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18th Aug '16 5:05:04 PM rjd1922
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* We may know a great deal about the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] and what he does, but even then there is no way to know his true nature/origin without being taken or worse, especially as he is said to change depending on the mind encountering him. He is everywhere and nowhere. By believing in him you open the door. Attempts to capture or study him almost always go hideously wrong. ''Marble Hornets'' gives a ''possible'' origin story for him but it's left highly ambiguous if it's true or not. [[note]]One character relates a story about how a certain place would tie convicted criminals to trees, stretching them out and letting them die of dehydration before burning the tree with the body attached.[[/note]] His eyes are closed, his mouth is open, and his arms are outstretched.

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* We may know a great deal about the [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] and what he does, but even then there is no way to know his true nature/origin without being taken or worse, especially as he is said to change depending on the mind encountering him. He is everywhere and nowhere. By believing in him you open the door. Attempts to capture or study him almost always go hideously wrong. ''Marble Hornets'' ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'' gives a ''possible'' origin story for him but it's left highly ambiguous if it's true or not. [[note]]One character relates a story about how a certain place would tie convicted criminals to trees, stretching them out and letting them die of dehydration before burning the tree with the body attached.[[/note]] His eyes are closed, his mouth is open, and his arms are outstretched.
18th Aug '16 5:04:24 PM rjd1922
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* We may know a great deal about the [[TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] and what he does, but even then there is no way to know his true nature/origin without being taken or worse, especially as he is said to change depending on the mind encountering him. He is everywhere and nowhere. By believing in him you open the door. Attempts to capture or study him almost always go hideously wrong. ''Marble Hornets'' gives a ''possible'' origin story for him but it's left highly ambiguous if it's true or not. [[note]]One character relates a story about how a certain place would tie convicted criminals to trees, stretching them out and letting them die of dehydration before burning the tree with the body attached.[[/note]] His eyes are closed, his mouth is open, and his arms are outstretched.

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* We may know a great deal about the [[TheSlenderManMythos [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] and what he does, but even then there is no way to know his true nature/origin without being taken or worse, especially as he is said to change depending on the mind encountering him. He is everywhere and nowhere. By believing in him you open the door. Attempts to capture or study him almost always go hideously wrong. ''Marble Hornets'' gives a ''possible'' origin story for him but it's left highly ambiguous if it's true or not. [[note]]One character relates a story about how a certain place would tie convicted criminals to trees, stretching them out and letting them die of dehydration before burning the tree with the body attached.[[/note]] His eyes are closed, his mouth is open, and his arms are outstretched.
18th Aug '16 5:04:12 PM rjd1922
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* The Devil Z from VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer is an unknown rival that only appears when the player beats every last racer in the game. Everything about him/her/it is shrouded in mystery to the point where he/she/it's beginning cutscene heavily implies that he/she/it might be a demon or a ghost. The rivals index only labels him/her as ''????'' and gives a description about his/her/it's 280 Z's performance tune-up. Info on the driver? Absolutely none.

