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23rd Jul '17 8:50:21 PM M84
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* 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.]]
23rd Jul '17 7:57:36 PM MagnusForce
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* ''Series/PrehistoricPark'' had this trope in effect in episode 2, with protagonist Nigel Marvin chased by a cave bear. He even lampshades that this should not be happening, as he was under the belief that said bear was extinct at this point.

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* ''Series/PrehistoricPark'' had this trope in effect in episode 2, with protagonist Nigel Marvin chased by a cave bear. bear (he had stumbled into its cave). He even lampshades that this should not be happening, as he was under the belief that said bear was extinct at this point.thetime he was in.



** 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. Its South American relative ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctotherium Arctotherium]]'' was even larger.

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** 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.



* 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 polar bear: food.

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* 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.
17th Jul '17 11:47:44 AM BeerBaron
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* One of the quests in the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion pack for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' involves you hunting down and killing a Spirit Bear. Before doing that, you have to kill either Skaal hunters or werewolves, both incredibly tough enemies, and the bear has the annoying habit of entering the fray while you're currently engaged. The regular bears of Solstheim are no slouches either, being considerably more dangerous than any animal on Vvardenfell.
** Bears in the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', are among the most hated and feared enemies in the game for their high attack power, health, and ability to stagger the player character. They are oftentimes more dangerous than most of the quasi-demonic hordes of Daedra currently invading Tamriel.
** They keep this up in the following chapter ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where they are arguably more dangerous than ''dragons''. At least the dragons give you the courtesy of announcing their attack with a bellowing roar and circling you a few times beforehand. And when you hear a bear roar, you have only seconds to prepare before the creature gets back on all fours, rushes and mauls you. In addition, it is possible to contract all kinds of nasty diseases from their attacks. With the exception of the bear in the tutorial level (which is much weaker), most bears can maim lower level characters very easily, so it is best to avoid confrontations with them until a decent level is reached. Worse still, bears come in two even more powerful varieties: the significantly stronger Cave Bear, and the ''even stronger'' Snow Bear, which also has a resistance to frost, but luckily is weak to fire.
*** Skyrim also has the Stormcloak Rebels, who have a prominent bear motif. Their generals even wear bearskin cloaks, complete with a hood made out of the bear's head.
*** The ''Dragonborn'' DLC throws in werebears, which are essentially [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropes that turn into bears rather than wolves]]. See those three naked men running at you? That's your cue to get the heck out of dodge.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** Several varieties
of bear appear in the quests in wilds of Solstheim, added by the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion pack for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' expansion. They are considerably more dangerous than any animal on Vvardenfell, and are on par with some [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]] and [[BigBad Dagoth Ur]]'s Ash Creatures in terms of strength.
*** ''Bloodmoon'''s main quest has a part which
involves you hunting down and killing a Spirit Bear. Before doing However, before you can do that, you have to kill either Skaal a group of [[NobleSavage Skaal]] hunters or werewolves, both incredibly tough enemies, and a group of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolves]]. Unfortunately, the bear Spirit Bear has the annoying habit of entering the fray while you're currently engaged. The regular bears of Solstheim are no slouches either, being considerably more dangerous than any animal on Vvardenfell.
against the hunters/werewolves, often getting killed in the process.
** Bears in the sequel, ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', Oblivion]]'' are among the most hated and feared enemies in the game for their high attack power, high health, and ability to stagger the player character. They are oftentimes more dangerous than most of the [[TheLegionsOfHell quasi-demonic hordes of Daedra Daedra]] currently invading Tamriel.
** They keep this up in the following chapter ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', where they Skyrim]]'':
*** Bears
are arguably once again some of the most hated and feared enemies in the game, possibly even more dangerous so than ''dragons''. At least the dragons give you the courtesy of announcing their attack with a bellowing roar and circling you a few times beforehand. And when By the time you hear a bear roar, you have only seconds ''seconds'' to prepare before the creature gets back on all fours, rushes in, and mauls you. In addition, it is possible to contract all kinds of nasty diseases from their attacks. With the exception of the bear in the [[ForcedTutorial tutorial level level]] (which is much weaker), most bears can maim lower level characters very easily, so it is best to avoid confrontations with them until a decent level is reached. Worse still, bears come in two even more powerful varieties: the significantly stronger Cave Bear, and the ''even stronger'' Snow Bear, which also has a resistance to frost, but luckily is [[KillItWithFire weak to fire.
fire]].
*** Skyrim also has the The Stormcloak Rebels, who Rebels have a prominent bear motif. Their generals even wear bearskin cloaks, complete with a hood made out of the bear's head.
*** The ''Dragonborn'' DLC throws in werebears, [[OurWerecreaturesAreDifferent werebears]], which are essentially [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent lycanthropes werewolves]] that turn into bears rather than wolves]]. wolves, combining two extremely dangerous foes. See those three naked men running at you? That's your cue to get the heck out of dodge. dodge before they transform.
11th Jul '17 6:19:13 PM ngh93
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8th Jul '17 3:54:20 PM nombretomado
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* RudyardKipling has a poem "The Truce of the Bear" in which a blind Indian beggar explains to hunters why they should not pay attention when they have a bear cornered and it stands on its hind legs and seems to beg for mercy. The flesh of his face is withered "like slag in the furnace" because of a blow from "Adam-zad, the Bear that walks like a Man".

