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"Someone has to keep the little devil happy..."
Sammy Lawrence, June 16, 1935

Bendy is a cartoon character created by the animation company Joey Drew Studios as their mascot. He is as well the titular character of the Bendy franchise, being its namesake. The studio's flagship character, Bendy starred in a series of cartoons thirty years prior to the events of the first game, often alongside the studio's other characters such as Boris the Wolf and Alice Angel. Bendy is also hired in Briar Label Bacon Soup products as an endorsing spokestoon.

From the entire first game, first appearing in Chapter 1 and onward to Chapter 5, Bendy only appears as an amount of destructible cardboard cutouts and even other multiple environmental parts, like small clips of Bendy's cartoons, posters, plush toys, statues, etc. Ink Bendy is the severally deformed incarnation meant to bring cartoons to life by the Ink Machine.

General Description

Physical Appearance

Bendy is a cartoon demon-like imp character with his appearance entirely colored in black apart from his face, which is white in color. He wears shiny black shoes, a white bowtie, and a pair of gloves which closely resemble those of other cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse, each possessing two black buttons. The shape of his head resembles cartoonish horns that always remain facing the viewer no matter which way Bendy is facing. Because he lacks a neck, his head floats a few inches away from his body.

Bendy has a most notable wide, toothy grin. His alleged "invisible eyebrows" from above his large pie eyes can even move when expressing his emotions. In terms of his height, Bendy appears to be short, being easily towered over by Boris.

Personality

Bendy is a borderline troublemaker, but rather impatient and easily startled or timid, yet justifiably cheerful, fun-loving, and mischievous as his devilish nature would imply. Bendy often refuses to pay for anything he buys, as he tries to take his burger without paying Charley in "Tasty Trio Troubles" and didn't pay Gaskette for his ride according to the latter's bio image.

In-Game Appearances

Bendy and the Ink Machine

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

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A little animation of Bendy in the theater location.

With appearances in cutouts, posters, and drawings, in the art department is one desk in the top left corner that has a drawing of Bendy that changes if Henry looks away for every seconds. In the theater, Bendy himself is also seen dancing with his whistle even heard playing[1] in the animation from the projection screen once the projector turns on automatically.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

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Bendy's cutout leaning against the wall that was drawn with a ritual symbol.

The Bendy cutouts returned, now can be shattered with the equipment of the axe. An image of Bendy holding an umbrella and splashing through ink can be seen printed on the wall from the Music Department hall, near the entrance to the recording studio.

Bendy's emotion chart sketch is found on the desk in the music writing room, all depicting him with the same smiling expression. A note on the right side says "Do not let Joey see this".

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

Besides cutouts along with more plush dolls and even newer cartoon posters, a huge number of kit-cat klock-styled clocks based on Bendy's design are found in rooms as they are seemingly still ticking as normal.

Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders

With more cutouts located in various areas, various amusement park-related replicas of Bendy (trash bins, costumes, and coaster carts) for the park are found in the Storage 9 location along with other connected areas.

Chapter 5: The Last Reel

He appears in the after-credits scene in a picture hold hands with Boris and Alice. The picture is signed by Henry Stein.

Mods/Spin-Off Appearances

Bendy in Nightmare Run

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Bendy's appearance in Nightmare Run.

"The star and creation of Joey Drew Studios, is a fun-loving yet helplessly mischievous cartoon character with a big grin and a huge desire of trouble!"
Character description

  • Cost: None (available at the beginning)
  • Default HP: 12
  • Advantages: The original ink demon! (N/A)
  • Disadvantages: N/A

Bendy appears as one of the main playable characters along with Boris and Alice Angel in the mobile spin-off Bendy in Nightmare Run, and a first available character from the start. His goal is to complete all five acts in each four cartoon levels. Unlike two other playable characters, Bendy lacks any special abilities.

Hello Bendy


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


From the mod for Hello Neighbor, a rock in a shape of Bendy's head can be found in the refrigerator from the kitchen. This is the exact model of Bendy's statue head seen inside the upper ceiling of Chapter 2 where one of the Wandering Sin cutouts is located.

Novel Appearances

Dreams Come to Life

As always, Bendy will make an appearance in the upcoming Bendy and the Ink Machine: Dreams Come to Life novel.

Cartoon Appearances

"Tombstone Picnic"

Where are you ?

Bendy appears in the cartoon short "Tombstone Picnic", at the beginning where he cheerfully walks while carrying his picnic basket until the skeleton's hand pops out of the soil and grabs his ankle. The skeleton lets Bendy go, then Bendy turns around to look at Boris eating a sandwich, feeling mad about something. After his first try of getting Boris' attention, Bendy decides to pull a prank on him by taking one of the soda bottles and shakes it to spray soda at Boris before running away to the cemetery.

