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{{Character
|name= Barney Rubble
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|name = Barney Rubble
|image= [[File:Barney Rubble.png]]
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|image = Barney Rubble.png
|gender= Male
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|gender = Male
|hair= Blond
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|hair = Yellow
|age= 32 (Season 1) 35(Seasons 2-6)
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|age = 42 <small>(Season 1)</small><br>45 <small>(Seasons 2-6)</small>
|job= Unknown
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|job = Furniture reprocessor <small>(original series)</small><br>Police officer<br>Crane operator
|family= [[Betty Rubble]] (wife)<br />[[Bamm-Bamm Rubble]] (adoptive son)<br />[[Dusty Rubble]] (brother)<br />[[Roxy Rubble]] (granddaughter)<br />[[Chip Rubble]] (grandson)<br />[[Bob Rubble]] (father)<br />[[Flo Slate Rubble]] (mother)<br />[[Mr. Slate]] (uncle)
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|family = {{Scroll|[[Betty Rubble]] <small>(wife)</small><br />[[Bamm-Bamm Rubble]] <small>(adoptive son)</small><br />[[Dusty Rubble]] <small>(brother)</small><br />[[Roxy Rubble]] <small>(granddaughter)</small><br />[[Chip Rubble]] <small>(grandson)</small><br />[[Bob Rubble]] <small>(father)</small><br />[[Flo Slate Rubble]] <small>(mother)</small><br />[[Mr. Slate]] <small>(uncle)</small><br>[[Pebbles Flintstone]] <small>(goddaughter/daughter-in-law)</small>}}
|appearance= "''[[The Flintstone Flyer]]''"
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|pet = [[Hoppy]] <small>(hopparoo)</small>
|voice= [[Daws Butler]] ([[The Flagstones|Pilot]])<br />[[Mel Blanc]] (1960-1989)<br />[[Frank Welker]] (currently)<br />[[Jeff Bergman]] (1990-2010 commercials)<br />[[Kevin Michael Richardson]] (''[[The Flintstones: On the Rocks]]'')<br />[[Brad Abrell]] (2011 commercials)}}
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|appearance = ''[[The Flagstones]]'' <small>(Pilot)</small>
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|voice = [[Barney Rubble#Portrayals|See below]]
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}}'''Bernard Matthew''' "'''Barney'''"''' Rubble''' is a next-door neighbor, best friend of [[Fred Flintstone]], and a fictional character of the original series, [[The Flintstones (TV series)|''The Flintstones'']] and the rest of the franchise.
   
'''Barnabus Matthew "Barney" Rubble''' is the secondary main character of [[The Flintstones (TV series)|''The Flintstones'']], as well as the best friend of [[Fred Flintstone]]. He is married to [[Betty Rubble]], with whom he adopted their son, [[Bamm-Bamm Rubble|Bamm-Bamm]].
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==Background==
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==='''Personality'''===
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Barney's personality was based on that of [[wikipedia:Ed Norton|Ed Norton]] on the 1950s television series ''[[Wikipedia:The Honeymooners|The Honeymooners]]'', played by [[Wikipedia:Art Carney|Art Carney]]. Like Ralph Kramden on ''The Honeymooners'', Fred was constantly on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, while Barney, like Norton, found life satisfactory as it was, but participated in said schemes because Fred was his friend. Usually, after Fred had hatched one of his plans, Barney showed his agreement by laughing and saying, "uh hee hee hee... OK, Fred!" or "hee hee hee... whatever you say, Fred!"
   
Barney's personality was based on that of [[wikipedia:Ed Norton|Ed Norton]] on the 1950s television series ''[[Wikipedia:The Honeymooners|The Honeymooners]]'', played by [[Wikipedia:Art Carney|Art Carney]]. Mel Blanc, who voiced Barney, first used the Barney Rubble voice when imitating Ed in the 1956 Looney Tunes Cartoon [[wikipedia:Half-Fare Hare|Half-Fare Hare]]. As such, Barney tended to be much more jovial-minded and easygoing than his friend Fred, who was slightly smarter than Barney in some matters and slightly dimmer than he was in others. Like Ralph Kramden on ''The Honeymooners'', Fred was constantly on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, while Barney, like Norton, found life satisfactory as it was but participated in said schemes because Fred was his friend. Usually after Fred had hatched one of his plans, Barney would usually show his agreement by laughing dumbly and saying "er huh huh... OK, Fred!" or "huh huh huh... whatever you say, Fred!"
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Barney is more jovial, easygoing and good-natured than Fred is, though he often plays funny little insult jokes on his best friend. He is very caring and devoted to his wife Betty as he never wanted to be romantically involved with another woman. Barney is childlike, respectful, noble, encouraging, judicious, responsible, understanding, big-hearted, benevolent, and extroverted. Also, he is a loving father to his adopted son, Bamm-Bamm.
   
