The glassy stare. The slowly moving mouth. And the voice – dear god, the voice. It's no wonder there are so many creepy stories about Teddy Ruxpin. For children of the '80s, Teddy Ruxpin horror stories are a dime a dozen. That bear is beyond scary. How did it ever become the best-selling toy of 1985 and 1986?
Sure, Teddy Ruxpin looks innocent. He's a shirt-clad bear equipped with a tape deck; just pop in a proprietary cassette, and he'll tell you stories and sing songs. Call it the uncanny valley or blame it on children's overactive imaginations – that bear is up to no good.
There's just something unnerving about machines covered in fake fur. Just like Furbies, Teddy Ruxpins are known to act out in bizarre, terrifying ways. From bears that speak without batteries to teddies that appear in unlikely places, scary tales about Teddy Ruxpin are all over the Internet. Here are some of the best (and spookiest) tales about the would-be beloved children's toy.
The Creepy Teddy
"My sister had a teddy bear, a scary teddy bear. I do not know why, but it creeped me out. It was just so disturbing to me. The thing had eyes that looked so real. It was as if it was made from a real bear, and its face was just blank and unsettling.
I first started to get weird feelings about the bear when my sister first got it – she was only a baby at the time, and I was about four... Every time I went up [the] stairs, I saw that creepy bear suddenly glare around the corner at me, as if it was watching me. This wasn't the weird part; it started to get really weird about five years later, at the age of six or seven. My sister had lost interest in the bear, so my mother just threw it in the old toy cupboard. The only problem was that the cupboard was in my room...
When I needed to yawn, I closed my eyes. I opened them to see the teddy sitting closer to my bed. At this point, I was really freaked out. I started to move back to the wall and looked around to see if there was any sign that anyone had come in. When I looked back to see the teddy on the end of my bed, I was so startled that I almost fainted from fear. When I blinked, it had gone. I looked around. To my relief, I saw no sign of it.
I sat my head back down on my pillow hoping for some sleep. Then, I opened my eyes. It was above my head, staring straight down. I screamed as it lunged down at me. I will never see a bear the same way again. A few years later, after years of horror, I burned it; I sat in enjoyment as the bear was turned to smoking ashes in my fireplace...
When I turned 19, I was about to move into my new home... After hours of carrying, I carried the final box from the removal truck into the front door and shut the door behind me. I turned to go into the kitchen and put it on the table. I opened it to see a cabinet. I took it out, walked into my new living room and placed it in the corner, stared at it and thought to myself, 'I don't remember packing this cabinet.' I didn't really care that much as I had just moved into my new home.
I walked back into the kitchen to grab my television and brought it into the living room when I saw it. The teddy, it just sat there, staring at me."2,943877Is this creepy?
How Is It Still Talking?
"We thought this Teddy Ruxpin bear was busted. It’s old – dated as 1985 – and we weren’t surprised nothing happened when we put new batteries in.
We were very surprised when we took the batteries out and then it started talking!
WTF?"2,036746Is this creepy?
He Fed His Teddy A Penny
"When Teddy Ruxpin came to be I was around the age of four or five. In my infinite wisdom I decided he was hungry. Now, knowing he was a mechanical bear, I thought that he must eat metal. So I fed him a penny. He has a throat that goes somewhere into his body. To where, I do not know. But that night, after I fed him the penny something happened. Whether the penny tripped something, I'm not sure, but he just randomly started talking all demonic at like 2 am while myself and my brother were sleeping. I jumped out of bed and slammed the door shut in my brother's face to die with Teddy Ruxpin. I ran quickly to my parents room.
I cried and cried. I don't remember seeing him much after that, but to this day I don't care for electronic/mechanical teddy bear-looking devices. They're just creepy."1,494550Is this creepy?
The Lost Tape
Soundcloud user RandomTape buys tapes at thrift stores and shares them with the Internet. Apparently old Teddy Ruxpin tapes are a pretty common thrift store find, so they usually ignore them. But when they came across “Autumn Adventure,” something compels them to buy it.
The cartoon voices on the tape check out, but something is very, very wrong. Dissonant notes and knocking sounds flood the soundspace before Teddy Ruxpin begins to speak: "Just a minute, I'm coming! Come on!" he says, just before a chainsaw-like sound begins.1,776694Is this creepy?