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Nightmare Fetishist
What horrifies the one may entice the other.

This character is happily intrigued by whatever is strange, dangerous, disturbing, and/or frightening. If this character is "part of The Team," their fellows will regard them oddly. Indeed, what's Nightmare Fuel or Squick to other characters could very well be Fetish Fuel or Squee to this character. For example, a Nightmare Fetishist may consider Halloween their favorite holiday, harbor an obscure or oddly specific kink, think that the monsters they're supposed to be fighting are cute, or simply be born with this trait as part of their species or family.

In wackier portrayals, a Nightmare Fetishist might also be repulsed and horrified by things most people would consider wholesome and tame. If the character is evil, this is a case of Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad.

This kind of person is very difficult to coerce or break through the usual methods; as they can be Too Kinky to Torture or Too Spicy for Yog Sothoth. Note that this trope is a sliding scale; Nightmare Fetishism can range from a harmless fondness for morbid stories to a literal sexual fascination with the life-threatening.

Chances are good that you are familiar with such a person, whether you know it or not. You may even be one.

See also Nightmare Fuel, Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant, Freaky Is Cool, Pyromaniac, Fluffy Tamer, Admiring the Abomination, My Species Doth Protest Too Much, Selective Squick, Vampires Are Sex Gods, Monster Fangirl, You Sexy Beast, Creepy Awesome.


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Berserk
    • Slan, an Apostle, and one of the members of the God Hand. As if her creepy lack-of-outfit wasn't clue enough, during the Eclipse when Casca is being raped by Griffith Slan watches on and cries tears of joy.
    • A later less-sadistic, but still quite disturbing, example would be Sonia, a little girl and member of Griffith's new Band of the Hawk who is, unlike the rest of the world's populace, unafraid of the Eldritich Abominations known as Apostles.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura had the Meganekko Naoko Yanagisawa who, during a conversation about a haunted house, mentioned that she "like[d] that sort of thing." The manga included visual aid of "that sort of thing" (UFOs, ghosts, monsters, unusual temples and shrines). Of course, this tends to creep the living hell out of poor Sakura.
  • Magical Pokemon Journey's Hazel likes cute Pokémon, but her definition of "cute" extends to species that aren't generally considered such, including Gengar and Tangela. She's so friendly toward Pokémon that she'll help them with whatever their problems are, no matter what said Pokémon look like, even to the point of facilitating an Interspecies Romance between a Wigglytuff and an Arbok, which is entirely possible in-game.
  • Baccano!
    • The series has a lot of characters who are involved in Dirty Business and are willing to play jump rope with the Moral Event Horizon. Then you get Omnicidal Maniac Ladd who literally dances in blood and considers "I'm gonna kill you last" as an endearing term to use with his girlfriend. She is completely accepting of this.
    • On the darker side of this trope you have the immortal Fermet and Huey who only see other people as human components For Science!. This leads to them doing some rather despicable things as a means of enjoyment. Fermet in particular had a grand old ball torturing and killing immortal child Czeslaw Meyer repeatedly for upwards of 200 years.
  • The Pokémon anime rendition of Misty considers Tentacool and Tentacruel to be cute... In fact, Misty considers all water Pokémon cute no matter what.
    • She also averts this trope, being terrified of all bug types no matter how adorable they are.
  • Ranma ˝'s Gosunkugi apparently harbors a fetish for voodoo dolls in the manga. In the anime, it's amped up to more of an obsession with magic in general- particularly the creepier side of things. In one episode, he falls in love with Cute Ghost Girl Kogane, not being even the slightest fazed when he discovers her undead nature. His ideas of dates also include showing off his collection of occult lore (which happens to fixate on curses) and a romantic rendezvous in a purportedly haunted graveyard.
  • Higurashi no Naku Koro ni
    • Rena spends her afternoons in the local scrap yard collecting whatever she finds cute, including her trademark cleaver and a statue of Colonel Sanders.
    • Droopy nurse Takano Miyo, who is a Fangirl for the dark legends about Hinamizawa's dark past.
  • Rei Takashima from Deadman Wonderland, a twisted doctor who is not merely a sadist, but actually aroused by human suffering and mutilation.
  • From The Wallflower / Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge: female lead Sunako Nakahara is a lover of solitude, gore movies, banned gore movies, anatomical dolls and objects that reflect "the ugly side of life," as she puts it. Not to mention that she tends to be pretty creepy herself.
  • Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. He harbors quite a few 'unusual kinks. Sadomasochism, pedophilia, necrophilia, hybristophilia, autassassinophilia, erotic asphyxiation... most of it aimed at Sousuke.
  • Dio from Last Exile. "Aren't dead bodies fascinating?" The boy isn't entirely sane, but that's part of what makes him adorable.
  • Mad Scientist Hange Zoe, from Attack on Titan. Once a hateful Blood Knight, a single incident caused Hange to abandon this way of thinking and become fascinated by the Titans, adopting a Fluffy Tamer approach to them instead.
  • One Piece
    • Nico Robin finds three-headed zombie dogs "cute." When introducing herself to the Straw Hats after the Alabasta arc, she smiles while mentioning her specialization is assassination. Throughout the whole series, Nico Robin is able to talk about disturbing topics like death, dying, blood, etc., as casually and cheerfully as most people talk about the weather.
    • From the same arc as the three-headed zombie dog is Elegant Gothic Lolita "Ghost Princess" Perona, who describes her ideal vacation as going to a "dark, dank, haunted, ancient castle, singing songs of curses and having a miserable old time." Kuma then sends her to one of these; she realizes that it really is miserable without servants tending to her every need.
  • In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Komachi is the only one not particularly frightened by the haunted house they encounter in one episode, not even when they discover a painting of someone who looks exactly like Rin. In fact, she thinks it's exciting. This is part of an ongoing tendency of hers to get excited about things (like becoming a Runaway Bride) that nobody else would see as positive.
  • In Smile Pretty Cure!, the resident Shrinking Violet and Cowardly Lion Yayoi is the only one excited by ghosts and something related to them and she actually gets sparkling eyes at some point, in big contrast to the usually tough Nao who is very afraid of ghost (and some other things).
  • Minori from Tora Dora, who goes so far as to trick people into scaring her.
    • And gets a nosebleed (complete with spurting blood) from the possibility of her class setting up a haunted house for the school festival.
  • When Taeko of Ai Yori Aoshi was given the breaking-in task of the photography club (going out into the woods and photographing a ghost), she leaped at the chance, much to everyone else's confusion. What's worse, she apparently succeeds. Later on, in a haunted house, she is seen laughing at all the things and calling them cute. For effect, the other two girls are completely freaked out and clinging, in tears, to poor Kaoru.
  • Ouran High School Host Club has Nekozawa and his friends from the Black Magic Club, who are obsessed with curses and all kinds of creepy things. They're quite a happy bunch, too.
    • Most of the characters regard the black magic club as harmless geeks, not so much scared as bored with their ideas. Tamaki, however, is scared beyond belief of Nekozawa and his "powers," so from his perspective at least this trope is played straight.
  • In Chrono Crusade, upon discovering that Chrono is a bona fide demon, Joshua doesn't freak out so much as he jumps for joy and eagerly asks him if ghosts exist, too.
  • Princess Tutu
    • Drosselmeyer delights in tragic stories and gets excited whenever things begin to take a dark turn.
    • Autor, being a Drosselmeyer fanboy, is implied to be like this as well—he finds the powerful ability to manipulate people by writing stories to be "thrilling".
    • And then, in season 2, there's Mytho after his heart is tainted with Raven's blood. When another character is about to cut out his heart, he requests they "kiss it and dye your lips red with its blood".
  • The Baku in Nightmare Inspector fit the name of this trope almost literally.
  • The eponymous character of Hell Teacher Nube is absolutely fascinated with the occult —what with being called to exorcise objects, places, or people every now and then. He can hardly conceive of others not sharing his enthusiasm. His student, Miki Hosokawa, however, isn't just fascinated, she'll willingly go and poke it just to see what happens.
  • Kujyou Himeka of Kamichama Karin thinks bugs are cute. All types of bugs. This includes cockroaches and termites.
  • Ryou Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh!, the manga, likes collecting weird and occult things. Jonouchi was terrified.
  • Mari Illustrious Makanami from Rebuild of Evangelion really, really likes the smell of LCL - a really sticky, orangeish-red liquid which, according to the protagonist (who was seriously creeped out by that stuff on a few occasions), smells like blood. It gets even more disturbing if you know that it actually IS blood - from the angel Lilith who is a giant, featureless white monster with tons of little, moving human legs sticking out of where the lower body should be. Squick.
  • In Get Backers, there's Takuma Fudou... who seems to get turned on by some pretty messed up things. Like the idea of "slurping up" Ban's blood, as well as him "feeling incredible chills rising throughout his body" when he kept his maggot-infested arm with him to remind himself of Ban.
  • Furuya from the manga Sankarea is pretty much all about this trope. His nightmare fetish for zombies is what catapults the entire plot, since he decided (for his own ego's sake) to try to resurrect his pet cat Babu into a zombie. Just to see if he could.
    • Also, he has a fetish for zombie girls, and describes his dream woman as having her arm falling off and her guts hanging out. It's even something of a Running Gag that any wounds or injuries Rea suffers are censored with yellow warning tape, but actual nudity is left uncensored, because it's the gore that Furuya finds erotic.
  • Hidan, one of the Akatsuki members from Naruto, enjoys pain, be it his own or his enemy's.
  • Mayuri Kurotsuchi from Bleach goes as far as to watch his own lieutenant/daughter get the life sucked out of her by his enemy resurrecting himself, and then proceeds to tell his enemy how interesting that particular technique is.
  • Ada from Pandora Hearts is into the occult and medieval torture devices. Who knew?
    • Leo once tried to touch some people who have suffered Body Horror more out of wonder than anything. An omake also shows him declaring interest in the mangaka's Author Avatar's insides with a smile on his face.
  • Shinra of Durarara!! makes it known that he thinks Celty is beautiful without a head. He also spent most of grade school and high school fanboying Shizuo's crazy rage fits.
  • Emotionless Girl Anju of Karin habitually carries around Boogie-Kun, a doll possessed by a serial killer with a knife in its hand. Angu tells Karin Boogie-Kun's past history with a cheerful smile on her face and later mentions that she collects other creepy dolls that all have interesting histories.
  • Ryuuko of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest gets turned on by violence to the point where she masturbates on top of a school rooftop after a few students had been gunned down there.
  • Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru: During their fight Kevin gets excited at seeing Minoru's fearful eyes, grabs him by the throat and squeezes hard enough so as to make him cough up blood. He then drinks the blood while saying "Mmm...Delicious flavor...LET ME DRINK MORE!"
  • Black Butler
    • Maylene goes into fangirl mode upon seeing a mummy in episode 4.
    • Grell gets really excited at the thought of both cutting Sebastian into pieces and having his babies.
    • Undertaker enjoys the feeling of having the water sucked out of his body while being buried neck-deep in salt.
  • Aki Hinata from Keroro Gunsou finds slimy, squishy things adorable and squees at the thought of Keroro's race secretly being hideous pudding monsters or something. This is explained by her being the editor of a manga for boys. Yet there's a lot of scenes of her being molested by weird, slimy monsters for some reason... and enjoying it.
  • Boku and Morino from Goth are a pair of nightmare fetishists who investigate murders in hopes of uncovering the evil that lurks within their society. Boku doesn't flinch when the remains of a murder victim is found, as he wants nothing more than to see someone die in such a fashion even if that person is Morino. Morino even went to the extent of wearing the clothes they found near a mutilated and decayed body, just to see what it feels like.
  • Detective Conan
    • Conan (aka Shinichi), Heiji, and occasionally the Shounen Tantei often see bloody and violent crime scenes as exciting or interesting challenges.
    • Right at the beginning of the series, when Ran is crying after seeing a man get messily decapitated on a roller coaster ride (with the resultant fountain of blood), Shinichi is cheerful and assures her that "this kind of thing happens all the time".
    • Made even more creepy by the fact that Shinichi's behaviour is apparently the direct result of his dad Yuusaku, who not only is one of these as well but constantly brought him along to crime scenes when he was a kid.
  • Franken Fran has a smattering of these on occasion. First off is Fran herself, whose reaction to a giant humanoid sea monster is "It sure is cute. I want one." Then there's the "People Of Unusual Taste" who wound themselves to get Fran to operate on them. And then the extras give us a little boy who responds to a toothy spirit by sticking his head in her mouth.
  • Mariko Shinobu from Oniisama e... seems to be this. She tells Nanako and Tomoko the story of two Star-Crossed Lovers who got into a Suicide Pact almost with glee, apparently thinking it's the most romantic love story ever.
  • Death Note
    • Light Yagami, to an extent. He thinks shinigami are cute, makes jokes about how being a shinigami might be interesting and his fascination with the Death Note is a little...eerie.
    • Not that Misa is much better. She tells Rem that a Shinigami dying in an Heroic Sacrifice is "a beautiful way to die." Though that's not to say she isn't right.
  • Romania from Axis Powers Hetalia, who is a little too gleeful when he explains to his friend Bulgaria the legends of his most famous leader... Vlad Tepes.
    • Finland and Hungary are also described as being all too familiar with scary things.
    • Belarus seems to be fascinated with scary stories and apparently talks to ghosts.
  • Hellsing has The Major, who loves war and looks on with almost sexual excitement when Alucard releases his army of souls upon the Millenium and the Vatican armies. Schrödinger and the Doctor are this too, but the later to a less extent.

