“Think about it. I’m just a reflection – I only show you what’s there. Would a mirror ever lie to you?”
There’s been a bit of… let’s say, confusion regarding Bendy’s reflection in the Toon Henry AU.
Bendy’s reflection isn’t necessarily the true nature of the demon that was turned into Bendy. He’s also not just Bendy himself. He’s a reflection.
Think of what a reflection is. It shows you your true face and form, right? Well, what is Bendy in this AU but a haphazard amalgamation of a real demon and a cartoon character?
Bendy’s reflection is, essentially, indicative of Bendy’s true nature. He’s Bendy without all the childlike innocence, the demon with the added cartoonish attitude. He’s both, and as a result, he’s neither just one or the other.
When Bendy loses himself and starts becoming more unstable, e.g. when the demonic nature of what he used to be starts leaking through, the bits of Bendy that make him the lovable cartoon character scatter amongst the things that represent only the cartoon character – merchandise, posters, things like that. What’s left behind is just Bendy’s ink – just some of his core thoughts and emotions, and nothing to suppress what little of the demon remains.
The only thing about Bendy that stays constant, no matter what, is the fact that, at his core, he is both the demon and the cartoon character. To deny one or the other is to deny what he really is. This is a fact that he doesn’t want to face, which is why the “mirror gag” isn’t just a gag – it’s Bendy’s true self that he refuses to acknowledge.
But it’s also just a reflection – whether Bendy is behaving like his cartoon self or “Bendy” is on a rampage, the reflection is unaffected.
In other words… he’s still in the mirror, should anyone choose to look.