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|“||Jake, when are you going to realize you are a terrible shot with that thing?||„|
|~ Barron mocking Jake's aim.|
|“||Eventually you're gonna run out of breath. And then it'll be all over. Death for your beloved Jake, and Miss Peregrine. Everlasting life for me. (Takes a whiff of Emma's breath) Ewww. And a mint for you!||„|
|~ Barron to Emma when she is using her breath to hold him back.|
|“||You think you can stand in my way? You, Jake, content to age and die as if you had not the gift of peculiarity, at all? I am a higher being. I hold the secret to eternal life!||„|
|~ Barron to Jake.|
Mr. Barron is the main antagonist of the 2016 film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. He was the leader of the Wights and Hollows and Jake and Abe's arch-nemesis. He is based on Dr. Golan from the books; however, unlike in the book, his real name and his alias as psychiatrist are swapped: While in the book, Dr. Golan is his real name, here, his real name is Mr. Barron and Dr. Golan is his psychiatrist disguise instead. Other differences include the gender of his psychiatrist disguise. Whereas the character's psychiatrist disguise in book is male, in film the gender of said disguise is female instead.
He was portrayed in his main form by the famous actor Samuel L. Jackson, who also portrayed Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, Elijah Price in Unbreakable, Octopus in The Spirit, Officer Abel Turner in Lakeview Terrace, Stephen in Django Unchained, Frank Tenpenny in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Richmond Valentine in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Roland Cox from Jumper and Preston Packard in Kong: Skull Island.
In his disguises, he was portrayed by Asa Butterfield (In Jake's form); Rupert Everett (in John Lamont's form), who also played Prince Charming from the Shrek films, Sloan Blackburn in The Wild Thornberry's Movie and Doctor Claw in the Inspector Gadget film; and Allison Janney (in Dr. Golan's form) who also played Gladys Sharp in Over The Hedge and Ms. Grunion in Mr. Peabody and Sherman.
Barron is the leader of the Wights – human-like creatures that hunt and kill Peculiars with their "Peculiar" physical abilities so they can consume their eyeballs and become human again. He's a shapeshifting Peculiar who aspires to gain immortality. This manner of gaining it shows he is an extremely vile, ruthless and sadistic monster, as he loves taunting his potential victims, seen with Miss Peregrine turned into Ymbryne when he is about to kill her. However, he is very intelligent and meticulous because he is able to hide his true nature by disguise himself as Jake's psychologist. He played this role perfectly by acting polite and using professional psychological terms and it was impossible to deduce she was a fake one.
Barron also has humorous moments. For example, he is very confused when Peregrine deduces his intentions without the slightest difficulty. But for most times, his jokes have a sadistic nature and his acts are treated seriously. While not outright abusive, he is indifferent towards his fellow Hollowgasts' deaths and problems, as shown with Malthus.
All Wights, including Barron himself, used to be Hollowgasts, invisible abominations that were created as a result of a failed experiment to become immortals by using a Ymbryne (a Peculiar who can transform into a bird and manipulate time) done by himself and his rogue Peculiars in an unused loop, in hopes of achieving immortality. Unfortunately, the experiment went wrong and they transformed into Hollows. Barron himself is among the Hollowgasts that succeed in changing back into humans by consuming Peculiars' eyes (mainly children) and it is just a matter of time before he can perform his experiment again with even more Ymbrynes to become immortal.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Mr. Barron is first seen when Jake and his drugstore supervisor Shelly go to Abe's house in her car. There, it is mentioned by Abe about Barron's plan on the Blackpool loop and mentioned again by Miss Peregrine when she tells Jacob "Jake" Portman about what he and the Wights tried to do in events prior to the movie. The Wights sought to make themselves immortal by using the power of a Ymbryne. This experiment led to the creation of Hollowgasts (Hollows for short), tall monsters that are invisible to most people and will attack anyone in their path. Mr. Barron himself also became a Hollowghast, but transformed back after devouring the eyeballs of other Peculiars. Since then, Mr. Barron and the Wights have been travelling between the time loops the Peculiars live in, attacked the Peculiars and devoured their eyeballs.
Mr. Barron's true physical appearance was again with Jake in the cave loop entrance and in Miss Peregrine's home, where he threatened to kill Jake if Miss Peregrine didn't come with him. Miss Peregrine reluctantly goes with Mr. Barron, leaving Jake and the other Peculiars to deal with the Hollow, Mr. Malthus, that was approaching the home.
After dealing with Malthus that attacked Miss Peregrine's home, the group stalks Mr. Barron back to his base in the Blackpool Tower in another time loop. There, they confront the Wights in their attempt to rescue Miss Peregrine and the other Ymbrynes. The battle that ensued ultimately led to Mr. Barron's demise. Mr. Barron disguised himself as Jake in order to trick the others to kill the real Jake, thinking he's Barron in disguise, but the plan backfired when the last of his Hollows, who has mistaken him for Jake, sneaks behind him, grabs him and eats his eyes, killing him before Jake kills the Hollow. His lifeless body was left behind after the loop closed.
- His abilities are strikingly similar to the T-1000 from Terminator II. Both can turn their arms into weapons (knives, swords, axes etc), and can also masquerade as anything they have (or had) physical contact with.
- Mr. Barron's purple suit and white hair are an allusion to Elijah Price, another of Samuel L. Jackson's villainous roles.