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* Actor Creator/NickFrost is well aware of and seemingly flattered by his status as an icon in the bear community, and has [[https://youtu.be/HjOg6puTChA has discussed]] his interest in posing for the cover of a gay magazine dressed in leather chaps, a vest and tiny stetson.


''Usually'' a subtrope of ManlyGay, and the aesthetic opposite of TheTwink, though cubs are similar in disposition. Frequently overlaps with BigBeautifulMan, CoolOldGuy, LeatherMan or PettingZooPeople. In fact this trope overlaps with BigBeautifulMan ''so often'' that some people would consider them the same trope--except that technically this trope is about body hair and the other trope is about body fat.

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''Usually'' a subtrope of ManlyGay, and the aesthetic opposite of TheTwink, though cubs are similar in disposition. Frequently overlaps with BigBeautifulMan, CoolOldGuy, LeatherMan or PettingZooPeople.BeastMan. In fact this trope overlaps with BigBeautifulMan ''so often'' that some people would consider them the same trope--except that technically this trope is about body hair and the other trope is about body fat.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'', Arthur is a gay bear in his 40s who is also… [[PettingZooPeople a bear]].

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Circles}}'', Arthur is a gay bear in his 40s who is also… [[PettingZooPeople [[{{Pun}} a bear]].


** Howlett, an alternate reality version of Wolverine appearing in ''X-Treme X-Men'' is also a bear, as is his canon lover Hercules. ''Get used to it.''

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** Howlett, an alternate reality version of Wolverine appearing in ''X-Treme X-Men'' is also a bear, as is his canon lover Hercules. ''Get used to it.''


* Mike Flanagan in ''Manga/MyBrothersHusband'' is a big, hairy, masculine guy who fulfills all the bear stereotypes.

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* Mike Flanagan in ''Manga/MyBrothersHusband'' is a big, hairy, masculine guy who fulfills all the bear stereotypes. It's joked about in the HotSpringsEpisode, where Kana wins a giant teddy bear at an amusement arcade and names it Mike.

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Has no relation to the UsefulNotes/FurryFandom, though the two can overlap.


* Used in a GettingCrapPastTheRadar moment in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''; Fear and Disgust have a brief argument over whether or not there are [[BearsAreBadNews bears]] in Riley's new home town of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. Anger chimes in to say he saw a big, hairy guy who looked like a bear.

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* Used in a GettingCrapPastTheRadar moment in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''; In ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', Fear and Disgust have a brief argument over whether or not there are [[BearsAreBadNews bears]] in Riley's new home town of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco. Anger chimes in to say he saw a big, hairy guy who looked like a bear.


* In an episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', Alex deduces the gangster they're investigating is into bears, and Ray (a noted homophobe implied to have latent homosexual tendencies) has to flirt with him in order to further the case.

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* In an episode of ''Series/AshesToAshes'', ''Series/AshesToAshes2008'', Alex deduces the gangster they're investigating is into bears, and Ray (a noted homophobe implied to have latent homosexual tendencies) has to flirt with him in order to further the case.


[[caption-width-right:350:A muscled bear and a musclebear.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:A [[VisualPun muscled bear bear]] and a musclebear.]]


* Retired rugby star [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Cohen_%28rugby_union%29 Ben Cohen]] is a beloved straight ally to the GLBT community due to his anti-bullying efforts, while his hairy chest, stocky build, and boyish face make him a sex symbol to bears and general gay men alike, which he uses to his advantage such as selling calendars for charity.
* Pennsylvania state representative [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Sims Brian Sims]] is the first openly gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history. In addition to pursuing GLBT rights in his home state, he is also a member of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s bear community and has a substantial Facebook following that owes no small part to his sex appeal. While he does keep his pictures classy due to his sensitive position, this arguably [[ForbiddenFruit adds to his appeal]].

