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.
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 Margaret and children: Barbie, Skipper, Stacie, Chelsea and Krissy. A book character, George Roberts has not been issued in doll form.
Margaret Roberts (1960–present) Margaret's maiden name is Rawlins. She is a homemaker. She has older sister named Millicent. A book character, Margaret Roberts 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 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 (now Stacie Roberts) (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 1991 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.
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 Roberts (1995-Early 2009) – This character is of toddler age, and is 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 Roberts (2009–present) - 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.
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.
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. 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.
Stacey (1968-1971) This character was Barbie doll's "British chum", part of the new group of Talking dolls for 1968. She was later issued as a Twist 'N Turn version. These are the only two types of Stacey dolls ever made. The Twist 'N Turn Stacey doll was available in two hairstyle versions, with two haircolors each (a pale blonde and a bright redhead color). The 1968 dolls had long hair, the dolls from 1970 and later had a short flip hairstyle. All of the Talking Stacey dolls had a long side-ponytail hairstyle, again in pale blonde or bright redhead.
Christie (1968–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.
P.J. (1969-1984) This doll was initially marketed as "New 'N Groovy Talking P.J.", and originally used the Midge face sculpt. Later versions of the P.J. character used the Steffie face sculpt, starting in 1972 with The Sun Set Malibu P.J. One P.J. doll, 1983 Dream Date P.J., was described as "Barbie doll's cousin" on her box, though this was never mentioned anywhere else. To date, Mattel has declared that the initials P.J. don't stand for anything, that it is simply the character's name.
Jamie (1970-1971) Walking Jamie, a Sears exclusive doll, was the first friend of Barbie to use Barbie's own face sculpt, the then-current Twist 'N Turn (TNT) Barbie face sculpt.
Steffie (1972 only) This doll was available as Busy Steffie, Talking Busy Steffie, and Walk Lively Steffie. Though the character was discontinued after only a year, the face sculpt created for Steffie has been in use continuously ever since. The character is notable in that none of the three Steffie dolls featured the same eye color/hair color combination.
Kelley (1973-1974) This doll used the Steffie face sculpt from 1972. Only two Kelley dolls were ever made: Quick Curl Kelley, with peachy skin and red hair, and Yellowstone Kelley, with Malibu tan skin and red hair. Both dolls had brown eyes. A third "Kelley", though not technically named as such, was issued in 2009, as Pop Life Redhead. The design team at Mattel declared that they could not officially call the doll Kelley for trademark reasons, but she was conceptualized as a Kelley character doll.
Cara (1974-1977) This doll used the Steffie face sculpt from 1972, and was another African-American friend of Barbie. The Cara character was available as Quick Curl Cara (1974), Free Moving Cara (1975), Deluxe Quick Curl Cara (1976) and Ballerina Cara (1976).
Tracy (1983) A bride doll, Tracy was paired with a groom character named Todd. Tracy was made using the Steffie face sculpt. Tracy should not be confused with the 1979 Tracy doll, a friend of the 1979 Starr doll that was Barbie-scale, but not part of the Barbie character continuity.
Miko (1986) Originally available as Tropical Miko, a Pacific Islander character made from the 1980 Oriental Barbie face sculpt. Miko was discontinued at the same time that a new character named Kira was introduced. In the book "Mystery at Mermaid Bay," published in 1987 by Kid Stuff Records, her last name is Morrison. The Miko/Kira doll was named Marina in Europe.
Barbie and The Rockers female band members (1986-1987) The characters included DeeDee (an African-American character using the 1983 Spanish Barbie face sculpt), Diva (a red-haired Caucasian character using a new face sculpt), and Dana (an East Asian character using the 1980 Oriental Barbie face sculpt), as well as Derek and Ken.
Whitney (1987-1989) Originally available as Jewel Secrets Whitney, several versions of this character were produced in the late 1980s. All Whitney dolls have brunette hair and use the 1972 Steffie face sculpt. The Whitney doll was named Laura in Europe.
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".
Barbie and The Sensations band members (1988) These dolls were a group of 1950s inspired singers. Band members included Bopsy (a light red-haired doll made from the 1986 Diva face sculpt), Becky (an Asian character made from the 1980 Oriental Barbie face sculpt), and Belinda (an African-American character made from the 1988 California Dream Christie face sculpt). An additional male doll was sold in Europe, named Bobby Bibops. In Europe, Bopsy is named Becky and Becky is named Bibi.
