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     Showdown Bandit
"Alright, friends! Let's get ready for adventure!"
Voiced By: Lani Minella
The former protagonist of the show. Reawakened under mysterious circumstances, he seeks to uncover who's really pulling the strings...

  • Badass Boast: "I'm the fastest draw in Showdown Valley! And I'm here to save the day!"
  • Expy: Of Howdy Doody from the show of the same name.
  • Heroic Mime: Oddly enough, he is confirmed to be able to speak but never does so in-game.
  • Lovable Rogue: What he was portrayed as in the show.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite being shown to carry a gun in a teaser trailer, he relies more on stealth and quick wits to get around opponents. Justified in that he cant use his gun until whatever's controlling him lets him attack by having him stand on a particular kind of space.
  • Ominous Walk: Bandit never speeds up from his somewhat slow power walking, possibly because of his strings hindering him. This leaves him vulnerable at all times since enemies move slightly faster than him and will cut his strings if they catch up.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Apparently there are multiple Bandits lying around the theater, and you are just the latest. You even pick up your first weapon from a strung up copy of yourself.
  • Villain Protagonist: What he used to be in his show.


     The Stringless

The most basic of enemies, naked puppets that take swipes at Bandit to cut his strings.

  • The Goomba: Very basic, don't move fast and only take one string away from you if they reach you.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: Just assumed to be hostile puppets at first, but the further into the first episode you get, the more obvious that the naked puppets littering the place are representing dead bodies, and the shambling ones are Undead. Undertakers' job in particular is keeping them in the graveyard, and she's done so long enough that she gets complaints from the townsfolk whenever they manage to wander elsewhere.

     The Beast

A huge naked puppet consisting of only the upper body, locked away in the Happy Mines. It hounds Bandit as he explores the location.

An unnerving puppet with a scissor blade for an arm.
  • Badass Cape: Wears a dark blue torn piece of cloth around their shoulders.
  • Blade Below the Shoulder: Have a scissor blade instead of a right hand.
  • Dirty Coward: Will viciously attack you if you step into their line of sight, but run away the second you activate your cork gun.
  • Enemy Mime: The paint on their face seems to emulate one and they're definitely not friendly.
  • Perverse Puppet: Even more so than Bandit and Miss Undertaker. While these two at least look like friendly characters from a kids' TV show, they are a cut up, jankily moving nightmare, with strings holding their limbs together and their right hand replaced by half of a scissor blade.

     Faceless Bandit

An enigma of a puppet that occasionally appears to stalk Bandit, carrying a large scythe that will kill anything in one hit.

  • Badass Longcoat: Wears a black, sleeveless coat and is able to take out any enemy with just one swing of his scythe.
  • The Blank: No discernible features, just a series of scars.
  • The Dreaded: There are Wanted Posters of him all over the studio and the atmosphere changes into grimdark whenever he appears.
  • Evil Doppelgänger: It's a little hard to see with his face busted and the cloak he's wearing, but he's a Showdown Bandit too. Except he doesn't seem to care about helping Showdown Valley and instead brutally murders every puppet unlucky enough to cross his path, including Bandit.
  • Implacable Man: He is not affected by the cork gun and kills you in one hit. The only way to deal with him when he appears is to stay out of his sight as he zeroes in on you.
  • Multi-Mook Melee: He will always target the puppet closest to him, so letting an enemy get in his way is advised to slow him down.
  • Nice Hat: A wide brimmed cowboy hat that has seen better days.
  • Sinister Scythe: His trademark weapon.


A mysterious puppet with unusual eyes.
  • Enemy Summoner: The cow bell they're carrying could mean they will be one in the game.
  • In the Hood: Wears a brown scarf wrapped around their head and shoulders.
  • Patrolling Mook: They carry a binocular with them, making it possible that this will be their role in the game.
  • Wingding Eyes: They have light-green swirls where their eyes should be.

A creepy puppet with a sinister grin.

Spider-like creatures consisting of needles and balls of thread and needles.


