The Incredibles is considerably dark for a Pixar movie, as this page can tell you.
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* "Remember the bad guys on those shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings? [[RealityEnsues Well, these guys are not like those guys]]. They won't exercise restraint because you're children. [[WouldHurtAChild They will kill you if they get the chance]]."
** And later, we see the guards actively try and shoot the kids.
* After he believes his family has been killed, Mr. Incredible: "[[DespairEventHorizon Why are you here? How can you possibly bring me lower? What more can you take away from me?]]" While Mr. Incredible is saying this, he has Mirage in a death choke, is holding her a good three-four feet off of the ground and her face clearly shows pain and on the verge of passing out because he's restricting oxygen flow.
** When she tells him "There isn't much time", the way he immediately chokelifts her and goes "No. There isn't. In fact... there's no time at all" in a [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness disturbingly chilling tone]] is scary as hell.
** In their previous scene together, he came dangerously close to ''crushing her to death'' out of [[BerserkButton sheer, animalistic fury]].
*** Really, the scene itself is pretty terrifying, if only for Mr. Incredible's [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness rage,]] and Syndrome's ''complete indifference'' to Mirage's plight.
--> '''Mr. Incredible''': Release me! '''''NOW!'''''
--> '''Syndrome''': (scoffs) Or what?
--> '''Mr. Incredible:''' ''I'll crush her.''
--> '''Syndrome:''' Ooo, that sounds a little ''dark'' for you…[[MoralEventHorizon bah, go ahead.]]
--> '''Mr. Incredible:''' It will be easy…like breaking a ''toothpick.''
--> '''Syndrome:''' ……''show me.''
* "Voice key incorrect! [[MoodWhiplash BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!"]]
* "I can't lose you again. I can't. Not again. I'm not s-strong enough."
* The list of supers killed, lured to their deaths during the Omnidroid testing. Especially when you consider that these are people Mr. Incredible knew personally; look closely, and you can see most of them ''at the wedding''. The increasing horror on Mr. Incredible's face certainly doesn't help either.
** It's even more chilling if you remember from the start of the movie that all of the supers are simply trying to live as normal folk and during the dinner scene where Mr. Incredible is reading the newspaper, we see that the recent missing person used to be a super. We see him later as a corpse in a cavern.
** Even worse, many of those people must have gone through the ''exact same arc'' as Bob did. Feeling unfulfilled with normal life, the supers were approached by Mirage, given a mission, kept coming back, felt ''good'' about themselves again...[[ShootTheShaggyDog and then they were killed by the ever-evolving droid.]]
*** Some supers manage to beat the Omnidroid, only to be later killed by an upgraded version; however, it was actually the ''majority'' that didn't get such luck.
** And Bob is quickly relieved to know that Syndrome doesn't know where Helen is. And then he finds out that Syndrome [[ParanoiaFuel knows where Frozone is]]. Technically, he would've been the one Mirage approached to fight the Omnidroid instead of Bob if she hadn't noticed Bob, so thankfully, he dodged the bullet.
** The soundtrack that plays during this scene is ''very'' chilling, and really fits the seriousness of the situation.
* On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, the deaths of all those Mooks. There were [[WhatMeasureIsAMook many more Mook deaths than Super deaths]], and they could've just been {{Punch Clock Villain}}s.
** That said, there were Mooks playing ''a DrinkingGame'' of what the Omnidroid did. And who knows, ''it could have been killing innocent civilians'').
** Dash's high-speed chase with the velocipods becomes a lot more chilling when you realize he causes the death of about 8 people, the highest on-screen body count in the film. From a kid who's about 10. But, it's horrifying from the other side, too--multiple adult men are [[WouldHurtAChild deliberately and completely knowingly trying to murder a ten-year-old]] [[DisproportionateRetribution for pretty well no other reason than, well, trespassing]].
* Also, [[spoiler: Syndrome's death [[TurbineBlender by jet turbine]] was just so horribly gruesome to think about.]]
** This was foreshadowed by the exact same thing happening to a good Super. While she was waving at a child in the airplane. The special features note that she was a ''teenager.''
*** Wanna go darker? Just imagine that scene from the perspective of the child, who didn't have the benefit of a DiscretionShot to hide their view the way the movie audience did.
*** Darker still, think about the story from Syndrome's point of veiw. He looked up to Mr. Incredible, and he got nothing but contempt. He grew up thinking that all heroes were like that, prejudiced jerks who care very little for anything outside the fame their powers give them. Syndrome had his dreams crushed when he was maybe 12 years old. If you look at it that way, Bob essentially [[spoiler: caused his death.]] If he had just been nice to the poor kid, the whole thing would never have happened.
*** Well that's crap. If Buddy hadn't been a self absorbed 'it's all about ME' jerk he would have eventually realized that Mr. Incredible had had a point and moved on. Perhaps becoming a Batman type 'Super' with his inventions.
*** This might have had some merit if Syndrome was merely planning to, say, non-violently ''replace'' superheroes with his inventions. The fact that he actively ''kills'' them-- not stopping ''even for children''-- plants him squarely over the MoralEventHorizon. Granted, Bob could have been a little more diplomatic in his dismissal of him, but his treatment of Buddy was in no way a justification of the slaughter of dozens of innocent supers.
*** Not to mention that Mr. Incredible has just narrowly saved Buddy from getting blown to pieces, along with dealing with other situations where Buddy's interference was *delaying* help from arriving. Mr. Incredible's anger and lack of tact are fully justified at that point, child or no child.
