|Appeared in:|| Toy Story 3|
- "Look, I'm a Guy's Toy. Okay! I'm kind of a Role Model. A MANLY ROLE MODEL!"
- —Ken (At his Interview)
Ken is a toy based on the popular Mattel Barbie franchise who was the secondary antagonist in Toy Story 3, but in the end he reformed, and along with Barbie, is the main protagonist of Hawaiian Vacation. He falls in love with Barbie.
He is also known for wearing various outfits in his Dream House. One of his famous outfits include a disco outfit and his bedroom outfit.
Ken is considered to be a "softy" by the other daycare toys, and because he is claimed to be a girl's toy, which he denies being as such, he's not well respected. He ultimately chooses between his old life and the girl he has fallen in love with.
"Barbie, come with me live in my Dream House. I know it's crazy. I know we just met; aww heck, you don't know me from G.I Joe, but when I look at you, it seems like we were....made for each other."
Toy Story 3
- Ken: "Hi, I'm Ken."
Barbie: "Barbie. Have we ever met?"
Ken: "I would have remembered. Love your leg warmers!"
Barbie: "Nice ascot!"
- —Ken and Barbie, as they encounter each other for the first time
The next night, Ken and Buzz take roll call to make sure that all the toys are there. Seeing that Mr. Potato Head is not in his cell and trying to run away without being seen, the two go off with Big Baby to bring him back, but Mr. Potato Head attempts to stand up to Ken and kicks him in the shin, prompting Ken to have Big Baby imprison Mr. Potato Head back in the sandbox. When Ken returns to the Caterpillar Room, Barbie calls out to him and begs him to let her be with him in his Dream House in the Butterfly Room. As Barbie begins sobbing, Ken gives in to Barbie's plea and makes her promise to do what he says. At Ken's Dream House, Barbie is awestruck at Ken's vast collection of clothes, but Ken, thinking that Barbie is still mad at him for what he has done to her friends, tries to talk Barbie out of it by bitterly saying how no one appreciates those clothes, only for Barbie to sweet-talk him into modeling a few outfits for her. This brightens up Ken, who hasn't heard Barbie talk to him like that before, and he shows off his various outfits to Barbie, to which she applauds. As Ken finally shows off his martial arts moves in his Kung Fu Fighting outfit, he sees that Barbie is gone. Suddenly, she tackles Ken from behind his clothes rack, taking him by surprise. Barbie demands Ken to tell her what Lotso has done to Buzz and how to get Buzz back to normal. Seeing that it is a ploy by Barbie, Ken defiantly refuses, but decides to let her try. Later, Ken is in nothing but his underwear and tied up to a paddle by Barbie, who interrogates him by mocking his outfits as she tears them in half one by one. At first, Ken tries to keep his cool as much as he can, but when she brings out his Nehru jacket, he begs her not to rip it. As Barbie starts to rip the jacket apart, Ken, not wanting to see it being sabotaged, mentions about the instruction manual. Falling over in the paddle to which he is tied to, Ken confesses to Barbie that Lotso has switched Buzz to demo mode as he starts bawling, ashamed. When Barbie demands Ken to tell her where the manual is, Ken directs her to Bookworm.
Much later, as Lotso and his henchmen corner Andy's toys at a dumpster outside the daycare grounds, Lotso orders Stretch to push Barbie and Andy's toys into the dumpster, but then Ken appears and tries to stop Lotso from disposing Barbie. Lotso senses Ken's love for Barbie and mocks him, thrusting his face into Ken's as he states that there are a hundred million Barbie dolls everywhere, but Ken turns to Barbie, smiling, and simply says not like the Barbie who he has met, having realized Barbie is smarter and more complex than he has initially seemed through her understanding of civics, and wins back her affections. Angered by Ken's act of defection, Lotso grabs Ken and throws him across the dumpster to make him join her. Woody then catches Ken and pulls him up to the chute with help from the other toys. Barbie then runs over and hugs Ken, making him astonished to realize he has won her back, then Ken speaks up in support of Barbie's view of authority and address Lotso's gang, telling them what Lotso has done to Sunnyside and all the toys in the daycare and how things at the daycare can be improved to make things fair for everyone. After Big Baby throws Lotso into the dumpster and slams its lid shut, Ken helps Barbie and the other toys escape the daycare, but the toys end up being loaded into a garbage truck. When Barbie wants to save her friends, Ken holds her back from risking her life, not wanting to lose her again.
Ken and Barbie later reconcile and mend their relationship, become boyfriend and girlfriend once again. Together, the two revolutionize Sunnyside, turning the daycare into a true toy paradise for all toys, and become its new leaders.
