Playing With: Bears Are Bad News
Basic Trope: Whenever a bear shows up, things turn very messy.
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- Straight: While roaming on a forest, Bob is attacked by a bear that leaves him seriously injured.
- While roaming on a forest, Bob is attacked by a bear that intentionally cripples him and leaves him on the brink of death. Then the bear steals his identity and proceeds to systematically ruin his life and kill all those dear to him. Finally, the bear makes him wear a stupid hat and has a good laugh at his expense.
- The military is called in to remove the bears, but they refuse to go. Even with tanks.
- The bears come out of the forest with their own tanks.
- Armoured attack bears!
- The bears kill everything.
- Downplayed: The bears are merely pranksters or thieves (a la Yogi Bear) but not necessarily vicious.
- Justified: Bob was wielding a hunting rifle and getting close to the bear's cubs, so it attacked him out of preservation instinct.
- Confronted with a puma, Bob is cornered and in serious danger until a bear shows up and scares the feline. Then he thinks "Out of the frying pan and into the fire! That bear is gonna kill me!", but it turns out it was a docile bear that just wants to befriend Bob.
- Bob is taken out into the countryside by the villain, who is about shoot him until he's mauled by a bear while Bob escapes.
- Double Subverted:
- Confronted with a puma, Bob is cornered and in serious danger until a bear shows up and scares the feline. Then he thinks "Saved by a bear. Who would have thought it? I guess they aren't so b- AAAAAAAaaaaaaa...!!".
- But when bear finished with the villain, it immediately follows Bob.
- Bob and a group of friends are roaming the forest when they found an adorable bear cub. One of the guys tries to pet it, but the cub turns vicious and starts to shred him before going against the rest of the group. The slaughter is so horrible that the audience isn't allowed to see it.
- Alternatively, one of the guys tries to pet the cub, and mama shows up.
- Alternatively, Bob is confronted by a bear...who gives him a wedgie.
- A bear shows up as a Funny Animal and says hello at Bob. Everybody in a hundred mile radius panics, and runs for cover under the idea there'll be a slaughter.
- Zig Zagged:
- Turns out it was a bi-polar bear, you just never know how they are gonna react.
- The bears act as Laser-Guided Karma and only show up to maul anyone whose recent actions mean they deserve it.
- Bears are just another animal, not treated as more or less dangerous than any other large predator.
- The only bear that appears is Beary Friendly.
- Enforced: "We needed a way to justify Bob's absence on this season, so we thought a bear attack would be more dramatic than just making him falling from the stairs"
- Lampshaded: "First there were the mosquitoes, then the beavers and now a friggin' bear?! WHY?! Why does nature hates me so much?!"
- Invoked: A villain installs mind control devices on several bears with the hope of getting Bob while he's roaming in the forest.
- Exploited: Bob is chasing/being chased by his archnemesis, Alice the Nefarious. One or the other of them steers the chase into the deep forest, hoping that a sudden bear attack might dispose of the other for them.
- Defied: Before venturing into the forest, Bob coats himself with a substance used to repel bears and other wild creatures.
- Discussed: "This is horrible! Bob is being attacked a furious bear... And I don't have a camera to record it!"
- Conversed: "The situation has just turned even more unBEARable than usual, don't you think?" "Enough with the bear puns!"
- We see the horrible psychological consequences of the attack, as they have turned Bob into a shadow of what he used to be. The incident also ignites a sentiment of hatred that eventually leads to the systematic extermination of every single bear in the forest.
- Bob becomes a hermit, roaming the wilderness for the
white whalebear that attacked him.
- Reconstructed: Despite his bitter experience with the bear, Bob feels lucky to be alive and turns his story into An Aesop about why mankind should respect nature's power.
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