Characters / Barbie

Tropes related to the Mainline Barbie dolls, Fashionistas examples go here. Also see the character sheet for Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.

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     Roberts Family 

Barbara "Barbie" Millicent Roberts

Voiced by: Kelly Sheridan (from Nutracker to Mermaid Tale, from Mermaid Tale 2 to Great Puppy Adventure) Diana Kaarina (from Fashion Fairytale to Princess Charm School), Kate Higgins (Life in the Dreamhouse), Erica Lindbeck (from Spy Squad to present)

  • Celebrity Star: She’s a famous actress in-universe.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Skipper, Stacie, Kelly/Chelsea, and Krissy. She's their sweet older sibling.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: She has several friends, and had more than one boyfriend.
  • The Fashionista: Mattel originally promoted her as a "Teenage Fashion Model", a job she occasionally resumes today. Sometimes she also designs and/or sells clothes.
  • Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's quite feminine but has had numerous camper and sports sets. She doesn't mind getting down and dirty.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: She's always depicted with blonde hair and often presented as very sweet and feminine, although this is sometimes subverted as she occasionally has other hair colors.
  • The Heroine: The star of this toyline, and the majority of stories that tie into it.
  • Hidden Depths: A Fashion Fairytale shows that she’s just as human as the rest of us (but plastic).
  • Impossible Hourglass Figure: Her waist looks pretty small in comparison to her bust and hips.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: Provides the page image.
    I've had so many careers, it's hard to keep track of all 135 of them...and counting!
  • Ms. Imagination: Her role as narrator of several direct-to-video movies proves her as quite the storyteller.
  • Nice Girl: She's rarely ever mean or unpleasant and always enjoys helping others.
  • Official Couple: She and Ken have stayed a couple since The '60s, bar a brief breakup during the Turn of the Millennium.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: She's never referred to as "Barbara".
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She's often portrayed wearing many of these.
  • Princess Classic: She always plays as one if there's a story involving a princess.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She's obviously wealthy but is still the nicest girl you'll meet.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: It's literally the size of a small country in Life in the Dreamhouse.
  • Vague Age: Barbie is often portrayed as being a teenager in several adaptations, but has also had pregnant married friends, gotten married herself, and gone through just about every career known to man throughout the doll's history.
  • Vocal Evolution: Kelly Sheridan's voice for Barbie got more high-pitched and squeaky as the years passed.

Skipper Roberts

Voiced by: Paula Rhodes (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Gamer Chick: Skipper is more of a techno-gadget chick, but she's definitely got the female nerdity down.
  • Geek
    Ken: Hey, Skipper! You're missing some great surfing!
    Skipper: (typing on her phone) You surf the way you wanna surf, I'll surf the way I wanna surf.
  • Phoneaholic Teenager: Since her 2011 redesign, her being attached to her smartphone has become a core aspect of her character (especially in Life in the Dreamhouse).
  • She Is All Grown Up: A 1970s doll called "Growing Up Skipper" could increase her height and chest size with a turn of her arm.
  • Skunk Stripe: As of 2011, she has single streak of pink in her long brown hair.
  • You Don't Look Like You: Her modern brunette teenage version doesn't look much like her original design. It's heavily implied that she dyed her hair.

Tutti Roberts

Todd Roberts

Stacie Roberts

Voiced by: Paula Rhodes (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Control Freak: Stacie organizes festivities for Chelsea's sixth birthday with "military-precision scheduling".
  • Tomboy: To Chelsea's girly girl.
  • Tomboyish Ponytail: She usually has her hair up in a ponytail, befitting her sporty nature.

Kelly Roberts/Chelsea Roberts

Voiced by: Laura Gerow (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Big Sister Worship: Chelsea truly admires her big sister Barbie and wants to be just like her.
  • Characterization Marches On: As Kelly, Chelsea was relatively quiet, unassuming, and unconfident, often relying on her big sister Barbie for guidance, although the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse series portrays her as a loud, sassy little girl who loves the spotlight and being the center of attention.

Krissy Roberts

Margaret and George Roberts

  • Happily Married: They're the happily married parents of Barbie and the other Roberts children.
  • Invisible Parents:
    • They're not toy line characters and have only appeared in extended media.
    • They've yet to appear in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, although "Let's Make a Doll" implies that at least one of Barbie's friends (Nikki) met them.
  • Mother Nature, Father Science: Margaret is a kind, nurturing homemaker while her husband George is a caring, but stern man who works long shifts as an engineer.

     Barbie's Mainline Lovers, Friends, and Foes 

Ken Carson

Voiced by: Adrian Petriw (from A Fashion Fairytale to The Princess and the Popstar) Sean Hankinson (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Official Couple: He and Barbie have stayed a couple since The '60s, bar a brief breakup during the Turn of the Millennium.
  • Perma-Shave:
    • Usually, but "Cool Shaving Ken" from the 1990s had a beard that could be removed with warm water and would eventually grow back.
    • Averted in Life in the Dreamhouse, where after waiting all day for Barbie he's grown some stubble overnight.
  • Understanding Boyfriend: When Barbie needs a shoulder to cry on, he'll not only let her lean on his, but pull out some tissues to dry her eyes and cupcakes to eat away her sorrows.

