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Beanie Babies are a long-running franchise of stuffed toys manufactured by Ty, Inc., owned by Ty Warner. Although the company already had a couple plush toy lines at this point, Beanie Babies slowly caught on in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], starting with a line of nine originals in 1993: Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Brownie the Bear (later known as Cubbie), Flash the Dolphin, Splash the Orca (originally a whale), Patti the Platypus, Chocolate the Moose, Spot the Dog and Punchers the Lobster (later known as Pinchers). What distinguished the Beanie Babies from other stuffed toys was that, instead of having "stuffing," they were stuffed almost entirely with polyvinyl chloride (later polyethelene) "beans," although the heads were still typically stuffed.

The toys were not incredibly popular at first outside Ty's home market of Chicago. Starting in late 1995-early 1996, the line suddenly grew in popularity, in part due to the marketing strategies of selling them only at small gift shops for $5-$6 each. Furthermore, the company began regularly retiring existing Beanies and introducing new ones. Adding some fuel to the fire was the introduction of the first exclusive-release Beanie, Maple the Bear (sold only in Canada). It was also in 1996 that the toys first included birthdays and short, four-line poems on their tags. In 1997 through 2000, [=McDonald's=] jumped on the bandwagon as well, including fun-size "Teenie Beanies" with Happy Meals.

The Beanie Babies franchise remained popular into the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]], including an incredible stunt in 1999 when a bear named "The End" was released and Ty decided to let collectors decide whether or not to ''end the entire line''.

Throughout the 2000s, the Beanie Baby franchise did see some decline in popularity, but the toys are still sold, played with and collected. There are still plenty of retired Beanies who can fetch a pretty penny on the market these days.

The big kids craze after [[AnyoneRememberPogs Pogs]] and before Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.

Not to be confused with Beanie Kids, an Australian toy.

