''Ben Drowned'' (also known as ''You Shouldn't Have Done That'', ''Haunted Majora's Mask'', or just by its author's name ''Jadusable'') is a {{Creepypasta}} turned AlternateRealityGame created by user [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Jadusable Jadusable]] about how he got a free ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' cartridge from a strange old man.

[[GenreBlindness This goes about as well as you'd expect.]] After he gets home and plays it, he notices some odd quirks and strange bugs. After performing the [[http://bit.ly/zF4wao fourth day glitch]], things get... ''very'' frightening.

The first part of the story can be found [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Arc_1 here]], the second part is [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Arc_2 here]], and what has happened in the third part so far can be found [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Hubris_Arc here]]. It's not a good idea to read them if you plan on getting any sleep tonight. Also, OOC happenings can be found [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Out_of_Character_Updates here]]. There is also a [[Characters/BenDrowned Character Sheet]] that NeedsWikiMagicLove.

Jadusable himself has a [[http://www.twitter.com/alexanderdhall Twitter account]] set up to answer any questions as well as provide general updates.

Should not be confused with DanBrowned, or when someone has [[SuperDrowningSkills Been Drowned]].
!This ARG provides examples of the following tropes:
* AndIMustScream: Literally, in Jadusable's nightmare where he gets transformed into another Elegy Statue.
--> "I tried to scream but the mask was pressed so tightly against my face that it was my new face... and my new face had no mouth."
* AllJustADream: king kong.wmv seems to be one for [[spoiler:Goron Link after he gets DrunkOnMilk and passes out in front of the Milk Bar]].
* ApocalypticLog: Jadusable's account of what he sees in the game starts becoming one of these.
* AprilFoolsDay: king kong.wmv.
* ArcNumber: 423.
* ArcWords: "You shouldn't have done that."
** "You've met with a terrible fate, haven't you?"
* TheArtifact: ''Majora's Mask'' elements went on the back burner after the retooled second arc began. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen The original draft of the game, before Jadusable ran into financial problems]], would've kept said elements to the end, however.
* BeingWatched: Jadusable starts feeling like this not long after he gets the game.
* BloodlessCarnage: Even though the story is really terrifying, the videos are all shot within the engine of Majora's Mask, an E rated game.
** Surprisingly, at 4:42 in Jadusable.wmv, Link suffers an instant death as a blood splatter appears on the screen. Truth is, Ocarina and Majora both had blood for when you got hit, but was so unrealistic looking (though it was indeed red) that the games got an E-rating anyway.
* BodyHorror: [[spoiler: Jadusable's dream.]] Also, although a less bloody version than usual for this, Link's "glitched" back.
* ButThouMust: One of the first weird things that happens to Jadusable after doing the glitch is having the "Go to the lair of the temple's boss?" prompt pop up where it shouldn't. He tries to select "No", but his cursor won't move.
* CreepyChild: The Elegy of Emptiness statue. And to a lesser extent, BEN... [[spoiler:Or whatever is calling itself BEN...]]
* DeadPersonConversation: [[spoiler: Possible subversion. At first you think the chat messages with BEN are this, but then it turns out BEN may not be, well, BEN, after all.]]
* DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu: [[spoiler: PlayedForLaughs during [[AprilFools king kong.wmv]] when [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment Jadusable's impromptu music video]] is interrupted by the appearance of another BEN save file... whereupon he [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments promptly deletes it, makes a new file named SWAGGGGG and carries on dancing.]]]]
* EvilDetectingDog: A pack of them is present in the orchard from the Ryukaki arc.
* EvilIsNotAToy: In this case, evil IS a toy.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler: "My eyes... they took... my eyes."]]
* FilkSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw1nnjAiHNQ Hey I'm Ben (Shadow of my Chair Mix)]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq5NgUm5Hhc Set Me Free]], for starters.
** There's also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ciKYJRqPi8k Tower of Torments (Supermoon Synth Mix)]], which is a dark remix of [[spoiler: [[{{RickRoll}} Never Gonna Give You Up]]]]. Depending on how you classify it, it also counts as a VillainSong for Skull Kid / Ben
*** Also [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf5pSddMuUo&src_vid=Gq5NgUm5Hhc&feature=iv&annotation_id=annotation_921982 Want You Gone (Lambs to the Slaughter Mix)]], which is a remix of ''Videogame/{{Portal 2}}''[='s=] end credits song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVVZaZ8yO6o Want You Gone]]
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou
* {{Gaslighting}}: Mentioned in passing in thetruth.rtf. [[spoiler:BEN thinks it would have been hilarious to just randomly close a window or move the mouse a little bit occasionally and wait for Jadusable to notice.]]
* GetOut: The first time the Wayward Horizon forum group was broken into, someone cut off the Welcome Post by Guide to tell us in Binary that we shouldn't be in there, and to '''[[MemeticMutation GET. OUT.]]''' Minutes later, another thread is posted, this one by Kelbris, simply saying "'''''GET OUT'''''" after which the password was changed.