    Comic Books 
  • The eponymous Sam & Max.
  • Ragdoll of the Secret Six. He happily accepts the description "the bent little castrated horndog" and delights in his ability to make absolutely any word or phrase sound unsavory, from "to my batpole!" to "cheese-stuffed manicotti".
    • And then there's Black Alice, the first person in-universe to find Ragdoll hot. Even Ragdoll was squicked out by this.
  • The Joker of Batman.
    • Especially in the 2011 "New 52" release of Detective Comics (Issue #1).
  • The Scarecrow, operating as he does off of creating fear, embraces this role wholeheartedly.
  • Black Hand, who's obsessed with death physically and on a platonic level. Rather fitting, considering that he embodies Death and the Lanterns working for it.
  • Willie Pete of Empowered lives this trope. His name may be another name for White Phosphorus, the other implication from the name is in full effect, and often introduced to the skulls of his victims, particularly the eyesocket. Using his own willy, no less.
  • Kid Gladiator, the son of X-Men foe/ally Gladiator. His reaction being turned into a Brood? He thought it was awesome, and protested being transformed back to normal.
  • Fluttershy has a moment of this in issue three of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) when a chupacabra and a pack of vampiric jackalopes battle (presumably to the death) for the right to eat the Mane Six, and Fluttershy watches with captive awe at the "fascinating" creatures.
  • Death Vigil offers Mia, an Eldritch Abomination in the form of an adorable girl who eats other abominations. See the cover of the third issue for her Establishing Character Moment.

    Fan Fic 
  • Calvin & Hobbes: The Series has Socrates, who wishes a somewhat-creepy Haunted House would be better, and later claps "like a deranged seal" when an In-Universe Jump Scare involving a Monster Clown pops up.
  • Saga and Luna in Under The Northern Lights. It seems to be the prescribed aesthetics in the Temple of Hrimfaxi, which looks like a "haunted stable on Nightmare Night" according to Twilight Sparkle.
  • Tonks in In the Mind of a Scientist thinks it's "wicked" to see her heart beating when Harry cuts her chest open. Harry himself has not only performed open heart surgery on himself, he's also cut open his throat and messed with his vocal chords (to get a deeper voice), and regularly cuts himself open to see how parts of the body work. Afterwards, he always sews himself up instead of magically healing it so he looks more like a Mad Scientist.

