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

"Think you know Barbie? You've been LIED to."

Sam & Mickey, also known as Samantha Clutsom and Michelle Weston, are two Australian women who create adult-targeted Stop Motion comedies about Barbie and their other dolls. Their videos, the first of which debuted in 2010, use Comedic Sociopathy to contrast Mattel's perfect, angelic image of Barbie with that of a Broken Ace: A deceitful, alcoholic, sex-driven egomaniac struggling to raise four daugh-er, "little sisters", and maintain a stable romance with her airheaded on-again, off-again lover Ken, in between such jobs and activities as running a book club, providing "Love Triangle Therapy" to other toys, and headlining the reality show The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us. From 2017-2021, Sam & Mickey produced several miniseries in addition to the monthly misadventures.

Tropes related to recurring characters go on the Character Sheet.

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  • Abusive Parents:
    • Barbie constantly browbeats and neglects her "little sisters".
    • Margaret and George Roberts also treat Barbie badly, and were revealed in December 2017 as even worse parents to Tutti and Todd.
  • Accidental Proposal: "The Wedding" has Barbie misread an invitation to Ken's and Yasmin's wedding as one for Ken's and her own wedding, partly because her hand covers up Yasmin's name, and partly because she feels too drunk to realize it wouldn't make sense for her to get an invitation to her own wedding.
  • Alternate Timeline:
    • Barbie appears to visit several in "Back to the Future", when drinking a deadly-sounding concoction for inspiration on how to make her kitchen look futuristic.
    • "60", released during the month of the first Barbie doll's 60th anniversary, has three ghosts try to convince Barbie not to leave Mattel, by showing her how much her life would suck without them.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Barbie and Ken for the "little sisters", because of how often they shamelessly humiliate themselves. In "Spring Fling", Barbie's scandalous actions and pranks get her banned from chaperoning any more school dances, much to Stacie's relief. The eponymous Spring Fling turns out so boring, Stacie and her friends actually wish Barbie would come crash it — and she does, after bribing the school council to lift her ban.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Yasmin has a vague nationality, as Skipper points out in a Christmas Episode. For further ambiguity, "Baby Shower" reveals that even Bratz dolls who don't look Hispanic have Hispanic accents.
  • An Arm and a Leg: "Surgery" has Barbie hospitalized after losing her right arm. A fight with the nurse over some booze costs Barbie her left arm as well.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling:
    • Chelsea falls under this when the others tire of her long stories about her classmates.
    • Ken's self-centered, freeloading, sexist brother Tommy acts so obnoxious, that Barbie and Ken spent years hiding his existence from Barbie's "little sisters". Mattel even hired a cute (by Chelsea's standards) little boy, Toby Templeton, to pose as Ken's "baby brother Tommy" in commercials.
  • Anthropomorphic Food: The Potato Heads consist entirely of talking potatoes. In particular, daughter Carbara is a real potato with a wig and glued-on facial features, in contrast with her plastic-bodied parents.
  • Anything but That!:
    • Skipper says this trope word-for-word when Barbie threatens to hijack her Facebook timeline in "The Return".
    • In "The Attic", when the "little sisters" find Barbie's old Betamax tapes, Barbie hurriedly asks them to put them back and do something else instead. They don't listen.
  • Art Evolution: The stop-motion animation has become a lot smoother over the years.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #3, Bella mentions that as part of her own charitable contributions, she gave so much blood to the vampire bank that she's now anemic - a condition that doesn't actually result from blood donation.
  • Astronomic Zoom: "Playtime", a video about Chelsea telling rather scandalous stories with her dolls, has a Please Subscribe to Our Channel sequence that begins with a closeup of tiny Sam & Mickey look-alike dolls, then zooms out to show Barbie-sized dolls of the duo holding them, followed by the real Sam & Mickey holding them.
  • Auction: Barbie and Stacie hold one in "Yard Sale", to get rid of Barbie's old stuff. Yasmin collects the most valuable items, but only to help Barbie move them to her new bungalow.
  • Autotune: "Sing" has Barbie try to enter Chelsea in a singing contest, with an autotune microphone. Unfortunately, the mike breaks prior to Chelsea's performance, since Barbie used it as a dildo.
  • Award Show: The aptly-named "Awards Show" sends Barbie and Ken to the Doll Actor's Guild Awards, after Barbie gets a Best Actress nomination, for An Awesome Cupcake Sprinkle Frostbitten Unicorn Story. She loses to Queen Elsa, for Frozen 6: Return to Pride Rock.
  • Bad "Bad Acting":
    • "Horseback Mountain" and "Return to Horseback Mountain" comprise heavily of Barbie and Ken messing up new direct-to-video movies.
    • When "Homeless" has Barbie and a Riches to Rags Yasmin try to convince Belle to let Yasmin live in her castle, they give such a bad performance, that Belle tells them that they aren't very good at asking for help, or acting.
  • Bad Date: Barbie's Book Club Part 3 has Barbie experience some unpleasant dates with sexist Gaston and anti-capitalist Gale.
  • Bad People Abuse Animals: Barbie has a surprising record of killing animals as stated/shown in every other episode. In "Krissy's Christening", Barbie killed Chelsea's goat as a blood sacrifice and Chelsea goes on to list all the animals that Barbie has somehow killed; Barbie brings home a whale that's been harpooned during her meltdown in the episode of the same name; and Skipper finds a cat in the freezer that has actually been run over by Barbie's car during her New Year's party in "The Hangover", amongst other examples.
    Chelsea: Why does something die every time you get drunk, Barbie?
  • Batman Gambit: "The Ken Cooking Show" has Barbie try to get the oft-cancelled Barbie Cooking Show back on the air by giving Ken a fake offer to host an uber-manly cooking show, then swooping in to take over when he messes up, exploiting Ken's idiocy and femininity.
  • Beauty Contest: Barbie enlists Chelsea for one in the Toddlers & Tiaras parody "Toys and Tiaras". She loses to Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to take Prim's place.
  • Berserk Button: In "The Meltdown", Ken explains that the phrase "Dijon mustard" flies Barbie into a rage, because it reminds her of when a perfect dinner party with Midge and Alan went downhill due to a lack of the condiment (read: Barbie gets her handgun). "Tutti and Todd" adds that Barbie last saw the twins before they left to get some more, under dangerous circumstances.
  • Big "NO!": Barbie delivers one in "The Future", after she discovers how exactly she looks as an old lady.
  • Birthday Episode:
    • "Stacie's Mom" takes place on Stacie's birthday.
    • "Family Reunion" takes place on Krissy's birthday.
    • "Barbie's Birthday" takes place before, during, and after Barbie's birthday.
  • Blah, Blah, Blah: "Krissy's Christening" has the congregation engage in pre-ceremonial small talk that sounds like this.
  • Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: The first Valentine's Day Episode kicks off the Running Gag of Barbie maliciously misnaming Chelseanote ; Barbie first calls her, "Kelly", then corrects herself with, "Chelsea", but soon afterwards blends both of them into, "Kelsey".
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Sometimes the dolls acknowledge living in web videos. "60" literally does this, when Barbie complains that her living room doesn't have a fourth wall, giving the dolls a look at the real Sam & Mickey filming them.
  • Brick Joke: Early into "The Unexpected Hiatus", Skipper theorizes that Barbie went missing after a man tricked her into joining a cult. Barbie eventually confirms this, prompting Skipper to boast that she called it.
  • Broken Aesop: In "Career Girl", Barbie gives Kelly's class a speech that appears to promote hard work, as she recalls achieving each of her dream jobs by studying hard (and buying the appropriate outfits). However, the teacher points out that in order for Barbie to have so many jobs, she must not work each one for very long.
  • Burger Fool: Skipper gets a job at McBurgers, in the video with the same name, a fast food restaurant with a manager who doesn't really seem to care about customers' health (French fries come in three portion sizes: Large, Extra Large, and Jumbo. The lattermost comes with 17x as many fries as an Extra Large portion, and a diabetes pamphlet of unspecified usefulness.) or work ethics (at the end, Skipper bribes the manager into letting her stay with a briefcase full of $400 thousand, even after Barbie and Ken cause a scene.).
  • But Not Too Gay: Played with. Kevin and Randy are the only prominent gay couple in the show, but they have yet to be seen being intimate with each other like their straight neighbors, Barbie and Ken. Although, considering that the latter couple both have issues keeping their sex lives private, the comparison might not be fair. The only other neighbors that are a straight couple, Lisa and Leon, are just as modest with each other when they're onscreen.
  • Camping Episode: "Glamping" has Barbie and her "little sisters" go on a surprisingly spooky camping trip for the Fourth of July.
  • Celeb Crush: Stacie has one on Justin Bieber, to the extent than in "Stacie's Mom", Barbie bribes him to surprise Stacie at the party.
  • Characterization Marches On: In the early videos, Ken and Yasmin seem like jerks to Barbie, until they Took a Level in Dumbass.
  • Charity Motivation Song: The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #3 has Barbie and Yasmin try to produce a song sponsoring 11 different charities.
  • Chastity Couple: Skipper formed one with her boyfriend, Anslem, much to Barbie's confusion. Skipper eventually tries to subvert this in "Virginity", by hinting to Anslem that she's Ready for Lovemaking. With help from Barbie, she successfully convinces him to go to bed with her.
  • Christmas Episode:
    • "Christmas" naturally provides Sam & Mickey's first example.
    • "Home Alone" started a chain of one new Christmas-related episode every December.
    • "Stranded" provides an example lacking in traditional Christmas imagery.
    • "Tutti and Todd" features a Barbie family reunion in tacky sweaters.
    • A Memoirs of a Skipper video released on Christmas Eve has her and Anslem perform a grim-sounding Christmas carol.
    • "A Very Roberts Christmas Special" goes backstage at Barbie hosting a contractually-obligated Christmas Special with her family and friends.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: "Call Me...Maybe?" has Barbie continually pester Ken through his voicemail regarding a rumor of him having a fling with some Disney Princesses. Unfortunately, the viewer never receives a confirmation or denial of this rumor, as Mr. Potato Head somehow receives all of Barbie's messages instead.
  • Clumsy Copyright Censorship: "The Wedding" disappeared after a claim on its usage of Hall and Oates' "You Make My Dreams", necessitating Sam & Mickey to replace the song with audio of Mickey singing a parody.
  • Compressed Abstinence: "40 Days" has Barbie and three of the "little sisters" each try to give up something they like for Lent — sex, alcohol, and cussing for Barbie, crayons for Chelsea, desserts for Stacie, and hipster clothing for Skippernote  — with Barbie offering a $1,000 Best Buy gift card to the "team" (Barbie vs. Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea) that can withhold from the interests for the longest amount of time. They all end up having so much trouble completely resisting temptation, that they end up splitting the gift card four ways.
  • Content Warnings: The "A Sam & Mickey Film" card has a Parental Advisory Warning on the bottom.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Pineapple Store has Sam & Mickey's first video, "Sold Separately", playing on a laptop on the desk.
    • "Flying High" shows the channel trailer as an in-flight movie.
  • Contractual Obligation Project: In-Universe, Barbie hates starring in Direct to Video movies — such as the Horseback Mountain series — and only does so because her contract with Mattel requires it.
  • Cooking Show: Barbie makes a few attempts to launch one, but "questionable content" keeps getting it cancelled.
  • Couch Gag: Each episode of White Wines With Margaret and Millicent has the hosts deliver different short complaints at the beginning.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot:
    • In "Barbie's Birthday", after Barbie forbids Anslem from visiting their house, Skipper, Stacie, and Chelsea carry out some convoluted revenge on her. In The Stinger, Skipper and Anslem regain Barbie's permission for him to come over, after Skipper falsely boasts that she took Barbie's advice to have sex more often. As the couple heads to Skipper's room, they admit that they should have told her that earlier.
    • In "Furniture Shopping", Yasmin tries to help Barbie find a new bed frame at the Swedish furniture store Blorg, but the women keep losing their way. When they finally reach the beds, Yasmin reports that the store has run out of the one Barbie wants. Skipper finds the bed in stock at Blorg's online store — which also offers same-day delivery and free assembly — so Barbie angrily pummels Yasmin for wasting her time.
    • Parent/Teacher Meeting episode #3 begins with Barbie blaming the teacher for some collisions Barbie made while drunk-driving to the school, and ends with Barbie pointing out that the teacher could've saved some time and trouble by emailing her the news.
  • Creator Cameo: Dolls that resemble and sound like Sam & Mickey sometimes appear as extras.
  • Creator's Culture Carryover: While Sam and Mickey is usually flawless with portraying various American accents, they sometimes use Australian terms to refer to certain things, such as "aubergine" for "eggplant", calling the flashlight on the smartphone a "torch" in one episode, Skipper referring to a bag of chips as "crisps", the word "cilantro" being pronounced with a soft a (as in apple), just to name a few.
  • Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: Love Triangle Therapy episode #2 has Yasmin give a surprisingly gruesome answer when Barbie asks what she'd do, hypothetically, if she learned about Ken having an affair with another woman. Yasmin threatens to cut off that woman's hands, then sew her vagina shut with an un-sterilized needle and thread.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Barbie and Skipper have sarcastic senses of humor.
  • Delivery Stork: Dreamhouse Dinners episode #3 plays with this; when Chelsea asks Ken and Skipper if they know where babies come from, they improvise a story about a couple ordering babies online, but Ken claims "the mailman" delivers them. Afterwards, Chelsea admits that she already knew that babies come from sex, but didn't know if Ken and Skipper knew.
  • Demonic Possession: Barbie hallucinates in "Krissy's Christening" that the baby becomes possessed by Satan.
  • Department of Child Disservices: Apparently Child Services hasn't taken Barbie's "little sisters" away only because Barbie is Child Services. An actual Child Services agent visits Barbie's house in "Babysitters", but gets easily conned against splitting up her family.
  • Did I Mention It's Christmas?: "Stranded" has Barbie take her "little sisters" to the beach for Christmas, but only the December release date and one line of Skipper's dialogue acknowledge the holiday.
  • Did You Die?: While in prison during "Flying High", Barbie is asked this at one point by one of her cellmates.
    Rebecca: Did the passengers all gang up and kill you?
  • The Dog Bites Back: Yasmin does this to Barbie when calling her out and getting into a physical fight with Barbie over the charity video.
  • "Do It Yourself" Theme Tune:
    • Barbie sings the Barbie's Book Club theme, an "I Am Great!" Song, herself.
      "My name's Barbie! I have a book club!
      I'm so pretty! I have a book club!
      Book club!
    • Ken sings the themes to Kenneth Carson's Fashion Channel and Kenneth Carson's Sporting Channel himself.
    • Barbie sings the theme to Barbie's Unpopular Opinions herself.
  • Double Date: The aptly-named "Double Date" has Barbie and Ken do this with an old frenemy of Barbie's, Kate McClay, and her boyfriend, Anthony, while trying to act Happily Married.
  • Double Take: In "Stacie's Mom", Stacie does this when Justin Bieber comes over, and then she faints.
  • Downer Ending:
    • "Tinka and Todd". Barbie still doesn't know what happened to Todd, hates the deceptive Margaret more than ever, and deducts a "family discount" from Tinka's paycheck. The stinger confirms for the viewers that Todd survived, and that Barbie would've also learned this if either he spoke with a smarter member of the search party than Ken, or if Todd's identically-named boyfriend (the only Todd whom Barbie spoke with in person in the video) introduced him to her.
    • "The Lost Christmas". Stacie still refuses to return to Fake Malibu, and her family fails to have a conventionally merry Christmas without her.
  • Dreadful Musician: Barbie and Chelsea actually can't sing that well.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: "Sing" has Stacie become frustrated that Barbie didn't make her enter the singing contest, since she can sing much better than Chelsea can. After Chelsea's autotune microphone breaks, Stacie sings in her place, and wins first place. However, Chelsea gets all the credit, even in their own family.

  • Early-Installment Weirdness:
    • The first video, "Sold Separately", bears uncensored swears, a different voice actor for Ken, and a voice for Barbie that doesn't match her current one until roughly the halfway point.
