToWorse packs]]''.
** Zig-zagged by the New Californian Republic in ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with a two-headed bear as its symbol. While most people see them as a return of the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat ungodly old bureaucracy]] with an army of conscripts barely able to hold a gun, the Republic have essentially restored the civilization around them close to pre-War levels, and good luck pissing off [[BadassArmy the Rangers]] and get away with it. And Colonel Royez in ''Lonesome Road'' DLC wears power armor with a freaking bear's head in it, pissed off [[spoiler:as a ghoul after you dropped a nuke over his head.]]
** They return in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' in the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, which includes a giant ''[[IncendiaryExponent flaming]]'' one called the Ghost of She. They're bigger as well, with the ''cubs'' being as big as their Capital counterparts.
*** And unlike their cousins in the Capital Wasteland, they are still hostile to you even if you have the Animal Friend perk.
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Yao Guai look every bit like the giant pissed-off mutant bears they are. Don't get near them without Power Armor, grenades, a good build, or all three.
*** In the Wasteland Workshop DLC, you have the option arranging cage matches between captured enemies from the Commonwealth Wasteland. If you manage to tame them through the use of the Beat Wave Emitter, you'll find that most captured enemies grant a bonus to your settlement's defense rating. Yao Guai and Deathclaws grant the highest bonuses at 7 and 10, respectively. However, it is not unheard of players pitting Yao Guai and Deathclaws against one another, only to have the Yao smack the heads of the Deathclaws so hard they turn to bloody chunks.
* VideoGame/FarCry5 has hostile bears roaming the countryside and residing in caves. The player's companion bear [[FluffyTheTerrible Cheeseburger]], who's otherwise nice and cuddly, can butcher any cultist on the player's command.
* Vargas, a boss from the beginning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', had two bears for no apparent reason other than making the fight slightly more challenging.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has the Yao Guai, giant, vicious, mutated bears that roam the Capital Wasteland disemboweling anyone they come across. In terms of dangerousness, they're second only to the Deathclaws.
** [[FromBadToWorse And then they start appearing in]] ''[[FromBadToWorse packs]]''.
''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'':
** Zig-zagged by the New Californian Republic in ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' with ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', which has a two-headed bear as its symbol. While most people see them as a return of the [[ObstructiveBureaucrat ungodly old bureaucracy]] with an army of conscripts barely able to hold a gun, the Republic have has essentially restored the civilization around them itself close to pre-War levels, and good luck pissing off [[BadassArmy the Rangers]] and get getting away with it. And Colonel Royez in ''Lonesome Road'' DLC wears power armor with a freaking bear's head in it, pissed off [[spoiler:as a ghoul after you dropped a nuke over his head.]]
head]].
** ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' has the Yao Guai, giant, vicious, mutated bears that roam the Capital Wasteland disemboweling anyone they come across. In terms of dangerousness, they're second only to the Deathclaws. [[FromBadToWorse And then they start appearing in]] ''[[FromBadToWorse packs]]''.
***
They return in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' in the ''Honest Hearts'' DLC, which includes a giant ''[[IncendiaryExponent flaming]]'' one called the Ghost of She. They're bigger as well, with the ''cubs'' being as big as their Capital counterparts.
*** And
counterparts -- and unlike their cousins in the Capital Wasteland, they are still hostile to you even if you have the Animal Friend perk.
** And in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', *** In ''VideoGame/Fallout4'', the Yao Guai look every bit like the giant pissed-off mutant bears they are. Don't get near them without Power Armor, grenades, a good build, or all three.
*** In the ''Fallout 4''[='=]s Wasteland Workshop DLC, you have the option arranging cage matches between captured enemies from the Commonwealth Wasteland. If you manage to tame them through the use of the Beat Wave Emitter, you'll find that most captured enemies grant a bonus to your settlement's defense rating. Yao Guai and Deathclaws grant the highest bonuses at 7 and 10, respectively. However, it is not unheard of players pitting Yao Guai and Deathclaws against one another, only to have the Yao smack the heads of the Deathclaws so hard they turn to bloody chunks.
* VideoGame/FarCry5 ''VideoGame/FarCry5'' has hostile bears roaming the countryside and residing in caves. The player's companion bear [[FluffyTheTerrible Cheeseburger]], who's otherwise nice and cuddly, can butcher any cultist on the player's command.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'':
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Vargas, a boss from the beginning of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', had the game, has two bears for no apparent reason other than making the fight slightly more challenging.



* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has bears capturable as pets in the tutorial area of prophecies though it's difficult and having one is considered a status symbol. They're also capturable in the main game but then are considered worse than common pets, because they have a special attack that does nothing but slow their attack speed. In the "Presearing" (tutorial) area of Prophecies, the capturable bear is the black bear (and they have an on-command skill to just interrupt said capture.) Brown bears and polar bears are available as common pets in Prophecies and Eye of the North, and there is a special variant of the polar bear known as a Jingle Bear available as a reward for a holiday quest in Eye of the North.
** The Norn in Eye of the North can shapeshift into anthropomorphic bears as well. Whenever you talk to a hunter for the first time, they'll turn into one and attack. Additionally, there's the Nornbear, a corrupted version you have to kill, and whose brief existence inspires a ReligionOfEvil.
*** Norn characters in ''Guild Wars 2'' will be able to replicate the shapeshifting. It also includes the Kodan, a race of permanently anthropomorphic bears who consider themselves the most enlightened race.

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* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has bears ''VideoGame/GuildWars'':
** Bears are
capturable as pets in the tutorial area of prophecies though prophecies, although it's difficult and having one is considered a status symbol. They're also capturable in the main game but then are considered worse than common pets, because they have a special attack that does nothing but slow their attack speed. In the "Presearing" (tutorial) area of Prophecies, the capturable bear is the black bear (and they have an on-command skill to just interrupt said capture.) Brown bears and polar bears are available as common pets in Prophecies and Eye of the North, and there is a special variant of the polar bear known as a Jingle Bear available as a reward for a holiday quest in Eye of the North.
** The Norn in Eye of the North can shapeshift into anthropomorphic bears as well. Whenever you talk to a hunter for the first time, they'll turn into one and attack. Additionally, there's the Nornbear, a corrupted version you have to kill, and whose brief existence inspires a ReligionOfEvil.
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ReligionOfEvil. Norn characters in ''Guild Wars 2'' will be are able to replicate the shapeshifting. It also includes the Kodan, a race of permanently anthropomorphic bears who consider themselves the most enlightened race.



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''. The bear-like Arzuros certainly looks intimidating with its blood-red claws and armored paws but it is nothing compared to the many, much stronger monsters you will face. In fact a cutscene shows an Arzorus ''running in fear'' when a [[ShockAndAwe Zinogre]] draws near it. Any high-tier quest pitting you against them will generally have you fight two at once because only one would be too easy.

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* ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'':
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Subverted in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''. The with the bear-like Arzuros Arzuros, which certainly looks intimidating with its blood-red claws and armored paws but it is nothing compared to the many, much stronger monsters you will face. In fact fact, a cutscene shows an Arzorus ''running in fear'' when a [[ShockAndAwe Zinogre]] draws near it. Any high-tier quest pitting you against them will generally have you fight two at once because only one would be too easy.
22nd Jun '18 8:44:27 PM Theriocephalus
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** What's the biggest, strongest werecreature? That's right. Werebear.
*** In defiance of the "worse" aspect, werebears are the only good-aligned lycanthrope (ChaoticGood prior to D&D 3.5, LawfulGood after). This was probably thanks to [[Literature/TheHobbit Beorn]].
*** Not the ''only'' one. There were also were-ravens. (But they seemed to not fit in with the others, being divine creatures in at least a sense.)

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** What's the biggest, strongest werecreature? That's right. Werebear.
***
right -- the werebear. In defiance of the "worse" aspect, however, werebears are the only good-aligned lycanthrope (ChaoticGood prior to D&D 3.5, LawfulGood after). This was probably thanks to [[Literature/TheHobbit Beorn]].
*** Not the ''only'' one. There were also were-ravens. (But
(besides were-ravens, but they seemed to not fit in with the others, being divine creatures in at least a sense.)sense), being ChaoticGood prior to D&D 3.5 and LawfulGood after. This was probably thanks to [[Literature/TheHobbit Beorn]].



** "Bad news" depends on who you are. Just to [[GoodIsNotNice remind the forces of evil that good is not just feathery-winged angels]], there are the bear-like LawfulGood Warden Archons. For extra fun there are also the NeutralGood Ursinal Guardinals, who are not only celestial super-bears, but are also ''wizards'' as well!
*** To spread the fun around, the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' introduces the prestige class the "Sentinel of Bharrai" for Ursinal-revering mages who want to escape the problem of SquishyWizard syndrome. Among other things this class allows them to turn into bears, and eventually into dire bears, at will!

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** "Bad news" depends on who you are. Just to [[GoodIsNotNice remind the forces of evil that good is not just feathery-winged angels]], there are the bear-like LawfulGood Warden Archons. For extra fun there are also the NeutralGood Ursinal Guardinals, who are not only celestial super-bears, but are also ''wizards'' as well!
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well! To spread the fun around, the ''Book of Exalted Deeds'' introduces the prestige class the "Sentinel of Bharrai" for Ursinal-revering mages who want to escape the problem of SquishyWizard syndrome. Among other things this class allows them to turn into bears, and eventually into dire bears, at will!will!
* ''TabeltopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'':
** Bears, polar bears and dire bears (identified here as cave bears or short-faced bears from RealLife prehistory) are carried over from ''D&D'', and are of course very powerful, dangerous and aggressive beasts.
** The kokogiak is a titanic -- around elephant-sized -- ten-legged polar bear originally from Inuit mythology. They're intelligent enough to understand morality and thus have an alignment beyond TrueNeutral, and of course they're NeutralEvil as a rule. They are monstrously aggressive and openly sadistic, and are massive and powerful enough to be as cruel as they please towards whoever short of a dragon or a tribe of giants has the misfortune of crossing their path without having to worry about about their victims being able to fight back. Luckily for everyone else, they're fairly uncommon and only found in isolated areas of the GrimUpNorth.



* In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', what was stronger than a TabletopGame/{{werewolf|TheApocalypse}} in its hybrid "war form"? A werebear in their version of same form. Not only that, but [[TheGrimReaper the incarnation of death itself]] was the aptly-named Death Bear, which had to be fought to bring someone back to life. Guess which changing species was the only one up to the task?
** Ironically enough, the Gurahl (the werebears) are actually the ones who are supposed to make everything ''better''. Just as werewolves are Gaia's warriors, werebears are Gaia's healers -- they have the most potent restorative rituals of all the Changing Breeds, including the ability to bring the recently deceased back to life (but if they get there a little too late... [[CameBackWrong well...]])
* ''World of Synnibarr'' took things step further, not only having a handful of bear subtypes with an assortment of powers (mostly psychic based), but also a set of 'Grizzlies'. While they were equally dangerous, the cake goes to the Giant Flying Grizzly; eye-lasers that would instantly kill you from 200 feet, the ability to fly 100 miles per hour, and the tenacity to stalk their prey 'vast distances'.
* The flavor text for the ''TabletopGame/{{Magic|The Gathering}}'' card Grizzly Bears: ''Don't try to outrun one of Dominia's Grizzlies; it'll catch you, knock you down and eat you. Of course, you could run up a tree. In that case you'll get a nice view before it knocks the tree down and eats you.''
** In the early days of Magic, a 2/2 creature with no abilities cost 3 mana, 1 of the creature's color and 2 of any color (Examples: [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/214.html Pearled Unicorn,]] [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/157.html Gray Ogre]]) while the [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/108.html Grizzly Bears]] (also 2/2 with no abilities) was only 2 mana; 1 green, 1 other. Thus, they're ''faster''.
** Some of the other Bears in Magic include [[http://magiccards.info/od/en/282.html Werebear]] (starts off a weak 1/1, but get 7 cards in your graveyard and it turns 4/4), [[http://magiccards.info/ts/en/190.html Ashcoat Bear]] (You're not even safe from your opponent summoning bears during your turn), and [[http://magiccards.info/od/en/229.html Bearscape]] (They can come from anywhere!)
** The bears of Tarkir are even worse news than usual, since they start at power 4 and weigh somewhere around a ton. The Khan of the Temur, Surrak Dragonclaw, earned both his position and his many scars by fighting one, which is an achievement roughly on par with stopping an oncoming car by punching it.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Borus Ursa, former Tzar of Kislev, rode a giant bear into battle. There's also a mention of a Chaos Lord whose chariot is pulled by ''skinless bears''.
** A grizzly bear is the standard mount for any of the Tzars or Tzarinas of Kislev, including the current incumbent Katarin the Ice Queen.
*** While the bear is the official symbol of the nation of Kislev, and associated with its line of Tzars to the extent that they are depicted in heraldry riding one (Kislev is based heavily on medieval Russia), Tzarina Katarin has only ever ridden a horse in real life. Unlike her father, the above-mentioned Boris Ursa.

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* In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', what was stronger than a TabletopGame/{{werewolf|TheApocalypse}} in its hybrid "war form"? A Gurahl werebear in their version of that same form. Not only that, but [[TheGrimReaper the incarnation of death itself]] was the aptly-named Death Bear, which had to be fought to bring someone back to life. Guess which changing species was the only one up to the task?
**
task? Ironically enough, the Gurahl (the werebears) are actually the ones who are supposed to make everything ''better''. Just as werewolves are Gaia's warriors, werebears are Gaia's healers -- they have the most potent restorative rituals of all the Changing Breeds, including the ability to bring the recently deceased back to life (but if they get there a little too late... [[CameBackWrong well...]])
* ''World of Synnibarr'' took ''TabletopGame/WorldOfSynnibarr'' takes things step further, not only having a handful of bear subtypes with an assortment of powers (mostly psychic (mostly-psychic based), but also a set of 'Grizzlies'. "Grizzlies". While they were equally dangerous, the cake goes to the Giant Flying Grizzly; eye-lasers that would instantly kill you from 200 feet, the ability to fly 100 miles per hour, and the tenacity to stalk their prey 'vast distances'.
"vast distances".
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'':
**
The flavor text for the ''TabletopGame/{{Magic|The Gathering}}'' card Grizzly Bears: Bears reads ''Don't try to outrun one of Dominia's Grizzlies; it'll catch you, knock you down and eat you. Of course, you could run up a tree. In that case you'll get a nice view before it knocks the tree down and eats you.''
**
'' In the early days of Magic, ''Magic'', a 2/2 creature with no abilities cost 3 mana, 1 of the creature's color and 2 of any color (Examples: [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/214.html Pearled Unicorn,]] [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/157.html Gray Ogre]]) while the [[http://magiccards.info/al/en/108.html Grizzly Bears]] (also 2/2 with no abilities) was only 2 mana; 1 green, 1 other. Thus, they're ''faster''.
** Some of the other Bears in Magic ''Magic'' include [[http://magiccards.info/od/en/282.html Werebear]] (starts off a weak 1/1, but get 7 cards in your graveyard and it turns 4/4), [[http://magiccards.info/ts/en/190.html Ashcoat Bear]] (You're not even safe from your opponent summoning bears during your turn), and [[http://magiccards.info/od/en/229.html Bearscape]] (They can come from anywhere!)
** The bears of Tarkir are even worse news than usual, since they start at power 4 and weigh somewhere around a ton. The Khan of the Temur, Surrak Dragonclaw, earned both his position and his many scars by fighting one, which is an achievement roughly on par with stopping an oncoming car by punching it.
it. This changes somewhat in the plane's new timeline, as the return of the dragons knocks the bears down several pegs in the food chain, especially since dragons are noted to find bear flesh quite tasty -- although this has the side effect of winnowing the bear populations down to the absolute meanest, fiercest and most battle-hardened bears around.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'': Borus ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'':
** Boris
Ursa, former Tzar of Kislev, rode a giant bear into battle. There's also a mention of a Chaos Lord whose chariot is pulled by ''skinless bears''.
**
bears''. A grizzly bear is the standard mount for any of the Tzars or Tzarinas of Kislev, including the current incumbent Katarin the Ice Queen.
***
Queen. While the bear is the official symbol of the nation of Kislev, and associated with its line of Tzars to the extent that they are depicted in heraldry riding one (Kislev is based heavily on medieval Russia), Tzarina Katarin has only ever ridden a horse in real life. Unlike her father, the above-mentioned Boris Ursa.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has Bjorn the Fell-Handed of the Literature/{{Space Wol|f}}ves (Viking {{Space Marine}}s), the oldest living SpaceMarine in the Imperium. Among his many claims to fame was resisting an EvilSorcerer's CompellingVoice (he thought his TrueName was "Bear") and killing him.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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Bjorn the Fell-Handed of the Literature/{{Space Wol|f}}ves (Viking {{Space Marine}}s), the oldest living SpaceMarine in the Imperium. Among Imperium, has among his many claims to fame was resisting an EvilSorcerer's CompellingVoice (he thought his TrueName was "Bear") and killing him.
22nd Jun '18 7:50:30 AM Kamiguy123
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-->"[[MisplacedWildlife Who ever heard of polar bears in Japan]]?"
:::Cue the beatings.

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-->"[[MisplacedWildlife Who ever heard of polar bears in Japan]]?"
:::Cue
Japan]]?"\\
Cue
the beatings.



* One of the most famous scenes in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has Takamura ''fighting'' against an angry bear to save his own life, after Ippo and the other Kamogawa boxers ran away from it when all of them were training in the mountains. Takamura actually ''wins'' against the bear in a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] moment. Despite that, Takamura spares the bear's life after he sees it's actually a MamaBear with two cubs crying for it. The whole incident leaves Takamura with three giant scars on his chest and gaining him the title "Bear Slayer" after the thing hits the news. It also doubles with the RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun trope, as Takamura never shies away from reminding others that he ''beat a goddamn bear''.

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* One of the most famous scenes in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has Takamura ''fighting'' against an angry bear to save his own life, after Ippo and the other Kamogawa boxers ran away from it when all of them were training in the mountains. Takamura actually ''wins'' against the bear in a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] and [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] moment. Despite that, Takamura spares the bear's life after he sees it's actually a MamaBear with two cubs crying for it. The whole incident leaves Takamura with three giant scars on his chest and gaining him the title "Bear Slayer" after the thing hits the news. It also doubles with the RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun trope, as Takamura never shies away from reminding others that he ''beat ''he beat a goddamn bear''.



*** Played painfully(and we do mean ''painful'' in one episode where the gang had to pass through a forest with a dozen or so Ursaring in the middle of ''mating season'', with ''no'' tolerance for intruders.

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*** Played painfully(and painfully (and we do mean ''painful'' ''painful'') in one episode where the gang had to pass through a forest with a dozen or so Ursaring in the middle of ''mating season'', with ''no'' '''no''' tolerance for intruders.
17th Jun '18 7:16:33 AM Tyrannocyon
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** And where the grizzly bears go away, the black bears flood in. As said by wildlife conservationists, stressing out the importance of grizzly conservation: "Would you rather deal with one grizzly bear per square mile, or ''ten black bears'' in the same area?



* Purely on the visual side, in 2009 a German zoo made news for its bears all getting an affliction where they lost almost all their fur. Usually furry animals end up looking silly when you remove all the hair. Bears, on the other hand, look like [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/11/04/article-1225042-0711FC57000005DC-753_634x693.jpg something that belongs in a D&D monster manual]].

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* Purely on the visual side, in 2009 a German zoo made news for its bears all getting an affliction where they lost almost all their fur. Usually furry animals end up looking silly when you remove all the hair. Bears, on the other hand, look like [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/11/04/article-1225042-0711FC57000005DC-753_634x693.jpg something that belongs in a D&D monster manual]].manual]], which is sorely lacking such a creature called [[IncrediblyLamePun a "Grisly Bare"]].
9th Jun '18 9:49:31 PM nombretomado
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* One of the most famous scenes in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has Takamura ''fighting'' against an angry bear to save his own life, after Ippo and the other Kamogawa boxers ran away from it when all of them were training in the mountains. Takamura actually ''wins'' against the bear in a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny hilarious]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome awesome]] moment. Despite that, Takamura spares the bear's life after he sees it's actually a MamaBear with two cubs crying for it. The whole incident leaves Takamura with three giant scars on his chest and gaining him the title "Bear Slayer" after the thing hits the news. It also doubles with the RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun trope, as Takamura never shies away from reminding others that he ''beat a goddamn bear''.

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* One of the most famous scenes in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' has Takamura ''fighting'' against an angry bear to save his own life, after Ippo and the other Kamogawa boxers ran away from it when all of them were training in the mountains. Takamura actually ''wins'' against the bear in a [[CrowningMomentOfFunny [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]] and [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome awesome]] moment. Despite that, Takamura spares the bear's life after he sees it's actually a MamaBear with two cubs crying for it. The whole incident leaves Takamura with three giant scars on his chest and gaining him the title "Bear Slayer" after the thing hits the news. It also doubles with the RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun trope, as Takamura never shies away from reminding others that he ''beat a goddamn bear''.



** Both polar and brown bears are [[http://www.all-creatures.org/bear/b-bearintel.html just as]] [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/arctic-bears/bear-intelligence/779/ intelligent]] as they are persistent in their stalking of prey. They have the long term memory which popular culture ascribed to elephants, they are excellent trackers and navigators on rough ground, they regularly use tools to get food or to play, and the [[DancingBear acting bear]] Bart [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome found out how to make a bridge]] from a plank of wood. It's only a matter of time until they find out how to fire guns.

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** Both polar and brown bears are [[http://www.all-creatures.org/bear/b-bearintel.html just as]] [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/arctic-bears/bear-intelligence/779/ intelligent]] as they are persistent in their stalking of prey. They have the long term memory which popular culture ascribed to elephants, they are excellent trackers and navigators on rough ground, they regularly use tools to get food or to play, and the [[DancingBear acting bear]] Bart [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome found out how to make a bridge]] from a plank of wood. It's only a matter of time until they find out how to fire guns.
8th Jun '18 7:59:09 AM Andyroid
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* ''VideoGame/TheFlameInTheFlood'': Bears are one of the most dangerous enemies in the game, able to both deal and take a lot of damage. Fortunately, they'll leave Scout alone if you stay away from their caves. Unfortunately, there's ''one'' bear you have to either kill or flee from to progress in campaign mode.



