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The titular character and protagonist of the series, Salad Fingers is a strange green man who lives in a small house in the middle of a seemingly vast wasteland. He mainly interacts with finger puppets and figments of his own imagination, but he may not be as alone as he seems...

  • Abusive Parents: It's not clear if the Glass Mother is actually his mother (or at least a hallucination thereof), but she is certainly unpleasant and cruel, ordering him to drink some concoction she knows would give him a fever. And his father might be, as well, if there's any truth to Glass Mother's Wham Line.
  • Accidental Murder: What is confirmed to have happened to at least one human in the series, and more if Salad Fingers' perception of events is called into question.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: While Salad Fingers is never confirmed in-series to have a mental illness (mainly because his point of view is our primary perspective), it's pretty clear that there is something very wrong with him. He appears to have symptoms not only of Dissociative Identity Disorder (i.e. flipping between multiple personalities, sometimes mid-thought) but of severe Schizophrenia— self-harming, hearing voices, and living in a state of near-constant hallucinations.
  • Ambiguous Gender: While they're suffering from Multi-Gendered Split Personalities, it's unknown if they're male or female. For the sake of simplicity, Salad Fingers is referred to as and largely agreed to be male by the fandom.
    • Averted as of Episode 11: The New Improved Hubert Cumberdale (the real boy) addresses SF as "Mr Fingers".
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Salad Fingers never outright displays any signs of hostility or violence (to anyone other than himself at least), but a few episodes implying incidents of murder and the times we've seen Salad Fingers become angry, it's quite clear why we shouldn't piss him off still.
    • Firth confirmed this in an interview with The Overtake:
    "He’s a nice guy. I don’t think he ever actually kills on purpose. But there’s lots of evidence that he may have done. He’s like a cat. A cat will kill mercilessly outside but you still bring him in and cuddle him. It’s the same as Salad Fingers, he’s just a bit of an animal.”
  • Break the Cutie: Though it's generally a minority that find him "cute", Salad Fingers seems to have a genuinely kind, pleasant side to his personality and is very, very broken. Starting around Episode 5, most of the episodes have some moment that causes him to have an emotional breakdown.
    • Episodes 10 and 11 demonstrate the progression of Firth's art style, meaning that Salad Fingers looks slightly different than in past episodes. Although it's hard to describe how or why, he definitely looks cuter and more quaint than in the earliest episodes.
  • British Teeth: His mouth is filled with rotting and yellowing teeth.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Goes along with his Ambiguous Disorder. Salad Fingers is generally quiet and cheerful, but just try to make sense of anything he's talking about. In fact, it's heavily implied that everything we're seeing is filtered through the lense of his insanity, which makes it even worse.
  • Companion Cube: Interacts almost entirely with some form of one of these. The few times he actually does converse with living people he is implied to be frightening to them at best, and a danger to them at worst.
  • Consulting Mister Puppet: One of Salad Fingers' favorite things to do. He has at least three finger puppets which he converses with regularly.
  • Crazy Memory: Salad Fingers tends to remember things that either never happened or certainly didn't happen in the way he recalls it.
  • Creating Life Is Awesome: In Episode 11, Salad Fingers manages to bring Hubert Cumberdale to life after giving him a handmade skin-suit. This version of Hubert is sentient, able to communicate, and mobile. Considering the series' allusion to the entire narrative just being a hallucination, it may be that this form of Hubert is a hallucination too, but it still stands.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: Has these in spades. In fact, they're the reason for his name.
  • Creepy Monotone: A lot of what Salad Fingers says is delivered in a very quiet, unemotional tone. Even when upset or angry, he rarely raises his voice.
  • Dissonant Serenity: Salad Fingers' reaction to such things as a man dying by his house or a horse getting its stomach ripped open is to smile and casually continue to carry on a one-sided conversation with them.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After being abused by Glass Mother and Glass Brother for the majority of episode 11, Salad Fingers gives them their just desserts by retaking Hubert from them and destroying any contact with them.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Salad Fingers regularly eats things like finger puppets, sand, and hairs on scotch tape.
  • Fetish: Spoons, rust, hypovolemia, and nettles are apparently this to Salad Fingers.
  • Freak Out!: Salad Fingers has a couple, but the most notable one is in the episode "Picnic", in which he is horrified by the fact that a little girl actually speaks to him. This wouldn't be so strange, except the only people Salad Fingers ever speaks to are himself and the figments of his imagination. The girl's voice is the only other confirmed "real" voice we hear in the series.
  • Glass Cannon: In his playable appearance in Newgrounds Rumble he is a very strong character with incredible reach, in exchange of slow speed and low health.
  • Go Mad from the Isolation: David Firth says that loneliness was the main theme of the series, with Salad Fingers living in almost complete isolation and already well over the madness threshold.
  • Hallucinations: Salad Fingers seems to exist in a world almost entirely based on the conjuring of his own fractured psyche. Whether or not the reality we as viewers see is completely in his head is the subject of WMG.
  • Hearing Voices: Or, rather, not hearing voices. While Salad Fingers does hear the voice of "Roger" the radio, he tends to make up his own conversations and backstories for the "people" he interacts with, hearing other living beings as making only inhuman screeching noises. In fact, one of his worst freak outs was caused by a little girl actually speaking to him for the first and only time anyone else does in the series. It was so upsetting for him to hear a real voice that he ended the episode hunched in a corner.
  • Horrifying the Horror: As of later episodes, Salad Fingers is no longer the source of the horror and fear in the series - it's what happens to him and around him, which means sometimes SF is the one who is scared.
