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The Circle, or The Charons, are the main antagonists of the 2018 horror film Unfriended: Dark Web.
They are portrayed by Douglas Tait, Rob Welsh, Kiara Beltran, and various others.
They are a group of hackers who stalk Matias, one of the protagonists of the movie, and his friends on their chat, because they discover that Matias stole one of their laptops, which he found in the Lost and Found bin of a local internet cafe.
Of course all members of the Circle hacked their victims' computers by playing a game which will result in Matias's friends death.
As the movie goes on Mathias and his friends, who were happy to hear their friends Nari and Serena announce their engagement, see something weird. It begins with strange noise and code message, Matias looks further into his new computer, and notices a whole series of disturbing videos of young women being tortured and killed, intended apparently for sale on the dark web. Matias and his friends then became the victims of the circle members has some members photoshop a picture of Matias over one their members head, they then proceed to kill Matias's friends to try to force him to bring back the laptop that they accuse him to steal.
Matias denied all their claim swearing that the picture of him was photoshopped, but all circle members then begin to accuse him again and chase him around even tried to kill Amaya who they claim that they kidnapped her, Matias then go on his bike to go to Amaya house and Damon tried to copy everything on the laptop, He uses this to try and track the laptop and turn the information over to the authorities, in an attempt to bring down the Circle. However, the Circle remains several steps ahead of him; They photoshop Matias's head onto the body of one of their agents in one of the videos to frame him for it, leave one of the unconscious victims in Matias's apartment while he's out, kill Damon and make it look like a suicide, and leave a phony suicide note on Damon's computer which makes it appear that he has confessed he and his friends were the ones who committed the abductions and murders seen on the videos.
Amaya who call Matias has they call each other earlier to tried to tell her something, Matias discover that the circle hacked his message and make Amaya go to the factory where she get attack by a Circle member, Matias tell them why they doing this has they tell him that "It was all a game" which they did it for their entertaining, has a poll was up to decide Matias fate which was to vote if he's still live or died like all his friends, of course all members audience vote for him to die and Matias got run over by a van driving by a circle members.
As the movie ends, the audience see each members of the circle take off their masks and smile at each other from the scene of their killing and some of them laugh silently still covering their half of their face, has in the end it was revealed that all was filmed by the laptop of another member of the Circle who was monitoring the whole thing.
In one ending just after the death of Damon's, Matias who take his bike then text Amaya to go join him where they got their first kiss, arriving at the place first, he tried to text her again he got attacked by a Charon, who put him in a casket and buried him alive. Amaya arrive to the place , but she doesn't see him, he tried to text her to tell her where he is, but the Charons mess up his text and write "I wish I could sign better", Mattias tried video chat , but again the Charons mess up what he tried to say, Amaya then got annoyed and hang up leaving Matias to die.
the Third ending is on DVD, Amaya arrived at the same time then Matias after he text her to meet him on the spot they shared their first kiss, but both of them are attacked by the circle members who want to kill them as the pool to know if Matias and Amaya should live was about to reach "No", Charon I received a message from Charon IX, in the message it show Matias on a video message saying that he will give back the money to the Charons if Erica Dunn who was the kidnapped girl is return to her home safe, which the audience finally vote "Yes" to let them live as Matias and Amaya embrace after being both saved.
- In contrast of Laura Barns, the main antagonist of the first film, who was a demonic being who seek revenge for her suicide, The Circle are actually human beings and normal people unlike Laura, though that it could be seen that they were more dangerous than Laura, as she just sought justice for her death against the people who made her life miserable and even so she offered them the opportunity to redeem themselves (though their attitudes eventually lead Laura to got angry and kill them) while The Circle just killed people for diversion and had no mercy, including for their own sadistic entertainment.
- Furthermore, it has been speculated by some fans that Laura Barns' ghost wasn't real after all but a member of The Circle disguised, speculating that members of The Circle killed Blaire Lily and her friends and just made it look that it was Laura's ghost. This is believed because the second-to-last file from The Circle's snuff videos is called Laura. If this is true, this would not only make The Circle the true Big Bad of Unfriended, but the overarching antagonistic faction of the franchise as whole.
- The Circle is apparently very powerful/ influential, and has agents all over the world who work in a variety of professions, including law enforcement. This is shown by the fact that they were able to target and kill Damon (who lived in London) along with Matias and the rest of his friends (who all apparently lived somewhere in Southern California), and because one of the Circle agents seen smiling from the scene of one of the deaths is revealed to be a police officer.