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Creepy Pasta
We sincerely hope you weren't planning on sleeping anytime soon. Creepypasta is a collection of creepy, frightening, and/or utterly terrifying stories that originated from and still are floating around the internet. The name itself is a portmanteau of "copypasta", a term for pieces of text — most commonly long-form jokes — that are commonly copied and pasted throughout the internet, and "creepy". They can range anywhere from ghost stories or mind-bending tales of terror, to stories about slim businessmen.

There are several common traits among them:

Archives where they can be found are here, here, here, here, and here. There's also a Wiki for Creepypastas and a forum for the Creepypasta community. Can be found in illustrated form here.

Just don't look behind you, 'kay? Often the subjects of ARGs, because audience participation can add whole new levels of Nightmare Fuel. Sometimes, these may actually have a decent ending.

Not to be confused with pasta that may be creepy.

See also the SCP Foundation (which has its origins in a creepypasta) and Unfiction forums.

Notable Creepypastas:

With pages

External links

Creepypasta has also been subject to dramatic readings by a online group called The Midnight Society that post their work on YouTube. Of them, the most prominent member is MrCreepyPasta. He has a list of links to the others members' YouTube channels on his own. They frequently crossover in each other's videos for the purpose of voicing different characters.

Other honorable mentions of dramatic readers include CreepyPastaJr, CreepsMcPasta, and SomeOrdinaryGamers (who focuses mainly on video game pastas, but does other creepypastas as well). There's also Bad Creepypasta for a different view.

Creepypastas contain examples of:

  • Abandoned Area: Abandoned hospitals, abandoned playgrounds, abandoned warehouses, and haunted houses are the common ones amongst the abandoned areas selection.
  • Abusive Parents: May be the source of some revenge-story Creepypasta.
  • Adults Are Useless: Adults may not be able to help...
  • Adult Fear: One Sims creepypasta describes the clown coming up to the house and kidnapping the player's Sim Children.
    • Zeddicker starts off in his first novella trying to track down a missing teenage girl.
    • This is actually quite common in Sims Creepypastas:
      • Your Friend features a Sim family being burned alive while one of the parents is out.
      • Sim Albert has this as well.
  • A God Am I: Sonic.exe's line of "I AM GOD" implies that he at least thinks this applies. Whether it actually does or not is hard to tell.
  • Alien Geometries: Common, considering that a lot of 'pastas are meant to be in the Mind Screw-y nature.
  • All Hallows' Eve: These can and do take place at any time of the year, but God help any unfortunate soul who is the main character of one that does take place as Halloween, considering how potent some of the horrors in these are at regular times of the year.
  • All in the Eyes: Often crosses over with red or black eyes take warning.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Slenderman gets this a lot, due to his ambiguous nature.
  • Alternate Reality Game: Many Creepypastas with engaging Audience Participation evolve into ARGs. Ben Drowned and The Slender Man Mythos are notable examples.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: A surprising amount of creepypastas have their entire story based on things that are actually real! Some examples include Hello Kitty Murders, Rap Rat, and many lost episodes. note 
  • Always Night: A few, but mostly subverted as a lot of the horrors of these stories usually don't even bother waiting for night to come out.
  • And I Must Scream: How more than a few of these end.
  • Anonymous Author
  • Apocalyptic Log: Oh, yes.
  • Ascended Meme: Sometimes the update notes for Minecraft will have "Removed Herobrine" in the list somewhere. Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize that he's been "removed" well over a dozen times by now, which means he keeps finding a way back in.
    • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Are You Happy Now?" is said to have been based off of "Squidward's Suicide".
  • Asshole Victim: The 3 bullies in Jeff The Killer.
  • Audience Participation: Some of the best ones add new levels of scary by hinging the ultimate fate of the main character by how much help the audience at home are. You fail, The Hero Dies. For that matter, the viewers might be next. One less serious creepypasta actually was based around this, where the object of it was to add new paragraphs.