  • Imaginary Friend: Going hand-in-hand with Salad Fingers' love of his puppets is his habit of giving personalities and voices to inanimate objects, such as Roger the Radio or Kenneth (a radio and rotting corpse, respectively); and speaking of people like his "Old Pal Charlie" who obviously doesn't exist (at least, not anymore).
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Salad Fingers at least imagines himself (or other versions of himself) regularly consuming human parts, and no one knows what he did with the child he accidentally cooked in his oven.
  • Insane Equals Violent: Beyond the frequent suggestions of off-screen deaths around him, there are bloodstains throughout his house and he is something of a masochist, deriving pleasure from engaging in extreme self-harm.
    • He's an unusual version of this trope. It's up to interpretation if he ever intends to actually kill anyone, but he's constantly intentionally hurting himself.
  • Living Doll Collector: Whether or not he's actually killing the people and imagining them to have died in other ways is up for debate, but Salad Finger's keeps and converses with at least two corpses throughout the series, Milford Cubicle and Kenneth; both of which he refuses to acknowledge as being dead, despite their advanced states of decomposition.
  • Looks Like Orlok: While lacking any nose or ears, Salad Fingers is bald, hunchbacked, and has creepy, claw-like hands and filthy teeth.
  • Mental World: May or may not be living in some version of one. David Firth leaves it open to interpretation.
  • Mood-Swinger: Salad Fingers can flip from anger, tears, and creepy serenity in less than a minute with no outside influences.
  • Mr. Imagination: Whether he's living entirely in his own world or using his imagination to survive in a Crapsack World is up for debate, but there's no doubt that he loves to make up characters and scenarios on the fly that coincide with his delusions.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Salad Fingers is creepy mainly because he treats the insane, gory world he lives in with a generally accepting, nonchalant attitude. Find a decaying corpse in your backyard? Call it Kenneth and have tea with it! Just be sure to kick it back in the ground at the end of the day so it can continue to fight in the war.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: He seems to have a disturbing love of Saw-esque meat hooks, self-harm, and decomposing corpses- to name just a few things.
  • No Fourth Wall: Mostly during the earlier episodes, Salad Fingers will address the audience with a friendly "Hello" and then explain his adventure for the day.
  • Noodle People: How he's drawn.
  • Obliviously Evil: Salad Fingers tends to come off as a kind, soft-spoken person; albeit severely deranged. The amount of people dying/dead around him, however, seem to suggest that he's not as harmless as he seems. Debatable as of Episode 11. Salad Fingers is very proud of and protective of the new and improved Hubert Cumberdale, to the point where he sets out to rescue him from Glass Brother and Mother. Upon escaping after retrieving Hubert, Salad Fingers does this without hurting anyone.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He calls Hubert Cumberdale a "filthy immigrant" for being covered in muck.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Though he presents as an adult male (although his actual gender is also a subject of WMG), Salad Fingers often acts like a child, playing with toys and making up imaginary scenarios to fill his days. Of course, most of these scenarios are more psychopathic than childlike.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Played With. He has these, and bad things tend to happen to people in his vicinity. However, he is almost always a well-spoken Nice Guy towards those he comes across, if a little out there. It's open to interpretation on how much he actually means harm.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: Though he's already well slipped over into insanity, "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is used to great effect in illustrating just how far he's gone.
  • Self-Harm: Constantly. Salad Fingers has a euphoric high when hurting himself with nails or glass. Played for grossness.
  • Serial Killer: There's an awful lot of humans dying around Salad Fingers, and the fact that he has items like meat hooks on his walls, a corpse in his backyard, random people's hairs in his house, and a top-hat pieced together from the remains of a dead man he's been storing on one of said meat hooks can certainly lead one to suspect. It doesn't help that he is confirmed to have killed a child in the second episode, whether by accident or not. The eleventh episode reveals him to have a collection of strips of human flesh.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: While it, like most other things in the series, is never confirmed, Salad Fingers regularly talks about the Great War (implied to be WWI), knows morse code, and speaks fluent French. He's also deeply paranoid and suffers from a definite split from reality.
  • Shifting Voice of Madness: Salad Fingers switches from his "normal" voice to other voices at the drop of a hat and often within the same sentence, usually to indicate that he is flipping personalities/moods.
  • Split Personality: One of his most prominent habits is switching from character to character without any seeming fluidity and then forgetting what he did as that person; a classic sign of Dissociative Identity Disorder, or DID. He even goes so far as to imagine there being more than one of himself and then confusing them with his finger puppets.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: What may or may not be the entire series.
  • Tranquil Fury: Particularly in Episode 11, after retrieving Hubert Cumberdale from the Glass Brother and Mother. Surprisingly, he's not violent to either of them, and simply escapes, but the calm, quiet tone in his voice somehow exemplifies how angry he is.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Does this a couple times in the series, most notably when Roger makes him cry and when hearing the little girl's voice causes him to have a panic attack.
  • Unreliable Narrator: The closest we get to any cohesive story is what Salad Fingers tells us, and between his bouts of Split Personality changes and being a Cloud Cuckoolander, he isn't the most trustworthy source of information. In fact, he is intentional written to have his characterization shift to confuse viewers.
  • Wide Eyes and Shrunken Irises: His eyes do this during his freak outs.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He may be an oblivious murderer, but due to the sheer extent of his madness, it's forgivable to feel sorry for him.

