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* GoMadFromTheRevelation: He goes insane after witnessing the resurrective powers of Markiplier Manor firsthand, interpreting it as [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint all of his friends playing a cruel joke on him, causing him to believe that all deaths are jokes as well.]]


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* PreInsanityReveal: ''WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier'', chapter 4 especially, serves as one for him.

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* ColorMotif: He's heavily associated with the color [[RealMenWearPink pink]]


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* RealMenWearPink: He has pink hair and wears pink suspenders


* UpThroughTheRanks: William was a private when he still lived in Markiplier Manor and the Chef worked for him, earning the rank of Colonel after he left during an undetermined amount of time later.

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* UpThroughTheRanks: William was a private when he still lived in Markiplier Manor and the Chef worked for him, earning the rank of Colonel after he left during an undetermined amount of time later.later.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: PlayedWith. As the Colonel, his mustache started off black, but after going insane it slowly and naturally turned pink. In 'Wilford 'MOTHERLOVIN'' Warfstache', he wore a pink afro wig, and in 'Warfstache Interviews Markiplier', the hair on his head is dyed bright pink.


* TooDumbToLive: He is seen during the party sequence in "Who Killed Markiplier?" aiming his gun at the Detective and at his own head. And yet, {{subverted}} as he is the last major character left alive at the end.]] He also [[spoiler: willingly (though he was drunk and emotional) participated in a game of RussianRoulette, though he didn't get the short end of the stick in that situation.

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* TooDumbToLive: He is seen during the party sequence in "Who Killed Markiplier?" aiming his gun at the Detective and at his own head. And yet, {{subverted}} as he is the last major character left alive at the end.]] He also [[spoiler: willingly (though he was drunk and emotional) participated in a game of RussianRoulette, though he didn't get the short end of the stick in that situation.


* BackstoryHorror: His murder sprees and serial adultery were PlayedForLaughs for a long time, until the events of "Who Killed Markiplier, where it's revealed that his zaniness is due to [[TraumaCongaLine rather traumatic events in a haunted house that had to do with the loss of his friends and the AccidentalMurder of the District Attorney (by his hands)]], though it isn't the fact that he killed the District Attorney that sends him off the deep end. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation It's the fact that they]] ''[[BackFromTheDead get back up]]''. [[FridgeHorror His serial adultery might stem from the fact that he, back when he was William, ran off with Mark's wife]].]]

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* BackstoryHorror: His murder sprees and serial adultery were PlayedForLaughs for a long time, until the events of "Who Killed Markiplier, where it's revealed that his zaniness is due to [[TraumaCongaLine rather traumatic events in a haunted house that had to do with the loss of his friends and the AccidentalMurder of the District Attorney (by his hands)]], though it isn't the fact that he killed the District Attorney that sends him off the deep end. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation It's the fact that they]] ''[[BackFromTheDead get back up]]''. [[FridgeHorror His serial adultery might stem from the fact that he, back when he was William, ran off with Mark's wife]].]]


Character subpage for Wilford Warfstache.
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Character subpage for Wilford Warfstache. '''Spoilers for WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier will be unmarked!'''

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Character subpage for Wilford Warfstache.
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-->'''Appears in:''' The Fall of Slenderman, The Warfstache Affair, Warfstache Plays: Slender, The Ned Affair, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Interview, Warfstache Interviews Markiplier, A Date With Markiplier, Markiplier TV, [[spoiler: Who Killed Markiplier?]], Wilford 'MOTHERLOVING' Warfstache, A Heist With Markiplier

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\nCharacter subpage for Wilford Warfstache. '''Spoilers for WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier will be unmarked!'''

-->'''Appears in:''' The Fall of Slenderman, The Warfstache Affair, Warfstache Plays: Slender, The Ned Affair, Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Interview, Warfstache Interviews Markiplier, A Date With Markiplier, Markiplier TV, [[spoiler: Who Killed Markiplier?]], Markiplier?, Wilford 'MOTHERLOVING' Warfstache, A Heist With Markiplier



[[caption-width-right:350:Click [[labelnote:here]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/william_4.png[[/labelnote]] to see him as [[spoiler: Colonel William]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Click [[labelnote:here]]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/william_4.png[[/labelnote]] to see him as [[spoiler: Colonel William]].William.]]






