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** Then there's the Polynesian-themed Irian, who belongs to a religion that practices HumanSacrifice, thinks Akainu is her god's mortal avatar, and has some MoreThanMindControl power that lets her compel others to do whatever she wants. In the first chapter of the Marineford Misery arc, she's shown skulking behind the battlefields and hunting down would-be deserters, using her powers to send them running back into the fray as uncontrolled cannon-fodder, conscious and aware even as their bodies literally throw themselves to their deaths.

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** Then there's the Polynesian-themed Irian, who belongs to a religion that practices HumanSacrifice, thinks Akainu is her god's mortal avatar, and has some MoreThanMindControl PeoplePuppets power that lets her compel others to do whatever she wants. In the first chapter of the Marineford Misery arc, she's shown skulking behind the battlefields and hunting down would-be deserters, using her powers to send them running back into the fray as uncontrolled cannon-fodder, conscious and aware even as their bodies literally throw themselves to their deaths.


** The HornyVikings-themed Vikverir are little better than pirates in their own right, being [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Tempos]]-worshipping raiders and mercenaries who live to fight and care about nothing more than spilling blood.

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** The HornyVikings-themed Vikverir are little better than pirates in their own right, being [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Tempos]]-worshipping Tempos]]-worshiping raiders and mercenaries who live to fight and care about nothing more than spilling blood.



** The Finnish-themed Suomi, despite acknowledging some morally objectional behavior on the World Government's efforts to hunt Ace, are so obsessed with law and order that they see no reason not to fight on the Government's behalf. They're master riflemen who can reinforce their heavy clothing with Armament Haki so it becomes bulletproof, and go into battle so hopped up on combat drugs that they're oblivious to pain and all but invisible to Observation Haki.

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** The Finnish-themed Suomi, despite acknowledging some morally objectional objectionable behavior on the World Government's efforts to hunt Ace, are so obsessed with law and order that they see no reason not to fight on the Government's behalf. They're master riflemen who can reinforce their heavy clothing bullets with Armament Haki so it becomes bulletproof, Haki, and go into battle so hopped up on combat drugs that they're oblivious to pain and all but invisible to Observation Haki.


* The 2019 Halloween special pays homage to the [[https://schulzlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/garfield.jpg 1989 Halloween strip series]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Merry wakes up to find out she is all alone in a DerelictGraveyard of ships and she is standing on an abandoned and nglected version of ''herself'' (the ''Going Merry'' ship). She then hears the voice of Luffy and Sanji and runs down to see them only to have them vanish before her eyes. That's when she finally wakes up from the nightmare and see Franky, whom she's overjoyed to see. Some can even speculate this special was made to showcase Merry's fear once the crew separates for the time-skip.

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* The 2019 Halloween special pays homage to the [[https://schulzlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/garfield.jpg 1989 Halloween strip series]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Merry wakes up to find out she is all alone in a DerelictGraveyard of ships and she is standing on an abandoned and nglected neglected version of ''herself'' (the ''Going Merry'' ship). She then hears the voice of Luffy and Sanji and runs down to see them only to have them vanish before her eyes. That's when she finally wakes up from the nightmare and see Franky, whom she's overjoyed to see. Some can even speculate this special was made to showcase Merry's fear once the crew separates for the time-skip.


* Akainu's "secret weapon" for the Battle of Marineford are mercenaries hired from four different New World cultures, all of whom are frightening in their own right.
** The HornyVikings-themed Vikverir are little better than pirates in their own right, being [[TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms Tempos]]-worshipping raiders and mercenaries who live to fight and care about nothing more than spilling blood.
** The knight-themed Angevins are... well, they're the only people on the Marineford battlefield who wholly and sincerely approve of the World Government's efforts to murder Ace just for the crime of bearing Roger's blood in his veins.
** The Finnish-themed Suomi, despite acknowledging some morally objectional behavior on the World Government's efforts to hunt Ace, are so obsessed with law and order that they see no reason not to fight on the Government's behalf. They're master riflemen who can reinforce their heavy clothing with Armament Haki so it becomes bulletproof, and go into battle so hopped up on combat drugs that they're oblivious to pain and all but invisible to Observation Haki.
** Then there's the Polynesian-themed Irian, who belongs to a religion that practices HumanSacrifice, thinks Akainu is her god's mortal avatar, and has some MoreThanMindControl power that lets her compel others to do whatever she wants. In the first chapter of the Marineford Misery arc, she's shown skulking behind the battlefields and hunting down would-be deserters, using her powers to send them running back into the fray as uncontrolled cannon-fodder, conscious and aware even as their bodies literally throw themselves to their deaths.
* The secret weapon of the [[HornyVikings Vikverir]]: ''Jotuns''. A species of mutant Giant from their homeland who are such absolute berserkers that they FeelNoPain, and will continue fighting despite even the most grievous wounds until killed deader than dead. They actually ''bring down Little Oars Jr.''.



