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"Something, or rather someone, is here now. I've never seen this... Shape before. A man hiding behind a mask. He comes with a determination. But more worrying, he comes with an apparent grasp of the hunt. He does not strike me as someone who even went unwillingly to this place. Is there more to this being than I can fathom?"
―Unknown.[src]

Michael Myers, AKA The Shape, is one of several killers featured in the video game Dead by Daylight.

He was introduced as the Killer of CHAPTER II: The HALLOWEEN® Chapter, a Chapter DLC released on 25 October 2016.

Character

The Shape is a haunting Killer, intent on monitoring Survivors from a distance to feed his Power. The more he stalks, the stronger and faster he becomes.

His personal Perks, Save The Best For Last, Play With Your Food and Dying Light, select one Survivor to become his Obsession and will trigger deadly effects based on the Obsession Status.

His Perks are focused around Obsessions, just like Michael Myers is obsessed with killing, the Killer picks a Survivor, and tags them as his Obsession.

"Something, or rather someone, is here now. I've never seen this... Shape before. A man hiding behind a mask. He comes with a determination. But more worrying, he comes with an apparent grasp of the hunt. He does not strike me as someone who even went unwillingly to this place. Is there more to this being than I can fathom?"
―Unknown[src]

I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding of even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil.

Dead by Daylight lore

Some humans are simply bad seeds. Seeds infused with a distilled and pure form of evil.

Michael Myers is one of those seeds. He had no issues with causing the pain of others. Instead, it was exactly what he sought. But even life can be tough on those with minds filled with terror. The difference is just how one goes about to solve those problems. For Michael, he had to kill to find some inner peace. As he took his sister's life, the police found a silent boy dressed as a clown at the scene.

When one stumbles upon a growing fire, one does not pour gasoline on it. But this was an action taken by officials that had no idea how it would shape this demon in the boy's body. Sending Michael to a mental institution was a feeble attempt to save the child. Unsuccessful therapy and nightly screams just made him even more introverted and deranged.

People hoped that Michael Myers would end up a parenthesis, soon to be forgotten and buried, a failure that would soon rot away. But then...he escaped.

Perks

The Shape comes with 3 Perks that are unique to him and can eventually be taught to other Killers when progressing his character:

  • Save The Best For Last
  • Play With Your Food
  • Dying Light

Load-out

Kitchen knife

The Kitchen knife is the Shape's primary weapon. An oversized blade with devastatingly sharp edges.

  • If he gets a successful hit on a Survivors, the attack cooldown animation is the Shape examining his knife.
  • While in Evil Within III, he'll hold his knife upside down.

Evil Within

I met him, fifteen years ago; I was told there was nothing left; no reason, no conscience, no understanding; and even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, of good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and the blackest eyes... the devil's eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized that what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil. Dr. Sam Loomis

His special ability is called "Evil Within", a 3-tier gauge which affects the Shape's ability to hunt differently for each respective phase. The Shape can stalk survivors, which fills up his current Evil Within phase. The Shape gains pure benefit from going up Evil Within stages, with the exception of his terror radius, which increases for each stage. Any survivors currently being stalked will be highlighted brightly, and more than one survivor can be stalked at once. Survivors that are hiding in foliage (corn, grass, shrubs, etc.) or are breaking line of sight will.

Add-ons

  • Tacky Earrings
  • Boyfriend's Memo
  • Blond Hair
  • Reflective Fragment
  • Memorial Flower
  • Jewellery
  • Hair Brush
  • Glass Fragment
  • Dead Rabbit
  • Mirror Shard
  • Judith's Journal
  • Jewellery Box
  • J. Myers Memorial
  • Hair Bow
  • Vanity Mirror
  • Tombstone Piece
  • Scratched Mirror
  • Lock of Hair
  • Judith's Tombstone
  • Fragrant Tuft of Hair

Change Log


Hotfix 1.2.1e

  • Nerf: removed the ability to stalk multiple Survivors at once to greatly progress Evil Within.

Patch 2.1.0

  • Buff: increased The Shape's Movement speed in Evil Within I from 4.14 m/s to 4.2 m/s.
  • Quality of Life: adjusted The Shape's Carrying speed to be 3.68 m/s across all Tiers (used to be slower in Evil Within I).

Patch 3.3.0

  • Evil Within I now applies the Undetectable  Status Effect.
    • The Shape's Terror Radius in Evil Within I is now reduced to 0 metres from formerly 6 metres.
    • Evil Within I no longer grants immunity from detection Perks, meaning that Premonition  and Spine Chill , which previously would not detect him in Evil Within I, will now announce his approach.

Patch 4.1.2

  • Nerf: removed the ability to stalk on Evil Within III.

Notes and trivia

  • The Shape was the first Killer to be introduced as a paid DLC.
    • The Shape was also the first licensed Character to be released, alongside Laurie Strode.
  • The Shape's in-game name is a reference to the original 1978 Movie: during the credits, the character is credited as "The Shape".
  • The music that plays when The Shape reaches Evil Within III is from the movie Halloween.
    • Originally, when The Shape was about to reach the next Evil Within Tier, the stalked Survivor would hear a remade version of The Hedge, which incidentally plays in the film whilst the protagonist Laurie Strode is being stalked.
    • Whenever The Shape changes Evil Within Tiers, a small tune following the Halloween main theme plays throughout the Trial Grounds.
    • The Shape's Terror Radius audio is a remake of the original Halloween track, The Hanger.
  • The Shape has a small animated trail behind his knife when he swings.
  • In Evil Within III, The Shape's knife is in the way of the Red Stain and occasionally reflects its red light.
  • The Shape's breathing is slightly different to how it is heard in the original film.
  • The Shape's Memento Mori is possibly a reference to how he kills people in the original film, as he often grabs people by the neck and either stabs them or simply suffocates them.
  • The Shape, in terms of appearance, is the cleanliest of the Killers, apart from a small blood stain on his left shoulder and one on his knife.
  • The Shape was the second Killer to wear a face mask.
  • The Shape is the only Killer to date to have Add-ons that grant him the ability to kill Survivors.
  • The Shape is one of the most human-looking Killers in the game, as he doesn't have any unnatural alterations to his appearance like most of the other Killers.
  • The Shape was the first Killer to have a Power gauge.
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