“Who Killed Markiplier” reveals his backstory: [[spoiler:he is a former Colonel whose real name was William J. Barnum, until he tragically suffered a complete mental breakdown that led to him eventually changing his identity.]] After this event, he traveled across the world using many pseudonyms [[spoiler: while hunted by Abe the Detective, and encountered him during what seems to be the 70's while under the name "Wilford Motherloving Warfstache".]] It is unclear how much later Wilford became a journalist.

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“Who Killed Markiplier” reveals his backstory: [[spoiler:he he is a former Colonel whose real name was William J. Barnum, until he tragically suffered a complete mental breakdown that led to him eventually changing his identity.]] After this event, he traveled across the world using many pseudonyms [[spoiler: while hunted by Abe the Detective, and encountered him during what seems to be the 70's while under the name "Wilford Motherloving Warfstache".]] Warfstache". It is unclear how much later Wilford became a journalist.



* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:When he was the Colonel, he shot the District Attorney while trying to grab his gun from them. He also supposedly shot Mark during a game of RussianRoulette, though that was purposely [[ThanatosGambit set up to kill]].]]

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* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:When When he was the Colonel, he shot the District Attorney while trying to grab his gun from them. He also supposedly shot Mark during a game of RussianRoulette, though that was purposely [[ThanatosGambit set up to kill]].]]



** Even back when he was [[spoiler:Col. Barnum]], he seemed to have otherworldly abilities, though they were apparently limited to just teleportation and quick-change acts. IRL Mark also explained that in "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier's plan to [[spoiler:hijack the Colonel's body [[NighInvulnerability was not going to work]], so the Manor manipulated him to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.]]

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** Even back when he was [[spoiler:Col. Barnum]], Col. Barnum, he seemed to have otherworldly abilities, though they were apparently limited to just teleportation and quick-change acts. IRL Mark also explained that in "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier's plan to [[spoiler:hijack hijack the Colonel's body [[NighInvulnerability was not going to work]], so the Manor manipulated him to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.]]



* BackstoryHorror: His murder sprees and serial adultery were PlayedForLaughs for a long time, until the events of "Who Killed Markiplier, where it's revealed that his zaniness is due to [[spoiler:[[TraumaCongaLine rather traumatic events in a haunted house that had to do with the loss of his friends]] and the AccidentalMurder of the District Attorney (by his hands), though it isn't the fact that he killed the District Attorney that sends him off the deep end. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation It's the fact that they]] ''[[BackFromTheDead get back up]]''. [[FridgeHorror His serial adultery might stem from the fact that he, back when he was William, ran off with Mark's wife]].]]

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* BackstoryHorror: His murder sprees and serial adultery were PlayedForLaughs for a long time, until the events of "Who Killed Markiplier, where it's revealed that his zaniness is due to [[spoiler:[[TraumaCongaLine [[TraumaCongaLine rather traumatic events in a haunted house that had to do with the loss of his friends]] friends and the AccidentalMurder of the District Attorney (by his hands), hands)]], though it isn't the fact that he killed the District Attorney that sends him off the deep end. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation It's the fact that they]] ''[[BackFromTheDead get back up]]''. [[FridgeHorror His serial adultery might stem from the fact that he, back when he was William, ran off with Mark's wife]].]]



* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: WordOfGod states that he takes inspiration from [[{{Film/Jumanji}} Hunter Van Pelt]] and [[{{Film/Clue}} Colonel Mustard]] when he was the Colonel.]]

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* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: WordOfGod states that he takes inspiration from [[{{Film/Jumanji}} Hunter Van Pelt]] and [[{{Film/Clue}} Colonel Mustard]] when he was the Colonel.]]



* FallenHero: As revealed in “Who Killed Markiplier?”, he used to be an eccentric but somewhat sane person until [[spoiler:all of his friends were killed and their bodies went missing, before finally witnessing the dead body of one of his friends, the District Attorney whom he accidentally murdered, coming back to life. This resulted in the trauma shattering his mind and leading him to no longer taking death seriously.]]

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* FallenHero: As revealed in “Who Killed Markiplier?”, he used to be an eccentric but somewhat sane person until [[spoiler:all all of his friends were killed and their bodies went missing, before finally witnessing the dead body of one of his friends, the District Attorney whom he accidentally murdered, coming back to life. This resulted in the trauma shattering his mind and leading him to no longer taking death seriously.]]



* FamilyOfChoice: As a child, he was raised with Markiplier in the Manor and they were as close as brothers. Subverted when they had a falling out over [[spoiler: William having an affair with Markiplier’s wife Celine]], causing both of them to develop bitter feelings towards each other.

