YMMV / Creepypasta


  • Alternative Character Interpretation: "The Black Friday Incident": Did the Pixar animators create that disturbing short film because they were driven to insanity from stress or was it their way of giving the meddling executives the proverbial middle finger? Given that one of them killed himself shortly after finishing it, you might assume the former, but there is something interesting about Woody's actions in the short film—he writes the word "EDGE" on the wall in blood (the executives were constantly demanding "more edge" for the movie) and tauntingly asks "Don't you want it!? Don't you love it!?" to the audience (aka, the executives that the footage is being screened for).
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Jeff the Killer, for what seems to be that he's a less abstract and surreal character in his conception, and more of a rather basic horror movie character. He also edges into "Invincible Villain" territory sometimes.
    • The Slender Man. Either one of the scariest and original monsters of the modern era or an overrated monster that has overstayed his welcome. Much like Jeff, the general dislike is due to overexposure.
  • Cliché Storm: An interesting example - the Creepypasta Wiki even has a list of "Creepy Cliches".
    • Papercuts. There's enough cliches to make an F5 tornado seem like a light summer breeze.
    • Sassy Mama the Hungry Blood Lover. If you think the title is bad, it's just the tip of the iceberg. We're barely into the story when we get this:
  • Complete Monster: Has its own page.
  • Creepy Awesome: Quite a few monsters 'pasta authors dream up can turn into this.
  • Critical Research Failure: "There was no text asking me to switch out." from "Snow on Mt. Silver". The player had only Typhlosion left at that point since rest of the team got frostbitten to death, of course there would be no text for switch out!
    • Similarly, "Blue Tears" has a sequence where Blue challenges Red to a battle. It's claimed that "there was no option to run away"...which should be obvious because in Pokemon you aren't allowed to run from trainer battles.
    • The Lost Superman Cartoon mentions a lost Superman cartoon where Superman murders Stalin via his Eye Beams. The thing is, Superman didn't have heat vision in the 1940's, not even in the Fleischer cartoons!
    • Abandoned By Disney's writer apparently didn't know Disney doesn't call their costumed characters mascots. They're cast members. It's a small detail, but one that can the break willing suspension of disbelief right before The Reveal.
  • Discredited Trope:
    • Using "Hyper-realistic" to describe anything is heavy discouraged by the Creepypasta Community at large, as the word has suffered extensive mis- and overuse and is seen as pure Narm as a result.
    • In general, use of supernatural elements in creepypastas has been dying out thanks to frequent less than stellar overuse of it in many creepypastas over the years. Cryptids may be able to skit by but over the years creepypastas have shifted from supernatural horror to underground conspiracies/organizations and actual odd real world phenomena that can be done such as optical tricks or other such creepy 'mind hacks' you can pull on yourself in real life. While creepypasta about supernatural horrors may continue to be made, it often takes a lot of effort on the writers to keep it from becoming yet more Snark Bait amongst the community.
    • Game creepypastas got hit with this hard. Thanks to their setup, most game creepypastas have to rely on a number of cliches to actually make the game threatening, and the ones that don't usually have to rely on the protagonist being an idiot or curious to the point of lethality, usually glossing over why they don't just Cut the Juice if the game system won't shut off. It doesn't help that game creepypastas are also some of the worst offenders of the 'hyper-realistic' overuse as well.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Jeff the Killer, all the time. In fact, it's actually a little unbelievable how many people unironically fangirl over creepypasta monsters, to the point of making fanfiction where their OCs hook up with them. Though they still tend to keep the characters creepy.
    • A lot of the "major" monsters can get this from some part of the fandom, not just Jeff the Killer. Some good examples being the Slender Man, X from Sonic.exe, and Laughing Jack. Jeff the Killer and the Slender Man get it the worst, though, due to being the most popular.
  • Fridge Horror: These stories can sometimes be composed of this. In the case of Pokémon Scary Black and Pokémon Lost Silver, one must wonder who would be sadistic enough to make such hacks, and why they would distribute them on plastic cartridges rather than on the web.
    • Made even worse by the fact that the cartridges were apparently old enough to predate the technology required for them to be hacked to the extent that they were and put on a cartridge from someone's home. So either someone at Nintendo has an incredibly sick sense of humor, or the explanation is of a more... supernatural nature.
