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->''"I think this video's supposed to be like, freaking us out, but like, I'm unfreaked. In fact, this video is making me feel totally normal."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' regarding Music/{{Silverchair}}'s "Tomorrow" music video

The polar opposite of NightmareFuel: Something meant to be truly terrifying (or at least somewhat frightening or disturbing) which instead comes off as stupid, laughable, cute, or all of them. As with NightmareFuel, examples will often be subjective; what one may consider this, [[NarmCharm another may still find terrifying as heck]]. Often caused by SpecialEffectsFailure or StockSoundEffects; sometimes, for older titles with now-outdated special effects, it can simply be an example of SeinfeldIsUnfunny. Also often unintentionally invoked when a character looks or sounds like a less frightening character from another work. Of course, when used intentionally, it could be an IntendedAudienceReaction.

May be caused by, or be the cause of, VillainDecay.

Many B-movie creature features, especially those featured on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]], were chock full of this, since most of them had very low budgets and had to rely on puppets and guys wearing carpets over their heads for their creature effects.

On the other hand, this effect can be deliberately invoked by the artists. For instance, there can be scenes of horror and of menacing evil, but it can be countered with reassuring images and music as powerful heroes learn of the menace or are otherwise called into action to stop it.

Compare FauxHorrific, which involves horrified reactions to mundane objects and occurrences played for comedic effect. Contrast NothingIsScarier, which is a possible way to avert this trope by not showing the monster at all and letting the characters -- and audience -- scare themselves with the fantasy of what it might be.

See also {{Narm}}. Compare FetishRetardant for the FetishFuel equivalent, and contrast LightmareFuel where the horror aspect is made fun of but still manages to be scary.


* One advertisement for Traveler's Insurance has a rattlesnake surprising a hare...except that its rattle was a ''baby rattle''. Cue the hare falling over with laughter and other hares coming out and laughing as well. The snake is understandably mortified.[[note]]Ignore that [[ArtisticLicense the rattler isn't the end that makes them dangerous, nor do they use it when hunting prey]].[[/note]]
* "K-fee", a German brand of coffee, had a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLicfr1AYfo TV advertising campaign]] with several adverts featuring several peaceful and tranquil locations... until the peace is broken at the last second when a [[JumpScare zombie or gargoyle suddenly pops up from nowhere and lets out a loud, monstrous scream]]. In the following year, however, parodies of three of the adverts were made to promote the new "K-fee Lite", which had men in silly costumes popping up at the end instead of the more realistic zombie or gargoyle screaming. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TI-vH5RVg5M car parody]] had a man in a girly outfit slowly rising up and saying "Boo" in a casual voice. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLcr57NLmDw sunset beach parody]] featured a man in a teddy bear costume also saying "Boo", and the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QSXy4CRjUs golf parody]] features a man in a sort of demon costume making a silly roaring noise, with the top part of his head and antennas visible throughout the advert before he actually pops up.

* As has been noted elsewhere on the wiki, Belial Vamdemon from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' ([=MaloMyotismon=] in the dub). In addition to looking completely stupid, he just ''stands there and gets pummelled'' like a moron before [[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath literally being killed by the power of children's dreams]].
** And his Venom Vamdemon form in [[Anime/DigimonAdventure the first season]] wasn't much better, acting mainly like a fairly bland and stupid kaijuu wannabe with a supernatural backstory... up until the "crotch monster" came out. Then it divided everyone between freakish dismay and immature giggling.
** 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.
* ''Anime/HellsingUltimate'', while awesome in many ways, would probably have been a lot more frightening if it weren't for all the GratuitousEnglish.
** The upbeat drums during the Nazis butchering Londoners while the [[BigBad Major]] er...ate lunch...[[Manga/DeathNote epic]][[MundaneMadeAwesome ally?]] rather killed the scariness you'd expect of Nazi vampires killing random Londoners and reviving them as cannibal zombies. This display of callous brutality and the deaths of thousands of noncombatants at the hands of vampires was accompanied by a cheerful drum beat and a chorus of ''"AKUMA STALKING, DO DO DO DO!"'' SoundtrackDissonance much?
* Random Security Guard Guy being squished with MortalKombat blood-spray in ''Anime/{{Patlabor}} Wasted XIII''. It actually won an award in a magazine for being the most hilarious death of the year.
* ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' is not scary or horrifying at all, in spite of the egregious amounts of gore. This is mainly due to the fact that, first off, the English dub borders on GagDub territory, and second off the series is already slightly BlackComedy to begin with. The manga, on the other hand, is A LOT less campy and a lot more disturbing.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Count Brocken's appearance--a man whose head and body are split apart, and the former constantly hovers around the later, talking, laughing and screaming--was meant be frightening (in the manga he got Kouji reaaally scared when he showed up for the first time; and in the anime [[TheDragon Baron Ashura]] initially thought it a bodyless ghost). Buuuut in the manga Boss managed to grab his head when he got distracted, and Kouji and his friends played fetch and Brocken Ball with it (think of it like soccer, but replacing the ball with Brocken's head. And the only rule is everyone wins. Except the ball). It was a tad ''hard'' taking him seriously after that. That scene did not happen in the anime, but on the other hand you had Brocken's head and body arguing with themselves--and the body punching the head--or Ashura grabbing his head and instead of bringing it back with the body, slapping him around...
** The "Brocken Ball" scene ''finally'' took place in ''Anime/ShinMazinger''. [[MemeticMutation It REALLY didn't help Brocken's reputation.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Pain is very hard to take seriously ever since [[ThisWasHisTrueForm his true form]] has been revealed: [[spoiler:an emaciated guy in a wheelchair with bright red hair that would make Carrot Top proud]]. Others can see his appearance as arguably even more scary and disturbing with the FridgeHorror attached.
** Pain seems to get hit with this fairly often. There's his [[MotiveRant Motive Rants]], which combined with excessive body piercings makes him sound like an EmoTeen...
** Manga chapter 427, where he gets knocked across the room by [[spoiler: twelve-year-old comic relief character Konohamaru.]]... Of course, he later recovers from the hit and doesn't even need to repair that body.
** The terrible, ''terrible'' animation quality during the Pain arc did not help, of course.
** And, last but not least, the tropers who insist on spelling his name "Pein", which never stops looking like [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=peen "Peen"]]. And/or "Pain", which just fully underscores how emo he is.
** Orochimaru is introduced as a thoroughly creepy character: eating people's faces off and taking on the role of an already creepy woman (?) and first making himself known by picking up a kunai knife with his ''tongue'' and talking about bloodlust because he lost some hair... which all comes into perspective after the Internet "outed" him as gay.
*** His otherwise creepy Body Transfer Technique loses its scary appeal entirely when [[http://mangafox.me/manga/naruto/v38/c345/10.html inside it]]. That tongue. ''His expression''.
* The balloon monster from Manga/CorpsePrincess. Sure, its bizarre marker-drawn face and creepy voice does slightly help it. What doesn't is its theme. Having an invisible balloon lightly wrap its string around its victim's neck to turn their happiness into a marshmallow monster doesn't exactly scream scary.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has the creature known as Allon, who is actually genuine Nightmare Fuel for the first few moments of its introduction. That is, until its ridiculous face is revealed (what we had thought was its face was more like a nose, and its eyes and mouth are hidden), and all fear is promptly forgotten.
** Aizen has been going through some OneWingedAngel phases as of late. Unfortunately for him, these have only gotten sillier and sillier. The first one has garnered {{Fan Nickname}}s along the line of "Tube Sock Ninja" and "[[UnfortunateCharacterDesign Condomman]]" and led to jokes about how Creator/TiteKubo finally let his background artists design a character. The next was essentially him [[PowerMakesYourHairGrow with a mullet]], and as long as you focused on [[BlackEyesOfEvil his eyes]], only mildly {{Narm}}ful. But then he went and morphed into [[spoiler: a six-winged seraph with butterfly wings]], and his next comment was drowned out by the chorus of laughter from everyone reading. Made even funnier by the fact that his earlier comments about evolving into a superior being had earned him the FanNickname [[spoiler:Butterflyzen]], which [[HilariousInHindsight was suddenly perfectly appropriate]].
** When Tousen revealed he'd hollowfied, much of the dramatic impact was lost when his transformed version looked like a big ol' sperm.
* In the manga of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Barry the Chopper fails to look disturbing or scary twice. Once with Alphonse Elric, the other with Riza Hawkeye. He later succeeds with some prison guards.
--> '''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!]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments What happened to]] ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments your]]'' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments body, freak!?]]
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', one of the lines [[spoiler: the Lieze twins]] says during said scene can be translated close to [[VideoGame/ZeroWing "you have no chance to survive make your time."]] Cue viewer going [[VideoGame/ZeroWing "Ha Ha Ha".]]
* 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 [[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.)
* In the translated version of ''Manga/TheEnigmaOfAmigaraFault'', the sound effect [[spoiler: DRR DRR DRR]] doesn't quite read in many people's minds the way the translator intended.
* The monsters in ''Manga/MermaidSaga'' would have been a little ridiculous no matter what, given their ridiculously oversize eyes. The capital mistake, though, was to have the first one in the manga be a still-sentient [[TheWoobie Woobie]] with a speech impediment. It's hard to take the later {{Smash Mook}}s seriously at all. (To be fair, the primary fear here isn't being killed by one of these freaks, but [[BodyHorror turning into one of them]].)
* ''Mimi no Kaidan'', illustrated by horror master Creator/JunjiIto, features some prime nightmare retardant. Works best on a small screen and out of context.
** Quite a few of Creator/JunjiIto's works suffer from this because of their sheer absurdity. They ''would'' be scary if they weren't so ridiculous and unrealistic.
* All the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' MonstersOfTheWeek after season 3 might fall in this category.
** Most female monsters in ''Sailor Moon'' after Season 1 fell into FetishFuel territory, regardless.
** Almost every aspect of Tomoe's personality once the Witches 5 make the scene fits in, including his being [[BenevolentBoss the nicest evil boss]] in the series. Considering how he's TheFaceless (aside from ScaryShinyGlasses and a SlasherSmile) standing over phials full of SymbolicBlood and accompanied by a terrifying BGM, this was probably intentional just to keep the NightmareFuel in check.
* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' much of the horror comes from not knowing what is causing all these horrible occurrences to happen and why. As the second season explains more and more, much of the original horror is lost. Perhaps most notably in finding out that the sinister deity Oyashiro-sama is in fact [[spoiler:Hanyuu, a CuteGhostGirl who just wanted to help all along.]] On a similar note, in both seasons, there are moments where the "crazy faces" kill the horror.
* Charlotte's OneWingedAngel form in Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica is a large worm made out of candy with a face that looks like a grinning clown (and not a SlasherSmile at that). It's thus hard to take seriously [[spoiler:until it devours Mami]] unless you are [[MonsterClown afraid of clowns.]] Though one could argue that its [[CuteIsEvil cute]] appearance made [[spoiler: biting Mami's head off]] a million times worse. [[http://wiki.puella-magi.net/File:Charlotte-manga.jpg The manga version]] is slightly less nightmare retardant.
** The Witches and their labyrinths can turn into this. While the imagery is supposed to give off a feeling of other-worldliness, it's hard to take seriously when it most of the designs look they were lifted from ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', or at least that they were [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs all made on drugs]].
* Rei Ayanami from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' was meant to inhabit the UncannyValley, and probably does. Suffices to say that she has an entry at the {{Moe}} page.
** Kaworu was also meant to be [[UncannyValley unsettling.]] He ended up [[EnsembleDarkhorse becoming a fan favorite]] and many people were actually ''happy'' he showed up because of how utterly depressing the [[DarkerAndEdgier series]] [[DespairEventHorizon had]] [[HeroicBSOD gotten.]]
** ''End of Evangelion'' is meant to be terrifying, with [[spoiler:everyone dissolving into LCL and becoming [[AssimilationPlot assimilated into a single consciousness]].]] Except that LCL looks like orange juice. Cue the [[spoiler:"everyone melts into Tang"]] meme.
* There's an example in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' almost certainly done on purpose. [[spoiler: Mysterious old man Onji, who had just effortlessly beaten Kuwabara, ''[[NightmareFuel rips off his face like a mask]]''...and then, in a puff of cartoonish pink smoke, reveals himself as [[InsistentTerminology "The Beautiful Demon Fighter"]] [[VillainousHarlequin Suzuki]].]] The horror of both the characters and the audience is instantly replaced with hilarious incredulity.
** Done again the first time we see Puu. We find out that the egg that Yusuke got when he was dead is about to hatch. Koenma goes on to warn him how even he doesn't know what will come out, or what it will do. Yusuke stands to face whatever is about to appear. The egg hatches, he looks around. [[spoiler: The spirit 'beast' is an ''adorable'' blue penguin with Yusuke's hairstyle. It is perched on his head.]]
* Mentioned in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'' by Aozaki in Paradox Spiral on how not to make it a monster a NightmareRetardant, one of those rules being that the monster has to be something that is unknowable.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An issue of ''ComicBook/AmbushBug'' featured Quantis, the koala that walks like a man who is really [[spoiler:Dr Quentin Quantis turned into a giant koala thanks to a serum containing the essence of cuteness]]. This [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever giant marsupial]] even has the authorities going "Aaaaaw!" rather than trying to destroy it. It sounds really funny doesn't it? Then there's the fact that it goes "Niknak!".
* As awesome as the ''ComicBook/SupermanBrainiac'' arc in Action Comics was (which actually contained fairly competent, if mild, nightmare fuel) it also contained spaceships shaped like skulls. (Still, skull-shaped ships in a Comicbook/{{Brainiac}} story arc must be due to the GrandfatherClause.)
* The ComicBook/RedSkull had the same problem in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}, with his skull-shaped space-station (red, of course). It wasn't as scary as he likely wanted it to be, probably the reason he got rid of such stuff in more modern times.
* Your view on Christabella from ''ComicBook/SilentHill: Dying Inside'' will probably range somewhere between "scary" and "creepy". But the moment she starts swearing like a sailor, you will most likely zero in on "ridiculous".
* In a word, [[ComicBook/{{MODOK}} M.O.D.O.K.]], a villain first fought by IronMan. When A.I.M. first created this guy, a mutated, ugly head with small arms and legs on a high-tech chair with the brain of an EvilGenius, he ''was'' pretty intimidating. Unfortunately, VillainDecay made him more and more ridiculous, even more so when they introduced a DistaffCounterpart called "M.O.D.A.M.". M.O.D.O.K. has since become an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, whose Crowning Moment of Stupidity [[TooDumbToLive was likely challenging Thor to a fight]] - only to be smashed in one hit.
* In-universe in ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Ultra Comics #1]]'', [[spoiler:Intellectron is considered to be this. Ultra utilizes comments laughing at his appearance and calling him "an evil egg" with "evil batwings" in their battle]].
* The Siren's issue of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFiendshipIsMagic'' can be this for them, since ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsRainbowRocks'' implied they were a much bigger threat than they're actually presented as here.
* ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan'': Invoked In-Universe. Comicbook/DoctorOctopus thinks his [[AnimalMecha Flying Octopus]] looks menacing. Franchise/SpiderMan thinks it looks dumb. And goofy. But mostly dumb.
* A comic book adaption of ''Literature/WhoGoesThere'' (the same story that ''Film/TheThing1982'' was based on) showed what the monster's original form looked like. It looked a goofy fuzzy green humanoid with stringy white hair and three bulging red eyes. A character in the comic said [[{{Narm}} "It looks like pure evil!"]]. [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] in his review of the comic burst out laughing when he saw this and said it look like a rejected [[Franchise/TheMuppets Muppet]] or a little green man from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' wearing a wig. In later episodes an [[AdorableAbomination adorable]] plushy based on it can be seen on the shelf behind Linkara.
** ''ComicBook/TheThingFromAnotherWorld'' and its miniseries thrive on killing whatever horror you felt for the movie, ranging from [[spoiler:Child's thing]] going full Rambo to ''Eternal Vows'' bizarre musings on fish.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* An InUniverse example from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'':
--> '''Hobbes:''' Bumper cars are fine when there aren't ghosts constantly flying down in your face!\\
'''Calvin:''' [[SpecialEffectsFailure They were]] ''[[SpecialEffectsFailure paper]]'' [[SpecialEffectsFailure and on]] ''[[SpecialEffectsFailure fishing line!]]''
* WordOfGod is this was the intention of ''Fanfic/DantesNightAtFreddys'': to write a story so funny and to introduce such a CurbStompBattle to the cast of ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' that it would ease the fears of any reader... Including the creator himself.
* ''FanFic/LegolasByLaura'': Normally a story involving a ten-year-old being tortured by orcs would be horrifying. [[BeigeProse Not this one.]]
-->'''Legolas''': they bet you up and raped you also the Dark lord gave you the posion!\\
'''Laura''': how did you know that?\\
'''Legolas''': (''[[MoodDissonance cheerful as can be]]'') when I was your age they did the same thing to me.
* ''FanFic/DoomRepercussionsOfEvil'': "AndThenJohnWasAZombie." Perhaps if the fic wasn't written by Creator/PeterChimaera...

