Nightmare Fuel: Fanfiction
Not all nightmares are officially published. In fact, often the only things scarier than a professional writer's nightmares are what the fandom can build from them.
- Most of X meets I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream fanfics deserve a place here forever, especially Katawa Shoujo crossover "With apologies to Harlan Elliston". There is something...chilling while reading constant mind/body rapes about girls from a somewhat heartwarming visual novel.
- Tiberium Wars Tiberium Wars is loaded with this, most often dealing with the Brotherhood of Nod. Among the highlights:
- And by the same author, Forward, a Firefly fic that doesn't skimp on the horror from the series.
- In the first story arc alone, you have River and Jayne being graphically tortured by Niska. Then later on, you get more graphic brutality with the Reavers assaulting an Alliance ship.
- Inducer psychics. You think River was kind of creepy? She can only read your mind. In this story, one of the other projects the Academy was working on were Inducer psychics, who can alter and control your emotions and feelings. But its worse than mere Mind Manipulation; there is no defense against them, even if you know what they're doing, and their effects are lasting. If an Inducer makes you hate someone, you'll keep hating them for no fathomable reason. If the Inducer makes you love someone, you'll still love them, even if you hate them too, again for no reason. Many of the story's reviewers found the description of the Inducers to be terrifying, and this became even more pronounced when they learned the entire story arc introducing them involved one actively controlling the entire crew for her own ends. Including River.
- Also in "Charity", it is shown how River gets a full blast of the emotions, thoughts, and history of someone as she kills them in close quarters, triggering her Out, Damned Spot! moments. This apparently includes Reavers.
- By the same author, Renegade has an absolutely horrific moment when Corporal Jenkins encounters a swarm of Scrin buzzers.
Pain erupted along Jenkins' body as ten thousand tiny, thread-like razorblades ran across his skin, into his body, slicing apart muscle and bone and blood vessels. He tried to scream, but blood erupted from his mouth and nostrils and flooded into his lungs. His weapon fired wildly into the air for the few moments his arm remained attached to his body.
It ended a merciful moment later, when the buzzers found his brain and surgically sliced it apart, ending all consciousness. Jenkins' armor crumpled to the floor, weeping blood from a dozen rents and holes.
- An Axis Powers Hetalia fanfiction called Awakening has Canada and America being taken as prisoners of war by the Germans. They are then sent to Auschwitz and experimented on by Dr. Mengele. Canada has blue dye injected into his eyes, while America is dissected alive and infected with tuberculosis and typhus.
- The Weakest Link combines Adult Fear and Forced to Watch to ensure maximum Nightmare Fuel. Four of the youngest nations; Iceland, Latvia, Estonia, and Sealand; are kidnapped by a Complete Monster who sends America, Sweden, England, Lithuania, and Russia videos of the children being tortured. Scenes include Latvia's vivesection and Estonia being set on fire to make sure you can't sleep.
- Beastly Possession is a Fairy Tail fanfic of almost non-stop Nightmare Fuel and gore that borders on Squick. The writer even warns the audience "Don't read while eating."
- Old, old Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane fanfic in which SJ awakens from a nightmare, in which she and the Doctor have suffocated in the TARDIS control room. At which point he comforts her, pecks her on the forehead, and carries her through the closed doors of the TARDIS, holding her so that she can't see the two dead bodies on the control room floor.
- Challenge of the Super Friends: The End, where the Legion of Doom travel to a horrific Lovecraftian universe and end up like victims in the Event Horizon and Hellraiser films. Lots of horrific transformations and mind-bending imagery.
- This Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street fanfiction. There's mindfuckery and Prison Rape and the setting and— what's-- there's botflies. Almost anything that ficcer has done qualifies, from the humorous fic with a Mary Sue getting STDs from Captain Jack Sparrow to their backstory for Sheldon Sands. It's the opposite of putting him in leather pants. Sands as manipulative quasi-psychopath is canon. The sheer awfulness of the eye gouging is canon. This writer's backstory for him has heavily implied Brother-Sister Incest. It's rape.
- Bridgette's nightmare in Total Drama Comeback begins with a blood-stained Bridgette huddling in the corner of the shack, crying in pure fear after having just witnessed Geoff's murder. Suddenly, she hears snapping twigs and the creak of a door. She also sees Ezekiel's toque. Is it him here to comfort her and get her away from the camp grounds, just like Geoff tried to do? Nope. Its a cleaver-wielding Eva, back from a killing spree of everyone in camp. Long story short: Bridgette's next!
- There's a writer on ff.net whose volume of work consists almost entirely of extremely gory, badly-written, but extremely disturbing short stories in multiple categories in which a character randomly dies gruesomely, most of them titled "(Name Of Character) Dies a Horrible Death". Interestingly, the extreme badness of the writing makes the stories even more nightmare-inducing, seeing as the language is abrupt and casual and stilted, as though a kid was writing them without putting any serious thought into it or feeling as though there was anything serious about the stories. Just take a minute to think about what kind of person would write like that....
- For some intentional horror, check out Evil Be Thou My Good, a crossover between Harry Potter and Hellraiser. While the story is very well-written and absolutely terrifying, here are some choice moments:
- The off-screen seizing of the Dursleys. This is also a Crowning Moment of Awesome for everyone (read: the entire fandom) who wanted these characters to get their just deserts. The same goes for Fudge and Umbridge at the end.
- The entire scene in the Great Hall. Voldemort orders Harry to open the Lament Configuration for him. If you've ever seen a Hellraiser film, you know what happens next.
- Harry's own disturbing nature throughout the whole thing. After opening the Configuration as a boy and causing the death of the Dursleys, he ends up... well, different. His obsession with rebuilding the box, his Briar Patching to get Voldemort to call upon Pinhead and company, and especially the steps he's willing to take, including allowing Ron and Hermione to get hit by the Cruciatus Curse to reach the above, show how warped he's become.
- There's a sequel which is even more disturbing, All Problems Solved, due to the constant undertone of dread that permeates it. Draco wakes up at St Mungo's with a hole in his memory and slowly begins to realize that something has happened to his wife Pansy Parkinson and most of his associates. As he tries to fill in the gaps in his memory, it's pure Paranoia Fuel with a bit of Adult Fear to spice things up. The worst part is what's become of Harry and the puzzle box: Harry runs a successful company that creates things based on the magical theory behind the box. As for the box itself, he keeps it at company headquarters, behind security that's laughable, despite the numerous attempts to steal it . He and his circle even had a bet going on how long it would be before Draco came for the box.
- A Rose and a Thorn, a Sonic the Hedgehog ficseries on AdultFanFiction.net. Especially during the second fic, in which Shadow is tortured by GUN, has nightmares about it after being rescued, and then proceeds to stab an illusionary Amy in both palms with knives during a fit resulting from his experience at the GUN facility.
- "Control", an Azumanga Daioh fanfic. It's extremely well-written, includes some well-crafted Fan Characters who manage to avoid Gary Stu territory, it takes some "controversial" approaches to some characters (especially Yukari) without straying too far out of line... and if you've ever considered trying hard drugs before reading this, you never will again. It's rated M not just for some Lemon scenes (some involving rape) but also some of the most graphic violence ever seen in an Azumanga fic (as well as explicit accounts of the horrible pain of drug withdrawal).
