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Herobrine is frequently referred to by Mojang Studios, however, Herobrine has never appeared in Minecraft himself, for every update saying "removed Herobrine". 

Herobrine's bearded design.

Herobrine is the subject of a community-made creepypasta. He is one of the major community icons of Minecraft, despite the fact that he has supposedly been deleted in every version of the game.

The first stories and images ever posted about , as well as the Brocraft streams, are regarded as canonical, as they were fundamental to the creation and popularization of the character. Any portrayals of the Herobrine character created after these events are considered fan-made adaptations and variations.

Existence disclaimer

Herobrine is not in vanilla Minecraft, and never has been. There are no references to him at all in the source code, and there is no code to allow for any entity to act like Herobrine. It is not possible for Herobrine to have ever existed in any unmodded clients or servers. Any appearances of Herobrine are caused by either mods being installed or because of another player using the skin.


White Eyes

The original screenshot which inspired the "White Eyes" story, from July 30, 2010, with an enhanced excerpt below.


The popular story and screenshot detailing a Herobrine "encounter", posted on 4chan's /x/ board on August 31, 2010.

Edit of the original (2)

Zoomed-in excerpt of Herobrine in the original image.

For more detailed information regarding the Brocraft events, see the Minecraft Wiki's interview with Copeland and his recounting of the events.

"White Eyes"

On July 31, 2010, Minecraft Forum user Flaky posted a comment, supposedly copied from a post on 4chan's /v/ board, containing a story of a player encountering an entity with glowing white eyes after listening to the "13" music disc.[1] One supposed instance of these eyes was linked in the comment, which was a YouTube upload of "13" posted the previous day (the same day that the disc was added to the game), showing a screenshot of a dark cave with two white eyes in the bottom left corner.[2] This story is the first known instance of the concept of a creepypasta regarding a white-eyed paranormal being in Minecraft.

The following day, Forum user Endorphine posted a thread recounting a myth surrounding the ambient sounds added to caves in Alpha v1.0.3, in which "a pair of white pixels" would appear whenever these sounds would play.[3] The same video was linked as an example of an appearance of these white pixels. The phenomenon was attributed to "White Eyes", a female creature who would stalk the player from afar with no visible traits other than her blank white eyes.[4]

Herobrine creepypasta

The "White Eyes" story began spreading through the Minecraft Forum, either stemming from or being popularized by the aforementioned thread. On August 24, a modified version of the story appeared, in which "White Eyes" was now a default player model with whited out eyes.[5]

At some point before August 19,[6] a similar altered version of the story surfaced: "White Eyes" gained the name "Herobrine", and was now described as the deceased brother of Notch (in reality, Notch has never had a brother[7]), taking the form of a human entity with white eyes. The exact origin of this version of the story is unknown, with the earliest known instances of it being from a comment in a Minecraft Forum thread on August 30, 2010,[8] and a now-deleted image posted on 4chan's paranormal /x/ board on August 31.[9]

The story details an encounter in Minecraft with a nameless human entity in a single-player world who displayed strange behavior such as stalking the player from afar, creating unnatural constructions such as sand pyramids in the ocean and long 2x2 tunnels, and removing leaves from trees. The writer then attempted to start a topic about the encounter on the Minecraft Forum, only to have it be repeatedly deleted, followed by a private message from a seemingly nonexistent user named "Herobrine" telling them to stop. The 4chan post also contained a screenshot of the encounter, showing Herobrine in the distance amidst the fog.

Brocraft streams

Brocraft streamer Copeland came across the Herobrine story on 4chan's /v/ board and took a liking to it. He edited Herobrine into several screenshots to show to his chat and, after getting largely good reactions, decided to stage a hoax; he changed the texture of a painting to display Herobrine and put it in a work-in-progress house in his world, planning to show it on a livestream. On August 30, Copeland played through the world as a normal player would, deliberately avoiding the work-in-progress room he had set up for the hoax, until about 20 minutes and 45 seconds in, when he entered the room and saw the re-textured painting. Copeland then screamed and ran out of the house, promptly ending the stream. He pretended to be shaken up in the chat and later posted a message onto the forums, linking to the video to spread it around in the hopes of getting similar reactions.[10] Other users in the thread began debating whether Copeland's sighting was real and started posting their own screenshots with Herobrine edited into them.[11] After a while, Copeland removed the painting and reverted to normal textures, then proceeded to stream further, pretending to be scared. He announced that he would delete the world to never meet Herobrine again.

Later on, fellow streamer Patimuss made a stream showing Herobrine near a user-made lava pool. This Herobrine was free-standing, unlike in the previous stream, likely indicating that he was a re-textured door (most likely iron). The livestream went down after Patimuss ran away and saved his game, only to resume ten minutes later, where Herobrine had supposedly disappeared. Afterwards, during the second stream, Patimuss could be heard talking to his wife, stating he was trolling, which flooded the livestream chat with outrage. He then faked a game crash and the stream proceeded later with no further Herobrine sightings. Copeland disliked that Patimuss outed Herobrine as a fake.