    • Chelsea's voice wasn't nearly as vacant-sounding as it is now and Skipper's voice was slightly deeper. Also, while Stacie was more of a typical pre-teen in earlier videos, Chelsea (then named Kelly) was much more friendlier and childlike.
    • The show really used to have it in for fellow YouTube channel My Froggy Stuff by bringing in a doll that looked like the doll used in her videos just so she would be mocked or attacked by Barbie. Thankfully, this gradually tapered off.
  • Embarrassing Old Photo: "The Attic" has Barbie's old home Betamax videos.
  • Episode on a Plane: "Flying High" sends Barbie, her "little sisters", Ken, and Yasmin on an airplane flight to Vancouver, with Barbie constantly annoying the other passengers.
  • Erotic Eating: "16 and Pregnant" has Barbie serve penis-shaped lollipops and vagina-like cupcakes at Yasmin's baby's gender reveal party, much to Yasmin's disgust.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: In-universe, Barbie's Book Club Part 1 has Barbie, Belle, and Katniss give rather insightful interpretations of this 1960s short story.
  • Everyone Is Related: "Family Reunion" documents a period when all the main female characters seem related to each other. George reveals that a month earlier, he married a Bratz doll named Charo. Yasmin identifies Charo as her mama, which makes Yasmin Barbie's stepsister (and the "little sisters"' step-aunt), much to Barbie's displeasure. As revenge for uniting their families without telling them right away, Barbie and Yasmin work together to break up George and Charo.
  • Evil Cripple: Becky St. Clair, who is introduced in "Becky", is noted to be the only one who can make Barbie feel bad about herself which is demonstrated several times in her debut episode. Interestingly, the fact that she's wheelchair-bound is rarely touched upon, save for Becky threatening to run over on one of her "sisters'" toes with her wheels.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: In "Krissy's Christening", the possessed Krissy makes low-toned threats to punish Barbie for her sins.
  • Evolving Credits: "Stranded" results in a new line for Yasmin in the intro to The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us.
    (episodes #1-3) Glamour has a taste for me, and I has a taste for Kenny.
    (episode 4) I've still got a taste for glamour, not so much a taste for Kenny.
  • Exorcist Head: In "Krissy's Christening", Barbie hallucinates a possessed Krissy turning her head around.
  • Exploding Closet: "Yard Sale" has Stacie open the "stuff cupboard" in Barbie's room, then get covered in old clothes.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In "The Future", adult Skipper has blonde hair, since she apparently stops darkening it after outgrowing her hipster phase.
  • Failure Gambit: "Return to Horseback Mountain" has Barbie and Ken try to make their next contractually-obligated movie so bad, that Mattel will deem it unworthy of a time-consuming, unenjoyable press tour. Unfortunately, Mattel's desire to attract viewers who found Horseback Mountain So Bad, It's Good In-Universe means that director Lisa Felicia will accept the couple's worst-performed and cheesiest-written takes.
  • Failure Montage: Barbie cannot do things for herself, especially when it comes to anything Christmas-related:
    • In "Home Alone", she first fails at putting up the tree, then tries to make both cookies and eggnog (which she also can't do due to having no idea what a "tsp" is), no one wants to hang out with her due to either spending it with their spouse, disliking/being disliked by her or being otherwise unavailable and can't even properly draw a bath.
    • In "The Lost Christmas", it appears that the whole family is incompetent at decorating unless Stacie is there. Skipper can't cook, Chelsea isn't tall enough to properly decorate the tree, Yasmin is left stranded at the mall and Ken is so bad at wrapping gifts, he ends up wrapping himself in paper.
  • Fake Memories: In "Spring Fling", Barbie seems to recall various '70s and '80s movies, with pivotal dance parties, as part of her actual life.
  • 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.
  • Family Theme Naming: Yasmin's sisters include Jasmine, Tasmin, and Ohio.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: invoked When Margaret watches The Sound of Music in "The Babysitters", she comments that Captain Von Trapp and Baroness Schraeder "...make a lovely pair", and Barbie's Aunt Millicent can't believe that the Captain would end up marrying Maria instead.
  • Fantastic Racism:
    • "Dollist" toys look at Bratz dolls with distain.
    • Episode #1 of the "Barbie's Childhood" miniseries has Margaret angrily throwing "fish folk" Ariel out of her home.
    • "Delivery" has the nurse, Sinead, flat out admit that Bratz doll's births are disgusting due to the dynamics of their bodies.
  • Fictional Board Game: "Board Game Night" has Barbie play Cards Against Life and The Game of Living with Ken and the "little sisters"; the games they almost choose instead of the latter also sound suspiciously similar to ones sold by Hasbro.
  • Flashback Effects: Flashbacks have a wavy transition, and flashbacks to The '50s or The '60s have a faded Decade-Themed Filter and/or an abundance of print flaws.
  • Flipping the Bird: "16 and Pregnant" has Yasmin give the following feedback on the bow and arrow cupcake toppers Barbie prepares for the gender reveal party:
    Yasmin: (raises left hand in Barbie's face) I got an arrow for you right here. This joke doesn't work, because I can't move my fingers, but if I could... do you understand?
  • Flush the Evidence: Referenced in "Flying High":
    Curly Hair Jail Girl: So you killed your ex in the bathroom, cut up his body into little pieces, flushing them down the toilet?
    Barbie: No, but I did do something far more sinister with him.
  • Foreshadowing: For "Delivery":
    • "Games Night" begins with Yasmin complaining that her pregnant belly has grown much larger than expected for six months. It turns out she has twins.
    • In "16 and Pregnant", Tommy takes the white confetti as a sign that he'll have a white baby, Comically Missing the Point of a gender reveal party. He and Yasmin have one white daughter, and one brown daughter.
  • Funny Background Event: As a few examples:
    • The first Valentine's Day Episode has Krissy play around in the sink, then climb out and crawl into an electric mixer, which spins her around before she falls out.
    • "The Pineapple Store" has some signs give visitors some unhelpful or obvious tips on maintaining their electronics.
    • "Toddlers and Tiaras" has Katniss trying to stab Carbara with her arrow, pressumably to eat her.
  • G-Rated Drug: Barbie's Childhood episode #3 delves into young Barbie's habits of drinking too much juice.
  • Gagging on Your Words: When Barbie tries to convince Yasmin to start dating Tommy, she just barely manages to tell them anything nice about each other.
    Tommy, this is our dear fr—(gags) I'm struggling with the words today!
  • Game Changer: After three years of suggesting that Barbie and Ken have no desire at all to get back together, "The Breakup" reveals a snag in the moment their romance ended. When Ken said something to Barbie over the phone about breaking up, he actually meant the signal was breaking up, since Barbie's plane hadn't landed yet. Barbie takes this to mean they never really broke up, planting the seeds for them to start an affair only two months later.
  • The Ghost: Barbie has mentioned Teresa and Christie a few times, but Sam & Mickey have yet to put them in any of their videos, despite Mattel spending decades portraying Teresa as Barbie's best friend. "Horseback Mountain" has Barbie explain that she's not really friends with Teresa and Christie; the three of them just act like such in the movies.
  • Ghost Story:
    • Stacie tells one at the beginning of "Glamping".
    • The Spooky Stories miniseries has several dolls share some.
  • Gilligan Cut: The videos seem prone to showing Barbie do something she says she won't.
  • 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. Every project gets destroyed in the end, sometimes because she makes a fatal error, other times because someone else wrecks it. She has relatively better luck in Isolation Crafting With Stacie, in which two of her five crafts remain intact by the end (one because Stacie convinces Skipper to help make it).
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: "Tutti and Todd" puts Skipper and Chelsea into these roles, as they try to accuse a relative of killing the twins.
  • Good Parents: Ken, for all of his ditziness, is a great dad to his daughters. Barbie even lampshades this in "Back to the Future" when she believes that Skipper's "gross" destined future of becoming a loving and happy wife to Anslem and mother to their four children is his fault due to his "cleaning up my messes and providing a stable environment". Ken's own parents are this too, especially in stark contrast to Barbie's own.
  • Good-Times Montage: "New Year's Eve" mostly consists of a montage of Barbie and Ken enjoying a night of singing karaoke and getting drunk.
