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  • It's impossible to read the news now  without hearing about viruses. As one  

  • pandemic runs its course, there are menacing  headlines about others possibly cropping up.  

  • But as you browse the internet, you may come  across people talking about something called  

  • “X-Virus”. Is this a new and deadly plague  making its way over from unknown quarters?

  • No, X-Virus isn't a virus at allbut it may be no less terrifying.

  • No one knows where X-Virus came frombut he introduced himself to us in a  

  • short story that began circulating around  the internet. But the strange thing is,  

  • X-Virus doesn't seem creepy at first - he's a  little boy. One who had a rough life and maybe,  

  • just maybe, will finally find the friend  he needs. Sounds cheery enough, right?

  • Why has X-Virus captured the attention  of creepypasta fans everywhere?  

  • And could he have ties to one of the most  notorious monsters in internet history?

  • X-Virus wants you to know his story - he  started out as a boy named Cody, and he  

  • describes himself as an unwanted kid. He never  knew his father, who likely abandoned the family,  

  • but at least he had his mother, right? Wrong! His  mother was a career criminal, and was hardly fit  

  • for raising a child. She would go out to commit  crimes - the young Cody never described what they  

  • were - and left Cody alone. He would sit at homewaiting for her to come back - sometimes days,  

  • but eventually even for weeks at a time aloneCody never had any friends, and being alone  

  • was a way of life for him - until one day, there  was a knock on the door. It was a social worker.

  • Would things start looking up for Cody?

  • It was clear to the social worker that  Cody's mother wasn't fit to take care of him,  

  • and so he went into the custody of the stateThey took Cody to a group home, where he hoped  

  • he would be able to start fresh, far away from  his traumatic upbringing. He even looked forward  

  • to making some friends. But it wasn't to beFrom the moment Cody arrived at the orphanage,  

  • everything went wrong. He was ostracized by  the other kids, and felt intimidated by them.  

  • He was too scared to talk to anyone, so he just  sat on a chair and stared at them. It was just  

  • like being in his old home - although he was  surrounded by people now, he was still alone.

  • Then, one day, he was told to pack by the  people at the orphanage. Where was he going now?

  • For once, it didn't seem like bad news! Cody  was going to be adopted! He was surprised,  

  • as parents usually favored younger kids and he  was already thirteen years old. He thought of  

  • himself as a weirdo, and couldn't believe a set  of parents wanted him. But the adoption papers  

  • were signed, and he was taken away to meet his  new family. And when he approached his new home,  

  • he couldn't believe his eyes. It wasmansion, the biggest home he had ever seen!

  • But all wasn't as it seemed  inside Cody's new home.

  • Cody was given his own room, much nicer than  he had ever had, but once more he was living  

  • all alone. Then, one day, he was introduced to  the man who adopted him. He was a scientist,  

  • the head of a major laboratory specializing  in microbiology. He studied the behavior of  

  • dangerous viruses, and his job kept him very  busy. He wouldn't be spending much time at home,  

  • and Cody immediately worried that he would  be left alone just like he had been with  

  • his mother. Cody would do anything  to keep that from happening again,  

  • so he tried to win his new father's favor. He  expressed interest in the scientist's work,  

  • and volunteered to help him with his work in the  lab. Soon, Cody's adoptive father began opening  

  • up to him, explaining to the curious boy what his  work was about and how dangerous a virus could be.

  • Cody was about to find out first-hand.

  • Cody had a chance at a normal life, going to  school with other kids, but his social troubles  

  • continued. He never fit in, and preferred to  spend his time in his adoptive father's lab.  

  • He started keeping a work journal, where  he kept his personal sketches and formulas.  

  • The years went on, and by the time Cody  was 17 he was an expert in viruses.  

  • But his father kept a close eye on him  and never let him experiment on his own,  

  • only allowing him to assist in planned testsBut Cody was getting more and more curious.

  • He decided it was time to  start his own experiments.

  • Cody had designed his own custom viruses and  compounds, and he wanted to know what they  

  • would do when injected into a living being. So  he started gathering test subjects, mostly rats  

  • and other small animals. He would inject themand they would die soon after - confirming how  

  • dangerous the viruses he used were. But it  was how they died that intrigued Cody most.  

  • In the moment before death, they would  let out a horrible high-pitched noise,  

  • almost like their lungs were about to  explode. Cody wondered what caused this.

  • He wondered what noise a human  would make if it happened to them.

  • Cody started thinking about how he could  find out. He didn't have any friends at  

  • school - when he talked to kids about his work  with viruses, they were disturbed and stopped  

  • talking with him. He knew he would have to  act alone, so Cody waited until his father  

  • was away. He took a lethal virus and filled  up a syringe with it. He was going hunting,  

  • but he knew he couldn't let himself be  seen. He needed to disguise himself.

  • And so Cody disappeared...and  something new and terrible was born.

  • He dressed in a black jacket and jeans, and  took his old baseball bat out of the basement.  

