Nightmare Fuel / Spore

  • "That's My Lunch" appears to be a harmless adventure about a little girl and her kittens, rabbits, chicks lizard babies. You get an invitation to the girl's birthday party at "Hugs Valley". You have to escort the girl to the party, while secretly feeding the animals to these two hungry monsters. To do this, you have to distract the girl with things like a butterfly net. Then you have to lure one of the animals into the beast's lair with candy. Eventually, there's none left, and the girl finally reaches the party. She then looks at the player and says that you've just sold your soul to pay for the gifts. And the guys who made Robot Chicken made this!
  • Other things of note are "UBD" creations, some of the more...obscene creatures, and Roadkill Roadrunner.
  • Creatures with the Bard Archetype are meant to be fun-loving party-goers. Sounds awesome, right? Then you read the Blocks of Chance, which contain gems like these:
    "There is no purpose. There is no value. There is no point. Life is ridiculous."
    "The universe is one big joke, and the joke is on us."
    "The best we can hope for is entertainment. We'll get along as long as you provide amusement - fighting our wars for us, fixing our worlds, looking for meaning where there is none, and groveling in the dirt to fetch us plants. So keep it up! Just remember that we're laughing all the time."
    • The first and third blocks in the set seem to imply their search for the meaning of life made them Go Mad from the Revelation. Make of that what you will.
    • And then there's their dialogue...
  • The mission from Galactic Adventures called "It Came From The Sky." The mission is about a spaceship that crashed near a research base on a frozen planet. You see green lumps of skin on the ground from the creature that piloted the spaceship, and you talk to some of the researchers working at the base who tell you that most of the other researchers are either sick or dead. You then discover a trail of the green lumps leading to the sole surviving alien from the spaceship, who tells you that he accidentally made the researchers sick, but one of the researchers' daughters has an immunity to the disease. She follows you and then you discover that the researchers have turned into zombies when you see one of them attack and kill another one. You then have to defend the girl from the zombies as you lead her to an extraction point. The creepiest thing about this mission, however, is probably the music.
  • The Maxis Adventure called "The Spirits Are Restless." You start out at a town that's been harassed by wild beasts. The mayor asks you to see a druid at the nearby forest. Said druid then tells you that the forest has been corrupted by an Eldritch Abomination, causing the beasts to attack the village. He gives you a staff to go cleanse the shrine where the spirit has taken residence. The only thing standing between you and victory are packs of hostile animals and a creepy forest littered with fog, cobwebs and skeletons. All the while, a music track made of scare chords is playing. This adventure is NOT for the faint of heart. You Have Been Warned.
  • The soundtrack "Alien Abduction" and the soundtrack "Echoes Underwater", which is even worse.
  • What you can become, late-game, as a militaristic race. Just imagine it from your victim's point of view: your leaders are cowering in their capital, watching as their planets lose contact one by one. They throw every ship and resource they can trying to stop whatever is destroying their worlds- until the last world between them and the empty patch where there empire was disappears. Then, a single ship burns into the atmosphere, flies to the nearest city, and destroys it within seconds. Then, it moves to the next nearest, and does the same. And it just keeps destroying everything while you're pleading with it and trying to negotiate surrender, while it just ignores you. Then, when it hovers over the last city in your entire empire, all you and what's left of your species can do is look up and watch as it drops that final anti-matter bomb...
    • All because you had blue spice on your homeworld.
    • While it just ignores you? Oh no, it doesn't ignore you, it hears your pleas of surrender and laughs in your face as it gleefully annihilates every living thing on your planet in whatever way seems amusing to it this moment. Destroy all the cities in an anti matter explosion? de-terraform the planet into a barren rock? Blow the whole place to a flaming magma ball of uninhabitable mess. Kaiju attacks? And the worst part is the planet being attacked doesn't even get the choice. It is all up to the whims of the captain of that despotic space vessel claiming (or destroying) one more world for The Empire!
    • And it gets better(worse?), think about how your home planet reacts to everything you do out in the galaxy? They simply let you do whatever you want and do not complain even a little about it. So for those ships running amuck in the galaxy destroying everything? They are doing it with the full support (or worse, the complete apathy) of their leaders in whatever government is in place for them.
    • There's also the Fanatical Frenzy superweapon that converts an entire system "peacefully" not just into a new part of your empire, but into your species as well.
    • Similarly, if you are a Scientist race fighting against a Warrior race that demanded one too many tributes. You then proceed to conquer their planets one by one....until you get to their homeworld and rather than conquer it, you decide to wipe their great capital to the ground using the Gravitation Wave. There's a reason these two Superpowers are against the Galactic Code.
