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A list of characters from the children's show and book series, Little Bear.

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    Little Bear's Family 

Little Bear
Voiced by Kristin Fairlie

Little Bear is an imaginative, curious, active young cub living in the Canadian woods with his mother and father. He enjoys exploring the outdoors, inventing new games, and makes many unusual friends. Many of his adventures are left up to the viewer to decide if they are real or not, however.

  • Beary Funny: He's the subject of many jokes, a lot of them stemming from his childish naivety or his fondness for humour.
  • Beary Friendly: He is very benevolent and even when he's mad, he doesn't tend to say anything rude.
  • Big Eater: There's little he doesn't like and he's always up for a snack, even eating the meal of stew, cookies, and jam his parents packed for his grandparents (with the help of his friends, though).
  • Birthday Episode: In "Birthday Soup", he has his birthday and, finding no cake, decides to make birthday soup instead. He gets cake as well, though.
  • Catchphrase: "Hmmm... Interesting." He says it anytime his curiosity gets going (which is a lot).
  • Character Title: His name is the title of both the show and the books.
  • Cheerful Child: It's hard to get him in a bad mood.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": He's a little bear cub named... Little Bear.
  • Mr. Imagination: While the rest of the cast often imagine things, and it's often hard to tell who's doing the imagining during Fantasy Sequences, he seems to be the most imaginative.
  • Nature Lover: He likes to play outside a lot.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Just look at him!
  • Sick Episode:
    • In "Pillow Hill", he has a cold.
    • In "Between Friends", he has the mumps.
    • At the end of "Little Bear's Sweet Tooth", he gets indigestion.
    • In "A Flu", he has the flu.
  • Sweet Tooth: Once declared he had a whole mouthful of 'em. He loves eating fruit and dessert.

Mother Bear

Voiced by Janet-Laine Green

Mother Bear is a warm-heared homemaker who spends her days running the household, often while Father Bear is away at work, and often going along with Little Bear's silliness and adventures.

  • Beary Friendly: She's just as affectionate and polite as her son.
  • Feminine Women Can Cook: She does all the cooking and is the most stereotypically feminine of the cast.
  • Good Parents: With Father Bear. She is a very patient and affectionate parent.
  • Happily Married: With Father Bear, of course. They get along very well and are often seen displaying affection to each other.
  • Nature Lover: She greatly enjoys working outside in the garden and digging in the dirt, and it's probably where Little Bear gets it from.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Her dress color as a child was pink and she's always been stereotypically feminine.
  • Species Surname: In one episode, "Bear" is revealed to be her last name.
  • Sick Episode: Implied in "Doctor Little Bear", where Little Bear thought she had a cold and it was never confirmed either way.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Being a housewife in the early 20th century, this is a given; she's often seen doing sewing and embroidery.
  • True Blue Femininity: She wears a blue skirt and is the most stereotypically feminine character.
  • Unnamed Parent: Her first name is unknown.

Father Bear

Voiced by Dan Hennessey

little Bear's father, who works as a fisherman. Because of his job, he is often away at sea; however, he is home for a lot of episodes, wherein he joins in with Little Bear's games, and occasionally he also brings Little Bear out for adventures on his boat with him.

  • Beary Friendly: He's just as amicable as his wife and son.
  • Good Parents: With Mother Bear. He's just as patient and affectionate with his son as she is.
  • Happily Married: With Mother Bear, of course. He is a very loving husband to her.
  • Species Surname: One episode reveals that "Bear" is his surname.
  • Unnamed Parent: Is referred to as "Father Bear" by everyone, except for Mighty, who calls him "Big Bear" (which is probably just a nickname rather than his actual name).

Grandmother and Grandfather Bear

Voiced by Diane D'Aquila (Grandmother) and Sean Mc Cann (Grandfather)

Little Bear's grandparents, on Mother Bear's side.

