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For other uses, see Baldi (disambiguation).
Welcome to Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning! That's me!
 
— Baldi

Baldi is the titular character in Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning. Baldi is the head teacher of Here School, giving the player some math problems to solve in the notebooks to collect them. A twist reveals that he is the main antagonist when the player solves a question wrong. He also owns a bus, originally owned by a person named Joe.

Description

Baldi is a poorly modeled CGI (computer-generated imagery), seemingly bald human figure with long, skinny fingers, pale-tan skin, large red lips, and what seems to be a singular hair on his head. He wears a long-sleeved green shirt, blue pants, and light brown shoes. Even though he has no visible ears, the description mentions that Baldi still has an excellent sense of hearing.

Strangely enough, Baldi's facial expression while chasing the Player, while heavily compressed and distorted, is incredibly neutral and not one of anger.

In the camping field trip, he wears a yellow camping hat and a brown backpack as his outfit.

Baldi

Camp Baldi

Personality

Baldi is known for his eerily nonchalant demeanor, and his dangerous personality is not immediately evident. He carries a facade of friendliness and a relaxed demeanor, though it most likely is his default mental state. He warmly greets students in a friendly fashion and uses positive reinforcement when they correctly answer his questions. He loves math and believes everyone else does. His love of math is so strong that when other people fail to answer a math question, his psyche shatters and he undergoes a disturbing personality change. His formally talkative and affable nature completely disappears, and he drastically changes into a cold man keen on delivering corporal punishment for the minor mistake. It is also possible that Baldi's mental stability is seen only when people follow what he wants. He slaps his ruler in his hand like some sort of compulsive habit, and slowly but surely chases his quarry, growing faster the angrier he gets. After collecting notebooks, he gives students a chance to leave the school, albeit in a limited time span and laughs at their escape efforts. It is unknown if he is a psychopath or sociopath, but given that he manages a school, the former is more likely.

Role

Intro

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Baldi at the start of the game.

At the start, Baldi happily greets and welcomes the Player to his school. Before getting the first notebook in one of the beginning classrooms, the Player needs to solve three math problems with the You Can Think Pad as Baldi gives instructions and speaks out the questions. If all three questions are answered correctly for the first notebook, Baldi will award the Player with a quarter. Getting the second notebook, the Player will take another task on math problems, but after solving the second question, the third question is all unbelievably gibberish and impossible to be solved correctly, with audible numbers in Baldi's dialogue censored with static noises.

General

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Baldi getting angry when the Player answers the question incorrectly for the first time.

When the Player gets their first problem wrong in the You Can Think Pad before receiving the second notebook, Baldi's face will become distorted, making him appear to be frowning intensely, and his eyebrows will furrow, making an angry expression. He either says "I HEAR EVERY DOOR YOU OPEN" or "I GET ANGRIER FOR EVERY PROBLEM YOU GET WRONG". If the Player gets all 3 questions wrong on Story Mode, he will instead display "I HEAR MATH THAT BAD". After getting their first question wrong, Baldi no longer appears on the bottom left-hand corner of the You Can Think Pad for any of the rest of the notebooks. After the Player exits the You Can Think Pad after getting their first problem wrong, Baldi begins chasing the Player through the Schoolhouse making a smacking sound by hitting a ruler on his hand as he moves slowly or quickly.

Baldi is the main threat in the school, as he is the only one in the school that can provoke the Player a game over. Unlike other characters, Baldi's movement is a bit different, only appearing to teleport a short distance towards the Player's location every time he makes a "spanking" sound with his ruler. He also has a unique way of finding the Player: if one opens a door, Baldi will instantly head for that door, unless either the Noise Phone, Alarm Clock, or Baldi Anti Hearing and Disorienting Tape is used or WD-NoSquee is applied to said door.

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Baldi catching the Player.

Baldi puts three problems in all the notebooks which the Player must answer correctly. Otherwise, if the Player gets an answer wrong, Baldi's spank intervals become shorter, thus making him move more often. At 2 notebooks, he moves at his slowest speed. At notebook 3-5, he slowly gets faster. Once the Player has 6 notebooks, Baldi will move at the same speed as them, and the only way to outrun him is by running. At 7 notebooks, Baldi is a lot faster and he can catch the Player even while they're running. The only way to get away from him now is by using a BSODA or if 1st Prize/Gotta Sweep pushes them away from him.

