|“||Go to sleep.||„|
|~ Jeff the Killer's famous quote.|
Jeff the Killer is the titular main antagonist of a Creepypasta of the same name who loses his sanity and begins killing to satisfy his homicidal urges. He has become one of the largest Creepypasta icons to date, even rivaling Slender Man. As a 13-year-old boy, he was a caring young man who loved his brother Liu because Liu is probably the only one that can stop Jeff. As a killer, all that changed and he became a vengeful and bloodthirsty psychopath.
Not much is known about him, but he was probably abused by his parents because they think he is crazy. However, he was respected by his brother Liu and probably spent time with him.
He was originally a teenager living a normal life, but the day he moved into his new neighborhood with his younger brother, Liu, and parents, he began to change as he felt a sudden pain. The next day, Jeff had the feeling again and brutally beat up a trio of bullies, named Randy, Keith and Troy, who were trying to mug him and his brother. It was an act of defense but Liu had never seen Jeff sport such a side and was quite amazed by his older brother's agility.
The next day, Jeff was visited by two officers who claimed to have witnesses saying he and his brother fled the scene. Jeff knew there was no way he could deny being involved and confessed the truth, they then told him that he would be sent to a correctional facility for about a year. However, Liu immediately took the blame for what had happened to protect his brother and was arrested, sending Jeff into another depressive state.
A few days later, Jeff and his parents went to a birthday party they'd been invited to the day they moved in. Jeff seemed happier until the same bullies arrived, looking for revenge. Jeff tried to reason with Randy, telling him that they were "even" since he'd lost his brother for beating them up. Randy didn't care and brutally attacked Jeff as Keith and Troy held the kids and parents at gunpoint to prevent them from intervening. Randy mocked Jeff's brother during the fight, which caused Jeff to have the feeling again which finally destroyed his psyche and he murdered Randy. He then managed to knockout Troy but Keith set him on fire by using a lighter to ignite the vodka that Randy smashed over his head during the fight.
Jeff woke up in a hospital, his head wrapped in bandages. When they were taken off, it was revealed that his face had become grotesquely deformed from the his injuries, with bright red lips, and extremely pale skin with a leathery texture. Jeff said that he liked his new face and laughed hysterically. The doctor assumed that his strange behaviour was just the result of the painkillers and allowed Jeff and his family (including Liu, who was released) to return home.
Later that night, Jeff's mother woke up to find him in the bathroom, slitting his cheeks to make a permanent smile so that he would no longer have to exert energy to smile, as he put it. Jeff's mother went to her husband and told him that their son had gone completely mad and needed to be killed, but Jeff caught her before she could say anything else. Jeff ran toward his parents and gutted them. This woke up Liu, as Jeff suddenly walked into his room and supposedly killed him, with Jeff telling him as he was about to plunge the knife into his heart, "Just go to sleep."
Sometime later, an "ominous unknown killer" emerged and went on a killing spree. 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. The story's sequels range from Jeff being a comedic slasher with the last name "Keaton" in YouTuber Mr. Betty Krueger's Jeffrey Keaton series, to a much darker character in YouTuber Mr. Creepypasta's reading of Go to sleep-"Jeff The Killer Part 2".
Due to the fire, Jeff has extremely pale skin and his eyelids are rimmed in dark red, giving him an even more ghostly appearance. Jeff later got his most distinctive trait, the smile that he had carved into his face.
The killer's 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.
Official Origin and Mystery
While Jeff the Killer may seem like a fictional creepypasta character, there is a unsolved mystery to this day as to where the image was originated from and who created the official version of Jeff the Killer.
On October 3rd 2008, a YouTuber named "sesseur" uploaded a video called "Jeff the Killer [Original Story]". As the video became popular across the internet, multiple people added Jeff the Killer to creepypasta stories, transforming him into a much different character.
Sesseur claims he is Jeff the Killer and that every other story about Jeff the Killer is fake, including the famous story. He denies Jeff having an incident with bullies, bleach, and vodka. Instead, he asserts that Jeff was hauling a gallon of acid into his bathroom to clean out his bathtub but slipped on a bar of soap, at which acid splashed all over his face and he was taken to a hospital due to the neighbors hearing his cries.
