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"Hello, my name is Drew Pickles, and I am really really gay."
A typical line from a Barney Bunch video

The Barney Bunch as a community are a sometimes-loosely-sometimes-closely affiliated group of people on YouTube and other sites who make Speakonia-narrated videos about the exploits of Drew Pickles, Barney, The Wiggles, Ronald McDonald (better known as the Penis Clown), and other fictional characters, food mascots, and even celebrities, completely changed into extremely promiscuous homosexual men who regularly do unspeakable things. Originally having started out as a trolling group on Newgrounds in 2005, by the time it migrated to YouTube in 2006, it evolved into an ever changing community of users, with several 'wars' within the community throughout the late 2000s to mid-2010s.

The basis is to get a childhood cartoon character, food mascot, or celebrity (for example: Snagglepuss, Lucky the Leprechaun, or The Jonas Brothers) and make them talk about their extreme homosexuality. No information whatsoever is needed on the character, and not even Pablo Sanchez is immune. As a result, Hilarity Ensues. No matter what your opinion is on the Bunch, whether you think they're a good Stealth Parody of exploitation of common gay stereotypes or they're just Encyclopedia Dramatica on steroids, you've seen at least one of their videos in your lifetime.


A few years back, some members of the community also trolled FanFiction.Net with fanfics that were done in the same way. They disappeared after a few months, though some higher quality fics have been written in the years since.

As of February 2020, the Barney Bunch community is split between VidLii and YouTube. The modern Barney Bunch is noticeably different than the Barney Bunch of years past, as a lot of new members on VidLii and YouTube appear to have rejected the revolving door cast of characters each user then pushed in favor of a fixed list (with Drew, Barney, Doug Funnie, Skeeter Valentine, Arthur Read, Buster Baxter etc.) and the influence of users such as Blood, Life Or Death, etc. making the Drew Pickles Goes To format in danger of extinction.


These videos provide examples of:

