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''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has ''incredible'' amounts of NightmareFuel, for a series that's retrospectively known for softness and light. One doesn't even need to invoke FridgeHorror, though that adds considerably to the picture.

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''WesternAnimation/GIJoeARealAmericanHero'' has ''incredible'' amounts of NightmareFuel, NightmareFuel for a series that's retrospectively known for softness and light. One doesn't even need to invoke FridgeHorror, though that adds considerably to the picture.

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** Lowlight's own nightmare about the junkyard rats is much scarier than anything the villain devises, the moreso in that it enacts an actual childhood trauma. Mainframe's dream that he's turning into an android is nasty too, albeit very brief. Then there's Hawk's nightmare where all his friends' vehicles blow up and they don't parachute out. Hawk parachutes out... then finds that he's falling into the mouth of a cobra the size of a building.


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* Part of the original 1983 miniseries, aptly titled "The Worms of Death", involves G.I.Joe and Cobra being attacked by horrible giant underwater worms that scream and wail as they try to eat the humans on both sides, forcing an EnemyMine so they can escape. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isIX346epWw Watch it here.]]
* The two-part episode "Worlds Without End", in which some of the Joes are transported to an alternate dimension where Cobra has conquered the world. [[spoiler:The characters end up stumbling over the skeletal remains of the Joes of that world, including their own counterparts.]]
* The infamous slow, horrific, physical and degradation of Cobra Commander into a giant, mindless serpent in TheMovie, which doubles as the TropeName for WasOnceAMan. Even the Joes feel pity for Cobra Commander as they watch his slow descent into mindless beasthood.

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** It gets worse; in one of the last episodes, "Sins of Our Fathers", Cobra Commander ''turns one of them loose'', offering {{human sacrifice}}s to its glory and promising it worship if it will only help him by destroying Serpentor. The gigantic creature agrees and goes storming onto Cobra Island, nearly completing its side of the bargain before a horrified Destro pulls an EnemyMine with the Joes to force it back into slumber.


* Cobra has access to {{mind control}} technology, and use it liberally. In other words, they practice industrialized MindRape. In one episode, they ''nearly forced Scarlett's father to kill her.''

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* Cobra has access to {{mind control}} technology, and use it liberally. In other words, they practice industrialized MindRape. In one episode, they ''nearly forced Scarlett's father the family members of seven Joes to kill her.them.''


* Cobra has access to mind control technology, and use it liberally. In other words, they practice industrialized MindRape. In one episode, they ''nearly forced Scarlett's father to kill her.''

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* Cobra has access to mind control {{mind control}} technology, and use it liberally. In other words, they practice industrialized MindRape. In one episode, they ''nearly forced Scarlett's father to kill her.''



* And besides high-tech mind control, there's still plenty of old-fashioned ColdBloodedTorture. Torture with electric shocks? Threatening the lives of loved ones? {{Gaslighting}}? [[MoralEventHorizon Torturing an arachnophobic girl with spiders?]] All depicted onscreen. Possibly not quite as horrible as some of the more fantastic things, but given more weight by the fact that these things can actually happen in real life.

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* And besides high-tech mind control, there's still plenty of old-fashioned ColdBloodedTorture. Torture with electric shocks? Threatening the lives of loved ones? {{Gaslighting}}? [[MoralEventHorizon Torturing an arachnophobic girl with spiders?]] All depicted onscreen. Possibly not quite as horrible as some of the more fantastic things, but given more weight by the fact that these things can actually happen in real life.{{real life}}.



* The Bio-Annihilator from "In The Presence Of Mine Enemies"; a Mindbender experiment GoneHorriblyWrong, it's almost something out of a Lovecraft story. An enormous mass of squamous scaly flesh, dominated by a single huge reptilian maw full of MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. It has multiple writhing tentacles, some of which end in smaller heads, and secretes HollywoodAcid from its skin. Thanks to the episode's use of B.A.Ts instead of human mooks, we get to watch it not only burn through walls in pursuit of Slipstream and Raven as it chases them around, but gruesomely devour the B.A.Ts in a guilt-free MookHorrorShow. It's so horrific that Slipstream decides it's better to blow up the island, potentially killing himself, than to risk it getting free.

