Creepers are especially dangerous mobs due to their near-silent approach, save for light footsteps and a signature 'burning fuse' hissing noise that often signifies it's already too late. Their explosion is devastating at short range, to both entities and structures.
Creepers run from cats and ocelots, and will even ignore the player to run away when a feline is too close. As cats can be acquired and controlled by the player, this provides an important avenue of defense from Creeper attacks.
Creepers have gained notoriety and infamy among Minecraft players for their infuriating habit of sneaking up on the Player to inflict devastating damage following an all-too-short warning sound. They have arguably become the most recognizable image from Minecraft, as well as the game's unofficial mascot.
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Logan: Yeah, that sucks.
Player: OH SHI-
*Creeper and Player are killed in a large explosion*