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->''Did... did the menu options just ask me why I exist? At 0:19, the menu options questioned my existence. I-I'm afraid to watch this movie. It's not even a horror movie and this thing's freaking me out. Hell, it's the damn dvd MENU and it's freaking me out! I'm gonna go curl up in the fetal position and sob quietly to myself now.''

->''Good God, the ultra-rational and Baroque Bach pieces just add to the overall "WHAT THE HELL, THIS IS HORRIFYING!" factor. And seriously, did it just question my existence?''

->''Damnit, the DVD is questioning my existence again. F*cking hate it when it does that.''

->-- '''Website/YouTube Comments''' on the ''Death and Rebirth'' and ''End of Evangelion'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=ay174Yvnx7s DVD Menus]]

''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is such a great source of Nightmare Fuel, it deserves its own space. This is what is strikes fear into your heart. This show is simply filled with so much Nightmare Fuel, that one might even argue that you won't be having nightmares after watching it... because you'll be too scared to sleep. No ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' examples please, those go to [[NightmareFuel/RebuildOfEvangelion this page]].

'''Spoilers abound''', both marked and unmarked. Administrivia/YouHaveBeenWarned.


[[WMG:''I musn't run away; I musn't run away; I musn't run away... '''too late'''.'']]
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[[folder: TV Series]]
The Original Series, we know it as a brutal {{deconstruction}} of the HumongousMecha genre. How horrifying is it, really? Look below.
* Episode 14, when Shinji tries to synchronize with 00. After a slideshow of images of Rei, it suddenly cuts towards Rei staring straight into the camera. It's extremely creepy. Directly afterwards, both Shinji and Unit-00 flip out.
* The first episode which features Rei appearing and disappearing one second later.
* The scene where Asuka pulls the drain on the bathtub and is shown standing there naked saying how she doesn't want to share the same things as Misato and Shinji and then saying that she hates Rei, Shinji, Misato, her mother, her father, and most of all herself.
* One of the later episodes features Asuka naked and in a tub when she's well passed the DespairEventHorizon with hollow cheeks and stating that she no longer has the will the live. The tub appears to be filled with a red liquid indicating that ''she tried to kill herself by slitting her wrists.'' [[JerkassWoobie Poor Asuka]].
** Or she may have sat in that tub for ''days'', and that water may just be getting stagnant or rusty or both. She also looked like she hadn't eaten and slept the whole time. Either way, poor Asuka.
** It could also be tainted by blood from her period, but considering how much her menstrual cycle causes her anxiety, this is still pretty nightmarish from her perspective.
* The first time you watched the Eva TV show and hit episode 19. The Eva regrowing its arm, which seems bizarrely human, then begins ''eating'' Zeruel, then begins a bloodcurdling howl and pieces of metal fly off it. You, the viewer, realize that the Eva wasn't actually a mecha after all, but a living being with metal "armor" seared onto its skin to allow NERV to control it. "That isn't armor, it's restraints." Not only does that make Eva-01 (by implication, Shinji's mom) a cannibal, she also looks like she's ''raping'' Zeruel in the manga.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlobzMvkm4w#t=4m25s The noise the EVA makes]]. That's MegumiHayashibara's screaming pitched down, the implication being that we're hearing Yui Ikari howling in misery.
*** Speaking about [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3vlG-kos4I pitched down...]] Listening to her original audio is more terrifying than the deeper one.
** Website/YouTube comment from video: "Watching this just now, I realised what that howling noise that EVA makes is. It's not screaming in pain or insanity. It's misery. It's a woman screaming in misery. Hideki Anno, you magnificent bastard." The viewer could see it as [[MamaBear Yui]] [[BerserkButton getting pissed off about the Angel trying to kill her baby]] and [[ImplacableMan how it wouldn't die]] yet, and finally going all UnstoppableRage to protect her son after everything else had failed. As for the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown and eating its S2 Engine? When your enemy is that damn tough, ItsTheOnlyWayToBeSure.
** By the way, Berserk EVA-01 is in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX'' and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LM1bGh1sK4w scene it first appears in is quite scary]]. First, there's a cutscene of Berserk EVA-01 yelling. It takes on Vivance with Anime/RahXephon and defeats it with a combination attack. The scary part is that Berserk EVA-01 did twice as much damage as RahXephon
** Then the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Rj7_FzzTxo Zeruel moment]] was reenacted in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsMX''.
** ... You learn the Evas are biological in nature in ''the first episode,'' dude.
* The Angel in episode 10, the one in the lava? Right after Asuka says it's going nuts and going out of its chrysalis stage (X-rays of which show it looking like a human fetus) it starts making noise. Noise that sounds horribly like distorted, deepened baby cries.
** It says a lot about the fact that ''[[NothingIsScarier this... thing]]'' is way, ''way'' more terrifying than any other Angel that came in the series before it. ''And it's a baby.''
*** Ladies and Gentlemen, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Sandelphon]], [[EnfantTerrible Angel of]] [[FetusTerrible the Unborn]].
** Just the fact that Asuka was being lowered into magma and it was getting hotter and denser to the point it starts to press against her. She is basically alone down there with or without the Angel, and any further/longer, and she would've collapsed in on herself if not boiled to death. It's also a bit claustrophobic, adding onto the horror.
* There's episode 18, with the mental image of Unit 01 crushing the entry plug of Unit 03.
** Let's not forget that punch EVA-01 gives to Unit 03. Its head explodes into an ocean of blood (not to mention that if you look closely, you can see its eye and jaw pop out). Fortunately, [[spoiler:Toji]] made it out alive. Unfortunately, he's just been horribly traumatized and mangled and is likely to have flash-backs of this for decades. Welcome to the world of psychic dysfunction, boy. On the other hand, [[spoiler: he dies]] in the manga, which might or might not be worse: [[spoiler: on one hand, he gets to avoid the horrors of [=EoE=], on the other hand he's dead]].
** The punch to the head was disturbing enough, but when Unit 01 proceeded to ''rip Unit 03 to pieces with just its bare hands'', it's total NauseaFuel.
*** There's also Shinji's blood-curdling scream at the end of the episode.
* Episode 22 is extremely infamous for the trope-naming MindRape scene.
** Evangelion aired in public TV, in a children's program, along with things like Sailor Moon. They also aired ''End of Evangelion'' after the series was over, but after it some parents started complaining.
** The director's cut of ep. 22 is even more horrifying, with Asuka's doll turning round and round at the end of a rope, her stuffed monkey being decapitated and Asuka being confronted with a swarm of Asukas with creepy goo-like colours. By WordOfGod, we're also supposed to understand that she ''literally'' gets raped.
** There's also Asuka's BigNo at the end of her MindRape and how the doll speaks to her "liar..."
* There's also the scene in episode 24 where child Asuka runs after her mother, announcing that she's been selected as an Eva pilot and begging her to be proud of her, then discovers her hanged body and stays frozen with an empty smile on her face. "So look, look at me! HEY, MAMA!".
** Which is the page image of BrokenSmile.
** It's implied that Asuka cut her wrists in episode 24, and is seen in a bathtub with water that looks like it's stained red. It's also implied that she was starving herself. She survived only because Section 2 found her before she bled out and she was too weak to resist being taken into custody.
