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18th Aug '16 2:04:57 PM Tre
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* A lot of the current [[SciFiChannel SciFi]], or now ''[[NetworkDecay Syfy]]'' films suffer from this. Hard.
** Considering that SyFy Original Movies are made exclusively by the infamously Z-quality [[Creator/TheAsylum Asylum Studios]], this is hardly suprising.
** Every now and then, [[SciFiChannel SyFy]] actually comes up with ideas that sound promising and might be a little scary. [[SpecialEffectsFailure Then the monster appears.]]

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* A lot of the current [[SciFiChannel SciFi]], or now ''[[NetworkDecay Syfy]]'' Creator/{{Syfy}} original films suffer from this. Hard.
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Hard. Considering that SyFy Original Movies the movies are made almost exclusively by the infamously Z-quality [[Creator/TheAsylum Asylum Studios]], this is hardly suprising.
** Every now and then, [[SciFiChannel SyFy]] Syfy actually comes up with ideas that sound promising and might be a little scary. [[SpecialEffectsFailure Then the monster appears.]]
11th Aug '16 3:36:19 PM Arachnos
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*** Invoked in-universe with SCP-2006, a shapeshifter that wishes to instill pure fear in people. Thankfully, the SCP Foundation have managed to convince it that terrible {{B Movie}}s are the pinnacle of horror.

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*** ** Invoked in-universe with SCP-2006, a shapeshifter that wishes to instill pure fear in people. Thankfully, the SCP Foundation have managed to convince it that terrible {{B Movie}}s are the pinnacle of horror.


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*** Also subverted. The Foundation has to remind employees that 2006 is an extremely powerful entity with no known limits, and that a single slip-up is all that it would take to have it wreak untold havoc on the world. A short story by the author of SCP-2006 also implies that ''it's actually perfectly aware of the Foundation's very real fears''.
11th Aug '16 3:26:49 PM Arachnos
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** In general, for every good creepypasta there are at least 10 written by people who have no idea what they are doing. You can often recognize them before even reading them. They tend to be of the "haunted video game" variety and usually involve lots of "hyper-realistic blood".
** A lot of characters who may have once been terrifying have been turned to jokes due to overexposure and a fandom developing around them. The aforementioned Jeff the Killer was a mediocre story in the first place, but good luck ''ever'' taking him seriously again after finding out there's a [[DistaffCounterpart Jane the Killer]], and countless others, each one more [[MarySue Sue-ish]] than the last.
11th Aug '16 3:08:36 PM Arachnos
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** Don't forget Apocalymon. His quips in the dub make him the most pathetic BigBad in the series until Belial Vamdemon. Still, some of his lines are pure fourth wall breaking awesome.
--> '''Apocalymon:''' ''-hysterical laugh-'' "WAIT, I'M SUPPOSED TO BE DEPRESSED!"

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** Don't forget Apocalymon. His quips in the dub make him the most pathetic BigBad in the series until Belial Vamdemon. To be fair, he is probably just utterly insane and LaughablyEvil. Still, some of his lines are pure fourth wall breaking awesome.
--> '''Apocalymon:''' ''-hysterical laugh-'' "WAIT, ''-[[EvilLaugh hysterical laugh]]-'' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5COWiK3u6Lw WAIT A MINUTE, WHAT AM I LAUGHING AT?! I'M SUPPOSED TO BE DEPRESSED!"DEPRESSED!]]"
27th Jul '16 12:07:07 PM Willbyr
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--> '''Barry:''' *upon revealing himself as an empty suit of armor* Even if you don't know who I am, shouldn't you be at least a little scared? Shouldn't you be going "AAAH!" or "What happened to your body!?"
--> *Al removes his helmet to reveal that he's also an empty suit of armor*
--> '''Barry:''' [[IronicEcho AAAAH!]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny What happened to]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny your]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny body, freak!?]]

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--> '''Barry:''' *upon *''upon revealing himself as an empty suit of armor* armor''* Even if you don't know who I am, shouldn't you be at least a little scared? Shouldn't you be going "AAAH!" or "What happened to your body!?"
--> *Al
body!?"\\
*''Al
removes his helmet to reveal that he's also an empty suit of armor*
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armor''*\\
'''Barry:''' [[IronicEcho AAAAH!]] [[CrowningMomentOfFunny What happened to]] ''[[CrowningMomentOfFunny your]]'' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny body, freak!?]]



* Maria's faces in the Anime adaptation of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. The original visual novel succeeded in making Maria creepy through subtle expressions and description. That's not mentioning her head on a plate, that instead of creeping most fans out, inevitably reminded them of [[{{Vocaloid}} Tako Luka]], and thus ended up being morbidly cute. The Anime decided to [[http://gargarstegosaurus.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/umineko3_15.jpg take a different route]]... (Warning: Link is not an example of this trope.)

