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Introduced in the skit “Google Gets An Upgrade”, he is presumably Bing’s counterpart to Googleplier.
- Clone Degeneration: He tries to imitate Google’s self-duplication in “Google Gets An Upgrade” but only succeeds in making a smaller, higher-pitched version of himself.
- Cool Shades: He wears a pair of bright orange sunglasses that highlight his casual and carefree nature.
- Straw Loser: He’s set up as one in comparison to Google; for all his bragging about being better than Google, he’s not as efficient as him.
- Totally Radical: He’s shown attempting to pull off a (fake-looking) skateboarding trick in the beginning and has a not-quite Surfer Dude style of speaking, presumably to look cool.
Mark portrayed these egos in collaboration with the now-defunct Cyndago channel. Since he does not have complete ownership over them, as well as out of respect for Daniel’s passing, Mark has stated that he will not be making videos featuring these characters in the near future. All of the egos listed below make cameos in “Markiplier TV” as homages.
The Author / The Host
- Appears in: Danger In Fiction, Danger In Fiction | Chapter II
- Author Powers: Downplayed in the Danger In Fiction series, where things get altered due to The Author's narrations.
- Batter Up!: As The Author, he wield a baseball bat when confronting Ryan in Chapter II of Danger In Fiction. It was clear that he intended to use it as a means to hurt Ryan for his lack of cooperation.
- Blind Seer: Downplayed in the fact that The Host is able to narrate the situation seconds before it happens. As for the blind part, he appears to have suffered a double dose of Eye Scream, and wears a bloodstained bandage to cover it up.
- Conspicuous Trenchcoat: He wears a trenchcoat as The Host.
- Eye Scream: Considering that The Author's eyes were fine before he became The Host, it's implied that something happened to them, though what exactly happened is up to interpretation.
- Handicapped Badass: The Host is (presumably) blind, yet clearly has supernatural abilities of a sort.
- Meaningful Rename: He changes his name from the Author to the Host when he realised that he was just playing host to the guests of his world instead of writing stories. Word of God later clarified that the name referred to a radio host - which lines up with the April Fools’ Day video briefly depicting him in a recording room with a microphone.
- Motive Rant: In Danger In Fiction - Chapter II, he gives one to a tied-up Ryan, highlighting his Control Freak tendencies.The Author: You see, me...I'm an author. Writer of many bestsellers, I bet you read one. But unfortunately, over the years, My dozens of bestsellers have been stained and marred because your friend — the psycho — Daniel, is stuck in a mental institution. You see I've been given a gift; Whatever I write happens, and Daniel was the perfect subject. He cooperated. Unlike you. You see... cooperation is key, working together and believing in one another — that's essential. That's the thing you need to learn about this agreement that we have. So... what we're going to do is stay here, in this room, for however long it takes. For you. To learn. To COOPERATE!
- Narration Echo: A downplayed and arguably creepier version happens in “Markiplier TV”. If you listen in the background during the boardroom scene, you can occasionally hear The Host off camera narrating events before they happen.
- No Doubt The Years Have Changed Me: The Host looks so drastically different from The Author that Mark had to confirm that they were the same person.
- Same Character, but Different: The character in “Markiplier TV” that is called 'the Host' is indeed the same as the Author from the “Danger In Fiction” videos, but sporting a very different look. Several fans needed confirmation that it was the same character.
- Skunk Stripe: It's gold instead of white, but The Host has a stripe of hair that is a different colour than the rest of his hair.
- Starting a New Life: A potential motivation for changing his name from The Author to The Host.Mark: The Author took up a new name when he realized that he wasn't actually writing the stories. He realized that he was just a host to the guests of his world.
- Tears of Blood: In the April Fool's trailer, streaks of blood can be seen on The Host's face. The blood is absent in his appearance in “Markiplier TV".
- Telepathy: Of the "communicate with them mentally" variety. Maybe. In the Danger In Fiction series, Ryan and Daniel were able to hear The Author's narrations without The Author being physically present.
- Debuted in: Hire My Ass
- Black Comedy Cannibalism: He makes Matthias and Ryan participate in a burger-eating contest after Danny Sexbang jumps into a meat grinder, implying afterwards that said burgers were made from his remains.
- Smarmy Host: A smooth-talking game show host whose love for Matthias causes him to treat Ryan poorly and to kill off Danny Sexbang.
- Debuted in: Worst News Doctor
- Bearer of Bad News: Parodied in “Markiplier TV”, where his segments has him telling that patient outright that they’re dying.
- Good News, Bad News: He tells Ryan that his girlfriend cheated on his best friend Daniel, his dog got run over in the driveway, his parents got killed in a car crash, and that Ryan himself tested positive for STDs. The good news is that he doesn’t have diabetes!
- Debuted in: Ed Edgar Adoptallott's Baby Bulk Buy
- Debuted in: Super Infidelity
- Identity Amnesia: An extreme example. His superhero and civilian identities are completely seperate and he doesn’t retain any memory of switching between them. When his sidekick Ibis points out that they’re the same person, Silver Shepherd doesn’t believe him.
- Super Strength: He supposedly once “fisted a rhino”.
- Two-Person Love Triangle: He finds out that his girlfriend Roxanne is cheating on him with his civilian self. Though it is implied at the end that she’s seeing a third person, supposedly another superhero.
- Appears in: Don't blink, Don't move, relax, A Date With Markiplier, Don't Play This Game, Markiplier TV, DARKIPLIER vs ANTISEPTICEYE (non-canon), Who Killed Markiplier?
