"Looking through some surveillance footage. Not sure what I'll find. I feel like I just have [to] know one more time what's been going on."
A college friend of student filmmaker Alex Kralie, and possibly the last person Alex talked to before leaving town. Jay wound up in possession of the raw tapes for Marble Hornets, the original student film, but forgot about them until he read something online that reminded him of them.
Played by: Troy Wagner
Action Survivor: Anyone who manages to actually escape from the Operator like he did in Entry #60 deserves this title. And that was the third close encounter that Jay has survived.
Adorkable: He sometimes possesses traits of this, especially with how awkward he is with Jessica. It's also worth noting that the person who plays him, Troy, is this in spades.note Shh, he's watching, remember?
Amateur Sleuth: Very amateur. He tries to piece together what led to Alex's increasingly erratic behaviour while filming and why he left town, but he is often burdened with the Idiot Ball.
Berserk Button: During the latter half of season 2, it's revealed to be threatening Jessica. He tries his best to protect her from Alex when he threatens to kill them, and when the Operator appears in her bedroom in Entry #52, Jay's resolve is so strong he charges straight at it.
Captain's Log: Jay's text commentary he often leaves before and/or after his videos. Justified in that Jay is talking to the viewers on Youtube.
Character Blog: His Twitter keeps the audience up to date with the latest entries and gives some extra information about what he's up to between entries.
Character Development: Between Season 1 and 2, Jay went from being The Everyman who was essentially an audience proxy, to gaining his own distinct personality as someone who's rather awkward and not that bright, but learns from his mistakes.
Classical Antihero: He's an overall pretty inept protagonist who more often than not fails to make a difference in anything. Of course, when you're a film student against something like the Operator, some ineptitude is expected.
Determinator: As the end of Entry #52 shows, he's prepared to get to the bottom of this mystery or die trying.
Divergent Character Evolution: In Season 1, there was little difference between characterisations of Jay and Alex. This changed with Jay's Character Development and season 2's reveal that Alex is evil. The writers themselves said they wanted to flesh out the characters to give more of a distinction between them, and to help tell some more interesting stories.
Doom Magnet: Tim accuses him of being one, at least; understandable, considering it seems the Operator didn't bother people much before Jay started looking into things.
The Everyman: As stated above, he was very much an audience proxy in Season 1. He is just a guy who's trying to find out what happened to Alex.
Frequently a victim to it, especially in Entries #16 and #18 where he goes into unfamiliar, creepy abandoned buildings at night.
An interesting case in #40: he again investigates an unfamiliar area alone, but he shows some Genre Savviness when he sees the Operator, drops the camera and just runs.
And then goes back to being silly in Entry #46, when he sneaks into Alex's house while Alex takes out the trash, giving him a grand total of a minute and a half to investigate. Oh, and he drops his flashlight. Needless to say, he gets caught. Alex even calls him out on how stupid the idea is.
Jay himself and Alex lampshade his stupid decisions throughout the series in Entry #52.
He still has shades of this in Entry 59. "What's that, guy whom I have reason to believe is dangerously insane, and whom I strongly suspect is hiding stuff from me? You want me to meet you in an isolated parking lot, alone, in the middle of the night, to talk about something? What about? Oh, you're not going to tell me? That's fine. I'll be right over!" Fortunately for Jay, Tim just punches him once and then yells at him instead of trying to murder him.
His Genre Blindness is made even more painfully aware when he's paired up with Tim in Entry #64. Every time Tim wants to explore something for more clues, Jay feels it's too dangerous. The one time Tim suggests turning back, Jay wants to keep pressing on. Where does this happen? In the creepy sewer tunnel Alex murdered that guy in, where Jay knows the Operator is prone to appearing, after Alex himself calls them and warns them to turn back.
As mentioned above, he seems to be learning from his mistakes when he drops the camera and runs in entry #40, which is probably the smartest thing anyone's done in the whole series.
Also, turning his cellphone to vibrate when infiltrating Alex's house, only to get a call from him while inside. Sure, he could have turned it to silent, but for Jay this might as well be rocket science.
One of the most savvy (and gutsy) moves he makes in the series: in Entry #47, Jay forcibly steals Alex's car keys and locks them in his own car. He then demands Alex to give him Jessica's number, and the calls the number to make sure it's correct, before he gives the keys back.
And to prove he's actually learning from his mistakes, in Entry #50 Jay returns to Alex's house once more, and this time he waits till Alex actually drives away before entering. Jay successfully steals the mysterious tape and gets away without Alex noticing. Not only that, but he labels the tape with a specific number and shows it to the camera, probably in an attempt to circumvent any more cases of amnesia. Good plan, and it worked.
Season 3 shows that Jay's attempting to redevelop the smarts he had developed but lost thanks to the seven-month gap, because in Entry #63 he's clearly uncomfortable meeting in a wide-open area and tells Tim that the hooded masked man is probably watching them at that moment. He also learns from what happened in Season 2: instead of going silent for over half a year which bit him in the ass when he got his memory wiped and took an entire season to go through his stuff and figure out what happened he kept up at least a bit of correspondence over Twitter before finally starting Season 3.
Likewise, by the time of Entry #69, he stops saying where he is planning to go on the YouTube videos before the fact, because he knows by then that other people he knows are watching them, and at least one of them means him harm and could ambush him if he knew where he was headed to.
