Slenderman is in the headlines after being cited as the reason behind the recent stabbing of a 12 year old girl, by two of her classmates in Wisconsin, who stated that they were trying to "please" Slenderman and were "on their way to his mansion" when they were apprehended. The media reporting of the story has been quick to sensationalise the link to the meme based character. The sorry fact is, that were it not for a connection to a recognisable cultural product a girl being stabbed 19 times and surviving wouldn't ordinarily be a big enough story to have the global coverage this has received. In light of this it seems fitting to look at 21 other characters that have been said to inspire real life crimes. In a lot of these cases cultural products were swiftly marked as the patsy on which to blame society's problems, or even as a means of trying to push forward stricter laws of censorship. Rather than trivialise real-life tragedies this list examines historical cases of this phenomenon and to what extent the characters in question have been simply scapegoated, or even used to enforce an agenda against depictions of violence in entertainment.