Well, it’s the 11th of November (11/11), and I’m going to try to update this at 11:11 PM, for reasons that will become clear after this update.
Now that we’re past what’s generally agreed upon, we’re getting into the less solid attributes. These are the ones that are occasionally present, but not nearly as important.
One that is fairly important to start this off, though: illness. When the Slender Man is around, people tend to get…some form of illness. This was popularized in Marble Hornets, when Jay and Tim both developed hacking coughs. Both characters also complained of cold in the middle of summer, though the way it’s presented makes it seem less like it’s the chills (i.e., their bodies feeling cold), and more like they feel that it’s chilly (i.e., the air feels cold). In some blogs, like The Tutorial (another blog I finished recently, though I’m not recommending it as much as I do others just because I feel like it’s a pretty crappy portrayal of the Slender Man), there’s also references to sickness. In The Tutorial, M believes that it’s because the Slender Man “touches you” and “moves you,” and when those things happen, you travel through some sort of alternate dimension, which takes a toll on your body. I think that theory sort of makes sense, but I don’t personally agree with it. Either way, victims usually at least experience a natural wasting away of both the body and mind due to stress and fear, and not necessarily the Slender Man himself.
Related to this illness is memory loss. This was most prominent in Marble Hornets, and really hasn’t been replicated anywhere else, but it was a big part of Marble Hornets. Alex and Jay both start recording themselves partially because they see things in their recordings that they don’t remember ever happening.
And now on to the more obscure stuff the keeps repeating. In some early stories, he has control over fire, and was possibly a pyrokinetic. This doesn’t show up often in stories anymore, and also tends to clash with the more popular forest portrayal. Why would he set things on fire when his favorite environment is so flammable?
There is also some sort of link to water. That’s all people can agree on, though…that there’s a link. It’s not sure if water would hurt him, a la M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs, or whether it makes him stronger. This is most apparent in CANYOUSEETHEWORDS (now canonically part of the EverymanHYBRID universe), in which all of the numerous references to water, floods, and the like are struck through.
And finally, on to the repeating numbers. Repeating numbers are a common theme in Slender Man stories. In Marble Hornets, Slendy appears in Alex’s house on April 4th at 4:04. In EverymanHYBRID, Jeff visits apartment 222. In Just Another Fool, it’s implied that Logan is killed at 11:11 on November 11th (so about a year ago, then…huh). And in Tribe Twelve, it’s shown up twice—Noah wakes up coughing at 3:33 on the dot in one video, and a very recent (as of this update) Tweet had a photo of a clock reading 4:44 11/11. It’s unclear what the significance of all this is. Either way, I really wish Marble Hornets had started their second season at 10:10 on October 10, 2010. It would have been the perfect opportunity.
Well, unfortunately, I missed my mark by a few minutes. Whoops. But in summation: He makes you sick, messes with your memories, and is or was somehow linked to fire, water, and repeating numbers.
Now, you may have noticed that there’s on attribute of Slendy that I haven’t covered yet, one that shows up extremely frequently in the YouTube series and is mentioned in a few other blogs: his effect on electronic equipment. That’s because it’s getting it’s own update. Next time: The Slender Man’s effects on audio and video.