Originally the host of the show. At first he doesn't believe in the Slender Man. Vin films compulsively, sometimes to the anger of his friends. The Bag implies he is a young patient of Dr. Corenthal from the '70s who had encounters with a "Man" that may or may not be the Slender Man.
- Agent Scully
- Alliance with an Abomination: Played With; Vinnie manages to become allies with the dangerous being known as HABIT, being chosen to help HABIT kill Slenderman rather than become another one of HABIT's victims. This alliance involves HABIT putting Vinnie through a lot of dangerous, cruel, and downright trollish ordeals while not giving much information in return, but Vinnie was safe from Slenderman while working with HABIT. After a short split, Vinnie willingly returned to help HABIT's plan, and was even willing to turn on Dr. Corenthal to do so. However, in the light of what HABIT's plan really was, and that he'd been tricked, Vinnie immediately turned on him.
- Bald of Evil: Dons this in the latter half of the series.
- Berserk Button: Calling him a monster is one thing that absolutely sets Vincent off, regardless how much he deserves the title. Evan learns this the hard way.
- Being reminded of Alex's death is what ultimately leads Vinny to start fighting back against Evan, rather than trying to convince him to stop and defend himself from him.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Vinny is far from the innocent victim he likes to portray himself as.
- Creepy Child: Very much so when he was younger. (In previous iterations, at least.).
- Easily Forgiven: Despite his betrayal, neither Jeff, Corenthal, nor Evan (whom he just killed) seems to harbor any ill-will towards him when he reincarnates in the Candleverse.
- Evil All Along: He doesn't see himself as such, but he is revealed to be responsible for nearly all the horrific events of the series, knowingly leading his friends to awful fates and causing at least three deaths.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In "The Day the World Ended", he shaves his head before he and HABIT prepare to (allegedly) do battle with the Slender Man.
- Famous Last Words: "I don't know if we're monsters... or just a couple of unlucky bastards."
- Faux Affably Evil: Watch any episode before "All Good Things" and you would presume Vinny to be a Nice Guy who cares deeply for his friends, and the victim of terrible events beyond his control. You would be very much wrong. Not only was he responsible for guiding every one of his friends to a horrible fate, but he was fully aware of what was happening the entire time, and did everything in his power to keep it that way. His "niceness" is revealed to be a mask to hide the self-serving, predatory scumbag he really is.
- Future Badass: If what Patrick Andersen hints in "Tape 3" is true, then sometime in the future, one incarnation of Vincent will break free of the reiteration cycle and eventually become none other than Dr. James Corenthal — the leather-jacketed, Slendy-shooting version. Definitely a badass.
- Genre Blindness: Sure Vincent. In the episode HALLOWEEN HANGOVER it's such a good idea to loudly mention how the only good thing about recent events is your new relationship with Lexi.
- Subverted in "All good things", when it's revealed that he was probably aware of what was happening the entire time, but considered the potential danger of bringing up Lexi to be an "acceptable risk".
- Heel Realization: Comes to one in "Introductions". Or, at the very least, his "universal avatar" self does.
- Hero Killer: As it turns out, Vinny was indirectly responsible for the deaths of both Alex and Jeff (the latter of whom was The Guardian — whose job it was to protect them all), and later becomes directly responsible for Evan's murder via shotgun.
- It's All My Fault: He has this reaction in the episode "Lexi", blaming himself for getting Lexi involved and making her a target. However, this is ultimately subverted. See Never My Fault.
- Jerkass:When his true colours are finally shown in "All Good Things", he's revealed to be a narcissistic, manipulative scumbag who knowingly lead everyone close to him to a horrific fate and denies all responsibility when confronted, to the point of taunting a dying Evan for the murder of Steph and their baby, calling him a "monster" and blaming Evan for almost all of his own actions.
- Manipulative Bastard: After being revealed as The Voyeur, it is shown that he pushed for the investigation to continue (despite knowing the horrific consequences that would ensue), led at least three people to horrible deaths, and most likely had Alex killed by the Slender Man when he began to suspect him. The whole time, he never once dropped his Nice Guy facade, and still insists that he isn't a "bad guy" or a "monster".
- Never My Fault: "All good things" reveals that while Vincent may have felt some guilt, he never truly believed he was a "bad guy" — despite the fact that he spent most of eight years lying to and manipulating his friends and his viewers, led at least three people to certain (and agonizing) death, and may have been responsible for the deaths of many others.
- Obliviously Evil: Has little comprehension of how self-serving he really is, as he utterly snaps when called out on all of his actions.
- Only Sane Man: To an extent, as he seems to have begun to believe. He's wrong.
- Perma-Stubble: Goes between this and a small beard throughout the series.
- Vinny's beard had a good run, but was tragically lost as of "Consensus".
- It fully returns in the final episodes of the series (just as he decides to shave his head).
- The Everyman: See name. It's actually his stage name for the exercise videos the boys were originally shooting. (Ironically, while he is revealed to be the incarnation of an archetypal character from the "EVERYMAN" morality play, he's not the Everyman himself: he's the Voyeur.)
- The Kirk
- Sole Survivor: By late 2012. He sums up his situation pretty bluntly via twitter: "Jeff's gone, Evan's beyond help, and I don't know where Steph is. Probably my last Halloween."
