Dom: ...You've got a sick mind, Tai.
This character is happily intrigued by whatever is strange, dangerous, disturbing, and/or frightening. If this character is "part of The Team", their fellows may regard them oddly. Indeed, what's Nightmare Fuel or Squick to other characters could very well be a fetish or Squee! to this character. For example, a Nightmare Fetishist may consider Halloween their favorite holiday, harbor an obscure or oddly specific kink, think that the monsters they're supposed to be fighting are cute, or simply be born with this trait as part of their species or family.
In wackier portrayals, a Nightmare Fetishist might also be repulsed and horrified by things most people would consider wholesome and tame. Possibly as a good version of Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad (though evil characters can be Nightmare Fetishists as well).
This kind of person is very difficult to coerce or break through the usual methods; as they can be Too Kinky to Torture or Too Spicy for Yog-Sothoth. Note that this trope is a sliding scale; Nightmare Fetishism can range from a harmless fondness for morbid stories to a literal sexual fascination with the life-threatening.
Gustave Flaubert said that "One mustn't look at the abyss, because there is at the bottom an inexpressible charm which attracts us." In this case, people who find a very strong aversion in someone or something will slowly become desensitized to it and may even eventually develop an interested attraction to it.
See also Freaky Is Cool, Freakiness Shame, Fluffy Tamer, Boys Like Creepy Critters, Admiring the Abomination, Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant, Creepy Good, and Creepy Awesome. Someone like this may enjoy our Nightmare Fuel page.
- Slan, an Apostle, and one of the members of the God Hand. As if her creepy lack-of-outfit wasn't clue enough, during the Eclipse when Casca is being raped by Griffith Slan watches on and cries tears of joy.
- A later less-sadistic, but still quite disturbing, example would be Sonia, a little girl and member of Griffith's new Band of the Hawk who is, unlike the rest of the world's populace, unafraid of the Eldritich Abominations known as Apostles.
- Cardcaptor Sakura had the Meganekko Naoko Yanagisawa who, during a conversation about a haunted house, mentioned that she "like[d] that sort of thing." The manga included visual aid of "that sort of thing" (UFOs, ghosts, monsters, unusual temples and shrines). Of course, this tends to creep the living hell out of poor Sakura.
- Laios of Delicious in Dungeon is absolutely fascinated by monsters, and had been deeply curious about their flavor for quite a while before the events of the series. Still, he fully understands how dangerous they can be. Also cheerfully admits to an attraction to orc women.
- Among monsters, chimera are commonly seen as fascinating by him. In addition to his enthusiasm toward Falin and Izutsumi's conditions, he notes that he used to believe a monster was best composed of as many creatures as possible before coming to appreciate how just two creatures in one heighten each other's charms.
- Magical Pokémon Journey's Hazel likes cute Pokémon, but her definition of "cute" extends to species that aren't generally considered such, including Gengar and Tangela. She's so friendly toward Pokémon that she'll help them with whatever their problems are, no matter what said Pokémon look like, even to the point of facilitating an Interspecies Romance between a Wigglytuff and an Arbok, which is entirely possible in-game.
- The series has a lot of characters who are involved in Dirty Business and are willing to play jump rope with the Moral Event Horizon. Then you get Omnicidal Maniac Ladd who literally dances in blood and considers "I'm gonna kill you last" as an endearing term to use with his girlfriend. She is completely accepting of this.
- On the darker side of this trope you have the immortal Fermet and Huey who only see other people as human components For Science!. This leads to them doing some rather despicable things as a means of enjoyment. Fermet in particular had a grand old ball torturing and killing immortal child Czeslaw Meyer repeatedly for upwards of 200 years.
- In FLCL Progressive & Alternative, there's Hidomi, who, in the start of the second episode, has a dream where she's devoured by zombie versions of her classmates and wakes up blushing.
- The Pokémon anime rendition of Misty considers Tentacool and Tentacruel to be cute... In fact, Misty considers all water Pokémon cute no matter what.
