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Max fought some really creepy monsters for a children's show... Or any show really.

* Special mention has to go to Spike. An ImplacableMan with a face full of twigs (which we later learn he SHOVED INTO HIS OWN FACE to prove how tough he was) whose voice is a constant taunting cackle and who cheerfully threatens to [[WouldHurtAChild eat the heart of a child]]. He's so dangerous even Norman is terrified of him, especially since he killed Norman's father when he was a child and swore to kill him 10,000 years ago, never forgetting his promise.
** The bone-chilling music that plays when he's chasing Norman just makes things even worse.
* The finale can be considered one. [[spoiler:Special mention goes to Norman's death. Imagine as a kid you grew attached to the badass guardian throughout the series, but you see him not only lose to a GiantSpider but also you get to see him slowly get eaten by the spider while Norman desperately tries to escape. Also there is the FridgeHorror that Max will experience all the dangers he went through every time till he successfully defeats Skullmaster.]]
** In addition, who all remembers the previous loop? Virgil does, but he has some magic. Max does, but he was at the cause and the Mighty One. Since Virgil remembers, we can rule it out being just the Mighty One. Skullmaster has magic and was at the center of the spell that reversed time (i.e., even Skullmaster might remember the past attempt).
*** Considering Max is the one who instigated the time jump, it's likely that he, either consciously or subconsciously, chose who would remember the previous timeline. If this is the case, it's unlikely he would have chosen Skullmaster as one of those to be in the know. If it's not the case...uh-oh.
* There's just something about the line "The sun nourishes all things, even evil" that is far more scary and badass than the vampire who said it had any right to be.
* Corpus is blobish EldritchAbomination that collects whatever it's feed. The first one Max encounters eats metal. Not so bad but the second one absorbs souls. You can see its victims outlined in it ''skin''. At the beginning of the episode you can even see the trapped people wailing in agony inside the beast, including the little boy it just captured.
* One of the few highlights of the tie-in video game was the [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mighty_max_game_over1.JPG soul-chilling portrait of Skullmaster]] that appears on the GameOver screen.
* The episode where the denizens and soulless people chase down after Max muttering the word "Capbearer" with a guttural whisper due to their half-dead lungs being filled with water. By and far one of the most intense episodes in the series, especially when Virgil recounts what happened to the last Mighty One. Max can't run, he can't hide, and the soulless people will not stop until they have Max's head on a platter for Skullmaster. We learn the previous Mighty One jumped off a cliff and fell to his death. Max is about to repeat the same stunt, but then it turns out that [[spoiler:he grabbed a branch, opened a portal and dumped them at the bottom of the Marianas Trench, where it will take years for them to return]].
* [[BodyHorror What happens]] to Dr. Stanley Kirby in "Along Came Arachnoid." We can actually see him become more and more spider-like over the course of the episode.
* [[spoiler:[=Dr. MacTaggart=]]] in "The Werewolves of Dunneglen." It's hard to tell what's scarier, the [[spoiler:werewolves being shackled while Dr. [=MacTaggart=]'s machines drain the blood out of them]], the nightmarish [[spoiler:wolf-like '''thing''' that Dr. [=MacTaggart=] transforms into, which has three heads and four arms]] or the [[spoiler:speech she gives right before transforming, where she alludes to Max and Cameron as "lunch."]]
* During one episode, Skullmaster gives a tribe of island natives a potion that contains dragon blood. Said potion causes the natives to [[PainfulTransformation shift agonizingly]] [[BodyHorror into horrific lizard monsters]] that pretty much lose all sense of themselves. To make matters worse, one of the natives only drinks ''some'' of the potion, leaving him completely aware of who he is but trapped halfway between normal and lizard-man.
* One episode had Max and Virgil about to undergo a proper, Ancient Egyptian mummification process. Virgil casually mentions that the Egyptians used hooks to pull one's brain from out of the nostrils as two hooks on chains descend from the ceiling.
* Essentially every episode opens with somebody being killed, and sometimes in very unsettling ways.
** The episode involving the evil mummy Venom and his snake minions opens with a depiction of one of Venom's sacrifices; we see a boy chained to an altar, misshapen figures hissing and bowing all around (we'll later learn they're ''giant snakes in robes'') and, then, as the moonlight touches the amulet, we hear this horrific ''sizzling'' sound that almost, but not quite, drowns out his anguished screams...
** The episode involving the zombies has a surprisingly creepy opening as blank-eyed, shuffling figures start loping through a village, grabbing every last person they can.
** One episode deals with people's hands dragging them across the city so it can be chopped off (Isis is desperately looking for a replacement part for Osiris). We get to see a victim struggle against his own hand as he is dragged across town.
** Talon, the giant skull who sucks people's souls out of their bodies and eats them.
** Freako the Clown, a deranged freak who turns children into deformed monsters because he has an incredibly large inferiority complex due to being born looking like a freakish clown which forced him to flee towards the carnival and wants to turn everyone into monsters as freakish as him as revenge. Starting with children he lures to his carnival.
** Lockjar the spirit of violence, commits a murder so horrendous that we don't see anything. We just have Norman's word that we don't see what he did. Considering that this series rarely backed away from showing mutations or violence, this really leaves an imprint.
* The episode "Clown Without Pity" was terrifying enough with Freako and his mutants, but there's one part that may be overlooked: after Max leaves Norman and Virgil, he encounters this creepy fat lady who is then never seen again or given any backstory. She just ''exists''. Not only that, when Max asks her about the whereabouts of the children who visited the carnival, she laughs at Max's ignorance and implies that they were either eaten by some of Freako's mutants or by the fat lady herself before laughing madly.
* In the episode "Max vs. Max," spend even a little bit of time thinking about what would have happened to Maximilian if Max hadn't stopped him from escaping with Skullmaster at the end of the episode. Best-case scenario for the kid is becoming a mindless {{Lizard|Folk}}Person, worst-case Skullmaster would probably just kill him, possibly in some horrible way. The kid has no idea just how lucky he got there.
* In the episode "The Cyberskull Virus", a jilted computer programmer named Morlen Kurt whose Dementoid game program was stolen by the Megacorp technology company illegally hacks into the company and accidentally turns himself using an advanced computer chip in The Cyberskull. He becomes powerful enough to manipulate and reprogram reality itself to the point of declaring himself a God and altering the world with ease by entering the Earth's computer network. He comes off as horrifying as Jobe Smith from ''Film/TheLawnmowerMan'' if his apotheosis into an insane digital god took full effect. If not for Max's own skill at videogames, the entire Earth would have been overtaken by the Virus.
* In the episode "Fuath and Beggora", a crazed cult descended from group of exiled deranged druids that worships the EldritchAbomination known as Fuath, whom is prophesied to roam and dominate the Earth as an indestructible entity. As revenge for their banishment, they have been sacrificing generations of strangers and countrymen to hasten his awakening by tossing them into a fire pit in Fuath's mouth. It's basically Ireland's own take on Cthulhu.