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The three main characters; they are adoptive bear brothers: Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear. The bears attempt to integrate with human society, such as purchasing food, making human companions or trying to become famous on the Internet, although these attempts see the bears struggle to do so due to the civilized nature of humans and their own animal instincts.


  • All of the Other Reindeer: A downplayed example: because animals and people are shown interacting frequently on this show, much of the resentment towards the bears is usually down to either indifference (as shown in the "Food Truck" episode) or because of their naïveté and animal instincts.
  • Animals Not to Scale: All three bears are tall as humans when standing upright. However, their heights relative to each other are appropriate to each one's species (Ice Bear is the tallest, Panda is the shortest). Although in real life, a panda weighs only about a third of the amount a grizzly does, and about a quarter as much as a polar bear, and is usually no more than two-thirds the height of the above species when standing upright. Similarly, when triple stacked, they vary between being only a little taller than a person to a full bear taller.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Rarely does this ever come up, but they accidentally caused chaos in the city in "Our Stuff". And in "Primal", Panda and Ice Bear played this trope straight.
  • Beary Friendly: They really do mean well and try their best to get along with humans.
  • Beary Funny: They are all hilarious in their own ways.
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn: Gender swapped version. Panda is the beauty (the cute one), Ice Bear is the brains (the talented one) and Grizz is the brawn (the Big Eater of the group).
  • Beware the Nice Ones: All three of them are nice bears, but remember not to mess with them because they are bears.
  • Big Beautiful Man: They're rather chubby, but they're still adorable.
  • Big Eater: Grizz is the reigning champ among the three, but all of them qualify.
  • Big, Thin, Short Trio: Very much downplayed, but Grizzly is big and brawny, Ice Bear is tall and slim, whereas Panda is short and chubby.
  • Black Bead Eyes: They could easily fit in Adventure Time. However, sometimes they're drawn with normal eyes when surprised. Ice Bear's eye color is listed as "Dot" on his ID
  • Civilized Animal: They live in a fully furbished cave, have cell phones and a computer, and eat home-cooked meals.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Grizzly acts goofy all the time, Ice Bear has eccentric behavior, and Panda only has his occasional moments such as in "Bear Cleaning", wherein he and Ice Bear took selfies with Grizzly's fur clump.
  • Comic Trio: Grizzly is the leader, Panda is the Only Sane Man, and Ice Bear is the follower. Though sometimes Panda and Ice Bear can switch roles.
  • Cool Big Bro: All three of them tend to be this towards Chloe ever since they befriended her.
  • Cute Giant: All of them are adult bears and fully grown to size, but the art style makes them look like teddy bears.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Flashbacks of their childhood shows that the trio were orphaned separately and struggled to find a stable home.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Grizzly the grizzly bear and Panda the panda bear (specifically Panda 1: identity barcode 169-396-291-0009). Averted with Ice Bear the polar bear.note 
  • Fingerless Hands: Their paws are stubby and although they have fingers, they stand on their stubs instead of flat on their paws. Their hind paws generally flatten out to 'toes' when walking upright.
    • Briefly subverted by Ice Bear in The Kitty, where we see Ice Bear with human-like hands after putting on gloves.
  • Food as Bribe: Chloe lampshades this in her presentation when she notes that they'll do anything for food and it's their main motivation.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Grizzly and Panda are foolish to Ice Bear's responsible, though occasionally Panda can be responsible even if it's sometimes to impress women he likes.
  • Foregone Conclusion: No matter what happens in the cub episodes, they'll all survive to adulthood, and they'll still be together. As these episodes are their misadventures during childhood, they'll need to for the series to be a thing.
    • This may be that Ice Bear was raised longer than Grizzly and Panda by Yuri, having developed expert survival skills during his time living with him.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: When joined by Chloe: Grizzly is Sanguine, Panda is Melancholic, Ice Bear is Choleric and Chloe is Phlegmatic.
  • Freudian Trio: Grizzly is the id, Ice Bear is the superego, and Panda is the ego.
  • Horror Hunger: "Primal" reveals that if they go a long time without food, they'll revert to a savage state and start acting like realistic feral bears.
  • Interspecies Adoption: May be the case given they are different species of bears.
  • Interspecies Romance: The bears are interested in human women, human women are occasionally interested in them, and nobody thinks anything of it.
  • Madness Makeover: During Panda and Ice Bear's sanity slippages in "Primal", their fur becomes unkempt, get Blank White Eyes, and show out their claws.
  • Manchild:
    • Downplayed with Grizzly and Panda. Due to their respective lack of parental figures, they both have little to no guidance towards adult life, growing up together with Ice Bear as orphans; and as a result, gained very poor sense of responsibility, and have their more mature younger brother do the housework, while they lounge around and play all day. Despite this, they both are still capable of growing up and willing to be responsible adults when they have to.
    • Averted with Ice Bear, who seems to have matured quicker due to the trauma of being constantly hunted down by poachers but has been lovingly raised by a cynical Russian man named Yuri, whose lifestyle of survivalism and imposed responsibilities developed him to be Wise Beyond His Years, although he is still socially awkward due to having learned to speak much later.
