Nightmare Fuel / Markiplier
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Markiplier: Charming, hilarious, all-around good... and scary as all hell.

  • An unintentional example but early on in his YouTube career, Markiplier would sometimes have problems, that his game would crash, fading back to the desktop. Apparently he likes to display some of the more infamous faces from Spongebob Squarepants.
  • Don't blink... and Don't move..., both of which have extreme Nothing Is Scarier and Paranoia Fuel levels and just scream Marble Hornets.
  • In the first episode of The Park After witnessing the end of The Hansel and Gretel attraction (which ends on its own unsettling note) Mark goes to a "Spinning octopus ride". After the ride speeds up, the booth is replaced with something LARGE that he doesn't properly see because of the way he has the camera pointed. The shock of actually seeing the giant grinning monstrosity from the thumbnail is apparent on his face.
  • The October of Terror ends...
  • Not as bad but during part 9 of Amnesia: The Great Work JUMP SCARE CUT!
    • Later in the part he is carrying a cog to solve a puzzle when suddenly a monster barrels at him, knocks him so hard that he crashes through a door and with somehow still living, Markiplier frantically tries to go for the door but the monster manages to kill him. Also counts as a Moment of Awesome for the monster and the game. And then it goes into being a Crowning Moment of Funny when he respawns right it front of the monster, triggering the series of events again.
  • Watch the livestream... or stay with him... forever.
  • "Oooh! I found the bo-"
  • Let's go on an adventure...
  • In Part 2 of The Curse of Blackwater, after commenting on the music box in the game, Mark pulls out his own music box, and slowly plays it while staring at the webcam with a Psychotic Smirk.
  • "Haaa-booshkey--NONONONONONONO-"
  • I'm so sorry...
  • Recently, Markiplier has been ending some of his videos in... very strange ways that need to be seen to be believed. "I've been having strange dreams lately..."
  • Lately whenever Mark plays a game that's in a 4:3 aspect ratio he moves the gameplay footage over to the side so the facecam doesn't cover the gameplay, but this leaves some major negative space on the left side of the videos. Mark takes advantage of said negative space to put creepy images in them that randomly appear and disappear via a slow fade, almost like faces looking at you in the darkness...
  • Is a Jump Scare really scary? Mark doesn't know, but this video is. Until Mark mocks the audience at the very end for expecting another jump scare. Then again, the ending itself is a Cat Scare, so...
  • Speaking of jump scares, the video "Jumpscare Friends" mostly plays it for laughs with various friends of Mark sneaking up behind him Cat Scare style. Until the end, where Mark gives us a jump scare in the form of a Nightmare Face!
  • Mark's acting in both parts of Cyndago's 'Danger in Fiction' videos are pretty disturbing. While having some funny moments, Mark is pretty dark in them, even threatening at that.
  • Some of the preview icons for his videos fall into this, as they tend to feature his face heavily photoshopped into either something resembling Body Horror, something straight out of the Uncanny Valley, or just plain creepy.
    • This also qualifies.
  • Mark's entire playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's. A highly-atmospheric survival game where you have to fend off attacks from Suck E. Cheese's-style animatronics. There's a reason he calls it the "scariest game in years."
    • Just when he thinks he has a handle on beating the game's sixth night, he gets pounced upon by a lurking Freddy.
    Mark: There, he's gone. See? See, it's over-
  • During one of his slow-motion replays in Turbo Dismount, the "Flappy Bird" vehicle he's driving falls apart and the face lands looking toward the camera. Mark slowly zooms into the bird's lifeless eyes, and incorporates one of the hallucinations from Five Nights at Freddy's. "IT'S ME."
  • And yes, even his playthrough of Five Nights at Freddy's 2. It's pretty good advertising for a horror game sequel when someone who beat the previous game on the hardest possible difficulty level is reduced to a nervous wreck by the sequel's first level.
    • Special mention to Part 3, which he aptly titles ENDLESS CYCLE OF DEATH. Mark even added this little gem for us: The picture for the video is Bonnie and Chica's heads mashed together via photoshop. Think of the Combining Mecha version of Facial Horror.