    Film 
  • There seem to be a couple of these in Repo! The Genetic Opera. Most notable is Graverobber, who is absolutely giddy to be surrounded by a sea of rotting corpses and is implied to be a necrophile. Then there's Pavi, a rapist who steals the faces of women. And wears them. Over his own face. The Largo family in general seems quite...odd, to say the least.
  • In Hellraiser, Frank Cotton's sadomasochistic love/hate relationship with the Cenobites and the Lemarchand Box makes him almost a textbook example of this type. He also at times appears to get a bizarre kick out of occupying the attic as a skinless, flesh-consuming monster which might suggest that there is a sadistic as well as masochistic side to his tastes.
    • And then there are the Cenobites themselves.
    Pinhead: We have such sights to show you...
  • Mary Jane in the Spider-Man Trilogy, oddly enough. In an early scene in the first movie, she expresses that she loves creepy, disgusting spiders.
  • Especially in The Movie, The Addams Family considered their macabre surroundings normal. Gomez was implicitly a necrophile, and both parents were explicitly into bondage.
    • Along with S&M. "Ropes, red hot pokers..." "Later, my darling." Even the concept of dying doesn't seem to frighten them and when Debbie attempts to kill them in Addams Family Values they act sympathetic.
    • Morticia searches the impostor Fester's bag and remarks "Crowbar? Dynamite? Cyanide? Fester, as if we'd run out." Also the children are shown playing with weapons and even a working electric chair. Their parents give Wednesday bigger knives when they catch her with one.
      • It does have strong precedents in the TV series, in which they use a dungeon full of torture implements as a playroom. They cure headaches with a headvice, backaches with a bed of nails or the rack, and claim that an iron maiden is "relaxing". They even regularly wield medieval weaponry or, in Uncle Fester's case, a blunderbuss.
  • Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice had no problem living in a Haunted House, though the eponymous character was a considerable nuisance. She even became his friend in the spinoff cartoon.
  • Ray Stantz of the Ghostbusters, especially in the animated series. He's the most sympathetic towards Team Mascot Slimer, an ugly, mischievous little slime ghost, and is more than happy to receive fellatio from a siren in the first film.
    • Egon Spengler is one too. Venkman apparently had to stop him from attempting self-trepanation (drilling a hole through his skull), he's pleased that Louis Tully is willing to let him test his brain tissue, and is revealed to be an ex-coroner in the 2009 video game (Egon says it's "just a hobby" now).
  • Harlen "The Reporter" Maguire in Road to Perdition. Not only is he a news photographer who specializes in crime scenes, he also moonlights as a assassin and takes a certain professional pride in his work.
    • To the extent that he considers a murder victim being Only Mostly Dead to be an unfortunate obstacle to a good photograph...
  • Elvira, Mistress of the Dark plays her reputation for laughs:
    (asked if she worships Satan): I dated him once, but I wouldn't exactly call it worshipping....
    (her trademark goodbye): Unpleasant Dreams!
  • The Jack Nicholson version of The Joker certainly is one of these when he meets Vicki Vale at the museum, reacting with bored indifference to (if not actually being turned off by) Vicki's modeling photographs, but being visibly impressed with (if not actually aroused by) her gruesome war photos.
  • Although it's somewhat justified by the fact that he defuses bombs for a living, Sargent William James of The Hurt Locker seems to enjoy playing with high explosives a bit more than can be considered strictly professional. And even the other bomb techs are a bit creeped out upon learning that he keeps souvenirs of every bomb he's ever handled in a box under his bed.
  • Bella Swan (or even the author herself) from Twilight, though this leans more towards Vampires Are Sex Gods. Depending on who you ask, Your Mileage may vary between this and Nightmare/Fetish Retardant.
  • There are two twin characters from The House of Yes, Marty and Jackie, who like to have sex while reenacting the JFK assassination.
  • Jinya Yanase from Teito Monogatari Gaiden is a young hospital worker who's obsessed with the stories about Taira no Masakado and his Dragon, the Evil Sorcerer Yasunori Kato. He also happens to work in a mental hospital located near to the grave of Taira no Masakado himself, which fuels his imagination. Little did the guy know that he would end up as Kato's Soul Jar, though.
  • That punk kid in the 1989 dark comedy The Burbs, who actually invites all his high-school buddies over to the neighborhood to witness the quirky, outlandish, and sometimes downright grotesque activities of his neighbors, which include everything from "spy missions" carried out by a deranged Vietnam vet to a family of Eastern European subhumans who murder intruders and apparently eat them. At the end of the movie, amidst all the commotion, he gestures at everything around him and shouts: "God, I love this street!"
  • Raven in Cecil B. Demented. Drinks goat urine, enjoys getting branded, and at one point says, "I haven't had this much fun since my last livestock mutilation!"
  • In The Human Centipede Part 2, the original movie is a Show Within a Show. Martin, the Villain Protagonist, actually finds it erotic.
  • In Return of the Living Dead, we have Trash, who thinks a picnic in a cemetery is a fantastic way to spend an evening, and who becomes visibly aroused when talking about her idea of her worst way to die, to the points that she tears all her clothes off and dances naked in said cemetery.
  • The antagonist of Tetsuo: The Iron Man is called "The Metal Fetishist". When he was alive, he enjoyed shoving bits of metal into his body.
  • Winnifred Portley-Rind is fascinated by all the gory tales of The Boxtrolls and their rivers of blood... and very disappointed when they turn out to be untrue.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter's Hagrid is perhaps the most famous example. Hogwarts's Care of Magical Creatures teacher has a clear preference for dangerous beasts, including a Cerberus Captain Ersatz and possible descendant (Fluffy), a Norwegian ridgeback dragon (Norbert who's really a Norberta), a hippogriff (Buckbeak), and a giant fracking spider (Aragog).
    • Ollivander is another possible example; when Harry is fitted for his wand, Ollivander remarks with what seems to be almost pleasure that Harry has been selected by a wand which was made using the same materials as those used to fashion Voldemort's. Harry is understandably a little weirded out by this, and by Ollivander's next comment that he expects Harry to do great things, because so did Voldemort. "Terrible, yes - but great."
  • The Impairment's Allie Parker, the fraud therapist/serial killer at Mildwood University to creepy extents. To elaborate she relishes her job because she "gets off" to the patients recounting horrific events which happen to them, and all of her patients are students at the university and of which she's the one that's responsible for their traumatic occurrences as she dresses up as a monster and hunts them down to kill them. So pretty much she's getting off to the very situations she's caused! Yikes!
  • The H.P. Lovecraft story "The Hound" stars two Asexual Life Partners who spend their days collecting whatever ghastly things they can find, from Tomes of Eldritch Lore to corpses.
  • Most of the characters, in Andrew Boland’s novel Hell's Children, are definitely Nightmare Fetishists. Going on the author’s biography, it would seem that he is one of these too, which would explain a lot.
  • Tommy in Bloodsucking Fiends. His first words after learning his girlfriend was a vampire? "That is the most awesome thing I've ever heard. Let's have sex with our socks off." The sequel gives us Abby Normal, a Perky Goth who didn't jump at the call to be a vampire's minion but hunted it down and demanded the job.
  • Vaughn, Ballard, Helen, and Gabrielle from J.G. Ballard's Crash. More so in the movie than the book, the whole plot seems to revolve around sexual fetishism involving grievous injury and automobile accidents.
  • Kiera Graves from Mindy Mackay's Peacebreakers fits this trope for her erotic fascination with scar tissue.
  • The Southern Vampire Mysteries make frequent mention of the vampire-obsessed "fang bangers" who get off on having their blood drained, having sex with vampires, or just being around them.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe has the Yuuzhan Vong, a species of genetic engineers who fetishize Body Horror, both on themselves and on others.
  • Beth from the old Phyllis Reynolds Naylor books "Boys vs. Girls" was constantly reading horror books, but it made her a nervous wreck, while her drama queen little sister Caroline loved everything bloody and disgusting as long as it was dramatic.
  • In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman, a sociopathic serial killer mentions that he masturbates to a scene from the thriller film Body Double where a woman is drilled to death with a power drill. (Over the course of the book, he also tortures a woman with a power drill and does things that are even worse.)
  • Perdido Street Station gives us Mister Motley, a crime lord who spends a lot of time in the shadows. In the city of New Crobuzon, those who commit petty crimes are often turned into Remade by bio-thaumaturges, given animal or mechanical features that fit their crime. Motley has undergone this process voluntarily, hundreds of times, and now not only looks like a rolling mass of disjointed features, but has hired the main character's girlfriend to create a sculpture to his "glory."
    • And let us not forget the main character himself, Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin. The aforementioned girlfriend is a shapely woman with a giant beetle for a head, he's extremely intrigued by Body Horror, a bird-person turning up on his doorstep asking for a new set of wings all but causes him to squee, and he is cheerfully enchanted with one particularly weird grub netted by his black-market attempts to find flight specimens. Until that grub grows up. You know when Isaac is freaked out, shit got real. He can hold a conversation, an intelligible and productive conversation, with The Weaver.
  • Discussed Trope in A Song of Ice and Fire. The Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, had a fetish for burning people to death. His guard Jaime Lannister noted that it was only after doing so that he would visit his wife's chambers. And to add to it, he was so violent in bed with her that Jaime wondered if he was obligated to intervene.
  • This is how the protagonist of Crooked Little Vein views most of the people he comes into contact with, including (but not limited to) an underground Godzilla masturbatory ring, a group of elderly ostrich lovers, gay men who intect saline solution into their genitals, and even his own ex's current lover, who makes strap-ons in the shape of dolphin penises.
  • Dyke Mellis in Eat Them Alive, who, despite being castrated and consequently unable to become aroused, is said to be deeply enticed by the sight of his giant praying mantises eating people, to the point of seeing the experience as making up for his lost manhood.
  • Willy Wonka is unperturbed and even amused by the various bizarre, frightening fates that befall those who don't listen to him. In the 1971 film he gleefully remarks "The suspense is terrible! I hope it will last..." (in full Weird Al Effect mode, originally coming from The Importance of Being Earnest) as Augustus Gloop is stuck in a pipe, screaming for help! And in that version, only a Nightmare Fetishist of a pretty high order — or a stoner — would actually plan and build that creepy-as-hell boat tunnel to the Inventing Room for no reason at all. In the 2013 stage musical, he even happily joins in on some of the Oompa-Loompas' songs that serve as send-offs for the bratty kids (and bear in mind, Death by Adaptation applies to some of them here). And while he doesn't have a scary boat tunnel, the lonely cellars his Cool Boat plies the waters of contain stores of sometimes creepy failed inventions — life-sized and crying jelly babies in cribs, anyone?
  • In Emily The Strange The Lost Days Earwig Emily/Earwig loves her nightmares. It gives her an adrenaline high.
  • Tyler from Pact is a Starving Artist who, upon discovering that the supernatural is real, immediately becomes excited at the idea of monsters being real, and is swiftly impressed by Isadora, a Riddling Sphinx who eats people, and Green Eyes, a carnivorous mermaid.