  • Nice Guy: All of them are friendly and kind to other people.
  • No Social Skills: While they do want to interact with people, they often show a poor grasp of various basic social norms, which frequently leads to them getting publicly embarrassed and making fools of themselves.
  • Parental Abandonment: They seem to have been abandoned in a cardboard box together when they were cubs. "Burrito" suggests Grizzly was orphaned as a cub, "Yuri and the Bear" implies that Ice Bear lost his mother to poachers, and "Panda 2" suggests that Panda was taken from his mother by sanctuary workers after he was born.
    • Also, in terms of parental figures before they met each other, Ice Bear was the only one of the bears who had an actual loving parent, as Panda was neglected by his caretakers who simply watch over him in a distant confined space, and Grizzly was part of a sitcom family whose cast and crew never actually cared about him outside the show, even favoring the newest cast member over him.
  • Reality Ensues: They get hit with this a lot. One notable example would be in "Bear Cleanse" which has the three put on a special diet where they can only eat what they naturally eat in the wild, as eating human food all the time has had a negative effect on their health. Also, while Grizzly and Panda have their own difficulties sticking to this out of habit, Ice Bear physically cannot as his special diet is seal. None of the stores sell seal meat, and when he does manage to get a live one from a zoo, he's too domesticated to bring himself to kill it for food.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Grizzly is red and Ice Bear is blue. Ice Bear is also the stoic blue to Panda's emotional red. Panda is also a more reserved blue to Grizzly's outgoing red.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The three bears. Even more so when they were little cubs.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Grizzly and Ice Bear are both Manly Men to Panda's Sensitive Guy. Grizzly is loud and outgoing, Ice Bear is muscle-bound and stoic, and Panda is nervous and weak.
  • Socially Awkward Hero: They want to fit in with the city, but their traits make it difficult.
  • Sphere Eyes: They have their moments with this, when they get shocked, surprised, excited, etc., their eyes can expand to big, round and white.
  • Talking Animal: They can speak, but it seems most animals in the show can't. The only exceptions so far are Nom Nom the koala, the hamster from the short "Nom Nom vs Hamster", and the red macaw from "Occupy Bears"note .
  • Title Character: "We Bare Bears" refers to the trio.
  • Too Hungry to Be Polite: Without anything to eat, the bears become feral within hours. It first happens to Panda and Ice Bear during "Primal", and it almost happens to all three in "Planet Bears". The only things capable of bringing them back to their senses is food and/or television.
    • Averted in the cub episodes. Most notable in the end of "$100", where their temperaments remained normal even after going days without food.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Specific dishes aren't mentioned, but mealtimes with the brothers always mark clearly that Panda only eats vegetable dishes, and Ice Bear favors fish and seafood. Grizz is the least finicky and eats anything that could be called edible. This makes sense as pandas are herbivores, polar bears are carnivores, and grizzlies are omnivores.
  • Vague Age: It is currently unknown whether they're presently in their late adolescence, early adulthood, or natural adulthood. "Occupy Bears" reveals that they have lived in the cave over five years and found it when they're basically grown to adult size.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Grizzly and Panda have higher-pitched voices than Ice Bear despite the latter being younger than they are.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: All three of the bears are afraid of snakes, as seen in "Charlie and the Snake".
  • Your Size May Vary: They're different sizes when apart, but when they stack on top of each other they're the same size.
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    Grizzly 
Voiced by: Eric Edelstein, Sam Lavagnino (child)
Debuted in: "Pilot" (unofficial debut) / "Our Stuff" (official)
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The oldest brother and the leader. He wants to make friends with everyone.


  • Affectionate Nickname: For Panda, Pan-Pan and various versions of Baby Bro.
  • All-Loving Hero: He's the most forgiving of Nom Nom's actions, intends to befriend everyone he meets, signs emails with "Love, Grizz", and is more tolerant with Charlie than his brothers. He's very open-hearted, almost to a fault at times.
  • Balloon Belly: In "Hibernation" after eating a lot to try hibernating.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • He attacked a kid in the pilot episode for pushing around Panda, though he feels remorseful afterwards.
    • In "Bear Cleanse", he is furious with Panda for cheating on his diet and threatens to post a photo of him eating chocolate cake.
    • "Planet Bears" reveals he can become feral from hunger like his brothers did in "Primal".
    • In the end of "Googs", he angrily calls out Ari Curd for making him believe Panda died, traumatizing him and his brothers as a result.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He is the oldest of the bears and usually looks out for his younger brothers.
  • Big Eater: All three bears qualify, but Grizzly exemplifies this quality in the episode Burrito. He brags that he will easily finish off a restaurant's entire menu in half an hour... and actually does so in 15 minutes, only failing to complete the challenge because he couldn't bring himself to eat the very last burrito and treats it like it's a person.
  • Big Fun: He is a portly bear who loves to have fun; every day is a party to Grizzly.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Grizzly enjoys a bit of rough-housing, which proves to be a issue when trying to interact with people.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: In "Primal", when the bears are out in the wild, he says "and survival" in an Australian accent to imitate the "Badger in the Wild".
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: He loves a good rough-house, but is still the kindest of the brothers.
