Web Video / Tribe Twelve

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"Lately I've been hearing these strange noises coming from around my house. They're unexplainable, I don't know where they're coming from [..] and frankly, it's all just been scaring the living shit out of me. So I've decided to record myself sleeping in hopes of catching whatever these sounds are on tape."

It started off as an innocent little thing, a YouTube page for Noah Maxwell's class project on the Twelve Tribes of Israel. However, soon afterward, the project was cancelled for unknown reasons. The news became worse when Noah received word that his childhood friend and closest cousin, Milo Asher, was found dead in his room. Noah wanted to change the page from a project page to a dedication page, so Milo would be remembered. However, as he watched the old videos of himself and Milo, he noticed things... things he never saw before, but Milo did.

Something that terrified him.

Tribe Twelve is yet another chapter of The Slender Man Mythos, similar in vein to Marble Hornets. Noah documents himself after finding something much worse in his videos. As per Slender Man videos, it's... pretty frightening.

Can be watched here, with the wiki here. Noah's twitter can be found here. He also has a Formspring account, but when Formspring was thought to be shutting down, he also made an ask.fm account. Interviews with creator Adam Rosner can be found here Media Meltdown Interview or here (The other interview is down thanks to Mega Upload no longer existing, however Adam, the creator, will soon post it with his own special touch on his own channel.)

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The story provides examples of:

  • Alien Geometries: The Halloween Hotel video is full of these, and most recently, Habit's house and the surrounding neighborhood in Severance and Bridge to Nowhere.
    • Taken to extreme levels with the titular Crawlspace and with the boardwalk in Pitfall.
  • All There in the Manual: The interviews shed some light on previously unknown info, both behind the scenes and in game.
  • Anachronic Order
    • The night time shot in Submission 6
    • The storm from Night Recordings
  • Appropriated Appellation: Observer, as well as the other members of the Collective that have names.
  • Arc Number: 11, specifically 11/11. November 11th is Noah's birthday, and important plot events frequently happen on November 11th and/or at 11:11, sometimes AM, sometimes 11:11 PM.
    • Firebrand seems to hint that 4:44 is also a very important number in DEATHTRAPEXODUS.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: HABIT has been shown to be a bad guy by torturing people physically and psychologically, killing them in brutal and painful ways, and... sending Noah (who is Jewish) a letter with a Christmas-themed border.
  • Ascended Meme: In Nature Trail Visit, Noah briefly looks at the boardwalk, then says "No. Nope. Nope nope nope." The reaction of "Nope nope nope" to something terrifying is a common occurrence on Image Boards.
  • Author Appeal: The creator is interested in Optometry, explaining the use of eyes all over the place.
  • Ax-Crazy: With the second part of the Thanksgiving Tapes, and the Nature Trail Visit, it seemed Noah was slipping into this.
    Sarah: Noah... Why do you have a knife?
    Noah: *laughing, covered in blood* Hahaha... I don't know! Hahahaha!
    • And at some point, it seems that Noah goes completely off the deep end, as demonstrated with Future Noah in Sisyphus.
  • Backmasking: A very common staple of the series, mostly used in Collective videos. Common examples include:
    • I'm the Slime by Frank Zappa plays in COMECLOSER.
    • A small snippet of Answers by Vigilante appears in Nature Trail Visit.
    • HAPPYBIRTHDAY contains Talking in Your Sleep by The Romantics.
    • INTERRUPTION has Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes.
    • "Eye in the Sky" by The Alan Parsons Project, and a small part of Billy Joel's You May Be Right are utilized in November 11th.
    • INTERCEPTION uses a reversed versions of Pendulum's The Other Side, Vangelis's Chariots of Fire, Gotye's State of The Art, and Boards of Canada's The Devil is in the Details.
    • DEUS EX MACHINA uses We've Been Had by The Walkmen.
    • Bridge to Nowhere has small parts of Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Frank Valli and I Only Have Eyes For You by The Flamingos, mixed in with the music for Big Boo's Haunt from Super Mario 64. Fitting, as it was uploaded on Valentine's Day.
    • Fire by Arthur Brown, and Too Much Information by The Police appear in DEATHTRAPEXODUS.
    • Crawlspace uses parts of "From Whom The Bell Tolls" by Donnie Darko, and the Icelandic hymn "Heyr Himna Smiður".
    • Pitfall takes this trope Up to Eleven, managing to cram in Welcome to the Jungle by Guns N' Roses, Parasite by Nick Drake, Free Fallin' by Tom Petty, Sweat by Inner Circle, Circles by Soul Coughing, Highway to Hell by AC/DC, and Welcome to the Machine by Pink Floyd all in one video.
    • SCRINARII features the studio version and a live recording of "Money For Nothing" by Dire Straits.
    • Sisyphus contains the drums from Jumanji, Blackest Eyes by Porcupine Trees, Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, Tarantula by Pendulum, and Boardwalk by The Drifters.
  • Back from the Dead: Milo, as Mr. Scars in Obituary and Milo's Tape.
    • Subverted with Firebrand. While he is indeed an undead figure, he can't exactly be back from the dead, as he is Noah's future self.
  • Badass Arm-Fold: Firebrand at the end of "The Live Stream Incident".
