YMMV: Barbie


YMMVs for the franchise in general:

  • Americans Hate Tingle: Barbie is simply disliked by a lot of Japanese fans, due to her grown-up nature, compared to the 11-year old Japanese doll, Licca-Chan, but In America? she still goes toe-to-toe with Mattel to this day.
  • Canon Sue: Barbie's Canon Sue starts to be averted with the movies, while being played straight with the dolls, especially Teresa and Grace.
    • Chelsea is Barbie 2.0.
    • Finally acknowledged in Life in the Dreamhouse, from the characters description alone she qualifies as a Purity Sue and Mary Sue Classic.
  • Ear Worm: Fashion! Fashion! Fashionistas!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Fashionista's Artsy.
    • Skipper, too.
    • Raquelle.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop/They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The 2013 Barbie book I Can Be a Computer Engineer has become accused of teaching girls not to pursue technological careers, but rather that they should always get men to solve their problems, then take credit for their work. Amazon and Mattel respectively responded to the controversy by ceasing all direct sales of the book, and promising to write stories with an "empowered" Barbie.
  • Ho Yay Shipping/Foe Yay: Barbie and Ken with Raquelle and Ryan, respectively.
  • Mary Sue: The doll has been portrayed as a doctor, a princess, and god knows how many other professions. And she's meant to be the epitome of female beauty. And everyone loves her.
  • The Problem with Licensed Games: They are made for little girls, and almost none try to reach beyond that.
    • Especially the ones with interesting concepts, you'd think a Barbie designs stuff game would manage to be entertaining.
    • Though some of the older ones have become minor So Bad, It's Good Cult Classics.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Maureen McCormick, AKA Marcia Brady, appeared in a few Barbie commercials during the 1960s.
  • Relationship Sue: Ken, in the playline, the original movies, and Toy Story 3 (In which Barbie and Ken both agree they were "made for each-other"). A Fashion Fairytale averts this. This trait seems to get Played for Laughs in Life in the Dreamhouse.
    • So In Style's Darren is this one for Grace.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The Barbie's pooping dog... well, see for yourself (warning: potential Nausea Fuel).
  • Values Dissonance: Among other things, Barbie's and Ken's first commercials each end with Barbie getting married.