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[[caption-width-right:350: Syndrome [[EnfantTerrible had it coming.]]]]

The Incredibles is considerably dark for a Pixar movie, as this page can tell you.
* "Remember the bad guys [[SaturdayMorningCartoon on those shows you used to watch on Saturday mornings?]] [[WellThisIsNotThatTrope Well, these guys]] [[RealityEnsues 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 NeckLift, 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSYJvAxzjGM "No. There isn't. In fact... there's no time at all"]] in a [[TranquilFury 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:''' ……''[[YouWouldntShootMe show me]].''
** On top of ''that'', there's the brief yet intense few seconds where in that moment, there was a chance he could've actually killed her. Thankfully, he doesn't but it's still an especially unsettling moment.
* "Voice key incorrect!"
-->'''Violet''': Wait a second...
** [[MoodWhiplash BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!"]]
* The various incarnations of the Omnidroid are enormous black robots that relentlessly hunt and kill any super who gets too close. They are MadeOfIron, [[CombatPragmatist Combat Pragmatists]], have an AdaptiveAbility and could not be more devoted to slaying their targets if they tried. And that's not even getting into the fact that the last one ''can'' disobey its creator as it causes as much carnage as it pleases.
* The list of supers killed, lured to their deaths during the Omnidroid testing. Really, how could ''anyone'' see Syndrome as a sympathetic character after ''that''? 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 known as Gazerbeam. 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.
*** Which may even make it more tragic- Syndrome only revealed the true purpose of the Omnidroid to Mr Incredible after he defeated the first, meaning that for all those supers who died facing their first, they [[SenselessSacrifice would have died thinking that they were fighting to protect people, rather than just being data for Syndrome.]]
** And Bob is quickly relieved to know that Syndrome doesn't know where Helen is. And then he finds out that Syndrome ''[[ParanoiaFuel does]]'' [[ParanoiaFuel know 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 [[https://youtu.be/e_wvb6sh71A?t=58s soundtrack]] that plays during this scene is ''very'' chilling, and really fits the seriousness of the situation.
** The word "genocide" seems a little strong, but is there any other word to describe Syndrome systematically luring and murdering every known American superhero?
* 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'' based what the Omnidroid did - taking a shot "when they run." So, y'know, whenever the WMD that they dropped into a major metropolitan area scored a OneHitKill, they showed their remorse by ''not'' taking a drink. Practically angels!
** Dash's high-speed chase with the velocipods becomes a lot more chilling when you realize he causes the death of about 8 people, tied with his father for 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]].
* No matter how [[KarmicDeath karmic]] and well-deserved it was, Syndrome's TurbineBlender death is just so horribly gruesome to think about.
** The split second before Syndrome is sucked into the turbine, there is brief shot of his face. The look on his face is ''[[OhCrap pure terror]]''.
*** Hell, even ''Bob'' cringes as he watches Syndrome get sucked into the turbine and promptly killed by the explosion.
** 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.'' He goes in '''''feet first''''', which is just '''SO''' much less pleasant than going in '''''head first'''''. So this technically means that his death was ''far'' from painless!
*** 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.
* Stratogale, the super hero dragged through the plane turbine by her cape, is dragged through ''head first''! Syndrome ''does'' have time to feel something because he is sucked into the turbine ''feet first''. You can actually hear her make a quick gasp just as the turbine sucks her in!
** FridgeHorror: As elaborated in [[http://mechaspiders.tumblr.com/post/73638913722 this Tumblr post]], it's very likely the plane full of innocents aboard was destroyed as a result. The tragic part comes from the fact that Stratogale's death and the incident that followed was likely another step in the outlaw of Supers.
** Think about how poor Edna must have felt after all those cape malfunctions, especially Stratogale's--after all, she designed at least some of those costumes. Makes her rant about the whole thing and her "I never look back" mentality a lot darker...
** Stratogale, while easily the most tragic, isn't the only victim:
*** Thunderhead gets his cape snagged on a live missile intended to blow up a city. If the sudden jerk didn't snap his neck, he was probably blown to smithereens by said missile. Although, it was pretty funny to hear him make a girly scream as he's flown away along with the missile.
*** Meta-Man got his caught on steel framework lifting up an express elevator. That elevator, which may or may not have had civilians in it, probably came crashing down on him. You can even hear him scream as he gets caught.
*** Dynaguy simply snagged on take-off. Given how quickly he launched, he likely snapped his neck. Even more horrific? ''You can hear him make a choking sound when the cape got snagged!''
*** Splashdown is dragged into a vortex. In this instance, rather than jerking him in, it slowly drags him in, seemingly cutting off his air in the process. He even screams as he's being sucked in! If it helps, the special features list him as "missing in action" rather than killed, and with his water-themed superpowers he could have survived being sucked in. That said, seeing as he apparently hasn't been seen since then, he probably didn't last very long after the fact...
* 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]], 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. (''[[EvilLaugh 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAh7onp0bCo 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.
** Per WordOfGod, this was an intentional decision by Brad Bird to crank up the scare factor. He wanted to use focuses on eyes as a motif for Syndrome, and would end up recycling that idea in the final version of the film (the "After all...''I am your biggest fan.''" scene in particular).
** 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 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.
* On a more mundane level, Mr. Huph, Bob's BadBoss isn't afraid to threaten him with the loss of his job when Bob tries to rescue a man being mugged in the alley. Bob, having had enough of the sleazebag's lecturing crap, grabs him by his throat and hurls him through several walls and into a file cabinet, injuring him badly enough that he ends up in a body cast, while everyone stares at Bob in terror. A reminder that Bob is normally a nice guy, but is very much capable of turning violent and aggressive especially if anyone like Huph, for example, tries to prevent him from rescuing innocent peoples in danger.
* [[BigBad Syndrome]] in general is significantly more menacing than the average Creator/{{Disney}} villain.
* Some of the... looks... on Edna's face. Such as when ''baby Jack-Jack's suit is being '''set on fire''''', we see the flames being reflected off her eyeglasses, unintentionally making her look quite maniacal. If ever there was a talking ChaoticNeutral, [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/edna.jpg here she is]]!