* The 2019 Halloween special pays homage to the [[https://schulzlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/garfield.jpg 1989 Halloween strip series]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Merry wakes up to find out she is all alone in a DerelictGraveyard of ships and she is standing on an abandoned and neglected version of ''herself'' (the ''Going Merry'' ship). She then hears the voice of Luffy and Sanji and runs down to see them only to have them vanish before her eyes. That's when she finally wakes up from the nightmare and see Franky, whom she's overjoyed to see. Some can even speculate this special was made to showcase Merry's fear once the crew separates for the time-skip.

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* The 2019 Halloween special pays homage to the [[https://schulzlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/garfield.jpg 1989 Halloween strip series]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Merry wakes up to find out she is all alone in a DerelictGraveyard of ships and she is standing on an abandoned and neglected nglected version of ''herself'' (the ''Going Merry'' ship). She then hears the voice of Luffy and Sanji and runs down to see them only to have them vanish before her eyes. That's when she finally wakes up from the nightmare and see Franky, whom she's overjoyed to see. Some can even speculate this special was made to showcase Merry's fear once the crew separates for the time-skip.



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* ''Blackbeard beats Magellan'' and makes it to Level 6 of Impel Down after all. The icing on the cake is his encounter with the World Pirates, who are absolutely '''terrified''' of him. And then he implicitly kills them all with some of Magellan's worst toxins he had been keeping in his darkness from the fight.


* The 2019 Halloween special pays homage to the [[https://schulzlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/garfield.jpg 1989 Halloween strip series]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Merry wakes up to find out she is all alone in a DerelictGraveyard of ships and she is standing on an abandoned and neglected version of ''herself'' (the ''Going Merry'' ship). She then hears the voice of Luffy and Sanji and runs down to see them only to have them vanish before her eyes. That's when she finally wakes up from the nightmare and see Franky, whom she's overjoyed to see. Some can even speculate this special was made to showcase Merry's fear once the crew separates for the time-skip.

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* The 2019 Halloween special pays homage to the [[https://schulzlibrary.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/garfield.jpg 1989 Halloween strip series]] from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}''. Merry wakes up to find out she is all alone in a DerelictGraveyard of ships and she is standing on an abandoned and neglected version of ''herself'' (the ''Going Merry'' ship). She then hears the voice of Luffy and Sanji and runs down to see them only to have them vanish before her eyes. That's when she finally wakes up from the nightmare and see Franky, whom she's overjoyed to see. Some can even speculate this special was made to showcase Merry's fear once the crew separates for the time-skip.time-skip.
* The 2020 Halloween special sees what is largely a BreatherEpisode with a side of BecomingTheCostume... except that several of the crew (Chopper, the TDWS, Billy, and Carue) dressed up as ''food''. This may not sound horrifying until you remember that the captain is [[BigEater Luffy]].



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* Not in the heat of the moment, but with a cold, rational decision, Luffy orders Crocodile to kill Shiliew of the Rain with "extreme prejudice" before they escape. It may have been at Cross' recommendation (disturbing in of itself), but Luffy's more than willing to let the order go. And Croc delivers, lopping off all of Shiliew's limbs and dehydrating him so he doesn't even get the mercy of quickly bleeding out. He'd be dead within the hour, but it'd be a slow, torturous hour.