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''. The bear-like Arzuros certainly looks intimidating with its blood-red claws and armored paws but it is nothing compared to the many, much stronger monsters you will face. In fact a cutscene shows an Arzorus ''running in fear'' when a [[ShockAndAwe Zin]][[CanisMajor ogre]] draws near it. Any high-tier quest pitting you against them will generally have you fight two at once because only one would be too easy.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter''. The bear-like Arzuros certainly looks intimidating with its blood-red claws and armored paws but it is nothing compared to the many, much stronger monsters you will face. In fact a cutscene shows an Arzorus ''running in fear'' when a [[ShockAndAwe Zin]][[CanisMajor ogre]] Zinogre]] draws near it. Any high-tier quest pitting you against them will generally have you fight two at once because only one would be too easy.
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* Bears in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are the strongest animals that aren't explicitly one of Calamity Ganon's monsters. They hit hard and take lots of hits to kill if you don't [[OneHitKill headshot them with an arro

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* Bears in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are the strongest animals that aren't explicitly one of Calamity Ganon's monsters. They hit hard and take lots of hits to kill if you don't [[OneHitKill headshot them with an arroarroarrow]]. You can also [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride them around]], though Stables will unsurprisingly refuse to let you register them.
* Bears don't get much worse than in ''Videogame/PitPeople''. [[spoiler:The Narrator is a giant space bear who has decided to make Horatio and his allies' lives a living hell because he thinks Horatio is too boring to live.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' brings us a rather obscure Bear Goddess from Myth/CelticMythology, Artio. She's a supportive {{Druid}} lady who acts as a Guardian to her teammates using [[GreenThumb nature magic]]... that turns into a massive bear that charges forward, roars to disrupt her enemies, or swipe the enemy with her claws twice that hurts. One of her magic is a circular entangling vines that surround her and prevent movement-based skills for a good amount of time, and it'll stay active even as she turns to bear. Basically, this bear does not let you go away and wants you to stay awhile as she mauls you to death.
* As the page quote shows, Monokuma from ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' qualifies, [[spoiler:even though he is controlled by a human]].
* Herbert P. Bear, the main antagonist from ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin''. Especially during "Operation: Blackout", where he took over the island and froze the other EPF agents.
* In the fairly obscure video game ''Curse: The Eye of Isis'', an early boss battle consists of fighting two possessed, reanimated bears with a [[DamageSpongeBoss ton of health]].
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In episode 12 of ''WebAnimation/UnforgottenRealms'', Roamin the Paladin rides to the scene of a big battle on the back of, not just a bear, but Ursa Arkadios, Archduke of the High Bears! Oh, and they're loaded with every sword in the rulebook.
* In ''WebAnimation/HowToKillAMockingbird'', the pirates' [[LaserBlade laser-swords]] shoot bears that are [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]].
* [[http://www.thefucksociety.com/anim.php?id=bearhello&w=400&h=300 "No, you fool, only bears can have bear powers!"]]
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has Flippy, a bear who, while on the surface [[CuteAndPsycho appears nice, goes insane now and then and brutally kills the entire cast]].
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad's turf is guarded by a (wooden cut-out of a) '''bear holding a [[ThreateningShark shark]]'''.
* The Ursa from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' are bear-like Grimm and they serve as EliteMooks. Ursa Major are even bigger, stronger versions, and they're downright terrifying opponents. Of course, from their perspective, the trope is more "Badass Teenagers With {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s Are Bad News".
* ''WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie'': Poke a stick at a grizzly bear? Whoops.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': An episode featured ''Smokey Bear vs. [=McGruff=] the Crime Dog'', and since this is a Death Battle, Smokey gets to show all his ferocity towards [=McGruff=]. Including pinning [=McGruff=] down, mauling him, [[spoiler:and finally turning giant to crush him and his monster truck like a bug]].
* The ''WebAnimation/DoodleToons'' pilot episode, "Rabbit for Dinner", depicts a bear as the bad guy that captures Bellybutton's {{Love Interest|s}}, Jellybean.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Windears are very quick to anger, especially if you are dumb enough to try and ''fight'' them!
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Snowball can become a gigantic and dangerous adult bear with huge claws.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=5&issue=9 Did someone mention robot bears]]?
** [[http://www.drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=48&issue=3 Grizzly bear with a midget trying to control it.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Bearmageddon}}'' is essentially "Everything's Worse With Bears: The Webcomic".
* Robots and Bears are a very bad combination in ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' since they are natural enemies and need only the slightest provocation to fight to the death.
* A storyline in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'''s second year had a hike in the woods ruined by a bear. A [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000414 talking]], [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000421 poetry-writing]] bear.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', Stephen's first direct confrontation with the AlienInvasion is this:
--> '''Stephen:'''[[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_1_22.html "A bear. Of course it's a bear. Why would I have thought it would be anything other than a bear."]]
* The female Jagermonster Jenka from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 rides a giant bear]]. This is how you know that [[DarkActionGirl she can kick your sorry ass]].
** The possible inspiration for Jenka and Fust can be found in one of Kaja Foglio's other comics, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/stories/dovrefjell/dovrefjell_01.php ''The Cat On The Dovrefjell'']] which was apparently based on [[Literature/TheCatOnTheDovrefell a folk tale]] and involves a bunch of trolls experiencing this trope first hand.
** Agatha and her companions face off with another spark and holding him off. Then he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140721#.U9A1F47D_mw calls up a large group of angry bears]]... Agatha and friends promptly decide to retreat.
*** [[spoiler:Things take a turn for the better when it turns out they share a creator with Krosp, and are programmed to follow his orders.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', [[GhibliHills Pitcheresk Forest]] is very beautiful and hanging out there causes CharacterDevelopment… but it also invites [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080401.html bear attacks.]]
* Combined with ThreateningShark in ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'': [[http://nedroid.com/2009/07/doorway-to-your-inner-self/ I CAN NEVER STOP SCREAMING]]. Averted with Beartato, the friendly OnlySaneMan.
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', Norah has just made a really bad impression to her teacher and her day is going downhill... and then she's attacked by a giant magical translucent spiky bear. Not to mention that it leads to her introduction to the Agents, which is a mixed blessing.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', regarding the owlbear: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0322.html "Why would anyone crossbreed a perfectly serviceable bear with an owl?"]]
** How does a druid who focuses on spellcasting prepare for melee combat? That's right, by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0353.html becoming a dire bear]].
** Exploited: They also have a "bear druid riding a bear while summoning bears" ''[[http://www.cafepress.com/orderofthestick/10865760 T-shirt]]''.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': "We've secretly replaced Gabe's Xbox controller with an ''eight hundred pound grizzly bear''. [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/03/25 Let's see if he notices.]]"
** "Did you order one of those smaller controllers or something? I think I like it better."
** Another strip had Tycho and Gabe expressing terror at the concept of playing a game of baseball outside, because there are bears "outside".
* [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1285 One of the most bizarre moodkillers of all time]] appears in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', courtesy of a bear.
* [[Webcomic/MacHall Matt Boyd and Ian McConville]], authors of ''Webcomic/MacHall'' and ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'', remind you that this trope also applies to [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2003-08-18 Morrowind]] and [[http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2008-05-19 Quebec]].
* As photoshopped by Website/SomethingAwful: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bears_online.jpg 1 in 5 children online gets eaten by rabid bears]].
* [[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]] + ThePowerOfRock + [[http://nonadventures.com/2006/10/07/the-500-bearable-lightness-of-being/ 500 Bears]].
* [[http://www.shreddedmoose.com/comic/comic_arc.php?comicID=132 This]] strip of ''Webcomic/ShreddedMoose'' shows that sex is also Worse With Bears.
* In ''WebComic/DeadOfSummer'', the BigBad attacks our heroes with a zombie grizzly bear. However, since they're CrazyAwesome, they dispatch it pretty quickly.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/BeaverAndSteve'', where it's taken to [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php?comic=25 the next level]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' gives us [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488#comic this]].
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' Sillies feature Faildruid, the worst noob in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' who also happens to be a bear (and at one point an owl-bear).
* Radic from ''Webcomic/MurphysLaw'' occasionally wildshapes into a bear.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' warns [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1365/ bike enthusiasts]]. Also, there's [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1313/ one creature much worse than an owlbear]].
* The bears in ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' are enforcers for a fascist dictatorship ruling the dreamworld.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/6tQaU.jpg This anonymous MS Paint comic.]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2011-02-08 This]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler.
** A bear, with a accordion, on a pogo stick! My greatest fear!
* ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'' [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2009-09-14 Just what you want to interrupt your fight.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BirdBoy'', after you [[ForbiddenFruit go into the]] LostWoods and stumble on the AbandonedArea, [[http://bird-boy.com/volume-1-page-20 naturally you get a bear]].
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': I'm a [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/134 bearlock now.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' when pondering what is inside a treasure chest, Jacquline says it could be a bear. Cue imagination spot.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-27.html Perrault climbs a tree and November feigns fainting]], and the bear's nice manners can't induce them not to fear this trope.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0237.html scouting the woods turns up bears.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LaserFeet'', a bear stars in the test pattern used when the creator is unable to upload that week's comic, for whatever reason, as seen [[http://www.thelaserfeet.com/comic/003/ here]].
* The {{invo|kedTrope}}cation of this trope is how the title character in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' finds out for the first time just how powerful he's become.. he knocks a bear out with a desperately flailing kick. For scale, bear in mind that Charby has the body of an 8 year old boy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'''s Flatbears [[http://oglaf.com/northerner/ blow in on the northerlies.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' has 3 bears, all of whom are bad news to anyone that happens to annoy them:
** The protagonist airsmith BigEater GadgeteerGenius grumpy polar bear Doc.
** His friend and a regular client brown bear Bruno. Sometimes described as "old, fat and slow", but more of a CoolOldGuy with overtones of being badass.
** Another friend of Doc, [[ComedicSociopathy bad-tempered]] scary-looking obnoxious panda Gino. Usually appears when [[HilarityEnsues situation already went out of control]] and [[UptoEleven escalates it]] or [[DropTheCow takes the story in entirely new direction]]. [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html Like a skunk spray in the aftermath of zombie invasion]]. WordOfGod says he's a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter.
* Captain Landon from the 'Delegates and Delegations' arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is normally pretty mild-mannered, but you [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-03-08 don't want to get him angry]].
** There's also the Ob'enn race, who prove that even being a small and fuzzy koala-like bear doesn't get in the way of being a menace. Being sociopathic xenophobes with huge battleships goes a long way towards the goal.
* A pair of werewolves in ''Webcomic/WildeLife'' were cheerfully hunting human prey. Then they [[http://www.wildelifecomic.com/comic/85 saw a bear.]] It told them to leave. They quickly turned tail [[http://www.wildelifecomic.com/comic/86 and ran.]] Not even werewolves will mess with bears.
** This so called 'White Faced Bear' seems to avoid the trope for the main characters at least since it and its 'wolf spiders' do save Oscar from the werewolfs and the shadow thingies and Cliff from a WitchWithACapitalB.
* ''Webcomic/TheYoungProtectors'' raises the stakes to a fifty-foot-high [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch4-page-33/ spirit bear]] with with EyeBeams that cause some serious trouble even to [[spoiler:two of the most powerful supervillains in the world]].
* ''WebComic/AwkwardZombie'': [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=091216 NO MORE BEARS!]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Creepypasta [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/1999 1999]] is about a kid discovering a local access cable channel that prominently features a children's program about a host who kidnaps and tortures children. His name is... Mr. Bear.
* When tasked with pondering how the ongoing, deadly civil war in Syria could possibly get any worse, ''Website/TheOnion'' came to one logical conclusion: [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/syria-conflict-intensifies-as-bears-enter-war,33659/ Bears]].
* There's the MemeticMutation image that illustrates this page... [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Bear_cavalry which gets some responses]].
* The nightmare "Unspeakable Things" on the Website/NightmareProject has the dreamer pursued by a metal-skinned bear through a LethalLavaLand.
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several examples of this trope:
** Render is an animalistic, bear-like [[AxCrazy psycho-villain]] who likes the taste of human blood.
** ''Coach Bear'', the gym teacher at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], used to be the superhero known as "Kodiak".
** Ursa is a Russian superhero who can turn into a polar bear.
* In ''More Literature/TalesOfMU'', bears are the only animal that the [[CantArgueWithElves typically arrogant elves]] will not hunt:
-->'''Iason:''' And did nobody ever think to teach you anything about bears?\\
'''Jamie:''' Not to mess with them.\\
'''Iason:''' That will do for a beginning.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfNU7AgSVQM Violated by Bears Man's]] origin.
* That's not important. Let's focus on [[http://jerslater.blogspot.com/2006/06/on-follow-up-calls.html RAPEBEAR]].
** And [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pedobear#.Tc2ZEc0Zwno Pedobear.]]
* What's more terrifying than a Vampire riding a zombie Dragon? [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5677925/ VAMPIRE BEARS RIDING ZOMBIE DRAGONS!]]
* But...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loyuW_nYGIc what if there's bears?]]
* Fan Fiction: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4988255/1/Halflife_Fulllife_Consequences_Free_Man John Freeman]] got quiet then dropped weapon and said "I have to kill fast and bullets too slow" and started killing Combines with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULWgEnnmcv4 bear hands.]]
* There is a common joke among ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' handlers that inactive characters are killed and eaten by an "Inactivity Bear". Also, in her first post, version 4 character Maria Graham has a dream where she was actually "Robo-Bear 5000", which was a robotic bear disguised as a student and was going to avenge its kidnapping.
** When Version 4's [[spoiler:Megan Nelson]] went [[AscendedFanon inactive]]...
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' reminds us that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-qpbTaEx6A Cartoon Bears are still bears.]]
* The Russian Internet meme [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/preved-medved Preved Medved (Hello Bear).]]
* [[http://puns.icanhascheezburger.com/2010/10/01/funny-puns-grizzly-violence/ Bears]] [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar of War.]]
** The newest [[BadHumorTruck Good Humor flavor]]: [[http://cheezburger.com/View/3600008704 StrawBEARies and SCREAM!]]
* There is such thing as a ''[[http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1809479 Bear Attack Flowchart.]]''
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: the Mediwhila Native American tribe just off the grounds of [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] are Weres. But the leader's boyfriend is a Werebear. Do not mess with this guy.
* This is a running joke in the online web series ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' where Kathleen, one of the people in comedy group, has what she describes as a "completely rational fear" of bears.
* In the world of [[Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]], the local name for bears translates to "walking horror."
* This [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/entries/icons/original/000/001/075/AUCrI.png?1255529734 Picture sums up the worst of the worst.]]
* Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews has Brizzly, a sapient, biotic grizzly.
* [[http://s74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/Galixgun/Demotivation%20Posters/?action=view¤t=BEARtrap.png The Bear Trap]]. It's not one of those usual {{Bear Trap}}s -- it's a ''Bear'' trap.
* Joel Heyman from Creator/RoosterTeeth picked [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEUULIs_UWE the wrong Fluffy to tame]].[[note]]The footage in question appears to be from ''Cabela's Big Game Hunter'', or a closely related game.[[/note]]
-->''[[MemeticMutation Cinnamon, no!]]''
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash finds it hard to believe just how many stories he's had that involve people trying to take on bears in some way, calling bears "living furry tanks" and at least once uttering the Trope name itself (which left him open to Tara following it up with "Especially when they play baseball."). Some of the more infamous examples:
** One story about a man who wanted to find a bear, kill a bear, wear the bear's skin, and then maul his ex-girlfriend to death to make it look like some sort of freak bear attack. Nash was quick to point out the flaws in this plan.
--> '''Nash''': Number one, it's a bear. Number two, it's a bear. Number three, and probably most important... HOLY SHIT, YOU FUCKING IDIOT! IT'S A GODDAMNED BEAR!
** They also had another story where a man and his girlfriend were camping and a bear started to go into their tent while they were sleeping. The man managed to punch the bear in the face and drove it off. Both Nash and Tara agreed that punching a bear in the face to save your girlfriend is better than a marriage proposal. Tara was also concerned about her then-boyfriend finding out about the story as he wants to punch a bear and now has proof you can survive doing it.
** Another one about a man donning a realistic bear costume and harassing a family of bears, going so far as to get near the cubs, leaving Nash to have to explain why the MamaBear trope exists: "You get next to Mama Bear's cubs, that is ''death''!"
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation maintains a few "ursine"-tagged subjects:
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-549 SCP-549]], which moves and behaves like a normal grizzly despite being 17 centimetres long. As in, it's still as heavy, strong, and hungry as a regular bear.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1048 SCP-1048]], a sapient teddy bear that can use any material to make more of itself.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1055 "Bugsy"]], a grizzly that gets bigger and more aggressive the [[YourMindMakesItReal more people know about it]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2875 SCP-2875]], aka The Town that got Fucked By Bears. It's a town in Wisconsin that, every 3 days, randomly spawns anywhere between 50-100 grizzly bears. Bears that have to be tranquilized and beaten to death, because if you shoot one [[AsteroidsMonster two more take its place]].
* In a roundabout sort of way, when the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' play ''VideoGame/NaughtyBear'', their first part got decidedly low ratings due to their inability to complete ''the very first task of the game, '''even though the game itself was guiding them.'''''
* [[http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/most-interesting-bear-in-the-world-meme.jpg Stated in this rendition]] [[MemeticMutation among the many]] of ''Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw0gognAtQc Please, Do Not Steal From the...]]
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9720611?view_full_work=true Course of Honour]] has the protagonists attacked by a bear. According to Kiem, at least. Jainan, being from a different planet, objects that a terrifying beast with scales isn't exactly what a bear is supposed to look like. They both agree it is very bad news, though.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted in a WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoon, [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x82OutWestWithBigBrownie "Out West With Big Brownie"]]. In it, Felix and Poindexter encounter Big Brownie, a giant, brown bear who causes trouble for Felix, Poinsy and the ranch owner Bart at the start of the episode. But as Poindexter insists, it turns out Brownie isn't bad, just clumsy and misunderstood.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Parodied with a bear wandering around Springfield, not even getting angry once, but causing enough of a panic to lead to an extensive (and costly) bear watch program. Although [[LampshadeHanging as pointed out by Lisa]], Homer was only paying $5, so regardless of whether it's a percentage or just $5 per person, it was the smallest tax hike in history.
** In a more straightforward example, Homer is traumatized by a bear attack, and has nightmares of being attacked by vicious bear mascots.
--->'''Homer:''' Are you a Care Bear?\\
'''Care Bear:''' (takes out a crowbar and starts tapping it) I'm an Intensive Care Bear.\\
'''Homer:''' Why does a bear need a crowbar?\\
'''Care Bear:'''...I don't like to get my hands dirty.
*** That bear later turns into an AndroclesLion as Homer finds out that he had a defective tracking tag on his ear that kept sending painful jolts in its ear.
** There was also a bear with a ''chainsaw''. {{Chainsaw| Good}} ''[[ChainsawGood bad]]''. In the episode where Mr. Burns and the Rich Texan were destroying the environment, Kent Brockman announced that "Smokey the Bear" is now "Choppy the Lumberjack". Cut to a bear in a lumberjack get-up cutting a tree with a chainsaw, while an activist protested to his actions behind him. Choppy backhanded him angrily and revved up his chainsaw.
** In another episode, Bart and Lisa are stuck in a forest fire. Homer arrives in a helicopter, and let down a rope ladder. Before the kids can climb it, a bear shoulders them aside and climbs the ladder himself (only being stopped from reaching the chopper by Homer cutting the rope).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgm2zQpETSE One of Homer's dream sequences]] involves him as "Homey the Bear", a WesternAnimation/YogiBear parody in both appearance and animation style. Not so bad, until Homey proceeds to brutally maul Ranger Ned (Flanders).
** Kent Brockman reported in season 7 about a bear who stowed away on a space shuttle that is now terrorizing the astronauts.
** One of the most infamous cases of this trope took place in the episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]." While pulling a prank for Mr. Burns that was an in-universe example of PandaingToTheAudience, a male panda mistook a panda costume-clad Homer for a female and implicitly raped him.
** Even the tame bear and television host Gentle Ben attacks his handler after hungrily going for the food table.
** Inverted when Chief Wiggum designed a supposedly educational skit that involved dressing one of his men in a costume and calling him "Curtis E. Bear." He designed it with the same incompetence and violence that he exhibits in everything else he attempts, so the version that was performed involved beating up the cop in the bear suit, while having lost any of the actual message of courtesy that was the occasion for the skit.
* A RunningGag among many 11-minute Creator/AdultSwim animated comedies; the ones that happen to be related to each other by same way (usually creative staff). It started with an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' with Space Ghost brawling a bear; then became a prominent character in ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' and spread from there.
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}} Granny]]:''' And then the Lord made bears. Lots of bears... too many bears. Should've dialed back on the bears... and so, he dialed back on the bears!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' has a bear for a recurring character. His most basic purpose is to make the cats' lives suck.
* '' WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': Who is driving? Oh my god, bear is driving! How can that be?"
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' just couldn't do with a regular bear, they had to make it a ''mutated ghostly one with four arms!''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'': In "Circus Berserkus", Joey mistakes an escaped bear for a teddy bear. Mr. Wilson doesn't think it's real until he pulls its nose.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwoHn5tuSvQ OH MY GOD, THERE'S A BEAR IN MY OATMEAL!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' Birdman is tasked with defending Boo Boo Bear, or as he's also known, "[[MadBomber the Unibooboo]]".
-->'''Phil Ken Sebben:''' He's a bear! Buster Brown and his Hairy Hollyknockers! Have you ever tried to bring one down?
** May be an example of an ActorAllusion, as Phil's voice actor is Stephen Colbert.
** Averted with... the bear, who mostly stands around, and usually leads the OhCisco moment at the end of the shows.
*** In one episode, "[[ActorAllusion Phil believes the Bear is pure evil and stealing from him]]."
* Grier in ''WesternAnimation/{{Huntik}}'' has a bear Titan named [[MeaningfulName Breaker]]. With [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four arms]] and SpikesOfVillainy. Yeah, Grier's a pretty badass AntiVillain.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' has Johnny run into a talking bear who claimed to be '''''[[LargeHam Chronos, Master of All Time!!]]'''''
* In the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] and [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]] are stuck in the Arctic. So how do you top that? You add a vicious polar bear.
* In the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', Orel's father Clay gets drunk, accidentally shoots Orel, and promptly passes out after Orel [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out]]. It is only ''then'' that a grizzly appears and begins sniffing around the camp. When Clay's drunken sleep-muttering attracts the bear's attention to them, Orel reluctantly empties the revolver he has to kill the bear and save his father.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch [[SugarApocalypse featured the Care Bears brutally massacring the non-bear Care Bear Cousins]].
* In an earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko and Heffer instigate a snowball fight with Ed Bighead, who attempts to retaliate by shooting snowballs back at them. He inadvertently hits a bear, who responds by slowly removing Ed's goggles and punching him hard enough to knock all of his teeth out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Comicbook/{{Raven}} spends much of the episode "Hide and Seek" in disbelief that Melvin's imaginary friend Bobby is real, instead believing Melvin is telekinetic and won't admit it. When [[GeniusBruiser Monsieur]] [[KillerGorilla Mallah]] finally manages to kidnap Melvin and the other kids, and we learn that Bobby is not only real, but a giant, nightmarish LightningBruiser of a teddy bear. Beatdown ensues.
** Beast Boy also tends to turn into a bear (among other ferocious creatures) when he's angry enough.
** In the episode "The Quest", the first of three animal spirits that Robin has to fight his way past on his way up the mountain is a bear. The guy is polite about it, but the fight is anything but easy for Robin.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndScrappyDoo'' featured an episode titled "The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear", which is about this [[PrimalFear trope]]! Quite scary.
** A ghost bear appears in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWrestlemaniaMystery'', threatening to cancel the Wrestlemania match. The bear even had a feud with Wrestling/SinCara ever since his great-great-great-grandfather [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeated it]] when it was declared undefeatable.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Darkwing takes Launchpad and Gosalynn on a camping trip, only for a ''very'' mean bear to be a persistent problem. When it finally turns violent, Darkwing decides to use his flamethrowing gas gun on it ("Hate to do this to an endangered species," says the hero) only to discover that the "bear" is actually a robot created by F.O.W.L. agents.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has Squidward running afoul of an [[HairTriggerTemper easily-provoked]] Seabear in "The Camping Episode": "DON'T RUN, SEABEARS HATE THAT!"
-->'''Squidward:''' What'd I do that time?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don't know! Maybe he just doesn't like you!
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'': On a camping trip, a bear mauls Mr. Van Driesen, and cuts his song about men's feelings to an abrupt halt -- and it's the high point of the trip for Beavis, Butthead, and Stuart.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert hosts a TV financial round-table. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXKqR2VXHYY With 3 financial specialists and one drunken bear.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Subverted when a MamaBear carries off several [[ItMakesSenseInContext Jewish Cub Scouts]]... to be guests at a birthday party for her cub.
** In the battle of the Website/YouTube stars, Sneezing Panda kills three of his opponents.
* One of the bears that appeared in Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' mauled Cody to the point where he had to wear a body cast. In the third season, the bear learns how to use [[ChainsawGood the chainsaw]].
* Death Bear from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', there's an episode that Space Ghost is attacked by a bear, because there's a shark in the set. According to his [[ArtisticLicenseBiology educational documentary]] sharks like to walk along with bear, so the shark, named "Kentucky Nightame", attracts him.
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' has Squirt and Niblet, who are lost in the Canadian wilderness due to getting stuck in a plane's cargo, discuss this trope in "Homeward Pound". Niblet believes the bears will help them and Squirt believes the bears would kill and eat them, prompting the two to split up when they can't agree on what to do. [[spoiler:In a subversion of the trope, Niblet manages to convince the bears to save Squirt from going over a waterfall and even provide them-and the rescue crew coming to find the two-with plenty of fresh fish.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in [[SixthRanger Patches]]' take on three episodes (including the one above) in "The Secret Super Pup Club". In the first two scenarios (the Canadian wilderness and a construction site), a bear pops out to scare/threaten the Pound Puppies, only to be scared off when Patches leaps from nowhere and barks at it. It gets ridiculous when the third scenario involves ''five of them'' coming out of nowhere in a suburban neighborhood, only to be once again scared off by Patches.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' crosses over this trope with (arguably, due to the nature of this trope) ArsonMurderAndJaywalking. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqzn_hMnhoI In song.]]
-->''Billy! He's the greatest warrior ever, a hero of renown! Who slayed an evil ocean, who cast the Lich King down! [...] Also...'' '''''He fought a bear!'''''
