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Kirby is cute, his world is cute, so clearly it's all just a SugarBowl where nothing scary ever happens, [[SurpriseCreepy right]]? But in the depths of space, many [[EldritchAbomination creepy things]] exist.

Who knew a place called ''Dream Land'' could be so nightmarish?

For the anime version, see [[NightmareFuel/KirbyRightBackAtYa the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! Nightmare Fuel page]].


* The final bosses of the Kirby series tend to be really creepy: it's appropriate that a series that started in Dream Land would have [[VileVillainSaccharineShow nightmarish villains]].
** This is lampshaded in ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'', where [[{{Jerkass}} Dedede]] [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/438-20thanniversary/ prepares a slideshow]] for Kirby's [[MilestoneCelebration 20th anniversary]] that showcases all of these types of bosses. [[HeroicBSOD Kirby does not take it well.]]
* Scarfy is a cutesy flying creature that resembles a floating cat head, until players turn their backs to it, [[KungFuProofMook try to eat it]], or get too close to it, at which point it shows a demented mouth and a single eye and tries to eat them. If not killed soon, it explodes. It gets worse in ''[[VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand Kirby's Return to Dream Land]]''. In the former, they serve as an alternate skin for Mumbies and their transformed state comes close to UncannyValley here. In the latter, pink Scarfies are introduced and act similar to [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Phantos]] when collecting keys, sometimes forming groups, and they do this all the time in Extra Mode.
* Club Nintendo (the German version) had a [[http://kirbysrainbowresort.net/multimedia/manga/kgf.html special Kirby comic]], wherein Kirby (and likely Dedede/"Nick") is a detective; it starts off with a human woman named Annett giving him a case. At one point he, Dedede, and some fish who isn't Kine investigate an old castle; they sit down at a table expecting to be served dinner, but instead the lights go out. When they come back on, [[spoiler:they've been joined by Annett's corpse]].
* Kirby is a SugarBowl of happiness, but the occasional SugarApocalypse's being "occasional" doesn't diminish the fact that Dedede is a king who never does a whole lot, there's a race of eyeballs trying to take whatever happiness there is in the galaxy, Kirby's eating everything that walks and maybe even doesn't, there's a race of mice who steal things, and there's no police force to stop them.
* Most final bosses that aren't Dark Matter have a second form where Kirby fights their soul, including [[spoiler:Marx, Drawcia, Magolor, Queen Sectonia, and Star Dream]]. These bosses often share attack patterns, many of which cover the entire screen in projectiles.

