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->''Fear, terror, panic and doom\\
Fear, terror, panic and doom\\
She sent pictures of doom\\
Drawn in her tiny bedroom\\
Fear, terror, panic and doom''
-->-- '''Music/TheResidents''', "Pictures from a Little Girl"

There are a lot of things that are HarmfulToMinors. There are a lot of writers who like to subject kids to them anyway. Whether it's parental abuse or a run in with the MonsterOfTheWeek, the child ends up traumatized and left with a creepy tendency to draw whatever it was they saw over... and over... and over...

The combination of a disturbing image rendered in a crude, childlike style is a powerfully scary one in and of itself, but just as unsettling is the window onto a child's view of sex/violence/Cthulhu that it gives us. The idea of [[ChildrenAreInnocent innocence]] being exposed to things it finds frightening, or things it can't understand, is a classic way to play off AdultFear and at the same time deliver a bucketload of NightmareFuel rendered in red crayon.

It gets extra points if the suburban mum decides to hang it on the fridge rather than call a child psychologist or an exorcist.

If a CreepyChild draws pictures, they will be this trope. If it's the MonsterOfTheWeek the child has been drawing, expect the NightmareFuelColoringBook to come in handy when the heroes come along - after all, now they've got a wall full of pictures of their enemy.

Compare RoomFullOfCrazy, NightmareFuelStationAttendant. Also related to TroublingUnchildlikeBehaviour.
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[[folder: Advertising ]]

* A PSA about domestic abuse had a child's drawing where the kid himself was a tiny figure with no arms and no mouth, and his father was a huge, monstrous figure with ''enormous'' hands and big, sharp teeth.
* A series of [=PSAs=] on the dangers of unlocked guns featured crayon drawings of children accidentally killing their siblings after finding an improperly stored loaded gun.
* [[http://adweek.blogs.com/adfreak/2010/06/victims-of-abuse-dont-get-fairytale-endings.html This PSA]] shows the girl telling a fairy tale about her mother while drawing on the picture of her to show the abuse suffered.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9REhdmJ36rg PSA from Japan about autism]] subverted this trope: A kid was shown colouring in many, many pieces of letter-sized paper in solid black, leaving just slivers of white space here and there. [[spoiler:He's interviewed by shrinks, institutionalized, he keeps right on going. Then a social worker finds a puzzle piece in a drawer and thinks "hmmm..." The social worker, doctors, and nurses of the institute are then shown arranging the pieces of paper on the floor, and as the camera zooms out the colored-in areas fit together to reveal the shape of a whale]].
* The music video for a Singaporean National Day Song had a scene [[FollowTheLeader strongly inspired]] by PSA from Japan. The only difference was that it was a boy filling in the pages with solid red, and the final shape was that of a heart. [[{{Subverted}} D'aww!]]
* A really creepy one from Singapore's Health Promotion Board, to provide awareness of cervical cancer, is a print advertisement of a child's drawing of his family. There's the sun in the sky, and stick figures for everyone: "me", "dad", "sister"... but above "mom", a tombstone is drawn instead. Brrr.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Little Mimi does this on the first page of the first chapter in ''BokkeSan''. She is seen filling pages with crayon eyes while repeating "he's coming" over and over.
* In ''MiraiNikki'', twelve people are given magic diaries that can predict the future, and are pitted against each other in a [[ThereCanOnlyBeOne battle royale]]. The youngest participant, the 5th, is a [[EnfanteTerrible 4-year old]] [[CreepyChild boy]] with a coloring book as his Future Diary, which shows him the best moments for committing murder.
* In the ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' movie ''End Of Evangelion'', we briefly see a series of an angry-scribbled crayon pictures, reminding the reader of Shinji and Asuka's horribly traumatic childhoods. Supposedly they were drawn by real-life abused children. It was also shown in the Director's Cut version of episode 22.
* In ''DarkerThanBlack'', this is essentially a Russian contractor's remuneration. He seems to really enjoy it.
* The small girl in the fourth episode of ''DivergenceEve'' drew images of the Ghoul on the pavement of an alley with crayon before she got attacked by the MonsterOfTheWeek. [[spoiler:Then she continued to draw it after she was shut in the WhiteVoidRoom.]]
* In ''YuruYuri'', Chinatsu's coloring book shows her TrueColors. Unlike most other examples in this page, this is PlayedForLaughs. Also, Chinatsu isn't a kid, she's in junior high.
* Subverted in ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex.'' Someone who has supposedly met the Laughing Man is asked to draw a picture of his face. The drawing isn't [[spoiler: a face, but rather the Laughing Man's ''logo.'' The witness' brain had been hacked, such that he was unable to perceive the difference.]] Although it's played for laughs when this happens to [[spoiler: Togusa, after encountering a mysterious, and apparently catatonic, boy named Aoi (who, as it turns out, is the real Laughing Man)]].

