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Barbie and the Three Musketeers is a 2009 Direct to Video movie and part of the Barbie film franchise, releasing in between Barbie Presents Thumbelina and Barbie in a Mermaid Tale. As the title suggests, it's The Three Musketeers, done with Barbie in the main part.

In this version, Barbie (voice of Kelly Sheridan) plays Corinne, daughter of D'Artagnan and Constance. Corinne wants to become a Musketeer, like her father, but she's a woman. Undaunted, she sets off for Paris, where her letter of recommendation is instantly stolen and she is forced to work as a maid in the castle. She gets her chance, however, when she's forced to reveal her training after an attempt on the Prince's life goes awry. Along with fellow maids Aramina, Renée and Viveca, Corinne works to counter the plot of an evil chancellor (voice of Tim Curry) who wishes to usurp the throne.


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  • And the Adventure Continues: In the end, Corinne, Aramina, Renée and Viveca are called to help against a new threat against the now King.
  • Assassination Attempt: Philippe makes three on Louis over the course of the movie. Louis survives the first by sheer luck, but the latter two are only foiled thanks to Corinne and her friends.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: The girls correspond to this, with Corinne being the Blonde, Viveca and Renee the Brunettes, and Aramina the Redhead.
  • Berserk Button: Do whatever you want, just never say a girl can't be a musketeer in front of Corinne. note 
  • Contrived Coincidence: It just so happens that Corinne, Viveca, Renee, and Aramina have all been training to be Musketeers prior to meeting each other.
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  • Cool Mask: The girls have masks that also double as Cool Crowns when worn up in the hair.
  • Distressed Dude: The Prince. His Evil Uncle spends most of the movie trying to assassinate him so he can become king. Naturally, it falls to the girls to protect him and foil the plot.
  • Dub Name Change: In the French dub, Bertram is renamed Bertrand.
  • Easily Forgiven: Viveca, Renee and Aramina forgive Corinne after spending half a day with her, resolving the brief conflict they had previously. Downplayed in that they first exact retribution by leaving Corinne to scrub the floor of a massive ballroom by herself with only a tiny brush.
  • Eye Patch Of Power: Downplayed. Bertram is a skilled musketeer and is quite intimidating, but in the end he - along with the rest of the antagonists - is defeated and outsmarted by four girls.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: Louis's Evil Uncle first attempts to assassinate him with one of these. Luckily, the chandelier doesn't actually hit anyone, though the girls still have to use their secret musketeer training to protect themselves from flying debris.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: The lining in the girls' capes is gold.
  • Improvised Weapon: Three of them, but only when a chandelier falls.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Though their collective reaction might be considered out of proportion, Viveca, Renee and Aramina do have a good reason for being upset with Corinne. She bumped into them while chasing her cat and accidentally damaged the items they had with them. Renee especially had a good reason since Corinne got her violin bow stuck on the fountain.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Downplayed and justified. The girls' dresses have to pass muster at a royal ball, but they're designed with fighting in mind. As such, the long skirts detach to reveal shorter skirts that won't get in the way underneath, their necklaces can be used as slingshots with jewels for ammunition, the fans they carry are capable of deflecting swords, and their crowns double as masks to hide their identities.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Downplayed and played with Corinne and the Prince. The Prince is a bookworm who tends to become a Distressed Dude during any physical conflict. Corinne aspires to become a musketeer, a strictly male profession at the time, and has the fighting skills to reflect that. However, she isn't afraid to show her feminine side.
  • Mythology Gag: Corinne's father is called D'Artagnan, the protagonist of the original book by Dumas.
  • Pimped-Out Cape: The girls in their musketeer outfits have capes that are gold-lined, and have a short cape over the long capes.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The girls wear these for the ball.
  • Pink Means Feminine: Corinne, who is feminine, but not the demure kind.
  • Punny Name: The names the girls give at the ball. (Barbie Q., Ivanna Party, Abby Birthday, Hedda Lettuce)
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Philippe's Musketeers wear mainly black with red masks.
  • Redhead in Green: Aramina. Well, redhead in green-blue.
  • She-Fu: To an almost ridiculous extent, to the point of Unnecessary Combat Roll
  • Shout-Out: A minor one - a maid, who gets fired just before Corinne enters the castle to take her place, is named Constance. Corinne's mother, as a matter of fact, is the original Constance.
  • Showing Up Chauvinists: Corinne comes to Paris to become a musketeer, but finds her dreams mocked or dismissed at almost every turn. By the end, she and her friends not only completely defeat the same musketeers who laughed at their dreams earlier, but are personally appointed as musketeers by the newly-crowned King.
  • Straw Misogynist: The townsfolk mock Corrine for wanting to be a musketeer since she's a woman.
    • Downplayed with Philippe. Though he uses the rhetoric that girls are inherently unfit to be interfering in musketeer business to discredit them, when push comes to shove he treats Corinne and her allies as a serious threat to his plans and has no problem with fighting them.
  • Unplugged Version: The movie begins with an unplugged version of "All For One".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Louis expresses disbelief at the idea of a girl being a musketeer even though Corinne, a girl, has just saved his life and they're floating through the sky in a hot-air balloon he built despite being told it was impossible. Corinne is quick to call out his hypocrisy before storming off in a huff.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Phillippe has no qualms about raising his rapier against Corrine.

True courage is pursuing your dream, even when everyone else says it’s impossible.

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