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YMMV: Bamse
  • Anvilicious
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Vargen
  • Fridge Brilliance: Grandma has stated that she made sure that if Bamse had an intention of doing something nasty, the dunderhonung would lose it's effect. Bamse has to be a Technical Pacifist for it to work.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I have a built-in compass" said Skalman.
    • To elaborate, some fans took sound clips from the animated stories (which were heavily narrated) and put them together in nonsensical ways, all of which are hilarious for their absurdity. Specifically, that line above is said with no context whatsoever.
    • "And then he flew out through the window!"
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Rune A. basically opened a letter column with this (in response to a letter he had received) then he spent the rest of the column explaining the Holocaust. To Pre-schoolers. And did it really well.
    • In general, the series has dropped anvils about pacifism, redemption, racism and co-existence for its entire run. And they are needed.
  • Tear Jerker: Vargen's backstory.
  • Unfortunate Implications: Vargen, the canonical main villain of the franchise, is of course black. This certainly doesn't have to mean anything, but considering how often it has been brought up amongst the Moral Guardians it deserves a place on here. Especially ridiculous since Bamse has always been a bastion of political correctness, and since Vargen, with his Freudian Excuse and eventual Heel-Face Turn ended up as one of the most complex and sympathetic characters in the comic.
    • There's also the fact that its Vargens FUR thats black, which has nothing to do with race.
  • The Woobie: Vargen. Just Vargen. Orphaned at an early age, raised by abusive stepfathers into a life of crime, befriends girl, stepparents decide to rob a girl's house, Vargen escapes with the girl's help. He tries to reform but is treated as a criminal, decides to take up a life of crime seriously, becoming World Champion of Nastiness, gets foiled by main character until he does a Heel-Face Turn... And in the end, he does not even get the girl as she grew up and married someone else.

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