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    The Slender Man 
Our favorite faceless stalker. He's taken an interest in Kate and C.R., and goes after you when you go looking for them... and the results are not pretty.
  • Big Bad: He's a lot more hands-on than the typical depiction; the entirety of the conflict falls squarely on his shoulders.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The game raises the implication that the only way for Slender Man to truly lose is for everyone on Earth to forget him. Suffice to say, he's not going away any time soon.
  • The Blank: He lacks a true face, for sure, but images in The Arrival show that he does have something, at least. We can't tell if they're wrinkles, scales or scars, or some deranged combination of the three.
  • Brown Note: Whenever he's around, the screen turns static and a Scare Chord can be heard. Even if you have the camera interface off.
  • Combat Tentacles: These sprout from his back, and it's completely possible to be ensnared by them. In fact, it can actually net you an achievement.
  • Darker and Edgier: This is one of most horrific portrayals of the Slender Man ever. In other media, he rarely does anything personally, and leaves it to his proxies to take up the spotlight. Here, he's much more malicious, even sadistic, and for no other reason than his amusement. He actively chases Lauren down, constantly evokes Paranoia Fuel, and physically hinders her progress to keep her from advancing further, while intentionally keeping her in the dark that he already accomplished his torment of her friends and he's just stringing her along with a false sense of hope. He personally ruined the lives of an entire family by capturing a child (Charlie Matheson) and deforming it into an emaciated monster. He drives CR, a freelance investigator, to burn himself to death in a vain effort to keep others from learning about the Slender Man. He haunts Kate Milens as far back as the first game, when she looked for notes in a forest as a kid, drives her insane, and transforms her into a Slave Mook that's forced to fight her old friend Lauren. It's even revealed that he had been stalking Kate and Charlie's families for a long, long time, and he presumably eradicated Kate's parents as well.
  • Foreshadowing: Pictures of him are drawn on the walls and in some notes found in Kate's room. If you look out a window after getting the flashlight, it's possible to see him simply staring at you through the window. After a few seconds, he teleports away. He also watches you in the distance as you walk towards Oakside Park, in what appears, at first glance, to be part of the skybox.
  • Heads I Win, Tails You Lose: As long as you're alive, he will still stalk you. And if you die, you're dead.
  • Humanoid Abomination: A lack of face, impossible height, teleportation and tentacles. That's Slender Man, alright.
  • Infectious Insanity: Heavily implied in Arrival that his entire existence depends on people knowing he exists — and people who go insane tend to go to great lengths to let other people know, willingly or not. In fact, it's implied in the hard mode ending that he saved Lauren specifically so he wouldn't vanish, and/or to make sure she continues spreading knowledge of his existence. Those who are unfortunate enough to succumb to Slender Man's influence become his proxies and hunt his next victims for him. This, if you believe the proxies count as people who know, renders him nigh-immortal, rendering C.R.'s death meaningless, and ultimately Kate's, too. And, of course, there's also his other victims. And then there's the possibility it relies not on knowing he exists, specifically, but simply knowing about him at all.
  • Lean and Mean: One of the more chilling portrayals, given what he puts Kate, C.R., and Lauren through.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Whenever you're not looking, which will be most of the time since you can't actually stare at him for too long in this game without getting a Game Over.
  • Right Behind Me: Constantly, after you've gotten up to six pages. From that point on, he'll be on you like a bloodhound!
  • Stalker Without A Crush: To anyone who collects his notes. He won't stop until he either turns them or kills them.
  • Villain-Based Franchise: More so than usual, as the games were flat-out called "Slender". This has had the side effect of people not familiar with the Mythos calling him "Slender" as opposed to his actual name.
  • Was Once a Man: Subverted, actually. There appears to be a connection between him and Charlie Matheson Jr. (the latter's poster combines with the Slender Man in the secret level), but it turns out that Charlie's just a proxy.
  • Your Mind Makes It Real: Overlaps with Infectious Insanity above, and provides one of the main sources of his terror. He could be watching you as you read this, as you play the game... and if that's the case, the games have made him immortal.
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    The Eight Pages 

The Player Character

An unnamed female protagonist that carries a flashlight.


  • Featureless Protagonist
  • First-Person Ghost: Subverted. In the remake, we get a full shot at what she looks like in Flashback, the fourth chapter.
  • The Reveal: It's revealed, if you beat the remake level Genesis in The Arrival, that she's actually Kate.
    Slender Man: I have plans for you, Kate.

    The Arrival 

Lauren

The female protagonist of the second game. Her car is parked at the head of Kate's driveway, as it was stopped by a fallen tree. She goes searching for her missing friend Kate and uncovers various pages written by her other friend, CR.


