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5th Dec '15 11:02:59 AM SeptimusHeap
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10th Apr '15 3:14:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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AccidentalNightmareFuel refers to things in media that scare people even though they were never meant to. Something that was meant to amuse or entertain to the audience would otherwise result in frightening people to the point of having nightmares. It's particularly common in media aimed at children and general audiences, as kids (usually) get scared more easily than adults, but can be seen pretty much anywhere by anyone, due to the extremely subjective nature of horror.

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AccidentalNightmareFuel Accidental Nightmare Fuel refers to things in media that scare people even though they were never meant to. Something that was meant to amuse or entertain to the audience would otherwise result in frightening people to the point of having nightmares. It's particularly common in media aimed at children and general audiences, as kids (usually) get scared more easily than adults, but can be seen pretty much anywhere by anyone, due to the extremely subjective nature of horror.



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'''The usual suspects of AccidentalNightmareFuel Accidental Nightmare Fuel include:'''
11th May '13 3:17:31 PM Willbyr
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27th Dec '12 3:36:21 PM Fighteer
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12th Dec '12 8:12:49 PM Willbyr
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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]], such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.

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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]], such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw com/watch?v=MSTL3AidX4o a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.
16th Jul '12 8:19:39 PM Willbyr
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Contrast with NightmareRetardant, {{Narm}}, and FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. VileVillainSaccharineShow is when a villain causes this in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in. If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.

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Contrast with NightmareRetardant, {{Narm}}, and FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is).FauxHorrific. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. VileVillainSaccharineShow is when a villain causes this in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in. If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.
16th Jul '12 8:16:46 PM Willbyr
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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]]; such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.
* Sudden [[ArtShift change in medium]] between live-action, traditional animation, CGI, or {{Claymation}} especially if it comes without warning and changes back just as quickly.

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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]]; violence]], such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.
* Sudden [[ArtShift change change(s) in medium]] between live-action, traditional animation, CGI, or {{Claymation}} and/or {{Claymation}}, especially if it comes without warning and changes back just as quickly.



There is an excellent discussion about this phenomenon and its possible psychological origins in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/79299 this blog post]] at ''TheOnion A V Club''. And check out the website [[http://www.kindertrauma.com/ Kinder Trauma]] if you dare.

Contrast with NightmareRetardant and {{Narm}}. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.

Related {{Trope}}s: UncannyValley

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There is an excellent discussion about this phenomenon and its possible psychological origins in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/79299 this blog post]] at ''TheOnion A V A. V. Club''. And check out the website [[http://www.kindertrauma.com/ Kinder Trauma]] if you dare.

Contrast with NightmareRetardant NightmareRetardant, {{Narm}}, and {{Narm}}. FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If VileVillainSaccharineShow is when a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). in. If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.

Related {{Trope}}s: Related: UncannyValley
8th May '12 11:35:43 AM ccoa
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Contrast with NightmareRetardant and {{Narm}}. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is).

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Contrast with NightmareRetardant and {{Narm}}. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). \n If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.
28th Apr '12 8:24:02 PM Willbyr
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If it's scary because it was supposed to be scary, it's HighOctaneNightmareFuel instead. This page has a lot of inappropriate {{wick}}s and [[PotholeMagnet potholes]] from people who confuse the two {{trope}}s; if you find one, please change it to point to HighOctaneNightmareFuel.
27th Apr '12 3:39:54 AM Willbyr
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