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Appears in: Don't blink, Don't move, relax, A Date With Markiplier, Don't Play This Game, Markiplier TV, DARKIPLIER vs ANTISEPTICEYE (non-canon), Who Killed Markiplier?, A Heist With Markiplier

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"I've been waiting a long. Time. To get some... personal time... between us."
An evil counterpart of Markiplier. Often pops up in fan games as antagonist, whether he's the
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Big Bad or a distraction. There have been many different interpretations of Darkiplier, by the fandom, and Mark himself.

It was revealed in "Who Killed Markiplier?" that Darkiplier was created by the souls of two people (a seer named Celine and a mayor named Damien who resembled Mark) being merged by an evil force that resided in Markiplier Manor.


  • Abhorrent Admirer: What he's supposed to be in "A Date With Markiplier”, with him being creepily controlling towards the audience. However, due to Draco in Leather Pants...
  • Ambiguous Gender: While he's referred to by male pronouns and has an unmistakably male body, his nature as a fusion of a male soul and a female soul puts his actual gender in a somewhat gray area.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the "Chocolate" ending of "A Date With Markiplier", which is achieved by the audience choosing to kill the real Mark, and thus Dark takes his place at the table.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: This Humanoid Abomination is consistently portrayed as wearing formal attire as of "A Date With Markiplier", and serves as a legitimate threat.
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  • Baddie Flattery: He's apparently a fan of Mark himself.
  • Big Bad: Possibly of Mark's channel as a whole. His apparent goal is to conduct a Hostile Show Takeover along with a Big-Bad Ensemble of Googleplier and Wilford Warfstache in “Markiplier TV”, having gathered the other egos together in a brainstorming session.
  • Character Tic: Cracking his neck by tilting it sideways to the left.
  • Came Back Wrong: Damien is a good-hearted man and while Celine is a bit more careless of others, she isn't a bad person. However, due to the corruption from the house entity, they came back to the world of the living as an evil amalgamation made up from the worst parts of themselves.
  • Casts No Shadow: He doesn't have a shadow. It's not easy to notice if you don't know to look for it, but this is one of the ways to tell which Mark is real in Dark's "A Date With Markiplier" appearance. Maybe because he's supposed to be the shadow of Mark himself.
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  • Clap Your Hands If You Believe: If Mark's Tumblr post is to be believed. Just let that sink in.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Subjects Mark to this in "relax" where he shoves marshmallows, cinnamon and jalapenos into Mark's mouth.
  • Cold Ham/Large Ham: He shifts between the two. Depending on which is more disturbing in the given situation.
  • Control Freak: He shows hints of this in "A Date With Markiplier", where he gives the audience the illusion of choice: when picking the next part of the story, he proceeds to give them only one real path (all the other ones are links to videos he’s been featured in) despite telling them earlier that he could give them anything they wanted. He also traps the audience in a loop in the “EXIT” ending when they try to escape the chef’s dungeon with Mark.
  • Dark Is Evil: Pun aside, darkness tends to accompany Darkiplier whenever he shows up. This is especially evident in "A Date With Markiplier".
  • Deal with the Devil: In “A Date With Markiplier”, he wants the audience to “let him in” so they can get whatever they want from him. It’s not particularly clear what “letting him in” entails- it could be in a romantic sense or a demonic possession sense or both- but either way he wants something from us in order for us to have whatever we want.
    • If he was telling the truth when he said that Mark promised to let him in again - which, considering his manipulative nature, is hard to tell whether he was being truthful or not, then it seems as though Mark has also made some sort of deal with Dark.
    • In "Who Killed Markiplier?", when Damien's soul asks permission from the District Attorney, his "let me in" turns out to be Demonic Possession due to the influence of evil force of Markiplier Manor.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Implied in "A Date With Markiplier", considering the audience whom he romances could be of any gender.
  • Death Glare: Capable of imposing a very menacing one, most notably to the District Attorney at the end of ''Who Killed Markiplier''
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: Claims this is one of his motives in "A Date With Markiplier".
  • Eldritch Location: He can apparently drag people into a darker realm parallel to this one.
  • Evil Counterpart:
  • Evil Plan: Apparently, he and Wilford Warfstache plan on doing a Hostile Show Takeover, if "Markiplier TV" is anything to go off of.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: His voice is noticeably deeper than Mark's.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He and AntiSepticEye have obvious beef with each other. Played for Laughs in “DARKIPLIER vs ANTISEPTICEYE” when the dark egos of other YouTubers butt into their fight.
  • Expy: Word of God states that the character of Darkiplier is inspired by G-Man. They share certain traits such as being an creepy Manipulative Bastard Reality Warper who dresses in a nice suit.
