Creepypasta

Creepypasta is a collection of creepy, frightening, and/or utterly terrifying (and sometimes laughably terrible) 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. The SomeOrdinaryGamers Wiki found here also have their own creepypastas for further reading. Can be found in illustrated form here.

Often the subjects of ARGs, because audience participation can add whole new levels of Nightmare Fuel. Sometimes, these may actually have a decent ending.

Some works have also subjected the genre to a kind of defictionalization by making, eg., a computer game that's exactly like something out of a creepypasta about a computer game, minus the part where the player dies and/or goes insane. This genre expansion has also had the effect that, at least as seen on the Equestria Gaming blog and presumably due to the influence of Luna Game, some people have started calling all horror elements (in a video game?) "creepypasta".

Not to be confused with pasta that may be creepy, that two-week-old tuna casserole in the fridge, or with a Creepy Pastor.

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 an 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, Chilling Tales for Dark Nights, 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:

  • Adult Fear:
    • One Sims creepypasta describes the clown coming up to the house and kidnapping the player's Sim Children.
      • Your Friend features a Sim family being burned alive while one of the parents is out.
  • Zeddicker starts off in his first novella trying to track down a missing teenage girl.
  • Barney the Dinosaur has a father buying an Actimates Barney doll for his son. The father hears him talking to the doll and at one point swears that he hears a deep voice responding to his son and becomes suspicious of it. Because of this, his son becomes distant and starts claiming that Barney talks to him. The ending has the son being kidnapped by the previous owner of the doll who had been talking to the boy through a radio in the doll and lured him out to his van.
  • 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.
  • Ascended Meme:
    • Sometimes the update notes for Minecraft will have "Removed Herobrine" in the list somewhere.
    • The SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Are You Happy Now?" is said to have been based off of "Squidward's Suicide".
  • 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.
  • Bad Black Barf: Morbus.avi deals with an infection that makes people vomit a substance that looks like old motor oil and tastes like rotten meat. They are rounded up and vivisected by Plague Doctors.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While most creepypastas end with a Downer Ending or No Ending, Pokémon Lost Silver (presumably) ends with the protagonist coming to terms with his death, after having a successful career as a Pokémon 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: 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.
  • Body Horror:
    • Of note are the inhabitants of Granny Royce's Road House. None of them can die, despite them all having been slaughtered in various horrific ways. One of them was a pregnant woman with a permanent cut-open womb and a living zombie baby inside her.
    • Also is The Pocket, where a guy's best friend, and later, his wife get eaten by what appears to be a Necromorph Expy, and Eyeless Jack, where the protagonist gets his organs stolen and eaten by a Humanoid Abomination. Unbranded Laptop has a kid dismember herself with a hacksaw.
    • A Cure for Cancer has a cancer-causing virus and a stem-cell based cure react to each other by turning the patient into a cancer-zombie.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: 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.
  • Brown Note: Several involve something, be it a video, picture, music, etc, that causes people to go insane, or worse.
  • Cliché Storm:
  • Clock Roaches: The Farnsworth Experiment deals with a group of scientists who managed to upset a group of these while working on Time Travel, and have been slowly disappearing over 20 years.
  • Cosmic Horror Story: Rather than conventional Halloween monsters, many creepypastas play on fear of the unknown and that which is beyond human comprehension... except that they are absolutely everywhere, hiding in the most inconspicuous locations. Even the very website you are viewing right now might host a myriad of insanity-inducing horrors just waiting out there to get you.
  • 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.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: 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.
  • 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, Slender-Man-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.
    • In "The Hallows", the titular Hallows are twisted, eyeless, hideous monstrosities that more often than not have blood on their constantly changing hands and spend much of their time stalking an unfortunate child...until the end, when they swoop in to save him from a child rapist, and it's strongly implied that their purpose over all is to protect people from harm. This is even used to deliver An Aesop—sometimes the real monsters are completely normal people.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
    • Chapters 14, 18, and 37 require "your choice in Chapter 16" in order to succeed. However, Chpater 16 is not included. As of the latest update, it has not yet been posted, leaving these games unwinnable for now.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • This trope is such a problem that Pokepastas, Lost Episode stories and Slender Man stories have all been banned from the wiki.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Guardian Entity:
    • 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.
    • Chapter 14: Egg of How To Play Alone involves you hatching your own from an egg laid on the same day. You are only aware of it through a sense of ease its presence gives you, and you will only meet at the end of your life. Of course, if you do it wrong and fail, it will instead stalk you like SCP-372note , and harass you with a feeling of being followed, again, for the rest of your life.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Lots of fanart of Pokémon Lost Silver will use 'Lost Silver' to refer to the main character of the eponymous game. The story never refers to the character as such. In-game, the character is named '...', while the narrator calls him 'Gold'.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • This story is about a man with dementia who believes he's being stalked/controlled, etc. by a mysterious man. By the end, you're left wondering if the man was actually real, or if he was a shared delusion.
  • Meat Moss: Dogscape is about the world being entirely covered in a canid Eldritch Abomination.
  • 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. This trope is so prolific that there's a pasta, known appropriately enough as ''Lost Episodes'', which tries to provide a Meta Origin for such Missing Episodes.
  • Bubby and Stubb.
  • 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.
    • Belle Plaine, 1965 highlights the terrible fact that, despite the common assumption that parents will always know their child, it sometimes simply isn't true.
  • Network Decay: Originally all creepypastas were written as if they were reports on things that actually happened, either in third-person, or using a framing device. Now adays Creepypasta Wiki will happily accept any scary story, as long as it meets their Quality Standards.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Painful Transformation:
    • Jack's agonizing transformation into a Drone Jeff in "Trust Me, Part 2"
    • It sure sounds like Cicci's transformation hurts.
    • Marissa's evolution into a cancer-zombie at the end of A Cure for Cancer.
  • Playing with Syringes: An entire category detailing unethical experiments, usually vivisections or Mind Rape psychological procedures.
    • A Cure for Cancer is about a cancer-obsessed scientist giving his ex pancreatic cancer so he can save her. It goes awry, and he tests a stem-cell based cure on her. Long story short, the cure allows the cancer to entirely take her over without killing her, turning her into what can only be described as a "cancer-zombie".
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Sanity Slippage: Sean in "Red Sky at Night" seems like the most stable and capable character until he starts to believe he's in "The Odyssy".
  • 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:
  • 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'".
  • 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.
  • 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!)
  • The Topic of Cancer: A Cure for Cancer has a teen genius obsessed with curing cancer infects his ex girlfriend with a bioweapon intended to cause pancreatic cancer, which he thinks will be easy to cure since he engineered it under contract by the CIA. The plan Goes Horribly Wrong, as the cancer metasizes into every single one of her organs. He remembers one of his proposed cures, which was using stem cells to remap the circulatory system, starving the tumors. This was a bust, however, since he couldn't get enough stem cells. The disease and cure react strangely, turning her into a zombie-like creature made entirely from cancer.
  • 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—at one point, he even manages to trap the protagonist's observations of the security tapes in a constant loop. Then, it's implied that he's much, much worse...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wham Line: In No Pity for the Dead
    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."
    • In "Chinese Letters", after the protagonist asks why his aunt's talisman faces the wall:
    Aunt: "It's supposed to be that way. The wordings on the paper are supposed to face where evil spirits will come from."
  • 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?
  • Younger Than They Look: Jeff the Killer. That creepy person that murdered his family? He's only thirteen. In the original story, that is. There are some fan-theories about how many years ago it took place and how old Jeff would be now. It gets...complicated.


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