Created By: DhanaRagnarokFebruary 4, 2012 Last Edited By: DhanaRagnarokFebruary 8, 2012
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Killer Teddy Bear

A plush used as a weapon - or acting on its own to kill people.

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Related to Creepy Doll. Sister Trope to Perverse Puppet and Demonic Dummy. Not always a case of Fluffy The Terrible. See also: Everything Is Worse With Bears, even if the plush is not always a bear.

A teddy bear, or any other cute plush animal from your childhood just earned a place in your worst nightmares by killing/being used to kill people. Sometimes caused by a Sealed Evil In A Teddy Bear.

Examples

Anime & Manga

Comics
  • There's a Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic with some kind of possessed stuffed bear that was used in an attempt to get at Dawn.

Film
  • Lotso from Toy Story 3 is more indifferent than truly evil.
  • Screamers. Killer robots looking like little girls, carrying killers robots teddy bears.

Literature
  • The Free Kingdomers in the Alcatraz Series disguise their grenades as teddy bears, the logic being that the enemy shouldn't know to run away from their weapons.
  • In Mercedes Lackey's short story "The Last of the Season," a little girl's teddy bear comes to life to protect her from a serial rapist/murderer, which it does with extreme prejudice.

Live Action TV

Video Games
  • Naughty Bear: The whole game is based around a bullied teddy bear in a city full of others teddy bears. And he decided to make them pay. Hard.
  • Annie's teddy bear Tibbers. He's a real grizzly, turned into a teddy bear, turned into a burning abomination.
  • Silent Hill. Some of the enemies you encounter in the altered world are Furry Bunnies. OHGODWHY.
  • In the Hunter: The Reckoning video game, Kaylie's teddy bear becomes possessed by evil spirits and grows to gigantic size before killing her parents, leading to a boss fight.
  • Maple Story Ludibrium is full of these.
  • In Final Fantasy X, Lulu uses her dolls as a focus for her magic, or to act on its own and attack. No one knows how she does this.
  • Guilty Gear: Bridget has several attacks which involve the use of his teddy bear, as well as his yo-yo. One attack has it drift toward the opponent with spinning blades, and another has it grow to gargantuan size and run the opponent over on a flaming tricycle.
  • Carn Evil: Deady, a giant teddy bear boss.
  • In Persona4 Teddy looks like a teddy bear, but is a deadly fighter with his claws.
  • In The Sims 3, that's probably Dexter The Bear, a stuffed Bear that gives you the ability to kill other sims with either a knife, a poker, or a hammer. The hammer lets you kill toddlers too, which gives way to the creepy toddler behaviors. That is, when Dexter worked properly and didn't crash the game.

Western Animation
  • Code Lyoko: the first episode has XANA taking over a teddy bear to become this.
  • On Fairly Odd Parents Timmy's dad sells sock puppets to Timmy's enemies when his enemies try to chase him he wishes they could fight.

Web Comics

Web Original
  • He didn't kill anybody as far as I know, but Pedobear probably raped your childhood even more than most of the other examples.
Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • February 4, 2012
    dalek955
    • The Free Kingdomers in the Alcatraz Series disguise their grenades as teddy bears, the logic being that the enemy shouldn't know to run away from their weapons.
  • February 4, 2012
    TBTabby
    In the Hunter: The Reckoning video game, Kaylie's teddy bear becomes possessed by evil spirits and grows to gigantic size before killing her parents, leading to a boss fight.
  • February 4, 2012
    JoeG
  • February 4, 2012
    Robotrekkie
  • February 4, 2012
    wanderlustwarrior
    • In Final Fantasy X, Lulu uses her dolls as a focus for her magic, or to act on its own and attack. No one knows how she does this.
  • February 4, 2012
    Catbert
  • February 4, 2012
    SeanMurrayI
  • February 4, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    Wouldn't this be two tropes? One that's a form of Killer Rabbit and the other being a form of Improvised Weapon? They seem like two distinct tropes to me.
  • February 4, 2012
    chicagomel
    • There's a Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic with some kind of possessed stuffed bear that was used in an attempt to get at Dawn.
  • February 5, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    ^^ I don't think so...First, some examples would fit both (Tibbers for example is both a weapon and a "living" being.), and even as a weapon they're not always an improvised one (take the ones stuffed with a grenade...)
  • February 5, 2012
    AweStriker
    • Shiki Misake of The World Ends With You once hand-sewed a stuffed cat and named it Mr. Mew. It serves as her sole means of attack in the Reapers' Game.
  • February 5, 2012
    dalek955
    Um, the Alcatraz Series is literature, not TV. Read the work page if you're ever unsure.
  • February 5, 2012
    ladygem
    the bear in Toy Story 3 is named Lotso, and yes, he fits (if you count other toys as people).
  • February 5, 2012
    SeanMurrayI
    ^ I, personally, wouldn't count other toys as people (and the closest he comes to killing toys is more akin to an "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you" sort of vibe).
  • February 5, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime

    Video games

    • Guilty Gear: Bridget has several attacks which involve the use of his teddy bear, as well as his yo-yo. One attack has it drift toward the opponent with spinning blades, and another has it grow to gargantuan size and run the opponent over on a flaming tricycle.
  • February 5, 2012
    Generality
    Some of these will already be listed in the related tropes you've already mentioned. You might want to trawl through those for anything valid, and move them over.

    Webcomics:

  • February 5, 2012
    Surenity
    There's a random teddy bear in the film Little Monsters that has a drill on the end of it's nose, and tried to drill through the main character's shoe during the final battle before it was harmlessly kicked away.
  • February 5, 2012
    KZN02
    Video Games

    Western Animation
    • Code Lyoko: the first episode has XANA taking over a teddy bear to become this.
  • February 5, 2012
    animeg3282
    In Persona4 Teddy looks like a teddy bear, but is a deadly fighter with his claws.
  • February 5, 2012
    MiinU
    The Naughty Bear and Silent Hill examples have zero context.

    Also, suggest spelling correction for the Dirty Pair Flash example: please remove the first "n" in launcher.
  • February 6, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    Stuff added and changes made. Now to check the Sister Tropes to find others fitting examples!
  • February 6, 2012
    Lyendith
    • In Bleach, this is played with during the Fullbring training of Ichigo: Riruka shuts him in her doll house and his "oponent" is a Yakuza boss trapped in a teddy bear body.
  • February 6, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Inversion: In an episode of Supernatural with a Wishing Well a little girl wishes her teddy bear to life; it becomes suicidal. It eats its gun but it doesn't work.
  • February 7, 2012
    DragonQuestZ
    "Completely unrelated to Sealed Evil In A Teddy Bear."

    What? That's often the reason this trope can happen.
  • February 7, 2012
    MiinU
    Correction for the Bleach example: it was a stuffed pig, not a teddy bear. Riruka even called him Mr. Pork.
  • February 8, 2012
    JoieDeCombat
    In Mercedes Lackey's short story "The Last of the Season," a little girl's teddy bear comes to life to protect her from a serial rapist/murderer, which it does with extreme prejudice.
  • February 8, 2012
    emmilions
    Isn't there a digimon that looks like a teddy bear, but is incredibly deadly?
  • February 8, 2012
    Lyendith
    @ Miin U

    Err, maybe, I don't remember the details well. -___-"
  • February 8, 2012
    Generality
    ^5 I agree. The tropes are very closely related indeed.
  • February 8, 2012
    DhanaRagnarok
    That's weird. I don't remember writing that. Or adding Fairly Odd Parents either. And yet I don't see anyone else in the edit history...Damn schizophrenia ! ><

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