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Can you really deny that you are involved in this case because you wanted to be involved? Maybe you, too, are attracted by the vast darkness.
~ Barton questions Helen before his death.
Barton had a reputation among the aides as a psychoanalyst with no understanding of the human heart. To him, hearts were akin to the bacteria cultivated in the agar of a Petri dish. Test subjects to be observed and analyzed, nothing capable of "emotion." Or love. Helen learned that in the short time she was with him. When she came to understand that his idea of a wife was "a cross between a maid and a whore," she made up her mind to leave him.
~ The author on Samuel Barton.

Professor Samuel Barton is a major antagonist of the 1996 videogame Clock Tower. Barton is very interested in the Clock Tower case, even having a replica of the giant scissors Bobby Barrows used to murder his victims sitting on his desk.

He was voiced by Robert Spencer and voiced by Akio Ōtsuka in the Drama CD.


Clock Tower

Barton is a playable character for the first start of the game in which the player has the option to send the Demon Idol to either Rick or Sullivan. The player's choices through him also determine what scenario will be played: Jennifer or Helen's. As the story progresses, he helps organize the group to go to the Barrows Castle in England.

Jennifer's scenario

Barton is a central protagonist in Jennifer's scenario, but his fate is being dependent by the player. When the player goes to the garden first, Barton will be alive, sitting near a tree. While interacting with him, he will translate the Door Spell for Jennifer

Helen's scenario

Barton serves as a dupe Scissorman in the Barrows Castle, having been drawn into the true Scissorman's dark soul. Upon entering the chapel, Helen encounters this Scissorman about to kill an unconscious cross-bounded Jennifer. The player may choose to save Jennifer or let her die.

When the player has Helen translate the Door Spell, the player will be entering the castle garden, then Helen will Barton corpse, hanging from a tree. While Helen inspecting his corpse, Helen is attack by Scissorman.


Barton started out as an intelligent, polite, calm person who was interested in the clock tower case, even so to the giant scissors used by Bobby Barrows. Barton became very obsessed with the case, seen the interactions with Jennifer and Helen, but very interested in getting to the story.

In the novel, Barton sees himself as genius and seems to hate being told what to do. He also doesn't like his assistants to interfere with his work, so he tends to shut down every single one of their proposals at their very start. This points to him being a megalomaniac.

He is describe by Helen as a condescending and annoying to deal with. It is possible that Barton is a lonely person and who has trouble to socialize with another people. This may be the reason why Barton became a psychologist, trying to connect with other people.

Despite being a psychologist, Barton is also mentally ill. If the player does Helen's story, Barton will disguise himself as Scissorman. In Helen's story, Barton plays as a rather demented and dark personality, is never explains why he is so attracted to the darkness.

But in the novel, it reveals he found out Edward was Scissorman, so Edward possessed Barton and the two started to collaborate.



  • Barton's alternate outfit turns his suit brown.
  • Helen's relationship with Barton seems to be one of faint antagonism, which is revealed in detail in Helen's Adventure Novel. Apparently Helen had slept with Barton in the past and regretted it ever since, not that Rose would ever let her live it down either.


           Clock Tower Villains

Video Games
Clock Tower: First Fear: Scissorman | Mary Barrows | Bobby Barrows | Dan Barrows | Simon Barrows
Clock Tower: Scissorman | Dan Barrows | Kay Satterwhite | Harris Chapman | Samuel Barton | John Barrows
Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within: George Maxwell | Shannon Lewis | Stephanie Tate | Henry Kaplan | Michael Tate | Zombies
Clock Tower 3: Lord Burroughs | Dick Hamilton | Scissor Twins | Sledgehammer | Corroder | Chopper
Haunting Ground: Lorenzo Belli | Riccardo Belli | Daniella | Debilitas
Nightcry: Scissorwalker | Vigo Boradsov | Jerome Theuriau