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You have an aura of lies.
—Barcus to Luz, "The First Day"

Barcus is a minor character of The Owl House. He is student at Hexside School of Magic and Demonics and part of the same group as Viney and Jerbo. He is officially enrolled in a dual-track which teaches oracle and potions.

Appearance

Body

Barcus has the body of a dog with a human-like face. He is covered with chestnut fur with light tan fur on his stomach and neck area. He has dark orange tufts of hair on his head and two ears pointing upward with a small gold hoop earring on his right ear. He has blue eyes and black eyebrows.

Clothing

Barcus wears square glasses with white tape in the center and a typical Hexside uniform with a gray robe and a darker gray belt and cowl. Originally, his sleeves were gray to represent the detention track.

After getting to choose multiple tracks, Barcus' right and left sleeves become violet and yellow, respectively, to represent the oracle and potions tracks. Before then, he only had the latter color while part of the potions track.

Personality

Barcus is usually a friendly and laid-back individual who is deeply loyal to his friends and willing to stand up against injustice. However, if one's aura tells him that someone his untrustworthy, Barcus will refuse to associate with them. Barcus is also easily angered and annoyed.

Background

Trying multiple tracks

After trying to get into both the potions and oracle tracks, with his mix of potioneering and fortune telling resulting in the teacher watching himself wither to bones, Barcus is placed in the detention track, along with Jerbo and Viney. However, they stumble across a secret room that gives them access to the entire school. When Luz Noceda is placed in the detention track, the three share their secret room with her. After Barcus, Jerbo, and Viney over hear Willow and Gus say that Luz thinks she is too good for them, an opinion she formed before getting to know them, they shun the human.

When Luz tells them that Hexside is in danger, Jerbo and the others rebuff her at first, but reluctantly agree to help. Upon seeing the basilisk, the four form a plan. They lure it to the auditorium and attack it, with Barcus recreating his aging potion to stun the basilisk. Once the basilisk is subdued, Principal Bump berates them for practicing multiple tracks, but Luz in turn condemns him for not allowing students to practice any type of magic they want. Realizing the error of his ways, Bump lets the detention track students studied their desired tracks, and Barcus is placed in the potion and oracle track.[1]

Some time afterward, when Hunter bothers him at his stand during the club fair, Barcus slaps a banish card on his face to drive off the teenage boy.[2]

Resisting a coven

As the Day of Unity approaches, Barcus and the other Hexside students and faculty are surprised when Adrian Graye Vernworth, the head of the Illusion Coven, comes to Hexside. He informs them that the Emperor has decreed all young witches must be placed in a coven before the Day of Unity. Barcus and the other multi-track students are unnerved by the decree, but Adrian claims to side with the students and only wishes to put fake sigils on them. Just before Adrian is about to "brand" Edric, Gus realizes that the brand is real and reveals the truth to the entire school. After seeing multiple Coven Scouts and watching as the Head Illusionist tries to force him into the Abomination Coven, Gus creates a school-wide illusion, allowing Barcus, the students, and the faculty to flee to the healing homeroom.

As the students and staff at Hexside are recuperating, Viney and Skara go to find Gus and Hunter. They find Hunter unconscious and bring him to the healing homeroom. After the former Golden Guard tells the others that Adrian has Gus, the majority of the school doesn't trust him, including Barcus after he reads Hunter's aura, until Willow convinces them otherwise. Barcus joins in the group effort to fight the Emperor's Coven, helping Edric throw explosive potions at various Coven Scouts, but he is taken down by an Abomaton. Once the Emperor's Coven retreats with a vegetative Adrian, Barcus and the rest of the students and staff at Hexside listen as Hunter explains the truth about the Day of Unity.[3]

Power and abilities

  • Magic: Barcus is capable of certain indirect forms of magic, though it is not known if he is capable of using a spell circle like a witch.
    • Oracle magic: Barcus can divine future events and read different fates.
    • Potion magic: Barcus knows how to create potions and chemical magic.
    • Palm reading: Barcus can see someone's future by pouring a potion on the hand of his subject. When he sees it, his eyes are covered in purple fire.
    • Death perception: Barcus can show someone's natural decay using potions as a medium. By adding an oracle sphere to a potion vat, it shows a person's reflection withering away until only bones remain. This mixes the magic of Oracle and potions.
    • Aura reading: Barcus can read the colors of someone's aura that reveals their true intentions. This helps Barcus discern if the person is trustworthy or not.

Sightings

Behind the scenes

Name and basis

Barcus's name is a portmanteau of the word "bark" and the given name "Marcus". He may also be named after Zach Marcus, one of the writers of "The First Day".

Debut

Barcus debuted in "The First Day".

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Trivia

  • Jerbo and Principal Bump can understand him when he speaks.
  • When speaking onscreen, subtitles are shown to translate what he says.
  • Barcus is the only multi-track student who doesn't return in "Hunting Palismen".

References

  1. Dana Terrace, Rachel Vine, John Bailey Owen, Zach Marcus (writers) and Sabrina Cotugno (director) (July 25, 2020). "The First Day". The Owl House. Season 1. Episode 13. Disney Channel.
  2. John Bailey Owen (writer) and Amelia Lorenz (director) (April 2, 2022). "Any Sport in a Storm". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 13. Disney Channel.
  3. Dana Terrace, Luz Batista (writers) and Bridget Underwood (director) (May 7, 2022). "Labyrinth Runners". The Owl House. Season 2. Episode 18. Disney Channel.
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