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Creepy Awesome
We're gonna play fetch. You're the frisbee.

A character who, despite or precisely because of being Nightmare Fuel is also greatly loved by a series' fandom. This can have a variety of reasons. Maybe the character is simply the biggest Badass in the show, or maybe they have a cute, funny or tragic side in addition to their creepy side that endears the character to the fans. The character in question need not be a villain, though a majority of characters this trope applies to are villains or at least antagonists of some sort.

This sometimes results in Misaimed Fandom and Draco in Leather Pants. Note that while these characters are often Nightmare Fuel incarnate, their appeal to non-Nightmare Fetishists is often due to being more appealing (e.g., Magnificent Bastard, The Woobie, etc.) than creepy. May or may not overlap with Creepy Good.


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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Almost every single one of Batman's more dangerous and psychotic rogues is this or has aspects of this, The Joker and Scarecrow in particular judging by just how many fans they have.
  • Anathos from Les Légendaires is a Knight of Cerebus, a Hero Killer and walking terror who left the heroes broken both physically and mentally after their first fight with him. Yet, most fans love him, mainly because he is also a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Dream in Neil Gaiman's The Sandman. His actions are at times very morally questionable, along with being nightmarish, but god damn if doesn't look awesome doing them, especially when he shows that even GODS fear him.
  • Transformers Windblade: Many fans, and even fellow writer John Barber, have praised the author's reinvention of Starscream into this trope. The book borrows from the Transformers Prime series, which the author was a writer on. Starscream has a more delicately creepy, and aloofly smug attitude about him, which the artist manages to capture in his lithe and expressive redesign. What follows is a more unsettling and gently threatening Starscream who has the city in his clutches.

    Fan Works 
  • Yuuka Kazami in Imperfect Metamorphosis, building on the generally affable maliciousness she displays in Touhou canon, is depicted as a psychotic, hammy, Nigh Invulnerabile gadfly, being possibly the only clear cut villain in the whole ensemble, and is one of the fics several Ensemble Darkhorses. Being revealed to be a Great Old One and acquiring knowledge of the fourth wall may be factors in that as well.
  • Ser Yamame in Game Of Touhou is a crazy old lady that wears only spider silk, controls legions of spiders, and kills Yukari.


  • Dracula, whose self-titled novel is largely responsible for launching a vampire fandom that has lasted over a century.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray has Lord Henry and Dorian Gray himself.
  • The title character of The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Irial from Wicked Lovely.
  • Mr Teatime from Hogfather.
  • Bellatrix Lestrange and Voldemort from Harry Potter. Fans have tried to turn the Malfoy family into this, too, but in the actual source material, they're depicted as fairly pathetic and cowardly.
  • Joe Bob Fenestre from Animorphs.
  • The gods of the Cthulhu Mythos, especially Cthulhu himself, have this kind of reputation among their fans.
  • Kiriyama of Battle Royale is this in all three versions. He mercilessly kills his classmates with no hesitation yet has a relatively large fanbase, to the point that even his Axe Crazy film version has his own website that worships him.
  • Warrior Cats:
    • Mapleshade is so crazy that even Tigerstar, the Big Bad, is scared of her, goes on murdering sprees at the slightest provocation, looks like a demon in her official artwork, could be sneaking up on the characters to murder them at any time you read the books because she's invisible to normal characters and nearly-invisible even if you have the power to see her, and is implied to be a cannibal. The fans think she's awesome.
    • Sol can Mind Rape you by walking nearby, is always completely calm except for one nightmarish moment where he lost his temper, has an insatiable desire for vengeance, and is just creepy in general. These things have made him one of the most unique and well-respected antagonists in the series.
  • From Redwall, Shadow and Zwilt the Shade.
  • Twilight has James, Victoria, and especially The Volturi.
  • The First Law has Logen Ninefingers, a barbarian who's famous for being an absolutely insane Blood Knight; even his own men are put off. Glokta has shades of this as well, being quite creepy but also one of the most sympathetic and entertaining characters in the series.

    Live Action TV 

  • Heavy Metal, as a whole is this to an art form. Sometimes it's the lyrics, and sometimes it's the music itself.
  • Radiohead's "Climbing Up The Walls". A song written from the perspective of something living in the mind of a Serial Killer, sung in a slurred, eerily distorted voice over heavy guitars, dissonant strings and creepy, abrasive electronics. It's also a fan favorite.
  • Most of the Industrial genre, in particular the abrasive early acts like Throbbing Gristle and SPK.
  • Dark Ambient music, especially the subgenre known as Isolationism.
  • Lordi. When in character, they wear very disturbing monster costumes 24/7.
  • Somehow, the Evillious Chronicles' Conchita has become a favorite of the fans, despite that she's a psychotic cannibal. Hell, mothy himself has released a huge amount of remixes for her song, and she possesses a character in Story of Evil.
  • Buckethead. He is a somewhat spooky looking guitarist, with a white mask and some creepy interests and gimmicks. A lot of his music also falls into this category, since he often draws inspiration from the horror genre.
  • Alice Cooper, probably the first musician to do this.
  • Tom Waits is always awesome, and sometimes creepy.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE:
    • "The Boogeyman" was originally supposed to be a heel, but he became so popular with the fans that WWE had no choice but to turn him face. Didn't stop him from chewing on earthworms and spitting them in his opponents' faces.
    • The Undertaker practically runs on creepy awesome, and, even if one says that that is no longer the case, it definitely was in the early to late 90's.
    • Kane perpetually sits here, whether he's a face or a heel, masked or unmasked. He's worked every creepy aspect imaginable with his character, and nearly every one of them he's worked to perfection.
  • Jake "The Snake" Roberts plops firmly into this in his heel role, what with the leering, lecherous stare, the fascination with serpents, the happy admittance that he's a lying snake, and his semi-disheveled appearance would put him just as equally in an alleyway wearing nothing but a trenchcoat and sneakers. When he's a face though, he's a different kind of awesome.
  • The Brood. Their entrance anyway.
  • The Wyatt Family are a trio of Ax-Crazy cultists led by a Dark Messiah who systematically destroy everything in their path. The fans adore them, not only because they're quite good at wrestling, but also because Bray Wyatt is an amazing actor.

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