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)
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.
Adorkable: Whenever Barney tries to make a joke and gets confused.
From "Imagination Island:"
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."
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.
Simpleton Voice: In the first six seasons. Subverted in that Barney's a pretty smart dinosaur, in context.
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.
Bungling Inventor: A number of Riff's inventions go wrong. One episode had him invent a robot he dubbed "Litterbot," who was meant to clean the park. Eventually, it makes a bigger mess and Hilarity Ensues.
Youthful Freckles: Much like BJ, Riff has some freckles. However, his are green diamonds rather than purple spots.
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.
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. Having lived on Imagination Island alone prior to Barney's arrival certainly plays a role.
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.
A Day in the Limelight: Gets a massive screentime increase in both "Ship Ahoy" and the home video "Once Upon a Time".
Generation One cast (Backyard Gang series and Seasons 1-3)
BadbuttArmfold: 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.
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."
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.
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"
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 to put it kindly, he isn't fond of 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