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This is a kid's show, right?

There are definitely some "puzzling" moments in this cartoon. Including some Parental Bonuses.

  • Sweet maple flapjacks, Franklin and Bear. Their close "friendship" and all the "best friends" talk really crosses the line of "Heterosexual" Life Partners. There are definitely a number of shippers in the production crew who could imagine them as a couple when they grow up.
    • Franklin has his moments, but Bear has many questionable moments. Why he only wants to hang out with Franklin all the time is anyone's guess. Franklin is with everyone but the only times Bear hangs out with anyone else is when it also involves Franklin. He follows Franklin everywhere and only stops talking to him when Franklin makes him really upset. But, being Bear, Franklin is always Easily Forgiven, no matter what. Almost like he can't live without him.
    • Whenever Bear doesn't hang out with Franklin, the show itself plays this off as "wrong" and Franklin gets upset and tries to fix things by getting Bear to hang out with him again. It's okay for Franklin to hang out with others but when Bear hangs out with others, excluding Franklin, it's against status quo. Examples would be "Franklin Says Sorry", "Franklin Goes to Day Camp", "Franklin and the Pinecone Pass", "Franklin and the Secret Club", "Franklins' Firefighter Flapjacks", etc.
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    • In "Franklin's Valentines", Franklin makes heartfelt valentines for all of his friends. Usually, boys don't give other boys "traditional" valentine cards (traditional as in, pink and red colored hearts with glitter and pastel colors), but Bear and Franklin take this Up to Eleven. We see Bear's card to Franklin that has the two of them sitting under a tree surrounded by hearts, no biggie. But then we see Franklin's card to Bear and it is full of hearts with Cupid's arrows (which implies Puppy Love!) and a drawing of Franklin and Bear making up two halves of a heart with wings. Take of that as you will. (Note: This isn't visible in the TV show, but you can see it in the book version.) They might just be kids, but this is really pushing it...
    • In the episode "Franklin and the Baby" where Bear’s baby sister Beatrice is born, the last scene is played out as if the baby was Franklin and Bear’s baby! Franklin sits down while Bear stands next to him and they both hold the baby while looking into each other’s eyes, making it look like Franklin is the mom and Bear is the dad! There is no way that this was unintentional.
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    • And from the same episode above, because Bear's parents were going to deliver the baby, Bear gets to sleep over at Franklin's house. A fairly innocent scene for kids with hidden meanings that can be caught by older viewers. They stay up late at night, playing quietly as to not wake Franklin's parents. Franklin and Bear are then seen to be "playing with themselves" (literally), but adults know the Double Entendre here. Then, Franklin and Bear are "playing under the covers", curiously hiding what they are doing under the sheets, complete with Bear yet again tickling Franklin. note  Looks more like the creators seriously just snuck in G-Rated Sex here!
    • The entirety of "Franklin Goes to Day Camp". See Homoerotic Subtext and Getting Crap Past the Radar on the Main page. Bear also like to routinely tickle Franklin, in a rather unusual position..., parents' eyebrows were indeed raised. Also, Franklin and Bear partner up. On the bus, there's this moment...wait, WHAT???
    • "Franklin Has A Sleepover" has Sam and Bunny riding on a train and gives us the "lovely" image seen above. This happens when the camera closes up on them and this happens more than once! And if you thought that the images and Gifs on the Main page were bad, guess what? IT GETS WORSE! (And way more obvious.) Are they trying to imply something by using Franklin and Bear's plush toys? (How exactly did this get past the radar again?)
    • In one of the video games, Bear stops Franklin to make him play "Red Light, Green Light". Franklin sneaks up while Bear is pushing himself against a log and then turns around. When Franklin succeeds, he smacks Bear in his butt. Bear made up a game just so he could get Franklin to touch his butt. Yeah, at this point they're not even trying to hide it anymore.
    • In "Franklin's New Hat", Franklin was blinded by his sister's hat during musical chairs and accidentally sat on Bear's lap.
    Bear: Uhh, Franklin, I am not a chair...
  • Franklin and Fox are good friends who are also competitive rivals but then there are times when they are very close friends and end up with Foe Yay.
  • Beaver and Goose are very close as well. Also, Fox and Rabbit have their moments.