Top 10 Scariest Things Considered Nostalgic by Gen Z

If you belong to Gen Z (late 1990s-2010s), you're on for a ride. This list presents the scariest things that we consider nostalgic. Who knows you might unlock an obscure memory of your childhood?
The Top Ten
1 Scary Maze Game

This is so scary. You start off by just pressing red buttons, but then the creepy face comes at the end of it, and let's face it, we all jumped when it first happened.

It was really popular during the early 2010s. Remember that time when your sibling or friend introduced you to this website, claiming there was a prize at the end of the game? But instead, you were greeted by a jumpscare accompanied by a loud shrill scream that made you jump out of your seat.

This was popular during the 2000s when screamer videos and games were popular since they were used for pranks on family, friends, and others.

2 Herobrine Herobrine (Pronounced HEH-roh-bryn) is the subject of a community-made creepypasta. He is one of the major community icons of Minecraft, yet Herobrine has not been present in any version of Minecraft... read more

Be honest, almost everyone who has played Minecraft recognizes this fabled entity called Herobrine. Most of us got scared at some point while we were alone playing survival mode, thinking that something was interfering with the world whenever something unusual happened.

We hid in fear, while some of us boldly attempted to summon him back when Minecraft was newer. Creepypastas about him circulated since the very early days of Minecraft and are still popular today.

3 sonic.exe Sonic EXE., also known as Sonic exe, is an alleged cursed version and format of the classic game Sonic The Hedgehog. The original story is about a teenage boy named Tommy or simply Tom who suffers supernatural delusions and hallucinations.

Here we have another creepypasta in the Sonic fandom. It's Sonic, but the opposite of his personality. For those who don't know, the creepypasta was written in 2011 by a user named JC the Hyena, whose friend mailed him a copy of Sonic.

As he started the game, he noticed something quite out of the ordinary until he was met with a horrifying version of the Sonic game. The creepypasta spread throughout the fandom, especially from 2013 to 2014, until it slightly died out over a few years.

Recently, it was popularized again, probably because the author of the creepypasta turned out to be a predator and a furry. This resulted in memes and variants of the creepypasta, along with the creator being ridiculed.

4 Slenderman The Slender Man is a fictional supernatural character that originated as an Internet meme created by Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen

If you belong to the older or middle group of Gen-Z, you probably heard a story of a young girl almost being killed by Slenderman back in 2014. In reality, two friends attempted to kill her during a sleepover.

The motive was caused by the entity ordering them to kill someone to become worthy of him. As the creepypasta was linked to this incident, panic ensued. As Slenderman was believed to stalk people for years, many believed it was real, causing paranoia.

5 Guest 666 (ROBLOX)

Back in the older days of Roblox, there was a particular user who would scare some players simply due to his name associated with the devil. Guest 666 was known for exploiting in various games, typically having admin status every time he joined.

The rumors surrounding Guest 666 were popularized by YouTubers until they were concluded to be fake. Despite that, there were kids who still got scared over the occasional appearance of Guest 666 until guests were removed entirely.

6 Entity 303

Remember the times when you discovered a glitch or an oddity, such as a chunk error in Minecraft or a world-generated feature resembling a cross? Your first thought was that Entity 303 or Herobrine was haunting your game, and you had to delete your world so nothing bad would happen further.

This was another classic creepypasta from Minecraft whose behavior resembled Herobrine but was considered a new version of him.

7 Lavender Town - Pokémon

Lavender Town was titled one of the scariest video game songs in 2012. You probably hesitated listening to this song or going to the town due to its eerie feeling if you played the older versions of Pokémon.

In fact, some people had headaches after listening to the song due to its high-pitched notes. For those who aren't familiar, there was a rumor stating that thousands of young children fell ill after listening to the song, even to the point of committing suicide.

8 Jeff the Killer Jeff the Killer is a creepypasta usually accompanied by a picture of a white face looking in to the camera smiling in an unsettling manner. The creepypasta is also usually accompanied by the term "Go to sleep".

A classic jumpscare and a well-known creepypasta. The story begins with a young boy, Jeff, who, along with his brother, was approached by three bullies until Jeff beat them up. The incident led to his brother's arrest, which negatively impacted Jeff.

When he was bullied again at a party, Jeff killed one of the bullies before being burned by them. He was hospitalized, where he discovered that his face was severely deformed by the burns.

When he was sent home, Jeff then killed anyone who stayed up late at night. Despite being turned into memes when it was popularized, some of us, when we were really young, believed it was real the first time we stumbled upon it.

9 Chain Messages

I'm not sure if anyone remembers encountering these, but in the older internet days, you would typically see threatening messages that prompted you to copy and paste their message or something might happen to you on a certain day or time.

This was prevalent from the late 2000s to early 2010s on certain social platforms like Facebook. As we were getting familiar with the internet, most of us once believed that those stories were true and, out of fear, pasted the messages to retain a sense of security.

Of course, nobody falls for this anymore, but a few are still being circulated.

10 Chinese Toy Phones

If you come from either a lower-middle class or below, parents would typically buy this as your very first phone as a kid. It had very limited functions besides having a looped ringtone of a song which says, "Ai yai yai, I'm your little butterfly."

It sounds pretty cheerful and innocent at first, but it gives a very different vibe when the battery starts running out. This is a vague memory for most but evokes a nostalgic undertone.

The Contenders
11 Laughing Jack Laughing Jack is the titular main antagonist of the Creepypasta story of the same name. He is a sadistic killer clown who was originally an imaginary friend to a little boy. That is until the boy forgot about him. Follow his story through being made, forgotten, and becoming a sadistic killer clown,... read more

Why did I imagine this dude as a little kid? This instantly unlocks a memory, making me question why I imagined THIS guy as a little kid.

12 My Little Pony Creepypastas

These creepypastas are so obscene and graphic that they have whole games made about them, like the screamer game based on Princess Luna from MLP.

13 Paramount Feature Presentation Over 10,000 Times Scarier

Very nostalgic, yet very horrifying as a kid.

14 Wormy

If I saw THIS as a little kid, it would've scared the crap out of me since I hate insects.

15 Goth Dora the Explorer
16 World's Hardest Game
17 Yelling Creature
18 Five Nights at Freddy's
19 Five Nights at Freddy's 2
20 Five Nights at Freddy's 3
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