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"Beware the Ink Demon. Stay out in the open for too long and he will find you."
Physical Alice warning Henry about Ink Bendy,
Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3

Ink Bendy is the titular primary antagonist appearing in all chapters of Bendy and the Ink Machine, from Chapter 1 to 5. He was a failed (and only) attempt on creating the studio's popular mascot Bendy in real life in an attempt to bring cartoons to reality by Joey Drew, who turned out defective along with several other physical cartoon characters due to lacking a soul.[1]

Ink Bendy is first encountered in the beginning chapter after the Ink Machine is activated by Henry. From the old workshop to the underground facility, Ink Bendy dwells inside every location and is a huge threat to Henry, constantly pursuing him down and attempting to kill him whenever he is caught in his surroundings except in Chapter 4. Henry is not the only victim to be hunted down by Ink Bendy; there are also a few known others, so far including the ink incarnations of Sammy Lawrence and Norman Polk as Norman was later murdered by Ink Bendy himself in Chapter 4, while Sammy was lucky enough to escape him.

Bestiary

Description

Ink Bendy appears as a malformed, skeletal figure with his skin covered in black ink resembling tar. His head highly resembles that of the original Bendy, but the top area of his head appears melted while obscuring his eyes. His horns are slightly more curved and pointed in appearance, and they appear to move side-ways similar to animalistic ears. His toothy cheshire grin, with sketch-like shadings, shakes constantly. As seen from the side view of his head, the front and back of his head are fairly flat. His spine appears slightly crooked or curved, referencing the spinal condition scoliosis. His slightly hunched back also sports spiky-looking spines for demonic features. Endless ink streams down from him whenever he's running, idle or walking, making it hard to see him.

His left arm is slightly longer than his right, looking thinner and less human. On his left hand, he wears an oversized white glove but it does not sport two buttons like the original Bendy. His right hand appears a bit smaller and more human-like than a glove. His feet are also mismatched; his right foot faintly resembles that of a human, while the left is just a lump-covered disease-like stump, which gives him a limp. He induces endless wisps of blackish smoke.

He also wears a bowtie close to the middle of his chest, which appears almost identical to Bendy's except being larger, and is slightly shifted to his left to give him a misshapen appearance.

Considering his stature, Ink Bendy appears to be taller than any character in the game, aside from Bertrum Piedmont's monster form. His tall, lanky physique, along with his behavior makes him vastly different from his cartoonish counterpart.

Behavior

He is not capable of speaking through the duration of every chapter and only making noise through raspy breathing, moans, and grunts. It clearly appears that he holds a grudge against Henry, as evidenced by how he attempts to kill him throughout all chapters except Chapter 4.

Ink Bendy has an unnatural ability to cover areas with ink-masses and make ink rain from the ceiling whenever he appears. These ink-like masses turn out to be strong enough to kill the mutilated Butcher Gang enemies nearby. He can teleport in an unexpected manner by emerging from walls with ink-substances in a frightfully quick speed in front of or away from Henry; giving a startling jumpscare.

From Chapter 3, Ink Bendy shows a fairly petty side as he heavily dislikes it when the Bendy cutouts are destroyed, as it will make him spawn and hunt down anyone whoever does so, according to Physical Alice. He will even react to the broken pieces of the cutouts upon discovering them: If he does, he will look around for whoever caused the cutout to break.

From Chapter 5, he is revealed to be a failed tentative to create a physical living Bendy, unlike others toons, he has no soul, which could explain his murderous behavior as he has no proper human emotions and never learnt how to socialize due to the workers of the studio leaving him behind.

Strategy

There is no actual strategy for killing Ink Bendy due to his invincibility and immunity to all weapons. The only survival tip is to run and hide from him in order to go for the next objective.

Main appearances

Bendy and the Ink Machine

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

Ink Bendy will not appear until Henry completely solves the puzzle in order to activate the Ink Machine. However, on the way to the break room after activating the ink pressure from the projector room, Henry can possibly hear Ink Bendy crawling through the pipes toward the Ink Machine room, beginning to be created.

