History NightmareFuel / TheSmurfs

23rd Mar '18 1:50:38 PM Eggy0
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* In "They're Smurfing Our Song", Gargamel talks in his sleep while Sassette and Brainy try to play Woody's magic panflute in an attempt to redeem him. In a way, and as evidenced by what he's saying, Gargamel dreams about torturing the Smurfs - right down to calling his catch a victim and questioning said victim whether they'd rather be simmered slowly or brought to a rapid boil (neither of which is pleasant).
20th Mar '18 1:40:52 PM Eggy0
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* Really, just the base premise of the show that dominates the first season or two is subject to FridgeHorror. Namely, it revolves around a village of little people that are in a constant, unending conflict with someone much bigger than them who holds an improbably big grudge against them, to the point of patrolling the area day in and day out in hopes of capturing them and doing who knows what to them - and as a result they greatly fear him and do everything to keep their village safe too. Think of it like this: you live in your home and in your vicinity there's someone who hates you to death, and as soon as you step outside the safety of your home, [[ParanoiaFuel you're exposing yourself to someone wanting to personally murder you]].

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* Really, just the base premise of the show that dominates the first season or two is subject to FridgeHorror. Namely, it revolves around a village of little people that are in a constant, unending conflict with someone much bigger than them who holds an improbably big grudge against them, to the point of patrolling the area day in and day out in hopes of capturing them and doing who knows what to them - and as a result they greatly fear him and do everything to keep their village safe too. Think of it like this: you live in your home and in your vicinity there's someone who hates you to death, and as soon as you step outside the safety of your home, [[ParanoiaFuel you're exposing yourself to someone wanting to personally murder you]].
you]]. This is something the Smurfs have to live with every single day of their lives.
20th Mar '18 1:33:42 PM Eggy0
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* Gargamel's VillainSong from "The Blue Plague", while otherwise a variation of "Mean, Sour, Nasty and Cruel", features lyrics about him concocting a malicious poison for Brainy to take and administer to the Smurfs - explaining how he's basically going to torture them with a horrible sickness, also adding that he'll "do them in" and "cure them of everything, even breathing" (which both allude to his intent to actually ''kill'' them), together with his visions of terribly sick Smurfs and him suddenly appearing in their village and grabbing them as they panic and try to get away. But the highlight has to be the very brief scenes of a close up on Gargamel's face; [[UncannyValley the way his face is drawn]] is somewhat unsettling and the one placed at the end of the song [[EatTheCamera zooms into his mouth]] [[JumpScare right out of nowhere]] - the latter which becomes all the more disturbing once you realize one of Gargamel's goals is to eat the Smurfs. Oh, and during said scene, he seems to be ''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou looking at the viewer while at it]]''.
* Really, just the base premise of the show that dominates the first season or two is subject to FridgeHorror. Namely, it revolves around a village of little people that are in a constant, unending conflict with someone much bigger than them who holds an improbably big grudge against them, to the point of patrolling the area day in and day out in hopes of capturing them and doing who knows what to them - and as a result they greatly fear him and do everything to keep their village safe too. Think of it like this: you live in your home and in your vicinity there's someone who hates you to death, and as soon as you step outside the safety of your home, [[ParanoiaFuel you're exposing yourself to someone wanting to personally murder you]].
12th Jan '18 6:45:12 AM Eggy0
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* Nemesis, big time. What makes him terrifying is the fact that one of the features that define him is FacialHorror; following a curse being placed on him, Nemesis' face became so disfigured and grotesque that it horrifies other characters no matter how brave they are (only one of them being an exception). [[NothingIsScarier We never get to see the face itself]], but what we do get to see instead is [[https://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/smurfs/images/b/b9/Nemesis_Face_Deformed.png the back of his head]] - boils on top of said head and large gremlin-like ears that look like they're melting, complete with prominent veins - which only makes the implication of it being a genuinely shocking sight worse. Simply put, an otherwise lighthearted show has just provided a character whose face may well be NSFL[[note]]"Not Safe For Life" - A label for media or events with the potential to traumatize others through having its content viewed[[/note]], certainly in-universe and potentially out of it as well.
23rd Dec '17 6:56:22 PM Briguy52748
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** But none of that holds a candle to what The Stranger -- his unofficial fan name -- has in store for the children. Having kidnapped them in revenge for their uncle (a justice of the peace in their kingdom) always having thwarted his treacherous plans, he plans to take them away on "The Final Journey through a {{Hellgate}}. When the children begin to cry and beg to go home, The Stranger accelerates his plans and insists that the children will like their new home. It is never explicitly stated what exactly he had in mind, but it is often implied by fans that he planned to do [[AFateWorseThanDeath something incredibly and horrifically evil]] to the children that defied description and would make [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape seem like nothing]]. Even Gargamel and Azrael -- whom are irredeemably evil themselves -- are genuinely horrified to the point where they object ... only for The Stranger to force them to come along! The Stranger's plans are thwarted in the end, but the very thought of the fate the children were facing is downright frightening and bone-chilling, even for an adult cartoon but especially for a program aimed at pre-teens.