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[[folder: Art ]]

* There is a genre of similar drawings, sometimes called "schkolnaya murzilka" ("The School Murzilka", Murzilka - strange furry soviet comic book characters) in post-soviet areas. It usually contains some combination of MindScrew, SurrealHumor and SurrealHorror with famous cartoons, fairy tales etc. Also frequently occurs as a result of a post-soviet child watching horror movies.
* Ukrainian [[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm4209908/ Mikhail Bondarev]] drew stuff like this throughout his school years (sometimes with his classmates). Though the drawings are obviously tongue-in-cheek, a strange mix of video game and pop culture themes with over-the-top violence, absurdish situations and general surrealistic mindscrew make them at least slightly creepy. Check [[http://www.whoismikhailbondarev.narod.ru/art/rahlo1.jpg this]], [[http://www.whoismikhailbondarev.narod.ru/art/discoteka.jpg this]] or [[http://www.whoismikhailbondarev.narod.ru/art/lavkraft.jpg that one]], inspired by Creator/HPLovecraft. The fact that he's studying medicine (pediatrics) does not help even though he's quite [[MeanCharacterNiceActor nice actually]].
* Musician Music/{{Buckethead}} is also a painter and sometimes does the art for his albums himself. Considering he's widely known as a NightmareFetishist, it's no surprise that his art resembles [[http://s1124.photobucket.com/user/desertskywalkers/library/Buckethead%20Drawings%201%20thru%20229?sort=4&start=all&page=1 scary drawings done by children]].

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In the ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' comic book, an autistic child in a group home draws pictures, with accompanying text, of the Monkey King that (unbeknownst to the authorities) killed his parents. Soon, all the children in the home are independently drawing pictures of the creature, presaging its reappearance.
* In the ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' comic, a rather disturbing picture is drawn by 13-year old Walter Kovacs ([[spoiler:later known as Rorschach]]), showing his mom and a man, both naked and fused together. The picture is accompanied by a transcript of Walter describing a disturbing sexual nightmare he had where he watched his mother and this man having intercourse. The way their bodies merge together symmetrically makes the picture resemble [[spoiler:a Rorschach blot.]]
* The fifth (Or is it [[RetCon fourth]]?) Comicbook/{{Robin}} has a sketchbook full of violent and disturbing imagery. To be fair, [[EnfanteTerrible Damian]] was raised by The League of Shadows and lives in [[CrapsackWorld Gotham City]].

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[[folder: Fan Works ]]

* ''{{Homestuck}}''[='=]s popular "stabdads" AU gives us "[[http://aeleusienzo.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=tavros#/art/Daddy-s-work-trash-279297352?_sid=2a609d24 Daddy's work trash]]".

