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Headscratchers: The Slender Man Mythos
  • Who is Slender Man's tailor? With his unhuman proportions and extra appendages, he can hardly be buying his suits off the pipe racks at the local Big & Tall shop.
    • I just figured the suit was actually part of him.
      • Or maybe he patronizes the same guy who made purple tailcoats for the Apple Bonkers.
      • It's likely that the suit is made of fabrics from people he kills.
      • So wait, he made an immaculate, perfectly fitting business suit out of scavenged fabric? Slenderman must be the greatest tailor who ever lived.
  • There tends to be three ways the victims of Slenderman meet their end; insanity, death or disappearance (and there may be some overlap between the three). What I'm wondering is where do the people go after Slendy makes them disappear? Where does he take them? I know this is one of those things that's left up to our imaginations but it's one of the things I'd love to know. It'd pin down if Slendy was mystical, alien or scientific.
    • He's obviously working with Candle Jack to make them va
    • I assumed he was making more, i mean most found bodies were said to be distorted, so he could have been preparing them and they didn't survive.
  • What the hell is with this second Slender Man in Scared and H(a)unting? Furthermore, what kind of sense does it make that the Slender Man that we all know, who kills people and stuffs them in bags, would play Papa Bear to a little girl and post on her blog? It's just ridiculous, and that's saying something, considering this is a web of stories about a faceless, sharply-dressed bald man with tentacles.
    • It's exactly because he kills people and stuffs them in bags that most people sense the logic error of his Papa Bear tendencies.
    • The constant use of pop-culture references is detrimental to the mythos.
    • I'm not sure what the second Slender Man is supposed to be, though some bloggers have theories ranging from a younger, more impulsive member of Slender's species, to the younger Slender Man time-traveling in a fight against an older, more reserved and humane Slender (though H(a)unting states several times that their Slender still kills). As for why He protects Sandra, they've theorized that He was curious as to why she never seemed afraid of Him, and one of the messages He left seems to indicate that whatever power He has to intimidate people, she's immune to.
    • In addition to the time travel idea, it's also possible that there really are two Slender Men (no one ever said there had to be only one). And there's the theories that Slender Man's got some kinda weird personality disorder going on, or maybe he's just messing with everyone's heads by acting like there's another. From a meta point of view, it looks a bit like Scared and H(a)unting had two clashing ideas about a single topic (the character Drew), so they said there were two Slender Men so they coudl avoid the inconsistensies between the two blogs.
    • This troper's main problem with H(a)unting, aside having a gross Mary Sue for a protagonist, is that the premise in and of itself is flawed. Why would Slender Man care whether or not he scared Sandra? He wouldn't spend time trying to figure her out. He'd put her organs in bags and shove her on a tree branch, and call it a day. Character Derailment, thy name is H(a)unting.
    • Some people are so desperate, they find anything sexy.
    • Are people seriously complaining about something ruining the integrity of a creature created via photoshop for a contest? Slender Man can be whatever the individual story writer needs it to be, the very nature of the character allows for reinterpretations and reimaginings. Much older monster have been revamped and revised for individual stories, why is Slender Man so sacred? Between this and the people that deride the Charlie Matheson Jr. part of Slender The Arrival, I'm starting to think there's some fanatical cult that worships Slender Man and who's goal is to preserve (ie. force) their idea of what/who Slender Man is.

  • Not to sound like a nitpicker or anything, but what's the point of creating the Slender Man stories if you're apparently not supposed to research him?
    • You may as well ask why create Candlejack jokes if you're not supposed
    • Which blogs do that?

  • Why exactly is the Slender Man called "The Operator" in Marble Hornets? What exactly is he operating? Where did the name come from?
    • No idea, yet. Well, I don't know an in-universe reason, anyway. As for why the creators named him that, well, there's the whole operator symbol (or tensor product symbol, specifically...) (⊗) fetish, which always in my mind represented a head with a crossed-out (lack of) face. I always just thought the creators went "whelp, we have this symbol associated with him, let's give him a name associated with the symbol."
    • I don't think they ever call Slendy "the Operator," do they? Not in the videos certainly. Did they do it in the Twitter? Anyway, I thought who the phrase actually referred to was purposefully ambiguous.
      • They say "The Operator" is the actual, in-universe name. The videos don't mention it but the videos don't refer to him as Slender Man either.
    • The reason that he's referred to as "The Operator" in MH is because MH is made by SA Goons, who really don't like to be associated with stuff they think is getting stupid. Basically, MH was originally just a thing to entertain fellow Goons and when it became so popular that hundreds of lesser quality(sometimes horrible quality) Slenderstories started to pop up they wanted to differentiate themselves from it. "This isn't The Slender Man or Slenderman, it's The Operator, something else that was only originally based on The Slender Man." is the general idea behind it.
    • Where was that ever said? This is the only page I've ever seen that posited, did you just make that up? Either way, it seems more likely that, in Marble Hornets, "Operator" is the creature's accurate name while "Slender Man" is just a casual nickname.
    • "Operator" is just that particular Slenderman's name. The fact that it has a name is wierd as no other Slenderman see any reason to name themselves, they don't even have an official name, Slenderman is just our most recent label.

  • In some of the stories those affected by Slendy will sometimes speak in code, mainly by capitalizing certain letters, and I guess I'm okay with that. But the characters sometimes breaking out into binary? I mean, what, is Slendy implanting microchips in their brains? Is he an android? I just don't get it.
    • Maybe he is an android implanting microchips in their brains. It would actually explain a lot.
    • It's also possible that people figure that Zeroes and Ones look enough like the Operator symbol to deter Slendy from trying to read it, or that Slendy is simply figuring out other codes and has yet to completely figure out binary.
      • Fridge Brilliance: Slendy is an internet meme - it makes perfect sense for those affected by him to speak binary. After all, it's probably the first human "language" he knew.
    • What if it's a recent thing it decided to do, or if the "More than one" idea is to be believed than it could be a current Slenderman adapted or tailored to deal with scaring through the internet and binary was what it came up with.

  • Why is it that Marble Hornets get grouped as just another series associated with The Slenderman Mythos when nearly everything about the mythos besides Slendy himself and the original creepypastas came from Marble Hornets? While some tropes do appear in all of them, some of them are distinctly traits of Marble Hornets (i.e. the Laser-Guided Amnesia, cryptic codes, the distorted tapes, Meaningful Background Events, Demonic Possession and/or Mind Rape, totheark, etc.), and yet the trope pages credit it as "Common in The Slenderman Mythos" despite that they are all examples of Follow the Leader and most memorably appeared in Marble Hornets. It seems to give less credit to Marble Hornets than it deserves, or at least making Marble Hornets a victim to Seinfeld Is Unfunny much quicker than it needs to be.

  • Why do people throw a shit-fit whenever someone addresses Slender Man as "Slender"? From a grammatical standpoint, I can understand (the word "Slender" is an adjective, and thus doesn't work as a name), but there's already so many names for him ("Tall Man", "Thin Man", "der großmann", "The Pale One", "Slendy"… hell, there's also "The Operator", if you want to be generous and view him as the same entity). I honestly don't see how tacking on the word "Slender" as a name is somehow committing an atrocious sin against God.
    • If I had to guess, it's because the people most likely to call him that only know of him through the video game and don't know his actual name.

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