Characters / Barbie
Tropes related to the Mainline Barbie dolls, Fashionistas examples go here.
Also see the character sheet for Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse
Barbara "Barbie" Millicent Roberts
Voiced by: Kelly Sheridan (from Nutracker to Mermaid Tale, from Mermaid Tale 2 to present) Diana Kaarina (from Fashion Fairytale to Princess Charm School), Kate Higgins (Life in the Dreamhouse)
- 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.
Barbie's Mainline Lovers, Friends, and Foes
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.
- Spider-Sense: According to Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, Ken can detect from a distance if Barbie needs help with something.
- 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.
- 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.
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: Barbie's best friend from the 1960s until at least the '70s, but Mattel only sporadically makes dolls of her after introducing Teresa.
- Disco Dan: Life in the Dreamhouse portrays her as more accustomed to a 1960s lifestyle than a modern one.
- Happily Married: Midge married Allan in the early '90s, and they stayed together up through the start of the following decade.
- 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.
- Happily Married: Allan married Midge in the early '90s, and they stayed together up through the start of the following decade.
Voiced by: Maryke Hendrikse (from Diamond Castle to present), Katie Crown (Life in the Dreamhouse)
- 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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Voiced by: Paula Rhodes (Life in the Dreamhouse)
- Control Freak: Stacie organizes festivities for Chelsea's sixth birthday with "military-precision scheduling".
- Lethal Chef: Subverted in the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse short "Happy Birthday Chelsea". She throws an entire carton of eggs, styrofoam container and all, into a bowl, along with the sugar box. She sticks the whole thing into the oven without a pan... and it turns into a perfect, already-decorated cake. "Baking can be hard work."
- Retcon: She's often referred to as being a modern incarnation of Tutti.
- Tomboy: To Chelsea's girly girl.
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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Excluded from the "Barbie and Her Sisters" toyline and from the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse web series.
Barbie's Other Relatives
Margaret and George Roberts
- Invisible Parents: 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.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Like Krissy, he was excluded from the "Barbie and Her Sisters" toyline and from the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse web series.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: She completely disappeared from the Barbie line in the late 70s and hasn't been reintroduced since.
- Generic Girl: Francie does not appear to have distinctive personality traits outside of being the slightly younger cousin and possible Foil to Barbie.
Voiced by: Patricia Drake (from A Fashion Fairytale to A Perfect Christmas)
So In Style
Voiced by: Lillian Sofia (Life in the Dreamhouse)
Janessa, Kianna, Courtney, and Zahara
- Child Prodigy: Kianna, a music prodigy who is portrayed as being rather smart and precocious.