Barney's interests included bowling, playing pool, poker, tinkering around in Fred's garage and playing [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golf golf] (though there were episodes where Barney did not know how to play golf). He, like Fred, was also a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos lodge and its predecessor in earlier episodes, the Loyal Order of Dinosaurs. He is also a talented pianist and drummer. In the first episode of the original series he was an inventor of a hand-powered helicopter. Though clearly depicted as being in better shape than Fred, he isn't shown to be quite as enthusiastic a sportsman as Fred is. This distinction can be attributed to Fred's fondness of food, though Barney is shown to be almost as capable of excessive appetite on a number of occasions. Barney is not as emotional as the other characters, and rarely cries. He cries, however, after saying, "I hate to see a grown man cry," or "Oh gee if there's one thing I can't stand is to see a grown man cry."
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Although Fred and Barney are best friends, Barney loses his patience with Fred occasionally. The best example comes in "''[[I Yabba-Dabba Do!]]''": after losing his patience with Fred for ruining Pebbles's and Bamm-Bamm's wedding, Barney decides to leave Bedrock. He changes his mind after Fred apologizes. Fred is often annoyed by Barney's inveterate cheerfulness, but he does truly care for him.
   
In early episodes, Barney had a Joisey accent and sounded nasally. However, when Barney's accent was getting too annoying, his accent was changed into a more deep and chuckley voice. In On the Rocks and Stone Age Smackdown, his Joisey accent returns.
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Barney is not as emotional as the other characters including Fred, and rarely cries. He cries, however, after saying, "I hate to see a grown man cry," or "Oh gee, if there's one thing I can't stand is to see a grown man cry."
   
== Personality ==
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==='''Physical Appearance'''===
While Barney can sometimes seem more bumbling than Fred, he is actually much smarter. Based on Ed Norton from the Honeymooners. Barney, while loyal and used involved with his best friends get rich quick schemes, he is not very in more the money or the harm of anyone.
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Barney is a short and diminutive caveman with fair skin, yellow hair, thick black eyebrows and eyes that are depicted as two ovals or (occasionally) circles and shown only as dark circular outlines in the first through fifth seasons and later with black, very similar to Wilma's eyes in the sixth and final season of the original series. He also wears a brown loin cloth with a black letter X-shaped shoelace on the top.
   
Barney is more jovial, easygoing and good-natured that Fred is, though he often plays funny little insult jokes on his best friend. He is very caring and devoted to his wife Betty as he never wanted to be romantically involved with another woman. So Barney Rubble is brave, annoying (sometimes), respectful, noble, encouraging, judicious, responsible, understanding, big-hearted, benevolent, loving and extroverted.
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==Occupations and Interests==
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Barney's interests included bowling, playing pool, poker, tinkering around in Fred's garage and playing golf (though there were episodes where Barney did not know how to play golf). He, like Fred, was also a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos lodge and its predecessor in earlier episodes, the Loyal Order of Dinosaurs. He is also a talented pianist and drummer. In the first episode of the original series he was an inventor of a hand-powered helicopter.
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While the subject of Barney's occupation (or even if he had one) was never given during the original series, subsequent spinoffs suggest Barney went to work at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company quarry alongside Fred at some point after the original series; possibly in some office role. An episode of the original series does have a brief scene of Barney working at the Granite Building.
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When speaking to an upper-crust snob in another episode, Betty declares Barney is in "top-secret" work; but that might have been a cover for a low-level job or unemployment, or perhaps an in-joke meaning that Barney's job was unknown even to the show's writers. It could also be possible that both Fred and Barney work at the quarry, but may work in different sections of it, under different bosses.
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In one episode, Barney's boss tells him to "put down his broom," which implies some sort of janitorial works is involved. In a majority of spin-offs and movies, Barney has been portrayed as working in the quarry as a dino-crane operator, alongside Fred.
   
