Nightmare Fuel / Guilty Gear

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  • Testament's 1st ending in GGXX where Dizzy DIES. He murders Johnny who did his best to protect Dizzy right in front of May. It's implied that he'll massacre the whole Jellyfish crew next and proceed to human genocide.
  • Zato's treatment of Millia. Their relationship is screwed for many reasons especially that they were in a sexual relationship in the past. Not only did they break up, but Zato turned into a Psycho Ex-Boyfriend He-Man Woman Hater that swears to hunt Millia down to the grave. Millia's only solution to be at peace is to kill Zato. Even when he's dead, Zato's dead body controlled by a beast still haunts his ex-lover. Millia's solution? Kill it too. Considering that Millia was an orphan and was only coerced to kill people, it's horrible that she'll be guilty for what she has done for the rest of her life. Because of Zato, she fears forming relationships and has no known friends. One can be disturbed at the thought of Eddie finding a new host because Zato-1's body is already decomposing. Just imagine what Venom and Millia feel seeing the reanimated corpse of the man they loved.
  • The alternate future. Ky Kiske, the prodigy and the next-in-line commander of the Holy Knights, died. Everybody got so demoralized, that it is described as "the day where hope crumbled," maybe except for Sol, who is inspired to take his place. But to pretty much everybody else, it's hell.
    May: JOHNNY'S REVEEEENGE!!!!
    • To boot, all of this was caused by I-No's really, naughty prank of befriending a teenage Ky, driving him into saving her in a hopeless situation and watching him suffer a nasty death and laughing at it. And where is she in this timeline? Still walking around and trolling people, including an Ax-Crazy Mad Doctor Dr. Baldhead and killing him later on. It was a very good thing that That Man decided that this kind of timeline won't do and told I-No to stop screwing around and fix timeline...
    • Even the existence current timeline qualifies as Fridge Horror as you realize that every happiness and hope mankind regains is thanks to I-No's time trolling. What if she goes back and time and changes stuff again?
    • If the games are any indication, take solace in the fact that That Man will most likely rein I-No in, clean up after her, and punish I-No for mucking thing up in the first place.
  • The Crusades prior to the event of GG. Imagine a 100 year war against the worst Eldritch Abominations you can ever imagine with sizes ranging from cow size to Rhode Island-size. They don't have mercy, they don't get tired, they don't fear and they are specially designed by your fellow humans to kill you with fire, claws, teeth or poison. One of them could also be your loved one just converted into a Human-type Gear. Also before the Crusades, nations were already warring with each other.
  • Some of the stages are outright scary like Nirvana and Hell's Prison. Creepy crosses? Check. Freakishly huge monsters? Check. Atmosphere with bloody tint? Check. Skulls on rocks? Check.
    • Xrd continues the trend of frightening stages with the Opera, Venom and Zato's stage. It just screams surrealism, with what appears to be people strapped to chairs with numbered boxes on their heads circling a giant clock in the background, all while being watched by an enormous skeletal giant on its throne. Just what the hell is going on here?
    • Also, the Nightmare Theater; possessing multiple wonderful images that show on the screens in the background, ranging from a faceless girl hugging a creepy wide-eyed dog plushy, moths covering the screen, a murder scene with some sort of face drawn into the wall with blood, and a shot of a dark hallway that is eventually entered by a giant, dog...creature...thing. With Freddy-Krueger esque claws. Lovely.
  • I-No's ending in Accent Core where she gets frozen in time for screwing That Man's plans.
  • Though it may look comical on the surface, Zappa is practically spirited away into the world of the supernatural, and most likely will be stuck there forever with a creepy ghost woman who's madly obsessed with him. Luckily, there's no proof that this is canon.
    • Zappa's instant-kill really does just look like something out of a horror movie.
    • Zappa's situation in general. Possessed not only by a crazed stalker, but a bunch of other spirits as well, and constantly blacking out and attacking people, and then coming too later covered in injuries that he has no idea where they came from.
