Nightmare Fuel / Dragon Ball Z Abridged
aka: Dragon Ball Abridged

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"Soldiers! The scavenger hunt will proceed as such. Normal human heads are worth one point. Namekian heads are worth twenty. Filthy half-Saiyan brats? Fifty. And if you find any miserable, odious, insubordinate, full-blooded monkey garbage...you win. Well, off you go!
Freeza

TFS never fails at amusing the fans of Dragon Ball... and scaring them as well.

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     Freeza 
  • LittleKuriboh puts on a legitimately terrifying performance as Freeza.
    • Freeza learns that Zarbon left Vegeta, the only one who knows where the last Dragon Ball is, for dead.
      Zarbon: Wait, sir! It is possible I just left him unconscious.
      Freeza: Oh, good. And where did you leave him?
      Zarbon: At the bottom of a lake.
      Freeza: (Death Glare) Minion forty-three, could you come in here for a second? I need an example.
      "Minion forty-three": Private Namole reporting. An example of what, Lord Freez-(screams as he is obliterated by Freeza).
      Freeza: You see that, Zarbon? That's you if Vegeta is not in front of me in the next ten minutes.
      Zarbon: (Stammers in complete fear)
      Freeza: Bye!
      Zarbon (flies out) AAAAHHHHH!
    • Freeza's introduction to the heroes in 24:
      Vegeta: That doesn't matter! Don't you understand?! If it didn't grant me my wish, then I'm not immortal! And Freeza's going to... g-going to... [Freeza enters, to a justified Mass "Oh, Crap!" from all parties present.]
      Freeza: Ohohoho, no, don't mind me! By all means... give me some ideas.
    • His mood swings during Episode 25:
    • His rendition of "These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things", accompanied by a slow piano tune. The cover has some dissonant notes, making the sound even creepier.
      Freeza: Peaceful young races with fire on their houses, millions of voices all silenced like mouses, watching the cowards bow to their new king, these are a few of my favorite things.
    • In Episode 27, the first 20 seconds are dead serious after Freeza kills Dende:
      Freeza: It's been so long since I've had to use this form. It feels like an old suit I never have an occasion to wear. Unfortunately, whenever I put it on... [glances at Dende, complete with a sizzling sound effect which is definitely not comedic] someone dies.
      Gohan: Dende... no...
      Freeza: Oh, don't cry for the poor thing. I've saved him the fate of seeing what I'm about to do to you.
    • What he says to Vegeta is just mean:
      Freeza: It seems our game is over, Vegeta. Now that we're done here, it's time to send you crying home to mommy.
      Vegeta: My mother's dead.
      Freeza: I know.
    • He even manages to scare Goku a number of times:
      Freeza: Sending your friends away to fight me all on your own... how gutless...
      Goku: What... how is that gutless?
      Freeza: Because... suicide is the coward's way out...
    • Playing 20 Questions with Goku in Episode 29:
      Freeza: Are you about to die?
      Goku: No...
      Freeza: Ah, Ah, Ah! *taking aim at Goku's forehead* No lying.
    • Freeza completely losing his mind in Episode 30.
  • Returning in his new, cybernetic form, Freeza's new name for Earth is "Vacant Lot".
    • This quote, not helped by the sheer amount of barely contained rage that he exhibits.
      Freeza: But I won't lie Daddy, I am absolutely ecstatic. When that filthy monkey arrives back on the planet, he'll return not to the smiling faces of his dear friends and family, but a total, unadulterated, genocide.
  • And in Episode 33, during his Villainous Breakdown, he boils over and screws up his programming again, causing him to start shrieking EXTERMINATE!!!!! EXTERMINATE!!!!! as he tries to kill Trunks, all while the New Series Dalek theme plays.
  • Freeza's crowning moment is this:
    Freeza: If I'm really as bad as you say, then let God strike me down where I stand.
    (gets struck by a bolt of lightning)
    Freeza: Ha! Nice try, jackass! Next time, give it your A-Game!
  • He manages to be absolutely terrifying in DBZ Kai Abridged Episode 2 as well, especially when beating up Vegeta.
    Vegeta: ...wait am I immortal?
    Freeza: I don't know! Let's see...
  • Almost all of the Just Give Up! song (a parody of the song You'll Be Back from Hamilton) consists of him boasting of his conquests and genocides, demanding his listeners to give up and submit to his rule.

     Mr Popo 
  • Mr. Popo's introduction.
    • Mr. Popo is Nightmare Fuel incarnate in the abridged series. He can appear inside dreams, single-handedly fended off Garlic Jr (whereas it took both Goku and Piccolo to do so originally), has the Guardian of Earth answer to him, may be the monster from Cloverfield, can assimilate other beings to become like him, appear inside your computer in real-life, and even invade other abridged series. Just ask Hol Horse.
  • In Episode 31, Kami tells Piccolo that Popo kicked him out of the watchtower for a booty call:
    Kami: "Last time he did this, I found five corpses. He laughed when I said 'five'."
    • The ending. Epsiode Popo assimilates Garlic Junior and does something horrible offscreen to his minions. It's just as terrifying as when he did it to Blue Popo.
      • What's more, when he did it to Garlic Junior, you can tell from Garlic's left eye that he's being assimilated from the inside out. Popo got inside a character without them even noticing!
