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From the top: Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear.

"We'll be there!
A wink and a smile and a great old time!
Yeah, we'll be there!
Wherever we are, there's some fun to be found!
We'll be there when you turn that corner,
We'll jump out the bush, with a big bear hug and a smile!
We'll be there!"
"We'll Be There," the opening theme, performed by Estelle

We Bare Bears is a Cartoon Network original created by former Pixar story artist Daniel Chong (Cars 2, Inside Out), adapted from Chong's webcomic The Three Bare Bears.

It follows the adventures of three brothers, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, as they attempt to integrate themselves into the norms of human society in the San Francisco Bay Area. These brothers also happen to be a bunch of cave-dwelling, talking bears. They do a pretty terrible job of it.

The brothers have a unique mode of transport, which involves each bear stacked on top of one another like Jenga bricks, and thus the invoked meme '#bearstack' went viral.

The premiere aired on July 27, 2015.

You can visit Daniel Chong's official tumblr blog and Facebook page.

The production crew's official tumblr blog, "We Draw Bears," has various facts and trivia about the show. The Facebook page is full of humor. And here is a list of each of the staff's individual blogs.

Various promos and previews can be seen in this video. Watch the Comic-Con preview.

On August 12, 2015, Cartoon Network renewed the series for a second season.

On August 19, 2015, a We Bare Bears mobile game titled "Free Fur All" was released and is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Has a Best Episode Crowner.


We Bare Bears contains examples of:

  • Abandoned Pet in a Box: When the bears are still cubs, they try to find a family by sitting in a cardboard box with "Free Bears" written on it.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The webcomic had no concrete story or established setting, but the show puts the bears in San Francisco and the show revolves around their efforts to fit into society.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the webcomic, the bears were jerks.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In Latin America, the bears are named Pardo (brownnote ), Panda, and Polar.
  • All There in the Manual: The staff's official tumblr blog, "We Draw Bears", has various facts and trivia about the show which haven't been revealed in the show.
  • Alternate Identity Amnesia: In "I Am Ice Bear", after he gets hit on the head with a mallet, Ice Bear acts and speaks differently from his laconic, stoic self, starting out a bit more awkward than Grizz as a fast-talking, trendy alternate version of himself known as "Ice-B", whose social skills and love life surpass Panda's, only to turn into an insufferable social media jerk who doesn't recognize Grizz and Panda as brothers, with a falling bearstack-carved tree (which Ice-B ironically started chopping at) bringing Ice Bear back to his normal self.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Aside from the three titular characters, "Food Truck" shows the animals at the park going through town robbing people, vending machines and ATMs to get money to pay for the Bears' calzone. Heck, the fact that they even pay for the snack qualifies (probably they got the idea after the raccoon mother mentioned it, since she only got her calzone after paying for it).
    • There's also the pigeons who run a crime ring in "Our Stuff" and the fox mother in "Bear Squad" who steals from people to furnish the den she made for her cubs.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Our Stuff", the bears get confronted by the police, and the crowd chimes in on what they did. One man says they've been running around ruining the city. A hippie vendor remarks that they destroyed his shirt kiosk. A waitress then says that they came to her restaurant and only ordered ice water.
  • Artistic License Biology:
    • "Bear Cleanse" oversimplifies for the sake of this. While grizzly bears do eat a lot of berries and fish, they actually spend a good deal of their time sucking up whatever food they can find, from grasses to scavenged meat to moths.
    • Nom Nom has bear-like paws instead of the two-thumbed hands koalas possess.
    • Rabbits are portrayed with paw pads and button noses, neither of which rabbits have in real life. Squirrels and chipmunks also don't have button noses either.
    • Chipmunks are shown with deer-like tails, instead of more squirrel-like tails.
    • The alligator from "Chloe and Ice Bear" has its teeth hidden inside its mouth, when at least the upper teeth should be sticking out.
    • Honeybees are portrayed nesting in hives resembling hornet nests.
    • "Poppy Rangers" has a cave salamander that looks more like an axolotl, which is completely aquatic and only found in lake remnants near Mexico City. Tabes also claims cave salamanders are endangered, when they aren't in real life (although the axolotl is).
  • Backup Bluff: In "El Oso", Charlie dresses up a bunch of cacti as sheriff's deputies to scare Blue-Eye Ramon out of El Oso's hideout. His partners run away, but it takes a little more creative convincing on Charlie's part to scare off Blue-Eye Ramon.
  • Badass Adorable: Ice Bear is a cute, quirky bear, until you see him handling an axe.
  • Beary Friendly: They really do mean well and try their best to get along with humans.
    • Played with in Ice Bear's case. He doesn't mean harm, but he is antisocial most of the time.
  • Beary Funny: And they are all hilarious in their own ways.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not ever mess with Ice Bear's customized Roomba.
    • Panda doesn't like it if somebody touches his phone.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Chloe and her parents speak in Korean. Ice Bear appears to be fluent in a wide variety of languages, including Russian.
