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[[caption-width-right:262:An iconic doll in her iconic pink.]]
->''"Barbie's small and so petite\\
Her [[UnlimitedWardrobe clothes]] and [[ImpossibleHourglassFigure figure]] look so neat\\
Her [[PimpedOutDress dazzling outfit]] rings a bell\\
At parties she will [[StatuesqueStunner cast a spell]]\\
A purse and [[NiceHat hats]] and [[OperaGloves gloves]] galore\\
And [[TheBeautifulElite all the gadgets]] gals adore!"''
-->--The jingle to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9hhjjhYGQtY the first Barbie commercial]].

A popular doll line, manufactured by Creator/{{Mattel}}, that has been around since 1959. Partly a revolution in doll design, because until then most fashion dolls were made to look like little girls. Barbie was made to look like a young woman. When she was first created, her figure was more akin to that of a normal young woman, but later adjustments changed her dimensions in different ways so that she would maintain a more natural figure under the thickly hemmed clothes.

Barbie is also the subject of controversy, due to her figure being stylized and therefore impossible in RealLife, and thereby supposedly giving girls an "unrealistic" role model, though her figure was slightly modified in the late 1990s in response to these complaints. Mattel is careful to make sure Barbie's image remains "wholesome" and getting dolls into roles that were once seen as unsuitable for women. Mattel featured a NASA Astronaut Barbie just two years after Valentina Tereshkova (from the Soviet Union) became the first woman to go into space and Mattel has been releasing "Barbie for President" dolls since 1992.

The original storyline attached to the dolls was that of Barbie Roberts, a teenager and the oldest of many sisters, and her career as a model. Her surname and age have now been long since forgotten, and she generally plays adult characters, being showcased in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbie%27s_careers various careers]]. Barbie has also been featured in a series of animated direct-to-video features since 2001 (each with a tie-in toy line), most of them based on {{Fairy Tale}}s, but also including originals like the ''Fairytopia'' series. They tend to be accused of [[TastesLikeDiabetes Tasting Like Diabetes]], especially the newer ones, but have surprisingly strong, positive portrayals of women: i.e., the girls help each other without second intention and [[UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest don't always bond only over guys]].

Barbie has become a {{stock parod|ies}}y over the years; ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' has Malibu Stacy (Lisa's frustration with a talking model that had the personality of TheDitz was the focus of a whole episode, inspired by a real controversy over a talking Barbie which could say, "Math class is tough!"), and ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' had Angelica's favorite toy, the Cynthia doll. Then she's finally parodied ''herself'' in Creator/{{Pixar}}'s ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'' and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.

Barbie got her own webseries called ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' in 2012, which features her and her family and friends in a RealityShow {{Sitcom}} with a wide demographic appeal.

In April 2014, news broke that Creator/ColumbiaPictures and Mattel would collaborate on a [[LiveActionAdaptation live-action Barbie movie]].

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!Currently the Barbie line has two main categories:

!! The Playline:
* The dolls who are usually seen in stores, this line has a few sub-categories:

!!! {{The Fashionista}}s
* The most poseable dolls in the entire playline, these dolls are NoNameGiven, with the name on the box being the ''style'' of the doll, though the most recent set (''Swapping Styles'') have had a webseries similar to Mattels other line, MonsterHigh, on the Barbie [[http://barbie.com Web site]].
** As of 2011, the line has been reverted to a sort of ''Fashion Fever'' line, with Barbie, Teresa, Raquelle and Nikki taking over and eliminating the No Name Given element. It was also the first line to include [[{{Vaporware}} Ryan]]

!!! [[SassyBlackWoman The So in Style]] girls:
* A set of all black dolls featuring Barbie's friend Grace who has moved to Chicago, she meets two best friends (Trichelle and Kara) and participate in a pseudo-tutoring program (''The Little Sibling'' program, featuring [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII Dajh's clone]] as the first little brother).

!!! My Scene:
* A line that was created to compete with the {{Bratz}} line, featuring Barbie with an {{Animesque}} head and living in New York with her friends Chelsea, Madison ([[DubNameChange Westley]]), Nolee and Delancey. The line was the first line to feature webisodes (with a nice artistic quality to them). Barbie then left the line and was replaced with [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute Kennedy]] (Barbie in this line had been the {{Tomboy|AndGirlyGirl}} and Kennedy was a [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl girly girl]]. It then found a huge [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff fanbase in Latin America]], and [[SeasonalRot what succeeded was a huge amount]] of PanderingToTheBase and then became NoExportForYou (the line is only sold in Latin America now), the webisodes also changed to a more cartoonish style and became less [[ActuallyPrettyFunny funny]] and more [[HormoneAddledTeenager current]].