  • Gratuitous Princess: Among other examples, the Barbie's Childhood miniseries has Disney Princess babies show up Once an Episode.
  • Grew a Spine; Lampshaded in "The Lost Christmas" by Stacie; after being abandoned by Barbie in New Zealand, she ends up both enjoying herself and manages to tell off Barbie citing how she "found her spine" in the country and isn't taking her shit lying down anymore. Barbie is left speechless.
  • Group Hug: "Barbie's Mother" has Barbie, Ken, Stacie, and Chelsea share one after standing up to and shooing away Margaret.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Barbie can get angered pretty easily, as does her mother Margaret and her Aunt Millicent.
  • Halloween Cosplay:
    • In the first Halloween Episode, Yasmin dresses as Barbie, though Barbie mistakes her for several other personalities before she puts on her mask. Additionally, Belle and Snow White dress as each other.
    • Spooky Stories has Skipper and Stacie dress as Barbie and Tinkerbell, respectively.
    • The Barbie Cooking Show (Halloween Edition) has Stacie, Skipper, and Yasmin dress as Tinkerbell again, Lani McKenzie, and Dora the Explorer, respectively.
  • Hard-Work Montage:
    • "The Wedding" and "Barbie's Birthday" each have one, accompanied by a parody of "You Make My Dreams Come True". (The second parody does end by asking the viewers if they think the song sounds familiar.)
    • Subverted in "Yard Sale": Ken expects Skipper or Stacie to break into one while cleaning Barbie's room, and even starts singing "You Make My Dreams Come True". However, Barbie shuts him up, then the picture wipes to after Stacie finishes cleaning.
  • Heroic BSoD: In "Prom", Skipper breaks down crying after a series of events leaves her without a date. Barbie consoles her with a hug, and a promise that if Skipper fails to find a steady boyfriend, then Barbie can pay someone to love her.
  • Hey, Let's Put on a Show: The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #4 has Yasmin direct a performance of Mary Poppins, to raise money for the Dolls Without Limbs charity. The rest of the Housewives, Ken, and some of their friends and relatives also join the cast and crew.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Barbie and Yasmin spend "The Hangover" searching for Ken, who was last seen at a New Year's Eve party three nights earlier. After gathering clues from all over Malibu, they find him lying face-down in Barbie's living room, still wearing his Cinderella costume from "Disney-themed night" at the club.
  • Hilariously Abusive Childhood: Applies to Barbie's "little sisters", and Barbie herself.
    Margaret: Yes, you can! I used to throw you all the time, and you turned out fine-On Second Thought, perhaps you're right.
  • Homemade Sweater from Hell: "Tutti and Todd" has Ken apparently knit enough for the whole family.
  • Homeschooled Kids: "Home School" follows Barbie's attempts to educate her "little sisters" while under quarantine.
  • Hopeless Auditionees:
    • The Barbie Cooking Show episode #2 showcases Barbie's failures at finding a competent co-host.
    • "The Attic" has the "little sisters" find a Betamax tape of a young Barbie auditioning for a cereal commercial.
    • The miniseries Barbie's Failed Screen Tests shares some more of Barbie's botched auditions for different roles.
  • How We Got Here: "Road Rage" begins with Skipper, Barbie, and Chelsea stuck in traffic, before backtracking to show how they got stuck there, and why Barbie has a black eye.
  • I Warned You: "Stranded" has Barbie and Ken ask each other to share their most traumatic memories, during a game of Truth or Dare. She tries to warn him that her choicenote  will scare him, but he keeps begging to hear it. After she finally starts recalling it, wipe to Ken throwing up into the sea, and Barbie reminding him, "I told you it's bad."
  • Idiot Ball: Barbie, Ken, and Yasmin all have their fair share of ditzy/naive moments, some more often than others.
  • Ignored Epiphany:
    • Barbie has either a dream or a vision in "The Future" of her bad parenting dooming Stacie, Chelsea, and Krissy to unpleasant adulthoods.note  When she wakes up, she vows to give the kitchen a chic futuristic makeover.
    • In "40 Days", Barbie and the "little sisters" spend the last few minutes before Easter discussing the possibility of permanently cutting down everything they attempted to give up for Lent. Then, when Barbie becomes aroused by the sight of Ken in skinny jeans, she allows everyone to resume whatever they gave up.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: Barbie deliberately makes Skipper wear these every day in "40 Days".
  • Improvised Weapon: Katniss recounts in Barbie's Book Club Part 2 that when Barbie sponsored her and Peeta in the Hunger Games, she sent them high-heeled shoes to fight other Tributes with.
  • Innocent Swearing: Barbie recalls in Dreamhouse Dinners episode #3 that Krissy once attempted to say, "duck", but it sounded more like an F-bomb. Krissy does this again at the end of the video.
  • Insistent Terminology: Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea and Krissy are Barbie's little sisters, not her daughters. She even catches herself in making the correction.
  • Instant Costume Change: In Barbie's Book Club Part 4, Barbie cosplays as several women of Disney royalty, and Katniss expresses disbelief that Barbie can quickly change her outfit whenever the camera turns away from her.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Barbie often interacts with whatever other toys Sam & Mickey can get their hands on.
  • iPhony: The videos riff on Apple with Pineapple-brand electronics. Skipper even meets her current boyfriend, Anslem, while he works the "Genie Bar" at the Pineapple Store.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: In "Road Rage", Barbie calls out Chelsea, who refused to go into the middle of traffic jam to see what was causing the problem citing herself as being "too little", for going back and forth between acting like a child and saying/doing inappropriate things for someone her age and ordered her to make up her mind as to which persona she wanted to be.
  • Julekalender: In December 2014, Sam & Mickey posted a "bite-sized" Christmas-themed video on every day of Advent.
  • Jumping the Shark: In-universe, Chelsea says Barbie's and Ken's relationship reaches this point in "The Attic", after they announce getting back together.

  • Kick the Dog: Barbie oh so often. She has told or implied to each of her children (particularly Skipper) that she regrets having them over minor arguments. She also sung Yasmin a "Push Playlist" while she was in labor and during delivery, to the latter's immense chagrin.
  • Kindhearted Simpleton: Ken. He's easily the nicest character in the series, but is quite possibly also the dumbest, not even being able to write a simple letter for Barbie.
  • Lady Drunk: Margaret and Aunt Millicent drink copious amounts of booze, while bickering and heckling Barbie's latest situation.
  • Large Ham: "Horseback Mountain" has moments where Barbie and Ken overdo either the anger or the joy of their delivery.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In "McBurgers", Ken calls Barbie, "a whor...ible mother!"
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: In "Prom", after Anslem arrives to take Skipper to the prom, she and Barbie promise to tell no one about her breakdown, or their tender moment.
  • Like Mother, Like Daughter: Margaret's ego and alcoholism passed on to Barbie, and her love of drama to Skipper.
  • Literal-Minded: The Barbie Cooking Show episode #2 ends with a drunken Barbie crying over her red velvet cake lacking any actual red velvet.
  • Locked in a Room: "Panic Room" traps Barbie and Stacie in the "zombie shelter" together, after the handle to the exit breaks off. The two of them bond over such activities as discussing sexual orientations, and pranking everyone else in the Dreamhouse via intercom. They finally leave the shelter after Yasmin shows them the secret entrance.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Somehow, Ken's parents—Carl and Edna Carson—didn't know about Barbie's and Ken's breakup, or the fact that they didn't get married before Barbie had all those "little sisters", until "Family Reunion". When Ken planned to marry Yasmin, he actually convinced his parents to sign their wedding invitations for Barbie's "ironic art installation".
  • Long List:
    • In "Surgery", Barbie rattles off several "essentials" for Ken to bring to her hospital room. He doesn't write them down quickly enough for Barbie, so she texts the list to Skipper.
    • In "Flying High", it takes five people to recite a large number of rules to Barbie. Guess how many she actually follows?
    • The New Year's Eve "Skipper's Vlog" video has Skipper list off all of the resolutions that Barbie has failed to commit to.
