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    Meat Boy

A skinless boy who looks like a hunk of meat. He's on a mission to save Bandage Girl, his girlfriend, from Dr. Fetus, despite the many dangers (and deaths) he'll have to face along the way.

  • Ambiguously Human: He's described as a "skinless boy", but his mere lack of skin, cube shape, superhuman agility and ability to climb walls, regenerative factor, and the fact that he never dies of blood loss seems to suggest that he's definitely anything but a normal human.
  • Amusing Injuries: Often prone to this. His invulnerability makes it justified though.
  • Bi the Way: Assuming his secret character status in the console release of Spelunky is anything to go by.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He may be happy and smiling most of the time, but he definitely doesn’t put up with any crap when someone endangers his family.
  • Body Horror: For whatever reason he lacks skin, but never dies of blood loss.
  • The Cameo: He has made appearances in other video games, such as BIT.TRIP, The Binding of Isaac, and Spelunky.
  • Cowardly Lion: Played With and justified. Yes, he's still very brave, not only immediately jumping into action when Bandage Girl gets kidnapped but also suffering death after death just to get to her. However, his way of dealing with Dr. Fetus or the monsters in the first game? Simply run away from them until their weakened or killed. Although when you burst into pieces even at the slightest touch of a dangerous object, there isn't really much you can do anyway.
  • Determinator: Things might slow him down, but they never stop him. Not buzzsaws, syringes, salt, hell, the rapture, or even really hard platforming and boss battles will stop him from getting to Bandage Girl.
  • Distressed Dude: During Cotton Alley.
  • Fragile Speedster: Extremely fast, yet unable to survive more than one hit.
  • Future Badass: One of the unlockable characters is Meat Ninja, who is implied to be a future version of Meat Boy.
  • Iron Butt Monkey: He suffers to no end, and most artworks of him show him injured in some way. However, he still takes it like a badass and is still often shown with that happy grin.
  • Glass Cannon: In the sequel. While he still retains his One-Hit-Point Wonder defense, he gains a powerful punching attack that allows him to mow through enemies.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Especially in the sequel, where he straight-up attacks enemies just to get to his daughter.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The huge guy to Bandage Girl's tiny girl, as Meat Boy is noticeably bigger than Bandage Girl.
  • Keet: His signature pose is a huge grin and a thumbs ups and he is happy most of the time, of course unless his loved ones are in danger.
  • Made of Plasticine: As speedy and acrobatic as he is, he's extremely fragile, immediately exploding into blood at the slightest touch of a sharp object, enemy, or pile of salt. Luckily, he has Resurrective Immortality to make up for it.
  • Nice Guy: Not only a loving boyfriend to Bandage Girl, but according the Ultra Edition Handbook he’s courteous in general, donating books to libraries, helping people out, and tipping.
  • Non-Indicative Name: He's a skinless boy, not an anthropomorphic cube of animal meat, although possibly downplayed as his solid design makes him look more like minced meat rather than human muscle.
  • Overdrawn at the Blood Bank: Just moving around coats the area surrounding him in blood.
  • Toothy Issue: Part of his look whenever he is drawn in detail.
  • Red Is Heroic: He's a crimson color due to being skinless.
  • Resurrective Immortality: Every time he dies, he immediately reforms with a new body, but the blood left by his previous incarnations remains, including on the obstacles where he died. Sometimes you can even briefly see the shredded remains of his previous incarnation raining down as he respawns.
  • Silent Snarker: Has his moments, particularly his This Is Gonna Suck reaction to the Salt Factory in the flash game and bewildered expressions during his encounter with shrunken C.H.A.D.
  • Shoot the Dog: In the final cutscene in The Hospital, Meat Boy is forced to euthanize C.H.A.D. after accidently leaving him in a messed-up state, and even seems remorseful of the decision.
  • Stripped to the Bone: In the flash game, Meat Boy is reduced to a skeleton whenever he dies.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Even when being torn apart by buzzsaws, burnt by fire, drowned in toxic blood, impaled by syringes, or doused in salt, Meat Boy always comes back to life immediately afterwards.
  • Vague Age: Referred to as a “boy”, yet he’s old enough to have a child. He's most likely either a young adult or a teenager.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Salt, due to him having no skin. Ouch.