!! The [[PeripheryDemographic Collector line]]:
* Barbie has a huge PeripheryDemographic who are in it for the fashion and wit, so Mattel [[invoked]]created this half of the Barbie line specifically for them. The dolls are usually not sold in stores (unless it's a store exclusive) but on the Barbie collector [[http://barbiecollector.com/ Web site]]. Sub-categories include:

!!! The Dolls of the World line:
* This line is well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin dolls themed around different places in the world]], the most recent dolls include the Samurai Ken and Kimono-clad Barbie.

!!! The Basics line:
* [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin One doll, one theme outfit]], the first line was the {{Little Black Dress}}es, and the second is the simple jeans and Tee line (and three male dolls were included this time).

!!There have been a number of animated productions starring Barbie, including:
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheRockersOutOfThisWorld''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSensationsRockinBackToEarth''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheNutcracker''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsRapunzel''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieOfSwanLake''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInThePrincessAndThePauper''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieFairytopia'' series
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposa''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInTheTwelveDancingPrincesses''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle''
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBarbieDiaries''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAChristmasCarol''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheMagicOfPegasus''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbiePresentsThumbelina''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheThreeMusketeers''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAFashionFairytale''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAFairySecret''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbiePrincessCharmSchool''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAPerfectChristmas''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInAMermaidTale2''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsThePrincessAndThePopstar''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInThePinkShoes''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieMariposaAndTheFairyPrincess''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieThePearlPrincess''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInPrincessPower''
* ''WesternAnimation/MySceneGoesHollywood''
* ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse''
** The ''WesternAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'' TV specials spun off from the aforementioned series.
[[/index]]
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!!This toy line provides examples of:
* AdaptationDyeJob: Raquelle, who debuted as a strawberry blonde girl, is a darker haired brunette in every other appearance.
* AnimatedActor: ''Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale'' features the actress Barbie.
* ActionGirl: In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheThreeMusketeers'', and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''.
* AmbiguouslyGay: Ken has a long history of [[PeripheryDemographic accidentally appealing to other crowds than young girls]]. ''Toy Story 3'' finally [[CampStraight embraced it with all its heart]].
* BackgroundHalo: The cape worn by Barbie as "Fantasy Goddess of the Arctic" has what appears to be a hood, but acts more like this.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: Now the {{Trope Namer|s}}, as the dolls are infamous for it, especially poor [[TheDandy Ken]]. More recent iterations have modeled patterns over their featureless groins to resemble underwear.
* UsefulNotes/TheBechdelTest: Surprisingly, all of the movies pass this, along with several installments of ''Life in the Dreamhouse''. The girls discuss guys once in a while, but they more often talk about friendship and their own goals.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A common aspect in the movies. Do ''not'' threaten Barbie's friends if you know what's good for you.
* BleachedUnderpants: The original Barbie doll was inspired by a German doll toy line (later taken over by Mattel and shut down) called "''Bild'' Lilli". Lilli was originally merchandising for the central character of a NewspaperComic strip that included a lot of cheesecake and suggestive humour, and the dolls were marketed initially to adult men.
* BreastExpansion: Inverted. Ever since the 1990s. The original Barbie was much more well-endowed, something still commonly seen in parodies; Barbie is still somewhere in D-cup range, but realistically so.
* CanonDiscontinuity: When Mattel resumed production of Midge dolls in 2013, they seemed to disregard her getting married and having two children, to make her YoungerAndHipper.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Stacie and Krissy.
