See Norman (disambiguation) or Projector (disambiguation) for other related uses.

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"Shhh... there he is. The Projectionist. Skulking in the darkness. You be sure to stay out of his light, if you don't want trouble."
Twisted Alice talking about the Projectionist,
Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3

The Projectionist is a Cycle-dwelling creature and an ink incarnation of Joey Drew Studios's lead projectionist Norman Polk.


Physical Appearance

The Projectionist is a tall humanoid creature that is almost completely covered in ink and has a projector as his head. Several long, hanging black wires (possibly film roll) are attached to his back and under his head, with the longer wire attaching to his right ankle, and another attached to his right arm. He has a film reel stuck in his left shoulder. The Projectionist seems to wear clothing if one look real carefully, with rolled-up sleeves for his shirt, and pants with a rolled-up left pant leg and a pair of large boots. He has a speaker sticking out from the middle of his chest. He's also wearing gloves covered in lines of ink.

The Projectionist makes noises that sound like rattling spurs (judging by his western accent and boots) whenever he moves or walks.


Norman Polk, one of the few victims at Joey Drew Studios, was corrupted by ink for unknown reasons and has been transformed into a projector-headed creature prior to Henry coming back to the studio 30 years later. Norman's human intelligence is entirely gone, turning him into a completely feral and violent monster, but is usually calm as long as no one is in his sight.

The Projectionist has the ability to project light from the projector where his head should be, similar in the use of an actual flashlight helmet/headwear. This significantly boosts his vision range, allowing him to spot Henry far across the area and often spot him around the corner. Henry can avoid being seen by the Projectionist by hiding in one of the Little Miracle Stations or keeping his distance from the Projectionist and his light.

If Henry is caught by the Projectionist's light or getting provoked by Henry's weapon while not noticing, the Projectionist soon becomes aggressive, emitting a roar-like screech and then proceeds to chase after Henry. When close enough, the Projectionist does a physical attack by hitting Henry with his snatching hands. The Projectionist will stop running after Henry flees far away from him or safely hides inside one of the Little Miracle Stations.

The ink hearts are the Projectionist's collective properties. Having his ink hearts touched or taken will anger him, drawing his attention regardless of how far away he is. When Henry does so, the Projectionist will immediately dash towards the area it was taken from, likely to catch Henry if he does not run or hide.


In Bendy and the Ink Machine: Chapter 3 only, Henry can attack and kill the Projectionist with the Gent pipe, the axe found in the blocked room, or the Tommy gun if successfully equipped. This may be difficult as the Projectionist is very tough and fast while the ink-flooded rooms may limit Henry's mobility. Hitting him with the axe or the Tommy gun stun locks him for a second, and hitting him with the Gent pipe makes the stun animation play, but does not actually hinder his attack.

Using the Gent pipe, it takes at most 72 hits to kill the Projectionist. Using the Tommy gun will take 16 hits and using the axe will take 8 hits. Killing the Projectionist is rather easy, as hitting the Projectionist will hinder his attack for approximately one second. If killed, the Projectionist will let out an inhuman, high-pitched wail while the light from his projector head flickers off, then falling forward to the ground, seemingly dead until his reappearance in Chapter 4 where once again, Henry must completely avoid him in order to not be spotted by the Projectionist again.

Weapon Hit total
Gent Pipe 72
Tommy Gun 16
Axe 8
Empty Bacon Soup (weapon type) 5


Boris and the Dark Survival

In the base game, the Projectionist does not make any physical appearances, but his trademark scream can be heard when picking up any Ink Heart found in the studio. Later on, he appears as an enemy that appears in a specific level type that randomly appears, in which Ink Hearts must be collected in lieu of Supplies. Unlike in Bendy and the Ink Machine, the Projectionist will not be provoked by the removal of Ink Hearts, but only if Buddy Boris is within The Projectionist's line of sight. Upon completion of the level type where he appears, it can be accessed again by interacting with the Ink Heart found near the elevator in the Safehouse area. There is also a small chance of him appearing in normal levels.

Bendy and the Ink Machine

Chapter 3: Rise and Fall

On Level 11, while collecting thick ink for Twisted Alice, Henry first sees the Projectionist wandering slowly in the small room, not noticing that Henry was there from the outside. Upon entering the room after the Projectionist went completely away, it appears that he walks to the closed gate off-screen. Even when getting into the room while the Projectionist is still in there, he strangely vanishes.

Later, Twisted Alice sends Henry to the lowest level at Level 14 to collect the five ink hearts. At the start of Level 14, Projectionist's screech is suddenly heard when Henry obtains the very first ink heart from Striker's corpse. Twisted Alice warns Henry to stay out of the Projectionist's light, as he wanders along the corridors. The Projectionist wanders through the Ink Maze of the Inky Abyss, usually in a linear path.

Henry needs to stay cautious about locating the ink hearts around the maze. When taking one, Henry should hear a loud splashing sound of the Projectionist rushing for an incoming attack, and must quickly hide inside one of the Little Miracle Stations to hold back from getting caught.

Henry will have a choice of either running and/or hiding from the Projectionist or killing him with an equipped weapon. If the weapon option is chosen, it will make the task easier, but it is hard to kill him. At least unlock the secret axe from Grant Cohen's boarded-off office on Level 9 when you are destroying the Bendy Cutouts.

Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders

The Projectionist reappears in the fourth chapter regardless of whether or not he was killed in the third chapter, revealing that he was not killed, and was briefly knocked out. Henry encounters the Projectionist in the flooded Maintenance department of Storage 9, walking around in circles. With no weapons equipped, Henry must avoid him while trying to get to the lift control lever to unblock the stairs to the landing above. While avoiding the Projectionist, Henry must not interact with the ink hearts seen piling on top of the wooden crate, or else it will immediately draw the Projectionist's attention and start chasing Henry upon seeing him on sight.

Upon pulling the lift lever, the Projectionist becomes aware that Henry is here, then emits a shriek and begins to chase Henry no matter where in the room he is. Once Henry gets upstairs and pulls the switch there, the room goes dark and the Projectionist vanishes.

As Henry climbs the stairs out of the Maintenance department, the Projectionist reappears and chases Henry one last time. Henry immediately hides in the Little Miracle Station at the top of the stairs, then the Projectionist stops running to look into the station and seems to notice that Henry is inside. While moving a little closer in an attempt to open the station, he was interrupted by a bright flash of light, heralding the arrival of Ink Bendy as he busts open the previously sealed door. The Projectionist exchanges several blows with Ink Bendy before the latter lifts the Projectionist off his feet, and in another flash of light, Ink Bendy tears off the Projectionist's head, killing him for real. Ink Bendy throws the Projectionist's severed head at the Little Miracle Station. After acknowledging Henry's presence but not having time to eliminate him, Ink Bendy drags the Projectionist's now headless body away and disappears with it. Once Henry gets out of the Little Miracle Station, he can see the Projectionist’s severed head lying on the ground, spraying ink from his neck that is all that remains.

Chapter 5: The Last Reel

The Projectionist doesn't make any physical appearances, but he can be heard screaming when Henry touches an Ink Heart found outside of the giant Ink Machine entrance.

He also appears in two sketches in Joey Drew's apartment at the end of Chapter 5. In one, he is projecting a Bendy cartoon on a wall, and in another, he is being attacked by three Boris clones.


General Notes

  • The sound of running reel tapes is heard coming from the Projectionist's projector head, even though an oversight shows his head lacking both film reels.
  • The Projectionist seems to be deaf as he is not able to hear the splashes of ink Henry causes. This further supports the need for the projector on his head. Even though he cannot hear splashes or other sounds, taking or touching the ink hearts, along with pulling the levers will draw his attention.
    • It is ironic how Twisted Alice tries to quiet down Henry even though the Projectionist no longer has the ability to hear any sounds.
      • She could, however trying to quiet down Henry so he can hear the Projectionist wandering more clearly.

In-Game Notes

  • The Projectionist's chase theme is "Reel Fear". This is a self-explanatory pun.
  • Originally, the Projectionist was going to be discarded during the production of the game but was put back in again.[1]
Chapter 3: Rise and Fall
  • In the middle of Chapter 3's release date trailer, the Projectionist's footsteps are heard from the hallway.
  • Defeating the Projectionist will unlock the "Norman's Fate" achievement. The achievement's title reveals the evidence that the creature is indeed Norman himself.
  • There are several early differences that were later changed for the release of Chapter 4:
    • Projectio3DL

      A beta version of the Projectionist.

      In the first release of Chapter 3, while his full model appearance for his beta version was not much drastically different, his textures are rather slightly different; his projector head has different textures, and the ink covering for his body was partly, exposing more of his clothing.
    • The running tape sound for his projector head is not heard.
    • Obtaining the ink hearts on Level 14 does not directly draw the Projectionist's attention, making this fetch quest more simple and less challenging.
    • Prior to update patch 1.3.1, the Projectionist was able to walk the stairs of the Inky Abyss.
  • If looked real closely while first encountering the Projectionist inside the waiting room, he is holding the ink heart with his right hand.
    • Located in the game files, there is an animation of the Projectionist hitting with an ink heart as an alternate attack. It was never displayed anywhere in the game, however.
  • Sometimes, there is a lifesaving bug that causes the Projectionist to get stuck in one corner of the maze while his walking animation keeps going. In this state, he never goes to chase after Henry upon getting caught, thus giving Henry a safe opportunity to defeat him. It is unknown if this bug was fixed upon Chapter 4's release.
  • Strangely if Ink Bendy is near the Projectionist, he will become covered in Ink Bendy's ink-web. This can be only seen visibly if Henry manages to bring Ink Bendy down to Level 14 with the elevator while doing this bug, as Ink Bendy cannot spawn there.
    • Even though the Projectionist is another of Ink Bendy's victims (as he will later be murdered by Ink Bendy), Ink Bendy does not bother to kill the Projectionist, as he instead just mainly focuses on going after Henry.
      • This is likely because Ink Bendy is not supposed to be down there, so he does not pay attention to the Projectionist.
  • When using hacks, by teleporting to the waiting room where the Projectionist walks by, the Projectionist will just simply vanish as soon as he reaches the blocked door.
  • If going down to the Inky Abyss and The Projectionist first moves from the right doorway to the left, he will quickly turn around and move the other direction
Chapter 4: Colossal Wonders
  • As long as Henry has equipped the limited weapon-type empty Bacon Soup cans, it is still possible to kill the Projectionist, dealing only 5 hits to him. This will prevent the fight scene between him and Ink Bendy, showing the Projectionist's real fate, from happening. As a result, the Projectionist's body will oddly disappear once Henry activates the power lever, and the vault door will be noticeably opened again without Ink Bendy himself bursting through. Although, this is considered non-canon to the chapter's plotline.
    • However, with the usage of hacks, while walking the stairs out after killing the Projectionist with an axe instead of the empty Bacon Soup cans, the Projectionist seems to come back and still go after Henry, regardless of getting killed earlier.


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