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For his Beyondard counterpart, see Barrel (Beyondard). For his video game counterpart, see Baryl.
"I fused with Duo and we went on a long journey through the cosmos. I almost lost track of time. It was a wonderful experience. The universe has satisifed my curiosity. (...) Don't forget, Netto. I'm the 'Invincible Barrel'!"
―Barrel's final words to Netto Hikari, Rockman.EXE Stream

Colonel Barrel (バレル Bareru) is a character in Rockman.EXE Stream. Nicknamed the "Invincible Barrel”, Barrel was a renowned soldier for the Ameroppan army 20 years before the start of the series. He was the operator of Colonel.EXE, a powerful secret military Navi that the Ameroppan army does acknowledge exists. In the present time, an elderly Barrel passes away early in the season, vowing to Duo.EXE that his war against him has just started as his younger self prepares to fight the alien Navi alongside Netto Hikari and his team of Cross Fusion Members, communicating to them and aiding them from the past. When merged with Colonel, Barrel becomes C.F. Colonel.

Overview

Barrel and Colonel in Stream's intro.

Barrel has an undying and powerful sense of justice, rivaled only perhaps by Netto himself. A formidable and skilled soldier, Barrel is able to combat even machinery and viruses on his own without cross fusion, and will take immense risk to himself to assure the protection of the world, even going as far as using Spectrum to send himself as data through time to convene with the other Cross Fusion Members to fight against Duo, and even perform Cross Fusion with Duo himself to teach the alien NetNavi human compassion.

Barrel is a long time friend and colleague of Dr. Wily, seemingly unaware of what sort of person his friend would turn into later in life, and entrusted Wily with several instructions to enact when the time came, ensuring Barrel could contribute in anyway possible before his fated arrival in the present where Wily delivers to him his Synchro Chip.

Despite their short time together, Netto and Barrel share a close bond formed by Colonel often coming to Rockman's aid and Barrel mentoring Netto and aiding him from across time, as well as the two sharing their passion for justice and protecting the world from evil.

History

Rockman.EXE Stream

An elderly and wheelchair-bound Barrel debuts in the second episode of the season, watching as massive viruses materialized in the real world by Slur.EXE wreak havoc on the world while holding a damaged PET. Earth Erasure

He later passes away while listening to his record player, promising Duo.EXE that his fight has only just begun. Hunter, Netto, and Enzan Ijuuin pass by his funeral while those attending fire off their guns, and Hunter explains he was a hero to Amerouope. Rockman.EXE notices Colonel's emblem on Barrel's tombstone. Calling on Colonel!

After Duo's Comet crash-lands on Earth, it opens up a space-time tunnel named Past Tunnel that leads to the world of 30 years before. It is then revealed that Colonel comes from the past of 20 years ago and is using the "Time-Space Saber" to travel to present time. Barrel was one of the 13 Chosen Ones of Duo, receiving a Crest despite not existing in the same time period as the other Crest holders.

Rockman.EXE: Hikari to Yami no Program

This film takes place between episodes 22 and 29 of Stream. Episodes 29 and beyond are summarized after this section.

TBA

Stream cont.

At some point, Barrel arrested a hacker, Jackass, that had been attempting to steal Ameroppa's military secrets. During that time, Rockman had traveled back in time to stop ShadeMan, who had also returned in time to create a world for Darkloids, Barrel rescued him. Barrel had also been sending Colonel to help Netto and the others out to help them in their battles against the Asteroids, though Barrel mainly sent Colonel to try and defeat Slur, the one that had been distributing the Asteroids.

Barrel is mentioned by Dr. Wily, where he explained that Barrel's crest was the first one that Dr. Regal had stolen when Wily copied the data signature on the crest years ago. So in the present, Regal had gathered the remaining 12 Crests from the other Crest holders that would allow him access to Duo's comet. 