Note: Every notebook (except the first one) will always end with an unsolvable problem, concluding that every notebook the Player collects always make Baldi's spank intervals shorter resulting in him moving quicker. This happens to the point where he, at the very least, reaches his lowest max speed which would be 7 times his beginning speed after all the notebooks are collected.

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Baldi in the Principal's Office.

As much as Baldi chases the Player, he can lose track of the Player if the Player uses one of the distracting items or gets far enough from Baldi. Baldi at this point will have no idea where the Player is and will simply go around the school, continuing so until either the Player gets back in sight of Baldi or the Player opens a door, which Baldi will then be back on track of the Player. The Player can use WD-NoSquee to bypass the door mechanic to keep Baldi lost a bit longer.

In the end, if at any point Baldi catches the Player, Baldi will shift the Player's view straight to his face and make a very loud startling noise, the same as when he reads a corrupted number at the last question of the second notebook. If the Player answered all three questions correctly in the first notebook, then a black box charges into the screen and covers it, presenting the Player with the game over screen: a black screen along with a random item commonly used in schools (or commonly associated with children) in the middle of the black screen. Afterward, the game will reset back to the main menu. If the Player was playing in endless mode, on the black screen there will be text on the bottom informing the Player how many notebooks they collected in the end.

When Baldi reaches a certain speed he will gradually slow down a bit after a while, making him a bit slower overall and make it possible to find a secret ending which can be achieved only by getting all problems wrong.

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Stretched out Baldi in the secret ending.

In the secret ending where the Player meets Filename2, Baldi will be seen inside his office stretching in maximum size and doesn’t do anything of use.

Field Trip

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Baldi during camping.

In the camping field trip, Baldi tells the Player to gather firewood for the fire. If the Player fails the objective, an angry Baldi will spawn in the firewood, and chase them. Similar to the first game, getting caught will lead to a game over.

When Baldi is hostile, the Player will hear the same smacking sound and cricket chirps; however, the aforementioned ambiance will become deeper in pitch. Baldi will still move similar to that in the main game, but he will move very fast and will become almost impossible to escape. Nothing can slow Baldi down as the plot (forest) lacks any useful items.

Spank Interval

Baldi has a certain "spank interval" when he chases the Player.

Baldi's shortest spank interval is one smack every 0.5 seconds, and the intervals get shorter by 0.25 seconds for every answer the Player gets wrong. However, if Baldi is going faster than his minimum speed, he will cool down to his maximum spank interval, which is dependent on the number of notebooks collected.

# of notebooks collected Maximum Interval (seconds)
1 or 2 2.25 (Slower than the Player's walking speed.)
3 2.00
4 1.75 (Same speed as the Player's walking speed.)
5 1.50
6 1.25 (Same speed as the Player when sprinting.)
7 1.00 (Baldi can catch the Player even when they are running.)

