Barb, also referred to by her full name of Barbara, is the queen of the Rock Trolls and Thrash's daughter. She first appeared as the main antagonist of Trolls World Tour. But by the end, she is reformed.
Barb is a muddy-red colored Rock Troll with a red mohawk. Her left ear is missing the tip and she has a hoop earring in it; on her other ear are two earrings. She has heavy black makeup around her eyes. Her teeth appear to be like fangs in early trailers, but are more rounded in later clips and the movie itself, and her nose is shaped like an arrow head.
Her pink hue and bright red hair makes her a lot more distinct from other Rock Trolls that are mostly colors grey with either black or white details or hair. She's in fact one of the most colorful members of their Tribe. However, her colors seem a bit inconsistent, like Branch's, going between a darker pink/purple grey and a muddier pink. Her hair, like Branch's is also actually short for a Troll of her size.
She has a "rocker" outfit. This includes fishnet stockings with a rip on the right knee, a torn-up white tank top, black leather bottoms, studded braceets and a black belt with a skull buckle.
Barb has a fairly large set of eyes compared to most other models of Trolls in the series. This makes her 3D model very expressive, and DreamWorks seems to take advantage of it. She has been showing doing some very expressive facial gestures not even seen in other Trolls thus far. She's also taller than many similar-sized Trolls, being 1cm taller than Queen Poppy.
In her victory concert and Just Sing, she appears with a white V-neck jumpsuit with torn legs, spiked ankles, and red wing-like decorations on the arms; she still has the same belt. When influenced by the Tribes' unification music, her hair grows larger and gains some rainbow streaks.
Queen Barb is shown to be a zealous hard rocker at heart, who loves the members of her Tribe and her music.Even though she mostly shields herself with a rough exterior, Barb actually has a softer side that she mostly expresses around the kids in her tribe and is seen rocking with one during Crazy Train, she calls deeply for her senile father, and her pet bat, Debbie who she calls her "hairy little baby". Barb appears to have a more realistic perspective of friendship and believes that one can't just become best friends all of a sudden, but rather friendship takes time with mutual care and respect. But judging by how the other Rock Trolls treated her (as their queen and leader and not as a fellow troll to befriend), it seemed that she was lonely and wanted real companionship.
Her more realistic approach to the world let her see how the Tribes were different, which was a stark contrast to Poppy who believed everyone was the same, but she didn't see how this was positive. Instead she saw the only way to unite the Trolls was under one music, which she believed should be her own music - rock. Her plans proved to be far more insidious, as she planned not only to eradicate all other kinds of music except for Rock, but to turn the other troll tribes into "Rock zombies", using the Rock String to overwrite the Trolls' true nature and force it to be dedicated to Rock. Although Barb thought her actions were righteous and for the greater good, she casually admitted her goal was basically world domination, and called it fun.
She had no qualms with threatening the other tribes, as seen in her confrontation with King Trollex, and appeared to look down upon the other tribes and their music (mocking the Techno trolls' music as bleeps and bloops and calling the Classical trolls' music boring because theirs doesn't include lyrics). She especially mocked the Pop trolls after going on a violent rant of how much she hated Pop music and appeared to loathe Pop the most out of all the other tribes. This is likely due to the ancient Pop trolls being responsible for the tribes living apart and isolated from each other. Barb didn't seem to realize, or perhaps she just didn't care, that her motives and her methods to destroy all the other tribes' music so that all are united under Rock is basically the same thing the ancient Pop trolls did, which made her a hypocrite, if not a worst villain due to converting Trolls to Rock zombies.
Barb displayed a twisted cruelty when she tossed the guitar holding the Strings to Rock zombified Poppy so she would be the one who converted King Peppy and the Funk Twins. It backfired on her, as Poppy had avoided the brainwashing of the Ultimate Power Chord.
Although she threw blame onto Poppy for destroying all music, Barb did show remorse after realizing that the ruining of all Music was ultimately her fault. Once she realized her mistake, she learned to accept other's company and their differences, and took her first step of making new friends by accepting Poppy's offer of friendship, therefore gradually becoming a happier person.