** Stratogale, the super hero dragged through the plane turbine by her cape, is dragged through ''head first''! [[spoiler: Syndrome ''does'' have time to feel something because he is sucked into the turbine ''feet first'']].
** [[spoiler: The split second before Syndrome is sucked into the turbine, there is brief shot of his face. The look on his face is ''pure terror''.]]
** Think about how poor Edna must have felt after all those cape malfunctions, especially Stratogale's--after all, she designed those costumes. Makes her rant about the whole thing and her "I never look back" mentality a lot darker...
* The ElectricTorture was rather disturbing, especially for something in a PG-rated movie. Made even worse in that Syndrome's expressed motive for it (the victim "sending out a distress signal") is something the victim did entirely by accident in the first place; Mr. Incredible wasn't even aware of the homing device and when he tried to tell Syndrome this, it was ''immediately'' dismissed as lying.
** *Rotate* '''Danger''' *Whiirr''rrr!!''*
** How Mr Incredible came to be caught beforehand - having dozens of unremovable black "balloons" fired at him as he struggles to escape, which expand and completely engulf the protagonist. The point-of-view shot of Mr Incredible's quickly-fading vision is chilling, especially for anyone with a fear of confinement or suffocation.
*** And the last thing he sees is Mirage, and we can tell from her pose that Bob is in ''big'' trouble.
* For the aeronautically-inclined, hearing Helen's voice-overs as the missiles approach and ultimately destroy the plane is pretty scary, especially if you imagine hearing it over a black box.
--->'''Helen''': Abort, abort! There are children aboard, say again, ''there are children on board this plane!''
** Mirage's reaction to hearing that is [[AudienceSurrogate about the same as that of the audience]]--dawning realization turning into horror.
** The [[WrongGenreSavvy Wrong Genre Savvyness]] of Helen during this sequence is pretty nightmarish as well, as she seems to remain under the assumption that everything is simply a misunderstanding and keep following the rules until the very end. Her increasingly frantic calls do not help.
** Also imagine how the scene would look to the Parr children. They went what appeared to be a funny plane trip with fancy costumes to seeing their mother clearly panicking for probably the first time in their lives. To top it, emotionally withdrawn teenager Violet gets yelled at by her mother for having trouble disobeying the rule they had to follow since their birth.
** Later on, we get the children yelling at the top of their lungs while plunging into the sea several meters below.
** [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Originally]], [[spoiler: Helen's old pilot Snug would have been piloting the plane... and would have ''died'' in the explosion.]]
** It's a good thing that Violet and Dash were terrible at hiding on the plane, and they were found by Helen not long before the missiles attacked the plane. [[FridgeHorror But what if they hid somewhere else and didn't hear Helen's frantic pleas to call off the missiles, and Helen decided to jump off the plane right there and then...?]]
* After the battle with the robot, Elastigirl is checking voicemails, and hears the babysitter that Violet hired to watch Jack-Jack panicking over the phone about her infant son. Just when it comes to a head, the girl calms down and thanks her for calling a replacement sitter. The full force of the moment floats right over the heads of younger viewers, but the look of abject horror on Bob and Helen's faces and Helen's frantic, "I didn't call a replacement!" is [[AdultFear terrifying to older audience members.]]
-->'''Syndrome''': Shhhhhh.... the baby's sleeping. (''chuckles evilly'') You took away my future. I'm simply returning the favor. Oh, don't worry, I'll be a good mentor. Supportive, encouraging. Everything you ''weren't!'' And in time, who knows? He might make a good sidekick.
** Of course, we do see that Syndrome just had to show up and claim he was the replacement babysitter without having to prove anything.
*** Given all that Kari had been through with Jack-Jack, I think she would have taken any opportunity to escape.
* "I mean, after all, [[WhamLine I]] ''[[WhamLine am]]'' [[WhamLine your]] [[MeaningfulEcho biggest fan]]."
* "He's getting away, Bob! We have to do something, we have to do something ''now''!"
* The [[KubrickStare angry look on Buddy's face]] after Mr. Incredible tells him "IWorkAlone" which we see in Syndrome's flashback.
* In the alternate opening on the deleted scenes, there's this really creepy moment after Syndrome hears baby Violet crying and then says to Bob, "You are breaking the law, Mr. Incredible. You know supers aren't supposed to breed," his eyes just ''slowly move in the direction of Violet's room.'' There's something very unsettling about that moment which cranks up AdultFear to the extreme. Syndrome has Bob and Helen trapped with his freeze ray and there's nothing they can do to stop Syndrome as he moves down the hall toward Violet.
** The fact that people with superpowers were legally unable to have any kids is pretty uncomfortable to think about in and of itself.
*** If that was the actual wording of the law in the first place, then it takes on a rather disturbing turn if one thinks about it. They don't say "procreate," they don't say "have children," the law says "breed," like ''animals''.
* The scene of the man getting mugged, and the scene of the man attempting suicide at the beginning. Both realistic scenes.
** Also, the look of absolute rage on Bob's face when he's grabbed his boss by the neck. If you stop at just the right moment, he looks practically feral.
* Syndrome's SlasherSmile while threatening to [[AdultFear kidnap Jack-Jack]].
* Jack-Jack [[spoiler: demonstrating his shape-shifting powers.]]
** The look of absolute rage on his face when he does it is something every parent has seen. The thought of his kind of power with base infant rage is utterly terrifying.
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