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Nightmare Fuel / Jonny Quest
The Diabolus ex Nihilo status of many of monsters. While some are shown to be the result of science gone wrong, many just show up out of nowhere. One never knows where or when they might appear.
The Invisible Monster. Created from a lab accident, you can only see it by the footprints it leaves. Everything it touches either dies or violently explodes. On top of that, it makes a creepy high-pitched wailing sound. Combine that with ominous music every time it's around, and you have the scariest episode in the series.
To those who are sensitive to animals getting hurt, a dog was scared upon seeing (or sensing) the Invisible Monster and whimpered in fear. As the next scene after that was shown, the dog could either have run away, or- worst case scenario- be killed by the monster offscreen.
The Robot Spy from the episode of the same name: a round, black spider-like thing with one big, creepy red eye and a decidedly unnerving set of spindly legs. It also happened to be practically invincible, relentlessly plowing through everything the military threw at it in the episode's climax. That thing had to give a few kids nightmares... and inspired at least one writer for the 1990s remake as a result.
The Mummy in "The Curse of Anubis", especially the horrible shot where the Thing is looking in the window and one can see the rotting corpse under the slipping bandages.
The Gargoyle in "The House of Seven Gargoyles".
Both Turu and the wheelchair-bound Deen in "Turu the Terrible", sinking in the tar-pit.
Von Dueffel in "The Devil's Tower", laughing as he throws grenades at the Quest team, then screaming, "Nooooooo!" when one gets caught in the wing of his plane.
The yeti in "Monster in the Monastery". Both the terrorists dressed up as them and the real one which blows through the fakes like a hurricane.
"The Sea Haunt". The titular creature may or may not match, with its blank, staring, impossibly large eyes and gangly, near-human body, but the setup and pace of the early episode is straight out of a horror movie — and then there's the showdown with the Nigh Invulnerable abomination itself...