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Noah Maxwell

The main character and Audience Surrogate, Noah uploads his recordings of his last days with his cousin Milo Asher before his apparent suicide in 2010. Upon noticing the Slender Man in the videos, Noah becomes the target for the monster and his minions, particularly the Observer, recording the encounters and the mysterious events surrounding his life. He has a tendency to swear a lot when under pressure.

  • Apocalyptic Log: His video project, initially meant to be focusing on the twelve tribes of Israel, turns into this.
  • Ax-Crazy: Seems to become this in the second part of "Thanksgiving Day Footage" under the influence of the Observer. Sarah finds him in a daze, covered in blood and wielding a knife. It is later revealed he in fact murdered Sarah's friend Kat.
  • Badass Normal: Willing to take on Slender Man with a pistol. But he is smart enough to leg it when Slender Man brings out the tentacles.
  • Beard of Sorrow: Grows one in the days before his 21st birthday.
  • Blood from the Mouth: In the "November 11th" video, and again in "Pitfall."
  • The Chosen One / It Sucks to Be the Chosen One: Noah was marked at birth (perhaps even earlier) to become an important member of the Collective.
  • Cluster F-Bomb / Precision F-Strike: Noah in a nutshell.
  • Cosmic Plaything: The Collective just loves to fuck with him.
  • Death Seeker: Seemed to be the case after "Catharsis", but after finding Milo's journal he seems determined to continue. Though no longer actively seeking, in "Pitfall" after The Observer pushes him off the observation tower and he falls for a while, after screaming in terror for the first half, he screams "THIS IS IT!! I'M FUCKIN' DEAD!! I'M FREE!!" with obvious glee in his voice. Then he hits the ground, badly hurt, but still alive.
  • Determinator: Noah tries to keep this up for most of his videos, but falls apart completely by the time of the Cartharsis video.
  • Despair Event Horizon: The Catharsis video has him willing to accept his fate and be taken by the Observer.
    • Being saved by Firebrand seems to have given him new incentive to live, and he is back to his old determined self—albeit rather shell-shocked.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Does this to both Slender Man and the Observer.
  • Distressed Dude: The Collective has a tendency to snatch him in the earlier videos and then release after screwing with his mind after varying amount of time, no matter how much he resists. He has been avoiding this lately though thanks to the help of Firebrand.
  • Doomed by Canon: It seems Noah is destined to become Firebrand at some point in the future.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Lives in a large house with a pool all by himself. Though it is actually a summer house owned by his parents.
  • Hell Hotel: Ends up in one (in the aptly named "Halloween Hotel" video and November 11th), where he is attacked by the Observer and the Slender Man.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: During the run-up to his birthday...and when realizes he killed Kat.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The Observer plans to turn Noah into a member of the Collective on his birthday, November 11th. Firebrand puts a stop to this, fortunately.
  • In Memoriam: The first video Noah posts is in memory of Milo. After that, the channel quickly veers into the horrific.
  • The Killer in Me: Noah murdered Kat, possibly while under the influence of the Observer.
  • Mind Screw: Happens to him a LOT.
  • Recap Episode: The "Several Months of Hell" video.
  • Sanity Slippage: In the run-up to his 21st birthday, Noah becomes more and more uneasy and emotional.
    • In fact, the series as a whole can be seen as a one for Noah.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Often has these with other characters, particularly during the early "Milo" videos.
  • Shirtless Scene: Has an unpleasant Fan Disservice scene in the November 11th video after the Observer draws and writes on his chest.
  • Sir Swearsalot: He gets out the expletives when he's scared. He's scared a lot.
  • Slasher Smile: Pulls off a rather impressive one during in the second part of the Thanksgiving Day footage.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After "Bridge to Nowhere" Noah begins posting and interacting with fans less and less, and becomes more unhinged and angry. It gets so bad that when Stan Frederick offers him help in two videos, he angrily insults him both over the phone, and at his front door.
  • Unexpected Inheritance: Firebrand and Mr. Scars deliver a briefcase to Noah, containing several of Milo's belongings. It also doubles as a Briefcase Full of Money.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Perhaps.

Milo Asher

Noah's cousin and close friend, Milo was haunted by the Slender Man during the time he visited Noah in 2008. He committed suicide in 2010, and Noah's inspection of the video recordings he made in 2008 reveal that the Slender Man may have had an influence on the event of Milo's death.