!Tropes present:
* AerithAndBob: Most of the names are very cartoonish, but there are some with more realistic names such as Erin or Scottie.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Played straight and averted. Some are realistically colored and designed; others are more cartoonish and less realistically colored.
* AmbiguousGender: Some Beanies' genders are never stated in their poems. Usually this is because the poem is in first-person, but other times they just manage to get to four lines without using a pronoun. Some are still obvious anyway (e.g., the several kangaroos are all female, as they have joeys in their pouches).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There are a few examples of this. For instance:
** Seaweed the Otter is holding a piece of seaweed in her paws, and her poem mentions that she likes eating it. Otters are carnivorous.
** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else. The inclusion of mongoose may be because it originally ''was'' a mongoose, but it shipped with a "mean poem" about killing snakes.
* CashCowFranchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of ''HelloKitty'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''WowWowWubbzy'', ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''TheBackyardigans'', the live-action ''{{Garfield}}'' movies, the ''actual'' Garfield, the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' films, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.
** To say nothing of the intentional release of design variations. For instance, Patti the Platypus comes in several almost-indiscernible color variations; Mystic the Unicorn had ''three'' design changes; Lucky the Ladybug can have 7, 11 or 21 spots (and they can be stitched-on felt or patterned fabric!).
* CunningLikeAFox: Well, it ''is'' named Sly, and his poem says "tricky is he." Even Snocap the Arctic Fox is "very sly."
* CuteKitten: A LOT of kittens and cats.
* FollowTheLeader: In the wake of the first wave of Beanie Baby success in the late nineties, many other plush toy lines suddenly came into vogue, such as Puffkins. There was also a DarkerAndEdgier beanbag toy called "Meanies", which relied on grossout humor.
* GratuitousGerman: Germania the bear had its poem written in German.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: There's an Australian-exclusive named Bounder.
* LongRunners: The toys have been consistently in production since 1993.
* MeaningfulName: Why do you think they named a rabbit "Ears"? Or a bee "Bumble"?
* MessyPig: Averted; Squealer is the class clown, and Stubby would "[[BigEater rather eat a big dessert]]." Knuckles the Pig, however, makes mud pies.
* NuttySquirrel: Obviously, since they're named Nuts and Nutty; there's also a third named Treehouse. The latter two are also holding acorns.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Three of the giant variety (Peking, Fortune and Wonton), one of the red variety.
* PlayfulOtter: Seaweed is her name.
* PreciousPuppies: There are a couple that are explicitly stated to be puppies, but even the ostensibly adult dog types are usually puppylike.
* {{Pun}}: Any Beanie with a tie-dye appearance is officially listed as "Ty-dye."
* PunnyName: Chocolate the Moose and Claude the Crab are but a few of the many examples.
* RetCon:
** A subtle one. Splash was originally identified as just a whale, but this was later specified to orca.
** Done a little less subtly with some of the Beanies that were renamed. Some renames were done to avoid copyright issues (e.g. Tabasco the bull being renamed Snort), while others seem to be done for little reason other than to encourage collectors to buy the rarer, alternately-named version (e.g. Nana vs. Bongo the monkey, Brownie vs. Cubbie the bear).
** Runner the mongoose-turned-mustelid, as seen above.
** At least two Beanies had their birthdays changed for no reason.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Many of the early Beanies had typos in their poems. Perhaps one of the most {{egregious}} is "moose" somehow becoming "'''''rn'''''oose" on Chocolate's poem. A list is available [[http://aboutbeanies.com/Tag_Errors.shtml here]]. Some are so obvious that they seem deliberate, just to drive up the price and make one type seem "rarer" just because its poem's misspelled or has a different line.
* SantaClaus: Yes, even ''he'' exists in Beanie Baby form.
* SeriousBusiness: For the adults who collect the rare ones. Many Beanie Babies hold a higher market value just for the slightest variation in fabric color; having a different-colored horn; having the swing tag in the wrong ear; or any other slight mutation, intentional or accidental. Really, just how would you tell if your Patti the Platypus is magenta (and thus worth about $1,300) instead of fuchsia or raspberry? If you really want to get serious, there's also the royal-blue version of Peanut the Elephant, which once fetched $4,000-plus.
** To say nothing of the Teenie Beanies once available in [=McDonald's=] Happy Meals. People were buying dozens of Happy Meals just to get all the Teenies, and then dumping out the food.
** Black market and counterfeits were insanely common, too. Most often, the counterfeits were [[ShoddyKnockoff blatantly obvious]].
** Some adult collectors would be openly horrified if they saw Beanie Babies being played with by children - you know, the toys' original purpose?
* ShoutOut:
** Humphrey the Camel may or may not be a reference to the Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan song of that name. Then again, one of the birds ''was'' accidentally released [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Tennessee-Bird-Walk-lyrics-Jack-Blanchard-Misty-Morgan/687A7787B284C2FA48256E1D0015520D without wings]]...
** A Ty-dyed bear named Garcia? Definitely ''[[SarcasmMode not]]'' a reference to Jerry Garcia. (It got renamed Peace.)
** There's a [[TheWalrusWasPaul walrus named Paul]].
** According to the poem on the inside of the tag, Mel the koala is supposedly named after Creator/MelGibson.
* SmellySkunk: Yep, named Stinky, given perfume and mints as gifts, and "hop[es] one day he wouldn't stink."
* SpinOff:
** Attic Treasures were introduced in the same year as Beanie Babies. These were given a more {{retraux}} style and hinged limbs, and were quietly retired in the early aughties.
** Pillow Pals, a large, stuffed plush toy line intended for toddlers. Many of them were {{expy}}s of Beanie Baby designs. In 2001, they were replaced by [[http://www.aboutbeanies.com/articles/BabyTy.html Baby Ty]], which are made of a softer fabric.
** There were also Beanie Buddies, which were larger, softer counterparts of existing Beanie Babies, sometimes with trivia about the corresponding Beanie in the swing tag. Both these and Baby Ty were made with a new fabric called "Tylon."
** Ty Girlz, which are... well, basically plush Bratz dolls.
*** Ty Li'l Ones, itself a spinoff of Ty Girlz.
** Beanie Babies 2.0, Ty's answer to Webkinz.
** Teenie Beanies, the SpinOffBabies of the franchise.
** Beanie Boos.
** Wild Wild Best.
** Beanie Ballz.
** Ty Monstaz.
* ThemeNaming:
** The first five cats were named Zip, Nip, Chip, Flip and Snip. Next in the line were Pounce and Prance.
** Three pastel-colored rabbits were named Hippity, Hoppity and Floppity. Supposedly, there was going to be a Flippity in there too, but it was never made.
* {{Trope 2000}}: Some Beanie Babies have a "Ty 2000" tag.
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Beanie Babies are a long-running franchise of stuffed toys manufactured by Ty, Inc., owned by Ty Warner. Although the company already had a couple plush toy lines at this point, Beanie Babies slowly caught on in the [[TheNineties 1990s]], starting with a line of nine originals in 1993: Legs the Frog, Squealer the Pig, Brownie the Bear (later known as Cubbie), Flash the Dolphin, Splash the Orca (originally a whale), Patti the Platypus, Chocolate the Moose, Spot the Dog and Punchers the Lobster (later known as Pinchers). What distinguished the Beanie Babies from other stuffed toys was that, instead of having "stuffing," they were stuffed almost entirely with polyvinyl chloride (later polyethelene) "beans," although the heads were still typically stuffed.

