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->''"Dashing and daring, courageous and caring, \\
Faithful and friendly with stories to share, \\
All through the forest they sing out in chorus, \\
Marching along as their song fills the air..."''

''Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears'' is a show by Creator/WaltDisneyTelevisionAnimation and Creator/TMSEntertainment, which produced the animation for the show's first four seasons; it was replaced by Walt Disney Animation Japan for the rest of the show's run. Although ''WesternAnimation/TheWuzzles'' was Disney's first original animated TV series, that was really a trial run for this series, which almost immediately made the company a dominant force in television animation. This series lasted from September 1985 to February 1991, with a total of 94 episodes; it initially aired on Creator/{{NBC}} before moving to Creator/{{ABC}} in 1989 and then to syndication as part of ''TheDisneyAfternoon''.

The show was actually a major gamble for Disney, as it was a very new idea. Disney reasoned that the costs of a high-quality animated show could be recovered in syndication. Also, TV animation companies like Creator/HannaBarbera and Creator/{{Filmation}} had to operate within the network license fees for their productions to keep the studios alive, while Creator/{{Disney}}, a major media corporation with renewed strength, could directly finance their TV work on top of the network license fees for a future payoff. The gamble worked, and a new era of unprecedented quality in western television animation was born with Disney's competitors eventually being forced to raise their production standards and budgets to avoid unfavorable comparisons.

The series takes place in TheThemeParkVersion of medieval time, centuries after the Great Gummis fled across the sea while a small caretaker colony stayed behind in Gummi Glen in the Kingdom of Dunwyn to maintain the civilization's extremely sophisticated infrastructure on the off-chance the Gummis could return to live with humans in peace.

Unfortunately, when the story begins, the Glen Gummis have declined to only six descendants who have forgotten their past skills. Fortunately, they meet a friendly human boy named Cavin who has a Gummi Medallion that unlocks their library's Great Book of Gummi, the essential book of their culture's knowledge. Inspired, the colony decide to rediscover their heritage and help the boy whose kingdom is under dire threat.

That threat comes in the form of Duke Igthorn of Drekmore and his army of really dumb ogres. He is out to conquer Dunwyn and upon discovering that the supposedly mythological Gummi Bears exist, he will stop at ''nothing'' to exploit their secrets, like their powerful magic and technology, for his own use. Furthermore, he is but the most frequent of a whole host of enemies that the Gummi Bears and their human allies must oppose.


If you're wondering how they came up with this show's premise, as the story goes, Michael Eisner was inspired when he was [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gummi_bear snacking on gummi bears]].

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!!This show includes examples of:

* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: The theme song.
-->'''D'''ashing and '''d'''aring, '''c'''ourageous and '''c'''aring,
-->'''F'''aithful and '''f'''riendly with stories to share...
--><...>
-->'''M'''agic and '''m'''ystery are part of their history...
* AdultFear: In "For Whom The Spell Holds," all six Bears are chasing a monster through an underground cavern when the roof caves in. When the dust clears and the three adults get their bearings again, the kids are nowhere to be seen!
-->'''Grammi:''' Where are the cubs?!
* AffablyEvil: Duke Igthorn.
* AllAnimalsAreDogs: The baby griffins in "Gummi Dearest" act like a lot like puppies, wagging their tails when pleased and licking faces affectionately.
* AnIcePerson: Chillbeard the frost giant.
* AndYourLittleDogToo: The witch Marzipan says this to Calla in "Eye of the Beholder," after being exposed - except it's a pig, not a dog, and the pig is actually a disguised Sunni.
* AuthorityEqualsAsskicking: From his duel with Igthorn in the last episode it's clear Gregor is no frail old ruler and probably stronger than a lot of his knights. If only being the king didn't keep him out of most opportunities for action.
* BadassAdorable:
** Cubbi is extremely cute, but he's usually very capable in their adventures, even though he's just a little bear cub. His badassery is exponentially enlarged when he takes on his "Crimson Avenger" secret identity.
** All the bears are this to an extent. Would you really expect something so cute and small to be able to open up such a can of whoopass?
* BadassGrandpa: Calla's father King Gregor appears to be in his sixties and soundly trounces Igthorn in the GrandFinale.