  • Determinator: He finds ways and makes solutions to many problems, such as sneaking his way into Nom Nom's limo and driving to Burger Boy to feed his brothers.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: Spoke this way as a kid.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Unlike his brothers, he's not picky when it comes to food. Fitting considering grizzly bears actually are omnivores.
  • Fat Comic Relief: Kind of fits this as while he is no more tubby than his brothers, he is the most light hearted.
  • Fat Idiot: Not really stupid, just simpleminded.
  • Former Child Star: Some time after the flashback in "Burrito" and some time before meeting Panda and Ice Bear, he was an actor on the Canadian sitcom "Family Troubles". However, his episodes were pulled after he quit the show so he could find a real family. And the show itself was cancelled immediately after.
  • Genius Ditz: He may not be incredibly smart, but he thinks quick and slips up a few times.
  • Groin Attack: As a cub, he indirectly tossed a baseball into Lewis's crotch to save his brothers. It was a pretty strong toss.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has a brief one in "Burrito" when the burrito explodes, he stares dumbfoundedly until his brothers begin to cheer him up.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Loves to meet new people and is always trying to make new friends. Due to his Weirdness Magnet tendencies and overbearing nature, he tends to have little success.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Basically Eric Edelstein as a bear. Grizzly once owned a jean jacket that looked like Edelstein's jacket.
  • Keet: Grizz is the most excitable and outgoing out of his brothers.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Grizzly is by no means stupid but he is simple-minded. He is a very affable bear too.
  • The Kirk: He's not as emotionally outspoken as Panda, and he's not as stoic nor quiet as Ice Bear is.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: In "Our Stuff", when they are surrounded by the police, he tells his brothers that "we must face the consequences". In "Ice Cave", he and Panda submit to Ralph after he traps Ice Bear in a block of ice, knowing that Ralph is too strong for both of them.
  • Large Ham: In "Pet Shop". When told to look sad for the commercial, he breaks into a dramatic monologue about a divorcee trying to get his kids back.
  • Little Big Brother: The oldest of the brothers but slightly shorter than Ice Bear.
  • Lonely at the Top: In "Viral Video". Ultimately, what causes him to give up on becoming a famous internet meme is learning he would have no time to socialize with actual friends.
  • Nice Guy: Friendly to just about everyone. He is even the most forgiving of Nom Nom's actions, and though he is also annoyed with Charlie's behavior, he tries to hide it and tolerates his antics.
  • Older Than They Look: Despite having a similar shape and size as his brothers, he is the oldest brother.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • In "Ice Cave", though he still acts somewhat civil towards him, he is clearly not inclined to forgive Ralph and even tells his brother and Charlie to ignore him upon kicking him out, remembering how horrible the yeti is.
    • In "Ranger Norm", he (along with his brothers) outright treats the titular character with disdain and indifference. Granted, he did feel bad about it afterwards and then Norm turned out to be evil, but it's still serious when Grizzly actually rejected someone as a friend.
  • Papa Wolf: He can be this towards Chloe. In "My Clique", when he notices that she is uncomfortable around her classmates, the first thing he does is ask if she's being bullied by them.
  • The Pig Pen: Out of the trio, Grizz's room is the messiest.
  • The Pollyanna: Grizzly is optimistic and usually sees the brighter side of bad situations.
  • Sanity Slippage:
    • In "Burrito", he became so obsessed with the burrito that he took it around everywhere and spent more time with it than his brothers. In the climax, he became so attached that he says the burrito "completes him".
    • In "Tote Life" he along with his brothers become obsessed with tote bags to the point of wearing them like robes and even eating one.
    • Almost became primal in "Planet Bears" due to starvation.
    • Completely loses it in "Fire!" when he takes fire safety too far and becomes determined in putting out every fire he sees.
  • Speech Impediment: Had a noticeable lisp when he was younger.
  • Stout Strength: Even as a baby grizzly, Grizz could easily break a microphone in two. A much muscular man even complimented him.
  • Trash of the Titans: Has a disorganized room.
  • Was Too Hard on Him: After bluntly calling out Charlie's jerkiness in "Charlie Ball", he does feel bad for being hard on him afterwards. His brothers reassure him that he did the right thing and that Charlie was being a "dingle".
  • Would Hurt a Child: He slashes a little boy on the back in the pilot episode for pushing around Panda. He soon becomes remorseful about it, though.

    Panda 
Voiced by: Bobby Moynihan, Duncan Joiner (child), Sam Lavagnino (as a child in "Pilot")
Debuted in: "Pilot" (unofficial debut) / "Our Stuff" (official)
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The middle brother. Interested in social media and getting internet girlfriends, with little to no success.


  • Adorkable: Emotional, worried about not getting a girlfriend and frequently awkward in public.
  • Appropriate Animal Attire: Despite going naked at all times anyway, he reacts as if specific nude photos of himself in and after showering are horribly embarrassing when accidentally uploaded to his blog.
  • Asian and Nerdy: A giant panda with otaku interests.
