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Barbie: Spy Squad is a Barbie movie that was released on March 1st, 2016. It is preceded by Barbie & Her Sisters in the Great Puppy Adventure and followed by Barbie: Star Light Adventure.

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.
  • Heel–Face 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.