The toys were not incredibly popular at first outside Ty's home market of Chicago. Starting in late 1995-early 1996, the line suddenly grew in popularity, in part due to the marketing strategies of selling them only at small gift shops for $5-$6 each. Furthermore, the company began regularly retiring existing Beanies and introducing new ones. Adding some fuel to the fire was the introduction of the first exclusive-release Beanie, Maple the Bear (sold only in Canada). It was also in 1996 that the toys first included birthdays and short, four-line poems on their tags. In 1997 through 2000, [=McDonald's=] jumped on the bandwagon as well, including fun-size "Teenie Beanies" with Happy Meals.

The Beanie Babies franchise remained popular into the [[TurnOfTheMillennium 2000s]], including an incredible stunt in 1999 when a bear named "The End" was released and Ty decided to let collectors decide whether or not to ''end the entire line''.

Throughout the 2000s, the Beanie Baby franchise did see some decline in popularity, but the toys are still sold, played with and collected. There are still plenty of retired Beanies who can fetch a pretty penny on the market these days.

The big kids craze after [[AnyoneRememberPogs Pogs]] and before Franchise/{{Pokemon}}.

Not to be confused with Beanie Kids, an Australian toy.

!Tropes present:
* AerithAndBob: Most of the names are very cartoonish, but there are some with more realistic names such as Erin or Scottie.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Played straight and averted. Some are realistically colored and designed; others are more cartoonish and less realistically colored.
* AmbiguousGender: Some Beanies' genders are never stated in their poems. Usually this is because the poem is in first-person, but other times they just manage to get to four lines without using a pronoun. Some are still obvious anyway (e.g., the several kangaroos are all female, as they have joeys in their pouches).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There are a few examples of this. For instance:
** Seaweed the Otter is holding a piece of seaweed in her paws, and her poem mentions that she likes eating it. Otters are carnivorous.
** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else. The inclusion of mongoose may be because it originally ''was'' a mongoose, but it shipped with a "mean poem" about killing snakes.
* CashCowFranchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of ''HelloKitty'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''WowWowWubbzy'', ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''TheBackyardigans'', the live-action ''{{Garfield}}'' movies, the ''actual'' Garfield, the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' films, the ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.
** To say nothing of the intentional release of design variations. For instance, Patti the Platypus comes in several almost-indiscernible color variations; Mystic the Unicorn had ''three'' design changes; Lucky the Ladybug can have 7, 11 or 21 spots (and they can be stitched-on felt or patterned fabric!).
* CunningLikeAFox: Well, it ''is'' named Sly, and his poem says "tricky is he." Even Snocap the Arctic Fox is "very sly."
* CuteKitten: A LOT of kittens and cats.
* FollowTheLeader: In the wake of the first wave of Beanie Baby success in the late nineties, many other plush toy lines suddenly came into vogue, such as Puffkins. There was also a DarkerAndEdgier beanbag toy called "Meanies", which relied on grossout humor.
* GratuitousGerman: Germania the bear had its poem written in German.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: There's an Australian-exclusive named Bounder.
* LongRunners: The toys have been consistently in production since 1993.
* MeaningfulName: Why do you think they named a rabbit "Ears"? Or a bee "Bumble"?
* MessyPig: Averted; Squealer is the class clown, and Stubby would "[[BigEater rather eat a big dessert]]." Knuckles the Pig, however, makes mud pies.
* NuttySquirrel: Obviously, since they're named Nuts and Nutty; there's also a third named Treehouse. The latter two are also holding acorns.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Three of the giant variety (Peking, Fortune and Wonton), one of the red variety.
* PlayfulOtter: Seaweed is her name.
* PreciousPuppies: There are a couple that are explicitly stated to be puppies, but even the ostensibly adult dog types are usually puppylike.
* {{Pun}}: Any Beanie with a tie-dye appearance is officially listed as "Ty-dye."
* PunnyName: Chocolate the Moose and Claude the Crab are but a few of the many examples.
* RetCon:
