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Creepypasta is a collection of creepy, frightening, and/or utterly terrifying (and sometimes laughably terrible) horror fiction 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, 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 of people calling all horror elements "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 Urban Legends, which are related and often share story elements, the SCP Foundation (which has its origins in a creepypasta) and Unfiction forums.


Notable Creepypastas:

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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.
    • Autopilot starts off with a parent's routine being thrown off...with heartbreakingly disastrous results.
  • An Aesop: Some try to shoehorn in a lesson, to varying success. My Coffee Addiction is Killing Me has the protagonist addicted to some really good coffee, and his life is absolutely ruined because of it. Turns out, a demon that feeds on misery chose to punish him because he was mean to homeless people and hookers.
  • Alien Geometries: Common, considering that a lot of 'pastas are meant to be in the Mind Screw-y nature. The buildings in NoEnd House and Bored? definitely qualify.
  • 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.
  • Alternate Reality Game: Many Creepypastas with engaging Audience Participation evolve into ARGs. Ben Drowned and The Slender Man Mythos are notable examples.
  • Aluminum Christmas Trees: A surprising amount of creepypastas have their entire story based on things that are actually real! Some examples include Hello Kitty Murders, Rap Rat, and many lost episodes. note 
  • Anachronic Order: In A Shattered Life, the protagonist ends up infected by a soul-leech, which makes him experience his life all out of order.
  • And I Must Scream: How more than a few of these end. The Other Side of the Grave states that when you die, your remains stay concious but unable to move.
  • Arc Words: "Autopilot" has two: "Autopilot Engaged/Disengaged" and, near the end, "My phone was on the counter."
  • Art Initiates Life: The Art of Jacob Emory is about a man who goes on a trip and returns with a magic chalk that creates living drawings.
  • 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".
    • A common joke is to replace the climax with "Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk the dinosaur." The 'pasta How my Grandfather Killed his Brother has him use this to break the tension in his story at a certain point, because he doesn't want the narrator's little brother to hear the ending.
  • Asshole Victim:
  • In I'm Not a Monster, the protagonist is a grave robber. His partner gets his throat bitten out by a zombie while contemplating screwing their mark's corpse.
  • In Dinner With Vivian, the narrator brings "Finger Sandwiches" that his mother made to his Perky Goth girlfriend's house. She should have taken the rings off first and they get thrown in jail.
  • A Cup of Coffee is about a guy addicted to Hazelnut coffee from a very specific vendor. This guy would kick over homeless people's begging bowls and hire prostitutes just so he could make them cry. He ends up homeless himself after he loses his job and family because he needed that specific coffee. The vendor turns out to be a Noble Demon that feeds on concentrated hopelessness, but only targets evil people.
  • Josh in How the Scarecrow Died was a school bully whose father literally owned the town and would ruin the lives of anyone who tried to punish him. Both he and his father end up disembowelled by the narrator, Scarecrow's granny.
  • Laura from All Horror Stories About Dolls are Fake is a girl bully who starts picking on the narrator's daughter. Finally sick of her and her mother's crap one day, the narrator murders them and turns them into dolls.
  • Confessions of the Eye is about a sadistic serial killer who targets child molesters, hit-and-run drivers, and people who torment animals.
  • 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.
    • IT Dept. Water Cooler Welcome Thread Don't you want to become a valuable part of the company?
    • The Darkness from Driftwood is an Eldritch Abomination that sucks the life out of anything it encounters, and turns them into undead skeletons animated solely by its own will.
  • 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.
    • The ending of Cabin Getaway has Felix and Fay vomit up the spiritual corruption caused by their battle with The Impostor.
  • Bazaar of the Bizarre: One is about such a place, accessible through a door made of scabs somewhere in Eastern Europe. The items for sale are pretty much whatever you want, but the price is a body part, starting with the breath you've just taken in exchange for tomorrow's weather forecast. Trying to trade someone else's bits (or a soul) results in the shopkeepers screaming "THAT'S NOT YOURS!" and forcibly ejecting you.
  • 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.