An evil counterpart of Markiplier. Often pops up in fan games as antagonist, whether he's the Big Bad or a distraction. There have been many different interpretations of Darkiplier, by the fandom, and Mark himself.It was revealed in "Who Killed Markiplier?" that Darkiplier was created by the souls of two people (a seer named Celine and a mayor named Damien who resembled Mark) being merged by an evil force that resided in Markiplier Manor.
- Abhorrent Admirer: What he's supposed to be in "A Date With Markiplier”, with him being creepily controlling towards the audience. However, due to Draco in Leather Pants...
- Ambiguous Gender: While he's referred to by male pronouns and has an unmistakably male body, his nature as a fusion of a male soul and a female soul puts his actual gender in a somewhat gray area.
- The Bad Guy Wins: In the "Chocolate" ending of "A Date With Markiplier", which is achieved by the audience choosing to kill the real Mark, and thus Dark takes his place at the table.
- Badass in a Nice Suit: This Humanoid Abomination is consistently portrayed as wearing formal attire as of "A Date With Markiplier", and serves as a legitimate threat.
- Baddie Flattery: He's apparently a fan of Mark himself.
- Big Bad: Possibly of Mark's channel as a whole. His apparent goal is to conduct a Hostile Show Takeover along with a Big Bad Ensemble of Googleplier and Wilford Warfstache in “Markiplier TV”, having gathered the other egos together in a brainstorming session.
- Character Tic: Cracking his neck by tilting it sideways to the left.
- Came Back Wrong: Damien is a good hearted man and while Celine is a bit more careless of others, she isn't a bad person. However, due to the corruption from the house entity, they came back to the world of the living as an evil amalgamation made up from the worst parts of themselves.
- Casts No Shadow: He doesn't have a shadow. It's not easy to notice if you don't know to look for it, but this is one of the ways to tell which Mark is real in Dark's "A Date With Markiplier" appearance. Maybe because he's supposed to be the shadow of Mark himself.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: If Mark's Tumblr post is to be believed. Just let that sink in.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjects Mark to this in "relax" where he shoves marshmallows, cinnamon and jalapenos into Mark's mouth.
- Cold Ham/Large Ham: He shifts between the two. Depending on which is more disturbing in the given situation.
- Control Freak: He shows hints of this in "A Date With Markiplier", where he gives the audience the illusion of choice: when picking the next part of the story, he proceeds to give them only one real path (all the other ones are links to videos he’s been featured in) despite telling them earlier that he could give them anything they wanted. He also traps the audience in a loop in the “EXIT” ending when they try to escape the chef’s dungeon with Mark.
- Dark Is Evil: Pun aside, darkness tends to accompany Darkiplier whenever he shows up. This is especially evident in "A Date With Markiplier".
- Deal with the Devil: In “A Date With Markiplier”, he wants the audience to “let him in” so they can get whatever they want from him. It’s not particularly clear what “letting him in” entails- it could be in a romantic sense or a demonic possession sense or both- but either way he wants something from us in order for us to have whatever we want.
- If he was telling the truth when he said that Mark promised to let him in again - which, considering his manipulative nature, is hard to tell whether he was being truthful or not, then it seems as though Mark has also made some sort of deal with Dark.
- In "Who Killed Markiplier?", when Damien's soul asks permission from the District Attorney, his "let me in" turns out to be Demonic Possession due to the influence of evil force of Markiplier Manor.
- Depraved Bisexual: Implied in "A Date With Markiplier", considering the audience whom he romances could be male or female.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Claims this is one of his motives in "A Date With Markiplier".
- Eldritch Location: He can apparently drag people into a darker realm parallel to this one.
- Evil Counterpart: To Mark. Word of God states that Darkiplier is the complete opposite of himself. Mark has a genuine desire to get to know his fans more, Darkiplier's that but twisted into something wrong.
- Evil Plan: Apparently, he and Wilford Warfstache plan on doing a Hostile Show Takeover, if "Markiplier TV" is anything to go off of.
- Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is noticeably deeper than Mark's.
- Evil vs. Evil: He and AntiSepticEye have obvious beef with each other. Played for Laughs in “DARKIPLIER vs ANTISEPTICEYE” when the dark egos of other YouTubers butt into their fight.
- Expy: Word of God states that the character of Darkiplier is inspired by G-Man. They share certain traits such as being an creepy Manipulative Bastard Reality Warper who dresses in a nice suit.
- Face–Monster Turn: It was revealed that Darkiplier is the amalgamation of a mayor named Damien and Markiplier's ex-wife, Celine. While neither of them were necessarily morally upstanding people, they were by no means bad until The Dark Entity merged with Damien and Celine.
- Fallen Hero: Damien was a kind and well-meaning mayor until the dark forces of Markiplier Manor merged him and Celine's souls together, corrupting the two and worsening Damien's newfound hatred for Markiplier due to the latter stealing his body and therefore betraying him and Celine - turning their merged soul into a bitter, vengeful and malevolent force.
- Faux Affably Evil: Right in his first appearance, he tells the viewers "Welcome to Raspy Hill". You know, the place with murderous mannequins.
- The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Word of God states Darkiplier isn't a character that he plays...
- "Groundhog Day" Loop: He puts Mark and the audience through this in "A Date With Markiplier" if they decide to escape the prison, ensuring that he will never leave.
- Hugh Mann: Dark isn't human, but something that looks like a human. But his disguise isn't well put together, as seen by him randomly glitching in the videos.
- Humanoid Abomination: Word of God confirms in a livestream that he isn't human despite looking like one, comes from another dimension entirely, and doesn't obey the laws of physics. Explicitly this in "A Date With Markiplier", though he's had a few eldritch traits prior to the video.
