Nightmare Fuel / Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon may be a "kids network", but that sure as heck doesn't stop them from adding plenty of frightening moments all over place, whether it be in their shows or even their own bumpers/station IDS.
Shows with their own pages
Many of the network's earlier bumpers have been remembered as quite terrifying to young viewers, who are now old enough to use TV Tropes.
- The one most commonly cited seems to be the "Pinchface" bumper, which features a Nightmare Face puppet made by floating dentures with eyes and glasses, which screams "NICKELOOHHH-DEE-AAAAHHHH!!" over an insanely loud Balkan brass/klezmer rendition of the Nickelodeon theme. Not to mention, there's all sorts of flashes all over the place. Who knew a 10-second Ad Bumper could be this frightening?
- The "Box" bumper is the unholy lovechild of said "Pinchface" bumper and Klasky-Csupo's 1998 logo (despite predating the latter by a few years) with Shrek ears. The entire thing feels like it was made on LSD.
- The "Compilation" bumper features characters and scenes from a lot of Nickelodeon's even older bumpers. While many consider this an awesome bumper (especially when The Nostalgia Critic plays along with it), there's so much weird noises and crap flying at you that a few children were profoundly creeped out by it.
- To some, Face, the old Nick Jr. mascot, is somewhat unsettling. He's essentially a talking, Kirby-esque face that takes up the entire TV screen and makes weird faces and sounds. YMMV, some may find him cute.
- The "Egg and Spoon" bumper shows an egg turning into an Uncanny Valley monster that scares a spoon, which turns into a chicken scared out of its own wits. Then, the egg monster eats up the entire screen, leaving us with a CGI Nickelodeon uvula and a creepy, Darth Vader-esque breath.
- The "Opera" bumper, with a huge female opera singer wearing a HUMONGOUS Nickelodeon-logo wig, along with a few close-ups of her face, and the creepy-looking conductor and his face at the end as his glasses break from the high note.
- In October 2007, when the channel received a "Shocktober" theme, before and after commercial breaks they would show some rather unsettling images of Nicktoon characters done in a twisted monster movie style. Some of them looked mostly innocent, while others...fell a bit more into the creepy side of things. Examples included one image of Katara as an evil water spirit and a surprisingly graphic one of the skeletal corpse of Aang in chains.
- Similar to the one above, Nickelodeon update the bumpers for October 2016. Some bumpers were innocent note , while some were pretty horrifying. An example is the bumper created for The Loud House, where Lincoln tells the viewer that there's nothing to be afraid of... then we see his sisters eyes in the background, and Lincoln is still smiling.
Shorts and other Non-Ident Material
- Inside-Out Boy. YMMV, but the concept of the thing is just a little creepy.
- Nickelodeon's Short Films by Short People showcased shorts created by kids, including one of which the kids who saw it on TV wouldn't forget: "Attack of the Giant Vulture", which revolves around a giant vulture chasing three kids around Chinatown with the intent of eating them. Those who didn't find the short silly were terrified by the eponymous vulture (as the comments in the linked video will attest to), and even the short's ending (where the kids turn the tables on the vulture and eat him instead) comes off as somewhat disturbing, too.