Nightmare Fuel / The Powerpuff Girls

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You thought that a show where three cute girls fight crime couldn't be scary? Think again....
  • Him - a crossdressing, nameless embodiment of all that is evil, whose voice ranges from a cheerful lisp to a raging roar to an insidious whisper, with a constant creepy reverb throughout. His appearance is always accompanied by a Scare Chord. The only recurring villain not obsessed with ruling Townsville or monetary gain, but rather, with utterly breaking the girls' spirit for no reason other than because he's just plain EVIL. He lives in a rundown apartment building. His room is illuminated by an eerie pink light. The walls and the floor are pink. There's no furniture, appliances (except a TV), logic or causality. It's less a bachelor pad and more an entrance into the Eye of Terror.
  • Sedusa. An evil seductress who easily manipulates the will of men and goes out of her way, often horribly abusing the girls to put them out of commission. And coupled with her generally unsettling Uncanny Valley face whilst in human mode makes for one of the most unique and downright psychologically brutal villanesses yet.
  • "Gensundfight". Not just due to the grossout nature of the episode, it's a pretty disturbing vision of what a rampant, accelerated biological attack would look like.
  • "Bubblevicious." Let's just say you should never piss off Bubbles.
    • How badly she beats up those citizens for what they did, whether it be littering or jaywalking.
    • The scene where Bubbles beats up all those monsters has got to be one of the most violent scenes of this show. During this scene, you can even see blood coming from Bubbles's mouth at one point.
    • Hell, Bubbles's Sanity Slippage as a whole was chilling.
    • The scene where Mojo Jojo sneaks up on Bubbles and grabs her, especially since you can only see his shadow, is creepy, not just for the kids but to parents too.
  • "Tough Love," full stop. After Him mind rapes everyone into hating the girls, that is. Some notable highlights:
    • The Mayor, Ms. Bellum and a SWAT team pointing guns at the girls.
    • The Narrator, of all people, turns against the girls.
    • When the girls confront Professor Utonium, he viciously snaps at them for barging into his lab. Bonus points for him giving one of the scariest faces in cartoon history. When he also walks towards the girls to grab them, it gives off highly Unfortunate Implications.
    • Don't forget the glowing red eyes that everyone has as well.
    • At one point, even the girls' hotline bears an angry expression instead of its normal happy one.
    • The very thought of the girls being killed by their loved ones sends a chill down your spine.
  • In the episode "Divide and Conquer", after the Amoeba Boys and their copies go on their orange heist, there is a scene where the Mayor calls the girls to inform them that thanks to the sudden disappearance of the oranges, Townsville is being hit by the disease known as scurvy. The focus on scurvy in this episode is limited to just this one scene, but it's so ''detailed'' ("yellowish flaky skin, spongy purple gums, and painful swollen joints") that you may get uncomfortable from just thinking about it.
  • Mojo Jojo's trip through the fifth dimension in "Get Back Jojo".
  • In "Twisted Sister", after the girls scold Bunny and send her away, they are suddenly ambushed by the prisoners Bunny inadvertently set free earlier. The ambush is so big (apparently made up of every non-supervillain criminal in Townsville), the girls can't even fight back, rendering them completely helpless! The Narrator was so freaked out by this, he was basically calling for Bunny to go back and save them!
    • Bunny's death sequence in can be pretty heart-wrenching for children who have experienced death of a loved one. If you've experienced something related to this as a child, the ending sequence of this episode is definitely not for you. The terrified look on Bunny's face does not help matters either.
  • "Paste Makes Waste". The sheer grossness of the boy eating glue is only eclipsed by seeing him swallowing a radioactive bug that turned him into a giant glue monster.
  • In "Getting Twiggy With It", there's Twiggy - a giant radioactive hamster on a rampage. In the end the Powerpuff Girls punish their classmate Mitch Mitchelson for not taking care of Twiggy and turning her into a monster by having him be chased nonstop by Twiggy on a giant hamster wheel. Basically, if he stops running, Twiggy will probably maul him, eat him, or both.
    • What about when Twiggy falls into a container of radioactive sewage? That hand (paw) that comes out of it? Creepy.
