The Care Bear Stare is an ability that most members of the Care Bear Family possess. The primary uses of this ability are to defeat the Care Bears' enemies and to heal people and objects that have been corrupted by them.
This glittery beam filled with hearts and stars can blast an enemy to subdue their heartless attempts to harm others. However, the stare does not hurt any enemies and to the contrary can even be used to heal their friends who have been hurt. It generally works by repelling the enemy by disgusting them, as the stare often results in the recipient uncovering or purifying their feelings toward another person or a particular situation.
Care Bear Cousins possess a similar ability called a Care Cousin Call. This ability is used in similar situations to a stare and is instead invoked by the user 'calling,' making an animal call.
In the Nelvana Series episode "The Cloud Monster" the process is explained by Brave Heart Lion as finding their centre, focusing their emotions and forcing the energy out of their symbols. The Belly Badge is used for this ability.
In Oopsy Does It! and Adventures In Care-A-Lot, the stare is a way of cheering people up. It can also be used against their enemies. All of the bears can use it. While Oopsy Bear was intended to be unable to use it with a drawn belly badge he does Stare in "Rebooted".
In the Welcome to Care-a-Lot series, all Care Bears (except Wonderheart Bear) can use the stare. It can carry a distress signal or unlock their special belly badge ability. The color of the stare is based on the color of the badge.
When the Stare/Call is used it creates a glittering ray of light, often filled with hearts and stars. When this ray strikes a major enemy of the Care Bear Family, it appears to harm them; when it hits someone or something who has been affected by one of their enemies, it appears to heal them. Beastly is the only enemy who has been seen to be affected to a greater degree, occasionally starting to act very nice when struck by the stare.
- "Care Bear Stare!" - Multiple incarnations
- "Care Bears, prepare to stare! Countdown! 3, 2, 1!" - DiC series
- "Care Bears Countdown! 4, 3, 2, 1!" - Nelvana series
- "Cousin Call!"
- "Care Cousin Call!"