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* FamilyOfChoice: As a child, he was raised with Markiplier in the Manor and they were as close as brothers. Subverted when they had a falling out over [[spoiler: William having an affair with Markiplier’s wife Celine]], Celine, causing both of them to develop bitter feelings towards each other.



* FreakOut: He suffers through this in "Who Killed Markiplier", [[spoiler:triggering his insanity that led him to take on the identity of Wilford Warfstache.]]

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* FreakOut: He suffers through this in "Who Killed Markiplier", [[spoiler:triggering triggering his insanity that led him to take on the identity of Wilford Warfstache.]]



* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler: As "Who Killed Markiplier" reveals, Wilford used to be William Barnum before being [[PreInsanityReveal driven insane]] by [[GoMadFromTheRevelation witnessing the DA resurrected in front of him,]] even though he'd kept careful watch over them for ten hours. His previous TraumaCongaLine, losing his [[WeUsedToBeFriends former friend Mark]], his best friend Damien, his past lover Celine, and accidentally murdering both the Detective and DA coupled with his mental break when they [[BackFromTheDead come back to life]] caused him to adopt the identity of "Wilford Warfstache". This is quite possibly PlayedForDrama when certain phrases or hints pop up related to his past, hinting there are [[ReluctantPsycho some parts of William that carried over.]]]]
* IDidntMeanToKillHim: Wilford says this in “The Ned Affair” after instinctively shooting Ned. [[spoiler:He first uses this phrase when he killed the District Attorney, which was indeed an AccidentalMurder.]]

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* IdentityAmnesia: [[spoiler: As "Who Killed Markiplier" reveals, Wilford used to be William Barnum before being [[PreInsanityReveal driven insane]] by [[GoMadFromTheRevelation witnessing the DA resurrected in front of him,]] even though he'd kept careful watch over them for ten hours. His previous TraumaCongaLine, losing his [[WeUsedToBeFriends former friend Mark]], his best friend Damien, his past lover Celine, and accidentally murdering both the Detective and DA coupled with his mental break when they [[BackFromTheDead come back to life]] caused him to adopt the identity of "Wilford Warfstache". This is quite possibly PlayedForDrama when certain phrases or hints pop up related to his past, hinting there are [[ReluctantPsycho some parts of William that carried over.]]]]
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* IDidntMeanToKillHim: Wilford says this in “The Ned Affair” after instinctively shooting Ned. [[spoiler:He He first uses this phrase when he killed the District Attorney, which was indeed an AccidentalMurder.]]



* LaughingMad: Breaks down and starts laughing [[spoiler: when the District Attorney comes back to life in the final chapter of ''Who Killed Markiplier?''.]] He thinks he's been duped, and thus laughs at the cruel prank he thinks his friends played.
* LoonWithAHeartOfGold: When he was the Colonel, he was repeatedly stated and shown to be an eccentric, and he could be brash, but ultimately devoted to and loves his friends. Contrast him with the other characters in “Who Killed Markiplier” aside from Damien, and he's one of the genuinely kindest characters to the protagonist. And though he does [[spoiler: shoot the District Attorney,]] it was an accident and he regrets it. The trope is {{lampshaded}} by both Celine and Damien.

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* LaughingMad: Breaks down and starts laughing [[spoiler: when the District Attorney comes back to life in the final chapter of ''Who Killed Markiplier?''.]] Markiplier?''. He thinks he's been duped, and thus laughs at the cruel prank he thinks his friends played.
* LoonWithAHeartOfGold: When he was the Colonel, he was repeatedly stated and shown to be an eccentric, and he could be brash, but ultimately devoted to and loves his friends. Contrast him with the other characters in “Who Killed Markiplier” aside from Damien, and he's one of the genuinely kindest characters to the protagonist. And though he does [[spoiler: shoot the District Attorney,]] Attorney, it was an accident and he regrets it. The trope is {{lampshaded}} by both Celine and Damien.



