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** One of Mr. Bean's earliest appearances (before the TV show) was at the Montreal comedy festival "Just for Laughs" in 1987. Rowan Atkinson insisted that he perform on the French-speaking bill as a way of testing if Bean's physical comedy would appeal to a non-English speaking audience; needless to say, it paid off tremendously.
** In the case of France, it certainly helps that the country was once infamous for loving Creator/JerryLewis (who did a lot of physical comedy) and already had something of its own Mr. Bean in the form of Creator/JacquesTati's Monsieur Hulot (which Atkinson admitted as being an influence on Bean).

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** One of Mr. Bean's earliest appearances (before the TV show) was at the Montreal comedy festival "Just for Laughs" in 1987. Rowan Atkinson insisted that he perform on the French-speaking bill as a way of testing if Bean's physical comedy would his pantomime skills were good enough to appeal to a non-English speaking audience; needless non English-speaking audience. Needless to say, it paid off tremendously.
** In
tremendously, and Canada became yet another country who loves the case of character.
** As for
France, it certainly helps that the being a country was once infamous for loving which loves it's physical comedy, such as Creator/JerryLewis (who did a lot of physical comedy) and already had something of its own Mr. Bean in the form of Creator/JacquesTati's Monsieur Hulot (which Atkinson admitted as being an influence on Bean).Bean), ensured that Bean would be popular there as well.


* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
** The show used to be huge in Japan. There is an unconfirmed story that a crowd of fans nearly tore Creator/RowanAtkinson 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 UnfortunateName in the country when [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]]).
** Also massively popular in Malaysia, to the point where it spawned a local knock-off called "Bendul". And "Mr. Bean Impersonators" are a thriving industry. Mr. Bean impersonation contests also tend to draw huge crowds of participants. It also helps that Malaysia is one of those countries with a sizable amount of locals who appreciate slapstick/physical comedy.
*** 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. Seems that the heads of Mars Foods Malaysia decided that the appearance of Atkinson in-character alone outweighs the hefty cost and red tape involved in importing the ad.
** Very likely with many former Communist countries after the fall of the curtain, which didn't get to see such British hits, including ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' or ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** 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 [[Creator/JerryLewis physical comedy]], not to mention already had something of its own Mr. Bean in the form of Creator/JacquesTati's Monsieur Hulot, certainly helped.

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* GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff:
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GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff: The show used is widely popular around the world due to be huge in Japan. its physical, non-verbal comedy being easily able to transcend language barriers:
**
There is an unconfirmed story a rumor that a crowd of fans in Japan nearly tore Creator/RowanAtkinson to bits during his visit to the country.
*** Mr. Bean's popularity in Japan was referenced in an
when he visited their country. An episode of the animated series where referenced his popularity there by having Bean befriends befriend a Japanese boy.
** It is also very popular People in the Philippines, where people Philippines have been known to call awkward or funny individuals by the name.
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"Mr. Bean". The 90's even saw the release of country also produced a comedy series that featured the antics of a character acting similar to Mr. Bean, featuring "Ogag" (which is an UnfortunateName in the country when [[SdrawkcabName spelled backwards]]).
backwards]]), a character very similar to Mr. Bean.
** Also massively popular in Malaysia, to the point where it spawned a local Malaysia also created their own knock-off called "Bendul". And "Mr. Bean Impersonators" are named "Bendul", as well as having a thriving industry. industry of Mr. Bean impersonation contests also tend to draw huge crowds of participants. It also helps impersonators. The show's popularity is such that Mars Foods Malaysia is one of those countries with a sizable amount of locals who appreciate slapstick/physical comedy.
*** 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 U.K. in 2016 despite hefty restrictions on imported ads. Seems that the heads of Mars Foods Malaysia decided ads -- seems that the appearance of Atkinson in-character alone outweighs outweighed the hefty massive cost and red tape involved in importing the ad.
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** Very likely with For many former Communist countries after countries, the show was one of the first British shows the population got to see following the fall of the curtain, which didn't get may have contributed to see such British hits, including ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' or ''Series/DoctorWho''.
** 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 there.
** One of Mr. Bean's earliest appearances (before the TV show) was at the Montreal comedy festival "Just for Laughs"
in France. 1987. Rowan Atkinson debuted insisted that he perform on the character at French-speaking bill as a French way of testing if Bean's physical 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 would appeal to people who didn't speak English (needless a non-English speaking audience; needless to say, it paid off tremendously). France being a tremendously.
** In the case of France, it certainly helps that the
country that appreciates [[Creator/JerryLewis was once infamous for loving Creator/JerryLewis (who did a lot of physical comedy]], not to mention comedy) and already had something of its own Mr. Bean in the form of Creator/JacquesTati's Monsieur Hulot, certainly helped.Hulot (which Atkinson admitted as being an influence on Bean).
** Other places that love Mr. Bean include Germany (see AmericansHateTingle above) and Scandinavia (where reruns sill air from time to time).