Tommy Carson

  • Berserk Button: Don't mess with his big brother.
  • Big Brother Instinct: In the same sense that Chelsea always strives to act like her big sister Barbie, Tommy openly admires his brother Ken and hopes to become like him.

Midge Hadley

Voiced by: Ashlyn Nicole Selich (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Adorkable: Her appeal comes from the fact she's not as glamorous as Barbie, but doesn't feel ashamed of it. The Life in the Dreamhouse website even uses this word in reference to her.
  • Childhood Friends: She and Barbie have been friends ever since they were both little girls growing up in Willows, Wisconsin.
  • Commuting on a Bus: Discontinued in 1967 and replaced with PJ. She was bought back in the late 1980s, discontinued soon after being married, and brought back again in 2001 for the Happy Families set. When she was brought back in 2013, Midge was reverted back to being single, with her entire family (Alan included) being gone.
  • Happily Married: Midge began dating Allen in 1963. They were married in 1991 and have since had three children.
  • Progressively Prettier: Mattel originally introduced her to appease people who wished their dolls didn't look so unrealistically beautiful. However, she eventually became harder and harder to distinguish from Barbie. Life in the Dreamhouse, both the show and the toys, show at least a little effort to make her homelier than Barbie.

Alan Sherwood

  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: When Midge was brought back in 2013, Alan wasn't.
  • Happily Married: Allan married Midge in the early '90s, and they stayed together up through the start of the following decade.

Teresa Rivera

Voiced by: Maryke Hendrikse (from Diamond Castle to present), Katie Crown (Life in the Dreamhouse)

Steven

  • Black Best Friend: The only African-American male doll in Barbie's line, and Ken's most-frequently appearing friend after Allan got Put on a Bus.
  • Token Minority Couple: He becomes the boyfriend of Barbie's most frequently-appearing African-American friends. His girlfriends so far include Christie, and currently Nikki.

Summer Gordon

Voiced by: Tara Sands (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Big Eater: It helps her build up energy for different sports.
  • Competition Freak: She loves challenging the other girls in her favorite games.
  • Genki Girl: She's perky and inexhaustible, much to the dismay of Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea.
  • Land Down Under: Cali Girl Summer and her brother Blaine are both Australian natives. This might not apply to Life in the Dreamhouse Summer, who does not have an Australian accent.
  • Passionate Sports Girl: Cali Girl Summer loves tennis, while her Life in the Dreamhouse counterpart loves everything from football to Call of Fashion.
  • Sore Loser: She seems prone to freaking out and throwing tantrums if she can't win a game.

Blaine Gordon

Nikki O'Neil

Voiced by: Nakia Burrise (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Only Sane Woman: Life in the Dreamhouse portrays Nikki as Barbie's most level-headed friend.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Nikki's cast profile at the Life in the Dreamhouse website states that she is "Smart, sassy, and totally fun to be around".

Raquelle

Voiced by: Britt Irvin (from A Fashion Fairytale to A Fairy Secret), Haviland Stillwell (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • Attention Whore: Oftentimes it seems like Raquelle only hangs around Barbie in hopes of outshining her.
  • Butt-Monkey: Karma bites her for trying to steal Barbie's spotlight.
  • Friendly Rival: Since she still hangs out with Barbie and her friends, she can't hate her that much.
  • It's All About Me: She has a rather large ego.
  • The Klutz: She can't act as graceful as Barbie can.
  • Poke the Poodle: Her evil plan is to... 'catch [Barbie] in a fashion fail and post pics on the Internet'.

Ryan

Voiced by: Charlie Bodin (Life in the Dreamhouse)

  • One Steve Limit: Happy Family Midge and Alan had a son named Ryan. Dreamhousers consequently became pretty confused when Midge developed a crush on this Ryan.
  • The Rival: Constantly vies against Ken for Barbie's affections.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He feels rather confident about his handsomeness and songwriting talent despite his failure to sell any CDs.

     Barbie's Extended Family 

Francie Fairchild

  • Generic Girl: Francie does not appear to have distinctive personality traits outside of being the slightly younger cousin and possible Foil to Barbie.

Jazzie Fairchild

Millicent Rawlins

Voiced by: Patricia Drake (from A Fashion Fairytale to A Perfect Christmas)

     So In Style 

Grace

Voiced by: Lillian Sofia (Life in the Dreamhouse)

Trichelle

Kara

Chandra

Janessa, Kianna, Courtney, and Zahara

  • Child Prodigy: Kianna, a music prodigy who is portrayed as being rather smart and precocious.

Darren

Julian

Marisa


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