Theory on the Ipliers
As we all know, “Markiplier” comes from “Mark” and “multiplier”, an appropriate name for a (possible) engineer. but i say that this simple username choice lends itself more heavily to the explanation of the others: Darkiplier, Googleplier, Wilford Warfstache, Mark, and all the rest. THEORY TIME! GET COMFORTABLE.
(this theory really focuses on mark, dark, warfy, and google specifically, though it applies to all, like yandere, santa, and the rest.)
Mark is a multiplier. he has created multiple channels for himself, multiple different “characters” that have helped build his iconic image, and now he has a team of multiple other people all working for/with him (he’s even colored his own hair a bajillion times). “multiplier: to multiply” is literally in his name. it’s in most of their names as well. but, like how mark is more than just multiplier, the others are as well.
what was the first icon from mark’s channel? what continues strong as his signature accessory? what can be found on every tee-shirt, mug, fanart, and all the rest of the merch? the Warfstache.
mark built himself a channel playing the most popular video games at the time and being a silly fool. warfy then borrowed some screen time, and, being warfy, firmly established his character from his first appearance as a slack-jawed, investigative, take-no-crap reporter. warf was the first, and warf is unique. while dark and google and the rest keep their “iplier” names, warf does not. he goes proudly, and loudly, by his full name, establishing the role between himself and the viewer as celebrity and adoring fan, right from the beginning. that’s his style.
dark appeared next, albeit more patiently, slowly, and carefully than warf. dark didn’t even give his name away, he didn’t take a whole video, he just slipped in. small, subtle, terrifying. dark rocked mark’s community to the core, and only now has he been established, fully exposed, and given the spotlight (but even that was over shadowed by warf). his established relationship with the audience is the lover, the charming boyfriend, to unrequited love. but he still gives us the chose.
the next (that i consider one of the big ones) is google. google didn’t go by his full name either. in fact, he appeared twice, at the same time, on two channels, and with two different endings. google has also confessed to being a robot, and he strives to serve the audience, as well as murder us and ruin our stuff. google cares for the audience the least.
still with me so far? now that we know who we are messing with, here’s the root of my theory:
mark, dark, wilford, google, and all the rest, are all multiplications, or clones, of themselves, and each other. mark might be the original, and most human, but the others are all his equal, and coexist.
each iplier is a basic template, with a different shift in character focus for each. (if you know Thomas Sanders, you can consider dark, wilford, and google as Tom’s “Sanders Sides”, with one big difference…)
mark is the humanity side. he has a human body, a human personality, and is OVERFLOWING with human empathy and emotion. we all know mark and his bleeding heart.
wilford, the second oldest, is harder to pin down. he and google both want to get to the truth and get answers and spread a little chaos, but in slightly different ways. so, while wilford is more interested in mental stimulation, be that through questions or pain of torture, google is more interested in getting to his goals in an entirely physical manner. the entire basis of google’s character is that he is the physical embodiment of a nonphysical program, and warf revolves around the fact that he wants to make people think, reconsider, and answer questions, the most effective mental stimulation around.
dark is the emotional side of things. think about it. what was his entire goal in “date with markiplier”? to get us, the audience, through our emotions. he charms us, elevates himself and his care of us above mark’s, and offers to provide everything we could every need or want. the first thing he accuses mark of is insulting him emotionally, going back on his word, his promise. dark is, i would say, even more emotionally deep than mark, simply considering their different reactions and actions in “date with markiplier”.
all of these sides have a physical body, clearly, but also have a nonphysical side. dark gets in your head and physically wrestles mark. warf has escaped death and interacts with time. and google can somehow appear at two places at once, and when prompted by computer errors.
these guys can’t kill mark, and mark can’t stop them. they can’t lay a hand on each other. they exist through each other, not within each other (like how the Sanders Sides are all in tom’s head). they are not demons, or viruses, they are simply multiplications, all be them imperfect copies, of each other, living independently.
each other’s imperfect equal.
here’s the kicker: unlike the “sanders sides”, these guys don’t exist in tom’s head (or mark’s head). they exist in our realm, through our interactions with them. mark needs the feedback and human connection. it’s why he does youtube and why he keeps doing youtube, he’s stated this several times. wilford needs our undivided attention and adoration, as he puts us immediately in the role of cheering fan. dark revolves around our emotional commitment and vulnerability with him. he wants himself to be our everything, unlike mark, in this case, who wants to be our everything. and google is a walking paradox of himself. he needs us to serve and answer our questions and solve our problems (and also harass) but he clearly hates us and wants to be our ruin.
even though i didn’t mention them, this would apply to the rest as well. yandere, santa, and the several others that i can’t think of. they are all just multiplications of each other.
that’s all i got.