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The Original Care Bears
The Care Bear's defacto leader and main mascot of the series throughout the 1980s. Tenderheart Bear is a redish-brown bear with a simple heart symbol.
- Demoted to Extra: One of the biggest complaints regarding the 2000s revival and especially Adventures in Care-A-Lot was that Tenderheart was demoted to pretty much an extra in that series. However, this didn't last long, because...
- Fearless Fool: In Adventures In Care-A-Lot he has become this.
- The Hero: As the leader of the Bears, he has this trait.
- Nice Guy: A very good leader to the Bears.
- Standardized Leader: In every incarmation except Adventures in Care-A-Lot, where he's Demoted to Extra and is more of a Lovable Jock and Fearless Fool.
- Straight Man: To just about all the Bears.
- Spirited Competitor: In Adventures in Care-A-Lot, he and Funshine have a Friendly Rivalry, each trying to outdo the other with daredevil stunts.
- Verbal Tic: In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, he often begins sentences with "I have/had a feeling."
Birthday BearGolden yellow in color, his symbol is a cupcake. His metier is birthdays, or more generally celebrations.
- Big Eater: Loves eating, particularly baked goods.
- Life of the Party: Very much enjoys partying, especially birthdays!
- Put on a Bus: Hardly shows up outside of the books, probably due to his narrow focus.
The main female Care Bear, Cheer Bear replaced Tenderheart Bear as the main Care Bear in the 2000s. She's the pink bear with the rainbow symbol. She is extremely overenthusiastic in everything she does. In The Giving Festival Movie, Cheer Bear became part of the official Care Team, along with Funshine Bear, Grumpy Bear and Share Bear.
- Ascended Extra: Became the leader of the Care Bears in Adventures in Care-a-Lot.
- The Cheerleader: During the late '80s, of the "cute but brainless" type.
- The Chick: One of the more prominent female bears.
- The Leader: In Adventure in Care-a-Lot.
- Demoted to Extra: Was one of the most prominent Bears in the DIC cartoon, but when the Nelvada seasons began she had a much smaller role and didn't get as much to do. She got a larger role again in Adventures In Care-A-Lot as the leader of the Care Bears, but for Welcome to Care-A-Lot Tenderheart reclaimed the role and Cheer was demoted. She remained one of the major characters on the show, though.
- The Ditz: Occasionally, like in the late '80s and in Welcome To Care-A-Lot.
- '80s Hair: She was given a pony-tail in the later seasons of the Nelvana animated series.
- Genki Girl: Pretty much the only Care Bear who can match Funshine for sheer energy and optimism.
- Rhymes on a Dime: Will occasionally burst out in rhyming cheers.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl:
- In the 80's series, she was the Girly Girl to Treat Heart Pig's Tomboy.
- In the series Adventures in Care-a-Lot, she plays the role of Tomboy to Share Bear's Girly Girl.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Had a tomboyish attitude in "Adventures In Care A Lot", and had a ponytail to boot. Also wore a ponytail in "Care Bears Family".
Friend BearLight orange in color, her symbol is two entwined flowers. She embodies the spirit of friendship and is extremely outgoing.
- Nice Girl: A sweet-natured friend to everyone.
- Friend to All Children: And everyone else, hence her name.
- Ship Tease: With Secret Bear - she's the only one he/she actually hangs around with and talks to.
- Those Two Girls: With Secret Bear.
- Voice for the Voiceless: As she's pretty much the only one Secret Bear will directly talk to (usually through whispers), she is usually the one who informs the others what he's saying.
Grumpy Bear is the embodiment of depression, cynicism, and general bad moods. He's the blue bear with the rain cloud symbol. He's fairly unique, in that he's the only Care Bear to represent a negative emotion (the idea being to teach kids that it's okay to be grumpy sometimes). He's perfectly aware he's trapped in a Sugar Bowl and is not happy about it. In The Giving Festival Movie, Grumpy Bear became part of the official Care Team, along with Funshine Bear, Cheer Bear and Share Bear.
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Possibly by Cheer Bear in Welcome to Care-a-Lot, which is often shown as such, although this does not seem to be much to his liking either.
- Big Eater: In Adventures in Wonderland. "Now hold your tushy-tags, 'cause it's time I spoke, can't remember when I ate last... I'm fillin' up my belly with ice cream and jelly and toppin' it with pickled beets, mmm-hmm, toppin' it with pickled beets."
- In "When the Bear's Away..." on Welcome to Care-a-Lot, when muffins are passed out, he somehow ends up with two. He also fantasizes about attending a cheese convention and throwing a party with lots of snacks. In the next episode, he mentions his schedule for a day as involving eating and napping.
- His sweetest dreams involve a cabinet that produces never-ending food.
- Butt-Monkey: Had shades of this on early installments, but it was dropped later on due to trying to avert The Complainer Is Always Wrong stereotype with his kind of character. Of course, it does pop up sometimes in recent adaptations.
- The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Sometimes invoked this trope, but surprisingly not to the extremes seen in other 1980s kid's cartoons. Or, perhaps not so surprisingly, given that the idea of the character was to teach kids that it's okay to sometimes be grumpy. If he was always wrong, that would send the opposite message.
- Deadpan Snarker: One of his most prominent traits, and probably a major reason why he became such a popular character.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Seems to be the most mechanically-inclined of the Care Bears. Invented a teleporter in the first movie.
- Grumpy Bear: Trope Namer.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He grouches, grumbles, complains and isn't always the nicest of Bears. But he's still a Care Bear.
- Only Sane Man: A bit more down-to-earth compared to others who are comically optimistic.
- Personal Raincloud: In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, he can use his belly badge to generate one and often does.
