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Best Friend Bear is a Care Bear who was first introduced during the 2002-2006 franchise toyline re-launch, and has since made appearances throughout the series beginning with the film Care Bears: Oopsy Does It! in 2007.

Personality and Appearance

Best Friend Bear believes there's someone for everyone. Not in an online dating kinda way, but more like two best buddies waiting to happen. Believing everyone should have someone, Best Friend acts as sort of a matchmaker between people or bears she thinks have something in common, and that true friendship lasts forever. Of course, when no one else is available, she's more than willing to fill the void until she can find someone suitable to take her place.

She has orchid fur and her Belly badge depicts a smiling yellow star and pink heart linked by a rainbow.

History

2002-2006 toyline

Best Friend Bear made her debut as a plush doll during the Care Bears franchise re-launch in the early-to-mid 2000s, and has since appeared in a number of different varieties, including a standard 10" plush, 5" soft plush, 8" limited edition lavender-scented plush, 10" Easter Bunny plush, and a 14" singing plush.

Care Bears: Oopsy Does It!

Best Friend makes her first animated appearance in the 2007 film Oopsy Does It! as one of the many residents of Care-a-Lot.

Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot

Best Friend appears in the 2007-2008 animated series Adventures in Care-a-Lot where she receives a redesign in the form of lighter, more fuschia-colored fur and longer hair pulled up in a ponytail with a yellow scrunchie.

  • In Erased, She is among the many bears whose Belly Badge had become amplified by one of Grizzle's botched plans to remove them entirely, becoming argumentative and confrontational until she and the rest of the bears are brought back to normal.
  • In Luck O' the Oopsy, She is later seen when Oopsy Bear is experiencing what he believes to be a string a bad luck while causing a mess at the town grocery store, and later appears among the crowd cheering him on at a hoverboard race.
  • In Desperately Seeking Mr. Beaks, When Grizzle comes to Care-a-Lot looking for his lost assistant Mr. Beaks, Grumpy attempts to make him a new one, but is rejected. Regardless, the new Beaks dolls become popular among the bears, including Best Friend.

Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot

Best Friend appears in the Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot television series, where she has a tendency to use the word "friend" throughout her dialogue.

She appears in the episode Cub Bouts, where she is first seen during the annual Belly Badge Bout competition, as a member of the "Bear-a-Lots" with Good Luck Bear, Love-a-Lot Bear, and Wish Bear, who have a rivalry with team Bear Power, made up of Grumpy, Funshine, Harmony, and Share.

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic

Best Friend appears in Unlock the Magic merchandise, such as in the book The Bears Are Back in Town - The Ultimate Guidebook.

Gallery

Descriptions

2002-2006, 2007-2011: Best Friend Bear lets you know you can always find someone to be your best friend! She knows friends stick together, no matter what. Her belly badge shows what it feels like to have a good friend and to be one, too. It's a smiling heart and a smiling star connected by a rainbow!

2015-2018 (Just Play plush): Best Friend Bear knows how special and important important friendship is, and it's her job to show her friends how to take care of each other. She's an expert on all the things best friends do - like sharing secrets, laughing and looking out for each other! The smiling star and heart on her belly are linked by a rainbow to show how happy our friends make us feel!

2018-2019 (JumpStart plush): Best Friend Bear knows how to care for best friends and keep them caring for each other. Even her belly badge shows the special caring bond between two close friends - a happy heart and smiley star, connected by a rainbow!

2020-present (JumpStart plush): Best Friend Bear truly believes everyone should have someone they can connect with in a meaningful way. But don't worry if you haven't found that perfect pal just yet, she'll be there for you to fill that void until your best buddy comes along.

The Bears Are Back in Town - The Ultimate Guidebook: There is a best friend for everyone out there; Best Friend Bear is certain of that. She has a talent for matching up bears who eventually become lifelong buddies. Best Friend is always there for a friend in need and can make friends in any situation. Best Friend is here to show what it feels like to have a best friend, and how to be one.

Notes

In other languages

  • French: Toutamie ("All Friends")
  • German: Bester-Freund-Bärchi ("Best-Friend-Bear")
  • Japanese: ベストフレンドベア
  • Spanish: Mejoramigosita ("Best Friend Bear")


Care Bears Family
Care Bears
Original Bears
Bedtime Bear (1982) - Birthday Bear (1982) - Cheer Bear (1982) - Friend Bear (1982) - Funshine Bear (1982) - Good Luck Bear (1982) - Grumpy Bear (1982) - Love-a-Lot Bear (1982) - Tenderheart Bear (1982) - Wish Bear (1982)
Originally Introduced in Television Shows/Movies
Baby Hugs Bear (1984) - Baby Tugs Bear (1984) - Grams Bear (1984) - Secret Bear (1985) - Share Bear (1985) - True Heart Bear (1986) - Perfect Panda (1986) - Polite Panda (1986) - Me Bear (2005) - Messy Bear (2005) - Too Loud Bear (2005) - Oopsy Bear (2007) - Wonderheart Bear (2012) - Shiver Me Timbear (2012) - Great Giving Bear (2012) - Watchful Bear (2019)
Originally Introduced in Merchandise
Champ Bear (1985) - Harmony Bear (1985) - Surprise Bear (1985) - Laugh-a-Lot Bear (2003) - Bashful Heart Bear (2004) - Best Friend Bear (2004) - Thanks-a-Lot Bear (2004) - Sweet Dreams Bear (2005) - Amigo Bear (2006)
Merchandise-Exclusive Bears
Daydream Bear (1985) - Take Care Bear (1987) - Do-Your-Best Bear (2004) - Hopeful Heart Bear (2005) - Smart Heart Bear (2005) - Always There Bear (2006) - Heartsong Bear (2006) - Play-a-Lot Bear (2006) - Shine Bright Bear (2006) - Superstar Bear (2006) - Work of Heart Bear (2006)
Promotional/Seasonal Bears
Forest Friend Bear (1980's) - I Love You Bear (1980's) - Sea Friend Bear (1980's) - America Cares Bear (1991/2003) - True North Bear (2000's) - All My Heart Bear (2006) - Pink Power Bear (2008) - Heart of Gold Bear (2008) - - Sweet Sakura Bear (2009) - Trick-or-Sweet Bear (2013) - Christmas Wishes Bear (2014) - Rainbow Heart Bear (2017) - Piece of Heart Bear (2018) - Sparkle Heart Bear (2019) - Black Lives Matter Bear (2020) - Unity Bear (2020)
New Bears
TBA (2021)
Care Bear Cousins
Brave Heart Lion (1985) - Bright Heart Raccoon (1985) - Cozy Heart Penguin (1985) - Gentle Heart Lamb (1985) - Lotsa Heart Elephant (1985) - Loyal Heart Dog (1985) - Playful Heart Monkey (1985) - Proud Heart Cat (1985) - Swift Heart Rabbit (1985) - Treat Heart Pig (1985) - Noble Heart Horse (1986)
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