- "Inked" Bendy looks a liiiitle too anatomically proportionate to be a cartoon character....
- The wheelchair could be connected to Inked's broken ankle. Joey is the right age to suffer from a certain birth disorder that would arrange either of his ankles into the same way Bendy has his.
- Joey probably considered Bendy his greatest creation, and decided to fuse with the little devil darling to achieve his ultimate dream — becoming his ultimate creation.
- What if Joey is trying to kill you, not because he's insane — well, he is, but that's not the entire reason: He's truly pissed with you. Who left the studio 30 years ago and never came back? Who didn't recognize him as a co-worker? Who wasn't impressed with the Ink Machine? Joey probably believes that your friendship with him was a lie — and he's mad, to say the least.
- Piggybacking off that and providing an alternative, the real Bendy is actually using the cutouts to watch and help Henry while he waits for the man to discover him.
- As of Chapter 3, this is starting to sound like the more plausible theory, given we've seen no less than two former crew members having been transformed into grotesque half-ink abominations. Just as Susie Campbell became "Alice", maybe Joey Drew is the "Bendy" chasing you.
- Supporting evidence can be found when one checks both the "Path of the Demon" and "Path of the Angel". Going towards "Angel" shows you a tape recorded by Susie, and as we later see, the "Inked Alice" is some unholy fusion of Alice and Susie. Going towards "Demon" shows you a tape recorded by Joey himself, which seems to imply something...
- What if "Bendy" IS Joey Drew, but for a different reason? If you recall the wheelchair the Henry found, it would seem that it belongs to Joey. So, what if Joey used the Ink Machine on himself to become a Toon like Bendy and the others to gain immortality so he could get his strength back to heal his broken leg, but when Joey became a Toon, he grew insane from the ink exposure and attacked the others to get his humanity back? That would explain what happened to Susie, Sammy, Norman, and the other employees; they were all exposed to Joey's Ink Form and they all became corrupted as well. As for the Toons, they must've tried to stop Joey, but to no avail. Speaking of which, Alice Angel must've tried to stop Joey from harming Susie by fusing with her body so Joey's ink wouldn't. As for Bendy and Boris, the real Toons must be hiding somewhere deep in the studio waiting for Henry to try and stop Joey, which leads to believe that Joey didn't send Henry that letter, but Bendy did, asking for Henry's help, which would explain the stamp that was left in the letter's bottom right corner.
- I have to second the above Troper's theory. I watched the animations just to see what they were talking about, and the connections between 'Bendy and the Ink Machine' and Max Fleischer's 'Out of the Inkwell' were pretty startling. Max Fleischer's early work, meant to show off his invention of the 'Rotoscope', an animation machine that would help give animation more fluid, life-like movement, consisted of him literally at one point emptying an entire inkwell trying to pull out his character, a clumsy but artistic clown, who had jumped into it in an attempt to escape him after spending a good portion of the episode being insulted, ignored, having things thrown at him, and then chased. If the beginning of Bendy's life (who seems to have also been created by a life-recreating animation machine for, as far as we can tell, just because Joey could) was anything like Koko's, things probably got real dark, real fast.
- Coupling this with the WMG further down the page about needing a connection to someone raises another reason why Bendy is after Henry, as well. Koko was rotoscoped from footage of Max Fleischer's brother, Dave Fleischer, in a clown suit. If Bendy was created from footage of Henry — the names are even similar, after all — then he may be trying to merge with him in order to stabilize himself, similar to what Alice Angel is doing with the innards of a legion of Boris-es. No wonder he squashed Sammy — he thought Sammy had destroyed his other half!
- The cartoon studio went under before Bendy could make any lasting imprint on the cartoon world. Bendy, seeking the popularity he was told he was going to get, went mad from the revelation that he was wasting away without any acknowledgement and began to lash out in several ways, including disembowling Boris under the assumption he was part of what crippled his stardom.
- Bendy had wanted to be human when learning he was but a cartoon character. Joey kept up the act by mass-producing ink from the machine, presumably using it on other creations, but the lie came to fruition once the studio closed without any closure for Bendy. He is attempting to still make a humanoid form in the form of Inked Bendy, which is notably more humanoid than cartoon Bendy.
- I suppose Joey's lie was that Bendy and the other Toons would be famous and everlasting due to the Ink Machine's power, only for the Toons to realize that Joey only used it for himself to gain immortality and heal his broken leg.
- Partially Jossed. Alice actually was the one who cut Boris open. The part where he treated them as experiments is still open to debate.
- Supported further by the writing "I don't want to work here anymore" that is located on the walls on Level P in Chapter 3.
- Supported by his tape in the Path of the Demon...
- I think his desire for immortality was so that his broken leg could heal when he became an Ink Toon.
- Maybe Joey's employees were converted into Ink Monsters in his attempts to regain his humanity, or at least his human form.
- Alternatively, this may explain Alice's apparent split personality. When she finally formed, she partook of both Susie and Alice, with one side being Susie's "sweetness and light" Alice and one being Allison's Darker and Edgier version.
- Sort of confirmed and jossed there are two Alice Angels, but Alison!Alice is a lot more held together than Susie!Alice.
During the wait for Chapter 3, theMeatly and the official Bendy twitter account posted a couple of tweets which made some fans believe that we would find out what happened to Wally in Chapter 3. But in the end, the chapter was mostly centered around Alice and Susie, and the only info we got regarding Wally was another audio log where he's just his usual self, complaining about how the employees have been noticeably angry. He's not in any real distress whatsoever and, in fact, sounds a bit more cheerful than his previous recordings. Even in Chapter 4, despite how dark most of the other audio logs are, from three employees losing their sanity to Joey showing his true colors, Wally still remains himself.
Plus, it is rather suspicious that theMeatly would already be telling us that Wally had an unfortunate fate when only the first two chapters were out at the time. He barely said anything about Norman or Susie being in any danger, and look what became of them.
Speaking of Chapter 4, there's a plunger which, like in the previous chapter, can be used as a weapon. If you complete the chapter with the plunger, you get the achievement "Unlikely Victory". Now, this could just be referring to the fact that, yes, winning a battle with a plunger is an odd thing to hear about, let alone do, but think for a second! Who would regularly be using a plunger at work? A janitor, like Wally! Perhaps the achievement is hinting at Wally somehow surviving the ordeal.
Now you may be wondering about the tweet asking why Wally would leave his keys in the trash for 30 years. Well, while most people would instantly guess he may have been killed (possibly by Joey and/or Sammy) there are other possibilities as to why the keys were left in the trash:
- Joey and/or Sammy found out he lost his keys, but for whatever reason, decided to simply fire him, ultimately sparing his life. It's also possible Sammy got Wally fired before he had his Sanity Slippage.
- He quit his job around the same time Henry left. Perhaps another mishap occurred in the studio (ie. another pipe burst) and he finally got fed up with all the cleaning. Maybe he and Henry quit their jobs on the same day.
- He was around when the studio went to hell (pun not intended), but somehow survived and escaped.
- Presumably Jossed as of Chapter 4. There are two Alice Angels, one horribly deformed and one not perfectly toon-like, but humanoid at least.
- Or Joey was doing untoward things to an unwilling Susie.
- In that case, we can rule out Joey since he calls Henry his "best pal" in his letter, and Wally, Susie, Norman, Shawn, Grant, Bertrum, and Lacie because of their accents that don't match Henry's. That leaves us with Thomas, Sammy, Jack, Allison, Johnny, and Murray (unless Murray Hill is actually a location or a phone number and not a person)...
- Then why is it not Susie's voice speaking the callous lines? And it's Susie's voice that angers Alice Angel to bang on the window and yell "I'm Alice Angel!". It could easily be the selfish Allison staking her claim on the role.
- Actually it is. The "nice" voice is implied to be Alice Angel herself.
It was this mysterious person who sent the letter in an attempt to get rid of everyone who worked for the studio. They are likely still human, and are the actual reason behind all the occult stuff, though they dragged Joey and Sammy into it all.
- The audio logs are more like diaries of sorts, actually. The workers are referring to the audio logs as 'you', like how one would address a diary. Likely Jossed, but we'll see...
