are a kind of baked treat made out of gingerbread in the shape of men.
In World 12A
, they are traditionally animated with magic to try and escape being eaten.
(In our world, there is a story about a gingerbread man that escapes in this way.)
When the maker is not up to the task, as with Mrs Sharp
's gingerbread men, the men's attempts to escape can be so feeble that kind-hearted people can't bring themselves to eat them.