Barb gives derogatory nicknames to other Trolls, and generally isn't afraid to insult them. In Trolls World Tour, she uses the following:
- "Popsqueak/Pipsqueak" - refers to Poppy being 1cm shorter then Barb herself (1cm is a lot to due to the Trolls only being 6 inches tall). Poppy didn't like this and tried to protest she's not one.
- "Popsicle" - another one of her degrading terms to Poppy. A play on words, she calls Poppy a "sucker", meaning she's gullible.
- "Popcorn" - a more general mocking to Poppy.
- "Boytoy" - this is her nickname to Rock zombie Branch. "Boytoy" is a very degrading term, and was her worst nickname for anyone. For girls, this terms means a young girl who is sexually attractive and thus a "toy" for male sexual desires. When referring to a man, the term refers instead to the man being a "sex toy" for older women.
The pair have a good relationship and he apparently supports her conquest of the Strings. She appears to be quite eager to impress him by her conquest.
Riff is her right-hand man, who generally does whatever she tells him. She calls him casual nicknames like "dude" and "man" in a typical rocker fashion. Riff is shown to fear her temper, but was also the first Rock Troll to tell her something she didn't want to hear, pointing out that her plan to make everyone look the same and like the same things would render to no one knowing that they're cool.
Debbie is her pet bat, whom she has a strong affection for. She's upset when Debbie has been dressed up by Poppy, losing her temper and throwing a violent tantrum. She moves Debbie away so that she doesn't accidentally harm her.
Other Rock Trolls
Although mostly a callous Troll, Barb does have a soft spot particularly to the kids form her tribe as they admire her as a queen. This unfortunately doesn't change the fact that she has generally little to no friends, despite claiming otherwise and citing Carol as one. The Rock Trolls seem to show little interest in their Queen herself, and are more in supporting her plan to make Rock music the dominant genre. Barb herself notes to Poppy that her people often pretend to be her friends, and only tell her what she wants to hear.
In the beginning, Barb misunderstands Poppy's friendship request, believing that Poppy is making fun of her since she regards Poppy as selfish as the ancient Pop Trolls, losing her temper after receiving Poppy's glitter card and burning it. She also acts condescending when she manages to hold Poppy captive.
When Poppy accidentally destroys all music by damaging all of the Strings, Barb shoves the entire blame onto the former, despite her own misdeeds, so that she can hide her regret of what she had wrought. However, after witnessing how Poppy has encouraged the reunification of Tribes and how she (along with the other Tribe leaders) helped everyone realize that music truly comes from within them all, Barb finally appreciates and becomes friends with Poppy.
Barb mocks him when she first meets him as "Poppy's little boyfriend", clearly not impressed with him and was annoyed he dropped a heavy book on her. She even insults him after he's transformed into a Rock zombie, calling him a "boytoy". But it's presumed that with Barb's change of heart, they're now friends.
Skills & Abilities
She has most normal Troll abilities.
Barb is seen using a wireless, axe-shaped electric guitar that can shoot out power beams with each strum of the strings. She's seen playing this guitar with both a left-handed and a right-handed posture, making Barb ambidextrous.
Pre-Trolls World Tour
Barb is from the Rock Kingdom, also known as Volcano Rock City. Just before the events of Trolls World Tour, her father King Thrash retired due to his age and physical conditions, and Barb succeeds him to become the Queen of Rock, thus making her the leader of the Rock Trolls.
She was given the red Rock String to look after and protect. However, not long into her reign she sets out in Trolls World Tour to find and capture the other 5 strings, after her father gives the idea to her.
Trolls World Tour
She attacks the Techno trolls in Techno Reef and takes the techno String from them, she then takes their entire tribe to Volcano Rock City. She had sent also propaganda messages to the other Tribes telling them she was holding a concert and that each was to bring their String to her.
