Markiplier’s alter egos are surfacing. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? We still don’t know. Why are they coming back?
Mark promised that 2017 is the new him. He’ll bring back that ‘old him’- he needs to renew that passion once more, he needs to light it up till he rivals a bright star in the night.
Anti came back on Halloween. Halloween, as we know, is the time when the supernatural comes back and becomes alive because the barrier is weak. Was it their way to go through?
No. It’s not their way. They already exist, here. With us. With Mark and Sean. They are like dopplegangers, however as their shadows; their ‘shadows’ as their opposite selves. They don’t need any special gateway. Anti however used that way to bring himself to the limelight. Bask in it. Revel in it.
So, why didn’t Dark appear?
Why? Because simply, it’s not Dark’s style. It’s Anti’s. Anti is bombastic. Sporadic, he appears when you don’t expect him. You didn’t expect him to appear on Halloween.
Dark however, he’s quiet. He knows manipulation. He’s a master. He knows how to sweet talk. And when is it the best to sweet talk? Valentine’s Day. He knows the special infatuation fans have with him. He knows how to twist his words into something pleasant; something good.
And he is good.
If you choose unwisely, you end up within his control. If you don’t get the ‘right’ choice, you will suffer. But then it is revealed that you can reset the reality. You’re still safe.
Jack and Mark are freely talking about them now. Mark acknowledges Anti and Dark at the same time in his episode of Mono.exe. And now, Google’s back. Mark talks about Bim Trimmer in livestream.
But Google is no ‘shadow/dark’ version of Mark. And if you recall, Santa was out as well last December. So does that mean that they exist here on our plane of existence as well?
No. There’s someone at the gateway, a doorkeeper of the worlds. He who controls the gateways of the planes of existence. He who transcends the rules of physics- more powerful than Dark.And we all know who does it.
He’s the one that you encounter in the part of ‘A Date With Markiplier’ in the ‘real’ ending. He literally is the one that brings you back to reality. He shows up in the transition, explaining things and popping out of nowhere. He’s the reason why you’re repeating the date, getting a ‘game over’ style and a ‘try again’ sign when you end up badly. He’s why the loop exists.
He’s the master. He’s the man behind everything. He’s tactically making Mark’s alter egos show up slowly one-by-one to remind the people that they are still there.
Dark and Wilford, hand-in-hand. Mark’s most famous alter egos, the classics, the original alternate personalities. They’re back again to shock the world.
Maybe connected to this theory-theory
Wilford found out about the state of Mark. Who’s better to remind the guy who he started with than those guys who were beside him all time? Mark as the leader, the celebrity, the Youtuber; Wilford as the Interviewer, the pink-mustached man who is quite goofy in a particular way; and Dark, Mark’s horrifying alter ego, the one that showed up in his earlier videos. The other alternate egos turning back to help the guy rise from the slump.
Lamb, P. F., & Veith, D. L. (1986). Romantic myth, transcendence, and Star Trek zines. Erotic universe: Sexuality and fantastic literature, 235-55.
One of the earliest pieces of research published about fan fiction, Lamb and Veith’s essay is a first crack at answering the foundational question of fan studies: why do straight women read and write about men banging? Lamb and Veith focus their analysis on Kirk/Spock slash. They argue that in fan fiction, rather than being presented as masculine, both characters become androgynous by acquiring both typically masculine and typically feminine characteristics, which often complement each other. By removing gender differences from the equation, fan fiction writers are free to explore relationships which are genuinely equal and unencumbered by power dynamics.
A table reproduced from Lamb and Veith’s essay outlining the different feminine and masculine characteristics given to Kirk and Spock in K/S fan fiction.
Kirk feminine qualities: Femininely “beautiful”; shorter, physically weaker; emotional; intuitive; sensuous, engages in much physical touching; verbal; evokes powerful emotional responses from others
Spock masculine qualities: Masculinely rugged; taller, more powerful; logical; rational; controlled, physically distant; reticent; keeps others at a distance
Kirk masculine qualities: Sexually ready at all times; is undisputed leader, initiator of action; is the “real” or “norm”, always at home; is fulfilled prior to Spock, only with acceptance of the bond is he firmly united with Spock; Spock complements his “at-homeness”; is sexually promiscuous (Spock assures his fidelity); is usually the seducer
Spock feminine qualities: Sexually controlled (except during his Vulcan mating cycle); needs to be led, follows Kirk into action; is the “alien” or “other”, always the “outsider”; is fulfilled only with Kirk; felt one-sided fidelity to Kirk even before the bond; needs Kirk for full identity; a virgin until marriage, he exhibits absolute monogamy after marriage; is usually seduced, but once unleashed his sexuality is very powerful