How is Slender Man Internet Folklore? | Idea Channel | PBS Digital Studios


Here’s an idea. Slender Man is the internet’s
legendary folk creature. Boo! Sorry. But, you know, it is
Halloween tomorrow, and we’re all getting a little
bit into the spoopy spirit. Some hundreds of
years ago, we started carving faces into gourds
and gathering around bonfires during this time
of the year because of the imagined presence
of spirits and fairies. Children and the poor
went door to door collecting cakes
which, when eaten, were thought to free
a soul from purgatory. But now, spirits
and fairies have expanded to include
ghosts, goblins, vampires, and witches made of
plastic, and soul cakes have changed into mini
Snickers– except for that one lady down the
street who hands out those tiny boxes of raisins. What is her deal? The costumed practice
of guising turned into being able to get
a sexy costume version of a disappointingly vast array
of objects and characters. Sexy Chinese takeout? Really? Really. And the internet has become
a part of the festivities. People change to
horrific Twitter avatars and make how-to’s for their
crazy costume creations. There’s a Google Doodle, more
Instagrams of spooky nail art then you could shake a femur
at, and scary stories or videos, many of which feature Slender
Man, which is who we’re gonna be talking about right now. Slender Man is one of
the internet’s very few reoccurring, and arguably
its most frequently encountered, threatening
paranormal ghoulies. As his name suggests, he is
a man shape, a slender one. And not like Fassbender slender. More like creepy slender, like
the Silence, or Conan O’Brien, or the ice cream truck
driver from “Legion.” [YELLS] Slender Man doesn’t
have a face, but he does have a suit,
and sometimes upwards of six tentacle-like arms. And no, it’s not entirely clear
what he does when he gets you. It’s probably not make
you tea and show you the cross-stitching
he’s been working on. Slendy first appeared in
photographs on Something Awful, but has since shown up in all
kinds of creepypasta, which are like scary stories that
are passed around the internet but you maybe saw me talk
about in this ancient know your meme video. Link in the doobly doo. Slendy is the frequent
topic of visual art, usually lurking in the shadows. He’s in video games, where
you have to actively evade his terrifying pursuit. [SCREAMS] And he’s in videos, most notably
Marble Hornets’s “TribeTwelve” and “EverymanHYBRID,” where
his mere presence causes bizarre distortion
in camera gear and fits of coughing and extreme
paranoia in the characters. The Slender Man media complex
is comprised of many mediums, and tells hundreds, if
not thousands of stories. BBC Radio 4’s “Digital Human”
host Alex Krotoski even asks if it might be the
first great myth of the web. And it doesn’t feel like too
far-fetched of a question either. Slender Man’s countless authors
have, accidentally or not, developed a rather
complete-feeling Slender Man mythos. Like, according to
the legend, baddies depicted in prehistoric Brazil,
Ancient Egypt, 16th century Germany, and Japan bear a
strong resemblance to Mr. Slend. Was he really invented by
Victor Surge on Something Awful, or was he channeled? Is it possible that he is a
constant and pervasive presence throughout all of history? Some stories place him,
or beings like him, in Germany around World
War II, and in other parts of the world around
various horrific events both major and minor. Links to some stories in
the place where links go. One explanation
for his existence is something called tulpa, which
Indian Buddhist texts describe is a mind-conjured apparition. Slender Man has been
willed into existence because he is in
the subconscious of many, many people. In the West, we call
this a thought form, and therein lies what might be
the best and most interesting thing about no-face long arms. While he does have a
form that’s recognizable and a general air de
terror, he is not one thing in one place with one motive. He’s a nebulous, psychically
crowdsourced terror. He’s literally the
internet’s nightmare, its legendary creature. The power of collective belief,
or the collective willing– [COUGHS] –and of course, he’s in
great ghoulie company. Though we know that other
legendary characters like the Gray Man, manticore,
mothman, and Spring-heeled Jack aren’t, can’t, and
shouldn’t be real, there is a set of
information and circumstance that gives us– some of us
more than others– permission to believe. There’s something
about acquiescing to the possibility of their
mythical existence that is, well, fun. But on top of painting a world
that is a little bit more mystical, a little