* HauntedHouse: Reversing the reversed portions of Ryukaki's final video (so that they play normally) will reveal that [[spoiler: he has been living in Ben's old house all this time.]]
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: "h b i s r ea l".
* InterfaceScrew: ... In real life.
* {{Irony}}: The reverse Song of Healing is notoriously creepy and unsettling, especially in the context of the story and videos. But what do you get when you play the Song of Healing backwards in the actual game? Saria's Song, one of the most upbeat tunes in the series.
* JumpScare: In "DROWNED.wmv", when Link is at the tree inside the moon and he's being stalked by the statue, it cuts to a momentary flash of the Happy Mask Salesman's livid face and a scream before it cuts to black.
* TheLittleShopThatWasntThereYesterday: The garage sale Jadusable got the game from. When he goes back to talk to the old man who gave it to him, he only finds a "for sale" sign.
* MadnessMantra: "[[spoiler:You shouldn't have done that...]]"
* MistakenForEvidence: No, Website/{{Cleverbot}} is not important. Nor is [[http://oosu.net/mask1.htm this]], if Jadusable's youtube channel is a reliable source. Or not... WordOfGod says any information that isn't found [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Jadusable here]] or [[http://www.youshouldnthavedonethat.net/ here]] is not to be accepted as clues or evidence. Theories are welcome, but nothing outside of those two locations is to be taken as official (presumably with the exception of the Ryukaki arc).
* TheMostDangerousVideoGame: ''The'' Most Dangerous Video Game. This is [[FollowtheLeader the leader everyone is trying to follow]].
* NightmareSequence: [[spoiler:Jadusable has one of these later on where the moon children from ''Majora's Mask'', who BEN has apparently been removing any reference to up to this point, slowly sew his arms and legs together and a mask to his face, making him resemble an [[BodyHorror Elegy statue]].]]
* NothingIsScarier: All [[spoiler:BEN]] does is make vague threats, and mess with his computer. It's surprisingly creepy, and it leads to a horrifying nightmare sequence.
* OffTheRails: To the point that gamejacking attempts eventually contributed to tighter moderation.
* OhCrap: In the first arc, ''you'' have one when you discover that [[spoiler: ''[[ParanoiaFuel you set BEN free]]''.]]
** A mix of this and the fandom rejoicing when Jadusable announced that the third part of the game revolves around BEN screwing [[spoiler: directly with you.]]
* OneHundredAndEight: 108 minutes after Jadusable posted [=TheTruth=].txt, [[spoiler:BEN revealed his escape.]]
** Also, in jadusable.wmv, there are 108 rupees being carried.
* PoweredByAForsakenChild: [[spoiler:It's implied that BEN is the spirit of a boy who fell in with the Moon Children cult and drowned himself for the purpose of "ascension". Somehow Ben's spirit got trapped in in the Majora's Mask game cartridge, and he wants out.]] [[spoiler: At the end of Arc 1, he succeeded.]]
* PlotParallel: A ''retroactive'' example, in that [[spoiler: the real ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'' functions as a parallel for WebVideo/BenDrowned.]]
* SchmuckBait: Thetruth.txt wasn't posted to 4chan, but to a file sharing service as an .rtf file [[spoiler:by BEN, so he can get you, too.]]
* [[SealedEvilInACan Sealed Evil In A Cartridge]]: [[spoiler:BEN. And it's been unsealed.]]
* ShoutOut: The name on Ifrit/Matt's Gmail account was "Matt HUBRIS", the capitalization on the name possibly being a subtle shout out to ''WebVideo/{{Everyman HYBRID}}''.
** There seem to be a few for either adaptation of ''Literature/TheShining''. The whole "Link Statue following you" thing seems to be based on the hedge animals that follow that story's protagonist, Danny. Then there's the line "Come play with us..."
** [[Series/DoctorWho Weeping Angels]] are also referenced.
* TomatoInTheMirror: Try asking the real Cleverbot who drowned BEN, and chances are you may [[spoiler:[[TomatoInTheMirror be directed to the mirror.]] Especially likely to happen if Cleverbot claims to be BEN when asked...]]
* UnCancelled: Jadusable announced that due to low funds, he would not be making any more chapters of Ben Drowned. Two days later he announced that he had gotten such an overwhelming amount of donations that he would in fact be able to continue after all.
** And the ARG started back up, working the original announcement about the cancellation into the ARG itself by BreakingTheFourthWall. It has been implied that TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou.
*** No, it most certainly will not. The latest series of events are the chronicles of one Ryukaki, who was originally OneOfUs and was simply following the ARG until shit literally got real (at least according to his first video).
* UnreliableNarrator: [[spoiler:Nearly all the major characters, due to BEN's influence.]]
* WhamEpisode: [[spoiler: [=TheTruth=].rtf]]
* AWizardDidIt: The haunted Majora's Mask game [[spoiler:is obviously being played on a modern computer and being modified through Gameshark codes instead of a capture from an N64. Understandable, though, since actually modding a Majora's Mask cartridge would take a ridiculously long amount of time and effort.]] The in-story explanation? BEN did it.
* YouBastard: Comes up in [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Newspaper_Letter#Letter the letter]].
* YouCantFightFate: In the [[http://jadusable.wikia.com/wiki/Newspaper_Letter#Letter letter]].