After having his second brief meeting with the skeleton, Bendy runs again and stops by in front of a huge stone. A person's shadow shows up and Bendy looks at the unknown figure, then stretch a rather creepy smile before the projector interrupts to end the cartoon.

"Haunted Hijinx"

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Bendy appears at the beginning where he walks to the porch of Boris' house for candies and soon became tired of waiting for Boris to wake up. So, he decided to attempt scaring him by pulling a white sheet over himself to dress up as a ghost then waits for Boris to come out, only in backfire being scared away by Boris with his own ghost costume.

"Snow Sillies"

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Bendy is seen rolling a ball of snow over to another larger one before placing it on top of the latter. He then puts two rocks, trails a smile beneath them, and finally plants two sticks at the sides creating a snowman. After the snowman shakes Bendy's hand in gratitude, Boris walks by eating a carrot until one of the carrots he was holding falls off. Bendy becomes happy when he sees the carrot and uses it as a nose for the snowman. However as soon as the snowman was completely finished, the sun rises to melt the snowman in the process much to Bendy's shock. Boris then comes back and picks up the carrot Bendy used before proceeding to eat it. Bendy turns to the camera crying.

"Cookie Cookin"

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Bendy starts preparing to make a gingerbread man cookie during the holiday season. Afterwards, Bendy puts the tray with the gingerbread man in the kitchen oven, then after few little seconds he open the oven to pull the tray out, but astonishingly founds out that the gingerbread man is missing. Realizing that Boris was the one who took the gingerbread man cookie as he's eating it, Bendy looks at the camera unhappily before the short ends.

"Tasty Trio Troubles"

Bendy's order

Bendy walks in the restaurant for his order where the Butcher Gang already contributes to. The cartoon later ends up with Bendy being chased by the Butcher Gang in out of their anger.

The Original Sample


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


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Bendy appears in the non-canonical animated short, where he investigates a room, he then hears the door knock which startles him. He soon discovers the corpse of the Boris clone and tries to free it but fails. Bendy turns around and looks up to see the ink-covered incarnation of himself. Bendy grins weakly and waves a bit at Ink Bendy before being dragged away and melted.

Bendy VS Cuphead


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


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Bendy appears in the crossover animation video created by Screwattack, one of the web channels hosted by Rooster Teeth, where he is having a duo fight against Cuphead, a protagonist from another game inspiring rubberhose cartoons.

Trivia

General Facts

  • Bendy's name comes from a typo file named "bendy.blend" while theMeatly modeled the character using the engine Blender, during the time where the game was under development.[2]
  • Bendy's month is October, according to Bendy and the Ink Machine's Twitter.[3]
  • Bendy's appearance is most likely based on an amalgamation of cartoon characters such as Felix the Cat and Mickey Mouse from the 1920s. He also appears to have some influences from Max Fleischer's characters, such as Bimbo.
    • The bowtie the Bendy cutout wears is strikingly similar to Krazy Kat's, a character from the cartoons animated by Bray Productions.
    • His name and personality likely were inspired by the one-time character of the same name from the American animated television series Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Like the Bendy from this game, the Bendy from the aforementioned television series was a troublemaker.
  • Seen from all known cartoon shorts, Bendy's horns are drawn to always appear in the same style no matter which way he is facing, the same way as the position of Mickey Mouse's ears.
    • His horns also resemble Mandy's hairstyle from the American animated television series The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy.
    • The head of the Don't Starve character Webber in his "Elegant" Gladiator costume bears the exact shape to Bendy's own head.
  • The head of the final boss Grimm / Nightmare King from the game Hollow Knight's DLC bears a general resemblance to Bendy's.
  • Butch Hartman, the creator behind the animated Nickelodeon shows such as The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy, drew few artworks of Bendy and posted them on his Twitter account.[4][5][6]
  • Though Bendy is a demon, it was revealed by theMeatly in his Q&A video that Bendy does not actually feature a tail. Mike Mood on Twitter also confirms that Bendy does not possess a tail in the official design, but said that fanart of Bendy possessing a tail is totally fine.[7]
  • On July 3, 2017 from Twitter, theMeatly made a joke about Bendy using a direct quote from Joe Dante's comedy/horror film Gremlins.[8]
  • The bats seen in one of the earlier screenshots for Cuphead during the said game's development far before Bendy and the Ink Machine was made seems to bear some uncanny resemblance to Bendy's actual face; with black colors and white face, puffy cheeks for cheerful expressions, similar-looking horns, and grinning mouths with merged teeth (while not counting some with two pointy fangs).
  • From the start of October 5 to 31 of the year 2017, the official website promotes a downloadable paper Bendy mask for Halloween.
    • theMeatly confirms that he originally planned to make real official masks but does not have any time to make them for this Halloween.
    • An official Bendy mask is currently available for sale in limited quantities.[9]

In-Game Facts

General

  • Before Chapter 4 was released, Bendy's animation in the theater location shows that his horns can move like ears. Later, the animation was remade and Bendy's horns no longer move. According to the animator TimetheHobo, the horns were not supposed to be animated.[10]
  • Bendy's whistle that was initially played in Chapter 1 and 2 appears to have similarities to Mickey Mouse's own whistling tune from the 1928 Disney cartoon, Steamboat Willie.
    • Sammy Lawrence, during the Hot Topic Q&A, references the whistle, saying that the whistling is his clearest memory of the studio. He also says that the whistling is a vague melody with a sinister purpose.[11]
  • Similar to himself from the cartoons, Bendy's cutout keeps his feature of having no neck, the head floating above his body without any connection.

