Web Original: Jeff The Killer

"I really like this one. it's like an 80s horror film."
MrCreepypasta on Jeff's sequel

Jeff the Killer is a particularly famous Creepypasta formed sort of spontaneously by a user named "killerjeff" on the old Encyclopaedia Dramatica back in 2008, based on speculation about the origin about a particularly unsettling picture on the Creepypasta article called "joy.jpg." which may or may not have been a heavily Photoshopped picture of an overweight girl used to bully her two years before. A video on Newgrounds soon surfaced of this picture edited to be deranged and scary in October of 2008.

This is a combination of original research and memories of former ED editors, whose words must be taken at face value because in 2011 most of the relevant image discussion pages and user profiles for ED were deleted in their entirety. However, like everything else on the Internet, one person's guess is as good as anyone else's.

It eventually become almost synonymous with Creepypasta itself, mostly known thanks to the ridiculous amount of spinoffs, as well as its infamously Narmy and unrealistic origin story, both of which have turned something originally totally off-the-rails frightening into something...well, not so much. Over the years, the other well-written Creepypastas have resulted in this Jeff the Killer becoming increasingly derided and disliked, so much so that it got removed off the Creepypasta Wiki and placed on its sister site, the Trollpasta Wiki, dedicated to non-serious and poorly-written Creepypastas. A rewrite competition is currently being held on the wiki to bring it up to modern day standards.

Tropes associated with Jeff the Killer:

  • Acrofatic: Presumably how Troy can jump over a fence on a skateboard.
  • Adults Are Useless: None of the parents step in to break up the fight between Jeff, and the bullies. While they do have guns, and use them, you'd think that someone would try to disarm them while they're distracted, but nope. Nobody does anything till most of them are dead, and Jeff is on fire.
  • Aerith and Bob / Odd Name Out: Most of the names are all standard, normal American names, and then there's Jeff's brother Liu.
  • Asshole Victim: The three kids from Jeff's origin story.
  • Buffy Speak: Unbelievably the prose uses this; Keith apparently knocks down a "thing" of bleach.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Again, the three kids from Jeff's origin story.
  • Black Eyes, Take Warning: No explanation is given for why they're black, but they're there.
    • Note that sometimes fanart forgoes the black part, and often stylizes them as red.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: At best, this is the Fandom's semi-canonical depiction of him.
  • Continuity Snarl: All the way back in 2008, "Jeff" on Newgrounds asserted that he fell face first into a box of cleaning chemicals, which deformed his face the way it is now, and that the "creepier" picture was him having fun in Photoshop. The far sillier origin story was developed much later.
  • Deadly Euphemism: If you run into Jeff, pretty much the only thing you'll hear him say is "go to sleep."
  • Eldritch Abomination: Turns into this in the Worm Jeff saga.
  • Expy: Of The Joker. His face in particular is chemically bleached like the original, and a Glasgow Grin like the Dark Knight version.
    • When it comes to people drawing him, he often times unintentionally turns out looking like Beyond Birthday.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Has been shown in Jeff the Killer vs Jane the Killer that he will not hurt a baby.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Randy has dialogue that wouldn't be out of place in a comicbook.
  • Fat and Skinny: Troy, to Randy and especially Keith.
  • Fat Bastard: Troy, one of the bullies in the story, was implied to be very fat.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: "Jeff" isn't exactly the most frightening of names.
  • Glasgow Grin: This is Jeff's shtick. Often makes people compare Jeff to The Dark Knight's Joker.
  • How Do I Used Tense?: All over the place. The story is infamous for constantly switching tenses, sometimes even doing it in the same sentence.
  • How We Got Here: The story opens with a news report detailing one of Jeff's attempted killings, and states that he has been killing people for quite some time. The rest of the story details Jeff's Start of Darkness.
  • Karma Houdini: Troy, possibly; while Randy is clearly killed by Jeff, and the last description of Keith claims that he is "bleeding to death" (how exactly being hit in the head with a towel rack causes you to bleed to death is another matter entirely), implying he didn't make it out. Troy, meanwhile, is only knocked down and presumably survived.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Randy, Keith, and Troy are all implied to be only twelve years old.
  • Knife Nut: Jeff is rarely seen without a knife of some kind.
  • Laughing Mad: Jeff lets one out when he sees his deformed face in the mirror.
  • Lean and Mean: Keith, one of the bullies from the story, was implied to be very skinny.
  • MST: BAD CREEPYPASTA has done an MST'd reading of the story in a very lemony, snarky way.
  • My Nayme Is: Assuming that Liu isn't supposed to adopted, or the use of a foreign name, and is just a really weird spelling of 'Lou', or 'Louie'.
  • Nightmare Face: The image that started it all is very hard to get out of your head, and can be quite a shocker. The picture it was based on (hit the link in the opening paragraph for a comparison) is not at all better.
  • Rule 34: And it's just as wordlessly horrible as you can imagine.
  • Rule 63: Tumblr often has Jane the Killer.
  • Self-Made Orphan: The night Jeff returns from the hospital, he kills both his parents.
  • Stupid Evil: Despite lying to the police to get Liu arrested, Randy, Troy, and Keith have no problems attacking Jeff and trying to kill him at a birthday party with tons of witnesses. Even if Randy had won, he would have been arrested for murder. Randy even admits that he lied right in front of everyone. The three don't even have the sense to wear masks to hide their identities.
  • Taking You with Me: Keith tries to do this with Jeff by tossing his lighter at the latter, who has been coated in vodka.
  • Terrible Trio: Randy, Troy, and Keith, the three bullies that mugged and assaulted Jeff and his brother.
  • Tragic Villain: An attempt to make Jeff sympathetic is made. It doesn't work very well.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Troy and Keith, despite being major antagonists, just kinda awkwardly leave the story after Jeff is burned. They might have been killed during the fire (or Troy by being whacked on the head with a towel rack) but it's not made very clear.