      • And now it seems he can even invade video games, as Krillin experienced while playing Slender: The Arrival. Vegeta also noticed this while he was playing The Stanley Parable.
      • Don't forget the ending of Episode 12.
  • And now, since Kami fused with Piccolo, there's a good chance he's losing his mind. Even Goku catches on.
  • It's not clear what Goku's training with him was but Goku is traumatized from it.
    Goku: Dontbreakpopostuffdontbreakpoposstuff...
    Gohan: Dad, what are you muttering?
  • Even Vegeta gets creeped out by Mr. Popo. During Episode 55, Vegeta tries to ponder what Popo even is. When Vegeta presses his buttons, Popo quickly reminds him of the Pecking Order by ejecting him from the Lookout at terminal velocity.
  • One can only wonder what the relationship Popo and Earth's new vengeful God Dende will be like.
    Popo: ...I'm going to call you Little Green.
    Dende: Your funeral.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, behold the sheer DISTURBANCE that is Popo the Genie.
  • There's the stinger to the YouTube version of The World's Strongest Abridged:
    Two million subscribers, bitches! Hahahahahaha! (Beat) SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

     Chi-Chi 
  • Episode 3:
    Krillin: So, Chi-Chi, hypothetically, what would you do if you were told your husband was dead, and your son were kidnapped by his worst enemy?
    • You can hear Chi-Chi sharpening a knife right before Krillin escapes at night.
  • WHERE'S MY BABY?!
  • Episode 39 shows that Chi Chi doesn't care that much about the pain that Goku is in, she's actually happy that he's home instead. Justify it however you want, her reactions to all of this come across as utterly disturbing especially if she knows what's going on. This marks her (to some) change into either a completely unstable person or a completely uncaring bitch.
  • Chi-Chi displays a healthy dose of Tranquil Fury in Episode 55. She even gets background music normally reserved for Cell and Freeza, which even makes her getting ready to have sex with Goku sound scary (and actually had a few people mistake it for rape. KaiserNeko had to clarify it wasn't.)
  • So Chi-Chi finds out her husband is making Gohan (her son) to fight Cell, a.k.a the one person she forbade the Z-Fighters to let him fight, and her reaction is to swear in front of the TV (while lifting and swinging both it and her father at the same time by the way) that she will castrate Goku with a butter knife and gag him with a radish.

     Cell 
  • It only took a cameo and a single appearance for Cell to get his own folder, but now that he's here, he is this, full. fucking, STOP. First off, the Episode 40. Piccolo arrives to demand Kami fuse with him due to how insanely powerful the Androids are, only for Kami to reveal that something far, far worse has arisen, and the grimness of the situation is played completely straight with even Nail noticing how dark the tone of the conversation is getting. Immediately the scene cuts to the lower levels of Gero's lab, and the episode ends on a close-up of a tiny embryonic creature and a terrifying and inhuman yet raspy Evil Laugh. The Cell Saga has now begun.
    • Kami's last line cements the gravity of the situation:
      Kami: The Androids are a threat, yes. But they are paltry to what I fear comes next.
      Mr. Popo: Well that's f***ing ominous!
    • The above quote is made both scary and awesome when though about: Cell scares Mr. Popo!
    • Coincidentally, the episode prior to Piccolo fusing with Kami and meeting Cell in Gingertown, Mr. Popo decides to trip a lot of acid.
    • Granted, he was high on a gallon of LSD at the time, but Mr. Popo sounded somewhat worried when he said that. While Mr. Popo has yet to express his actual opinion on Cell himself, the fact remains that this is the first time he has ever even appeared even slightly worried.
  • Cell's official introduction is in Episode 42. He's dragging around a still-living victim through a shadowy back alley, nonchalantly approaching Piccolo while singing an off-key version of "Mr. Sandman" in a rasping voice.
    Cell: Mr. Sandman... bring me a dream... make him the cutest that I've ever seen... Give him two lips... like roses and clover... Then tell him that his lonesome nights are... over.
    *drops body at Piccolo's feet*
    Cell: Hello... friend.
    • Making it worse is that the usual episode outro is absent, leaving only the logo over Cell's breathing.
    • The set-up is pretty frightening too. While Piccolo is exploring the empty city, Nail, Kami, and Piccolo are all snarking at each other, and there's some ambient noise/music. It takes a moment to realize that there's another voice there, especially since it starts out very quietly.
  • Earlier, a cameraman is reporting on all the disappearances in town. A Cell-shaped shadow falls over him, visual cuts to static - and audio to screams - and when the static clears there's nothing but clothes.
  • Following that, Piccolo is visibly unnerved as he asks what Cell is doing. Cell replies, that he'll answer a question with a question in the most unnerving manner possible, to say nothing of the question itself.
    Piccolo: What the hell is going on here?
    Cell: Ohhhhh-hoh-hoh-hoh-hoh. Let's answer your question, with another question.
    Piccolo: Yeah? And what's tha-
  • When Piccolo, aghast, asks Cell why he would exterminate an entire city, Cell gives three reasons. The first - that he was hungry - and the third - that their power fuels his own horrifying strength - are unsettling enough, but it's the second reason that gets Piccolo to react with a look of unbridled horror.
