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The Backrooms is an internet meme and quasi-Alternate Reality Game based upon the eponymous Eldritch Location, an infinite series of rooms decorated in mono-yellow wallpaper and moist carpet, lit by fluorescent lights, supposedly accessed when one noclips out of reality. Currently, a KnowYourMeme article exists documenting the phenomenon and a subreddit has been made to expand upon the lore.


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  • Apocalyptic Log: All accounts of the Backrooms take on this nature, with anyone stuck there destined to either starve to death or be hunted down by one of the Eldritch Abominations.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: The original meme and all examples of it describe a particularly bleak scenario of being stuck in an infinite Eldritch Location with no hope of escape, being hunted by strange monsters that wander the area.
  • Eldritch Abomination: A number of them supposedly populate the Backrooms.
  • Eldritch Location: The Backrooms themselves, lying outside of reality, being infinite in scale, and being inescapable, certainly qualify.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: Anyone could accidentally noclip out of reality and wind up here. Forever.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The main appeal of the original story. Who knows what could be lurking in those endless halls?
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  • Unnaturally Looping Location: The Backrooms are said to be made up of millions of square miles of empty, identical halls.
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