Nightmare Fuel / BlazBlue

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Well, this was a relatively tame prev- OHGODWHATTHEFUCKISTHAT?!

"Wait...did this nightmare fuel used to be...HUMAN...?!"
Ragna, during his encounter with Arakune in Calamity Trigger Reloaded

Ragna wasn't kidding. While BlazBlue isn't the Trope Namer, that doesn't stop it from having a disproportionate number of scary moments.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead.

  • From Calamity Trigger, Ragna and Nu fusing together and forming the Black Beast. Her childish giggling does not help at all.
  • Nu-13 is usually a stoic Robot Girl, always speaking in a robotic monotone, finishing her tasks with surgical precision... unless Ragna is around. She then regresses to the personality of a young girl, and turns her Yandere index up to 19. It's absolutely mortifying.
    • And there's the part in her CF arcade mode where she meets Naoto. She initially thinks Naoto is Ragna, but once she sees that his presence is similar to Ragna, she's completely fucking PISSED. This is one of the few times we actually see Nu completely off her rocker, and it is horrifying.
  • Depending on how you interpret Ragna's Badass Creed, his Astral finish kills his opponent utterly.
    "There is no hell, just darkness..."
  • What Relius did to his daughter and wife.
    • And if the trailer for Act 2 of Centralfiction is any indication, we may have to witness how Ada was turned into Nirvana on-screen. Please let it just be a glimpse...
    • As of Carl's Act 2 Arcade ending, thankfully it's just a glimpse, but boy is it a terrifying one. The only thing we see is Ada's top half of her body. And the fact that she already looks mechanical, making it much more unsettling. Poor, poor Carl...
  • We finally get to see exactly how Ragna lost his arm, and it is not pretty. Seeing a young Ragna, his arm cut off, surrounded by a ring of fire as a Yukianesa-possessed Jin looms over him, all while Terumi's silhouette watches with twisted amusement is beyond freaky. Picture here.
  • In Carl's Bad Ending, he confronts Hazama, who beats him and props Carl up where he is helpless, then begins slowly tearing Nirvana apart. Carl desperately pleads for him to stop, but he continues and breaks her into pieces. Hazama then grabs Carl by the collar, sickly grinning and delivering a brutal Breaking Speech to him, before finally throwing him against a wall and killing him. The whole scene is both awesome and terrifying. Picture here.
  • Ragna's Bad Ending is a definite example. Ragna's Azure backfires from overuse and turns him into a new Black Beast. He can do nothing as he ravages across what's left of the world and destroys it. The chilling screams of the people he devours do not help.
  • Arakune. Just... Arakune. Everything about him.
    • A bit more detail... Arakune Was Once a Man, but after trying to tap into the power of the Boundary and experimenting on his own body, he began to degenerate. Now he's nothing more than a black mound of goo, smelling of trash, filled with bones and disgusting insects, and eating anyone he comes across. His speech is fragmented, and he swings between insane laughter, paranoid rambling, nihilistic threats and tortured screams. As of Continuum Shift, he seems to be regaining his sanity in short bursts, mostly warning Litchi to stay away from the Boundary. And even at his craziest, he's aware that the is SOMETHING wrong with him, but he can't quite place it.
      • Just when you thought it couldn't get worse, it did. If you were too distracted by Arakune's Creepy Awesome factor, or his Woobie points above and possibilities that he's learned his lessons once Litchi probably cures him, Chrono Phantasma finally turns him into the terrifying monster he's supposed to be with his new Astral animation. Remember how nothing happened when he hit the opponent? Now something does happen, and that something is very, very grotesque even for BlazBlue standards: the opponent gets sucked into (read: devoured by) Arakune and is trapped in a giant spider web. Then all of a sudden a bunch of HUGE eyeballs pop in from the background as a swarm of spiders, with the exact same eyes on their backs, begin to crawl out of the huge eyeballs and close in on the opponent, covering the screen in the process. Once the screen is completely covered by spiders, you hear a very loud and unnerving "CRUNCH!" as the Astral Finish display pops up. Once the screen clears, nothing is left. Yes, you know what just happened. That poor soul just got eaten alive by spiders. And now their blood is raining down on the screen. Holy. Fucking. Shit. Prime phobia trigger for Noel.
      • A close-up of one of the spiders in question. Sweet dreams.
      • Those aren't spiders...Those are centipedes.
  • The Black Beast. The similarities it shares with Giygas DO NOT HELP.
  • In Continuum Shift's True Ending, Ragna and Terumi fight, with Terumi shutting down Ragna's Azure to make the fight into a Curbstomp Battle. After Mu-12 is completed and sent to destory Amaterasu, Ragna insists on fighting to the end, and invites Terumi to play. At this point, Terumi goes apeshit and beats Ragna to within an inch of his life, screaming at him to just die, with Ragna struggling to stand and from the sound of things choking on his own blood. Terumi has done plenty of horrible things by this point, but even when doing some of his worst actions he retained an air of Black Comedy and evil glee. Here, he drops the jokes and just goes all out. He isn't enjoying this like his other evil actions, he just wants Ragna to die, painfully, and seeing his sadism in full force is really disturbing.
    Terumi: "Ouroboros!! Picked a great time to grow a pair, huh? YOU'RE gonna play with ME? I don't think you understand how this shit works!"
  • Makoto's bad ending is royally messed up. Relius Clover captures her and subjects her to mental torture, to the point where she is crying out for him to stop. By the time he's finished, her soul has been completely and utterly shattered, leaving her with no willpower to do anything anymore.
    Relius: So friendship is the core of your soul, eh? No, there must be more. Let's go deeper... deeper...
    Makoto: Ah... it hurts...
    Relius: Why, look! Discrimination... abuse... betrayal and hatred. It would seem you actually hate humans... hahahaha...
    Makoto: Stop! I don't want to remember! I don't want to relive those times...
    Relius: There's more...!
    Makoto: Oww... it hurts, it hurts! Please, stop! I... I never did anything to anybody, so why... why does everyone hate me?! I was just... just...
    Relius: Pain... violence... loneliness... par for the course... aha, but what's this...?
    Makoto: Don't! Please... not that...!
    Makoto: NOOOOOOOOOO! Please... please stop it! STOP!
    • There's a particularly chilling portion of this ending where all we hear is Makoto sobbing, pleading with Relius to stop, and a few times mentions what he's doing is hurting her, while he ignores this and says he will go on. What makes that even worse is that their character portraits aren't shown at this time, amplifying the effect of us hearing a rape in progress.
      • You may ask yourself, "Is there any way this ending can get worse?" Watch it with the Japanese voices on. See that Big "NO!" Makoto gives in the dialogue above? In the Japanese version, she screams bloody murder.
    • Even the Help Me Professor Kokonoe segment is chilling due to Makoto still begging for mercy even after she's entered Kokonoe's lab.
    • It's implied by his last comment that he intends to turn her into something like Ignis. She's still fully concious as the ending goes black. Yikes.
    Relius: You've just given me the fulcrum I need to topple your soul, and reshape it however I choose...
  • Want more? Use his Astral Heat (Puppeteer's Altar). The opponent is trapped in one of Relius' labs and restrained in some way. If you'll notice, the walls are smeared with the blood of past subjects, who are hanging above on swinging crosses, the shadows of which can be seen. Relius then nonchalantly alludes to what he's going to do to him/her and the doors slam. All you can hear over the announcer is the death cry of the victim. For even more horror, some of the "experiments" are particularly gruesome. While Hazama is dying of boredom ("Not like I don't deserve a hundred times worse...") and Tsubaki's appears humane (despite her facing the wrong way due to blindness, and more about Relius being savvy enough that Tsubaki's utter loyalty assures that she's not going to rebel), it is heavily implied that some characters are brutally killed or abused. Noel (and Murakumos) is trapped, naked, in a large structure, with a spike positioned in between her legs pointing directly up at her crotch. Platinum is trapped in a barrel with holes in it, after which numerous swords skewer her through those holes. Yeah, he's that kinda person.
    • His Astral Finish on Rachel isn't especially gruesome, but is rather tragic if you think about it. Nago and Gii, despite the abuse she heaps on them, are clearly very loyal to Rachel. During the Astral Finish, the two (or at least Nago) are forced to keep her bound so Relius can do whatever he want's to her.
  • Some say that nightmares can begin with a sense of safeness. In that very case, the combination of Litchi and Arakune's Bad Ends count. We were lured into a sense of happiness and heartwarming that we saw Arakune still has enough heart and care about Litchi's welfare, trying his best to remove her from his curse, and she is able to live on her life normally without any memory of him... in which we later learn that the corruption within Litchi is similar to Alzheimer's disease. Without a cure, it will continue to rot her until she dies, and all Arakune took was memories of him, and without his memory, Litchi becomes unmotivated to find the cure and blissfully unaware of it, awaiting the day she withers and die with her memories being jumbled here and there, or at worst, become the next Arakune and then start eating everyone nearby until someone kills her. Now then, when your choices are keep making bad decisions of continually working for Obviously Evil guys to pursue the cure as it's the only way or forget the cure and then get inflicted with this... Her desperation and 'obsession' would look justified, you don't want to get into her situation! At least those bad decisions still let you be in full control, not show that you actually like working for that bastard and show remorse sooner or later...
  • Carl's entire story. Even if he does become a adult, even if everything is okay for Carl, the kid's gone through enough crap to rival Ragna. He dropped out of the Academy after his father integrated his sister into Deus Machina: Nirvana and left her half-done for the boy to finish, and was effectively abandoned to grow up on his own terms making a living as a vigilante. On top of that trauma, it is implied that Nirvana amplifies the bloodlust of its wielder and stymies other emotions to that end, leaving him cold and emotionless on missions and a broken wreck that distrusts the adults around him otherwise. While Bang and Litchi did comfort him to a degree, he nearly broke all over again when he realized that Relius' improved detonator doll was built using his mother's soul. The kid's about as stable as Shinji, and who can blame him?
  • Mind Eater is a form of geas that, while it allows the subject to somewhat freely express themselves, any command that is issued by the controller will be executed whether the subject wishes to cooperate or not. After overtaking Kazuma and slaying Tomonori (the latter is somewhat justified, as Tomonori was trying to kill Kazuma to prevent the merge) alongside his role in the Black Beast's creation, Terumi deserved no less... not that he took his rehabilitation very well, mind you.
    • Nine knew a more advanced form, called Ruby: Mind Eater, that further overwrites the subject's will, reducing them into a warped puppet of the controller. This technique was used on Tsubaki, and had she not been saved by Jin, Noel, and Makoto, her mind would have been totally consumed until she became the Imperator.
  • In a nutshell, anything and everything involving Yuuki Terumi!
    • But let's go into specifics, shall we? To kick things off, Unlimited Hazama (as CS arcade boss) default theme is always Endless Despair, so you know right away he's not fucking around. Then the fighting starts. His pure sadism, incredibly painfully looking moves and distortions, and his incredibly joyous laughter as he's ruthlessly beating down his opponent is a terrifying sight to behold. Even it is meant for comedy, this video shows off just how insanely sadistic the motherfucker is.
    • As of recently Terumi is now a separate playable character from Hazama and he's even more barbaric and cruel. His fighting style's pretty much all about crushing his opponents and destroying their hopes and dreams into tiny pieces. His Astral Finish has him summon snakes on to his opponents and then turn into the Black Susano, ending their lives while laughing manically. His special moves drain heat, and his win interactions has him stomping on his opponents mocking them.
  • Azrael is walking, talking Nightmare Fuel. The fact that Hakumen, the very same Hakumen who can cut through time itself and is the de facto leader of a group of six beings considered to be the strongest warriors on the planet, flees from him rather than fight him should tell you everything you need to know about him. And don't get started on what he's like when he really starts getting worked up and into a fight.
  • The Doomsday itself. With Relius having stripped the limiters from every cauldron in the world, the seithr is overflowing and overdosing everyone from the top of the hierarchical cities downward, with all the terminally corrupted disintegrating where they stand. Imagine seeing black smoke spew forth from a volcano, but everyone it washes over just disappears before your very eyes, and you have a good idea how horrifying it would be. And then there's the sea of seithr in the lower elevations, so given long enough there would be nowhere left to hide. This is such a nighmarish scenario that the plan to activate the Lynchpin is preferable to allowing this to continue!
  • Downplayed example, but Izayoi's Slasher Smile in the opening of CPEX is quite unsettling, mostly due to the fact that it's completely out of character for Tsubaki...
  • Celica A. Mercury isn't Nightmare Fuel by herself - she neighbors Litchi and Makoto in terms of niceness and lacks a violent bone in her body, Inazuma Kick notwithstanding. Neither is Kokonoe accounting for her Power Nullifier incontinence with built-in dampeners and Ex Machina: Minerva. The problem cycles back around to Kushinada's Lynchpin - Kokonoe evoked her for precisely three reasons, those being to blot Ragna off her radar so she can track down Terumi, to obscure a small party of agents so Izanami cannot monitor or intervene freely, and to use her as the warhead for the damn thing! Even worse, Shuichiro Ayatsuki originally built the Lynchpin with this very fact in mind! It's telling just how horrible things have gotten that Nine built the original Nox Nyctores (of which Celica actually wielded Nirvana) and sacrificed the souls of thousands of war victims as a workaround to this thing.
  • The Great Magister Nine, once a celebrated member of the Six Heroes; she ended up betrayed and killed by a teammate she herself forced into the group out of necessity. But Terumi wasn't quite done with her yet. She is now a revenant brought back from the dead to serve him...or so it was believed. Initially she was just Brainwashed, at the end of Chronophantasma she is released from her mind control by Izanami, and set loose upon the world, releasing her limiters and allowing her to showcase her true, resurrected form. In Central Fiction we get to see exactly what this entails: she has Black Eyes of Crazy, a much darker-looking Robe and Wizard Hat as her attire, and a shift to a more condescending and domineering personality compared to the Nine we saw in flashbacks during the Six Heroes story in Chronophantasma. Her bio makes it perfectly clear that she is out to destroy the world.
    • Even more frightening is how similar she and Terumi have become. Though Nine would be loathe to admit it, she and Terumi have become much alike. Having seen the "truth" of the world, she has become extremely nihilistic and seeks to destroy the world. She has also begun to imitate some of Terumi's traits, being more prone to malicious taunts, Evil Laughs, and taking a disturbingly sadistic glee in her psychological torture of the heroes. Also, in contrast to the emotionless glare she gives most characters at the end of their arcade runs, Hakumen's, Hazama's, Nu's, Amane's, and Arakune's endings replaces it with an absolutely terrifying Slasher Smile. Clearly, her time in the Boundary and as Terumi's puppet has had a detrimental effect on her sanity.
    • And now Act 2 shows just how warped she has become. Nine's ultimate goal in destroying the Amaterasu Unit is to create a world where only she and Celica can live happily, while everyone else can suffer and die for all she cares. She's become so broken by learning the truth that she's willing to kill everyone, even people she once called friends, all for the sake of her sister, whom she doesn't realize would be heavily opposed to her plan because she's an All-Loving Heroine. In this light, it really makes it seem as though Nine is selfishly clinging onto Celica as an excuse to try and desperately mend her broken mind, and keep what little sanity she has left. Because she's become super-overprotective of Celica, this also means that Nine hates her own daughter Kokonoe for trying to use Celica to activate Kushinada's Lynchpin, the one thing she didn't want to happen 100 years ago.