Kayla (1989-?) Originally made using the 1986 Diva face sculpt, Kayla was the name of several very different dolls made over the years. The first Kayla doll was 1989 Dance Club Kayla, and she was named Alexia in Europe (from the book Barbie Doll Around the World, by J. Michael Augustyniak, copyright 2008 Collector Books). In 2001, a new Kayla doll is introduced in "Amazing Nails" with the Lea doll face sculpt. This version features a darker skin tone and dark brown hair that resembles a Middle Eastern/ Indian look. Only three series were produced with this feature: "Amazing Nails," "Fashion Photo (2001)," and is seen in the "Fashion Fever" line.
Devon (1989 only) Only available as Dance Club Devon in 1989, this doll was made from the 1988 California Dream Christie face sculpt.
Kira (1990-?) After the Miko character was discontinued, Kira was added to the line as an Asian/Pacific Islander friend using the 1980 Oriental Barbie face sculpt.
Nia (1990) This character was only available as Western Fun Nia, and uses the 1980 Oriental Barbie face sculpt.
Shani (1992-?) Previously the central character in a separate line of Barbie-sized dolls manufactured by Mattel, Shani became part of the Barbie character continuity when she was included in a line of swimsuit dolls. Shani is named Maoni in Europe (from the book Barbie Doll Around the World, by J. Michael Augustyniak, copyright 2008 Collector Books).
Tara Lynn (1993) This character was only available as Western Stampin' Tara Lynn, and uses the 1972 Steffie face sculpt.
Becky (1997) This character was available as Share A Smile Becky, a disabled character packaged with a wheelchair. She also appears as I'm the School Photographer Becky (1998) and Paralympic Champion Becky (1999). This doll uses the Teen Skipper face sculpt. In the 1998 Grolier Book "Three Cheers for Becky," it is hinted that her disabilities were due to a cheerleading accident.
Lea (1999–2003) This character uses an all-new face sculpt that has been extensively used since, notably as Model No. 005 in the Barbie Basics line of dolls. The character appears to be nominally Asian in ethnic origin, though there has been considerable variation in the dolls' appearance over the years.
Ana Suarez (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line of dolls. This doll used the same face sculpt as Lara Morelli-Strauss, a sculpt that has been extensively used in the years since.
Chelsie Peterson (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line of dolls. This doll used the same face sculpt as Tori Burns.
Nichelle Williams Watson (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line of dolls. This doll used the 1990 Asha face sculpt.
Lara Morelli-Strauss (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line of dolls. This doll used the same sculpt as Ana Suarez, which has become known as the "Lara" face sculpt. This face sculpt has been extensively used since, notably as Model No. 002 in the Barbie Basics line of dolls. Lara is named Marie in Spain and Portugal.
Tori Burns (1999) This character was part of the Generation Girl line of dolls. This doll used the same face sculpt as Chelsie Peterson. She is named Susie in Spain and Portugal.
Mari Nakano (2000) This character was part of the Generation Girl line of dolls. This doll used an all-new face sculpt that was never used afterward.
Drew (2001) This character was part of the Mystery Squad line of dolls. This doll used the 1999 Tori/Chelsie face sculpt.
Kenzie (2001) This character was part of the Mystery Squad line of dolls. This doll used the Lea face sculpt.
Shawnee (2001) This character was part of the Mystery Squad line of dolls. This doll used the 1990 Asha face sculpt.
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.
Gillian (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; Goddess face sculpt with pale skin, redish hair and freckles
Desiree (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; first African American Fashion Fever doll; Desiree face sculpt
Courtney (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; Lara face sculpt with redish-brown hair, blue eyes
Drew (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; Lara face sculpt with long blond hair and freckles
Shannon (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie; Tango face sculpt with long blond hair and bangs
Tia (2005) new Fashion Fever friend of Barbie, Lara face sculpt, tanned skintone & brown hair with blond streaks
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.
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. Wayne had his own line of clothing, which fits Ken.
Tori (2007) — This name was also used for a friend of Barbie's in 1999.
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.
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
Alan 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
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.
Jamal (boyfriend - 1992-1994)
The Heart Family (friends of Barbie)
Dad Heart (1985)
Mom Heart (1985)
Unnamed Heart girl. She is given the name Megan in the story "Cold Ice, Warm Hearts," by Betsy Loredo in the winter 1989 issue of Barbie magazine.
Unnamed Heart boy (Megan's Twin) (1985)
Unnamed Heart newborn (1987)
Grandma Heart (1987)
Grandpa Heart (1987)
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
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)
Unnamed 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.
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 Kara, 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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