- Put on a Bus: Was infamously removed from all mainstream merchandise when the franchise was revived in the 00s. While many believed it was because Play Along didn't want two blue-colored bears and got rid of him in favor of Bed Time Bear, the truth is that he was actually spun off into his own line... which for some reason only consists of clothing that appears to be targeting gothsnote . Thankfully, the mess was straightened out in time for the Adventures in Care-A-Lot revamp.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: In Adventures in Care-a-Lot, he is the manly man to Oopsy Bear's Sensitive Guy.
- The Smart Guy: Likes to build and fix stuff.
- Ship Tease: Ironically, with Cheer Bear in the DiC version.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Notably much more abrasive in Care Bears And Cousins.
- Tsundere: He seems to genuinely care for the others. Not that he'll admit it.
Used to be a girl, was reinvented as a boy for the 2000 revival. S/He is basically Grumpy Bear's polar opposite, having a positive attitude regardless of anything. Sometimes has difficulty reigning in his/her sense of humor. S/He is the yellow bear with the sun symbol. In the male persona, he's also sort of the embodiment of outdoor sports. In The Giving Festival Movie, Funshine Bear became part of the official Care Team, along with Cheer Bear, Grumpy Bear and Share Bear. The CD Meet the Care Bears indicated that he was a master of mimicking sounds, but this was never really mentioned outside of this album.
- The Lancer: In Adventure in Care-a-Lot.
- Nice Guy: Has a sunny, affable personality.
- Genki Girl / Keet: Became the latter as of the 2000's, but still as energetic as always.
- The Pollyanna: Even by the standards of the Care Bears. Most notable in the Star Comics series; in issue #3 a duo of villains are exposing the Forest of Feelings to a depression ray that turns everyone and everything blue and depressed. Cousins and Bears alike, as well as the Forest itself, lose all their energy and are too depressed to gather the strength to fight back. Funshine, however, is totally immune; even though the villains go so far to kidnap him and repeatedly expose him to the ray, he keeps joking and laughing and suggesting fun games to play until they admit defeat.
- The Prankster: Not in every incarnation, but sometimes. The movie ''Journey to Joke-A-Lot" heavily features Funshine's fondness for pranks. He even sings a song about it, called "Al I Wanna Do Is Make Them Laugh."
- Spirited Competitor: When he's male.
- Think Happy Thoughts: Funshine is an optimistic bear, this is basically his credo to do this when the chips are down.
Love-A-Lot BearThe embodiment of Love, Love-A-Lot is the pink bear with the double heart symbol.
- The Cyrano: Plays this to many of her friends when the time comes.
- Nice Girl: Loving, sweet, and friendly.
- Love Freak: It's even in her name. What did you expect from somebody named Love-A-Lot?
- Shipper on Deck: Due to being a Love Freak, she assumes this with a lot of people.
- Ship Tease: With Champ Bear, occasionally. This was taken Up to Eleven in the British version of the comic.
- Those Two Girls: With Harmony Bear in Adventures in Care-a-Lot.
Good Luck BearThe Care Bear embodiment of good luck. The green bear with the shamrock symbol.
- Born Lucky: Duh.
- Demoted to Extra: Never really vanished from the series, but became more or less a background character after the introcuction of Oopsy, the bad luck bear. Even after Oopsy was Brother Chucked, Good Luck remained a minor character.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: He lets go to Polite Panda realizing that the Valley needs them just as much as they need it.
- Love at First Sight: With Polite Panda.
- Oireland: In the early cartoon series...
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: ...at least supposedly.
- Unexplained Accent: All the other bears have American accents, but he has an Irish accent. However, this is averted in a few installments where he is American just like them.
- Winds of Destiny, Change: Can give others good luck when they need it.
Wish BearA Care Bear whose duty it is to make people's wishes come true. She's the mint-colored bear with the shooting star symbol.
- Benevolent Genie: Desires to be this.
- Demoted to Extra: She got a Big Wish Movie all about her and then suffered a near-disappearance in Adventures in Care-a-Lot.
- Make a Wish: Her main shtick.
- Shrinking Violet: Quite shy at times.
- Unwanted Assistance: Doesn't always help.
Bedtime BearThe embodiment of dreams and sleep. Bedtime Bear is the blue bear with the crescent moon symbol. Spends his days asleep, but at night, or when forced to wake up by a pressing situation, he demonstrates impressive competence. In the later series (Adventures and Welcome), he is a sort of overseer of sleep and dreams.
- Brilliant, but Lazy: Sleeps a lot, but he is pretty competent when he is awake.
- Berserk Button: Being woken up.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: According to Tenderheart, you should NEVER wake him up at daytime, or he will get grouchier than Grumpy Bear, which is very hard to believe for most people.
- Demoted to Extra: After all but replacing Grumpy in the early 2000s, he's either completely absent from Welcome to Care-a-Lot, or at best in the background. He was seen in "Lazy Susan" and in "Over Bearing," he was seen acting as an overseer of Bedtime and visiting Wonderheart Bear just before she went to bed.
- Lazy Bum: Bedtime is quite snoozy, due to being the embodiment of sleep.
- Let's Get Dangerous!: When awake.
- Sleepyhead: He loves his naps.
Later Additions (1980s)
Champ BearA bear who was the embodiment of athletics and competition. He used to be tan with a plain heart symbol, but was later revamped into blue with a trophy symbol. He started out as an enthusiastic sports star, but was later re-purposed into more or less the Care Bear version of an asshole gym teacher. What little has been seen of him in Welcome to Care-a-Lot seems to re-cast him in the former role, though he also shares it with Funshine Bear, thus the minimal use of his character.
- The Ace: Great at sports.
- Flanderization: Was at first a nice bear with a love for athletics before becoming a bear version of a mean gym teacher.
- Jerk Jock: Was flanderized into this later on.
- Lovable Jock: At least until he became a Jerk Jock. His old lovable jock self comes back in the most recent adaptations.
- Stern Teacher: When he became a meaner jock..
- Training Montage: Used semi-frequently.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Champ became a total jerk later on when Flanderization got him.
