Nightmare Fuel: Smallville
With a show like the origins of Superman
, the show has a lot of scary moments packed in there.
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- Metamorphosis: We see that the freak of the week villain's skin comes off during a hot shower, with pieces of skin falling down like they were meat (ham cold cuts, according to Word of God). And that's not the only thing wrong with him. He killed his mother in a horrible manner.
- Just the whole aspect of Craving, where the power to suck the fat out of someone or an animal, in order to substance the Horror Hunger. The mutant in question has her face terrifyingly distorted when she does that. And you get to see the guy she attacked.
- The freak of the week's power in Reaper, and the freak of the week's PERSONALITY in Crush.
- Redux: If you thought Craving was horrific enough, this time the freak of the week is able to suck the life force out of someone and make them physically aged to old age. And that's not counting what happens when you see what the FOTW sees in the mirror.
- Dichotic: A painfully long and unnecessary sequence of Ian splitting himself into two.
- Visage: The shapeshifting Tina Greer returns with truckloads of soft nightmare fuel. Normally, you might be a little creeped out by Clark suddenly and violently kissing Lana, but it pales in comparison as you get to see Chloe apparently smelling Lana's underwear, then proceed to leer and grope at her (instant cure for Chloe infatuation), Lana beating Pete unconcious with a cold sneer, and Whitney beating an officer to death casually with a bat. Comes with generous doses of Shapeshifters Do It for a Change and Shapeshifting Squick. Even her last words give you the creeps, and it is preceded by Karmic Death by Impaled with Extreme Prejudice.
- Accelerate: True to the name, this episode features a freak of the week who is a clone of a 10 year old girl, created by her father due to grief over her death, and is rapidly aged to 10, and as a side effect, she has Super Speed. Not scary? Every time she appears, it is accompanied with extremely "girly-ghost-creepy" music. And then they found the lab with a few more cloned bodies. And then she gets Lana to play with her at the bridge over the river like how they used to. Lana tells her how the little girl died, and said she wishes everyday that it was her who died. Big mistake.
- The episode was creapy from start to finish. When Lana was alone at the Talon some old movie suddenly started playing complete with creapy music. We didn't see the girl's Super Speed at first, she just appeared and disappeared. Her Super Speed was revealed when Clark and Pete were discovering her grave. When she's at the bridge with Lana we know what happened and there's a cut to the girl's father explaining that she doesn't have a concept of right and wrong. The original Emily's last entry in her diary said that she would go to the bridge and play with Lana tomorrow and she hoped it wouldn't rain. Cut to Lana explaining that they had already been to the bridge, it was raining and she slipped into the river. Emily saved her but drowned.
- Exile (and part of the next episode, Phoenix): A full episode of Clark doing horrible things (although it does have shades of Superdickery, the Beware the Superman tone seems stronger) including but not limited to robbing banks (beating up the would-be robbers on the way), roughing up Chloe after she spent two months trying to convince him to go home, making a deal with a crime boss to break into a high-security vault and coming to actual blows with Jonathan. Oh, he stole and destroyed Chloe's class ring too. He is actually affected by the red kryptonite in Chloe's ring, and breaking it finally frees him from his Superpowered Evil Side. This is all made worse by how he is burned by Jor-El's mark every once in a while, which forces him to take off the ring; but once he does so his grief and guilt makes him put it on again in a self-destructive cycle reminiscent of heavy drinking.
- The entire Jonathan and Martha Kent subplot in "Extinction" has Adult Fear written all over it. Picture this just a few months ago you and your spouse lost the baby you never thought you had, and then out of nowhere some sniper shoots your adopted son because of some crazy vendetta. Further, if you can't get the bullet out in time, your son will die.
- Shattered: Lex is attacked by assassins, so he hides at the Kents. Then he started hallucinating and singing lullabies to an imaginary baby. It is creepier than it sounds. When it's Lana's turn to watch over him, he goes berserk and throws her into the stable, where she is badly trampled by a horse.