  • Face–Monster Turn: It was revealed that Darkiplier is the amalgamation of a mayor named Damien and Markiplier's ex-wife, Celine. While neither of them were necessarily morally upstanding people, they were by no means bad until The Dark Entity merged with Damien and Celine.
  • Fallen Hero: Damien was a kind and well-meaning mayor until the dark forces of Markiplier Manor merged him and Celine's souls together, corrupting the two and worsening Damien's newfound hatred for Markiplier due to the latter stealing his body and therefore betraying him and Celine - turning their merged soul into a bitter, vengeful and malevolent force.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Right in his first appearance, he tells the viewers "Welcome to Raspy Hill". You know, the place with murderous mannequins.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Word of God states Darkiplier isn't a character that he plays...
  • "Groundhog Day" Loop:
    • He puts Mark and the audience through this in "A Date With Markiplier" if they decide to escape the prison, ensuring that he will never leave.
    • In "A Heist With Markiplier" he implies the audience is/has been going through one for a very long time, even referencing the fact that this isn't the first time they've met him and possibly not even the first time they've heard him say these exact words. He then gives the audience a cryptic hint about codes he claims to have hidden in the heist and proceeds to send the audience back to the museum's entrance, seemingly before the whole thing even started.
  • Hugh Mann: Dark isn't human, but something that looks like a human. But his disguise isn't well put together, as seen by him randomly glitching in the videos.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Word of God confirms in a livestream that he isn't human despite looking like one, comes from another dimension entirely, and doesn't obey the laws of physics. Explicitly this in "A Date With Markiplier", though he's had a few eldritch traits prior to the video.
  • Hostile Show Take Over: Sometimes he'll abruptly take over a video and have it go south. One could suspect they've been running the channel since Raspy Hill...
  • Karma Houdini: Played for Drama, unlike Wilford Warfstache. He usually gets away with doing horrible things to Mark, such as attempting to drown or poison him. Averted in “A Date With Markiplier” in the "Vanilla" ending, where the audience manages to shoot him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: Things go south whenever he's on screen.
  • Laughably Evil: There was a time where Mark didn't take Darkiplier seriously, which led to some silly canon depictions of him like in “relax”, where he’s wearing heavy black eyeshadow and explicitly Ax-Crazy. As of "A Date With Markiplier", this has been averted, with Dark being shown as deadly serious and (mostly) calm even while interacting with sillier entities like Wilford Warfstache.
  • Leitmotif: White noise plays anytime he's on screen.
    • This plays during the ending scene of “Who Killed Markiplier” during his creation.
  • Love Makes You Evil: In "A Date With Markiplier" towards the audience. Inverted in that he's already evil, he just happened to have fallen in love.
  • Made of Good: Played with, and ultimately subverted. The house entity from “Who Killed Markiplier?” operates by taking bad thoughts, actions, and/or feelings and manipulating whoever stays in the house into believing that those bad things are actually good. Celine and Damien were good people, but the entity’s influence corrupted and manipulated them. When they were in the other world with the District Attorney, they honestly thought they were doing the right thing by sending the District Attorney back and occupying their body. But once they were in the District Attorney’s body, all the goodness was stripped away and only the worst parts of Celine and Damien remained, which is why the District Attorney was pushed out of their body.
    Mark: Whatever good intentions went into this amalgamation were washed away when only the worst sides of either coin would fit into the slot. The Damien and Celine you know are gone. And when all the light has gone away, all that’s left is Dark. You weren’t pushed out to be saved.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Shown in “A Date With Markiplier”. He says that he can give the audience whatever we want, but then makes it very clear that he a) wants to control all the decisions we make, and b) intend to keep us around forever regardless of whether we want to or not. He tell the audience that he'll give us more choices than Mark ever could, but then proceeds to only give us one real choice. When both Mark and Dark try to convince us to shoot the other, Dark’s comments are much more persuasive than Mark’s (compare “they do bad things to good people” to “their eyes are weird”). And if you shoot Mark, Dark pretends to be concerned about your emotional welfare before revealing his true nature.
  • Merger of Souls: The final chapter of "Who Killed Markiplier" reveals that he's the result of Celine and Damien (who resembles Mark) merging their souls while being corrupted by the Manor when entering the District Attorney’s body. Darkiplier then stole the body of the District Attorney by pushing their soul out of their body. The District Attorney’s body was subsequently transformed altogether into the Humanoid Abomination Darkiplier, whose physical appearance therefore looks like Damien.
    Mark: The being inhabiting your body at that point is no longer purely Damien nor purely Celine . . . two fractured halves of a picture that was stuffed into a broken frame they were never meant for . . . only the worst sides of either coin would fit into the slot. The Damien and Celine you know are gone. And when all the light has gone away, all that’s left is Dark.