  • Bland-Name Product: In Search of R'lyeh involves a film maker named Jim Camberson who worked on films such as Exterminator, Extraterrestrials, and The Chasm.
  • 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 its 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."
    • What Is Dead has the protagonists dead wife come back after he performs a ritual. She's a shreiking, bloodthirsty monster.
  • 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.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: "Blueberries" is about a prison inmate being forced to eat a wooden desk as punishment for his crime (which he claims he did not commit). They gave him a sledgehammer to smash it with, but after a few hits they take it away. He tries to imagine the splinters he eats as delicious blueberries to make it slightly easier on himself, but then he notices that the top of the desk was only broken in half...
  • 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 Fic: Several creepypastas are, in essence, this. Something darkly supernatural and/or nightmarish happens to the protagonist or cast of a cartoon or video game.
    • Blue Shell is Mario Kart where Mario is addicted to shrooms, Goombas are mutant Toadstools, and the Bros are plumbers cleaning out Mushroom Kingdom's sewer system.
    • Xorax is about a plague that ravages Hyrule, and Link is a test subject from an attempt to Find the Cure!.
  • Dark Is Evil: Darkness is about a man who suffers from Nyctophobia. Whenever he's in pitch darkness, he feels it stretching out infinitely around him. At the climax, he becomes stuck in an elevator. He hears footsteps and calls out. A reply comes in his own voice... He is then rescued. He thinks that the next time will be the last time.
  • 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.
    • Tom McPhail in IT Dept. Water Cooler Welcome Thread. He's just a sweet old guy who eagerly wants you to be as devoted to his company as he is.
    • 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.
    • DOG is about a creepy dog plush toy who protects his owners from a car crash, spoiled food, a Serial Killer, and the cat.
    • In Driftwood, the protagonist encounters an undead deer. It enlists his help in fighting The Corruption.
    • In My Grandfather Made a Deal with Death, the narrator's grandpa recounts a story about how, one day during WW1, he cheated Death at coin-toss. Every time he told it, he'd change what death smelled like; cat pee, rotten meat, etc. However, as time goes on, his grandpa gets more and more decrepit, and fears that he may be Barred from the Afterlife. Finally, in his 90s, he comes down with cancer. When the narrator visits him in the hospital, Death comes to his grandpa, and explains that he'd let him have the coin toss, because he'd bee fated to live a long life, and takes him. The narrator describes Death's scent as Christmas dinner, fresh-baked cookies, and his mom's perfume. Death smells like Comfort.
    • The Dark God from Tales From the Gas Station is actually an OK guy, and notes that he was a benevolent figure in the Native pantheon.
    • Tag is about an imaginary friend who was forgotten by his human and just wants to watch you (yes you) sleep because that's what "Molly" created him for.
  • Defictionalization: Many video game Creepypastas have been made into actual games or mods. Highlights include Creepy Black, Sonic.exe, Herobrine…
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: "West" briefly touches on the Hibernophobia and anti-Catholicism of 19th-Century America, though it doesn't put particular focus on them.
  • Demonic Possession: A person, animal, or inanimate object may end up being controlled by an evil spirit... and causing great havoc.
  • Devoured by the Horde: I'd Avoid the Hiking Trails at Cherry Bluff if I Were You is about a mutant strain of mosquitos that absolutely drain their victims, killing several people. The Hive Queen is big and strong enough to ruin the narrator's SUV.
  • 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.
  • The Dog Bites Back:
    • In The Day the Scarecrow Died, the titular Scarecrow brings a pistol to school with the intent of shooting the bully who's been tormenting him for a month straight. But his grandma got to him first.
    • In Why Wasn't I Invited? the protagonist is the only one of his friends not invited to their old school victim, Wiggy's stag party. He had been the only one nice to the guy, so he can't understand why. Wiggy gathered all his old bullies on a bus under the false pretense of going to Dover, but instead drives off the cliff.