- The entirety of "He had no fingers", a sort of Cosmic Horror Story Naruto fic, starting with Naruto's body and spirit getting warped beyond recognition by the Nine-Tails until... well, the title is indicative. "Highlight" right at the beginning: Naruto's belly opening up and DEVOURING Kakashi (and Naruto then feeding the bits to passing strays). And that's the mildest thing in the whole fic.
- The aptly named horror fic Nightmares. This is a fanfic of The Brave Little Toaster, a movie already known for Nightmare Fuel. The story is a series of first-person vignettes, detailing the horrific dreams of the other four main characters during Toaster's Nightmare Sequence. It starts out only slightly unsettling, but gradually builds up, accumulating in the truly horrifying Chapter 4.
- This Tales of Symphonia fic Blood Is Thicker, one of the few vampire fics that really stands out, with dread starting only a few paragraphs in. The Big Bad is Lloyd's grandmother, Maetala, a caliber that makes Alucard look tame. After turning Lloyd into a vampire, she twists and manipulates him into giving up what little humanity he has still retained encouraging him to eat a boar alive is probably the least horrifying thing she does all fic long, and the results leave Lloyd, a canonical Determinator a psychological wreck and makes it horrifically believable.
- You wouldn't think horror and Lucky Star could go together...until you read Ahoge. Tsukasa is (arguably) taken down to extreme ditz levels when she thinks Konata's Idiot Hair could grow into a plant... This is either badass or just plain Character Derailment. The last chapter is an especially horrifying as Sojiro Izumi takes revenge on the entire Hiiragi family through Cold-Blooded Torture. A, umm, nail gun is involved at one point. You probably won't look at Tsukasa the same way again.
- There are a lot of disturbing Pokémon fics out there, but the second half of Reunion is just downright disturbing and at times grotesque. It starts off as a slightly darker AAML fic, with a lot of funny scenes, and then—Butch gets his throat torn out by a Mightyena, a sadistic psychic Rocket elite who assimilates the minds of the humans and Pokemon he kills is torn apart as the souls he absorbed struggle to free themselves by growing off of his flesh, before throwing themselves to their deaths...with smiles on their lips... And it gets worse from there...
- Much of the Evangelion fic And If That Dont Work qualifies, but really the standout if when the acid-dripping spider angel managed to turn the entry plug of Unit 02 into a vat of acid and the resultant fate of the pilot. This is even worse considering her fate is blatant Author Appeal; none of the characters view it to be a bad thing for more than a few sentences and Asuka herself considers it an improvement.
- Shinji And Warhammer 40 K mostly manages to cancel any horror with mind-boggling levels of awesome, but plenty of things slip through. Sahaquiel killing who knows how many millions of people around the planet in less than a day by flinging parts of itself into various cities and utterly annihilating two of them wasn't exactly pleasant. The Zombie Apocalypse unleashed on Tokyo-3 was far worse, with zombies that teleport anywhere they want, can even infect the dead and heal quickly from almost any damage, only a bolter round to the head a guaranteed kill. The crowning jewel however is what happens when the Earth's Cradle crashes into Germany. Essentially, it combines the Necrons (kill everything), Tyranids (eat everything) and Chaos (corrupt everything) into an impossibly horrible amalgam that renders most of the continent barren and swarming with monsters, leaving nothing behind. The intimate accounts of some of the survivors are custom-made nightmare material.
- Darker and Edgier Redwall fanfic Vengeance Quest is brilliant, but terrifying. The violence was one thing, but Guardcaptain Kiern's attitude is also creepy: he's pretty sure the actions of his sadistic co-workers are morally wrong, and lets them happen anyway. There's a scene where Captain Veneno rapes a prisoner in order to force her husband to spill the info they need, in front of Kiern, who's getting progressively more uncomfortable, but still doesn't do anything to stop him because there's no other way they'll get the information. Later on he talks to Big Bad Nightdeath Longclaws about it, essentially asking to be persuaded that it was okay to do this. Brrrr.
- The description of Azkaban in Methods Of Rationality—especially the woman who accidentally killed someone, immediately went insane with remorse, and then is forced to relive the moment of the murder over and over by the Dementors. Also, the scenes where Harry is walking around protected by the True Patronus, giving momentary relief to the prisoners in the cells he passes, but forced to keep walking and leave them again to the Dementors, and hearing their screams to stay. The in-story Aesop is that Azkaban is simply evil, and afterwards Harry concludes that because the nominally democratic magical government allows Azkaban to exist and in fact runs it, he is under no obligation to obey the wishes of the majority.
- An Invader Zim fanfic called Dark Harvestby Swing-21. Even the name screams Nightmare Fuel. A fanfic rated M for a very, very good reason. Starts out creepy, ends up with a horrifying Twist Ending... of Dib actually kidnapping Sara, and the poor reader learns that HE is the one that is stealing organs to keep Zim alive, who had apparently lost his own. Zim isn't stealing organs this time... ALSO, the mental image of Keef, loyal to Zim and...ahem..."donating" his organs, covered in blood and stitches gives the chills. Darker and Edgier, anyone?
- Personality Conflicts runs on this and angst. First, you have Tommy's multiple personalities anthropomorphized as an Eldritch Abomination. Then, you have... anything dealing with Nyghtmayr or the Shadow Empire. Did we mention that since the main rangers are trying to get witnesses for Zordon's trial, children fight Shadowborg?
- The Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic The Chong Sheng Trilogy. First installment, War, ends with Ba Sing Se being carpet bombed to rubble while the characters are trapped underground listening to it and freaking out. The second installment, Peace, involves among other things Katara witnessing Jet's torture and murder at the hands of the Rhinos, and subsequently going on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge ... using their own blood to rip them apart, a side-story involving some original characters where a troubled soldier tortures his own father by slowly removing his skin in small patches and giving him an occasional hit of opium just to keep him conscious through it, and lastly, Zuko confronting and killing Ozai, who has lost his mind entirely to the point that he thinks he's fighting Iroh instead. Also, one of the aforementioned original characters is a borderline pedophile, and very heavily implied to be sexing it up with Azula.
- The Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic "When All Your Dreams Come True." The premise: Zuko succeeds in capturing Aang and his friends sometimes during Book One and takes them back to the Fire Nation. The reality: Sokka immediately gets tortured and killed, since the Fire Nation has no use for him. Katara gets her tongue cut out and turned into a gladiator-style "training exercise" for Fire Nation soldiers, to get them to practice fighting a waterbender. She eventually loses an eye, becomes known as the Widowmaker, and evolves into a sort of proto-Hama. Aang gets both his eyes put out and thrown into prison to live out the remainder of his life in misery. He goes insane. Toph wasn't even in book one, but also gets killed off for no good reason but to add angst. Finally, Zuko goes completely mad from guilt and drinks himself into oblivion, conjuring up detailed delusions of himself joining the Avatar and teaching him firebending, falling in love with Katara, bringing down his father, and ending the war. After reading, you feel like you want to scrub your brain clean of the images.
