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This article is about the character. For the television series, see "Barney & Friends".
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Series Information
Type: Main Character (1988-present)
Seasons: All seasons
First appearance: The Backyard Show
Portrayer: See below

Barney the Dinosaur is a two hundred million year (two dinosaur years) old, six-foot tall, purple tyrannosaurus rex with a green belly and spots and yellow toes, who comes to life through a child's imagination. He is best known for his silly and optimistic attitude.

Creation

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Barney was first created in 1987 by Sheryl Leach, who was looking for a way to entertain her then 2 year old son, Patrick. Originally, Barney was going to be a blanket. When that was proven to be too hard, he became a teddy bear who came to life. Patrick was fascinated by a dinosaur exhibit at a museum, particularly the Tyrannosaurus rex. In response, Sheryl made Barney a T. Rex. Kathy Parker, a fellow teacher-turned-mother who had helped Sheryl create the character, agreed to the change, but on the condition that he was not to appear menacing (a realistic t-rex would have scared her daughter Kaitlin). In the end, he was colored purple to appeal to both genders (Leach had a thing for the color purple as well) and had his features softened (i.e. "toe balls" in place of claws).

Portrayal

Costume Actors

Voice Actors

Catchphrases

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  • Super Dee Duper
  • Tee-rific!
  • Stu-u-u-pendous
  • Remember, I love you!
  • You are special!
  • Aw, Shucks!
  • Dee-licious

Trivia

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