    Bandage Girl

A pink wad of gauze who loves Meat Boy. She spends most of the game suffering abuse at the hands of Dr. Fetus while waiting for Meat Boy to save her.

  • Action Girl: Two words: Cotton Alley.
  • Alien Blood: As opposed to Meat Boy who has normal-looking blood, Bandage Girl instead leaves a trail of calamine lotion behind her and explodes into pink goo whenever she hits a hazard.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: She's an anthropomorphic wad of bandages.
  • Badass Adorable: She's mainly a Damsel in Distress in the game, yet can be just as badass as her boyfriend as shown at the end of the Dark World and in Cotton Alley. In Super Meat Boy Forever, she even gets to battle alongside Meat Boy.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: After spending the whole game being a helpless Damsel in Distress, she finally strikes back at Dr. Fetus in the ending cutscene to the Dark World, stomping on Dr. Fetus to a pulp.
  • Blush Sticker: Gains these in Super Meat Boy Forever.
  • Butt-Monkey: She spends the entirity of the first game getting kidnapped and beat-up routinely by Dr. Fetus, and even gets beat up by Meat Boy at one point (albeit by accident). In Cotton Alley, she gains Meat Boy's role and constantly has to suffer being torn apart by buzzsaws while trying to rescue her boyfriend.
  • Cute Bruiser: Small and cute, and despite her previous role, she's just as powerful as Meat Boy and proves this in Cotton Alley and Super Meat Boy Forever.
  • Distressed Damsel: For most of the first game.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After an entire game of abuse at the hands of Dr. Fetus, she stomps on him until all that is left is a bloody smear.
  • Flower in Her Hair: Well, gauze actually... it's the same basic idea though.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Her way of dealing with Dr. Fetus is stomping on him.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The tiny girl to Meat Boy's huge guy, as Bandage Girl is noticeably smaller than Meat Boy.
  • Pink Means Feminine: The flower and long eyelashes help too.
  • Slapstick Knows No Gender: While Meat Boy puts himself through hell (Literally in one of the later levels!) trying to rescue her, Bandage Girl herself suffers no end of abuse at the hands of Dr. Fetus.
  • Sudden Name Change: In the original flash game, she was named Bandaid Girl. However her name was changed to Bandage Girl in later games due to "Band-Aid" being trademarked.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Her role as the hero in the Cotton Alley stage, as well as Meat Boy's sidekick in Super Meat Boy Forever breaks her free from her Damsel in Distress role.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Her original design looks similar to Meat Boy except with a pink color and flower hairclip.

    Dr. Fetus

An evil fetus in a jar with a suit and monocle. He serves as the Big Bad of the game and sets off the plot by beating up Meat Boy and kidnapping Bandage Girl.


Meat Boy and Bandage Girl's daughter, who is kidnapped by Dr. Fetus in the sequel.


Introduced in Super Meat Boy

    Super Meat Boy Enemies 
The enemies of Super Meat Boy, which include Betuses, Dust Bunnies, Black Maws, Maggots, Burnt Boys, and Oobs.
  • Airborne Mooks: Oobs and Dust Bunnies.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Maggots, albeit they're only the size of Meat Boy. Oobs appear to resemble giant flies.
  • Blob Monster: Betuses, red-colored slime enemies who look like miniature versions of C.H.A.D.
  • Dark Is Evil: Black Maws are pitch black colored and leap from shadowy portals.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Black Maws.
  • Expy Oobs are this to The Langoliers.
  • The Goomba: Betuses and Maggots are the most simple enemies in the game and don't have any special power other than crawling in a straight line. What makes them hard to maneuver through is when they’re in large groups.
  • Homing Projectile: Black Maws are essentially an even worse version of the rockets in the Salt Factory stage. Not only do they home in on you, but they also break into nine smaller pieces.
  • Our Demons Are Different: Black Maws appear to be demons, or at least demon-like. They live in Hell which supports the idea.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: Burnt Boys, zombie versions of the dead Meat Boys.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Betuses and Maggots are always seen with a happy smile.
  • Scary Teeth: The Oobs have sharp fangs and kill you by chomping down on you.