- Allison is not part of the "Alice" who attacks Henry so that part is jossed, but we still don't know what the situation between her and Susie was.
- Allison being part of "Alice" has been jossed, but we don't know what the real one is like yet.
- They wear similar overalls, first of all. They don't look exactly the same, but neither do Alice Angel and "Alice's" dresses (the latter has straps and a ribbon on the back, which the former lacks).
- And then there's Boris' Sheep Songs and Sammy's "sheep sheep sheep" chant. Maybe Sammy's chanting is actually the lyrics to Sheep Songs (which was written by Sammy himself◊).
- There is a banjo in Boris' safe house. The banjo is Sammy's favorite instrument.
- The official description for Boris' poster describes him as "a wolf in sheep's clothing" which is a reference to the Bible warning about false prophets appearing as wolves in sheep's clothing. And guess what Sammy calls himself? A prophet.
- This one's a stretch, but: Susie and Allison's last names, Campbell and Pendle, both sound vaguely similar to Angel (not to mention Allison and Alice sound similar as well). Likewise, Sammy's last name, Lawrence, sounds vaguely similar to Boris.
- As of the Chapter 4 update the left pinky has been removed, so the symbolism doesn't work anymore. That doesn't mean this theory is jossed, of course.
It explains why there are so many Boris copies running around - whoever Boris is (my guess is Thomas Connor, because of the game files referring to Mecha-Boris as Tom) was the first and easiest to create. Susie probably figured out what Joey wanted all of the Borises for at some point after she was sent through the machine, and that's why she harvests them to make herself whole and beautiful without having to go through the machine again. The process, if Susie is to be believed, is painful and traumatizing. Which is why the Lost Ones are hidden around the studio, terrified of "him" finding them again. Him, of course, being Inked Bendy, probably another poor employee inked by Joey as the muscle he needs to track down the ink people and toons and send them back through. Sammy, conversely, saw Inked Bendy as his savior - if Bendy sends him through the machine enough times, eventually, he's gotta come out perfect like Boris or Alice, and be free from the body he has now. Inked Bendy probably didn't kill him in chapter 2, just incapacitated him long enough to get him back to the Ink Machine and send him through again for Joey. It's also why Inked Bendy took the Projectionist. Inked Bendy just roams the studio, looking for ink monsters to send through for his master.
"Alice's" deformed left half of her face is the result of the Ink Machine recognizing Susie's small connection with Bendy and attempting to make her a little more Bendy-like: the torn-up mouth was supposed to be Bendy's big grin, the lumpy face was an attempt at making her face bigger like Bendy's, and part of her halo being sunken into her head was an attempt at getting rid of it since Bendy isn't supposed to have one. This ultimately failed as her emotional connection with Alice was much greater.
As some sort of side effect of transforming into "Alice", Susie's consciousness was split into two: the cruel, vain side that's obsessed with becoming Alice, still believes others were lying when they said she has talent, despises Bendy and hates the other side of herself for accepting his role; and the meek, frightened side that was content with voicing Bendy, and perhaps desired to move one from Alice, now forced to become the angel again with no other choice but to watch her evil side kill other Toons for her own beauty.
Yes, I know their accents don't match, but what if that's supposed to be a Red Herring? Maybe Wally was intentionally speaking in a different accent to be silly and/or to mimic the way his favorite character speaks (maybe Bendy himself?). After all, his "I'm outta here!" Catch-Phrase already shows that he wasn't the most serious person.
Allison regrets what kind of person she's been in the past. She either never got a chance to apologize to Susie (their encounter in Chapter 4 was definitely not the right time for an apology), or she did apologize but Susie rejected her apology. If the former is the case and Susie somehow returns in Chapter 5, Allison will finally try to apologize to her.
Some things that may point to Wally becoming a Bendy:
- Wally is shown to have a rather upbeat an silly personality, much like the little devil himself.
- Wally's audio logs are in every chapter so far and he was the attendant of the Ink Machine, which implies that he could be a major character: someone "worthy" of becoming Bendy, the main cartoon character.
- His catchphrase is "I'm outta here". In animated shorts such as Tombstone Picnic and Haunted Hijinx, Bendy is often shown running away whenever he's scared, aka getting outta there. Heck, even the entire Bendy in Nightmare Run game is about Bendy "getting outta there" (away from the giant enemies that want him dead).
- In one of his audio logs in Chapter 3, Wally says "If these people [other employees] don't start crackin' a smile every now and then, I'm outta here" implying that he himself is in a good enough mood to smile every so often. Bendy is the Toon with the biggest smile.
- Some of the merch feature Bendy with a wrench (examples: 1 2 3 4 5), and Wally used to be a mechanic.
- There's a bunch of Bendy posters near Wally's first audio log.
- This one's a stretch, but Sammy using Wally's dustpan to attack Henry while wearing a Bendy mask could potentially be foreshadowing that the original owner of the dustpan actually became Bendy himself.
Anyways, this one is based on the fact that Boris and Wally are both simple-minded and friendly, and the possibility that Boris owning a toolbox and being somewhat good at handiwork has to do with Wally being a mechanic (plus Thomas, another mechanic, is implied to be the new Boris/Tom at the end of Chapter 4, so there's that too). Also the Boris action figure comes with Wally's keys.
Both of Alice's voice actors were tied with her new forms. If Henry is Bendy's creator, as it's hinted at in the hidden room with the tape talking about Henry's new character, he might be the good parallel to the ink demon/Joey Drew, and has since gained a new form. Several bits of fanart have guessed this already, and whenever Henry dies, he emerges from an inky tunnel similar to what Susie!Alice described. This might be revealed with him seeing his reflection in the final chapter.
- Now about the other part of this WMG, that the Horror visions is PTSD from similar events. For example, there's a Horror vision after defeating the Giant searcher easter egg boss in Chapter 3, after a Horde fight against a wave of butcher gang members and normal searchers. When you look at the main area that's the arena for the battle, the banisters of heavenly toys somewhat resemble trenches. Maybe Henry had to fight off a small group of troops on his own. Then there's the easter egg in Chapter 2 when you drop the crate onto the miniboss searcher, a horror vision plays. Maybe Henry did that as a trap for incoming troops, but mistakenly killed a minor. The only place I can't think of this working is with The fight between Bendy and The Projectionist. But then again Bendy is an inky monster of nature.
- I second this. Boris is the only one that looks like the literal cartoon character and not some poor victim covered in possessed ink with a Boris mask slapped on his face.
- The part about Boris cutouts has been Jossed, but we could still get Toons with Rubberhose Limbs in Chapter 5.
Joey agreed and the deal was made. The only condition was that every so often the "muse" would ask for an offering to help retain the magic and keep Joey's characters successful and popular. At first, it started fairly simple, with personal objects from the staff, some plants, etc. The problems began to crop up, though. People within the company, which was at that point thriving, began to suffer from some peculiarities and behavioral problems; especially the animators. The Muse's demands began to get stranger and stranger, progressing from objects to animals, until eventually, the idea of people came up.
Joey grew suspicious and began to do some research on the side to try and figure out what was going on, only to discover that, based on the symbols he used, he had not contacted a muse. More likely than not, he had contacted a demon, a creature of evil and maliciousness, that was likely using Bendy either as a way to collect souls or as a source of power. All that adoration and love from the fans could easily be used to enter our world with enough time to build it up. In a panic, Joey started quietly subverting its plans, starting with mountains of object sacrifices to keep it sated and tried to stave off a blood sacrifice until he could find a way out of this mess.
Finally, he came up with the idea of simply outdoing the demon at its own game; he set up a summoning circle using what he'd learned while trying to figure out what he'd done to summon the demon to our world and force it to assume Bendy's form and personality. The idea was if he could force it to become Bendy, he could bring it to the real world while keeping it relatively harmless and contained. His idea only half worked. The creature was bound to Bendy's form but not entirely. Joey wasn't able to build the circles properly to fully contain the demon and only managed to partially lock up its powers, which resulted in the messed up demonic form of Bendy we see. Boris was the second attempt, but as Boris was never under demonic influence, he is legitimately innocent in all of this as some form of golem made from Ink, just like Bendy, but not being piloted by a demon.
- This sounds so much like Bill and Ford from Gravity Falls, and I love it for that and also that it seems plausible.
