A YouTube series based upon The Slender Man Mythos. It is considered one of the five "main" series of the Mythos (alongside Marble Hornets, Everyman HYBRID, Tribe Twelve, and Dark Harvest), but like DarkHarvest, is not largely responsible for shaping the mythos
MLAndersen0 (also known as The Andersen Journals) is the story of Michael Lukas Andersen, a young man plagued by some... rather nasty problems. His relationship with his brother certainly isn't the best. And Michael's life has been a series of stints in mental institutions, due to some psychological issues and supposed frequent delusions. On the advice of his psychiatrist, he makes a vlog to document his life, and uploads the videos to a YouTube account. A short while after starting the vlogs, however, Michael develops a new problem: namely, the constant, unwanted presence of a tall man in a business suit with no face. Cue what Slendy does best.
The YouTube channel can be found here. After an eleven-month hiatus in 2013, the series resumed on February 5, 2014. As of Late 2014, the series has all but ended (save for a short update on Halloween 2016), due to the actors relocating and having full-time jobs that interfere with production.
MLAndersen0 provides examples of:
- Axe-Crazy: Patrick, as shown in Going Away Present.
- Also, HABIT in the three-part episode "BROTHERLY LOVE"/"HELLO"/"GOODBYE".
- Break the Cutie: Poor Stormy...
- Cosmic Horror: Another Web Original example.
- Crossover: The series joins the Slenderverse continuity puzzle in the three-part episode "BROTHERLY LOVE"/"HELLO"/"GOODBYE": Shaun receives an offer of help from Vincent, who directs him to the building that serves as HABIT's base. After meeting up with Vincent, Shaun is promptly drugged — and wakes up in HABIT's killing room. HABIT claims that Michael/Patrick isn't human, hinting that he might be a being similar to himself. Oh, and he intends to use Shaun's body as bait to lure Michael in.
- Michael (or, rather, Patrick) calls up Stan Frederick in Unsatisfied Customers about Shaun's fate following "GOODBYE".
- Patrick appears again in Tape 3. It turns out he's trapped in the same reiteration cycle as the boys are (or at least, one that runs parallel to theirs). Unlike the boys, however, he can remember everything. Every moment, from every iteration. And, heartbreakingly, none of them ever remember him.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Shaun, who, according to Patrick, was cut into pieces with a chainsaw by HABIT.
- Humanoid Abomination: Aside from Slendy himself, HABIT hints that Michael/Patrick is one in disguise.
- Human Shield: According to HABIT, this is the real reason why Michael/Patrick surrounds himself with friends and family: he's using them as a "wall of meat" to protect himself from the Slender Man.
- The final audio log from Everyman HYBRID confirms this. From the sound of things, Patrick does it out of fear and desperation — and he isn't very happy it.
- Hypocritical Humor: HABIT describes Micheal/Patrick as a sociopath — something that describes HABIT perfectly.
- I Cannot Self-Terminate: Michael attempts to commit Heroic Suicide because he believes this will appease Slendy and it will then leave his brother alone, but Patrick won't let him.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Michael as the Jekyll, Patrick as the Hyde.
- And as of "GOODBYE", it's starting to look like Patrick was his true personality all along, with Michael simply being the human "construct".
- Killed Off for Real: Stormy, thanks to Michael/Patrick using her as a Human Shield against Slendy). Her lifeless body turns up in the trunk of the brothers' car, courtesy of HABIT.
- Last Note Nightmare: "The Hand" is six minutes of Michael and Shaun jokingly exploring their crappy hotel room, and then traipsing about in the woods through the snow. Then the brothers return to their vehicle, and Shaun opens the trunk to put away the camera...revealing the arm of a human corpse.
- Mind Rape: Michael is mind raped by HABIT when HABIT sends him a message that wakes up the memories of where one of the Clock Hands are.
- Mind Screw: A requirement, given the mythos, but "Video Journal #?? - Retrogression" stands out, especially since it's the only episode of the "crossover web" of Slender Man series to be released after four months. As to be expected, it only adds more questions than it answers.
- Psychic Nosebleed: Michael/Patrick has one in "Clearing My Head." Whether this is caused by the Michael persona fighting to regain control of his body or Slendersickness is unknown.
- Self-Harm: Patrick reveals that Michael has secretly been cutting himself since he returned home from the hospital. It's another reason why he takes decides to take control of their body.
- Shout-Out: Michael (while using his Patrick personality) frequently dresses in an outfit that just screams the 11th Doctor (1940's-style trousers, bowtie, suspenders).
- In "So it Goes (2)", Michael and Shaun sing "Show Me the Way To Go Home", the song that the three protagonists in Jaws sing in the final act of the movie. Interestingly, both MLAndersen and Jaws also have their protagonists facing an abnormal threat that seems to be hunting them relentlessly. (Though an oversized killer shark is probably a preferable nemesis to Mr. Tall, Pale, and Faceless).
- Significant Anagram: MLAndersen0... Slender Man0.
- Significant Background Event: Given that this is a Slenderverse series, expect this to happen a few times.
- Sleepwalking: "This is what happens when I sleep. I can't stop it. Shaun needs to lock the door."
- The Sociopath: Invoked by HABIT when describing Michael/Patrick's modus operandi. "I'd say he's a sociopath, but only humans can really be those...."
- Split Personality: Michael/Patrick.
- Split-Personality Takeover: Patrick claims his intentions aren't malevolent; he's simply trying to put a stop to Michael's self-destructive behavior and keep "their" body alive. Unfortunately, he fails.
- Subverted later, when it's revealed that Patrick was his real personality all along (with Michael simply being a human "front" that he adopted.
- Troubled Child: Michael. He and Shaun apparently had numerous run-ins with the Slender Man as children. When he tried to tell their parents, Shaun denied it, causing Michael to be subjected to numerous rounds of psychotherapy — and, eventually, a lengthy stay in a psychiatric hospital.
- Unreliable Narrator: Michael has numerous psychological issues, and generally seems willing to hide the truth and manipulate others as long as it's in his best interests.
- Wham Episode: "Going Away Present".
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Based on what he says in "Tape 3", Patrick is trapped in a reiteration cycle, very similar to what the EMH boys are going through. Unlike them, however, he can remember every single iteration, while none of them can ever remember him. From his tone of voice, he's exhausted. He does hold out hope, however, that there's "someone" (presumably Dr. Corenthal) who might "break the machine".
- Your Mind Makes It Real: Quite possibly what Michael is doing with the Slender Man.