Henry walks back to the Ink Machine room after completing the puzzle to activate the machine, but noticed several boards blocking the entrance. Once approaching, Ink Bendy will suddenly pop out behind the boards along with a bright flash. He attempts to snatch up Henry briefly but made him fall backwards, and then sinks back down to the ink puddle just when the whole studio and hallways slowly flood and collapse.

Just before the chapter ends in the pentagram room when Henry sees sudden visions, Ink Bendy can also be seen for a brief second during Henry's final vision image, where he appears in Accounting & Finance on Level S.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

Ink Bendy appears in the second chapter, now hostile towards Henry. He is first briefly mentioned by Sammy Lawrence's ink form in the audio log found in Utility Shaft 9, being referred as Sammy's "lord" and "savior".

Later on in the ritual room with Henry tied up, according to the "believers", they must honor Ink Bendy as Sammy mentions. Soon, Ink Bendy can be heard crawling through the pipes presumably from under the ceiling of the ritual room where both Henry and Sammy are at, drawing Sammy's attention. He was later summoned by Sammy from his room and being commanded to sacrifice Henry, so Sammy will be freed out of his own ink-like form. However, Ink Bendy refuses to accept Sammy's desire, so he "eliminates" Sammy instead.

Walking down the hallway while chopping the boards down once exiting the ritual room, Ink Bendy once again can be heard crawling through the pipes from the uppercase ceiling above, following Henry.

As Henry tries to escape by heading to the exit from the ink-flooded area, Ink Bendy emerges from the ink out in front of him. He then proceeds to chase Henry for a period of time all through the maze before reaching the S3 vault for safety.

Should Henry fail to be quick enough to head inside S3 vault safely or ending up running towards the dead end of the maze for the first time, Ink Bendy will catch and outright kill Henry, sending him to respawn from the Bendy statue of the maze. Even if running towards Ink Bendy as soon as he spawns before the chase, it gives Henry the same death result. After respawning from the Bendy statue when killed, Ink Bendy will spring out again from another ink pool and continue to chase down Henry until finally reaching the S3 vault, hopefully without getting caught again to start over.

After heading inside S3 vault, Henry approaches the sealed door to ensure he's still safe while listening closely to Ink Bendy's sound to decide. He can faintly hear the sound of Ink Bendy banging on the door for only a few times, trying to break the door down but quickly giving up. Continuing to listen carefully, Henry also hears the footsteps growing quiet from Ink Bendy walking away.

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

Ink Bendy returns in the third chapter still hunting for Henry. Ink Bendy will first become active and can randomly appear to start hunting down while Henry is doing Physical Alice's tasks around different areas. He can spawn in all locations except for the safe house and the dark hallway on Level K, and especially all locations for Level 14, Level 9 and Level S.

When Ink Bendy is nearby as he spawns, a sound of heart beating will be heard, along with the whispering-like ambient growing louder, and the area surrounding him becoming coated with ink splatters resembling webs. Boris will even cover his face in fear when this happens.

Below are guide maps for Ink Bendy's pathways on nearly all locations:

Chapter 3 v.1.3.1.3 Level P Bendy Ways

Chapter 3 v.1.3.1.3 Level 11 Bendy Ways

Chapter 3 v.1.3.1.3 Stairways Bendy Ways

Chapter 3 v.1.3.1.3 Level K Bendy Ways

Henry has to hide in the nearest Little Miracle Station or run in the elevator and close the doors; otherwise, Ink Bendy will spot Henry and chase him. Upon getting caught, Ink Bendy instantly kills Henry, respawning him at a Bendy statue. The chances of Ink Bendy's chase increases if Henry sprints too much or if he destroys specific Bendy cutouts. Ink Bendy will stop chasing when Henry is lucky enough to head inside the Little Miracle Station. It is possible when Ink Bendy leaves, he can spawn in the same room again.