    • Let's just say there's a very good reason as to why his first video was labelled "SCARIEST GAME EVER MADE."
    • Golden Freddy's first appearance goes by so fast that most people miss it the first time (and Mark adds a freeze frame for proof). Mark, however, sees him instantly and loses his shit., no, what the fuck- WHAT THE FUCK- NO, NO- NOOO, I SAW GOLDEN FREDDY!!! YOU CAN'T FOOL ME!
  • While both of his Photobooth videos are hilarious, he seems to be suffering some Sanity Slippage in the second one, not to mention both videos' endings. *shudder*
  • In Exoptable Money, the interquel of Presentable Liberty, Mark buys the cat powerup whose primary function is to go out and search for money. The first two times, the cat returns with an exorbitant amount of money. The third time, however, it doesn't come back, even after Mark cuts through the video several times. Luckily, the Madame Sinclaire finds the kitty and sends it back to its owner... or at least its face, stuck to a blood-spattered letter that simply reads "Fur is expensive." After Mark reluctantly puts the kitty bits into the money machine, blood, fur, and whiskers begin flying around the screen to his despair.
    • The only thing that tops this is when Doctor Money instructs him to put the organs into the money machine, and literal fountains of organs begin to spray across the screen. Mark even included a gore warning in the description.
  • His playthrough of Monstrum, where the monsters seemed to do a real good job in terrifying him. The lava creature was terrifying in its own merit, but then he realizes there was another one...
    Mark: (After dying because of a stupid mistake, he tries to summon the lava creature by standing in front of a camera) Hey, guess what, camera man? I'm a giant idiot! I'm a big dumb doof bag! Why don't you call Mr. Big, Red and Glowy-Face over here and have him rip me a new one cause I'm suck a damn idiot?!
    (The camera alarm goes off. A very different screech is heard, which Mark realizes)
    (Skittering is heard and a very grotesque creature comes around the corner)
    Mark: (In possibly the highest pitch he's ever gone) AH! WHAT THE FUCK ARE YOU?! WHAT THE FUCK?!
    • It's rather ironic, because the creature's shriek is heard not even a second after Mark stops talking.
  • In his Five Nights at Freddy's 3 playthrough on the second night his facecam suddenly starts glitching, switching between him either looking devilishly into the camera or screaming in terror while a Golden Freddy head suddenly appears in the static of his security cam. There was no explanation for this.
    • The text at the end of the first video reads "It's all in your mind...", a reference to the Phantom Foxy and Chica picture that Scott put on his website. The second video has the same thing, only missing the elipses—"It's all in your mind". In the third video, the text has changed again to "It's AlL iN yOur mInD". What does the fourth video say? "It's all in my mind..."note 
      It's all in your mind...note 
    • The end of his sixth FNAF 3 video. It goes to the usual ending shot promoting Markiplier's other videos... but it's completely silent. Then you hear a laugh from FNAF 2 as the heads' eyes start to glow again... then the Phantom Puppet stares at you again. It's all very unsettling.
      They wilL kNoW tHE joy of CREATION
  • Hello Kitty Island Adventure + Markiplier's creepy face + unsettling music that plays alongside a colorful, cheerful game.
    • The creepy part? His camera wasn't frozen. He was just sitting there the entire time, not moving at all, and slowly grinning wider and wider as the video went on.
      • Can't forget the entire two minute and eighteen second video, he did not blink once!
      • Not to mention the equally-unsettling commentary. Can you say "Sanity Slippage"?
  • In the Air Control video, Mark finds himself using the phrase "cola and meal please, no bread" and turns it into a Madness Mantra. Then he gets the Voice of the Legion to help him.
  • His playthrough of the Oculus Rift game ''Don't Let Go'', particularly the moments involving the swarm of bees and the spider. WARNING: be wise about using headphones while watching.
  • His video on Swamp Sim, a Slender-type game based around the "Shrek is Love, Shrek is Life" meme. The game itself is horrifying enough, and near the end, Markiplier treats us to a closeup of the ogre himself giving chase shortly before getting caught. Not to mention that Jump Scare he can't seem to avoid...