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* Retired rugby star [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Cohen_%28rugby_union%29 Ben Cohen]] is a beloved straight ally to the GLBT LGBT community due to his anti-bullying efforts, while his hairy chest, stocky build, and boyish face make him a sex symbol to bears and general gay men alike, which he uses to his advantage such as selling calendars for charity.
* Pennsylvania state representative [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Sims Brian Sims]] is the first openly gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania history. In addition to pursuing GLBT LGBT rights in his home state, he is also a member of UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}}'s bear community and has a substantial Facebook following that owes no small part to his sex appeal. While he does keep his pictures classy due to his sensitive position, this arguably [[ForbiddenFruit adds to his appeal]].


In gay slang, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29 "bear"]] is a ManlyGay man with a CarpetOfVirility--and not always just on their chests. Very often bears are also [[BigBeautifulMan voluptuously heavy set]] and at least middle-aged, but these are not definitive requirements. Exceptionally thin bears are often known as "wolves", hairless bears are known as "otters", younger bears are "cubs" or "pups", Asian bears are "pandas", and especially muscular bears are often called "muscle bears" or "bulls". A "husbear" is a term some men use for their bearish boyfriends or husbands.

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In gay slang, a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bear_%28gay_culture%29 "bear"]] is a ManlyGay man with a CarpetOfVirility--and not always just on their chests. Very often bears are also [[BigBeautifulMan voluptuously heavy set]] and at least middle-aged, but these are not definitive requirements. Exceptionally thin Thin bears are often known as "wolves", hairless bears are known as "otters", semi-hairy bears are "wolves", younger bears are "cubs" or "pups", Asian bears are "pandas", and especially muscular bears are often called "muscle bears" or "bulls". A "husbear" is a term some men use for their bearish boyfriends or husbands.


->'''Patti [=LaBelle=]''': Stan, did you know that, in some countries, the bear is considered a demigod?\\
'''Stan''': No, I didn't, Patti. Did you know that in the gay community, a hairy man is also known as a "Bear"?\\
'''Patti''': Uh… no.

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->'''Patti [=LaBelle=]''': [=LaBelle=]:''' Stan, did you know that, in some countries, the bear is considered a demigod?\\
'''Stan''': '''Stan:''' No, I didn't, Patti. Did you know that in the gay community, a hairy man is also known as a "Bear"?\\
'''Patti''': '''Patti:''' Uh… no.

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* In ''Literature/TheseWordsAreTrueAndFaithful,'' a writer at a general-interest newspaper attempts to explain the origin of the term and gets it completely wrong.
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* ''Music/TheBigDipper''. He describes his genre as 'gay bear rap'
* A FilkSong from Seattle-based filker Commander Claus (a gay man himself), changed the kid's song "My Uncle Walter Goes Dancing with Bears" to "My Uncle Walter Goes ''Dating'' the Bears," and is told from the point of view of an embarrassed nephew who is fine with his uncle's coming out, but boggled by sights like ''"There's ten in the hot tub, giving each other backrubs."''
* Check out Music/LouReed's references to bears, in the song ''Andy's Chest''. The album ''{{Transformer}}'' got a ''lot'' of crap past the Music/{{Radar}} and onto radio stations, who simply didn't get the references.
* Babydaddy of Music/ScissorSisters publicly identifies as a bear.
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* ''Music/TheBigDipper''. He describes his genre as 'gay bear rap'
* A FilkSong from Seattle-based filker Commander Claus (a gay man himself), changed the kid's song "My Uncle Walter Goes Dancing with Bears" to "My Uncle Walter Goes ''Dating'' the Bears," and is told from the point of view of an embarrassed nephew who is fine with his uncle's coming out, but boggled by sights like ''"There's ten in the hot tub, giving each other backrubs."''
* Check out Music/LouReed's references to bears, in the song ''Andy's Chest''. The album ''{{Transformer}}'' got a ''lot'' of crap past the Music/{{Radar}} and onto radio stations, who simply didn't get the references.
* Babydaddy of Music/ScissorSisters publicly identifies as a bear.
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* Paul from WebAnimation/EddsWorld is accepted as this in the fanbase.

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