This post is about the symptoms that the Slender Man’s victims tend to undergo. I’m not talking about Proxies or Hollowed or Agents or whatever they are. I’ve personally always found them a bit stupid anyway, and essentially just clones of totheark (who I don’t even believe is necessarily out to get Jay). I’ll probably touch on them briefly at the end of this, since they technically are a specific form of victim, but this is primarily about people targeted by Slendy. Why? So you can get a good idea at first glance whether or not a blog is related to the Slender Man. Not because you need to keep an eye on your friends in real life, because he doesn’t exist. He’s not coming for you. Its just a games o just drop it already okay?
One of the first symptoms, and the easiest to overlook, is the paranoia. This is because it makes so much sense. They’ve just read or watched a scary story. They’re going to be a little shaken up. It’ll be hard to sleep for a night, or maybe two, and they’ll be a little hesitant when passing by trees. Everyone, regardless of whether they’re a victim or not, will have a bit of this. But after a few days, if it starts getting worse instead of better, you should start worrying. Watch for changes in personality brought on by stress, a constant scanning of the surroundings, complete apathy, or sudden aggressive tendencies.
After that, it sort of develops differently for everyone. However, there are common symptoms that will manifest, and many of them start going together. One is drawing and writing. Blogging doesn’t really count, since everyone who has a blog is naturally blogging. It’s the content that matters. If the blog starts getting cryptic, or if they post ominous drawings that they “just suddenly felt like doodling down,” be worried. In a vlog/web series, it’s a bit easier to tell. Like in Marble Hornets where Alex is furiously scribbling/drawing/writing. In blogs, this tends to manifest itself as code/hidden messages. Which are usually blatantly obvious, and occasionally impossible to figure out. When it’s not code, it’s just cryptic comments, a weird writing style (such as highly choppy and fragmented sentences), or occasionally poetry.
Another is the illness. Victims will often speak of how cold they are, but more importantly, develop hacking coughs. This is a trend started by (again) Marble Hornets, and one played with quite a bit. Many victims fall prey to illness of some sort before falling prey to tallness of some sort.
The third symptom, and possibly the most popular, is memory loss. Victims will black out, and then come to later with little to no memory of what happened. This is most obvious in (surprise!) Marble Hornets, in which Jay and Alex both forget what had happened last night until reviewing the footage, and Jay doesn’t remember some key information from a few months ago (primarily how he was involved with Marble Hornets). It’s unarguably most chilling (or blatant) in the recent Entry #27, in which he reveals that the past seven months are a complete blank.
One thing worth noting is that compulsions and mind control are largely in play here, for both victims and proxies. One of the original pictures is captioned “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….” It’s obvious that that plays a large part in it.
And now, for a brief note on the proxies/agents/hollowed/hallowed/totheark knockoffs. These are essentially humans who work for the Slender Man, but almost never share his powers. Sometimes they’re voluntarily working for him. More often than not, they’re brainwashed. These guys can be recognized fairly easily. Either they’re lucid and they openly admit working for the Slender Man, or they’re completely insane and only talk in cryptic threatening messages (i.e., trolling). As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not too big a fan of the idea. Slendy doesn’t need minions to do his bidding. Slendy is scary. Humans aren’t scary. Really, totheark is the Drizzt of the Slender Man mythos.
This post is probably pretty redundant for most of you. After all, you already know how to recognize victims. You’ve read enough of the blogs to know by now when someone’s getting sucked in. Even if you haven’t read any, you can pick up on what’s not right. I’m just posting it primarily because it’s important information that’s relevant to the Mythos. If you want more info, go to some other informative blogs. They’ll probably have more advice.
Also, on an unrelated note, Maduin, I don’t know whether to smack you or thank you for linking Broeckchen’s Santa Theory on TV Tropes, because while I’m getting a lot more traffic, they’re not coming for me. Don’t remove the link or anything. By all means, keep it. In fact, Broeckchen, they deserve to see that post, since it was pretty Crazy Awesome. In fact, just scratch the “smack” part entirely. Thanks, Maduin. And thanks, Broeckchen. It was definitely an awesome theory, and definitely a pleasant surprise to see so many incoming Tropers. And sorry, Broeckchen, because I’ve almost certainly spelled your name wrong.
Next Slender Man update is a double, and probably the last one not based on a particular blog or pure speculation: Your Mind Makes it Real/Twenny Dollaz. After that, I think I’ve covered most everything worth knowing about the Slender Man. I may tweak some of my old entries,