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' has one of these. Pity the characters never thought of looking at the pictures as a clue sooner.
* ''Film/TheMothmanProphecies''. An orderly says that Mary was sketching "angels". Well, angels that look like black-shrouded demons in the general shape of a moth. Seems like the residents of Point Pleasant were, too.
* The mentally ill girl in ''Film/DarkFloors'' draws stylized versions of the monsters that attack the group--before the attacks happen. She also tends to draw constant circles [[spoiler:which symbolize the fact that she's been living the events of the movie over and over again for an indefinite number of loops while the monsters try to convince her to come with them.]]
* The pictures drawn by the little boy in the English-language version of ''Film/TheRing''.
* This concept was spoofed in the third ''Film/ScaryMovie'' with the kid's drawings of "Tabitha", the Samara-lookalike from ''The Ring''.
* In the ''Film/SilentHill'' movie, Sharon draws many pictures of Silent Hill.
* In ''Film/TheSixthSense'' the boy says that he got into trouble for drawing a man being stabbed with a screwdriver. Now he only draws pictures of rainbows, because teachers "''don't have conferences about rainbows''."
* Adult example: In ''Film/AmericanPsycho'' Patrick draws pictures of naked women being killed. Sometimes he draws them in public.
* ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'':
** It has a scene where an entire class of psychic school children hold up drawings of Godzilla emerging from the volcano he was imprisoned in the last movie.
** At the end of the film, their teacher, Miki Saegusa, is seen drawing a rose in space, which foreshadows the eventual fate of Biollante.
* In the extended edition of ''Film/DarkCity'' some time after May the prostitute is murdered by Mr Hand and the Strangers, the police discover her daughter hiding under a bed; she's drawing a picture of three white stick figures in black trenchcoats standing over her mother's corpse with knives in their hands.
* The mountain from ''Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind''.
* In ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'', a boy draws the snake that bit his brother while they're still on the plane. It's later used to identify the type of snake so he can be treated.
* Inversion: The (adult) protagonist of ''Film/{{Dreamscape}}'' drew a picture of the Snakeman, a monster he encountered and battled in a boy's bad dream. In a later foray into dreams, a villain who's seen this drawing adopts the Snakeman's shape to fight the hero: a reversal of the usual Nightmare Fuel Coloring Book cause-and-effect.
* The opening credits of ''Film/ChildrenOfTheCorn1984'' are superimposed on crayon-drawings done by a precognitive little girl.
* ''Film/PoltergeistIITheOtherSide'': Carol Anne draws a picture of the sinister Reverend Kane, who looks uncannily like Fred Phelps.
* Subverted in ''Film/{{Superbad}}'', [[spoiler:as no real motive is ever given for Jonah Hill's penis drawings.]]
* Played for laughs in RoleModels with the famous "Beyonce pouring sugar on my dick" artwork drawn by Ronnie who is a foul-mouthed streetwise miscreant obsessed with breasts
* ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'' features a subversion: the picture 7-year old Evan draws (of himself standing over two mutilated prison inmates with a bloody knife in his hand, which he has no recollection of drawing) appears to be an example of this trope, but is in fact [[TimeTravel an example of something else entirely]].
* In ''Film/NoroiTheCurse'', drawings made by Kana and Marika depicting strange patterns and (in Kana's case) hanging figures. Hori's fliers about ectoplasmic worms might also count.
* In ''Film/HalloweenResurrection'', some characters find one in Michael Myers's childhood bedroom. [[spoiler:It turns out it was a fake planted there by the reality show producers.]]
* In ''Film/TalesFromTheHood'', a little boy keeps drawing disturbing crayon pictures of the "monster" that comes to his house... we come to find out that [[spoiler:the "monster" is actually his abusive stepfather.]]
* Subverted in ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' movie, where Wednesday makes disturbing art that her parents don't find worrisome in the least, and nor does she. Her teacher of course is a bit put off.
* ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'': At the climax of his walk around abandoned London, Jim finds a board of messages, notices and pleas for help, including a child's drawing showing "Daddy" shooting "Mummy" because she's [[ZombieApocalypse infected with Rage]].
* In ''Film/{{Mikey}}'' the title character draws a picture of a turkey decapitating a pilgrim with an axe for Thanksgiving, this disturbs his teacher and this is what leads her to question his upbringing.
* In ''Film/SilentNightDeadlyNight'' Billy, due to being traumatized by a maniac in a Santa costume murdering his parents, draws a picture of Santa shot with arrows and a reindeer decapitated with an axe.
* In ''Film/{{Joshua}}'' the title character draws a picture of a man with a bloody knife and a pile of dead bodies. [[spoiler:He did not do this because of abuse or trauma-- he did it because he wanted to get rid of his parents.]]
* Chalk-drawings of Freddy by dead children appear twice in ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' series (''[[Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet4TheDreamMaster The Dream Master]]'' and ''Film/FreddysDeadTheFinalNightmare'').
