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Was Herobrine Ever in Minecraft? – Answered

A legendary Minecraft creepypasta.
This article is over 2 years old and may contain outdated information

Who is Herobrine? He’s a fabled hostile entity in Minecraft. It has so much community-made lore around it, and we have found some interesting information on Herobrine, which we’d like to share with you. Sit back and enjoy!

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Origin of Herobrine is an old “creepypasta” story that is over 10 years old now:

I had recently spawned a new world in single-player Minecraft. Everything was normal at first as I began chopping down trees and crafting a workbench. I noticed something move amongst the dense fog (I have a very slow computer so I have to play with a tiny render distance). I thought it was a cow, so I pursued it, hoping to grab some hides for armor.

It wasn’t a cow though. Looking back at me was another character with the default skin, but his eyes were empty. I saw no name pop up, and I double-checked to make sure I wasn’t in multiplayer mode. He didn’t stay long, he looked at me and quickly ran into the fog. I pursued out of curiosity, but he was gone,

I continued on with the game, not sure what to think. As I expanded to world I saw things that seemed out of place for the random map generator to make; 2×2 tunnels in the rocks, small perfect pyramids made of sand in the ocean, and groves of trees with all their leaves cut off. I would constantly think I saw the other “player” in the deep fog, but I never got a better look at him. I tried increasing my render distance to far whenever I thought I saw him, but to no avail.

I saved the map and went on the forums to see if anyone else had found the pseudo-player. There were none. I created my own topic telling of the man and asking if anyone had a similar experience. The post was deleted within five minutes. I tried again, and the topic was deleted even faster. I received a PM from username ‘Herobrine’ containing one word: ‘Stop.’ When I went to look at Herobrine’s profile, the page 404’d.

I received an email from another forum user. He claimed the mods can read the forum user messages, so we were safer using email. The emailer claimed that he had seen the mystery player too, and had a small ‘directory’ of other users who had seen him as well. Their worlds were littered with obviously man-made features as well, and described their mystery player to have no pupils.

About a month passed until I heard from my informant again. Some of the people who had encountered the mystery man had looked into the name Herobrine and found that name to be frequently used by a Swedish gamer. After some further information gathering, it was revealed to be the brother of Notch, the game’s developer. I personally emailed Notch, and asked him if he had a brother. It took him a while, but he emailed me back a very short message:

I did, but he is no longer with us.


Alleged sighting of Herobrine

As you may presume, Notch (Markus Alexej Persson) has repeatedly stated on Twitter that Herobrine is not real, and he has also confirmed that he has no brothers, although that half-brother mention does add up to the mystery a bit. We’ll never know it seems.

Allegedly, Herobrine haunts Single Player worlds and looks kind of like Steve (the original, default skin) but his eyes don’t have pupils! They are purely white. Most “creepypasta” entries indicate that Herobrine is not dangerous and that most players managed to escape to safety completely unscathed. Some rumors claim that he’s a ghost of a dead miner who seeks vengeance upon the living world (that would kind of explain the perfectly digged-out mining tunnels).
Some people have seen him moving around while looking at them, and some saw him eerily standing still… MENACINGLY! (Even though Slenderman comes to mind, this is a Patrick Star reference intended).

A Brocraft streamer named Copeland also had a part in the creepypasta lore of Herobrine’s popularity, because Herobrine “appeared” in his house on his server. After seeing him, he screamed and ran off and promptly turned off the stream.

The popularity of Herobrine SKYROCKETED! Memes were made, creepypasta videos were recorded, jumpscare videos too, you name it. Since the original stream VOD of Copeland has been lost, some people are even trying to make recreations of it and to this day, they are popping off on YouTube.

So, based on this research, we are definitely sure that if you have encountered Herobrine, it was either an unofficial mod on the server you were on or that a player has taken on the form of Herobrine by choosing his skin on the server.

In conclusion, you absolutely do not need to worry. We are totally, completely and one hundred percent sure that Herobrine is not with̝̰̗̦̯̲ ṳ̴͙̈́ͥ͝s̴̼ͪ̎͌͒̕͠.Y̸̬͒o̸͈̝̬̐̍͒̑ͅu̵̧͌͜ ̶͇̈́̅c̴̡̣̜̳̈̏̀͑̿a̷̟̘͕̋n̴͍̩͎͗͂̅ͅ ̴͔̝̂͐́̍̈́s̶͔̺̹̟͑̐̑͒̏l̵̟̭̘̝̪̕͝ḛ̷̢̠̦̜̿e̵͍͚̗̯̜̒p̵̖̀̚͝ ̸̝͉͉̃̀t̶͕̙͚̬̼̍̈̇͠i̴̛̙̜̻͑ǵ̸̞͖͊̃h̴̙̝̎̉ţ̸̫̮̖̕ͅ.

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Nikola L
Nikola has been a Staff Writer at Prima Games since May 2022. He has been gaming since being able to hold an Amiga 500 joystick on his own, back in the early 90s (when gaming was really good!). Nikola has helped organize dozens of gaming events and tournaments and has been professionally attached to gaming since 2009.