Showdown Valley Residents

     Miss Lorelei Undertaker
"The show must go on."
Voiced By: Melissa Moran
They mysterious keeper of the graveyard.
  • Action Girl: She has a shovel and she's not afraid to use it.
  • Ambiguously Evil: At the start of the game she wakes Bandit up, telling him his presence must be what "he" wants and stating in a rather ominous tone that "the show must go on". Later on she sends Bandit on a Fetch Quest for her "lost" skeleton key, but a note found near the old Carver place where she allegedly lost it suggests she hid it there on purpose and when Bandit returns, she has conveniently gone digging, prompting the player to use the key to access the main stage where the Audience is waiting.
  • Blush Sticker: Has a permanent blush painted onto her face.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Her last name is Undertaker and she is an Undertaker.
  • Her Name Really Is "Undertaker": Appears to be her last name as opposed/in addition to her job title.
  • Nice Hat: Wears a big, fancy top hat.
  • Took A Level In Bad Ass: A short clip from the show has her begging someone (presumably Bandit) to leave her alone. In the games' present she is shown effortlessly beating down a mook with a shovel.
  • Undertaker: She's the one responsible for burying the dead - and making sure they stay buried.

"Ah, Bandit! S-so glad you made it."
Voiced By: Grant George
A humble businessman who saves Bandit's progress.

     Doc Carver
"You must take care to guard your strings. I can mend them, of course."
Voiced By: Mark Dodson
The local doctor who fixes up Bandit's strings.
  • Auto-Doc: He's a puppet and the only available medic.
  • Badass Baritone: He speaks in a deep voice.
  • Dr. Jerk: Some of the remarks he makes come across as kind of insensitive.
    Doc Carver: Another day, another Bandit.
  • Frontier Doctor: His role in the show and in the game.

     Penny Hemsworth
"I found the way. You can't look up...if you don't have eyes."
Voiced By: Lauren Synger
The (former) owner of a small store in Showdown Valley. She has found her own way to not look up...
  • Broken Bird: The once friendly little Penny is only a shell of her former self now.
  • Eye Scream: She prevented herself from looking up - by gouging her own eyes out.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Whatever she saw up there, it caused her to go completely off the deep end.
  • Madness Mantra: She sings the shows theme song constantly.


     Carl Handler 
One of the creators of Showdown Bandit.
  • Meaningful Name: A "Handler" is a person in immediate charge of something or someone. Fitting for the man who probably pulled the puppet's strings way back when.
  • Whatever Happened to the Mouse?: No mention of him or Buddy is made by the puppets.

     Buddy Bublik 
One of the creators of Showdown Bandit.

     Basker Hill 
The former main sponsor of the Showdown Bandit-show.
  • Acme Products: It seems Basker Hill had a variety of products to sell, from toothpaste to cereal to Twinkie expies.

     Mr. Body
"Bring me my head."
A headless puppet sitting in a mine cart. Bring him his head and he'll reward you.
  • Badass Baritone: His voice is very deep with a noticeable Power Echo.
  • Easter Egg: If you succeed in giving him his head back he'll open up a secret passage for you. In it you'll find a disembodied Bendy-hand and a Bendy-outfit.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The first time you meet him he's literally just a body.
  • No Name Given: He never tells you his name in-game. You'll have to find his file to find out.

     The Audience
Mysterious figures who watch Bandit, as he makes his way through Showdown Valley.
  • Ambiguously Human: They're a lot bigger than every puppet Bandit encountered so far and their bodies seem a lot fleshier in comparison. But as the teaser trailer revealed, they're not big enough to be human adults and its not really clear if the white masks just cover their faces or if they actually are their faces.
  • In the Hood: They all wear red cloaks that engulf their entire bodies.
  • Malevolent Masked Men: They wear white masks and have been watching Bandit from presumably the start of the game on. Though it's not exactly clear as of now why they've been watching him.

     The Voice 
A man who can be heard after the Cliffhanger of episode 1.
  • Badass Baritone: He speaks in a very deep voice.
  • The Faceless: You don't get to see what he looks like. All you get from him is his voice.

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