  • Audience Surrogate: Although Ice Bear is the clear fan favorite, several fans of the cartoon comment on how relatable Panda is.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: He's actually the middle child in terms of age, but Grizzly and Ice Bear both consider him the baby brother and tend to coddle/overprotect him as such.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not steal Panda's phone because:
      • In "Our Stuff", he completely lashes out at a pigeon for information.
      • In "Primal", Panda nearly flips out at Grizzly for replacing his phone.
    • Also in "Primal", hunger drives him to become savagely feral and attack his brothers until he gets food.
  • Beware the Nice Ones:
    • Kicks at a pigeon out of frustration in "Our Stuff".
    • Becomes savage in "Primal" due to a lack of food.
  • Blind Without 'Em: Near-helpless when his contacts are missing. This is due to the fact that in real life, pandas are known for having poor eyesight, so it makes sense.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Panda seems to get the brunt of the abuse when bad things happen to the three of them. For example, he suffers an allergic reaction twice in "Panda's Date" and in "Everyday Bears", he manages to lose more than half of his social media friends when a mouse messes with his keyboard. Also, he's the most likely one to suffer Amusing Injuries.
  • Camp Straight: He is In Touch with His Feminine Side, but he tries to get internet girlfriends.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Panda tries to get internet girlfriends, but he fails miserably at impressing them.
  • Companion Cube: Panda is almost always carrying his smartphone around, which he considers his sole reason for living.
    • Also In "Hibernation", he has a anime girl body pillow he calls "Miki-chan".
    • Before he met the bears that would become his brothers, he lived at a wildlife sanctuary, where he was given a toy panda that he named "Panda 2" and treated as if it were alive.
  • Cowardly Lion: He can be assertive when he needs to, especially if it means protecting his brothers.
  • Cry Cute: Whenever he cries, it only adds to his cuteness factor.
  • The Cutie: Among the titular bears, he's definitely an example.
  • Determinator: He'll never give up on getting himself a girlfriend.
  • Did Not Get the Girl: He usually fails whenever it comes to getting himself internet girlfriends, and fails to win Lucy's heart.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Panda has had many crushes on women, most notably Lucy.
  • The Eeyore: He seems to be generally gloomier and more pessimistic than his brothers.
  • Extreme Doormat: In "Panda's Dream", he is much too nervous to stand up for himself when a guy cuts in front of him in line.
  • Fragile Flower: It doesn't take a lot to make him cry.
  • Glurge Addict: Possibly, considering how much of a romantic he is. A bit gloomier than a textbook example of the trope, but he still has shades of it.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a capable artist (sort of) who draws in a very animesque style.
  • Hypocrite: In "Burrito", he finds Grizzly taking the titular burrito as a Companion Cube disturbing. This is coming from the panda who treats his cellphone as a Living Emotional Crutch, has a pillow for an imaginary girlfriend, and when he was a cub, talks to a stuffed panda toy like it was real.
  • I Owe You My Life: To Lucy when she saved him from his allergic reaction.
  • Ill Boy: He has a lot more allergies and gets sickly much easier than the other bears. He also appears to have asthma, as he required an inhaler after getting excited when kissed on the cheek by Lucy in "Lucy's Brother".
  • Interspecies Romance: He has never shown any interest in female pandas (not that he knows of any), he only ever wants to date human women.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: Panda's phone case is pink, complete with an also-pink panda charm. He also draws in a very shoujo-esque style and created the 'somtimes baers need to cry sometims......' slide of the bears' improved presentation in "Chloe". Amped up further still in "Panda's Dream" wherein Panda imagines dancing with a group of girls in very pop-idol fashion... but dances as if he were one of them with all the hip swaying and cutesy poses entailed.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Bobby Moynihan states that he pretty much is Panda. They even have similar body shapes.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Not in the conventional sense, but he is a bigger jerk than his brothers if you think about it. He's lied about his diet to get attention, he's locked his brothers in a closet, buried their phones so he could be the one in power, and more. More often than not, though, the "Heart of Gold" overshadows the "Jerk" part.
  • Little Big Brother: The middle child of the three and also the shortest.
  • Lovable Coward: Panda is a bit of a scaredy cat, especially in the comic strip.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Considering how he acted with Lucy... to his credit, he's the first to admit this.
  • The McCoy: The most emotional of the three bears, when he's outspoken, he will be one to object to the soundness of Grizz's plans.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: Being the middle brother, he is withdrawn and desperately looks for love.
  • The Millstone: In "Potty Time", he ruins the chance of him and his brothers getting adopted by a woman for a bathroom break.
  • Nervous Wreck: Panda is much more jumpy and neurotic than his brothers.
  • Nice Guy: When not a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, he's a soft-hearted and sweet critter.
  • Older Than They Look: Had it not been for Panda occasionally calling Ice Bear "baby bro", it'd be very easy to mistake him for the youngest brother.
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Ice Bear, Depending on the Writer. He's not as impulsive as Grizzly is and normally thinks before he acts. However, unlike Ice Bear, he still can be prone to Horrible Judge of Character to certain people.
    • In "Nom Nom", he briefly reminds Grizzly that Nom Nom is a Jerkass, just before he agrees to help him out without any reluctance.
    • In "Nom Nom's Entourage", he shows some disdain against the koala after he kidnaps them for their help.