 
==Biography==
 
==Biography==
While the mid-1980s spinoff series ''[[The Flintstone Kids]]'' depicts Barney as a child, the series seems to be mostly apocryphal due to its presenting Barney as a childhood friend of Wilma and Betty (vs. the original series' assertion that they first met as young adults). Is possible that Banrey and Fred to forgott Wilma and Betty and to reunite as young adults. Still, the series' assertions that Barney had at least one younger brother, Dusty, was a childhood friend of Fred, and was the son of artist Flo Slate Rubble and car dealer Robert "Honest Bob" Rubble might be taken as valid. The original series also suggested in one episode that Barney was the nephew of Fred's boss, Mr. Slate, though subsequent episodes and spinoffs don't seem to support this claim. As a kid Barney worked in "Rock City". As young adults, Barney and Fred worked as bellhops at a resort, where they first met Wilma and Betty, who were working as cigarette girls. Eventually, Barney married Betty (as Fred did Wilma).
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While the mid-1980s spin-off series ''[[The Flintstone Kids]]'' depicts Barney as a child, the series seems to be mostly apocryphal due to its presenting Barney as a childhood friend of Wilma and Betty.
   
Several episodes and spinoffs suggest that Barney, along with Fred, spent some time in the army early in their marriages.
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Several episodes and spinoffs suggest that Barney, along with Fred, spent some time in the army early in their marriages, though said references may be to Barney and Fred's military service in the episode "''[[The Astra' Nuts]]''."
   
While the subject of Barney's occupation (or even if he had one) was never given during the original series, subsequent spinoffs suggest Barney went to work at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company quarry alongside Fred at some point after the original series; possibly in some office role. An episode of the original series does have a brief scene of Barney working at the Granite Building. When speaking to an upper-crust snob in another episode, Betty declares Barney is in "top-secret" work; but that might have been a cover for a low-level job or unemployment, or perhaps an in-joke meaning that Barney's job was unknown even to the show's writers. It could also be possible that both Fred and Barney work at the quarry, but may work in different sections of it, under different bosses. In one episode, Barney's boss tells him to "put down his broom," which implies some sort of janitorial works is involved. In a majority of spin-offs and movies, Barney has been portrayed as working in the quarry as a dino-crane operator, alongside Fred.
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==Relationships==
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==='''Family'''===
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In, ''[[The Flintstone Kids]]'', Barney had at least one younger brother, Dusty, who was a childhood friend of Fred, and the son of artist Flo Slate Rubble and car dealer Robert "Honest Bob" Rubble might be taken as valid. The original series also suggested in one episode that Barney was the maternal nephew of Fred's boss, Mr. Slate, though subsequent episodes and spinoffs don't seem to support this claim.
   
Around the fourth season of the original series, Betty and Barney found an abandoned infant on their doorstep, by the name of "Bamm-Bamm." A court battle ensued between the couple and a wealthy man who also had wanted to adopt Bamm-Bamm. Barney and Betty were successful in their efforts to adopt Bamm-Bamm because the wealthy man gave up (after winning the case) upon learning his wife became pregnant, after which he became a staple character on the series. For a number of episodes after Bamm-Bamm's debut, there is no sign of him on the show. In the fifth season, the family buys a pet hopparoo (a combination of a kangaroo and dinosaur) named [[Hoppy]].
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He was later married to [[Betty Rubble|Betty]], with whom he adopted their son, [[Bamm-Bamm Rubble|Bamm-Bamm]] and also had a pet hopparoo named [[Hoppy]]. He later became grandfather to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's children, [[Chip Rubble|Chip]] and [[Roxy Rubble|Roxy]].
   
