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  • Alter-Ego Acting: The creators treat the Operator as its own being; they haven't revealed who plays it or how they get it to work on-camera, purposely to keep the mystery. All they've confirmed is that it's not a mannequin.
  • Ascended Fanon: The creators confirmed in the season 3 DVD commentary that the fans inspired them to give more significance to the 'distortion hole' from Entry #19. When they were stuck for ideas on how to have Jay and Tim find more tapes in Entry #69, they decided to use the hole for an originally unintended Call-Back / Chekhov's Gun.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • Jay mentions Tim's sideburns (much-loved in the fandom) in Entry #53
    • A blog post from Troy Wagner refers to the fan nicknames "Masky" and "Hoody".
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Contrary to what numerous parodies, tributes, and works of fan fiction would have you believe, the phrase "This changes everything" never appears in the series. The closest the series gets to it was "It changes everything" in Entry 35, and given that Entry 35 reveals authoritatively that Tim is Masky, its use is by no means egregious.
  • Blooper: The initial upload of "enttry" #37 had a kid wearing a Spongebob Squarepants T-shirt in 1991, although Spongebob didn't premiere until 8 years later. The second upload edited out those shots.
    • In entry 60.5, as Jay is going through Tim's medical documents, one of them lists symptoms of headaches and insomnia, along with a third one apparently blacked out in marker. However, since the pages were wet, the ink leaked through onto the next page, revealing that the third symptom - whatever it is - was never written on the page to begin with.
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  • Creator Backlash: Troy and Joseph have confessed that they regretted putting in the dialogue between Jay and Alex in Entry #50 about the original settlers enacting punishment on criminals, as too many fans misinterpreted it as the true origin story for the Operator‘s existence.
  • The Danza: Tim, Jessica, Brian and Seth. Brian is actually a double example: Alex's Marble Hornets film features a character named Brian played by a character named Brian...played by a man named Brian. Oddly enough, Jay and Alex themselves don't follow this trope (their real names are Troy and Joseph), nor do Sarah and Amy. Jessica is a happy accident, that the character was named Jessica before they hired an actress named Jessica.
    • Discussed by Alex on the Marble Hornets site (if you login).
    "However in a lucky twist, Brian Thomas has been cast as the character 'Brian', and Tim Wright is cast as the friend, so I figured 'why not?' I’ll just make that character named Tim as well! Movies can be really strange like that sometimes."
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Averted, in part because Marble Hornets is filmed by actual college-age guys.
    • The trope is also discussed on the DVD commentary (Troy specifically mentions TV Tropes at that!).
    • Played straight in Entry #71, which takes place seven years in the past.
  • Fan Nickname: The Fanbase is fond of giving affectionate nicknames to characters. Slendy for the Operator, Masky for the masked man, Hoody for the man with the hood and the black ski mask, Skully for the figure with the skull mask in Entry #26 and so on. The man who Alex kills in Entry #49 is known as "Beardy" or "Bruce" depending on who you ask.
    • Beardy Mc Whiteshirt!
    • Tothe<location> has become something of a memetic phrase. It began when some commentators started referring to Masky as "Tothearby's", due to his actor gaining some weight between the seasons. This meme was reinforced in this video when Joseph(Alex)'s dog talks about going To. The. Park.
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    • The three creators themselves have collectively been given various nicknames throughout the fandom, some of the most frequent of which are Trosephim and the Bro Trinity.
  • I Knew It!:
    • The mysterious masked man really was Tim, as several fans realized when they noticed Tim wearing the same jacket in Entry #20 as the masked man was wearing in Entries #18 and 19. His identity isn't actually revealed until his unmasking at the hands of Alex and Jay in Entry #35.
    • Jay tweeted on the 9th of July: '(Totheark's) videos are so inconsistent. It's like they're being made by different people. No way I can prove that, though.' Despite explicitly stating he can't prove it, some fans are preemptively fist-pumping.
    • Entry #45 confirms the existence of at least two masked entities.