Chapter 1: Moving Pictures

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Bendy's beta design from the Chapter 1 prototype.

  • From the cutouts, posters, and an earlier cartoon clip, Bendy's gloves from the demo prototype of Chapter 1 sported three darts similar to those of Mickey Mouse, while both index fingers has a different shape. In the more recent versions of the game, the darts are replaced with a pair of buttons while tweaking the index fingers' shape. According to Mike Mood lately after stating that Bendy's beta version is not canonical to prevent everyone's confusion,[12] it is to make Bendy more unique when set against those other characters.[13]
  • Found in Henry's deskroom, there is a sketch depicting a small version of Bendy's head on a square along with the word "NO", hinting the drawing of Bendy with his mouth lacking his iconic teeth was a rejected design.
    • Bendy's face from the sketch may look surprisingly similar to the Idea Fairy, a character in one of theMeatly's comics from the past.

Chapter 2: The Old Song

  • A different style of Bendy's "dent-stained" head cutout appears in Chapter 2's first promotional teaser. It is unknown if this was an early version of Bendy's "dented" head before its redesign or just for the teaser's purpose.
  • Bendy's whistle can be heard in game if the player approaches the large ink pool where Ink Bendy will normally spawn, but facing backwards and away from where he will appear. On approaching the door, machinery can be heard and the whistle plays shortly afterwards.
  • An image of Bendy with an umbrella is an edited version of a piece by Poppy May, one of the first three fanart contest winners. It is also used for one of the official T-shirts.
  • An emotion chart of Bendy is a piece created by one of the first three fanart contest winners, MaxInkly. It is used for one of the official T-shirts and even separated button pins.

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

  • There are six pieces of fanart from the Chapter 3 contest that are used in the game and four of them depict Bendy. These include promotional posters for Bendy cartoons, such as Hell's Kitchen and Hellfire Fighter, as well as an advert for bacon soup. The artists for these pieces were Firion Bifrost, Shannon Marie, Noisypaperdragon, and Nao Sasaki.

  • However the cartoons depict Bendy's horns as designed to always appear in the same position in spite of which way he faces, it was not the case for Bendy in Nightmare Run.
  • There is an unused texture of Bendy's cutout in the game files that matches the one for Bendy and the Ink Machine, only with a frown and white colors instead of yellowish-tan.
  • In some of the pre-release videos, such as in Mike Mood's preview video[14] on testing the ability skills, Bendy's idle animations between the early and final release are very different.

Audio

Description Audio
Bendy's whistle heard from Chapter 1 and 2 of Bendy and the Ink Machine.
MUS BendyCartoonMusic

References

  1. MUS_BendyCartoonMusic.ogg
  2. Con Safos Magazine - Ink Demons & the Indie Canadian Game Scene: An Interview with ‘Bendy and the Ink Machine’ Programmer, Mike Mood
  3. "In through the trees and leaves, it's getting darker all around. It's that time of year, the month of Bendy! Welcome to #Inktober, little sheep! #BATIM" - Bendy. October 1, 2018. Twitter.
  4. "Should I be worried about this? @BATIMgame" - Butch Harman. October 13, 2017. Twitter.
  5. "When Bendy met Timmy." - Butch Harman. November 1, 2017. Twitter.
  6. "Who wins?" - Butch Harman. December 8, 2017. Twitter.
  7. "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.
  8. "Cause you never can tell... ... there might just be a Bendy in your house... ;)" - theMeatly. July 3, 2017. Twitter.
  9. Bendy Mask product
  10. "Well it wasn’t supposed to be animated to begin with. So." - TimetheHobo. May 1, 2018. Twitter.
  11. "I remember a whistling sound.. a vague melody.. with a sinister purpose. Yessss I remember that." - Hot Topic. July 26, 2017. Twitter.
  12. "Incase there was any confusion. #BATIM" - Mike Mood. June 30, 2017. Twitter.
  13. "No, this was a design choice so that it could be uniquely identifiable :)" - Mike Mood. August 16, 2017. Twitter.
  14. "Checking out the abilities #BINR #BendyinNightmareRun" - Mike Mood. June 27, 2018. Twitter.

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