- The Avatar: The Last Airbender Fanfiction, Bad Ends, is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. It's a series of one shots depicting a rather different ending to what we're expected from episodes and moments in the show. For example, Katara, in her little undercover mission to save Haru from the Earthbending Prison, is captured and sentenced to the barrocks for the men to play with. Then, Remember when Zhao said he wouldn't kill the Avatar, but keep him alive, but just barely? He's strapped to a table and has all four limbs chopped off with red-hot garden shears, and is blinded with a hot poker . Honestly, it's a Darker and Edger retelling of most of the series, and once you read them, you'll be glad the Series had the endings that it DID.
- Some of the worse endings include Appa being killed and eaten by the swampbenders (and then when Aang is freaking out, they offer some of the meat to him), Suki being killed on the day of the comet leading to Sokka being incinerated by Fire Nation soldiers and Toph falling to her death, Azula's lightning hitting Katara at the Last Agni Kai and Zuko inadvertently gutting her with his swords, young!Azula and young!Zuko being caught listening in on Ozai and Azulon and Ozai murdering Zuko with lightning right there, Katara accidentally ripping Aang, Sokka, and Toph apart with bloodbending.
- Visio Vestri, a Mega Crossover Fanfic which depicts the GameFAQs Character Battle of 2010 as a contest where 128 videogame characters must scale Tartarus and face their worse nightmares. It is actually a nice fanfic, but Captain Price's death is disturbing. After the Reaper blasts him with a spell of blinding light, his body is ripped APART and he LAUGHS as this happens.
- Counts of Blood is a good Buffy the Vampire Slayer that crosses over with the Muppets, but its portrayal of Count von Count is terrifying. For starters, he apparently cut up a mathemetician into over a hundred pieces and put them in small boxes, and early on in the story, removes the feet of the poor sap who took the pills he needs to curb his violent tendencies!
- It Makes Me Happy That I'm Not Them, set in an Ironic Hell, veers between the merely eerie and extreme Gorn. It works surprisingly well for a horror fic based on books aimed at ten-year-olds, but it's still terrifying.
- Anything Ann-Kathrin Kniggendorf (otherwise known as AKK) wrote for Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers. "The Lie" has a brutal rape depiction that can shock even the most veteran reader, and acts as a crushing inversion of Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male. It says something when the poor hero views having his soul ripped out afterwards as a relief! Her pre-series Supertrooper works are all the more chilling when you hear the violence and death described with clinical precision. Walking Through Nightmares depicts severe asthma, lung damage, and the inability to breathe in graphic detail. And then there's Raumjaeger. Oh, shit. The classic idea of "what if Nazi Germany won" played for all the horror you can imagine and then some. You will not be sleeping well after it, especially after little details like the human-skin lampshade. Worse is that Ann-Kathrin, like half of the fandom's writers, is German and English isn't her first language. The show itself? A kids cartoon from The Eighties.
- Parts Of A (Bung)Hole. It starts off as a bit weird and angsty, with a Crack Pairing, though the author does his best to make it believable. The ending, however, is positively hellish. After learning that Beavis And Butthead (mostly Butthead) raped Daria & drove her to alcoholism & death in a drunk driving accident, Jane tears open Beavis' throat with her teeth while they're having rough sex & then uses his insides to paint a portrait of Daria on his bedroom wall. Daria fans do love them some Dark Fic, but ye gods...
- The epic Kirby fanfic The Dream Land Story has the entire sequence in Marx's mind, which was probably intended to be creepy. There's also Kirby's Dark-Matter-induced night terrors which are never described to the reader. And to top it all off, Meta Knight's graphic suicide.
- The Never Never Land A Harry Potter fanfic where McGonagall takes in the grand-daughter of an old friend. It turns out the grandmother had possibly gone mad and created a series of potions to freeze the girl at ten. It's implied that the girl has also been kept locked up in the house for years with only granny and a house elf for company and was probably abused emotionally as well. Also, the kid is one Creepy Child. She talks like a robot and needs precise directions. When the grandmother kicked it she spent about four days in the house with the dead body, going about her business. The author promises Body Horror in later chapters.
- We Are Nothing, a crossover between Harry Potter and A Nightmare on Elm Street by Ruskbyte. While the murders featured in the story are par for the course for Freddy Krueger...geezus. When someone is able to make you feel sorry for Umbridge or cringe at Big Bad Voldemort getting curbstomped to death, you know that evil has just been turned Up to Eleven.
- The Shadows Grow Longer. More disturbing than frightening, this World of Warcraft fanfiction is 20 chapters of watching a woman succumb to Stockholm Syndrome to a monster who spends his time torturing her physically, mentally and sexually.
- One Mistake Too Many, a Wicked fanfic that explores what might happen if Boq's transformation hadn't gone as smooth as it had in the musical- ie, if Nessarose had decided that she should be the one to cast the spell. Here's a hint: the first chapter is called "Transformation Trauma."
- Our little Doll, a Coraline fanfic, where the Other Mother rapes Coraline. The actual rape is implied, with just the preparation shown (Coraline being bound and having her clothes ripped off her body by Other Mother). Then we cut to the aftermath, with Coraline waking up in real world with no recollection of what has happened - until she gets abdominal pains so strong that she collapses. In hospital, the doctor says that she was violated by freaking knitting needles, prompting disbelief from her mother. And then it is revealed that Other Mother can take control of Coraline, forcing her to come to the Other World again and again...
- Cupcakes, A My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fiction... where Pinkie Pie slowly tortures Rainbow Dash, then dissects her while she's still alive. The reason? To use her organs as ingredients in her "special" cupcakes. And the worst part? Pinkie thinks of the whole thing as a 'party', and is thoroughly enjoying every moment of killing her best friend.
- Dalton contains the thoroughly crazy stalker Adam Clavell. He's got a wall covered in photos of his lust object, Julian, he stuck them to the wall with his own blood, and he's made a hit list consisting of a bunch of photos with the faces mutilated and the words off with his/her head written on the back.
- The final part of chapter 26 begins with this author's note:
TRIGGER WARNING for blood, violent acts and images, and the behavior that revolves around this theme. If you are not comfortable with these types of scenes and images, I strongly urge you NOT TO CONTINUE.
- Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams has multiple examples, fitting for a series whose protagonist is an alien from another dimension who fights supernatural horrors and demons:
- The nightmarish dream world that Sleepwalker's Arch-Enemy Cobweb creates by possessing the mind of scared young Reality Warper Kevin Mac Taggart. The dream world is a shifting twilight world of ugly colors, half-seen images and distorted surroundings that threatens to grow and expand like a cancerous tumor until it consumes the whole Earth, engulfing the minds of everyone on the planet in its wake;
- Cobweb himself, a demon from the Mindscape who thrives on the Cycle Of Hate caused by racism, violence and war, and actively tries to fan the flames of hatred that arise from such conflicts. He also brutally kidnaps and tortures Sleepwalker's Big Brother Mentor, turning him into a hideous monstrosity called a Dreamkiller, that becomes tied up in the brutal Mind Rape of one of Rick Sheridan's human friends, who's eventually Driven to Suicide;
- John Edward Cicala, alias Jack the Ripper, the illegitimate son of a British nobleman and a nameless street prostitute who made a Deal with the Devil to turn himself into a demonic force capable of possessing evil men and using them as his People Puppets to go on a killing spree murdering street prostitutes;
- The Scarecrow, formerly a Serial Killer who murdered almost two dozen people while dressed as a scarecrow but is now a malign demon who speicalizes in murdering innocent people by Mind Raping them in their dreams, a la Freddy Krueger;
- Sleepwalker's Evil Counterpart Psyko, a human gang leader twisted by Cobweb's demonic power into a humanoid abomination that combines Hannibal Lecter's disturbing intimacy with his victims with the ability to make his victims suffer their worst nightmares and a healthy dose of Foe Yay and rape imagery that perverts true love and intimacy;
- Mr. FX, a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds whose psychic temper tantrums reveal a disturbing Psychopathic Manchild personality and who triggers deliberate accidents and hallucinations in his victims to make them serve as his "toys";
- Fever Pitch, a living, flaming skeleton and Manson-like cult leader who's obsessed with the idea of a nihilistic vision of burning society to the ground and watching sadism and chaos run amuck;
- The Dreadknight, an undead Blood Knight who's been forcibly resurrected and sent to kill Sleepwalker, and is unable to die and rest in peace until he accomplishes his task;
- The Bookworm, a depraved magician who was horrifically tortured by the bullies at his high school and who's now obsessed with getting revenge on them, and on Sleepwalker for his opposing them;
- Sleepwalker's own psychotic breaks after he suffers a vicious Curb-Stomp Battle and Mind Rape at the hands of Psyko, which drives him insane and nearly leads him to murder his Heroic Host Rick Sheridan.
- Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light, set in the same universe as Ultimate Sleepwalker, has quite a bit of this too:
- The disturbing rants of the Brothers Grimm, who's apparently a Psychopathic Manchild Reality Warper who uses all sorts of disturbing fairy tale and toy paraphernalia in his crimes and who is prone to arguing with himself in an increasingly disturbing fashion, and whose idea of "performing" consists of kidnapping people and forcing them to watch disturbing sequences involving demonic toy soldiers ripping apart superhero dolls, witches juggling severed teddy bear heads, and skeletons juggling their own bones in choreographed dance routines;
- Jack O'Lantern, a ghoulish Halloween-themed mass murderer who considers himself one of The Unfettered and a Nietzsche Wannabe whose ultimate dream is To Create A Playground For Evil. He became consumed by his supervillain identity and now seeks to spread misery and horror as much For the Evulz as any actual hope of profit;
- In the first Halloween Special, we see Jack sitting in his cell on Halloween night. He's dreaming of the fond memories he had of hacking into pumpkins, ripping their guts out and carving their faces to resemble jack o'lanterns...and he's fantasizing about what it would be like to do the same thing to a human head.
- Moonstone, a Manipulative Bitch who kidnapped several people as part of a twisted scientific experiment to analyze the physiological reactions of their families in stress situations;
- Firebrand, a violent bully whose attitude towards life was Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, and who thought Daddy's connections and Daddy's chequebook would allow him to be a Karma Houdini. This was before he became a fire-manipulating, mass-murdering Pyro Maniac;
- Mayhem, a high school student and victim of a high school prank gone ghoulishly wrong, who later returns as a Mind Raping otherworldly monstrosity determined to to exact a cold, sadistic revenge on everyone who turned her into the freakish...thing...she is today.
- The Lost Tales of Fantasia gives the Captain's Log of Captain Hook:
- Starting from a noble pirate on his Honeymoon, diving down deep into depression, to the point of starting a war to aleviate boredom, and then after a brief Hope Spot, Hook goes completely mad and starts trying to kill his wife. And then there's the fact that Tinkerbell is Peter Pan's mother, and in order to survive childbirth they had to use the magic flower from Tangled.
- And Shego's fate. At the age of five years old, she's put into a spandex costume to fight in a war. And then she has to watch the Headless Horseman, who is already pretty frightening, kill her older sister. But then when she tries to burn the Horseman, and he puts on her sister's head to mock her. Watching her sister's head burn up puts her into a Heroic BSOD.
- All of the inhabitants of Underland. Just the concept that if you're born to the wrong parents you have the chance of becoming a Devil, and it's implied this could be the fate of Peter Pan would be scary enough, but they're pretty scary. The Headless Horseman, who has the strength to drag a battleship under the sea, and absolutely cannot be stopped. And Alice, who's been taking smiling lessons from the Chesire Cat and it's heavily implied that she raped the magic mirror. Most rape is bad, but a cute little girl with a Slasher Smile demonically violating a piece of glass? Nightmare.
- And in Chapter 12 we have Ponyo. Ponyo! Ponyo! P0NY0!
- This VOCALOID fanfic, in chapter 6, involves Rin waking up in the middle of the night, walking down the hall, seeing eyes at the end of the hallway, and being "attacked" by it. If you read it carefully, it could be implied that whatever the thing was was attempting to rape her. However, it's revealed at the end of the chapter that the monster was actually "Caiden" and he wasn't trying to scare her.
- Used, a House fanfic. The things Tritter does to House are pretty certain to give one nightmares, including raping him with his own cane, and a knife.
- Imperfect Metamorphosis' Chapter 31. This story is already dark, taking many Touhou ideas and twisting them just enough to inspire terror and awe. And then you reach this chapter, and the slowly dawning dream from the last four chapters breaks and you realise that Yuuka Kazami (already an insane supplier of scary scenes) has broken through the fourth wall with the simple words:
- "Hard Way to Hollow" is a little Bleach two-shot detailing Ichigo's slow descent into despair and insanity while his hollow takes over. Contains Body Horror, Eye Scream, No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and other things best not mentioned here. Sleep well.
- Pokémon Channel is a cute game, right? Nothing based on it could be that bad, right? Well, there's this little gem known as Pokemon Dead Channel, which shows horror and Gorn in their some of their highest and most scarring forms. Here's a nice little description of a Magikarp, and it's not much worse than most of the other discriptions in the story:
- Seven Little Killers, an Axis Powers Hetalia fic in which... well, everybody dies. It starts when Switzerland is murdered, and Italy walks in on his dead body. Everybody blames one another, and at first it's all just he-said she-said and pointing fingers, but then the bloodbath starts. The fic is based around the idea that there are seven killers on the loose, each named after the color of the mask they wear, lead by the infamous, shadowy Black and trying to kill off enough nations to completely reform the world order. Japan, Italy, and Germany are the ones on the hunt for the truth. Some of the nightmarish highlights are America masquerading as Canada masquerading as America killing several characters and crushing Japan's fingers as payment for letting his other captives- including Canada-as-America-as-Canada- free, China murdering New Russia on the orders of the killer Yellow and then going bonkers over it, several cities being completely decimated to weaken their nations, America manipulating Canada into killing a boatload of people, including Alaska and Hawai'i- whose death scenes are both cut right away from, although Hawai'i's is over Facebook, for crying out loud- and... well... the entire thing really.
