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''Winnie-the-Pooh'' is a British children's book written in 1926 by author Creator/AAMilne. The original book of stories was, famously, inspired by Milne's son Christopher Robin Milne and Christopher's assortment of stuffed animals, including a teddy bear that became Winnie-the-Pooh, a tiger that became Tigger, and a donkey that became Eeyore. Pooh and his friends live in the Hundred Acre Wood, itself inspired by Ashdown Forest in Sussex, where Milne had a cottage. Pooh, his friends, and his best friend Christopher Robin have many adventures.

The first book had a sequel released in 1928 titled ''The House at Pooh Corner''. Two books of poems -- ''When We Were Very Young'' and ''Now We Are Six'' -- include several poems about Winnie-the-Pooh and friends.

For the many adaptations of these books, [[Franchise/WinnieThePooh go this way]].

Christopher Robin Milne's original stuffed animals [[https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_original_Winnie_the_Pooh_toys.jpg have been preserved]] and are on public display.
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!!''Winnie-the-Pooh'' provides example of the following tropes:
* AbandonedArea: Pooh lives in a house with the name "Sanders" over it, despite none of the characters being able to read or spell very well. Piglet lives beside a sign that says "Trespassers W[ill Be Prosecuted]". Christopher Robin lives in a tree and his parents are missing. What happened to all the other humans in the area? Why did they leave?
* AnimalStereotypes: Played straight with some characters (Tigger is just as strong and fierce as one could expect from a tiger), subverted with others (Owl appears to be [[TheOwlKnowingOne the smartest animal in the forest]], but he's actually a KnowNothingKnowItAll).
* BearyFunny / BearyFriendly: Pooh, who is kind, naive, silly and goofy.
* BigEater: Pooh. He sure does love honey.
* BigGood: Christopher Robin, the only human, whom the toy animals view as their leader.
* BlackBeadEyes: E. H. Shepard draws most of the characters with these. {{Justified}}, as they are toys whose eyes could literally be made of beads.
* CarryingACake: Pooh brings a jar of honey for Eeyore's birthday.
* {{Catchphrase}}
** Pooh: "Bother!"
** Christopher Robin: "Silly old Bear!"
** Various characters/the narrator, "A bear of very little brain".
* ChildrenAreInnocent
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Just about anyone besides Eeyore. Kanga's a bit more stable, too, if a little overprotective.
* CountingSheep: Pooh tries to put himself to sleep by counting Heffalumps, but every Heffalump takes a pot of his honey, and when "the five hundred and eighty-seventh Heffalumps were licking their jaws, and saying to themselves, 'Very good honey this, I don't know when I've tasted better', Pooh could bear it no longer".
* CoveredInMud: Pooh covers himself with mud to [[PaperThinDisguise disguise himself as a rain cloud]] to fool the bees while he gets their honey. The bees aren't fooled.
* CrypticBackgroundReference: "Don't you know what ''ther'' means?"
* DeadpanSnarker
** Eeyore is good at this, much more so than in the Disney version.
** Rabbit has a couple of moments as well.
* DistressedDude: Piglet, in the chapter in which he's Entirely Surrounded by Water
* ADogNamedDog: Piglet, Owl, and Rabbit. Played with for Kanga, Roo, and Tigger. Even Pooh is sometimes referred to as "Bear". It's pointed out in the book that his real name is Edward Bear, and Winnie-the-Pooh is just his nickname. (Christopher Robin Milne actually called his stuffed bear Edward. His father got the name "Winnie" from a popular bear at the London Zoo.)
* DumbIsGood: Winnie-the-Pooh, a bear of "Very Little Brain", and the sweetest, gentlest creature you'll ever meet.
* TheEeyore: {{Trope Namer|s}}. Eeyore is perpetually sad, although he can be cheered up sometimes, like when Pooh gives him a pot for his birthday.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: All chapter titles. The first one of the first book was called "In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees and the Stories Begin", for crying out loud.
* FearlessFool: Piglet confesses to being afraid when carrying out the escape from Owl's fallen home, and is assured that makes him even more courageous.
* FeigningIntelligence: Both Rabbit and Owl tend to act smart, but are actually just as scatterbrained as the other characters. The others still treat them as if they were the smartest.
* FishOutOfWater: Tigger in the beginning has a hard time fitting in with the rest of the animals, but eventually finds his place and the others (except for Rabbit) grow fond of him.
* FramingDevice: The Narrator (A.A. Milne himself) telling his son Christopher Robin bedtime stories, set in the real world where Pooh is a toy.
* AFriendInNeed
* FunctionalAddict: Man, Pooh ''really'' likes honey. In one story Pooh decides to give Eeyore a pot of honey when finding out that it's Eeyore's birthday. Pooh winds up eating all the honey on the way, and giving Eeyore a Very Useful Pot instead.
* GhibliHills: The Forest in which all the characters live.
* GoingInCircles: In one story Pooh thinks he is tracking the footprints of a monster, when he is actually following his own footprints in the snow.
* GrowingUpSucks: The end of ''The House at Pooh Corner'', when Christopher Robin has to say goodbye to his toys, since he's not allowed to do "nothing" anymore.
* HatesBaths: Piglet. When he gets washed by Kanga, the first thing he does is look for a puddle to roll around in.
