Bobby Barrows is the primary stalker and secondary antagonist of Clock Tower: The First Fear. He is the first Scissorman to appear in the Clock Tower series. Bobby is the son of Mary Barrows and twin brother of Dan Barrows.
Throughout the majority of the game, he mercilessly stalks Jennifer Simpson in the Barrows Mansion and tries to kill her. He shows some level of inferiority as when Jennifer hides. He, at first, does not inspect the room (but if Jennifer keeps reusing the same hiding place, there is a chance he will inspect it). By getting a good ending in the game, he is killed, falling off the Clock Tower. However, if a bad ending was obtained, then he lives, possibly killing Jennifer.
Bobby may still be young, but he is as persistent as any adult. He has the thought that no matter what his victims do, they'll die anyway, chasing after his victims with all of his patience and might by simply walking. On several occasions, he can be seen running for a short while, only stopping when he has either been hit with enough force to thwart him, or has been fooled by one of his victim's hiding places and tricks.
Mary Barrows gave birth to a pair of twins, Bobby and Dan, with the help of Dr. Walter Simpson, in November 1986.
However, they were not normal twins, as they devoured Dr. Simpson's right hand. He immediately discovered that the children were demons, and felt they should have died. In result, Mary had Dr. Simpson sealed in a padded room that was intended for her, where he died three days later of suffocation.
Bobby appears as a deformed and demonic 9-year-old boy with white eyes, a sickly pale, skull-faced complexion, and unkempt blond hair. He wears a dated school uniform consisting of navy blue shorts and a matching jacket. He wields his trademark giant pair of scissors, which he uses to murder his victims.
Bobby is brutal, sadistic and merciless, as he had murdered many innocent people without any mercy or remorse, presumably due to him being a demon, a being of pure malice. He also seems to take a liking to psychological pain, often jumping out and scaring Jennifer, even dancing for a few moments when he wins a panic event. Randomly, if in a direct confrontation with Bobby, he will stab Jennifer in the head and chops off her body. When running away from Bobby, he snaps his scissors with each footstep, giving his victims the fear of knowing that he is closing in behind them.
Bobby is close to immortal as heavy objects and even falling from the second floor of the mansion only seem to knock him out for a short while. He also possesses inhuman strength, being able to hold his own against Jennifer during panic events, carry his scissors while swiftly climbing a ladder and also being able to lift his scissors over his head while doing a short distance run.
The Clock Tower is the only thing that can kill Bobby. This is what "Time will cause adherence" refers to. When time was restarted at the Barrows Mansion, the deformities that should have killed him at birth do so.
Clock Tower: The First Fear
Bobby can be triggered at several points during the game. He can be found:
- After discovering Laura Harrington's body in the shower
- After witnessing Anne's death via pool.
- After witnessing Anne's death via ceiling.
- If Jennifer plays the piano in the piano room, West Wing (if the ceiling panel does fall)
- Behind the curtain in the piano room, West Wing (if the ceiling panel doesn't fall)
- In the wooden crate of the storage room, West Wing
- In the mannequin room, West Wing (if Jennifer inspects the leftmost mannequin in the center)
- In the garage, if Jennifer is being chased by Bobby, she can climb a wooden ladder to the high platform in the garage and then knock down the ladder. Once Bobby leaves, Jennifer must immediately jump down or Bobby will cut a hole in the ceiling with his scissors and potentially trap her.
- In the west wing library (if Jennifer attempts to hide between the last two bookcases)
Bobby never canonically survived the events of Clock Tower: The First Fear, although depending on the endings, he will live or die based on the player's choices.
- Ending S: Bobby falls to his death from the sound of the Clock Tower.
- Ending A: Bobby falls to his death from the sound of the Clock Tower.
- Ending B: Bobby falls to his death from the sound of the Clock Tower.
- Ending C: Bobby will try to avenge his brother's and mother's deaths, but fails. Bobby falls to his death from the sound of the Clock Tower.
- Ending D: Bobby is not featured in this ending, but he lives.
- Ending E: Bobby breaks into the elevator and kills Jennifer. He lives in this ending.
- Ending F: Off screen, Bobby breaks into the elevator and kills Jennifer. He lives in this ending.
- Ending G: While Bobby lived in this ending, he is not featured.
- Ending H: While Jennifer attempts to escape in the car, his giant scissors rise from the back seat. Bobby presumably lives in this ending.
Bobby's legacy as Scissorman lives throughout the game series by his giant scissors or his demeanor to chase the player:
- In Clock Tower, Bobby's twin brother, Dan (under the pseudonym of Edward) lives on his brother's legacy by committing murders using giant scissors similar to his.
- In Clock Tower II: The Struggle Within, Stephanie Tate takes on a role similar to Bobby's by chasing the player with a knife throughout the Tate house; George Maxwell then proceeds to stalk Alyssa Hale in the Memorial Pharmaceuticals Research Lab. In addition, Bates can be viewed as a reincarnation of him.
- In Clock Tower 3, the Scissor Twins (Ralph and Jemima), murderers similar to Bobby who lived long before he did, have been resurrected and live out Bobby's legacy.
- In Haunting Ground, in Ending A, Debilitas is seen clutching a giant pair of scissors to cut some leaves in the garden, which may be a reference to Scissorman.
|“|| The idea of Scissorman's blades comes from watching the movie "The Burning" when I was a child. The scary backlit silhouette of a murderous demon, with his garden shears, sent shivers down my spine (...)
The bodies of the two brothers were deformed so they could not naturally live on earth. By stopping time, they could successfully escape death. However, as a result, it means that they cannot get away from the reach of power from the other world (in other words the Burrows mansion) and it is that restriction that Dan tries to escape from. Thus, Dan created a "cocoon" with human flesh and blood, and transforms into a perfect body inside it. Of course to compose such a huge frame, it goes without saying that it is the flesh and blood of many victims (...)
As shown in the room with the piano, we considered the existence of a space where Jennifer cannot move as Bobby's migration pathway, such as the construction of the attic at the beginning of development of the game (the existence of Dan was not set at that time). However, as development continued, a terror event in addition to being chased by the Scissor Man was needed, so the setting of Dan was created. Scissor Man's "warp" becomes possible by the ability of Dan.
- Bobby is probably inspired by the film Phenomena. Patua and Bobby share the exact same deformed face and same hairstyle. Both use blades or scissors to slash their victims.
- Another possible inspiration is the German story "Die Geschichte vom Daumelutscher" from the famous book "Der Struwwelpeter" by Heinrich Hoffmann. It features a boy who, as a punishment for sucking his thumbs, gets them both cut off by a tailor with a giant scissor. Bobby bears a striking resemblance to the boy's clothing and, just like the tailor, wields a giant scissor.