Teddy bears taken to the next level of cute, with pastel colors and symbols on their chest (known as "tummy symbols" or more recently "belly badges"). They live up in the cloud-city of Care-a-Lot and frequently visit Earth to help out kids who are feeling down. The Bears have names relating to their specialty -- Good Luck Bear, Friend Bear, and so forth. Later, "Care Bear Cousins" representing other animals were introduced (Brave Heart Lion, Cozy Heart Penguin, and more); they live in the Forest of Feelings about halfway between Earth and Care-a-Lot.

The bears first appeared on American Greetings cards in [[TheEighties 1981]] (contemporary with ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake''). These little guys and gals were a hit right out of the gate when Creator/{{Kenner}} launched a toy line two years later. They had a lot of animated screentime for the rest of the decade: two specials, a TV series, and three theatrical films over 1985-87. The franchise died back through the 90's after a very brief and [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks unsuccessful redesign]]; compare ''Franchise/MyLittlePony''. The franchise returned after the turn of the millenium.

In most of the films and cartoons, they are pitted against various [[TheHeartless "heartless"]] villains who want to make the world safe for evil, often by removing people's ability to care for others... or to feel emotions at all. The baddies ranged from the MadScientist Professor Coldheart in the specials and the Creator/{{DIC}} TV episodes to the Evil Spirit of the first movie to the IneffectualSympatheticVillain crew of the later Nelvana TV episodes (evil wizard No Heart, his niece Shreeky, and [[MinionWithAnFInEvil henchman Beastly]]). When the chips are down, that's when the CareBearStare comes into play.

They're one of the most spoofed of TheEighties toy lines because of their [[Main/TastesLikeDiabetes overly sugary reputation]] -- which is not wholly deserved when one takes [[VileVillainSaccharineShow some of their villains]] and plotlines into account. On the other hand, they're still quite popular. In 2002, the characters were relaunched with a toy revival and two direct-to-video animated films. In 2007, a redesigned line of the toys arrived along with another DTV film and a Saturday morning series on Creator/{{CBS}}, ''Care Bears -- Adventures in Care-A-Lot''. ''Adventures in Care-A-Lot'' is out of production, but the character line launched with the ''Oopsy Does It'' continued with films such as ''Giving Festival Movie'' and ''Care Bears to the Rescue Movie''.

On June 2, 2012, TheHub premiered a new series called ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot''.

'''Films include:'''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsMovie'' (1985)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Care Bears Movie II A New Generation}}'' (1986)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheCareBearsAdventureInWonderland'' (1987)
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsNutcrackerSuite'' (1988), last drawn film
* ''Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot'' (2004), first CGI film
* Some more films after ''Joke-a-lot''

'''TV shows include:'''
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s''
* ''Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot'' (2007-2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsWelcomeToCareALot'' (2012-2013)
* ''Care Bears and Cousins'' (Creator/{{Netflix}}, [[http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/10/13/netflix-care-bears/ 2016]])

!!Tropes of the franchise:

