Characters: Care Bears

The Original Care Bears

Tenderheart Bear

"I have a feeling..."
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.

Birthday Bear

Golden yellow in color, his symbol is a cupcake. His metier is birthdays, or more generally celebrations.

Cheer Bear

"We'll make it rock, we'll make it pop, and the fun will never stop!"
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 ridiculously 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.

Friend Bear

Orange in color, her symbol is two entwined flowers. She embodies the spirit of friendship and is extremely outgoing.

Grumpy Bear

"I'm not the cheeriest Care Bear in Care-a-Lot. Go figure."
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.

  • 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.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Was infamously removed from all merchandise in the 00s in favor of Bed Time Bear, due to the owners not wanting two blue bears around. Which is really rather rock-headed when you think about it, since their personalities are quite distinct and both Adventures and Welcome have two purplish bears with the addition of Harmony, Also because by that point he was one of the most popular characters in the franchise.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Only Sane Man
  • Personal Raincloud: In Welcome to Care-a-Lot, he can use his belly badge to generate one and often does.
  • Ship Tease: Ironically, with Cheer Bear in the DiC version.

Funshine Bear

"Whoa! Shine on!"
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.

Love-A-Lot Bear

The embodiment of Love, Love-A-Lot is the pink bear with the double heart symbol.

Good Luck Bear

The Care Bear embodiment of good luck. The green bear with the shamrock symbol.

Wish Bear

A Care Bear whose duty it is to make people's wishes come true. She's the mint-colored bear with the shooting star symbol.

Bedtime Bear

The 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.

Later Additions (1980s)

Champ Bear

A 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.

Share Bear

"Sharing feels so good! You're gonna wanna spread it around the neighborhood!"
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.

Secret Bear

Used to be a boy, but changed to a girl in later revivals. He is the only Care Bear that never speaks (at least not out loud), keeping everything to himself. If he has anything to say, he will either mime it or at most, whisper it in another bearís ear. He 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 colour changed to pink and she can now openly talk.

The Speechless: He NEVER says a word, he normally communicates with body language or just whispering.

Hugs and Tugs

Toddler 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.

Grams Bear

The 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
  • Cool Old Lady
  • 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.

True Heart Bear

Debuting 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.

Perfect and Polite Panda

Perfect (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.

Later Additions (2000s)

Too Loud Bear, Messy Bear and Me Bear

This 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, with Too Loud Bear becoming Quiet 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.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: Too Loud Bear is the animated Beetlejuice, Messy Bear is Mr. Lederhosen and Me Bear is Chibiusa (but not Stephanie Beard)

Oopsy Bear

The 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.)

  • Butt Monkey: Though even he can't reach Grumpy Bear's level.
  • 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."
  • Stop Helping Me!: Usually, but not exclusively, to Grumpy Bear.
  • Those Two Guys: Often becomes this with Wingnut.

Wingnut

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.

Wonderheart Bear

"Care hug!"
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 doesn't know it exactly what it does, other than that it seems to have some sort of star / light beam effect. 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
  • Companion Cube: A stuffed bunny named Floppy Bunny
  • Constantly Curious
  • 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: 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
  • Nephewism: No parents are ever even mentioned.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Gets this from time to time
  • Tagalong Kid
  • Verbal Tic: Often begins sentences with "I wonder..."

Great Giving Bear

A 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.

The Care Bear Cousins

Braveheart Lion

The ridiculously brave leader of the Care Bear Cousins who embodies courage. He's the brown lion with the crowned heart symbol.

Brightheart Raccoon

The 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.

Cozy Heart Penguin

Cozy Heart Penguin is the purple penguin with the heart and wool cap symbol who embodies warmth. His/her gender varies.

Loyal Heart Dog

A 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: With Proud Heart.
  • 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.

Lotsa Heart Elephant

A 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.

Playful Heart Monkey

A yellow monkey with a heart with a party horn inside it for a chest symbol. A wild and boisterous party animal.

Proud Heart Cat

The 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 colour.

  • Cool Cat
  • Female Feline, Male Mutt: With Loyal Heart.
  • Neat Freak: Very much about keeping things neat and tidy, particularly herself.
  • Verbal Tic: In the DIC series, she ends almost every sentence with a cat-like chirp, meow or high-pitched "Prrrrr."
  • Butt Monkey: Well, duh, what did you expect from a Neat Freak like her? Whenever she tries to make a plan, Playful Heart always ruins it. No wonder that Proud Heart can't stand him...

Treat Heart Pig

The big-eating yellow pig with an ice cream cone for a symbol.

  • Big Eater
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: In 2003, the majority of the Cousins got slight redesigns for the relaunch of the toyline. Treat Heart, along with Noble Heart Horse, was left out.

Gentle Heart Lamb

A timid scaredy-cat mint-coloured lamb with a lace-covered heart logo.

Swift Heart Rabbit

A 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.

Noble Heart Horse

A 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.

Villains

Grizzle

Seen 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
  • Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad: His theme song is "Grizzle's Bad."
  • 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
  • Grumpy Bear: He's even grumpier than him.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sure, he's evil, but can you really hate him for all the abuse Dark Heart puts him through
  • 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.

Professor Cold Heart

Appearing 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.

Dark Heart

An 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 to 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.

Christy

An 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.

Beastly

A bumbling bestial creature who serves as the flunky to No Heart in the 1980s cartoon, then reappeared on his own in Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot.

  • 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.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A massive version appears in "Bearied Treasure" in Welcome to Care-a-Lot.
  • Breakout Villain
  • 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
  • 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: 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.
  • Mascot Mook
  • 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.
  • Un-evil Laugh: His "evil laugh" is a low-pitched tittering snigger.

Shreeky

A 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

No Heart

The 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
  • Cartoonish Supervillainy
  • Dystopia Justifies the Means: He just wants to snuff out love, care, hope and all other positive emotions.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good
  • Evil Laugh
  • Evil Sorcerer
  • The Faceless: All we ever see of his face are his red eyes.
  • The Heartless
  • 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." 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 that 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) before 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 go and get rid of the demon because it had failed him, saying, "If any one fails me, it's going to be you!"
  • Sorcerous Overlord
  • 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.
  • 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, either that or, more likely, a fear of the caring crystals Beastly was covered in).
  • What Is This Thing You Call Caring?: He knows all too well what it is, he just hates it and everything about it.