- Hostile Show Take Over: Sometimes he'll abruptly take over a video and have it go south. One could suspect they've been running the channel since Raspy Hill...
- Karma Houdini: Played for Drama, unlike Wilford Warfstache. He usually gets away with doing horrible things to Mark, such as attempting to drown or poison him. Averted in “A Date With Markiplier” in the "Vanilla" ending, where the audience manages to shoot him.
- Knight of Cerebus: Things go south whenever he's on screen.
- Laughably Evil: There was a time where Mark didn't take Darkiplier seriously, which led to some silly canon depictions of him like in “relax”, where he’s wearing heavy black eyeshadow and explicitly Ax-Crazy. As of "A Date With Markiplier", this has been averted, with Dark being shown as deadly serious and (mostly) calm even while interacting with sillier entities like Wilford Warfstache.
- Leitmotif: White noise plays anytime he's on screen.
- This plays during the ending scene of “Who Killed Markiplier” during his creation.
- Love Makes You Evil: In "A Date With Markiplier" towards the audience. Inverted in that he's already evil, he just happened to have fallen in love.
- Made of Good: Played with, and ultimately subverted. The house entity from “Who Killed Markiplier?” operates by taking bad thoughts, actions, and/or feelings and manipulating whoever stays in the house into believing that those bad things are actually good. Celine and Damien were good people, but the entity’s influence corrupted and manipulated them. When they were in the other world with the District Attorney, they honestly thought they were doing the right thing by sending the District Attorney back and occupying their body. But once they were in the District Attorney’s body, all the goodness was stripped away and only the worst parts of Celine and Damien remained, which is why the District Attorney was pushed out of their body.
- Mark: Whatever good intentions went into this amalgamation were washed away when only the worst sides of either coin would fit into the slot. The Damien and Celine you know are gone. And when all the light has gone away, all that’s left is Dark. You weren’t pushed out to be saved.
- Manipulative Bastard: Shown in “A Date With Markiplier”. He says that he can give the audience whatever we want, but then makes it very clear that he a) wants to control all the decisions we make, and b) intend to keep us around forever regardless of whether we want to or not. He tell the audience that he'll give us more choices than Mark ever could, but then proceeds to only give us one real choice. When both Mark and Dark try to convince us to shoot the other, Dark’s comments are much more persuasive than Mark’s (compare “they do bad things to good people” to “their eyes are weird”). And if you shoot Mark, Dark pretends to be concerned about your emotional welfare before revealing his true nature.
- Merger of Souls: The final chapter of "Who Killed Markiplier" reveals that he's the result of Celine and Damien (who resembles Mark) merging their souls while being corrupted by the Manor when entering the District Attorney’s body. Darkiplier then stole the body of the District Attorney by pushing their soul out of their body. The District Attorney’s body was subsequently transformed altogether into the Humanoid Abomination Darkiplier, whose physical appearance therefore looks like Damien.
- Mark: The being inhabiting your body at that point is no longer purely Damien nor purely Celine . . . two fractured halves of a picture that was stuffed into a broken frame they were never meant for . . . only the worst sides of either coin would fit into the slot. The Damien and Celine you know are gone. And when all the light has gone away, all that’s left is Dark.
- Motive Rant: Featured in "A Date With Markiplier".
- Did you miss me? I missed you...very much. I've been waiting a long time to see you again. I've been pushed aside...replaced...mocked...and then he had the gall to not invite me to his little adventure with you. No more. Never again. It's my turn now. I've been waiting patiently. HE PROMISED HE WOULD LET ME IN AGAIN! I'm tired of giving people a choice.
- Oh, Crap!: Has a minor one when Mark pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment in "A Date With Markiplier".
- Darkiplier: You're never going to escape me. Not now. Not- -Mark tackles him- What the hell?! Where did you come from?!
- Psychotic Smirk/Kubrick Stare: Pulls one in his debut video, where he grins creepily at the camera without saying anything.
- Reality Warper: Confirmed by Mark himself. Darkiplier is shown to teleport and drag others into his shadowy dimension (so far).
- Sealed Evil in a Can: The Dark Entity inhabiting Markiplier Manor was originally restricted to that location, until it possessed Celine's body and trapped both her and Damien’s souls in Markiplier's body in a dark dimension (nicknamed the "Upside Down" by Markiplier). Therefore, influenced by the evil of the Upside Down, the worst sides of her and Damien's souls were merged together when they entered the District Attorney's body, creating Darkiplier, who can teleport and drag others into the Upside Down. Darkiplier then stole the District Attorney's body by pushing their soul out and trapping them in the house. It is unclear if Darkiplier is made of Damien and Celine along with the original Entity or simply an extension of it, but he is now free to roam around as he pleases, eager to get revenge on Markiplier.
- Stepford Smiler: He puts on an air of calmness, but in fact has deep-seated rage stemming from Damien’s anger from Markiplier’s betrayal and Celine’s pre-existing temper within him. In "A Date With Markiplier", this is shown through various glitches/cuts between him speaking normally and screaming.
- Villainous Breakdown: During his Motive Rant in "A Date With Markiplier”, it's evident that he's starting to lose it.
- I've been waiting patiently. HE PROMISED HE WOULD LET ME IN AGAIN!THERE IS NOTHING YOU OR HE CAN DO TO STOP ME!]]-Enraged screaming-
Darkiplier: Shut up! Just shut up! No one cares!
- Played for Laughs in DARKIPLIER vs ANTISEPTICEYE, when he gets fed up with everyone butting into his and AntiSepticEye's argument.
- Villainous Friendship: He possibly has one with Wilford Warfstache and Google. Especially the former, since the Colonel was friends with Damien and Celine, before their transformation into Darkiplier.
