|Occupation|| Seamstress of Madame Carp's Dress Emporium (formerly)|
Queen of Dulcinea (currently)
|Voiced by|| Kelly Sheridan (speaking voice)|
Julie Stevens (singing voice)
|Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper|
Erika was born in a kingdom on the top of a mountain in a small village the same time the new Princess Anneliese was born. She was born to a poor family, who didn't have the money to properly raise her. Their only choice was to borrow money from Madame Carp to feed her.
For many years, Erika has been Madame Carp's seamstress. All Erika ever wanted for was to be free from all this punishment for her parents' debts. One day, she snuck out of the dress emporium to get some money by singing in town square with her cat Wolfie. Princess Anneliese overhears Erika's song and goes to listen. "What a beautiful song!" Anneliese told to Erika. The girls remove their hoods and were shocked to see each other because they were identical, except of their hair color. Anneliese and Erika shared a song and before the princess left, she asked Erika to sing for her at the castle sometime.
Later that night, Princess Anneliese was kidnapped by Nick and Nack, Preminger's assistants so that the wedding will be held off. Julian figures out that Preminger is behind this and asks Erika to disguise herself as Princess Anneliese for a few days until she returns. Erika wears a blonde wig and is taught how to act like a princess by Julian. Erika fools the Queen and Preminger causing him to go check on Nick and Nack. Princess Anneliese escapes from being held captive but isn't allowed to return home so she goes to Madame Carp. Erika spends time with Dominick and falls in love with him. Preminger kidnaps Julian and reveals Erika's identity, and she is locked up in the dungeon.
Dominick saves Erika and Anneliese pays off the debt to Madame Carp . Erika is now free. In the end, Anneliese and Erika both have a double wedding and Erika's cat, Wolfie falls in love with Serafina, Anneliese's kitten. Erika marries King Dominick and becomes Queen of Dulcinea.
|“||There's something about you. You're honest, no pretenses. I like that.||”|
— Dominick describes Erika
Erika is strong, loving, and brave. She loves to sing and likes to sing around the world. She has a strong determination to pay off her parent's debt and be free of working for Madame Carp. Her braveness shows through when she agrees to pretend to be Anneliese and when she escapes from the dungeon. During that time, she fell in love with King Dominick, who was about to marry the real princess. Erika has a slightly larger sense of humor than Anneliese.
Erika has light skin and blue eyes.Erika's hair is slightly wavy and brown, her bangs are held back with a flower headband.
Erika's main dress color is baby blue. It has sleeves that go halfway down her arm, with a ribbon and white mesh. The bodice has crossed, pink ribbons down the middle and is blue on the outside. The skirt is blue with white and pink in the middle, with flowers on the white part. Erika tells Julian that this is the only dress she owns.
Her disguise as Anneliese
Erika wears a blonde wig to look like the princess and a gown with a mixture of colors. It's mainly blue, but has light pink accents. The trim around the bodice is gold and has white down the middle. The skirt is blue, white and yellow.
Erika's nightdress is a soft shade of yellow, and has a white neckline.
When she is singing "The Cat´s Meow," Erika wears a pink dressing gown; it is very long and has ruffles at the neckline. Her hair is normal brown.
Erika's wedding gown is white and dark blue. It has blue stripes down the bodice and on the skirt. There is a white mesh on the top and the sleeves. The skirt has wavy folds on the bottom. Her veil has three blue roses on the top.
Songs that Erika has sung or took part in
- "Written In Your Heart"
- "I Am A Girl Like You"
- "To Be A Princess"
- "The Cat's Meow"
- "If You Love Me For Me"
- "To Be A Princess (reprise)"
- [Singing] "All my life I've always wanted to have one day for myself—not waking up with a pile of work on every shelf! With no hems in need of pressing, and no sleeves in disarray, no wedding gown with a thousand stitches to crochet, and no debt to pay!"
- Madame Carp: [After catching Erika singing] "What do you think I'm running here? A cabaret?"
- "I would've said a debtors' prison."
- [Singing] "Though I know I have so little, my determination’s strong. People will gather around the world to hear my song!"
- [To Anneliese] "At least you’re not an "indentured" servant."
- [Singing] "If I’d like to have my breakfast hot, Madame Carp will make me pay! And I have to fetch the eggs myself and the barn’s a mile away! It’s cold and wet, and still I get an omelet on my plate, but in my head I’m back in bed snuggled up and sleeping late!"
- [When asked if she is a singer] "No, I work at “Madame Carp’s Penitentiary”—uh, I mean “Dress Emporium”."
- [Julian comes to see her after Anneliese disappears] "I don’t believe it; the princess sent for me! I’m gonna sing at the castle —me! But I’m not ready. I have to rehearse! I’d better change my dress. Oh what am I talking about? I only have one dress!"
- [To Wolfie] "Ah fella... [Singing] I can see it when you’re feeling low, you can’t hide that from me."
- "Oh Wolfie, Julian and the princess are still missing, and I think I’m falling in love with the king!"
- [After Dominick asks if she's leaving] "Dominick, I... All my life I’ve dreamed of being free. Now my debt’s been paid, thanks to Anneliese."
- Erika is based on Tom Canty from the original "The Prince and The Pauper" story".
- In Barbie: The Princess & The Popstar, Keira's name is an anagram of Erika's.
- Erika is the first character played by Barbie that is a brunette, the second is Keira and the third is Odette.
- Erika is also the first Barbie character who became a queen, the second being Giselle (Queen of Harvest) and the third being Odette (Queen of The Swans).
|Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper|
Quote: "Live your dream."
Songs: "Free" | "How Can I Refuse" | " How Can I Refuse (Reprise)" | "I Am A Girl Like You" | "I'm On My Way" | "If You Love Me For Me" | "The Cat's Meow" | "To Be A Princess" | "To Be A Princess (Reprise)" | "Written In Your Heart" | "Written In Your Heart (Prologue)"