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 CharactersThe four main characters.
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: Rarely ever walks normally. In fact, that's how Piderman finds out they have an imposter Baman in "Revealations".
- 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 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.
- Acrofatic: He can walk on walls, and sometimes actually uses his web to get out of danger. He can barely walk, though.
- Bizarrchitecture: His house has two stories, but many stories worth of stairs to reach the top floor.
- Blank White Eyes: All the time. These may or may not be caused by his mask. That is, if he is even wearing a mask.
- Blessed with Suck: He doesn't seem to use his powers for anything very strenuous aside from dragging himself around, since he can't really move well.
- Chest Insignia: It's a real spider. Or, more likely, a pider.
- Cool Mask
- The Ditz: Is the more naive one of the group.
- Expressive Mask
- Five Legged Insect: On his chest and back.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Baman.
- Kid-Appeal Character
- No Mouth: Maybe.
- Running Gag: He seems to be getting fatter and less able to move on his own every episode.
- Silly Walk: Not to the extent of Baman however.
- Simpleton Voice: Talks like this.
- Something Person
- Too Dumb to Live: Debatable.
- Unnecessarily Large Interior: Piderman does not need all those stairs. Not with his weight.
- Whole Costume Reference: To Spider-Man.
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.
- 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.
- Ascended Extra: Started out as a supporting character. But after he gains a real body, he joined the ranks as a main character.
- Anthropomorphic Objects: Of a pumpkin.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Squib Week", shared with Squib.
- The Blank: His face as of now.
- Butt-Monkey: Is a frequent victim of many character's antics.
- Companion Cube: Like Tuba, he at first appears to be a regular inanimate pumpkin before showing actual sentient qualities after the early episodes — Then he gains a regular body.
- A Dog Named "Dog": A pumpkin named "Pumkin".
- 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. Before this, Dese Guys carved eyes and a mouth into him.
- Only Sane Man: He's one of the most groundest charactes in the show.
- Shrinking Violet: Shown to be quite shy in some scens.
- Silent Bob: Sometimes, mainly after he loses his mouth and gains a real body.
- 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.
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.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Squib Week" with Pumkin.
- Ambiguous Gender: Shows no overt sexual characteristics, but does get rather femininely jealous when it sees Pumpkin with Wanda. Apparently, Squib is neither.
- Ascended Extra: After it's HeelFace Turn. It joins the main group, now functioning as a four-man band.
- Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: Do not tell Squib a joke, either.
- Berserk Button: Seriously. No more jokes.
- Combat Tentacles: Uses them on Pumkin in Fimd Da Jobs.
- Cute Little Fangs: The only time you'll probably ever see these on a tentacle monster.
- Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu?: Squib's pretty docile... when you aren't telling jokes.
- HeelFace Turn: As of "Revealations", s/he is no longer shown as a villain.
- Interspecies Romance: With Pumkin.
- Metamorphosis: Seeing as how Red Squib can transform into a human-like body, the same can be said with Squib. "Ghost Night 2" seems to imply that Squib wants to go through with it — albeit reluctantly.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous
- No Gender: Although Squib is referred to as a male by Baman and Piderman, the series' co-creator said Squib's gender is "Squib."
- The Prankster: Likes pulling pranks on Pumkin.
- Stalker with a Crush: Squib definitely has some feelings for Pumkin, though it has some odd ways of showing it.
- Tentacle Rope: In Happy Winter Friends (Part 2) when Squib has a hold of Baman. Also on Pumkin in Fimd Da Jobs.
- Tsundere: Towards Pumkin.
- What, Exactly, Is His Job?: Squib then proceeds to steal Baman's current job.
- When Trees Attack: Squib's first appearance is when it's impersonating a tree, using a snowman as bait.
Local InhabitantsThe many people that live around Piderman's house.
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.
- Anthropomorphic Objects
- Big Eater: She sure does love cake.
- Companion Cube: At first, but after the first few episodes, Tuba unambiguously has sentience.
- Brass Decorations: In Tuba's first appearance with any sort of accessory, she has a big pink bow tied below her bell.◊
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Everybody else seems to understand what Tuba says, but all the viewers hear is Tuba sounds. Her father got subtitles, at least.
- Interspecies Romance: Baman appears to be married to, or at least dating, Tuba.
- The Chick: The fist confirmed female of the cast.
- The Smurfette Principle: Subverted, she was the only confirmed female in the cast until Wanda makes her official appearance in Ghost Night."
- The Unintelligible
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
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.
- Grumpy Bear: A silent version, if his personality is anything to go by.
- Perpetual Frowner: Always seen with an angry glare. His face does change a few times though.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: As a night guard, he immediately leaves when he witnesses paranormal sightings in "Ghost Night 2 Teaser".
- Silent Snarker: Always glares at characters during their antics.
- New Job as the Plot Demands: Shown to have many jobs.
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?
- 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"
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.
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)
- Affably Evil: They mostly mean well, but their off-putting personality definetely creeps everyone out.
- Ambiguously Evil
- Ax-Crazy: Only really seen in their first appearance, where they carve Pumkin's face off.
- Basement-Dweller: The most prominent Basement-Dweller(s) in the show.
- Beware the Silly Ones: They can be pretty competent at times, even if their intentions are really benign.
- Blank White Eyes: All the time.
- Costume Copycat: That Guy is wearing a version of Baman's costume, and The Other Guy is wearing a version of Piderman's costume. Their body types also seem switched.
- Evil Counterpart: To Baman and Piderman.
- Evil Duo: Always seen together — Evil is kinda stretching it though.
- Evil Sounds Deep: They have deep voices. They probably aren't evil, but they do like causing trouble. They also have vague hints of some sort of Russian-ish accent.
- Evil Twin
- Expressive Mask: Just like the main duo.
- Friendly Enemy: Later on in the show, no one is really annoyed with them that much now.
- Harmless Villain: Their most "villainous" episode was in Revealations, and even then, when they were outed by Piderman and Pumkin, they decide to help them.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With each other.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: They do seem to care deeply about the Pizza Portal and Red Squib.
- No Mouth: That Guy, Like Piderman.
- Oddball Doppelgänger
- Palette Swap: They're basically Piderman in Baman's suit and Baman in Piderman's suit, with different colours.
- Pointy Ears: The Other Guy.
- Simpleton Voice: Like with nearly every talking character.
- Smarter Than You Look: They seem to know more than they let on — not to mention how they have ties with Tuba's Dad's master plan.
- Those Two Guys: Umm, yeah.
- Whole Costume Reference: To Baman and Piderman.
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 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.