  • Badass Grandpa: Grandfather Karl, who performed secret missions inside Germany during World War 2, some of which remain classified to this day. Perhaps with good reason.
  • Black Best Friend: Kevin, who translates Karl's German for Noah. Possibly subverted because he is undoubtedly the Observer, though he isn't too thrilled about it.
  • Blatant Lies: Noah wisely doesn't give the Order true information about his relationship to Mary and Milo but lies close enough to the truth that it could be plausible. Unfortunately he messes up or just lost his head from the tension and gives them the names of the people who helped him find them.
  • Body Snatcher: The Observer uses Kevin Haas as a host for himself.
    • It's also implied that Noah's sleepwalking in Fortunes is Firebrand taking control of him.
    • Milo's Tape is an interesting example. Mr. Scars is attacked by Slender Man, and is apparently either given an entire new personality, or is just Brainwashed and Crazy. Either way, Slender Man takes control of Mr. Scars, and makes him call his mother to arrange a meeting, where he eventually shoots her in the head.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: SCRINIARII Firebrand makes himself blatantly clear he is not talking to Noah. He is not teaching Noah a lesson. He makes it very clear he is speaking to us.
  • Breather Episode: Thanksgiving Footage: Day 1 is notably devoid of any horror elements for a majority of the entry, and shows Noah relaxing and playing games at a friends house during Thanksgiving. The ending is a different matter.
  • Briefcase Full of Money: Extraordinary Circumstances - Noah pops open the briefcase and finds an assortment of Milo's old possessions. Then he notices a layer of black paper covering up something else. We see his gobsmacked expression long enough to imagine something creepy - before he reveals several stacks of hundreds, which turns out to be "almost $100,000 dollars." It might not be movie-star level money, but it's enough to warrant his surprise. How the money got there is another matter.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Soon after posting the videos, Noah starts hearing inexplicable noises in his house. Then the Observer breaks in, knocking out the lights in the process, and leaves a package for him.
    • Another example is when someone other leaves a note for Noah. When he is about to read the back, which we see reads "DING-DONG DING-DONG" we hear the doorbell ring twice.
    • It's revealed in Crawlspace that crouching Noah's desk that he uses to edit/upload his videos acts as a shortcut to the Boardwalk. Let that sink in.
  • Cat Scare: Milo goes out to poke around the outside of the house, and nearly jumps out of his skin when an AC unit turns on behind him. He runs into Slender Man immediately after.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The flash drive.
    • The sudoku rubix cube, as part of Firebrand's suitcase of goodies..
    • Milo's Journal, due to containing lots of important information on Noah's Big, Screwed-Up Family. Plus y'know, the fact that it talks.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Kevin. Also, as of "The Manifest", possibly Edward.
    • Noah himself in The Livestream Incident.
    • Scrinarii for fans and Reddit users. He was presumed to be a mere gamejacker at first, and was banned from the subreddit that he posted supposedly helpful information on. Once Firebrand stepped in, it was made clear that Scrinarii was more than just that.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Enough to warrant its own Drinking Game
  • The Cracker: The Observer, a mysterious person (or possibly Humanoid Abomination) who makes a habit of hijacking Noah's account and posting hints/demands (and talks to people on Twitter). He also seems to be able to insert messages and frames into Noah's videos.
    • Also a talented engineer, as revealed by the audio recorder he built.
    • Noah is eventually told that the double eye symbol is what's hacking his accounts.
    • Scrinarii serves as this for fans on Reddit and Discord, who submits varyingly helpful information at random times, depending on what people ask him for.
  • Creepy Monotone: Milo's dialogue in the first conversation on Submission 5. "I-don't-want-to-talk-about-it."
  • Crossover: "Envelope" seems to imply one with Everyman HYBRID thanks to a Dr. C, a burned letter, and a very HABITesque note. That is was crossed with purple tape and signed "We're all creatures of" means it's probably from HABIT himself.
  • Dark Action Girl: "cursorsvesselisnotahe"
  • Deadpan Snarker: Noah. Just look at his Formspring.
    Asker: I want you inside me.
    Noah: I didn't know my bed could talk.
    • Scarily enough, so is The Observer.
    • Even having spent several years of his life in the Collective's realm, Future Noah's snark hasn't gone away in the slightest.
    Noah: *sniffs the air* Ugh, you reek dude!
    Future!Noah: Like you're an example of personal hygiene.
    Noah: Motherfucker.
  • Determinator: Played with regarding Noah. His response below seems to hint that he's this trope played straight, but then is completely averted once "Catharsis" and "The Live Stream Incident" happen, where he breaks down and decides to accept his fate. Between "DEUS EX MACHINA" and Bridge to Nowhere", Noah seems to have returned to becoming a determinator once again, but then it's averted again as of the Fortunes arc. And unlike before, it doesn't seem like he'll recover.
    Asker: Be honest, through all this crap you've been going through, did you ever think of suicide?
    Noah: Suicide is me quitting. I'm not a quitter. I won't stop until I either win or lose.
  • Derivative Differentiation: It started off as a video series in The Slender Man Mythos that was a largely forgettable Marble Hornets clone, but eventually found its own voice after the funeral submission, especially in "Night Recordings."