    • In "Lunch With Tabes", he has to spell out to an oblivious Grizzly that they're suspects to a sandwich theft when Tabes is interrogating them.
  • Only Six Faces: His artistic ability in a nutshell. More accurately, he can draw just one face and uses hairstyles to differentiate subjects.
  • Otaku: In addition to his tendency to draw nothing but generic Animesque caricatures, a glimpse at his laptop in "Everyday Bears" reveals that not only does he have an entire folder titled "Manga" on his computer, but his banner on the social media site he uses is an assortment of random anime characters, also possibly drawn by him. He also has a anime body pillow in "Hibernation" he calls "Miki-chan". If anything, it makes him all the more Adorkable.
    • Panda could also be seen as a Occidental Otaku to some, but that's debatable; since he's a panda, he might actually be Asian.
      • This later turns out to be the case, as Panda used to live in a wildlife sanctuary in China. One day, he saw the outside world through a window, which filled him with such wonder that he escaped so he could see more of it. One of the first things he saw was a "magical girl" anime, which probably fueled his later interest.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Obviously.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: May or may not be an actual teenager, but he's constantly on his phone blogging, using various day-to-day apps or refreshing dating sites.
  • Photographic Memory: Panda mentions have a photographic memory in "Our Stuff," but his mediocre drawings did little to support that, so whether he truly does or not isn't entirely confirmed.
  • Plot Allergy:
    • Deadly allergic to nuts in "Panda's Date" and "Lucy's Brother" - he'll go into anaphylactic shock and die if not quickly treated.
    • Pollen in "Panda's Sneeze".
    • Cats in "Chicken And Waffles".
  • Security Blanket: His phone. He even refers to it as "his life and soul in rectangle form".
    • To a lesser extent Panda 2, from the episode of the same name. Panda 2 filled an empty hole in Panda's heart as a cub and the two were utterly inseparable until 2 "helped" him escape.
  • Serial Romeo: He desperately seeks a girlfriend and when he gets dumped, he is sad for a while but then moves on. This may double as Fridge Brilliance. Real pandas are endangered, meaning he doesn't have a lot of options and doesn't want to miss his chance.
  • Shrinking Violet: Quite timid and neurotic, especially around women he likes.
  • Stock Animal Diet: Subverted. As a panda you'd expect for him to eat bamboo, but the only time he ever eats it is in "Bear Cleanse" (and he doesn't seem to be a big fan of it, though he's wild for it in frozen yogurt form). As a cub, he did like it, but that was likely because it was the only food he was given while he was at a wildlife sanctuary.
  • Tender Tears: Panda is known to cry fairly easily. In Jean Jacket, he got teary eyed when slapped and broke down sobbing on two separate occasions in the same episode. He also has tears running down his face when he and his brothers nearly got arrested in Our Stuff.
  • Vegetarian Carnivore: A vegetarian because pandas have a herbivorous diet (their diets consist primarily of bamboo, despite their digestive system being very poorly suited to handle it) despite being carnivores and having a carnivorous digestive tract. This odd diet and how straight their tracts are has caused pandas in general to be more lethargic and avoid social interactions. Which may explain a lot about Panda's social anxiety, medical issues, and being the least energetic of all the cast.
    • In "Primal", Panda reverts to a carnivorous instinct due to starving in the wilderness.
    • Oddly enough, he seems to be able to eat bamboo yet doesn't like it much, going by his reactions in "Bear Cleanse". As a baby he did eat bamboo and enjoyed it quite a lot.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: He's afraid of mice, rats, and snakes.

    Ice Bear 
Voiced by: Demetri Martin, Duncan Joiner (as a child in "Yuri and the Bear")
Debuted in: "Pilot" (unofficial debut) / "Our Stuff" (official)
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(Ice Bear has a Self-Demonstrating page here.)

The youngest of the brothers (although ironically the tallest). He is an experienced chef who manages to keep his cool most of the time.


  • The Ace: He's awesomely skilled and has incredible talents, even though he has minimal use for them in the show's mundane setting.
  • Acrofatic: Despite being as roly poly as his brothers, he is remarkably agile.
  • Aloof Big Brother: Both inverted and downplayed. He's the youngest brother, but he can be distant and reserved at times.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: He is kind of distant and eccentric, so he may have Autism or something similar. His upbringing was also extremely stressful before he met Grizzly and Panda, which is likely another factor: not from the way he was raised as a badass, but from being traumatized by poachers constantly hunting him down and losing his Parental Substitute, he has every right to be messed up in the head.
  • An Odd Place to Sleep: His "bedroom" is the refrigerator.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Has an impressive array of basketball tricks... but no skill when it comes to shooting the ball.
  • An Axe to Grind: Has one he likes to use for cutting up food, among other activities.
  • Ax-Crazy: Only if he drinks coffee, as his brothers find out the hard way in "Coffee Cave". He even literally lives up to the "Ax" part of it when he attacks them with his axe.
  • Badass Adorable: Ice Bear is a cuddly polar bear who is great at all sorts of things.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Demetri Martin.