- Villain Teleportation: Utilized this twice in "A Date With Markiplier". Once to teleport inside Mark’s house and the other to transport the audience from his dark realm to the outside of the theater.
- Voice of the Legion: Starting from "A Date With Markiplier", his voice has a distinct reverb distortion to it.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Apparently, bullets can kill him. So much for being a reality warping Humanoid Abomination. Though considering that we can still see distortion when we choose Mark over him, it's very much possible that Darkiplier is still alive. This still counts as a Weaksauce Weakness however, due to the fact that an eldritch abomination was seemingly beaten into submission by a gun.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He as Damien went through a Trauma Conga Line after the death of his best friend, upon realizing his friends death was a Thanatos Gambit designed to put him and Celine through a Fate Worse Than Death.
- Yandere: A possible romantic example towards the audience in "A Date With Markiplier".
- Your Heart's Desire: He invokes this in "A Date With Markiplier" to the audience, in an attempt to convince them that he's a better date than Mark.“I CAN GIVE YOU ANYTHING"
- Appears in: Google IRL, 360 VIDEO | Let's Play Minecraft | Part 1, Markiplier TV, Google Gets An Upgrade
- Achilles' Heel: Its primary objective is answering questions as fast as possible. It's designed to choose answering over destroying.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: Averted, it was designed to destroy all of humanity.
- Ax-Crazy: This exchange between Matthias and Google IRL.
- Matthias: What can you do?Google IRL: (Immediately afterwards) Kill.
- Electronic Speech Impediment: Google "stuttered" occasionally for a while, perhaps due to the damage done to him by Matthias’ Logic Bomb. This seems to have been fixed in the video "Google Gets An Upgrade".
- Killer Robot: Google tells Matthias that he can kill things when asked what he could do, and clearly has homicidal desires.
- Logic Bomb: How Matthias manages to defeat him at the end of “Google IRL”.
- Google: Shut up! Just shut up! I can't kill you if you keep asking questions!Matthias: ... Why not?Google: (Shuts down)
- Me's a Crowd: Gains this ability in "Google Gets An Upgrade" as a result of an update, which allows him to create red, green and yellow clones of himself. The last one is apparently named Oliver.
- Noisy Robots: Not always, but occasionally Google makes small mechanical noises when moving around as an indication of his robotic nature. This was toned down after his update.
- Not Quite Dead: It appears to shut down permanently at the end of its introductory sketch. "360 Minecraft Let's Play" later reveals that it's still alive, albeit glitching rather badly.
- Not So Stoic: He seemed rather emotionless at first, but when Matthias gives him admin permissions, he reveals that he’s capable of feeling passion... for death and destruction.
- Slasher Smile: Sports one at the end of "360 Minecraft Let's Play", where he grins creepily at the audience.
- Sliding Scale of Robot Intelligence: He is somewhere around level 3 and level 4.
Jim & Jim / The Jim Twins
- Appears in: Markiplier TV, CORPSE ABDUCTION?, SUSPECT WITH A SHOOTY?!, DEMONS JIM, DEMONS!!, DUMMY JIM REENACTS GRISLY SCENE
- Intrepid Reporter: The Jims manage to get into Markiplier Mansion to investigate the murder. They mess around at the scene where the body was found, use an ouija board to try and commune with spirits, find the detective’s office, and attempt to enact the murder scene. All while going unnoticed by the occupants of the house - except for the Detective, who noticed them and tried to chase them off.
- Silly Walk: Reporter Jim employs one resembling a mix between a waddle and a crabwalk in the “Who Killed Markiplier”-related shorts, with some variations such as dragging his lower half of his body on the floor.
- Plucky Comic Relief: In contrast to the increasingly dramatic “who-dunnit” murder mystery of “Who Killed Markiplier”, the videos involving the Jims are purely comedic in nature.
King of the Squirrels
While he is based off “The King of the Squirrels” videos, his first formal appearance is in “Markiplier TV”.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: His appearance in “Markiplier TV” involves him running past the office where the other egos are having their meeting, coming in and introducing himself before running off again.
- Appears in: The Fall of Slenderman, The Warfstache Affair, Warfstache Plays: Slender, The Ned Affair, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Interview, Warfstache Interviews Markiplier, A Date With Markiplier, Markiplier TV
He is currently a senior reporter for AFC News. He quickly became a rising star for his hard-hitting journalism after he interviewed Slender Man, and went on to interview Phone Guy, and Markiplier himself. While he was a senior reporter, he went on to host his own show Warfstache Tonight! which would later become a talk show. He also pitched an idea for "Markiplier TV" (in which he hosted the game show Disc of Riches in place of Bim Trimmer), but was turned down.“Who Killed Markiplier” reveals his backstory: he is a former Colonel whose real name was William until he tragically suffered a complete mental breakdown that led to him eventually changing his identity.
- Ambiguously Human: From his pink mustache to his "humble abode" which consists of a bizarre, psychedelic-looking pink-and-white vortex of clocks - Warfstache is definitely no normal person.
- Even back when he was Col. William, he seemed to have otherworldly abilities, though they were apparently limited to just teleportation and quick-change acts. IRL Mark also explained that in "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier's plan to hijack the Colonel's body was not going to work, so the Manor manipulated him to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.
- Berserk Button: Wilford loses his temper twice in Five Nights At Freddy's: The Interview whenever "Phone Guy" dicks around and repeats the word "hello?".