It's possible that, when the Ink Machine brought Bendy and Boris to life, it exposed Bendy as the Big Bad who now has a greater, non-G-rated scope of evil to explore, with Boris being an unfortunate victim of it. Until the Ink Machine is turned back on and resurrects him.
- Possibly Jossed as of "Tombstone Picnic". Boris was a complete jerk and was actually the one subjecting Bendy to his cruelty.
- I second this, and add something more — the cutouts are actually windows for the real Bendy to watch you through. Meaning that the real Bendy is somewhere in the studio.
The real Alice might've even been the one who turned on the tvs in her area, not just to calm Henry with a nice little song, but to let him know that she's there, she's Alice Angel. Too bad she had to be interrupted by an imposter.
- Well, the promo text does indeed say he's angry, but we still don't know exactly why. It could be that the creator lied to him and his gang, but as pointed out, that could be the workers saying that. And that's if this is the actual Bendy...
- Who's laughing now? Despite being the main character of the cartoons, Bendy's co-stars are more prominently featured on the posters for his cartoons and his face is always obscured. This suggests that Boris and Alice went on to become more popular characters, similar to how Donald Duck and Goofy ultimately outshone Mickey Mouse, earning their own series. Susie even said that Joey Drew believed Alice "would be as popular as Bendy someday". Bendy is still the face of Sillyvision, but Boris and Alice are the real stars. When Bendy came to life, he grew jealous enough to attack and ritualistically murder Boris.
- Part of the reason Bendy might have been phased out is because he's unambiguously a devil. The cartoons were clearly made in the 1920s-1930s, during the height of the black and white rubber hose animation era, but also a time of severe religious conservatism. Cartoons of the era quickly came under fire from Moral Guardians due to supposedly adult content, and a demon protagonist would've definitely earned Sillyvision a lot of complaints. So Bendy was gradually phased out in favor of his co-stars. Boris may be a wolf, traditionally a villain character, but at least he isn't a spawn of Hades and looks cuddly enough to be marketable to children. As for Alice, she's an angel, 'nuff said.
- The Creator lied to us. Alternatively, the cartoons never achieved the popularity the animators had hoped or flopped entirely. Based on the copious amounts of Bendy memorabilia lying around the studio, Joey strongly believed the cartoons would go on to become beloved classics and the characters had massive marketing potential, setting up a huge merchandising deal. Unfortunately, the Bendy cartoons never caught on, culminating in the studio closing. When Bendy came to life and found out about this... well, look around.
- Bendy's cartoons were the kind that had no continuity. The way things are now are the way they've always been. The Ink Machine has this effect on reality itself.
- Alternatively, they have a lot of No Yay, so even if they aren't related, the idea of them dating would still be creepy.
- As of "Tombstone Picnic", Bendy actually seems to have the role of the Butt-Monkey. But don't worry. Maybe Alice will be one too, so it's not jossed yet!
- theMeatly himself?
- David Eddings (Joey's voice actor, to further imply that he and "Bendy" are one and the same.)
- Tara Strong.
- Squigglydiggs, the creator of the Toon!Henry AU. She has a metal cover of Gospel of Dismay on her YouTube channel, in which she voices/sings Bendy's parts. Even better is her newest song, Welcome Home. Look them up and say that isn't one of the most fitting voices for Bendy you've ever heard.
- Alanna Linayre, based on the theory in the above folder that Susie became Bendy's VA after being replaced as Alice's VA.
Some possibilities on what kind of character they could be:
- A Distaff Counterpart of Boris, like how Bendy and Alice appear to be counterparts of each other
- An Expy of Donald Duck, who may be part of a Power Trio with Bendy and Boris similar to the Mickey/Goofy/Donald trio
- A major antagonist and Bendy's nemesis, similar to Pete; could serve as a parallel/constrast to Henry vs the Ink Demon
- A Sleepyhead (with or without a Punny Name such as "Sleepy" or "Dreamy"), based on the lyrics of Sammy's sheep chant
- A Black Sheep or White Sheep, both literally and metaphorically
- A character that was so unpopular (even more than Alice Angel) that they had to be removed from the show altogether
- A character that Joey was never able to use in his animations because Henry still owned the rights to them when he left the studio (basically the opposite of what happened to Oswald the Lucky Rabbit)
- A rejected prototype design of an existing character (likely either Bendy, Boris, or Alice)
Either way, this Toon sheep could play some kind of important role in the last chapter considering Henry himself is the one associated with sheep.
This could've happened to other characters too. For example, Henry's version of Alice Angel could've been a sweetheart, while Joey's version of her could've been arrogant and bratty. Henry's version of the Butcher Gang could've been antagonistic but still goofy and sympathetic, while Joey's version of them could've been much more cruel and irredeemable. This might've even contributed to Alice turning out to be unpopular, especially once Henry was no longer around to write any episodes where she's portrayed as a likable character.
If any other "perfect" Toons (like Boris) show up in the game, they will have the personality that Henry gave them, leaning towards the nice/likable side.
The in-game Boris has the kind personality that Henry gave him because he was created specifically using Henry's drawing of him, not Joey's. The Toons created with Henry's drawings are perfect because, not only are they the original/"true" versions of the mascots, but also because Henry put so much of his heart into drawing his own creations. The clones on the other hand, created with drawings made by Joey (and maybe anyone else who knows how to draw), are imperfect because, since Joey and anyone else aren't the ones who created the mascots, they were unable to come as close to the true versions of the characters as Henry could (not to mention they likely didn't put as much love and effort into the drawings as Henry did), especially since Joey's version of the mascots' (except maybe Bendy's) personalities and such are warped/inaccurate.
- In-Universe: maybe only real Toons are able to speak, while all clones are mute (unless they're fused with a human). Boris could've been pretending to be a clone by not saying anything so that it would be more likely for "Alice" to dismiss him. His plan didn't work, unfortunately.
- In-Universe #2: To keep the Ink Demon from finding him. Bendy has been stated to operate on sound.
- In-Universe #3: he is a clone (who the real Boris might've controlled/possessed in order to help Henry), who is unable to speak as a result of being slightly imperfect (something that "Alice" was willing to ignore because he was still the most perfect Boris she's ever seen). Maybe he can't even open his mouth, which would also explain why he didn't eat the soup that Henry gave him.
- Meta: maybe the devs intentionally kept his voice hidden because revealing his meta voice actor could spoil who his in-universe voice actor is. For example, if Boris is voiced by Aaron Landon (Sammy's VA), then revealing Boris' voice in Chapter 3 and including Landon's name in the credits could spoil Sammy being Boris' in-universe VA.
Also, possible foreshadowing: even though Alice has both angelic and demonic traits, in the end she's still an angel. The "demonic" Allison(?) may be the one primarily in control now, but in the end the "angelic" Susie will be the one who ultimately takes control of "Alice".
- Sort of confirmed in chapter 4, except it's implied that the "good" side is Alice Angel and the "bad" side is Susie.
- This is a stretch, but what if Johnny is their voice actor? First of all, Johnny and the "Butcher Gang" are both associated with hearts (Johnny's Broken Heart achievement in 2, the ink heart collecting task in 3; it's also worth noting that you have to play the organ five times for the former and collect five hearts for the latter). Maybe "Alice" taking their hearts is sort of symbolizing how Johnny's heart was stolen (then later broken) by Susie and/or Allison. Since Johnny is associated with the pipe organ, it's safe to assume he was part of the music department; if they dealt with all audio for the cartoons and not just music, including character voices, then it's possible that Johnny was both an organ player and a voice actor. Also, judging from the screams that follow every time you play the organ, Johnny's voice sounds just gruff enough to fit the Butcher Gang members if he were to voice them properly. Maybe one piece of his consciousness was put into the organ while the rest of him were fused with the clones.
- Possibly Jossed, since Tom is implied to be Thomas Connor yet he doesn't have any messy sketch lines on him.
- Bendy's whistle: Bendy's voice consists of whistling sounds in cartoons such as Tombstone Picnic, so it's possible that he's the one whistling in the trailer. And it's unlikely that Inked "Bendy" is the one whistling since he only ever makes growling noises and such.
