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"So, ehm, comrade bionic Barry, can you solve my Kazanova problem?"
"Yeah, probably, if I knew and/or cared who and/or what that was. But since I don't and/or do not, I'm going to kill and/or murder Sterling Archer."
"What?! Nyet![1] Archer may be my son!"
"Well, too bad, because you've sown the wind and now you shall reap... the Barry."
Nikolai Jakov and Barry Dylan [src]

Bartholomew Aloysius "Barry" Dylan[2] is a former ODIN agent who was turned into a cyborg by the KGB, eventually becoming the head of the KGB. However, after he was trapped in space on the ISS Horizon, his position was usurped by Katya Kazanova. Despite this, he remained the main antagonist of Archer, and Sterling Archer in particular. However, during Archer's coma, he went to therapy and reconnected with his birth mother. So it seems his villainous ways are finally behind him and even became friends with Archer.

Dylan's voice is provided by Dave Willis.

Biography

Before the Series

Dylan was seemingly born in Los Angeles, California, to a 16 year old Tammy Jo Stamps at County Hospital. As an infant, he was abandoned at the Hide-A-Wee Home for Children, where he was given his name and grew up. At some point, he became an agent of ODIN.

While on a mission in Berlin, during which Sterling Archer burst into a room to kill two double agents, Barry ruined Archer's suit. As he clung to a cord to keep from falling off the balcony, Barry apologized to Archer, but the latter decided not to help him. Barry eventually fell on a car and broke his left leg which was fixed by two steel rods and 16 titanium screws.[3]

Season 1

"Job Offer"

"Go staple my heart back together!"
"Ton cœur? Tu n'as pas un cœur.[4]"
—Barry Dylan and Framboise[src]

Season 2

"Blood Test"

"A Going Concern"

"White Nights"

Despite his hatred for Archer, Barry agreed to a mission to rescue him from the KGB. After successfully freeing Archer from prison, their situation deteriorated, culminating in Archer allowing Barry to fall from a fire escape. Barry's previously injured leg is amputated by Russian doctors as a result.

"Double Trouble"

"Barry Dylan, ODIN agent... a man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him into the world's first bionic man. Stronger, faster, smarter."
—Voiceover for Boris' explanation to Nikolai Jakov for turning Barry into a cyborg[src]

However, the KGB turns Barry into a cyborg to use as an assassin against Katya Kazanova, a KGB agent in love with Archer and who defected to ISIS. Instead, Barry goes rogue and attempts to kill Archer, an act that becomes his primary obsession. Katya sacrifices herself at their wedding to save Archer's life.

Barry survives the fall because of his cybernetics and gloats at Katya's death.

Season 3

"Heart of Archness: Part I"

"Does this make up for Framboise? It does, Other Barry. Yes, it does."
—Barry Dylan[src]

Though Barry did not succeed in killing Archer, he was pleased to see Archer's emotional distress as he cradled the dead Katya's body. He was unaffected by Archer firing bullets at him and ran off pleased at his enemy's pain.

"Crossing Over"

This is just a goof.

"You son of bitch! You actually think you can get away with this?!"
"Well, duh. I mean, why else would I do it?"
Nikolai Jakov and Barry Dylan[src]

Allowing Archer to suffer in emotional turmoil, Barry later usurps Nikolai Jakov, who is potentially Archer's father, as head of the KGB. He then kills Jakov in an explosion, which prevents a paternity test from ever being performed, further affecting Archer emotionally.

"Skin Game"

After Katya is revived as a cyborg by Dr. Algernop Krieger, Barry returns to kill Archer and Katya at their second attempt at marriage, only for the fight between the two cyborgs devolve into a sexual encounter, ending Archer's engagement once again. Barry is once more pleased to see Archer's pain at losing Katya. However on the bus Barry and Katya are shown to be unhappy as society will never accept them for who or what they are.

"Space Race: Part II"

Dōmo arigatō misutā robotto.

Still resolved to fight and kill Archer, even though he promised Katya he wouldn't, Barry follows him and the ISIS crew all the way to into space after being told where he is by Krieger. As the ISIS crew are attempting to leave the station, they discover Barry is on board and taunting Archer into coming out to fight by offering a 'sick space robot' for him to use. Archer however puts his hatred for Barry aside temporarily and lets everyone leave.

After Archer defends Cyril from Malory's insult, Cyril rewards him for his kindness by using the shuttles thrusters to destroy Barrys own spaceship, leaving him stranded.

Season 4

"Fugue and Riffs"

"Viscous Coupling"

After Barry becomes stranded in space, Katya uses the time to take over as head of the KGB. Upon returning to Earth, Barry resumes exacting his revenge through sabotaging ISIS professionally due to Katya's insistence that he let Archer live.