  • Being Watched: It wouldn't be one of these if this didn't happen every other 'pasta.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While most creepypastas end with a Downer Ending or No Ending, Pokemon: Lost Silver (presumably) ends with the protagonist coming to terms with his death, after having a successful career as a Pokemon champion. Even then, this can still be taken as a downer from a nihilist point of view, that his success will eventually be erased after his death.
    • Lost Silver: Hidden, however, shows that there may be something much more sinister going on.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: Certain monsters display this.
    • Jeffs from the Worm Jeff Saga have a gland that produces a powerful acid located near the stomach, and Drone Leaders have this replaced with an organ filled with what is essentially lighter fluid, which they ignite using a "flint" in their mouths to spit huge fireballs.
  • The Blank: That goes without saying...
  • Blood from the Mouth: So common that on the wiki, it's considered a cliche.
  • Body Horror: In all their utterly terrifying glory.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: See Audience Participation.
    • The whole point of They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You. It's written like a story, but it begins with the narrator telling you that he is praying that no one reads this, and ends with him apologizing to you that you read it, and that as a result, if you stop reading it, the creatures in the story will come after you.
  • Brought Down to Normal: In "The Worm In Paradise", Slenderman is temporarily stripped of most of his powers and is forced to rely on his wits (and tentacles.)
  • Brown Note: Several involve something, be it a video, picture, music, etc, that causes people to go insane, or worse.
  • But Now I Must Go:
    • "Love" and "Sim Albert" feature these as the Twist Ending.
    • Howard near the end of They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You.
  • Cliché Storm: An interesting example - the Creepypasta Wiki even has a list of "Creepy Cliches". (seeing these cliches in a story is generally considered to be a sign of a poorly-made creepypasta.)
  • Clipped Wing Angel: Drone Jeffs in The Worm Jeff Saga. Though that's little comfort when dozens of them of them are slashing at you with thier claws and eating your flesh!
  • Creepy Basement: And make sure to keep it locked up tight.
  • Creepy Changing Painting: In Vile Design.
  • Creepy Child: Frequent.
  • Creepy Doll: "Lucy wants to play with you, forever and ever..." Heck, so many Creepy Doll pictures were added onto the wiki that they said "NO MORE DOLLS".
    • In the original story, completing Sonic.exe caused the entity to materialize right behind you as this.
  • Creepy Good: Occasionally.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Well, these have to scare you somehow.
    • Very prominent example in The House That Death Forgot: He will kill you in a variety of painful ways, but even though you're dead, you stay conscious, mobile...and your mortal wounds will continue to cause you pain. And if those wounds are visible, you pretty much stay out of sight to avoid horrifying people.
  • Crusty Caretaker: If you suspect you are, in fact, the star of a creepypasta. Listen to these guys when they tell you not to go into the abandoned warehouse.
  • Curiosity Killed the Cast: See Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: "Love" - a girl finds a note addressed to her on her computer, describing all the paranormal activity and shadows she's seen her entire life. It was a soldier who made a promise to her dad, shortly before they were both killed in war, to look after his soon-to-be-born daughter. Since the daughter turned 18, he decided his work was done and to give her some closure on the weirdness.
    • Zeddicker describes himself as "somewhere between" the angels and demons in his town.
    • The Willow Men has a bunch of otherwordly, Slenderman-esque creatures that whisk their victims away and horribly torture them until they die. However, since they only do this to people who have committed horrible crimes — such as the protagonist, who murdered his wife — they come across as Well Intentioned Extremists at worst.
  • Dark World: Where a lot of the central characters end up before the end of the tale.
  • Deadly Euphemism: "GO TO SLEEP"
    • If you fail any of the "games" in How To Play Alone, you fail...
  • Deadly Hug: The turn-into-a-monster variant (often accompanied by a Bedmate Reveal) is popular.
  • Deadly Prank: The backstory for a few of these.
  • Death by Mocking: If the hero character is especially dumb.
  • Defanged Horrors: Averted. Don't expect the hero(es) to get off that easy.
  • Defictionalization: Many video game Creepypastas have been made into actual games or mods. Highlights include Creepy Black, Sonic.exe, Herobrine...