** A subtle one. Splash was originally identified as just a whale, but this was later specified to orca.
** Done a little less subtly with some of the Beanies that were renamed. Some renames were done to avoid copyright issues (e.g. Tabasco the bull being renamed Snort), while others seem to be done for little reason other than to encourage collectors to buy the rarer, alternately-named version (e.g. Nana vs. Bongo the monkey, Brownie vs. Cubbie the bear).
** Runner the mongoose-turned-mustelid, as seen above.
** At least two Beanies had their birthdays changed for no reason.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Many of the early Beanies had typos in their poems. Perhaps one of the most {{egregious}} is "moose" somehow becoming "'''''rn'''''oose" on Chocolate's poem. A list is available [[http://aboutbeanies.com/Tag_Errors.shtml here]]. Some are so obvious that they seem deliberate, just to drive up the price and make one type seem "rarer" just because its poem's misspelled or has a different line.
* SantaClaus: Yes, even ''he'' exists in Beanie Baby form.
* SeriousBusiness: For the adults who collect the rare ones. Many Beanie Babies hold a higher market value just for the slightest variation in fabric color; having a different-colored horn; having the swing tag in the wrong ear; or any other slight mutation, intentional or accidental. Really, just how would you tell if your Patti the Platypus is magenta (and thus worth about $1,300) instead of fuchsia or raspberry? If you really want to get serious, there's also the royal-blue version of Peanut the Elephant, which once fetched $4,000-plus.
** To say nothing of the Teenie Beanies once available in [=McDonald's=] Happy Meals. People were buying dozens of Happy Meals just to get all the Teenies, and then dumping out the food.
** Black market and counterfeits were insanely common, too. Most often, the counterfeits were [[ShoddyKnockoff blatantly obvious]].
** Some adult collectors would be openly horrified if they saw Beanie Babies being played with by children - you know, the toys' original purpose?
* ShoutOut:
** Humphrey the Camel may or may not be a reference to the Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan song of that name. Then again, one of the birds ''was'' accidentally released [[http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Tennessee-Bird-Walk-lyrics-Jack-Blanchard-Misty-Morgan/687A7787B284C2FA48256E1D0015520D without wings]]...
** A Ty-dyed bear named Garcia? Definitely ''[[SarcasmMode not]]'' a reference to Jerry Garcia. (It got renamed Peace.)
** There's a [[TheWalrusWasPaul walrus named Paul]].
** According to the poem on the inside of the tag, Mel the koala is supposedly named after Creator/MelGibson.
* SmellySkunk: Yep, named Stinky, given perfume and mints as gifts, and "hop[es] one day he wouldn't stink."
* SpinOff:
** Attic Treasures were introduced in the same year as Beanie Babies. These were given a more {{retraux}} style and hinged limbs, and were quietly retired in the early aughties.
** Pillow Pals, a large, stuffed plush toy line intended for toddlers. Many of them were {{expy}}s of Beanie Baby designs. In 2001, they were replaced by [[http://www.aboutbeanies.com/articles/BabyTy.html Baby Ty]], which are made of a softer fabric.
** There were also Beanie Buddies, which were larger, softer counterparts of existing Beanie Babies, sometimes with trivia about the corresponding Beanie in the swing tag. Both these and Baby Ty were made with a new fabric called "Tylon."
** Ty Girlz, which are... well, basically plush Bratz dolls.
*** Ty Li'l Ones, itself a spinoff of Ty Girlz.
** Beanie Babies 2.0, Ty's answer to Webkinz.
** Teenie Beanies, the SpinOffBabies of the franchise.
** Beanie Boos.
** Wild Wild Best.
** Beanie Ballz.
** Ty Monstaz.
* ThemeNaming:
** The first five cats were named Zip, Nip, Chip, Flip and Snip. Next in the line were Pounce and Prance.
** Three pastel-colored rabbits were named Hippity, Hoppity and Floppity. Supposedly, there was going to be a Flippity in there too, but it was never made.
* {{Trope 2000}}: Some Beanie Babies have a "Ty 2000" tag.
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4th Apr '13 2:02:21 PM LongLiveHumour
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* CashCowFranchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of ''HelloKitty'', ''SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''{{Shrek}}'', ''DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''WowWowWubbzy'', ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''TheBackyardigans'', the live-action ''{{Garfield}}'' movies, the ''actual'' Garfield, the ''IceAge'' films, the ''{{Madagascar}}'' films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.