** Arguably averted and then played straight with the bear in the episode "In Your Footsteps", who unlike most characters, looks and acts mostly like an ordinary bear. Despite trying to ineptly copy Finn's voice, clothes and mannerisms so he can be a hero too, he's shown to be harmless, none too bright, and misunderstood [[spoiler: at least until the end of the episode where he brings the book of heroes, the Enchiridion, to the evil Lich possessing a snail (although it could also be due to deception of The Lich's part)]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'', [[BigBad High Roller's]] henchmen (other than the [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Zebra twins]]) are an army of bears! They are seen as his henchmen. Especially their king being [[TheDragon High Roller's sidekick in evil]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Revenge Society is recruiting new members, and during the TerribleIntervieweesMontage, one of the interviewees is a guy in a bear costume. He's covered in blood, looks freaky, no one knows how he got there and just stands there, not speaking or doing anything except breathing creepily. Phantom Limb, Professor Impossible, and Baron Underbeit, all experienced supervillains, are scared shitless. And then he pulls out a knife.
** In another episode, Brock fights a team of Vatican Swiss Guard bears.
** And in another episode The Monarch forces a prostitute into a deathtrap gauntlet. Featuring the polar bear from Lost.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius punishes [[YesMan Samy]] with a bear on a stick. It eats him, chews him up, and spits him out.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan has both his legs ripped off by a vicious polar bear, after being pushed in by the bear's tank by Roger, who wanted to save Stan and pretend to be a hero, so he'd let him move back in with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]" sees Twilight Sparkle forced to deal with an Ursa Major, a huge, terrifying blue bear [[{{Kaiju}} as big as a house]] and ''[[EldritchAbomination made of stars]]'', thanks to two none-too-bright colts who wanted to see [[MilesGloriosus boastful magician]] [[ThirdPersonPerson Trixie]] take one on. [[spoiler:It turns out that was only an Ursa Minor -- a baby throwing a temper tantrum. The real Ursa Major, its mother, is bigger, scarier [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and purple]]: as big as Ponyville itself.]]
** Then there's "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", where Fluttershy, [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness to Twilight's shock]], fights and [[NeckSnap seemingly kills]] a bear. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope She was really giving it a massage]]]]. This bear returns frequently in subsequent episodes, but always as a [[AvertedTrope friendly bear]].
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Slice of Life]]" sees Ponyville attacked by a beelike [[MixAndMatchCritters Bugbear]] that escaped from [[{{Hell}} Tartarus]]. However, this issue takes a back seat to the [[SliceOfLife wedding]] that is the focus of the episode.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', an Ursa Minor [[spoiler:is responsible for breaking [[TheDragon Tempest Shadow]]'s horn and starting her way down the path to villainy.]]
* Joe Bear in the [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery-directed cartoon]], "Rock-a-Bye Bear".
* There was an animated BeastFable adaptation of ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' where Injun' Joe (or just Joe) was portrayed as a bear.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a couple:
** Two of them are in the main cast. The larger of the two {{team pet}}s is Naga, a [[MixAndMatchCritters Polar]] Bear [[CanineCompanion Dog]]. Korra is distinct in that she's the first to be able to [[FluffyTamer tame such a beast]]. Korra can and does use Naga as an intimidation tool, and Naga is fiercely protective of Korra. (Naga is female, making her a literal MamaBear example.)
** In the predecessor series ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', it's played straight with a ''[[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypus]]'' bear, another one of the MixAndMatchCritters. The first time we see this, it's trying to attack a man for coming onto its territory.
** Subverted with Bosco, the Earth King's pet bear. He's more BearyFunny than scary. The Gang themselves were skeptical that there was such a creature as "just a bear" and suggested that perhaps it was another type of creature, such as a platypus-bear, skunk-bear, armadillo-bear, or gopher-bear. But no, he's just... a bear.
* One of the antagonists in the EasterSpecial ''The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town'' is Gadzooks, a mean bear who guards the pass between Kidville and Town, mugging any travelers for their food. The Bunny fools him by coloring his eggs and claiming they're colored paperweights. (Explaining why he does so from then on.) Gadzooks wises up eventually, [[HeelFaceTurn but turns over a new leaf]] -- and becomes a powerful ally -- once the children of Kidsvile [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe surprise him with a new Easter suit]].
* Some WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts have been known to pit a main character against a bear, either a generic bear (i.e., WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse's encounter with one in "The Pointer") or, especially in the case of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, [[BearyFunny a goofy-looking bear named Humphrey]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' the Buddy Bears may not attack or maul anyone, but their presence inevitably makes things worse for Garfield anyway, especially if their theme song is any indication:
-->Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we always get along!\\
Each day, we do a little dance and sing a little song!\\
[[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong If you ever disagree, it means that you are WRONG!]]\\
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, WE ALWAYS GET ALONG!
** Seriously, they can be downright ''sadistic'' sometimes. They once offered Garfield [[ForbiddenFruit a whole table full of free food]] just to tempt him when he was trying to prove to Jon that he could go five minutes without eating. [[spoiler:By the way, Garfield won the bet.]]
** There is another verse of their theme song which is doubly creepy:
-->Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we never have a fight!\\
Anyone who disagrees is never, ever right!\\
If you have a point of view, then keep it out of sight!\\
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, WE NEVER HAVE A FIGHT!
** To which Garfield questions them...
-->'''Garfield:''' But what about having an individual point of view?\\
'''Bear 1:''' I have an individual point of view.\\
'''Bear 2:''' And I agree with him.\\
'''Bear 3:''' And I agree with both of them.\\
'''All:''' ''[[HypocriticalHumor We all have an individual point of view!]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has the [[MultipleHeadCase Multi-bear]], mortal enemy of the [[TestosteronePoisoning Manitaurs]]. [[spoiler: He is (they are?) actually reasonable and accepts his/their death with so much dignity that Dipper, who's been trying to become [[ARealManIsAKiller a real man]], refuses to kill him/them.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has two straight examples and a subversion. The Christmas special and "Winter Blunder-land" both feature a bear as an actual threat to the characters. In "You Camp Take It with You", when Goofy and Pete take Max and PJ camping, there is another bear. Everyone except [[FearlessFool Max]] is worried the bear would or did eat the boys, but he turns out to be [[NotSoDifferent just another father trying to protect his son in the wilderness]] (though in this case he was a TalkingAnimal and his baby had a diaper). In the ending scene, he is significantly nicer than Pete and about as nice as Goofy.
* In the 3-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', "R.V Having Fun Yet?", the gang encounter a bear. Luckily, they are saved by a dog that Kimi found during their cross-country road trip.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a skit with a FunnyAnimal type of bear, overcharging people for useless junk at his neighborhood GarageSale. Then the Warners show up and start pestering him to [[LiteralMinded sell them his actual garage]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Teddygodzilla", [[BigBad XANA]] brings Milia's ''teddy bear'' to life and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever turns it into a giant]] to attack the heroes.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon, Woody's foil is a clockmaker trying to turn Woody into a cuckoo; a running gag in the short is said foil making loud noises and waking up a hibernating bear who doesn't like being woken up. Eventually, Woody is able to use this to his advantage, moving the sleeping bear to the shop right before the top of the hour when every cuckoo clock chimes simultaneously, and the clockmaker (who wisely has earplugs for when that happens) is trounced hard enough consider giving up.
* Creator/HannaBarbera ursine stars WesternAnimation/YogiBear, Breezly Bruin and WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch are usually bad news to their protagonists. Averted with the WesternAnimation/CBBears, who are heroic.
* Inverted with Bosco from ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne''. He's likely the ''least'' dangerous character on the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear are usually [[BearyFriendly an inversion]], but the episode "Primal" shows Panda and Ice Bear [[SanitySlippage going feral from hunger]]. When Grizz tries to stop them from attacking each other, [[OhCrap they start to chase him]].
** In "Planet Bears", all three bears go mad with hunger after an unsuccessful trip to the grocery store, and start fighting over a granola bar Grizz happens to find.
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' has one special example in the form of the series' villain, Grizzle. Even if he doesn't successfully hurt the Care Bears and does receive his dose of Karma at the end of each episode, he does still cause a considerable amount of collateral damage to Care-A-Lot indirectly.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had the titular cartoon bobcat's co-star Grumbles Grizzly, who often played an antagonistic role in the ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'' shorts, but is more of a grumpy neighbor during his few appearances in the actual series.
* Bears have threatened both the heroes and the villains of ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' in the episodes "Tall Timber Treachery" and "Cross Country Double Cross".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', there is a gang of bullies, whose strongest and angriest member is a pink bear.
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* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s album Music/KidA's marketing campaign told a vague but disturbing story about genetically modified bears killing everyone. The "Radiohead Bear" has remained the band's logo ever since.
* They're learning ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghgg_fukbvU&feature=related Kung Fu]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVjAQqZrGcg now]]. We're all gonna die.
* These [[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11925074644#!/group.php?gid=11925074644&v=photos traditional American values]]
* Preying on public fear and stereotypes, the following hoax[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026914/Mum-bear-eating--Final-phone-calls-woman-19-eaten-alive-brown-bear-cubs.html]] describes a 19-year old Russian girl and her stepfather get eaten alive by a literal MamaBear and cubs.
* Several sports teams such as the Memphis (originally Vancouver) Grizzlies (basketball), the Chicago Cubs (baseball), the Chicago Bears (football), and the Boston Bruins (hockey).
** In UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball, the Brisbane Bears failed at this, by having a koala as their mascot. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Koalas are not bears]].
* Comedian Mitch Hedburg had a joke where he and a friend decided to go out to the woods to do drugs in order to avoid authority figures only to run into a bear, which was "even more of a buzzkill". The friend attempted to appease the bear by promising to prevent forest fires. Smokey is ''way'' more intense in person.
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* This trope may be the reason ''the word "bear" exists in the first place.'' Linguists believe that the Proto-Indo-European word for "bear" (''*h₂ŕ̥tḱos'', which evolved into the Latin ''ursus'', Greek ''arctos'', et al.) may have become taboo because people feared that [[SpeakOfTheDevil actually using the word would summon a bear]]. As a result, various Germanic peoples began calling them "brown"[[labelnote:*]]Or maybe "wild animal" -- sometime after Grimm and Verner's laws, nearly all gw merged with b.[[/labelnote]] as a euphemism, resulting in the English ''bear'' and ''bruin'', German ''Bär'', et al. Other languages have their own euphemisms:
** Even ''*h₂ŕ̥tḱos'' itself isn't much better -- it roughly translates to "destruction/destroyer". Appropriate that as well as coming to mean "bear", "arktos" also came to refer [[GrimUpNorth to the region around the North Pole]].
** Literature/{{Beowulf}} is probably a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenning kenning]] referring to bears that literally means "bee-wolf" (y'know, because they like honey).
** The Russian word ''medved'' (honey-eater), is a (Proto-Slavic -- compare Polish ''niedźwiedź'', Czech ''medvěd'', Croatian ''medvjed'', even the not Slavic but geographically close to Croatian, Polish, Czech, Slovak and Russian Hungarian ''medve'') euphemism for the now-lost original word for "bear", but ''medved'' itself became taboo in the medieval period. Instead of naming the animal directly, people would refer to it with nicknames, either endearingly-pejorative ("the hairy one", "the clumsy one") or respectful ("the master"); a common practice was to give it a similar-sounding human name ("Mikhail [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} Potapych]]", "Misha"), a practice which also became popular in UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}n language (the bear was called ''Moş Martin'' -- "Old Uncle Martin"). In Polish, shortened form ''miś'' was used. Among the Szeklers, Hungarians living in the Carpathian Mountains, in what is now Romania, the corresponding nickname would be "Mackó úr", which more or less amounts to "Mr. Teddy". Keep in mind though, that they have a good reason to use the nicknames, as the nicknames are all from areas where bears still very much roam free and ''can and will'' pop up.
** In Finnish there's ''otso, kontio'', and ''mesikämmen'' (the last meaning "honey-paws"). The official name ''karhu'' was also originally a euphemism.
* The Nazis probably felt this way about [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/voytek.html Voytek]]. A bear... [[DarkerAndEdgier that drinks, smokes, fights, and carries ammo]]. However, in his personal life Voytek was known as [[GentleGiant a kind and lovable fuzzball]], who loved sweets, baths and hanging out with his buddies. A case where he brought this upon someone: one day, when Voytek went to the steam baths, he found an enemy spy hiding in them. He roared and backhanded the spy, who promptly surrendered, presumably not having expected a bear to blow his cover.
* Try to read all the way through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America this page]] without getting the chills. Some standout incidents include:
** The woman who climbed onto her roof when the bear broke into her cabin. It ''[[SuperPersistentPredator followed her onto the roof]]'' and killed her. Nowhere is safe...
** The one where a bear broke the necks of two campers, dragged them off, and ate part of them. When police found the bear five days later... it was ''guarding and protecting their corpses''. Somehow the [[{{Yandere}} really disturbing implications]] of that last bit make this one even creepier.
** The bear who apparently ripped the door off of a trailer to get to the man inside.
** The bear who dragged a five-month-old ''off of the porch of her house'' and killed her.
** The one where [[NothingIsScarier the only information they give us]] is that "his/her partially consumed remains were found." Especially scary is the guy whose half-eaten body was found ''in a campground'' when people woke up the next morning, or the one where "days later, searchers found his campsite with his bare skeleton, one intact hand, and both feet, still booted."
** And then there's the guy who managed to drag himself 1.5 miles to a meadow to die after being mauled and partially eaten.
* Russia's animal symbol is the bear; this was memorably used in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpwdcmjBgNA one of Ronald Reagan's campaign ads]], but [[NationalAnimalStereotypes depictions of Russia as a bear or identifying Russia with bears]] goes back to at least the 19th century.
** A related nation, the Carpatho-Ruthenians/Rusyns has a ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3a/Karpatska_Ukraina-2_COA.svg/2000px-Karpatska_Ukraina-2_COA.svg.png red bear as the official national coat of arms]]'', but they share none of the infamous reputation as their bigger brother by virtue of living with no sovereign state of their own.
* You know the scientific name for the grizzly bear? ''Ursus arctos horribilis''.
* What's scarier than a bear? '''A rabid bear.''' One managed to smash through a house once and savaged everything in it until it was shot to death by the owner. Note that the bear even ''head-on'' charged his jeep! If Cujo was bad, this is ''much'' worse.
* There's a ''reason'' the expression "loaded for bear" means "carrying the biggest gun you can get your hands on." In the muzzle-loading days, it meant cramming in extra powder. It takes quite a lot to put a bear down and there's a lot of TakingYouWithMe potential if you don't get it right. A party of Eastern European hunters once cornered a large male brown bear -- after they shot it twice with a [[{{BFG}} 9.3x74mm double rifle]], the bruin did not show the least desire to die, but charged them furiously, prompting the leader to perform the quickest reload of both barrels in his lifetime and shoot again, [[OhCrap only to see this did not even stop the furious bear, let alone kill it]]. The entire party ran away like madmen, and when they could scrounge enough guts to go back, they found the bear dead: [[MadeOfIron all four expanding rounds had hit, one of them almost cut down a hind leg, yet the bear survived long enough to charge them]].
* Campgrounds in the more remote areas of Canada typically offer literature and lectures by the park ranger on proper bear safety. Despite this, examples abound of tourists failing to take rules like "don't keep food in the tent" and "don't get between a mother bear and her cubs" seriously and paying a heavy price.
** Brown bears/grizzlies are only found in a few remote areas of the U.S. (basically Alaska, the northern Cascades, and a band of mountains running from Yellowstone up to the Canadian border), but the smaller, shyer, more widespread black bears can still be very dangerous--especially if they get too comfortable around humans. So once again, for the people in the back: '''''Do not feed the bears. Do not approach the bears. Carry spray when you go hiking. Store your food safely,[[note]]and any scented products like toothpaste or shampoo[[/note]] and pitch your tent upwind of it. Stay out of the woods in the spring, when the bears are hungriest.'''''
* As depicted in ''Film/GrizzlyMan'', Timothy Treadwell had been hanging around bears for a long long time and filming them until two finally ate him and his girlfriend. Before that he apparently had such a way that he could get close to cubs without hitting the momma's BerserkButton. Guess it doesn't matter how much a strong connection you have to nature when there's a food shortage... it didn't help that he had stayed longer then planned and the bears that did know him weren't the bears in the area anymore
* Creator/StephenColbert puts bears in the Threat Down for a very good reason. (See Live Action TV, also Phil Ken Sebben's dislike of bears.) WordOfGod says his fear of them is partly based on a recurring dream, and partly on the movie ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067388/ Man in the Wilderness]]''. Also partly because his father, who was a doctor, used a hypothetical bear-mauling as an example of the kind of thing you can brush off with ease with the aid of modern medicine. Which explains the FridgeBrilliance of his referring to pundit [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O' Reilly]] as 'papa bear'. Bears are the number one threat to America, and Billo [[TropeCodifier is largely responsible for]] the modern TV personality Colbert professes to parody. Therefore, ''he's the greatest of the greatest threats to America''.
* When the Stock Market goes down, it's said to be in a ''bear'' market. It's said to be a reference to the way they attack; they swipe ''down'' with their paw. Along with the fact that bears hibernate.
* Legendary NFL linebacker Dick Butkus was dubbed "The Most Feared Man in the Game." Who did he play for? That's right, the Chicago Bears.
* A Russian circus manager [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/23/russia.skating.bear.death/ was killed]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsqkmHxpEE an ice skating bear.]]
* A group of armed militants in Kashmir [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8339549.stm stopped to have some pudding in a cave hideway... shared by a bear]]. The bear killed two and severely injured a third. The cave was shared, not the pudding. This may be why the bear attacked.
* In Finnish, an infuriated person is said to be "mad as a bear shot in the arse".
* Gold Rush miners used to pit bears against everything. The bear always won so they got bored and imported some lions. The lion would roar and charge, the bear would crush their skull with one blow.
* The Lewis and Clark expedition experienced grizzly bears for the first time when they were exploring the west. "Experienced" here meaning "coming across a creature so incredibly strong they were unable to kill it with all of their guns and had to hide up trees until it left." Climbing a tree is not a foolproof solution to bears. Bears, even grizzlies, have been known to climb trees, too. Standing on the ground, a big bear can reach as much as 10 feet into a tree.
--> '''Lewis''': (''in his journal'') I find that the curiossity of our party is pretty well satisfyed with rispect to this anamal.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankebetsu_brown_bear_incident The Sankebetsu brown bear incident]]. Not at all a page to read before going to bed. According to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18483_the-5-creepiest-serial-killers-who-were-animals.html Cracked]] it involved 50 hunters ''failing'' to get a bear. (#4 on the list.)
* Bear-hunting was a favourite pastime of medieval Russian princes. Subverted in that, with armed retainers, clever tactics, and special-issue anti-bear spears (special ''rogatina''s with oak handles and silver heads), it actually wasn't all that difficult to kill a bear. Pseudo-Demetrius I, the wacky early 17th century impostor that threw the country into bloody infighting, was very popular with the commoners of Moscow because of his badass stunt where he used his freakish strength to not only stop a bear in mid-pounce with his rogatina (that was standard practice), but also ''throw it backwards over his head''. So if bears wrote Wiki/TVTropes, they would have to make a trope for "Russian Princes and Political Opportunists That Pretend To Be Such Are Bad News".
* [[TheBerserker Berserkers]]. Norse warriors who, among other rituals, went into battle wearing bearskins. If a bear's scary, one would imagine a person who you assumed killed a bear to get its hide would be a tough customer... [[HornyVikings The Norse]] were scary enough, but God help you if you were attacked by a berserker. The name even MEANS "bear-shirt wearer".
* Sort of a weird example, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLykQrCLKE8 this]] is SFW, yet so... bizarre.
* In 2006 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_JJ1 a brown bear nicknamed "Bruno"]] by the press became something of a ''cause célèbre'' when it wandered into southern UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} from UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}, making him the first bear to be seen in Germany since 1838. Bruno was extremely large and aggressive, showing a particular fondness for killing (but not eating) domestic animals. The fumbling attempts of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Bavarian]] government to deal with him (particularly Minister-President [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWcIimwhkr8 Edmund Stoiber's description]] of him as a "''Problembär''" ("problem bear")) attracted a great amount of derision. Bruno was finally shot to death by government marksmen.
* And now they're joyriding in [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10753021 your car]].
* Subversion: There was a drug bust of a Marijuana farm guarded [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by 10 black bears]]. They were so docile and domesticated that all that happened was that one of them sat on a cop car's hood for an hour, and then they just watched everything.
** If this is the same story, the whole thing was just [[{{Corpsing}} too ridiculous]] for one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xa3VcxWtI Russian news reader]].
* For the prehistoric giant cave bear this was inverted. For them everything was worse with {{humans|KillWantonly}}. [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11096945 We pushed them out of their living space and then hunted them to extinction]].
** While that was going on in Eurasia, prehistoric Native Americans had to deal with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctodus Giant Short-Faced Bears]], 1800-pound brutes that were twice as tall as humans when standing upright. These massive beasts are also believed to have gone extinct due to competition with humans, but unlike cave bears and modern bears (with the exception of the polar bear), they were almost entirely carnivorous, using their size and strength to chase sabertooth tigers and dire wolves away from their kills or attack slow-moving animals. Its South American relative ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctotherium Arctotherium]]'' was even larger.
* As if WorldWarIII wouldn't be bad enough, it was almost started [[http://io9.com/5664390/5-times-we-almost-nuked-ourselves-by-accident by a bear]]. More exactly, during the Cuban Missile Crisis a black bear tripped an intruder alarm at a US Air Force installation in Duluth, Minnesota, putting the entire base on full alert and nearly starting WorldWarIII.
** On [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes that subject]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-95 TU-95 'Bear']] [[CoolPlane strategic bomber]]. The angrier Russia gets, the more and farther afield Bear flights go, making them ''very'' bad news indeed.
* Despite their cute appearance, pandas are still bears, and they will [[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/drunk-man-mauled-by-panda/story-e6frg6uo-1111112247263 maul you for hugging them]] unless they've been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH_xFEWvyu4 trained for that.]]
* Most large carnivores attempt to avoid contact with humans unless they learn that humans are an easy source of food (either scavenging human refuse or hunting humans). Polar bears don't make any effort to avoid humans and appear to consider them to be exactly the same as everything else that's not another adult polar bear: food.
** There is an old Inuit story of a woman who went to live among strange people. She became a burden, and so they placed her in a boat, took her out to sea and cast her overboard. She struggled to regain the side of the boat, but they cut off her fingers to keep her away. As she died in the water, she became Sedna, the godess of the sea and mother of all beasts. Her fingers became the walrus and seals and whales that the people would hunt to eat. But her middle finger became the white bear. When the other animals see a man, they try to run away. But when the white bear sees a man, he is filled with revenge and tries to kill the person who he believes murdered the woman from whose finger he was born. Wise Inuit stay away from the white bear...
*** ...so, when you see a polar bear, it's the Goddess giving you the finger. Makes sense.
** Both polar and brown bears are [[http://www.all-creatures.org/bear/b-bearintel.html just as]] [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/arctic-bears/bear-intelligence/779/ intelligent]] as they are persistent in their stalking of prey. They have the long term memory which popular culture ascribed to elephants, they are excellent trackers and navigators on rough ground, they regularly use tools to get food or to play, and the [[DancingBear acting bear]] Bart [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome found out how to make a bridge]] from a plank of wood. It's only a matter of time until they find out how to fire guns.
** They're probably plotting as we speak. In a few centuries we'll see bears roaming the streets instead of humans, and they'll write a version of this page about humans. Oh wait, such a page [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters already exists]].
* Subverted with [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1890462 this]] video. Apparently, they make hockey better. The Alaska U Nanooks [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5885941/space-hockey-bear-destroys-the-universe-2 disagree]]. Bears only know how to destroy.
* The [[http://www.nonstopsnow.com/blog/stuff-we-like/svalbard-ski-marathon/ Svalbard Ski Marathon]]: probably the only annual sporting event where the entire track has to be surveilled by armed guards to stop polar bears from eating the competitors.
** It's not just the marathon. In Svalbard you are required to carry a rifle while outside a settlement for self defense against polar bears.
** Why a rifle? Because shooting a polar bear in the face with a handgun [[SuperPersistentPredator won't make it stop]].
* Everything's worse with a bear market, despite financial advisors' [[https://www.edwardjones.com/groups/ejw_content/@ejw/@us/@graphics/documents/web_content/web034039.pdf attempts to subvert the trope]].
* One of the knights who killed UsefulNotes/ThomasBecket was Reginald [=FitzUrse=], "son of the bear".
** Even better, "Fitz" in those days indicated that you were the acknowledged but not legitimate son of someone. That's right: his name literally means ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast bastard son of a bear]].''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth_bear_of_Mysore Sloth bear of Mysore]], which plagued the Mysore province in India in 1957. The Sankebetsu Brown Bear incident, seen above, is scary, but while that killed seven people, and wounded two others, the sloth bear of Mysore killed 12 people, and mutilated a dozen others, making it the single bear responsible for most human fatalities ever. To make matters scarier? No one really knows why the bear attacked, it only ate three of its victims, so this cannot have been the primary motivation, implication that it was a "thrill killer", remains. And to make matters even worse, sloth bears attacks by clawing the face of their victims with their long claws, perfectly adapted for destorying termite mounds. Yep, thats right, most of those that died had their face torn apart, and most of those who survived live with such a face for the rest of their life. Eventually, after three hunts, GreatWhiteHunter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Anderson_%28writer%29 Kenneth Anderson]] shot it dead.
* People often think [[TooDumbToLive it's a good idea to feed or tease a bear]] and end up getting attacked. [[NeverMyFault They blame it on the bear]].
* Grizzly bears are bad news to the smaller black bears. It's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear#Habitat hypothesized]] that the latter has adapted to avoid confrontation with the former, including climbing trees, being active at different times of the day, and residing in inaccessible places (i.e. with thick vegetation and mountainous terrain). Confrontations between the two species can range from tense to outright violent.
* Honorary mention: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B6rg_Jenatsch Jörg Jenatsch]] was killed by a man wearing a bear costume.
* Purely on the visual side, in 2009 a German zoo made news for its bears all getting an affliction where they lost almost all their fur. Usually furry animals end up looking silly when you remove all the hair. Bears, on the other hand, look like [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/11/04/article-1225042-0711FC57000005DC-753_634x693.jpg something that belongs in a D&D monster manual]].
* An old hunter's joke: How do you tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear? Climb a tree. If the bear climbs up after you and kills you, it's a black bear. If it knocks the tree down and kills you, it's a grizzly bear.
** And if there's no tree in sight, it's a polar bear
* Not even a Goddamn ''Gummy Bear'' can avoid this trope, if [[https://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Sugar-Free-Gummy-Bears/product-reviews/B008JELLCA these Amazon reviews]] of Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bears are to be believed.
* Les Stroud, aka the ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'', gets dropped into environments all over the world armed with nothing bigger than a small knife and spends the week by himself demonstrating how to survive in that situation, and has made a point of never having a firearm with him despite being in environments with the potential for hostile wildlife (plus, hunting for food would be easier). The exception was when he filmed an episode on Baffin Island, and authorities ''required'' him to carry a rifle, specifically because of the danger of polar bears.
* British National Treasure and Best Human ''Awesome/BrianBlessed'' is an exception to the rule. While camping at the North Pole, a polar bear entered his tent -- and the Loudest Man on Earth, in his own words, "punched it straight in its fucking face."
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* In ''Series/TheTerror'', a group of British sailors try to chart a path through the North Pole and find themselves hunted by a monster that takes the form of a polar bear called the Tuunbaq. It looks like a normal bear from a distance (and the crew initially assumes it to ''be'' one), but then it gets closer and reveals [[UncannyValley disturbingly humanlike face and unnatural long neck]]. It’s sadistic, not happy about explorers encroaching on it’s land, and ItCanThink.