    • To add the the nightmare fuel, he suddenly goes from being dissonantly casual and chipper to being dark and threatening, and then snaps back like nothing happened at all.
      • Freeza was (mostly) calm and rational. Not only is Cell way stronger, he actively seeks Nightmare Fuel for his own amusement.
  • If that wasn't bad enough, he spits out a baby's pacifier. By that moment, there's no chance of redemption for him.
  • The comment he makes while absorbing Piccolo's arm is unbelievably creepy.
    Cell: Oh, it must be your first time, because YOU ARE TIGHT!
  • When Piccolo asks Cell about his backstory:
    Cell: You're the first person to ask me "Who?" or "What?". Normally they just ask "Why?"
  • Cell's flashback as how he came from the future, which shows him brutally murdering the Trunks of his timeline, which is depicted simply as brutal and not humorous.
  • Cell brutally murdering TJ and The Wombat after requesting "Video killed the Radio star"
    • Hell, his rampage in Nicki Town was already bad in the original series, but here, it's played for laughs, which somehow makes it worse.
    Cell: "DON'T TOUCH THAT DIAL..."
    • The Stinger, which has Cell take over the local radio station
    Cell: Welcome back to 98.5 The Cell! We have another caller making a request.
    Victim: PLEASE DON'T KILL ME!
    Cell: Sorry, that's not in the lineup! (Kills him offscreen)
    • Let's just call the entire last part of Episode 44 Nightmare Fuel because of him.
  • Sure, it's all just a dream, but despite all the satire and humor in the 2014 Halloween special, he still makes every kill count. The effect of soundtrack dissonance even comes into play for a brief moment.
  • As Cell "drinks" his victims, the pitch of their screams gradually becomes lower, and lower, and lower...until only silence remains, as if a balloon is gradually being deflated.
  • In the 45th episode, he's attacked an amusement park. Despite the quotes from Piccolo and Tien, it's just as terrifying as the original.
    • In a thing somewhat related to him in that episode, Dr. Briefs is doing something almost just like Cell's creation: creating clones of his wife, possibly to pleasure him. He's really starting to act like an even more demented version of Dr. Gero....
  • Cell's sole appearance in Episode 46: "Hello boys. Room for one more?"
  • Episode 47 has Cell creepily lick his lips upon seeing Android 18. Bear in mind this immediately follows him referring to her as his "beeeeaUT-iful sister...".
    Android 18: Oh, F*CK no!
    • Related to that is Piccolo's realization that Cell has killed far many more people to gain more power.
    Piccolo: How... How many people?!
    Cell: Enough.
    • Android 17's protests as Cell absorbs him.
    17: Oh god this is totally disgusting! This isn't how this is supposed to work! I'm not supposed to die like this! I'm too cool! Someone pull off his tail! I'm too cool for this! I'm too cool- (*Gulp*)
    • Semi-Perfect Cell immediately turns his gaze towards 18 in the most unsettling manner imaginable. You know exactly what kind.
    • It's somewhat subtle, but in the intro Cell has this weird little tone in his voice. It's extremely unsettling to listen to.
    • After defeating Piccolo, Cell is absolutely chilling.
  • Cell even manages to make the opening disclaimer sound creepy. That, itself, is an achievement.
  • The original Semi-Perfect Cell was considered Nightmare Retardant due to his appearance and voice. With his new voice, and mannerisms, he's just terrifying.
  • In episode 48, just as he's about to kill Tien, Cell starts channelling his inner-Freeza with his Pre-Mortem One-Liner.
    Semi-Perfect Cell: You know, if you want my personal opinion, Kikoho is a pretty sad choice of last words. But to be fair, it's far from the worst decision you've made today.
    Semi-Perfect Cell: Aww, see? That's the spirit.
  • Semi-Perfect Cell spends the entirety of Episode 50 freaking out due to getting kicked around and insulted by Vegeta. But when Vegeta shows a weakness in his ego, Cell instantly calms down, smiles and talks very slowly and confidently. He plays to Vegeta's overconfidence and starts tricking him into doing exactly what Cell wants. It's really creepy to see how quickly he can regain control of a situation where he was throwing a tantrum seconds before.
  • Episode 51:
    • Cell cheerily humming while advancing on 18, tail rising up, makes it that much worse. Coupled with his facial expression...
    • Cell's unsubtle rape allusions regarding absorption become far more blatant and nauseating in this episode, with him openly gloating how 18 is "asking to be absorbed" with her outfit. The climax of this is his declaration that he's been so close for so long and now he's "coming".
    • The noise 18 makes as she's absorbed.
    • Cell's power increases so much that even Bulma, a regular human who admits to being unable to sense power levels, is able to sense his new power. After asking if that means anything, Piccolo sums it up perfectly:
    Piccolo: WE'RE F*CKED!
    • Perfect Cell's subdued yet heroically triumphant intro song, as it's also a sort of Call-Back to Freeza's iteration of "My Favourite Things" before impaling Krillin.
      P is for priceless, the look upon your faces.
      E is for Extinction, all your puny races.
      R for Revolution, which will be televised.
      E is for Eccentric, just listen to my song.
      C is for completion, that I've waited for so long!
