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Barry (Japanese: ジュン Jun) is a recurring character in the Pokémon anime whose debut appearance was in Barry's Busting Out All Over!. He was one of Ash's two rivals in Sinnoh.
Barry made his debut appearance in Barry's Busting Out All Over!, where he was intended to challenge Fantina for a Gym battle, but coming up with Ash at the door of the Gym.
He then challenged Ash to a battle to prove his training methods wrong, but Ash came out the victor.
Barry at the beginning of his Journey
After Ash defeated him, Barry stayed to watch Ash challenge Fantina in A Shield with a Twist!. At times, Barry was skeptical about Ash's strategy in the battle, but by the end of the fight, he realized that his techniques were excellent. He later stated that he would be his rival if Ash could defeat Byron, whom Barry had previously beaten.
After staying with the group for the following episode, he departed to train at Iron Island, but appeared again in Steeling Peace of Mind! and Saving the World From Ruins! at Iron Island, where after being caught up in Team Galactic's plot to use the island as a radar to scan for the Spear Pillar he and Ash put aside most of their differences and became friendly rivals. He also appeared in Stopped in the Name of Love! where he wanted to enter the Pokémon Ping Pong Tournament, which he later loses in To Thine Own Pokémon Be True!. It is also revealed that he is good friends with Dawn's rival, Kenny. He also appeared in Old Rivals, New Tricks! watching Dawn and Kenny participate in the Contest held in Sandalstraw Town.
Barry appeared again in Historical Mystery Tour! where he then decided to have a battle with Ash, which was soon interrupted. He bumps into his father, Palmer at the end of the episode. In Challenging a Towering Figure!, he entered the Battle Tournament as part of the Twinleaf Festival in the hope that he would get to battle Palmer, but soon lost to Ash.
Barry reappeared in Gotta Get a Gible!, where he battled Ash and his newly-caught Gible. Barry wins his first battle against Ash, but Ash doesn't take it harshly, praising Gible anyway and instructing it to listen next time. Barry celebrates his win as he holds up his ticket to challenge Fantina, but Gible bites his hand and eats the ticket.
Barry once again appeared in Fighting Ire with Fire!, along with Paul where he challenged his idol to a battle, but to his dismay, Paul refused. Barry then battled Ash once again, using his Empoleon against Ash's Monferno. However, the battle was put on hold when Team Rocket attacked.
In An Old Family Blend!, Barry showed up for the Lily of the Valley Conference where he was seen in the stadium along with all the other competitors. In League Unleashed!, he passed the preliminary round. In Casting a Paul on Barry! he battled his idol Paul in the third round of the Lily of the Valley Conference, and even though he put up a strong battle, utilizing two new Pokémon in his team, Skarmory and Hitmonlee, along with his partner, Empoleon, he ended up falling before the superior strength and tactics of Paul and his team. He then stayed and watched Ash's battles with Paul and Tobias, and he parted from the group in The Semi-Final Frontier! promising to be reunited with Ash and become as strong as him.
Barry made a cameo appearance in Zoroark: Master of Illusions.
He was shown to have a very hyperactive personality, much like his game counterpart. Barry admires Paul and his training methods, and wants to be a strong Trainer like him. He also has a slightly similar mentality as Paul's, as in capturing strong Pokémon for training. However, unlike Paul, he still cares for his Pokémon.
Dawn knew Barry back when they both lived in Twinleaf Town; however, Barry doesn't remember her. He only recognizes Ash, Brock, and Dawn due to the fact that they participated in the Sinnoh Double Battle Tournament with Paul.
This listing is of Barry's known Pokémon in the anime:
| Barry's Heracross first appeared in Steeling Peace of Mind! on Iron Island alongside its Trainer. It was training with Empoleon on Iron Island. The training got interrupted when Empoleon started attacking them as it was controlled by the sound waves coming from within the island.
Later, it took Barry on a flight around Iron Island to see the cause of the Steel-type going haywire, including his Empoleon. Heracross was then hit by a Skarmory's Steel Wing, sending them falling onto Team Rocket. Heracross attacked Team Rocket as they were accused to be the ones behind all of this. However, after pointing out the machines located on the island, it turned out that another villainous team was the cause. The Galactic's Golbat attacked them with Air Cutter and severely damaged Heracross.
Heracross reappeared in Historical Mystery Tour battling Ash's Pikachu. Heracross was able to withstand Pikachu's attacks and became stronger from last time. The battle got interrupted when a Xatu flew by. Xatu lead the group to a tent owned by a Clown and they got sent to another world. When they woke up, they got separated and searched for their Pokémon.
While Barry was looking for his Heracross, he found a tree. He had a flashback about the time he caught Heracross by slathering honey on a tree. He did the same thing this time and Heracross came up to Barry and the tree.
Heracross's known moves are Megahorn, Fury Attack, Horn Attack and Double-Edge.
|| Steeling Peace of Mind!
| Voice actors
|| Katsuyuki Konishi
|| Katsuyuki Konishi
This listing is of the Badges Barry has obtained:
Barry had three more Badges in Gotta Get a Gible! in addition to his first three that was revealed in Barry's Busting Out All Over!; however, which three Badges he had is unknown.
Barry has competed in the following Pokémon League competitions:
- Barry wears his game counterpart's clothes from Diamond and Pearl; however, his Pokétch is modeled after the one that appears in Platinum.
- Barry is the first anime character based on an in-game rival that has had more than a cameo since Gary Oak, whose starter, coincidentally, was also the Water-type choice of his region.
- Barry has four of the same Pokémon his game counterpart has at the end of the game, if the player starts with Chimchar, with a Skarmory and Hitmonlee in place of his Snorlax and Rapidash.
- Barry shares two of his three unknown Badges with Nando's two unknown Badges.
- Barry never lets Jessie, James and Meowth finish their motto.
- In the Latin American dub, Ash affectionately calls him "Barry-Gon", a pun on "barrigón", which means "paunchy".
||Possibly from Junichi Masuda.
||Possibly from first default name his game counterpart.
||From Camper Barry from Fuchsia Gym.
||From Camper Barry from Fuchsia Gym.
||阿馴 Ā Xùn
||From the name 馴 Jun. 馴 means to tame/train.