Nightmare Fuel / Saint Seiya

With all the High-Pressure Blood and the Cruel and Unusual Deaths, Saint Seiya is chock full of this. Kurumada and Co. can come up with such things...


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  • Shaina before her High-Heel–Face Turn:
    • During her first fight in the series she faces Seiya, who until now has been built up as an awesome and almost invincible hero with incredible speed-and she casually blocks each and every one of his attacks while counting how many times per second he can strike before beating him down-and torturing him with her Thunder Claw.
    • Her disturbing fondness for trying to claw his opponent's face off. And not during the fight, but after they're down for the count.
    • In their third fight Seiya has decisively defeated her. She's not a threat anymore, right? Nope: next time she attacks she almost kills Hyoga and Shun at the same time, before they throw her down a cliff. There's a reason Seiya preferred throwing himself down that cliff rather than fighting her again: he had better chances against the cliff than against Shaina... That, like him, survived the cliff. And next time she appears, she's trying to kill Seiya in his sleep in a hospital room.
  • Ikki is already the bringer of Mind Rape and horribly bloody fights, but he actually tops himself in one memorable fight against Capella, a Silver Saint who threatened Seiya and Saori. Capella's Weapon of Choice is a set of shields attached to his armor, which can be also thrown as projectiles - so far so good, huh? Well, Ikki uses his powers to trick the guy into believing he cut off his own hands with said disks/shields (no Gory Discretion Shot here), and goes further when the guy ends up Hoist by His Own Petard by having said shields fatally injure him in the chest and stomach before he is shown unharmed but with his mind broken and falls off the cliff they're fighting in.
    • The manga rendition of his attack against Wolf Nachi in his first appearance is even worse. In the anime, his illusion punches shatter Nachi's cloth and knocks him senseless. In the manga? They shatter his body, ripping off his arms when he tries to defend himself and eventually blowing open his torso, spilling his guts, giving a clear shot on his spine, before only leaving his smiling head. Ick.
    • His attack against Virtue Eligor in the Lucifer movie is nothing to laugh at either. The illusion starts with Eligor decapitating Ikki, only for his headless body to walk towards Eligor while the fallen head is taunting him. Then said head screams maniacally about sending him to hell while a swarm of locusts comes flying out of it's mouth towards Eligor, only for the head to melt afterwards, while Eligor is pierced through the chest and falls dead. Jeez!
  • Anything that Cancer Deathmask ever does until his Heel–Face Turn in the Hades Saga and the Soul of Gold series. Specially the little matter of these "masks" in the Cancer Temple. And how he can send his opponents to a really scary fighting field where lack of fighting spirit will make you join the legions of the moaning dead going to Hell, and where one misstep might send you down to your death.
    • In Episode G, the masks scare the crap out of a giant. The giant was effectively a low-powered god who believed himself invincible. That is how nightmarish Deathmask is.
    • And to make things worse... This guy is a Gold Saint, meaning he has immense destructive power, can actually take some of what he dishes even without his near-indestructible Gold Cloth, and, most importantly, moves at the speed of light.
  • During the Twelve Temples arc, Saga is sitting in his throne room when all of Saori's ten Bronze Saints barge in to attack. The Gold Saints, all twelve of them and fully armored, jump out of nowhere and put themselves between the invaders and Saga... And then, before Saga can realize there's something wrong in the situation, the Gold Saints turn toward him and come close to kill him themselves. And there's all the Gold Saints in the group, including Deathmask (who by this point was already killed), Shaka (presumed dead), Aiolos (who is long dead), Aphrodite (described as the most terrifying of the Gold Saints by Saga himself]]), and Saga himself. That's when Saga wakes up in terror... But this literal nightmare left him so shaken he can't help but look around in fear.
  • Hades Saga:
    • Sphinx Pharaoh is a Specter with an Egyptian theme. He can perform the infamous Test of Osiris to see if you're a pure-hearted person by literally putting your heart in a scale to weigh it against the Feather of Truth. While you're still alive.
    • Pictured. Ikki pierces Shun's chest and extracts Hades' soul from his body (soul that resemble an abomination), destroying it. Suddenly, Hades' real soul emerges from Shun's chest in Alien style, but turn out that was all a dream in Seiya's head.
  • Everything Shaka does in combat. Unless you have a very good reason, accept his offer to spare your life and run whence you came:
    • Anyone invading his Temple is shown a beatiful illusion of a magnificent land... Than can turn into hell at a moment's notice.
      • He can also use his illusions, or just plain allucinations, to Mind Rape an enemy and summon horrifying visions.
    • During the Twelve Temples Arc, Shun attacked him with the Nebula Chain. This is when the Attack Reflector trope makes its debut, as the chain stops, turns on Shun, and nearly strangles him to death before Shaka decides to just throw him on Seiya. That's terrifying enough that Seiya and Shiryu were stunned in horror.
    • During Tenma Kōfuku, an illusion of paradise appears... Then Shaka appears, you hear the screams, and that's when you see the poor guys he just blasted with his Cosmo and that Shaka is levitating over a vision of hell. Until the Sanctuary Arc, nobody had survived this attack unless he wanted them.
      • In the manga, this attack is so terrifying that Shaka took away Ikki's memory of their first encounter to prevent him from going insane, and when he restored it Ikki tried to run for the hills. Ikki.
    • Rikudō Rinne. Remember Deathmask's ability to send souls to the gates of hell? This attack skips the gates and directly throws you into one of the six Dharma's rebirth realms, that he'll describe before throwing you there to see where you'll end.
      • The visual in the anime is just as bad as one would expect from this attack.
    • During their fight, Ikki nailed him with the Phoenix Genmaken. He wouldn't have noticed, had he not heard Ikki shouting its name-just as he sent it back to him.
    • During the Hades saga he reveals a new attack, Tenkūhaja Chimimōryō-with which he summons evil spirits and sicks them on his victims. The Specters facing it, who usually live into hell itself, were terrified by it.
    • If you realize what kind of monster you're fighting, don't bother run: you cannot escape him, and if you try the moment you stop to breath you'll find yourself on Buddha's palm as he compares you to Sun Wukong's equally fruitless attempt to escape from there. At least he won't drop a mountain on your head before imprisoning you for 500 years...
    • And finally, there's what happens when he gets serious and opens his eyes: Tenbu Hōrin, with which he takes away his enemy's senses one by one, describing what is doing, and there's nothing they can do about it, not even run. Worse, if they still won't go down when he has taken all the five senses, he goes for the sixth-that is, the ability to think.
      • To make it worse, the attack also wounds the body. In the Hades Saga the Surplices worn by Saga, Shura and Camus get damaged every time he takes a sense, and when the attack debuted against Ikki his Cloth disassembled, fell on the floor and disintegrated.
    • Just one last bit: once you start fighting him he knows no mercy. Not even the Mercy Kill... And the one time he tried to give it one, it was out of curiosity at what mercy is.
    • Almost forgetting... Even if you kill him, he won't stay dead. Ikki used a suicide attack to take him down, all he got was to teleport both in Another Dimension Shaka could have still come out but Ikki couldn't (Shaka decided to spare Ikki's life and had him teleport both of them back to the Sanctuary). And when he does die in the Hades Saga, something that happened only because he threw the fight and even had to instruct his opponents on what to do because he was just that superior, the end result was that he had finally found a way to invade Hades' realm and wipe out his army in their base before attacking Hades himself.
    • And to make everything worse-no matter what, he may slip a monkey joke in his attacks just for the hell of it. He's having fun doing it.
  • The series has some really scary music that sets the mood very well:

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