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The Bogeyman isn't just some ordinary boggart that can be expelled through a simple Riddikulus. That thing is a Tulpa, a creature born from the dreams of mankind, or in his case, nightmare. He isn't just some embodiment of fear of the dark, he IS the fear of the dark, of the strange, of the unknown. To call him a simple fairy would be like calling Queen Elizabeth a little granny.
Matt Wright to Carl Black.

The Bogeyman is a powerful and legendary Tulpa that was made by people's nature to fear the unknown. Originally born as an imaginary being used by adults to scare children into behaving. It has no specific appearance and conception of it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community.

Overview

The Bogeyman himself is a formless being that can take any shape the storyteller wishes though he tends to be a grotesque humanoid with a tendency to hide under beds, in closets and other dark places. He is said to be the leader of the nightmare-inducing entities known as the Dream Devils (not connection with demonkind) which are opposed by the Sandmen and the Dream Spirits, dream-inducing entities.

In many cases, he has no set appearance in the minds of adults or children, but is simply a non-existing embodiment of terror. Some parents will tell their children that if they misbehave then the bogeyman will get them. His punishments are said to vary from mischievous pranks such as pulling hair, biting toes or shaking beds (akin to a poltergeist) or more malevolent behavior such as manifesting as horrible creatures to scare the child or even going as far as kidnapping the child and taking them away to his shadowy realm to an undisclosed fate; though he is often said to eat them.

Appearance

This creature varies from person to person, as it has no definite appearance and is simply the embodiment of terror. Although usually depicted as a masculine entity, it can be female or genderless.

While the description of the Bogeyman differs on a cultural level, there are often some shared similarities to the creatures. The Bogeyman is depicted as having claws, talons, and sharp teeth. Along with that, the Bogeyman is of the spirit variety, while the minority are demons, witches, and other legendary creatures. Some are even described to have certain animal features such as horns, hooves, and bug like appearances.

One of the Bogeyman's appearances is a tall, lithe, and dark humanoid entity. He has silver-golden yellow eyes resembling an eclipse, dull pale-gray skin, and glossy black hair that is styled to come out as slick, sharp spikes from the back of his head. He wears a long, black robe with a V-neck line and shadows running down his arms, obscuring his body like a shadow.

Another appearance is a round puppet, with stumpy legs and fingerless arms, covered from head to toe in a brown-grey or neon green burlap sack (depending on the lighting), and obvious seams are visible along the sides. The "eyes" on its face are featureless black holes, as is the inside of his mouth. The tip of his head extends outward and flops down, vaguely resembling a Santa hat. On the inside of the sack, Oogie is a huge mass of a variety of different colored bugs and snakes.

Personality

When looking at the personality traits of the Bogeyman, they are most easily divided into three categories; the kind that punishes misbehaved children, the kind that are more prone to violence, and the kind that protect the innocent. They all relate in the same way, being that they all exist to teach young children lessons. The large majority of Bogeyman are there to just frighten children with punishments, and not actually inflict much damage. The more vicious Bogeyman is said to steal the children at night, and even eat them. The last category is the Bogeyman who protect people and only punish those guilty, regardless of age.

The Bogeyman is everything a person fears, and it thrives on the fear of others, taking a cruel delight in turning their pleasant dreams into nightmares. Being a master manipulator, the Bogeyman often preyed on its victims psychologically. Its knowledge of people's worst fears allowed it to unnerve its enemies and enjoyed watching them squirm, often leaving their fates to their imagination through thinly-veiled threats before finishing them off. The Bogeyman has a perverse level of pleasure from playfully tormenting with its victims in an almost animal-like fashion.

Powers and Abilities

The Bogeyman is one of the strongest Tulpas to ever exist, personifying the fear of the dark, of the strange, of the unknown. He has many interesting powers and abilities that somewhat vary with his different moods and appearances.

