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  • 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).
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    • "Anansi's Goatman Story": Is the titular creature being intentionally malicious? Or is it just innocently curious about the campers, but can't help but appear horrifying due to its Blue-and-Orange Morality and/or Lack of Social Skills.
  • 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 involves the narrator and their friends being captured by a creepy and mysterious figure who mutilates his victims in experiments involving papercuts. There's enough cliches to make an F5 tornado seem like a light summer breeze.
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    • Sassy Mama the Hungry Blood Lover. The title'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". At this point, the player had only Typhlosion since the rest of the team got frostbitten to death, so of course there would be no text to 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 Pokémon you aren't allowed to run from trainer battles.
    • The Lost Superman Cartoon is about a lost episode where Superman murders Stalin via his Eye Beams. Thing is, Superman didn't have heat vision in the 1940's, not even in the Fleischer cartoons.
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    • Abandoned By Disney's writer didn't know that Disney doesn't call any of their characters mascots. They're cast members. It's a minor detail, but it can break the willing suspension of disbelief right before The Reveal.
  • Discredited Trope:
    • Using "Hyper-realistic" to describe anything is heavily discouraged by the Creepypasta Community, as the word has suffered extensive misuse and overuse, and is consequently seen as pure Narm.
    • In general, use of supernatural elements in creepypastas has been dying out thanks to frequently less than stellar overuse of it in many creepypastas over the years. Cryptids are sometimes able to skirt by, but over the years creepypastas have shifted towards underground conspiracies/organizations and unusual real world phenomena that can be done in real life such as optical tricks or other 'mind hacks' you can pull on yourself. While creepypastas about supernatural horrors will continue to be made, it often takes a lot of effort to keep it from becoming mock-worthy in the community.
    • Video game creepypastas got hit with this hard. Thanks to the setup, most game creepypastas have to rely on a number of cliches to make the game scary, and the ones that don't end up relying on the protagonist being an idiot or curious to the point of lethality end up glossing over why they don't just unplug the game system if it won't turn off. It doesn't help that video game creepypastas are some of the worst offenders of the aforementioned 'hyper-realistic' overuse as well.
    • Lost Episode creepypastas also got hit with this for similar reasons to video game creepypastas: overuse of cliches, protagonists being Too Dumb to Live, glossing over why said protagonists don't simply unplug the TV/computer, and being some of the worst offenders of the 'hyper-realistic' overuse.
    • Creepypastas with extremely gratuitous sexual elements along with horror (Such as Vincent V. Cava's 'Butt Stuff'note ) saw a brief surge in popularity in 2017, but quickly became discredited because once the sexual side of the story was removed, the stories were horrendously uninspired, violent or disgusting for the sake of it, and extremely poorly written.
    • "Deep Web True Story" tales got hit with this hard when it became easier for the average person to access the deep web and discover what's actually in it.
      • It didn't exactly help that nearly every 'true deep web story' has the exact same plot, with just the order being changed up: Our protagonist goes on the Deep Web to buy drugs/films/do horrible things/go on for no reason, magically stumbles into a Red Room, then all of a sudden Russians/Chinese/Masked Men instantly break down the door and throw the protagonist into a Red Room where they then die/get their delicate parts hacked off.
  • Draco in Leather Pants:
    • Jeff the Killer. The amount of people who unironically fangirl over him is insane, and there were so many creepypastas made as an excuse for their OCs to hook up with him that it became considered cliche and a good source of mockery among the community. This got so bad that the creepypasta wiki straight-up banned any Jeff-related story from the site.
    • A lot of the more popular monsters can get this from parts of the fandom, not just Jeff the Killer. Some good examples being the Slender Man, X from Sonic.exe, and Laughing Jack.
  • Fridge Horror: These stories can sometimes be composed of stuff that becomes more horrifying when you think too hard about them. 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 that extent. 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. It appears like 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.
  • Glurge: Many of the "wholesome" creepypastas (or "feelspastas" as they're sometimes called) can fall into this, especially the ones that have gotten popular on r/nosleep in later years. Most of them involve some variation of a child having a creepy imaginary friend, or seeing some sort of creepy monster, only for the creepy being to defend the child from some evil adult, usually an abusive family member. Some of them will have no horror elements whatsoever, but still get labeled as creepypastas anyway.
  • 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. Some people have theorized that someone on the writing staff did it on purpose as a nod to the Pasta.
    • The commercial for the Rap Rat board game says "He's no ghost, he's the most!", and it becomes funny given that that very character would become central in a popular 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, as well as the even more snowy Sinjoh Ruins.
    • Psychopath Mode involves a fan-made PC port of Dead Rising that the author downloads due to losing his copy of the game. A few years after the story was written, the game was officially given a PC release.
  • Idiot Plot: More than a few creepypastas are the result of the protagonist doing something 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 now-defunct Trollpasta Wiki had an entire category on this, "Stupid is as the main character does".
  • Narm:
  • Nightmare Retardant:
    • The premises of some creepypastas can be rather unsettling until an absolutely absurd detail is given, like in "Mereana Mordegard Glesgorv", where the detail that the viewers of the video gouged their eyes out then mailed them to YouTube's main office is given, which implies that they could somehow still write neat addresses on envelopes without being able to see, and while blood is busy gushing out of their empty eye sockets.
