The Bear Family
Papa BearFirst appearance: The Big Honey Hunt
- Bumbling Dad: Sometimes, but he has been shown to be the voice of reason just as frequently.
- Good Parents: Despite his flaws, he is a loving and respected father nonetheless.
- Happily Married: To Mama.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's egotistic and a big naughty at times, but he is a very good father.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Of the more well-meaning variety.
- Deadpan Snarker: Sometimes to Papa Bear's silly behavior.
- Good Parents: She is a kind and loving mother to her cubs.
- Happily Married: To Papa.
- Housewife: Until "Mama's New Job", when she opened up her own quilt-making business.
- Women Are Wiser: She is often much more levelheaded than her husband.
Small Bear / Brother BearThe 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 BearFirst appearance: New Baby
- All Girls Like Ponies: She wishes for her own horse in the episode "The Wishing Star".
- Annoying Younger Sibling: Sometimes to Brother.
- Compressed Vice: Much like her brother, each book has them have this in order to go through An Aesop.
- The Lancer: Most frequently in the Scout books though she sometimes does play this role in the main books and the chapter books.
Honey BearFirst 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.
LadyThe family's seldom-seen pet dog. First appearance: The Trouble with Pets
- Team Pet: Has played this role off and on.
Gramps and GranFirst appearance: The SitterTropes:
- 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.
FreddyBrother and Sister's cousin.
Lizzy BruinSister's best friend. First appearance: The Trouble with Friends
- Friend to All Living Things: Her defining trait in the Scout books.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Sister Bear, naturally.
Too-Tall GrizzlyThe 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.
SkuzzToo-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."
SmirkA 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.
VinnieThe least intelligent member of Too-Tall's gang with a sharp nose.
- Stupid Evil: In the books.
- Flat Character: He makes occasional appearances in the 2003 series and never talks.
Other Beartown Citizens
Mayor Horace J. HoneypotTropes:
- 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
- Absent-Minded Professor/Ditzy Genius: Occasionally
- Gentleman and a Scholar: He's been described as one of the kindest, most generous citizens of Bear Country.
- The Smart Guy: To the whole town.
- Papa Wolf: Mild example towards his nephew and also towards Brother, Sister, Freddy and Lizzie in the Scouts books.
Farmer BenThe 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 RipoffA 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).Tropes:
- 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.
BigpawA giant bear who lives in a mountain cave outside of Beartown. As his name suggests, he is the series' Fictional Counterpart of Bigfoot.
- Characterization Marches On: In his first appearance in "Berenstain Bears Meet Bigpaw", Bigpaw speaks rather normally. In the sequel 80's TV series, he speaks in a Third-Person Person and You No Take Candle manner.
- Gentle Giant: Ultimately proves to be this.
- Papa Wolf: Does not like it when the kids are endangered, especially Lizzie and Sister.
Weasel McGreedThe leader of an underground pack of weasels who schemes to - you guessed it - take over Bear Country.
- Bad Boss: To the weasel pack.
- Canon Foreigner: Was first featured in the animated series and was then incorporated into the Scouts chapter books.
- Evil Overlord: Of Weaselworld.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Can and will start ranting and raving at the slightest provocation and hands out demotions left and right.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Weasel McGreed.