Nightmare Fuel / Coronation Street

  • Anne Malone's death in 1998 when she was accidentally locked in the cold storage freezer in Fresco's while trying to set up Alma and Spider by tampering with the food products, after previously setting up Curly and then trying to shift the blame to Alma after Anne's falsely told he actually loves her. Her constantly calling for the security guard and banging on the door as she slowly froze to death was particularly disturbing.
  • As awesome and memorable as Richard Hillman was, you have to admit the circumstances around the murder of Maxine Peacock in 2003 was horrifying. She came home to check in on her infant son for a moment, she finds Emily (who was babysitting the boy) slumped over and bleeding profusely from a Tap on the Head, she sees Richard holding a crowbar in his hand, asks him what he was doing, to which he replies "You should have stayed at the party, Maxine." She then hears her son crying, she cries out and tries to run up to him, but he tackles her and proceeds to beat her to death in her own living room with her baby upstairs and while her husband and her mother at the latter's 50th birthday party none the wiser. And yes, she was left Dies Wide Open.
  • The 2010 Tram Crash is a mixture of this and Tear Jerker. The Joinery explodes for no reason whatsoever, which set off a chain reaction of a tram going off the rails and crashing into Dev's shop where Molly and her infant son were, trapping them and Sunita underneath the rubble. Ashley gave his life to save several of his friends and allowed himself to be crushed to death. note  While Sunita and baby Jack were able to be saved, Molly eventually died from her internal injuries and gave Sally a Deathbed Confession about Jack's true paternity (Kevin) as she painfully wheezed out her dying words. Rita also was trapped underneath the rubble of her own shop after the second part of the tram crashes into it, although she survives. Charlotte Hoyle is beaten with a hammer by John Stape to prevent her from telling about their role in Colin Fishwick's death. She doesn't die, but instead ends up in an irreversible coma with no brain activity, causing her parents to turn off her life-support, all of this happening as John's wife, Fiz, owing to the shock of the situation and fear that he was injured, gave birth to their daughter, Hope, who was born three months early and had to stay hospitalized for a while.
  • The 2017 storyline concerning Bethany Platt being groomed by Nathan Curtis. He probably could count as one of the darker main villains in the history of the show (which is saying a lot when you think of the numerous killers through the years). However Nathan has no redeemable qualities (concerning the type of plot he is in) and it is uncomfortable watching him slowly manipulate Bethany in order to pimp her out to his mates. And in recent episodes, it turns out he plots to sell her abroad. Worst of all, he has done this to numerous girls in the past and gotten away with it so far. He even seems to take pleasure in what he is doing, with a scene even having him delighted at hearing about parents doing a public appeal for their missing daughter (who was likely kidnapped by his group). The likes of Alan Bradley, Richard Hillman, Tony Gordon, Karl Munro and Rob Donovan had serious issues (with some of them even killing), but at least had some sort of humanity and some of these men showing remorse for their actions.
    • To make matters worse, one of Nathan's associates, Neil, is a police officer.
  • In August 2017 it turned out that Andy Carver is still alive, despite seemingly being killed by villain Pat Phelan. To make matters worse, Pat has been keeping Andy chained up in a basement since the start out the year, with no other human contact. The scenes of Andy's return is disturbing, as he is clearly traumatised and losing his mind, which isn't helped by Pat's threats of violence and that he may finish the job by killing Andy for real (which he did in October 2017). Along with Bethany's grooming this year this is possibly one of the most darkest and disturbing things depicted on the show.
  • In March 2018, David is drugged and raped by Josh and from that point, David becomes irrational, frantic and hostile to anyone who approaches him. This was peaked when a frenzied David (who was in a state of panic after Josh taunted him) attacked Gary during a charity boxing match, causing internal bleeding and near death.