The image in the "Him" website, linked to Brocraft viewers after the Herobrine stream.

Around the time of Patimuss' stream, Copeland posted links in chat leading to the website http://ghostinthestream.net/him.html, which likely inspired the "Him" nickname.[12] The page featured Steve's face, but with his original eyes made pitch black and replaced with real, frantically rolling eyes. Below the face, there was a jumble of characters and letters. After removing all non-alphabet characters, the text is revealed to be a slightly edited version of another creepypasta entitled "Wake Up?", which is written as a note to the reader explaining that they have retreated to a "fantasy world" due to suffering from torture (specified as rape in the original text) and that they need to "wake up".[13]

It has been reported that some victims of torture, during the act, would retreat into a fantasy world from which they could not WAKE UP. In this catatonic state, the victim lived in a world just like their normal one, except they weren't being tortured. The only way that they realized they needed to WAKE UP was a note they found in their fantasy world. It would tell them about their condition, and tell them to WAKE UP. Even then, it would often take months until they were ready to discard their fantasy world and PLEASE WAKE UP.

Increase in popularity


A typical Herobrine "sighting".

Herobrine Sighting

Another early Herobrine image.

Following these events, the popularity of the character began to increase, propelling Herobrine to meme status and making him an icon of the community. Numerous screenshots, animations, pieces of artwork, constructions, and videos of Herobrine were created, with the earliest among them being created on the same day as the original livestreams.[14]

Not long after the Brocraft streams propelled Herobrine into popularity, all of the Brocraft streams in which he was featured were deleted, and not archived elsewhere. Despite extensive searching, no footage has ever been recovered, and only a few screenshots and written descriptions of the contents of the livestreams still exist. Copeland continued to adamantly state Herobrine was real for about a year onward.

At MINECON 2010, the day after Herobrine's popularity boost from the livestreams, Notch confirmed Herobrine was a hoax, but jokingly alluded to the possibility that he might not be.[15] The next day, Notch posted on Twitter about the subject of Herobrine: in reply to a tweet asking if Herobrine was a real entity in-game, Notch replied saying that he was not, but that he "might be soon".[16] This further confirmed there was no Herobrine, but again suggested the possibility that Notch planned to add him at a later date.

In October 2010, due to increased drama surrounding the Minecraft Wiki's page on Herobrine, a wiki administrator asked Notch over IRC if he would ever be added, to which Notch replied "i [sic] have no plans of adding herobrine as is, but I do like the rumors, haha".[citation needed] This showed Notch had decided against adding Herobrine, but the use of the wording "as is" suggested that something like Herobrine may be added, further fueling beliefs that he would be implemented. Once again, the same user asked for clarification, saying that the Minecraft community was "getting frustrated by the hero-spam", to which Notch replied that he had no plans for adding Herobrine into the game.[17]

Modded versions

Herobrine Shrine

An altar used to summon Herobrine in several mods, including the earliest known plugin.

Herobrine Totem

A totem used to summon Herobrine in burnner's Herobrine mod, and several other mods.

On December 10, 2010, hMod Forums user tkelly released the earliest known Herobrine mod, a server plugin called "iLoveYou".[18][19] In the plugin, Herobrine can be summoned by building an altar made of gold blocks, netherrack, redstone torches and mossy cobblestone, and igniting the netherrack on top.[20] The mod's version of Herobrine exhibits behaviors similar to those in the original creepypasta and livestreams, as well as new behaviors, such as placing redstone torches,[21] building underground dungeons,[22] teleporting behind players,[23] and luring players into traps.[24] Many YouTube videos from around the time of this plugin's release show players encountering or summoning this modded version of Herobrine on many different servers,[25][26] indicating that the plugin was widespread enough to influence the playerbase's perception of Herobrine, and many of Herobrine's traits and abilities introduced in the mod became established in the community as part of the character. Updated versions of this plugin created by other users still exist on the Internet,[27][28] but the original plugin from the original creator is currently lost.

Later, on July 29, 2011, a more popular Herobrine mod was released by the Minecraft Forum user burnner.[29] This mod also lets players summon Herobrine by building and igniting an altar made of gold and netherrack, though the arrangement and composition of blocks is different, and a new "Herobrine Totem" block is required. This mod's version of Herobrine retains many of his abilities from the canon sources and original mod while gaining many new ones, such as using tools, placing signs, possessing animals, and spawning undead mobs. Herobrine is much more hostile in this mod and will regularly directly attack players, unlike in the original mod where Herobrine is more rarely encountered and less overtly hostile. Many subsequent Herobrine mods have been made since, many of them employing numerous concepts that originated in these early examples. The use of these mods in servers and videos likely accounts for a substantial percentage of reported Herobrine "sightings", since they are the only way Herobrine can actually exist in the game.