--> '''Celine''': [[spoiler: (After the Colonel shoots the District Attorney) ]] : You can't blame him, honestly he's a good man.
* LunaticLoophole: An essential part of his origin story, and arguably what made him who he is. [[spoiler: As Col. William he got caught up in Markiplier's [[FakingTheDead supposed murder]] and the chaos that followed. Other than Markiplier and possibly the Detective he is the only survivor, (and the only one that never died in the first place) however the events drove him insane. Though he didn't leave unharmed, he did get to live on and have his own adventures as the lunatic he now is.]] He also survived his own manhunt in "The Warfstache Affair" and "The Ned Affair" mostly by accident, and presumably escaped Freddy in "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Interview" simply by being crazy enough. Though slightly downplayed, because he's also a RealityWarper, but there's no doubting he's insane enough to find his way out of sticky situations anyway.
* MeaningfulName: Hi original name, 'William', means 'stalwart protector'. [[spoiler: Deep, deep {{Irony}}]].
* MurderMakesYouCrazy: Interestingly {{subverted}}. [[spoiler:Killing the District Attorney and Markiplier isn't what drove the Colonel insane, it was seeing the DA’s dead body come back to life, since it simply defies reality.]]
* NighInvulnerability: [[spoiler:Markiplier's original plan was to hijack Colonel's body, but the Manor knew it was impossible, so it manipulated Mark to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.]]

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--> '''Celine''': [[spoiler: (After the Colonel shoots the District Attorney) ]] : Attorney): You can't blame him, honestly he's a good man.
* LunaticLoophole: An essential part of his origin story, and arguably what made him who he is. [[spoiler: As Col. William he got caught up in Markiplier's [[FakingTheDead supposed murder]] and the chaos that followed. Other than Markiplier and possibly the Detective he is the only survivor, (and the only one that never died in the first place) however the events drove him insane. Though he didn't leave unharmed, he did get to live on and have his own adventures as the lunatic he now is.]] He also survived his own manhunt in "The Warfstache Affair" and "The Ned Affair" mostly by accident, and presumably escaped Freddy in "Five Nights At Freddy's: The Interview" simply by being crazy enough. Though slightly downplayed, because he's also a RealityWarper, but there's no doubting he's insane enough to find his way out of sticky situations anyway.
* MeaningfulName: Hi His original name, 'William', means 'stalwart protector'. [[spoiler: Deep, deep {{Irony}}]].
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* MurderMakesYouCrazy: Interestingly {{subverted}}. [[spoiler:Killing Killing the District Attorney and Markiplier isn't what drove the Colonel insane, it was seeing the DA’s dead body come back to life, since it simply defies reality.]]
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* NighInvulnerability: [[spoiler:Markiplier's Markiplier's original plan was to hijack Colonel's body, but the Manor knew it was impossible, so it manipulated Mark to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.]]



* OffscreenTeleportation: Heavily {{implied}} to have this ability, with his suddenly appearing in various rooms when the District Attorney is distracted or examining a picture. He's not the only one to do this, but is definitely the most prominent out of the cast, with WordOfGod supporting this idea. Furthermore the ability likely stems from the [[spoiler: [[EldritchLocation supernatural nature]] of Markiplier Manor.]]

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* OffscreenTeleportation: Heavily {{implied}} to have this ability, with his suddenly appearing in various rooms when the District Attorney is distracted or examining a picture. He's not the only one to do this, but is definitely the most prominent out of the cast, with WordOfGod supporting this idea. Furthermore the ability likely stems from the [[spoiler: [[EldritchLocation supernatural nature]] of Markiplier Manor.]]



* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Possibly intentional. To begin with, (most notably when he used to be [[spoiler:Col. William Barnum]]), Wilford spoke with a distinct, upper-class English accent. Since then, his accent has changed to a slurred, yet aristocratic-sounding American accent. This is most likely due to his {{Sanity Slippage}}.

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* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Possibly intentional. To begin with, (most notably when he used to be [[spoiler:Col. Col. William Barnum]]), Barnum), Wilford spoke with a distinct, upper-class English accent. Since then, his accent has changed to a slurred, yet aristocratic-sounding American accent. This is most likely due to his {{Sanity Slippage}}.



* Really700YearsOld: [[spoiler:Warfstache was created in 1928, when WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier takes place. If we take Mark's age into account, William Barnum was born sometime in the year 1900. That means that he is nearly 120 years old, despite looking 29]].
* ReluctantPsycho: Downplayed, since it’s difficult to understand exactly what’s going on in Wilford’s head, but the narration in the ''Bubbles!'' section of "Markiplier TV" seems to imply that Wilford doesn’t kill people because he’s bloodthirsty. It would seem that he tends to believe the murders he commits are outside of his control/just a misunderstanding... until reality or his conscience periodically catches up with him. This theory is confirmed following [[spoiler:the events of "Who Killed Markiplier?".]]

