The "Bear Thief" is a fictional character in the Dragon Ball franchise. He makes his debut in "Sea Monkeys", the 3rd chapter of the Dragon Ball manga, issued on November 10, 1985. He makes his first animated appearance in "The Nimbus Cloud of Roshi", the 3rd episode of the Dragon Ball anime, which premiered on March 12, 1986. His genuine name is unknown, as the only name he is referred to by is "Bear Thief", in Dragon Ball video games.
As his name implies, the Bear Thief is an anthropomorphic bear. He wields a sword and has an insatiable taste for sea turtle. This leads to an encounter with Goku and Bulma early in their adventure, where the Bear Thief ambushes the two in an attempt to seize Turtle, who he intends to make a meal out of. Goku threatens the insistent Bear Thief to a fight as he is keeping the group from passing through, to which the beast refuses to back down. He is soon defeated by Goku's Rock, Scissors 'N' Paper technique.
The Bear Thief appears as a boss character in several Dragon Ball video game spin-offs, the majority of which are early releases. These titles are Dragon Power, Super Gokuden: Totsugeki-Hen and Advanced Adventure. He also appears as a common foe in The Legacy of Goku II. In addition, the Bear Thief makes his first playable video game appearance in Advanced Adventure.
- In "Terror and Plague", Goku faces another anthropomorphic thief with a nearly identical appearance to the Bear Thief, but who is instead a tiger.