"Live and Let Dine"

"Remind me never to piss you off."
"Remind yourself."
"...yes, dear."
—Barry Dylan and Katya Kazanova[src]

Season 6

"Edie's Wedding"

Forgot what I was gonna say.

Once Katya breaks up with him, Barry again attempts to kill Archer, this time at the wedding of Pam Poovey's sister, Edie Poovey. During the battle, Barry is shot by explosive rounds that Archer made sure to obtain prior to fighting him. Pam and Archer manage to defeat Barry, whose human skin is burnt off in a grain elevator fire.

Despite having a visible hole in his torso after being shot by the explosive rounds, the hole is not present the next time he appears. While it's possible that he simply got it repaired, it doesn't explain how as it's supposed to be state of the art from Russia. With Katya being head of KGB, it's highly unlikely he got it repaired there.

Season 7

"Motherless Child"

When Barry returns, initially covered in bandages to cover his metal endoskeleton, he is revealed to have been put up for adoption as a youth. The ISIS team having formed a private detective agency, Barry temporarily calls a truce in order to hire them to find his birth mother, albeit holding Archer's mother, Malory, as hostage to ensure compliance. After they find his mother, Barry decides to meet her, but realizes that he cannot approach her with his current appearance. He then receives a face mask and hands resembling Figgis from Krieger and leaves to meet with her, but gets hit by a bus after leaving the building.

Season 8

In Season 8, Archer: Dreamland, Barry takes on a dream persona called 'Dutch' Dylan who can be considered a main character due to appearing in every episode. However, Barry remains a recurring character in the show overall. Dutch is a murdering psychopath who works for mobster Len Trexler (Dreamland), who is mutilated by Archer after he drives a truck over his legs, resulting in them having to be amputated. He is augmented by Krieger (Dreamland) and is a real pain in the ass/nemesis for Archer (Dreamland).

Season 10

As Barry 6 in "Robert De Niro".

In Season 10 (Archer: 1999) Barry Dillon appears as Barry 6, an android who is the main antagonist for the entire season. At the end of the season, Barry 6 reveals his motive for pursuing Archer throughout his subconscious version of space is vengeance for sodomising his former girlfriend, Framboise.

"Bort the Garj"

"Happy Borthday"

"Robert De Niro"

Season 11

"Robot Factory"

During the three years Archer is in a coma, after reconnecting with his birth mother, Barry seems to have cleaned up his act and got over his obsession with Archer. He tells Archer he's been to therapy, cut the toxic elements out of his life, and hasn't spoken to Katya or Other Barry in two years. He'd even visited Archer in the hospital a total of eight times, and is seen singing "Las Mañanitas" to him while he's asleep.

Archer initially responds to Barry with apprehension, but during their mission to shut down a KGB factory of "Evil Barry Bots" that plan to take over the world, Barry and Archer form a really strong connection, eventually resulting in Archer abandoning his contempt for his former rival and admitting he now considers him a friend.

Season 12

"Colt Express"

Sorry pal, it's actually Other Barry.

When Archer is cornered by Fabian and his men, Barry suddenly crashes in unexpectedly. Archer, at first, is glad because now that he and Barry are friends, he believes he's here to help him, only to discover that its actually "Other Barry" in control now who then knocks Archer out.

Mission: Difficult

Barry is put in charge of beating Archer while Fabian waited for ISIS to deliver the memory stick to him. “Other Barry” let’s Barry talk to Archer while still beating him and Barry reveals that Fabian attempted to hacked Barry’s central processor, resulting in “Other Barry”, who still hates Archer, gaining full control of Barry’s body. He then leaves with Fabian.

“Other Barry” later renters Archer’s cell and quickly becomes annoyed with Archer’s attempt to jam his gears, revealing that he is run by frictionless bearings. Archer convinces Barry to talk to “Other Barry” and Barry reveals that “Other Barry” is actually his repressed hated of Archer which he pushed deep into his meta-programming in an attempt to move on. Unperturbed by this revelation, “Other Barry” begin hunting down Archer, who used the opportunity to escape. After Archer bumps into a mover, “Other Barry” catches him and ties with with zip ties before throwing him back in his cell.

”Other Barry” later encounters Lana and Cyril when they try to rescue Archer, and chases them, but before he can capture them, dozens of IAA employees, having been drugged by Cheryl, drag him away. He later counters the group again downstairs, and after he is stunned by having dirt thrown in his eyes, Pam knocks him out with a fire extinguisher and Archer uses one of Kreiger’s inventions to attempt enter Barry’s mind. However, it fails as Barry’s skull is shielded. Archer reveals that he intended to permanently eliminate “Other Barry” from Barry’s mind so they could be friends again. Before “Other Barry” can finish Archer off, he is knocked down when Malory hits him with a dolly and the ISIS agents use the opportunity to throw things at him. Barry reveals that he can force a hard reboot if he is stunned. Archer, Colt and Kreiger manage to stun Barry, allowing him to imitate the reboot and shut down. Barry is crushed under the rubble of the collapsing building, but Archer and the mover from earlier manage to pull him out.

