Nightmare Fuel: Atop the Fourth Wall
A funny review show... that features an Eldritch Abomination
, a Killer Robot
/ Manipulative Bastard
, a Multiversal Conqueror
, and a hero who is edging further and further into Anti-Hero
to the point of nightmarishness. Yeah, Linkara is really
good at creating plots that fill us with terror.
Major spoilers for Atop the Fourth Wall
are abundant below. You have been warned.
- From Sultry Teenage Super Foxes #2, "All that he sees, he conquers." Damn it, Mechakara, stop being creepy!
- It's worse when you get the context. It's an Early-Bird Cameo of Lord Vyce's catchphrase/slogan.
- Lord Vyce. He's a Multiversal Conqueror considered the most feared being throughout the multiverse. He's managed to kill gods, and effortlessly took out Linkara. And the kicker? He's doing it to save reality from something even worse than him.
- The revelation that Linksano's own reality was one of Vyce's previous conquests makes it even worse. Remember all those funny, quirky characters we met in the Party Mania universe (which includes female versions of Spoony, 90s Kid and Benzaie)? Chances are, they're all dead. Or worse.
- The backstory of Linkara's Magic Gun.
- It's a girl. The Magic Gun is powered by the soul of a dead girl who was tortured to death by her zealot parents. And the god they worshiped? It's the Entity.
- Linkara's related breakdown. Think about it: this guy has faced killer robots, mad scientists, and horrible comics without batting an eye. His breakdown when he believes that he was the girl's father reminds us that he can, in fact, go insane if push comes to shove.
- The Gaslighting Linkara goes through is pretty disturbing in and of itself. Especially the scene where Mechakara seemingly appears in Linkara's apartment to taunt him.
Linkara: I am not listening to you. You are not there.
Mechakara: Of course I'm not. Delusions. See where I'm going with all this?
Linkara: I am going to proceed with the review. It will get my mind off of this.
Mechakara: (smirking) You know, you really should kill Pollo.
Linkara: (through gritted teeth) Shut up.
Mechakara: He could grow up to be me, after all. (mockingly puts hand over mouth) Oops. There's that paranoia again.
- The whole storyline is chock-full of real world fears. Brutal child abuse? Losing your grip on reality? Being abandoned and shunned by those you care about? Losing your most important memories without knowing it? Being responsible for the death of your own child? Nothing imaginary about those.
- The Entity. It's an Eldritch Abomination so deadly that somebody was forced to conquer universe after universe just to ensure this thing doesn't destroy the entire multiverse.
- The Entity has stolen over a billion people including most of the cast and Pollo over a period of several months and people (including the cast) are only just now noticing it. And it is thorough in stealing people. It'll steal whole families so no one reports missing relatives, it waits until the person is alone to kidnap them, and yes, being alone in one room of a house while someone else is in another room counts as alone. It kidnaps people from heavily populated or rural areas so the disappearances will go unnoticed for a long time, and it doesn't leave any kind of traceable energy signature or other evidence behind. Any time you are by yourself, the Entity could kidnap you. Just let that sink in...
- In a bunch of episodes before the Silent Hill comics that finished off the Entity Arc, in the credits there is a garble of static. If you freeze frame at the right time, creepy unsettling messages appear such as "You have seen my bones before" they were all hints towards the big reveal, but to add on to the creepiness Lewis playing along denied any knowledge of it.
- The trailer for the Halloween review. Oh boy. Everything about it drips with creepy. The unsettling distortion of the voices, what sounds like Vyce reciting the poem from the Dead/Alive review, the mysterious voice at the start saying "EVERYONE IS GONE" and, to top it all off, Linkara's panicked cry of "Is there anybody out there?!" Oh, and the Entity storyline wrapped up in the same month. Joy.
- Street Fighter #1: Cue cred- wait, what's happening to the video?!...time's up...what?! WHAT?! And then Linkara finds a new entry in the journal...I SEE YOU LINKARA
- And then there's the Entity's Leitmotif, a creepy little piano tune that adds a whole level of disquiet to what ever scene it's playing in. The tune's name? "Evil" (or alternatively, "Satanic"; Linkara says that he has two copies of the tune with different names). We're not making this up, the song actually has the name "Evil".
