The series as a whole was pretty dark, with moments of violence, torture, death and...well, needless to say, for a "kid's show," it sure got edgy at times.
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Digimon Adventure 01
- The forced Digivolution. The fact the Transformation Sequence just didn't feel right didn't help toning down the audience's reactions.
- Ogremon in "Home Away From Home," pictured on the right. Those eyes.
- Tokomon's teeth.
- Raremon could easily come off as this. If Mr.Face raped a bionic manatee, this would be the result.
- Myotismon in general. Venom Myotismon is even more due to his...eating habits...
- Gatomon's life under Myotismon qualifies, and Wizardmon getting shredded by Myotismon, even in the edited version
- Piedmon's, ah, "key-chain hobby." What makes it even scarier is his hunting them down one by one in a methodical and sadistic manner. Except for the fact he doesn't actually kill them, it's almost like watching a slasher killer hunting down his victims one by one.
- Not to mention being turned into an inanimate object warrants an And I Must Scream.
- Machinedramon. The combination of his Creepy Monotone and the fact most of his dialog is composed of how much he enjoys killing people makes him one of the scariest villains in the show.
Machinedramon: Just what I was looking for, victims!
- The penultimate episode, when Apocalymon pretty much deleted the Digidestined and their partners. That's got to be pretty traumatizing for a kid watching the show...
- The trailer for the PSP video game adaptation. At first it's all bright and cheery and gives you a real nostalgia kick. Then the shot of the logo lasts a bit too long and starts to glitch...the camera pulls back to reveal the background of the Internet from Our War Game! all in complete silence. Then you hear Diaboromon giggle. Unnerving stuff.
Digimon Adventure 02
- The Dark Ocean, and the creatures living in it.
- The Digimon Emperor's Villainous Breakdown.
- Anyone who grew up seeing the show HAD to have thought for a moment that Ken chopped off his own hands before it was revealed he removed his gloves.
- Oikawa's creepy email to young Ken in "Genesis of Evil".
- Arukenimon appearing in Ken's room in the middle of the night in "If I Had a Tail Hammer".
- Arukenimon and Mummymon abducting children to implant with Dark Spores. And the children themselves, even before getting the Dark Spores.
- Oikawa's hallucinations in the cemetery in "BlackWarGreymon's Destiny".
- MaloMyotismon torture-murdering Arukenimon and Mummymon.
- The completely surreal final battle against Cherubimon in Hurricane Touchdown/Supreme Evolution! The Golden Digimentals.
Digimon Tamers tends to be described as "Neon Genesis Evangelion with mons," or "Serial Experiments Lain for kids", and for good reason. Series head writer Chiaki Konaka was also the man behind Lain and is reportedly a big fan of Evangelion. Distinguished for deconstructing the Mons genre and being Darker and Edgier than every other Digimon canon since (with one possible exception), it is significantly more cerebral, psychological, technologically minded, and becomes one hell of a Cosmic Horror Story by the end.
- Dark Lizardmon's fate: It was captured by Hypnos, interrogated under torture and literally torn apart for analysis while fully conscious after Yamaki was done, in a process that actually looks more painful than the equivalent, that is to say an autopsy on a living human. Not to mention that this is a close up to what Shaggai/Juggernaut does to it's victims in episode 14.
- An early warning of things to come, episode 14, where the dying screams of the Digimon deleted by Shaggai/Juggernaut can be heard. A tamer version of Homeworld cataclysm's corruption by the beast.
- Orochimon's Psychotic Smirk/Rape Face.
- Everything that happened to Juri after Leomon died is pretty creepy. So much so that Juri in general might just become Nightmare Fuel for people upon re-watching the series now that they know everything about her.
- Her creepy hand-puppet might have already been this.
- In episode 47, the Mind Rape sequence of her reliving witnessing her mother's death. And the fact that this goes on for weeks.
- As scary as Dark Evolutions are, Megidramon definitely takes the cake. It certainly doesn't help that its name is derived from the words "Megiddo" and "Dragon", considering that Har Megiddo is the mountain, where the apocalypse is (according to the bible) going to start. Har Megiddo has later been given its more popular name, "Armageddon". In other words, Megidramon's name is closer to original idea of the end of the world than "Armageddon". It doesn't help that before it Takato is practically SCREAMING about how he is going to make Beelzemon suffer For killing Leomon.