  • Big Little Brother: Ice Bear is the tallest of the brothers but the youngest. Then again, they're all adopted.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In general, the baby bears episodes are more melancholy that other episodes with whatever Hope Spot they experience eventually being undone, and always culminating in this.
    • Downer Ending: The saddest of the baby bears episodes is the infamous "Yuri and the Bear", since it ends with Baby Ice Bear and Yuri tragically separated from each other and end up all alone just as they become family after losing their respective ones.
  • Black Bead Eyes: The Bears have these, but they are sometimes drawn with normal eyes when surprised. Nom Nom has these when he doesn't speak or when he acts cute.
  • Black and White Morality: While the protagonists are fairly nuanced, nearly every character in the series can be confidently lumped into either "outcast on the bears' side" and "ridiculously evil fratboy bully".
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • The bears watch videos on Everyone's Tube.
    • Panda uses GooGs to search stuff.
    • During the Episode Ranger Tabes the bears order a package off of Glamazon.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In "Chicken and Waffles", Panda loses his contact lenses and must rely on Charlie to guide him to the restaurant to meet Grizzly and Ice Bear. It doesn't go very smoothly.
  • Bollywood Nerd: Saanvi Patel, Chloe's archrival in "The Money", who eventually decides to work with Chloe.
  • Butt-Monkey: Panda doesn't have the best of luck when it comes to getting dates; he gets demoted to a Third Wheel in "Panda's Date", while Grizzly and Ice Bear are enjoying their dates with Lucy the produce girl.
    • In "Video Date", as soon as Grizz and Ice Bear disguise themselves as pandas, they get so caught up in the video chat with Celine that Panda gets demoted to a Third Wheel once again.
    • In "Everyday Bears", Panda loses a great number of social media friends when a mouse (not the computer kind) crawls along his keyboard, typing a garbled message that gets autocorrected to "I hate babies"; he loses more friends when an embarrassing photo of him gets posted.
  • Caffeine Bullet Time: In "The Library", Grizzly tries to help Chloe stay awake so she can study for a big biochemistry exam by feeding her a bunch of candy from the vending machine. When Chloe goes hyperactive and starts running around the library at high speed, the Bears stuff themselves with candy until they can keep up with Chloe and get her back on track. While Chloe and the Bears are on their sugar rush, everything around them seems to be going in slow motion.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Panda casually mentions he is allergic to nuts to Ice Bear when he's making food at the start of "Viral Video". His nut allergies set up the plot of "Panda's Date."
    • After watching the pregnant mothers' workout DVD in "Yard Sale", Ice Bear's newly-learned maternal instinct skills help Annie as she goes into labor.
    • After getting into trouble from going on a punching spree around town, Grizz's giant oversized novelty fist gloves help him summon a taxi to take Annie & Paul to the hospital.
  • City with No Name: While it's clear that San Francisco is just across the water, where in the East Bay the bears live hasn't been stated.
  • Civilized Animal: The bears live in a fully-furbished cave, own cell phones and a computer, and eat home-cooked meals. Other animals seem to show traits of this, such as the pigeons who run a stolen merchandise ring in "Our Stuff" and the animals in "Food Truck" who know how to use money.
  • Comic Trio: The bear trio.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: In "Occupy Bears", the bears' home is being demolished in order to put up a cell phone tower, and they have to find proof that they have been living there for over five years to stop the construction.
  • Continuity Nod: In "Chloe and Ice Bear," Ice Bear is visibly uncomfortable when Chloe shows him a Decorator Crab at the museum. This is because he was attacked by a crab in "Emergency."
  • Cousin Oliver: Cousin Lorenzo, during Baby Grizzly's "Family Troubles" Canadian sitcom years. The showdown between Baby Grizz and Lorenzo becomes a Jumping the Shark moment for "Family Troubles" when the show is cancelled shortly after Grizz decides to search for his own family.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: Downplayed in "Bear Squad", when the bears find out that a fox has been stealing stuff, so they track it to its lair in an abandoned building, where they discover that the mother fox has been taking stuff to provide a sheltered living environment for her kits.
  • Dark Horse Victory: In "The Money Man", Chloe is entering her device that can turn thoughts into visual images in a science fair against Saanvi Patel, who has an Amaze Navi, a device that can find lost objects and help solve mazes. Chloe and Saanvi reluctantly decide to team up and combine their inventions, only for absent-minded Prof. Bean to award the scholarship to a jock who drew a face on a basketball with a magic marker, and Prof. Bean calls it "a basketball with a personality". Just as Chloe and Saanvi are contemplating what to do next, the government takes their high-tech invention away.
  • A Day in the Limelight: Several episodes focusing on Ice Bear, notably "Chloe and Ice Bear", "Yuri and the Bear", "Icy Nights" and "Icy Nights II".
    • A flashback to young Panda's childhood in "Panda 2", before he met Grizz and Ice Bear.
    • Grizzly in "Grizz Helps".