    Lil' Slugger/Big Slugger 

A robot suit made by Dr. Fetus that is equipped with a large chainsaw. In Super Meat Boy, it's known as Lil' Slugger, while an upgrade to it, Big Slugger, appears in Super Meat Boy Forever.


A strange fish-like thing that Meat Boy fights at the end of the Hospital level.

  • Adorable Abomination: Initially he's far from this, but once exposed to sunlight, he shrinks, and this trope comes into full effect.
  • Bloody Murder: In addition to the rising level of lethal blood during his boss stage, C.H.A.D. himself seems to be made out of deadly blood... or at least coated in a shell of solidified blood. In any case, touching him is (like everything else) an instant kill.
  • Expy: Of the monsters from C.H.U.D.
  • King Mook: He is essentially a giant Betus.
  • Muck Monster: A giant mass of medical waste, more specifically contaminated blood and tissue.
  • Right-Hand Attack Dog: Word of God says that C.H.A.D. was originally meant to be this to Dr. Fetus. He still serves as basically a sic monster toward Meat Boy in the game.
  • Weakened by the Light: The entire boss fight has Meat Boy running around collecting keys that eventually unlock the roof, which was blocking out the sun. Once it gets opened, C.H.A.D. shrinks to a weaker, smaller form of himself.

    Brownie Boy

A giant poo who "fights" Meat Boy in the Salt Factory by attempting to outrun him and leave him at the mercy of a rising pile of salt.

  • Ambiguously Evil: He's one of the bosses in the game used by Dr. Fetus to stop Meat Boy, but he doesn't outwardly fight Meat Boy, instead attempting to race him in escaping the rapidly flooding salt factory. He even sacrifices his life to rescue Meat Boy and Bandage Girl at the end of the game.
  • Artificial Human: He's a humanoid pile of waste created and given life to by Dr. Fetus, likely through scientific means.
  • Bait-and-Switch Boss: At first, he's ready to throw down with Meat Boy. But then Dr. Fetus floods the factory with salt, at which point Brownie decides that getting out alive is more important. The "fight" then plays out more like a regular level, as Brownie never attempts to attack in any way.
  • Disney Death: Appears to die by falling to his death after Dr. Fetus tosses bricks at his head to prevent Meat Boy from pulling him to safety. Apparently, he survived this and was able to return at the last second and save Meat Boy from dying in Dr. Fetus's collapsing lair.
  • Evil Knockoff: Designed to look like Meat Boy, except he's made out of Dr. Fetus's excrement.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After Meat Boy attempts to save him from falling to his (supposed) death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Saves Meat Boy in the ending at the cost of being left behind.
  • Talking Poo: Okay, he doesn't actually talk, but he IS a giant living poo...
  • Technicolor Eyes: He has yellow eyes, most likely corn.
  • Toilet Humor: Ewwww...


    Little Horn

A massive monster made up of all the dead Meat Boys that fell into Hell.

  • Body of Bodies: His body is made up of all the dead Meat Boys.
  • The Brute: The largest and most intimidating boss in the game, who deals with Meat Boy by smashing him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Seems to think that using the same pattern of moves and hitting your head against the ground is the best way to deal with Meat Boy.
  • Fireball Eyeballs: He appears to perpetually have these, though it could just be the reflection of the fire surrounding the boss arena.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: His eyes glow a hellish red.
  • Hard Head: MASSIVELY averted, after just 3 hits he goes down for the count.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: The only thing his headbutts end up hurting is himself.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Similar to the first boss. He doesn't have horns and he is most certainly NOT little.
  • Trial-and-Error Gameplay: Little Horn has a fixed attack pattern, but because he barely telegraphs his attacks, be ready to die a bunch until you figure it out.
  • Use Your Head: Attempts to use this form of attack, only to end up injuring himself in the process.

    Larries Lament

Three giant maggots that battle with Meat Boy at the end of the Rapture level.

  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: Giant bloodthirsty maggots!
  • Bullfight Boss: The only way to kill them is to use Meat Boy as bait and lure them into nearby sawblades.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: Monstrous maggots each named Larry.
  • Gonk: As you can tell by the picture, they're pretty ugly.
  • Sand Worm: They burrow underground, only rising up to attack Meat Boy.
  • Tactical Suicide Boss: Those buzzsaws placed about finally end up being useful instead of just annoying...


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