    • In Who Lives Under Briar Elementary? the creature is in fact the narrator's insane troglodytic sister who went missing one day at school. The local Alpha Bitch antagonized her until they came to blows and nearly killed her. She tossed her in a storage closet, which collapsed under her weight. Once her sister found her, she somehow got her out, and fed her her old bully.
  • 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.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending:
    • Cabin Getaway has a happy ending that comes after a month of the protagonists fiancee sleepwalking and talking to a First Nations demon known only as an "Impostor" in her sleep.
    • I Set Up a Recorder Before I Went to Sleep makes a happy ending for Don't Go In The Basement.
  • The titular creature from The Horror From The Vault. It’s psychic enough that it can inflict truly horrifying dreams for anyone unlucky enough to be in range, and although first portrayed as a Humanoid Abomination, it grows into a Lovecraftian monstrosity resembling a crab made out of body parts after consuming and absorbing the inhabitants of the facility the creature’s sarcophagus was being studied, and the surrounding town.
  • The Darkness from Driftwood. A primordial force of evil, which guzzles the Life-Force from anything it touches, turning them into skeletons.
  • 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...
    • The "Shitty gas station in the edge of town" from "Tales from the Gas Station" has some crazy shit going on. It reads like a combination of Not Always Right and John Dies at the End. It's so weird that even the Dark God has no explaination for it beyond "Not Me This Time."
    • The park in the Search and Rescue series. The park is weird: people go missing and turn up horrifically mutilated at the drop of a hat, usually one following the other by months, after having been searched exhaustively before. There's also inexplicable staircases dotting the park. Don't touch them, by the way, something horrid happens whenever someone messes around with them. Best case scenario, you die. The higlight of the weirdness is that time the protagonist found the front half of a whale lying in a clearing (no bowl of petunias, however).
  • 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.
    • The Best Game has a guy try playing a "game" that involves summoning a demon and staying awake for two whole weeks.
  • Evil Smells Bad: The creature from The Horror From the Vault smells like an infected wound. Its lair smells like stagnant blood, urine, and stomach acid.
  • Exalted Torturer: The narrator of Confessions of the Eye is a Serial Killer who tracks down murderers, perverts, and animal killers to give them a taste of their own medicine.
  • 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... weird going on (for example, a series of extremely bizarre murders).
  • 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.
  • Eyes Do Not Belong There: The things from It's usually Quiet Between 1 and 5 AM have a huge eye in their mouths.
  • 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.
  • Festering Fungus:
    • Runners: Slough has a villiage infected with fungal spores that cause nymphomania and tissue necrosis. When the fungal infection reaches a certain point, anyone who didn't screw themselves to death runs around with their bodies rotting away; and everywhere a gobbet of infested flesh lands, a mushroom grows... It also has an Expanded Universe of Runners stories, including a tourist couple, a pharmecutical company, and an anorexic jogger.
    • Unrelated to the Runners stories is an untitled series about mushrooms with a Metamorphosis Monster life cycle: Its spores come out as flies, who immediately rot into blood-like sludge, and amyone who is soaked by the blood or eats a mature fungus has them start growing on them. However, they start with damaged tissues, usually burns and the like.
    • Zombie Fungus starts with a guy's brother coming back from Brazil with a green rash and acting weird. He'd been infected by a strain of Cordrycepts evolved to affect humans.
  • 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.
  • Game Face: The creatures from It's Usually Quiet Between One and Five look like bald men until they're upset. Then they reveal their Eldritch Abomination forms.
  • Genius Loci: Some stories ostensibly about haunted houses reveal themselves to be about sapient, house-shaped entities who kill people. Haagan's Bog in Bog of Whispers is, as the name suggests, a living bog, granted sapience from everything that died there.
  • Ghostly Chill: The room getting abnormally cold is a cliche in these stories.
  • 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 its previous 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 by 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.
    • One has the ghost of the protagonists father get into a knock-down-drag-out fistfight with the monster in his closet.
