Nightmare Fuel: Phineas and Ferb
"Okay, this is another CG element with the balloon, and I have to say, that's one of the most disturbing images I've seen."Examples from The Movie go here.
— Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, referring to Balloony◊
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- When we see Phineas from the front.◊ (But Depends On The Artist really, sometimes his front view is strangely adorable.◊)
- Many of Doofensmirtz's defeats are really really dark at times for a kid's show. Once he was stranded on Mars (Though it had breathable atmosphere because... because), Another time he was left trapped inside a submarine on the bottom of a lake, another time he and a bunch of other scientists were zapped into another dimension and eaten by an alien baby. Cartoons (Especially Disney) have done the "Villain gets trapped in a situation they couldn't possibly escape from but do anyway to preserve statusquo and is never explained" scenario all the time, but it doesn't make these any less dark.
- Anytime the Talking Zebra shows up. Anytime he shows up, calling Candace "Kevin". It's kind of unsettling. And in one episode, Candace reveals she finds it easier to believe in talking zebras that knit than believing her crush will go out with her. That's... Not exactly mentally healthy.
- As slowly revealed over the course of the series, the entire universe revolves around tormenting Candace.
- The way Buford squishes Phineas's thumb towards the end of their thumb-wrestling match can be wince-worthy.
- The Phinedroids◊ and Ferbots◊ are quite terrifying the first time you see them. The Candroid is even more so. There's one particular shot, right after the boys shut down their coffee stand, where they look toward the camera in the creepiest fashion...
- The Ba-dink-a-dinks. They're more amusing than anything, since it's obvious what they're a parody of, but they might not be as friendly as they seem.
"We will now lay waste to the surface dwellers!"
- The wax presidents after they melt.
- This is, as a whole, a mildly creepy episode, which is understandable due to it's "Fantastic Voyage" Plot, but the real kicker is during the song "Hemoglobin Highway", when an entire eyeball is seen inexplicably floating around in Candace's bloodstream. And it's not just randomly placed in the background, it takes up half the freaking screen◊. To make it worse, said eyeball watches the boys as they pass by in their mini sub.
- The giant floating baby head is pretty creepy the first few times you see it. Helps that it's lampshaded by Phineas and Ferb themselves. It gets even scarier when you realize that neither of them has the SLIGHTEST IDEA HOW IT GOT THERE!
- The entire haunted house, but the song Phineas sings provides more than enough effect to make it more entertaining than scary. That is, until it goes berzerk and Candace is taken through it without the aid of her brothers.
- Perry has to wear a cone on his head for the entire day. The reason he has to is because it's to prevent him from getting at patches of missing fur on his body. The way he got like that, however, can be kind of scary: he fell into a sandpaper factory. Sure, he got out with only patches of his fur missing and his entire subplot of him trying to get into his lair are pretty hilarious, but the thought of him falling into a sandpaper factory is not.
- This. Whereas in "The Chronicles of Meap" Ferb's skin slips neatly off his face in a similar situation, Phineas's... doesn't. And that's scary.
- SMILE AWAY.
- Phineas and Ferb essentially being waterboarded into submission. The scariest part is when Phineas can't even finish his catchphrase!
- The MindRape-like reeducation.◊ Note that they are watching a video that is telling them, in a Creepy Monotone voice:
"Age inappropriate building is unsafe and irresponsible. Good boys don't make anything but their sisters happy. Creative acts are unattainable and dangerous. Using your imagination is morally wrong."
- The boys later repeating the above phrases to Candace in an equally-monotone voice also definitely counts. They basically get turned into imagination-deprived zombies.
- The Sanity Slippage when its revealed that the whole episode is Candace's nightmare (within Perry's nightmare), especially the bit where Candace turns around, and suddenly Phineas and Ferb are juggling a pair of corn dogs between each other, just due to how out of left field it is
Day of the Living Gelatin
- The face on the living jell-o and the way it eats Jeremy's gelatin head like it was the real thing.
- "Thwart me, Perry the Platypus." While it was played for laughs, it comes completely out of nowhere.
- This◊ thing.
- Doofenshmirtz's childhood best friend, Balloony ventures into the Uncanny Valley territory.
- The dead fly scene. To elaborate, Baljeet has shrunken down to the size of a dust bunny, and is trapped on an overhanging lamp, with the air conditioner blowing directly on him. Due to his minuscule size, the chill could kill him if he doesn't find some sort of heat preservation. So, what does he do? He curls up inside the body of a dead fly until the others find him. Complete with bug guts and everything. Works excellently as Nausea Fuel as well.
