Barbarians are brave, even reckless, and their warrior skills make them well suited to adventure. Instead of training and discipline, barbarians have a powerful rage that makes them stronger, tougher, and better able to withstand attacks. They only have the energy for a few such displays per day, but it is usually sufficient. Constant exposure to danger has also given barbarians a sort of "sixth sense", the preternatural ability to sense danger and dodge attacks, and their running stamina is legendary.
With their toughness and fighting ability they are the shock troops of the D&D world. People picture the typical Barbarian as the huge Viking type from somewhere to the 'North'. Keep in mind that this does not have to be the only example of a Barbarian. They have this stunning ability to Rage in combat which makes them stronger and tougher, becoming a tornado of destruction- what other examples of characters would have this frightening ability? A barroom brawler? A crazy street lunatic? A daring rich duelist bent on revenge? Consider different possibilities for the Barbarian. While they are detailed in the Players Handbook as the typical example of wandering Norsemen-type, you do not have to be that when creating your character.
The Barbarian's skills (and the key ability for each skill) are: