actually, ink creatures dont die when you hit them. they just turn into an ink puddle (like alice describes). but the ones on level 14 are really dead, because you can still see their remains and hearts. since norman isnt a cartoon and seems to be covered in ink, it makes sense that he would die if hit. but those other toons? how do you even kill them?
I can buy that for the Searchers fine, but why does Alice directly say to kill the Butcher Gang during your one task (which is also the objective)? She even says “Smash them into puddles! Kill them!,“ so it’s not like them turning into puddles means they’re not dying.