Nightmare Fuel / Monster Hunter

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While Monster Hunter mainly borders on sheer awesomeness, some of the things present are a little more than sheer terror.
  • To start, whenever a large monster in the area sights you, a Scare Chord plays. Just hope the monster isn't right behind you and you didn't expect it, or you're headed for an area boundary and the monster suddenly shows up right in front of you—it has no smooth transition into the area so it just suddenly pops up. It's a Jump Scare both out-of and In-Universe, because unless you have certain food buffs, your character flinches.
  • The Royal Ludroth's glowing yellow eyes underwater. Imagine that in place of Jaws...
  • In Tri, one of the stages of the Tundra is an ice cave. The floor of the ice cave is transparent ice, which underneath can be seen thousands of bones. These caves also tend to be the dwelling areas of the Gigginox, who in and of themselves are a nightmare.
    • Speaking of the Gigginox, the Khezu is horrifying. That sniffing...
    • To go into specifics, both are gurgling, worm like creatures that live in darkness. They both exhibit weird sounds, and they tend to appear when you're fighting other monsters. If the other entries haven't taught you to fear the dark, try seeking one out.
    • Speaking of Khezu, one of its materials, Pale Extract, which is also shared by Gigginox, is used as material for drinks. This video sums it up perfectly:
    "You're telling me that people take this thing's nasty white mouth juice... And you put it in your drinks? Oh my god, you people really are savages."
    • In Tri (not Tri Ultimate and Portable 3rd), the caves in Tundra areas 4 and 5 are pitch-black due to a lack of light. All you can see of the Gigginox are its bioluminescent patches. Sweet dreams.
  • Unlike other monsters, which have their own Leitmotif when they're in the area and attacking you, or have the map's respective boss music play at the least, no music plays when Khezu is attacking you.
  • The Diablos gives a good Jump Scare whenever it erupts from the sand, and then screeches at full volume.
  • Any time an environment is unstable. Any of the already mentioned monsters could appear when you least wanted it, and quite a few players have been introduced to the Gigginox this way...
  • The introductory cutscene for the Azure Rathalos in 4U is a huge Jump Scare. You leap down the ravine from your base camp into the Sunken Hollow, right into Area 1; shouldn't be a problem since Area 1 is normally populated with only Herbivores, right? Well, upon landing, you turn to your left and spot the Azure Rathalos only a few yards from your face, and then a loud snarl to the right of where you landed reveals an angry Seregios...
  • A quest in 4 Ultimate to capture a Rathian ends with the Rathian, at her nest with the eggs that she's fiercely protective of (as you've probably seen in one particular "Egg-straction" quest to deliver eggs from a Rathian nest), being invaded by a Seregios. She's so frightened by the new intruder that has invaded her home that she gets the hell out of there, unable to even protect her precious children.
  • Rage Mode, especially for the Deviljho.
  • The Ceadeus and Goldbeard Ceadeus, if you think about it. The standard Ceadeus has one horn growing over its eye, which — as evidenced by the Moga earthquakes — causes it an immense amount of pain. To make matters worse, the Goldbeard Ceadeus' eyes have both fallen victim to its horns in the same way, assumedly blinding it entirely. But, like the Khezu, it can still sense where you are. But, unlike the Khezu, it doesn't need to sniff around. It just knows.
  • Quite a few of the Ecologies fit into this. For example...
    • The afore mentioned Khezu dragging a Kelbi to its doom. By which we mean seizing it by the rump and slowly swallowing it whole while it desperately, but futilely tries to break free.
    • The Gobul swallowing whole an entire school of fish, which simply disappear in a flash, before attacking and swallowing whole a cow-sized Epioth.
    • The Plesioth attacking an Aptonoth trying to get a drink, dragging it into the water with it making but a token effort to escape its doom.
    • The Gigginox vomiting up its young complete with high pitched gurgling. Lovely.
    • The Nargacuga, circa Tri, at least initially. Pitch dark forest, looking around...then suddenly, a pair of red eyes light up right in front of you. Oh shit.
