List of Barbie's friends and family
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This is a list of Barbie's friends and family.
Barbie's family and other principal characters
- Barbara Millicent "Barbie" Roberts (1959–present) Described as a "Teen Age Fashion Model" on the original packaging. According to the Random House books, the character's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
- George Roberts (1960–present) He has a wife named Margaret and children: Barbara, Skipper, Stacie, Todd, Tutti, Chelsea, Kelly, and Kristine. Originally just a book character, he has not been issued in doll form but has appeared for the first time in animation as Barbie's father in the digital series Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. He was originally described as an engineer, but his job was changed to documentary filmmaker in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures.
- Margaret Rawlins Roberts (1960–present) Margaret is the wife of George Roberts and the mother of Barbie and her various siblings. Also originally a book character, she has not been issued in doll form, however, she made her first on-screen appearance in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. She was initially a homemaker, but in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures, she is a computer engineer and the designer of the Roberts family dreamhouse. She has a sister named Millicent.
- Kenneth Sean "Ken" Carson (1961–1967, 1969–present) The second character added to the line, Ken has been Barbie's boyfriend for much of the character's existence. After a short break, they got back together. According to the 1960s Random House books, Ken's full name is Kenneth Sean Carson. In Barbie Fashion Comic #34 (1993), Ken's mother is named Edna. In Barbie Fashion Comic #51 (1995), Edna's father is named Kenneth, hinting at the fact he was most likely named after him. In Brazil in the 1980s, the Estrela company named the doll Bob instead of Ken (from the book, Barbie Doll Around the World). In Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures, he is one of Barbie's best friends and next-door neighbor.
- Skipper Roberts (1964–2003, 2009–present) The first character added to Barbie's family, Skipper is Barbie's younger sister, originally seeming the age of ten when she debuted from now ranging at different teenage ages through the years. She was first introduced with blue eyes and a variety of hair colors like blonde, brown, and titian. Starting in 1996 Skipper was re-branded as Barbie's 'teen' sister, with her looking much older than before and raising her height to almost the same as Barbie's. After not being made since 2003, Skipper came back in 2009 as part of Barbie's 2009 camping line. She returned to her height before she was 'teen' Skipper but this time with a purple streak in her hair. In 2010 Barbie's sisters got revamped once again, this time Skipper was given brown hair and colored streaks in her hair (sometimes purple, blue, or pink), and she was given a new head mold and body. She was one of the main characters in the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse series and now stars along with Barbie in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures.
- Tutti and Todd (Tutti: 1965–1971, Todd: 1965-1996) Twins, both Tutti and Todd were younger siblings of Barbie and Skipper, and had seamless 'bendy' bodies. Tutti's packaging did not mention Todd, but many sets were made for both. The two were only sold together in one set. They debuted in 1966 and were available in the US until 1971; remaining on the European market until 1980. The Tutti doll was also available in Mexico from 1968 to 1970 through Lili Ledy in agreements with Mattel. They appeared to be small school children and had bendable bodies. On Todd's box it said, "twin of stacie" though on Stacie's box she didn't give a reference to Todd. Tutti had a friend named Chris. Additionally, a "Buffy" version (with miniature Mrs. Beasley doll), after the '60s/'70s television sitcom Family Affair, was marketed due to the show's popularity. Todd was reintroduced in 1991 as part of the wedding party for Barbie's best friend Midge Hadley. The new Todd had a new head mold with a copyright date of 1990. This new Todd was dressed in a tuxedo and packaged in a large giftset of six dolls that included Midge as the bride, Alan as the groom, Barbie as the maid of honor, Ken as the best man, Todd as the ring bearer, and a doll named Kelly as the flower girl. Todd and Kelly as ring bearer and flower girl were also packaged together as a pair. This Kelly doll, not to be confused with today's toddler Kelly from the Barbie line, was the same size/age as Todd. Indeed, she was made with exactly the same body and head molds. The next year, the Todd-sized Kelly doll was replaced by Stacie Roberts, who had a brand new head mold with a cheerful smile. Tutti was not reintroduced; Stacie is believed to be a modern incarnation of Tutti. Mattel produced several more of the new Todd dolls over the next few years, some in both white and African-American versions. But Todd was dropped from the Barbie line and was not brought back with Stacie when she reappeared in the Wee 3 Friends series. The latest version of Todd is the 2008 Todd and Stacie Mary Poppins boxed set, with a comment on the back that "Todd and Stacie are dressed as Michael and Jane from Disney's Mary Poppins".