  • Nightmare Manipulation: As a nightmare entity, the Bogeyman can create, shape, enter and manipulate the nightmares of others, including modifying, suppressing, fabricating, influencing, manifesting, sensing, observing nightmares and turning dreams into nightmares. The overwhelming shock, fear, anxiety and terror can prove too suffocating for the victim in which their hearts might explode or brains might die.
  • Power of Darkness: The Bogeyman possess various powers over darkness, such as traversing great distances through shadows and literal darkness; it can literally become a shadow, and affect the physical world by interacting with other shadows. While literally hiding in the darkness, it can't be touched or seen unless he deliberately makes his presence known. As darkness is everywhere, it can appear from any shadow or dark corner almost instantly. This is why it sometimes appears under beds, because beds are always dark underneath.
  • Power of Fear: The Bogeyman thrives on fear, primarily the fear of children. It feeds on everyone's fears, which made it incredibly powerful. It has an intuition and power of insight on all types of fears, both general and personal, enabling it to determine what any individual fears, which it uses to play mind games or break one's spirits. It claims to always know people's greatest fears.
    • Fear Constructs: The Bogeyman can create fear in any shape or size along with create the manifestations of fear or corrupted pleasant dreams pulled from the mind of a sleeping entity for the Bogeyman to control.
  • Black Sand: Like the Sandman, the Bogeyman possess its own version of the Dreamsand which causes endless nightmares to anyone who had it thrown to. It can corrupt Sandman's own Dreamsand as well as any pleasant dream that it touches, turning those dreams themselves into nightmares. The Bogeyman also has the ability to morph its black sand into weapons such as a scythe or a bow and arrow.
  • Vacuum Morphed: The Bogeyman is shown to have the ability to suck in air with the power of a jet engine.

History

Myths and Legends

Because of such a global impact, it makes it difficult to find the original source of the legends. The first reference to the Bogeyman would be considered the hobgoblins described in England, in the 1500's. Many believed that they were made to torment humans, and while some only played simple pranks, others were more foul in nature.

Bogeyman-like beings are almost universal, common to the folklore of many countries. All of these have a similar concept, a mysterious being who punishes kids for being naughty.

Bogeymen may target a specific mischief such as one that punishes children who suck their thumbs or misbehavior in general. In some cases the bogeyman is a nickname for the Devil. The Bogeyman is related to many similar beings, who, together, form an entire villain type in themselves. However, he is definitely the most infamous of them all and is especially prominent in Western cultures. Even to this day some people will use the Bogeyman to scare children into good behavior, though it is becoming less popular due to negative effects it can bring to some children.

The Bogeyman may be called "Boogerman" or "Boogermonster" in rural areas of the American South ("booger" being the American English equivalent of the British English "bogey"), and was most often used to keep young children from playing outside past dark, or wandering off in the forest. During the Corn Festival, young Cherokee males wearing caricature masks would make fun of politicians, frighten children into being good, and shake their masks at young women and chase them around. Male participants in this "Booger Dance" were referred to as the "Booger Men". In some Midwestern states, the boogeyman scratches at the window. In Eastern Iowa he is called the Korn Stalker In the Pacific Northwest, he may manifest in "green fog". In other places he hides or appears from under the bed or in the closet and tickles children when they go to sleep at night, while in others he is a tall figure in a black hooded cloak who puts children in a sack. It is said that a wart can be transmitted to someone by the boogeyman.

Etymology

The word bogey is believed to be derived from the Middle English bogge / bugge ("something frightening", "scarecrow"). Theories on its origin include a root meaning "goat", or a cognate of the German bögge, böggel-mann ("goblin"). It could be influenced in meaning by Old English -budda used in compounds for "beetle". A related word, bugbear, from bug, meaning goblin or scarecrow, and bear, was imagined as a demon in the form of a bear that eats small children, and was also used to mean a general object of dread. The word bugaboo, with a similar pair of meanings, may have arisen as an alteration of bugbear.