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* The skating parts in ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''[='=]s "Pink Elephants on Parade" sequence which have calming music and a beautifully animated ice-skating elephant duo, probably making up for the parts that really ''were'' scary.
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Marshmallow's two lines "Go away!" and "Don't come baaack!" makes him sound more like a disgruntled teenager than an intimidating bodyguard. Though its placement on the NightmareFuel page indicates that some feel differently.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePagemaster'': The original [[Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles Hound of the Baskervilles]] was a glowing, eerie sight that could terrorize a man into running himself to death [[spoiler: due to luminous paint]], but it's just a normal dog (albeit big and snappy) in this film.
* ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot'': The creation of the Ruber's metal henchmen could have been fairly unnerving in both concept and execution, but their transformations are accompanied by ridiculous cartoonish sound effects and a goofy chicken getting turned into an axe, which really sucks a lot of the terror out of the scene.
** Similarly, the following chase scene ''could'' have been scary, as Kayley is fleeing for her life... except that it features Ruber's goofy minions following her on [[HugeRiderTinyMount hilariously small mounts]] while rather [[SoundtrackDissonance unfitting music]] plays in the background.
* Max's nightmare in the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie''. His embarrassment about his father and worries about being too much like him cause him to dream about literally turning into Goofy in front of Roxanne, in a parody of a classic werewolf transformation [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments with Goofy's trademark laugh in place of the traditional howl.]]
* Creator/DonBluth was regarded as an expert at straight NightmareFuel in his peak year films, but as he was forced to tone down the content of his films, the scares usually went away with them:
** The Grand Duke of Owls from Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' is supposed to be a scary villain, but he's just [[SissyVillain so goofy in characterization]] and concept (he uses his magical powers by ''puking lucky charm clouds'') that it's impossible to take him seriously.
** ''WesternAnimation/ATrollInCentralPark''; the villain Gnorga has mildly frightening elements (namely her ability to imprison people helplessly in stone), but she has such a [[CardCarryingVillain one-dimensional]] [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad personality]] that she comes off as a [[EvilIsPetty petty bully]] instead of a truly fearsome villain. One scene that especially falls flat is when she and her husband chase after Rosie and Gus. It's very hard for them to look threatening when they chase after them on tiny ''tricycles''.
** Ludmilla's transformation into a dragon in ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent''. The preceding scene, where she gradually transforms from a lean, graceful physique into a humongous monster and is blissfully unaware of it, is very grotesque and unsettling--but the final result, a fat pink dragon with pajama button like bumps on her belly, is downright laughable.
** Even ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'', which ''is'' one of the good Bluth movies, has some of this. "In the Dark of the Night" is a solid VillainSong, and Rasputin ''himself'' is scary, but nothing ''else'' scary is going on; the visuals for the song are mostly dancing bugs.
* Ralph Bakshi's animated adaptation of ''Lord of the Rings'' suffers this during the scene where Gandalf and his companions are in the mines of Moria being attacked by goblins. Suddenly a fearsome roar is heard, the frightened goblins cease their attack, and the crowd parts to reveal the Balrog, a fiery demon that...looks like a bipedal Chow Chow with butterfly wings. [[https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kylnv0eTsGc No, seriously.]]

