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** Yes, there does need to be a balance between light and dark. So that the x-Blade can be forged.

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** Yes, there does need to be a balance between light and dark. So that the x-Blade can be forged. Though, that last part is merely Xehanort's wish - the first half is ''legitimately'' right.


* Vanitas. Sure, he doesn't seem so scary at first, but then when you see what his mask has been hiding. ''Vanitas looks just like Sora.'' He has the same face, and the same voice. When Sora speaks, his voice is full of hope and light. But Vanitas... he just sounds so... ''evil.'' As if his voice is dripping with darkness.

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* Vanitas. Sure, he doesn't seem so scary at first, but then when you see what his mask has been hiding. ''Vanitas looks just like Sora.'' He has the same face, and the same voice. When Sora speaks, his voice is full of hope and light.light and energy. But Vanitas... he just sounds so... ''evil.'' As if his voice is dripping with darkness. ''And it's so wrong in so many ways.''


[[caption-width-right:350: Nothing says "creepy" like a destroyed battleground [[FieldOfBlades full of Keyblades]] where countless [[WeaponTombstone warriors lost their lives]] in the ultimate battle.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Nothing says "creepy" like a destroyed battleground [[FieldOfBlades full of Keyblades]] where countless [[WeaponTombstone warriors lost their lives]] in the ultimate battle.]]
battle... [[note]]Except Xehanort's face as that thing is ''as creepy as fuck...''[[/note]]]]


*** Though it's at least made a bit softer by the TrueFinalBoss of Terra's story, which is pure CatharsisFactor.
* The final boss of Aqua's story, Vanitas. He speaks with both Ven's and Vanitas' voices and looks as if Ven's head has been crudely photoshopped onto Vanitas' body, [[UncannyValley which lends an unnatural, disturbing quality to him.]]
* Aqua being strangled in the final story. Not only is it unnerving to see one of the main characters have this happen to them; another level of horror is added when one realizes that it is essentially ''Terra'' doing this to her.

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*** Though it's at least made a bit softer by the TrueFinalBoss of Terra's story, which is pure CatharsisFactor.
CatharsisFactor, the aftermath of that battle, sends it right back to nightmarefuel. [[spoiler: Plunging into an Eldritch Location, and your only method of transportation and escape appears to be failing...]]
* The final boss of Aqua's story, story is Vanitas. He speaks with both Ven's and Vanitas' voices and looks as if Ven's head has been crudely photoshopped onto Vanitas' body, [[UncannyValley which lends an unnatural, disturbing quality to him.]]
* Aqua being strangled is neck lifted in the final story.episode. Not only is it unnerving to see one of the main characters have this happen to them; another level of horror is added when one realizes that it is essentially ''Terra'' doing this to her.


* Vanitas. Sure, he doesn't seem so scary at first, but then when you see what his mask has been hiding. [[spoiler: ''Vanitas looks just like Sora.'' He has the same face, and the same voice. When Sora speaks, his voice is full of hope and light. But Vanitas... he just sounds so... ''evil.'' As if his voice is dripping with darkness.]]

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* Vanitas. Sure, he doesn't seem so scary at first, but then when you see what his mask has been hiding. [[spoiler: ''Vanitas looks just like Sora.'' He has the same face, and the same voice. When Sora speaks, his voice is full of hope and light. But Vanitas... he just sounds so... ''evil.'' As if his voice is dripping with darkness.]]



* Vanitas is both sadistic and insane at the same time. The fact [[spoiler:he looks and sounds exactly like Sora if he had black hair and yellow eyes]] makes it a thousand times worse.

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* Vanitas is both sadistic and insane at the same time. The fact [[spoiler:he he looks and sounds exactly like Sora if he had black hair and yellow eyes]] eyes makes it a thousand times worse.



* The [[spoiler:ruins of the [[DoomedHometown Land Of Departure]]]] are quite creepy, especially if you run into them in Ven or Aqua's story first and have no idea how it got that way.
** And then there's the very real possibility of [[spoiler:getting ambushed by the [[BonusBoss Mysterious Figure]]]] on the way there, if you don't know that visiting that world at that particular time is the way to trigger the battle.
* The secret ending of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]] Final Mix''. After an entire secret episode spent in isolation in [[spoiler:the Realm of Darkness fighting Heartless]], Aqua runs into something rather startling -- [[spoiler:the [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Castle of Dreams]], corrupted by the darkness and surrounded by evil-looking clouds]]. It doesn't help that a somewhat distorted version of Destati starts up at that exact moment.

