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✨ This might be an unpopular opinion, but I don't like it when people classify the original Herobrine as a Creepypasta.

✨ Sure, he seems scary and does things that might creep you out at first, but I don't think he was really meant to be "scary" in the way other Creepypastas are. I mean, most of the other fandom loved CPs are scary because they hurt people and sometimes do scary things, like Slenderman and Jeff.

✨ But Herobrine? If nothing else, he strikes me as curious and just wanting to interact with someone when all he had was himself to keep company. I think the only reason some people think of him as being mean and scary is because of things like the original Herobrine mod for one of the old versions of Minecraft.

✨ Sure, he seems scary, but I don't think he's really trying to purposely bring harm to people unless they try to hurt him first. Even then, I think it's self defense.

✨ Just judging from the original story and screenshot, and the fact that he's basically become kinda canon (The "Removed Herobrine" message), I don't really like when people classify him in the same vein as weird supernatural creatures and killers.

✨ Besides, he has no personality and nothing else to classify him "canonly," and so that's why everyone has their own version of him, like my boy Brine. CPs like Jeff and Slenderman has established habits and lore and personalities, where as Herobrine is pretty much free reign!

✨ But that's just my opinion.


I do agree that there is a definite split between the original Herobrine mythos and the resulting fan-made mythos. My thoughts:

Considering just the original story itself, Herobrine isn't that malicious of an entity. He never actually harms the player, and the most he does is grief, but even his griefing isn't that bad. He rids trees of leaves? It's easy to just chop them down and replant saplings. He digs 2-by-2 holes? Those aren't gonna be seen on the surface, and those will actually benefit you by exposing ores. The most he does is watch––observe. That can be a little scary, though, because that brings up the question of why? And for what purpose?

Also interesting in the original mythos is the implication that Herobrine isn't limited to Minecraft, or at least to the game itself––he has a presence in the Minecraft Forums and knows when someone posts about him. Still, even with this power he seems to have, the most he does is shut down conversation about him. He doesn't want to be talked about.

And then of course there's the whole bit about him being the dead brother of Notch. It's just an odd addition to the story––it really doesn't fit. Fun fact, I checked, and it seems like Herobrine came out a month before the Ben Drowned creepypasta, which really made the "dead person haunting a game" idea popular.

As for the fan-made mythos, although it's been a while since I've consumed Herobrine media, I've never really seen usage of Herobrine's ability to be outside the game––he is viewed as an entity of the game, not that outside of it. This is also where he gained his connection to the Nether, because at his original conception, the Nether didn't even exist. And, of course, this is where he gained his real scare factor. The fan-made rumors painted him as malicious, seeking to torment, harm and kill the player in a game of cat-and-mouse. He is seen observing the player, but in the fan-made creations involving him, this was framed more as stalking and terrorizing the player.

So we have a huge divide: the original as an observer versus the fan-made as a tormentor.

I will admit that I do see the original mythos as creepypasta, as it was a "copy-paste"––a digital story told over and over again, an urban legend founded on the webs. And I feel like the implication that Herobrine is a dead person haunting the game is an attempt at horror, and thus qualifies it as a creepy copy-paste––a creepypasta. I will admit though that this is taking a more traditional view of the label, and if you were to just look at the original story, it doesn't fit along with the classic (or modern) creepypastas. Really, what made Herobrine scary was all the fan-made mythos, so the fan-made mythos is definitely more so creepypasta material than the original mythos.

Again, as you stated, Herobrine is definitely up for interpretation, as has been made clear by his popularity gained by the fan-made mythos rather than the original. I've probably made it clear I don't like the idea of him being a dead guy haunting the game, so I've cut that out of my interpretation of him. And we're all the better with different interpretations of Herobrine, because how else would we have trans Herobrine with better pants?

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⭐️ You articulated what I was basically talking about way better than I did! I basically cut the whole “dead guy haunting the game” thing out of mine as well, because I felt like took something important away from Herobrine being in Minecraft itself and almost being like an entity of the game instead of just haunting it.

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I do agree that there is a definite split between the original Herobrine mythos and the resulting fan-made mythos. My thoughts:

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