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* Puppet, animatronic, claymation, or CG characters who were meant to be cute, but who instead look like they crawled out from the [[NightmareValley darkest depths]] of the UncannyValley.

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* Puppet, animatronic, claymation, or CG characters who were meant to be cute, but who instead look like they crawled out from the [[NightmareValley darkest depths]] depths of the UncannyValley.


There is an excellent discussion about this phenomenon and its possible psychological origins in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/79299 this blog post]] at ''TheOnion A. V. Club''. And check out the website [[http://www.kindertrauma.com/ Kinder Trauma]] if you dare.

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There is an excellent discussion about this phenomenon and its possible psychological origins in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/79299 this blog post]] at ''TheOnion ''Website/TheOnion A. V. Club''. And check out the website [[http://www.kindertrauma.com/ Kinder Trauma]] if you dare.


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AccidentalNightmareFuel refers to things in media that scare people even though they were never meant to. Something that was meant to amuse or entertain to the audience would otherwise result in frightening people to the point of having nightmares. It's particularly common in media aimed at children and general audiences, as kids (usually) get scared more easily than adults, but can be seen pretty much anywhere by anyone, due to the extremely subjective nature of horror.

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AccidentalNightmareFuel Accidental Nightmare Fuel refers to things in media that scare people even though they were never meant to. Something that was meant to amuse or entertain to the audience would otherwise result in frightening people to the point of having nightmares. It's particularly common in media aimed at children and general audiences, as kids (usually) get scared more easily than adults, but can be seen pretty much anywhere by anyone, due to the extremely subjective nature of horror.



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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]], such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.

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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]], such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw com/watch?v=MSTL3AidX4o a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.


Contrast with NightmareRetardant, {{Narm}}, and FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. VileVillainSaccharineShow is when a villain causes this in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in. If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.

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Contrast with NightmareRetardant, {{Narm}}, and FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is).FauxHorrific. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. VileVillainSaccharineShow is when a villain causes this in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in. If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.


* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]]; such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.
* Sudden [[ArtShift change in medium]] between live-action, traditional animation, CGI, or {{Claymation}} especially if it comes without warning and changes back just as quickly.

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* [[FamilyUnfriendlyViolence Over-the-top slapstick violence]]; violence]], such as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWhBMDayZPw a character getting run over by a steamroller and turning into a flat photograph]]. It may seem funny to you, but imagine looking at such an event through the eyes of a literal-minded 6-year old.
* Sudden [[ArtShift change change(s) in medium]] between live-action, traditional animation, CGI, or {{Claymation}} and/or {{Claymation}}, especially if it comes without warning and changes back just as quickly.



There is an excellent discussion about this phenomenon and its possible psychological origins in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/79299 this blog post]] at ''TheOnion A V Club''. And check out the website [[http://www.kindertrauma.com/ Kinder Trauma]] if you dare.

Contrast with NightmareRetardant and {{Narm}}. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.

Related {{Trope}}s: UncannyValley

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There is an excellent discussion about this phenomenon and its possible psychological origins in [[http://www.avclub.com/content/node/79299 this blog post]] at ''TheOnion A V A. V. Club''. And check out the website [[http://www.kindertrauma.com/ Kinder Trauma]] if you dare.

Contrast with NightmareRetardant NightmareRetardant, {{Narm}}, and {{Narm}}. FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If VileVillainSaccharineShow is when a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). in. If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.

Related {{Trope}}s: Related: UncannyValley


Contrast with NightmareRetardant and {{Narm}}. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is).

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Contrast with NightmareRetardant and {{Narm}}. If the offending material can make you sick, you've got NauseaFuel. For deliberately scary (but not ''very'' scary) kids media, see DefangedHorrors. If a villain that causes this is in a show far more light-hearted than one would expect that sort of character to appear in, then it's VileVillainSaccharineShow. Contrast FauxHorrific (it's not scary, but played up as if it is). \n If it becomes scary only in hindsight, it's FridgeHorror.


If it's scary because it was supposed to be scary, it's HighOctaneNightmareFuel instead. This page has a lot of inappropriate {{wick}}s and [[PotholeMagnet potholes]] from people who confuse the two {{trope}}s; if you find one, please change it to point to HighOctaneNightmareFuel.

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Keep in mind: '''This is {{YMMV}}.''' Some of the entries here may come off as nothing scary to you, and that's fine. '''That does not give you the right to delete an entry or argue over it on its respective page.''' Calling someone a wimp because something that you don't mind creeped them out is rude.

Avoid {{natter}} and personal anecdotes.

Related {{Trope}}s:

* UncannyValley

Well, go make sure you've got a fresh bulb in your trusty night light, kiddies. It's time for the...
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[[index]]
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Advertising}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Anime}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Art}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/ComicBooks
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Disney}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Film}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/FolkloreAndUrbanMyths
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Literature}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/LiveActionTV
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Music}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/MusicVideos
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/NewMedia
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/TabletopGames
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Theater}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/ThemeParks
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Toys}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/VideoGames
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/WebOriginal
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/WebComics
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/WesternAnimation
** AccidentalNightmareFuel/WesternAnimationFilm
** AccidentalNightmareFuel/WesternAnimationTV
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Vanity Plate}}s
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/TVTropes
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Other}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/RealLife
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Keep in mind: '''This is {{YMMV}}.''' Some of the entries here may come off as nothing scary to you, and that's fine. '''That does not give you the right to delete an entry or argue over it on its respective page.''' Calling someone a wimp because something that you don't mind creeped them out is rude.

Avoid {{natter}} and personal anecdotes.


Related {{Trope}}s:

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{{Trope}}s: UncannyValley

Well, go make sure you've got a fresh bulb in your trusty night light, kiddies. It's time for the...
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!!Examples:

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examples that are [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste intended to be scary]] belong in HighOctaneNightmareFuel.'']]

[[index]]
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Advertising}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Anime}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Art}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/ComicBooks
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Disney}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Film}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/FolkloreAndUrbanMyths
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Literature}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/LiveActionTV
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Music}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/MusicVideos
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/NewMedia
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/TabletopGames
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Theater}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/ThemeParks
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Toys}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/VideoGames
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/WebOriginal
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/WebComics
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/WesternAnimation
** AccidentalNightmareFuel/WesternAnimationFilm
** AccidentalNightmareFuel/WesternAnimationTV
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Vanity Plate}}s
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/TVTropes
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/{{Other}}
* AccidentalNightmareFuel/RealLife
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->''"Ah, good old fashioned [[TropeNamer nightmare fuel]]!"''
-->--'''[[{{MST3K}} Mike Nelson]]''', ''[[TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?]]''
-->--Or if you prefer, '''[[{{MST3K}} Tom Servo]]''', ''Film/SantaClaus''



This {{trope}} is named after the phrase "Good Old-Fashioned [[NightmareFuel nightmare fuel]]!", used at least three times in ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' to describe trauma-inducing sights and objects in {{film}}s that appeared by design to be originally intended for children. (For the record, the {{film}}s in question were the incredibly creepy ''Film/SantaClaus'', Roger Corman's ''The Undead'', and a scene in the otherwise silly film ''[[TheIncrediblyStrangeCreatures The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living And Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!?]]''. And [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qB8gYMfeREI this]] was from the first.)



As a side note, this {{trope}} [[RenamedTropes originally went by the name Nightmare Fuel]].

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