Nightmare Fuel / Pokémon X and Y

Pokemon X and Y has some pretty scary stuff...

  • A glitch has been discovered that if you save in the outskirts of Lumiose (Saving inside buildings doesn't seem to trigger it), it could permanently freeze your game and you'll have to restart. All your hard work and fun could go to waste just because one time you saved in the wrong part of the wrong city. Fortunately, Nintendo has released a patch to fix the glitch, meaning it's gone for good. Even if you stumble into this glitch as a result of not having Internet access/an SD Card at the time, don't fret - nothing's wrong with the save file. It's the loading that fails, getting the patch will fix everything.
  • In-game, Team Flare are this combined with Paranoia Fuel. First of all is that their end goals basically amount to mass murder in either their goal for immortality or killing off everybody not them (former for X, latter for Y) and that they are able to listen in all Holo Casters. And then you have all the Nazi parallels. (Suddenly the name "Holo Caster" sounds quite uncomfortable...)
    • Meanwhile, their leader Lysandre is right up there with Ghetsis when it comes to horrible Big Bads, although falls short of the latter for at least having sympathetic qualities. It's still really frightening to see how off the deep end he is.
      • Lysandre's Plan is extremely disturbing especially when you see him before the main events - even when acting like a well intentioned man, he cannot conceal his utter disdain and revulsion for "filth". When one looks at his plan, his "World of Silence" and "Eternal Beauty", it becomes clear what sort of villain he truly is. Lysandre corresponds very strongly to a LAW Villain - believing a massive amount of humanity is not worthy and deserves destruction for their sin, while selecting Chosen Ones to survive and create a new world.
      • The fact that Lysandre is the first Team Boss to canonically die. (At least in Y. His final fate in X is far worse.)
      • To clarify, in X after the player defeats Lysandre, he decides to set off the weapon anyway in a Taking You with Me moment, despite the weapon not having enough power to do what he wanted. The Five-Man Band manage to escape, but Lysandre and a large percentage of Team Flare never make it out and are implied to have been buried under the rubble. What makes this even worse is that post-game Sycamore suggests to the player that they may have become immortal—meaning that Lysandre will be trapped there for all eternity.
    • The eeriest moment is probably fighting the Team Flare leader's Pokémon for the final time. Lysandre's Pokémon are loyally fighting to enact a plot that will guarantee their own deaths. They're minutes away from being destroyed at their master's hands, but still as loyal as ever - it's rather tragic.
  • The protagonist competes in Restaurant battles in Lumiose City. In Restaurant Le Wow (the Three Star restaurant) the owner serves you as the Champion before the battles. After the second battle, the intensity was so much for him, he has a HEART ATTACK! He doesn't die, but still.
    • That's made worse, actually. The heart attack was not fatal, since he serves you again the next time you battle... but he has another heart attack. Every time you battle him, you give him a heart attack.
  • On the north side of Lumiose City, there is a 3 floor building with little kids playing on the first floor and a dojo man from Kanto on the third. The second floor, however... as soon as you step out of the elevator, the lights go nuts, you're unable to move, and a ghostly woman just slowly moves around you before stating that "You're not the one." and leaves. This event is totally unexplained in game and leaves the question — who is the one and what would have happened if you were the one?
    • Making it even creepier is how she just kind of slides around you instead of walking properly, despite looking like she's mid-step.
    • To make things even worse, you can find her again. If you go to the Richissime Hotel on the fourth floor, you can find her standing in the corner in one of the rooms. Talk to her and she says, "Don't speak to me. I can't hear the elevator."
      • There's no implication that they're the same person, given the 'ghost' uses the Hex Girl character model. For all you know, the girl in Richissime Hotel just really digs elevators.
    • It gets even worse. If you go into Luminose Station and check behind the billboard at the top left, you'll find a note. It reads: "I'm going to go for help. Wait in the usual place." The implication being that the one the ghost was waiting for left on the train, died, and left her alone to wait for them... forever. But this begs the question: just what did they need help with so badly that they needed to leave for outside assistance?!
      • Or, maybe "the usual place" was the office building, and she went there expecting to find someone - not you - and she was murdered on the way, possibly by whoever she needed help from. The three events may be clues pointing to something dangerous that is key in a future sequel or a download.
    • As a cross-game Nightmare Fuel, Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire has one of the Hex Maniacs in Mt. Pyre mutter the very same thing once you defeat her. Just what is going on? Are those Hex Maniacs the same one? Are they looking for each other? Are there a cult of Hex Maniacs looking for a chosen one?
  • From the post-game Looker subplot: When we meet "Essentia" for the first time. It gets worse when we find out who she really is and why she's stealing Pokemon.
    • When Essentia attacks Mimi the Espurr. The screen cuts to black, we hear Mimi cry out, and then there's that gut-wrenching squelch. It turns out that Looker took the hit instead, and he wasn't too badly hurt, but it was easy to immediately fear the worst.
    • Although he's okay, the fact that Looker tries to pass off the gut-punch as bad enough to require a hospital stay, and Emma is convinced, is kind of creepy. Emma must have been worried sick, plus she wasn't even aware that it was actually her fault.
    • Watching Emma screaming in pain when the suit malfunctions near the end of the subplot. No one should have to go through something like that.
      • It happens once before then, too, during the same scene where she strikes Looker. Watching her go through that once is bad enough; multiple times just makes it even more distressing.