After Bamm-Bamm became a teenager, Barney joined the police force with Fred. Both characters were paired with the [[Wikipedia:Shmoo|Shmoo]] from [[Wikipedia:Li'l Abner|Lil Abner]]. He later became grandfather to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's children, Chip and Roxy.
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==='''Love Interests'''===
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Unlike Fred, Barney has never been shown with any woman aside from his wife. However, an exception for this is made in ''[[The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas]]'' when he is invited to go to a buffet with [[Chip Rockefeller|Chip]]'s secretary, [[Roxie]], though he is not married to Betty at this point, but they are dating. Betty sees Barney wiping cream off Roxy after he accidentally knocks a cake onto her. Betty is hurt, mistakenly believing this to be an intimate gesture.
   
Although he was friends with Fred, even he (Barney) lost his patience with him sometimes. The best example comes in [[I Yabba-Dabba Do!]]: after losing his patience with Fred for ruining Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's wedding, he decided to leave Bedrock. He changed his mind after Fred apologised.
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Another exception is made in ''[[A Flintstones Christmas Carol]]'' when an actress named Maggie appears and every man at the Quarry, including Barney, is surprised over her beauty.
   
In several of the original episodes of the series, Barney can be seen with his eyes depicted as two ovals or (occasionally) circles shown only as dark circular outlines. Other episodes show his eyes as being completely filled in with black, very similar to Wilma's eyes. However, there are three occasions where he was seen with whites in his eyes, in the episodes "The Engagement Ring," "Ventriloquist Barney" and "A Haunted House Is Not A Home". In "The Engagement Ring," the whites in Barney's eyes appear when Fred suggests that he spar with a fearsome boxer in order to earn enough money to buy Betty a belated engagement ring. In "Ventriloquist Barney," the whites in Barney's eyes appear when he describes the terrifying facial features of wrestler Bronto Crushrock. In "A Haunted House Is Not A Home," the whites in Barney's eyes appear when Fred hits him on the head after Barney frightens him by gargling in the bathroom too loudly.
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==Appearances==
==Marriage==
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==='''Television shows'''===
Unlike Fred, Barney has never been shown with any woman aside from his wife. However, an exception for this is[[File:The-flintstones-in-viva-rock-vegas-0.jpg|thumb|Barney in Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas]] made in ''[[The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas]]'' when he is invited to go to a buffet with Roxy, though he is not married to Betty at this point, but they are dating. Betty sees Barney wiping cream off Roxy after he accidentally knocks a cake onto her. Betty is hurt, mistakenly believing this to be an intimate gesture. Another exception is made in ''A Flintstones Christmas Carol'' when an actress named Maggie appears and every man at the Quarry, including Barney, is surprised over her beauty. [[File:The-flintstones_1994_movie_cast.jpg|thumb|Barney in Flintstones the Movie.]]
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* ''[[The Flagstones]]'' (1959)
==Portrayal==
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* ''[[The Flintstones (TV series)|The Flintstones]]'' (1960–1966)
[[Mel Blanc]] was the principal voice of Barney Rubble, although [[wikipedia:Daws Butler|Daws Butler]] (who previously voiced Ned Morton, a mouse version of Ed Norton (the inspiration for Barney Rubble), in the ''[[wikipedia:Looney Tunes|Looney Tunes]]'' short ''The Honey-Mousers'') briefly assumed the role while Blanc recovered from a car wreck.<sup class="reference" id="cite_ref-0">[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barney_Rubble#cite_note-0 [1]]</sup> In the first few episodes, Blanc used a noticeably different voice for Barney, sounding more high-pitched and Brooklyn-esque, only to later change to his Ed Norton voice for the rest of the show. Since Blanc's death, [[Frank Welker]], [[Jeff Bergman]], [[Stephen Stanton]], [[Kevin Michael Richardson]] and [[Scott Innes]] have all performed the role.
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* ''[[The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show]]'' (1971–1972)
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* ''[[The Flintstone Comedy Hour]]'' (1972–1974)
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* ''Scooby's All-Star Laff-A-Lympics'' (1977–1978)
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* ''[[Fred Flintstone and Friends]]'' (1977–1978)
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* ''[[The New Fred and Barney Show]]'' (1979)
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* ''[[Fred and Barney Meet the Thing]]'' (1979)
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* ''[[Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo]]'' (1979–1980)
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* ''[[The Flintstone Comedy Show]]'' (known as ''The Flintstone Frolics'') (1980–1982)
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* ''[[The Flintstone Funnies]]'' (1982–1984)
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* ''[[The Flintstone Kids]]'' (1986–1988)
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* ''[[Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs]]'' (2020)
   