* BadassLongcoat: Flint Shrubwood, the BountyHunter Igthorn hires in "For A Few Sovereigns More" to capture a Gummi Bear. Unlike most minor villains in Disney cartoons, he's actually ''capable''. He effortlessly captures Cubbi and subdues the Duke when he refuses to pay up. With a more reliable sponsor, this man would be a HeroKiller. (Fortunately, he's clearly OnlyInItForTheMoney.)
* BadassPrincess: Calla has saved her kingdom and her castle several times.
* {{Badbutt}}: Gruffi.
* BagOfKidnapping: Seen when Igthorn kidnaps "Calla" (really Sunni in disguise) in "A Gummi by Any Other Name".
* BarefootCartoonAnimal: Zummi, Gruffi and Grammi do not wear shoes.
* BearsAreBadNews: Inverted, as you'd expect. Unless you're Duke Igthorn.
* BearyFriendly
* BerserkButton: Gruffi has a magical one in "Sweet and Sour Gruffi." The word "thanks" makes him evil.
** [[ThePaladin Sir Victor]] does not like it when someone mocks his steed, Destiny.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor:
** In "When You Wish Upon A Stone" a young boy wishing to be bigger turned into [[OurGiantsAreBigger giant.]]
** Sunni takes to singing in "A Gummi In A Gilded Cage" and hopes she can sing in front of kings one day. Seconds after saying so, she's carried off by Carpies (giant vultures) who were ordered by ''their'' king to find a new "songbird". Sunni is not pleased.
* BetterTheDevilYouKnow: In "Just a Tad Smarter", when the ogres kick Igthorn out and Toadwart's cousin Tadpole takes over, he treats them even worse than Igthorn did. Not only does he mistreat them the same way, he ''makes them take baths!'' After the ogres call a truce with the Gummis (who also regard Tadpole as worse because was smart enough to have the ogres target the Gummi Berry Bushes), they help them find Igthorn again. All the Duke has to do is promise there'll be no more baths, and he's back in charge.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Gummi Bears are friendly, helpful, and loyal, but assuming they're weak is a ''big'' mistake.
* BigEater: Tummi. Gets him in trouble in at least one episode.
* BlindAndTheBeast: Tummi befriends a blind human woman in one episode.
* BlindWithoutEm: Zummi.
* BluffTheEavesdropper: In one episode, the King tries to find out a famous chef's secret recipe by listening at the door, which the chef thwarts by reciting absolute nonsense instead of his ingredients. However, this does not thwart Cubbi, Sunni, and Tummi, who are hiding in the kitchen and can write down the actual steps he's taking.
* BouncingBattler: Gummiberry Juice makes Gummi Bears incredibly bouncy and quick. They usually save it for battles or emergency situations.
* BumblingSidekick: Toadwart for Duke Igthorn.
* ButtMonkey: Toadie. Even his fellow ogres pick on him.
* ChainedHeat: Cubbi and Igthorn in "For A Few Sovereigns More," after Igthorn tries to double-cross a bounty hunter he hired to capture Cubbi.
* ChekhovsVolcano: Accompanied by ConvectionSchmonvection in "My Gummi Lies Over the Ocean".
* TheChewToy: Toadie.
* CityOfAdventure: Dunwyn.
* ClingyMacguffin: A Gummi medallion can be lost or dropped, but it cannot be taken from a Gummi Bear by force (humans, should they get one, have no such privilege) and will zap anyone who tries.
* ClockPunk: The general nature of recovered Gummi technology.
* ClothesMakeTheSuperman: In one episode, Toadwart gets a suit of armor that makes him invincible in battle.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Gusto. Spending twelve years on an island with only a talking toucan for company can do things to a guy.
* TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong: Averted in that Gruffi complains a lot, but his practical nature means his call on things is often right and the other Gummis respect him for it.
* ConspicuouslyLightPatch: The various "secret doors" in particular almost always exhibit this.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Deluxe Torture Plan:
-->'''Toadwart:''' You'll be forced to listen to a medley of popular folk tunes sung by Gad and Zook.
* CoolBigSis: Calla is a surrogate one to Sunni.
* CouldHaveAvoidedThisPlot: "Duel of the Wizards" is one huge example of this; when the arrogant plane-walking wizard Don Gordo is trapped in Dunwyn Forest after Igthorn steals the magic key that lets him travel between worlds, he starts tearing the forest apart looking for it. When Zummi and Gruffi ask him, he rudely brushes them off, leading to an episode-spanning fight that ends with them finally knocking him off of his high horse and forcing him to explain himself. Zummi, who had the key fall on his head when Igthorn hid it near the episode's start, promptly [[LampshadeHanging calls him out on his foolishness]].