  • Despair Event Horizon: Catharsis. Noah is certain he's going to die and doesn't care.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: Literally.
    • Firebrand literally does this when the Admnistrator is trying to take Noah in his sleep. The Slender Man is so surprised that he withdraws his Combat Tentacles and stops attacking and tilts his head in confusion.
    • In "Bridge to Nowhere", Noah spits in HABIT's face (on his home turf, no less!) and unleashes a Cluster F-Bomb after HABIT frays his last nerve by taunting him.
  • Did You Just Stab Slender Man?: Well... Noah attempted at least.
    • How about 4 rounds from a .45? Didn't work.
  • Do Not Taunt Slender Man While Running Barefoot Around Your House At Night
  • Eldritch Location: The alternate dimension Noah stumbles into in "Bridge to Nowhere" certainly fits the bill: colors are harshly distorted, stairs and hallways loop in on themselves, and the air is permeated by an ominous buzzing sound; spending only a brief time there causes nosebleeds and Sanity Slippage. While in the realm, Noah finds himself stalked by HABIT and at one point runs into Jeff (who has been dead for over two years). Fans have speculated that the dimension is actually the "Candleverse", the spirit world seen in one of the hidden videos in EverymanHYBRID.
    • A small spot under Noah's desk in the video "Crawlspace", which teleports Noah to somewhere else, presumably the Boardwalk. We see Noah unharmed afterwards.
    • The Boardwalk as a whole, at some points. Especially under the red distortion.
  • Enemy Mine: In order to free himself from the Administrator's control, Firebrand was forced to seek assistance from none other than HABIT (whom he refers to as "a loathsome entity with mutual interests").
  • Evil Costume Switch: A more subtle version: as Kevin falls under the Observer's control, he begins adopting the physical traits of his possessor, growing his hair out and trading his contact lenses for glasses.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Early in the Nature Trail Visit, there is a dog following Noah and barking at him.
  • Evil Laugh: The Observer has one, as revealed by his Incredibly Obvious Bug.
  • Expy: The Observer, but unlike Totheark and HABIT, this guy's actual connection to the Slender Man is a lot more clear.
  • Fan Disservice: Noah's Shirtless Scene in November 11th thanks to Blood from the Mouth (and Nose) and the words/symbols written on his stomach/forehead. YMMV on that, of course, especially if you're a Nightmare Fetishist.
  • Fighting from the Inside: Looks like Kevin has been trying.
  • Flash Step: Slender Man does this in Halloween Hotel, in retaliation for Noah trying to shoot him with a hand revolver.
    • HABIT of Everyman HYBRID does this to catch Noah, who had just met with Jeff, and attempts to run away afterwards.
    • The Observer/ Kevin does this in Crawlspace, by looking towards the camera, and then putting his face up to the camera and laughing at Noah before falling on the floor and disappearing.
    • Future Noah appears to have this ability in Sisyphus, being able to teleport to the current Noah from anywhere on the Boardwalk. However, Word of God states that Future Noah doesn't actually have this ability, implying that someone else is doing it for him.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: The Observer.
  • Foreshadowing: In "Obituary" 3 Freeze Frame Bonuses show photos of HABIT from EMH. These clips later become a part of Severance and Bridge to Nowhere.
    • Fortunes takes this Up to Eleven, where over fifty hidden frames show future scenes from Crawlspace, Pitfall, Sisyphus, and other events that have yet to come to pass.
  • Follow the Leader: Mostly Marble Hornets, but has been going its own way since My Grandfather Karl.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: This series loves doing this this. At the end of each video, a brief image with a noise playing over it will play for a single frame before it ends.
    • Some of the Slender-moments are barely there for a second before they vanish.
      • Even in the Introduction. During the "In Memory" picture, look towards the left, in the background.
      • Also in the first video, you can very briefly see an operator symbol for a split second just before the end.
    • The last frame of My Grandfather Karl contains a message: "Not safe".
    • There's also several in Unboxing, as noted below in Mind Screw.
    • The final frame of Box Analysis shows a distorted black and white image of what looks like the Observer, along with the words "FORGIVE ME" (Foreshadowing the reveal of the Observer's unwilling host).
    • The Device has the message You will soon remember hidden in the middle of the video as well as one bonus frame at the end.
      • Likewise, Device Analysis has We will have you.
      • And "Device Findings" has AGAIN.
    • Device Analysis also has another, less traditional example. Near the 1:20 mark when Noah points the camera on himself, you can see something that looks like a person moving down the hall behind him.
    • They are all over the place in November 11th. Just one example would be near the middle when we see Kevin for the first time. ONE OF US.
    • "Obituary" contains several frames of an inHABITed Evan which appear at random points in the video.
    • In Extraordinary Circumstances, when Firebrand appears in the doorway, the words "Hello Everyone" are briefly superimposed over a picture on Noah's desk. The final frame of the video shows a picture of Firebrand smiling, along with the message "Try not to spend it all."
    • Fortunes takes the cake with a total of fifty hidden frames. While most are random shots of Victor Park and the Boardwalk, there are also a few disturbing images of the Observer and Slendy (as a giant spider) — and a fortune cookie that reads, "Stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Noah apparently lives all alone in a large house with a swimming pool since 2008.