  • Ambiguous Situation: Her final fate is left unclear, even in the Hardcore mode. For all we know, the camera could've just been kept on by that point.
  • Featureless Protagonist: Subverted in that it's fairly obvious that you're controlling Lauren, the only other named character from the writings.
  • First-Person Ghost: Apart from her shadow and her arm, we don't know what she looks like.
    • Actually, we see her in the official art for Chapter 2. She's cast in shadows, but you can make out some of her features.
  • Innocent Bystander: Seems to have been this until she visited Kate's house and discovered her Room Full of Crazy.
  • Not Quite Dead: The game ends as she is trapped in a room with a drained flashlight and someone (or something) opens the door to attack her. In Hardcore mode, it seems that she survives... but only because it's in the Slender Man's best interests that she lives.
    • In the Steam update, she is attacked by a proxified Charlie and taken to the burned house from the first level. After collecting several notes that reveal C.R. was a bit crazier then anyone knew when he and Kate became Runners, she discovers Kate in the second floor, who attacks her. Extensive forensic evidence (ala Garry's Mod) shows that it's not Lauren who gets dragged at the end; it's Kate.
  • Silent Protagonist: Zigzagged. If you go to the swings on the first level, before entering the house, subtitles pop up. They say "I remember playing on this swing-set with Kate when we were kids". It's the first clue that you're playing as Lauren, but you never hear spoken dialogue.
    • Another set of subtitles occur when you see the missing poster. They say "I should keep an eye out", but she never speaks them.

Kate Milens

The recipient of several notes found throughout the game and the owner of the house that the prologue takes place in. Lauren spends the game searching for her. At the very end of the first level, you could hear a high-pitched scream in the woods, which presumably belonged to Kate. Has become a Proxy for the Slender Man, attacking the player at a couple of points in the game.


  • AM/FM Characterization: Kate has a radio in her house that only seems to play country tunes whenever it's switched on. The three most prominent songs are "High Water Everywhere" by Charley Patton, "Wildwood Flower" by The Carter Family, and When the Levee Breaks by Kansas Joe McCoy and Memphis Minnie.
  • And Now for Someone Completely Different: You take control of her back at the house in chapter 4.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: As the Chaser.
  • Cassandra Truth: She tried to tell her doctors about her 'Hallucinations' to no avail. If CR is to be believed, it's better that they didn't believe her though.
  • Distressed Damsel: Has gone missing at the beginning. The player ends up being far too late to do anything for her.
  • Face–Heel Turn: She becomes Slender Man's proxy and chases Lauren in the mines.
  • Missing Mom: Her mother died of unknown causes before the game starts. It's the reason she's thinking of selling the house.
  • Nightmare Face: If you peel through the mask, you can see a gaping mouth with jagged skin resembling teeth. Jesus Christ, Slendy.
  • Rogue Protagonist: CR mentions that Kate was once found unconscious in a park with strange drawings and a broken video tape, implying that she may have been the protagonist of the original game. Confirmed in the Genesis level.
  • Sanity Slippage: She used to go out ghost hunting with CR back in their childhood. At one point, they started hallucinating, and she was found in a park with a broken video camera, a flashlight, and a stash of 8 pages. She was taken to a psychiatric ward, where she was deemed stable and free to go, but it all fell apart since.
  • Silent Protagonist: Subverted. In the flashback portion in the Arrival where you play as Kate, she talks to her camera, saying to shut all the doors and windows. Leaving her room to do that doesn't really work out well for her. The only thing we hear from her after the point of the flashback is her scream coming from the woods at the beginning of the game.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Had she never gone to the park, the Slender Man probably wouldn't have bothered her so much.

Carl Ross

The sender of several notes found throughout the game. A close friend of Kate, who is also being victimized by the Slender Man. Lauren passes another car on the way to Kate's house, which we assume belonged to him.


  • Childhood Friends: Carl apparently knew Kate since they were kids, and the two of them often explored the woods outside their homes in their youth. One of his early letters to Kate even has him reminiscing about their childhood.
  • Driven to Suicide: Strongly implied. He leaves several notes declaring his desire to die and is latter found as a charred corpse in the ending.
  • The Ghost: Doesn't appear in person, although his unrecognizable dead body is discovered in the ending He's eventually Promoted to Playable in the Steam release.
  • Kill It with Fire: White chalk on a rock reads "End it with a fire." His charred corpse is found in the finale scenes, possibly by his own hand.
  • Only Known by Initials: He primarily signs his letters with "C.R", which are his first initials. He does refer to himself as his full name, Carl Ross, in his final letter found by Lauren, and before he starts investigating the Matheson household.
  • Promoted to Playable: A bonus mission in the Steam release allows you to play as Carl Ross as he's investigating the abandoned Matheson homestead.
  • Sanity Slippage: Carl goes from being relatively level-headed and investigative to going completely nuts as he learns about the Slender Man and Charlie Matheson Jr. His notes show his decaying mental state, and his last recording shows him trying to convince Kate to light herself on fire along with him in order to escape Slender Man.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Same ordeal as Kate.

