Characters / The Berenstain Bears

Since Stan and Jan Berenstain populated their books with Loads and Loads of Characters, it's natural that they'd get their own character sheet.

The Bear Family

Papa Bear

First appearance: The Big Honey Hunt

Mama Bear

First appearance: The Big Honey Hunt

Small Bear / Brother Bear

The firstborn cub in the family. Originally named Small Bear in the earliest books, his name changed following Sister's birth.

First appearance: The Big Honey Hunt

  • Big Brother Instinct: He stood up to Too-Tall when the latter took Sister's jump rope. This behavior continues throughout the rest of the various books and eventually extends to anyone being bullied.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: His poor grades in "Trouble In School" and "The Homework Hassle" was really due to him slacking off and procrastinating since he's shown many times that he's much smarter than his work showed.
  • Compressed Vice: And how!
  • The Everyman: He does not have a whole lot of traits other than being just the main character.
  • The Hero/ The Leader: In the Scout books mostly though he will occasionally play this role in the main books and the chapter books.
  • Would Not Hit a Girl: He was perfectly willing to beat up Tuffy for hurting Sister until he saw that Tuffy was female. He left without a fight because he knew that if he hit her HE'D be the bully.

Sister Bear

First appearance: New Baby

Honey Bear

First appearance: And Baby Makes Five

  • Baby Talk: Displays this with such traits as pronouncing "Amen" as "Men" and referring to parakeets as "keets". Beyond that, her main Baby Talk trait is that she displays short simple sentences and ideas.
  • Cousin Oliver: A recent addition who's brought mixed responses from the fanbase and doesn't usually serve a purpose other than being cute.
  • The Cutie: Quite an adorable cub.


The family's seldom-seen pet dog. First appearance: The Trouble with Pets
  • Team Pet: Has played this role off and on.


Gramps and Gran

First appearance: The Sitter

  • Cool Old Guy: Gramps is a good-natured elder.
  • Cool Old Lady: Gran is a sweet grandmother.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Not really embarrassing, but in one of the Scouts books, Gramps' real name is revealed to be Ernest.
  • Only Sane Man: Gramps showed this in the Scouts books. He would often be the only adult bear to see through Ralph's scams.


Brother and Sister's cousin.

Other Cubs

Lizzy Bruin

Sister's best friend. First appearance: The Trouble with Friends

Queenie McBear

Too-Tall Grizzly

The local bully at Bear Country Elementary. Sometimes cons Brother into helping him with his pranks.

  • The Big Guy: He is much bigger than his peers- hence the name.
  • The Bully: He is the resident bully.
  • Hidden Depths: In the 2003 series, he has a surprising talent for singing.
    • In the chapter books, starting in "The Wheelchair Commando", he's got a talent for chess and is thrilled when he finds out Harry plays the game since none of his goons are capable of playing chess at all let alone giving him a challenge.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold/Even Evil Has Standards: He had his moments.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the 2003 series, his bullying is mostly rude remarks, and there is only one threat he made to beat Brother up, which wasn't blatantly obvious.


Too-Tall's intimidating right-hand cub

  • Number Two
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the 2003 series, he has more of a cowardly nature, though he still has some of his aggressive nature.
  • Voice Of Reason: He doesn't seem to like Queenie due to her poor treatment of Too-Tall, and is the only one in the gang shown to know how fickle she is. Skuzz has even claimed he doesn't like her in "The Berenstain Bears and Queenie's Crazy Crush."


A member of Too-Tall's gang with a smirk often on his face.

  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the 2003 series, he is the least aggressive of the Too-Tall gang, and has more or less a sweet nature.
  • Stupid Evil: In the 2003 series, He believed Too-Tall knew everything without a second thought.
  • Flat Character: His character in the book isn't really developed much, other than being not as smart as Too-Tall and Skuzz, and being smarter than Vinnie.


The least intelligent member of Too-Tall's gang with a sharp nose.

Other Beartown Citizens

Mayor Horace J. Honeypot

  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: He tends to get the fronts and backs of his words mixed up. (Example: "What beems to see the bubble - er, seems to be the trouble?")
    • Averted in the main books and the 2003 series, where he speaks normally.

Professor Actual Factual

Farmer Ben

The local farmer.
  • Properly Paranoid: Is described as a "suspicious old coot who will count his fingers after shaking hands with you" by Ralph Ripoff.

Raffish Ralph / Ralph Ripoff

A con artist who is Beartown's leading crook and swindler. Papa is his favorite sucker since he always falls for his scams. First appearances: "The Terrible Termite" (TV series), The Prize Pumpkin (books).

  • Canon Foreigner: Originally appeared in the TV series and then made a cameo appearance in The Prize Pumpkin. Later became a recurring antagonist of the Scouts chapter books.
  • Disney Death: In one Bear Scouts book, two cons attempt to murder him when he catches on to their scheme by tying him up and dumping him in a lake. He survives by escaping from the ropes, thanks to his old days as a magician and escape artist.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In one episode of the cartoon, he actually refused to assist McGreed in his scheme for that episode.
    • And in one Bear Scouts book, he was infuriated when two other cons managed to get away with all but a few dollars of the funds that were planned to be used to build a new hospital wing. May also double as Hypocritical Humor, though even he has never gone that far.
    • Don't forget the Bear Scouts book that dealt with drug pushers. He was irate when he found the drugs hidden in his houseboat and very frankly informs the cubs that he'd never sell or do anything that would legitimately endanger them.
  • Honest John's Dealership: He swindles people, particularly Papa.
  • I Have Many Names: Possible reason for his name being different in the Scouts books.


A giant bear who lives in a mountain cave outside of Beartown. As his name suggests, he is the series' Fictional Counterpart of Bigfoot.

Other Animals

Weasel McGreed

The leader of an underground pack of weasels who schemes to - you guessed it - take over Bear Country.
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