    • On his Formspring, he explained that it is a summer home owned by his parents.
  • Future Me Scares Me: Despite Firebrand's Heel–Face Turn during the 11-11-12 Livestream, Noah is understandably disturbed to learn that his future self is a member of the Collective.
  • Gaslighting: Arguably The Observer's MO with Noah.
  • Ghostapo: While not present in the series it is suggested by Karl's story and a video put up by the Observer that they were looking into the Slender Man. And that they might have succeeded in getting its attention.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Firebrand.
  • Hell Hotel
  • Heroic Blue Screen of Death: Noah has a total breakdown in the weeks leading up 11-11-12 (the date on which the Observer hints he will either kill Noah or make him part of the Collective).
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Typical with Slendy; however, it's worrying when Milo can clearly see him and Noah can't.
  • Hive Mind: The Observer claims that the Collective is one.
  • Honor Before Reason: How Noah justifies sending Chris and Alex some of the possibly ill gotten or even counterfeit money Firebrand left him.
  • Hope Spot: "Interception" opens with the Observer claiming that Noah has won the game and is free to go, just for the sake of going "NOT!" When Firebrand hacks his broadcast and delivers what looks like genuine advice, he finds it rather less funny.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: Noah has had several supernatural experiences coincide with holidays and birthdays.
  • Hostile Show Takeover: On 11-11-11, The Observer kidnapped Noah and took over his Formspring again.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The Slender Man, moreso than in that other series. My Grandfather Karl and Box Analysis establish he doesn't have arms, just lots of tentacles, and Submission 6 shows off his impressive Offscreen Teleportation skills.
    • We see the tentacles up close at the very end of Unknown Caller and a few times in HELLOTHERE...
      • There are also several rather detailed shots of the tentacles in the Nature Trail Visit video.
      • INTERRUPTION shows an impressive shot of Slendy's tentacles at the end. Way too close for comfort. HAPPYBIRTHDAY reveals that said tentacles even have suction cups.
      • "Fortunes" further reveals that he can replace his feet with tentacles for rapid locomotion. There are also several very disturbing shots that show Slendy's body (or legs) replaced with that of a Giant Spider.
    • COMECLOSER and Noah's hijacked Formspring imply that the Observer is one as well.
    • Firebrand and Mr. Scars have undead humanoid bodies that retain their death wounds (being burned beyond recognition in the case of Firebrand and covered in vicious scars for Mr. Scars).
      • In fact, Milo's Tape shows that Mr. Scars' body is still functioning despite having an open slit throat.
  • Impossible Thief: The Severing sign is for taking the ownership of something from someone. The somethings it can take away include computer accounts and people's bodies.
  • Incredibly Obvious Bug: Justified. The Observer's gadget was intended to be found.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Actually kind of brilliant when Noah's conducting his Secret Parent Interview. As he and his mother are talking, the Slender Man rises up in the window in the background. Then at one point, while Noah's mother is dismissively talking about Karl, she waves her hand, which comes between the camera and Slendy, seemingly erasing him from sight. In other words, she literally hand waved him away. Happens again during a moment where Noah ponders his insanity in November 11th.
  • Invisible to Normals: Slender Man doesn't make much of an effort to hide himself in the first few entries, but Noah only sees what Milo was worried about after watching the recordings.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Noah's reaction to the DEUS EX MACHINA video being posted to his account.
  • I Shall Taunt You: The Observer is apparently quite fond of this- his messages for Noah are much less cryptic than those of other series' mysterious interlocutors, preferring straight-up mockery. For example, after Noah was first abducted for a week, Observer put his knife back in his hand after writing "USELESS" on the handle.
    • The mysterious clone of Noah who is using Noah's vine account is leaving fortune cookies around with fortunes that make fun of Noah's lack of activity for the last few months of 2014.
    • Future Noah seems prone to this as well, as he does nothing but laugh hysterically as Noah tries to roll a 5 or an 8 on the Boardwalk.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: What appears to be either a re-enslaved Firebrand, or a clone of Noah created by the Slender Man, taunts Noah by leaving behind fortune cookies. These fortunes actually complain of Noah's lack of activity such as "You aren't very confident, are you?" or "Killing time wastes opportunities." Even though Noah denies it now, they do have a point...
  • Jump Scare: The Observer loves doing this, too.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The Nazi soldier in My Grandfather Karl.
  • Killed Off for Real
    • On the Valentine's Day livestream, Noah's mom tells him that Milo's stepdad John Fletcher is dead. They both suspect Mary Asher murdered him.
    • On the same livestream, Sarah tells Noah that Kat has been killed too.
      • Later revealed that Noah did it.
    • In "Several Months from Hell", Noah reveals that following Sarah's abduction by The Collective on Twitter, he found her name in the obituaries. Caused by self-inflicted stab wounds. Supposedly.
    • As of Obituary: Mary Asher.
  • The Killer in Me: In "Catharsis", Noah admits that he did indeed murder Kat, under the influence of Observer and possibly Slendy. The guilt seems to be one of the major reasons he was resigning himself to his fate.
  • Laughing Mad: Noah in 'Nature Trail Visit'. Also applies to his future self, and the Observer as of the Fortunes arc.
