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Barbie

"I may be 100% plastic, but at least I'm not a Bratz doll."

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom

The poster girl for dolls everywhere, Mattel's mascot likes to keep an innocent public appearance. Off-camera, however, she's a resentful woman known for alcoholism, drug abuse, and dysfunctional behavior.


  • Abusive Parents: Barbie constantly browbeats and neglects her "little sisters". However, she does love them.
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  • The Ace: Have you seen her list of jobs? She even spends the January 2019 miniseries, Barbie's Career Advice, confessing the hardest parts of some of those jobs.
  • Agent Scully: "60" has Barbie treat the visits from the Ghosts of Mattel Past and Present as elaborate pranks from Chelsea and Stacie, complete with a hired actress portraying Barbie's Alternate Self. The sight of the Ghost of Mattel Future helps weaken this theory, as she looks exactly like Future Skipper; Barbie recalls that she didn't tell present-day Skipper how she looks in the future, ruling out the possibility of her disguising as the ghost. Afterwards, Barbie regards the ghosts' visits as an Opinion-Changing Hallucination.
  • Anything That Moves: She will have sex with anyone, as evidenced by her reputation of shagging every man and woman 100 miles of Malibu.
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  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Barbie has a pretty short attention span.
  • Attention Whore: Hates sharing the spotlight.
  • The Alcoholic: Barbie lives and breathes this trope; she seems wasted all the time.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Barbie and Ken for the "little sisters", because of how often they shamelessly humiliate themselves.
  • Bad Liar: Barbie doesn't do a very convincing job denying her flaws.
  • Berserk Button: The phrase "Dijon mustard" (or rather, the thought of running out of Dijon Mustard) flies Barbie into a rage.
  • Broken Ace: Barbie tries to act like a perfect woman, with a perfect life, despite her alcoholism, unsatisfied lust, and dysfunctional family.
  • Cat Girl: Barbie dresses as one in Spooky Stories.
  • Catch-Phrase: "Zip it, Skipper!".
  • Characterization Marches On: She was a bit of a Dumb Blonde in the beginning episodes.
    Barbie: I’m sorry, I just don’t get my character’s motivation. Uh, who am I meant to be?
    Director: Cut! You’re you.
    Barbie: Well, I know, but who is my character trying to be? A ballerina, a doctor, an athlete, a teacher, a shop assistant?
    Director: You. Barbie. You’re being Barbie.
    Barbie: I don’t get it.
    Director: Jesus.
    Barbie: I do not remember being Jesus Barbie...
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  • Childhood Brain Damage: Margaret revealing in "Barbie's Mother" that she used to throw her all the time as a baby would explain a lot about Barbie's mental state.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Barbie has a sarcastic sense of humor.
  • Dreadful Musician: Barbie actually can't sing that well.
  • Freudian Excuse: Let's face it; Barbie's childhood sucked.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Barbie can get angered pretty easily.
  • Idiot Ball: Barbie has her fair share of ditzy/naive moments.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Barbie does let her love for her "little sisters" show once in a while, and her love for Ken show more often than that.
  • Life of the Party: Hard-Drinking Party Girl Barbie sure can spice up a shindig, even if some of her methods for doing so sound illegal.
  • The Matchmaker: Barbie tries to drive Ken's Annoying Younger Sibling Tommy out of her house by convincing Yasmin to date him.
    Look at me! Matchmaker Barbie, coming to a store near you! I am a wizard, Harry!
  • Narcissist: Barbie acts very boastful and vain.
  • Older Than They Look: Since she's a doll, she will always look like a young adult, but she's been around since 1959.
  • Overly Long Name: In the first Christmas Episode, Barbie proposes changing her name to, "Ms. Tallulah Watermelon Cap'n Crunch Unicorn Hanukkah Smith of the California Smiths".
  • Pink Means Feminine: Barbie loves pink so strongly, that the first episode of The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us centers around her throwing a "pink party".
  • Pinocchio Nose: In "Family Reunion", after Barbie slams the door on Margaret:
    Ken: Who was that?
    Barbie: No one-It was the Mormons-It was Girl Scouts-It was a flaming bag of poop-It was trick-or-treaters!
    Ken: Barb, I know you stammer when you're lying.
    Barbie: No, I don't-I'm not-I wouldn't-I don't stammer-You stammer-Shut up!
  • Pregnancy Scare: The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #2 has Barbie and Mrs. Potato Head worry that Barbie will have another baby soon, since after making out with Ken in an elevator, she appears to start developing Morning Sickness, Wacky Cravings, and Breast Expansion. Fortunately, when Barbie takes a pregnancy test (endorsed by herself), it turns up negative.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: "Blizzard" has Skipper describing her as being like a toddler.
  • Really Gets Around: Barbie has apparently had sex with everyone in Malibu.
  • The Resenter: Barbie admits in "The Blizzard" that she worries that her "little sisters" and Ken love Yasmin more than they do her.
  • Sex for Services: Barbie often tries to seduce people into doing what she wants.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Barbie has a foul mouth.
  • Sleepwalking: In "Neighborhood Watch", a sleeping Barbie steals from all of her neighbors, and herself.
  • Stacy's Mom: "Stacie's Mom" has a boy attending Stacie's birthday party develop a crush on Barbie. One of Stacie's female friends, Janet, also falls for Barbie, in "Slumber Party".
  • Unreliable Narrator: In the first Valentine's Day Episode, Barbie gives three different accounts of how she and Ken met, each one tweaked to match the interests of whichever "little sister" she tells it to. Apparently they are all false. When flashbacks in "Alcoholics Anonymous" provided further contradictions, Sam & Mickey explained them away by admitting that the alcohol ruined Barbie's memory.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Barbie never wears the same outfit twice, often changing her clothes multiple times in the same day.
  • Vague Age: Several characters suspect Barbie of being older than she looks, although Barbie constantly tries to lie about her age. In "Barbie's Birthday", Ken and Yasmin take several days to figure it out, despite Ken presumably having plenty of time as Barbie's boyfriend to learn it beforehand.
    Katniss: The biggest joke was pretending you're only middle-aged.
    Barbie: Middle-aged is respective of how long you live. If you live to be 100, middle age would be 50, but if you live forever, which I will, since I'm made of plastic, which isn't biodegradable, then middle age doesn't actually exist. So, you're right, Katniss, I'm not middle-aged, thank you for the observation.
    Belle: That is the dumbest thing you have ever said.