In the 1994 live action ''[[The Flintstones (film)|Flintstones]]'' movie, Barney was portrayed by [[Rick Moranis]]. In the 2000 prequel, ''[[The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas]]'', he was portrayed by [[Stephen Baldwin]]. In a Toshiba commercial he was voiced by Scott Innes.
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==='''Films and specials'''===
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* ''Alice in Wonderland or What's a Nice Kid Like You Doing in a Place Like This?'' (1966)
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* ''[[The Man Called Flintstone]]'' (1966)
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* ''The Flintstones on Ice'' (1973)
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* ''[[A Flintstone Christmas]]'' (1977)
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* ''[[Wikipedia:Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue|Hanna-Barbera's All-Star Comedy Ice Revue]]'' (1978)
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* ''[[The Flintstones - Little Big League|The Flintstones: Little Big League]]'' (1978)
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* ''[[Wikipedia:Hanna-Barbera Educational Filmstrips|Hanna-Barbera Educational Filmstrips]]'' (1980) – ''Bamm-Bamm Tackles a Term Paper'', ''A Weighty Problem'', ''Fire Alarm'', ''Fire Escape'' and ''Driving Guide''
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* ''[[The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone]]'' (1980)
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* ''[[The Flintstone Primetime Specials]]''
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** ''[[The Flintstones' New Neighbors]]'' (1980)
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** ''[[The Flintstones - Fred's Final Fling|The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling]]'' (1980)
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** ''[[The Flintstones - Wind-Up Wilma|The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma]]'' (1981)
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** ''[[The Flintstones - Jogging Fever|The Flintstones: Jogging Fever]]'' (1981)
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* ''[[The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration]]'' (1986)
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* ''[[The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones]]'' (1987)
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* ''[[The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special]]'' (1988)
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* ''[[The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera]]'' (1990)
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* ''[[I Yabba-Dabba Do!]]'' (1993)
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* ''[[Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby]]'' (1993)
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* ''[[A Flintstone Family Christmas]]'' (1993)
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* ''[[The Flintstones (film)|The Flintstones]]'' (1994)
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* ''[[A Flintstones Christmas Carol]]'' (1994)
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* ''[[The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas]]'' (2000)
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* ''[[The Flintstones - On the Rocks|The Flintstones: On the Rocks]]'' (2001)
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* ''[[The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!]]'' (2015)
   