  • Nerscylla. Not only is one HUGE creepy crawlie, it preys on Gypceros, quite large dragons, skins them after they're dead, and uses their hide as some kind of armor. (Monster hunters do the same thing with the monsters they kill, but the result is usually refined enough to not look grotesque.) Their home area, the Sunken Hollow (later the Volcanic Hollow), is chock full of massive cobwebs, particularly in Areas 3-6 and 8, and you can see the skinned, webbed-up carcasses of multiple Gypceros dangling lifelessly from the ceiling in Area 5. Hope you're not arachnophobic!
    • Even better is its subspecies, Shrouded Nerscylla. Instead of Gypceros, it uses Khezu hide. Yes, the Khezu, that monster.
  • The Daimyo Hermitaur and the Shogun Ceanataur are based off of giant hermit crabs. So, they'd live in giant shells or rocks, right? No, they live in the massive skulls of other nightmare-inducing monsters.
  • The Deviljho, originating from Tri, is the personification of this. They're gigantic monsters akin to a tyrannosaur, but look and act more like Godzilla in a bad mood, and have a roar that, as the Hell Is That Noise entry on the YMMV page describes, sounds less like a roar and more like a bomb going off. They're massive apex predators who can wipe out entire species when hungry, and when they get mad, they wreath themselves in their own rage (see above picture). Its BGM sounds less like something you'd hear in a game about hunting legendary monsters and more like something out of Jurassic Park.
    • They have a nasty tendency to pop out when you're fighting other monsters. You could just be walking around on any assigned High Rank mission, and then BOOM. Deviljho incoming, and all you can think about is getting out of there as quickly as possible. Then there's the Savage Deviljho, providing the page image...
    • To further add to this, the "Everyone So Big-Big!" cinematic contains all sorts of monsters. As Cha-Cha walks along, they all sit tight (except for a Giggi)... but then he reaches the end and a Deviljho appears and starts chasing him and the hunter.
    • A rare occurrence is when a Deviljho moves into the area you're in JUST as you are walking into the stage boundary. You're not expecting anything and then OH MY GOD THERE'S A GIANT FREAKING DINOSAUR RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME. And of course it plays the Scare Chord of a monster noticing you. Watch out, Slender Man... there's a new Jump Scarer in town.
    • Remember that Rage mode mentioned above? Well, along with speed and attack boost, the Deviljho is able to hit you with defense down and severe dragonblight. Pants heavy enough? Because it gets better. That stat boost and the ability to induce dragonblight?? That's Savage Deviljho in a GOOD MOOD!
    • A 4/4U quest has you hunt two Deviljho... with no protective armor to save you. Fittingly, the quest is titled "Naked and Afraid".
    • And think this is bad enough? Then how about meeting the Aberrant Deviljho from Explore. Imagine a Deviljho without any skin at all.....yea.
  • The Gigginox (mentioned above) can reproduce by itself and produce hundreds of baby Giggi in one day, take a second to think what would happen if even one days worth of baby Giggi survived into adulthood, all producing more and more baby Giggi.
    • One more thing that's always made the Gigginox unsettling is the fact that it's very near bilaterally symmetrical down its waist. It clearly has a front and back end, evidenced by the fact that one side dispenses toxins and the other lays eggs, but they're similar to the point that it can sometimes be hard to distinguish between the two. Of course, on top of that, it raises both ends when it roars (upon seeing you or entering rage mode). So does that mean that it...? ...Ugh.
    • The Giggi themselves are pretty creepy, having no eyes and a gaping mouth with More Teeth than the Osmond Family. They can latch on to you, sapping your HP until you roll them off.
  • The new flagship monster for Monster Hunter 4 is the Gore Magala, which is essentially a Gigginox, but worse. Take the Gigginox, paint it black, give it an insect-like exoskeleton, and give it The Virus with the ability to start a Zombie Apocalypse simply by having a hunter or another monster touch it or the hair and scales it leaves behind. The end result looks a lot like a Xenomorph. It's theme music isn't that bad, but its "noticed you" Scare Chord is absolutely terrifying. Oh, and the worst part? It's only in its juvenile form; turns out theGore Magala is a baby Elder Dragon. You fight the adult version of it later in the game, which is even more fun.
  • The Yama Tsukami is also a little creepy with it looking like a floating Cthulhu head, fortunately it's peaceful in-universe except when approached by hunters.
    • Creepy initially; worse still when you see its mouth.