* An interesting variation appears in ''Film/{{Knowing}}''. In the prologue set 50 years ago, a classroom of schoolchildren is asked to draw pictures depicting the future, to be locked into a time capsule that will be opened in the present day. However, one disturbed girl writes down a seemingly random series of numbers, instead of a drawing. MIT professor John Koestler's son takes the piece of paper home, and he accidentally discovers that it is a doomsday prophecy.
* In ''Film/{{Dragonfly}}'', Joe's dead wife tries to reach him through the terminally ill children she cared for in the hospital. They begin drawing unnervingly similar pictures of rainbows (which they say are "loud"), and squiggly crosses which appear to be (but are not) dragonflies.
* In ''Film/HideAndSeek,'' Emily's drawings of people with two heads are a clue to the mystery.
* ''{{Film/TheProphecy}}'' has Mary, the young girl at the heart of the film, make some crayon drawings after the soul of a colonel with a very shady past is stored in her body to keep it from the other side. They involve things like barrages of gunfire and civilians impaled on stakes.
* ''Film/IronMan3'' has a normal fan give Tony Stark one of his crayon drawings for an autograph. An anxiety attack has Tony turn it into one of these.
-->'''ERIN HELP ME'''
* The somewhat unusual 1988 psychological fantasy/horror film ''Paperhouse'' is in some respects a strong example of this trope- the plot is based around the drawings of the lead character (an 11-year-old girl), and the strange events associated with them. In other respects, it's less typical, as the drawings aren't horrifically gory or scary in themselves, so much as they're disturbing in the context of the rest of the film.
* ''{{Film/Mama}}'' - the opening credits consist entirely of Victoria's drawings of herself and her sister during the five years they spent in the cabin. Some of them are incredibly disturbing - most notably one of what appears to be the smaller sister vomiting blood onto the corpse of some dead animal.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* In ''Literature/{{Congo}}'' by Creator/MichaelCrichton, the gorilla the heroes are studying repeatedly draws shots of a forest with a yellow eye in the middle. It's implied that said eye belongs to whatever's inhabiting the jungle.
* In a ''MickeyMouse'' novel, he's investigating a case in which dreams are involved. [[MickeyMouse Mickey]] finds out that a girl that has been exposed to said dreams... and then we find out she spends all of her free time drawing black spiders.
* In ''HouseOfLeaves'', the Navidson children draw entirely black pictures when asked to draw their blue house. Eventually, the narrator starts doing it too.
* Creator/HPLovecraft: ''The Call of Cthulhu''
* In ''Angela and Diabola'', EvilTwin Diabola terrifies her teacher by drawing an almost photorealistic picture of an execution. The school principal takes her in for special art classes, and Diabola freaks her out by drawing Diabola's family burning to death. [[spoiler:The picture catches fire and burns down the school.]]
* In ''TheAmityvilleHorror'', Missy draws a picture of Jody (her "imaginary friend" demonic pig) for her father after they abandon the house.
* This {{trope}} apparently goes hand in hand with autism in media: In the Creator/StephenKing novel ''Literature/TheRegulators'', an autistic boy who is posessed by a demonic creature draws pictures of the drive-by shooting in which his entire family was killed. The pictures are actually included in the text.
* In ''Literature/TheSistersGrimm'', Little Red Riding Hood draws pictures of the family that she use to have before she went mad. At first, they look normal, cheerful and bright. Then, the pictures slowly become darker, until the only colors she used were black and red.
* David invokes this as a child in ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'', after getting bullied, in order to be put into a special class.
* ''DiaryOfAWimpyKid: Rodrick Rules'':
** A milder version of this trope occurs here. Manny (who's only about 3-5) accidentally watches a horror movie that Rodrick (who's about 17) left in the VCR. Greg comes across Manny's drawings later, and remarks that ''"some of them were enough to give ME nightmares."''
** The trope is played with earlier in the book. Greg and his mom and dad had to bail Rodrick out on his science project; Greg had to draw what he thought teenagers would draw after watching violent movies (imitating this {{trope}}, but not actually playing it straight).
* In the JacquelineWilson book ''Dustbin Baby'' April recalls how she was once sent to a psychiatrist, where she is left to play with the toys. She starts to draw a dustbin, but notices she is being watched and makes it into a vase of flowers instead. The reason she drew the dustbin was because there wasn't a toy one to put the baby doll in.
* Of course, artists draw all kinds of things, but Beth Ellen Hansen's pictures at the beginning of ''TheLongSecret'' would tend at least to indicate her frustrations.
* After their early meeting with the school headmistress in ''[[AuntDimity AuntDimity: Vampire Hunter]]'', Bill and Lori sit the boys down for a talk about the vampire they claim to have seen. At Bill's request, Will takes up his crayons and draws a picture of it: a thin and pale vampire figure with "canines like stalactites", a voluminous black cloak with a red lining, a cloud of bats around its head, and a lightning bolt in the sky overhead. Lori sums is up this way, "Although the drawing was primitive, it was powerful enough to give ''me'' nightmares."

