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|“||We didn't want to go, we didn't want to kill them, but its persistent silence and outstretched arms horrified and comforted us at the same time...||„|
|~ The caption from the original Slender Man post on the Something Awful forums.|
|“||♪Slender Man, Slender Man,
All the children try to run.
Slender Man, Slender Man,
To him it's part of the fun.
Slender Man, Slender Man,
Dressed in darkest suit and tie
Slender Man, Slender Man,
You most certainly will die♪
|~ The infamous lyrics from the Slender Man song created by Zip Zipper.|
The Slender Man, also written as Slenderman, is an internet meme and urban legend, which branched out across the web as a figure with a distinct mythos. Overall, he is the titular main antagonist of this mythos.
Slender Man popularly appears as a malevolent demon or entity outside the known physical reality of the universe that abducts and psychologically traumatizes people, particularly children. Although works rarely elaborate on what he does with his victims, they usually assume that he kills them or takes them to another dimension.
In versions of the legend, he will impale captured victims on tree branches, either symbolically or saving them for later skinning and consumption.
The mythos widely considers that his "faceless pale man in a suit" persona is only a simpler form and that his true form is beyond comprehension for mortals. The mythos also assumes that he may have a long-term (cataclysmic) goal in mind, but a substantial number of works leave this uncertain and imply that he operates on a small area or group of individuals only.
He is widely recognized as a sort of pop culture icon and also a very controversial figure, considered a prime example of a Creepypasta villain at its best, being featured in many fictional stories around the web. Slender Man's motivations vary depending on the version, but the original has him as a monster that despises humanity and takes pleasure in sadistically torturing them before devouring them. A small group of people believe that he is real and have reported sightings from diverse locations.
One of the fundamental issues facing Slender Man investigators is the fact his appearance is subjective, with reports varying from area to area. This often comes down to cultural bias, with the observer projecting his fears into the sighting and blurring his recollections.
However, the widely agreed upon appearance is of a pale, emaciated male figure, with a height of between seven and nine feet tall, and no facial features.
He sometimes appears with incomplete facial features, such as empty eye sockets or mouth as if the face comes from a clay mold. Observers also believe he can change his height. Witnesses also say his face is difficult to focus on, calling it "ever-changing".
The figure is often described as wearing a black suit with black or red tie, although these seem to be relatively recent additions to the mythology, suggesting that he changes his appearance every once in a while to better fit in with his surroundings.
One of the more unusual aspects of the Slender Man's appearance is the description of other appendages or limbs in reported sightings. Witnesses have described these as ranging from " snake-like arms" with too many elbow joints to rope-like in appearance. These appendages are only visible under certain conditions and the Slender Man can use them for mobility or as weapons.
Powers and Abilities
The Slender Man has a highly varied arsenal of supernatural powers and abilities. He is immortal, having lived for at least eleven thousand years without end, and any wounds inflicted on him instantly heal.
Detrimental contaminants such as disease, pathogens, viruses, and bacteria are harmless to Slenderman, and he is also unaffected by poisons, toxins, venom, allergens, alcohol, drugs, and radiation. Slenderman also seems to be immune to fire. No work in the mythos has portrayed a definitive method of harming or defeating the Slenderman, and his victims usually survive by fleeing or psychologically conditioning themselves to ignore the Slenderman’s presence.
He can change and warp reality itself through various means, appearing to teleport matter. Although he sometimes crawls on his tendrils or far less commonly walks on his two legs, the Slender Man's primary means of movement is through teleportation – Slender Walking.
This technique involves altering quantum mechanics, making him omnipresent until locked in one place when someone sees him.
Looking at the Slender Man causes negative effects, such as pain, disease, nausea, and technological disruption, although this is inconsistent and has led to the belief that the Slender Man can choose not to affect certain victims. He can also move himself and others through time. Slender Man can apply a deadly disease to victims known as the Slender Sickness. Effects include nosebleeds, nausea, amnesia, mental/emotional instability, diarrhea, vomiting, and constant pain. Slender Man's aura can also apply insomnia and the effects of contaminants like alcohol, drugs, and venom.
Owing to his quantum and metaphysical nature, Slenderman can create limitless manifestations, avatars, and copies of itself across existence. This allows him to track down multiple victims at once, tormenting a single victim or a group of adjacent victims. He can also appear on other worlds, timelines, and periods. Slender Man can also manipulate his perceptibility, only visible in certain conditions or only appearing to certain individuals. His mere presence can alter the temperature to his likeness, and he can emit radiatio, usually Sigma radiation, for various effects.
Not even dreams are safe from the dark messiah, as Slender Man can freely enter and edit the dreams of others, as well as communicate with them telepathically. He can downright make victims his slaves through hypnosis, convince them of his goodwill through indoctrination and brainwashing, or make them do his bidding using mind control. He has shown the ability to adjust or wipe memories, controlling emotions and feelings, and create illusions, with physical illusions having the ability to interact with the real world, making others suffer hallucinations.
The mythos usually refers to victims under Slender Man's control or influence as Proxies. These usually receive special abilities by Slender Man, enhanced physical characteristics and a regenerative healing factor. However, a small group receives superpowers, like The Observer who was bestowed with the power to warp space-time, apply diseases, possess others and modify technology. Most Proxies can also cast illusions.