      T is for the terror, upon you I'll bestow...
      My name is Perfect Cell, and I'd like to say... Hello.
      • For added fun, much like Cell's introduction, the usual outro's replaced by the series logo on a black screen, giving the audience time to let what just happened sink in.
      • The start of the song, where we first see Perfect Cell before he sings, may remind some of End of Evangelion. Namely the uplifting music signifying the End Of The World...
  • Where to begin with Episode 52:
    • When Vegeta was shocked to see how his attack didn't faze Cell in the slightest, Cell's response is one of the most chilling Call Backs EVER:
    Cell: Because, prince, like a soon-to-be broken man once said: "You're either perfect, or you're not me."
    • Cell completely wiping the floor with Vegeta, shrugging off his most ultimate attack like it was nothing. And before dealing the finishing blow, he broke more than just Vegeta's back, he destroyed his pride.
    Cell:Some advice, Prince. For the future; Next time, why don't you remember your place like the rest of them? And wait for Goku.
  • This exchange between 16 and Cell:
    Cell: So are we cool?
    Android 16: You ate my family!
    Cell: Hey, don't lose your head. They were my family too.
  • When Cell regenerates from Vegeta's final flash, Vegeta goes berserk and unloads a Beam Spam... which Cell just walks through. From the tone of Vegeta's voice, he sounds afraid.
    Vegeta: WHY WON'T YOU DIE!?
    Cell: (Gradually walks towards Vegeta before appearing amidst the smoke) Prince. Has this ever worked? (PUNCH)
    • The tone in Krillin's voice when he demands Trunks to fight Cell at full power. The resident Chew Toy (second to Yamcha, of course)! of the series is aggressively spelling out how serious the situation is.
  • Trunks' attempt at a boast against Cell is met with this chilling yet somehow awesome response.
    Cell: I'm Impressed! Behind all that angst and ridiculous hair, there's a real fighter!
    Trunks: And behind all that insufferable smarm is a dead man!!
    Cell: Trunks... you couldn't FATHOM the amount of dead men behind me...
    • Earlier is this exchange after Krillin flies off with the unconscious Vegeta, in which Cell shows just how adept he is at attacking the emotional scars of his opponents.
    Cell: (talking about his brutal beatdown of Vegeta) Oh don't lie, Boy Scout. That MUST have been catharsis by proxy. He's gonna be waking up for the next five years in a cold sweat remembering today.
    Trunks: I'm not a psychopath like...
    Cell: Kinda like you.
    Trunks: Like me?
    Cell: Does Gohan know, by the way?
    Trunks: Does he know what?
    • We get to see Cell's backstory of him killing an alternate Trunks to use his time machine, apparently by squeezing his head off with his tail. Though given how wet the sound was he might have just crushed it like an over-ripe melon.
      Cell: But you made one. Fatal. Mistake. You took away what was mine.
  • During the whole episode, Cell is clearly enjoying himself while tormenting Trunks, reminding him of his failure in saving Gohan, revealing him how he died (and how, even if in that timeline he actually managed to save both the past and the present, he still failed since he gave Cell the opportunity to achieve perfection), playing him by pretending he actually had a chance and then rubbing his lack of experience and daddy's issues in his face. So far, the other villains in the show have been either mooks or just power-hungry, Cell is (with Freeza) the only one who loves making his victims suffer, and he is also quite good at it. Indeed, unlike Freeza, who's more into physical torture with a cruel comment from time to time, Cell is a whole different level, using also psychological torture and being much better at yanking the dog's chain.
  • Cell enjoys inflicting literal nightmares on those he fights as well, and his fighting style involves deliberately bashing his opponents Berserk Buttons and then toy with them until he grows bored whereupon he shows them just how outmatched they are. He has, in essence, perfected Break the Haughty as a fighting style with the sole purpose of having his opponents wake up in cold sweats from the nightmares. The result leaves Vegeta on the verge of tears, and Trunks stammering in the disclaimer.
    • This ability isn't just limited to those he fights, either. Just ask Goku and Gohan, who are sealed in a room where the flow of times is slowed down significantly. Both of them have nightmares of their loved ones being brutally mutilated by Cell. Then things get weird, and not in a good way — Cell turns to Gohan...and suddenly has Goku's face as he tells him he loves him.
      • And Goku has apparently been having this nightmare for a week!
    • As of Episode 55, Piccolo has been hallucinating him inside the Chamber. After only being in it for 3 days (chamber time, not real time), he gets the hell out of dodge.
    Vegeta: I call dibs!
  • Cell makes his grand entrance to announce the Cell Games by popping up out of the floor and proceeding to break the newscaster's neck with one hand! Fortunately, we are spared this visual, but the others are not.
    • Cell's message to the world mixes this with funny moments, but the end is positively bone-chilling...
      Cell: The games will begin at noon one week from today. That should give you time to prepare—or for those of you not participating, time to connect with loved ones...get your affairs in order...or maybe just kill your boss! Get a purge going! Live a little! Because in one week's time...(raises hand to the picture of Earth on the wall behind him)...well, to give you an idea...
      (Cell fires a blast from his hand, blowing out the wall of the building, devastating several city blocks, and blowing up a mountain several miles away.)
