The series as a whole has plenty of Nightmare Fuel:
* Core Design's games paid a lot of attention to the death animations, and the player is often treated to several seconds of Lara writhing in agony/burning up/drowning/turning to gold/stabbed with 6 swords/getting mangled by a T-rex, etc.
** Falling onto spikes in games pre-AOD shows Lara being completely impaled through her body, and sometimes the spikes pierce directly upward into Lara's crotch. Her body then slowly slides down the spike as she dies.
** Diving/falling from too high is universally represented by breaking bones and an unnaturally-twisted neck.
* Drowning was particularly more graphic in the newer games.
* Winston, Lara's butler, followed her around in II and III when you played in her mansion, leading to some scares (and possibly AccidentalPervert). He also got in the way a lot, so many players ended up locking him in the kitchen freezer.



[[folder:Tomb Raider (1996)/Anniversary]]
* The centaur statue in Tomb of Tihocan, which explodes with absolutely no warning to reveal the skinless Atlantean demon beneath it, which then lets out an otherworldly scream as it starts shooting exploding balls of muscle at you.
* The Hand of Midas (see image), a stone hand apparently broken off a big statue that [[spoiler: turns Lara to gold, one body part at a time, if you stand on it. By the sound effects, she dies of suffocation just before her head is transformed. You need to use the hand to solve a puzzle.]] Original-to-VideoGameRemake [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZM7g2D27sA comparison.]]
* Some decorative objects in the levels were billboarded 2D sprites rather than 3D models. Meaning that when Lara moved, they would appear to spin around to face her. One especially jarring instance of this was a sprite of a mummified corpse seen in the Tomb of Qualopec.
* The huge drop in the final two levels which gives poor Lara time to scream three times before falling to her death. Oh yes, and the floor is made of magma that causes Lara's corpse to burst into flames as soon as she hits it.
* In the Tomb of Qualopec, the room with the Scion piece, Qualopec's skeleton and his two mummified bodyguards can be seen on one side of the room. If Lara goes over to investigate, she'll notice that raw muscle is sticking out of the wrappings, foreshadowing the reveal of the Atlantean race. She'll also quickly notice that one of the mummies is ''turning its head to look at her''. If she approaches it, it...falls over. This, with no background music at all.
* The oversized rats that usually manage to sneak up on Lara are unnerving. They have a hideous screech and an unpleasantly wet 'n crunchy sound effect when you kill them.
* The mummified creatures in the Egyptian levels, as well as the regular Atlanteans, are incredibly unnerving - even when they aren't actually attacking Lara. You can hear them stalking around, just out of sight, and uttering creepy, raspy groans. They're also fond of unexpectedly leaping around corners at Lara, shrieking, which usually succeeds in giving the player a good old JumpScare.
** The design of all Atlanteans is pure BodyHorror. Strange, contorted creatures that mostly lack skin and instead expose their raw muscle, and explode into bits after being shot to death. Even the non-antagonistic ones seen in cutscenes look like this.
** The now-primitive graphics in the first game actually makes things ''worse'' because you couldn't see the mummified creatures clearly. You look at them and think "What the hell is that?" And the groaning...
* The various Atlantean creatures bursting out of their eggs. The fact that not all of the eggs explode when you approach them (some explode much later on, others do so when you pull a wrong lever in one particular puzzle) makes the sections of the game with the eggs even more tense.
** The Mummycat [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wz2K5nXy0yU cutscene]].
* The Abomination. A large, legless creature with random patches of skin, and just barely enough muscle to function. Watching it shamble about on it's arms trying to catch you is as sad to watch as it is horrifying.
** And there's her death at the hands of the aforementioned Abomination where it scoops a ''terrified and screaming Lara'' in one hand while dangling her by ''one leg'' then proceeds to ''thoroughly wreck her stuff'' by '''brutally smashing her against the floor three times (all the while you hear the sickening, breaking and crushing of her bones).''' Once the Abomination, with a head turned 90 to the right, notices the now very broken Lara is dead, it just casually drops her body (which is now mangled enough that it ''easily contorts upon impact'') to the floor as though she were some toy. Indeed, the scene seems to play out like a child given a very noisy toy trying to make it stop by breaking it adding to the [[FridgeHorror Fridge Horror]] as the Abomination seems to very developmentally delayed. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2W2K8oUplw At the end of video (2:18) displays the scene in discussion.]]
* The Playstation 1 versions were (comparatively) barely graphic when it came to Lara's many deaths. When it came to Tomb Raider Legend and the remake Anniversary, the death scenes were ramped up if players failed to keep her alive in a QuickTimeEvent. One gory example is Lara being killed by a T-Rex by being flung into the air and then being ''eaten alive in one gulp''.
* The Lost Island is pretty creepy in Anniversary... the flying demons were already bad, but where they come from...
* Natla's knife welding, trench coat wearing henchman [[ScaryBlackMan Kold]], who has one white eye and speaks in a [[EvilSoundsDeep low, threatening voice]].
* The original Lara Doppelganger, A.K.A [[FanNickname Bacon Lara]] which is basically Lara without any skin. It copies your movements perfectly, and acts as a puzzle, since you can't get past it. It's very firmly within the UncannyValley. In ''Anniversary'', it not only looks more realistic, but the means of dispatching it (tricking it into jumping into a vat of lava) causes it to flail in a clear panic and scream in pain.
* Just the way death by FallingDamage is represented in the series. "CRUNCH!"
* The revised soundtrack for the PC version which cut out all of the musical cues from the PSX version, leaving only a few unnerving ambient sounds. This combined with the low draw distance ensures that NothingIsScarier starting right from the very first level.
* Out of the Core Design games, TR1 has the creepiest level ambiances.
** Peru- mostly silence, broken by low drum beats and strange rushing sounds
** Greece/Rome- howling winds
** Cistern/Natla's Mines- strange shrieking sounds and water drops
** Atlantis- low, steady heartbeats, ominous chanting, JumpScare-worthy sounds of machinery


