Barbara

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Barbara
Barbara SSBB artwork.png
Super Smash Bros. Brawl artwork
Franchise Daigasso! Band Brothers
First appearance Daigasso! Band Brothers (2004)
Latest appearance Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Full name Barbara the Bat
Species Human
Gender Female

Barbara (full name: Barbara the Bat or Barbara Bat) is the main character of the Nintendo DS game Daigasso! Band Brothers. She is an anthropomorphic bat and is the arrogant owner of GB Music—"GB" stands for "Great Barbara", but it is also a nod to the original name of the game: "Game Boy Music". As owner of the only music store in Waru Waru Town open to midnight, she sells music and instruments with the help of her little brother, Ting Tin the Bat, and an infantile skeletal creature named Pockin' the Death. Although Barbara is a bat, she is unusual in that she doesn't have any wings, while her brother and Pockin' both do.

In the back of GB Music is a recording studio, and Barbara also acts as a small-time manager, looking for an up-and-coming act to manage and bring to fame; in the game, she'll sign up the player when they complete the beginner mode. Although she is a large music fan, her own musical career is as dead as a dodo, as her musical abilities are non-existent; the manga shorts found on the official website demonstrate that she is terrible at the game.[1]

Barbara also makes a cameo appearance in English Training, one of the Touch! Generations games in Japan.

History[edit]

Super Smash Bros. series[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl[edit]

When Barbara is summoned in a battle via an Assist Trophy, she strums her guitar for a few seconds, releasing sound waves that moderately damages opponents and knocks them back. Her last sound wave is larger and stronger than the other ones.

In addition, a collectible trophy of Barbara can be obtained when it appears at random in the game's single-player modes.

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS[edit]

Barbara returns in Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS as a collectible trophy.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate[edit]

Barbara appears in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate as an Ace-class Grab-type primary spirit. It has three support slots and, when used on a fighter, only boosts their power without granting additional effects. The spirit is summonable with a Rouge the Bat, Prince Saruno, and a grab-type core. A Barbara wig is unlockable in the game for 900G, and can be worn by Mii Fighters.

Super Mario Maker[edit]

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Barbara later appears in Super Mario Maker as an add-on Mystery Mushroom costume for Costume Mario. It can be unlocked by clearing the "Barbara in Tomatoland" Event Course, which was released on February 25, 2016.

Other appearances[edit]

Barbara and Ashley in a comic strip

Barbara appears in a web comic strip on Nintendo's Japanese kids website called Barbara & Ashley[2]. In the strip, Barbara hires Ashley to sing at her live club, but she struggles due to her shyness. Barbara watches Ashley and smugly thinks Ashley can make her rich, but soon after this, the witch falls asleep on stage, to Barbara's dismay.

Profiles and statistics[edit]

Super Smash Bros. Brawl trophy[edit]

Name Image Game Description
Barbara SSBB Trophy Barbara.png DS Daigasso! Band Brothers (Japan Only)
DS Master of Illusion
The manager of the music store GB Music in Waruwaru Town—her real name is Barbara the Bat. She leads the player through the game, showing her arrogant attitude as she cracks the whip at others but pampers herself. Her little brother's name is Tingtin the Bat. By the way, the "GB" in the name of her store stands for "Great Barbara," NOT "Game Boy."

Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS trophy[edit]

Name Image Category Description
Barbara SSB3DS Trophy Barbara.png Other As the manager of a slightly dubious talent agency, Barbara's always looking for people who want to join a band. She'll even teach you to play—whether you ask her or not. It's best to let her think she's taking advantage of you, even if she really isn't. Her hidden theme music really illustrates the contrast of darkness and light in her soul...or something.

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate spirit[edit]

Name Image Series / game Type Class Strength / effect(s) How to obtain Spirit battle
Opponent(s) Battle conditions Stage Song
Barbara the Bat SSBU Spirit Barbara the Bat.png Jam with the Band Primary (3) Ace Grab Summoned with a Rouge the Bat, Prince Saruno, and grab-type core N/A N/A N/A N/A

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese バーバラ
Bābara
Barbara

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.nintendo.co.jp/ds/abbj/whats/p02/index.html
  2. ^ Web Comic page (April 01, 2016). Nintendo News. Retrieved April 01, 2016.
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