Ken

Voiced by: Alastair Wharton ("Sold Separately"), Mickey Weston ("Career Girl" onwards)

  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Barbie and Ken for the "little sisters", because of how often they shamelessly humiliate themselves.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the early videos, Ken and Yasmin seem like jerks to Barbie, until they Took a Level in Dumbass.
  • Crossdresser: Sometimes seen in women's clothing, such as when he dresses as a hula girl in Spooky Stories.
  • Idiot Ball: Ken has his fair share of ditzy/naive moments.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He is very sensitive (often pushed to tears due to Barbie) and engages in feminine hobbies such as fashion and collecting unicorn statues. He even gets his own spinoff miniseries where he gives fashion tips despite Barbie telling him he dresses terribly.
  • Network Decay: In-universe Executive Meddling turns Kenneth Carson's Fashion Channel into a "Sporting" Channel in February 2019, even though Ken knows nothing about sports.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Barbie tells him about how Skipper is planning to have sex with Anslem in "Virginity", he begins cursing and almost goes to kick his ass.
  • Overprotective Dad: He acts as this in "Prom". He gives Skipper a hideous dress to keep away boys and threatens to beat up Anslem when the two of them head to prom.
  • Pants-Free: In Kenneth Carson's Sporting Channel, Ken ends the last part by revealing that he spent the whole miniseries sitting pantless behind the desk.
  • This is No Time to Panic: Ken has a variation of this as his Catch-Phrase.
    Don't panic! I'm panicking!
  • Too Dumb to Live: According to "The Hangover", Ken acts so stupid, he'd accidentally electrocute himself if left unsupervised for 10 minutes.
  • Unreliable Narrator: In "Planned Pregnancy", Ken gives contradictory recollections on which "little sister" he and Barbie intentionally conceived. Each recollection is at least 50% false.

