Nightmare Fuel: Dragon Ball Z
As the Darker and Edgier Sequel Series
of Dragon Ball
, Dragon Ball Z
has some of the vilest villains in anime, and that's not even getting into the traumatic past of Trunks, the excessive violence or even some traits of the good guys
. This may be a series where Death Is Cheap
, but that doesn't diminish how scary it can get.
For Nightmare Fuel in the original series, go here
, and for the Abridged Series, go here
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- Most of the Family Unfriendly Deaths/Cruel And Unusual Deaths in general, while not as bad as these kinds, are pretty uncomforting, such as the picture above, of Dr.Gero killing an ordinary human just because he bothered him.
- The unusual amount of focus given to Android 18 shattering Vegeta's arm with a single kick. Never mind that broken limbs are often Real Life Nightmare Fuel in and of themselves. It was the fact that Trunks and everyone up on the hill realizes how screwed Vegeta is right on impact. Or the scream Vegeta lets out right as his arm goes limp. By this point, Vegeta's pretty much established himself as a guy that can not only take a pounding, but talk crap the entire way. To hear Vegeta scream out in pain to that degree is hair-raising (no pun intended) because it's something Vegeta just doesn't do.
- For the lulz, 18 dislocates Vegeta's other arm a few minutes later.
- This creepy, pedophile-like look that Vegeta gave to Gohan back on Namek.
- Doesn't help that he hits Gohan in the most painful way possible soon after, then makes the threat that one he's done, he plans to destroy Earth.
- Word of God says that Frieza was inspired by Akira Toriyama's worst nightmares. And no wonder, considering many of its transformations and actions in the series. And for a bonus, Frieza is voiced by Ryūsei Nakao, who voiced Mayuri Kurotsuchi.
- His transformations unlike the other transformations that were either weird, Nightmare Fuel or heroic; Frieza's in a catergory of his own. His first transformation into his 2nd form is Body Horror at its finest, first his chest and arms enlarge giving the appearance of an upper torso way too big for Frieza's small frame until his legs bulk out starting from the thighs to his ankles, also his horns turn upwards as seen through a shadow, then we see from his point of view of Vegeta gradually getting smaller, then stretching out his neck, a pink aura surrounds him as his facial features become more adult and his shoulder pads enlarge. In fact the sheer weight of the form causes him to fall to his knees as power is straining his being. In the anime, he then stands up and turns around to show his satanic new form, while in the manga, he gives a Slasher Smile knowing that the heroes are now screwed. Everyone including Vegeta are scared of this new form which is completely justified as Frieza goes to impale Krillin with his horns and prolongs it with sadistic pleasure.
- The next transformation, while not as graphic, is even more Body Horror after Frieza extends his shoulder guards and grows spikes on his back, his face stretches out and then contorts his face into making his nose into a malformed beak while his head elongates. He then plays paintball with Piccolo who had been a match for him earlier... just remove the "t", his last transformation is unimpressive as he cracks his skin and emerges in his 4th and true form, the placid expression and ghostly design makes up for it though and is easily the worst one of them all as Goku finds out At least until he turns Super Saiyan
- The absolute creepiest part of this is the fact that his 4th form is the smallest (or second smallest, if you consider the 1st form), and yet he has enough power to rip a hole in the atmosphere. Dragon Ball Z was never exactly known for following the David vs Goliath cliche...
- Arguably the worst part about Frieza is how he's not just going to kill you; he wants you to die terrified. Probably the best example is in Dragon Ball Kai after he kills Dende and then Flash Steps right behind the heroes, and says this priceless bit of dialogue, all while this music is playing in the background.
- Not only that, he killed Denda so fast that none of the heroes even knew it happened until they saw the explosion behind them. To them, Frieza just pointed his finger and something blew-up only to discover it was one of their comrades. Frieza is so fast he can pull an You Are Already Dead on you.
- Another example is when he impales Krillin on his horn, and bucks him up and down as blood spatters around.
Frieza: Stay with it. Yee-haw! That's it buck-a-roo. Ride 'em cowboy!
- King Kai lamenting about Vegeta's fate after his last attack utterly failed to do anything against Frieza. Vegeta is so terrified and broken that he can only float there and cry as he awaited his painful end. After all his boasting, all his scheming, and all the close calls, Vegeta and King Kai knew this was his final moment.
King Kai: Even he knows that his fate lies in the hands of the icy tyrant. All things come around and Vegeta's treachery is about to be paid back.