Current status

From 2011 onward, Herobrine's popularity continued to increase as more and more fan creations featuring the character were created. Many "sightings", modded gameplay videos, and animations featuring Herobrine would reach tens of millions of views on YouTube during the following years.[30][31] Numerous imitation characters with varying levels of popularity were created with Herobrine as the main inspiration, but Herobrine would always remain by far the most popular.

As the role of lead developer of Minecraft was passed on from Notch to Jeb, the chance of Herobrine appearing in an update became unclear. On August 22, 2012, Dinnerbone, current joint developer of Minecraft, tweeted "We have no plans at all to add herobrine. I doubt this will ever change."[32] This confirms that Herobrine will likely never see an official addition in Minecraft, and that any claims of "finding" Herobrine in vanilla Minecraft in future updates are completely unfounded.



Herobrine is said to be Notch's deceased brother, somehow embedded into Minecraft as a human entity with the player skin of Steve, but with completely white eyes and no visible irises or pupils. His appearance differs between the canonical sources; in Copeland's livestream, he had the beard seen in Steve's original design, while in the original 4chan image and Copeland's edited screenshot, the beard appears to be absent.

Herobrine is able to build and destroy in the game. The original story states the player found long 2×2 tunnels, small pyramids in the middle of the ocean, and trees with no leaves. The full extent of his building capacity is unknown, but the given examples indicate Herobrine has awareness of shape, and can differentiate materials from each other. Herobrine shows a lot of characteristics of being a form of virus, such as manipulating game worlds, deleting Minecraft Forum topics and sending messages to forum users. He is not seen to communicate with players in-game, but does have the ability to communicate through the internet.

Herobrine seems to solely target players. He did not seem to interact with any other mobs nearby in the Brocraft streams, some of which were spiders and zombies. His canonical relation to further mobs added since he appeared is a complete mystery. His interactions with other mobs are not mentioned in the original image. While there is a chicken present in the image, Herobrine does not seem interested in it at all, and is solely focused on the player.

In both the original creepypasta and the Brocraft streams, Herobrine appears in the world without any apparent cause, and his presence is not implied to be due to a player's actions. In the creepypasta, he seems to avoid the player and appears to only be active in unexplored areas, whereas in the streams he seems to intentionally get close to players and appears mainly near player constructions.


The pronounciation of the name "Herobrine" is not specified in any of the canonical sources, leaving it as a subject of debate. Most pronounce the "Hero" part of the name as either /hɪɹəʊ/ (as in the word "hero") or /hɛɹoʊ/ ("Heh-roh"), while the "-brine" part is commonly pronounced as /bɹaɪn/ (as in the word "brine"), /bɹɪn/ ("brin"), or /bɹiːn/ ("breen").[citation needed]

Though his hands are usually empty, Herobrine is sometimes depicted holding tools, such as pickaxes.[33] This stems from the widespread community belief that Herobrine is a dead miner, killed long before the player's arrival.[citation needed] His appearance does not suggest this is the case, though with Minecraft's mineshafts and strongholds, as well as mining being a large part of the game, the game itself has shaped public perception of the character to suit this persona.

Herobrine occasionally interacts with other mobs. He is sometimes able to take control of passive animals, causing them to also exhibit his blank white eyes,[11] and revive/spawn undead mobs.[34] He seems capable of drastically changing his environments with no viable source of resources to do so. Most expansions to his abilities involve cobblestone placing,[35] dungeon building,[22] using redstone torches[21] and setting traps.[36] He exhibits all the behaviors of a Creative mode player in the game. While he is usually mute, some interpretations have him communicating with players, typically by sending them ominous messages through signs[37] or chat[38] such as "Stop"[39] or "Only God can save/help you now",[40] or by screaming as he jumpscares them.[41] While he usually cannot be killed, in some interpretations he can be defeated, at least temporarily.[31]

Herobrine's intentions vary, but they usually fall under two categories: the "stalker" variation, based on the original canonical events, and the "vengeful" variation, derived from community interpretation. In the "stalker" variation, he stalks the player, disappearing if approached. In the "vengeful" variation, he tries to ensnare the player in traps, presumably to steal their items. He waits for people to enter his dungeons, then either seals them inside,[42] or teleports behind them,[23] presumably killing them. Some rarer variations of the latter state he breaks the player's creations[43] and steals their items from chests.[44] These ideas are likely inspired by griefers and trolls.

