Characters: Barney & Friends
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Barney The Dinosaur
- Voiced by Bob West originally. Currently voiced by Dean Wendt.Performed by David Voss (1988-1990), David Joyner (1991-2001), Josh Martin (1997) and Carey Stinson (2001-2010)
- Adorkable: Barney's humor helps make him this.
BJ: "Hey, this tree makes a great drum!"Barney: "And a good drum is hard to beat! .....Or is it a good drum is easy to beat? I always get that mixed up."
- From "Imagination Island:"
- All-Loving Hero
- Catchphrase: Super Dee Duper
- Carnivore Confusion: Although he's a T. rex, Barney is mostly vegetarian.
- Character Signature Song: "I Love You"
- Cuddle Bug: He loves hugs, making him fit this trope to a tee.
- Friend to All Children
- Gentle Giant
- Hammerspace: Barney's closet
- Imagination Based Super Power: Through the power of imagination, Barney not only comes to life, but is also able to make things appear (and disappear).
- Magical Guardian
- Mr. Exposition
- Really 700 Years Old: Barney is over two hundred million years old.
- Say My Name and The Glomp: He gets this almost every day.
- Series Mascot: As the main character of the series, Barney tends to be featured most on merchandise compared to the little dinos (i.e. Baby Bop). This is also why most anti-Barney parodies focus on Barney himself and ignore the other dinosaurs.
- Sleep Mode Size: Barney has this in the form of a plush toy.
- Species Surname: Barney T. Dinosaur
- Supernatural Is Purple
- Trademark Favorite Food: Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (especially with a glass of milk).
- In Season 11, Barney acquired a taste for pistachios. The first episode of said season involves him overcoming an addiction to them, with help from the other dinos.
- Tyrannosaurus rex: Though he is imaginary (and thus not a realistic depiction), Word of God says Barney is a T. rex.
- Wink Ding: One can be heard, as toy Barney winks to the audience, complete with a twinkle in his eye.
- Voiced by Julie JohnsonPerformed by Jenny Dempsey (1992), Jeff Ayers (1993-2008), and Lauren Mayeux (2009-2011)
- Annoying Younger Sibling
- 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.
- Voiced by Patty WirtzPerformed by Jenny Dempsey (1993), Jeff Brooks (1994-2000), Kyle Nelson (2002-2009), and Jared Harris (2010)
- Annoying Older Sibling
- Big Eater: He's had more than one stomach ache. At the sight of the table spread in Sing and Dance with Barney, he nearly loses control.
- Captain Superhero: Captain Pickles, a nod to his favorite snack.
- Character Signature Song: "BJ's Song" and "Captain Pickles," the latter for his superhero persona.
- Crossdressing Voices: Patty Wirtz voices the precocious protoceratops.
- Nice Hat: A red baseball cap. In "Hats Off to BJ," he loses it and gets it back in the end.
- Stage Magician: "BJ the Great"
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pickles
- Tuckerization: BJ was named after Sheryl Leach's father, Billy J. "BJ" Stamps.
- Youthful Freckles: They're purple.
- Voiced by Michaela DietzPerformed by Adam Brown (2006-2007) and Jerad Harris (2008-2010)
- Bungling Inventor: A number of Riff's inventions go wrong. One episode had him invent a robot he dubbed "Litterbot," built to help clean the park. Eventually, it makes a bigger mess and Hilarity Ensues.
- Crossdressing Voices
- Meaningful Name: Riff - "A repeated instrumental melody line in a song."
- Noted in a bonus feature on the "Let's Make Music" DVD.
- Saying Sound Effects Out Loud
- Character Signature Song: "I Hear Music Everywhere"
- Verbal Tickety Tick
- Youthful Freckles: Much like BJ, Riff has some freckles. However, his are green diamonds rather than purple spots.
- Played by Barry Pearl
- 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
- 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. Being the only resident on Imagination Island certainly plays a part in this. Averted in Barney's Big Surprise.
- Large Ham
- The Professor
- Played by Robert Sweatmon
- Bald of Awesome
- 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.
- Phyllis Cicero
- A Day in the Limelight: Gets a massive screentime increase in both "Ship Ahoy" and the home video "Once Upon a Time".
- Catchphrase: "Toodles!"
