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The Mark Side is an animatic series by the Youtube and Tumblr artist Saveraedae. The current series follows the unlucky and somewhat strange life of Mark Reed after the events of when he almost killed his brother. After the events, the three other main characters (friends that Mark had gained prior to the series) left him since they finally decided that they've all had enough of him. Mark eventually manages to drag the others back to him, and the series showcases his life as it seems to get progressively worse. The first episode is set to be released June 27, 2020. The series itself is presented in animatic format, all of which are created entirely by Saveraedae herself. It does not include background music. The first episode, 'Friend Fiction,' has a slightly more serious tone as it sets the story up, but afterwards, the episodes that follow get a bit more lighthearted.


It has quite the production history, as it was first created in 2016. In 2016, Saveraedae released a video titled "The Mark Side" Episode 1 - "Friends In-Deed!" This video served as episode one to 'generation one' of The Mark Side. While more episodes were planned and a few entered production, the series was soon cancelled due to lack of interest from the creator. It was in a strange limbo stage until late 2019; During that period of time, the story was developed and elaborated on, scripts were written for a new era, and the series' premise changed. The current series is more crude than the previous, and is aimed at more mature audiences.

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This series contains examples of:

  • Abhorrent Admirer: At the start of the series, Mark had an obsessive crush on Benjamin, but Benjamin was not interested in him at all.
  • Abusive Parents: Mark's father, (who is technically his stepfather), downright tells him that he hates him and even pysically abuses him at times.
  • Adults Are Useless: It is obvious that Mark is being abused, but no adults seem to do anything about it.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: People are either literally white, or grey.
  • Anime Hair: Mark's hair has a weird croissant shape sticking up in the back.
  • Art-Style Dissonance: The series is drawn with a cartoonish and cute style, but it is intended for mature audiences.
  • Black Comedy: The whole series is essentially a black comedy, often poking fun at Mark's misfortunes.
  • Born Unlucky: Mark is entirely unfortunate.
  • Cast Full of Gay: The entire main cast, as well as a significant amount of side characters, are LGBT.
  • Character Title: The series is a pun of "The Dark Side" using Mark's name as a replacement word.
  • Cheated Angle: The weird shape in Mark's hair is drawn the same in every angle and does not move with the rest of his head.
  • Child by Rape: Mark was conceived by a rape caused by his 'real' father, whom of which he does not know exists.
  • Content Warnings: The beginning of every episode includes a content warning.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Although he is incredibly dumb, Mark has the ability to manipulate people at will, and even pushed someone to suicide because they got in his way.
  • Expressive Hair: The 'croissant' shape in Mark's hair sticks up when he is happy, and tilts down when he is sad or angry.
  • Fat Bastard: Mark
  • Four-Fingered Hands: The characters are all drawn with four fingers. (Though sometimes they have three.)
  • Disappeared Dad: Mark's whole life had been a lie and his real father is currently somewhere in Dallas.
  • Generic Cuteness: Every character has a round and generically 'cute' look to them.
  • Grew a Spine: Ash had been attempting to put off Mark's blatant hatred towards him, but eventually had enough of him.
  • Greedy Jew: It has been stated that Mark is Jewish, and he is very greedy.
  • Hand-Hiding Sleeves: Mark usually wears an oversized hoodie which has exceptionally long sleeves.
  • Kiddie Kid: Mark definitely does not act his age.
  • Love Triangle: Has happened twice, once with Benjamin, Mark and Ash, and once with Benjamin, Luke, and Mark.
  • Only Six Faces: Every character is drawn with the same eye, face, and mouth shape.
  • Prone to Tears: Mark cries very often.
  • The Mentally Disturbed: It has been confirmed that Mark has some type of personality disorder. It is thought to be Borderline or Histrionic, but perhaps it is a combination of both.
  • Sibling Yin-Yang: Benjamin and Jonathon are nothing alike despite being twins.
  • Sir Swearsalot: Mark and Benjamin swear a significant amount more than any of the other characters.
  • Spoiled Brat: Although Mark obviously doesn't deserve most of the things he's given, his mother decides to spoil him out of pity.
  • Technicolor Eyes: Mark
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Mark's friends, (before they eventually cut ties with him) felt this way about him.
  • This Loser Is You: Despite being the main character, Mark is portrayed as a very flawed and unlikable person.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mark's favorite food is mustard.
  • Unrequited Love Switcheroo: During the first arc of the series, Mark had a strange romantic fixation on Benjamin.
  • Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Even though Mark is the main character, he's not a good person.
  • The Wiki Rule: There's a wiki right here.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: Funnily enough, Leon acts quite mature for his age, which counters Mark's behavior entirely.
  • World of Jerkass: Even though the negative attention is arguably rightfully given to him, most people in the series - minus a few people - act like complete jerks to Mark.


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