      • Before Twiggy became a radioactive monster, the way Mitch treated her was rather horrifying. It's disturbing to see such a young child being so abusive toward a poor, innocent animal.
      • Even worse: in real life, many serial killers begin with animal abuse before moving on to humans. Let that sink in for a second.
  • When the Broccolorian Aliens invade, the children of Townsville find the only way to fight them off is to eat them alive. When Blossom first tries this she squicked her sisters and the alien leader. The bit with the head Broccolorian begging for his life before being devoured and having his scepter smashed is especially creepy.
    Broccoli King: BARBARIANS!
    Bubbles: EW! EW! EW! EW! EW!
    Buttercup: Ugh! That is nasty!
  • The girls' nightmare in "Cootie Gras". After hearing one of their classmates has "cooties", they become scared that they'll be infected. It's actually kind of funny, until they have a nightmare about tiny versions of said classmate popping out of their skin… all over their bodies.
    Blossom: [slow motion voice] Bubbles! You've got something on your… AAARRRMMM!! AHHHHGGGHHH!!
  • The episode where we learn about about Mojo Jojo's origins and how when the Power Puff Girls came along his brain started growing through the top of this skull. The same thing happens to various monkeys in The Movie. Only this time, it's slower and you see them convulse as they undergo the process. He also has to live with a brain that is constantly exposed to the world, except when he wears his helmet.
    • The same helmet that the girls crack or break a hole in nearly every time they fight him, if you look at the post-defeat shots of him.
  • "Dream Scheme". The Sandman wants everyone in the world to sleep forever so that he can get some sleep. How do the girls beat him? By giving him a nightmare so horrible that he will never want to sleep again.
  • The 'Robbing Leech'… probably because of Fridge Horror and Not-So-Harmless Villain potential. The part where he attacks a security guard and we see what looks like blood fly from the spot (though that was likely to actually be saliva, which is horrifying on a whole 'nother level), and the marks the victims have on their heads resemble vampires. What's even weirder is we never learn anything about the Robbing Leech, not even a backstory. He's just…there. There's also his character's design. While none of the characters on the show look realistic, there's something just incredibly… off about a tiny man in a nice suit who never says a word.
  • For a one-shot villain, Dick Hardly from "Knock it Off" manages to be a walking Nightmare Fuel repository, being scarier than even HIM. While his greed and sleaziness are both exaggerated in a cartoonish manner, nothing about his behavior is actually played for laughs. Unlike Mojo Jojo and HIM, Dick Hardly has absolutely no boundaries and is taken completely seriously as a villain. He is abusive towards not just his Powerpuff Girl clones, but also the employees in his factory. When the real Powerpuff Girls confront Professor Dick about the Chemical X he is using to make knockoffs, Dick swallows the Chemical X in an attempt to hide any evidence against him. This results in him turning into a really creepy monster that actually matches his personality. Dick then defeats and traps the girls to start draining them of their Chemical X. Professor Utonium arrives at Dick's lair, but can't do anything to help them, and is forced to watch them slowly die. This makes the clones turning against Dick for never giving them any real love especially satisfying.
    • The clones themselves are pretty horrifying to look at, but then again, it is Dick's fault that they look that way.
    • The concept of mass-producing artificial human beings that only live for about five hours is in and of itself quite scary. The music played during the factory scenes adds even more nightmare fuel. Not to mention the scene where we see a Blossom clone lying in dismembered pieces while a customer makes an angry call to Dick, asking, "What kind of stuff are you trying to push on us?"
    • Dick's brief instances of being a womanizer as well as the way he literally objectifies little girls as sellable, profitable merchandise adds extra layers of disturbing to him.
  • "Insect Inside", where the girls fly into a giant swarm of cockroaches. Before that there is a scene with a guy who merrily takes a bite out of a hot dog... and then we hear horrific crunching noise and see a discolored closeup on his distorted face as hundreds of roaches crawl out of his mouth.
