Nightmare Fuel: Sailor Moon
Sailor Moon may be a series about girls with magical planetary powers, but that doesn't stop some pretty disturbing things from popping up. In the name of the moon, spoilers below!
- Usagi hallucinating Mamoru's rotting skeleton.
- In the SuperS arc, the main villain Queen Nehelenia forces everyone to have nightmares. Sailor Venus dreams that she finds Sailor Moon's skeleton with decomposing skin still clinging on.
- In the second arc, Koan from the Black Moon Clan sets a little girl on fire for no reason. If that wasn't bad enough, the charred corpse was actually left lying there for anyone to see.
- The first monster Usagi fights, which is downright hideous, and it's not helped by the fact that she kills the thing by cutting its head off.
- The Big Bad of each arc, except Galaxia, who looks like normal human, and Chaos, since we don't see much of it:
- Queen Metalia, shown here, is basically a living Nightmare Face made of darkness.
- Death Phantom, in addition the Grim Reaper getup he has in the anime, has the true form of Eldritch Abomination that's also a living planet.
- The Death Busters are on the whole pure Nightmare Fuel. In the anime, their common monsters, the daimons, turned their victims into goofy monsters that were mostly harmless after their first appearances. In the manga, they are best described as massive lumps of flesh with no bones that can inhabitant any or anything. Departing from the series usual Evil Is Sexy trend, everything the Senshi fight this arc is like that. Pharaoh 90 is basically a giant one of those.
- Lighter than the above examples, Nehellenia's true form is an insect-like Humanoid Abomination.
- Hotaru's cybernetic limbs, which look like they were taken from Terminator, with what we see of them appearing to be wiring and metal covered by synthetic skin.
- Mistress 9's true form in the manga. Her appearance that most fans remember is when she's possessed Hotaru's body and caused it to age into an adult, but her true form is a Humanoid Abomination, seen here, and her bursting out of Hotaru's body also seems to be blood when she does it.
- The dungeon Sailors Mars, Mercury and Jupiter are imprisoned in after being kidnapped by the Black Moon Clan. It's full of rotting corpses.
- From the original series:
Morga: I'm not your mother, Molly dear!
- Jadeite's youma servants were all pretty terrifying and lacked the goofiness of the later seen monsters. Morga, the very first monster Sailor Moon fought, looked like this.◊ Somehow the dub managed to keep in Morga's terrifying screen presence, such as the fact that she actually tried to kill Naru/Molly by strangling her with her bare hands. When Molly asks her mother what's wrong with their customers as they start to faint, the camera cuts to Morga (still in disguise) with her back turned to Molly, and starts quietly laughing before turning to Molly and going:
- MURIDO. Not only is she one of the creepiest youmas of the series just for the fact that turns the deception Up to Eleven and doesn't mind harming children, but she ups the ante (it seems to be a thing with her) just with her transformation scene. The fact that she is revealed to be a Creepy Doll is one thing, but the single creepiest part is when she still looks human and her head retracts inside her body. Sailor Moon's reaction says it best.
- Ami has a good reason to be afraid of the youma that attempts to steal her energy in her introductory episode: In the English dub it simply tells her, "You just failed this class!" while in the original it says, "I'll just have to cut out your brain!"
- The episode "Sailor Venus' Past! Minako's Tragic Love" has Usagi learn that Minako had her heart broken when her friend and her crush fell in love with each other. Not scary, right? WRONG! Usagi is so angry that when the friend (who has become the Monster of the Week) attacks them, she has absolutely no intention to heal her, and is perfectly willing to just kill her. Keep in mind, this isn't an artificial being made of shadow, or a robot, or some other non-living thing - it's an actual, genuine human brainwashed and then turned into a monster. In other words, Usagi is willing to kill a human being just because the human in question (unintentionally) upset her friend to Break the Cutie extremes. In fact, it's only because Minako pleads with her that she relents, and even then she's reluctant to do so. Just seeing the sweet and forgiving Usagi, of all people, willing to commit cold-blooded murder, even if it's just one time in the anime... *shudder*. Thank God she never did anything like that again
- The two-part season finale, in which the Senshi all die horribly and surprisingly graphically, Beryl fuses with Metallia, and Usagi dies. Sure they all get better except for Beryl, but still.... The episode was notorious for reportedly making many children sick, and DiC had to cut out all the deaths in order to keep it kid friendly.
- Beryl's possession in general is creepy, but two moments stand out. The first is when Metallia breaks free of its pan to merge with Beryl, and blood comes pouring out of the container. The second, blink-and-you'll-miss-it image comes during the process, when we suddenly cut to Beryl's screaming face. This raises the question of what exactly Metallia is doing to her.
- Episode 22 has Naru being possessed by Nephrite and her skin turns purple and it's absolutely creepy.
