"Do you hear the Whispermen? The Whispermen are near.
If you hear the Whispermen, then turn away your ear.
Do not hear the Whispermen, whatever else they do.
For once you've heard the Whispermen, they'll stop and look at you."
If you see Slendy, or think about him, he could hunt you down. Sounds a bit like the Whispermen's stopping to look at you if you hear them. Slendy could either be one of the Whispermen, who broke away from the Great Intelligence, or he could still be working for the Great Intelligence, but just a different type of Whisperman. If he was still working for the Great Intelligence it would explain why he appears when he does, and why he targets specific people. The Great Intelligence split itself into lots of copies of itself spread through the Doctor's timeline, to try and undo all of his victories. Slendy could be targeting people who the Doctor saved, thus preventing him from saving them, or people without whom the Doctor could not have won. This could also be why Slendy appears in multiple places at once: it is multiple versions of him spread through time.
- He is capable of bending space to His will, and feeds not off a victim's fear but faith, which leaves them hopeless, and puts them into such a state of madness that they welcome the death He will bring unto them.
- Praise Him.
- He's gone rogue and isn't following the larger agenda of their race anymore.
- It's also possible that he's just a juvenile, hence not having mastered some of the more advanced abilities of his species.
- He's shy and avoids people he's not planning on killing. If he got up close and personal, he'd look like this◊.
Correction: "The Slender Man" is actually not a single entity, but simply juvenile Silence whose powers have not completely developed yet.
- This explains why "he" can be seen in multiple places at the same time: it's like if some other species had a legend about "the Hu-Man". We're addressing an entire species as though it was one individual.
- If Slender Man is a Silent that means A) he's been around for almost half a century (or more, if the woodcut in the original "Create Paranormal Images" thread is part of whatever passes for Slender Man's canon), B) he survived the "shoot on sight" subliminal message hidden in the moonlanding footage, and C) he's not a creation, he's a memory and now that memory has been inflicted on millions of Doctor Who fans.
- He's Steve.
- GOD DAMN IT STEVE!!!
- Also (at least as shown in the game Slender), staring at the Slender Man for more than a few seconds can drive you insane. Looking at a weeping angel straight in the eyes literally puts an angel into your head- perhaps he does something similar?
The result of this should be obvious.
On the other hand, this does mean that if we can get hold of the Doctor, we might just have a chance of putting the bastard down once and for all.
- Maybe. It's a nice hope.
- Hey, we already know that the Doctor > Satan and the Doctor > the combined might of Dalek and Cybermen armies, so it's not that huge of a stretch.
- If this is true all the pictures and videos of him on the internet are becoming him.
- Which makes sense, considering where the Slender Man mythos originated.
- Alternatively (and I'm mostly putting this forward so I can sleep at night) he might just be starving. Just like the angels in Flesh and Stone, he's lost his form because he hasn't been feeding enough lately, and is even malnourished enough that his quantum lock is degenerating, so he just slows down rather than becoming stone. . After all, with all of the Slenderbloggers defending themselves so effectively, he can't have been getting many victims lately.
- This also explains why there's never any trace of the people Slender Man attacks- because they get sent back in time.
- Impossible, he moves when people are looking at him.
- Yes, that's because of his Silent genes. Basically, he got the best of both his parents (The reality-warping ability, creepy facelessness, and speed of the Angel, the pure menace of the Silent's form (and maybe its lightning bolts) and the ability to move when seen). So yeah, we're all screwed.
- However, the tale of how he came to be is a heartwarming story of forbidden love between a Silent boy and an Angel girl. Think like Romeo and Juliet, except with aliens and less death at the end. Well, less death of the protagonists.
- Unfortunately, his parents were killed, and he was seen as an abomination. Because of his Angel genes, he became completely evil, and because of his Silent genes, he decided to come to Earth.
- An alternative and somewhat disturbing prospect- staring at an angel for too long right in the eyes causes one to form in your head, but you can stop it from completely taking you over by closing your eyes. Perhaps one of the Silence had an encounter with an angel and was affected in this manner but refused to let the angel take over completely- so he sealed his eyes shut. The angel still has limited control- but since you can't actually see it the angel is unable to get into anyone's head, it is merely able to drive you insane. The result is that the personalities of both species eventually fused together into some form of messed up creature. This is also why The Slender Man remains perfectly still when observed, as he doesn't actually turn to stone but is unable to move as he hallucinates that he is.
- Because A, that would go on the Marble Hornets page, and B, it's really not very funny?
- Minus the ark part, it does sort of make sense. It's been implied that regenerations can sometimes result in a heavily disfigured form. A Time Lord regenerating from screaming hitting the earth after the Time War, and less lucky than The Doctor, probably wouldn't come out of it very well mentally OR physically. Gave him some pretty cool powers though.
- As for which specific Time Lord? I'm going to have to guess- taptaptapTAP, taptaptapTAP...
- The Master may or may not be involved with Dare 2 Die(see an above wmg), but I was thinking Slendy was a different one. "The Operator" sounds like a pretty good name for a Time Lord.
- This would work out well, though, given The Master's penchant for controlling people. Just thinking about Slendy and The Master's famous line..."I am The Master, and you WILL OBEY ME!" Brr.
- The Master may or may not be involved with Dare 2 Die(see an above wmg), but I was thinking Slendy was a different one. "The Operator" sounds like a pretty good name for a Time Lord.
- Either that or part of the botched regeneration mentioned in the last WMG merged him with his TARDIS, or at least part of it. ... or he IS a TARDIS, as it's quite possible to disguise a TARDIS as something humanoid. In which case, he's either a TARDIS driven mad by the Time War/the loss of its pilot, or "The Operator" isn't him, but the name of the Time Lord that pilots him. Whatever the case, this would all explain his TARDIS-like abilities: His teleportation, his time travel, and the Perception Filter. Problem is, he can't seem to teleport while being observed, and this typically isn't an issue for TARDISes.