- Stacie Roberts (1990–present) Introduced as Kelly in the 1990 Wedding Day Midge gift set as the flower girl, this doll is often confused with Tutti, though the Tutti character had been discontinued for years at this time. Kelly was renamed and introduced as Stacie shortly thereafter in 1992, and the Kelly name was used for a younger character. Todd then became the twin brother of Stacie until he was discontinued in 1996.
- Francie Fairchild (1966–1977) Marketed as "Barbie's Modern Cousin," Francie paved the way for Barbie's transition into the MOD era. Francie appeared to be only slightly younger than Barbie, and had a straight, streamlined figure. The Francie doll was the first to feature rooted eyelashes. In the March 1966 issue of Barbie Magazine, she is the daughter of Claude and Lily Fairchild.
- Jazzie (1988–1992) Another cousin of Barbie and part of a small group of high school age dolls. She was taller than Barbie's other cousin Francie, with Jazzie being almost the same height as Barbie.
- Kelly/Shelly Roberts (1995–2010) This character is of toddler age, and is a sister to Barbie. Originally the baby of the family, Kelly seemed to be older in the 2000s with Krissy now being the 'baby' sister. Kelly starred in most of Barbie's computer animated films, up until Barbie in a Christmas Carol as her last film appearance. In Europe, she is known as Shelly. Kelly dolls ceased production in late 2010 and were replaced by Chelsea. Excluding a brief period when the design of the Kelly doll was changed to have an oval-shaped head, larger eyes, and longer limbs, Kelly dolls have stayed true to their original design. A doll named Kelly was introduced in 1992 as part of the Midge and Allan Wedding Day Set, this Kelly doll is 7 1/2 inches tall, exactly the same size as the ring bearer, Todd, who is wearing a Tuxedo. She wore a peach dotted Swiss dress and carries a white basket of flowers as she is the flower girl. This "Kelly" was later renamed and “turned into” the Stacie doll. The Todd doll which is made from the same mold has fuzzy brown hair. "Kelly" is mentioned in the web series, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse when Raquelle refers to Chelsea as Kelly instead, referencing the confusion involving whether Kelly or Chelsea is Barbie's younger sister.
- Chelsea Roberts, (2010–Present) Barbie's younger sister. She replaced Kelly after 2010. She appears to be approximately 5–6 years old and is slightly taller than Kelly. The doll was first produced in 2011 as part of the "My Fab Sisters" line. She is the youngest sister of Barbie currently sold (Mattel discontinued Kelly shortly before Chelsea was produced). She has blonde hair and blue eyes (very similar to Kelly). Mattel has also made African American versions of Chelsea. She was a main character in the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse series and now appears in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures and her own series [[Barbie: Dreamtopia] She loves the colour pink and likes to create lots of things. She has friends called Jacquie and Laura
- Blaine Gordon (2004) Barbie's Australian ex-boyfriend, whom she dated during her much-publicized "breakup" with the Ken character. Blaine is said to be the brother of Summer, one of Barbie's friends. Blaine does not show in any of the Barbie series but was originally a character from Generation Girls and showed interest in Ana.
- Millicent Rawlins is Barbie's aunt and Margaret's sister. Her first appearance was in Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale.
- Lillian Roberts Fairchild is Francie's mother, Barbie's aunt, George's sister and Margaret's sister-in-law.
- Claude Fairchild is Francie's father, Barbie's uncle and Margaret and George's brother-in-law.
- Marlene Roberts is Barbie's aunt, George's sister and Margaret's sister-in-law.
- Grandmother Rawlins is Barbie's grandmother and Margaret Roberts' mother. She passed her love of reading onto Barbie. She is encouraging and supportive of her granddaughter. She gave Barbie a book to read that Barbie related to. Her first appearance is in Barbie and the Secret Door as Alexa's grandmother. Note: Alexa is Barbie's Role in Barbie and the Secret Door. She also appears in The Great Puppy Adventure as herself.
- Max and Marie Roberts are the twin children of Marlene Roberts, cousins of Barbie and her siblings, and niece and nephew of Margaret Roberts and George Roberts. They showed up in Barbie and Her Sisters in A Pony Tale.