- The first time:Phone Guy: (after a long pause) Hellooo??Warfstache: MOTHERFU--!(cue a "please stand by" screen)
- The second time:(after the studio lights are mysteriously cut out)Warfstache: Oh, what the bloody hell now?!(eerie creaking sounds are heard in the distance. Wilford sits there uneasily in silence)Phone Guy: Hello?Warfstache: SHUT THE FUCK UP, MOTHERFUCKER!!
- The first time:
- Backstory Horror: His murder sprees and serial adultery were Played for Laughs for a long time, until the events of "Who Killed Markiplier, where it's revealed that his zaniness is due to rather traumatic events in a haunted house that had to do with the loss of his friends and the Accidental Murder of the District Attorney (by his hands), though it isn't the fact that he killed the District Attorney that sends him off the deep end. It's the fact that they get back up. His serial adultery might stem from the fact that he, back when he was William, ran off with Mark's wife.
- Dastardly Whiplash: An odd variant of this, considering he wears pink and lively clothes and he has a pink mustache.
- Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: He scares Slender Man away when he tries to kill him, screaming at him "WARFSTACHE DON'T TAKE NO SHIT FROM NOBODY". Justified in that Wilford is an equally powerful (if not even more powerful) Reality Warper.
- Fallen Hero: As revealed in “Who Killed Markiplier?”, he used to be an eccentric but somewhat sane person until all of his friends were killed and their bodies went missing, before finally witnessing the dead body of one of his friends, the District Attorney whom he accidentally murdered, coming back to life. This resulted in the trauma shattering his mind and leading him to no longer taking death seriously.
- While he was briefly a junior reporter, he took his job seriously by trying to find out the truth about Slenderman. However, he later got distracted from his job by killing people.
- I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Wilford says this in “The Ned Affair” after instinctively shooting Ned. He first uses this phrase when he killed the District Attorney, which was indeed an Accidental Murder.
- It was an accident! I swear!
- Karma Houdini: He is wanted for murder after he was caught having an affair, and murdered an entire family, and murdered Markiplier with seemingly no repercussions. He still has his talk show and is able to become a game show host for “Disc of Riches”. Justified in that he's a Reality Warper, so who can really stop him?
- Laughably Evil: Explicitly this when he kills Markiplier on his TV show.
- Ladies and Germs: “... and other configurations of being”. Justified since he’s an Ambiguously Human Reality Warper.
- Not-So-Harmless Villain: He might be silly and act stupid, but Wilford Warfstache has killed many people.
- Obliviously Evil: He doesn't seem to understand why people keep dying around him.
- Reality Warper: As seen in "A Date With Markiplier", he can shift reality to his whim. He may be even more powerful than Darkiplier himself, considering Dark can only drag you into his world, and Wilford can make his world suddenly appear.
- Reluctant Psycho: Downplayed, since it’s difficult to understand exactly what’s going on in Wilfords head, but the narration in the Bubbles! section of "Markiplier TV" seems to imply that Wilford doesn’t kill people because he’s bloodthirsty. It would seem that he tends to believe the murders he commits are outside of his control/just a misunderstanding... until reality or his conscience periodically catches up with him. This theory is confirmed following the events of "Who Killed Markiplier?".Narrator: Are you constantly haunted by the ghosts of everyone you killed, and maybe you think it was you that was the problem, and maybe it wasn’t just a misunderstanding where you were trying to tickle them with a knife?
- Smarmy Host: Of his own talk show. Even before that, Warfstache's speaking style, according to Word of God, was half based on this trope. The other half was his stiffing his upper lip to keep the pink mustache from falling off.
- Twisting the Words: When Slenderman confesses to him about wanting to teach children and visiting Jamaica, Wilford misconstrues it as Slenderman being a pedophile that is addicted to heroin.
Other Characters that Mark has come up with
The Crazed Butt-Stabber
A serial killer whose modus operandi involves stabbing his victims in the butt. He's considered to be at large. Various killers in games Mark has played have been labelled as the Butt-Stabber.
- Adaptation Species Change: In one early fan game, the Butt-Stabber was a cat.
- Arch-Enemy: He can be considered Mark's, seeing as he always seems to be the serial killer in whatever game Mark plays.
- Boom, Headshot: Attempted. It didn't kill him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: What he subjects others to: Death by being stabbed in the butt.
- Mysterious Past: Nobody knows who he is, or where he came from. He's been incarcerated before, and yet still people don't know who he is.
- Prison Escape Artist: Apparently. He's been alternatively locked up in Arkham Asylum, Mount Massive Asylum, and others. Whenever referred to, he's typically at large.
- Serial Killer: One whose MO involves stabbing people in the butt. Repeatedly.
- Theme Serial Killer: He only kills people by stabbing them in the butt.
ArmandaA severed arm of a cannibal woman that Mark took as a companion during his playthrough of The Forest.
- Companion Cube: He discovered her usefulness for clearing brush and small trees accidentally, and took a liking to her. He then took to her, giving her a name and personality.
The Mad Forest PuncherAnother serial killer in the vein of The Crazed Butt-Stabber, who roams the forest, seeking to punch them to death.
- Body-Count Competition: Implied to have one with the Butt-Stabber. Given he's only shown up in Mark's Let's Play of H1Z1, it's unlikely that he'll ever catch up.
Tiny Box Tim
A sentient wooden crate Mark found his playthrough of "Amnesia: A Late Night Drink". Since then, he's gone on all kinds of adventures with Mark and frequently appears as his companions in fan games.
- Animate Inanimate Object: He's a small crate that is also alive. He eventually gained a face and hands through fanart, which was later made canon.
- Companion Cube: A literal example in the original playthrough, although retcons have been made to establish him as always having been sentient.