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* Maria's faces in the Anime adaptation of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. The original visual novel succeeded in making Maria creepy through subtle expressions and description. That's not mentioning her head on a plate, that instead of creeping most fans out, inevitably reminded them of [[{{Vocaloid}} [[Music/{{Vocaloid}} Tako Luka]], and thus ended up being morbidly cute. The Anime decided to [[http://gargarstegosaurus.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/umineko3_15.jpg take a different route]]... (Warning: Link is not an example of this trope.)



* Mimi no Kaidan, illustrated by horror master Creator/JunjiIto, features some prime nightmare retardant, particularly on [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mimi_no_kaidan/v01/c003/36.html this]] page. Works best on a small screen and out of context.

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* Mimi ''Mimi no Kaidan, Kaidan'', illustrated by horror master Creator/JunjiIto, features some prime nightmare retardant, particularly on [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mimi_no_kaidan/v01/c003/36.html this]] page.retardant. Works best on a small screen and out of context.
26th Jul '16 3:54:25 PM Anddrix
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** The revived ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the much-reviled ([[BaseBreaker and much-loved]]) Abzorbaloff. Imagine a slimy green sumo wrestler...with human faces sprouting from random places on its body. Probably justified as it was conceived by an 8-year old for a contest (although the original Abzorbaloff in the boy's mind was the size of ''[[NightmareFuel a double-decker bus]]''.) It might have intentionally been played this way by the writers, given that it was the MonsterOfTheWeek from possibly the biggest BizarroEpisode in the show's history.

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** The revived ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the much-reviled ([[BaseBreaker and much-loved]]) Abzorbaloff. Imagine a slimy green sumo wrestler...with human faces sprouting from random places on its body. Probably justified as it was conceived by an 8-year old for a contest (although the original Abzorbaloff in the boy's mind was the size of ''[[NightmareFuel a double-decker bus]]''.) It might have intentionally been played this way by the writers, given that it was the MonsterOfTheWeek from possibly the biggest BizarroEpisode in the show's history.
12th Jul '16 7:12:53 PM Jake18
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*** The mundane images are meant to be placeholders of things that are merely similar or put you in mind of the actual object. [[FridgeLogic The real photos are too high clearance for you to see]].

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*** The mundane images are meant to be placeholders of things that are merely similar or put you in mind of the actual object. [[FridgeLogic [[FridgeHorror The real photos are too high clearance for you to see]].
28th Jun '16 6:01:57 PM Adept
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* Most of shark attack scenes in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' are terrifying since you don't actually see the shark. Then when the shark does appear in the end, it looks so fake that it becomes laughable. Even when the film was being made, StevenSpielberg felt the shark looked too phony, resulting in the NothingIsScarier approach.

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* Most of shark attack scenes in ''Film/{{Jaws}}'' are terrifying since you don't actually see the shark. Then when the shark does appear in the end, it looks so fake that it becomes laughable. Even when the film was being made, StevenSpielberg Creator/StevenSpielberg felt the shark looked too phony, resulting in the NothingIsScarier approach.
17th Jun '16 3:09:23 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* If a {{Creepypasta}} fails in scaring Mutahar of WebVideo/SomeOrdinaryGamers, he will not be afraid of chewing it out, often adding hilarious images to it. This is turned UpToEleven with the "Shit-Pastas" series, where even his reading becomes more half-assed and often broken up by laughter.
11th Jun '16 11:51:34 PM LucaEarlgrey
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Doug's Nightmare on Jumbo Street" has our hero suffering from nightmares after watching a horror movie called ''The Abnormal'' and not being able to work up the nerve to see TheReveal of the monster's true form at the end. When he finally does, it becomes an in-universe version of this trope when "The Abnormal" turns out to be a guy in a lumpy, loudly-colored costume [[SpecialEffectFailure with an obvious zipper in the back]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' episode "Doug's Nightmare on Jumbo Street" has our hero suffering from nightmares after watching a horror movie called ''The Abnormal'' and not being able to work up the nerve to see TheReveal of the monster's true form at the end. When he finally does, it becomes an in-universe version of this trope when "The Abnormal" turns out to be a guy in a lumpy, loudly-colored costume [[SpecialEffectFailure with an obvious zipper in the back]]. He then has one last dream where he and his dog Porkchop encounter the Abnormal, spot its zipper, and get some good laughs when they see that the monster was being played by a tower of little dogs inside the suit.
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