Barney the Dinosaur is the main protagonist from Barney & Friends. He is a two hundred million year (two dinosaur years) old, six-foot tall purple tyrannosaurus rex with a green tummy and small yellow toe-nails, who comes to life through a child's imagination. He is best known for his friendly, optimistic and wise personality and positive attitude. Barney is the best-known children's show character in television history.
- Barney the Dinosaur is unusually one of the most hated characters in television, even among kids . Even there are several anti-Barney campaigns. He is often parodied as an evil dinosaur.
- Not everyone hates Barney as there are more people that love him as evidenced in the live performances and the VHS and DVD releases. Another reason is that the main audience for the show is preschoolers.