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* In the TV series ''TheWorldChronicle'', a boy is exposed to the view of an alien eating his dog. When the heroes arrive, they ask to see any drawings he's made. We're shown the kid filling in the color of a [[{{Pokemon}} Pikachu]] sketch... until the camera pans out to show that the wall is full of menacing drawings of the alien's eyes.
* In one episode of ''Series/{{House}}'', a severely autistic boy constantly draws squiggly lines on his whiteboard. The reason? He sees them constantly ''[[EyeScream because he has parasitic worms in his eyeballs]]''.
* Young Locke liked to draw the Smokey monster in the 'Cabin Fever' flashback in ''Series/{{Lost}}''. Strange in that this was ''years'' before he first encountered it on the island.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[InvertedTrope Inversion]]: The Empty Child drew hundreds of pictures of houses and families, in keeping with the "Are you my mummy" theme.
** A variant in "Fear Her", where the MonsterOfTheWeek is a possessed young girl. She has drawings of her abusive dad, and of every missing kid in town on her walls... [[spoiler:and it's because she drew them that they're missing to begin with.]]
** The "Fear Her" example got worse when the picture of the abusive dad [[spoiler:actually came to life. The first time it came to life was after a tense period while Rose tried to find out what was in a wardrobe. When she opened it, the picture glowed red and growled, much the same way a screamer would do in something like the Ghost Car video. The second time, it actually escaped from the wardrobe that it had been drawn on and walked towards them, intent on abusing them from beyond the grave.]]
** The Eleventh Doctor's companion Amy Pond repeatedly drew images of "The Raggedy Doctor" after he first visited her as a child. It's not creepy in the usual way, but it's clear her meeting the Doctor [[TheSlowPath when she was seven]] has left her with some... issues.
* In an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', a little boy at a hospital compulsively draws a monster that adults can't see. After Buffy kicks its ass, we see a picture he drew of the monster with X-ed out eyes and Buffy standing over it [[BuffySpeak all triumphant-like]].
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Dean connects with a little boy who's been traumatized into mutism by witnessing his father's drowning. Said boy presents Dean with a picture of swirly dark water, representing the lake, and a red bicycle...
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'':
** In one episode, Hera Agathon horrifies her mother, Sharon, by drawing pictures of the Eye of Jupiter, yellow-haired women, and the number 6. Sharon, meanwhile, had been having dreams of Cylon Number Six taking Hera away from her, and walking into the Opera House on Kobol. It's creepier when you watch the show.
** She does it ''again'' later in the second half of the season. Her seemingly harmless drawings of "stars" turn out to be [[spoiler:musical notation Kara uses to remember a song from her childhood - "All Along the Watchtower".]] Helo and Athena really need to get their daughter a new hobby, or at least take away Chekhov's Crayons.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Molly Walker suffers from nightmares and continually draws the same symbol in her more nightmarish drawings. Then she was PutOnABus and we [[NoodleIncident never found out]] what it meant.
** The eyes were Maury Parkman's. He could see Molly when she tried to find him.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'':
** One episode centers around a young boy who compulsively writes seemingly random lines of zeroes and ones on sheet after sheet of paper. At the end, these hundreds of sheets of paper covered in binary are laid out across the living room floor, forming an image of a smiling girl.
** "Fearful Symmetry" had a gorilla who had been taught painting and sign language, and was making pictures of alien spacecraft. She was more communicative than most human examples, explaining it (as best as she could) using sign language.
** One episode had strange insect creatures tormenting the family of a little girl, who drew pictures of strange insect creatures tormenting people. It turned out she was a RealityWarper of sorts with very morbid thoughts that become incredibly realistic hallucinations. The solution? Put her in a blank white room and have her watch TV until it cripples her imagination.
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
** A more realistic (and possibly more horrific because of it) from ''Law & Order'' where a girl draws a picture of herself on a sports field, with an imposing and scary man standing off to the side in a football jersey. Initially they think it's [[spoiler: the coach- her uncle- who's been molesting her, but it turns out he was falsely accused, and loses his job because of it. It was actually one of the high-school students on his team.]]
** One episode had a little boy who witnessed [[spoiler:his father]] bash his mother's head in with a lamp. He trusts Olivia the most, so she's the one who sees the picture he drew of the attack. Lots of red crayon there...
** There's the episode where Benson and Stabler are called in because a little girl is drawing some rather ''interesting'' pictures, and her teacher is concerned. Turns out she saw her (underage) big brother and her stepmom doing it.
** Semi-related, while she didn't draw the pictures, a [[CreepyChild young girl]] has been stated to have repeatedly mutilate pictures of men, it's eventually found out that she killed a younger boy.
** One episode with a young, bullied boy with apparent split personality disorder, who draws a picture of basketball-playing kids lying dead on the ground with a shadowy figure holding a gun standing over them. The scary guy is "Zoltar", the kid's alter ego that he insists killed the boys when [[spoiler:it was the kid himself in response to intense bullying that he couldn't take anymore.]]
** One of the saddest example from SVU: a little boy who [[spoiler:accidentally]] shot a little girl on the playground at school, draws himself while being interviewed in the squad room. When he's asked what he thinks should happen to him, he draws flames engulfing him because he believes he should burn in hell.
** One girl had her throat slit but lived. She couldn't talk afterwards, so she drew her attacker. She drew the Devil. [[spoiler:It gets revealed that the man who attacked her was just nicknamed the Devil.]]
** An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' did an interesting variation. Creepy childlike drawings at a crime scene lead the detectives toward a suspect with a child's room in his house, but no proof the man actually ''has'' a child. He actually had a dissociative identity disorder and did the drawings while in the personality of a child, but committed the crime in an adult personality, and didn't have a clear memory of what was going on.
* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "Datalore", the crew found a bunch of drawings on the wall in Soong's laboratory depicting the Crystalline Entity.
* ''{{Eureka}}'' had this in its second or third episode, thanks to autistic savant Kevin Blake and a really freaky ghost... [[ItMakesSenseInContext well, kind of.]]
* One of the films in the Swedish police series ''Beck'' involves an autistic boy drawing penises over and over again. It turns out one of his caretakers is abusing him... In a rather humorous turn, when the titular detective tries to get the kid to draw (in a hope that it'll give him clues), Beck draws a rather simplistic pig (another detective later remarks that it looks like a potato). When we later see the kid, his father is rather puzzled by the fact that the kid keeps drawing really detailed pigs.
* Not sure if this actually fits, but ''Series/KamenRiderRyuki'' explains the origin of all the Monsters in the series as actually [[spoiler:those drawings of abandoned children Shiro and Yui Kanzaki, which the former brought to life when he became a MadScientist.]]
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', there is a character named Cassandra. She's Janet Fraiser's adopted daughter, and an alien. She's adopted and living on Earth because a Goa'uld decided to use her, a ten year old girl, to set a trap. This trap involves murdering ''every single person'' on the ''entire planet'' besides her. And then, Cassie was left alone on the planet for at least hours, possibly days, surrounded by the corpses of her family and everyone she knew, completely alone. Later in the episode, when she's at the SGC, Cassie shows Sam her drawings, which are full of stick figures bleeding, lying on the ground dead, or both. And one single stick figure standing up, surrounded by stick-figure corpses.
* Sketch Comedy Show ''Bienvenidos'' had an sketch about a school psychologist calling a mother because the son had suddenly shift from bright, colorful pictures to ominously-looking drawings on black crayon. After discussing what this could mean, they decide to call the boy. [[spoiler: The kid of course, [[SubvertedTrope is very sane and his drawings are truly innocent]], is just that he already used all the other colors of his crayon boxes, and in fact he is truly ''pissed'' that they have to come to these extremes so his mom could believe that he really needs a new box]].
* ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'' had a teenager named Hiroki Makise who had diaries detailing how he would hold hands with a girl he liked... only to then reveal that he had an entry on how he'd crash a bus filled with girls who dumped him (with good reason) and he was ''happy'' about it because they were going to be "shooting stars".
* In ''{{Spaced}}'', Daisy leafs through Tim's sketchbook and becomes increasingly disturbed by the angry doodles of his ex-girlfriend being horribly tortured... until she gets to the sketch on the last page, depicting Daisy, Tim and their dog above the word "Happiness".
* Played with in one episode of ''Series/ColdFeet''. Karen and David were going through a divorce, but managed to get on well. When they went to speak to their son's teacher because his marks got considerably worse, David saw a picture on a notice board of honour. It looked like a piece of abstract art with circles and vivid colours, but David was disturbed by it and said no normal child could produce a picture like that. Yes, it was actually painted by his son Josh, and his teacher praised it a great deal, saying that he's a very talented child but she neither dismissed that it might have been triggered by their family crisis.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* In episode 10 of TheResidents' ''The Bunny Boy'' series, the titular character gets an email containing bizarre drawings from a girl named Wendy, specifically three pictures of rabbits in disturbing situations, and one of a cyclops covered in roaches. The song based on the video (or the other way around) also mentions pictures of faces covered in scratch marks, a horse split in half, and a big black spot surrounded by the word "NO!" scribbled a hundred times.
* From Music/PearlJam "Jeremy".
-->At home drawing pictures\\
Of mountain tops\\
With him on top\\
Lemon yellow sun\\
Arms raised in a V\\
'''And the dead lay in pools of maroon below'''\\
Daddy didn't give attention\\
To the fact that mommy didn't care\\
King Jeremy the wicked\\
Ruled his world