- Unreliable Narrator: "All good things" re-contextualizes a lot of Vinny's "dumb" decisions throughout the series as Vinny being completely aware that keeping the series, and the investigation into the mystery, going would most likely get everyone involved killed; he was just willing to pay that price, because it wasn't him losing his life. It also directly confirms that he was the one that put the hidden cameras in their houses, and strongly implies that Vinny had Alex killed by the Slender Man to make sure his doubts about keeping the series going wouldn't halt it.
The series' cameraman. Since the Slender Man began stalking the crew, he's begun appearing more in videos and went on an trip to his old Elementary school after his girlfriend, Jessa, disappeared, and since she and his brother Alex (who is being stalked by the Rake) have been his main motivations. The third Corenthal letter lists a patient named Jeffrey, in addition to Vincent and Evan. In the 11/26 Ustream, Jeff also said that there was a letter about a patient named Jeffrey, similar to the ones already found, although the letter has not yet been seen. Seemingly killed by Evan/HABIT in ":D" by being burnt alive after a prolonged period of torture.
"All good things" confirms him to be the incarnation of "The Guardian" from the Everyman play.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Undergoes this for an indeterminate amount of time after he's captured by HABIT. Said torture seemingly involves being beaten with chains, stabbed, slashed with a blade, sawed, and having his fingers broken with a hammer. Surprisingly, after all that, he still isn't dead...so HABIT douses him in gasoline and burns him alive.
- Defiant to the End: At least, he tries to be. He's quite passive when HABIT captures him, and responds with a "Fuck you, man" when HABIT tries to torment him by bringing up his brother. It backfires, however as HABIT merely scoffs at the retort, noting that it's what most of his victims say). Additionally, in the end, he does break down when HABIT is torturing him.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: When he comes back from his trip (in full "investigator" mode), his hair is much shorter.
- The Hero: "All good things" confirms that he's The Guardian; according to HABIT, that means he has an innate drive to protect those around him. His resolve seems to fade over the course of the series...but not enough that HABIT doesn't see him as enough of a threat to take him out of the picture.
- Heroic BSoD: Off and on since Jessa disappears.
- Kick the Dog: Jeff is the one who referred the police to Damsel as a suspect in Jessa's disappearance. Despite a berating from fans, he has yet to give an actual reason.
- Kill It with Fire: After being tortured by HABIT, Jeff is (incredibly) still alive. HABIT remedies this by dousing him in gasoline and setting him on fire.
- Killed Off for Real: In "Colon D", he becomes the first of the trio to officially die, being killed by HABIT (after a long and brutal round of torture).
- Must Make Amends: After implicating Damsel in Jessa's disappearance (leading to her being arrested — and committed to a mental hospital), he vows to rescue her and make things right.
- Messy Hair: His hair is very curly and fluffy, and is rather unruly in some of the earlier videos.
- Properly Paranoid: Alex thinks his brother is going crazy. Of course, he doesn't know how much Jeff has to deal with.
- The Spock: He's easily the most logically-minded, stoic member of the trio. (Though he sometimes runs on personal intuition, and isn't above jumping to conclusions.)
- Seeker Archetype
The nutrition expert. Since Slender Man showed up, he has become much, much more unstable. Likes knives. Box #3 implies he has a connection with, and may even be, Corenthal's patient HABIT.
Near the end of 2012, he was completely taken over by HABIT, and went on a killing spree, murdering Jeff, Daniel, Steph, and his own baby. Now he's back in control (momentarily), and an unwanted healing factor is the only thing keeping him from committing suicide.
"All good things" confirms that he is the incarnation of "The Firebrand" from the Everyman play.
- Agent Mulder
- Ax-Crazy: Most obviously in the "Slender man" video, with hints in "Ashen Waste."
- Made official as of Ryan and the SEVENTRAILSOFHABIT. Though that wasn't exactly ''him'' talking....
- Batter Up!
- Better to Die than Be Killed: Expresses this sentiment, and this is the main reason he carries his knife even though he knows it can't hurt Slendy, saying that if he can't kill it then he won't let it kill him.
- Big Brother Instinct: Has this towards Alex, arguably more than Jeff does. When he finds out that the Rake has been clawing Alex's arms in his sleep, Evan does his best to find out how to get rid of it, and is the most worried about his Sanity Slippage that happens before his death. Also, finding out that Vinny was indirectly responsible for his and Jeff's deaths are what leads Evan to try to kill him.
- The Big Guy: Despite being shorter than Vince and Jeff.
- Bruiser with a Soft Center: Evan is a martial arts instructor, carries a giant bayonet around, is incredibly intense whenever the subject of what to do about Slender Man comes up, and is bold enough to charge Slender Man with a baseball bat on sight. If his normal interaction with his friends doesn't make it obvious that he's this, however, his behavior in "Alex" certainly does (the What the Hell, Hero? he directs at Jeff notwithstanding).
- Crazy-Prepared: In "May & June", it turns out he'd been keeping an "emergency machete" attached to the bottom of Vince's car.
- Crazy Survivalist
- Creepy Child: Much like Vinny, he was definitely this as a kid (or at least, a previous iteration of him was).
- Death Seeker: As of WAKE UP.