[[folder:Tomb Raider II]]
* The soundtrack alone for II... here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Ah8L5f5kE the one]] in particular that used to make the Floating Islands level so much worse.
** In the Maria Doria levels, the main ambiance for the level features silent water drops and heartbeats. It's actually the ambience theme from Atlantis in the first game, which is equally or more creepy.
* Most players when they get to the end of the first level will use a zipline to cross a massive pit and reach the finish. More inquisitive players may decide to climb down and check out what shiny powerups could be down there. When you finally get off the cliff and onto the pit floor, as you're about halfway across the pit, a T-rex pops out of the cave in front of you.
** Then, should you kill (or just run past) the T-rex and find the secret hidden at the back of the cavern and start to run back, a ''second'' T-rex appears.
** Even better? Unless you're using your flares, the cave is almost completely in the dark.
* The spiders in ''Franchise/TombRaider II'' are quite creepy, what with how they tend to suddenly appear and the loud shuffling sound they make as they move around. The [[GiantSpider giant ones]] in the Temple of Xian level are [[SpidersAreScary much, much worse]]. And they're encountered in a [[OhCrap dark cave filled with huge webs]].
* [[http://youtu.be/WuRu_qT4eK8?t=5m52s The giant eel]] in the Living Quarters level. It only appears once, but it comes out of nowhere & does huge amounts of damage.
* The yetis in the Tibetan levels, hulking creatures that have loud stomping noises and loud roars.
** Especially when you encounter them in a temple that is '''completely''' dark.
* [[UnderTheSea 40 Fathoms]]. The level starts with Lara swimming at the bottom of the ocean in near-total darkness, with no way of surfacing for air or obvious means of escape while her OxygenMeter rapidly drains and [[EverythingsWorseWithSharks sharks]] are circling her. It's panic-inducing even if you know where to go. It also gets bonus marks if you've been using the level skip cheat to casually pass through the game, since ''[[NoFairCheating you can only input the cheat when you're on solid land.]]''