- The Shape of the Nightmare to Come. Long story short - perfect example how to make Warhammer40000 even more packed with Grim Dark than it already was. Just few examples:
- Orcs goes into fight with Tyranids resulting in two species merging into unstoppable New Devouer, that eats half of the galaxy
- God Emperor Of Mankind dies only to be reborn in Warp as Star Father - Chaos God of Order
- Then there is The Ophilim Kiasoz that destroys entire star systems just by passing through them
- The Nex (Keyboard attempts to bite editors fingers off and snags a thumb, new editor takes over) the merest mention of which causes the scroll the stroy is written on to turn into a swarm of spiders that nearly devour the author of the story before a sentry gun destroys them.
- This Doctor Who Auton-centric fanfic has a moment at the beginning that involves a girl falling into a vat of plasmatically-charged plastic...and being torn apart, molecule by molecule (though she gets better eventually, by being reborn as a non-Auton living mannequin). Doesn't help that one of the original characters is a serial killer bent on "tying up loose ends", and the implication that all of the Doctor Who monsters are real.
- Crimson Echoes has the scene towards the end when the team is exploring The Darkness Beyond Time... which is a horrifying enough concept as it is. But then you see the journal... "There is nothing outside the windows. I mean that. Nothing." And you realize the people who are there aren't all just frozen and they're... alive and they're aware and there are billions of them, and you realize all the times when you played Chrono Trigger, you put them there...
- The Regular Show fan story Regular Addictions involves Benson going on a drug-and-alcohol binge because he is unhappy with his current life and wants to end it all. Since he's a gumball machine (lacking organs and what not), he realizes it leads to nowhere. What's one of the first things he does in his bout of insanity? He decides to kill Veronica, his ex-girlfriend who is said to have dumped him callously, while saying the lyrics of a song he wrote for her with a dark tone. As if that weren't bad enough, Mordecai had to keep it secret after Benson told him about what happened lest any other event could worsen the situation.
- Eddward, Ed, Edd n Eddy fanfic in which Edd murders and tortures all other kids.
- A Calvin and Hobbes fanfic, Camp Nightmare, involved Calvin getting signed up for a day camp, which seems like Tastes Like Diabetes until Calvin finds out it's actually a cult that kills the kids and eats them! Not only that, but Calvin discovers a room where the corpses are kept.
- The CSI fic Face The Music by Elm22 has a lot of this in the form of Grissom's kidnap and torture (and later Sara's as well). The fact that it's an extremely well written, well researched fic makes it all the more haunting.
- Mercurial Cognizance, a deeply disturbing Durarara!! fanfiction that shows us what potentially goes on in Mikado Ryugamine's head. An evil doppelganger attacks Mikado, stabs him with a pen, and rapes him. All the while Evil!Mikado tells Good!Mikado that everyone has a dark side that needs to come out, while poor Good!Mikado is less concerned with the fact that he's being raped by himself than he is truly terrified of the fact that he himself is capable of doing something like that to another person. Fortunately it turns out to be a dream...and then Mikado looks down to see that his hand is now bandaged. And then he shudders and bursts into tears upon remembering the last thing the doppelganger said to him...
Doppelganger:It's not a dream.
- The comic version of the Axis Powers Hetalia AU fic The First Cut: Or, The Angels of the Rye takes the implied horror of what the protagonist witnessed and shows it to the reader/viewer, showing aptly just why the titular first cut was hidden away. Namely the haunting images of Poland and Lithuania, who were last reported killed during the Terror several decades before the story, staring right at you, pleading for help. Also, the protagonist is their grandson.
- From Dragon Ball Multiverse we have Universe 16 Pan being strangled to death by Bojack. When it looks like she is about to break out of it...he SNAPS HER NECK.
- Cheerilee's Garden, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, is about Cheerilee brutally murdering all the little fillies and foals she is supposed to teach, Saw-style. For some, it is even worse than the previously-mentioned Cupcakes.
- All Grown Up!, touted as a "theory" of Rugrats.
- This Axis Powers Hetalia fic tells about five times in history that France died. Four of them (the Black Plague, the Battle of Hastings, the American Revolution, and the German invasion of France in World War II) were frightening enough, but the worst was the French Revolution, which tells how France was beheaded in front of his own people, was still conscious some time after, and finally awoke to represent France as a republic.
- Some of the descriptions in Cori Falls's Pokémon fics. Some notable examples are "The Power That's Inside" where Meowth's narrative describes Pikachu's electric attack hitting Jessie and James as "frying flesh and bone alike", the brutal mass beating of Ash in "New Directions 1" wherein his many injuries are described in great detail and it's clear that if not for the healing lake he might have died, and Jessie's grandparents' beating of Ash and Misty in "Never Too Late". There's something unsettling about the image of two sweet old people pulverizing twelve year olds.
- Experimenting Fearnote , a Pokémon fanfic that details a 10-year-old Nando being kidnapped by a scientist who forces people to deal with their worst fears. Said kidnapping is the least frightening thing that happens in this story: Nando is stripped down to his underwear, chained to a toilet and tortured with high pitched sound frequencies, then is made deaf by the scientist firing a gun right next to his head.
- By the time he sees said gun, he's been through so much torture that he ends up wishing it would be used to kill him. Let us repeat, a ten-year-old boy had been put through so much torture that he wanted to die!
- Possessed, an Invader Zim fanfic where the Irkens brainwash Dib into thinking he's an Irken invader named "Bid". At the same time, Professor Membrane and his team of scientists kill GIR offscreen and perform horrific experiments on Zim, eventually CUTTING OUT PARTS OF HIS BRAIN to make him more tame and completely forget who he is, reducing him to a shadow of his former self with the naive personality of a young child.
- Melimsah's fanfic Never Alone is Teen Titans fanfic that take place after the episode Haunted, and it continues from there in its own alternative way. The story is about Robin who afterwards thinks that Slade is out of his head now that the mind-dust is out of his system, only to once again see Slade when no one else can. As Robin try to find out why, it gets more and more hinted that it isn't the mind-dust again that is behind Slade, but simply his mind losing itself to the grip of paranoid schizophrenia. Slade himself goes from playful teasing and insulting to Mind Rape and downright physical assaults, causing Robin to somehow hit himself into near death. As the story goes on, Robin's condition worsen each day while Slade becomes more powerful, and he sends Robin into a spiral of delusions and self-destructive behavior, and Breaking Speech him so badly that Robin goes from a strong leader-type of hero into a scared, self-loathing child, and when the other Titans finds out, they've no idea how to treat him or how to force Slade out of him.
- Minty's fanfic on Encyclopedia Dramatica.se that is a supposed Toy Story fanfic in which the main heroine is tricked into going into a home group and her toys are taken away by a woman by the name of Nicole. The story itself makes Lotso from Toy Story 3 look like a kid's show host.
- Though the premise of quarians uplifting the Nazis in Uplifted is a scary concept in itself. The fact that Hanala'Jarva unwittingly tricks Joachim Hoch into exploring a Prothean Dreadnought, only to find out that it was in actuality a dying Reaper packed with Roman Legion Husks and Collectors.
- Chapter Nine of Uplifted: Last Days... Oh God...
