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Nightmare Fuel: Family Guy
THE WHEELS ON THE BUS GO ROUND AND ROUND.

This show started out as sort of a denser and wackier take on The Simpsons, which of course already has enough regular Defanged Horrors. In recent years (especially after getting uncancelled for the second time between 2002 and 2005), it's almost started going into South Park territory.

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  • Stewie in the earlier seasons. He can be very loved by the audience, but really goes off the deep end at times and has cemented himself in the eyes of many viewers as a seriously disturbed, insane and possibly troubled kid.
    • No wonder why Brian sees him as a horrible demon in every one of his hallucinations.
    • And this is very much derived from his bizarre, moody and strange behavior. Possibly he has dual personalities. He may be a psychopathic child willing to kill his mother or anyone (sometimes with success) to a thoroughly enjoyable and sensitive guy.
    • His evil actions don't help. Stewie personally kills more people than any of the family members ever did, several with electrokinetic weapons or burned alive. It also seems to be very familiar with torture when forces Brian to pay his money. Even Brian calls him a "freakin' psychopath" at one point.
  • Carter Pewterschmidt has moments of this. For example, he keeps a Rancor in a pit below his house. Then comes the question about possibly a lot of people died devoured by him.
    • In "No Chris Left Behind", it is revealed that he torments orphans for pure sadism. While it is played for comedic purpose, it is still an excessively cruel and disturbing joke.
  • A lot of Quagmire's stuff count as Nightmare Fuel at best. And not only for his extreme libido, his Hair-Trigger Temper is really violent. Just look at when brutally beats up Brian.
    • Quagmire raping Marge and killing all the Simpson family is very disturbing, especially if you love The Simpsons more than Family Guy. It was so bad that Matt Groening was mad at Seth MacFarlane about it. They've since made up.
    • The complete insensitivity and zero sympathy he has for Brian after his death in "Life of Brian," though that's more depressing than scary (and somewhat funny, considering that he was busy watching a baseball game on his phone).
  • If you pay attention, the concept of family in the Griffin family is very disturbing if you think about it. Each family member is, or represented at least one trait of a mentally-ill person. In the most recent episodes, it is easier to say that the family has become so dysfunctional, they make The Simpsons look like The Brady Bunch.
    • One episode had Meg snap at her whole family and gives the biggest "The Reason You Suck" Speech to them, blasting them for their flaws and how badly they had treated her over the years. One would think Meg finally catches a break as her family breaks down in tears from the revelation, but Meg later realizes that the reason her family treats her like shit is because they need someone to expel all their negative energy into and without Meg for that, they would turn on each other. Meg decides to apologize for what she said and lets her family abuse her again for the sake of keeping everyone slightly sane. Some fans may see this as a cheap in-universe reason for why Meg is abused in nearly every episode.
  • Meg's increasing and obvious Sanity Slippage. For example, she wishes she had softer voices in her head on the Christmas Episode "Road to the North Pole."
    • Or when she dated a corpse and pretended that it was still alive.
    • Or when she went Yandere on Brian a la Fatal Attraction and again with Joe.
  • All of the times Peter's gotten raped (by everyone from his own wife to hardened prisoners to animals and even the visible steam that comes from the old "Follow Your Nose" cartoon gag). It's quite disturbing.
  • Some of the collateral damage and injuries during Ernie the Giant Chicken fights. Which results in excessive collateral damage to both property and innocent bystanders. In Internal Affair shows Ernie, in this order: falling from a great height and getting strangled by a chain. Luckily for him, the chain breaks... which leads to him falling and getting impaled by a giant spike metal, which then bursts out through his neck! You'd think that be enough, but no. The spike bends, putting the his body next to a rocket engine, which activates, essentially roasting him. Finally, in the aftermath, we see Ernie's impaled, cooked body floating through the ocean.... and his eyes open. At THIS point, the viewer actually feels sympathy for Ernie, because regardless of his feud with Peter, he didn't deserve what he just went through.
    • The one from Yug Ylimaf begins with Brian and Stewie looking at all the damage after the plane crashed, before the reverse fight.
    Stewie: My God, look at all this devastation!
    Brian: What the Hell happened?

