Mr. Slate's quarry
|Occupation:||Sometimes a quarry worker|
A cop at one point
|Goals:||Follow Fred on his schemes|
|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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Bernard "Barney" Rubble is a caveman and the secondary character of the Flintstones animated franchise. He is the husband of Betty, and the best friend and next-door neighbor of Fred Flintstone. He is usually accompanied by Fred, assisting him with his numerous schemes that usually end up backfiring the two. His voice was originated by Mel Blanc (not counting Daws Butler in the pilot pitch).
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.
|“||2,500 people in Bedrock, and I had to pick this pebblebrain for a neighbor.
― Fred Flintstone, The Flintstones, "The Flintstone Flyer" (1960)
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, but is somewhat oblivious of the current situation. 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 (namely his weight). Barney is more good-natured than Fred is, and isn't usually prone to be as emotional as him. Although Fred and Barney are considered best pals, there would be times when the latter loses his patience with Fred on occasion. 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. When he is inside of his house, he usually 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 he and Fred 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.
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Barney appears alongside Fred in pirate form in the Duck Dodgers episode "Shiver Me Dodgers".
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Barney's personality was based on Ed Norton, a main character portrayed by Art Carney in the 1955 sitcom The Honeymooners. Like Barney, Norton is a care-free person who follows orders from his neighbor and best friend, Ralph Kramden (who was the basis for Fred Flintstone), and would occasionally pull out a snarky remark to Ralph in exchange for his loudmouthed comments.
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.
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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 Ren and Stimpy Show episode "The Scotsman in Space," Haggis MacHaggis has a seizure after seeing that his eggs were overdone and does Barney's distinctive laugh before dying.
- In "Episode 11" (season 5) of Heartbreak High, Mr. Bailey discovered that one of the students had signed the fake name of Barney Rubble for the clean-up volunteer work.
- 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.
- In the According to Jim episode "The Hunters," Jim believes he is a natural born hunter, a caveman even, which is probably why Dana calls him and her brother Fred and Barney when they succeed after their hunting trip to prove themselves.
- In the film Son of the Mask, baby Alvery switches the TV onto this episode, with a couple of scenes included. The first one is when Fred is knocked in the stomach with an extended plunger while he and Barney hold signs of their kids. When the camera moves away from the TV, Barney's voice can also be heard in the background.
- In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "One Hundred," Frylock becomes Fryboy in a Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! parody, but his face was transformed to resemble Barney's.
- In the Mad episode "2012 Dalmatians/Grey's in Anime," the skit "2012 Dalmatians" had Fred and Barney make cameos as caveman bones in the Museum of Natural Mystery.
- On the January 16, 2023 episode of Good Morning America, anchor Robin Roberts made a light hearted jab towards colleague Sam Champion's new hair style, which she compared to Barney's.
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- "Lost in Parking Space Part Two:" While Fred is being brutally tortured at Hot Topic, he cries out for Barney to help him.
- The Drawn Together Movie: The Movie!: Toot travels to Bedrock where she has an affair with Barney which leads to her conceiving Bamm-Bamm, who she gives birth to later. Barney breaks things off with Toot after he works things out with Betty.
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- "Peter's Got Woods:" When Brian is busy on another date with his new girlfriend, Peter tries to replace him with Barney. We then see Peter at the Rubbles', where he is waiting for Barney to finish in the toilet, so they can go play darts. Barney is using a pelican as a toilet, who makes a joke about his predicament. A sheep later made a similar joke after hearing Meg was on her period. MacFarlane voices Barney.
- "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air:" Fred and Barney attend the inaugural ball of the Quahog Men's Club, where Fred reveals to Barney that he accidentally caught sight of Betty undressing, who say Fred, but continued anyway, giving way to Fred's e-rock-tion. Bergman voices both Fred and Barney.