A popular idea in the community is that Herobrine can be "summoned" through the use of a special arrangement of blocks; such a structure is usually referred to as a "Herobrine altar", "Herobrine shrine", "Herobrine totem" or "Herobrine spawner". Typically, this is a 3×3 horizontal square of gold blocks, with a block of netherrack placed on top and four redstone torches placed upright on each side.[20] The block beneath the netherrack varies between versions, with common choices being mossy cobblestone,[25] more netherrack,[45] or more gold.[46] Another common version is a 1 block wide, 4 block tall pillar with 2 gold blocks on the bottom and 2 netherrack blocks on the top.[47] Some variations also include other blocks such as redstone dust,[48] soul sand,[49] and/or lava.[50] Igniting the netherrack is supposed to "activate" the structure, which then supposedly summons Herobrine into the world.[26] These concepts are likely stemmed from, or served as inspiration for, the mods featuring the character.

Official cameos

Herobrine has appeared or been mentioned in official Mojang images and webpages as an inside joke. His first appearance in official Mojang images was with the Wedding Weekend in August 2011, in which he was just behind Notch's Minecraft character. He then made several appearances in material related to MINECON 2011: firstly the website header, where he was just behind Notch yet again.[51] He then appeared in the official MINECON 2011 trailer created by Hat Films, at 3:11, though this was likely unplanned, as users were asked to submit their skins to appear in the trailer.[52] In the convention itself, a Herobrine statue was present in the Xbox section, on the board behind the Xbox stations. During the closing of the convention, a user named Zaralith won the Herobrine statue by correctly answering the give-away question "How many Fable games are there?". Some users have pointed to this as proof of his future addition, however there is no proof he has been portrayed for anything other than baiting fans.

Herobrine then appeared in the instruction booklets of some of the first LEGO Minecraft sets, among other Minecraft characters. He also appeared in Minecraft's Facebook page on the cover photo in summer 2012,[53] although the image was created by a fan for a competition with the theme of "summer picnic", hence his inclusion may not be fully intentional.[54]

In September 2013, developer Marc Watson created a series of skins for the head model. These skins were made to ensure a stable skin for various official entities could be used without fear that the skin could change. Herobrine is one of the skins that can be obtained through this system by using the command /give @s player_head{SkullOwner:MHF_Herobrine} (with "MHF" standing for "Marc's Head Format"). The skin used to show Herobrine without a beard and was originally taken from the Herobrine account. It was changed in December 2017 to use the same beard that Steve and the mob had before the release of Survival Test.[55]

In the Java Edition 3D Shareware v1.34 April Fools' update, "Removing Herobrine" is one of the episodes. On the Minecraft Earth FAQ site, Herobrine used to be mentioned in one of the frequently asked questions about the game; the question was "Is Herobrine in this game too?" and the answer given was "<REDACTED>".[56] This was later removed from the FAQ page. In the Official Minecraft Discord, there is a sticker called "Him", which references the image in the "Him" website linked to Brocraft viewers after the Herobrine stream.

Legacy Console Editions

One of the in-game loading tips in the Legacy Console Editions references Herobrine: "We think 4J Studios has removed Herobrine from the [console] console game, but we're not too sure."

Herobrine is part of the first skin pack released on the Legacy Console Editions. Because of this addition, "sightings" rose drastically due to players using the skin. However, the skin was omitted from the Bedrock Edition version of the skin pack.[57] Herobrine then made more appearances as a "Zombie Herobrine" skin in the third skin pack, a "Party Herobrine" skin in the first birthday skin pack, and an "Xmas Herobrine" skin in the festive mash-up pack.



A blurred changelog for Beta 1.7 that Notch posted on Twitter, with the words "Removed Herobrine" at the bottom.

Herobrine has been said to be removed from the game in numerous changelog entries. The first of these mentions was in Beta 1.6.6, as a joke referring to the partial removal of the human mob's essential code, making it unspawnable within Minecraft. An ulterior motive may have been to troll the community, as this was around the time Herobrine had gained memetic status. After that, most Minecraft update changelogs since then until Java Edition 1.16.2 included the entry "Removed Herobrine" at least once every update cycle as a running gag, with an exception, Java Edition 1.1. This changed after Java Edition 1.16.2, where he was never mentioned in any changelogs up until Java Edition 1.20, where he was once again removed.

Java Edition changelogs mentioning Herobrine
Version Notes
Beta 1.6.6 Noted in The Word of Notch and on the Tumblr changelog.
Beta 1.7 Noted in The Word of Notch and on the Tumblr changelog.
Beta 1.8 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.0.0 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.1 Notably missing on the Tumblr changelog.
1.2.1 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.2.5 Noted on the official Mojang blog as removal of all "ghost entities under the command of Lord Herobrine."
1.3.1 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.4.2 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.5-pre Noted on the official Mojang blog.
1.5 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.6 Noted on the official Mojang blog.
1.6.1 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.7.2 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.8-pre1 Noted on the official Mojang blog.
1.8 Noted on the official Mojang blog and the Tumblr changelog.
16w03a Noted on the official Mojang blog.
1.9 Noted on the official Mojang blog and the Tumblr changelog.
1.RV-Pre1 Noted on the official Mojang blog as "Digitalized Herobrine" and "Removed Herobrine".
1.10 Noted on the official Mojang blog and the Tumblr changelog.
16w39a Noted on the official Mojang blog.
1.11 Noted on the Tumblr changelog.
1.12 Noted on the official Minecraft website.
1.13 Noted on the official Minecraft website.
1.14 Noted on the official Minecraft website.
1.15.1 Noted on the official Minecraft website.
1.16.2 Noted on the official Minecraft website.
1.20 Noted on the official Minecraft website.
1.20.2 Noted on the official Minecraft website.