      Cell: So...keep that in mind, and I'll see you next Sunday! Also: feel free to pray to your god. But—spoilers!—I won't be listening.
    • While the scene of Cell playing the names of the cities he's absorbed to jaunty music is quite funny at first, just count the number of cities he's absorbed. 10. He drank 10 cities worth of people! Including Penguin Village!
    • After announcing the Cell Games, he leaves the studio with an absolutely chilling statement as a creepy music box remix of Bruce Faulconer's theme for him plays.
    • Just how little any of the atrocities he's committed phase him. It's somehow more disturbing than if he was being sadistic.
  • In episode 56, Cell has an unexpectedly jovial conversation with an interviewer, giving him a humorous plot summary of the original Dragonball series up to this point. At the end, however, Cell abruptly turns serious and kills him. Why? He didn't call him Mister Perfect Cell.
  • When Cell gets challenged by Ryu and Ken, it's a mild annoyance for him. Even worse, he can REVERSE THE RAGING DEMON ATTACK. On the visual scale, there's this bit. It must be seen to be realized.
    Ryu: The only way warriors can TRULY communicate is with their fists!
    Cell: What about our...MOUTHS?
  • When Sonic the Hedgehog challenges Cell and finds himself outmatched, he feels compelled to utilize the Chaos Emeralds... only for Cell to reveal that they're all in his possession. On top of everything else, the moment is set to the Sonic CD Boss Music USA version.
  • Cell is approached by Kenshiro, and is unimpressed, laughing off the Hokuto Hyakkuretsu-Ken. And then Cell explodes like the goons Ken normally fights before regenerating, still reeling in pain from the attack and utterly furious. And then he explodes again, this time without Ken laying a hand on him. While completely awesome, and certainly cathartic, the scene reiterates how horrifically powerful a fighting style Hokuto Shinken is as Kenshiro, one of Cell's weakest opponents so far, did more damage then even the Final Flash. And then Fridge Horror kicks in on multiple fronts: Ken likely won't survive Cell's counter-attack, Ken really is that ruthless a fighter since his attack has a secondary effect that wouldn't normally activate against his enemies, and if Hokuto Shinken can work on Cell, than it can work on most of the Z-Warriors too.note 
  • Cell's fight with Light Yagami from Death Note includes him graphically blasting a squirrel's head off just to make a point.
  • Episode 57: Before the inevitable Curb-Stomp Battle against Mr. Satan, Cell unleashes a scathing verbal retort against him (like the others), and... well, take a look:
    Cell: You look like an extra from a budget porno flick. The kind where everyone gets tested afterwards. Even the cameraman.
    Satan: Oh. Um Yer-
    Cell: Did they find you in the subway? Were you homeless? Did you get your start in Bum Fights?
    Satan: This is getting oddly personal.
    Cell: Do you have any actual friends? Any relationships at all that aren't about your money or your position?
    Satan: (weakly) I have a daughter...
    Satan: (slightly terrified) C-Can we cut to commercial?
    And then the Curb-Stomp Battle comes to pass... but instead of a comical injury with the mountain blowing up, Mr. Satan splatters against the mountain, with blood smearing down as he descends.
  • Episode 59: When it looks as though Goku is about to destroy the planet with his Kamehameha in order to kill Cell, Cell's reaction is ecstatic to the point of insanity. He is absolutely thrilled at the prospect of the fight ending in the death of everything. Even Vegeta had enough self-restraint to see the destruction of the planet as a last resort and a mutual loss. But Cell?
    Cell: Hahahaha! I see! Yes, Goku! You're absolutely right. This is the only way it can end! This tournament, these fools, this planet; they mean nothing to men like you and I! We will go out together, in a ball of molten rock and death! YES!

     Movies 
  • That misfit minion who raped Rudolph, yeah? Listen really carefully to the background sound after he says that. *Shudder* Merry Christmas.
  • 4 words "I AM CHAMPION CHRISTMAS!!!"
  • Cooler's delivery of this line after beating Goku to a pulp in the Revenge of Cooler special is absolutely chilling.
    Cooler: Look at you... Wasted and gasping for air... But you don't get to go yet. When your planet is in ashes... Then you have my permission to die.
  • There is something mildly creepy about Dream!Goku's casual mention of nothing being real in Gohan's dream at the end of Episode of Bardock Abridged.
    • Keep in mind, that scene was taken from the same episode Chichi hired a sadistic teacher for Gohan. Long story short, he dreams about his dad coming back, but that Goku turns out to be Freeza trying to kill young Gohan.
  • The Dead Zone movie has this Disney Acid Sequence that is a mix of Surreal Horror and Soundtrack Dissonance with it starting off with a Nightmare-inducing Freeze-Frame Bonus with scary sounds happening the exact same time. Perhaps the freakiest one is the cuckoo clock — Except the third time it comes out, the cuckoo is replaced by Icarus' severed head, eyes gouged out. Oh yeah, and the entire thing is set the background of Mozart's Eine Kleiner Nacht and Gohan Giggling.
  • Before that was the beginning of the movie. All you see is a black screen, followed by someone apparently growling in the background. The sound progressively gets louder and louder until we are immediately treated with Piccolo's screaming face and the growling becomes a full-blown roar. Piccolo's face shows his wide open eyes, tiny irises, and his gaping maw open wide with fangs and some green substance akin to saliva. Anyone not prepared will be treated to a Jump Scare.