  • Lost Episode: The 11/11/12 Livestream, due to recording difficulties. To summarize what happened: Noah is pretty much going through a Despair Event Horizon by the time it gets to the appointed time. When it's finally 11:11, Observer doesn't show up. It looks like the Observer is messing with Noah; but then Noah gets a message from some "F" that he's trying to protect him. It turns out he has only been delayed by an hour. Once it strikes 12, something appears that we don't see and Noah disappears for a few minutes all the while backwards music is playing. Noah returns and is in a shock at what happened. He then finds the private video which is playing the same music and at the end of it is puking due to what he saw. By the end he's alive, but wishes he was dead after what he saw.
    • In The Live Stream Incident, we get a better look at what happened, including where Noah went during that time. He is sent to different points in time, first to the inside of his closet during "The Device" in order to deliver the rubber ball to his past self (the banging coming from the closet in the video was him trying to get out). Then he goes to the hotel during "November 11th" and sees himself get taken by Slender Man (from the spot where he said Firebrand was standing, making him realize that he is Firebrand). Then he gets put in front of himself doing the livestream a couple of minutes ago, right before he got sent back to the closet. Finally he gets back to his room after the music ends, where he comes back to the stream and watches "INTERCEPTION" before ending the stream and going to bed.
  • Meaningful Background Event: In Secret Parent Interview, Slendy appears in the darkened background while Noah talks with his parents. Fairly easy to miss, unless you read the video description before watching.
    • In 'Several Months of Hell', The Observer makes his presence known.
    • After Noah gets a drink from the fridge in Crawlspace, the Observer appears behind him, and starts following Noah with a knife in his hand, before disappearing behind his usual laughter. Later, he watches Noah sleep in a timelapse.
  • Meaningful Name: As one person on Formspring pointed out, Asher of the Twelve Tribes of Israel( what the channel was originally going to be about) sold his brother into slavery.
  • Mind Screw: Probably what makes the series so well known.
    • The first bit of weirdness during Night Recording: the image flickers and is briefly replaced by a swimming pool at night in a lightning storm. And to add to that, Slendy's hidden in the picture. Oh, Crap!.
    • The images from Submission 6, after Milo is apparently captured by the Slender Man.
    • The stuff Noah gets in the box left in Night Recording. In the Unboxing video, random words and images sometimes appear on screen: one is a picture of Slendy, shortly after are words saying "He Knows What I Have Done", and the last "I will wait for you", while a picture of tentacled Slendy dominates the screen. Also doubles as a Freeze-Frame Bonus, as noted above.
    • Curiously enough, not the Observer-nightmarish imagery aside, he's actually pretty straightforward (if laconic).
    • Northern Trip Footage does before the plane even takes off.
    • The Live Stream Incident is...well, just take a look for yourself.
    • Not to mention The Order as well.
    • A small bit of this happens in Extraordinary Circumstances.
    • Milo's Tape is mind-screwy from both mental, and physical points of view. Some notable examples include Slender Man's heightened teleportation skills, Firebrand's random appearance, and Mary Asher's death.
    • Bridge To Nowhere by a long shot is probably the most mindscewy episode in the entire series, consisting of an Eldritch Location that makes up HABIT"S realm, looping stairwells, meeting Jeff, and weird noises in the background.
    • Fortunes has one big one near the end of the video. See it here.
    • Crawlspace reveals that it's possible to teleport to the Boardwalk by going underneath Noah's computer desk.
    • Pitfall has the looping staircase on the watchtower akin to Super Mario 64, as well as Noah taking a large fall that lasts for 25 seconds. And then, once it seems that Kevin has gotten Noah to a safe hospital for him to recover in, it's revealed that it's just a medical museum, and that Noah hadn't actually left the Boardwalk.
  • Mundane Utility: HABIT scoffs on using the Severing Sign aka the Observer symbol for hacking computer accounts and not the way it was intended (hacking people), but admits that it can be used that way and much more.
  • Nice Hat: The hat Noah is wearing in Nature Trail Visit.
  • Nightmare Face: Multiple times in COMECLOSER
    • Also in INTERRUPTION. Plenty of terror to go around.
  • No Ending: One of Noah's twitter updates teases this, but was just a false alarm.
  • Not!: The Observer's idea of a joke in "Interception".
  • Not So Above It All: While Noah curses like a sailor, the Observer keeps things clean. Until INTERCEPTION when Firebrand interrupts the broadcast, he regains it and yells "SHUT THE FUCK UP".
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: It's just been really boring around here.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: Night Recording
    • INTERRUPTION
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The Slender Man, as usual. Most triumphant example: In Submission 6, he's in a closet in the living room around 20 feet away, and leans behind the doorjamb, out of view. After a moment, he leans out from behind the doorjamb of the bathroom, five feet away from the camera.
    • In Secret Parent Interview, Slender Man appears in the background as Noah and his mom are talking. When his mom gesticulates and her hand blocks the spot where Slender Man stands for a split-second, he vanishes.
    • Mary Asher Phone Call subverts and justifies it. After Noah fires off four shots, Slender Man freaking bullrushes Noah from across the hall and knocks him down in less than a second, giving us a close up of his faceless head. So he doesn't teleport, he's just fast as fuck!
