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Boyfriend, Friday Night Funkin'

Boyfriend is the main protagonist of Friday Night Funkin'. He is on a mission to gain approval to date Girlfriend, but must sing off against her evil ex-rockstar father, Daddy Dearest, as well as the many other characters that stand in his way.

Appearance

Boyfriend is a young, light-skinned man with spiky cyan hair. He wears a white T-shirt with a red prohibition sign, baggy blue pants, red sneakers with white shoelaces and a backward red cap with a dark blue brim. He holds a microphone in his right hand while keeping his left hand in his pocket.

During Week 4, his hair gets blown around as a result of standing on a moving car.

During Week 5, he wears a red parka, light blue pants and brown snow boots.

During Week 6, his regular appearance is rendered in a 32-bit style.

During the last track of Week 7, he holds Girlfriend up by the waist with his left hand.

Personality

Boyfriend is portrayed as a young, overzealous rapper with a love for music, donuts and his girlfriend, Girlfriend. He loves to sing and show off his skills, resulting in his confident and cocky character. He is very determined and persistent on reaching his goals and won't let anyone get in the way of his success, even when threatened with death. Boyfriend is implied to be clingy as he is never seen without Girlfriend by his side.

Boyfriend has been diagnosed with ADHD and ASD; sometimes, he may choose not to communicate conventionally with strangers and will simply beep at them instead of speaking.

Trivia

  • According to PhantomArcade in a tweet, one of the core inspirations for Friday Night Funkin' is the anime series Urusei Yatsura. Boyfriend is based on the series' main character Ataru Moroboshi, who has a powerful girlfriend named Lum Invader, whom Girlfriend is based on in turn.
  • ninjamuffin99, PhantomArcade and Kawai Sprite have all stated that Boyfriend's name is simply Boyfriend.
  • Boyfriend is his only canonical and official name. However, ninjamuffin99 has intentionally confused the community by spouting out random names on his Twitter and TikTok accounts. There have been several attempts to figure out his name (names in bold have been de-confirmed), including:
    • Keith (on Twitter, has been de-confirmed several times to not be his name).
    • Evan (on TikTok, based on misheard lyrics from the song Monster).
    • Luis (on Twitter, named after Luis).
    • Cam (on Twitter, based on ninjamuffin99's real name, Cameron. It was commonly used after becoming the first result when searching for Boyfriend's name on Google).
    • Jack (on TikTok, not de-confirmed so far).
  • Boyfriend originally had hot pink hair instead of cyan blue, revealed in early concept sketches of Boyfriend released by PhantomArcade.
    • Additionally, his shoelaces were originally blue instead of white.
  • Boyfriend has the most unused animations out of any character in the game.
  • While Boyfriend's singing voice is provided by Kawai Sprite, the game's composer, Boyfriend's groan after losing a battle is provided by PhantomArcade, the game's main artist and animator.
    • PhantomArcade also confirmed that he will be voicing more sound effects for Boyfriend.
  • Boyfriend makes a cameo appearance in Sr Pelo's animation "Spooky Month - Unwanted Guest" as a background plushie. The "Spooky Month" series is also where Skid and Pump originate from.
  • Bopeebo used to be the only song to use Boyfriend's V-sign pose during gameplay.
    • With the release of the 0.2.8 update, Boyfriend strikes this pose during Tutorial as well.
  • ninjamuffin99 and PhantomArcade has revealed many facts about Boyfriend on different forms of social media, mostly Reddit and Twitter:
    • The reason why Boyfriend and Girlfriend began dating is not because of their names, but because they thought that they were cute.
    • Boyfriend knows a lot of fingerboard tricks, and it's one of the reasons he won Girlfriend's heart.
    • Boyfriend's favorite Newgrounds game is Newgrounds Rumble.
    • Boyfriend loves pepperoni pizza from Domino's.
    • Boyfriend loves donuts the most out of any character in the game.
    • Boyfriend likes Brisk iced tea and milk.
    • Boyfriend likes to listen to Kanye West music.
    • Boyfriend's beeping noises are not a language, but just random sounds he makes to avoid talking to people.
    • Boyfriend's favorite animal is a Hominid, not realizing that a Hominid isn't an actual animal.
    • Not much is known about Boyfriend's parents. The only information known about them is that they work in accounting.
      • Boyfriend's parents got him into a public college, paying the entry fees only for him to stop showing up. This subsequently led to him dropping out. During his time at the college, he preferred to read comics all day in the library instead.
    • Boyfriend's hair is not dyed and is naturally cyan.
      • One of Tankman's Game Over quotes pokes fun of this fact, as he questions (and mocks) the nature of his hair color, stating, "I guess your shitty blue hair dye got in your eyes. It's okay, it happens to all of us."
        • PhantomArcade stated that "Tankman claims his hair is dyed to be a condescending asshole, in reality it's naturally blue."
  • Boyfriend is 19 years old. He appears so small because he is drawn in a chibi style, similar to Girlfriend and Pico.
    • In the Game Over screen, he is revealed to be slouching his knees somewhat, adding to his small appearance.
  • Boyfriend is so reckless and overconfident that he's essentially fearless.
    • PhantomArcade also clarifies that, just like Girlfriend, Boyfriend is far too dense to be afraid of many things. This is shown during Monster, where he does not appear afraid despite Monster's constant threatening toward him and Girlfriend.
      • However, like Girlfriend, Boyfriend appears to be afraid of lightning, as shown in Week 2. Whenever lightning strikes, Boyfriend will briefly wince and shudder.
  • Boyfriend is neurodivergent, as he has ADHD and is autistic, confirmed by PhantomArcade during a livestream.
  • Ritz The Rat is confirmed to be confirmed to be Boyfriend's adoptive brother, described by ninjamuffin99 as a Stuart Little situation.
  • A popular headcanon within the FNF community was that Pico is Boyfriend's ex. This headcanon gathered so much traction that Tom Fulp, the creator of Pico, tweeted jokingly that "this is official Pico 2 canon," leading people to believe that it was true. ninjamuffin99 initially said that this was a joke, but later changed his mind and confirmed it was canon.
    • ninjamuffin99 and PhantomArcade have confirmed that Pico and Boyfriend are exes on Reddit, Twitter and Twitch several times.
      • This also means that Boyfriend is bisexual.
        • On the 1st of April, 2021, Tom Fulp updated the original Pico's School game for April Fool's day, ending with Pico revealing to Cassandra that he and Boyfriend are a couple and everyone at his school accepts them. The day after, this version would be released as a separate game set in an alternate timeline called "Pico's School: Love Conquers All."
  • It has been noted that Boyfriend's attire, from his red prohibition sign t-shirt, blue pants, and red and white shoes, is strikingly similar to that of a character from a 2009 Flash animation by Newgrounds user Zarla around the 1:52 mark.

Gallery

View Boyfriend's full gallery here.


Characters
Main Characters Boyfriend - Girlfriend
Antagonists Daddy Dearest - Skid and Pump - Monster - Pico - Mommy Mearest - Senpai - Spirit - Tankman
Upcoming Cassette Girl - Hank J. Wimbleton - Ritz The Rat - Cassandra
Scrapped or Unused Lucky Boy
Background Characters Henchmen - Santa Claus - Background Freaks - Tankmen
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