- This whistle can also be heard from a locked door in the ink pool area in Chapter 2 if Henry walks towards it backwards (to prevent "Bendy" from spawning); Bendy himself could've been right behind the door. And the reason why "Bendy" appears between Henry and the door (rather than behind Henry and cornering him) could be because, for yet unknown reasons, "Bendy" wants to keep Henry and Bendy from meeting each other...
- Sammy describes the whistle as having a "sinister purpose". This could mean that either there's something sinister about the real Bendy despite him not being a monster, or it's just a Red Herring and Bendy's just as much of a good guy as Boris.
- Alice's song: first of all the singing voice sounds nothing like Inked "Alice's" main, evil voice, so it's clear that she's not the one singing in the trailer (especially if you compare the song to her humming the exact same melody). While it could be "Alice's" secondary, softer voice, the singing voice also sounds very similar to Alice's voice in her "I'm Alice Angel" song, so it could be either of them. Though, if the whistle is really meant to be hinting at the real Bendy's existence, then it's likely that the song is supposed to hint at the real Alice existing as well.
- It's also worth noting that Chapter 3 is where the cardboard cutouts of Alice are introduced. And if the "the real Toons are watching through/controlling cutouts of themselves" theory is true, then the song could be hinting at the introduction of the real Alice's presence through her own cutouts.
Maybe in an upcoming chapter, Henry will have to follow the whistle/song and find the real Bendy/Alice, waiting for him. And/or maybe Bendy and Alice will use their tunes to lure enemies away from Henry.
- Jossed for "Boris" whose eyes are both X-shaped. We have yet to find out how "Bendy's" eyes look like, though.
- The alternative interpretation is just as sad. What if the Ax-Crazy Manipulative Bitch voice is actually Susie, having fully embraced vanity, jealousy, and insanity and the meek voice is what Toon!Alice was supposed to be in personality, were she created perfect: a demure, kind-hearted angel?
- Perfect: Bendy, Boris, Alice Angel, Charley, Barley, Edgar ("real" Toons brought to life, not created with any employees)
- Semi-perfect: [???] Bendy (Wally?), Tom (Thomas?) and other Boris clones (unknown employees), Allison, [???] Butcher Gang (Grant, Shawn, and Lacie?)
- Corrupted: "Bendy" (Joey?), "Boris" (Johnny? Or clone/unknown employee), "Alice" (Susie), Piper, Fisher, Striker (clones/unknown employees)
And if the theory above about a Toon sheep existing turns out to be true, maybe Henry will turn into a semi-perfect version of them while Linda (assuming she got a job at the studio and got sacrificed) will appear as a corrupted version, or vice versa.
- Guertena: "It's said that spirits dwell in objects into which people put their feelings. I've always thought that, if that's true, then the same must be true of artwork. So today, I shall immerse myself in work, so as to impart my own spirit into my creations."
The parts of Henry's soul used to create the perfect Toons didn't contain any of his consciousness, which is why Boris acts just like his cartoon counterpart (friendly, likes food, etc.) and not like Henry himself.
Even though Boris was the first to be created, he ended up becoming a side (albeit still somewhat major) character after getting his spotlight stolen by Bendy, another one of Henry's creations.
If "Bendy" really wants to kill Henry, why didn't he break down the wooden door in Chapter 2 (he just bangs on it a few times then walks away) or the vent cover in Chapter 4 despite being strong enough to literally tear open a sealed metal door? This is either a pretty big Plot Hole, or it's evidence that "Bendy" doesn't actually want Henry dead. Maybe "Bendy" was only chasing Henry because he wants to get his attention, needs to tell him something, ask him for help, etc. (he could've been trying to simply grab Henry as opposed to straight-up murdering him) but his ink is dangerous enough to instantly kill Henry just by touching him (it can even kill weaker ink monsters like the "Butcher Gang" members, after all). And "Bendy" killing both Sammy and the Projectionist could actually be him trying to protect Henry from them. When "Alice" says "And this time, there's no Ink Demon, no escape" during Henry's fight with "Boris", maybe she means there's no Ink Demon around to save Henry from "Boris".
As for why "Bendy" does try to attack Henry in Chapter 1: he didn't know that was Henry, he thought that was someone else. Someone else who would have a reason to turn the Ink Machine back on, someone who may have caused all this mess in the first place. Maybe Joey Drew, though that's only if Joey himself isn't "Bendy". Or maybe Wally Franks, since he's the attendant of the Ink Machine, and "Bendy" could have some kind of grudge against him for whatever reason (regardless of whether Wally is good or secretly evil). Alternatively, "Bendy" did know that was Henry, he was just trying to scare Henry into leaving the studio and keep him from getting dragged into the whole mess (which could've worked, if it wasn't for the floor beneath him breaking before he could reach the exit).
Bendy, on the other hand, was born as an angel but was kicked out of heaven for being too mischievous, losing his halo and growing a pair of horns as a result of becoming a demon/fallen angel. Even though Bendy has fallen from grace, he still kept some of his kindness that he was born with as an angel, which is why he's nicer than even "mortals" like the Butcher Gang despite being a literal demon. Bendy technically belongs in hell now, but he either left on his own accord or was kicked out because he couldn't fit in with the other demons there (most of which were born as demons and are therefore less accepting of fallen angels) who are much more evil than him.
Building off this the ink monsters that are just blobs are random employees who didn't have much to do with any specific character or shards of the important ones that got separated off which is why Alice was killing off other ink monsters especially the perfect looking ones. She's searching for the remaining bits and pieces of Susan's mind that escaped and why Bendy is hunting Henry. Assuming it already has Joey, Bendy has half of what he needs to be perfect Joey after all was the idea guy while Henry was the head artist. This is also why everyone is hunting Henry down to kill him, if Bendy gets Henry... well in his half perfected state he's already immortal. God only knows what would happen if it got the rest.
It's been long established that the inside of Joey Drew studios looks like a black-and-white cartoon, just like the ones the staff were producing long ago. But suppose that it looks this way in-universe as well, given Henry's confusion at everything he sees along the way. Chapter 4 introduced machines that can craft items from ink - not just toons but even mundane items like mugs, gears and even radios; which is why everything you see appears drawn on paper. Joey Drew tried to have his staff use it to bring his ideas to reality, but it didn't go as planned because of the ink's strange nature. He didn't notice anything was wrong and forced his employees to keep using it, until the ink's power grew to the point that the lines between cartoon and reality began to blur, so the studio was eventually assimilated by it, and unless it and Bendy are stopped, it'll keep growing into the rest of the world.
However, when Joey put some... things... in the Machine that weren't supposed to be put in there, for whatever not-so-good intentions he had, somehow the entire Machine and its ink got corrupted and became a dangerous device that creates deformed ink monsters.
Now, we've seen people that are obsessed with Bendy (Sammy and his cult) and Alice Angel (Susie), but there isn't anyone obsessed with Boris... or is there?
Whoever rigged the Machine could've loved Boris and hated the other Toons so much that they decided Boris must be the only Toon that should turn out perfect (though apparently they were a little more merciful with Alice considering Allison's appearance, and there's implications that "Alice's" face is only messed up because "Bendy" touched her). If the Wally = Boris theory is true then maybe he's the culprit, especially since he's the attendant of the Ink Machine.
In fact, if the above is remotely true, it's probably also what "The creator lied" means. This isn't the way Bendy thought things would go.
- I like this one. It seems plausible.
- So why does Bendy come after him, too? and we haven't met Alice yet.
- Partially Jossed? Alice, as of Chapter Three, is definitely evil in her own petty way.
- Perhaps Bendy wants to absorb Henry into himself, out of love not malice, where as he consumed/destroyed Sammy? That and given he left it seems likely that Alice came after Henry's time with the company?
- Well, it would explain how the building keeps changing with Henry outright saying he doesn't recognize parts of it) and the somewhat limited number of posters.
- Or maybe it's not and it really was what Joey had done after Henry left. Or during his time there, but I doubt you could hide all that behind his back.
Chapter 1 is called Moving Pictures, referencing the projectors dotted around the studio (such as the room you start in and the sweatbox* (the room where you turn the Flow button on to start the ink machine)) and likely the animation process, evidenced by the Bendy animation and the creation of Bendy from the Ink Machine. Also, there are reels also dotted about the chapter, making the reference stronger. It might be referencing character design in the sense of when you collect the pieces to start up the machine, two of the items are the ink and the doll.