  • In the middle of his Yandere Simulator playthrough, he abruptly speaks in a spooky rasp. This, combined with him getting into character as Yandere-chan quickly, makes this rather terrifying.
    • The intro for part 12 has Mark, Tyler, and Ethan act out a happy anime intro while wearing Sailor Fuku, which would simply be funny... until it repeatedly cuts to Mark murdering the other two with distorted music and video. It doesn't help that Mark seems to have mastered Yan-chan's infamous twitching, either.
  • Markiplier's Woody mask. It's not as creepy normally, but given the spooky atmosphere in the intro and outro...
    "This is the creepiest shit I have ever seen in my life."
  • His outro to his 7th FNAF 4 video parallels his 6th FNAF 3 video's outro, with the music starting up only to cut to silence and the fullscreen picture of Nightmare's killscreen. Then it switches to the picture of the empty animatronic heads, with their eyes lighting up...and the sprite of the crying child appears, begins weeping heavily and turns gray while a mechanical voice spells out 'H-E-L-P M-E'.
  • His reaction compilation for Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is, as expected, utterly hilarious...except for the parts where Mark's face abruptly turns into a Nightmare Face that screams right at you!
  • One second into his third Rocket League video, he throws in a random (but quick) Jump Scare.
  • His two-parter playthrough of Sonic Dreams Collection. He is lucky enough to experience first hand the joys of Sonic Creator, the awesomeness of Sonic Movie Maker, the sexy romance in My Roommate Sonic, and even the cuteness of Eggman Origins! Also, to add more nightmare fuel to the fire, after finishing viewing a movie he filmed in the Movie Maker or after a certain point in the creator, Mark starts screaming out of nowhere. In the ending of the video, the sound of a warning siren plays as he narrates in a creepy, raspy voice, the horrors that await in the next video, accompanied by some very creepy images.
  • In the 'Warfstache Interviews Markiplier' video, Warfstache stabs Mark to death after Mark insults Warfstache. Afterwards we get a close-up of Mark's dead face as the boom microphone prods at his mouth. Also, Warfstache didn't stab him in multiple places—he continuously stabs Mark in the same spot.
  • The appropriately titled Nightmare Fuel Simulator. We don't know either.
  • Popcorn is good fun involving a microwave that turns everything put into it into popcorn until, when getting a knife to turn into popcorn, accidentally stabs Ryan. Shortly afterwards, Matt arrives, so to cover up the grisly scene, Markiplier stuffs Ryan into the microwave. All that's left of him is his hat and a bunch of popcorn.
    • The microwave itself looks like something out of the SCP Foundation.
  • The "Photoboth + Ice Bath Challenge" features the usual sadistic hilarity that Mark goes to inflict on himself and his friends. But then we get to Matt whose screams are just absolutely hellish and inhuman, you'd think it's the work of some demon.
  • Some of the Eldritch Abominations Mark, Wade and Bob made in Drunk Minecraft prior to its cancellation can be this to some viewers, and, rarely, the trio themselves.
  • Mark getting angry over games? Generally hilarious. Mark getting so angry over I Am Bread that he ends up yelling at the top of his lungs about how he hates the game and anyone who requested he play it, culminating in him losing his voice and smashing his controller? Pretty damn terrifying.
    • This could very well apply to any occasion in which he goes beyond the Unstoppable Rage barrier, such as when he plays certain levels of Mario Maker (particularly the ones made by Ross) or when trying to find the easter egg in the tenth level of Ben And Ed. He even uploaded a compilation of some of his biggest moments of anger, and many agree it's scarier than funny to see such a friendly and nice guy lose it like that.
  • MEOW. It might not be so bad due to what Mark says, but there's a lot of Uncanny Valley-esque horror to it.
  • Surgeon Simulator IN REAL LIFE is a short skit played for very dark laughs. Although the tone is comedic, it doesn't change the fact that Mark essentially wants to kill Matt (who's eerily okay with it) in order to gain views and is using Ryan as an unwilling accomplice.