  • Finding a jar with rusty nails  in it, he nailed them to the bat,  

  • turning it into a deadly weapon. Finally, he  put on an old gas mask and a pair of protective  

  • goggles. He was ready to kill, and went to  a neighborhood very different from his own.  

  • It was full of old, run-down houses - very much  like the one he grew up in. He wasn't looking for  

  • anyone in particular - any house would doas long as there was someone alive inside.

  • He kicked down the door, and  the horror was about to begin.

  • Cody swung like a professional, targeting  people one by one in his murder spree.  

  • They weren't expecting an attack, and  no one in the house stood a chance.  

  • Finally, there was only one left -  a middle-aged man who Cody tied up.  

  • As soon as the man was trapped, Cody  injected him with the virus and watched,  

  • waiting for his darkest questions to be answeredFirst, the man stayed still, terrified. Then he  

  • started groaning, louder and louder. He sounded  like an animal as he moaned, the life leaving  

  • him - until he fell on the floor dead. Cody had  his answer, and he knew he couldn't stop now.

  • But he had been discovered.

  • Cody's adoptive father was waiting for himangry that his son had snuck out. But Cody  

  • wasn't worried - his father was a scientist just  like him. He would understand, right? Cody opened  

  • up to his father, explaining about his experiments  and how he had finally lived his dream of snuffing  

  • out a human life. He was excited - maybe he and  his father would work together on more experiments  

  • like this! But his father was horrified! He  couldn't believe what his son had become,  

  • and he looked at Cody with the same  look of disgust Cody had seen from  

  • his classmates so many times. He knew  what he had to do - call the police.

  • It was the last move he would ever make.

  • Cody leaped up and smashed his father's head  with the deadly bat, killing him quickly.  

  • He took his father's ID badge for the lab and  ran. He knew what he was looking for - supplies  

  • that could help him live his passion. He took  as many samples of deadly viruses as he could,  

  • along with enough syringes to hold them all. He  knew he had to run, but the lure of that dingy old  

  • neighborhood was calling him. He wanted to test  out his new wares on some unexpecting victims.  

  • One by one, he paid a visit to different  homes and watched as people died horribly.

  • The police would have heard about this  by now, and Cody knew he had to hide.

  • He went into the woods, where he thought  he would be alone. But he wasn't.  

  • He wasn't even the only strange boy in these  woods. Then one day a figure approached him,  

  • wearing orange glasses and what looked likemuzzle. While Cody carried a bat with nails,  

  • this new boy carried a pair of axes. They viewed  each other cautiously, but eventually the new  

  • boy approached Cody. He told Cody he didn't  need to fear him, and introduced himself as  

  • Toby. As Toby asked him his name, Cody knew  he had found a friend, even a blood brother,  

  • for the first time. And he also knew it was time  for a new name that reflected what he had become.

  • X-Virus.

  • Who is Toby, and are there two kid serial  killers out there tormenting people with axes,  

  • spiked bats, and deadly viruses? Well, we hope  not! But as for who X-Virus' new friend is, that's  

  • a complicated question in itself. X-Virus isn't  just a creepypasta - he's part of a crossover.  

  • Toby, or Ticci-Toby as he's better known, is  one of the most famous creepypastas himself.  

  • Another boy with a dark past who had dealt with  abusive parents and trauma from a car crash,  

  • he eventually became a killer himselfHe was presumed dead in a fire,  

  • but the truth was more complicatedBecause Toby had become a proxy.

  • A proxy killer for one of the most notorious  internet monsters of all time - Slenderman.

  • A gangly, white-skinned monster wearing  a black suit, he's notorious for stalking  

  • and abducting people and has appeared  in hundreds of works of fiction. He  

  • even had a video game and a movie based  around him. But he's all fiction, right?

  • Well, that depends on how you look at it.

  • Slenderman is so popular that while the original  creature may have been a work of fiction by  

  • Something Awful forums user Eric Knudsen, he's  taken on a life on his own. Photoshopped pictures  

  • tie him to real-life abduction, the mythology is  spread to unaware teenagers, and real crimes have  

  • occurred because of his legend. In Wisconsintwo preteen girls attempted to murder their  

  • friend as a sacrifice to Slenderman. The victimPayton Leutner, survived and both her attackers  

  • were sent to mental institutions. Unlike most  creepypastas, Slenderman almost had a body count.

  • The would-be killers were children  - just like X-Virus and Ticci-Toby.

  • But where did X-Virus come from? That's a  complicated question. Like many creepypastas,  

  • there is no obvious source and most people  read X-Virus' manifesto when it's reposted  

  • on the internet by random people. The original  story can be traced to Spanish-speaking artist  

  • MamaPorcupine, who initially posted it on  her Twitter and drew fanart of X-Virus and  

  • Ticci-Toby on Deviantart. But the characters have  taken on a life of their own, with hundreds of  

  • stories about them written by other creators  and posted around the internet. X-Virus may  

  • have originated as a random scary story, but  he spread regardless of his creator's plans.

  • Just like a virus.

  • For more on the most famous  creepypasta of all time,  

  • why not watchHow a Meme (SlendermanBecame Realor check out this video instead.

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