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* The description of Level 6. At first glance, it's little more than drab cell blocks as seen in canon, but there's a psychic pressure to the place as a result of it having the highest concentration of the most dangerous and unrepentant criminals in the entire world. Even Luffy has to admit that there is nothing that the staff of Impel Down could put down here that would be more dangerous or terrifying than the inmates.



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* The various upgrades of Impel Down itself, taking the canon nightmarishness to a new level.
** Level 2 gets canals installed so that Sea Kings can roam the floor.
** Level 3 becomes even drier and more inhospitable, but also new mechanisms that the wardens can use to shift the geography.
** Level 4 gets the stone replaced with ''metal'', which literally ''cooks'' the prisoners when they walk on it. It also gains reflective mirrors which can concentrate the heat into incinerating beams.
** Level 5 gets thin ice pit traps into freezing waters and is also the new home of Hiuo Hiruno, the wielder of the Cold Cold Fruit who is given special treatment in exchange for using her powers to make the level ''even colder'' than before.


** Early on, Cross takes a quick break to vomit and talks with one of Charloss's servants who admits that most are dead or insane after three weeks of the job.



** Charloss mentions that the World Nobles use fashion magazines to both hunt for spouses (read: {{Sex Slave}}s) and to assassinate any model who's too good looking for "daring to equal the radiance of the World Nobles".



** Charloss mentions that the World Nobles use fashion magazines to both hunt for spouses (read: {{Sex Slave}}s) and to assassinate any model who's too good looking for "daring to equal the radiance of the World Nobles".

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* Strong World (aka Merveille) itself is this. Boss Kabuto's PTSD is very well earned as pretty much every animal on the islands is pumped full of drugs that boost strength, intelligence, and aggression and [[EverythingTryingToKillYou fight amongst each other 24/7 without rest]]. The rampant lethality requires that their maturation be artificially accelerated ''just to keep the population stable''.

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** To start with, the creeping dread as the world hears the broadcast and we see numerous people around the world start to realize that something is horribly, horribly, ''wrong''.

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* Chopper's Monster Point in canon was already pretty damn terrifying (at least pre-timeskip). His new 'Hyde' persona from playing around with Devil Fruit-based intelligence boosting is creepy at the best of times. The reveal that said Monster Point draws on Chopper's subconscious, [[ItCanThink which now contains his hyper-intelligent]] [[TheUnfettered and amoral 'Hyde' persona?]]
--> I stood stock still as the implications sunk in. And said implications were that if things proceeded anywhere even relatively close to canon, there was a non-zero chance of the Tower of Justice becoming a ''butcher's shop''. Or some other unimaginable abomination of SCIENCE!


* The foreshadowing scene of Mr. 13 and Miss Friday in the aftermath of Skypeia. Miss Friday is checking out a new arsenal and Mr. 13 is ''performing surgery on himself'' in preparation for their next encounter with Cross to the abject horror of the transponder snail they're using to listen to the SBS. Just imagine the poor snail's predicament. You're stuck in a room with unrepentant murderers who are entirely likely to take their frustrations at someone you've never met out on you simply because you're ''doing the job they asked of you''.

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* The foreshadowing scene of Mr. 13 and Miss Friday in the aftermath of Skypeia.Skypiea. Miss Friday is checking out a new arsenal and Mr. 13 is ''performing surgery on himself'' in preparation for their next encounter with Cross to the abject horror of the transponder snail Transponder Snail they're using to listen to the SBS. Just imagine the poor snail's predicament. You're stuck in a room with unrepentant murderers who are entirely likely to take their frustrations at someone you've never met out on you simply because you're ''doing the job they asked of you''.

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* The foreshadowing scene of Mr. 13 and Miss Friday in the aftermath of Skypeia. Miss Friday is checking out a new arsenal and Mr. 13 is ''performing surgery on himself'' in preparation for their next encounter with Cross to the abject horror of the transponder snail they're using to listen to the SBS. Just imagine the poor snail's predicament. You're stuck in a room with unrepentant murderers who are entirely likely to take their frustrations at someone you've never met out on you simply because you're ''doing the job they asked of you''.

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