Trivia

  • Baldi is named after the 1995 strategy game where it includes group of constructing bald men; Baldies.
  • Baldi is one of the several characters to first appear in the game's Game Jam edition.
  • The audio for Baldi smacking his ruler is done by mystman12 slapping with the plastic ruler.[1]
  • Baldi seems to be the only staff in the school besides the Principal of the Thing. He seems to only really know math and might have an obsession with it. It is also worth noting that despite the Principal of the Thing being the official principal, Baldi refers to the school as "his" Schoolhouse rather than the Principal of the Thing's Schoolhouse.
    • It is possible that he owns the schoolhouse with the Principal of the Thing managing it.
    • Mystman12 revealed in his livestream that he originally intended for there to be more subjects than just math, but due to timing constraints, and also to make it fair for other players, he ultimately decided to use only one subject.
  • Baldi has a son and a wife as it is confirmed on mystman12's Kickstarter and Twitter in two of his old comics, but he can't say if it could be canon or not.
  • Mystman12's first drawings of Baldi were from a comic he made called "Baldimore". [2]
  • Prior to update V1.3, if the Player gets 12 or more questions wrong, Baldi will go so fast that his ruler sound effect will glitch, and no matter how far away he's from them, he will immediately know where they are (even if they're using the Baldi Anti Hearing and Disorienting Tape item), and he will catch the Player in about 3 to 5 seconds (unless the Player gets some luck). It is impossible to escape him once this happens. Now in V1.3, it was fixed and limits only 1 speed amp per notebook.
    • Also, when the Player does this, an image will pop up saying "You Won! There's room for improvement though... Go see Baldi in his office for some tips!" and a secret character will pop up named Filename2.
  • Baldi's description in the Principal's Office has a misspelling of 'incredible'. It is spelled as 'increible' instead.
  • Originally, Baldi had a blue shirt instead of a green shirt. [3]
  • Mystman12 said that he might make it canon for Baldi's last name to be Baldimore after making his Mii for him.[4]
  • Baldi moves faster than any character in the game when at his "maximum overdrive", but otherwise, Principal of the Thing is faster than Baldi.
  • If the Player is not noticed (not in Baldi's line of sight, doesn't collect notebooks or open doors) for two hallway turns, he will start wandering in random directions until he notices the Player again.
  • Baldi is one of the five characters described in unused audio logs. The others being: Principal of the Thing, Playtime, Arts and Crafters and Gotta Sweep.
  • Even though there are no multiplication problems, Baldi still says "times" in the glitched question.
  • Despite the fact that Baldi breaks the fourth wall by telling the Player how to answer questions and use items by using the keyboard and the mouse, he isn't sent to detention by the Principal of the Thing, likely because Baldi's a teacher and not a student.
  • According to mystman12's stream, Baldi is 29 years old.[5]
  • According to mystman12's livestream of his own game, Baldi's voice was based upon the character Waluigi, from the ever-popular Super Mario franchise, who has an uncannily similar, yet more nasal sounding voice.
  • Baldi, along with Arts and Crafters seems to be the only character not frozen in one pose, as they are both seen making different poses.
    • Arts and Crafters has two poses.
  • Baldi has one of the unused dialogue files that use the random "parrot noise" at the end in a reference to Ms. Fowl in the Nickelodeon show The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, but never found directly in the game files. It was revealed by mystman12 during his stream. he goes on to mention that he was going to use it because he enjoyed the aforementioned show, as well as similar series such as Back at the Barnyard, along with his parents, his older brother, his sister, and his grandfather.[6]
  • On mobile version, when the Player answers all three questions correctly in the first notebook, Baldi will say "You did great! Come here and get your prize! A shiny quarter!", but he does not give instructions about how to use items.
  • Baldi's talking animation seems to have changed in the Field Trip demo.
  • Prior to V1.3, Baldi's beginning speed was slower, and his speed when all 7 notebooks had been collected was faster. This makes the game slightly easier, as Baldi's beginning speed doesn't really matter as much as his final speed.
  • Also, in V1.3 and later, Baldi's speed upon getting all the questions wrong in a notebook will be faster than normal, but will eventually go back to normal.
  • Baldi's head is smaller when he is 3D, but when he is 2D, his head is slightly bigger.

Errors

  • Many people think Baldi says "You failed all seven notebooks!" even though mystman12 himself confirmed it is "found" and not "failed". In fact, mystman12 revealed that he was completely unaware of the debate prior to this tweet.[7]
  • When Baldi gets angry at the Player in the Field Trip Demo, the brim of his hiking cap is strangely absent, possibly due to the smaller size of his sprite.
  • When Baldi frowns upon the Player incorrectly answering the question for the first time before starting his chase, his lips seem to break.
  • If the Player goes to any corner in the school, Baldi can't catch them, but they are stuck in place, making the Player's only option to walk into him and cause the game to end. However, the Player can use a BSODA to push Baldi back, if they have one.
  • If the Player gets the first answer wrong, and the other two correctly (this can work with the second and third problem too) on the first notebook, Baldi would go at his max speed. It's not lethal, as he still cannot open yellow doors until the Player has gotten two notebooks. Once they do, his speed will go to normal.
  • His head seems to be obstructed in the Endless Mode screen.
  • When the Player leaves the school, Baldi says "Let's go camping!", but when getting back inside the school and exit again, Baldi says the same phrase. It happens every time.

