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. She's fared slightly better as a fashion label over there, but not by much.
  • Ear Worm: Fashion! Fashion! Fashionistas!
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Fashionista's Artsy.
    • Skipper, too.
    • Raquelle.
    • Of the 3 new body types introduced for the fashionistas line, Curvy seems to be the most popular.
  • Fanon:
    • People like to joke that Barbie is Ken's beard, or even that they're each others beards.
    • Barbie being an orphan is exceedingly common.
  • Ho Yay Shipping:
    • Barbie and Ken with Raquelle and Ryan, respectively.
    • As mentioned, depicting Barbie as a Lipstick Lesbian isn't unknown. She usually gets paired up with her buddy Teresa. Some of the direct-to-video films make them easily shippable as well.
  • 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.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: The Barbie's pooping dog... well, see for yourself (warning: potential Nausea Fuel).
  • Unfortunate Implications: The 2013 Barbie book I Can Be a Computer Engineer was 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.
  • Values Dissonance: Among other things, Barbie's and Ken's first commercials each end with Barbie getting married.