Welcome to the wonderful world of ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'', where everything TastesLikeDiabetes... [[NightmareFuel or not]]. Despite being one of Creator/{{Nintendo}}'s [[LighterAndSofter lightest and softest]] yet, players can still find reasons to be spooked by this seemingly harmless little series.
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* Whilst many are upbeat or at the very least relaxing, there's quite a few unnerving songs from K.K. Slider.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLLRM4n1f6U K.K. Dirge]] is about as pleasant as the name implies, being a foreboding track REEKING of dread. The song has creepy moaning noises throughout, weird, glitchy computer bleeping and synths, and finally, it ends on several abrupt bangs... [[NothingIsScarier before simply starting up again like normal]].
*** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A21JFshMtF8 The live version]] is at least a little better. The ominous guitar strumming, particularly in place of banging at the end, as well as K.K.'s howls, contribute a very different but nonetheless creepy air to the song. But at least it's K.K. singing it, instead of low and disembodied creepy voice, and the dog's cute sounds cut the tension. It's something akin to a friend telling you a scary story.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lxsYti9b8Y K.K. Oasis]]. There's [[ParanoiaFuel something unsettling about the desert feel]]. Not helping is the fact that it was used in the horror town of Shachipanda (more on this later).
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F3PyZTpJb0 K.K. Lullaby]] is a soft, comfortable sounding lullaby song. The creepy part is the [[LastNoteNightmare last few seconds of the song.]] [[BackMasking It does a creepy backmask effect.]] Some have argued it's simply the tape rewinding, except there's the fact [[FridgeHorror that your music usually isn't played on tapes]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAqDsQj0N3w Hypno K.K.]], a distorted, melancholy song that almost sounds like it's playing in reverse. The trippy cover art doesn't help matters much.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pwD25Kv_49A K.K. Synth]], quite simply, just sounds rather messed up and glitchy, all the while giving off an unnervingly sad sounding vibe.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puj89z-MOzM K.K. Swing]] sounds like ordinary, relaxing classical music at first, albeit with a few off-kilter or strangely loud sounding notes... then towards the end it suddenly starts to sound as if it's going backwards before going back to normal like nothing happened. It gives the feeling of something rather sinister or creepy being concealed behind a normal, benign facade.
* The ''City Folk''/''Let's Go To the City'' manual claims that Mr. Resetti might be this to younger players. Funnily enough, Resetti ended up being optional in ''New Leaf'' because according to Nintendo, he scared the younger players and even made a few cry in some cases. This can end up averted if you aren't the mayor, though. Even if you are not the mayor, this opens the Reset Center project FOR the mayor. And the devious siblings rejoiced.
* In the original [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] version the music that plays at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrEss6dcsc8 11:00 p.m.]] as well as the music that plays at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odZ-OV8JWNk&index=24 midnight]] can sound really spooky for such a lighthearted game like Animal Crossing. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zriYPJvR45s 1 AM]] is fairly minimalist, but still similarly unsettling.
** The music at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdrjrVPAMvQ 2:00 a.m.]] also made many players jump because of how out-of-place it sounds compared to not only the rest of the late night music, but also the rest of the hourly music in the game. In contrast, the next two installments' equivalent only has this sort of tone in its ''Super Smash Bros.'' remix.
** Although plenty of music in ''Animal Crossing'' is [[AwesomeMusic comfy, catchy and sets the tone perfectly]], at the same time, a lot of background themes in the series in general and the first installment in particular have sort of a surreal and minimalist feeling to them, lending the game with something like a sleazy atmosphere. It's no surprise that the series is ridden with "Tom Nook is a mafioso" theories when most of its gameplay consists of the player character moving to a strange and unfamiliar town, immediately having a massive debt thrust upon him, and then getting repeatedly scammed and taken advantage of by a conga line of bizarre characters, all to the tune of a few dissonant kazoos, drums and kotos clinging in the background...