* AmazingTechnicolorWildlife
* BarefootCartoonAnimals
-->'''Grizzle:''' Behold my power suit and quake in your boots.\\
'''Oopsy:''' But, we [[LampshadeHanging don't wear boots]].\\
'''Grizzle:''' Well, look anyway!
* BearsAreBadNews: Well, at least from the villains' point of view.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: A major theme of the CGI ''Big Wish Movie''. Wish Bear, upset that nobody likes her wishes, wishes for some bears to come to Care-a-Lot who like wishing just as much as she does. She gets her wish, but the new neighbors turn out to like wishing so much that they take away Twinkers, her wishing star, from her.
* ButtMonkey: Grumpy Bear -- surprised?
* CaptainColorbeard: Captain Greybeard. He's not a bad guy, actually.
* CaptainErsatz: The Rat King in the Nutcracker special shares Beastly's voice and general characterization.
* ChristmasEpisode: A movie, ''Care Bears Nutcracker Suite''.
* CircleOfFriendship: Care Bears love this move.
* CryingWolf: Crying swamp monster, actually. Then there was a "real" swamp monster who happened to be Beastly in disguise, and the ''real'' real monster wasn't bad.
* DemotedToExtra
** Grumpy's fate during the '00s revival. He pretty much VANISHED from all merchandising from the show (despite being the most iconic of the group) in favor of Bedtime Bear, another blue-colored Care Bear. Eventually, the decision was reversed in ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot''.
** Many characters got this treatment in the Nelvana series.
* DetectEvil / HolyHandGrenade: Care Bears are essentially radar paladins.
* DisembodiedEyebrows
** Wingnut, in the new ''Giving Festival Movie'' from the ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot'' era.
** And No-Heart in the Nelvana series.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In "Soap Box Derby", one of the Care Bears creates a bridge out of a rainbow over the oil puddle the boys have made to help the racing girls (Trish and Cathy) get along safely. This gets the boys ticked off:
-->'''Willis:''' I don't believe it! Those girls made it, over a rainbow bridge!\\
'''Benny:''' A ''[[BigWhat WHAT?!]]''
** Considering how this "Rainbow Bridge" is getting young viewers who heard about this "pet afterlife" story confused... well... you get the idea.
* DrunkOnMilk
* EasilyThwartedAlienInvasion
* EverythingsBetterWithRainbows: Rainbows are everywhere. They're not just for decoration, they're used as traveling devices, energy and hell, even weapons. Especially with Cheer Bear.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: The princess of Wonderland uses sparkles to [[GreenThumb revive withered plants]].
* EvilIsHammy: Most of the villains.
** Probably the most notable example is the Vizier from the Nutcracker special, who is fond of SHOUTING OUT EVERY LINE! Which are then commonly followed up with a "MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!"
** If you don't think the Evil Spirit counts, perhaps you need a LESSON on what Hammy is. A LESSON you really need. '''A LESSON''' FOR YOU!!!
** No Heart chomps on practically every scene he's in, bellowing his lines with hammy fury. Particularly, "BEASTLYYYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!"
* EvilRedhead: Dark Heart's human form.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: Most of the Bears' names in relation to their personalities and talents.
* FantasticFlora: Bumbleberries, seen in both ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot'' and ''Welcome to Care-a-Lot''
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Care-A-Lot, just not as an afterlife.
* ForTheEvulz: Pretty much the only reason almost any villain does anything. Except for ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot'''s Grizzle, who simply hates the Care Bears and wishes to take over, or at least be rid of, Care-a-Lot. Another exception is the Wizard of Wonderland from the third movie ''Care Bears Adventure In Wonderland''. His motive is political power (he wants to become the new king of Wonderland). Beastly in the new ''Welcome to Care-a-Lot'' series isn't really evil and only makes mischief that he considers to be fun.
* FourFingeredHands
** Shreeky. Oddly, other human characters, including her uncle No Heart, have all five fingers. [[WildMassGuessing Maybe there's a story there.]]
** Just watch Nutcracker Suite. Count how many fingers Alan Prince/Nutcracker, his wife and their students have.
* GettingSmiliesPaintedOnYourSoul: The Care Bear Stare had this effect in the DiC, to somewhat disturbing results. It was toned back into an all purpose weapon against evil in the Nelvana series before returning to its roots in ''Adventures In Care-A-Lot''.
* GreenLanternRing: The Care Bear Stare can generate energy constructs, generate light, fabricate items, act as a prosaic energy blast, brainwash people into caring, free people from brainwashing, damage intangible entities, and shove objects around telekinetically, among other things.
* TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin: TheCareBears ''never'' lose in any episode of any of the animated series or in the movies.
* HarmlessVillain: Most of the villains who aren't this from the beginning [[VillainDecay degrade into one over time]].
* HeartIsAnAwesomePower: In the end, everything can be solved with a CareBearStare or a quick pep talk.
* HeavySleeper: Bedtime Bear in ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot''. Wakes up, mumbles a short sentence, drops back off to sleep.
* HoldUpYourScore
* IWouldSayIfICouldSay
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Grumpy Bear
* LargeHam: The voice actors and actresses playing the villains had a lot of fun.
* {{Licensed Game}}s
** Averted in the 80s: One was planned for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 2600}}, but was scrapped when the great crash came around.
** For the 2000s revival: One for the UsefulNotes/GameBoyAdvance and One for the V-Tech V-Smile. And three for PC/Macs.
** For the 2007 redesign: One for the V-Tech V-Smile Baby Infant Development System.
*** {{Edutainment Game}}s: The V-Tech V-Smile and V-Smile Baby titles are this.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Adventures In Care-A-Lot'' manages to be this, even compared to the older cartoons.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Almost inevitable, given how many different versions there have been. The CGI ''Welcome to Care-a-Lot'' series seems to use pretty much every Care Bear that isn't part of the main cast or [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Chucked]] out of the series as either a background character or in a minor role.
* LoveFreak
