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The original story and its remakes:

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The cops are a minor example in the official remake. They only serve two purposes.
    • To provide tension between Jeff and his parents.
    • To practically say "Everyone's on Randy's side".
  • Broken Base: Many consider this one of the worst creepypastas out there, but it still has a fairly sizeable fanbase who regard it as a classic. The fact that it started the irritating trend of "young person goes through ridiculous amounts of bizarre angst, snaps and kills people, possibly becomes unkillable pseudo-demon for no real reason" stories that drown out original, creative creepypastas does not help soothe the conflict.
    • The official remake was no less divisive; while pretty much everybody agreed it was superior to the original, many noted that this wasn't exactly a difficult task and that many flaws remained; the bullies are still as evil and one-dimensional for the most part, the abusive parents come off as extremely generic, the police are still brainless idiots- made worse in this instance since they are totally irrelevant to the story- and the fact that Jeff still isn't that scary. Others noted that the author didn't exactly have the best of source material and he did the best with what he had.
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    • However, there are some to find the story okay at best, mainly thanks to The Midnight Society's readings of it, especially from Mr. Creepy Pasta, who has stated the pasta is close to an 80s horror film.
  • Complete Monster: In Mr. Betty Krueger's audio dramas, Zalgo is an Eldritch Abomination who wants to be freed from his prison so he can turn Earth into a nightmarish world of eternal suffering. In House Of Jeff The Killer, he revived Jeff, and ordered him to kill three thousand people for him so that their bodies could be sacrificed to him. In Blood Of Jeff The Killer, he is revealed to have corrupted children and turned them into killers for his army, and to have allowed Jeff to torment Jane in her nightmares. After being revived, he drains Dr. Englund's life force and raises an army of zombies to slaughter the world. During this, he taunts Jane and Toby about their pasts and the deaths of their family members. Even in a world filled with killers, rapists, and man-eating monsters, Zalgo manages to stand out.
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  • Contested Sequel: Some inversion with later pastas at least, such as "Jeff the Killer: Part 2" and "Jeff the Killer: Part 3 (Jeff is Back)". Debated however with "Jeff the Killer V.S. Jane the Killer", while some to admit the grand scale of the story is impressive, some find Jane's backstory to be a bit weak, as well as the lack of background story for her and her "powers to shape shift". The readings by Mr. Creepy Pasta did help the story, however.
  • Critical Research Failure: Jeff's burning. Bleach is mostly water, meaning that it should have put out most of the fire on Jeff's body. In addition, Bleach isn't a very powerful solvent, and can't turn skin white. Alcohol isn't a very flammable substance, given that it readily evaporates. Finally, the fall down the stairs would smother any remaining flames, meaning that the people at the foot of the stairs could easily have put the remainder of the fire out with small amounts of water.
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  • Crossover Ship: Jeff the Killer fans love to pair Jeff with other creepypasta characters, from Jeff The Killer/Clockwork to even Jeff the Killer/Slenderman.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Elements of the fandom love portraying Jeff as some kind of misunderstood hero or Comedic Sociopath (the latter best shown in the web comic Pastamonsters).
    • Not only is Jeff's Gender Bender counterpart Jane the Killer much less aesthetically intimidating, she's much more of a tragic character than him with her ability to shape shift
  • Heartwarming Moments: The remake has a surprisingly heartwarming moment after Jeff kills his parents. Instead of killing Liu like he originally did, he tells his brother how much he loves him before he runs away.
  • Moral Event Horizon: When Jeff butchers his own parents, and brother.
    • Randy, Keith and Troy cross it by attempting to beat Jeff to death at a party, and threatening to shoot anyone who tries to interfere.
  • Narm: There's a great deal of snark regarding just how over the top Jeff's origins are, and how hard it is to take the unrealistic writing seriously.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The original picture upon which the whole Creepypasta was based on is startling and hard to shake, and for awhile in 2009 were popular with now-defunct Screamers.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Just think on how absurdly difficult it would be for a person with no eyelids to get through life, and it becomes almost laughable to imagine Jeff doing... anything really.
  • Sacred Cow: Due to the massive fandom, insulting the story or anything related to Jeff will likely elicit hostile reaction its fans (especially from fangirls). This died off in later years due to the story being a popular target for riffing, it's fans growing out of the intended audience that took it seriously, and newer readers just finding it cliche or funny.
  • Self-Fanservice: Simply go to DeviantArt or Google and see just how many people draw Jeff as a Bishōnen. This is a huge level of Squick when you realize in the original story Jeff was thirteen years old.
  • Snark Bait: The unrealistic (and poor) writing, forced elements, and its Marty Stu Villain Protagonist has become synonymous with other poorly-written creepypastas and gets mocked for it.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic:
    • Jeff's mother, who decides that the best course of action when she sees him cutting his mouth is to get her husband to shoot him.
    • Jeff himself, due to the fact that he kills his mother, father, and brother, even though, barring the negligence of his parents, none of them had anything to do with his suffering. This fact can take the sting out of attempts to portray him sympathetically. The official remake tries to correct this, by having Jeff kill only his parents (who are intentionally less sympathetic) and sparing Liu, with little implication Jeff will kill anyone else.
  • What an Idiot!: When the police show up to arrest Jeff, Jeff does not tell them that the bullies took his brother's wallet or that they admitted to mugging all the kids that try to take the bus, both of which could have easily been proven.
    • Randy, Troy, and Keith are stupid enough to attack Jeff at a party without wearing masks to hide their identities, and try to kill him in front of all the party goers. Randy earns extra idiot points for admitting that he lied in front of everyone. Even if Jeff hadn't killed them, at the very least, they would have been charged with attempted murder, threatening the party goers with guns, attempting to mug Jeff and Liu, threatening Jeff and Liu with knives, and falsely accusing Jeff and Liu of attacking them first.
    • The parents and party goers during Randy and his gang's assault on Jeff. Rather than try to stop the bullies or (much less) call the police, they give in to their demand and watch.
    • Somehow, even though it is mentioned that people were running out of the house in fear after Jeff and the Gang began their Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, there's a group of people standing around at the bottom of the stairs when Jeff falls down them, burning. What were they doing all that time? Were they just casually talking and drinking alcohol?
    • The doctor that treated Jeff also counts. After Jeff starts laughing crazily after seeing his disfigured face, he tells Jeff's parents that this behavior is normal.
    • Jeff's mother counts for deciding to kill her son instead of getting him help.
    • Jeff inflicting debilitating wounds on himself that would ultimately make his life even harder.

The fan games

    Go To Sleep 
  • Idiot Plot: The whole game really. So much that our player character has bouts of self-awareness at the beginning, such why (just why) do her superiors send in one detective at a time to investigate a maniacal serial killer, knowing that absolutely none of them ever walk out of that place alive?
    • But more glaringly, why does Carolina have to collect seven pages a la Slender as proof that there's a killer in the house when the disemboweled corpses of the victims and detectives would have been more than enough proof to send in a whole SWAT team?!
    • Wearing a long pink dress to a case where you'll almost certainly need to run from a serial killer? Really Carolina?

    My Dear Brother Jeff 
  • Catharsis Factor: Jeff killing his father and mother in some endings can be considered this.


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