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!! Original four Twisted Metal games:

* Though {{Narm}} unfortunately plays a huge part in the first game's lost endings, [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/twistedmetal/images/e/e3/TwistedMetalCalypso.png/revision/latest?cb=20120205130020 Calypso's design]] can come off as creepy to some. He is suppose to have suffered a severe burn injury to his whole face in his backstory, but it instead ''looks as though he is completely missing the skin on his face in general''. Other than that, his design is just [[SoBadItsGood ridiculous]].
* Needles Kane's design in the first game may also count. He is drastically different in design compared to his later appearance, having green non-flaming hair, giant red lips and blue make-up around his eyes. What makes him creepy is his face, being that it looks horribly deformed and bumpy, compared to the simple clown mask in later appearances.
* Captain Rodgers in the second game is ghastly in appearance. Due to being severely elderly he has tons of wrinkles, pale blue skin, and has an eerie drooped face with [[DullEyesOfUnhappiness dull starring eyes]]. He essentially looks like a living corpse.
* Most endings in the second game are terrifying, for example:
** Mr. Grimm's ending involves him begging Calypso to make the people of Earth die faster so he can get more souls. [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything The whole scenario is meant to reference drug withdrawal]], since the lack of souls he obtains makes him weaker. Once his wish is granted, everyone on Earth begins to kill each other in an endless war until humanity becomes extinct. Mr. Grimm enjoys the large amount of souls he obtains from this war, but sadly since humanity is extinct, there are no more souls to gain, and like any other druggie, [[AndIMustScream Mr. Grimm hungers for another fix...]]
** [[ThoseTwoGuys Mike and Stu's]] ending, mainly the climax of it. Though the ending in general also counts as a CrowningMomentOfFunny, the fact that we are given a still shot of the duo face-first against the pavement with a blood puddle forming is a bit unsettling.
** Captain Rodger's ending has him wishing he had the body of a young man again, being sick of his elderly appearance. Calypso, [[JerkassGenie being the cheep bastard that he is]], grants his wish according to these words. Rodgers is given the body of a young man like he wished for, ''but his head remains the same''.
** Ken Master's wish is to have his face be seen all over the Earth so he can be world famous. Calypso complies with this wish, by '''[[BodyHorror literally stretching Ken's face all over the sky and around the Earth for everyone to see]]'''.
** The climax of Mortimer's ending where Calypso looks into the window of a moving plane and scares a little boy [[TearsOfFear to tears]] with his NightmareFace.
** Minion's ending, where he steals back his power from a cowering Calypso, then throws him into Hell. Counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome though, since we get to see Calypso get his [[KarmicDeath comeuppance]].
* Plenty of the character endings in ''Twisted Metal 4'', even with the game having the [[{{Sequelitis}} reputation]] that it has with the fanbase. Examples:
** Goggle Eye's wish ends with him having to spit bugs out of his mouth at a no ending rate, all because he wanted to contain all bugs in the world to kill them.
** [[Music/RobZombie Rob]] [[AsHimself Zombie]]'s ending is an odd one. Rob doesn't speak for himself, but instead has a very disturbing disembodied floating version of his own head speak for him, much like the small clown speaking for Sweet Tooth. Zombie's wish is to [[OhCrap "let this world hear the wails and war cries of a dead man's soul."]] [[ScaryMusicianHarmlessMusic Don't fret, though.]] His wish is granted as only a brief clip from the [[AwesomeMusic "Super Beast" music video]].