    • And now Act 3 reveals exactly how she intends to destroy the world. By collecting all 9 of the Nox Nyctores, she will be able to call forth Take-Mikazuchi to completely destroy the world in an instant. However, when she calls it forth, she is going to call it forth in a completely berserk state. What makes it frightening is that she is fully aware of this. She is fully aware she will be summoning a mindless beast of destruction upon the world. Made even worse when you remember that Nine once considered Take-Mikazuchi too dangerous for anyone to use.
  • Izanami.
    • She's a malevolent goddess of death who wants to turn the world into a desolate wasteland, and the true antagonist of the series. Despite seeming like a straight-laced Generic Doomsday Villain, her actions are the reason why current world of BlazBlue is so messed up. She conspired with Terumi and Relius to destroy the Amaterasu Unit, which required a vessel with enough power to contain her. That vessel just so happened to be Saya, Ragna & Jin's younger sister, whom Terumi had kidnapped. As Terumi was the founder of the NOL and Sector Seven, he pulled some strings in order to allow Izanami to become the Imperator, supplanting the true royal lineage - the Amanohokosaka family. She orchestrated the Ikaruga Civil War not only in a bid to wipe out the royal family but also to satisfy her twisted whims. Under her rule, the NOL became an iron-fisted dictatorship that used subjugation, memory-alteration, and black ops to create more death and tragedy. Once she starts getting involved in Chronophantasma, shit hits the fan. She coldly betrays Terumi and Relius without a second thought, leaving them for dead when their plans are foiled. Izanami is so powerful that not only does she survive Hakumen's Time Killer (his ultimate technique which literally erases your existence), but she can summon and command Gigant: Take-Mikazuchi, a gigantic Kaiju Kill Sat, as well as the Black Beast itself. The last part she uses with sadistic glee as she forces Ragna's powers to awaken and go berserk.
    • Her role in the story is terrifying enough, but once she becomes playable, her attacks involve utilizing all sorts of arcane necromancy magic, like conjuring will-o-the-wisps and summoning skulls to trap her opponent. Her Exceed Accel, however, is a perfect example of the terror she brings: her face becomes a skeleton with a Slasher Smile. Even worse? The Active Flow version involves chains surrounding the opponent and the screen turning red. Izanami is everything you fear about the concept of death made manifest, and she wants you to know it. An even more frightening prospect occurs when you realize that unlike Nine's trailer, Izanami's Astral Heat isn't shown.
    • Her Astral was left out of the trailer for very good reasons. She grabs the opponent and opens a portal to the land of the dead, which sends dozens of spirits spiraling upward in a hurricane. As they fall, a picture of Izanami suddenly appears with an appropriate sound effect showing her with completely blank, Glowing Eyelights of Undeath and a nightmare-inducing Slasher Smile on her face! As if that wasn't terrifying enough, she starts fading away into shadow with the background turning into skulls, then seven gigantic skulls crash down on the opponent, devouring them and sending them into the underworld as an afterimage of a skull flashes upon the screen and the same scream from her Exceed Accel blaring in the background. Sweet dreams!
      • The way she suddenly appears is framed so that she's not focusing on her opponent. SHE'S LOOKING AT YOU.
    • Act 2 gives us some more horrifying details about her. The body she's inhabiting (Saya) isn't even human, and Izanami herself is described as "the manifestation of 'her' Drive". We have an Eldritch Abomination on our hands.
    • The preview of Act 3 is relatively tame, showing the current states of the characters, until near the end... a static image of Izanami, shown above, suddenly pops out, sporting COMPLETELY EMPTY BLACK EYES and a terrifying Slasher Smile!! Talk about wanting to scare us even after her act. That very same image, without static, appears in her Act 3 ending. But of course, it starts with a Jump Scare, with the image suddenly appearing in negative colors until it becomes normal coloration, showing that her skin and face have become a ghastly, pale white.
    • Hell, even her themes are pretty terrifying, even if they're Creepy Awesome. Her main theme has Ominous Latin Chanting, a frenetic pace as if you were being chased by a gigantic monster, and what sounds like ghostly screams at the beginning. Her theme when fighting Ragna has even more Ominous Latin Chanting and a very dark sound to it.
    • In Ragna's Act II arcade ending, she LETS HERSELF BE STABBED just to show Ragna what Complete Immortality means. The cutscene then changes to her with her eyes wide and a Slasher Smile all while BLEEDING ALL OVER the place. The scene itself is full of static and Izanami's Evil Laugh.
    • Act 3 introduced even more gameplay-related terror. How? UNLIMITED IZANAMI. If you defeat every opponent with Overdrive Finishes, you are rewarded with a Jump Scare as the ending credits are interrupted with static, and then Izanami's Drive emblem flashes on the screen while she says her Astral quote. When the match starts, you'll notice that she starts out with that barrier-consuming shield automatically out, meaning you cannot damage her for as long as that shield is up. She also has a much creepier looking version of Ragna's Dead Spike that propels her forward. Her moves do many more hits and damage. She has a new projectile which fires a flying boomerang at the opponent. She also has the teleporting counter move used by Shadow Dio. Also, her portrait gives new meaning to Red Eyes, Take Warning.
  • At the end of each arcade play in Act 2, there's The Stinger consisting of what seems to be the girl inside Amaterasu trapped inside something with tubes connected to her.
  • For all his talk about how he's nothing like his father and never will be, Act 3 shows that the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree with Carl's ending, sending his characterization spiraling down the opposite direction in the creepiest way imaginable. It's shown that when he actually does decide to piece together the truth, his methodology and line of deductive reasoning is exactly the same as Relius. This means that he eventually just starts seeing people as things to be used. And the kicker? He goes from saying that he will kill Relius to he might kill Relius.
  • Hibiki Kohaku is now officially this as of Central Fiction. Despite his introduction showing that he's Kagura's secretary and bodyguard, it's all a lie. Beneath the calm, collected, utterly loyal demeanor lies a batshit-insane killer who isn't loyal to Kagura at all and actually wants to kill him. When it's pointed out that his true desire is to kill Kagura, he angrily and childishly denies it, despite it being made painfully obvious that he's been engineered since birth to be a natural born killer whose only purpose in life is to be a tool for the Mutsuki family to use. His sanity really starts taking a turn for the worse in Act 3, where his murderous intent completely overrides his sense of rationality. He arrogantly states to Kokonoe that he'll become an Observer just to kill Noel, even when such a feat has been stated numerous times to be impossible. The real kicker is when he finally confronts Noel and attacks her in order to fulfill his wish. Even though he knows that nothing can harm her, he reasons that if he keeps cutting her, she'll have to die eventually.
  • If you finish Act 3 with every round being a Distortion, Overdrive, or Astral Finish, the ending credits will suddenly be interrupted by static as Phenomenon Intervention occurs and you face one of three secret bosses: Unlimited Nine, Unlimited Izanami, or Unlimited Ragna.
    • The stage where you fight Unlimited Ragna is most definitely this. It's called "Judgment Day", and it's a horrific amalgamation of Blockaded District and Take-Mikazuchi's stage, with the Embryo floating in the background. Since the Embryo is in the background, it is heavily implied that both combatants are back in the real world. Then it hits you: every single living being on the planet had its soul converted into seithr to form the Embryo in the previous game. It's literally hell on earth - a desolate wasteland where nothing can survive. Izanami won.
  • Azrael's Act 3. Him alone is bad enough, but then he teams up with Arakune of all characters. With a battle-monger and the co-king of Nightmare Fuel together, things are bound to be bad. And, yes, it's bad. Azrael confronts Bang and Nu in a battle. When he inevitably wins, he has Arakune devour them when they are down. For Bang, the screen turns to black has Arakune skulks toward. The sounds we hear are then Arakune's psychotic, distorted voice and presumably him eating Bang. When the screen turns back to normal, Bang is nowhere to be found. For Nu, this happens immediately after the battle. Why? To get their Nox Nyctores.

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