- To add to it, he was not created to be evil like Cell and Majin Buu. He commits xenocide regularly because it is simply cheaper than buying the planet before he sells it off to someone else. It's all a real estate scam!
- And of course, the line in the Z dub after he kills Krillin, Freeza tells a joke which should be so bad it's funny but it goes right past that and makes Freeza seem as evil as possible.
Pop goes the weasel.
- Get to the uncensored version, and you see Krillin's chest expand right before he explodes. OH MY GOD...
- As for Kai, there is no joking, but a threat on who's next to die.
- And of course there's the sheer power Frieza wields. The Saiyans and the Ginyu Force were all intimidatingly strong, but Frieza is this close to being a horribly evil Physical God. When Goku shows up to fight Nappa or the Ginyu Force, we know everything will be okay, but after he shows up to fight Frieza, and seems to be winning for a while, Frieza states that if he uses half of his full power, he can finish Goku. Okay, this is all trash talk we've heard before, but then Goku realizes, with a look of genuine fear, that Frieza isn't bluffing. The alien tyrant then gives him a savage No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, stopping only to say:
Frieza: "Never mind half max power; I'm not even using one third of it."
- Goku tries to turn things around with the Kaioken x 10, greater than anything we've seen before... and it doesn't even slow Frieza down. That's the moment where the viewer realizes just how bad things are for the heroes. And after that, he does a Kaioken x 20, smacks Frieza around a little, and then fires a Kamehameha at fairly close range. Then the smoke clears, and Frieza's injuries amount to nothing more than a second-degree burn on his palm. It's at that point that Goku realizes that Frieza isn't bluffing about being at half power.
- Also keep in mind that pretty much every opponent after Frieza was either augmented or artificially developed, either by science or magic. Until his defeat by Goku, he was the strongest person in creation.
- Vegeta, who was absolutely terrified of Frieza's previous forms decides he has to put himself near-death and get Dende to heal him just to even stand up to the bastard. Vegeta becomes so confident of his new power that the convinces himself he's reached Super Saiyan-status, but his confidence quickly evaporates even he realises that the power boost still wasn't enough and that Frieza had been toying with him throughout the fight. Even his Desperation Attack was casually deflected by Frieza. The realisation that 1) he's not a Super Saiyan and 2) He will be mercilessly killed by his former master actually makes the proud Vegeta shed tears and resign himself to his fate. That's how terrifying Frieza was.
Are you done? Then I'll reciprocate...gently
- The unique attack Freeza used to kill Krillin. It involves shooting a benign (at first glance) energy ball about the size of a pinprick into an enemy's chest cavity and then expanding it whilst still inside them. Never mind the implications of your body being invaded by anything against your will, but consider that Freeza's energy was probably burning away at his insides. And you can see Krillin's chest heave unnaturally right before he explodes. At least some of Freeza's other victims got a much quicker death... some of them.
- On that note, anyone who was unfortunate enough to be on a planet at the moment of its explosion.
- At the time of being the most ultimate powerful figure within the entire DBZ Universe Frieza proved that he can go beyond his ability in power. During the epic showdown between Goku, Frieza wanted to up the ante by going 100% Full Power. Just like the previous transformation sequences it is brutal, cold and downright terrifying transformation sequence. His muscles enlarge to giant proportions, veins throbbing wildly and uncontrollably and his screams into his ascended state made things even worse for Goku for awhile. The whole scenario shows just how much he's willing to go to take down Goku and flee Namek which at that point was a ticking time bomb ready to explode at any given minute.
Super Saiyan Goku
- Goku's first Super Saiyan transformation, in the original Japanese version. Other versions have scored the scene to look like something dramatic and awesome is happening, but in the original version, the music gives the impression that not only is there no clue as to what the hell Goku turned into, but no indication that it's something good, shocking even Frieza. Imagine what the kids who first saw this scene, to see their hero Goku go through that...
- Also remember that the color gold can symbolize perfection. While this means Goku had achieved an ultimate form, it also meant he's the perfect Saiyan warrior. The first thing he does is order Gohan to leave, meaning he's on the verge of being overwhelmed by bloodlust and can't trust himself with his son.
- The Kai redub also does a damn good job at just how terrifying Goku's transformation into a super saiyan is, though that can mostly be attributed to the outstanding voice work. Goku actually sounds like he's about to lose his mind, and the grunting, at least to this troper, seems like he's trying to hold himself back but ultimately failing to do so. The track used for this scene 'A Moment For Shuddering', also shows that as well. While it's certainly dramatic, it's not necessarily meant to convey how awesome the transformation is, rather it gives the impression that Goku's rage is about to break. This is all culminated in a truly terrifying scream as Goku finally becomes super saiyan, as well as Frieza sounding both shocked and horrified.