Noah's friend (and YouTube follower) who invites him to stay with her during Thanksgiving break. However, the influence of the Collective follows, leading to Sarah becoming involved with the Noah's problems for a while.

  • A Day in the Limelight: In the Thanksgiving two-parter, she handles Noah's video camera and witnesses Noah's moment of madness.
  • Distressed Damsel: As evidenced by her Twitter account after Thanksgiving.
  • Innocent Bystander
  • Killed Off for Real: She is taken by Slender Man and later confirmed to have been killed when Noah finds her obituary.
  • Oh, Crap!: She calls Noah during his Valentines day livestream and reveals the Slender Man has been stalking her.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Bad blood between Adam Rosner and the actress who played Sarah led to delays in filming, and finally led him to re-write the final part of the Thanksgiving Day footage so her character doesn't appear on-camera.


Sarah's friend who appears in the Thanksgiving two-parter. She is murdered by a crazed Noah off-camera, and her death is made to look like a suicide.

Karl Maxwell

Noah's grandfather on his mother's side. He is from Germany, and speaks little English. He reveals to Noah that he encountered the Slender Man in World War II, and possesses a journal and knife belonging to dead Nazi Sebastian Kraus, which apparently is the last record of an unknown historic event involving the Slender Man.

  • Badass Grandpa: Worked for the OSS in World War II.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: It seems Noah will have to work with his grandpa to get the journal in order to fight back against the Collective.
  • Dirty Coward: Played with. Karl keeps himself distant from his entire family in order to protect himself from the Collective, but it's strongly implied that he does this to keep his whole family safe as well. However, when Noah stays at his home for too long, he yells at him to...
  • Get Out: Shoves Noah out of his house when he realizes he is a target for the Slender Man.
  • I Have No Daughter: The moment Mary Asher tells Karl that she can see "Mr. Slim", he immediatly disowns her.
    • It's interesting to note that when warning Noah about Slender Man, he refers to Milo as "his friend", meaning that Karl isn't even aware that Milo was his second grandson, because of him disowning Mary at an early age.
  • Retired Badass: Used to work for the OSS, and attempted to kill Slender Man during that time. It comes at the cost of him becoming a Shell-Shocked Veteran for the rest of his life.
  • Sanity Slippage: Mary claimed that he started out fairly sane and normal, only to forget his English and become more crazed and paranoid over time. Noah's mother also stated that he suffers from age-related dementia. However, given the things he witnessed and the strangeness surrounding the family, it's beginning to look like his paranoia is completely justified....
  • Secret Keeper: Hides the journal and knife belonging to Sebastian Kraus. And it doesn't look like he's giving it up any time soon.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Not just because he fought in the war, but because he met the Slender Man.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Refuses to talk to or see Noah, Mary Asher, or other members of his family for the sake of his own safety.

Mary Asher

Milo's mother, Mary is known to have had mental problems since she was a child. It is revealed she has known the Slender Man since she was a child, referring to him as "Mr. Slim". She also knew Dr. Corenthal when he treated Milo as a child, and was a member of The Order, a cult first seen in the logs of Dark Harvest. She was confirmed dead in "Obituary".

  • Big NO!: Her reaction to learning that Milo is Mr. Scars.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Implied to be a lifelong candidate for the Collective, and is revealed to be Cursor's host.
  • Doomed by Canon: Will eventually be killed by Mr. Scars.
    • Her death is confirmed in "Obituary": she was found in her submerged car with a bullet hole in her chest — and x-shaped bandages covering her eyes.
    • Death by Irony: Mary only had Milo in the first place so she could sacrifice him to "Mr. Slim", believing she could end the family "curse" and prevent her own death at the hands of the Collective; instead, Milo was resurrected as the Collective Member Mr. Scars — her prophesied killer.
  • Harassing Phone Call: Mary calls Noah out of the blue after he spent months trying to call her, explaining her past with the Slender Man and that Mr. Scars is going to kill her (and for some reason, assumes that Noah knows who he really is.)
  • Killed Off for Real
  • The Killer in Me: She is believed to have murdered her ex-husband, mistakenly believing he was Mr. Scars.
  • Missing Mom: After Milo's funeral.
  • Religion of Evil: She is (or was) a member of a Slender Man-worshipping cult. (It's hinted that she only joined because she thought they could provide her more information about "Mr. Slim"... such as how he could be destroyed.)
  • Sanity Slippage
  • Divorce Requires Death: It's strongly hinted that she killed her first husband and then her second husband (John Fletcher) out of paranoia.

