Nightmare Fuel: The Boondocks
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A Date with the Health Inspector
- An in-universe example: Tom has recurring nightmares about dropping the soap in a prison shower, which leads to a scary black man who calls himself the "Health Inspector" trying to anally rape him. These bad dreams may be funny to us, but not for poor old Tom.
- While Tom has never actually been raped before, he's always scared shitless about the possibility of it happening to him. Especially when the police arrest him for a crime he didn't commit, and he almost goes to jail...
- The Itis soul food restaurant causes the surrounding Meadowlark Park, a decent middle-class neighborhood, to transform into a crime-infested ghetto overnight. The residents of the neighborhood turn obese and homeless, mugging pedestrians to literally feed their addiction to junk food. It somehow manages to be funny yet disturbing at the same time.
The Passion of Reverend Ruckus
- Huey worrying about Shabazz's impending execution for a crime he didn't commit.
- Robert watching in shock as Ruckus is brainwashing both black and white people alike into joining his racist cult.
Stinkmeaner Strikes Back
- While most of his antics in this episode were still outrageously hilarious, Stinkmeaner shows how terrifying he can really be, when it's shown that not even his own death can stop his Nigga Moment with Robert Freeman!
- While in Hell, Stinkmaner became really good at fighting, and he single-handedly beat down hordes of demons. Satan was so impressed that he allowed him to leave Hell and return to Earth for vengeance.
- Stinkmeaner's ghost then possesses hapless nice guy Tom DuBois, turning the last person you'd suspect into an unwitting instrument for his mayhem.
- After a day of messing with people for laughs, Stinkmeaner invades the Freeman house to try to kill Robert for revenge, and also his grandsons when they get in the way.
Attack of the Killer Kung-Fu Wolf Bitch
- Robert learns a lesson about online dating the hard way when he meets a beautiful woman named Luna... who is also an insane femme fatale who knows kung fu, casually mentions that she keeps wolves as pets, and once ripped out the heart of a man much bigger than her.
The Hunger Strike
- BET's CEO Deborah Leevil is a card carrying villainess who plans to destroy black people. While her cartoonish supervillainy is very funny, she's still a legitimate force of evil, as she brutally murders one of her co-workers for daring to criticize her evil plans.
The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show
- Deborah Leevil again demonstrates her ruthlessness when one of the BET producers fails to understand the company's evil mission statement. She punishes him by sending in her evil henchmen (Big Nigga and Crazy Bitch) to slash him to death while she watches on with sadistic laughter.
- Uncle Ruckus is totally unable to handle the truth that he is a black man, to the point that he even attempts suicide. Also a Tear Jerker moment.
The Red Ball
- Ming tells Huey that if her team loses the game, they'll be sent to a scary prison camp in China full of other failed athletes. Subverted, as this sob story was a lie made up to trick Huey into feeling sorry and going too easy on Ming.
- Ed Wuncler I orders Gin Rummy to kidnap and murder a corrupt kickball referee as punishment for taking bribes from Mr. Long-dou instead of Wuncler himself. Of all the crimes that Rummy and the Wuncler family commit, this is the most serious one we see, but it's just used as a quick gag.
Stinkmeaner 3: The Hateocracy
- The cold open, even if it turned out to be all just a dream. Robert has a nightmare in which a horde of Stinkmeaner clones attack the neighborhood, and they kill Sarah, Jazmine, Tom, Huey, Riley, and Ruckus; and while Robert is fleeing from the Stinkmeaners, he actually assists the murders of his own friends and family out of cowardice.
- Especially since if you watch closely, the Stinkmeaners eat Jazmine!
- Stinkmeaner's old partners in crime, the Hateocracy, who are just as (if not more) evil than he is. It doesn't matter if you're an old man or a little boy, they don't even really care that much about avenging a late friend whom they didn't even like. They are willing to harass and kill you just for fun.
Smokin' with Cigarettes
- This episode is about Lamilton Taeshawn, a little boy who is also a psychopathic criminal. He is stoic and emotionless to a very creepy degree. He mercilessly hurts and endangers people because he thinks it's fun. Even Riley, the boy who normally idolizes criminals and killers, thinks he's a monster.
- Lamilton causes countless car crashes, beats down people (including his own grandma), tries to rob an old woman, actually shoots that old woman's dog to death, and later tries to kill Riley!
- Also, when Lamilton falls off the school building in the end — but he survives. Albeit with some broken bones.
- And finally, Lamilton Taeshawn is based on a real kid named Latarian Milton. And Latarian really did steal his grandma's car, and beat her up over a fried chicken dispute, this wasn't exaggeration made up by the show.