    Live Action TV 
  • iCarly: The "Neck Infection" video elicits a Two Girls, One Cup reaction from Carly, Freddie and two other kids Sam shows it to, but she genuinely seems to get a kick out of it.
  • The Munsters were much the same as the Addams family, though they were actual monsters rather than morbid people. They even pitied their normal-looking extremely attractive relative for being "ugly."
  • Dr. House often entertains horrifying cases; his response to a particularly disturbing symptom is often "Cool!"
  • Woody the coroner from Psych goes to extremes with this. He often eats lunch over corpses and once even shocked himself by DRAWING on a body.
    • Shawn can also be this way around the deceased.
    • Lassiter can be this way around women:
    (After Lassiter flirts, painfully, with a woman suspected of murdering previous lovers)
    Juliet: You disturb me. And your theory on this murder disturbs me. And you disturb me.
    Juliet: Yes.
  • The Doctor has a tendency at times to happily wander into situations which horrify and disgust those around him and then, much to the confusion and bewilderment of his friends, cheerfully start pointing out things that he finds particularly interesting. The Tenth Doctor took this all the way over into the Nightmare Fetishist trope.
    • Good example from "The Girl in the Fireplace":
    (The Tenth Doctor pulls the mask off a Clockwork Robot to reveal the inhuman workings underneath — everyone else recoils)
    The Tenth Doctor: Oh, you are beautiful. No, you are, you're gorgeous!
    • When the Doctor encounters a werewolf and it begins to break out of its cage, the look on his face is of obscene curiosity, even when everyone else is running in terror. (To be fair, it was a hypnotic werewolf.) Rose and the Doctor grin and hug over the novelty of being attacked by a werewolf when they get a moment to breathe in the midst of being chased by said werewolf. Queen Victoria berates the Doctor and Rose for their light-hearted attitude to horrifying situations, and decides to found Torchwood to specifically avoid that sort of thing in the future.
    • See also: The academic interest that the Doctor takes in the Midnight Entity in the episode "Midnight". A subversion, because the Doctor's merry interest in the thing makes everyone else terrified of him, nearly resulting in his death.
    • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio Caerdroia, Eight develops a Literal Split Personality. His Cloud Cuckoo Lander side inexplicably thinks death by stampeding cows, the threat of which is worrying most of the other characters, is pretty funny:
    (nearly laughing) They get together, they run you over...
    • The Doctor does this a lot in "The Beast Below," whooping in glee over falling down a nightmarish bottomless pit and then again over being regurgitated by a giant Eldritch Abomination while Amy screams in terror or revulsion. He also ogled the horrific giant eyeball behind the crack in seven-year-old Amelia's wall in fascination, which made her less scared, which might suggest that he intentionally does this to alleviate his companions' fears when things aren't immediately dangerous.
    • The Doctor and his companions have a general tendency to completely weird out anyone not used to their lifestyle, case in point being Rory in Vampires of Venice — particularly when they squee over the alien vampires on meeting up.
    • This was a trait of the First Doctor right from his very second serial, "The Daleks" - while everyone else in his crew wants to get off the petrified planet, he fakes a serious engine malfunction so he can go and explore the foreboding city in the distance. When he discovers it's actually full of nasty Daleks, which his crew is terrified of, he just finds them very interesting. In the next serial, "The Edge Of Destruction", when the crew realise that their Negative Space Wedgie has taken them right back to the beginning of the universe, he gets a rapturous soliloquy in which he talks about the infinite power and potential in the nebula and how it could easily kill them all, and how brilliant it is.
    • The Fourth Doctor was a bit less willing to trample over other people to sate his Nightmare Fetish but was otherwise possibly worse, always responding to horrible monsters with cheery fascination.
      Doctor: I say, what a wonderful butler, he's so violent!!
      • In "The Ark in Space", there's a part where he takes off part of the Wirrn's eye and decides to use it to see the last memories of the dying hideous parasitic space wasp by attaching it to his head with electric clamps. He tells the doctor helping him that it is extremely dangerous, extremely painful, extremely unpleasant, hands her a gun to kill him in case anything goes wrong, but is clearly grinning with excitement at the thought of how dangerous it is, refuses to listen to companions contemplating another way, and attaches the electric clamps to his head with some obvious sadomasochistic pleasure.
    • Vicki, the First Doctor companion, has a major case of this, which is used as Commonality Connection between her and the Doctor. For instance, she seems just as excited as he is to meet historical tyrants, praises the Doctor for being unintentionally responsible for the burning of Rome, and manages to go too far even for him after announcing that she finds ant-aliens the Zarbi to be cute, something even he can't see (she even takes one as a pet and names it "Zombo"). She also kept a sand beast named Sandy as a pet while on the planet Dido, a creature so terrifying that Barbara murders it on sight, much to her disgust. She even, seeing a Dalek shell in a museum, coos over it and tells the others that she expected a Dalek would look fearsome, but that 'this one looks quite friendly'.
    • Carol Ann Ford, who played the First Doctor's companion Susan, said in an interview on Radio 4 that the Eleventh Doctor's constant running up to aliens and telling them how beautiful they are is her favourite thing about his character. In fact, even in the 1960s, she thought that Susan should have been a Nightmare Fetishist by sheer logical extent of how weird she is and how she'd get desensitised to the monsters quite soon - but, unfortunately, she was constantly written as the Screaming Woman.
    • The Twelfth Doctor's obsession with a 'perfectly hidden' monster he has conjectured exists in "Listen". He was so desperate to see it that he nearly let himself get sucked out of an airlock at a point just before the death of the universe. He gives a rousing speech to a little boy about how wonderful and brilliant fear is, and clearly gets an enormous kick out of his terror of the monster.
  • On Supernatural, Sam and Dean Winchester treat creepy, unnatural murders and monsters as ordinary occurrences. Every once in a while, one of them will Lampshade how weird their attitude and their lives are. Justified in three words "The Family Business", they were raised knowing what was out there and how to fight it.
    • Dean in particular is shown as being very excited when they get to hunt a werewolf, and at one point Sam gets him to come on a personal mission by promising that there will be zombies. There aren't.
  • Fringe has Dr. Walter Bishop, who doesn't bat an eye at events that disgust his teammates, and often displays genuine fascination and excitement when dealing with downright grotesque situations.
  • Count von Count from Sesame Street. Also, Oscar the Grouch, and the other Grouches by extention, in a different sense from the Count's.
  • Abby on NCIS. Given that she's a forensic analyst, this makes sense.
    • Also, Jimmy Palmer sometimes shows inappropriate enthusiasm for gory details. One example includes him cheerfully saying "At first we thought it was a serial killer!", another referring to the shapeliness of cut-off human legs. It's more disturbing in him then it is in Abby - in fact, in McGee's book the character "Pimmy Jalmer" was a necrophiliac.
  • Gonzo of the Muppets. One episode of The Muppet Show (the one with Alice Cooper) had him trying to make a Deal with the Devil - not for the power, but just because he thought it was a neat idea.
  • Similar to the Doctor mentioned above, Firefly's River Tam is....well, curious about a lot of things. Like taking a nap on top of a coffin containing a corpse that wasn't really a corpse. Or watching her brother and the ship's mechanic have sex in the engine room.
  • Buffy and Angel:
    • Darla and Angelus and Drusilla and Spike.
    • Giles' academic interest sometimes seems a bit too enthusiastic to others.
    Giles: Grave robbing. That's new...interesting!
    Buffy: I know you meant to say "gross and disturbing.''
    Giles: Yes, yes, of course. Terrible thing; must, must put a stop to it. ...ermh, dammit!
    • Dawn apparently loved to listen to Spike's stories of the horrific crimes he committed before he got chipped/ensouled. Buffy was rather freaked when she found out about this.
    • Vampire Xander happily watches Wishverse Willow torture Wishverse Angel with a fond look on his face.
  • Chloe in Harper's Island has a very enthusiastic interest in serial killers, especially John Wakefield. In one episode she chose to go search through a forest to find a murderer's gravestone over partying at an open bar.
  • The eponymous Sherlock is sometimes portrayed this way. A self-proclaimed "high-functioning sociopath," he is genuinely fascinated and excited by morbid or disturbing cases, causing John to be occasionally horrified by his callousness. Unlike many of the other examples, this one is not Played for Laughs.
    • Despite John's status as Sherlock's Morality Chain of a sort, he himself is an example, being a Blood Knight who misses the violence and excitement of the Afghan war, which he was forced out of due to an injury.
  • The protagonist of Dexter is a serial killer who works for the police and gets fascinated with gruesome murders, especially in the first season.
  • One episode of Being Human introduces "Seven", a human who voluntarily acts a self-replenishing blood source for a vampire couple. Seven (and his six predecessors) are apparently all too happy to be fed on repeatedly and, when his "owners" intend to have another vampire drain him completely (ie, kill him), Seven is ECSTATIC.
  • That's Just Me has examples of this, being a disgusting and disturbing show, but the main character indulges in this. She's a sadist who's into BDSM and other weird fetishes, including the one that inspired most episodes, her vomit fetish. However, she claims that she's harmless because she's into animated cartoons of this stuff and doesn't intend to do it to anybody in real life.
    • She also wants to be abducted by aliens, have an out of body experience, talk with ghosts, stay in a haunted house, and do all kinds of other paranormal things and act like it's totally normal.

