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Friend Bear is one of the ten original Care Bears who appeared on American Greetings greeting cards in late 1982, and has since made numerous appearances throughout the 1980's and 2000's Care Bears franchise.

Not to be confused with Best Friend Bear, Sea Friend Bear, Forest Friend Bear, or Amigo Bear (whose name literally translates to "Friend Bear" in Spanish).

Appearance

Friend Bear has peach-colored fur and her Belly badge depicts two intertwined smiling yellow daisies. She also has blue eyes and a darker orange head tuft. Friend Bear's palms and paw pads are a very dark orange. Her face is white with three freckles on each cheek. The fur on her stomach is also white.

Personality

If there's one thing Friend Bear knows, it's how to be a pal. She practically wrote the book on companionship, and knows that there's no greater gift in the world than a good buddy to share all of life's ups and downs with. She's willing to stand beside anyone who needs a companion, consort, partner, sidekick, or just plain acquaintance. Friend Bear is the social butterfly of the Care Bear team, and with her around, you're never in danger of being alone. In the original series, she is often seen with Secret Bear, and is one of the few bears who can interpret his pantomimes.

Original series

Land Without Feelings

Friend Bear makes her animated debut in the very first Care Bears 1983 television special. After a boy named Kevin runs away from home, he ends up in the gloomy Land Without Feelings ruled by Professor Coldheart, who turns him into a Green Creature Slave. It's up to Friend Bear and the rest of the crew to defeat the mad professor and return the boy to normal. The Care Bears in the Land Without Feelings

Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine

In the follow-up to the original TV special, Friend Bear is among the bears who must once again stop Coldheart and his new sidekick Frostbite from tricking a boy named Paul into helping him complete his "Careless Ray Contraption" that will freeze everyone's feelings. The Care Bears Battle the Freeze Machine

The Care Bears Movie

In the very first Care Bears theatrical film, Friend Bear and Secret Bear travel to Earth to help two children, Kim and Jason, who feel like they don't need any friends. After Grumpy's Rainbow Rescue Beam malfunctions and transports both the bears and the two children to Care-a-Lot, Friend welcomes them in true Care Bear fashion with a song ("Nobody Cares Like a Bear") before attempting to take them back the same way. When the machine once again goes haywire, she, Secret Bear, Kim, and Jason become lost in the Forest of Feelings, where they meet their new friends, the Care Bear Cousins. When the other bears travel to the forest to look for them, they are finally reunited after meeting the rest of the Cousins, and travel to Earth together to stop The Spirit from removing all caring from the world. The Care Bears Movie

Care Bears TV series

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Friend Bear from the episode "Camp"

Friend Bear makes her first appearance in DiC's Care Bears series in an episode where she and several other bears travel to Earth to help two boys named Sanford and Murphy enjoy their camping trip despite their different personalities. Camp Later, she is among another group who attempts to convince a boy named Joey to not be self-conscious about his new braces, Braces and joins a soccer game with another boy named Carl against a group of bullies. Split Decision

When Professor Coldheart rigs a children's contest to be mayor of a small town for a day, Friend Bear and some other bears travel and team up with a group of local children to stop his reign of terror. Mayor for a Day Later, when a hungry Cloud Worm threatens to literally eat the Care Bears out of house and home, Friend Bear is among the denizens of Care-a-Lot who try to convince him to go somewhere else. The Cloud Worm

Care Bears Movie II

Secret Bear 2

Friend Bear with Secret Bear

Baby Friend Bear

Cub Friend Bear

The second Care Bears feature film tells the story of how the bears, including Friend Bear, first arrived in Care-a-Lot after escaping the evil Dark Heart. Later, when the villain propositions a girl named Christy into helping him capture the Care Bears once and for all, Friend and Secret Bear see the two working together to lure the rest of the bears into a trap, and re-group with the few remaining members of the Care Bear Family to help plan their rescue. Together with two children named John and Dawn, the team goes to Dark Hearts lair and free their friends, and even help Dark Heart himself to care and turn into a real boy. Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation

Care Bears Family TV series

Friend Bear makes her first appearance in Nelvana's Care Bears Family series as one of the contestants in the annual Care Bear Family Obstacle Race. However, when Mr. Beastly rigs the ballot to make himself a participant, she and the rest of the bears must put up with his constant cheating, with Friend Bear getting caught in a bag he hangs from a tree. The Great Race Later, though not seen, Friend Bear is mentioned in an episode where Secret Bear learns of No Heart's plan to concoct a spell to summon a "Cloud of Uncaring", but can only use charades to communicate with the others, leaving an exasperated Brave Heart to comment "Boy, if Friend Bear were here she'd be able to understand what Secret Bear's trying to tell us..." The Cloud of Uncaring

"Care Bears Care About the Environment" series

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Friend Bear's 1991 redesign, artwork and plush

Around 1991, Friend Bear and several other Care Bears received temporary redesigns in both artwork and plush form in order to bring about environmental awareness. Despite appearing in several books and even stickers, this new line was relatively short-lived due to a lack of popularity and low sales.

Friend Bear's appearance for this series featured her with reddish fur with a much different tummy symbol that depicted her typical flowers with the addition of two large overarching trees surrounded by hearts.

2000's series

Journey to Joke-a-lot

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CGI Friend Bear

Friend Bear is a character in the first computer-animated Care Bears film, Journey to Joke-a-lot. After Funshine Bear runs away to the titular town so his practical jokes can be appreciated, he is crowned king as part of a secret plot by a rat named Sir Funnybone to steal the royal treasure, and Friend is among the bears who come to Joke-a-lot to stop him. Care Bears: Journey to Joke-a-lot

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Friend Bear's illustrated 2000's appearance

Big Wish Movie

In the second CG Care Bears video, Friend Bear is among the residents of Care-a-Lot who welcome their new neighbors, Me Bear, Messy Bear, and Too Loud Bear to the community. Later in the film, when the new bears abuse the power of Wish Bear's wishing star Twinkers, their greed eventually becomes too severe and Care-a-Lot begins to fall apart at the seems. Its up to the Care Bears, including Friend, to rebuild it in the aftermath. The Care Bears' Big Wish Movie

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Friend Bear as she appears in Adventures in Care-a-Lot.

Adventures in Care-a-Lot

Friend Bear makes a few minor appearances in the 2007-2008 Adventures in Care-a-Lot television series. She is first seen as one of the attendees of the annual Care-a-Lot Starshine Parade, Cheer, There and Everywhere and is later one of the bears who becomes obsessed with Share Bear's flowers when they become a fashion sensation. Flower Power Later, she is seen during Love-a-Lot Bear's birthday party, where Love-a-Lot and Cheer Bear have a falling out following a misunderstanding about her present. Present and Accounted For

2010's series

Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot

Although Friend Bear doesn't appear in Care Bears: Welcome to Care-a-Lot, she does appear in promotional artwork and in the toyrange from Just Play.

Care Bears: Unlock the Magic

Friend Bear UTM

As with Welcome to Care-a-Lot, Friend Bear doesn't appear in Care Bears: Unlock the Magic, although artwork done in the show's art style has been used on promotional material on the social media pages for the Care Bears, first being used on a "Favorite Care Bear" contest done in March 2020. For unknown reasons, she is mistakingly shown as a male, as her artwork lacks the eyelashes that the female Care Bears have in the series.

Care Bears: The Care Quests

Friend Bear is one of the playable characters in the 2005 Game Boy Advance video game Care Bears: The Care Quests during the minigame "It's Good to Have Friends", where she must float around knocking on other bears' door and match them together based on their toys.


Descriptions

2002-2006: Need a good friend? Friend Bear would love to be your best buddy bear. She's the perfect example of a friend, too. She's caring, likes to play with you and she's fun to be with. She has a friendly symbol on her tummy - two smiling flowers!

