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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • The Slender Man, as always. Many speculate that he's trying (and failing) to communicate with cast rather than fuck with them. On the other hand, he seems to be an accomplice in many of HABIT's murders (although we only really have HABIT's word on that).
    • The Rake. Another monster screwing with the cast, or attempting to warn them about HABIT? Or being forced to attack people by HABIT?
    • Is Corenthal beyond our dimension, trying to help the boys? Or ... is he a puppet of HABIT?
  • Angst? What Angst?: While early on the guys struggled to keep up appearances while clearly losing their grips, these days they're pretty calm whenever terrible shit isn't happening at that very moment. They even still refer to their viewers as HYBRIDS. Even Jeff is cheering up somewhat, as evidenced from tweets and in "A Day with Green Feathers". It's unclear whether this is desensitization, a coping mechanism, simple acceptance of the Slender Man's existence, or the fact that Slendy has only just gotten started with them that's prevented them from losing it.
    • According to the November 26th Ustream, they credit each other and their fans for keeping them sane.
    • As of HALLOWEEN HANGOVER, it appears that the guys, particularly Jeff, may be angsting a whole lot more than they let viewers know.
  • Awesome Music:
    • The intro theme to "Introduction" and the very first fitness video.
    • The music that plays in Self Defense around the 30 second mark.
    • HABIT purposely invokes this every chance he gets.
  • Base-Breaking Character: HABIT, oh so much. Either he's the prime example of a Spotlight-Stealing Squad, who takes away precious screen time from Slender Man, or he's precisely what elevates this series above most other Slendervlogs, as an original antagonist with more personality than Slendy allows for more story-telling opportunities.
  • Broken Base: Fans have been debating whether the finale is a satisfying end to the series or not ever since it dropped.
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  • Complete Monster: HABIT is a supernatural entity capable of taking control of people's bodies, using his powers to force his still-aware host to sadistically murder people for his own entertainment. While possessing Evan, HABIT forces him to strangle Daniel to death, brutally tortures Jeff and Steph over a protracted period of time before killing them, and eating the baby that Evan had fathered with Steph. When Evan is released from HABIT's grasp, HABIT gives him a Healing Factor that leaves him unable to die. When Vincent summons HABIT to get some answers, HABIT just insults him and forces Vince to lure in victims to torture and kill. HABIT then traps Vince in a room for two years, giving him a healing factor in order to psychologically torture him and prevent him from killing himself. On the blog Can You See the Words, HABIT posts writings made by his victims where he would kill scores of people brutally and let Slender Man have the survivors, and reveals that several of the world's most notorious serial killers and war criminals—including Albert Fish, Josef Mengele, and Jack the Ripper—were his doing. In the crossover with ML Andersen 0, HABIT tortures Shaun Andersen to death in a plot to lure in his brother Michael/Patrick. Standing in sharp contrast to the mysterious Slender Man and the animalistic Rake, HABIT is a sadist who enjoys what he does.
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  • Conspiracy Kitchen Sink: Slender Man, The Rake and Candle Cove? OH MY!
  • Continuity Lock-Out: With important information becoming spread across various Twitter, Tumblr and even other Youtube accounts, viewers unaware that the story extends to other media will slowly start noticing references to things they've never heard of as if it's already been discussed. The nature of an ARG exacerbates this, as there are no official notations of any such things existing. Fortunately, this confusion worked its way into the plot itself by way of the cast constantly interacting with viewers, so there's now an in-character hub for information that comes through places other than the main Youtube channel.
  • Evil Is Sexy: HABIT has more fangirls than any other villain in the Mythos (save, perhaps, for Masky).
  • Fan Community Nickname: Hybrid or HYBRID
  • Harsher in Hindsight: "All good things" paints HABIT's description of Michael Andersen as a terrible person in a very bad personal light, as it also mirrors Vinny's real intentions.
    • Every single friendship moment between Vinnie and the rest of the hybrid crew, as he was secretly leading them to their doom the whole time.
  • Ho Yay:
    • "Evan, if there was a girl version of you, I would date you."
    • In "Episode #4: Cardio & Outdoor Activities" and some hidden footage from "A Day In The Life", Vince seems to be cool with carrying Evan around on his back.
    • Invoked when Jeff offers to let Alex stay in his room to avoid the Rake.
    Alex: There's one bed.
    Evan: Looks like you guys are gonna get real cozy. I say as I'm on my knees.
    Alex: I'll sleep on the floor.
    • Invoked in the 11/26 Ustream. Repeatedly. Evan is all over Jeff for a while there.
    • You could make a case for (probably) one-sided Damsel/Jessa, given how important Jessa seems to have been to Damsel.
  • It Was His Sled: Most newcomers in the series tend to know that Evan gets taken over by HABIT and kills Jeff midway through the series.
  • Kudzu Plot: Many accuse EMH of this, and probably might be one of the biggest reason they have a Hatedom.
    • People say that the plot is spread too thin across different websites, while others think its better this way and makes it more of a Alternate Reality Game.
