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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 Joey Drew Studios. 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. Although the colors of Bendy are black and white, the white is brownish-yellow due to the color style of the game. His cheerful-looking expression sports a wide, toothy grin and pie eyes. He wears black shiny 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 cardboard cutout height is nearly the size of Henry, though shown in the chapter 3 teaser, he seems to be approximately 2' 3".

Personality

Very little is actually known of Bendy's personality. In the short animated vignette that preceded the Chapter 3 reveal trailer, "Tombstone Picnic", Bendy is shown to be rather impatient and easily startled or timid, yet justifiably cheerful and mischievous. It is also shown that he and Boris have no good relationship.

Appearances

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

In Chapter 1: Moving Pictures, Bendy first appears as numerous cardboard cutouts throughout Joey Drew Studios.

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 break 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 first appear above in the audience booth, then multiply every time Henry goes back and forth from the orchestra room to the projector booth (where Henry overlooks the orchestra room), eventually taking up all the orchestra room's seats, totaling up to nine Bendy cutouts. Bendy will not appear on the same level as Henry in this instance. His cutout will also appear to "move" in certain instances.

Bendy's cutout is seen popping out from the right side of the entrance to Sammy's sanctuary upon slight approach after activating the ink flow, attempting to startle the player for the third time. It then leans against the wall lifelessly away from the left side outside of the sanctuary's entrance.

Chapter 3

Bendy will appear in Chapter 3. Presumably, he will continue do the same things that he did in the previous two chapters, taunting and playing tricks on Henry for the duration of the game ever since he entered the workshop and fell down into the basement after activating the Ink Machine as seen in the reveal trailer. The cardboard cutout can also be seen all across the underground workshop, Henry can be seen passing by to a few while he tries to escape from "Bendy".

Audio

Description Audio
The sound produced when breaking a Bendy cutout.
SFX Bendy Cutout Impact 01

Trivia

  • Bendy's appearance may be based on a combination between Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse's 1920 generation. He may also be based on Max Fleischer's character Bimbo.
    • His devil horns also resemble Mandy's hairstyle from the modern animated series The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy.
    • Many fans give Bendy a surname "Devil" because of his similarities with Mickey Mouse, and the fact that he's a devil.
  • Bendy appears in the loading screen before the gameplay for every Chapter.
  • 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.
    • In the episode "Tombstone Picnic", his head can also be seen floating above his body in a few instances.
  • 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 not 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 famous 1928 Disney cartoon, Steamboat Willie.
    • Sammy, while being role-played by Hot Topic, says that the whistling is his clearest memory of the studio. He also says that the whistling is a vague melody with a sinister purpose.[7]
      • This statement might support the theory of the whistling being Bendy's.
    • In "Tombstone Picnic," Bendy's voice seems to consist of whistling noises (for example, his laugh). This may also imply that the whistling may be Bendy's.
  • From Chapter 1's first 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 stains on the floor, assuming that Bendy's cutout can move by "hopping" while leaving the ink puddles behind.
    • Furthermore, the ink stains lead to a crack in the wall after Bendy peaks. Same apply from Chapter 2.
    • This may suggest that, instead of being possessed, Bendy's cutout is being manipulated by Searchers.
      BENDY

      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 those of Mickey Mouse. In both the updated Chapter 1 and Chapter 2, the darts are replaced with a pair of buttons. According to Mike Mood, it is to make Bendy more unique.[8]
    • Mike also said it was changed two weeks after the release of Chapter 1.
    • Bendy's teeth are also changed to make him almost symmetrical, although the line in the middle is thicker.
    • Furthermore, from Chapter 1's prototype, the sides of the cutout (as seen more clearly from the side view) are completely thin, as if it's made of paper.
      • Mike Mood, one of the game's main developers, stated on Twitter that Bendy's final build is canonical while the beta version is not, preventing everyone's confusion.[9]
    • Each violin sounds for two jumpscares are very different. From the remastered update's release, both sounds are replaced by a newer, slightly quiet one.
  • Bendy has an official Twitter account, which post tweets for the game's future announcements as well as responding someone's tweet.
    • It also posts an edited ingame screenshot to Twitter and as well Instagram once every day.
  • 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 "Don't 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.[10]
  • Throughout the Chapters, Bendy appears to be right-handed. This is seen when the "Little Devil Darling" poster only shows his right hand, when "Bendy" tries to grab Henry, and in one of the fan-arts showing Bendy holding an umbrella with his right hand.
    • However, Bendy may have chances to use his left hand. This is because "Bendy" only wears a left glove, and as hinted by Mike Mood, "Bendy" will use his left hand to break down the planks that boarded up the Ink Machine room. Also in Tombstone Picnic, Bendy carries his picnic basket with his left hand, though he grabbed the bottle from it with his right.
      • This makes him ambidextrous, a person who's good with using both of their hands.
  • BendyFace01-tex

