Did Pac-Man have a secret family?
The love between Pac-Man and Ms. Pac-Man has been celebrated in video game circles for decades. But how did this second child come about? Did Pac-Man have a secret family or a bastard child? Tonight, we investigate.
Nine months after the release of the pinball machine Mr. and Mrs. Pac-Man (the only time we see her actually taking Pac-Man’s name… though it also seems to be hers anyway) came Baby Pac-Man, a video game pinball hybrid that probably made more in merchandising rights than in the arcade coin box.
Out came the original Pac-Man cartoon, with little Pac-Baby as one of the characters of the Pac-family, who lived in Pac-Land (can we say narcissist?). All seemed normal in the world of Pac-Peoples… at least as normal as round yellow people who eat one another and wear nothing but hats, boots and gloves can be anyway.
Then pops up Jr. Pac-Man. Released in 1983, it wasn’t clear at first if Jr. Pac-Man was just Baby Pac-Man in a Family Ties-like “sudden kid aging” thing… or if he was an older, yet never before disclosed child.
But wait… there’s a twist here. The second season of the Pac-Man cartoon introduced Pac’s *ahem* cousin “PJ Pac,” who is clearly based off the artwork for the Jr. Pac arcade game. Early character models for the cartoon actually list this character as “Pac-Jr.” before Pac himself introduced him as his “cousin.”
Hmmm. You’ve been a busy man, Pac-Man. Not exactly eating a home this whole time, have ya? Little wocka wocka wocka on the side, or are you not revealing your full past to your bride?
Ms. Pac-Man could not be reached for comment.