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** But none of that holds a candle to what The Stranger -- his unofficial fan name -- has in store for the children. Having kidnapped them in revenge for their uncle (a justice of the peace in their kingdom) always having thwarted his treacherous plans, he plans to take them away on "The Final Journey Journey" through a {{Hellgate}}. When the children begin to cry and beg to go home, The Stranger accelerates his plans and insists that the children will like their new home. It is never explicitly stated what exactly he had in mind, but it is often implied by fans that he planned to do [[AFateWorseThanDeath something incredibly and horrifically evil]] to the children that defied description and would make [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape seem like nothing]]. Even Gargamel and Azrael -- whom are irredeemably evil themselves -- are genuinely horrified to the point where they object ... only for The Stranger to force them to come along! The Stranger's plans are thwarted in the end, but the very thought of the fate the children were facing is downright frightening and bone-chilling, even for an adult cartoon but especially for a program aimed at pre-teens.
23rd Dec '17 6:52:31 PM Briguy52748
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* In the episode ''Smurf coloured glasses'' Big Mouth put the glasses on and saw Gargamel and Azrael as food, and it is scary because it gives the audience an idea that Big Mouth is actually going to eat Gargamel and Azreal. (Even worse, he threatened to do that previously, ''without'' the glasses.)
* ''TheSmurfs'' had their share of creepy adventures. Like the episode where the Smurfs were being turned into evil purple versions of themselves that could say nothing but "G'nap!", and bit each other on the tail to spread [[TheVirus the infection]]. Or the ''ChristmasSpecial'' where they rescue 2 children and Gargamel from an evil wizard, who conjures a wall of fire around himself, the kids, and the IneffectualSympatheticVillain, only to fade away screaming in defeated despair under the Smurfs' repeated singing of a sappy holiday song. The ending to the 'G'nap!' episode looked bleak as even Papa Smurf had been bitten. The only reason anyone was cured was cartoon physics, with the fire spreading the antidote as a gas rather than diluting and burning it on the ground. Otherwise they'd all still be that way.

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* In the episode ''Smurf coloured glasses'' Colored Glasses'' Big Mouth put the glasses on and saw Gargamel and Azrael as food, and it is scary rscary because it gives the audience an idea that Big Mouth is actually going to eat Gargamel and Azreal. (Even worse, he threatened to do that previously, ''without'' the glasses.)
* ''TheSmurfs'' had their share of creepy adventures. Like the episode where the Smurfs were being turned into evil purple versions of themselves that could say nothing but "G'nap!", and bit each other on the tail to spread [[TheVirus the infection]]. Or the ''ChristmasSpecial'' where they rescue 2 children and Gargamel from an evil wizard, who conjures a wall of fire around himself, the kids, and the IneffectualSympatheticVillain, only to fade away screaming in defeated despair under the Smurfs' repeated singing of a sappy holiday song. The ending to the 'G'nap!' episode looked bleak as even Papa Smurf had been bitten. The only reason anyone was cured was cartoon physics, with the fire spreading the antidote as a gas rather than diluting and burning it on the ground. Otherwise they'd all still be that way. way.
* "The Smurfs Christmas Special": At least two examples:
** The climatic scene where Papa Smurf leads a rescue mission for two children, Gargamel and Azrael from an evil wizard, who conjures a wall of fire around himself, the kids, and the IneffectualSympatheticVillain, only to fade away screaming in defeated despair under the Smurfs' repeated singing of a sappy holiday song. The evil stranger, using his powers to make the fire grow and frighten the children adds to the scary situation.
** But none of that holds a candle to what The Stranger -- his unofficial fan name -- has in store for the children. Having kidnapped them in revenge for their uncle (a justice of the peace in their kingdom) always having thwarted his treacherous plans, he plans to take them away on "The Final Journey through a {{Hellgate}}. When the children begin to cry and beg to go home, The Stranger accelerates his plans and insists that the children will like their new home. It is never explicitly stated what exactly he had in mind, but it is often implied by fans that he planned to do [[AFateWorseThanDeath something incredibly and horrifically evil]] to the children that defied description and would make [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rape seem like nothing]]. Even Gargamel and Azrael -- whom are irredeemably evil themselves -- are genuinely horrified to the point where they object ... only for The Stranger to force them to come along! The Stranger's plans are thwarted in the end, but the very thought of the fate the children were facing is downright frightening and bone-chilling, even for an adult cartoon but especially for a program aimed at pre-teens.
19th Dec '17 9:14:47 PM Rabbitearsblog
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19th Dec '17 9:14:25 PM Rabbitearsblog
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* Aside from [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the occasionally creepy "groupthink" vibe]] common in cartoons during TheEighties, ''TheSmurfs'' had their share of creepy adventures. Like the episode where the Smurfs were being turned into evil purple versions of themselves that could say nothing but "G'nap!", and bit each other on the tail to spread [[TheVirus the infection]]. Or the ''ChristmasSpecial'' where they rescue 2 children and Gargamel from an evil wizard, who conjures a wall of fire around himself, the kids, and the IneffectualSympatheticVillain, only to fade away screaming in defeated despair under the Smurfs' repeated singing of a sappy holiday song. The ending to the 'G'nap!' episode looked bleak as even Papa Smurf had been bitten. The only reason anyone was cured was cartoon physics, with the fire spreading the antidote as a gas rather than diluting and burning it on the ground. Otherwise they'd all still be that way.