  • Battle Butler: Subverted. Doesn't live in a mansion but he usually does the housework, cooking, and cleaning for the bears and he's still by far the most badass of the three.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Don't mess with his customized Roomba.
    • Don't ruin his cooking.
    • Do not mess with his friends or especially his brothers.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He will turn from nice to ice if you provoke him.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: He is very quiet, but he has an axe, and is not afraid to use it when times are bad.
  • Big Brother Instinct:
    • Despite being the youngest of the group, Ice Bear acts as this for them, shown in "Nom Nom" where Ice Bear saves both bears along with Nom Nom after a failed attempt at making Nom Nom famous again nearly gets all three eaten by sharks.
    • He can also be this to Chloe, teaching her how to fight enemies and vowing to make people like her in "My Clique", protecting her from the albino alligator in "Chloe and Ice Bear", and putting himself between Chloe and an oncoming train in "Hurricane Hal".
  • Big Little Brother: The tallest and strongest of the three despite being the youngest. Justified, as he's a polar bear, which are larger than grizzly bears and giant pandas.
  • Bruiser with a Soft Center: Ice Bear is strong but he does engage in feminine activities, and he has a very soft side when it comes to his brothers and Chloe.
  • Call a Rabbit a "Smeerp": "Ice bear" is his name and also his term for polar bears in general.
  • The Comically Serious: Ice Bear is serious and deadpan most of the time.
  • Companion Cube: He treats his Roomba like a small, loyal pet and if you touch it, he'll break you.
  • Cool Big Bro: Inverted. He's big in size but not in age, although is undeniably the most capable of the three.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not everybody really understands his eccentric, non-conversant behavior. Most of the time, he likes to do his own thing and/or think about something else at random times.
  • Creepy Child: As a cub, he shows some disturbing behavior. In "The Road", he knows how to make a makeshift axe out of soda cans and he wears a Desert Skull on his head to keep the heat from hitting him. (The axe is justified in "Yuri and the Bear", when it is revealed his Tragic Keepsake was one.) And in "Pet Shop", he's very aggressive towards the other young animals, breaking their toys and fighting them.
  • Creepy Monotone: Not usually, but in "Coffee Cave" after getting hooked on coffee, he lets out a very creepy one.
  • Cunning Linguist: He's shown to be multilingual as he's spoken phrases in Russian, Japanese, Korean, and French. And Pigeon.
  • Cute Mute: In the cub flashback episodes, he makes no sounds, though is still as adorable as ever.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: "Yuri and the Bear" gives us a look at his pre-Grizzly and Panda life. It's heavily implied his mother was skinned by poachers while trying to protect him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ice Bear is always at hand to make a snappy one-liner, but he's deadpan all the time.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: In "Rooms" after an argument with his brothers leads to his secret bathroom flooding and the bears hastily making up because they were in danger of drowning, he flat-out states that he deserves to drown for not sharing said bathroom in the first place.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: He cleans up after his brothers, does chores for them, and makes them meals, but they tend to take him for granted, such as in "Losing Ice" and "Coffee Cave".
  • Face Death with Dignity:
    • As a cub, he seems to be fine accepting his death by closing his eyes and opening his arms to the incoming threat.
    • In "Rooms", he calmly states that he deserves to drown for not sharing his secret bathroom with his brothers.
  • Fat Comic Relief: In a comically serious sort of way.
  • Flat Joy: When he and Panda hallucinate a frozen yogurt machine out in the woods, they both jump up and down with joy, with Ice Bear stoically saying "Yes. Yes. Rejoice".
  • Full-Name Basis: Ice Bear always refers to himself by his full name.
  • Funny Background Event: While Grizzly and Panda are the two most likely to interact with each other at home, Ice Bear is usually off being odd in the background.
  • Genius Bruiser: Ice Bear is strong and powerful but also really smart and talented.
  • Gentle Giant: He's the tallest of the bears, and is warm-hearted.
  • Hey, You!: Nobody, not even his own brothers, refer to him by name.
  • Hidden Depths: A very talented bear, skilled at basketball tricks, cooking, ribbon dance and more.
  • Human Popsicle: Gets frozen in a block of ice in "Frozen Ice". He is also frozen in a bathtub full of water, with only his paws and head visible in "Ice Cave"
  • I Meant to Do That: When Ice Bear gets the basketball stuck next to the hoop:
    Ice Bear: Ice Bear meant to do that.
  • Incredibly Lame Fun: Ice Bear's idea of a good time mostly seems to involve standing around in cold places, given what he chose for the group when offered the Top Bear position. In "Chloe and Ice Bear" the primary conflict of the episode is Chloe struggling to find an activity Ice Bear would like during a day out together.
  • Insistent Terminology: In "The Gym", he objects to being called a polar bear, claiming he's an ice bear.
  • Knight Templar Big Brother: Inverted since he's the youngest. Holds a grudge against Nom Nom for his treatment of Grizzly, long after Grizz himself is over it, which turns out to be entirely justified.
  • Manly Tears: Shed these in "Captain Craboo" when Craboo has to leave, and again in "Yuri and the Bear" twice.
  • Mother Russia Makes You Strong: Is implied to be from Siberia, Russia and was taught his skills by a Husky Russkie named Yuri.