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* Really700YearsOld: [[spoiler:Warfstache Warfstache was created in 1928, when WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier takes place. If we take Mark's age into account, William Barnum was born sometime in the year 1900. That means that he is nearly 120 years old, despite looking 29]].
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* ReluctantPsycho: Downplayed, since it’s difficult to understand exactly what’s going on in Wilford’s head, but the narration in the ''Bubbles!'' section of "Markiplier TV" seems to imply that Wilford doesn’t kill people because he’s bloodthirsty. It would seem that he tends to believe the murders he commits are outside of his control/just a misunderstanding... until reality or his conscience periodically catches up with him. This theory is confirmed following [[spoiler:the the events of "Who Killed Markiplier?".]]



* RemovedFromThePicture: In "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier breaks his framed photo of the Colonel after [[spoiler: he runs away with his wife]].
* RussianRoulette: He’s shown playing the game during the party with the Detective in ‘’WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier’’. [[spoiler: He also played another game with Markiplier, causing the latter's (planned) death.]]
* SanitySlippage: Suffers one at the end of “Who Killed Markiplier” [[spoiler:after seeing the District Attorney’s dead body, which he's been mourning for '''''ten hours''''' suddenly stand up. He's so messed up over it that he thinks his friends' deaths [[LaughingMad are all a joke]]. Thus, all deaths are just jokes. WordOfGod confirmed this to be the origin story of Wilford Warfstache.]]
---> '''Mark''': [[spoiler:(The Colonel) was standing over your body the '''''entire night''''' mourning his actions. That doesn't mean madness. Madness comes from seeing this body you've been staring at for '''''ten hours''''' suddenly just... '''''get back up'''''.]]

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* RemovedFromThePicture: In "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier breaks his framed photo of the Colonel after [[spoiler: he runs away with his wife]].
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* RussianRoulette: He’s shown playing the game during the party with the Detective in ‘’WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier’’. [[spoiler: '’WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier’’. He also played another game with Markiplier, causing the latter's (planned) death.]]
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* SanitySlippage: Suffers one at the end of “Who Killed Markiplier” [[spoiler:after after seeing the District Attorney’s dead body, which he's been mourning for '''''ten hours''''' suddenly stand up. He's so messed up over it that he thinks his friends' deaths [[LaughingMad are all a joke]]. Thus, all deaths are just jokes. WordOfGod confirmed this to be the origin story of Wilford Warfstache.]]
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---> '''Mark''': [[spoiler:(The (The Colonel) was standing over your body the '''''entire night''''' mourning his actions. That doesn't mean madness. Madness comes from seeing this body you've been staring at for '''''ten hours''''' suddenly just... '''''get back up'''''.]]



* SerialKiller: From what we've seen so far, Wilford has murdered more than a few people. [[spoiler:Detective Abe, the District Attorney, a husband and wife, their neighbour, a police officer, Markiplier himself, a contestant on ''Disc of Riches'' (and reportedly other contestants of the show in the past) and Septiplier.]][[note]]Detective Abe and the District Attorney were by accident and both later came back to life courtesy of the dark entity. Wilford has also killed a dog.[[/note]]

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* SerialKiller: From what we've seen so far, Wilford has murdered more than a few people. [[spoiler:Detective Detective Abe, the District Attorney, a husband and wife, their neighbour, a police officer, Markiplier himself, a contestant on ''Disc of Riches'' (and reportedly other contestants of the show in the past) and Septiplier.]][[note]]Detective [[note]]Detective Abe and the District Attorney were by accident and both later came back to life courtesy of the dark entity. Wilford has also killed a dog.[[/note]]



* StartOfDarkness: His start of villainy [[spoiler:(As Wilford Warfstache)]] came from [[spoiler:[[AccidentalMurder accidentally shooting the DA]]. Though it isn't the DA's death that starts his villainy, but the fact the DA simply ''gets back up''.]]
* TooDumbToLive: He is seen during the party sequence in "Who Killed Markiplier?" aiming his gun at the Detective and at his own head. [[spoiler: And yet, {{subverted}} as he is the last major character left alive at the end.]] He also [[spoiler: willingly (though he was drunk and emotional) participated in a game of RussianRoulette]], though he didn't get the short end of the stick in that situation.