It's unclear as to whether or not it's savvy or justified paranoia, but in Entry #75 Jay realizes Tim is hiding the tape they're looking for.
Starting with Entry #46, Jay began to make a habit of stalking Alex, not at all unlike the Operator and Maskies.
One of the reasons Tim'sWhat the Hell, Hero? in Entry #59 is so potent is because it makes the viewer (and probably Jay) realize how for all the accused stalking characters like Alex, ToTheArk and Slendy have been doing, Jay himself is just as bad - if not worse - because he posts the videos up on the internet without consent of the people in them, and doesn't really do anything to help them; if anything, he's leading the threats right to their doorstep.
Once Jay's Sanity Slippage begins during the second half of season 3, he begins to show signs that are eerily similar to Alex and Tim/Masky when they're under the Operator's influence, including paranoia, periods of vegetable-like mental states, his mere presence causing the camera to get static, and - most disturbingly - attacking people in fits of rage.
The Hero Dies: Shot by Alex and has his body stolen by the Operator in Entry #80.
Entry #52: Turns out Alex lied about finding Amy to Jessica so she wouldn't get involved in his problems. Jay, however, didn't realize this, and got Jessica caught up in his investigation, leading Alex to try to kill them both. Then there was her Mind Rape from the Operator, and later her abduction from the hotel. Yup, Jay well and truly ruined Jessica's life.
Tim points out in Entry #59 that his sickness only started again when he showed up. He also notes Alex and Jessica's lives only seemed to turn to crap when Jay showed up, leading to the unfortunate implication that Jay is indeed responsible for everything going on, albeit indirectly. However, it's later revealed that Tim was probably in denial about his own insecurities about his influence on everything, so he could have just been letting off steam.
Not Himself: After Entry #72, Jay apparently spends weeks acting like he's mentally disabled due to the Operator's influence. He only comes about in Entry #74, and even then he's still groggy as hell.
Not So Different: In Season 3, Jay acts more like Alex than he would care to admit. He drags Tim into his personal mission to rescue a missing girl, leaves him in the dark, and grows progressively more unstable as time passes.
Jay becomes suspicious of Alex sometime between Entry #43 and Entry #46. Then in Entry #47, it turns out he was right: Alex had been telling conflicting stories about Amy to him and Jessica. Comes to a head in Entry #49, when Alex murders someone.
In Entry #50, as he's walking through Rosswood Park with Alex, he swears he can hear footsteps behind him. He did. He later catches Masky/Tim following him.
He starts showing signs of this in Entry #69, when he thinks he sees someone following him and Tim to the red tower. Turns out again, he's right. It happens again in Entry #72, and despite Tim calling Jay out on it, the next thing you know the Operator corners both of them in Alex's basement.
He seems almost uncharacteristically suspicious in Entry #75 as he keeps asking Tim if Tim knows of any other tapes they might have missed, pressing the question as though he does not believe Tim is being honest with him. It eventually culminates with him pinning Tim down and taking a tape off of him, a tape Tim knew was there and was deliberately hiding from Jay, saying that it would "ruin everything" if he saw it too soon.
Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue Oni to Alex's Red in Season 2. Jay's been shown to be more passive and less aggressive, though that hasn't stopped him from being assertive.
Reset Button: After becoming moderately Genre Savvy during the events leading up to Alex trying to shoot him, Jay has to relearn all of those lessons after The Operator wipes out 7 months of memory.
Rogue Protagonist: Has pretty much become this as of Entry #77, with Tim as the new protagonist.
Sanity Slippage: One of the main plot developments in season 3 is Jay's growing inability to resist the Operator's influence. He starts to get traces of this since Entry #69, and by Entry #72 its become so bad Tim suggests he goes to get help. It only gets worse after their close encounter with the Operator, which leaves Jay in a semi-comatose state for weeks. When he awakes, he's still out of it, and in Entry #75 he violently attacks Tim after he lies about hiding a tape from Jay. Tim eventually has to take away his camera (taking over the YouTube channel in the process and tie Jay up because he does not know what else to do to help him.
Shut Up, Hannibal!: Gives this, of all people, to Alex in Entry #47. Alex gives Jay a massive chewing out about how he's done nothing but make things worse since he showed up again. Jay counters by saying Alex has been far too secretive and has done little to solve their problems himself.
So What Do We Do Now?: Spends a lot of Season 2 having these conversations with Alex. Comes to a head in Entry #47, where he's had enough of sitting around waiting for Alex to call him. it gets subverted in Entry #52, where we find out Alex was intentionally trying to keep Jay out of everything.
Then he gets called out on it again in Entry #47, though this time he dishes it back out to Alex.
Alex gives him a particularly spectacular one at gunpoint in Entry #52. This time he has a go at Jay for posting all the videos for the world to see. He also mentions how he lied to Jessica about finding Amy because he didn't want her to get hurt, and the only reason he's threatening to kill her now is because Jay got her involved.
There is also Tim's in Entry #59. While Jay's reluctance to tell Tim straight-up is understandable, Tim makes a very good point that Jay seems to be more interested in filming everyone than actually doing anything productive, and that everything bad that has happened to Alex, Jessica and himself only seemed to start when Jay showed up again.
"I thought I would be safer here, by running away, but everything's just gotten worse. I'm going back to my home, and I'm burning these tapes. All of them."