  • In the Lightning the Argent novel, several villagers are violently killed with several parts of their bodies missing. Ky goes and investigates and meets a crippled girl named Marina. Due to circumstances, Marina accidentally drank the "miracle drug," Vitae, that Ky brought and it cured her disability. But when Solaria, a Commander Gear, sings, MARINA'S LEGS EXPLODE into anaconda-ish Gears that begin to eat her. Luckily, Ky is able to hack off the Gears (or her legs!) and carries the girl to Faust. However, others who drank the drug, which comprises the whole village, aren't so lucky as they are eaten alive by their body parts that mutated into Gears,just like what happened to the earlier villagers.
  • In Guilty Gear Judgment, a sorcerer named Raymond turned all the inhabitants in the island of Isene into underworld monsters. The monsters violently killed a considerable portion of a kingdom's population, enough for the UN to declare an international emergency. In the story, you will meet a hot chick fused with a monster plant that is screaming in pain, and she'll thank you when you kill her. Also, one stage boss is a rotating pillar with four different, demonic human faces attached to them, and their expressions are not pleasant.
  • Dizzy's second story ending in Accent Core Plus. We hear Dizzy crying for help until she slowly get's immobilized by Crow. She is captured and cloned and the ending picture shows naked Dizzy copies floating in capsules while Crow is watching. The scientist told another guy that he would keep for himself the "beautiful" original. Horror levels up when Crow creepily says that Dizzy is his forever while the poor girl is unable to respond.
  • Something must be said for Valentine's defeat animation in Overture. While the rest of the characters simply fall over she is instead sucked into a hole of distorted space as her limbs contort, while nonchalantly stating "My body is disappearing."
    • In addition to this is her stunned animation, while everyone else just stands there stunned, she takes it a step further by having her head continuously spin around like some sort of malfunctioning animatronic until the effect wears off.
  • And now Xrd gives us the literal Nightmare Fuel that is Bedman. Bedman is a kid strapped down to a rather demonic-looking mechanical bed. That alone is nightmarish enough, but it gets much worse. He's an evil little bastard who likes to trap people in nightmare worlds of his own creation, and he has a lot of Zappa-like static effects while fighting as well as during his win pose, and he can also summon a monster to stun the opponent, which can potentially lead into what it by far the scariest Instant Kill in Guilty Gear history. The scene switches to a movie theater, and the loser appears on the screen, forced to relive their worst memories and fears (which we very fortunately don't get to see) as a bunch of shadow demons suddenly appear and swarm the opponent as "BAD END" appears on the screen. Bedman's reaction is a Psychotic Smirk and Sarcastic Clapping.
    • Even worse are the characters' reactions. Here's Faust's, May's, and his own to get the ball rolling.
    • Let's take a look at Bedman's teleport dash animation. See those static effects that appear? Look closer.
    • His stage is also pretty disturbing, looking like a demented movie theater. Also pay close attention to the story that the movie screen plays which essentially details a girl getting a dog-like doll which comes alive and kills her and the family before burning the house down.
  • Ramlethal can also be slightly unsettling, with her goal of killing everyone, her living cape, her occasional sudden SlasherSmiles, and her bestial fighting style during her Instant Kill. Also, like the first Valentine, she has a creepy Lucifero, which during her victory screen, she commands the Luciferos to kill, and most likely eat, the opponent right after giving another Slasher Smile.
  • When Faust meets Zato in Xrd, he seems to become uncharacteristically angry and bloodthirsty. One might even say he begins to regress into his old Serial Killer self whenever he's dealing with the assassin responsible for ruining his life and for murdering an innocent little girl. To put it into perspective; imagine seeing a man you know as a good, kindhearted doctor, who has proven time and again his own wisdom and generosity and earned your respect because of it, and then you get to see him in his darkest moments as he indulges in a little Revenge.
  • Ky getting shot. Yes, he survived. No, it doesn't make the imagery any less horrifying. When their big plan is going to hell, Ky immediately attempts to rush to the others' aid...BANG! The music stops completely, the camera then pans down to show Ky bleeding from his stomach. Camera pans behind him to reveal the shooter: it's Axus of the Conclave, who has just shot him with a revolver. Another gunshot. Camera fades back in to show Ky's bullet-ridden body on the floor, bleeding everywhere. Axus delivers some biting comments and one-liners before walking off.