[[folder:Tomb Raider III]]
* The Damned; they say they are immortal and have tried suicide to no avail, along with the fact you have to find embalming fluid to stop them rotting, which is scary in itself. There's also Lara shooting them in the previous level, when using bullets it can be assumed they just got up later or something, but she can also blow them up with explosives, [[FridgeLogic which comes with the idea]] that they are still [[AndIMustScream fully conscious while blown to pieces.]]
* The Temple Ruins where you go into a room and find one of the explorers suspended in midair with a hole through his chest. Cue scary music.
* The Shiva Statues in the Temple Ruins. The first one encountered is an inanimate stone sculpture, holding up its 6 swords menacingly with an unsettling SlasherSmile on its face. In the very next room, Lara finds another statue...which glows with a strange orange mist, then promptly comes alive, turns completely black with red eyes, and chases her around the room with its ''6 swords''. They take ''forever'' to kill and can block Lara's gunshots with their swords.
** Even worse, in the second time they appear as enemies, the player might try to find a safe spot by climbing a set of stairs and taking refuge on the higher ledge. Not a wise choice, as the statue is savvy enough to ''climb up the stairs after Lara''.
** Lara's death at the hands of these statues. They pick her up using the pointed ends of two swords, use the other 4 to slash her to bits, and throw her on the ground. The statues ''laugh wickedly'' when they through Lara to the ground.
* The [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]-esque enemies towards the end, who spit blue fire and take several rocket and grenade blasts to kill.
* The unfortunate RX-Tech scientists, who have [[BodyHorror mutated horribly]] as a result of the energies from the meteorite. They come in two types: those who still look vaguely human aside from the fact that their legs have fused together and they can spit poison, and those who have become gigantic brutes who can pummel you to a pulp. The very first encounters with each type are huge {{Jump Scare}}s, and the first type comes with a ScareChord for good measure.
* ''Franchise/TombRaider III'', more so than the other games, often played [[ScareChord a jump-out-of-your-seat musical sting]] to shatter the ambient silence before rolling a boulder or similar trap towards you. Sometimes, it would pop up [[NothingIsScarier for no apparent reason]].
* Also, the second-to-last level, the Lost City of Tinnos, has the creepiest, most unnerving ambience of any level in the game. Fittingly it's a remix of the Floating Islands theme from ''Tomb Raider II''.
* Area 51, which has creepy ambient noises that you don't know the source of, cryo-frozen aliens, and the big, [[NothingIsScarier devoid-of-enemies]] UFO hangar.
* The appearance of the final boss, Dr Willard mutates into a creature that combines BodyHorror, GiantSpider and MyBrainIsBig into an unholy combination.
* Towards the end of the All Hallows level, Lara is swimming through a set of flooded tunnels riddled with floating corpses.
* The end of the level "Costal Village", where Lara ends up finding a mercenary who had his leg chewed off. While there are plenty of [[IAmAHumanitarian cannibals]] around, Lara notes that they don't eat down to a person's bones. As they continue to have their discussion, the tribal music starts and steadily gets louder. The mercenary mentions that the cannibal tribe's god lives up in the hills. Guess where Lara's heading next?
--> ''There's something spooky in that jungle.''

[[folder:Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation]]
* In the Cambodia levels, Lara finds many skeletons of unfortunate explorers, and later finds one impaled on some spikes near a plinth, with its backpack in a hand (which Lara takes). Keep in mind this is ''teenage Lara''.
* Von Croy being trapped in the Isis' defensive mechanism (and the tomb sealing itself afterwards). From the looks of it, he was trapped there for many, ''many'' years, as the next time he is seen is after Lara becomes an adult and completes her last 3 adventures at least.
* For some reason the first level's ambience is a remix of the Floating Islands theme. This has predictable results.
** On that note of disturbing ambience, there is a track that plays in several areas, notably the Tomb of Semerkhet, that is incredibly unnerving to listen to. It's a sinister-sounding low tune that is interspersed with heartbeats, something banging against a metal rail repeatedly, and inhuman shuffling. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zE4IiP60OXo This]] is the track in question.
* In the first level, if Lara dawdles too long at the first slope, a jarring cutscene plays showing the point-of-view of an unknown creature swooping towards Lara, while strange wailing sounds play in the background. Granted, said creature is just a rabid dog, but from the cutscene one would be forgiven for thinking it was some kind of instant-death trigger.
* The "entombing of Set" cutscene shows his host placed in a sarcophagus, as a spiked ceiling slowly descends on to the body. The camera cuts to the drains on the contraption, through which blood now freely flows.
** When Lara herself finds this area and takes the Ankh, blood again flows...filling the pools in the next room. Lara can ''swim in this blood''. Perhaps this scene served as inspiration for the 2013 version...
* ''Tomb Raider 4'' has giant scorpions in later levels.
* Towards the end of the game, things begin to get much darker. By the time you are in the last few levels, the sky has turned to an [[AlienSky unearthly shade of dark green]] to make it clear just how ''bad'' things have become. The enemies also go from being largely human and animal enemies, to undead beasts and mythological monsters.