- Verbal Tic: In the Nelvana series, he's prone to calling everyone "sports fans," making him sound a little like a sports announcer.
This Care Bear helps all of her friends to see the importance of sharing with and caring for others. Her tummy symbol originally had a milkshake with two straws, but it became two lollipops in 2002 because they didn't want kids sharing germs.
- And Knowing Is Half the Battle: She was used in most of the PSA's in some episodes "The Care Bears share a lesson in caring!"
- The Chick: In Adventure in Care-a-Lot.
- Friend to All Living Things: Especially in "Welcome to Care-a-Lot" because of her .
- Nice Girl: Share is very selfless (well, most of the time).
- Green-Eyed Monster: She sometimes exhibits this issue in both Adventures in Care-a-Lot and Welcome to Care-a-Lot.
- It's All About Me: Ironically, this was a notable trait of hers in Adventures in Care-a-Lot and to a lesser extent in Welcome to Care-a-Lot. Apparently she's better at getting others to share things with her than she is at sharing with them.
- Speaks Fluent Animal: In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, with a specialization in birds. Apparently it's a belly badge power.
- Tastes Like Friendship: Starts many a friendship like this. She does specialize in baking, too.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: In the series Adventures in Care-a-Lot, she plays the role of Girly Girl to Cheer Bear's Tomboy.
Secret BearUsed to be a boy, but changed to a girl in later revivals. She is the only Care Bear that never speaks (at least not out loud), keeping everything to himself. If she has anything to say, she will either mime it or at most, whisper it in another bear’s ear. She is usually seen hanging out with Friend Bear, and she is the bear he mostly verbally communicates with through his whispering. He was originally orange and his symbol being a heart-shaped lock, but in revivals, he became a she, her fur color changed to hot pink and she can now openly talk.
- Big "YES!": Does this at the end of the first movie.
- Cute Mute: Never really says much, besides just whispering.
- Pantomime: How he communicates, which can only be understood by Friend Bear.
- Silent Partner: To Friend Bear.
- The Voiceless: He NEVER says a word, he normally communicates with body language or just whispering.
- Suddenly Voiced: At the end of the movie, he lets out of a loud YEAH!
- Those Two Girls: Usually seen with Friend Bear.
- The Unintelligible: Mostly talks in whispers.
- Verbal Tic: In Welcome To Care-a-Lot, she usually whispers when she talks.
Baby Hugs and TugsToddler Care Bears - one is a pink girl with the star peeking out of a heart symbol, the other is a blue boy with a star carried in a blanket ala a stork baby. They either act exactly alike, or stereotypically according with their genders. In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, they are members of the "Cub Bouts" group and already have their belly badge powers, much to the dismay of Wonderheart Bear, who is older than them. Additionally, their belly badges were changed as follows - Tugs's is now a red heart inside a yellow star, while Hugs has a yellow star inside a pink heart.
- Badass Adorable: Despite being toddlers, they sometimes prove valuable teammates in action, they even have moments where they do the Care-Bear Stare.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Tugs, occasionally.
- Kid-Appeal Character: In a series already aimed at very young children.
- Little Jimmy: The most they contribute to the series is to be told stories to and learn lessons from them.
- Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Hugs is the Pink Girl to Tugs' Blue Boy.
- Single-Minded Twins / Polar Opposite Twins: Ping-ponged back and forth on this, often.
- Tagalong Kid: The youngest of the Bears and they like hanging with them on missions(whether they help or not).
- Those Two Guys: Two twins that are always together.
Grams BearThe matriarch of the Care Bears, a wise old lady who usually takes care of Hugs and Tugs. She's the blue-grey bear with the rose symbol. In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, she resurfaces to help Wonderheart draw out her belly badge power and it's revealed that she once did the same for Tenderheart.
- Apron Matron: Grams deeply cares for the other bears.
- Cool Old Lady: She's a grandmotherly figure to all of the bears.
- Mama Bear: Most prominent in the comics, but she has definite traits of it in the cartoon as well.
- Never Mess with Granny: In one comic story, No Heart even flat-out admits that Grams is probably the most dangerous of the Care Bears, because her magic is the oldest and most powerful.
- Nice Girl: A grandmotherly, kind bear.
True Heart BearDebuting in the second Movie, she was the caretaker of the young care bears and brought them to the Kingdom of Caring. In Adventures In Care A Lot, she's a reporter.
- Mama Bear: Protective of the Bears and Cousins. Bonus points for actually being a bear.
- Paparazzi: In Adventures in Care-a-Lot TV series, she is a reporter for the town's website
- Team Mom: Was the first Care Bear and was the one who found the Bears and Cousins with Noble Heart, so she acts as a motherly figure to them all.
Perfect and Polite PandaPerfect (Male, star medal symbol) and Polite (Female, rose symbol) are twins who were separated from the others as babies during an attack by Noheart. Discovered by coincidence in an isolated valley, they rejoined their brethren...but this turned out to be a terrible idea.
- The Dividual: Twindividual variety. Not quite Single-Minded Twins.
- Finishing Each Other's Sentences: They are twins, and stereotypically like doing this to each other.
- Fisher King: Their presence keeps their home idyllic and safe from the perpetual snowstorms around it.
- Fish out of Water: In Care-a-Lot, largely due to inexperience.
- Half-Identical Twins: Averted in the redesign, which makes Polite purple.
- Informed Ability: Perfect is evidently a skilled artist.
- Mukokuseki: Not the pandas themselves, but the villagers within the valley.
- Power Incontinence: Not long after rejoining the group, they figure out they cannot control their Belly Badges.
- Protectorate: The valley.
- Rhymes on a Dime: They talk this way frequently, along with Finishing Each Other's Sentences.
- The Shangri-La: The valley.