    • The story "Abandoned By Disney" has the narrator discovering, in a previously locked room in an abandoned resort, the corpses of the employees and the... thing that killed them. He runs and escapes with his life, but he makes no mention of having re-locked the door. Whatever was in that room may have just escaped into the world at large.
    • The story "Ability" revolves around the protagonist encountering a homeless man who keeps muttering strange things, and eventually learning that he possess the psychic ability to know what the last thing somebody ate was. Just a case of What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?...except for the fact that one of the things he mentioned was "Human", and that he said it while an ordinary-looking businessman passed him.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A few years after Squidward's Suicide Nickelodeon would go on to release an actual SpongeBob SquarePants episode called "Are You Happy Now?" where the reoccurring joke is Squidward is depressed and looks like he might commit suicide (but in the typical Getting Crap Past the Radar way SpongeBob is known for of course). It's actually a theory that someone on the writing staff did it on purpose as a nod to the Pasta.
    • Critics of SpongeBob say that the show has gotten too dark and mean-spirited in recent years. Some joke that the writers read creepypastas and decided to make official episodes like that.
    • The commercial for the Rap Rat board game says "He's no ghost, he's the most!". Guess which very character would become central in an infamous creepypasta years later?
    • The title of "Snow on Mt. Silver" became this when Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver actually included a snowy part of Mt. Silver.
  • Idiot Plot: More than a few creepypastas are the result of the protagonist doing something so incredibly stupid that nobody in their right mind would do and/or continuing to poke at the Obviously Evil thing they've found over and over again before it predictably retaliates. The Trollpasta wiki has an entire category on this; "Stupid is as the main character does".
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Yes.
  • Narm: Pretty much anything listed on Creepypasta Wiki's Creepy Cliches page.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Obviously.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Sherlok Holms.
    • The premises of some creepypastas may unsettle audiences until further detail of the pastas is given, as in "Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv" where the absurd and overly-dramatic detail that the viewers of the video gouged their eyes out THEN mailed them to YouTube's main office is given.
    • If one actually stops to think about the disturbing imagery associated with Creepypasta, many of them turn to nightmare retardant quickly. Many of the shocking pictures are just obvious photoshop. Take - for example - the startling page image Smile Dog. While painted as a frightning, evil demonic entity in the pasta, that picture is really a photo of someone's beloved dog. Smile Dog is in actual fact, a Siberian Husky - one of the most beautiful and photogenic breeds of dog.
    • The Creepypasta Wiki has a section devoted to trollpastas and other poorly-written tales (intentional or otherwise). WHO WAS PHONE?
    • Now there's a wiki for Trollpasta.
    • This is par for the course in video game and lost episode pastas. Whatever the story does right, it doesn't change the fact that you're basically reading a Dark Fic of a silly, idealistic, and all around nonthreatening work like Pokémon, My Little Pony or Spongebob Square Pants. If, on the other hand, the source material is serious and cynical, then people are already expecting something dark, which is a problem since these pastas typically rely on Surprise Creepy. It's no coincidence that the majority of entries on the Trollpasta Wiki fall into these sub-genres. Pastas about an original Show Within a Show tend to fare better, as they are not burdened with the reader's expectations of other stories.
    • Papercuts.
    • The Harbinger Experiment is genuinely creepy, but the fact that the main monster's arrival is heralded by Tiny Tim's "Livin' in the Sunlight" can feel a little silly—especially if you associate that song with Spongebob Squarepants.
    • Speaking of SpongeBob, the "SpongeBob Bootleg Episode"'s Uncanny Valley still of SpongeBob himself is pretty creepy and according to the Creepypasta itself, "those who look at the still long enough claim to see SpongeBob blink". And if you look at it long enough? He really does...because the image is a gif. There goes the Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
  • Older Than They Think: A lot of creepy pastas are classic urban myths that have been around for decades.
    • Smile.dog itself may have been inspired/influenced by H.P. Lovecraft's short story, "Pickman's Model".
  • Paranoia Fuel: Key to many good creepypasta.
    • Many protagonists get haunted because something supernaturally evil decides out of the blue to screw with them.
    • The pasta's story has basis in real life events? It's also an ARG heavy on Audience Participation, the fourth wall has been broken, weakened, or isn't there at all? Good luck sleeping tonight.