* TearJerker:
** You have to feel sorry for poor, [[InnocentlyInsensitive 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 [[spoiler: 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. And to follow on from this, there is something incredibly heartbreaking about a man who sends himself birthday and Christmas cards as it implies two things: 1) that he desperately wants friends but is unable to get them due to his personality and 2) that Teddy is his only friend in the world post his breakup with Irma. Knowing this, it actually adds another layer onto that New Year's Eve party as he was probably very excited that he had finally made some only to realise that he hadn't in the worst possible way.


* RetroactiveRecognition: Roger Lloyd Pack[[note]]Most famous for playing Owen Newitt in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', and best known to ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fans as Barty Crouch, Sr. in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth movie]].[[/note]] portrayed the waiter in the second episode, "Return of Mr. Bean".

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Roger Lloyd Pack[[note]]Most Pack[[note]]most famous for playing Owen Newitt in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', and best known to ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fans as Barty Crouch, Sr. in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth movie]].[[/note]] portrayed the waiter in the second episode, "Return of Mr. Bean".


* RetroactiveRecognition: Roger Lloyd Pack[[note]]''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fans would recognized him as Barty Crouch, Sr. in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth movie]].[[/note]] portrayed the waiter in the second episode, "Return of Mr. Bean".

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Roger Lloyd Pack[[note]]''Franchise/HarryPotter'' Pack[[note]]Most famous for playing Owen Newitt in ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', and best known to ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' fans would recognized him as Barty Crouch, Sr. in [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire the fourth movie]].[[/note]] portrayed the waiter in the second episode, "Return of Mr. Bean".


** 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.

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** 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. \n And to follow on from this, there is something incredibly heartbreaking about a man who sends himself birthday and Christmas cards as it implies two things: 1) that he desperately wants friends but is unable to get them due to his personality and 2) that Teddy is his only friend in the world post his breakup with Irma. Knowing this, it actually adds another layer onto that New Year's Eve party as he was probably very excited that he had finally made some only to realise that he hadn't in the worst possible way.


** Also massively popular in Malaysia, to the point where it spawned a local knock-off called "Bendul".

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** Also massively popular in Malaysia, to the point where it spawned a local knock-off called "Bendul". And "Mr. Bean Impersonators" are a thriving industry. Mr. Bean impersonation contests also tend to draw huge crowds of participants. It also helps that Malaysia is one of those countries with a sizable amount of locals who appreciate slapstick/physical comedy.


*** 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.

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*** 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. Seems that the heads of Mars Foods Malaysia decided that the appearance of Atkinson in-character alone outweighs the hefty cost and red tape involved in importing the ad.


** 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.
* NightmareFuel: 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.

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** While not OVERWHELMINGLY 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 ''his'' sandwich just so he wont have to watch Mr Bean put together another one.
* NightmareFuel: 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 actually funny, but ''wow'' is that that's still a horrifying moment.


* AwesomeArt: While most agree that Bean's antics are a ''lot'' funnier when they're happening to a real person, the AnimatedAdaptation 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.

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* AwesomeArt: SugarWiki/AwesomeArt: While most agree that Bean's antics are a ''lot'' funnier when they're happening to a real person, the AnimatedAdaptation 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.


** Then there is Irma, Bean's girlfriend. Viewers have long asked the reasonable question as to what she saw in him, but given how her vocal skills seem to be just as limited as his is, did she perhaps see a kindred spirit in him? After all, she certainly wasn't put off by his immaturity despite her actions in ''The Curse of Mr Bean'' as she forgave him to the point of hoping that he would marry her (and in the same episode could be seen to pet Teddy implying a certain childish streak to her too.) Perhaps she was far closer to being his DistaffCounterpart than she ever was to being his bride.

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** Then there is Irma, Bean's girlfriend. Viewers have long asked the reasonable question as to what she saw in him, but given how her vocal skills seem to be just as limited as his is, did she perhaps see a kindred spirit in him? After all, she certainly wasn't put off by his immaturity despite her actions in ''The Curse of Mr Bean'' and ''Mr Bean Goes To Town'' as she forgave him to the point of hoping that he would marry her (and in the same episode could be seen to pet Teddy implying a certain childish streak to her too.) Perhaps she was far closer to being his DistaffCounterpart than she ever was to being his bride.

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** Then there is Irma, Bean's girlfriend. Viewers have long asked the reasonable question as to what she saw in him, but given how her vocal skills seem to be just as limited as his is, did she perhaps see a kindred spirit in him? After all, she certainly wasn't put off by his immaturity despite her actions in ''The Curse of Mr Bean'' as she forgave him to the point of hoping that he would marry her (and in the same episode could be seen to pet Teddy implying a certain childish streak to her too.) Perhaps she was far closer to being his DistaffCounterpart than she ever was to being his bride.

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* NightmareFuel: 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.


** 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 wasnt canon, this would probably be it.

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** 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 wasnt wasn't canon, this would probably be it.


* EarWorm: The theme song to the AnimatedAdaptation, courtesy of frequent Rowen Atkinson collaborator Howard Goodall.

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* EarWorm: The theme song to the AnimatedAdaptation, courtesy of frequent Rowen Rowan Atkinson collaborator Howard Goodall.

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