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* The creature from Creator/RogerCorman's "Creature from the Haunted Sea" (1961) one of the most goofy looking monsters in the history of cinema.
* More or less the entirety of ''Film/ExorcistIITheHeretic'' - quite infamously, given that it's the sequel to what's often considered the scariest movie ever. Highlights include a goofy "mind synchronizer" device, Reagan suffering an attack during a jazzy tapdancing performance, reams of nonsensical pseudo-metaphysical exposition, and James Earl Jones dressed up as a giant locust, spitting a leopard from his mouth.
* The dancing ghost boy in ''Film/{{Insidious}}''.
* The scene in ''Film/DragMeToHell'' wherein the goat is possessed by the malevolent spirit and the lamia dances. Although, being directed by Creator/SamRaimi, this was probably the goal.
* All five of the ''Film/ScaryMovie'' films, along with ''Film/StanHelsing'', are based entirely on this trope.
** Best exemplified in the 2nd ''Scary Movie'', when Brenda points out how stupid it is to run away from DemBones, [[TakeThat comparing it to running away from]] Creator/CalistaFlockhart.
* Narrowly avoided during shooting of the original ''Film/{{Predator}}''. The original costume had a bulky space suit with a snake-like head sticking out that bounced around like crazy. It was everything the directors did ''not'' want and they demanded a new design after one day.
* ''Film/EightLeggedFreaks'', though played for BlackHumor, had a potentially very scary premise: realistic-looking giant spiders are pretty horrifying by themselves, but the decision to give the spiders all sorts of "wacky" jabbering noises as they run amok utterly wrecks the terror for the most part. There are some scenes that aren't played for laughs that manage to be genuinely frightening, but they are rare.
** It wasn't just the noises. There is a memorable scene where a spider jumps on the stuffed head of a moose, only to take a bite and look visibly annoyed at the taste.
** Though the shot of a truly gigantic tarantula moseying through a parking lot to a sinister, minor-key riff of "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" can be rather effective.
* The 1931 version of ''Film/{{Dracula|1931}}'' contains two misguided attempts at symbolism: a close-up shot of a Jerusalem cricket (which looks a lot like a giant bee) crawling out of a coffin and a "giant rat," played by an opossum. In the Spanish version of the film, the "giant rat" falls off of the ledge it is walking on during the shot. And then there's the [[MisplacedWildlife armadillos]] and the ''"terrifying"'' rubber bats on strings in that and ''so many other'' early Dracula films.
** Lovingly homaged by ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'', which fills Dracula's lair with rubber bats and armadillos.
* The 1986 version of ''Film/TheFly1986'' was kind of scary; the [[Film/TheFly1958 the older movie it was a remake of]], not so much. One of the biggest problems while filming the movie was having to cut the scenes short because Creator/VincentPrice couldn't [[{{Corpsing}} help but laugh]] at co-star David Hedison's costume in the middle of filming. Many viewers had a similar problem.
* ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'': in the opening scenes the villagers claim a werewolf roams through the forest at night. The atmosphere is really creepy and the audience wonders what this creature will look like. When the protagonist goes to sleep the camera shows a wolf-like creature walking in the forest, but it's clearly not a werewolf, left alone a wolf, but a striped hyena! And it's strange to downright ridiculous that this animal is walking around in Transylvania, Romania.
* The "bat suit" in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''. Apparently it was added because Gary Oldman didn't feel he could be scary enough for that scene. Ironic, since he was a lot scarier without the dippy rubber suit.
* The title character from ''Film/RobotMonster'' (pictured above) was a guy in a gorilla suit. And a diver's helmet.
* The [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] commentary for ''Film/TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures'' --which definitely ''definitely'' fits here-- was one of the earliest uses of the term "Nightmare Fuel". The earliest was ''Santa Claus'' -- which actually ''was'' pretty scary, but not in the intended scenes.
* In ''Attack of the Prehistoric Women'', the women at one point need to defend themselves from a ferocious dinosaur, [[{{Slurpasaur}} played by a superimposed iguana]].
** This was ''very'' common in prehistoric movies from the 70s and earlier.
* ''Film/NightOfTheLepus'' is about giant rampaging killer rabbits... which are played either by cute little bunnies on a scale-model set, or people wearing garish rabbit suits. Yes, it's as hilariously awful as it sounds. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Od92391upY Here.]] The saddest part is that the portions of the movie where the rabbits aren't on screen are actually pretty decent, and the miniature work is, for the most part, very good. It's just that, well, you've seen the clip.
** To quote one succinct reviewer: 'The basic problem is, an ant magnified a thousand times is a monster, but a bunny magnified twenty times is still a bunny.'
** One instance of miniature work that ''isn't'' good is the down-the-empty street shot... with the 'giant killer stagehand' stepping off to the side.
* ''Film/BeginningOfTheEnd'' featured giant mutant grasshoppers played by regular-sized grasshoppers crawling across pictures of the Chicago skyline.
** Not quite as glaring as most other examples, since most insects ''do'' look pretty creepy when filmed up close or magnified.
* ''Film/TeenagersFromOuterSpace'' used the shadow of a lobster for its giant monster.
* ''Film/{{Werewolf}}'' had a monster that changed its look throughout the film. One of which being the producer's own pet dog. Yuri's ''[[ImprobableHairstyle hair]]'' was scarier than the Werewolves.
* Any character played by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_Johnson Tor Johnson]]. "Time for go to bed!"
** As parodied in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/EdWood''. Although the above line was from ''Film/TheUnearthly'', which wasn't a Wood movie.
* A lot of Film/{{Sy Fy Channel Original Movie}}s suffer from this. Hard. Considering that the movies are made almost exclusively by the infamously Z-quality [[Creator/TheAsylum Asylum Studios]], this is hardly surprising. Every now and then, Syfy actually comes up with ideas that sound promising and might be a little scary. [[SpecialEffectsFailure Then the monster appears.]]
* In a scene near the end of the film version of ''Film/TheDayOfTheTriffids'', the characters shelter at the top of a lighthouse while a Triffid's tendril crawls up the stairs towards them. Unfortunately, it's quite obvious that the tendril is a sock puppet. Also, the Triffids themselves were basically giant sunflowers. SUNFLOWERS.
* ''Franchise/FridayThe13th'':
** While [[Film/FridayThe13th1980 the first movie]] in the series is pretty good, all of the other films of the franchise fit this trope to a T. There is something strangely comedic about seeing a guy in a hockey mask wander around the woods like he's lost, machete or no machete.
** The bits where [[spoiler: Mrs. Voorhees]] assumes the character of Jason and starts saying things like "Kill her, Mommy!"
** The production team and writers seemed to invoke this trope willingly for ''Film/JasonX'', when he's presented with a hologram of 2 busty, naked co-eds saying that they love partying and having unprotected sex. HilarityEnsues. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTIuYjzqBU0 After a cut-back]] to the crew of the ship.
* The original ''Film/KingKong1933'' was released as a very frightening horror movie and was effective as such for many years. There were people fainting in the audience when it was first shown. [[SeinfeldIsUnfunny Advanced effects have made us jaded]]. The [[Film/KingKong1976 version from 1976]] has aged even worse, mostly because it doesn't even ''try'' to have Kong move like anything but a guy shuffling around in a gorilla suit.
* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': Venom is pretty much living horror, so it's a little disconcerting to hear Creator/TopherGrace's voice coming out of his mouth. And whenever he talks he pulls back the face so Topher Grace's face can be seen; that also doesn't help.
** As lampshaded by ''WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded'', what was [[FridgeLogic even the point]] of having the scary [[GameFace Venom face]], if he just pulls it back when he talks?
* There is one part of the video-game-to-film adaptation of ''Film/SilentHill'' in which the CreepyChild bursts into flame and says "Look...I'm burning." Owing to how subjective this trope is, you either were creeped out by it or laughed your head off.
* ''Film/{{Troll 2}}''. The first one was no masterpiece, but this not-really-a-sequel about goblins who turn people into spinach or something is just SoBadItsGood. [[BigOMG "Oh my GAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWD!"]]
* A lot of other horror/comedy movies just aren't scary because, no matter how much blood, gore, and death the sadistically evil villain leaves in his wake, he's so absurdly funny that you're laughing too much to take him seriously. For example, there's ''Film/{{Leprechaun}}'' (leprechauns aren't scary, no matter how ugly they are, especially when they're afraid of four-leaf clovers), ''Film/SantasSlay'' (a BadSanta is ''funny'', not scary), ''Film/JackFrost1997'' (you can have this guy rape a woman in the shower if you want, but the fact that he's a snowman still makes it hard to take him seriously), and ''Film/TheGingerdeadMan''. (This guy is ''a living gingerbread cookie''! How is anyone supposed to be scared of ''that''?)
* In ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'', the Wicked Witch of the West and her flying monkeys don't pack the terrifying punch they used to, though they still scare some younger kids.
* The 1925 version of ''[[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera1925 The Phantom of the Opera]]'' appeared to have passed the test of time when it comes to this. Although reactions may not be as extreme today, the unmasking scene will still make many people jump in surprise. It even has the ever creepy uplighting technique. Unfortunately, when the Phantom jumps up and points directly at Christine after the unmasking, things that were once considered scary turn hilarious... at least if you're a fan of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', in which the Phantom's iconic scene was adapted for the Evil Monkey. Otherwise, the Phantom is still pretty damn petrifying.
** On the other hand, the Phantom in [[Film/ThePhantomOfTheOpera2004 the 2004 movie musical version]] gets his mask pulled off to reveal... [[spoiler: Gerard Butler with a nasty sunburn.]]
* Listen to the noise the parasites in ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' make. It sounds like DonaldDuck, for God's sake. Or maybe Yoshi. Fortunately Clover's roar more than made up for the silly parasite chittering.
* In ''Film/TheCreepingTerror'', the eponymous creeping terror was an alien who ate things to study their biology (or something like that), and it was clearly supposed to strike fear in the viewers, but only made them giggle. It resembled a large carpet slug that shuffled along slowly, and its victims, instead of running away like most sensible people would have done, stood there and screamed while the creature ate them. The costume was such that the victims actually had to crawl into the hole in the front that was supposed to be its mouth.
* Creator/WesCraven's ''Film/{{Cursed|2005}}'' was a good example of this trope, where the scenes meant to be scary were downright funny, and the scenes meant to be funny were downright cheesy. From the predictable plot, to the bad acting, to the [[{{Narm}} cheesy dialogue]], this movie has it all. Strange how a film intended to [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent reinvent the werewolf genre]] ends up falling back on every single [[NewerThanTheyThink Hollywood werewolf convention]]. To be fair though, the movie turned out this way in part due to ExecutiveMeddling.
** Then there's the scene where a werewolf appears above the balcony after Christina Ricci's character taunts its fashion sense, flipping the bird and roaring "fuck you!", before dying in a hail of bullets.
* The [[ScareChord Scare Chords]] in the otherwise creepy ''Film/TheDescent''.
* The 1989 horror movie ''Film/FoodOfTheGods2'' has a scene in which giant rats attack a swimming competition. The cheesy special effects however, kills any shred of horror from the scene. The intercutting shots of panicked people in a normal sized competition pool with shots of ordinary-sized rats walking around and splashing in an obvious miniature pool had no credibility whatsoever.
** The original ''Film/TheFoodOfTheGods'' featured similar "giant" rat scenes and was just as unscary.
* Super Shredder in ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesIITheSecretOfTheOoze'' was supposed to be scary, but all anyone remembers is that he yelled, pounded a boardwalk above it, ''[[DroppedABridgeOnHim got crushed by the damn boardwalk]]'' while yelling some more, then died. Doesn't help that Super Shredder was played by Kevin "argh my quad!" Nash either.
* Bane in ''Film/BatmanAndRobin''.
* The 80's horror film ''Film/{{House}}'' has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmzsp4zbtG0&feature=related Sandywitch]], a disgusting, nightmarish monster that attacks and tries to kill main hero Roger Cobb. But any pretenses of it being scary quickly fade when it speaks, as it talks in a high-pitched chipmunk voice.
* The undead Sammi Curr in ''Film/TrickOrTreat'' is an electric ghost, whose weakness is water. Fine enough, but when your movie's villain is shown being hurt by having his foot stuck in a toilet, he loses all credibility as a threat.
* ''Film/MaryPoppins'' has a nightmarish sequence when the Banks children flee their father's bank after accidentally throwing it into chaos. In their panic, they wander into the East End slums, dodging various frightening people until it climaxes with them colliding with a dark man seeming about to abduct them. However, when that dark man turns out to be their dear trusted friend, Bert, the whole mood instantly lightens with the audience knowing the children are in safe hands now.
* ''Film/TheHappening'' could, at one point, have been a suspenseful horror with a strong mystery element. Poor acting and the ridiculousness of the premise scuttle any chances of that, however.
** It's a tough ask to find walking around open, grassy fields in sunshine scary. It's a bigger ask to buy that some people nevertheless manage to get run over by harvesters.
* 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, Creator/StevenSpielberg felt the shark looked too phony, resulting in the NothingIsScarier approach.
** Spoofed by Marty [=McFly=] in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartII'' when the future's 3D Jaws sequel: "Eh, Shark still looks fake."
* Invoked in ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet1984''. Freddy loses a lot of his menace when Nancy essentially [[ImNotAfraidOfYou wishes him out of existence]]. The last scare at the end attempts to revert this, but to a lot of viewers, [[GainaxEnding it just came off as weird]].
* Ultron's moveable humanoid face throughout ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron''. For some, it's just not as scary compared to the other images that closely resemble the twisted metal abomination he's based on. Also, the fact that Ultron appears to have ''[[ToothyBird teeth]]'' despite being a robot with no seeming need for human food. Ultron's penchant for snappy one-liners utterly ruins his scary factor. Compare to his first appearance, where he can barely talk.
* ''Franchise/{{Ghostbusters}}'' has this trope as the whole premise of the franchise: there are horrific and powerful forces lurking in the shadows ready to do their evil at any time. However, they can be studied scientifically by learned experts, who in turn can develop effective and easy to use weapons and countermeasures those eldritch menaces will never see coming. In short, if you have the knowledge, the tools and the courage to face these supernatural entities of your darkest nightmares, they will have real reasons to ''fear you!''
* ''Film/TheByeByeMan'':
** The fact that the killer's name is [[UnfortunateNames the Bye Bye Man]].
** The Bye Bye Man's [[SpecialEffectFailure dog]].
** Elliot convulsing while driving and singing along to "Bye Bye Love" by Music/TheEverlyBrothers.
* ''Film/TheInvasion'' suffers many moments like this. For one, Nicole Kidman's character searches for the term ''my son is not my son'' on Google with no quotation marks. In another scene, many people are avoiding showing emotion to avoid the body snatchers. They tell the protagonist not to show emotion, then one of them snaps. The entire group, minus the protagonist, then fails to escape, even though nothing was stopping them beyond fear of a railway line (the alternative being captured by monsters and, for all they know, killed). In early scenes, the sense of paranoia is ruined when groups of people who very blatantly have something wrong with them are roaming around, long before anything being wrong with them is introduced as a concept.
** This movie avoids calling itself a horror movie (a trait which, in horror stories, is associated with being made by people thinking their movies are "too good" for the horror genre). It's the only adaptation of the source story to replace the pod aliens with drink-infecting chemicals. Yep, it almost screams "never mind the shoddy writing, we've got rape imagery! Everyone's going to take us seriously now!"
* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' makes no attempt to soften the numerous deaths and murders from its source material... and gets away with that by adding generous amounts of this. The fearsome Captain Flint, for example, is shown at the beginning murdering fifteen of his own crew to keep his treasure a secret. Later, Long John Silver laughs over Flint's chosen signpost of two dead bodies on the path to the treasure. And finally... we find out that Flint once dated Benjamina Gunn. Who is played by Miss Piggy. Who complains that ''he was co-dependent.''
* The ''Film/FinalDestination'' series usually thrives on ParanoiaFuel, taking ordinary situations and turning them deadly in rather unexpected, but at least plausible manners. However, the more implausible deaths tend to have the opposite effect, and either have you rolling your eyes, or laughing hysterically. This was especially bad in the [[Film/FinalDestination3 third]] and [[Film/FinalDestination4 fourth]] films, where both of them include the overuse of illogical [[RubeGoldbergDevice domino effects]].
* One scene in ''Film/JurassicPark3'' features Alan Grant falling asleep on a plane to [[LivingDinosaurs Isla Sorna]]. When he wakes up, the plane is abandoned and still flying through the sky. Then Grant hears [[RoarBeforeBeating a low growl]] to his left, and turns to see [[RaptorAttack a Velociraptor sitting right next to him!]] It's surreal and unnerving...until the Raptor [[SuddenlyVoiced suddenly blurts out "Alan!"]], its lips matching the words perfectly and [[DissonantSerenity his arms resting peacefully on the seat in front of him]]. [[AllJustADream Alan then immediately wakes up]], finding the plane back with its original passengers. It's such [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment a bizarre and out of left-field scene]] that most people end up [[{{Narm}} laughing at it]].