  • Demonic Possession: A person, animal, or inanimate object may end up being controlled by an evil spirit... and causing great havoc.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: In Russian Sleep Experiment, a group of test subjects deprived of sleep slowly go insane, performing gruesome self-mutilation and cannibalism. At the end, only one is left alive, and a researcher is locked in a hospital room with him. When the panicked researcher asks the subject what he is, he gives a Slasher Smile and says that he has essentially become the embodiment of all the fears humans have while awake. The researcher stares in horror... then promptly draws his sidearm and blows that son-of-a-bitch's lungs out.
    • What does Zeddicker do when confronted with a demonic being? Pull out his gat and start shooting. It doesn't do much good, though.
  • Dirty Cop: The Sheriff in Texas Blood
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: A few creepypastas sound like they could possibly be sexual assault.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: Averted. Staying out of the woods won't save you.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: JEFF, to the point that most stories about him are written by fangirls.
  • Driven to Madness: But of course.
  • Driven to Suicide: Though that doesn't always work...
  • Easter Egg: The subject of many video game Creepypastas...
  • Eldritch Abomination: Z̵͍̖̹̹̈ͣ̒̅̅LA̸͙̜̝̟̜̲͛ͅL̢̧͈͉̯͙͆ͧ͘G̢̬̣͌̿ͮ̍̿ͦ͗̚͠O̫̾́ͩͫͤ͛̉̔́ͣͧ͐́̚҉̫̘͎̪̟͠ͅEC̡̨̺̻͕͔̼͉̺̑ͥͅO͎͇̞̹̮̭̱ͭ́͑̀͋ͪM̴̖̩͖͓̪̐̍ͯͬ͐E̴̪̯͙̜͚̝̋ͮ͊ͩ̏KUT̳̮̂͊EͯH̶̛͉̞͉͕̩̻̽̃̀
    • Missing No. He corrupts the world, can delete your Hall of Fame records, and is always shifting.
    • Whatever Probst has let through the barrier into our world in No Pity for the Dead.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Jeff, the mass murdering psychopath who's entire life revolves around making living things dead lets a little baby live when he encounters it in the crib. Saying that he'll get to him when he's seen more of the world. Until then, he tells the baby to go to sleep and hands it its teddy bear. Then leaves.
  • Evil Everything: Evil mirrors, evil bums, evil houses, evil video games, evil cars, evil dolls, evil children, everything is out to get you in these stories.
  • Expy: Jeff the Killer is basically The Joker with an origin story and a heaping helping of Uncanny Valley. He's even got two joker origins incorporated into his, with the chemical alteration of his face and a Glasgow Grin carved into it.
    • Speaking of Jeff, Worm Jeff is this for the Jason parasite from Jason Goes To Hell. However, as the author explains on the Deviant ART copy of Evil Never Dies, this was unintentional as she had never seen the film until she had other people look at it on Creepypasta Wiki chat and someone pointed out the similarities between it and Worm Jeff's life cycle. In addition, There's another nod to the Joker in the "mythos", as the substance secreted by Worm Jeff's stinger that slowly turns victims into Jeff The Killer or mutants that resemble him is called "venom", after Joker Venom, which it was clearly inspired by.
    • Jeff now has his own army of expies, enough to make the Creepypasta Wiki ban the so called "Jeff Formula".
  • Eye Scream:
    • Expect a few eyes to be poked out. Melinda stays alive after having her eye stabbed and her brain punctured...and has to live with the pain of that for all eternity.
    • Sonic.exe's eyes bleed constantly.
      • And when he gets to Sally in the sequel, her eyelids get sewn shut.
  • Fatal Flaw: Many creepypastas have one that renders them laughable if you know what to look for.
  • Failure Is the Only Option: Some ritual genred creepypastas fall into this. How To Play Alone seems to avert this. Except chapter 06 "Lose", in which you will lose no matter what, if you start the game.