* Bears in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are the strongest animals that aren't explicitly one of Calamity Ganon's monsters. They hit hard and take lots of hits to kill if you don't [[OneHitKill headshot them with an arrow]]. You can also [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride them around]], though Stables will unsurprisingly refuse to let you register them.
* Bears don't get much worse than in ''Videogame/PitPeople''. [[spoiler:The Narrator is a giant space bear who has decided to make Horatio and his allies' lives a living hell because he thinks Horatio is too boring to live.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' brings us a rather obscure Bear Goddess from Myth/CelticMythology, Artio. She's a supportive {{Druid}} lady who acts as a Guardian to her teammates using [[GreenThumb nature magic]]... that turns into a massive bear that charges forward, roars to disrupt her enemies, or swipe the enemy with her claws twice that hurts. One of her magic is a circular entangling vines that surround her and prevent movement-based skills for a good amount of time, and it'll stay active even as she turns to bear. Basically, this bear does not let you go away and wants you to stay awhile as she mauls you to death.
* As the page quote shows, Monokuma from ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' qualifies, [[spoiler:even though he is controlled by a human]].
* Herbert P. Bear, the main antagonist from ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin''. Especially during "Operation: Blackout", where he took over the island and froze the other EPF agents.
* In the fairly obscure video game ''Curse: The Eye of Isis'', an early boss battle consists of fighting two possessed, reanimated bears with a [[DamageSpongeBoss ton of health]].
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* In episode 12 of ''WebAnimation/UnforgottenRealms'', Roamin the Paladin rides to the scene of a big battle on the back of, not just a bear, but Ursa Arkadios, Archduke of the High Bears! Oh, and they're loaded with every sword in the rulebook.
* In ''WebAnimation/HowToKillAMockingbird'', the pirates' [[LaserBlade laser-swords]] shoot bears that are [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]].
* [[http://www.thefucksociety.com/anim.php?id=bearhello&w=400&h=300 "No, you fool, only bears can have bear powers!"]]
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has Flippy, a bear who, while on the surface [[CuteAndPsycho appears nice, goes insane now and then and brutally kills the entire cast]].
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad's turf is guarded by a (wooden cut-out of a) '''bear holding a [[ThreateningShark shark]]'''.
* The Ursa from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' are bear-like Grimm and they serve as EliteMooks. Ursa Major are even bigger, stronger versions, and they're downright terrifying opponents. Of course, from their perspective, the trope is more "Badass Teenagers With {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s Are Bad News".
* ''WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie'': Poke a stick at a grizzly bear? Whoops.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': An episode featured ''Smokey Bear vs. [=McGruff=] the Crime Dog'', and since this is a Death Battle, Smokey gets to show all his ferocity towards [=McGruff=]. Including pinning [=McGruff=] down, mauling him, [[spoiler:and finally turning giant to crush him and his monster truck like a bug]].
* The ''WebAnimation/DoodleToons'' pilot episode, "Rabbit for Dinner", depicts a bear as the bad guy that captures Bellybutton's {{Love Interest|s}}, Jellybean.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Windears are very quick to anger, especially if you are dumb enough to try and ''fight'' them!
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Snowball can become a gigantic and dangerous adult bear with huge claws.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=5&issue=9 Did someone mention robot bears]]?
** [[http://www.drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=48&issue=3 Grizzly bear with a midget trying to control it.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Bearmageddon}}'' is essentially "Everything's Worse With Bears: The Webcomic".
* Robots and Bears are a very bad combination in ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' since they are natural enemies and need only the slightest provocation to fight to the death.
* A storyline in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'''s second year had a hike in the woods ruined by a bear. A [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000414 talking]], [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000421 poetry-writing]] bear.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', Stephen's first direct confrontation with the AlienInvasion is this:
--> '''Stephen:'''[[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_1_22.html "A bear. Of course it's a bear. Why would I have thought it would be anything other than a bear."]]
* The female Jagermonster Jenka from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 rides a giant bear]]. This is how you know that [[DarkActionGirl she can kick your sorry ass]].
** The possible inspiration for Jenka and Fust can be found in one of Kaja Foglio's other comics, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/stories/dovrefjell/dovrefjell_01.php ''The Cat On The Dovrefjell'']] which was apparently based on [[Literature/TheCatOnTheDovrefell a folk tale]] and involves a bunch of trolls experiencing this trope first hand.
** Agatha and her companions face off with another spark and holding him off. Then he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140721#.U9A1F47D_mw calls up a large group of angry bears]]... Agatha and friends promptly decide to retreat.
*** [[spoiler:Things take a turn for the better when it turns out they share a creator with Krosp, and are programmed to follow his orders.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', [[GhibliHills Pitcheresk Forest]] is very beautiful and hanging out there causes CharacterDevelopment… but it also invites [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080401.html bear attacks.]]
* Combined with ThreateningShark in ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'': [[http://nedroid.com/2009/07/doorway-to-your-inner-self/ I CAN NEVER STOP SCREAMING]]. Averted with Beartato, the friendly OnlySaneMan.
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', Norah has just made a really bad impression to her teacher and her day is going downhill... and then she's attacked by a giant magical translucent spiky bear. Not to mention that it leads to her introduction to the Agents, which is a mixed blessing.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', regarding the owlbear: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0322.html "Why would anyone crossbreed a perfectly serviceable bear with an owl?"]]
** How does a druid who focuses on spellcasting prepare for melee combat? That's right, by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0353.html becoming a dire bear]].
** Exploited: They also have a "bear druid riding a bear while summoning bears" ''[[http://www.cafepress.com/orderofthestick/10865760 T-shirt]]''.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': "We've secretly replaced Gabe's Xbox controller with an ''eight hundred pound grizzly bear''. [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/03/25 Let's see if he notices.]]"
** "Did you order one of those smaller controllers or something? I think I like it better."
** Another strip had Tycho and Gabe expressing terror at the concept of playing a game of baseball outside, because there are bears "outside".
* [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1285 One of the most bizarre moodkillers of all time]] appears in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', courtesy of a bear.
* [[Webcomic/MacHall Matt Boyd and Ian McConville]], authors of ''Webcomic/MacHall'' and ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'', remind you that this trope also applies to [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2003-08-18 Morrowind]] and [[http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2008-05-19 Quebec]].
* As photoshopped by Website/SomethingAwful: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bears_online.jpg 1 in 5 children online gets eaten by rabid bears]].
* [[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]] + ThePowerOfRock + [[http://nonadventures.com/2006/10/07/the-500-bearable-lightness-of-being/ 500 Bears]].
* [[http://www.shreddedmoose.com/comic/comic_arc.php?comicID=132 This]] strip of ''Webcomic/ShreddedMoose'' shows that sex is also Worse With Bears.
* In ''WebComic/DeadOfSummer'', the BigBad attacks our heroes with a zombie grizzly bear. However, since they're CrazyAwesome, they dispatch it pretty quickly.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/BeaverAndSteve'', where it's taken to [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php?comic=25 the next level]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' gives us [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488#comic this]].
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' Sillies feature Faildruid, the worst noob in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' who also happens to be a bear (and at one point an owl-bear).
* Radic from ''Webcomic/MurphysLaw'' occasionally wildshapes into a bear.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' warns [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1365/ bike enthusiasts]]. Also, there's [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1313/ one creature much worse than an owlbear]].
* The bears in ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' are enforcers for a fascist dictatorship ruling the dreamworld.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/6tQaU.jpg This anonymous MS Paint comic.]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2011-02-08 This]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler.
** A bear, with a accordion, on a pogo stick! My greatest fear!
* ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'' [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2009-09-14 Just what you want to interrupt your fight.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BirdBoy'', after you [[ForbiddenFruit go into the]] LostWoods and stumble on the AbandonedArea, [[http://bird-boy.com/volume-1-page-20 naturally you get a bear]].
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': I'm a [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/134 bearlock now.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' when pondering what is inside a treasure chest, Jacquline says it could be a bear. Cue imagination spot.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-27.html Perrault climbs a tree and November feigns fainting]], and the bear's nice manners can't induce them not to fear this trope.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0237.html scouting the woods turns up bears.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LaserFeet'', a bear stars in the test pattern used when the creator is unable to upload that week's comic, for whatever reason, as seen [[http://www.thelaserfeet.com/comic/003/ here]].
* The {{invo|kedTrope}}cation of this trope is how the title character in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' finds out for the first time just how powerful he's become.. he knocks a bear out with a desperately flailing kick. For scale, bear in mind that Charby has the body of an 8 year old boy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'''s Flatbears [[http://oglaf.com/northerner/ blow in on the northerlies.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' has 3 bears, all of whom are bad news to anyone that happens to annoy them:
** The protagonist airsmith BigEater GadgeteerGenius grumpy polar bear Doc.
** His friend and a regular client brown bear Bruno. Sometimes described as "old, fat and slow", but more of a CoolOldGuy with overtones of being badass.
** Another friend of Doc, [[ComedicSociopathy bad-tempered]] scary-looking obnoxious panda Gino. Usually appears when [[HilarityEnsues situation already went out of control]] and [[UptoEleven escalates it]] or [[DropTheCow takes the story in entirely new direction]]. [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html Like a skunk spray in the aftermath of zombie invasion]]. WordOfGod says he's a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter.
* Captain Landon from the 'Delegates and Delegations' arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is normally pretty mild-mannered, but you [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-03-08 don't want to get him angry]].
** There's also the Ob'enn race, who prove that even being a small and fuzzy koala-like bear doesn't get in the way of being a menace. Being sociopathic xenophobes with huge battleships goes a long way towards the goal.
* A pair of werewolves in ''Webcomic/WildeLife'' were cheerfully hunting human prey. Then they [[http://www.wildelifecomic.com/comic/85 saw a bear.]] It told them to leave. They quickly turned tail [[http://www.wildelifecomic.com/comic/86 and ran.]] Not even werewolves will mess with bears.
** This so called 'White Faced Bear' seems to avoid the trope for the main characters at least since it and its 'wolf spiders' do save Oscar from the werewolfs and the shadow thingies and Cliff from a WitchWithACapitalB.
* ''Webcomic/TheYoungProtectors'' raises the stakes to a fifty-foot-high [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch4-page-33/ spirit bear]] with with EyeBeams that cause some serious trouble even to [[spoiler:two of the most powerful supervillains in the world]].
* ''WebComic/AwkwardZombie'': [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=091216 NO MORE BEARS!]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Creepypasta [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/1999 1999]] is about a kid discovering a local access cable channel that prominently features a children's program about a host who kidnaps and tortures children. His name is... Mr. Bear.
* When tasked with pondering how the ongoing, deadly civil war in Syria could possibly get any worse, ''Website/TheOnion'' came to one logical conclusion: [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/syria-conflict-intensifies-as-bears-enter-war,33659/ Bears]].
* There's the MemeticMutation image that illustrates this page... [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Bear_cavalry which gets some responses]].
* The nightmare "Unspeakable Things" on the Website/NightmareProject has the dreamer pursued by a metal-skinned bear through a LethalLavaLand.
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several examples of this trope:
** Render is an animalistic, bear-like [[AxCrazy psycho-villain]] who likes the taste of human blood.
** ''Coach Bear'', the gym teacher at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], used to be the superhero known as "Kodiak".
** Ursa is a Russian superhero who can turn into a polar bear.
* In ''More Literature/TalesOfMU'', bears are the only animal that the [[CantArgueWithElves typically arrogant elves]] will not hunt:
-->'''Iason:''' And did nobody ever think to teach you anything about bears?\\
'''Jamie:''' Not to mess with them.\\
'''Iason:''' That will do for a beginning.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfNU7AgSVQM Violated by Bears Man's]] origin.
* That's not important. Let's focus on [[http://jerslater.blogspot.com/2006/06/on-follow-up-calls.html RAPEBEAR]].
** And [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pedobear#.Tc2ZEc0Zwno Pedobear.]]
* What's more terrifying than a Vampire riding a zombie Dragon? [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5677925/ VAMPIRE BEARS RIDING ZOMBIE DRAGONS!]]
* But...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loyuW_nYGIc what if there's bears?]]
* Fan Fiction: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4988255/1/Halflife_Fulllife_Consequences_Free_Man John Freeman]] got quiet then dropped weapon and said "I have to kill fast and bullets too slow" and started killing Combines with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULWgEnnmcv4 bear hands.]]
* There is a common joke among ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' handlers that inactive characters are killed and eaten by an "Inactivity Bear". Also, in her first post, version 4 character Maria Graham has a dream where she was actually "Robo-Bear 5000", which was a robotic bear disguised as a student and was going to avenge its kidnapping.
** When Version 4's [[spoiler:Megan Nelson]] went [[AscendedFanon inactive]]...
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' reminds us that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-qpbTaEx6A Cartoon Bears are still bears.]]
* The Russian Internet meme [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/preved-medved Preved Medved (Hello Bear).]]
* [[http://puns.icanhascheezburger.com/2010/10/01/funny-puns-grizzly-violence/ Bears]] [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar of War.]]
** The newest [[BadHumorTruck Good Humor flavor]]: [[http://cheezburger.com/View/3600008704 StrawBEARies and SCREAM!]]
* There is such thing as a ''[[http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1809479 Bear Attack Flowchart.]]''
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: the Mediwhila Native American tribe just off the grounds of [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] are Weres. But the leader's boyfriend is a Werebear. Do not mess with this guy.
* This is a running joke in the online web series ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' where Kathleen, one of the people in comedy group, has what she describes as a "completely rational fear" of bears.
* In the world of [[Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]], the local name for bears translates to "walking horror."
* This [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/entries/icons/original/000/001/075/AUCrI.png?1255529734 Picture sums up the worst of the worst.]]
* Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews has Brizzly, a sapient, biotic grizzly.
* [[http://s74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/Galixgun/Demotivation%20Posters/?action=view¤t=BEARtrap.png The Bear Trap]]. It's not one of those usual {{Bear Trap}}s -- it's a ''Bear'' trap.
* Joel Heyman from Creator/RoosterTeeth picked [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEUULIs_UWE the wrong Fluffy to tame]].[[note]]The footage in question appears to be from ''Cabela's Big Game Hunter'', or a closely related game.[[/note]]
-->''[[MemeticMutation Cinnamon, no!]]''
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash finds it hard to believe just how many stories he's had that involve people trying to take on bears in some way, calling bears "living furry tanks" and at least once uttering the Trope name itself (which left him open to Tara following it up with "Especially when they play baseball."). Some of the more infamous examples:
** One story about a man who wanted to find a bear, kill a bear, wear the bear's skin, and then maul his ex-girlfriend to death to make it look like some sort of freak bear attack. Nash was quick to point out the flaws in this plan.
--> '''Nash''': Number one, it's a bear. Number two, it's a bear. Number three, and probably most important... HOLY SHIT, YOU FUCKING IDIOT! IT'S A GODDAMNED BEAR!
** They also had another story where a man and his girlfriend were camping and a bear started to go into their tent while they were sleeping. The man managed to punch the bear in the face and drove it off. Both Nash and Tara agreed that punching a bear in the face to save your girlfriend is better than a marriage proposal. Tara was also concerned about her then-boyfriend finding out about the story as he wants to punch a bear and now has proof you can survive doing it.
** Another one about a man donning a realistic bear costume and harassing a family of bears, going so far as to get near the cubs, leaving Nash to have to explain why the MamaBear trope exists: "You get next to Mama Bear's cubs, that is ''death''!"
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation maintains a few "ursine"-tagged subjects:
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-549 SCP-549]], which moves and behaves like a normal grizzly despite being 17 centimetres long. As in, it's still as heavy, strong, and hungry as a regular bear.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1048 SCP-1048]], a sapient teddy bear that can use any material to make more of itself.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1055 "Bugsy"]], a grizzly that gets bigger and more aggressive the [[YourMindMakesItReal more people know about it]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2875 SCP-2875]], aka The Town that got Fucked By Bears. It's a town in Wisconsin that, every 3 days, randomly spawns anywhere between 50-100 grizzly bears. Bears that have to be tranquilized and beaten to death, because if you shoot one [[AsteroidsMonster two more take its place]].
* In a roundabout sort of way, when the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' play ''VideoGame/NaughtyBear'', their first part got decidedly low ratings due to their inability to complete ''the very first task of the game, '''even though the game itself was guiding them.'''''
* [[http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/most-interesting-bear-in-the-world-meme.jpg Stated in this rendition]] [[MemeticMutation among the many]] of ''Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw0gognAtQc Please, Do Not Steal From the...]]
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9720611?view_full_work=true Course of Honour]] has the protagonists attacked by a bear. According to Kiem, at least. Jainan, being from a different planet, objects that a terrifying beast with scales isn't exactly what a bear is supposed to look like. They both agree it is very bad news, though.
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* Subverted in a WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoon, [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x82OutWestWithBigBrownie "Out West With Big Brownie"]]. In it, Felix and Poindexter encounter Big Brownie, a giant, brown bear who causes trouble for Felix, Poinsy and the ranch owner Bart at the start of the episode. But as Poindexter insists, it turns out Brownie isn't bad, just clumsy and misunderstood.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Parodied with a bear wandering around Springfield, not even getting angry once, but causing enough of a panic to lead to an extensive (and costly) bear watch program. Although [[LampshadeHanging as pointed out by Lisa]], Homer was only paying $5, so regardless of whether it's a percentage or just $5 per person, it was the smallest tax hike in history.
** In a more straightforward example, Homer is traumatized by a bear attack, and has nightmares of being attacked by vicious bear mascots.
--->'''Homer:''' Are you a Care Bear?\\
'''Care Bear:''' (takes out a crowbar and starts tapping it) I'm an Intensive Care Bear.\\
'''Homer:''' Why does a bear need a crowbar?\\
'''Care Bear:'''...I don't like to get my hands dirty.
*** That bear later turns into an AndroclesLion as Homer finds out that he had a defective tracking tag on his ear that kept sending painful jolts in its ear.
** There was also a bear with a ''chainsaw''. {{Chainsaw| Good}} ''[[ChainsawGood bad]]''. In the episode where Mr. Burns and the Rich Texan were destroying the environment, Kent Brockman announced that "Smokey the Bear" is now "Choppy the Lumberjack". Cut to a bear in a lumberjack get-up cutting a tree with a chainsaw, while an activist protested to his actions behind him. Choppy backhanded him angrily and revved up his chainsaw.
** In another episode, Bart and Lisa are stuck in a forest fire. Homer arrives in a helicopter, and let down a rope ladder. Before the kids can climb it, a bear shoulders them aside and climbs the ladder himself (only being stopped from reaching the chopper by Homer cutting the rope).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgm2zQpETSE One of Homer's dream sequences]] involves him as "Homey the Bear", a WesternAnimation/YogiBear parody in both appearance and animation style. Not so bad, until Homey proceeds to brutally maul Ranger Ned (Flanders).
** Kent Brockman reported in season 7 about a bear who stowed away on a space shuttle that is now terrorizing the astronauts.
** One of the most infamous cases of this trope took place in the episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]." While pulling a prank for Mr. Burns that was an in-universe example of PandaingToTheAudience, a male panda mistook a panda costume-clad Homer for a female and implicitly raped him.
** Even the tame bear and television host Gentle Ben attacks his handler after hungrily going for the food table.
** Inverted when Chief Wiggum designed a supposedly educational skit that involved dressing one of his men in a costume and calling him "Curtis E. Bear." He designed it with the same incompetence and violence that he exhibits in everything else he attempts, so the version that was performed involved beating up the cop in the bear suit, while having lost any of the actual message of courtesy that was the occasion for the skit.
* A RunningGag among many 11-minute Creator/AdultSwim animated comedies; the ones that happen to be related to each other by same way (usually creative staff). It started with an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' with Space Ghost brawling a bear; then became a prominent character in ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' and spread from there.
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}} Granny]]:''' And then the Lord made bears. Lots of bears... too many bears. Should've dialed back on the bears... and so, he dialed back on the bears!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' has a bear for a recurring character. His most basic purpose is to make the cats' lives suck.
* '' WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': Who is driving? Oh my god, bear is driving! How can that be?"
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' just couldn't do with a regular bear, they had to make it a ''mutated ghostly one with four arms!''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'': In "Circus Berserkus", Joey mistakes an escaped bear for a teddy bear. Mr. Wilson doesn't think it's real until he pulls its nose.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwoHn5tuSvQ OH MY GOD, THERE'S A BEAR IN MY OATMEAL!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' Birdman is tasked with defending Boo Boo Bear, or as he's also known, "[[MadBomber the Unibooboo]]".
-->'''Phil Ken Sebben:''' He's a bear! Buster Brown and his Hairy Hollyknockers! Have you ever tried to bring one down?
** May be an example of an ActorAllusion, as Phil's voice actor is Stephen Colbert.
** Averted with... the bear, who mostly stands around, and usually leads the OhCisco moment at the end of the shows.
*** In one episode, "[[ActorAllusion Phil believes the Bear is pure evil and stealing from him]]."
* Grier in ''WesternAnimation/{{Huntik}}'' has a bear Titan named [[MeaningfulName Breaker]]. With [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four arms]] and SpikesOfVillainy. Yeah, Grier's a pretty badass AntiVillain.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' has Johnny run into a talking bear who claimed to be '''''[[LargeHam Chronos, Master of All Time!!]]'''''