- It may take a while to notice, since it was a very quick line that was part of a much longer ramble, but in the Bad Future created by Candace, children are actually childproofed (Sealed in child-shaped cases of steel) and stored away until they reach adulthood. All the details about it are left ambiguous...Just. Think. About. It.
- This scene is played in a goofy manner but when you realize she just died it's kind of dark. Well, not really died as much as "Never existed to begin with" still kind of dark regardless.
Phineas: If you're from the bad future, which doesn't exist anymore, doesn't that mean you shouldn't exist anymore either?Alternate Adult Candace: Oh darn. *Is immediately erased from existence*
- Some of the bad photos of Candace may fall under this.
- The happy face Candace made to Phineas. It screams "HELP ME" like no other facial expression.
- In the opening scene, a smile crosses Ferb's face that is kind of...well, take a look for yourself◊. It's not that bad, but since Ferb rarely ever makes any sort of facial expression what so ever... yeah...
- "Busting" Candace asks Phineas where the other her (lovey-dovey Candace) is, and he says she already drove off with Mom. Cue a scary boar-like sound and Candace with a face that will take you a sec to notice it's scary.
- You can see it at about seven seconds in this video. I'd post just the picture of it, but it's much more unsettling in action.
- Even Phineas and Ferb are disturbed by it.
- Note, especially, how even Ferb cringes away.
- Still scary (and even scary for those it's already traumatized), but this scene is a Shout-Out to Invasion of the Body Snatchers. note
- Phineas and Ferb combined by Doofenshmirtz's "Combine-inator" at the end. Behold◊. Made worse when Phineas smiles and Ferb... smiles more. The garlic ice cream and cockroach Combin-inated test subjects were no slouch either.
- "I know what we're going to do today! Build a... super... computer". Except it looks like this◊. Oh, and it is also a Dangerously Genre Savvy Literal Genie that is not afraid of pulling Gambit Roulettes at your expense. It says "I knew this would happen" and then explodes at Doofenshmirtz's building. IT KNEW IT WOULD DIE.
- The ending, where Doofenshmirtz slams the closet door on Norm, leaving him in complete darkness. All we see is Norm's eyes and mouth in the corner of a black screen.
Norm: Apology accepted, Dad...
- The ending was a Shout-Out to a very famous sci-fi film, but seeing Ferb as a "fetus" was still pretty terrifying.
- Blink and you'll miss it (which kind of makes it creepier) - the end has Linda polishing off a human skull. It's not lampshaded or explained.
- Well, the Flynn-Fletchers own an antique store...
- We find out that Doofenshmirtz has a fire hydrant stuck under the skin of his leg.
- The zombies were far more funny than scary ("I don't care for organs, but I do enjoy a cucumber sandwich."), but if you take out the accompanying dialogue and just look at those things, they are undeniably creepy◊.
- Doofenshmirtz's Painful Transformation into a Were-cow was no picnic either. The background music while it happens does not help.
- Candace turning into dust at the end. Phineas's reaction turns this into more of a Funny Moment though.
- The song is a parody of teen vampire movies, but the coloring and Ozzy Osbourne-esque voice make it chilling to the core.
- This episode is creepy on so many levels. That's right, Phineas and Ferb deliberately created an AI smarter than them to trap them repeatedly - a new trap every time they escape one - so that they may never be able to get out. The mallet they built to smash it from the outside in case of the inevitable emergency? Doesn't work. And then, when they finally get into their backyard (by tunneling through the ground), the thing traps them with a shield and announces its plan to cut off their air supply. The happy ending? The shield expands to include the entire galaxy. Cold comfort. (As a little added bonus horror, Candace, who'd typically come dashing in to bust/save them in an episode of this type, is asleep the whole time.)
- The sheer and absolute Mind Screw that is this entire episode. Special mention goes to the titular monster itself.
- The "Going Deep Into Your Mind" sequence.
- The characters helplessly being pulled in by a gnawing Id Candace is very chilling. Candace puts it best when she says she's got s really weird mind.
- Played for laughs, but Carl turns the lights off when Monogram finishes briefing Perry and Perry leaves, and when Monogram tells Carl to turn the lights back on, he's answered only by an evil laugh, and Carl says that it wasn't him...