  • Goku, in the Revenge of Cooler special. While his hunger is usually played for humor, it takes some disturbing levels in this movie. When he sees Cooler's henchmen, he tell them to get away from "[his] food, [his] friend, [his] two emergency foods (Icarus and Oolong), and [his] son". So, not only does Gohan, in his mind, have a lower priority than simple food, he is willing to kill and eat not just his son's pet, Icarus, but one of his friends, Oolong, just because he gets hungry! And considering that he ate Icarus in the end, it's amazing Oolong is still alive. At this point, Goku's just Buu-lite.
  • KaiserNeko can be really scary when he's angry, as shown in the Episode Breakdown of Cooler 2. Especially when raging "F*** this movie".
  • In the Trunks' special, seeing Gohan's body lying lifeless and pupiless in the rain.
  • History of Trunks shows that Chichi finally cracked in the future, as her husband is dead and her only son is on a suicide mission against the Androids. The only way she can cope is by living in denial and knitting clothes for a grandchild she'll never have.
    • Future Gohan didn't fare much better even before he died, as it seems to be implied that the Piccolo he hears in his head was never actually there.
    • And as a bit of Fridge Horror (in relation to The Stinger mentioned earlier), Bulma casually remarks "Don't ask me where I get the protein".
    • Towards the end when the Androids have beat down Trunks, this dialogue really brings home just how hopeless the Bad Future is:
    Trunks: Why? Why are you doing this?!
    17: The question isn't "why" kid, it's "why not?"
    18: I mean, who's going to stop us?
    17: Not those guys 17 years ago.
    18: Not ol' One Arm...
    17: And certainly not YOU.
  • Christmas Tree of Might starts with a forest burning down, and when Gohan, Krillin and Bulma gather the Dragonballs to wish for its restoration, Shenron's not happy to see them again so soon, though his mood improves when he thinks they called him to restore the forest... Then Krillin manages to make it worse. It gets so much worse.
    Shenron: So you want me to restore life to this desolated forest?
    Krillin: Hell, no! I want a Christmas tree!
    Shenron: (disbelieving) You want... a tree.
    Krillin: Not just any tree! The perfect Christmas tree!
    [Shenron's eyes narrow as he gets an idea.]
    Shenron: ...Yeah. Yeah, okay. I'll give you your tree. I'll give you the best damn tree you've ever SEEN! [laughs a truly scary Evil Laugh as he apparently grants the wish]
    Krillin: Thank you!
    Shenron: Oh, don't thank me. 'tis the season of giving.
    • What's worse? Shenron actually sounded impressed that the gang finally called him for something noble.
  • Super Android 13 punches Goku so hard in the dick that he temporarily erases Goten from existence.
  • The last thing Super Android 13 sees is Super Saiyan Goku, with a skull briefly flashing before his death.
    Dr. Gero: JESUS CHRIST!
  • The World's Strongest has quite a few moments to share.
    • It opens with Oolong and Gohan out on an outing for the Dragon Balls. Oolong wants to steal a wish (like he did back in Dragon Ball when Pilaf tried to wish for world dominance), but while he tells Gohan that he wants to wish for panties (again, like he did back in Dragon Ball) his thoughts before that show otherwise.
    Oolong: "Justice..."
    Gohan: "What?"
    Gohan: "Oh Oolong, you're incorrigible."
    • Piccolo's surprisingly (or not) ill-fated battle against the Saiba- I mean, the Biomen. He's screaming pretty loudly and for quite a time, but how can you not when there's a laser searing you after you've been through the torture of being 90% water in an artic environment?
      • Even though it's played for laughs, right before that Yamcha shows up to help only to get suicide-bombed by a Bioman almost as fast as the Saibaman did him back in the Saiyan Saga. He survives this time, but it's still a pretty painful experience.
      Yamcha: "WHY?!"
      • And right before that was when Oolong bailing after Kochin frees Dr. Wheelo's evil lair (laboratory) only to get stopped by a Bioman. Gohan runs over to the pig to help out but then the four Biomen that deep fry Piccolo later suddenly burst out from the snow and proceed to waste the kid.
    • When Gohan gets home and works on his homework, he begins to wonder if Piccolo is okay and dozes off. There's a colorful image of Gohan globe-trotting and Piccolo standing on a large pillar, but then Piccolo tries talking to the boy telepathically in a noticeably and increasingly panicked tone (a rarity from Piccolo). Said image starts to shift from weird but lighthearted to pretty disturbing with occasional freeze frame shots of Piccolo either in torment or mind-controlled.
      Piccolo: "Gohan, Gohan! I'm trying to reach you telepathically. God, Gohan, they've captured me! Gohan, they're torturing me! They're forcing things inside my brain Gohan!! GOHAN, MY VEINS!! GOOHAAN, MYYYY VEEEEIIIIIIINNNNSSS!!"
    • The simple threat of tearing Bulma apart limb from limb may not be as impactful if the one saying it wasn't the ridiculously evil Kochin (laughably evil but still really damn evil). And the ones holding her limbs down? The Biomen (a.k.a the same li'l buggers that captured Piccolo of all people).