* An in-story example comes from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'' when Prof. Lupin is describing a boggart, a creature that turns into whatever the person in front of it is most afraid of. A boggart's weakness, however, is trying to scare more than one person at a time. Lupin recounts a time when he saw a boggart try to turn into both a headless corpse and a flesh-eating slug at once: "Turned himself into half a slug. Not remotely frightening."
** Emphasized in the primary narrative when Neville admits that the thing he is most afraid of is Professor Snape, closely followed by his grandmother. But Professor Snape dressed in grandmother's clothes... not remotely frightening.
* Many, many ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' stories, usually due to either a ridiculous/nonfrightening subject matter or shoddy writing, or both. Given that they're written by a large ensemble of ghost writers, the level of quality varies like you wouldn't believe, with many stories landing this trope pitifully easily, and others ending up being...[[NightmareFuel genuinely terrifying]]. [[DeathOfTheAuthor Sometimes in ways that the author didn't intend]].
* In-universe example: during ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'', Lucy is separated from the party and forced to break into a magician's study to find a spell. She climbs up the stairs and goes down the long hallway on her own, during which [[NothingIsScarier everything is dead silent]] and [[EvilMask creepy masks watch her from the wall]] -- she even gets a minor JumpScare when she catches a glimpse of her reflection in a "bearded mirror" (a mirror that makes her look as though she has a beard). However, once she gets the spell, Aslan himself shows up and the magician, Coriakin, turns out to be a [[CoolOldGuy Cool Old Guy]],
-->''and Lucy noticed how different the whole top floor looked now that she was no longer afraid of it. The mysterious signs on the doors were still mysterious but now looked as if they had kind and cheerful meanings, and even the bearded mirror now seemed funny rather than frightening.''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', being a show that has relied heavily on monsters since the very first season while simultaneously not typically having a very large budget with which to realise them, has many examples.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E5TheWebPlanet The Web Planet]]", depending on whom you ask, is either the kind of [[SurrealHorror surreally scary]] PlanetaryRomance that nightmares are made of, or six episodes of people in pathetically unconvincing rubber suits doing silly voices on a set the size of a shoebox.
** The Daleks were virtually unique in their success. Several attempts were made to create 'new Daleks' by copying the Dalek template (killer LittleGreenManInACan with a shouty catchphrase), especially after they got ExiledFromContinuity in the Troughton era. Every attempt ended in failure:
*** The Mechanoids in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E8TheChase The Chase]]" were a potential Dalek rival and were lavishly budgeted and merchandised. Looking like a D20 the size of a garden shed, and being about as maneuverable as one, did very little to make them conceivable threats. There's a whole EasterEgg on the DVD in which various TalkingHeads all make fun of how rubbish they are.
*** The Chumblies in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E1Galaxy4 Galaxy 4]]". They make strange thoughtful noises and look like metal walnut whips. They're also [[CuteMachines rather cute]]. And can you imagine hiding behind the sofa from a monster called a 'Chumblie'?
*** However the Chumblies are robots made by the Rills, who turn out to be peaceful. So they aren't really villains.
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS3E10TheWarMachines The War Machines]]. In addition to being a ridiculous concept, the evil computer looks like it has a goofy face on it.
*** The Quarks in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E1TheDominators The Dominators]]". They were supposed to be PsychopathicManchild robots that act like delighted, giggling children while murdering and killing (and were actually played by children as adults couldn't fit into the suits). Their creators intended them to be the new Daleks (and even fell out over the IP rights to them). Between poor design, stupid squeaky voices and the extremely bad writing quality of the serial there was no possibility of this happening. New series fans might want to look at the Toclafane for the Quark concept done better.
*** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS6E4TheKrotons The Krotons]] are actually a lot scarier than most of these (Creator/RobertHolmes deserves some credit here), and there's somewhat more creativity to their concept (being made of living crystal). Unfortunately the costumes were too short and so they were given skirts to hide the actors' legs. The top half is a TinCanRobot and the bottom half is a ballgown. Doesn't help that 'Krotons' sounds like '[[UnfortunateNames croutons]]' and they have [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent inexplicable and unidentifiable accents (Brummie-Eastend-South African?)]]. Very strongly averted in the ''Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures'' book ''Alien Bodies'', which exploits all of the {{Narm}} associated with them to make it both hilarious and shocking when the twist reveals they've been slaughtering Daleks by the ton and trying to steal the Doctor's corpse.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E5TheUnderwaterMenace The Underwater Menace]]" has "scary" {{Cyborg}} fish-people that look like harlequins in white onesies and don't actually do anything scary in the whole story, being CreepyGood. (The {{cliffhanger}} at the end of episode 1 where Polly is StrappedToAnOperatingTable, screaming and about to be surgically transformed into one is decently disturbing, though.)
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E1TheTombOfTheCybermen The Tomb of the Cybermen]]" (while scary) features Cybermats - tiny robot bugs - that the script acts as if are terrifying. Viewers mostly reported finding them cute, which the BBC [[MascotMook went along with]], at one point even running a promotion where viewers could write in and get sent vaccuum-formed Cybermat parts to assemble into a toy. The next story to feature the Cybermats, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E7TheWheelInSpace The Wheel in Space]]", lampshaded this by having the Wheel staff react to the Cybermats as if they were cute while not making them any more harmless - one victim takes a Cybermat as a pet, and another even begs them to come closer before they kill him.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkInSpace The Ark in Space]]" has the leader of a SleeperStarship containing the last remnants of humanity getting infected by TheVirus. He realises this in a famous {{Cliffhanger}} where, sweating with terror, he slowly takes his hand out of his pocket and sees that it is covered in green bubble wrap. The same story has everyone get menaced by a sort of larva represented by an actor crawling around on the floor in the same green bubble wrap. The story itself is well-written and very spooky, though.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang]]" has a subplot about a giant rat in the sewers of nineteenth century London. The effect was achieved by [[{{Slurpasaur}} filming an ordinary rat in a scale model of the sewer]] and intercutting it with reaction shots of the actors in the life-sized sewer set. We're already into {{Narm}} and SpecialEffectsFailure territory, but there's more. To complete the illusion, a nearly immobile life-sized giant rat was built. It looks jarringly different from the real rat, and is the exact opposite of threatening. This trope is in fullest effect in the cliffhanger where the camera dramatically zooms in to the cute rat plushie while the tense music reaches a crescendo.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E2TheInvisibleEnemy The Invisible Enemy]]" has some surprisingly horrible bits in the first episode where the Doctor has been infected by a parasite that has taken over his body. We have seen the Doctor get {{Mind Rape}}d before this, but he always maintained his willpower (and the one time he did get broken in "Pyramids of Mars" the villain was interrupted before he could go very far with it), so it is the first time we see the Doctor fully possessed and [[AxCrazy about to hurt people]]. Unfortunately, the budget was really suffering by this point and the story is also a FantasticVoyagePlot with lazy ToiletHumor, which quickly destroys any horror.
*** The Swarm, a pathetic-looking iridescent space shrimp with adorable little kicky legs that giggles about taking over the universe. Even the Doctor seems to find it a real disappointment, complaining that it's a 'pathetic crustacean' and rolling his eyes.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS15E5Underworld Underworld]]" has characters facing a 'dragon' which turns out to be an electrified door. This isn't a case where this is a surprise for the characters - they know that it is an electrified door and just refer to it as a 'dragon'.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS16E3TheStonesOfBlood The Stones of Blood]]" has vampiric standing stone aliens. The writer intended for them to be realised onscreen as rocks that, when they move around, transform into rocklike humanoids. The director instead decided to go with StyrofoamRocks that move by sliding about and glowing an ugly shade of yellow.
** The Mandrels in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E4NightmareOfEden Nightmare of Eden]]" are rather cute and fluffy. They even have built-in bell-bottoms!
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E2Meglos Meglos]]" has a power-crazy, sadomasochistic shapeshifting villain from a race that has a good enough understanding of technology to intimidate even the Time Lords, that is also a non-anthropormophic, non-animal, ''sessile'' [[PlantAliens cactus alien]]. It even has a little plant pot.
** The Myrka from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS21E1WarriorsOfTheDeep Warriors of the Deep]]" is an infamous example, from its design, to it being a PantomimeAnimal, to it being slow, even for a classic ''Doctor Who'' monster, to the fact that it couldn't do much.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS26E4Survival Survival]]" has a similar situation to "The Stones of Blood" - the writer pictured the cheetah-women as [[LittleBitBeastly normal, beautiful women with yellow eyes and fangs]], but the director decided to go with full fursuits. The writer was outraged by this - although more because it obscured the lesbian subtext than because it looked silly.
** The revived ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Abzorbaloff from "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E10LoveAndMonsters Love & Monsters]]". 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 viewer 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.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime The End of Time]]" involves an AssimilationPlot where just about every human being on Earth is suddenly and forcefully transformed into [[spoiler: The Master]]. Of course, this includes the women too, [[CrossDresser and the clothes aren't transformed.]] Pair that with [[spoiler: The Master's]] CrazyAwesome LargeHam tendencies, and it goes from NightmareFuel straight into comedy.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'', coming out at the same time as classic ''Who'' and sharing its lack of special effects budget and some of the same production team, had its own howlers:
** [[FanNickname Brian the Spider]] is the most famous. "[[{{Recap/BlakesSevenS3E5TheHarvestOfKairos}} The Harvest of Kairos]]" called for a terrible alien life-form that makes Kairos uninhabitable for most of the year. The special-effects department delivered a giant orange snail with legs, which wobbled oh-so-slowly towards our heroes as the otherwise scarily competent Dayna [[HelpImStuck forgot how to use her own legs]].
** A wobbly TinCanRobot with a flamethrower that drops out of its groin, causing it to be dubbed "The Flasher". Instead of becoming the next Dalek, the Security Robot was used for two episodes and then quietly dropped.
** "Animals" features HalfHumanHybrid SuperSoldiers who have huge yak horns for no apparent reason. Their fur-covered bodies and mournful expressions make you wonder why people don't just give them a hug instead of shooting them.
** In "Time Squad", Jenna is attacked by a genetically-created homicidal maniac... in a PornStache.
** In "Moloch", the titular villain, supposedly an extrapolation of the ultimate lifeform, turns out to be a hook-nosed, one-eyed LittleGreenManInACan who looked like a fried chicken! Apparently the cast kept [[{{Corpsing}} laughing so hard]] they eventually had to film heroes and villain separately.
** Shivan from "Voice from the Past", ostensibly a once-famous RebelLeader who's been so tortured and disfigured by the evil Federation that he's barely able to move or see or speak. Instead we get a shuffling BandageMummy in a green cape whose dialogue is totally incomprehensible. [[spoiler:TheReveal that he's TheDragon in disguise [[IdiotPlot doesn't help matters either]].]]
-->'''Shivan:''' Entrol your [[{{Mondegreen}} bloodbeard blabe to booster your emperor clam]] olts you enjoyyyy the reeeal fruits of powerrrr!
** In "Ultraworld" aliens try to take over the crew with MindControl. This terrifying fate is represented by the victim seeing a hallucination of a disco glitter ball.
** In "Assassin" [[spoiler:TheReveal that the DamselInDistress is the assassin is let down not only by bad acting (and not of the EvilIsHammy kind either) but also a silly towering hairdo she's wearing for her EvilCostumeSwitch.]]


