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Oh, how touching. I always cry at weddings. Finally, our two young lovers are together at last. Surely now they can live happily ever after? But you forget... she's still my wife! I'll not leave here empty-handed!
~ Lord Barkis Bittern disrupting the wedding.
Oh, I'm leaving. But first, a toast to Emily, always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Tell me, my dear; can a heart still break once it stopped beating? Hmm?
~ Lord Barkis Bittern to Emily.
Well said...
~ Lord Barkis' last words.

Lord Barkis Bittern, simply known as Barkis Bittern, is the main antagonist of Tim Burton's Corpse Bride. He is a greedy, arrogant and manipulative aristocrat who has bent on getting married to women in order to kill them, so he would be able to gain their fortune and wealth.

He was voiced by Richard E. Grant, who also played Vic Van Wrinkle in Horrid Henry: The Movie, the Great Intelligence in Doctor Who, The Man With a Beard But No Hair in A Series of Unfortunate Events, Dr. Zander Rice in Logan and General Pryde in Star Wars: Episode IX - The Rise of Skywalker.

Biography

Although he is the main antagonist, he doesn't reveal his true colors until near the climax. Lord Barkis Bittern is a wealthy newcomer of an unnamed European village. He attends and watches the wedding rehearsal between Victor Van Dort and Victoria Everglot which fails when the former doesn't perform well. Barkis criticizes him, as if he doesn't want Victor to marry her.

When Victor is abducted by Emily, Barkis tries to make it look like that he left with another woman at the night. Victoria's parents Finis and Maudeline decide to get Victoria to marry him instead due to his apparent wealth. He pursues the Everglots to make Victoria marry him and afterwards, reveals his true plan to steal the dowry after the ceremony and to murder Victoria after that. Later, after the undead shows up, Barkis tries to flee with Victoria along with her money. However, as he discovered, her parents were actually broke, and that they were marrying Victoria to him for wealth that he didn't actually have.

He shows up in the church attempting to get Victoria back, as she was his wife. Emily recognizes Barkis as the man who left her waiting in a tree, so that he could kill her and get her family jewels and a satchel of gold that was her dowry. He attempts to take Victoria hostage and planning to kill her just like what he did to Emily, but Victor stops him, and he attacks him with a sword plucked from Bonesapart's ribcage. After a fight, with Victor mainly just defending himself with a fork and Barkis trying to kill him, Victor fell to the ground and Barkis nearly killed him.

Emily intercepts the sword and orders Barkis out of the church, but he realizes that the undead must obey the living. However, he unknowingly drinks the poisoned wine, while insulting Emily because of her death and mocking her because he was very alive, accidentally killing himself. Turning into a zombie, this left him vulnerable to the wedding's attendants, and allowing the vengeful undead to drag him off as he pays the price for what he did to Emily. It is unknown what happened to him later, if he was murdered completely by the undead or just severely punished.

Personality

Barkis Bittern is a cowardly, wicked, sarcastic, greedy and treacherous man who always has his eye on an evil plan to get whatever he wants, even if he has to fight for it. He is incredibly selfish and egotistical, as he murders for a fortune only for himself while tricking rich young women to fall in love with him. He is known for being extremely deceiving and manipulative, as he manipulated Emily and killed her only then to try to do the same with Victoria only to be stopped. One of his most loathsome plans is when he cons and murders the rich of their dowry.

Appearance

Barkis Bittern is a slender man with a large chin, white slick hair, and wears a black cutaway with white collar pushed upside and a bow tie, also gray pants and black shoes.

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Trivia

  • Kevin Spacey was considered for the role of Barkis Bittern before Richard E. Grant was cast.
    • Had Spacey accepted the role, Bittern would've been the second animated villain and character he played after Hopper from A Bug's Life.
  • His real age is presumably unknown, but the actor providing his voice was around 48 years old at the time.
  • His full name, Barkis Bittern, is possibly a nod to the phrase 'All Bark and No Bite', but ironically, his bite is worse than his bark.

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