* In the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] and [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]] are stuck in the Arctic. So how do you top that? You add a vicious polar bear.
* In the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', Orel's father Clay gets drunk, accidentally shoots Orel, and promptly passes out after Orel [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out]]. It is only ''then'' that a grizzly appears and begins sniffing around the camp. When Clay's drunken sleep-muttering attracts the bear's attention to them, Orel reluctantly empties the revolver he has to kill the bear and save his father.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch [[SugarApocalypse featured the Care Bears brutally massacring the non-bear Care Bear Cousins]].
* In an earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko and Heffer instigate a snowball fight with Ed Bighead, who attempts to retaliate by shooting snowballs back at them. He inadvertently hits a bear, who responds by slowly removing Ed's goggles and punching him hard enough to knock all of his teeth out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Comicbook/{{Raven}} spends much of the episode "Hide and Seek" in disbelief that Melvin's imaginary friend Bobby is real, instead believing Melvin is telekinetic and won't admit it. When [[GeniusBruiser Monsieur]] [[KillerGorilla Mallah]] finally manages to kidnap Melvin and the other kids, and we learn that Bobby is not only real, but a giant, nightmarish LightningBruiser of a teddy bear. Beatdown ensues.
** Beast Boy also tends to turn into a bear (among other ferocious creatures) when he's angry enough.
** In the episode "The Quest", the first of three animal spirits that Robin has to fight his way past on his way up the mountain is a bear. The guy is polite about it, but the fight is anything but easy for Robin.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndScrappyDoo'' featured an episode titled "The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear", which is about this [[PrimalFear trope]]! Quite scary.
** A ghost bear appears in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWrestlemaniaMystery'', threatening to cancel the Wrestlemania match. The bear even had a feud with Wrestling/SinCara ever since his great-great-great-grandfather [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeated it]] when it was declared undefeatable.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Darkwing takes Launchpad and Gosalynn on a camping trip, only for a ''very'' mean bear to be a persistent problem. When it finally turns violent, Darkwing decides to use his flamethrowing gas gun on it ("Hate to do this to an endangered species," says the hero) only to discover that the "bear" is actually a robot created by F.O.W.L. agents.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has Squidward running afoul of an [[HairTriggerTemper easily-provoked]] Seabear in "The Camping Episode": "DON'T RUN, SEABEARS HATE THAT!"
-->'''Squidward:''' What'd I do that time?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don't know! Maybe he just doesn't like you!
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'': On a camping trip, a bear mauls Mr. Van Driesen, and cuts his song about men's feelings to an abrupt halt -- and it's the high point of the trip for Beavis, Butthead, and Stuart.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert hosts a TV financial round-table. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXKqR2VXHYY With 3 financial specialists and one drunken bear.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Subverted when a MamaBear carries off several [[ItMakesSenseInContext Jewish Cub Scouts]]... to be guests at a birthday party for her cub.
** In the battle of the Website/YouTube stars, Sneezing Panda kills three of his opponents.
* One of the bears that appeared in Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' mauled Cody to the point where he had to wear a body cast. In the third season, the bear learns how to use [[ChainsawGood the chainsaw]].
* Death Bear from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', there's an episode that Space Ghost is attacked by a bear, because there's a shark in the set. According to his [[ArtisticLicenseBiology educational documentary]] sharks like to walk along with bear, so the shark, named "Kentucky Nightame", attracts him.
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' has Squirt and Niblet, who are lost in the Canadian wilderness due to getting stuck in a plane's cargo, discuss this trope in "Homeward Pound". Niblet believes the bears will help them and Squirt believes the bears would kill and eat them, prompting the two to split up when they can't agree on what to do. [[spoiler:In a subversion of the trope, Niblet manages to convince the bears to save Squirt from going over a waterfall and even provide them-and the rescue crew coming to find the two-with plenty of fresh fish.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in [[SixthRanger Patches]]' take on three episodes (including the one above) in "The Secret Super Pup Club". In the first two scenarios (the Canadian wilderness and a construction site), a bear pops out to scare/threaten the Pound Puppies, only to be scared off when Patches leaps from nowhere and barks at it. It gets ridiculous when the third scenario involves ''five of them'' coming out of nowhere in a suburban neighborhood, only to be once again scared off by Patches.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' crosses over this trope with (arguably, due to the nature of this trope) ArsonMurderAndJaywalking. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqzn_hMnhoI In song.]]
-->''Billy! He's the greatest warrior ever, a hero of renown! Who slayed an evil ocean, who cast the Lich King down! [...] Also...'' '''''He fought a bear!'''''
** Arguably averted and then played straight with the bear in the episode "In Your Footsteps", who unlike most characters, looks and acts mostly like an ordinary bear. Despite trying to ineptly copy Finn's voice, clothes and mannerisms so he can be a hero too, he's shown to be harmless, none too bright, and misunderstood [[spoiler: at least until the end of the episode where he brings the book of heroes, the Enchiridion, to the evil Lich possessing a snail (although it could also be due to deception of The Lich's part)]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'', [[BigBad High Roller's]] henchmen (other than the [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Zebra twins]]) are an army of bears! They are seen as his henchmen. Especially their king being [[TheDragon High Roller's sidekick in evil]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Revenge Society is recruiting new members, and during the TerribleIntervieweesMontage, one of the interviewees is a guy in a bear costume. He's covered in blood, looks freaky, no one knows how he got there and just stands there, not speaking or doing anything except breathing creepily. Phantom Limb, Professor Impossible, and Baron Underbeit, all experienced supervillains, are scared shitless. And then he pulls out a knife.
** In another episode, Brock fights a team of Vatican Swiss Guard bears.
** And in another episode The Monarch forces a prostitute into a deathtrap gauntlet. Featuring the polar bear from Lost.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius punishes [[YesMan Samy]] with a bear on a stick. It eats him, chews him up, and spits him out.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan has both his legs ripped off by a vicious polar bear, after being pushed in by the bear's tank by Roger, who wanted to save Stan and pretend to be a hero, so he'd let him move back in with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]" sees Twilight Sparkle forced to deal with an Ursa Major, a huge, terrifying blue bear [[{{Kaiju}} as big as a house]] and ''[[EldritchAbomination made of stars]]'', thanks to two none-too-bright colts who wanted to see [[MilesGloriosus boastful magician]] [[ThirdPersonPerson Trixie]] take one on. [[spoiler:It turns out that was only an Ursa Minor -- a baby throwing a temper tantrum. The real Ursa Major, its mother, is bigger, scarier [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and purple]]: as big as Ponyville itself.]]
** Then there's "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", where Fluttershy, [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness to Twilight's shock]], fights and [[NeckSnap seemingly kills]] a bear. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope She was really giving it a massage]]]]. This bear returns frequently in subsequent episodes, but always as a [[AvertedTrope friendly bear]].
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Slice of Life]]" sees Ponyville attacked by a beelike [[MixAndMatchCritters Bugbear]] that escaped from [[{{Hell}} Tartarus]]. However, this issue takes a back seat to the [[SliceOfLife wedding]] that is the focus of the episode.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', an Ursa Minor [[spoiler:is responsible for breaking [[TheDragon Tempest Shadow]]'s horn and starting her way down the path to villainy.]]
* Joe Bear in the [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery-directed cartoon]], "Rock-a-Bye Bear".
* There was an animated BeastFable adaptation of ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' where Injun' Joe (or just Joe) was portrayed as a bear.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a couple:
** Two of them are in the main cast. The larger of the two {{team pet}}s is Naga, a [[MixAndMatchCritters Polar]] Bear [[CanineCompanion Dog]]. Korra is distinct in that she's the first to be able to [[FluffyTamer tame such a beast]]. Korra can and does use Naga as an intimidation tool, and Naga is fiercely protective of Korra. (Naga is female, making her a literal MamaBear example.)
** In the predecessor series ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', it's played straight with a ''[[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypus]]'' bear, another one of the MixAndMatchCritters. The first time we see this, it's trying to attack a man for coming onto its territory.
** Subverted with Bosco, the Earth King's pet bear. He's more BearyFunny than scary. The Gang themselves were skeptical that there was such a creature as "just a bear" and suggested that perhaps it was another type of creature, such as a platypus-bear, skunk-bear, armadillo-bear, or gopher-bear. But no, he's just... a bear.
* One of the antagonists in the EasterSpecial ''The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town'' is Gadzooks, a mean bear who guards the pass between Kidville and Town, mugging any travelers for their food. The Bunny fools him by coloring his eggs and claiming they're colored paperweights. (Explaining why he does so from then on.) Gadzooks wises up eventually, [[HeelFaceTurn but turns over a new leaf]] -- and becomes a powerful ally -- once the children of Kidsvile [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe surprise him with a new Easter suit]].
* Some WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts have been known to pit a main character against a bear, either a generic bear (i.e., WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse's encounter with one in "The Pointer") or, especially in the case of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, [[BearyFunny a goofy-looking bear named Humphrey]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' the Buddy Bears may not attack or maul anyone, but their presence inevitably makes things worse for Garfield anyway, especially if their theme song is any indication:
-->Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we always get along!\\
Each day, we do a little dance and sing a little song!\\
[[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong If you ever disagree, it means that you are WRONG!]]\\
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, WE ALWAYS GET ALONG!
** Seriously, they can be downright ''sadistic'' sometimes. They once offered Garfield [[ForbiddenFruit a whole table full of free food]] just to tempt him when he was trying to prove to Jon that he could go five minutes without eating. [[spoiler:By the way, Garfield won the bet.]]
** There is another verse of their theme song which is doubly creepy:
-->Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we never have a fight!\\
Anyone who disagrees is never, ever right!\\
If you have a point of view, then keep it out of sight!\\
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, WE NEVER HAVE A FIGHT!
** To which Garfield questions them...
-->'''Garfield:''' But what about having an individual point of view?\\
'''Bear 1:''' I have an individual point of view.\\
'''Bear 2:''' And I agree with him.\\
'''Bear 3:''' And I agree with both of them.\\
'''All:''' ''[[HypocriticalHumor We all have an individual point of view!]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has the [[MultipleHeadCase Multi-bear]], mortal enemy of the [[TestosteronePoisoning Manitaurs]]. [[spoiler: He is (they are?) actually reasonable and accepts his/their death with so much dignity that Dipper, who's been trying to become [[ARealManIsAKiller a real man]], refuses to kill him/them.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has two straight examples and a subversion. The Christmas special and "Winter Blunder-land" both feature a bear as an actual threat to the characters. In "You Camp Take It with You", when Goofy and Pete take Max and PJ camping, there is another bear. Everyone except [[FearlessFool Max]] is worried the bear would or did eat the boys, but he turns out to be [[NotSoDifferent just another father trying to protect his son in the wilderness]] (though in this case he was a TalkingAnimal and his baby had a diaper). In the ending scene, he is significantly nicer than Pete and about as nice as Goofy.
* In the 3-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', "R.V Having Fun Yet?", the gang encounter a bear. Luckily, they are saved by a dog that Kimi found during their cross-country road trip.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a skit with a FunnyAnimal type of bear, overcharging people for useless junk at his neighborhood GarageSale. Then the Warners show up and start pestering him to [[LiteralMinded sell them his actual garage]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Teddygodzilla", [[BigBad XANA]] brings Milia's ''teddy bear'' to life and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever turns it into a giant]] to attack the heroes.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon, Woody's foil is a clockmaker trying to turn Woody into a cuckoo; a running gag in the short is said foil making loud noises and waking up a hibernating bear who doesn't like being woken up. Eventually, Woody is able to use this to his advantage, moving the sleeping bear to the shop right before the top of the hour when every cuckoo clock chimes simultaneously, and the clockmaker (who wisely has earplugs for when that happens) is trounced hard enough consider giving up.
* Creator/HannaBarbera ursine stars WesternAnimation/YogiBear, Breezly Bruin and WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch are usually bad news to their protagonists. Averted with the WesternAnimation/CBBears, who are heroic.
* Inverted with Bosco from ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne''. He's likely the ''least'' dangerous character on the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear are usually [[BearyFriendly an inversion]], but the episode "Primal" shows Panda and Ice Bear [[SanitySlippage going feral from hunger]]. When Grizz tries to stop them from attacking each other, [[OhCrap they start to chase him]].
** In "Planet Bears", all three bears go mad with hunger after an unsuccessful trip to the grocery store, and start fighting over a granola bar Grizz happens to find.
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' has one special example in the form of the series' villain, Grizzle. Even if he doesn't successfully hurt the Care Bears and does receive his dose of Karma at the end of each episode, he does still cause a considerable amount of collateral damage to Care-A-Lot indirectly.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had the titular cartoon bobcat's co-star Grumbles Grizzly, who often played an antagonistic role in the ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'' shorts, but is more of a grumpy neighbor during his few appearances in the actual series.
* Bears have threatened both the heroes and the villains of ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' in the episodes "Tall Timber Treachery" and "Cross Country Double Cross".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', there is a gang of bullies, whose strongest and angriest member is a pink bear.
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[[folder:Other]]
* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s album Music/KidA's marketing campaign told a vague but disturbing story about genetically modified bears killing everyone. The "Radiohead Bear" has remained the band's logo ever since.
* They're learning ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghgg_fukbvU&feature=related Kung Fu]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVjAQqZrGcg now]]. We're all gonna die.
* These [[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11925074644#!/group.php?gid=11925074644&v=photos traditional American values]]
* Preying on public fear and stereotypes, the following hoax[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026914/Mum-bear-eating--Final-phone-calls-woman-19-eaten-alive-brown-bear-cubs.html]] describes a 19-year old Russian girl and her stepfather get eaten alive by a literal MamaBear and cubs.
* Several sports teams such as the Memphis (originally Vancouver) Grizzlies (basketball), the Chicago Cubs (baseball), the Chicago Bears (football), and the Boston Bruins (hockey).
** In UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball, the Brisbane Bears failed at this, by having a koala as their mascot. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Koalas are not bears]].
* Comedian Mitch Hedburg had a joke where he and a friend decided to go out to the woods to do drugs in order to avoid authority figures only to run into a bear, which was "even more of a buzzkill". The friend attempted to appease the bear by promising to prevent forest fires. Smokey is ''way'' more intense in person.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* This trope may be the reason ''the word "bear" exists in the first place.'' Linguists believe that the Proto-Indo-European word for "bear" (''*h₂ŕ̥tḱos'', which evolved into the Latin ''ursus'', Greek ''arctos'', et al.) may have become taboo because people feared that [[SpeakOfTheDevil actually using the word would summon a bear]]. As a result, various Germanic peoples began calling them "brown"[[labelnote:*]]Or maybe "wild animal" -- sometime after Grimm and Verner's laws, nearly all gw merged with b.[[/labelnote]] as a euphemism, resulting in the English ''bear'' and ''bruin'', German ''Bär'', et al. Other languages have their own euphemisms:
** Even ''*h₂ŕ̥tḱos'' itself isn't much better -- it roughly translates to "destruction/destroyer". Appropriate that as well as coming to mean "bear", "arktos" also came to refer [[GrimUpNorth to the region around the North Pole]].
** Literature/{{Beowulf}} is probably a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenning kenning]] referring to bears that literally means "bee-wolf" (y'know, because they like honey).
** The Russian word ''medved'' (honey-eater), is a (Proto-Slavic -- compare Polish ''niedźwiedź'', Czech ''medvěd'', Croatian ''medvjed'', even the not Slavic but geographically close to Croatian, Polish, Czech, Slovak and Russian Hungarian ''medve'') euphemism for the now-lost original word for "bear", but ''medved'' itself became taboo in the medieval period. Instead of naming the animal directly, people would refer to it with nicknames, either endearingly-pejorative ("the hairy one", "the clumsy one") or respectful ("the master"); a common practice was to give it a similar-sounding human name ("Mikhail [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} Potapych]]", "Misha"), a practice which also became popular in UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}n language (the bear was called ''Moş Martin'' -- "Old Uncle Martin"). In Polish, shortened form ''miś'' was used. Among the Szeklers, Hungarians living in the Carpathian Mountains, in what is now Romania, the corresponding nickname would be "Mackó úr", which more or less amounts to "Mr. Teddy". Keep in mind though, that they have a good reason to use the nicknames, as the nicknames are all from areas where bears still very much roam free and ''can and will'' pop up.
** In Finnish there's ''otso, kontio'', and ''mesikämmen'' (the last meaning "honey-paws"). The official name ''karhu'' was also originally a euphemism.
* The Nazis probably felt this way about [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/voytek.html Voytek]]. A bear... [[DarkerAndEdgier that drinks, smokes, fights, and carries ammo]]. However, in his personal life Voytek was known as [[GentleGiant a kind and lovable fuzzball]], who loved sweets, baths and hanging out with his buddies. A case where he brought this upon someone: one day, when Voytek went to the steam baths, he found an enemy spy hiding in them. He roared and backhanded the spy, who promptly surrendered, presumably not having expected a bear to blow his cover.
* Try to read all the way through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America this page]] without getting the chills. Some standout incidents include:
** The woman who climbed onto her roof when the bear broke into her cabin. It ''[[SuperPersistentPredator followed her onto the roof]]'' and killed her. Nowhere is safe...
** The one where a bear broke the necks of two campers, dragged them off, and ate part of them. When police found the bear five days later... it was ''guarding and protecting their corpses''. Somehow the [[{{Yandere}} really disturbing implications]] of that last bit make this one even creepier.
** The bear who apparently ripped the door off of a trailer to get to the man inside.
** The bear who dragged a five-month-old ''off of the porch of her house'' and killed her.
** The one where [[NothingIsScarier the only information they give us]] is that "his/her partially consumed remains were found." Especially scary is the guy whose half-eaten body was found ''in a campground'' when people woke up the next morning, or the one where "days later, searchers found his campsite with his bare skeleton, one intact hand, and both feet, still booted."
** And then there's the guy who managed to drag himself 1.5 miles to a meadow to die after being mauled and partially eaten.
* Russia's animal symbol is the bear; this was memorably used in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpwdcmjBgNA one of Ronald Reagan's campaign ads]], but [[NationalAnimalStereotypes depictions of Russia as a bear or identifying Russia with bears]] goes back to at least the 19th century.
** A related nation, the Carpatho-Ruthenians/Rusyns has a ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3a/Karpatska_Ukraina-2_COA.svg/2000px-Karpatska_Ukraina-2_COA.svg.png red bear as the official national coat of arms]]'', but they share none of the infamous reputation as their bigger brother by virtue of living with no sovereign state of their own.
* You know the scientific name for the grizzly bear? ''Ursus arctos horribilis''.
* What's scarier than a bear? '''A rabid bear.''' One managed to smash through a house once and savaged everything in it until it was shot to death by the owner. Note that the bear even ''head-on'' charged his jeep! If Cujo was bad, this is ''much'' worse.
* There's a ''reason'' the expression "loaded for bear" means "carrying the biggest gun you can get your hands on." In the muzzle-loading days, it meant cramming in extra powder. It takes quite a lot to put a bear down and there's a lot of TakingYouWithMe potential if you don't get it right. A party of Eastern European hunters once cornered a large male brown bear -- after they shot it twice with a [[{{BFG}} 9.3x74mm double rifle]], the bruin did not show the least desire to die, but charged them furiously, prompting the leader to perform the quickest reload of both barrels in his lifetime and shoot again, [[OhCrap only to see this did not even stop the furious bear, let alone kill it]]. The entire party ran away like madmen, and when they could scrounge enough guts to go back, they found the bear dead: [[MadeOfIron all four expanding rounds had hit, one of them almost cut down a hind leg, yet the bear survived long enough to charge them]].
* Campgrounds in the more remote areas of Canada typically offer literature and lectures by the park ranger on proper bear safety. Despite this, examples abound of tourists failing to take rules like "don't keep food in the tent" and "don't get between a mother bear and her cubs" seriously and paying a heavy price.
** Brown bears/grizzlies are only found in a few remote areas of the U.S. (basically Alaska, the northern Cascades, and a band of mountains running from Yellowstone up to the Canadian border), but the smaller, shyer, more widespread black bears can still be very dangerous--especially if they get too comfortable around humans. So once again, for the people in the back: '''''Do not feed the bears. Do not approach the bears. Carry spray when you go hiking. Store your food safely,[[note]]and any scented products like toothpaste or shampoo[[/note]] and pitch your tent upwind of it. Stay out of the woods in the spring, when the bears are hungriest.'''''
* As depicted in ''Film/GrizzlyMan'', Timothy Treadwell had been hanging around bears for a long long time and filming them until two finally ate him and his girlfriend. Before that he apparently had such a way that he could get close to cubs without hitting the momma's BerserkButton. Guess it doesn't matter how much a strong connection you have to nature when there's a food shortage... it didn't help that he had stayed longer then planned and the bears that did know him weren't the bears in the area anymore
* Creator/StephenColbert puts bears in the Threat Down for a very good reason. (See Live Action TV, also Phil Ken Sebben's dislike of bears.) WordOfGod says his fear of them is partly based on a recurring dream, and partly on the movie ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067388/ Man in the Wilderness]]''. Also partly because his father, who was a doctor, used a hypothetical bear-mauling as an example of the kind of thing you can brush off with ease with the aid of modern medicine. Which explains the FridgeBrilliance of his referring to pundit [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O' Reilly]] as 'papa bear'. Bears are the number one threat to America, and Billo [[TropeCodifier is largely responsible for]] the modern TV personality Colbert professes to parody. Therefore, ''he's the greatest of the greatest threats to America''.
* When the Stock Market goes down, it's said to be in a ''bear'' market. It's said to be a reference to the way they attack; they swipe ''down'' with their paw. Along with the fact that bears hibernate.
* Legendary NFL linebacker Dick Butkus was dubbed "The Most Feared Man in the Game." Who did he play for? That's right, the Chicago Bears.