* An in-universe example occurs in the ''Music/{{Voltaire}}'' song, ''The Beast of Pirate's Bay''. The song mentions the infamous UsefulNotes/{{Blackbeard}} encountering the beast, and now nobody's scared of him because upon seeing it, [[LockedIntoStrangeness his beard turned white]] and he looks like SantaClaus.
* The first time you hear them, DeathMetal vocals may seem very scary. However, it's often pointed out that they sound a lot like Cookie Monster's voice. Good luck being scared now...

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Videogame/Portal2'' has Wheatley tell a ghost story as you follow him over a conveyor belt full of mangled and crushed robot parts. Of course, {{SelfDemonstrating/Wheatley}} being [[TheDitz Wheatley]], it doesn't have quite the impact he intended it to have.
-->'''Wheatley:''' They say the old caretaker of this place went absolutely crazy. Chopped up his entire staff... of robots. All of them robots. They say at night you can still hear the screams... of their replicas. All of them functionally indistinguishable from the originals. No memory of the incident. Nobody knows what they're screaming about. Absolutely terrifying. Though obviously not paranormal in any meaningful way.
** There is a grain of truth in his story though. There is a room in Aperture, completely filled with screaming robots. [=GLaDOS=] built it for shits and giggles. [[spoiler: She contemplates sending Wheatley there for ten years after he's taken over her facility and [[BalefulPolymorph stuffed her]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext in a potato]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'', you are able to control the transition from the fog world to the nightmarish otherworld by touching a mirror. It significantly lessens the power of being transported to a nightmarish industrial Hell if you do it willfully and deliberately (or worse, go back and forth between worlds trying to figure out what to do next).
** Mind you, that at least feels congruous with the story there. It's not as bad as the Patients from ''VideoGame/SilentHill4: The Room''. They could have been scary, but due to the noise they make when hit, well... Nothing like a monster that BELCHES when hit to derail the scary, folks!
* The ''Arise'' flash games. Just try to actually get scared from the randomly appearing Halloween masks and stock horror music. (That or just watch the WebVideo/{{WebVideo/Retsupurae}}s.)
* ''VideoGame/ClockTower3'' establishes several of its villains by re-enacting some of their most brutal murders ([[HarmfulToMinors one of which was done to a 12-year-old girl]]) in front of the player in a grotesque, stone-serious manner. Yet, many of the means to repel these killers consist of cartoonish and silly pratfalls, complete with wacky reaction shots. The fact that the creators tried to shoehorn humor into a game that otherwise is ''not'' presented as tongue-in-cheek spoils the horror they were hoping to foster, and the slapstick bits are made shockingly unfunny and inappropriate by the horrific violence that precedes them.
* The introduction to ''VideoGame/ZeroWing'' would've been more dramatic had the [[MemeticMutation "All your base are belong to us." part and other bad translations from the game]] had been scrapped.
* Azrael from ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronophantasma'' is so frighteningly badass that even Hakumen hauls ass in any opposite direction. However, he loses points for seeing a battle with [[CrazyAwesome Bang Shishigami]] as a friendly match as well as [[spoiler:be captured twice by Kokonoe, once in the start of his story, the second in the end of his story.]]
* ''Horror'', another laughably terrible Newgrounds game that has been [[{{WebVideo/Retsupurae}} retsupuraed]].
* In ''VideoGame/KillerInstinct'', there's Fulgore. He's a badass killer robot with long, sharp claws, [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes]], and some of the goriest {{Finishing Move}}s in the game. He also makes elephant noises when you hit him.
* ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' introduced the "fast zombies," truly terrifying monstrosities that looked like flayed, emaciated corpses, moved like wild baboons on speed and howled loudly in blood-curdling screams as they attacked you. Except one of the stock sound clips was taken from the title sequence of ''WesternAnimation/AaahhRealMonsters''. The horrific screaming the headcrab zombies when they're set on fire is also hard to take as seriously when you look at one of many comments/videos on the internet about how it sounds like they're screaming [[MemeticMutation "YABBA! MY ICING!"]] And it turns right back into NightmareFuel [[spoiler:when someone else comments that [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfsBFN8PC1s they're screaming "OH GOD HELP ME" backwards]]]]. However, [[Machinima/TheGmodIdiotBox DasBoSchitt]] turns this Nightmare Fuel right back again into this on the third episode of the Gmod Idiot Box.
* ''VideoGame/NightmareDoors'' is a satirical example of horror filled with this.
* Nemesis from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil3Nemesis'' is supposed to be a terrifying ImplacableMan who chases the player unceasingly around Raccoon City and can never be stopped for very long. Thing is, while he's frustrating to kill, it's [[HumiliationConga relatively simple to kick his ass every time he shows up.]] After a while, you almost start to feel sorry for the [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain big old moron.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The stalchildren from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' are skeletons that appears from the ground at Hyrule Field when the sun goes down, [[ParanoiaFuel and immediately start going after Link.]] Scary, huh? Not very, actually. The stalchildren are ridiculously easy enemies that don't deal much damage, and they are very slow, too. If you take a look at them, they even look [[UglyCute ridiculously cute.]] The fact that they are defeated in just two hits and even may lose their heads in a comical way makes them even more un-frightening.
** Phantom Ganon in ''Ocarina of Time'' has a second phase where you're basically ''[[TennisBoss playing tennis]]'' with him. You can make the retardant factor even stronger by [[GoodBadBugs using a bottle instead of a sword]].
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'': Majora ''[[Music/MichaelJackson moonwalks]]'' during the final battle and has a ''ton'' of strange movements that make the battle a lot less scary and [[MoodWhiplash more hilarious]] than it would be otherwise.
** The Imprisoned is a large, menacing monster that haunts Link's nightmares throughout the first part of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword''. But when you finally face the thing in battle, it may be hard not to crack up at its almost cutesy-looking feet and the fact that it looks like a giant man-eating pinecone.
* The indie horror game ''Forest'', being similar to ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}'', does have a general creepy atmosphere but if you get caught by the ghost girl, you see she has the face of the [[MemeticMutation Overly Attached Girlfriend]].
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'', on the AmusementParkOfDoom, there are [[MonsterClown zombie clowns]]. Punch them in their faces, and their noses give off a hilarious little honk.
* ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' has Shadows as its main enemies. They are supposed to be creepy and scary, being a mixture of hallucinations and zombies in the Other World. Unfortunately, they are mostly gray models that walk a little doo-hickey funny and their garbled speech is not as frightening as was likely intended. The only thing about them that could be terrifying is the wide, black mouth of theirs, which isn't visible up close enough to honestly leave an impact.
* A rare intentional example - The video game ''Videogame/NightTrap'' was an FMV Game in the 90s. The filmers ''intentionally'' tried to invoke this trope. In fact, one of them even admitted that in one of the times you see the characters die, the augers take out a device that's so unrealistic and over the top that there's no way kids would ''ever'' try to replicate it. In fact, one of the directors said that there were people laughing on the stage.
* In ''[[VideoGame/WarioWare Game & Wario]]'''s "Gamer" stage, 9-Volt's mom goes all horror movie on her son, doing stuff like punching his windows open, [[Film/TheRing emerging through his TV]], and flailing on his bedroom floor to scare him. Much of the mood is caused by the eerily quiet atmosphere until she suddenly bursts in. However, you are also simultaneously playing loud and silly-looking games on the Wii U [=GamePad=] involving stuff like flattening dough or picking noses.
%%** [[MemeticMutation "Having trouble sleeping, dear?"]]
* In Chapter 4 of ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', there's a whole bunch of hype leading up to the chapter's villain. When you first arrive, you learn that he had cursed the bell to turn Twilight Town's residents into pigs whenever it tolls. Even the mayor falls victim to this! When you venture into the forest to get to this monster, you come upon a very creepy church like steeple. You fight through it to eventually reach the top... Only to find that the "monster" that was causing all this trouble is [[spoiler: a BedsheetGhost wearing a party hat and bowtie...]] Yeah, people laughed. But this trope is somewhat averted since he IS a real threat in that chapter and even becomes a recurring villain.
* How do you apply this to a NightmareSequence setpiece where you're locked inside an asylum/prison cell, while [[DescendingCeiling the ceiling]] [[TheWallsAreClosingIn and the walls]] move to make the space smaller and smaller, forcing you to stay close to the door, where the {{Onryo}} BigBad known for an InUniverse [[InstantDeathRadius instant]] [[StrippedToTheBone liquefaction]] {{touch|OfDeath}} is watching you? As ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon F.E.A.R.]]: Extraction Point'' shows us, wait [[GoodBadBugs for the collision physics to wonk up and glitch you through one of said moving walls]].
* ''Videogame/MonsterHunter 4'':
** The Frenzy virus caused by {{the dreaded}} Gore Magala, which is stated to be a very major cause for concern for humans...but at best, it eventually grants buffs that increase {{Critical Hit}}s if the infected overcomes it by attacking monsters enough, and at worst it stops their natural health regeneration for a few minutes and causes Frenzy pools to slowly sap their health, and even then it doesn't stop the afflicted hunter from just using instant-healing items like usual.
** The Zamtrios is this. It's a great white shark in every sense of the word, but with developed limbs and the ability to crawl out of the sea in the frozen tundra. It can also swim through the ice and snow if it so pleases and can freeze you. If that isn't terrifying enough, it'll eventually generate ice that makes it more powerful and much more terrifying, making it a very intimidating boss. Fight him enough and he powers up again... by inflating like a balloon and bouncing and rolling around like one. One of the coolest, most badass and terrifying looking monsters to the most hilarious thing you've ever seen. Especially when you inflict enough damage for it to leave that phase, at which point it helplessly deflates like a cartoon character.
* In ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'', the {{Bad Future}}s are exactly that: Eggman has taken over, and everything has either become mechanical, is in some state of decay, or both. Each Bad Future also looks appropriately bleak and depressing, with muted grays, browns, and olive-greens. However, nearly every enemy in a Bad Future is equally worn down, oftentimes comically so. For instance, a Tentou will normally chug along to the right, dropping explosive mines. A Tentou in a Bad Future will move a little bit slower, cannot drop mines, and looks tired out. A Sasori rolls around and will shoot at Sonic from [[BewareMyStingerTail its stinger tail]], but in a Bad Future, Sasori will just sit in front of Sonic and wiggle up and down.