- Averted in "All good things", where Evan's now actively trying to stay alive while fighting to put down Vinny. He doesn't succeed.
- Demonic Possession: The other theory regarding his relationship with HABIT. More or less confirmed with the CYSTW posts, as well as the "OUTSIDE HELP" video.
- Dumb Muscle: Vince describes him as an "RL-troll" because he's hardly ever online. In "Damsel," he seems momentarily confused that Jeff's access key is in keycard form and not an actual car-type key. HABIT refers to him as an "animal".
- Expository Hairstyle Change: In contrast to Jeff and Alex's buzzcuts, Evan goes without a haircut as the series goes on. In an inversion, his longer hair only looks really unkempt while he's wearing his hat, which is usually when he's acting perfectly sane; it looks well-groomed during his Ax-Crazy moments. Except during the non-canon "Slender Man", where he is wearing it and looks appropriately disheveled while going after Vince.
- Played straight later in the series: after he's taken over by HABIT, his hair (which varies in length due to the amount of time between episodes) is always unkempt.
- Famous Last Words: "Just wait for it..."
- Fate Worse than Death: Currently completely controlled by HABIT, and has most likely been forced to witness Habit's brutal murders of both his old friends Jeff and Daniel, and possibly prolonged torture of both Steph and their baby. Let's just say that if the real Evan comes back, to say he won't be in the best mental state would be the understatement of the year.
- Confirmed in "Wake Up". He can remember what HABIT made him do in gory detail. He decides to commit Suicide By Rake, hardly caring if he actually takes it with him. To his frustration, they both survive due to a...
- Healing Factor: In "L'esprit de l'escalier", Evan says that the Rake disemboweled him during their fight. When he lifts his shirt, there's a faint scar along his stomach, but he's otherwise fine. He also says that various other wounds he had on his arm had disappeared. Although another theory is that he underwent a short time-jump restoring him to life, which has happened several times in the series note .
- Averted in "All good things", where the god-killer weapons that Vinny forged with HABIT were intentionally made to cancel out Evan's healing factor, killing him off for good.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Whenever Evan got so much as a glimpse of Slender Man or The Rake in earlier videos, he would immediately run guns ablazing trying to kill it.
- Idiot Hero: Of all the HYBRID boys, Evan is undoubtedly the weakest of the bunch when it comes to intelligence. He makes up for it though by standing by his friends when they need him, especially Alex when he finds out what's going on between him and the Rake.
- Irony: After the events of WAKE UP, Evan is pretty much a death-seeking Broken Bird who has no one left but Vinny left for support, whom he's concerned he will kill while under HABIT's control. By the end of the series, Evan is actively trying to kill his only friend of his own free will out of a desperate attempt to survive.
- Killed Off for Real: Courtesy of the North Star-branded hunting knife (and Vinny's shotgun).
- Knife Nut
- Laughing Mad: Most distinctly when Vinny cuts open the blood bags in "Joke's Over". Years later, he really goes off the deep end in "l'esprit de l'escalier".
- Leeroy Jenkins: According to HABIT in Evan's body - "Evan, he's just an animal. He just runs in, doesn't care what the fuck's going on. He's an idiot."
- Meaningful Name: Most likely accidental, but his name can be translated to "Young Warrior".
- Memetic Badass: Him and his knife...
- Mr. Fanservice: Take a gander at all the Evan fangirls at the Unfiction forums. Jessie's even worried about them coming after her for hugging him.
- Only Sane Man: While he initially appeared to be losing his mind, he seems to be the most practical and calm out of all of them... most of the time.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: With a height of 5'3, Evan is definitely the shortest protagonist in the series (and to an extent, the entire Slenderverse). And yet, he's also by far the strongest protagonist, regardless of whether he's inHABITed or not.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Steph.
- Sad Clown
- Stalker with a Crush: Greatly thought to be one for Damsel- he's reading her blog in the Sleep Deprivation video, is seen running behind her and Jessa in one of her videos, and makes a video defending her after Jeff reports her to the police.
- The McCoy
- Tyke-Bomb: Like Nick, he may have been specifically "bred" for strength by HABIT to make him a suitable host.
- Unstoppable Rage: Whenever he gets Slender Man or The Rake in his sights, his first solution is to attack them in a fit of rage.
- Taken Up to Eleven come "All good things", where Evan's anger at Vinny's betrayal is so great that he flat-out tells Vinny that he won't be able to forgive him until he kills him first. He does.
- You guys ready to Slender-shoot?
The crew's fake Slender Man from the early videos; he appeared to have cut and run when the genuine article appeared but it turns out he's still around, occasionally turning up for parties and other group events. Should have run.
- Demoted to Extra
- Killed Off for Real: Strangled by inHABITed Evan.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Went unmentioned for a long time until "Ryan and the seven trials of HABIT", where it turned out he was still around, just not involved much. Surprising considering he's the one who dressed like the Slender Man in the first place.
- Back for the Dead: He comes back just to be murdered by inHABITed Evan in "Next".
JessaFull name Jessalyn. Jeff's girlfriend; "Jessa's kind of weird and I love her for it." She went missing soon after she first appeared. "Congratulations Magus!.avi" shows (or at least implies) she's been taken by Slender Man.
- Distressed Damsel: Kidnapped by Slender Man, of course.
