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(Note: The subject of this article has conflicting sources to their gender. For the purposes of consistency and readability, gender-neutral pronouns will be used to address this character throughout this article due to their neutrality.)

Swift Heart Rabbit is a Care Bear Cousin and a major recurring character in early Care Bears material.

Profile[]

Appearance[]

Swift Heart is a rabbit with aqua blue fur and their Belly badge is a large red heart flanked by two small white wings.

Personality[]

As their name suggests, they are by far the fastest of all members of the Care Bear Family, becoming a blue blur that leaves a cloud of dust in their wake, yet their overconfidence can sometimes get the better of them (usually punctuated with phrases like "Swift Heart Rabbit is unbeatable!"). Regardless, they always remain loyal to their friends and brave in the face of danger.

The exact opposite of Lotsa Heart Elephant, they prefer to get things done as quickly as possible, provided they still have time to gloat beforehand. They also happen to be the niece of the White Rabbit of Wonderland.

Main Story[]

The Care Bears Movie[]

Swift Heart first appears in the inaugural Care Bears film, along with the rest of the Care Bear Cousins. The Care Bears are introduced to the spry speedster when they are attacked by a manifestation of the villainous Spirit in the form of a tree, when Swift Heart is able to quickly free them from its grasp and help the group to safety. They later join the rest of Cousins and Care Bears in defeating the Spirit once and for all, and are later made an official member of the Care Bear Family. The Care Bears Movie

Care Bears (DiC Series)[]

Swift Heart makes their television debut in the very first episode of DiC's Care Bears series, where they help plan a party for Birthday Bear. The Birthday Later, when Cheer Bear becomes depressed because she can't seem to cheer up Grumpy Bear, Swift Heart, along with several other characters, take part in a comedy show called "Laugh Night" to try and lift both their spirits. Last Laugh

When a young girl named Melanie can't stop daydreaming, Swift Heart and the rest of the Cousins take her to the Forest of Feelings, a place they believe is better than any daydream, in hopes of helping her to stop, but are interrupted by Professor Coldheart. Day Dreams. Later, when a drought threatened a town on Earth, Swift Heart and Proud Heart Cat joined the Care Bears in investigating, and were able to break their friends out of a cave using a combined Care Cousin Call. Dry Spell.

While on a ride in a hot-air balloon, Swift Heart, along with several other bears and cousins, accidentally find themselves in a colorless town called Drab City, where no one cares about anything. Along with a girl named Jill, they find a strange crystal meteorite which was the cause of everyone's emotionless behavior, but are soon affected. Fortunately, a second group of bears and cousins arrive to restore Swift Heart and their group to normal and help remove the rock by throwing it in a bottomless pit, thus returning color to the town and having Drab City renamed Rainbow City. Drab City

Care Bears Movie II[]

The second Care Bears film tells the story of how the Care Bears and Care Bear Cousins, including Swift Heart, arrived in the Kingdom of Caring for the first time. While still a cub, Swift Heart stowed away inside True Heart Bear's backpack on their first trip to Earth to help two children named Dawn and John. Later, when the villain, Dark Heart, begins to capture the Bears and Cousins, Swift Heart is among the few Cousins not to be imprisoned. They are present when Dark Heart is defeated, turned into a real boy and then bids goodbye to him and the other children. Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation

The Care Bears Family[]

Swift Heart first appears in the very first episode of Nelvana's Care Bears Family series where they help prepare for Care-a-Lot's "birthday" celebration, and later has to travel to No Heart's Castle to help rescue Baby Hugs and Baby Tugs from the evil wizard himself. Care-a-Lot's Birthday

During the annual Care-a-Lot Obstacle Race, Swift Heart is one of the contestants chosen and favored to win the title of King or Queen for a Day. However, even after Mr. Beastly cheats his way into the competition and threatens to move Care-a-Lot if he wins, they don't take the race seriously due to their overconfidence and gives him a lengthy head start. Their gloating eventually gets the better of them after they get caught in a thorn bush, but Care-a-Lot is narrowly saved by a last-minute win by Lotsa Heart Elephant. In the end, Swift Heart apologizes for getting a swelled head. The Great Race

