Characters: Baman Piderman
is a Web Animation
by Alex Butera and Lindsay Small
, featured on Mondo Mini Shows
. It follows the lives of Baman, Piderman and several others who inhabit a white, empty landscape while having surreal adventures.
A rubbery being based on the DC Comics superhero Batman
. He seems to be the more intelligent of the two, and usually offers suggestions on what activity they should be doing. Baman works for a large yellow creature that he referred to as his boss, at least until Squib takes his job. He also lives in a small, boxlike house and appears to be able to drive it with a ship's wheel. Sometimes parts of his body dislocate from him, and are able to be reattached. He seems to be in a relationship with Tuba.
- Acrofatic: Baman is actually pretty fast.
- Badass Baritone: Though he's not the best singer.
- Badass Cape
- Base on Wheels: Baman is able to drive his house.
- Bigger on the Inside: Subverted; Baman's house is just one small room and looks that way outside.
- Bizarrchitecture: Baman is able to drive his house using a ship's steering wheel. It has no wheels, tracks, treads, or any other plausible way of moving.
- Blank White Eyes: These are not caused by his mask, proven when he removes it on at least two occasions. When he gets pupils, he gains telepathic powers.
- Blessed with Suck: Being made of basically rubber does seem cool, but looks like it makes it difficult for him to move normally.
- Butt Monkey: Baman's started to go toward this. Boss kicked his house, Tuba's Dad made him uncomfortable, a giant snowflake destroyed his house, and then he lost his job to Squib.
- Chest Insignia: It looks remotely like a...bat? Maybe?
- Cool Hat: He calls his mask a hat.
- Dramatic Unmask: When Baman takes off his mask for Pumkin, Piderman is shocked. Pumkin faints when he does it again later.
- Expressive Mask
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: The source of a lot of it.
- George Jetson Job Security: Baman loses his job to Squib pretty quickly.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Piderman.
- Interspecies Romance: Baman appears to be married to, or at least dating, Tuba.
- Magic Feather: In Happy Winter Friends (Part 2), turns out the wish was literally inside of Baman all along.
- Pointy Ears: When Baman takes off his mask, it's revealed that those pointy things really are his ears...or horns...or something else.
- They do perk up when he's surprised/in danger/excited and do the opposite appropriately.
- Purely Aesthetic Glasses: Seen once.
- Rubber Man: Baman can be stretched, squished, and pulled through himself.
- Silly Walk
- Simpleton Voice
- Smarter Than You Look: Baman is smarter than Piderman, but by how much we don't know.
- Something Person
- Stock Superhero Day Jobs: We still don't know what his job is. Something to do with shipping.
- Superheroes Wear Capes
- Too Dumb to Live: Debatable.
- Use Your Head: Baman tends to smash through doors and windows instead of opening them.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: To be more precise, was.
- Averted as of the latest episode - he is now a music critic.
- Whole Costume Reference: To Batman.
A lazy, slightly overweight being based on the Marvel Comics superhero SpiderMan
. He seems to have the same abilities as Spider Man, but he often uses for unnecessary purposes like grabbing small objects or dragging himself along the ground instead of walking. He lives in the larger of the two houses, which usually serves as the setting of the shows. Since the episode Make Da Cards
, Piderman's door is shattered from when Baman came inside. Piderman appears to be the more childlike of the duo,a nd is often prone to panic attacks.
A sentient tuba that first appears in Make Da Band
and is in a domestic relationship with Baman. She communicates by making tuba sounds, moves by dragging herself along the ground, and drinks "Peabnut Bubber" as medicine.
A pumpkin introduced by Baman in the episode Hab Da Pumkin
, and has been a major supporting character since. While a regular pumpkin, he appeared to possess some level of sentience and could be seen moving around on his own several times and operating a phone. Pumkin also has the ability to function as some sort of video game console. He is eventually carved by the Dese Guys, which causes him to rot, and screams frequently to express his displeasure. As of Happy Winter Friends Part 2
, Pumkin is restored and is given a humanoid body. He is then shown to be something of a shy worrywart, but he cares greatly for his friends and comes to return the affection given to him by Squib. He lives with Piderman.
- Ambiguously Gay: Only "ambiguously" because he technically has No Gender, though he seems to identify as male. He has many Ship Teases with Squib, who also has No Gender but is referred to as a male In-Universe, has a very keen fashion sense, and fits many Moe tropes. His technically Ambiguous Gender has led to quite a bit of Viewer Gender Confusion, but he's considered male by most, and Word of God says he identifies as male.
- Anthropomorphic Objects
- A Day in the Limelight: "Squib Week", shared with Squib.
- The Blank
- Butt Monkey
- Companion Cube
- Half Dressed Cartoon Vegetable: Word of God says that it's because wearing pants would imply that he has something to hide, which he doesn't.
- Interspecies Romance: With Squib.