Chapter 2, named The Old Song, obviously references sound and music, important ingredients to the animation process. Literally, half of the chapter is spent in the Music Department, including the orchestra room and the audio logs by the music director Sammy Lawrence, and Norman Polk, the conductor.
It may be, that future chapters will reference voice acting, (Chapter 3 might reference this through Alice, which was briefly mentioned through the voice acting booth in Chapter 2 and Susie's audiolog), storyboarding, editing, inking and cel painting, and writing.
The Sweatbox was a room where when a rough piece of animation was finished, the animator would showcase this to the director in this room. This was the time when the director would review the animation and say if the animation needed to be better, or if they were satisfied with it.
- Going strong so far. Chapter 3 seems to revolve around merchandising, since the rooms and hallways are littered with plushies/statues of Bendy, Boris, and Alice.
- That said, the title is "Rise and Fall", generally used in reference to popularity, and Alice's fame seems to have been fleeting — the head of toy manufacture (voiced by none other than Jacksepticeye) would like to know just what he's supposed to do with all of the Alice Angel dolls, because nobody's buying them.
- In Chapter 4 "Alice" is actually killed by another Alice. However, considering how the Projectionist was able to survive getting killed in Chapter 3, it's always possible for "Alice" to return in Chapter 5 only to get killed again by "Bendy".
...and they've been trying to help him!
- In the first chapter, Henry's character, having been brought to life somehow, boarded up the Ink Machine Room so as to stall (if not outright stop) "Bendy" from killing him, hoping Henry would leave after seeing the Ink Demon. Unfortunately, Henry's character did not count on the floorboards breaking, forcing them to follow him and make sure he's safe.
- In Chapter 2, Henry's character lures "Bendy" towards Sammy, allowing Henry the chance to escape.
- But in Chapter 3, Henry's character does not intervene. Not because of Boris already helping him, but because of all the Butcher Gang clones, Searchers and "Bendy" lurking about. They think it's too dangerous this time and instead are just keeping their fingers crossed that their creator makes it.
...But in Chapter 4, Henry's character will finally reveal themselves, and will team up with him to save Boris!
You might be wondering, "Why didn't Henry's character show up before?" and the answer is simple: While they could have just shown up to scare him into leaving, they did not want their own creator to be afraid of them, so they figured "Bendy" would have to do.
Of course, many First-Person game developers employ this tactic to streamline the process (and make their jobs a little easier in the bargain)... but then, what if that rationalisation is what theMeatly is counting on?
Let's suppose that Henry meets up with Joey before the game actually starts; bad things go down, and Henry is killed... or worse, he gets turned into Inked!Bendy...
Maybe, before, you were the last remaining goodness in the real Bendy. Or perhaps you were Joey Drew, who finally, far too late, realised you'd gone too far in your plans - Regardless, you wish to do something, anything to stop this madness (and somehow save Henry, if possible)... And suddenly, you find yourself outside the studio, clutching Joey's letter. From either Shock-induced Amnesia or Dream Logic, you mistakenly believe you're Henry — and from that belief, you do become Henry, in almost every sense.
What's left of the humans (like Sammy) only see Henry. The monsters (Inked!Bendy, Inked!Butcher Gang) and toons (Boris) see the real you. You can't perceive your own self, because it's not time for you to accept the truth yet.
- I was about to Joss this, but holy shit. Ya know what, partially, okay? I don't know. But take a close look at Inked!Bendy. His leg is twisted. Henry's leg isn't twisted. But like you said, that's probably what the creator wants us to think...
- Something to consider, the backgrounds are all cartoony in style, we haven't seen a single normal human, and the design of the entire studio is completely nonsensical. Honestly who would solve the problem of ink leaks that trap the staff with drainage pumps instead of just fixing the leaks? Nobody... outside of a cartoon operating on that low level of logic. What if the Henry we play as Either already got absorbed into the ink and now he's come back unaware of what he is, or he is literally a cartoon drawn by the REAL Henry outside?
- Inked "Alice" from Chapter 3 has taken Boris' ink heart and was able to transform into a perfect Alice (and has either lost her memory or is just pretending to be nice), or
- The perfect Alice is the real Alice, and a separate character from Inked "Alice"
Depending on what you believe in, you can choose to either kill or spare Alice. If you spare her, she will try to help you throughout the chapter like what Boris did in 3.
Regardless of what you've chosen to do, towards the end of the chapter it will be revealed that the perfect Alice is indeed the real Alice who is not the same as Inked "Alice". If you spared Alice, you'll have to defend her from "Alice" (who most likely won't be happy about a more perfect version of her walking around). If you killed Alice, well... Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!
- Another thing that could happen: when Allison (or whoever the primary, evil side of "Alice" is) tries to kill the real Alice, Susie (the other half of "Alice") could try to stop her. While Allison(?) won't care about Alice herself and is willing to do anything to become beautiful, Susie, as much as she wants to be Alice, won't be able to bring herself to let the character that she loved and felt such a strong connection with get killed.
...But then Joey Drew just had to ruin everything.
Joey believed that, by fusing with a Toon and actually becoming the character, he will be able to cheat death; he likely came up with this plan after getting some sort of illness/injury that bound him to a wheelchair◊ and will kill him sooner or later. To test this idea, Joey created many clones of the Toons and used them, his employees, and the Ink Machine for series of experiments. He fused Sammy and Thomas with Boris clones, Susie and Allison with Alice clones, and several employees with Butcher Gang clones. He even fused pure ink with numerous employees, creating the Searchers and the Lost Ones. As for Norman and Bertrum, Joey could've turned them into "special" monsters as some kind of punishment (the former for witnessing Joey's experiments, and the latter for "annoying" Joey by confronting him about kicking him (Bertrum) out). Despite a majority of the experiments' results being nothing but failures, Joey had grown desperate as his death was drawing near, and eventually he fused himself with a Bendy clone (or possibly multiple Bendy clones, which could explain why "Bendy" is so huge and pretty much invincible).
Alternatively, everyone was directly transformed into defective Toons rather than fusing with pre-made clones. This would mean all the dead Boris "clones" used to be employees as well.
The real Toons, terrified after witnessing what happened to everyone else, fled and hid in different areas of the studio. So far Boris is the only Toon who has gathered enough courage to get out of his safe house to approach and help Henry. Meanwhile, Bendy and Alice have been watching through cardboard cutouts of themselves to observe Henry, though they (and the Butcher Gang, who don't even have their own cutouts to watch Henry with) are still too scared to leave their hiding spots... for now.
"The Creator lied to us" could've been written by one of the real Toons, and the message itself could be referring to how Joey lied to the Toons that they'll be treated well and kept safe and sound.
If the game will have Multiple Endings, the ending in the above WMG (Toons melting) could be the "Neutral/Normal/Standard" Ending, and the ending in this WMG (Toons surviving) could be the Golden (and possibly even Canon) Ending. There could also be a Bad Ending where Henry dies/turns into a monster.
That's right, Bendy will be the one to destroy the Ink Machine at the end of the game and save everyone, one way or another, possibly sacrificing himself in the process (regardless of whether destroying the Ink Machine causes perfect Toons to die/disappear or not). He might even do this by fusing with Inked "Bendy" and using his increased power to destroy the Machine (as well as preventing "Bendy" from hurting Henry and the other Toons).
He may not be aware now, but if Sammy finds out that "Bendy" = Joey and "Alice" = Susie (or at least just the latter), he'll be conflicted on whether he should remain loyal to "Bendy" or switch to "Alice's" side. Or perhaps he'll end up not siding with either of them. Though, whichever choice he makes, he'll likely get killed (for real this time) by the character(s) he didn't choose to side with, or even the character he did choose to side with.
Bonus points if Sammy's choice will depend on whether you have chosen the Demon or Angel path in Chapter 3.