!! Twisted Metal Black:
* Really, what in this game ''isn't'' NightmareFuel. Compared to the previous games and even the ones to come afterwards, ''Black'' is easily the only game in the series to take itself completely seriously. The atmosphere, character backstories, setting and premise are presented in a dark, grim, depressing and [[RealIsBrown almost colorless]] fashion. It is also the only game in the series to be completely [[PlayedForDrama devoid]] of any humor even in the slightest.
* When it comes to NightmareFuel heavy characters in ''Black'', the following people are especially worthy:
** For starters, ''this'' is the game that introduces Needles Kane's clown mask design. You know, the one that is '''used as the picture for this very page'''. Is an explanation even needed? The mask alone is NightmareFuel enough, but this is the game that also introduced his serial killer persona. No longer is Needles depicted as a [[PlayedForLaughs goofy]] sociopath or an ice cream addict, but a serious bloodthirsty killer with disturbing motives. These features would become the [[CharacterizationMarchesOn definitive depiction of the character]] that would carry on in the later games.
** Cage. The man's ambition? To be the greatest killer the world has ever known. But what does he want from Calypso? Brain surgery to remove that part of him that feels sad whenever he kills. Calypso's feeling generous, so he throws in something extra for a man with his consciousness literally stripped away - his hands replaced with metal razors and blades.
** Charlie Kane. First of all, he's a reanimated corpse. No, not a zombie; he's very much dead, but his body is being controlled by [[TheKidWithTheRemoteControl his 8-year-old savant son]]. This is disturbing enough on its own, but then the game presents you with very UncannyValley-laden close-ups of Charlie's corpse, [[BoomHeadshot complete with a stained hole where his brains were shot out]], when you look at his character info, as well as in every single loading screen. It's all incredibly unsettling.
** To add some more horror to the mix, that means that this kid is the one that kills the other contestants. [[CreepyChild And he doesn't seem to feel remorse about it]].
*** And his ending? [[spoiler:Calypso breaks the boy's remote and abducts him, with the intention of raising him to take over the tournament. Oh, and guess what? The kid's big brother is Needles "Sweet Tooth" Kane.]]
** Mr. Grimm in this game is also quite disturbing, even taking into account that he was essentially TheGrimReaper in the previous games. In ''Black'', Grimm is a Vietnam veteran who, upon getting captured by Vietcong, is forced to eat his fellow soldier and friend Benny to avoid starvation as a form of torture by the capturers. He even sews his comrades skull to his own face as a helmet. Wanting revenge for the man who ruined his life, he fights through Calypso's contest to gain his reward. Once he wins, [[spoiler: he is given the chance to eat his commanding advisor from the war. Afterwards, Grimm admits overtime he has ''gained a strange craving for human flesh'']].
** No Face. [[NightmareFace Just]] [[MouthStitchedShut No Face]]. His backstory involves him losing a boxing match, and because of this the facial doctor that works on him afterwards disfigures his face because No Face made him lose money on the match. As his reward for winning Calypso's contest, [[spoiler: No Face gets the chance to murder said doctor, by '''[[IronicDeath punching him in the face]] [[NoKillLikeOverKill with a scalpel and knife covered boxing glove]]'''.]]
** Preacher's story is pretty creepy, especially the depiction of the "demon" tormenting his mind. The whole story gets worse once it is found out that[[spoiler: the demon ''is his own psyche''.]]
** Minion doesn't have a story in this game, but looking at his [[http://www.freewebs.com/twistedmetalgames/B%20Minion%202.jpg close-up image]] will probably give you nightmares on its own. (especially when you realize that the thing he's using as a mask is literally the mutilated head of a cow.) Maybe it's better that he didn't get a story after all.
*** While Minion does not have a proper story, his coded loaded screen messages are pretty unsettling. [[spoiler: "We are trapped in his head." It probably says something that Marcus Kane ''misses'' the colorful world that he initially tried to run away from.]]
** Bloody Mary. Taken just at face value, while disturbing, her plot can seem a bit silly: an overly-jealous woman who is permanently "always a bridesmaid, never a bride". What puts her over the edge, however, is her loading screen snippets. She just comes across as so cold and unnatural.
-->My daddy used to say I was the prettiest girl in the world. Even after he killed my mom, he still said I was beautiful.
-->Kristen's parents are sad she's dead. But I know when I find my true love, they'll be so happy for me.
* All the music in the game (and we do mean '''all''' the music) is unsettling. Most of it falls into fast and boisterous industrial music with emphasis on DroneOfDread with plenty of loud percussion, while other pieces are slow and ominous. Some examples include:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmMu02B5Tn8 The main menu music]]. It's just plain disturbing. It's very industrial and nonsensical, and the fact that it plays over some also quite creepy still shot of our drivers fighting and flying out of their cars doesn't help.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvZC8SwVVIE The "Snowy Roads" theme]]. The ominous ambience in the beginning with the OneWomanWail can really send shivers down spines.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izTBPI2JVpk Junkyard Battle]]. It's loud, its fast, and its menacing. Really sets the mood for the battle ahead, though.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_c6InKre-k Minion's Stadium]] isn't much different.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpqF8p18XIo Downtown]]. It is somehow able to make ''flutes'' creepy.
** Ladies and gentlemen, I give you [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiJsNtD_WFQ&list=PLAE4949A2F32C3AFC Sweet Tooth's ice cream truck music.]]

