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* The monster of episode 14 appears as a super fast column of light and abducts Umi, Fuu, and Mokona. Later, Hikaru runs through a field of thorns and falls into a ravine, causing her to bleed in the process. Realizing it can smell blood like a shark, Hikaru cuts her arm to lure it to her.

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* The Quite a few were caught off-guard by the monster of episode 14 14, who appears as a super fast column of light and abducts Umi, Fuu, and Mokona. Later, Hikaru runs through a field of thorns and falls into a ravine, causing her to bleed in the process. Realizing it can smell blood like a shark, Hikaru cuts her arm to lure it to her.


* There's a bit of Nightmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.

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* There's a bit of Nightmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. [[https://cdn.readdetectiveconan.com/file/mangap/2691/10002300/171.jpg Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. ]] If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.


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* The fatal illness that Eagle Vision was contracted with. More so in the anime where he even coughs up ''blood.'' The scariest thing about that is that there are fatal illnesses in the real world that have that as a symptom as well.

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* At one scene in episode 45, Hikaru's own reflection in a mirror grins evilly, and then her hand emerges from the mirror, and it turns out to be Nova. Nova then pins Hikaru to the bed like she was about to ''physically'' rape her.

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** Also, our first introduction to debonair was in one of Hikaru's '''nightmares!''' In it, Debonair said that all worlds would "belong to her." Which means that if the Magic Knights hadn't returned to Cephiro, Debonair would have destroyed not only Cephiro, but the '''entire universe!''' And did I mention how the dream ended with Debonair surrounding Hikaru with pitch black darkness and then trying to slash at her with her FemmeFatlongs?



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\nWhile most people think of the Anime/RayearthOVA whenever they hear "Magic Knight Rayearth" and "Nightmare Fuel" in the same topic, Rayearth does ''not'' limit anything scary in it to the OVA. While it may appear to be a light-hearted shoujo adventure fantasy series, Magic Knight Rayearth does feature dark and scary stuff in it, especially towards the end of the first season/manga series, and far more so throughout the second, especially in the anime. CLAMP clearly believes that young girls can handle dark subject matters. So how could a shoujo fantasy epic scare you? Let's find out.

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[[caption-width-right:350:Lady Debonair haunted Hikaru's nightmares and she will haunt yours too.]]

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** In episode 11 of the anime, she got a village's ''entire'' population to try to kill the Magic Knights ''without'' her MindControl magic! All she did was make a [[PeoplePuppets Person Puppet]] out of the mayor to make him commit suicide, and threaten to do the same with all the villagers if they didn't kill the Magic Knights.


* Alcione's death scenes in both versions.

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* Alcione's Alcyone's death scenes in both versions.versions. In the manga, she begged Zagato for another chance to kill the Magic Knights. Zagato refuses, and lets Alcyone die from her wounds from the Magic Knights, with her body disintegrating while she shouts a BigNo.
** Her death in the anime was arguably even worse. You know how some gangster movies have the mob boss threaten to kill the witness if they reveal a secret about him? Debonair kind of did that with Alcyone. As soon as she tried telling Umi and Fuu that Debonair's base of operations was in Cephiro's alternate realm, a black shadow wrapped around her like a large snake, and even started squeezing away at her neck. When she does tell them, the shadow increases in size and starts electrocuting her, causing her to scream in agony. Then it swallows her up and leaves no trace of her behind.


* Cephiro slowly decaying as the series goes on. At first, the world is always in daylight and has beautiful scenery, but as time progresses earthquakes are more frequent, storms spring up, and it turns into AlwaysNight.

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* Cephiro slowly decaying as the series goes on. At first, the world is always in daylight and has beautiful scenery, but as time progresses earthquakes are more frequent, storms spring up, and it turns into AlwaysNight. This is only the case in the anime, as in the manga, the sky was really [[spoiler: a mirror reflecting the sea.]]


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* Alcione's death scenes in both versions.


** What is even scarier is that [[spoiler: when Zagato died, Emeraude abandoned those standards and out of rage over Zagato's death, she then attempted to kill our heroines, who I reiterate are three young girls, which she begged Zagato not to do earlier! She was abandoning a standard she previously had!]]

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** What is even scarier is that [[spoiler: when Zagato died, Emeraude abandoned those standards and out of rage over Zagato's death, she then attempted to kill our heroines, who I reiterate are three young girls, which she begged Zagato not to do earlier! She was abandoning a standard she previously had!]]had!



* The end of the first part has [[spoiler: Princess Emeraude's descent into madness and the awakening of her SuperpoweredEvilSide.]] Doubles as a massive TearJerker.

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* The end of the first part has [[spoiler: Princess Emeraude's descent into madness and the awakening of her SuperpoweredEvilSide.]] SuperpoweredEvilSide. Doubles as a massive TearJerker.