  • All Gays Are Pedophiles:
    • Several characters are depicted as gay and willing to molest young boys, including Barney, Ronald McDonald, Dick the Clown, The Wiggles, and Dr Lipshitz.
    • Lampshaded in some videos when Drew Pickles says "God, I am such a pedophile!"
  • All Gays Are Promiscuous: Every character depicted as gay is willing to have sex with everyone who's male.
  • All Your Gayness Combined: How Screw Pickles was defeated.
  • Anachronism Stew: These videos probably take place in the present day, yet as a child, Drew (according to his profile) masturbated to The Wiggles, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Dragon Tales. He also got a computer with the internet at age 11.
  • Anatomically Impossible Sex: A hallmark of these videos. Drew Pickles' penis, for example, is 300 miles long, and Barney's testicles are said to be "hairy"; the latter is lampshaded in-universe with him saying "before you ask how a dinosaur has hairy testicles, remember to never question swell gay anatomy." In one video Drew wraps his penis around two other characters "like a glittery homosexual anaconda" and "moves it around like an elephant trunk" while he carries them with it.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In addition to his regular crimes in "Drew Pickles Goes to Blue's Clues", Drew also eats the hidden pink snail for no reason whatsoever.
  • Art Shift: Some people make animated videos in Flash rather than simple videos in Windows Movie Maker, but Windows Movie Maker is still the preferred tool for virtually every current BB video user, .
  • Artifact Title: Drew Pickles is more associated with the Barney Bunch than even its namesake. If the videos on VidLii are anything to go by, it seems as if The Wiggles have become even more popular to use than the aforementioned two.
  • Artistic License – History: A common complaint on videos with real people (usually historical figures or criminals) is that "___ wasn't/weren't gay!". The people who complain about this often are unfamiliar with the genre.
  • Ass Shove: Assorted characters, mostly Drew Pickles, will use anything as a dildo, and announcing they are doing so. One Wiggles video even has them "shoving dildis up our ass like dildis".
  • Ax-Crazy: Drew Pickles will kill and/or rape anyone who angers him.
  • Bastard Boyfriend: Drew Pickles is often depicted as an abusive partner to Barney. The abuse ranges from treating him like a child and grounding him for minor offenses, or outright beating the crap out of him or laughing at him when he gets seriously hurt. This is played for laughs.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Yogi Bear and Fatty Bear, who claim to be gayer than Drew Pickles.
  • Berserk Button: Drew Pickles has a lot:
  • Black Comedy Rape: One of the main drivers of Barney Bunch videos is this.
  • Bowdlerization: Inverted in old song parodies done by MrEXPERIMENTAL and others in which Drew or other characters will "sing" pop songs of the time with lyrics altered to be about extreme sexual behavior, masturbation, homosexuality and the like.
  • Butt-Monkey / The Chew Toy: Anybody that dares to screw with Barney Bunch members. The Manager is a major example of this to Drew Pickles.
  • Cast Full of Gay: There are virtually no BB characters who were homosexual in their original incarnation. Even the notoriously evangelical Ned Flanders got turned gay.
    • Hell, even the Ambiguously Gay character that is James has been written into the Barney Bunch's shenanigans.
  • Catchphrase: "Bag, that was swell.", although this has declined in usage along with the usage of Drew himself.
    • In the Rugrats Gag Dubs by Bigboyrats, the standard title card sequence would then end with the background patterns flashing continuously (looped from the Season 3 episode title cards), to which Drew in voice-over would comment "Bag, the patterns are swell" before introducing the episode.
    • The "official" Drew Pickles Facebook page has gathered flak for being so bowdlerized that the only status updates it posts are G-rated jokes about the word "swell." Occasionally a Barney Bunch member will post a typically NSFW comment related to the Barney Bunch on that page, but it is swiftly removed.
  • Censor Box: Sometimes used when characters have sex.
  • Child by Rape: In one version of the universe, Dick Pickles, Drew's African-American son.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome:
    • As of the late 2010s, The Wiggles have been used so much that when the BB hit VidLii in mid-2019, one channel who did a reaction video essentially assumed it was all Wiggles videos.
    • Screw Pickles, Yogi Bear, and the Humongous Bunch were once huge enemies of the Barney Bunch, but today they're rarely used anymore, and when they are used it's only Yogi Bear.
    • The M-San Bunch, an ally organization from an older iteration of the BB universe. They were common on a older Shout Wiki iteration of the Barney Bunch Wiki (one that heavily favored Grunge music to almost religious levels, for some reason), but disappeared soon after.
    • Joey the Autistic Retard, a Forced Meme character made out of a kid featured in a TLC show who's clip of him wrestling with a relative was featured in the controversial "Drew Pickles Autism Documentary" video by Prime8NStuff. He was then included in the list of "butt-buddies and sex slaves" in a couple videos and then was abandoned and barely used again, mainly after some users breathed fire over the video.
    • The Betty Bunch, the lesbian counterpart to the Barney Bunch, rarely even show up in modern-day Barney Bunch videos, and when they do they are depicted as the Vitriolic Best Buds of the Barney Bunch rather than enemies as they were originally depicted in older videos. Skewt and SavageBoy tried to Hand Wave this in their rendition of the BB universe by claiming they were completely wiped out by the Barney Bunch in war.
    • The Singing Barack Obama Doll, depicted as a member of the Bunch often during the Barack Obama presidency, is another character who fell victim to this trope.
    • Maid Marian, another long-forgotten adversary of the Bunch. Justified in that one video had Drew shoot her.
  • Corrupt the Cutie
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Drew Pickles and the Wiggles are notorious for causing this.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Drew Pickles does this sometimes when waiting in the long lines, but this is commonly mentioned by other characters in later videos, such as the Wiggles fondling themselves in their pockets when in public.
