[[caption-width-right:350:A reprint of ''A Bear Called Paddngon'', the first book in the series.]]

->''"Please Look After This Bear. Thank You."''

A series of books first appearing in 1958, written by Michael Bond, about the antics of a small anthropomorphic brown bear who lives with an ordinary London family. Paddington is usually seen wearing a blue duffel coat (a somewhat old-fashioned warm coat fastened by toggles) and rather shapeless black hat (though more modern versions sometimes give him a red hat instead, or even reverse the colours for a blue hat and red coat).

Paddington books continued to be written throughout the 1960s and 1970s, and spawned [[{{WesternAnimation/Paddington}} a TV series of 5 minute shorts]] that ran from 1975 to 1986. The unique visual style (Paddington himself is a stop-motion figure, the backgrounds are black-and-white line drawings and the other characters are 2D paper cutouts) and catchy theme tune led to it becoming a well-loved childhood favourite.

[[Film/{{Paddington}} A live-action movie]] was released in December of 2014, with Creator/NicoleKidman, Creator/SallyHawkins, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Broadbent, Creator/PeterCapaldi, and Creator/BenWhishaw as the voice of Paddington. A [[Film/Paddington2 sequel]] was released late 2017 with Creator/HughGrant and Creator/BrendanGleeson joining the cast.

Paddington's creator Michael Bond passed away in June 2017 to universal sorrow from the British public.

!!These books contains examples of:

* AccidentalBid: Paddington Bear once went to an auction. He found it a very friendly place. People kept on waving at him, so naturally he waved back...
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Until ''Paddington Marches On'' (1964), where he gets Wellington boots for Christmas. This became established as part of his IconicOutfit because it let the soft toys stand upright.
* BearsAreBadNews: Averted, yet also played straight in a mild way. Paddington is courteous, completely non-violent, and ''freaking adorable'', yet has quite a knack for getting into all sorts of trouble, whether it's accidentally destroying his neighbor's hammock, letting a marmalade sandwich slip inside a film projector, or trashing the kitchen with one of his sloppy baking attempts.
* BearyFriendly: He may be accident-prone and naive, but Paddington is unfailingly friendly, polite, and well-meaning.
* CantGetAwayWithNuthin: Tends to be the fate of everyone who tries to pull a fast one on a certain Peruvian bear. Mr. Curry tends to come in for the most and worst of it, but then he ''is'' [[MayIBorrowACupOfSugar one of those neighbors that takes advantage]].
* ComicBookTime: Although London changes, Paddington and the Browns don't.
* CoolOldGuy: Mr. Gruber
* CoversAlwaysLie: Averted in the first edition, but the covers of modern editions almost unfailingly show Paddington in a blue duffel coat and red hat. Paddington's hat is (mostly) black, and he receives his duffel coat during a shopping trip with the Browns.
** Actually a conflation of two hats; Paddington's original hat and the red knit hat he received from the same shopping trip.
* CrossOver: Two books featured Paddington's adventures with the cast of ''Series/BluePeter'', for which Michael Bond worked as a cameraman.
* DeathGlare: Paddington's "hard stare"
* DoorstopBaby: The Browns found him sitting on the platform of Paddington Station, near the lost property office, with a label round his neck bearing the words "Please Look After This Bear. Thank You."
* FishOutOfWater: One of the main sources of humor and plot. Paddington emigrated from Darkest Peru and thus is very unfamiliar with British life.
** How unfamiliar? In the first chapter, Mister Brown takes him to a buffet and buys him a cream-filled bun -- which he proceeds to eat while sitting on the table. (To be fair, he had to stand on the chair to ''reach'' the table.)
* GrumpyOldMan: Mr. Curry
* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy
* LineOfSightName: What can we call a bear who's found at Paddington Station? I have an idea...
* MisplacedWildlife: Paddington is a bear [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectacled_Bear from Peru]], but looks like a brown bear from the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_bear Northern Hemisphere]].
** Averted in the books, thanks to a keen-eyed editor. Originally, Paddington was going to be from Darkest ''Africa'', but there are no native bears among the wildlife in that area. That said, of course, Paddington did say he was a very rare sort of bear.
** The whole series can be regarded as playing on this trope, considering the premise is a bear living with a human family in London.
* NiceGuy: Paddington is one of the most charming and polite people you could meet.
* NiceHat: Paddingon's distinctive hat is called a bush hat given to him by his Uncle Pastuzo
** ... with stains passed down by his forebears, no less.
* OrwellianRetcon: On a minor scale. More modern editions of the Paddington books have sometimes added sequences where the Bear is informed just how dangerous certain stunts he's done actually are (such as taking apart a television set) and Paddington exclaims that he hopes [[DoNotTryThisAtHome no young children ever imitate such an unsafe act]].
* PetTheDog: Mr Curry actually calls to enquire after Paddington's health after the bear is taken ill in one story, and even brings presents of fruit and calves' foot jelly, seriously advising that the latter is especially good for invalids.
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Marmalade.
* WeirdnessCensor: Everyone in London seems surprisingly cool that the Browns have adopted a ''bear''. That ''talks''.
-->'''[[GabbyCabbie Taxi Driver]]''': [[FantasticRacism Bears is sixpence extra.]] ''Sticky bears'' is ninepence.
** TruthInTelevision because, well, this is London. As long as you act civilized, they really don't care what species you are.
** In contrast, when Paddington competes in a popular TV game show, the host briefly experiences SanitySlippage.
*** Though it's hard to say whether that's because he was a bear (and thus the source of some truly horrible puns by the host) or because his answers were... [[CloudCuckooLander unusual]]. Or both.