    • After Entries #60 and 61, it was widely speculated that Tim used to be a patient at the burned down mental hospital while it was functional and that he was stalked by the Operator as a child. This is confirmed in Entry #66.
    • When the tweet announcing the upload of Entry #72 came out, fans speculated that it was sent by Tim on behalf of Jay due to uncharacteristic grammar errors. About a month later, Tim sent out a tweet confirming that yes, he's the one behind the official twitter for now.
    • Brian being Hoody. It was such a popular theory that barely anyone was shocked when it was finally revealed to be true.
    • Jessica being alive.
    • Many fans have correctly guessed that Tim's last name is Wright, as revealed by the Marble Hornets credits.
  • Rule 34 – Creator Reactions: To quote Joseph DeLage (Alex):
  • Schedule Slip: Some of the later entries in Season 2 were victims of this. Troy would announce release dates for certain entries, but due to problems uploading the files he'd put off releasing them till the next day. Kind of immersion-breaking when he'd post as Jay on the Twitter page, saying he was having 'compression' problems with YouTube.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Word of God says that the shadow 'reaching into Alex's head' at the end of Entry #22 was a happy accident (the original plan was to simply have a shadow pass over him).
    • Seth wasn't in the original script, but his girlfriend (who played Sarah) asked for him to be included, Troy and Joseph wrote him in as the cameraman for the student film. Slight case of Ascended Extra, as he came back later as the only survivor of the student film aside from Alex. Which doesn't last.
    • Tim's line in Entry #9 about Alex spending too much money on tapes was improvised by Tim Sutton himself.
    • The final shot of the series was improvised by Tim. He was driving the car with the camera running and pointed at him, spotted a crossroads up ahead, and — without breaking character — turned the camera to face through the windshield, resulting in a perfect image to close Marble Hornets; Troy, sitting in the back seat, immediately gave him an enthusiastic thumbs-up, as speaking up would have blown the take.
  • Trolling Creator: A lot of responses about the ending of the series are very troll-ish. The creators refuse to confirm how the Operator costume was made and performed, if Hoody/Brian was indeed totheark, or what the ark itself actually is.
    • Tim's Tumblr is very much this. Pretty much constantly. Expect about two-thirds of the questions he's been asked regarding the series to be answered with "Meth," "Brian," or "You can't tell me what to do," and other equally obtuse variations.
    • This gem from the Reddit AMA:
    Redditor: What happened to Sarah, Amy and Seth?
    • During the first two seasons' runs, asking the cast about specific scenes where the Operator appears during their convention panels would result in either intentionally vague (to keep up the mystery behind their effects) but informative background information - or puzzled looks as to why you're asking about a guy in a suit being in their YouTube videos.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The series was originally named The Slender Tapes.
    • Entry #26 was initially going to be the last video, ending with Jay quitting the investigation once and for all. Due to the amount of fan demand for more content, however, they continued for 2 more seasons.
    • The Season 2 DVD has an unused version of Entry #37 that would have re-introduced the Operator back into the story earlier than it did. However, Troy and Joseph felt the entry was weak and conflicting with what was going on, so they dumped it in favor of the VHS-flavored enttry #37.
    • While the broader brushstrokes for the final entry had been worked out years in advance, the finer details were apparently tweaked. For example, they didn't originally plan on ending with a driving shot, and Jessica was originally going to be working at the antique store from the start of the season. They also toyed with the idea of Jay surviving through till the end.
    • Skully, the skull-faced Masked figure who appeared briefly in Entry #26, was originally just added in as a result of Rule of Cool. However, during season 3, the creators toyed with the idea of him being Jay's Masky-esque, Operator-induced alter-ego, like Masky and Hoody were for Tim and Brian, and Jay himself would discover this through found footage. It was ultimately scrapped, though the creators have suggested the idea he could still be lurking around somewhere.
  • Word of God: Mostly averted during the first year while the identity of the cast and production team was still secret, but since revealing themselves, Troy, Joseph and Tim have done a large number of interviews and convention panels about the behind-the-scenes workings of the series. They even have an official podcast.


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