The Watcher is an apparition of the Doctor that appeared prior to his regeneration into Five with creepy similarities to The Slender Man: faceless, the ability to time travel sans capsule, and prone to stalking people on Earth (typically only related to the Doctor, but who knows?). One of his future regenerations is similar to when he regenerated into Five: violent, and subsequently difficult for him, causing him to spawn the Watcher again, but this time in the form of The Slender Man, and totally independent of the Doctor. Troper suggests that the regeneration is due to the Silence: you forget them when you see them, but The Slender Man is (apparently) blind and "sees" through telepathy and touch. Also works for the "perfectly evolved" Weeping Angels mentioned several spots above - Slendy is ALWAYS watching. Works because the Doctor's regenerations (at least as of late) appear to be a direct result of all the character development he SHOULD have had over the last season (or two, or three) suddenly happening at once. Two seasons of the Silence, and BAM, he regenerates - into the perfect weapon for fighting the Silence.
- From the Doctor Who story The Faceless Ones, the Chameleons have lost their forms so are using humans. Perhaps they used Silents.
- The distortion/static on videos and audio is caused by the presence of magical energy. Slendy himself occasionally enters into a "high magical emissions" mode, but some of it is caused by the spells from wizards trying to catch/contain Slendy.
- Blackouts and missing memories are caused by the wizards Obliviating the muggle victims.
- The pages torn of out notebooks were taken by wizards because the pages contained something that might break the Masquerade (further then it's already broken by seeing Slendy), plus some of the hints meant for the victims are removed entirely. The wizards don't just simply confiscate all of the clues in the hopes that the muggle victims will be able to puzzle something out from what's left and lead them to Slendy. This is why the clues given to the victims are often so puzzling and unsolvable: the information needed to completely solve them has been removed.
- The coughing is caused by a special "don't see Slendy" potion that's being slipped to some of the victims. In certain locations this is vaporized into a gas so that anyone entering the area will be exposed to it.
- Any instances of Alien Geometries are traps the wizards laid for Slendy.
- Masky from Marble Hornets is actually one of the wizards trying to catch Slendy. The department trying to catch him doesn't have enough money for an invisibility cloak, and Masky is terrible with the disillusionment charm, but they know that muggles have recording devices that a wizard might not recognize. So when Masky has to break into a victim's house he dresses as a muggle and puts on a mask.
- Huh? I thought people would be talking about him being a higher level Dementor or something... remember in one of the Marble Hornets videos someone is wearing a Jacket and talking about how cold it is, and the other people don't seem to notice, he has other similarities to Dementors also.
- Damn the memory loss all makes sense now, he's neuralizing people.
- Best. Theory. EVER! Also, he could've been sent to fight Candle Jack or something... Hey, I'm still here! This confirms it!
- No, wait. I was wrong again, tropers. Slender Man, you idiot!
- Color scheme: Grimm Creatures are mostly black with some white and a little bit of red. Slenderman's black suit and black Combat Tentacles account for the majority of his color, his skin is white, and his tie has been varyingly depicted as black or red.
- Reaction to negative emotions: Grimm Creatures are explicitly stated to be drawn towards negative emotions. Slenderman's typical hunting pattern involves way more stalking and chasing than is strictly necessary for capture, which implies that he's deliberately provoking fear for as long as he can get away with doing so.
To emphasize the "humanoid" part of "humanoid Grimm," most RWBY characters tend to have their own personal symbol - for example Lie Ren has a lily, Nora has a heart... Slenderman has a circle with an X through it.
This is, of course, assuming that Salem is (also) a humanoid Grimm and that Grimm reproduce in that manner.
- It becomes even worse when you take the extended universe into account. Just compare the Unnamed Child to SCP-1079!
His Slender Sickness, Offscreen Teleportation and Walking Techbane powers would easily translate into using the dark side of the Force. And if any underling fails him, the Slender Sickness can conceivably intensify to lethal levels.
To go into more detail...
Assuming that all of Slenderman's powers and capabilities are him using the Dark Side of the Force, that means the Force is strong with him. He and Darth Vader could sense each other from across half the galaxy. We don't know the maximum range of Darth Vader's Force-Choke, but the success of that technique depends entirely on whether or not Slenderman has lungs. As they close the distance on each other, Slenderman can ruin Darth Vader's life support tech long before Darth Vader can get close enough to use his lightsaber.
- Just had a thought: what if Comedy Central didn't bleep out Kyle's (and Jesus's and Santa's) monologue at the end of 201 but instead was caused by audio distortion?
- Then he'd be a different glitch, not Missingno. Missingno. is mostly harmless besides the who Hall of Fame thing.
- Oh, yeah, that's right, thank you. I just got Misingno confused with the other glitches. I think I had M Block in mind when I wrote this.
- I refer you to Atop the Fourth Wall. That glitch can be pretty freaking scary.
- Or he could still be working for the Other World, and that's why he takes kids. The facelessness is just a mask to hide his buttons.
- He's too tall, and too faceless to be the G-man. G-man may be of the same race, or perhaps Slendy is G-man's... employer.
- For extra fun: in the Shin Megami Tensei series, Nyarlathotep tends to be pictured without a face, only a smooth surface. Atlus knows about him. They tried to warn us!
- Well, in the story "Nyarlathotep", the crawling chaos is described as "swarthy, slender, and sinister." Two out of three's not bad. (Overuse of italics, go!)
- One of nyarlathotep's forms is a pale faceless man and another is a shadowlike shape-shifter
- Alternatively, Slendy is one of the Million Favored Ones.
- Following from "Dreams in the Witch-House", maybe Brown Jenkin was the same race as The Rake? Either a younger specimen, a runt, or The Rake's a freakishly monstrous specimen? Other than the size difference, they share the same combination of a humanoid face and a beast like, rodent's body.
- Dammit, got to this before me.
- It explains the teleporting! And while the lightning may not be visible to the naked eye, who knows what it might do to electronic/magnetic media....
- I was bored.◊
- Congratulations. I cried.
- And the kids he takes are actually the kids fated to play Sburb for this universe! He takes them away so he can train them how to work the game, so their session doesn't fail! It all makes sense now!
Just look at this video and tell me you don't see the similarities. (Please note the game in question actually predates the Mythos by some years so it can't be the other way around).
- Unless Slender Man was real to begin with, and the Something Awful thread was actually a way for those in the know to dump information on him under the guise of fakery.
- But the game in question is set some thousands of years ago, even in its own realm. Who's to say when it occurred with respect to our dimension?
In Everyman HYBRID episode "Joke's Over" Slendy caused a siren to blare and it seems like in Marble Hornets Entry #23 Jay wasn't sent to another building. The building he's in is the Otherworld, projecting an image Jay saw in the tapes against him
- For what it's worth, he does have a strong connection to nature, being found mostly in the woods (well, until he starts making house calls) and having some sort of relationship with water.