    • Since it's Slenderman it probably just moves as fast as it wants, sometimes we see the being walking in other series, sometimes it's locomotion by tentacle arms, most of the time it teleports, in this video it moved in a sort of stop motion animation thingy type way
  • Oh, Crap!: Noah's reaction listening to the message on the device.
    Noah: There's no way that just happened.
  • Painting the Medium: Each member of the Collective uses their own distinctive font in the videos, indicative of their personality. Observer uses chaotic, pulsating chicken scratches written in all caps. Firebrand uses a basic, typewriter-like font. Deadhead uses a cursive font.
  • Precision F-Strike: INTERCEPTION has two from the Observer. "TIME'S UP BITCH", directed at Noah in a taunting manner for not being able to get the journal in time, and "SHUT THE FUCK UP", directed at Firebrand for interrupting his broadcast.
    • "Bridge to Nowhere" has a glorious one when HABIT mocks Noah's lack of nerve. Noah's reply?
      Noah: FUCK you! Fuck you, and everything you stand for, you cocksucker!
  • Psychic Nosebleed: Happens to Noah with increasing regularity. Was seemingly a genuine nosebleed that was photographed for the series.
    • If his personal Facebook is anything to go by, one was a real nosebleed after a bike accident, and the other was a red pen that was heated and broken onto a tissue.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: The Collective. Spoken about by the Observer on Formspring — he doesn't say how many members form this group but five of them are named: Deadhead, Mr. Scars, Cursor, Persolus, Swain, and Firebrand. They, along with several others yet to be named, are shown in the video "HAPPYBIRTHDAY."
    • "Catharsis" confirmed that Noah was slated to be forced into The Collective on the 11th of November.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Word of God says there was some bad blood between Adam/Noah and Sarah from Thanksgiving, resulting in delays and difficulties getting all of the Thanksgiving footage shot properly.
    • Word of God says the same of Milo's actor, Kyle, wanting to start his life anew, but luckily he was able to film important things before he left. More Word of God info on both these matters here Media Meltdown Interview and here.
    • In Noah's May 2017 series of tweets, due to changes in the American healthcare system, he reveals he can no longer afford the medication that helped keep him sane and seemingly keep the Slender Man at bay.
    • A tweet from Noah made during Hurricane Irma said that the eyewall had missed him at just the last second, and that it was "too convenient", as if his tormenters didn't want him to die there.
  • Recap Episode: 'Several Months in Hell' serves mostly as this, while still hinting towards a new lead. It also helps those who only follow the main channel instead of the Formspring and Twitter.
  • Refusal of the Call: The events of "Unknown Caller" scare Noah so much that he destroys the phone and refuses to pursue the mystery any longer. Unfortunately, The Call Knows Where You Live and it's waiting for him to pick up again...
  • Retired Badass: Karl
  • Right Behind Me: Warnings scrawled on the handrail of the tower.
    • HELLOTHERE suggests that Slendy was right behind Milo and watching him all the time during Submission #3.
    • The Observer hides behind Noah's chair for almost the entirety of Seven Months In Hell.
  • Roses are Red, Violets are Blue...: "November 11th" gives us "Roses are red, and violets are blue. I have a gun and I don't think you do,"
  • Rotoscoping: Used extensively in the Observer videos.
  • Sanity Slippage: This tweet seems to indicate Noah is becoming a little bit unhinged:
    I'm not crazy, but I just had the realization that everything around me is alive. It doesn't matter if I'm paranoid, they're still after me.
    • It only gets worse from there.
    • Fortunes turns this Up to Eleven. Noah is so screwed up by his visit with HABIT that he starts acting like him in the smallest, subtle ways, and is constantly speaking in a hateful, angry tone. Paranoia Fuel has never felt so alive.
    • And yet, it somehow gets worse for Noah. A future version of Noah is introduced in Sisyphus, who seems to be just as insane as HABIT.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Noah often has these with other characters.
  • Self-Parody: There's a Monster in my Closet.
  • Shirtless Scene: Noah has one in November 11th. See Fan Disservice.
  • Shout-Out
    • The Operator symbol shows up in a few places. Milo gets the Incurable Cough of Death around one of them.
    • Noah... ToTheArk... what could it mean?
    • Possibly one to Just Another Fool in the vandalized tower. However, Word of God says the name 'Logan' was actually already carved there, and Adam simply worked it in.
      • A similar one appears in Nature Trail Visit.
    • In Night Recordings, Noah wakes up at 3:33. This may be a reference to Eternal Darkness, especially with the greenish tint to the digital numbers.
      • Actually, across the mythos, the Slender Man is associated with the repetition of the same number. For instance, in Marble Hornets, he shows up at 4:04 on April (the fourth month) 4th.
    • A lot of the series revolves around Victor Park. This could possibly be a reference to Victor Surge, the Something Awful member who posted the first pics of Slendy.
    • "Night Recording" features time-lapsed footage of Noah sleeping, stopped at specific points to draw attention to the supernatural happenings around him.
    • The Observer's symbol looks somewhat familiar.
    • Halloween Hotel has a quick shot of someone wearing a shirt with The Silence and a Weeping Angel on it, both of which have been often compared to Slendy.