* Alf-Layla-Wa-Layla from ''VideoGame/SonicAndTheSecretRings'' may look scary ([[BodyHorror his transformation isn't particularly pleasant to watch either]]), but the voice work for him just kills the scare factor. It tries to make him sound booming and powerful, but it just sounds like he inhaled a tank of helium, which has the unintended effect of making him sound like a petulant man child. Just try to listen to him say "The stories of this world are MINE!" without laughing.
* ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'': The Wendigo are meant to be absolutely terrifying, but can easily fall into this. The {{Wendigo}} is a creature that occurs when a human commits cannibalism; eating human flesh transforms them into a giant, creepy ''thing'' that has no lips or toes and the skin is pulled away from the teeth. Sounds utterly dreadful, but the Wendigo in this game don't come across as that. Mostly because they stumble and squirm around by walking on all fours and looking like clumsy spiders. There's also the case of [[spoiler:Wendigo Hannah]] still walking around with underwear on.
* ''VideoGame/ParasiteEve2'': A relatively early cutscene shows a young woman transforming into a monster, which Aya must fight. However, many people agree that the creature's roar at the end sounds so much like a horse's neighing that it ruins the scariness of the scene.
* ''VideoGame/SpookysHouseOfJumpScares'' plays with this extensively. The villain's main motivation for collecting horrors is that she wanted to (innocently) scare people, but was too cute to do so. While several of the monsters that appear in the game are scary, the overall setting is deliberately not, and the ending likewise balances the two against each other.
* While the NightmareFace in the Japanese ''VideoGame/{{Slender}}''-style horror game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-0jYuKrwHs&list=PLYsfDB-PuCZsJw7ZuWyZ94oDqtlzQYxMb Death Forest]]'' is genuinely terrifying on its own, the fact that it's just a 2D floating head using billboarding to constantly face the player sort of ruins the impact.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Up and sleepless at 3AM because you watched WebVideo/MarbleHornets? [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MarbleYellowjackets No worries.]]
** In the similar [[http://www.youtube.com/user/MarbleBumbleBee Marble Bumblebee]], Slendy comes off as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvTUTR9v98s clumsy]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1v2Hdx_eQkI petty]], or [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYPiZs5Ag6g an attention whore]].
** ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acBnEHT-fBo No wifin in da club]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0wPdfArGy4 Gimme 20 dollas]]...''
** When you've seen a few other {{Alternate Reality Game}}s have the wind taken out of them by people making jokes (such as [[WebVideo/EverymanHYBRID Slendy just wanting to get buff]]) or saying "[[CompletelyMissingThePoint this is all fak y u guys takng so srsly]]", it becomes clear that this is why MH disabled comments on their videos.
** Also, on the Marble Hornets DVD; watch the entries with the DVD commentary on. It's hard to take entry #1 seriously ever again while Troy Wagner (i.e. Jay) explains how Joseph [=DeLage=] (i.e. Alex) made a promise to go streaking if the video ever reached a million hits on Youtube. And they absolutely RUIN the Totheark videoes in terms of scariness. The boys realize they're too short for proper commentary, so they just put stupid jokes over the top of them. More or less the commentary removes all the scary and replaces it with [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments pure, unadulterated funny]].
** Also, if you're unfamiliar with Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos, you might mistake [[FanNickname Slendy]] for [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]]. In fact, in ''Blog/SeekingTruth'', Zeke even refers to the drawings made by the first victim as "...what looked like Jack Skellington with about six extra arms and no eye holes, or any facial features, for that matter."
** In the radio interview with the two creators, they mention how any attempt to make the Operator's head snap towards the camera in Entry 6 resulted in a Film/ANightAtTheRoxbury head bop on the Operator. Cue Haddaway!
** The whole mood is also a bit lost when you realize that, with Slendy spending most of his times watching hidden in the background, most entries on the mythos can be seen as Literature/WheresWaldo's spooky cousin...
** For the realization of a similar concept, see [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xtkrf1oKGwI this video]], courtesy of {{WebVideo/Retsupurae}}.
** There's also "Trenderman", a character created on Tumblr after someone noted that the faceless, featureless clothing store mannequins resemble Slenderman. He generally shows up just to give fashion advice.
** Any of the shorts on [[http://www.youtube.com/user/troyhasacamera troyhasacamera]], and the simple knowledge that these are the same people behind WebVideo/MarbleHornets, is enough to put one's mind at ease just a bit.
** There's also the fact that the first appearance of [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]] online was on Website/SomethingAwful, during one of their regular Photoshop competitions.
* The ''Arise'' Flash Series, especially if the viewer is viewing WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}}'s Retsuflash of the games.
** With special mention to the infamous "John [=McCain=] Face".
** "''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUvPebGSrl0 Horror!]]'' [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer ...No, that's really the game's name.]]"
* ''WebOriginal/SuicideMouse'' is [[BlatantLies a purported lost animation by Walt Disney]] that supposedly causes insanity and suicide to whoever watches it. That's why kitty0706 was kind enough to provide you with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6PL8ODp8T8 The GMod Suicide Mouse Survival Guide!]]
* Encyclopedia Dramatica has a page on {{creepypasta}}. However, they also have that page for "Retarded Creepypasta", which were either attempts at creepypastas that fell flat, or silly parodies of creepypastas. (Some of the most infamous being "[[MemeticMutation THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT]]" and "THEN WHO WAS PHONE?")
** Speaking of creepypastas, give Soviet Creepypastas a try if American ones freak you out.
** "TEH DAY OF ALL THE BLOD" was created by Website/{{Bogleech}} as an intentionally SoBadItsGood creepypasta in all caps about a man who starts bleeding everywhere until everyone gets sick of it and sends him to outer space. And the final twist is [[spoiler: that he was YOU (or he was a lady if you are a lady) and you forgot this every happened.]]
** It's been pointed out that the fact that WebOriginal/JeffTheKiller burnt off his eyelids makes him a crappy villain; if he comes for you, even if he's able to see you despite never being able to blink or sleep, just put your fingers in his eyes and pull out his eyeballs. Also, did you notice that he [[http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20130105190519/creepypasta/images/9/97/Funny_shit.png looks like]] a bastard child of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney the Dinosaur]]?
** 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.
* [=VooDooWop=] pokes fun at paranormal investigating shows in their skit called [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDTHrxrXrZM Haunted Homes]].
* [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/joke-scps Joke]] [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCPs]] are a deliberate use of this trope.
** As for accidental examples, [=SCPs=] tend to be much less terrifying if you recognize the decidedly non-anomalous source of the page image. For example, there's one of a large, strange mass of random aircraft parts which is instantly recognizable to anyone who's visited (or even walked past) the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, on account of being a perfectly ordinary ([[TrueArtIsIncomprehensible as ordinary as modern art gets, anyway]]) sculpture on permanent display, smack dab in the middle of the main courtyard out front.
*** The mundane images are meant to be placeholders of things that are merely similar or put you in mind of the actual object. [[FridgeHorror The real photos are too high clearance for you to see]].
** 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.
---> '''Dr. Louef:''' [[BadBadActing Please mighty Ro-Man! Don't h-hurt me!]]
*** 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''.
** The community has a trend to use most horrific [=SCPs=] to crack up jokes and/or make humorous explanations in the forums\chat. An example lampshading the trope right in the post title is "[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/forum/t-441733/snippets-from-chat-seven#post-1490145 THE DAY 110 MONTAUK STOPPED BEING SCARY TO ANYBODY EVER]]".
* ''VideoGame/{{Exmortis}} 3'' - the third installment of a series of flash games - is considerably less scary than the previous two. Things become a ''lot'' less scary when your character becomes a superhuman that has telekinesis and can cause people / evil beings to explode. With his mind. This is especially pronounced when you come to a horror-filled room with a cannibalistic survivor that wants to eat you. Until you immediately pwn him and hold him up in the air with your mind. He practically pisses himself in fear, and the horrific feeling kind of...goes away.
* This is a natural hazard for horror-themed {{Play By Post Game}}s, given that they usually have a very crude art style in order to update in a timely manner. Even [[Roleplay/RubyQuest the better ones]] only become scary once you've been reading long enough to get sucked in--it's difficult to adequately convey the scariness of a particular section to someone who hasn't been read previous sections.
* [[http://wwwrunningwonthelp-lya.blogspot.com/ H(a)unting]] is a blog about three people and their encounters with [[Franchise/TheSlenderManMythos Slender Man]], who is one of the most genuinely creepy mythos creatures out there, particularly considering his origin - with the Rake and a second Slender-creature known as //IT// showing up later - and the Rake is essentially the main character's dog, Slenderman gives her candy for winning a Pokemon tournament and brings her a flashlight during a storm, and can not only be beat up by her, but by her pet chicken too. Oh, and she's conveniently immune to Slendy and the Rake's powers, and is special in almost every way. MarySue much? In any case, you simply cannot be afraid of a Slenderman who is afraid of a silkie chicken, brings frightened girls flashlights, and gives people Reeses candy for winning a video game tournament.
* In ''Webcomic/HyperboleAndAHalf'', the main character tried to give her younger sister nightmares with a ghost story about blood, closets, killers, blood, ghosts, and more blood. [[{{Narm}} It didn't work.]]
* Anytime Slenderman appears in the works from ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. He is usually calling out "Hey Guys!" in an friendly tone (with demonic distortion), almost always has a smile on his face compared to his [[TheFaceless usual faceless appearances]], and seems like he actually wants to be part of whatever Marik and Bakura are doing at the time, whether it be filming a movie or making appearances in their Let's Plays.
* The ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJoJo'' series turns the horrifying moments of ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' into unintentional moments of hilarity.
** The scene where Steely Dan mostly kills Enya with Dio's buds is ruined by the Biohazard parody.
** The nightmarish Page is replaced with the {{gonk}} Pesci
** The scene where Telence shows off his doll collection is ruined by the {{cameo}}s within that collection.
** Scary Monsters, or to put it in Film/JurassicPark terms:
---> Holy fucking shit, It's a Dinosaur! Jesus Christ- What the fuck?! Oh my fucking God, Fucking Dinosaurs! Holy shit- what the fuuuuuuuuuckkkkkkkkkk!