- Genki Girl: Quite possibly—we haven't seen her not smiling or at least looking happy once.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: To everyone except Damsel (which is quite odd, considering they're best friends).
CANYOUSEETHEWORDS / "Damsel" / Steph
An art student at Princeton, first getting involved with the EMH crew through her friendship with Jessa. However, she's not unaware of a certain tall man. She and Jeff don't really get along; he suspected her of involvement in Jessa's disappearance and reported her to the police, putting her in the mental ward. Her last entry, on the post-queue, reveals her family was killed by the Slender Man and she is the one who burned down her house afterward; she seemingly signed off for the final time at the end.
The HYBRIDs take it upon themselves to save her, and do so... on the day she would've been released anyway. She has since been living with Evan. HALLOWEEN HANGOVER reveals that she and Evan have become an item, and she is now pregnant with his child. Since Evan was completely taken over by HABIT, she has disappeared.
Like Vinny, Evan, and Jeff, she shares a name with one of the children taken in by Dr. Corenthal in the 70s.
- Ascended Fanon: As you can respond to her blog and chat with her a bit, the Fan Nickname "Damsel" was very quickly acknowledged and is pretty much considered canon by a lot of the fanbase. She likes it.
- Demoted to Extra: Went from the maintainer of her own personal blog who had some connections to the HYBRI Ds to one of HABIT's hapless victims to Next who isn't ever mentioned again.
- Demoted to Satellite Love Interest: Following her rescue by the crew, her screentime and involvment with the plot plummets while at the same time she became Evan's girlfriend and all of her relevancy has to do with that.
- Distressed Damsel: Despite the nickname, she doesn't really fit this trope until she's put in the mental ward. She's out again thanks to the boys, not that it was necessary...
- Fate Worse than Death : Strongly implied in "Next"
- inHABITed Evan: I know you want to die. But you're not going to, not yet. Not until you hear her break.
- Fan Nickname: Dubbed by fans as "Damsel," short for "damsel in distress," since most of her blog entries alluded to a force that was persecuting her, and to a secret past. See Ascended Fanon.
- Killed Off for Real: Is murdered by HABIT, along with her own child.
- My Parents Are Dead
- Out of Focus: Steph doesn't get nearly as much screen time as the other HYBRID boys do, despite her relevance to the series' lore. It's especially jarring, since she was apparently Jeff, Vinny, and Evan's adopted sister as part of the Mining Town Four in one iteration of the timeline, and isn't even so much as mentioned in the final episode of the series.
- Relationship Upgrade: With Evan.
- Unwanted Rescue: "I would be fucking stoked if they weren't releasing me today." Of course, Slender Man caused an explosion in her room five minutes later, so maybe she changed her mind.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: She hasn't gotten so much as a mention by her adopted father and brothers in the Candleverse.
- Don't even know what to do. Can't tell anybody...I mean, this thing is much worse than some skinny stick.
Jeff's younger brother. First made cameos in "Day In The Life" and "Jeff", he seemed to be unrelated to the plot until his Youtube account was discovered. Was dealing with the Rake living in his closet. It seemed to have left Alex alone for a while only to move into his shed, sneaking into his room at night to whisper things to him. Even worse, Alex is now missing and presumed dead.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: His beloved Sparky.
- RIP Sparky as of "One step forward, two steps back"...
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Very similar to his brother's.
- I Reject Your Reality: Dealt with the deaths of his parents and dog by completely refusing to even process that they've passed on; note moments such as talking to recordings of his mom like they're having a conversation and interacting with a sock puppet as if it's Sparky. If Alex isn't spiraling into insanity then he's certainly going through a very unhealthy grieving process, as observed by Vinnie.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: "Troll Catch" has him initially being a bit of a Jerkass, trying to lighten the mood with Jeff in pretty much the worse way possible, but PMs with him have shown that he really does care about his brother and he genuinely seems like a good guy.
- Killed Off for Real: Disappears when the Slender Man attacks he and Vinny in "Consensus." Seemingly confirmed in the description for "MOVING IN," where HABIT refers to Jeff as "THE ONE WITH THE DEAD BROTHER."
- Name's the Same: No, not that Alex. Not that "J" either.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Possibly.
- Sanity Slippage: Alex has had a difficult time coping with the deaths of those around him.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Very similar to Jeff.
- Too Dumb to Live: Between refusing to tell anyone about the Rake and leaping headlong into HABIT's game, Alex seemed raring to die in mysterious supernatural circumstances until his fellow teammates voted him out. Given that Alex is just a step short of complete lunacy though, perhaps this behavior is somewhat understanadable.
- You could always wait in the car, that always ends up well, right?Nooo, fuck no.
A girl first spotted on the Ustream who joined the guys when they went to Lambertville in "Cops Checked, No Body". Dr. Corenthal is her great-uncle. She and Evan used to date, and are still friends. In "Jim Thorpe", the boys go to visit her and find her murdered in her home by the Rake.
- Killed Off for Real: Torn apart by the Rake.
- Token Girl: Well, the only one to join the guys on their expeditions.
- Spell My Name with an "S": There's been a bit of debate on whether it's "Jesse" or "Jessie", although most signs point to the latter.
