Which Ken from the Barbie Movie Are You?


Let’s face it, Greta Gerwig’s Barbie is an absolute masterpiece. It has everything you could possibly want from a film: laughs, tears, incredible outfits, and John Cena as a ridiculously buff mermaid. Now, while Margot Robbie’s Stereotypical Barbie takes the starring role, there is no doubt that Barbieland’s many Kens are also incredible highlights. From the incredible performance of Ryan Gosling as Stereotypical Ken to his rival, Simu Liu, as Ken #1, and even the small cameos, the Kens are always a joy to have on screen. The Kens are so great they probably left you wondering what kind of Kenergy you possess. Are you truly Kenough? Well, the only way to find out is to take this quiz! We’ll judge your fashion sense, your dreams, your mannerisms (Kennerisms?), and even your preferred style of mojo dojo casa house to uncover exactly what kind of Ken you are.

History lesson

Ken who?

Ken Carson, the iconic doll introduced by Mattel in 1961, has been a significant figure in the toy industry for over six decades. His creation was inspired by the son of Barbie's creator, Ruth Handler, and was designed to be Barbie's counterpart. Ken, like Barbie, hails from the fictional town of Willows, Wisconsin, and has been depicted in a variety of roles and occupations over the years.

Ken's debut was rather simple, with him sporting only a swimsuit. However, his character evolved over time, reflecting societal changes and trends. From his initial appearance, Ken has held over 40 occupations, ranging from astronaut to barista, reflecting the changing career aspirations of children over the decades.

Ken's physical appearance has also undergone significant changes. His original design featured straight arms that didn't bend and a head that could only turn left and right. His hair was initially made of felt, but this was replaced with a plastic, molded hairstyle when the creators realized that the felt hair fell off when wet. Over the years, Ken has been redesigned to feature a more muscular physique, a dimpled smile, and a head that could swivel.

Ken's relationship with Barbie has been a significant part of his narrative. In 2004, Mattel announced a split between the two dolls, mirroring the breakups of celebrity couples. However, in 2006, a revamped Ken was launched, and by 2011, Mattel initiated a campaign for Ken to win back Barbie's affections, which he did on Valentine's Day of that year.

Ken's evolution has not been without controversy. His body proportions have been criticized as unrealistic, and his lack of visible male genitalia has also been a point of contention. Despite these controversies, Ken remains a popular figure in the Barbie franchise.

Ken's influence extends beyond the toy industry. He has been featured in various media, including the Barbie films, the Toy Story films, and even in music, with American rapper Lil B naming his 2017 mixtape "Black Ken." Ken's enduring popularity is a testament to his adaptability and the role he plays in children's imaginative play.

Did you know?

Many other actors were almost Kens

Barbie is bursting at the seams with Kens. You have mega-star Ryan Gosling and recent breakout Marve star Simu Liu portraying the main roles, but you also have some real rising names bringing their own Kenergies to the film. Kingsley Ben-Adir and Ncuti Gatwa have both had wildly successful recent roles and are set to appear in some big projects.

With a script this innovative and so many roles available, it’s difficult to imagine anyone turning down even a small Ken part. However, that’s exactly what several actors did, largely because they couldn’t spare the three months of filming in London.

Some notable almost-Kens include Bowen Yang, best-known for Saturday Night Live and Dan Levy from the impossibly funny Schitt’s Creek. Even musical legend Ben Platt (Dear Evan Hansen and Pitch Perfect) decided against being a Ken. Similarly, Jonathan Groff, from Hamilton and Mindhunter, turned down the role of Allan! Needless to say, they all missed out on some iconic roles.

How to Play?

Our personality quizzes are set up a little differently than your basic trivia quiz, but you’ve probably seen their kind around. Rather than having to choose the right answer from a list of multiple choice options, in this case, there is no “right answer”! (Two plus two will always be four, but every Golden Girls character is equally awesome.)

So, stop stressing. Just click on the answer that suits you best, and enjoy the ride. These quizzes are just for fun but who knows – you might just learn something about yourself along the way!

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