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:

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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.
      • Sim Albert has this as well.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • The Assimilator: The monster from The Horror from the Vault collects people and animals and fuses them with itself or turns them into Meat Moss.
  • 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.
  • The Blank: The title character from The Slender Man Mythos is described as a tall man in a suit that has a completely blank face; no eyes, no nose, and no mouth.
  • 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.
  • Body of Bodies: The "ghoul" from The Horror From the Vault is able to assimilate living tissue by drowning people and animals in it's pond. It also produces "mounds" of flesh-covered organs, seamlessly fused together and completely functional despite being from several different species. One of the nightmares it induces is about a creature not unlike the Legion from CastleVania replacing the sun. The creature itself looks like a Giant Enemy Crab made out of fused bodies.
  • 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.
  • Came Back Wrong: Damaged Soul variant in ''The Montford Experiment". A group of scientists tasked with finding out if bad people have souls found out how to bring people Back from the Dead, but after 5 times, they can't die anymore. Every time they come back, they "Lose something"
  • 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.
  • Critical Research Failure: The author of the original "Jeff the Killer" story is guilty of this, as Jeff is caught in a house fire, which somehow causes his skin to turn white and hair to turn black without him suffering from any burns whatsoever.
  • 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.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: "No End House." The protagonist gets the $500 he was promised, but goes insane upon everything he'd been through that night in the nine rooms, including being forced to kill a clone of himself moments before escape. When he gets home, there's a "10" carved into his front door.
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Milk and Cookies is about an old man who got trapped in a haunted refrigerator truck while playing in a junkyard as a boy. He promised to be friends with the ghost of the little girl who died in it under similar circumstances, and brings her some milk and cookies every Friday night; and has done so for 70 years.
    • How Lucky I Was has a man dying of an autoimmune disease get shown all the ways he could have died horribly over his 40 years of life by what is implied to be the Angel of Death. He dies at peace, appreciating his life up until then-and with a sudden burst of strength allowing him to give his wife's hand one last squeeze.
    • The protagonist of The Monster in the Pantry is tormented throughout his childhood by a Sinister Scraping Sound coming from the pantry. it turns out to be a ghost dog.
  • 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.
  • Driven to Madness: The protagonist of "No End House" goes crazy after the horrors of going through all nine rooms. Just to twist the knife further, he actually gets the $500 he was promised at the end, though that's done as a way to prove how little it was worth it.
  • Driven to Suicide: Though that doesn't always work. One of the rooms in "No End House 2" requires the player to slit her wrists. Not only does she not die, that's not even the final challenge.
  • Eldritch Location: The No End House. It has rooms that it can't possibly contain, rooms that are inexplicably dark and filled with fog, and rooms that break the laws of physics, including bringing dead people back to life.
    • The Tunnel in Crawl is thought to be a "supernatural hot-spot" by its sole survivor. It feels like nothing so much as being inside a giant's insides. That's not even getting into what he found there, or what happened to the Clown...
  • 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".
    • "The Organization" from The Breach is very much like the SCP Foundation, a group of Men in Black that get called in whenever there's something... wierd going on (for example, a series of extremely bizzarre murders).
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: "The Devil Game", supposedly a set of instructions to summon and speak with the Devil himself, offers a small disclaimer at the beginning. Essentially, you should refrain from trying it if you don't have an exceptionally good reason, because doing something so extreme for the sake of idle chitchat is, naturally, very stupid.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The creature from The Horror From the Vault smells like an infected wound. It's lair smells like stagnant blood, urine, and stomach acid
  • 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.
  • Furry Confusion: "Mickey's Best Friend" provides a very dark take on this trope. It turns out that Pluto was once anthropomorphic like Mickey, until Mickey lobotimized him.
  • Ghost Story: Quite a few:
    • Gold Coins is about a girl and her maid finding a Secret Passage in one of the hallways of the mansion by watching the ghost of a boy putting something under a flagstone, and finding a bunch of gold hidden in it. One night, the maid accidentally drops the flagstone, trapping the girl in the secret room. The family has to move away, since she was never found-but constantly heard from.
    • House of Mirrors involves the wife of a Spanish admiral murdering her daughter, and her daughter showing the Admiral what happened by replaying it in one of her many mirrors. The house has been uninhabitable since...
    • Milk and Cookies is about an old man who brings the ghost of a little girl some milk and cookies every friday, after getting trapped in the reefer truck she died in while playing Hide-and-Seek when he was a child.