Dr. James Corenthal
First mentioned in "-.", Doctor Corenthal worked at Fairmount Children's Home decades ago. The reports found in the Bags mention four of his patients, who share the names of the main characters: his most worrying patient by far was a boy named Evan who would only answer to the nickname "HABIT" and was generally a danger to everyone around him. Corenthal supposedly killed himself in 2005. Oh, and he is or was Jessie's great-uncle.
In the 1990s, Dr. Corenthal also treated Milo, the cousin of Noah from Tribe Twelve.
As of "The Property" He is Back... in some unknown yet utterly badass capacity
- Ambiguous Situation: The last we see of the good doctor is in "The day the world ended", where he angrily throws his phone on the ground after Vinny hangs up on him.
- Arch-Enemy: HABIT considers him to be this to him. It's not entirely clear what history the two had, but it certainly wasn't good.
- Apocalyptic Log: His notes on "HABIT".
- "Awesome McCool" Name: You can't deny that James Corenthal is a pretty dope name to have.
- Big Damn Heroes: pulls one of these on Vinnie in "The Property"
- Badass Boast: Before going out to take out Slendy, Corenthal has this to say:Corenthal: I'll tell ya, when they come for me? They don't have to make an appointment, cause the doctor? He's in. Let's go.
- Cigar Chomper: Almost every one of his onscreen appearances has Corenthal with a cigar in his mouth.
- Cool Old Guy: Corenthal has been actively treating his children (and others) since the 70's, and has shown no signs of slowing down in the current day. This is taken Up to Eleven in "The property", where he manages to rescue Vinny from Slender Man before warding him off with a pistol.
- Demonic Possession: Possibly. His mannerisms in "The Property" are similar to what we've seen from an inHABITed Evan, and contrast with his rather sophisticated and flowery writing from the letters, leading many people to believe that HABIT has possessed him and is using his form to trick Vinny in some way.
- Jossed in "Half-acre of ash." and "The day the world ended." where he's seen directly working against HABIT and the other monsters.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Dr. Corenthal is able to keep Slender Man away from Vinny by shooting him with a pistol. He's also done similar things to the creatures that try to enter his santcuary.
- Fate Worse than Death: "The good doctor is not so lucky as to be dead. Just dealing with some old HABITs."
- He's Just Hiding!: in-universe. But we don't know where yet.
- In the "Property" video, it seems he is hiding in his own little dimension sanctuary and purposely hunting down and fighting the Rake, Habit, and the Slender Man, and he briefly takes Vinnie there after rescuing him from a Slender attack
- Friend to All Children: Justified, as having worked at the Fairmount Children's Home would likely require skills regarding speaking with children. In addition, Corenthal adopted four of these children and raised them himself, as well as gave some much-needed assistance to a young Milo Asher when he needed it.
- Hellbent For Leather: Many videos that the doctor appears in has him sporting an excellent leather jacket. When he shows up in "Half-acre of ashes" and "The day the world ended", he's in this getup.
- Is There a Doctor in the House?: Oh, you bet there is. See Badass Boast up above.
- My Greatest Failure: The deaths of his adopted children have clearly taken a toll on the poor man, if his letters mean anything.
- Papa Wolf: It doesn't matter whether you're Slender Man, the Rake, or HABIT, this man will not let anything happen to his adopted children. Unfortunately, sometimes they refuse to be helped....
- Small Role, Big Impact: At least in regards to the events of Tribe Twelve. The most Dr. Corenthal does is meet with Mary and Milo Asher a few times, document his findings in his letters, and give him a small lockable journal with a key. Said journal would end up becoming an important item that archives the horrors of Milo's life, and would go on to give information about Noah Maxwell's family that heavily shaped the lore of that series.
- Sole Survivor: Taken to the very extreme: he's the only main character at the series' end who we know is still alive.
- Terrible Ticking: After working with "HABIT", the lyric "rabbit or habit" began to plague him—he even heard it in his sleep. This has led to fan jokes about him being so hip he liked Animal Collective decades before they existed.
- Take solace in the rain, my children. It only means I'm near.
The mainstay and central character of the mythos, the crew originally created a fake Slender Man to add some spice to the show - only for the real one to show up. What "he" wants is as unclear as ever, but he's abducted Jessalyn and is doing everything he can to mess with the HYBRID crew's heads.
- Badass in a Nice Suit
- The Blank
- Combat Tentacles: In "Joke's Over".
- Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Played with. In the beginning of the series, Slender Man's name is explicitly mentioned by Vinny and Evan as they explain that they were using his image as a joke and/or Easter Egg of sorts during the fitness videos. As the series takes a Darker and Edgier turn however, people stop referring to him as such, or even using his name at all. The closest we get is HABIT calling him "Stick-in-the-Mud".
- Humanoid Abomination
- Noodle People
- Psychic Powers: According to Evan's description of his fight with Slender Man, he telekinetically blocked the bat then did some kind of damage.
- Real After All
- Reality Warper: The fan wiki even says that attributing powers to him doesn't do it justice — he just is, and that has its effects.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Blue to HABIT's Red. Comes off as a Blue to The Rake as well.
- Speak of the Devil: What initially seems to have drawn him to the series. After everything else that's happened, however, the boys are starting to wonder if he would have shown up eventually anyway.