* From Carach Angren's "Little Hector, What Have You Done?"
-->Hector was nine,\\
in school, making colorful drawings most of his time.\\
One day he made this horrible portrait\\
'''of a dead man and his child.'''\\
The teacher was shocked!\\
How could such a young lad\\
draw a picture so sad?\\
Hector was asked to explain.\\
'''He replied, "It's me and daddy in the attic;'''\\
'''hanging, when we are dead.'''"

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[[folder: New Media ]]

* Parodied, like many things, by ''Website/TheOnion'', which [[http://www.theonion.com/articles/us-children-still-traumatized-one-year-after-seein,1285/ played this trope]] on Janet Jackson's infamous [[NippleAndDimed "wardrobe incident"]].
* [[http://4chanarchive.org/brchive/dspl_thread.php5?thread_id=397908&x=james+book+for+tom This]] /x/ thread. (NSFW, these are female genital images.)
* Most of {{Sonichu}} and the art of Christian Weston Chandler looks like this. CWC is a 28 year old ManChild who draws like an eight year old... and uses his webcomic as an outlet for gory revenge fantasies and sexual wish fulfillment, as well as drawing porn of himself outside the comic in the same infantile style. The overall effect is very much like one of these.
* The CreepyPasta "[[http://creepypasta.wikia.com/wiki/Little_Pink_Backpack Little Pink Backpack"]]
* ''Literature/TheStoryOfMyNewHouse'': A WebOriginalFiction which tells a horror story of HauntedHouse from the perspective of a seven-year-old, accompanying the short texts with his drawings.

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* The first chapter of ''The Prehistory of TheFarSide'' consists of what Gary Larson claims to be drawings from his childhood. They depict his parents as cartoonishly abusive -- for instance, playing fetch with the dog using him as the stick, making him ride in the trunk of the car, putting bars on his bedroom window, and dangling him over the alligator pit at the zoo.
* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'': Calvin has drawn some pretty disturbing things, but this is usually PlayedForLaughs. The images usually come from his deranged imagination and not from scary stuff he's actually seen.
** More than once he has drawn people getting eaten by animals and monsters. Once he drew a flip-book style animation in the margins of his dad's book showing a tiger biting a guy's head off.
** Once, when he was required to do a presentation on traffic safety, he designed a gruesome poster with the slogan "Be Careful, Or Be Roadkill." For the blood, he used ''spaghetti sauce'' so the gory images would actually draw flies. [[spoiler: Naturally, he didn't win.]]

