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Nightmare Fuel: League of Legends
Runeterra, the world that League of Legends takes place in, is known for its colorful brightness. It is also known to have some creepy stuff...
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     Gameplay 
  • The general feeling of trying to escape from a large mob when you're outnumbered.
  • Any time Nocturne uses Paranoia. It basically removes your vision of friendly champions. This is usually followed up by Nocturne flying across the map to murder someone, and you won't know who until he latches onto his target. To make matters worse, it is implied that it is a spell that affects the summoners themselves, making them mistrustful towards each other for a short moment. And if that wasn't bad enough, it is revealed in the "A Twist of Fate"-cinematic that the champions affected by it also get to see some rather damn creepy stuff similar to that of Dante's Inferno.
  • Gangplank's laugh when he fires his ult.
  • Fiddlesticks. Fucking Fiddlesticks. His Ult. is perhaps the scariest as well as the most dangerous. Made worse is that a good Fiddlesticks player WILL do it when everyone least expects it.
  • The huge-ass Shark that Fizz summons is quite scary the first time. Doesn't help that it's a huge Game Breaker.
    • If the shark finishes off a small champion, it eats them, as in, it takes the whole body and doesn't leave behind a corpse.
  • That moment in midair after a Singed fling/Blitz grab as you travel towards the enemy team.
    • Skarner's ult is the worst with it- before the bug was fixed, teleport used to be considered a debuff. So Skarners would hide in the bush, ult you, use teleport, then hit cleanse to reach their base instantly, taking you for the ride.
  • Cho'Gath's feast ability. He EATS YOU. ALIVE.
    • Cho'gath claims to have far worse things in store for you than merely eating you.
    DEATH, is NOT the end for you. I have seen to it. For eternity; YOU. ARE. MINE.
  • Any character that turns invisible is this and Paranoia Fuel. Especially The Joker Expy Shaco with his boxes, and Twitch with his creepy laugh and devastating ult.
    Twitch: Uehahauahahuaeuh!
    Announcer: Pentakill!
  • Being taunted by Galio, Rammus, and Shen when you least want it.
  • When you're losing a match and your jungle is unwarded, suddenly the entire map is a very large, empty place, with the entire enemy team hidden just ahead in the fog of war. In every direction.
  • Warwick, especially when he smells you when your health is low. Just when you think you're safe.....SUPPRESSION!
  • Any time there's a skilled Rengar on the opposing team. That bush you're running by? He could be in there, waiting to pounce and take your head for his collection. Similar case with Kha'Zix except he doesn't even need a bush - and he'll likely leave less than a head behind.
  • Cassiopeia's ultimate ability, which petrifies nearby enemies that are facing her, and to top it off it's accompanied by an almost demonic shrieking sound.
  • Zac. Oh, sure, he's a nice, friendly blob monster who is actually one of the straight-up good guys among the champion roster. He's also capable of coming from literally anywhere when he initiates ganks. With careful movement, he can avoid the common ward spots on the map, thereby likely bypassing your vision, and then come flying at you from odd angles. While he's far from the only champ with a wall bypass, nobody can bypass walls with the same distance and frequency as Zac. The entire game, you're left wondering if, when, and from where he's going to come at you.
  • Annie turning her teddy bear into a giant flaming monster. You're chasing Annie, you think you're a safe distance away, and then suddenly GIANT FLAMING BEAR OUT OF NOWHERE, which is likely to stun you while it wails on you with its fiery paws.
  • "Oh, you're gonna B while low on health? Here, Let me play the song of my people" - every Twisted Fate/Pantheon ulting an unfortunate sap that's low on health.
    • Similarly, any AD Carry with a Global ultimate. Low on health? "Wanna recall back to base? Here, have a rocket/crystal arrow/glimmering wave/whirling axes in your face!" What makes it even scarier is the fact that, unlike Pantheon's and Twisted Fate's ultimates, you have literally no idea when and where you can expect these.
      • Karthus's ult is similar. Just escaping from a fight with little health, starting to base, then seeing the green light above your head, signifying that you will die.
  • The music that plays when you are dead in the Howling Abyss.
  • The Doom Bots of Doom really lives up to its name. First, you are plunged into a darkened Summoner's Rift complete with Ominous Pipe Organ. Then you start seeing the bots in action, and unless you're a pro player, you can only despair as they blow you out with overpowered abilities.