- Culture Equals Costume: Stella brings stories from all over the world, while dressed in full attire.
- Portal Door: Stella travels with one.
- Sassy Black Woman: It can come across during her storytelling.
- The Storyteller
Ms. Etta Kette
- Brice Armstrong
- American Accents: A Southern accent.
- Crossdressing Voices: Brice Armstrong is a guy.
- I Warned You: See Tempting Fate below.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: In one episode, she mentions having grown up in a full and noisy nest.
- Meaningful Name: She has much to teach.
- Punny Name: Her name is a play on "ettiquette"
- Tempting Fate: "Oh, I sure hope (character) doesn't (do something that leads to trouble)!" Five minutes later...
- Southern Belle
- Toothy Bird: She shows Linda that she has no teeth.
- Todd Duffey
- Catchphrase: "Gotta scoot!"
- "Aww, nuts!"
- Speech Impediment: Scooter has a lisp.
- Vocal Evolution: Scooter's voice was a bit deeper at first.
Generation One cast (Backyard Gang series and Seasons 1-3)
- 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.
- Becky Swonke
- Drop the Hammer: Uses a toy hammer and pretends to hit Michael in "Waiting for Santa".
- The Cast Showoff: Amy does a backflip in "The Backyard Show".
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Barney Wiki has it that her actress wasn't available for "Barney & Friends" because she got sick.
- Leah Gloria Montes
- The Cast Showoff: Leah really could play the guitar.
- 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."
- Dawson Casting: Holds the record for the oldest Barney kid, leaving the franchise at fourteen years old.
- 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".
- Jessica Zucha
- Annoying Younger Sibling: In "A Day at the Beach"
- Character Focus: "Oh, What a Day!" "Barney's Campfire Sing-Along" mostly has her perspective.
- Companion Cube: Tina once had a Barney doll, and couldn't sleep without him at one point.
- Cower Power: Tina's first reaction to Barney was to hide behind Luci.
- Girlish Pigtails: Sometimes.
- Hair Decorations: Ribbons.
- "I Want" Song: "I Wish There Were School Every Day".
- Moe: In the Barney & the Backyard Gang videos, Tina was the youngest of the group.
- Story Arc: She breaks an arm in season 2.
- Tagalong Kid: In "A Day at the Beach", much to Luci's annoyance.Luci: My kid sister. She follows me everywhere.
Jason (Salim Grant)
- Black Best Friend: To Michael in the first three videos.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Salim Grant became unhappy with his role, and left after the third "Backyard Gang" video.
- 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".
- Rickey Carter
- Black Best Friend: To Michael
- 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.
- Lauren King
- Character Focus: "My Family's Just Right For Me", "Doctor Barney is Here!"
- Character Signature Song: "Me and My Teddy".
- Companion Cube: Teddy.
- Disappeared Dad: Kathy's father is never mentioned, so it's unknown what happened to him. She lives with her mother and "Nana" (her grandmother)
- Dumb Struck: In the first several minutes of "Doctor Barney Is Here!", because she is terrified of visiting the doctor.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Made her first appearance in "Rock With Barney". Her teddy was much bigger.
- Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: When she finished performing "Me and My Teddy" at Radio City Music Hall, this is what she did.
- Girlish Pigtails
- Greater Need Than Mine: Kathy wanted so badly to give Barney a special birthday present that she tried to give him her teddy.
- Mentors: In "Sing and Dance with Barney", Kathy tells Linda that she can call upon her teddy in times of fear, like she did when she was little.
- Multi Generational Household
- Running Gagged: Stopped appearing with her teddy in season 3.
- Pia Manalo Hamilton
- Actor Allusion: Min is Filipino, like her actress. In fact, the character was going to be Chinese, until the producers found out about Pia's heritage.
- The Cast Showoff: On a number of occasions, Min would show off her dancing skills. It's no surprise that Pia Hamilton, her actress, became a dance instructor and won many awards as a professional dancer.
- 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.
- Promoted Fangirl: Pia was a fan of the "Backyard Gang" videos.
- 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 above, Pia Hamilton truly was Filipino, hence her very fluent language skills. She happens to know a bit of Spanish and French on the side.
- John David Bennett II
- Character Focus: "What's That Shadow?", "When I Grow Up...", "Shawn and the Beanstalk"
- Eye Glasses: First seen in "Picture This!"