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* Comes up several times in the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'' {{Sourcebook}} ''Innocents'', which is based around playing as a child. One chapter opener in particular concerns a boy who, over several days, draws a monster getting closer and closer to his bed. The last drawing he made shows the monster standing directly over his bed, him hiding under the covers...
-->''"Carl drew this one yesterday. When he had art time today, he refused to draw anything. When the teacher threatened to discipline him, he broke down in hysterics."''
* In the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' {{sourcebook}} ''Time of Thin Blood'', the fictional prose included insane asylum patients drawing simplistic stick figures with hungry maws in place of heads during the Week of Nightmares.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Inverted in ''VideoGame/SilentHill1'': [[spoiler:Alessa kept on drawing monsters that ended up being in Dark Silent Hill.]]
** In ''VideoGame/SilentHill3'', this becomes even creepier if you haven't played the first game. You go through the whole game fighting these truly horrifying monsters... [[spoiler:only to discover them all, in the last level, as drawings strewn about the floor of Alessa's room]]. Given who you're playing in that game, it's even worse in a way. [[spoiler:though hindsight says the fight on the carousel was foreshadowing.]]
** In ''SilentHill4'', you see one of Walters' kiddie drawings of [[DistressedDamsel Eileen]]... [[spoiler:the drawing gives her a big, bloody, spikey mess growing in her belly.]]
** Present in ''VideoGame/SilentHillHomecoming'', where the protagonist's younger brother, Josh, has left disturbing crayon drawings throughout Sheperd's Glen and Silent Hill. Bonus points because most of them are accompanied by couplets that add up to a [[IronicNurseryTune local children's rhyme about the Bogeyman]].
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' has you explore an [[HellHotel abandoned hotel]] that's haunted by the spirit of a guest that went mad and slaughtered his family. In one bedroom, amidst a pile of toys and colouring books, you find a picture drawn by one of the murdered children: it shows a happy family holding hands- but the father's been replaced by a hideous wild-haired creature surrounded by flames.
* In the hospital level of ''MaxPayne2'', one wall is adorned by a child's crayon drawings that recap the blood-and-tragedy-filled first game.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfCthulhuDarkCornersOfTheEarth'' features one of these drawn by a fairly precious CreepyChild. The "pictures of Mommy and Daddy", along with her comments about Mommy make the book a perfect candidate to this category.
* ''TheSuffering: Ties That Bind'':
** Torque's son Cory draws a picture of his father's mental state: Torque lies pinned to the ground by his monstrous [[SuperpoweredEvilSide insanity form]] as Carmen and Blackmore look on. An impressive feat of Nightmare Fuel considering that Cory has been dead for quite some time when this picture was drawn.
** Jordan's guide to the various Malefactors not only includes photographs and artistic sketches, but a few drawings clearly produced by children. Thankfully, the game doesn't go into explicit detail as to what happened to these young artists, though players [[InferredHolocaust can probably guess that it wasn't pleasant.]]
* Some storybooks in ''RuleOfRose''.
* In ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'', your main target is Eve, a young girl who was grown from your own superhuman DNA, in order to control the genetic monsters that the evil organization are also making. Her 'upbringing' has left her rather disturbed, as you see when you find her 'play-room'... childish crayon-drawings of people burning to death or being devoured by monsters...
* In ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon Project Origin]]'', one of the classrooms at Wade Elementary has a bunch of crayon drawings by the children posted up on the wall. These drawing include flaming demon heads, towering piles of dead bodies, people on fire, random drawings of Alma, and the Point Man shooting Paxton Fettel. The last one is particularly disturbing [[FridgeHorror after a bit of thought]], because the game takes place the day after the aforementioned event occurs, which also takes place literally minutes before the nuclear explosion that killed everyone in the school happens, ''and'' all of the children in the school are actually supposed to either be psychic or potential psychics.
* In ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', after the TimeSkip, Shaun's room contains a crayon drawing of the accident that killed his brother and hospitalized his father.
* Occurs in both ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' and ''VideoGame/BioShock2'' by the Little Sisters, one TearJerker example includes tombstones with "Mom" and "Dad" on them.
* ''VideoGame/{{Condemned}} 2'' has this in spades in the doll factory.
* In the intro cutscene to ''VideoGame/{{AMY}}'', the title character is seen drawing a chaotic scene of [[spoiler:the ZombieApocalypse that left most of the city's inhabitants dead]].
* ''Carrie Careless and the Galette des Rois'' from ''VideoGame/{{Ib}}''.
** [[spoiler: The entirety of Mary's world is drawn like that]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' fan mission ''Rose Cottage'', you discover drawings by an undertaker's daughter which feature colourful pictures of her family, and which also include threatening-looking, ghostlike men drawn in grey.
* The entire point of the indie horror game ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'' is to collect eight sketchy drawings and notes warning of [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos some mysterious, slender]] ''[[HumanoidAbomination thing]]'' that was stalking the person who drew them. And said thing is now stalking you ever more persistently with each new note you find...
* In the flashback epilogue of ''Otherworld: Spring of Shadows'' the little girl the main character spent the entire game searching for drew a picture of the villain, an evil fey, shortly before it killed her parents and abducted her.
* The boardinghouse ''Grim Tales 5: Bloody Mary'' takes place in is filled with creepy little stick-figure drawings on the walls and furniture, in addition to occasional scrawled comments such as "Mary's coming for you."
* One of these is evidence in AceAttorneyInvestigations 2's final case, which features a crime that took place at an orphanage 12 years ago. It depicts [[spoiler: the President of Zheng Fa in his last moments before being assassinated.]] Further, [[spoiler: the kid who drew it turns out to be the BigBad of the game.]]
* [[MoralityPet Emily Kaldwin]] from ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}'' draws a lot of pictures of charming events, such as [[ThePlague the rat plague]] and [[PlayerCharacter Corvo]]'s [[SkullForAHead creepy mask]]. Depending on how violent Corvo himself is throughout the game, they get even more disturbing.
* ''CorpseParty'', which makes sense given the whole story is about grader students getting killed by scissors, and the cursed kids are trying to kill you using scissors.
* The protagonist from ''VideoGame/AmongTheSleep'' is a toddler who seems to be pulled into a DarkWorld littered with these sorts of pictures of him, his loving mother, and a dark figure pursuing/terrorizing them both. [[spoiler:The figure turns out to be a metaphor for the mother's alcohol abuse and mental issues, which can turn her from a loving mother into a terrifying, abusive figure for the child.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'' episode 4 of season 1, you can find a drawing Clementine made of [[spoiler: the player character, Lee, burying a dead boy in the backyard.]] It's notable because that's the last known drawing Clementine ever makes.
* ''{{VideoGame/Off}}'''s final level, The Room, has sections that look like levels drawn by a very disturbed child.