    • When Wheelo finally loses all patience he remotely had, the revelation of his body is both grandiose and chilling.
    Dr. Wheelo: Fifty years, I was alone... And when I am finally saved from that loneliness, all I find is horror. In this form, I am powerless; doomed to witness these atrocities. I need a body. I WILL HAVE A BODY!!!
    • If Gohan hadn't yelled at the last minute Goku would have killed an innocent man and Krillin would have condoned it.
  • Broly's transformation, naturally. Once everyone but Vegeta realises that he'll go berserk if he hears the name "Kararot" they beg Vegeta to stop, but he just says it over and over to be a dick. Then Broly starts screaming and turns into the Legendary Super Saiyan. What's more, the animation is slowed down so we can see his skin shredding in more detail. All set to the same music as when Beerus destroyed Zamasu
    • Not helped by how Broly beforehand had been a soft-spoken Adorkable guy but as Vegeta keeps not just pressing his Berserk Button but smashing it with as much force as humanly possible, all the while Broly is getting more agitated until he snaps into the Ax-Crazy monster he's known as. The change is incredibly jarring.
  • Broly brutalizing Goku, Gohan, Trunks, and Piccolo all at once.
    • Special mention has to go to Trunks, who Broly still thinks is a girl. I'd hate to imagine...
  • Just how bad a father Goku is here really shines when Broly threatens to kill Gohan. Piccolo travels all the way to New Vegeta from Earth and shows immediate concern the second Gohan called his name. Goku's main concern was it would take an entire day to revive him with the Dragon Balls while also being excited to introduce him to King Kai.

     The Rest 
  • Dodoria, as Freeza's Bastard Understudy, is pretty creepy insofar as to how dissonantly polite she acts when doing terrible things to people. A special mention goes to a short but effective one-liner from Episode 14:
  • Vegeta has completely lost it after Gohan stole his Dragon Balls.
    • It's his eyes... and after Krillin says that he doesn't have the Dragon Ball? They get worse.
    • It's lucky that Vegeta's power level was around 30,000 at this point. If this happened when he were stronger, say after Dende healed him, he might've gone Super Saiyan.
  • Way back in episode 20, when Recoome kicks Gohan in the neck. The snap was way too real sounding and if Gohan didn't get that senzu bean, he would have been dead... Try explaining that to Chi-Chi.Even Jeice seems genuinely disturbed by it.
    • And in episode 21, where Goku tries talking to Gohan just after being left for dead. The fact that he was nonchalant while trying to wake him up, oblivious to his own son's injured state, is eerily creepy to say the least. It didn't help that Gohan himself looked like a lifeless doll.
  • Gohan... don't piss him off.
    • Gohan excitedly asking if Krillin used his Kienzan to bisect Freeza when he blinded him. While it makes perfect sense, there's something really creepy about a five year old asking his friend if he gorily killed someone.
  • Dende's death. He's a Creepy Child already, but this scene takes the cake.
    Dende: I'm your White Mage, and nobody f***s with the White Mage!
    Explosion
  • Super Kami Guru's slightly offscreen Karmic Death. Even Vegeta looked shocked when he saw it.
    • A bit of Fridge Horror before this, when Super Kami Guru reveals that he was the one who caused the horrible drought on Namek, and blamed it on the Albino Namekians. The other Namekians unknowingly slaughtered innocent Albino Namekians thanks to Guru's lie.
      • "CHOKE ON IIIIIIT! CHOKE ON IIIIIIIIT!"
      • Those words indicated the Namekians were cannibalizing him. Which is how Moori became the Namekian leader and how the Dragon Balls still work.
      • The way Super Kami Guru was slaughtered was so brutal, even Vegeta was disturbed by it.
  • King Kai has no problem with the fact that Dende left Goku on Namek with Freeza. Remember, in the original story, King Kai wanted everyone but Freeza evacuated to Earth until Goku demanded that he stay and finish his fight. The kid left Goku there. Granted he likely doesn't know who Goku is of course, especially his relation to Gohan, but the implication that Dende has no qualms about this is a bit chilling still...
  • While on Namek, Bulma has a truly chilling nightmare where Vegeta comes to her, with glowing red eyes.
    Vegeta: Hello, Earth woman. (Bulma is shaking with fear) You know what I want. Now give it to me.
    Bulma: The Dragon Ball is right here...
    Vegeta: Oh, I'm not here for the Dragon Ball.
    Bulma: Wh... What?
    Vegeta: Spread 'em.
  • Trunk's Stepford Smile (and the internal scream) after Bulma jokingly told him she'd be his mommy in Episode 33 can be somewhat creepy...
  • In Episode 34, we get a very bleak and dark look at what happens to Yamcha in Trunks' timeline.
    Goku: Wait, you didn't mention Yamcha!
    Trunks: Oh, um... I mean, he dies, but... See, after he found out that my mother was pregnant with Vegeta's child, he sort of...
    Cut to Yamcha's body swinging in darkness
    Goku: Dark.
    • An alternate take had Puar being the rope, inferred by his voice chiming in, asking if he could stop.
  • Android 17 is already shaping up to be a good source of this, considering his sociopathic, Faux Affably Evil personality and the fact that, if left unchecked, he will turn the future into a dystopian hellhole.
