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* Ships in Firefly can travel at close to the speed of light, and humanity has colonized worlds that we can't even see now. If we can travel to them, then our observable part of the universe just became ginormous, yet humanity is still the only species known to exist. We've finally spread out among the stars, and started exploring the Galaxy, only to find that we're alone. And when you think about how big the universe really is, the only idea scarier than aliens existing, is that they don't.

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* Ships in Firefly can travel at close to the speed of light, and humanity has colonized worlds that we can't even see now. If we can travel to them, then our observable part of the universe just became ginormous, yet humanity is still the only species known to exist. We've finally spread out among the stars, and started exploring the Galaxy, only to find that we're alone. And when you think about how big the universe really is, depending on who you ask, the only idea scarier than aliens existing, existing is that they don't.


-->'''Zoe''': "If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing. And if we're very, ''very'' lucky, they'll do it {{in that order}}."

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-->'''Zoe''': -->'''Zoe''' ''(stoically):'' "If they take the ship, they'll rape us to death, eat our flesh, and sew our skins into their clothing. And if we're very, ''very'' lucky, they'll do it {{in that order}}."


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[[caption-width-right:350:The Reavers]][[caption-width-right:350:Ladies and gentlemen, these are the Reavers.]]


** In particular, the {{Leitmotif}} that plays whenever the Reaver ship appears. The other ''Firefly'' themes tend to rely strongly on acoustic guitar or piano. The Reaver music is heavy with percussion and metallic clashing, in a furious tempo. It's an UncannyValley for the ear.

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** In particular, the {{Leitmotif}} that plays whenever the Reaver ship appears. The other ''Firefly'' themes tend to rely strongly on acoustic guitar or piano. The Reaver music is heavy with percussion and metallic clashing, in a furious tempo. It's an UncannyValley MoodDissonance for the ear.ears.


** In particular, the {{Leitmotif}} that plays whenever the Reaver ship appears. There's just something about it that can get your hair to stand on end.

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** In particular, the {{Leitmotif}} that plays whenever the Reaver ship appears. There's just something about it that can get your hair The other ''Firefly'' themes tend to stand rely strongly on end. acoustic guitar or piano. The Reaver music is heavy with percussion and metallic clashing, in a furious tempo. It's an UncannyValley for the ear.


* To give a sense of how much NightmareFuel the Reavers are, there's a scene in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' where [[KnightTemplar The Operative]], who besides River is arguably the biggest {{Badass}} in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' universe, sees an entire Reaver fleet following Serenity out of an ion cloud and he is visibly [[OhCrap TERRIFIED.]]

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* To give a sense of how much NightmareFuel the Reavers are, there's a scene in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' where [[KnightTemplar The Operative]], who besides River is arguably the biggest {{Badass}} badass in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' universe, sees an entire Reaver fleet following Serenity out of an ion cloud and he is visibly [[OhCrap TERRIFIED.]]



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* In "Heart of Gold," when the prostitute who called the father of Petalline's baby is forced to give him a blow job in front of the entire town.

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* The Reavers are psychotic cannibals ''WHO CAN FLY SPACESHIPS''. They track down their victims ''IN SPACE''. It's not just the fact that that they are murderer-rapists-cannibals that makes them scary -- it's the fact that they still retain some measure of calculating intelligence that makes them so fearsome.

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* The Reavers are psychotic cannibals ''WHO CAN FLY SPACESHIPS''. They track down their victims ''IN SPACE''. It's not just the fact that that they are murderer-rapists-cannibals murdering rapist cannibals that makes them scary -- it's the fact that they still retain some measure of calculating intelligence that makes them so fearsome.

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** Mal gets his ass handed to him nearly every other episode and shot in the ones between, gave himself a giant syringe of adrenaline straight to his heart, and makes it through two no holds barred fights with the Operative, but the only time you hear him ''scream'' in pain was when he was tortured by Niska.


* Ships in Firefly can travel the speed of light, and humanity has colonized worlds that we can't even see now. If we can travel to them, then our observable part of the universe just became ginormous, yet humanity is the only species in firefly. We've finally spread out among the stars, and started exploring the Galaxy, only to find that we're alone. And when you think about how big the universe really is, the only idea scarier than aliens existing, is that they don't.
** There's no confirmation that aliens don't exist. Humans have colonized one multi-star system and terraformed it. To quote TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." We see only a tiny part of it.


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* Ships in Firefly can travel at close to the speed of light, and humanity has colonized worlds that we can't even see now. If we can travel to them, then our observable part of the universe just became ginormous, yet humanity is still the only species in firefly.known to exist. We've finally spread out among the stars, and started exploring the Galaxy, only to find that we're alone. And when you think about how big the universe really is, the only idea scarier than aliens existing, is that they don't.
** There's no confirmation that aliens don't exist. Humans have colonized one multi-star system and terraformed it. To quote TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." We see only a tiny part of it.



* Or the R. Tam Sessions. Summed up best by the very last words: "Can't tell it. ''I'll have to write it down.'' *holds out hand for a pen* " ''SummerGlau should not be this freaking terrifying.''

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* Or the R. Tam Sessions. Summed up best by the very last words: "Can't tell it. ''I'll have to write it down.'' *holds out hand for a pen* " ''SummerGlau ''Creator/SummerGlau should not be this freaking terrifying.''


* Ships in Firefly can travel the speed of light, and humanity has colonized worlds that we can't even see now. If we can travel to them, then our observable part of the universe just became ginormous, yet humanity is the only species in firefly. We've finally spread out among the stars, and started exploring the Galaxy, only to find that we're alone. And when you think about how big the universe really is, the only idea scarier than aliens existing, is that they don't

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* Ships in Firefly can travel the speed of light, and humanity has colonized worlds that we can't even see now. If we can travel to them, then our observable part of the universe just became ginormous, yet humanity is the only species in firefly. We've finally spread out among the stars, and started exploring the Galaxy, only to find that we're alone. And when you think about how big the universe really is, the only idea scarier than aliens existing, is that they don't
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** There's no confirmation that aliens don't exist. Humans have colonized one multi-star system and terraformed it. To quote TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space." We see only a tiny part of it.



** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sj89hMVYhI Target the reavers. Target the reavers! Somebody FIRE!]]"

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** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Sj89hMVYhI Target the reavers. Target the reavers! Target everyone! Somebody FIRE!]]"

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