  • Endgame monsters like Akantor can be pretty scary the first time you fight them, with attacks that can easily OHKO you, being larger than any monster you fought up to that point, and most of the areas you fight them in, you can't get back to the camp once you enter it.
  • Frontier's Laviente is the largest monster in the series and possibly one of the most intimidating. When it gets hungry, it gets up and starts wiping out entire ecosystems. It takes dozens of hunters several hours to kill this thing... if they even do.
    • Its introductory video really shows you how hugely destructive this thing is. Depicting a peaceful island, flourishing with life, the mood suddenly gets tense and all the monsters start fleeing from something. Suddenly. the Laviente pops up from the ground, swallows a dozen tank-sized Aptonoth in one bite, then proceeds to destroy everything in its wake. A volcano erupts, the earth splits, and this is all from one monster. It really means something when everything else, up to the Espinas and the Rathian, is running away from you.
  • OK, so you all saw the above, and you may ask: What can be worse? How about Gogmazios from 4U? It IS, probably in the whole franchise, the closest thing to a MUTO or a Class-5 Kaiju, and totally doesn't look out of place in a Kaiju movie. If you think a six-legged, chemical-eating, multi-storey zombie-like behemoth covered with tar doesn't look scary, how about adding a large-scale tar breath to the mix? And its theme music is just downright scary. Also, when this thing flies (yes, this thing can fly), it unleashes an attack pattern which is nothing short of decimating the whole area. No wonder the guild want to fix the fort ASAP.
    • Also, unlike other end-game bosses (ala Elder Dragons) in the franchise, which at least have some sort of in-game references (be it poems, documents and else) hinting their presence or origins, there's absolutely nothing hinting the presence of Gogmazios. It really sinks that, when the guild knows nothing about an ancient monster which has the first Dragonator stuck in the tar on its back, then where the hell does this thing come from!?
  • The very existence of Fatalis itself. It is an Elder Dragon that once destroyed an entire civilization. It's fire attacks can blast a massive chunk of your HP and its physical attacks hit like a truck, meaning you either have to wear high grade Rathalos Armor or armor made from the beast itself or you'll be introduced to the ground in one hit. In-universe, this thing is so terrifying that the Lao Shan Lung is said to be running away from this creature.
    • The real selling point about the Fatalis is its equipment, which according to legends, can kill the user or even disappear without a trace if worn too long. It is also said to haunt their dreams and even possess them as they are unconscious. The weapons themselves not only have a demonic feel to them but also said to haunt the wielder's subconscious with abyssal screams and may even EAT THE USER ITSELF! No wonder it was advised not to wear the armor.
    • The icing on the cake? There are THREE of these bastards alive and this one's only the regular Fatalis. The other two are even stronger than it. The mere thought of the trio together in one place is already outright mind-breaking.
  • Frontier-G gives us two extra monsters, also both unknown - in fact they are literally called "Unknown" because they're such a recent and powerful find that no one knows what to name them. There's even a big UNKNOWN stamp on the screen on the start of the quest to warn you that you're about to face one. One monster is dubbed the Black Flying Wyvern, similar to the Rathian and is Red and Black and Evil All Over; the other is the Black Fox Wyvern, which looks like an odd fusion of Tigrex and Nargacuga with colour-swapping diamonds on its body, and is again red and black.
    • Special mention goes to the Black Flying Wyvern. If you attempt the highest-difficulty version of its quest, you're in for a surprise; it gets a second phase where it suddenly takes off into the sky at incredible speeds, creating a whirlwind and drops massive chunks of the tower on you if you don't move. And when it comes back down, its red parts have become blazing inferno orange and are literally on fire, including two parts on its head which now resemble Glowing Eyes of Doom, and it is now more violent and much more powerful. It gives the vibe that you're not hunting a monster, but rather a demon that crawled out of the pits of Hell. The musical score even changes to reflect this, as if to say, "You're not hunting anymore. You're struggling to survive."
  • One of the new monsters in Monster Hunter 4, the Seltas Queen, isn't scary on its own (unless you're squeamish about Big Creepy-Crawlies), but its offensive tactics involve snatching the Seltas, its much smaller mate... and then fusing with it.