- An in-universe example, bloated Monogram asking for a high five, seeing as it scared everyone from Cheesetopia.
Phineas: Huh. Who would have thought a high-fiving swollen guy would have scared everyone off like that.
- For such an upbeat-sounding song, the lyrics of "Weaponry" are pretty shockingly dark:
Just make an example ofRepresentative sample ofAnd most of them will not be missed! [...]Never mind the fatalitiesWhere there's municipalitiesTo crush a set of with the threat ofWeaponry!
- It doesn't help a bit that it is cheerfully sung by a smiling Norm, of all people.
- The evil Phineas robot's transformation.
"I know what I'm going to destroy today."
- This shot◊ of Phineas. Completely unintentional, too...
- Doofenshmirtz's evil monster form.
- The stinger has Phineas and Ferb create a quantum vortex that sucks the entire world in. Except Candace. Who - in a scared voice - asks "Mom?"
- The song, "What is this Thing?"
- The mysterious kid with the eyepatch also counts.
"But is it my left eye or my right eye? You don't know.
- The Kinderluper. Apparently it kidnaps naughty kids and puts them in his sack, with "naughty" being defined as drinking water, slightly tilting their head or even just blinking. Although according to Roger, it rewards good kids. Indicating once again how abusive Doofenshmirtz's mother is towards him and treats Roger the opposite way.
- Some people find the look of the kids' bodies after having minds switched◊ with the aliens rather disturbing.
- It would probably just be easiest to say "the whole episode", when compared to most of the series, but let's give a few examples anyway.
- The first 'story', following Candace is probably the scariest one. It involves Candace accidentally turning Ducky Momo (as in, her doll) evil. While that may not sound frightening, we're treated to a lovely scene where it gets stuck in a door Candace is obliviously trying to close, and it ends up loosing one of it's eyes, which is still barely holding on by a string, and having a seam ripping open, with stuffing falling out. And then, as the song begins, it simply... draws everything back to it's body. Slowly. It's creepier than it sounds, especially if you listen closely as it happens. Also Ducky Momo spinning it's head around didn't help things.
- Also a Brick Joke from Nerds of a Feather appears, (the rare Ducky Momo collectible plate that had a typo making it accidentally say "I hate people") is very cleverly added into the background during the chase song, but the situation when you see it makes it both funny yet ironically disturbing at the same time. Plus, not long after she got said plate she dropped and broke it.
- The song is also unnerving, and the tune and haunting lyrics are just the tip of the iceberg. Imagine being Candace: You're alone, in a dark house and it's storming. Then, you hear a creak. Then later, footsteps. Then you see something out of the corner of your eye or in the corner of a mirror and when you turn around, there's nothing there. Throughout the song, Candace starts off calm, and by the end she's calling Stacy in terror.
- And let's not forget the end. Ducky Momo isn't evil, he just wanted a hug. Why? Because Candace didn't expose it to moonlight, which was the key factor for it being evil. Then the moon comes out and shines on Mr. Miggins who grows claws and teeth and sports a horrible expression and leaps at the screen to the delightful sound of Candace screaming. Cue commercial break, then a new, unrelated segment all together.
- Ducky Momo's scream is also pretty terrifying.
- The second 'story' was more funny, with Doof summoning the Inexplicable Giant Floating Baby Head so he can get three wishes. However, to symbolizes how many wish he has left, his hand has the faces and hair of the Giant Floating Baby Head, which can even make his fingers move on their own! Doof even comments on it being "Slightly Horrifying".
- Finally, there's the third 'story', involving Perry having grape juice spilled on him (via Buford) which creates an evil, purple clone. The clone, after scarring the kids, pours more juice onto itself to create more clones, and then they spread out throughout Danville causing havoc and playing tennis. In the end, the kids, after trying and failing to wipe out the at least several hundred clones, they end up in a grape juice box factory and end up being ripped to shreds, thankfully offscreen. Of course, it was all just a story and the ending got changed from that, but that arguably makes it worse... Phineas wanted the story to end that way!
- The giant Puppet Fireside Girl, especially during the song.
- Isabella's "squee" face is either creepier than or as creepy as Creepy Candace from "Suddenly Suzy".
- Klimpaloon is unnerving. The knock-off Klimpaloons are horrifying. Not only do they look a hundred shades of wrong, the noises they make sound utterly agonized.
- When Candace escapes Mr Random's hideout, you can also see a bin with dead Klimpaloon recreations.