== Trivia ==
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==='''Video games'''===
* As revealed in the episode The Flintstone Canaries, he is known to sing whilst having a bath.
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* ''[[The Flintstones - The Rescue of Dino & Hoppy|The Flintstones: The Rescue of Dino &amp; Hoppy]]''
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* ''[[The Flintstones (1993 video game)|The Flintstones]]''
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*''[[The Flintstones - The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak|The Flintstones: The Surprise at Dinosaur Peak]]''
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* ''[[The Flintstones - The Treasure of Sierra Madrock|The Flintstones: The Treasure of Sierra Madrock]]''
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* ''[[The Flintstones - Bedrock Bowling|The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling]]''
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* ''The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas''
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* ''[[The Flintstones - Big Trouble in Bedrock|The Flintstones: Big Trouble in Bedrock]]''
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==Portrayals==
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==='''Television shows, films and specials'''===
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* '''[[Daws Butler]]''' - ''[[The Flagstones]]'' (1959)
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** ''[[The Flintstones (TV series)|The Flintstones]]'' (1961)
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***''[[The Hit Songwriter]]''
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***''[[Droop-Along Flintstone]]''
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***''[[Fred Flintstone Woos Again]]''
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***''[[The Rock Quarry Story]]''
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***''[[The Little White Lie]]''
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* '''[[Mel Blanc]]'''
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** ''[[The Flintstones (TV series)|The Flintstones]]'' (1960–1966)
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** ''[[The Man Called Flintstone]]'' (1966)
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** ''[[The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show]]'' (1971–1972)
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** ''[[The Flintstone Comedy Hour]]'' (1972–1974)
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** ''[[A Flintstone Christmas]]'' (1977)
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** ''[[Fred Flintstone and Friends]]'' (1977–1978)
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** ''[[The Flintstones - Little Big League|The Flintstones: Little Big League]]'' (1978)
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** ''[[The New Fred and Barney Show]]'' (1979)
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** ''[[Fred and Barney Meet the Thing]]'' (1979)
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** ''[[Fred and Barney Meet the Shmoo]]'' (1979–1980)
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** ''[[The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone]]'' (1980)
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** ''[[The Flintstone Comedy Show]]'' (known as ''The Flintstone Frolics'') (1980–1982)
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** ''[[The Flintstone Primetime Specials]]''
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*** ''[[The Flintstones' New Neighbors]]'' (1980)
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*** ''[[The Flintstones - Fred's Final Fling|The Flintstones: Fred's Final Fling]]'' (1980)
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*** ''[[The Flintstones - Wind-Up Wilma|The Flintstones: Wind-Up Wilma]]'' (1981)
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*** ''[[The Flintstones - Jogging Fever|The Flintstones: Jogging Fever]]'' (1981)
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** ''[[The Flintstone Funnies]]'' (1982–1984)
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** ''[[The Flintstone Kids]]'' (1986–1988)
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** ''[[The Flintstones' 25th Anniversary Celebration]]'' (1986)
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** ''[[The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones]]'' (1987)
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* '''[[Frank Welker]]'''
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** ''[[The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera]]'' (1990)
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** ''[[I Yabba-Dabba Do!]]'' (1993)
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** ''[[Hollyrock-a-Bye Baby]]'' (1993)
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** ''[[A Flintstone Family Christmas]]'' (1993)
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** ''[[A Flintstones Christmas Carol]]'' (1994)
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** ''[[The Flintstones - Bedrock Bowling|The Flintstones: Bedrock Bowling]]'' (2000)
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* '''[[Kevin Michael Richardson]]'''
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**''[[The Flintstones - On the Rocks|The Flintstones: On the Rocks]]'' (2001)
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**''[[The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!]]'' (2015)
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** ''[[Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs]]'' (2020)
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==='''Other'''===
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* Hamilton Camp - ''[[The Flintstone Kids]]'' and ''[[The Flintstone Kids' "Just Say No" Special]]''
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* Rick Moranis - ''[[The Flintstones (film)|The Flintstones]]'' (1994)
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* Stephen Baldwin - ''[[The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas]]'' (2000)
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* Scott Innes - [[Wikipedia:Toshiba|Toshiba]] commercial
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
[[Barney Rubble/Gallery]]
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{{Gallerylink}}
   
==Appearances==
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==Notes/Trivia==
Barney has made cameo appearances on the show ''[[wikipedia:Dexter's Laboratory|Dexter's Laboratory]]'', ''[[wikipedia:Family Guy|Family Guy]]'' and in the movie ''[[wikipedia:Better Off Dead|Better Off Dead]]''.
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* As revealed in "''[[The Flintstone Canaries]]''", he is known to sing whilst having a bath.
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*In early episodes of the original series, Barney had a New Jersey accent but was soon changed to a deeper, more chuckle-like voice. In ''[[The Flintstones - On the Rocks|On the Rocks]]'', ''[[The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age SmackDown!|Stone Age SmackDown!]]'' and ''[[Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs]]'', his Jersey accent returns.
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*Barney has made cameo appearances on the shows ''[[w:c:dexterslab:Dexter's Laboratory|Dexter's Laboratory]]'', ''[[w:c:familyguy:Family Guy|Family Guy]],'' ''[[w:c:robotchicken:Robot Chicken|Robot Chicken]]'' and ''[[Wikipedia:Saturday Night Live|Saturday Night Live]],'' and in the 1985 movie, ''[[wikipedia:Better Off Dead|Better Off Dead]]''.
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Revision as of 09:24, February 19, 2020

Bernard Matthew "Barney" Rubble is a next-door neighbor, best friend of Fred Flintstone, and a fictional character of the original series, The Flintstones and the rest of the franchise.

Background

Personality

Barney's personality was based on that of Ed Norton on the 1950s television series The Honeymooners, played by Art Carney. Like Ralph Kramden on The Honeymooners, Fred was constantly on the lookout for get-rich-quick schemes, while Barney, like Norton, found life satisfactory as it was, but participated in said schemes because Fred was his friend. Usually, after Fred had hatched one of his plans, Barney showed his agreement by laughing and saying, "uh hee hee hee... OK, Fred!" or "hee hee hee... whatever you say, Fred!"