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL2diojhue8 4 AM]] in ''New Leaf''. While the music is unsettling enough on its own, an industrious Japanese player created an entire village meant to be visited in dream mode that is {{Creepypasta}} incarnate, and it is always 4 AM when visited. (Since Nintendo is a Japanese company, this one [[FourIsDeath was probably intentional]], in contrast to a lot of other music-related examples.)
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmtKHo7GB64 7 PM]] music somewhat falls under this category. It sticks out from the rest of the music played during the general time like a sore thumb. It has almost a creepy sense of urgency to it, almost as if sorrow is plaguing your character.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_00O4KWBxY 12 AM]]. Unlike the 4 AM theme, which is creepy because it's essentially NothingIsScarier in musical form, the instrumentation has some unsettling knocking in it ''and'' made many players jump at the beginning. It sounds very out of place between the songs that play at 11 PM and 1 AM, which are more sad-sounding like ''Wild World'' and ''City Folk''[='=]s 11 PM-2 AM music.
** The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQLvrhUXwtE 5 AM]]. After the unsettling 4 AM music, you're treated to what sounds like a deranged arrangement of the beautiful 8 PM music. Unless you have either the Early-Bird or Night-Owl ordinance, no one else is up. The music sounds distorted and has occasional pauses, with a tribal-sounding drum beat, comparable to the 12 AM theme's woodblock sounds, giving the feel of oncoming insanity.
* In the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoGameCube GameCube]] version, if you were unlucky enough to not save when you're away travelling on the train, you lose your money, your items, and [[NightmareFace your face]]. Yep, imagine the horror of stepping out of your house, turning around to the camera and having an [[http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9wdwdP2121rrrnh1o1_500.png empty, gaping face]]. Empty eye sockets, open, expressionless mouth, warty skin, and a disturbing resemblance to a [[Franchise/TheLegendofZelda ReDead]]. Apparently, it was meant to resemble a Gyroid to remind you to save.
** Perhaps this is the same fate that became of Coco.
** Technically speaking, this is, in theory, a failsafe, added to prevent {{Game Breaking Bug}}s. Namely, to prevent your face from looking like an EldritchAbomination, having your inventory filled up with massive glitches, and having negative bells. In hindsight, they probably could've done that better.
* Whilst the fact that they're all equally characters you can grow to become friends with and care about stops any of them from being TOO frightening, a number of villagers have designs or other factors that could certainly be seen as unnerving.
** [[IronicName Lucky]], a big-eared dog with the Lazy personality. The NightmareFuel kicks in as soon as you see him: ''his entire body [[{{Mummy}} is covered in gauze]]''. There's a little patch over his left eye that shows [[NothingIsScarier utter blackness]] and a pure yellow eye. His default {{catchphrase}} is “rrr-owch.” Lucky's house seems to be based on Egyptian tombs. Not helping is the fact that he has the aforementioned K.K. Dirge playing in his house.
** Coco, a rabbit with the Normal personality. How many people have seen her walking around with her back turned, go to talk to the new villager and get a load of...[[http://nookipedia.com/w/images/thumb/d/d8/Coco.png/200px-Coco.png this]]? No, her mouth is not open because she is shocked, she ''always'' looks like that. Her face was probably meant to look like a Gyroid, or more likely, a coconut, but it's still sort of a strange face to give a character. And guess what song is playing in her house? Yup, the aforementioned K.K. Dirge.
*** It gets worse. Gyroids are based upon [[http://didyouknowgaming.com/post/38165466317/animal-crossing Japanese clay figures that are buried with the dead]]. So, by extension, Coco could also easily be connected to these figures. This may also explain the choice to use K.K. Dirge in her house. This fact also contributes additional horror to other aspects of the game as well.
** Rasher, a boar with quite a few visible scars on him to the point of resembling a football, and whose name is even a term for a thin slice bacon or ham. That grin certainly doesn't help either.
** Stitches, a Lazy cub villager based on a teddy bear. Whilst [[https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/animalcrossing/images/4/43/Stitches_-_Animal_Crossing_New_Leaf.png/revision/latest?cb=20130708044135 his design]] in combination with his personality and playhouse-esque home design is equal parts adorable for some, it isn't hard to see why his [[WingdingEyes cross-shaped eyes]] coupled with the mismatched colors across his body could prove somewhat creepy. It really doesn't help that his default song is the previously mentioned K.K. Lullaby.
