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Fan Theory Video Wonders If “Stranger Things” is a Slenderman Origin Story

It had these long arms… and it didn’t have a face.”

Some people love fan theories, and others totally hate them. I’m not going to pretend I don’t understand why they annoy some folks, but goddamn do I love a good fan theory. The internet has exposed the negativity of every kind of fandom imaginable, but when fans use their brainpower to come up with wacky, wonderful, and sometimes mind-blowing theories about their favorite movies and television shows, it totally reignites my faith in fandom at large. Fan theories represent fans at their most fanatical, and as crazy as some of them are, I just cannot get enough.

The man behind YouTube page Inside a Mind is known for his in-depth fan theories, and in his latest video he tackles one of 2016’s best things: “Stranger Things.” What’s the theory, you ask? Jamie believes that the monstrous Demogorgon is actually the internet legend we know as Slenderman. Furthermore, he posits that “Stranger Things” tells Slenderman’s origin story.

Of course, while it’s possible that the Duffer Brothers were inspired by Slenderman when creating the Demogorgon, it’s unlikely that this theory holds any real water, but it’s an amusing and interesting one nonetheless. When you really think about it, the two share many of the same defining qualities (nearly all of them, in fact), and if you slapped a black suit and a white mask on the Demogorgon, well, he’d probably look pretty damn similar to Slenderman.

But as Jamie explains, he’s just having fun here:

It’s just my brain going into overdrive, creating nonsense for a bit of entertainment.

Check out the fun fan theory video below.



  • Decent. Until they themselves (Duffer Bros. Inc) say it is then it’s just a similar creature. Would be fine either way.

  • DJV1985

    If the show is going to carry on for another season or two, I hope that the mystery behind the creature and the upside down aren’t revealed before the series ends. It’s one of the issues with twist shows or mystery endings before the SERIES end. I only want to know small pieces that either I (we) have to put together later or at the end of the series they bring all those clues together. Don’t reveal anything to early, dribble out bits and pieces and explain the Upside Down first then the creature.

  • Grimphantom

    Really? Shoving the Slenderman crap with Stranger Things? Lets now talk about how Five Nights at Freddy’s of how it inspired Gravity Falls to make an episode of killer animatronics that has nothing to do with The Rock-afire Explosion from Showbiz Pizza Place

  • Dr. Gitrog Crow

    That’s fucking retarded.

  • zombie84_41

    Hey did you know that a elephant is actually related to a Raptor? I know right, its insane, I would of never thought this either. And did you also know a giraffe is the long lost cousin of a brontosaurus. Like holy monkey nuts. I just can’t believe it.

  • Df

    Fan theories posted as news? God damn, just when I didn’t think this site could be more of a joke. I can’t tell which is worse the invasive and fucking crippling amount of spam ads on here or these jokes of a post.

  • Benoit Balls

    Another worthless BD article.

    John Squires is probably the worst offender…

    Fuck irrelevant fan theories:

    slenderman shouldn’t even be mentioned in the same breath as stranger things.

    It’s getting pointless to even follow this site.

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