* The end of episode 23 when [[spoiler: we find out the full truth behind the Dummy Plug System, and Ritsuko destroys the Rei clones? All those soulless little girls, smiling mindlessly, then laughing as their bodies slowly fall apart at the push of a button.]]
** Ritsuko's mental breakdown after she destroys the Rei clones counts as well.
* And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMDBRDUd0a4 the music.]] Out of the entire series, this scene is one of the most spine-chilling ''by far.''
** It's very unlikely that people would think of something creepy and hellish when they hear of a song with a title like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMPRMKUQLM0 Do You Love Me?]] But this is Evangelion after all...
** The [[http://www.evacommentary.org/episode-23/23_C300_npc_comp.jpg Eva Graveyard]] that Ritsuko showed Shinji and Misato before that wasn't much better...
** The sephiroth (no, not [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII that one]]) was filled with monster skeletons. That makes Rei's alone time hobby of standing around in there nude even worse.
* There's also a scene from the RecapEpisode where we see [[http://www.evacommentary.org/episode-14/14_C062B_anim.gif Rei against a black void slowly floating towards the camera... and then her face goes all freaky like in the above and she rapidly zooms towards the screen.]] Makes quite a good JumpScare.
* Episode 20 of the original series showed unit 01's face covered in bandages. [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Eva01NightmareFuelFace.png Behold, in higher resolution!]].
** From [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Eva01NightmareFuelAbove.png three]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Eva01NightmareFuelRight.png different]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Eva01NightmareFuelFace.png angles]]!
** ... which make it quite obvious that the exposed eyeball follows the characters as they more around, and it keeps that creepy SlasherSmile the entire time.
* EVA-01 is pretty much always at least freaky and often outright disturbing. [[spoiler:Eating an Angel]] was just icing on the gore-splattered cake.
* In episode 23, the old men of SEELE force Ritsuko to stand naked in front of them as they verbally harass her.
* And how can we forget [[spoiler:the death of Kaworu in Episode 24. It's bad enough that he was crushed in the palm of EVA-01, but the fact we see his head fall into the water gives the scene horrendous chills (not to mention the sound of Kaworu's bones breaking)]].
** [[spoiler:That GoryDiscretionShot was so traumatic because it may not show us, but it gives us an idea of what would happen to somebody if they were crushed by the grip of a giant.]]
*** Furthermore, because of the synchronization with EVA 01, Shinji can feel all of that, as if it were his hand [[spoiler:crushing Kaworu]].
* The destruction of Unit 03: Shinji's sitting there helpless as the dummy plug system [[spoiler: destroys the entry plug, right after he learns that there's a living pilot inside. Only to learn later that the pilot was his best friend, Toji. Said knowledge is why Shinji wouldn't fight Unit 03, which is why Gendo had the dummy plug activated in the first place]].
* Just to add, when you understand that Eva's are sentient beings with a soul which are trapped and imprisoned inside "restraints" for use as weapons, ok. Disturbing, but you can live with it... And then you realise that all the pilots are ''synchronizing'' with the Evas. As in they are matching neuronal responses to achieve the best reaction, and are, as a consequence, melding their minds ''into the Eva's''. So you have the kids melding their minds with the Eva's to a point where they can't distinguish their identity without them; they have so fully inter-twined their mental states, ego and identity into the Eva that they can't separate one from the other. An example? Shinji constantly screaming at Gendo "You used my hands to kill him!" when the dummy plug in Unit 01 destroyed [[spoiler: Unit 03]].
** And then you have Rei... [[spoiler: where it is highly implied that Unit 00 has a mutilated piece of her soul stashed away inside it]].
* The scene where we first see an Eva activated. All that disturbing imagery...
* Some of the Angels are this too. You expect glorious beings of beauty and light, but get hellish {{Eldritch Abomination}}s instead.
** Except Arael. It's actually a glorious being of light and beauty, despite the fact that it [[spoiler: rapes Asuka's mind]].
*** And Armisael, which appears as a HolyHalo [[spoiler: before raping Rei's mind and causing some serious BodyHorror]]. [[LightIsNotGood It's like the closer the angels stick to the typical imagery, the worse they are]].
** Among the freakier Angels are [[AlienGeometries Ramiel]], Sandalphon, [[NothingIsScarier Lel]][[BlackBugRoom iel]], [[{{Technopath}} Iruel]], and [[UnstoppableRage Zeruel,]] the last of which is sufficiently terrifying for a CurbStompBattle to be NightmareFuel when it is both delivered ''and'' performed on the [[EldritchAbomination bastard.]]
** One would shudder to think of Christian Theology students who have watched this hearing about angels like Arael, Ramiel, Zeruel and so on in their lectures (as those are all names borrowed from real angels).
** More frightening is how the Angels get increasingly more intelligent as the show progresses. Sachiel is quite a simple-minded Angel, probably acting on instinct and mindless. Arael and Armisael, however, express sentience if not much understanding of consciousness, and seem to take ''pleasure'' in causing pain and destruction. But the one who really takes the cake? [[spoiler:[[HumansAreBastards The Lilim]].]]
* Ritsuko says that the armor is really restraints to control the EVA (which makes sense in retrospect; why give something with an impenetrable force field armor anyway). Now imagine that, not only is the [[ImAHumanitarian EVA eating an Angel]], but that the EVA's are essentially giant human beings, encased in armor [[AndIMustScream so tight that they cannot move, but are most likely aware of their surroundings]].
* The fact that they use some ''very'' odd terms to describe concepts related to the EVA's. Given what we learn later on, [[spoiler: umbilical bridge and umbilical cable]] spring to mind.
* [[spoiler: The vision of the alternate universe]] in episode 26 can be considered this. After watching the rest of the series, seeing the main characters [[spoiler: happy, well-adjusted and acting like normal children]] is genuinely disturbing. It's like staring into the UncannyValley.
* Leliel. At first, it's a red sphere and you're like "This ought-ta be easy!" But then, the Evas keep passing through it. And then 01 gets absorbed through what appears to be its shadow. But then you find the sphere is its shadow and what you thought was its shadow was its body that leads to a Dirac Sea - basically, a place of no return. But 01 returns. Through Leliel's shadow. Oh, and Leliel bleeds red blood. So when 01 bursts through...
* The "[[spoiler:Kentucky Fried Rei]]". If you haven't seen the full series yet, it's best not to look into this until you've watched Episode 23, at the very least. For those of you that have, you already know that [[spoiler:Rei destroys her EVA to defeat the Angel that is steadily infecting her body, and [[HeroicSacrifice dies heroically]]. Later, her Entry Plug is recovered, and Ritsuko peers in, then tells the men with her to classify it as top secret, and then destroy everything. At first glance, we think that we're not seeing anything. But if we [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVErd8fO5SI&feature=player_detailpage#t=266s look at that scene]] again, we can see [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kentucky_fried_rei_7771.jpg Rei's arm]] in the lower portion of the screen. [[http://wiki.evageeks.org/images/d/dd/Kfrsb.jpg The storyboard]] has it much clearer. What we're looking at is Rei, having been turned to carbon by the intense heat of the explosion. Which is horrifying, especially when you take into account similar things happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.]]