  • Fanwork Ban: There's a long list of pastas you are no longer allowed to make spinoffs or fanquels of on Creepypasta Wiki. The reason for this? For a long time people were posting nothing BUT spinoffs, and very few original pastas were being written. There's a loophole in this, however: you can post the story elsewhere and link to it on your user page, or use Spinoff Appeal to have the admins review it and add it to the wiki if it "passes." Furbearingbrick, the admin who decreed the no-spinoffs rule, said this about Evil Never Dies (which was written shortly after the ban was enacted): "I AM AWARE OF THE IRONY." Recently subverted with the creation of the Creepypasta Spinoff Wiki and Spinpasta Wiki, two wikis where you can post spinoffs.
  • Fighting a Shadow: In the Worm Jeff Saga, even if you DO manage to kill Jeff The Killer, he'll just escape the corpse of his host and find a new body to possess. This happens so often, in fact, that Jeff has weaponized this concept, medling the corpses of former hosts together into huge, organic "tanks" called Jeff Crawlers. Also, in "Please Follow Me", it's revealed that he keeps a literal horde of former hosts, which live in a cave under the city! Oh, and they're breeding.
  • Only Person: The main characters are often the only human characters of any significance in these.
  • Follow the Leader: Count how many Haunted Technology pastas came after Ben Drowned.
    • This trope used to be such a problem with Jeff The Killer (too many pastas were just the original Jeff story with the Serial Numbers Filed Off, to the point where Jeff became an Overused Copycat Character) that "Jeff-inspired" stories were banned on Creepypasta Wiki.
    • Jeff's not the only one. This trope is such a problem that Pokepastas, Lost Episode stories and Slenderman stories have all been banned from the wiki.
  • Food Chain of Evil: The Horrors hunger...
  • Fourth Wall Observer: You shouldn't have done that. No, really. You shouldn't have.
  • The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You: No, no it will not.
  • Freak Lab Accident: How more than a few of these came into existence.
  • Fridge Horror: There are some creepypastas that in themselves may not be as scary; but when you see it...
    • Others conclude with the protagonist realizing that something mundane actually means something is very wrong indeed. For example, Barbie.AVI concludes with the protagonist wondering why an abandoned house still has the plumbing hooked up, and The Basement ends with the protagonist discovering a footprint outside his back door, meaning someone else entered the house to watch his neighbor die.
  • Genre Savvy: The gravedigger from Sarah O'Bannon.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: With the popularity of Magical Realism in Latin America, it's not difficult to come across creepypastas in Spanish or Portuguese, or readings of them.
  • Ghostly Chill: Whether or not they're actually ghosts sometimes doesn't matter. No matter the Horror, the main character will probably experience this at some point.
  • Glorious Mother Russia: Is Memetic Mutation on capitalist internet to rewriting creepypasta as if taking place in Soviet Russia. Thick and heavy Funetik Aksent is spelling in text, and Gratuitous Russian using sometimes. Result of tales is often change, as true Soviets able to endure much more grueling punishment than weak American dogs. Vodka is much present, and many things - bodies, important papers, sometimes even Artifact of Doom itself - burned for warmth without second thought. Such is life in Moscow. Some of there provide ample Nightmare Retardant.
    • One example of disgusting American pasta here and its glorious Russian version here (Encyclopedia Dramatica may not safe to open in capitalist workplace. You need real job ploughing fields, is only solution).
  • Gorn: Some pasta writers just plain don't do subtlety.
  • Guardian Entity / Guardian Angel: Sometimes, a few Creepypastas may play with these tropes and have it be revealed that the paranormal activity is actually them. Best examples are in "Love", in which the paranormal activity is revealed as a Guardian Angel, and "The Man in the Purple Shirt" where the titular title is actually a Guardian Entity against a Humanoid Abomination.
  • Haunted Heroine: Somewhat subverted, as Creepypastas don't tend to favor either sex. Just say Haunted Person.
    • Howard and Samuel the narrator could both qualify in They Are Watching Me. And Now They Are Watching You.
  • Haunted Technology: ''You've met a terrible fate, haven't you?''
  • Hell Hotel: Yes.
  • Hidden Elf Village: A sinister version of this occurs in "Please Follow Me".
  • Hipster: Broseph seems to fit.