[[folder:Dream Land Series (1, 2, 3, Crystal Shards, and Return)]]
* ''Kirby's Dream Land'' features [=Mt. DeDeDe=] as the final level, where remade versions of the levels can be found: at the end, there's a clone of Kirby pacing back and forth, and in order to move onward, the player must walk into it, causing it to ''pop.''
* ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' features Dark Matter, the black eye that possesses things. He possesses Dedede as the fake final boss. If players [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ju9ErWj9gAY don't get the good ending]], Dark Matter is only shown as a silhouette and listed as "'''!?'''", while Kine looks to the sky knowing something isn't right.
** When fighting [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tVFKOUf9dM Dark Matter]], he first appears as a samurai, and shoots energy swords and throws an orb. After defeating the samurai, he turns into his eye form and attacks with black lightning from his pupil. [[TimedMission If not killed quickly]], Kirby will begin taking continuous damage, [[ReentryScare meaning he's burning from atmospheric re-entry]].
** Dark Matter's samurai form is notable in its reappearances in that it usually has some sort of new effect. The "Kirby Quest" subgame in ''Kirby Mass Attack'' has it [[ShockAndAwe pulsating with blue lightning]] while [[spoiler:its clone in ''Kirby Planet Robobot'' not only has ''[[MadeOfEvil darkness literally emanating from it]]'' but can change the color of its sword depending on the attack. Sometimes it turns black, sometimes [[FridgeHorror it turns rainbow...]]]]
** ''Planet Robobot'' also adds another eerie aspect to Dark Matter. [[spoiler:Star Dream, a clockwork star built/re-purposed by the HWC, was pushed to its limits trying to analyze a sample of Dark Matter Blade. The game also notes that, in spite of managing a clone, it could only partially analyze its data. That's right: a computer comparable to Nova, which can reach through ''space and time'' as implied with Susie and confirmed with Galacta Knight, yet it can't [[YouCannotGraspTheTrueForm figure out exactly what these aliens are.]]]]
** In later games, a possessed King Dedede will open his stomach, forming a mouth with part of his clothes becoming teeth. It's not just a mouth, however: at times, it also is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXTCIzwjmnY an eye]] that shoots out blobs of darkness.
* The [[MultipleEndings false/bad ending]] of ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' concludes with an upward camera pan to a far bigger, more ominous silhouette hovering in the sky only listed as "'''?'''", which then opens its single [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eye]] to [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou glare directly at you, the player.]] It turns out that this time, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GYVlu7Lxs34 Kirby doesn't only fight Dark Matter, but also fights 0 (Zero)]], who is a large white sphere who attacks by summoning mini-Dark Matters, and cutting slashes across its surface and [[BloodyMurder shooting blood]]. After depleting his health bar the first time, [[EyeScream his eye rips itself out of the body]] [[OverdrawnAtTheBloodBank in a fountain of blood]] and begins chasing Kirby.
** The original 0 may in fact be even worse than 0[[superscript:2]] (see below). Seriously, the thing ''[[BloodyMurder shoots its own blood at Kirby]]''. Thankfully, ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' has so many NintendoHard memory games and GuideDangIt moments that most children won't even see 0 until they're older.
** Halfway through ''3'''s Whispy boss battle, [[spoiler: Whispy's face turns demonic and he starts chasing you!]]
* Adeleine's [[SlasherSmile facial expression]] the moment she is shown to be possessed by the Dark Matter in the cutscene "Art Attack".
* ''Kirby 64'' features 0[[superscript:2]] (Zero Two), who is the reincarnation of 0, and mimics the bleeding out of his eye, and the floating white eye design, only he is an angel now. Not to mention that, after destroying his halo, his green cactus-like "tail" with thorns around it that "bleeds" poisonous gas will extend from below him[[spoiler:, giving you an opening to shoot it]]. Also, although he now shoots explosive lasers at you instead of blood, his concept art still shows his eye bleeding. The platforms in his stage are made out of hexagonal, cell-like structures. And the place where you fight him is a dark red vortex reminiscent of [[NightmareFuel/{{Earthbound}} Giygas]] with inexplicable swirling bar codes in the background. Also, the official strategy guide refuses to mention the final battle (even going so far as to call 0[[superscript:2]] "[[BlatantLies a friendly inhabitant of Shiver Star]]" in the Enemy Info Cards section), leaving players who just got all 100 Crystal Shards [[GuideDangIt desperately shooting at 02's eye and wondering why the hell its health meter isn't going down]], until finally being blown to pieces...
** And, for those thinking they can cover their losses and end the game, they are unable to quit the game during the battle with 0[[superscript:2]] without turning off the console. The Pause Screen reads off one single line:
---->Pause Screen: '''"Tough it out!"'''
* Shiver Star. At first, the levels make it look like a cheery winter-themed planet, but then comes a factory stage featuring evil machines with demented smiles, [[CallBack enemies from ''Kirby's Dream Land 3'' in containment capsules]], and one segment where a giant phoenix miniboss is fought in a lava pit. Upon closer inspection on the map, [[FridgeHorror the layout of the continents on the planet]] [[EarthAllAlong look suspiciously like Earth]], and the planet even has a single yellowish moon orbiting it.
** A popular fan theory states that the franchise takes place in the very distant future. Earth is now a frozen wasteland. In order to survive, the human race has become the smartest race in the universe (See the level designs!) and turned themselves into robots. The final boss of Shiver Star could be a superhuman mech...
** Speaking of 0[[superscript:2]], try beating the boss rush without getting damaged at all. [[https://gfycat.com/SilkyHelplessLarva Kirby becomes a weird combination of all of the bosses]], [[YouWillBeAssimilated which is strangely disturbing]].
* Ripple Star's second stage had a very scary theme, to the point it's not even found on the official soundtrack! [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yl4vsD3DLPk Here it is, for those curious.]]
** In the game's sound test, Kirby appears, wearing headphones, and will dance and make faces based on the song. For example, if you play the boss battle music, he gets an intense look on his face. If you play this track, he gets a terrified look on his face, and it's really quite disturbing, especially combined with the music. It's the only track where he makes that face.
** There is one other track he makes that terrified expression; the music for the bad ending. [[LastNoteNightmare And who can blame him, really?]]
* The "death" sequence as Kirby in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards.'' The scenery fades to black and Kirby stumbles around, then falls down... and during this, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzdI7qYJar0 a loud, slow version of the regular Kirby death music appears out of nowhere.]] Losing the BossRush is worse: there's something terrible about a red-tinted screen showing Kirby and his allies looking depressed.
-->''It's hopeless...''
** Dying as Dedede results in Kirby pulling on the pom-pom on Dedede's head, and actually yanking it off, [[PleaseWakeUp all in a vain effort to rouse Dedede]]. This is humorous at first, [[FridgeHorror but when you think too hard about it...]] (Dying as Kirby and Waddle Dee, however, just results in their ride flipping over on top of them, which is just plain comical.) It should be noted that all three death animations use the same music. Oh, and there's one more death animation. [[spoiler:Lose to 0[[superscript:2]], and Kirby and Ribbon tumble endlessly into the void...]]
* The bad ending in ''Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards'', which is made incredibly creepy [[LastNoteNightmare by the last couple of notes that play near the end as the Fairy Queen turns to look at Ribbon]] [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou (or at the player, as if to mock him for not getting the 100% completion).]]
* The final Ripple Star level before the boss has [[SugarWiki/AwesomeMusic good music]], but that final room with the N-Zs in it has that ominous dark cloud where the ceiling should be. Kind of eerie, thinking Kirby's right beneath Miracle Matter himself at the moment.
** Speaking of Ripple Star, remember the beginning of stage 2? Remember how the sky looked like it was nighttime, despite occasionally seeing blue? It's not nighttime. It's [[TheNightThatNeverEnds Dark Matter blocking out the sky almost entirely.]]
* There's an enemy in ''Kirby's Dream Land 2'' called Propeller Bomb. Not a threat without animal friends, it becomes a [[VideoGame/SuperMarioBros2 Phanto]]-level menace when approached with one.
* In ''Return to Dream Land'', the pocket dimensions, where you have to [[AdvancingWallOfDoom OUTRUN A]] [[UnrealisticBlackHole BLACK HOLE]]. But after that, you get 2 Energy Spheres! ...which get possessed and stolen by a demonic bat-like Sphere Doomer miniboss that you have to defeat in order to collect the Spheres.
** What happens when a Ship Part Sphere turns into a Sphere Doomer? You get the Grand Doomer, the boss of Nutty Noon. He is a giant [[LightIsNotGood golden]] Sphere Doomer who isn't very nightmarish normally. [[DarkIsEvil But]] [[RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver on]] [[DifficultySpike EX]] [[OhCrap mode...]]
* [[spoiler:Magolor's]] OneWingedAngel form is [[http://images.wikia.com/kirby/en/images/f/f1/Magolor_Soul.png pretty frightening.]]
** See that [[spoiler:red and white eye]] in [[spoiler:Magolor's]] mouth? [[spoiler:Perhaps not all of it is an [[FridgeHorror actual eyeball...]]]]
** [[spoiler:His]] (first) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP0RVSK64Hs death cry]], and its two [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUoI4crWqQc unused]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rp4eL5ooeAQ variations]] give the infamous Marx Soul scream a run for its money.
** [[spoiler:Magolor Soul's]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNrjR6gmpu8 death cry]] deserves a mention, too.
*** If you listen closely, he's screaming Kirby's name repeatedly. He's either begging him to be saved or cursing him with his last breath.
*** I only hear it once for some reason, but considering how desperate he sounds, the former option seems more likely, especially when it's implied [[spoiler: the Master Crown is the true BigBad]]. I think I just made it worse...
* In ''Return to Dream Land'', a lot of the bosses look much creepier in [[spoiler:the Extra Mode, especially Magolor]].
* There are sometimes statues in the path of [[SuperForm Monster Flame Kirby]]. They are very creepy, and quite possibly their faces resemble [=ReDeads=] from [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker the Wind Waker]].
* Level 5-5 in ''Return to Dream Land'' spawns Kirby on a cloud walkway leading to a tower in the sky, [[NothingIsScarier with only an ominous wind in the background]] (which, if played long enough, will eventually add a whispery version of Nutty Noon's map theme playing in the background). After the obligatory, gratuitous SuspiciousVideogameGenerosity, Kirby's then greeted by [[spoiler:[[FourIsDeath four]] (five, if you take the hidden entrance) back-to-back miniboss battles set to a rendition of Dedede's theme.]] [[OhCrap Surprise.]]

