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The Slender Man (also known as Slenderman) is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen (a.k.a. It is depicted as resembling a thin, unnaturally tall man with a blank and usually featureless face, wearing a black suit.

Although previous entries had consisted solely of photographs, Surge supplemented his submission with snatches of text—supposedly from witnesses—describing the abductions of the groups of children, and giving the character the name "The Slender Man": The quote under the first photograph read: One of two recovered photographs from the Stirling City Library blaze. spawning numerous works of fanart, cosplay, and online fiction known as "creepypasta": scary stories told in short snatches of easily copyable text that spread from site to site.Notable for being taken the day which fourteen children vanished and for what is referred to as “The Slender Man”. Divorced from its original creator, the Slender Man became the subject of myriad stories by multiple authors within an overarching mythos.Many aspects of the Slender Man mythos first appeared on the original Something Awful thread.One of the earliest additions was added by a forum user named "Thoreau Up", who created a folklore story set in 16th-century Germany involving a character called Der Grossman, which was implied to be an early reference to the Slender Man.Beginning in 2014, a minor moral panic occurred over the Slender Man after readers of his fiction were connected to several violent acts, particularly a near-fatal stabbing of a teenager in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The Slender Man was created on June 10, 2009 on a thread in the Something Awful Internet forum.The thread was a photoshop contest in which users were challenged to edit everyday photographs to appear paranormal.A forum poster with the user name "Victor Surge" contributed two black and white images of groups of children, to which he added a tall, thin spectral figure wearing a black suit. Other pre-existing fictional characters often thought to have inspired the Slender Man are the Gentlemen, black-suited, pale, bald demons from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Hush", and The Question, a DC Comics superhero with a blank face, whose secret identity is "Victor Sage", a name similar to Knudsen's alias "Victor Surge".The first video series involving the Slender Man evolved from a post on the Something Awful thread by user "ce gars".It tells of a fictional film school friend named Alex Kralie, who had stumbled upon something troubling while shooting his first feature-length project, Marble Hornets.The video series, published in found footage style on You Tube, forms an alternate reality game describing the filmers' fictional experiences with the Slender Man.