Characters / Barney & Friends

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Barney The Dinosaur

Voiced by Bob West (1988-1999), Duncan Brannan (1997-2001), Tim Dever (2000-2002), and Dean Wendt (2001-2010).
Performed by David Voss (1988-1990), David Joyner (1991-2001), Josh Martin (1997) and Carey Stinson (2001-2010)

A purple Tyrannosaurus rex who comes to life through the imaginations of young children. Starting out as a plush toy, when the kids imagine, Barney arrives and helps the children learn various lessons on life.

Baby Bop

Voiced by Julie Johnson
Performed by Jenny Dempsey (1992), Jeff Ayers (1993-2008), and Lauren Mayeux (2009-2011)

A three year old green triceratops, who is BJ's younger sister and one of Barney's best friends.

  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To BJ.
  • Baby Talk: In the last two Barney and the Backyard Gang videos. Averted on Barney & Friends
  • Character Signature Song: "My Yellow Blankey" and "The Baby Bop Hop"
  • Dub Name Change: Buba Bon in the Israel co-production.
  • Large Ham: When she's not shy...
  • Mondegreen: A common gag involves Baby Bop mispronouncing a name or song lyrics.
    Baby Bop: [singing Home on the Range] Where the deer and the cantaloupe play...
  • Palette Swap: Of Barney himself.
    • Foil: Sheryl Leach intended Baby Bop to be a foil to Barney.
  • Say My Name: At first, her presence was not guaranteed, so she would get this when she did show up.
  • Start My Own: How she responded to learning that she was too young for the elementary school.
  • Third-Person Person: In the last two Backyard Gang videos and the first season of Barney & Friends. Mostly averted afterwards.
  • Trash the Set: She unintentionally wrecks the classroom in Season 3's "Classical Cleanup," setting the plot in motion. At the end, when Baby Bop mentions she's going to dance again, the rest of the cast worries that she'll mess it up once more.

BJ

Voiced by Patty Wirtz
Performed by Jenny Dempsey (1993), Jeff Brooks (1994-2000), Kyle Nelson (2002-2009), and Jared Harris (2010)

BJ is a seven year old yellow protoceratops who is Baby Bop's older brother.

Riff

Voiced by Michaela Dietz
Performed by Adam Brown (2006-2007) and Jerad Harris (2008-2010)

A six year old orange hadrosaur that is BJ and Baby Bop's cousin. He loves music and inventing new things.

     Recurring Characters/Guests 

Professor Erasmus Q. Tinkerputt

Played by Barry Pearl

A zany toy inventor who befriends Barney and co. when they visit Imagination Island.

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Tinkerputt tends to be zanier than most characters in the franchise, creating rather bizarre yet enjoyable toys including a balloon maker that blows up balloons in various sizes, a bike driven music machine, and even life-size dancing robots.
  • Cool Old Guy: An elderly man who makes toys.
  • It's All About Me: In Imagination Island, he was not interested in sharing the toys he has invented, until Barney and his friends show him the benefits of sharing. To be fair, this may have been more a matter of habit than selfishness - being the only resident on Imagination Island would not really engender an urge to share. Averted in Barney's Big Surprise.
  • Large Ham: Very bombastic and zany.
  • The Professor: A toy inventor.

Mr. Boyd

Played by Robert Sweatmon
  • Bald of Awesome: Bald and a hero.
  • Embarrassing First Name: Subverted. Mr. Boyd's first name is Grady, as revealed by his niece Colleen. This surprises the other kids, but while he is initially embarassed that the other kids know, he shrugs it off shortly afterward.
    Colleen: Oh, Uncle Grady...
    Rest of the kids: Grady!?
    Mario: I thought your first name was "Mister."
    Mr. Boyd: [somewhat embarassed] Grady Boyd is my name...
    [back in character] And taking care of the park is my job... and I better get back to it.
  • Jack-of-All-Trades: While Mr. Boyd's main professions were being a janitor and a park keeper, he has also been a beach store owner and a bee keeper, in addition to his side career as a musician. In The Best of Barney, he returns to visit Barney and co, having taken up photography.