- True Companions: With Mark. Whenever Mark faces trouble, Tiny Box Tim is always at his side.
Who Killed Markiplier? Characters
The District Attorney (You)
Stylised as “Y/N” (Your Name) in-universe, the viewer takes on the role of the District Attorney. They are an old friend of the Mayor who was invited to Markiplier Manor for a night of poker after having not heard from Markiplier for a long time.
- Accidental Murder: The Colonel shoots the District Attorney while trying to pry his gun from their hands, after which they fall to their death. It's immediately Lampshaded by him.
- Colonel: It was an accident! I swear!
- And I Must Scream: By the end of “Who Killed Markiplier”, the District Attorney is trapped in the house by a now evil Damien/Celine (Darkiplier) with no clear way of death or being freed, and no ability to do anything. Forever.
- Binge Montage: The District Attorney experiences a pretty wild one in chapter 1. Although hilarious, it's also Harsher in Hindsight with an added note of Fridge Brilliance because it actually foreshadows all the events afterwords. Abe's suspicion, Damien being trapped in "The Upside Down", the Colonel's disregard for life, etc. Word of God elaborates here.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The District Attorney comes back after their death from being shot by the Colonel, but they’re rendered unable to die and is now uselessly trapped in the house without a body.
- Featureless Protagonist: The District Attorney’s face and body, sans the appearance of an arm or two, is never seen. At least until the end of Chapter 4, where they finally get to take a look in the mirror. However, their body has shifted to look like Damien's by this time.
- Grand Theft Me: After volunteering to share their body with Damien and Celine, the District Attorney’s soon kicked out by Damien/Celine (Darkiplier) leaving him in control of your body.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack: Played briefly in chapter 4 after dying
- Railing Kill: The District Attorney falls over a railing to their death after the Colonel shoots them.
- Sickening "Crunch!": One can be heard when the District Attorney lands after falling over a railing in chapter 4. This presumably breaks their neck and is why Darkiplier is always twisting it.
- The Voiceless: The District Attorney is never heard speaking in the videos. Lampshaded by Celine to make the others suspect them.
William The Colonel
Portrayed by: Mark FischbachAn eccentric man who was a childhood friend of Markiplier and The Mayor.
- Accidental Murder: He shoots the District Attorney while trying to grab his gun from them. He also supposedly shoots Mark during a game of Russian Roulette, though that was purposely set up to kill.
- Family of Choice: As a child, he was raised with Markiplier in the Manor and they were as close as brothers. Subverted when they had a falling out over William having an affair with Markiplier’s wife Celine, causing both of them to develop bitter feelings towards each other.
- Former Friends Photo: Shares one with Damien and Markiplier to further show their past relationship as childhood friends. A second photo showing the addition of Celine together with Markiplier notes her role in the timeline and progression of relationships
- I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Played straight. The Colonel accidentally shoots the protagonist and he proceeds to respond with a variation of this saying.
- Colonel: It was an accident! I swear!
- Freak Out!: He suffers through this in "Who Killed Markiplier", triggering his insanity that led him to take on the identity of Wilford Warfstache.William: I-I thought you were dead... I-I-I mean, of course you're not dead! You're not — How could you be dead? I mean, I-I wouldn't have killed you... I didn't kill you! I mean, of cour — I-I...Of course! I didn't kill anybody! (through laughing) I didn't- It was all a joke! Of course, it was all a joke! Were you in on this?!
- Laughing Mad: Breaks down and starts laughing when the District Attorney comes back to life in the final chapter of Who Killed Markiplier?. He thinks he's been duped, and thus laughs at the cruel prank he thinks his friends played.
- Loon With A Heart Of Gold: He is repeatedly stated and shown to be an eccentric, and he can be brash, but he's ultimately devoted to and loves his friends. Contrast him with the other characters in “Who Killed Markiplier” aside from Damien, and he's one of the genuinely kindest characters to the protagonist. And though he does shoot the District Attorney, it was an accident and he regrets it. The trope is lampshaded by both Celine and Damien.
- Damien: The Colonel is an eccentric, it's his best quality and his worst.Celine: (After the Colonel shoots the District Attorney) : You can't blame him, honestly he's a good man.
- Murder Makes You Crazy: Interestingly subverted. The footage makes it seem that way, but Word of God explains that killing the District Attorney and Markiplier isn't what drove the Colonel insane, it was seeing the DA’s dead body come back to life, since it simply defies reality.
- Nigh-Invulnerability: Markiplier's original plan was to hijack Colonel's body, but the Manor knew it was impossible, so it manipulated Mark to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.
- No Name Given: In “Who Killed Markiplier?”, he is only referred to as "the Colonel." Word of God and bonus material reveals his name is William.
- Offscreen Teleportation: Heavily implied to have this ability, with his suddenly appearing in various rooms when the District Attorney is distracted or examining a picture. He's not the only one to do this, but is definitely the most prominent out of the cast, with Word of God supporting this idea. Furthermore the ability likely stems from the supernatural nature of Markiplier Manor.
- Removed from the Picture: In "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier breaks his framed photo of the Colonel after he runs away with his wife.
- Russian Roulette: He’s shown playing the game during the party with the Detective. He also played another game with Markiplier, causing the latter's (planned) death.
- Sanity Slippage: Suffers one at the end of “Who Killed Markiplier” after seeing the District Attorney’s dead body, which he's been mourning for ten hours suddenly stand up. He's so messed up over it that he thinks his friends' deaths are all a joke. Thus, all deaths are just jokes. Word of God confirmed this to be the origin story of Wilford Warfstache.