- Kristen Rawlins is a cousin of Barbie, appearing in the picture book, The Wedding Party.
- Adele (2019–Present) Barbie's aunt and the owner of the Windy Willows Inn in Barbie's hometown, Willows, Wisconsin. She first appeared in season 3, episode 3 of Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures, The Ballad of Windy Willows. Her most recent appearance was in season 5, episode 7 of Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures, The Curse of the Miner's Ghost. Her design is very similar to Margaret's, suggesting that she is Margaret's sister.
Female Barbie-sized friends
- Midge Hadley Sherwood (1963–1966, 1988–2004, 2013–2015) This character was Barbie's best friend according to promotional materials and packaging. She was the third character introduced to the Barbie line, following Barbie and Ken. In the Random House novels, her last name is Hadley. She was paired with Allan Sherwood, Ken's best friend, when Allan was introduced in 1964. After she married Allan/Alan in 1991, she became Midge Hadley Sherwood. In the 1990s Price Stern Sloan series Adventures with Barbie, she and Alan are married, and in book 5, The Phantom of Shrinking Pond, by Suzanne Weyn, copyright 1992, it's implied that she is named after her Aunt Margaret (not the same person as Margaret Roberts). She is named Viky in Brazil (from the book Barbie Doll Around the World, by J. Michael Augustyniak, copyright 2008 Collector Books). In 2001 she was given her own line named Happy Family. Midge was released with a magnetic belly and a baby. Also in the line was Alan and their son Ryan, and Midge's parents though they were never given real names. In 2013, she was brought back in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" web series. In the series, she undergoes a makeover to look more modern, though the character tends to act like she is still in the 1960s. There is no mention of Allan/Alan in the series. Since 2015 Midge has not appeared in doll form or in any of Barbie's movie/shows.
- Christie (1968–2005, 2015) Barbie doll's first African-American friend character, Christie was part of the new group of Talking dolls for 1968. Christie was later issued as a Twist 'N Turn version. The character appeared in the product line continuously for many years, though the original Christie face sculpt was discontinued in 1978. Christie is notable in that she has been romantically linked with several male characters over the years. In 1970, she was linked with Brad, the Talking Brad doll even said "Christie is the greatest". In 1982, the Sunsational Malibu Christie doll had a boyfriend named Ken who used the Brad face sculpt with rooted hair. In the late 80s, Christie was paired with Steven. The surname O'Neil is associated with the Nikki character, who is purported to be Christie's sister, but the surname has not been associated directly with Christie. The doll has been criticized as following American beauty standards instead of representing African cultural body image, representing only one tone of skin color, and because her sculpted features were seen to symbolize white standards of beauty. Christie was discontinued when Barbie got Nikki as her new African-American friend, though Nikki uses Christie's face for a little, the change in name of almost the same doll was never stated. In the 2015 Barbie movie Barbie and her Sister in a Puppy Rescue, Christie is the name of one of Barbie's old friends from Willows, Wisconsin. On the back of the 1999 Beyond Pink Christie box, her birthday is listed as August 9.
- Teresa (1988–present) Originally used the 1983 Spanish Barbie face sculpt for the Island Fun Teresa doll and the Beach Blast Teresa doll. Starting with the Wet 'N Wild Teresa doll, the character began using the 1972 Steffie face sculpt. Beginning with the Rollerblade Teresa doll, the character began using an all-new face sculpt that has become known as the Teresa face sculpt. In the Grolier book High Sea Adventure from 1999, her last name is Rivera. Teresa is of Hispanic heritage. She is named Debora in Brazil (from the book Barbie Doll Around the World, by J. Michael Augustyniak, copyright 2008 Collector Books). She was featured in the 2008 film as Barbie's best friend, where she told a story about her and Barbie (as Liana and Alexa) as two girls closer than most friends living in the forest. She appeared in the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse and now stars in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures as one of Barbie's best friends. She also starred in the 2016 movie, Barbie: Spy Squad alongside Barbie and Renee. On the back of the 1999 Beyond Pink Teresa box, her birthday is listed as Oct. 2.