    • The Seltas Queen and her treatment of the Seltas she summons is really unsettling. In her introduction she seems to go out of her way to abuse the Seltas as much as possible for the hell of it, and if she's hungry she has no qualms picking the poor thing from her back and SMASHING HIM to death so she can eat him. In addition her sounds and movements seem less like those of an insect and more of some horrifying war machine.
    • The Desert Seltas Queen can launch the Desert Seltas at hunters, killing the Desert Seltas in the process when it impacts a wall. And just a while later, she just digs another Desert Seltas out of the ground. Just how many of those giant bugs are there!?
    • Oh, and unlike most of the other interactions with other monsters, Seltas themselves are considered large monster. A Warm-Up Boss, yes, but the Queen is tossing around an enemy that would be a mild threat by itself.
  • The Frenzy virus's effect on monsters. To give an example, in this video, you see a pack of Ioprey take down a Zinogre. While this might seem ok by itself, once the frenzied Zinogre strikes back against Iodrome, the Ioprey turn on it and begin cannibalizing it while it's still alive.
    • The ominous jingle that plays when a monster gives in to the Frenzy Virus.
    • When a Frenzied monster spots you, they come with their own jarring Scare Chord.
    • Remember how hunters can overcome the virus and get a stat boost? In 4 Ultimate monsters can do it as well! Referred to as the Apex state, this state gives the monster a massive power boost; No-Sell elemental weaknesses; and have body parts that are Nigh Invulnerable; while still keeping the ability to spread the Frenzy Virus. Also there is no way to permanently keep them out of this state once they trigger it save for killing them. To make matters worse, one of the monsters that can possibly go into an Apex state is the above-mentioned Deviljho. Apex monsters also have their own Scare Chord distinct from basic and Frenzied monsters, letting you know that you're being targeted by a monster who looks like they came right out of hell and now wants to splatter your guts all over the area.
    • How is Apex status introduced? A cutscene shows an entire flock of Seregios—an otherwise very aggressive and territorial species—fleeing from something. That something, as it turns out, is an Apex Seregios, complete with Glowing Eyes of Doom and that aura that just screams walking death. Said Apex Seregios is introduced by having it toss a dead non-Apex Seregios aside. If just one Apex Seregios can make the rest bolt out of there en masse, well...
    • Think about it from a story perspective: A monster catches the Frenzy virus, but instead of dying shortly afterwards, it survives it. The monster isn't back to normal no, it is now a lot more powerful and Ax-Crazy than before!
    • Think about the fact that the Apex BGM overrides all other BGM, even if the host monster has their own theme. One can interpret it as the Frenzy Virus overriding the monster's brain.
    • Many players hailing from the third gen games know how dangerous quests with unstable environments are, but 4U's G-Rank takes it up a notch. In addition to randomly spawning Frenzied monsters, you will sometimes get a boss monster in a seemingly normal state. Then after fighting or fleeing from it for a while, it may unexpectedly faint and stumble to the ground...only to transform into an Apex monster. Cue the running. Not only can they pop in as early as G1 quests, but one of the first G1 quests they can show up in is a simple Desert Seltas quest, just to amp up the crap-your-pants factor; you're just hacking up a Warm-Up Boss when all of a sudden Apex Rajang shows up and starts punching you to death before you can get yourself together. You won't be able to get Drive Wystones until you get to G2; until then, they're basically unstoppable destructive forces whose sudden appearances mean impending disaster.
    • The Apex status also greatly changes how their roars sound. This makes them sound alot more terrifying than usual, but for Deviljho? It sounds less like a bomb, and more like a DEMON.
  • The Heaven's Mount area in 4 and 4 Ultimate is acrophobia fuel. It's more or less a collection of heavily damaged-looking ledges that surprisingly don't just crumble off at the slightest disturbance. You can easily look below to see that you are perhaps a few thousand meters above sea level, judging by the presence of the cloud cover below you.
  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has a bit of Gameplay and Story Segregation with horrific implications. To harvest Kelbi horns, you need to stun a Kelbi and carve off it while it's still alive. But you can also obtain Kelbi pelts, meat, and liver this way. And afterward, the Kelbi gets up and runs away...
