List of Barbie's friends and family
The list of friends for the popular Barbie line of dolls that began in 1959. Since character continuity has not been consistent over time, there is no real "canon" lineup. At different times, different groups of dolls were offered, and the naming and apparent age relationships of the characters has varied considerably.
- 1 Barbie family and other principal characters
- 2 Current Barbie-sized female friends
- 3 Barbie's friends
- 4 Real-world celebrity and movie character doll friends
- 5 Skipper's friends
- 6 Tutti's and Todd's friends
- 7 Stacie's friends
- 8 Chelsea's friends
- 9 Francie's friends
- 10 Jazzie's friends
- 11 Ken's family and friends
- 12 Shani's friends
- 13 The Heart Family (friends of Barbie)
- 14 Midge and Alan's Family
- 15 S.I.S./So In Style characters
- 16 References
Barbie family and other principal characters
- Barbara Millicent "Barbie" Roberts (1959–present) The first Barbie doll was described as a "Teen Age Fashion Model" on her packaging. According to the Random House books, the Barbie character's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts, and her parents' names are George and Margaret Roberts. She is the main character in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" series.
- George Roberts (1960–present) He is an engineer. He has a wife named Margaret and children: Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, Todd, Chelsea, Kelly, and Krissy. A book character, he has not been issued in doll form.
- Margaret Roberts (1960–present) Margaret's maiden name is Rawlins. She is a homemaker. She has an older sister named Millicent. A book character, she has not been issued in doll form.
- Ken Carson (1961–1967, 1969–present) The second character added to the line, Ken has been Barbie's boyfriend for much of the time the character has existed. After a short break, they got back together. According to the 1960s Random House books, Ken's full name is Ken Carson. In Barbie Fashion Comic #34 from 1993, Ken's mother is named Edna. In Barbie Fashion Comic #52 from 1995, Edna's father is named Kenneth. In Brazil in the 1980s, the Estrela company named the doll Bob instead of Ken (from the book Barbie Doll Around the World, by J. Michael Augustyniak, copyright 2008 Collector Books). He is a main character in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" series.
- Skipper Roberts (1964–2003, 2010–present) Skipper was the first character added to the line as part of Barbie doll's family. Skipper is Barbie's 14-year-old younger sister. She was first introduced with blue eyes and a variety of hair colors like blonde and brown. She is a main character in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" series. In the series, she has been remodeled as a teenager with brown hair and a purple streak.
- Tutti and Todd (1965–1971) Twin sister of Todd, 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 "Tutti and Todd." The two were only sold together in one set.
- Stacie (1990–present) Introduced as Kelly in the 2005 December 30th 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 Stacie shortly thereafter, and the Kelly name was used for a younger character. Todd's packaging did say "Twin Brother of Stacie." These two are not to be confused with the earlier Tutti and Todd, although some believe Stacie and Todd to be a sort of reincarnation of them. Stacie is a main character in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" series. Stacie's full name is Anastasia Tutti Roberts, and statistically speaking, "Stacie" is just her nickname.
- Todd Roberts (1965–1971) Todd was introduced in 1965 and was discontinued along with his sister Tutti and their friend Chris in 1971. His packaging titled him "twin brother of Tutti," though Tutti's own packaging never mentioned him. The two were only ever sold together once, though houses and sets were made for "Tutti and Todd." Todd (1991–1992) Todd was introduced in the 1991 Wedding Day Midge gift set as the ring bearer. This doll should not be confused with the earlier Todd doll. His packaging mentions that he is the "twin brother of Stacie," similar to how the other Todd's packaging said he was the "twin brother of Tutti." Stacie's individual packaging seldom referenced him. Mattel's continuity for Barbie's family and friends has not been consistent over the years, some characters disappear for years at a time, others are dropped indefinitely, and still others continue for years while undergoing marked changes in appearance.
- 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 much less shapely 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) A new cousin of Barbie, part of a small group of high school age dolls.
- Kelly/Chelsea Roberts (1995–2009 – present) This character is of toddler age, and is a sister to Barbie, Skipper, and Stacie. Originally the baby of the family (replaced by her younger sister Krissy Roberts in 1999), she also has three older sisters: Barbie, Skipper, and Stacie. In Europe, she is known as Shelly. Kelly dolls have since 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 marketed under the name "Sweetsville," Kelly dolls have stayed true to their original design which debuted in 1995. A doll named Kelly was introduced in 1992 as part of the Midge and Allan Wedding Day Set, a set of 6 dolls dressed for a wedding. This Kelly doll is 7 1/2 inches tall, exactly the same size as the ring bearer, Todd, who is wearing a Tux. She is wearing 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. Chelsea's name, "Kelly" is mentioned in the web series, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. Chelsea, Barbie's younger sister. She replaced Kelly. 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 is a main character in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" series.