Now, based on the theory that the perfect/real versions of all the Toons were created at some point in the past, and the fact that Joey was rather obsessed with Bendy... what if Joey made the amusement park for (the perfect/real) Bendy? Whether it was because Bendy asked Joey to take him to an amusement park, or it was some kind of surprise gift for Bendy, Joey just straight-up built an entire amusement park just for Bendy. And the reason why it's so deep underground could be because Joey wanted to keep the Toons hidden from the other employees upstairs. Not that the other Toons would've been allowed to ride anything in the amusement park, since Joey only cared about Bendy, and therefore the amusement park was for Bendy only. It was obviously a reckless thing to do, but Joey, being so obsessed with Bendy, could've been willing to do anything to make him happy.
...That is, until Joey came up with the idea to fuse with a Toon to cheat death, threatening the lives of all the Toons, especially Bendy himself since Joey would've wanted to specifically fuse with him. "The Creator lied to us" might've even been written by Bendy, referring to how Joey lied (or, more accurately, broke his promise) to him that he'd do anything for him and keep him happy (as for why it says "us" instead of "me", maybe Bendy made Joey promise the other Toons that he'd keep them happy too, though Joey likely broke that promise before he even came up with the whole fusing plan).
- 6 Toons (Bendy, Boris, Alice, Charley, Barley, Edgar)note
- 6 items on the pedestals (inkwell, book, doll, gear, wrench, record)
- 6 outer points on the ritual symbol (which replaced the pentagram), with 6 candles surrounding it
- 6 playable instruments (banjo, violin, bass, drum, piano, pipe organ)
- 6 weapons (axe, Gent pipe, plunger, ink syringe, pipe wrench, Tommy gun)
- Turns out there's a secret seventh weapon in Chapter 4: the empty bacon soup cans that can be found in the structure room when returning back to the Research and Design department after activating the second switch. There's still plenty of other things that come in 6's, though.
- 6 tasks that Henry must complete for "Alice" (collecting valve cores, collecting thick ink, finding gears, destroying Bendy cutouts, killing "Butcher Gang" enemies, collecting ink hearts)
- Possibly 6 major humans (Henry, Joey, Sammy, Susie, 2 more humans)
- Alternatively, 6 major humans excluding Henry himself (so Joey, Sammy, Susie, and 3 more humans)
- Or maybe 6 humans that have ties to the 6 Toons (so Henry, Joey, Sammy (not only does he worship Bendy, but he might be connected to Boris as well), Susie, Allison, and 1 person who has a connection with the Butcher Gang)
- Maybe the 6 major humans are Henry, Joey, Wally (his tapes are in every chapter so far so he's implied to be a major character), Susie, Allison, and Thomas/Tom
At least 6 sets of 6... doesn't that sound familiar?
- Seems likely. She seems to have made them after all.
Specifically, what angered the gods was Joey's plan to cheat death by fusing with a Toon. A mere mortal attempting to become immortal and disrespecting the gods' creations? These acts of (unintentional) insults were enough to bring out the wrath of these gods, who then put a curse that transforms anyone who gets fused with a Toon/Toon clone or even just the ink itself into disfigured, horrifying ink monsters.
And yes, this would mean that Human Sacrifice was never a requirement to please the gods, and that Joey only killed all those employees because he wanted to test his plan for achieving immortality before trying it on himself.
- The part about the curse's exact effect may be Jossed, since Allison Angel and Tom (implied to be Allison Pendle and Thomas Connor) look pretty far from "disfigured, horrifying ink monsters". But then again, it's possible that they (and maybe Henry too) were exempt from the gods' curse for some special reason.
- At some point after getting captured by "Alice"/Susie, Boris managed to escape from her (with or without Allison and Tom's help) and is now hiding someplace safe. "Alice" had to create "Boris" using a clone, lying that she killed the original Boris to mentally torment Henry. As for the bone that appears in "Boris'" mouth if you give one to Boris in Ch3: either Boris dropped it while escaping and "Alice" decided to use it, or it's a fake one she made with the Ink Maker (to make it appear more convincing that "Boris" is the same as our Boris).
- The Boris in Ch2-3 is a clone controlled/possessed by the real Boris (similar to the theory where the real Bendy's the one controlling his cutouts). So technically Henry's been interacting with the real Boris, it's just that his body isn't really his. It's possible that Boris was able to control the clone because of how perfect it is, and lost control after "Alice" mutilated the clone and made it imperfect. Meanwhile Boris himself has been hiding somewhere else in the studio, possibly with other real Toons.
That would explain why Sammy questions Henry's appearance. Its not that he didn't recognize Henry due to old age, he may have been wondering why there was a second Henry having already been aware that Henry has been living in Joey Drew Studios for the past 30 Years.
If Henry didn't leave the Studios, what did he become? Well, he became his own creation, Bendy. Joey actually used Henry as his first test subject and he became the Ink Demon that we love and fear. Joey did want to gain power and he wanted Bendy to do it. The reel where Bendy was cornered by a shadowy figure may have been Joey trying to possess the poor cartoon demon. But Henry went in and fought off the crazed man to protect Bendy and may have been the one who sent Bendy away from Joey Drew Studios. Henry may have given Bendy a new disguise in the form of his creator and even implanted his own memories and fabricated the part of him actually leaving the Studios so that he could live a peaceful life.
After his plans failed, Joey instead possessed the Studio that he carried out his rituals. With Henry becoming the Ink Demon and Joey becoming Joey Drew Studios, a war waged between these two forces over the next 30 Years with Henry trying to stop this evil from escaping into the world. However, Joey was able to lure Bendy back and uses him to carry out his plans. Henry had no choice but to stop you, Bendy in order to prevent this threat. However as the chapters progresses, Henry didn't had the stomach to kill you and at times want to protect you.
Alternatively, Linda either left the studio along with Henry or never got a job there in the first place. But when Henry hasn't returned from his visit at the studio for a long time, Linda went to the studio to look for him herself, got captured by someone else there and was forcibly transformed into an ink creature.
Linda will show up as either a stable ink being (Toon or otherwise) who could become one of Henry's allies, or a ferocious monster that Henry will be forced to fight.
This time "Alice" will actually be a threat (gameplay-wise) and chase Henry down in order to kill him. Though, there might be a very small chance of her eventually doing a HeelFace Turn, or at least reluctantly becoming Henry's ally to help him defeat the Ink Demon (or whoever the true Big Bad of this game is).
- He's the one who recorded all the audio logs and/or placed them around the studio for Henry to listen to.
- He's the one who wrote "Joey's" letter and/or sent it to Henry.
- He's the one who boarded up the Ink Machine room's entrance.
- He's the one who's been lowering the Ink Machine down, for whatever reason.
- He's the one who came up with the whole Ink Machine plan, or helped Joey come up with said plan (this would mean he was lying in his first audio log).Grant: "But I'm the guy, see, who has to make sure our budgets don't go all out of whack just cause genius upstairs [referring to Joey] went out and got himself another idea."Wally: "I tell ya! If these guys don't start realizing who the REAL genius is [referring to himself], I'm outta here!"
- He'll turn out to be an antagonist, if not an outright Big Bad (somewhat related to the above bullet point).
- Alternatively he'll turn out to be a genuinely good guy and become one of Henry's allies.
- He'll escape the studio along with Henry and maybe some others (while saying "I'm outta here!" or some variant of that).
Consider the following. Bendy and Henry are only two letters apart, even less then Alice and Alison or Boris and Tom, when we know that at least some similitude exists in the naming convention. Henry survives punishment no human could ever hope to and only seems to suffer damage when something infused with the ink assaults him. The Lost Ones watch him but do not interfere even when he takes their flashlight when they have shown a reverence for Bendy. Henry is beginning to see things, things that are probably real in some respect, coming from the ink even when it isn't in its active state.
This Troper believes Henry is an alternative form of Bendy. He's going through a fabricated memory plot where he nearly got absorbed by the other evil form of Bendy and managed to escape losing most of his memory in the process. Before he lost it he fabricated enough evidence to get himself to do what is needed before re-manifesting in a quiet part of the building far away from everyone else. His unknowing goal is to do exactly what the Lost Ones think, free them from this ink based purgatory, while the other Bendy is trying to keep them in.