- Summer Gordon (2004–2015) This doll used an all-new face sculpt. Summer is Blaine's little sister with strawberry blonde hair and had green/brown eyes. She was a frequent character in the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. She was originally from Australia when she was first introduced in 2004. Summer should end up with Ben from Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse, because they are both good at sports.
- Nicole "Nikki" O'Neil/Watkins (2006–present) This doll appears as one of Barbie's current friends, and is closer to her, Barbie is often seen hanging out with just Teresa and Nikki. She has used multiple different head sculpts through the years. Her last name is O'Neil in the 2010 Random House book, "Barbie: I Can be a Movie Star," but her last name was established as Watkins in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. Nikki is Christie's little sister. She was introduced in 1997 as part of the "Teen Skipper" line. She was a frequent character in the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse and now stars in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures as one of Barbie's best friends.
- Raquelle (2007–2015) This doll used the Summer face sculpt with her original debut. In 2011, she appeared with an all-new face sculpt in the Barbie Fashionistas line. She is Barbie's frenemy as shown in Barbie: A Fairy Secret and the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse, and has a twin brother named Ryan.
- Grace (2009–2015) This doll made its first appearance in the 2009 SIS Line, she used to be a friend of Barbie who moves to Chicago and makes new Friends. She also appears in Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale. In 2014 she moved back to Malibu. Her backstory was rebooted when she started appearing in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. She is very smart and interested in science.
- Stacey (1968–1971) Introduced as "Barbie's British chum" during the musical British Invasion of the US, Stacey first appeared with long hair, either blonde, brunette, or redhead, tied in a side ponytail. A second edition had much shorter hair, styled in a curly flip. It is the Stacey face sculpt that is used for Malibu Barbie.
- PJ (1969–1983) Fully representing the "groovy", "hippie" era of the late 1960s, PJ originally appeared using Midge's face sculpt, but with much longer hair, tied into beaded pigtails. In 1972, with PJ's addition to the Malibu Barbie line (consisting at that time of Barbie, Ken, Skipper, and Francie), she changed to the Steffie face sculpt, which continued until the end of her production. She was billed as Barbie's best friend, again replacing Midge. One of the final iterations of the doll, "Dream Date PJ", erroneously lists her as Barbie's cousin. It is the only such reference, and should not be considered canon.
- Steffie (1972) Although only three versions of Steffie were produced, all of which appeared in 1972, her face sculpt was used for several Barbie-family dolls for decades after, primarily the PJ doll. Some Barbies of that era, issued outside the US, use the Steffie face sculpt. In at least one Mattel advertisement from 1972, Busy Steffie is pictured, but is referred to as "Busy PJ", indicating that, even though Barbie fans refer to her as having the Steffie face sculpt, it is actually Steffie that has the PJ face sculpt. However, because PJ had used the Midge face sculpt for three years prior, Steffie was the first Mattel doll to use it as her only face sculpt, hence the name "Steffie face".
- Whitney (1986-1991) Described on her debut as “Barbie doll’s glamorous best friend” in the Jewel Secrets Barbie line of 1986 ( Princess Laura in Europe ). This doll uses the Steffie face mold and always featured brunette hair. Returned in 1987 as Nurse Whitney in the Doctor Barbie line, and Perfume Pretty Whitney the same year. Made a return for 1988 in the Style Magic Barbie line. She made her last appearance as European exclusive Ultra Hair Whitney.
- Kira/Miko (Marina in Europe) (1985–2001) Barbie doll's first Asian friend character, The first appearance was in the line of Tropical Barbie in 1985 as Miko. Kira was later introduced looking similar to Miko and with the same head sculpt. Several other dolls have come out with appearance to Kira and Miko with several names, as Dana in Barbie and the rockers, as Becky in the Barbie and the sensations, as Nikki in the line of Animal Lovin'. The character appeared in the product line continuously for many years, the original Kira/Oriental face sculpt was created in 1980.
- Becky (1997-1999) A friend of Barbie who uses a wheelchair. She used the Teen Skipper head mold but there were only three dolls ever made.
- Harper (2016-2017) A friend of Barbie who has only appeared in vlogs on Barbie's YouTube channel. She is plus-sized and has blue hair, and Barbie describes her as 'easygoing.' Harper is seen in 3 vlogs, where it is established that her father is in the military so her family has moved a lot, she has a brother, she is left handed and ambidextrous, she is afraid of heights, and she has a pet iguana named Stanley.