- After becoming a Super Saiyan in Kai, Goku tells Gohan to take Piccolo and Bulma to the ship, then says "DO AS I TELL YOU, RIGHT NOW, BEFORE I LOSE WHAT LITTLE SENSE OF REASON I HAVE LEFT!" It is at this point, he doesn't even trust himself to not hurt his own son as a Super Saiyan.
- And for anyone who thinks a Super Saiyan is cool/beautiful and not terrifying; this ghastly apparition is what you would be seeing if you met one for real. No wonder Freeza was quaking in terror...
- In general what the transformation did to Goku. It took a gentle man who didn't like to kill and turn him into a monster in which Frieza states that they have become just alike. Also, instead of taking Frieza down quickly, he let him go to full power so he could make Frieza suffer longer and humiliate him with the fact that even at his best he never stood a chance at winning. At the point, Goku didn't care about Gohan, Piccolo, or Bulma. He was warrior of vengeance.
- Cell, Doctor Gero's greatest creation. He wants to eat you and all your friends. Slowly. Through a large, natural syringe. Even if you're strong enough to rip that natural syringe clean off to try to control the damage, it'll just grow back. There's no way to stop him - machine guns, tanks, and entire armies only serve to annoy him... or amuse him. And after he eats you, he wants to destroy all traces of everything you know and love, but only after sending all the survivors into absolute soul-crushing despair. The icing on the cake is that one of the world's most brilliant scientific minds saw fit to create this thing.
- When Cell comes across Piccolo and a random man in the street, who begs Piccolo to take his money. Cell stabs him with his tail, and it starts... moving, like it's drinking, and the man is petrified. The man's entire body STARTS TO MELT; his face eventually caves in, and his body is sucked up until there is nothing left but his clothes.
- Piccolo who was usually stoic is too petrified by fear to do anything but watch in horror!
- The other thing that made it all the more scary was that even Piccolo was both scared and disgusted at how emotionless Cell was in killing a random civilian.
- His Announcement of The Cell Games, Cell goes to a local tv station and interrupts all broadcasts by going through the floor much to the shock and horror of those there and watching it. When he reaches the top floor he announces himself as Cell and that he was the one responsible for the deaths and terrorizing all the towns and cities as The Big Monster of Nicky Town and reverts to his Imperfect Voice. He then announces The Cell Games to all who's watching and states that if is not defeated he will destroy all life. To cap this off he then blows a hole through the building destroying a mountain in the nearby distance before flying off.
- Cell's desperate attempt after he takes too much heavy damage from Gohan who was in Super Saiyan 2 form manages to beat Android 18 out of him. Reverting back into his second form, Cell goes ballistic knowing he is outmatched and starts bloating up like a grotesque balloon. Before the inevitable Earth-Shattering Kaboom, Goku intervenes and manages to transport him onto King Kai's planet until he finally detonates taking King Kai, Gregory, Bubbles and Goku and the ENTIRE little planet with him. You would think with Goku's Heroic Sacrifice that it would be the end. But it's not. In fact, Cell regenrates with his cell core and manages to resurrect himself into a more powerful state called "Super Perfect Cell". Cue Mass "Oh, Crap!" from whats left of the Z gang at that point on.
- What makes Cell so scary is the fact that he isn't some alien or some eternal mass of chaos like Buu. He is a creature created on Earth by an ordinary, vengeful human. A human, the people that Goku and the others spent their lives protecting, created an absolute monster that feeds off of other humans in the most slow, painful way possible. How morally bankrupt and cruel does a person have to be to create such a creature?
Super Saiyan 2 Gohan
- When Son Gohan achieves the Messianic powers of a Super Saiyan 2, he turns from a sensitive and kind-hearted little boy into a cold blooded sadistic murderer that would make Frieza or Broly run for their lives. Watching the once kind-hearted boy coldly sneer "Kill him now? Hmph, not yet Dad. He deserves to suffer much longer!!" is really uncommon in his personality. This is the same Cell that is fueled on the lives of thousands, if not millions of people and laughed with glee as he absorbed the two teenagers his creator turned into cyborgs as they screamed for their lives. He also stated he loves seeing the twisted faces of terror in people, and said to Goku that if it wasn't for the tournament he created, he'd wipe out the earth in one shot without batting an eye. Cell even called him "a monster". When Goku called out to Gohan that he should end the fight since Cell, while cornered could become more unpredictable than before, Gohan's response was to glare at him and give his most sadistic smirk he's ever shown, before giving the line that he'd like to carry on what was effectively torture. That kid was clearly Not Himself.