  • In Part 3 of his "Joy of Creation: Reborn," the player might be expecting Mark's intro, but only get a black screen with an eerie whistling. Then two red eyes appear.....
  • relax. Dear lord... the Mood Whiplash can't even describe it!
    • Not to mention that the closed captions show the words SAVE ME right before the video ends.
  • Even though Mark criticizes The Hospital for relying on poorly implemented jumpscares that ruin an otherwise decent atmosphere (one of the jumpscares even being a picture lifted straight out of PT), fellow YouTuber Gloomy House later pointed out that the jumpscares that use gore imagery are actually real photographs and not photoshop like Mark seems to believe.
  • The ending to his 5th Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location video, following in the footsteps of the other grand finale episodes of him playing the FNAF games, features the crying child from FNAF 2 slowly crying more and more until it becomes the ghost child from FNAF 3 with intercutting scenes of Baby killing the little girl in her cupcake minigame (along with the deafening screech that accompanies it), while the mechanical voice from 2 spells out I-T-S M-E.
    • When learning about how Baby killed Afton's daughter after using her ice cream-making device to draw her in, Mark quickly jumps to the assumption that Baby killed her young victim by turning her into the ice cream she was asking for. While this isn't supported by the game, it's an incredibly disturbing idea... to the point that one wishes it WERE Baby's canonical killing method to add more creep factor to the game.
  • This Markiplier stop-motion animation. It's humorous and only mildly scary at first, but then it enters Mind Screw territory halfway through, when it abruptly cuts to the animator's Author Avatar at his animaton set-up getting murdered, stop-motion doll Mark silently getting cornered into a cage by the game's monsters, and a psychotic robe-wearing Mark (who may or may not be Darkiplier) cackling like a madman.
  • While initially starting off sad, Don't Take This Risk very quickly drops into horror. The first ending he gets involves the man sending multiple messages that he can't breathe and Mark, in a panic, calls him. The call is nothing but the sound of the man gasping for breath that eventually stops with the name of the ending: Out of Breath. After a few more failed endings Mark consults a walkthrough and learns that the only way to get anything resembling a good ending is to tell the man you love him, which unsettles Mark immensely. Upon arriving to the house the man is extremely forward, moving in for a hug from a person he doesn't know at all. Running away leads to him shooting himself. Staying leads to the man bringing you to his bed, where you either sleep over (while he whispers rambling sweet nothings to you until the game restarts) or you reject his advances. Doing so leads to him taking things into his own hands and forcing himself on you with a kiss, and in the ending 'Keep Your Eyes on Me' he implies he's not above taking advantage of you if you fall asleep while watching over him. It's clear after meeting the man that Mark is deeply disturbed by the circumstances (telling someone you love them so they won't kill them self, the man's behavior), he goes from being torn up over his failures to bewilderment and disbelief at what's happening.

  • Demon Markiplier, anyone?
  • Also, the fandom has come up with Darkiplier. Apparently now canon, given one of his newer videos mentions Darkiplier...
    • Even scarier when you remember Mark's original reaction to "Darkiplier".
      ''For the people picking Darkiplier as their favorite character of mine… I don’t know who Darkiplier is. He is not a “character” I play. I don’t even know when you all started calling him by that name. You made him real. And now he knows who you are. Why did you do this…
  • This gif that Mark tweeted. He's not kidding when he says that once you see it, you'll wish to unsee it. For those who aren't so prone to Schmuck Bait, it shows Mark walking onstage with his feet backwards.
  • He did a cameo at the beginning of Game Theory's second video regarding the fourth entry in the FNaF series. His role? He's the mastermind behind ALL of the Five Nights at Freddy's games, and what was hidden inside the locked chest all along. Coupled with the eerie music and his raspy voice, it can be a bit creepy.
  • MMMMMMMMMMM. A race full of Body Horror. While their appearance ranges from Ugly Cute to outright lovecraftian Depending on the Artist, seeing one in real life just staring and yelling MMMMMMMMMMM! would be horrifying.