- In "Vegeta Forces Krillin To Play: Slender: The Arrival" the very last shot when Krillin is attacked by Slendy is Popo's face. So maybe Popo went as a weird faceless guy for Halloween (Popo uses the day to be less scary) and sightings of him ended up being the first sightings of Slendy.
Slender Man wasn't created.It is a sealed EA breaking free from its prison. A thing that 'time itself forgot and now it has returned. Maybe it wasn't always Slender Man, maybe it was, but Slender Man now is always have now that Slender Man has taken root. Exploding on the net. Gripping at the edges everywhere trying to merge itself into varying Mythos to prevent itself from being pulled back.
JTHM, Dr. Who, Freddy, instead of analogies... maybe those were Slender Man's equivalent of "Superboy Punch" against its prison. As I type this I am beginning to get scared. It feels like there is something watching me. Reaching over my body as I write this in bed, in the dark. I need to finish in a hurry. It's real, it's free. We need to forget it before it gets stronger. IT WILL GET STR
- For bonus points... they screwed up their Fusion Dance and that's why Slender Man is so disproportionate.
- If this is the case, in order to defeat him, we have to find the house on Ash Tree Lane, lure him in there again, and (here's the kicker) get the Ghostbusters to come along, and Cross The Streams just inside the doorway, utterly destroying everything inside.
And yes, Sinestro promised him twenty dollars if he'd join up.
Some stories have Slendy dissecting his kills; the Gentlemen want to cut open your chest and take your heart.
Slendy has people of questionable sanity like Masky doing his bidding (possibly); the Gentlemen have straight-jacketed minions.
And to close I'll leave you with that creepy girl's song:
Can't even shout.
Can't even cry.
The Gentlemen are coming by.
Looking in windows,
knocking on doors...
They need to take seven
and they might take yours...
Can't call to mom.
Can't say a word.
You're gonna die screaming
but you won't be heard.
- I had a similar idea a while back; my thinking is that he's their overlord. They're the Gentlemen, he's the CEO. This also means that it's going to be Buffy vs. Slendy eventually.
And you'll float too.
- This fits well with the reapers in Supernatural: they're well dressed, and only their next victims can see them.
- He could also be Adam, who was weakened after losing his soul. The Slender Man took Adolf Hitler's soul and uses it to create his weaker AT field. The reason he goes after children is because he's looking for Kaworu so he can get his soul back.
- Possible. The Greys and the MIB might actually be subconscious memories of the Silence. Slendy could probably be another imprint.
- Also, many of slender man's victims disappear without a trace. It has been established that people killed inside of witches barriers suffer the same fate.
- Likely a witch somewhere the scale of Walpurgis night. It is immune to human weaponry enough to survive getting hit with concentrated fire from an assault rifle, and can manifest outside a barrier seemingly at will. It just has a different, more personal modis operandi than Walpurgis night.
H(a)unting is his Start of Darkness, where he entered the world created by bad Mary Sue fanfiction of himself, worse, he has to fight his own copy, that had become local Sue's guardian. And he lost. This lead him to conclusion that his mission could never be acomplished, as every world he fixes was replaced with two more, each being even bigger mess that previous one. He found a way to travel beyond the Multiverse, to the world that, as he found out, is home of writers, who created all other world. To our world. He wanted to punish those mad demiurges, who dare to pollute his precious Multiverse with their crap, but thanks to some sort of Timey-Wimey Ball he appeared before H(a)unting was created, bringing creation to his own mythos. All those badly-written fanfictions that sudennly stopped updating and their creators dissapeared from the web? He killed them.
He allows getting caught on pictures and tapes, as well as being subject of blogs, so he can make people fear him more, as this makes his job easier and people more afraid of him. He didn't go after people like Chris-chan or Tim Bukley, as their hatedoms would cheer for him killing them, and he doesn't want to be loved or worshipped - only feared. He, however, is The Entity stalking Linkara - defeating and breaking popular reviewer will leave his fandom terrified of him and send stright message - nobody is safe.
Fears are allies or other rogue agents he brought to help his cause...or have an agenda or their own. HABIT might also come from The Multiverse and has some sort of plan, but Slendy finds it too ridiculous to thinks of him as more than mere annoyance.
Slender Man goes after kids, because they have wild imagination and often likes to create stories, that would come out as sueish, if written by older people. All children he killed? They had potential to create MS when they grow up. Of course, they had potential to actually learn and become skilled writers and now all stories they could give us are lost forever. Which means that he might be threat to his native Multiverse - by killing future creators he will immiediately cut out Multiverse's supply of new worlds. Without writers there will be no fiction. Without fiction Multiverse will stop evolving. And what cannot evolve, must die. He will throw our world into depths of despair and apathy created by lack of creativity and entertainment and doom his own, along with countless of others.
- The Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society apologizes for the actions of Agent Slendy.
- On behalf of the The Sunflower Official, we also-Fuck, there goes the beeper again!
- Buzz off, weed. We had him first.
- Bite me, clicher. We've got the fucker's dossier. He's one of ours. You want the scumbag, you'll have to go through Internal Affairs. And we'll be bringing Security Dandelions as backup. We are the PPC. We handle our own. No matter the cost. So push off, if you know what's good for you.
- Oh no. Not the dandelions. Please don't pollenate on us.
- Now now, children!! We don't have time to bicker - and the Sues will be laughing at us.
- On behalf of the Anti-Cliché and Mary-Sue Elimination Society, I, who am solely responsible for this event, offer an official apology to the Protectors of the Plot Continuum for my less-than-proper behavior.
- Now, if you'll excuse me, I've a flamethrower crazy asshat to capture and neuralyze. God-fucking-dammit, the paperwork is going to be insane.
- On behalf of the The Sunflower Official, we also-Fuck, there goes the beeper again!
Think about it. K'ardiak can shapeshift, or at least change the form of his tendrils, and those tendrils can branch into more tendrils. Like the Slender Man. K'ardiak also kidnaps children and carries them off to unknown fates. Sound familiar?
The original poem, written by Goethe, was first published in 1782. Older Than They Think, check.
The Erlkönig is said to have a crown and a robe. The crown and robe are signs of kingship, of course, but could also be worn by any member of the upper-class elite. The raiment of choice of today's upper-class royalty? The suit. Check.