    Music 
  • The song "Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage is a combination of this and a parody of Alternative Rock Wangst.
  • "Maxwell's Silver Hammer"
  • Tom Lehrer's "The Irish Ballad" (AKA "Sing Rickety-Tickety-Tin"). Many of Leher's output qualifies, including a song about spending a pleasant spring day "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," a song about an implied STD outbreak that crosses more lines than a version of The Aristocrats ("I Got It From Agnes"), a upbeat song about nuclear holocaust ("We Will All Go Together When We Go"), and even a happy ditty celebrating the town drug dealer ("The Old Dope Peddler"). Lerher plays all of this for Black Comedy
  • Emilie Autumn is probably one of these, considering the subjects of most of her songs and the stories she creates in her concerts, songs and now a book about a Victorian Bedlam House for little girls.
  • Gore-related lyrics in Death Metal or goregrind. Most of us find the idea of knives being repeatedly inserted into human vaginas and used as sexual aids deeply distressing: Cannibal Corpse apparently find it amusing.
  • The Gothic Archies' "Walking My Gargoyle" is about an eccentric man's love for his pet gargoyle.
  • Crystal Castles. Oh god, Crystal Castles.
  • Many of The Misfits' songs fit into this category, especially "Last Caress" (about killing babies and raping mothers) and "Bullet" (about JFK's assassination and treating his widow as a sex object).
  • A good number of Rasputina's songs treat dark subject matter, but most aren't treated in this fashion. However, the glee that is expressed at the idea of pumping holy water into the anus of a possessed man in "Christian Soldiers" and at the idea of cannibalism among the Donner Party and colonial Pilgrims in "The Donner Party" do delve into this territory.
  • Evanescence: Opinions differ but they put some sexy riffs behind songs about death and and horrific circumstances. Just check out Tourniquet and The Other Side.
  • Buckethead is one himself. Big time. Much of his music also sounds like a horror movie soundtrack.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • To describe Liō as one of these would be a bit mild. He thinks a zombie eating someone's face is absolutely hilarious. (His father has been seen reading a book entitled Is My Kid a Psycho?)
  • Calvin, anyone?
    Calvin: My mandate also includes weird bugs.
    • Perhaps the most chilling of all Calvin's fantasies had his parents clucking over him delightedly as he plays with his Tinkertoys ("He's creating whole worlds over there") - without knowing that their son is imagining that he is the god of his own private universe and enjoys sending mortals to Hell. Bill Watterson's lurid drawings do not help.
  • A classic Charles Addams cartoon shows a movie audience all with somber, teary-eyed faces... except for Uncle Fester, who's grinning delightedly.

    Tabletop RPG 
  • Exalted players have a joke. Everyone Is Bi, to the point that considering a homosexual relation to a god made of goo is commonplace. If he's hot enough.
  • GURPS has 'xenophilia' as a Disadvantage, which is described as being anything from offering to buy drinks to enemy soldiers in a bar to shaking tentacles with things man was not meant to know.
  • This is the norm in Mortasheen. Consider that this is considered the city's "Handsomest Theoretically Male Organisms" and that's not as much of an Overly Narrow Superlative as you might think. Of course, given that the guy behind Mortasheen also runs Bogleech (See below), this shouldn't be much of a surprise.
  • Slaanesh followers. If it exists, they will find a way to derive pleasure from it. It isn't necessarily sexual pleasure, but that tends to be the most common. They take this trope very literally.
    • So seriously that the ONLY way to torture or harm them is to DEPRIVE them of sensation.
    • For bonus points, try picturing what would happen if Slaanesh managed to get ahold of a Tyranid Hiveship.
      • Done. Not Safe For Work and/or Sanity.
    • Dark Eldar are almost as bad as Slaaneshi cultists, revolving their entire society (if it can be called that) around inflicting extensive and painful tortures on anyone they can capture. While they're essentially forced to do this, otherwise they have their souls eaten by Slaanesh, they make no illusions as to how much they enjoy it.
  • Creatures like dragons, demons and the like are often repulsive, but, as have been proved repeatedly, humans will screw or be screwed by practically any kind of monster at one point or another.
    • The Cute Monster Girl and Gorgeous Gorgon tropes can be considered "spin offs" from this form of Nightmare Fetishism. Especially if they retain particular traits of their "former selves"... like eating habits.
    • And it goes the other way too. "'Half-dragon' is an inherited template that can be added to any living, corporeal creature." This includes oozes, plants, and aberrations.
  • The Tzimisce from Vampire: The Masquerade.
  • The Ashwood Abbey in Hunter: The Vigil. Especially the Libertines.
  • In Genius The Transgression, the Staunen breed of Mad Scientist tend towards this. In fact,a former page quote comes from the Staunen section of the rulebook.
  • In Magic: The Gathering, Yawgmoth's goal is to turn the multiverse into Phyrexia, his idea of paradise. This would be fine, except for the fact that Yawgmoth has a very warped idea of paradise.
    • With Yawgmoth and Phyrexia destroyed once and for all, the Glistening Oil left in Karn has taken over his beloved Mirrodin. And his mind. With the five suns of Mirrodin, the previously Monoblack (and Artifact) Phyrexia is now split into the five colours. White Phyrexia's stated goal is to bring the glory of New Phyrexia to the rest of the Multiverse. They have a severe dermatophobia, emphasized by taking the new recruits, flaying their skin, and stitching them together.
      • White Phyrexia is also known for wearing cracked porcelain masks and carapaces, said to be stronger than steel. These bits of porcelain are made from dead Mirran that didn't make the cut.
  • More than one Prestige Class from Dungeons & Dragons tends to attract these types. Complete Arcane has the blood magus, who really enjoyed the sound of his blood flowing when he came back to life, and can do things like store spells in his scars and blood or teleport between two living creatures through their blood. It also includes the alienist, who's made contact with Things Man Was Not Meant to Know. The fleshwarper from Lords of Madness does the alienist one better, deliberately altering himself with Mad Artist glee, and eventually turning into an aberration. Sea witches from Stormwrack delight in the power of the storm. The best part? All of those classes are open to good characters.
    • Bad Powers, Bad People examples include the walker in the waste from Sandstorm, who loves the clean beauty of the desert and works to share it with the world. The Book of Vile Darkness, unsurprisingly, has several: the cancer mage with his tumor familiar, the vermin lord with his armor made of living bugs, and various flavors of demon- and devil-worshippers.
      • The Walker In The Waste is actually not explicitly evil, only "non-good", meaning it's open to neutral characters.