  • Hive Mind
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    • A rather literal example in the Worm Jeff Saga with the Drones.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The most common one of all.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: More like hunting a member of a species who just thought they were the most dangerous game.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Worm Jeff is just a nickname given by the author to the mind-controlling parasitic antagonist, to avoid confusion with his hosts (which are also called Jeffs) and the "canon" Jeff. Everyone in-universe calls him Jeff, Jeff The Killer, or Master.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Nice knowing you...
  • Indian Burial Ground: A few, but really, just about any kind of burial ground can be enough to set off the events of these.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Possibly either how the horror started out, or what the protagonist will experience by the end.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: This alternate take on the original Jeff The Killer story recasts Jeff as one of these.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: Just pray they aren't reading Ring Around The Rosies.
  • It Can Think: And usually more intelligent than whoever it's tormenting.
  • It Won't Turn Off: Part of the time, but turning it on to begin with was probably enough to render whether it was on or off in the first place moot.
  • Life or Limb Decision: Literally.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Sally, at least on deviantART, gets a lot of this.
  • Lightning Can Do Anything: Played with in "One Door Closes, Another One Opens." Jeff was transformed into Worm Jeff by being struck by ball lightning as he was dying, but it is strongly implied that it may not have been lightning at all.
  • The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: Be Genre Savvy not to shop there. One example of this that pulls it off rather well is WWF: Cancelled In Your House PPV.
  • The Man Behind the Curtain: The aptly titled "Lost Episodes" reveals all "haunted" lost episodes may have been created by a a mentally dysfunctional social outcast.
    • There is likely someone, or something, that has taken notice of Zeddicker and is sending all its agents to him.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Some creepypasta are totally ambiguous as to whether it's supernatural or not.
    • Perfect examples of this are the Pokémon creepypasta Ghost Black and Lost Silver, which are simply the author describing what appear to be nothing more than very morbid Pokémon rom hacks that were written to cartridges. There is no evidence to suggest otherwise and nothing strange happens to the author of either other than them being incredibly freaked out about it. Supernatural possibilities come from wondering who in the world would do this and why. (On top of the fact that hacking the games to such an extent has only recently become possible)
    • "Helen": The narrator finds his grandfather acting bizarrely in his new apartment, claiming someone named "Helen" is taking over rooms and making threats. Turns out some computer virus has been downloading obscene material and relaying threatening messages through a Bonzi BUDDY called "Helen," and with the computer gone the grandfather starts getting better. The narrator still thinks it's weird that there's no documentation of the virus online.
    • "The Toadman": The narrator is an elderly man who recalls an event in his past involving a being called the Toadman. It's left ambiguous whether or not the Toadman is supernatural.
  • Mark of the Beast: The Mark Of Jeff.
  • Meta Origin: Lost Episodes is meant to be one for the "Missing Episodes" sub-genre of Pasta that sprang up after Suicide Mouse and Candle Cove.
  • Minimalism: Most, if not all, creepypastas are a tale of a one or two (three, tops) human characters and a single monster in usually one location. Many Slender-blogs and Vlogs avert this. Most notably, Everyman HYBRID has Loads and Loads of Characters. On top of that, the most popular blogs tend to acknowledge each other's existence and even have characters interact with each other, effectively turning them into a Massively Multiplayer Crossover and creating the closest thing to a canon the mythos has.
  • Missing Episode: Lots of creepypastas concern missing episodes.
  • Monster Clown: Bubby and Stubb.
  • More Teeth than the Osmond Family: A common characteristic of the antagonists in these stories.
    • Mr. Widemouth.
    • Jeff The Killer.
    • Worm Jeff is described as having lots of little shark-like teeth.
    • In Please Follow Me, Pedro is described has having teeth like "a mouthful of knitting needles." Ditto for the transformed Jack in "Trust Me, Part 2".
  • The Most Dangerous Video Game: Just ask Ben.