- Suddenly Voiced: Sort of. He doesn't audibly speak, but there was a sequence of unsigned tweets— one in allcaps and one normal. The allcaps one appears to be HABIT. The non-allcaps tweets are highly implied to be him; though according to HABIT not personally typed.Go play your little game, children. Nothing more to see here.
- Villain Decay: Downplayed. While Slendy doesn't become any less dangerous during the events of the series, his appearances and overall presence starts to become less prominent after HABIT takes control over Evan's body.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The last time we ever see him is a brief appearance in "Finding Fairmount" where he briefly terrorizes Vinny as he wanders through the old Fairmount Children's home.
The Rake / "The Feral Other"
First spotted in "Cops Checked, No Body", the entity from this well-known creepypasta: a pale, naked, savage creature that scuttles around on all fours and smells like raw sewage. It was living in the wall behind Alex's closet, and made its presence very clear, though Jeff and Evan drove it out. It disappeared, only to reappear months later in Jeff and Alex's shed, where it killed Alex's dog Sparky. The Rake appeared most recently in "Jim Thorpe", where it murdered Jessie and attacked Vin and Evan.
Some consider it the (still-evil) opposite to the Slender Man, comparing its feral, openly violent nature to Slendy's preference for silently messing with his victims' minds.
- Beast Man: A really creepy variant; he's some sort of freakish, furless dog-man.
- Canon Immigrant
- Cross Through: The letter from the original Rake story is replied to in EverymanHYBRID
- Detachment Combat: Evan tore its head off, but both the head and the body continued to attack and eviscerate Evan.
- The Dragon: The dominant theory is that he's HABIT's enforcer.
- Humanoid Abomination: Along with being a freaky dog-man, he also seems have some of the same powers as Slendy.
- Leitmotif: Not a single piece of music, but if you hear a song by The Decemberists playing in a video, expect the Rake to show up at some point. The video it first appeared in featured, fittingly, "The Rake's Song".
- Laser-Guided Karma: Shortly after he killed Jessica, he suffered Evan's wrath. The Rake lived but still lost that fight.
- The Star Scream: May have started telling Alex about things that would happen in the future. Alex's particularly spectacular death at the hands of The Slender Man may indicate Slim was not happy about this.
- The Unintelligible: Assuming he's not speaking gibberish in "Alex" then he's very hard to understand. The consensus seems to be "I am the Rake."
- Subverted in "The Princeton Tapes", in which it speaks to 1980s Vincent in a raspy (but intelligible) voice. One of the removed clips from "Consensus" (as seen in "All good things") also reveals that it spoke rather clearly to Alex on several occasions, warning him against trusting Vincent and Evan.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: After Evan fights him in Isolation, it just sort of disappears from the series, minus HABIT offhandedly mentioning it in "A summoning". We do get some more information about it through the contents of Box 7 however.
A mysterious being whose presence has become increasingly felt as the series has gone on. Was thought to be the Rake, but now highly implied to be either a Split Personality of Evan or a disembodied spirit that sometimes possesses him. Has an email for registering for vague "trials", the Seven Trials of HABIT, and a Twitter account for actually outlining the trials. Appears to be the one responsible for the Morse Code videos as well as the other odd edits and cutaways in the main videos.
According to Can You See the Words, HABIT can possess multiple people at once and has been doing so for over a century. Quite a few of history's most infamous nutcases were just HABIT having some fun in someone else's body. He apparently orchestrated the births of both Evan and his friend Nick so they'd be suitable hosts. He had Nick attack Evan as a trial, and Evan killed Nick.
After months of build-up, he appears to have wrested total control of Evan's body. The series has now taken its darkest turn yet, with Jeff getting an especially painful death.
- Allergic to Routine: "Half-acre of ash" has him monologue to the "cameraman" about just how damn bored he is with the repetitiveness of the iteration cycle: Possess Evan, massacre a bunch of people including the EMH crew, wait for next iteration, repeat. He tries to make things more elaborate and interesting for himself every time (according to Candleverse!Vinny in an early video), but not even bringing in viewer interaction this time around with the geocaches and Seven Trials was enough for him and he is desperate for a more radical change. Such as his unstoppable, perfect host finally being taken down in a fight.
- Ambiguous Situation: It's not exactly clear what HABIT is now planning to do after "evolving" during/after the events of All good things. Considering that Evan is now dead, it's not out of the question that he could be looking for a new host.
- Adding onto this, a future version of Noah Maxwell suggests that HABIT could potentially come in with more help during a 2017 livestream. Just like the above spoiler, it's not clear how this will happen now that he has no host.
- And I Must Scream: The people he possesses are fully aware of everything he does while in control of their bodies. This is almost certainly deliberate on his part.
- Animal Motifs: In addition to the obvious rabbit motif, he also sometimes uses a Haunter motif. Rather appropriate, considering Haunter is a purple Ghost-type.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: HABIT has tortured, murdered, raped (both physically and mentally), eaten people and... sent Noah Maxwell a letter written in Comic Sans with a Christmas border (Noah is Jewish).
- Ax-Crazy: Made of this (perhaps literally). Not only does he just love gruesome death, he also has a thing for rabbits. And the Seven Trials are downright bizarre, seeming only to exist so HABIT can systematically kill people or manipulate them into choosing his victims for him, though at the moment he's only killed rabbits who have broken the rules, rather than the losers.