A student filmmaker and friend of Jay. While making his first student film, Marble Hornets, in the summer of 2006, he rapidly grew stressed and paranoid. Eventually he outright dropped the project, due to "unworkable conditions" on the set, despite the fact that the set was largely in or around his home town. He soon after broke off contact with everyone and disappeared.He was shown to be alive and well with his girlfriend Amy in Entry #26, and met with Jay over the seven month gap.
Played by: Joseph DeLage
Ax-Crazy: It's hinted in season 2 as early as Entry #35, and then confirmed over the course of the season. Not only does Alex kill an innocent man in Entry #49, but we find out he's been leading people to their deaths as early as the filming of Marble Hornets itself. And then he threatens to kill Jay.
Bad Bad Acting: If the mock trailer for his film is anything to go by, Alex was a really lousy actor.
Beard of Evil: He has grown a beard as of Entry #66, and he is shown to be pursuing Tim and Jay with the intent to harm them.
Break the Cutie: His behavior near the beginning of the whole escapade (as seen in Entry #7, Entry #20 and Entry #54) is much more lighthearted and friendly. He's almost a completely different person than he is in season two. Particularly after watching Tim's production tapes in season 3, you can almost see the point at which Alex stops being nice. Mainly because in the later entries he tries to murder Tim.
Captain Oblivious: A non-humorous example. In Entry #46, Alex doesn't seem to notice when the Operator appears right behind him'. Jay points out in the end-of-video text that Alex had plenty of time to follow him as he fled, but didn't.
Divergent Character Evolution: The creators were worried that Alex and Jay were too similar, so season two uses some Character Development and revelations to make them distinct. Alex becomes more practical and savvy than Jay, as well as more morally ambiguous.
Deadpan Snarker: As seen all throughout season 2. He even manages to do it while holding Jay at gunpoint in Entry #52.
"Hey, Jay! You forgot your flashlight!"
Destroy the Evidence: Hinted in hindsight to be the real reason Alex decided to burn all the tapes. Foolishly subverted, however, as he decided to keep one very critical tape which implicates him for Brian's murder/disappearance, and later Jay and Tim discover the place where Alex tried to bury the burnt tapes...with some of the tapes still functioning.
Distressed Dude: A villainous example; Entry #75 suggests totheark finally got to him.
The Dragon: Given the conclusion of season 2, evidence suggests he may be working for the Operator.
Even Evil Has Loved Ones: A photo of Amy was found in Alex's attic in Entry #75, under his pillow. This would probably emphasize the emotion Alex had for Amy before everything went to hell.
Face-Heel Turn: The key plot development of Season 2. Over the course of the season, we find he's been frequently interacting with the Operator, has lied to Jay, and worst of all, has either killed innocent people or otherwise lead them to their deaths, since at least all the way back to the filming of Marble Hornets. This culminates in Alex attempting to kill Jay and Jessica for knowing too much. Jay states at the end of Season 2 that his new goal is to find Alex and stop him from hurting anyone else.
Genre Blindness: Lampshades his own in Entry #52, saying how he had plenty of chances to off Jay earlier, and that he should have burned the tapes and never given them to Jay in the first place.
In Entry #69, we discover Alex kept some of the original tapes and indeed did try to burn them, namely the ones implicating him for his involvement in offing the cast of the student film. However, Jay manages to find them and make some of them work. It also puts into question why he decided to keep the tape from Entry #51 which overtly implicated him for Brian's disappearance.
In Entry #71, we find out Alex attacked Jay after he took the original tapes. However, he didn't take the original tapes back, thus leading to Jay discovering them again three years later. He also films the entire encounter.
In many ways, Alex giving Jay the original tapes was foolish on his own part for wrapping Jay up in the entire mess of events, as well as leading to Jay discovering Alex's own involvement with the Operator.
Genre Savvy: May borderline as common sense, but Alex knew Jay was stalking him and that he was the one stealing stuff from his house.
Even though the above-mentioned Genre Blindness made Alex look quite silly for not burning all the tapes (and doing a sub-par job at burning the ones he attempted too) and giving them to Jay in the first place, the tapes he originally gave Jay made him look like an innocent victim, and didn't implicate him for the disappearance of the missing cast.
Harassing Phone Call: Makes one to Jay in Entry #64, warning him not to go further into the sewer tunnel.
He Knows Too Much: Alex's reason for holding Jay at gunpoint and threatening to kill him in Entry #52.
He Who Fights Monsters: After he and Alex finally corner and unmask Tim, he decides the best way to prevent any further Masky attacks is to break his leg with a block of cement.
Judging by how he wanted Jay to get the knife Masky jabbed him with, he may have wanted to kill him outright at first.
In Entry #45, Alex swears to Masky and Hoodie that if he ever finds them, he'll kill them.
And then goes all the way in Entry #49, where he kills a seemingly-innocent man.
Entry #51 shows that he's been fighting monsters for much longer than we thought.
The Hunter Becomes The Hunted: What seems to happen from the initial entries. Alex goes out of his way to seek the Operator after encountering him once, and then in turn ends up getting stalked by him.
In Entry #45, Alex finds a Masky watching him outside his house. After a lengthy chase, Alex ends up getting ambushed by Tim and the two gang up on him. Alex only survives because the Operator seems to show up and scare them off.
Hypocrite: In Entry #9, he gets on Tim and Sarah's cases for their wooden acting, but the trailer for his movie shows that he has the worst performance of all.
