Sometimes in the media, bears have been portrayed as fierce and intimidating
, but that's not always the case. Some of the other portrayals paint bears in a more sympathetic light, sometimes even to the extent of being a Gentle Giant
. Through such portrayals, they are not merely non-aggressive aversions or subversions to Bears Are Bad News
, but they tend to show friendly interactions with humans or other sentient beings.
Compare Beary Funny
, where bears would be portrayed through comedic means.
Anime and Manga
- A Malt*O*Meal ad featured a bear walking into a mountain cabin to join the inhabitants for breakfast. He politely asks for more Malt*O*Meal.
- Labra, Rossa, Sakuran and Chocolat of Jewelpet.
- Brother Bear begins with Kenai discovering that his spirit animal is "the Bear of Love". And then he tries to prove his toughness by slaying a bear and gets turned into one as a result, and discovers that bears are pretty nice.
- The Jungle Book has Baloo become a friend to Mowgli.
- The Adventures of the Wilderness Family trilogy features the Gentle Giant black bear Samson. He even saves the family from a rogue bear in the first film.
- Disney/Aladdin has Prince Ali's bears. The bears appear in the song only along with some lions. The third film has Genie using a bear for a Kodiak moment.
- Escape to Witch Mountain: Tia frees a captured bear, which goes along with Tony and Tia and protects them.
- Gentle Ben, a children's book turned film turned live-action TV show, starring Ben, a gentle bear.note
- Winnie the Pooh, being based upon a teddy bear, is lovably dim and goodhearted, and is often thinking about honey.
- Kipling's The Jungle Book had Baloo be more serious than the Disney version, but he was clearly Mowgli's friend.
- The Cinnamon Bear, a radio play from the 1930s. Paddy O'Cinnamon, the eponymous bear, is a resident of Maybeland who helps children Judy & Jimmy search for their lost Silver Star (to put on top of the Christmas Tree).
- Banjo, the bear from Banjo-Kazooie, is friend with Kazooie, Bottles and Mumbo.
- Tae the Bear God of Lusternia. He has a Little Guy, Big Buddy relationship with his (much brighter) friend Bollikin, and spends most of his time playing with his bear creations and eating honey. He still shouldn't be messed with, though.
- Okku in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer manages to be both this and Bears Are Bad News. He's a Gentle Giant most of the time, soft-spoken and intelligent, known to crack jokes on occasion, and a loyal ally to a good-aligned Knight-Captain, but cross him at your peril.
- The Trope Codifier is the actual Teddy Bear, invented in 1902 in reference to an incident where Teddy Roosevelt refused to kill a bear that had been captured and tied up for him to "hunt".
- Pandas have always been immune to the usual depiction of bears, even though they're really just as dangerous as other bears are (though admittedly less carnivorous than other bears).
- Despite being listed under Bears Are Bad News, Wojtek was well-known for being a friendly and lovable creature who loved to play in water and eat sweets, and liked nothing better than hanging out with his adopted human family in the 22nd Artillery Supply Company.
- Gummi bears!