[[folder: Kirby Super Star[=/=]Ultra]]
* A Gator attacks Kirby by taking several bites out of Kirby's face, taking away a third of Kirby's health, and when the Gator finishes his attack, Kirby doesn't get knocked to the side like with most attacks, he [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids lies there for a second, eyes closed, not even moving.]]
* In ''Kirby Super Star Ultra'''s subgame Revenge of the King, all the enemies are given different sprites. Scarfy is replaced with a grinning Granny Smith apple when happy, or a laughing red apple corpse-face with empty eye sockets when angry.
* ''Kirby Super Star'' features the minigame "Revenge of Meta Knight", in which Meta Knight attempts to take over Dream Land. After defeating Meta Knight, you have a time limit to get off the ship while Meta Knight is chasing you, flying into a huge rage as he angrily hurls big electric sparks and sword beams at you. He enters this segment by shouting "[[UnstoppableRage YOU'LL NEVER ESCAPE!]]" ("I won't let you escape!" in the remake) as he spreads his wings and bears down on you with everything he's got left.
* ''Kirby Super Star''[='s=] subgame "Milky Way Wishes" features the final boss: Marx, who is at first a cute guy bouncing on a ball. Once Kirby awakes Nova to wish for the Sun and Moon to stop fighting, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_oWKu-dyUs Marx knocks Kirby out of the way and wishes to rule Popstar, causing him to transform]] into a [[OneWingedAngel demonic jester bat]]. However, he isn't as bad as ''Kirby Super Star Ultra'''s final boss: Marx Soul, who is an updated version of Marx, looks more demented and insane than regular Marx, and attacks in a similar attack pattern as Drawcia from ''VideoGame/KirbyCanvasCurse'' (reusing her Paint Barrage and Big Bang attacks). He splits in half to use these attacks, and when you defeat him, he lets out a horrible, [[SensoryAbuse ear-bleeding]] scream as he splits in half, and each half explodes.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fs-9b5PUf9w And if you corrupt the battle against Marx...]] (You can find the battle halfway through the video.)
** [[ShmuckBait In the remake's sound test, check out the 347th sound effect...]]
** One of the first form's attacks has Marx split in half and open a strange gate in-between the halves. What happens if Kirby is drawn in? He's briefly sent to a world ''made out of pain'', where he takes a third of his health in damage before Marx spits him back out. If anyone ever tells you this is a kiddy series, you now know what to show them.
** Speaking of Marx Soul, the introductory video that plays before the fight, showing his creation after Kirby first defeated him is rather... unsettling. It begins with creepy music and a flashback to Marx being exploded with NOVA in sepia. Then, we see Marx's limp, discoloured corpse floating in the debris before he absorbs some of NOVA's pieces in order to transform into Marx Soul and fly off to seek Kirby. See it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9ZNoHKnTVU here]] at 0:05-0:43.
* ''Super Star Ultra'' has Masked Dedede at the end of "Revenge of the King", where Dedede goes crazy and attacks you wearing a metal mask and wielding a upgraded Hammer that has various weapons built into it. How can you tell he's snapped? Well, even before the fight, he's sending [[BossRush Mini-Boss after Mini-Boss after Mini-Boss after Mini-Boss]] in a panic. Afterwards, he sends a poor defenseless Waddle Dee after you out of sheer desperation, during which [[TranquilFury he suddenly becomes eerily calm]]. When he begins the fight proper, his equipment is faulty and keeps giving him electric shocks, ''and he shrugs them off like they're nothing.'' Also, [[MacrossMissileMassacre rocket launchers]], a ''[[KillItWithFire flame]][[FireBreathingWeapon thrower]]'', and even the arena itself is electrified -- he ''really'' means to finish Kirby this time. It's distressing to see a normally AffablyEvil villain use such drastic measures.
** On the other hand, part of the scary is [[NightmareRetardant taken away because of the]] '''[[CrowningMusicOfAwesome awesome]]''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ey4JY8aox4E battle theme.]] Then again, it also gives the battle a note of furious frenzy, which is perfectly in tune with what the creators were going for with "Revenge of the King".
* From The True Arena, there's the rest area for the Final Four. As if the overcast sky with lightning and menacing coliseum in the background weren't freaky enough, the music could probably be described, actually fittingly, as "[[{{NightmareFuel/Pokemon}} Ruins of Alph radio signal]] cranked UpToEleven". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mY0gm--zv6k It must be heard to be believed]].
** Wham Bam Jewel, who appears in the background and attacks after defeating Wham Bam Rock in Helper to Hero (where he's fought right off the bat). His face is living rather than made of stone, and every time he gets hit, his face goes to a distressed look before going to an evil look. [[NightmareRetardant Although his face does look kind of silly.]]
* Galacta Knight. He is a badass, like Meta Knight, but Nova's description of him said "He was sealed away because of his great power"; he's a godlike being, who, upon defeat, flies around as if having a seizure before blowing up and having his wings ripped off.
** And there is [[WildMassGuessing speculation]] going around that Galacta Knight is Kirby from the future. [[FaceHeelTurn So Kirby turned evil]] ([[CuteAndPsycho or maybe just psychotic]]) and eventually became this being so powerful that only his best friend/rival could [[TheHeroDies finish him off for good.]] This is [[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa the anime]] all over again!
* [[GiantEnemyCrab Heavy Lobster]] wouldn't be scary at all, if only his theme wasn't essentially [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMVNEP6-HUo despair in musical form.]]
* In the original SNES version of the game, the opening cutscene to Gourmet Race probably made many kids wet themselves when Dedede tauntingly looms over Kirby from Kirby's point of view after he's exhausted from flying up the mountain. The way he appears [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever much bigger than normal]] and [[ScaryFlashLightFace partially in-shadow]] with a [[PsychoticSmirk creepy look on his face]] -- combined with a [[JumpScare scary musi]][[ScareChord cal sting]] as he appears -- gives the impression he's about to eat you or worse.
** For [[SchmuckBait those wondering]], [[https://youtube.com/watch?v=6P5I9NT7wBo here's the scene in question]]. It's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IJfLTwqw8vY not as bad]] in ''Ultra'', where Dedede is not only [[ArtEvolution much more proportionate and well-lit]], he [[TheComicallySerious dramatically]] tosses the cake and apple up, catches them in his mouth [[MickeyMousing in time to the aforementioned sting]] and wipes his face, before giving Kirby a silly-looking DeathGlare to more accurately get his point across.