During the task of finding and destroying the Bendy cutouts, Ink Bendy will spawn after all the cutouts are destroyed, as he despises their destruction.

Unlike other hostile enemies, Ink Bendy is completely invulnerable to every weapon Henry uses, even the Tommy Gun. Henry will have no choice but run and hide from him.

Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders

Although in the fourth chapter, Ink Bendy only appears twice and oddly did not harm Henry this time.

The first time Ink Bendy appears is when Henry is crawling through the vents after meeting the Lost Ones. As Henry approaches a vent cover that lets out into a room with a Bendy cutout and a desk, Ink Bendy appears suddenly in the room, seeming to shake with rage, but strangely does not try to get through the cover to reach Henry. Instead, he gently runs one finger along one of the air vent cover's slats before slinking away.

Later on, Ink Bendy appears in the Maintenance department, bursting through the sealed door to fight the Projectionist, who was about to reach Henry inside a Little Miracle Station. Ink Bendy and the Projectionist exchange blows before Ink Bendy lifts the Projectionist off his feet, snaps his neck, tears off his head, then throws it against the Little Miracle Station where Henry is. Ink Bendy then looks into the Little Miracle Station, seemingly aware of Henry's presence. He simply "glares" at Henry, but does not have time to go after Henry, so he instead takes hold of the Projectionist's decapitated body and drags it away, disappearing with it through an inky portal off-screen.

Chapter 5: The Last Reel

Ink Bendy returns in the final chapter, this time as the final boss. He is first seen in the maze within the Administration section of the studio, but this only occurs after the creation of the first pipe in the Ink Maker. He can be seen on the balcony above the entrance to the administration rooms. Ink Bendy is later seen in a corridor with a wall of glass, when he slowly walks to the end of the same hallway that Henry, Allison, and Tom are at.

After parting ways with the latter two, Henry approaches the ink throne within the Ink Machine and listens to Joey Drew's final audio log, who tells him that Ink Bendy never saw the end of the Bendy cartoons, which what left him continue wandering throughout all these years inside the studio underground non-stop, now finally prompting Henry to take a nearby film reel, labeled "The End". As soon the audio finishes, Ink Bendy shows up behind the throne and he commences the fight by transforming into its monstrous form, Beast Bendy. Henry avoids him until he places "The End" in a projector in the throne room, which weakens and angers him as all the screens turn into the end sequences for all of the animations, causing Ink Bendy's body to seemingly dissolve into nothing, finally ending the reign of the Ink Demon once and for all.

He can be later seen on sketches on Joey's desk being portrayed in various situations such as fishing with Sammy Lawrence.

Mods/spin-off appearances


This section contains non-canonical source, and is not considered as an official part of the series or the overall plotline.


Hello Bendy

From all three chapters in Bendy and the Ink Machine, Ink Bendy is completely replaced by the Neighbor from the game Hello Neighbor to take his role. Despite his entire replacement, however, he still appears in the final flashback image from the end of Chapter 1 and the "Path of the Demon" ending of Chapter 3.

From the mod for Hello Neighbor, Ink Bendy made multiple cameo appearances as environments for the game such as the water tower.

Cartoon appearances


This section contains non-canonical source, and is not considered as an official part of the series or the overall plotline.


The Original Sample

In the noncanonical animated short, Ink Bendy briefly appears in the scene where he rises from the ink puddle behind the original Bendy, then "kidnaps" him and melts away together.

Trivia

General

  • Since Ink Bendy's eyes are completely covered with ink, it is entirely unknown how he can actually see while chasing Henry. However, it is said by Physical Alice that Ink Bendy still has a sense of hearing to be able to hear sounds, such as footsteps and floor creeks.
    • Yet in Chapter 4, Ink Bendy appears to actually "see" Henry in the vent. He also knows when Henry is in the Little Miracle Station, despite that Henry didn't even make a sound.
  • Ink Bendy's movable horns are strikingly similar to the way how his original version's horns does from the animation seen in Chapter 1's theater room in earlier pre-updates, before the animation gets updated after Chapter 4's release.
  • 3DConceptBendy

    Concept Bendy, made while the game's first chapter was under development.

