8. Care Bears (First appearance: 1982)
Considering that they started life as illustrations on greeting cards, Care Bears have had a seriously good innings, and still exist today. The key early on was in giving each of the bears distinct colours and emblems that signified a unique personality. So there was dour Grumpy Bear, with a cloud on his belly, the yellow Funshine Bear with a grinning sun on her gut, and irritatingly perky Cheer Bear, pink with a rainbow emblem.
Refreshes and movies expanded the line-up, although we never did quite get as far as Ex-Celeb Bear, with matted grey fur and a drinking problem.
Image: John Trainor