Nightmarefuel / Codename: Kids Next Door
How scary can an old man be?

What's too scary for kids nowadays?

  • The Delightful Children are terrifying when you know who they really are, and what happened to them. They used to be Sector Z, until they were captured by Father himself, and put them through such rigorous torture (or as he puts it, Delightfulization) to the point that's it's quite literally IMPOSSIBLE to turn them back (any attempts are just temporary). To think that such honorable members of the KND have been turned into such monsters is not only scary, but you have to think of what kind of treatment Father put five ten year olds through, not to mention that the delightfulization was so intense that they work as one being.
    • Not to mention the Adult Fear and Fridge Horror that sets in when you can't help but think about Sector Z's parents. Their real parents. Try to put yourself in their shoes: they all had to live their worst fears when their kids never came home, and they most likely NEVER found out what happened to them. Doubles as a Tear Jerker.
  • Heinrich, Numbuh Five's nemesis, trying to dunk a live rabbit in molten chocolate. Terrifying. Even worse when he soon after tries to dunk Abigail herself into the molten chocolate. And Heinrich used to WORK WITH Abigail before! And then Heinrich fell into the chocolate and became an eldritch abomination! And finally, the fact that Heinrich is really a pretty little girl!
  • The Crazy Old Cat Lady in her first appearance, what with her merging her cats together and all.
  • Father, at least before his Villain Decay.
    "It appears you just aren't ready for the adult world, Mr. Uno. I believe it was time you were... FIRED!"
  • Grandfather. Sure, Father was scary, Grandfather takes it to another level. Sure, he's got some humor, but overall, he's just scary. To elaborate, he's capable of turning anyone he touches into a citizombie...which naturally have the same ability as well. He's even capable of zombifying the world in a sense, turning it into a colorless world with tapioca factories for KND treehouses. His reign was implied to have been like one big old time Child Labor sweatshop taken Up to Eleven.
    • In the same film, Numbuh 362 getting infected. Yes, even Numbuh 362 is helpless against the senior citizombies, who proceed to infect her and turn her into one of them. This only shows just how dangerous the senior citizombies are, as even the harmless Toiletnator can effortlessly induce infection with a simple touch.
    • The backstory is even more nightmarish when you consider Grandfather actually ruled the world. What the hell did he do to have been able to topple every government in the world?!
  • The Pirates of the Caribbean parody episode. Somehow, turning into licorice skeletons seems scarier than turning into regular ol' skeletons. And that's not mentioning what happens to them when the sun comes up...
  • The delightfulization process. Can you imagine being permanently brainwashed into being evil?! There's also the fact that you're probably alive and aware throughout the entire ordeal and maybe even afterwards...
  • Numbuh Three when she's pissed. She's just plain scary, especially her appearance. And her anger gives a whole new meaning to Beware the Nice Ones.
  • The show gets a large portion of its Nightmare Fuel from Fridge Horror and Adult Fear. Adults who enslave their children? Corrupt Corporate Executives that can and WILL kidnap your kids for cheap extraterrestrial labor? Dean Bitterman, the Scary Librarian, and even the Evil Teacher taken Up to Eleven? LICE THAT CAN GROW TO BE THE SIZE OF SMALL CARS? It's a GOOD thing the Kids Next Door is in charge, or the world would be a serious Crapsack World, and NOT JUST FOR THE KIDS...
  • The fourth grade class president shoving the reprogrammed boyfriend helmet onto Lizzie's skull as it fuses with her head!!
  • Operation P.O.P., where kids are being shoved into giant bottles of root beer. It's played very seriously.
    • Numbuhs One and Four had it worse. They both got shoved into a bottle meant for one person.
    • What's worse is that in real-life, these kids would undoubtedly die a very painful death from suffocation or simply because their organs were crushed from being in such a confined space.
  • The Chicken Pox, as in, living chicken heads grow out of your face
  • The Delightful Children From Down The Lane, even without knowing their backstory, they're still creepy regardless especially the episode when one of them pretended to join the KND, after he revealed his true nature and rejoined the Delightful Children, he simply... slid into place *shudder* adding to the fact they talk in unison like a hive-mind, as if the writers were thinking "You know the Children of the Damned? Let's see how far we can emulate that while still keeping a G rating"
  • The episode where Count Spankula turns Numbuh One into a spanking vampire. The entire treehouse is on lockdown til sunrise, it takes place in the middle of the night, and the colors change to a deep red, while the kids are stalked and picked off one by one, without even seeing who is after them.
  • The recent teaser shows Numbah One seriously contemplating whether he should do something drastic to Earth because it's too overrun with adults. Whatever it is, Chad is there and freaking out, and he even reminds him of all the innocent people who live there, seemingly trying to avoid serious collateral damage. It's all for naught, as One goes through and prepares to bring havoc to Earth, egged on by his new peers in the GKND. What the heck happened to Nigel during his time in space?
    • Even scarier is the Rainbow Monkey website that leads into the G:KND ARG, where you can input names of characters, groups and places to get responses. What happens when you input 'Father'? DANGER DANGER DANGER Yeah, even the GALACTIC KIDS NEXT DOOR is scared of the guy.
    • The implications are profoundly terrifying, too. Basically, the GKND are the Nazis, except the target of their genocide is everyone over 13, not the Jews. Is more than 66% of your species' population over 13? Bam. Your entire race is massacred, whether your life expectancy is 25 years or 1,200 years, no ifs, ands, or buts. The entire Universe can be inferred to be one giant Crapsack World, and it's all the GKND's fault. Just like Numbah 3 said, "Holy fBEEPk"
  • Operation S.A.T.U.R.N. was a creepy episode all in it's own. The whole backstory for Ramon-4 is just creepy in it's own the robotic remains of a space experiment that after being shot into space, it's plush and fur rots away and joins with other floating space junk and develops god like powers. creepy...
  • Operation W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E. takes place in a bad future where Numbah One is the President of the United States, and is about to sign "The Bill of No Rights for Kids". The only thing discussed is how it would lead to the dissolution of the KND, but it gets much, MUCH worse. The bill would essentially strip children of their basic human rights, and reclassify them as inhuman at the least, and "life unworthy of life" at the most. The bill also seems to be an instance of Did Not Think This Through, as the signing of such a bill could cause widespread secession among the states and most likely start a Second Civil War, which, considering how advanced military technology is compared to the 1860s, would be much more deadly and destructive and most likely escalate into World War III. Just think of the ensuing Crapsack World where kids would most likely be herded into concetration camps and most likely killed en masse in a Child Holocaust, essentally turning the United States into Nazi Germany. Fortunately, the whole episode was All Just a Dream.