    Pre-Cancellation: Seasons 1- 3 
  • The "Super-Griffins" segment of Viewer Mail #1, due to the implied and outright stated amount of collateral damage. In short, NEVER give any of the Griffins super-powers. Unless it's Meg.
  • The post-apocalyptic episode, Da Boom. The whole episode was scary, especially where Stewie mutates into a head with octopus arms, then lays eggs, which hatch into MORE Stewie heads with octopus arms, that take over the town.
  • Stewie nightmare about being kidnapped by Santa in "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas".
  • From "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein": "Tony Robbins hungry!" It was disturbing the way Tony Robbins engulfed Peter like a python.
  • Three words: No. Paper. Towels.
  • "Dammit Janet's" "Realm of Forgotten Children"
  • The inside of Stewie's mouth at near the end of "Mind Over Murder".

    Post-Cancellation 

Season 4
  • Being a parody of Poltergeist, the episode Petergeist had some genuinely disturbing moments, such as when Peter tears his face and morphing into Hank Hill.
    Peter: (laugh) Propane.
  • James Woods unstable Crazy Jealous Guy side which shows up in "Peters Got Woods".
    • The scene where Peter and Brian come home and see Woods waiting like a stood-up date.
  • In "Deep Throats", Cleveland wrecking Brian's cab with a baseball bat, then turning into a black panther.
  • Lois getting drenched in scalding hot cooking oil in "Petarded."
  • Joan in "I Take Thee Quagmire": "I love you, Glenn." (insert Slasher Smile).
    • Peter convinces him to get a divorce using champagne and Lois's breasts, and when he tries to broach the subject she threatens to cut herself with a kitchen knife and then cut him.

Season 5
  • In "Whistle While Your Wife Works," Peter accidentally blows all his fingers off with fireworks.
  • From "Barely Legal," Joe is training Peter, Glenn, and Cleveland to be cops. They are locked in a room together, Joe, who can see them through the window, says: "One of you is on PCP. In a few seconds, one of you will go completely insane." Quagmire calmly looks at his wrist, and says nonchalantly: "Ugh... How'd all this skin get on here?" and proceeds to RIP THE SKIN OFF OF HIS HAND as Peter and Cleveland scream bloody murder.
  • Meg's obsession over Brian, which led to her kidnapping him and trying to seduce him.
  • The ending of "Chick Cancer." Stewie killing Olivia and Victor by fire?

Season 6

Season 7
  • A minor one in Road to Germany, where Brian and Stewie travelled back in time to find Mort and are attending the wedding of one of Mort's ancestors. As the (Jewish) music plays the scene switches between happy wedding guests dancing with the couple and the Nazis rolling out tanks and aircraft ready to begin attacking Poland. Then the bombing starts and the music stops, the dancers stop and look at the doors. It's just creepy...
  • A joke in "Ocean's Three and a Half" that shows the midsection of Seamus to be made out of wood.

Season 8
  • Mort being injured because he's Jewish in "Road to the Multiverse" and "Family Goy". In the latter, he says that being shot is how people say hello to him.
  • In the subplot of "Quagmire's Baby", Stewie creates a retarded clone of himself (dubbed Bitch-Stewie). Later, he creates a "Bitch-Brian" even more dumb than "Bitch-Stewie." At the end of the episode, both clones slowly begin to decay— Bitch-Brian loses his jaw, and his upper stair of teeth— gums too. And Bitch-Stewie has an eyeball hanging out. Suddenly, Bitch-Brian melts extremely graphically, with his muscles and bones visible (the bones melt too). And Bitch-Stewie melts, too. Afterwards, Brian comments he has an urge to lick the bloody puddle of ex-clones.
  • In "Dog Gone", Brian unties a violent dog, which then viciously attacks and kills a smaller dog before being shot to death by cops. Not before biting one of the cops in the neck. The fact that there are dogs like that in Real Life just makes it worse.
    Stewie: I think that's why it was tied up.
  • Stewie's head injury in Brian Griffin's House of Payne. He is unconscious, his brain is visible, starts to rot, even a raccoon starts mauling it.
  • "The Splendid Source", since it was based off a short story, is pretty dark and unusual. One moment that stands out is when the gang is caught by The Men in Black and have burlap sacks put over their heads while The Men in Black whack them unconscious with their guns.
    • Also, when Peter stabs Cleveland with a pencil (and Cleveland returning the favor a bit later).
  • "April In Quahog" has it's moments:
    Peter: Let'er go!
  • A bull raping Peter in "Dial Meg For Murder."
  • Brian & Stewie has Brian and Stewie getting drunk on scotch. Then Stewie asks Brian to pierce his left ear. However, Brian's not too careful with it and causes the ear to bleed. Then Brian says that it's too thick to go all the way through and yanks it out. Stewie's ear is open and bleeding profusely.
    Brian: Oh, wow! Oh, [bleep].
    Stewie: Wha-wha-wha-what is it?
    Brian: There's so much blood.
    Stewie: Ew!
    • This line in particular, when Brian is looking at Stewie's left ear and we see a close-up of it, with the bottom cut open:
    Brian: I don't think it's gonna close.