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* The [[spoiler:ruins ruins of the [[DoomedHometown Land Of Departure]]]] Departure]] are quite creepy, especially if you run into them in Ven or Aqua's story first and have no idea how it got that way.
** And then there's the very real possibility of [[spoiler:getting getting ambushed by the [[BonusBoss Mysterious Figure]]]] Figure]] on the way there, if you don't know that visiting that world at that particular time is the way to trigger the battle.
* The secret ending of ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep Birth by Sleep]] Final Mix''. After an entire secret episode spent in isolation in [[spoiler:the the Realm of Darkness fighting Heartless]], Heartless, Aqua runs into something rather startling -- [[spoiler:the the [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} Castle of Dreams]], corrupted by the darkness and surrounded by evil-looking clouds]].clouds. It doesn't help that a somewhat distorted version of Destati starts up at that exact moment.



** The [[spoiler:Realm of Darkness]] itself is pretty unnerving, with its mile after mile of complete emptiness, [[spoiler:aside from all the powerful Heartless]], and the structures that look unnervingly like someone's insides. Not to mention the bleak theme music.

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** The [[spoiler:Realm Realm of Darkness]] Darkness itself is pretty unnerving, with its mile after mile of complete emptiness, [[spoiler:aside aside from all the powerful Heartless]], Heartless, and the structures that look unnervingly like someone's insides. Not to mention the bleak theme music.



** Especially because, before ''Birth By Sleep'' originally was released, fans had discussed different theories as to how these characters related to the "modern-day" characters of the series, with one extremely popular (and [[AndIMustScream very disturbing]]) theory being that [[spoiler:Master Xehanort commits GrandTheftMe on Terra to become the modern-day Xehanort]]. When you hear Master Xehanort say these words, your worst fears become verified.

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** Especially because, before ''Birth By Sleep'' originally was released, fans had discussed different theories as to how these characters related to the "modern-day" characters of the series, with one extremely popular (and [[AndIMustScream very disturbing]]) theory being that [[spoiler:Master Master Xehanort commits GrandTheftMe on Terra to become the modern-day Xehanort]].Xehanort. When you hear Master Xehanort say these words, your worst fears become verified.



* The final boss of Aqua's story, [[spoiler:Vanitas. He speaks with both Ven's and Vanitas' voices and looks as if Ven's head has been crudely photoshopped onto Vanitas' body, [[UncannyValley which lends an unnatural, disturbing quality to him.]]]]
* Aqua [[spoiler:being strangled in the final story. Not only is it unnerving to see one of the main characters have this happen to them; another level of horror is added when one realizes that it is essentially ''Terra'' doing this to her.]]
* There's one part of the final battle in the final chapter where [[spoiler:Xehanort's shadow holds Aqua down while Xehanort stalks towards her in a very threatening way.]] The game lets you mash the button to try and [[spoiler:break free, but FailureIsTheOnlyOption, so you have to watch Aqua futilely struggle as Xehanort raises his weapon...]]
* Heartless aren't as widespread in this game as they are later. People losing hearts isn't that much of a problem. Then, when you first get a game over, it hits you, unlike the standard lifeless body with floating heart implying you became a heartless of later games, there's just a lifeless body. That's right, you're not facing being turned into TheHeartless with a chance, however slim, of coming back, you outright die.
** Of course, it's not any better when the Heartless ''do'' show up. The first time you see the Heartless, it's in a flashback where [[spoiler:Ventus is nearly killed by Neoshadows and Xehanort decides to create Vanitas]]. They show up again in [[spoiler:Final Mix, where Aqua has to constantly battle against Heartless as she wanders the Realm of Darkness. Not only are these Heartless composed of the terrifying Pureblood Heartless, they are extremely powerful and can kill Aqua rather easily.]]