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* The Bio-Annihilator from "In The Presence Of Mine Enemies"; a Mindbender experiment GoneHorriblyWrong, it's almost something out of a Lovecraft an Creator/HPLovecraft story. An enormous mass of squamous scaly flesh, dominated by a single huge reptilian maw full of MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. It has multiple writhing tentacles, some of which end in smaller heads, and secretes HollywoodAcid from its skin. Thanks to the episode's use of B.A.Ts instead of human mooks, we get to watch it not only burn through walls in pursuit of Slipstream and Raven as it chases them around, but gruesomely devour the B.A.Ts in a guilt-free MookHorrorShow. It's so horrific that Slipstream decides it's better to blow up the island, potentially killing himself, than to risk it getting free.

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* The Bio-Annihilator from "In The Presence Of Mine Enemies"; a Mindbender experiment GoneHorriblyWrong, it's almost something out of a Lovecraft story. An enormous mass of squamous scaly flesh, dominated by a single huge reptilian maw full of MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily. It has multiple writhing tentacles, some of which end in smaller heads, and secretes HollywoodAcid from its skin. Thanks to the episode's use of B.A.Ts instead of human mooks, we get to watch it not only burn through walls in pursuit of Slipstream and Raven as it chases them around, but gruesomely devour the B.A.Ts in a guilt-free MookHorrorShow. It's so horrific that Slipstream decides it's better to blow up the island, potentially killing himself, than to risk it getting free.


* An unintentional version is at the end of "Once Upon a Joe" with the character Jenny looks [[ThousandYardStare almost dead]] when Shipwreck is ending his story.

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* An unintentional version is at the end of "Once Upon a Joe" with the orphan character Jenny looks looking [[ThousandYardStare almost dead]] when Shipwreck is ending his story.

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*An unintentional version is at the end of "Once Upon a Joe" with the character Jenny looks [[ThousandYardStare almost dead]] when Shipwreck is ending his story.


* "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was another one. A giant robotic sea monster with flat-yellow glowing eyes that eats ships and turns their mass into more girth, so it keeps getting larger. The appearance was scary enough, but then you see that the humans "eaten" by the monster get turned into slaves that are worked so hard that they collapse in a dead sleep in the brief moments that ever-vigilant shock-prod tentacles let them have a "coffee break". And then an attempt to stop the thing fails and it turns from a Cobra-controlled monster into an uncontrolled monster, some laser-eyed Godzilla serpent that wants to eat EVERYTHING, just a blind malicious hunger in the shape of a giant robotic snake.

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* "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was another one. A giant robotic sea monster with flat-yellow glowing eyes that eats ships and turns their mass into more girth, so it keeps getting larger. The appearance was scary enough, but then you see that the humans "eaten" by the monster get turned into slaves that are worked so hard that they collapse in a dead sleep in the brief moments that ever-vigilant shock-prod tentacles let them have a "coffee break". And then an attempt to stop the thing fails and it turns from a Cobra-controlled monster into an uncontrolled monster, some laser-eyed Godzilla Franchise/{{Godzilla}} serpent that wants to eat EVERYTHING, just a blind malicious hunger in the shape of a giant robotic snake.


* In "Glamour Girls", the Joes have to stop an older woman who's using a machine to steal the faces of pretty girls to restore her lost youth. As if that wasn't creepy enough, after the Joes destroy the machine, the old woman covers her face with her hands and starts wailing "My face! My face!" [[NothingIsScarier We never find out]] exactly what happens to her face, and the final shot is a bird's eye view of the Joes consoling the model for almost getting her face stolen while the woman is kneeling in the alone, sobbing, and covering her face--or whatever's left of it. And [[TheMedic Lifeline]] isn't sure he'll be able to help the old woman, because "there's not a lot to work with"...

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* In "Glamour Girls", the Joes have to stop an older woman who's using a machine to steal the faces of pretty girls to restore her lost youth. As if that wasn't creepy enough, after the Joes destroy the machine, the old woman covers her face with her hands and starts wailing "My face! My face!" [[NothingIsScarier We never find out]] exactly what happens to her face, and the final shot is a bird's eye view of the Joes consoling the model for almost getting her face stolen while the woman is kneeling in the alone, sobbing, and covering her face--or whatever's left of it. And [[TheMedic Lifeline]] isn't sure he'll be able to help the old woman, because "there's not a lot to work with"...