    Skipper: Kite flying, giving up on drug muling, wearing flat shoes once a week, getting regular pap smears, not mixing her liqueurs, not mixing her drugs, not mixing her drugs with her liquors, not wearing sequins, DIY projects, yelling less, buying less clothes, bass guitar lessons, not sleeping with her guitar instructor, not cheating at board games, not cheating, returning library books, looking after her own baby at least once a week, not accidentally killing Chelsea's pets, not rearranging the features of Mrs. Potato Head's face for fun, not talking over the top of people, not monologuing, talking to her self less, remaining sober at charity events, remaining sober whilst driving, remaining sober on jury duty, avoiding jury duty, avoiding municipal court, complimenting her daughters at least once a day, complimenting her daughters at least once a month, not emotionally abusing her daughters, honoring her Mattel contract, not using the kitchen utensils in her bedroom games, buying new kitchen utensils after using them in her bedroom games, not saying stupid things, not saying racist things, not alluding to illegal things she's done whilst in a meeting with her parole officer, not having sex with her parole officer, not using sex to get out of trouble, not using sex to get other people out of trouble, winning a karaoke contest, and finally this year she failed at relinquishing custody of her children at long last (aside) that one cut me the deepest.
  • Loophole Abuse: In "Career Girl", Barbie reminds Ken that both of them visiting Kelly's class at once defies orders for them to stay at least 100 feet apart. Ken points out that no one explained to him the size of the feet. (This video seems to predate Ken becoming a total ditz.)
  • Lost at Sea: Barbie and Ken experience this in "Stranded". On a fishing trip, the boat's motor dies, then the oar breaks when Barbie tries to row the boat to shore. Barbie's "little sisters" eventually find the couple, after which Skipper explains that the shore was only 10 feet away.
  • 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.
  • Match Cut: Whenever "Back to the Future" jumps between the present and a future, Barbie (or Skipper, in one case) has the same pose in both time periods.
  • Mathematician's Answer: Skipper gives one in Kenneth Carson's Sporting Channel episode #2:
    Ken: So Skipper, do you think one of the two teams will win today's baseball game?
    Skipper: Do I think one of the teams is going to win? Um... yeah. Probably.
  • Mile-High Club: Barbie and Yasmin apparently belong to an actual club for people who like to have sex inside airplanes.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: In "The Future", old Barbie looks the same as present-day Barbie to the viewers, until she looks at herself in the mirror. Her reflection reveals that she apparently looks exactly like Margaret, and the shock of this discovery jolts her out of the dream/vision.
  • 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.
  • Mondegreen Gag: The beginning of "Yasmin's Sisters" has Barbie mishear "Yamsen's in the kitchen" as "Yams in the kitchen", due to blubbering Tommy blending together the words "Yamsen's" and "in". After Ken clears it up, he decides to go to the kitchen and cook some yams.
  • Motor Mouth: Chelsea seems like quite a chatterbox.
  • Multi-Part Episode: "Family Reunion" has two parts, released from March-April 2015.
  • Musicalis Interruptus:
    • The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us' production of Mary Poppins ends after Barbie cuts off Ken's performance of the first song, to announce the death of Mary Poppins.
    • When Tommy tries to sing "Love Is An Open Door" with Yasmin, she refuses to finish the jerk's line. He also attempts to serenade her with a new rendition of "Mandy", replacing Mandy's name with "Yamsen", only for her to scold him for plagiarizing Barry Manilow.
    • "Video Chat" has Barbie attempt to reenact The Brady Bunch with everyone else, but whenever she starts singing the theme song, someone either starts complaining about their arrangement, or messes up the grid by logging in.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: "The Unexpected Hiatus" has the "little sisters" and Ken speculate that Barbie had one during her unexpected nine-month disappearance. She didn't.
  • 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.
  • Non Fatal Explosion: During "Sam & Mickey's Advent Calendar", Yasmin somehow survives the Time Bomb that Barbie gave her as an early Christmas present.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us has three married women (Belle, Mrs. Potato Head, and Bella), but single women take first (Barbie) and fifth (Yasmin) billing.
  • Noodle Incident: Barbie and the others share several interesting anecdotes about her life without Sam & Mickey actually showing them.
  • Noodle Implements: Props that Barbie and Ken have used in their sex tapes for undisclosed purposes include ice cubes, a small pony, bowls of fruit, a jug of sangria, and a dirty linen hamper, not to mention the props from tapes and make-out sessions that the viewers don't get to watch at all. Barbie explains in one video that she chooses such random props to try and take Ken's mind (and possibly also hers) off of the thought of him ditching her for Yasmin.
  • Not So Above It All: In The Barbie Cooking Show (Halloween Edition), Deborah goes from warning Barbie and Ken not to have any more sex on the set, to joining them for an offscreen three-way.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: When some Christmas carolers visit Barbie's house, Barbie compliments their "scary" costumes, gives them candy, and closes the door. Skipper reminds Barbie that it's not Halloween, only for Barbie to admit that she only faked confusing the holidays, as a means of shooing away the carolers.
    Skipper: You're an evil genius.
  • Odd Name Out: Ohio remains the only one of Yasmin's sisters whose name doesn't rhyme with Yasmin's; her parents instead named her after the state where she was conceived.
  • Offscreen Breakup: "Stranded" reveals that Ken and Yasmin became just friends, opening the possibility of him and Barbie to get back together again.
  • One I Prepared Earlier:
    • The Barbie Cooking Show spoofs this in the episode about roast turkey; Barbie states that she bought one turkey earlier, which remains cold and raw when she pulls it out, then tries to roast it on the air, even though she knows that it takes hours (the seven-minute episode consequently contains several cuts). A drunken Barbie also refers to her bottle of whiskey as "one [she] prepared earlier".
    • In Makeup By Yasmin, when Yasmin makes over Mrs. Potato Head, she explains that she made Mrs. Potato Head's new eyes and mouth earlier.
    • In the Crafting With Stacie episode about building a birdhouse, Stacie reveals that she drew her birdhouse plan earlier, "taking a cue from some older cooking shows".
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business:
    • "The Meltdown" begins with Barbie acting so happy on Easter, the others worry about rage bottling in her, waiting to get unleashed.
    • The aforementioned Heroic BSoD from "Prom" stuns everyone who witnesses it.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping:
    • The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us has a lampshaded instance: When Ken struggles to speak in a Cockney accent, Barbie proclaims that it sounds more like, "a perfect Australian accent."
    • Nicely averted for the most part by Sam and Mickey themselves, although they do have a tendency to pronounce the word "been" like "bean" instead of like the typically American pronunciation of "bin".
  • 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.
    • invoked In Barbie's Book Club Part 2, the members easily figure out the identity of the Anonymous Author of Dying Alone: A Middle Age Woman's Perspective on the Single Life. Barbie gave herself away by putting her photo on the back cover.
    • According to "Sex Tape", Barbie has a secret cupboard labeled, "Secret Cupboard". Plus, when Barbie finally reveals to Yasmin that she and Ken are having an affair, Yasmin admits that she already knew, because of their tendency to have sex while she's still in the room. Barbie claims that she and Ken tried to do it subtly, but Yasmin tells her that she doesn't do a very good job at subtlety.
  • Orphaned Punchline:
  • Overenthusiastic Parents: On Skipper's first day at McBurgers, Barbie tries to help her impress the manager by ordering thousands of fajitas, despite Skipper's warning that they have too many carbs for her (and Barbie's difficulty pronouncing "fajitas").

  • Padding: Invoked whenever a miniseries has a theme song that sounds really repetitive, takes up almost all of each episode, and briefly plays again at the end of each episode.
  • Parental Favoritism: Downplayed. Barbie admits that she "doesn't mind" Chelsea and calls her the best looking "little sister" she has. However, that still doesn't stop her from getting her name wrong (purposely, just to mess with her), sending her out into traffic with the threat of throwing her dolls in a blender and using the remains for her margaritas or accuse her of being a drama queen when she has an allergic reaction on her cooking show.
  • Pass the Popcorn: In "The Meltdown", Skipper does this while watching Barbie's, well, meltdown. Then she does it with a bag of crisps (chips).
  • Perpetual Expression: Since Sam & Mickey rarely change their dolls' expressions, each character becomes either a Perpetual Smiler or The Stoic.