After taking the Classical trolls String from Trollzart at Symphonyville and also taking all Trolls there to Volcano Rock city, Debbie returned from the Pop Trolls. She had been given a makeover by Queen Poppy, to the distress of Barb. Barb is perplexed as the response from Poppy states she wants to be friends with Barb, but Barb is unconvinced that is possible as friendship takes time. She then goes into a fit of rage after Poppy had included a glitter bomb in the message, which proceeded to go off in Barb's face to Riff's horror. Barb is further angered when her father begins to sing the lyrics of the song also included in the message. She manages to bring her father back, but the act of messing with her father is the final straw.
Barb calls in bounty hunters Chaz, Tresillo and his Reggaeton Trolls, The K-Pop Gang and Yodellers, who never showed. She offers to spare the music of and give a small territory to whomever brings her Poppy. Barb is confident that the yodelers, despite not showing, will be the ones to find Poppy.
Offscreen, and after Poppy, Biggie and Branch left Lonesome Flats, Barb takes the Country String from Delta Dawn and the Country trolls. They too would be taken to Volcano Rock city like the other Trolls.
She arrives at Vibe City to get the Funk String from King Quincy and Queen Essence of the Funk trolls. Riff goes on ahead and cuts the power to the lights, leaving the Trolls in darkness. Unknown to Barb, as they attack Poppy, Branch and their new friend Hickory are just leaving having been sent on their way by Prince Cooper. All Funk Trolls are also gathered up and taken to Volcano Rock City.
At some point, she also attacked Pop Village, taking all Trolls except Guy Diamond, Tiny Diamond, Legsly, Satin and Chenille, who managed to hide in time. The rest of the Pop Trolls were taken to Volcano Rock City.
Barb finally catches Queen Poppy when the Yodellers finally reveal themselves and Dickory gets Hickory to start yodelling. This attracts Barb's attention, which leads not only to Poppy's capture, but her String taken from her. Barb finally meets Poppy and is not impressed by whom she meets, viewing her as a "Popsqueak" because she's 1cm shorter than her, and realizing she never had anything to worry about the entire time. Through the time Poppy is captured, Barb mocks her, asking her if being her best friend is everything she wants it to be.
Poppy is taken to Volcano Rock City where she is put on display in a cage as the "worst" of the other Tribal leaders. Barb at one point is joined onstage by Biggie and the Pop Trolls she missed, but their disguises fool her and Barb doesn't click that they aren't Rock Trolls. As Barb goes to play the ultimate power cord on her guitar, Branch appears in Sheila Balloon along with the K-Pop Gang and Tresillo. He drops a 400-page manual on Barb's head. Though this temporarily stops Barb, she continues. To protect Poppy, Branch throws himself in front of Barb, and thus becomes the first Rock zombie.
With Branch now a Rock zombie, she converts all other leaders to Rock zombies. When she returns to Poppy, she has escaped her cage but Barb has Branch use his hair to hold her in place while she's hit by the guitar. Poppy appears as though she is converted, and Barb hands Poppy the guitar to convert the remaining leaders' family members King Peppy, Cooper and Prince D to Rock Zombies as an act of cruelty against them. However, Poppy reveals that she is not actually a Zombie, and used gumdrops to avoid being converted fully. Poppy tells her that everything she's doing is wrong, to which point Riff chimes in that if everyone is the same no one will know their cool. Poppy puts Barb on the spot by telling her that a good Queen should listen to her subjects (forcing Barb to have to ignore or consider what Riff just said).
To stop Barb, Poppy smashes the guitar, which frees all the Rock zombies, but also destroys the Strings and all music, turning all Trolls grey in the process. Barb is distraught by the loss of the Strings, and that rock music has been destroyed. But soon, the Funk Princes produce music, and the Trolls start to realize they don't need the Strings anymore. Barb turns to her father who tells her just to let everyone be what they want to be, including herself. Soon, Barb is the last grey Troll as everyone has joined in with song, adding their own touch to it. Near the end of the song, Barb finally caves in and can't resist, joining in as Poppy hands her her old guitar. As she plays, her hair grows and becomes rainbow-colored, joined shortly by Poppy, whose hair also becomes rainbow-like.