** The entire damned episode 23. Being forcefully fused with an EldritchAbomination is horrifying enough. To top it off, Armisael is physically penetrating Eva-00, and Rei is arching her back and moaning! Moreover, there are venous things all over her body, [[spoiler: Eva-00's core collapses as Rei tries to save Shinji from Armisael, and in the end, she chooses to self-destruct.]] What is wrong with this? a) The aforementioned BodyHorror, [[spoiler: b) having to die a horrible death from explosion to save others,]] (see the entry right above) c) [[FreudWasRight sexual assault undertone]], and d) weirdness.
*** Rei's disturbing interaction with Armisael essentially ''screams'' the Angel is ''having sex'' with her. It morphs into a naughty tentacle and plunges into Unit 00, whom Rei is ''linked'' with, then proceeds to invade her body. Rei even blushes as though she was having an '''orgasm!''' Worse still, the monitors back at NERV headguarters are displaying "'''PENETRATION'''" in big bold letters, furthering the idea she's getting raped by an Angel. Finally in the Directors' Cut, as if the imagery of sex wasn't crystal clear, Unit 00 gets a distended, pregnant-like belly when [[spoiler: Rei sets off the self-destruct sequence to kill Armisael.]] Armisael also tries merging with Unit 01 and Shinji, temporarily causing fleshy lumps to grow off Shinji's hand in the shape of ''Rei's face.'' However, ItMakesSenseInContext: [[FridgeLogic The angel Armisael symbolizes birth and the womb.]]
** Earlier in that episode when the angel Armisael tries to fuse with Shinji and Rei and Shinji stabs Armisael causing her to let out a horrific scream and then ''tiny Rei heads emerge from bloated veins that have appeared on Shinji's hands'' while calmly saying 'It hurts Ikari-kun. Doesn't it hurt'? And ''then'' Armisael takes Rei's form, and caresses Eva-01's face, causing veins to appear across it, in an attempt to "become one" with Shinji.
*** Armisael's BodyHorror goes a step further in the Director's Cut of the episode. The armor covering Unit 00's back explodes off and a tower of tumorous-looking flesh erupts, which takes on the shape of ''every previous Angel.'' What would have happened if Rei hadn't contained it with her AT Field?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLbDNFbw10A Rei I's theme]].
** [[http://youtu.be/rlL2Soci6eY Rei III's theme]].
* Episode 20. "This is the truth behind a 400% sync ratio!" is probably the most chilling line in ANY ANIME EVER.
* Shinji constantly mentions how his entry plug smells like blood, and how the scent of blood lingers after he's been in it. He doesn't know it... but the LCL that fills his plug ''really IS blood''- Lilith's. Blood he has unwillingly ''bathed'' in, ''swallowed,'' and even ''marinated'' in after being stuck in the entry plug when he was trapped in Leliel's body.
** The claustrophobic freakout he has about it while inside Leliel is especially terrifying.
--> '''Shinji:''' *desperately pounding on the plug's escape hatch* "'''IT SMELLS IN HERE! BLOOD! THIS PLACE SMELLS LIKE BLOOD! NO! I-! I HATE THIS PLACE! ''LET ME OUUUT!'''''"
** That cross NERV has Lilith nailed onto is actually tapping into her blood, and the pool in her containment room is gallons of it seeping out.
* Shinji's balls-out UnstoppableRage during his battle with Samshel. He screams bloody murder all throughout his vengeful counterattack, and when he finally kills the Angel, he falls apart and cries in front of Toji and Kensuke, who previously thought he was a showy InvincibleHero. They got the worst surprise of their lives. It's the first real sign of the show Shinji's in a traumatic hell all his own.
* When you see [[spoiler: Toji]] recovering in the hospital from the crushing of his entry plug, his left leg has been ''amputated.'' And that's the [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome last we see of him]] in the series. What a painful image to go out on.
* Any time Shinji breaks into a MadnessMantra/Survival Mantra, such as "I mustn't run away!" or "I can't take it anymore!" you ''KNOW'' something hellish is on the horizon.
* The bat-shit insane reaction Naoko Akagi has to Rei I calling her an "old hag." This Rei is only a preschool-age child, so she's only innocently and gleefuly repeating what she overheard Gendo say. The way Naoko interprets it, it's Yui Ikari mocking and insulting her for not ending up with Gendo, essentially calling her a withered up, useless, replaceable bitch. How does Naoko respond? By ''strangling Rei I to death''. Her exact quotes as she [[SanitySlippage loses her mind:]]
--> '''Naoko:''' ''(while wringing Rei I's neck from mid-air)'' (squeals and whimpers with anger) YOU LITTLE '''''BITCH!''''' YOU'RE REPLACEABLE TOO, DID YOU KNOW THAT, REI?!? YOU'RE JUST AS REPLACEABLE AS ME!!! (shakes off her fit of rage, seeing that she's actually murdered Rei I, transfixed with pure horror and tearful gasping)... ''(loud gunshot)''
** And then... it hits her. She didn't kill Yui... she killed a '''''[[MoralEventHorizon CHILD.]]''''' Her reaction is [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone unparalleled horror...]] [[DrivenToSuicide too much for her to live with.]] Cue SmashCut and a sudden gunshot. The next scene? A huge blood splatter streaking down the side of the bridge of the Magi supercomputers all the way down to the ground from a long drop, with the outline of Naoko's bloody corpse on the floor.
* During the battle with Zeruel, the Angel tears into Unit 01 right as it breaks loose from its holding bay, causing a massive deluge of blood to rain down... on ''Gendo''... which he doesn't wash off. Instead... he looks on with a decidedly pissed expression on his face. If it had been anyone but him soaked in that blood...
* Gendo's atrocious act of fusing Adam's embryonic body to his ''hand.'' Now his gloves hide something more than scars...
** [[FridgeHorror And now we know which hand he doesn't use to jerk the...]] [[DontExplainTheJoke well, you get it.]]
*** At least [[FromBadToWorse we hope]]
* Misato's bizarre and jarring sexual advances to help him cope with [[spoiler: Rei's HeroicSacrifice]] on Shinji warrant nightmares. A ''grown adult'' at the age of ''thirty'' wants to have pity sex with a ''fourteen-year-old boy''. The English dub seems to try and hide it, but there's still the carefully-placed subliminal image of the head of a chair sticking straight up above Shinji's crotch like an [[GagPenis erection]].
* The way Sachiel regenerates a new head after being struck by an N2 mine- it pushes the old one to the side... and the new one looks twice as disturbing as the first.
* Any use of the N2 weapons, particularly the bombs. It strikes the viewer that this is a [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Japanese setting]] [[WorldWarII being bombed...]] Then, [[spoiler: Tokyo-3 is actually destroyed by an explosion]].
* And, to top it all off, all of the Eva pilots are only 14 years old. These are children being forced to experience these horrible events.
* Episodes 26's pseudo-happy ending. After you watch that... and then watch all the way through "End"... it's like a punch in the gut. Did they actually find happiness in Instrumentality? Or is the blatant horror of 25' and 26' the real event?
** Remember that just about all of the main characters (Shinji, Asuka, Rei, Misato and Ritsuko) all get their turn in the spotlight questioning everything and facing the truth (but not always accepting it). When was the last time we saw these characters interacting in the ''real world''? [[spoiler: A mind-raped Asuka is laying dormant in a hospital room, the newest Rei clone is probably locked in her room questioning her own existence, Ritsuko was last seen probably ''shot'' along with Misato and they're bleeding out, and Shinji is probably alone somewhere.]] What I'm trying to get at is that the ending didn't actually happen, it was all going on inside their heads. Thus, Shinji didn't act upon what he had learned about himself at the end of the television series, and he most likely never got a chance to. None of them did. They remained broken to the very end.
