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The Bear is the climatic and true main antagonist of Disney's 1981 animated film The Fox and the Hound. He is a giant one with black fur and red eyes. He does not tolerate intruders or trespassers, but is accidentally antagonized by Amos Slade and Copper, who arrive to find Tod and Vixey.

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Physical Description

The Bear is a gigantic and burly one with black fur, red eyes and silver hair. He is likely a melanistic grizzly or Kodiak bear.

Personality

The Bear is extremely violent, ruthless and highly territorial. He does not tolerate trespassers and if they cross into his territory or attack him in any way, he will not hesitate to kill them.

Appearances

The Fox and the Hound

The Bear first appears while Amos and Copper are trespassing in the woods to find Tod and Vixey, but while trying to get them, they accidentally antagonize the Bear, who awakens and attacks Amos. Amos quickly shoots the Bear in the shoulder, but it has little effect, causing the Bear to cry out in pain, and only angers him more. He swipes at Amos, causing him to tumble down a hillside, while the Bear continues to pursue him. Whilst trying his best to escape from the Bear, Amos is caught in one of his own traps and his gun is caught on a tree, slightly out of his reach. Furious that the intruders aren't leaving his territory, the Bear continues to attack them. Copper bravely tries to protect his master and attacks the Bear, but despite being smaller and more agile, he is no match for the Bear, and is soon easily overpowered and beaten up in a very vicious and brutal fight. Tod hears Copper's yelping echo, turns and is horrified to see his childhood friend getting nearly killed. Against his better judgement, he quickly intervenes to save him. As the Bear prepares for a final blow on the wounded Copper, Tod leaps onto his back and bites him on the ear, making him turn his attention to Tod. Biting and scratching wildly, Tod is able to lure him away from Amos and Copper. Eventually, he manages to lure the Bear up onto a log protruding over a huge waterfall. While Tod hangs for dear life, the Bear tries to deliver the final blow, but the log can't support his weight and it breaks, sending both plummeting down the waterfall several meters below. Tod survives at the bottom while the Bear most likely drowns or dies from the impact.

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