  • The episode "Speed Demon", where the girls manage to accidentally travel several decades into the future, where they weren't around to protect the town. Everything is destroyed. The sky is a blood red. The mayor was murdered. Miss Bellum became a shrieking madwoman hiding in ruins. Miss Keane standing in place in the ruined school reciting Madness Mantra. The insane Professor desperately trying to recreate the girls. The girls are so overwhelmed that all they can do is run away so fast that they go back in time and vow to never leave Townsville again.
    • Him in that episode. How dangerous can the jazzercizing Camp Gay devil man be? Turns out that the only thing in between him and turning the city into a blasted, apocalyptic wasteland was the Powerpuff Girls. Whoops. And then he goes One-Winged Angel & shows just how evil he can be.
    • The thing that makes this episode even more terrifying? The fact that this all happened just as much by the hand of the girls THEMSELVES as it did Him. That, and as opposed to other examples here, this issue wasn't resolved with some fight like usual. Him takes every punch they throw at him. He gets right back up and continues to mock them without so much as a scratch. It was such devastation that even the girls had no choice but to run.
      Him: Beat you? Why, girls! Don't you see? I've already WON!!!!!
    • There is a notably disturbing shot, while the Powerpuff Girls fight Him, where the camera pans over a series of dilapidated posters detailing Townsville's descent into hell. First the Powerpuff Girls go missing, then Professor Utonium is accused of fraud, the Mayor is killed, and finally Him comes into the picture. The juxtaposition of the last two posters is particularly creepy as it suggests Him may have been voted into power.
    • There is another layer of Nightmare Fuel in this episode: The Girls can never leave Townsville. It doesn't matter what their hopes and dreams and desires are, they are essentially forced into a life of servitude, because if they were to ever try to have a life anywhere else, Him, or Mojo Jojo, or any number of villains would simply swoop in and take over, destroying millions of lives in the process. It's one thing for the citizens to deal with natural disasters or monsters on their own, but there is simply no way they could handle Him.
    • Not only that, in the Brazilian dub, Him said that he sent the whole world to Hell, not just Townsville.
  • The detailed Imagine Spots the girls have in "Substitute Creature". One that deserves special mention is the Imagine Spot where a cookie that Blossom gives to a classmate turns her into an Eldritch Abomination. Mr. Green's appearance in the Imagine Spots is also very unsettling.
  • The episode, Power-Noia, where Him invades the girls dreams to bring about their worst possible nightmares. The worst of the nightmares isn't Bubbles's or Buttercup's, even though they are both frightening. Blossom's worst nightmare is pretty much saying she believes her self worth is judged by her intelligence, and her intelligence alone. It becomes worse when you realize how young she is.
    • The part where Bubbles saw her demonic toys for the first time. She begs Blossom and Buttercup (who are either still asleep or illusions conjured up by Him) to help her and Blossom simply tells her that "whatever it is, it's not real and if you just tell yourself that it'll go away". So Bubbles closes her eyes and says "It's not real". When she opens them, the toys are still there. She does it again. They're closer now. She does it again. This time, they're right in her face! The fact that it cuts to commercial and then Blossom's nightmare directly after doesn't help at all. To make this even worse, while Bubbles is being asphyxiated by her toy snake, her face goes purple.
    • Him's speech prior to the nightmares beginning makes it all the creepier.
    • A lot of the background music that plays throughout the nightmares. Some of it is recycled from Speed Demon and Tough Love.
    Him: (Affably Evil laugh) What's this I hear? Tortured by the things you fear? Nighty-night, Girls. Pleasant dreams! Pleasant screams! (demonic laughter)
    Him: I know your deepest, darkest fears. You are afraid YOU CANNOT DEFEAT ME!!
  • Mask Scara from "A Made Up Story" is pretty creepy for a villain that's Played for Laughs.
  • On "That's Not My Baby", when the girls try searching for the kid (who's actually the baby of the monster in this episode) in the middle of the night, they see a cute little dog with a pacifier in its mouth. But when they get near it, the dog growls at them with an unearthly growl that would make a Doberman piss itself on the spot. And the glare it gives them? Looks more like a hellhound than a cute little dog!
  • The nanobots in "Nano of the North".