bit more impossible or beguiling than it really is,
telling those scary stories, like the one about the driver
who flashes his lights, Bloody Mary, or the haunted
mansion on the edge of town, helps us adjust, or maybe
even grow up a little bit. One theory is that
these folks stories help us express our subconscious
or that which is normally taboo. Folklorist Alan Dundes says that
folklore provides a socially sanctioned outlet for the
expression of what cannot be articulated in the
more usual direct way. But I think there’s
something else to be said about
wielding the scary story, about knowing that the boogie
man is not real, about knowing a story that your friends don’t,
and about being able to affect them with its use. Scary stories almost
always take place in a world that is
like ours, but with one terrifying addition. In “The Epistemology
of the Horror Story,” Susan Stewart
writes that contrary to the distinction between
true and made-up stories, the horror story exists in a
peculiar place between the real and the fictive. As such, and given the
piece-by-piece narrative construction of the
horror story, quote, “the listener’s welfare
becomes increasingly implicated as the narrative
sequence proceeds.” There is this solar system
that at the center of which is the story itself,
and orbiting around it is the knowledge that
it’s fake, buying into it anyways
because it’s fun, the teller wanting to
scare their friends, and providing both fright and
the information of the story itself that their friends
can tell again or build upon to make their own. And that last part about
building on existing stories is just as true for the
Jersey Devil, the Owlman, and werewolves as it is
for Slender Man, the Rake, and who was phone. MALE SPEAKER (ON
PHONE): Who was phone? And every other not scary
legend, internet or otherwise, for that matter, because for
whatever folk archetype exists, the internet has its analog. The trickster in the troll face,
the strongman in Chuck Norris, the innocent in Bad Luck Brian. And while we might
not have campfires, we do have wikis and message
boards, fan fictions, and copy/creepy pastas. The point being that folklore
isn’t necessarily a thing that’s only happened
in the past. And that for as long
as there are folks, that wherever they are, they’re
probably minting new lore. The internet is no exception. And if anything, it has made
such a pronouncement even more true. In his “Introduction to
Folklore and the Internet,” Trevor Blank writes that
due to its inclusivity, the internet has
helped to refaciliate the spread of folklore
through electronic conduits. So while when someone
says folktales, you might think of dusty
old tomes, Grimm’s fairy tales, or stories from before
electricity, let alone YouTube and creepypastas, the truth is
that folklore and its impact is just as present, and
maybe just as inescapable, as the Slender Man himself. [SCREAMS] What do you guys think? What are some of your
favorite internet folktales or scary stories,
Slender Man or otherwise? Let us know in the comments. And if your story is too
long for the comments, I made a post for scary stories
specifically on the subreddit, so there’s a link
in the description. And if you’re not too busy
sewing extra long sleeves for your Slender Man
costume, please subscribe. There was a lot of the
internet’s native art form on last week’s video. Lets see what you guys had
to say about controlling versus being your avatar. So first and foremost, Jamin
is here from “Game/Show” and also very tall. I know. I’m wearing lifts. [LAUGHS] We made sister
episodes last week. So Jamin is here to talk a
little bit about his reaction to the idea of being versus
controlling the avatar, right? Yeah. So like, that conversation
about, like, agency. And being the person
controlling for the avatar makes me think about
my own emotions and whether those are real
or whether those are, like, surrogate emotions for
some other experience. So, like, if I’m not
actually the avatar– Right. –then not the feelings
that the avatar’s feeling, but the feelings I feel. Like anger, for example–
are those real feelings? Or watching my son gets hit
by a car, is that like a– In the game. Right, ’cause I
always thought, like, in– I always thought one of
the magical things about games was that those were real
experience– like I was actually getting a glimpse of
what it might be like to go through x experience. Right. That you’re, like, stepping
into this person for a second and realizing what
it’s like to have, like, whatever
that experience is. Right. So– Sort of like what Gonzalo
Frasca was talking about, right? Like the idea of, you know,
you’re embodying this moment. Right, exactly. And the worry is that, like,
if those memories aren’t like real memories,
like I’m not actually getting a taste of what that
experience might be like. Yeah Then it’s no more
different for games than, like remembering being
at a movie theater. Right. So then– and that feels
like kind of a [INAUDIBLE]. So it’s like a weird simulation
of emotions as opposed to an actual empathetic– Exactly. Huh. And that– And that’s the line between
controlling and being. Exactly. And so it’s tied to,
like, whether you actually feel those things or not,
which would kind of bum me out. It’s like I feel
like I’m not actually feeling those emotions. That would be kind of a bummer. That would be kind of a bummer. That’s really– that’s
really interesting. That’s what I was thinking of. Cool. Thanks for coming by, Jamin. Yeah, no worries. And I’m going to go– I’m
going to go actually hang out with Jamin on “Game/Show.” So if you want to go see
my reaction to his video, you should go check those
out, and just check out “Game/Show” in general. So thanks for coming by, Jamin. Yeah, no worries, man. High five. To everybody who recommended
that I play “The Stanley Parable,” I know. It’s once the Mac
re-release comes out, it is going to be
the first thing I do. I’m gonna cancel
all of my plans. But I just– ah, yeah,
it’s on the list. I really want to play. JRandomHacker172342 says
that “Special Ops– The Line” is a really great example
of being versus controlling your avatar, and
that the point of it is maybe to get to a place where
you just want to turn it off. I don’t know. I’d be curious to know if
other people who play it feel the same way. The Sumo Five says
that when they feel like they’re
playing their character, then they have a very hard
time choosing the evil path, if that is an option
that they have. And actually up until recently,
I had the same problem. I would always have to
play through the game through the good
path, and then I would go back and do the
evil path as kind of like, you know, I would, I don’t know,
build up some karma, I guess? I don’t know what
my reasoning was. Snexus4 seems to
say that you really are your character in
“Minecraft” because of the amount of
agency you have. That it’s just tons of agency. And that, you know, you can
step back from all these things that you’ve built and
feel like you really did those things, which, yeah. I mean, you can invest a
lot of time in “Minecraft.” To Balec S Nahte
and Devin Spect, I had really similar experiences
in both of these games, in “Dragon Age– Origins”
and the “Walking Dead” game. That I felt so much
like the character I was playing that it was–
yeah, it was trying at times. Very invested. Ugh. Optimus and Brian
Gerning left really great comments about the nature
of “Dungeons and Dragons,” and how you are,
in tabletop games, expected to kind of
be your character. And I think that that
influences a lot of how I play video games,
actually, in that, like, I want to experience that
thing of being the character that you might otherwise
be controlling. So yeah, this is
really great insight. Jerry Turco says that playing
“XCOM– Enemy Unknown” has caused him to think critically
about sending people into war– and that, you know, like a
lot of people do with “XCOM,” named his characters after
people that he knew, and then had a very brutal realization
when his wife’s character was put in danger. Egus Pintobasta points out
that at the very least, the way that we talk about
the things that we control indicates a sort of
embodiment, and makes a really good
observation about driving and the way people
control their cars and think of it as an
extension of themselves. Philosophy Tube points out
that the dialectical interplay between agency and structure
does not stop in games and extends all the way out
into real life, which, yeah. Jeff Murray was actually talking
about consumer behavior and not games specifically. So yeah, it’s a wide, wide range
of applications for that idea. Charlieisocoollike
points out the last thing that you have to do
in “The Last of Us” as a moment that made him
question the very character he was playing, which is actually
the moment that inspired me to write a lot of the episodes. So yeah, I agree. That’s a really– the end of
that game is something else. This week’s episode
was brought to you by the hard work of
these spoopy goulies. We have an IRC and a subreddit. Links in the description. This week’s tweet of the week is
every tweet by ideachan_ebooks, but also one by
usaqib that points us towards a Roy Christopher
article about shared memories and pop culture, which has tons
of “Blade Runner” references, so good in my book.

100 Comments

  1. reaper. said:

    Lol he showed a bloody Mary instead of bloody Mary xD

    February 6, 2015
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  2. reaper. said:

    Mine is Entity 303

    February 6, 2015
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  3. grannyfister said:

    Add your subjects of internet folklore and let's see just how many there are… (Even though by now the number may not be quantifiable!)
     
    Slenderman
    Jeff the Killer
    Sonic.exe

    February 6, 2015
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  4. sava1811 said:

    the entire SCP collection. That is creepy

    February 7, 2015
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  5. Gabriel Brennan said:

    I've never watched a slenderman video in my life (prob bc just watching this scared me haha) but it/he sounds a lot like Cthulhu, in the sense of being indomitable fear.

    February 9, 2015
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  6. Christianna Wilt said:

    I'd have to say Slenderman is the most curious as for folklore, there is actually this event that happens out in Kent, Ohio. People like to drive down abandoned roads because there is a rumor that this car is always on the side of the road with it's lights off, but as you approach it turns on it's lights and speeds towards you in a game of chicken. THOUGH I'd LOVE to go to Rouges Hollow.

    February 15, 2015
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  7. mxtth3w said:

    @Organous she lived. 🙂

    February 16, 2015
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  8. Astrolime said:

    Whether you like it or not Slender man wasn't an invention of the "Internet." It was a single man who came up with and owns the rights to Slenderman. People just sorta picked up on it.

    February 18, 2015
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  9. Madam Marie said:

    I just discovered this channel… OMG IT IS SOOOO COOL! I gotta watch them all!

    February 19, 2015
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  10. Jeff Burnett said:

    Slender man reminds me of the rake
    Look it up its a crypted and it's scary to who see it

    March 2, 2015
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  11. Doris Wachtler said:

    Have you ever read The Russian Sleep Experiment?

    March 4, 2015
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  12. niraea said:

    tribetwelve woot

    March 7, 2015
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  13. 50 Cent Brigade said:

    Just to clear something up. Nazi space aliens aren't folk lore. They are really and in charge of every evil capitalist country on the planet. The only country that is truely safe from Nazi space aliens is China, as it is under the protection of the good, and great Communist party.

    March 8, 2015
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  14. Duskworker said:

    Isn't Slenderman SCP-087?
    Or was that written for him afterwards?

    March 16, 2015
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  15. Mortar & Pestle. said:

    3:24 I want Slendie as a card, Screw you Griselbrand!

    March 25, 2015
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  16. Lara Sophie said:

    2:30 someone didn´t pay attention in their german classes 😉

    April 9, 2015
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  17. ethan said:

    Know your meme 🙁
    I wish it still existed..

    April 10, 2015
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  18. jacob scharlau said:

    Is slender still a thing or is he forgotten?

    April 17, 2015
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  19. Garrosh1214 said:

    2spooky4me

    April 22, 2015
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  20. The Fox Laboratory said:

    The thing I hate about creepypasta is that people make it not scary, no matter how many times you read the story at night or whatever just talk about it to some creepypasta fan then you will never think it's scary ever again

    May 8, 2015
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  21. Neko :3 said:

    My favorite was always Eyeless Jack.

    May 11, 2015
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  22. Kaylee Nepeta Oakdown McDonald vas Mayra said:

    Slendy is the silence pass it on

    May 18, 2015
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  23. I HATE CABBAGE said:

    To be honest, I don't give a fuck about who is Slender Man on the internet, I know he is merely some bump up creation by some people to promote the game.

    Ironically is, the game is actually very very good. cause you actually feel scare of his presence.

    May 23, 2015
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  24. Pinklpscatty Vlogs said:

    slenderman seems closer to the Lovecraft mythology than folklore public domain creations that numerous authors have added to with a deliberate effort to create verisimulatude which pulls in the gullble take as real

    May 26, 2015
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  25. Chicken Speed said:

    That scream at the end was awesome

    May 27, 2015
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  26. Katie Danko said:

    I love the story of Laughing Jack the best

    May 27, 2015
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  27. Tomas K said:

    know your meme video not found

    May 29, 2015
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  28. Pedro Centurión said:

    Well, I think it is an oversimplification that takes folklore as a medium spread through a bias of unchanging patterns. It's most likely that according to some people who are antropologists that floklore is not as folklore as it may seem, but bias something related to rituals and changing patterns and intentions not regarding them as mere storytelling. So Folklore is an actualization of customs and knowledge that had effects  on it. treting floklore so ligthly is actually trivialiing their role role as lore. So I think some bibliographical research on Vladimir Propp on the historical roots of folklore would prevailv a more of a quality episode. Folklore is not by any means an fictional story of gruesome events on a fancy way told by many people. Those are the external categories within it and not it's essence. Sorry, but from all of the videos this one was one of the most uninformed, elusive and misleading to common sense episode.

    June 3, 2015
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  29. Kibate said:

    The problem with Slenderman, we know for a fact he is fake, we know the creator, we know where the first image, the one everyone after was based on, came from, and since we know for 100% that he is fake, he is just….boring
    i mean it's fun to watch stuff about him as a sort of horror movie thing, but as far as folklore? Nah
    The thing about loch ness monster, big foot, crop circles, vampires etc. is there are "recordings" of those supposedly happened. So even if our common sense can say "there are only badly recorded images that could easily be faked, and never once any actual proof, thus it isn't real or at least no reason to believe so" in the end there is still that 0,1% "but maybe it is?" lingering in our subconsciousness. This is why aliens creep me out and yet i am fascinated by them. Because with them it is a whole 0,2%!

    June 12, 2015
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  30. T3rra :3 said:

    Him:*coughing and distortion*
    Me: REFRENCE!!!!!

    June 12, 2015
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  31. Livian said:

    From what I know he is based of a german myth and a sort of "evolved " version of the myth meant to be a creature that punishes children for doing the wrong.

    June 15, 2015
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  32. Vampiress Hannah said:

    Jeff the killer!

    June 23, 2015
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  33. Darkangel Emily said:

    Killers only kill for revenge and Jane only is hunting down Jeff
    there are many creepy pastas I know they are: (there are even more I just don't know the name of them)
    Jeff the killer
    Jane the killer
    Slender-man
    smile.jpg / smile dog
    sonic.exe
    Offenderman
    BENDrowned
    Trenderman
    Rake
    B.O.B
    laughing jack 
    Eyeless jack
    Ticci Toby
    Masky
    Hoodie
    Sally
    Glitchy Red
    Strangled red
    Lost Silver
    Lavender town syndrome
    Seed eater
    Russian sleep subject

    June 26, 2015
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  34. MrGioGaga said:

    definitely Jeff the Killer and that story about peeking into a keyhole in a hotel… those give me the creeps

    July 11, 2015
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  35. Creepy RadioPasta said:

    As far as Marble Hornets goes, it's acting is good at best, moderate at worst and its plot is confusing.

    They talk a bunch about the something that's going on but never show that something actually happening. For instance (SPOILER ALERT) they talk about finding Amy but it never actually shows them doing anything in the direction of looking for her. Another example is (EVEN MORE SPOILERS) it talks about Alex "tying up loose ends" but never shows or explains what loose ends those would be in the first place such as that somebody was in the way of Slender's goals and had to be taken care of or that they were impeding his progress towards making more proxies.

    I would be posting this comment over on Marble Hornets, but the videos don't allow for comments to be made on them.

    July 13, 2015
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  36. Andy Skib said:

    I'm sick of wilhelm scream

    July 14, 2015
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  37. HrRueben said:

    2:30 This sentence makes no sense.

    July 17, 2015
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  38. Ultoriel said:

    Hey, another of the Wilhelm clan.

    July 18, 2015
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  39. KEK VULT said:

    The image at 2:29 is on a wooden bridge in the Swiss german part of Switzerland. At the time when I was traveling I knee nothing of Slenderman but had herd plenty of weird European folklore. Walking acroos the bridge and looking up at the murals, I saw Der Ritter.

    I stopped my mate to show him this crazy shit, anyway they also have a mountainous area call devils peak or something. My wife (who is Swiss) took me skiing there, now I don't know how many people read Goosebumps as a kid but the place gave me that feeling like the world had almost moved on the paranormal shit but the feeling remained.

    I'm an Atheist, so I understand it's a combination of adrenaline and the fear of the unknown but it gave me the creeps for a bit. Of and an old church there is called the Cult(church) of devils peak something.

    July 20, 2015
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  40. Caleb Adams said:

    I brought raisins to share with everyone in 3rd grade and no one wanted any. Raisins are my favorite broke my heart tbh

    August 9, 2015
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  41. quicksilver-ace said:

    Nice Wilhelm scream at the end.

    August 14, 2015
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  42. The Lonely Gaming said:

    At 4:59 the planets look like a crosant

    September 9, 2015
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  43. The Lonely Gaming said:

    Agree

    September 9, 2015
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  44. Andrew Wolf said:

    I think this explains why pro wrestling can be so appealing, the suspension of disbelief and story telling…

    September 28, 2015
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  45. Il Duce said:

    no slender isnt real because all the old folklore pictures were photoshoped….. sorry…..

    September 30, 2015
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  46. hunter severson said:

    aw he could of bin in an album cover.

    October 27, 2015
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  47. Jason Pion said:

    OH MY GOD YEAH!!!!! JAKE AND AMIR!!!!!!!!!!! YEAH!!!!!!!

    November 3, 2015
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  48. Lane said:

    Slenderman backstory and game cleverly tap into something that's been in our childhood nightmares forever: that "unseen thing chasing you"… you know the dream- where you try to run, but are stuck in sand… you are terrified of what IT is that you simply KNOW is chasing you- yet you never SEE it. You just try to run. and run. and know- forever- that its just "any second now".   While it may not be folklore, its definitely ART (per other video)- as it invokes the makers original experience, and translates it into a media form so that other people that view it gets those same feelings invoked in them. == ART.

    November 17, 2015
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  49. Ted Vendlegård said:

    BEN DROWNEDE

    November 19, 2015
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  50. Cheyenne Kasworm said:

    I think it is because of Slenderman that The Silence in Doctor Who freaks me out so much. EVERYTHING MAKES SENSE

    November 28, 2015
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  51. andrew brown said:

    lol, mike-helm

    December 13, 2015
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  52. jackeline Reyes said:

    is Slender man is real tell me plZ

    January 7, 2016
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  53. jackeline Reyes said:

    why

    January 8, 2016
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  54. jackeline Reyes said:

    not

    January 8, 2016
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  55. jackeline Reyes said:

    not

    January 8, 2016
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  56. jackeline Reyes said:

    ok

    January 8, 2016
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  57. ArtichokeHunter said:

    Aww, but the book is SO MUCH BETTER than Blade Runner.

    February 3, 2016
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  58. Garmmer Mibe said:

    Why do I keep on getting these censored sword of chaos advertisements on every youtube video I view? Under the pixelation, its very clear there is nothing explicit. Boobs jiggle in real life, get over it.

    February 14, 2016
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  59. jackeline Reyes said:

    come
    on

    February 19, 2016
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  60. jackeline Reyes said:

    yes o no

    February 19, 2016
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  61. sethlikespizza said:

    That magic reference though

    February 25, 2016
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  62. Hanji Zoe said:

    Slender man created tantacle porn.

    March 5, 2016
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  63. NIGHTCRAWLER said:

    You forgot about Gamersrevengeuk there hunted my slender

    March 13, 2016
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  64. AlternativeNightcore said:

    That Wilhelm's Scream though.

    March 22, 2016
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  65. Kathrine Russell said:

    As a Witch who has been required by her personal experience to build her own mythos, I feel that the idea of whether or not Slender is "Real" Or "Imaginary" is moot. Because all things that occur in the "world" are actually simply happening in the mind, not in the sense that there is not a existant world, but rather in that the important and necessary portion of it is the experience. and thereby all things that are experienced, "real" or "imaginary", are in fact real, simply by virtue of experience. However that experience need not be universal, thereby the "Real" Slenderman is many things. For example, in my mind, Slender is ridiculous, interesting, but not compelling, and thereby weak. Whoever, throughout the internet, Slender has a strong presence as a source of fear, a depiction of loss, and the void of not knowing. In this way, Slender becomes a spirit, which may be invoked for various reasons, all related to it's perceived nature. However that invocation will only work for those who hold that same spirit within their mind. In the video, a person in costume as Slender attempted to use the myhtos to scare people, or invoke the idea/spirit of Slender. And it worked to varying degrees, based on conditions and prior knowledge. As a note I specifically bring up this point because of the statement of "imagined presence of spirits and faeries". And to sum it up, I feel that a things do not exist based on their measurable existant world presence, but rather their capacity to affect.

    Also, no, I did not misspell existant, I define that existant separate from existent in that existence is something we prove to ourselves, and existance is present without necessity of presence or proof. Ex: Slenderman may or may not be existant, but does have an existence. It makes more sense if you say it out loud.

    April 8, 2016
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  66. Dorthy McGrane said:

    the wegy bord

    April 10, 2016
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  67. D Lux said:

    Like the Silence, or Conan O'Brien

    April 17, 2016
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  68. PhilfreezeCH said:

    Didn't Ben (Yahtzee) Croshaw kind of invent Slenderman with his Tall Man character in Trilbys notes?
    Or the phrase it differently, isn't Slenderman kind of a cheap copy of Yahtzees Tall Man?

    May 6, 2016
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  69. Joel Stephenson said:

    The Silence gave me nightmares for years.

    June 29, 2016
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  70. YpsiFang said:

    Femurs don't deserve being shaked at creepy nail art on Instagram.

    Also, I don't think creepypastas make most people more mature. Quite the opposite is sometimes true (Jeff, I'm looking at you).

    June 29, 2016
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  71. Heco Meco said:

    I'm slender girl.

    July 25, 2016
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  72. purpleooo said:

    Spoopy….

    August 9, 2016
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  73. Slender Man stabbing victim said:

    hi

    August 20, 2016
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  74. Tetsuo Shima said:

    Horror has to be realistic? What happens if I write a high fantasy horror story?

    August 24, 2016
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  75. Draco The last dragon said:

    for me the scariest folktale or creppypasta is jeff the killer is a sad and creppy storie and the character is interesting and really scary.

    September 3, 2016
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  76. SAAANES LOL said:

    1 reason I'm not scared of SlenderMan is fandoms…..that's it.

    September 6, 2016
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  77. Liam 0208 said:

    i didnt keep the screen in fullscreen because i thought there was gonna be a jumpscare

    September 30, 2016
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  78. Nugget said:

    EMERGENCY: why allways scary things real..????? and it has a gam???? how can it write letters??????? how he created?????? what is he created by is it god or something else?????? is it created by computer <3 bear?

    October 7, 2016
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  79. DiosenBisiquelta MLG said:

    elien UVF

    October 13, 2016
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  80. Brother Malachai said:

    He does realize that creature from Dr. Who is based on Slendy, right?

    November 14, 2016
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  81. Naython 582 said:

    582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582 582

    December 8, 2016
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  82. T.J. McCallum said:

    his origin owes morethan a little to 'the tall man' from the PHANTASM horror movie series from the eighties.

    January 7, 2017
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  83. Zennim said:

    meh, i prefer zalgo

    he is coming

    January 12, 2017
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  84. DoomFoxofDeath said:

    Everyone keeps saying Slendy inspired The Silence, but I think both were in some way inspired by The Gentlemen from Buffy.

    February 6, 2017
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  85. yawh brawh said:

    toking with slender was some shizzz

    February 7, 2017
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  86. jameson stalanthas yu said:

    i like your pics of old stuff, and I've got two editons of that tell dark stories book you showed,.

    February 22, 2017
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  87. tHe_dOpeAss_fiSh said:

    hes my smexy bae

    June 1, 2017
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  88. doggonemess said:

    I'm firmly convinced that Slenderman is The Tall Man from the Chzo Mythos games by Ben Krenshaw. His games were made starting in 2003, and the first Slender reference was 2009.

    July 20, 2017
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  89. Ghola Tleilaxu said:

    How is Internet Troll Man going?

    August 8, 2017
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  90. TELEVISIBLE said:

    Slenderman is the conscious persona of the internet

    August 17, 2017
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  91. Eclairz said:

    "Link in the Doobleydoo" Ahhhh! Matt Coville is that you?

    October 29, 2017
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  92. DrManiac said:

    ha, my video actually stopped working is now buffering once it reached 6:18

    October 29, 2017
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  93. Mr. AnselmTheWeird0 said:

    Conan 'O' Brien… XD

    November 17, 2017
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  94. Little Mozart said:

    In the year 2018, there will be a slender man movie

    January 8, 2018
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  95. waldosan said:

    My favorite internet creepy pasta was always the dybbuk cabinet.

    February 3, 2018
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  96. billy ni said:

    what happened to slender the awakening or am i just going crazy?

    September 8, 2018
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  97. Aight Whale said:

    The silence and Conan O'Brien are absolutely the same

    April 21, 2019
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  98. Christian Nieto said:

    hachishakusama

    July 4, 2019
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  99. Nathan Forester said:

    Slenderman is actually inspired by the Tallman from the movie Phantasm.

    August 8, 2019
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  100. Corvo Attano said:

    Wow

    September 6, 2019
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