    • Nom Nom has a solo moment in "Kyle", with an impostor claiming to be his long-lost brother, with no Grizzly, Panda, or Ice Bear.
    • Charlie in "El Oso", where it is revealed that he was around back in 1913 and referred to as El Chupacabra by Mexicans.
  • Disguised in Drag: In "Charlie", the title character disguises himself as Panda's girlfriend in order to avoid the paparazzi.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The unaired pilot episode featured slightly rougher animation. The bears were taller and slimmer, had larger eyes, larger and lightly colored noses, Grizzly's fur was lighter, and the colors were much less saturated.
    • The original comics feature swearing and are slightly more surreal. Ice Bear is also more talkative and quirky, and the trio is generally a lot less nicer, having among other things attacked a talking cactus with knives and rejected potential adoptees.
  • Expy:
    • Ice Bear is a stoic, eccentric polar bear who is a Supreme Chef. All he needs to do now is make puns at the drop of a hat. Lampshaded in "Coffee Cave", where "Polar Bear Cafe" was a name considered for Ice's coffeehouse.
    • Chloe is a little girl who sneaks into the home of three bears in the middle of the forest, eats their porridge, breaks their furniture, sound familiar? Only Chloe is made a Korean girl and the bears are three different species instead. Also, try saying the name "Chloe Park" and then "Goldilocks" out loud and notice how similar they sound.
  • Female Gaze: Whether or not it's intended to be played for laughs but there's quite a number of shots that focus on Panda's butt.
  • Fictional Social Network: Several examples, most of them introduced by Internet addict Panda. The most prominent are "Yo Date!", a Tinder expy on which Panda struggles to find any match, and "Everyone's Tube", where the bears want to become famous like Nom Nom the cute Koala.
  • Fingerless Hands: Their paws are stubby and although they have fingers, they stand on their stubs instead of flat on their paws. Look at how Panda is holding that phone.
  • Food Porn: Any time food is shown, it's usually in close-up and drawn with more detail. "Food Truck," obviously, features a lot of this. Trust us, you will want a calzone after watching that episode!
  • Forced Meme: "Viral Videos" has Meme Con, a convention that gives people a chance to become internet famous by invoking this trope and being approved by internet celebrities.
  • Foreshadowing: The opening sequence is essentially a collage showing off something that becomes relevant in every episode of the series.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    Grizzly: Sanguine
    Panda: Phlegmatic
    Ice Bear: Melancholic
    Nom Nom: Choleric
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In "Bro Brawl", Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear's opponents are their human counterparts: Griff, Tom, and Isaac, with a luxury apartment as the big prize. While in the restroom, Tom tells Panda that if his team loses the match, Tom would have to move out and they wouldn't be able to afford to live together. Near the end of the game where the two teams participate in a Nickelodeon Double Dare-style bonus round, Panda pretends to get trapped by a sock, allowing Tom and his brothers to win the luxury apartment. Grizzly and Ice Bear are good sports about it, since they still have their cave and can relate to their opponents, their brotherly bond won't be broken up.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Played With. The bears live in a renovated cave they paid nothing for, at least some of their furniture is hand-made, they either walk or use public transportation, and apparently panhandle for a living. That said, this doesn't stop them from getting an internet connection, cell phones, laptops, television, a fridge, and they still have plenty of free time to do whatever the plot requires.
  • Funny Background Event: In some episodes, Ice Bear is seen doing strange things in the background.
  • Furry Reminder: Often Played for Laughs, but occasionally Played for Drama. Examples of this include "Burrito" (trapped at the top of the tree as a cub, Grizz utters shrill, painfully realistic baby bear cries) and "Primal" (Ice Bear and Panda revert to dangerously feral states).
  • Gender-Blender Name: Courtney, the animal-trapping hunter (a man) in "Rescue Ranger".
    • Wallace (a girl), one of the Poppy Rangers.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Surprisingly very little, for a CN show.
    • In "Chloe", when the bears are stacked and waiting at a metro, a man looking at his phone accidentally walks into Panda and his face bumps Panda's...um...and Panda is seen visibly embarrassed and blushing.
    • In "Food Truck," after earning a lot of money from the wildlife animals buying their calzones, Grizz decides to "make it rain" money on a dancing Panda (context: "making it rain" is something often done to strippers at strip clubs). The background song to that scene is "Calzone in my Mouth".
    • In "Nom Nom", Nom Nom excessively drinking "Eucalyptus Juice" is an obvious metaphor for alcoholism.
    • The frequent use of the word "dingle" can easily be replaced with a similar sounding insult.
    • In "The Library", Ice Bear apparently checked out a book on photography of the Arctic. When asked why it was overdue, he sheepishly claims "Ice Bear lost that." Given the way he hesitates, there may have been another reason it was late.
    • In "Planet Bears", a literal example occurs when Grizzly needs to answer nature's call (using the store's restroom), he tries to open the code-locked door using a forklift and Hilarity Ensues when he takes it on an impromptu joy ride and it ends up backing into a shelf.
