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27th Apr '16 8:22:28 AM pinkdalek
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* Considering the [[OneGenderRace all-male]] nature of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Galka]] and the strong implications that they are [[EveryoneIsGay predominantly gay]] (or at least were during their time alone without females for centuries), the fact that ''every'' Galka has at least a [[BadassBeard chinstrap beard]] immediately makes the whole race ''very'' bearish, with shades of BigBeautifulMan as well.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Sabin refers to himself as a bear during the cut scene on Mount Kolts -- this is HilariousInHindsight, [[FridgeBrilliance even if intentional]]. Depending on the artist, Sabin certainly has more of the body type for it, with Amano tending towards the hairier with BadassBeard and CG art tending towards the smoother and beardless. None of this necessarily means Sabin is actually ''gay'' (it's still entirely possible he's not), but that he's a "bear" with a fittingly bearish body type. This, along with the fact that he's one of the only adult male main cast (along with Stragos) who is never shown expressing any kind of interest in women, has brought him more LGBTFanbase by far than any other male character in the game.

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* Considering the [[OneGenderRace all-male]] nature of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Galka]] and the strong implications that they are [[EveryoneIsGay predominantly gay]] (or at least were during their time alone without females for centuries), the fact that ''every'' Galka has at least a [[BadassBeard chinstrap beard]] immediately makes the whole race ''very'' bearish, with shades of BigBeautifulMan as well.
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In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Sabin refers to himself as a bear during the cut scene on Mount Kolts -- this is HilariousInHindsight, [[FridgeBrilliance even if intentional]]. Depending on the artist, Sabin certainly has more of the body type for it, with Amano tending towards the hairier with BadassBeard and CG art tending towards the smoother and beardless. None of this necessarily means Sabin is actually ''gay'' (it's still entirely possible he's not), but that he's a "bear" with a fittingly bearish body type. This, along with the fact that he's one of the only adult male main cast (along with Stragos) who is never shown expressing any kind of interest in women, has brought him more LGBTFanbase by far than any other male character in the game.game.
** Mukki and his 'bubbies' in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', a beefy male prostitute. [[GayOption Who Cloud can sleep with.]] Cloud also jokingly refers to the burly, attractive Barret as a 'bear' in one memorable line.
** Considering the [[OneGenderRace all-male]] nature of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Galka]] and the strong implications that they are [[EveryoneIsGay predominantly gay]] (or at least were during their time alone without females for centuries), the fact that ''every'' Galka has at least a [[BadassBeard chinstrap beard]] immediately makes the whole race ''very'' bearish, with shades of BigBeautifulMan as well.
25th Mar '16 7:44:05 AM Eievie
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'''Patti''': Uh... no.

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'''Patti''': Uh... Uh… no.



In gay slang, a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29 bear]]" is a ManlyGay man with a CarpetOfVirility -- and not always just on their chests. Very often bears are also [[BigBeautifulMan voluptuously heavy set]] and at least middle-aged, but these are not definitive requirements. Exceptionally thin bears are often known as "otters" or "wolves", younger bears are "cubs" or "pups", Asian bears are "pandas", and especially muscular bears are often called "muscle bears" or "bulls". A "husbear" is a term some men use for their bearish boyfriends or husbands.

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In gay slang, a "[[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29 bear]]" "bear"]] is a ManlyGay man with a CarpetOfVirility -- and CarpetOfVirility--and not always just on their chests. Very often bears are also [[BigBeautifulMan voluptuously heavy set]] and at least middle-aged, but these are not definitive requirements. Exceptionally thin bears are often known as "otters" or "wolves", younger bears are "cubs" or "pups", Asian bears are "pandas", and especially muscular bears are often called "muscle bears" or "bulls". A "husbear" is a term some men use for their bearish boyfriends or husbands.



''Usually'' a subtrope of ManlyGay, and the aesthetic opposite of TheTwink, though cubs are similar in disposition. Frequently overlaps with {{Badass}}, BigBeautifulMan, CoolOldGuy, LeatherMan or PettingZooPeople. In fact this trope overlaps with BigBeautifulMan ''so often'' that some people would consider them the same trope -- except that technically this trope is about body hair and the other trope is about body fat.