    • Even worse when you realize that the enemy you are sending everything at is only a single ship piloted by a captain that was only recently hired...
    • And the cherry on top? This nameless avatar of armageddon has a Grox ship flying alongside him. If there was any hope of talking this maniac down, it just died: anyone able to befriend the Grox is surely just as bad as they are.
    • Mishandle a Zealot or Warrior empire and this could be your empire's fate (minus the Grox).
  • Imagine for a second, you are a member of a perfectly peaceful race of herbivores, enjoying your days eating fruit and breeding with lady herbivores. before you have the chance to react a group of carnivores appear out of thin air (sneak skill) and mercilessly slay and devour YOUR ENTIRE SPECIES. Just. Because. They. Could... yeah.
  • Imagine this: You're a creature that just crawled out of the primordial ooze. All around you are some horrific eldritch abominations. The more scary ones actually being incredibly docile... And then come the 50 foot killer potatoes.
  • Epics in general. They're bad enough if you're lucky enough to see them from afar, but it's surprisingly easy to not realize you're close to one until it's too late. "What was that roar? Why did a pack member vanish from the list?" You turn around and...
    • It's even worse if you have the graphics set to high but have a graphics card that can't keep up; occasionally, a creature will take some time to fully render. As a result, you could wander into what looks like an empty field only for an Epic to literally appear out of nowhere in front of you.
  • The Proboscis mouth in cell stage. It literally allows you to suck the insides out of other cells.
  • The tribe members' reaction to their hut being destroyed. They run around screaming like lunatics until they mysteriously die.
    • If the tribe was stationed near water, they'll run into it and stay there, giving the impression that they drowned themselves.
  • The angry face icon in the Space Stage which indicates that your standing with a rival empire has decreased. While it may be narm to some, it can be a bit startling as it's large, red, and rises up out of the affected area as a sound akin to an inflating balloon plays.
    • Sometimes, the game will glitch and give the empire a "You refused us tribute" negative modifier, with the accompanying red face, completely at random. Doubly startling if it's an archetype that doesn't usually demand tribute(like a Diplomat), leaving you wondering what the heck you did to piss them off.
  • Okay, is nobody going to mention the Grox? They appear kind of adorable, but Spode help you if you make them mad, which you do by existing. Their ships are practically indestructible with tons of weapons, they appear in packs of twenty, and there are enough to destroy all of your colonies at once.
    • That's not it. The Grox are not just hostile - they are Absolute Xenophobes whose entire culture is built on the idea that any other sentient species are irredeemably inferior. They can survive only on T0 planets and are said to be "too toxic for your Cargo Hold" just like how the unnatural representation of pure evil cannot exist among good. Every single one of them is an omnicidal sociopath, to the point where peace with the other races and equality is foreign and impossible to their mindset. There is a reason they are considered ultimate evil by the rest of the galaxy.note 
    • The worst part is that any war with the Grox is a Forever War unless you eliminate them. Every other empire can be defeated without being destroyed by either giving them a large peace offering or destroying so many colonies that they beg for mercy. Neither option is available for the Grox; once they're angered enough to declare war, they will not rest until every last member of your species is dead. They will never ask for mercy, and you don't even get the option to make a peace offering. And their empire is so massive that even dedicated players can take a month to destroy them all, all while having to backtrack to colonies closest to the core to defend them, since not even a T3 colony with all turret slots filled and an Uber Turret can stave off a Grox invasion. The kicker is that it's stupidly easy for to provoke them into declaring war—when you first encounter them, they're already at -70 relation bonus(-60 with Gracious Greeter), whereas -71 is what's needed for a race to declare war. If you accidentally destroy one of their ships on the way out because you forgot(or didn't think) to deactivate your Auto Turret, there will be no stopping them from hunting you down.
  • If your a scientist race, and you have enough time and patience, you can REALLY be a Mad Scientist.
    • Step 1: Find an alien planet in creature/tribal stage and monolith them into civilization
    • Step 2: Find a planet with the same T-Score and use the Creature tweaker to turn a random creature into a monstrosity covered in weapons and abduct one/as many as possible.
    • Step 3: Evolve the civilization to space stage and get thanked by them
    • Step 4: put the creature you tweaked down and supersize it
    • Step 5: Sit back and watch the results For Science!! If the uplifted race wins wipe them out with your scientist super power, if your epic mutant wins kill it and wipe them out nonetheless.