Season 9
  • The season 9 opener. After Lois figured out it was Diane Simmons who did it, the scene where Lois' eyes go wide and then Diane slowly tilts her head, could send shivers down anyone's spine.
  • In "Trading Places", Peter is prepared to go to high school armed with a gun for a parody of Columbine-style shootings. When Lois tells him to go to school as a regular kid, Peter calls a guy to tell him the shooting's off. But then we heard guns going off and people screaming on the other end. The joke is even more depressing thanks to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Decemeber 2012.
    • Chris screaming in pain from the pain in his stomach (in reality he was experiencing the signs of a heart attack), its just unnerving to hear someone like Chris scream in that type of pain.
  • Santa, the deformed elves, and the carnivorous reindeer from "Road to the North Pole."
  • Deidre in "Baby, You Knock Me Out", murdered three of her opponents in the ring and planned to make Lois her fourth victim. And to make it matter worse, some boxers have murdered some of their opponents in the ring in real life, and somehow went on their lives knowing they can take a life with just a few, skilled punches.
    Brian: Her fists are so dangerous, she's not allowed to be a lesbian!
  • Evil Stewie, full stop. His actions are probably one of the most violent and graphic scenes in the history of Western Animation.

Season 10
  • The scenes of the episode "Seahorse Seashell Party" pictured above, when Brian is hallucinating from mushroom, contain the most horrible, grotesque and terrifying scenes in the show. Among them, Stewie becoming a kind of snake-demon. After that, comes something even worse: Brian is transported to a hallucinogenic trip where everything is dark and horrible, and there observe Peter Griffin naked, tortured and roasted by monsters and demons while singing "The Wheel on the Bus" (the image on the right, so here, draw your own conclusions), Lois twisting the head and leaving two snakes for eyes. The laughter the Stewie devil makes while Brian falls into a bottomless pit in hell is very disturbing too.
  • "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q": Everything about the episode was just frightening and depressing, as it's Family Guy actually showing that a man beating up a woman isn't funny (never mind that women on the show always get beaten up and ragged on mercilessly for sick laughs).
  • The explanation of James Woods' return in "Tom Tucker: The Man And His Dream", where doctors drain the life force out of a 17 year old girl into his body.
    • And apparently, Chris doesn't take bad news very well.
  • "Killer Queen" has Chris being strangled to near death. And it's not Patrick! But an obese eating champion who is envious of Chris.
    • Plus the flashback shots of Patrick strangling fat people and his entrance to Lois and the others.
    • Those who were strangled at the fat camp have discolored skin, veins popping out of their necks, and their are mouths wide open (probably with looks of horror). The thing is they all had similar features like Chris, mainly blond hair.
    • Stewie notices the Uncanny Valley that is Queen's News of The World's robot.
    • That goddamn Jump Scare with the scratch-off card.
    • Then the robot's appearance near the end (think of the ending to Fun and Fancy Free).
  • Peter getting mauled by a puma. in You Can't Do That On Television, Peter.
    • The puppet of Lois Saggy-Naggy from the same episode.
  • "Leggo My Meg-O". It's not suprising if you're familiar with the film it's based on.
  • Some parts of the climactic fight between Stewie and Penelope, including where Stewie stabs Penelope right through the arm. See the entire fight here.
    • Penelope giving a kid a cyanide pill.
  • "Amish Guy" has Peter doing the really old cartoon gag where the steam coming off a freshly baked pie forms beckoning fingers and tries to go up Peter's nose, which is supposed to draw Peter into eating the pie. When Peter refuses, the steam somehow starts ripping off Peter's clothes so it can rape him. We then see the steam is also holding Quagmire's eyes open, forcing him to watch.
  • Family Guy Viewer Mail 2:
    • The ending of the "Fatman and Robin" sketch in Family Guy Viewer Mail #2. We have a twist on the classic Midas Touch story. After made angry by a Robin Williams roast, he shouts to God that he wishes everyone was Robin Williams. He's struck by lightning, and when he wakes up in the hospital, discovers he has the power to turn whoever he touches into Robin Williams. He starts out having fun, turning his kids, Tom Tucker, various patrons at the Drunken Clam, Joe's legs, and several others into Robin Williams. Then he wakes up, and discovers that Lois has been turned into Robin Williams. He comes down to Brian for help, shaking him in panic, turning him into Robin Williams. A tea kettle he picks up gets the face of Robin Williams.. He tries to blow his brains out, the revolver turns into Robin Williams. He runs out the door (which turns into Robin Williams) running with all the Robin Williams' around, jumps in front of a car to kill himself, the car turns into Robin Williams and he's fine. He's chased by a mob of Robin Williams' to a cliff, and they're all telling jokes. He jumps and notices the large rock below him, closing his eyes and smiling, as he'll be released from this nightmare. The rock turns into Mrs. Doubtfire and he's unscathed. After convincing all but 5 Robins to leave Quahog, we cut to the Griffin's kitchen, with the Robin's dressed as Peter's family members (Stewie actually wasn't turned since he disguised himself, but Peter didn't know that) with Peter, who's hair and clothes are a mess, with a disturbed looking grin on his face.. Brian Robin asks for coffee, which Peter passes him, revealing that HE CHOPPED OFF HIS OWN HANDS, LEAVING STILL BLEEDING STUMPS. Now THAT's messed up.
    Brian!Robin: Hey Peter, can you pass the coffee?
    Peter: (disturbingly calm) Sure, Brian the Dog. Anything for my family.
    • In the "Point of Stew" segment. Brian chases a squirrel down with his car on the road. When he kills it, we see the squirrel squished and smeared all over his car tire. Just...ugh.
    Stewie: He can't hurt you anymore. (closes the squirrel's eyes)
  • Stewie Goes For a Drive: CON CUIDAAAADO ES EL STIIIIIIIIINKO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Back to the Pilot, anyone? The CG sequence in particular. Surreal animation and Frogmire getting blown apart by a terminator-like Joe, in particular...
  • Peter ripping a guy's face off in "Grumpy Old Man"
    • Also Stewie getting his ears impaled with knitting needless after a car crash.
  • In "Quagmire And Meg", the girls going crazy at the Teen Choice Awards(I.E. smashing their heads on the stage, ripping out their eyeballs) and then Wilford Brimley going on a shooting rampage with a shotgun.

