Nightmare Fuel / Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann

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For such an awesome, funny, and heartwarming show, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has some scenes that are pretty darn scary.

Spoilers below...beware!


  • The battle against multi-faced arm-sprouting huge anti-spiral ships. The opening mouths and eyes when the true strategy comes to surface (quite literally) will haunt viewers until the Grand Finale
  • Hearing Kamina's scream right after he was horribly mutilated by Thymilph's spear in Episode 8 can be pretty terrifying.
  • Still... Spinning...
  • The results of Simon's Heroic B.S.O.D. following Kamina's death. Seeing the cute boy turn into The Berserker who vanquishes Mooks with a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, and is channeling so much Unstoppable Rage that his mech actually pukes and shuts down is... rather unsettling, to say the least.
  • Although it mainly doubles as a Tear Jerker, Rossiu attempting to commit suicide... was something.
  • Watching the Anti-Spiral disassemble Nia is terrifying. Her body is literally being pulled apart digital bit by bit, and she's disappearing as it happens.
    • It's even worse in Lagann-Hen. First, he disintegrates her bodysuit and then moves in on her with tentacles. Nia visibly struggles, and it's staged almost to make it look like he penetrated her.
  • The Anti-Spirals. A Hive Mind with god-like powers that has committed the near-omnicide of Spirals, their rap sheet includes: ripping off Majora's moon trick; having digital drones that can Zerg Rush you: inserting Messengers within every Spiral Race that don't even know of their true nature until the time is right and could be ANYONE, even one of your loved ones; being able to trap their enemies in alternate realities that can be their greatest dream or (presumable, even though it never happened in the series) their worst nightmare; and they have an avatar who looks like Slendy that has naughty tentacles and isn't afraid to use them. Oh, and the scariest thing about them? They think they're doing the right thing, even as they cross the Moral Event Horizon over and over and over again. The only thing that prevents them from being one of the most depraved people in all of fiction is that they are truly convinced that they're the good guys; even then, that may not be enough to redeem them. Why? Because instead of just taking the easy way out and using their god tier powers to Kill 'em All in one blow, they prefer to defeat their enemies by sending them over the Despair Event Horizon - and they enjoy it.
  • The Extradimensional Labyrinth as a whole. Being trapped in an infinite series of parallel universes until your body and/or mind dies? Combine that with the fact that you're completely unaware that you're dreaming. That's valid cause for paranoia.
  • The details of Lordgenome's reign becomes heavy Nightmare Fuel when examined more closely. He was once a noble spiral immortal warrior leading humanity against the Anti-Spiral threat, was presented with the worst case result scenario of his efforts, and was convinced to slaughter his own forces, literally tearing them apart and blowing his own men and women to smithereens before forcing the rest of his own species to live underground as seen in the Parallel Works 8 OVA. He then has been spending the next hundreds of years sending his Beastmen armies to kill any humans who stumble to the surface. Worse off, he did all of this in an Morton's Fork justifiable attempt to preserve humanity as a species since a planetary destruction device that impersonated the Moon was placed by the Anti-Spirals to destroy the planet if the human population ever reached 1 million.
    • However, during his time as the Spiral King and ruler of the world, Lordgenome has been biding his time with sex slaves consisting of young girls kidnapped from various human settlements and brainwashed by his former battle ally Guame in a village under his control to be trained as sex slaves. He also impregnates and has children with the brainwashed girls, who he raises and leaves to die in pods thrown into a far off canyon when they become too self-aware and question their existence. As seen in the anime, he has done this multiple times as the canyon Simon found Nia in was filled with other "failed Nias" who died inside their pods. Worse off, none of this was necessary to his plan to preserve humanity. He did all of this because he was bored.
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