  • Piss-Take Rap: The Charity Motivation Song that Barbie and Yasmin rap in The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #3, "A Rap For A Cause", amounts to Yasmin spouting random societal issues to a generic electronic beatnote . When they subject the other Housewives to the video, Mrs. Potato Head purposely loses her ears during the second verse, and Bella declares, "This is the whitest thing I've ever heard, and that's coming from me."
  • Pitbull Dates Puppy: Abrasive, combative Barbie has been with sensitive, emotional Ken on-and-off for over five decades.
  • Please Subscribe to Our Channel: Each video has the Sam & Mickey dolls deliver this message at either the end, or before The Stinger.
  • 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.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain:
    • Barbie can come off as misandrist as times and is largely a negligent and uncaring mother.
    • Margaret is an even worse mother than her daughter and was/is openly hostile to mermaid Ariel and the Ambiguously Brown Yasmin, confusing the latter with being the help.
    • Tommy is a huge misogynist that doesn't even like the fact that women can vote.
  • Potty Failure: "Baby Shower" has Barbie complain that becoming pregnant causes her to involuntarily pee at inconvenient times.
  • Prank Call: Chelsea delivers some in the Prank'd miniseries.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Prince Charmless: Love Triangle Therapy episode #1 reveals the nameless princes from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Cinderella as the same prince, and that he ditched Cinderella to check out the "dead chick with a magic evil stepmother". When Cinderella argues that she also has an evil stepmother, and a magic fairy godmother, the prince calls her crazy for making the latter claim.
  • Prison Episode: The Framing Device of "Flying High" shows Barbie in jail, recounting to her inmates how she wreaked havoc on a flight to Vancouver. She becomes released after Ken clears her of charges of smuggling an apple over the border, by explaining that it landed in Barbie's pocket after a passenger threw it at her.
  • Produce Pelting: Barbie gets one on the receiving end thanks to her terrible music skills in "Flying High".
  • Product Displacement: Any logos the McBurgers set has for other restaurants remain either out of view, or covered over with burgers.
  • Product Placement: The Charity Motivation Song from The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #3 includes a bridge advertising Diet Snapple. Barbie also seems to drink a lot of it in the music video.
  • Progressive Era Montage: The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #2 has flashbacks to each time Barbie found out she was going to have a new "little sister", with increasingly clearer video quality and changing fashions representing the passing decades.
  • The Prom Plot: In "Prom", Skipper is about to attend her prom with her boyfriend, Anslem, when he cancels at the last minute due to his lunar being in the wrong alignment or something. From there, Barbie attempts to locate an alternate date for her that she hasn't slept with, Stacie and Chelsea try to get her a date with the wide array of celebrities the former sister knows (and the latter sister decides to ultimately make her a date out of cardboard and glitter glue) and Ken wants to go as her date but has to look for a tuxedo in Barbie's vast closet.
  • "Psycho" Shower Murder Parody: The aptly-titled "Psycho" has one, which ends with the cross-dressing Ken inviting the showering Barbie to have some daiquiris.
  • Punny Name: From "Surgery":
    Aunt Millicent: I brought my lawyer, just in case.
    Lawyer: Hello, my name is Justin Case.
  • Putting the Pee in Pool: In "The Return", it's revealed that Barbie is banned from a mall for 5 years thanks to an incident where she allegedly urinated in the water fountain. The Stinger gives credence to it via security camera footage.
  • Rated M for Manly: "The Ken Cooking Show" has Ken attempt to teach how to cook as manly as possible.
  • Real After All: In "Glamping", the one-armed, one-eyed murderer from Stacie's story walks past at the very end, unseen by anyone else.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In "The Play", after Barbie turns down sexual advances from a random guy she meets outside the "theater", he calls her ugly. The enraged Barbie proceeds to grab him by the groin, and call out his shallow behavior.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: In "Krissy's Christening", Barbie hallucinates the possessed Krissy having pupil-less red eyes (actually plastics rhinestones).
  • Related Differently in the Adaptation: Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea (also known as Kelly), and Krissy are depicted as Barbie's younger sisters by Mattel, but here it's revealed they're actually Barbie and Ken's biological daughters; she pretends they're her sisters because it's better for her image.
  • 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!
  • Reunion Kiss: Yasmin tries to invoke this between Margaret and George in "Family Reunion". Needless to say, her first method - pushing them together while commanding them to kiss - proves ineffective.
  • The Reveal: In "Sex Tape", Yasmin reveals that after Barbie and Ken started their affair, she also started having affairs with other men behind Ken's back.
  • Ridiculously Photogenic: In "The Photoshoot", Barbie and Ken spend Valentine's Day having Yasmin take sexy pictures of them. While several of the scenarios she puts them through seem humiliating, she still manages to bring out their best features.
  • Running Gag: In "Playtime", Chelsea repeatedly orders Barbie to take off the various doll's pants.
  • Sanity Slippage: The Barbie Cooking Show episode #1 becomes this as Barbie gets drunk while waiting for the turkey to finish roasting.
  • Sequel Snark: Some of the movies recognized in "Awards Show" include The LEGO Princess Diana Movie and Frozen 6: Return to Pride Rock.
    Barbie: (Sarcasm Mode) What a blessing that franchise has been to this world. I can't wait for Frozen 7.
    Ken: It's in pre-production.
    Barbie: Of course it is.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: The subtitles in "The Breakup" use this to translate Blaine's dialogue for viewers who might otherwise not understand him over his Australian accent.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: The first time Barbie returns to the present in "Back to the Future", she saves Krissy from microwaving herself.
  • Sex for Services:
    • Barbie often tries to seduce people into doing what she wants.
    • "The Play" has Barbie on the receiving end: After she becomes aroused with Ken's threats of "consequences" if she leaves Skipper's play during intermission, Ken declares, "...there will only be consequences if you come back!"
  • Sex Sells:
    • Barbie says this after Ken remarks that The Barbie Cooking Show will probably get cancelled after episode #1, apparently because she expects the sight of her making out with Ken to have boosted the ratings.
    • "Horseback Mountain" has one take in which Barbie and Ken try to turn the movie into a porno. According to the stinger, Barbie succeeded in doing such.
  • Sex with the Ex: Barbie and Ken broke up some time before the events of the first video, but begin an affair in "New Year's Eve". Barbie claims in The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #3 that the events of "Sex Tape" prompted them to end it.
  • Sexy Shirt Switch: After Barbie and Ken make out on the set of The Barbie Cooking Show episode #1, the last scene shows Barbie wearing Ken's cardigan, and Ken wearing Barbie's apron.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: "Tutti and Todd" depicts each of Skipper's theories about the twins' disappearance in silhouette.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: In "Sex Tape", Barbie and Ken constantly try to distract Yasmin from possibly finding their leaked sex tape online, by inviting her for a multi-day "slumber party"...only to eventually discover that she already saw the tape beforehand. According to the stinger, she even walked onto the set while Barbie and Ken were making out.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Barbie's Book Club Part 1 begins with Barbie reciting the rules, the first two of which are, "You do not talk about Book Club!"
    • Barbie's Book Club Part 3 begins with Ghoulia moaning the theme song, which Belle doesn't recognize.
    • "Intervention" has Barbie making a ton of these, but the best one has to go to Yasmin's use of her usual nickname for Ken:
      Yasmin: Maybe it was me! Maybe I killed Kenny!
    • "Yard Sale" has Stacie kick off the auction with a tweaked Hamilton quote.
      Stacie: Ladies and gentlemen, you could have been anywhere in the world today, but you're here with us at Barbie's dreamhouse. Are you ready for an auction?!
    • In "The Assistant" during the Terrible Interviewees Montage, two references to Mrs. Doubtfire are seen: one of a stern woman who does not do anything an assistant would do and another is a woman who cannot speak any English other than the phrase "I am job."
  • Sick Episode: The aptly-titled "Sick" has Skipper catch the flu, so Barbie tries to cover her having to miss school, work, and a date... by attempting to do them in her place.
  • Signing-Off Catchphrase: The Sam & Mickey dolls usually close out videos with, "Love, Sam...and Mickey!"
  • Silent Treatment: Yasmin stopped talking to her sisters on the day that "The Wedding" took place, since Jasmine and Tasmin argued with her about the color of their bridesmaid dresses, while Ohio tried to take Ken for herself. "Yasmin's Sisters" has the trio force themselves back into Yasmin's loop, after learning via Instagram that she would have a baby in a few months.
