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        Paintbrush, labeled The Hothead, is a contestant on Inanimate Insanity and was a member of Team Epic. They also competed in Inanimate Insanity II, and was a member of The Bright Lights. Paintbrush was voted out in "Alternate Reality Show".


Although they are a caring, friendly, supportive, and helpful contestant to many, Paintbrush can become very stubborn and obdurate if things don't go as they plan. Evidently, Paintbrush is an unsentimental pragmatist and follows life along a realistic and reasonable path. They will play the game safe and enter each challenge levelheaded, with the intent to win. Although they are outranked by Lightbulb's leadership, Paintbrush will take any beneficial initiative for their team, frequently coming up with plans for success.

However, Paintbrush shows little patience for nonsense and absurdity, commonly provided by Lightbulb or Fan. Paintbrush has exhibited an exceptionally short temper for any immoral behavior they do not agree with. If angered enough, Paintbrush's bristles will ignite into flames of fury, literally becoming a "hothead". Paintbrush adopts a violent and destructive nature, going as far as to physically harm teammates for not cooperating. Though acting cruelly against others, Paintbrush will usually apologize and show remorse for acting out of line.


Paintbrush was the only contestant whose gender was unknown. Many fans raged that Paintbrush is male or female, however, some said Paintbrush has no gender at all. Many who argued they were male refer to when Paintbrush responded "Yeah!" once Nickel asked if they were a guy. However, it was confirmed that they were responding in happiness that they were picked for Team Epic. Many also used the example when Knife mentioned that they could "come in handy." However, this has been counteracted in "Breaking The Ice", whereas Knife suddenly refers to Paintbrush as a girl, which they also reply with a "Yeah!," but then quickly implying that they were on the The Bright Lights.

Lightbulb would commonly refer to Paintbrush by nicknames pertaining to both genders. For example, in A Kick in the Right Direction, Lightbulb refers to Paintbrush as "tall fella" and "brush gal", still providing no clear answer.

Even MePad didn't know what gender Paintbrush is, as he referred to them as "Mr. and Mrs. Paintbrush" in "Theft and Battery".

However, in "Alternate Reality Show", Paintbrush was confirmed to be non-binary (neither male or female), or "C: None of the above". Lightbulb is the currently the only character who knows this.


Paintbrush has a long rounded body with a square head. A silver metal rim surrounds the top of their head. Paintbrush has yellow bristles that form a pointed brush that emerges from the metal rim. At the bottom of their body is a hole cut out in the center of Paintbrush's torso. In comparison to other contestants, Paintbrush is remarkably tall, as Knife says in both season 1 and 2.

Official Site Bio

Paintbrush is a tall and quite amiable player. His favorite- oops... her favorite- wait... um... Paintbrush loves to help out whenever possible for his/her team! Being quite outspoken, but under the rank of Lightbulb, Paintbrush appears to be Lightbulb's right-hand man... or... woman... or... forget this.

—Inanimate Insanity Site, 2013


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Vote Status

Season 1 Votes

Episode EP # Votes Total Votes Percentage
"A Lemony Lesson" 2 0 7 0%
"The Arena Of Death" 3 0 6 0%
"The Stacker" 5 33 265 12.45%
"Aquatic Conflict" 11 93 to 104 364 26% to 29%
Total Number of Season 1 Votes: 126 to 137

Season 2 Votes

Episode EP # Votes Total Votes Percentage
"Marsh on Mars" 2 88 2498 3.52%
"Tri Your Best" 3 172 3021 5.69%
"Let 'Er R.I.P." 6 946 4211 22.46%
"Everything's A-OJ" 7 791 4300 18.39%
"Alternate Reality Show" 12 3 4303 37.5%
Total Number of Season 2 Votes: 2000
Total Number of Votes Combined: 2126 to 2137

Voice Actors

  • Taylor Grodin (US/UK/AU/CAN)
  • Jojo93able (Italy)


  • Running Gag: Paintbrush has asked questions that have been interrupted and un-answered in Episodes 1, 2, 10 of Season 1, and Episode 1 and 2 of Season 2.
  • Paintbrush has survived being the bottom two in Season 2 more times than any other character, at two times.
  • Paintbrush is the only Bright Lights member who has never sat out of a challenge.
  • They are the only one of the two contestants to ever get less than 100 votes in the Bright Lights team, the other being Marshmallow.
  • Paintbrush is currently the only character who is non-binary.
    • Marshmallow apparently thought Paintbrush was a boy, when Apple thought Paintbrush was a girl.
    • Paintbrush was mostly referred as a female to Lightbulb, up until they opened up to her about their gender.
    • Test Tube thought Paintbrush was a girl before Fan mentioned that they were a boy.
    • Nickel thought that Paintbrush was a male.
    • MePad has referred to them by both Mr. and Ms.
  • Paintbrush is the tallest contestant on Inanimate Insanity.
    • Additionally, they are also the thinnest character.
  • As stated by Adam in a vlog, Paintbrush's original voice actor disappeared, resulting in Taylor taking the role.
  • They were the first contestant and is currently the last Bright Lights' contestant declared safe in Season 2.
  • Since "A Kick in the Right Direction," Lightbulb has started calling Paintbrush "Painty."
  • Paintbrush has the ability to burn an entire area of land if angry enough, as seen in "Alternate Reality Show".


Team Epic
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Members: Lightbulb (c) • NickelKnifePaintbrushBaseballMarshmallowPaperApple

The Bright Lights
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Active: Lightbulb (c) • FanTest Tube
Eliminated: TissuesCherriesYin-YangMarshmallowApplePaintbrush