History YMMV / Goosebumps

22nd Jul '17 10:29:02 PM Clown-Face
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** ''Piano Lessons Can Be Murder'': Mr. Toggle is a self-described brilliant robotician who runs a piano school that Jerry is sent to by his parents. While he appears to be a friendly, eccentric caretaker who shows Jerry around the school, it soon becomes clear who he really is. Creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Dr. Shreek]] to act as a figurehead, Toggle would lure people of all ages to his school for lessons, only to murder them and make their hands into piano-playing automatons. One victim's ghost was condemned to haunt Jerry's house to warn him away, and it's implied at one point that he could hear another crying for help. When the boy finally discovers his crimes, Toggle [[FauxAffablyEvil calmly explains]] that he did it partially to [[ForScience further his robotics research]] and also because [[MadArtist he thinks music sounds so much better without human mistakes.]] He's only stopped from inflicting [[WouldHurtAChild this same fate on Jerry]] when the ghosts of his victims arrive to get their hands back and avenge their murders. Mr. Toggle was motivated by little else than [[ItsAllAboutMe his artistic vision and ego,]] and remains one of the most twisted characters in a normally campy franchise. (The TV Adaptation even implies [[SelfMadeOrphan his first victim was his mother, who ends up tormenting him to play the piano in her place forever.]])

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** ''Piano Lessons Can Be Murder'': [[SerialKiller Mr. Toggle Toggle]] is a self-described brilliant robotician who runs a piano school that Jerry is sent to by his parents. While he appears to be a friendly, eccentric caretaker who shows Jerry around the school, it soon becomes clear who he really is. Creating [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Dr. Shreek]] to act as a figurehead, Toggle would lure people of all ages to his school for lessons, only to murder them and make their hands into piano-playing automatons. One victim's ghost was condemned to haunt Jerry's house to warn him away, and it's implied at one point that he could hear another crying for help. When the boy finally discovers his crimes, Toggle [[FauxAffablyEvil calmly explains]] that he did it partially to [[ForScience further his robotics research]] and also because [[MadArtist he thinks music sounds so much better without human mistakes.]] He's only stopped from inflicting [[WouldHurtAChild this same fate on Jerry]] when the ghosts of his victims arrive to get their hands back and avenge their murders. Mr. Toggle was motivated by little else than [[ItsAllAboutMe his artistic vision and ego,]] and remains one of the most twisted characters in a normally campy franchise. (The TV Adaptation even implies [[SelfMadeOrphan his first victim was his mother, who ends up tormenting him to play the piano in her place forever.]])
8th Jul '17 5:47:00 AM Storygirl000
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* TakeThatScrappy: As noted above, the [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Younger Siblings]] often fall into {{Scrappy}} territory. Which is why it's ''immensly'' satisfying when the TwistEnding for ''The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom'' erases Tara Webster-who is a strong contender for the worst of the lot-get erased from existence, with her brother being the only one to remember her and choosing not to get her back.

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* TakeThatScrappy: As noted above, the [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Younger Siblings]] often fall into {{Scrappy}} territory. Which is why it's ''immensly'' satisfying when the TwistEnding for ''The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom'' erases gets Tara Webster-who is a strong contender for the worst of the lot-get lot-[[spoiler: [[RetGone erased from existence, existence]]]], with her brother being the only one to remember her and choosing not to get her back.
8th Jul '17 5:44:58 AM Storygirl000
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* TakeThatScrappy: As noted above, the [[AnnoyingYoungerSibling Annoying Younger Siblings]] often fall into {{Scrappy}} territory. Which is why it's ''immensly'' satisfying when the TwistEnding for ''The Cuckoo Clock Of Doom'' erases Tara Webster-who is a strong contender for the worst of the lot-get erased from existence, with her brother being the only one to remember her and choosing not to get her back.
2nd Jul '17 1:41:11 PM ACW
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**''Attack of the Graveyard Ghouls'': In life, Oswald Manse was a [[TeensAreMonsters teenage criminal]] who terrorized the aptly named town of Highgrave with his brother Martin. The two started a fire that destroyed half the town and caused hundreds of casualties, condemning the souls of the victims to [[FateWorseThanDeath haunt the cemetery as "Graveyard Ghouls", unable to leave without taking someone else's body]]. Years later, when the protagonist, Spencer Kassimir, stumbles across the brothers' grave, Oswald, now a ghoul himself, [[GrandTheftMe hijacks his body]], leaving Spencer a disembodied spirit. After adjusting to his new form, Manse goes on a violent rampage and begins setting fire to the neighborhood before trying to [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness incinerate Spencer's body so he can move onto a stronger one]], all while gloating how powerless the boy is to stop him. When Spencer thwarts him, Oswald reunites with his brother's ghoul, and the two try to murder Spencer's family [[AnAxeToGrind with fire axes]] out of spite. An unrepentant maniac who took [[ForTheEvulz sheer thrill in the terror and destruction he spread]], Oswald was [[TheDreaded reviled and feared]] even among his fellow ghouls.
29th Jun '17 11:15:46 PM lalaTKG
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* ReplacementScrappy: Dr. Maniac to The Masked Mutant. While the Mutant was apparently popular enough to get his own video game, he never reappeared. Dr. Maniac, who's story is an obvious SpiritualSuccessor, not only got a sequel, but a recurring role throughout the Horror Land books. The only villain to show up as much as him is Slappy.