- From the R:
- Uasgi's first reaction at getting her memories back was to scream in pure, unadulterated horror and sit in stunned silence for several moments. Before her own death and subsequent mind-wipe at the end of the previous season, there was very little time for her to grieve much for her friends and Mamoru because she had to keep moving forward and did what needed to be done. And then she had to relive it a second time, all at once, so it's no wonder why she reacted the way she did.
- Cardian Reci.
- Anything involving the nightmarish Big Bad of the season, Wiseman/Death Phantom.
- Diamond's Stalker with a Crush bordering on I Have You Now, My Pretty behavior to Sailor Moon, especially in Episode 83. When she's paralyzed and completely unable to push him away.
- Making it worse is the fact that she was wearing her normal outfit before he kidnapped her, but is wearing a dress after. Draw your own conclusions.
- Episode 74 has this at the beginning when Esmeraude and Rubeus are on his UFO and it suddenly shows us the Senshi tied to crosses unconscious.
- Koan's Villainous Breakdown can be this if you aren't expecting it. Ditto for Berthier freezing everything and everyone (including herself)
- From the S:
"STOP! NANOBOTS! YOU'RE DISSOLVING MEEEEEE!"
- Kaolinite's Daimons, who activate with the intended victim touching a harmless object with the egg hidden inside it. And you never ever know about that until you come in contact with it.
- The Mass Sacrifice at Mugen Gakuen.
- Even though it was Played for Laughs, Minako's reaction to seeing her pure heart is rather creepy.
- Even creepier are the implications for her mental state and her (mostly unknown) past. She has an almost physical need to know she has a pure heart. What the hell happened for her to have such a need?
- The scenes with the Messiah of Silence, especially when her eyes start to glow red
- The first appearance of Hotaru in Episode 111 consists of her screaming in pain. Even better, this scene comes with absolutely no warning whatsoever. Jump Scare much?
- Professor Tomoe's anime re-design looks quite ghastly, and the fact that he spends much of the season hovering over Daimon Egg cultivation phials (filled with what looks suspiciously like blood) and promising a Humanoid Abomination that he's going to feed her as many hearts as she wants only makes it worse. Small wonder that they made him a Cloud Cuckoolander Benevolent Boss - he needed a lot of Nightmare Retardant just to keep the show kid-friendly.
- The vision characters keep having of the Silence. It's specially bad in the case of Rei, since she has been having said visions from the start of the season while the other girls have not... and said visions involve, among other things, the girls being Taken for Granite and shattered.
- Telulu's death in the English dub. What makes it worse is that the Senshi are so terrified that they just stand there while she dies begging for mercy.
- Mimete's death in the previous episode also qualifies: During her One-Winged Angel moment, Telulu interrupts Mimete, revealing that the machine that Mimete is using has one weakness (a power failure while it is used will leave the user in And I Must Scream situation) - while holding the plug. Mimete, for exactly the first time ever shows real fear, literally begging Telulu not to do it (even promising to resign and give Telulu her place in the English dub). Telulu does it anyway, leading to Mimete falling into an endless void forever while screaming. This is so horrific, even the Outers are horrified (to put it into perspective, the Outers were prepared to kill a 10 - year old in order to protect the Earth)!
- Oh heck, almost all the deaths count, including (but not limited to) dying in a car crash, being frozen alive and then falling while frozen, being stabbed in the eye, being disintegrated, and being electrocuted for outliving your usefulness.
- Viluy's death deserves special mention - no matter which version you're watching, it's nothing short of terrifying. Not only because of what happens, but because she screams for her nanobots to stop because they're dissolving her. Her English voice actress does a very good job.
- In many ways, the look on Usagi's face when she emerges from Pharaoh 90 - what did she see on the other side that could make her look that broken?
- Given that her Heart Crystal, which is sort of (part of) her soul, was outside of her body, it's more likely she was just a walking shell at that moment, hence the deads, Dull Eyes of Unhappiness.
- From SuperS:
- The Dead Moon Circus itself is pretty terrifying in both the anime and the manga when you get right down to it.
- The way the Amazon Trio takes their Dream Mirrors from the victims of the week. Saying it has Unfortunate Implications would be putting it lightly. What they do is they take/approach their victims (whether women, young girls, young men, and in one case *an 8 year old boy*) into a secluded place and then produce a board and chains out of nowhere to restrain the victim. The mirror then comes out of the victim's chest, accompanied by the screams of said victim. And then they look inside, causing so much pain the victim invariably faint.
- The Amazon Quartet comes off as slightly more humane, as they just launch their Amazon Stone at their victims with pool cues, having them hit the victims in the back and sending the Dream Mirror spinning out of their chests.
- Minako gets another one Played for Laughs linked to the Dream Mirror examination. Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye were harsher than usual when looking inside it, and yet she got horny. What happened for her to get horny from that?
- She outright states that she wanted both of them, because she was attracted to them. Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye's reactions to what they saw in her mirror imply her dream was of a threesome between all of them. She didn't get turned on by them being rough with her mirror, she was turned on by her own fantasy.