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''Usually'' a subtrope of ManlyGay, and the aesthetic opposite of TheTwink, though cubs are similar in disposition. Frequently overlaps with {{Badass}}, BigBeautifulMan, CoolOldGuy, LeatherMan or PettingZooPeople. In fact this trope overlaps with BigBeautifulMan ''so often'' that some people would consider them the same trope -- except trope--except that technically this trope is about body hair and the other trope is about body fat.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'', Arthur is a gay bear in his 40s who is also...[[PettingZooPeople a bear]].
* Most versions of ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' fit the trope, although they are not canonically gay. Then again, the 'mutants-as-persecuted-minority' theme makes a connection. Wolverine's [[{{ComicBook/Daken}} psychopath of a son]], no less beefy, has slept with both genders.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'', Arthur is a gay bear in his 40s who is also...also… [[PettingZooPeople a bear]].
* Most versions of ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' fit the trope, although they are not canonically gay. Then again, the 'mutants-as-persecuted-minority' "mutants as persecuted minority" theme makes a connection. Wolverine's [[{{ComicBook/Daken}} psychopath of a son]], no less beefy, has slept with both genders.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Renly Baratheon's nickname on this [[http://www.thebacklot.com/got-men-15-of-the-hottest-guys-of-game-of-thrones/05/2012/ entertainment website aimed at gay men]] is the Otter King. The character has a hairy chest, but the audience never sees it because his lover Ser Loras Tyrell finds him more attractive with a smooth torso.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', this trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and discussed by [[spoiler:Kurt and David Karofsky,]] who we find out in season three has taken to hanging out at a local gay bar and been dubbed a bear cub because of his youth and rather burly stature. Kurt, apparently not knowing anything about the term, jokingly asks if he's a cub because he "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny looks like Yogi."]]

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Lord Renly Baratheon's nickname on this [[http://www.thebacklot.com/got-men-15-of-the-hottest-guys-of-game-of-thrones/05/2012/ entertainment website aimed at gay men]] is the Otter King. The character has a hairy chest, but the audience never sees it because his lover Ser Loras Tyrell finds him more attractive with a smooth torso.
torso. Renly doesn't really "get" the smooth thing--he thinks it makes him look like a young boy--but he's willing to do it for Loras.
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', this trope is [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] and discussed by [[spoiler:Kurt and David Karofsky,]] who we find out in season three has taken to hanging out at a local gay bar and been dubbed a bear cub because of his youth and rather burly stature. Kurt, apparently not knowing anything about the term, jokingly asks if he's a cub because he "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny looks [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "looks like Yogi."]]
19th Mar '16 7:14:50 AM triforcetron
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In gay slang, a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29 bear]]" is a ManlyGay man with a CarpetOfVirility -- and not always just on their chests. Very often bears are also [[BigBeautifulMan voluptuously heavy set]] and at least middle-aged, but these are not definitive requirements. Exceptionally thin bears are often known as "otters" or "wolves", younger bears are "cubs" or "pups", Asian bears are "pandas", and especially muscular bears are often called "muscle bears" or "bulls". A "husbear" is a term some men use for their bearish boyfriends or husbands. "Otters" are ''hairless'' bears.

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In gay slang, a "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29 bear]]" is a ManlyGay man with a CarpetOfVirility -- and not always just on their chests. Very often bears are also [[BigBeautifulMan voluptuously heavy set]] and at least middle-aged, but these are not definitive requirements. Exceptionally thin bears are often known as "otters" or "wolves", younger bears are "cubs" or "pups", Asian bears are "pandas", and especially muscular bears are often called "muscle bears" or "bulls". A "husbear" is a term some men use for their bearish boyfriends or husbands. "Otters" are ''hairless'' bears.
husbands.
6th Mar '16 12:48:38 PM Allronix
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* A Filksong from Seattle-based filker Commander Claus (a gay man himself), changed "My Uncle Walter Goes Dancing with bears" to "My Uncle Walter Goes ''Dating'' the Bears," and is told from the point of view of an embarrassed nephew who is fine with his uncle's coming out, but boggled by sights like ''"There's ten in the hot tub, giving each other backrubs."''

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* A Filksong FilkSong from Seattle-based filker Commander Claus (a gay man himself), changed the kid's song "My Uncle Walter Goes Dancing with bears" Bears" to "My Uncle Walter Goes ''Dating'' the Bears," and is told from the point of view of an embarrassed nephew who is fine with his uncle's coming out, but boggled by sights like ''"There's ten in the hot tub, giving each other backrubs."''



