Barney Rubble

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Barney Rubble
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Barney in "Hop Happy."
Species: Human
Gender: Male
Affiliation: Fred Flintstone
Wilma Flintstone
Hoppy
Great Gazoo
Mr. Slate's quarry
Occupation: Sometimes a quarry worker
A cop at one point
Father: Bob Rubble
Mother: Flo Rubble
Sibling(s): One brother, Dusty, in The Flintstone Kids
Other relative(s): Daughter-in-law, Pebbles Flintstone
Marital status: Husband to Betty Rubble
Children: One son, Bamm-Bamm
Grandchildren: Roxy and Chip Rubble
First appearance: TF: "The Flintstone Flyer" (1960)
Played by: Daws Butler (1960, pilot pitch, 1961)
Mel Blanc (1960-89)
Hamilton Camp (1986-88)
Frank Welker (since 1990)
Rick Moranis (1994)
Stephen Baldwin (2000)
Kevin Michael Richardson (since 2000)
Paul F. Tompkins (2022)
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The Flintstone Kids
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I Yabba-Dabba Do!
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The Flintstones
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The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas
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Yabba Dabba Dinosaurs

Bernard "Barney" Rubble is a caveman and the secondary character of the Flintstones animated franchise. His voice was originated by Mel Blanc (not counting Daws Butler in the pilot pitch).

Barney is the husband of Betty, and the best friend and next-door neighbor of Fred Flintstone. In the beginning, Barney's source of income was something of a mystery, although he was shown to be unable to hold a permanent job. In later incarnations, Barney was given the same job as Fred, working as a construction worker for Mr. Slate.

Unable to conceive children, Barney and Betty adopted an infant son, Bamm-Bamm.

Character description

Barney is a short caveman with a beard stubble, blonde hair, and slightly thick eyebrows. His eyes are depicted as either two dark circular outlines (as seen in seasons 1-5 of The Flintstones) or two black dots (as in the show's 6th season and some subsequent media). He usually wears a ragged, brown loincloth with an X-shaped string in front of it.

As a friend of Fred Flintstone, Barney spends most of his days getting caught up in his constant get-rich schemes. When Fred hatches a plan, Barney would usually showed his agreement by laughing and saying, "uh hee hee hee... Okay, Fred." or "hee hee hee... whatever you say, Fred." He is generally good-natured and jovial, and likes to crack up a little joke on his best pal. Barney is more good-natured than Fred is, and isn't usually prone to be as emotional as him. Although Fred and Barney are best pals, there are times where the latter loses his patience with Fred occasionally. An example would be in the season one episode "The Swimming Pool," where they have a feud over a pool they built in their backyards.

While a lot of Fred's schemes land Barney in trouble with his wife Betty, the latter is a very devoted husband of the Rubble family. He spends his time taking good care of both Betty and his adoptive son Bamm-Bamm.

Barney's interests include bowling, playing pool, poker, and golf. He is also a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes, a private club of which they hang out. Furthermore, he is shown to be a talented pianist and drummer at times.

The subject of Barney's occupation (or lack thereof) was never explained in the original show, though it is implied that he didn't have a permanent one to begin with. Subsequent spin-offs suggest that he worked at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company along with Fred; possibly in an office role. The first instance of him working for Mr. Slate was in the 1970s TV specials and in The New Fred and Barney Show. During Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's teen years, both he and Fred were briefly part-time officers for the Bedrock Police force.

Appearances

TV series

Movies

Specials

Shorts

Theme park rides

Comics

Books

Video games

Biography

Highs and Lows

Fred and Barney on the Laff-A-Lympics

Celebrating another 50 years! 50 years of fun!

Barney Sells Out

Barney appears alongside Fred in pirate form in the Duck Dodgers episode "Shiver Me Dodgers".

Barney in the Funny Books

Development

Barney's personality was based in part on Ed Norton, a character played by Art Carney in the 1955 sitcom The Honeymooners. Like Barney, Norton is a care-free wise cracker who follows orders from his neighbor, Ralph Kramden (who was the basis for Fred Flintstone).

In the first season of The Flintstones, Barney (as voiced by Mel Blanc) originally had a nasally New Jersey accent, but soon dropped it in favor of a deeper one. His early vocalization eventually returned in the 2001 movie The Flintstones: On the Rocks, as voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson.

Gallery

Main article: Barney Rubble/Gallery

Toys and merchandise

Main article: Barney Rubble/Toys

Behind the scenes

  • While Mel Blanc was recovering from a near-fatal car accident in 1961, Daws Butler (who previously voiced Barney in the pilot pitch) briefly stepped in his place for a few season two episodes. Mel resumed the role shortly thereafter until 1989.

In popular culture

  • In the The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode "Knowledge Is Power," Will criticizes Geoffrey while he dances to "The Thieving Magpie," by saying that if he wore a Barney bobblehead it would be like watching The Flintstones on Ice.
  • In the Sabrina the Teenage Witch episode "The Competition," Hilda taught Amanda an incantation by saying "Double, double, boil and trouble. Dress the cat like Barney Rubble." A generic cloth then proceeded to magically appear around Salem, who then remarked that he looked better than John Goodman, who actually played Fred, not Barney, as Barney was played by Rick Moranis.

References