- The part of the battle most people remember is this one, but one has to watch the entire fight to really get the full impression. The contrast between Gohan before he ascends and afterwards is startlingly dramatic.
- Gohan is right about Cell deserving it, though, considering that Cell DRANK 600,000 innocent people and intended to kill everyone on Earth just to see the terror on their faces before they die.
- That may be the case, but the fact that Gohan beats the crap in Cell in uncontrollable rage is somewhat disturbing. But the sheer freakishness of it goes Up to Eleven when you consider this- this Super-Powered Evil Side has been lurking in him since he was 4 years old.
- However, it is quite reasonable to sympathize with Gohan, even in Super Saiyan 2. He has lived through traumatic experiences since he was 4 years old, so it is logical to assume that sooner or later would explode with anger. Remember the Nappa's fight? Namek's battle? And how he saw Namekians being killed by the Frieza's army since he was 5 years old, and bullied by Vegeta in the end of the Namek saga?
Buu - All Forms
- The Fridge Horror of being absorbed by Majin Buu. You are taken into his body where he feeds off your power and knowledge and uses them to kill everyone you know. Worse, you cannot die or do anything to stop him. You are forever trapped in an immortal being who will continue to use your abilities to kill billions.
- Even though he only appeared in one episode, Evil Buu (gray) arguably is pretty freaking scary given his depressing, morbid appearance. Any child who sees this haunting stare ◊ would most likely crap their pants. Let's see. Soulless white eyes within black sclera which originated the Black Eyes of Crazy trope? Check. Gray, melancholy color compared to bright, jubilant pink? Check. Sickly, anorexic body? Check. Even when anorexic Buu is pink ◊, that unnerving smile isn't exactly doing anyone's conscious any favors.
- How he was extremely deathly stoic in his fight with Good Buu, and then when he eats him, it results in an utterly crazed laugh with completely wide eyes and smile as he turns into Super Buu. Talk about Not So Stoic
- During Super Buu's fight with Vegeto, he forces himself into the fused Saiyan's mouth and tries to destroy him from the inside. Vegeto's powerful enough to resist it, but Buu is able to remain inside his body. The following few minutes are outright disturbing as we see random parts of Vegeto's body swelling to ridiculously grotesque size as he attempts to beat Super Buu back out.
- Super Buu. While Fat Buu was more like an innocent child that didn't know how not to break stuff, Super Buu was, along with Kid Buu, the most deranged. He has this trademark pose where he's standing straight up, but his long neck is tilted to one side and he's got a Cheshire Cat grin about two sizes too big for his face◊.
- His actions in this form don't help. As mentioned before, the other forms just liked Stuff Blowing Up. His methods of killing/torturing are extremely sadistic, yes, even worse than Frieza, Cell, or Broly. That include turning one into a food of choice and eating them (keeping them fully conscious the whole time), shrinking someone and then stepping on them, and liquefying himself and force-feeding his own body down another's throat, then expanding inside them until they burst. Once Buu makes this, Mr. Satan is completely horrified.
- There's also the fact that, aside from being the strongest of the Buus, he's also the smartest. He can tear you down more psychologically and physically. And don't try to outwit him, as he already planned for that; just ask Gohan.
- The Human Extinction Attack: a now-Laughing Mad Buu launches a continuous stream of energy beams that decimates the entire human population within minutes. He pulls off a Class 3a Apocalypse for no reason other than "I can actually do this". As Team Four Star put it, "This is the first time in the series where the civilian casualty number isn't just high — it's complete."
- Kid Buu later upgraded it to Class X-3, with an immediate threat of Class X-4 to boot.
- You know how at that point in the series death was practically retconnable at will thanks to the Dragon Balls? To the point Piccolo even tried to buy time by suggesting Super Buu kill all the humans down on mainland Earth knowing they could be wished back? Suddenly when he did that attack it didn't feel so cheap anymore.
- From Bad to Worse — remember, the earth's dragon can't revive people more than once, and as far as they knew, the Namekian dragon could only revive three people every 130 days. That means he was knowingly sacrificing everyone killed by Cell or Vegeta permanently.
