Flapjack is a bird-shaped palisman, similar to a northern cardinal, with a scar where his left eye would be, red feathers with dark red wingtips, a dark red beak, dark brown feet, and a black face. He is shown to be able to open both eyes in "Hunting Palismen". In staff form, his staff is colored maroon. According to Hunter, his staff has a few notches.
Flapjack is shown to be an inquisitive and free-spirited palisman, as he was curious about exploring outside the palismen pen before being ushered back inside. He is loyal and persistent, initially following Hunter and remaining by his side despite his protests. Flapjack is also shown to be caring, attempting several times to push Hunter to talk to Amity and later even splitting a goreberry to share with him even though it was all he had to eat. He seems to be reserved when it comes to his past, avoiding the subject when Hunter asks about it. Flapjack is intelligent, switching in and out of his wooden form to avoid capture and help his witch, as well as pushing Hunter in the right direction to help him befriend Gus.
Flapjack ended up under the Bat Queen's care sometime in the past and was one of the palismen up for adoption during Hexside's Palismen Adoption day for students hoping to acquire one. He attempted to leave the pen and later successfully did so, ending up in Luz's bag, where she unknowingly took him home. Once Luz realized this (after assuming he chose her as its master), she brought him back to the pen, only for the two and all the other palismen to be captured by the Golden Guard.
After his blimp crashed, Flapjack found Luz and woke her up, remaining perched on her shoulder as she and the Golden Guard traveled through Latissa. When the two adversaries came up with a plan to free the palismen from Kikimora and Hunter shared his thoughts on his futures, Flapjack sensed his wish to help Emperor Belos and took interest in him. After the palismen were freed, Flapjack told the Bat Queen he had found a master and she allowed him to return to Hunter, who was surprised that he found him and took staff form, not expecting it at all.
Flapjack later tagged along with Hunter on his trip to the Knee to acquire Titan's Blood, despite his protests. Throughout the journey, he kept flying around, perching on several places from ledges to Hunter's head and even Amity's shoulder. When Hunter began fighting Amity and King for the portal key, Flapjack deflected King's sonic attack and allowed Hunter to use him in the battle, later flying away when he succeeded. Hunter appreciated Flapjack sticking by him and he discovered he was starting to understand the palisman, learning his name as he began his return journey.
Flapjack seems to have a positive relationship with the Bat Queen, having stayed with her for a long time before bonding to Hunter.
Hunter and Flapjack were initially wary of each other, with Hunter believing that wild magic is dangerous. When Hunter stated that Luz could choose her own future unlike him, Flapjack took an interest in him, possibly bonding to him at that moment. Later, he followed Hunter back to the Emperor's Castle. Hunter did not force him to leave, but said that he shouldn't stay at the castle, showing concern for his well-being. Flapjack transformed into a staff, surprising Hunter.
During "Eclipse Lake", Flapjack continued following Hunter around, much to his annoyance. Hunter hid Flapjack under his cloak to avoid him being seen by Belos, showing that, despite his irritation, he does care about his safety. Later, Flapjack pushed Hunter to Eda, King, and Amity, showing that he may want the witch to have friends or positive connections. When Hunter was captured, Flapjack still followed him from a distance, even after Hunter told him to go away. Flapjack continued to show worry about Hunter, and later rushed to protect him during his fight with Amity. Hunter stated that he felt palisman magic was weird. After growing closer to Flapjack, Hunter began understanding him, showing fascination over it.
Hunter shows interest in Flapjack, doing observations, asking several Coven Heads what a flapjack is and keeping him a secret from Belos. Hunter still shows some fear of Flapjack and wild magic, expecting him to get angry over receiving a goreberry for breakfast and allowing him to show 'his true wild nature' and 'evil intentions', being surprised when Flapjack shared the food with him instead, and hesitating to call Flapjack his own palisman. Despite this, Flapjack still shows great love and care for Hunter.
After the events of "Eclipse Lake", Hunter has grown to care deeply for Flapjack. In "Any Sport in a Storm", Hunter began using him rather than his artificial staff and has shown to be quite adept at flying and using magic compared to when he was at Eclipse Lake. When Darius asked if Hunter planned to tell Belos about his palisman, he instinctively protected him, showcasing that he didn't want Flapjack to suffer the same fate as the other palismen. In "Hollow Mind", when Flapjack reached out to Hunter after getting trapped in Emperor Belos' mind, the latter showed immediate concern for his well-being and safety, asking if he was hurt at all. At the end of their conversation, Hunter told him he loved him and to stay safe, much to his embarrassment when Eda and King overheard him.
Flapjack seems to have a positive relationship with Luz. While he seemed to show little interest in her, he stayed by her side during the events of "Hunting Palismen", before later following Hunter to the Emperor's castle.
While he rushed to defend Hunter from her in "Eclipse Lake", Flapjack still seems to like Amity, appreciating that she showed concern for Hunter despite his initial betrayal and perching on her shoulder while she talked to him, possibly wanting her and Hunter to be friends.
Powers and abilities
- Attachment and detachment: Flapjack has the ability to attach onto a staff as a palisman and detach to fly and walk around like a conscious entity.
- Teleportation: As seen in "Eclipse Lake", Flapjack is able to teleport himself and Hunter.
- Magic blast: Flapjack is able to fire off multiple magic blasts when in staff mode.
- Flight: Flapjack is able to fly both in its animal and staff form.
- Communication: Flapjack is able to communicate with and be understood by Hunter.
- Wood mimicry: He is able to magically transform into a wooden state.
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Behind the scenes
Name and basis
The term "flapjack" has origins dating back to as early as the beginning of the 16th century, though many sources date it somewhere in the 17th. It is formed from the words "flap" and "jack" (an object) to mean the process of baking by flipping and catching, hence it being a synonym for pancake.
His name was hinted in "Eclipse Lake", in which Hunter learned what it was but did not mention it. Flapjack's name was first revealed on a charity livestream, in an audio recorded by Zeno Robinson in character as Hunter. Flapjack's name is properly said on-screen by Hunter in "Hollow Mind".
Flapjack debuted in "Hunting Palismen".
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- It is implied in "Hunting Palismen" that before Hunter, Flapjack had been without a witch for a very long time.
- In the old book that Jacob Hopkins shows Camila Noceda in "Yesterday's Lie", there is a small drawing of what appears to be a cardinal that looks very similar to Flapjack on the shoulder of one of the two brothers that are said to have disappeared from Gravesfield.
- In the Latin Spanish dub, the name given to Flapjack is "Bandidito".
- Previous to his name being revealed in the show, storyboard notes refer to Flapjack as "Cardinal".
- Dell Clawthorne's palisman is similar in appearance to Flapjack, resembling a yellow cardinal with a scar on his beak and bushy eyebrows instead.
- Before Flapjack's name was revealed, many had addressed the palisman by the "Li'l Rascal" nickname Luz had given him.
- When Belos confronts Hunter in "King's Tide", he sees Flapjack and angrily says "Caleb", the same name Flapjack suggested to Hunter in "Any Sport in a Storm" to hide his identity from Gus and Willow.