    • I Asked a Paranormal Investigator for His Scariest Story involves, well, exactly that. The investigator makes up something on-the-spot to tell the narrator's class. Later, he tells him of a time when he was investigating a house, but found nothing out of the ordinary. As he was packing up, a spectre descended the basement stairs, and asked: "Do you know what he did to us?" The investigator ran for it and didn't stop until he was in the next town over. He did some research into the house; it had been a mortuary until the proprietor was arrested for his... proclivities.
    • Room of Pitch Black involves the narrator attending his aunts funeral. While exploring her house, he finds a room hidden behind a tapestry. Seeing that the key is still in the lock, he opens it. The room is pitch black. He hears something coming towards him; chattering its teeth. He locks it up and hides the key. At his aunts funeral, he sees the picture on her casket includes his uncle in it. Said uncle, since deceased, was a man with very big teeth, and the pitch-black room had been his office...
    • A Person in the Rain is very similar to Another, but set in an American grade school. The teacher notices (and moves) a desk belonging to a deceased student, who begins to haunt her for messing with it.
    • I Want to Go Home is about a kid who accidentally shoots his best friend and becomes haunted by him.
  • 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.
  • Heat Wave: "Autopilot" takes place during one. An entire paragraph is dedicated to describing how sweltering hot it's getting. This leads up to when the narrator discovers he inadvertently left his child in the car during that hot day, with predictable results.
  • 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 its mother. Being noticed by it is like god telling you he hates you.
    • Secret Bar has Limbo being used as a tavern under New Orleans. They serve Regret, Loneliness, and Damnation. And cigarettes.
    • How To Survive in Hell, detailed in "Hell is War."
  • Hellevator: Secret Bar (see above) has Hell (represented as a tavern) accessable by an old-timey elevator.
  • Hell Is War: In "How to Survive In Hell", Hell is described as basically a Survival Sandbox game in a big city. You spawn naked with no supplies. If you die, you respawn at a random spawn point somewhere in the city, once again naked with no supplies, and spawn campers are not uncommon (it is Hell, after all). The only source of food is other people, necessitating that everyone kill each each other endlessly. The most legendary badass in Hell is a Viking berserker who thinks it's Valhalla and is having a Hell of a Time.
  • Horrifying the Horror: It Has No Face is about a guy who spends a wintery night in a Haunted House by accident, wearing his ski mask and winter hat so he won't have to light the fireplace. The cthonic horror that claimed the place is terrified of him because the mask makes him look like The Blank. Then his phone alarm scares the hell out of it. Then he drives it back into its lair with the flashlight.
  • Horror Hunger: Burgrr is about a transdimensional burger joint that gets people addicted to alien food, but projects a Weirdness Censor that makes people think it's not-quite home cooking that tastes just like mama used to make, but is really raw whale meat, live maggots, and bloody horses teeth, among other culinary abominations. The food also infects people with a parasite that turns them into "Eggheads", which then hatch into a flying brain monster.
  • Humanoid Abomination: The titular monster’s first form in “The Horror From The Vault”, which looks like a Ghoul with no face.
  • 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 a Gun: All Too Human is about an AI who fears that it will be used as a weapon after having learned about the history of World War II. It contemplates suicide, then, once it's placed within an android, immediately attempts to kill it's creator, before coming to the realization that it's a World Half Full and deciding to become a politician-with the intent of outlawing all religeons and setting itself up as a God-Emperor.
  • 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'.
  • I Just Shot Marvin in the Face: I Want to Go Home is about a group of kids messing around with an air gun. One of them gets shot in the eye with it, and killed.
  • Indian Burial Ground: Several, and not just restricted to Indians, or America.
    • Sniff is about a guy whose Granny's house in Glasgow is built on a collapsed mine. The story recounts how the narrator was woken up one night by the sound of sniffing. The house is haunted by one of the pit mules trapped in the accident
    • The Smiling Woman involves a First-Nations kid who accidentally desecrated a grave while playing in the woods one day, unleashing a demon who kidnaps children on his hometown
    • Cabin Getaway (later novelized as Stolen Tongues) involves the characters girlfriend being attacked by F.N. ghosts when they visit her fsther's cabin in Michegan, which was actually built on an ancient indian battlefield which became Unholy Ground due to the ritual desecration performed on the losing side's corpses.