Barbie's "Little Sisters"

  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Chelsea, Skipper, and Stacie. Stacie frequently gets comments about her hair looking a little reddish and even gets called a ginger by Margaret and Barbie.
  • Family Relationship Switcheroo: Sam & Mickey portray Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea, and Krissy as illegitimate daughters of Barbie and Ken, though Barbie tries to cover this up by referring to them as her little sisters.
  • Open Secret: It seems rare for anyone not to recognize Barbie as the "little sisters"' real mother, especially since the "little sisters" often don't try to act otherwise.

Skipper

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Skipper has naturally blonde hair, but these videos use a 21st century doll with brown and purple hair, instead. In "The Future", she stops dying it after outgrowing her hipster phase.
  • Character Blog: Memoirs of a Skipper shares some videos from Skipper's vlog.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Skipper has a sarcastic sense of humor.
  • Halloween Cosplay: She dresses as Barbie in Spooky Stories.
  • Hipster: Skipper has a general disinterest/annoyance with the crazy shenanigans surrounding her, unless she becomes intrigued by the drama.
  • In Spite of a Nail: All the futuristic visions Barbie has in "The Future" and "Back to the Future" portray Skipper the same way, unlike the other "little sisters".
  • Mistaken for Gay: Barbie has admitted mistaking Skipper for a lesbian until prior to her first date with Anslem.
  • Mistaken for Pregnant: In "Sick", Barbie initially worries that Skipper has Morning Sickness, but it turns out she just has the flu.
  • Ready for Lovemaking: "Virginity" has Skipper attempt to hint to Anslem that they could have sex together.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Skipper has a husky voice, apparently meant to evoke Kristen Stewart.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Barbie admits disliking Skipper's first name; a flashback reveals that Ken suggested naming her after his favorite Gilligan's Island character, and Barbie thought the suggestion sounded so hilariously stupid, she might as well go with it. Skipper's boss also thinks her name sounds stupid, and instead calls her, "Scooter".
  • You Called Me "X"; It Must Be Serious: Similar to Bart Simpson's case, if Skipper ever calls Barbie "mom" instead of by her first name, she must be in the middle of an Heroic BSoD.

Stacie

Voiced by: Mickey Weston

  • Ambiguously Bi: "Back to the Future" has one timeline in which Stacie marries another woman, which actually intrigues the present-day Stacie when Barbie tells her about it. Later, in "Panic Room", Barbie asks Stacie if she has a boyfriend, a girlfriend, or neither, prompting this exchange (paraphrased):
    Stacie: So, how do you know if you're 100% straight or not?
    Barbie: No one is 100% straight. At best, you can be 99%, but there's always room to move. People will tell you otherwise, but they're usually just religious people, or Republicans.
    Stacie: Interesting.
    Barbie: Not really.
  • Celeb Crush: Stacie has one on Justin Bieber.
  • Characterization Marches On: She started off as a preteen obsessed with her celebrity crushes, but gradually became The Smart Guy with dreams of going to an Ivy League school and having a knack for planning.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: In "The Blizzard", Barbie retorts to Stacie declaring, "It's not [Yasmin's] fault that you're an idiot!", by confessing, "But it's my fault that you're an idiot!", since Barbie took a lot of drugs while pregnant with Stacie.
  • Follow in My Footsteps: "The Planned Pregnancy" has Ken share a questionably accurate recollection of him and Barbie conceiving her in hopes that she could headline a new lineup of the Rockers, along with the children of Barbie's band mates.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: The Crafting With Stacie miniseries has Stacie attempt to teach how to make various items, ranging from a friendship bracelet to a birdhouse. Each one gets destroyed in the end, sometimes because she makes a fatal error, other times because someone else wrecks it.
  • Halloween Cosplay: She dresses as Tinker Bell in Spooky Stories.
  • Overly Long Name: Anastasia Penelope Sonny Cher Roberts.
  • Super OCD: Stacie claims to have this, as evidenced by her insistence to adhere to organization and schedules.
  • Sweet Tooth: Stacie loves to eat sweet food, such as cake and marshmallows.