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* RudyardKipling Creator/RudyardKipling has a poem "The Truce of the Bear" in which a blind Indian beggar explains to hunters why they should not pay attention when they have a bear cornered and it stands on its hind legs and seems to beg for mercy. The flesh of his face is withered "like slag in the furnace" because of a blow from "Adam-zad, the Bear that walks like a Man".
6th Jul '17 4:12:55 AM Willbyr
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* In ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', the animal avatar that represents Musubi is a bear. Musubi herself is the {{Determinator}} type, and the Bear-Fist is one of her attacks.

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animal avatar that represents Musubi is a bear. Musubi herself is the {{Determinator}} type, and the Bear-Fist is one of her attacks.



* A similar incident occurs in ''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi]]''. Kenichi, annoyed by his training in the mountains, throws a rock at what he ''thinks'' is his eldest master secretly watching him. It turns out to be, you guessed it, a bear. Despite being a fan of How-To books, Kenichi does ''exactly'' the wrong things in trying to escape this particular bear.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' takes the MamaBear to literal levels, having a bear named Mama serve as the ApronMatron in charge of Ako, Akira, and Natsumi. She beats up anyone who dares abuse the girls serving under her.

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* A similar incident occurs in ''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi]]''.''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple''. Kenichi, annoyed by his training in the mountains, throws a rock at what he ''thinks'' is his eldest master secretly watching him. It turns out to be, you guessed it, a bear. Despite being a fan of How-To books, Kenichi does ''exactly'' the wrong things in trying to escape this particular bear.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** The magical world arc
takes the MamaBear to literal levels, having a bear named Mama serve as the ApronMatron in charge of Ako, Akira, and Natsumi. She beats up anyone who dares abuse the girls serving under her.
4th Jul '17 9:06:46 PM Fireblood
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Just as [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] are used to make something funnier or cuter, bears have a knack for scaring the crap out of everyone. Polar and brown bears are the largest extant land-based predators in the world, with a penchant for aggressive behavior, so it's easy to see why[[note]](polar bears, the largest of bear species, can weigh up to ''1500 pounds'' and have been known to hunt walruses and beluga whales)[[/note]]. Because of this, throwing a bear into a scene is the best way to let the audience know that our heroes [[FromBadToWorse have gone beyond rock bottom]] and are now totally screwed.

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Just as [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] and [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] are used to make something funnier or cuter, bears have a knack for scaring the crap out of everyone. Polar and brown bears are the largest extant land-based predators in the world, with a penchant for aggressive behavior, so it's easy to see why[[note]](polar why.[[note]]Polar bears, the largest of bear species, can weigh up to ''1500 pounds'' and have been known to hunt walruses and beluga whales)[[/note]]. whales.[[/note]] Because of this, throwing a bear into a scene is the best way to let the audience know that our heroes [[FromBadToWorse have gone beyond rock bottom]] and are now totally screwed.
28th Jun '17 11:50:59 PM Rowdycmoore
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* An episode of ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'' featured a 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.

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* An episode ''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 ''WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou'' featured a the more infamous examples:
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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.



** 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 boyfriend finding out about the story as he wants to punch a bear and now has proof you can survive doing it.

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** 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 boyfriend then-boyfriend finding out about the story as he wants to punch a bear and now has proof you can survive doing it.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''!"
26th Jun '17 6:54:53 AM GahmahRaan
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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. You can also [[HorseOfADifferentColor ride them around]], though Stables will unsurprisingly refuse to let you register them.

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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.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.
19th Jun '17 5:27:08 PM Archimedes
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** 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.

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** 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] 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.
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