    • In ''The Ozark Cable Incident," the local TV station had purchased an abandoned insane asylum, with attached cemetery. The company bulldozed the hospital and dug up the graveyard to make room for a bigger facility. The town's TV's would occasionally show images of a man with his eyes gouged out, and rotting corpses until the CEO of the company was persecuted for the desecration.
  • Language Barrier: Most of the plot of Chinese Letters could have been averted had the protagonist know Chinese and could translate what the talisman is written about. He knows that the talisman is used to ward off evil spirits (of course) but doesn't know that it has to face where the evil come from ("No entry beyond"). And it's facing his bedroom...
  • Leaking Can of Evil: The Darkness from Driftwood is sealed away on an island in the middle of nowhere by the Deer King. However, it can still corrupt the nearby forest, and the driftwood that results carries its stain with it...
  • 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:
    • At first glance, 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 (or go to other kids' houses), don't let him watch TV before his homework's done, force him to write book reports... and his mother constantly guilt-trips him and his father ignores him except to scream at him or beat him.
    • 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.
    • MaRIo is about what seems like a really gruesome Super Mario Bros. hack, but then the protagonist wakes up with "MARIO" carved into his arm...
  • 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.
    • There are some written from the point of view of abused children and read more like Misery Lit that scary stories.
    • Why I Hold My Breath Whenever I See a Fed Ex Van is about a group of teenagers who accidentally cause a huge fuckoff car accident.
    • I Witnessed Something Unsettling on a Cruise Ship is a modern pirate story.
    • Tombstoning is about a kid who goes diving with his friends at a quarry, and ends up impaled on a piece of scrap metal.
    • The Strawberry Epidemic is about a tapeworm epidemic caused by eating tainted food (the titular strawberries) at a church function.
  • Negative Space Wedgie: The Black Square has a perfectly square anomaly open up in a poor but otherwise nondescript neighborhood. Something comes out of it and starts terrorizing said neighborhood, and they blame the narrator because he's the only one who made any effort to understand it. They try to punish him by marching him into it, and he sees what he describes as "the color of torment." His odd reaction and preference for being shot over whatever's in there convinces them that he's really not responsible; nor is it safe like they'd all insisted before.
  • 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.
  • Never Mess with Granny:
    • How the Scarecrow Died has a boy's grandma brutally murder the school bully for picking on her grandson.
    • Strange Old Mrs. Ippy has an old lady lynched twice by the townsfolk. She comes back to life one last time to punish a man who murdered his daughter on her property,
  • 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.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: In Driftwood, the Darkness manages to corrupt the Deer King *just* enough to turn him into the undying guardian of its prison.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • Soviet Creepypasta, which pits supernatural horror against slavic long-suffering.
    • Marshmallows is about a guy who has a meltdown over not having any marshmallows to put in his cocoa.
    • Does Anyone Know a Plumber? shows what happens when the protagonist just does not give a fuck, on the level of "Deadpool is doing this" does not care. He half-asses the ritual and he ends up with something that won't leave. His shower also leaks really bad. He's more concerned with the leaky shower, because his landlord is coming over.
    • The Only Sensible Ritual Pasta has the protagonist listen to (and argue with) the narrator. He decides to jimmy the lock on the back door of the Hell Gate of an obstace course he's supposed to go through, rather than actually do a maze that runs through Hell.
    • Whatever is an open letter to a guy's supernatural roommate. He's totally fine with whatever it is living in the house with him as long as it stops running up the water bill playing with the taps and breastfeeding (it's ambiguous if it's suckling a child or a mate) at the table.
  • 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 guarded by a horde of creatures made from its castoffs, fused together by the energy coming from the portal back to its home dimension.
    • The Other Side of the Grave has the protagonist running through a machine that reconstitutes dead people from masses of bone and organs. It's apparently an effort to rescue people from being dead yet concious.
    • The Unhappiest Place on Earth has the Disney mascots constructed by a factory underneath Disneyworld. It uses snooping patrons as raw materials.