* LoveRedeems: Or caring redeems, but [[spoiler:Dark Heart became Cristy's friend in the second movie, and he felt so bad about nearly killing her, that it drove the evil out of him]].
* MerchandiseDriven: The first two films introduced new or revamped characters in conjunction with their toy line debuts: the Cousins in the first, and the whole gang's baby selves in the second. There are plush toys for bears from ''Adventures in Care-a-Lot'' that had maybe two lines on the show at most, if they even got to speak at all.
* MinionWithAnFInEvil: Beastly from the series; the similar Tweedles from the third movie.
* NobodyPoops
** Well, of '''course''', but ''Adventure in Wonderland'' actually goes so far as to show us the inside of Grumpy Bear's bathroom, which has everything you would expect ''except'' for a toilet. No ''wonder'' he's so cranky.
** Even in the second movie's "I Care For You" song, all the diapers they changed seemed perfectly clean.
* OneWingedAngel: In ''[[{{Sequel}} Care Bears 2: The Next Generation]]'', Dark Heart turns into a big ol' heap of SuperSmoke.
* ThePowerOfFriendship: Yup.
* ThePowerOfLove: Uh-huh.
* ThePowerOfRock: That one too. Grams Bear plays an electric guitar in one episode. (As an aside, have you noticed that these "Power Of" Tropes seem to be the Holy Trinity for 80's cartoons?)
* PrincessesRule: Princess Starglo, who is the "mother of all stars", yet is not a queen.
* RealDreamsAreWeirder: In the ''Adventures in Care-A-Lot'' TV series, all the Care Bears share a dreamspace where they tend to have rather mundane dreams (where they do the same things they tend to do in their waking lives), so it was rather refreshing to see the bears having more dream-like dreams in the ''Share Bear Shines'' movie.
* RecycledINSPACE: One of the oddest examples this side of ''Fonzie and the Series/HappyDays Gang''. The final season of the original "Care Bears Family" cartoon featured two spinoffs. One was a Recycled IN SPACE ''Franchise/StarTrek'' parody. The other was a Recycled In {{Prehistoria}} ''Clan of the Cave Bear'' parody. This, friends, is what a DorkAge looks like and the cartoon was canceled soon after.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: Take a good guess on which side this show lies on.
* SolidClouds: Care-A-Lot is a land of clouds that are solid enough to stand on, but soft enough to poke one's head through to observe the world below.
* StandardizedLeader: Tenderheart Bear is often written as the most generic.
* TheStarsAreGoingOut: Princess Starglo turns them all off in ''Share Bear Shines Movie'' because without people wishing on stars and believing in her, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly they just don't have any power, anymore]].
** Also earlier, a Nelvana episode where the baddie Stratonefarious is stealing and bottling stars to light up his stormcloud so he can see his sheet music.
* SugarBowl: They live on clouds in an ever happy and sunny world.
* SwissArmyTears: They save Wish Bear from (basically) brainwashing in one episode.
* TertiarySexualCharacteristics: Girls are usually pink or purple.
* ThatMakesMeFeelAngry: Somewhat justified because the Care Bears are all about getting people to "share their feelings." It's heavily {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed in ''Adventures In Care-A-Lot,'' though, where the Bears (particularly Share) constantly inform each other just what emotion they're feeling at the time. The "Nothing's Going Right" song is probably the ultimate example of this.
--->'''"I'm mad, I'm so mad / And I'm frustrated, too... Do you know what I mean when I say nothing's going right for me today?"'''
** Taken UpToEleven in WelcomeToCareALot where the CareBears don't even bother to hide when they're annoyed with one another. In on particular episode, Share Bear messed up a special drink, causing the other bears' fur to change colours and patterns. the resident Diva, Harmony Bear, instantly throws "THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT!" at her. Wonderheart, within the same series, is brutally honest with her feelings. this is actually a very useful aesop for young children.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: ''The Giving Festival Movie'' -- "Care Power On"
* ThingOMeter: The Caring Meter, as if it could be anything else.
* TomeOfEldritchLore: In the first movie, and it was alive.
* UnwantedGlassesPlot: A boy refused to wear his glasses because other kids told him cowboys didn't wear glasses.
* VileVillainSaccharineShow: The DiC and Nelvana TV series and movies are these.
* VillainousFriendship : Dark Heart and Christy in the second movie.
* VillainSong
** In the first TV special: "Allow me to introduce myself!/They call me Professor Coldheart..."
** And from the Adventures in Care-a-Lot movie ''Oopsy Does It'', "Grizzle's Bad."
** "When I'm the King of Wonderland" in the ''Wonderland'' movie.
* WasntThatFun: In one segment from the "Giving Festival" movie, Oopsy and Wingnut help Trueheart get over her fear of rollercoasters. Part of their method involves riding the ferris wheel first, but they accidentally set the wheel to super fast, sending the wheel spinning at at a terrifying pace. Once they get it stopped, Trueheart seems to be in shock, until she says, "[[PunctuatedForEmphasis That. Was. AWESOME!]]" Later, after Trueheart gets over her fear of the Funderbolt, she completely embodies this trope, insisting on continuing to ride after the others have been tired out from riding twenty times.
* WhyDontYouJustShootHim: No Heart was rather miffed with Doctor Fright's tendency to toy with his victims instead of just finishing them quickly. Arguably justified, as Doctor Fright at least ''claimed'' to feed on people's fear.
* WouldHarmAChild: No-Heart in an early episode tries to kill Grumpy and a kid named Alvin. If Grumpy didn't have that four-leaf clover that made him invincible...
* ZombieApocalypse: ''Adventures in Care-A-Lot'' has one when a LovePotion goes wrong, turning the other Care Bears into creepy "love zombies" bent on apparently hugging Oopsy to death.