[[folder:Kirby Mass Attack]]
* The villain, [[KnightOfCerebus Necrodeus]] (seen early in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEo5kivldnU&feature=player_embedded this trailer]]), is not just frightening in looks. He nearly ''kills'' Kirby at the very beginning of the game while the latter is just having a nap in a field as part of a visit to the [[DevelopmentGag Popopo Islands]], an archipelago in the south of Pop Star. Then, he wakes up to being zapped by Necrodeus's evil magic, which [[MesACrowd splits him into 10 completely defenseless smaller Kirbys]] -- and shortly afterwards, Necrodeus actually proceeds to ''murder'' almost every Kirby, with only one managing to escape his massacre by following his (literal) star-shaped heart.
** The game's goal is essentially that of survival: quoting [=NoA=]'s twitter for this -- ''"The new villain is so powerful that he almost wipes Kirby out of existence"''. During his boss fight, he can [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9dh5fhkdqE#t=4m30s devour your Kirbys alive]], with no chance of recovering them like in the regular game, meaning they don't turn into angels -- they just stay dead for good ([[UnexplainedRecovery until the ending, that is]])]].
* In the Strato Patrol EOS sub-game, you fight Nightmare at the very end, and when you defeat him... his face stretches out, making him look incredibly creepy before he dies.
* Dying in this game is surprisingly brutal and disturbing compared to a typical Kirby game -- usually, it results in Kirby being comically knocked out and [[DeathThrows falling offscreen]] [[MoodWhiplash to a fairly cheerful tune]]. In ''Mass Attack'', however, if a Kirby is killed, he just dies: his body will lie there for a moment, and then [[WingedSoulFliesOffAtDeath turn into a spirit and begin to drift away]]. The cute little angel wings and [[DeathIsCheap being able to bring them back by dragging them down again]] do little to lessen the shock of seeing Kirby's lifeless and broken body for that brief moment.
** And that's assuming there are any remains in the first place -- as if a Kirby catches fire and doesn't get to water before the timer runs out, he'll burn alive and then disintegrate into ash. Seeing it through Kirby's eyes is pure FridgeHorror.
** [[FridgeBrilliance Given who the villain is, this isn't surprising. Well, in a way.]] His mere existence causes death to exist, as all the previous games and future games just feature bosses knocked out. Here, in this game, you see ''their souls leave their bodies''. And that particular cutscene doesn't [[FridgeHorror play again with subsequent playthroughs]]. So you're literally battling ''zombies''. It's something that popped into my head years ago.
** Also, from the same troper as above, that star-shaped heart that Kirby follows throughout the game. If you manage to kill all ten or however many Kirbies you have, which may or will be [[NintendoHard frequent]], the star ''pops''. And.. that's his heart... [[FridgeHorror yeah...]]
* Something to really cringe about is the Soarar egg that players must break in one level: not only was it an unhatched egg, but breaking it releases undeveloped Soarars. Abortion and murder for the sake of a medal.
* In the fourth level, one of the stages features the Banishback, a purple, blob-like ghost. It does not harm your Kirbies (it only sends them back to the beginning), but just the look of them is frightening.
** It gets worse: There's a Checklist requirement to not touch any of them at all and not use the goal shortcut.
* Also, unlike every other game in the series, every enemy you kill doesn't come back when you scroll off screen and go back to where they had been. That's right. They have effectively been KilledOffForReal. Again, given the BigBad...
* Some enemies can and ''will'' eat your Kirbys. Biggest offense are the Grueglooms. Darouch even warns you about them. And worst of all, [[spoiler: they can fill an entire hallway]]...
* [[BigBad Necrodeus's]] name literally translates to ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast "Death God"]]'' from Latin. [[AwesomeMcCoolName Awesome as it may be]], it's still pretty extreme for a franchise that's usually considered [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids super-kid friendly]].


