Friend Bear is one of the ten original Care Bears who first 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. She has peach-colored fur and her Belly badge depicts two intertwined smiling yellow flowers.
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. She's willing to stand beside anyone who needs a companion, consort, partner, sidekick, or just plain acquaintance. She's 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 the few bears who can interpret her pantomimes.
In other languages:
Croatian: Kompica ("Buddy")
Dutch: Vriendbeertje ("Friend Bear")
French: Groscopain ("Great Friend")
French (Canadian): Copinours ("Friend Bear")
German: Freundschaftsbärchi ("Friendship Bear")
Italian: Amicorso ("Friend Bear")
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 мишки ("Friendship Bear")
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 the Friend Bear and the rest of the crew to defeat the mad professor and return the boy to normal.
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 Movie
In the very first Care Bears theatrical film, Friend Bear and Secret Bear travelt o 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 the 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 a villain named The Spirit from removing all caring from the world.
Care Bears TV series
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. Later, she is among another group who attempts to convince a boy named Joey to not be self-conscious about his new braces, and joins a soccer game with another boy named Carl against a group of bullies.
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. 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.Later, when a hungry
Care Bears Movie II
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 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. 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..."
Journey to Joke-a-lot
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.
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.
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, and is later one of the bears who becomes obsessed with Share Bear's flowers when they become a fashion sensation. 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.
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.
- Friend Bear is mistakenly referred to as male in the book The Trouble with Timothy.