Barney is more jovial, easygoing and good-natured than Fred is, though he often plays funny little insult jokes on his best friend. He is very caring and devoted to his wife Betty as he never wanted to be romantically involved with another woman. Barney is childlike, respectful, noble, encouraging, judicious, responsible, understanding, big-hearted, benevolent, and extroverted. Also, he is a loving father to his adopted son, Bamm-Bamm.

Although Fred and Barney are best friends, Barney loses his patience with Fred occasionally. The best example comes in "I Yabba-Dabba Do!": after losing his patience with Fred for ruining Pebbles's and Bamm-Bamm's wedding, Barney decides to leave Bedrock. He changes his mind after Fred apologizes. Fred is often annoyed by Barney's inveterate cheerfulness, but he does truly care for him.

Barney is not as emotional as the other characters including Fred, and rarely cries. He cries, however, after saying, "I hate to see a grown man cry," or "Oh gee, if there's one thing I can't stand is to see a grown man cry."

Physical Appearance

Barney is a short and diminutive caveman with fair skin, yellow hair, thick black eyebrows and eyes that are depicted as two ovals or (occasionally) circles and shown only as dark circular outlines in the first through fifth seasons and later with black, very similar to Wilma's eyes in the sixth and final season of the original series. He also wears a brown loin cloth with a black letter X-shaped shoelace on the top.

Occupations and Interests

Barney's interests included bowling, playing pool, poker, tinkering around in Fred's garage and playing golf (though there were episodes where Barney did not know how to play golf). He, like Fred, was also a member of the Loyal Order of Water Buffalos lodge and its predecessor in earlier episodes, the Loyal Order of Dinosaurs. He is also a talented pianist and drummer. In the first episode of the original series he was an inventor of a hand-powered helicopter.

While the subject of Barney's occupation (or even if he had one) was never given during the original series, subsequent spinoffs suggest Barney went to work at the Slate Rock and Gravel Company quarry alongside Fred at some point after the original series; possibly in some office role. An episode of the original series does have a brief scene of Barney working at the Granite Building.

When speaking to an upper-crust snob in another episode, Betty declares Barney is in "top-secret" work; but that might have been a cover for a low-level job or unemployment, or perhaps an in-joke meaning that Barney's job was unknown even to the show's writers. It could also be possible that both Fred and Barney work at the quarry, but may work in different sections of it, under different bosses.

In one episode, Barney's boss tells him to "put down his broom," which implies some sort of janitorial works is involved. In a majority of spin-offs and movies, Barney has been portrayed as working in the quarry as a dino-crane operator, alongside Fred.

Biography

While the mid-1980s spin-off series The Flintstone Kids depicts Barney as a child, the series seems to be mostly apocryphal due to its presenting Barney as a childhood friend of Wilma and Betty.

Several episodes and spinoffs suggest that Barney, along with Fred, spent some time in the army early in their marriages, though said references may be to Barney and Fred's military service in the episode "The Astra' Nuts."

Relationships

Family

In, The Flintstone Kids, Barney had at least one younger brother, Dusty, who was a childhood friend of Fred, and the son of artist Flo Slate Rubble and car dealer Robert "Honest Bob" Rubble might be taken as valid. The original series also suggested in one episode that Barney was the maternal nephew of Fred's boss, Mr. Slate, though subsequent episodes and spinoffs don't seem to support this claim.

He was later married to Betty, with whom he adopted their son, Bamm-Bamm and also had a pet hopparoo named Hoppy. He later became grandfather to Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm's children, Chip and Roxy.

Love Interests

Unlike Fred, Barney has never been shown with any woman aside from his wife. However, an exception for this is made in The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas when he is invited to go to a buffet with Chip's secretary, Roxie, though he is not married to Betty at this point, but they are dating. Betty sees Barney wiping cream off Roxy after he accidentally knocks a cake onto her. Betty is hurt, mistakenly believing this to be an intimate gesture.

Another exception is made in A Flintstones Christmas Carol when an actress named Maggie appears and every man at the Quarry, including Barney, is surprised over her beauty.

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