    Guard: You are in big trouble, mister! Guess you won't have time to go to the bathroom!
    Grizzly: (shameful) It's okay, I don't think I need to go anymore.
    Narrator: Humans and animals alike both have a parasympathetic nervous system...
    Narrator: ...relaxing tense muscles in preparation for action. Shame: a feeling shared by all species.
    • Grizzly filmed a steamy shower scene complete with porn music for his movie in "Crowbar Jones", he also has a dakimakura of an anime girl.
  • Historical In-Joke: In "$100", the young bears find a briefcase that says "Property of D.B. Cooper" on the outside. D.B. Cooper was a man who hijacked an airplane and mysteriously disappeared with $20,000 in ransom money in 1971.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Charlie. He doesn't like humans for constantly harassing him, but he doesn't comprehend that he's always doing the same thing with the bears.
    • In "Bear Cleanse", Panda encourages Grizzly to follow his example and fully commit to the all-natural system cleansing diet while basking in all the social media attention he's getting. Panda is later caught cheating on his diet and eating chocolate cake when his diet clearly called for him to eat nothing but bamboo. An outraged Grizzly calls him out on this, and he eventually loses his social followers when the post of him eating cake goes public.
    • In "Primal", Grizzly forces his brothers not to eat human food, but he is ironically the first to go against this.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • The series' main plot. The bears just want people to hang out and have fun with, but clearly don't know how to be social. Grizzly is easily the most enthusiastic about it.
    • This is also a main motivation for Charlie. But since he's constantly having to move around due to Bigfoot enthusiasts pursuing him, he really doesn't seem to know proper social interaction.
  • Improbable Food Budget: None of the bears are shown to have any source of income but they somehow are able to buy food and other stuffs.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Estelle appears as herself to sing the full version of the show's theme song in "More Everyone's Tube". The bears, Charlie, Chloe, Ranger Tabes, Nom Nom, and Lucy act as backup singers.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: One of the main antagonists is Nom Nom, a koala who appears on cute videos but is actually a spoiled jerk. Most of the stories he's been in involve him becoming jealous of the bears when videos of their antics go viral, which he sees as a challenge to his celebrity.
  • Interspecies Adoption: May be the case with the bears, given that they're different species.
  • Interspecies Romance: The bears are interested in human women, human women are occasionally interested in them, and nobody thinks anything of it.
  • Iyashikei: Could be considered a legitimate example in Western Animation. Nothing truly bad ever happens, just beautiful and soothing visuals, and deeply lovable characters.
  • Lighter and Softer: The webcomic this series is based on is not so family friendly, with mild swearing, violence, alcohol use, and falls into the Dada Comics category.
  • Line-of-Sight Name: In "El Oso", when Charlie emerges from hiding in the closet, Blue Eye Ramon asks for his name, and Charlie, thinking back to the desert, nervously comes up with "The name's, uh... Cactus... uh, Amigo?"
    • Later on, when "Cactus Amigo" says his bounty went up to 1,000 pesos, Blue Eye Ramon asks how his bounty went up:
    Cactus Amigo: I killed, uh... Sheriff, uh... Table, uh, Floor. Yep, I killed Sheriff Tablefloor.
    Blue Eye Ramon [laughs]: You killed Sheriff Tablefloor? That's funny, because I killed Sheriff Tablefloor.
    Cactus Amigo: Oh, did I say Tablefloor? I meant Sheriff Tablefloor? No, I meant Sheriff Table... Door.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Anthropomorphic bears and humans.
  • Meaningful Name: El Oso, Charlie's outlaw friend from the "El Oso" episode, is Spanish for "the Bear", with the episode set in 1913, over 100 years before Charlie met and befriended the bears.
  • Mexican Standoff: In "Lazer Royale", after young Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear have eliminated the other contestants in a game of laser tag, they think they're the only ones left when they are reminded by the hostess that there can only be one winner.
  • Misplaced Wildlife:
    • The bears themselves should not realistically be living in an arboreal cave in coastal California.
      • While Grizzly is technically in the right habitat, the California grizzly bear species (Ursus arctos californicus) is extinct in California, with what was believed to be the last known California grizzly spotted in Sequoia National Park in 1924.
      • Ice Bear, since the polar bears' natural habitat is the Arctic Circle, which includes Greenland, Norway, Russia, Alaska, and northern Canada.
      • The panda's natural habitat is in central Chinese provinces such as Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu.
    • Nom Nom (like his species) should be living in Australia.
    • The series has wolves living in the San Francisco Area, despite the fact wolf populations in the United States are now confined to the more northern regions (aside from a few reintroduced ones in Arizona and New Mexico). Coyotes would have been a more appropriate choice.
    • A cryptozoological example occurs with Ralph, who is a yeti (an Asian cryptid) living in North America.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In "Chloe and Ice Bear" while sneaking into a museum the pair disguise themselves as an animal exhibit, with Chloe in Ice Bear's mouth.