- Despite all of the Body Horror he can do, he for the most part was essentially a thug who's only thought was "opponent" and "food" and could only hurt you physically. However, once he absorbed Piccolo and Gotenks, he became much more dangerous — not in physical power (which did grow tremendously with Gotenks' Super Saiyan 3 power), but in intelligence (courtesy of Piccolo), something which the other forms mostly lacked. Imagine if you gave the most powerful being in the universe with the smartest mind in the series. The result is a ruder version of Cell whose ego is boosted even further after absorbing Gohan himself, can back his power with wit, and destroys people with emotional torment (in this case Gohan, made worse since he was repeating things that his teacher taught him to mess him up and it works). Buu's manipulation ends with Gohan being rendered helpless by the brutal and mental assault of his empowered enemy. It got so bad that at one point, it had to be not shown — not censored, but not shown at all — meaning it was as bad as, if not worse than, Frieza's beatdown of Vegeta.
- Goku has it almost as bad. Imagine standing there and watching as Buu take your last son and uses his power against you. He just came back to life and he's utterly helpless against the monster who murdered his wife and took his sons in the worst way possible. In the English dub, Buu even had the nerve to call Goku dad after absorbing Gohan.
- Kid Buu was frightening as well. Yeah, he looks smaller, and maybe not as intimidating, but his first act in this form is to attempt to blow up the Earth, seemingly out of pure spite. When that is blocked, he prepares a blast ten times larger that they can't block. Goku begs him to not go through with it, that "There will be nothing! Nothing left at all!" Buu's response is a giggle and one of the most seriously evil smiles of all time, then he destroys the planet. That's when it was clear: this Buu had nothing resembling reason, unlike his previous forms. He had no ambitions to prove himself or to be the strongest, no need for anything to entertain him. He was simply going to kill... and kill... and kill... until nothing was left. For no reason.
- Kid Buu then travels to the after-life and Yamcha, in complete horror, makes light of the fact that IF enough energy is used, someone could KILL someone who was already dead. He then goes on to say that doing so would cause them to cease to exist and not even Dragon Balls can bring them back. Kid Buu was strong enough to do just that. This means that, if he were more sadistic, he could subsequently torture you for all eternity and you wouldn't die unless he destroyed your soul!
- He's the only villain that's completely incapable of being reasoned with. Frieza and Cell may be inhuman in nature and power, but you can still reason with them. Even Super Buu could be distracted for a good fight. That won't work with Kid Buu. He has no pride to manipulate, no ambitions or understandable emotions to get a rise out of, and nothing you can bargain with. It just wants to destroy everything, pure and simple. And there's nothing you can do to stop it.
- Kid Buu's very body language is chilling in how utterly lacking in restraint it is. And then there's his scream. Psychotic doesn't even begin to describe it. It's... primal.
- After Buu destroyed the Earth he transports and destroyed several other planets in a roll like a cosmic wrecking ball without given the people on those planets any chance of fighting back or even realizing what was happening. It was at this moment that you truly realized that the entire universe really was in danger since this thing wouldn't stop until everything was dead.
- Even Fat Buu gets one. After deciding he's gonna eat Dabura, he starts dancing towards him in an innocent, yet menacing fashion while chanting "Me eat you up, me eat you up, me eat you up". Dabura tries to put up resistance, pummeling him, blasting him, spitting petrifying saliva at him, but no matter what he does, Buu continues to dance towards him until the Demon King is finally consumed.
- Doctor Gero, the mastermind behind the Red Ribbon Army, definitely deserves mention. His methods for creating Androids 17 and 18 involved kidnapping teenage siblings and wiping them of their memories. And that's not the worst he does either. It is implied the reason he created Cell, if he had any idea what kind of sadism his creation would obtain, was to enact revenge against humanity for his Red Ribbon Army's destruction. The worst part is that like General Tao, he's human and not created to be evil like Buu or an alien like Frieza so he's perfectly aware of the suffering he's causing people and he loves every minute of it.
- The scene where he absorbs Piccolo's strength is also pretty creepy, and a lot more suggestive than necessary.
- And then there's the fact that Dr. Gero specifically kidnapped and mutated 17 and 18 for the sole purpose of what amounts to feeding them to a monster from our worst nightmares. To him, those two human kids are just food, nothing more.
- Because of Gero's hatred of Goku he ruined at least two timelines, one where Future Trunk came from and the one Cell came from, and nearly destroyed the solar system of the main timeline. All those people dead and suffering at the hands of the androids happened because of one man's petty vengeance. One man completely ruined the world.