Quotes

Quote Transcript Description
BAL MainMenu
Welcome to Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning! That's me! In the main menu.
BAL Hi
Oh, hi! Welcome to my Schoolhouse! When the Player starts the game.
BAL Door
You need to collect 2 notebooks before you can use these doors. When the Player tries to open one of the three yellow doors without two notebooks around their start location.
BAL MathIntro
Now it's time for everybody's favorite subject: Math! Answer the three questions correctly, and you might get something special! When the Player interacts with a the 1st/2nd notebook on the beginning without any questions answered.
BAL General HowTo
Just type the correct answer into the empty box. Press the ENTER key on your keyboard when you think you have the right answer. Baldi teaching the Player how to answer a question. (Removed in V1.4, but re-added in V1.4.1, unused on mobile version)
BAL Problem1
Problem 1! Can be heard when the Player must answer the first question on a first or second notebook.
BAL Problem2
Problem 2! Can be heard when the Player must answer the second question on a first or second notebook.
BAL Problem3
Problem 3! Can be heard when the Player must answer the third question on a first or second notebook.
BAL 0
Zero. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 1
One. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 2
Two. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 3
Three. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 4
Four. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 5
Five. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 6
Six. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 7
Seven. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 8
Eight. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL 9
Nine. Baldi teaching the Player numbers on the problem. (1st/2nd notebook only)
BAL Plus
Plus, Can be heard when the Player has an addition problem/question (1st/2nd notebook)
BAL Minus
Minus, Can be heard when the Player has a subtraction problem/question. (1st/2nd notebook)
BAL Times
Times, Can be heard in the 3rd question in the second notebook. (If the Player answered all three questions right in the first notebook)
BAL Equals
Equals... When Baldi waits for the Player to an answer.
BAL GotIt
Aha, you got it! When the Player answers a question correctly in the first or second notebook.
BAL Great
Great job! That's right! When the Player answers a question right in the first or second notebook.
BAL Good
Good one! When the Player answers a question correctly in the first or second notebook.
BAL Fantastic
You're doing fantastic! When the Player answers a question correctly in the first or second notebook.
BAL Incredible
I can't believe it... you're incredible! When the Player answers a question correctly in the first or second notebook.
BAL GetPrize
You did great! Come here and get your prize! A shiny quarter! Just click on it with the left mouse button to pick it up! Then, when you find something you can use it on, right click on the object with the quarter selected! That's how you use items, you know. When the Player answered all questions correctly on the first notebook. (except for mobile version)
BAL AllNotebooks
CONGRATULATIONS! YOU FOUND ALL 7 NOTEBOOKS! NOW ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS: GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!!! Heh-heh-heeeeeh! When the Player collects all 7 notebooks in Story Mode.

WARNING: LOUD! LOUD

Quote Transcript Description
BAL LetsGo.fbx
Let's go camping! When Baldi is in front of "his" bus.
BAL Instructions.fbx
Alright, all set. I'll go set up the bear traps. I want you to keep the fire going. Go out into the woods and collect firewood, then bring it back to refuel the fire. The bigger the fire is, the more points you'll earn. Alright, go for it. When Baldi is explaining to the Player how to play the field trip game.
BAL Wow.fbx
WOW! When the firewood gets put into the fire.

Sound Description
Baldi ruler
Baldi slapping his ruler on his hand.
BAL Screech
A static noise while the Player's solving the third question in the second notebook. Also plays when Baldi catches the Player.

WARNING: LOUD! LOUD

Quote Transcript Description
BAL DividedBy
Divided by. Not used. Due to when Baldi gives a question like 1 divided by 0 and so on, being impossible to solve.
BAL General HowToNewVoice
Use the number buttons to enter an answer, once you think you have a right, press the OK button. Baldi teaching the Player how to answer a question.

Gallery

Sprites

Screens/Textures

References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HP1NmoWMdw&t=1h07m50s
  2. https://www.twitter.com/mystman12/status/996471628895793153
  3. https://twitter.com/mystman12/status/998730991979106304
  4. https://twitter.com/mystman12/status/1005133873267773442
  5. https://youtu.be/2HP1NmoWMdw?t=29m49s
  6. https://youtu.be/2HP1NmoWMdw?t=31m50s
  7. https://twitter.com/mystman12/status/1001223229686599681

Navigation

Characters

Main Protagonist

The Player

Here School members

1st PrizeArts and CraftersBaldiFilename2Gotta SweepIt's a BullyJoePlaytimePrincipal of the Thing

Field Trip-only characters

Cloudy Copter

Easter Egg characters

PlaceFace

Mentioned Characters Cut Characters