2002 Website Profile:

Caring Mission: She shows how to be a great friend.
Symbol: Her twin, smiling flowers symbolize the joy of friendship.
Personality: Kind and friendly.
Character Quirk: A real chatterbox, she doesn't always know when to be quiet.
Color: Amber
Best Friend: Love-a-lot Bear
Relationship Challenge: No one-she gets along with everyone!
Motto: Have I got a friend for you—me!

2004 Cub: Friend Cub would like to be your best friend, but she's far too shy even to say hello with your help, however, she'll become the perfect example of a friend - caring, playful, and fun to be with. She hopes you like the symbol on her tummy - a friendly, smiling flower!

20th Anniversary: Everyone can use a good friend in life, and Friend Bear spares no effort to make sure that each of us has at least one. Not only is she a good friend in her own right, but she helps bring people closer to each other, too. Friend Bear's tummy symbol, two smiling daisies, reflects the warmth and closeness of friendship.

Notes

  • Friend Bear is mistakenly referred to as male in the book The Trouble with Timothy, as well as in many of the records produced by Kid Stuff Records. She is also mistakingly shown as a male character in Unlock the Magic promotional art, as she lacks the eyelashes the female Care Bears have in the series.

In other languages:

Croatian: Kompica ("Buddy")
Dutch: Vriendbeertje ("Friend Bear")
French: Groscopain and Toucopain ("Great Friend" and "All Friends")
French (Canadian): Copinours ("Friend Bear")
German: Freundschaftsbärchi ("Friendship Bear")
Italian: Amicorso ("Friend Bear")
Japanese: フレンドベア
Norwegian: Bestebamse ("Best Bear")
Polish: Miś Przyjaźni ("Friendship Bear")
Portuguese: Amizade ("Friendship")
Spanish: Amigosita ("Friend Bear")
Spanish (Argentina): Osito de los Deseos ("Wishes Bear")
Spanish (Spain): Amicorso ("Friend Bear")
Swedish: Kompisnalle ("Group Bear")

Russian: Дружелюбный мишка ("Friendly Bear")


Care Bears Family
Care Bears
Original Bears
Bedtime Bear - Birthday Bear - Cheer Bear - Friend Bear - Funshine Bear - Good Luck Bear - Grumpy Bear - Love-a-Lot Bear - Tenderheart Bear - Wish Bear
1980s - 1990s Introductions
Baby Hugs Bear - Baby Tugs Bear - Champ Bear - Daydream Bear - Forest Friend Bear - Grams Bear - Harmony Bear - I Love You Bear - Perfect Panda - Polite Panda - Sea Friend Bear - Secret Bear - Share Bear - Take Care Bear - True Heart Bear
2000s Introductions
All My Heart Bear - Always There Bear - America Cares Bear - Amigo Bear - Bashful Heart Bear - Best Friend Bear - Do-Your-Best Bear - Heartsong Bear - Hopeful Heart Bear - Laugh-a-Lot Bear - Me Bear - Messy Bear - Oopsy Bear - Pink Power Bear - Play-a-Lot Bear - Shine Bright Bear - Smart Heart Bear - Superstar Bear - Surprise Bear - Sweet Dreams Bear - Sweet Sakura Bear - Thanks-a-Lot Bear - Too Loud Bear - Work of Heart Bear - True North Bear
2010s Introductions
Great Giving Bear - Shiver Me Timbear - Wonderheart Bear - Trick-or-Sweet Bear - Christmas Wishes Bear - Rainbow Heart Bear - Piece of Heart Bear
2020s Introductions
TBA
Care Bear Cousins
Brave Heart Lion - Bright Heart Raccoon - Cozy Heart Penguin - Gentle Heart Lamb - Lotsa Heart Elephant - Loyal Heart Dog - Noble Heart Horse - Playful Heart Monkey - Proud Heart Cat - Swift Heart Rabbit - Treat Heart Pig
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