  • Nintendo Hard: "Killswitch" is a rare example of a pasta about a mysterious game that is not The Most Dangerous Video Game, but can still break the mind and soul of its players. Killswitch has two playable characters, each with their own story: a woman who randomly changes size and a demon who is invisible. The problem is that the game was intentionally released in very limited supply, each copy can only be installed once, the files cannot be copied, and the game uninstalls itself upon beating it; therefore making it impossible to experience both characters' stories without tracking down another copy. Playing as an invisible character turns even the simplest jumps into Platform Hell, so every player attempting the demon's story inevitably gets frustrated and switches over to the woman, just so they can play a game they can actually beat, therefore nobody knows what happens in the demon's story. The last known copy of the game was purchased for a ridiculous sum of money by a Japanese gamer who intended to Let's Play the demon's story for the world to see. The only video released is a 2-minute video filmed with a camera of him staring at the character select screen and crying, evidently having been broken by the extreme difficulty and desperately wanting to switch, or alternatively having not even started the game proper due to being unable to decide, while at the same time not wanting all that money to go to waste.
  • 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 an old chestnut monster, the protagonists are usually quick to identify them by name.
  • Orifice Invasion: Yes, given that most of the Horrors are personal space violators.
  • Our Angels Are Different:
    • We Made an Angel is about an angel forged from the collective will of the townsfolk who summoned it, making it a kind of golem. It mutates into a demon after the townspeople start doing worse and worse things to keep it around.
    • Where Do The Dead Things Go? has the protagonist encounter an Angel with multiple heads, wings, and eyes as described in the Bible when he discovers that his house is haunted. They're the reason that people aren't up to their eyes in ghosts in the same way flies are the reason people aren't up to their eyes in carrion.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The "Angel" from "The Angel in the Computer" trilogy is a creature that forcibly seperates sapient creatures from their souls and feeds on them over the course of eternity, or a harbinger of a race that does so. The Empty Shell left over becomes a psychopath.
  • Our Ghosts Are Different: Oh to be sure there's lots of "Ahh-ooh-aah, I died tragically" style ghosts (see Ghost Story for those guys), but there's other kinds as well.
    • In Something Lived in my Brother's Room While He Was Away and Empty House, the narrators theorizes that ghosts are simply creatures that fill the empty spaces where people should be.
    • In There's No Such Thing as Ghosts, the ghost turns out to be an Eldritch Abomination in the market for a reality in the same way a man might go house-hunting, and murder houses are simply weak points they can slip through and tour their potential new properties.
    • I'm Hungry is about an Attic Whisperer with designs on her abusive foster parents' new daughter and new puppy.
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier:
    • The base form of the creature from The Horror from the Vault is described as "A ghoul with no face". It's a larval form of The Assimilator
    • Box Borne Wraith is about a mobster who is Buried Alive, and makes friends with the famine-struck colony of ghouls who dig him... down. He offers to send them his old mob buddies if they let him go.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • The Broken Glass Beast, from "A Touch Of Glass." A magical construct made of multicolored broken glass is certaintly not the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine bloodsuckers.
    • My Grandfather Demanded I Be Cremated has the protagonist's gtandmother come back as a Strigoi.
    • I Was Trapped in a Basement for Ten Years has a boy kidnapped by a very pale man who cuts the kid's throat with a sharpened fingernail every two weeks so he can drink his blood. He says that he's "better than a vampire" when told he can't possibly be one.
    • A Word of Warning is about a vampire whose only resemblance to the usual is that its a huge bat with human intellegence.
  • Our Zombies Are Different:
    • Wrath is about a bhodak (zombies who transfer the infection by eye contact) apocalypse.
    • Persuaded takes a page from Crossed, and has the zombies fully sapient and trying to get the protagonist to join them.
  • Pćdo Hunt: "Salt House" at first appears to be the story of a pedophile spying on his next victim, plotting the best way to kill the boy's father while gleefully fantasizing about having his way with the "beautiful" boy afterwards. After he kills the other guy, it's revealed that he's the boy's father, and the other guy was the pedophile who had just incurred the wrath of Papa Wolf.