In the end credits, when a box containing an Emperor Zurg action figure arrives at the Butterfly Room, a decorated dump truck pulls up in front of the newcomers. On the truck is Barbie presenting them a paper that reads: "Welcome to Sunnyside! -- Now cool and groovy!" and Ken rips the paper in half to present himself and to greet them in a more enthusiastic manner with Barbie at his side. Later, he and Barbie are seen under the shelf with Twitch in the Caterpillar Room, with Ken as a referee and Barbie as a cheerleader, as Chunk returns from handling a rough playtime with the toddlers. Ken watches as Twitch reaches his hand out for Chunk to tag him and substitutes for Chunk as Chunk joins Ken and Barbie under the shelf. While the Sunnyside toys have a "beach party" at the sandbox, Ken, while sunbathing, spots Sarge and his two last paratroopers parachuting down into the playground, and he and Barbie walk over to greet them. Ken salutes the soldiers as Barbie directs them to the sandbox, inviting them to join the party. That night, during a disco that is held at the Butterfly Room, Ken greets the toys in attendance until he reaches his Dream House, where he sees Barbie coming down in his elevator. Ken is awestruck to see Barbie wearing sparkling dress as the two walk toward each other, then Ken sheds his clothes to reveal his equally sparkling tuxedo and trousers. They are joined by Big Baby, wearing sparkling diapers, who walks over to the two and hugs them in his arms as he happily spins the couple around in the spotlight. The next day, the toys that have formerly belonged to Andy and now living at Bonnie's house as her new toys receive a message informing them that Sunnyside has become sunny once again. They read the message, thinking that Barbie has written it (as remarked by Buzz about the fancy handwriting), only to find Ken's signature at the end, much to their dread, but the signature may imply that Ken is, at least, now on friendly terms with Bonnie's toys.
Ken is now one of the protagonists in his and Bonnie Anderson's new Barbie doll's own short film. As Bonnie's toys get ready for a week of relaxation, Ken and Barbie unexpectedly reveal themselves as they unzip Bonnie's backpack and step out into the room. Thinking they have landed in Hawaii, they unload their supplies. As Ken takes a picture of Barbie in "Hawaii," Woody calls to the pair, and Ken is elated to see Woody and the other toys and reveals that the two have stowed away in Bonnie's backpack. Thinking that Bonnie's toys are also in Hawaii, Ken asks them how they have arrived, only for Woody to reveal that Ken and Barbie are in Bonnie's bedroom, making Ken dismayed that vacation plans for him and Barbie have been disrupted. After realizing he has missed their "flight" to Hawaii, Ken sinks back into Bonnie's backpack in depression.Later, Barbie calls for Ken to come out, and when Ken opens the backpack, he is greeted by Jessie's enthusiastic "ALOHA!" then finds himself standing in "paradise" with Barbie. Woody and his friends recreate "Hawaii" for the couple, such as deep-sea diving, guided nature walk, and an entertaining dinner. After their various adventures in "Hawaii," Ken and Barbie share their first kiss in the snow at sunrise, as Woody and his friends watch through a window, but then the two fall into a snow, prompting the toys to come to their rescue by digging them out and releasing them from a block of ice.
From Official Website:
|“||Grab your binoculars and join Ken for a safari! A swinging bachelor who's always on the lookout for fun, Ken sports the perfect outfit for his eco-adventure: light blue shorts and a leopard-print shirt with short sleeves sure to keep him cool in the hot sun. And after his exciting expedition, Ken will be ready to hit the dance floor in style. His accessories include matching scarf, sensible loafers, and a fashion-forward gold belt. Dozens of additional Ken outfits sold separately.||”|
Ken's Dating Tips
- According to Mattel Toy line History, Ken's full name is Kenneth Sean Carson.
- In the movie, Ken wears 21 different outfits.
- Ken is based on a real toy from the Barbie toyline back in in 1988 called Animal Lovin’ Ken.
- When Buzz gets caught spying on Lotso's gang, Ken says "Take him to the liberry!" (a mispronunciation of library), which was an intentional ad-lib by Michael Keaton. Lee Unkrich found it so funny that he kept it in.
- Ken gets offended whenever people call him a girl's toy (also happens in his promo and his interview), similar to Francis from A Bug's Life when he is mistaken for a girl.
- "So, who's ready for Ken's dream tour?"
- —Ken introduces himself
- "Our repair spa will keep you stuffed, puffed and lightly buffed."
- —Ken, about the repair spa
- Ken: "Okay, now you start."
Barbie: "you! Oh!"
Ken: "See? That time I said "love"! Okay, now me first."
Barbie: "Ooh! Okay okay okay..."
Ken: "you! You see what I mean? It changes every time!"
Barbie: "You are so smart!"
- —Ken spends time with Barbie
- Chunk: "What do you expect from a girl's toy?"
Ken: "I'm not a girl's toy! I'm not, why do you guys keep saying that?"
- —Chunk mocking Ken
- "Take him to the liberry!"
- —Ken mispronouncing library
- "No Barbie, not the Nehru!"
- —Ken, as Barbie is about to rip his Nehru jacket
- "There's an instruction manual! Lotso switched Buzz to demo mode!"
- —Ken confesses to Barbie
- Ken: "Barbie, wait! Don't do this, Lotso!"
Lotso: "She's a Barbie doll, Ken. There's a hundred million just like her!"
Ken: "Not to me, there's not."
Lotso: "Fine! Then why don't you join her!"
- —Ken tries to stop Lotso from disposing Barbie; Lotso mocks Ken, but Ken disagrees with Lotso; Lotso then throws Ken across the dumpster
- "Everyone, listen! Sunnyside could be cool and groovy if we treated each other fair! It's Lotso! He's made us all into a pyramid, and he put himself on top!"
- —Ken speaks out in support of Barbie's understanding of civics
- "Barbie, no!"
- —Ken stops Barbie from risking her life
- Woody: "So I guess you could say Sunnyside is sunny once again! Hope to hear from you soon! We're all super excited about your new home! Hugs and kisses to everyone! Aw!"
Buzz: "That Barbie has nice handwriting."
Jessie: "Uh, Buzz, Barbie didn't write this."
- —Woody, reading a message from Sunnyside, which Buzz comments on a fancy handwriting, but Jessie points Ken's signature at the end
|Leader of toys at Sunnyside Daycare|
Toy Story 3