    • The Sealed Building is about a boy who climbs onto a bricked-up toilet shack. There is a hole in the roof, which emits cigarette smoke. Then the door opens... Turns out, a kid died in there while smoking a cigarette.
    • Sinister Sister's Shower is about a girl who murders her big sister to steal her boyfriend, and grows to hate showering because of a feeling of Being Watched whenever she's in the bath. She cuts her hair short, and goes to take a shower. She notices that her hair is back to it's length, and that there's something dripping on her... She looks up to see the mutilated corpse of her sister, clinging to the ceiling and bleeding on her.
    • Sniff is about a guy who, when staying with his aunt in Glasgow, hears something sniffing around in the darkness and he gets wet-nosed bu the creature. The house (and most of the suburb of Govanhill) is built over an old mine where there was many, many accidents, and her house is haunted by a pit mule sniffing about for a draft of fresh air.
    • The titular monster in The Monster in the Pantry turns out to be a ghostly dog.
  • Glorious Mother Russia:
    • Is Memetic Mutation on capitalist internet to rewriting creepypasta as if taking place in Soviet Russia, often using Gratuitous Russian and/or Funetik Aksent. Happenings of pasta is often change, as true Soviets able to endure much higher amount of punishment than weak American dogs, because Mother Russia Makes You Strong (and also because Russian Guy Suffers Most, so little bit more suffering is not being big deal). Vodka is much present, and many object including Artifact of Doom or MacGuffin burned for warmth without second thought. Such is life in Moscow.
    • One example of disgusting American pasta here and its glorious Russian version here (Encyclopedia Dramatica may not being safe to open in capitalist workplace. You need real job plowing fields instead, 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.
  • Hell: In My Brother Died When I Was a Child, and He Kept Talking, the protagonist's twin brother dies, and he is somehow able to still talk. He falls to a grey beach, with clouds that scream, and a "darkness" in the ocean that will destroy him if he tries to swim it. The desert in the other direction has people so naked, you can read their memories. He's supposed to go to the Center, and if you don't go, you become something like a tree or block of stone. There's something there, waiting for him, everyone who has died, has been waiting since they even existed In Potentia. Time flows differently; an hour in life is years and years and years there. There's also mountains of fused tree/rock-people near the Center, and creatures he calls "Walkers" with three legs and spiky shells like sea urchins that police the ghosts walking towards the Center, that can eat your suffering through their tongue-tentacles. They're not the worst thing there, just "bottom feeders". The Center is inside an Ominous Floating Castle that looks like a beehive, bigger than a city. The ghosts just march right inside. The hive makes them "bitter," amplifying their spite until it drowns their personality. The center itself is infinitely worse than all that; indescribably vast and causing suffering just by being near it. It looks like a massive, massive skeleton wearing many masks bigger than countries, with myriad fingers. The spite the ghosts feel reaches out to it, like a baby reaches for it's mother. Being noticed by it is like god telling you he hates you.
  • Humans Are Cthulhu: CE-6 is about an alien child playing in the garden who watches a group of spacemen come out of an Escape Pod. It's especially weirded out by his hair, which it calls "string". English is also extremely horrific to the aliens, driving them to attack the astronauts; which is promptly rewarded with a blast from a flamethrower.
  • 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 that all of the supposedly haunted "lost episodes" from other pastas may have been created by a a mentally dysfunctional social outcast with a talent for video editing.
    • 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.
    • The creature in The Horror From the Vault creates a mess of the stuff in the clearing where it nests. If that's not bad enough, the animals it makes it from are still alive and concious, trying to escape...
  • 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.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • The protagonist of The World's Best School Psychologist thinks he has Abusive Parents because they won't buy him a Nintendo, won't let him have friends over on school nights (or go to other kid's houses they don't know the families of), and don't let him watch TV before his homework's done.
    • Likewise, the protagonist of Dear Abbey thinks his boss had it in for him because he fired him for taking a security tape-something the protagonist admitted is a terminable offense. Buuuut he just *had* to have a picture of his newest obsession...
  • The Most Dangerous Video Game:
    • "Ben Drowned," a famous pasta about a haunted copy of The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. After playing it, the narrator begins to experience terrible things in their everyday life.
    • Similarly, NES Godzilla, about a video game containing an Eldritch Abomination that forces the protagonist to play it or watch their friends die, while also making him feel the pain of all the monsters he plays as.
