Nightmare Fuel: Pandora Hearts

Pandora Hearts has plenty of disturbing moments of Nightmare Fuel, even if it draws heavily from Alice in Wonderland.

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  • Many of the Slasher Smiles coupled with insanity.
  • A lot of things about the Intention of the Abyss is this.
    • The fact that she ripped out Break's left eye with her bare hands simply because she wanted it is really disturbing.
      • not to mention that she licked the blood off of it. Yeesh.
    • There's also one of the Intention of the Abyss' forms: a rabbit in a dress with black, bleeding pits for eyes.
    • She is also quite a frightening Mood-Swinger, being angry towards Vincent, then suddenly crying, then just as suddenly cheering up when she noticed it's time for tea.
    • If her wish to not be the Intention of the Abyss anymore is anything to go by, not even she is immune to the Nightmare Fuel.
  • If you're a contractor and your clock goes around once, you will get dropped into the Abyss, which is a nightmarish plane of existence that looks like a cross between a broken toy box and hell , and where you will most likely get eaten alive by Chains. If you don't, you'll end up becoming one, anyway
    • There were some unlucky people who got their bodies warped by the power of the Abyss without turning into chains, being brought into a zombie-like state instead. What makes this worse is that it happens outside the Abyss itself. Granted, it also happens in a place where the Abyss' power is concentrated the most, but still!
    • Picture this: you get dropped in The Abyss either because you were an illegal contractor or because the Baskervilles sent you there, you somehow manage to return in the human world. You feel happy to see the sunlight again. Then, you realize something is wrong. Your surrounding look like a dilapidated version of the building you were in when you fell in The Abyss. That's right, what seemed like an hour in there was TEN YEARS in our world.
  • Even more disturbing is Oz Vessalius and how much he is shown to have suffered that he holds it in, but the crowning moment of is when Alice gets kidnapped by the Cheshire Cat, who drags the characters into lovely reminiscences of their past, that try to kill you. If you don't die of that, he will hunt you down and kill you. Oz happens to find Alice, and then she is killed. He then goes Ax-Crazy and tries to destroy the entire dimension, all the while screaming about how much he will kill everything and everyone who makes Alice sad. Then, he hears Alice say that she's scared of herself, and then decides: I'll just erase Alice!
  • Jack's obsession with Lacie outright borders on psychotic, what with wanting to send the world Lacie loved into the Abyss just so she wouldn't have to be lonely in the Abyss anymore. Then, there's his treatment towards Oz...
    • Yes, let's talk about Jack for a minute. Normally yanderes visibly go nuts when their loved one is threatened. and the madness stays with them. Alternatively, sociopaths are extremely good at faking emotion and acting friendly but go a little deeper and they simply don't care . Jack is neither. He is completely, utterly rational and reasonable in his actions regarding Lacie even when they're obviously insane and he never shows anything other than a genuine smile even when he's planning something incredibly twisted. He is a Dogged Nice Guy taken to the extreme and gets creepier when you think about it. The fact that he creeps out a Baskerville should clue you in about how disturbing this guy is.
  • "No matter how insecure... no matter how terrifying... if it is destroyed... I will... be able to laugh."
  • Sharon here.
  • At one point in the manga we get to see Break's empty eye socket and then there's the fact that in times of extreme distress he will scratch at his empty eye socket causing it to bleed. He's also going blind in his remaining eye.
  • The incident in Sablier that happened shortly after Leo became Elliot's servant. When your new and Only Friend gets stabbed by an Eldritch Abomination right in front of you and ends up being contracted to it to stay alive, you'd definitely wish it was all a nightmare.
  • This panel of Lily after being shot in the head and surviving.
  • This is the real me...
  • Becoming Glen doesn't seem to be a happy fate. When you're "lucky" enough to live long enough without getting killed, you will still have to deal with your body deteriorating from the strain of having too much power of the Abyss in you. Once transferring Glen's soul to the next vessel is done with, you will gradually start dying a slow and painful death, and eventually turn into a chain. It's remarkable how Levi never stopped smiling throughout the ordeal, except for the occasional moments of shock.