    • He's just so… gleeful about the whole thing that the fact that we already know what's about to happen only serves to build the tension rather than nullify it.
  • Back in episode 11, Chichi while telling her son why he should stay in bed and that she worries about him; says this line which makes Goku very scary to be around while you're pregnant.
    Chi-Chi: Did you carry around a baby in you for nine months... WITH A MAN WHO LITERALLY THOUGHT YOU HAD CINNA-BUNS HIDDEN IN YOUR SHIRT?!
  • Android 18 completing her complete and utter curb-stomping of Super Saiyan Vegeta in episode 40 isn't played for laughs.
    Android 18: Hey, so, who's got two broken arms and is a total bitch?
    Vegeta: You stupid bint...You only broke one of my-
    Android 18 proceeds to step on Vegeta's good arm, breaking it as well.
    Vegeta: *Sharply gasps in pain*.
    Android 18: This guy.
  • Bulma and Vegeta's angry sex in Episode 34. That's pretty much what happened off-screen in the original series, but watching it play out can make you feel pretty bad for Trunks.
  • Three words: THICK. MEATY. VAGINA.
  • For being a Big Bad Wannabe, Dr. Gero is still given some horrendous credit in episode 46. Bulma's looking over his notes and discovered that he only gives model numbers to his successful Androids. He's kidnapped and experimented on dozens of orphans for who knows how many years with only presumably two survivors.
  • How did Goku learn the instant transmission on Yardrat?
    Goku: Once I was there, they nursed me back to health. They even built me a spaceship! They also kept feeding me their sick, so now I can teleport!
  • Goku's cold "You're gonna die" to Cell in Episode 48. Spooky coming from a man that's spent the first 47 episodes extremely happy go lucky and naive.
  • Goku's nonchalant "you can't kidnap your own kid". When that was exactly what he did.
  • You've got to wonder what Goku's brand of training is doing to Gohan's psyche. At the start of episode 51 he wakes up Ax-Crazy before realizing where he is. And Goku's planning to push him even further.
  • While fixing 16, Dr. Briefs resets his original programming, a constant loop of a demonic-voiced Gero ordering him to kill Goku with the word "kill" written three times in fire. He understandably decides cluttering up the program with a bird obsession is the better option. Oh and did we mention the background tune for said demonic loop is "My Heaven?"
    • Scarier still? That was what was running through 16's head on loop until he picked up his bird hobby!
    • It can easily remind some people of the "KILL YOUR FAMILY" show.
    • This same message was most likely blaring through 17 and 18's heads as well, showing how hungry for revenge Dr. Gero was.
  • Dende started as a Nice Guy, only to Take A Level In Jerkass over the course of the Namek saga, especially after coming into contact with Super Kami Guru. He returns in Episode 56 to become Earth's guardian, and while he's initially reluctant, he quickly embraces the power and authority, so by the end of the episode he's ordering Krillin to call him Super Kami Dende.
  • Black Goku in the Super shorts evokes this with how similar yet different he sounds to his counterpart. Particularly in this bit...
    Vegeta: How?! HOW ARE YOU SO MUCH STRONGER THAN ME?!
    SSJ Rose!Black: Because, Vegeta... A rose by any other name... *stabs Vegeta* Is still Goku.
  • Goku of all people gets one in Episode 56. During a video recording of Gero's son, an alarm suddenly blares. Gero's son hears one of his comrades say that some thing is attacking the compound and that they need to get out of there while in the distance, the sounds of Goku's attack can be heard. Gero's son attempts to close off his message to his father only to be cut off when he along with the base is destroyed by a Kamehameha. To make things worse is the canon reason Goku fired the Kamehameha: to take out some aircar troopers that were shooting at him, by blowing up the building behind them. It's not hard to imagine Dr. Gero seeing his son's unintended death as an act of murder.
    • Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize that, aside from the whole "terrorizing the populace and taking over the world" thing, the soldiers of the Red Ribbon Army were just normal people who were unlucky enough to get caught up in Goku's affairs one too many times. A hired assassin, a dead Indian, and some training from a talking cat later, and the entire army is decimated, just like that. Imagine their point of view: just ordinary folk, doing their jobs, and then suddenly they get word of an intruder who's known for defeating some of their highest ranking members breaking in. Then, silence. And to think, all this happened because one man wanted to grow taller.
  • The Cell Games specials have a few moments as Cell fights opponents from other series:
    • Cell defeating Evil Ryu without realizing what happened. And getting a perfect.
    • Cell versus Kenshiro drives home how terrifying Kenshiro is when he's one of the only ones to actually cause harm to Cell: one attack, and Cell explodes. Twice.
    • Light Yagami could have killed Cell just by writing on a notebook. Had he been smarter and included a cause of death instead of giving him a heart attack at one of his multiple hearts.
      • The face Ryuk makes as Light Yagami is about to get atomized by Perfect Cell.
  • Just think about the amount of sheer Adult Fear Chi-Chi is going through right now. She has to sit there and watch her own son fight a monster that even Goku couldn't defeat, and what's worse is that it was Goku who initiated the confrontation to begin with.


Alternative Title(s): Dragon Ball Abridged

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