- No Mouth: At least, after he gains his humanoid form. When he is a pumpkin, Dese Guys carve eyes and a mouth on him.
- Only Sane Man
- Shrinking Violet
- Silent Bob: Sometimes
- Smarter Than You Look: The only character seen reading a real book.
- The Speechless: Only ever heard screaming or laughing in the episodes where he actually has a voice.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His name actually only has one P.
- The Voiceless: Debatable. He never speaks (but screams) during the episodes where he is carved and has a mouth he never spoke, although he may well have been able to.
Two discolored creatures that resemble Baman and Piderman who live in the latter's basement. They first appeared in Guess Da Number
, in which they carve Pumkin. Later, they break out of the basement door to borrow an ingredient for a cookie pie, which they share with their housemates. They are often causing mischef, but the truth is that they just want to make friends. They **really** want to make friends. They have an affiliation with Tuba's dad, but their objectives are unclear.
It's unknown whether they're evil, in it for the lulz, or they just have weird taste. Possibly all of the above.
(That Guy is the green Piderman-looking one, The Other Guy is the blue and yellow Baman-looking one)
A giant, yellow, lion-like monster. He is the boss of an unknown job, and really
- Ambiguous Looking Cat: Probably.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Do not tell him a joke.
- Berserk Button: NO. MORE. JOKES.
- Canis Major: One unlikely possibility for what species Boss is.
- Funny Animal
- Large and in Charge
- Mega Neko: Another possibility for what he is.
- No Sense of Humor: See Berserk Button.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: What is he the Boss of?
- Panthera Awesome: What he would likely be, if feline.
- Talking Animal
- The Faceless: We only ever see as much of him as this picture does. We have seen a single eye, with was bright pink with a tiny, catlike pupil and long, thick, strangely placed eyelashes. It seems like he may be bipedal, judging by the sound of his footsteps and the times we've seen his legs in action (never more than two), but most images of him show him with what looks like a lower half.
- As of "Drawing Song", it's confirmed that Boss has 4 legs.
- Your Size May Vary: Sometimes he doesn't seem more than twice another character's height, other times he seems the size of a skyscraper
A pizza pie with a disturbingly realistic face. Inside its mouth is a forest where Tuba's dad lives and squibs hatch from trees. It is under the care of the Basement Guys, who kept it hidden until Baman and Piderman needed it for a journey.
A mass of tentacles Baman and Piderman first encountered when they went to find a wish to make Pumkin better. It followed them back to Piderman's house. Enjoys tormenting Pumkin, but does so out of love.
The father of Tuba who lives in the forest accessed through the Pizza. Seems to be a bit obsessed with his daughter's relationship with Baman, and is quite defensive of his actions that others call "weird". He has an unknown affiliation with the Basement Guys, and is currently plotting something sinister, though what it is remains a mystery.
A small, perpetually grumpy ladybug. He(?) is very serious about his work, though it is unclear what exactly he does. If you try to step on him, he will give you an angry glare.
A burgundy-colored squib that hatched during the second journey through the Pizza, and despite attempts to send it back, it remains close to Piderman's house. This squib is far more cranky and mean than the green one. It is currently in some sort of cocoon-like state.
A mysterious ghost girl who was previously a spirit trapped inside Baman's Happy Winter Friends Wish Wand. She was accidentally freed when Red Squib broke said wand, and she then began haunting Piderman's house. She now lives with Piderman and enjoys pulling pranks.
- Bedsheet Ghost: Looked like this before she was officially allowed to stay at Piderman's house.
- Blinding Bangs
- Cute Ghost Girl
- Flight: As a ghost, she has the ability to fly and float around a will.
- Forgotten First Meeting: With Pumkin. Since she was the spirit trapped inside Baman's Happy Winter Friends Wish, she was the one who gave Pumkin his body. Pumkin doesn't remember this until Wanda shows him her memories.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Type B. She scared everyone into the basement so she wouldn't be lonely. After Piderman agrees to be her friend, she brings him back to the living room. Everyone else is dumped into the basement to join the Dese Guys for a tea party.
- Intangible Man: She can phase through walls and objects with easy, but it seems she can also interact with physical objects just as well. She can even phase other people through walls as evidenced with Piderman in "Ghost Night."
- Meaningful Name: Her name may be a reference to her being trapped in a wand before being freed.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Often shapeshifts to have these when she tries to scare people.
- The Prankster
- Psychic Link: Seems to have one with Pumkin since she was the one who healed him and gave him his body.
- Transformation Sequence
- The Trickster: She loves to pull pranks and scare the other characters, especially Pumkin.
- True Blue Femininity
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: She occasionally changes herself into more terrifying forms in order to scare others.
Piderman: "Baman, what is that thing?!"
Baman: "I dunno."
A mysterious little....robot....thing...that seemingly pops up out of nowhere. Nobody seems to know just what that thing is, much less what it does. Though a flashlight seems to be at least one of it's functions, as seen in "Ghost Night"