Stella

Phyllis Cicero

Ms. Etta Kette

Brice Armstrong

Scooter McNutty

Todd Duffey

Tomie DePaola

    Generation One cast (Backyard Gang series and Seasons 1-3) 

Michael

Brian Eppes
  • Badbutt Armfold: This is the pose that he strikes for "Everyone is Special". It works, because by the time the children were involved in the song, he was the eldest boy around. This ties into...
  • Big Brother Instinct: In "Barney & Friends": helping the younger kids, leading some activities, and acting as the school crossing guard. In "Sing and Dance with Barney, he almost always speaks for everyone else.
  • Character Focus: "Be A Friend", "Practice Makes Music".
  • Dreadful Musician: He needed a little help to master the cello in time for a concert.
  • It's the Best Whatever, Ever!: His repeated opinion of Barney is "best friend ever".
  • Salt and Pepper: He and Derek were very close.
  • Vocal Evolution: By the second season, his voice had gotten deeper.

Amy

Becky Swonke
  • Drop the Hammer: Uses a toy hammer and pretends to hit Michael in "Waiting for Santa".
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Barney Wiki has it that her actress wasn't available for "Barney & Friends" because she got sick.

Luci

Leah Gloria Montes
  • Character Focus: "Hola, Mexico!"
  • Cool Big Sis: She's this to Tina, but also acts like this to the younger children in the cast, often assisting Barney in his activities in "Barney & Friends."
  • Hair Decorations: Her hairband.
  • Satellite Character: By the time "Barney & Friends" started, Luci was a teenager, and could only legitimately appear with Tina.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: In "Hola Mexico!," Luci reads a letter from her grandfather written in Spanish fluently. Throughout the episode, she teaches the other child cast members words in Spanish along with pieces of Mexican culture (i.e. types of food). In another episode, she sings a song about counting friends entitled "Diez Amigos."
  • True Blue Femininity: Her fairy costume in "The Backyard Show".

Tina

Jessica Zucha

Jason (Salim Grant)

Adam

Alexander Jihn
  • Adorably Precocious Child: He was very small when he met Barney, but was by no means lacking in manners.
    Adam: *shaking hands with Barney* Thank you, Barney, for the wonderful time. *steps out of kiddie pool*
  • Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed. He's a bookish kid with glasses, and eventually, braces.
  • Large Ham: Adam's contribution to the "Elves' Rap" is very dramatic.
  • Mr. Exposition: Adam is very well read. He had already seen the studio where his mother works by "Rock with Barney", so he was able to help give his friends a tour.
  • The Narrator: For "Little Bunny Foo Foo" in "The Backyard Show".
  • The Piano Player: Fakes it with a player piano in "Rock with Barney".
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Adam missed out on "Barney's Campfire Sing-Along" because his actor was sick.
    • He had moved out of state by the time the last two videos ("Barney in Concert" and "Rock with Barney") were going to be produced, so he had to be flown in to film them.
  • Vocal Evolution: By "Barney In Concert".

Derek

Rickey Carter
  • Black Best Friend: To Michael
  • Bookworm: In "Everyone is Special!", it is stated that he reads a lot of books.
  • Call-Back: In "Doctor Barney is Here," he pretends to be a bodybuilder. In "Live in New York City", he becomes the strong man in the Imagination Circus.
  • Eye Glasses: In "Barney & Friends".
  • Friendless Background: The first time we see him, he has just moved into town and is wishing for new friends.
  • '90s Hair: His initial flat top haircut has the effect of dating him.
  • Welcome Episode: "Waiting For Santa". He's taken to Santa's workshop, where he is assured that Santa knows his new address.