[[folder:Kirby Triple Deluxe]]

* Pyribbit's death seems needlessly graphic -- it drowns in lava, struggling to remain at the surface before being hit by its own levitating boulders dropping out of the sky, forcing it under the lava and crushing it at the bottom. For a comparison, imagine being smashed into the bottom of a pool by four heavy objects -- drowning and crushing all in one. Nintendo even reused that animation for when you defeat him again in ''[[VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot Team Kirby Clash]]''. [[SarcasmMode Ain't that sweet of them]]?
** The faces on those lava.. ''things''.. that rise up and run off the screen...
* During the first ghost house level -- a [[CircusOfFear Haunted Circus]] -- there are enemies that are disguised as doors which try and crush you when you enter, as well as ghosts disguised as the floors that giggle as they disappear and often lead to BottomlessPits or spikes. At the end of the level, [[spoiler:two ghosts randomly materialize to chase you as you leave the haunted circus tent.]]
** Said fake doors have slight differences so you can tell them apart. Look for a bluish tint. Doesn't make it any less jarring when you first run into them, though.
** Also, during a certain segment, there are these things that block the mirror so you can't see. They have a sun-like pattern on it, [[ParanoiaFuel with eyes that follow you...]]
** Also worth noting is the fact that there's no entrance to the tent when you leave.
* In the second ghost house level -- a [[BigBoosHaunt more traditional]] HauntedHouse -- the entrance has a stained glass eye that [[ParanoiaFuel follows your every movement]]. Not to mention the entire entrance looks incredibly creepy and the design of said eye is creepily realistic.
** There's a certain area with a key where you pass by these giant statues or inanimate knights. They don't do anything but stand there, of course, but there's this sense that [[ParanoiaFuel they'll come alive and chase you or attack you with their huge weapons...]] and of course, some of them actually [[ProperlyParanoid DO]]. Luckily you have Hypernova by your side...
** Later on, the Mini-Boss of said second ghost house, a Poltergeist King, possesses a few objects. One of said objects is a piano, which essentially turns into the infamous [[NightmareFuel/SuperMarioBros Mad Piano]] of Mario fame. The Kicker? It's now in higher definition, so one can see the fleshy roof of its mouth and a reflectively slimy tongue hanging out the side.
*** In said room are paintings of the different characters, namely Magolor and Taranza, you've faced and areas you've visited before. It makes you wonder who owns that house for them to be that knowledgeable about Kirby...
** ...it's safe to say that almost everything about the damn place is worthy of nightmares.
* Enemies that can only be offed with Hypernova desperately struggle to avoid being eaten. If it weren't for them trying to eat or kill Kirby, you'd be really feeling sorry for them.
** Waddle Dees involved in the Hypernova segments are put in rather horrific situations when one thinks about it -- particularly the one that get sucked through tubes in the LethalLavaLand levels, and the ones that hide in their homes (re-enacting the Three Little Pigs, with Hypernova Kirby as the Big Bad Wolf) before mounting a mini-boss turret out of desperation.
** How is it in Kirby's stomach? is it in this game a pocket universe for the enemies he eats? or do they [[FridgeHorror die eventually or immediately due to possible digestive acids]]?
* [[spoiler:Dark Meta Knight is constantly bleeding, showing blood flying off of him in his intro and his TurnsRed cutscene. Likewise, his FlavorText reveals that since the events of ''Amazing Mirror'', he's become a ronin, remaining alive solely for the purpose of wreaking bloody vengeance upon the ones who defeated him]].
-->'''FlavorText:''' HesBack...with a vengeance. [[spoiler:The darkest shadow of the strongest warrior. Sealed in the labyrinth of the mirror for aeons, this dark knight]] returns with one thing on his mind...'''REVENGE!'''
* It being implied that [[spoiler:the once-benevolent Amazing Mirror corrupted Sectonia into evil and allowed Dark Meta Knight and Shadow Dedede to escape.]]
** [[FridgeHorror Which leads to this]]: was the [[spoiler: Amazing Mirror]] good to begin with..? was it corrupted some time between its debut and this game? or was it always evil..?
* Remember that Dark Matter possessed King Dedede bit mentioned above? Well [[spoiler:the King's [[EvilTwin Mirror World equivalent]] is pretty much that, but in full 3D. Even worse, his pause screen description implies that he is being possessed and now fully controlled by some dark force.]]
* [[spoiler:Dedede Tour seems to imply that King Dedede is going out of his way to successfully ''invade'' Floralia, or at the very least annex it as part of Dream Land, now that Sectonia is out of commission. Though fighting the DX version of bosses and mini-bosses seems to be purely coincidental, and in some cases are just accidental, it seems like he's adding insult to injury by beating them again.]]
** [[spoiler:Sectonia returns as Sectonia DX here. Since, it's implied that this happens after the main campaign, there's three implications as to why this is. Either (a) Sectonia survived her defeat and is now hungry for revenge, (b) It's her Mirror World counterpart coming to take everything over, or (c) She came BackFromTheDead]].
* [[spoiler:Flower Sectonia DX looks as if she were already rotting away before being brought back by the Miracle Fruits, being colored cold-looking shades of blue and purple with wispy-looking flower petals and the EyeScream associated with her previous encounter.]]
* The second half of the fight against [[spoiler:Soul of Sectonia]] in the True Arena. [[spoiler:After her first health bar is diminished, she ''rips herself out of the Dreamstalk'' (which looks painful as she struggles to get off) and fights Kirby as little more than a head and a set of wings. What follows is a hectic battle disturbingly reminiscent of Drawcia Soul, complete with TeleportSpam, breaking up into a rain of nectar, turning into a fireball and rushing Kirby from the sides of the screen, and [[LaughingMad manic giggling.]]]] The Pause Screen text stating that [[spoiler:she's gone completely insane at this point]] does not help matters.
** [[spoiler:The after-images her soul form leaves behind while flying at the screen are a little unnerving as well, especially because she slowly gets closer to the platform.]]
* It outright states in the pause menu during the cannon segment that Sectonia's species survives by brainwashing other creatures into their service. Not only does this confirm that the enemies in Royal Road are just husks of types of enemies like Waddle Dees and Bronto Burts, it also implies other horrific revelations:
** By nature, Sectonia's Species does this, so she must have used it to rule the people of the sky. She was once a fair ruler, so she must have gotten a HeelFaceTurn at some point, only to have the dark side of her get control over her again, performing a FaceHeelTurn and becoming a corrupt villain.
** She must have had hopes of kidnapping the hero of Dream Land to turn him into a zombie; imagine if Taranza got the order right instead of getting Dedede.
** There are more of her kind.
** What kind of horror she could do as [[spoiler:the undead Sectonia Soul]].
* Coily Rattler. It is ''supposed'' to be the god of good harvest and peace for the sky people. Since the statue has been given life and corrupted by Taranza's magic a once revered icon of the Sky people [[FallenHero has been reduced to]] nothing more than a savage predator.
* That spiked wall that pursues you in most areas of Stage 3 of Endless Explosions. It's made disturbingly realistic, and Lord help you if you're caught between it and a wall. One hit and you lose your ability. What's even more disturbing is that when you get out of the way in the very first segment, you can see that it's ''melting''.
* You practically ''impale'' enemies with Beetle. The horn goes ''straight'' through. There's no blood, of course, but still...

