She is good friends with Fiver.
TV Series[edit | edit source]
Bark first appeared in the episode The Orchard, when she was watching Hazel and Bigwig wander around the apple orchard and approached them, offering them an apple. Hazel and Bigwig ran away back to the Down in fear, and they forbid the rest of the Warren from going to the orchard. Pipkin and Fiver disobeyed the orders and went to the orchard to gather apples, but Fiver was knocked unconscious by a ladder after he and Pipkin were running from Bark. Terrified, Pipkin ran back to the Down, leaving Fiver behind.
Bark then dragged the unconscious Fiver into her den where she later explained to the frightened buck that she only wanted to help him. She force-fed him apples to help him heal his injured leg, much to his discomfort. Bark wanted Fiver to stay with her, but the young buck refused. She revealed to Fiver that the rest of her badger clan moved away to the "Shadow Lands", and Bark was the only one left. Every animal was afraid of her, and she hid in seclusion. Hearing from the local animals, Bark heard about Watership Down and the rabbits living there being 'friend to all'. Fiver, upon hearing this, felt sorry for the badger.
Hearing Fiver's cry of pain over his aching leg, the Watership rabbits, who were outside of Bark's den to save Fiver, became convinced that Bark was hurting Fiver and they attacked her when she emerged from her den to forage for more apples. As the rabbits surrounded Bark (who was not fighting back) Fiver intervened, telling his companions that Bark was his friend. Astonished, the Watership Down rabbits then welcomed Bark as their friend and she told them that she would always be at the Orchard for the rabbits to see her.
Additionally, Bark appeared in the final season of the tv series, participating in the preparation of the final battle against Woundwort and his army of Darkhaven rabbits and later fought them alongside the Watership rabbits.
Personality[edit | edit source]
Bark is a lonely badger who longs for friends. Due to her lack of interaction with other creatures, most of whom are frightened, she doesn't quite understand how to be a friend, essentially keeping Fiver prisoner for a while before realising that friendship does not involve forcing them to do things they didn't want to do. Despite being Elil, Bark does not fight the rabbits, even though they attack her first. She is also shown to be forgiving, quickly befriending all of the rabbits even though they had attacked her only moments earlier. Furthermore, Bark's friendly nature gives her a strong sense of loyalty and she is seen helping the Watership Down rabbits during their final battle against Woundwort and his Darkhaven rabbits.
Bark constantly refers to herself in the third person, possibly due to her aforementioned lack of communication skills. She apologizes to the Watership Down rabbits for being a badger, showing a certain degree of self loathing due to her shame of being who she is. Although she is friendly, she still retains some traits typical of Elil, stating that she likes to fight.