Kathy

Lauren King

Min

Pia Manalo Hamilton
  • Character Focus: In the first episode of "Barney & Friends", "The Queen of Make-Believe". Her final decree is that everyone sing "I Love You" before leaving.
  • Precious Puppies: Two, on separate occasions.
  • Role Reprisal: Pia reprised her role as Min not only in Sing and Dance with Barney along with Michael, Kathy, Tosha, and Jason, but also in the second half of "Read with Me, Dance with Me."
  • Running Gag: She gets a dance solo during the instrumental break for "Mister Sun".
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Min has spoken tagalog on a few occasions. As noted with Actor Allusion, Pia Hamilton truly was Filipino, hence her very fluent language skills. She happens to know a bit of Spanish and French on the side.

Shawn

John David Bennett II

Tosha

Hope Cervantes
  • Character Focus: "Be A Friend", "A Very Special Delivery", "Imagination Island".
  • Friendless Background: In "Be A Friend, she starts out not having any friends at her new school, other than Barney. The purple guy fixes this immediately.
  • Iconic Item: Frequently seen wearing sweaters, vests, or both.
  • It Was a Gift: Her new locket in "Imagination Island" is a present for helping to care for her brothers. The fact that she is willing to share it at all is a testament to her generous spirit. This reforms Professor Tinkerputt.
  • New Transfer Student: In her first appearance.
  • Running Gag: She liked to give Barney repeated kisses on the nose.
  • Story Arc: Tosha's was going to have a new baby during Season 2. In the season finale, it's revealed that she had twin brothers
  • The Storyteller: Once, during a rainstorm, she wore a parachute like a costume and pretended to be Stella.
  • Theme Twin Naming: Her twin brothers, Kevin and Kyle.

Julie

Susannah Wetzel
  • Call-Back: After adopting her puppy, Julie says in a later episode that he loves the doghouse that the other kids had built for him.
    • She brings said puppy to school in the episode, having named him Scooter
    • The song alone is a Tear Jerker, regardless of who sings it. Barney once sang it as a tribute to his friends in "Barney Live in Concert: Birthday Bash", for instance.
  • Character Focus: "I Can Be A Firefighter", "A Welcome Home".
  • Just a Kid: Julie wanted to be a firefighter. Being so small, she couldn't fit into the gear. She was told that this would change with time and exercise.
  • Precious Puppies: She adopts one of Min's sheepdog puppies, and names him Scooter.

Jason (Kurt Dykhuizen)

  • Early-Bird Cameo: First appears in "The Alphabet Zoo" in Season 2, then joins the cast in Season 3.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Averted; Jason's hearing aid is never remarked upon.
  • Running Gag: Jason signs "I love you, Barney" in American Sign Language, either word by word or shorthand. He seems to enjoy communicating with Barney without speaking, because in one instance, he responds to Barney's goodbye by nodding in reply, waving to him, and leaving.
  • The Show Must Go On: During "The Tiger Song" in "The Alphabet Zoo", Jason's tiger mask is on crooked, but the song proceeds without incident.
  • Your Favorite: This exchange, from "Sing and Dance with Barney:
    Jason: We've known Barney for so long, he can probably guess what song we want to sing before we tell him.
    Barney: Well, since Jason has an absolutely positively very favorite song, I bet I do know what he wants to sing! Does it go something like this?
    * "Mr. Knickerbocker" starts up*
    Jason: Yeah!

Carlos

Corey Lopez
  • Character Focus: "Room for Everyone".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In "Barney Live! in New York City".
    • Mandatory Line: He only gets a couple of lines in his first appearance.
  • Punny Names: Has three goldfish named Super, Dee, and Duper, a reference to Barney's famed catchphrase. He states that he gave them those names, because they, like Barney, make him happy.
  • Stock Foreign Name

Kenneth

  • Alliterative Name: He introduces himself as Kenneth Kelly.
  • Character Focus: "On The Move", "Our Furry Feathered Fishy Friends".
  • New Transfer Student: He had just moved into town in "On the Move".
  • One Season Wonder: Season 3.
  • Passing the Torch: "On the Move" is both the first appearance of Kenneth and the last appearance of Derek and Tina. Derek and Tina get a memory book filled with reminders of their past experiences, while Kenneth gets a (mostly) blank memory book to fill with memories of his new school.