- Redheaded Hero: Playing Jack in a telling of Jack and the Beanstalk (fittingly in the episode "Shawn and the Beanstalk".)
- Stage Magician: "Barney's Talent Show". It took him until the end to get Pull a Rabbit out of My Hat right.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Initially expressed a fear of dogs and the dark.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Cast Showoff: Every child in the franchise can sing and dance as a matter of course, but Julie's rendition of "Someone to Love You Forever" can make grown people break down and cry.
- 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)
- Actor Allusion: In "I Can Be a Firefighter", he refers to his nose as a smoke detector. It's useful if you don't have a smoke detector around you, or you can't hear one.
- The Cast Showoff: Kurt Dykhuizen displayed the ability to sign the ABCs in time to the song at seven years old.
- Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Jason's actor was born with a disorder which left him with a hearing impairment.
- 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.
- Technology Marches On: The hearing aid that Jason wears in "Sing and Dance with Barney" is much more discreet than its predecessor.
- 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*
- 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
- 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.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: According to Carlos, Juan snores in his sleep.
- Enter Stage Window: The treehouse had a low window by the door. Juan uses it once, calling it a "shortcut".
- It's All About Me: Only episode showed that he didn't quite get the concept of sharing. He eventually found that it can be fun.
- Stock Foreign Name
Generation Two cast (Seasons 4-6)
Ashley and Alissa
- Monet and Maurie Chandler
- Early-Bird Cameo: They played a rather large role in the Season 3 episode "Twice is Nice."
- Making Use of the Twin: Used in "Twice is Nice" and in the beginning of "Barney's Talent Show." In the latter, they also perform a mirror act later on.
- Real-Life Relative: Like their characters, Monet and Maurie are twin sisters in real life.
- Satellite Character: While Ashley appeared on the show by herself occasionally, Alissa always tagged along with her sister.
- Theme Twin Naming
- Chase Gallatin
- Early-Bird Cameo: In "Classical Cleanup"
- Performance Anxiety: In "Barney's Talent Show". It lasts almost the whole time.
- Danielle Vega (nee Erica Rhodes)
- I Ate WHAT?: During a blind taste test, poor Keesha gets a lemon.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute: She's like a younger version of Tosha, and you can see it in Sing and Dance with Barney.
- The All-American Boy: Chip has some shades of this.
- 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.
- 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!
Linda: Or...maybe it's a story about rain!
- Pink Means Feminine: Most of her clothing.
- Tagalong Kid: She's at least two years younger than most of the other kids, and occasionally has to run to keep up with them. Despite this, she doesn't slow anyone down.
- The Runt at the End: Often.
Generation Three cast (Seasons 7-9)
- Eye Glasses: In every episode she's in, besides "All Aboard."
- Hey, It's That Girl!: Demi Lovato got her acting career started playing Angela on Barney & Friends. She met Selena Gomez, a future best friend of hers, auditioning for the series.
- Retroactive Recognition: The fact that she was played by Demi Lovato is easily what Angela is best-known for. Aside from Barney himself, her and Gianna are probably the most-well known characters from the show to non-fans.
- Makayla Crawford
- Zachary Soza
- Alex Wilson
- Hayden Tweedie
- Role Reprisal: Hayden reprised her role as Sarah in the original cast of Barney's Colorful World.
- Zachary Fountain
- Kayla S. Levels
- Katherine Pully
- Hey, It's That Girl!: Selena Gomez began her acting career with her role as Gianna. She met long time friend Demi Lovato while auditioning for the show.
- Retroactive Recognition: The fact that she was played by Selena Gomez is easily what Gianna is best-known for. Aside from Barney himself, her and Angela are probably the most-well known characters from the show to non-fans.
- Grayson Lee Vanover
- 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.
- Claire Burdette
- Disabled Character, Disabled Actor: Claire Burdette was born a congenitial amputee, like her character.
- Inspirationally Disadvantaged: Averted. Her missing right hand is mentioned once, but is never remarked upon afterward.
- Daven Wilson
- 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.
- Alyssa Franks
- Julia Nicholson
- Riley Morrison
- 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)
- Cast Showoff: In "Let's Make Music," Melanie shows off her violin skills at the end.
- 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
- Victoria Lennox
- Trevor Morgan