** Stacie was brought back & incorporated into the newest 'Barbie & her sisters' lines/media. Stacie's twin brother Todd however....
** Kelly disappeared, with Chelsea taking her place.
** Ken's younger brother Tommy also vanished.
** Barbie at one point had a younger sister named Tutti, who was the original twin of Todd. She was effectively replaced with Stacie.
** Skipper's friends (Courtney, Nikki) and her boyfriends (Kevin, Scott) were phased out over time, along with all of Kelly's friends once she was replaced with Chelsea.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: Teresa's latest movie roles tend to be this since ''Diamond Castle''.
* CostumePorn: All of the specialty dresses are pretty detailed.
* TheDandy: Ken in ''Toy Story 3''.
* DeadlyFireworksDisplay: Toward the end of ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', VainSorceress Lydia tries to cast a spell on {{the protagonist}}s, but it backfires and hits her instead, surrounding her with swirling green sparkles until she disappears in a flash of light. [[spoiler: Though she turns out to be NotQuiteDead...]]
** Also, in two of the three Barbie movies which are set in Fairytopia (respectively the first part, ''Fairytopia'', and the third part, ''Magic of the Rainbow''), where the BigBad of several movies gets hit by the Power of the Rainbow and (after getting swirled about in the first movie) "explodes" in a rain of rainbow-colored sparkles.
* ErmineCapeEffect: When it involves the royalty-related tropes mentioned here.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: A lot of her dolls and films.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheDiamondCastle'', she's a peasant but still becomes princess of music at the end, just because.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Barbie is a blonde, as are her sisters (usually), and they are pretty well liked.
* EverythingsBetterWithSparkles: Glitter is a fairly common part of the Barbie toyes. Sparkles are also often present in the films when something magical happens.
* EverythingsSparklyWithJewelry: The dolls have plenty of jewelry, as well as some jewelry themed dolls.
* FairytaleWeddingDress: Some of the dolls are Barbie in a wedding dress.
* TheFashionista: Barbie herself and Nikki are the most obvious examples.
* FiveTokenBand: Teresa's the Hispanic one, Raquelle's the Asian one, Nikki took over Christie's role as the black one, Summer's the Irish one, and Barbie's the white one, though you can get her in any ethnicity. This turned out to be a problem when Mattel released Oreo Barbie with the African-American option. Oops.
* FleetingDemographicRule: ''Barbie as the Princess and the Popstar'' comes seven years after the first ''Princess and Pauper'' movie.
** ''Barbie and the Pink Shoes'' has a part in which Barbie visit the world of ''Theatre/SwanLake'', a story that her franchise adapted 10 years earlier.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: Many of her outfits have feather trim. The "Angel Princess" doll wears a dress with shoulder straps of white feathers, as does the life-sized version for girls to wear.
* FollowTheLeader: The Franchise/DisneyPrincess line.
* FramingDevice: Several movies, especially her earlier ones, had Barbie telling the story to Kelly, and then it would cut to the actual story, and then Barbie would take up the narration again as the story ended.
* GemEncrusted: Many of her dresses have jewels sewn into them.
* GeniusDitz: Barbie is portrayed as a borderline DumbBlonde in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory 3'' (albeit with redeeming qualities). And then ''wham'', democratic philosophy out of nowhere:
--> "Authority should derive from the consent of the governed, not from threat of force!"
* GiantPoofySleeves: A few of her fancy dresses have large sleeves.
* GoldMakesEverythingShiny: Many outfits, including her 1994 holiday dress (a gold lame dress with fur trim).
* GracefulLadiesLikePurple: Plenty of her outfits are purple.
* GreenAesop: ''Barbie Presents Thumbelina''.
* HappyHolidaysDress: The "Happy Holidays" line is the {{Trope Namer|s}}, and the dresses in that line, and following holiday lines, are some of the fanciest of the franchise (as well as being festive).
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Barbie and her little sisters, usually. In the animated films, they are portrayed this way.
** Except Skipper, who is brunette in the films. She's still got a heart of gold though.
* HeldGaze: This happens several times in her movies, notably ''Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper'' after Dominik and Erika's love duet.
* HiddenDepths: See GeniusDitz above. Other Barbie movies and shows can reveal things about Barbie that aren't apparent on the surface.
