Rupert Bear is a children's comic strip character featured in a series of books based around his adventures. The character was created by the English artist Mary Tourtel and first appeared in the Daily Express on 8 November 1920. Rupert's initial purpose was to grab sales from the rival Daily Mail and Daily Mirror. Since then he has become significant to children's culture in the United Kingdom. Alfred Bestall took over from 1935 until 1965, various people have written and illustrated Rupert to this day.

The story's setting is the village of Nutwood, which resembles an idealized version of an English village in the early [[TheThirties 1930s]]. Rupert's adventures are very diverse, appealing to many aspects of fantasy. Unlike most modern comic strips, ''Rupert'' has always been produced in the form of illustrations accompanying text, as opposed to text being incorporated into the art through the use of SpeechBubbles. Rupert is notable for having survived the years of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Annuals have been released every year since 1936.

Rupert has had several TV series, the most popular being a [[TheNineties 1990s]] animated cartoon series produced by Creator/{{Nelvana}}. Rupert also appeared in Music/PaulMcCartney's 1984 music video "We All Stand Together"; [=McCartney=] also made an animated video starring Rupert called ''Rupert and the Frog Song''.

For the 1990s cartoon, see [[WesternAnimation/{{Rupert}} this page]].
!!Tropes found series wide and in the comics/books:

* AdultsAreUseless: Averted. Plenty of adults have helped Rupert on his adventures. It's just the parents who are almost never involved.
* AffirmativeActionGirl: Ottoline
* AlliterativeName: Used on a lot of the [[FunnyAnimal animal]] [[SpeciesSurname children]] such as Bill Badger, Podgy Pig, and Gregory Guinea-Pig. Exceptions include Edward Trunk, Algy Pug, and of course, Rupert himself.
* AnthropomorphicPersonification: Many characters appear such as Father Time, the Four Winds, they've even got a character who's basically a personification of April Fool's Day!
* BigEater: [[MeaningfulName Podgy]] [[AnimalStereotypes Pig]]
* ChineseGirl: Tiger Lily
* TheChristmasAnnual: One of the longest-running examples, which has a higher profile and readership than the actual strip.
* CuteWitch: ''[[HalloweenEpisode Rupert and the Wobbly Witch]]''. Interestingly, she's upset because witches aren't ''supposed'' to be beautiful.
** Tiger Lily also qualifies; she's learned a few things from her father, the Conjuror.
* DeadpanSnarker: Bill
* DefeatMeansFriendship: Rupert has managed to befriend some of his enemies, one of the most notable examples being the troublesome twig troll Raggety.
* DependingOnTheArtist: {{Averted}}. Every artist takes great pains to [[StatusQuoIsGod emulate their original predecessor, Mary Tourtel]].
** DependingOnTheWriter: When Alfred Bestall took over from Mary Tourtel, he had to gradually make things LighterAndFluffier again, as Tourtel was injecting CerebusSyndrome into the strip since her husband passed away.
*** This often happens in the {{Animated Adaptation}}s.
* [[SantaClaus Father Christmas]]: Rupert's met him a few times; he also takes care of Version I {{snowlems}}.
* FreeRangeChildren: Rupert and his friends travel around the world and back, consort with all sorts of mythological creatures... but are also told by their parents that they're too young to go camping out without parental supervision. In fairness, Rupert's parents never find out about his adventures unless he tells them about it afterwards.
* TheHero: Rupert, of course. He's such a nice guy, always concerned for others, willing to help out, and always has a brilliant plan. He's a [[FriendToAllLivingThings good friend]], too. Understanding and forgiving, which are good traits to have when your friends tend to have {{Aesop Amnesia}} or play the {{Blame Game}}.
** Rupert gets extra points for considering the Fox Twins to be his friends even though they see him as more of a {{Chew Toy}}.
** In fact he's such a good guy, he borders into [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]] territory.
* AnIcePerson: Jack Frost and [[EvilCounterpart Billy Blizzard]] both have ice powers.
* IconicOutfit: Rupert's trademark outfit consists of his plaid yellow scarf and trousers and red jumper. Everyone else is considered either this or {{Limited Wardrobe}}.
* IronicName: bordering on BlindIdiotTranslation; in the Dutch dub, [[DubNameChange Rupert's name is changed to]]....Bruintje (Browny), despite the character having white fur.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Podgy Pig. While he's generally quite nice, he can also be selfish and mean at times.
* TheLancer: Although Rupert has a wide cast of friends who alternate being the {{sidekick}} on each adventure, Bill's snark, pessimism, and usual reluctance to jump head-first into adventure like his friend make him Rupert's most Lancer-like {{foil}}.
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: In the various incarnations of ''Rupert Bear'', both humans and animals lived in Rupert's world. Most of the citizens of Rupert's hometown were animal, though several of Rupert's friends, The Professor and Tiger Lily, were human, as were residents of several nearby towns like Appleton. Nutwood Forest is also populated by sapient but otherwise "normal" Talking Animals!
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: There a quite a lot of characters, which is to be expected from a comic strip that's been going on for over 90 years.
* MagicVersusScience: {{Subverted}}, Rupert lives in a world with both, and neither is made out to be better than the other; there are good and evil magicians, and good and evil scientists. This allows Rupert to have adventures ranging from saving unicorns from a greedy wizard to meeting [[StockNessMonster Nessie]] in a submarine.
* MrImagination: Rupert's parents ''assume'' their son's outlandish stories of his adventures are signs of an overactive imagination... WordOfGod says they're wrong.
* NarrativePoem: A distinctive feature of the strip and annuals is that there are two parallel text narrations. One is detailed prose, while the other, for younger children, consists of a single rhyming couplet for every panel.
* PaintingTheFrostOnWindows: There are Spring Imps and Autumn Elves, the Clerk of the Weather, and the Sandman. Also, the source of the Nile River is a gigantic old faucet.
* PettingZooPeople: Rupert and his friends have animal heads (and sometimes tails) on human-shaped bodies.
* PoliceAreUseless: Constable Growler, a literal Terrier Of Justice, tends to be TheLestrade to Rupert's AmateurSleuth. He doesn't seem to mind, as long as justice is done in the end.
** Averted in ''Rupert and Little Yum'' where he is a big help in catching the bad guys, as well as his starring episode ''Rupert and Growler''. ''Rupert and the Space Pilots'' also counts.
* PrintLongRunners: 90 years and still going.
* TheProfessor: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Professor]]
** The Wise Old Goat may also count.
* ScoobyDooHoax: Rupert has foiled a couple of these.
* SherlockHolmes as well as Watson make an appearance in a Rupert story.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: The comic strip had few female characters Ottoline Otter (introduced about a couple of decades ago) and Tiger Lily, not counting the mothers of the characters and the main cast was mostly male.
* SpeciesSurname: Other than the title character being a bear whose last name is Bear, there are many examples, such as Rupert's friends consisting of a badger named Bill Badger, a pig named Podgy Pig, and others.
* SpoiledSweet: Podgey Pig is fairly greedy at times, but he is mostly good-natured and one of Rupert's closest friends.
** Pong Ping, Tiger Lily and Ottoline Otter are from wealthy families, and have ties to royalty, and you'd be hard pressed to find anything rotten about any of them.
* SpringIsLate: Because the Imps of Spring seem to have been delayed.
* TimeTravel: Some of Rupert's adventures are a result of this. Usually a type 3.
* TricksterTwins: The Fox Twins
* WeirdnessMagnet: Rupert, full-stop.
* TheWildWest: where Rupert's Uncle Grizzly lives.
* TheWonderland: Some of Rupert's adventures take place in worlds like [[DreamLand Dreamland]], Toyland, Mirrorland, and Timeland.