  • Noodle Incident: The store clerk girl had one in "Planet Bears":
    Panda: Hey, I'm really sorry for knocking over the cereal pyramid, I didn't mean to.
    Store Clerk Girl: Oh, don't worry about it. Hey, listen, I'm the queen of knocking stuff over. You should have seen the mess I made with the soda pop tower.
  • Older Than They Look:
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's implied Ice Bear may not be Ice Bear's real name, seeing as how nobody but himself ever refers to him like that. Grizz called Ice Bear "Po" once, possibly short for "Polar Bear".
    • Panda, who is referred to as "Pan Pan", may be a subversion. "Pan Pan" means "hope" or "expectation" in Chinese, and was the name of a giant panda who lived from 1985 to 2016, believed to have fathered about 130 or more descendants, until his death at age 31 in December 2016.
    • Ranger Tabes calls Panda "Stripes".
  • Orphaned Punchline: In "Coffee Cave," we catch the very end of a joke Grizz is telling to the cafe-goers: "And then I realized, I was wearing his shoes!"
  • Origins Episode: "Yuri and the Bear" explains where Ice Bear originally came from, and his obsession with axes and cooking. It doesn't explain how he met up with Grizzly and Panda though.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Gee, I wonder who?
  • Parental Abandonment: They seem to have been abandoned in a cardboard box together when they were cubs. The Baby Bears Origins Episodes imply they were orphaned separately.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Parodied in "The Kitty", where Grizzly throws a ball of yarn like a grenade in the hopes of distracting some cougars that broke into the Bears' cave, and bites a bit off the end before throwing it.
  • The Promposal: In "Log Ride", a boy does this during the titular ride, holding a sign that reads "PROM?" while his picture is being taken.
  • Potty Emergency: Panda has one in the short "Potty Time".
    • Grizzly has one in "Planet Bears" when he needs to use the restroom but can't get the door open.
  • Potty Failure: In "Potty Time", just when Panda finds a bathroom, the woman they met before hugs him, which results in Panda wetting himself on her.
    • In "Planet Bears", when the store guard catches up to Grizzly, he mentions that he doesn't need to go anymore...
  • Pun-Based Title: In Latin America, the show is named Escandalosos, which literally means "scandalous males". It's also a pun because it combines the words "escandalo" (scandal) and "osos" (bears).
  • Reality Ensues:
    • During the basketball game in "Our Stuff", Ice Bear distracts the opposing player with fancy dribbling skills ala The Harlem Globetrotters; the opposing player simply steals the ball away.
    • In "Food Truck", Ice Bear builds a food truck so the bears can sell his calzones but by the end of the episode the park ranger gives the bears a ticket for selling food without a permit and driving an unregistered truck (not to mention feeding the other animals at the park).
    • In "Burrito", after spending several days with it without eating it, Grizzly's burrito eventually goes bad and smells.
    • "Primal" is kicked off by Grizzly taking Panda and Ice Bear into the woods, deliberately getting themselves lost to "be one with nature". This results in the bears getting attacked by ants, and Panda and Ice Bear nearly starving because Grizz can't pull up any fish in a polluted lake.
    • "Nom Nom" shows the drawbacks of being The Quiet One. After falling into a Pit Trap dug by Nom Nom, Ice Bear fails to get someone's attention because he used his calm voice to call for help rather than yelling.
    • In "Chloe" the teacher scolds Chloe about the bears' awful presentation and it nearly drives her to tears. Chloe may be smart enough to get into college, but she's still just a little girl.
    • In "Panda's Daydream", Panda is waiting in line at the video game store when the guy in front of him lets his friend cut in line in front of Panda. After several Imagine Spots of confronting the line cutter, Panda ultimately does nothing.
    • When the bears visit the doctor in "Bear Cleanse", their physical exam had shown their health is in poor condition as result of eating only human foods throughout the series. The doctor has to put them on a diet of what their species naturally eat in order to improve their health.
    • Also from "Bear Cleanse", Ice Bear has the most difficult time trying to follow his diet, because seal meat is hard to come by, so he steals a live seal from the zoo. After he spends about half of the episode preparing to eat it, he ends up growing attached to the seal (he never even tries to kill the poor thingnote ), but by then the seal is dying of dehydration and Ice Bear is forced to return it to the sea.
    • In "The Perfect Tree", Grizzly simply throws the Christmas lights onto the Parks' house expecting them to somehow elaborately decorate the whole house like in cartoons. The lights just end up hanging on the roof of the front door.
    • In "Bro Brawl", during the cooking competition, the judge says that Ice Bear and Issac's dishes are both amazing and was about to declare a tie until he found a strand of Ice Bear's fur in the food, so he declares Issac's dish the winner. Considering that Ice Bear is entirely covered in fur and he doesn't wear anything to prevent his fur from falling into the food, this was bound to happen sooner or later and it's quite surprising that no one noticed this until now.