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* ''Webcomic/BioApocalypse'' IS this. Literally.
* The image from ''TheZombieHunters'', above, which a little boy is drawing instead of watching the cutesy safety film about zombie attacks.
* From SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal - [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=606#comic loosely classifiable as an inversion?]]
* Some of the far more disturbing scenes in the infamous ''{{Sonichu}}'' can only be described as this, in no small part due to the art style being worse than a 6-year old's first drawing.
* [[http://www.whatisdeepfried.com/COMIX/Family/PAGE1.html Family Portrait.]] Made all the worse by the fact that [[spoiler: the teacher, even after seeing all the drawings, ''suspects absolutely nothing.'']] The drawings are respectively of [[spoiler:a man who has blood in his feces, a girl, her sibling and grandma visiting her mother in jail, Clarissa's family eating breakfast ([[StepfordSmiler that is far, far from the truth]]), and her other drawing is eerily similar to an InterspeciesRomance between a squirrel and a wolf. She also implies that the wolf raped the squirrel. ''The teacher all but catches on.'']]
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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The ''JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' tie-in blog features an entry in which John and Dave start appearing in [[http://www.johndiesattheend.com/updates/?p=170 the crayon pictures of a young boy that they've never met]]. ('''possibly NSFW''')
* Madame Talbot's Victorian Lowbrow blog has featured, among other things, the webmaster's [[http://victorianlowbrow.blogspot.com/search/label/Kiddie%20Drawings childhood drawings]]. Most of them involve some combination of vampires, coffins, skulls, and syringes... not too different from [[NightmareFetishist the rest of the site]], really.
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* ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets'':
** It has Alex drawing hundreds of pictures of the Slender Man, as well as the mysterious Operator Symbol.
** Just Another Fool, a spinoff ARG blog of the Slenderman Mythos, includes an entry where the journal that was passed to both of the Slender Man's victims is examined via Website/{{YouTube}} video. The video reveals not only the drawings that the journal's owner made, but the ADDITIONS to said drawings that the journal's next keeper made, outlining stick figure corpses that were only faint outlines on the original sketches.
** Because of MH and JAF, almost ALL of the Slender Man [[AlternateRealityGame ARGs]] that came after include creepy drawings of this nature.
* In episode 5 of ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'', Jane persuades her student Adele, who is somewhat of a child prodigy in this version, to draw pictures. Some of them were beautiful and lovely, like a picture of Jane or a picture of Adele's dog Pilot. But Mr Rochester, her father, is drawn on a mountain as a very distant figure, and the last image Jane shows is him with a big apple in his face.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Boo draws a picture of Randall in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', though she only draws him once, and once Sulley sees the picture, there's no horror or confusion.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Bart draws a seriously disturbed illustration expressing his first days in school in "Lisa's Sax". Fans commonly refer to it as the [[http://springfieldfiles.com/albums/notes/0036.JPG "SAD drawing".]]
-->'''Homer:''' Oh, it's a lovely drawing, he's so creative, it's -- AAAAAH! ''Burn it! Send it to hell!''
* On ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' Lois is called in for a parent-teacher conference to discuss Stewie's drawings, all of which show him murdering her in brutal ways. The conclusion Lois and the teacher come to? [[spoiler:He needs to spend more time with Peter since he ''[[CompletelyMissingThePoint is not present in any of the drawings'']].]]
* ''InvaderZim'':
** One episode had Dib drawing a picture of Zim being dissected while conscious and screaming at his now-exposed organs.
** In another episode, Dib shows Gaz his blueprints for an invention to defeat Zim, while Gaz shows Dib a picture of him being eaten by a monster.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]
* The website [[http://coloringbookcorruptions.com/ Coloring Book Corruption]], is a collection of images from coloring books that have been defaced to depict various scenes of debauchery. Of course wether or not it's actually NightmareFuel or [[CrossesTheLineTwice side-splittingly hilarious]], all depends upon what sense of humor you have. Also, mind that link, since may of the images on it are NSFW.
* On a documentary about the Israeli-Palestine conflict, there was this 10 year old girl who drew her dead mother bleeding over her as she was crying and her older brother holding his dead baby while its brains were spilling out.
* ''Reader's Digest'' had a piece on a 12-year old boy who survived Hurricane Katrina and drew excellent pictures of the flooding that killed his mother and made him homeless.
* A surprising subversion to this occurred in real life tragedy. Dedrick Owens found a handgun in his uncle's home and took it to school with him, and wound up shooting and killing Kayla Rolland when they were both only 6 years old. While Dedrick was at the police station, only fifteen minutes after the shooting, one police detective gave him a set of crayons to occupy him. Dedrick drew a picture of himself outside his house, smiling and the detective had the picture framed, keeping it hung in his office. Preserving the last moments of innocence, it could be supposed.
* There's a whole sub-field of psychology devoted to this: art therapy. Like play therapy, where children are encouraged to act out their traumas so they can learn to deal with them, art therapists get them to draw pictures or make play-dough sculptures. Anyone who has trouble communicating verbally or in writing might find it useful, including teenagers and people with Pervasive Developmental Disorders, the family that includes autism. Senior centers, nursing homes and assisted living places offer it just as a way of communicating and staying engaged.
* In the book ''Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ'', there was a story about a mother and her son who were abducted by the mother's ex-boyfriend. The kidnapper made the kid hide under a blanket while he beat the mother to death. Later, a psychologist asked the son to draw a picture; the result was a race car driver with a pair of humongous eyes.
* As an art student or artistic person, one has to be careful to avoid invoking this. Obviously watching TV/reading books/absorbing popular culture will mean one might want to draw bloody things or [[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible bizarre things]] from time to time, that are completely non-indicative of one's experiences and personality. However people will often be a little disturbed if they see said pictures - [[TrueArtIsAngsty well... except perhaps at an art school.]]
* The children that were allowed to be taken out of the Waco compound before the fatal showdown happened had been given crayons and paper, and many of them drew cheery little houses and rainbows - with said houses going up in flames, and many of them were days before the actual compound went up in smoke. Along with carefully drawn bullet holes in the walls and roof.
* Creator/EdmundMcMillen was apparently sent to a psychiatrist for his bizarre and morbid doodles as a child. It didn't take, and a lot of said doodles were updated later in his life and put into ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac''.


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