Most people had imaginary friends when they were younger. These "friends" were usually nice, funny, and even comforting. They took the form of animals, other humans, and sometimes larger-than-life characters that defy classification.
And sometimes they were extremely creepy and downright scary, especially when examined in hindsight. Those creepy stories, as told by Reddit posters, are compiled here, ready to scare you.
"When I was little I didn't have many friends. In fact, everyone hated me. I made up a friend I called Angel, which is my middle name. We did everything together. But as time goes on, even losers make friends. Angel didn't like that. Sometimes he would take over, do things to ruin relationships, things i would have to make up stories in order to explain. I've lost alot of friends because of him, and I have no idea how to get rid off him."
"I'm 20 and when I was a younger child, I did have an imaginary friend. It really scared my parents because his name was 'the green man.' He was overly tall, wore a doctor's mask, and had blood all over his scrubs.
I went to a psychiatrist during my teen years and we kind of figured out that because of my grandparents failing health while I was young, I spent a lot of time in hospitals. My parents think that 'the green man' was a way for me to feel safe while I spent so much time alone in waiting rooms.
I actually saw him. I had tea parties with him and even set a place for him at the table. He would stand behind me a lot and have his hand on my shoulder.
My parents fought for a long time, telling me he wasn't real. But they finally just conceded to the fact that their child was weird.
Tl;dr- I had an imaginary friend who was a creepy doctor with bloody scrubs. I'm normal."
"My sister had an imaginary friend named 'Thoup' (yes, like "soup" with a lisp, which she did not have).
Thoup was a total bitch. She would go in my room and break my Lego forts and stuff.
One day when my sister was playing alone, I went up to her and told her that while she was playing I had gone into her room and killed Thoup.
She got very upset and no matter how much my mother tried to calm her down and tell her that Thoup was okay ('see? There she is playing outside, why don't you go see if she wants to play with you?') my sister insisted that I had murdered her friend.
I got grounded for what I remember being a really long time for killing Thoup. I remember arguing to my mom that it was dumb because I hadn't killed a real person."
"I never understood the imaginary friend thing. My ex had a daughter who had one and she called him 'Enchantin' and would freak us the f*ck out by saying stuff like 'he's standing right behind you' and sh*t."