  • Deconstruction: Compared to Go Animate, there's been very few attempts at deconstructing the usual Barney Bunch video formats:
  • Depending on the Writer: The Barney Bunch video making community is really quite fractioned at the end of the day, and nobody has really figured, or bothered to figure out and settle upon a true lore, depiction or even sexuality for it's characters. Here are some examples:
    • For some reason, Drew Pickles tends to be a lot of users' Author Avatar, and will like or dislike things depending on the video's maker. This leads to inconsistencies, like him being a fan of or hating Halo. Some users like Blood have been known to figuratively play jump rope with this trope (for example the now-terminated (and for good reasons, even by BB standards) DrewPicklesisSwell1957, who's Drew Pickles commentary videos had him against things like DeviantArt).
    • This also goes for the video maker's attitude toward the topics - some Barney Bunch videos with characters from other media or real life will be affectionate parodies, while others will be made due to the maker's hate for the character.
    • How much the characters dislike women can vary, from them wanting to destroy TVs if a woman is on the screen to merely being indifferent (The videos by the creator Blood often are this) to even being bisexual! However, in the latter case, Barney Bunch members are usually depicted as willing to punish other members in various cruel ways if they do end up engaging in sexual activity with a woman, or even come into contact with a woman in any way, whether it be by accident or not.
    • The Betty Bunch's relationship with the Barney Bunch is really inconsistent - sometimes they're enemies, sometimes they're neutral allies or Vitriolic Best Buds (though in recent years it's more and more becoming the latter).
    • Stu Pickles ranges from being a flaming homosexual to being a bisexual foot fetishist. This actually led to a semi-dispute between videomakers in the mid-2010s.
    • Drew Pickles ranges from being openly hostile to social justice warriors, to being a self-aware Stealth Parody of social justice himself.
    • He also ranges from being openly hostile against pedophiles, to committing pedophilia himself.
    • Drew Pickles also ranges from being against fetishes commonly used by say, DeviantArt fetish artists, to being open to partaking in them.
    • And it gets a lot more inconsistent with old technology - the Bunch range from encouraging trolling towards so-called nostalgiatards to using old technology such as VHS camcorders and record players in everyday life (one long-gone Drew Pickles goes to video wherein he visits the DiC logo had him note that he's "a 90's guy and only uses VHS").
    • Barney's voice. Some videos make it Microsoft Mike to accompany Drew's Microsoft Sam, while others feature Speakonia's Adult Male #4 or #5 on the lowest pitch to be more like the actual Barney's voice actors (mainly Bob West or Dean Wendt). Lately, Barney's voice has been Microsoft Sam's at the lowest pitch, and, in videos by IronYoshi1212, slowed down.
    • The line Drew Pickles waits in front of consists of either ethnic stereotypes and slurs or the kind of people who would appear at the situation at hand. Or both.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Stu Pickles is portrayed as bisexual by some users, but doing this will generally lead to the rest of the fandom calling for your head on a silver platter.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Taken Up to Eleven. All gay characters are willing to rape men or molest children to satisfy their sexual desires.
  • Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: There doesn't seem to be much concern over Drew and the others raping men.
  • Egopolis: Drewland.
  • Extreme Omnisexual: As long as it's male, the Barney Bunch will rape it.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Drew Pickles hates homophobes, for obvious reasons.
  • Fantastic Racism: The term "Unestablished", usually going to characters who are not part of the original canon. Blood is a notable detractor to this, stating in the comments of a (now lost video) that adding characters is okay as long as the user makes them count. By the time the BB hit VidLii, the idea of established/unestablished characters appeared to be a thing of the past.
  • Fantastic Slurs: Averted as in many Goes To videos all of the Barney Bunch members often list racial stereotypes (complete with often calling them slurs) as part of "long fucking lines".
  • For the Evulz: A lot of Barney Bunch characters' motivations can boil down to this.
  • Forced Meme:
    • Maid Marian, who claimed she could rape anyone and in doing so turn them straight. Drew eventually got fed up with this and shot her.
    • Joey the Autistic Retard, as mentioned above.
  • Gag Dub: Even though most are unfinished, they include Sonic the Hedgehog: The Movie, Robin Hood, The Great Mouse Detective, and the most recent, The Rescuers. Former YouTube (now Google Drive) user Bigboyrats specializes in these, making Barney Bunch-themed dubs of Rugrats episodes.
  • Gambit Roulette: How Drew Pickles' plans of raping men and beating women to death with his penis typically work out.
  • Gag Penis: Drew's mastodonic 300 mile long cock is probably the most triumphant example. In fact, the actual size of his penis is infinite.
  • Gasshole: Chaz Finster holds the universe record for the loudest fart at 1000000000001 decibels, when he farted, it stank out every single universe in the entire multiverse (including the Teletubbies universe!)
  • Gretzky Has the Ball: From one Barney Bunch website: "Drew was sent to Barney's Penis World to play the worldwide Boner Baseball Superbowl! He did successful in this superbowl, and he even performed in the halftime show by doing magic tricks with his dick."
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": "Today I come, hahaha cum."
  • Hero Antagonist:
    • Tony Little and the Wishbone Resistance's (yes, the dog's) goal is to save the world from suffering through more of Drew Pickles' homosexual shenanigans.
    • As well as Straight Drew and Nega Drew, who are known for much more moral behavior. Nega Drew in particular wants to destroy the Barney Bunch and stop their shenanigans.