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* StartOfDarkness: His start of villainy [[spoiler:(As (As Wilford Warfstache)]] Warfstache) came from [[spoiler:[[AccidentalMurder [[AccidentalMurder accidentally shooting the DA]]. Though it isn't the DA's death that starts his villainy, but the fact the DA simply ''gets back up''.]]
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* TooDumbToLive: He is seen during the party sequence in "Who Killed Markiplier?" aiming his gun at the Detective and at his own head. [[spoiler: And yet, {{subverted}} as he is the last major character left alive at the end.]] He also [[spoiler: willingly (though he was drunk and emotional) participated in a game of RussianRoulette]], RussianRoulette, though he didn't get the short end of the stick in that situation.



*** This may have originated [[spoiler:in "Who Killed Markiplier? - The Final Chapter". Abe accuses Colonel William of being a murderer before the Colonel denies it, [[AccidentalMurder murdering Abe.]] We see by Wilford's mental breakdown at the end of the video that he cannot understand or handle being responsible for death, so the word is likely attributed to the Detective and feelings of shame/madness.]]

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*** This may have originated [[spoiler:in in "Who Killed Markiplier? - The Final Chapter". Abe accuses Colonel William of being a murderer before the Colonel denies it, [[AccidentalMurder murdering Abe.]] We see by Wilford's mental breakdown at the end of the video that he cannot understand or handle being responsible for death, so the word is likely attributed to the Detective and feelings of shame/madness.]]



---->[[spoiler: '''Colonel William''']]: "I didn't kill anybody! This is MADNESS!"

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---->[[spoiler: ----> '''Colonel William''']]: William''': "I didn't kill anybody! This is MADNESS!"



* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Shares this with Celine. [[spoiler: Everything that happened in ''Who Killed Markiplier?'' was a result of Celine [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on Mark with him.]]]]

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* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Shares this with Celine. [[spoiler: Everything that happened in ''Who Killed Markiplier?'' was a result of Celine [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on Mark with him.]]]]]]


* AccidentalMurder: [[spoiler:When he was the Colonel, he shot the District Attorney while trying to grab his gun from them. He also supposedly shot Mark during a game of RussianRoulette, though that was purposely [[ThanatosGambit set up to kill]].]]



* CompositeCharacter: [[spoiler: WordOfGod states that he takes inspiration from [[{{Film/Jumanji}} Hunter Van Pelt]] and [[{{Film/Clue}} Colonel Mustard]] when he was the Colonel.]]



* FamilyOfChoice: As a child, he was raised with Markiplier in the Manor and they were as close as brothers. Subverted when they had a falling out over [[spoiler: William having an affair with Markiplier’s wife Celine]], causing both of them to develop bitter feelings towards each other.
* FormerFriendsPhoto: Shares one with Damien and Markiplier to further show their past relationship as childhood friends. A second photo showing the addition of Celine together with Markiplier notes her role in the timeline and progression of relationships
* FreakOut: He suffers through this in "Who Killed Markiplier", [[spoiler:triggering his insanity that led him to take on the identity of Wilford Warfstache.]]
-->'''William''': I-I thought you were dead... I-I-I mean, of course you're not dead! You're not -- How could you be dead? I mean, [[FreudianSlip I-I wouldn't have killed you]]... I ''didn't'' kill you! I mean, of cour -- I-I...Of course! I didn't kill anybody! ([[LaughingMad through laughing]]) I didn't- [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint It was all a]] ''[[DramaticallyMissingThePoint joke]]''! Of course, it was all a joke! Were you in on this?!



* LadiesAndGerms: “... and other configurations of being”. Justified since he’s an AmbiguouslyHuman RealityWarper.



* LadiesAndGerms: “... and other configurations of being”. Justified since he’s an AmbiguouslyHuman RealityWarper.

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* LadiesAndGerms: “... LaughingMad: Breaks down and starts laughing [[spoiler: when the District Attorney comes back to life in the final chapter of ''Who Killed Markiplier?''.]] He thinks he's been duped, and thus laughs at the cruel prank he thinks his friends played.
* LoonWithAHeartOfGold: When he was the Colonel, he was repeatedly stated and shown to be an eccentric, and he could be brash, but ultimately devoted to and loves his friends. Contrast him with the
other configurations characters in “Who Killed Markiplier” aside from Damien, and he's one of being”. Justified since he’s the genuinely kindest characters to the protagonist. And though he does [[spoiler: shoot the District Attorney,]] it was an AmbiguouslyHuman RealityWarper. accident and he regrets it. The trope is {{lampshaded}} by both Celine and Damien.
--> '''Damien''': The Colonel is an eccentric, it's his best quality and his worst.
--> '''Celine''': [[spoiler: (After the Colonel shoots the District Attorney) ]] : You can't blame him, honestly he's a good man.