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* ReplacementScrappy: Dr. Maniac to The Masked Mutant. While the Mutant was apparently popular enough to get his own video game, he never reappeared. Dr. Maniac, who's whose story is an obvious SpiritualSuccessor, not only got a sequel, but a recurring role throughout the Horror Land books. The only villain to show up as much as him is Slappy.
29th Jun '17 11:10:39 PM lalaTKG
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** Conan, the JerkJock of the ''MonsterBlood'' series, crosses it in the third book when he is shown threatening little kids with a baseball bat.

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** Conan, the JerkJock of the ''MonsterBlood'' ''Monster Blood'' series, crosses it in the third book when he is shown threatening little kids with a baseball bat.
29th Jun '17 10:22:50 PM lalaTKG
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** ''Night of the Living Dummy'' series (Pre-''[[=HorrorLand=]''): Slappy, the [[BigBad main antagonist]], is a [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist dummy]] that comes to life whenever the spell that accompanies him is read aloud. He would turn his owner's family against them, which ultimately culminates in him trying to convert the family, preferably the female protagonists, into his slaves. In ''Bride of the Living Dummy'', he held a group of children celebrating a birthday party hostage, and he threatened to [[WouldHurtAChild murder everyone]] in the room if he didn't receive his bride. He orders Jillian, the preteen protagonist of the book, to be his bride, only to [[WouldHitAGirl violently hit her]] when she refused. The book also revealed that Slappy was crafted from a coffin by an EvilSorcerer who then transferred his evil influence into the dummy. Under the threat of death in ''Slappy's Nightmare'', Slappy gets forced into performing three good deeds; however, he does contemplate killing his new owner and her family when he thought that she was [[HeKnowsTooMuch picking up on him]]. Though it turned out to be a dream, it's made clear that he wouldn't think twice about murdering anyone when it suits his needs. In addition to this, Slappy had attempted to murder several characters throughout the saga, one notable example being in ''Slappy New Year'' in which he tried to [[OffWithHisHead decapitate a young boy]] with a [[ShearMenace pair of garden shears]]. {{Sadist}}ic, cruel, and disturbing, Slappy [[TheDreaded struck fear in the hearts of many]].

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** ''Night of the Living Dummy'' series (Pre-''[[=HorrorLand=]''): (Pre-''[=HorrorLand=]''): Slappy, the [[BigBad main antagonist]], is a [[DemonicDummy ventriloquist dummy]] that comes to life whenever the spell that accompanies him is read aloud. He would turn his owner's family against them, which ultimately culminates in him trying to convert the family, preferably the female protagonists, into his slaves. In ''Bride of the Living Dummy'', he held a group of children celebrating a birthday party hostage, and he threatened to [[WouldHurtAChild murder everyone]] in the room if he didn't receive his bride. He orders Jillian, the preteen protagonist of the book, to be his bride, only to [[WouldHitAGirl violently hit her]] when she refused. The book also revealed that Slappy was crafted from a coffin by an EvilSorcerer who then transferred his evil influence into the dummy. Under the threat of death in ''Slappy's Nightmare'', Slappy gets forced into performing three good deeds; however, he does contemplate killing his new owner and her family when he thought that she was [[HeKnowsTooMuch picking up on him]]. Though it turned out to be a dream, it's made clear that he wouldn't think twice about murdering anyone when it suits his needs. In addition to this, Slappy had attempted to murder several characters throughout the saga, one notable example being in ''Slappy New Year'' in which he tried to [[OffWithHisHead decapitate a young boy]] with a [[ShearMenace pair of garden shears]]. {{Sadist}}ic, cruel, and disturbing, Slappy [[TheDreaded struck fear in the hearts of many]].
28th Jun '17 5:27:45 PM Javertshark13
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** A lot of the stories centered on kids being made fun of and wanting revenge, fearing for their lives at school (or children dying or said to be dead) are more depressing to read in this post-Columbine/Virginia Tech/Newtown/Umpqua world. Especially bad is ''Calling All Creeps'', which actually ends with the main character allowing his classmates to be turned into monsters, which he will be the leader of, because they're just that awful to him.