  • Misplaced Retribution: Focuses all of his rage at Markiplier the youtuber when Actor!Mark, who is a completely different person, is the one who betrayed him. Although the situation is ambiguous - is youtuber!Mark related to Actor!Mark somehow? Is he a version of Actor!Mark from another dimension that Dark is targeting because he can't get to Actor!Mark right now? Is the Mark we interact with in in series like "A Date With Markiplier" and "A Heist With Markiplier" normal youtuber!Mark, or Actor!Mark taking on different "roles"?
  • Motive Rant: Featured in "A Date With Markiplier".
    Did you miss me? I missed you...very much. I've been waiting a long time to see you again. I've been pushed aside...replaced...mocked...and then he had the gall to not invite me to his little adventure with you. No more. Never again. It's my turn now. I've been waiting patiently. HE PROMISED HE WOULD LET ME IN AGAIN! I'm tired of giving people a choice.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has a minor one when Mark pulls a Big Damn Heroes moment in "A Date With Markiplier".
    Darkiplier: You're never going to escape me. Not now. Not- -Mark tackles him- What the hell?! Where did you come from?!
  • Psychotic Smirk/Kubrick Stare: Pulls one in his debut video, where he grins creepily at the camera without saying anything.
  • Real After All: The idea of Darkiplier was made popular with the fans, and it was ambiguous for years if he actually existed in canon outside of vague references. 2017's "A Date With Markiplier" finally established that he was all too real.
  • Reality Warper: Confirmed by Mark himself. Darkiplier is shown to teleport and drag others into his shadowy dimension (so far).
  • Really 700 Years Old: Darkiplier was created sometime in the 1920s, when Who Killed Markiplier? takes place. That means that Dark is almost 100 years old, despite looking 29.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Dark Entity inhabiting Markiplier Manor was originally restricted to that location, until it possessed Celine's body and trapped both her and Damien’s souls in Markiplier's body in a dark dimension (nicknamed the "Upside Down" by Markiplier). Therefore, influenced by the evil of the Upside Down, the worst sides of her and Damien's souls were merged together when they entered the District Attorney's body, creating Darkiplier, who can teleport and drag others into the Upside Down. Darkiplier then stole the District Attorney's body by pushing their soul out and trapping them in the house. It is unclear if Darkiplier is made of Damien and Celine along with the original Entity or simply an extension of it, but he is now free to roam around as he pleases, eager to get revenge on Markiplier.
  • Stepford Smiler: He puts on an air of calmness, but in fact has deep-seated rage stemming from Damien’s anger from Markiplier’s betrayal and Celine’s pre-existing temper within him. In "A Date With Markiplier" and "A Heist With Markiplier", this is shown through various glitches/cuts between him speaking normally and screaming.
  • Villainous Breakdown: During his Motive Rant in "A Date With Markiplier”, it's evident that he's starting to lose it.
    I've been waiting patiently. HE PROMISED HE WOULD LET ME IN AGAIN!
    THERE IS NOTHING YOU OR HE CAN DO TO STOP ME!
    -Enraged screaming-
    Darkiplier: Shut up! Just shut up! No one cares!
  • Villainous Friendship: He possibly has one with Wilford Warfstache and Google. Especially the former, since the Colonel was friends with Damien and Celine, before their transformation into Darkiplier.
  • Villain Teleportation:
    • Utilized this twice in "A Date With Markiplier". Once to teleport inside Mark’s house and the other to transport the audience from his dark realm to the outside of the theater.
    • In Ending 31 in "A Heist With Markiplier" he uses it quite excessively, changing position multiple times while talking to the audience and to throw them out of his dark dimension and back to the beginning.
  • Voice of the Legion: Starting from "A Date With Markiplier", his voice has a distinct reverb distortion to it.
  • Was Once a Man: And a woman. "Who Killed Markiplier" reveals that Darkiplier is the result of two mortal people- a man named Damien and a woman named Celine -merging with a dark entity haunting Markiplier Manor, turning them into something far more monstrous.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: Apparently, bullets can kill him. So much for being a reality warping Humanoid Abomination. Though considering that we can still see distortion when we choose Mark over him, it's very much possible that Darkiplier is still alive. This still counts as a Weaksauce Weakness however, due to the fact that an eldritch abomination was seemingly beaten into submission by a gun.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: He as Damien went through a Trauma Conga Line after the death of his best friend, upon realizing his friends death was a Thanatos Gambit designed to put him and Celine through a Fate Worse than Death.
  • Yandere: A possible romantic example towards the audience in "A Date With Markiplier".
  • Your Heart's Desire: He invokes this in "A Date With Markiplier" to the audience, in an attempt to convince them that he's a better date than Mark.
    “I CAN GIVE YOU ANYTHING"
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