  • DOTs. There's literally NOTHING you can do if you're hit by one and you're low on HP, except if you have some kind of heal up your sleeve. Becoming untargetable won't help you either, so relax and just watch your health bar being slowly eaten up
  • Any champion with a skill that announces their presence from a distance or can be heard globally. Just when you think you're safe you hear the howl of a Warwick and know you can't hide, or see the eye of Rengar over your head and know he's *somewhere* but not where. Alternatively, the maddened screaming of Sion as he comes charging towards a lane, and the unholy 'SKREEEEEEE!" of Rek'sai as she tunnels literally anywhere on the map. Even Riot acknowledged the later scares the bejeezus out of people and even hearing the sound is enough to break up teamfights.

     Lores 
  • Warwick was originally a deranged Mad Scientist prior to his transformation. The fact that someone only became worse when they had been cursed is really saying something. Just how horrible was he prior to his transformation?
    • Judging by what we saw in Karma's League Judgment, he was an absolutely disgusting bastard who made Singed look like a saint. Singed is merely callous and uncaring; Warwick went out of his way to be as horrible as he could out of sheer sadistic joy in the carnage he was causing.
      • With the new lore for Warwick, he's even worse. He befriended Soraka, then hired some guys to attack him so that she'd defend him, losing her divine powers in the process. Why? So he could eat her heart.
  • Singed, Warwick's student. Remember what happened in Riven's backstory? During a war with the Noxians and Ionians, Singed fired off salvos of an extremely powerful chemical weapon with no regard for who he hit, leaving the poor girl shattered mentally at the scene.
    • Turns out Master Yi was also a victim to this asshole. His village, attacked by Noxians, was brought down to ashes by Singed. Yi isolated himself to ensure that, as the last of the Wuju style, it would not die out.
    • It can be said this champion is responsible for a lot of champions' fucked up lore.
  • He may have been a source of humorous memes, but Dr. Mundo may have actually been worse than Warwick. He started his sadistic experiments as a child, and only got worse and worse.
    • Here's some Fridge Horror: What the hell happens to his victims? Did they just die horribly? Or did he do even worse things? His parents went missing by the time he was a teenager.
      • He got a medical license when he became an adult and "had been acquitted of thirty-eight separate charges of murder." Imagine having a serial killer as your doctor. Imagine having THIS serial killer as your doctor.
  • Nocturne is basically Freddy Krueger meets Darkrai. It's a horrifically misanthropic nightmare elemental who does what it does because to Nocturne, living beings, especially mages, are vile, disgusting, and completely unnatural abominations who need to be utterly erased. As such, it went around killing Summoners in their dreams until it was dragged into the material world, bound up by magical chains, and enslaved by the Summoners it so despised. Does this SOUND like a good idea?
    • You DON'T want to see what Paranoia actually does to the champions it affects. Ryze did. He didn't enjoy the experience.
  • Urgot's fate. You're basically immortal while being horrendously disfigured. He even laments that it sucks in his current position.
    • And what comes with his disfigured body? Eternal pain. Literal eternal pain. The only thing keeping him going is his near-endless hatred for Demacia, especially Garen. Come to think of it, pretty much every single thing about Urgot is terrifying.
  • Renekton. He had been around evil people for too long, destroying his mind and making him go crazy.
    • Even worse with his new lore. Locked away for thousands of years with an even more insane being screaming at him and potentially torturing him. No wonder the guy was crazy when he was released.
  • Orianna's judgement. Orianna in general. She redefines Uncanny Valley Girl.
    Orianna: [after reliving her implanted memories of the death of the original Orianna Reveck] Yes, I died.
    Summoner Carin: We have entered your mind, Orianna. How did this make you feel?
    Orianna: [creepy mechanical giggle] It was fun. I like memories. Don't you?
  • Fiddlesticks is bad enough in-game. His lore makes him much worse. He had to be sealed into the summoning chamber because they couldn't get rid of him. Everyone who went in was either cut down or driven mad.
    • Even worse, all anyone knows about his origins is that a summoner attempted an extra-planar summoning. No one knows what happened or where the summoner went; all that's left of the event is Fiddlesticks.
    • Also, in the forums, many people had asked for more information about Fiddlesticks; his designer said two words, "He waits."
    • Some people think Fiddlesticks is silly, with his design that looks like a sack held together with crudely roped-together sticks and his cackling voice. See him in the "A Twist of Fate" cinematic and you'll realise just how nightmarish he actually is.