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** A lot of the stories centered on kids being made fun of and wanting revenge, fearing for their lives at school (or children dying or said to be dead) are more depressing to read in this post-Columbine/Virginia Tech/Newtown/Umpqua world. Especially bad is ''Calling All Creeps'', which actually ends with the main character allowing his classmates to be turned into monsters, which he will be the leader of, because they're just that awful to him. ''Be Careful What You Wish For'' also has Samantha joking in an early scene about wanting to kill Judith, who's always bullying her, which is laughed off. That would be taken much more seriously these days.


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** Samantha Byrd in ''Be Careful What You Wish For.'' She has almost no friends, is terrible at basketball(which she didn't even want to play, but was pressured by her coach and her parents), and she's mercilessly bullied both on and off the court. She doesn't have it any better at home- her younger brother makes fun of her and her parents are very emotionally distant and can't relate to her at all. And that's all ''before'' she meets Clarissa. It says a lot that [[spoiler: she feels being turned into a bird is the ''happiest thing that ever happened to her'', because her life as a human really was that miserable.]]
28th May '17 9:28:45 PM waters20
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* DesignatedHero: Evan from ''Monster Blood'' and Sarah from ''Curse of Camp Cold Lake''. The former ''repeatably'' uses monster blood to get revenge on his enemies, despite [[TooDumbToLive knowing full well how dangerous the stuff is]], while the latter acts like an idiot throughout the first half of her book, and then [[NeverMyFault blames her campers instead of trying to make amends.]] Let's no forget to mention how [[UngratefulBitch incredibly ungrateful]] she is towards her brother when he's just trying to help her out.

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* DesignatedHero: Evan from ''Monster Blood'' and Sarah from ''Curse of Camp Cold Lake''. The former ''repeatably'' uses monster blood to get revenge on his enemies, despite [[TooDumbToLive knowing full well how dangerous the stuff is]], while the latter acts like an idiot throughout the first half of her book, and then [[NeverMyFault blames her campers instead of trying to make amends.]] Let's no not forget to mention how [[UngratefulBitch incredibly ungrateful]] she is towards her brother when he's just trying to help her out.
28th May '17 3:15:39 PM Morgenthaler
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** A young Ryan Gosling, well before he became a movie star, appeared as Greg Banks in ''Say Cheese and Die''.
** [[Franchise/StarWars Hayden Christiansen]] played cousin Zane in ''Night of the Living Dummy III''.
** Scott Speedman, also young and up and coming at that time, did a cameo in ''Say Cheese and Die'' as a policeman.
** Laura Vandervoort is one of the protagonists in ''The Haunted House Game''.
** A young Katharine Isabelle played main character Kat in ''It Came From Beneath The Sink''.

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** A young Ryan Gosling, Creator/RyanGosling, well before he became a movie star, appeared as Greg Banks in ''Say Cheese and Die''.
** [[Franchise/StarWars Hayden Christiansen]] Creator/HaydenChristensen played cousin Zane in ''Night of the Living Dummy III''.
** Scott Speedman, Creator/ScottSpeedman, also young and up and coming at that time, did a cameo in ''Say Cheese and Die'' as a policeman.
** Laura Vandervoort Creator/LauraVandervoort is one of the protagonists in ''The Haunted House Game''.
** A young Katharine Isabelle Creator/KatharineIsabelle played main character Kat in ''It Came From Beneath The Sink''.
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