Nightmare Fuel / Senki Zesshou Symphogear
"The apple crashed down on the ground..."
  • The attack on the stadium in the first episode. Imagine that you're going to your very first live concert of your favorite band. The performance is wonderful and the singers are amazing...then suddenly, Eldritch Abominatons come out from nowhere and attack the audience, turning them into ash or getting them crushed by the collateral damage. As the pop idols transform and fight the monsters off, you too become injured by falling debris. One of the singers tries to save you, but the monsters are overwhelming her, and a shard of her damaged outfit gets you Impaled with Extreme Prejudice. The last thing you see before you pass out from blood loss is her body disinigrating due to power overexertion while her partner cradles her fading body in her arms...
  • Kanade's death in the first episode. Her Swan Song is too much for her body to bear and she literally dissolves into nothing. When the scene is examined closely, it looks like her head rips off in the process.
  • The Transformation Sequence at the end of the first episode. Body Horror Up to Eleven: her very heart and blood vessels turning purple, thorns entangling with those blood vessels, and mechanical parts erupting and forcing themselves into Tachibana's body. The Glowing Eyes of Doom and the Slasher Smile make it all the more terrifying!
  • Tsubasa after her Swan Song. Good Lord...
    • It's back with vengeance in G, involving Maria's sister Serena as seen in the picture. What's worse is that this is in the first scene of the season, already setting the Darker and Edgier tone of G.
  • In episode seven, Ryoko brings Hibiki in for a medical checkup after her battle with Chris. She reports to Hibiki that the fusion between the fragment of Gungnir and her body seems to be spreading, but assures her that there should be no negative side-effects whatsoever. This eventually turns out to be Blatant Lies, as we are later able to see X-Rays of Hibiki's body on a computer screen in Ryoko's office. What the examination revealed was this. GYAAAAAAH.
    • Disturbing as that image is, it still doesn't prove it's negatively affecting her. Though, given that Ryoko's The Mole, a Mad Scientist, and a sadist, she probably is lying.
  • Berserk Hibiki from episode 12.
    • What's worse, Hibiki has at least some awareness of what she's doing in Berserk Mode, but she can't control herself. She's shown crying during her fight with Tsubasa, and not Berserker Tears either.
  • A very early example: If the Noise so much as touch you, you disintegrate into ash, and as the main page (correctly) points out, it's slow enough that you can feel it happening.. It's an even more horrifically-specific application of Literally Shattered Lives.
    • The first episode even gives you two close ups. The second is particularly disturbing as it shows a young girl screaming and crying as she's killed by the Noise.
    Girl: "I don't want to die! I don't want to die! No!"
  • The Nephilim from G. Oh, god, the Nephilim. It's a humanoid creature with a taste for flesh, and is neither human nor Noise. Its crowning moment is biting and ripping Hibiki's arm off after she tries and fails to make it eat her fist.
    • At the start of the next episode, Hibiki somehow manages to top all that! Immediately, she becomes berserk again while growing a new arm, beats down the Nephilim with ease, and rips its heart out!
  • The ending sequence of season 1 is very chilling as it contains images of bodies that are missing limbs and decaying.(See Creepy Doll on the main page) The lyrics would imply it's about Chris's backstory and subsequent mindset.
    • In particular, one of them is tied up, has a bullet-hole in the forehead, and has stiches across it's crotch. Not pleasant to think about.
  • Season 3 gives us the Autoscorers, who are straight-up confirmed to be artificially-made, and they move in ways that no human would dare attempt. However, their main perk is their Kiss of Death, in which they reduce their unfortunate victim to a lifeless, white corpse. We already see a couple instances of this in the first two episodes, but Episode 3 gives us entire groups of people lying dead on the ground (one of the girls who happens upon this scene appropriately screams). On top of that, they can create special types of Noise called Arcanoise that can destroy Symphogears.
    • The Autoscorers can also destroy Symphogears directly, and are programmed to enjoy doing so. Furthermore, if Carol doesn't find the user's synch ratio "interesting," she's given them permission to use the Arcanoise to slice those people into tiny little pieces!
    • Micha is creepy enough in the opening credits to send shivers down your spine. When she shows up in the series proper, she's pretty gleeful about the prospect of "dissecting" people. In general she acts like a violently psycotic maniac.
  • In GX E6, Tsubasa and Chris activate the IGNITE Module upgrade to their Symphogears. You thought Berserk Hibiki was scary? The enhanced Symphogear tuns into a dagger, stabs them both through the heart and forces both Tsubasa and Chris into "Berserk Mode" artificially, with red glowing eyes, smoky shadows, and lots and lots of blood and screaming. They're both fully aware of what's happening, and yes, they finally realize that the Hibiki they picked on when they met her, understands more about pain and suffering than either of them ever could. Why? Because Hibiki went through that, repeatedly, on her own, without monitoring or backup, and came back every time!
    • The IGNITE module essentially uses rage and anger to augment the fighting power of the Symphogears. It becomes obvious in their expressions and poses during the IGNITE transformation sequences, when Hibiki strikes poses reminiscent of her berserk forms from the first two seasons, Tsubasa is the model picture for Tranquil Fury, and Chris appears to be under a barely-controlled trigger happy state.
    • Adding further to the scariness of the IGNITE module, it can also go wrong, with Maria descending into true berserk mode when she fails to control the IGNITE module.
    • Speaking about IGNITE using rage and anger as a power source. Hibiki, the Stepford Smiler too close to the edge, is the one with the least anger control issues on the team of Symphogear wielders. This is shown by the fact that not only does she use the IGNITE mode flawlessly on the very first try, while everyone else had serious issues, she leads Tsubasa and Chris into using their versions without difficulty. Think about that for a moment.
  • The fact that Phara talks to Tsubasa and Maria right after she was cut in half in Episode 10.
  • Hibiki is going to live with the guilt of seeing Carol every time she looks at Elfnein. The others she fought in her time as a Symphogear user either found some respite in their end or joined her cause; Dr. Ver became a hero in his own way, Fine saw sense in her death, and the F.I.S. girls pulled a Heel–Face Turn. Carol, on the other hand, couldn't be saved, no matter how hard Hibiki sung or what kind of songs she sang.
  • AXZ Alca-Noise being used as weapons by a military junta. The fact that these things are in the hands of unscrupulous humans willing to turn them on civilians is a very disturbing idea.
  • At the end of episode 4 of AXZ, Big Bad Adam Weishaupt makes his debut, whatever comedy could be derived from his Full-Frontal Assault is promptly wiped away when he casually creates nuclear fusion in his hand and proceeds to nuke the entire area with a ten megaton blast, killing countless innocents and reducing the whole place to a glassed crater. The sheer triviality with which he can unleash such destructive power is only punctuated by how flippant he is about it, treating the whole thing like a routine experiment and jokingly complaining about how little human lives are worth.
  • Maria's flashbacks to her days in F.I.S. in Episode 6 show that while she had to endure drug testing like the other receptor children, she was one of the luckier ones. Case in point, there's a shot of one kid who ends up in an accident so severe that we see him laying on the ground with his left leg twisted and bent in the opposite direction.