- Ryan (2017) Ryan is friends with Barbie, Ken, and Harper, and has only appeared in one vlog on Barbie's YouTube channel. He seems to be an entirely different character than the Ryan that appeared in Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.
- Renee (2016–Present) Renee is one of Barbie's best friends in the Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures series. She first appeared in the 2016 movie, Barbie: Spy Squad starring alongside Barbie and Teresa. In Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures, Renee is shown as an athletic girl who enjoys skateboarding and basketball. She is of Chinese descent and has family living in Beijing. She also has an aunt named Zoe who appears in Barbie: Spy Squad. Renee loves food and is extremely claustrophobic.
- Daisy (2018–Present) One of Barbie's best friends in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. Daisy is plus-sized and has pink hair with bangs. She is a DJ and plays the guitar.
- Trevelian "Trey" Fincknottle Reardon (2018–Present) The Roberts' neighbor and Barbie's frenemy and classmate in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. He is the son of Poppy and Whittaker Reardon and is wealthy and privileged, but he struggles to impress his parents. Trey dislikes the Roberts family and often participates in his mother's plans to get rid of them. As the series progresses, Trey grows as a person. He begins to stand up to his parents and becomes more open to helping others. His best friends are Ned and Ted.
- Tammy Bounceaway (2018–Present) Barbie's frenemy in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. She is a social media influencer and first appears as Barbie's competition on a baking game show, where she cheats in an attempt to win. Later, she transfers to Barbie's school, where she is constantly at odds with Barbie.
- Ned and Ted (2018–Present) Fraternal twins and Trey Reardon's best friends in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. They are Barbie's classmates and Trey's faithful followers.
- Harriet (2018–Present) One of Barbie's classmates in Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures. She works at the stables with Barbie and plays basketball with Renee. In season 4, episode 7, Ken has a crush on her and attempts to ask her to a school dance with Barbie's help, but doesn't succeed.
- Dee Dee: Later known as "Belinda". She is African-American.
- Dana: Later known as "Becky" or "Bibi" in France. She is Korean-American.
- Diva: Later known as "Bopsy" or "Becky" in France. She is Scotch-Irish American.
Real-world celebrity and movie character doll friends
- Twiggy (1967) Based on the top teen fashion model Lesley Hornby Lawson of the Mod era, the Twiggy doll was made using the same face sculpt as Francie doll's friend Casey.
- Buffy & Mrs. Beasley (1968) Based on Anissa Jones' character from the TV show Family Affair, the Tutti-sized doll carried a miniature Mrs. Beasley doll.
- Julia (1969–1970) The doll was based on Diahann Carroll's character from the TV show Julia and used the same face sculpt as the Christie doll, with different face paint and a different hairstyle.
- Truly Scrumptious (1969) This doll, based on Sally Anne Howes' character from the movie Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, was made from the Francie face sculpt, but used the Barbie body. There was a Talking Truly Scrumptious doll, as well as a basic version known as Standard Truly Scrumptious to collectors.
- Miss America (1972–1977) This doll was introduced in 1972 as Walk Lively Miss America, and the following year was sold as Quick Curl Miss America. The Quick Curl Miss America doll was available with only slight variations for several years during the mid-1970s. She uses the Steffie/PJ face sculpt.
- Marie Osmond (1977) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Donny Osmond (1977) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Chantal Goya (1977) This doll available only in Europe, and featured a unique likeness face sculpt.
- Debby Boone (1977) Based on the popular singer, this doll featured a unique likeness face sculpt.
- Kate Jackson (1978) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Cheryl Ladd (1978) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Kitty O'Neil (1978) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Buddy (1979) This doll was based on Kristy McNichol's Letitia Lawrence character from the TV show Family.
- Jimmy Osmond (1979) Featured an all-new likeness face sculpt.
- Wayne Gretzky (1983) the hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers, a doll sold only in Canada. He had his own line of clothing, which fits Ken.
- Donna Martin, Dylan McKay, Kelly Taylor, Brandon & Brenda Walsh (1992) based on the Beverly Hills 90210 characters played by Tori Spelling, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Jason Priestley, and Shannen Doherty. They had their own lines of clothing, which fit Barbie and Ken.
- MC Hammer (1992) the rapper, Stanley Burrell. He had his own line of clothing, which fits Ken.
- Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler (1994) based on the 1939 feature film, Gone with the Wind, played by Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable Hollywood Legends Collection.
- Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Glinda the Good Witch (1995, 1999, 2006, 2009), Wicked Witch of the West (2006, 2009), Munchkins (1999, 2006), Winkie Guard, Winged Monkey (2006) and Wicked Witch of the East (2009), based on the 1939 feature film, The Wizard of Oz; Hollywood Legends Collection; Pink Label Collection.
- Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins (1995) Based on the 1964 feature film, My Fair Lady; played by Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison Hollywood Legends Collection
- Maria (1995) Based on the 1965 film, The Sound of Music; played by Julie Andrews Hollywood Legends Collection.
- Johnny Hallyday (1995) French singer, sold only in France.
- Cher Horowitz, Amber Mariens and Dionne Davenport (1997) based on the Clueless characters played by Alicia Silverstone, Elisa Donovan and Stacey Dash.
- Marilyn Monroe (1997, 2001), Hollywood Legends Collection, Timeless Treasures Collection
- Elvis Presley (1997–?) The first version came in a gift set called "Barbie Loves Elvis."
- Lucille Ball (1997–?) The first version was as the Vitameatavegamin Girl.
- Audrey Hepburn (1998, 2013) Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's; Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's Pink Princess™ Fashion; Audrey Hepburn™ in Roman Holiday Doll; Audrey Hepburn™ as Sabrina Doll.
- Rosie O'Donnell (1999), as host of The Rosie O'Donnell Show.
- Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (1999–2005), fraternal twin actresses and fashion designers.
- Brandy Norwood (1999–2000) R&B Singer and actress.
- Frank Sinatra (1999–?) The first version came in a gift set called "Barbie Loves Frank Sinatra."
- Elizabeth Taylor (1999, 2012) The Elizabeth Taylor Collection
- James Dean (2000), From the Timeless Treasures Collection
- Cher (2001–?), From the Timeless Treasures Collection; Black Label Collection
- Shakira (2002) Colombian singer
- Destiny's Child Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams(2005) international Superstars
- Diana Ross (2005) American singer
- Leann Rimes (2005) American country and pop singer
- Martina McBride (2005) American country music singer and songwriter
- Lindsay Lohan (2005) from My Scene Goes Hollywood, part of the My Scene line.
- Raven Baxter (2005) based on the That's So Raven character played by Raven-Symoné.
- Mía Colucci, Lupita Fernandez, Roberta Pardo, Miguel Arango, Diego Bustamante and Giovanni Méndez (2007), based on the Mexican soap opera Rebelde.
- Patrick Dempsey (2007) American actor and race car driver, Disney Movie Enchanted Robert
- Amy Adams (2007) American actress, Disney Movie Enchanted Giselle
- Kimora Lee Simmons (2008) former American fashion model; created fashion label Baby Phat
- Goldie Hawn (2009) From the Black Label Collection
- Carol Burnett (2009) as seen on The Carol Burnett Show; Pink Label Collection
- Debbie Harry (2009) From the "Ladies of the '80s" series.
- Joan Jett (2009) From the "Ladies of the '80s" series.
- Cyndi Lauper (2010) From the "Ladies of the '80s" series.
- Bella Swan, Edward Cullen, Jacob Black, Alice Cullen, Jane, Victoria, Carlisle Cullen, Esme Cullen, Jasper Hale, Rosalie Hale, and Emmett Cullen (2009–2011), based on The Twilight Saga film series; Pink Label Collection
- Barbra Streisand (2010) From the Pink Label Collection
- Farrah Fawcett (2010) From the Black Label Collection
- Rock Hudson and Doris Day (2011) from the 1959 feature film Pillow Talk; Pink Label Collection.
- Grace Kelly (2011) To Catch a Thief Grace Kelly Doll; Grace Kelly The Bride Doll; Grace Kelly The Romance™ Doll; Rear Window Grace Kelly Doll
- Faith Hill & Tim McGraw (2011) American country pop singers
- Nicki Minaj (2011) a Trinidadian-born American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model.
- Katy Perry (2011) an American singer, songwriter, and television judge
- Katniss Everdeen (2012–?) A character from the movie based on the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. The doll is a likeness of actress Jennifer Lawrence.