  • Must Have Caffeine: "Coffee Cave" reveals that if he drinks even a little bit of coffee, he'll be driven to an Ax-Crazy state.
  • Nice Guy: Although he's a bit antisocial and dislikes having to talk much to anyone, his heart is usually warm. He's not unfriendly, he just doesn't go out of his way to make friends like his brothers do.
  • No Mouth: Occasionally drawn without a mouth, as seen in Off-Model.
  • No Name Given: So far, no character except Ice Bear himself has actually referred to him as "Ice Bear." His brothers refer to him only as "(little) brother", and everyone else uses some variation of Hey, You!. Subverted in "Video Date", where a young woman named Celine actually said Ice Bear's name (though she was just questioning and repeating back what she heard).
    • In "Losing Ice", the Sushi chef calls Ice Bear "Kuma-kun".
    • In "Pet Shop" Grizzly calls him "Po", so this may be short for "Polar Bear", and suggesting that "Ice Bear" is a nickname.
    • In "Planet Bears", the narrator calls him "the polar bear".
    • Subverted again in "Cooking With Ice Bear", wherein the announcer says his name in Korean several times.
    • In "Icy Nights II", Yana calls him "Snezhnyy Mishka" ("Little White Bear").
    • In "Band of Outsiders", Yuri calls him "Malen'kiy", while the child gang dub him "Axeman".
  • Not So Stoic: Although Ice Bear may appear stoic and talk monotone, he still knows how to let loose and have fun as much as his brothers, even if he doesn't share the same excitement.
    • He gets frustrated and throws a mini-tantrum when the bears' food truck fails to attract customers. He also gets alarmed with the rest of his brothers after Grizz accidentally throws Panda's phone at a skunk.
    • In "Primal", along with Panda, he starts to lose it and becomes savagely feral out of hunger when Grizzly is trying to get them food.
    • In "Jean Jacket", when the bears have a streak of good luck, Ice Bear just can't stop smiling and laughing.
      • When the jean jacket summons up a huge pile of dance lesson coupons for him, he looks visibly flustered and possibly embarrassed (or just in awe that it happened), or as if he had briefly fallen back under its sway before shaking it off.
      • He, like Grizzly, looks horrified once he realizes that the jacket is tearing them apart after hurting Panda by accident.
    • In "Nom Nom" he grows visibly more and more disturbed as he finds out the details of Nom Nom's plan to get his fame back, especially the part of endangering his brothers' lives.
    • In "Occupy Bears" during a flashback of the bears trying to find a new home and visiting a run-down apartment, he was visibly terrified by something inside the fridge that was breathing.
    • In "Tote Life", he accidentally tears his tote bag and goes into a complete panic until he buys another one.
    • In "Captain Craboo", he was traumatized by the sight of Craboo and was about to kill him with his axe before his brothers stop him and flinches in fear when Craboo tries to pinch him again. After warming up to Craboo, he is the most emotional about having to send him away, shedding genuine tears for the first time.
    • In "Yuri and the Bear", he sheds a heartbroken Single Tear when Yuri lashes out at him for looking into his treasure chest involving mementos of his lost family and chases him out of the tent in a rage, and again when Yuri has to send him away into the ocean to keep him safe from the hunters after being cornered by them, never seeing him again.
    • In "Icy Nights" he goes into a silent Unstoppable Rage after his vacuum mobile gets destroyed.
    • In the end of "Coffee Cave", he is traumatized by his first experience drinking coffee and flinches in fear when he thinks his brothers are trying to make him drink it again.
    • In "Road Trip" he practically has a nervous breakdown from all the stress from the trip: the car had run out of gas and everyone was arguing with each other. What makes it even scarier is how quietly he has it - the look of fury on his face was the only external sign, along with a quietly spoken "Out".
    • In "Icy Nights II", he flusters over Yana flirting with him and calling him cute. In the end of the episode, he is completely overwhelmed with shock by the revelation that Yana turns out to be Yuri's long-lost daughter.
    • In "Teacher's Pet", he briefly gets Performance Anxiety from having to introduce himself to the class.
    • At the end of "Googs", he becomes traumatized along with his brothers by the horrifying events of Panda's Disney Death in the virtual reality simulation and silently glares at Ari Curd for putting them in this situation.
    • At the end of "Bubble", he stares in shock and awe at Charlie's shiny golden fur when he cleans him up.
    • In "Band of Outsiders", he shows how much he already misses Yuri and cries over the thought of never seeing him again. He also gives into temptation from hanging out with juvenile gangsters, who send him down to the path of darkness, only resisting when he realizes the baker whose store they're ransacking has a family.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: If he's actually showing emotions such as fear, anger, or sadness, you know things have turned serious.
  • Odd Friendship: The stoic and reserved Ice Bear and the cheerful and outgoing Chloe get along really well, and a couple of episodes have focused solely on their bond. Of the three bears, he spends the most time with her, almost seeming like a surrogate big brother to her.
  • Odd Name Out: The only one of his brothers who isn't named after his species.
  • Off-Model: He'll sometimes be seen without his mouth, like in "Emergency" and "Baby Bears on a Plane".