Juan:

    Generation Two cast (Seasons 4-6) 

Ashley and Alissa

Monet and Maurie Chandler

Stephen

Chase Gallatin

Kristen

Maria

Kim

Danielle Vega (nee Erica Rhodes)

Hannah

Danny

Keesha

Chip

Robert

Linda

Adrienne Kangas
  • Affectionate Gesture to the Head: Mutual; Linda strokes the heads of stuffed creatures, including Barney, and Barney tends to caress her chin.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Averted, thanks in no small part to Chip's own refreshingly helpful attitude toward his sister.
  • The Baby of the Bunch: She's the youngest Barney kid since Tina, and at least two years younger than the other children. Sometimes the older kids need to look after her.
  • Big Brother Worship: Linda looks up to Chip, and wants to share her accomplishments with him.
  • Cheerful Child: It's hard to find her in an unhappy mood.
  • Corpsing: Sometimes Adrienne Kangas can't control her smile; apparently she's gushing over being a Barney kid.
  • Covered in Mud: In "It's a Rainy Day!", the end of the episode finds her covered in mud.
    Linda: Chip! Chip! Look what I made!
    Barney Hi, Linda! That's quite a mud pie you've made!
    Linda: Thanks, Barney. I just love to play in the mud.
    Barney: I can see that...
  • Escort Mission: Is shown to be too young to travel alone or be left by herself (She's six years old, at most).
  • Held Gaze: Linda has a gift for the platonic version of this.
  • Meaningful Name: Linda means "cute" in Spanish. To say that the name is a perfect match would be an understatement.
  • On Second Thought: In "Sing and Dance with Barney", she and Baby Bop happen across a giant storybook.
    Baby Bop: I wonder what this story is!
    Linda: I don't know, but with a candy jar on the cover, it must be something sweet!
    * thunderclap*
    Linda: Or...maybe it's a story about rain!
  • Pink Means Feminine: Most of her clothing.
  • The Runt at the End: Often.

Jill

Emily

    Generation Three cast (Seasons 7-9) 

Angela

  • Eye Glasses: In every episode she's in, besides "All Aboard."

Kami

Makayla Crawford

Mario

Zachary Soza

Scott

Alex Wilson

Sarah

Hayden Tweedie
  • Role Reprisal: Hayden reprised her role as Sarah in the original cast of Barney's Colorful World.

Tony

Zachary Fountain

Whitney

Kayla S. Levels

Beth

Katherine Pully

Gianna

  • Early-Bird Cameo: Nick made an appearance in "Come On Over to Barney's House" prior to becoming a regular cast member on the TV series.

Colleen

Claire Burdette

Jackson

Daven Wilson

David

Emilio Mazur
  • One Steve Limit: David was the name of both a Season 2 cast member and a kid in a wheelchair from around the same time.

Stacy

Alyssa Franks

Laura

Julia Nicholson

Miguel

Riley Morrison

Rachel

Hunter Pecunia

    Generation Four cast (Seasons 10-13) 
(Note: A number of minor kid characters appear in Seasons 10 and 11. Only the kids who are significant to those seasons' episodes are noted, along with any other major kids later on)

Melanie

Kelly Eichenholz
  • Dreadful Musician: Initially, she has trouble playing her song for the fair's concert. She ends up saving the concert in the end, after Riff's instruments break

Tracy

Victoria Lennox

Ben

Taylor

Emma

Natalia

Rusty

    Other Characters 
Cody Newton
Trevor Morgan

The older brother of Abby and the antagonist-turned-protagonist of Barney's Great Adventure, Cody is a typical preteen boy who wants to be cool. Because of this, he tends to dismiss things like pretend play as "kid's stuff" and, as such, is in contrast to Barney's ideology.

  • Heel–Face Turn: Towards the latter half of the movie, Cody goes through this and comes up with the idea of using a log as an airplane to retrieve the egg
  • Road Apples: During Old MacDonald, Cody steps in a cowpie.
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