GaryTheGoblin98 on Aug 3rd 2018 at 5:15:54 PM
Last Edited By:
IchigoMontoya on Aug 11th 2018 at 12:18:03 PM
Page Type: trope
Okay, the coast is clear!
Now then. You've heard of Slender Man, right? That... That thing who won't go away?! Well, I've been seeing that freak pop up all over the media, lately! Or at least... I thought I did. After putting two and two together, I found that I wasn't seeing Slender Man himself. No, I was seeing something...different. Something...deceiving. Something just as horrible! I was seeing...
A Slender Man Substitute may possess any combination of the following traits:
- A pale face.
- A tall, thin figure.
- May or may not be The Blank.
- Dark clothing, or at least a dark body.
- Something resembling Combat Tentacles.
- Have a habit of stalking people.
- Target children on a frequent, if not exclusive basis (though they may still go after adults).
- Is almost guaranteed to be a Humanoid Abomination. Slendy is the trope image, after all.
- May very likely possess at least one or more otherworldly powers, such as teleporting, controlling people, or just driving them to pure insanity.
Note that despite his apparently malevolent nature, characters inspired by Slender Man are not necessarily villains, or even anti-heroes for that matter. After all, Slender Man himself is often subject to Alternate Character Interpretation, and may very well operate on Blue and Orange Morality. So why should his followers be any different?
WARNING: Due to this trope describing appearances and powers, expect unmarked spoilers!
- Jack Skellington may very well be the Ur-Example, predating Slendy by well over a decade; a skeleton in a black tuxedo with a tall, wiry figure. He's stated to be the King of Halloween, which is fitting as in many a Creepypasta fanwork, Slender Man is portrayed as the de facto leader (or at least the most notable character). Despite this, however, he's actually quite friendly.
- The Babadook is a tall, pale-skinned humanoid in a black coat and hat who viciously stalks and terrorizes the film's protagonist. Fittingly, he's actually a metaphor for mental illness.
- Desolation, the sequel to Demon Road, features the Narrow Man. Not really subtle, is it?
- In Doctor Who, the Big Bads of Series 6 of the revival series are the Silence. While they're presumably based off a combination of The Scream, The Greys, and The Men in Black, their appearance ended up reminding a lot of fans of Slender Man: they're tall and thin, have grey skin, lack many facial features, and have very long fingers. They dress in business suits, have a habit of vanishing and appearing due to their Laser-Guided Amnesia, with said amnesia being able to drive victims mad.
- Supernatural parodied Slender Man in the episode "Thinman", which also featured a mysterious paranormal entity that became an urban legend after being posted on a forum, with both living in the woods and possessing no face. Allegedly there have been a number of Thinman murders which Dean and Sam are called in to investigate, however it turns out to be a hoax with the murders carried out by people using the Thinman persona and disguise as a cover-up.
- In Pathfinder, there's a daemonic harbinger named Folca, also known as the Pale Stranger. He's a tall, gaunt figure in dark clothes with a blank expanse of skin where his face should be, marked only by the handprints that futilely press against his skin from within. He prefers to hunt, torment, and kill children to prevent their futures from every coming to pass, but as a daemon, he hates all life and as a harbinger, he's capable of killing all but the strongest of creatures on his own.
- Bendy and the Ink Machine gives us the Ink Demon, A.K.A. "Bendy". He's a taller, corrupted, skeletal, more humanoid version of the titular Bendy (who's basically an Expy of Mickey Mouse). He has a black body, a whiteish face, and even a tie! On top of that, half of his face is melted, leaving him eyeless like Slender Man. In addition, he can seemingly teleport, has yet to speak, and is Nigh Invulnerable, leaving the player defenseless against him. Interestingly, Bendy himself is an Inkblot Cartoon Style demon,l, potentially making "Bendy" even more similar.
- Don't Get Spooked primarily parodies Internet-based horror phenomena, and in addition to Slender Man himself, also features "Squat Man", a mostly-round figure, and "Regular Man", who's utterly unremarkable in shape.
- Five Nights at Freddy's
- The Marionette bears an uncomfortable resemblance to a mix between Slender Man, a Monster Clown, and especially No Face. It vaguely resembles a sleek human in a black, one-piece clown suit, complete with a classic white face with makeup. It doesn't seem capable of teleporting, but it's commonly believed to be controlling the souls possessing the other animatronics in the first two games.
- Its Nightmare version in the fourth game is an even bigger example: it's a lot taller, has tentacles for fingers, and is even menacing a child in his bedroom at night.
- The Marionette itself, however, is actually a more anti-heroic variant. The only reason it's after you is because it thinks you're William Afton, the man who murdered the child whose soul now inhabits it. In addition, the soul in question belongs to a little girl, making the Marionette a rare female example.
- Heroes of Might and Magic VII added the Striders, their upgraded form of the Stalkers, and their warm machine version called the Soulless. They match the physical description very closely (thin, black body; pale expressionless face).
- Minecraft: Endermen are tall, black, long-limbed humanoid entities native to The End who emit a Drone Of Dread, can use Villain Teleportation, and will hunt you across the continent if antagonized. Fortunately, they're Non-Malicious Monsters who only attack if provoked. Or if you stare at them.
- The Operator of Marble Hornets is a Ur-Example: though he's commonly referred to as "The Slenderman" and was made to be a webseries take on the character after it was made on Something Awful, the creators of Marble Hornets made him so different from the original Slenderman that he became an original character known as "The Operator".
- The SCP Foundation has a more benevolent example in SCP-1810: it sort of resembles a pierrot (basically a French mime or clown), and is actually more interested in protecting children than hurting them. Problem is, it's not very good at doing so. The author was even worried people would start calling it "SLENDERSITTER".
Feedback: 33 replies