-->'''Zummi''': If you had just accepted our help when we first offered it, we could have avoided all this trouble.
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Tummi.
* DaddysGirl: Sunni seems to have this relationship with Gruffi.
* DavidVersusGoliath: The main cast is a group of miniature bears and two children, while the bad guys consist of an adult human and a mob of ogres. As such, most conflicts fall into this trope.
* DeadpanSnarker:
** Gruffi. Snarking is main way of communicating.
** Grammi tends to repay him in kind.
* DietEpisode: In "The Oracle", Tummi Gummi gets put on a diet.
* DisabilityImmunity: Being stupid is actually a benefit for Igthorn's ogres sometimes. In one episode, Igthorn's plan involves using [[MagicMusic magical bagpipes]] that hypnotize people, which only work on intelligent creatures. (That leaves his men out.) In another episode, it's stated that a [[TheFairFolk slumber sprite's]] spell might put Gruffi to sleep forever, but it only works on the ogres for about a minute, because as the sprite says, "they're so dumb!"
* TheDitherer: Tummi in "The Fence Sitter".
* {{Duck}}: Someone shouts this when a fish goes flying through the air. Another character remarks, "That's not a duck, it's a fish," before getting hit in the face.
* DumbMuscle: The Ogres.
* ElaborateUndergroundBase: Gummi Glen has an unusually realistic take on such a habitat and the various tasks necessary to maintain it and the consequences of neglecting it is a source of story material.
* EmbarrassingFirstName: Duke Sigmund Igthorn.
-->"Siggy Soggy-Pants!"
* EnemyMine:
** In the episode "Just A Tad Smarter", Toadwart's cousin Tadpole takes over Castle Drekmore, kicks Duke Igthorn out, and orders the ogres to destroy all the Gummiberry bushes. Neither Igthorn nor the Gummis want the bushes destroyed, so they reluctantly team up to get rid of Tadpole. (Not to mention that he ''makes the ogres take baths'', something they ''really'' hate to do!)
** In "For A Few Sovereigns More", Duke Igthorn hires a bounty hunter to catch a Gummi Bear. When the hunter returns with Cubbi and Igthorn refuses to pay, he and Cubbi are tossed into a dungeon cell and have to work together to escape.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: Princess Calla.
* EverythingTryingToKillYou: Drekmore is one ''nasty'' place to live. Beyond the marauding tribes of ogres, there's packs of carnivorous sabertoothed rabbits, huge swathes of bomb-plants, literal strangler vines, eagles big enough to carry off Gummi Bears, ''sentient cliff faces that deliberately drop giant rocks on people walking past''...
* EvilSorcerer: Malevolent or otherwise trouble-making wizards and witches show up multiple times through the series, ranging from self-centered jerks to full-blown magical marauders.
* EvilTwin: {{Inverted|Trope}}. Sigmund Igthorn has a ''good'' twin, (Duke Igthorn being the evil one). His [[SiblingYinYang heroic knightly brother]] Sir Victor (whom Cavin idolizes) is deeply ashamed for the misdeeds of his family and spends his life trying to atone for his brother's actions.
* EvilerThanThou: Flint Shrubwood is this to Duke Igthorn. If you don't give him his gold, you've got a bad thing coming. Heck, he took out an entire squad of ogres.
* ExpositoryThemeTune: Quoted above.
* {{Expy}}: Cavin and Calla bear more than a passing resemblance to [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron Taran and Elionwy]], in both physical appearance and role in the story. The Mexican Spanish dub makes this even more blatant as they even share the same ''voice actors''.
** Likewise, Toadie is a short, green, SycophanticServant who serves as second-in-command to the antagonist and is kicked around by larger minions. Just like Creeper
** The scene in "A Gummi In A Gilded Cage" where Tummi is trying to stop two Carpies from carrying Sunni off brings to mind Taran trying to stop the dragons from taking Hen Wen. Especially since in both instances, the flying monsters are kidnapping something their king wants.
* FantasticRacism: Part of the reason Gummi Bears are now the stuff of fairy tales is they were all so mistreated by humans that they either sailed away or went into hiding as their numbers dwindled. Not surprisingly, many Gummis still distrust humans. Cavin often suffers for this.
