Western Animation / Nightmare Ned


Yet another animated series from Disney, premiering on April 19, 1997. Ned Needlemeyer is a nervous 8 year old with several intense fears, which play themselves out in exaggerated fashions in his dreams. Each episode is basically one long Nightmare Sequence of Ned facing a different fear. The show lasted for 25 episodes.

This TV show contained examples of the following tropes:

  • All Just a Dream: Nearly ever episode...except "Abduction"
  • Amazing Technicolor Population
  • Art Shift: They are dreams so of course the setting will get altered.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Ned is often turned into something against his will.
  • Big "NO!": One of the defining lines of Ned in the show. It is used several times in the intro alone.
  • Black Comedy: The monsters and freaks are quite funny and ridiculous along with terrifying so one could say that this trope's mixed with Surreal Horror and Surreal Humor.
  • Chess with Death: One sequence has Ned playing checkers with the Tooth Fairy over his teeth.
  • Defanged Horrors: The nightmares Ned comes across...for the most part.
  • Demoted to Extra: Ned's family and classmates from the TV show to the game.
  • Downer Ending: In the show, all the nightmares of course end this way.
    • Of course, Ned wakes up and depending on the episode it might have a positive or negative influence on him. It is averted thankfully in the "Abduction" since it was the only real one.
  • Face Your Fears: In the dreams Ned attempts to do that though usually he still fails. In the game however....
  • George Washington: Or at least, a talking version of him on a quarter in one episode.
  • Homage: The Willie Trout episode was a play on Pinocchio, with Geppetto himself, and Cicero as Figaro.
  • Mutagenic Food: Ned is tricked into eating dog food by Conrad and Vernon in one episode, and naturally winds up dreaming that he's transformed into a dog. He gets his revenge on the bullies (in the dream, anyway) by tricking them into eating cat food, then chasing them down when they turn into cats.
  • Nightmare Sequence: The entire premise.
  • "Not Wearing Pants" Dream: One episode's nightmare is about Ned forgetting to put his clothes on and arriving to school wearing nothing but a raincoat, which he's forced to abandon before class. The episode's end has the same nightmare happen to his father.
  • Potty Emergency: In an episode where two tall girls keep Ned as a pet and force feed him water.
  • Primal Fear: Too many too count. It could be an alternative title for the show.
  • Talking to Herself: Kath Soucie in one episode.
  • Twist Ending: Headless Lester: Ned isn't the one with nightmares this time around. Also the "Abduction" Ned isn't having dreams this time.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Conrad and Vernon, who were not named at all until one of the last episodes.
  • World of Symbolism: Every one of Ned's nightmare worlds.