Never My Fault: Comes off this way when he tries (and possibly succeeds) killing Jessica in Entry 76. He continues to insist "This is all Jay's fault." even though, you know, he technically started it all by killing people in order to tie up loose ends.
Took a Level in Badass: As of Season 2. He's no longer as passive or scared as he was in the first season. He's also much more assertive/aggressive, though possibly to the point of Axe Crazy, as seen when he breaks Tim's leg with a block of cement, which he does only after Jay refuses to give him a knife.
Took A Level In Jerk Ass: Subsequently, he's become ruder, more patronizing and more secretive towards Jay. Also ties in with the above examples of heightened aggression and violence.
Voice of the Legion: His voice audibly distorts at certain points throughout Season 2, usually when he's yelling and getting mad. Notable mentions include the end of Entry #45, his argument with Jay in Entry #47, the confrontation in Entry #52, and when he threatens Hoodie/totheark in Entry #68.
Walking Spoiler: Starts at the end of season 1, and it only gets worse from there as more and more comes to light about him. By season 3, it's basically impossible to talk about the series from that point without mentioning that Alex met up with Jay in the seven-month gap, is working with the Operator, and seemingly murdered most of the cast of the student film.
In Entry #47, he gets one from Jay (which, being a response to Alex's own tirade, also counts as Shut Up, Hannibal!) due to their lack of progress and his suspicious behavior.
"I mean, it's several years ago and you're asking me about a guy in a suit, so..."
One of the actors of Marble Hornets. He met up with Jay in Entry #15 to discuss the circumstances surrounding Marble Hornets, but was under the impression that Jay would be continuing the project. Started developing a sickness similar to Jay's towards the end of production. Known for his sideburns. He returns in season 3 as a prominent character whom Jay interacts with.He was revealed to be the Masked Man in Entry #35, and then returns in Entry #53 seemingly back to his old self. Much of the third season revolves around Tim and finding out about his double-life as the Masked Man, as well as admitting that his history with the Operator most likely dates back to his childhood...
Played by: Tim Sutton
Action Survivor: Shown in season 3. First he got knocked out by Alex in an abandoned building, then spent the entire night hiding from the latter as both he and the Operator stalked the halls. And then in Entry #65, he was dragged away kicking and screaming by the Operator, presumably brought to its realm, and managed to survive to tell the tale with some actual footage.
Ambiguous Disorder: According to Episode #66, the doctors who were trying to help him couldn't figure out what to diagnose him with. They gave him a tentative diagnosis of schizophrenia, it was obvious to Tim that they were just grasping at straws. Slender sickness isn't in the DSM, after all.
Anti-Hero: He's not the nicest guy, he can have a violent temper, and he's not above lying either. But he wants to stop The Operator and Alex and he's a far more capable investigator than Jay.
Beard of Sorrow: Is understandably seen sporting one at the end of Entry #65.
Character Development: Much of season 3 has been spent fleshing out Tim's character. The creators have stated this was their intention, in the same way season 2 developed Jay and Alex.
Chekhov's Gunman: Appears for the first time since Entry #20 acting normal at the end of Season 2. In season 3, he is pretty much the deuteragonist to Jay.
Consummate Liar: A common recurring character trait of Tim's; even though he genuinely doesn't remember anything that happened as Masky, he has a habit of hiding important information that could help their investigation. The two big examples are when he reveals to Jay he was institutionalized for insanity at the burnt hospital when he was a kid, and the revelation that he knows what's on the tape from his house, but doesn't want Jay seeing it just yet because it will 'ruin everything they've worked towards'.
The Danza: First name only at least. Entry #60 confirms his last name begins with a W.
Determinator: In Entry #72, he marches straight up to the Operator, withstands its Brown Note attacks one after another even after they grow in intensity, nearly falls to his knees several times, and does not once fall comatose. All the way up until it finally leaves. He's even rather clear-headed afterwards, enough to guide Jay back to the car and drive them away.
Freudian Excuse: Tim blaming Jay in Entry #59 for everything that's happened is later revealed to be rather him in denial about feeling responsible for the same thing.
Friendless Background: Spent his entire childhood in and out of a mental hospital (mostly in) with no opportunity to make friends, until he met Brian in college. It's implied Brian might have been his only friend until Marble Hornets.
Genre Savvy: Quickly proving himself to be this as of Entry #63, pointing out that the worst stuff to happen in Rosswood is when Jay goes in alone, suggesting the idea that Jay might be the cause as much as the park, and insisting that he and Jay form a plan as to what they do next instead of wandering about aimlessly.
In Entry #64, while investigating Rosswood, Tim seems to pick up on the fact the creepy sewer tunnel is dangerous, and that they should actually listen to Alex's phone call. Sadly Jay doesn't listen, and Tim ends up getting Operator-abducted in the sewer tunnel.
In Entry #69, when Jay dismisses his paranoia of thinking he saw something in the woods, Tim warns him not to let it go lightly considering what they've been through. Later, he takes Jay's word that he saw someone watching them outside the red tower, even though the camera didn't pick it up, and says they probably should have left the moment Jay thought he saw something earlier.
Hero Antagonist: By Entry #77. Tim continues to pursue both Alex and the Operator even as Jay becomes more and more unhinged, to the point of coming after Tim himself.
Heroic BSOD: Has one in Entry #59 when he finds out he's Masky and that Jay had been posting all his exploits on Youtube without ever telling him.