That said with the new memories and strength he pulled from Henry previously Bendy is starting to develop higher thoughts. His apparent understanding of the Little Miracle stations, ever increasing power, violence toward the projector man in a way that specifically crippled him, and based on the chapter five trailer questioning of his own nature "What am I? Not monsters" scrawled along the walls he seems to be gaining his own intelligence in addition to the bestial rage.
Neither Henry nor Bendy is complete so they can't either ascend to the godlike status his role as protagonist should be affording them leaving them locked in this struggle. Alice tried to kill Henry to prevent either him or Bendy from reaching that point as they would no doubt take issue with her. Alison saved Henry because if he falls to Bendy everyone doomed.
Henry might play the part of the person who owns Alice Angel and took her to greater success, which is why he and Joey haven't seen each other for thirty odd years. Henry and Joey had a falling out similar to Walt Disney's and Charles Mintz's back in the day and Bendy stayed with Joey, while Alice went with Henry — which is why there's so many Bendy posters and merch around but hardly any for Alice save the one poster and the one tape.
- Building off of this theory, Joey isn't an expy of Disney, he's one of Ub Iwerks. It's Henry who's an expy of Disney. Basically, Henry and Joey had a falling out, Henry left Joey, taking the rights to Alice Angel with with him. Alice Angel became a hit, leaving Bendy — and Joey's company — in the dust. The reason Joey has invited you back after all these years is for revenge.
- It would seem that if this was the case, then wed need to replace Alice with another character, maybe Boris or a new character, as it would seem that Alice wasnt doing too well in terms of publicity.
- Game Theory brought this idea up in this video, and also emphasized how Joey Drew is also more likely based on Max Fleischer (the creator of Bimbo and Betty Boop), since he was eventually run out of business like Joey, his very first cartoon had an animated character come to life in the real world, and also had a dark undercurrent of occultist imagery and themes in some of his cartoons.
And they did. They tried to keep it under wraps, but eventually every studio found out that all its competitors were in on the whole "living toon" thing. They met up and agreed that, while the general public wasn't ready for real-life cartoons yet, they needn't necessarily be kept segregated from each other. Besides, it would be nice to have them out of the animators' hair once in a while. And so, Toon Town was founded.
- This would mean that Joey isn't Walt Disney — he's Mickey's true creator, Ub Iwerks.
- Chester: Bertrum. Chester gets mad at Bendy for "stealing his thunder" (which means "when someone uses your ideas or inventions to their own advantage"), and Joey did just that to Bertrum by kicking him out and trying to steal credit for Bendy Land. Chester is also a treasure chest with octopus legs, and Bertrum is an octopus ride.
- Gaskette: Grant. Death and Taxis is a pun based on "death and taxes", and Grant was an accountant who of course had to deal with taxes. Maybe Joey didn't pay Grant like how Bendy didn't pay Gaskette? Even theMeatly himself has acknowledged the possible connection between Gaskette and Grant.
- Canoodle: the Projectionist. Canoodle gets mad at Bendy for trespassing through his junkyard, and the Projectionist attacks you if he sees you wandering in his area. The junk sitting in Canoodle's junkyard might also represent the ink hearts that the Projectionist likes to collect, for some reason.
- Dewey: "Bendy"/Joey. Dewey gets mad at Bendy for making noise, and "Bendy" can easily detect sound; they're also both very inky. The names "Dewey" and "Drew" are similar; Joey was the author of the "The Illusion of Living" book, and Dewey is a librarian. Dewey's gun may also imply that Joey was the owner of the Tommy gun.
- And of course, Krawls represent Searchers since they both move by crawling. Stickles could represent Strikers because they're both spiders and their names are slightly similar. As for Gwens... we haven't seen any flying enemies in BATIM so far, but perhaps Chapter 5 could introduce such a character?
- Confirmed! Alice Angel appears in the 3rd chapter, having attained a near-perfect "living toon" status by assimilating Susie as a host and using ink from the other toons spawned by the Machine to refine herself.
- Whether this is true of the character of Alice In-Universe hasn't been confirmed, but in a way, confirmed: Alice Angel is an inkling that's consumed her human voice actress to become a living toon, and she's out of her mind. She's murdering the other creatures emerging from the ink and consuming some indescribable essence of theirs to stabilize herself.
Sammy Lawrence seems to be associated with Bendy, a demon, and talks about how he's stuck in his body made of ink and how torturous it is for him. In a way, you could say he's in his own personal Hell, therefor making Hell his theme.
Then there's Susie Campbell, who is associated with Alice Angel and is fused with said character, and she also explicitly mentions Heaven, which seems to make her theme Heaven.
Seems well enough on it's own, right? Well, the afterlife isn't just Heaven and Hell, my friends: there's also Purgatory, where souls await judgement, sometimes being stuck there and forced to roam the Earth as spirits of the dead. One of the upcoming chapters could possibly deal with a plot based on the Purgatory concept, with an employee who bound themselves to the studio because they were unfulfilled in their career there (ghosts are sometimes thought to have been unfulfilled in life, hence why they are bound to Purgatory), or maybe a Toon who's a ghost. Possibly both, even.
- Confirmed in the Chapter 4 reveal trailer, which features a Toon ghost.
- Confirmed... only he doesn't kill Alice. He obeys her.
Perhaps Chapters 2 and 4 will end similarly too. Chapter 2 ends with Sammy meeting some sort of bad fate, then Henry meeting Boris. Maybe Chapter 4 could end with "Alice" dying (as it's been hinted by "End the Angel"), or at least meeting a bad fate, then Henry meeting a potential new ally (possibly another perfect Toon...?).
Chapter 5 will be the odd one out, as that's where the game ends. But then again, there could be a bad ending that involves Henry falling down once again...
- Confirmed. Chapter 4 ends with "Alice" getting killed by Allison Angel, with Tom alongside her as Henry's two potential allies.
Even if they're not included in the initial release of the game, they could still be added in an update.
- Jossed. There is a reunion of sorts between the two, but there aren't really any heartfelt moments. Boris just tags along on your adventure as a sidekick.
- Yeah. I found that kinda sad. Maybe with Chapter Four the moments will be included in an update. Like much more gestures and such, and maybe some lines or whimpers. Perhaps that's kinda on purpose though, considering he's just a clone...
- Jossed. There is a reunion of sorts between the two, but there aren't really any heartfelt moments. Boris just tags along on your adventure as a sidekick.
- Jossed as of the update that came along with Chapter Two.
- Joey did, for use in some ritual.
- Bendy did, out of revenge for Boris being a jerk to him in the cartoons.
- Joey was the one who vivisected Boris, but Bendy was the one who wrote the message on the wall after seeing what happened to Boris.
- Joey mutilated him and then also wrote the message, because the ink creations he made had been mocking him.
- Chapter 2 also introduces Sammy, who may have killed Boris and left the message as a way of winning Bendy's favor.
- All these theories are Jossed. It was really Alice Angel.
- Does that mean that it was instead Sammy's heart that was used to bring Boris to life at the end of Chapter 2? Except Sammy doesn't seem to be fully human anymore, but Boris looks like a more normal toon (if "normal" is even a word that can be used for a cartoon brought to life) rather than the unholy creature that is Inked Bendy. Unless trying to do it with a still-biologically-normal human results in an Eldritch Abomination like Inked Bendy, while sacrificing a human who has succumbed to The Corruption is what's necessary to make a true living toon...
- Jossed. That's a dead Boris dismembered by Alice.
- Jossed, Chapter 1 updated Inked!Bendy so now he looks the same as his Chapter 2 appearance.
- Unrelated, but Boris has also been updated.
- Most likely Jossed; Boris comes back, completely unharmed, at the end of Chapter 2.
- Actually, there's no reason why this theory couldn't still work if there were two Borises made. The first being the failed prototype, which they dissected to see what went wrong, and the successful second one, which led to them trying it on Bendy.
- And.. Jossed again, but also confirmed... there are indeed more than one Boris, but it wasn't Joey who did it. But Alice...
- Actually, there's no reason why this theory couldn't still work if there were two Borises made. The first being the failed prototype, which they dissected to see what went wrong, and the successful second one, which led to them trying it on Bendy.
- Chapter 3 reveals that Alice has been creating multiple clones of Boris in an attempt to steal their life force and make herself "perfect".