* FantasyHelmetEnforcement: Sort of. When Tummi builds a boat in "My Gummi Lies Over the Ocean," he and Gruffi are wearing what appear to be life jackets.
* {{Fartillery}}: A variant of the "weaponized belching" variety. In one episode, Sunni unwittingly gives Gummiberry Juice to a baby dragon, who develops the hiccups. This causes it to constantly burp up bubbles with little flames inside... which erupt into huge explosions when the bubbles break. Igthorn promptly captures the dragon to try and bombard Dunwyn with them. Fortunately, it's all solved when the mother dragon returns, rescues her baby, and cures its hiccups by burping it.
* FateWorseThanDeath: In the Season Six episode "Thornberry To The Rescue", [[spoiler: an evil spider called the Spinster kidnaps Gummi Bears but they are rescued by Sir Thornberry and Cavin. To make sure that The Spinster never bothers them again, they leave her tied up in an underground cave, the entrance to which is later boarded up by Gruffi. It is also implied in the episode that the Spinster might be immortal as she was originally imprisoned by the ancient Great Gummis, which makes her fate even worse.]]
* FeatheredFiend: Carpies, which are avaricious and vicious humanoid vultures who kidnap Sunni in one episode.
* FloatingContinent: Aerial Isle.
* FoodAsBribe: Igthorn tries to bribe Tummi with food to find the location of Gummi Glen.
* ForHalloweenIAmGoingAsMyself: The Gummis go without costume into Dunwyn on Folly Day.
* FountainOfYouth: Gummiberry juice mixed with baby powder ends up turning Igthorn's ogre army into babies.
* FrenchJerk: Princess Marie and her father, although they both prove to be [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold decent people later on.]]
* FullCircleRevolution: In "Just a Tad Smarter," the ogres replace Igthorn with Tadpole in the belief that a fellow ogre will be kinder to them, but once he's in power Tadpole is just as bad as or worse than Igthorn.
* GangOfCritters: The Gummis themselves, being cute, cartoony bears.
* GoneBehindTheBend: "A Gummi A Day Keeps The Doctor Away" has a scene where Gruffi and Tummi get chased by ogres while saving a kindly doctor from Duke Igthorn. The chase scene then leads to the two Gummis and the ogres running around the top part of the castle, until only the ogres are seen running around.
-->'''Tummi:''' [[LampshadeHanging I wonder how long they're gonna keep this up.]]
* GrandFinale: "King Igthorn." (It should be noted, in its original U.S. airing, 6 more episodes would premier afterwards that chronologically take place before the finale.)
* GrandTheftMe: Igthorn steals Tummi's body in "If I Were You."
* GreatBigBookOfEverything: The Great Book of Gummi. The Gummi Bears are only able to read it and use the great knowledge inside because because they met Cavin, whose medallion unlocks it.
* GrumpyBear: A literal example with Gruffi.
* GuileHero: With the exception of Gregor, all of them. Igthorn has a mob of ogres on his side, so the good guys have to outsmart him more often than not.
* HotWitch: Lady Bane.
** Also Marzipan, [[spoiler: until you see her true form.]]
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The ancient Gummis were forced into hiding because of greedy humans who wanted to take their magic and technology for themselves.
* IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim: Cubbi's reason for rescuing Igthorn in "For a Few Sovereigns More." Cubbi makes a promise to Igthorn to rescue him, and only someone as treacherous as Igthorn would go back on a promise.
* ILied: Igthorn tries this on Flint Shrubwood, the bounty hunter, in "For a Few Sovereigns More". Big mistake.
* InASingleBound: The universal effect of Gummiberry Juice on drinkers is the ability to make prodigious leaps and generally bounce around like they're made of rubber. This trait is more pronounced in Gummi Bears, allowing them to get around more quickly and dodge assailants, whilst humans get less jumping abilities, but can still leap pretty far with their SuperStrength.
* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: In Season One, Gruffi was voiced by the late Bill Scott, who voiced Bullwinkle in ''RockyAndBullwinkle''. Grammi was voiced by June Foray who voiced Rocky in that same series.
* IWasBeatenByAGirl: Calla, going undercover, defeats the squires in "Girl's Knight Out."
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Gruffi.
