A character from a pre-school age children's show. The character is so sweet, friendly
, simple and cloistering that they a an annoyance to anyone but the target audience. Usually a parody of Barney the Dinosaur
Some of these examples are who aren't as nice in real life
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- Smoochy from Death to Smoochy. Referenced in the film as the "bastard son of Barney", Smoochy is a purple anthropomorphic rhino in the movie. So despised is Smoochy by the kid's show host (Robin Williams) he replaced that the man is set to ruin Smoochy's career. Unlike most of other examples where the person wearing the costume turn out to be a Jerk Ass, the man who plays Smoochy (Edward Norton) really is as sweet and nice as the character he portrays.
- Arnie the Dinosaur from Nine Months acts similarly to Barney, when he is in a toy store. But when he pushes a little to hard in selling his toys to Marty (Tom Arnold), he tells Arnie that his kids thinks his show sucks. Arnie then goads Marty and later Samuel (Hugh Grant) into a fight with a bunch of stunned chidren watching.
- Brenda the Rhinoceros from the book Sweet Valley Kids. The twins featured in that series were stuck in a department store and having to fight off a burglar; part of their Home Alone-style plan was to annoy him into submission with a talking doll of annoying children's show character "Brenda the Rhinoceros," prompting the man to scream, "I hate that stupid pink rhino!"
- Blarney the Rinosaur from an episode of Focus on the Family's radio drama, Adventures in Odyssey. The portrayal was not violent or profane, but this sketch made the Barney show seem incredibly dumb as the parodied character sang "I Hug You" in an uncaring and monotone voice.
- The American Dragon Jake Long episode "Haley Gone Wild" featured Haley getting into a seemingly harmless preschool show called "Pooka Pooka Fun Fun Farm". However, the Pooka puppet on the show is actually a real Pooka who encourages young children, including Haley, to become delinquents and cause trouble by way of hypnotizing them by singing to them.
- Baloney the Dinosaur from Animaniacs
- Mary Moo Cow is a preschool show that D.W. enjoys watching, much to Arthur's discomfort about said show being a baby show.
- Also, one episode centers around Arthur secretly becoming a fan of "The Love Ducks" (which appears to be a parody of The Teletubbies) rather than "Dark Bunny" (an obvious parody of Batman). In the end it turned out that everyone else was addicted to it too.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold "Inside the Outsiders": One of the things that Black Lightning violently over-reacts to in his nightmare is cutesy TV show about Uni the Unicorn. Uni has more than a passing resemblance to Barney.
- Rainbow Monkeys from Codename: Kids Next Door, who similarly to the Rugrats example below, mostly just dance around singing their saccharine theme song and having fun. However, Numbuh 4 is the only one of the 10-year-old cast to hate them. There may be some Truth in Television to this, however, as it's not too uncommon for kids to have a phase where they'll get into a preschool show.
- Humphrey the Hippo from The Critic, whose show is in the same timeslot as Jay's and taking some of his ratings. Humphrey turns out to be a woman who is attracted to Jay and peddles cigarettes to children.
- There was also an episode of Garfield and Friends where a Tyrannosaurus rex, who managed to survive the extinction of the dinosaurs, plots to enslave mankind by painting himself pink and passing himself off as a friendly Barney-like character called "Sidney The Pink Dinosaur".
- Barnaby from The Mask cartoon is clearly supposed to be a No Celebrities Were Harmed version Barney. The man behind the mask, however is a criminal who has a biker gang for henchmen.
- In Phineas and Ferb, Candace loves "Ducky Momo", though she's afraid she'll be ridiculed for her love a such a kiddy character. When we finally see the show, we understand why; Ducky Momo would be like if you combined Dora the Explorer and Barney, and made them so stupid they were unable to function.
- Blarney the singing Sea Serpent from The Powerpuff Girls. He is a plaid Stock Ness Monster who Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup enjoy. He also shouts in the middle of his songs, encouraging kids to scream like fishes.
- The Dummi Bears from Rugrats, who only ever seem to dancing around singing "the happy happy happy happy happy happy song". Somewhat subverted in that the babies tend to prefer Reptar, whilst Stu loves the Dummi Bears.
- On The Simpsons an unnamed Barney parody has appeared twice: In "Rosebud", Homer catches the show, which is Barney singing "two plus two is four, two plus two is four, two plus two is four" over and over again; Homer can see the appeal. In "Joy of Sect", all of Springfield has been brainwashed by the Church of Happyology Barney teaches children to love The Leader.