     The Finger Puppets
Jeremy, Marjory, and Hubert
Three finger puppets, named, Hubert Jason Cumberdale (or "Barbara Logan-Price" in Episode 5), Marjory Stewart-Baxter, and Jeremy Fisher, that Salad interacts with, starting in Episode 2.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Jeremy, who, from what can be guessed, appears to be of African/Non-European heritage.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Marjory gives this sort of vibe in Episode 5, when she's shown ominously watching Salad having a picnic with Mable (the little red-haired girl)
  • Companion Cube: They serve as this to Salad, though Hubert seems to serve this role the most, as he's Salad's favorite.
  • Creepy Doll: To elaborate, Hubert can become human-sized, gain red eyes, and scream for no apparent reason, as well as randomly turn into a black liquid that burns at the touch. Marjory jealously watches Salad Fingers have a picnic with a little girl through the window. Jeremy can also become human-sized, stores a weird green fluid in his plugged-up mouth, and can suddenly transform into a second Salad Fingers to get eaten alive by the first.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The weird screeching sound that Hubert made.
  • Noodle Incident: Going by the bits of a scene that Salad reenacts (which ends with the puppet getting eaten), there was something that happened with Jeremy and an unnamed daughter and, whatever it was, things didn't end well on the Jeremy's end.
  • Pink Is Feminine: Marjory is shown wearing something of a lilac.
  • Shout-Out: Presumably, Jeremy's name might be a reference to Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher
  • The Smurfette Principle: Marjory is the only girl finger puppet.
  • Sudden Name Change: In-Universe, however, this is because Salad couldn't remember Hubert's name initially.
  • Suddenly Voiced: Hubert and, though he doesn't talk, he does let out a screeching sound. As of becoming a "real boy", he actually does talk.
  • Tastes Like Feet: Hubert, apparently, tastes like "soot and poo"
  • Tastes Like Purple: Marjory is described to taste "like sunshine dust".
  • Unexplained Recovery: Jeremy. The last time we saw him, Salad ate him but we see him again in Episode 11, where he appears to be mostly okay (just dirtier and more battered than usual).
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Marjory doesn't reappear after Episode 5. She does however appear in Episode 11.

     Varsity Kid
Varsity Kid
A kid with a pink varsity jacket that gets trapped in Salad's oven in Episode 2
  • No Name Given: He's not given a name and is referred to as "Varsity Kid" by the audience.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He gets offed pretty quickly in his debut appearance.

