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YMMV: Mr. Bean
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The Series:

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Views are divided on Mr. Bean's exact nature. While most people seem to view him simply as a Cloudcuckoolander living in his own mad little world, others, notably Roger Ebert in his review of Bean, believe him to be a malevolent individual who delights in causing madness and devastation wherever he goes. And then some thinks that he's a humanoid alien from a planet that is completely unfamiliar with Earth society and technology, due to the opening and closing (this is made canon in the Animated Adaptation).
    • The malevolent theory holds even more water even to the audience. While some of his actions are indeed innocent interpretations gone wrong, in other cases he seems to actually enjoy doing "evil" things, like throwing the door in someone's nose and laughing after, showing no empathy whatsoever.
    • This was also explored in the "Mr. Psycho Bean" sketch on Harry and Paul.
    • Bean falling out of a beam of light during the opening credits. An Alien, an Angel Unaware, or just a simple man suddenly thrust into the spotlight?
  • Americans Hate Tingle: It seems most Americans find Mr. Bean alienating and bizarre, and can't quite understand why this series is as popular as it is. This is very much not the stereotype in Britain, where instead it is widely believed that Mr. Bean is insanely popular in both the United States and Germany, largely as a disparaging comment on those countries have simplistic senses of humour (as the humour in Mr. Bean is visual rather than verbal).
  • Crazy Awesome: When he buys household appliances and furniture, he puts everything in and on his car, including his couch on the roof. He made some wires to control the car from the roof!
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The remix of the theme song that plays when he rushes to his dentist appointment in "The Trouble with Mr. Bean".
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The show used to be huge in Japan. There is an unconfirmed story that a crowd of fans nearly tore Atkinson to bits during his visit to the country.
    • It is also very popular in the Philippines, where people have been known to call awkward or funny individuals by the name.
      • The 90's even saw the release of a comedy series that featured the antics of a character acting similar to Mr. Bean, "Ogag" (which is an Unfortunate Name in the country when spelled backwards).
    • Very likely with many former Communist countries after the fall of the curtain, which didn't get to see such British hits, including The Benny Hill Show or Doctor Who.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: While playing with a nativity scene, Bean brings in several other figures, including a Dalek. Rowan Atkinson later played the Doctor in Steven Moffat's spoof "The Curse of the Fatal Death."
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr Bean, of course.
  • Memetic Mutation: Magic. *snort, snort*
  • Nausea Fuel: Occasionaly.
    • The dirty diaper in "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean", for example.
    • The bad oysters from "Mr. Bean in Room 426".


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