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Fridge Humor

  • While some players call Bertrum Piedmont's ride in Chapter 4 a merry-go-round, it's actually the type of ride known in the United States as a Scrambler, in Australia as a Cha Cha, and in the UK as... a Twist. Making it an unexpected Twist, and Bertrum decidedly Twist-ed.

Fridge Brilliance

  • Compared to Bendy in his many forms, Boris is quite friendly to Henry. That's because in the cartoon linked to the trailer, the most malicious thing he does is take Bendy's lunch. While he appears indifferent about the lunch belonging to Bendy, he thinks The Snack Is More Interesting.
    • Another possibility is the Ink Machine warps the toons into their own antithesis: Bendy ceases to be a cute demon to chase Henry around the studio and Alice - an angel, mind you - becomes so Axe-Crazy she dismembers many toons to remain "beautiful". If Boris is supposed to be a Jerkass in the cartoon, of course he's going to be nice to Henry.
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    • Another theory is that Boris is supposed to be Bendy's Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: if Bendy hates Henry's guts, then Boris has to be nice with Henry. It's a matter of balance.
    • OR... it's because Boris is a copy. We don't even know Alice's mannerisms in the cartoon, but she's insane and callous towards Henry and Boris. Maybe it's just that things aren't how they seem to be...
  • Why exactly is Alice so angry during their jumpscare in Chapter 3, then mostly calm (if unhinged) with Henry for most of the rest of the chapter? The room you're in might have something to do with it, or more precisely, the song that's playing in it. It seems to be pre-recorded, and the audio logs in the chapter indicate that Susie is the woman who has 'become' Alice. However, remember that Susie was replaced as Alice's voice actress before any lines could be recorded, and as such any recorded audio lines found of Alice are likely performed by the replacement VA, Alison. Susie-Alice's interjection might be less of a case of "I'm Alice Angel!", and more a case of "I'm Alice Angel!", establishing that she is Alice, and not the person singing!
    • Actually, the one singing is Susie. However, her jumpscare may be a desperate shout of frustration as she recorded the song, not Alison, and she was Alice, in a "how dare you take this away from me, Joey" sort of way.
  • Henry is the real creator of Bendy! Listen to the audio recording in Chapter Three's ink saturated room, and you get to hear Henry complain about how Joey does nothing but dream, then ends it claiming that he has an idea that will help the studio. He means Bendy!
    • This might be Wild Mass Guessing territory. We're not completely sure. Though it would explain why Bendy is after Henry, but he doesn't know what happened, and this is assuming the Bendy chasing him is the real one.
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  • Of course "Alice" is bad news, just look at her halo: it's lopsided and unfinished, while her horns are very much present. On the other side, the Alice who appears to help you in Chapter 4 has broken horns but a perfectly shaped halo, underlining her status as the good one.
  • The Bendy amusement park is no longer working and out of order. The first Disneyland and most theme parks suffered technological difficulties upon opening.
  • Sammy does not look like the Lost Ones or the Searchers, having more in common with the other genuine living cartoons, with his more coherent shape and four-digit hands - but despite this, he still remember his name and identity like Susie / "Alice" and actually loathes his new form. Given his constant role as someone who appears and disappears on a whim, moving around various set dressings and seeking attention from Bendy to free him of his shell, it's likely he is technically a cartoon character - more specifically a background extra with no personality to impose over his normal one, but whose only "defined" shape as a blank silhouette to fill out shots that need large crowds.
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  • Sammy wears a Bendy mask, followed by the Ink Demon killing him. The Ink Demon hates when cardboard cutouts of him are broken. How else could Sammy possibly get that mask?