* Invoked with the ScreamerPrank at the beginning of ''20 Haunting Halloween Facts'' by [[WebVideo/MatthewSantoro Matt Santoro]]. This is immediately [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] afterwards.
-->'''Matt''': Did I get you? No? Alright.
* 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.
* ''WebVideo/ChillingTalesForDarkNights''' reading of the r/nosleep story "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8n7BsuVpNpE I'm at Your Bedroom Window]]" would have been much more terrifying had Alicia Pavlis's voice for the thing in the story not sounded like Bubbles from ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
* ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'' does this in-universe in the "Beyond Belief" segments. Frank and Sadie are generally too jaded and/or drunk to be appropriately frightened by whatever supernatural evil is menacing them. Most evident with [[MonsterClown Nightmares the Clown]] because although Frank was initially frightened, Sadie finds all clowns hilarious, and it's very hard to generate the fear he feeds upon when someone is constantly giggling and asking him to do clown routines and honking his nose.
--> '''Frank:''' Sadie please, do not taunt the nightmare clown monster.
--> '''Sadie:''' Oh, or what, hell get in small car with all his other clown friends and drive away? Oh, they can use the high-occupancy vehicle lane!
* At the end of Volume 4 of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', Team RNJR deal with the monstrous Grimm known as the Nuckelavee, which ravaged Ren and Nora's hometown and killed Ren's parents. Despite its monstrous appearance of being a demonic creature riding a demonic horse, it's main attack is to strike with its long stretchable arms. While frightening, some fans found it hilarious, comparing it to one of those inflatable men used to attract customers. It gets worse when [[http://i1.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/001/219/851/eb3.gif it gets compared to a]] ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' cutaway gag.
* {{YouTube}}r easportsbig899 collates examples of PublicServiceAnnouncements, which in British culture are rather revered for the sheer unbridled NightmareFuel they consist of and which this account is necessarily loaded with. easportsbig counteracts this by adding his own personal opinions on the PIFs to both the video titles and the descriptions. One, which he describes as the most terrifying he's ever seen, is named "I Just Shit Me Pants". [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak_fKhM95YI Another extremely creepy one]] is given the following gem of a description:
-->I'm sure that, if I were the person looking through this warehouse, then I would shit my pants until my head exploded - and I'm not even sure if that's possible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* As an example of Nightmare Retardant within a series, the pilot episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' had the Grim Reaper confused and annoyed that the two children weren't afraid of him, which, along with Mandy's rather sarcastic response that he was "a truly terrifying and horrific creature", set the tone for the entire series to come.
** Another in-universe example: the Boogeyman. He tries. Really.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'' was ''based'' around this entire trope. The episode was titled "Scared Of You" and featured Tasha as a mad scientist with Austin playing her assistant, she gives Austin some secret notes and tells him it's a secret (a birthday invite because it's Austin's birthday in this episode) and tells him to find three monsters: A mummy king (Tyrone), a rather cute werewolf (Uniqua) and a vampire (Pablo). When he meets the mummy king at first, the mummy king is ''terrified of him'' at first but then says..."You're ''not'' scary", the same happens when he meets the werewolf and the vampire, he then points out that none of them are scary. Then at the end they reach the spooky castle where his master lives, the monsters all go and hide while he looks around, then everyone yells out "Surprise!", and a big monster dance party starts.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A non Treehouse of Horror example is the Screamatorium, a very low budget and pathetic ghost ride that features cheap ghosts stuck to the walls, a coffin containing nothing but a spring, and an old woman telling people about the "ravages of age." It then becomes hilarious when there's a skeleton that goes hee haw like a donkey!
** There is a Treehouse of Horror episode where Flanders attempts to make a "Hell House", a religious alternative to Halloween haunted houses with intent to scare people, in this case, children, into being a good Christian. It starts off as Nightmare Retardant, with a crappy sketch where Skinner gets hit by a cardboard bus after looking at a smutty magazine, punished for thinking the human body is beautiful. The children think it's stupid, and thus fails in converting them, so Flanders prays to God to give him the ability to scare the kids into religion. This trope is subverted: God answers, and Flanders turns into a Satan-looking monster and forces them to sit in a hellish realm, and watch several scenes featuring the consequences of the seven deadly sins. By the end, the children promise to be good Christians.
** Inverted and played for laughs with The Grumple, a character from an ice-show that looks like a man in a Dr. Suess-ian suit. Later in the episode, Homer knocks it out in a bar fight, and we see it has green blood.
-->'''Homer''': What the hell ''is'' this thing?
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has live-action footage of "giant" guinea pigs terrorizing the town and its citizens.
--> It's a [[BearsAreBadNews Guinea Bear]]!
--> No, it's a [[EekAMouse guinea mouse]], stupid!
** The episode "Cow Days" had another deliberate example of this too, with a haunted house that was [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/104518 decidedly un-scary.]]
-->"So, the Chamber of Farts has another victim, eh? Don't worry; there are no ghouls here. Only... ''farts!''"
* ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' spoofed this trope a couple of times. Remember the disgusting, horrifying and unspeakably grotesque [[{{Narm}} ROOM WITH A MOOSE]]??
** Ultra Peepi to a lesser extent. His unbearable cuteness sweeps away all the horror he fairly causes among people at first, which makes it a whole lot easier for him to destroy the city (even the military refuses to attack the cute giant hamster). But the point is that Ultra Peepi wasn't actually intended to be horrifying at all. He was supposed to be a genuine Nightmare Retardant, so that people wouldn't pay much attention to the havoc the hamster's creating, therefore letting themselves be gradually killed off.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', villain [[WarElephants Trumbipulor]] attempts to invoke NightmareFuel by designing his MechaMooks to look like the most horrible, menacing and scary creatures he can think of. The problem is, being an elephant, he is scared of ''mice''. Needless to say, the heroes aren't really impressed seeing robot mice attacking them.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': In "Scaredy Pants" [=SpongeBob=] tries to frighten trick-or-treaters by putting a sheet over his head and pretending to be a ghost, but the kids just laugh at him and call him "The Haunted Mattress." When he has Patrick shave his body to make him appear round, they comment that he must've been demoted to a Haunted Sleeping Bag.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' reimagines Krang as [[CompositeCharacter an entire species akin to the Utroms called "The Kraang]]", who get around using disguises that, even compared to the stylized designs of the show, [[UncannyValley look very, very fake]]. They ''seem'' like they'd be borderline ParanoiaFuel... But then they start [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment speaking in nothing but redundant, corrupted metaphors or literal-minded phrases]], pretty much destroying the fear factor.
* ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' has an in-universe example with [[NamedAfterSomeoneFamous Willie Nelson]], a monster who lives in the Aqua Teens' attic, but isn't very good at being scary even when Master Shake tries to teach him how to. [[RoomFullOfCrazy And then they find out]] [[NightmareFuel what the attic looks like...]]
** There's also the episode with a [[EvilDoll sinister ventriloquist doll]] who marks his entrance going "Kill...KILL...'''KILL'''!" with a dramatic close-up and ominous music. He quickly turns out to be completely harmless, and more annoying than anything else. Then they find out Carl got a similar doll who says "Die!" instead of "Kill!" and the two hook up.
** And then the episode where Frylock kills Shake, Meatwad and Carl, who come back as zombies to torment him into a nervous breakdown as his house burns down around him. Then they start getting into a repetitive, [[OverlyLongGag overly-long argument]] and it turns funny again.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has quite a bit of this. While there are some scary moments, they are often offset by funny moments, or the LampshadeHanging of their absurdity.
** In "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein", Dr. Doofenshmirtz's ancestor tries to transform himself into a monster using a potion he made, but he didn't check the settings of the machine that makes it, so he turned into a pink fairy instead.
** The Halloween episode "That's the Spirit" [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] and then completely [[SubvertedTrope subverts]] RealAfterAll.
--->'''Phineas''': Isn't this the moment in one of these things when someone really turns into a ghost?
--->'''Russell''': ...Dude, that's it!
--->'''Phineas''': Oh, okay. See ya next year!
** The obligatory DwindlingParty zombie episode "Night of the Living Pharmacists" has the characters turning into... [[ItMakesSenseInContext pharmacists]]. Well, technically they [[RunningGag aren't pharmacists]], but...
--->'''Film/{{Shaun|OfTheDead}}''': Don't touch me! I don't want to be a pharmac—! Wait a second... [[LampshadeHanging That doesn't even make sense. You get touched by a pharmacist, you become a pharmacist? I mean, you can't just grow a lab coat]].
--->'''Ed''': I don't know, perhaps the disease infects your clothin' as well.
--->'''Shaun''': Infects my c Are you insinuating that my clothes are alive?
* The ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' finale "Graduation" starts with Kim and Ron confronting Drakken, who had just consumed a formula that would turn him into a plant monster...but only caused him to sprout petals around his head.
-->'''Ron''': He's a pansy!
-->'''Kim''': I'd say marigold.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' brilliantly subverts this in the episode "House and Garden." The episode's monsters are shadowed whenever they're shown to make them creepy; when their appearance is revealed (think a giant cactus man) they're predictably silly looking. Then it's shown how they're created, and they become absolutely ''terrifying.''
* Spoofed on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends''. In the episode [[Film/CloseEncountersOfTheThirdKind "Close Encounters Of The Garfield Kind"]], Jon, Garfield and Odie are watching a cheesy made-for-TV sci fi movie. One of the scenes shows what's supposed to be a creepy looking alien saying, "Greetings people of Earth. We come in peace. Take us to your leader." However, the fact that he's wearing kitchen mittens, and his space ship is clearly a cardboard prop negates any sense of fear Garfield, Jon and Odie have.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyHeroes'' episode, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHFoJnOmp3Y The Monsterizer]]" has the reassuring version that follows a beginning that is genuinely frightening for kids of a villain forcibly transforming innocent people into mindless creatures in a dark house. That sequence is immediately followed by the series' title sequence which has blazing bright colours set to a rousing march as powerful superheroes are called to action to stop this horror.
* 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.