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* The final boss of Aqua's story, [[spoiler:Vanitas.Vanitas. He speaks with both Ven's and Vanitas' voices and looks as if Ven's head has been crudely photoshopped onto Vanitas' body, [[UncannyValley which lends an unnatural, disturbing quality to him.]]]]
* Aqua [[spoiler:being strangled in the final story. Not only is it unnerving to see one of the main characters have this happen to them; another level of horror is added when one realizes that it is essentially ''Terra'' doing this to her.
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* Aqua being strangled in the final story. Not only is it unnerving to see one of the main characters have this happen to them; another level of horror is added when one realizes that it is essentially ''Terra'' doing this to her.
* There's one part of the final battle in the final chapter where [[spoiler:Xehanort's Xehanort's shadow holds Aqua down while Xehanort stalks towards her in a very threatening way.]] way. The game lets you mash the button to try and [[spoiler:break break free, but FailureIsTheOnlyOption, so you have to watch Aqua futilely struggle as Xehanort raises his weapon...]]
weapon...
* Heartless aren't as widespread in this game as they are later. People losing hearts isn't that much of a problem. Then, when you first get a game over, it hits you, you; unlike the standard lifeless body with floating heart implying you became a heartless of later games, there's just a lifeless body. That's right, you're not facing being turned into TheHeartless with a chance, however slim, of coming back, you outright die.
** Of course, it's not any better when the Heartless ''do'' show up. The first time you see the Heartless, it's in a flashback where [[spoiler:Ventus Ventus is nearly killed by Neoshadows and Xehanort decides to create Vanitas]]. Vanitas. They show up again in [[spoiler:Final Final Mix, where Aqua has to constantly battle against Heartless as she wanders the Realm of Darkness. Not only are these Heartless composed of the terrifying Pureblood Heartless, they are extremely powerful and can kill Aqua rather easily.]]



** Yes, Vanitas is Ventus' darkness given form. [[spoiler:Xehanort tore the darkness right out.]]
** Yes, there does need to be a balance between light and dark. [[spoiler:So that the x-Blade can be forged.]]

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** Yes, Vanitas is Ventus' darkness given form. [[spoiler:Xehanort Xehanort tore the darkness right out.]]
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** Yes, there does need to be a balance between light and dark. [[spoiler:So So that the x-Blade can be forged.]]


** The Hunter of the Dark boss from the secret episode is fought in total darkness. It stalks Aqua from the darkness when it appears, only its red eyes visible, before the camera shifts to its perspective as it attempts to pounce.

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** The Hunter of 'Dark Hide', the Dark boss from the secret episode episode, is fought in total darkness. It stalks Aqua from the darkness when it appears, only its red eyes visible, before the camera shifts to its perspective as it attempts to pounce. Plus, when it finally comes out where you can see it, the boss is ''enormous'' - it's at least as big as a Darkside, but much, ''[[LightningBruiser much]]'' faster.


* The fate of Cinderella's evil [[WickedStepmother stepmother]] and [[CainAndAbel stepsisters]] harkens back to fairytales of old as their crimes are punishable by a ([[MoralEventHorizon deserved]]) [[DeathByAdaptation fiery death]] at the hands of the Cursed Coach. The camera cuts away before we see anything, but judging by the look on Cinderella's face, the result wasn't pretty.
** The music that plays in the cutscenes and resulting boss battle, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJMuVtUGqg Extreme Encounters]]", doesn't help. It has a tone of urgency and telling Aqua via the Grand Duke to reach Cinderella before her monster stepfamily murders her in hatred. And when we see the family, they're laughing in sadism with {{Slasher Smile}}s on their faces. The music screams MoralEventHorizon!


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[[folder:Birth By Sleep]]
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[[caption-width-right:350: The Realm of Darkness takes DarknessEqualsDeath UpToEleven]]



** Yes, there does need to be a balance between light and dark. [[spoiler:So that the x-Blade can be forged.]]
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[[folder:Birth By Sleep 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage]]
As this game takes place primarily takes place within the Realm of Darkness, there's guaranteed to be some moments that'll have you dropping your controller in terror.

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[[caption-width-right:350: [[BringMyBrownPants Well...]]]]