  • Joey Drew's speech about dreams in Chapter 3, going down the path of the Demon, comes off as stilted, repetitive, and almost artificial. We find out that he doesn't believe in any of it in Chapter 4, and that he gets his writers to come up with his speeches (in particular demanding the use of the word "dream"), explaining why the initial speech sounds so fake.
  • The backstory that Susie had an affair with Joey Drew, and that it was implied that either because of or despite the affair he fired her from the Alice Angel role. It's a sad truth revealed in 2017-18 that in the film industry, executives exploit actors and actresses in this fashion and it has most likely been this way since the time period in which Bendy is set.
  • According to the end of Chapter 5, Henry's last name is revealed to be Stein, which is based on a gothic horror novel about creating a living being in which it ended in disaster. But why the name Henry? It could be just a random name pick, but it could also be based on the first name of a character from another gothic horror novel, which features transforming into a monster, which is kind of similar to what happened to most of the characters in the game...
    • In the famous movie adaption from Universal, Victor Frankenstein was renamed to Henry, which means this could still be a shout out to the Frankenstein, if in a roundabout way.
  • Bendy's weakness being the end card for his shorts might seem somewhat anticlimactic at first glance... until you realize that it's probably not the card itself that does it. Remember, Henry and Joey haven't worked together for 30 years, so it's not unlikely that the Bendy cartoons were canceled in that time. The end card serves as a reminder to Bendy that his show is gone and forgotten, and he has no reason to exist without it, and it's this revelation that causes his breakdown.
    • Furthermore, in cartoons, the characters are more or less indestructible, able to shrug off any punishment handed their way...until the end card pops up, and their existence ends. Being an attempt to create living cartoon characters, Bendy was still subservient to these rules, and when the end card appeared, he suffered a Puff of Logic moment. An opera ain't over until the fat lady sings, and a cartoon ain't over until the end card pops up.
      • But then again, what happens to a cartoon after it's ended its run? It enters syndication and gets rerun for the indefinite future. And sometimes television networks will add their own minor edits to the original footage in an attempt to keep audiences watching.
  • Allison Angel fussing over Tom serves as nice Foreshadowing to the letter on Joey's cork-board, the one from Allison Connors, implying she got married to Thomas.
  • Why was Bendy Land built underground, in a very inaccessible location? There are different options - it's possible it was to be built in the same location as Joey Drew Studios, to try to make the studio itself a tourist attraction. And it is of course also possible the Machine has simply created a cartoonish Eldritch Location based on Joey's dreams and cartoons. A more grounded possibility, however - especially given the plans, which would seem to show it as an open air park - is that this wasn't to be its final location at all. The attractions (and signage) were being pre-built to be moved to the final location.
  • There's a severe amount of religious imagery, specifically "the creator lied to us." So the creator could be:
    • Joey, who made the cartoons and was generally a Jerkass.
    • The Ink Demon, a "god" who betrays Sammy.
    • Twisted Alice, a religious figure who betrays Henry.
  • The Butcher Gang generally gets shafted in merch. That makes sense due to being mooks, but think about this: it's a meta way of reflecting the poor business decisions Joey made.
  • If Alice dolls would've been made at that time, they would've had steep competition from the Shirley Temple doll. Joey's ego means he would've overcharged for them, hence why they didn't sell well and likely lost to the similar Shirley Temple doll.
  • Although Henry doesn't seem to have any problem speaking to many of the strange characters he meets, he noticeably never says a word to "Alice", by far the most talkative character in the game. Hell, he doesn't even mention her until he sees what she's done to Boris. There are two possible reasons for this:

Fridge Horror

  • If Susie was the one who became Alice Angel (in a literal sense), then what in the world happened to Alison, Susie's intended replacement?
    • The most logical answer is also the least pleasant: if you have two voices for Alice Angel, either you choose one or — well, you put them together.
    • Actually, if you listen carefully, you will notice that Alice has a high pitched voice and a low pitched voice which switches between each other when Alice talks. Yeah... definitely merged together. You also notice the low pitched voice is more dominant than the high pitched one, implying Susie is getting less attention after Alison replaced her.
    • But we don't have any idea what Alison sounds like?
    • True, but that doesn't rule out the possibility of the deep voice being Alison.
    • Actually, we got an answer in chapter 4... Susie and Alison are actually separate Alices! Susie is insane, cruel, and spiteful, represented by her deformed face, broken halo, and full horns, while Alison is, at the very least, willing to save Henry from Susie, which makes her look more heroic by being very pretty looking, having broken horns, and a full, lovely halo.
      • And this answer just makes some of the earlier questions even worse. That other voice? Yeah, that isn't Alison or Susie trying to be the voice of reason for an insane Alice Angel. It's Alice Angel trapped under the control of her deranged former voice actor Susie who went utterly bonkers after she lost the role. Based on her dialog she's being constantly and horrifically traumatized by the experience as well.
  • This just hit me in a horrible way.. there are multiple copies of the Butcher Gang and of Boris, but so far we have yet to see any copies of Bendy and Alice. Is Boris not as important? Did he actually get decommissioned for some reason? Where is the real Boris? Where are the real Alice and Bendy?
    • According to later audio logs, The first attempt at making Bendy (the one that chases you) was also the last because he came out weird and creepy. Joey apparently didn't want to risk making another.
  • "Alice" may not be aware of the (alleged) true nature of the Bendy cardboard cutouts. Or worse, she is...
  • That well of voices "Alice" talked about. What if the ink is now full of all the people who were consumed by it one way or another?
  • Doubles as "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, but you know how people found hitting the Bendy cutouts with the axe cathartic in Chapter 2? "Alice" reveals that Inked Bendy does not like that just after you destroy four more cutouts. Suddenly, it's not as fun.
  • There are apparently two Ink Machines. Not one, but two. What happened that made them feel the need to build another one and why is it that only one Ink Machine is known to the workers..?
  • As said in the YMMV section in Narm Charm, the Projectionist/Norman Polk is shown to have No Object Permanence, as after you get in a little miracle station even just when he's chasing you down, he simply continues wandering around. It's ridiculous and might just be Artificial Stupidity, but when you think about it, it might actually be a way to show how mentally gone he truly is.
  • Any of Henry's Idiot Ball moments and the fact he's speaking less and less in Chapter 3 and onwards kind of make sense when you consider it's probably because he got a Tap on the Head by Sammy. And judging from the crash at the end of Chapter 3, the poor guy just might get worse.
    • May or may not be a result of the crash but the dude definitely had brief hallucinations twice in Chapter 4. He's talking rather well, though.
  • The sane Searchers, also known as "The Lost Ones", in Chapter 4, sad ink creatures who have lost everything... and some of whom appear to be children. Just what happened down here!? ...Do we even want to know...?
  • When Henry meets "Alice", the natural conclusion about her is that the Toon subsumed poor Susie Campbell. But the more audio logs of Susie are listened, the more you realize Susie is actually the bad one... And now, you wonder how this has to be for Alice, this sweet cartoon character who found herself forcibly merged with a crazy nutso wanting to become her...
  • Alice actually has a good point: WHY is Henry here?!
    • Because Joey asked him to come.
  • Boris's "death" gets a LOT worse when you remember that there is a chance that he was actually Returned to the Ink. Though this might mean that Boris might come Back from the Dead in Chapter 5 the same way Henry does. Henry might even witness it, or even help the poor wolf do it.
  • Canonical death now has an explanation. When Henry gets overwhelmed, he ends up in this odd tunnel made out of moving ink and glowing orangish-yellowish light. Given we also just encountered a set of characters who are also made out of ink and have glowing orange-yellow eyes, Henry winds up in front of a Bendy statue when he returns, and the ink splatter on his eyes effect happens from blunt trauma as well as ink monsters... well the take on Henry's current humanity is not looking very good.
  • When Ink Monsters are killed, they dissolve back into ink, right? Well, remember The Stinger from Chapter 4, which showed Susie!Alice surrounded by Lost Ones? Does this mean that despite being Impaled with Extreme Prejudice she is somehow still alive?
  • Depending on how you interpret the ending. If you take it as a flashback to pre-Chapter 1, it means that Joey sealed his tortured, miserable, test-subject employees who were driven mad from his greed behind a locked door to duke it out for 30 years, (with it getting so bad that Allison Angel doesn't even remember her own namenote  and pretending like it never happened, leaving them all to suffer. Another (slightly crackpot)interpretation could be an And I Must Scream situation, where they're not "really" real, just ink creations from the ink machine in Joey's house with "imprints" of employees used to tell a story to Joey's niece/nephew. Born insane, born to suffer and to die for the entertainment of a child, over and over again.
    • In relation to the above: We never see what happens to Henry after he defeats Bendy. The game instantly cuts to a flashback. It can be interpreted that Joey sent Henry to clean up his mess with no way for him to come back. As far as Joey is concerned, Henry killing Bendy is 'the end' of the story, so there's no need for him to figure out how Henry is supposed to go home to his family, or what's to become of Alison and Tom and everyone else still there...
      • Note how Joey phrases his request to Henry. 'Come visit the old studio; there's something I want to show you.' He makes it seem like he would meet Henry there later, or would be waiting for him inside the studio. Instead, Joey sends Henry there alone, knowing exactly what (and who) is waiting for him down there...
    • Another theory: Back in the 1920's and 30's when Henry and Joey created these characters and into the 40's, people didn't watch cartoons on television. They watched them in movie theaters, often on a continuous loop. Henry reaching "The End" doesn't really end things, it just resets everything for another loop.
  • While the implication that the entire game was all just a story is somewhat calming, the fact that the bloody Ink Machine exists in the real world isn’t very calming at all!!
  • Henry first left the studio because he wanted to spend more time with Linda. If you believe the theory that Henry and everyone else are trapped in a never-ending time loop (like the hidden golden notes suggest) that means that as long as the cycle continues, he’s never going to see her again.


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