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YMMV: Tribe Twelve
  • Creepy Awesome: It varies from member to member, but some of the Collective look really kickass, especially Deadhead and the Observer, especially in INTERUPPTION when the latter looks up to grin at the camera. This group shot of the Collective looks pretty awesome, too, as is this one. Oh and Firebrand too when he called himself "A rouge god".
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: While they're usually played in reverse, many of the song choices in the Observer's videos qualify as this.
    • "Interception" uses a reversed version of Pendulum's "The Other Side". Word of God states that it was chosen not only because it fit the subject matter of the video perfectly, but because it's one of the creator's personal favorite songs.
      • The video also utilizes Gotye's "State of the Art" and Boards of Canada's "The Devil Is In the Details".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Happens in The Live Stream Incident. Around 3 minutes in, Noah points his camera at his streaming webcam and laughs that he's recording himself. 19 minutes in, Noah somehow sees another version of himself in his room recording him. It's Firebrand.
  • Growing the Beard: The early submissions are a little too reminiscent of Marble Hornets, and perhaps a little too realistic, with some Plot Holes that take you right out of the experience. Night Recordings and My Grandfather Karl have seriously turned the series around, however.
    • Word of God in this interview is that the series originally started as an homage to Marble Hornets; after it was posted on UnFiction forums as a side-story and was criticized for being too similar to MH, Adam (Noah's actor) decided to expand the series to avoid having it go down in infamy.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Slender Man definitely likes scaring people with static.
    • The audio files on that broken cell phone in "Box Analysis" consist of rising and falling feedback, unfathomable clicking noises, and hysterical sobs and laughter.
    • "Box Analysis" also introduces a new sound to The Slender Man Mythos: creepy eating noises.
    • And as of Unknown Caller the same cell phone has gotten much, much worse, having received a call from someone or something despite having no service. The incident freaked Noah out so much that he destroyed the phone, one of his only leads.
    • Any "vocalization" that either Slender Man or the Collective members make. It's a good way to tell they're not human.
  • Ho Yay / Foe Yay: The Observer writes on Noah's bare stomach. And strokes his face.
    • No Yay more like.
      • He claims to have "taken quite a fancy" to Noah in INTERCEPTION. *shudder*
  • Idiot Plot: So, your friend is in town, who you've not seen in months and won't see again for months. You've only got a few days to spend together. However, you have a real jonesin' for some Doritos. Naturally, you leave your friend (who's of course shown signs of being paranoid and possibly delusional) alone, at your house, with no mutual friends or family members to hang out with, rather than go to the store together. Oh and sure, leave him with your camera too.
    • The Thanksgiving episodes are even stranger. For one thing, why is Noah spending Thanksgiving with a strange "fan" rather than his family? And why would any "fan" who watches his channel and sees the shit going on in his life EVER want to be anywhere near him? And why did she never bother to ask anything about the mysterious events in his life?
      • Him not visiting his family could be as simple as the fact that Noah is an adult and lives a decent distance away from his parents. No mention is made of any other close family (in terms of relationship or distance), so he probably didn't have any relatives to visit. As for visiting a fan, maybe she took pity on him and mistakenly thought there would be safety in numbers and distance, since Noah has only before had encounters when he was alone or with Milo in and around the park and his house.
  • I Knew It: "The Live Stream Incident" confirmed what the fandom had suspected for months: Firebrand is a future version of Noah Maxwell who has been inducted into the Collective.
  • Narm
    • The "eveything's so boring here" conversation in Submission 2.
      Noah: "All people do around here is just come and fish and it's just really boring."
      Milo: "I never saw the point in fishing. It's kinda boring."
    • Noah pulling out a switchblade and stalking around his house, stabbing at the bushes angrily.
    • I just had to postpone this video. For my sanity's sake.
    • Noah's Cluster F-Bomb tendencies veer in and out of this territory and Narm Charm.
    • The awkward, rushed, initial exchange that Noah has with Sarah's father in "Thanksgiving Footage: Day 2", can really only be explained by either terrible social skills, bad dialogue writing, or both.