- The D-Reaper. Imagine a monster that combines the most horrifying aspects of Lovecraftian horror, the Angels, The Beast, and the Anti-Spirals. Now remove any Well Intentioned Extremism or Blue and Orange Morality and replace it with sheer malevolence - and put it in a kid's show.
- The Body Horror Beelzemon undergoes after absorbing Taomon and Rapidmon's data. It involved Beelzemon's shoulders bulging until parts of Taomon and Rapidmon started protruding out of his skin with Beelzemon clearly in pain from the experience. Surprisingly enough, Saban kept this part intact, completely unedited.
- Mephistomon dropping his human disguise in Battle of Adventurers, specifically the part where his human head retracts and his normal one bursts out.
- Duskmon, and not just for his appearance either.
- "YOU MUST CHOOSE TO FOLLOW ME OR BE DESTROYED" or "Follow me or die. Which will you choose?" And then in big Japanese font just the word "Choose." at the end of Episode 49 in the English dub and subbed versions. And for more chills, think about it: every screen in Shibuya and probably the rest of the world says one of those messages depending on the version...AND THEN YOUR TV SAYS IT AT THE END. Lucemon is warning YOU, THE VIEWER. They make you believe for a second that Lucemon has entered OUR WORLD AND IS TAKING IT OVER WITH ABSOLUTELY NO EFFORT. It gets worse when in the dub, HE ACTUALLY SAYS IT. And in the voice of what sounds like Terriormon from Tamers with a slit throat!
- One needs to consider this: Lucemon's voice in the English dub is IZZY from season 1 and 2! The same voice actor that gave us that very intelligent kid is now using that same voice and making him evil. In a way, it's like watching Izzy be an evil Digimon - that's about to destroy the world!
Digimon Savers/Data Squad
- The Gizumon. They already look wrong, but then you see what they do. They're designed to kill Digimon. Not defeat, or capture, kill. And any Digimon they kill stays dead, without turning into a egg. And they rampaged across the Digital Worlds ten years before the series begins, massacring its population.
- Also, the shot of Digimon in a lab, hanging in tubes. The implications are all kinds of wrong, especially since many of those Digimon are In-training level.
- To say nothing of the man responsible for both of the above, Akihiro Kurata. He's hands down the most evil character in the franchise. Creating the aforementioned Gizumon, mechanical monstrosities that make other Digimon Deader Than Dead by stopping them from reincarnating like usual, and experimenting in creating half-Digimon hybrids were only the start. Creating a weapon of mass destruction to kill thousands of Digimon in one shot, forcing the Teen Genius on the heroes' side to a Face–Heel Turn by threatening to kill his Ill Girl little sister with an explosive collar, trying to replicate his hybrid experiments on said Ill Girl, and finally awakening a mighty Demon Lord and merging with it to destroy all of his enemies so that he could then wipe out all Digimon and have total control of both the Digital World and the human world...well, that should give you an idea of how loathsome this guy is. And his motives? Petty Greed, cowardice, prejudice, and Inferiority Superiority Complex.
Digimon Xros Wars/Fusion
- After having absorbed the Gehenna Sphere, Lucemon.
- The state of Blossomon's victims after he drains them in episode four. Seriously.
- This may be intentional or not, but Dracumon's evolution to Yaksamon shows him ripping his own face off.
- Sephirotmon was just plain creepy. The scene where laughing children appeared from inside his mouth didn't help.
Digimon: The Movie
- In Digimon Adventure, when Koromon decides to give his human friends a face hug. Anyone who seen Alien would find this horrifying.
- Keramon. Let's see... empty black eyes, a much-too-vacant smile and insanely long, boneless arms. He's even creepier when he appears in Digimon Savers as a Monster of the Week since he moves around a lot more. At least the Slenderman didn't have a face. Even Diaboromon's eye movements weren't this creepy.
- Keramon's entire Digivolution line is the stuff of nightmares. Kuramon maybe less so, but Tsumemon starts to eat the Internet, Infermon is a HUGE armored insect that is also disturbingly fast, and Diaboromon, besides his demonic voice, equally fast speed, and the fact that his Japanese name (Diablomon) makes it clear what he resembles, is very, very smart. And then there's Armageddemon...
- The X-Antibody in its own right is not so bad. What's worse is the Death-X-Antibody. If you have seen a Doru-Greymon, you do not want to see a Death-X-Doru-Greymon. It's essentially the same, only darker, more diabolic and with claws that can pretty much rip anything apart.