* KarmaHoudini: The villain in "The Sinister Sculptor" really doesn't receive any punishment for heaven knows how long his cruelty to animals has been going on. He loses his magic dust (ensuring he can't continue doing it) and he's attacked by said animals while escaping after Gruffi and Grammi break the spell, but he ''does'' escape, and [[FridgeLogic when you think about it]] he probably got away with most of his ill-gotten gained money.
** Flint Shrubwood also counts as he is last seen taking away all the money and leaving.
* LadyOfBlackMagic: Lady Bane, a very powerful witch on the hunt for Gummi secrets and magic.
* LargeHam: Igthorn. ''And'' his brother.
* LastOfHisKind: The Gummi Glen Gummis believe they are the last remaining Gummis. They're wrong, but not by much.
** Most of the Gummi Bears set off in ships to find new land where they wouldn't be persecuted by humans. A small number remained in Gummi Glen, to watch and wait for the day it was safe for the other Gummis to return. Five hundred years later, there are ''six'' left. However, by the end of Season One it's made clear that there's a thriving Gummi society across the ocean.
** On a slightly smaller scale, in Season Two the group come across another Gummi Bear called Chummi, who's ''really'' desperate to find other bears. The small bits he mentions about his past indicate he was from another warren that stayed behind but, like Gummi Glen, their numbers dwindled until there was only him.
** Sir Thornberry seems to be the last of the guards left behind [[spoiler:at the ancient Gummi city of Ursalia]].
* LatexPerfection: Featured in "Never Give a Gummi an Even Break"; first Cubbi Gummi scares Grammi with an ogre mask as a prank, and then an elf named Carney disguises himself as a Gummi Bear as a sideshow exhibit wearing a [[ExpressiveMask particularly convincing rubber mask]] that manages to fool Grammi and take him in. But once she figures out the trick, she allows Carney to capture them for the sideshow, where an accident causes Grammi's mask to fall off and reveal a human woman underneath (that looks suspiciously like [[ActorAllusion her voice actress June Foray]]), but once the coast is clear and the Gummis are safe, Grammi [[MultiLayerFacade removes the old woman mask to reveal her true self]] once again.
* LethalChef:
** Grammi's cooking. (Tummi likes it, however.)
** Also Sunni's various attempts to make Gummi Berry Juice before she gets it right. It's literally explosive.
** In the appropriately named episode "Too Many Cooks", Sunni, Tummi, and Cubbi fill the role after copying Sir Paunch's secret taffy recipe, probably the reason he kept it secret. (Trying to use a pressure cooker ultimately results in them covering the ''entire castle'' with the famous taffy.)
* LikeAnOldMarriedCouple: Grammi and Gruffi argue about ''everything'' from chores to battle plans to raising the kids. Cubbi, at least, has learned to exploit this like a kid whose parents don't get along, tricking Grammi, for example, into letting him keep a wolf pup by telling her Gruffi said he couldn't. In "A Gummi's Work Is Never Done," a worried Tummi and Sunni watch them argue just like two kids watching their parents fight.
-->'''Tummi:''' Uh-oh, they're at it again...
* LostTechnology: By the wagonload. Even the Gummis don't know what half of it does.
* LovePotion: One causes Tummi to fall for Lady Bane and Lady Bane to fall for Toadie.
* LoyalPhlebotinum: The Great Book of Gummi has more security checkpoints than the Pentagon. It can only be unlocked by a Gummi medallion. If it's unlocked, you can only physically open it if you're a Gummi Bear or wearing a Gummi medallion. If it's opened, same applies to actually cast any of the spells. If you ''can'' cast the spells, you ''cannot'' use them to harm a Gummi Bear -- try, and the book will turn the attack back on you. Talk about CrazyPrepared...
* MamaBear: Grammi. Literally.
* MeaningfulName:
** Sunni is the CheerfulChild and has yellow fur.
** Cubbi the cute TagalongKid and the youngest in the group.
** Tummi the BigEater
** Grammi the ApronMatron
** Gruffi is a GrumpyBear
** Gusto is HotBlooded and energetic.
** Zummi is...um... is... [[OddNameOut we'll get back to you on that.]]
*** It may have something to do with his {{spoonerism}} tendencies, or to emphasize his "wizard-like" nature given that a lot of sound effect depictions have the letter Z, like Zap or Kazaam.
*** In the Russian dub he's renamed "Spellcaster," which still rhymes with the other Russified names the same way as it does in the original.