- Imagine, if you will, that you live in the Milborough of The New Retcons; not only do you live with the knowledge that you got the sweetheart deal you did on your mortgage because you live on what used to be a nuclear test site, you have to contend with crazy old Elly Patterson who's convinced that it's the early eighties. Factor in the fact that she had a volatile temper back when she was nominally sane and you realize that her lazy, image-obsessed jerk husband's refusal to do anything about her (as well as the law's inability to lock people up without due cause) has left you having to deal with a human bomb.
- Robo Bando is so filled with graphic violence and torture scenes that makes Elfen Lied family friendly.
- This One Piece fanfic called Asteria Nightmare is about nightmarish creatures who steal dreams from their victims, reducing them into catatonic shells. Fun, fun, fun!
- Transformers Prime Slash Fic stories "What You Never Know Won't Hurt You" and "Your Love Is Mine For The Taking" are filled with Nightmare Fuel, to the stalking and Adult Fear in the first one, with a major dose of creepy vibes, to the even creepier vibes in the second one, with the chilling rape discretion shot.
- And the most chilling thing is that the stories are presented in a way that's a Deconstruction of the Decepticon/Human pairing by showing how a 'Con might really act if they ever got attracted to a human; up to and including attempted murder, the complete fear on the human's part and the complete one-sidedness on the 'Cons part.
- There used to be a Total Drama World Tour fanfic (now removed) called "Pineapple Rape". It involved Alejandro shoving a pineapple up Heather's vagina.
- Well, think about this. There's a war going on. Has been for the last million years. But, y'know, you're pretty well off. You live in a lovely, peaceful Neutral settlement with a Reasonable Authority Figure, though he is a bit of a The Cynic. Sure, there's the occasional Jerkass Miles Gloriosus you have to deal with, but, I mean, who doesn't? Life is going great, really... until one day, a big, bad Decepticon comes. Not good, y'see. I mean, "violent creatures, ruled by whim and cruelty... macabre corpse-gray monster... glowing red visor... " y'get the picture. Heh, gotta love the flattery, though. And oh, did I mention he just brutally offlined that aforementioned Miles Gloriosus with his bare servos within one paragraph of his intro? Quite awesomely, may I add. Always take pride in your work. Good philosophy, that... Sorry, getting off track. So hey, like the title says. Massacre.
-  has very little, even with its SIU AU version, but chapter 6 changes everything. When we're first introduced to the alchemist Ronald, he's a Large Ham, typical Power Rangers brute before it's revealed that all the defeats he's suffered over time has turned him psychotic and out for revenge against the Rangers and he takes it out on them by torturing them with the worst pain imaginable. And then his death makes it WORSE.
- The Big Time Rush fanfic Big Time Obsession (Rated M for a reason). It involves they boys and their friends trying to protect Camille from a serial killer/rapist named Hyde. Eventually though Logan is abducted and tortured by said rapist. Don't worry, he's saved, but people still get killed in the process. For details, of the shit Hyde does in the story he tortures a naked Logan over a two way camera, unless Camille stripped for him, forces another hostage to have sex with Logan, he kills Frieght Train, and a good samaritan that tried to help Logan. Now heres the character Hyde himself, turns out he's actually a split personality of one of the detectives on the case. We meet another personality of his - a child who Hyde shifts to when Logan shoots at him.
- Imagine you're imprisoned in a underground facility where no one will ever find you. Everyday, a scientist performs experiments on you such as exposure to extreme heat and cold, enduring sounds that will paralyze you, and cutting off your hand. No matter what you claim, said scientist insists that not only are you not human, you're not sentient and are incapable of feeling pain. Now imagine, this is all being done by your mother. Welcome to the Danny Phantom fic Phantom of Truth.
- The Simpsons fanfic Death of a Simpson is played out like another Sideshow Bob episode, only the differences are that Bob has finally lost his mind completely, so that he actually see people and things that only he can see, that he finally has killed Krusty in the most gruesome ways possible, that he's targeting Lisa instead of Bart, planning to simply torture her to death, and when that fails, it seems that his spirit tries to possess Maggie to be the new him. A chilling tale of one madman's revenge against the young people he feels ruined his life to that of a hunted, crazed animal.
- Stick to the Foaluma, a fic written by Alexwarlorn (the writer of the Pony POV Series). Silver Spoon starts to have the beginnings of a Heel Realization...only for Status Quo Is God to literally press the Reset Button and force her and Diamond to stay the bad guys. Worse? She starts to notice how things don't make sense and they only seem to exist within what the audience sees.
- Prisoner of the Magic Kingdom. Be on the lookout for a multitude of Creepy Dolls, Voice of the Legion, Adult Fear, Uncanny Valley, doll Gorn, Creepy Child, claustrophobia, Slasher Smiles... and so on
- Through the Monitor, a  Fanfic that has characters from our world become characters in the Sonic universe, has as a main villain Void from Sonic Shuffle, who in this universe is reinterpreted as a Psychopathic Manchild. As a result, every scene he's in is Nightmare Fuel, but the scariest and most evil thing he does is in chapter 56, when he sinks a cruise ship killing (almost) everyone on board Forthe Evulz. Sure, they were saved, but it's still scary and a Moral Event Horizon.
- In chapter 13, the murder of the Thorndykes save for Chris because they had the Green Chaos Emerald. It serves as Eggman's Moral Event Horizon and one of the fanfic's darkest moments.
- The Fragility of Time has Rubeus's murder of Mimete in chapter 34, followed up by his murder of Eudial one chapter later.
- Making it worse is how he does it: exploding her Fire Buster and then impaling her with his spheres (which he also did to Mimete) Fortunately, he pays for it.
- Chapter 34 introduces Galaxia. If the fact that she is portrayed as a destroyer of worlds on par with Unicron doesn't get you, then her plans for Sailor Eiron, a.k.a Sailor Lead Crow will. Said plans double as a Wham Line: "Oh, I am sure you don't want to join me. Rarely does your kind want to, but they have no choice. You see before this day is over you will be executing the rest the council here and then I think I'll have you kill your own child. After all, I am sure that he is still alive here somewhere and who better to be able to find him than his own mother."
- Even worse is her reaction when she loses Eiron's Star Seed. Said reaction boils down to Kill 'em All.
- Missing has Sebastian kidnap Kurt and hold him captive for a year, heavily drugging him, conditioning Kurt to be his baby, and threatening to kill him if he resists his "daddy." The forced infantilism is bad enough, but the scariest parts of it are Bud and Kari (Sebastian's friend and the girl he kidnapped and conditioned the same way) and their relationship, and both of the sex scenes.
- An Outsiders fanfiction, The Days That Changed Everything, has Sodapop and Ponyboy being taken away from Darry and ending up abused for six and a half months in separate foster homes. James, the father in Soda's foster home abuses his baby daughter Emma, and locks Soda in his bedroom when he tries to protect her and tells him he is wrong for trying to stop him. To keep her safe, Soda makes a deal with him that if he doesn't fight back against James, he'll leave her alone - leading to James burning the word "WRONG" into Soda's shoulder with a cigarette, threatening to hurt Emma if he struggles. The worst part? When Soda goes back home, James ends up killing Emma. But as horrible as that is, it pales in comparison to what happened to Ponyboy: When Ponyboy did something that Robert, the father at his foster home, didn't like, he would drag him out to the backyard, force him to dig a hole and lie down in it, and then bury him alive with only a straw to breathe through, nearly killing him. Worse, he does this twice, once during a thunderstorm. Their experiences leave both boys badly traumatized.