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[[folder: ''End of Evangelion'']]
Now for the meat of the page. Two Alternate Episodes of 25 and 26 that are so packed with NightmareFuel it '''earned''' its folder.
* Let's face it: the entirety of ''The End of Evangelion'' is a TearJerker where the tears are made of 100% NightmareFuel.
* Shinji, with a blank look on his face, sees Rei appear in the red sea and disappear about a second later.
* [[BlindBashing ... Is that the Box Art or something!?! ... And what the Hell is with the DVD Menu?!?]]
* The scene at the beginning where Shinji [[ADateWithRosiePalms masturbates]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa over a comatose Asuka.]] This is NightmareFuel due to how well it drives the point home that Shinji is utterly psychologically broken. Even he admits that he's "fucked up" in the head.
** This scene was [[JawDrop jawdroppingly]] fucked up. It didn't help that there was [[NothingIsScarier a nice pause so that we could literally imagine his broken-ness]].
* One scene that comes to mind is when [[spoiler:the mass-produced [=EVAs=] devour EVA-02. With Asuka inside it, literally feeling the pain and agony through the mind-link]]. And before that, [[http://i256.photobucket.com/albums/hh162/bdbull/Feast1.jpg they lick her]]... in a ''very'' wrong way.
** Said [=EVAs=] are disturbing enough with those creepy eyeless, smiling faces alone... pictured [[http://ghostlightning.files.wordpress.com/2009/04/neon-genesis-evangelion-end-of-evangelion-eva-series-smiles.jpg here]].
*** Along with the smaller one with all the spikes sticking out of its head bleeding profusely.
*** Not in that picture, but there is also a shot of one of the [=EVAs=] smiling with its brains hanging out of its skull.
** If you look carefully, you will notice that in the scene immediately after [[spoiler:the fake Lance hits Unit-02's head, Asuka's left eye socket is bleeding profusely into her lap. FridgeHorror knowing the injury through the neural link with her Eva caused her eye to ''burst.'' Additionally, after she berserks and the rest of the fake Lances hit her, the first one very obviously splits her right arm in half through the link. One can only imagine what the effects of Unit-02 being eaten must have been...]]
*** There's also the fact that Shinji is physically incapable of accessing Unit 01 due to the hardened bakelite surrounding the entry plug. So he's pretty much ''forced to sit there and do nothing'' the entire time.
*** Asuka is a hazard to the health of anyone or anything that isn't named "Kaji" or "Hikari". This effect is turned Up to Eleven if Shinji is the victim or if she is in Nigouki ("Unit 02"), and passes the NightmareFuel threshold when she has to fight 9 Evangelions at once.
*** To illustrate just how AxCrazy she had become by the end, she holds an enemy Evangelion above her head, cracks it open, and ''bathes in its blood'' with a sadistic grin on her face... while counting off her victims in German.
* The part after [[spoiler:the mass-produced [=EVAs=] mangle EVA-02]] when Asuka refuses to give up and, while holding a hand over her bleeding left eye socket, tries to go into berserker mode and stretches her right hand out to GraspTheSun while repeating "I'll kill you..." right before her ''arm is split in half'' and she is impaled to death with the fake lances. Along with [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scaryasukaface.png her]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scaryasuka1.png utterly]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scaryasuka2.png furious]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/asukascary3.png and]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/asukascary4.png murderously]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scaryasuka5.png insane]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scaryasuka6.png facial]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/scaryasuka8.png expression]]. Sure it was pretty much her ultimate CrowningMomentOfAwesome but it was still incredibly horrific.
** It doesn't matter if it's English or Japanese, the scene right after this of a sobbing Maya telling Shinji what happened... Even just one line can be considered haunting thanks to the delivery:
-->'''Maya''': Shinji! Unit-02 is... Asuka is... Oh God! Asuka!
** The [[http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo102/naoyu123/Unit02Eaten.png horrifying]] [[http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo102/naoyu123/Unit02Entrails.png flash]] [[http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo102/naoyu123/Unit02Hand.png frames]] of Unit 02 post-carnage which Shinji has the misfortune of seeing. [[DownerEnding THAT'S how episode 25' ends.]] [[FromBadToWorse And right after that]] the sight of a 50-mile tall nude Lilith/Rei Ayanami reduces Shinji to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_q-QtjGRv54 a fit of shrieking insanity.]]
*** As great a job as Creator/SpikeSpencer did voicing Shinji, MegumiOgata's scream [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Uge0DljYA is even worse]]. As commenters point out, where Spencer's voice sounded controlled and articulate, Ogata sounds like she let loose a feral non-human scream.
* The horrifying DVD menu for ''Death & Rebirth'' EOE, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ay174Yvnx7s&feature=related watch and behold!]] ''End Of Evangelion'' menu begins at 1:38.
** And you know those things that look like spinal cords in the beginning of the DVD menu? They ARE spinal cords. Of the aborted Eva prototypes.
** The subtle addition of the letters of the menu options decaying and falling apart was also creepy.
** The fact that the music is a piano version of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" doesn't help at all. The imagery overwhelms it, coupled with the screaming, the scenes of devastation, the panicked voices, the fact that someone's hands have been impaled with spikes and every other thing that shows up.
** Things get worse in the DVD menu for ''Death and Rebirth''. It starts off with lots of questions like "What do I exist for?", then the menu options appear. As crazy goes down in the red-tinted background, occasionally the menu options change to something you can't quite catch. While you're asking yourself, "did the menu options just change?" the entire menu goes away for an extreme close-up of Shinji screaming in the cockpit. Then the menu comes back at the opposite side of the screen. Words like "I HATE YOU" show up on screen and all the while the music is violins mixed with the sound of cicadas. You can [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ64oaIgpQo view it here.]]
*** The changed menu options you can't quite catch are:
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[[folder: [[Heroic Self Deprecation YOU | HAVE | NO IMAGE | OF SELF ]]
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[[folder: [[The Fourth Wall Will Not Protect You WHY | DO | YOU | EXIST ]]
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** And then there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiKmnsEc9Mo&fmt=18 this]] fan-made menu...
* Speaking of fan-made videos, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlW8lFTMRWk this AMV precisely shows why ''The End of Evangelion'' is so freaking scary.]] [[SoundtrackDissonance Upbeat music]], {{Gorn}} and all. You will never think of [[Music/TheBeatles Here Comes the Sun]] the same ever again...
** Have you ever tried [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni1NSP_UABk this]]?
* As depth charges bombard Unit 02 Asuka screams in terror, curls up in fetal position, and starts chanting [[MadnessMantra "I don't want to die...]] [[SurvivalMantra I don't want to die..."]] as the viewer is treated with several flashing images (like Event Horizon) including [[http://img101.imageshack.us/img101/913/asukaskullpm1.jpg a picture of a decaying Asuka with a sewn-up mouth and maggots crawling out of her hollow eye sockets]].
** Gets even creepier during Asuka's "I don't want to die" bit when her mother's "You are not alone. You are not alone. You are not alone" gets piled over it.