Chelsea

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Chelsea falls under this when the others tire of her long stories about her classmates.
  • Childhood Brain Damage: Some throwaway dialogue in "Spring Fling" reveals that Chelsea unknowingly developed this, because of Barbie throwing her around as a baby.
  • Dare to Be Badass: Chelsea reveals in "Panic Room" that she keeps a katana underneath her bed, because if a Zombie Apocalypse breaks out, she'd rather fight the zombies than hide from them.
  • Dreadful Musician: Chelsea actually can't sing that well.
  • Generation Xerox: According to Word of God, she is doomed to be just like Barbie when she's an adult. The second Alternate Timeline Barbie witnesses in "Back to the Future" shows her how this would turn out.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Barbie had so much trouble adjusting to Kelly's Sudden Name Change to Chelsea, that she often calls her other names as well.
  • Motor Mouth: Chelsea seems like quite a chatterbox.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: "Barbie's Birthday" has Chelsea gleefully give some horrific suggestions for taking revenge on Barbie, creeping out Skipper and Stacie.
  • Parental Favoritism: Barbie admits that she "doesn't mind" Chelsea and calls her the best looking "little sister" she has. Although that still doesn't stop her from getting her name wrong.
  • Plot Allergy: In The Barbie Cooking Show episode #2, Barbie needs to find a new co-host after Chelsea's allergy to almonds sends her to the ICU after handling the first ingredient of Barbie's red velvet cake recipe - almond meal flour.
  • Sudden Name Change: Following Mattel's lead, Kelly becomes Chelsea in between "Career Girl" and the first Thanksgiving Episode. Unlike Mattel, Sam & Mickey actually had the dolls acknowledge and lampshade this change.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: After Kelly's name was changed to Chelsea, she (and her voice) became more ditzy and shallow, following suit of her "big sister".

Krissy

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom

Barbie's Friends and Foes

Yasmin

Voiced by: Mickey Weston

  • Accidental Misnaming: Tommy calls her, "Yamsen".
  • Ambiguously Brown: Yasmin has a vague nationality.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the early videos, Ken and Yasmin seem like jerks to Barbie, until they Took a Level in Dumbass.
  • Ethical Slut: As a Bratz doll, she's naturally slutty, but is genuinely caring about Barbie and her family.
  • Halloween Cosplay: She dresses as Barbie in the first Halloween Episode.
  • I Can Change My Beloved: Yasmin starts dating Tommy in hopes that she can turn him into less of an asshole.
  • Idiot Ball: Yasmin has her fair share of ditzy/naive moments.
  • Pirate Girl: Yasmin dresses as one in Spooky Stories.
  • Pregnancy Scare: "The Wedding" ends with Yasmin claiming to be pregnant with Ken's baby. In "Baby Shower", it turns out she was just feeling gassy.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Some videos, such as "Sex Tape" and episode #3 of The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us, suggest that Barbie underestimates Yasmin's intelligence.
  • Token Minority: Yasmin seems like the only Hispanic on The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us.
  • Unknown Rival: Barbie has an un-recuperated animosity towards Yasmin.
  • Wag the Director: In-universe, Yasmin ends up on the receiving end, when directing a charity performance of Mary Poppins, struggling to work with actors who attempt to impose their own ideas for changes.
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite having her own mansion, being the main provider for Ken while they were dating, and also being promiscuous like Barbie; she's only a teenager.

Belle

Voiced by: Kate Weston or Sam Clutsom, depending on the video

Ghoulia

Voiced by: Liz Clutsom

  • Genre Savvy: In Barbie's Book Club Part 4, she admits that she didn't read the assigned book (The Shining), because she rightly expected some internal drama to overtake any discussion on it.
  • Shipper on Deck: She sets Barbie and Ken up on a date, but since they hadn't made up yet, it doesn't go well.
  • The Unintelligible: Ghoulia speaks only in grunts.

Mrs. Potato Head

Voiced by: Mickey Weston

  • Fake Pregnancy: In The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us Episode #2, during Barbie's Pregnancy Scare, Barbie tells the other Housewives that Mrs. Potato Head has become pregnant. Mrs. Potato Head plays along, and the other women actually believe it.
  • Token Minority: Mrs. Potato Head stands (figuratively) as the only Jewish lead of The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us.

