Nightmare Fuel: High School DD

This is generally an upbeat series, but there are a few moments that'll make you feel you're watching a horror film.

  • Issei's death in the novel was bad enough, but in the anime, viewers get to see him desperately turn to run, get stabbed from behind, and fall to the ground and slowly bleed to death before Rias saves him.
  • During a job in Episode 3, Issei comes across the client's room, before stepping in something wet, thick, and red - then the camera pans to show the trail of blood, before Issei completely and utterly freaks out. We don't see the entire body, but it's so bad that Issei is visibly struggling not to puke... and then as if to make the introduction worse, Freed shows us how happy he is to have done this.
  • One of the worst was Juggernaut Drive. Issei goes into an insane berserker state, during which he CHEWS OFF ONE OF HIS OPPONENTS' ARMS!!!. He also grows a multitude of limbs from all over his body. And the real kicker? Ddraig has to warn Rias and the others to run away, because Issei would have killed them as well if they hadn't. The only reason this isn't High Octane is the way he was brought out of it. And this was only from Kiba and the rest's point of view. From Issei's point of view himself? It's a lot worse.
    • The second time he almost pulled off Juggernaut Drive was when he got himself knocked unconscious by Sairaorg in their match. He then wakes up to a white world with the past Boosted Gear users, surrounded by dark aura. One by one, they tell him to pull off Juggernaut Drive to the point he joins with them.
    • The anime's version has all the horror - Issei's body grows draconic, slowly + painfully, while the voices of past users whisper creepily - but it's not toned down at all. note  In addition, this form repeatedly cries out in pain, mainly draconic but sometimes with Issei's cries overlaying it. Plus, Issei's Juggernaut Drive has the powers of Vali's Divine Dividing (stolen in their previous fight), along with Gasper's Forbidden Balor View.
    "I shall drown you in the depths of crimson purgatory. Juggernaut Drive!"
  • Diodora apparently made a habit of finding devout nuns and getting them branded as heretics. At which point he would rape and enslave them, as no one else would have anything to do with them. This is what would have happened to Asia if Issei hadn't saved her first. And all the more satisfying with the resulting Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Gasper's face when he snapped when told that Issei's dead.
  • Kiba's past. All of his friends dying by being subjected to harsh experiments just so they can hold a holy sword while praying to God not knowing that God Is Dead in this series.
  • Evil dragons in general. Considered by everyone as the most troublesome existences ever because they just love to destroy For the Evulz. Guess they got some lessons from Acnologia.
  • Gasper does it again in Volume 16 when he calmly destroys Marius Tepes.
  • Another heroic example would be what Fafnir does to Riezviem. Not the No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, as epic as it was. No, it turns out that following that, Fafnir haunts his dreams for weeks aftewords, killing him thousands of times over and over until the Smug Snake is completely mentally exhausted. Then, after Ise in Dx D mode finally beats down Riezviem physically, Fafnir materializes and eats him.
  • As of the end of Volume 20, Trihexa is awake.