- In Broken Chains after getting abducted by Sith Lords, Harry is paralyzed and Forced to Watch as they dissect Sirius right in front of him.
- Sonic X: Dark Chaos and its expanded universe is filled with this. Considering its primary influences, this is to be expected.
- The trope is acknowledged in-universe. Hearing the voice of Dark Tails is so unimaginably horrific that it either kills his victims outright from terror, makes them go completely insane, or Mind Rapes them into serving him. Tails and Cosmo are the only people immune to it.
- The beginning of Episode 62 is a flashback of Cosmo escaping her colony ship when Tsali attacks it, and watching in horror as he shoves her sister Galaxina's face into a ruptured fuel pipe and burns her alive. All described in graphic detail.
- Episode 67. The entire episode is Nightmare Fuel, especially the rewrite. When Beelzebub attacks Chris and Cosmo and drags them into his lair, he strips both of them naked and ties Cosmo to his desk with razor wire. She hears buzzing and notices his skin is turning black. Cue a swarm of flesh-eating flies coming out of Beelzebub's skin pores and feeding on both of them. And that's not the end of it; after his "children" are done, Beelzebub drags the unconscious Chris out of his chamber. What happens next is fortunately not described. Cosmo is seconds away from the same fate - and is begging Beelzebub to kill her instead - when Tails finally reaches them. It's rather telling that in a story filled with violent and dark content, Episode 67 is the only chapter with its own content warning.
- Tails' Heroic Sacrifice is both this and a powerful Tear Jerker. Dark Tails attempts to possess him in a last-ditch attack. As Tails fights back with all his power, the Shroud parasite inside him - and then his body - begins to rapidly mutate from the Dark Chaos Energy surging through him. His bones slowly shatter one by one, his limbs turn to goo, and tentacles burst from his eye sockets as he tries to talk to Cosmo one last time - before they start to regrow and fall off over and over again. It's honestly a relief when Cosmo finally gives him a Mercy Kill with the Sonic Driver - and takes down Dark Tails with him.
- At one point, Tsali mentions the fate of Muslim women in the Emirate of Mecca. Because their religious beliefs revolve around Sex Is Evil, the Muslims turned their women into living baby factories who are surgically impregnated and forced to give birth every few seconds. It's not shown directly, but it doesn't make it any less disturbing. Until it actually gets shown in the Episode 71 rewrite, when Eric and friends find a damaged Miriam pod littered on a battlefield. With the woman still alive inside it and still pushing out half-formed fetuses.
- The rewrite of Episode 68 reveals what the Muslims do to pacify worlds under their control - they perform female genital mutilation on a planetary scale.
- Magna Clades has a lot of these moments, but one in particular that really takes the cake is when the Big Bad Zoisite becomes a Blob Monster and liquifies the mayor of Beach City to death alongside many others!
- The Les Misérables fic When The Cat's Away. Marius and Cosette being kidnapped by Thenardier and Patron Minette for their money, and Marius nearly being murdered is bad enough, but the most terrifying part is Cosette being tied to a bed and raped over and over by Montparnasse and Claquesous. They torture her, too - when Marius and Valjean arrive to save her, she's crying, bruised, and bloody. She specifically mentions Montparnasse sticking his knife under her fingernails when she tried to refuse him.
- In Soul Eater, the Big Bad, Asura, is stated to have eaten his own weapon partner after going insane with fear. In the fanfic Mad Love, Vajra was first beaten senseless by his partner (who he was in love with and had been good friends with), and then Eaten Alive before he was aware enough of what was happening to transform back. And then it turns out that he is still alive and conscious inside Asura's body and was imprisoned for centuries along with him. When Asura is freed, he can hear and sense what's going on around them, but he can only see when Asura pokes him out of his mouth to fire his lasers, and cannot move or transform back to human form. The kicker? The poor bastard is still hopelessly in love with Asura, and keeps telling himself that one day he'll be repaid for his loyalty and Asura will free him.
Thinking of all they have lost and all that they can never be again, Vajra feels as if Shinigami ripped him apart too, and he wishes so badly it hurts that he could still scream.
- The Death Note fanfic, The Hanging Tree. It runs on the Fanon that Light, as a Death Note user, became a Shinigami after his death, meaning he now has his own Death Note. What's the first thing he does with it? Get brutal revenge on the Kira Task Force and Near for killing him, of course, and drag poor Misa into it too! He first restores Misa's memories of the Death Note, and tells her that he wants her by his side again, so they can act as Kira forever from the realm of the Shinigami. However, for that to happen, she has to die. While a horrified Misa protests, Light cheerfully shows her that he's already written her name in his Death Note, and she is forced to hang herself against her will. Light notes that she is visibly frightened while she does this.
- And then when the Kira Task Force (Matsuda, Aizawa, Ide, and Mogi) realize that Misa's missing and go to look for her, they search the woods and find her body hanging from a tree branch, with four other nooses tied neatly to the branch alongside her. Aizawa then gets a call from Near, who (while in so much pain he can barely speak) warns him that Kira has killed everyone in the SPK and is forcing him to call and tell the task force that he is coming for them next, before dying while still on the line. While they're all panicking, Matsuda realizes that the four other nooses are for them, and yells at the others to run. They don't even get out of sight of the tree when the Death Note takes effect, and the four of them are forced to slowly turn around and go back to the tree. They try to turn and run again, but they can't stop, escape, or even scream, and they are forced to hang themselves while terrified and still fully conscious. Matsuda's last thoughts before he is killed are "Please, Light, don't kill me, please don't - !"
- The worst part? The story ends with Shinigami King Light, now immortal and implied to still be insane, becoming Kira again for eternity, with Misa as his queen.
- The Attack on Titan fic My Child centers around Corporal Levi being harassed by a demon who has followed him around for decades, trying to convince him to make a Deal with the Devil so he can take Levi's soul. However, Levi (being Genre Savvy and aware of the Jackass Genie trope) knows better than to let himself be tempted. The demon, Xaphan, appears when Mikasa (now an adult, as the fic is post-series) is in labor with Levi's child, and offers to give the child lifelong safety in exchange for Levi's soul. Once again, Levi angrily refuses, and essentially tells Xaphan to fuck off. Xaphan refuses to go and says that Levi would regret it if he left and something were to happen. Cue severe shoulder dystocia that will suffocate the baby before it is born. It's heavily implied that Xaphan caused it to force Levi to choose between his life and his child's life. And it works - Levi gives up his soul to the demon in exchange for his child being saved, and is dragged to Hell immediately after, before he can even see his son. The story ends with Levi imprisoned in Hell, faced with an eternity of Cold-Blooded Torture at the sadistic Xaphan's hands.
- The Uzumaki Clan in The Uzumaki Massacre are The Dreaded for a very very good reason, shown when Oonoki and other veterans recall killing them during the Second Shinobi War.