  • Fuzzy Lumpkins flying into an absolutely wild rage and brutalizing citizens for "taking his property" in "Fuzzy Logic." The fact that it causes them to repeat Madness Mantras doesn't help.
  • Mojo Jojo going literally apeshit in prison due to his repeating defeats at the hands of the girls in the beginning of "The Rowdyruff Boys"; his rage is so pure that it reverts him back to his primal state, causing him to bang his fists, jump around, and screech like an actual monkey. Played for Laughs, this is not.
    • At the beginning of the episode, Mojo fires a ray gun at a bus. With people in it. And they didn't escape. Let that sink in.
  • Whimsical Willy's Sanity Slippage in "Neighbor Hood". It makes him look like a pedophile.
    "VERY GOOD!"
    • That disturbing smile Bubbles makes whilst Whimsical Willy shows off his masks. You can see it here.
  • The entire episode of "Uh Oh... Dynamo!" Quite possibly the most violent episode in the series, with the entire city being leveled in the most graphic way a cartoon can depict.
  • Many of the psychotic and evil expressions the Gnome makes in "See Me, Feel Me, Gnomey."
  • Him the end of "Octi Evil". After being defeated by the Powerpuff Girls in the form of Bubbles' toy, he yells three Big "NO!"'s, explodes, then gives off a pitiful little "nooooo..." as he fades away. The way he says it is just unnerving.
    • Just the fact that HIM has targeted Bubbles in particular during his plans on more than one occasion.
  • In "Town and Out", when the girls destroy the Citiesville bridge to catch the robbers, they expect a congratulatory thanks from the police officer they meet. What they instead get is one seriously pissed off cop.
    • Also when the girls are called into the town's mayor's office, the superhero-ish music suddenly turns into a soft silence broken only by the clock on the wall before the mayor yells at them over the property damage they caused.
    • When the girls have to walk all the way back to their crummy apartment after they're told that they're forbidden to use their superpowers, they pass a few scummy looking men on the side of the streets. The comments from those men are creepily pedophilic sounding, and appropriately enough, Bubbles is particularly freaked out by them.
    • The sheer clash between Citysville, a Wretched Hive on the level of 1970s New York, and the Girls, who have only ever known Townsville, which has its own share of creepiness, but at worst reaches a Sugarbowl feel.
  • Monster Clown Rainbow after he is covered with bleach and becomes Mr. Mime in "Mime For A Change". He is mute, and is able to make others black and white like him, and freeze them just by touching them. The music that plays in the background when he does this to people doesn't help any.
  • The episode "Monkey See, Doggy Do", where Mojo Jojo turns everyone in the world into dogs is just really creepy, especially because it shows some of the challenges a human turned into a dog would have maneuvering a world designed for humans.
    • Not only that, but with only a few exceptions (like the girls and the Professor) he uses the Anubis head to brainwash almost all the transformed citizens. Having your humanity stolen from you is bad enough, but then having your free will removed as well? That's just too frightening to imagine.
    • Especially unnerving is the Mayor's transformation, where he initially appears normal but emerges from his desk with the body of a dog and the head of a human. Worse still is when Ms. Bellum shows up, with the head of a dog and unable to speak. The worst part though has to be when the Mayor tries to name Mojo as the culprit, only for his voice to trail off into a bark before completing his transformation.
  • The giant eye monster in the episode "The Mane Event" where Bubbles and Buttercup give Blossom a bad haircut was one of the scariest villains to me. Despite the simple design it was very scary looking and the fact that it could see all around itself and destroy anything in its path with its laser vision made it nearly unbeatable. It became less frightening when it started laughing at Blossom's haircut, but that didn't last long. In fact, it gets WORSE because it suddenly regresses to its angry stare while everyone else is still laughing.
  • When Mojo turns the Girls into cyborgs in "Dance Pantsed". Both the way they look, particularly their unblinking Black Eyes of Evil, and the way they speak are unnerving.
  • The Mayor displays his insanity in "Hot Air Buffoon". But the worst comes near the end, when the Girls manage to stop three out of four missiles from destroying Townsville, and while they did stop a fourth one, the Mayor's boxing glove accidentally collides into it, causing a massive explosion that reduces the town to rubble. Despite this, it's all Played for Laughs and the Mayor is told he could go back to his old job of calling the Girls.