In the changelog of Minecraft Launcher version 2.2.176x, released soon after the world seed of the original Herobrine screenshot was discovered, the developers said that they "removed Herobrine from Java Alpha 1.0.16_02", the version in which the screenshot was taken.

In an update for Xbox 360 on July 13, 2012 (Xbox 360 Edition TU3), Herobrine was stated to be removed from the Xbox 360 Edition of Minecraft for the first time. He was then removed again in Xbox 360 Edition TU5.[58]

In the changelog for version 0.103.0 of Scrolls, another game by Mojang, Herobrine being removed was in the changelog's miscellaneous section.[59]

Mojang reactions

Mojang has, albeit rarely, shared their views on Herobrine. Their reactions have varied from plainly stating that he does not exist to Notch saying he appears only when players ask him.



Fine, Herobrine is real, and he gains spooky vengeance haunting power whenever you remind me of him. Only way to stop him is to ignore him.

Notch on Herobrine[60]


Getting loads of tweets and emails about Herobrine again. I don't have a dead brother, and he never was in the game. Not real. Never was.

Notch on Herobrine[61]


The Herobrine stuff is awesome and kind of scary at the same time. It really shows how little control a content producer has over the content.

I've publicly told people there's never been any such thing as Herobrine, and that I don't have any dead brothers, and that letting too many animals die in lava is a fool proof way to summon him but that you don't need to be afraid of him. He only means well, he's looking out for you, trying to warn you of the dangers you can't see. There certainly are NO physical manifestations of Herobrine that will sneak out of your computer if you leave Minecraft running at night, looming over you as you sleep with his pale eyes inches away from your face, as he tries to shout at you to wake up. Sometimes you wake up with a jolt, and he's gone, and all that lingers is the memory and faint echo of his wordless screaming. Of course it was just a dream. There's no way a morally dubious ghost with a god complex could at any point decide to haunt the children who play my game "for their own good", as there is NO SUCH THING. etc etc

Notch on Herobrine[62]


Every single thing in the game gets found out within minutes. People are decompiling the code, and there are even automated tools to do so. It should be obvious to everyone that there isn't a hidden herobrine in there, or it would've been found years ago.

Despite this, people keep spreading the rumor, posting fake stories and screenshots, and generally hyping it, so it seems to be something people WANT the game to contain. But the truth he certainly had never ever been in the game when I was working on it, and I absolutely, positively don't have a dead brother. But if people want to pretend it's true, who am I to stop them?

tl;dr: sure, why not

Notch on Herobrine[63]


It was fun to see the brocraft stream with herobrine back in the day, was well done. But then it's been overused & worn out.

Ezchili on Herobrine[64]

Daniel Kaplan

Ok ok. To be honest, there has never existed a Herobrine. It was just a rumor started by some douche and then someone probably created a mod.

Kappische on Herobrine[65]

When asked if he would like to update his stance, Kappische replied:

Daniel Kaplan

yes..but he is watching me!

Kappische on Herobrine[66]

Mollstam twitter

Herobrine has, and always will be, our friend.

Mollstam on Herobrine[67]

Jakob Porser Square

He has never existed.. Quote me if you want..

JahKob on Herobrine[68]

Henrik mojavatar

I don't always have an opinion about Herobrine, but when I do, it tends to end up on a wiki.

Carnalizer on Herobrine[69]

Henrik mojavatar

I don't have an opinion.

Carnalizer on Herobrine[70]


I can't comment on that, he might be watching...

EvilSeph on Herobrine (Via IRC)


Aand I finished the herobrine sound effects! And deleted them as quickly as possible.

C418 on Herobrine[71]


You know how myths can be super awesome and creepy? Well, Herobrine isn’t. It’s silly and boring.

C418 on Herobrine[72]


Also Herobrine is the silliest name for a myth ever. How about Griddlebraf

C418 on Herobrine[73]
Marc Watson

Mark IRL twitter

Herobrine doesn't exist. He can't give you a virus. Your kid didn't see him. Why are you arguing this. Please don't argue. Staahp D:

Marc Watson on Herobrine[74]

Searge twitter

We didn't really remove Herobrine, because Herobrine doesn't exist. Believe it or not, but it's the truth. I can't prove it. It's a myth.