*** ''[[spoiler: Die with me, Asuka...]]''
** The scariest part is how long the chanting lasts. She starts off almost inaudible and it builds... and builds... and builds, growing increasingly frantic and despaired while the camera pans in on her... then finally, she ''roars'' '''[[JumpScare I DON'T WANT TO DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIEEEE!!!]]''' Fortunately, that scene is quickly forgotten when, seconds later, Asuka discovers [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming her mama's been protecting her all this time]] and snaps out of her funk.
* Shinji seeing Rei [[spoiler:as Lilith. His best friend and mother figure just turned into a glowing white monster of cosmic proportions, and her eyes are now empty black hollows with red dots. The look of ''pure terror'' on Shinji's face and the way he breathes her name...and then Rei gets her usual eyes back.]] Cue the most terrifying screaming imaginable as Shinji loses his mind, screams guaranteed to give anybody nightmares.
* The climax of the movie where [[spoiler:Shinji begins {{Instrumentality}} by strangling Asuka and absorbs the souls of everyone on Earth]] as Komm Susser Tod plays (complete with creepy childish drawings of killings, violence, dead animals, and angry people).
** According to the commentary, those drawings were [[PoweredByAForsakenChild made by abused children]].
* Also: "Nobody needs me, so it's fine with me if everybody dies." Picture having reached [[DespairEventHorizon such a level of despair]] [[TearJerker at fourteen]].
* When [[spoiler: {{Instrumentality}} begins, and the camera pans over Earth as everyone screams in terror then get turned to LCL]].
** If you listen closely (or listen to the [[DVDCommentary commentary]]), the screams are actually somewhere between cries of terror and cheers of ecstasy. Which, of course, makes it that much more horrifying.
* The Eva-Series opening their mouths and out pops [[spoiler:long white blobs with human heads sprouting from the sides, and it having a happy human face at the end of the blob]].
** Possibly the scariest thing is [[spoiler:the Eva-Series stabbing themselves in their exposed glowing hearts, while '''climaxing'''!]]
* When [[spoiler: GNR's hand just passes through Maya and she suddenly has a seizure is pretty terrifying. Who knows what she saw in that brief second but it was enough to reach Lovecraftian insanity. What is this thing and how does it exist?!]]
** For those of you [[TemptingFate curious]] enough to want to see that, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdQw42x89_0 click here]] to see it in glorious HD.
* The unsettling warning that the Anti-AT Field is becoming so big that "individual entities will be unable to maintain their separate forms". In other words, [[spoiler:we explode into giant masses of LCL]]. And just how does this happen? Being hugged by the image of someone you loved.
** Therefore it explains the [[MemeticMutation meme]]: Everybody gets hugged and turns into Tang!
*** The "exploding" part, such as when the camera suddenly cuts away from Maya only to show some LCL and their severed hand splatter against a computer screen, as well as the popping sound that accompanies it.
** Shigeru is "hugged" by a large quantity of naked Reis. He didn't love anyone enough for instrumentality to use that, so instead it beat his mental defenses into submission and tanged him anyways.
** WordOfGod says that was because he was an [[HollywoodAtheist atheist]]/nihilist, hence Shigeru's lack of beliefs made it impossible for Instrumentality to give him something happy to hug. Which is completely depressing.
** Keel's appearance is quite freaky too. That, and the fact he's so happy about the whole thing. And this is just about the only time in the series we see the old bastard smiling at all.
*** Unlike the other humans turned to LCL, he simply melts into a puddle without warning. Then, his soul floats away and you can see a startling pile of gizmos that were hooked up to his decrepit body. One wonders what in the hell happened to the man that lead to this... and considering his happy attitude to being turned to LCL, he was looking forward to the release of his body. On top of that, after his soul was re-released, if he could imagine himself in his heart as human again, it would mean his body could be healed...
** For those [[SchmuckBait curious]] [[BileFascination enough]] to see {{Instrumentality}} play out, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZEzZGfgPXk here it is]]. Now with [[SoundtrackDissonance unfitting music]] and [[CrowningMomentofFunny hillarious annotations]]!!!
* The mind calming pep-talk Shinji has with [[spoiler:his mom, Yui, EVA-Unit 01 pops out of Giant Naked Rei's eye!]]
* The one scene where toddler Shinji is left alone in the park and starts crying helplessly after destroying the sand pyramid he built because his parents won't come for him. Then a creepy tune starts and Asuka yells "Enough already! Even just the sight of you pisses me off!" at him with a [[{{Yandere}} murderously insane]] look.
* And finally the greatest amount of {{Gorn}} in the movie: [[spoiler:the GNR's neck tearing from the body, with spurts of blood coming from the neck. And then, the head falls off, with the neck muscles and spine exposed, while at the same time, her right arm is tearing away and the tendons shred apart, with the humerus bone perfectly visible. And finally, the head split in half as her limbs fall apart and the entire body melts into a pool of blood]].
** "Now that's one hell...

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*** A 50-mile-tall humanoid figure is scary-sounding enough. Imagine the sight of a ''human head'' with a [[GoOutWithASmile ''smile'' on its face]] looming over the horizon. [[FridgeHorror Now imagine that head ''decaying'' over time...]]
* He so totally [[KarmicDeath had it coming]], but how about the scene where Gendou gets cannibalized by a surrealistic, apocalyptic vision of berserk Eva-01 after finally expressing his despair and self-hate and getting a collective YouSuck from 3+ ghostly entities? It's even worse when you realize that it's 'Yui-sama' he sees and know that, by WordOfGod, demonic Eva-01 represents Shinji for him. While it's ''somewhat'' reassuring that he actually feels bad about his actions, it's like saying, "I want my son to [[DroppedABridgeOnHim kill me in the most painful, mutilating and degrading way possible.]]" What's even more depressing is that Shinji isn't actually present and will never know that his father is sorry and didn't truly hate him, that the problem wasn't with him but with Gendo being broken or insane. In other words, Gendou still manages to escape accountability towards Shinji, albeit in a very painful way. This means that if we suppose he's dead, Shinji will probably spend the rest of his life with unanswered questions, the pain of abandonment and the fear of resembling his father in any way (episode 26 of the series did have some abstract -and unrealistic- reconciliation take place).
** The shot of his torso after his death stays just long enough for anybody to see it. ''Still standing up.''
* Reading about the ending they had originally planned, with the tombstones and Shinji holding Rei's severed arm, completely alone.
* Also: "Goodbye, mother." It means Shinji can finally mourn Yui, but it's still infinitely sad.
** As well as the AndIMustScream element of being [[spoiler: locked inside of a human-grown replication of Lilith and being forced to spend all of eternity floating through space with the Lance of Longinus as a testament to human existence]]. Yeah well, that's what she wanted, though.
*** Unless Yui can free her soul at will, or if Gendo comes back to life, he could track her down in space and rescue her from that abysmal fate.
* ''End of Evangelion'' has such a high quotient of NightmareFuel that it loops around into BlackComedy.
* The creepy DVD covers, [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm2818415872/tt0169858 here]] and [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1177394432/tt0169858 here]].
* The Mass Production units alone are NightmareFuel; bone white bodies, lack of eyes, elongated ever-smiling faces, and the savage mentality of a freakin' vulture.
** This may or may not be amplified if you know that in Japanese culture, the color white means "death", while black means "life". In other words, the 9 Mass-Production Evangelions can be interpreted as "Giant Angels of Death".
* The whole concept of [[spoiler:{{Instrumentality}} and the Sea of LCL]].