    From the earlier concept development for the earliest prototype to over next updates until Chapter 4, Ink Bendy undergoes many redesigns:
    • When Chapter 1 started its development, the very first "concept" of Bendy resembled his original cartoon form with a large floating head sporting a wide toothy mouth going vertically around his head, originally designed by theMeatly. His glove hands shared similarly to original Bendy's early glove design, with three darts each, and his face look identical to Bendy but without his grin, he would split his head in half to reveal a terrifying mouth. This design was entirely changed later on, and recycled for the Boris clone's model with few noticeable changes. The texture file for his face and gloves can be found in the first prototype's game files, as this version has never appeared in any version of the game and can only be seen in Chapter ?: The Archives.
    • Monster Bendy better-0

      Alpha Bendy, used for Chapter 1's earliest prototype until Chapter 2.

      From Chapter 1's early known prototype before Chapter 2, Ink Bendy's "alpha" design is entirely different comparing to his future redesigned builds, having a large body and lacking both arms and legs. His head is very much human-like in shape, along with his body. His horns are way less curved while having his face sports a less wider grin. His bowtie has a different shape. He also appears at the same height of Henry. The model was originally designed by theMeatly before hiring Pascal Cleroux to redesign the model. This version is jokingly referred as “bird poop with a smile” by the development team.
      • His concept artwork shows that Ink Bendy's "alpha" form was intended to have fully developed arms and legs but scrapped likely due to time constrains. He also wore both gloves, each sporting two buttons.
      • His face used as one of the images for earlier official merchandise is identical to his texture file (called "Monster" in the game files), only with lack of "shadings".
    • Untitled

      Beta Bendy, previously used from the release of Chapter 2 to 3 until Chapter 4.

      For Chapter 2 and 3's release prior to Chapter 4 coming out, Ink Bendy's "beta" design almost resemble his final, current build. His body still closely resembling a human, left glove hand sported two buttons like the original Bendy, covered with drenching ink and a humanized pinkie-finger to total up five fingers, a puddle-like left foot flatter and less lumpier, a still less wide grin, lacking visible hump spines, and his right human hand was partly painted with white colors. His bow tie is slightly rotated to his right for the same reason it is shifted.
      • From old previous updates of Chapter 1 and 2 before the release of Chapter 3, the horns of Ink Bendy do not move due to lack of modeling bones.
    • He entirely lacks the ability to cause ink spreading on areas from his surroundings in older updates. From Chapter 3's update where his ability was first introduced, the early version of spreading ink closely resemble spider webs.
  • The current quality of Ink Bendy's official rigged model is unofficially released onto Steam's Source Filmmaker Workshop and included in the third SFM pack along with Sammy's and Boris' models.
  • The official Funko POP! product for Ink Bendy was originally titled "Monster" before renaming to his actual name "Ink Bendy". The Funko POP! Ink Bendy's prototype design is also slightly different that includes a nearly visible pie eye located from the right side of his face.[2]
  • Ink Bendy's humanoid appearance could be eerily similar to the Blotlings (especially the Shadow Blot or a scrapped boss Storm Blot), the enemies from the game Epic Mickey.
    • Ink Bendy's final form, Beast Bendy, looks more similar to the Shadow Blot than his humanoid form.
  • Although not in-game, there is a poem mentioning Ink Bendy himself by the name "Demon" from the tweet posted by theMeatly on Twitter:
"He’s tall and cold and smiles.
He’s death by another name.
When you feel him drawing close,
you’re twisted in his hopeless game.
Right outside your window,
the Demon comes to call.
If you survive, please tell the tale,
so others will not fall."[3]