** Biskit. Sure, he's yet another Lazy type villager, which softens the blow, but those [[BlankWhiteEyes pure white eyes]] of his are more than a little unsettling to some.
** Shari. She is an Uchi monkey who... [[https://nookipedia.com/w/images/3/3f/Shari_HHD.png just look at her]]. She also plays the aforementioned K.K. Oasis in her house.
** [[NiceGuy Phil]], a new villager in New Leaf. He himself is not scary (and is actually very friendly). However, [[http://oi40.tinypic.com/21jznle.jpg his face]] [[BlankWhiteEyes when he's surprised]] can be unnerving.
*** Quite a few villagers are similar in this regard - Dotty, a peppy rabbit villager, gets [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] when she's surprised. Roscoe the horse is black with red eyes, but the whites of his eyes turn yellow when he gets angry, and Rodeo is black bull with white/light grey hair and red eyes (that even glow when he's excited!). Thankfully, they can all be as nice as any other villager, though.
*** Even Harriet is not safe from having [[https://d3esbfg30x759i.cloudfront.net/ss/WVW69iidR4knF7Jvjp unnerving eyes]] when shocked.
* In all games, the piranha, when in an aquarium, will repeatedly bash its head against the tank towards the player when they come close, clearly trying to bite the player. Though, it quickly becomes annoying after the initial shock wears off.
* [[SpidersAreScary The]] [[GiantSpider tarantula]] in Wild World onwards. Thankfully rare, if it sees you approach carrying a bug net, it [[BerserkButton flips out]] and attacks you. The horrifying part of this is that your character PASSES OUT and the screen fades to black. Luckily you end up in front of your house no worse for the wear, but it's still a horrifying event in a game where the seemingly worst fate for your character is [[BeeAfraid being stung by bees]].
** The [[ScaryScorpions scorpion]] does the same. And the bees themselves aren't much better. When you shake the trees, sometimes a beehive falls. Your character gets an OhCrap expression and if you're not quick enough to capture one of them or run into either your or someone else's house, the bees will sting you mercilessly, causing some rather severe wounds on your face.
** Though, these all quickly become more annoyances than anything. Either you use some medicine (by either paying 400 bells or, in ''New Leaf'', getting some from a villager) and keep playing, or you save and quit, then reload it. As for fainting and getting sent back, it just wastes time.
* With ''New Leaf'' came the possibility to share dream versions of your town via the Internet. Inevitably, creepy places started popping up. Nintendo apparently didn't notice, as the only reason the towns were taken down is because ''all'' towns were taken down when the ''Welcome amiibo'' update was released, with all dream towns needing to be uploaded from scratch (which happened with at least one such town).
** Aika, a village that does something unlike any other: it tells a story. It's a horror story [[EpilepticTrees filled with more interpretations than this game has items.]] [[SurpriseCreepy It's all VERY unsettling and completely out of place in such a cute series as Animal Crossing.]] The dream address is 2D00-002A-49A0.
*** The aforementioned Hypno K.K., a song that is creepy in its own right, has been infamously used with Aika village to the point where the song can barely be brought up without any mention of the town. K.K. Synth also gets used in a maze in one of the houses. It balances NightmareFuel with being rather sad.
*** It is actually possible to become temporarily trapped in one of the player houses. One house's main room is a maze made up of barely visible blocks and stools that you have to jump on and rotate. When leaving the room at the end, it's possible for the player villager that owns the house to show up. Due to the layout of the house, the villager will spawn in such a way to block any exit from the house, forcing you to wait until they leave.
*** And now for a bit of FridgeHorror. Aika is a popular dream town that's visited by lots of players via the Dream Suite. After an update, it gained a new feature: various parts of blue and pink PJ outfits scattered throughout the town, [[spoiler:with creepy skeletons buried near some of said parts]]. [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou The implications here are terrifying, to say the least.]]