[[folder: Kirby Planet Robobot]]
* Clanky Woods is the first boss in the game, and the first indication how Haltmann Works [[UnwillingRoboticisation operates]]. Some might think that it's just a robot made in Whispy Wood's image, but the boss description and the name of his pre-battle cutscene ("Victim of Mechanization") confirm this ''is'' [[FridgeHorror Whispy]]. This means Haltmann Works Co. took Whispy, the easiest and one of the most familiar bosses in the series, dug him out of the ground, and had him converted into a murderous, robotic abomination that the natives fear and run from. [[spoiler:And then Meta Knight gets the same treatment later on.]]
* One of the mini-bosses, Miasmoros, seems like a regular poisonous bad guy... until you realize it's a Galboros who has somehow been mutated and partially liquefied into a giant puddle of sludge, its main defining features of a Galboros having been so distorted that less savvy fans might not even recognize it at first glance!
* The ultimate fate of President Haltmann, ''full stop''. [[spoiler:After his assistant Susie [[TheStarscream betrays him]] and steals the helmet that allows him to control Star Dream, he gets absorbed into the machine's consciousness, giving it sentience. During the final fight against the [[TrueFinalBoss Star Dream Soul OS's core]], you can hear his last thoughts in the pause menu, cursing himself for trying to use the machine to bring back his daughter (see below). Then, once the final phase of the fight starts... the pause menu states that [[DeaderThanDead Haltmann's mind and soul have been deleted]]. Everything the poor guy did was in an effort to bring back his daughter, and in the end, he ended up betrayed by the very daughter he sought to bring back, [[AndIMustScream trapped inside the mind of a mad computer]], and ''erased from existence'']].
** To top it all off, when you do finally [[spoiler:destroy the Star Dream Soul OS, you can hear one final distorted scream from Haltman as it splits in half-- leaving any hope of salvation for him utterly dashed as the core crumbles to pieces. Whatever small piece of Haltmann ''did'' manage to survive is now gone forever]].
*** And before all that, Haltmann's behavior in his boss fight is also chilling. His crazed laughter, especially as he repeatedly activates the giant spinning laser cube (incinerating several of his own henchmen in the process), really gives the impression of a man who's truly gone off the deep end, especially considering how ''normal'' it sounds compared to some of the other Kirby villains' [[EvilLaugh evil laughs]].
* Although it was pretty obvious by this point, this game gives further credence to the idea of [[spoiler: Galacta Knight]] being [[BloodKnight a bit off]] [[OmnicidalManiac the deep end]]. Before summoning him, [[spoiler: Star Dream]] even says how [[spoiler: Haltmann refused to summon him under any circumstances, despite having no such reluctance with the likes of Queen Sectonia and Dark Matter's clones, and says how he "may destroy a nearby planet or two".]] While it was always a popular idea and makes sense, the fact that such an unhinged being has so much raw power is more than a bit frightening.
** Shortly after they're summoned, [[spoiler: Galacta Knight shows how powerful he truly is by one-shotting Star Dream-- and if it wasn't for its Soul OS, it probably would have been KilledOffForReal]].
* Haltmann shows how much of a BadBoss he is during his battle. He summons several robots when he calls forth the cube in the last phase of his battle. He then blasts the robobts with his cube, laughing while doing so. It's pretty terrifying when Haltmann tests out his inventions ... on his own henchmen. Even if they weren't organic, it's implied he may have done this before.
* The virtual world levels near the end of the game can be rather unnerving, mainly due to the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19CoVMvJatw unsettling music.]]
* The sheer implication that the Haltmann Works Company somehow managed to get control of and possibly even reverse engineer [[spoiler: a Galactic NOVA. Making this the second one in the franchise to be corrupted by a villain. Just how many more of these things are there?]]
* [[spoiler:President Haltmann]]'s [[AlasPoorVillain last monologue]] as [[spoiler:he's being completely erased from existence by Star Dream Soul OS]]. It's not only [[TearJerker/{{Kirby}} incredibly sad]], but it's somewhat chilling as well-- in that [[spoiler:whilst beforehand he'd been acting out of grief-induced madness over his daughter's death, he's eerily calm regarding his fate, ironically musing how foolish it was of him to reactivate Star Dream]] in the first place. The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpLdQcwtjac incredibly dark and hopeless-sounding boss music]] that accompanies it makes it even worse--
-->'''[[spoiler:Haltmann:]]''' Why did I reactivate such a terrible machine? Oh, I remember...[[spoiler:I wanted to see her just one last time]]. How foolish! I should have known that no machine could make such a dream come true.
* The RoarBeforeBeating that [[spoiler:Star Dream]] makes in its third form sounds just enough like a cat's meow to [[UncannyValley sound very off and almost demonic]].
* The moment you realize [[spoiler:Star Dream is counting down during its last phase can be cause for panic.]]