He suffers a HUGE one in Entry #65. It's bad enough he's just been mindraped, but his state while he searches the abandoned hospital is equal parts disturbing, terrifying, and absolutely pitiable, especially when he starts crying and screaming at the walls.
In Entry #66, he contemplates the idea that everything that's happened has been his fault, and that everyone else's lives would have been normal if it wasn't for him. He also compares himself to Alex and wonders if Alex is now going through the same thing he did as a child.
Heroic Sacrifice: Subverted. In Entry #64, Tim tells Jay to run when the Operator shows up during his coughing fit. At first it appears the Operator successfully disposes of Tim... until Jay finds Tim sitting in his car outside Rosswood.
Hypercompetent Sidekick: Despite only joining Jay in the last third of the series, he picks up on everything that's going on super-quick, and comes up with ideas or notices things that Jay obviously misses. When Jay becomes incapacitated from the Operator's influence, Tim not only saves him, but then goes out of his way to look after him while he's recovering.
Hypocrite: Though he does raise a lot of good points in Entry #59, he blames Jay for Jessica's disappearance after the latter claims Alex was behind it, saying he has no evidence to back that up. However, Tim in turn attributes all blame to his own actions as Masky to Alex as well, despite not having any real evidence on that either.
In Entry #65, he reveals he's also been keeping secrets from Jay.
In light of Entry #66, both of the above may be justified as it turns out that Tim blames himself for the mess everyone's lives are in.
And now in Entry #75, he was revealed to have hidden a tape under Jay's nose, possibly the entire time they worked together. Cut back to Entry #59, Tim went batshit over Jay was keeping secrets from him, and later when they agreed there'd be no more lies.
I Did What I Had to Do: How he justifies hogtieing an insane Jay and leaving him in the living room while Tim goes to investigate a lead.
I Just Want to Be Normal: ...and to hold a steady job, and get a decent night's sleep, and not be stalked by a faceless monster...
Ill Boy: His childhood medical records look as thick as a phone book, mentioning seizures, headaches that made him scream, depression, and self-harm.
As of Entry #66, hallucinations can be added to the list. However, Tim isn't sure if what he saw as a child was real, since he doesn't remember them.
I Resemble That Remark: "I'M NOT A PSYCHOPATH!" He says this in Entry #59 during his rants at Jay and not long after hitting him.
It's All My Fault: He feels that he's the cause of the Operator's appearances, and tying up Jay, Alex, Brian, and everyone else into the mess.
Jerkass: He made numerous snippy and sarcastic comments at the expense of Alex or Jay during filming. He also mentions that he wasn't particularly fond of Alex and was only in the film because Brian was a friend of his.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: We find out in Entry #59 that he experiences this every time he turns into Masky. It's been so bad over the years that he's been unable to hold a steady job.
Late to the Party: And how. He only just realizes the entire existence of the plot in season three, nearly three years since the channel was first created, and a full six years since the original MH shoot, which he was involved in.
Subverted in Entry #66. Turns out he very well may have been the one to actually throw the party in the first place.
Only Sane Man: When we get to see more of Tim and his real personality in Season Three, he's constantly questioning why Jay's having him wander around abandoned buildings with him, is quicker to pick up on the fact that something weird is going on than any other cast member so far, and wonders why Jay's trying to finish such a shitty movie. All with a quite a bit of snark.Pretty ironic, considering the only thing we knew about him for three years and two whole seasons was his mental problems, sicknesses, and batshit insane Split Personality.
And even then, he at least has the decency to keep all of his crazy packed into a Split Personality. He still actually manages to be the most logical person in the series in Entry #63, actually trying to plan things out properly and snarking at Jay for going to Rosswood alone. Then again, he's only really been involved for a few weeks.
Possibly subverted, violently, after Entry #65. If his breakdown at the hospital and admitting he's been keeping secrets from Jay is anything to go by, he's quite possibly the most messed-up person in the series.
Sarcastic Devotee: After Alex became snippy and controlling, Tim made a lot of disparaging comments about his attitude, but never quit the project.
We see a friendlier version of this in Entry #54, and later there are shades of this in his dealings with Jay.
Split Personality: All but confirmed in Entry #59. What's causing it has yet to be revealed, but he's admitted he had no idea it was happening until he watched Jay's videos.
Split Personality Takeover: In Entry #61. It appears Tim's medication was the only thing keeping his Masky personality at bay. Sadly, totheark/Hoodie decides to make a move and steal his meds in the midst of a coughing fit, causing Tim to revert back.
Subverted in Entry #62: as it turns out, Tim only becomes Masky temporarily without his meds, and when he wakes up he's perfectly normal.
Throw It In: In Entry #9, Tim's line to Alex about not having enough money to pay actors because "he spends it all on tapes" was completely improvised by Tim Sutton (as in the real-life actor) himself. They decided to add the line into the script, but first they had to stop the take and re-shoot it because the original improvisation sent Troy Wagner into a laughing fit.
You Are in Command Now: Jay gives Tim access to the Twitter account before the events of Entry #72. Turns out to be a good idea; Jay becomes virtually incapacitated afterwards, leaving Tim to look after him and keep everyone else up to date. When Jay comes to, Tim fills him in on everything that's happened so far.
"I don't know how I got here. You're the only other person I've seen in this hotel other than the staff, and we have adjoining rooms. I don't even know you, you said it yourself, I'm a stranger!"
