Saturday, April 9, 2011

The Tutorial

Let’s start out with A SHAMELESS PLUG!!!!
Cause we all like that sort of thing.
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Would you believe that I had been planning on making a post about The Tutorial since December? Just goes to show how incredibly on top of things I am.

The Tutorial

I’ve already mentioned The Tutorial several times, as it has been a huge part in establishing some of the foundations of the Mythos. Here we follow M, the original Runner, the man who decided to make a blog about giving survival tips to those hunted by Slender Man. Being the first blog in this style, The Tutorial created or codified many of the ideas we see present in the Mythos today.


The Tutorial is scarce on plot most of the time; most of the posts are either M doling out advice, or explaining his current situation. We know M had a brother, who was killed by Slender Man (along with the rest of his family), and we sometimes are given a flashback to an event in M’s past, when he was less experienced at running, but this is mostly the extent of the backstory. For a while, there were hints of a plot appearing, through M’s dreams of a forest and a feeling he had that things would change soon, but schedule slip caused those plot threads to die off.

M the Runner

The Tutorial practically invented the concept of a Runner in the Mythos. We had seen hints of it in Marble Hornets, as Alex appeared to have temporarily escaped the Operator by running away. But The Tutorial was the first time we had a story which focused on someone surviving Slender Man through running; most stories at the time were fairly static in their location. And apart from Seeking Truth, most focused far more on the protagonist going insane than they did on survival. The Tutorial changed the setting for both the authors and the characters. Those writing Slenderblogs were given a new way to handle their characters, which spread rapidly. Writing Runner characters was popular for a long time (before Fighter characters replaced them): a Runner protagonist allows the author to create a character who manages to be genre savvy and proactive about their survival, as opposed to those who just quietly break down at home, while also retaining the sense of helplessness which is useful in horror.
For the characters, it created a common trait of genre savviness. With M’s Tutorial, there was now a place where characters could learn the basics of this creature who was hunting them, and how to stay alive. For some time, commentors would often post a link to The Tutorial whenever a character realized they were being stalked. Barring the “Why are you posting a broken link?” excuse, it would be hard for the character to continue to act in such a confused manner after being introduced to the Tutorial.

M the Codifier

If you look back through this blog, you’ll notice that I have brought up M and The Tutorial a lot. That’s because he was the one who laid down much of the foundation which the current blogs use. Much of what M posted was based on what was seen in Marble Hornets, but with an explanation behind it, instead of leaving it a mystery. The Operator Symbol was given a purpose, Slender Man’s teleportation was discussed, and proxies were given their first real definition.
M’s thoughts on proxies may be one of the most long lasting effects; prior to The Tutorial, stories had existed where Slender Man had human servants, but it was M who first gave them a name and rules. M created the title “Hallowed”, which was the name most used before “Proxy” overtook it in popularity.

Not everything that M said has been taken as gospel truth. The getting up high rule was never very popular, and using masks as protection never took off (until Maduin made his own version of that concept). And as more time passes, more bloggers move further away from M’s ideas. Not as an intentional rebellion against him, but because people are starting to find new ways to look at the things he posted, or explore his ideas from new perspectives.

M the Unkillable

M cannot die. I am convinced of that fact. Time after time, he has vanished for months, until people began to claim he must be dead, only for him to suddenly return and make a comment on someone’s blog. His last post may have been in December, but M made a sudden return in March within the comments section, only to vanish once more. M represents one of the few characters who have managed to stay completely sane and alive during his entire time stalked onscreen (other characters, such as Tony or Sandra, have been involved with Slendy for a longer time, but most of it was before they started their blogs). M is one of the only two surviving protagonists from the earlier times in the Slenderblogs (Zeke being the second), and as such his blog stands out. If you ever want to see firsthand how the Mythos has changed stylistically over time, all you need to do is compare The Tutorial with any currently active Slenderblog. Both will be a story about someone who is at this time being stalked by Slendy, but the environment, tone, and events in them will be markedly different.

It’s almost been a month now since M’s last interaction, so I’m guessing we’ll soon start to see people claiming that he’s either dead or gone. But after seeing M go through so much, I’m starting to think that I’ll only believe he’s dead once I see the body. And maybe not even then.

