Barry Claude was a human man who is now a ghost.
Barry Claude was one of the many hopeful suitors of beauteous Melanie Ravenswood in the Ravenswoods' golden age. Like Melanie's other suitors, Barry died in mysterious circumstances which had actually been engineered by Melanie's father Henry — in his case, having had a mother bear and her cubs sicced on him. Claude was buried alongside Melanie's other three early suitors (Rowan D. Falls, Ignatius Knight and Sawyer Bottom) in a crypt at the edge of the Ravenswood estate, where the unfortunate four's ghosts still dwell, hoping Melanie will marry them even now. In the 1880's, the Phantom replaced the four Stretching Portraits of Melanie by herself he had in his Stretching Room with Stretching Portraits of the four ill-fated suitors with Melanie, from which Melanie's image disappeared as the portraits stretched.
Behind the scenes
Barry Claude was added to the Phantom Manor ride as part of its 2019 updates. Like the other three suitors added in said refurbishment, his name is a pun mirroring his way of death, as "Barry" sounds not unlike "Bear" if one speaks it with a heavy American accent.