* "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was another one. A giant robotic sea monster with flat-yellow glowing eyes that eats ships and turns their mass into more girth, so it keeps getting larger. The appearance was scary enough, but then you see that the humans eaten by the monster get turned into slaves that are worked so hard that they collapse in a dead sleep in the brief moments that ever-vigilant shock-prod tentacles let them have a "coffee break". And then an attempt to stop the thing fails and it turns from a Cobra-controlled monster into an uncontrolled monster, some laser-eyed Godzilla serpent that wants to eat EVERYTHING, just a blind malicious hunger in the shape of a giant robotic snake.

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* "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was another one. A giant robotic sea monster with flat-yellow glowing eyes that eats ships and turns their mass into more girth, so it keeps getting larger. The appearance was scary enough, but then you see that the humans eaten "eaten" by the monster get turned into slaves that are worked so hard that they collapse in a dead sleep in the brief moments that ever-vigilant shock-prod tentacles let them have a "coffee break". And then an attempt to stop the thing fails and it turns from a Cobra-controlled monster into an uncontrolled monster, some laser-eyed Godzilla serpent that wants to eat EVERYTHING, just a blind malicious hunger in the shape of a giant robotic snake.


* Per ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', all of Cobra is an AncientConspiracy serving one of these precursor species, who want to wipe out human civilization altogether. This puts a somewhat different spin on their generic TakeOverTheWorld villainy.
** Finally, [[BodyHorror what was done]] to Cobra Commander by his non-human superiors when [[YouHaveFailedMe he failed them]]. AssholeVictim? Big time. Still, the way it's depicted is pure High Octane Nightmare Fuel. He doesn't just slowly lose his humanity, he [[WasOnceAMan loses his mind as well]].
-->'''Cobra Commander''': I was a man. Yes, oh, yes. I was a man. I was a man, yes. [[MadnessMantra Yes, was once a man...]]


* In one story, Cobra used remote mind control to give the Joes [[DreamWalker debilitating nightmares and hallucinations]]. Imagine a PsychoPsychologist who can sit a continent away, read your subconscious mind and slowly drive you mad with your own worst fears... The base descended into borderline outright insanity through sleep deprivation and mental fatigue.

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* In one story, the aptly-titled "Nightmare Assault", Cobra used remote mind control MindControl to give the Joes [[DreamWalker debilitating nightmares and hallucinations]]. Imagine a PsychoPsychologist who can sit a continent away, read your subconscious mind and slowly drive you mad with your own worst fears... The base descended into borderline outright insanity through sleep deprivation and mental fatigue.


* Per ''WesternAimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', all of Cobra is an AncientConspiracy serving one of these precursor species, who want to wipe out human civilization altogether. This puts a somewhat different spin on their generic TakeOverTheWorld villainy.

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* Per ''WesternAimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeTheMovie'', all of Cobra is an AncientConspiracy serving one of these precursor species, who want to wipe out human civilization altogether. This puts a somewhat different spin on their generic TakeOverTheWorld villainy.


** There's also the scene in the FakedRipVanWinkle episode "There's No Place Like Springfield", where Shipwreck's friends and family turn out to be Synthoids trying to pump him for information, and his neighbors start to melt in front of his eyes.
** "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was another one. Giant robotic sea monster with flat-yellow glowing eyes that eats ships and turns their mass into more girth, so it keeps getting larger. The appearance was scary enough, but then you see that the humans eaten by the monster get turned into slaves that are worked so hard that they collapse in a dead sleep in the brief moments that ever-vigilant shock-prod tentacles let them have a "coffee break". And then an attempt to stop the thing fails and it turns from a Cobra-controlled monster into an uncontrolled monster, some laser-eyed Godzilla serpent that wants to eat EVERYTHING, just a blind malicious hunger in the shape of a giant robotic snake.

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** * There's also the scene in the FakedRipVanWinkle episode "There's No Place Like Springfield", where Shipwreck's friends and family turn out to be Synthoids trying to pump him for information, and his neighbors start to melt in front of his eyes.
** * "Bazooka Saw a Sea Serpent" was another one. Giant A giant robotic sea monster with flat-yellow glowing eyes that eats ships and turns their mass into more girth, so it keeps getting larger. The appearance was scary enough, but then you see that the humans eaten by the monster get turned into slaves that are worked so hard that they collapse in a dead sleep in the brief moments that ever-vigilant shock-prod tentacles let them have a "coffee break". And then an attempt to stop the thing fails and it turns from a Cobra-controlled monster into an uncontrolled monster, some laser-eyed Godzilla serpent that wants to eat EVERYTHING, just a blind malicious hunger in the shape of a giant robotic snake.

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