The word could also be linked to many similar words in other Indo-European: bogle (Scots), bûzeman (Western Frisian), boeman (Dutch), Butzemann (German), busemann (Norwegian), bøhmand / bussemand (Danish), bòcan, púca, pooka or pookha (Irish), pwca, bwga or bwgan (Welsh), puki (Old Norse), pixie or piskie (Cornish), puck (English), bogu (Slavonic), buka or babay/babayka (Russian, бука), bauk (Serbian), bubulis (Latvian), baubas (Lithuanian), bobo (Polish), bubák (Czech), bubák (Slovak), bebok (Silesian), papão (Portuguese), торбалан (Bulgarian), Μπαμπούλας (Greek), ბუა), babau (Italian), бабай (Ukrainian), baubau (Romanian), and papu (Catalan).

In Southeast Asia, the term is popularly supposed to refer to Bugis or Buganese pirates, ruthless seafarers of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia's third-largest island. These pirates often plagued early English and Dutch trading ships of the British East India Company and Dutch East India Company. It is popularly believed that this resulted in the European sailors bringing their fear of the "bugi men" back to their home countries. However, etymologists disagree with this, because words relating to bogeyman were in common use centuries before European colonization of Southeast Asia.

In Luo dialects in Eastern Africa the term 'bwogo' (with pronunciation sound like 'booga') means to scare. This correlation is most likely spurious as Nilotic language roots predate the modern concept of civilization itself.

Quotes

The strongest human emotion is fear.
The Bogeyman.
The human imagination may be the most elastic thing in the universe, stretching to encompass the millions of dreams that in centuries of relectless struggle built modern civilization, to entertain the endless doubts that hamper every human enterprise, and to conceive the vast menagerie of boogeymen that trouble every human heart.
Dean Koontz.
While I wished if was, the Bogeyman wasn't created by me nor did I influence its conception though I truly adore what it does. It was created only from the minds of humans to give fear and terror a face and I have to say, they completely succeeded. It is a monster, a dark child of Dream, and the greatest being to come from the minds of mankind.
Satan.
I am not the same as that "thing". The reason for me bringing nightmares to humanity is so that is balanced with good dreams and visions from my brothers. That "thing" and its proxies only want to bring terror and chaos for shits and giggles.
Phobetor.
I do not "twist imagination" in any way. I am part of it, as it is part of me. Fear is the price of imagination. I exist to ensure that debt is paid.
The Bogeyman to Alice Liddel.
You didn't expect me to stay in the dark forever... did you?
The Bogeyman.
What an adorable dream. What's more powerful? It's Fear.
The Bogeyman.
You thought I had forgotten about your beloved adopted family. I was merely waiting for the right time to use them against you.
The Bogeyman to one of its victims.
I'd say sweet dreams, but there aren't any left.
The Bogeyman to the Sandman.
Darkness came in the shifting of a being known as the Bogeyman. The dreams it hungered for most were those of children, the pure of heart. It could sense dreams from seven planets off, and with a mere touch of it hands, he could leave them plagued with nightmares for the rest of their lives.
Carl Black.

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Trivia

  • He keeps a personal library of books that is quite extensive, containing numerous horror-related stories, including The Cremation of Sam McGee, The Fall of Silas Galloway, and... How The Grinch Stole Christmas?
  • Bogeyman tales vary by region and may be any gender or asexual.
  • There is a short story known as Boogeyman which written by Stephen King.
  • It is said that he is very good at making a concoction known as Snake and Spider Stew.
  • There is a song about the Bogeyman known as Hush, Hush, Hush, Here Comes the Bogeyman which treats it like a joke.
    • Obviously, the Bogeyman doesn't like the song or its creator - Henry Hall. However, the Bogeyman does like the song known as the Oogie Boogie Song.
  • It was rumored that he was either a human who became a monster or a primordial demon which took to living in a dimensional space.
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