Darkiplier & Warfstache Theory
Another Darkiplier theory provided by yours truly :) @markiplier (I REALLY hope you read this one, Mark. I know that’s childish to say, but I think this one’s pretty convincing with some good evidence. I’d LOVE for you to hear it! :D Thanks so much to anyone who likes, reblogs, and/or replies to this!)
Lots of Markiplier fans like to debate on the relationship between Mark’s inner demon and his alter ego. I’m, of course, talking about Darkiplier and Wilford Warfstache.
They’ve never interacted “in canon” before, but A Date With Markiplier has given me enough “evidence” to make this theory.
**SPOILERS FOR A DATE WTH MARKIPLIER. IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN IT, GO WATCH IT. IT’S AWESOME**
In A Date With Markiplier, if you end up in the killer chef’s warehouse with Mark,
you can eventually find the exit (when making the right choices). But, if you do go through the exit, you’re transported back into the prison cell by Darkiplier, thus creating an endless loop.
Dark, clearly, has a lot of power (I’m guessing it’s bottled up power that was just released, since he’s finally…“out”). If you pay for the meal and end up on the super cheap date with Mark, you get the chance to meet face-to-face with Dark himself. If you get the Vanilla ending, it means that you shot and killed/destroyed Dark, …right? No. Of course not.
In the Vanilla ending, you simply weaken him. His continued presence is made evident during the Vanilla ending when you look down at your bowl of Ice cream and see glitchy visual effects. As mentioned before, he also has the power to transport you back in time, so he’s a pretty powerful entity.
Here’s where the theory comes in: Wilford Warfstache is more powerful than Darkiplier.
I know I know. You think I’m crazy. Well, lemme explain.
Wilford is killed approximately 2-3 times (In canon). Examples of his official deaths are when he’s shot by…a baby (Video titled: The Ned Affair)….and when he’s slaughtered by Golden Freddy (Video titled: Five Nights at Freddy’s: The Interview). But of course, he’s returned from both death experiences. Keep in mind that he’s also invincible from Slenderman. SLENDERMAN. Yeah, the no-faced creature seems really lame now, but back then…he was perceived as a terrifying beast that would skin and eat his victims; no one EVER stood a chance against Slenderman. ….Except for Warfstache of course.
In A Date With Markiplier, if you choose to explore the warehouse rather than exit, you go to some…weird…interdimensional place that’s (presumably) controlled by none other than Wilford Warfstache. The trippy location even has clocks floating all around; that’s gotta be symbolism for something. Wink wink hint hint: (Wilford’s pretty fuckin’ powerful).
I’m guessing that Dark was completely baffled by this; Why would anyone choose to wander in some creepy warehouse rather than exit safely? Dark would’ve kept you forever if you didn’t explore. Which means: Wilford SAVED you!
The wide majority of fans agree that if Wilford and Dark knew each other, neither of them would like one another. They definitely wouldn’t work together or even just be friends; that’s not either of their personalities.
So naturally, I can see Dark absolutely HATING Wilford, since he’s basically Markiplier multiplied by 10.
Wilford is Mark’s alter ego, so that basically means that he’s kind of like: “Markiplier in a nutshell”, but as a character Mark created.
My theory is that Wilford sort of…“protects” or “shields” Mark from Dark’s influence (Maybe not on purpose. He clearly doesn’t “care” for Mark. Look at the video Interview with Markiplier). Think about it: Why did it take Dark all this time to take full control of Mark? It’s because Wilford was in the way.
I know what you’re probably wondering: If Wilford stops Dark all the time, then how was Dark able to take control in the “A Date With Markiplier” video? Easy answer. Dark set up the WHOLE date. He tricked Wilford into thinking that Mark was just on a simple date with some person. Bold statement, I know. BUT…why couldn’t Mark remember who asked who on the date? He also says weird and confusing lines like: “Have we met before?” and “You look so familiar”. Dark set up the whole thing so he could get with you and use you for an eternity, OR so he could completely take control of Mark.
The only ending where you “get with” Mark is the Vanilla ending, but…Dark’s still there.
Wilford is the total anti-hero of the story!