- Peeta Mellark (2012–?) A character from the movie based on the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. The doll is a likeness of actor Josh Hutcherson.
- Effie Trinket (2012–?) A character from the movie based on the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. The doll is a likeness of actress Elizabeth Banks.
- Finnick Odair (2012–?) A character from the movie based on the Hunger Games books by Suzanne Collins. The doll is a likeness of actor Sam Claflin.
- Taylor Swift (2010) American country pop singer
- Frida Kahlo (2018) Mexican artist. As of September 2018[update], the doll is no longer available.
- Camila Cabello, Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane Hansen, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Kordei (2014) American music group Fifth Harmony American partnered with Mattel for “With Barbie anything is possible” campaign and released accompanying anthem inspired by tagline. Dolls appeared in “Barbie Life in the Dreamhouse” episode titled ‘Sister’s Fun Day’.
- Skooter (1965–1968, 1975–1976) Skipper's first female friend.
- Ricky (1965–1967) Skipper's first male friend (sometimes referred to as Skipper's first "boyfriend").
- Fluff (1971–1972) Skipper's playmate.
- Tiff (1972–1973) Skipper's tomboy friend.
- Ginger (1975) Friend of "Growing Up Skipper".
- Scott (1980) Skipper's boyfriend
- Courtney (1989–2018) Skipper's best friend.
- Kevin (1990–1995) Skipper's cool teen boyfriend.
- Nikki (1997–2001) Skipper's first African-American friend.
Tutti's and Todd's friends
- Chris (1967–68, 1976–77) This doll was a female character doll, with a different face sculpt from Tutti and Todd.
- Carla (European release only, 1976) An African-American character doll.
- Janet (1994–2006) was an African-American character doll
- Whitney (1994–2006) was Stacie's other doll friend, usually having Red hair but has been seen with Brown. She was usually released with a pair of seeing glasses.
- Lila Hadley(2004-2008) Midge Hadley Sherwood's little sister, Lila, Janet, and Stacie were a part of the Wee 3 Friends line. She had red hair.
- Tommy (1997) — This character is Ken's little brother.
- Melody Hadley (1996) — This name was also used for a Heart Family cousin in 1988. She is named Susie in Europe.
- Lorena (1996)
- Jenny (1996)
- Chelsie (1995) Barbie's littlest sister/ replaced the Kelly doll.
- Keeya (1998)
- Marisa (1998)
- Deidre (1998)
- Dallin (1998)
- Camdyn (1999)
- Maria (1999)
- Tamika (1999)
- Nia — This name was used for a friend of Barbie's in 1990.
- Kayla (1999, 2007) — This name was also used for an adult character in the 1990s and 2000s.
- Liana (1999)
- Desiree (1999)
- Belinda (1999) — This name was also used for a friend of Barbie's in 1988.
- Nikki (2001) — This name was also used for a friend of Skipper's in 1997 and currently a friend of Barbie.
- Ryan (2001) — Became part of the Happy Family Show in 2010. This name was also used for Raquelle's brother and Barbie's friend in 2013 for "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" .
- Kerstie (2003)
- Gia (2006)
- Tori (2007) — This name was also used for a friend of Barbie's in 1999.
- Miranda (2007)
- Whitney — This name was also used for a friend of Barbie's in the 1980s and for a friend of Stacie.
- Becky — This name was also used for a friend of Barbie's in 1997 and for a friend of Francie's in 2009.
- Lola — Nicki's little sister
- Johnny — This was one of Chelsea's Hawaiian friends.
- Darrin — One of Chelsea's soccer friends
- Casey (1967–70)
- Becky (2009)
- Dude (boyfriend – 1989) This doll was made from the 1986 Barbie And The Rockers Derek face sculpt.
- Chelsie (1989) This doll was made from the 1979 Starr friend Tracey face sculpt.
- Stacie (1989) This doll was made from the 1972 Steffie face sculpt, and was an African-American character doll.
Ken's family and friends
- Allan Sherwood (1964–1965, 1991, 2002) This character has been revived several times. Allan started out as "Ken's Buddy" and was paired with the Midge doll from the beginning. In 1991, a line of dolls was created depicting a wedding for Alan and Midge. Later, a family-themed line of dolls, much like the earlier Heart Family, had the two characters raising a family (see list below of characters from this line).