First Old Man
: "I saw a woman. Couldn't have been younger than ninety, probably a hundred, they live that damn long you know. She was holding a sword in her left hand, because she'd lost her right arm, and pretty much everything, shoulder to hip, sternum out by the time I saw her, looked like it had been blasted off by a raiton
, but I saw that old woman cut down no less than fifty trained ninja before some poor bastard finally cut off her head but... That old lady's body kept going, that headless body cut down five more men, before she fell and drove her sword into the heart of the man who beheaded her. One of my buddies set her on fire, just in case. I...I don't know if I was seeing things, but that blackened, headless corpse, it looked like it still tried to get up again."
Second Old Man: "My brother and I were in that hell together. We saw a kid, maybe three years old, crawling through the blood and muck, missing both his legs, looking like he'd been coughing up blood. My brother went to put the kid out of his misery. The kid jumped. With just his arms, the kid jumped ten feet and tore my brother's throat out with his teeth. He came at me before my brother even hit the ground, I was lucky to get my arm up in time. The little monster still tore my arm out at the shoulder, but it bought me enough time to get a kunai out and plant it in his head. When everything was over and we gathered the bodies, we found thousands more who'd been killed like my brother, with little bite marks where their throats were."
- The Avatar: The Last Airbender fic 31 Days of Maiko is mostly Heartwarming Moments with a bit of Tear Jerker thrown in, but Chapter 17 is definitely nightmarish. Azula, after an indefinite amount of time being mistreated by the asylum guards, decides that enough is enough. She spends her time collecting small sharp objects, which the guards and doctors don't notice, and waiting for Zuko and Mai to visit her. And when they do...
Azula: (falsely cheerful) I feel as though good things are coming. I think I'm going to make a mark.
Zuko: Oh? How?
Azula: I've been planning something.
Mai: (knows this is leading nowhere good and tries to pull Zuko away) Let's go, Zuko. We should go. (Zuko won't move)
- The character of Checker Monarch from Getting Back on Your Hooves is downright terrifying. She's a powerful, cold, calculating and heartless sociopath who enjoys Mind Raping ponies in their dreams, and is utterly merciless in her attempts to ruin Trixie's life (made even worse by the fact that Trixie is her sister). Just about everyone Checker runs into is terrified of her, including her own henchmen. Especially horrifying is when she completely snaps at the end of chapter 9 and she plots revenge against Ponyville and Canterlot, as the red in the heart of her Cutie Mark runs off in the rain - revealing the heart to be black. What makes Checker so terrifying is that her behavior is based off of real-life sociopaths, so unlike characters like Discord and Chrysalis, there are really people like her out there.
- The Detective Conan fanfiction Observations has Takagi and Conan kidnapped by a man whom Takagi was to visit that day. Turns out, the kidnapper is part of a larger group that likes to imitate the methods of past serial killers. Specifically, they plan to brand Takagi with his own badge, shoot him in the head with his own gun, and leave him on the roof of a police station with his wrists in his own handcuffs a week after his disappearance. This is apparently what a serial killer did to other police officers eight years before the events of the fanfic, and this means the police have a week to find Takagi. As for Conan, the group intends to try and turn him to their side, not knowing the truth about Conan. The group even starts using mind games to try and make Conan defer to them even while he's being held prisoner. This fanfic also gives chapters to Satou and Ran, who are extremely upset and scared for the kidnapees.
Lion: (addressing Conan) Interesting, Kitten. Very interesting. (Leaves room where Takagi and Conan are being held)
Takagi: (Realizing implications) Kitten. He called you Kitten. ... Conan-kun,
Conan: I'll never be their Kitten, Takagi-keiji. Never.
- Given its source material, Puella Stellae Madoka Magica has plenty of Nightmare Fuel to go around:
- When she's killed, Mami's Soul Gem is recovered by Eldar, who place it inside a Wraithguard construct to see what its properties are. The Great Unclean One resting inside chooses that exact moment to manifest, slaughtering the Eldar and nearly devouring Mami's soul.
- The reason Kyoko's father became a more effective preacher, and why Kamijo's wrist is healed? They were infected by Genestealers, and Kyoko's father is the patriarch.
- Kyubey's real plan- the Magical Girl cycle is not designed to prevent the heat death of the universe, it's a testing ground for vessels that will help powerful Chaos Daemons manifest in reality with ease. Sayaka was the first successful test when her soul produces and is consumed by a Bloodthirster.
- Sayaka's fate. Her soul is destroyed in order to summon a Bloodthirster, but Hitomi makes a wish that she'll live. Sayaka does, but is rendered a Blank, becoming a dull, soulless shell. Although it does have the added bonus of protecting her and anyone around her from attacks by daemons.
- Madoka's conversation with Cegorath are... off, especially how the god manifests in different bodies that Madoka might be familiar with (but not necessarily fond of, seeing as how he appears as Kyubey at one point).
- When escaping the Webway, Madoka and her allies are attacked by daemons with Fulgrim making a beeline straight for Madoka. If it were not for the timely arrival of Jaghatai Khan, Madoka would have been killed.
- Angelus in Zeppo: Halo is far more terrifying than canon where he was occasionally narmful. He kidnaps Harmony, tortures her to death, then leaves her strung up from a lightpost as a message to Xander. Angelus also kidnapped Cordelia, torturing her into insanity and while we don't know everything he did, what we do is incredibly horrific. It's even mentioned that only a considerable amount of healing magic has kept her alive for the past two weeks. Finally, Angelus is still pretending to be Angel around Buffy and having sex with her almost nightly.
- For You, I Will, a Twilight hatefic that twists the concept of imprinting into something horrifying: the imprintee is a psychopath, and now has Hijacked The Werewolf... and he ends up liking it. Worse, not only has she got Embry to help her torture and kill people, she successfully convinces him to wipe out his entire tribe.
- What's worse is that the author didn't even need to twist the concept- everything she based the fic on came directly from canon.
- He Was Hungry is a Ragnarok Online fanfiction in which Flamel Emule (the main character) is portrayed as a Big Eater... as well as a cannibal. But if the violent opening scene doesn't scare you, then the Ending will do so. The story is really violent, so be careful.
- The idea of Ranma Saotome in Ranma 1/2 "getting in touch with his feminine side" is a popular one for fanfiction, thanks to the combination of his general "manly man" personality, his canonical professions of distaste for his curse, and his rather hypocritical willingness to make use of what advantages the female body can socially give him. The Nightmare Fuel comes in the fact that in so many of this fanfics, the process extends into Loss of Identity levels, with Ranma's mindset eventually changing to the point of him thinking of himself as female over male, often going so far as to show him with a boyfriendnote , or getting pregnant and giving birthnote and, usually, becoming "motherly", until mentally there's absolutely nothing inside that remotely resembles him anymore. This is a scary enough idea in the first place — the curse slowly overwriting and consuming the original Ranma — but it's made even scarier in that such fanfics don't intend to play this for horror. It's quite obvious that the author approves of the process's end result, many outright stating that Ranma is "better" after he permanently becomes a mental girl as well as a physical one, with the strong implication (if not outright statement) that being female is inherently superior to being male and so Ranma should be grateful he can make the transition.