* Explored in [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16150_10-scenes-brutal-violence-guaranteed-make-you-laugh.html this article]] '10 Scenes of Brutal Violence Guaranteed to Make You Laugh'.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBxn56l9WcU The Desert Rain Frog]]'s defensive "war cry"... is a squeaking noise that sounds like a dog toy.
* For many, TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt falls into this due to people at least annually announcing the end is near. There are even [[http://www.geocities.com/Athens/oracle/9941/ sites]] [[http://qntm.org/?board dedicated]] to mocking this phenomenon.
* Done intentionally in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXuR41eisnM this]] youtube video. It starts out showing a fairly horrifying soundtrack, and then doing so backwards. ''Then'', it plays [[HeroicMime Gordon Freeman's]] soundtrack backwards. Followed by the sound made when a certain enemy dies. [[spoiler: When played backwards, you get the song Bananaphone.]]
* The entire MonsterClown genre. For those who, as children, never found clowns even ''slightly'' scary, it's hard to take such characters seriously, let alone be scared of them. Wonderfully lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/TheTick:'' "People laugh at Proto-Clown, so Proto-Clown ''smash!"''
* "Fairies Wear Boots" is this in itself, but it gets worse if you picture said fairies [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/151008/underpants-gnomes as]] [[http://www.southparkstudios.com/clips/103470/coffee this.]]
* Feathered dinosaurs, especially those that sank into public consciousness as [[PrehistoricMonster scaly, reptilian monsters]] (such as [[RaptorAttack raptors]]) might be viewed as such by people who are oblivious to the more [[FeatheredFiend "fearsome" birds]] of our time, or simply because some illustrations tend to depict them still acting like monsters but looking like brightly colored, overgrown turkeys (akin to a prehistoric MonsterClown), or as harmless-looking, cute feather-balls.
* Stories of interstellar and interplanetary disasters (rogue asteroids and comets, gamma ray bursts, runaway stars, etc.) become a little less scary when you realize [[InsignificantLittleBluePlanet how small the Earth is]] compared to the absolutely vast size of the rest of the Milky Way. Odds are the vast majority will miss us, like they have for billions of years.
* Angry small dogs. A snarling wolf, pit bull, or [[Literature/{{Cujo}} St. Bernard]] can be terrifying under the right circumstances. An angry Maltese or Chihuahua? Not so much.

-->''[[MemeticMutation ...AND THEN A SKELETON POPPED OUT!]]''