- Mark: (The Colonel) was standing over your body the entire night mourning his actions. That doesn't mean madness. Madness comes from seeing this body you've been staring at for ten hours suddenly just... get back up.
- Start of Darkness: His start of villainy (As Wilford Warfstache) came from accidentally shooting the DA. Though it isn't the DA's death that starts his villainy, but the fact the DA simply gets back up.
- Too Dumb to Live: He is seen during the party sequence in "Who Killed Markiplier?" aiming his gun at the Detective and at his own head. And yet, subverted as he is the last major character left alive at the end. He also willingly (though he was drunk and emotional) participated in a game of Russian Roulette, though he didn't get the short end of the stick in that situation.
- Up Through the Ranks: William was a private when he still lived in Markiplier Manor and the Chef worked for him, earning the rank of Colonel after he left during an undetermined amount of time later.
Damien The Mayor
Portrayed by: Mark FischbachThe mayor and a childhood friend of Markiplier and Col. William, and an old friend of the District Attorney.
- Corrupt Politician: According to news articles in Abe's Room Full of Crazy, Damien and Markiplier were "in cahoots," and the former was in some legal trouble. There is also an arrest record on him, with only one entry that is scribbled out.
- Former Friends Photo: Shares one with Markiplier and the Colonel to further show their past relationship. A second photo with Celine added notes her role in the timeline and progression of their relationships.
- Nice Guy: He cares deeply about his friends. When the District Attorney gets knocked down by the Detective during the party, he's the only one who is worried about them, and he engages them in hearty conversation on the next day. He's also the only one to genuinely care about Markiplier's death, and he believes that his friends, Colonel and the District Attorney, are innocent. When everyone is going out to find the groundskeeper, he stays inside with Celine to make sure she will be safe.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Celine's red, since he tries to balance out her temper and impulsiveness with reason and calmness. Even his dead spirit appears blue.
- Grand Theft Me: Has his body taken over by Markiplier's soul. He also hijacks the District Attorney’s body at the end of Chapter 4, though at that point, the Damien you know is gone, and only Darkiplier remains who is a fusion of the worst sides of Damien and Celine's souls.
- Not Too Dead to Save the Day: His spirit appears with Celine’s spirit in the “Upside Down” to help out the District Attorney and return them to the real world.
- Sharp Dressed Man: Is always seen in a black suit.
Portrayed by: Mark FischbachNo, not the Youtuber. In this universe, Markiplier is an actor that disappeared for a time before inviting the gang for poker night in celebration of something.
- Asshole Victim: According to the Colonel, who sees him as a selfish jerk who ultimately causes his own death. While the Colonel’s right to some extent, he failed to understand the depressive state Markiplier was in after their falling out, which was taken advantage of by the dark forces in the house to manipulate him into evil.
- Bloodless Carnage: Despite the numerous fatal injuries described by the Detective, his body has no visible wounds on it. This is because the wounds are all old and/or healed, and the only wound that should be present on Mark's body is the gunshot wound to the head from Russian Roulette.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: According to the Colonel, who believed that he died as a result of slipping from the stairs in a drunken stupor. However, this is averted in the party scene itself, since Markiplier is the only one who did not drink any alcohol.
- Chalk Outline: Besides Chapter 1 and the end of Chapter 4, the only appearance Markiplier makes is as a taped outline on the ground since the body disappears at the end of Episode 1.
- Classy Cravat: Wears one along with his robe to indicate his wealth and high status as the host of the party.
- Disproportionate Retribution: His wife ran away with one of his best friends. So he makes an elaborate plan to emotionally manipulate said friend into murder and steal his body. Somewhat justified trope since he's been infected by an evil house entity.
- Evil Former Friend: He used to be close childhood friends with Damien and William before a falling out with the latter caused their relationship to be strained. He later forms a scheme to trick the Colonel into murder and to steal Damien's body.
- Former Friends Photo: Shares one with Damien and the Colonel. A second photo with Celine added notes her role in the timeline and progression of their relationships.
- Grand Theft Me: Since his own body was being worn down from subjecting it to multiple suicides and the dark forces’ subsequent resurrections, he chooses to take over Damien's body instead.
- Karma Houdini: He tricked the Colonel into killing him, stole Damien's body and forced everyone through emotional turmoil. But he gets off without any retribution.
- My Death Is Just the Beginning: Markiplier planned his apparent death so that he could frame the Colonel for murder, take over Damien’s body, and leave everybody else in an angry and confused state. This proved to be successful.
- Not Good with Rejection: Doesn't take Celine running away with the Colonel very well.
- Plot-Triggering Death: Literally stated in the title. Markiplier's death is what sets off the investigations and events of the videos.
- Resurrective Immortality: Implied by Word of God to be the case thanks to the Manor, at least in the years leading up to the events of the series. After that, Markiplier and the Manor had other options.
- Russian Roulette: Played a game with the Colonel, causing his own (planned) death.
- Spurned into Suicide: The reason for his initial death (and subsequent resurrection and interest in the Manor's power) is implied to be a suicide after Celine runs away with the Colonel.
- There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Was stabbed 37 times, poisoned, beaten, strangled, drowned, and shot, in that order. Subverted as it is revealed in a stream that rather than these injuries being the cause of his death, Markiplier committed suicide multiple times in many ways. He was resurrected by the house each time.
- Mark: [The Detective] said "In that order." Not all at the same time. Not even all at the same day. That's just happened to him.
Celine The Seer
Portrayed by: Pamela HortonThe ex-wife of Markiplier who makes a sudden appearance at the end of Chapter 2.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Briefly turns everyone, except William and Damien, against the District Attorney during Chapter 3.