Useful Links
The Tutorial:
The Tutorial TVTropes Page:
The Tutorial Unfiction Thread:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Slender Man and Humor

Before I talk about anything else, it is vital that I cover this:
Last week, I received two hits on my site from people searching “did slenderman kill hitler?”

As I would not wish it to be said that Encyclopedia Slenderia lacks the information which its readers are looking for, I shall answer that now.

Yes, Slender Man killed Hitler.
The story about him committing suicide was a cover by the Soviet Union.
Remember to write this down on your next history exam for extra credit.


Slender Man and Humor

I was going to write a very long post about all the parodies within the Slender Man Mythos.
But then Doc Cairo beat me to it by a day.

So instead, we’re going to talk mainly about the parody blogs. If you want to learn more about video parodies of Slender Man, follow the above link.

Da Watcha

This was a blog that started out normal enough. Someone being stalked by Slender Man, slowly breaking down, etc. The main character, John Davis, did act more aggressively towards Slender Man than most people were at the time, charging at Slendy with his baseball bat, although compared to the shenanigans going on in the Mythos right now, it’s pretty tame. It also has one of my favorite lines from a Slenderblog ever, “BRB BASEBALL BAT.”

Then poor John Davis is taken, and we are to assume that he is another of Slendy’s victims….
Only for the next post to be “BRB, SLENDER RAVE”.
We then learn that Slender Man throws the most awesome parties ever.
And that is how it ends.
I will fight anyone who dares say the ending is not canon.

Why Are You Running?/Splendorman/Raking the Leaves

The personal blogs of Slender Man, his brother Splendor Man, and their friend The Rake.
Ya rly.

Slender Man is portrayed with a frat boy personality here, who just wants to hang out with his bros and party. Splendor Man, of course, is the personification of love, joy, friendship, and happiness. The Rake’s blog isn’t as long, so characterization isn’t quite as clear, but he seems to have a similar personality to Slendy. Also, he likes Halo. They’ve been inactive since February; last we heard, Slendy had to broken out or prison after being arrested for several, several charges, and was considering going to Canada.

A New Blog That’s Not Mine

I love this blog much more than I should. It started as a parody of a phenomenon which happens on the Unfiction forums: oftentimes guests will post topics saying, “Hey guys, I just found this blog that I think could be a Slenderblog!” Usually, said posted blog has only two or three posts, is not well written, jumps straight into Slender Man territory without any buildup, and is obviously run by the guest who posted the topic. ANBTNM takes that and runs with it; the Unfiction topic thread can be found here. Behold its wonder.
The blog is focused on a guy named Aaron, who is possibly one of the most intentionally genre blind characters I’ve seen (ex: “EMH? Marblehornets? Never heard of them. Hmm... maybe I should watch them and see if they're somehow connected to my current situation?”) He also is awesome. We know this because he tells us so.
Sadly, the blog is inactive now, but it got up to some pretty crazy stuff during its run. Among my favorites was his twitter conversation with Zythers (a serious, ingame blogger). Said conversation covered all manner of things from Mudkipz to superpowers, and also managed to drag in some poor proxy who just wanted to post cryptic messages in peace.
Now that it has ended, I can only assume that Aaron successfully defeated Slender Man, but at the cost of his own life. Goodnight, sweet prince.


While DocCairo may have covered the videos already, there are two which I believe should be mentioned here anyways. The first is the originator of the “no wifin in the club” and “you owe Slendy twenny dollarz.” The video claims to have found the missing audio for Entry #6 of Marble Hornets. It is there we learn that Alex owes Slender Man $20 for wifing in the club.

And now, I have saved the most GLORIOUS for last.
The video is called Slender Madness. It is a video which made me want to drop Slenderia forever, because nothing I could ever post could possibly compare to it. Maybe if I made nothing but perfect posts every day for the rest of my life, I might achieve a fraction of its majesty.

Upon watching this video, you will gain complete enlightenment about the Slender Man Mythos. You will have achieved Slender Nirvana, and become a bodhisattva. There will be no need to read or watch anything in the Mythos anymore, for you shall already know all that has passed, and all that will come to pass.


(Warning: May contain Ke$ha)

Useful Links
Da Watcha:
Why Are You Running?:
Splendor Man:
Raking the Leaves:
A New Blog That’s Not Mine: