|“||Don't make my mistake, kid. Don't follow orders your whole life. Think for yourself.||„|
|~ Barbatus' dying words to Z|
Barbatus is a soldier ant and the minor supporting character in Antz.
When Bala's fiance and the soldiers leader General Mandible orders the troops to go into battle against Termites, Z tells Barbatus that he just came to hear the speech but Barbatus tells Z that he'll watch out for him. On the way to the Termites' lair Z asks Barbatus if the Termites are gonna put up a big fight to which Barbatus says that the Termites are five times the ants size and they shoot acid from their foreheads. Z also asks Barbatus how the soldiers plan on beating the Termites to which Barbatus replies "Kill their Queen!" During the Termite Battle one of the Termites tries to eat Z but Barbatus stabbed it and saves Z's life. Barbatus then hops on another termite's back and fights it with his hammer, after he had given Z his spear.
Eventually the battle is over that resulted the destruction of termite nest, and Z comes out of hiding. The carnage made after the battle was terrible: it seems that no one else other than Z was left alive. Z wanders around to find Barbatus' head laying nearby, still alive but barely as the critically wounded soldier ant asks Z to help him up and when Z picks him up, he finds that Barbatus's body isn't there. In spite of Z telling Barbatus to hang on cause he will find his body, Barbatus knew better and demanded an honest answer, to which Z answers that Barbatus' wound was very bad. With his wound beyond saving, Barbatus tells Z to not take orders his whole life and to think for himself. Barbatus then succumbs to his wound and Z mourns the death of his dear friend.
Unbeknownst to Barbatus, Mandible had deliberately sent him and the other soldier ants most loyal to the Queen on the suicide mission in order to purge them so they would not interfere with his scheme to slay the Queen and the colony's worker ants so he could rebuild the colony made up of soldiers loyal to him.