Searge on Herobrine[75]

Lost media

No known archive exists of the earliest 4chan thread containing the original Herobrine story. The creepypasta image on this wiki was likely obtained from a 4chan thread from late August 2010, but it is unknown whether the creepypasta was originally presented this way, or if the image was created later.

The original Herobrine livestream was located here[76] and the second Herobrine livestream was located here.[77] Both livestreams were deleted at some point during the following months, and no known backups are available. Copeland, the Brocraft founder, and Livestream.com have all stated that they do not have a backup copy of these streams.

On July 15, 2024, the original livestream by Copeland was found by a YouTube user Brutallillfjomp who stated that he had the stream downloaded from the original website since 2010 on his hard drive, he then uploaded the stream onto YouTube.[78]

The earliest known Herobrine plugin was located here.[79] This was likely also deleted at some point during the following months, and no known backups of any of the original versions of the plugin are available either.

Any users who may have captured, recorded, or downloaded these media for personal use are encouraged to share them for future generations of Minecraft fans.

Stream recreation

A recreation made in collaboration with Copeland of the Herobrine scene from the first stream can be found below:





  • When asked about audio player implementation on the wiki, and the limits of what could be uploaded, C418 replied to Herobrine claims relating to disc 11. He stated that he cannot say a lot about 11, but that it has nothing to do with Herobrine.[citation needed]
  • There is a user called Herobrine registered on Minecraft servers. The account is a full account (meaning they have bought Minecraft after registering). They do not appear to have migrated their account or visited any MINECON events using the Herobrine username, due to their lack of a cape. Ex-Mojang employee Andrea Jörgensen stated that a friend of hers owns the Herobrine account.[80]
  • Herobrine is a Public Domain
  • The seed for the world used in the original screenshot is 478868574082066804, with the player's position at the coordinates x=5.06, y=71, z=-298.54. The screenshot was made using Alpha v1.0.16_02.[81]
  • The seed for the world used in the original livestream is 3609313613745973624. The livestream was made using Alpha v1.0.17_04.
    • Copeland eventually rediscovered the original world in which he had filmed the original Herobrine livestream, and made the world available to download here.[82]
  • The original creepypasta states that the author heard back from their informant about a month after taking a screenshot of Herobrine. However, while the creepypasta was created on August 19 at the latest, the screenshot was taken in the version Alpha v1.0.16_02, which was released on August 13, making it impossible for that much time to have elapsed.
  • Vareide, the creator of several officially featured Minecraft trailers, also made a video about Herobrine.
  • The Herobrine altar was referenced in the video "One Trillion Minecraft Views on YouTube and Counting", at 0:33.
  • Due to Herobrine's popularity, other stories regarding similar entities have since appeared.
    • The most popular example is "Entity 303", who supposedly behaves much like the common interpretation of Herobrine as being hostile, griefing builds and crashing players' games.[83] According to the legend, he is a hacker who planned to destroy Minecraft by 2014 or 2015.[84] Notch has acknowledged Entity 303, telling players to "go read a science, people! there are no ghosts!"[85] Interestingly, this dismissal by Mojang and Notch has been incorporated into the creepypasta in order to increase the sense of urgency.[84]
    • Another example is "Null", who according to the story, behaves a lot like Herobrine, passively modifying the world, but seems to be slightly more active than Herobrine, and appears to have Herobrine under some kind of threat.[86] He seems to appear based on upgrading and downgrading versions. Both of these stories claim Herobrine is benevolent,[86][87] which is an expansion on his original passive nature and a subversion of his commonly described hostile nature.

