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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."
Jeff "Swampy" Marsh, referring to Balloony

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    Season 1 
I, Brobot
  • 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...

Toy to the World
  • 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!"

Mom's Birthday
  • The wax presidents after they melt.

Journey to the Center of Candace

One Good Scare Ought to Do It!
  • 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.

Hail Doofania!
  • 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.

Out to Launch
  • 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.

Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!
  • 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.

    Season 2 
Day of the Living Gelatin
  • The face on the living jell-o.

Perry Lays an Egg

The Chronicles of Meap

Hide and Seek
  • 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.

Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo
  • 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*

The Bully Code
  • Some of the bad photos of Candace may fall under this.

Suddenly Suzy

The Doof Side of the Moon

Split Personality
  • "Busting" Candace asks Phineas where the other her (lovey-dovey Candace) is, and he says she already drove off with Mom. Cue a scary 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 

    Season 3 
Canderemy
  • 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.

Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!

Ask a Foolish Question
  • "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.

Meatloaf Surprise
  • While there is plenty of Fridge Horror regarding Doofenshmirtz's inators, the Rotteninator he uses stands out as straight Nightmare Fuel. To wit, it had the ability to rot anything shot with it, which he was intending to do to his opponents' meatloaf. He then proceeds to turn it against Perry, and while he misses and spoils various foodstuffs as well as rotting away the biodegradable trap Perry was in, the thought of what it could've done had it hit Perry or an innocent bystander...

A Real Boy
  • 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...

Mommy Can You Hear Me?

Skiddley Whiffers
  • 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.

That's the Spirit
  • 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.

The Curse of Candace
  • Candace turning into dust at the end. Phineas's reaction turns this into more of a Funny Moment though.

Escape from Phineas Tower
  • 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.)

Monster from the Id
  • 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.

Gi-Ants
  • 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...

The Remains of the Platypus
  • 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.

When Worlds Collide
  • This shot of Phineas. Completely unintentional, too...

This Is Your Backstory
  • 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?"

Blackout!
  • 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.

    Season 4 
Der Kinderlumper
  • 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.

Mind Share

Knot my Problem

Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror
  • 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.
    • 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!

    Specials and Miscellaneous 
Phineas and Ferb Summer Belongs to You!

Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
  • 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.

Other
  • 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.
  • Like the stage costumes, this image of Phineas untooned falls straight into the Uncanny Valley.
  • 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".
  • 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.


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alternative title(s): Phineas And Ferb Mission Marvel
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