- Battle Theme Music: A big, big fan of this. Took out a SWAT Team to the dulcet tones of "Superbeast", and in Evan's body he shanked and captured Jeff to the Scissor Sisters' "I Can't Decide"
- Big Bad: Shaping up to be the true Big Bad of the series, rather than Slender Man. Or at least trying to upstage him.
- Big Bad Wannabe: Slender Man, at least, treats him like a minor annoyance.
- Black Comedy: Oh God.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY RYANS I GO THROUGH IN A DAY?
- Cruel and Unusual Death: He likes to kill people in creative ways. So much that he threatens Vinny with an uncreative death as punishment for being stupid enough to summon him. Probably because he was going to kill Vinny anyway, it's just that now he won't bother putting any effort into it.HABIT: Now that's the least creative way I have killed... anybody. I mean, it's so basic and simple, but because of your stupidity... you don't get a fun death! [smug arm-fold]
- Deadpan Snarker: Thats. Cool. I-I-I-I don't care. Get out of my house.
- Demonic Possession: He's either doing this to Evan, or he's a Split Personality. As of his Can You See the Words entries, it's almost certainly the former. He's possessed plenty of other people. He can even possess multiple people at once. Once he possessed an entire SWAT Team and had them kill themselves and each other. Also he used the guy who he had already been possessing to get in a few swings with an axe.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Sees himself as this to the Slender Man.HABIT: You, you really, you really think that you're the boss? You really think that you can just.. tell all of us what to do, and we'll do it. They might, maybe. But me, not so much. I know, oh, I know you're powerful. I know you're a big strong man, but you gotta remember who brought you these little fish. You gotta remember that whatever I want, I get. Whatever I want! If I want their fucking blood, then I will take it! There ain't a GOD damn thing you can do about it. You may scare Evan, but he's just a bitch. Not me. I will fuck you up the next chance I get. Now... let's talk about these little fishes.
- The Dreaded: HABIT's demonic influence is so powerful that even characters from other webseries are terrified of him. In particular, Noah Maxwell refuses to willingly come to HABIT's house on his own accord (and his own future self Firebrand refers to him as "a dangerous one"), Patrick Andersen breaks down laughing after recounting what HABIT did to his brother Shaun, and Stan Frederick flat-out states that he's not desperate enough to ask HABIT for information regarding The Rake.
- Eats Babies: Evan recalls that while possessed by HABIT, he ate his and Steph's baby. Knowing HABIT, there's a distinct possibility that the only reason he did it was just to torture Evan.
- Enemy Mine: With Firebrand of the Collective, who considers him a "loathsome entity" yet worked with him in order to free himself from Slender Man's control. Also currently seems to have this with Vinny.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the episode Lexi he tells Vincent that there's something good in people like him that things like HABIT can't mess around with.
- Evil Has a Bad Sense of Humor: Deliberately invoked. He likes to joke around others even when in the process of killing them.
- Expy: Rather similar to totheark, a fact not lost on the characters. He is, however, much more coherent and unambiguously villainous.
- It's also becoming evident that he's a powerful, possessing force, rather than just a crazy human, making him more similar to BOB from Twin Peaks.
- Fan Nickname: Becoming possessed by him is known as "inHABITation".
- Faux Affably Evil: Enjoys adding laugh tracks to his own edited videos, as well as various music by Frank Sinatra. He also has a somewhat jolly and witty facade whilst gleefully torturing people to death and crushing all of their hopes.
- Geometric Magic: Oddly enough, a teacher of it, showing Noah how to use the eye symbol that follows him around, which he calls Severance, and introducing one to Vinny that he just refers to as the North Star.
- Hero Killer: Midway through the series, HABIT goes on a killing spree in Evan's body, brutally slaughtering practically every single character in the main cast minus Vincent and Evan. He gets the latter two indirectly by the end of the series as well.
- Historical Rap Sheet: Josef Mengele, Jack the Ripper, and various other historic serial killers are among his list of possessed victims.
- Immune to Bullets: In one of Habit's posts on Can You See the Words (the one about the little girl), he is shot by police multiple times, and though they do cause him to bleed, he doesn't seem to suffer any actual damage.
- Jerkass: At his best he is this. Even when he's not killing and torturing everyone left and right, he acts like a complete asshole.
- Karma Houdini: He ultimately gets everything he wants and ends the series gloating and triumphant. Although it's still possible for the boys to break the loop they are in, it likely will not be happening anytime soon. Something of a justified trope, as he is such a powerful entity it's unlikely the boys could even touch him anyway.
- Knife Nut: A trait he shares with his host. Of course, since Evan already had so many knives lying around, maybe he's just using what he has to work with.
- Large Ham: Very much so once he actually gets camera time. In ":D" he seems to be channelling The Dark Knight's Joker.
- Laughably Evil: Noah describes him this way.Noah: He's not just evil, he's like... he's like "silly evil"... and that's disturbing as shit.
- Leitmotif: "Who Could Win A Rabbit" by Animal Collective.
- He also seems to be a big fan of Frank Sinatra. Hell, he might have even been Frank Sinatra.
