Barbie Vlog is a series of web-exclusive shorts based on Barbie. In it, Barbie has her own vlog where she talks about her life and does viral challenges.
Barbie Vlog is not connected to any previous Barbie animations, though it takes inspiration from the contemporary All-CGI Cartoon films (Barbie being a teenager, Barbie liking video games, the 'normal teenager' setting, etc). It also isn't as tongue-in-cheek as its predecessor Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. Barbie is just an average high schooler with a vlog.
Videos can be found on this playlist for the official Barbie Youtube channel.
Barbie Vlog contains examples of:
- Adapted Out: Barbie's seldom-seen two other siblings, baby Krissy and Stacie's twin brother Todd, are absent.
- Ambiguously Bi: Barbie herself. She's implied to have a crush on her best friend Ken, but also names Zendaya and Taylor Swift as her celebrity crushes. The way she phrases her answer implies that by "crush," she could just mean "really admires," but still...
- An Aesop: Many episodes involve Barbie spouting wisdom and advice. The most common is "Be Yourself". Other aesops include example "Feeling Blue? You're Not Alone" dealing with feeling melancholy and "I'm Cranky" being about how it's okay to feel mad sometimes (and how to deal with it).
- Age Lift:
- In these videos, Barbie is aged back down to her original age of being in her late teens (implied to be seventeen), instead of the twenty-something year old she is in most Barbie material.
- As a result, Barbie's teenage sister Skipper seems younger than she does in other media (however she's still teenaged).
- The Bully: Bullying is discussed in episode 51. Barbie talks about bullying, toxic friends, peer pressure, and how to deal with bullies.
- Cosplay: Barbie cosplayed as GlaDOS from Portal in one of the videos.
- Does Not Like Spam: Ken hates bananas.
- Gamer Chick: Skipper is usually the only gamer in the family, however here Barbie shows an interest in Just Dance and Portal.
- Full-Name Ultimatum: Ken calls Barbie "Barbara" during their "pizza challenge" when she tries to get him to eat bananas. It's especially noteworthy because Barbie is almost never called "Barbara", in any canon.
- Heroes Love Dogs: All of Barbie's sisters have Precious Puppies. Barbie's puppy is named Taffy.
- The Internet Is for Cats: Referenced in "Meet Taffy!"Barbie: There is nothing better than funny puppy videos.
- Mythology Gag: Barbie mentions being from Wisconsin in her first vlog. This is a seldom mentioned part of her mythos. She is from the fictional city of Willows, Wisconsin.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Despite the vlogs spanning several years, no one seems to age.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Inverted. Ken and Barbie are just best friends, not the Official Couple like in most Barbie media. Barbie, however, does have a crush on Ken.
- Reading Is Cool Downplayed. Barbie mentions that her favorite subjects in school are science and English.
- Science Is Good: One of Barbie's two favorite school subjects is science.
- Shipper on Deck: Skipper openly ships Barbie and Ken as a running gag starting with 20 Questions with Skipper.
- Unlimited Wardrobe: It's Barbie after all. Barbie has a wide wardrobe. The vlog also involves several fashion and makeup videos. This is downplayed, as Barbie does reuse clothes from time-to-time.
- Vlog Series: The series has Barbie in her own fictionalized vlog.