Multiple fans wonder where the face had come from until some of the 4chan users remembered a suicide of a young woman named Katy Robinson, who killed herself due to being cyber bullied. Her face was allegedly to have been Photoshopped to look hideous and she was also going though depression at the time as well and she killed herself over it. The whole story of Katy is made up. Not many people saw the picture before it was removed but some claim the picture was the infamous early photo shopped version of Jeff. Sesseur states that the picture is not Photoshopped and is instead a latex mask that had its picture taken in late 2007.
Sesseur would sometimes receive comments that would be lead to a newgrounds.com account named "killerjeff" which Sesseur in fact claims that it is his account, in which there is a lot of evidence to point out that it is indeed his account. Although the account was created in 2006, it did not become active until early 2008 in which killerjeff would post disturbing images and blogs in his news tab.
On August 10th 2008 (2 months prior to the videos release) killerjeff posted the official image of Jeff the Killer, on the images info tab, killerjeff claims that he found the image on his ED account and gives a background story of Jeff. Apparently, Jeff the Killer is a ghost game similar to that of Bloody Mary, and gives instructions on how to play: you must perform it in the closet, turn off the lights and sit down cross-legged, repeat this saying three time while turning your head back and forth and say "He's in here with me." then close your eyes and call out the name Jeff. He'll appear by putting his face right up to you, and proceed to yell and try to chant harm at you. To make him stop is to stand there and complement him, not doing so will result in a nightmarish field trip.
On August 14th 2008, killerjeff posted the image again claiming "I'm a nice guy.". Then on September 12th 2008, killerjeff posted the source (early photo shopped version) of the Jeff the Killer image that he used to create it, thus being the possible original image that Robinson got photo shopped of herself and killed herself over. On October 3rd 2008, the same day Sesseur uploaded the YouTube video, killerjeff posted the following "And I'm staying.... for good! /* */ Another vid! Another vid! /* */ Sequels are teh winnar! /* */ My movie. /* */ Vivian makes a guest appearance! /* */ Fresh princes are going!! /* */".
In late 2013, YouTuber Kryalis went onto the mystery of trying to uncover the truth of what happened to Robinson and where the original image originated from. He made several videos that can be found on YouTube showing what evidence he gathered and figured he was a step close on figuring out how the whole situation turned out. On December 11th, 2015, The YouTuber ScareTheater uploaded a video showing an interview with Sesseur, The true author of Jeff the Killer, in which he explained the full truth of where the face originated from and that all Katy Robinson beliefs are false. You can watch it here.After seeing this interview, Kryalis gave in and had a conversation with Sesseur apologizing for the accusation and beliefs. He made his final video ending the mystery and reveals that he had no luck on finding articles on Katy Robinson's death in news sites, which lead him to believe that Katy Robinson's death is nothing more but fiction and Sesseur's word will have to be taken.
- A reboot of Jeff The Killer, written by K. Banning Kellum, is available on the Chilling Tales for Dark Nights YouTube channel.
- A list of tropes for Jeff is available here.
- Jeff the killer merchandise is available at these sites.
- For 2016, YouTuber Mr. Betty Krueger is planning a fourth installment in his Jeffery Keaton series, titled "The Blood of Jeff the Killer".
- The vodka that Randy slammed on Jeff's head was most likely Bacardi 151. With its 75.5% alcohol content, it would've made more sense that it ignited when Keith threw the lighter at him.
- A movie based on Jeff is currently in pre-production. It sought one million dollars in donations and merchandise sales for its budget, but only made $402. Submissions are now closed.
- The original creator of Jeff, a YouTuber called Sesseur, currently has his production team trying to shut down the movie for copyright reasons.
- Another movie based on Jeff, titled "Jeff the Killer Origins", is scheduled to be released in 2017. It's estimated budget is $900,000, and it's only verified cast member is Alex Carver, playing the part of Jeff.
- Jeff crossed the Moral Event Horizon in the story when he murdered his own parents. Also, Randy, Keith and Troy crossed it when they tried to beat him to death at the party and threatened to shoot anyone who tried to stop it.
- The rumour to do with Katy Robinson is indeed fake.
- Jeff is very similar to The Joker in several aspects (white skin, cut red mouth, insane murderer).