** Although the dream town is not completely empty, it still feels creepily vacant; main street is blocked off by a perpetually frozen train and the town hall is closed. However, the worst has to be Re-Tail, sounding almost post-apocalyptic; when interacting with the door to the shop, it reads,
--->''"Re-Tail: Temporarily closed forever."''
*** Though granted, every Re-Tail in the dream world says that. But Aika's atmosphere makes it feel like it just "shouldn't" be like that, despite being normal.
*** Every dream Main Street is also blocked by a train, softening things a bit... But, again, given Aika's atmosphere, it still works. It almost makes you wonder what Main Street ''would'' look like if it could be altered to match the rest of the town.
** Another horror village is Hitokui, the cannibal village. While it's not as ambiguous or well-known as Aika, it's very detailed and disturbing. You can find an in-depth walkthrough [[http://creepycool.blogspot.com/2013/07/the-cannibal-town.html here]]. %%Needs a Welcome amiibo dream code, if one exists
** There's also the town of Shachipanda, which features a little girl, a fallen superstar, a drug addict, and some very creepy basements. %%The dream code is 2100-0784-7385. [Dream code needs to be replaced, if possible.]
*** In a previous version of the town, the two girls were occasionally represented by two actual villagers -- Francine and Chrissy, a pair of rabbits who are popular to have as a matching pair and are frequently interpreted to be sisters. The things that were implied to happen to the girls of Shachipanda, mainly to Yamii/Chrissy, weren't exactly fun; imagine applying ''that'' to one's own Chrissy. The town has since been updated and lost most of the creepy rooms (aside from a special few), but [[http://fuckyeahassortedstuff.tumblr.com/post/62576512449/shachipanda-druggy-village-an-assortedstuff-dream tours of the previous version still exist]].
** There's a town called Aniville that gives off the boarding school of horror themes... as well as some ''Franchise/SilentHill'' feelings to it.... %%The dream code is 4800-2398-3734. [Dream code needs to be replaced, if possible.]
** Although not an actual Dream Town, with Animal Crossing Plaza for the Wii U allowing people to share Dream Town codes, VideoGameCrueltyPotential arose. Simply put, people could share these or even MAKE THEIR TOWN scary, and then people wanna just kick that Wii U controller.
%%** [[http://fuckyeahassortedstuff.tumblr.com/post/79438011770/an-animal-crossing-horror-towns-masterpost Here's an entire index of horror towns.]] Sweet dreams!
%%These codes no longer work as of Welcome amiibo's release
* ''New Leaf'' also gives us the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBehEwDHt74 3:33 AM alien message]], only available on Sunday and Monday.
* The original Animal Crossing started up with a voice saying "Nintendo" that differs depending on how many times you've loaded the title screen without powering down, with the cycle repeating. Eventually, it will start up with a deep voice saying "Nintendo" not unlike the one in Luigi's Mansion, and then while it usually shows a random character walking around, this time it shows a villager carrying an axe randomly chopping down trees. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N3a00_TP9wk Here's an example of this.]]
* One of the possible conversations between "Cranky" and "Peppy" villagers. It starts off innocent enough, but the conversation ends up saying "I keep an [insert random object here] under my pillow when I sleep" from the Peppy villager. In this Peppy villager's case, she says "I keep a knife under my pillow when I sleep". The Cranky villager will have a look of shock and says she's nuts as the chat ends. Though just awkward randomness, it is very unsettling.
* In ''New Leaf'', one of the reasons an Uchi villager can give for wanting to move is because she wants to take part in a turf war, mistakenly thinking they're just throwing dirt around. It's mitigated by the fact that moved out villagers occasionally visit your Main Street, but still!
* When you accidentally hit a villager with a net. Nothing is more scary than the fear that they hate you.
* Surprisingly, villagers unexpectedly coming over for a visit can be this. Being in another room, only to suddenly lose control of your character while dialogue and a villager come out of nowhere can really make one jump.
** The startling factor is mostly mitigated, however, by the fact that [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments only villagers you've become good friends with will visit you abruptly like this, and some will even bring you a present.]]