* A Russian circus manager [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/23/russia.skating.bear.death/ was killed]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsqkmHxpEE an ice skating bear.]]
* A group of armed militants in Kashmir [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8339549.stm stopped to have some pudding in a cave hideway... shared by a bear]]. The bear killed two and severely injured a third. The cave was shared, not the pudding. This may be why the bear attacked.
* In Finnish, an infuriated person is said to be "mad as a bear shot in the arse".
* Gold Rush miners used to pit bears against everything. The bear always won so they got bored and imported some lions. The lion would roar and charge, the bear would crush their skull with one blow.
* The Lewis and Clark expedition experienced grizzly bears for the first time when they were exploring the west. "Experienced" here meaning "coming across a creature so incredibly strong they were unable to kill it with all of their guns and had to hide up trees until it left." Climbing a tree is not a foolproof solution to bears. Bears, even grizzlies, have been known to climb trees, too. Standing on the ground, a big bear can reach as much as 10 feet into a tree.
--> '''Lewis''': (''in his journal'') I find that the curiossity of our party is pretty well satisfyed with rispect to this anamal.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankebetsu_brown_bear_incident The Sankebetsu brown bear incident]]. Not at all a page to read before going to bed. According to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18483_the-5-creepiest-serial-killers-who-were-animals.html Cracked]] it involved 50 hunters ''failing'' to get a bear. (#4 on the list.)
* Bear-hunting was a favourite pastime of medieval Russian princes. Subverted in that, with armed retainers, clever tactics, and special-issue anti-bear spears (special ''rogatina''s with oak handles and silver heads), it actually wasn't all that difficult to kill a bear. Pseudo-Demetrius I, the wacky early 17th century impostor that threw the country into bloody infighting, was very popular with the commoners of Moscow because of his badass stunt where he used his freakish strength to not only stop a bear in mid-pounce with his rogatina (that was standard practice), but also ''throw it backwards over his head''. So if bears wrote Wiki/TVTropes, they would have to make a trope for "Russian Princes and Political Opportunists That Pretend To Be Such Are Bad News".
* [[TheBerserker Berserkers]]. Norse warriors who, among other rituals, went into battle wearing bearskins. If a bear's scary, one would imagine a person who you assumed killed a bear to get its hide would be a tough customer... [[HornyVikings The Norse]] were scary enough, but God help you if you were attacked by a berserker. The name even MEANS "bear-shirt wearer".
* Sort of a weird example, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLykQrCLKE8 this]] is SFW, yet so... bizarre.
* In 2006 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_JJ1 a brown bear nicknamed "Bruno"]] by the press became something of a ''cause célèbre'' when it wandered into southern UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} from UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}, making him the first bear to be seen in Germany since 1838. Bruno was extremely large and aggressive, showing a particular fondness for killing (but not eating) domestic animals. The fumbling attempts of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Bavarian]] government to deal with him (particularly Minister-President [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWcIimwhkr8 Edmund Stoiber's description]] of him as a "''Problembär''" ("problem bear")) attracted a great amount of derision. Bruno was finally shot to death by government marksmen.
* And now they're joyriding in [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10753021 your car]].
* Subversion: There was a drug bust of a Marijuana farm guarded [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by 10 black bears]]. They were so docile and domesticated that all that happened was that one of them sat on a cop car's hood for an hour, and then they just watched everything.
** If this is the same story, the whole thing was just [[{{Corpsing}} too ridiculous]] for one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xa3VcxWtI Russian news reader]].
* For the prehistoric giant cave bear this was inverted. For them everything was worse with {{humans|KillWantonly}}. [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11096945 We pushed them out of their living space and then hunted them to extinction]].
** While that was going on in Eurasia, prehistoric Native Americans had to deal with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctodus Giant Short-Faced Bears]], 1800-pound brutes that were twice as tall as humans when standing upright. These massive beasts are also believed to have gone extinct due to competition with humans, but unlike cave bears and modern bears (with the exception of the polar bear), they were almost entirely carnivorous, using their size and strength to chase sabertooth tigers and dire wolves away from their kills or attack slow-moving animals. Its South American relative ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctotherium Arctotherium]]'' was even larger.
* As if WorldWarIII wouldn't be bad enough, it was almost started [[http://io9.com/5664390/5-times-we-almost-nuked-ourselves-by-accident by a bear]]. More exactly, during the Cuban Missile Crisis a black bear tripped an intruder alarm at a US Air Force installation in Duluth, Minnesota, putting the entire base on full alert and nearly starting WorldWarIII.
** On [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes that subject]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-95 TU-95 'Bear']] [[CoolPlane strategic bomber]]. The angrier Russia gets, the more and farther afield Bear flights go, making them ''very'' bad news indeed.
* Despite their cute appearance, pandas are still bears, and they will [[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/drunk-man-mauled-by-panda/story-e6frg6uo-1111112247263 maul you for hugging them]] unless they've been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH_xFEWvyu4 trained for that.]]
* Most large carnivores attempt to avoid contact with humans unless they learn that humans are an easy source of food (either scavenging human refuse or hunting humans). Polar bears don't make any effort to avoid humans and appear to consider them to be exactly the same as everything else that's not another adult polar bear: food.
** There is an old Inuit story of a woman who went to live among strange people. She became a burden, and so they placed her in a boat, took her out to sea and cast her overboard. She struggled to regain the side of the boat, but they cut off her fingers to keep her away. As she died in the water, she became Sedna, the godess of the sea and mother of all beasts. Her fingers became the walrus and seals and whales that the people would hunt to eat. But her middle finger became the white bear. When the other animals see a man, they try to run away. But when the white bear sees a man, he is filled with revenge and tries to kill the person who he believes murdered the woman from whose finger he was born. Wise Inuit stay away from the white bear...
*** ...so, when you see a polar bear, it's the Goddess giving you the finger. Makes sense.
** Both polar and brown bears are [[http://www.all-creatures.org/bear/b-bearintel.html just as]] [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/arctic-bears/bear-intelligence/779/ intelligent]] as they are persistent in their stalking of prey. They have the long term memory which popular culture ascribed to elephants, they are excellent trackers and navigators on rough ground, they regularly use tools to get food or to play, and the [[DancingBear acting bear]] Bart [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome found out how to make a bridge]] from a plank of wood. It's only a matter of time until they find out how to fire guns.
** They're probably plotting as we speak. In a few centuries we'll see bears roaming the streets instead of humans, and they'll write a version of this page about humans. Oh wait, such a page [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters already exists]].
* Subverted with [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1890462 this]] video. Apparently, they make hockey better. The Alaska U Nanooks [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5885941/space-hockey-bear-destroys-the-universe-2 disagree]]. Bears only know how to destroy.
* The [[http://www.nonstopsnow.com/blog/stuff-we-like/svalbard-ski-marathon/ Svalbard Ski Marathon]]: probably the only annual sporting event where the entire track has to be surveilled by armed guards to stop polar bears from eating the competitors.
** It's not just the marathon. In Svalbard you are required to carry a rifle while outside a settlement for self defense against polar bears.
** Why a rifle? Because shooting a polar bear in the face with a handgun [[SuperPersistentPredator won't make it stop]].
* Everything's worse with a bear market, despite financial advisors' [[https://www.edwardjones.com/groups/ejw_content/@ejw/@us/@graphics/documents/web_content/web034039.pdf attempts to subvert the trope]].
* One of the knights who killed UsefulNotes/ThomasBecket was Reginald [=FitzUrse=], "son of the bear".
** Even better, "Fitz" in those days indicated that you were the acknowledged but not legitimate son of someone. That's right: his name literally means ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast bastard son of a bear]].''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth_bear_of_Mysore Sloth bear of Mysore]], which plagued the Mysore province in India in 1957. The Sankebetsu Brown Bear incident, seen above, is scary, but while that killed seven people, and wounded two others, the sloth bear of Mysore killed 12 people, and mutilated a dozen others, making it the single bear responsible for most human fatalities ever. To make matters scarier? No one really knows why the bear attacked, it only ate three of its victims, so this cannot have been the primary motivation, implication that it was a "thrill killer", remains. And to make matters even worse, sloth bears attacks by clawing the face of their victims with their long claws, perfectly adapted for destorying termite mounds. Yep, thats right, most of those that died had their face torn apart, and most of those who survived live with such a face for the rest of their life. Eventually, after three hunts, GreatWhiteHunter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Anderson_%28writer%29 Kenneth Anderson]] shot it dead.
* People often think [[TooDumbToLive it's a good idea to feed or tease a bear]] and end up getting attacked. [[NeverMyFault They blame it on the bear]].
* Grizzly bears are bad news to the smaller black bears. It's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear#Habitat hypothesized]] that the latter has adapted to avoid confrontation with the former, including climbing trees, being active at different times of the day, and residing in inaccessible places (i.e. with thick vegetation and mountainous terrain). Confrontations between the two species can range from tense to outright violent.
* Honorary mention: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B6rg_Jenatsch Jörg Jenatsch]] was killed by a man wearing a bear costume.
* Purely on the visual side, in 2009 a German zoo made news for its bears all getting an affliction where they lost almost all their fur. Usually furry animals end up looking silly when you remove all the hair. Bears, on the other hand, look like [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/11/04/article-1225042-0711FC57000005DC-753_634x693.jpg something that belongs in a D&D monster manual]].
* An old hunter's joke: How do you tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear? Climb a tree. If the bear climbs up after you and kills you, it's a black bear. If it knocks the tree down and kills you, it's a grizzly bear.
** And if there's no tree in sight, it's a polar bear
* Not even a Goddamn ''Gummy Bear'' can avoid this trope, if [[https://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Sugar-Free-Gummy-Bears/product-reviews/B008JELLCA these Amazon reviews]] of Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bears are to be believed.
* Les Stroud, aka the ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'', gets dropped into environments all over the world armed with nothing bigger than a small knife and spends the week by himself demonstrating how to survive in that situation, and has made a point of never having a firearm with him despite being in environments with the potential for hostile wildlife (plus, hunting for food would be easier). The exception was when he filmed an episode on Baffin Island, and authorities ''required'' him to carry a rifle, specifically because of the danger of polar bears.
* British National Treasure and Best Human ''Awesome/BrianBlessed'' is an exception to the rule. While camping at the North Pole, a polar bear entered his tent -- and the Loudest Man on Earth, in his own words, "punched it straight in its fucking face."
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* Bears in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' are the strongest animals that aren't explicitly one of Calamity Ganon's monsters. They hit hard and take lots of hits to kill if you don't [[OneHitKill headshot them with an arrow]]. You can also [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride them around]], though Stables will unsurprisingly refuse to let you register them.
* Bears don't get much worse than in ''Videogame/PitPeople''. [[spoiler:The Narrator is a giant space bear who has decided to make Horatio and his allies' lives a living hell because he thinks Horatio is too boring to live.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Smite}}'' brings us a rather obscure Bear Goddess from Myth/CelticMythology, Artio. She's a supportive {{Druid}} lady who acts as a Guardian to her teammates using [[GreenThumb nature magic]]... that turns into a massive bear that charges forward, roars to disrupt her enemies, or swipe the enemy with her claws twice that hurts. One of her magic is a circular entangling vines that surround her and prevent movement-based skills for a good amount of time, and it'll stay active even as she turns to bear. Basically, this bear does not let you go away and wants you to stay awhile as she mauls you to death.
* As the page quote shows, Monokuma from ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' qualifies, [[spoiler:even though he is controlled by a human]].
* Herbert P. Bear, the main antagonist from ''VideoGame/ClubPenguin''. Especially during "Operation: Blackout", where he took over the island and froze the other EPF agents.
* In the fairly obscure video game ''Curse: The Eye of Isis'', an early boss battle consists of fighting two possessed, reanimated bears with a [[DamageSpongeBoss ton of health]].
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* In episode 12 of ''WebAnimation/UnforgottenRealms'', Roamin the Paladin rides to the scene of a big battle on the back of, not just a bear, but Ursa Arkadios, Archduke of the High Bears! Oh, and they're loaded with every sword in the rulebook.
* In ''WebAnimation/HowToKillAMockingbird'', the pirates' [[LaserBlade laser-swords]] shoot bears that are [[IncendiaryExponent on fire]].
* [[http://www.thefucksociety.com/anim.php?id=bearhello&w=400&h=300 "No, you fool, only bears can have bear powers!"]]
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' has Flippy, a bear who, while on the surface [[CuteAndPsycho appears nice, goes insane now and then and brutally kills the entire cast]].
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'': Strong Bad's turf is guarded by a (wooden cut-out of a) '''bear holding a [[ThreateningShark shark]]'''.
* The Ursa from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' are bear-like Grimm and they serve as EliteMooks. Ursa Major are even bigger, stronger versions, and they're downright terrifying opponents. Of course, from their perspective, the trope is more "Badass Teenagers With {{Mix And Match Weapon}}s Are Bad News".
* ''WebAnimation/DumbWaysToDie'': Poke a stick at a grizzly bear? Whoops.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'': An episode featured ''Smokey Bear vs. [=McGruff=] the Crime Dog'', and since this is a Death Battle, Smokey gets to show all his ferocity towards [=McGruff=]. Including pinning [=McGruff=] down, mauling him, [[spoiler:and finally turning giant to crush him and his monster truck like a bug]].
* The ''WebAnimation/DoodleToons'' pilot episode, "Rabbit for Dinner", depicts a bear as the bad guy that captures Bellybutton's {{Love Interest|s}}, Jellybean.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Windears are very quick to anger, especially if you are dumb enough to try and ''fight'' them!
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': Snowball can become a gigantic and dangerous adult bear with huge claws.
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* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=5&issue=9 Did someone mention robot bears]]?
** [[http://www.drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=48&issue=3 Grizzly bear with a midget trying to control it.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Bearmageddon}}'' is essentially "Everything's Worse With Bears: The Webcomic".
* Robots and Bears are a very bad combination in ''Webcomic/BobTheAngryFlower'' since they are natural enemies and need only the slightest provocation to fight to the death.
* A storyline in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'''s second year had a hike in the woods ruined by a bear. A [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000414 talking]], [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20000421 poetry-writing]] bear.
* In ''Webcomic/FakeNewsRumble'', Stephen's first direct confrontation with the AlienInvasion is this:
--> '''Stephen:'''[[http://www.star-crossedcomic.com/fnr/fnr_1_22.html "A bear. Of course it's a bear. Why would I have thought it would be anything other than a bear."]]
* The female Jagermonster Jenka from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050606 rides a giant bear]]. This is how you know that [[DarkActionGirl she can kick your sorry ass]].
** The possible inspiration for Jenka and Fust can be found in one of Kaja Foglio's other comics, [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/stories/dovrefjell/dovrefjell_01.php ''The Cat On The Dovrefjell'']] which was apparently based on [[Literature/TheCatOnTheDovrefell a folk tale]] and involves a bunch of trolls experiencing this trope first hand.
** Agatha and her companions face off with another spark and holding him off. Then he [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20140721#.U9A1F47D_mw calls up a large group of angry bears]]... Agatha and friends promptly decide to retreat.
*** [[spoiler:Things take a turn for the better when it turns out they share a creator with Krosp, and are programmed to follow his orders.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', [[GhibliHills Pitcheresk Forest]] is very beautiful and hanging out there causes CharacterDevelopment… but it also invites [[http://bobadventures.comicgenesis.com/d/20080401.html bear attacks.]]
* Combined with ThreateningShark in ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'': [[http://nedroid.com/2009/07/doorway-to-your-inner-self/ I CAN NEVER STOP SCREAMING]]. Averted with Beartato, the friendly OnlySaneMan.
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', Norah has just made a really bad impression to her teacher and her day is going downhill... and then she's attacked by a giant magical translucent spiky bear. Not to mention that it leads to her introduction to the Agents, which is a mixed blessing.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', regarding the owlbear: [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0322.html "Why would anyone crossbreed a perfectly serviceable bear with an owl?"]]
** How does a druid who focuses on spellcasting prepare for melee combat? That's right, by [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0353.html becoming a dire bear]].
** Exploited: They also have a "bear druid riding a bear while summoning bears" ''[[http://www.cafepress.com/orderofthestick/10865760 T-shirt]]''.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'': "We've secretly replaced Gabe's Xbox controller with an ''eight hundred pound grizzly bear''. [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/03/25 Let's see if he notices.]]"
** "Did you order one of those smaller controllers or something? I think I like it better."
** Another strip had Tycho and Gabe expressing terror at the concept of playing a game of baseball outside, because there are bears "outside".
* [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1285 One of the most bizarre moodkillers of all time]] appears in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', courtesy of a bear.
* [[Webcomic/MacHall Matt Boyd and Ian McConville]], authors of ''Webcomic/MacHall'' and ''Webcomic/ThreePanelSoul'', remind you that this trope also applies to [[http://machall.com/view.php?date=2003-08-18 Morrowind]] and [[http://threepanelsoul.com/view.php?date=2008-05-19 Quebec]].
* As photoshopped by Website/SomethingAwful: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/bears_online.jpg 1 in 5 children online gets eaten by rabid bears]].
* [[Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella Wonderella]] + ThePowerOfRock + [[http://nonadventures.com/2006/10/07/the-500-bearable-lightness-of-being/ 500 Bears]].
* [[http://www.shreddedmoose.com/comic/comic_arc.php?comicID=132 This]] strip of ''Webcomic/ShreddedMoose'' shows that sex is also Worse With Bears.
* In ''WebComic/DeadOfSummer'', the BigBad attacks our heroes with a zombie grizzly bear. However, since they're CrazyAwesome, they dispatch it pretty quickly.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/BeaverAndSteve'', where it's taken to [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php?comic=25 the next level]]
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' gives us [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=1488#comic this]].
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' Sillies feature Faildruid, the worst noob in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' who also happens to be a bear (and at one point an owl-bear).
* Radic from ''Webcomic/MurphysLaw'' occasionally wildshapes into a bear.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' warns [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1365/ bike enthusiasts]]. Also, there's [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/1313/ one creature much worse than an owlbear]].
* The bears in ''Webcomic/YuMeDream'' are enforcers for a fascist dictatorship ruling the dreamworld.
* [[http://i.imgur.com/6tQaU.jpg This anonymous MS Paint comic.]]
* [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook/?date=2011-02-08 This]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' filler.
** A bear, with a accordion, on a pogo stick! My greatest fear!
* ''Webcomic/{{Roza}}'' [[http://www.junglestudio.com/roza/?date=2009-09-14 Just what you want to interrupt your fight.]]
* In ''Webcomic/BirdBoy'', after you [[ForbiddenFruit go into the]] LostWoods and stumble on the AbandonedArea, [[http://bird-boy.com/volume-1-page-20 naturally you get a bear]].
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': I'm a [[http://www.lfgcomic.com/page/134 bearlock now.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SamuraiPrincess'' when pondering what is inside a treasure chest, Jacquline says it could be a bear. Cue imagination spot.
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04-27.html Perrault climbs a tree and November feigns fainting]], and the bear's nice manners can't induce them not to fear this trope.
* In ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure'', [[http://danielscreations.com/ola/comics/ep0237.html scouting the woods turns up bears.]]
* In ''Webcomic/LaserFeet'', a bear stars in the test pattern used when the creator is unable to upload that week's comic, for whatever reason, as seen [[http://www.thelaserfeet.com/comic/003/ here]].
* The {{invo|kedTrope}}cation of this trope is how the title character in ''Webcomic/CharbyTheVampirate'' finds out for the first time just how powerful he's become.. he knocks a bear out with a desperately flailing kick. For scale, bear in mind that Charby has the body of an 8 year old boy.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'''s Flatbears [[http://oglaf.com/northerner/ blow in on the northerlies.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'' has 3 bears, all of whom are bad news to anyone that happens to annoy them:
** The protagonist airsmith BigEater GadgeteerGenius grumpy polar bear Doc.
** His friend and a regular client brown bear Bruno. Sometimes described as "old, fat and slow", but more of a CoolOldGuy with overtones of being badass.
** Another friend of Doc, [[ComedicSociopathy bad-tempered]] scary-looking obnoxious panda Gino. Usually appears when [[HilarityEnsues situation already went out of control]] and [[UptoEleven escalates it]] or [[DropTheCow takes the story in entirely new direction]]. [[http://the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1323.html Like a skunk spray in the aftermath of zombie invasion]]. WordOfGod says he's a bail bondsman and a bounty hunter.
* Captain Landon from the 'Delegates and Delegations' arc of ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is normally pretty mild-mannered, but you [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2015-03-08 don't want to get him angry]].
** There's also the Ob'enn race, who prove that even being a small and fuzzy koala-like bear doesn't get in the way of being a menace. Being sociopathic xenophobes with huge battleships goes a long way towards the goal.
* A pair of werewolves in ''Webcomic/WildeLife'' were cheerfully hunting human prey. Then they [[http://www.wildelifecomic.com/comic/85 saw a bear.]] It told them to leave. They quickly turned tail [[http://www.wildelifecomic.com/comic/86 and ran.]] Not even werewolves will mess with bears.
** This so called 'White Faced Bear' seems to avoid the trope for the main characters at least since it and its 'wolf spiders' do save Oscar from the werewolfs and the shadow thingies and Cliff from a WitchWithACapitalB.
* ''Webcomic/TheYoungProtectors'' raises the stakes to a fifty-foot-high [[http://webcomics.yaoi911.com/typ/ete-ch4-page-33/ spirit bear]] with with EyeBeams that cause some serious trouble even to [[spoiler:two of the most powerful supervillains in the world]].
* ''WebComic/AwkwardZombie'': [[http://www.awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=091216 NO MORE BEARS!]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* The Creepypasta [[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/1999 1999]] is about a kid discovering a local access cable channel that prominently features a children's program about a host who kidnaps and tortures children. His name is... Mr. Bear.
* When tasked with pondering how the ongoing, deadly civil war in Syria could possibly get any worse, ''Website/TheOnion'' came to one logical conclusion: [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/syria-conflict-intensifies-as-bears-enter-war,33659/ Bears]].
* There's the MemeticMutation image that illustrates this page... [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Bear_cavalry which gets some responses]].
* The nightmare "Unspeakable Things" on the Website/NightmareProject has the dreamer pursued by a metal-skinned bear through a LethalLavaLand.
* The ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'' has several examples of this trope:
** Render is an animalistic, bear-like [[AxCrazy psycho-villain]] who likes the taste of human blood.
** ''Coach Bear'', the gym teacher at the [[SuperheroSchool Hyperion Academy]], used to be the superhero known as "Kodiak".
** Ursa is a Russian superhero who can turn into a polar bear.
* In ''More Literature/TalesOfMU'', bears are the only animal that the [[CantArgueWithElves typically arrogant elves]] will not hunt:
-->'''Iason:''' And did nobody ever think to teach you anything about bears?\\
'''Jamie:''' Not to mess with them.\\
'''Iason:''' That will do for a beginning.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfNU7AgSVQM Violated by Bears Man's]] origin.
* That's not important. Let's focus on [[http://jerslater.blogspot.com/2006/06/on-follow-up-calls.html RAPEBEAR]].
** And [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pedobear#.Tc2ZEc0Zwno Pedobear.]]
* What's more terrifying than a Vampire riding a zombie Dragon? [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5677925/ VAMPIRE BEARS RIDING ZOMBIE DRAGONS!]]
* But...[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=loyuW_nYGIc what if there's bears?]]
* Fan Fiction: [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4988255/1/Halflife_Fulllife_Consequences_Free_Man John Freeman]] got quiet then dropped weapon and said "I have to kill fast and bullets too slow" and started killing Combines with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULWgEnnmcv4 bear hands.]]
* There is a common joke among ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' handlers that inactive characters are killed and eaten by an "Inactivity Bear". Also, in her first post, version 4 character Maria Graham has a dream where she was actually "Robo-Bear 5000", which was a robotic bear disguised as a student and was going to avenge its kidnapping.
** When Version 4's [[spoiler:Megan Nelson]] went [[AscendedFanon inactive]]...
* ''Website/CollegeHumor'' reminds us that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-qpbTaEx6A Cartoon Bears are still bears.]]
* The Russian Internet meme [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/preved-medved Preved Medved (Hello Bear).]]
* [[http://puns.icanhascheezburger.com/2010/10/01/funny-puns-grizzly-violence/ Bears]] [[VideoGame/GearsOfWar of War.]]
** The newest [[BadHumorTruck Good Humor flavor]]: [[http://cheezburger.com/View/3600008704 StrawBEARies and SCREAM!]]
* There is such thing as a ''[[http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1809479 Bear Attack Flowchart.]]''
* Literature/WhateleyUniverse: the Mediwhila Native American tribe just off the grounds of [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] are Weres. But the leader's boyfriend is a Werebear. Do not mess with this guy.
* This is a running joke in the online web series ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' where Kathleen, one of the people in comedy group, has what she describes as a "completely rational fear" of bears.
* In the world of [[Literature/TheTalesOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]], the local name for bears translates to "walking horror."
* This [[http://s3.amazonaws.com/kym-assets/entries/icons/original/000/001/075/AUCrI.png?1255529734 Picture sums up the worst of the worst.]]
* Roleplay/CerberusDailyNews has Brizzly, a sapient, biotic grizzly.
* [[http://s74.photobucket.com/albums/i260/Galixgun/Demotivation%20Posters/?action=view¤t=BEARtrap.png The Bear Trap]]. It's not one of those usual {{Bear Trap}}s -- it's a ''Bear'' trap.
* Joel Heyman from Creator/RoosterTeeth picked [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEUULIs_UWE the wrong Fluffy to tame]].[[note]]The footage in question appears to be from ''Cabela's Big Game Hunter'', or a closely related game.[[/note]]
-->''[[MemeticMutation Cinnamon, no!]]''
* ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'': Nash finds it hard to believe just how many stories he's had that involve people trying to take on bears in some way, calling bears "living furry tanks" and at least once uttering the Trope name itself (which left him open to Tara following it up with "Especially when they play baseball."). Some of the more infamous examples:
** One story about a man who wanted to find a bear, kill a bear, wear the bear's skin, and then maul his ex-girlfriend to death to make it look like some sort of freak bear attack. Nash was quick to point out the flaws in this plan.
--> '''Nash''': Number one, it's a bear. Number two, it's a bear. Number three, and probably most important... HOLY SHIT, YOU FUCKING IDIOT! IT'S A GODDAMNED BEAR!
** They also had another story where a man and his girlfriend were camping and a bear started to go into their tent while they were sleeping. The man managed to punch the bear in the face and drove it off. Both Nash and Tara agreed that punching a bear in the face to save your girlfriend is better than a marriage proposal. Tara was also concerned about her then-boyfriend finding out about the story as he wants to punch a bear and now has proof you can survive doing it.
** Another one about a man donning a realistic bear costume and harassing a family of bears, going so far as to get near the cubs, leaving Nash to have to explain why the MamaBear trope exists: "You get next to Mama Bear's cubs, that is ''death''!"
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation maintains a few "ursine"-tagged subjects:
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-549 SCP-549]], which moves and behaves like a normal grizzly despite being 17 centimetres long. As in, it's still as heavy, strong, and hungry as a regular bear.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1048 SCP-1048]], a sapient teddy bear that can use any material to make more of itself.
** [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-1055 "Bugsy"]], a grizzly that gets bigger and more aggressive the [[YourMindMakesItReal more people know about it]].
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-2875 SCP-2875]], aka The Town that got Fucked By Bears. It's a town in Wisconsin that, every 3 days, randomly spawns anywhere between 50-100 grizzly bears. Bears that have to be tranquilized and beaten to death, because if you shoot one [[AsteroidsMonster two more take its place]].
* In a roundabout sort of way, when the ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'' play ''VideoGame/NaughtyBear'', their first part got decidedly low ratings due to their inability to complete ''the very first task of the game, '''even though the game itself was guiding them.'''''
* [[http://weknowmemes.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/most-interesting-bear-in-the-world-meme.jpg Stated in this rendition]] [[MemeticMutation among the many]] of ''Advertising/TheMostInterestingManInTheWorld''.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw0gognAtQc Please, Do Not Steal From the...]]
* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9720611?view_full_work=true Course of Honour]] has the protagonists attacked by a bear. According to Kiem, at least. Jainan, being from a different planet, objects that a terrifying beast with scales isn't exactly what a bear is supposed to look like. They both agree it is very bad news, though.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Subverted in a WesternAnimation/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat cartoon, [[Recap/JoeOrioloFelixTheCat1x82OutWestWithBigBrownie "Out West With Big Brownie"]]. In it, Felix and Poindexter encounter Big Brownie, a giant, brown bear who causes trouble for Felix, Poinsy and the ranch owner Bart at the start of the episode. But as Poindexter insists, it turns out Brownie isn't bad, just clumsy and misunderstood.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Parodied with a bear wandering around Springfield, not even getting angry once, but causing enough of a panic to lead to an extensive (and costly) bear watch program. Although [[LampshadeHanging as pointed out by Lisa]], Homer was only paying $5, so regardless of whether it's a percentage or just $5 per person, it was the smallest tax hike in history.
** In a more straightforward example, Homer is traumatized by a bear attack, and has nightmares of being attacked by vicious bear mascots.
--->'''Homer:''' Are you a Care Bear?\\
'''Care Bear:''' (takes out a crowbar and starts tapping it) I'm an Intensive Care Bear.\\
'''Homer:''' Why does a bear need a crowbar?\\
'''Care Bear:'''...I don't like to get my hands dirty.
*** That bear later turns into an AndroclesLion as Homer finds out that he had a defective tracking tag on his ear that kept sending painful jolts in its ear.
** There was also a bear with a ''chainsaw''. {{Chainsaw| Good}} ''[[ChainsawGood bad]]''. In the episode where Mr. Burns and the Rich Texan were destroying the environment, Kent Brockman announced that "Smokey the Bear" is now "Choppy the Lumberjack". Cut to a bear in a lumberjack get-up cutting a tree with a chainsaw, while an activist protested to his actions behind him. Choppy backhanded him angrily and revved up his chainsaw.
** In another episode, Bart and Lisa are stuck in a forest fire. Homer arrives in a helicopter, and let down a rope ladder. Before the kids can climb it, a bear shoulders them aside and climbs the ladder himself (only being stopped from reaching the chopper by Homer cutting the rope).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgm2zQpETSE One of Homer's dream sequences]] involves him as "Homey the Bear", a WesternAnimation/YogiBear parody in both appearance and animation style. Not so bad, until Homey proceeds to brutally maul Ranger Ned (Flanders).
** Kent Brockman reported in season 7 about a bear who stowed away on a space shuttle that is now terrorizing the astronauts.
** One of the most infamous cases of this trope took place in the episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E5HomerVsDignity Homer vs. Dignity]]." While pulling a prank for Mr. Burns that was an in-universe example of PandaingToTheAudience, a male panda mistook a panda costume-clad Homer for a female and implicitly raped him.
** Even the tame bear and television host Gentle Ben attacks his handler after hungrily going for the food table.
** Inverted when Chief Wiggum designed a supposedly educational skit that involved dressing one of his men in a costume and calling him "Curtis E. Bear." He designed it with the same incompetence and violence that he exhibits in everything else he attempts, so the version that was performed involved beating up the cop in the bear suit, while having lost any of the actual message of courtesy that was the occasion for the skit.
* A RunningGag among many 11-minute Creator/AdultSwim animated comedies; the ones that happen to be related to each other by same way (usually creative staff). It started with an episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' with Space Ghost brawling a bear; then became a prominent character in ''WesternAnimation/PerfectHairForever'' and spread from there.
-->'''[[WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}} Granny]]:''' And then the Lord made bears. Lots of bears... too many bears. Should've dialed back on the bears... and so, he dialed back on the bears!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' has a bear for a recurring character. His most basic purpose is to make the cats' lives suck.
* '' WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'': Who is driving? Oh my god, bear is driving! How can that be?"
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' just couldn't do with a regular bear, they had to make it a ''mutated ghostly one with four arms!''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DennisTheMenace'': In "Circus Berserkus", Joey mistakes an escaped bear for a teddy bear. Mr. Wilson doesn't think it's real until he pulls its nose.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwoHn5tuSvQ OH MY GOD, THERE'S A BEAR IN MY OATMEAL!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'' Birdman is tasked with defending Boo Boo Bear, or as he's also known, "[[MadBomber the Unibooboo]]".
-->'''Phil Ken Sebben:''' He's a bear! Buster Brown and his Hairy Hollyknockers! Have you ever tried to bring one down?
** May be an example of an ActorAllusion, as Phil's voice actor is Stephen Colbert.
** Averted with... the bear, who mostly stands around, and usually leads the OhCisco moment at the end of the shows.
*** In one episode, "[[ActorAllusion Phil believes the Bear is pure evil and stealing from him]]."
* Grier in ''WesternAnimation/{{Huntik}}'' has a bear Titan named [[MeaningfulName Breaker]]. With [[MultiArmedAndDangerous four arms]] and SpikesOfVillainy. Yeah, Grier's a pretty badass AntiVillain.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' has Johnny run into a talking bear who claimed to be '''''[[LargeHam Chronos, Master of All Time!!]]'''''
* In the ChristmasEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', [[{{Sidekick}} Ron]] and [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Drakken]] are stuck in the Arctic. So how do you top that? You add a vicious polar bear.
* In the second season finale of ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'', Orel's father Clay gets drunk, accidentally shoots Orel, and promptly passes out after Orel [[CallingTheOldManOut calls him out]]. It is only ''then'' that a grizzly appears and begins sniffing around the camp. When Clay's drunken sleep-muttering attracts the bear's attention to them, Orel reluctantly empties the revolver he has to kill the bear and save his father.
* One ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch [[SugarApocalypse featured the Care Bears brutally massacring the non-bear Care Bear Cousins]].
* In an earlier episode of ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'', Rocko and Heffer instigate a snowball fight with Ed Bighead, who attempts to retaliate by shooting snowballs back at them. He inadvertently hits a bear, who responds by slowly removing Ed's goggles and punching him hard enough to knock all of his teeth out.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Comicbook/{{Raven}} spends much of the episode "Hide and Seek" in disbelief that Melvin's imaginary friend Bobby is real, instead believing Melvin is telekinetic and won't admit it. When [[GeniusBruiser Monsieur]] [[KillerGorilla Mallah]] finally manages to kidnap Melvin and the other kids, and we learn that Bobby is not only real, but a giant, nightmarish LightningBruiser of a teddy bear. Beatdown ensues.
** Beast Boy also tends to turn into a bear (among other ferocious creatures) when he's angry enough.
** In the episode "The Quest", the first of three animal spirits that Robin has to fight his way past on his way up the mountain is a bear. The guy is polite about it, but the fight is anything but easy for Robin.
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'':
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndScrappyDoo'' featured an episode titled "The Hairy Scare of the Devil Bear", which is about this [[PrimalFear trope]]! Quite scary.
** A ghost bear appears in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWrestlemaniaMystery'', threatening to cancel the Wrestlemania match. The bear even had a feud with Wrestling/SinCara ever since his great-great-great-grandfather [[DefeatingTheUndefeatable defeated it]] when it was declared undefeatable.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'', Darkwing takes Launchpad and Gosalynn on a camping trip, only for a ''very'' mean bear to be a persistent problem. When it finally turns violent, Darkwing decides to use his flamethrowing gas gun on it ("Hate to do this to an endangered species," says the hero) only to discover that the "bear" is actually a robot created by F.O.W.L. agents.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' has Squidward running afoul of an [[HairTriggerTemper easily-provoked]] Seabear in "The Camping Episode": "DON'T RUN, SEABEARS HATE THAT!"
-->'''Squidward:''' What'd I do that time?!\\
'''[=SpongeBob=]:''' I don't know! Maybe he just doesn't like you!
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'': On a camping trip, a bear mauls Mr. Van Driesen, and cuts his song about men's feelings to an abrupt halt -- and it's the high point of the trip for Beavis, Butthead, and Stuart.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dilbert}}'': Dogbert hosts a TV financial round-table. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXKqR2VXHYY With 3 financial specialists and one drunken bear.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Subverted when a MamaBear carries off several [[ItMakesSenseInContext Jewish Cub Scouts]]... to be guests at a birthday party for her cub.
** In the battle of the Website/YouTube stars, Sneezing Panda kills three of his opponents.
* One of the bears that appeared in Season 1 of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' mauled Cody to the point where he had to wear a body cast. In the third season, the bear learns how to use [[ChainsawGood the chainsaw]].
* Death Bear from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'', there's an episode that Space Ghost is attacked by a bear, because there's a shark in the set. According to his [[ArtisticLicenseBiology educational documentary]] sharks like to walk along with bear, so the shark, named "Kentucky Nightame", attracts him.
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' has Squirt and Niblet, who are lost in the Canadian wilderness due to getting stuck in a plane's cargo, discuss this trope in "Homeward Pound". Niblet believes the bears will help them and Squirt believes the bears would kill and eat them, prompting the two to split up when they can't agree on what to do. [[spoiler:In a subversion of the trope, Niblet manages to convince the bears to save Squirt from going over a waterfall and even provide them-and the rescue crew coming to find the two-with plenty of fresh fish.]]
** PlayedForLaughs in [[SixthRanger Patches]]' take on three episodes (including the one above) in "The Secret Super Pup Club". In the first two scenarios (the Canadian wilderness and a construction site), a bear pops out to scare/threaten the Pound Puppies, only to be scared off when Patches leaps from nowhere and barks at it. It gets ridiculous when the third scenario involves ''five of them'' coming out of nowhere in a suburban neighborhood, only to be once again scared off by Patches.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' crosses over this trope with (arguably, due to the nature of this trope) ArsonMurderAndJaywalking. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqzn_hMnhoI In song.]]
-->''Billy! He's the greatest warrior ever, a hero of renown! Who slayed an evil ocean, who cast the Lich King down! [...] Also...'' '''''He fought a bear!'''''
** Arguably averted and then played straight with the bear in the episode "In Your Footsteps", who unlike most characters, looks and acts mostly like an ordinary bear. Despite trying to ineptly copy Finn's voice, clothes and mannerisms so he can be a hero too, he's shown to be harmless, none too bright, and misunderstood [[spoiler: at least until the end of the episode where he brings the book of heroes, the Enchiridion, to the evil Lich possessing a snail (although it could also be due to deception of The Lich's part)]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/Hero108'', [[BigBad High Roller's]] henchmen (other than the [[MinionWithAnFInEvil Zebra twins]]) are an army of bears! They are seen as his henchmen. Especially their king being [[TheDragon High Roller's sidekick in evil]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', the Revenge Society is recruiting new members, and during the TerribleIntervieweesMontage, one of the interviewees is a guy in a bear costume. He's covered in blood, looks freaky, no one knows how he got there and just stands there, not speaking or doing anything except breathing creepily. Phantom Limb, Professor Impossible, and Baron Underbeit, all experienced supervillains, are scared shitless. And then he pulls out a knife.
** In another episode, Brock fights a team of Vatican Swiss Guard bears.
** And in another episode The Monarch forces a prostitute into a deathtrap gauntlet. Featuring the polar bear from Lost.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', Lucius punishes [[YesMan Samy]] with a bear on a stick. It eats him, chews him up, and spits him out.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'', Stan has both his legs ripped off by a vicious polar bear, after being pushed in by the bear's tank by Roger, who wanted to save Stan and pretend to be a hero, so he'd let him move back in with him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E6BoastBusters Boast Busters]]" sees Twilight Sparkle forced to deal with an Ursa Major, a huge, terrifying blue bear [[{{Kaiju}} as big as a house]] and ''[[EldritchAbomination made of stars]]'', thanks to two none-too-bright colts who wanted to see [[MilesGloriosus boastful magician]] [[ThirdPersonPerson Trixie]] take one on. [[spoiler:It turns out that was only an Ursa Minor -- a baby throwing a temper tantrum. The real Ursa Major, its mother, is bigger, scarier [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and purple]]: as big as Ponyville itself.]]
** Then there's "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E3LessonZero Lesson Zero]]", where Fluttershy, [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness to Twilight's shock]], fights and [[NeckSnap seemingly kills]] a bear. [[spoiler:[[SubvertedTrope She was really giving it a massage]]]]. This bear returns frequently in subsequent episodes, but always as a [[AvertedTrope friendly bear]].
** "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E9SliceOfLife Slice of Life]]" sees Ponyville attacked by a beelike [[MixAndMatchCritters Bugbear]] that escaped from [[{{Hell}} Tartarus]]. However, this issue takes a back seat to the [[SliceOfLife wedding]] that is the focus of the episode.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTheMovie2017'', an Ursa Minor [[spoiler:is responsible for breaking [[TheDragon Tempest Shadow]]'s horn and starting her way down the path to villainy.]]
* Joe Bear in the [[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery-directed cartoon]], "Rock-a-Bye Bear".
* There was an animated BeastFable adaptation of ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer'' where Injun' Joe (or just Joe) was portrayed as a bear.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has a couple:
** Two of them are in the main cast. The larger of the two {{team pet}}s is Naga, a [[MixAndMatchCritters Polar]] Bear [[CanineCompanion Dog]]. Korra is distinct in that she's the first to be able to [[FluffyTamer tame such a beast]]. Korra can and does use Naga as an intimidation tool, and Naga is fiercely protective of Korra. (Naga is female, making her a literal MamaBear example.)
** In the predecessor series ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', it's played straight with a ''[[EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi platypus]]'' bear, another one of the MixAndMatchCritters. The first time we see this, it's trying to attack a man for coming onto its territory.
** Subverted with Bosco, the Earth King's pet bear. He's more BearyFunny than scary. The Gang themselves were skeptical that there was such a creature as "just a bear" and suggested that perhaps it was another type of creature, such as a platypus-bear, skunk-bear, armadillo-bear, or gopher-bear. But no, he's just... a bear.
* One of the antagonists in the EasterSpecial ''The Easter Bunny Is Comin' to Town'' is Gadzooks, a mean bear who guards the pass between Kidville and Town, mugging any travelers for their food. The Bunny fools him by coloring his eggs and claiming they're colored paperweights. (Explaining why he does so from then on.) Gadzooks wises up eventually, [[HeelFaceTurn but turns over a new leaf]] -- and becomes a powerful ally -- once the children of Kidsvile [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe surprise him with a new Easter suit]].
* Some WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts have been known to pit a main character against a bear, either a generic bear (i.e., WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse's encounter with one in "The Pointer") or, especially in the case of WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck, [[BearyFunny a goofy-looking bear named Humphrey]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' the Buddy Bears may not attack or maul anyone, but their presence inevitably makes things worse for Garfield anyway, especially if their theme song is any indication:
-->Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we always get along!\\
Each day, we do a little dance and sing a little song!\\
[[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong If you ever disagree, it means that you are WRONG!]]\\
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, WE ALWAYS GET ALONG!
** Seriously, they can be downright ''sadistic'' sometimes. They once offered Garfield [[ForbiddenFruit a whole table full of free food]] just to tempt him when he was trying to prove to Jon that he could go five minutes without eating. [[spoiler:By the way, Garfield won the bet.]]
** There is another verse of their theme song which is doubly creepy:
-->Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, we never have a fight!\\
Anyone who disagrees is never, ever right!\\
If you have a point of view, then keep it out of sight!\\
Oh, we are the Buddy Bears, WE NEVER HAVE A FIGHT!
** To which Garfield questions them...
-->'''Garfield:''' But what about having an individual point of view?\\
'''Bear 1:''' I have an individual point of view.\\
'''Bear 2:''' And I agree with him.\\
'''Bear 3:''' And I agree with both of them.\\
'''All:''' ''[[HypocriticalHumor We all have an individual point of view!]]''
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has the [[MultipleHeadCase Multi-bear]], mortal enemy of the [[TestosteronePoisoning Manitaurs]]. [[spoiler: He is (they are?) actually reasonable and accepts his/their death with so much dignity that Dipper, who's been trying to become [[ARealManIsAKiller a real man]], refuses to kill him/them.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' has two straight examples and a subversion. The Christmas special and "Winter Blunder-land" both feature a bear as an actual threat to the characters. In "You Camp Take It with You", when Goofy and Pete take Max and PJ camping, there is another bear. Everyone except [[FearlessFool Max]] is worried the bear would or did eat the boys, but he turns out to be [[NotSoDifferent just another father trying to protect his son in the wilderness]] (though in this case he was a TalkingAnimal and his baby had a diaper). In the ending scene, he is significantly nicer than Pete and about as nice as Goofy.
