Barbie: Mariposa is a side-story to the Barbie Fairytopia trilogy.Mariposa is a beautiful butterfly fairy who loves to read and dream about the world outside her home in the land of Flutterfield. Flutterfield is protected by the Queen's glimmering magical lights, but when the Queen is poisoned by the evil fairy Henna, the special lights begin to go out one by one.It's up to the brave Mariposa and her friends to journey beyond the safe borders of the city in search of a hidden antidote that will save the Queen, before time runs out for everyone.A second Mariposa movie, Barbie Mariposa And The Fairy Princess, was released in 2013.
This movie contains examples of:
Alpha Bitch: Rayna and Rayla, who constantly demand Mariposa do their hair and dresses, send Willa off to get thistleburst which grows only in a stinky swamp, and obsess over looks and marrying the prince. They grow selfless through the course of the adventure.
Ambition Is Evil: Henna poisons the Queen because she wants to be Queen instead of the Queen's attendant.
Badass Bystander: A pink Flutterpixie helps Mariposa recover the antidote from Henna. She isn't named, but it's her contribution to the fight that helps save the Queen.
Be Yourself: The Aesop is "the most beautiful thing you can be is yourself".
Big Bad Friend: Henna, who poisons the Queen, seems to be a good friend with some of the other butterfly fairies.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Henna seems to be just another sweet and harmless butterfly fairy, but she's the one who poisons the Queen and puts Flutterfield in danger of being invaded by Skeezites.
Blinded by the Light: The Skeezites can't invade Flutterfield because they can't stand Marabella's lights.
Bookworm: Mariposa and Prince Carlos like reading.
Chekhov's Skill: Mariposa reading the stars turns out to be important in the climax, where she has to pick the star that holds the antidote.
City in a Bottle: Flutterfield's residents are too scared to leave because of the Skeezites, and are happy to forget the world outside.
Cowardly Lion: Willa may hate going into danger, but she will if it's to protect the kingdom, and she always comes through when it counts.
Dangerously Genre Savvy: Henna, who continuously poisons the Queen, gloats only when she thinks she's alone, manipulates Lord Gastrous into doing her bidding by giving bad advice, tries to stall Mariposa from healing Marabella, controls the Skeezites so they won't eat her, stops at the beginning of a Motive Rant when she sees Mariposa has the antidote, and manages to steal back the antidote from Mariposa, then destroys it. She's only defeated by a margin of two seconds.
Deflector Shield: The Queen's lights, which protect the fairies from the vicious Skeezites.
Dwindling Party: Happens in the Cave of Reflection, as one person must stay behind as they travel until only one is left to complete the test.
Eat The Camera: The Skeezites do this frequently when chasing the fairies, as does the Sea Beast.
Evil Chancellor: Henna, the Queen's attendant, poisons her to try to become Queen herself.
The Fair Folk: The Cave Fairy has shades of this, as she tasks Mariposa with selecting one star out of hundreds and says she'll meet up with her friends if she succeeds.
The Final Temptation: Henna asks Mariposa to join her, since she's never fit in with the others. Henna goes on to say that everyone would have to adore and love her.
Find the Cure: Mariposa, Rayna, and Rayla journey to find the cure for the Queen.
Fish out of Water: Mariposa likes reading, stargazing, and exploring outside of Flutterfield, unlike everyone else in the city.
Fisher King: The status of the lights guarding Flutterfield depends on the Queen's health.
For Your Own Good: Prince Carlos is locked in the castle for his own protection after the Queen is poisoned.
Framing Device: Elina, from Fairytopia, is telling Bibble a story so he can be brave.
Friendship Moment: Mariposa, Rayna, and Rayla have these moments after their encounter with the mermaids.
Genki Girl: Willa is very excitable and always seems to be in a hurry.
Valley Girl: The mermaids are obsessed with fashion and completely ignore Mariposa's attempts to ask them about the antidote. When Rayna and Rayla offer to bargain with them by giving them rare combs, they're much more interested.
Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Surprisingly, Henna fits this. She poisons the Queen, then talks to the Skeezites and agrees to let them eat as many fairies as they want on the condition that she be allowed to stay ruler. She also manipulates Mariposa and almost everyone else.