  • Mundane Ghost Story: Perhaps most terrifying of all, some of these stories use completely plausible set-ups and even twist endings. Texas Blood, for instance, reads less like a straight-up horror story and more like an excerpt from a particularly dark & gritty cop/thriller novel.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Frequently, as a source of Psychological Horror. Even when it isn't outright stated, the protagonist usually has some role in allowing some horror or other to spread/escape.
  • Nightmare Face: Many, especially Jeff the Killer's.
    • Sonic.exe has bleeding, black eyes with red pupils and quite possibly the most sadistic grin ever seen.
    • And then there's Smile Dog, Mr. Widemouth, the Suicide Mouse image... Creepypastas are FILLED with these.
  • Nightmare Fuel AND HOW!
  • No Fourth Wall: Sometimes the fourth wall is not enough. Other times, it isn't even there at all...
  • Not-So-Imaginary Friend: "Love", mentioned above, is about one of these. Unlike most though, he's not evil at all, though he gets scary when he's pissed.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The very backbone a lot of these are built on.
  • Not Using the Z Word: Averted. If the Horror of the story is a old chestnut monster, the protagonists are usually quick to identify them by name.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: The Horror present is often capable of this.
  • Oh, Crap: Word on the Creepypasta grape vine is that the creators of SMILE.jpg and Suicide Mouse.avi worked together on a little project called "BarelyBreathing.exe"
    • "And if you EVER come across a file name BarelyBreathing.exe... for God's sake, DON'T OPEN IT."
  • Once is Not Enough: Protagonists are usually Genre Savvy enough to realize this, but that doesn't normally save them.
  • One Curse Limit: Worm Jeff's mind-link keeps his infectees from falling prey to mind manipulation from other Creepypasta entities. This has only been demonstrated to be true with Slenderman so far, but that alone should let you know how untouchably powerful Worm Jeff's mind control is.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Anytime someone starts acting unusual, run.
  • Organ Theft: Keep a close eyes on your liver, mate.
  • Orifice Invasion: Yes, given that most of the Horrors are personal space violators.
  • Outer Limits Twist: Expect this to pop up a lot.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The Broken Glass Beast, from "A Touch Of Glass." A magical construct made of multicolored broken glass is certaintly not the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine bloodsuckers.
  • Pćdo Hunt: "Salt House"
  • Painful Transformation: Jack's agonizing transformation into a Drone Jeff in "Trust Me, Part 2"
    • It sure sounds like Cicci's transformation hurts.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Oodles and oodles of it!
    • If you read They Are Watching Me. And Now They are Watching You in the dark, or if a shadow shifts while you read it... *shudder*
    • Is there broken glass on your floor, with shards whose colors don't match those of the object that was broken? The Broken Glass Beast could literally be out for your blood.
    • Broseph.doc, if you value cheese puffs or have an abnormal fear of hipsters.
    • Ever mouthed the words while you read? Had a song or part of a song in your head and couldn't get rid of it? Shake your leg while you sit? Talk in your sleep? You are probably possessed.
  • Personal Horror: All the time.
  • Psychological Horror: The very fabric of most of these.
  • Puppeteer Parasite: Worm Jeff is one of these, at least after his host has completed their transformation.
  • Purple Prose: Often combined with Gorn to rather unfortunate effect.
  • Reality Ensues: This story takes a decidedly more realistic take on Jeff The Killer. Jeff's murder spree ends soon after it begins. Jeff may be a psychopath but he's still just a 13 year old who cut his face up. He's effortlessly fought off in his last two attacks and the Glasgow Smile and burns he gave himself end up quickly getting infected and he dies after only a few days. The story ends with the implication that any other "Jeffs" that we see in stories are just copycat killers inspired by him.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: "Red Sky at Night", of course.
  • The Reveal: This version of "The Third Wish" shows us who the old man is. And it holds true to his old adage: "Wise men say only fools rush in."
    • The Hippie. You might not get it right away. The "hippie" is Jesus, and the "end of the world" he mentions is Rapture.
  • ROM Hack: Some of these Creepypastas are this.
  • Room101: In any that take place in hotels.
  • Room Full of Crazy
  • Rule of Scary: Some of these monsters and horrors make no damn sense in design or motive. More often than not, that's exactly what's so scary about them.