    • Then, there's also the chance that you will end up having a Child of Misfortune for a sibling, whom you will have to send into the Abyss to be killed Deader Than Dead.The Worse part is that everything about the Children of Misfortune were lies by the Jurors as they were a thereat to their plans being irregulars created by the cores basically all the Baskervilles were just tools for their stories and they were sacrificing innocent people for nothing.
    • Even without that, you will end up distorting reality around you, especially the lives of those around you, and being Glen amplifies this. Just ask Leo. Or, well, any of the Glens, really.
  • The Tragedy of Sablier. It's a massacre, for Pete's sake! Said massacre happened to double as a Mercy Kill to save the people within Sablier from A Fate Worse Than Death, as Sablier starts to fall into the Abyss. Poor Oz is understandably disturbed ,even when he was still B-Rabbit.
  • Jack's fate after the Tragedy. Reduced to fragments of his soul desperately holding on to life, de-aging back to a baby and then returning to his former age without really knowing what was happening, several times. All the while never being completely sure that he would still exist after this cycle.
  • Lacie and Alyss are both extremely psychotic. It's completely disturbing to see both of them laughing while blood spurts everywhere. Then again, considering their respective pasts, maybe it's understandable.
  • Oz was B-rabbit once upon a time, right? He must've been a complete psycho who enjoyed killing. Nope. The entire time Jack orders him to kill people, you can hear Oz shouting, "No, I don't want to kill people!" Then, when Jack runs into Alice, she gets completely stiff and asks him what he's done to Oz. She says, "Can't you hear Oz screaming through his tears?" Then you get this image: Sweet dreams.
  • The part where Alice has a horrifying daydream about a bunch of hands dragging her down into the abyss was pretty horrifying in its own right. And why did no one mention poor Cheshire? Having your eyes cut out by a psycho boy with scissors is not a great way to die.
  • This is more of a subtle one, but Reim tells Break that his chain has the ability to fake death, knocking the contractor out for a random period of time to complete the illusion. Also, Rufus Barma told him to keep this ability a secret from everyone in order for it to be truly effective. Now think about it. What could have happened if he'd been knocked out for a far longer period of time than he was...
  • This image of Oz being soaked in blood with the revelation of him being B-rabbit. It is incredibly disturbing.
  • How about Oswald's plan? He wants to go back into the past and kill his OWN SISTER, someone he cares about dearly. Dear lord, that's insane. Not only that, he wants to kill his own nieces. If you stop to think about it for a moment, it was Jack who got everyone where they are today-i.e, he gave Oz a body to inhabit, allowed Alice to live a life free of being in a tower and spared Gil the pain of killing Vincent when he became older. Now think about what happens when Oswald gets his way. Oz stays as the rabbit doll and never gets to interact with anyone, thus preventing him from ever befriending Gil and saving him from depression. Like it or not, Oswald, your nieces saved the world, so show some gratitude. Without them, the world is doomed. Oh, no Jack? Gilbert and Vincent are gonna die out on the streets because it was Jack who found them. Basically, Oswald's idea of "paradise" is 100 years of dictatorship under his rule, where only the Baskervilles are allowed to have chains, which means no one can fight back, no one can do what they want without "Glen-sama" deciding. Is he really wishing to save the world, or does he just want to control everyone in it? It becomes Fridge Horror when you see him gorily murder members of Pandora simply for disagreeing with him. Dear lord, what's he going to do when he rules over them? Would he really be a kind and caring ruler? He is walking Nightmare Fuel. Before, he wasn't so bad, but now he makes Jack look like a nice guy in comparison.
  • EVERY Child of Misfortune has occasionally shown an extremely psychotic behavior. Let's see how:
  • What is it that Gil is cradling after he's regained all his memories? Oswald's head.