A girl who stayed in the hotel room next to Jay. Not much is known about her, only that she, like Jay, was a huge victim to Laser-Guided Amnesia, and disappeared after she revealed it to Jay. Has been confirmed to be taken by the Operator - possibly even dead - as of Entry #76.
Break the Cutie: She completely falls apart to Jay in Entry #32 when it's revealed that she is suffering huge bouts of amnesia and has no idea how she got to the hotel in the first place.
Chekhov's Gunman: She first appears in Entry #27 as seemingly just a random passerby.
Dead All Along: It's revealed in Entry #76 that shortly after being taken from the hotel by Tim and Hoody, Jessica was taken by the Operator. This means Jay has spent the last 2 1/2 years looking for her possibly for nothing.
The Danza: An unintentional case; her actress' name is Jessica May, but according toWord of God, the character was named before the actress was cast, so the similarity was completely unintentional but kept up the tradition of Danza-ing the non-main cast members anyway.
Never Say "Die": Though it's heavily implied she's dead, Jay simply says 'Jessica is gone', just like Alex did with the rest of the Marble Hornets cast (some of who later turned up alive). Whether this is some sort of foreshadowing or just Jay in denial has yet to be seen.
Only Sane Man: Of the main four, she's by far the most normal, sane, rational and emotionally responsive. Played with in that she isn't totally sane, it's just part of The Slender Man Mythos and therefore there is no totally sane person.
Protectorate: To both Jay and Alex, at least until Jay screws up and Alex decides that since she's gotten involved, she has to go. In season three, Jay's main motivation is finding out what happened to her.
The Reveal: Entry #43 confirms that she was Amy's roommate. Entry #47 shows her first interaction with Jay, and her first real involvement with the plot. Entry #52 is her first on-screen appearance prior to Jay's amnesia, and confirms both how she ended up in the hotel and how she lost her memory.
Took a Level in Badass: In Entry #76 after she gets abducted from the hotel. She manages to tackle and disarm Alex when he holds her at gunpoint, and then threatens him with his own gun. Also take into account this is after suffering her amnesia, meaning she's unaware she can't trust Alex and doesn't know what's going on.
Voice of the Legion: The camera gets a light be noticeable distortion whenever it pans on her or when she speaks, giving her voice this effect. Considering what camera distortion usually signifies elsewhere in the series...
Unkempt Beauty: Though her wavy hair is virtually never brushed and her clothes are unstylish, she's still quite pretty. Jay even gets tongue tied around her.
A tall, faceless, humanoid creature that has been stalking the cast of Marble Hornets. Alex gradually became aware of it during filming, and went from curiosity to paranoia as it kept appearing. It can appear and disappear seemingly at will, sometimes covering great distances in an eyeblink. "enttry 37" suggests the Operator may have been following Alex for a lot longer than anyone thought.
Brown Note: He might as well be a walking one. Recordings of him are subject to hellish distortions, while people suffer anything from coughing fits to complete mental blackouts (and those might be the lucky ones). Oh, and buildings associated with him develop Alien Geometries, just to confirm his contempt for natural laws.
The Ghost: Subverted in that he appears on screen frequently, however it isn't until nearly the end of the first season (specifically, Entry #23) that he appears in footage that Jay himself filmed for the project, and doesn't crop up again right in front of Jay until Entry #40... and even then, those events were filmed months before they were uploaded and can largely be considered flashback. When they meet up in Entry #60 it's only the second time that Jay meets the Operator face-to-face outside of one of these "flashbacks."
Invincible Villain: He can Mind Rape people just by standing near them, and has no known weaknesses in this, or any, continuity. When Jay tries to attack him in Entry #52, the Operator reveals that he's not to be taken lightly (read: Jay attacking the Operator is what caused him to forget seven months of his life).
No Name Given: His name was only provided by Word of God and has never been stated In-Universe. The one time he's been referred to directly, they just call him "that thing." Justified in that case, as Jay has no idea just what the hell the Operator is.
However, totheark seems to know the Operator's title - some of his videos feature a phone's operator key (zero) in a central role. "Indicator" is the most prominent of these.
In one entry, Alex is also shown scribbling the word "OPERATOR" under the recurring "crossed out zero" symbol.
Off Screen Teleportation: You can see him actually walk (albeit in a slow, strange gait) in the early entries. By the later ones, he seems to be mimicking the Weeping Angels.
Protective Charm / Weaksauce Weakness: It's being increasingly implied that the pills Tim (and as later revealed, Hoodie) takes help fight off the Operator's influence. Hoodie goes far out of his way to steal some when he runs out, and Tim speculates the only reason he was able to get so close to the Operator in Entry #72 is because he was doped up on meds.
The Masked Man aka Maskyaka Tim/possibly half of totheark
A masked person that first appeared in entry #18, who follows and stalks Jay. Has since been revealed to be Tim. He has some connection to the Operator, but whether he's working for or against him is as unclear, as is everything else about the two of them.Originally, he was heavily implied to be totheark. However, it's since then been shown that the hooded masked person runs the channel. However, Jay (As well as many fans) believe there may be multiple users of the totheark channel, meaning Tim-as-Masky may be one of them. The details have not been made entirely clear yet.
Ambiguously Evil: As of Entry #52, we have no idea who's side he's on. He's outright attacked Jay on numerous occasions, but has also seen to be actively working against Alex and possibly the Operator. Combined with the revelation that Tim doesn't remember any of his actions as Masky, it's still anyone's guess as to what his true motives are.
