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Hmm. And sadly, your mother is not here anymore, is she? And I am responsible for your upbringing. So dancing is forbidden strictly forbidden, and please, don't sing. It's out, too.
~ Rowena
Over? Oh, really? Not if you want to see your sister again. Always the ringleader. Why not give you what you've always wanted? I wish you would dance forever and ever and ever!
~ Rowena to Genevieve before she is dusted by her into dancing forever.

Duchess Rowena, also simply known as Rowena, is a character and the main antagonist in the 2006 direct-to-video animated Barbie film Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses.

She’s summoned by her cousin, King Randolph, to turn his twelve daughters into proper young princesses. But the Duchess had other plans, to poison the King and get rid of the princesses.

She was voiced by Catherine O'Hara, who also voiced Shock in The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ludmilla in Bartok the Magnificent, the Maid in Dust Buddies, Kaossandra in Skylanders Academy and Dr. Georgina Orwell in A Series of Unfortunate Events.


Rowena stripped the castle of everything the girls loved and even banned dancing and singing from the castle as well. Rowena enjoyed making the Princesses' lives miserable by making them do yard work and scrubs the steps. After she found out that their dancing shoes were worn out, she demanded to know the truth. Rowena ganged up on the youngest sister, Lacey, and the princesses told her the truth about them dancing at a pavilion in a magical kingdom. Rowena was fed up (thinking that the Princesses were lying) and locked them in their room.

But later on, Rowena was learned about the Magical Kingdom, thanks to her pet monkey Brutus. She learned how to enter the Magical Kingdom (after watching how the royal cobbler entered) and stole some flowers (that can grant wishes and returned to the castle. Rowena had her large footman (Desmond) destroy the mosaic in the girls room that formed the gateway, trapping them and cobbler in the Magical Kingdom.

While the Princesses and the Royal Cobbler were trapped, the King makes Rowena acting Queen until he gets better. Eventually, the Princesses and the Cobbler found a way out of the Magical kingdom and decided to take action and stop her, Rowena wasted her first wish to try and stop Princess Genevieve and Derek. She wished for 2 suits of armor to protect her but they were defeated.

Rowena wasted her second wish by using it on Princess Genevieve by making her dance forever, and ever. But the wish backfired after Genevieve fans the flower dust back at her. Thus Rowena is doomed to dance forever, along with her footman, who tried to free her, and so they danced out of King Randolph's castle forever. Unless magic is involved, it's likely that Rowena danced until she starved to death.



  • Desmond
  • Mr. Fabian (formerly)
  • Brutus


  • Princess Genevieve
  • Prince Derek
  • King Randolph
  • Twyla
  • Felix
  • Princess Ashlyn
  • Princess Blair
  • Princess Courtney
  • Princess Delia
  • Princess Edeline
  • Princess Fallon
  • Princess Hadley
  • Princess Isla
  • Princess Janessa
  • Princess Kathleen
  • Princess Lacey
  • Mr. Fabian



  • Her voice actor Catherine O'Hara worked with Tim Curry (who voiced Mouse King and Philippe) in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
  • She speaks with a British accent.
  • A running gag in the film shows that Rowena almost always gets the princesses' names wrong (i.e. calling Fallon "Blair") because they were all wearing identical grey dresses. The only princess that Rowena gets the name right is Genevieve.
  • She’s the second Barbie villainess with gray hair, the first being Gothel from Barbie as Rapunzel, the third being Gwyllion from Barbie: Mariposa & the Fairy Princess and the fourth being Svetlana Petranova from Barbie in Rock 'N Royals.
  • It has been stated by many that the reason Rowena wants to rule her cousin's kingdom is because she has financial troubles; examples include her carriage falling apart when she arrives, her selling heirlooms from the castle to pay for poison, etc.

See Also


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Barbie in the Nutecracker
Mouse King | Pimm | Rock Giant | Mouse King's Army

Barbie as Rapunzel
Gothel | Otto

Barbie of Swan Lake
Rothbart | Odile | Crows

Barbie as The Princess and the Pauper
Preminger | Madame Carp | Midas | Nick and Nack

Barbie: Fairytopia
Laverna | Fungi | Fungus Maximus | Firebird | Shimmer | Sunburst

Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus
Wenlock | Wenlock's Griffin | Ollie

The Barbie Diaries
Raquelle | Todd

Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses
Duchess Rowena | Desmond | Brutus | Ambassador of Bulovia | Guards | Fabian

Barbie as The Island Princess
Queen Ariana | Nat, Pat, and Matt

Barbie: Mariposa
Henna | Skeezites | Gwyllion | Boris

Barbie & the Diamond Castle
Lydia | Slyder

Barbie in A Christmas Carol
Aunt Marie | Chuzzlewit | Eden Starling

Barbie: Thumbelina
Ashlynn Torescu | Violet Nylund | Myron

Barbie and The Three Musketeers
Philippe | Brutus | Madame de Bossé

Barbie in A Mermaid Tale
Alistair | Eris | Kylie Morgan

Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale
Jacqueline | Delphine | Todd

Barbie: A Fairy Secret
Crystal | Princess Graciella | Princess Graciella's Assistants

Barbie: Princess Charm School
Dame Devin | Brock | Wickellia

Barbie: The Princess & the Popstar
Seymour Crider | Duchess Amelia | Rupert

Barbie in the Pink Shoes
Snow Queen | Rothbart | Odile

Barbie & Her Sisters in A Pony Tale
Philippe Cheynet

Barbie: The Pearl Princess
Caligo | Murray | Garth and Wormwood | Trident Squad

Barbie and the Secret Door
Princess Malucia | Sniff and Whiff

Barbie in Princess Power
Baron Von Ravendale | Bruce | Princess Corinne

Barbie in Rock 'N Royals
Princess Olivia | Svetlana Petranova | Sloane MacLain | Clive

Barbie & Her Sisters in A Great Puppy Adventure
Joe and Marty

Barbie: Spy Squad
Agent Dunbar | Patricia Lovitz

Barbie: Starlight Adventure
King Constantine

Barbie: Video Game Hero

Barbie: Dolphin Magic
Hugo | Marlo

Barbie: Princess Adventure
Prince Johan | Reggie | Rose Ross

Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday
Don | Tiki the Statue

Barbie: Big City, Big Dreams
Mr. Miller

Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse
Closet | Ryan Harper | Raquelle

Barbie: Dreamhouse Adventures
Tammy | Gloria Vaughan | Poppy Reardon | Whittaker Reardon | Cameron Vaughan | Mr. Pearlman | Vladimir Borislav