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All ‘Care Bear’ names and colors

There's a lot more than you think.

Care Bears is one of the most successful cartoon (and toy) franchises of the 1980s. They established a warm, colorful, and kid-friendly phenomenon that positively touched a generation of children during their early years, as they grew up. Originally created by children’s artist, Elena Kucharik in 1981, these multi-colored bears could be found in one way or another, practically everywhere.

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They’re still popular today, in part, thanks to those young children now grown up, with kids of their own who have even more unique bears to bring them joy. They look very simple but what makes them unique is the meaning behind their individual fur colors and the accompanying symbols found on their tummies, or “belly badges.”

Some of the original bears included the blue “Bedtime Bear,” which made the traditional teddy bear for a child’s bedtime routine even more pleasant. Or the green “Good Luck Bear,” who inspired countless kids to find a four-leaf clover of their own for an extra boost of luck. By now, a new generation of fans can enjoy the likes of the “Shine Bright Bear,” a magenta-colored bear sporting a yellow sun inside a purple heart across its belly.

If you’re planning to buy them as a gift or just collect them, we’ve compiled a list of all the Care Bears’ names, symbols, and colors, so you’ll know who’s who in the Care Bear universe.

Meet the Care Bears

These were some of the original Care Bears that were designed by artist Elena Kucharik.
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The first 10 Care Bears

These 10 are the O.G. Care Bears if you will; the ones that many of the oldest fans know and love from their respective childhood. They are the ones that were featured in all of the classic animated movies, television shows, and all the other media that are these days, undoubtedly iconic.

Bedtime BearAqua BlueCurved Moon
Birthday BearGolden YellowSmall Cake
Cheer BearCarnation PinkRainbow
Friend BearPeach (1980) or Yellow Orange (2020)Two Flowers
Funshine BearLemon YellowSmiling Sun
Good Luck BearGreenFour-leaf Clover
Grumpy BearIndigo BlueRain Cloud
Love-A-Lot BearMagenta PinkTwo Hearts
Tenderheart BearBrown/Brown OrangeRed Heart
Wish BearTurquoiseShooting Star with Yellow Rainbow

Extended family  (U.S. and U.K.)

With all the craze that followed the initial success of the Care Bears during the ’80s, the ’90s and the beginning of the 2000s featured relaunches that included new bears in addition to most of the original ones. Some bears were given new colors and name changes, but the draw to these loveable characters was the same.

Baby Hugs BearLight PinkSmiling Star Inside a Pink Heart
Baby Tugs BearLight blueSmiling star inside a diaper
Champ BearTan/Royal blueTrophy
Grams BearGray/Dark blue/TurquoiseRose
Harmony BearVioletSmiling Flower
Secret BearTangerine/MagentaPadlock
Share BearLavender/MagentaMilkshake with two straws and two Crossed lollipops with hearts on them
Take Care BearHoney yellow/Light hot pinkSmiling heart
True Heart BearLight yellow/White/Pale pinkA radiating star inside a heart
Daydream BearPale pink/Blue-violetHeart-Shaped Planet
Forest Friend BearForest brownTrees
Sea Friend BearSea blueWave
I Love You BearGolden yellowRed heart with text saying “I love you”
Surprise BearSky blue/Amethyst PurpleJack-in-the-box

New Bears

In 2019, another rebrand was kicked off which had the Care Bears’ design changed to look more contemporary, when compared to animation styles of this current era. This version of the bears is more wide-eyed, yet less detailed when it comes to the texture of the bears’ fur, for example. Altogether, they are all definitely still colorful, while “Do-Your-Best Bear” features a kite tummy badge with lime green fur. And “Togetherness Bear” has several fur colors with a rainbow heart on its belly.

These Care Bears were redesigned for an animated series reboot in 2019.
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America Cares BearWhiteShooting star
Do-Your-Best BearLime greenKite
Laugh-A-Lot BearDark orangeLaughing star
Smart Heart BearCerise redRed apple
Thanks-A-Lot BearTealShooting star
Best Friend BearOrchidRainbow with heart and star
Bashful Heart BearSea greenRainbow on a cloud with a pink heart
Hopeful Heart BearFuchsia pinkA pink heart surrounded by multicolored rays of light
Too-Loud BearCoral redRed and yellow megaphone
Me BearLavender pinkHeart-shaped mirror
Messy BearPeriwinkle blueSilly tornado
Shine Bright BearMagentaYellow sun inside a purple heart
Superstar BearLemon yellowOrange star with red and yellow borders with a red heart inside surrounded by three small hearts
Heartsong BearTurquoise blueMulticolored music note with three small hearts
Play-a-Lot BearSky blueViolet bouncing ball with a red heart stamp and a rainbow trail.
Sweet Dreams BearMauve FemaleA light pink moon resting on a cloud surrounded by small hearts
Always There BearRed pinkTwo smiling pink and lavender intertwined hearts
Amigo BearOrange-redOrange sun
Oopsy BearChartreuse greenShooting star
Wonderheart BearDark pinkThree-layered heart
Rainbow Heart BearNeon PurpleRainbow heart
Watchful BearPastel greenStar with swirls
Togetherness BearMulticolorRainbow heart
Dream Bright BearSky blue and LavenderWinged heart with rising rainbow

Care Bear cousins

There are also other animals that are part of the franchise called Care Bears & Cousins. This was a computer-generated Netflix series from 2015 that was a continuation of a previous series, Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot. In this run though, four of the popular “Care Bear Cousins” – Brave Heart Lion, Bright Heart Raccoon, Lotsa Heart Elephant, and Cozy Heart Penguin, are featured throughout the episodes.

Of course, like every other media version of the Care Bears, there are toys that accompany them. But when it comes to series that involve the cousins, the toys are seemingly more valuable, especially to collectors. Some of the actual cousins are rarer than even the Care Bears themselves. In one episode of the famous show Pawn Stars, a seller sold some unreleased prototypes of Care Bear Cousins, and it went for serious dollars.

Yes, it’s safe to say that the Care Bears certainly have staying power, still bringing lots of smiles and happiness to a dedicated legion of fans!

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Hassan is a proud dad, a habitual night owl, and a passionate fan of many sports, James Bond films, visiting Canada (well, Toronto to be exact), the power of humor, and great food. He often believes that coffee can and will save the world. Hassan tries to be charitable with some of his free time and energy to his local community. In the meantime, he's also attempting to get his one-man podcast back off the ground.