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Films

  • Channel Hop: The film was originally planned to be produced by Sony Pictures. However, in October 2018, the production and cast moved to Warner Bros.
    • The CGI films started under Artisan Entertainment (through their Family Home Entertainment sub-label), and was in turn inherited by Lionsgate when they bought Artisan in 2004; Mattel switched to Universal Studios Home Entertainment in 2006.
  • Mythology Gag: While not a gag per se, if Barbie stars as princess in a movie alongside a brunet deuteragonist, odds are the brunette is named Erika or using the letters in Erika's name.
  • Relationship Voice Actor:
    • A cross-language version: In the original English version and in the Japanese dub, Kelly Sheridan and Maaya Sakamoto (Barbie) both voiced Hitomi Kanzaki.
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    • The same goes for Mark Hildreth and Hikaru Midorikawa (Prince Oliver): Both voice actors voiced Heero Yuy.
  • What Could Have Been: Several from the movies:
    • A chapter book based on Barbie in the Princess and the Pauper, which had illustrations based on the toys, indicated that Preminger would have had a toy. The same is true for Nick and Nack. The same can be said for Barbie of Swan Lake.
    • Additionally, Barbie was supposed to appear in the first Toy Story film, but Mattel squashed that. (Bo Peep was created in her place.) After the movie was a success, Mattel did agree to let Ken and Barbie appear in the sequels.
    • The Barbie movies originally intended to include more traditional fairy tales (notably Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella), but had to shelve both projects to avoid conflict with Disney. Ironically, Disney's Tangled borrowed quite liberally from Barbie as Rapunzel.
    • The two "Barbie and the Rockstars"note  specials by DIC Entertainment were both intended to be a Pilot Movie of sorts for a Barbie TV series (Mattel hoped to compete with Jem), but when nothing came of it, DIC made Maxie's World (based on Hasbro's "Maxie" dolls) instead.
    • In the 1971 Mattel catalog, there were pictures for a "Becky" doll. She was made from the Casey head mold, was hand painted and shown in blonde, although prototypes of her were made in blonde, brunette and redhead. Some 1971 clothes were labeled as being for "Francie and her new friend Becky", however Becky herself wasn't released... until 2009, when "Most Mod Party Becky" came out. The original "Becky" is not to be confused with the Becky introduced in 1997, who is in a wheelchair and is a completely different character.

Toys

  • Cowboy BeBop at His Computer:
    • In the early 2000s, there was an infamous "Pregnant Barbie" doll that was discontinued due to controversy that it supported Teen Pregnancy. The doll in question was Midge, Barbie's old friend who was brought back after several years. Midge was Happily Married to Alan and was an adult (even the Barbie in the commercial was old enough to be a doctor). Midge even already had a toddler-aged son with Alan.
    • Despite reports and rumors, "Teen Talk Barbie" never said, "Math is hard." It was "Math class is hard", which gives off a completely different meaning.
    • Moral Guardians hate Barbie for her Impossible Hourglass Figure. However, Barbie was intended to show girls that they can compete with, and in fact, outclass their male counterparts. She's a Teen Genius millionaire with a trophy husband. Her sex appeal is just icing on the cake. Mattel has mitigated it somewhat by giving her a heftier figure these days.
  • Defictionalization: Mattel had life-size replicas of Barbie's dreamhouse created in 2009 and 2013.
  • Dueling Shows: With Bratz. In the end, Barbie won. Interestingly enough, some people genuinely assumed the opposite would happen.
  • Flagship Franchise: This is one of Mattel's two flagship franchises, the other being their Hot Wheels line of toys for boys.
  • Fountain of Expies: Being one of the, if not the, most well-known doll lines out there, Barbie is copied by both bootleg knockoffs and big name companies alike. This is usually just her design, but dolls that feature stories will also copy her character as well. Maxie and certain Sindy redesigns are blatant examples.
  • The Moral Substitute: Barbie has an Islam-friendly counterpart called Fulla, which was created by the Emirati toy company NewBoy.
    • A non-sectarian yet similarly modest substitute is Lammily, a crowdfunded fashion doll aiming for a more realistic feminine body image instead of a particular religious belief.

Video Games

  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: A number of PC games which were previously released on Steam, namely Barbie Dreamhouse Party and Barbie and Her Sisters Puppy Rescue, are no longer available on Steam, presumably due to licensing issues.
    • Any Barbie line is this when it's discontinued.

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