Personality

Barry seems to suffer from a form of split personality disorder, his 2 personalities being simply “Barry” and “Other Barry.” This at first just consists of him talking to himself near constantly but eventually evolves into full blown dual personalities, with “Other Barry” being the more psychotic and dangerous of the 2. Due to this, along with his intensely violent tendencies, lack of emotion, and erratic behavior, he’s widely considered to be crazy by most characters in the show. In addition to conversing with himself, he has also been known to speak to, but not with, his gun.

Following his conversion into a cyborg, Barry seems to have developed a more focused obsession on getting revenge on Sterling Archer for twice dropping him off rooftops and once stealing his girlfriend, whom Archer later described as "the Pelé of anal."[3] Barry, originally being a competent and semi-normal agent, had a complete turnaround after being turned into a cyborg. He became erratic, unpredictable, became far more mentally unstable and more invested in his more violent alternate personality “Other Barry,” and above all else became exceedingly hateful towards archer and violent to anyone in his way, brutalizing and torturing basically anyone he feels like.

Barry appeared to genuinely care for Katya Kazanova, Archer's onetime fiancé, who was resurrected as a cyborg by Dr. Algernop Krieger. However his inability to let go of his grudge against Archer caused problems in their relationship early on. After she took over the KGB, Barry found himself playing a subservient role to her, and was clearly driven further into his psychotic hatred of Archer when Katya eventually dumped him.

When he returns in Season 7's "Motherless Child," Barry shows a much softer side, asking (and later forcing) the crew to help him find his birth mother, since he was dropped off at an orphanage as a baby, believing that finding her might alleviate the emptiness and bitterness he feels. Though he is still unstable, he gets along better with the crew and leaves them on a warm note, genuinely thanking them and calling them his friends.

Barry eventually works out his relationship towards Archer and the two become friends. However, the rage he felt towards Archer didn’t leave him, so Barry instead repressed that rage into his meta-data, leading to his more violent personality of “Other Barry” completely taking over his body and actions after Fabian tried to hack him, so despite Barry making peace with Archer and genuinely considering him a good friend, Other Barry is shown to still have extreme hatred for him and violently beats him at Fabian’s command.

Dream Personas

After the events at the end of season 7, seasons 8 and 10 see Barry take the form of a dream persona:

Trivia

  • Barry bears a striking resemblance to Robert Shaw as the Russian assassin Donald "Red" Grant in the 1963 James Bond film From Russia with Love.
  • He is such a fan of his Desert Eagle Mark VII that in "A Going Concern" he is observed reading a magazine that focuses solely on this weapon.
  • Either due to continuity error, or the poor typing skills of the admin staff in the Archer Universe, Barry's last name is spelled either Dylan or Dylon. It is first presented on his business card as Dylan.
  • Cyborg Barry, the process he undergoes to become a cyborg, and his red track suit are a reference to The Six Million Dollar Man.
  • Barry's CPUs are powered by photovoltaics, meaning he is powered by solar energy.
  • Barry has twice called out "Aaar-cher... Come out and play-ee-ayyy!" to vocally taunt Archer into one-on-one combat. The taunt itself (including the rhythmic clinking of three beer bottles) is a direct imitation and homage to the taunt Luther uses towards Swan in the 1979 cult action film The Warriors. This was used in "Space Race: Part II" and "Edie's Wedding".
  • Barry's name, superhuman speed, red track suit, short blond hair, and sarcastic nature cause him to bear a superficial resemblance to DC Comics' Silver Age The Flash, Barry Allen.
  • Barry's real name, Bartholomew, is likely based on Bartholomew the Apostle, who was skinned alive at the time of his death. Both Barry and Bartholomew have no skin, although this could perhaps be a coincidence.
  • Barry's worst nightmare is a recurring nightmare of himself and Santa being chased through the snow by Lurch from the Addams Family. (Edie's Wedding)
  • The initials of his full name, Bartholomew Aloysious Dylan, are B.A.D.
  • As "Dutch" in Dreamland, he requires a dose of serum every day, from which his only supply being Krieger, his original augmentor. (This is likely a reference to the DC Comics Silver Age supervillain Metallo.)
  • In Double Trouble, Barry lifted a 1948 Ford F-1 with one arm, which weighs 4,700 pounds/2,132 kilograms (2.35 tons).
  • Barry is Cheryl's emergency contact
  • Barry can have sex in eight dimensions.

Appearances

Appearances for Barry Dylan

Gallery of Images

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References

  1. Transliterates from Russian to "No!"
  2. Archer S07E04: "Motherless Child"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Archer S01E09: "Job Offer"
  4. Translates from French to "A heart? You don't have a heart."

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