Barbie: Spy Squad is a Barbie movie that was released on March 1st, 2016.
Barbie stars as herself, and alongside Teresa and Renee is a champion gymnast and parkour expert. Their skills get the attention of Auntie Zoe's spy agency, and the girls are soon recruited to help catch a wily cat burglar who's eluded every other agent so far. By working together, the girls must stop her before she steals enough gems to power a doomsday machine! Like James Bond, Totally Spies! and Charlie's Angels but with Barbie.
The trailer can be seen here.
This movie contains examples of:
- Badass Longcoat: Barbie and her friends sometimes wear them while on the job. They're brighter and more colorful than most examples of the trope.
- Big Bad: Since the cat burglar is a hired thief, whoever hired her is the real main villain. It turns out to be Agent Dunbar.
- Big Bad Friend: Agent Dunbar, who trained the girls, hired their classmate Patricia to steal the gems.
- Cat Girl: The cat burglar wears a cat ear headband.
- Classy Cat-Burglar: One of these is a villain; she appears to be the same age as Barbie and her friends and turns out to be their classmate Patricia.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Agent Dunbar becomes a villain all because he didn't get the promotion he wanted.
- Doomsday Device: The burglar's hired to steal gems to power one of these.
- The Dragon: The cat burglar, who's eluded every other agent so far.
- HeelFace Turn: Once exposed as Patricia, the cat burglar switches sides and helps Barbie and her friends.
- Highly-Visible Ninja: Both the girls and the cat burglar wear brightly colored clothes while in the dark.
- I Shall Return: After he was defeated, Agent Dunbar swore they haven't seen the last of him.
- Landmarking the Hidden Base: The spy agency's base is hidden beneath the Hollywood Sign.
- Leotard of Power: As you would expect from a team of high school gymnasts.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to other Spy Fiction stories that tend to be about betrayal, among other thingsnote . Although the agency in this story does have a traitor: Agent Dunbar
- Multinational Team: Barbie is American, Teresa is confirmed to be Latina and Renee is Japanese American.
- Mythology Gag: The disguise selector contains many dresses and outfits from previous Barbie films, including Alexa's colorful dress, Nori's fairy dress, Corrinne and Kara's dresses and superhero outfits, and Clara's Nutcracker dress.
- Passionate Sports Girl: Barbie and her friends are proud of being gymnasts and very good at it, which is what catches Zoe's eye.
- The Reveal: Auntie Zoe has known all along Agent Dunbar was the one who hired the cat burglar. She was likely waiting for him to expose himself to the trio.
- Ship Tease: Teresa & Lazlo
- Shocking Voice Identity Reveal: Barbie, Teresa, and Renee are flabbergasted when the apparently American Auntie Zoe reveals herself to be a British secret agent.Renee: Wait, back up. So... how long have you been British?
- Spiritual Successor: The movie has many similarities to Totally Spies!.
- Spy Fiction: This is a more lighthearted take on the genre.
- Take Over the World: At first, Agent Dunbar became a villain to exact revenge but, once he stopped to think about the power of the doomsday device he assembled, he had a change of mind.
- Team Pet: Percy and Violet, a robot dog and cat pair who help out the agents on their missions.
- Toyless Toyline Character: Averted for the second time in the series; the cat burglar is the second Barbie villain (the first was Malucia) to get her own doll◊. Played straight with the real main villain, Agent Dunbar, who lacks a toy.