What are creepypastas? Creepypastas are stories posted in the internet and passed around to other sites to scare and creep out the readers. The word “Creepypasta” came from the word “copypasta”, which is an internet slang that came from 4chan, a community similar to reddit, but is leans towards the use of images for discussions. “Copypasta” means a block of text that gets passed around to other sites multiple times. Creepypastas may contain different media like images, audio, and video to portray the “pasta” more vividly. There are different types of creepypastas which are separated into three different categories. Anecdotes, wherein the author narrates his/her own experiences like events from his/her past, proving different scary legends and unusual news stories, etc. Rituals, which are a set of instructions that when the reader follows and performs said instructions the reader will experience something surreal. Lastly is the “Lost Episode” or “Lost Episodes”, which are stories about episodes from famous television shows that were never aired to avoid being viewed by the public. The episodes mostly consist of distorted audio and video, and the characters acting strangely like acting different from their portrayed persona from the original episodes, sometimes performing strange and frightening things that cause the viewers of the episode to act unconsciously and commit suicide. When the site first launched back in 2008, most of the stories that were posted were not posted directly on the site because it was still new. The pastas back then were mostly Rituals, and short and vague, rather than the more vivid and engaging pastas that have become popular today, which are actually just regular horror stories mostly consisting of anecdotes. After some time, the site started accepting submissions from the readers and it slowly became popular in the dark and creepy side of the internet today.

Qualities of a CreepyPasta

There are certain things or qualities that we search for in order for us to consider a scary story to be a creepypasta. According to an article from, there are four qualities that we can find in creepypastas. Number one, a creepypasta must have originated online. It’s the golden rule: a creepypasta isn’t a creepypasta if it did not start on the Internet. acreepypasta is not written on paper, it is not watched on the television, it is typed or copy and pasted by a user to share it on the Internet. Number two, a creepypasta NEEDS to be scary, frightening and of course, creepy, hence the name. The goal of a creepypasta is to scare people, even if the value of something scary varies from person to person. Number three, a creepypasta must seem to be believable. It should at least make people think twice that these kinds of stories are not real. Lastly, a creepypasta needs to be shareable. What’s the point of a creepypasta if it is not shareable?

Difference of CreepyPastas: Then and Now

Culture changes and of course the community will change as well. The CreepyPasta community has changed for quite a while now. Back then, the “classic” creepypastas are more realism and believability to its story. These “classics” are more based on urban legends. Another reason why the “classics” were deemed to be more believable is because it is simply hard to trace the original author of the story since the creepypasta was passed around so much. Nowadays, there are less creepypastas being circulated around the Internet. Copy and pasting is now generally seen as stealing, or as an act of plagiarism. According to an article on, there are a lot of authors who are not posting their stories anonymously because they want to make their names known throughout the community. Creepypastas have now become short stories or fiction with horror elements mixed up with it which goes against the old culture or characteristics of a creepypasta.

Well Known CreepyPastas

There has been a lot of Creepypastas being written and passed through the web. Most of them looked seemingly realistic and yet all of those are considered not real, or the fact it is fictitious. Some have gained fame and caught lots of attention from other people therefore making the community grow as well, inspiring others to write their own Creepypasta.


The most famous Creepypasta is Slenderman, an alleged paranormal figure that has been in existence for centuries. His appearance is considered to be a black-suited man with extremely long slender arms and legs. He also has 4 to 8 long black tentacles that protrude from his back, it is theorized he can contract these tentacles at will. His face is pale and slightly ghostly, and almost appears to have been wrapped in a type of gauze or cloth. His behavior displays, as rumors suggested, that he kills children exclusively, though it is difficult to say that slaughter is his objective. It is commonly thought that he resides in woods and forests and preys on children. It is often thought as well that he enjoys stalking people who become overly paranoid about his existence, purposefully giving them glimpses of himself in order to further frighten them. For this reason, it seems like Slenderman very much enjoys psychologically torturing his victims. He also often appears to float or drift around rather than walk, which suggest the possibility of him being an ethereal being rather than a creature or a man. This would also explain why he is able to remain mobile in spite of his poorly proportioned body. Even though Slender Man was fabricated on SomethingAwful forums, some people have already claimed sightings. He is seen mostly at night peering into open windows and walks out in front of lone motorists on secluded roads. The Slender Man has also inspired many stories such as those of Marble Hornets. It has that big influence that it had adapted into a survival-horror indie game, Slender: The Eight Pages and Slender: The Arrival.

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Tomino’s Hell

Another Creepypasta considers to be a ritual kind, which is called Tomino’s Hell. It is a popular Japanese story which is about a poem called Tomino’s Hell. The poem must be read only with the mind, and never out loud. If one reads it out loud, that person must take responsibility for his/her actions. The poem is written by YomotaInuhiko in a book called “The Heart is Like a Rolling Stone”. The poem looks like a curse, less than a poem. It asks that the poem must not be compared to something like “You’ll grow taller” or even “My parents died.” This story used to be very popular in 2ch, and there were many people taking pictures and videos as proof and posting them on 2ch. There were many users that said that nothing happened, but there were also many posts that didn’t have the user come back to post the results. The poem is about a Tomino who dies and falls to hell.

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Jeff the Killer

One of the largest Creepypasta icons to date, even rivaling Slenderman, is Jeff The Killer. Jeff was a 13-year-old boy, who was a caring young man who loved his brother Liu. As a killer, all that changed and he became a vengeful, dangerous, and bloodthirsty psychopath. Jeff has extremely pale skin and his eyes are rimmed in black, giving him an even more ghostly appearance. Jeff later got his most distinctive trait, the smile that he had carved into his face. His build is commonly described as lean but fit at the same time and reaching a height of around five to six feet. His clothing normally consists of a pair of black skinny jeans with a white hooded sweatshirt. Jeff became an “ominous unknown killer” who mainly targeted anyone who was unfortunate enough to encounter him during the night. A boy who was lucky enough to survive the killer’s attack described the man as having inhumanly pale skin, a big red smile and eyes rimmed with black. After this incident, how Jeff’s story goes is up for the reader to decide. While Jeff the Killer may seem like a fictional Creepypasta character, there was much speculation and confusion as well as theories as to where the image was originated from and who created the official version of Jeff the Killer. His most famous quote is “Go to sleep”.

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