->''"What happened to all the sadness and horror that used to traumatize children in the '80s? Where did we go wrong? Fortunately, the traumatizing moments are still there, just better hidden."''
-->-- '''[[http://www.cracked.com/article_19796_6-disturbing-unanswered-questions-from-childrens-movies.html Carl Hoff]]''' of {{Website/Cracked}}

[[IThoughtItMeant No, not]] last week's leftover [[ItCameFromTheFridge tuna casserole]].

Fridge Horror is, simply put, when something becomes terrifying after the fact. Maybe you [[FridgeLogic thought about]] this or that plot point [[BellisariosMaxim a little too hard]], and suddenly you realize that [[AndIMustScream everyone was trapped in stasis forever]], or that the lovable child will grow up in a world where [[EverybodysDeadDave everyone around her is dead]]. This can be either [[FridgeBrilliance intentional]] or [[FridgeLogic unintentional]] by the author.

Fridge Horror comes in two flavors:
* '''Frozen-By-Time:''' As a young one, you are too young to comprehend the NightmareFuel right before your eyes, but as an older person, you immediately wonder how you got through it unscarred.
* '''Quickthaw:''' The NightmareFuel isn't there until [[FridgeLogic you take a good, long, deep thought and think about it]].

If you're looking for a trope about the scary things in people's fridges, then you should go to ItCameFromTheFridge. Or possibly StuffedInTheFridge. Compare {{Deconstruction}}, where the Real Life consequences of a trope reveals its flaws. Contrast FridgeBrilliance, the difference being that the realization is insightful rather than frightening (though the two can overlap). A leading cause of SurpriseCreepy. Contrast BackstoryHorror, when this is overt and WordOfGod. Also see OhCrap, the expression people will likely have after realizing such horror.

It should also be noted that authors sometimes unwittingly inflict Fridge Horror on ''themselves'', when they realize the implications of whatever it is they wrote.

In short, this trope [[AppliedMathematics can be best summed up]] as FridgeLogic + NightmareFuel.

If a character has a lot of stuff around this trope, then yeah, he/she is NightmareFuelStationAttendant.

LetsMeetTheMeat is a common cause for this in adverts. For examples, see that page.

Contrast NightmareRetardant, FauxHorrific.

When a work incorporates the Fridge Horror into canon, it's AscendedFridgeHorror. When a character in-story contemplates something that seemed innocuous and then realizes the horror, it's ExplainExplainOhCrap.


* FridgeHorror/{{Advertising}}
* FridgeHorror/AnimeAndManga
* FridgeHorror/ComicBooks
* FridgeHorror/FanWorks
* FridgeHorror/{{Film}}
* FridgeHorror/{{Literature}}
* FridgeHorror/LiveActionTV
* FridgeHorror/{{Music}}
* FridgeHorror/NewspaperComics
* FridgeHorror/{{PlayByPostGames}}
* FridgeHorror/{{Radio}}
* FridgeHorror/TabletopGames (merged Card Games and Tabletop [=RPGs=])
* FridgeHorror/{{Theater}}
* FridgeHorror/ThemeParks
* FridgeHorror/{{Toys}}
* FridgeHorror/VideoGames
* FridgeHorror/{{Webcomics}}
* FridgeHorror/WebOriginal
* FridgeHorror/WesternAnimation