  • Some champions have to go to extreme lengths, if not divinely blessed, to get their magical powers. Syndra was some ordinary farm girl who was born with enough power to wipe out her village, and managed to raise a huge floating castle with sheer magical willpower alone.
  • Mordekaiser has been given new lore that paints him in a more horrifying light. A being of pure agony and suffering that predates the Shadow Isles, Mordekaiser is a master of using pain as a weapon and is on a horrifying quest across the land. A story from a young mage in training describes him interrogating her teacher. He said he would die before talking. Mordekaiser promptly kills him and tears out his soul to get the information.
  • Elise, the Spider Queen. Outside of being a horrifying Spider Creature, her lore is pretty nightmarish. As the leader of a cult worshipping a Spider God, she will occasionally take a pilgrimage of her followers to the Shadow Isles to find a shrine to their god. Once there... She lures them into a cave where a gigantic, undead spider lays in wait, which eats all the followers and gives Elise venom that staves off mortality a little bit longer. The kicker? Elise does this every few weeks.
    • Just watch her introduction video sometime, where she recounts the story of how she first set foot on the Shadow Isles. It ends with her in the middle of one of her "pilgrimages", during which one of her followers collapses from sheer terror:
      My companion cried out in terror and fell to his knees! I embraced him, I told him he had nothing to fear; he was going to a better. I will take them ALL (her voice suddenly changes to her spider-form echo) to a better place.
  • Evelynn is a total mystery, and the only thing people can gather from her is that she likes to kill. And is very good at it. What makes this very scary is that nobody knows the real reason for why she is in the league, but whatever the reason may be, it's big and she will probably affect everyone with it.
    • Though if she and Twisted Fate could get along, maybe she's not the worst thing to step into the League.
  • The Shadow Isles, the home of Mordekaiser, Evelynn, Yorick, Hecarim, Elise, Karthus, and Thresh...that is all.
    • It gets better. Almost all of them have specific dialogue for when they capture the West or East Altar. The spirits of the East altar beckon them to let loose their powers, and the spirits of the west either hold them in contempt or tries to reason with their better nature. The spirit of the West Altar also implies that Mordekaiser is actively using Hecarim to his own ends.
  • Thresh is a fairly eerie champion all around, being a merciless prison Torture Technician that was unceremoniously hung from chains during a jailbreak. His theme song is, appropriately, incredibly distressing, utilizing all the worst parts of Ironic Nursery Rhymes and Creepy Children Singing to create something that wouldn't be out of place in A Nightmare on Elm Street.
    Cling, clang, go the chains
    Someone's out to find you
    Cling, clang, oh the chains
    The Warden's right behind you
    Quick now, the seeking chains
    Approach with their shrill scrape
    Don't stop, flee the chains
    Your last chance to escape
    Drag the chains, drag the chains
    With all the strength you may
    Drag the chains, drag the chains
    Or they'll drag you away
    Cling, clang, go the chains
    There's no more time for fear
    Cling, clang, oh the chains
    The last sound that you'll hear.
    • It doesn't(?) help that he was horrifying both in life and after, as Thresh. In life he was a sadistic jailer. After death, he only got worse - now he tortures you and then imprisons you in his lantern to be taken to a forsaken ghost-hell-island.
    • Every single person involved in the match should be afraid of Thresh, since he looks for souls that are powerful enough to be worth collecting. Your enemies? He's watching them. Your allies? He's sizing them up too. And don't imagine that you're safe, even if you're controlling him — since Summoners exist in the same world as their Champions, he may be thinking you've shown enough strength and resourcefulness to make a good trophy.
  • Kog'Maw is an Eldritch Abomination who wants to consume everything. One of his taunts? "Terror coming... Daddy coming!"
    • Keep in mind, someone once witnessed what Kog'Maw does when he is hungry and was both awestruck and chilled by what he saw, claiming "If that's just hungry, I don't want to see angry." Who was the person? Tryndamere.
    • Word of God stated that Kog'Maw is still an infant, which makes the above taunt of him so much worse. If he is a child, what kind of Eldritch Abomination is his "Daddy"? Whatever it is, you sure as hell don't want to be near the League when he arrives.
