Nightmare Fuel: RWBY

Hilarious? You bet. Awesome? Definitely. However, that certainly doesn't mean it can't get scary. Those beasts aren't called the Grimm for nothing...
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    General 
  • The Grimm.
    • The Grimm are seriously scary creatures. Soulless, vicious monsters - though quite capable of cunning - and hell-bent on humanity's destruction. In fact, that seems to be their sole purpose. They rarely attack animals. Just humans.
    • And still worse: they get stronger and smarter the longer they live, and can keep this up for hundreds of years. The Goliaths around Vale are already more than a match for a single hunter, and could be a major threat if provoked. And there are certainly far more than the dozen Oobleck and Ruby observed. But they aren't attacking yet. They're waiting.
  • The songs in RWBY's soundtrack are decidedly awesome, but some of them have very ominous passages.
    • Time To Say Goodbye is perhaps the best example:
      And at times we can't help wondering...
      Were we born to fight and die?
      Sacrificed for one huge lie?
      Are we heroes keeping peace?
      Or are we weapons,
      Pointed at the enemy so someone else can claim a victory?

    Volume Two 
Best Day Ever
  • Volume 2 kickstarts with an assassination on account of the White Fang's implied policy on deserters. Carried out by Cinder Fall's mysterious group, no less.
    • How they did it was also very, very creepy. The two teenagers just enter the store pretending to be clients, even while knowing that Tucson did know who they were, and started asking if he carried certain books. When they find a book his shop doesn't carry, they taunt him for not being able to live up to the shop's tagline ("Home to every book under the sun"), saying that it's not good to go back on promises. It's scarily reminescent of Pulp Fiction.
    • It gets arguably even more uncomfortable when we're treated to the interactions of the group: Emerald and Mercury seem to be Vitriolic Best Buds, and Cinder is apparently some sort of mother figure for them. They look pretty human and relatable, and it clashes even more when you remember that these two teenagers just murdered a man in cold blood and joke about it.

Extracurricular
  • Cinder's group infiltrating Beacon. They are apparently assessing the students' fighting abilities. And they talk about taking their power away. It's not clear what this means, but judging by how gleeful Cinder looks at the mention, it's probably nothing pleasant.

Burning the Candle
  • Yang's story to Blake about her ill-fated childhood quest is a hefty dose of Adult Fear. Two little children, out in the dark and cold, utterly defenceless against the waiting pack of Beowolves. A good thing Qrow showed up when he did, else Taiyang would have lost his daughters, right after losing his two wives.

No Brakes
  • The Reveal of (a part of) Cinder's big plan in Mountain Glenn: drive a high-speed train down the underground tracks, detatching cars loaded with bombs to blow holes to the Grimm-infested surface, and finally ram through the sealed end of the tunnel, leading hordes of ferocious Grimm straight into Vale. Even worse than that is seeing Torchwick actually do it. You can see the horror and confusion on the faces of people who probably just assumed it was going to be another average day when suddenly Grimm started charging into the city.
  • For a tiny, cute-looking Elegant Gothic Lolita, Neo is pretty darn creepy. She completely and effortlessly Curbstomps Yang, all without losing the smile on her face or even making a sound. She gets a borderline Slasher Smile when preparing to deliver a fatal stab. The way her eyes flip colors every so often when she blinks could be considered an Uncanny Valley to some.
  • The sheer air of hopelessness in this episode is equal parts depressing and creepy. Team RWBY has been more or less unbeatable throughout the series up to this point, but here Torchwick's plan succeeds much earlier than he planned, and Neo completely and utterly wipes the floor with Yang. Then there's the chainsaw-wielding maniac with a deep raspy voice who, after getting nearly beaten by Weiss, suddenly grabs her face, slams her on the ground, and throws her in the air. Worse thing is, it cuts to the next scene right when he's seemingly about to cut her in half with his chainsaw.
  • That siren at the end...