** On the villains' side, Toadie is the SycophanticServant.
* MedievalStasis: Would instantly have been dispelled if humanity at large could have gotten their hands on Gummi technology.
* TheMiddleAges: A soft, light depiction.
* MilesGloriosus: Zigzagged with Sir Tuxford. He's like this ''most'' of the time, but he can be somewhat brave if the situation warrants it; he's just slowing down in his old age.
* MissingMom: Princess Calla's mom is never mentioned in the series.
* MobileSuitHuman: In "A Hard Dazed Knight," Gruffi uses one (in the form of an armored knight) to infiltrate Duke Igthorn's castle.
* {{Mordor}}: Drekmore is a foul and twisted land inhabited by ogres and filled with all manner of dangerous plants and animals. Carnivorous saber-toothed rabbits, giant eagles and sprawling fields of vines that sprout [[MadeOfExplodium touch-triggered bomb-melons]] are just some of the more notable examples, but nothing there can be trusted; [[EverythingTryingToKillYou even mushrooms rotate like buzzsaws to cut anything that touches them]]. At one point, Grammi, Cubbi and Gruffi are nearly crushed when a ''literal'' cliff face wakes up at their presence and then tries to drop a huge boulder on them for laughs. The dreariness is highlighted in "Gummi in a Strange Land", where Grammi notes that no flowers can be found anywhere inside of Drekmore.
* TheMunchausen: Sir Tuxford and King Gregor are like this in one episode, teaming up to tell tall-tales about their past exploits. (Subverted, however, because they ''knew'' no one believed them.)
* TheNicknamer: Gusto has a handful of affectionate nicknames for nearly every member of the cast.
* NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup: Invoked -- to protect it from falling into the wrong hands, the Gummiberry Juice formula is never written down but passed down orally each generation, and only one bear in each generation of each clan is trusted with the secret.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain: Igthorn on occasion, particularly in the finale.
* OddNameOut: See MeaningfulName above.
* OhCrap: The Gummis get an epic collection of these as Toadwort guzzles down an ''entire keg'' of Gummiberry Juice singlehandedly, with Zummi warning there's no way of telling what might happen after someone drinks that much.
* OneNoteCook: The only thing that Grammi can prepare correctly is Gummiberry Juice.
* OlderSidekick: Tummi for Cubbi's "Crimson Avenger."
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Both the Medieval and Chinese kind appear.
* OurElvesAreBetter: They might be multicolored bears, but the Gummi Bears with their lost greatness and secret ways very much resemble classic Tolkien Elves. Ursalia, their ancient capital even has striking similarities in both appearance and geography to the hidden elf city of Gondolin from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion.''
* OurGiantsAreBigger: They appear on multiple occasions.
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: They're pink.
* OurMermaidsAreDifferent: Standard fantasy version appears in "Water Way to Go."
* OurOgresAreHungrier: The Ogres of Drekmore look kind of like goblins, but are several times larger than a man and have at least some level of SuperStrength. They're also extremely stupid, though this does protect them from certain MindControl type spells.
* TheOneWhoWearsShoes: Slightly more than normal for the trope, but Sunni, Tummi and Gusto.
* ThePaladin: Sir Victor is a KnightInShiningArmor and can defeat ogres with ease. Serves well as the counterpart to his twin brother, the BigBad Duke Igthorn.
* PapaWolf: Gruffi.
* PhraseCatcher: The Ogres whenever they call Igthorn "Dukie" are always told, "Don't call me Dukie!" (Usually they answer, "Okay, Dukie!") Toadwart is the only ogre to comply with this order.
* PhlebotinumOverdose: Gorging on too much Gummiberry juice can lead to overdoses, which generally causes beings to flare up from the excessive energy, bounce about uncontrollably and then rocket far away to points unknown.
* PimpedOutDress: Calla occasionally wears one.
* PlotHole: The first time the Carpies encounter the Gummis is when they kidnap Sunni to be the King Carpie's "songbird." He's rather obsessed with having a singer. The next time the King encounters Sunni, he doesn't recognize her at all.
* PowerUpFood: Gummiberry juice. For Gummis it makes them [[InASingleBound preternaturally bouncy and agile]]. For humans, it gives them a few minutes of SuperStrength, but only works once a day. Ogres gets super strength too, but unlike humans, it lasts longer and can be renewed by drinking more juice. Fortunately for the world at large, the berries must be prepared in a very specific way to create an effective juice, and only the Gummis have the secret.