  • Jerkass Woobie: It's hard not to feel bad for Alex now that he's seen the Rake. What we learn from the Ustream makes it worse: his and Jeff's parents are dead, but he frequently pretends they're not. He even has a cassette tape of his mother's voice which he uses to see if he is "allowed" to do things.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Evan seems to be this for the fandom (Evan/Damsel, Evan/Vince, Evan/Alex, Evan/Jeff, Evan/Jessie, the affection various fandom members have for him, etc.), and he knows it. The only characters he hasn't been paired up with yet seem to be Jessa, Slender Man, the Rake, and Sparky. Yet.
  • Memetic Badass: Of all the characters in the series, HABIT (and to a lesser extent, Evan) gets this treatment the most. Having killed millions of people in different bodies (including those of well-known serial killers), plus being one of the few beings in the entire Slenderverse who not only rivals Slender Man in power, but is potentially even stronger than him by the series' end, fans love to portray HABIT as an unstoppable mass-murdering god who can kill just about anyone without even trying. His trollish behavior helps.
    • Subverted by OOG Evan, who has stated that HABIT does not have sexual urges.
  • Memetic Mutation: Vince and his beard, Evan and his knives, and now Jeff's a superhero Batman.
    • Speaking of Evan's knives, "Emergency Machete" is bound to be this, especially since the real Evan in an Out of Game video referenced this with "Emergency Battleaxe", which he then proceeded to use to strike a pose of him axing Adam Rosner in the face.
    • Have we mentioned lately that Jeff is dead?
    • HABIT's love of pizza. (In "A Summoning" he tells Vincent that a left a pizza for him in the oven, and in the crossover video "Severance" he kicks Noah out of his house because he's expecting a delivery pizza and doesn't want to share).
  • Moment of Awesome:
    • Evan definitely gets one in Jim Thorpe when he had the Rake's ass handed to it. Unfortunately, he did this offscreen.
    • The entire Hybrid crew gets one in Ashen Waste when they run over Slender Man, in payback for his Curb-Stomp Battle with Evan. (True, they may have died in the process, but it was undeniably gutsy all the same.)
  • Moral Event Horizon: HABIT immediately crosses it when he possesses Evan and forces him to kill his friends and loved ones.
    • Vinnie of all the fucking people is revealed to have crossed it in “all good things” by manipulating several characters into doing dangerous acts, often with lethal consequences. When confronted with the truth of his actions, he immediately deflects all of the blame.
  • Narm: In the "May & June" video, there is one part where Alex has a sock puppet on his hand because he is pretending that it is his recently deceased dog Sparky, using an abnormal grieving process very similar to what he uses for his dead parents. Even though this is supposed to be a disturbing scene, the sock puppet just looks too silly to be taken seriously.
    • In the last scene of "Consensus", Vinnie somehow lost control of his car, wakes up in the middle of the road with the Slender Man watching him, finds blood everywhere, looks in the mirror... and somehow he's been clean-shaven. Kind of a mood-killer there.
    • The Slender Man diving onto the ground to look through the basement window in episode 5. Granted, this was the fake Slendy they were using early on.
    • Daniel's murder at the hands of inHABITed Evan in an otherwise Nightmare Fuel laden entry.
    • "WAKE UP" has Evan attempting to leave HABIT's house through the front door. The door is supposedly unable to be opened, but Evan's over-the-top attempts to make it do so look pretty ridiculous, and make an otherwise heartbreaking entry look somewhat laughable.
    • The way Doctor Corenthal fends off Slendy in "The Property" looks like something out of a cartoon show. The stock gunshot sound and the "fading into the light" effect don't entirely help things.
    • The first time the crew 'meet' the Real Slenderman, it's hard to take Slendie shaking his head back and forth seriously. Is it meant to be somehow threatening? On first watching it it is easy to assume this is in fact another fake and not the 'True' Slenderman because of how silly it looks.
    • In "Finding Fairmount", Vinny has to look into a bunch of papers to see where he's going. One of the papers is covered with weird scribbles and variations of the EMH logo... and then you see the Soul Eater logo.
    • During the climactic moment when Vinny stabs Evan in "All good things", a completely unconvincing stock sound effect plays that almost completely breaks the immersion, but it's made up for in the following scenes.
  • Narm Charm: Some seem to see the sock puppet scene, while incredibly silly, still effective.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Has its own page.
  • Nightmare Retardant: In a way; in "dot dash," there are clips where it seems someone is filming murders or something. It becomes hilariously narmy, though, if you interpret it as Slendy stole Jeff's camera and went to get his boogie on.
    • There's also the fact that most commenters have fun with the videos, interpreting Slendy's actions as just wanting to get ripped and so on. Looking at them all, it becomes pretty obvious why Marble Hornets disables comments.
    • Everyman FORTRESS.
  • Paranoia Fuel: The Rake likes to come to his victims while they sleep. Probably gets a kick out of when they wake up and see the grey disfigured monstrosity sitting on their beds. Even worse, he can claw the hell out of your arms without you waking up until later.
    • HABIT.
  • Shipping: The fandom's single favorite activity. As mentioned above Evan's a favorite (particularly Vince/Evan), but they ship most anyone to most anyone else. Of note is how they have started to ship other fans with the cast (Evan again, and a particular fan with Damsel), and even fans to each other.