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* The Devil Z from VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer'' is an unknown rival that only appears when the player beats every last racer in the game. Everything about him/her/it is shrouded in mystery to the point where he/she/it's beginning cutscene heavily implies that he/she/it might be a demon or a ghost. The rivals index only labels him/her as ''????'' and gives a description about his/her/it's 280 Z's performance tune-up. Info on the driver? Absolutely none.
11th Aug '16 4:05:29 AM Kakai
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', the DarkAngels Space Marines are served by the indigenous population of The Rock, the Watchers In The Dark. They are covered head to toe in robes, and have never let anyone see what's underneath. Ever. Games Workshop's official models for them don't have heads, just hollow hoods. Librarians can't probe them because they resist all psychic powers and forms of Warp contact. Are they aliens? Undead spirits of the Fallen forced to serve penance? No one knows.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', the DarkAngels Space Marines are served by the indigenous population of The Rock, the Watchers In The Dark. They are covered head to toe in robes, and have never let anyone see what's underneath. Ever. Games Workshop's official models for them don't have heads, just hollow hoods. Librarians can't probe them because they resist all psychic powers and forms of Warp contact. Are they aliens? Undead spirits of the Fallen forced to serve penance? No one knows.The latter is unlikely, considering that people of Caliban have encounters with them before the Fallen are even conceived of, but otherwise... they're the only ones with answers, and they literally ain't talking.
10th Aug '16 9:40:55 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', operatives from the Office of Naval Intelligence get this trope name as a nickname for the exact reasons mentioned here. Reflecting this, TheMenInBlack-esque organization itself is more commonly referred to as [[FunWithAcronyms ONI]], a wordplay on a certain [[OurDemonsAreDifferent you]][[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} kai]] type.
** In fact, for the majority of the Human-Covenant War, the Master Chief himself and his fellow [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] were this to most people on both sides.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'', operatives from the Office of Naval Intelligence get this trope name as a nickname for the exact reasons mentioned here. Reflecting this, TheMenInBlack-esque organization itself is more commonly referred to as [[FunWithAcronyms ONI]], a wordplay on a certain [[OurDemonsAreDifferent you]][[UsefulNotes/{{Shinto}} kai]] type.
** In fact,
type. Additionally, for the majority of the Human-Covenant War, the Master Chief himself and his fellow [[SuperSoldier Spartans]] were this to most people on both sides.
8th Aug '16 7:47:22 AM Fretless94
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* Q from ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' is a mysterious figure wearing a [[CoatHatMask trenchcoat, fedora and iron mask]]. His true name, origin, and motivation for fighting are all unknown. It's not even clear if he's a [[AmbiguouslyHuman human being]], since he tends to move in a very robotic manner. All that is known about him is that the CIA is after him, and that he appears in photos from around the world, and at similar times, implying that Q might just be [[LegacyCharacter one of many]].
17th Jul '16 7:29:35 PM Discar
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Compare TheFaceless, but The Faceless is only important based around the eventual reveal (whether or not they actually have a face). The Spook will usually remain an enigma even if caught and defeated. Also compare TheMenInBlack, who are often {{mooks}} with this characteristic, and TheCowl, when a hero tries to be this to the villains. TheChessmaster can sometimes be a Spook and combined with this trope makes them all the scarier. Finally, compare/contrast {{Unperson}}, where someone else does this to a person as a form of punishment. See also OutsideContextVillain.

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Compare TheFaceless, but The Faceless is only important based around the eventual reveal (whether or not they actually have a face). The Spook will usually remain an enigma even if caught and defeated. Also compare TheMenInBlack, who are often {{mooks}} with this characteristic, and TheCowl, when a hero tries to be this to the villains. TheChessmaster can sometimes be a Spook and combined with this trope makes them all the scarier. Finally, compare/contrast {{Unperson}}, where someone else does this to a person as a form of punishment. See also OutsideContextVillain.
OutsideContextProblem.
1st Jun '16 8:25:43 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/MyNameIsLegion'', no records exist anywhere of the protagonist's original identity.
15th May '16 3:28:26 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Several musical artists have cultivated this image. Music/CaptainMurphy revealed himself as an alter ego of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Lotus Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison]], but Creator/DoctorSteel and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Redbone Leon Redbone]] remain mysterious (although regarding the latter, we do know that his birth name was Dickran Gobalian).

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* Several musical artists have cultivated this image. Music/CaptainMurphy revealed himself as an alter ego of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flying_Lotus Steven "Flying Lotus" Ellison]], but Creator/DoctorSteel Music/DoctorSteel, Music/RuckaRuckaAli, and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Redbone Leon Redbone]] remain mysterious (although regarding the latter, we do know that his birth name was Dickran Gobalian).
29th Apr '16 7:14:03 AM rjd1922
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* Whoever pulled off the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion]] probably counts. Although [[https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/eeb6e/i_believe_i_know_who_was_behind_the_max_headroom we may now have a lead]]...

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* Whoever pulled off the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Headroom_broadcast_signal_intrusion Max Headroom broadcast signal intrusion]] probably counts. Although [[https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/eeb6e/i_believe_i_know_who_was_behind_the_max_headroom we may now have a lead]]...
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