* Lilith's [[http://i366.photobucket.com/albums/oo102/naoyu123/ReiLillithForeheadVagina.png massive forehead vagina]].
* The very last scene in which Asuka and Shinji are shown to have rematerialized from the sea of LCL together on a beach looking out on the severed head of Lilith/Rei and the apocalyptic landscape. Asuka - her arm and eye bandaged in a manner similar to Rei's - lies motionless next to him. Shinji, at the culmination of his love, hate, stress, frustration, etc. - begins to strangle her without warning only to stop when he feels the caress of her hand across his face much like how Yui had done earlier. He then breaks down, sobbing on top of her and Asuka responds with disgust. Their faces during this whole scene were completely expressionless, and they were almost completely silent as well.
* If you pause the movie right after Misato's death, when one of the Rei apparitions "collects" her as the JSSDF charges explode, you can see Misato's ''disconnected legs and torso''. [[http://i1112.photobucket.com/albums/k481/Nishin64/Evangelion-Misatosdeath.png Someone actually bothered to find it.]]
* The JSSDF soldiers killing most of the Nerv personnel. One of them even pressed a gun to Shinji's head and would've killed him if Misato didn't show up on time. And Shinji was so psychologically broken and suicidally depressed by that point that he was quite willing to let them kill him!
* There is also one scene where Shinji remembers his childhood, where he plays with some creepy "children" that look like deformed dolls...
* The part where Rei's arm falls off, as well as [[spoiler:when it grows back.]] And she does so by [[spoiler: ''stealing it from Gendo's flesh.'']]
** Gendo's attempt to fuse with Rei qualifies- because it almost looks like rape, or an old man acting like a pedophile to a child. Why? Gendo starts the fusion by placing his hand [[spoiler: (the one with Adam attached to it)]] firmly on her ''naked breast'', while Rei shows a touch of discomfort. Then, he pushes his hand ''clean through'' the breast and Rei's skin displaces around it like water. Then, he drags his hand ''through her body'' down to about the right location where her ''womb'' would be... and Rei starts whimpering with a clearly visible expression of pain. Dear God, it's disgusting!!
** Not any less disturbing is when she retaliates: a wet tearing sound and Gendo stumbles back, holding the severed and bleeding stump that was his wrist. Right before it happens we see her flesh tightening around his hand; add in the rape metaphor and it becomes painfully likely that Anno heard of the urban legend of the [[{{Squick}} vagina dentata]].
* After Rei [[spoiler:joins with Lilith and the Mass Production units begin to change, there's a [[http://www.evangallery.elorhe.com/main.php?g2_itemId=585 close-up shot of the unit that got stabbed in the head]]]].
** Not only that [[spoiler:it looks right up at Shinji, and the look of terror and madness on Shinji's face(like a smile, but those ''eyes'') shows that he's gone completely, incurably insane.]]
* According to TiffanyGrant (Asuka's English VA), Creator/HideakiAnno once said that Asuka's "I feel sick" line is a reference to morning sickness. Asuka and Shinji [[spoiler:will have to raise a child in the ruins of the world. How messed up will that child be? And [[UpToEleven even worse]] is the question "Who's the father?" seeing as Asuka never had sex.]]
* During the beginning of EndOfEvangelion we get a shot of Shinji fully clothed and soaking wet, indicating that ''[[DrivenToSuicide he tried to drown himself]]''.
* Specifically, during the beginning of the Instrumentality the brief scene of the Rei clones with Shinji heads.
* Even the web site is NightmareFuel. [[http://web.archive.org/web/20060210031728/http://www.endofeva.com/ Behold.]]
* Asuka and Shinji's fight in the kitchen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVkqv8g2HSw here]]. The music and how Shinji has a FreakOut moment and ''tries to strangle Asuka'' with a furious expression on his face after she [[NotGoodWithRejection refuses him]] and gives him a nasty TheReasonYouSuckSpeech. [[spoiler:No wonder it was the trigger for the Third Impact.]]
** On top of that, there's a closeup shot of Asuka's bare feet as she's raised up to tiptoe while Shinji wrings her neck. Although they're cute, this is definitely '''NOT''' {{Fanservice}}.
** And the MadnessMantra Shinji keeps saying: "Help me. Please help me."
* The scene of Kaji and Misato having sex while Shinji and Asuka look on disgusted and comment on it.
** Not to mention the sickly way her feet twitch and flail during it. At one point, she flexes her toes out so far they look freakishly deformed.
* Those awful sounds [[spoiler:Lilith]] does when is awakening and the Eva growling. Ugh.
** And the way it frees its hands from the spikes of its cross- they slip ''through'' the nails and whatever skin is still stuck to them streches out like putty for a few seconds until finally peeling free.
* The disturbing image of a NERV employee begging Jesus to save him from being killed, then raising his hands in surrender. Unfortunately, the JSSDF are inclined not to take prisoners and opt for a MercyKill- a soldier caps him in the head and then fires point-blank on him- twice.
** The first casualty is a terrified soldier standing guard at NERV's entrance. While his back is turned, a JSSDF stealth operative sneaks up from behind, covers his mouth, and plunges a trench knife into his back so hard, his feet leave the ground. Then, you see his body laying in a pool of his own blood as it pours out while a fleet of soldiers invades.
** Other highlights of the killings include an explosion taking out several soldiers behind an armored carrier, an attack chopper tossing a missile silo in the faces of a few NERV personnel who thought they were safe taking shelter in an open passageway, one woman being gunned down while begging for her life, and a JSSDF soldier ''incinerating'' a NERV operative with a flamethrower- ''twice,'' luckily with a GoryDiscretionShot.
* Misato ends up running over a dead JSSDF soldier while making her escape with Shinji. Sure, he was one of the bad guys, but seeing that corpse flop for a half-second from the tire impacts is nauseating.
* [[spoiler: Misato]]'s death. She gets shot by a high-caliber bullet in the back and somehow manages to show no sign of extreme pain from the wound. Then, after she [[spoiler: kisses Shinji goodbye]], you see she's bleeding horrifically from that wound and now it's finally taking its toll. Then... just when her death couldn't get any worse... she's '''BLOWN IN TWO.''' Made ultimately worse when her remains are turned to LCL and you can clearly see her tattered, scorched jacket from her uniform.
* After being shot dead by [[spoiler: Gendo]], [[spoiler: Ritsuko]]'s body lays floating in a pool of LCL... Lilith's ''blood''. When Lilith falls down from its cross, her body sinks under the ripples of the LCL.
* As one JSSDF soldier tries to retreat with his wounded buddy, a mass-produced Eva [[GiantFootOfStomping slams its foot into the ground]] and ''flattens both into paste.'' [[WhatTheHellHero WHO would let their own men be squished by their own creations?!?]]
* Asuka cleaves a mass-produced EVA ''in half.'' You get the vivid image of its upper torso '''''spinning''''' through the air, while the lower half sprays blood all over the countryside.
** In fact... '''''ALL''''' the [=EVAs=] she attacks are ferociously maimed and dismantled, as spoken directly from Eva Geeks.org:
*** Unit-09 - Attacked by Asuka with a flying-jump "skullbuster" move which tore off its upper jaw and smashed its brain pan to pulp, after which Asuka held it over Eva-02 and broke it in two, spilling its blood all over Eva-02.
