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Jeff the Killer

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Go to sleep.
~ Jeff the Killer's famous quote.

Jeff the Killer is the main character of a Creepypasta of the same name who looses 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.



He was originally a teenager living a normal life, but the day he moved into his new neighborhood with his older 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, a year younger than him, named Randy, Keith and Troy, who were trying to mug he and his bother.

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, permanently destroying his psyche, and resulting in him murdering 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 face that way and laughed hysterically. The doctor assumed that his strange behavior 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.". It turns out that Liu survived.

Serial Killings

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 dark eye leds.

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 Jeffery Keaton series, to a much darker character in YouTuber Mr. Creepypasta's reading of Go to sleep-"Jeff The Killer Part 2".


Due to bleaching, Jeff has extremely pale skin. His eyes are rimmed in ragged black skin, giving him an even more ghostly appearence. After the incident, in the hospital he had found he now has thick, black hair, which he usually wears at shoulder length. He later got his most distinctive trait, the smile that he had carved into his face.

The killer's build is commonly described as skinny, and reaching a height of around 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 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 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 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!! /* */".

On December 11th, 2015, The youtuber ScareTheater uploaded a video showing an interview with Sesseur, The true author of Jeff the Killer. You can watch it here.



  • 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.

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