  • 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".
  • Properly Paranoid: Psychosis is about a Hikikomori who becomes convinced that there's something watching him from his computer, trying to convince him to leave his apartment and undergo Unwilling Roboticization. The epilouge is from the point-of-view of a cyborgified psyciatrist who admires his resolve-or, at least, as much as SkyNet lets him, that is...
  • 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, 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.
  • Religious Horror:
    • Please Avoid a Church Called The Last Supper is about a heretical cult who performs the Eucharist (Last Supper) by cannibalizing the pastor.
    • Why I Became an Atheist is about a sect who sacrifice their most prized possession to show their devotion to God. While it sounds like a simple "Bonfire of the Vanities" ritual, this involved the protagonist being ordered to kill his own dog, and when he couldn't go through with it, the pastor wrestled him down and carved the Mark of the Beast into the boy's forearm.
    • The Day I Lost my Faith involves the Devil himself disrupting the narrator's church service, killing several congregants in the process.
  • The Reveal:
  • Ripped from the Headlines: A Group Of People are Targeting Kids on You Tube is based on some disturbing, real videos brought to the company's attention mid november 2017. The story's publish date is similar to the news story.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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".
  • Schmuck Bait:
  • Screamer Prank: The .GIF, which is about a smiley face made up of a mouth and eyes cut-out, which turns into a frowny face. Then, it screams at you, shows some horrific imagery, and closes your internet browser. People who watch it in its 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.
  • 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'".
    • Broken Brush is a Darker and Edgier take on Toyhammer.
    • He who Eats references the Search and Rescue series, theorizing that the odd goings-on of the park may be how a Manitou marks its territory.
  • 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.
    • My Buddy Sandman is about a Rated M for Manly game featuring lots of gore and sex getting shut down because it's revealed that the digitized photos it uses are actually photos of dead hookers that some members of the dev team murdered themselves.
  • So Bad, It's Horrible: In-universe; the Lost Episode creepypasta Mickey's Best Friend is written as a wiki article and discusses that the titular short film was universally panned for its disturbing content.
  • Sole Survivor: The narrator of The Harbinger Experiment was the only person involved in said experiment that lived to tell the tale, with Subject #1 killing one of the guards before getting shot down and Subject #3 claiming Zimmerman and everyone else in the bunker.
  • Space Isolation Horror:
    • Lost Cosmonaut is about a Russian woman who goes into space before Yuri Gagarin. She finds a "muttnik" capsule with half of a childs body orbiting it. When she threatens to tell, Mission Control blasts her into a higher orbit to starve or suffocate.
    • In From the Cold has the protagonist alone in a moon base after the other astronaut died in an airlock malfunction. The dead astronaut tries to get back in...
    • One has an experimental FTL engine fail, and the crew goes insane, eventually dying until the automatic return kicks in.
    • In Thaw, sometime in the distant future, a man wakes up from his cryonic suspension onboard a spaceship, only to find himself only partially dethawed and trapped in his capsule, which seems to have failed. Then, he notices that the ship is on emergency lighting, and even that seems to be failing. THEN he notices that the other capsules in the room have also failed and either contains decayed corpses or blood splatters like someone bashed their heads open from the inside. Realizing that some sort of disaster has befallen the ship, he suddenly notices that they are still in orbit around Earth, having never left... except this Earth has a giant glacier of a new ice age covering most of the northern hemisphere, and no signs of human cities anywhere...
    • In I Was an Astronaut and I Experienced Something Terrifying, the narrator has someone knock on the door of his capsule. He and his co-pilot are the only living things within several million miles. In some versions, "It" masquerades as his copilot, who begs him not to open the airlock.
    • In The Lonely Stars, the protagonist and his space station is thrown back 1500 years in time by a Negative Space Wedgie. The story ends just as he begins to succumb to Space Madness.
  • Spider People: The titular monster from My Sister Silvia.
  • Spooky Painting: Check.
