The Barney Bunch was an Internet troll group in the 2000s which was known for YouTube videos and YTMND sites featuring shock humor and gay jokes. They were also active on Newgrounds, from which they were banned.
Their videos were very formulaic, consisting of still-frame slide shows and text-to-speech character voices (mostly using Speakonia and Microsoft Sam). They were centered mainly around four characters who would talk about how gay they were.
The four characters were:
- Drew Pickles
- Ronald McDonald, "better known as the Penis Clown"
- Dick the Clown, a shock image of a clown with a penis
There were also similar formulas, such as "Secret Missing Episodes" of TV shows, the New England Patriots, "Grover's Gay Gang," and a group of gay emo kids.
The Barney Bunch fell apart in the late 2000s, mainly due to disagreements on whether the Barney Bunch should be about trolling people or making videos in that style.
- Bladeform, whose choice of TTS voice was based on Barney Bunch arguments over how to portray Drew Pickles
- Santabot Race War, where redblade7 was also criticized due to development of characters and introduction of new ones