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[[caption-width-right:320:"I don't remember ''this'' being in the original..."]]
Taking on TheSyndicate with nothing more than your [[GoodOldFisticuffs bare hands]] along with the occasional lead pipe and 2x4 is all well and good in the ''Streets of Rage'', but sometimes Mr. X and his goons pulls some stunts that are just downright terrifying.

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* Stage 3 in the second game. Everything's normal until a certain section in stage 3. Then you walk through an entryway decorated with teeth and eyes and find yourself in some dark, [[Creator/HRGiger Gigeresque]] room with eggs containing evil-looking larval creatures scattered around, and you have to fight some giant demonic head called Vehelits in order to pass. Even granted the level's AmusementParkOfDoom theme, this is straight-up ''weird''.
* In the remake depicted above, Souther, the boss of the slum stage, is seen brutally murdering somebody before he is encountered in a boss fight. The body of his victim is never seen, but there is a massive pool of blood on the ground nearby.
** Speaking of which, if an enemy is sliced, blown up, or run over, they will become [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe bisected]]. This contrasts beating the tar out of them (where the deaths are just implied in that case) because it shows some of the enemies' insides. It can be more disturbing if [[KidHero Skate]] slices through his enemies. There is the option to turn that off, but still.
* The second encounter with Mr. X in ''Streets of Rage 3''. He starts laughing and his body spontaneously combusts, revealing the Franchise/{{Terminator}}-esque fake you've been fighting all along. [[spoiler:The real Mr. X is in laboratory with his brain being perserved in a jar, while controlling a combat robot to kick ''your'' ass in the final battle (if you rescued the General in time).]]
** In the Japanese version of the third game (or its FanTranslation thereof), screwing the sixth stage up "[[SarcasmMode rewards]]" the player with... [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0JgR7xnWrXg this.]] [[spoiler:SceneryGorn ahoy!]] Not helped that the weapons that cause it are [[spoiler:nuclear weapons, which is very much a [[AdultFear realistic fear]].]]
* The premise of the very first game: A city taken over by TheSyndicate to the point where even [[DirtyCop even the police, who are supposed to protect the citizens, are corrupted]]. Police corruption, be it by organized crime or otherwise, unfortunately, [[AdultFear exists in real life]].
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