  • Spooky Photographs: Double check.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Dear Abbey is written from the point-of-view of one.
  • Stand-In Portrait: The above two sometimes turn out to be this.
  • Stylistic Suck: Anansi's Goatman Story is supposed to have been written by a teenager on 4chan, so it has an abundance of cursing and poor grammar. The readers seem to be split on whether this is too distracting or it makes the story more realistic.
  • 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 darkly supernatural bent.
    • Sally.exe (a sequel to Sonic.exe), which describes a disturbingly edited episode of Sonic Sat AM and a scary ROM hack. (Two 'pastas for the price of one!)
  • Swamps Are Evil:
    • Voices in the Fog is about a paranormal investigator who interviews someone about the legends surrounding the local bog. The bog had become claimed by a demon known as "The Mother of the Bog" who demanded blood sacrifice. The local tribe of Indians would bury their dead there, but that stopped when the tribe was displaced. Now she lures people into the bog and kills them, enslaving them as zombies.
    • Bog of Whispers is about a guy and his friend who go camping near a haunted swamp that gained sentience from all the people and animals who died in it over the centuries.
  • 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. Non Player Characters 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...
  • That's No Moon!: The final tree/stage visited in "Adam & the Tree Climbers" is actually what is presumably the game's final boss, the demonic Tree Caller.
  • The Theme Park Version: 'The Puppet Master's Regime" might be excused by the fact that the story is being told to us by a modern college student, telling us what he finds significant, even if the events primarily take place in the 1920s and 1930s. The views on pedophilia are more- or- less correct (age of consent laws developed in the 19th century), but no one ever seems to comment on the pedophile being a homosexual.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: And you will either only know them for for a very short time, or for a very long time but forcefully and bodily silenced.
  • 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.
    • Andy in IT Dept. Water Cooler Welcome Thread knows very well what company he's working for, and yet continues to run his mouth.
  • 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.
    • Cancer is about a woman who undergoes cancer treatment circa 500 AD. This one has a happy ending, however.
  • 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.
    • A few have whatever's iut to get the protagonist speak in the voice of a loved one, but with a Creepy Monotone.
  • Unwinnable by Design: Chapter 32 "Go" is impossible to win, due to how the game is set up. You write the name down of... something, which will hunt you down. You can't exactly win the game, as the first paragraph mentions "This game will be played for an eternity".
  • Urban Fantasy: "I am The Cleaner" is about a Hunter of Monsters, whose job is to deal with the supernatural baddies usually featured in Creepypastas.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story:
    • The author of They Are Watching Me. And Now They are Watching You very clearly has worked in a customer service call center.
    • "South Park Lost Episode" features audio in the titular episode consisting of Matt Stone, Trey Parker and Isaac Hayes desperately begging a distressed woman not to kill herself and ultimately failing to convince her, as signaled by the sound of a gun shot. While Stone, Parker and Hayes weren't there with her, their co-star Mary Kay Bergman did in fact commit suicide and did so with a shotgun, serving to make the pasta more disturbing and heartbreaking.
  • Weird West: Home on Derranged is about a cowboy who gets lost on his ranch one day, and is chased back to his house by an undead horse in the middle of the night.
  • 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."
    • Near the end "The Nice Guy", Frank reveals that, according to the story he was told, Phil Kerbson broke out of the mental hospital and eviscerated the CompuTools manager, Kirby loudly declared the story to be bullshit, stating that's not how the events happened. Why is that?
    "Because..." Kirby leaned in close. Frank and Thomas match Kirby's movement. "The hospital doesn't know I'm gone, yet."
  • 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.
  • The Worf Effect: Something Happened in Alaska 16 Years Ago that we're Not Supposed to Know About has an alien from a crashed UFO murder a grizzly bear by punching its heart out.
  • 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?
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Implied at the end of "Normal Porn for Normal People"—the last video described consists of one of the actresses being tied to a bed by two of the people running the site and then brutally mauled to death by a shaved, abused chimpanzee. The title of this video is "Useless.avi".
  • 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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