Created By: EarlOfSandvich on November 1, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on February 27, 2013
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Beary Friendly

Bears that demonstrate friendly interactions towards others

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Needs a Better Description, Rolling Updates

Based from a TRS thread in an effort to split Beary Funny to distinguish between funny bears and non-comedic, friendly bears. More additions to the description would do nicely. As for the examples, you can request new ones or even take from Beary Funny. Also, when suggesting an example, make sure that it's not a mere aversion/subversion to Bears Are Bad News, but actually demonstrate friendly interactions with people and beings around them.


Sometimes in the media, bears have been portrayed as fierce and intimidating, but that's not always the case. Some of the other portrayals paint bears in a more sympathetic light, sometimes even to the extent of being a Gentle Giant. Through such portrayals, they are not merely non-aggressive aversions or subversions to Bears Are Bad News, but they tend to show friendly interactions with humans or other sentient beings.

Compare Beary Funny, where bears would be portrayed through comedic means.


Examples:

Literature
  • Winnie-the-Pooh, being based upon a teddy bear, is lovably dim and goodhearted, and is often thinking about honey.
  • Gentle Ben, a children's book turned film turned live-action tv show, starring Ben, a gentle bear. [NOTE: The bear in Grizzly Adams is also named Ben, but they aren't the same bear.]

Live-Action TV

Puppet Shows
  • The Muppets
    • Fozzie Bear from The Muppet Show. He isn't a danger to Kermit or any other Muppets or humans. (OVERLAP. Fozzie belongs on both tropes. Don't delete him from Beary Funny.)
    • Bobo from Muppets Tonight. Although larger and with a more intimidating role as security guard, he's just as big a softie as Fozzie, if not more so.

Radio
  • The Cinnamon Bear, a radio play from the 1930s. Paddy O'Cinnamon, the eponymous bear, is a resident of Maybeland who helps children Judy & Jimmy search for their lost Silver Star (to put on top of the Christmas Tree).

Video Games

Western Animation
  • The Care Bears act friendly among themselves, and when visiting children. These bears would not give injuries; they would give someone a hug!
  • The Cleveland Show gives us the bear that actually sits around and drinks bear with other characters.

Real Life
  • The Trope Codifier is the actual Teddy Bear, invented in 1902 in reference to an incident where Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a bear that had been captured and tied up for him to "hunt".
  • And, of course, pandas have always been immune to the usual depiction of bears, even though they're really just as dangerous as other bears are.
  • Despite his being listed under Bears Are Bad News, Wojtek was well-known for being a friendly and lovable creature who loved to play in water and eat sweets, and liked nothing better than hanging out with his adopted human family in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company.


Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • November 1, 2012
    CobraPrime
    Isn't it redundant to have a trope that will essentially just list aversions of Bears Are Bad News? It's not like Bears Are Bad News is universal either.

    It's the reason we cut Heroically Aligned Reptile because it was just a list of Aversion of Reptiles Are Abhorrent
  • November 2, 2012
    Arivne
    This trope should actually be inversions (the exact opposite) of Bears Are Bad News.

    You wouldn't put an example of a bear on this page just because it wasn't a threat. The bear would have to be actively friendly/helpful/etc.

    And yes, the description would have to be re-written to make that clear.
  • November 2, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Good idea. Altered the description for clarity. I definitely wouldn't want this to fall under Trope Decay much like Beary Funny is.
  • November 2, 2012
    HandsomeRob
  • November 3, 2012
    Xtifr
    The reason that this is different from Heroically Aligned Reptile is because this is so common that it really is a trope of its own. Bears are common childhood toys. Culturally, we recognize bear-as-dangerous-animal and bear-as-friendly-creature as two separate things.
  • November 3, 2012
    TheHandle
    • In Persona4, Kuma is the most adorable bear ever. His generic mascot personality becomes even more blatant once he gains a human body to walk with!
  • November 3, 2012
    McKathlin
    There is a lot of overlap between friendly bears and funny bears. Most funny bears are friendly, and most friendly bears are fun-loving, if not comedic. I'm not so sure these two tropes are neatly splittable.
  • December 8, 2012
    lu127
    <Mod Hat>

    There's a TRS waiting on this, let's move.
  • December 9, 2012
    EarlOfSandvich
    Alrighty then...

