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Scare Bear
The Venture Bros. character
Murder Bear
First appearance

Bright Lights, Dean City
Voiced by

None
Information
Species Unknown
Gender Unknown
Occupation Villain/serial killer (presumably)
Notable
Characteristics

Audible only through breathing
Bloody knife
Can enter without notice
Highly frightening

Scare Bear is an entity of unknown nature on The Venture Bros. It appears to be a supervillain due to its associations with both The Revenge Society and The Guild of Calamitous Intent, but nearly nothing else is currently known about its identity.

Character History

Scare Bear first appeared in Bright Lights, Dean City as one of the hopefuls at Impossible Plaza auditioning for placement in The Revenge Society. Bear's disturbing nature was frightening enough to spook Phantom Limb, Professor Impossible, and Baron Ünderbheit. Dean Venture stated he had no record of Scare Bear nor knew how the Bear gained entry. All of the questions The Revenge Society asked of Scare Bear were only answered by a dreadful heavy breathing sound. Scare Bear was not seen among The Revenge Society's ranks later, perhaps signifying it was too scary to get accepted into the newly formed villainous organization.

Scare Bear later popped up for a cameo in It Happening One Night, appearing in a corner of Dr. Thaddeus "Rusty" Venture's new residence in New York City while the Doom Factory was throwing a party there.

In The Rorqual Affair Scare Bear guarded the door to The Meyer London School to prevent outsiders from entering the Guild meeting about setting a bounty for The Blue Morpho's capture. It later appeared at Rat Island with other members of The Guild of Calamitous Intent to view the fake Blue Morpho captured by Tunnel Vision.

In The Forecast Manufacturer, Scare Bear found Hank Venture in the snow after the latter injured his head. When Hank incoherently asked for help and said he had to rescue his girlfriend, Scare Bear picked him up and took him to Dean Venture's dormitory hallway at Stuyvesant University. Scare Bear set Hank down and pointed ominously down the hall toward Dean's dorm room. Hank opened the bedroom door to discover his girlfriend Sirena Ong cheating on him with Dean, which resulted in a brief but subdued verbal confrontation. Dean and Sirena, abruptly noticing Scare Bear lurking silently in the doorway, pointed out Scare Bear to Hank, who was relieved to have confirmation that he wasn't hallucinating the bear. Hank finally passed out from blood loss while Scare Bear stood silently looking on.

Episode Appearances

Season 4

Season 6

Season 7

Trivia 

  • Scare Bear was inspired by an art piece entitled Sleeper by artist Mark Wallinger that Jackson Publick came across while searching for images of bear costumes.[1]
  • Scare Bear appears to live in New York City as the character has exclusively been shown in New York.

Under The Mask?

Since the introduction of Scare Bear there has been much speculation as to who is inside the costume. It is unknown if the character's identity will ever officially be revealed. While no definitive answer has yet been given, there are numerous suspects that can be crossed off the list.

Shared Scenes

The following characters have been seen onscreen at the same time as or in the same scene with Scare Bear.

Geographically Impossible

The following characters were seen onscreen or established through dialogue as physically being in another location simultaneous to Scare Bear being shown elsewhere.

Physical Mismatch

The following characters have distinctive physical characteristics that are not shared with Scare Bear.

  • Molotov Cocktease: Molotov is missing her left eye and has a visible scar across her left eyelids, while both of Scare Bear's eyes are clearly visible through the eyeholes of the costume and unscarred
  • Sergeant Hatred: in addition to being wider in the midsection than Scare Bear, Sergeant Hatred has a facial tattoo that would be clearly visible through the eyeholes of Scare Bear's costume
  • Teddy Talk-To-Me: in addition to being wider in the midsection than Scare Bear, Teddy has disfiguring burns covering his body and face that would be clearly visible through the eyeholes of Scare Bear's costume[9]
  • The Pirate Captain: The Pirate Captain is missing his left eye and covers it with an eyepatch, while both of Scare Bear's eyes are clearly visible through the eyeholes of the costume

Deleted Scenes

  • In Season 7's The Rorqual Affair, Scare Bear guards the door to The Meyer London School to prevent outsiders from entering the Guild meeting about setting a bounty for The Blue Morpho's capture. In a deleted scene Scare Bear is gently confronted by an A.A. group who have their biweekly meeting scheduled at the time that the Guild is using the room (ostensibly to rehearse for a production of the Sondheim musical Into the Woods.) The apparent group leader gives Scare Bear an A.A. pamphlet and tells the villain "I can see your pain. We can help."

Gallery

References

  1. Jackson PublickGo Team Venture!: The Art and Making of The Venture Bros. (2018), p. 216
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 It Happening One Night
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Bright Lights, Dean City
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 The Rorqual Affair
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 The Forecast Manufacturer
  6. 6.0 6.1 Everybody Comes to Hank's
  7. Now Museum-Now You Don't
  8. The Lepidopterists
  9. 9.0 9.1 Momma's Boys
  10. Arrears in Science
  11. The Saphrax Protocol
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