Nightmare Fuel: Yu-Gi-Oh! Card Game

  • An archetype known as "Gimmick Puppets" is generally accepted as the archetype with the creepiest art. All of the monsters within the archetype are evil looking-puppets, like "Gimmick Puppet Nightmare." Literally, nightmare fuel.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, Appointer of the Red Lotus. Dear God!
  • Several of the images on cards could be counted as this. For instance, the card Final Countdown has twenty flames floating in a circle in the sky as a malevolent face forms in the clouds.
  • Some cards have images that are strange, grotesque, or just plain WTF. Some notable examples are "Eternal Rest", "Spirit's Invitation", and "Life Absorbing Machine".
  • There is the implication in the story behind the cards that Invader of Darkness is some sort of Evil Overlord who is something like Darth Vader. And that, going by the number of cards searching for him, he probably did something unspeakably horrific. And there's how he probably did in Gagagigo, leaving the poor guy for Kozaki to repair, who probably has a Evil Plan of his own going... yeah, Invader is the Big Bad.
  • Magic Drain. Naked white haired vampire sucks a guy's blood and it looks VERY rape-ish.
  • Parasite Paracide. TCG Artwork: a simple insect with a few worm-like tentacles. Very Squickish. OCG Artwork: Same insect, different pose, tentacles protruding from a soldier's face and mouth.
  • Tribute to the Doomed shows a old, ragged mummy taking a living person and mummifying him alive.
  • Dark Jeroid has a lot of Vagina Dentata going on, its real head is on its crotch, and one gets the feeling the weakening effect is the opponent monster being squicked.
  • The trap card Tragedy. In the OCG, it shows a guillotine. In the TCG, it's 'censored' to show a lass who looks distressed, with an evil looking chap looming behind her, from the darkness. Said evil chap has a blood red moon behind him, which happens to be full, which happens to have an effect on him...
    • Another example, although much less scary than the above, of censorship making things worse is the monster Mystic Tomato. The original artwork makes it look like a Jack-O-Lantern, but in the TCG, its a tomato with a bit-too-realistic monster face.
  • Some say that the creepiest card in existence is Il Blud.
    • To elaborate - Il Blud is an evil.... thing with a dark, small face (with glowing red eyes) wearing a jail suit, complete with ball and chain attached to its leg. This wouldn't be so scary, save for the huge fucking rip in its stomach with a giant, distorted face staring at you like something out of a creepypasta!
  • Many of the earlier cards were REALLY unnerving, but one of the worst was Sorcerer Of The Doomed. It basically looks like an aged corpse with a malevolent expression and a body suit of horrified faces. The flavor text also helpfully states that it is a master of life-extinguishing spells.
    • Another such card is Doma The Angel Of Silence. What the hell where the creators thinking putting this in a card game aimed at children?
    • Much of this comes from earlier cards being based directly on Kazuki Takahashi's designs from the manga. Compare the original Manga to shows like ZeXal, and you'll realize that the comic treads much, much more heavily into the Horror genre than any subsequent iteration of the franchise.
  • The Evilswarm archetype in the Duel Terminal packs. Where their 'predecessor', the Steelswarm, were just ruthless invaders without purpose or cause beyond wanting to destroy everything, the Evilswarm archetype is introduced with the reveal that the Steelwarm may not have been in full control of their senses . . . as the Evilswarm archetype consists of various monsters from other Duel Terminal archetypes — every other archetype, in fact — twisted and warped from their original forms by the the Evilswarm virus, a Hate Plague that renders their victims not only distorted but also unable to convey their thoughts, rendering them either a prisoner of their own bodies or at the very least no longer themselves — to wit, the flavor text on the only Normal Monster among them is BACKWARDS just to show how hard it is to understand them and their line of 'thought'.
  • The Wicked Worm Beast. Look closely at its card. Is this thing a humanoid monster with worm tendrils... or (more likely) a human corpse being controlled by a monster worm parasite?
    • In the manga, this card killed Kaiba when Yami Yugi gave him the Experience of Death penalty game.
  • The army of Monster Clowns. Mystic Clown,Dream Clown,Crass Clown,Saggi The Dark Clown... the list goes on...
  • Pumpking the King of Ghosts. Can you imagine seeing this thing in a pumpkin patch? A huge one-eyed pumpkin with jagged teeth giving you an evil eye. Shudder.
    • In the old console games, he's even worse. Take a good look at him in the Falsebound Kingdom.
  • Necroface has a freaking porcelain horror movie doll with some freaky tentacles smashing out of its face, not to mention that bubbling mass coming out of one of its eyes.
  • The OCG artwork for Axe of Despair, featuring a grisly looking skull-like face with an axe blade sticking out the side of it. In fact, Dueling Network, a simulator that always uses the original artwork, uses the TCG version of that card.
  • Dark Hole, which shows an extremely creepy black hole-looking thing. What makes it creepy is if you look close, it resembles a giant eye, which causes Fridge Horror to make you wonder, is this a hole or some other being's eye?
    • Well, if you look closely, there appears to be stars surrounding it, suggesting that it is an Unrealistic Black Hole
  • Relinquished. Even it's effects are unnerving. And when it merges with the Thousand-Eye Idol...
  • Fiend Comedian's TCG artwork looks slightly creepy with that grinning host. Its OCG artwork on the other hand.....
  • Ultimate Offering's OCG artwork gives off a very disturbing cult vibe.
  • In mid-2014, some images of Korea's Judge Mats were revealed. The reactions to Outer God Nyarla's artwork can be summed up as: "Oh my GOD, WHAT IS THAT THING?!"
  • Infernoids are demons sealed under the Naturia Sacred Tree along with the Qliphort. In an attempt at obtaining the tree's power, Winda accidentally released them. The Infernoid and Qliphort immediately burned the Naturia Forest in blue flames and sealed her into a battery cylinder to power themselves up. They possibly turned Construct's marionetting powers against her, as seen in Shekinaga's artwork.
    • And as we later see, even after turning Construct into Shekhinaga, they weren't done with Construct yet. Infernoid Lilith, who is apparently in charge of the Infernoids, forces a Fusion on a frozen Shekhinaga - most likely done by Shrit as Nekroz of Trishula - and tricks him into trying to freeze her too in order to seize the Trishula power and become El Shadoll Anomalilith. Possibly meaning the Shaddolls' Heel-Face Turn may be reversed by force, and the Shaddolls, irony of irony, forced into service to mechanical demons bent on creating their own Sophia.