- Brad (1970) This African-American male doll was available in two versions: Talking Brad and Brad With Bendable Legs. He was made from an all-new face sculpt that is known as the Brad face sculpt. The Brad character was introduced as a boyfriend for the Christie character.
- Curtis (1975) This African-American male character is virtually identical to Brad, and was available as only one version, 1975 Free Moving Curtis. Curtis was the boyfriend of the Free Moving Cara doll.
- Todd (1983) This doll was only available as a groom character, paired with the Tracy character from the same year. This Todd doll used the 1978 SuperStar Ken face sculpt.
- Steven (boyfriend of Christie, 1988–present. Linked with Barbie's friend Nikki since 2007) This doll has been in the lineup intermittently over the years, and has used several different face sculpts during that time.
- Tommy (1997) was Ken's little brother.
- Derek (1985) was never advertised as a friend of Ken's, but was a member of Barbie And The Rockers along with Ken and the four female band members listed above.
- Kurt (2005) was a Fashion Fever friend of Barbie. He was first male doll in this line, and was made with the Tango Ken/Blaine face sculpt.
- Ryan (2012–2015) is Raquelle's twin brother and Ken's rival. He is a main character in the Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse series. Ryan has a crush on Barbie, and therefore competes with Ken for her affection.
When first introduced, the Shani line of dolls existed outside of the Barbie character continuity. After a couple of years the Shani character was introduced into the Barbie line.
- Asha (1991–1994)
- Nichelle (1991–1994)
- Jamal (boyfriend – 1992–1994)
The Heart Family (friends of Barbie)
- Dad Heart (1985)
- Mom Heart (1985)
- Megan (twin girl) Heart (1985)
- twin boy Heart (1985)
- new baby Heart (1987)
- Grandma Heart (1987)
- Grandpa Heart (1987)
- Honey (1988)
- Janet (1988)
- Kenny (1988)
- Kevin (1988)
- Melody (1988)
- Nellie (1988)
- Daria (1989) sold with a desk
- Darrin (1989) sold with a desk
- Gillian (1989) sold with a giraffe
- Nikita (1993) sold only in India
- Pleasance (1989) sold with a pony
- Sunny (1993) sold only in India
- Susan (1993) sold only in India
- Tawny (1989) sold with a tricycle
- Windy (1989) sold with a wagon
Midge and Alan's Family
From Happy Family Playline Series
- Midge Hadley
- Alan Sherwood
- Ryan Sherwood (Midge and Alan's son, 2002)
- Nicole "Nikki" Sherwood (Midge and Alan's daughter, 2003)
- Cassandra Sherwood (Jenny Sherwood in the popular web series "The Happy Family Show") (Midge and Alan's daughter, 2004)
- Twins a girl and a boy (Nathan and Hannah in The Happy Family Show)
- Grandma Hadley (Midge's mother, 2004)
- Grandpa Hadley (Midge's father, 2004)
- Unnamed Puppy (Lucy In The Happy Family Show) (2004)
S.I.S./So In Style characters
The S.I.S./So In Style characters are largely unrelated to the Barbie character continuity, except for text on the packaging that describes the Grace character moving to Chicago, away from her friend Barbie in Malibu.
- Grace (friend of Barbie, 2009); According to marketing materials, the Grace character enjoys cheerleading and is interested in science.
- Courtney (Chelsea-sized "little sister" of Grace, 2009)
- Kara (friend of Grace, 2009); According to marketing materials, the Kara character enjoys music and is interested in math.
- Kianna (Chelsea-sized "little sister" of Kara, 2009)
- Trichelle (friend of Grace, 2009); According to marketing materials, the Trichelle character enjoys art and is interested in journalism.
- Janessa (Chelsea-sized "little sister" of Trichelle, 2009)
- Chandra (friend of Grace, 2010); According to marketing materials, the Chandra character enjoys drama/dance and is interested in history.
- Zahara (Chelsea-sized "little sister" of Chandra, 2010)
- Darren (boyfriend of Grace, 2010); According to marketing materials, the Darren character enjoys football and making movies, and is interested in history.
- Julian (Chelsea-sized "little brother" of Darren, 2010)
- Marisa (friend of Grace, 2011); first Latina character from S.I.S.
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