    I know we've decided on splitting this, and I know it's going to be that the bear has got to be seen with friendly interactions (not merely just not attacking). I did hear the point about the overlap between friendly and funny bears...

    Anybody else with a suggestion to hopefully make a clean split between the two?
  • December 30, 2012
    Nohbody
    Is this going anywhere, or will it just languish in Development Hell?
  • December 31, 2012
    Kernigh
    This is stuck because no one has made a list of examples to move from Beary Funny to here.

    I believe that this trope should be about bears who are friendly to humans or non-bears. I would like to move these examples from Beary Funny to here.


    Literature

    Live Action TV

    Puppet Shows
    • Fozzie Bear from The Muppet Show. He isn't a danger to Kermit or any other Muppets or humans. (OVERLAP. Fozzie belongs on both tropes. Don't delete him from Beary Funny.)
      • Bobo from Muppets Tonight. Although larger and with a more intimidating role as security guard, he's just as big a softie as Fozzie, if not more so.

    Video Games

    Real Life
    • The Trope Codifier is the actual Teddy Bear, invented in 1902 in reference to an incident where Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a bear that had been captured and tied up for him to "hunt".
    • And, of course, pandas have always been immune to the usual depiction of bears, even though they're really just as dangerous as other bears are.
    • Despite his being listed under Bears Are Bad News, Wojtek was well-known for being a friendly and lovable creature who loved to play in water and eat sweets, and liked nothing better than hanging out with his adopted human family in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company.

    And that's all. Many of the examples on Beary Funny are Zero Context Example: I don't know whether the bear is funny, or friendly, or something else. I imagine that after launching this new trope, fixing links will be very difficult. Who knows whether that link to Beary Funny is correct, or must point to this new trope?
  • December 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Gentle Ben, a children's book turned film turned live-action tv show, starring Ben, a gentle bear. [NOTE: The bear in Grizzly Adams is also named Ben, but they aren't the same bear.]
    • The Cinnamon Bear, a radio play from the 1930s. Paddy O'Cinnamon, the eponymous bear, is a resident of Maybeland who helps children Judy & Jimmy search for their lost Silver Star (to put on top of the Christmas Tree).

    Does the bear have to be a real bear (within the context of the work)? If not...
    • The Late Show with David Letterman had a recurring bit, "Can a guy in a bear suit X?" Three early bits were "Can a guy in a bear suit get a hug from a stranger?" (Yes.) "Can a guy in a bear suit hail a cab? (Also yes.) "Can a guy in a bear suit get a hug from a cab driver?" (Yes again.)
  • January 30, 2013
    EarlOfSandvich
    I decided to let this trope up for grabs as soon as the hats are settled. Also, I'm wondering how I can remove tags here, since we do have examples now...

    Oh right... that's Why We Cant Have Nice Things. Still kind of ridiculous!
  • January 30, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
  • January 30, 2013
    MokonaZero
    The Cleveland Show gives us the bear that actually sits around and drinks bear with other characters.
  • February 3, 2013
    SeptimusHeap
    Bumping. Hats, please!
  • February 9, 2013
    StarSword
    Video Games:

    And hatted.
  • February 21, 2013
    EarlOfSandvich
    Just needs one more hat. Any further suggestions to improve this article?
  • February 27, 2013
    Xtifr
    The muppet show example needs to be edited to comply with Example Indentation.
  • February 27, 2013
    azul120
  • February 27, 2013
    Arivne
    Fixed the Muppet examples.
  • February 27, 2013
    StarSword
    @azul120: Explain.
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