    • Who is ''he''? And where did he come from? What does he want?
  • Russian Reversal: In Soviet Russia, Creepypasta darkly humorous.
  • Safe Zone Hope Spot: Averted. Don't count on there being one, bucko.
  • Screamer Prank: The .GIF, which is about a smiley face made up of a mouth and eyes cut-out, which turns into a frowney face. Then, it screams at you, shows some horrific imagery, and closes your internet browser. People who watch it in it's entirety are found dead with a smiley face drawn in blood next to them. Luckily, the image board immediately takes it down it and bans whoever tries to re-upload it, possibly the only use of the "removed it after 5 minutes and blocked me" cliche' for a benevolent reason, ever.
  • Schmuck Bait: You just had to click that link.
  • Self-Deprecation: Why not turn your own critics into the narrator of you next story?
  • Serial Escalation: How many more powers can Slenderman have?
  • Shock Site: Some of the more disturbing images associated with creepypasta, like SMILE.jpg or Jeff The Killer, are frequently used for this purpose. Sometimes, like with Normal Porn For Normal People, a Creepypasta is centered around a supposed Shock Site that is too scary.
  • Shout-Out: To us(!) SimAlbert describes the emponymous character's Sim!Family as "what TV Tropes calls 'Dysfunction Junction'".
  • Sinister Scraping Sound: I hope you're not honestly dumb enough to go investigating it.
  • Slasher Smile: Any creepypasta monster has about a 50/50 chance of having a really creepy smile.
  • Snow Means Death: A recent addition to The Creepypasta Wiki kicks off when it randomly begins snowing in the middle of May...
  • Snuff Film: The creepypastas titled "Snuff Film". The first posits that many snuff films have been made and distributed around the world dating all the way back to 1896, with the latest hailing from 1984 and all of them have the exact same nineteen year old girl as the "star". The second describes a bunch of snuff films in gory detail, the very worst one being saved for the end which the narrator considers their finest work.
    • This may be the subject of a creepypasta.
    • Happy Appy has a lot of this, and says the trope by name.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Creepypasta website has a sister site, Crappypasta, where the rejected submissions go. Some of them are so god-awful it's hilarious.
    • Deth Trumpet deserves special mention for its sheer lulziness.
  • Spooky Painting: Check.
  • Spooky Photographs: Double check.
  • Stand-In Portrait: The above two sometimes turn out to be this.
  • Stylistic Suck: Anansi's Goatman Story is supposed to have been written by a teenager on 4chan, so it has an abundance of cursing and poor grammar. The readers seem to be split on whether this is too distracting or whether it makes the story more realistic.
  • Sturgeon's Law: There's a lot of Creepy Pasta. Most famously, WHO WAS PHONE?
  • Subverted Kids Show: Many of the "lost episode" and "The Truth Behind [show]" 'pastas, describing horrific episodes that never got aired (or were mistakenly aired) and putting forth theories that the characters are based off dead children respectively.
    • Candle Cove and Happy Appy are about "children's shows" that quickly gain a supernatural bent.
    • Sally.exe (a sequel to Sonic.exe), which describes a disturbingly edited episode of Sonic Sat Am and a scary Rom Hack. (Two 'pastas for the price of one!)
  • Sugary Malice: Maria from "Welcome Home".
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: In "One Door Closes, Another One Opens", this is the cause of Jeff's Plot-Triggering Death.
  • Super Spit: Worm Jeff and his "Jeffed" hosts can spit acid as a self-defense measure.
  • Surreal Horror: This isn't just the backbone or essence of Creepy Pasta. This is the very string they're woven out of!
  • Tears of Blood: So common as to be a cliche.
  • That's No Moon: The final tree/stage visited in "Adam & the Tree Climbers" is actually what is presumably the game's final boss, the demonic Tree Caller.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: And you will either only know them for for a very short time, or for a very long time but forcefully and bodily silenced.
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night: And in the morning, and noon, and afternoon...
  • This Is a Drill: Salt House has the protagonist kill the pedophile who kidnapped his son by shoving a power drill up his nose.