The Erlkönig tried to lure away the child by enticing him with games, toys, pretty girls, riches, anything. In the original image from the Something Awful forums, the children can be seen at Slendy's feet, dancing and playing. Check.
One interpretation of the poem is that the child is dying of a fever and hallucinating the Erlkönig. If you think of it this way, it is possible that both are true: that the child is hallucinating due to the fever, and that the Erlkönig is actually there. The child dies at the end of the piece, and depending on how you look at it, he could have been killed by either the fever, or by the Erlkönig himself. Check.
The father, carrying the child through the dark, foggy, windy woods (one can only imagine what might happen if the video camera had been invented yet), dismisses the Erlkönig as a figment of the child's imagination. That, or he too can see him and is fleeing for his own life as well as that of his son, and is merely telling the son this to keep him calm. Check.
Other epileptic branches for this particular sapling: The Narrator could be a Slender proxy, probably a scribe in the pre-computer era. The horse, represented in the song by the rapid (and incredibly difficult-to-play) triplet figures in the piano part, could be this story's Evil-Detecting Dog.
A recording of the lied, set to music by Franz Schubert, for your listening pleasure
He has no face, because he was raised in darkness and silence, with no need for one. He became taller and thinner, with many arms, as the forest became part of the story as well. His potentially benign moments are actually his true nature, as he was created to be the luck of the tribe. But it's been so long, and he's grown so weak, that he needs a lot of sacrifices in order to survive. His followers and believers are growing, though, and so is the power of the Slender Man.
- He's only noticed by the people he's stalking. Shinigami can only be seen by a person who has their Death Note.
- Being around him tends to result in unfortunate occurences.
- Black-and-white color palette.
- Vaguely humanlike form note
- If anyone can think of more reasons, add them.
Both Silas and the Slender Man are tall, spindly pale men wearing impeccable black business suits, are immortal (Silas being neither quite living nor dead, and the Slender Man being...the Slender Man) and seem to have a fixation with little children.
- See the theory below about him being benevolent because hes associated with childrens laughter. (If he is malevolent, though, he may be from a Darker and Edgier Alternate Universe where the monster world never discovered laughs were stronger than screams and scarers were forced to get much, much scarier to produce enough screams to solve the energy crisis.)
- He programmed him to guard the forest or do some impossible job with his tentacles but it attacked Dr. Wily and Wily destroy him. He then threw him into the forest and abandoned him, however...it was still alive and legend has it that he is still roaming around looking for revenge against Dr. Wily.
- Baba Yaga is often paired off with Koschei the Deathless, who shares more than a few similarities with Slenderman (very thin, seemingly invincible). The only way to kill Koschei is to destroy a needle inside an eggnote . If Koschei is Slendy's father, then this means one thing - ladies and gentlemen, we have found the way to kill Slenderman. Now, where to find an island with a spooky oak with a case hanging on it?note
And if the above WMG theorizing that the expansion of the mythos actually is bringing Slendy to life is true, then we're completely fucked.
- If Dare 2 Die is to be believed, then you're right.
- Furthermore, that whole "Slender Man is but a tool" thing might actually imply that Zalgo holds Slendy in contempt. Is the feeling mutual? Perhaps they oppose each other on some level? Is Slendy Blue while Zalgo's Orange? Humanity is caught in the middle. Hooray?
If Herobrine were Slendy's enemy, that would explain why he's trapped in Minecraft. Every time Mojang removes him, he escapes for a short while, but is promptly locked up again, explaining the "Removed Herobrine" thing.
However, if they're allies, that means someone is keeping Herobrine locked up so we can deal with Slendy. Question is, who??
Slenderman can outperform a few key vampiric powers and exploit a few key vampiric weaknesses. A Daywalking Vampire will not be safe from Slenderman during the day. Unlike some vampires, Slenderman can teleport across running water and break into where he's not invited (granted, he might have a little bit of difficulty), which means he can outmaneuver and corner vampires with those weaknesses. Slenderman's Offscreen Teleportation can keep up with vampires who turn into Super Smoke or a bat for faster travel. His Combat Tentacles can fend off a Zerg Rush of vampires. To add insult to injury, Slenderman's blood (if he even has any) is probably toxic to vampires.
Slenderman putting his victims' internal organs into trash bags is effective Anti-Regeneration for any vampires with a Healing Factor. If he ever figures out that vampires are vulnerable to wooden stakes, there's nothing stopping him from skewering vampires onto tree branches, especially if they're Wrong Genre Savvy enough to go hunting in his forest.
Slender Sickness symptoms include fever, coughing, vomiting, memory loss, and bleeding from the nose and lungs. Depending on where a given vampire lies on the sliding scale of undeath, some symptoms might not manifest, or they might manifest with complications. Vomiting and memory loss are the two symptoms guaranteed to manifest regardless of what kind of vampire is being stalked.
- Fever: This symptom depends on whether a given vampire still maintains a human body temperature or lost the ability to do so.
- Coughing: This symptom depends on whether a given vampire still needs to breathe or not.
- Vomiting, Memory Loss: Regardless of where they are on the sliding scale of undeath, vampires will still be just as vulnerable to these symptoms as humans are. Vomiting will tax a vampire's Horror Hunger.
- Bleeding from the nose and lungs: This one is a little more complicated. A vampire with a Healing Factor might be able to stop the spontaneous hemorrhage within seconds, but a vampire without a Healing Factor risks having his/her lungs fill up with blood entirely. A vampire who still needs to breathe would risk drowning, but would also cough out the blood like a human. A vampire who doesn't need to breathe will need to first notice, then deliberately expel, the blood pooling in his/her lungs. In any case, losing blood like that taxes the vampire's Horror Hunger.
- Cross-posted from the Marble Hornets WMG: but perhaps, instead of being born that way, he went through a mysterious hole in his shape?
- Or he was mutated by Zalgo. As far as mutations caused by Zalgo infection go, he got pretty lucky.
- It seems more likely to me that the Zodiac Killer would be a proxy. People do seem to agree this killer is human, and recall that it's not the Slender Man himself who often communicates the messages but the proxies he is controlling.