- Motive Rant: In "Half-acre of ash", he delivers one to a "cameraman". He may be an unrepentant Ax-Crazy psycho who loves his work, but even he gets bored doing the same thing every iteration and is getting desperate for something to change so that the everlasting "game" between him, Slendy, and the EMH boys can be fun and interesting for him again.HABIT: Are you for me? [brandishes axe at cameraman] Are you for me?! He sent you for me, yeah? Sent you to... "look through the eyes"— y'know he thinks those are eyes. [chuckles] All that, uh... power, and no context. Eyes... for witnesses... for... unwitting conspirators, unknowing accomplices. Do they matter? Just... sitting there, they're watching, they're witnessing, but... they'll be dust. And I'll be here, in this... hmph... place. [gestures wildly in several directions] More of them growing, evolving, changing, living. But that's all that's wanted. Just more of them! And then I... get to hunt them! And eat them! Cut them, and burn them! ...But it's... the same, yeah? It's the same. It's the same. ...But they're not. I've watched civilizations rise and fall. I've watched technology advance. I've watched a lot. Woodchippers, and airplanes, and bicycles. This body... was, and has changed. It has grown difficult. It has grown... [looks down at "his" body and chuckles] unstoppable. [suddenly looks unhappy] Unstoppable... [long pause] I've left them alone... in the dark, in... nothing! And they found a father! They found something. They changed. Adapted. Evolved. [looks down mournfully at his axe] Unstoppable... [brandishes axe at cameraman again] I think it's my turn to change! Don't you? ...You wouldn't know, would ya? You're empty. Empty... unstoppable... unstoppable... [brandishes axe at cameraman again] I'll get what I want! [voice breaking] ...And it'll change! [reaches out with his free hand as if to grab the cameraman but restrains himself] ...It'll change. Maybe, uh... maybe it'll change. [muttering to himself] Maybe it'll change. Maybe it'll change. Maybe it'll change.
- No Challenge Equals No Satisfaction: Much of his monologue in "Half-acre of ash" is spent complaining that after countless iterations of possessing Evan, he's become too strong of a host and makes things too easy and boring. This is likely why he has Nick try to kill Evan early in the series and has Vinny kill Evan at the end, as presumably Evan dying an "unscripted" death (i.e. without Slendy's involvement) will sever HABIT's connection with him and free him up to pursue other hosts next time. Candleverse!Evan no longer wearing handcuffs in "Introductions" suggests this is the case.
- Possession Burnout: Seems to be doing this to Evan, who notably looks sick in recent videos.
- Practically Joker: HABIT is an Ax-Crazy psychopath who enjoys to torture and murder people because he finds it fun. His signature color is purple, and he has a sick and twisted sense of humor that only he finds funny. Many fans of the series have noted these similarities and think that HABIT's actor Evan Jennings would be a good Joker.
- Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:YOU ARE ALL IN THE SAME. SINKING. VESSEL.DO. NOT. FUCK. WITH. ME.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The Red to Slender Man's Blue.
- Serial Killer: He has been many serial killers and murders throughout history, including Ed Gein, Albert Fish, Josef Mengele, and even Jack the Ripper.
- The Sociopath: Habit fits this trope to a T, having killed and tortured several people sadistically, all out of a twisted sense of entertainment.
- Split Personality: Shows signs of being this to Evan. We do know that at the very least his true name is Evan, according to Dr. Corenthal's papers.
- With more details on HABIT being revealed, it's more likely to be Demonic Possession instead.
- Super-Powered Evil Side: Can hide the morse code videos from the hybrid crew's perception, forge videos of events that didn't actually happen, and super strong as well. While inHABITing Nick he was able to tear his dog's head off effortlessly.
- Supernatural Is Purple/Purple Is Powerful: A powerful, possessing entity associated with the colour purple.
- The Star Scream: He and the Slender Man seemed to work together on his murderous rampages before, but he seems to want Vinny's help in starting a "war" on him.
- Those Wacky Nazis: Josef Mengele is one of many names on his Historical Rap Sheet.MARC WAS A GOOD KID.
- Troll: Some of the things he says and does are really just for no other reason than to piss people off.
- Insane Troll Logic: His reasoning on why Noah should listen him during the second crossover:"Um...because you're in my house, and you're my guest, and I'm asking you to do it. So if you could just get down to doing it."
- Vagueness Is Coming: He proclaims there's going to be a war in "two thousand three hundred ninety five", but that's about it.
- Villain Respect: Surprisingly has this for Noah Maxwell of all people. During their meeting in the crossover video "Severance", HABIT commends Noah for wisely not trusting him from the get-go, and not being stupid enough to try and seek him out as the other HYBRIDS had done previously.
- Villainous Aromantic Asexual: According to the actor that portrays him, HABIT does not have sexual urges. This arguably makes some of his behavior (such as the aforementioned rapes and some of his more crude humor) all the more disturbing.
- Voice of the Legion: Has started speaking in this occasionally ever since "A summoning", usually accompanied by purple distortion.
- Walking Spoiler: Pretty much anything HABIT is involved in after "Twenty-four months" spoils the series in some way.
- Would Hurt a Child: Not only does he kill Evan and Steph's baby, some of the people he has possessed includes Dr. Mengele and Albert Fish.