Charlie Matheson Jr.

A boy found in a missing wanted poster. In the Steam version, it's revealed that Charlie's father committed suicide after Charlie went missing, and C.R. was trying to help out the Matheson family by looking for him.


  • Berserk Button: Initially, Charlie is content to stare at C.R ominously while the latter explores the former's long abandoned homestead. But when C.R takes some toys that are implied to belong to him while investigating the chapel, Charlie begins pursuing him while screaming his head off.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: His face can be seen on a missing person's poster early in the game, long before he's revealed to be important to the story. His burned down house can also be found early in the first chapter, where he's seen crying in one of the rooms deep inside. Trying to interact with Charlie results in him jumpscaring you before he vanishes.
  • Hell Is That Noise: When chasing C.R, Charlie can be heard making monstrous screaming sounds.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Whatever Slender Man did to him, it was not pretty. When both C.R and Lauren encounter Charlie, he's little more than a blue, zombie-like figure with hollow eyes and a barely noticeable Glasgow Grin. He also acts less like a human being and more like a supernatural attack dog, although it's implied he's not in full control of his actions.
  • Jump Scare: In the Steam version of the Prologue, if you walk around in the woods, you can find an abandoned wooden house. Enter it and you'll see a blue-ish, shirtless and deformed humanoid twitching from side to side as it looks to the wall. This is Charlie, or at least what's left of him. If you go near him, he'll lash out at you, flashing the same blue human images that can be seen in the final level.
    • At the Steam version of the final level, when you see C.R.'s corpse, Charlie's figure can be seen running straight at Lauren. It's rather jarring, as it's never been seen before in any other version.
  • Mind Screw: If you keep clicking on the missing poster, you'll get wrapped in a bizarre, fucked up version of Kate's house.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: Despite being an emaciated, corpse-like being (presumably due to the Slender Man), he actually kept Lauren alive and guarded the stairs to keep her from seeing a Proxified Kate at the top floor.
  • Reluctant Psycho: Implied. Though he's shown stalking and attacking both C.R and Lauren, Charlie does have some qualities that imply he's not as heartless as Slender Man is.
    • When C.R first encounters him, Charlie is at first content to simply watch him from a distance while in the flickering underground cellars. It's not until C.R goes to the cornfield after getting gas canisters for the generator on an underground cellar that he begins going on the offensive.
    • Charlie also tries to minimize the amount of harm he inflicts on Lauren, only lashing out if she finds him in his burned down house early in the game, and while he's abducting and trapping her in the Matheson basement near the end of the game. Even then, Charlie doesn't attack her unless she tries to leave without reading the information in the room she's in.
  • Retcon:
    • Earlier versions the game implied that Charlie was a supernatural entity similar to Slender Man, and gave him a childlike personality that's insistent on "playing" with Lauren once she triggers his appearance by looking at his Missing Poster three times. The Steam release later establishes that while Charlie is supernatural, he's more of a bestial, burnt creature that reluctantly follows Slender Man's will, and doesn't speak to Lauren or C.R at all.
    • In general, Charlie goes from being a small little Easter Egg that seems mostly unconnected to the story, to later being revealed to be the reason how Slender Man came into existence in the first place, and is involved with chasing C.R and capturing Lauren near the end of the game.
  • Was Once a Man: The Steam version of The Arrival reveals that Charlie was turned into a Proxy by the Slender Man.
  • Tragic Monster: Was forcibly taken from his parents by the Slender Man and mindraped by him, ultimately being so utterly destroyed he doesn't even look human. Though he might be more intelligent then he looks, that's all he has left.
  • The Voiceless: In the present day, Charlie doesn't say anything to Lauren when he meets her, aside from making soft sobbing noises when found in the remains of his house. With C.R, sounds of childlike giggling and sobbing can be heard in his presence, up until C.R aggravates him enough to start chasing him.

The Chaser

A human found in the generator level. It chases you down along with the Slender Man when you activate the generators.


  • Character Tic: The footsteps mean the Chaser's near.
  • The Dragon: For, naturally, the Slender Man. Unusually, the Chaser only appears in one level with the Slender Man.
  • Expy: This being written by the guys from Marble Hornets, you couldn't be blamed for seeing a resemblance to Masky.
  • In the Hood: Unless it attacks you, then it comes off.
  • The Reveal: Kate is the Chaser.
  • Samus Is a Girl: The jacket, the hood, and the mask all make the Proxy appear rather masculine, when in reality, it's Kate.
  • Weakened by the Light: No wild howling induced by it, but they will be seemingly stunned for a bit if you shine your flashlight in their face. Doesn't make them harmless by any means though. Get too close and you still get jumped.

Alternative Title(s): Slender The Arrival

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