Season 11
  • A Cutaway Gag from "The Old Man and the Big 'C'" where four women madly eat each other. See here.
    • For those too afraid to look, it starts out with the four of them laughing at a bad joke about dessert, which quickly follows into Laughing Mad as they're laughter becomes shriller and their eyes slightly unfocused, and then they just start taking large bites out of each other's faces without stopping their laughter.
  • The entire "Yug Ylimaf" episode. Brian's shenanigans with Stewie's time machine forces the flow of time to go in reverse, meaning everything that happened in the past is now going to happen once more but from the end to the beginning. At first it starts of funny, such as showing the infamous Peter VS The Giant Chicken fights and the bathtub gags with Cleveland going in reverse and the one scene where Peter, Chris, Stewie, and Brian wind up reverse vomiting.Later, Stewie goes through his painful experiences of body development once again, which are teething (reversed so now he loses his teeth) and walking (he loses his body strength to stand up so he can no longer walk). Stewie then gets stuffed back into Lois' body as his birth scene goes backwards.
  • Sheldon the Turtle from "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell", who messes with the family's lives before trying to kill Stewie at all costs.
  • Meg's heart in "Friends Without Benefits". It's on her head, which is the reason why she wears a hat all the time — though Meg has gone hatless before, and that heart was not there. What's worse is that Dr. Hartman doesn't bother doing anything about it nor does Lois beg Dr. Hartman to do something about it.
  • "Brian's Play" has a meth-addict Big Bird.
    • Also, we see a couple of other writers commiting suicide, one of which shoot himself through the mouth, with visible brains spilling.
  • Ben Fishman's dead, frozen body in "Into Fat Air," followed by the Griffins eating him.
  • "Ratings Guy" has Chris spraying Peter with a fire hose on full force, leaving behind nothing but his skull.
    • And the fire shooting the fireman before killing himself.
  • "Joe's Revenge" has Peter doing making a "scalding hot asphalt angel" in Mexico, which causes his back to burn and leave only muscle and backbone.
    Peter: Second-degree burns, first-degree fun!
  • The ending to "Twelve and a Half Angry Men". Stewie says that since Mayor West was found not guilty of the murder, he says that there's a maniac still on the loose cutting peoples' power and killing them, with two of the murders happening on Spooner Street that very week. Then the lights go off.
    Stewie: Annnnnnnnd we're dead.
  • Chris getting his face removed at the end of "Save the Clam."