* A few Gyroid families are quite creepy... well, if you don't just think all Gyroids in general are creepy. All of these families fall under the "Quirky" interior theme, which says something.
** The Howloids are a vibrant red, magenta, and purple (Mega, Regular, Mini, respectively) and have domed heads. Their facial holes feature a turned down mouth outlined in blue, and bags under their eyes, making them look like they're screaming. Oh, ''and they do'', with a "bending down and covering face" and "spreading arms when rising" motion.
** The Freakoids (two sizes, Mega and Mini) are both purple and blue with flat-topped eye holes and look like they have stringy hair, with lines under their caps. They also have a hole to be a nose, and a half-circle for a mouth, flat side down. They have the same motions as the Howloids and ''sound like crying babies''.
** The Lamentoids invoke UncannyValley by Gyroid standards. They are brown Gyroids in the four standard sizes, but their faces aren't the usual holes, but painted like an African tribal mask. They make a sound like a deep tumbling bell, but their colorful face paint is really unnerving.
** The Poltergoids are more spooky than creepy, but they are pretty strange. All four are beige gyroids with two large circular eyeholes and several small mouth holes forming a creepy smile, making them resemble a skeleton. They have square designs on their base and rim of their caps. They make a rapid vibrating rattle, like a stereotypical ghost or ''bones snapping''.
** Adding to the creepiness of Gyroids, talking to Dr. Shrunk in the Cafe he states that, the gyroids on stage, they appeared out of nowhere one day and he has no idea where they came from. Though a villager may have put them there without him knowing, or possibly their love for music drew them to Club LOL except they aren't mobile... or are they? And if a Jock villager visits your house, and comments on your Gyroid, he may bring up that he has no idea how Gyroids work. So, adding to their mysteriousness they're some sort of creature that can be both sentient and non-sentient, are based on burial urns, and no-one seems to know what they exactly are... *shudder*
* If you tell a villager you're going to do them a favor, forget to (or couldn't find the other villager you were supposed to) and leave, then you return after a long time, then that villager you were doing the favor for is going to be MAD when you return. If you've forgotten about the favor in the first place, then this can be really alarming and confusing.
* When you catch a flea off a jock villager, one response has them thanking you for 'saving their bacon'. This can quickly go from harmless to somewhat disturbing, however, when you remember there are [[CarnivoreConfusion numerous sentient pig villagers]]. Oh.
** Altogether, there are a total of five jock pig villagers that can thank you for saving their bacon, indicating they're comfortable with this fact.
* You can build Snowmen. They are sentient and they slowly melt away over the course of days, and it's possible for them to remain for a single day after the snow completely melts in late February.
* Some of the "Creepy Set" of furniture obtained on Halloween:
** The Creepy Statue. It's a male bust made of dark stone, but when you interact with it, [[RedEyesTakeWarning glowing red eyes appear.]] It's just a decoration, but it can still be startling when interacting with it for the first time.
** The Creepy Crystal is a small table with a crystal ball on it. When activated, a moaning face appears. The face itself follows you when you rotate the camera.
** The Creepy Coffin is a storage unit, but when opened, it reveals a skeleton standing inside.
*** Turns into a SugarWiki/{{Funny Moment}}s when you realize the skeleton is probably wondering why you're putting three peaches, a caught butterfly, and an Arwing model in there with it.
* Not even Happy Home Designer is safe from people making creepy homes. One in particular is for Apollo the eagle (who is portrayed in the anime movie as [[SugarAndIcePersonality stoic yet inviting]]) which begins showcasing a miniature city off to the side in bright daylight. Go inside the house, however, and the room is dark, eerie noises play, and an LED billboard with some ominous red Japanese text hangs over the dimly lit city. Go into the room in the back, and there's a blocked off area with skeletons, a picture of Julian (a unicorn villager), and the infamous K.K. Dirge. The code is 0008-7765-454.
** Designs for the Hospital in general tend to invoke creepiness. Just try looking some up. Sweet dreams!
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