* PrecociousCrush: Sunni has one for Gusto, who is either [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] or politely uninterested.
* {{Precursors}}: The Great Gummis, who inhabited the Glen long ago but left when it proved unsafe. The Gummi Glen bears often hope for their return.
* PrincessesPreferPink: Calla and Marie both wear pink dresses.
* PuppyLove: It's clear Cavin and Calla have a mutual crush on each other.
* RagnarokProofing: Averted in that many of the Great Gummi artifacts found often have to be refueled, reconditioned or otherwise have just decayed to uselessness.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: King Gregor. This extends into his personal life when he eventually discovers, and quickly learns to be pleased, at how powerful a warrior his daughter has become.
* RebelliousPrincess: Princess Calla to a T.
* RedOniBlueOni: Gruffi, the no-nonsense conservative, is often at odds with Grammi, who is far more [[CoolOldLady progressive]], and Gusto, who is [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} out to lunch]].
* RememberedTooLate: Zummi does this with the fact that Gummi berry juice only works on humans once a day.
* TheRival: Princess Marie to Princess Calla.
* RopeBridge:
** Seen in "Zummi Makes it Hot," when the heroes eventually set it on fire to evade pursuit.
** Also shows up in "A Bridge On the River Gummi" when Gruffi attempts to build a much nicer bridge over the former RopeBridge after it collapses.
* RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething: Princess Calla and King Gregor count for this in spades. In the grand finale of the series, it is Gregor who [[spoiler: actually kicks Igthorn's butt]].
* ScoobyDoobyDoors
* SealedEvilInACan: A couple of different monsters that were locked away by the Ancient Gummis become the source for plots throughout the series. The EvilSorcerer Zorlock in "For Whom The Spell Holds" is a particularly good example; he's trapped by magic in an ancient fortress, which is buried deep underground and suspended over a lake of lava, with a huge Gummi statue warning others to never cross the only bridge.
* SecretKeeper: Cavin and, later, Calla.
** Still later, we also get Cavin's grandfather, Sir Gowan (from whom Cavin received the Gummi medallion).
* SheCleansUpNicely: Calla proves this on several occasions.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Happens to Sunni in the space of one episode, due to a RapidAging {{Phlebotinum}}. Unfortunately, the aging doesn't ''stop'' at "filled out"...
* ShooOutTheClowns: In "For Whom The Spell Holds" (arguably one of the darkest episodes of the series), a cave in separates the three kids from the three adults, forcing the former to stay behind while the latter go on to face the EvilSorcerer Zorlock alone.
* ShorterMeansSmarter: The Gummis are both considerably smaller and considerably smarter than most of their opponents (though not their human friends and allies).
** Toadwart, who is extremely short for an ogre, also happens to be the smartest of them. Mind you, that isn't saying much. However, his cousin Tadpole is a head shorter than Toadwart himself and he is actually very intelligent and well-spoken.
* ShoutOut: The show has a ''lot'' of references to other Disney works.
** You can see a Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck statue on one of the sculptor's shelves in "The Sinister Sculptor."
** Princess Calla wears a dress very similar to Snow White's.
** In "Queen Of The Carpies" the Carpie King says "you bet your [[Disney/TheJungleBook bear necessities]]."
** In "Sweet and Sour Gruffi", Grammi sarcastically calls Gruffi [[WesternAnimation/RockyandBullwinkle "Mr. Know-it-All"]] and later on exclaims [[CatchPhrase "Hokey Smoke!"]]. Since this is one of the episodes where Bill Scott voices Gruffi, this doubles as a CastingGag.
** One episode has a dimwitted thief saying "[[WesternAnimation/SylvesterTheCatAndTweetyBird I taw I taw]] a Gummi Bear".
** Anytime Tummi talks about being hungry. Helps that he's voiced by Lorenzo Music--better known as the voice of Garfield.
** One of the Carpies bares some resemblance to [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Beaky Buzzard]].
** Toady refers to the knight Sir Victor as a "[[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail kanigget]]" .
* SiblingYinYang: Sir Victor fights for good while his brother Duke Igthorn fights for evil.
* SixthRanger: Well, seventh: Gusto.
* SmoochOfVictory: Cavin gets one from [[ShipTease Calla]] at the end of "Ogre For A Day."
* SpiderPeople: The Spinster in "Thornberry To The Rescue".