When the song ends, Poppy offers to be Barb's friend, to which Barb now accepts. The Trolls go to Pop Village for a victory party, and celebrate being one united nation again.
Trolls World Tour
Her design is mostly inspired by Punk Rock.
- Barb is likely based on the "Russ Rainbow Troll" series Troll doll known as the "Punk Rock Troll", though this remains unconfirmed. This isn't the first time a specific Troll doll inspired the creation of a Troll, as Cooper was based on a giraffe doll from an animal Troll line.
- Barb's hair (both in style and color) is also similar to a hairstyle once worn by Kelly Osbourne, the daughter of Ozzy Osbourne, who voices Barb's father, King Thrash.
Barb often makes a sneer to the right side of her face when she smiles. This is a reference to the "Elvis Sneer", causing her mouth to sneer and curl up as she smiles on one side of the face. The Sneer was an infamous facial trait of Elvis Presley, which has often been referenced in popular media related to Rock music. The reason why Rock artists in popular media sneer when they smile or rather than smiling is contributed to the belief smiling shows "weakness", as Rock music often centers itself around rebellion and a tough image. It's the same reason why Rock and Heavy Metal bands rarely smile when featured on covers of their own albums.
When designing her they went for a rebellious young woman who was typical of her genre. They noted that they were surprised they got away with fishnet stockings for a character.Baroque and Romantic periods
Kinder Egg Bio
From their Trolls World Tour Promo;
Barb is the bad-ass leader of hard rock. She’s a fierce-looking Troll Queen, with the strength and grace of Joan Jett, the no-holds barred attitude of Wendy O. Williams, and the sassy swagger of Blondie. She rides around inside a gigantic leather & denim-clad Troll creature (that doubles as her de facto tour bus), and she surveys her hard rock domain from an imposing fortress that’s located at the center of an active volcano.
Trolls World Tour
Barb is the rebellious leader of hard rock. She’s a fierce-looking Trolls queen, with the strength and grace—as well as the attitude and swagger—of a rock goddess. Barb rides around inside a gigantic leather-and-denim-clad Trolls creature—that doubles as her tour bus—and she surveys her lava domain from an imposing fortress located at the center of an active volcano.
As far as Barb is concerned, pop music is a disease, and she’s the cure. To ensure her domination, Barb is putting together a “hard-rock apocalypse,” in which she will transform all Trolls into leather-and-denim-clad hard-rock zombies. Only then will Barb have what she craves—the power to control all music!
- Her red-pink color matches the color of the Rock string, which is also red.
- In concept art, Riff's name was "Spyke", likely to make his name match Barb's as both refer to pointy objects.
- Due to part of her left ear being missing, Queen Barb is the only Troll to show a of form of physical mutilation.
- Barb's short hair is very similar to how Branch's hair is short. According to supporting Trolls material, Branch's hair is short due to his habit not showing his full potential. In later sources for the Rainbow Trolls, it was noted that all Rainbow Trolls had hidden "True Colors" that only show when they're reflecting their true selves. Because of this, despite it being an abandoned term as of Trolls World Tour, Barb displays traits of their family, even though she's from a completely different Tribe.
|Trolls World Tour characters|
|King Peppy • Queen Poppy • Biggie • Smidge • Guy Diamond • Satin and Chenille • Branch • Legsly • Skyscraper • Fuzzbert|
|Queen Barb • King Thrash • Riff • Carol • Sid Fret|
|Delta Dawn • Clampers • Growley Pete|
|King Quincy • Queen Essence • Prince D • Cooper|
|King Trollex • Coral Blush • Bliss Marina|
|Tiny Diamond • Chaz • Tresillo • Marimba and Tambora • The K-Pop Gang • Hickory • Dickory • The Mariachi Sisters • Little Miss Polka • The Barbershop Boys|
|Cloud Guy • Debbie • Sheila Balloon • Pennywhistle • Techno Beat Drop Button • Janet • Cloud Guy's Children|