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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.


Main Characters

The four main characters.
    Baman 

Baman

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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.

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    Piderman 

Piderman

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A lazy, slightly overweight being based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man. 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, and is often prone to panic attacks.

    Pumkin 

Pumkin

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A pumpkin introduced by Baman in the episode Hab Da Pumkin, and has been a major 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.

    Squib 

Squib

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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.

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Local Inhabitants

The many people that live around Piderman's house.
    Tuba 

Tuba

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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.

    Boss 

Boss

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A giant, yellow, lion-like monster. He is the boss of an unknown job, and really hates jokes.

  • Ambiguous Looking Cat: Probably, based on his cat-like eye.
  • 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.
  • Demoted to Extra: After he fires Baman, Bosses' prominence rapidly dwindled.
  • Funny Animal: Ironically. Given that he hates jokes.
  • Large and in Charge: The largest character in the show and was formerly Baman's boss.
  • 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: If he even is an 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
    Bug 

Bug

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.

    Tuba's Dad 

Tuba's Dad

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.

  • Ambiguously Evil: Started acting rather shifty in Season 2, at which point we also begin to glimpse an as-of-yet unrevealed connection with Dese Guys. His verse in the Season 3 opener song is essentially an enigmatic pseudo-Villain Song, foreshadowing his "great mission" with the piece of Baman's finger he got the previous season. Dese Guys provide back-up vocals for said verse.
  • Cool Old Tuba
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Like his daughter, only speaks in tuba sounds. However, unlike his daughter, he has been given subtitles.
  • Overprotective Dad: Not too extreme an example, but...
    Is it weird for a father to go to his daughter's concert and sit really close to his daughter's boyfriend who is dating his daughter? WHOM HE LOVES?
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    That Thing 

That Thing

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"

     Wanda 

Wanda

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.

  • An Ice Person: She's heavily associated with ice and cold, having been born from a Winter Friends Wish wand, being a frosty shade of blue, often making icy "chiming" sounds while flying and building her home deep within Piderman's fridge.
  • Autocannibalism: Departs a room like this once, just to be weird.
  • Bedsheet Ghost: Looked like this before she was officially allowed to stay at Piderman's house.
  • Blinding Bangs
  • Cute Ghost Girl
  • Dastardly Whiplash: In "Noir Detective".
  • 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.
    • She does it again in Ghost Night 2, sending Baman, Piderman, Pumkin and Squib on an arduous and spooky journey so she can get a picture of all of them patting her head.
  • 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.
  • Reality Changing Miniature: Has a dollhouse of Piderman's house, along with a Voodoo Doll of Red Squib.
  • Reality Warper: She seems to have created her own dimension within Piderman's basement. And his fridge.
  • 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.

Basement Dwellers

The many living beings that have taken residence in Piderman's basement.
    In General 
  • A Day in the Limelight: They've had multiple spotlight episodes centering in each one of them.
  • Evil Counterpart: They serve as one to the main characters. That being said however, they're not really evil.
  • True Companions: They all show degrees of attachment with each other.
    Those Guys 

Those Guys

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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)

    Pizza 

Pizza

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.

    Red Squib 

Red Squib

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 randomly decided to form a cocoon during the Best Friends Band concert, and when it finally hatched, it gained a humanoid form but acted no different than before.

  • A Day in the Limelight: "We Hab Da Problem", where he gains a real body.
  • And I Must Scream: Implied, we've last seen him in "Ghost Night 2", where he's possibly paralyzed on the couch in the basement, but with a comfy blanket and only seems to be bemused by his predicament.
  • The Bully: With his human form, Red Squib has become much more aggressive and enjoys harassing everyone else.
  • Combat Tentacles: Uses them to attack the main characters in "Revealations" and "Play Da Song". He loses them after he gains a real body.
  • Cyclops: His humanoid form has one yellow eye.
  • Eldritch Abomination
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He really cares about Those Guys and Pizza. Made evident in the end of "We Hab Da Problem", where Those Guys start pouring praises over him for his transformation, which causes Red Squib to blush. He then immediately stops bullying the main characters (at least temporarily) to have a tea party with Those Guys.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Squib pre-transformation. Now with Pumkin post-transformation.
  • Hazy Feel Turn: After "We Hab Da Problem", Red Squib is not as aggressive as before — but still loves bullying people when he has the chance.
  • Jerkass: So far, all Red Squib has done is attack Baman and Piderman and throw hissy-fits.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He seems to secretly like Those Guys and affectionately pets Pizza in the head when walking past him in the basement.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous
  • Metamorphosis: Hatched into a humanoid form in We Hab Da Problem.

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