American Girl Doll memes will help you laugh through the chaos

'We need an American Girl Doll who...' is the internet's new favorite trend

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The world may be confusing, but American Girl Doll memes add a little levity to the never-ending string of bad news.

Unlike Barbiecore, this new internet fad reimagines the classic brand with a twist, no fuchsia dress required. The trending hashtags on TikTok and Instagram begin with "When need an American Girl doll who..." before giving a historical example...or a simply outrageous one. As you might've imagined, the jokes have taken a turn for the political as of late. 

The dolls that millennials grew up with were all tied to specific timeframes: Kit Kittredge is an aspiring journalist from the 1930s, while Josefina Montoya hails from 1824 Mexico City. It's pretty unanimous that Samantha Parkington from the early 1900s is a tad prissy (though adorable). 

Given that the internet does clever work, you can just imagine the fun it has had with current references. 

American Girl Doll memes

1. The one who won't tolerate Joe Rogan

2. The one who protests

3. The one who hexes Brett Kavanaugh 

4. The one who has financial complications

5. The one who wants to overthrow the government

6. The one who dissents

7. The one who throws ketchup à la Trump

The non-political American Girl Doll memes

Any of this sound familiar, ladies?

1. The one with anxiety

Time to download a few of the best meditation apps, perhaps?


♬ Halloween Theme Song - Ultimate Halloween Bash

2. The one who parties in the dorms


♬ Panda - Desiigner

3. The one's who is a Swiftie


We need a swiftie doll.

♬ Sweet Giirrrrllll face beat x Father Philis - Phil

4. The one who read NSFW fan fic


♬ Aesthetic - Tollan Kim

The American Girl Doll meme origins

In February 2022, Barrett Adair created @hellicity_merriman, a wonderfully sarcastic nod to our favorite childhood toys and current state of affairs, be it politics or simply womanhood. 

"My best friend and I (we run the account together) think it’s wild that so many people find it funny, but we’re thrilled," Adair tells My Imperfect Life. "We get the sweetest messages from people saying that reading our posts makes them happy, gives them something to share with their friends and family and even soothes their anxieties about life and the world."

We look forward to the creativity and laughs ahead—we could sure use 'em. 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.