John Fletcher

Mary's ex-husband who Noah contacts regarding her whereabouts. He seems to be a nice guy who cared for both Mary and Milo, despite their mental issues.

  • Nice Guy: One of the very few members of Noah's "family" who seems to care about more than just his own hide.
  • Red Shirt: He is killed off-screen, likely by Mary.
  • The Voice: Never appears onscreen, but is heard over the phone in A Phone Call With John Fletcher.

Sebastian Kraus

A Nazi who Karl encountered in 1944. He was being chased by the Slender Man and was killed, but his journal which contained a record of an unseen historic event ended up in Karl's hands.

    The Collective 

The Collective

A group of powerful proxies who do the Slender Man's dirty work. They each have their own assignments and separate goals. The driving force of the plot involves them needing the journal of Karl Maxwell, as it is the last piece of the puzzle for their plans for Humanity. Tropes applying the Collective as a whole include:

The Administrator/Slender Man

The Eldritch Abomination himself and Big Bad of the series. As usual, he is stalking children — and, in this case Milo and Noah — but takes a backseat to allow his minion, the Observer, to keep an eye on Noah. He often pops up to scare Noah, and possesses animated Combat Tentacles.

The Observer/Kevin Haas

More or less the main antagonist of the series, this mysterious and shadowy figure delights in manipulating Noah for his own purposes. He is recognizable by his distinctive thick glasses, long hair and malevolent grin. Beyond that, what he looks like is unknown, as he has only ever been seen in rotoscoping. He is later revealed to be possessing Noah's friend Kevin, who helped translate Karl's German after Noah's first visit to his grandfather.

Firebrand/Noah Maxwell

Firebrand is a member of the Collective who appeared in front of Noah on November 11th, and is recognized for his pinhole eyes and smile. He is called "The Stubborn." He stops the Observer from taking Noah on 11/11/12 and hijacked the video INTERCEPTION, revealing information about the journal. The Livestream Incident reveals that he is Noah, from either the future or a separate timeline.


A member of the Collective that wears a skull mask and hood. He is known to have followed Sebastian Kraus. He is known as "The Nationalist."

  • A Nazi by Any Other Name: He is named after a German term, known as the Nationalist, existed in World War II, stalked Sebastian, and is currently stalking Karl (who also fought in the war).
  • The Dragon: Seems to share this role with the Observer. He may even be above the Observer in rank, due to having a higher-ranked Chess piece.
  • Cool Mask
  • In the Hood
  • Gratuitous German: Has only said two words so far (see below). Since he was active in Germany following Sebastian, we'll probably get a lot of this from him when/if he starts talking more.
  • Jump Scare: Appears in the HAPPYBIRTHDAY video and leaps at the camera, with the words "Auf Wiedersehen" ("goodbye" in German) in his mouth.
  • Meaningful Name: Deadhead is a reference to the German term "Totenkopf" which means "death's head". The Totenkopf is symbolised by a skull and was used by the Nazis.
  • Nightmare Face: Scary enough with the mask. Presumably he is hiding something creepier beneath it.
  • Skull for a Head: Actually a Cool Mask owned by Deadhead's host. Word of God states however that the mask may or may not be a part of his own face.
  • Wicked Cultured: His font looks like cursive handwriting, implying this.

Cursor/Mary Asher

Cursor is a female Collective member with long hair and X-shaped bandages over her eyes. Her title is "The Selfish." Noah has noted that she bears a resemblance to both his own mother and Mary Asher. As of Obituary, it is confirmed that she is indeed Mary.

  • Blindfolded Vision: Wears x-shaped bandages over her eyes. Notably, large purple crosses have appeared in both Tribe Twelve and Everyman HYBRID.
  • It's All About Me: Presumably why she is called The Selfish.
    • Series creator Adam Rosner has described her as a "bitch", and it was revealed that her host Mary Asher sold her son out to the Collective to stave off her own death.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only girl in the collective, and one of the very first females working under the big man in any of the Slender Man stories.

Mr. Scars/Milo Asher

Mr. Scars is seen with his hands covering a heavily scarred face. He is called "the one who kills Mary" and "The Burdened", and Mary Asher believed that Noah knew his identity. Noah has mentioned on Twitter that he has had a recurring nightmare about Mr. Scars, finding him vaguely familiar. "Obituary" confirmed that he's Milo Asher.

  • Affably Evil: Seems to hate his own scars, judging by his behavior in a dream Noah had about him.
    • Implied even more in DEUS EX MACHINA when Firebrand reveals Mr. Scars will deliver Milo's diary in a briefcase to Noah. In Obituary, Mr. Scars delivers the briefcase...with the final frame of the video showing a smiling Milo wishing Noah "Good Luck".
  • Back from the Dead: He's Milo revived as a member of the Collective.
  • Body Snatcher: Actually, more like a book snatcher. He possesses his journal, while mocking and talking to Noah during the days he spends alone in his house.
  • Healing Factor: Subverted in the most horrific fashion: he retains all of the wounds from his suicide, including cuts on both wrists and a slit throat.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars
  • The Grotesque
  • Nightmare Face: Presumably hides one behind his hands.
    • "Milo's Tape", however, suggests that he might be hiding his face due to the sorrow and shame of having murdered his own mother.
  • Serial Killings, Specific Target: Destined to murder Mary Asher. It seems he has fulfilled this destiny.
  • Monster Sob Story: There's a good reason why he's known as "The Burdened".note 


Swain wears an army uniform and smiling theatre mask. Is also called "The Lover." Little is known about him at this time.


Persolus has the guise of an old man, and is called "the hermit." Persolus is Latin for "quite alone."

     Humans Associated with the Collective: 


Scrinarii is an unidentified man who is a "friend" of Firebrand. He attempts to provide information on things on the Tribe Twelve Reddit, but assumed to be a gamejacker and blocked. After fans learned about his relationship to Firebrand, Scrinarii appears occasionally on the Tribe Twelve discord to provide answers for people.

Future Noah Maxwell

Hailing from an alternate timeline, Future Noah (known as Prebrand by fans) is Noah Maxwell from a future where he was enslaved by the Collective, and forced to live within their realm for an undetermined amount of time. Noah first encounters him on the Boardwalk, where he makes it clear how much Sanity Slippage he's gone through over the years.

  • Axe-Crazy: Compared to the current Noah, Future Noah has shown to be much more unhinged than one would like to believe, going as for as to slice Noah's hand with a Nazi blade just for shits and giggles.
  • BFS: Has a large Nazi blade that he keeps in his Bag of Holding. We later get to see it in action when he attacks Noah with it.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: While showing off his miscellaneous objects, Prebrand takes out a bag marked "BIRD" on it with...something... in it, and eats it in right in front of a disgusted Noah. Somewhat justified, since there aren't exactly any restaurants in the Collective's realm.
  • Close Enough Timeline: Implied. Future Noah admits to the current Noah that he doesn't exactly know what he's going to say or do next, and that he's trying to copy what he remembers his future self did when he was in Noah's place.
  • Flash Step: Appears to have the ability to do this, although Word of God implies that it's someone/something else doing it for him.
  • Hope Spot: See "The Reason You Suck" Speech below.
  • Laughing Mad: His mocking laughter that echoes throughout the Collective's realm rivals that of the Observer's laughter.
  • Name's the Same: He's Noah Maxwell from an alternate future. Subverted in that he and Firebrand, while both different incarnations of Noah, are different entities entirely.
  • The Sociopath: Seems to have little care whatsoever for his past self, and seems to be more interested in having some cheap laughs than actually teaching Noah anything
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Future Noah claims he's under "house arrest" meaning that he can't leave the boardwalk, or the Collective's realm.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: After toying with him for a few solid minutes, Future Noah berates his past self for believing that his life is one big joke for people on the internet to watch. He takes it a step further and attacks him with a Nazi blade for no apparent reason other than for a quick laugh.



A malevolent entity who possessed Evan from the EverymanHYBRID crew, HABIT is an Ax-Crazy creature who seems to hate the Slender Man. So much so that he frees Firebrand from the Slender Man's control and joins forces with him.

For tropes that apply to him, see the EMH character page.