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  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Okay, so the sequence does have a point within the story, but the dancing stick-figures sequence in "The Drum" goes on forever. TWICE!
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Sampson from "I Know Who You Are And I Saw What You Did" has grown a fanbase, to the point where some are requesting a sequel story be made. Shavis Cravis and Harold have their own separate followings, too.
  • Expy: Shavis Cravis may be a reference to Freddy Krueger.
    • Both target children.
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    • Both had their homes burned and were killed by vengeful and angry parents.
    • Both are undead and still killing.
    • Both have supernatural abilities.
    • This may be jossed, as Moon Raven has revealed in a recent comment that Shavis Cravis is based on an actual person who lived in the town of their parents growing up.
I actually loosely based him off of a real person who did come around the neighborhood when my parents were children. He was a vagrant who tried to sell things he found (mostly trash items.) And some people did warn their kids that if they were bad then the man would take them.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • A majority have found recent videos on the newer channel, in particular longer ones such as "Whalem Balem", "Man-Eater", and "The Hour of Darkness", to be some of MR's best work, and some pretty good horror stories in and of themselves.
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    • And they've only continued with some of their newer works, like "A Cry In The Darkness" and "I Know Who You Are And I Saw What You Did". Plus, now it seems like they've stricken a partnership with fellow horror story channel Chilling Tales For Dark Nights.
    • And now, they've even opened up their own Patreon account to help fund their channel!
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Kyle from "The Outsider". That is, until he murders Darrel and his parents.
    • Michelle from "The Second Stall". She may have been a nasty little brat, but she didn't deserve to have her face ripped off.
    • The same can be said about Gilda from "The Hour Of Darkness". She may have been a bit mean to her friends, but being dragged into the grave of Shavis Cravis and (as we see in Last Summer At Hickory State Park) turned into an undead zombie is way too harsh.
    • Reiko from "Kimyona Sekai". She is definitely unhinged, treats Matsumi, Koji, and Hoshi horribly and is more or less responsible for their deaths at the hands of Kayako, but her last moments before escaping show she isn't as cold hearted as she seems. She gives Matsumi her knife to help fend off Kayako, tries to free Hoshi from the bear trap she steps into, and tries to pull Koji to safety. She also breaks down upon seeing Kayako devour Hoshi, showing that beneath her bullying ways, she did care about her. That, and given her parents' death, is enough to argue Reiko's Ax-Crazy behavior was really just an act.
  • Narm:
    • The, ahem, homegrown presentation, as well as the... less-than-stellar animation used at times are liable to cause this...
    • The male narrator of "The Second Stall" sounds an awful lot like Anthony from Smosh when he tries talking in a female voice.
    • Some of the dialogue in "The Hobyahs" takes itself a little too seriously:
      "I called them the Hobyahs because of the sound they made when they were taunting Ghengis. 'HOBYAHS HOBYAHS HOBYAHS!' It will forever haunt my soul."
  • Narm Charm: ...Then again, many people find these attributes to make the shorts even scarier. Not "Stephen Gammell Mind Screw Artwork" scary, but still probably more than the original stories in and of themselves would be.
  • So Bad, It's Good: If you don't find them scary as such, you'll probably at least find them entertaining due to the aforementioned narm factor.
  • Space Whale Aesop: From "I Know Who You Are And I Saw What You Did": Don't prank call people or a serial killer will track you down and violently kill your cat.
  • Tear Jerker: "A Cry In The Darkness" Not helped by the fact that it was (allegedly) based on a true story.
  • Uncanny Valley: The character models are this. All of them. Human, animal, monster... everything. Whether this increases the videos' Narm factor or scare factor is highly subjective, however...


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