He either used the Ink Machine to become a toon himself (using Boris as the template — because what better character than the Sitcom Arch-Nemesis of the terror roaming the studio?) — or he knew he might die before Henry arrived, so he made Boris as a backup 'protector' in case he did perish while hoping to high hell that he wouldn't also turn into something terrible.
Bendy caught and dissected him to either remove Joey as one of the lying "Creators" while waiting for the last one (Henry) to arrive; or he did it to make sure no one would be around to help Henry (assuming he caught and murdered Joey already).
- Jossed. Alice was the one who did it, to become more beautiful. And it's revealed they're all clones for her. In fact, who knows where the real Boris is?
It explains a lot of stuff we see in the studio. It's not "the creator lied to me", but "us". As in, more than one. Say, two people? An enraged living cartoon and a scorned woman, perhaps? Attacking Sammy also makes sense. He promised her fame and recognition she never got, and now he's worshiping Bendy like a god, which would tick her off enough to attack him.
- Jossed. Susie Campbell did become possessed by the Ink and turn into a living toon — but she did so as Alice Angel, and in fact she's been vivisecting multiple toons, including Boris, to somehow use their ink to process it. Also, she was going to be retired from Alice's role, but because Joey found a voice actress he liked better, not because Alice herself was unpopular.
- Jossed. The Ink Machine is creating multiple Borises, though we don't know how or why.
- Well, one why is because Alice Angel wants it to...
- Possibly Jossed. I took a closer look at Boris in the first chapter. He's wearing those overalls.
- Definitely Jossed. Alice Angel/Susie Campbell has been creating clone after clone of Boris so she can use their ink to make herself "perfect".
- Jossed from the get-go, as there are only five chapters.
- It would also cleanly explain the game's most nagging and frequently brought-up problems: despite apparently being somewhere between fifty and seventy, "Henry" still has the agility, durability, and voice of a much younger man.
- Perhaps Henry Sr. did visit the studio when he got the letter... and never came back.
- Perhaps jossed as of Chapter Two. Sammy seems to recognize Henry. Then again, sometimes genes make the offspring look similar to the parent. Also, Henry could have easily been active, healthy, and some people's voices don't really crack with age.
- This could still fit in with the theory, because Henry could have possibly brought Henry Jr. with him to the studio before things went pear-shaped, as a sort of "bring your kid to work day" deal. Sammy seems to recognize Henry, but can't put his finger on it. It's not just because of the fact he's completely lost his humanity — he doesn't recognize Henry Jr. all grown up.
- Hm.. possibly. Then again, he wouldn't have said "My old desk..." and just said, "Woah, this was dad's old desk..." I think we should wait till Chapter Three. It may really clear this all up, right or wrong.
- This theory is Jossed as of Chapter 3. Alice Angel/Susie specifically refers to the player character as Henry.
- Perhaps jossed as of Chapter Two. Sammy seems to recognize Henry. Then again, sometimes genes make the offspring look similar to the parent. Also, Henry could have easily been active, healthy, and some people's voices don't really crack with age.
Unfortunately, chances are they'll also be involved with the cult somehow. Hell; they could even be in the same state as Sammy...
- Jossed: the only voice actor's tapes that appear in Chapter 3 are Alice's. We might know in Chapter 4, though.
- Jossed. The Butcher Gang and their "living" forms (Piper, Fisher, Striker) are both introduced in Chapter 3.
Sammy's claim that Alice had potential to become more popular than Bendy could be Foreshadowing towards something similar happening: Alice becoming so hugely popular that Bendy becomes Out of Focus. "The creator lied to us" could be a reference to how Joey promised that Bendy (and possibly Boris) would always be universally loved, only to shift gears once Alice entered the picture. Adding credence to this is Alice's Betty Boop-inspired design, which could be a clue in this direction. Even her horns could be a reference: in her earliest appearances, Betty had dog-like ears.
- Jossed. Alice merch wasnt selling too well, if Shawn Flynn is to be believed. This would mean that she wasnt more popular than Bendy.
- No Chapter Three yet, and it's July, but there's still a chance the last chapter will come around in Halloween time.
- Nope. Chapter 3 launches in September, and since video games take a while to make (trying to make & get Chapter 2 out in two months almost killed theMeatly's team), the final chapter will most likely release in 2018.
- Un-Jossed. It actually comes out October 2018.
- Jossed, no cartoon this time.
- Jossed. Boris is killed, and Henry is saved by another Alice and Boris (or "Allison" and "Tom", respectively).
Potential allies include:
- "Perfect/Real" Bendy: Based on the theory that Bendy has been watching and following Henry with cardboard cutouts of himself. After witnessing a fellow Toon get kidnapped, Bendy may feel guilty about not doing anything to stop it and try to directly help Henry this time. Additionally, Bendy's presence could affect how aggressive Inked "Bendy" gets towards Henry.
- "Perfect/Real" Alice Angel: Similar to Bendy (albeit she hasn't been as actively watching Henry as Bendy has been doing), except Alice may feel more guilty about what happened because it was her monster counterpart that kidnapped Boris. She might even try to sacrifice herself to Inked "Alice" and let her take HER ink heart in exchange for letting Boris go.
- "Perfect/Real" Butcher Gang: Unlike Bendy and Alice, they may be more reluctant to help Henry, since they seem to be more mean-spirited (based on their appearances in their poster). They might not even care about saving Boris (initially, at least). Maybe Henry will have to do something to earn their trust (i.e. saving one of the Gang's members when he's in trouble).
- Sammy (Assuming he survived): Unlikely since he did try to sacrifice you to "Bendy" in Chapter 2, but considering how this picture seems to imply that Sammy isn't exactly a fan of "Alice", he might try to help Henry if it means getting rid of her. However, Sammy will likely try to betray Henry once "Alice" is killed and Sammy no longer has a reason to continue helping Henry.
- If the real Bendy is on Henry's side, he could trick Sammy into helping them by claiming that he's (Bendy's) the ink demon that Sammy's supposed to worship.
- Another Inked employee: Highly unlikely based on what we've seen of all the other Inked employees so far. However, there is a very slim chance that there's an Inked employee that hasn't completely lost their mind and may be willing to help Henry out. Could be either Wally Franks, Shawn Flynn, Thomas Connor, Grant Cohen, Allison Pendle (if she somehow isn't part of "Alice"), Murray Hill (whose name is mentioned in the Ink Machine's blueprints), Johnny (from the "Johnny's Broken Heart" achievement, assuming he's an employee), or even a new character.
- A new Toon: It might be a bit too late in the story for a new Toon to be introduced, but it's still possible.
- All Jossed.
- Jossed (the cutscene near the end where "Alice" tries to attack Henry doesn't count, since she gets killed before she could even lay a finger on him).
- Jossed. There is only 1 ending, where both Boris and "Alice" are killed.
- Jossed. Boris is always killed no matter how long you take to reach him.
Alternatively, if the real Alice (assuming "Alice" isn't the real one) is the one controlling and watching through the cutouts, she could be trying to observe Henry more closely and maybe even help him.
Either way, the Alice cutouts will also be destructible this time. And "Alice" will certainly not be happy to find out if you destroy one...
- Jossed, there isn't a single Alice cutout in Chapter 4.
- Jossed, though at least the chapter introduced another Alice who is implied to be Allison (based on her file name).
- Monsters (Toon-based ones only): "Bendy" → "Alice" → "Butcher Gang" (Piper first) → "Boris"
- Toons (perfect ones only, no clones): Boris → Butcher Gang (Charley last) → Alice Angel → Bendy
Additionally, the combined order could be: "Bendy" → Boris → "Alice" → "Butcher Gang" (Piper first) → Butcher Gang (Charley last) → Alice Angel → "Boris" → Bendy.
- Jossed, she gets stabbed to death by another Alice.
- Jossed, though there is an audio log in Grant's office that implies that he did indeed turn into an ink creature, who could appear in Chapter 5.
- Jossed; Alison is a separate "Alice" who saves you from Susie!Alice at the end of chapter 4.
- Somewhat Jossed: we did get two boss fights (Bertrum and "Boris"), but otherwise there aren't a whole lot of fighting going on in that chapter.
- Jossed. Chapter 5's title is "The Last Reel".