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. But, then again, like everything else on the Internet, one person's guess is as good as anyone else's.

Today it's 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.


Tropes associated with Jeff the Killer:

  • 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.
  • Ax-Crazy
  • 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.
  • Glasgow Grin: This is Jeff's shtick. Often makes people compare Jeff to The Dark Knight's Joker.
  • 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.
  • 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, and is just a really weird spelling of 'Lou'.
  • 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.
  • Slasher Smile
  • 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 witnesis. 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.
  • 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.
  • Would Hurt a Child