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Gigi's wife, who minds the dining room in the restaurant. To this day, her cheerful smile continues to draw the customers in. Of course, Barbara also helps taste test Gigi's newest culinary creations, and the rigors of the task over the years have made her girlish figure a thing of the past.

— Directory, Sonic Unleashed (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3)

Barbara (バルバラ Barubara?) is a character that appears in Sonic Unleashed. She is a human resident of Spagonia and the wife of Gigi. The co-owner of Restaurant Swa, a restaurant that has been in Gigi's family for three generations, she takes care of the dining room and helps Gigi taste his new recipes, though the latter has made her overweight.


Xbox 360/PlayStation 3

Several years prior to Sonic Unleashed, Barbara met Gigi and eventually married him. During their marriage, Barbara was always kind towards Gigi, never getting angry with him. At some point, Barbara began to help Gigi in his restaurant by taking care of its dinner room and testing Gigi's new recipes for the menu. Over the years, Barbara's cheerful smile and kindness drew many customers to the restaurant, which became very popular with the students from Spagonia University. In the meantime, her aid with Gigi's recipes would make her overweight, but she did not mind.

During the events of Sonic Unleashed, Restaurant Sva began to have financial troubles because the number of customers was falling. While Barbara was able to remain quite calm, Gigi was very pessimistic about the situation, which made Barbara deeply worried about her husband.

Barbara first appeared in Sonic Unleashed when Sonic the Hedgehog and Chip first arrived in Spagonia to find Professor Pickle. As Sonic and Chip was asking around for directions to Spagonia University, Barbara kindly provided the duo with the directions. Later when Sonic and Chip were looking for clues to Professor Pickle's whereabouts, Barbara told them that she had a hunch that Professor Pickle was in Mazuri, because she had heard from a friend that there was an odd building there.

At some point during the beginning of Sonic Unleashed, during nightfall, Barbara was possessed by Dark Gaia's Minions, their influence causing Barbara to become extremely rude, loudmouthed and cruel during the night. During each nightfall, Barbara would yell at Gigi and say things such as that she was sick of his cooking and boring dishes, that he was a lousy cook, and blaming him for the restaurant's loss of customers. Then, when daytime would arrive, Barbara would revert back to old self with no recollection of her rude behavior. Over time, she became confused and worried about her husband's increasingly edgy behavior, not realizing that she was to blame.

Barbara continued to shift between her moods between day and night for some time, but was eventually freed from their influence by Sonic the Werehog and Chip. As she was getting back to her senses after being exorcised, Barbara wondered why Sonic was looking so serious at her and explains that for some reason, she felt more refreshed that she had been in a long time. With her back to normal, Gigi was in better spirits, and Barbara was relieved to see her husband in a better mood.

Despite being back to normal, Barbara soon noticed that Gigi had returned to worrying about the restaurant. She therefore approached Sonic and Chip and asked them kindly if they could talk to him and see what was on his mind. This eventually proved to do the trick, and with Sonic's and Chip's help, Gigi managed to come up with new recipes that would bring the restaurant back in business. While Gigi was working on the new recipes however, Barbara noticed that Gigi stank disgustingly, which was due to the canned horror he used in his new dishes, and asked Sonic if he knew why. Nevertheless, Barbara was glad to see Gigi happy glad again and offered Sonic to try her husband's cooking someday.

Barbara later watched on in horror with the rest of her town as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness while maturing into Perfect Dark Gaia, but rejoiced as the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.

Wii/PlayStation 2

Barbara never made an in-game appearance on the Wii/PlayStation 2 version of Sonic Unleashed. She did however appear during the pre-rendered cutscenes, where she and her town watched on in horror, as Dark Gaia began to cast the world into darkness, but rejoiced as the world returned to normal following Perfect Dark Gaia's defeat at the hands of Super Sonic and the Gaia Colossus.

In other media

Archie Comics

Main article: Barbara (Archie)

Barbara, from Sonic the Hedgehog #280.

In the Sonic the Hedgehog comic series and its spin-offs published by Archie Comics, Barbara is a human resident from Spagonia and the co-owner of Restaurant Swa. During the Shattered World Crisis, she would make contact with the Freedom Fighters.


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