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Barnes is a side character from Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, specifically from Beard's storyline from the Russo-American war in Hawaii. He's apparently one of the younger members if not the youngest member of Beard's Unit, and wears a green bandana and gold earring. He's sensitive to Daniels' condescension but has a rivalry and friendship with him.

Events in Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number Edit

March 17th, 1985 Edit

Barnes is seated in the military tiki bar next to Daniels and a standing, smoking Jacket. He comments that he's feeling abnormally drunk, possibly because of the heat. Beard suggests going back to camp, and Daniels says he's good for another round or two but that everyone else should head back to camp. Barnes tells Daniels not to tell him what to do and promises to outdrink him.

That night, Barnes is armed, standing alone near the gun table the Colonel is manning. After the mission, Barnes responds to Beard's radio message with: "Hank here, ran out of fuel for the lawnmowers... We're at the gas station at 24th and 7th. Head on over and we'll share the ride back".

Later, Beard finds Barnes beating a fat Russian soldier to a pulp, commenting that he couldn't help himself and that the soldier kinda looks like Daniels. He mutters that one day he'll show that fat pig who the real boss is.

October 25th, 1985 Edit

Barnes is playing cards with Daniels and asks him for advice on opening up a bar as Barnes used to be a bartender. Daniels laughs at Barnes and calls him a sociopathic drunk. Barnes asks Daniels what he's planning and Daniels reminds him he already has a job that he'll just go back to. Barnes responds to Daniels' condescension with a "yeah, yeah, fuck you too, man" and asks Beard what his plans are.

After the mission, Barnes is next to a standing, smoking Jacket leaning against a trashed car while Beard talks to the D Company Commander. Later, Barnes is leaning on a wall in a captured resort next to Jacket. He asks Beard to make sure they're really going home when the Colonel arrives, which Beard confirms as what the Colonel said. After Daniels says that's cause for celebration, Barnes suggests seeing if the Commies had any left to drink and again complains about the heat. Daniels suggests they settle for water and rest until D Company arrives, and Barnes says "Didn't you hear? Those guys are pussies! We're better off without 'em," referring to how D Company failed to take the resort after weeks and needs to be "round up" by their commander. Beards agrees, but says there's always safety in numbers and smiles (possibly an innuendo).

October 30th, 1985 Edit

Barnes complains about their mission just being a bullshit reason to get them all killed. Daniels says he agrees with Barnes "for once," prompting Barnes to ask why he's always picking on him, "We're in this shit together, right?" And says they should be sending a whole platoon to take the Soviet-controlled power plant instead of just them. Beard comments that maybe they're more expendable and says the place is probably booby trapped. After the Colonel's panther mask speech, Barnes wonders what kind of fucked up shit he's been drinking.

The next morning, Barnes is stretching and talking to Daniels by the campfire. Later, he cuts and opens the chainlink on the fence for Beard. After taking the plant, Barnes is trying to pick the lock on the control room door, before the Russian General kills all the engineers and himself and sends the plant into meltdown. Barnes and Jacket run over to the elevators, and Barnes reaches them first. The elevator explodes and blows most of Barnes' right half and face off, and he appears to be screaming. Daniels rushes over to comfort his friend in his last moments as the plant explodes.

Trivia Edit

  • Barnes wears a green bandana similar to Biker's. The biker bar from the Bar of Broken Heroes transitions directly to Barnes saying he used to be a bartender. The bar itself is referred to as "Hank's," which is Barnes' fake codename in Ambush.
  • Barnes' face is a re-edit and recolor of Rouven Blankenfeld's facial sprite, with similarly hidden eyes, similar hair, and earring in left ear.
  • Barnes may have some criminal background, as Casualties features him being the one to cut fences and pick locks.
    • Notably the black teenager in the Midnight Animal opening is comically struggling to open a regular door from the inside, and the upstairs of the opening features a glasses-wearing teenager and a muscular blonde teenager. It's possible these are tongue in cheek references to Beard's Unit.
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      An unused sprite for the Ambush outro, featuring Barnes using Jacket's radio.

  • Barnes is frequently immediately next to Jacket (Ambush intro, Stronghold outro, Casualties intro at night, Casualties outro), perhaps implying a friendship.
  • Casualties' outro features Barnes rushing to the elevators holding an AK47, likely taken from a Russian soldier.

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