* HormoneAddledTeenager: Despite the fact that Barbie is technically an adult. One of her "talking" lines drew a lot of criticism for having phrases like "Let's go shopping!", "Math is hard!" and "Will we ever have enough clothes?" A group called Barbie Liberation [[http://sniggle.net/barbie.php decided to do something]] about that, swapping out Barbie's voice boxes with those from GIJoe, so Barbie instead said things like [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Vengeance is mine!"]]
* ItsFakeFurItsFine: Officially, she wears fake fur. Of course, the fur actually is fake, but in the early years, that was likely for economic reasons.
* IWantSong: Several of her movies feature this, often as duets between the leads. An example is "I Need to Know" from ''Barbie as the Island Princess'', amongst the more usual "I Want" Songs like "Free" from her first movie musical, ''Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper''.
* ImpracticallyFancyOutfit: Even her more practical outfits can still be impractically fancy.
* ImpossibleHourglassFigure: tweaked around 2000 to be at least somewhat realistic.
* NiceGirl: Barbie.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: See Barbie Collector above.
* OfficialCosplayGear: So young girls can try on the outfits.
* OnlyOneFemaleMold: Most of Barbie's friends have exactly the same body shape as she does.
* OperaGloves: These don't appear on the dolls that often, but can appear when the outfit is based on fashions when those were popular.
* PeacockGirl: In ''The Island Princess'', Ro wears a peacock tail her peacock friend loans her. And a couple of her dolls have had this as an accessory.
* PimpedOutCape: A few dolls had some, notably the "Fantasy Goddess of the Arctic" doll.
* PimpedOutDress: She's been given loads of elaborate dresses over the years, although the fanciest ones come from the specialty lines.
* PinkMeansFeminine / PinkProductPloy: Barbie is all about [[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick piiiink]]. Her logo is pink. Her Dream Car and Dream House are pink. Packaging for most of the dolls and accessories are pink. One of her first outfits, "Enchanted Evening", has a pink evening gown.
** Her ''signature color'' is "Barbie Pink" and can't be used by another company without getting permission from Mattel. Therefor, when other products try to do the PinkProductPloy, it's usually a very close comparison to Barbie pink (just a hair lighter or darker). It is very much the Gold (Pink) Standard to which other pink products aspire to.
* PragmaticAdaptation: ''Barbie in the Nutcracker'' and stories like ''Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper'' could count as this.
* PrettyInMink: Loads of her outfits (officially being fake is the only nod to that trope, so the rest count as this) have fur, either as trim or fur garments.
** This started as early as the white fur wraps she wears in the "Enchanted Evening" and "Gay Parisienne" dolls, and the white fur jacket she wears for the "Icebreaker" doll.
** For that matter, it seems 90% of the time when one of her outfits has fur, it's white (which goes nicely with the bright colors motif of the franchise).
* PrincessesPreferPink: Some of the movies have princesses wearing pink clothes, especially if Barbie is playing a princess.
* RapunzelHair: Even when she isn't ''actually'' Rapunzel, she'll often have hair that goes below her waist.
* {{Retraux}}: Mattel revived Barbie's original cursive logo in 2000, and again in 2009.
* TheRival: The recent movies have Raquelle in this role.
* RuleOfGlamorous: Why are her outfits, houses, and many other things, more pretty than practical? This trope.
* SexySantaDress: Even she has worn some of those, like the "Festive Seasons" outfit.
* SlidingScaleOfShinyVersusGritty: Guess which end Barbie is on.
* StylishProtectionGear: A few, like her astronaut suit, which is pink and gold.
* SweaterGirl: A number of her outfits over the years. The [[TheEighties early 80s]] set "Fashion Jeans" included a pink, fuzzy sweater, even though a doll with that name could have included any kind of top.
* {{Thememobile}}: Her Dream Car.
* ThouShaltNotKill: A DoubleSubversion in one of her fairy tale movies, where Barbie's character ''actually tried to kill the villain''. Then it turned out that her newfound magical powers couldn't be used to harm anyone.
* ToylessToylineCharacter: The villains from the movies rarely have toys made of them.
* TrueBlueFemininity: Blue is also a common color for her outfits. The very first Winter princess doll wore a blue dress.
* TransAtlanticEquivalent: {{Sindy}}, which first emerged in 1963.
* UnlimitedWardrobe: One of the most of any fictional character ever.
* VagueAge: Barbie is constantly changing from someone in her early to mid-20s to a teenager (sometimes even a high schooler).
** And considering she (and all her friends) run for President every four years, it seems that she's at least 35, too.
* VirtualPaperDoll: Some of the games include this at least as an option.
* WinterRoyalLady: Her line of "[[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/winterprincess_doll_64114.jpg Winter Princess]]" dolls, among others.
* {{Workaholic}}: She's had loads of careers that her dolls have covered.
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