- Delete: In a manner reminiscent of Visage, an unknown assailant runs Chloe down with a truck, she narrowly avoids it when she falls to the ground; the driver steps out of the car seemingly to finish off the visibly terrified Chloe, then you see that he is Clark Kent (Chloe later admits she thought Clark actually wants to kill her for her brief Face-Heel Turn earlier and almost thinks she deserves it). Then Lana gives her a long, brutal beating while being literally Ax-Crazy. And some woman stabs some guy in the head. Through his ear. Jonathan tries to strangle Chloe with a chain and Martha goes after her with a sickle. They are all mind controlled, and horrified when they find out what they did.
Chloe: Lana, hey, I've been looking for you.
(*Lana grabs her head and smashes it against the wall, then throws her down the stairs*)
Chloe: (*Struggles to her feet*) Lana, what are you doing!?
- Obsession: Seriously, Clark (and Lana and Chloe by extension) should learn by now that all their love interests other than each other (no, not including that) turn out to be psychos. Alicia goes after Lana with a knife, using her teleportation powers in a manner eerily similar to Emily in season 2, Accelerate.
- Resurrection: A guy was brought back to life by a secret serum. Then his eyes bleed as he started dying. Again.
- Crisis: Lana makes a time-traveling phone call as Lightning Can Do Anything collides with the omnipotent Green Rocks. She is apparently fatally shot, but when Clark runs to the Talon she is with Chloe and is completely fine. After that it is a series of terrifying moments of You Can't Fight Fate. Except Clark could, due to pure awesomeness.
- To quote the Smallville wiki:
- Covenant: Near the end beautiful classic music plays, everything goes in slow motion, What Could Possibly Go Wrong?? Lex Luthor thrashes on the floor dying from poisoned wine, Jonathan lies unconscious in a cave, Clark is abducted by Jor-El, Chloe and her father meet a fiery end in a huge explosion the moment they arrive at a new house, and Lionel gets his head shaved. The worse part is when Chloe is apparently blown into a million pieces (the turning point of the slow motion sequence), nothing changed, not the music, not the tempo, it is as if no one cares. It is that cold feeling of indifference that gets to you.
- Mortal: The twin Belle Reeve escapees are made of creepiness.
- Thirst: Lana gets turned into a vampire once she joins an exclusive sonority. She sucks half the blood out of Chloe then attacks Clark while he is weakened by kryptonite.
- Splinter: Silver kryptonite makes Clark insanely paranoid. He hallucinates being stalked, and that Chloe told her secret to Lionel, which makes him shout that he should never had trusted her. He attacks just about everyone close to him with the exception of Chloe, who subdues him with green kryptonite just in time to save the Kents. This further convinces him that she betrayed him and he runs away saying they are all working against him.
- Tomb: Scenes starts with an ominous thunderstorm. Can't see this going wrong... Then you see dropped jeans, a shirt and girl's underwear... turns out it is only Chloe taking a shower. Then the lights went out. Some sort of walking corpse appears behind her. When Lois comes running after hearing her scream, she finds her on the floor whimpering and with her wrists cut.
- Then Chloe sees it again in the hospital. Lana sees that as a hallucination and the medical staff drags Chloe back to her bed as she becomes increasingly hysterical. Extra scariness factor from the fact that her mother is locked up in an asylum for a hereditary mental illness and Chloe is terrified of going down the same path.
- Then the corpse's face suddenly appears next to Clark, who is sitting on Chloe's bed. It then retreats into a wall and reveals that it is actually the ghost of whoever the remains behind the wall belongs to. The creepiness continues as it possesses Chloe revealed by a reflection. She ransacks Lana's room for a weapon and stuns Lex with a taser.
- Some random creepy guy (actually the guy who is responsible for the skeleton in the wall) asked Lois if she had seen Chloe then stifles her into unconsciousness.
- Chloe possessed by the ghost seeks out the guy and accuses him of murder, breaking down in tears and sobs in the progress. Then he ties up both Lois and Chloe and had another creepiness-filled conversation...
- Void: Lana takes a drug that literally brings someone to the Void and back. Said repeated death experiences is not exactly good for health. The other student who took it starts to choke when Chloe is questioning her, vomits blood and die painfully right in front of Chloe.
- Fragile: The glass-controlling freak of the week stabs a police officer with his own glasses.
- Mercy: Some hacker appears in a scary metallic mask and plays hangman with Lionel's life, then trap him in his office and gives off the sense of being everywhere. Then he starts a series of DeathTraps...
