Supreme Edgelord: A Discussion
(Ok, so Tumblr is being stupid. I still don’t know why we all congregate on such a useless, broken site that @staff doesn’t even bother to try to fix in any way that is actually helpful—no, we don’t need freakin’ gradients to tell us that your site is slow and isn’t loading the image up!!! Ok, I’m calm again.
Anyway, a person sent me this mutli-part ask on anonymous, and I tried to answer, but Tumblr wasn’t having it. So here it is in text post form!)
I’m just wanna throw a piece of my mind out here right now. Disclaimer: I am NOT trying to tell you how to write your stories, I just want to get something off of my chest. With the last chapter of Hall of Mirrors and several other stories, I’m honestly a bit disappointed at how Dark is being treated. For the longest time, I too had thought of him as that “supreme evil” that deserves what he gets, but it’s getting kinda out of hand at this point. Yeah, he did take over Mark’s body in HoM… ¼
but they had made a deal, one that Mark knew the consequences of, and still went through with, only for Dark to get stabbed in the back. The other egos also treat him like trash, which is understandable, to a point. He is not a good person, that is true, and he is trying to take over Mark’s channel by force, but, and hear me out with this, it’s not really his fault. Mark at first created him to be scary, a little jump scare in his videos, nothing major, until the fanbase got a hold of him. 2/4
His popularity skyrocketed before eventually dying off again. He came back in Mark’s milestone video, less scary, more violent and edgy. Again, the fans had a field day. THEN came A Date with Markiplier, that’s when it hit the fan. Dark became an actual threat, a manipulative, evil, and angry man hell-bent on taking Mark’s channel for himself. I highly doubt that such a drastic change in character came out of thin air by Dark’s own design. I strongly believe that it was Mark who wanted to… ¾
add some new flair to his channel that caused Dark to turn into the god
awful person we know. So, to conclude, it’s Mark’s fault that Dark is like this
and only Mark can solve the problem. The thing is, he doesn’t want to. He needs
Dark to be the evil character that everyone is so obsessed with, because keeping
his fans happy is a priority. So yeah, rant over. Love your work. Stay classy.
I think you’re mostly right. Of course, let’s all keep in mind that these are fictional characters (except for Mark and Amy, but technically it’s a fictional version of themselves that we’re dealing with here) acting in fictional situations, and they aren’t even mine. So I’m not the final word on any of this except for my own stories.
You’re right. By Mark’s own explanation, he’s the one that has changed Dark’s character from some violent, emo kid to a truly manipulative and scary person. So, in essence, yes, Mark is the one to blame for who Dark is as a character. But at the same time, Dark is unrepentant. He’s not fighting his new nature, or asking to be changed back. He’s fully and completely accepted this as his role. And I think that’s an important detail.
Yes, you can say that Dark doesn’t want to change because Mark made him this way. That’s an understandable thing to believe, but I like to think that Dark always has a choice, even if Mark dictates that he should think a certain way. But Dark wants power. Why? Because he doesn’t want to fade, and that’s something that I believe he’s dealt with as a character since the beginning. It’s why his character is the most dynamic, why he’ll adapt to whatever we want in order to stick around. He’s willing to become the ultimate evil if it means that he draws us in.
As for why they put Dark in the mirror at the end of HoM, it’s less to do with Mark’s deal and more to do with what Dark has done over the course of the longer story in general. His forcing Mark to accept this deal—because he knows Mark will do anything to save Amy—is merely the last straw in a long line of last straws. Dark has kidnapped Mark and Amy, hurt the other Egos in countless ways, stolen Mark’s memories and given them to Wilford, and now this. They aren’t trying to be mean to Dark; they’re trying to protect themselves because he’s a dangerous person who does dangerous, evil things that hurt others. And he’s never once been genuinely repentant about it.
With all that said, this is, again, only my humble opinion, and I offer it with no hard feeling towards another person’s own perceptions of these characters. Stay gold, cutie pie, and thanks for letting me rant about this subject. It’s something that I’ve put a lot of thought into.