Hi everyone. This thread is kind of like the one originally posted by manamedRICK, so go check out his thread too.
Let's face it. We all believed in and were scared of Herobrine as a kid. Over the years, the legend slowly faded away. I'm not saying that Herobrine is real, but i'm not saying that he's not. I have seen some scary things that appear unnatural in my single player worlds. I'm sure some of you have too.
But before we get deep into it, here's Herobrine's supposed backstory. It is believed that Herobrine is the ghost of Notch's brother who somehow found his way into the game. Notch later commented that he never had a brother, only a stepbrother that he never met, implying that said stepbrother might be deceased. In this case, it could be Notch's stepbrother, or something completly different. It is also possible that Herobrine is some sort of virus that is nestled into the games code. For years, Mojang officially removed Herobrine in every update. He kept coming back. That is, until recently when update logs no longer included removing Herobrine. Either what they did for the last time worked, or they simply coudn't beat him. So what we know so far, Notch, who made the game, says he doesn't exist, but the company that bought his game for 2.5 Billion US dollars said it did. It is said that Herobrine, once in your world, will do increasingly more violent things over time. First, maybe you'll find a pyramid in the middle of the ocean. Maybe you'll have see a random player head. If you haven't already deleted your world, you may eventually find a forest with no leaves, or a shrine sort of thing. In this case, it's time to get the heck out of dodge. If you wait too long, items will start to go missing, and you may have your first encounter. He stands there, stalking you, watching you. He may build lava pits or burn forests. He may build manmade 2x2 tunnels that you didn't make. Maybe all you'll see is a single redstone torch. Herobrine activity can range from mild to very, very severe.
My personal encounters and beliefs: I have seen redstone torches that i don't think i placed in the middle of caves. I also have seen forests burn down without and ignition source. It could be lightning, but there hadn't been rain in the world yet, as it was a new world. I have never seen the man myself, and I probably never will. In summary of my thread, I'm not saying Herobrine exists. I am also saying that I don't think Notch or Mojang is telling us the entire full truth. Thank you for reading this far, it really does mean a lot when other people see my work.
Herobrine has never existed in the official game, only as pranks and mods; I (and other modders) surely have come across its code by now if it did given just how extensively I've worked with it while making mods for nearly 9 years (by "mods" I mean old-school "jar" mods where you directly modify the game's code, rather than using an API like Forge, so everything is fully accessible, though even Forge/etc let you view the source). Not that I ever believed in it either or found anything remotely paranormal in any of my worlds (and even if you did it was just world corruption, particularly bugs like MC-315, which can cause chunks, including player builds, from a deleted world to appear in a newly created world; if it was multiplayer than it could have been anybody), and indeed my first experience hearing about them was probably a mod showcase so it was perfectly natural for me to assume it was just a mod and anything else a big conspiracy; "removed Herobrine" is just a joke on Mojang's part, one which they should have stopped doing long ago and made an official statement that it was never a thing.
Herobrine has never been real and never will be. Don't you think it's strange that with the millions of people who play the game every day and with many of them claiming to have seen Herobrine before, not a single one of them is able to take a clear screenshot or video of the encounter? You always get either a blurry picture/video, something that could have been easily Photoshopped, or them saying that they were so scared and immediately closed the game once they saw him (even though a "real" video would instantly go viral and get millions of views). Weird.
The easiest way to prove or disprove Herobrine's existence would be to take a look at the game's source code as many people have already done. There is no entity built into the game that stares at players from far away, digs 2x2 tunnels in caves near you, or places redstone torches in areas that you haven't visited. ALL videos on Youtube that claim to have "encountered" Herobrine are using mods or plugins to fool people for clicks/views. If you haven't encountered him yet, that just means that you haven't installed a Herobrine mod yet.
umm, what is this in my world????? (by the crosshair)
Could be a Photoshopped Herobrine entity, a mob added by a Herobrine mod, a mob using a custom texture from a resource pack, or someone playing a prank on you using a mod/plugin (if you're playing on a server).
There was an article in the Xmas 2023 edition of Fortean Times this month on cursed games, Minecraft was mentioned below:
Even non-gamers will have heard of Minecraft, the smash hit video game that has spawned a merchandising empire. The game is particularly popular with younger children, and many a parent will have spent their hard-earned on Minecraft figurines, lamps, pyjamas, fluffy toys, towels, T-shirts and duvets. There is even a series of books based around the game, with a forthcoming movie scheduled for 2025. Much of Minecraft’s appeal stems from its randomly generated, vast open-world environment in which players can explore, gather supplies, and craft any sort of building or structure imaginable. The game officially launched in 2011 and is largely the work of a sole architect (at least in its early days) – Swedish programmer Markus ‘Notch’ Persson.
Although it contains mild elements of peril, including hostile zombies, skeletons and spiders, there is no ‘adult’ content in Minecraft. Players can never truly die, and the game can be played in ‘safe mode,’ which removes all antagonistic ‘mobs’. However, in August, a post on 4chan’s paranormal discussion board suggested something very troubling dwelt within the game’s code. In this now-infamous account, the anonymous user explained that, while playing Minecraft in single-player mode, he had encountered “another character with the default skin [player appearance], 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.” 9
The user goes on to claim that his forum posts on the subject were repeatedly deleted. He then received a private message from a user named Herobrine advising him to “stop.” Our user subsequently made contact with “an informant,” who revealed that Herobrine was in fact the brother of Minecraft’s developer, Notch. The user emailed Notch direct, asking if he did indeed have a brother, eventually receiving the reply, “I did, but he is no longer with us.” This gave rise to the idea that Herobrine was possibly a ghost, and since then a legion of Minecraft players have posted their own experiences of encountering ‘him’, with perhaps the most famous being that of Minecraft live-streamer, ‘Copleand,’ who claimed to have captured Herobrine ‘on tape’. Herobrine’s alleged behaviour runs from the mischievous – moving things around, creating random structures and destroying player’s buildings – to the creepy – taking telepathic control of nearby in-game animals, turning their eyes blank in the process.
Copeland later admitted to having falsified his images as a prank, while Notch himself has repeatedly and explicitly denied the existence of Herobrine, including a tweet from his official account in May 2012 that read: “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.” However during the fan-event, Minecon, in 2010, two years earlier, Notch had cryptically claimed that, while Herobrine was a myth, “there might be a possibility that he is real.” Matters were further obfuscated when patch notes for the Java Edition Beta 1.6.6 version of Minecraft, released on 31 May 2011, included the line “Removed Herobrine.” Minecraft’s parent company, Mojang, have gone so far as to incorporate the blank-eyed character into some of its official images, and reports of Herobrine encounters continue to pop up, as do videos purporting to show the mysterious phantom. Real or urban legend, Herobrine continues to haunt the imaginations of Minecraft players.
I used to believe that his only weakness was an Iron Sword, and that he haunted my Xbox 360. I tried the popular "From the Fog" mod that adds Herobrine from the original Creepypasta, and he has only surprised me twice by me turning around too quickly. I like to mess with his signs that he places to scare me by insulting him in Spanish though.