  • Many backstories tie to The Void. Not much is known about the place, which only makes things worse. It must be a rough area if its residents include Kog'Maw, Cho'Gath and Kha'Zix. Not to mention both Malzahar and Kassadin beheld visions of the Void entering Valoran and were forever changed by what they saw. Malzahar was driven completely insane and Kassadin had a part of himself die when he let the Void inside to survive the visions, and both are two of the most dangerous mages in the League (although Kassadin's part was lessened that he still resolved to become one of the most heroic characters in Runeterra and trying to protect its citizens from these terrors that he gained power from).
    • The latest abomination to enter Valoran, Vel'Koz, may well be the most terrifying of all. A multi-tentacled creature obsessed with the pursuit of knowledge, Vel'Koz is effectively an Eldritch Abomination Mad Scientist which studies other life forms through deconstruction. And just in case that doesn't scare you compared to the man-eating monstrosities like Cho'Gath and Kog'Maw, just watch his debut video, "First Contact"...
  • Vilemaw, a spider which makes Elise seem tiny, and Elise herself is tall and slender. Speaking of Elise, she worships the creature because drinking the venom it produces keeps her from aging for a time. Effectively, Elise is immortal so long as she keeps drinking the venom periodically. Elise can gather the venom after she lures a group of followers to Vilemaw's lair, where the beast eats them alive. And it's not confirmed but we can rather safely assume that Vilemaw is immortal for two reasons: it naturally produces anti-aging venom and is referred to as "the spider god" both in lore and by the game developers. Added bonus: you can see a Dragon/Drake skull in Vilemaw's webbing. Yep, a giant, likely immortal, venomous, dragon-killing spider deity.
  • Baron Nashor. Killing a Dragon/Drake is heralded as a big achievement by warriors throughout the land and is something that can be boasted about for life. Baron is far worse than the notable Rift dragon. Even Vilemaw can't match his damage or durability. Baron is a large wurm capable of devouring Annie's Tibbers in a single gulp. It usually takes an entire team to take down Baron, and occasionally a person may be able to solo it with difficulty. But what we see in the Rift is actually an incomplete version of what is known of the Baron based on myths and supposed eyewitnesses. Yes, the tough creature is even stronger out of the Rift and it's somewhere by the Serpentine River. Noxus and Demacia will fight each other in many places but both sides make sure to stay away from the Serpentine River. This thing has armies afraid of it.
    • The worst bit is that the copy of the Baron in Summoner's Rift isn't nearly full-size. It's made from one of the original Baron's scales. One.
  • The new cinematic, "A New Dawn" is much Darker and Edgier than previous ones, as well as being much Bloodier and Gorier. Darius drives his axe clean through Leona's shield and deep enough into her body to draw blood (though it wasn't fatal), Rengar leaps on Draven and gruesomely shreds him apart, Katarina has her head blown totally off her shoulders (thankfully offscreen) by Graves' explosive-shell-firing shotgun and Nautilus is a terrifying, unstoppable juggernaut that simply lumbers through Graves' best attacks without even slowing down until a critically-injured Graves blows himself up to collapse a giant stone pillar on him.
  • In the new Shurima cinematic Cassiopea's transformation is far more unpleasant than it was in her old lore, apparently feeling like being melted alive.
  • Twitch doesn't come off as scary to most people since he is mostly comedic. But then you read how he was first discovered and what he did to the people who found him and then the idea of having an acid-lobbing giant rat with a poisoned crossbow becomes a lot more frightening.
  • Sona's etwahl is hinted to have a mind of its own, as seen in Sona's judgement and reflection...
  • While a lot of the stuff on this page is just unnerving or Fridge Horror, the Tales of the Black Mist video released for the 2014 Harrowing event is genuinely nightmarish as a creepy puppet show becomes a terrifying assault.
    Puppeteer: (as the audience boos the Downer Ending of his show) Well what were you expecting? There ain't no happy endings when the Harrowing comes for you. (the Black Mist begins to billow up from behind his stand, sending the audience fleeing in terror) Right on cue... Prepare yourselves, friends. The Harrowing is here!
  • Kalista is the first champion since Jinx to get her own fully-rendered CG movie. And she's not happy.
    Kalista: Such is the price of betrayal!
  • We don't know what the hell this THING is yet. And we're not entirely sure whether we want to...
    • Now we know. It's another Void champion, Rek'sai. And she is pretty much a burrowing savage creature that will eat ANYONE ever crossing her desert dunes. The fact that she is more primal and incapable of speeches as opposed to other Void champions like Cho'gath or Kha'zix just makes her a lot more terrifying.

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