    • Abandoned by Disney and, even moreso, its sequel Room Zero, are this for anyone who's been to a Disney park. "Room Zero" is the most paranoia-inducing, between the "author's" descriptions of being followed and finding Mickey-Mouse silhouettes everywhere, the "corpse disposal" procedure, the gascots, the eldritch happenings on the waterslides, and the implication that Disney had an old woman murdered for talking about one of their darkest secrets. The crowning moment of Paranoia Fuel, however, has got to be the big reveal: there's a bomb shelter under Disneyworld, sealed off and filled with a park's worth of long dead patrons as well as... something, possibly the demonic force responsible for the events of the first story... right under everyone's feet. Even worse, it's implied that they're still haunting the park, and are not only responsible for the horrors in both stories but may be cursing the entire Disney corporation.
    • The grand finale of the Abandoned by Disney saga, Corruptus, and the revelation within it that the bomb shelter and possibly the Gascots were a corruption doesn't help one bit. Just what are these things slowly corrupting everything Disney? What do they want? Why are they here? Who knows...?
    • Kids in the Dark, mainly because you never know anything about what was making the noises, why it was making the noises, or why it was climbing into the narrator's bed at night for comfort. Actually, basically anything by Slimebeast will probably count.
    • Anansi's Goatman Story has this in spades. The titular creature is a shapeshifter, and inserts itself into the protagonists' group repeatedly over the course of the story, and most of them remain unaware of it. Worse, one of the characters who was keeping watch saw it sneak into the room where they were sleeping while it thought he was asleep. He sat there watching it, too scared to move, for the rest of the night, and it actually walked back to civilization with them. Plus, why it did this or what it wanted from them (or even an explicit description of what "it" was) is never revealed.
    • The Dad's Tapes r/NoSleep series by EZmisery gives us the Friends, demonic beings from an entirely different world. Their sole purpose is to cause suffering and death, and they outnumber humanity, but they can't interact with our world in their natural form. They have to take over a human body via Demonic Possession, by entering through the tear ducts, and the problem is that they're so good at mimicking humans that it's almost impossible to distinguish them from people. Once a host is caught after months or even years, they move on to someone else, leaving behind completely fabricated memories - although it is possible to contain them inside a host. They could be possessing anyone, anywhere, including the people closest to you, and the worst thing you could ever do in the presence of a Friend is agree with them, by saying yes to anything.
    • After The Harbinger Experiment, you'll probably jump everytime you hear "Livin' in the Sunlight" by Tiny Tim.
  • The Scrappy: Clockwork: Your Time Is Up is often considered to be one of the worst Creepypastas of all time, naturally leading to the main character, Natalie, being the fandom's equivalent of Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way for personifying the fandom's Mary Sue traits. And unlike Jeff the Killer, she has very few defenders.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: More than a few creepypastas that were once regarded as some of the best ever made have long since become prime examples of how not to write a creepypasta. A prime example would be Jeff the Killer; originally regarded as one of the scariest creepypasta slashers, he's now regarded a boring Villain Sue who overuses gore in his stories to downright offensive levels.
  • Sequelitis: NoEnd House suffers from this, with the first installment being scary, and while the second is a bit weaker, it does clear up a plot hole and has the same tone. The third, however, throws the others out the window by giving the house a cliche'd backstory involving witches of all things and veering away from the horror, on top of being incredibly brief.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The Trollpasta wiki has a whole category for "Creepypasta Trying to Be Serious but Fails".
    • Papercuts. That is all.
    • Almost everything in Crappypasta.com.
    • When some of these stories are written by someone who's not fluent outside of their native language, they sometimes veer into Translation Trainwreck territory. It Will Get Worse is one such example.
    • It's sometimes very obvious that some creepypastas are written by young authors without much writing experience, and the awkward syntax, among other things, can make them a lot funnier than they are scary.
  • Uncanny Valley: Hello, blank!
  • "Weird Al" Effect:
    • Those familiar with Pokemon: Lost Silver now associate the Pokeflute theme with this game, consequently seeing it less as relaxing than depressing.
    • The Christian song "Children of the Light" is, in some circles, more associated with the creepypasta "1999" than anything else, as seen in the comments for this video.
  • The Woobie: The Slender Man, of all individuals, is depicted as this in the creepypasta "Experiment 84-B".


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