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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.
- 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.
- 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 BSOD: 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
- Slasher Smile: Pulls off a rather impressive one during in the second part of the Thanksgiving Day footage.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Get Out: Shoves Noah out of his house when he realizes he is a target for the Slender Man.
- Retired Badass
- 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.
- 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 for the sake of his own safety.
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 suspected of being 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.
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.
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.
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:
- And We Must Scream: It's been implied that joining the Collective is not a pleasant experience.
- Appropriated Appellation: They have no names other than the nicknames humans have given them, which they have adopted for the sake of convenience.
- Chess Motifs: Each member is given a chess piece to symbolize their rank.
- Dark Is Evil
- Dark Is Not Evil: While some members are definitely malevolent, others seem to be actively working to help Noah escape his fate.
- Demonic Possession: Each member is actually a spirit controlling an innocent victim. However, as demonstrated with Firebrand, the degree to which they are being controlled seems to vary.
- Elite Mooks: There are Slenderman's proxies, and then there are these guys.
- Evil Is One Big Happy Family: Subverted. A few lines from the Observer imply that they can't stand each other.
- Hive Mind: Although they each still have individual personalities.
- Mind Rape: They love doing this to their victims. And it's implied that they suffer this as well.
- Only Known By Their Nicknames: See Appropriated Appellation
- Painting the Medium: They each use a different font.
- Reality Warpers: Although no two members seem to have the same amount of power.
- They Who Must Not Be Seen: So far, the only members whose unobscured faces we've seen are the Observer (Kevin), Firebrand (Noah), Cursor (Mary Asher), and Mr. Scars (Milo).
- Were Once Humans: With the possible exception of the Administrator.
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 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.
- Antihero: Unscrupulus Hero (Type IV). While he has allied himself with Noah, that doesn't mean he hasn't committed terrible acts to get to this point.
- Badass Arm-Fold: At the end of The Live Stream Incident video.
- Bad Powers, Good People
- Big Damn Heroes
- Black Bead Eyes: Described as "pinhole eyes".
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Deadpan Snarker: Fitting, considering who his host is. Perfect example: after he ends up giving Noah several thousand dollars in cash, his advice is, "Try not to spend it all."
- Did You Just Flip Off the Slender Man?: Does this literally as the Administrator is about to collect Noah in his sleep. It shocks the hell out of him so much that he puts away his Combat Tentacles and tilts his head in confusion.
- Determinator: As "The Stubborn", he never gave up even after becoming part of the Collective.
- Enemy Mine: To free himself from the Administrator's control, he made an unwilling alliance with HABIT (who he describes as "a loathsome entity with mutual interests").
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Like the Observer, he likes leaving hidden messages in Noah's videos, usually in the last frame.
- At the end of "Extraordinary Circumstances" when Firebrand appears in the doorway to Noah's room, the words "HELLO EVERYBODY" are briefly superimposed over a picture on Noah's desk.
- Future Me Scares Me: Noah is understandably horrified to learn that Firebrand is a future version of himself who joined the Collective.
- Glowing Eyes of Doom
- "Have a Nice Day" Smile
- Heel-Face Turn.Maybe.
- Heroic Sacrifice: So far, the journal that the Collective are after has been the very thing protecting him from their wrath. He intends to have it delivered to Noah.
- Hope Spot: Provides one when he hacks into the Observer's video to protect Noah.
- My Future Self and Me
- Nightmare Face
- Perpetual Smiler
- Precision F-Strike: Part of the final clincher as to Firebrand's true identity. "YOU'RE FUCKING WELCOME."
- Also in his second tweet to Noah: "I'm trying to save you, you ungrateful fuck."
- Red Filter of Doom: The lighting of the videos turn reddish-orange when Firebrand appears.
- Screw Destiny: Leading to Heel Face Turn.
- Slasher Smile: Always has one.
- Stepford Smiler
- Walking Spoiler: Has been this ever since INTERCEPTION.
- You Are Not Alone: Gives a pep talk to Noah when he interrupts the Observer's message (INTERCEPTION).
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.
- Wicked Cultured: His font looks like cursive handwriting, implying this.
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 first female Proxy 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.
- 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."
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