  • Insistent Terminology: “Poopy,” “bum bum,” “dialdough/dildis,” “toilet slave,” “cummy,” etc.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Due to glitches in the text-to-speech software, Drew (and other characters with Microsoft voices) pronounces "dildo" and "dildos" as "dial-dough" and "dil-diss" as well as pronouncing “fetish” as “feetish”, “SpongeBob” as “Spawn-jeh-bob”, and Pokémon as "pock-eh-min", among other things.
  • Karma Houdini: All of the Barney Bunch members get away with any crime imaginable and never get any karma for it. As a result, they get away with killing or raping innocent people and causing lots of property damage.
    • One video has Drew killing an innocent (female) security guard he mistook for the manager by swiping her head clean off with his Gag Penis. Later, Barney kills even more innocent girls in the same way. One wonders if they got karma for murdering them.
  • Ladies and Germs: Drew Pickles (and sometimes Angelica) usually addresses crowds as "Lesbians and germs."
  • Lampshade Hanging: Later videos have more self-aware humor. The Rugrats Gag Dubs by Bigboyrats do this a lot, including pointing out some of the usual cliches of the series (such as having Drew comment on how the Rugrats episodes always open with some kind of weird closeup.)
    "Why do we always start these Rugrats episodes with grotesque close-ups of something?"
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Nobody can even count every member of the Barney Bunch. The Hanna-Barbera Bunch seems to have an estimate of about 600 characters as well.
  • Mega Crossover: Alongside the loads of characters, they've been from loads of series.
  • No Fourth Wall: To the point where it's frequently lampshaded.
  • Older Than They Look: In some videos, Drew claims to be 60 years old, despite appearing to be in his mid to late 30's.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • invokedDrew claims to have made his first porno all the way back in 1967, which you can view here.
    • Regarding the community of users that make these videos, Blood and his many accounts is mostly associated with 2013 onwards, but he was in the community as early as 2007.
  • Only Sane Man: Any character in a Barney Bunch video who isn't on the LGBTQ+ spectrum generally is the only sane person you'll ever see. Especially the managers.
  • Persecution Flip: The Barney Bunch is completely 100 per fucking cent opposed to heterosexuality at any cost.
  • Pet the Dog: Some videos will have Drew Pickles actually do something heroic (albeit disgusting), such as destroying The Hunger Games (though he quickly replaces it with the Swell Games which is only marginally better), stopping the activities of the Westboro Baptist Church twice, defeating ISIS, or, in one video, stopping the Columbine shootings by having a swell gay threesome with the two shooters.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: A theme of more recent videos, as expected by media made by trolls.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: And how!
  • Psycho Lesbian: Any member of the Betty Bunch is a lesbian who's nuts (this depends on the videomaker though).
  • Reality Warper: Since no logic exists in these videos, Drew Pickles can more or less, do anything he wants even if it is logically impossible including using abstract concepts as dildis or traveling to places that don't actually exist.
  • Running Gag: At some point in almost every "Drew Pickles Goes to..." video, the manager of the establishment steps out of his office and says something along the lines of "what the fuck is going on here?" Drew proceeds to rape the manager. Lampshaded in a few videos which take place at schools, churches or other places - a character will threaten to get the manager, after which Drew will rape said character and comment something along the lines of "There's no manager at a [school/church/hospital/library/etc.], you dumb little shit." Conversely, this is also such a standard part of the videos that sometimes places which don't normally have managers have them anyway, just to make the video match the normal pattern.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Drew Pickles plays this role in Pube Muppet videos.
  • Something Completely Different: Some videos take a break from the usual Blood-style or Drew Pickles Goes To formulas to have other things occur:
  • Spin-Off: The Ketchum Klan, a group of foot-fetishists founded by Stu Pickles and Delia Ketchum.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: The Wiggles in later videos, as pointed out in this video.
  • Stock Footage / GIS Syndrome: Characters are simply represented by promotional images of themselves. Both images of the characters and locations tend to be found via Google Image Search.
  • Straw Misogynist: If Drew's severe hatred of women doesn't make him one, then what does?
  • Synthetic Voice Actor: Everyone. The general consensus is that Drew Pickles is voiced by Microsoft Sam, Barney is voiced by Microsoft Mike or Adult Male #4 or #5, but other than that, it really depends on the video maker.
    • Recently, however, the Quaker Queer is commonly voiced by a voice outside of Speakonia, specifically the "Daniel UK" voice commonly heard in MLG videos.
  • To Be a Master: Drew Pickles gets angry when someone claims to be gayer than him. Recently, he's been competing with Yogi Bear to be the gayest thing ever. While Drew is gayer, Yogi is a sicker fuck. They'll have to team up to take down the even gayer Humongous Bunch, though.
  • Toilet Humor: In addition to jokes about the characters' homosexuality, many Barney Bunch videos delve into this kind of humor.
  • Too Kinky to Torture: Drew will shove anything, including explosives, whole human beings and other things which would be ridiculously painful, up his ass.
  • Units Not to Scale: Drew Pickles' penis is supposedly 300 miles long. However, in some videos where it is visible, it appears to be much smaller.
  • Villain Protagonist: Drew Pickles (after all, he does rape lots of men and kill lots of women with little or no provocation), to the point where even both The Antagonist and The Postal Dude would be hiding their heads in shame.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: New Barney Bunch members are rarely seen outside their introductory videos. The Quaker Queer and The Painter avert this, however.

"Bag, that was swell."

Alternative Title(s): The Barney Bunch


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