* Hikaru's reaction to [[spoiler: Debonair killing Eagle.]] Seeing a GenkiGirl and FriendToAllLivingThings such as Hikaru be out for '''blood''' can be unsettling. She even brutally attacked Nova when she tried to protect Debonair.

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* Hikaru's reaction to [[spoiler: Debonair killing Eagle.]] Eagle. Seeing a GenkiGirl and FriendToAllLivingThings such as Hikaru be out for '''blood''' can be unsettling. She even brutally attacked Nova when she tried to protect Debonair.



* There's a bit of Nightmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. [[spoiler: The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.]]

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* There's a bit of Nightmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. [[spoiler: The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.]]


** What is even scarier is that [[spoiler: when Zagato died, Emeraude abandoned those standards and out of rage over Zagato's death, she then attempted to kill our heroines, who I reiterate are three young girls, which she begged Zagato not to do earlier! She was abandoning a standard she previously had!]]



* The end of the first part has Princess Emeraude's descent into madness and the awakening of her SuperpoweredEvilSide. Doubles as a massive TearJerker.

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* The end of the first part has [[spoiler: Princess Emeraude's descent into madness and the awakening of her SuperpoweredEvilSide. SuperpoweredEvilSide.]] Doubles as a massive TearJerker.



* There's a bit of NIghtmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. [[spoiler: The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.]]
The second season's 15th Anniversary DVD box set cover art. It shows Nova carrying an unconscious Hikaru with Lady Debonair showing a leering SlasherSmile in the background, with half of her face looking like a skull.

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* There's a bit of NIghtmare Nightmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. [[spoiler: The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.]]
* The second season's 15th Anniversary DVD box set cover art. It shows Nova carrying an unconscious Hikaru with Lady Debonair showing a leering SlasherSmile in the background, with half of her face looking like a skull.skull.
* After their confrontations with the leaders of Chizeta and Fahren respectively, Umi and Fuu receive a horrific vision of Hikaru screaming their names for help as she falls into a deep dark pit. Then they see and hear her EvilCounterpart, Nova laugh maniacally, Debonair smile evilly, and Alcyone in a position of stasis, and then see Hikaru fall into the pit again. They immediately start fearing for Hikaru's safety and become desperate to come to her aid.

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* There's a bit of NIghtmare Fuel exclusive to the manga too. [[spoiler: The penalty for failing the test to become pillar. Whomever fails the test ends up disappearing and not in a peaceful manner like their bodies fading away. Their bodies get ripped apart. Hikaru's attempt to defy this and save Eagle results in her body being ripped apart as well. She was even screaming in agony. If Umi and Fuu hadn't saved her, she would have perished.]]
The second season's 15th Anniversary DVD box set cover art. It shows Nova carrying an unconscious Hikaru with Lady Debonair showing a leering SlasherSmile in the background, with half of her face looking like a skull.

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** Speaking of which, Debonair qualifies as Nightmare Fuel all by herself. Her nhilistic and power hungry personality, her [[EvilIsHammy ultra-hammy voice]], the pipe-organ music that plays whenever she shows up, Debonair is just cruel in every sense.


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* Hikaru's reaction to [[spoiler: Debonair killing Eagle.]] Seeing a GenkiGirl and FriendToAllLivingThings such as Hikaru be out for '''blood''' can be unsettling. She even brutally attacked Nova when she tried to protect Debonair.


* The Fountain of Eterna. There, you confront representations of the people you care about most who try to kill you. And you couldn't even bring yourself to fight back because you think that it's actually your actual loved one attacking you.



* The concept of the Pillar of Cephiro, once you think of it and then see the series. When you decide to step up and become Pillar, you are basically signing a deal where [[FisherKing you will make a world prosperous and beautiful]] -- but only if you [[GreaterNeedThanMine completely renounce anything for yourself]]. It doesn't sound that bad, at least until you realize that if you slip up a little, if you have the tiniest desire for something only yours, even if this desire is otherwise "pure", healthy romantic love for another person, the world you've worked so hard to maintain and make flourish [[CrapsackWorld will collapse]]. And the only way to get that undone is summoning people from another world -- so they can ''[[ICannotSelfTerminate kill you]]''. It's no wonder that Emeraude was perpetually crying -- she went through '''all of it'''.