      • Halloween Hotel itself seems to be a shout out to Entry 23 of Marble Hornets, namely the part of the protagonist suddenly finding himself trapped in an Eldritch Location while pursuing an enigmatic figure somehow connected to the tall guy. The sudden transition from day to night also occurs in both videos.
    • In a possible shout-out to the Slenderman fandom, Noah says that he picked up the audio device for "[t]wenty bucks...I don't remember..." to which Edward replies that someone could sell the device for "a lot more than twenty dollars". The Slender fan community has a Running Joke about Slenderman wanting/needing $20.
    • In the November 11 video, Noah says "It's really fucking with my mind Something Awful." (Slenderman having originated from some creepypasta pics on the site's forums)
    • In Extraordinary Circumstances, Noah finds a tape and uses the words "more tapes" in response after the common instances of tape-finding in Marble Hornets.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Fucking Noah.
    • The first time he swears, he apologizes to the viewer, indicating that he normally tries to use civil language. As the events of the series start taking its toll on him, he starts sounding more and more like a David Mamet character.
  • Slasher Smile: The Observer at the end of "COMECLOSER". THAT IS NOT A FRIENDLY SMILE.
    • The Observer in general.
    • Noah near the end of "Thanksgiving Footage Day 2". He also has this on his vine account.
    • Future Noah in "Sisyphus", shown appropriately after he slices Noah's hand open with a Nazi Blade.
  • Snarky Inanimate Object: Milo's journal is one.
  • Split Personality: Kevin/The Observer. This was hinted at by Kevin's first on-camera appearance (which revealed that he looks a lot like the person silhouetted in the Observer's videos), and finally confirmed in the note from 11/9 (which also revealed it to be a Split-Personality Takeover).
  • Stable Time Loop:
    • When Noah finds the device in "The Device", there is banging and yelling heard from behind the door. When Noah investigates, he finds a ball on the ground with the Observer symbol that says "TROUBLE SLEEPING?" on it. Later, Noah is given the exact same ball in the future, and is sent back to the time of "The Device". Unable to open the door, Noah frantically bangs on the closet door and accidentally drops the ball, leaving it for his past self to find.
    • In "November 11th", Noah encounters Firebrand after nearly being taken by the Observer. While we cannot see who Firebrand is (as the camera depicts him with pinhole eyes and a thin smile), Noah is dumbstruck by what he sees, and falls on the ground. We then see him be taken by Firebrand and has his memory wiped.. In the future however, Noah is sent back through time, and finds his past self. Understandably, Noah is shocked to remember that it was himself that he saw on November 11th. It is also revealed that it was Slender Man who took Noah, not Firebrand.
    • Finally, in "The Livestream Incident", a drunken Noah sees his past self, and denies he is real. He walks toward him, and is sent to the times of "The Device" and "November 11th". He is then sent to his past self from a few minutes ago, and is so shocked from what he just witnessed, he cannot do anything but watch his past self walk towards him, and be sent back through time to witness what the current Noah already witnessed.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: The audio from Device Findings, supposedly recorded months before Noah heard it.
    • "Perhaps you'd like to know why Milo committed suicide? Or rather, how I helped him do so." "...fuck. Fuck." "Language, Mr. Maxwell. The walls have such sensitive ears."
  • Tempting Fate:
    Noah (to the Observer): Quit hiding and SHOW YOURSELF FOR ONCE, YOU FUCKING COWARD!
    • And although the Observer doesn't show his face, Firebrand certainly does.
  • That Makes Me Feel Scared: Pretty much everything the Collective does to Noah.
  • The Dog Was the Mastermind: It's not official, but it's highly suggested that his friend Kevin, who, prior to the video November 11th, was only a minor offscreen character who helped Noah translate, is the true identity of the Observer.
  • Developers' Foresight: Or rather, Writer's Foresight. In the Livestream Incident video Noah is sent back through time, delivering the Eyeball with painted on in the Device Video. He screams "Oh my God! It's me! Noah!" before being sent forward in time. Viewers who went back and listened to that video heard the exact same thing, just barely audible. Adam planned this over a year in advance for a reveal expecting the Slender Man fandom to go over every video with a fine tooth comb.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: The premise for Night Recording.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: When the Observer was in control of Noah's Twitter account, he sent a "prize" to people: A .jpg file depicting a Nazi diary. It's supposed to be the journal of Sebastian Kraus, which the Collective is seeking.
    • Deadhead seems to be connected to Nazi Germany; the Observer calls him "the Nationalist" and he's named after a Nazi insignia resembling his appearance.
    • Future Noah manages to get ahold of a knife that was apparently created or owned by a Nazi. And what's the first thing he does with it? Why, cut his own hand open of course!
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The teaser trailer shows events from the Livestream Incident, amongst other things, which can be a bit of a spoiler.
    • He does it again in the next livestream on Valentine's Day, and says that he's been using the alias so much that it's starting to become ingrained. He says he's going to start using "Melvin" next.
  • Time Travel: In the Halloween Hotel video, either Noah travels a few hours into the future or there are a few unrecorded, unremembered hours. It is probably the former as Noah films a continuous shot, but one can't be too sure with things involving the Observer.