  • Café Kizuna is a place for people who are very friendly with their Pokémon. A woman there thinks that the ideal way to be friendly with them is for the trainers to live in PokéBalls as well. (Yes, she's eccentric, and this is a mild case, but she's clearly not a fan of the PokéStar movies of Black 2 and White 2; at least two of those movies had scenarios like that, and they were serious Nightmare Fuel potential.)
    • Valerie has a similar dream, claiming she's training Pokémon because she dreams of becoming one. (As if she wasn't creepy enough. Comparisons to her and The Fair Folk have already been made.)
  • Mr. Mime's 3D model. Holy Uncanny Valley, Batman.
    • Volbeat and Illumise also look really creepy, the eyes in particular. It's almost like they are trying to remind players of the odd-model sprites in the Japanese version of Green.
  • Some of the new Pokédex are somewhat too creepy for a kid's game. Like the one for Phantump, which clearly states that they're stumps inhabited by the souls of dead children. Likewise, its evolution Trevenant traps those who harm the forest there forever, possibly turning them into more Phantumps as a result. Pumpkaboo is stated to be a spirit trapped on earth in the form of a pumpkin, becoming restless at night, and Gourgeist explicitly revels in human suffering.
    • Trevenant in general. You know the scary forest scene in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? That's what encountering Trevenant in a horde encounter is like.
      • Even worse than Snow White though, imagine walking through a dark spooky forest, you hear rustling. Something is following you. It's a living walking tree with long sharp claws a glowing red eye (Or half a dozen of them) which immediately grabs you or bites you (However it works) trapping you within the forest for all eternity. Remember in Mortal Kombat 2 the very very creepy forest of living trees, thinking back, you would probably rather be lost in there. At least in those games, all they do is growl at you.
      • The Trevenant thing is decreased slightly when you consider that Trevenant isn't even five feet tall, so it's shorter than the average adult, rather than being very tall.
    • Trevenant trapping people is made slightly less creepy when you read its Y entry and see that it's kind to Pokémon that live around it, so it'll probably be nice to trainers unless they're deliberately bothering it. That said, it does induce a bit of Paranoia Fuel, in that you'd want to make absolutely sure that you weren't doing anything wrong...
  • The Fairy Tale Girls, full stop. While some have some adorable lines, and they are generally adorable themselves...several of them reach creepiness you wouldn't expect a child to achieve. In fact, they seem downright possessed in some cases, saying the fairies they have are whispering to them, and telling them to do things, you can find them around areas associated with ghosts and hauntings, and one states she's old enough to be your mother, hinting these girls are far from natural.
    • The Fairy Tale Girl also do not have normal human eyes. They lack any pupils, and their eyes are constantly glistening, even seeming to have heart-shaped designs. They share this trait with Valerie, the only character who seems to share their strange tendencies...
      • They're also seen in the company of Hex Maniacs. These girls are normal for the most part...except the ones with the Fairy Tale Girls, who seem...lost in their own mind.
        Fairy Tale Girl: My dear cuties whisper all kinds of secrets to me...
        Fairy Tale Girl: Oh phooey! Don't you ever come back. If you do, we're gonna end you, mmkay?
        Fairy Tale Girl: Tee hee hee hee! I can hear them! The fairies are whispering to me... "Fight!" "Win!" That's what they say! Hee hee hee...
        Fairy Tale Girl: Shhh. Rest now and close your eyes... You won't ever need open them again...
      • Laverre City is surrounded by Hex Manics and creepy forests, but it's Gym is based on a Dollhouse chock full of fairy-type users. One even calls you a doll like everyone else.
    • Taking into account their demeanour and somewhat mature-looking faces, it's possible that at least some of them are little people rather than children. And that they're intentionally affecting an exaggerated childish facade for...whatever reason motivates them. They come off more than a little disturbed as a result.
      • It is all but confirmed; one of the Fairy Tale Girls outright says she's "old enough to be your mother."
      • Another one (on Route 16) claims her mother dresses the same way she does. While it was probably intended to be funny, it just contributes to the theory that some of the Fairy Tale Girls are adults with issues of some kind...
      • It's been confirmed by Hex Maniacs and Fairy Tale Girls, though, that it's really just an act, and very likely all trainer classes in all games such as psychics are all just playing the role of that trainer class; it's still possible that some of the Fairy Tale Girls have some kind of mental problem, but for most they're just playing their chosen role.
      • Though they could very well be fairies masquerading as humans. Maybe even possessing children. The kid isn't older than you, but the fairy is.
  • Route 14. Most of it is a swampy route/spooky forest with tombstones scattered all over the place. Then there's the haunted house and the story the old man tells you. Thankfully, there are some Pokemon Rangers to keep you company and Shauna's reaction to the story helps lighten things up. It's also Nightmare Retardant because of its playground.
  • How about the first time you encounter AZ? You're all set to get into North Lumiose and there's this freakishly your way. And for a while that's completely unexplained.
  • The wild encounters on Route 13. Tufts of dirt follow you around, and appear to slow you down if you are near them. Pokemon in those tufts tend to have abilities like Arena Trap.
    • It's also quite possible to get two of them following you at once, depending on how you walk around or if you're just unlucky with where they spawn. If it happens, it really contributes to the feeling that the Pokémon in the dirt clouds are trying to chase and trap you.