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

  • Ink Bendy's first encounter changes several times over every updates:
    • From the earliest prototype in his alpha design, his first encounter is completely different. Instead of trying to grab Henry after popping out (due to lacking arms), he does nothing but move his head around for a brief moment (as if checking the place out) before sinking away.
      • Ink Bendy also lets out a shrill scream when popping out. His scream audio is, however, removed upon release of the game's remastered updates, but still can be located within the game files. His beta scream is actually a recycled sound used from MeatlyMakes, theMeatly's game from the past.
    • Between before and after update patch 1.3.1.3 until Chapter 4, both of these versions of beta Ink Bendy's jumpscare are slightly different.
      • There is a minor error; If one looks very closely, beta Ink Bendy's hands clip through the boards when melting away.
  • Alpha Ink Bendy's ending sequence for the early prototype is different. After the Chapter 1 credits, in the pentagram room with the floor splattered with ink, Ink Bendy's alpha build can be seen emerging from the darkness between two chairs briefly before the screen fades to black.
  • During the development of Chapter 1's first remastered update while his model was redesigned to his "beta" version, Ink Bendy was originally going to tear the boards off of the Ink Machine room's doorway after the player moved further away, which would have started a chase afterwards. However since the animation was based on the players' own movements, this risked the breaking of immersion, something against the developers' intentions. Ergo, the idea was scrapped.[4]
    • Mike Mood, one of the game's main developers, claimed that another of the contributing factors to this feature's removal was due to Ink Bendy's right arm appearing too "puny" to have the strength to break the boards. Mike also explains the third reason behind the feature's removal is that would not perfectly fit with the game's story or Ink Bendy himself, as it was only for testing.[5]
  • From Chapter 1's first remastered update during the flashbacks at the end, beta Ink Bendy can be seen standing adjacent to Henry's desk before his image from the utility shaft 9 appears. From the chapter's second remastered update upon Chapter 3ss release, this vision was removed, however.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

  • Although he despises his cutouts getting broken, Ink Bendy never spawns if Henry destroys the Bendy cutouts from this chapter.
  • Ink Bendy's encounter was changed over few times until Chapter 4:
    • From Chapter 2's first release, Henry getting killed by Ink Bendy during the chase sends him directly back to the ritual room where Sammy performs the ritual. This is because the game's respawning point Bendy statue was not planned to be featured yet.
      • Ink Bendy's running animation is also very different, making him look like he's jogging instead of "marching" and reaching his left hand when close to Henry.
      • Upon killing Henry, the whole screen cuts to black instead of getting covered around by ink. Henry's dying sounds are not heard, but Ink Bendy emitted a strange, deep moaning sound resembling a cow moo. While the audio was removed upon Chapter 3's release, his moan still can be heard at first when merging out of the ink pool before the chase, as well as trying to break the door down and walking away from S3 vault.
    • In Chapter 3's release, for a lifesaving tip before encountering Ink Bendy, it is possible to move wooden barrels from the ritual room to the ink-filled pool. That way, the enough amount of barrels will barricade Ink Bendy's path and prevent him from going after Henry, giving Henry a safest chance to head for the S3 vault without getting outright chased. This no longer happens upon Chapter 4's release.

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

  • Beta Ink Bendy can be seen for a split second in the Chapter 3 announcement teaser. This is the same image as the last unused vision for Chapter 1, only with different hue.
  • From Chapter 3's reveal trailer, beta Ink Bendy is seen flying and lunging after Henry while inside the Little Miracle Station. However, he never displays this in-game.
  • On Twitter, from the video by Mike Mood which was from Chapter 3's development, the video reveals that Ink Bendy was originally planned emerge out from the floor instead of walls. This idea was scrapped from the chapter's final release.[6]
  • Pieces os butter

    The hitbox bones seen clearly when inside Ink Bendy.