    • In Live Stream Incident, Firebrand transports Noah back in time twice: once to his own closet on the night he discovered the Observer's device (so he could leave the rubber ball for himself), and then to the night of his 20th birthday (where he appeared to his past self in the guise of Firebrand.
  • Trust Me, I'm a Doctor: [1]'s Doctor Corenthal was revealed to have treated a young Milo Asher, and was the one who gave him his journal.
    • A "Dr. Cairo" said this on Twitter while talking to Noah, despite previously establishing that he's a student.
  • Troll: The Observer celebrates Halloween by bombarding Noah with a shit-ton of Alien Geometries and a small bit of Time Travel at a hotel, seemingly just For the Lulz.
    • HABIT, of course fits this trope like a glove.
    • Future Noah appears to be one towards his past self as well.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Noah, perhaps. During the funeral video, the last few seconds of footage are of Noah running from nothing while the image on the screen starts to tear apart, meaning the Slender Man is nearby. He claims he edited this footage out... then who put it back in, and why? And why did he not want us to see it?
    • Even further implied by The Envelope video, which featured a torn scrap of paper addressed to Noah, reading "Unrel Narra".
  • Urban Legend: Noah's grandfather Karl explains that Slendy is indeed an urban legend he heard back in WWII Germany. Possibly a Shout-Out to the fact that some of the Something Awful forum members indeed had heard a German urban legend similar to that of Slendy.
  • Villainous Breakdown: The Observer has an epic one during the 11/11/12 livestream when Firebrand prevents him from taking Noah.
  • Weirdness Magnet: Milo. Heck, he can't even hold a camera for five seconds before Slender Man shows up.
  • Wham Episode:
    • The Token Letter introduces an "Ultimatum" from the sender of HELLOTHERE as well as a new symbol: an eye with four petals. The mysterious third party is now commonly referred to as "The Observer".
    • Nature Trail Visit, full stop. We get not one, but two very well done shots of The Tall One himself, but we realize Noah had been out for a whole week.
    • The Device series shows us that the Observer is very much a physical being, and has a voice.
    • November 11th: we finally get to see Kevin, Noah's friend who translates Grandpa Karl's German. He looks just like the Observer.
    • The 2/14 Livestream is also full of wham.
    • Catharsis. Noah admits to killing Kat (while under the control of the Collective), realizes he's going to die on his birthday (and has an appropriate mental breakdown, and that the Observer plans on turning him into a new member of the Collective.
    • The 11/11/12 stream. See Lost Episode.
    • And then the video itself, INTERCEPTION. Firebrand is on Noah's side, and the Observer is pissed.
    • The Livestream Incident. Firebrand is Noah himself.
    • DEUS EX MACHINA. Firebrand has severed himself from the Collective and become a "rogue god"... with help from HABIT.
    • "Obituary" reveals that Mary Asher was discovered in a lake, dead from a gunshot wound to the head. And not only that, but she's also Cursor's vessel. And while Noah is discovering this for himself, Mr. Scars shows up in the back window and leaves behind the mysterious briefcase Firebrand spoke of.
    • In "Extraordinary Circumstances, Noah discovers what's inside that briefcase: several of Milo's old belongings plus a handwritten note, a tape, and...$100,000 of real money.
    • "Milo's Tape". Just...Milo's Tape. It's revealed to us that [[spoiler: Milo is Mr. Scars. As in, "theonewhokillsmary." His own mother. And we see it happen on tape. It's ''not pretty''.
    • "Bridge to Nowhere" has one for [2]. Because although it was shown otherwise, Jeff is still alive. Trapped in HABIT's realm.
    • "Fortunes" shows how Noah's sanity has gone down the shithole in the last year, and how he's been haunted by the Collective in his dreams. And remember that journal Mr. Scars sent? [[Snarky Inanimate ObjectIt can talk]].
    • "SCRINARII" reveals that the hacker that was blocked on Reddit wasn't a gamejacker, he was a friend of Firebrand's. And he isn't happy with us.
    • "Sisyphus" shows that Firebrand isn't
  • Wham Line: November 11th. ONE OF US.
    • Observer sent a new letter on November 2012. With a message on the back. In Kevin's handwriting.
    I'm so sorry Noah
    they're too powerful
    kill me I'm only a tool
    he can't use my body then
    • 11-11-12 Livestream ends with this slap-in-the-face line:
    "Firebrand. Me. Thank you. Thank you."
    Milo: I've got news for you, Mom. I'm Mr. Scars.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: The Observer calls out The people on twitter when he challenges them to a riddle to see something that Noah didn't want them to see. When they guess it right, he expresses his disbelief that they were on his side, yet willing to see something he didn't want them to see for a reason.
    • Milo's Journal in Fortunes can be heard insulting Noah, and repeating the fortunes that Noah gets from his Evil Twin. These said fortunes make fun of the fact that Noah has done absolutely nothing in 2014.
    • Noah gives one of his own upon his return, and considering this is Noah we're talking about, his is a bit more... colorful.
    • Firebrand gives one to the viewers in SCRINARII, for treating Scrinarii as a lowly gamejacker, and for not helping Noah at all.
  • You Are Not Alone: Firebrand gives Noah a much needed peptalk once he stops the Observer from turning him into one of the Collective.


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