    • Sarah's father also apparently slept through Noah's crazy screaming but woke up when he was packing to leave.
    • At one point in Nature Trail Visit, Noah looks up to see the Slender Man on top of the observation tower, and in a full rage, runs toward it, making the following declaration, among other things.
    "You fucked with Noah! Here I come, motherfucker!"
    • "I'm gonna shove it so far up your ass you're never gonna get it out!" (although that was probably supposed to come off as kind of pathetic)
    • Noah accusing The Observer of being a hipster in Halloween Hotel.
    • Noah panicking during "The Live Stream Incident" when he realizes he was the one hiding in the closet on the night he found the Device:
    "OH MY GOD! IT'S MEEEEEEEE! NOAAAAAHHHHHH!"
    • Noah is "drunk" during the Live Stream and the acting is just... amazingly bad.
    • He actually was drunk. It's more of a case of Reality Is Unrealistic.
  • Narm Charm: Noah's constant cursing sometimes feels more like an endearing character quirk than bad acting. "Fucking fuck!" That's our Noah! In fact the series as a whole could be seen as this for some of the fans who really love this series.
  • Nightmare Retardant: This April Fool's video parodying the Observer videos. It's in the same exact style, it's by the creator of Tribe Twelve, and it's just hilarious.
    • The third party of this series is called the Observer. Quickly subverted when you watch his video posts.
    • In November 11th, we see the Observer's face. That's all really creepy, until you realize he's been wearing zebra-print glasses this whole time....
  • Paranoia Fuel: After Night Recording, Noah no longer feels safe in his own home. Odds are, you won't either.
    • November 11th: The Observer's face appears under Noah's bed as he is captured. Have fun sleeping!
    • Mary Asher Phone Call cranks the paranoia Up to Eleven. What's worse than having a cadre of Slenderminions stalking you? Finding out that they've been monitoring your every move throughout your entire life. By the way...they're in your house right now, watching you as we speak. *shudder*
  • Recycled Script: The video in Box Analysis looks awfully similar to Entry 4 of Marble Hornets, right down to the swinging swings.
    • HELLOTHERE is pretty damn reminiscent of totheark's Entry ######; it's a strange and ominous black-and-white video posted on the protagonist's account, telling him to do stuff and threatening/warning him.
  • Uncanny Valley: Firebrand has this going on in DEUS EX MACHINA.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: The main strength of Tribe Twelve is the excellent Slenderman effects. In darkness, in motion, with tentacles waving around, it always looks good.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in Unknown Caller, which gives probably the best shot of Slenderman's tentacles of any series, with very fluid motion I might add. We don't get to see his main body, but that arguably makes it scarier.
    • HELLOTHERE has a visual style reminiscent of A Scanner Darkly. Slendy shows up in the last second of the video. Just to say "we are always watching you Noah". It is terrifying, as well as impressive.
      • The Ultimatum video from The Token Letter seems to be from the same person who made HELLOTHERE and looks just as good.
    • And COMECLOSER continues with some frighteningly impressive video effects.
    • Nature Trail Visit was one of the Most Triumphant Example for this series. No less than FIVE shots of Slendy with tentacles waving everywhere.
    • November 11th has a great shot of Firebrand that shows us that members of the Collective are always shrouded in darkness.
    • Mary Asher Phone Call ramps up the standard even higher with Slendy's Flash Step.
    • The 11-11-12 Livestream gives us the Mind Screw of Noah filming his future self right before the timey-wimey ball starts getting batted around.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: "Tribe Twelve"? "Noah"?
  • The Woobie: Noah. His cousin dying ends up as the least of his troubles. He's stalked and menaced by things he doesn't understand, he's lost huge amounts of time doing who-knows-what, his mind is gradually cracking, and all of his attempts to run away have failed. He's alone in his struggle and has no flipping idea how to even go about solving his problems.
    • Kevin, too. During a moment of clarity he writes a letter to Noah begging him to kill him so that the Observer can't use his body anymore. The Observer doesn't even let him take the pencil off the paper before having the last "Kill me" lead into a crude sketch of an Observer trollface.

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