     Harry ("Milford Cubicle") 

An armless man with a BBQ shirt that chases after Salad with in Episode 3

  • Angrish: His entire dialogue consists of feral screams.
  • Armless Biped: Oddly, his skeleton appears to have arm bones, though he isn't shown with any arms.
  • Call-Back: As we find out in Birthday, he's still hanging on that meat hook.
  • Companion Cube: Sort of, as Salad pretends he's still alive.
  • Papa Wolf: Assuming a baby was in the carriage (or he thought it), this might have been why he chased after Salad Fingers.
  • Reality Ensues: Trying to use one's head as a battering ram isn't going to end well and it doesn't, as he bleeds to death.
  • Too Dumb to Live: He didn't think to use his feet kick at Salad's door.

A wood louse that Salad tried to pet in Episode 4

Otherwise called "Stitch-Head", it appears in Episode 4, where it falls in love with and captures Salad.

A little red-haired girl that appears in Episode 5

    "Aunty Bainbridge"
"Auntie Bainbridge"
A weird bug-eyed yellow person that appears in Episodes 1 and 9, who owns a lot of rusty things and a house
  • Ambiguous Gender: It's not known what their gender is.
  • No Name Given: Other than being called "Aunty Bainbridge".
  • The Voiceless: Communicates by only making an odd screeching sound.
  • Vague Age: Salad calls them "a young child" yet they seem to be an adult, so it's not clear if this person is a short adult or a young child.

     Mr. Branches 
A dead tree that we see in Episode 7
  • Or Was It a Dream?: It's not clear if Mr. Branches is really alive or what we saw was a hallucination.
  • When Trees Attack: In an odd sequence, he wraps his branches around Salad's torso, when Salad tells him that he can't come in the house.

A corpse that Salad calls his little brother in Episode 7


A broken radio that we meet in Episode 8.

  • Companion Cube: "He" acted as this to Salad, given that he's called a name and treated as though he were alive.
  • Jerkass: As much as an (presumably) imaginary disembodied voice can be. He torments Salad, demanding him to clean the house and eat the hairs he found, driving him to hide in his safety cupboard and cry.
  • Knight of Cerebus: To a certain extent. He's the first unambiguously evil person that Salad Fingers meets and emotionally breaks him down. After his appearance, the show brings in much more disturbing characters such as Yvonne, Salad Fingers "Platoon", Dr. Papanak, and the Glass Family.
  • Noodle Incident: Exactly how Roger got broken.

     Glass Brother 
Salad's reflection that lives in the mirror with Glass Mother
  • Antagonist Title: Of episode 11, though he functions more as The Dragon to Glass Mother.
  • Big Brother Bully: The way he talks and acts towards Salad invokes this.
  • Evil Twin: Well, he's Salad Fingers' reflection, after all. And assuming that he's not just one of his hallucinations, he seems to have a will of his own.
  • Jerkass: He's extremely unpleasant. According to Salad, this is because he was "raised under the beast's sun."

     Glass Mother
Glass Mother
An old hag-like creature who lives in Salad Fingers' mirror in Episode 11.
  • Abusive Parents: Assuming that she's actually Salad's mother, she forces him to drink some sort of concoction that she knows will give him a fever, and frequently berates him.
  • Animal Motifs: Her appearance seems to invoke a insectoid one
  • Bald Women: She's bald outside of a few grey hairs.
  • Combat Tentacles: Her fingers are so long, that they might as well be this.
  • Creepy Long Fingers: Even longer and creepier than those of her son.
  • Evil Old Folks: Appears to be elderly, and is an Abusive Parent toward Salad Fingers and takes delight in it.
  • Expy: She is similar in appearance to Spoilsbury Toast Boy's grandmother, and both have a preference of speckled huckleberry leaves.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Of the evil sort, given that, in some shots (like the abovementioned) she has a cigarette holder in her mouth.
  • Guttural Growler: She speaks in something of a low, raspy voice.
  • Jerkass: Spends most of her time verbally abusing Salad Fingers, ordering him to poison himself.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Salad destroys the mirror fragments that she uses to taunt him to the best of his ability, then places what's left of them in a jewel box, which he promptly shuts.
  • Wham Line: "Wait until your father gets home!"
  • Villainous Breakdown: She completely loses it when Salad Finger finally one-ups her.


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