  • Through the Eyes of Madness: The wiki has an entire category labelled "Mental Illness"
  • Time Master: Jeremy, the antagonist of "The Strangest Security Tape I've Ever Seen" appears to be this. Then, it's implied that he's much, much worse...
  • Tomato Surprise: Quite a few. For example, "A Diary from a Dead Planet Called Earth".
  • Too Dumb to Live: How else do you think so many of the protagonists get hunted/haunted?
    • This is especially true in The Most Dangerous Video Game-style creepypastas. Unless there's a supernatural force forcing them to keep playing, you'll probably hear some variation of "I knew I should probably stop playing, but I didn't" at some point.
  • Touched by Vorlons: In The Brother's Return, this is revealed to be how Worm Jeff was "born".
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Every damn last one of them!
  • Twist Ending: Expect this. A lot. The wiki has a category called "Shock Ending".
  • Tragic Monster: It's surprisingly rare to do this successfully (the original Jeff The Killer story tries to make the audience sympathize with Jeff and fails miserably, for instance) but when it's pulled off well, it's pulled off VERY well.
    • General Angus from the Worm Jeff saga. He was blackmailed, transformed against his will, and now he lives with the knowledge that he will never see his son again.
  • Troll Fic: An entire wiki's worth!
  • Uncanny Valley: In-universe; in Anansi's Goatman Story, when the creature is scratching at the trailer door, it begs for the protagonists to let it in (imitating their friend's words earlier). It is noted to lack normal speech cadence, which is one of the things that makes it obvious to the protagonists that what they are dealing is not human.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The "games" in How To Play Alone.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Chapter 32 "Go" is impossible to win, due to how the game is set up. You write the name down of... something, which will hunt you down. You can't exactly win the game, as the first paragraph mentions "This game will be played for an eternity".
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Authors of creepypastas take from real life events with often chilling skill.
    • The author of They Are Watching Me. And Now They are Watching You very clearly has worked in a customer service call center.
  • Video Game Caring Potential: Sim Albert.
  • Video Game Cruelty Potential: Usually lampshaded, and often results in Video Game Cruelty Punishment... that exceeds the fourth wall.
  • Viral Transformation: More than a few protagonists ended up in the same boat as their tormentor.
  • Wham Line: Oh, you best believe this occurs a lot.
    Elmebrigge: "Well, some [of those possessed by ancient eldritch abominations] have been known to talk in their sleep. Others may shake their leg absent-mindedly whenever they sit for a while. Others, when they read something, say, a book or newspaper, will mouth the words to themselves. Some will have songs they haven't heard in years, or only know a few line of, recur in their heads in a seemingly endless loop."
    Zeddicker: "That's impossible. That describes a lot of people."
    Elmebrigge: "Yes, it does. Quite a lot of people. Millions, perhaps."
  • Willing Suspension of Disbelief: One advice towards writing a creepypasta is to try to keep within the willing suspension of disbelief, especially when it comes to a video game Creepypasta.
  • Writers Cannot Do Math: "Russian Sleep Experiment", while an effective horror piece, has several discrepancies with the number of living subjects. At one point, before any of them have died, the story describes the activities of two and then refers to "the remaining two" (there are 5 at this point). When they are removed from the chamber, one is already dead, one is killed during the struggle to remove them, and one dies on the operating table, yet the story continues as if three are still alive, not two.
    • "Foreign Exchange Program" also states that twelve people were chosen - however, four decided to stay, two died off, and seven returned. Where did that thirteenth person come from?
      • Yes... where did the thirteenth person come from?
  • Younger than They Look: Jeff the Killer. That creepy person that murdered his family? He's only thirteen.
  • Youkai: One of the earliest creepypastas (from way before the term was coined) was about a Bakeneko. Also, one of the webmasters of Creepypasta Wiki, Furbearingbrick, is (supposedly) a Nurikabe.
  • Youth Is Wasted on the Dumb: You'd be amazed at how many are reliant on the main character ignoring all warning labels and sign posts for the fun to begin.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: The setting for some stories.


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