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* Speaking of Nova, the fact that she's so sadistic to the point of refering to screams of agony as "cute" is quite unsettling.
* The concept of the Pillar of Cephiro, once you think of it and then see the series. When you decide to step up and become Pillar, you are basically signing a deal where [[FisherKing you will make a world prosperous and beautiful]] -- but only if you [[GreaterNeedThanMine completely renounce anything for yourself]]. It doesn't sound that bad, at least until you realize that if you slip up a little, if you have the tiniest desire for something only yours, even if this desire is otherwise "pure", healthy romantic love for another person, the world you've worked so hard to maintain and make flourish [[CrapsackWorld will collapse]]. And the only way to get that undone is summoning people from another world -- so they can ''[[ICannotSelfTerminate kill you]]''. It's no wonder that Emeraude was perpetually crying -- she went through '''all of it'''. Doubles as another massive TearJerker.


* Most monsters in Cephiro are born from the people's fear, including [[spoiler:Lady Debonair]].
* Zagato and his minions are [[WouldHurtAChild perfectly willing]] to kill three young girls to accomplish their goals. [[spoiler:Granted, for Zagato, that goal is "save the love of his life and find some way to talk her down from this idea of assisted suicide and maybe find a way to free her from Pillar-dom", but even so, it's clearly a measure Emeraude is terrified of.]]
* The monster of episode 8. [[spoiler:It's Hikari, the cute fox Hikaru befriended.]] It reveals itself by [[spoiler:''bursting out of its skin'', and its mouth is suddenly full of razor-sharp teeth]].

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* Most monsters in Cephiro are born from the people's fear, including [[spoiler:Lady Debonair]].
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* Zagato and his minions are [[WouldHurtAChild perfectly willing]] to kill three young girls to accomplish their goals. [[spoiler:Granted, Granted, for Zagato, that goal is "save the love of his life and find some way to talk her down from this idea of assisted suicide and maybe find a way to free her from Pillar-dom", but even so, it's clearly a measure Emeraude is terrified of.]]
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* The monster of episode 8. [[spoiler:It's It's Hikari, the cute fox Hikaru befriended.]] befriended. It reveals itself by [[spoiler:''bursting ''bursting out of its skin'', and its mouth is suddenly full of razor-sharp teeth]].teeth.



* The end of the first part has [[spoiler:Princess Emeraude's descent into madness and the awakening of her SuperpoweredEvilSide]]. Doubles as a massive TearJerker.
* The part in the anime where [[spoiler: Nova disrupts the mystical process that Sierra is using to repair Hikaru's broken weapons]] and follows it via [[spoiler: basically [[MindRape mind raping]] the half-conscious Hikaru for what feels like ''hours''. (At least two episodes, in "real time"]].) Oh, [[spoiler: and revealing that she is her EnemyWithout.]]
* The concept of [[spoiler: the Pillar of Cephiro]], once you think of it and then see the series. [[spoiler:When you decide to step up and become Pillar, you are basically signing a deal where [[FisherKing you will make a world prosperous and beautiful]] -- but only if you [[GreaterNeedThanMine completely renounce anything for yourself]].]] It doesn't sound that bad, at least until you realize that [[spoiler:if you slip up a little, if you have the tiniest desire for something only yours, even if this desire is otherwise "pure", healthy romantic love for another person, the world you've worked so hard to maintain and make flourish [[CrapsackWorld will collapse]].]] And the only way to get that undone is [[spoiler:summoning people from another world -- so they can ''[[ICannotSelfTerminate kill you]]''.]] It's no wonder that [[spoiler: Emeraude was perpetually crying -- she went through '''all of it'''.]]

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* The end of the first part has [[spoiler:Princess Princess Emeraude's descent into madness and the awakening of her SuperpoweredEvilSide]].SuperpoweredEvilSide. Doubles as a massive TearJerker.
* The part in the anime where [[spoiler: Nova disrupts the mystical process that Sierra is using to repair Hikaru's broken weapons]] weapons and follows it via [[spoiler: basically [[MindRape mind raping]] the half-conscious Hikaru for what feels like ''hours''. (At least two episodes, in "real time"]].time".) Oh, [[spoiler: and revealing that she is her EnemyWithout.]]
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* The concept of [[spoiler: of the Pillar of Cephiro]], Cephiro, once you think of it and then see the series. [[spoiler:When When you decide to step up and become Pillar, you are basically signing a deal where [[FisherKing you will make a world prosperous and beautiful]] -- but only if you [[GreaterNeedThanMine completely renounce anything for yourself]].]] yourself]]. It doesn't sound that bad, at least until you realize that [[spoiler:if if you slip up a little, if you have the tiniest desire for something only yours, even if this desire is otherwise "pure", healthy romantic love for another person, the world you've worked so hard to maintain and make flourish [[CrapsackWorld will collapse]].]] collapse]]. And the only way to get that undone is [[spoiler:summoning summoning people from another world -- so they can ''[[ICannotSelfTerminate kill you]]''.]] you]]''. It's no wonder that [[spoiler: Emeraude was perpetually crying -- she went through '''all of it'''.]]

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