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Nightmare Fuel / The Wheel of Time

  • Semirhage, undisputed master of torture. Back in the day, she so terrified her jailors that they smuggled her to freedom themselves. Some of the atrocities committed by the other Forsaken and Darkfriends also qualify. Her captives desperatel tried to committ suicide so not to fall in her hands.
  • One of Rand's memories from being Lews Therin involved entering a city that had been attacked by the Shadow during the War of Power only to discover that everyone who had not sworn allegiance to the Dark One was tied up and thrown screaming into the fires that had been started at every crossroad.
  • The human breeding camps Balthamel set up to provide food for the man-eating Trollocs.
    • That's not as bad for Nightmare Fuel as eating normal humans: In a war that lasts hundreds of years, and possible lengths of generations of 13 years or so, the people in the camps would be way more ok with the whole thing than normal, former free people. Still horribly scary to think about, though.
  • Machin Shin, the Black Wind that messes with peoples brains before filleting them, has a Voice of the Legion and Loves the Sound of Screaming.
  • Mashadar, the Fog of Doom that messes with peoples souls while killing them extremely painfully, though it lacks the voice or preference.
  • All of the "bubbles of evil" in which inanimate objects try to kill you.
  • Tel'aran'rhiod and its incarnate nightmares that become real there and attack you inside your consciousness while you sleep.
  • Mindtraps, which force people to do as someone tells them, or they can be made an Empty Shell on a whim.
  • Slayer, a Professional Killer for the Shadow who specializes in people and wolves, and is composed of two identities: Isam Mandragoran and Lord Luc Mantear.
    • Which wouldn't be too bad, a killer with a (really) twisted soul. But get this: he can get to you wherever you are, if he knows where you are, and he can even kill you in your dreams if you dream vividly.
  • Hinderstap, the village of people who transform into bloodthirsty killers after sundown, and then kill everyone in the vicinity and then each other. And then they wake up alive again in their beds the next morning, remembering it as a vivid dream. And this happens every night, and they can't escape.
    • Apparently invoked deliberately. Word of God is that Sanderson came up with the concept of Hinderstap after Jordan's widow requested he put something "creepy" into Gathering Storm to reflect the Dark One's increasing hold on reality. "Creepy" being the understatement of the year...
  • The Body Horror that comes all too frequently with the "bubbles of evil."
  • The scenes where Rand is going through the test at Rhuidean. Not because of the revelations themselves (which are Tear Jerkers), but because of the fact that the Aiel man who got there before him becomes increasingly overwhelmed and unhinged by the revelations, to the point where Rand eventually sees him clawing out his own eyes and chewing up his own tongue.
  • The scene where Aviendha sees the very possible future for the Aiel in Rhuidean: It consists of her children by Rand leading the Aiel into what becomes a very protracted war against the Seanchan, eventually getting beaten down, the White Tower itself falling to the Seanchan, the Aiel clans being either destroyed or reduced to shadows of their former selves, being pushed back into the Aiel Waste and still mercilessly hunted by the Seanchan, and finally reduced to a shattered vestige of their former culture, having totally lost their sense of honour and duty, and all but extinct as they scavenge whatever they can find off travellers in the waste.
  • How Seanchan treat damane and worse how the damane end up liking it.
  • The Blight as shown in The Eye Of The World. Everything there, even the plants, were trying to kill them. There are also these giant worms there that will kill anything in their path and are nigh indestructible. At a mountain pass, they give up the chase because they're afraid of the things that live in the pass.
  • There's some stiff competition, but Aginor might take the cake among the Forsaken. While the series doesn't go into too much detail, there are enough implications about the creation of the Shadowspawn to give anyone nightmares. Just one example is the Trollocs, which were made by crossing humans and animals somehow. To feed them, Aginor set up what were essentially giant concentration camps used to breed people to maintain a steady supply of human victims for the armies. Yikes.
  • The sinking village in Knife of Dreams. A perfectly innocent-looking village with a group of peaceful-looking folk. Completely harmless, right? Then Mat spots a huge inconsistency (namely, his implanted memories informing him that there haven't been roofs made like that in several hundred years) and realizes it's a dead village. Then it starts to sink into the ground, with the specters present continuing to act normally. Except that a peddler got caught there as it starts to sink, and Mat's group can only watch in horror as the man screams in terror and sinks with the village. Worst of all, this overlaps with Paranoia Fuel, as the entire group starts to wonder if the peaceful-looking field they next camp on will sink too.
  • Rand's battle with the Dark One. We see a world where everyone is a slave and Nynaeve is a Forsaken. Then we see a world without Light where everyone has no conscience. And finally, we see a world without Shadow. At first it looks like a utopia, but then Rand looks into Elayne's eyes and realizes just how wrong things are.
  • Turning. If you have the right amount of people, in a short time, they can force you to The Dark Side, against your will.
    • We get to see the effects of this in the final book, when Taim and his Darkfriends try to Turn Logain. The latter has will of iron, and he's at his breaking point when saved. He never goes evil, but until the last few chapters of the series, he's unhinged from the experience.
  • Poor ol' Perrin? While it was one of the most necessary deaths there was, crushing Lanfear's neck with his bare hand while being COMPELLED to love her is decidedly horrible... He's explicitly stated to be weeping over her body.
  • Demandred, on the whole, is one of the less evil Forsaken. He's always calm and composed, ruthless but not particularly cruel, and is the only Forsaken to actually bother to treat his minions with a modicum of respect. He even seems to believe that if he wins the Last Battle for the Dark One, he'll get put in charge of reshaping the world, and will therefore be able to protect it from the worst of the Dark One's excesses. Word of God even calls him a Hero of Another Story in regards to his actions in Shara. There's just one little snag- he hates Lews Therin Telamon. Hates him more than anyone has ever hated anything, apparently. Hates him so much he's willing to topple empires, move armies, and risk The End of the World as We Know It all to get at one man. That level of hate is terrifying, especially as it comes from someone who's nearly a Noble Demon otherwise.
  • It's a one-off line as Rand prepares to face Moridin, but Shaidar Haran's final fate is terrifying. He's already Nightmare Fuel, now imagine his withered husk of a corpse.
  • The horrific deeds that Forsaken did are terrifying. Lanfear was known for her hobby to drive people to suicide using Tel'aran'rhiod. Graendal brainwashed many people to adore and love her, making them like animals. Semirhage... well, read above. Ishamael, with his manipulaions leading to the destruction of the biggest empire in the world also counts. He also drove Lews Therin to suicide by revealing him that he killed his own family when he went mad. Mesaana conditioned children to be bullies and killers, and they were so notorius that they were remembered millenia after being destroyed. Feeding people to Trollocks, which was possibly done by all of them. The sheer level of their insanity and pettiness is ... unnerving. And it's not even breakfast!