    • At the end of "Anger Management", Nom Nom terminates Grizzly's role as his personal anger management partner, saying that he's rich and famous and will figure something out himself. Come "Vacation", he's so stressed out by his lifestyle, it's literally killing him. Apparently, just because his emotions are tamed doesn't mean he'll stay mentally healthy. He still has other issues to deal with and still needs support and therapy more than he thinks.
    • "Googs" has the bears winning a competition and a tour of the titular company, where they are shown a presentation on virtual reality headsets upon entering. After seemingly taking off the headsets, they go through a series of events that leads to Panda's death being shot into the sun inside a rocket ship, much to his brothers' horror. Then it's revealed they didn't actually take the virtual reality headsets off, revealing that it was just another simulation that the company's owner claims it's for "research" and innocently asks if it was entertaining for them. Instead of being relieved, the bears are not amused by this at all, having found the experience to be traumatic and sincerely thought everything was real, deciding not to continue with the real tour.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Charlie in "El Oso", who is at least 100 years old (if not older), when he meets an outlaw named "El Oso", over a century before encountering the bears.
  • Recycled Script: The "Bear Factz" short video segment of "More Everyone's Tube" is more or less a revamped version of Chloe's debut episode where she first scientifically observes the Bears' habits, with the bear biologist in a lab coat playing the role of scientific researcher.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Grizzly is red and Ice Bear is blue.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • The three bears. Even more so when they are cubs.
    • Nom Nom as well, at least when he's not being a stuck-up Jerk Ass.
  • Rip Van Tinkle: Ice Bear at the end of "Frozen Ice", after the ice cube he was stuck in melts.
  • The Rival: In the opening, Nom Nom the koala throws a plastic bottle at Panda to make him drop his drink. In "Viral Video" he invites Grizzly to his limo, only to have him thrown out when it suits him.
  • Running Gag:
    • Things concerning Panda's rear end are becoming a trend.
    • Nobody saying Ice Bear's name, except for Ice Bear. Subverted in "Video Date" when Celine said his name when asking who Ice Bear is when he accidentally said his name while posing as Panda.
    • Generally putting clothing on them results in them enjoying their new life before said life becomes too much for them to bear.
  • Sadist Teacher: Professor Lampwick, who initially gives Chloe a failing grade, then he puts the pressure on her after his kidnapping when he only gives her five minutes to find the equivalent point of sodium hydroxide; Chloe succeeds in passing the make-up test and afterwards, Lampwick doesn't press charges, but commends her for being the first student to get it right in a limited amount of time.
  • Secret Test of Character: In "Professor Lampwick",the titular Professor employs one when he gives Chloe five minutes to find the equivalence point of sodium hydroxide:
    Professor Lampwick (gives a slow clap with his untied hands): Bravo, Ms. Park! A tad unorthodox, to be sure, but very well done.
    Chloe: (shocked) You- you untied yourself?
    Professor Lampwick: Oh yes, I've been untied for some time now. I wanted to see you perform under pressure, and I must say that you delivered. I'll count this as an extra credit; that should make up for the lab.
    Chloe: What? Hang on, you're not going to press charges?
    Professor Lampwick: My dear Ms. Park, do you really think you're the first student to kidnap me over a grade? Heh. You are, however, the first to get it right. Auf Wiedersehen!
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • "Viral Video" has Balancing Lizard, a bearded dragon.
    • In "Food Truck", great egrets and ground doves can be briefly seen during the panoramic shot of the animals going on a rampage.
    • In "Primal", a two-toed sloth makes a brief appearance on the related videos list.
    • "Chloe and Ice Bear" showed moon jellyfish and a decorator crab.
    • "Hibernation" has books referring to goannas, greylag geese, griffon vultures, and harbor seals.
    • The seal from "Bear Cleanse" appears to be either a grey seal or a harbor seal, judging by its coat color and spots.
    • "Yuri and the Bear" has a bridled tern.
    • "Poppy Rangers" has a rose-wing grasshopper and a cave salamander.
    • California quails make an appearance in "Citizen Tabes". Tabes's Wildlife Checklist also lists marmot, chuckwalla (misspelled as "chuckwall"), bufflehead, Sprague's pipit, and differential grasshopper.
    • "Lil' Squid" featured spotted eagle rays, copperband butterflyfish, clownfish, and blue tang.
    • A shovel-snouted lizard appears in "El Oso".
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Panda is the former, while Ice Bear and Grizzly are the latter.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Being made by a former Pixar artist, the show is very accurate with the geography of the Bay Area.
    • Every now and then, real-life facts about bears are thrown in.
      • For starters, Grizzly is able to adjust in the woods since it's the natural habitat of a grizzly bear, Ice Bear is the tallest due to the fact polar bears are the largest members of the bear family, and Panda is a vegetarian because giant pandas are the most herbivorous of bears.
      • In "Chloe", during the bears' Q&A session with Chloe's class, Grizz holds up panda's paw to display his sesamoid while Ice Bear shows off his claws and foot pads. The panda's "thumb", which may have evolved for life in the trees and now helps them eat bamboo, is one of the things that sets it apart from other bears. And polar bear paws are perfectly adapted to a life on the ice and snow.