In the Canadian mockumentary "Series/TrailerParkBoys", Randy is the always shirtless Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor (as wearing a shirt will give him a rash) and he also happens to have a very large, hairy gut for which he is frequently ridiculed. However, many on the show consider him attractive and he has many romantic involvements throughout the series, including a long term relationship with Jim and also dates Officer Ted at one point.

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* In the Canadian mockumentary "Series/TrailerParkBoys", Randy is the always shirtless Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor (as wearing a shirt will give him a rash) and he also happens to have a very large, hairy gut for which he is frequently ridiculed. However, many on the show consider him attractive and he has many romantic involvements throughout the series, including a long term relationship with Jim and also dates Officer Ted at one point.
6th Mar '16 12:47:18 PM Allronix
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* A Filksong from Seattle-based filker Commander Claus (a gay man himself), changed "My Uncle Walter Goes Dancing with bears" to "My Uncle Walter Goes ''Dating'' the Bears," and is told from the point of view of an embarrassed nephew who is fine with his uncle's coming out, but boggled by sights like ''"There's ten in the hot tub, giving each other backrubs."''


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* On ''Britain's Got Talent'', one of the acts that came on was "The Dreambears" - three husky gents in Union Jack-pattern spandex dancing while lip-synching to "It's Raining Men"
24th Feb '16 9:53:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''ClerksII'', Kinky Kelly's assistant ([[spoiler:later revealed to be his partner]]) fits this trope to a T, though he's never explicitly mentioned as being gay.

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* In ''ClerksII'', ''Film/ClerksII'', Kinky Kelly's assistant ([[spoiler:later revealed to be his partner]]) fits this trope to a T, though he's never explicitly mentioned as being gay.
11th Feb '16 10:59:04 PM landino69
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In the Canadian mockumentary "Series/TrailerParkBoys", Randy is the always shirtless Assistant Trailer Park Supervisor (as wearing a shirt will give him a rash) and he also happens to have a very large, hairy gut for which he is frequently ridiculed. However, many on the show consider him attractive and he has many romantic involvements throughout the series, including a long term relationship with Jim and also dates Officer Ted at one point.
19th Jan '16 3:13:40 AM Adept
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* Jin's {{Bara}} {{Dating Sim}}s usually have a lot of bears in the cast.
* Jūichi in ''{{Morenatsu}}'' is simultaneously TheBear, [[{{Kemono}} the bear]], a {{Bara}} role, and a ''high school student''. He looks more like a 30something [[YoungerThanTheyLook than someone who's supposed to be 16 or 17]].
* Zangief from ''{{Street Fighter}}'' is possibly one of the oldest examples of this in video games. He has been [[AmbiguouslyGay hinted to be gay]] enough that audiences gay and straight have taken notice, and his gay bearish appeal has long since been secured.

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* Jin's {{Bara}} {{Dating Sim}}s usually have a lot of bears in the cast.
* Jūichi in ''{{Morenatsu}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Morenatsu}}'' is simultaneously TheBear, [[{{Kemono}} the bear]], a {{Bara}} role, and a ''high school student''. He looks more like a 30something [[YoungerThanTheyLook than someone who's supposed to be 16 or 17]].
* Zangief from ''{{Street Fighter}}'' ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is possibly one of the oldest examples of this in video games. He has been [[AmbiguouslyGay hinted to be gay]] enough that audiences gay and straight have taken notice, and his gay bearish appeal has long since been secured.
10th Dec '15 11:41:03 AM FF32
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* One of the sketches in ''KidsInTheHall'' involves a man encountering a Bear, but following the advice on what to do when encountering an ''actual'' bear (don't make eye contact, play dead, etc.).

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* One of the sketches in ''KidsInTheHall'' ''Series/TheKidsInTheHall'' involves a man encountering a Bear, but following the advice on what to do when encountering an ''actual'' bear (don't make eye contact, play dead, etc.).
18th Oct '15 11:38:07 AM nombretomado
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs9PG-XAlsI Mascumax]], a villain from the ''PowerpuffGirls''.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xs9PG-XAlsI Mascumax]], a villain from the ''PowerpuffGirls''.''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
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