Season 12
  • "Vestigial Peter". Just the idea that Peter not only had a vestigial twin, but there's also the fact that it was fully developed and that it could talk is somehow disturbing.
  • Sonja from "Quagmire's Quagmire" is Nightmare Fuel at best. An Ax-Crazy, Yandere, sexual maniac woman completely obsessed with Quagmire. His most disturbing moment is when tortures Glen with brass knuckles and whips, and then kidnaps him.
  • Arguably, Brian after he shaves himself in "A Fistful Of Meg", although to some he comes across as Ugly Cute (he looks a little like a real life naked mole rat).
    • Chris clawing out his own eyeballs after seeing the aforementioned hairless Brian.
    • "Mental Mike" in general. A screaming, animalistic lunacy clearly capable of killing somebody whose Hair-Trigger Temper is treated dead seriously by the rest of the cast. He's basically Jeff Fecalman 2.0!
      • Plus the scene where Meg sends four tough guys to beat him up. Next time we see them, they're all blood-riddled corpses, and Meg sees the words "YOU'RE NEXT" written on the wall in their blood.
      • The bully melting after he sees Meg's boobs.
    • When Chris gives Meg "her back".
    • Peter cutting his own penis, then gives it to Brian in a package, and then appearing and laughing while bleeding in his lower parts because of the mutilation.
  • "Bobba-Dee Babba-Dee". When Peter announces that the family is staying in Italy forever, Stewie decides to do what Italians go and murder their brothers. Stewie then puts a garrote around Chris' neck as blood comes out.
  • Everything involving Brian's death was this before he was brought back.
  • "Into Harmony's Way". Kermit and Miss Piggy's baby
    • At the end of the episode, Peter goes inside a bus and commits suicide by shooting himself.
    • Vinny in the theme song. It's just jarring.
  • In Christmas Guy, the line where Stewie talks about throwing up to maintain his figure. That's right, a one year old having bulimia. Just think about how terrible that is.
  • "Peter Problems": Remember that urban legend where the babysitter cooks the baby instead of dinner? Peter invokes this to a horrifying degree- he is seen talking to his kids about cooking them a cornish game hen dinner, only to find out he's wound up cooking his children and seating the game hens for dinner, instead of the other way around. Him pulling a completely roasted Chris out of the oven as well as a view of Meg's severed head exploding in the stove is what invokes the Nightmare Fuel, if only for the fact that it makes him look more dangerously psychotic than incompetent.
    • An earlier scene from the same episode, where Peter tries to push a whale back into the ocean using a forklift. He ends up impaling it and tearing it apart in the process. This is not only proof about how disgusting and gory the show is getting, but this scene (which is about 2 minutes long) is sure to especially horrify animal lovers.
      • It's therefore no surprise that this moment, perhaps more than anything else in the entire series, has maybe gotten the most mentions as a Dethroning Moment of Suck out of all the Dethroning Moments in all of the show's 231 episodes.
  • "Grimm Job": The "Little Red Riding Hood" segment has the woodsman (Peter) splitting the wolf (Brian) and the grandma (Barbara Pewterschmidt) open with a chainsaw. Worse, Stewie implies he wasn't saving him, but he was a psycho out murdering people.
    • The end of the episode is pretty jarring. When Peter says good night to Chris, Herbert appears as soon as Peter closes the door. Worse yet, when Peter says good night to Meg, the camera pans to show that she had apparently hung herself! Seriously, what is with Season 12's obsession with death?
  • Peter's hairless twin in "Fresh Heir." Later in the episode, we hear Peter arguing with him offscreen, a gun shot, then his twin wearing his clothes.
  • The effects of tobacco on Peter's appearance in "Secondhand Spoke."
  • Stewie getting Herpes in "Herpe the Love Sore"
    • And Brian has Herpes all under his fur!
      • And Chris has it under his lip!
    Stewie: You're more Herpes than dog!
    Lois: Peter, look what I ma—OH MY GOD!!! I TOLD YOU NOT TO PLAY GOD WITH THOSE ANTS!!!
  • In "Meg Stinks!", we finally learn how Peter funds all of his wacky shenanigans.....armed robbery.
  • Peter being in possession of apparent child pornography in "He's Bla-ack!". Yes, you read that right.
    Peter: ...women will always band together to stop an offensive art exhibit from coming to town, so I've arranged for all my photos of baby wieners to be put on display.
    Peter: What? Why? It's to get our wives back together!
    Cleveland: Peter, these are HUNDREDS of naked babies in SUGGESTIVE situations! And they're time stamped as far back as 1998, which is way before we had this idea!
    Peter: *breaks down crying* I need help!
    • Peter and Joe beating up Cleveland because he's black.

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