- Planet of the Symbiotes: The combination of the murky lighting, odd angle and extremely freaky effect when 90's Kid opens his eyes showing light and static, revealing that 90's Kid is already gone and Linkara's alone with the Entity results in an image that seems very alien, and extremely disturbing.
- And it gets even worse: The Reveal tells us that the Entity has been around since the first generation of Pokémon. Liz gets taken and the Entity laughs, then Linkara calls for backup and gets no one. Some really scary flashbacks reveals the Entity's systematic plan to remove every single member of the cast besides Linkara. And meanwhile, 90's Kid is slowly devolving, going from goofy and adorable to smirking, and then his voice gets higher and more electronic until...
- 90's Kid has been gone since the KISS Comics review, maybe even longer than that, and no one even suspected it until now because Entity/Missingno was flawlessly impersonating him.
- Early on into the "Electric Tale of Pikachu" review, the Entity laughs when Linkara mistakenly says that Vyce could destroy it...and not it's usual evil laugh. This time, it's a flat-out psychotic cackle.
- Linkara's final conversation with the Entity. The fact that the Entity plans on finding "what happens when an Outer God dies" by killing itself (and that it's smirking as it does so) makes you wonder if it will come back and let Linkara know what happened...
- What's more is that it identifies the entity as an outer god, one of Lovecraft's pantheons. Considering its age, it is likely the weakest. To put this into context, the only other outer god with a somewhat human form is Nyarlathotep, who is so powerful that if he wished he could obliterate the human race in a space of time smaller than we can perceive. He doesn't because he finds madness more entertaining. He exists in Dr Who continuity. The Doctor is afraid of him. The entity can kidnap you, but Nyarlathotep can be anyone it wishes and if it told you the proper pronunciation of its name you would go helplessly insane. Now imagine a gun made in a ritual to Nyarlathotep. Now imagine one devoted to Azathoth, a being so vast that it hurtles through space, destroying entire solar systems without even noticing. A fight with the entity was bad, but if someone summons another outer god, then you can expect an outright, completely irreversible apocalypse.
- The sheer Fridge Horror that something as tiny as ''a freaking video game glitch could possibly become like the Entity...
- In "Batman: A Word to the Wise" Linkara's in the middle of his latest Badass Boast...and suddenly the Magic Gun doesn't work anymore. He may be more screwed than ever before.
- And what's worse, if the Magic Gun doesn't work, then what happened to you-know-who?
- Also from the same review: What has SNOWFLAME! done?
- And then two reviews later he goes after Insano, thinking it's because of one of the doctor's Anti-Magic generators. Insano didn't so it, so all Linkara did was alert one of his worst enemies that all his magic isn't working.
- Also, Linkara threatening to just beat Insano with the gun when Insano asks why he's using it as a threat if it's not working magically. Linkara was very, very creepy in that scene.
- Also, as evidenced in the Battle for Bludhaven review, Linkara seems to be getting more and more aggressive to a lot of people, even 90's Kid.
- The end of the Battle for Bludhaven review has an enormous one for people who have seen Suburban Knights: Cloak #1's suggestion combined with that single drum beat from a certain villain's Leitmotif implies that Linkara might be going to fucking Malachite for help.
- The end of 'Rock N' Roll #31": Things have taken a turn for the worse- Holokara has threatened to kill 90's Kid if he ever interrupts the show again by putting his freaking arm through his chest and grabbing his heart until it stops beating. I fear that Holokara might become the next Mechakara- or worse.
- And now again in Future Shock #1: Holokara effortlessly knocks out Harvey Finevoice when the latter confronts him about his treatment of 90's Kid, and tries to force him to get examined by Nimue. Worse, Holokara's cold rage from Rock and Roll #1 has now morphed into full-on Dissonant Serenity. He keeps insisting that nothing's wrong with him, and when he curb stomps Harvey, he cheerfully implores Harvey not to get in his way again. "I'd hate to have to crush your neck. I mean, how would you ever sing again?"
- The end of the Catwoman - Guardian of Gotham #1 review. We finally find out why Linkara's magic isn't working. He's turning evil! Seeing Holokara's bad enough, but the idea that the real Linkara is on the path to being like that is just chilling. Although this does explain the Holokara's attitude; if Linkara's turning evil, and Holokara is based on him...