[[folder:Tomb Raider Chronicles]]
* The entire Black Isle level. From the heartless corpse hanging from the tree to the pale imps that would follow you around.
* Whatever the Spear of Destiny does. It's [[NothingIsScarier never really shown]] what exactly its power is, but it is implied that it is terribly destructive and, worst yet [[ItCanThink displays some sort of intelligence]]. On top of that, all we ever really see is a creeping white light, but whatever the characters that encounter it see visibly terrifies them.

[[folder:Tomb Raider: Angel of Darkness]]
* One of the game's camera glitches allows the player to glimpse inside Lara's model while in look mode. In her head are things man was never meant to see...
* AOD implemented ragdoll physics for death animations. While the results are often hilariously awful, sometimes you see Lara's body tumble down stairs, or fall off into pits... or stretch to impossible lengths...
* The invincible sea creature found during the obligatory water stage. It can't be killed, is incredibly fast, and has an unusual looking mouth full of sharp teeth just waiting to gobble you up.
* Wandering the deserted streets of Paris at the beginning of ''Angel of Darkness'' while that ominous music plays in the background is quite unnerving, especially since you've been hearing about the Monstrum and have no idea where it might be.
* Coming across one of the Monstrum's victims in Bouchard's hideout. The loud gurgling noises he keeps making will give you nightmares for weeks.
* The deformed prisoners in the Sanitarium. It doesn't help that they run at you pretty fast.
* The fate of Boaz.

[[folder:Tomb Raider Legend]]
* As you're swimming towards the tomb of King Arthur, you hear an echoing growling/roaring noise. You don't see it, you don't know what's making it, and as such, NothingIsScarier.

[[folder:Tomb Raider Underworld]]
* The Kraken. The whole level around him is filled with ParanoiaFuel: you have be super careful and if you touch him, you're dead. The fact that you first meet his tentacle underwater [[ViolationOfCommonSense (and you must follow it)]] and the noises it makes only add fuel to the fire.

[[folder:Tomb Raider (2013)]]

