BearyFriendly Beary Friendly YKTTW Discussion

Beary Friendly
Bears that demonstrate friendly interactions towards others
Needs Examples Description Needs Help Tropeworthy? Up For Grabs Needs Examples
(permanent link) added: 2012-11-01 10:36:26 sponsor: EarlOfSandvich edited by: Arivne (last reply: 2013-02-27 07:01:56)

Add Tag:
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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

Replies: 22