- Garlic Jr's fate.
- Major league Adult Fear territory: Everything that happens to Gohan through the Saiyan saga - especially if you're Chi-Chi. First kidnapped by a stranger, then rescued only to be kidnapped again by someone Chi-Chi would have known for a fact was Goku's mortal enemy. He then disappears for an entire year, only to return just in time for him to be thrown into a fight with two more guys that are even worse. Chi-Chi gets mocked on occasion for her coddling ways, but after a year like that, who could blame her for being a bit rattled?
- Babidi is a sadistic little creep who can't fight on his own, but can take even the faintest traces of darkness in someone's soul and forcefully corrupt them into psychopathic slaves? Plus, his whole method for reviving Majin Buu revolved around inflicting pain. On top of that, he'll gleefully show you via magic the death and chaos Buu causes, just to show you how little hope you have.
- "In The History of Trunks," when Future Gohan dies. It was horrifying to see him get hit by those beams, while he's screaming in agony, and he's laying on the ground helpless!
- Gohan's death in Trunks' future. (Already mentioned; deserves a second mention) But not only the death, but the fact that he had already lost his arm. You begin to realize how hopeless the situation was, even though it seemed Gohan was holding his own. When Trunks faced his own beatdown at the hands of the Androids, for some reason, they made the incredibly intelligent decision to use the creepiest Gregorian-chant BGM as a backdrop. Nightmare Fuel much?
- Any transformation in the Great Ape/Oozaru by Goku or Gohan. Not only do they have an appearance of a monster, but whenever a Saiyan turns into one, unless they're an elite, they lose all senses of themselves.
- But an Oozaru with conscious thought— ala Vegeta— sounds even more terrifying. This means that they know exactly what they're going to do, and you're the helpless grunt about to have your bones ground to dust- at best.
- Well, at least with a conscious thought, you'd be able to know when to stop destroying when the jobs done. With an out of control Oozaru form, you just kill and kill.... and you don't stop until the transformations over, and you have no memory of what happened...
- When Goku gets his ribcage crushed by Oozaru Vegeta in the Saiyan Saga. He'd already weakened his body to the point where a light slap from Yajirobe made him wince, so when you think about how much this had to hurt it's amazing that he was able to contribute to the fight at all.
- Early in the Buu saga, we see the fight between Videl and Spopovich. Long story short, this entire episode, if you remove the fantasy elements, is a wrestler pounding a young girl in a tournament, and absolutely no one is coming to help her!!. There's a shot of Spopovich stepping on her head, and all Videl can do is cry out in pain!! She's lucky Gohan defied his father and flew in to save her, which, really, brings up a whole 'nother issue! Even Goku is really disgusted with this guy (Spopovich), and went on his way to mutter "I don't like him" and "there's something wrong with that guy" more than once. Still, he didn't actually intervene, but it was more of a matter of time: if Gohan didn't do it first, Goku would have.
- Even if you keep the fantasy elements in, for not one, but two solid episodes, the fight between Videl and Spopovitch is pretty horrific. Videl, struggling to even make him rect to her attacks, delivers a kick that spins his entire head around. After a scene in which everyone thinks she did kill him (including Videl herself, who didn't mean to go that far), HE GETS BACK UP, NEARLY PULLS HIS HEAD OFF, AND SETS IT BACK INTO PLACE! From there, he gets his revenge, pummeling her into heavy bleeding, and not stopping. Her screams are horrifying, especially the ones where he pulled on her hair. Both episodes are considered as nightmarefuel in-universe by spectators and the narrator.
- Then we find out that Spopovich lost easily to Hercule in the last tournament, bringing out the Fridge Horror of what was able to make him at least ten times stronger and teach him to fly and use energy attacks. And then Vegeta falls under Babidi's influence.
- Van Zant, the bandit who shot Buu's dog and later Mr. Satan. In his first scene he kills an elderly couple and revels about how awesome it feels to kill someone. Then we see him shooting people at random in a nearby town. It all leads up to Van Zant shooting Buu's dog and Mr. Satan and this triggers the release of Buu's evil side, making everything what Buu does afterwards his fault. All this for no reason other than the sheer thrill of killing people. Even worse is that at the time Buu had reformed and posed no threat to anyone. What's worse is that he uses Buu's destruction spree as an excuse, reasoning that everyone will be killed eventually, and even going so far as to pretend that Buu killed his victims. And just why he does all of this? He's reckoned that with Buu flying around basically laying waste to the planet, he's probably going to die soon, and he decided it'd be fun to try to take as many people with him as possible. That's his entire motivation. The most terrifying thing about him is that he is a completely normal human being with no superpowers. Put emphasis on completely, since he is just a simple human with no superpowers or martial arts training. All other human villains were leaders of evil organization (Commander Red), or were mercenaries and later cyborgs (Tao Pai Pai), but he is just an average human. All other Complete monsters in the series are intergalactic warlords, androids or other supernatural creatures and use ki- blasts and other superpowers for evil, Van Zant uses normal guns to accomplish bad things. It is terrifying to see that a regular human, who uses normal guns to accomplish bad deeds, can be just as bad as intergalactic alien warlords or insane androids.
- And, partially related to this is how Zant and his crony Smitty die. Zant's death is standard fare for DBZ (vaporized by a point-blank Ki Blast from Skinny Evil Buu), but Smitty suffers what may be the most horrifyingly brutal death of the entire series note And, in a series where the main characters routinely get holes blown through them, lose limbs, and get bones snapped, that's saying a LOT.
- This doesn't mention the look◊ that Majin Buu gives him just as he's starting to explode. This may be one of four times in the entire series that we see Fat Majin Buu with his eyes wide open.
- Someone had to mention how Mr. Satan reacts to the whole thing. Mr. Satan is absolutely furious at Van Zant and attacks him. Mr. Satan, the same guy who acted all fearless in Cell Games and felt more awkward than scared when he first met Buu, became pissed off and Took a Level in Badass That's saying a lot.
- Although he used it as an excuse, this only goes to show you how lowly the people of Earth feel about themselves in the face of Buu, that they no longer hold any respect for life. Considering that we historically love killing off whole peoples and races just because of assumed, fantastic threats, imagine what the humans in Z must've considered doing to those people they baselessly felt responsible for Buu's existence. Buu suddenly gets a lot more dangerous, indirectly, through this terrible act. And this whole saga occurred within the span of only 48 hours. If that.
- This may be more Nausea Fuel than Nightmare Fuel, but Piccolo being forced to basically reassemble himself after Trunks knocks him over as a statue. Presuming that Piccolo was not conscious for his time as a statue and only regained consciousness when the attack wore off (i.e. when Buu killed Dabura), imagine if your first conscious realization after being turned to stone is, "Oh, Crap. I'm in pieces." And then there was the effort involved. It's already a known fact that, yes, while Piccolo can regenerate limbs, it's not an easy process. And he had to regenerate several portions of his body.
- Trunks, at the time less than 10 years old, freaked out as soon as he saw the others coming back to life, remembering that he had broken the statue. He looked over the ridge where Piccolo had been standing and visibly blanched. What kind of visceral, meaty horror he saw can only be imagined, and at such an age.
- It also helps to remember that this is a show that is all too pleased to show you the gore of battle...yet it did not let you see what Trunks was seeing. Instead, all you saw was young Trunks looking as if he's about to throw up at the ghastly sight, before informing Goten and Krillin that "you don't wanna go up there, guys." Take Our Word for It indeed...
- Word of God stated that Turles is essentially what Goku would be if he never landed on his head, wiping his memory.
- When he plants the Tree of Might. It turns the planet to a desolate wasteland. Also, whoever eats from this fruit obtains immense power.
- When Turles forces Gohan's eyes open to see the moon, going Oozaru.
- Slug when growing into a Super Namek.
- Broly's screams when going Legendary Super Saiyan. He sounds like a baby crying interspersed with maniacal laughter.
- At the last part of the transformation, if you watch closely, it looks like Broly's power tore his skin open before resetting into the finished product.
- That`s not even close to the scariest part of him. Frieza, Cell, Bojack, Buu... every villian in that series when being fought has taken hits and bled. They always... ALWAYS get a beating here and there. Broly doesn`t get hurt... in fact he only took one hit that affected him in any way and that`s at the end of each movie. He can take everything that you can throw at him and not notice. On top of that, he`s insane. You can`t bargain with him or surrender. You can`t scare him, you can`t team up on him and all he wants to do is kill you... as slowly and painfully as he can. And unlike the other villains, he`s not doing it because you`re in his way or for profit... it`s because he loves it. He`ll hunt you down and go after your children if he has to... or wants to...