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Disney/TheBlackCauldron'' (the Disney film, not the book).
* SpoiledBrat: Princess Marie.
* {{Spoonerism}}: Zummi megularly rakes these. Bit of a problem when he needs to use magic with {{Exact Word|s}}ing.
* SugarBowl: Actually somewhat less than you'd think for a show ''named'' after a candy.
* SuperHeroEpisode: Cubbi's stories as the [[ColorCharacter Crimson Avenger.]]
* SuperSerum: Gummiberry Juice, which augments drinkers in various ways depending on race, and is also good as motor fuel for Gummi machines.
* SuperSpeed: Tummi tricks Zummi into casting a spell on him to make him super speedy in an episode. Unfortunately for him, he soon loses control of its power and can't go any slower than the speed of sound.
* SwanBoats: Our gummi bears had a roller coaster-like transportation system with cars that normally were shaped like birds of prey. However, when they journey to a lost city, the cars there are shaped like swans.
* TakenForGranite: The unnamed villain in "The Sinister Sculptor" poses as a sculptor selling his art, but actually has no talent whatsoever, using magic dust that he ''stole'' from a wizard to turn forest animals (and the Gummis) to stone.
** In another episode, Gruffi believes this happened to Zummi - but it was really just a statue that Gusto carved.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Gad and Zook.
* TickleTorture: Igthorn does it to Grammi in one episode.
* TitleThemeTune: Although it's a milder example than subsequent Disney animated shows.
* TokenHuman: Cavin and Calla.
* TookALevelInBadass:
** Cubbi when he becomes the Crimson Avenger.
** Anyone who drinks Gummiberry juice.
* TooDumbToLive:
** Sir Thornberry on the Gummi Bears' side, usually.
** Gusto, sometimes.
** All the ogres, except Toadie.
** Actually, Toadie too, sometimes, like the time he stole a whole keg of Gummiberry Juice and then drank the ''whole keg'' at once, with rather ''explosive'' results.
* {{Transflormation}}: In one episode, Tummi steals fruit from a cursed tree, and his punishment is to turn into a tree himself.
* UnwantedAssistance: A blind woman to Toadie and two ogres; she does it on purpose.
* VanishingVillage: Castle Gummadoon. Gummadoon's wizards cast a spell over the whole castle to stop humans from capturing it and taking Gummi technology for themselves. To everyone outside, it's vanished and only reappears for one day every hundred years; to everyone inside, one night has passed. Presumably they'll lift the spell when they think humans have changed.
* VillainDecay:
** ''Ogre'' decay. Early on in the series, with one exception, the ogres were regularly portrayed as capable of feats of extraordinary strength. Later on though, they needed Gummiberry juice to do anything beyond the limits of a human. And the weird side effects that the juice initially had on ogres was apparently forgotten.
** Lady Bane was malevolent and competent in her initial appearance, but later episodes featuring her have her fail just as badly as Igthorn due to {{Flanderization}} of her vanity issues.
* WaveMotionGun:
** The Gummiscope. Although its real purpose is as a giant solar powered messaging machine, it can be used as as a massive energy cannon if there is enough solar energy to power it.
** By contrast, the Great Horn of Ursalia is definitely a WeaponOfMassDestruction.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: While the Barbics' hatred and distrust of humanity is far from unjustified, their desire to destroy all of it puts them at odds with the Glen Gummis in "Return to Ursalia."
* WhamEpisode: The final two parter; [[spoiler:Igthorn leaves the kingdom and after a ''year'' of nothing happening, Zummi sends a message to the Great Gummis, announcing that the kingdom is finally safe and ready for their return. Then Igthorn suddenly returns, more terrible than ever, and quickly succeeds at completely destroying Gummi Glen, capturing the Gummis and stealing the secret of the Gummi Berry Juice from them, and immediately leading his army of super powerful ogres against Dunwyn castle, demolishing its defenses and crowning himself as the new king. All of this is just ''one'' episode. Sure, everything turns out all right in the end, but still.]]
* WhenTreesAttack
* WholeCostumeReference: In one episode, Calla wears a dress identical to Snow White's iconic dress.
* WholePlotReference: "[[Film/TheBridgeOnTheRiverKwai Bridge On the River Gummi]]"
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Zummi is deathly afraid of heights.
* YouDontWantToCatchThis: Gummioleosis, when Cubbi and Gusto are captured by the ogres.
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