  • -REVELATOR- finally shows what happened to Elphelt after the events of -SIGN-, and it is NOT something to look forward to. Her hair is now white, She has a spiked collar around her neck, giving her the appearance of a slave or a dog on a leash, and her outfit has received a Darker and Edgier color scheme. Her Arcade Mode reveals that her appearance is due to a combination of Bedman's abilities and Ariels' machinations. Elphelt is trapped inside a dream-state which consists of fighting simulated impostors of the main cast, all while she has no memory of -SIGN-'s events. After she starts remembering, Ariels steps in and creates a copy of Sol who acts nothing like the real thing, but Bedman decides that even that is too cruel and takes matters into his own hands. Elphelt finally remembers everything and defeats Bedman, but awakens to an awful revelation: she is being used as Justice's core.
  • Raven is to this series as what Izanami is to BlazBlue. That is to say, he's practically a creepypasta character. To start things off, his very existence is fundamentally wrong in a way that causes time and space themselves to bend simply because he exists. He's completely immortal, incapable of dying in any way, age or otherwise (the spike nailed viciously through his skull is evidence enough of this). His skin is deathly pale, and his hair has whitened, which gives him an eerie, zombie-like appearance. In previous games, Raven's skin was blue-toned, as if he had died of suffocation. Perhaps most disturbing about his character design is his personality: he's a batshit insane Combat Sadomasochist who gets stimulated from receiving pain as well as dishing it out, and he gleefully licks his own bloodstained claws in ecstasy. He's one of the most powerful characters in the franchise, with dangerous dark magic that distorts reality. In fact, Raven is so powerful that he can consistently go toe-to-toe with the infamously overpowered and unfazed hero, Sol Badguy, who is completely terrified of him even if he doesn't show it. Despite these facts and his allegiance to That Man, Raven isn't evil, since That Man isn't evil either. Both of them are working towards creating a brighter future for mankind where both humans and gears can live in peaceful coexistence. In-game, he moves and contorts in extremely odd ways and has very deranged facial expressions.
    • His backstory is quite disturbing as well. Raven's been alive for millennia, and was an actual Crusader. When he failed a mission, his entire troop was killed and he himself was executed. While being executed his eyes beheld another dimension where a murder of crows encircled and stared at him, while the sensation of their stares mirrored his body being stabbed and mutilated by his executioners. He survived and wandered the earth for 1000 years without a purpose, eventually going mad and driving a spike through his forehead out of despair.
    • His Instant Kill, pictured above, is even more disturbing than Bedman's, and that's saying something. He slowly walks towards the opponent as his entire body is suddenly engulfed in blue fire, giving the horrifying visage of a burning shadow walking towards the opponent with no eyes and no mouth, instead having ones made out of said fire. He then chokes the opponent and lifts them high as His eye sockets turn a terrifying, glowing red and the flames proceed to swirl up into a twister and incinerate him and the opponent alive. When it finally subsides, both him and the opponent have been reduced to nothing but ashes. Then his hand suddenly rises up from out of the ashes.
  • Ariels. Good God, Ariels. The moment she reveals her true, bug-fuck crazy personality, she becomes the series' most terrifying character, even moreso than Raven. Her facial expressions go straight into Uncanny Valley territory and the lighting changing around her just makes it worse. There's also the fact that her voice changes to what can only be described as an older woman trying to imitate a 12-year-old schoolgirl, in the most unsettling way imaginable. Worse still is the revelation that she's only taking human form. Ariels is actually The Universal Will, an Eldritch Abomination made out of pure information who was driven mad from its directive to make humanity happy and prosperous without harming them. She then proceeds to nonchalantly shoot an innocent civilian in front of both Ky and Leo while letting her true personality slip and betray Bedman in one of the cruelest ways imaginable.
  • Dizzy's Instant Kill, while hilarious, is a terrifying display of her power. She can create energy blasts that are as powerful as nuclear warheads.

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