Specials and Miscellaneous
Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!
- The Klimpaloon. THE EYES.
- Seeing Phineas act so harsh and coldly because Candace continuously screws up the attempts to give the Marvel superheroes their powers back just because of how serious he thought the situation was is pretty unsettling to watch, if only because we are so used to Phineas being much happier than this. And this was the third time he ever had and outburst; the first was the movie after finding out Perry's secret and the second was when he tells Candace to firmly get on the trike.
- Stacy after◊ she is bitten by a spider.
- Rodney's willingness to throw the Earth into a new ice age is kinda disturbing.
- Two words: Darth Ferb.
- On the same way as "Tri-State Trilogy of Terror", you could say that this is pretty nightmare-ish compared to the rest of the series, but here are some notable examples:
- The trailer for the special is already pretty creepy, especially since there's so many pharmacists.
- The transformation from normal person into Zombie-Doofs is beyond disturbing, as it's sheer Body Horror. Add to the fact that their entire motivation is to turn you into another Doof...yeah.
- It's even worse with the animal agents, who become fusions between animals and Doofenshmirtz. Not only that, but they are also more aggressive and violent than the normal Doof-zombies.
- Agent P getting infected. Yes, you read that right. Perry the Platypus, who has gone through another dimension and fought endless times with Doofenshmirtz with little to no trouble, and has overall been shown to be extremely good on the job, is touched by one of the Doof-zombies and is helpless to do anything as he transforms into yet another fusion between Doof and an animal. It also highlights the fact that, as pointed out earlier by Phineas, even someone who is a complete Badass at hand to hand combat (as many of the characters are) is helpless against the zombies if they are unarmed, because any physical contact will cause infection.
- When Phineas, Isabella and Ferb are going to activate the vortex sprayer to spray all the Doof-zombies back to normal with water, the Doof-zombies climb the pillars of the water tower towards them! It gets worse when, just as they are about to be touched, Ferb sacrifices himself so they can go by kicking them away...and is then touched by one of them, shortly turning into a Doof-zombie in front of Isabella and his step-brother!
- He's soon followed by Phineas, so it's up to Isabella to cure the virus. This is the moment where the suspense is at the highest level: a good deal of our heroes, and a good deal of Danville's population for that matter, has turned into Doof-zombies, the only thing capable of producing enough water in order to make sure the virus doesn't spread again is being overrun by them, and Isabella is all alone in this, having lost Phineas and Ferb, and is touched by one of them just before she hits the button capable of saving Danville. If she had pushed the button just a bit too late...
- Near the end of the episode, Isabella says: "Everything is fine behind the walled-city of Danville, but it's a bummer about the rest of civilization. Cut to a shot of a now walled-off Danville, surrounded by Doof-zombies. Meaning Doofenshmirtz caused The End of the World as We Know It, completely by accident.
- Hearing the Doof-zombies say "lots of me" is already quite creepy, but hearing characters say it in the middle of transforming in their own voices just makes it even worse.
- What makes the episode so scary is that it is played terrifyingly straight. You could exchange all of the Doofs for actual shambling corpses, and it wouldn't make much of a difference.
- "Are you insinuating that my clothes are alive? That's scarier than these pharmacists!"
- Five words: "Who are Phineas and Ferb?"
- The effects of the time loop are explained in detail by Baljeet: In his representation, time is like a paper towel sheet moving forward. When something prevents time from flowing normally, he represents it with a hook that latches on to the sheet, eventually ripping a portion of paper from the strain, leaving less paper(or in this case, time) to work with. As the time-loops become shorter with repeated iterations, there will come a point when the final loop will result in the destruction of time itself. Whether that means the universe becomes frozen forever in a singular moment, or gets erased from existence, everyone is screwed. Brr...
- Playing as Phineas in the online game for The Movie. Due to the shape of his head, you can see (part of) his eyeballs when viewing him from behind. Maybe there's a reason we rarely (if ever) view Phineas directly from behind (or for that matter, directly from the front) in the cartoons.
- The costumes in the live stage show with the big, constantly staring eyes. Not to mention that the heavily stylized cartoon anatomy of the characters overall just doesn't really... fit when it comes to a live action adaptation.
- Sorta an in-universe example, in the DVD commentary for "The Chronicles of Meap" by Dr. Doofenshmirtz and Major Monogram, the latter actually calls Meap "Nightmare Fuel".