Slender Man Vs. The Rake
Two cryptic creatures that were created on the internet, only one can be the creepiest ghoul. Slender Man and The Rake are here to see who the best monster is. Which one sends chills down my spine, and keeps me awake at night? Let’s get to know our contenders.
When it comes to popularity, Slender Man wins by a landslide, it has a lot more fanart, has appeared in video games, independent films, and has more of an overall presence throughout the internet; but don’t underestimate The Rake.
Physically, The Rake has a rawer animalistic appearance; Slender Man is a tall “man” in a business suit. I don’t know about you, but there is nothing scary about wearing a tie, and looking formal. He has long octopus arms, and doesn’t have a face, but the business suit just ruins his image of being “scary”. It worked for “The Gentlemen” in Buffy, but I’m just not feeling Slender Man. The Rake looks like a combination of a rabid dog, and a zombified human. The rake reminds me of the chuppacabra in appearance. In comparision, slender man has a more original design, but that doesn’t make him scary. I prefer the traditional humanoid-creature -hybrid-look.The Rake wins.
The original legend of Slender Man mentions that it kidnaps children and influences the behavior of others. He picks off his victims in the woods, playgrounds or near rivers. Fanfiction and fan movies completely ignore that and make slender man also terrorize adults. In the internet you have creative right to do whatever you want with a character, so I guess I can't complain. The Rake never had a specific victim. It attacks everybody. Well this isn’t much of a surprise, monsters that attack people. It’s a tie.
How they attack
For the Slender Man, it’s really vague. He takes children, and it’s not really clear what he does with them after taking them. He is basically a modern day pied piper or a supernatural pedophile. Most of the interpretation says that Slender Man probably eats the children. The Rake mauls people, and inhabits their nightmares. Slender Man’s method is more mysterious, but I’m not a child, I'm not likely to be kidnap by him. The Rake, on the other hand will rip your family into pieces, and keep you alive to live through the trauma. The Rake wins.
If you tally up the score, The Rake has two and a half points, and Slender Man only has half a point. For me, the winner is The Rake! The Rake is a lot scarier than Slender Man. The Rake looks and behaves in a more terrifying manner than Slender Man. Seeing the picture and reading the story about The Rake on tumblr really bothered me the first time. Slender Man never once gave me the chills, or elicited the need to pee my pants. Congratulations on The Rake for being the scarier monster! With that said, hopefully Slender Man won’t retaliate by paying me a visit tonight.