* In the 3-part episode of ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', "R.V Having Fun Yet?", the gang encounter a bear. Luckily, they are saved by a dog that Kimi found during their cross-country road trip.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has a skit with a FunnyAnimal type of bear, overcharging people for useless junk at his neighborhood GarageSale. Then the Warners show up and start pestering him to [[LiteralMinded sell them his actual garage]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' episode "Teddygodzilla", [[BigBad XANA]] brings Milia's ''teddy bear'' to life and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever turns it into a giant]] to attack the heroes.
* In one ''WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker'' cartoon, Woody's foil is a clockmaker trying to turn Woody into a cuckoo; a running gag in the short is said foil making loud noises and waking up a hibernating bear who doesn't like being woken up. Eventually, Woody is able to use this to his advantage, moving the sleeping bear to the shop right before the top of the hour when every cuckoo clock chimes simultaneously, and the clockmaker (who wisely has earplugs for when that happens) is trounced hard enough consider giving up.
* Creator/HannaBarbera ursine stars WesternAnimation/YogiBear, Breezly Bruin and WesternAnimation/TheHairBearBunch are usually bad news to their protagonists. Averted with the WesternAnimation/CBBears, who are heroic.
* Inverted with Bosco from ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne''. He's likely the ''least'' dangerous character on the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear are usually [[BearyFriendly an inversion]], but the episode "Primal" shows Panda and Ice Bear [[SanitySlippage going feral from hunger]]. When Grizz tries to stop them from attacking each other, [[OhCrap they start to chase him]].
** In "Planet Bears", all three bears go mad with hunger after an unsuccessful trip to the grocery store, and start fighting over a granola bar Grizz happens to find.
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsAdventuresInCareALot'' has one special example in the form of the series' villain, Grizzle. Even if he doesn't successfully hurt the Care Bears and does receive his dose of Karma at the end of each episode, he does still cause a considerable amount of collateral damage to Care-A-Lot indirectly.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' had the titular cartoon bobcat's co-star Grumbles Grizzly, who often played an antagonistic role in the ''WesternAnimation/RawToonage'' shorts, but is more of a grumpy neighbor during his few appearances in the actual series.
* Bears have threatened both the heroes and the villains of ''WesternAnimation/ThePerilsOfPenelopePitstop'' in the episodes "Tall Timber Treachery" and "Cross Country Double Cross".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', there is a gang of bullies, whose strongest and angriest member is a pink bear.
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* Music/{{Radiohead}}'s album Music/KidA's marketing campaign told a vague but disturbing story about genetically modified bears killing everyone. The "Radiohead Bear" has remained the band's logo ever since.
* They're learning ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ghgg_fukbvU&feature=related Kung Fu]]'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVjAQqZrGcg now]]. We're all gonna die.
* These [[http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=11925074644#!/group.php?gid=11925074644&v=photos traditional American values]]
* Preying on public fear and stereotypes, the following hoax[[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2026914/Mum-bear-eating--Final-phone-calls-woman-19-eaten-alive-brown-bear-cubs.html]] describes a 19-year old Russian girl and her stepfather get eaten alive by a literal MamaBear and cubs.
* Several sports teams such as the Memphis (originally Vancouver) Grizzlies (basketball), the Chicago Cubs (baseball), the Chicago Bears (football), and the Boston Bruins (hockey).
** In UsefulNotes/AustralianRulesFootball, the Brisbane Bears failed at this, by having a koala as their mascot. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Koalas are not bears]].
* Comedian Mitch Hedburg had a joke where he and a friend decided to go out to the woods to do drugs in order to avoid authority figures only to run into a bear, which was "even more of a buzzkill". The friend attempted to appease the bear by promising to prevent forest fires. Smokey is ''way'' more intense in person.
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* This trope may be the reason ''the word "bear" exists in the first place.'' Linguists believe that the Proto-Indo-European word for "bear" (''*h₂ŕ̥tḱos'', which evolved into the Latin ''ursus'', Greek ''arctos'', et al.) may have become taboo because people feared that [[SpeakOfTheDevil actually using the word would summon a bear]]. As a result, various Germanic peoples began calling them "brown"[[labelnote:*]]Or maybe "wild animal" -- sometime after Grimm and Verner's laws, nearly all gw merged with b.[[/labelnote]] as a euphemism, resulting in the English ''bear'' and ''bruin'', German ''Bär'', et al. Other languages have their own euphemisms:
** Even ''*h₂ŕ̥tḱos'' itself isn't much better -- it roughly translates to "destruction/destroyer". Appropriate that as well as coming to mean "bear", "arktos" also came to refer [[GrimUpNorth to the region around the North Pole]].
** Literature/{{Beowulf}} is probably a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenning kenning]] referring to bears that literally means "bee-wolf" (y'know, because they like honey).
** The Russian word ''medved'' (honey-eater), is a (Proto-Slavic -- compare Polish ''niedźwiedź'', Czech ''medvěd'', Croatian ''medvjed'', even the not Slavic but geographically close to Croatian, Polish, Czech, Slovak and Russian Hungarian ''medve'') euphemism for the now-lost original word for "bear", but ''medved'' itself became taboo in the medieval period. Instead of naming the animal directly, people would refer to it with nicknames, either endearingly-pejorative ("the hairy one", "the clumsy one") or respectful ("the master"); a common practice was to give it a similar-sounding human name ("Mikhail [[UsefulNotes/{{Patronymic}} Potapych]]", "Misha"), a practice which also became popular in UsefulNotes/{{Romania}}n language (the bear was called ''Moş Martin'' -- "Old Uncle Martin"). In Polish, shortened form ''miś'' was used. Among the Szeklers, Hungarians living in the Carpathian Mountains, in what is now Romania, the corresponding nickname would be "Mackó úr", which more or less amounts to "Mr. Teddy". Keep in mind though, that they have a good reason to use the nicknames, as the nicknames are all from areas where bears still very much roam free and ''can and will'' pop up.
** In Finnish there's ''otso, kontio'', and ''mesikämmen'' (the last meaning "honey-paws"). The official name ''karhu'' was also originally a euphemism.
* The Nazis probably felt this way about [[http://www.badassoftheweek.com/voytek.html Voytek]]. A bear... [[DarkerAndEdgier that drinks, smokes, fights, and carries ammo]]. However, in his personal life Voytek was known as [[GentleGiant a kind and lovable fuzzball]], who loved sweets, baths and hanging out with his buddies. A case where he brought this upon someone: one day, when Voytek went to the steam baths, he found an enemy spy hiding in them. He roared and backhanded the spy, who promptly surrendered, presumably not having expected a bear to blow his cover.
* Try to read all the way through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fatal_bear_attacks_in_North_America this page]] without getting the chills. Some standout incidents include:
** The woman who climbed onto her roof when the bear broke into her cabin. It ''[[SuperPersistentPredator followed her onto the roof]]'' and killed her. Nowhere is safe...
** The one where a bear broke the necks of two campers, dragged them off, and ate part of them. When police found the bear five days later... it was ''guarding and protecting their corpses''. Somehow the [[{{Yandere}} really disturbing implications]] of that last bit make this one even creepier.
** The bear who apparently ripped the door off of a trailer to get to the man inside.
** The bear who dragged a five-month-old ''off of the porch of her house'' and killed her.
** The one where [[NothingIsScarier the only information they give us]] is that "his/her partially consumed remains were found." Especially scary is the guy whose half-eaten body was found ''in a campground'' when people woke up the next morning, or the one where "days later, searchers found his campsite with his bare skeleton, one intact hand, and both feet, still booted."
** And then there's the guy who managed to drag himself 1.5 miles to a meadow to die after being mauled and partially eaten.
* Russia's animal symbol is the bear; this was memorably used in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NpwdcmjBgNA one of Ronald Reagan's campaign ads]], but [[NationalAnimalStereotypes depictions of Russia as a bear or identifying Russia with bears]] goes back to at least the 19th century.
** A related nation, the Carpatho-Ruthenians/Rusyns has a ''[[https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3a/Karpatska_Ukraina-2_COA.svg/2000px-Karpatska_Ukraina-2_COA.svg.png red bear as the official national coat of arms]]'', but they share none of the infamous reputation as their bigger brother by virtue of living with no sovereign state of their own.
* You know the scientific name for the grizzly bear? ''Ursus arctos horribilis''.
* What's scarier than a bear? '''A rabid bear.''' One managed to smash through a house once and savaged everything in it until it was shot to death by the owner. Note that the bear even ''head-on'' charged his jeep! If Cujo was bad, this is ''much'' worse.
* There's a ''reason'' the expression "loaded for bear" means "carrying the biggest gun you can get your hands on." In the muzzle-loading days, it meant cramming in extra powder. It takes quite a lot to put a bear down and there's a lot of TakingYouWithMe potential if you don't get it right. A party of Eastern European hunters once cornered a large male brown bear -- after they shot it twice with a [[{{BFG}} 9.3x74mm double rifle]], the bruin did not show the least desire to die, but charged them furiously, prompting the leader to perform the quickest reload of both barrels in his lifetime and shoot again, [[OhCrap only to see this did not even stop the furious bear, let alone kill it]]. The entire party ran away like madmen, and when they could scrounge enough guts to go back, they found the bear dead: [[MadeOfIron all four expanding rounds had hit, one of them almost cut down a hind leg, yet the bear survived long enough to charge them]].
* Campgrounds in the more remote areas of Canada typically offer literature and lectures by the park ranger on proper bear safety. Despite this, examples abound of tourists failing to take rules like "don't keep food in the tent" and "don't get between a mother bear and her cubs" seriously and paying a heavy price.
** Brown bears/grizzlies are only found in a few remote areas of the U.S. (basically Alaska, the northern Cascades, and a band of mountains running from Yellowstone up to the Canadian border), but the smaller, shyer, more widespread black bears can still be very dangerous--especially if they get too comfortable around humans. So once again, for the people in the back: '''''Do not feed the bears. Do not approach the bears. Carry spray when you go hiking. Store your food safely,[[note]]and any scented products like toothpaste or shampoo[[/note]] and pitch your tent upwind of it. Stay out of the woods in the spring, when the bears are hungriest.'''''
* As depicted in ''Film/GrizzlyMan'', Timothy Treadwell had been hanging around bears for a long long time and filming them until two finally ate him and his girlfriend. Before that he apparently had such a way that he could get close to cubs without hitting the momma's BerserkButton. Guess it doesn't matter how much a strong connection you have to nature when there's a food shortage... it didn't help that he had stayed longer then planned and the bears that did know him weren't the bears in the area anymore
* Creator/StephenColbert puts bears in the Threat Down for a very good reason. (See Live Action TV, also Phil Ken Sebben's dislike of bears.) WordOfGod says his fear of them is partly based on a recurring dream, and partly on the movie ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067388/ Man in the Wilderness]]''. Also partly because his father, who was a doctor, used a hypothetical bear-mauling as an example of the kind of thing you can brush off with ease with the aid of modern medicine. Which explains the FridgeBrilliance of his referring to pundit [[Series/TheOReillyFactor Bill O' Reilly]] as 'papa bear'. Bears are the number one threat to America, and Billo [[TropeCodifier is largely responsible for]] the modern TV personality Colbert professes to parody. Therefore, ''he's the greatest of the greatest threats to America''.
* When the Stock Market goes down, it's said to be in a ''bear'' market. It's said to be a reference to the way they attack; they swipe ''down'' with their paw. Along with the fact that bears hibernate.
* Legendary NFL linebacker Dick Butkus was dubbed "The Most Feared Man in the Game." Who did he play for? That's right, the Chicago Bears.
* A Russian circus manager [[http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/10/23/russia.skating.bear.death/ was killed]] by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNsqkmHxpEE an ice skating bear.]]
* A group of armed militants in Kashmir [[http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8339549.stm stopped to have some pudding in a cave hideway... shared by a bear]]. The bear killed two and severely injured a third. The cave was shared, not the pudding. This may be why the bear attacked.
* In Finnish, an infuriated person is said to be "mad as a bear shot in the arse".
* Gold Rush miners used to pit bears against everything. The bear always won so they got bored and imported some lions. The lion would roar and charge, the bear would crush their skull with one blow.
* The Lewis and Clark expedition experienced grizzly bears for the first time when they were exploring the west. "Experienced" here meaning "coming across a creature so incredibly strong they were unable to kill it with all of their guns and had to hide up trees until it left." Climbing a tree is not a foolproof solution to bears. Bears, even grizzlies, have been known to climb trees, too. Standing on the ground, a big bear can reach as much as 10 feet into a tree.
--> '''Lewis''': (''in his journal'') I find that the curiossity of our party is pretty well satisfyed with rispect to this anamal.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sankebetsu_brown_bear_incident The Sankebetsu brown bear incident]]. Not at all a page to read before going to bed. According to [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18483_the-5-creepiest-serial-killers-who-were-animals.html Cracked]] it involved 50 hunters ''failing'' to get a bear. (#4 on the list.)
* Bear-hunting was a favourite pastime of medieval Russian princes. Subverted in that, with armed retainers, clever tactics, and special-issue anti-bear spears (special ''rogatina''s with oak handles and silver heads), it actually wasn't all that difficult to kill a bear. Pseudo-Demetrius I, the wacky early 17th century impostor that threw the country into bloody infighting, was very popular with the commoners of Moscow because of his badass stunt where he used his freakish strength to not only stop a bear in mid-pounce with his rogatina (that was standard practice), but also ''throw it backwards over his head''. So if bears wrote Wiki/TVTropes, they would have to make a trope for "Russian Princes and Political Opportunists That Pretend To Be Such Are Bad News".
* [[TheBerserker Berserkers]]. Norse warriors who, among other rituals, went into battle wearing bearskins. If a bear's scary, one would imagine a person who you assumed killed a bear to get its hide would be a tough customer... [[HornyVikings The Norse]] were scary enough, but God help you if you were attacked by a berserker. The name even MEANS "bear-shirt wearer".
* Sort of a weird example, but [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLykQrCLKE8 this]] is SFW, yet so... bizarre.
* In 2006 [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_JJ1 a brown bear nicknamed "Bruno"]] by the press became something of a ''cause célèbre'' when it wandered into southern UsefulNotes/{{Germany}} from UsefulNotes/{{Austria}}, making him the first bear to be seen in Germany since 1838. Bruno was extremely large and aggressive, showing a particular fondness for killing (but not eating) domestic animals. The fumbling attempts of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSixteenLandsOfDeutschland Bavarian]] government to deal with him (particularly Minister-President [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWcIimwhkr8 Edmund Stoiber's description]] of him as a "''Problembär''" ("problem bear")) attracted a great amount of derision. Bruno was finally shot to death by government marksmen.
* And now they're joyriding in [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-10753021 your car]].
* Subversion: There was a drug bust of a Marijuana farm guarded [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill by 10 black bears]]. They were so docile and domesticated that all that happened was that one of them sat on a cop car's hood for an hour, and then they just watched everything.
** If this is the same story, the whole thing was just [[{{Corpsing}} too ridiculous]] for one [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6xa3VcxWtI Russian news reader]].
* For the prehistoric giant cave bear this was inverted. For them everything was worse with {{humans|KillWantonly}}. [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11096945 We pushed them out of their living space and then hunted them to extinction]].
** While that was going on in Eurasia, prehistoric Native Americans had to deal with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctodus Giant Short-Faced Bears]], 1800-pound brutes that were twice as tall as humans when standing upright. These massive beasts are also believed to have gone extinct due to competition with humans, but unlike cave bears and modern bears (with the exception of the polar bear), they were almost entirely carnivorous, using their size and strength to chase sabertooth tigers and dire wolves away from their kills or attack slow-moving animals. Its South American relative ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctotherium Arctotherium]]'' was even larger.
* As if WorldWarIII wouldn't be bad enough, it was almost started [[http://io9.com/5664390/5-times-we-almost-nuked-ourselves-by-accident by a bear]]. More exactly, during the Cuban Missile Crisis a black bear tripped an intruder alarm at a US Air Force installation in Duluth, Minnesota, putting the entire base on full alert and nearly starting WorldWarIII.
** On [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes that subject]], the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tupolev_Tu-95 TU-95 'Bear']] [[CoolPlane strategic bomber]]. The angrier Russia gets, the more and farther afield Bear flights go, making them ''very'' bad news indeed.
* Despite their cute appearance, pandas are still bears, and they will [[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/drunk-man-mauled-by-panda/story-e6frg6uo-1111112247263 maul you for hugging them]] unless they've been [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CH_xFEWvyu4 trained for that.]]
* Most large carnivores attempt to avoid contact with humans unless they learn that humans are an easy source of food (either scavenging human refuse or hunting humans). Polar bears don't make any effort to avoid humans and appear to consider them to be exactly the same as everything else that's not another adult polar bear: food.
** There is an old Inuit story of a woman who went to live among strange people. She became a burden, and so they placed her in a boat, took her out to sea and cast her overboard. She struggled to regain the side of the boat, but they cut off her fingers to keep her away. As she died in the water, she became Sedna, the godess of the sea and mother of all beasts. Her fingers became the walrus and seals and whales that the people would hunt to eat. But her middle finger became the white bear. When the other animals see a man, they try to run away. But when the white bear sees a man, he is filled with revenge and tries to kill the person who he believes murdered the woman from whose finger he was born. Wise Inuit stay away from the white bear...
*** ...so, when you see a polar bear, it's the Goddess giving you the finger. Makes sense.
** Both polar and brown bears are [[http://www.all-creatures.org/bear/b-bearintel.html just as]] [[http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/arctic-bears/bear-intelligence/779/ intelligent]] as they are persistent in their stalking of prey. They have the long term memory which popular culture ascribed to elephants, they are excellent trackers and navigators on rough ground, they regularly use tools to get food or to play, and the [[DancingBear acting bear]] Bart [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome found out how to make a bridge]] from a plank of wood. It's only a matter of time until they find out how to fire guns.
** They're probably plotting as we speak. In a few centuries we'll see bears roaming the streets instead of humans, and they'll write a version of this page about humans. Oh wait, such a page [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters already exists]].
* Subverted with [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1890462 this]] video. Apparently, they make hockey better. The Alaska U Nanooks [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5885941/space-hockey-bear-destroys-the-universe-2 disagree]]. Bears only know how to destroy.
* The [[http://www.nonstopsnow.com/blog/stuff-we-like/svalbard-ski-marathon/ Svalbard Ski Marathon]]: probably the only annual sporting event where the entire track has to be surveilled by armed guards to stop polar bears from eating the competitors.
** It's not just the marathon. In Svalbard you are required to carry a rifle while outside a settlement for self defense against polar bears.
** Why a rifle? Because shooting a polar bear in the face with a handgun [[SuperPersistentPredator won't make it stop]].
* Everything's worse with a bear market, despite financial advisors' [[https://www.edwardjones.com/groups/ejw_content/@ejw/@us/@graphics/documents/web_content/web034039.pdf attempts to subvert the trope]].
* One of the knights who killed UsefulNotes/ThomasBecket was Reginald [=FitzUrse=], "son of the bear".
** Even better, "Fitz" in those days indicated that you were the acknowledged but not legitimate son of someone. That's right: his name literally means ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast bastard son of a bear]].''
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sloth_bear_of_Mysore Sloth bear of Mysore]], which plagued the Mysore province in India in 1957. The Sankebetsu Brown Bear incident, seen above, is scary, but while that killed seven people, and wounded two others, the sloth bear of Mysore killed 12 people, and mutilated a dozen others, making it the single bear responsible for most human fatalities ever. To make matters scarier? No one really knows why the bear attacked, it only ate three of its victims, so this cannot have been the primary motivation, implication that it was a "thrill killer", remains. And to make matters even worse, sloth bears attacks by clawing the face of their victims with their long claws, perfectly adapted for destorying termite mounds. Yep, thats right, most of those that died had their face torn apart, and most of those who survived live with such a face for the rest of their life. Eventually, after three hunts, GreatWhiteHunter [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenneth_Anderson_%28writer%29 Kenneth Anderson]] shot it dead.
* People often think [[TooDumbToLive it's a good idea to feed or tease a bear]] and end up getting attacked. [[NeverMyFault They blame it on the bear]].
* Grizzly bears are bad news to the smaller black bears. It's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_black_bear#Habitat hypothesized]] that the latter has adapted to avoid confrontation with the former, including climbing trees, being active at different times of the day, and residing in inaccessible places (i.e. with thick vegetation and mountainous terrain). Confrontations between the two species can range from tense to outright violent.
* Honorary mention: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J%C3%B6rg_Jenatsch Jörg Jenatsch]] was killed by a man wearing a bear costume.
* Purely on the visual side, in 2009 a German zoo made news for its bears all getting an affliction where they lost almost all their fur. Usually furry animals end up looking silly when you remove all the hair. Bears, on the other hand, look like [[http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2009/11/04/article-1225042-0711FC57000005DC-753_634x693.jpg something that belongs in a D&D monster manual]].
* An old hunter's joke: How do you tell the difference between a black bear and a grizzly bear? Climb a tree. If the bear climbs up after you and kills you, it's a black bear. If it knocks the tree down and kills you, it's a grizzly bear.
** And if there's no tree in sight, it's a polar bear
* Not even a Goddamn ''Gummy Bear'' can avoid this trope, if [[https://www.amazon.com/Haribo-Sugar-Free-Gummy-Bears/product-reviews/B008JELLCA these Amazon reviews]] of Haribo Sugar-Free Gummy Bears are to be believed.
* Les Stroud, aka the ''Series/{{Survivorman}}'', gets dropped into environments all over the world armed with nothing bigger than a small knife and spends the week by himself demonstrating how to survive in that situation, and has made a point of never having a firearm with him despite being in environments with the potential for hostile wildlife (plus, hunting for food would be easier). The exception was when he filmed an episode on Baffin Island, and authorities ''required'' him to carry a rifle, specifically because of the danger of polar bears.
* British National Treasure and Best Human ''Awesome/BrianBlessed'' is an exception to the rule. While camping at the North Pole, a polar bear entered his tent -- and the Loudest Man on Earth, in his own words, "punched it straight in its fucking face."
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%%* ''VideoGame/{{Kinectimals}}'': Now with Bears!

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%%* ''VideoGame/{{Kinectimals}}'': Now * Averted with Bears!the [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter bear cubs]] in ''VideoGame/{{Kinectimals}}''...unless you are Joel Heyman of Rooster Teeth (see below).


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* Joel Heyman from Creator/RoosterTeeth picked [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEUULIs_UWE the wrong Fluffy to tame]].[[note]]The footage in question appears to be from ''Cabela's Big Game Hunter'', or a closely related game.[[/note]]
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** His friend and a regular client brown bear Bruno. Sometimes described as "old, fat and slow", but more of a CoolOldGuy with overtones of BadassGrandpa.

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** His friend and a regular client brown bear Bruno. Sometimes described as "old, fat and slow", but more of a CoolOldGuy with overtones of BadassGrandpa.being badass.
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