* The entire beginning of the game is oppressively nightmarish to Lara, seeing as she's still somewhat of a well off fresh faced British chick thrust into a terrifying jungle landscape with no survival skills whatsoever, with insane cultists hunting Lara down through an unforgiving terrain that wants to keep them trapped on the island forever. Obviously she gets better at it, but still.
* Some preview and review articles have mentioned that some of this game's particular death animations are EXTREMELY gruesome. The Kotaku review, [[SchmuckBait in particular]], has a very, VERY disturbing impalement animation planted in their review.
* The entirety of the game has you trapped on an island full of insane, monstrous cultists that want to do horrible things to you and your allies.
* The island is peppered with hundreds of sacrificed women still strung up in the shrines they were burned in.
* The wolves that are sprinkled throughout the island that can leap out at you. In some cases, they'll leap at you in slow motion and if you're not able to put them down with a well-placed arrow, they will rip out your throat and break your neck.
** You'll even have to go in one of their dens to retrieve supplies early in the game. As you venture through it, you'll hear snarling and growling, shadows passing across the wall, and the bones of animals and....perhaps even humans. [[PrimalFear Walking into a dark cave knowing there are wolves moving around, just waiting for one to jump out at you, is a Dead Space-worthy bit of suspense]].
* There's one section in the game that finds Lara in a dark area that is littered with the various rotting remains of humans, blood splattered all over the walls.
** There's also the reason why they are there in the first place. [[spoiler: They are the tablescraps of an ''[[JapaneseMythology oni]]'' ]].
* A scene that acts as a shout out to ''Film/ApocalypseNow'' has Lara escape capture by jumping into a standing pool of human blood. As in completely submerged in it from head to toe. While she has open wounds, the most prominent of which being the gaping hole in her torso from being impaled at the beginning of the game. It doesn't help that this leads Lara into The Pit... All the fetid corpse-ridden water Lara wades through upto her nose. To put this in perspective, this is actually worse than the cover for ''VideoGame/DeadIslandRiptide'' which mirrors the scene, or any in game content. It's worse than Riptide, which drips NightmareFuel, is rated R and the ''trailer'' was banned. Yikes.
* An early section of the game finds you fleeing from a deranged madman. If you're not able to get away from him, a large boulder will fall upon your legs, followed by another crushing your head.
** The man himself is pretty damn creepy as well. He's not a whooping and hollering maniac. The way he speaks seems to indicate he wants to help you. Unfortunately, he wants to "help" you by sinking a climber's axe into your chest.
--->''"Shhh... It will be over soon."''
* Really, the fact that the deaths are so startlingly brutal compared to the previous games.
** It's not so much that they're more brutal, it's that Lara now looks photorealistic as opposed to more of an exaggerated cartoony type.
** They also aren't anything you wouldn't find in a Franchise/DeadSpace game. Which really says it all right there: a CosmicHorror game would be comfortable using the death scenes from this installment.
* The [[spoiler:"unholy ones"]] in [[spoiler:the Pit]]. The sheer insanity they show with every word is unnerving in the extreme.
* One QTE involves Lara sliding to avoid sharp sticks jutting out of a rapidly-moving river. If you fail, Lara gets gored through the throat. When Creator/ConanOBrien tried this on his show, he failed repeatedly, leading to having to see the scene over and over again...with the audience clearly horrified each time.
** Even worse, during the parachute scene, Lara will get skewered by multiple rows of sharp branches if you keep hitting the tree's. She'll twitch and struggle in excruciating pain until she gives out.
* Towards the end of the game Lara must sneak past [[spoiler: The entire Stormguard Army. The creepy chanting, inhuman roars and the painful consequences of being detected makes this encounter rather unnerving]].
* The NoHoldsBarredBeatdown that Lara receives midway through the game, is probably one of the most brutal depictions of the trope in recent gaming memory.
* Vladimir, the AxCrazy maybe-rapist who [[EnemyChatter other mooks say]] loves killing and seems to enjoy hunting people (and implies that he does it a lot,) is pretty terrifying considering what a vulnerable position Lara is in at the time ([[ForegoneConclusion even though most players will have seen the trailers which let you know he's Lara's first kill]]). However, his death itself is pretty scary, given that he is a notable aversion of the BoomHeadshot InstantDeathBullet; the man is groaning and spluttering for a while with a hole in his bloodstained head.
* During Lara's first encounter with [[spoiler: The Stormguard]], she is captured and suspended in a chamber full of corpses and body parts. Once she manages to free herself, she starts crawling through a tunnel when [[spoiler: The Oni Stalker enters the room]]. If Lara tries to go back into the previous chamber, then a scene is triggered where she is detected and smashed into a bloody pulp.
* In the game, you can find two artifacts. These artifacts are toys. Yes, toys, and they belonged to two little girls: Coco and Millie. This alone is pretty horrifying in its own right. But then you remember what the Solarii normally do with girls on the island.
** Before the toys are available to find, Lara is trapped in the Pit, a location in the Geothermic Caverns. This is an underground cavern where the Solarii imprison new male survivors, where they are psychologically broken, and either rot away or are initiated into the brotherhood. The cavern features some roaming prisoners that will attack Lara, and other prisoners stuck inside cramped cells. If the player gets over the initial primal fright of being jumped by the roaming prisoners (usually by killing them when they come at you), take the time to listen to the locked-up prisoners. Amongst the ones screaming in fear or anger, there is one guy that speaks calmly and to himself. He mentions that his family was shipwrecked on a sailing trip. His family that consisted of a wife and two daughters. The remaining monologue from the prisoner indicates that he may have seen his daughters, and possibly his wife, get killed in the fire ritual or by the Solarii's brutality. Whether the player learns this before or after the toys are discovered, it remains disheartening nonetheless.
* The part with Lara climbing the old, rusty ladders of the radio tower is an absolute nightmare for those who are afraid of heights.
* At the end of the game, [[spoiler: when Himiko starts trying to possess Sam, the face of the statue she's encased in chips off, revealing her real, horribly decayed face. [[RuleofScary Which starts screaming.]]]]