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Barb is a secondary antagonist turned anti-hero and reformed in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2. She is a female anthropomorphic orangutan who is Chester V's loyal assistant and a brilliant scientist. She is voiced by Kristen Schaal


Barb is a short, stout anthropomorphic orangutan with purple skin, long arms, short legs, and orange fur covering most of her body except her face, hands and feet. She has shoulder-length orange hair which she keeps tied in a ponytail. She wears a bright orange Thinquanaut vest with a Live Corp ID tag, sparkly purple eyeshadow and sparkly purple nail polish.


Barb is a highly intelligent orangutan who solved the unified field theory. She’s loud, dramatic, and enthusiastic, but has a short temper and little patience, especially for those who call her a monkey instead of an ape.

Despite having a genius-level human intelligence, Barb reverts to more animalistic behaviors when she is frustrated. She self-corrects her orangutan behavior similarly to how Sam Sparks hid her geekiness in the first film. She hopes that acting more "human" will win Chester's respect and admiration, but only by accepting herself for who she is and finds true friendship.


Barb is the brainchild of Chester V, an orangutan with a human brain within her ape brain "like a turducken." In her youth, she starred alongside Chester in "The Scientifically Wonderful World of Science." She acts as a tour guide for new employees, guiding them around headquarters and explaining employee roles and responsibilities.

She remained dutifully loyal to Chester, despite Chester constantly calling her "Monkey." After Sentinels of Safety captured Flint's friends, Sam pointed out that while Barb may feel obligated to support the man who created her, he shows her little respect and doesn’t treat her like a friend.

When Chester calls her "Monkey" in his last bid to escape with the FLDSMDFR, Barb defies Chester and returns the machine to Flint. Barb's attestation of her self-worth is rewarded when Sam and Flint welcome Barb into their circle of friends.

In the mid-credits scene, Barb awkwardly asks Steve out on a dinner date.


Behind the Scenes[]

  • Barb was originally conceived as a male monkey named Troy.[1]
  • Barb bears many similarities to the Librarian from Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, including her dislike of being misidentified as a monkey.
  • In a deleted scene, Barb escorts Flint to Live Corp in a flying car.