    • If one stops to think about the disturbing imagery associated with Creepypasta, many of them turn to nightmare retardant quickly, since most of the shocking pictures are just obvious photoshop. For example, the image for Smile Dog. While painted as a frightening, evil demonic entity in the pasta, that picture is really a photoshopped image of someone's dog. Smile Dog is actually a Siberian Husky - one of the most beautiful and photogenic breeds of dog.
    • The Trollpasta Wiki is devoted to poorly-written tales (intentional or otherwise), such as the infamous WHO WAS PHONE?
    • 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 reading what's essentially a Dark Fic of a silly, idealistic, and generally nonthreatening work like Pokémon, My Little Pony or SpongeBob SquarePants. On the other hand, if the source material is already serious and cynical, then people are expecting something dark, which isn't good since most of these pastas rely on Surprise Creepy. Pastas about an original Show Within a Show, such as Candle Cove, tend to fare better because they aren't burdened with the reader's expectations of the work.
    • The finale of Cure For Cancer - after several very awkward sex scenes earlier in the story, the protagonist’s lover (who he manipulated and tricked into being in love with him in the first place...) is now dying from cancer, so the protagonist treats her with Human stem cell therapy, a medical treatment that’s currently being tested in real life on non-human animals as we speak. Instead of doing something similar to the results of the tests thus far, the treatment turns her into a half-human, half-zombie(?), all new species of monster. Despite this creature clearly being dangerous, and also not how that works, our protagonist decides to get close, draw her in... and begins to french kiss her, all while having his throat ripped to shreds by the monster’s long and malformed tongue. Simply put, What an Idiot!
    • The now-deleted Kirby's Deadland, where the author takes the non-threatening names of Kirby's rogues gallery (e.g. "Whispy Woods") dead seriously.
    • Papercuts is supposed to be a serious story about a mysterious figure mutilating people, but it's hard to take seriously because of the fact that the villain's agenda involves papercut experiments, of all things. The narrator's friends abruptly dying also ends up killing the mood.
    • Pocoyo: Todo termina ahora tries to take a crack at turning a moral story about growing up into something scary, but doesn’t really work. It doesn’t help that, like Kirby’s Deadland above, it tries to make a creepy atmosphere while reciting the kid friendly and Gratuitous Spanish names of the characters in the same breath. Interestingly, common consensus says that it is well written, just not in the right genre, which is ultimately what got it deleted in the first place.
    • Some of the ways you have to acquire artifacts in the Holders series ends up going beyond trying to build suspense and flies straight into the realm of Narm.
    • The Harbinger Experiment is mostly creepy, but the fact that the monster's arrival is heralded by Tiny Tim's "Livin' in the Sunlight" can feel silly — especially if you associate that song with Spongebob Squarepants.
    • Speaking of SpongeBob, the "SpongeBob Bootleg Episode" has a still of SpongeBob that is stated to blink if looked at long enough. And if you look at the actual image long enough? He does...because it's a gif. There goes the Willing Suspension of Disbelief.
    • "Digimon: The Unseen Episode" includes the opening of the show being messed up, which the narrator describes as being like a YouTube Poop.
  • Older Than They Think:
    • Many of the creepypastas are classic Urban Legends that have been around for decades.
    • itself may have been inspired/influenced by H. P. Lovecraft's short story, "Pickman's Model".
  • Paranoia Fuel: Playing up people's paranoia is the key to many good creepypastas.
    • Many, many protagonists get haunted completely out of nowhere because something supernaturally evil decides to screw with them for giggles.
    • A pasta's story has some basis in real life events? It's also an ARG heavy on Audience Participation, and the fourth wall is either broken, weakened, or isn't there at all?
    • Abandoned by Disney and 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. All 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 also possibly 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. Honestly, anything by Slimebeast counts.
    • 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, too scared to move, watching it for the rest of the night, and then it walked back to civilization with them. Plus, why it did this, what it wanted from them, or even 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. They outnumber humanity, and their sole purpose is to cause suffering and death, but they can't interact with our world in their natural form. They have to take over a human body by entering through the tear ducts, and they're so good at mimicking humans that it's almost impossible to distinguish them from people. Once a host is caught, they move on to someone else, leaving behind completely fabricated memories. 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 say yes to anything they say.
    • After reading The Harbinger Experiment, you'll probably jump every time 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, and the main character, Natalie, is the fandom's equivalent of Ebony Dark'ness Dementia Raven Way for personifying the fandom's more infamous Mary Sue traits and using Disproportionate Retribution against her family. Unlike Jeff the Killer, whom she is clearly based off of, 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 bland villain who overuses gore to downright offensive levels. Another potential example could be Herobrine as he has never actually harmed or tormented anyone and yet became a legend among Minecraft players.
  • Sequelitis: NoEnd House suffers from this. While the first two installments are considered good, the third throws the everything out the window by giving the house a cliche backstory involving witches, veering away from the horror, and being incredibly brief.
  • So Bad, It's Good:
    • Papercuts is full of Narm, what with the creepy figure wanting to perform experiments on people by inflicting papercuts on them. What is he trying to accomplish?
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    • When any story is written by someone who's not fluent in English, they can veer into Translation Trainwreck territory. It Will Get Worse is one such example.
    • It's sometimes very obvious that a creepypasta is written by a young author with very little writing experience, and the poor grammar can make it a lot more funny than scary.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: The Christian song "Children of the Light" is 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 "Experiment 84-B".


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