Katniss

Voiced by: Mickey Weston

Bella

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom

  • Guest-Star Party Member: After Katniss quits Barbie's Book Club, Bella replaces her in The Stinger of Part 1. When it becomes obvious that she didn't read the assigned book (The Hunger Games), Barbie decides to kick her out of the club.
  • Hidden Depths: In The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #4, she steps outside her antisocial comfort zone, and auditions for Yasmin's charity production of Mary Poppins. She sings so beautifully, that Yasmin casts her as Mary Poppins, much to Barbie's jealousy.
  • Singing Voice Dissonance: Bella's speaking voice sounds like essentially a nasal Skipper, but when she sings, her high notes sound divine!

Barbie's Extended Family

  • Abusive Parents: Margaret and George Roberts also treat Barbie badly, and were revealed in December 2017 as even worse parents to Tutti and Todd. Moments include George making the twins his golf caddies during a lightning storm, which resulted in the twins getting electrocuted, Margaret taking the twins with her to an illegal beauty parlor, where they accidentally drank Margaret's drugged martini and were poisoned, and Margaret and George sending the twins out of their cliffside hotel to get Dijon mustard in the middle of a thunderstorm, with bags on their heads. After that last incident, no one ever saw those kids again.

Margaret

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom

  • Consummate Liar: Her first video has her lie about the death of her sister, and when she got her tubes tied. In another video's flashback, she muses on someone possibly starting a rumor that Barbie has had plastic surgery, then admits that she often spreads those kinds of rumors.
  • Evil Matriarch: Margaret has a snobbish and condescending attitude towards Barbie.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Margaret can get angered pretty easily.
  • Lady Drunk: Margaret drinks copious amounts of booze, while bickering with Aunt Millicent, and heckling Barbie's latest situation.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Margaret's ego and alcoholism passed on to Barbie, and her love of drama to Skipper.

Aunt Millicent

Voiced by: Mickey Weston

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Aunt Millicent can get angered pretty easily.
  • Lady Drunk: Aunt Millicent drinks copious amounts of booze, while bickering with Margaret, and heckling Barbie's latest situation.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She flirts with Ken in Dreamhouse Dinners episode #4.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Aunt Millicent's face mold evokes that of a Barbie from The ’60s, giving her thicker eyelashes and poutier lips than the other women shown from Barbie's family (including Barbie herself).
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Barbie receives word in "Barbie's Mother" that her Aunt Millicent passed away, only for her to turn up alive and well in "Family Reunion". In some later videos, Margaret again reports that she either has to visit or has visited Millicent's funeral, but the aunt immediately debunks this.
    Aunt Millicent: I'm not dead, Margaret!
    Margaret: You're dead to me!

George

Voiced by: Anthony

Other Recurring Characters

Anslem

Voiced by: TBA

  • Chastity Couple: He's formed one with Skipper, much to Barbie's surprise.
  • Not Distracted by the Sexy: In "Virginity", Skipper makes her ultimate attempt to seduce Anslem by greeting him in matching underwear, and asking him for help showering hard-to-reach areas of her body. He responds by advising her to get a longer brush, much to her disappointment. Skipper and Barbie end up having to explicitly tell him about Skip' wanting to make out with him, before he finally agrees to do so.

Sam & Mickey

Voiced by: Sam Clutsom & Mickey Weston

  • Corpsing: Sam cannot help but stifle her laughter when Mickey records Ken's lines.
    Mickey: STOP LAUGHING!!!
  • Creator Cameo: Dolls that resemble and sound like Sam & Mickey sometimes appear as extras.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: Sam & Mickey have brunette and blonde hair, respectively.
  • The Klutz: Making a Stop Motion episode #3 has Mickey constantly knock equipment over while trying to animate, requiring several reshoots.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: The Making a Stop Motion miniseries begins with a depiction of Sam & Mickey's "screenwriting process", in which the duo finds a loose concept about a month before the episode's release, then doesn't bother fleshing it out until they only have five days left to make it. Episode #3 shows the duo putting off animation, to the extent that they delete some elaborate scenes to save time and effort. By the end of the miniseries, Sam uploads the video on the 16th, and hopes viewers in other time zones won't notice the delay.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: The Sam & Mickey dolls usually close out videos with, "Love, Sam! And Mickey!"
  • Tomboyish Name: Sam & Mickey have masculine nicknames, respectively short for "Samantha" and "Michelle".

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