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* CashCowFranchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of ''HelloKitty'', ''SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''{{Shrek}}'', ''DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'', ''WesternAnimation/DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''WowWowWubbzy'', ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''TheBackyardigans'', the live-action ''{{Garfield}}'' movies, the ''actual'' Garfield, the ''IceAge'' ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' films, the ''{{Madagascar}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.
6th Mar '13 12:06:35 AM Twentington
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!Other tropes present:

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!Other tropes !Tropes present:
3rd Mar '13 7:01:20 PM Nocturna
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* IncrediblyLamePun: Any Beanie with a tie-dye appearance is officially listed as "Ty-dye."


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* {{Pun}}: Any Beanie with a tie-dye appearance is officially listed as "Ty-dye."
26th Jan '13 2:36:48 PM Kernigh
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* {{Trope 2000}}: Some Beanie Babies have a "Ty 2000" tag.
19th Dec '12 2:41:13 AM Twentington
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* GratuitousGerman: Germania the bear had its poem written in German.



** A subtle one. Splash was originally identified as just a whale, but is now officially considered an orca.

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** A subtle one. Splash was originally identified as just a whale, but is now officially considered an this was later specified to orca.



** Runner was retconned from a mongoose to a generic mustelid, even though mongoose are not mustelidae. This retcon probably owes to a not so family-friendly "mean poem" that Runner had early on.

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** Runner was retconned from a mongoose to a generic mustelid, even though mongoose are not mustelidae. This retcon probably owes to a not so family-friendly "mean poem" that Runner had early on.the mongoose-turned-mustelid, as seen above.
19th Dec '12 2:36:57 AM Twentington
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!Animal tropes present:

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!Animal !Other tropes present:present:
* AerithAndBob: Most of the names are very cartoonish, but there are some with more realistic names such as Erin or Scottie.
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Played straight and averted. Some are realistically colored and designed; others are more cartoonish and less realistically colored.
* AmbiguousGender: Some Beanies' genders are never stated in their poems. Usually this is because the poem is in first-person, but other times they just manage to get to four lines without using a pronoun. Some are still obvious anyway (e.g., the several kangaroos are all female, as they have joeys in their pouches).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There are a few examples of this. For instance:
** Seaweed the Otter is holding a piece of seaweed in her paws, and her poem mentions that she likes eating it. Otters are carnivorous.
** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else. The inclusion of mongoose may be because it originally ''was'' a mongoose, but it shipped with a "mean poem" about killing snakes.
* CashCowFranchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of ''HelloKitty'', ''SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''{{Shrek}}'', ''DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''WowWowWubbzy'', ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''TheBackyardigans'', the live-action ''{{Garfield}}'' movies, the ''actual'' Garfield, the ''IceAge'' films, the ''{{Madagascar}}'' films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.
** To say nothing of the intentional release of design variations. For instance, Patti the Platypus comes in several almost-indiscernible color variations; Mystic the Unicorn had ''three'' design changes; Lucky the Ladybug can have 7, 11 or 21 spots (and they can be stitched-on felt or patterned fabric!).



* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Daisy and Bessie. Also a bull named Tabasco, later renamed Snort.
* EverythingsBetterWithChickens: Doodle the Rooster, later renamed Strut.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Bronty, Rex and Steg, a line of [[strike:tie]] ty-dye dinosaurs. [[StockDinosaurs Guess what species they are]]. Later dinosaurs included a pterodactyl named Swoop, a T. Rex named Toothy (and another named Tyranno), and a Parasaurolophus named Tooter.

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* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Daisy and Bessie. Also a bull named Tabasco, later renamed Snort.
* EverythingsBetterWithChickens: Doodle
FollowTheLeader: In the Rooster, later renamed Strut.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Bronty, Rex and Steg, a line
wake of [[strike:tie]] ty-dye dinosaurs. [[StockDinosaurs Guess what species they are]]. Later dinosaurs included the first wave of Beanie Baby success in the late nineties, many other plush toy lines suddenly came into vogue, such as Puffkins. There was also a pterodactyl named Swoop, DarkerAndEdgier beanbag toy called "Meanies", which relied on grossout humor.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Any Beanie with
a T. Rex named Toothy (and another named Tyranno), and a Parasaurolophus named Tooter.tie-dye appearance is officially listed as "Ty-dye."



* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Monkeys, chimpanzees, an orangutan, and a baboon named ''Cheeks''. ''And'' a bushbaby.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Waddle, Slapshot, Snowbank, Tux and Zero (who wears a Santa cap) are their names. There are also Beanie versions of Pablo the Penguin from ''The Backyardigans'' and Skipper from ''Madagascar'' (but ''only'' Skipper).
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: Incredibly, Patty the Platypus was one of the ''original nine''.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Averted; the poems indicate that all the shark Beanies are good-natured.

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* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Monkeys, chimpanzees, an orangutan, and a baboon LongRunners: The toys have been consistently in production since 1993.
* MeaningfulName: Why do you think they
named ''Cheeks''. ''And'' a bushbaby.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Waddle, Slapshot, Snowbank, Tux and Zero (who wears
rabbit "Ears"? Or a Santa cap) are their names. There are also Beanie versions of Pablo the Penguin from ''The Backyardigans'' and Skipper from ''Madagascar'' (but ''only'' Skipper).
* EverythingsBetterWithPlatypi: Incredibly, Patty the Platypus was one of the ''original nine''.
* EverythingsEvenWorseWithSharks: Averted; the poems indicate that all the shark Beanies are good-natured.
bee "Bumble"?



* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: Obviously, since they're named Nuts and Nutty; there's also a third named Treehouse. The latter two are also holding acorns.

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* EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels: NuttySquirrel: Obviously, since they're named Nuts and Nutty; there's also a third named Treehouse. The latter two are also holding acorns.acorns.
* PandaingToTheAudience: Three of the giant variety (Peking, Fortune and Wonton), one of the red variety.
* PlayfulOtter: Seaweed is her name.



* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Yep, they even have ''three'' octopi: Inky, Opie and Wiggly. And [[SpongeBobSquarePants Squidward.]]
* PandaingToTheAudience: Three of the giant variety (Peking, Fortune and Wonton), one of the red variety.
* PlayfulOtter: Seaweed is her name.
* SmellySkunk: Yep, named Stinky, given perfume and mints as gifts, and "hop[es] one day he wouldn't stink."

!Other tropes present:
* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife: Played straight and averted. Some are realistically colored and designed; others are more cartoonish and less realistically colored.
* AmbiguousGender: Some Beanies' genders are never stated in their poems. Usually this is because the poem is in first-person, but other times they just manage to get to four lines without using a pronoun. Some are still obvious anyway (e.g., the several kangaroos are all female, as they have joeys in their pouches).
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There are a few examples of this. For instance:
** Seaweed the Otter is holding a piece of seaweed in her paws, and her poem mentions that she likes eating it. Otters are carnivorous.
** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else. The inclusion of mongoose may be because it originally ''was'' a mongoose, but it shipped with a "mean poem" about killing snakes.
* CashCowFranchise: The toy line now includes Beanie Baby adaptations of ''HelloKitty'', ''SpongeBobSquarePants'', ''{{Shrek}}'', ''DoraTheExplorer'', ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'', ''WowWowWubbzy'', ''AlvinAndTheChipmunks'', ''TheBackyardigans'', the live-action ''{{Garfield}}'' movies, the ''actual'' Garfield, the ''IceAge'' films, the ''{{Madagascar}}'' films, and so on. Special Beanie Baby bears in honor of people, which started with the Princess Diana tribute bear. Some are exclusive to retailers such as Walgreens. Yet others are exclusive to certain areas.
** To say nothing of the intentional release of design variations. For instance, Patti the Platypus comes in several almost-indiscernible color variations; Mystic the Unicorn had ''three'' design changes; Lucky the Ladybug can have 7, 11 or 21 spots (and they can be stitched-on felt or patterned fabric!).
* FollowTheLeader: In the wake of the first wave of Beanie Baby success in the late nineties, many other plush toy lines suddenly came into vogue, such as Puffkins.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}}: Yes, there is a Godzilla [[strike:beanie baby]] Classic Ty plush...as well as Mothra and King Ghidorah. They were only available in Japan as a tie-in promotion for the release of GMK back in 2001.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Any Beanie with a tie-dye appearance is officially listed as "Ty-dye."
* LongRunners: The toys have been consistently in production since 1993.
* MeaningfulName: Why do you think they named a rabbit "Ears"? Or a bee "Bumble"?


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* SmellySkunk: Yep, named Stinky, given perfume and mints as gifts, and "hop[es] one day he wouldn't stink."
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** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else.

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** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else. The inclusion of mongoose may be because it originally ''was'' a mongoose, but it shipped with a "mean poem" about killing snakes.
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* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: Pouch, Ricochet, Pogo and Willoughby are their names. All four are flyers with joeys in their pouch, and they smartly avoid the YouFailBiologyForever by putting the poem in first person. There is also a Beanie version of Austin the Kangaroo from ''TheBackyardigans'', and an Australian-exclusive named Bounder.

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* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: Pouch, Ricochet, Pogo and Willoughby are their names. All four are flyers with joeys in their pouch, and they smartly avoid the YouFailBiologyForever by putting the poem in first person. There is also a Beanie version of Austin the Kangaroo from ''TheBackyardigans'', and There's an Australian-exclusive named Bounder.
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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: There are a few examples of this. For instance:
** Seaweed the Otter is holding a piece of seaweed in her paws, and her poem mentions that she likes eating it. Otters are carnivorous.
** Double-subverted with Runner, whose species is only given as ''mustelidae'' (i.e., weasel family), an unusually prominent example of ShownTheirWork on a toy. However, its poem says it can be a "ferret, mongoose, weasel, or mink"; mongoose are actually their own family, which is more related to felines than anything else.
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