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|“||Well, this IS a surprise. A real State Alchemist. Please allow me to thank you FOR MAKING ME LOOK LIKE THIS!||„|
|~ Barry's last words and villainous breakdown after he learns about Ed being a State Alchemist.|
|“||Barry: Yes, that's what they said when they sentenced me, and thanks to the circumstances, it ended up quite literal. You don't recognize me like this, do you?
Alphonse: What do you mean?
Barry: Don't tell me you forgot. After all, it WAS thanks to your help catching me that I ended up here, a condemned man. Number 66 was my name on death row, but back when I was flesh and entrails, I had better names: Barry the Butcher, or my favorite, Barry the Chopper!
Alphonse: Barry the Chopper? You're the one who kidnapped Winry!
Barry: That's right! And after being caught, imprisoned, and executed, I've come back from a pit of fire to take my revenge on you, maggot! Hahahahahahahha hah ha ha ha!
|~ Barry the Chopper's story of how he became a disembodied soul on a suit of armor, and how he decided to get his revenge on Alphonse for his imprisonment and execution.|
Barry the Chopper, also known as "Number 66", is an antagonist in the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist.
Unlike the manga and Brotherhood version, who was more of a comic relief, this version's Barry was shown as a much more serious villain, and far more insane than ever before.
He was voiced by Jerry Jewell in the English version, and both Kentaro Ito as his regular voice and Aya Ishizu while in his female disguise for the Japanese version.
Barry was once a simple butcher living in Central City. One day, Barry decided to chop his wife into pieces after a brief family fight. Loving the sensation, Barry then began a killing spree, murdering dozens of young women as a result and keeping the citizens of Central City in fear. After capturing Ed and Al's childhood friend, Winry, Ed tracks down Barry in his butcher shop but ends up captured himself. Barry then removes Ed's automail arm and tells him how he simply loves killing and that he was inspired by another state alchemist whom he saw slaughtering helpless civilians during the Ishbalan Civil War (possibly refering to Solf J. Kimblee). Ed manages to remove his chains with alchemy and retrieves his automail arm. Al narrowly manages to rescue Ed and Winry and Ed is left traumatized by the outcome. Barry is then arrested and presumably executed for his crimes.
This is not the end of Barry, however, and he later returns as a guard in Laboratory 5 (much like in Brotherhood). Having his soul affixed to an armor, Barry fights Al outside the laboratory, while Slicer Brothers (#48) handles Ed indoors. After Al reveals Barry that Ed affixed his soul in an armor after the failed human transmutation attempt, Barry sadistically deceives him into believing that his memories and past might well be nothing more than Ed's own imagination. Barry himself does not care about his own past, since he has the ability to kill and is completely satisfied with that alone. After Scar breaks in Laboratory 5, he blows off Barry's hand, ending the battle. Barry then uses one of the laboratory's hidden bombs and escapes into the night.
Barry returns once more as a recruit of a mercenary group, slaughtering helpless Ishbalans in a night raid. He later runs into Al again, and tries to kill him in order to "release him from his pains". Ed and Scar come into his aid and Scar blows Barry's armor in half, heavily damaging the blood rune in the process, and also causing a screaming Barry to accidentally blow himself up with one of the mercenaries' weapons. Soon after, Scar stomps on his remaining skull helmet that has the blood rune in it, killing the deranged maniac for good.
Unlike the manga version, where Barry was shown as a comedic and incompetent villain who joined the heroes as time went on, this version's Barry was much more insane, sadistic, and horrifying. A truly remorseless sociopath, Barry is gleeful on slaughtering young women "artistically" and was also something of a cross-dresser, shown to lure women in his truck dressed in a wig and summer dress. He also had a rather cowardly side, as he escapes from the laboratory rather than risking his life trying to stop Al and Scar. Barry was also less cooperative, unlike in the manga, and only joined forces with those, who increased his killing spree and sheer lust for blood. Despite this and him being one of the vilest villains of the 2003 series, he does have a far more tragic backstory than his manga counterpart. Even then, that does not justify nor excuse his actions.
- The design for Barry's human body for this series is completely original. The reason behind this was due to the fact his human body from the manga was not revealed at the time during the production of the 2003 anime and so an original design was used in its place. Notably Barry's human body from the manga was revealed near the end of the 2003 anime's run.
- He is similar to the Ice Truck Killer (or Brian Moser, his real name) from Dexter; both are serial killers of women who chop up their victims in a refrigerated truck. What differs from these two villains is that the Ice Truck Killer had redeeming qualities whereas Barry has none of those traits.