!! Twisted Metal Head-On:
* Outlaw's ending. Carl & Jamie Roberts argue over what to do about Calypso. [[spoiler: Carl shouts "I wish you'd shut up" and Calypso... takes it literally and grants the wish. As a result, Calypso seals Jamie's mouth closed in a similar fasion to the first Franchise/TheMatrix movie.]]

!! Twisted Metal 2012:

* Calypso in this version is a lot more powerful and sinister than in previous incarnations. In other games, he gets his powers from a demon. In this one, ''he's'' the devil. That painting in his office is utterly chilling.
** To elaborate, [[spoiler:[[AndIMustScream Calypso keeps the souls of everyone who died in the contest inside of the painting, keeping them locked up in asylum-like cells screaming, which can only be faintly heard outside of the painting itself.]]]]
* Sweet Tooth slaughtering the entire staff of a hospital in the 2012 game, all in the name to finish off the woman [[spoiler: [[OffingTheOffspring his own daughter]], mind you]] who managed to get away the first time he tried to kill her. [[VillainProtagonist This is the character you control for a third of the Story Mode by the way]].
** Fittingly, in his ending [[spoiler:he demands Calypso to send him to her, to which Calypso grants. Sweet Tooth demands where he is, and Calypso reveals to him that [[DespairEventHorizon his daughter was unable to cope after her near-death experience, and the death of her family and she]] [[AteHisGun ate her gun ten years ago]]. Sweet Tooth then realizes that he was BuriedAlive with the remains of his daughter, and [[AndIMustScream spends the last minutes of his life vowing revenge on Calypso before eventually suffocating.]] The focus is then shifted above ground, where his daughter's gravestone has his own name spray-painted over it, as a creepy music box jingle plays, which slowly dies down.]]
* [[MonsterClown Sweet Tooth's]] [[CircusOfFear Carnival]] [[MilitaryMashupMachine of Carnage]]. After Sweet Tooth [[spoiler: died after getting his wish]], his followers built a giant clown and carnival themed moving battle fortress in his honor. The whole damn thing is horrifying to look at: for starters, its a massive tank like contraption that can only be accessed through an elevator lift at the bottom guarded by a [[KillItWithFire flame spewing]] clown head. Once inside you have to fight through a giant pinball machine while being attacked by ''[[ChainsawGood chainsaw wielding]] [[MonsterClown monster clowns]]'', then race through a long tunnel filled with giant blades and saws, then finally take flight in a helicopter where you must fight essentially the FinalBoss of the game. The final boss by the way is a '''[[GiantMecha giant]] [[KillItWithFire fire breathing]], [[ScaryTeeth sharp toothed]], [[EyelessFace eyeless]] clown head that will lunge at you in an attempt to take a bite out of your helicopter if you get too close'''.
* The [[GiantMecha Iron Maiden]], Dollface's menacing flying robot she uses against Mr. Grimm. The sheer size of the thing is horrifying, especially for the fact that ''you have to fight it''. It doesn't help that it has the ability to [[ExorcistHead rotate its head]] from having a standard cute baby doll face to [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Hicwyv3E6M/T7AG6KmeWXI/AAAAAAAADKw/U2GVbJz3lD0/s640/ironmaiden.jpg this]].