Barry B. Benson is an ordinary bee who lives in a hive in Sheep Meadow, Central Park in New York City. He is the main protagonist of the film Bee Movie. He is voiced by Jerry Seinfeld. He can surf, and he wears shoes that resemble converse shoes, and a (black and yellow) turtleneck sweater.
In the beginning of the film he has a crisis learning that his entire life will be dedicated to doing one job, so he goes outside the hive with the Pollen Jocks to see the human world before he returns to work until he dies. He becomes fascinated by the world, but also learns its many dangers, coming close to death several times. When he is about to be crushed by Ken, a kind human named Vanessa stops him and takes Barry outside to safety, asking Ken why a bee's life has less value than a human's. Barry reveals to Vanessa that he can talk and the two form a friendship. While out one day, Barry comes across honey being sold in the stores, saying that bees were never asked nor made aware their honey was being stolen and sold to the humans. This leads him to sue the human race for years of abuse and theft.
The bees end up winning the lawsuit, which then causes a chain reaction: The bees end up having a large stockpile of honey than they know what to do with, resulting in bees being forced to stop production and go on vacation. With no pollen being collected and spread about, all the world's plants start to die. Barry, feeling responsible, sets out to make things right. He and Vanessa plan to get the world's last remaining flowers-the flowers for the Tournament Of Roses-to the rest of the bees in order to gather pollen to regrow the world's plants. Near the end of the movie he becomes an attorney for other animals who have been duped out of their products by humans (such as a cow for its milk).