- Ranma ½'s Gosunkugi apparently harbors a fetish for voodoo dolls in the manga. In the anime, it's amped up to more of an obsession with magic in general- particularly the creepier side of things. In one episode, he falls in love with Cute Ghost Girl Kogane, not being even the slightest fazed when he discovers her undead nature. His ideas of dates also include showing off his collection of occult lore (which happens to fixate on curses) and a romantic rendezvous in a purportedly haunted graveyard.
- Rei Takashima from Deadman Wonderland, a twisted doctor who is not merely a sadist, but actually aroused by human suffering and mutilation.
- The Wallflower: Female lead Sunako Nakahara is a lover of solitude, gore movies, banned gore movies, anatomical dolls and objects that reflect "the ugly side of life," as she puts it. And she tends to be pretty creepy herself.
- Gauron from Full Metal Panic!. He harbors quite a few unusual kinks. Sadomasochism, pedophilia, necrophilia, hybristophilia, autassassinophilia, erotic asphyxiation... most of it aimed at Sousuke.
- Dio from Last Exile. "Aren't dead bodies fascinating?" The boy isn't entirely sane, but that's part of what makes him adorable.
- Attack on Titan:
- Mad Scientist Hange Zoe. Once a hateful Blood Knight, a single incident (angrily kicking a Titan's severed head and being shocked at how much lighter it was than it looked) caused Hange to abandon this way of thinking and become fascinated by the Titans, adopting a Fluffy Tamer approach to them instead.
- Dot Pixis comments that he wouldn't mind being eaten by a Titan as long as it was a sexy female one.
- One Piece:
- Nico Robin finds three-headed zombie dogs "cute." When introducing herself to the Straw Hats after the Alabasta arc, she smiles while mentioning her specialization is assassination. Throughout the whole series, Nico Robin is able to talk about disturbing topics like death, dying, blood, etc., as casually and cheerfully as most people talk about the weather.
- From the same arc as the three-headed zombie dog is Elegant Gothic Lolita "Ghost Princess" Perona, who describes her ideal vacation as going to a "dark, dank, haunted, ancient castle, singing songs of curses and having a miserable old time." Kuma then sends her to one of these; she realizes that it really is miserable without servants tending to her every need.
- In Yes! Pretty Cure 5, Komachi is the only one not particularly frightened by the haunted house they encounter in one episode, not even when they discover a painting of someone who looks exactly like Rin. In fact, she thinks it's exciting. This is part of an ongoing tendency of hers to get excited about things (like becoming a Runaway Bride) that nobody else would see as positive.
- In Smile Pretty Cure!, the resident Shrinking Violet and Cowardly Lion Yayoi is the only one excited by ghosts and something related to them and she actually gets sparkling eyes at some point, in big contrast to the usually tough Nao who is very afraid of ghost (and some other things).
- Minori from Tora Dora, who goes so far as to trick people into scaring her, and gets a nosebleed (complete with spurting blood) from the possibility of her class setting up a haunted house for the school festival.
- When Taeko of Ai Yori Aoshi was given the breaking-in task of the photography club (going out into the woods and photographing a ghost), she leaped at the chance, much to everyone else's confusion. What's worse, she apparently succeeds. Later on, in a haunted house, she is seen laughing at all the things and calling them cute. For effect, the other two girls are completely freaked out and clinging, in tears, to poor Kaoru.
- Ouran High School Host Club has Nekozawa and his friends from the Black Magic Club, who are obsessed with curses and all kinds of creepy things. They're quite a happy bunch, too. Most of the characters regard them as harmless geeks, not so much scared as bored with their ideas. Tamaki, however, is scared beyond belief of Nekozawa and his "powers," so from his perspective at least this trope is played straight.
- In Chrono Crusade, upon discovering that Chrono is a bona fide demon, Joshua doesn't freak out so much as he jumps for joy and eagerly asks him if ghosts exist, too.