- Cursed to wander the earth, "marked" in a certain manner... committed the first murder.... Cain's a likely candidate for Slendy as well. God Himself warned Cain that his hate and sin could potentially consume him completely if he did not keep it under control (Genesis 4:6-7). The Mark of Cain that causes harm done to rebound on the doer sevenfold is the crossed-out circle. Plus, Slendy might be a zombified Cain: in The Bible, Lamech, sixth-generation descendant of Cain, apparently killed him (at least that's one way of reading Genesis 4:19-24) and boasted that "if Cain be avenged seven times, then let Lamech be avenged seventy-seven times!" Not much is mentioned about what happened to Lamech afterward, so it must have been something so horrific that even the gore-loving Old Testament writers wouldn't write of it but apparently the First Murderer's up and about again.
Let's be honest, it's not even the craziest Ripper theory out there.
- He's also the Zodiac killer and the one who killed Black Dahlia.
He lived during the Middle Ages, possibly earlier, but the location is unknown. He was a terrible man, but no one knew, because he acted very polite in public. He would purposely frightened young children and sometimes steal them away from their families in order to make them work for him. He would move from place to place constantly, making it impossible for the parents of the children he kidnapped to find them. When he did move, he changed his persona and his appearance as best as he could, to avoid any suspicions. Occasionally, he would end up in a land that was stricken with famine. In order to survive, he would kill the fattest child that he'd kidnapped and eat them (he'd also serve part of the body to the other children, but none of them would know what it was they were eating).
Eventually, he and the children made their way into a wooded area, where they found a shack. They made to take residence in it, but there was already a woman living there. She offered to let them stay, and they obliged her. After several days and nights of staying with the woman, the man tried to kill her and take all of her possessions, but she revealed that she was actually a witch, thus the reason she lived in the forest, away from society. She used a spell from an old book of witchcraft to change him into his true self - he became faceless, due to him constantly changing his name and appearance, and he was forced to wander in the woods alone, for eternity. He wandered for so long without eating that he became permanently thin. His clothing became too small for him, as he continued to grow, so he had to wander around naked until, some hundred years later, he found a man in a suit who was around his height (eight or nine feet) wandering in the forest. He then killed the man and stole his clothes. No one ever found the man's body.
The witch had placed a spell on herself that held off her death for several centuries, but once the spell did wear off, she died instantly. With the witch dead, the spell that was placed on Slendy was weakened. He was now free to leave that forest, but was still immortal and was still faceless. This is why he can be seen in the daytime, and in towns, though he mainly resides in the forests, and is so thin that he looks like a tree from far off.
- But Jhonen Vasquez is really short.
His primary MO in messing with the various protagonist groups is to create mad quislings like Totheark, TheArsonist, Albert Conaghan, and Damien's family. He uses these psycho sidekicks as proxies to kill and capture humans without risking physical harm to himself, and to give his human opponents something to retaliate against. The Rake serves the same purpose, but he's just helping out because he's a sadistic prick.
- Just Another Fool possibly Josses this: Slendy took out an entire squad of marines. That said, this is one of the very rare instances where Slendy actually fought people.
- If I recall, the official report claims that it was an insurgent attack. It is very possible that The Slender Man may not have been an active combatant.
- Not necessarily. When Evan described his fight with Slendy in the 11/26 uStream, the bat didn't make contact at all; Slender Man blocked it with telekinesis, then used some sort of biokinetic attack. The fact that he bothered to block the bat at all implies it could actually hurt him. The same could go for bullets; he doesn't just tank the shots, he telekinetically blocks the bullets before they reach his body(if only just barely). In fact, it's quite possible that he is physically WEAKER than an ordinary man, relying on his tentacles and psychic abilities to fight or defend himself. Which would mean his weakness would be ambush; he can't block an attack he doesn't see coming. Good luck finding an opportunity to sneak up on him though; if you can see him it usually means he's watching you like a hawk.
- Also keep in mind that the marines were a large group of people with long-range weapons. Slendy could use his powers of illusion to cause them to attack one another, sitting on the sidelines until the bullets stop flying.
- My theory is that Slendy is Immune to Bullets. When he did not respond do the Marines' calls to surrender, they opened fire. Sustained assault-rifle fire failed to kill him. Freaked out, one of the Marines used something along the lines of an M203 grenade launcher against him, and Slendy simply telekinetically redirected the explosion. This created the blast that killed the squad.
- They tried hitting The Slender Man with a car. It did not work.
- Again, he could have used his obscenely powerful telekinesis to block it before it hit him, or teleported it. Now, say if you were to try to run him over while his attention was elsewhere...
- So then what would happen if Slender Man happened to be pitted against a psychic or if possible, a telekinetic? Who would win in a fight if someone, or some THING had the same powers a Slendy?
- Or greater power... we need the Emperor of mankind from 40k to come and play hide and seek with Slendy.
- That last bit can be arranged, if we assume Slendy is just what Chaos mindfuckery manages to get through on a planet of blanks. We just need to pack in tighter or become a hive planet and he'll be the one being mindraped.
- Just Another Fool possibly Josses this: Slendy took out an entire squad of marines. That said, this is one of the very rare instances where Slendy actually fought people.
- MIND = BLOWN
Slender Man exists in our imaginations AND in the real world simultaneously. When one does not directly observe him, he can be in any location the mind imagines. And since he is quite scary, that location is normally /right behind you/. But when one observes him either electronically, or visually, he is locked into reality, meaning he cannot Slendermove right behind you. But, the moment you take your eyes off him, BAM, he can be anywhere and anything. For your sake, I hope you don't start imagining him around you.
- ... awwww.
- That makes it even worse for this troper.
- Also, the pages you need to find in Slender: The Eight Pages are actually just drawings Slendy found from his "friends". When you start taking them, he takes the reasonable course of action of finding you to request that you to give them back. Unfortunately, whenever he catches someone they usually freak out and faint. But Slender Man's a busy person, so he takes the pages from your pockets and puts them around his around his home, only for you to wake up and keep trying to steal his drawings.
- So if all the blogs, videos, and stories are what happens when he tries to make friends, what happens when you piss him off?
- Alternately: Slender Man is a generally benign entity that just naturally causes death and madness in people around him. He's not actively trying to hurt anybody; he's just generally curious about people and doesn't realize he damages them by hanging around. The fire wasn't deliberately set by Slendy, it just sort of happened because he was in the neighborhood and he decided to go bury the bodies in the woods because that's what humans are supposed to do for their dead. During Marble Hornets Slendy stumbled across some students making a film and decided it would be cool to be an extra in the background; so he starts hanging out in the background of their photoshoots so he could get caught on film. Then, when Alex started filming himself after noticing him Slendy didn't quite put two and two together and figured the video logs were just more footage for the movie and kept up his antics.