    The unused face texture for Bendy's "physical form", located from the game files.

    From the game files for Chapter 1's prototype, there is a face texture for Bendy with lack of mouth as if unfinished. It possibly reveals that Bendy was originally going to appear in a physical form, as well as in perfect condition, as opposed to appearing deformed like "Bendy" himself.
    • Lacking a mouth in his face texture might be hinting that his mouth is a separate entity, and therefore it can be animated.
    • There is also an unused texture of Bendy's gloves. The gloves appear to have no buttons, maybe because the buttons are accessories, not patterns.
  • From throughout the chapters, Bendy is always seen with his smiling expression. One exception is from one of his official images for merchandises where he is seen with his face being rather slightly devious-looking.
    • Another exception is in the revealed episode, Tombstone Picnic.
  • Bendy's cutout has a back texture, as seen from the one standing in front of the break room.
    • This can be seen more clearly when 'teleporting' around the map if one were to hack.
  • In Chapter 2, if a Bendy cutout that is in front of a pentagram is destroyed by the axe, it will seemingly "rebuild" itself when the player turns away from it, as it will be completely intact.
    • There is a bug that the pieces go through each other after being chopped.
    • The cutout will not resurrect if the player turns away from it while looking up.
  • After activating the ink flow from Sammy's sanctuary in Chapter 2, in order to prevent Bendy's cutout from popping out from the side, turn around and walk backwards.
  • It was revealed by theMeatly in his Q & A video that while his original Bendy design did not feature a tail, the copious amount of fanart to feature a tail lead to him considering it a possibility. Mike Mood on Twitter also confirms that Bendy doesn't possess a tail, but said that the fanarts of Bendy possessing a tail are totally fine.[11]
    • This can also be confirmed in the revealed episode, Tombstone Picnic.
  • From the Steam Summer Sale image for Chapter 2's 60% off sale, Bendy is seen wearing a 1900's swimming suit, a sailor's hat, and a swim ring.
  • On July 3, 2017 from Twitter, theMeatly made a joke about Bendy using a direct quote from Joe Dante's comedy/horror film Gremlins.[12]
  • From Chapter 2's files from the pre-update, there is a Bendy cutout with aging stains. This cutout, however, isn't used for the game.
    • The cutout's head is connected to the torso, unlike the others.

References

  1. "#WhenISmileItsBecause there's a Little Devil inside.. ;)" - theMeatly. July 9, 2017 Twitter.
  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
  4. "The #SteamSummerSale now includes our favorite Little Devil... ;) Have a great summer, everyone. :) Game hard!" - theMeatly. June 22, 2017 Twitter.
  5. "The Little Devil is ready to play ;) "BATIM Chapter Two" is now on Steam Summer Sale!" - Bendy. June 22, 2017 Twitter.
  6. "The Little Devil is waiting for you in Chapter Two on Steam today!" - Bendy. June 11, 2017. Twitter.
  7. "I remember a whistling sound.. a vague melody.. with a sinister purpose. Yessss I remember that." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  8. "No, this was a design choice so that it could be uniquely identifiable :)" - Mike Mood. August 16, 2017. Twitter.
  9. "Incase there was any confusion. #BATIM" - Mike Mood. June 30, 2017. Twitter.
  10. Imgur - Bendy and the ink machine game files names.
  11. "Fun fact: Bendy doesn't have a tail. Other fun fact: it's totally fine if your fan art has a tail. ;)" - Mike Mood. July 10, 2017. Twitter.
  12. "Cause you never can tell... ... there might just be a Bendy in your house... ;)" - theMeatly. July 3, 2017. Twitter.

Gallery

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Cartoons
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Monsters
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