- Ship Tease: Polite and Good Luck Bear
Later Additions (2000s)
Too Loud Bear, Messy Bear and Me BearThis trio was seen only in Big Wish Movie. They decided to move into Care-a-Lot after Wish Bear wished for some friends to show up who liked wishing as much as she does. They abused the power of the wishing star Twinkers and generally made a mess of things, but redeemed themselves in the end. Messy Bear even agreed to become Neat Bear.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: This group had the twin horrors of not only never being seen again, but also having a grand total of zero merchandise releases associated with them. This was most likely because almost immediately after this movie, the franchise was reimagined as Adventures in Care-a-Lot and the powers-that-be who were working on that decided these characters had no place there.
Oopsy BearThe unluckiest Care Bear in history — not only is he the only Bear who lacks a tummy symbol (or "belly badge") and displays no magical powers at all, but he's also a walking disaster who can't walk three steps without falling down or accidentally breaking something. He's a light green bear with no tummy symbol, though he sometimes draws different (useless) tummy symbols on himself in magic marker, the most common of these being a shooting star with a small heart to the left of it. (And this is the one that always appears on him in merchandise releases.). It should be noted that many long-time fans of the franchise hate him as they believed that he was intended to replace Good Luck Bear, who is now pretty much a background character. However, he does have a sizable following, as indicated by a petition to bring him back for Welcome to Care-a-Lot.
- The Big Guy: Somewhat bigger than the other bears.
- Butt-Monkey: Though even he can't reach Grumpy Bear's level.
- Catchphrase: "Oopsy..."
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Completely eliminated as of the CGI Welcome to Care-a-Lot series, to the delight of many and the disappointment of some.
- Determinator: Well, he is persistent, you have to give him that.
- Iron Butt Monkey: in the episode Harmony Unplugged, True Heart notes his ability to "fall over and over and over and over without hurting himself".
- The Klutz: It says something that his name and his Catchphrase is "Oopsy."
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He play the role of Sensitive Guy to Grumpy Bear's Manly Man.
- Those Two Guys: Often becomes this with Wingnut.
- Unwanted Assistance: The In-Universe epitome of this trope — Usually, but not exclusively, to Grumpy Bear.
WingnutA robot who used to work for Grizzle. He was taken in by the Care Bears and turned turned to good. His look was upgraded for the Giving Festival Movie. He has been made an honorary Care Bear.
- Artificial Intelligence: Wingnut is a robot, and is sentient.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Oopsy, completely eliminated as of the CGI Welcome to Care-a-Lot series.
- Easily Detachable Robot Parts: Can take his limbs off at will.
- Emergent Human: New to being part of the Care Bears gang.
- Robot Buddy: Towards most of the bears, particularly Oopsy.
- Those Two Guys: With Oopsy.
- The Unintelligible: Speaks mainly in whirrs and beeps, though Oopsy seems to understand him.
A new female child character introduced in the CGI Welcome to Care-a-Lot series. She is described as artistic, curious and adventurous and lives with her uncle, Tenderheart Bear. Her belly badge is a set of hearts within hearts - light pink, yellow and dark pink, but she didn't know it exactly what it does, other than that it seems to have some sort of star / light beam effect. It was eventually revealed in the Care Bears and Cousins series to have the ability to gather Care Hearts and direct them to the Share Cloud. At first, she seemed to be a replacement for Tugs, of sorts, but without the accompanying Hugs, but it was later revealed that Hugs & Tugs are part of this series as well. She is sometimes referred to by the nickname "Little Wonder."
- Cheerful Child: Has quite an upbeat attitude.
- Companion Cube: A stuffed bunny named Floppy Bunny.
- Constantly Curious: She asks a lot of questions, usually about Belly Badges.
- Cuddle Bug: Has a tendency to declare "Care Hug!" and then give one. One of the most popular toys associated with the Welcome to Care-a-Lot series is a plush version of her that dances and sings a snippet of the song "Care Hugs," the full version of which is available on YouTube.
- Deadpan Snarker / Little Miss Snarker: Can be at times. After losing "Mossy Bunny" in "In a Flash," she comments "He didn't have much of a personality anyway."
- Kid-Appeal Character: She exists mostly to appeal to younger people.
- Nephewism: No parents are ever even mentioned.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Gets this from time to time.
- Tagalong Kid: The second youngest of the bears besides Hugs and Tugs.
- Verbal Tic: Often begins sentences with "I wonder..."
Great Giving BearA bright red bear introduced in Welcome to Care-a-Lot who loves presents and is said to be very kind. His belly badge is a heart inside a gift box. He delivers presents on Great Giving Day.
- Santa Claus: He's the Care-a-Lot equivalent of this, more or less.
Rainbow Heart BearA bear with highly glittery purple fur and a belly badge that matches her name - a rainbow in the shape of a heart. She originally appeared in the 2017 series Care Package Chronicles, a deliberately crudely animated series, with little personality. She later became the face of the 35th anniversary of the series for 2017 with a special edition plush toy and a new series of web videos in which the plush toys are presented like puppets. Her personality comes across as extremely cheerful and helpful, but also a bear who wears her feelings on her badge and her sleeve, becoming very sad in a flash if something or someone upsets her. Her glittery appearance causes Grumpy Bear to nickname her "Sparkles."
The Care Bear Cousins
- Put on a Bus: The cousins were shelved by the time the early 90s rolled around, those that weren't were converted into bears. There was an attempt to bring them back circa 2003-2005 with plushes going back into production (both by Play Along themselves and by third parties like Nanco) and was either sold in several stores- notably Hot Topic- as exclusives, or given away as carnival prizes, but received no advertising whatsoever. Then the plan was aborted midway in favor of redesigning all the bears for the 2005 AiCaL relaunch. These early 2000s cousins plushes are now collectors' items. A handful of the cousins finally returned in the 2015 Netflix exclusive spinoff Care Bears and Cousins.
Braveheart LionThe brave leader of the Care Bear Cousins who embodies courage. He's the brown lion with the crowned heart symbol.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Speaks with a loud sort of voice, and tough to match.