    • Or, if they're anything like real deer, it could be Gameplay and Story Integration, and you're cutting a chunk of whatever they're eating when you knock them out. In real life, deer are considered herbivores and have the teeth for it but are notorious scavengers and opportunistic hunters. Which is its own level of horror...
  • In general, being stunned, low on health, and around a monster about to finish you off is this, especially if the next defeat will result in quest failure. It's the series equivalent of a deer-in-headlights moment. You can bet whoever it happens to is desperately mashing the controller to get free and screaming "NO NO NO NO NO!"
    You've fainted. Reward decreased by ____z. Reward decreased to 0z. No continues remaining. Quest failed...
    • Alternatively: Running away from a monster, having the camera shifted towards an exit so you can see where you're going, only for the monster to smack you unconscious from behind with a projectile attack because you couldn't see where it was coming from, or because your stamina emptied out from panic-running.
    • Alternatively: Running away from a monster, having the camera at the monster so you can see what it's doing. You try to run towards the exit using the minimap as a guide. Then you realize you've hit a wall and you've backed yourself into a corner with the exit so far away. The monster lunges and you have nowhere to go...
      • Even worse: Running from a monster, and making it to the next area, only to see another, potentially more dangerous monster waiting for you.
    • Perhaps the worst is if you're in a party of three or four players, everyone's health bars are at critical levels, and the monster is about to inflict a deadly Area of Effect attack on the entire party.
  • Some areas have the decomposing carcasses of long-dead monsters stuck in the ground.
  • Chameleos's introduction feels like something out of a horror movie. It first shows itself to the hunter by opening its eye while right next to them, and ends with Chameleos trying to devour the hunter, giving us one heck of a Nightmare Face.
  • The Primal Forest. It looks normal, until you realize that entire sections of the stage aren't trees or hills, but the fossilized skeleton of a monster that makes the Mohrans, Dalamadur and Raviente look tiny. Like the Sunken Hollow, it has a massive web area, and yes, Nerscylla can show up here.
  • We've made a little mention of the Gobul, a giant Alluring Anglerfish from the third generation with paralyzing spikes capable of swallowing a cow whole. Here's the rub: The Gobuls you hunt in the Flooded Forest are Juveniles too young to have even developed sexual characteristics yet! Which means that out in the deep oceans is something much bigger and nastier.
  • Speaking of the Khezu, the fact that its roar sounds exactly like howling wind. So imagine you're a regular, non-hunter human, out trekking through the snowy mountains and you hear that. ...is it just harmless wind? Or a terrifying Khezu that's going to paralyze you with its electricity and then gulp you down while you're still alive and aware? Oops, too late, it already has you!
  • The Qurupeco can mimic another monster's call to summon it, from the lowly Melynxes to the formidable Rathian to the aforementioned Deviljho. Suddenly, High- and G-Rank Qurupecos turn into a game of "OH GOD IT'S MAKING THAT DEEP ROAR TOSS SONIC BOMBS AT IT RIGHT NOW".
  • The Rajang looks like a cross between a gorilla and a minotaur, is one of the few non-Elder Dragon, non-Boss-Only Level monsters to have a six-star threat rating alongside Deviljho, can knock back hunters with horrifying distance (we're talking halfway across the area, if not more depending on terrain), has a scream that just sounds so wrong when it fires its thunder beam attack, can lift up large chunks of earth to toss at you, and has a somersault dive attack that can mean sudden knockouts for unprepared hunters. In case you try to make it leave with a Dung Bomb, it won't. In 4 Ultimate, it's one of the monsters eligible for Apex status, and one of its new tricks as an Apex monster is lifting up a much larger chunk of land to hurl in your direction. Worst of all, it can pop in as an intruder on G-rank quests with unstable environments (see general Apex example above).

    By the way, did you think fighting a Deviljho with no armor in 4 was scary enough? A G-rank DLC quest in 4 Ultimate applies the same "no equipment besides your weapon" rule to a fight with an Apex Rajang. Good luck!
  • Try grabbing a Wyvern Egg while a Rathian is present on the map. She will know, and she will come over and make you pay for hurting her children.
    • Rathalos will do the same thing. Good luck if you're a on a quest with both of them!
