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[[caption-width-right:262:An iconic doll in her iconic pink.]]
->''"Barbie's small and so petite\\
Her clothes and figure look so neat\\
Her dazzling outfit rings a bell\\
At parties she will cast a spell\\
A purse and hats and gloves galore\\
And 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 [[LongRunners 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.

The original storyline attached to the dolls was that of Barbara "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 and famous ballets, 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 don't always bond only over guys.

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.

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 Style Girls
* Successors to the original Fashionistas line, taking over as the most poseable dolls in the playline. This line features a rotating cast of Barbie and her friends (Teresa and Raquelle being the most common, with Midge, Nikki, Summer and Grace from the now-discontinued [[SassyBlackWoman So In Style]] line making occasional appearances).

!!! {{The Fashionista}}s
* Became the basic line after the 2014 rebrand of the Barbie playline to counter declining sales. Features a bevy of characters at any given time (The current 2015 line features all of Barbie's named friends, both boys and two unnamed ones; a dark-skinned Christy-esque girl and a biracial girl with a massive afro).

!! 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 Look line:
* Replaced the Basics line of dolls, reducing the number of dolls in the line by a significant amount (from about 20 per release to four).

!!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/BarbieAndHerSistersInAPonyTale''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieThePearlPrincess''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndTheSecretDoor''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInPrincessPower''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieInRocknRoyals''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndHerSistersInTheGreatPuppyAdventure''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieSpySquad''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieStarLightAdventure''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAndHerSistersInAPuppyChase''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieVideoGameHero''
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieDolphinMagic''
* ''WesternAnimation/MySceneGoesHollywood''
* ''WebAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse''
** ''WesternAnimation/BarbieLifeInTheDreamhouse'', the TV specials
* ''WebAnimation/BarbieVlog''
[[/index]]

!!There have been various are misc. ''Barbie''-related media, including:
[[index]]
* Music/BarbieSings
* Franchise/MyScene
[[/index]]

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!!''Barbie'' 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]].
* ArtEvolution: The most noticeable change of the years was the change from the original "cat-eyed" Barbie to the modern open-eyed variant in the 1970s.
* 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: 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.
* 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 and incorporated into the '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 movie roles tend to be this since ''Diamond Castle''.
* CostumePorn: All of the specialty dresses are pretty detailed.
* CreditsGag: With the exception of ''The Nutcracker'', ''The Barbie Diaries'' and ''The Great Puppy Adventure'', the credits to each movie end with a moral by Barbie, referring to the overall theme of the movie.
** However, starting with ''Spy Squad'', the same quote (""This is our story, what's yours?") is used at the end of each movie.
* TheDandy: Ken in ''Toy Story 3''.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Is Ken brown haired, blonde haired, or black haired and in what shade?
* 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.
* FashionModel: Her original backstory was that she was a teen model. Even now being a model is one of her many jobs.
* 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.
** The toys take advantage of this. Barbie has had so many friends and even family members disappear or be replaced over the decades. This is because most kids outgrow the toys by age 12, leaving room for new kids who don't know who "Kelly" or "Midge" are. The series also regularly reuses doll ideas due to this as well.
* 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.
* 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''.
* HappilyMarried:
** Subverted with Barbie. There have been numerous wedding dolls however Barbie has canonically never tied the knot with Ken. They're always just boyfriend and girlfriend (and for a while in the 2000s, they were just friends).
** Midge married her long-time boyfriend Alan in the 1990s. They stayed together into the 2000s and even had children together, however when Midge reappeared in the 2010s Alan was PutOnTheBus and their relationship {{retcon}}ned.
* 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.
* HighClassGloves: Her formal outfits often include formal gloves, such as the white gloves in the "Enchanted Evening" doll.
* 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 ''Franchise/GIJoe'', so Barbie instead said things like [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome "Vengeance is mine!"]]
* HotterAndSexier: This occasionally occurs, such as with the "Franchise/MyScene" spinoff dolls.
* 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, and this frame has been moved even further away with the new body types introduced in 2016.
* InvisibleParents: Barbie has many siblings (including toddlers) but her parents themselves rarely ever pop up. They do appear in some books and extended media, but never in the toys themselves.
* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: See Barbie Collector above.
* NiceGirl: Barbie.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Barbie has a confusing history of this and {{Sudden Name Change}}s. Barbie was explicitly a teenager when introduced however eventually she fell into the range of "usually 19-30 [[ArtisticAge except when needed]]". Her younger sisters however are perpetually stuck as children. Barbie can be president of America (you need to be at least 35) but Skipper and Chelsea will never hit 20. Skipper was originally a preteen who hit puberty in the 70s, however since then she's barely aged and likely never will (as Barbie is the adult doll in the family). Barbie has three sisters: Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea... Except she also had a toddler sister named "Kelly", an infant sister named "Krissy", a brother named "Todd", and another kid sister named "Tutti". Fans usually assume Tutti was just renamed "Stacie" and that Kelly was aged up and renamed "Chelsea", however nothing canon has been stated (or likely will ever be stated).
* OfficialCosplayGear: So young girls can try on the outfits.
* OlderThanSteam: Adult female dolls for children go back to the 14th century, and the Jumeau company turned out thousands of "Parisienne" fashion dolls in the mid-1800s.
* OnlyOneFemaleMold:
** Most of Barbie's friends have exactly the same body shape as she does. This was actually a selling point mentioned in the commercial for Midge; she could share all of Barbie's clothes, so you didn't have to worry about getting "Midge" clothes for her.
** Averted with the 2016 Fashionista line, which introduces 3 different body types to go with the standard, Curvy, Tall, and Petite.
** Ken used to be a RareMaleExample, with all of them sharing a the same muscular build, but 2017 introduced body diversity for the males, averting this.
* OneSteveLimit:
** The current line's Grace seems to be different from ‘’So in Style’’ Grace.
** Ryan has the same name as Allen and Midge's oldest son.
* 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. ''Hot Wheels'' is the contrasting "blue for boys" product line.
* 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.
* TechnicolorDeath: 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...]]
* {{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.
* TotallyRadical: A consistent theme in the franchise's advertising, as the creators always attempt to link Barbie to popular culture.
* 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 between being from someone in her early to late-20s to a teenager (sometimes even a high schooler). Some of her careers, such as being a doctor or dentist, imply she's in her later 20s and she has been friends with married parents, however she is also often explicitly a teenager. 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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