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  • Base Breaker: Jeff The Killer seems to be one, 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.
  • 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:
    I was a 17 year old girl when I was killed. I was brutally murdered in the woods the night of a party at my friends. It was Slenderman’s woods. He saved me. Brought me back and I became a creepypasta.
  • 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!
    • 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 would never dream of calling their costumed characters mascots. As any Disney nerd worth their salt knows they're cast members. It's a small detail, but one that can break willing suspension of disbelieve right before The Reveal.
  • 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 O Cs hook up with them. Though they still tend to keep the characters creepy.
  • Fanime Several, varying on the Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness.
  • Fridge Horror: These stories can sometimes be composed of this. In the case of Pokemon: Scary Black and Pokemon: 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.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The sound of those creaking footsteps in your house? Time to bail.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight/Harsher in Hindsight: The events of Dead Bart have been compared to the Family Guy episode "Life of Brian", which starts off as a fairly normal episode of the show only for it to spiral into the death of a beloved character, with the rest of the story dealing with the characters' reactions to the tragedy.
    • 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 know 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.
  • 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.
    • The Creepypasta Wiki has a section devoted to trollpastas and other poorly-written tales. WHO WAS PHONE?
    • The Epic Rap Battle between Dead Bart and Squidward's Suicide lightens the scare factor almost instantly.
    • 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 SquarePants. 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.
  • Older Than They Think: A lot of creepy pastas are classic urban myths that have been around for decades.
  • Paranoia Fuel: Key to many good creepypasta.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The TrollPasta wiki has a whole category for "Pasta Trying To Be Good When It Sucks Enough To Be A Troll".
    • Papercuts. That is all.
    • Almost everything in
    • Even some of the stories written in seriousness can be this, because they are often written by young children. Here is a stellar example.
  • Tear Jerker: ''Dead Bart.'' Especially if you lost a young friend or relative.
    • The same goes for "Doors" and "Jessica."
    • Jeff the Killer's origin story may qualify, as well. He may be insane and murderous, but remember: he's human, and if the story is any indication, he's just a kid. Think about it. All of that happened to a child.
    • "The Medic". After an Allied mortar bombardment, a Nazi medic who has run out of supplies doctors his wounded men by using his skin for bandages and his own blood for blood transfusions, then dies. However, this being late-WWII Nazi Germany, every man in the company is KIA within a month.
      • Experiment 84-B. You'll never feel the same way about the Slenderman again.
    • A lot of the theories for famous cartoons, which usually either have a character in a coma or hallucinating all the events, or the creator made the show off of someone who died.
    • Squidward's Suicide may be horrifying, but it can also make you feel horrible for poor Squidward.
      • The mutilated corpses of children later on in the story.
    • Laughing Jack is quite possibly the biggest case of Adult Fear in any Creepypasta ever.
      • Long story short, Laughing Jack is a entity who horrifically kills children, and at the end of the story, he mutilates the narrator's child (who was still alive afterwards) and the titular Jack tricks the mother into killing her son, which results in her getting institutionalized.
      • The prequel The Origin of Laughing Jack is pretty heart wrenching as well. It turns out he was a cosmic entity sent by a guardian angel to be friends with a lonely boy named Issac, and was to adapt with Issac's personality. After accidently killing the neighbors cat, Issac was sent to a boarding school, but promises to reunite with Jack one day. Jack spent years waiting for Issac, who had forgetting him, and in additional becoming a Serial Killer. When Issac and Jack reunite, in a combination of resentment, and adapting to Issac's new love for violence, Jack tortures Issac before killing him. And when it finally ends...
    As his life bled out on that cold wooden bed, Isaac’s life flashed before his eyes. He saw his mother, his father, the boarding school, his victims, and the last thought that fluttered through his mind, was of that very special Christmas where he woke up to find the beautifully hand carved wooden box that contained his very first friend... There are rumors that when the police finally found Isaac Grossman’s rotten maggot infested corpse weeks later on Christmas Eve, that even though his face had been bashed and torn to bits… He almost looked... Happy.
  • 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. Just look at the comments.
  • The Woobie: The Slender Man, of all individuals, is depicted as this in the creepypasta "Experiment 84-B".
    • It's virtually impossible to read Squidward's Suicide and not feel for the title character.

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