- From episode 166, Zirconia bursting out of old Nehellenia's chest like a giant worm and strangling Sailor Moon.
- Nehellenia's flashback. It alternates between a horrified young Nehellenia staring back at her mirror with a sickened look on her face and the camera zooming in to the know blackened mirror as Zirconia's monotonous chant just keeps going on and on...
- Mister Magic Pierrot from episode 149. One of the few Monsters of the Week in the Anime to actually kill Usagi by shattering her Dream Mirror.
- Earlier in that episode, the Amazon Trio are in front of Zirconia, when Fish Eye (who knows that Chibi-Usa has Pegasus in her Dream Mirror and is starting to have doubts about everything) asks Zirconia if she'll keep her word. Zirconia, without changing her expression, reaches out her hand and starts strangling him. It takes Tiger's Eye's pleading to get her to stop.
- From Stars:
- Aluminum Siren's death in episode 187. This was pretty much the writers telling everyone that the gloves were coming off for the last episodes.
- The wiping off of 99.9% of the World Population Galaxia does before the Final Battle. The worst part? That's not even the most evil thing she did that season!
- Some Fridge Horror for that. Galaxia boasts that she killed off pretty much everyone on Earth. Despite the fact that most of them weren't seen in that season, but that would include Usagi's parents and little brother, Rei's grandfather, Yuichiro, Naru, Umino, the Furuhata siblings, Kyusuke and Momoko, the Ayakashi Sisters, Dr. Souichi Tomoe, pretty much everyone the Senshi have ever loved or cared about, dead. And what's worse is that the Senshi were so focused into fighting Galaxia that didn't even stop to think about them.
- It's implied with their small dialogue before the final transformation.
- Usagi herself, after Galaxia kills the other Senshi. Her resulting attack, powered by the Silver Crystal, has the effect of a very large bomb going off. We've seen Usagi determined before, but here, she is pretty much at the point of anger, which is almost anathema to her whole personality. She has all of this power at her fingertips, and now she's lashing out in heartbreak and anger. And Galaxia isn't even damaged by it.
- From R movie:
Fiore: I won't let anyone take Mamoru from me.
- The scene where the first of Fiore's "experiments" take place. The People Puppets scene is one of the creepiest scenes in the movie.
- The part where Minako is bending over an energy drained person's body and the person grabs her ankle without any warning whatsoever in a Jump Scare!
- The Kisenian Flower is as creepy as heck, and Fiore wasn't much better. I mean, the guy wanted to perform a Colony Drop on the Earth just to spite Sailor Moon!
- Fiore's Villainous Breakdown, where he announces his plan to crash the asteroid into the Earth, all while his eyes are glowing red.
- The scene where Fiore sucks Sailor Moon's energy. Not helped by the creepy music and Usagi screaming in pain as Fiore gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- Not just that scene, but the scene right after, when she's lying spent, panting and with Dull Eyes of Unhappiness on the ground... and then getting multiple of the root-tentacles stabbed next to her, putting her into a cruxifition pose.
- From S movie:
- ''The Snow Dancers''. Minions to Snow Queen Kaguya, they don't speak so much as shriek.
- The attack on the city, which features such lovely gems as people being frozen alive by the Dancers, all while accompanied by ominous music.
- The scene where the Inner Senshi (minus Sailor Moon) think they destroyed a Snow Dancer, only for said Dancer to sit up missing half of its face and both arms, and comes charging at them.
- One scene doesn't even feature violence and is still creepy: a scene where one of the Snow Dancers turns to look at the Inners. Just a look and nothing else. And it's still scary.
- The Snow Queen herself. She wants Earth for her own collection, meaning she's done this to goodness knows how many other planets. And she wants us next.
- The fact that the Snow Queen and Queen Badiyane from the SuperS movie below are two of the most horrifying villains in the franchise. How: while other villains merely want to destroy the earth and/or Sailor Moon, these villians both believe in a perfect, orderly world. They are the only two villains that could be classified as KnightTemplars.
- From SuperS movie:
Usagi: "Give us back Chibi-Usa and the children!"Populein: "Chibi-Usa? Oh, that little girl... Madam Badiyane likes her very much."
- The Adult Fear present in Badiyane's plan. Imagine being a parent and losing your child. Now imagine that your child was kidnapped to be used in something that would *kill him/her*, and you have her plot in a nutshell.
- This movie manages to make good use of Soundtrack Dissonance with the song "Sajin no Yousei" playing whenever Badiyane's minions kidnap children.
- The scene when the Senshi confront Populein while he's playing his flute and the children are walking towards the gondola. He stops, and the children all collapse without warning.
- The Puppyots, which take Creepy Child and Uncanny Valley Up to Eleven by being babies made of candy that explode when destroyed.
- This exchange:
- Queen Metalia, from what we've seen of her so far in the opening, she's now designed more faithfully to the manga.