  • Only Sane Man: Shares this role with Panda, Depending on the Writer. Most notable in "Nom Nom", where he is the only one suspicious of the titular koala manipulating his brothers, holding a grudge against him for treating them like dirt, and it turns out he is right to be suspicious after investigating his motives.
  • The Quiet One: Ice Bear is a bear of few words...most of which are "Ice Bear." In the episode "Everyday Bears", he has no lines.
    • Gets no lines again in "The Road" and "Pet Shop". Both episodes are set far into the past, when the bears were still cubs. "The Island" confirms he wasn't taught how to talk yet after Grizzly complains about the fact.
  • Real Men Cook: Besides being a Supreme Chef, he seems to be the only one of the three who does the cooking.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Ice Bear can qualify, as he cooks a lot, is shown to knit and in "Jean Jacket", is shown to possibly be self conscious of the fact that he likes taking dance lessons. The intro also has him wearing a tiara, lipstick, and an "honorable mention" pageant sash while riding sidesaddle on a cow..
  • The Reliable One: Ice Bear cooks, cleans, runs errands, and generally looks out for his brothers.
  • Renaissance Man: Professional chef, ribbon dancer, bird talker, martial artist, the list goes on.
  • Replacement Goldfish: During his time living with Yuri, he becomes the substitute for the daughter Yuri had lost.
  • Silent Snarker: He expresses his snark by rolling his eyes or just using his eyes in general.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: To Nom Nom, who he distrusts and ends up getting trapped down a hole by him after uncovering his latest scheme in the episode "Nom Nom". In a bit of poetic justice, his haywire robot kidnaps him at the end of "Panda's Sneeze".
  • The Spock: Not very emotional, he speaks in a calmer, more reserved tone than Grizz or Panda, and when he does get very upset, he will usually maintain a Tranquil Fury.
  • The Stoic: Always speaks in a calm monotone, and hardly ever shows much emotion beyond neutral expressions. Even when he does display intense emotions (such as mortal fear or extreme anger), he still won't change his volume.
  • Stout Strength: He forms the bottom tier of the bear stack and has no trouble supporting their combined weights.
  • Suddenly Voiced: After spending most of the cub episodes making no sounds at all, he finally gets his own voice actor and makes some vocal effects (though he still doesn't say any words) in "Yuri and the Bear".
  • Supreme Chef: Ice Bear is shown to be an excellent chef and he seems to be the only one who usually does the cooking among the three.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Ice Bear has been shown to be very good at speaking Russian, Korean and Japanese, the latter shown in "Rooms" and "Losing Ice". The Russian part makes more sense when it was implied that he's from Siberia and learned the language from Yuri, as alluded to in the "Yuri and the Bear" episode.
  • Team Dad: Although the youngest, Ice Bear almost acts like a parental figure towards Grizzly and Panda in some ways (cooking, cleaning, doing chores, etc.), considering the fact that he is the only one that used to have a parental figure himself before meeting them.
  • Third-Person Person: Ice Bear speaks like this all the time. In fact, he starts almost all of his sentences with his name.
    • It's revealed later that he speaks like this because his first owner, an English-speaking Russian named Yuri, spoke the same way.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Ice Bear is pretty fond of eating fish and seafood in general. There's a bit of Fridge Brilliance to this... polar bears mostly go after fatty, blubber-rich prey such as seals, while fish tends to remain an inaccessible treat.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His axe, from when Yuri sent him away to save him from the poachers.
  • Tranquil Fury: If Ice Bear is ever angry about something, expect this.
  • Vocal Evolution: In the pilot episode, Ice Bear speaks slower and his voice has more of an emotional range.
  • The Voiceless: He's completely silent in the cub episodesnote , and in "Everyday Bears". Subverted in "Yuri and the Bear" (another cub episode, but this time without Panda nor Grizzly), when he sniffed, blew raspberries, gasped, panted and coughed.
  • Weapon of Choice: His axe, but it's usually used for mundane activities rather than fighting.
  • Weight Woe: Ice Bear is a bit sensitive about his figure. This is most prominent in "Fashion Bears", where he's pained to see a modelling agency touch up his pictures with photo manipulation software. Despite his insecurities, he refuses to undergo plastic surgery.
  • When He Smiles: Ice Bear looks adorable when he gives even a little smile. In "Jean Jacket", he is seen smiling and laughing with his brothers when the jacket brings them luck.
    • Averted in "Cupcake Job", where his wide mouthed grin creeps out the potential customers as The Un-Smile.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?:
    • He was frightened of crabs ever since the incident with Craboo in "Emergency". He gets over it in "Captain Craboo" after he and the titular crab bond.
    • Ice Bear really doesn't like dogs. He's often rude to the ones he encounters, and he seems way more rattled than usual when he encounters Chester and the Demon in "Paperboyz" and "The Demon".
  • Wrestler in All of Us: In "Pet Shop", he did some wrestling moves on some dogs and wanted his dream owner to be a Masked Luchador.
  • Younger Than They Look: He's the youngest of the brothers, but he's the tallest and most buff of them. He also has the deepest voice.

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