Slender Man can turn intangible to phase through surfaces.
In addition to just his two arms, Slender Man can generate himself far more appendages: including more arms but also tentacles, tendrils, legs, and petiole. These appendages are exceptionally strong and can function as spears that can stab through reinforced metal. They can even crack space-time itself. The entity can freely change his body and change form, shape, and size.
He can flawlessly mimic voices as well as receive the abilities of anything he turns into, and the memories of any individual he turns into. Slender Man can also turn his into armor, and somehow even into a tree. A form the Slender Man has commonly used is a multi-armed skeleton.
In addition to himself, Slender Man can even transform others; he can turn people into the fog with but a gesture or mutate people or turn them into Proxies. Slender Man's primary offensive abilities include pyrokinesis (normal, green, and blue flames), and immunity to it, electrokinesis, umbrakinesis, and green explosive energy blasts, streams of which can flood a town.
Slender Man can create earthquakes and manipulate the weather, such as making it rain, snow, hail, or storm, and have lightning strike down or to conjure up gusts of wind. Slender Man can also use telekinesis to move objects with his mind alone and make others cough up blood. Using technopathy, Slender Man can take control of technology. He can also possess others. Slenderman's "helpful" abilities include prolonging death, reducing pain, resurrecting the dead, and applying morphine with his stare or a gesture.
More complicated abilities of Slender Man include space and time manipulation, the ability to alter time perception by shunting others through a private dimension, probability manipulation, causality manipulation, and the ability to create and modify custom worlds of his own, including mirror worlds.
Slender Man's single most powerful ability so far portrayed is to cause the Dimensional Bleeding – an event that leeches off universes and dimensions, distorting, disrupting, and potentially even destroying them.
The mythos has derived the above abilities from various works, sources, and authors – the fact that anyone can give their spin to the character makes Slender Man a highly inconsistent character. Authors may give Slender Man more abilities or leave powers out. It is overall extremely difficult to pinpoint a true, "canon" Slender Man. Therefore, the mythos uses a composite template for these abilities, drawing from various sources that fans cannot confirm nor debunk as part of the continuity.
- Slender Man's online fame originally spread from the Something Awful Forums, in an entry to a Photo Manipulation contest by a man named Victor Surge. Ever since the contest, Victor Surge started to create mini stories based on the character in which would later be known as "The Slenderman". Lots of people have created similar stories, ARGs (Vlogs and Blogs), video games, and short movies.
- Marble Hornets is another major early source of The Slender Man's stardom on the internet. In 2009, Marble Hornets became the first Alternative Reality Game to feature The Slender Man along with establishing and creating Proxies. Although this is the first Slender Man Vlog as well as ARG series, MarbleHornets does not feature The Slender Man, but an entity similar in appearance and abilities known as "The Operator". After the rise and popularity of the series, Many other ARG series (E.g. TribeTwelve, EveryManHybrid, DarkHarvest00, MLAndersen0, and CaughtNotSleeping) have been spawned ever since, and the Slender Man is featured in almost all.
- Slender Man has also inspired the Endermen of the Minecraft series, having many similarities such as impressive height and lanky arms, but act differently in-game, like moving blocks with their elongated appendages.
- Slender Man has many online games inspired and based around him - however, the most notable (and recent) one is known as Slender, which has become extremely popular and some gamers are claiming it is "the scariest game ever."
- On August 17, 2011, the American dubstep-producer known as Skrillex, released his video for his song First of the Year (Equinox). A lot of people suggest that the creature seen in the song is Slender Man appearing behind of the little girl.
- A movie named Entity was in development but was cancelled.
- Slender Man also appears in a Team Fortress 2 mod Freak Fortress monster known as Slender Mann.
- Slender Man was in the Rap Battle By Unwanted Guest in the ANIMEME RAP BATTLE.
- Creatures named the Gentlemen from Buffy the Vampire Slayer are a possible influence on the Slender Man mythos.
- Slender Man appears in Yu-Gi-Oh: The Abridged Series; he appears in the special episodes Concrete Giraffes and An Ishtar Family Christmas. He also appears in Marik Plays Slender. Slender Man is very humorous, not acting scary at all and always saying "HAAAAY GUUUUUYS" in a strange voice.
- The Thin Guy set and Slendermog from AdventureQuest Worlds are based on Slender Man.
- In Total Drama All-Stars, the Slender Man is seen in the episode "Moone Madness". After Cameron calls for help due to a bunny turning vicious by the blue moon, the next scene with Chris announcing a short break shows Slender Man in the top left monitor
- He also makes an appearance in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, in the episode "Pinkie Apple Pie".
- A version of Slender Man - called the Slender - appears in the game Simulator.
- The 2012 horror film The Tall Man is loosely based on Slender Man.
- He appeared as an Easter in Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare in the of Zomboss Estate. After the Tactical Taco Party DLC update, he can be eaten by Chomper.
- In many stories of fanfictions, Slender Man has an older brother named Splendorman, a younger brother named Sexual Offenderman, and a cousin named Trenderman.
- Although Slenderman is stated to be a man-eater, how he really eats people is beyond anyone's guess, given that he doesn't have a mouth at all.