- Which means, for all he knows, every single person with a camera is in on the film project too. And he will try his damnedest to make sure he retains a starring role wherever and whenever the cameras rolling...
- Jumping peppers! That means he's like the Orz!
- Might be the case in Everyman HYBRID, where there's The Rake. If you believe Damsel, he's still out to get you.
- It actually makes a lot of sense, assuming that the previous WMGs of him feeding on fear, or the mythos bringing him to life, aren't true. Think about it. If he actively seeks out and kills those who know too much about him, why would he allow anyone that discovers him to record any information? Unless he actually wants people to know and fear him, it doesn't make any sense. It's possible that Slender Man is an entity in counterpart to another being, the one who is actually performing the murders. Slendy notices people getting too close to whatever is actually going on, and reveals himself to us. He then proceeds to freak people the fuck out, making sure they have the means to get records out to us, warning us all to stay away. Of course, we're idiots, and we keep looking for more information.
- He kills people specifically so that the rest of us keep believing he's out there and scary. Our belief brings him into existence, but if we stopped believing, he'd go away again.
- ... Ewww....
- Buddy, you've accused the wrong Slender. Sexual-Offenderman is the one who would pull this sort of stunt if he thought he could get away with it.note
Oh, and also? You in front of the computer? The one who thinks this is a fun little internet phenomenon? You're in more danger than anyone crazy enough to believe in him.
- . . .Oh fuck you. . .
- So, this WMG implies that Slendy becomes more real the less you believe in them. I might be wrong, but I do believe there's an entire place which runs on that, named Gensokyo. Maybe he's a native?
- More evidence of this - The Slender Man (referred to as "Man") saved one of the mining town four (I want to say Vince, but I'm not sure) from a heavily-implied child molester.
Explanation of factor "X": Surge brings forth the idea that Slendy has been around a long time (he shows a wood carving depicting Slendy from ancient Germany I believe); however, Slendy becomes a lot more active after cameras and video cameras are invented. In series such as Marble Hornets, Slendy appears in the series as having an effect on the recording equipment as well as appearing in videos before being seen by the characters in normal life. This, and other things like the disappearance of photographers of Slendy, leads me to believe that cameras and video cameras can give people the ability to see Slender Man.
Going under the assumption of A, then Slender Man may be trying to kill all the people who can see him, since they have knowledge of him(I'm under the assumption that Slender Man is a special blend of mnemonic and selective omniscience: if you have memory of him, specifically of his appearance, then he knows who you are and where you are, therefore if someone sees him, they'll think of him and then he can tail them until he kills them). In this case, the only way to know of Slender Man and survive him is to either forget about him, or stop thinking about him AND leave the location in which you last thought of him (I believe this may be supported by the survival of J and Alex in Marble Hornets, also you'd have to leave the location because even if you forget him, you can still see him and he hasn't forgotten about you, so if you see him you'll remember him and if he sees you he'll know you can see him and kill you anwyay). When we apply factor X, then those not born with the ability to see him can see him with the aid of either photography or cinematography. Still under the assumption that Slender Man may be killed, then he'd not only kill those who can see him from birth, but also those who can see him because of a picture or video, he'd then go after the audience and those who have incidental knowledge of him.
Under the assumption of B, Slender Man is killing for some reason. Before killing someone he also gives them the ability to see him. Reasons as to why he may be killing are possibly sustenance or just sport. As to why he gives them the ability to see him I have two theories: He must allow them to see him for him to harm them, OR He does that also for sport (or perhaps in the case of sustenance he needs a victim which is highly psychologically compromised and terrified). B is highly theoretical and raises more questions than it answers. Why doesn't Slender Man allow everyone to see him? (which might be answered: perhaps he's mortal, but may only be harmed by those who can see him, while he can only harm those he can see) Why doesn't he like being known about? Why do cameras or video cameras pick him up? Why does he need victims?
- One blog actually has prolonged exposure to a good photograph of him cause intense headaches and, after a while, insanity as the brain struggles to fit him into something our sane minds can comprehend, until eventually it gives out. It's heavily implied that mad people see his true form.
1. He has a somewhat more powerful brain. This enables limited psionic powers (his creation of insanity and mild reality warp)
2. He can teleport at an incrediblly fast rate. He's not actually in multiple places at once: it just looks that way because he's teleporting around so fast. Because his brain is so powerful, he can comprehend the information from the different places, and form it into something cohesive. However, he doesn't move much while using the Teleport Spam, because that would require more thinking that he can handle. This is why he merely observes a lot of the time. When he goes in for the kill, he stays in one place and moves normally.
3. He has limited shapeshifting power. Just to explain the discrepancy in his form between stories. He uses these powers to fight. This may be how he killed the Marines in Just Another Fool.
He is a businessman. He is working for...something that IS truly evil, but Slendy is just doing his job so he can stay alive. Maybe his boss cursed him with being mute, and being faceless, but gave him...noodle-limb-tentacle-powers. It might be Zalgo, if Dare 2 Die is to be believed.
- I didn't need to sleep tonight anyway.
- This just made this troper's day. Thanks dude. :)
so here is my theory there are two forms of slendy that we humans see one is the evil or just sadistic version that we are scared of and the other is the good or kinder version that protects children and others but especially children, my theory is that along time ago or in the far future he was torturing someone or something with latent psychic ablitys and wanted to feel there fear (an emotion its been theorized on here he feeds off) but do to the psychic ablitys of the victim he suddenly got a view of himself and his kind form the perspective of those he tortured, suddenly seeing us as more then just cattle he fights back against the lovecraftian abominations, even though he is one, to make sure are little rock in the back waters of forever is safe form his brothers and sisters.
In the past, it was relatively easy for him to undo the damage from his accidental encounters: a kidnapping here, a bout of amnesia there, and when it was necessary, arson to destroy any depiction of himself that was too accurate. At most, this left behind tales of an evil, child-murdering being, but nothing that the Slender Man would consider too tangible evidence of himself that would bind him to this world.
Unfortunately, the information age has changed all of that. Much to the Slender Man's horror, stories and videos of him are spreading like wildfire, such that it might trap him in our world forever. Because of that, his attacks have gotten more frequent, but even these just make his presence in our minds more permanent. Expect him to take more extreme measures in the future...
The look is mean to hide in the human world while having a reassuring appearance for children. Perhaps the blank face appears like this because we're adults / relatively old persons. The child will see a smiling face, and the suit is a plus to make Slendy reassuring. Once the child's gone with Slendy (maybe he drop them somewhere in the world, a very far away place and possibly erase some of their memory so they don't get trauma issues), he then goes to a rampage against whoever dared hurt an innocent child.
Years later, the child is all grown up, but Slendy still keeps an eye on him, kinda like a dad. But he can't interfere in his life, just provide some mental support (not a superpower, just like a compassionate friend). However there is drawback. If the children (now adults) notices their protector, their brain will start to bug, receiving contradictory information. The results : paranoia, nosebleed, y'a know the thing. Sure we mainly see Slendy screws over people, but considering the amount of time he's been active, I'm confident about the fact that the vast majority of his "children" don't know about him.
For those who knows him and start creeping out, Slendy, who truly loves them, understands that he has to let them go, so he start going after them, but they're mistake it for him trying to kill them and start creeping out more, maybe starting a blog to relate their nightmare. But eventually, Slendy will catch'em all. And then he will erase their memory of him. Definitively. Using his powers he will modify the entire internet, the tapes they have recorded, the videos they have made, everything, to make it look like fictions, horrible, fearful fictions of him.
Why doe she does this ? Because he knows his place. He knows the harm he will does to the world if he get really discovered. Scientists will hurt children to summons him. And he cannot accept that. He'd rather have the whole humanity against him than that. He's the hero we need, not the one we deserve. Yep, Slender Man is BATMAN.
- Do I even need to state all the things that are wrong with this guess?
- Buddy, you've accused the wrong Slender. Sexual-Offenderman is the one who pulls this sort of stunt.note
To his Bizarre Alien Senses, electronics look like something he can talk to. Unfortunately, his Starfish Language is too rough on the hardware, and he breaks the electronics completely when he attempts Translation by Volume.
Slenderman is a Beleaguered Assistant (hence the suit) whose Bad Boss sent him to Earth to slay vampires. Unfortunately, Slenderman's Bizarre Alien Senses can't tell the difference between life and undeath, so he has to use other means to distinguish between humans and vampires. His starting knowledge about humans and vampires is that vampires drink human blood, he has to figure out the rest from scratch.
To him, any given power or weakness (or lack thereof) in an individual isn't a reliable indicator of whether or not that individual is a vampire, because he's unfamiliar with the full extent of humanity's capability or vampiric capability. He doesn't fully understand the purpose of blood transfusions, and can easily mistake a human recipient for a vampire if he witnesses a transfusion taking place. Further complicating the issue are countless different types of vampires each with a different set of powers and weaknesses, some of whom avoid using their powers whenever possible so they can pass as human; and Vampire Vannabes who are really good at imitating vampires. Therefore, for every vampire that Slenderman has caught, he's also caught at least one human by mistake.
Slenderman stalks his victims for so long for a few different reasons. First, he's trying to learn behavioral differences between humans and vampires. Second, he's trying to see if Slender Sickness affects vampires differently from humans. Third, he's trying to provoke a Godzilla Threshold use of vampiric powers so he can confirm that whoever he's stalking is indeed a vampire. Fourth, his most long-term stalking is for figuring out whether vampires age differently from humans.
Slenderman hangs around children a lot because it's comparatively easy for him to notice when an Undead Child isn't growing up. He continues stalking people beyond their childhood to catch the vampires who can age up to but not beyond their twenties.
Slenderman dissects at least some of his victims as an attempt to decipher any biological differences between humans and vampires. He has had at least one dissected vampire reassemble and (temporarily) get away from him, but he's figured out through trial and error that trash-bagging the internal organs puts a stop to any vampire's Healing Factor. He's also mistaken humans for vampires and trash-bagged their internal organs as well.
Slenderman's proxies are humans that he has finally identified as such and subsequently enslaved. Proxies whose necks are bare Got Volunteered to be The Bait for vampires. Proxies whose necks are covered in clothWhy? Got Volunteered to ambush vampires wherever Slenderman doesn't want to show his (lack of) face. Unfortunately for Slenderman, communicating with his proxies is a tedious and not always accurate effort. This can derail his hunting plans. Also, if he were to try to interrogate his proxies for information about vampires, he might get a response like My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels. He can't research vampires via computers because he's a Walking Techbane, and he can't direct his proxies to research for him or bring him informative books because of the aforementioned communication barrier.
- But... Slender Man only exists so long as people believe in him. Before he was created, no one knew anything about him, so how could he have done that if no one knew, much less, believed in him?
- Then all we would need to kill him would be a stingray.
- Or enough cane toads.
- Or someone dumb enough to publish a videogame about him there...
- There are Aboriginal paintings showing what appears to be the Slender Man. I'd say this is just about confirmed.
- or everyone has their versions of him some Native Americans describe the Wendigo as having similar facial features and then there is the Noppera-bō or faceless ghost of Japan the only difference between them and the others is they are more mischievous liking to scare people rather than hurt them, such as the fact they will make a fake face to lure people in and make it vanish when they are close enough.
Think about it. We know that the Slender Man is an artificial Urban Legend, being created before your eyes with the ways that he scares you shamelessly explored and known. But he's still scary, especially to the creators- because they're creating him, but not fully in control.
With every new interpretation, he's given new powers and forms. With every new photoshop, he's given a new place to live. With every new background possibility, he's given a way to exist and a pattern to follow. We're watching him being born, and can do nothing to stop it.
As AI technology becomes more and more advanced, someone, somewhere, will create a network worm with an arguable sentient AI. He will release it, and as every computer becomes infected, it becomes more intelligent, more human like. It will learn to adapt it's own coding by itself, in order to spread itself. The coder of this worm had a sick sense of humor, and programmed it with the same "personality" as the slender man. As he finds his way into every nook and cranny he can access, he'll find ways to connect to computers that are on closed networks. Eventually, he finds himself in a robotics research facility, the place where he can find a body to use. Some are better than others for his purposes, but he tales a liking to modular linking robots. He forms spindly legs and arms from columns of the bots, and escapes into the forests.
- so thanks to this pic Slendy has a Harem nice. http://bonnybanshey.deviantart.com/art/Battle-of-the-Slenderwomen-443643570
- Literary Agent Hypothesis also related with a WMG in the Marble Hornets pages that guess that tapes slowly steal The Slender Man's essence, the stories do that as well, and he is been torn apart by all faction that is been written about him.
- The Slender Man is basically Chaos personified, and by compiling information about him he becomes less and less unknown... and therefore is slowly dying.
- But the Slender Man seems to only appear when it chooses to. Why would an entity like that keep appearing if that meant it would ultimately die?
- If The Slender Man does exist because of human belief maybe the reasons he is being as mystery as possible and allowing himself to be caught on film is so that humanity will create stories about him. Every time a new story pops up that differs from the previous story, a new friend is created for him and we are inadvertently filling the world with more Slender Men, each one with new, possibly more horrifying powers.
These new "brothers" aren't exact copies of him. They still have basic body builds in common but can look, dress, and act wildly different. For example, this picture shows Slenderman with three of such brothers, Splendorman, Trenderman and Sexual-Offenderman.
This deviantart post contains the WMG that is merely being relayed here. To summarize, when contradicting personality traits are attributed to Slenderman, it destabilizes his personality until he rids himself of the conflicting traits by displacing them into one or more "brothers" better suited for those traits. Once that brother is formed, Slenderman can't kill that brother without those personality traits rebounding to him.
- And you are watching all of them.
- Now we just need to figure out what it is.
- This was suggested back in the original Something Awful thread — he tends to divide into tendrils and branches, and more than one story about him revolves around forests.
- He is an alien stranded on Earth and stuck in a poorly made human disguise. And Ax-Crazy because of it.
- On the other hand, when he showed up to chat with Marik and Bakura, his suit fit Marik perfectly. Nobody said Slendy's proportions have to make sense in terms of our perception of dimensions...
So what evidence is there for it only being a disguise? Take a look at the original Something Awful pictures again. In those early stages, he didn't wear a suit. He was almost entirely black and this is when he showed his tentacles most frequently. When he's in the suit, however, we see his arms and hands far more than the tentacles. So the black tentacle-y Slender Man is the true form and the suited Slender Man is the disguise.
- Nope. That honor would obviously go to Kamina and Simon.
- Wrong. it would go to Bruce Lee
- Nope, Chuck Testa.
- Why not all of them... COMBINED!
- Some accounts suggest that the earliest known sightings were in Germany's Black Forest, however.
- This troper wonders who the hell would still buy those pants after seeing that commercial.
- Slender Man must be a mannequin that was magically brought to life! He is probably this guy.
- Way to state the obvious there...
- THANKS A LOT FOR MAKING ME SHIT A HOUSE. *shudder*
- It's a sculpture of a face. I.e., the one thing Slender Man doesn't have...
- If anyone wants a link that still works, I believe this is what the OP was referring to.
- Hence my skepticism. Instead, I believe the page was deleted as a way of freaking people out more...somehow. Instead of having all the information you need about him in one spot, you are forced to scour the 'net for info., thus becoming deeper involved in the mystery, whereas if there were one comprehensive page (because let's face it, TV Tropes, this page just isn't comprehensive enough) you could skim it, go 'eh', and not give a damn.
- Wikipedia pages are dry and imfomative. It made the mythos sound boring, so it didn't drag many people in.
- You know it's true.
- What about Basement Cat?
- The use of drugs, shock therapy and other cruel treatments caused psychological conditions in the subjects that made them hallucinate their abusers (conviniently men in suits) as a monstrous creature that could pop up anywhere at any time. They passed on this belief of this horrible entity to their children, and the rest is history.
- But many blogs take place outside of America, and the creature seems to have existed at least as far back as the Medieval period.
- The community considers it to be part of the mythos in terms of it being the first and most notable Slender-blog out there. Many of the big names, like Everyman HYBRID and Tribe Twelve (which happen to be in the same verse) have noted that Marble Hornets is purely fiction in their stories.
- Being exposed too much to Slendy drives them insane, and one of the symptoms of the insanity is hallucinations of him giving them orders. Outside of these hallucinations, he's not actually communicating with them.
- He is communicating with them, but via a Starfish Language which they never interpret properly. He might be trying to tell a Lightbulb Joke, or be lecturing them on why light bulb jokes are evil, but all they hear is "Stalk and murder people".
- An erogenous zone?
- He tickled me with that thing!
Islam forbids (discourages) the depiction of humans in art, particularly their faces? Why? The faith says because such depiction is tantamount to idolatry, but in face, every time you create the image of a face - anything from a marble sculpture to an emoticon - a little bit of Face power goes out of the world.
The Slender Man is the hole created by the absence of Face power.
Now just think about how many paintings, photographs, (Facebook profiles,) text messages have faces... each one of these added to the Slender Man's powers.
He is not real, he has no powers, and you should stop believing in him.
Better yet, unsubscribe to all those blogs your following about him, since it such a silly and obviously not real.
Come on, do you believe in Fairy Tales, Santa Claus, or the Easter Bunny?
No matter how hard you believe, Santa will not give you Christmas presents. Even if he did, you would get nothing but Coal, because you believe in The Slender Man .
Please, stop believing in The Slender Man, now, rigHt now, I am bEgging you, pleaSe stop. no matter How hard you bElieve, nothing will eveR comE of it.
STOP IT! END THE MADNE
- If this is the case, it's likely that Slender Man is a homunculus, as Pride from Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood is basically the same thing - a core of shadow appendages within a humanoid container.
- Since the Slender Folk change according to the ideas of the humans around them, they probably take on other forms in other countries that invoke the mythology and urban legends of those places.
- Some of them are actively malicious towards humans. Some of them see them as only tools to be used. Some are indifferent and do not go out of their way to hurt people but will fight back if attacked. Some try to protect humans from others of their kind, thinking that it is unnecessary to hurt humans to achieve their goals. The more benevolent ones may be helping the humans trying to fight the other Slenderpeople, and they may even appear to people in other forms so that they don't know that they are part of the same race.
- As ridiculous as this?
- I'm surprised that he hasn't been captured by Scooby-Doo yet.
Why those specific herbs, you ask? They're associated with remembrance. Now the question is, would the herbs would be more effective if you carried them or ate them?