Later, Swift Heart participates in helping a herd of helpless little stars reach Big Star Point The Big Star Round-Up and joins in stopping Dr. Fright from taking over a carnival Bravest of the Brave. They also accompany Tenderheart Bear and Good Luck Bear to a beautiful valley where they meet Perfect and Polite Panda, the long-lost members of the Care Bear Family The Long Lost Care Bears. In a basketball game, Swift Heart is among the Care Bear Cousins participating against the Care Bears. Unfortunately, during the game, they are injured, forcing Lotsa Heart to take their place. Order on the Court

Adventure in Wonderland[]

Swift Heart is a central character in the third Care Bears feature film, and is revealed to be the niece of the White Rabbit of Wonderland. When their uncle comes to Care-a-Lot asking for help in finding the missing princess of Wonderland, Swift Heart and their friends manage to find a nearly identical girl named Alice, whom they take to the magical realm in hopes of finding the real princess.

Splitting into two groups, Swift Heart, along with Grumpy Bear, Good Luck Bear, and Brave Heart Lion, follow the trail of the Mad Hatter to discover the princess's location in the lair of Stan the Jabberwocky. By freeing them and making their way back to the palace, they are able to foil the plot of the Wizard of Wonderland and keep him from ascending to the throne himself. The Care Bears Adventure in Wonderland

2000's series[]

Swift Heart is one of nine Care Bear Cousins who received a redesign for their 2003 re-launch toyline. Their appearance remains largely the same, but with larger, floppier ears, and a modified belly badge that moves the wings to the top of the heart rather than the bottom. This version has not appeared in any form of 2000's Care Bears media aside from merchandise.

Comic series[]

Swift Heart Comic

Swift Heart in the comic series.

Swift Heart makes two appearances in Star Comics' Care Bears series. In the issue 3 story "Blue Who?", they alert the Care Bears that the Forest of Feelings has mysteriously turned blue and everyone in it had begun to act strangely. They themself eventually succumbs to the effects and begins to slow down and completely run out of energy before the Care Bears manage to find the source of the problem in the form of a group of aliens named The Gloomies, whom they eventually trick into leaving the planet.

In the issue 5 story "The Very First Care Bear", a prequel to Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation, Swift Heart is one of the Care Cubs rescued from Dark Heart's lair by True Heart Bear and Noble Heart Horse, and taken to safety in Care-a-Lot.

This version of Swift Heart has the added quirk of talking extremely fast; so fast that it's usually hard for the Care Bears to work out exactly what they're saying because their words tend to blur together.

Inconsistencies Regarding Gender[]

Swift Heart Rabbit is sometimes the hardest character to pin down in terms of gender, which seems to vary from one medium to the next (and in some cases within the same medium). The character's earliest profile from American Greetings describes Swift Heart as male, along with any merchandise produced, which is seemingly substantiated in the DiC television series episode "Day Dreams", where Professor Coldheart exclaims "Get him!" to Frostbite after Swift Heart escapes one of his traps.

However, Swift Heart seems to present as female in all Nelvana-produced material, including the Care Bears Family TV series and all Care Bear movies. They even go so far as to specifically call them the White Rabbit's niece in the third film, Adventures in Wonderland. Despite this change, they are still described as male in all merchandise released during the run of the Nelvana series.

This matter is further complicated in the Care Bears comic book series by Star Comics, where Swift Heart is called both male and female in the same issue (specifically issue 3 in the story "Blue Who?").

The description for their 2003 plush does not refer to them with a pronoun at all, the only cousin to not have he or she in their bio.

The story attached to brooch released in 2020 by Erstwilder reads "Helping others always keeps Swift Heart Rabbit hopping. She shows us all the value of getting the best out of each day."

As of December 2023, Swift Heart has been referred to in merchandise using neutral pronouns, notably on the packaging of their limited edition "80's Cousin Collection" plush, stating: "Swift Heart Rabbit is by far the fastest of all members of the Care Bear Family, becoming a blue blur that leaves a cloud of dust in their wake, yet their overconfidence can sometimes get the better of them (usually punctuated with phrases like 'Swift Heart Rabbit is unbeatable.') Regardless, they always remain loyal to their friends and brave in the face of danger." This marks the first time they've been referred to neutrally in an official capacity.

Gallery[]

Trivia[]

Swift-Heart-Teeth

Swift Heart's rabbit incisors in "Order on the Court."

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Swift Heart with Lotsa Heart, Treat Heart and Brave Heart in the rosey & buddy show.

