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"Oh, hi! Welcome to my Schoolhouse!"

― Baldi

Baldi, also known as Professor Baldi[1], and maybe his possible full name Baldi Baldimore, is the titular main antagonist in Baldi's Basics in Education & Learning. Baldi is the teacher of Here School, giving the Player math problems to solve in the notebooks to collect them. After the player answers the math problems correctly (or incorrectly), the notebook disappears, storing it into the counter from how many notebooks the player obtained, seen on the top left on the heads-up display.

Appearance

Baldi is a poorly CGI (computer-generated imagery) modeled humanoid figure with long, skinny fingers, a pale body, large red lips and is bald except for what seems to be a singular hair on his head. He also has a long-sleeved green shirt, blue pants, and light brown shoes.

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

Mechanics

When the Player gets their first problem wrong in the You Can Think! Pad™, his 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." Before no longer appearing 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 fast.

Baldi is the main threat in the school. He is the only one in the school that can give 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.

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 you have 6 notebooks, Baldi will move at the same speed as you, and the only way to outrun him is by running. At 7 notebooks, Baldi is a lot faster and he can catch you even while you're running. The only way to get away from him now is by using a BSoda or if 1st Prize/Gotta Sweep pushes you away from him. Prior to version 1.3, getting 12 questions wrong makes Baldi so fast that he doesn't even have spank intervals. His spank sound will be glitched and sound like his jumpscare/glitched question sound, and no matter what you do, he will eventually catch you. No escape. Good thing, this doesn't happen anymore in version 1.3.

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.

As much as Baldi chases the player, he can actually 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 players view straight to his face, making a very loud startling noise then 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. Afterwards, 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.

As of the 1.3 update, Baldi's speed mechanic was changed. When Baldi reaches a certain speed he will gradually slow down a bit after a while, making him a bit slower overall and making it possible to find a secret ending which can only be achieved by getting all problems wrong.

Quotes

Sound Transcript Appearance
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 2 notebooks around the player's 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 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 playernumbers 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 you have 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.
BAL Equals
Equals... When Baldi waits for the player to answer.
BAL GotIt
Haha! 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.
BAL MainMenu
Welcome to Baldi's Basics in Education and Learning! That's me! In the Main Menu.
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 you how to answer a question.
BAL AllNotebooks
WARNING:LOUD!!! 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.

Unused

Sound Transcript Appearance
BAL DividedBy
Divided by. Not used.

Sounds

Sound Description Appearance
Baldi ruler
Smack! Baldi slapping his ruler.
BAL Screech
*SCREECH* When Baldi catches the player or when solving the third question in the second notebook

Trivia

  • Baldi seems to be the only real 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's also worth nothing 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.
  • Baldi is one of three characters that are CGI models, the others being It's a Bully and 1st Prize.
  • Mystman12's first drawings of Baldi were from a comic he made called "Baldimore" [2].
  • 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 you, he will immediately know where you are (even if you are using the Baldi Anti Hearing and Disorienting Tape item), and he will catch the player in about 3 to 5 seconds. It is impossible to escape him once this happens.
    • This has been fixed in V1.3, limiting only 1 wrong answer per notebook.
    • Also, when the player does this, a 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.
  • Originally Baldi was married, but even Mystman12 is not sure if it can be considered canon.[3].
  • 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.[4]
  • Baldi is, along with Arts and Crafters and It's a Bully, one of the few evil characters in the game.
  • If you collect all notebooks but get all of the questions wrong, you can view the secret ending which takes place in Baldi's Office.
  • Mystman12 said that he might make it canon for Baldi's last name to be Baldimore after making his Mii for him.[5]
  • Baldi moves faster than any character in the game.
  • 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 the only character in the game with a door stating their name.
  • It is unknown if Baldi says "GET OUT WHILE YOU STILL CAN!" or if it is Filename2.
  • 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, it is still possible that you can hear Baldi say "times" in the glitched question.

Glitches

  • 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.
  • If the Player gets the first answer wrong on the first notebook Baldi would go at his max speed.
  • Until the final update (or less), when you get all seven notebooks wrong, Baldi would move at an extremely fast speed.

Errors

  • Many people think Baldi says "You have failed all seven notebooks!" even though Mystman12 himself confirmed it is "found" and not "failed".[6] The reason why they think like that may be because it kind of mixes with the previous word, for some making it hear "failed"

Gallery

References

  1. File:PhonePoster.png
  2. https://www.twitter.com/mystman12/status/996471628895793153
  3. https://www.twitter.com/mystman12/status/999000224902320133
  4. https://twitter.com/mystman12/status/998730991979106304
  5. https://twitter.com/mystman12/status/1005133873267773442
  6. https://twitter.com/mystman12/status/1001223229686599681

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Bold = Seen characters / Italic = Unseen characters
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