|“||Sometimes I just can't figure Binky out. It's like he's two different people: Bully Binky and, uh... that other guy. I think I like the other guy best.||”|
|Residence||Barneses' House, Elwood City|
|Relatives||Mr. Barnes (father)|
Mrs. Barnes (mother)
Mei-Lin (adopted sister)
Shelley Barnes (great-grandfather)
|Book debut||Arthur's April Fool|
|Latest Appearance||Arthur Turns Green|
|Cartoon debut||"Arthur's Eyes"|
|Latest Appearance||"Read and Flumberghast"|
|Voice Actor||Bruce Dinsmore|
Shelley "Binky" Barnes is a 3rd grader in Mr. Ratburn's class at Lakewood Elementary School. He was the leader of a gang of bullies called the Tough Customers, until he dissolved the club in "Arthur's Big Hit". Although Binky's real name is Shelley, he is very sensitive about it, and prefers to be called Binky.
Binky Barnes is an anthropomorphic bulldog and usually wears a long sleeved orange-pecan button up shirt, dark blue slacks, a light blue belt buckle, and brown loafers. He usually wears his shirt tucked into his pants. In the chapter book Arthur and the World Record, after the record of the tallest man in the world is mentioned, who is 8 feet, 11 inches, Binky mentions that that is twice as tall as he is, meaning that Binky measures around 4 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
For formal occasions Binky will wear a grey polka dotted suit with a top front pocket on the right hand side of the jacket. Binky kept 3 pencils in this pocket. The suit also has two pockets, one on each side, with the pocket on the left hand side being slightly above the one on the right. The suit has two buttons and a black sleeve patch, one on each sleeve. He also wears a white collar shirt, a light green tie, matching trousers and black shoes.
Personality and description
Though Binky is generally portrayed as the typical school bully (more so in the earlier episodes), he also has a softer side: he dances ballet, plays the clarinet and flute, and is a lepidopterologist (butterfly collector), but wants to keep the butterflies alive while in his collection. He usually keeps these interests private and rarely tells or shows others about them.
Binky is a keen cyclist, as well. We see in numerous episodes that Binky cycles to school and enters most cycling tournaments in Elwood City. His most treasured possession is his Lance Armstrong t-shirt.
Binky also has an interest in the fine arts. He enjoys the works of various poets and classical music composers, such as Frédéric Chopin, the great romantic composer.
He also secretly is afraid of the dark and worried about having a physical confrontation (fight) with Sue Ellen- as Binky has actually never had to fight anyone during all the years he was considered to be a bully. He is Forward and Goalkeeper for the Lakewood Elementary Soccer Club.
In season 11, the Barnes family adopted 1 year old baby girl (Mei-Lin) from China.
Binky seems to thoroughly enjoy art as one time he put a a lot of effort into correcting a picture in an art gallery, which was hung in a different way to that which the artist intended.
- Mrs. Barnes: Binky's mom is a nurse who loves her son very much, and probably isn't very aware of his bullying habits. She's very well-meaning, but occasionally can be a worrywart, as evidenced after she discovered Binky had a serious peanut allergy, during which she kept constant watch on him. Binky seems to love her very much, as he made put a lot of effort trying to make her a rhyming card for her birthday. 
- Mr. Barnes: Little is known of Binky's dad since he only appears occasionally, other than the fact that he too is very loving towards his son.
- Mei-Lin Barnes: Binky's baby sister Mei-Lin is from China and was adopted by the Barnes family very recently. At first, Binky didn't know how to open up to his new sister, but with patience and some hard work, the two of them developed a very strong bond. Binky takes good care of his sister and works hard to raise her along with his parents, and is excited when Mei-Lin shows signs of growth, as he was thrilled when she learned to stand by herself.
- If the intro to the episode, "The Election" happens, he will be a member of The United States Secret Service.
- In the earlier seasons, Binky usually hung out with the Tough Customers, but in the later seasons he seems to hang out with Arthur and his friends more often.
- According to the chapter book "Arthur and the World Record" Binky is 4.458 feet (about 4 feet 5 ½ inches), which makes his friends and Arthur around 4 feet each.
- Binky was held back in the third grade do what was implied to be his poor academic performance, a fact he is not very proud of. Thus, he should have been in the fourth grade with the Tough Customers and Prunella. He is 9 years old and not the same age as the other 3rd graders, though in "Binky vs. Binky," a form he has says he is 10 years old.
- He is allergic to peanuts as revealed in "Binky Goes Nuts."
- He is considered one of the two best members of the school band due to his expertise with the clarinet, rivaled only by Sue Ellen on the saxophone.
- In the episode "Bully for Binky," Binky seems to not like ballet. But in the later seasons, Binky has grown to have an affinity for it and is shown to be extremely talented at ballet.
- In the episode "Arthur's Faraway Friend," Binky was miscolored when he was waving to Buster.
- Binky is just a nickname. His real name is actually Shelley, named after his great-grandfather as revealed in "What's in a Name?". Prior to this revelation, Binky was actually completely unaware that "Binky" was not his birth name.
- Binky hates going on the Science Museum field trip because he was held back and already knows what will happen.
- Binky's Birthday according to him is next month in "Brother Can You Spare a Clarinet?, when you calculate Arthur birthday plus the time Arthur said, you could determine that Binky's Birthday is in October because the episode is based in September. It is confirmed that Binky's birthday is sometime between September and May, because a score card in "Binky vs. Binky" says that he was 10 in that episode, which took place in May.
- Binky's email address is begins with "binkybarnes@" The ending of it is unknown, as we only see Binky writing the beginning.
- Despite bullying George a lot, Binky has been seen hanging out with him. In some episodes he's even seen playing with him.
- Despite his appearance, in many episodes Binky is soft, not violent. This can either be from Sue Ellen, the Chip, Mei Lin, or ending the Tough Customers.
|The full image gallery for Binky Barnes may be viewed at Binky Barnes/Gallery.|
- ↑ http://www.pbs.org/parents/arthur/help/answers/faq_friends.html?cat=faq
- ↑ "Buster's Growing Grudge"
- ↑ His imaginary moustaches in "Brain's Shocking Secret" and "Through the Looking Glasses"
- ↑ http://pbskids.org/arthur/print/tradingcards/cards.html#pg-binky2
- ↑ What's in a Name?
- ↑ Rhyme for Your Life