[[folder:Other games]]
Feel free to separate into more folders if a certain section gets big enough. '''Make sure to put a game example under its own section.'''


* ''Kirby's Adventure'' (and the updated versions ''Nightmare in Dream Land'' and ''3D Classics: Kirby's Adventure'') features Nightmare, an entity that King Dedede himself had been keeping at bay. At first, you fight Nightmare as an orb which attacks similarly to another boss in the series [[UnexpectedShmupLevel (Kaboola/Kabula)]], only, [[TimedMission this fight is timed]]. Taking too long results in the orb escaping, and Kirby crashing into the planet. The music played in the NES version is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e9eURcKetVo creepy as well.]]
** In the GBA version, when you get close to hitting the ground, the background turns into a creepy forest eerily resembling Van Gogh's ''Starry Night''.
* The second form isn't much better, looking like a vampire/genie thing with a tornado for a torso. Its death cry can be quite jarring on the NES, being a rather loud buzzing sound.


* Dark Mind's second form in ''Kirby & the Amazing Mirror'' first mimics Nightmare, but then attacks as a flaming version of 0 with a mechanical eye.
* ''Kirby and the Amazing Mirror'' also features [[KnightOfCerebus Dark Meta Knight]] -- the Mirror World doppelganger of Meta Knight, and [[TheDragon second in-command]] to Dark Mind. Over the course of the game, [[KillAndReplace he defeats the real Meta Knight]] and [[BadassInDistress seals him inside]] [[EldritchLocation Dark Mind's realm]], splits Kirby into four in a failed attempt to kill him, and battles him twice. The first time you encounter him in [[RuinsForRuinsSake Radish Ruins]], he's disguised as Meta Knight and is [[WillfullyWeak holding back]] (though one has to wonder ''why'') -- but when you encounter him again in the Dimension Mirror, he reveals his true self and [[TheGlovesComeOff comes at you with all of his power]] -- with a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q62DxpqFtvI tense and disturbing theme both times you fight him]].
** The creepiest thing about Dark Meta Knight is that when he is defeated, he floats motionless in mid-air, shaking violently before cracking and shattering into pieces like a sheet of glass. [[spoiler:As shown by his eventual return in ''Triple Deluxe'', this doesn't even kill him]].
* In ''Amazing Mirror'', a gray-colored Shadow Kirby occasionally appears with a creepy musical entrance. Hitting him yields an item. The ending implies [[spoiler:he's just the Mirror World equivalent of Kirby, who is trying to save his own world -- hence the item drop.]]