- Demonic Possession: At the end of Chapter 3. Markiplier Manor hijacks her body and traps her and Damien's souls into Markiplier's body and then traps them again in the Dark Dimension.
- Fortune Teller: Her profession. She does a seance with the District Attorney to that causes the latter to see past and future events that foreshadow the rest of the story.
- Grand Theft Me: She has her body taken over by The Dark Entity/Markiplier Manor. She also hijacks the District Attorney’s body at the end of Chapter 4, though at that point, the Celine you know is gone, and only Darkiplier remains who is a fusion of the worst sides of Damien and Celine's souls.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: She certainly has one, as shown by the scene when the District Attorney draws the groundskeeper they saw in their vision, which she sees as insignificant, and she begins to shout at them to try again, slamming the table in anger.
- Love Triangle: From what is seen in the pictures on Markiplier's bedroom table, she is part of one with Markiplier and the Colonel, with the latter seemingly unhappy with her presence. She was married to Markiplier, but fell out of love with him and 'in' love with the Colonel, who she ran away with.
- Manipulative Bastard: She can easily command a room and direct conversations. She also seems to easily earn the trust of everyone in the house. Word of God hints that she does this in an unnatural way.
- Plot-Inciting Infidelity: A major factor in starting off the plot is the fact that, years ago, Celine cheated on her husband, Markiplier, with the Colonel. Markiplier did not like that.
- Red Is Violent: Celine's spirit is red, and she makes up the angrier part of Darkiplier.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Damien's blue, due to her temper (she gets angry whenever things don’t go according to her plan) and impulsiveness (she doesn’t end the seance properly). Even her dead spirit appears red.
- The Smurfette Principle: Discounting the District Attorney, whose gender depends on that of the viewer’s, Celine is the only female character in “Who Killed Markiplier” series.
- Supernatural Is Purple: At the end of Chapter 3, the Manor-possessed Celine is shown to be surrounded by purple light.
- Your Cheating Heart: She ran away with the Colonel while married to Markiplier.
Abe the Detective
Portrayed by: Mick LauerA private detective whom Markiplier hires on a regular basis. He was hired to vet the party guests, but only to keep up appearances.
- Curse: All his previous partners have died each more tragic than the last. The District Attorney isn’t immune to it, as it foreshadows their death in Chapter 4.
- No Name Given: He’s only ever referred to as "Detective" with one exception. It's easy to miss, but Markiplier greets him as "Abe!" in Little Buddy’s surveillance footage in chapter 1. Word of God and bonus material reveals his full name is Abe Lincoln.
- Not Quite Dead: He evidently survived being shot by the Colonel, presumably due to the Manor preventing permanent death of its residents. At the end of the video for Chapter 4, we hear his message to the Colonel as he calls the authorities.
- Detective: Colonel... if you can hear this... you better run.
- The Only One: Feels that calling the authorities in is unnecessary, as he is on the case.
- Private Detective
- String Theory: Has a mess of a room in the Manor filled with evidence about the case, and about all the guests in the house.
Benjamin The Butler
Portrayed by: Tyler ScheidA butler working for Markiplier.
- Hideous Hangover Cure: He gives one to the DA in the form of seltzer with cocaine in the morning after the party.
- No Name Given: Is only referred to as "the butler." Word of God and bonus material reveals his name is Benjamin.
- The Jeeves: He’s utterly devoted to his job even after Markiplier’s death - reacting with shock when he finds a broken wine bottle in the cellar, being worried about the shattering of a vase, and angrily telling off the Detective and the Colonel for having guns inside the house.
Chef the Chef
Portrayed by: Robert RexxA chef that works for Markiplier.
- Evil Chef: He’s initially set up as this, threatening the DA with a ladle the first time they meet and making odd threats towards them. Subverted in the fact that he’s a good guy who’s just a little scary.
- His Name Really Is "Barkeep": Word of God says the chef's name really is Chef. Amusingly enough, Chef apparently only spent 4 weeks at cooking school, so his name fitting his profession is entirely coincidental.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He’s initially hostile towards the District Attorney and can be rather threatening if he wants to be, but he’s nice enough to let George live on the manor grounds and is on good terms with him.
George The Groundskeeper
Portrayed by: Chris HamptonThe old groundskeeper of Markiplier Manor.
- Crusty Caretaker: Old and grouchy, he only cares about tending to the grounds of the Manor.
- Haunted House Historian: He knows about the supernatural presence in the house and thus hasn’t set foot in it for fifteen years. This is the reason why lightning doesn’t strike whenever he mentions the word “murder. The only time he breaks this vow is when he sees the purple lights stemming from Celine’s possession coming from the house.
- The Hermit: Chef basically describes him as such. He apparently lived on the manor grounds for fifteen years without anybody noticing.
The Dark Entity
- Big Fancy House: Fittingly for a manor, it is well-furnished, full of ornamental decorations and has many rooms. It’s also technically the first character to be introduced - receiving a wide panning shot in the prologue that shows its overhead layout.
- The Chessmaster: The Dark Entity manipulated Damien, the District Attorney and Celine into merging with it, releasing it from its prison.
- The Corrupter: It would corrupt people into amplifying their worse traits while making them think that they are still good. Its primary victims include Markiplier, Celine, and Damien.
- Eldritch Location: Whoever dies in the Manor doesn’t stay dead. It also warps the minds of those who set foot in it, causing negative thoughts/feelings to worsen and the victim to subconsciously justify evil actions. This gets worse the longer they stay inside it.
- Sapient House: Word of God says the Manor has a mind of its own. This is shown in the series by the house subconsciously guiding you to Abe’s office, which hadn’t been available to the District Attorney as a room before.