- Brainiac. Just about everything about him is Nightmare Fuel. The cold personality, the ruthless manipulation of everyone around him, the Squick-enducing ability to Mind Probe/possess victims by thrusting liquid metal fingers into their eyes (also his preferred method of killing), the matter of fact way he talks about eradicating life, how he morphs to and from a black puddle...he's this trope personified. Oh, he also enjoys using his heat vision to burn stuff up For the Evulz.
- His possessed victims tend to be even more horrifying that he is.
- Bizarro. Unlike in the comics or in the DCAU, where Bizarro is usually only confused and stupid rather than actually evil (he actually pulled a Heroic Sacrifice in Superman: The Animated Series), in Smallville, he could give Brainiac a run for his money, if not worse because this Bizarro radiates malicious joy of destruction and is dangerously intelligent. He first gorily assaulted Martian Manhunter last season as mentioned before, and repeats his signature style on humans. When in his child host, he is the Enfant Terrible of the highest degree. You really want to skip the part when the child wakes up. There is no Gory Discretion Shot to protect your sanity. Keep the Brain Bleach handy.
- Cure: "Dr. Curtis Knox" is compared to Jack the Ripper, to which he psychotically smirks and replies "I was Jack the Ripper." The Bee Girl from Season One showing up, happily reformed and now having an innocent, naive personality...and being horribly betrayed by Dr. Knox. And Chloe goes to a him to be cured of her meteor infection. He decides to cut out her heart instead. He is actually already cutting open her skin when Clark rushes in.
- Fracture: A full episode of Nightmare Fuel. To put it simply, like Batman, Lex Luthor's mind is NOT a nice place to be.
- Arctic: Lex showing up at the Fortress of Solitude. Chloe is forced to use kryptonite on Kara. No Sell, because it is actually Brainiac. He uses his Mind Probe fingers on her, rendering her catatonic.
- Identity: Chloe finds the somewhat-sympathetic bad guy of the week in a hospital bed. Wearing ominous black gloves. She takes those off and Mind Rapes him into a catatonic state. There is some kind of horrifying grandeur in seeing the resident Nice Girl does this with a tiny Psychotic Smirk.
- Bloodline: The Phantom Zone again. The fact that Kara has been stranded alone there against an army of ghastly phantoms for a year and is clearly traumatized by it. Faora strangles Chloe and stabs Davis.
- Legion: The shattered ruins of a happy wedding, destroyed by Doomsday's rampage.Brainiac possesses Chloe. She coldly and cruelly announces that she is going to make Davis into Doomsday. Completely with glowing silver eyes and Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress. Brainiac then taunts Clark of his inability to kill Chloe. Really, anything Brainiac does has their Nightmare Fuel rating tripled in Chloe's body.
- Turbulence: Being on a private jet that is going down, with the pilot nowhere in sight. Jimmy wakes up on his hospital bed and hears Chloe's shouting. When he gets up, she runs past his room only to be locked into another room with Doomsday. All Jimmy could do is watch as she is dragged in, screaming and kicking, and her blood splatters all over the window he is watching through. It is a hallucination, if you haven't figured out by now.
- Doomsday. What else did you expect from a creature of pure rage, strength and destruction? His very presences provides instant ignition of Mass "Oh, Crap!". Not to mention the whole transforming sequence.
- Eternal: A black egg cracking open, pouring out a sickly yellow liquid, forming a small boy.
- Injustice: The Parasite looks more human than his usual comic book image, but manages to be downright creepy and disturbing anyway. Tess setting off an explosive chip inside Chloe's head. It is actually Eva in disguise.
- Metallo: Corben getting hit by a truck and is made into Metallo. It is not pretty.
- Pandora: General Bad Future stuff. Most of humanity either dead or enslaved, the Earth turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland, the Kent Farm—aka the most homey, warm and loving place on the show—being used as a gulag by the Kryptonian invaders, Green Arrow likely getting shredded by a literal swarm of Kryptonians, and a very detailed shot of Alia impaling Chloe on a sword.
- Darkseid. God of Evil, period.
- His other minions (Desaad, Granny Goodness, and Gordon Godfrey) are hardly any better.