* MeaningfulName: Hi original name, 'William', means 'stalwart protector'. [[spoiler: Deep, deep {{Irony}}]].
* MurderMakesYouCrazy: Interestingly {{subverted}}. [[spoiler:Killing the District Attorney and Markiplier isn't what drove the Colonel insane, it was seeing the DA’s dead body come back to life, since it simply defies reality.]]
* NighInvulnerability: [[spoiler:Markiplier's original plan was to hijack Colonel's body, but the Manor knew it was impossible, so it manipulated Mark to hijack Damien and Celine's bodies instead.]]
* NoNameGiven: In “Who Killed Markiplier?”, he is only referred to as "the Colonel." WordOfGod and bonus material [[https://twitter.com/markiplier/status/918999999551242240 reveals his name is William]].
** Averted in ''Wilford 'MOTHERLOVING' Warfstache'', his full name is revealed as William J. Barnum.



* OffscreenTeleportation: Heavily {{implied}} to have this ability, with his suddenly appearing in various rooms when the District Attorney is distracted or examining a picture. He's not the only one to do this, but is definitely the most prominent out of the cast, with WordOfGod supporting this idea. Furthermore the ability likely stems from the [[spoiler: [[EldritchLocation supernatural nature]] of Markiplier Manor.]]
** {{Played straight}} in ''Wilford 'MOTHERLOVIN'' Warfstache'', where it's utilized to escape the chair Abe tied him to.



* RemovedFromThePicture: In "Who Killed Markiplier?", Markiplier breaks his framed photo of the Colonel after [[spoiler: he runs away with his wife]].
* RussianRoulette: He’s shown playing the game during the party with the Detective in ‘’WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier’’. [[spoiler: He also played another game with Markiplier, causing the latter's (planned) death.]]
* SanitySlippage: Suffers one at the end of “Who Killed Markiplier” [[spoiler:after seeing the District Attorney’s dead body, which he's been mourning for '''''ten hours''''' suddenly stand up. He's so messed up over it that he thinks his friends' deaths [[LaughingMad are all a joke]]. Thus, all deaths are just jokes. WordOfGod confirmed this to be the origin story of Wilford Warfstache.]]
---> '''Mark''': [[spoiler:(The Colonel) was standing over your body the '''''entire night''''' mourning his actions. That doesn't mean madness. Madness comes from seeing this body you've been staring at for '''''ten hours''''' suddenly just... '''''get back up'''''.]]
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Defied in WebVideo/WhoKilledMarkiplier. He adamantly refuses to leave the manor even when it becomes obvious something supernatural is going on, and is furious when Chef, George, and Benjamin depart the scene.
--> '''Colonel''': I won't let my friends die in this ''godforsaken house''!



* StartOfDarkness: His start of villainy [[spoiler:(As Wilford Warfstache)]] came from [[spoiler:[[AccidentalMurder accidentally shooting the DA]]. Though it isn't the DA's death that starts his villainy, but the fact the DA simply ''gets back up''.]]
* TooDumbToLive: He is seen during the party sequence in "Who Killed Markiplier?" aiming his gun at the Detective and at his own head. [[spoiler: And yet, {{subverted}} as he is the last major character left alive at the end.]] He also [[spoiler: willingly (though he was drunk and emotional) participated in a game of RussianRoulette]], though he didn't get the short end of the stick in that situation.



* TwistingTheWords: When Slenderman confesses to him about wanting to teach children and visiting Jamaica, Wilford misconstrues it as Slenderman being a pedophile that is addicted to heroin.

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* TwistingTheWords: When Slenderman confesses to him about wanting to teach children and visiting Jamaica, Wilford misconstrues it as Slenderman being a pedophile that is addicted to heroin.heroin.
* UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom: Shares this with Celine. [[spoiler: Everything that happened in ''Who Killed Markiplier?'' was a result of Celine [[YourCheatingHeart cheating on Mark with him.]]]]
* UpThroughTheRanks: William was a private when he still lived in Markiplier Manor and the Chef worked for him, earning the rank of Colonel after he left during an undetermined amount of time later.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Click [[labelnote:here]https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/william_4.png[[/labelnote]] to see him as [[spoiler: Colonel William]].]]

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