See also


  1. "(Note: Copied from /v/, I didn't write this and the poster was Anonymous)" by Flaky – Minecraft Forum, July 31, 2010.
  2. "Minecraft "music" - 13.ogg" – Curchack Curchack on YouTube, July 30, 2010
  3. "I cannot take it anymore." by Endorphine – Minecraft Forum, August 1, 2010.
  4. "No, You're wrong. It's "White Eyes" as we named her." by Endorphine – Minecraft Forum, August 1, 2010.
  5. "Horror in minecraft" by Goatie – Minecraft Forum, August 24, 2010.
  6. "@xnotch Hey, someone made a story about your brother Herobrine! You remember him, right? *tap tap* You should TOTALLY add him to minecraft!" (archived) . - @TacticsAndNiblics, August 19, 2010
  7. "Herobrine isn't real in any way, no. I never had a brother (well, there's a half brother I never meet..), and he's not in the game."@notch (Markus Persson) on X, January 8, 2011
  8. "How about he's in the game BUT doesn't exist in any of the code, At all.... /rant" (archived) by TheCameraWorks – Minecraft Forum, August 30, 2010.
  9. Original defunct link to the earliest known post containing the Herobrine story. The filename "1283223082465.jpg" is a Unix timestamp which points to this image being posted on August 31, 2010, at 02:51:22 GMT.
  10. "Video Proof of "him"" (archived) by Copeland – Minecraft Forum, August 30, 2010.
  11. a b "Who is Herobrine?" – Jamook on YouTube, November 25, 2010
  12. "The "White Eyes", "Him", "Dead notch" explained." by bobsbees – Minecraft Forum, August 30, 2010.
  13. Wake Up? – Creepypasta.com, October 21, 2008
  14. "Minecraft alpha "Him" apparition" – KnukN on YouTube, August 30, 2010
  15. "MinecraftCon 2010" – Miles Smith on YouTube, September 1, 2010
  16. "It's not real. =) But it might be soon!"@notch (Markus Persson) on X, September 1, 2010
  17. "@Kizzycocoa i have no plans of adding herobrine."@notch (Markus Persson) on X, October 19, 2010
  18. "[MISC] Herobrine v0.3.1 [133]" (archived) by tkelly – hMod Forums, December 10, 2010.
  19. "Herobrine plugin for hMod"u/Flandoo on Reddit, December 12, 2010
  20. a b "[How To] Summon HeroBrine[GER]" – SakusLP on YouTube, December 29, 2010
  21. a b "Herobrine" – tkellyMC on YouTube, December 10, 2010
  22. a b "Herobrine 0.2" – tkellyMC on YouTube, December 11, 2010
  23. a b "Herobrine 12-12" – tkellyMC on YouTube, December 12, 2010
  24. https://bukkit.org/threads/req-the-herobrine-plugin.19251/#post-351702
  25. a b "Minecraft - How to summon Herobrine" – Phaseout on YouTube, December 31, 2010
  26. a b "Summoning Herobrine" – BIJ on YouTube, January 1, 2011
  27. "iLoveYou" by darkdiplomat – GitHub, March 22, 2013.
  28. https://archive.org/details/iloveyou_202211
  29. "The Herobrine Mod OFFICIAL 3.6" by burnner_ – Minecraft Forums, July 29, 2011.
  30. ""Fallen Kingdom" - A Minecraft Parody of Coldplay's Viva la Vida (Music Video)" – CaptainSparklez on YouTube, April 1, 2012
  31. a b "I FOUND herobrine Minecraft PE" – SpaceWaffle on YouTube, July 19, 2012
  32. "@Kizzycocoa We have no plans at all to add herobrine. I doubt this will ever change."@Dinnerbone (Nathan Adams) on X, August 22, 2012
  33. "Herobrine sighting - Minecraft 1.7.3" – Albatross960 on YouTube, July 9, 2011
  34. "Minecraft: Herobrine Mod (Herobrine, Notch, Evil Chickens and More!) Mod Showcase" – MCFinest on YouTube, December 14, 2013
  35. "Herobrine Pyramid On Singleplayer!!!!" by charman305 – Planet Minecraft, December 27, 2011.
  36. "Minecraft - him in my minecraft" – DrFunkyStarcraft on YouTube, November 12, 2010
  37. "Herobrine SPOTTED hackforums RPS Minecraft" – Zher0 on YouTube, November 4, 2010
  38. "I SAW HEROBRINE OMG OMG OMG" – Tempotuchable on YouTube, December 30, 2010
  39. "Minecraft - Communicating with HeroBrine (THIS IS REAL, ITS NOT FAKE THIS TIME)" – Fanmakers on YouTube, November 24, 2010
  40. "HeroBrine seen 2nd Time" – SakusLP on YouTube, December 28, 2010
  41. "Him" – SharpTH on YouTube, October 11, 2010
  42. "Minecraft HeroBrine wurde gesichtet" – SakusLP on YouTube, December 27, 2010
  43. "Herobrine sighting" – Nombombs on YouTube, November 3, 2010
  44. "minecraft : Herobrine in my house?!?!?!?!" – TheKittyGamer on YouTube, August 22, 2011
  45. https://www.theprogrammersworld.com/Herobrine/totem.php
  46. https://bukkit.org/threads/inactive-page-15-fun-gen-mech-herobrine-v1-0_5-bringing-the-legend-back-1000-1060.29490/
  47. "Herobrine in Minecraft! 1.8.9 version" by letsrum – Planet Minecraft, December 28, 2014.
  48. "How I Summoned Herobrine in Minecraft (Minecraft Tutorial)" – Dark Corners on YouTube, October 3, 2017
  49. https://www.minecraftforum.net/forums/minecraft-java-edition/redstone-discussion-and/redstone-creations/2524522-1-8-vanilla-mod-one-command-creation-herobrine
  50. https://www.minecraftmods.com/the-legend-of-herobrine/
  51. https://web.archive.org/web/20110922104118/http://minecon.mojang.com/
  52. "Minecraft Trailer Competition!" (archived) by HaatFilms – YouTube, October 26, 2011.
  53. "Minecraft" (archived) – Facebook.
  54. https://web.archive.org/web/20120712190445/http://mojang.com/
  55. "MHF_Herobrine" – NameMC.
  56. "Minecraft Earth FAQ" (Archive) – Minecraft.net.
  57. "Moana and Xbox Characters Come to Minecraft!" by Marsh Davies. Minecraft.net, January 30, 2018
  58. "MCXBLA Title Update change logs" by padware – Minecraft Forum, June 8, 2012.
  59. "Scrolls Changelog 0.103.0 – super friendly edition!" by Owen – Scrolls.com, August 7, 2013
  60. "Fine, Herobrine is real, and he gains spooky vengeance haunting power whenever you remind me of him. Only way to stop him is to ignore him." . – @notch, July 6, 2014
  61. "Getting loads of tweets and emails about Herobrine again. I don't have a dead brother, and he never was in the game."@notch (Markus Persson) on X, May 26, 2012
  62. "The Herobrine stuff is awesome and kind of scary at the same time. It really shows how little control a content producer has over the content."u/xNotch on Reddit, March 10, 2012
  63. "Every single thing in the game gets found out within minutes. People are decompiling the code, and there are even automated tools to do so. It should be obvious to everyone that there isn't a hidden herobrine in there, or it would've been found years ago."u/xNotch on Reddit, May 26, 2012
  64. "@Kizzycocoa It was fun to see the brocraft stream with herobrine back in the day, was well done. But then it's been overused & worn out."@ezchili on X, July 4, 2012
  65. "Ok ok. To be honest, there has never existed a Herobrine. It was just a rumor started by some douche and then someone probably created a mod" (archived) . – @Kappische, August 31, 2011
  66. "@Kizzycocoa yes..but he is watching me!" (archived) . – @Kappische, May 8, 2012
  67. "@Kizzycocoa Herobrine has, and always will be, our friend."@mollstam (Tobias Möllstam) on X, May 7, 2012
  68. "@Kizzycocoa Sure i can.. He has never existed.. Quote me if you want.."@JahKob (Jakob Porsér) on X, May 11, 2012
  69. "@Kizzycocoa I don't always have an opinion about Herobrine, but when I do, it tends to end up on a wiki."@carnalizer (Henrik Pettersson) on X, May 8, 2012
  70. "@Kizzycocoa I suggest you put that last tweet there. :) I don't have an opinion."@carnalizer (Henrik Pettersson) on X, May 8, 2012
  71. "Aand I finished the herobrine sound effects! And deleted them as quickly as possible."@C418 on X, July 5, 2011
  72. "You know how myths can be super awesome and creepy? Well, Herobrine isn’t. It’s silly and boring."@C418 on X, July 5, 2013
  73. "Also Herobrine is the silliest name for a myth ever. How about Griddlebraf"@C418 on X, July 5, 2013
  74. "Herobrine doesn't exist. He can't give you a virus. Your kid didn't see him. Why are you arguing this. Please don't argue. Staahp D:"@Marc_IRL (Marc Watson) on X, February 20, 2015
  75. "We didn't really remove Herobrine, because Herobrine doesn't exist. Believe it or not, but it's the truth. I can't prove it. It's a myth."@SeargeDP (Michael Stoyke) on X, January 20, 2016
  76. "Live Show [Procaster] Mon Aug 30 2010 11:24:42 AM" (archived) by minecrafterryday – Livestream.com.
  77. "Live Show [Procaster] Mon Aug 30 2010 11:56:23 PM" (archived) by minecrafterryday – Livestream.com.
  78. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRzX7CDxQsI
  79. https://web.archive.org/web/20110126140917/http://taylorkelly.me/plugins/Herobrine/
  80. "@notch A friend of mine owns the Minecraft account named Herobrine... he gets plenty of password reset emails ever day." (archived) . – @AndiJorgensen, May 26, 2012
  81. "The World of Herobrine" – Minecraft @ Home.
  82. "The Mystery of the Lost Herobrine Stream: Part 2 ~ Secrets Revealed" – Enderboss25 on YouTube, August 2, 2021
  83. "The New Herobrine (Minecraft Documentary) [MUST WATCH!!!]" – Thespeed179 on YouTube, December 17, 2013
  84. a b "Entity 303 Documentary Part 3 (The War)" – Thespeed179 on YouTube, June 18, 2014
  85. "oh god no entity 303 what is wrong with you people its just a game i cant deal with this. Go read a science, people! There are no ghosts!"@notch (Markus Persson) on X, July 6, 2014
  86. a b https://minecraftcreepypasta.fandom.com/wiki/Null
  87. "Entity 303 Documentary (Part 4) [Herobrine]" – Thespeed179 on YouTube, July 1, 2014