  • 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.
    • Autopilot has nothing supernatural. It's about a guy who forgets his daughter in the car on a hot day...
    • They Weren't Raccoons involves an exterminator who discovers a new species of vermin.
    • Meek is about a poopsock ("I'd rather poop in a sock than stop playing") gaming addict who accidentally cuts his internet line, and goes digging through his squalid apartment for the phone. In the long-disused bedroom, he discovers the dessicated corpses of his wife and infant daughter, who got trapped in there when he moved some boxes in front of the door. The shock gives him a fatal heart attack.
    • The Crawling House on Black Pond Road is about a tumbledown old house severely, severely infested with earwigs, centipedes, and wasps.
  • 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:
    • Jeff the Killer mutilated his own face to remove his eyebrows and nose.
    • 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.
  • Nightmarish Factory: The climax of "Burgrr" takes place in a factory that looks like it was, well, imagine a slaughterhouse redesigned by a clown college and left to rot for 50 or so years. It's gaurded by a horde of creatures made from it's castoffs, fused toether by the energy coming from the portal back to it's home dimension.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Glorious Russian Pastas, which pits supernatural horror agains slavic long-suffering.
    • Marshmallows is about a guy who freaks out over not having any marshmallows to put in his cocoa.
  • No Fourth Wall: "They Are Watching Me" (and many stories like it) addresses the person reading them as an attempt to scare the reader with the threat of the malevolent entity from the story coming after them next.
  • 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.
    • "Mr. Widemouth", on the other hand, is much more malevolent.
  • 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.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Most of the protagonists get haunted through no fault of their own, just something malevolent and supernatural deciding, out of the blue, to screw with them.
    • Gristers is about a guy who hears a scuffling noise while reading a creepypasta, and discovers that there's a race of invisible, rat-like humanoids that feed on fear running around. And they hate being seen. The more scared one is, the more likely one is to see them. They're not intangible; they killed his cat and a random commuter to Send Him a Message.
  • 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".
  • Puppeteer Parasite:
    • Worm Jeff is one of these, at least after his host has completed their transformation.
    • The otherworldly beings in No Pity for the Dead.
    • The Crawling House on Black Pond Road has the Cruel Twist Ending that the protagonist's boyfriend was infested by wasp larvae. He'd been acting strange since they'd investigated the titular house...
    • Zombie Fungus involves a guy's brother acting weird since he got home from a college trip to a rainforest. He'd been infected by a strain of Cordryceps mutated to affect humans.
  • 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.
    • Russian Sleep Experiment ends with the final remaining test subject getting a dose of this. The subject threatens the researcher trapped in with him that he has now become the sum total of all that humans fear. The researcher, in response, simply pulls out a gun and shoots the subject dead. Terrifying or not, the subject was still human.
    • Mickey's Best Friend is a good example of how people would really react to a "lost" episode of a normally family-friendly story with dark and disturbing subject matter—the titular Mickey Mouse short of Mickey performing a lobotomy on a dog friend of his, turning him into Pluto is universally panned by critics who considered it to be So Bad, It's Horrible, it doesn't affect anyone badly beyond giving them nightmares, Moral Guardians immediately demand that the short be banned due to the way it scared their kids and the whole thing becomes a massive Old Shame for Walt Disney and everyone else involved in making it.
  • Red Sky, Take Warning: "Red Sky at Night", of course.
  • The Reveal:
  • 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?
  • Rule 34: Yes, there are creepypastas about sexytimes as well. Trust me, though, they are not arousing. They usually involve said times going horribly wrong.
  • 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 SatAM 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...
  • Titled After the Song: Dream Weaver is about a guy who participates in a dream-recording experiment. Of course, there's also the Gary White song by the same name (you know; "Ooh Dream Weaver, I believe you get me through the ni-ight...").
  • 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.
  • The Tetris Effect: Played for all the horror it can muster! The Fine Line involves a player getting addicted to a life simulator game and becoming impressed with how real it was. NP Cs reacting in realistic ways, events he caused in the game having long lasting effects on the rest of the in-game world, and how robust the physics engine seemed to be. Eventually, he starts going out of his way to cause as much chaos as possible just to see how for he could push the game's realism; hi-jacking planes, causing wildfires, and even ordering components from the games internet to construct a bomb. However, in the end, he realizes the hard way that not all of what he did was in-game...
  • 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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