Cycle of Revenge: He didn't take kindly to Alex breaking his leg in Entry #35. So when they encounter each other for the first time since in Entry #45, Masky attempts to break Alex's skull with a block of cement.
Events in Entry #56 show that Alex may have indeed thrown the first stone (not literally, this time), which would explain why Tim/Masky tries to attack him in Entry #36.
Heel-Face Turn: Saves Jay and Jessica from Alex in Entry #52. Possibly subverted in that we still don't know who's side he's on or what his agenda is, but this interaction is a lot less hostile than previous encounters with Jay.
"From the start, it's been a game for us. Not anymore."
A mysterious YouTube channel that started responding to Jay's entries with videos of his own. Its first videos were cryptic messages full of symbolism and codes, but as they progressed, totheark has shown that it is a lot closer to Jay than was originally let on, and knows a lot more about what is happening.During Season 1, totheark provided a lot of footage that was missing from the original entries, as well as footage observing Jay on numerous occasions. Because of numerous hints and the way Masky was in many of these videos, many people (including Jay) believed totheark and Masky to be the same individual. However, given the growing inconsistency in tone of the channel's videos between Seasons 1 and 2, Jay has since theorized that the channel could be run by multiple people. It's since then been revealed that the Hooded Masked Person either runs the channel or (more likely) runs it along with Masky.
Ax-Crazy: Some of the statements in these videos are downright malevolent.
The Chessmaster: The videos are all quite manipulative; taunting Jay, luring him to certain places, and leaving cryptic clues, but as the series goes on we begin to see just how involved in events the channel's user (or users) really is, particularly in season 3 when Hoody takes away Tim's medication, which turns him back into Masky, and then lures Jay back to Rosswood by explicitly cluing off what's happened to Tim, with the (possibly intended) result of getting Jay and Tim working together again.
Collective Identity: Mid-season 2, Jay suggests the totheark Youtube channel may be run by multiple people.
The Cracker: Whoever's running it seems to have no problem taking over Jay's Youtube and Twitter accounts and locking him out of them to fill them with horror. It's happened no less than three times now.
The Ghost: While the user is most likely someone (or multiple someones) we've already seen, he has never been identified as such.
Humans Are Bastards: when a fan messaged his channel to ask if Jay could be trusted, totheark replied "human, therefore no".
Mind Screw: ToTheArk is this. Every video on the channel is laden with codes, cryptic symbols, eerie imagery, distorted audio and strange statements.
Mysterious Watcher: The user or users have been watching Jay for quite some time now. Many of the videos have been footage Jay taken without him knowing, as far back as when Alex was producing the student film. It's heavily implied it was the Masked Man - a.k.a. Tim - taking the footage.
In season 2, however, it appears most of the 'stalker' footage is being done by the new hooded Masked Person. In Entry #39, he stood right over Jay's car, filming him, and in Entry #40, Jay apparently walked by him without even noticing that he was there. The only clue in the camera is the burst of distortion. In Entry 60.5, he provides a photo implying he was close by in Entry 59, as well.
Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book: A lot of the entries in Season 2 include terrifying drawings heavily implied to be done by Hoody . For what it's worth, the style appears different than that of Alex's drawings or what's been seen in the Season 1 TTA videos.
Out of Character: Gets surprisingly straightforward in later videos (beginning with Forecast), which somehow makes those videos creepier. The inconsistency of the videos leads Jay to suspect that the account is run by multiple people.
The Hooded Masked Person aka Hoody/totheark (or half of it)
A new Masked Person first seen in Entry #41. As his name states, he wears a hoodie, and what appears to be a black ski mask or balaclava. Entry 61 confirms that he is totheark, or - if Jay's theory of there being multiple totheark users is true - at least one of the users of the account.
Ambiguously Evil/Masked Man With Enigmatic Intentions: His true goals are unclear, but he flip-flops between seemingly being a good guy and doing things that benefit Jay, to doing some very questionable things. He picks up Jay's camera and returns it to him in Entry #41 after he escapes the Operator, and in Entry #45 he helps lure out and attack Alex, who is later revealed to be in cahoots with the Operator. However, the revelation that he is totheark brings up a lot of questions as to the nature of his stalking and interference with events, and in Entry #61, he steals Tim's medication, causing him to revert back to his Masked Man personality.
And even that is still ambiguous; his intervention led to Tim being able to work with Jay.
Fan Nickname: Hoodie (for obvious reasons), and Blasky (Black Masky).
He's also been called Sinclair for some reason, and occasionally "tothepark".
Foil: Visually to Masky. He seems to have an inversion of the previous Mask - cloth, black, apparently sad expression. Thematically as well, as Masky is more of an action man and a physical attacker, while Hoody watches from a distance and prefers to screw with people's minds.
Even shows up in their videos: Season 1's videos are most likely Masky's work considering Jay's comment about the difference in style, and are very indirect, cryptic, and fairly low-key. Hoody's work, in seasons 2 and 3, is comparatively more straightforward with its messages ("You are afraid. I am not." "This is your last birthday." etc) and less minimalistic than Masky's videos.
Returned to it again in Entry #61, where his confiscating of Tim's pills results in the return of his old masked self...
Large Ham: A remarkable non-verbal version. We've never heard him speak or make any sort of noise, but from his first appearance onward he clearly has a flair for the dramatic. The new seasons' TTA videos, strongly implied to be his work, are more intense and straightforward than Masky's work from Season 1.
Manipulative Bastard: We don't know what his intentions are or whose side he's on. What we do know is this: he knows exactly how to get people to do what he wants when he wants.
Mysterious Watcher: He picks up Jay's camera and returns it to his car in Entry #41. The previous totheark video seems to hint that it was this guy who was filming Jay in that video, lending further credence to the idea that he is totheark/one of the users of the totheark channel.
Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Possibly engineered Jessica's abduction in Entry #76. However, all it does is lead her to being found by Alex and the Operator.
Production Nickname: The Season 2 DVD commentary reveals that the crew refers to the character as "Mystery Fella."
The Reveal: Entry #61 all but confirms that he's totheark, or at least part of it.
There's a heavily-distorted frame◊ or two where you can see what appears to be Hoody's face, but it doesn't really reveal anything new.
It happens again in entry #73, where he takes off his mask during his coughing fit, but his hood still obscures his face from the angle we see.
Smug Snake: Implied in Entry #68, when Alex tells him to 'wipe that stupid smile off your face'. His follow-up to Alex's threat definitely comes off as this too.
"What is this part supposed to mean?"
One of the actors in Marble Hornets. He was close friends with Alex and Tim and played the film's main character as well as helping him with production. He was the one who originally got Tim involved with the production in the first place. His current whereabouts are unknown. May have disappeared even before Alex dropped the project, going by an offhand comment in Entry #20 that he is "somewhere". Season two reveals that he was lured to an abandoned hospital by Alex, who left him to be "taken" by the Operator. He appears to be dead.
Put on a Bus: Brian seemed to all but disappear from anything to do with the series after his only main appearance. He was mentioned in passing a few more times in season one, but never seen again.
The Bus Came Back: Brian returns to the series briefly in Entry #51 when Jay finds a tape with some footage from the student film, where we find out why/how disappeared. It's not pleasant.
And has now made another reappearance in entry #54 along with the rest of the original Marble Hornets male cast.
"When did we get a camera?"
Alex's girlfriend, introduced in Entry #26. She was the one who found the camera Alex used during filming, inadvertently summoning the Operator. She has not been seen since.In season 2, we find out Alex and Amy escaped the Operator's initial appearance, but soon afterwards Alex blacked out and Amy vanished. Since then, Alex has claims to have been looking for her...supposedly. Amy's true status is currently unknown to both Jay and the audience.
Played by: Bethann Williams
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Thought to be played straight until Entry #42 where Alex reveals that he has been looking for her and wants Jay's help.
Chekhov's Gunman: Entry #43 mentions that she and Alex escaped from the Operator, but after that he forgot what happened to her...
Recently showed up very, very briefly in Display...which was posted by totheark.
Curiosity Killed the Cast: She came across Alex's camera and decided to take a look despite Alex's warnings. Cue the Operator.
Damsel in Distress: Her disappearance and Alex's motivation to find her is the driving force behind the plot in season 2.
Supposedly. We later find out Alex lied to both Jay and Jessica about Amy so they would stay out of his business, but we never get confirmation as to whether he was genuinely looking for her.
The Bus Came Back: Sort of. Alex is seen talking to her on his cell phone in Entry #70 (though the events of this entry are set back during the original 2006 film shoot from Season 1), and Jay suspects that the reason Alex tried to burn this tape is because of her.
"Have any of you seen Alex?"
The cameraman for Marble Hornets. He got into trouble with Alex in Entry #9 for not leaving the camera rolling, and later accompanied him to an abandoned house in the tape shown in Entry #22, where he is implied to have met an unpleasant fate.
Played by: Seth McCay
The Bus Came Back: For Entry #54. Justified in that it takes place chronologically before Entry #22.
Butt Monkey:Not as major as most examples, but something unpleasant happens to him almost every time he appears, be it on or behind the camera.
The Everyman: Apart from being a pretty easy going guy (Being completely unfazed by Alex yelling at him in Entry #9) he doesn't have all that much of a distinctive presence.
Throw It In: A rare example of an actor being thrown in. According to the DVD commentary, Seth wasn't in the original script for Entry #7. Mary Kathleen Bishop, who played Sarah, asked the night before filming if her boyfriend could come along. Troy Wagner and Joseph DeLage agreed and let him play the role of the camera man. This could also be a minor case of Ascended Extra, as Seth returned later in Entry #22 as the seemingly only survivor left from the student film.
"Who else is going to work with you, with this attitude?"
The only known female participant in the original film project. As well as being an actress in the film, she apparently did some camera work when Seth wasn't available. Her current whereabouts are unknown.
Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Played straight for the duration of season 2. However, she has recently reappeared in the mock trailer for the actual "Marble Hornets" film Alex was trying to make. Coupled with Entry #54 reintroducing Seth and Brian, this could mean she may well return.
The Smurfette Principle: In regards to the student film. Also rang true about the series until Entry #26 and #27, which introduced Amy and Jessica respectively.
Red Shirt: His only narrative purpose seems to be providing definitive proof that Kralie has indeed gone batshit insane.
Made even worse when you think about Alex's line before killing him, which may signify that Alex was having a delusion that the man was Jay...which is even more disturbing when you realize that Jay had been following him only moments before.