Barrel, knowing that the countdown to Earth's destruction, asked the Dr. Wily in his time, to use Spectrum to connect to the future via Past Tunnel, though the risks were high since the future's Spectrum was destroyed, especially since only data beings like NetNavis could go through it. Thanks to the present Dr. Wily giving Netto and the others the deceased Barrel's PET, they used it to as a beacon to guide Barrel as he was going through the Tunnel, and though it was a bumpy road, Barrel safely managed to enter the future once more. There he met with the older Dr. Wily, and was given a Synchro Chip to perform Cross Fusion, where he joined the other Cross Fusion Members in their battle against the Asteroids. 

However, before they could travel back in time to enter Duo's comet, the Past Tunnel's Time-Space Stabilizers were damaged by Forte and Slur's final battle, which resulted in Slur's deletion. While it would have taken them a few days to fix it, time was already running short, but the Crests of Duo reacted and the device began working again. However by then, Dr. Regal had taken control of Duo's comet and gained incredible power and maybe it was him who fixed the device. 

Forced into a battle against Regal's protoplasmic creatures, Barrel fought against them with the others, but the battle would be short as Regal was instantly stopped and killed after Duo intervened. Hurrying to the Past Tunnel, Barrel and the others managed to enter Duo's comet right as the Earth was destroyed.

Seeing that Earth was destroyed and Duo declaring that humans the Earth to be of an "flawed-evolutioned" network civilization, Barrel attacks, only to be thrown back. Telling the others that with the 13 Crests of Duo, they could take control of Duo's comet and restore the planet, Barrel and the others prepared to engage Duo in battle. However, Duo proved immeasurably strong, and defeated them all with a single attack, and strips them of their Crests. 

Barrel awoke soon when Colonel and the other Navis rejected Duo's offer to obey him, and Duo was not able to understand their reasons to stand by humans. Barrel and the others stood in front of their Navis against Duo, much to Duo's confusion. When still showing that he could not understand the bond of love and friendship, Barrel chose to use his last resort: performing a Cross Fusion with Duo. This would allow Duo to understand what Cross Fusion was, and thus Baryl offered to be absorbed by Duo, with Colonel also choosing to join him. When Netto attempted to stop him, Duo prevented Netto from going any further, before he expressed interest and took Barrel and Colonel into himself, before restoring Earth and leaving the planet. Before leaving, Barrel told Netto and the others that he was the "Invincible Barrel."

Barrel then talks to Netto and the others through the Past Tunnel, showing to be an old man, the same age that he was when he was first seen in the beginning of Stream. He explained how he had spent so many years with Duo, traveling the vast cosmos and had a truly fulfilling time there, before telling Netto once more that he was the "Invincible Barrel" before the transmission was cut from the Past Tunnel fading.

It seemed that Barrel was returned to Earth at some point prior to Stream, which may explain why he appeared as an even older man than he should be, and how he knew of Duo's coming. 

List of appearances

Main article: Barrel (anime)/Appearances

Gallery

Main article: Barrel (anime)/Gallery

Trivia

  • Barrel is the last character to perform his first Cross Fusion in Stream.
  • Unlike his video game incarnation, in the present time of the anime Barrel is an elderly man that passes away early on in the series. His younger self, which looks like he does in the video games, has a large role in the anime as an ally of Netto that travels from the past to the present in the finale. Also unlike the games, Barrel was not raised by Dr. Wily, but instead the two are colleagues in the Ameroupean army in the past, and a young Dr. Wily aids him in traveling to the present to fight Duo. Because of this, he neither joins the WWW and is not the adopted sibling of Dr. Regal, that honor instead going to Yuriko Ozono.
  • Barrel’s roles in the video games is split up between him and his Beyondard counterpart in the anime. In Stream, Barrel is a colleague of Dr. Wily during their time in the Ameroupean army 20 years in the past rather than his adopted son like in the video games, but works with Netto and the Cross Fusion Members, the anime equivalent to Team ProtoMan and Colonel, to stop Dr. Regal, similar to his role in Mega Man Battle Network 5. In Beast, the Barrel of Beyondard removed Colonel’s emotion data like he did in Mega Man Battle Network 6, but this time it was to allow Colonel to battle the Zoanoroids and Cyber Beasts better, and he has no relation to the Dr. Wily of Beyondard or the Cyber Beasts, and Iris was created by the Beyondard Tadashi Hikari, not Dr. Wily.

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