- The Bus Came Back: One of the four cousins to step off the bus in Care Bears and Cousins.
- Catch-Phrase: "CHAAAAARGE!!!"
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Some episodes show he is not the big hero he believes he is.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Egotistical, but quite caring towards his fellow Cousins and Bears.
- Leeroy Jenkins: Runs into danger at the drop of a hat.
- No Indoor Voice: He is quite the boisterous one.
- Small Name, Big Ego: Prideful about how courageous he is.
- Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Hogs the spotlight a lot, though Tropes Are Not Bad, it is proven in a usually positive light.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Had a fear of the dark for all of one episode. He dealt with it by episode's end.
Brightheart RaccoonThe most intelligent of all of the Care Bears or Cousins who embodies intelligence. He's a wacky inventor. He's the purple raccoon with the lightbulb symbol.
- Bungling Inventor: His inventions have a tendency to malfunction.
- The Bus Came Back: One of the four cousins to step off the bus in Care Bears and Cousins.
- Gadgeteer Genius: Makes robots, machines or anything of the sort.
- Robot Buddy: He built one of these to be his sidekick.
- The Smart Guy: Brightheart has a bright, intelligent personality and enjoys building robots.
Cozy Heart PenguinCozy Heart Penguin is the purple penguin with the heart and wool cap symbol who embodies warmth.
- The Bus Came Back: One of the four cousins to step off the bus in Care Bears and Cousins.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Obviously.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: In Care Bears And Cousins she only speaks in birdlike noises, but most of the characters still understand what she's saying.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Even compared to the other characters in the franchise. She's a penguin crossed with a Care Bear, for crying out loud!
Loyal Heart DogA blue dog with a white patch over his eye. A loyal friend, and one of the more "proper" members of the cast.
- Dogs Are Dumb: Averted — he's quite intelligent. Pretended to play the trope straight in one comic story, though.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: Male Mutt to Proud Heart's Female Feline.
- Nice Guy: He is loyal to all of his pals.
- The Voiceless: In the Nelvana series; he's the only one of the Cousins who never speaks. He speaks in both the DIC series and the comics, though.
- Undying Loyalty: Which was why he was called Loyal Heart.
Lotsa Heart ElephantA pink elephant who embodies persistence. She's the pink elephant with the 2-ton weight symbol. She is ridiculously strong and heavy, but sees herself as a dainty young girl, which causes a lot of accidental property damage.
- The Big Guy: Biggest one of the Bears and Cousins.
- The Bus Came Back: One of the four cousins to step off the bus in Care Bears and Cousins.
- Catchphrase: "And that's the truth!"
- Cute Clumsy Girl: See Does Not Know His Own Strength.
- Does Not Know His Own Strength: Accidentally causes damage when attempting to help.
- Expressive Ears: In Care Bears & Cousins, Lottie's elephant ears fold inwards towards her head when she's upset or bashful about something. If happy or excited, they expand all the way out or even perk back a bit.
- Nice Girl: Gentle, big-hearted, and good-natured.
- Gentle Giant: Biggest of the Bears or Cousins, and is extremely kind.
- Huge Schoolgirl: See Gentle Giant.
- Unwanted Assistance: Of the "Oh dear god, she's running at me to help me!" type.
Playful Heart MonkeyA yellow monkey with a heart with a party horn inside it for a chest symbol. A wild and boisterous party animal.
- Everything's Better with Monkeys: Being part of the Care Bear family will grant you this status.
- The Prankster: Very fond of pranks and practical jokes.
- The Hyena: And according to Bravheart, he laughs at almost everything.
- Keet: And how.
Proud Heart CatThe proud, confident, purring cast member. Her tummy symbol is a curved pink star with a heart inside it, and she is shown as either orange or turquoise in color.
- The Chew Toy: In the episodes she has a major role in, she is often being the victim of Playful Heart's tricks.
- Cool Cat: She is one of the Care Bear Cousins, and a cat.
- Cats Are Snarkers: At least in the Nelvana series, while in the DIC series and some of the Direct To Video adaptations of the 80s books she's more kinder and sweet.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: With Loyal Heart.
- Neat Freak: Very much about keeping things neat and tidy, particularly herself.
- Pride: Duh.
- Trilling Rrrs: Enunciates her r's.
- Verbal Tic: In the DIC series, she ends almost every sentence with a cat-like chirp, meow or high-pitched "Prrrrr."
Treat Heart PigThe big-eating yellow pig with an ice cream cone for a symbol.
Gentle Heart LambA timid mint-coloured lamb with a lace-covered heart logo.
Swift Heart RabbitA blue rabbit who embodies... uh... running very fast, and whose symbol is a heart with wings. Like Cozy Heart Penguin, his/her gender varies, though most often s/he is referred to as male.
- Bunnies for Cuteness: Pretty much a given, considering she's a Care Bear Cousin.
- Genki Girl / Keet: She's pretty energetic now matter what gender she is depending on the episode.
- Fragile Speedster: She's not that psychically strong, but is quick. But usually so fast that the "fragile" part ends up not mattering much.
- Motor Mouth: Comes with being a Genki Girl. Sometimes, at least when the writers remember.
- Super Speed: Most thoroughly demonstrated in the first movie, but notable other times too.
Noble Heart HorseA purple horse introduced in the second movie. He is the overseer of the Forest of Feelings and True Heart Bear's partner bringing the Care Bears and Care Bear cousins to the Kingdom of Caring, when they were newborn cubs.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Along with Treat Heart, was not part of the 2003 relaunch of the toyline and has not been seen in any official material since then.
- Cool Horse: He's on the side of good, and a horse.
- Papa Wolf: To both the bears and cousins.
- Real Men Wear Pink: He's a purple pony!
- Team Dad: Was one of the co-founders of Care A Lot, and took care of the rest of the Bears and Cousins when they were youngers.
Professor Cold HeartAppearing in the 1980s series, and the first villain that the Care Bears faced. A blue-skinned, white-haired Mad Scientist obsessed with literally and emotionally freezing the rest of the world over. He and his bumbling assistant Frostbite have been quietly removed from continuity, since they were DiC-original characters and, when Nelvana took the rights, they couldn't take the Professor.
- An Ice Person: He's been described as "a kindergartener's Mister Freeze".
- Complexity Addiction: Well, manipulation addiction at least. Professor Cold Heart indulged in his Manipulative Bastard tendencies at just about any given occasion, whether or not it actually furthered his scheme. Particularly blatant in "Wedding Bells", where his plan mostly failed because he had manipulated his own ally into playing her part, when telling the truth would probably have served just as well.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: While he occasionally mentions a desire for power and domination, most of his plans seem to involve hurting people For the Evulz.
- Evil Is Deathly Cold: His obvious motif.
- Kick the Dog: Perhaps more so than any other villain in the franchise. His first appearance had him luring runaway children and then mutating them into pathetic, voiceless creatures he kept as his slaves (with creepy pedophilia undertones). His second appearance had him using a device to have every child in town frozen solid (and he took some time away from that plot to kidnap the Care Bear cubs, encase them in ice, and then kick them while singing about his plot). Later appearances had him keep it up - draining abducted children of energy to power a weapon, torturing a little girl by freezing her arm...
- Leitmotif: His plans going into action were often accompanied with the music from his "I Am" Song.
- Mad Scientist: Many of his inventions looked like something straight our of Dr. Seuss, but that didn't make them any less dangerous.
- Manipulative Bastard: Perhaps moreso than any other villain in the franchise. Professor Cold Heart's plans always involved some degree of manipulation, whether aimed at the Care Bears or the children they were trying to protect.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Pretty much started the trend of this in the 1980s Care Bears cartoon. The very first villain the Care Bears ever face is an ice-obsessed Mad Scientist who seduces kids into coming to his castle, where he transforms them into his helpless slaves — all with disturbingly pedophile-like undertones.
- Would Hurt a Child: Taken to disturbing levels at times.
No HeartThe primary villain of the 1980s tv show, a malevolent sorcerer who sought to extinguish positive feelings and to defeat the Care Bears in pursuit of this goal. Without a doubt the scariest bad guy on the show.
- Bad Boss: His standard punishment for Beastly's inevitable foul-ups is blasting him with electric bolts of magic.
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Has huge brows that are expressive.
- Cartoonish Supervillainy: Lots of his plots come off as this.
- Dystopia Justifies the Means: He just wants to snuff out love, care, hope and all other positive emotions.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loves his niece Shreeky.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He simply can't understand what's so awesome about caring and kindness.
- Evil Laugh: Has a very unsettling sounding one.
- Evil Sorcerer: No Heart has magic powers, and a villain.
- The Faceless: All we ever see of his face are his red eyes.
- The Heartless: Apparently the personification of negative feelings.
- Humanoid Abomination: Is heavily implied to be this.
- Kick the Dog: With Beastly, anytime they share the screen with each other.
- Large Ham: "I am hate! I... am EVIL! I... am NO HEART!!"
- Made of Evil: Apparently. That damn Care-Bear Stare gets him every time.
- Pet the Dog: He seems to have some legitimate fatherly affection for his niece, Shreeky, going so far as letting her live with him (despite the fact that her constant screaming fudges up his powers) and even praising her on occasion.
- He also kind of does this with Beastly in "The Big Star Round-up." At the beginning of the episode he reveals he's got a demon that he plans to sic on the Care Bears, and tells Beastly point-blank it'll be replacing him once it does so. Beastly spends the episode trying to one-up the demon and destroy the Care Bears first (it goes about as well as you'd expect it to), finally culminating in him accidentally K-Oing the thing. He returns home and begins to pack his things, expecting to be kicked out. Instead No Heart tells him to get rid of the demon, saying, "If any one fails me, it's going to be you!"
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes and a terrifying villain.
- Sorcerous Overlord: A sorcerer, and an overlord to Beastly and Shreeky.
- Tantrum Throwing: Throws things around whenever he's mad.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Picked up Professor Cold Heart's schtick as a surprisingly scary badguy for such a kiddy setting. Even In-Universe, he absolutely terrifies everyone; even other villains, like the disturbingly vampire-like Doctor Fright, are ready to mess their pants at his presence.
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Any animal he wants.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: When Shreeky's shrieking, he loses control and morphs at random.
- Weaksauce Weakness: The Power of Friendship and The Power of Love do NOT mix well with this guy. Also, he seems to have a slight pathological fear of hugs (as exemplified by his hauling ass when Beastly attempted to give him one).
- What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Actually "What Is This Thing You Call Caring". He knows all too well what it is, he just hates it and everything about it.
- Would Hurt a Child: In "Bravest of the Brave," he comes this close to frying the young boy who's just saved the Bears and Cousins from the episode's death-trap...only their timely arrival puts a halt on that.
BeastlyA bumbling bestial creature who serves as the flunky to No Heart in the 1980s cartoon, then revamped and reappeared on his own in Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot. He continues his role as the main antagonist in Care Bears & Cousins.
- Affably Evil: He's not so much a bad guy as just loyal to (and afraid of) his Evil Sorcerer boss. He's pretty sympathetic.
- Anti-Hero/ Anti-Villain: In Welcome to Care A Lot and Care Bears And Cousins, but it depends on the episode. Mostly the latter in the 1980s cartoon.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A massive version appears in "Bearied Treasure" in Welcome to Care-a-Lot.
- Bat Out of Hell: Subverted with the 1980s incarnation. While he is an evil minion and bears a resemblance to a wingless bat creature, he's way too bumbling to be effective.
- Breakout Villain: Chosen to be the villain for Welcome to Care-a-Lot due to his harmlessness and that unlike the other villains, he doesn't scare the target demographic (read: toddlers).