  • The episode with the Boogie Man and his minions terrorizing kids. Especially the invisible guy walking an invisible... something. We never find out what that is. Then there's the mummy hiding in the little boys racecar bed...
    • There's the beginning of the blackout party. Imagine being a child, waking up in the middle of the night, with the room in twilight darkness, and hearing something whisper "the coast is clear" from beneath your bed. SUDDENLY every monstrosity imaginable crawls out from underneath. Good luck ever sleeping again...
    • The giant Chiquita-dressed monster who grabs two kids right out of their beds and pulls them out the window. Granted, she was "only" going to use them as human maracas, but its easy to see that as something else.
    • The giant monster who drinks out of a power plant cooling tower, then sets fire to a building full of people with his breath. This is before the Girls had been alerted too, so its entirely possible all those people got fried to a crisp with no one to save them...
    • The Mayor being woken up in the middle of the night and finding monsters all over his house.
  • In "All Chalked Up," Buttercup breaks Bubbles' chalk, and Bubbles ends up receiving magic chalk from Him, who is disguised as a butterfly. The Nightmare Fuel comes into the picture when Bubbles draws a bunch of monsters out of anger, and they all come to life - and when this happens, for an uncomfortably long time, we just get the students staring at the monsters in horror, with no sound at all save for the monsters' creepy roars and growls.
  • Everything about Lenny Baxter's Sanity Slippage in Collect Her, but even before then, the episode demonstrated that Lenny's obsession with collecting all Powerpuff Girl merchandise was unsettling, to the point that his apartment came across as a Stalker Shrine. When he realizes he owns all known pieces of Powerpuff toys and merchandise, he's desperate to acquire more because collecting is his entire life. So he resorts to breaking into the girls' home and steals personal belongings, including a framed family photo of the girls and Professor Utonium. But when that's not enough, he lures the girls into his apartment (where Blossom and Buttercup are disturbed by all the stuff with their face on it, while Bubbles thinks it's cool) and traps them inside unbreakable plastic containers with the intent to keep them for all eternity. To clarify, we're talking about a grown man obsessed with collecting toys based on three little girls, and when that isn't enough he breaks into their house while they're there and steals their belongings before abducting them. This isn't even considering what Lenny would've done if having the girls as captives wasn't enough, or if the girls had suffocated or starved to death trapped in those containers.
  • In "Child Fearing", Blarney the Singing Sea Serpent seems just as lovable as any other children's show character...until he starts singing a song about animals. Every time he audibly mimics the actions of the animals he dresses up as, he screams at the top of his lungs while a dissonant chord plays in the background.
  • There is also Fuzzy Lumpkins' very painful condition — the result of Buttercup beating him even when he begs her to stop (for once) in "Make Zen to Me". It doesn't matter how bad Fuzzy was; Fuzzy's condition (despite the status quo making him better) looked very horrifying. Fuzzy, as the doctors described, was in so much pain, he had to not only be wheelchair-bound for a while, but he couldn't think or eat during his recovery. In fact, some viewers may have been as disturbed as Buttercup when she saw and heard what happened to Fuzzy.
  • The undead Al Lusion from the Abra-Kadaver episode, a hideous zombie magician who died in a tragic accident while on stage in front of hundreds of children. The Mayor himself was in the audience as a child and witnessed the disaster, and the theater has been closed ever since. Whats even creepier is that Lusion's corpse was simply left to rot in the spiked coffin he died in. No one bothered to retrieve it. Then there's Abra Kadaver terrorizing Townsville with his magic, turning harmless illusion tricks into horrible transformations and painful deaths, such as turning a bus full of children into bunnies, riding a hideous rabbit, turning buildings into trees, and sawing carpenters in half with their own saws.
    • Then there's the horrible red tint of the episode, which colors both the sky and the backgrounds. The thing is, the episode is supposed to take place at night, and its a regular night sky at the Girls home, but in town, its disturbingly red.