  • The Nakarkos. To start, it is found in the "Wyvern's End" map (which it turns out is a very appropriate name), which has you doing the biggest jump from base camp since the Sunken Hollow from 4. And then you see what the monster is: A massive tentacled Eldritch Abomination that literally eats other big scary monsters and airships for breakfast, uses monster bones as armor and to harness those monsters' abilities, and lives in a massive pit full of bones every which way with a very eerie theme track. A few of those monsters that the Nakarkos feasts on, by the way, include badasses like Brachydios and even the recently-introduced Glavenus. One of its attacks can cause a unique status that covers you in goo that seems harmless at first, until you roll and the goo causes you to be immobilized as the bones on the ground stick to you. Granted, hunters also kill monsters for a hobby and make weapons and armor out of them, but at least the end result looks far more refined and less squicky.
    • It's like Cthulu is playing with finger puppets made of the bones of fellow monsters.
  • XX gives us Atoraru Ka as the game's Final Boss. For the third time in the series the Final Boss isn't an Elder Dragon (the other two are Akantor and Ukanlos), but one can't possibly imagine a giant leaf mantis to be as strong as one unlike the former two, could it? That is, until one discovers that It Can Think as not only does it defend itself by swinging around debris--including discarded dragonators—at hunters, but it's also capable of literally constructing a Humongous Mecha out of said debris by webbing them together and powering it with the cocooned remains of its mates! And according to its backstory, it had defeated entire armies on its own with said mecha. Think about it: a bug smart enough to utilize human technology to fight against humans. Just how many more of these super-intelligent beasts are there in the wild?
    • This also leads to another form of Fridge Horror: the Monster Hunter lore had long referenced artificial weapons like Flesh Golems made of Elder Dragon parts as having existed in the distant past. The question is, WHY did they resort to such drastic—if inhumane—measures? Is it because something bigger, badder and smarter than any of the currently known monsters is still out there, waiting to take revenge on humanity for the sins of the Ancient Civilization...possibly as intelligent as Atoraru Ka if not moreso?
      • Not to mention, the aforementioned Flesh Golem, called the Equal Dragon Weapon, is horrific in and of itself. The Equal Dragon Weapon is a massive, dragon-shaped abomination seemingly cobbled together from robotic parts and the corpses of more than 30 elder dragons. As if that wasn't ghoulish enough, concept art shows what the Equal Dragon Weapon looks like when it's rediscovered many years after the war. The Flesh Golem is badly decomposed, with exposed muscles and bones, a torn-off arm, and organs dangling from between its ribs. Perhaps it's for the best that the Equal Dragon Weapon has never appeared in the games and has only been mentioned in art books.
  • Despite being more cartoony then most other games Stories actually opens with the first ever monster attack we see on an actual village by a nargacuga and it's surprisingly terrifying. The beast shows up out of nowhere, ignores the closest combat ready defender and instead rampages right into the village. In seconds it utterly decimates a few buildings and kills at least one person before the defenders rally to drive it off. This was the first time we got to see the sheer havoc the monsters can cause if hunters or their equivalents fail to drive them back.
    • Also gets some Adult Fear in the form of a group of young children running off into the woods. Said children stumble into a rath nest. Dan's relieved comment about how lucky they are an adult didn't show up likely sent a cold chill down the spines of series veterans who know these wyverns are infamous for their ability to track people who mess with their eggs.
  • The Rotten Vale is essentially Nakarkos's lair turned into an entire hunting ground. It is made up almost entirely of bones, is full of dark corridors, several areas are filled with toxic gas that turns the wildlife violent, and the inhabitants are all nasty. One of the areas is carpeted with countless bloodied carcasses. Sometimes, a dead monster will fall from the map above. Ironically, said map is the Coral Highlands, one of the brightest and most visually stunning areas in the game. And the kicker? Most of the place is made of a Dalamadur skeleton.
  • The Odogaron, one of the inhabitants of the Rotten Vale, looks like a huge skinless zombie dog with massive jaws. Its main feature is its second set of claws, which protrude unnaturally from under its feet. When affected by the toxic gas in the Rotten Vale, the veins on its back glow bright red, Deviljho-style. Its appearances in trailers and pre-release gameplay footage had it brutalize other large monsters, shaking Paolumu like a chew toy and bringing down a Radobaan.


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