*** Unit-11 - Pushed into the lake with Eva-02, then stabbed through the top of its head with Eva 02's Progressive Knife; the blade snapped off, impaled in its upper jaw and projecting into its mouth.
*** Unit-07 - Right arm cut off by Eva-02's Prog Knife, after which its neck was snapped backwards: its head actually dangles behind it (touching its back) after this.
*** Unit-06 - Dueled Eva-02 using Heavy Spears, until Eva-02 was able to land a direct hit between its left shoulder and neck, cleaving downwards to the center of Eva-06's torso.
*** Unit-12 - Completely cut in half by Eva-02 using a Heavy Spear, through the waist, its upper half sent spiraling through the air.
*** Unit-08 - Left leg cut off at the knee by Eva-02 using a Heavy Spear, causing it to lose balance and fall on its back.
*** Unit-10 - Tackles Eva-02, prompting Asuka to fire two volleys of missile-spikes through its head, using the spike-launcher in Eva-02's right shoulder pylon. The metal spikes remain impaled through Unit 10's devastated head throughout all of its subsequent appearances.
*** Unit-05 - Pushed through a wall by Eva-02, resulting in damage to its neck, then thrown through the air into Eva-13; after which it was completely impaled by Eva-02's arm as it punched a hole clear through its torso.
*** Unit-13 - Eva-02 threw Eva-05 into it, then as Eva-02's fist came out the other side of Eva-05 as it impaled it, Eva-02's fist punched into Eva-13's chest. Eva-02 squeezed its fist inside of Eva-13 as it writhed in pain, almost crushing its core.
** Still not disturbed? Because Asuka didn't destroy any of the [=EVAs=]' cores, '''''ALL''''' of them survived and kept going like fiendish zombies.
* As Shinji screams in horror at the sight of the Eva series sprouting Rei's face, Unit 01 roars and its core spurts out of its armor with a sickening splash of bodily/mech fluids. Yeeecchh!!!
* Seeing that Unit 01 actually has [[spoiler: ''[[YouGottaHaveBlueHair blue hair]]'']] when it [[spoiler: drifts off into space and somehow loses its helmet]] has a sense of {{Narm}} and disturbing quality all its own.
** The [[spoiler: petrification of the Eva Series and Unit 01 after Instrumentality ends.]] It's bad enough the Evas have gone through so much carnage and abuse- this is the cherry on top of their aforementioned gory cake.
* In the original Japanese dub, just as the Eva series is about to synchronize with the GNR, they let off hellish demonic cackles.
* Watching a tremendous explosion engulf the entire Geofront and reveal [[spoiler: a mortifying black moon from beneath that is supposed to be used to harbor humanity's ''souls'']]. It's bad enough knowing the JSSDF troops above ground and a great deal of innocent bystanders must've been turned to dust, but said explosion resembles a giant eye and leaves a hurricane-shaped crater in the ground. Although the eye-shaped explosion is a stealthy ShoutOut to ''NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'', it effectively doubles the nightmare quotient.
* The JSSDF are actually [[spoiler:representative of the final Angel, Lilim - the sons and daughters of Lilith, also known as "humanity", who evolved from LCL. They are the last Angel that NERV fights - and the only angel able to beat NERV. This is actually quite frightening because [[HumansAreBastards we then realise what humanity is actually capable of]].]]

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[[folder:Manga]]
* The manga can be pretty bad too. One scene that is very bad even for ''Evangelion'': the scene where Shinji, after dissolving in his Entry Plug, nearly gets sexually assaulted by an apparition of Eva-01 under the guise of naked Yui and is too tired/depressed/stoned to realize how [[{{Squick}} terrifying]] this is. Then a spectral Yui appears and the first one's skin starts peeling off her skull.
** In the same context of being Tanged in Eva-01: toddler Shinji begs Gendou not to abandon him, and Gendou coldly answers that he's being a difficult child and that his mother is dead, then points at a demonic Eva-01 behind him. Then, he announces that he must pilot it and Shinji's entry plug starts filling with LCL as he panics. At the end of the scene, he stabs Gendou in a real bloodbath and freaks out at what he's done. The loneliness, terror and despair of the whole sequence are just terrible.
* In a recent chapter of the manga: [[spoiler: AT-Field!]]Gendou's [[spoiler: raving insanity]] and his speech to Shinji about [[spoiler: never loving him and the world being a desperate, empty place]].
* The manga's reworking of the scene in ''End of Evangelion'' where [[spoiler: Shinji masturbates over a comatose Asuka]] is equally disturbing and tragic, but turns it into a KissOfLife of sorts. At first, Shinji is at Asuka's bedside, exhorting her to get up. He may try to do something more, wank or no, but then Asuka finally sits up and turns her head to him slightly, her first conscious action in weeks... and then she leaps out of bed and attempts to strangle him to death in the exact same manner her mother did to her a decade prior before she killed herself.
** What triggers her off into a rage is Shinji saying that she is "just a doll" while comatose and that he wants her back... something that after her mother's treatment of her is not the right words to use. Of course Shinji does not mean it in that way and he has no clue why she snaps, which makes the scene all the more tragic.
** Luckily, NERV hospital staff separate the two and Shinji is led out while Asuka angrily screams that she hates everyone. Shinji breaks down crying outside soon after seeing his father and Rei pass by him almost unnoticed.
* Shortly after meeting Shinji, Kaworu calmly kills an abandoned kitten that had been following Shinji. His explanation to Shinji's question of "why" was that it was kinder to kill the kitten rather than let it eventually starve to death.
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[[folder:General]]
* The show's basic message about existential loneliness, alienation and disconnection, the inevitable infliction of pain to each other, terror of oneself and other people, self-destruction, LoveHurts, man's cruelty to man, being incomplete and hollow, the meaninglessness of life, obsession with death and suicide, etc etc etc. The characters are just barely surviving and are almost constantly threatened by madness, there isn't much psychological survival to speak of. Surviving ''TheEndOfEvangelion'' might be the worst thing that happened to Shinji, as we might wonder what kind of future he has and how much BrainBleach he'll need to stop the horrible images burnt in his head.
** He was stuck in a ruined world with Asuka, traumatised, completely insane, and with no hope left at all. The least depressing/terrifying thing is that they probably killed each other or died of starvation after a few days, and finally stopped being mentally tortured.
*** Or, if Yui's final words were correct, the people who have the will to live will return back as well. That is, it won't be just Shinji and Asuka left on the planet.
*** On a lighter note, it's implied that the only area that turned into a wasteland was Japan, which makes sense given that that's where the explodey apocalypse happened. Sure, it doesn't make things any better for Shinji and Asuka, but at least it's a bit more hopeful. Of course, the Giant Giant Naked Rei, the butchered remains of Unit 02, the frozen MP-Evas and the bloodstained moon will also keep them company.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Uge0DljYA Shinji's screams]] in the original dub. Always unexpected and, unlike Spike Spencer's more cracking, scared approach, always ''ear-splittingly shrill and batfuck insane''.
* Try listening to "Fly Me To The Moon" afterward without an unsettling feeling of horror.
** However, it's proof to the power of fiction that ''VideoGame/{{Bayonetta}}'' uses the song as well, and almost as an Evangelion shout-out, seeing as the lead character is beating the piss out of angels the entire time - however, the feel is entirely different, and completely altered the view of the song in my mind. Personally, it's kind of amazing what the same song can do with a different background.