* The final boss, Drawcia, is a paint-themed witch, who isn't scary [[spoiler:until she goes OneWingedAngel and turns into a living, screaming, multi-eyed paint monster.]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rn1Ncc7URPg#t=3m20s Mere words don't suffice.]]
** Her entire stage as well. The first room has large empty spaces, and long platforms colored with surreal blotches of paint. In the final room, there are [[NightmareFace snickering paintings with distorted facial expressions.]] All with very [[NothingIsScarier minimalist]] music in the background. And if Old-School songs are enabled, the stage's background music is the normally cheerful "Museum" song from ''Nightmare in Dream Land'', which might alleviate the creepiness or make it even more
** The theme that plays while you fight Drawcia Soul just makes the fight with her even creepier. [[https://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=cBLpeNV9lG4 Listen for yourself.]]


* There's an enemy that only appears in two stages, yet is still creepy enough to warrant a mention: Uja, a black, shadowy rendition of [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Master]] [[VideoGame/KirbyAndTheAmazingMirror Hand]] that buzzes. Look closely and you can see that the creature is actually a whole mass of ''tiny black insects'' taking one of the aforementioned forms. In one of the levels it appears in, it can morph into a sword with the exact same features. It might not be as bad as any of the final bosses Kirby's had to deal with, but it's still unexpected.
** AND what makes it worse is that we have no idea [[NothingIsScarier what the hell it actually is or where the hell it came from. OR WHY.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oC6Zgydkdpw This]] music turns otherwise unremarkable levels into pure horror.
* The enemy-possessing Ghost ability and the miniboss that provides it make some truly eerie sounds, and have an attack where the miniboss grabs Kirby and [[NothingIsScarier doesn't really seem to do anything to him but make creepy sounds]]. The player is left to assume that Kirby just suffered [[MindRape a serious assault on his psyche]].
** Also, when possessing Scarfy and forcing it into the water, its eye bulges in the most eerie way before it bites the dust.
** The Ghost boss is also incredibly hard to beat without the Triple Star weapon. He's basically a Ghost God!
** Before Kirby can get the Ghost ability, he needs to collect the pieces of the Ghost Medal. The description of this medal: "[[DeadAllAlong KIRBY'S A GHOST...]]"
** Dark Nebula. It's just a purple star with a big eye on it. Daroach becomes possessed by Dark Nebula as soon as he opens the chest containing it. Imagine if Daroach hadn't grabbed the chest and opened, and Kirby opened it instead.

* At first, it looks like this is going to be avoided completely, what with Yin-Yarn, aka [[FanNickname Mariachi Man]], as the final boss [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20100819004634/kirby/en/images/thumb/4/4c/Kirby%27s_Epic_Yarn_Box_art.jpg/250px-Kirby%27s_Epic_Yarn_Box_art.jpg seen here.]] However, just because the game's [[EverythingsBetterWithPlushies cute]], the BigBad looks [[LaughablyEvil silly,]] and the game doesn't take place in Dream Land doesn't mean there aren't nightmares [[IncrediblyLamePun sewn in]]: those aren't maracas, they're knitting needles (living ones, at that). Given what the world of ''Epic Yarn'' is [[CaptainObvious made of]], ParanoiaFuel can only be rampant.
** Not only that, but it's implied that said knitting needles are actually the true Big Bads. And there's [[FridgeHorror speculation]] that Yin-Yarn was either possessed or made up entirely by them...
* Incidentally, Kracko might just be the scariest-looking enemy in the whole game. The fluffy cloud's big bright watery eye has been replaced with a lifeless button.
** That reminds me of a [[WesternAnimation/{{Coraline}} certain movie]]. Which makes this even more creepy.
** Kracko's first appearance in Cloud Palace has it coming COMPLETELY out of nowhere without warning to rain lightning bolts onto Kirby and Fluff before leaving just as abruptly. Once you get over the initial shock you will likely end up being paranoid for the rest of the level in case it comes back (it does, but you finally get to fight it properly).
* There's something just wrong about seeing Kirby unwrap to go through those narrow tubes, turning into a long piece of string with a pair of eyes. {{Claustrophobia}}cs might find it unsettling.
* Those freaking huge [[AlluringAnglerfish Danglerfish]] in Deep-Dive Deep [[AdvancingWallOfDoom that chase after you invincibly.]][[spoiler:[[NightmareRetardant ..until they get stuck in a hole big enough for you to escape through, but not the Danglerfish.]]]]
* The fight with Hot Wings -- [[FridgeHorror you're essentially beating it to death with its own babies]].
** And Hot Wings is trying to beat you with its babies.
* How about Weird Woods? its music is incredibly calming, indeed, and holds a little homage to a certain other [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic colorful franchise]], but what you have to go through to clear it is nightmarish at best, and it just doesn't look right. Its boss, Wicked Woods, takes the cake.

* The final boss, [[spoiler: King D-Mind. We've seen what Dark Matter possessions can do to poor Dedede. The fact that the worst case of it comes from Dark Mind's possession of the mirror world's Dedede is something special however. When its eye manifests here, the ''entire body'' is withered away into nothing to make room in the stomach for it, giving you a familiar, piercing orange eye set in a gnashing set of jaws that pinballs around the stage trying to kill anything that poses a threat.]]
* The revelation of [[spoiler:just how much control Dark Mind has over the mirror world is very disturbing. What is heavily implied to be the mirror counterpart of [[EldritchAbomination Nightmare and/or 0]] has his world's equivalent of Meta Knight as his main enforcer, Dedede as his new body, and versions of Taranza, Susie, and Landia working for him as well. The worst part is that Shadow Kirby is nowhere to be seen during all of this...]]
* What's the first thing [[spoiler:King D-Mind]] does when he is summoned to the battlefield? [[spoiler:[[UngratefulBastard Kill Dark Taranza]] in cold blood.]]