Bod: Genius or Idiot Savant.
Picture, if you will, a boy. He is hairless. He wears an ochre suit, not dissimilar to the style of suit worn by Chairman Mao.
This boy is Bod.
Bod lives in a village. Four adults, quite literally, dance to his tune, arriving as if summoned by a pied piper. His Aunt Flo pirouettes obsequiously as she nears him. Clearly, this woman fears for her very soul.
Bod is no savant. Bod is a genius. A genius of the evil variety.
Witness: In 'Bod and the Cherry Blossom', this child can make Aunt Flo happy or sad with a few simple words.
Witness: In 'Bod and the Apple', this child can convince four adults to stand in a line and wait for an apple to fall from the sky.
Bod has power over these people. He manipulates them with all the skill of a latter-day Charles Manson.
We assume that these adults are not weak-minded. Aunt Flo is accompanied by Postman Frank, Farmer Barleymow and PC Copper. All fine upstanding members of the community, all pillars of their society.
All under the thrall of the boy in the ochre suit.
Is there more to his evil than we can see? It is clear from his head that the numbers 666 are not tattooed into his scalp. But we do not know whether his white shoes conceal demon trotters - what genuine child wears white shoes - or whether the strange conical cut of his suit is styled so as to conceal a demonic tail. We do know that when he threw the apple up into the air – it did not come down. Not for some considerable time, at least. OK, it hit him on the head when it finally fell. But that was to lull the adults into a false sense of security.
You say Bod. I say evil. Evil, in its purest form. Look on his cartoons, ye mighty, and despair...
(Note: you may wish to study Bod’s Wikipedia entry to make up your own mind as to the motives of this shadowy 1970’s cartoon figure. It should also be noted that Bod’s creators had Taoist link I leave you to reach your own conclusion)