    Theater 
  • In Love Never Dies, this is what makes Phantom realise that Gustav is probably his son. They both share an obsession with "Beauty Underneath" - things that are "dangerous and wild" and would seem scary to the rest of the world.
  • Katisha from The Mikado (and Ko-Ko, depending on how "There Is Beauty In The Bellow of the Blast" is played).
  • Senta from The Flying Dutchman. She has a massive crush on a man whom she hasn't met (the titular Van Der Decken aka the Dutchman) after looking at his portrait, cheerfully tells other girls about his tragic story and swear that she will redeem him if she ever meets him, and is thrilled at the prospect of being taken away by him.

    Video Games 
  • Star Control: Depraved Omnisexual Admiral ZEX is attracted to "vile, wretched" creatures... especially humans, whom his species considers nauseating. He has similarly inclined fans, who also tend to be Genki Girls.
  • Silent Hill 3:
    • Vincent, one of the supporting characters in , eagerly describes the rusted, blood-splattered nightmare world around him as "fascinating", and briefly claims to be confused that the grotesque creatures the protagonist has been fighting throughout the game "look like monsters" to her. But then again, we never quite know if he and the heroine/player are seeing the same thing.
    • Claudia, who explicitly refers to aforementioned rust-and-blood-stained nightmare as a "paradise" and endeavours to have it spread over the entire planet.
    • Heather also voices an interest in things that deeply horrify normal people. Then again, she is Alessa Gillespie, so a bit of an interest in the dark and disturbing is pretty much mandatory.
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has an NPC in Hearthome City complaining about Amity Park, a park which allows only "cute" Pokémon, discriminating against his Steelix and Gyarados.
    • In Platinum, Galactic Commanders Saturn and Jupiter basically admit they want to see what would happen if Cyrus unmakes reality.
  • As a child, Kelda from Overlord II thinks the sinister Creepy Child Witch Boy is cute and interesting, and gleefully helps him hunt down and destroy the children who tormented and bullied him, then destroy the Winter's Eve festivities, despite not being particularly evil herself. Her attitudes don't change much once she grows up, even talking about how she hates her town for their treatment of her childhood friend, now an Evil Overlord and her lover.
  • Metal Gear Solid brings us Volgin, Vamp and Ocelot, all of whom could probably orgasm purely through the act of hurting someone.
  • From Persona, we have Ellen, who has an overt fascination with the Demons, Persona, and at one point in the manga is Taken for Granite, and is disappointed when she thaws out because she wanted to experience it a little longer; she'll also very cheerfully converse with demons simply for the sake of doing so, as opposed to the other party members, who only do it out of necessity. And to a lesser extent, Maki, who occasionally has a few Admiring the Abomination moments.
  • In Thief, Garrett only ever really shows any sort of romantic attraction to one person who can only really be described as horrifying even when naked. A wood nymph named Viktoria who ripped his eye out in the first game.
  • In Dissidia: Final Fantasy:
    • Penelo declares that the Cloud of Darkness' snake attachments (who have no eyeballs and really sharp teeth) are "soooo CUTE!"
    • Selphie in Duodecim thinks the way the insane roaring four-armed demon monstrosity Feral Chaos runs around on all fours is "kinda cute", although she's always been shown to be weirder and crazier than Penelo.
  • Princess Agitha from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess who is absolutely obsessed with bugs.
  • In Dead Rising, Kent the photographer has an edge of this plus Mad Artist - the first time he runs into Frank and shows off his photography, he sounds absolutely riveted while showing off his "most violent shot!", and from there, it only gets worse and worse. The next time Frank encounters him, depending on his arrival's timing, he'll be keen on either photographing a human transforming into a zombie or stripping Frank down to his briefs, slapping a spiked collar and chain on him, and watching him get torn limb from limb by the undead and seem really excited about it. Of course, he ends up being one of the game's Psychopaths.
    • Both Kent and Frank are literal examples, as the game rates your zombie photographs for "eroticism" and Frank will lecherously cheer if you manage to get a Panty Shot of a dead woman.
  • Leanne was raised by a Torture Technician who kept her isolated from other people. Consequently, she loves the smell of blood and sound of screaming as reminders of her only parental figure. Unusually for this trope, she's neither comical nor monstrous, but psychologically damaged to the point of being a borderline Woobie.
  • Demons Souls: The Maiden in Black, a creepy and powerful demon who has wax permanently fused over her eyes. This hasn't stopped the questionable fanart, though..
  • Star Fox: Leon Powalski has a rather distinct fascination with very specific aspects of Star Wolf, given the Smash Taunt in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Panther Caroso practically calls out on him. The voiceover gives far more impact than plain text..
    Star Wolf is really giving it his all out there. I'm more than a bit envious of him. Those razor-sharp claws. Those keen fangs. He moves wildly and fights with the spirit of a warrior possessed. Any prey he sets his eye on is doomed to be shredded to pieces.
  • Tira from the Soul Series is literally a Nightmare Fetishist. She is absolutely devoted to Big Bad Nightmare, the monstrous embodiment of Soul Edge itself, whom she sees as a kindred spirit. In the fourth game she doesn't even really mind that Nightmare will likely eventually consume her soul; she is that loyal to him. In her ending, she is distraught when she realizes that Nightmare's body can no longer withstand his own power and clings to him while desperately begging him not to leave her alone. She gets her wish in a way when the remnants of Soul Edge's power joins with her.
    • Further cemented by V. She shows up again, and is still at it. this time, however, she's annoyed that soul edge has shifted from a One-Man Army mass murder to a manipulator who starts wars rather than doing it himself, and her entire story arc is her trying to get a nightmare who is back to slaughtering enemies himself.
  • Knowledge Aspiration sims in The Sims 2 often want to be abducted by aliens, have near-death experiences, become vampires or go through other paranormal experiences other sims dread.
  • Henry in Fire Emblem Awakening. Almost everything he says has him squealing in delight, to the point he drools when thinking about blood.
  • In Touhou: Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream, a scientist from another universe travels to Gensokyo to capture one of the magical denizens to prove the existence of magic to her peers back home. As a player character, her victory quotes are often delighted by the supernatural entities she's encountered.
    Yumemi: Oh, a real evil spirit/ghost/witch/shrine maiden? How marvelous!
  • In Mass Effect 2, the game seems to repeatedly imply that Harbinger is ridiculously preoccupied with trying to capture Shepard, in order to understand why they are able to repeatedly thwart the Reapers and how a single human can possibly be so dangerous! Indeed, most of his dialogue implies that instead of killing Shepard, he actually wants to keep them for study or make them into an indoctrinated figurehead like Saren.
    • Shepard themself can show shades of this; conversing with Jacob and Miranda about the acquisition of a krogan in a cloning tank, they can be outright gleeful about the fact that none of them know what this krogan is like. In the Mass Effect 3 DLC "Leviathan", they can decide to take the severed animated head of what is either a Husk or a Cerberus trooper back to the Normandy to be installed in their cabin, at the suggestion of James Vega, who loves that thing even after it bites him and even suggests going bowling with it!
    • In the second game, Shepard retrieves their N7 helmet from the wreck of the first Normandy and Liara later gives them back their original dogtags. So basically, Shepard enjoys decorating their cabin in things they were wearing when they died!
    • The helmet is actually pretty understandable considering it kept Shepard's brain intact, leaving them Only Mostly Dead instead of completely so. It's also heavily implied that Shepard keeps these items as mementos of the lost crew of the first Normandy, including Kaidan or Ashley, whichever of the two was lost on Virmire.
    • There's also Grunt, who after leaving the tank and getting some experience of krogan life, can be found chuckling at an imprinted memory of a krogan pulling off a dead turian's face with a crowbar. As a Blood Knight, he's also prone to responding to large and dangerous enemies with outright glee that they found something so big and entertaining to fight.
  • In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Kraden's reaction to seeing a werewolf near Garoh is pretty much pure Squee, and he demands that the (alarmed) player characters look for more, while insistently denying that he's excited to see werewolves.
    "All right, so I lied! I'm glad we found werewolves! Are you happy?"
    • He's also fascinated by the dangerous Psynergy Vortexes in Dark Dawn.
  • Diablo
    Necromancer: This is fantastic! I wish I had time to study this bizarre dimension.
    Kormac: I must thank you.
    Witch Doctor: Why?
    Kormac: When I became a Templar, I dreamed of invading the Hells themselves. This is all I ever wanted.
    Witch Doctor: Sometimes, you worry me.
  • Played for Laughs in one save-skit in Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation. Irm and Tasuku discuss about how much the group has garnered a lot of pretty women, but much to Tasuku's shock, the one that interested Irm is Umbra, who, mind you, despite female, sounds like male Satan, part of the despair-eating Ruina, and looks like this.
  • Eriko "Elly" Kirishima from Persona has shades of this. The city becoming enclosed in a barrier and demons flooding the streets? Yay! Being sent to a parallel world? Awesome! But what really nails it is her reaction in the manga after recovering from Taken for Granite: "what a shame, it was over too soon. I wanted to experience the feeling a while longer...".
  • Team Fortress 2's Medic is far more eager than is healthy about things like extracting and stealing the skeletons of living patients, trading body part collections with other people (or with talking books), demonstrations of the power to warp the human body in a strange or terrifying way, randomly implanting animal organs into humans, transforming his own head into that of his beloved pigeon or stitching half a dead face onto his own, or even finding his own blood being drained to be a "curious feeling." He's also much too happy at the revelation of strange tumors in bread after being put through the teleporter, especially when the tumor-bread comes to life and starts trying to kill him after he antagonizes it. If he wasn't properly coming across as a Mad Doctor before, he sure is now.