* You know how in ''Birth By Sleep'', Aqua didn't have a specified EvilCounterpart of her own like Terra and Ventus? Well this game decides to rectify that. Enter Phantom Aqua: A malevolent manifestation of all of Aqua's fears and doubts created by the Realm of Darkness. Willa Holland manages to take her usual Dull Surprise and turn it into something genuinely creepy. Her [[CreepyMonotone monotonous voice]], occasional EvilLaugh, icy, pale blue eyes, and a psychotic and sinister arraignment of Aqua's own {{Leitmotif}} (Which would not sound too out of place in a horror film) makes for quite the unnerving boss fight to say the least. And even when you're not fighting her, that doesn't make her any less terrifying as all throughout the World Within you'll be subjected to Phantom Aqua's constant mockery as she throws a slew of nihilistic jeers at you.
-->''You'll never see the Realm of Light again.''
-->''Is there any point in continuing this fight?''
-->''No one can save you, and no one wants to.''
-->''Are you really worthy of being a Keyblade Master?''
-->''You're a failure.''
-->''Just let go of everything and fade into the darkness.''
* The Dwarf Woodland area is astoundingly unsettling, especially the warping stones area. Not helping is if you fall down the bottomless pits, [[spoiler:a monotone version of Aqua's voice starts talking, telling Aqua she's a failure. The entire area is alive, and it's trying to break her will]].
** The last part of Enchanted Dominion, featuring [[spoiler:a veritable ''swarm'' of Darksides]].
* Dying has always been startling in the series, but this time Aqua lets out a scream when she's defeated that may genuinely [[JumpScare kick a player's twitch reaction]] if you're taken down without warning. And if that wasn't enough, death by Heartless has always meant one losing their Heart ([[BloodlessCarnage albeit usually by floating away rather than anything truly disturbing]]), but this is the first time in the series you get to ''see it fly out of you mid-death.''
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** Yes, there does need to be a balance between light and dark. [[spoiler:So that the x-Blade can be forged.]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Birth By Sleep 0.2: A Fragmentary Passage]]
As this game takes place primarily takes place within the Realm of Darkness, there's guaranteed to be some moments that'll have you dropping your controller in terror.

[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/b2_07_fix.png]]
[[caption-width-right:350: [[BringMyBrownPants Well...]]]]

* You know how in ''Birth By Sleep'', Aqua didn't have a specified EvilCounterpart of her own like Terra and Ventus? Well this game decides to rectify that. Enter Phantom Aqua: A malevolent manifestation of all of Aqua's fears and doubts created by the Realm of Darkness. Willa Holland manages to take her usual Dull Surprise and turn it into something genuinely creepy. Her [[CreepyMonotone monotonous voice]], occasional EvilLaugh, icy, pale blue eyes, and a psychotic and sinister arraignment of Aqua's own {{Leitmotif}} (Which would not sound too out of place in a horror film) makes for quite the unnerving boss fight to say the least. And even when you're not fighting her, that doesn't make her any less terrifying as all throughout the World Within you'll be subjected to Phantom Aqua's constant mockery as she throws a slew of nihilistic jeers at you.
-->''You'll never see the Realm of Light again.''
-->''Is there any point in continuing this fight?''
-->''No one can save you, and no one wants to.''
-->''Are you really worthy of being a Keyblade Master?''
-->''You're a failure.''
-->''Just let go of everything and fade into the darkness.''
* The Dwarf Woodland area is astoundingly unsettling, especially the warping stones area. Not helping is if you fall down the bottomless pits, [[spoiler:a monotone version of Aqua's voice starts talking, telling Aqua she's a failure. The entire area is alive, and it's trying to break her will]].
** The last part of Enchanted Dominion, featuring [[spoiler:a veritable ''swarm'' of Darksides]].
* Dying has always been startling in the series, but this time Aqua lets out a scream when she's defeated that may genuinely [[JumpScare kick a player's twitch reaction]] if you're taken down without warning. And if that wasn't enough, death by Heartless has always meant one losing their Heart ([[BloodlessCarnage albeit usually by floating away rather than anything truly disturbing]]), but this is the first time in the series you get to ''see it fly out of you mid-death.''
[[/folder]]
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** The music that plays in the cutscenes and resulting boss battle, "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZuJMuVtUGqg Extreme Encounters]]", doesn't help. It has a tone of urgency and telling Aqua via the Grand Duke to reach Cinderella before her monster stepfamily murders her in hatred. And when we see the family, they're laughing in sadism with {{Slasher Smile}}s on their faces. The music screams MoralEventHorizon!


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The Realm of Darkness takes DarknessEqualsDeath UpToEleven]]


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[[caption-width-right:350: Nothing says "creepy" Like a destroyed battleground [[FieldOfBlades full of Keyblades]] where countless [[WeaponTombstone warriors lost their lives]] in the ultimate battle.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350: Nothing says "creepy" Like like a destroyed battleground [[FieldOfBlades full of Keyblades]] where countless [[WeaponTombstone warriors lost their lives]] in the ultimate battle.]]

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