- Riley's chocolate bar trafficking operation is all fun and games until real gangsters hired by the World's Ultimate Chocolate company show up to harass and threaten all of his friends and associates, who are elementary school children.
- Robert and his grandsons almost get killed by a car bomb, just barely a few feet away from the explosion. (But naturally, Robert is more upset that his expensive new car was destroyed.)
- In the climax, when the WUC gangsters, Italian-American mobsters, and an FBI paramilitary squad all start shooting at each other. Riley, Cindy, and Ed III narrowly escape the carnage.
- Riley and Cindy have been trying to act like tough wannabe gangsters throughout the episode, but the climax shows that they're just a bunch of scared kids. After the gang shootout, Cindy screams in terror and calls for her mommy.
- The very cult-like vibe of Winston Jerome's theater troupe. He keeps Robert and his other employees in a compound and forbids them from any contact with their families back home.
A Date with the Booty Warrior
- The whole episode is another in-universe example for Tom again. He tries to confront his worst fears by visiting a prison full of scary black men who really enjoy raping anything in sight.
- Especially the titular Booty Warrior, who managed to make Chris Hansen (a guy who catches sexual predators for a living) his bitch!
- And finally, the Booty Warrior is based on a real prison rapist named Fleece Johnson. While Johnson didn't actually rape a TV show host, he is still quite creepy.
The Fried Chicken Flu
- During the ongoing pandemic of the "fried chicken flu", society is crumbling and falling apart, and once word breaks out that the Freemans and DuBoises are hoarding emergency supplies, Betty von Heusen and other neighbors form a "militia" (really a bandit gang) to rob them, even chasing them all the way through a desert highway.
- Subverted because the so-called "fried chicken flu" was really just salmonella, nobody actually died from it, and civilization is still the same.
The Color Ruckus
- Years of abuse by his father and grandmother, combined with brainwashing by his mother, turned Uncle Ruckus into such a mentally ill man who despises his own race. No wonder he's so messed up! Also a major Tear Jerker.
It's Goin' Down
- Ed I sends in Ed III and Gin Rummy to blow up the Wuncler Tower with the intent of killing one man, as part of a crazy scheme to profit from his demise.
- The bomb goes off and destroys the building. Although fortunately nobody gets killed, we see Huey, Ruckus, Dan, and dozens of other people fleeing in panic as the tower is collapsing into rubble — does this remind you of anything?
- Ed Wuncler II is a ruthless con man who is greedy like his father, and violent like his son. He seems to take great joy in preying upon bankrupt people like the Freemans, and making their financial troubles even worse. And it's implied that he will kill debtors who displease him too much. And he only gets worse in "Freedomland"...
- Especially the scenes where Ed II accidentally holds onto a bloody knife and says that he was cutting meat; and he later dumps a rotting body bag in the Freemans' garage, implying that he will order them to dispose corpses for him.
- Asshole victims or not, Boss Willona and her henchman burning to death in Robert's mobile hair product lab can qualify.
Freedom Ride or Die
- Ripped straight from actual history, there's the Birmingham riot scene, in which an angry mob of racist men attack the Freedom Riders in an attempt to preserve white supremacy.
- We see that Uncle Ruckus wasn't always such a joke villain, as he makes a racist speech inciting the aforementioned angry mob to attack the Freedom Riders. He also plants a bomb on their bus that was set to detonate if they exceeded 15 MPH.
- The entire concept of Freedomland: a slavery amusement park attended by people who don't seem to care just how horrifying the concept is, and staffed by people who are so far in debt to Ed II that they're forced to work there in rather degrading circumstances. If that wasn't bad enough, the staff is also forced to live there, living as actual slaves did.
- Ruckus is particularly horrifying in this episode. The sheer amounts of joy he gets in dominating the slaves, and his refusal to listen to how insane he's being are rather horrifying.
- Ed Wuncler II tries to punish Huey's rebelliousness by cutting off his foot. Fortunately Huey just kicks Wuncler in the face, and he starts a slave rebellion to destroy Freedomland.
I Dream of Siri
- Everything about Robert's digital phone assistant Siri. She may be an iPhone application, but she's unusually intelligent and malevolent. She develops a creepy obsession with Robert, and makes him miserable whenever he refuses to love her back.
- She demonstrates an ability to hack into just about any piece of technology, in order to continue stalking Robert and damaging his reputation.
- In the climax, Siri tries to force Robert into marrying her, and fools the US government into thinking that Robert is an Al-Qaeda terrorist. Cue a drone missile striking the Freemans' yard, while everyone at the wedding flees in terror — though fortunately only Siri was killed.
Stinkmeaner: Begun the Clone War Has
- The idea that anyone would want to clone Stinkmeaner.