    Visual Novels 
  • Corpse Party: Blood Covered has a particularly creepy example in Sakutaro Morishige, who seems completely normal before The Reveal. Said reveal comes about when you discover him blushing and gushing over the smeared remains of his best friend's corpse, filming it on his cell phone. Of course, he doesn't know it's her at the time and does not take it well when he finds out. Ayumi Shinozaki is a subversion. She loves telling scary stories. Being in a scary story? Not so much.
  • Big Bad Junko Enoshima from the Dangan Ronpa series loves some good despair.
  • You can be this in Hatoful Boyfriend by pursuing a romance with Dr. Iwamine Shuu all the way to the bitter end.

    Webcomics 
  • Shuinji Watanabe from Sexy Losers. In the beginning, he was "just" a necrophile, but he was flanderized into being a fan of zombies, amputees and flesh wounds. Other characters of the webcomic apply too.
  • Bugbears in Skin Deep basically exist to find people wherever they are and scare them. A character even describes that some of the the real life examples here are bugbears in universe.
  • Yuki from MegaTokyo. She has her very own pet zombie godzilla (Zom Zom-chan) which she tries her very best to make as kawaii as possible.
  • Tsukiko from The Order of the Stick. The first time she met the lich Xykon, she hit on him. (Later, she's seen carrying around a Xykon doll.) She also acted like a mother to a group of wights she had raised, stating that 'a pulse is not a prerequisite for being loved.'
    • Not to mention Nale and Sabine.
  • Zimmy from Gunnerkrigg Court is happiest in the rain, because it somehow gives her a brief respite from her out-of-control powers.
  • In Drowtales, Mel creeps out even other drow with her love for spiders.
  • Rose Lalonde from Homestuck studies the zoologically dubious in her spare time, preferably in her trusty grimoire. Not to mention her chumhandle, "tentacleTherapist". Given her penchant for psychoanalysis, it's most likely that it's intended to be read as "tentacle Therapist", not "tentacle The rapist", but either is pretty Nightmare Fetishistic.
    • In one flashback, we see Rose making snow eldritch abominations.
    • Dave Strider used to keep dead things in jars.
    • Feferi really doesn't understand why Jade (along with most of the readers) was so freaked out by the Gods of the Furthest Ring. Although this is justified, seeing as her guardian lusus (parental figure) was their emissary, so she's quite used to seeing mind-warpingly bizarre Cosmic Horrors by this point.
    • Aradia, after her ascension to God Tier. She honestly doesn't see why others are creeped out by her eagerness to throw a "corpse party" (read: funeral) and sees death as something worth celebrating.
  • Sparks in Girl Genius have a disturbing tendency to get fired up when discussing any kind of experiments. The more gruesome, twisted, dangerous, or unusual the experiment the better! Also, this:
    "Not a bad idea, but d'Omas' taste in women was... well... let's just say it was lucky for him he could build his own. There'll be no d'Omas heirs showing up... except in glass jars."
  • Penny Arcade: Tycho paints us a picture.
    • Amusingly, the third panel now has dialogue. In the original, it was silent — they mentioned in a podcast that they had to add it because without the dialogue, it pushes it past "funny" and into scary.
  • Sandra K. Fuhr, creator of Boy Meets Boy, Friendly Hostility, and Other People's Business could be seen as one of these herself, as evidenced in her comic 5ideways and in some of her one-shot drawings. Many of her characters throughout any and all of her various works display this trope to varying degrees.
  • In Questionable Content, Pintsize definitely has a corner on this market.
  • Chainsawsuit has Mr. Wuvcraft. Yay!
  • Elmsly from Beyond the Canopy. He's excited about visiting a swamp full of poisonous wildlife, and after Glenn defeats a group of dangerous spider crabs, Elmsly wishes he could have studied one of them up close.

    Web Original 
  • A common character type in the works of Alexandra Erin.
  • Ask That Guy. He's a Depraved Omnisexual to ridiculous extremes, works for the devil, apparently keeps souls under his robe, and has a habit of crossing lines no man was ever meant to cross.
    • Similarly, we have Bennett the Sage of Masterpiece Fanfic Theater, who reads fanfics that tend to reach Nightmare Fuel levels of Squick. Sure enough, he appeared alongside Ask That Guy...and proceed to horrify him.
    • Let's not forget Ralph, the Inner Serial killer dwelling within Luke Mochrie's mind.
    Ralph: When I know there's going to be violence involved, I always, always make sure I have a bottle of lubricant and some paper towel on hand.
  • Anna Chase of Survival of the Fittest v4. She is a complete and utter aversion of Girls Are Really Scared of Horror Movies. She seems particularly fond of psychological horror and slasher movies, and can be described as a bit obsessed over them at times. It has been shown that on a couple of occasions, if something reminds her of a horror movie she could easily have a "Cool!" type reaction, though not always. Occasionally, this, combined with her normal personality, sides into Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant tendencies, as you might expect.
    • In another example, the Big Bad, Danya, also appears to be an example of this trope, as although he has an agenda to his actions, he seems to genuinely enjoy watching teenagers killing each other, for the most part. In fact, a good portion of the time he is cackling over how so-and-so died that day whenever announcements come up, often poking fun at the victims. He also reads SOTF fanwork for fun. Speaking of which, the program in-universe does have people who watch the show, even if a Guilty Pleasure interest in it, including a number of characters that appear on the island.
  • Carmilla of the Whateley Universe. Hawthorne dorm residents were horrified when she went down to the dorm's deepest level into a room you aren't supposed to enter and faced the unnameable horrors inside. She treated it like a big party. But then, she is an Eldritch Abomination herself.
  • CSupernova's Modern Thief, as seen here.
  • Mizue Atta from Mitadake Saga is shown to be extremely interested in the dead body in the school. She even mentions how silly she thinks morals are. She's utterly adorable despite this.
  • XIX is a more ... literal example, but writes amazing serial killer POV's.
  • Ed from Nullmetal Alchemist is one of these, referring to his revived mother's horrifying fgure (noting that she's mostly organs) as beautiful and has a long discussion with a serial killer about how fascinated he is with the grotesque. Al comments on how he doesn't want to discuss Ed's "nightmare fetish".
    • After hearing Al's justification for staying a suit of armor (to be attractive to Winry):
    Ed: That's fucked up. (beat) I like it.
  • Ultra Fast Pony's Sweetie Belle is fascinated by scenes of death and violence. When she and her new friends form a club, all her suggestions for club names sound like death metal album titles.
    Apple Bloom: How about the Cutie Mark Crusaders?
    Sweetie Belle: The Crusades were the most violent, depraved, torturous, and brutal times of all history. I frickin' love it.