- The end of the second issue essentially deconstructs Linkara as a whole. By showing all the times he's acted selfishly, reckless, or just plain ignored the feelings of his allies, the girl in his magic gun feared Linkara was turning evil and refused to work. The wizard even tells Linkara "These are not the actions of a hero." It's quite telling that all of Linkara's behavior, despite his intentions, would come back to haunt him.
- What makes it particularly jarring is how little the viewer would have previously thought of Linkara's "evil" acts, brushing it off as comedy. Given the behavior of the average internet reviewer (and more specifically, a member of That Guy with the Glasses), the viewer has effectively been conditioned not to notice Linkara's behavior before this point.
- The Holokara's rant at the end of Batman: Jazz #1 is a further deconstruction: It plans to use Comicron 1's firepower to force Marvel Entertainment to make better written stories of its heroes under threat of death. This is what Linkara would've turned into had the Magic Gun not stopped his magic, and forced him to re-examine himself.
- And now the Gunslinger's gotten a hold of Holokara's mobile emitter. Holokara is likely not happy, considering how his last confrontation with Linkara went, and if the Gunslinger can get him working again... Yeah.
- Actually, the mobile emitter was tied into something in Comicron 1, something that Linksano fried. The scary part is that the Gunslinger might be able to tie the emitter into Sierra, and use it to make a Holoslinger. Think about it: our universe is toxic to the Gunslinger, but a hologram wouldn't have that issue, and could fight effectively.
- At the end of Marville #3, we see the Gunslinger's collection of magic guns. Think about it: assuming that those guns were made the same way as Linkara's: How many children died to make all those guns?
- One for each gun. The Margaret of each gun's home universe.
- Here's one worse: We're assuming those guns were made in identical rituals to Margret's. While that might mean no one died to make those guns, there's also no reason to assume that multiple people died in the creation of at least one of those guns.
- Then there's the question of "Was The Entity the only outer god these were dedicated to?".
- As of The Culling part 4, that question gets an answer. See below.
- Actually, it may not be as bad as all that. Lewis confirmed in the 300th Episode Celebration Livestream that the guns weren't all created by identical procedures. Take Jaeris's gun for instance, which uses The Power of Love and the souls of both Jaeris and his wife to continue working. So, the guns weren't all created by child-sacrificing rituals. They might be something worse...
- Longbox of The Damned, while not actually an official part of the Atop the Fourth Wall universe, can still give you the creeps every October. May we say more?
- Here's a happy thought: As of Starstream #1, The Thing, the creature best known from the John Carpenter film, is in the apartment.
- The 2012 October trailer also hints that the trust between Linkara and his characters might be broken. Ironic since in the previous video he says that they're one of the main reasons that he won't turn evil- as they help to reign him in- and are true friends. Also Linksano has a pretty creepy Slasher Smile near the end of it as well.
- The Thing from Another World #2- Harvey, Linkara, 90's Kid, and Linksano have turned on each other out of paranoia and fear. Their close friendship has devolved into an explosion of bickering and unfounded accusations against one another, not one of them taking the time to stop and think rationally, or listen- and all the while, a hooded shadow watches unseen.
- The way the viewer realizes that the shadow is there? Linksano walks off screen, and the shadow, which looks like it was cast by him, doesn't move.
- There's also Linkara dressed as Freddy for the Eye Catch prior and after the commercial break.
- The mention of the planned Sci-Fi Thing sequel TV miniseries that got scrapped, and the revelation that in it, the Thing finds a way to get around the blood test.
- The Ghost of Christmas Present says to Harvey "Where do you think you are right now?" Then the screen goes white as the video ends.
- The Ghost of Christmas Past/ Critic said the same thing.
- The scene of The Gunslinger kidnapping Margaret is bound to induce a tonne of Adult Fear.
- The end of Star Wars 3D #1 NIMUE turns red and looks like she's ready to go HAL 9000 on everybody.
- The Gunslinger's Orwellian home dimension has quite a bit of Nightmare Fuel.
- To wit, what began with the well-intentioned idea to protect artists' rights in the Gunslinger's universe soon spiraled into curtailing Internet freedoms for the good of the people and eventually labeling expression itself as heresy against the State. The realization that it starts off from a similar scenario in real life makes it even more unnerving.
- The whole introduction of Youngblood #5, with Linkara about as pissed as we've ever seen him, even using some profanity.
- NIMUE's slipping.
He-he-he-he has seen me. (bzzz) You're not going to win!
- It's even scarier at the end of the Battlestar Galactica review. She asks Linkara if he is afraid of her, he says no and leaves and we get a zoom in on NIMUE and she says in a very scary voice: "You should be."
- Marville is honestly how Bill Jemas sees the world. Think about that for a second.
- Well, it could be worse—Bill Jemas isn't violent, and at least Marville isn't wish-fulfillment.
- The stinger for The Culling: Part 4. Linkara reads the Absent Grimiore (the book on the Entity) and reveals that the Entity has relatives out there. *gulp*
- Including one who takes the form of fear itself. And also might be possessing NIMUE
- Worse still, its mysterious cousin is a small fish from their home universe. That's right, the creature that embodies fear itself have bigger, badder relatives who could easily destroy everything we know by complete accident!
- The stinger for Brute Force #4 has NIMUE acting up again. "I'm going to kill you."
- During NIMUE's ramblings, she mentions "Moloch". A name that has often been attributed to gods and demons. Possibly a name for the Entity's cousin, the King of Worms?
- Also, Jaeris once had to completely reprogram Sierra, because Sierra started acting up, just like NIMUE is. Sierra could think at insane speeds, and had no one to interact with. As a result, it went insane, and attempted to kill Jaeris. And considering what we've heard from NIMUE (see the above), she's not too far from trying the same.
- The October 2013 trailer where we see NIMUE completely losing it, her ramblings more intense and horrific than ever before. But the scariest bit of the trailer might be the very end.
NIMUE: (terrified) Help me.
- The ending to "The Thing From Another World: Climate of Fear #1 and #2". Linkara is now trapped aboard Comicron-1 as it flies away from Earth, with the only company being an almost completely insane NIMUE.
- That was nothing compared to NIMUE screaming and yelling at Linkara during her breakdown before speaking normally like nothing was wrong.
- Gets worse in the review of Climate of Fear #3 and #4. Not only has NIMUE gone full paranoid schizophrenia on us, no longer apparently comprehending what Linkara is saying, it turns out the King of Worms is behind her insanity-and he made her drive Linkara into his domain, presumably to wait until he can get around to doing whatever horrible things he has planned for Linkara. "Are you afraid?" indeed.
- Spider-Man: Crossfire's cliffhanger brings us this after Linkara puts NIMUE offline.
Linkara: Nimue? Nimue, please speak to me...
Vyce: Your computer is dead, champion. Tell me... are you afraid?
- The stinger to Space Odyssey 2001 #1: Harvey comes home to the apartment alone, only to be infected by a cybermat that was taken over by the King of Worms.
- After a few months of breather reviews, a Freeze-Frame Bonus appears during the "Extreme!" Running Gag in the review of Youngblood #6: the caelestis won't come home and IN THE COURT OF WORMS WE ARE ALL DEAD. Oh, Crap.
- At the end of Athena #2 we see one of Linakara's morphers fail. He brushes it off, says it's new and that it took him forever to get his Zeo morpher to work right. The he casually notes he hasn't seen it in a while despite looking for it but brushes it off and when he leaves, a cybermat, controlled by the King of Worms most likely, comes and messes with the broken morpher. Uh oh.
- A little fact that pops up at the end of the 300th Episode: The Margaret from the Mirror Universe volunteered for the ritual that made her what she is. And she still destroyed the cult afterwards. Thank God they're sealed away forever...
- And to a lesser extent, Frank Millers art. It is painful and unpleasant to look at, and nobody looks properly human.
- During The Adventures of Jell-O man and Wobbly #1 when Linkara is overwhelmed by stupidity he attacks the camera. This comes off as scary rather than funny.
- In the post-credits story portion, the Cybermats are seen spying on Linkara. And their distinctive noise is heard, growing louder and louder until the video ends.
- In episode 24 of Let's Play Pokémon Omicron, Lewis accidentally knocks out a Corsola with Pokérus and worries about what might happen. Then out of nowhere, the screen starts to turn to static and glitches out. Then Lewis is suddenly on a new save file, acting like nothing happened. Considering that static included creepy, red eyes, it seems like something has returned...