In other languages:[]

Croatian: Brzic ("Swifty")
Dutch: Vlughart Konijn ("Swift Heart Rabbit")
French: Toufou le Lapin ("Always Crazy Rabbit")
French (Canadian): Rapidocoeur le Lapin ("Swift Heart Rabbit")
German: Bunny Sauseherz ("Swift Heart Bunny")
Japanese: スウィフトハートラビット ("Suifuto hāto Rabitto")
Norwegian: Kvikkhjerte Kanin ("Swift Heart Rabbit"), though in some appearances is called Racerhare ("Racer Hare")
Portuguese: Pé de Vento ("Wind Foot")
Spanish: Coneja Corazón Veloz ("Swift Heart Rabbit")
Spanish (Argentina): Corazón Veloz ("Swift Heart")
Swedish: Skutt Järta ("Jump Heart")

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)
Introduced in 1980s/1990s
Forest Friend Bear (1980s) - Sea Friend Bear (1980s) - I Love You Bear (1980s) - Baby Hugs Bear (1983) - Baby Tugs Bear (1983) - Grams Bear (1983) - Secret Bear (1984) - Share Bear (1984) - Champ Bear (1984) - Harmony Bear (1985) - Surprise Bear (1985) - Daydream Bear (1985) - Prize Bear (1985) - True Heart Bear (1986) - Perfect Panda (1986) - Polite Panda (1986) - Gramps Bear (1986) - Take Care Bear (1987) - America Cares Bear (1991)
Introduced in 2000s
Laugh-a-Lot Bear (2003) - Bashful Heart Bear (2004) - Best Friend Bear (2004) - Thanks-a-Lot Bear (2004) - Do-Your-Best Bear (2004) - True North Bear (2005) - Sweet Dreams Bear (2005) - Hopeful Heart Bear (2005) - Smart Heart Bear (2005) - Me Bear (2005) - Messy Bear (2005) - Too Loud Bear (2005) - Amigo Bear (2006) - Always There Bear (2006) - Heartsong Bear (2006) - Play-a-Lot Bear (2006) - Shine Bright Bear (2006) - Superstar Bear (2006) - Work of Heart Bear (2006) - All My Heart Bear (2006) - Oopsy Bear (2007) - Pink Power Bear (2008) - Heart of Gold Bear (2008) - Sweet Sakura Bear (2009)
Introduced in 2010s
Wonderheart Bear (2012) - Shiver Me Timbear (2012) - Great Giving Bear (2012) - Trick-or-Sweet Bear (2013) - Christmas Wishes Bear (2014) - Rainbow Heart Bear (2017) - Piece of Heart Bear (2018) - Sparkle Heart Bear (2019) - Watchful Bear (2019)
Introduced in 2020s
Unity Bear (2020) - Togetherness Bear (2021) - Dream Bright Bear (2022) - I Care Bear (2022) - Care-a-Lot Bear (2022) - Sweet Message Bear (2022) - Sweet Celebrations Bear (2022) - Dare to Care Bear (2023) - Calming Heart Bear (2023) - Spooky Sparkle Bear (2023) - Destiny Bear (2023) - Be Me Bear (2023) - Always Here Bear (2023) - Good Vibes Bear (2023) - Flower Power Bear (2023) - Friends Forever Bear (2024) - True Friend Bear (2024) - Love Song Bear (2024) - Blissful Heart Bear (2024) - Peaceful Heart Bear (2024) - Kind to All Bear (2024) - Good Wishes Bear (2024) - Love to Care Bear (2024) - Sweet Serenity Bear (2024) - Blossom Heart Bear (2024)
Peel & Reveal Bears
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Metaverse/NFT Bears
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Other Bears
Question Mark Bear (1980s) - Unnamed Pink Panda (1980s) - Unnamed Blue Panda (1980s) - Precious Heart Bear (1991) - Recycling Bear (1991) - Bo the Take Care Bear (2013) - International Day of the Girl Bears (2019) - Black Lives Matter Bear (2020)
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Dandy Bear (1990) - Fun Play Bear (1990) - Giving Bear (1990) - Munchie Bear (1991) - Melody Bear (1991) - Princess Heart Bear (1994) - Hollyheart Bear (1995) - Happyheart Bear (1995) - Peppermint Bear (1995) - Heart Shine Bear (2021) - Believe Bear (2021) - Caring Heart Bear (2022) - Warm Hug Bear (2023) - Lots-a-Pride Bear (2023) - Share Your Care Bear (2023)
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) - The Koala (1980s) - Noble Heart Horse (1986)
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