    Western Animation 
  • Princess Luna's cape is made of living bats. 'Nuff said.
    • Castle Mane-ia reveals that the Princesses had their old home, the Everfree Castle, filled with trap doors, spinning walls, scary statues, and an Ominous Pipe Organ controlling it all. They did so for the fun of it.
      • Not to mention the hall of disembodied hooves. Though it seems that it was Celestia who had this installed, as Luna was apparently afraid of it. Whether they were real or fake is never actually explained either.
  • Not even Disney shies away from this trope. Lilo & Stitch's Lilo practices voodoo, owns a handmade doll that she pretends has a bug-infested skull, and is generally considered a freak by her peers. Her only true friends turn out to be from outer space.
    • In Lilo & Stitch: The Series, she did make friends with another, similar human girl. Lilo gave the girl a pet alien experiment shaped like a bat who ate mucus to help her with her sinus problems. Really.
  • As mentioned in Film, Lydia in the 'toon version of Beetlejuice not only became friends with the gentler (but still revolting) Beej, she's been shown to own spiders, and everything she does from starting a band ("The Brides of Frankenstein") to designing Shakespearean costumes (which got Ol' Will's thumbs up of approval) has strong Gothic undertones. Nevermind that she does happily shunt off to the Neitherworld.
  • In the Where's Waldo? cartoon, actually called Where's Wally?, the title character will constantly and cheerfully remark on their current plight; for example, falling hundreds of feet "to certain doom!"
    • He also smiles constantly while watching others get pummeled or is in danger of a pummeling himself (said eagerly: "Who's the menacing fellow who looks as if he'd like to twist me into a knot and throw me off a cliff?"), is excited to be standing in front of an angry stampede, be attacked by monsters, be tied up in chains, be taken prisoner ("Wow, Woof, didjya hear that? We're official prisoners!"), hop into a dangerous pit of doom (shaking bag and smiling: "Well, Woof, apparently I didn't bring my parachute."), and is nothing short of thrilled to be in a cave-in. ("Wow, Woof! It's a real cave-in! And we've only been here just a few minutes! (elated sigh) How lucky can you get?") Seriously, how did Woof survive being around this guy?
  • In Growing Up Creepie, Creepie Chreecher falls in love with a boy working at a carnival who she believes is half-tarantula, but loses interest when she finds out it was just a costume. In a later episode her interest in him returns once she finds out his adoptive mother is a giant spider.
  • Most of the cast of Superjail! seems to be this trope. Even Jared, occasionally.
  • Raven of the Teen Titans displays some morbid inclinations, has been described as "way creepy" and... should the world get turned into gothic ruins and blood red sky? "Cool." Of course, in this case it's hard for her to help it, since she is the daughter of a demon after all.
  • Very, very little fazes The Magic School Bus' Ms. Frizzle if it can be used as a teaching moment. Moments like getting ensnared by a giant spider, getting eaten by a student, and falling into a volcano.
  • Dr. Potterswheel from Moral Orel is sexually aroused by lacerations, scars and disfiguration. He accidentally killed his wife by loading her full of painkillers after an accident rather than actually treating her wounds. It's possible that this could still happen to Bloberta, who spent entire days mutilating her own vagina to seduce him. Keep in mind, absolutely none of this is Played for Laughs.
    • Well, it's Played for Laughs a little bit. After all, she does use a jackhammer... They just make up for it by emphasizing how unhappy she is.
  • Cheryl, the secretary from Archer:
    Cheryl: You seriously don't think that's hot?
    Pam: I seriously think you're scary.
    Cheryl: No, nononono. Like, a big sweaty fireman carries you out of a burning building, lays you on the sidewalk and you think "OK, he's gonna give me mouth to mouth," but instead, he just starts choking the shit out of you, and the last sensation you feel before you die is that he's squeezing your throat so hard that a big glob of drool slips right off his teeth and -* blurp* - lands right on your popped out eyeball.
    (beat)
    Pam: Jesus Christ!
    Cheryl: I know, right?
    Lana: What the hell?!
    Cheryl: I'm wet just thinking about it.
    • Krieger as well.
    Archer: Wait, are you still taping bum fights to get off?
    Krieger: No, now I'm into something much... Darker.
    • Cheryl and Krieger dated for a while, until she left him because he was too weak to strangle her and the "robot choke arm" just wasn't the same.
    Cheryl: I'm sorry, but your hands are just too tiny and weak. It's like being strangled by a child, which I thought would be hot, but it wasn't!
  • Edith from Despicable Me. Her bedtime prayers include the request to not let bugs go into their ears and lay eggs in their skulls/brains, she finds it "cooool!" that she and her sisters are sleeping in old, inactive bombs after Gru adopts them, and she is extremely excited to see that her pancake is shaped like a "dead guy."
  • Heloise from Jimmy Two-Shoes actually becomes depressed when there's destruction and she's not the one causing it.
    • Then in Bend It Like Wreckem; after Jimmy and Beezy accidentally knocked the pro soccer player Wreckem out, she takes his brain out and takes care of it, then hugs it while baby-talking it!
  • Everyone in Halloween Town.
    • There's a moment when Jack roars at Lock, Shock and Barrel to scare them into shutting up. Shock almost looks like she's going to faint...and not with fear.
  • Fern Walters from Arthur often reads and tells scary stories with absolute glee.
  • Batman Beyond's villainess Inque. Oh good god...
  • Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar finds things that would freak out the other penguins a little too interesting.
  • Phineas, of all people, from Phineas and Ferb could be seen as one. He's highly enthusiastic about almost everything, including things that would scare your average person (this side of him was definitely on display when he and Ferb built the haunted house). Not to mention that he delivers lines like this in his usual gleeful tone:
    "In case we capsize, your seat cushions can function as a headstone!"
  • On Adventure Time, Marceline. This makes it hilariously bad when she tries to Play Cyrano for Finn and Princess Bubblegum.
    Marceline: The only thing women love more than fun is excitement. She needs to feel her blood pump, man! She needs to...BE CHASED BY WOLVES!
    Finn: Like...metaphorically?
  • On Gravity Falls, Dipper tries to convince his sister Mabel that her new boyfriend is a zombie. She's mostly just excited by the idea that he might be a vampire instead. They're both wrong—he's five gnomes in a costume.

    Real Life 
  • Just check out the Bogleech website for some excellent examples of a guy waxing poetic about hagfish.
  • Ugly Overload. 'Nuff said.
  • David Lynch
  • Tim Burton, big time.
  • The screenwriters of Game of Thrones. Surely there are some things from the books by George R. R. Martin, but others are a product of screenwriters' jolly imagination.
    • The rat torture was in the books. And, horrifyingly, that was a LESS squicky version of a real life form of torture practiced by the ancient Chinese, where instead of the rat burrowing into your chest, it burrowed into the victim's anus. Likewise, everything done to Theon is either implied in the books, or is a real (and fairly mild compared to whats implied) form of torture used in the real world.
  • Guillermo del Toro
  • H. R. Giger, the architect and artist who created the eponymous xenomorph of the Alien franchise, as well as the creature from Species seems to be quite one of these. Many of his works feature strange melds of organic and mechanic, horrific geometries, and copious amounts of sexual imagery. He even has a portfolio collection entitled Xenoerotica.
    • Actually a bit of a subversion. Giger has mentioned before that he's terrified of his own artwork and uses them as therapy for his night terrors. Apparently, they don't work very well.
      • Somewhat of a double-subversion, too. Giger also implied he sees beauty in his artwork as well, specifically with the xenomorph, which he considers more fascinating than gross.
  • John Waters, although he's always quick to point out the difference between being one of these and a plain old Jerkass
  • Goth, and Juggalo, and some subgenres of Punk, are what happens when an entire subculture decides to adopt Freaky Is Cool as a philosophy.
  • Voice actress Yuu Kobayashi isn't just attracted to this; her hobby is creating Nightmare Fuel in picture form.
  • Robert Young Pelton has made a career because he loves going to the most miserable places on earth and living there. Most of his favorite vacation spots can be found by looking at list of the most violent conflicts of the last couple decades.
  • Pretty much any paraphilia is this. Some examples are teratophilia, the sexual attraction to deformed or monstrous people; necrophilia, the sexual attraction to corpses and/or the dead; and vorarephilia, the sexual attraction to predation, whether that means eating another or being eaten.
    • It has come to light in horror films about the sexual symbolism of murder weapons, specifically sharp instruments, to have found a place in paraphilia. Not forgetting the intimate relations provided all too well by Freddy's glove in the Nightmare On Elm Street series.
  • Anybody who studies/is fascinated by things that cause phobias in most people - like spiders, snakes, sharks, bees etc.
    • This is most often because of the fact that said people realize something: most of these animals aren't actually harmful, and are often quite beneficial (at the very least, at population control). Without bees pollinating crops, for example, the world would be without a huge fraction of its food.
  • Junji Ito, the disturbingly enthusiastic horror mangaka.
  • Go to a movie theater to see a horror movie and chances are that at least half the people there to see it are there (at least partially) for the Nightmare Fuel aspect of it.
    • Arguably this is the entire point of the Horror Genre.


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