  • Beary Friendly: They're just as friendly as the rest of the Bear family.
  • Cool Old Guy: Little Bear likes to play with Grandpa Bear.
  • Cool Old Lady: Little Bear really likes spending time with Grandmother Bear, especially because of her stories.
  • Good Parents: They maintain a good relationship with Mother Bear, and several episodes focus on one or both of them looking after Little Bear.
  • Granny Classic: Grandmother Bear certainly qualifies because she has plenty of stereotypical old lady traits.
  • Happily Married: They seem to be as happy a couple as Mother and Father Bear.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: Zigzagged with Grandfather Bear. Grandmother Bear says, "Don't get too tired", but Grandfather Bear says that he's never tired. However, later, he takes a nap despite not showing signs of being tired. Grandmother Bear, however, doesn't seem to sleep or get tired in the daytime.

     Little Bear's Friends 


Duck is clumsy, slow-witted yet smart and well-meaning and always up for Little Bear's games.

  • Big Eater: There's little she doesn't like, and the first thing she says to Little Bear when she arrives to his party is "Happy Birthday, Little Bear! Where's the cake?"
  • Book Dumb: She doesn't seem to be very good with counting past three, and "E" is the only part of Emily's name she knows to spell with, however, she doesn't seem outright stupid.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: She's very spacy, comes up with some odd ideas and thinks painting Hen's house with pink polka dots is a nice idea.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": A duck named "Duck".
  • Dumb Blonde: She's ditzy (to a degree, at least), gullible, and her feathers are pale yellow.
  • Filthy Fun: Her idea of a compliment is "I love you more than mud".
  • The Klutz: Is very clumsy.
  • Literal-Minded: Sometimes she takes things literally.
  • Raised by Wolves: When Little Bear first met her when she was just a duckling, it was revealed that she was raised by a hen because "some of the eggs got mixed up". It took Little Bear teaching her how to act like a duck to learn how to fly and such.


Hen is a prim and logical friend to the more imaginative, silly Little Bear.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": A hen named "Hen".
  • Foil: She is more grounded and grown-up than the more free-spirited, young Little Bear.
  • Proper Lady: She's tidy and has very good manners.


Cat is very sarcastic, enjoys napping, and causing mischief.

  • Beware the Nice Ones: Cat is easily the calmest and most laid-back, but when he gets sick over the others messing around when it's time to get their picture taken he snaps a little.
  • The Big Guy: He's more physical than the others, usually.
  • Cats Are Snarkers: As well as being the snarkiest cast member, he's the only cat..
  • Deadpan Snarker: Cat is the most sarcastic of the bunch.
    Hen: Little Bear's got the hiccup!
    Cat: Very observant, Hen.



  • Comically Missing the Point: He does this a lot in spite of his intellect.
    Little Bear: (covered in white paint) Who AM I?
    Owl: You're a polar bear.
    Little Bear: A polar bear? Don't you know me, Owl?
    Owl: I-I don't know any polar bears...
  • The Smart Guy: He's intellectual (or tries to be), a bit of a know-it-all with his knowledge, and boasts that he's read every book in the library.


Emily is a seven-year-old human girl staying with her granny not far from Little Bear's house. Being the oldest, she likes being the boss and playing by the rules.

  • Sick Episode: She catches the mumps from Little Bear in "Between Friends".
  • Token Human: She and Granny are the only humans on the show
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Mitzi's tomboy; she is more stereotypically feminine than Mitzi.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her outfit is pale blue and teal and she has a lot of stereotypical little-girl interests.


Emily's grandmother who doesn't live too far from the Bears. She's had Little Bear over often and enjoys indulging in his and her granddaughter's adventures.

  • Cool Old Lady: She's a free-spirited, laid-back grandma who flies a plane.
  • Supreme Chef: She makes a mean batch of applesauce.
  • Token Human: The only human on the show besides Emily.

    Minor Characters 

The Mermaid

She's a friendly mermaid that Little Bear pretends to meet at the bottom of his bathtub.


A little green snake Little Bear met once.


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