- Butt-Monkey: Beastly never gets a break.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: The entirety of "The Great Race" episode.
- Expressive Ears: At least a little bit, in Welcome to Care-a-Lot and Care Bears & Cousins as well.
- Expy: In The Movie, The Care Bears: Adventure in Wonderland, Dim and Dum, play the same role as Beastly (Sidekick to the Big Bad), look similar to him and have the same actor providing their voices.
- The same goes for the Rat King in the Nutcracker special.
- Giggling Villain: He's constantly sniggering to himself when things seem to be going his way.
- Harmless Villain: Borderlines with Punch-Clock Villain. Beastly is a bumbling idiot who really only wants to do bad things because No Heart will painfully punish him if he doesn't work. In Welcome to Care-A-Lot, he only does the things he did because he felt left out of the bears' activities.
- It's All About Me: His main shtick in both Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot and Care Bears & Cousins and the main reason why he's an antagonist. He absolutely can't stand not being the center of attention and will act mean or try to ruin stuff if he feels he's not being adored and loved by everyone, or at least being paid attention to.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Has his genuine nice moments in "Welcome To Care A Lot" and "Care Bears And Cousins".
- Mascot Mook: For No Heart.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Aside from not really being that bad a guy himself, he never manages to do badness right.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood: Played with in the CGI Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot series. In "Show of Shyness," he just wants to be in the big show, but his attempts to enliven it are misinterpreted as attempts to wreck it and he is also blamed for something that isn't his fault.
- Rule of Two
- Villainous Friendship: Type III, with No Heart, arguably. Beastly's been known to try to cheer his boss up after particularly nasty defeats and even spent a whole episode worrying about what to get him for his birthday, whereas No Heart doesn't seem to give a damn about him one way or another.
- Possibly has a Type I with Shreeky, albeit of the Vitriolic Best Buds variety.
- Un-Evil Laugh: His "evil laugh" is a low-pitched tittering snigger.
ShreekyA young witch who is No Heart's niece, introduced later into the 1980s series. Often has to work with Beastly, but considers herself more important than him.
- Ambiguously Human: She looks human...ish. But she's No Heart's niece, so, really, who can say what she is?
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: She has some sizeable purple Evil Eyebrows just like her uncle. It's clearly a family trait.
- Daddy's Little Villain: More like "Uncle's Little Villain". She greatly looks up to No Heart and wants to be just like him. Meanwhile, she's the only individual he shows any signs of having something remotely approaching positive feelings for.
- Enfant Terrible: She's a kid, and also one of the villains.
- Evil Laugh: Seems to have inherited this from No Heart.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: Her whole shtick.
- Rule of Two
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Has purple hair.
The SpiritAn unnamed evil spirit who appears in the first movie. She "befriends" a young, lonely magician's assistant named Nicholas, turning him into her pawn so she can rid the entire world of caring.
- Manipulative Bitch: She persuaded Nicholas quite easily with her plans.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: She can't affect the world directly as she's locked in a book.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: She makes Nicholas go completely crazy and power-mad, and comes within two people in the entire world of destroying Care-A-Lot forever.
Dark HeartAn evil spirit who is the chief antagonist of the second 1980s movie, he seeks to capture and destroy the Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins so that he can then poison the rest of the world with his evil influence. Taking a human girl named Christy under his wing, he eventually forges a connection with her that surprises him. To the point of turning to the Care Bears Family to save her after he accidentally endangers her, and willingly becoming a human boy to stay with her.
- Affably Evil: Though with a bit of a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: He turns into a human boy to interact with Christy.
- Become a Real Boy: Unintentionally, though he's happy when it happens after he turns good.
- Big Bad: The main antagonist of the second movie, although he ends up having a Heel–Face Turn at the end.
- Butt-Monkey: Briefly so during the sequence where he shows up at Care-a-Lot pretending to be the "caring meter reader." The Star and Heart Buddies retard his efforts to catch the Bears and Cousins, and Hilarity Ensues and ends with him in a messy heap outside the dining hall. This status eventually stops, though, the moment the Bears and Cousins suggest giving him a hug to cheer him up.
- Curtains Match the Window: His hair and eyes are both a deep dark red.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Dark Heart is flabbergasted that Christy would save his life, noting that it would have been smarter for her to let him drown.
- Evil Redhead: Has red hair and is the Big Bad of his movie. Before his redemption, at least.
- Heel–Face Turn: Has one at the end of the movie when realizing how much he truly cares about Christy.
- Innocent Blue Eyes: When he becomes an actual human boy after his Heel–Face Turn, he is granted with blue eyes.
- Large Ham: He's very flamboyant and seems to be channeling the spirit of Christopher Walken during some of his lines.
- "One day the world will be rid of GOODNESS and KIIINDNEEEESS!"
- "Time for a game of disappearing bears..."
- Love Redeems: Or Caring Redeems. Dark Heart becomes Christy's friend (after she saves his life), and he feels so bad about nearly killing her that it drives the evil out of him.
- Morality Pet: He has one: Christy, the girl who makes a deal with him. After she saves his life, he starts to care about her. To the point that he refuses to harm her during the final fight, asking her to run and save her life and pushing her out of the way. When he realizes he accidentally wounded her with his lightning, he immediately stops fighting and makes a truce with the Care Bears to save her.
- Morphic Resonance: All of his forms have a red and gray color pattern.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After seeing that he accidentally zapped Christy. He even outright asks, "What have I done?"
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: His voice and his speech patterns can remind one of Christopher Walken.
- Not So Invincible After All: Well, he almost drown by hitting his head and falling out of a canoe.
- Really 700 Years Old: Dark Heart turns himself into a 12 year old boy for most of the movie, but is not a real child until the end of the movie.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though at the end of the movie, his eyes turn blue, because he's turned into a normal kid.