- Kristine "Krissy" Roberts (1998-2001) This character is an infant, and is only intermittently included in the Barbie sibling lineup. Released as a set with Barbie (1999).
- 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.
- Millicent Rawlins is Barbie's aunt and Margaret's sister. Her first appearance was in Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale.
- Lillian Fairchild is Barbie's aunt and Margaret's sister-in-law.
- Claude Fairchild is Barbie's uncle and Margaret's brother-in-law.
- Marlene Roberts is Barbie's aunt and Margaret's sister.
- Vanessa is Barbie's aunt and Margaret's sister. She and Evan are Makena's parents. She hates small, flying things, but she is understanding towards the Twillerbees and helps Makena to rescue their home.
- Evan is Barbie's uncle and Margaret's brother in law. He and Vanessa are Makena's parents.
- Makena is a wealthy, spoiled girl, though she changes her personality after she meets Thumbelina.
- Grandmother is Barbie's grandmother and Margaret Roberts's 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.
- Break Summers is Barbie's grandfather, and Margaret Roberts's father. His first appearance is in Barbie: A Mermaid Tale 1 & 2.
Current Barbie-sized female friends
- Midge Hadley Sherwood (1963-1966, 1988–present) 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 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.
- Christie (1968–2005 2015–present) 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 different 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'Neill is associated with the Nikki character, who is purported to be Christie's sister, but the surname has not been associated directly with Christie.
- Teresa (1988–present; Barbie's best friend) 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. She is currently known as one of Barbie's friends. She is named Debora in Brazil (from the book Barbie Doll Around the World, by J. Michael Augustyniak, copyright 2008 Collector Books). She starred in the web series "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse".
- Summer Gordon (2004–present) This doll used an all-new face sculpt. Summer is Blaine's little sister with strawberry blonde hair and brown eyes. She is a frequent character in the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. She is supposedly from Australia, but she does not have an Australian accent when she speaks in the show.
- Nikki (2006–present) This doll appears as one of Barbie's current friends. Her last name is O'Neil in a collection of short stories published by Random House in 2010. The book is "Barbie/I Can be a Movie Star" and the story is "A Dream Come True" by Alison Inches. Nikki is Christie's little sister. Nikki was introduced in 1997 as part of the "Teen Skipper" line. She is a frequent character in the web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.
- Raquelle (2007–present) This doll used the Summer face sculpt. In 2011, she debuted with an all-new face sculpt in the Barbie Fashionistas line with a Caucasian appearance, and later the character took on a more Asian appearance. Her new face is often used on Asian dolls, such as the Asian "I Can Be President" doll. She is mixed race Asian-American. She is Barbie's frenemy as shown in Barbie: A Fairy Secret and her web series Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse.
- Grace (2009–present) 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 A Fashion Faitytale. In 2014 she moves back to Malibu. Her backstory is reboothed when she starts appearing in 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 USA, 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 1960's, 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 appeared, 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 USA, use the Steffie face sculpt. It should be noted that, 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".
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.
- 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 Rachel Blanchard, 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 Enchated 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 (2009) From the "Ladies of the '80s" series, Bananarama (2009) "Ladies of the 80's" 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
- 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.
- Fifth Harmony (2014)
Fifth Harmony had an appearance in "Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse".
- 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 (1989–2001) 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 (1994-2004) This name was also used for an adult character in the 1980s.
- Lila (2004-2006) was formerly named Miranda. She replaced Whitney.
- 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)
- Keeya (1998)
- Marisa (1998)
- Deidre (1998)
- 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
- 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) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; first male doll in this line; Tango Ken/ Blaine face sculpt
- Ryan (2012–present) is Raquelle's twin brother and Ken's rival. He is a main character in the "Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse" series, who has a thing for barbie. Therefore he competes with Ken for 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)
- Alyson Heart (1985)
- Matthew Heart (1985)
- Maya Heart (1987)
- Grandma Heart (1987)
- Grandpa Heart (1987)
- Honey (1989)
- Janet (1988)
- Kenny (1988)
- Kevin (1988)
- Melody (1988)
- Nellie (1988)
- Hanna (1988)
- Pearl (2004)
- Daria (1989) sold with a desk
- Darrin (1989) sold with a desk
- Dwane (1989) sold with a desk
- Gian (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
- Ryan Sherwood (Midge and Alan's son, 2002)
- Nicole "Nikki" Sherwood (Midge and Alan's daughter, 2003)
- Cassandra Sherwood (Midge and Alan's daughter, 2004)
- Grandma Hadley (Midge's mother, 2004)
- Grandpa Hadley (Midge's father, 2004)
- Samantha the Puppy (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. Grace is the cousin of Christie, Nikki, Janet, Deidra, and Shawnee.
- Alaina (Chelsea-sized "little sister" of Grace, 2009); According to marketing materials, the Alaina character is tomboy-ish 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 Graceaceterials, 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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