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Roof Walker by humon Roof Walker by humon
I have heard so many stories about him, yet I can't find anything on the internet, so if I am breaking some secret "only by word of mouth" rule about him, I'm sorry.

He is an urban myth and is a sort of Spring Heeled Jack creature, but with enough differences to make him his own. He is known as either Tag Vandren (Roof Walker) Tag Kravleren (Roof Crawler) or Tag Hopper (Roof Jumper). As all the names suggest he spends a lot of time on roofs, but he is actually just very reluctant to touch the ground, so trees, fences, cars, big rocks, and anything else will do.

He is described as being handsome but has clawed hands which he uses to climb walls and glowing orange dog eyes and no eyebrows. He dress in black, and according to some stories he has ink-black skin as well.

The first time he was seen is said to be by a man who was staying up late when most people were asleep. He looked out the window of his apartment building at the opposite building and saw a man walking around on the roof. He thought is was strange and kept looking until the person suddenly seemed to be staring right back at him. The man looked away, embarrassed that he had been caught, but couldn't help himself and looked again, just in time to see the person leap off the roof and land on his window border with a loud bang! The Roof Walker looked at him with his animalistic, orange eyes and the man got so frightened he ran out of the room and hid in one that had no windows. He didn't see the Roof Walker again.

The stories are usually about him chasing people who are walking alone at night, jumping from roof to roof, street light to street light, or running along fences.

In one story he was chasing a group of teenagers who noticed that he wouldn't touch the ground so they ran into a football field. It turned out to be a mistake, because he leaped 10 meters and landed on one of the boys who's back broke from the force, then onto one of the other boys who just fell over, and then jumped into the dark and disappeared.

Finally he is blamed for some construction workers who fell to their deaths.

I drew him in different ways here because the stories doesn't tell a whole lot about his looks, and since I haven't seen any other drawings of him I didn't want people to think there's only one way to draw him.

Edit: Forgot to mention that he grabs people who sit next to open windows and tries to pull them out, even if the window is too small for a human which can cause serious wounds and broken bones.
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McTalon Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting, a monster that can parkour. Well, I certainly like the coat he's wearing in the bottom couple of sketches.
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cookiekinz Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 A THANK YOU FROM PEOPLE WHOSE BEDS ARE NEXT TO WINDOWS
AKA ME
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Jiroah Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The floor is lava!!!! xD
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SkewedRevisions Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well, I'm not going to sleep anymore *TURNS ON ALL THE LIGHTS*
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ask-theangelofsouls Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Voiced by Keith Silverstein 
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Throneofsouls Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014   General Artist
He appears both creepy & so cool.

He'd make an interesting character in films if handled correctly. Nice work.
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momo-akiyama Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Student General Artist
I had been thinking about something. I know I, along with many many others went through a phase when we were young when we saw a man, or a cat or whatever it was to some people, running along rooftops and fences as they drove in the car. IDK, I was just thinking about it, cause my problem with curiosity and them stumbled upon this.
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hmm. I read a story where he saved a kid from a child molester.

Basically he jumped in, killed the molester by tearing off his arms then wrapped the kid in his cloak and scurried up a tree.

The next day, the kid was discovered in the tree, wrapped up in a grubby cloak. He was completely unharmed, and even asked where the "kitty cat" who saved him was!

According to that same source, the Roof Walker doesn't like it when people try to hurt small children.

Oh, www.mythical-creatures-and-bea… here it is!
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PIDKID Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This would make a perfect  wesen in the tv show Grimm also if you dont watch it the w is pronounced as a V also you should watch it cuz it's awesome 
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ImmaEatUrYaoi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh my god

Why haven't people been talking about this

I'm gonna spam the internet with ghost stories about this guy
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GreenMonstar Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student General Artist
Not...going...to sleep...at night.
Thanks -_-


Good story and drawing btw...
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Imortal-Night Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Interesting folklore and awesome art!
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AfryChi Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So i typed "roof walker" in google and, sure enough, the first picture to come up was yours XD
On another note, I realky like your sketches of him!
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ForestHowler Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

This is a really impressive creature!


Sometime ago I thought that maybe that this could be a species, hence the diversity. The reason why they refuse to touch the ground is that they have predators that live underground like moles. Although they are not usually seen and are blind, they are know to be lightning fast when reacting to vibrations. If they were to sense a roof walker landing on the ground they would grab them from beneath, drag them down, and devour them.

Over time the roof walkers adapted powerful legs to jump higher and longer distances.


That's I've got so far. I hope all of you like it.


~ Howler


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XieandraSundance Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
he should meet with jumping Jack  from Skullduggery. He sound like those two would get along...or would kill each other^^
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goninja Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student General Artist
Motmans long lost cousins brother who knows slenderman. -.-
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TeenageCircus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2013
I like the way you portrayed him and I really like the story. I'm a sucker for urban legends and mythology stuff. Though, as creepy as he is, he sounds kind of like a supernaturally gifted douche... Regardless, Well done!
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koukidoo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
wow i like those stories! and i have some stories like that too!
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ComputerCoyote Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
...the one on the middle bottom looks like jeremy renner lol
BTW love this!! :aww:
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MeetTheFreak Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Student General Artist
For some reason, I would really like him to be my buddy.... He looks like he would give good hugs.

This is awesome! :D
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Insomniac-Gamer Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Well.....fuck.....
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itsARTime Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This scares me to death but I still love it..
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theannakate Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Is it just me, or does the bottom middle picture look a tad like Jeremy Renner?
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shroomhead1213 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Zombie like movie on Netflix called Extinction my husband wanted to watch. There was a creep guy jumping on roofs with creepy glowing eyes. I had to cover my face. It scared me. >_< you should cheek it out^_^
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shroomhead1213 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...But he did run on ground though... and there was like 10 of
them.
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RamoranScout Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Interesting. Never heard of this before, but makes me want to investigate it. Does that make me crazy or just curious? :p
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koukidoo Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
haha only crazy curious! hahaha
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gwenrome Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Student Writer
I find the one in bottom, in between the two other ones, kinda creepy. the others are fine with me
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Draugh-Knight Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I feel as if you have drawn one of my greatest fears. D: I hate, HATE things with red eyes and now I am going to be so paranoid that I will not sleep tonight. :( But well done! :clap: This thing is creepier than fuck!
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DeepWinter300 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2013
the bottom middle one kinda looks like Jensen Ackles.
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Scorpio1996 Featured By Owner May 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol, the picture at the bottom left reminds me of Caz from Supernatural. XD
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Evometheus6082 Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sounds like vampire encounters
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AI-LOCKETT Featured By Owner May 17, 2013   Writer
I showed this to my husbands, his response was. "He could just want some one to play with. you know a jumper buddy. His misunderstood." I can't. i just.....
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xXcookies898Xx Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i want to make a story on this so badly
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silverlightflyer Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
If I ever see something like that outside my apartment window...I will pee....
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jumpingjack13 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Waaaaaaah! >___< It allways gives me chills.
And it made me rush throug my apartment (4th floor) to close all windows XD
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NevermoreFox Featured By Owner May 10, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh lord! So creepy! I love it. Only problem is that I am now even more afraid of the dark than I was a minute ago. :3
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