  • Shocking Moments: There's a few moments which really shock the crap out of you. For example, the episode "I'm Okay" is rather quiet, with Jeff speaking quietly into the camera, right up until an incredibly loud burst of distortion kicks in. And you'll have to turn the sound up to hear the talking...
  • Special Effects Failure: In "Joke's Over", the blood that pours out of the bag clearly isn't.
    • A certain WMG will point you to an early point in the Slender Man mythos that clearly states that Slender Man is capable of melting his victims into mist.
    • It is also worth noting that there are many instances of blood looking very convincing, so as the WMG says it may not even represent blood.
    • This troper never had a problem with it, seeing as blood isn't the only liquid that can come out of a mutilated body...
    • Avoiding this is probably the reason The Rake hasn't appeared onscreen up close, considering the one time we did see it it looked like nothing more than a guy crawling on his hands and knees in one of these.
    • In episode 5, the power in the basement blows, but it really doesn't much look or sound like it. Bulbs tend to pop when blown, and while they did make it look like there was a bright flash, it very obviously was done through editing, as the light just flashes on the screen and doesn't bounce off of anything in the room the way light should. The lack of any light coming in through the basement window (meaning we get a totally black screen) is probably the most obvious evidence - which is odd, as that base would have been the easiest to cover simply by filming in the dark briefly. This last one, at least, might be explained by camera limitations - many small cameras won't pick up anything if the light's too low, regardless of what the human eye can manage to see.
      • This happens frequently in the series, such as when Dr. Corenthal disappears into an Adobe Premiere lens flare at the end of "The property".
    • In one of their latest videos, "Part II", we get to see our first close-up of Slenderman, and in spite of how heavily distorted it is, it's clear as day that it's a guy with a bag over his head or some such.
  • Squick: Vincent cutting open the hanging bags in the woods, during "Joke's Over".
  • Uncanny Valley: In "Joke's Over," if you watch closely enough, you can make out Slender Man's tentacles. They're clearly fake props, because they don't move at all, they remain completely static in relation to where he turns. Instead of being a Special Effects Failure, it has this effect instead, and makes the sight more unnerving than it already is.
    • The Rake, possibly even more so than Slender Man. He evidently has a pair of horrible, empty eyes that make Slender Man's facelessness seem comforting by comparison.
  • Unexpected Character: It's pretty safe to assume that nobody expected Patrick freakin' Andersen to make a voice appearance in the contents of Box 7.
    • Box 7 also includes the vocal talents of Tim Sutton of Marble Hornets fame as a UFO watcher. NOBODY in the fandom was expecting him.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: "The Property". Good lord.
    • Near the beginning of "May & June" we see a close up of The Rake it looks amazingly terrifying.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: After Steph starts to become more involved with the HYBRID boys, you'd think that she'd have a prominent role in the series, especially with the revelation that she's their adopted sister in one iteration right? Nope. Instead, she mostly just hangs out with the main cast, gets a Relationship Upgrade with Evan that leads to her becoming pregnant with his child, and is killed off by HABIT before she's able to contribute to anything important. She isn't even so much as mentioned by her adopted father and brothers in the final episode of the series.
    • She fares off better than Linnie, who is a fifth child that was adopted by Dr. Corenthal and his wife. She had different syntomps than the main four kids, what these were are never elaborated upon. We never even get to meet her and it's implied she is the dead girl the crew has found.
  • What an Idiot!: You have to admit it, charging Slender Man with a baseball bat is pretty dumb. Or possibly just insane. At any rate, it's a wonder Evan's still alive.
    • Given that the Trope Codefier for the Slender Man Mythos, Marble Hornets, primarily features Slendy standing around and doing nothing, with most other portrayals following suit, it's understandable that a person might think that the guy who hangs around watching from a distance before vanishing quickly maybe isn't such a great hand in a fight.
    • Now we have Vinny even considering trying to summon HABIT.
      • He does so, and HABIT spends much of the video berating him for having such a dumb idea, and because of his stupidity he is going to be killed in an uncreative manner instead of getting a "fun death".
      • After luring people over for HABIT to kill, Vinny just wants to go and asks HABIT to unlock the front door. HABIT does so. Vinny then proceeds to just stand in the open doorway, back to HABIT, looking at the outside long enough for HABIT to walk up behind him and knock him out. Give that man a Darwin Award.
      • Although to be fair the door doesn't open unless HABIT lets it so he might not have had much choice.
  • The Woobie: If Vincent from the Bag is really "our" Vinny, then this is a massive understatement.
    • Jeff in "I'm Okay" and more recently in "Ryan & THESEVENTRIALSOFHABIT"
    • Nick, who was forced to witness the brutal murder of both his parent's at the hands of Habit, watch this same creature do god-knows-what to his sister, then inHabited and forced to kill Evan. Evan then had no choice but to kill him.
    • As of WAKE UP, I think Evan just became the biggest woobie in the series, if not the entire mythos. (Yes, even bigger than Tim.)


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