- In The Stinger of Marvel Super Special #17: Xanadu, we get an in-depth legend about the King of Worms. In order to understand fear, the King visited a world without strife, hatred or fear, and planted a nightmare in the minds of every living being there. The inhabitants of this world grew unable to distinguish the dream from reality, and all went mad. Every being that wasn't Driven to Suicide killed one another until one remained. The King gave sanity to this survivor, forcing it to feel grief and sorrow for its actions. Just for the record, the King of Worms is one of The Entity's weaker cousins.
- As an added bonus, a cybermat manages to infect Allen.
- Remember that message in Youngblood #6, "the caelestis won't come home"? Allen mentions that he's been busy helping prepare the first manned flight to Jupiter. The ship is called the Caelestis. Uh-oh.
- Has anyone else noticed that in recent videos, and as of Kamandi at Earth's End #6, Linkara's usual shelf props—most notably, his Legacy Morpher and Dragon Dagger, the Snowflame cutout, the Hostess Fruit Pies box, the Poke Ball, his Li'l Petti plushies, and his logo pillow—are all missing and there are more Cybermats than usual? The fact that it's during this arc that Linkara began having the post-credits Patreon plug is helpful to make the comparison in each video, as his shelf is still full of said missing props in the plug.
- Sonic Super Special #7: The King of Worms is in control of Linksano. Which means, presumably, it's also controlling everyone else who's been attacked.
- His idea of what the Borg Queen's body should have been: a giant spider with a bunch of weapon attachments.
- The Stinger to Cosmic Slam #1. The King of Worms takes control of Sierra, knocks Jaeris unconscious (making it likely he's been overtaken as well) and disables Pollo's new body, forcing him into an older model.
- And think about it from Jaeris' perspective. Sierra almost killed him once before, and he went to considerable lengths to make sure it would never happen again. But it's the work of an instant for the King to turn him, and suddenly Jaeris is at his mercy.
- Harvey Finevoice bringing up the possibility that Pollo and Nimue were infected by the King of Worms as well. Considering that he's most likely a sleeper agent for the King, he could be lying to demoralize Linkara...or is he?
- "The Thing: Eternal Vows #1 & 2" has Dr. Linksano showing Linkara how to get into the King of Worms' home dimension. Remember the "Sonic Super Special" stinger? The King controls Linksano already. He wants Linkara to come to him and wants Linkara to think he's found a back way in. And now also knows that Linkara is preparing weapons to destroy him.
- In the following episode, we get the utterly chilling sight of the apartment crawling with cybermats, after which Harvey reveals he's also working for the King of Worms and shoots Linkara while the Walking Lizard can only watch and run.
- Actually, funny story; that's not Harvey. It's an Auton.
- That reveal. A lot of viewers will have been expecting something like this from Harvey for a while now, but that doesn't make the cold violence he turns on Linkara, right when he was looking to "Harvey" as the only immediate ally he had left, any less horrifying.
- The Thing From Another World: Questionable Research - The King of Worms finally appears in person. And its goal is to make the other Elder Gods afraid. Not only that, but upon finding out Linkara is immune to its platinum masks, it lets him know in no uncertain terms that it will dissect his soul to find out why.
- And then there's how it found that out: a cybermat came into Linkara's room while he was asleep, attacked and abducted him, and then returned him afterward...unaware that any of it had ever happened.
- The really unsettling static affect that the King of Worms sometimes displays. It's like the Entity's eyes only covering his entire body.
- The implication of what the King of Worms finds inside of Linkara's mind. It scares an eldritch god to death.
- Made even worse by the fact that that's what does the King of Worms in. Yeah, those anti-Entity weapons? They didn't even work!
- Linksano's disturbed, nervous behavior after performing the autopsy, gloved hands still covered in blood really sells it.
- The King of Worms finally attacks Linkara... and we are treated to a disturbing vision where both the past villains and Lewis laugh nonstop and repeatedly kill him, all the while reciting some creepy dialogue. And on top of this, the Entity copy? It stops to look at the audience.
We are inside with you!
You will never get away!
Your pain won't end!
- The above quote is actually a reference to The Exorcist III.
- Word of God says that the backwards Linkara is saying "Sleepwalk in eternity."
- The King's screams of "It can't be! It can't be! No, please, I did not know! I did not know!"
- Wanna know something about The King's actor? It's Suede. Brr.