YMMV / Mr. Bean

Works with their own YMMV pages:

The Series:

  • Alternative 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 think 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, to the musical accompaniment of soft Latin chanting, hymn-like. One suggestion is that he is a Fallen Angel who was so clumsy and troublesome that he was dismissed from heaven, or more humorously literally stumbled out of heaven, or even an Angel Unaware, perhaps?
    • It's been theorized by a few people that Bean is autistic, given the No Social Skills, Manchild persona and his difficulty having a sense of perspective for his actions.
    • Him being autistic would also explain his lack of empathy, his complex and intricate solutions to mundane problems and difficulties with everyday situation. If the Alien explanation wasn't canon, this would probably be it.
    • Some fans also suspect that Teddy is actually alive and has some kind of superpowers, given how he bounces back from being decapitated or shrunk.
  • Awesome Art: While most agree that Bean's antics are a lot funnier when they're happening to a real person, the Animated Adaptation still has some hugely appealing designs, especially Bean himself, whose animation is a spot-on caricature of how Atkinson performs him thanks to his generous amount of live reference he gave the animators.
  • 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).
    • In one episode of Quite Interesting, Bill Bailey says he heard a sharp criticism of the series while in Australia, by a man whose objection was that Bean "wouldn't last ten minutes in the bush."
  • 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!
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Bean making fun of a woman covered in bandages and casts in "Goodnight, Mr. Bean." And then taking advantage of her being paralyzed in order to get further ahead in the hospital queue. However, he does eventually get his comeuppance.
  • 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".
  • Ear Worm: The theme song to the Animated Adaptation, courtesy of frequent Rowan Atkinson collaborator Howard Goodall.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • The show used to be huge in Japan. There is an unconfirmed story that a crowd of fans nearly tore Rowan Atkinson to bits during his visit to the country.
      • Mr. Bean's popularity in Japan was referenced in an episode of the animated series where Bean befriends a Japanese boy.
    • 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).
    • Also massively popular in Malaysia, to the point where it spawned a local knock-off called "Bendul".
      • Even sparking a fuzz when the mini golf ball gets stuck in the exhaust pipe of a Proton Saga.
      • Mr. Bean still remains popular to this day, they even imported the Chinese assassin Snickers ad from the UK as of early 2016, and Malaysia has laws that places hefty restrictions on imported ads.
    • 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.
    • The show is also massively popular in Germany.
      • The show was (and is) hugely popular in Scandinavia which still reruns it from time to time. It seems that the slapstick of the show has a universal appeal not dependent on language or culture.
    • Invoked with its popularity in France. Rowan Atkinson debuted the character at a French comedy festival, despite the character having nothing to do with France or Atkinson even knowing French, to see if his pantomime skills were good enough to appeal to people who didn't speak English (needless to say, it paid off tremendously). France being a country that appreciates physical comedy, not to mention already had something of its own Mr. Bean in the form of Jacques Tati's Monsieur Hulot, certainly helped.
  • 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 "Doctor Who: The Curse of Fatal Death".
  • Jerkass Woobie: Mr Bean, of course.
  • Memetic Mutation: Magic. *snort, snort*
    • "Adding 'if you know what I mean' to the end of a statement can make it sound suggestive... If you know what I mean."
  • Nausea Fuel: Occasionally.
    • The dirty nappy in "Mind the Baby, Mr. Bean", for example.
    • The bad oysters from "Mr. Bean in Room 426". Gets even worse in Mr Beans nightmare in that same episode where the oysters are red and oozing.
    • While not OVERWHELMINGLY gross, the sandwich Mr Bean assembles in one episode from ingredients kept all over his person, including his socks. When Mr Bean accidentally drops the sandwich when he sneezes, the man sitting next to him on the park bench just offers him half HIS sandwich just so he wont have to watch Mr Bean put together another one.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In "Mr. Bean Rides Again," a man standing next to Mr. Bean at the bus stop suddenly collapses. Bean's attempts to revive him are admittedly funny, but wow is that a horrifying moment.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Roger Lloyd Packnote  portrayed the waiter in the second episode, "Return of Mr. Bean".
  • Tear Jerker:
    • You have to feel sorry for poor, oblivious Mr. Bean when his girlfriend walks out on him in the middle of their Christmas evening together. After botching the dinner, they sit down to exchange gifts; unfortunately Mr. Bean has bought the wrong thing (when Irma pointed to an engagement ring in the store, Mr. Bean thought she was pointing to the portrait behind the ring). When Irma realises she isn't getting the romantic proposal she thought she was, she tearfully runs out the door, just as Bean is cheerily hanging the portrait on the mantle. What sells it is Mr. Bean's hurt response to the door slamming.
    Mr. Bean: "W... what was wrong with it?"
    • His reaction to his iconic car being run over by a tank has produced many a sniffle.
    • And also in the New-Years-Eve-Episode, when Bean realizes that his "friends" set his clock ahead to get away from him earlier and celebrate somewhere else.