- Legendary Super Saiyan Broly. One of the things he's most noted for is his Empty Eyes. This gives him a demonic appearance, on top of the fact that he grows nearly twice as tall as his original self, is bulkier than the Ultra Super Saiyan 2nd state, and destroys a slave race's planet just to see them cry about it. But all you need to realize that he's a bad mofo is to watch one of the many scenes in the first movie where there's a close-up onto his eyes.
- The most chilling in Broly is the fact that in this state is completely irrational and insane, yes, on par with Kid Buu. Gohan in Super Saiyan 2 is nothing compared to Broly. In this state, the reason will not, and he will not stop beating and torturing his opponent until he's dead, of course, with his maniac laughter, is Nightmare Fuel at best.
- This goes even further in that, for most of the series, the use of 'empty eyes' signifies that a character is either enraged or releasing stupidly high amounts of energy. In this case, it's very clearly both.
Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans
- In Plan to Eradicate the Saiyans, Frieza, Turles, Cooler and Slug come back as ghosts. After they are defeated, Hatchiyack absorbs their spirits, which is apparently very painful. We are then treated to a sequence of each villain's ghost being trapped inside of a ball and writhing in agony.
- Its stated and mentioned by Goku that Hatchiyack is either the same power level as Broly or a bit beyond it. It doesn't help and adds fuel to the fire that he reemerges as an android hellbent on slaughtering Goku and his friends.
Battle of the Gods
- Battle of the Gods is Adult Fear for Gohan. Get drunk one time and wind up doing something careless that comes dangerously close to killing your wife and daughter. Bet he swore off alcohol after that incident.
- It also invites the ultimate Fridge Horror of the Sorting Algorithm of Evil in the Dragon Ball universe, Beers, the God of Destruction which all the gods fear. This would normally be be not as dangerous considering how the gods normally rank things, until he curb stomps Super Saiyan 3 Goku with a finger. Since this is the canonical universe, where Super Saiyan 3 is the strongest state aside from Mystic and Fusions, this is a big deal. Then the Super Saiyan God state, which is the strongest state in the series' canon is activated by Goku to defeat this guy, normally you'd expect a Curb-Stomp Battle to ensue and deal with the Big Bad. Nope, Goku still loses, only managing to force Beers to go 70% of his power and suffers no punishment. The real scary part comes after this turns out despite being the strongest character in the series according to V-jump, it turns out that his advisor, Whis, is much stronger than he is, and given that we never see the full extent of Beer's power, Whis' power must be beyond comprehension. We also get this bit of information; turns that he's the designated God of Destruction for the universe that Dragon Ball is based in which is No.7 out of 12.
- To sum up Beers, the most powerful character in the series, has several shades of Bigger Bad algorithms above him. There's his mentor who's
stronger than he is strong enough to smack him around like a child and have it Played for Laughs, and then there's the other Eleven Universes' Gods of Destruction that are all probably stronger than he is Talk about a dark deconstruction of Always Someone Better
- The general fact that in the DBZ's early timeline. Taking place after the events of the Frieza arc and set during the events of the Trunk's arc. It can be jarring to realize that not only did Frieza had his father King Cold but also an older brother. Cooler isn't avenging Frieza's death out of pure love, but out of sheer spite and a sense of self preservation and his family's honor. The fact knowing that a supposeldy 'weak' race of creatures. A Saiyan killing him instead of him is a flat out insult to him. What does Cooler do? He heads to Earth, in a fit to avenge Frieza and kill the murderer that had done it. Just like Frieza but even worse. His power exceeds him. It's implied in the film that he's in the same form and strength as his brother's fourth and final form... except that he has another form to surpass him!
- The near final moments when Goku repelled Cooler back with his Super Kamehameha and his own Supernova straight to the sun. Anyone who's read this page so far knows where this is going... Let's just say that Cooler's demise was a slow horrfic incineration that would leave some viewers raising a few eyebrows. He may (like many other Z villains of the entire series) have deserved it but in the end when it all boils down to it it still a horrible demise.
Revival of F:
- Frieza is back. The monster that brutally slaughtered TRILLIONS of people and blew up countless planets; who created a galaxy-wide Real Estate scam where planetary-scale genocide was commonplace as part of his father's empire; who mercilessly tortured Goku, Gohan and Piccolo and savagely murdered Dende, Vegeta and Krillin has returned. The Evil Overlord is back, burning with revenge, and more powerful than ever!
- How powerful? Trailers imply even post-Battle of Gods Goku can BARELY stand up to him!
- Is that bad enough? No. It is not. Frieza is not only inmensely more powerful, he now has a FIFTH form that is even STRONGER!