  • Similar Squad: "Becky" introduces Barbie's high school arch nemesis, her boyfriend Don, and her four "little sisters". While Barbie and Becky continue attempting to one-up each other in order to claim Daisy's house, their families bond over their similar personalities.
  • Slumber Party:
    • Stacie tries to have one in the aptly-named short, but Barbie manages to turn it into an impromptu and questionable sex ed class.
    • "Blizzard" has Barbie's "little sisters" attend one at Yasmin's house, with a Snowed-In Barbie forced to join in.
    • Barbie's Childhood episode #5 flashes back to when Barbie had Rapunzel, Anna, and Aurora sleep over at Margaret's house. The party takes a dark turn when Barbie starts worrying that her brownies killed the so-called "Sleeping Beauty".
  • Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond: Owing to her narcissistic nature, in "The Unfollow" Barbie is so insecure that she gets angry about someone unfollowing her on Facebook in the sea of her many fans.
  • Soap Within a Show: Los Perdidos Queso y Galletas, a Telenovela that seems best known for complicated romance and graphic sex scenes.note 
  • Spear Counterpart: According to Sam and Mickey, Tommy is supposed to be this to Barbie, minus any kind of Freudian Excuse.
  • Spinoff Babies: The March 2019 miniseries Barbie's Childhood delivers more vignettes of Barbie's childhood.
  • Spit Take:
    • Barbie does this when she and Ken stumble across their replacements in "Horseback Mountain".
    • Barbie does this in "Awards Show" when Queen Grimhilde announces that Yasmin will be singing a live performance (of "Wind Beneath My Wings") during the In Memoriam segment.
  • Status Quo Is God:
    • In "McBurgers", Ken sends a breakup text to Yasmin, after Barbie declares that if he didn't spend so much time with Yasmin, she'd let him spend more time with the "little sisters". Afterwards, it seems that Barbie and Ken will finally become a couple again... but after he carries her offscreen, it takes less than 15 seconds for them to start arguing again. The stinger also reveals that Ken's phone's autocorrect misspelled, "I'm breaking up with you", as, "I'm waking up with you", much to Yasmin's confusion.
    • "60" has Barbie tear up her contract with Mattel, then propose to Ken that since they can no longer control her public image, she can finally marry him. The Ghost of Mattel Future convinces her to go back on both of these decisions. The ghost shows Barbie a future in which she takes after Margaret, becomes Yasmin's "faux-friend", and goes through multiple marriages, including at least one to a man who cheats on her.
  • 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".
  • Start My Own: "Dating Show" has Barbie get rejected from the title role of The Bachelorette, disappointing her so much, that Chelsea convinces her to make her own Game Show about winning Barbie's affections.
  • Stigmatic Pregnancy Euphemism: According to Skipper, Barbie went into hiding while pregnant with Krissy, under the pretense of "going to Antarctica to study penguin cuteness patterns".
  • Story Arc: Almost all of the episodes from May 2019's "Mother's Day" to December '19's "Delivery" involve Yasmin and Tommy expecting their first child; November's "Return to Horseback Mountain" takes a breather when neither Yasmin nor Tommy show up.
  • Stylistic Suck: "Tommy" begins with the "little sisters" watching a commercial from The '90s starring "Big Brother Ken and Baby Brother Tommy". The ad, reusing audio from the real commercial, has Sam & Mickey move the dolls, without stop motion, against fluorescent Chroma Key backgrounds.
  • Subverted Kids' Show: Barbie is a fashion doll with little girls as the target audience and in the show proper, she is still that... except she's actually now an alcoholic, a sex-addict, and her three little sisters are actually her daughters that she conceived with her boyfriend, Ken, topped with an aforementioned awful childhood that makes her lash out at everyone who encounters her. In short, the very kind and optimistic Barbie that we're so familiar with is just an image forced onto her by Mattel, whilst off-camera, she is anything but.
  • 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. In the first Christmas Episode, Barbie tries to have everyone undergo Sudden Name Changes.note  However, only the Kelly/Chelsea switch ends up sticking.
  • Super Window Jump: In "The Play", an intoxicated Barbie tries to return inside the theater via the skylight, but accidentally lands on the stage. Skipper tries to cover it up by improvising a sketch about Barbie literally breaking through the glass ceiling, but when the other actors join in, they convince Barbie to stay on stage.
  • Surprise Party: "Barbie's Birthday" has the "little sisters" throw Barbie the worst possible birthday party they could think of. Despite several Bratz dolls and her mother being invited, and a lack of alcohol, Barbie actually enjoys receiving a crap-ton of praise and presents... but she doesn't enjoy letting everyone know her exact age.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • In "The Future", Barbie slips and hits her head on the kitchen floor which knocked her unconscious for several minutes, but she then gets up seemingly fine and tells the girls about their future lives. However, in the sequel episode "Back to the Future", it's revealed that in between the time of her getting up from hitting her head and now, that she ended up seriously injured with seizures and eventually lapsed into a three-week coma.
    • Speaking of "Back to the Future", Barbie makes a concoction of various drinks that will help her "time travel" back to what she saw in the previous episode consisting of fruit juices, alcohol and plenty of drugs and cleaning products. While to her, she's able to go to various timelines and is able to interact with her family, to the girls and eventually Ken (who are witnessing her taking shots of her drink in the present) she ends up speaking gibberish, foaming at the mouth and going in and out of convulsions/consciousness to the point of them calling for an ambulance.
    • In "The Gift", Barbie waits until Christmas Eve to buy a much-desired gift for Ken. While searching for the gift, she at one point tries to use her celebrity pull to get the merchants to get her the gift only to be told that she was too late and that's it's out of stock.
    • "Delivery" has Yasmin go into labor and she believes that she would give birth in five minutes because she and Tommy watched a Hallmark movie where this happens to the protagonist. Needless to say, she ends up in labor for over 22 hours because even though she's a doll, it still takes an excessive amount of time to give birth, especially when it's your first baby.
  • Swapped Roles: Barbie and Belle try to do this in Barbie's Book Club Part 4, in the form of a Let's See YOU Do Better! bet.

  • Take That, Critics!: In The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #2, President Business argues that Barbie's unrealistically beautiful image makes her a damaging role model for little girls. Barbie responds by declaring that even though she constantly receives this criticism, she doesn't agree with it. She argues that little girls shouldn't feel intimidated by her beauty, because children play with all sorts of unrealistically-designed toys. She also reminds President Business and his council that she does promote such empowering values as achieving seemingly impossible dreams, refusing to act subservient, and overcoming male dominance.
  • Terrible Interviewees Montage: "The Assistant" has two, showing Barbie's failed attempts at finding the perfect personal assistant.
  • Thank the Maker: The dolls often treat Mattel like a god.
  • Theme Twin Naming: In "Delivery", Yasmin names her daughters "Chili" and "Pepper", after the condiments.
  • This Is No Time to Panic: Ken has a variation of this as his Catchphrase.
    Don't panic! I'm panicking!
  • This Is Unforgivable!: "Tinka and Todd" has Barbie declare that she'll never forgive Margaret for taking about 40 years to tell her what happened to Tutti and Todd, instead leaving her to worry that they died. Chelsea then reminds Barbie of her inheritance from Margaret, so Barbie clarifies, "I'll forgive her eventually!"
  • Token Minority: In The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us, Mrs. Potato Head stands as the only Jewish Housewife, while Yasmin seems like the only Hispanic one.
  • Too Dumb to Live: According to "The Hangover", Ken acts so stupid, he'd accidentally electrocute himself if left unsupervised for 10 minutes.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: Aside from Ken and Yasmin, after Kelly's name was changed to Chelsea, she (and her voice) became more ditzy and shallow, following suit of her "big sister".
  • Took a Level in Kindness: "The Future" reveals that Skipper will eventually grow out of her hipster phase, become a caring wife for Anslem and mother for their babies, and treat Barbie with more love and respect.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: In-Universe, after Barbie and Ken realize Mattel's Failure Gambit in "Return to Horseback Mountain", they attempt to foil it by performing the rest of the second-rate script as best as they can.
