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This article refers to the character. For other uses, see Bendy (disambiguation).
Who put this here?!
 
— Henry's jumpscare reaction to Bendy's cutout, Chapter 1

Bendy is a cartoon character from his own cartoon show, created by Sillyvision. From in-game, he is also a semi-antagonist in Bendy and the Ink Machine, first appearing in Chapter 1 and onward, serving as the titular character of the game.

Background

Description

Bendy is a devil-based cartoon character that, like other older cartoon characters, only has two colors, which are black and white. His cheerful-looking expression sports a wide, toothy grin and Pac-Man styled eyes. He wears black shoes, a white bowtie, and a pair of gloves which closely resemble Mickey Mouse's, each possessing two black buttons. The shape of his head resembles cartoony "horns".

As seen from the entire first chapter, he only appears as a large cardboard cutout. Bendy's structural height is nearly the size of Henry.

Personality

Very little is actually known of Bendy's personality. While his appearance would suggest a happy-go-lucky character reminiscent of 1920's Mickey Mouse cartoons, clues throughout the game seem to suggest a darker nature. It's clear that Satanic practices were used in his creation. He seems to be viewed by Sammy as a type of deity, and he is possibly some form of supernatural being.

Appearances

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

In Chapter 1: Moving Pictures, Bendy first appears as numerous cardboard cutouts throughout the Workshop.

One cutout can jumpscare the player twice, by moving without any visible means of help.

  • Firstly, the cutout will move without being looked at once after entering the Power Room for the first time, when preparing to collect the items. It was held up by a large plank (as it previously falls off from the ceiling after approaching the entrance to the Power Room). If Henry walks far ahead and goes back, the cutout disappears.
  • Secondly, when Henry moves closer to the hallway that leads to the Projector Room, the cutout will peek out from the right side of said room after collecting all six items. When Henry walks in to investigate and/or restore the ink pressure, it leans against the wall lifelessly.

He is also seen animated on a screen in the Projector Room. It only happens after Henry collects all six items.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

In Chapter 2, Bendy once again appears as multiple cardboard cutouts. In this chapter, the axe allows Henry to chop some of the the cutouts into pieces. However, if Henry turns his back to the cutout and then return, Bendy appears good as new, without any sign of being damaged. It only happens if the cutout stands in front of a pentagram, while those without them standing in front of the symbol will remain in pieces.

His most notable appearance as a cutout takes place in the Orchestra Room, where he will multiply every time Henry goes back and forth from the Orchestra Room to the Projection Booth (where Henry overlooks the Orchestra Room), eventually taking up all the Orchestra Room's seats. Bendy will not appear on the same level as Henry in this instance. His cutout will also appear to "move" in certain instances.

Chapter 3

Bendy will presumably to be appear in chapter 3. Where he will do the same thing in previous two chapter like to taunt and playing trick on Henry.

Trivia

  • Bendy's appearance may be based on a combination between Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse's 1920 generation.
  • Bendy appears in the loading screen before the gameplay begins.
  • Strangely, Bendy's cutout doesn't have a neck. In that case, his head appears to float about few inches away from his body. It is unknown why, but it could be just for paranormal reasons (if it really wasn't a modeling error), as the cardboard turns out possessed when he is seen moving briefly.
    • Curiously, Bendy's head that floats without a neck could be similar to theMeatly's mascot from the comic series who also has his head floating with a lack of neck.
  • Bendy is seen wearing a leaf skirt in the poster for "The Dancing Demon".
  • Sketches of Bendy can be seen on few desks from the Workshop, one being a cartoon version of Bendy's head on a square along with the word "No". It is possible that the sketch could be Bendy's rejected design.
  • A whistle can be heard from throughout the trailer for Chapter 2. It is unknown if this the whistle made by Bendy himself.
    • From Chapter 2's release, the whistle can only be heard from the door behind "Bendy"'s ink pool, which is accessible if played normally.
      • For this trick, Henry has to go backwards to avoid encountering "Bendy".
    • Interestingly enough, the whistle sounds similar to Mickey Mouse's own whistling tune from the 1928 Disney cartoon where he first appears, Steamboat Willie.
  • From Chapter 1's trailer, Bendy's cutout from the Workroom is standing from the left side of the dresser. From in-game, however, the cutout is standing away from the filming screen.
    • This is mostly because the cutout was blocking the filming screen for in-game, despite there is nothing to be watched.
  • From Chapter 1, after the second jumpscare of Bendy's cutout (once collecting all six items), when walking to the Projector Room before activating the ink flow, there are few ink puddles on the floor, assuming that Bendy's cutout can move by "hopping" while leaving the ink puddles behind.
    • This may suggest that, instead of being possessed, Bendy's cutout is being manipulated by Searchers.
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      Bendy's beta version from Chapter 1's prototype. Note the darts on his gloves and the slightly asymmetrical mouth.

  • Bendy's gloves from the beta version of Chapter 1 sported three darts, similar to the gloves of Mickey Mouse. In both the updated Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, these darts are replaced with a pair of buttons. It is assumed that the developers wanted to slightly redesign Bendy to make him less similar to the aforementioned mouse.
    • Bendy's teeth are also changed to make him almost symmetrical, although the line in the middle is thicker.
  • The sound from Bendy's second cutout jumpscare in Chapter 1's beta version sounds different and a lot louder.
  • Bendy has an official Twitter account, which post tweets for the game's future announcements.
  • Bendy's silhouette appears in Chapter 2's release image, where he is seen on the letter "O" from the word "TWO".
  • Bendy is always smiling when expressing emotions as seen from a sketch in Chapter 2. This is actually an employee mocking Bendy's lack of emotions, because there's a little paper on the right side saying "Do not let Joey see this".
    • The sketch is rather pale, hinting that it's actually unfinished.
    • The sketch is a fanart created by one of the first three fanart contest winners, MaxInkly.
  • Bendy's cutout is simply referred to as "BendyCutout" from the game files.[1]
  • The Bacon Soup's tagline[2] and Norman Polk[3] refer to Bendy as the "little devil".
    • Same goes for TheMeatly on Twitter.
    • This is referred to the episode "Little Devil Darling".
  • From throughout the chapters, Bendy is always seen with his smiling expression. The only exception is from one of his official images for merchandises where he is seen with his face being rather slightly devious-looking.
    • This shows that Bendy can change appearance when expressing emotions.
  • Bendy's cutout has a back texture, as seen from the one standing in front of the Power Room.
    • This can be seen more clearly when teleporting around the map while hacking.

References

  1. Imgur - Bendy and the ink machine game files names.
  2. "Just the way the little devil likes it." - The tagline from the Bacon Soup can.
  3. "Then I hear him. He starts up my projector, and he dashes from the projector booth and down to the recording studio like the little devil himself was chasing behind." - Norman Polk, Chapter 2

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Cartoons
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Monsters
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