* HaveAGayOldTime: It's somewhat impressive that a character named "Pooh" has managed to endure as long as it has with the same name, since the connotations of the word have [[ToiletHumor changed a lot]] since the original book was printed. Probably because the toilet humor version is spelled differently. ''The News Quiz'', however, was highly amused with a branding magazine talking about kids having "Pooh on their pyjamas, and Pooh on their facecloths". "Pooh" as an expression of contempt or annoyance still exists in the English language, even if it's not as commonly used as it once was.
** In France, "Pooh" is how the word "Pou", meaning "Louse" is pronounced. Now, nowadays, this is inconsequential, since he's mostly known under the alias of "Winnie l'ourson", but there was a time where some "Winnie the Pooh" merchandise (mostly toys) were branded under the name "Winnie LE Pooh" (Not even "Winnie the Pooh" mind you, it really was "le pooh"). Who wouldn't want a cute plushie of Winnie the Louse?
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Pooh and Piglet. (Although, seeing as the book contains nothing even vaguely resembling sexuality or romance, it's more like Asexual Life Partners.)
* HufflepuffHouse: Rabbit's friends-and-relations, who often get mentioned but don't get much characterization.
* IconicSequelCharacter: Tigger wasn't introduced until the second Winnie-the-Pooh book and is now one of the most popular and recognizable characters from the franchise.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: See ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* ImprobableFoodBudget: Where Pooh gets the massive amount of honey is never explained.
* InWhichATropeIsDescribed: Milne's chapters all have titles like "In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets into a Tight Place."
* IronicEcho: "Oh, Tigger, I am glad to see you," cried Rabbit.
* KangaroosRepresentAustralia: Averted with Kanga and Roo, who, despite being kangaroos, are never implied to be Australian.
* KidsPreferBoxes: Pooh ''intends'' to give Eeyore a jar of honey... and then absentmindedly eats the honey. Eeyore doesn't actually like honey, but he's very happy to be given the empty jar.
* KnowNothingKnowItAll: Owl (making him thereby a subversion of TheOwlKnowingOne) and Rabbit.
* LiteralMinded and {{Malaproper}}: Everything, being based on children's logic. For example, the idea that Pooh living "under the name of Sanders" means that he has the word written above his door.
* LivingToys: All of the main cast, with the exception of Christopher Robin (who is a child who owns the toys) and possibly Rabbit and Owl (who are implied to be actual animals rather than toys).
* MadLibsCatchPhrase: Pooh has "You never can tell with [plural noun]."
* ManChild: Tigger, despite being one of the largest members of the gang, is playful and irresponsible.
* OldWindbag: Owl will often go into lengthy, boring rants about pretty much anything.
* OnceUponATime: "...a very long time ago, about last Friday, Winnie-the-Pooh lived in a forest all by himself under the name of Sanders."
* PaperThinDisguise: Pooh, pretending to be a cloud. In his defense, he's trying to fool ''insects''. They aren't fooled, though.
* ParentalBonus[=/=]GeniusBonus: Many of the jokes will go straight over your average five-year-old's head--while the adult reading the book aloud has a hard time keeping a straight face.
* PickyEater: Tigger doesn't like honey, haycorns, thistles, or pretty much anything Pooh and his friends offer to him. He finally settles with extract of malt, which was meant to be a strengthening medicine for Roo.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: A mayor theme. The friendship between Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet and the rest of the gang is what drives the story.
* PrimalFear: Piglet has all sorts of phobias.
* RougeAnglesOfSatin: Many of the jokes in the books are fueled by these.
* SecondPersonNarration: Thanks to the FramingDevice of Milne making up stories for Christopher Robin, the first chapter is told from the "you" point of view with Christopher Robin as a character. Afterward, this is abandoned.
* SignsOfDisrepair: The sign over Piglet's door, reading "Trespassers W", which he claims is short for the name of his grandfather, Trespassers William, or Trespassers Will for short. It's likely that the sign actually read "Trespassers will be shot", or, in modern times: "Trespassers will be prosecuted."
* StockAnimalDiet: Honey for Pooh. Many of the other animals also eat one food almost exclusively - "haycorns" for Piglet, thistles for Eeyore, [[spoiler: Roo's extract of malt]] for Tigger, etc, although they don't match the normal foods for their species.
* SurroundedByIdiots: This was A.A. Milne's explanation for why Eeyore is depressed.
* SweetTooth: Pooh has a big appetite for honey.
* ThinkNothingOfIt: In the last chapter of the first book, Christopher Robin starts his speech at the party, and Eeyore starts this before Christopher Robin manages to get it in that it's for Pooh.
* YouSayTomato: Being based on the playacting of a little boy, this is rather common. Notable examples include Woozles (weasels), Heffalumps (elephants), Jagulars (jaguars), Eeyore (Onomatopoeia for the braying of a donkey), Tigger (tiger) and Winnie the Pooh himself (based on Winnipeg, a bear at the London Zoo).
* ZanyScheme: Several, including Pooh's plans to steal honey and catch a "Heffalump", and Rabbit's plans to kidnap Roo and "unbounce" Tigger.
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