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* Aside from [[TheComplainerIsAlwaysWrong the occasionally creepy "groupthink" vibe]] common in cartoons during TheEighties, ''TheSmurfs'' had their share of creepy adventures. Like the episode where the Smurfs were being turned into evil purple versions of themselves that could say nothing but "G'nap!", and bit each other on the tail to spread [[TheVirus the infection]]. Or the ''ChristmasSpecial'' where they rescue 2 children and Gargamel from an evil wizard, who conjures a wall of fire around himself, the kids, and the IneffectualSympatheticVillain, only to fade away screaming in defeated despair under the Smurfs' repeated singing of a sappy holiday song. The ending to the 'G'nap!' episode looked bleak as even Papa Smurf had been bitten. The only reason anyone was cured was cartoon physics, with the fire spreading the antidote as a gas rather than diluting and burning it on the ground. Otherwise they'd all still be that way.
8th Apr '17 9:47:06 AM Eggy0
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*** "A Gift For Papa's Day" provides a rather chilling case where Gargamel threatens to eat several Smurfs ''[[ForcedToWatch right in front of Papa Smurf]]''. And when doing that he doesn't just say he'll eat them, he explicitly says "I'll eat them before your very eyes". Not only does that go to show just how cruel and terrifying he can actually be, it also provides very disturbing implications dealing with [[TheBadGuyWins Gargamel actually carrying out his threat]]; just try to imagine the scenario where Papa Smurf watches one of his most common enemies [[AdultFear down several of his own children right in front of him]], on his birthday, [[DisasterDominoes all because of a (rather hideous) hat his little Smurfs wanted to give to him as a gift]]... which he's been trying to get rid of and as a result ended up in Gargamel's hands (like the Smurfs that searched for it), quite possibly leading to Papa Smurf [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone blaming himself for the whole tragedy as well]] and never being able to forgive himself for it.
1st Nov '16 12:47:27 PM Eggy0
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** Speaking of eating Smurfs, on a couple of occassions he also attempts to eat a Smurf ''alive'' and one time even threatens to do so to ''[[WouldHurtAChild the innocent Baby Smurf]]'', and without the [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin "good always triumphs"]] standard there would be a chance of failure to save the hapless Smurfs. Try letting that one sink in for a while.

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** Speaking of eating Smurfs, on a couple of several occassions he also threatens and even attempts to eat a Smurf ''alive'' ''alive'', including but not limited to Clumsy, Vanity, Wild, and one time even threatens to do so to ''[[WouldHurtAChild the innocent Baby Smurf]]'', and Smurf]]''. And without the [[TheGoodGuysAlwaysWin "good always triumphs"]] standard there that keeps him from doing so, he would be have a chance of failure to save the hapless Smurfs. at achieving such. Try letting that one sink in for a while.while.
*** In "Vanity's Wild Adventure", Gargamel tries to do this twice, Vanity the first and Wild the second time. The first time he tries, he grabs Vanity by his leg and goes straight for eating him on the spot (prompting Scruple to go "[[EvenEvilHasStandards Show some class, Gargy!]]"), and the second time he tries, he says: "When I'm done with this tender tidbit, there won't even be crumbs!" He basically just implied ''[[JustEatHim he wasn't going to chew]]''.
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