** There's also "[[FauxSymbolism The Hallelujah Chorus" and "Ode to Joy]]," as well as "Jesu bleibet meine Freunde" and "Komm Susser Todd.
*** [[http://evageeks.org/images/reichu/komm_susser_jude_intro.mp3 Now in duet form!]]
-->"''Take a sad song and make it better...''"
* Not to mention most of the last four episodes of Evangelion & the movies, in which each character gets thrown on the emotional rack, many die, one gets eviscerated, and one literally and graphically disintegrates. Oh, and then there's [[http://www.evacommentary.org/episode-25/25_C136_col-disc.jpg this shot]] of Rei, which can cause a full-bore freakout all by itself.
* Seeing Unit 01's true face for the first time was good for a shiver. The GenderFlip has [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhCv7WtLuK0 something even more disturbing]]. Mama Gendo and Chairwoman Lorenz will see you in your nightmares.
* The worst thing for me: Even when the series was in the more lighthearted territory, all the drama/nightmarish events to come was heavily foreshadowed in almost every episode and from the very beginning there were distinctly dark moments (be they Gendo's shady, behind-the-curtain dealings or the startling brutality with which the berserk Unit 01 murders Sachiel) that made it clear there was a lot more to the series than readily apparent.
* Rei. Think about it, she is a clone of Yui, but capable of human feelings. In other words she is basically a normal human. A human that was raised by Gendo, a man that has little to none ability for empathy, ESPECIALLY towards children he is responsible for. A human that knows that they are one of several other clones, a human that has seen a pool of clones of herself smiling at herself, a human that knows that in the moment she dies another clone will simply pop out and pretend it was her at the beginning, a human whose concern to maintain her life and ability to be emotionally stable was slowly crippled because she knows she is not really a human. Imagine being her while standing in front of the Pool of Reis.
** In TheEndOfEvangelion, she stands in front of the pool while bits of intestine, arms, and other nondescript pieces of flesh go floating past her face.
** And then, when we see her apartment for the first time, Shinji [[AccidentalPervert unintentionally knocks her over and gropes her]]... And she hardly ''reacts''. It may not be as scary as other moments in the series, but seeing someone with that little regard for herself is creepy.
** That [[ChekhovsGun pill]] we see Kaji give Misato is actually swiped from a bottle of medication Rei takes... that's highly implied to keep her clone body from ''rotting apart.'' This would explain why her arm sloughed off in ''EoE.'' As for why she neglected to take her medication, it may be the fact that she, unlike Rei I & Rei II, developed a rebellious attitude to Gendo and wanted to die- or knew she would claim Lilith as her new body... which ''also'' fell apart.
** And to think that she actually ''started off'' the {{Moe}} trend in anime, thanks to the MisaimedFandom. Do [[SuzumiyaHaruhi Mikuru]] and [[Manga/LuckyStar Miyuki]] really owe their origins to Rei?
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SAiZAfCSjBw This AMV]] of Music/PinkFloyd's "Comfortably Numb" sums up both ''Evangelion'' and Pink Floyd tragically well.
* While we're on the subject of [=AMVs=], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76MJ0HIhJus this video]] has the absolute ''perfect'' theme for the show, and is pretty scary to boot. [[Music/TheBeatles Number nine... Number Nine... Number Nine...]]
* Good news, tropers! [[FanFic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K Relief is at hand!]] (Except some of the ZombieApocalypse bits.)
* The video at the beginning of the Director's Cut version of episode 21, detailing what really happened the day of Second Impact. The last sentence you hear is a panicked scream from a scientist as Adam's glowing hand begins to move into the camera.
--> '''Scientist''': IT'S REACHING TOWARDS THE SURFACE! ''(static)''
* Anytime you hear the "Train Crossing" noise.
* Cicadas. When you hear the cicadas, something bad is going to happen. [[ParanoiaFuel This makes living in some cities in Japan awkward.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kFhPVAhV_o&feature=related This video]] somehow manages to sum up pretty much some of the most disturbing imagery of the series. And the video itself is even titled "Neon Genesis Evangelion OP (FULL)". [[SoundtrackDissonance Yeah.]]
* [[FridgeHorror A more subtle one]]: Sometimes, when something truly awful happens, and the pilots cannot do anything to stop it, they begin pulling on the EVA controls over and over again in fear. This can be seen in [[spoiler:Episode 18]] and [[spoiler:Evangelion 2.0]], when [[spoiler:EVA Unit-01's dummy plug system activates, it deactivates the controls, and in the latter example, keeps Shinji's hands locked in place.]] In these cases, [[spoiler:Shinji]] helplessly pulls on the controls hoping something will happen. Not only this, but in [[spoiler:''The End of Evangelion'']], after [[spoiler:Asuka's eye is stabbed and her EVA shuts down, she sits there, screaming,]] pulling back and forth on the controls. It's NightmareFuel because you realise they can't help themselves from doing this, they've just been reduced to primitive, ape-like fear in hope of survival.
* [[FridgeLogic A bit of thinking]] regarding the nature of the Entry Plug and the way humans interface with the Evas leads to this conclusion: The Evas themselves are living beings, and probably have no business with giant pieces of metal being [[BodyHorror being inserted into their spinal column]]. Combine that with the fact that the interior of the Entry Plug has been likened to a womb in-universe by a few characters, FridgeHorror [[ChildByRape achieved]]. Even though it's only subtext, it's still kind of freaky.
** Taking it a step further: the pilots aren't "piloting" the Evas at all; they're ''synchronizing'' with them, that is ''psychically projecting their minds into the Evas' bodies.'' Why do you think the pilots feel the injuries sustained by the Evas? Why do you think the movements of the Evas are so impossibly human and complex? No physical control system could ever accomplish that, and it's entirely possible that the controls in the entry plug don't even ''work;'' they're just there to provide tactile feedback to the pilots as they get used to synchronizing, and in reality they're essentially ''becoming'' the Evas themselves, melding their minds into the bodies of semi-lobotomized giants. [[FridgeHorror Yeah.]]
* During [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgWWfRlxyyQ The Case of Asuka]], she laments how her own parents (particularly [[ReplacementScrappy her stepmother]]) don't even like her and she doesn't wanna be ignored, and just wants someone to love her, but nobody does because she is "not wanted and not worth anything". Now [[FridgeHorror imagine all of the people who related to her]].
--> "Nobody cares about me, nobody stays with me"
* Here is a big one, at least for this enviromental troper, and a very big Fridge Horror thing... it was specifically stated in Neon Genesis that half of Earth's species DIED OUT, while in the second series, THE WORLD'S OCEANS ARE ALL LIFELESS RED DEATH PITS! (and that was before the third movie... which helped that in no possible way), and probably did the same sort of destruction as the above. To put that into perspective, particularly when you factor in unspecified levels of loss, the Evangelion worlds practically experienced a level of extinction close to what to what killed the Dinosaurs (about 75%), and movie three is probably even worse... like the Permian extinction! (where 90 to 96 % of ALL SPECIES DIED OUT!)... and this troper has no idea what the End of Evangelion did to the environment.
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-->[[BreakingTheFourthWall You look]] a little freaked out [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou there.]] [[SchmuckBait Does somebody need a hug?]]

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-->[[SoundtrackDissonance It all returns to nothing...]]

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