Bears are wonderful creatures. If you want to create an IntelligentGerbil alien from one, you don't have to alter its appearance much, since they can already take bipedal form and are effectively HumanoidAliens already. Indeed, any furry humanoid creature that doesn't explicitly appear to be some other kind of creature will appear more or less ursine. BearyFunny, BearyFriendly and BearsAreBadNews are all possible.

A special group of them are not just any old bear, but explicitly teddy bears. These are either an extremely good natured race, or for ironic effect, extremely nasty.

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* Long John Silver on ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' is bear-like in appearance.

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* In ''Anime/{{Robotech}} II: The Sentinels'', the Karbarrans are described as "bearmen". [[http://robotech.wikia.com/wiki/Karbarran How]] [[http://www.kent.net/robotech/information/karbarran.shtml closely]] [[http://www.robotech.com/community/fan/art/viewfanart.php?id=3209 they]] resemble bears depends on the artist.

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* Perhaps the most familiar examples are the Wookiees and Ewoks from ''Franchise/StarWars''. The [[StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] also includes the [=ZeHethbra=], who are a unique example of this trope in that they have tails.

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* The Hokas in Creator/PoulAnderson and Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/{{Hoka}}'' series are intelligent teddy bears. BearyFunny, assuming you aren't too fond of your sanity.
* In JackCampbell's ''TheLostFleet'' book ''Invincible'', they reconstruct the aliens that attacked them on sight and to Geary's surprise they were attacked by "teddy bears." They discover the creatures are herbivores and decide that the "teddy" is inapproriate, so they dub them "bear-cows".
** In ''Guardian'', many humans back home are disgruntled that they fought against living teddy bears -- and with the help of aliens that are revolting mixtures of wolf and spider in appearance.
* In Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Spacepaw'' and ''Spacial Delivery'', the Dilbians are described as intelligent grizzly bears.
* The Lindauzi in ''Literature/TheWildBoy''-although there were mentions of panther or dog-like features, bear-like is the most common description, the cover illustration clearly shows it.
* ''Literature/TheHelmsmanSaga'' features a civilization of walking bears (expies of Russia).
* The HumanxCommonwealth features the Ulru-Ujurrians, who look like large bears.
* Creator/IsaacAsimov's story "No Connection" features a civilization of bears which evolved on a postapocaliptic Earth.
* The Bulrathi in the ''LineOfDelirium'' series were more-or-less directly lifted from the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series.
** [[SergeyLukyanenko Lukyanenko]] did expand on their culture, considering the version he used from the first ''Master of Orion'', which didn't provide much background. In the books, the Bulrathi are a ProudWarriorRaceGuy culture, who value hand-to-hand (or paw, if you want to be technical) combat over standard warfare. They also have [[VocalDissonance falsetto voices]], making them good tenors (when they're not ripping your head off).
* In ''Literature/TheHost'' one of the aliens plants that Wanda has previously been on is one nicknamed "bear." They have four hearts and long claws for weapons and to carve ice sculptures.
* In C.J. Cherryh's ''Faded Sun'' trilogy, the companion animals of the [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Mri]] were the dusei (singular "dus"), bearlike creatures who were similar to one-owner dogs and somewhat empathic to their masters through touch.
* The Pila in David Brin's ''Literature/{{Uplift}}'' universe are {{Heavy Worlder}}s who look like gray four-foot teddy bears with short snouts and funny hairs around their eyes, and their voices are so high-pitched that they need special equipment for many species (including humans) to even hear them. They are famously fanatical and conservative: they hate humans and won their independence as a species by declaring a holy war on the species that had uplifted them to sentience (with the approval of the patrons' patrons). They also treat their indentured species, the Pring, very harshly.
* the Shandi from ''{{Strata}}''
* Harry Turtledove's "The Road Not Taken" features an invasion of Earth by the Roxolani, a a space-faring race of teddy bear-like conquerors.

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* In the Neighborhood Of Make Believe segments of ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'' there is a Purple Panda from the Planet Purple.

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* Technically the Ursas of the ''Terracide'' setting (6th edition Hero System) aren't aliens, but genetically-engineered humans. But since they have bear DNA spliced into their genomes, they're close enough to count.
* The Urseminites from TabletopGames/{{Bulldogs}} are adorable little roly-poly teddy-bear-things that are generally presumed to have been genetically engineered as children's playmates. [[GoneHorriblyWrong They are an entire species of psychopaths]] with odious personal habits.

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* The Bulrathi in the ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' series.
* The Brutes from ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' combine various traits of gorillas and bears (perhaps with a bit of rhino thrown in).
* In Guile and Abel's ending in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterXTekken'', Pandora's box summons a race of aliens that look like small blue bears. Abel thinks they're adorable; Guile, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere patience run out, leaves.]]
* The [[ShoutOut Kulrathi]] from VideoGame/StarDrive

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* From ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' the Ob'enn who look like four-foot bipedal koalas. Technologically advanced, religiously xenocidal and frequently referred to as the Psycho-bears.
** And our "heroes" second starship, and first SapientShip, was built by them. Since then he's subjugated the most aggressive races of the galaxy, probably including the Ob'enn, declared war on a species composed of dark matter from another galaxy, and pretty much named himself God.

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* The preschool show ''WesternAnimation/{{Caillou}}'' features an episode where the children disagree on what game to play: one wants to pretend they are bears, while the others want to play astronauts. They compromise that they will be astronauts and visit a planet inhabited by alien bears.
* The title character of ''WesternAnimation/MuzzyInGondoland'' is an alien who looks somewhat like a bipedal green bear.
* In the parody of ''StarWars'' done on ''FamilyGuy'', the Ewoks, who in the source material are only vaguely ursine, appear as literal little bears.
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