- X-Evolution has the probably most evil Digimon ever shown: Death-X-Mon (or Dexmon, depending on translation). It isn't so bad that it looks like a mechanical dragon, combined with a demon of some sort. It is immortal as long as the main character, Dorumon, is alive. The solution: Dorumon, Digivolved into Alphamon, summons the Ouryuuken (Ultimate Warblade Dragon King Sword, in itself another digimon but that bit isn't mentioned in the film) and throws it like a boomerang, so it hits himself, Death-X-Mon and Yggdrasil, which is the only thing keeping the world from being destroyed.
- Somewhat better, somewhat worse: Afterwards, Omegamon takes Dorumon's Digicore and becomes Omegamon-X, and uses a brand new technique, called "ALL DELETE!", which finishes off Yggdrasil leading to the reboot of the Digital World, without Yggdrasil or the Death-X digimon.
- The Royal Knights (the good guys) work for Yggdrasil (the deity) who created Death-X-Digimon, including the Death-X-mon mentioned above (The Dragon). And at first they never question a command.
- Any battle involving Omegamon. His destructive power is far above anyone else's. In one scene, he managed to curb stomp MetalGarurumon-X and WarGreymon-X, following that with killing Dukemon note that Dukemon let himself be impaled, because "There was something I wanted to check". And that's despite Dukemon being on Omegamon's side.
- The opening scene. We get to see Leomon dying in front of Dorumon... and this scene is shown again and again whether it's necessary or not.
- Most of all, the deaths of the surviving digimon. Ways to die include death by virus (collapsing and dissolving), disintegration by energy beam, impaling, literally crushing the skull, being ripped to shreds and eaten alive, to list the most memorable ones. All shown onscreen, while the last two where preceded by the endless bloodthirsty cries of the swarm of Death-X-DoruGreymon. That probably had to do with why the film was never dubbed.
- The Seven Great Demon Lords in general. A group of uber-power demons who do whatever they like with near impunity, with control over every Digimon in the Nightmare Soldier family, which acts as their army. And if a Digimon is killed by one of them, rather than being reborn as a Digiegg somewhere, they become a part of said Demon Lord.
- The profiles on the early (pre-2002) cyborg Digimon, which imply someone or something was using them as guinea pigs to create Mugendramon and Chimarimon, and given what those two Jogress into... yeah.
- Speaking of what they Jogress into, Millenniummon is pretty damned creepy. A near-unstoppable monster that's every bit as insane and evil as they are, capable of forcing its enemies into another dimension when it fights them. And it gets worse. Kill a Millenniummon? Its spirit will be reborn as MoonMillenniummon, which doesn't have a body and can't be killed, while its body just gets right back up again, even more powerful than before and capable of travelling through time. And just for added fun, ZeedMillenniummon is an Omnicidal Maniac.
- Megidramon manages to get even more terrifying than Tamers already made it. Its body is made of Chrome Digizoid, meaning it's near-completely indestructible. Near-indestructible, insanely violent and capable of breaking reality just by existing.
- And apparently Megidramon is capable of Voluntary Shapeshifting to ChaosDukemon. The one good thing about Megidramon was that it was apparently just a mindless beast. Now imagine something born ferociously violent, indestructible, capable of breaking reality by existing, and it's intelligent.
- Chaosmon are really disturbing, even by the standards the Digital World has. They're not supposed to exist, which shows by the very edges of their bodies glitch. Even worse, the Digimon that wind up creating a Chaosmon are still alive and conscious in its shoulders, with their severed heads turned into weapons, in a dark twist on Omegamon's design.
- Remember SkullGreymon? And remember that bone club Orgemon carries around? That's a SkullGreymon's femur. How the heck did an Ogremon get its hands on a SkullGreymon's femur.
- And if Ogremon wasn't scary enough, there's his evolution: Titamon. A creature born from the hatred of the hatred of all Digimon defeated by the Olympos XII. His sword, the Zanjintou, is made with SkullGreymon's head, and it's able to torment anyone pierced by it with hallucinations. The worst part? The skulls in his arms are from every single opponent he has defeated, and he's able to use them to summon an undead legion on his command. There's a reason why this beast is called an One-Man Army
- Diablomon (Or Diaboromon, if you prefer your dub names) is already creepy, but the purpose of every Diablomon ever? Hack into human military banks, and destroy humanity with nukes.
- According to Archnemon's (Arukenimon) profile, her "Predation Spider" technique consist in her releasing countless carnivorous Dokugumon from her abdomen. Let that sink in for a second...