Bananafolk (5e Race)

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April Fools!
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Did you know that bananas go with peanut butter? You know what else goes with peanut butter? JELLY!

Physical Description[edit]

Bananafolk are amazingly sentient and completely mobile bananas. From their banana bodies come out thin arms and legs ending in circular hands and blobby feet. Bananafolk also have a face, often with protruding eyeballs, though some also have googly eyes instead. They have no nose or ears, though it is speculated that their stem at the top of their head serves as an antennae to receive vibrations and pheromones in the air. Under their peel is purportedly a normal banana, save that they have a pair of buttocks rather than a normal banana end on the lower half. Bananafolk are a plain people who do not dress in much. They are notably always dancing and shuffle around while doing so.

When bananafolk are born, they are green and turn yellow as they mature. They are known to use their peels as weapons when needed, as these are extremely slippery. One can even say these peels are their clothes. But they are more like a disposable skin, as they can just regrow new ones.


Bananafolk were once humans. It is believed that, at some point, an incident of mass hysteria made people obsessed with a certain song about peanut butter and jelly. While this did not have anything to do with bananas, people dressed as bananas and did this dance like mad. It is said that the next day, all the dancers had been turned to actual bananas that kept dancing, thus creating the bananafolk. This epidemic spread until there was a rash of bananafolk just dancing in the streets. They were quarantined on some isolated islands that no one knows. To this day, they are still dancing. The name of the islands of their banishment were appropriately changed to Banana Islands.

It is said they have developed improvisation when the peanut butter song is used up. These new improvised songs and dances are shorter and more ridiculous in movement but just as spontaneous as the first. Baby bananas are born knowing how to dance like this.


Few know what happens over there on the Banana Islands. It can be said that bananafolk are still dancing ceaselessly, without end in sight. People cannot go near them for fear of catching their ridiculous and catchy tune and rhythm, ultimately becoming bananafolk themselves. Some of the bananas are more normal and mate to make baby bananas. These tend to be of the googly eye variety, though they can also be quite nutty, if not more so. These bananafolk have a semblance of normal life, dwelling in a house and painting their fences instead of dancing all day and night on the Banana Islands.

The dances are observed as a sort of social rite that never ends. No one is sure where the idea of peanut butter and jelly came from, or why they are so obsessed with it. They have other songs about things like pizza, as well as random music. Their terpsichorean nature is supposedly linked back to the mass hysteria which spawned them in the first place. No one has bothered asking them about their own beliefs or origins, since they talk nonsense a lot of times anyway. That is, when they aren't singing, of course.

A typical banana family. From The Amazing World of Gumball by Ben Bocquelet

Bananafolk Names[edit]

Bananafolk have no names really. Some of the googly eye ones do. They resemble human names for the most part, but always have the word "banana" before it, like a title.

Male: Bob, Joe, Obadiah, Kavyon

Female: Barbara, Heather, Nancy

Bananafolk Traits[edit]

Dancing bananas
Ability Score Increase. Your Charisma score increases by 2 and your Constitution increases by 1.
Age. Bananafolk are actually immortal. They turn brown and then heal up after a good nights rest.
Alignment. Chaotic all the way with these bananas. They love to just do their own thing.
Size. As they are bananas, they tend to be sort of short. Your size is Small.
Speed. Your base walking speed is 25 feet.
Natural Dancer. You are proficient in the Performance skill. Whenever you make a Charisma (Performance) check related to dancing, you add double your proficiency bonus to the check, instead of your normal proficiency bonus.
Peel Slip. If a creature you can see within 15 feet of you moves more than 10 feet, regardless of direction, you can use your reaction to throw your skin peel at them. They must attempt a Dexterity saving throw (DC = 8 + your Constitution modifier + your proficiency bonus) or fall prone.
IT'S PEANUT BUTTER JELLY TIME!. As an action, you can start dancing and shout "peanut butter jelly time." Any creature that can see you must make a Charisma saving throw (DC = 8 + your Charisma modifier + your proficiency bonus) or start dancing uncontrollably themselves, as if they were under the effects of the irresistible dance spell. You can continue dancing on each of your turns to maintain this effect, as if concentrating on a spell.
Languages. You can speak, read, and write Common. You also always know how to say "peanut butter jelly time" in any language.

Random Height and Weight[edit]

3′ 0'' +1d6 60 lb. × (1d4) lb.

*Height = base height + height modifier
**Weight = base weight + (height modifier × weight modifier)

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