- Ship Tease: With Christy after his Heel–Face Turn, what with all the hand-holding and such or his happy little dance with her when he finds out that he became human.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Dark Heart is introduced chasing down a ship full of babies with the intention of killing them all, and seeks to destroy the very concept of caring.
- Voice of the Legion: Every once in a while, generally when he uses his powers.
ChristyAn arrogant, ambitious young girl who has the misfortune of being stuck at a summer camp she hates. She eagerly accepts Dark Heart's offer to become his helper in exchange for him using his magic to give her whatever she wishes for.
- Anti-Villain: She's a girl who was treated like dirt for not being good at sports by the other kids and forced to do all the chores for them. When Dark Heart offered her to grant her wish to become better in exchange of her helping him to do somethingnote , she agreed. She later agrees to help his kidnapping of the Care Bears because she fears he would take back what he gave to her (and probably because she fears his magical powers in general; she did see him change form and throw a kid in a trash can with his powers). During the climax, she does the right thing and helps the Care Bears though.
- Curtains Match The Windows: Has brown hair and eyes.
- Deal with the Devil: How she and Dark Heart become linked; she promises her allegiance, he grants her wishes.
- The Dragon: For Dark Heart, as she's his accomplice in his Evil Plan.
- Freudian Excuse: She was treated like dirt by the other kids of the camp and forced to do the chores for them because she wasn't good at sports, which fueled her resentment. When Dark Heart offers her to grant her wish of being the best, she jumps at the opportunity.
- Heel–Face Turn: After receiving a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech from her friends Dawn and John, she decides to do the right thing and to help rescue the Care Bears from Dark Heart.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: After becoming the "camp champ", she becomes incredibly braggy and behaves like the bully who was harassing her earlier. However, it's to mask her own insecurities. She's afraid to become a "nobody" and a loser again if Dark Heart removes the magic that turned her into the "camp champ".
- Morality Pet: For Dark Heart. After she saves his life, he starts to care about her. To the point that he refuses to harm her during the final fight, asking her to run and save her life and pushing her out of the way. When he realizes he accidentally wounded her with his lightning, he immediately stops fighting and makes a truce with the Care Bears to save her.
- Ship Tease: With Dark Heart after his Heel–Face Turn, what with all the hand-holding and such or his happy little dance with her when he finds out that he became human.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: After Dark Heart turns her into the "camp champ", and now that the roles are reversed, she becomes just as mean as the bully who was harassing her before.
- Villainous Friendship: Type I with Dark Heart.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Averted. She saves Darkheart's life because she still regards him as a person, no matter what he may be.
- Who's Laughing Now?: After Dark Heart's magic grants her wish of becoming better at sports, she wastes no time in getting her revenge on The Bully who was harassing her before and humiliates him. Although it's ultimately deconstructed, as it also shows that she became just as bad as he was.
- You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Receives this kind of speech from her friends John and Dawn. It manages to convince her that doing the right thing is more important than being the "camp champ".
The WizardThe main antagonist of the third 1980s movie. A member of the court of the Queen of Heart, he longs to overthrow the Queen and rule Wonderland himself. To do that, he has the Princess of Heart kidnapped before she's supposed to inherit the throne and intends to use the Succession Crisis to take the crown.
- Big Bad: The chief antagonist of the third movie.
- Control Freak: He hates Wonderland's craziness and wants to bring law, order and logic in it, with everything under his command.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": Or, in his case, "Wizard".
- Informed Ability: Everyone calls him "the Wizard", but we never see him use any actual magic.
- Nightmare Face: He does a brief but frightening one at the end of his Villain Song.
- No Name Given: He's not known by anything other than his title.
- Villain Song: "When I'm the King of Wonderland"
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Crazily inverted. The Wizard's goal is to bring law and order to Wonderland. In any other context, this would ordinarily make him the de-facto hero, in trying to bring order to chaos - but this is Wonderland. His plan would destroy the life and soul of this alternate reality. Moreover, he's also hinted to be a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist, as the reason he brings law and order is to have "everything at [his] command".
GrizzleSeen only in Adventures in Care-a-Lot. Grizzle is a brown bear who looks like the other Care Bears, except that he has no tummy symbol and often dresses up in a massive mechanical suit to make himself seem more intimidating. He has a number of robotic lackeys, but by The Giving Festival Movie, they have all abandoned him, most particularly Wingnut, who has become an honorary Care Bear.
- Adorable Evil Minions: Not a minion, but he is pretty cute when out of his suit.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: His theme song is "Grizzle's Bad."
- Bears Are Bad News: The first bear villain of this series, in fact.
- Big Bad Wannabe: And how. The Care Bears still consider him a legitimate threat sometimes, and maybe it's justified, but his plans fail most of the time and when they do work, it's never for long. In The Giving Festival Movie, they don't even really try to take him seriously as a villain anymore.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: He's gone as of Welcome to Care-a-Lot. Maybe he finally broke down and gave up after one too many failures.
- Companion Cube: Mr Beaks.
- Evil Is Hammy: He may be the least threatening and most bumbling major villain of the franchise, but he makes up for it by Chewing the Scenery at every opportunity.
- Evil Laugh: Pretty good at these.
- Grumpy Bear: He's even grumpier than Grumpy himself.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: He's mostly harmless.
- The Napoleon: Pretty small when outside his robo-suit.
- Save the Villain: Being Care Bears, they have to do it and Grizzle won't hesitate to try to take advantage of it.
- Take Over the World: Take over Care-a-Lot. Grizzle doesn't really care about the world, he just wants Care-a-Lot under his control, or better yet, gotten rid of. In fact, even just removing the Sugar Bowl from his presence will do and his scheme in The Giving Festival Movie is to simply try to push a good distance away from his lair.
- Villainous Breakdown: Sometimes subject to it, particularly if he gets caught in one of his own schemes or is subject to a Care Bear Stare.