Hej hej anon. People actually read this thing? Surprising.
No, we don’t have much information about him and almost everything I have in purely head canon so far. What we know for sure by now is that Mr. Scratch and Alan are two separate entities and that Sam Lake has basically stated that Scratch is demonic.
With his character we still don’t have much development either and I’ve had to extrapolate from what we do know. We’ve seen him both calm and vaguely menacing (Alan Wake) and we’ve seen him as manic (Alan Wake’s New American Nightmare trailers).
- Mr. Scratch in Alan Wake.
- Mr. Scratch in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.
I personally am of the belief that his natural state is violent and manic but he is able to suppress it when needed. I find him similar to John Simm’s Master if you are familiar with Doctor Who. I don’t think he quite understands the concept of time either and he treats almost everything as new and exciting. I think he’s easily bored but easily satiated.
- “Your friends will meet him when you’re gone.”
The way we’re playing with it now is that Zane at first tells Alan not to mind him but by American Nightmare he has become the antagonist. What happened exactly? (Though we’ll of course know soon. We might change our canon to accommodate it but we don’t know yet.) So while Alice was in the dark place she was held captive by Mr. Scratch. When Alan was able to free her and she came out of the lake she had no memory of what happened. So Mr. Scratch assumed his role as Alan Wake. A parallel I’ve found between Scratch and the Master as the Master also took on the role of Harry Saxon. Mr. Scratch intends to play it well but he soon discovers it’s no fun that way and he starts to resent it. The veneer starts to crack and he let’s his natural state start to assume control.
So he starts to act more and more out of character until he just discards the disguise. Alice starts to recover her memories of the dark place and starts to distrust Scratch until she realizes that he is not in fact her husband. Coming to this conclusion she tries to escape but Scratch will never allow it. Everything that was Alan’s is now his and he’s possessive, petty and jealous. And I think that’s as far as we’ve come.
I don’t know. Sorry if that was weird and long anon. I hope that was what you were looking for.
Just as I was about to post this I was sent the link for the new trailer. And that is exactly how I thought he’d be when he was free to act like himself. The dancing even reminds me of the Master dancing to ‘I Can’t Decide’.
I forgot I followed this on my personal blog and tried to reply from there.
I would just like to point out how fucking SPOT ON I was about the knives, blades and his crazy dancing. I knew he’d have a little case of blades for all sorts of uses. Though my guess was a black leather roll up. I love the feeling of vindication.
Though I’m sure it won’t/can’t be confirmed in game I’m also sure he’s a fan of erotic asphyxiation.