    When getting inside Ink Bendy, there are what appears to be hitbox bones used for his spine. However, this is rare to see them visibly because Henry always has the chance to get killed in contact.
  • Sometimes, beta Ink Bendy's running animation can glitch out and freeze in the first frame, making Ink Bendy "slide" towards the player. It was fixed in the update patch 1.3.1.
  • Mike Mood confirms that Ink Bendy is programmed to detect and find a broken cutout. [7]
  • For Chapter 3's earlier updates, there are a few differences from the remastered version launched alongside Chapter 4:
    • In both pre-updates:
      • There used to be a ending image where he is shown standing next to the doorway of the ink-filled room with all Butcher Gang enemies and a Swollen Searcher if the player chooses the "Path of the Demon". This was later taken out in the Chapter 4 update.
    • In update patch 1.3.1 prior to update 1.4.0.0:
      • There is a common bug during the quest of breaking the Bendy cutouts where Ink Bendy gets stuck at one location with his walking animation going in an endless loop, making it impossible to get through without getting killed. This lowers Henry's chance obtaining the Tommy Gun later after choosing the demon path.
      • In the chapter's first release, during the task of chopping the Bendy cutouts, Ink Bendy will appear after accomplishing this task and Physical Alice's warning. Upon the release of update 1.3.1, Ink Bendy is intended as much sensitive, spawning each time a Bendy cutout gets destroyed, rather than just appearing after completing this quest. This change was reverted in Chapter 4's release.

Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders

  • In the unpublished demo of Chapter 4 at Pax East 2018, Ink Bendy appears in a jumpscare towards the end of the game's first part where Henry attempts to pull the switch at the structure room while being chased down by the Butcher Gang enemies.
  • Ink Bendy's face appears in the once existing release date trailer for Chapter 4 before the video itself was deleted due to the release date being delayed.
  • Oddly enough, Ink Bendy is strong enough to break down a metal door seen in the Maintenance room, but not wooden doors as seen in Chapter 2.
  • Ink Bendy has a rather humorously unused audio file titled "Bendy_CH4_Scare_Temp.ogg", and it was defiantly not necessarily used for the game's purpose because of turning out as just a hidden joke from the game files. This "jumpscare" sound is just an amusing voice saying "Hey hey hey!", a direct catchphrase from Fat Albert in the animated TV show Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids. Mike Mood confirms it to be a placeholder used for the moment where Ink Bendy pops out behind the window from the vent location.[8]
  • When teleporting outside the Little Miracle Station with hacks, it can be seen that Ink Bendy runs towards the Projectionist in his running animation.

Chapter 5: The Last Reel

  • In the reveal trailer when it was first uploaded, there was a scene showing Ink Bendy who strangely appears in his second beta model previously used for Chapter 2 before Chapter 4. Due to this clear oversight, the scene was removed upon the update for the trailer from Joey Drew Studios Inc.'s YouTube channel on October 2, 2018, while theMeatly unlisted the same Chapter 5 reveal trailer from his own channel on the same day.
  • Despite Ink Bendy's murderous and unstoppable behavior, this seems to be completely ignored by Thomas in his audio log, stating that he is just going to be locked in the studio.

References

  1. "One weird note, the first figure ever created was a failed attempt in the likeness of the character called Bendy." - Thomas Connor. Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 5
  2. 4BATIMPops.jpg
  3. theMeatly. January 27, 2018. Twitter.
  4. Patreon - Chapter One: Bendy's Lost Finale
  5. "In ch1? That doesn't fit with the story or the character, that was just a test that ultimately didn't make canon. ;)" - Mike Mood. October 30, 2017. Twitter.
  6. "BOO! #BATIM" - Mike Mood. October 8, 2017. Twitter
  7. "Yessir :)" - Mike Mood. May 7, 2018. Twitter
  8. "That specific "Hey Hey Hey!" was used when Bendy appeared in the vent in CH4... :P" - Mike Mood. June 20, 2018. Twitter.

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