After two 12-year-old girls plotted to murder their friend in the name of Slender Man, everyone is trying to figure out who this creepy figure is and where he came from. Here are FIVE things you need to know about this fictional character.
Who is Slender Man? Where did he come from? Here at HollywoodLife.com, we dived into the supernatural world to find out the five most important things everyone needs to know about Slender Man, the creepy internet meme that inspired two pre-teens to plan a violent death for their unsuspecting friend.
Slender Man: 5 Things You Need To Know About The Creepy Internet Meme
1.) Slender Man first appeared on the internet in 2009.
That’s right, the Slender Man myth began on the internet back in 2009. In his first appearance ever, the creepy figure can be seen approaching a group of unsuspecting children on the playground. The black and white photo shows what appears to be a tall figure looming in the shadows of a tall tree, with arms that look like octopus tentacles reaching for the children. Super scary.
2.) Slender Man began as part of a ‘creepy’ online photoshop contest.
The first-ever appearance of Slender Man in the 2009 black-and-white photo we mentioned above was actually created by a photoshop user. The super creepy photo was submitted by a user into a photoshop contest on the Something Awful message boards. After the original photo went viral on the internet, it sparked a fandom that created even more scary photos of the fictional Slender Man. Most of the photos show a tall, slender figure standing in the shadows outdoors, or often in the reflection of windows and mirrors.
3.) Slender Man preys only on children.
There are many different stories about the Slender Man online, but one thing that they all have in common is that he likes to prey on children. While some urban legends tell the tale of Slender Man abducting and torturing children, others claim he also likes to eat them. It has also been suggested that Slender Man has teleportation abilities, which is how he is able to attack so quickly.
4.) Slender Man is also available on the iPhone/Android as a game.
There are multiple different Slender Man games available for Andriod and iPhone users. One game is described as “myth-inspired horror survival,” and allows you to make your way through a dark wooded area. The further you go without spotting Slender Man, the better chance of survival you have. However, once you spot Slender Man, your character is killed instantly.
5.) Slender Man has appeared on the hit television series ‘Supernatural.’
One of the CW’s longest-running television series, Supernatural, based an entire episode off of Slender Man. However, on the show they referred to him as “Thinman.” A guest character on the show was desperately searching for proof that the Thinman was real after reading about him on an internet forum.
— Lauren Cox