|He who breaks me shall come undone...|
The Birch is a popular anti-hero, first introduced to the Crypt TV series in "The Birch", and the main antagonist of the Facebook Watch series. She is considered to be Crypt TV's most popular monster.
The Birch is a tree spirit who can manipulate vines in order to ensnare her prey. She was originally known as Laine Bouchard, before her transformation.
Laine Bouchard, the adoptive daughter of Rachael Bouchard and Don Bouchard, became pregnant with her daughter Laura after her boyfriend Thad raped her. Seeking vengeance, Laine kills Thad by crushing him against a tree.
Concerned for Laine and Laura's wellbeing, her adoptive parents try to keep the two apart. Laine is incarcerated within an underground hospital under the care of the family doctor, Dr. Sampson. This plan eventually fails when Laine kills Dr. Samson. Now free from her prison Laine locates her adoptive parents, killing Don by using vines to tear off his jaw. Rachael poisoned Laura with nightshade, and attempts to kill Laine. However, after that fails she desperately tries to convince Laine that she still loves her; Laine responds with a lethal embrace, crushing and suffocating the last of her family, whilst transforming into the monster they believed her to be.
The Birch made her debut appearance in a short of the same name. In this short she is summoned by the creation and destruction of a ritualistic talisman from birch, which can be found on a specific tree in the woods. A spellbound book is also a necessary part of the summoning ritual, which has been passed down the generations into the care of the shorts protagonist, Shaun.
The Birch's goal is to protect those with a pure heart, slaughtering anyone who threatens that person's safety. In her debut, The Birch brutally slaughters Kris as he was bullying Shaun. However, during the Facebook series, it was revealed that she also wants whoever she is killing for as her own child to fill the hole in her heart that was left by Laura's death. "A mother's love never dies."
She is often referenced or makes cameos in other shorts. For instance, her summoning symbol appears on a tree in the series "MAYHEM, MURDER, AND MONSTERS," as well as in a large book as seen in Season 3 of the "Sunny Family Cult" series.
She also appears in Taylor's flashback along with multiple other monsters.
The Birch was confirmed to have 15 episodes of her own series on the Facebook page of Crypt TV.
Current victims Edit
- Kris: Slashed all over his body by The Birch.
- Ryan: Has his eyes torn out by The Birch and kills himself by slitting his throat.
- Wes: Cut in half by The Birch.
- Thad: Crushed against a tree.
- Seb's bodyguard: Decapitated.
- Seb: Turned into a tree.
- Unnamed police officer #1: Killed off-screen.
- Unnamed police officer #2: Impaled on a tree branch.
- Evie: Dragged underground by The Birch.
- Rachael Bouchard: Had her chest crushed by Laine who was turning into The Birch.
- Don Bouchard: Had his jaw ripped off by vines.
- Docter Sampson: Stabbed to death with an IV cannula.
- The Birch is considered by fans to be the most popular monster out of the Crypt TV lineup, and have even asked for a full movie on the Birch. In response, The Birch received its own series on the Facebook page of Crypt TV.
- The Birch's story became a "Webby award-winning short film" on Crypt TV.
- The Birch shares traits with Mother Nature, dryads and other similar mythological protectors..
- The Birch appears in a large book (seen in Season 3 of "Sunny Family Cult"), where her tree with the birch symbol can be seen.
- Her birch symbol is also reminiscent of the Blair Witch symbol.