      • In "Burrito", both Panda and Ice Bear are shown to be disgusted by the smell Grizzly's titular Companion Cube is giving off, but Ice Bear has a more animated and extreme reaction. This is because Polar Bears have the best sense of smell of any bear, capable of smelling seals through three feet of ice, and females receptive to breeding from over a hundred miles away. It's only natural that he would have the more sensitive nose, and he is later seen with wads of tissues shoved into his nostrils to block the scent.
      • In "Hibernation", while stating facts from a book on pandas, Panda refers to pandas as carnivores. Despite pandas having a mostly herbivorous diet, their digestive system is actually better suited for eating meat which would classify them as true carnivores. In that same episode, Panda also mentions a real-life fact about pandas having a lining in their throats as protection from bamboo splinters. Ice Bear also lists off several polar bear facts, among them the notable one that only female polar bears den up for the winter.
      • In "The Audition", Ice Bear mentions that pandas are raccoons, which Panda denies stating "a bunch of scientists confirmed pandas are bears". At first, scientists debated whether pandas are bears or raccoons since they share characteristics with both animals, before molecular studies confirmed pandas are indeed bears.
      • In "The Perfect Tree", it would be natural for Ice Bear to dive into a frozen pond (to rescue a turkey) and come out unaffected by the freezing cold water, as polar bears have dense fur and thick layers of blubber which protects them from the extremely frigid temperatures of not only the Arctic but also its waters.
      • "More Everyone's Tube" show accurate scientific names for Grizzly (Ursus arctos), Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), and Ice Bear (Ursus maritimus).
    • The science museum from "Chloe and Ice Bear" is greatly based on the real-life California Academy of Sciences located in San Francisco, such as including a Tyrannosaurus skeleton at the lobby, an aquarium, a rainforest exhibit, a planetarium, and the albino alligator as a star attraction. The major difference is that the animal diorama hall has a tiger display when the real-life exhibition features only African animals.
    • Also from "Chloe and Ice Bear", the alligator eats the jelly sandwich Chloe used to lure it out. Real-life crocodilians are known to eat fruit.
    • In "Yard Sale", Grizzly goes through the entire episode with giant foam fists stuck on his hands. He wasn't able to get them off. At the end of the episode, the bears end up helping a woman deliver a baby, and when Grizzly approaches the baby and says hello, it effortlessly takes the giant fists off him. Although this example is Played for Laughs, newborn babies actually have enough grip strength to fully support themselves by one hand. It baffles scientists why they have such strength and why they lose it after a few months.
    • In "Nom Nom's Entourage", Nom Nom mentions he refuses to eat leaves on a plate and instead requires them still on a branch. While this may seem like him being spoiled as usual, this is real-life behavior of koalas because they cannot adapt to changes in routine due to their small brains, and thus they don't know what to do with eucalyptus leaves when they're presented on a plate because they normally eat them while they're still on the tree.
    • In general, Nom Nom's Hair-Trigger Temper and bad attitude in spite of his role as a cute internet star stem from the fact koalas are aggressive and territorial despite their cuddly appearances.
    • Unlike their domesticated relatives, wild turkeys are capable of flight and quite good at it too, as demonstrated by the ones from "The Perfect Tree" when they retrieve Chloe's selected Christmas tree after it fell into a ravine.
    • In "I Am Ice Bear", Grizzly and Panda consult an internet video on head injuries to solve the problem of Ice Bear's amnesia, only to find that it ends with the "specially trained physician" shrugging and saying he doesn't know what the cure is. While real life medical science has confirmed that blows to the head can cause memory loss, it has absolutely no clue how to fix this (albeit to insist that a second blow isn't the answer.)
  • Sitcom Character Archetypes: All three fit though Grizzly is a slightly more nuanced take in that while he's a goofball wisecracking character, he avoids the more modern take of being a jerk.
  • Slice of Life: The show generally revolves around the bears trying to adapt to human society, wandering the city, and taking part in human activities. Most episodes are heavily focused on common aspects of modern human society, such as environmentalism, online dating, and Internet culture. About the closest thing the show has ever come to touching upon supernatural or fantasy forces is in the episode "Jean Jacket", where a leather jacket seems to bring the bears good luck but also keeps mysteriously returning to them after vain attempts to get rid of it.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Ed, Edd n Eddy and The Hair Bear Bunch.
  • Stealth Pun: In "Charlie Ball", you have three NBA teams represented: the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Portland Trail Blazers. And then you have Grizzly, who, even though he's not wearing an NBA uniform, might be seen as a hidden reference to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • Panda's artistic skills. While he's honestly not that much of a Terrible Artist, he still has a blatant habit of reusing identical facial features and expressions, best exemplified in "Our Stuff" where he's tasked with creating mugshots of dozens of different people and they all look neither different nor accurate.
    • The video the bears substitute for Chloe's presentation is made of this.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Japanese, Russian and Korean dialogue occurs occasionally, both from native and non-native speakers.
  • Talking Animal: The three bears, Charlie and Ralph the cryptids, and Nom Nom the koala. The spiders from the pilot and the titular hamster from the short "Nom Nom vs Hamster" are revealed to be able to speak as well, meaning there could be more talking animals.
  • Television Geography: In "Bear Squad", the Bears' address is revealed to be Bear Cave, Forest, Bay Area 91502. In real life, 91502 is one of the ZIP codes for Burbank, CA, which is about 375 miles or so southeast of San Francisco Bay.
  • Third-Person Person:
    • Ice Bear talks about Ice Bear in this manner.
    • Yuri, who passed most of Ice Bear's personality traits onto him, speaks in this way also.
  • Throwing The Match: Double Subverted in "Panda's Sneeze". In a "cute-off" competition to determine whether Panda or Nom Nom is the more popular Internet viral star, Panda approaches Nom Nom, who offers the reluctant Panda a chance for the attention to go away if he agrees to lose.
    Nom Nom: I'm gonna cut to the chase with you, Panda: We want different things. I want to be number one again; you want out of the cute game, and back to your cool guy life, yes?
    Panda: Yeah, exactly.
    Nom Nom: Yeah, so how how do we solve this dilemma?
    Panda: Uh, I don't know.
    Nom Nom: You let me win. If you throw this fight and lose, everything will go back to normal. Finally, this nightmare will be over for both of us.
    Panda: Hmm, you really think that could work?
    Nom Nom: Oh yeah, it'll work. Just remember the plan: I'll be cute, and you'll be... what?
    Panda: Cool?
    Nom Nom: Exactly! Do we have a deal?
    Panda: Yeah. [Panda and Nom Nom shake paws]
    • As the competition progresses, Panda is encouraged by Grizz and Ice Bear, eventually accepting his role:
    Grizzly: Hey, what's going on? Why aren't you doing your cute thing?
    Panda: I don't want to be cute, I want to be cool like you.
    Grizzly: Listen, man, cute is what makes you cool. That's why all these people came out to see you.
    Panda: Do you really think I'm cool?
    Grizzly: Man, you got famous on the Internet, you got on a talk show, you are the coolest.
    Ice Bear: Ice Bear thinks you're precious.
    Panda: Aww, thanks, you guys.
    • Panda makes a comeback, turning the tables on Nom Nom, who hits him with a feather pillow after he's been double-crossed by Panda.
    Nom Nom: Arrgh! You big dummy! You had one job to do! You were supposed to lose, LO-SE!
    • One of the feathers aggravates Panda's allergies and changes his "baby sneeze" with a gross-sounding allergic one, with the fans losing interest in the contest and no official winner, even though Nom Nom would beg to differ with the results.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Nom Nom in "Vacation", when Grizzly is hired as his therapy animal helper and helps him through an ordeal, shows some appreciation for Grizz and allows him to stay at the health spa while taking time to unstress himself en route to regaining popularity.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode:
    • "Burrito" plays like a normal comedic episode where Grizzly clings to a huge burrito instead of eating it. When Panda and Ice Bear try to keep it away from him and accidentally destroy it, Grizzly ponders why he got so attached to it. The Sudden Downer Ending reveals that Grizzly was trapped on top of a tall tree as a cub and was rescued by a fireman. The fireman had a safety band around his arm for Grizz to hold on to, which is what the warm burrito reminded him of when he hugged it.
    • "Primal", the episode right after, has the three bears trapped in the wilderness after Grizzly tries to help them live out their natural ways instead of living at home with technology. Panda and Ice Bear end up reverting to their primal bear natures and actually attack Grizz, their own brother, because they aren't anthropomorphic anymore.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: People don't seem to be too concerned by bears walking around San Francisco. At most they find them annoying. Chloe doesn't even notice the bear stack when she walks right past them on campus. They were partially standing in a small bush and had to call out to her to get her attention.
  • The Voiceless: Ice Bear makes literally not a sound in the cub flashback episodes, except in "Yuri and the Bear".
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: Lampshaded in "Family Troubles" when Baby Grizzly is starring in a Canadian sitcom:
    Baby Grizzly: Man, if we had another family member, I wonder who would it be? An eccentric but wise neighbor? Some sassy, independent old ladies? Two other kinds of bears? Nah, nobody would watch a show like that.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: The Baby Bears episodes, which feature the bears' adventures as cubs.
  • The Wonka: "The Money Man" features Dr. Harold J. Bean, an elderly, senile professor with a touch of nearsightedness who donated the funds for the science lab, and is the science fair's judge, with Chloe and her device that can read people's thoughts and visually display them on a monitor competing with Saanvi Patel's Amaze Navi, a lost device finder that can also help to solve maze puzzles as the main entries. He ultimately chooses a jock who drew a face on a basketball with a magic marker as the winning project, thinking that it's a basketball with a personality.

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