    • Abra-Kadaver mistaking Blossom for the girl who accidentally caused his death decades before. He hypnotizes her, then traps Bubbles and Buttercup in deadly magician traps. One especially creepy moment is when Buttercup tries to stop Kadaver's hypnotism by punching him away from Blossom. The result? His ARM detaches and keeps swinging the watch.
    Bubbles: Buttercup, look! IT'S STILL HAPPENING!!
  • "Sun Scream" really lives up to the "Scream" part of the title.
    • When the girls get sunburned, they move around in the cringe worthiest ways possible. The scene where Blossom tries to crawl across the bed to get to the phone is a pretty big example of this, especially since we get 7 lovely closeups on Blossom's throbbing areas. Thankfully, whilst the other two are trying to walk across, we don't get any closeups on them.
    • While they try to punch the con artists trying to swindle the Mayor, Buttercup at first gets lightly tapped(and there's a sizzling noise to match), Blossom gets slapped on the arm, and Bubbles gets a rubber band to the rump.
    • Not so much Nightmare Fuel, but just try not to wince when a bird accidentally pokes Buttercup in the eye with its beak. Ouch!
    • When the Girls get splashed with Aloe Vera, we get to see their skin getting cracked off, and one of Buttercup's skin flakes start dripping. No wonder the criminals were begging to be sent to jail after viewing that...
  • The simply gross methods of the Rowdyruff Boys attack the Girls in "The Boys Are Back In Town", bordering on Nausea Fuel. From throwing a scab at them to snigger-snaggingnote  at them, you will be wishing to unsee that.
  • Buttercup's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown from that minuscule monster in "Cover Up". Also, the monster walking towards her as she's lying on the ground helplessly, plus her Little "No", has some very strange implications without context....
  • "Moral Decay" plays with The Tooth Hurts a lot. And boy, is it painful to see.
    • Buttercup's slow loss of sanity doubled with the huge grin on her face is somewhat disturbing.
    • Someof the evil smiles Buttercup makes are uncomfortable to sit through.
    • At the very end, Buttercup gets the shit beaten out of her by the villains she stole teeth from. Keep in mind, she's only 5. Even if she has powers, it still would hurt a lot more for her than it would for an adult.
    • Although it's mostly played for comedy, Buttercup's bullying of Bubbles is kind of disturbing to watch.
    • When Buttercup is at the dentist's office, she doesn't look too hurt. All she has is messy hair. But that is only to build up to the next moments when she smiles nervously at the Professor, it shows that her teeth are badly jagged and messed up. The gross sound effect that plays in the background when this happens does not help at all.
    • A bit of Fridge Horror for you is the way Blossom and Bubbles act. They pretty much just allowed her sister get beat up by a bunch of fully fledged-villains, and they seem oddly happy about Buttercup getting pummeled. And the creepily large smile on Blossom's face basically solidifies that she's ecstatic that her sister be brutally beaten. Even if Buttercup deserved it, it does not make it any less creepy.
    • Also in this episode, the Professor does not seem concerned at all about how horribly battered Buttercup is. It's almost as if he's happy that Buttercup was brutally beaten.
  • The Professor in "Cat Man Do". Just to name a few instances of how disturbing he can be:
    • The girls rescue the cat, unaware of his evil nature, and beg the Professor to let them keep him. It starts off innocent enough, and then we are treated to this:
    Professor: I remember when I once brought a puppy home to my parents. And do you know what they said?
    Girls: (In unison) They said yes?
    Professor: They said.....NO!!! (Cue epic Nightmare Face)
    • Not helping is that he immediately laughs that off and acts like nothing happened, after just scaring the crap out of them.
    • The entire time the Professor is under the cat's sinister mind control, where he assumes yellowish, cat-like eyes and speaks almost completely in monotone as he does his master's bidding.
    • Finally, there's the final battle where the cat sics the Professor upon the girls. The Professor's monstrous shriek as he acts like a real cat is extremely unsettling and out of nowhere.
    • Really the Professor is just an unpleasant piece of work regardless of what the cat happens to be doing. Thank goodness for everyone that the girls snapped him out of it at the end.


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