  • Tranquil Fury: In "60", when Ken accidentally says the word "birthday" to her, Barbie calmly walk-chases him with a broken off lamp as he freaks out and tries to get away. She later does the same thing to Yasmin for the same reason.
  • Trauma Button: The Barbie Cooking Show episode #2 has Barbie pre-heating the oven inadvertently re-awaken Mrs. Potato Head's tragic memories of losing her parents in "an oven-related incident". Mrs. Potato Head admits she didn't think it through before deciding to help Barbie bake a cake.
  • Trojan Horse: The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #5 has Yasmin smuggle Barbie onto a cruise ship by disguising the latter as her "emotional support horse".
    Yasmin: (Confession Cam segment) I call this "Operation: Trojan", after the condom. Oh, there was a Trojan Horse once? People hid inside it? To sneak inside somewhere? No, mine is named after the condom.
  • Tropaholics Anonymous: Barbie gets forced to attend Alcoholics Anonymous in the aptly-named short. However, the clientsnote  don't keep themselves anonymous, and eventually admit feeling more interested in mingling with other alcoholics, than curing their addictions.
  • True Art Is Angsty: "The Play"'s eponymous play provides an in-universe example, consisting of nothing but Skipper, Anslem, and two previously un-seen teenagersnote  performing abstract slams against society. Barbie helps liven things up when she accidentally joins in.
  • Uncanny Valley Makeup: The Makeup By Yasmin miniseries makes over various dolls, including Barbie and Mrs. Potato Head, to look as garish as she does.
  • The Unfavorite: Tutti and Todd. Margaret may have given Barbie hell, but that's nothing compared to how she treated her siblings.
  • Unperson: According to "Family Reunion", and some of the videos released after it, no one must ever speak of Tutti and Todd.
  • 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.
    • In "Planned Pregnancy", Ken gives contradictory recollections on which "little sister" he and Barbie intentionally conceived. Each one is at least 50% false.
  • The Unreveal:
    • Sam & Mickey retconned one into "Valentine's Day" after it turned out none of the flashbacks show how Barbie and Ken met.
    • In "16 and Pregnant", Yasmin asks Barbie to fill the gender reveal balloon with pink confetti if she'll have a daughter, or blue confetti if she'll have a son. When Yasmin pops the balloon, it instead dispenses "crystalized message confetti" spelling out, "Who gives a f*ck?"
  • Unusual Euphemism: Dreamhouse Dinners episode #3 has Barbie substitute "duck" for F-bombs, when becoming frustrated that she can't make Krissy say either word.
  • Vacation Episode: "Quarantine" sends Chelsea to Walt Disney World... or rather, a cheap recreation of WDW in her own home, since the pandemic cancelled her flight to Florida.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot:
    • Barbie in "Sold Seperately", only to realize too late that the toilet doesn't even function.
    • Ken in "Stranded" after learning about Barbie's most traumatic memory.
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: In "Double Date", Barbie unwittingly allows Anthony to propose to Kate on stage, initially assuming he'll reveal himself as gay instead. For extra wackiness, the video itself provides a real life example, from Anthony's VA and namesake, to Mickey's sister, who provided both the voice and the namesake of Kate.
  • Wag the Director: In-universe, Yasmin ends up on the receiving end in The Real Housewives of Toys 'R' Us episode #4, with several Mary Poppins cast members clamoring for their chance to shine — Barbie even suggests killing off Mary Poppins, requiring the Bird Woman (played by Barbie) to become the new nanny — and Chelsea, cast as a Gender Flipped Michael, arguing with Yasmin over whether or not gender is even a real concept.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Princess Anna claims (through a performance of "Do You Want To Build a Snowman?") that she and Barbie "...used to be best buddies, but now [they're] not." According to Barbie, their friendship ended after Anna had sex with her boyfriend in sophomore year.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Stranded", the last episode released in 2016, drops some bombshells. First, the aforementioned breakup of Ken and Yasmin. Later, Barbie confesses to Ken that she still loves him so deeply, that she regrets acting like a jerkass towards him, and actually hasn't had sex with anyone since they separated. After Ken admits to Barbie that he dumped Yasmin in hopes of getting back with her, then Barbie promises to become a better girlfriend, Barbie and Ken decide to try and patch up their romance.
    • "Furniture Shopping": The gang finds out that Yasmin is only 16 years old, which puts her former relationship with Ken in a whole new light.
    • "Tutti and Todd": Ken finally recalls what really happened to them.
    • "Delivery" has Yasmin give birth to twin daughters. Also, Tinka reveals herself as Tutti to Barbie, Ken, and the "little sisters".
  • Wham Line:
    • "The Assistant" drops one while Yasmin runs a background check on Barbie's new personal assistant, Tinka Marie Reynolds.
      Tinka: I was adopted, though. I don't know my original surname, but I do know my birth name was Tutti.
    • "Delivery" has the nurse tell Yasmin, "...we're gonna have ourselves a couple of babies." Ironically, Yasmin realizes this wouldn't have sounded so surprising if she and Tommy paid attention during the ultrasound readings, instead of arguing over their relationship issues while the doctor shared the results.
    • "Tinka and Todd" has Margaret greet Tinka with, "Yes, Tutti, nice to meet you, or I guess, see you again after all these years." Before this, Margaret didn't seem to know that Tutti survived her errand for Dijon mustard.
    • "Becky" ends with Stacie meeting Becky's second "little sister", who introduces herself as Stacie's potential future wife from "Back to the Future".
      Oh, hey there. I'm Harvest.
  • What Have I Become?: Barbie spends most of "The Attic" criticizing Ken's outfits, and threatening to dump him again over his poor fashion sense. However, she has a Heel Realization after the aforementioned audition tape shows Margaret acting verbally abusive towards a five-year old, tackily-dressed Barbie.
    Oh, my God. I've turned into my mother, haven't I?
  • 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".
    • "Planned Pregnancy" has Barbie ridicule the names of several of Chelsea's classmates, including Nevaeh and Abcde.note 
    • In "Yasmin's Sisters", Ken accidentally calls Ohio, "North Carolina". After she corrects him, he admits, "Ah, yes. I remembered it was pretty stupid."
    • "Delivery" has Skipper and Chelsea ask Yasmin if she named Chili and Pepper after Chile and Peppa Pig, or after the condiments. After Yasmin answers the latter, Barbie gives her additional mockery:
      Barbie: That is the single dumbest thing I have ever heard in my life, and I live with Ken.
    • Skipper starts getting along with Becky's "little sister" Endora when she realizes they're both named after characters from '60s sitcoms — in Endora's case, the mother from Bewitched.
      Endora: Yeah, people shouldn't let my dad make decisions.
      Skipper: Mine either! They're just so dumb!
  • Write Who You Know: invoked Zig-zagged in "Playtime". The main character of Chelsea's doll story draws obvious inspiration from Barbie. Consequently, when it enters adulterous territory, Barbie and Ken worry that she's been prying into their affair. However, when Yasmin visits, it seems that Chelsea instead took inspiration from Los Perdidos Queso y Galletas, which interests both of them. Then, the stinger reveals that Chelsea also borrows material from Barbie's and Ken's kinky make-out sessions.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: "The Unexpected Hiatus" reports that Barbie's disappearance lasted nine months, from July to May. However, that figure rounds down the 9.5 months that passed in between Barbie's Book Club Part 6 and "The Unexpected Hiatus".
  • Writing Around Trademarks: "Tutti and Todd" has Stacie try to host a real-life game of "Mystery", which Barbie finds blatantly similar to Clue. Stacie reminds her of the game's copyright.
  • 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.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: This happens to Barbie in "Call Me...Maybe?"
  • Your Mom:
    • After the aforementioned Loophole Abuse in "Career Girl":
      Barbie: It's not feet. It a unit of measure.
      Ken: Your mom's a unit of measure.
      Barbie: That doesn't even make sense.
      Ken: Your mom doesn't even make sense!
    • Barbie does this to an adjacent driver at one point in "Road Rage", at 3:12 PM.
      Barbie: Your mother must've been a whore because you drive like an asshole!
      Driver: That doesn't even make sense!


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