- Princess Tutu:
- Drosselmeyer delights in tragic stories and gets excited whenever things begin to take a dark turn.
- Autor, being a Drosselmeyer fanboy, is implied to be like this as well—he finds the powerful ability to manipulate people by writing stories to be "thrilling".
- And then, in season 2, there's Mytho after his heart is tainted with Raven's blood. When another character is about to cut out his heart, he requests they "kiss it and dye your lips red with its blood".
- The Baku in Nightmare Inspector fit the name of this trope almost literally.
- The eponymous character of Hell Teacher Nube is absolutely fascinated with the occult —what with being called to exorcise objects, places, or people every now and then. He can hardly conceive of others not sharing his enthusiasm. His student, Miki Hosokawa, however, isn't just fascinated, she'll willingly go and poke it just to see what happens.
- Kujyou Himeka of Kamichama Karin thinks bugs are cute. All types of bugs. This includes cockroaches and termites.
- Ryou Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh!, the manga, likes collecting weird and occult things. Jonouchi was terrified.
- In Get Backers, there's Takuma Fudou... who seems to get turned on by some pretty messed up things. Like the idea of "slurping up" Ban's blood, as well as him "feeling incredible chills rising throughout his body" when he kept his maggot-infested arm with him to remind himself of Ban.
- Furuya from Sankarea. His nightmare fetish for zombies is what catapults the entire plot, since he decided (for his own ego's sake) to try to resurrect his pet cat Babu into a zombie, just to see if he could. He also has a fetish for zombie girls, and describes his dream woman as having her arm falling off and her guts hanging out. It's something of a Running Gag that any wounds or injuries Rea suffers are censored with yellow warning tape, but actual nudity is left uncensored, because it's the gore that Furuya finds erotic.
- Hidan, one of the Akatsuki members from Naruto, enjoys pain, be it his own or his enemy's.
- Local snake-man, Orochimaru is anything but pleasant with his obsession of possessing peoples bodies.
- Mayuri Kurotsuchi goes as far as to watch his own lieutenant/daughter get the life sucked out of her by his enemy resurrecting himself, and then proceeds to tell his enemy how interesting that particular technique is.
- Yhwach has a nightmare of Ichigo Kurosaki defeating him and cutting him in half. Yhwach promptly wakes up, grins, and declares that there is no better dream than a nightmare. This bit him in the end, as his being this blinded him to the fact it wasn't a dream, but a vision, something he doesn't realize until it happens for real.
- Pandora Hearts:
- Shinra of Durarara!! makes it known that he thinks Celty is beautiful without a head. He also spent most of grade school and high school fanboying Shizuo's crazy rage fits.
- Emotionless Girl Anju of Karin habitually carries around Boogie-Kun, a doll possessed by a serial killer with a knife in its hand. Angu tells Karin Boogie-Kun's past history with a cheerful smile on her face and later mentions that she collects other creepy dolls that all have interesting histories.
- Ryuuko of Wolf Guy - Wolfen Crest gets turned on by violence to the point where she masturbates on top of a school rooftop after a few students had been gunned down there.
- Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru: During their fight Kevin gets excited at seeing Minoru's fearful eyes, grabs him by the throat and squeezes hard enough so as to make him cough up blood. He then drinks the blood while saying "Mmm...Delicious flavor...LET ME DRINK MORE!"
- Black Butler:
- Maylene goes into fangirl mode upon seeing a mummy in episode 4.
- Grell gets really excited at the thought of both cutting Sebastian into pieces and having his babies.
- Undertaker enjoys the feeling of having the water sucked out of his body while being buried neck-deep in salt.
- Aki Hinata from Sgt. Frog finds slimy, squishy things adorable and squees at the thought of Keroro's race secretly being hideous pudding monsters or something. This is explained by her being the editor of a manga for boys. Yet there's a lot of scenes of her being molested by weird, slimy monsters for some reason... and enjoying it.
- Boku and Morino from Goth are a pair of nightmare fetishists who investigate murders in hopes of uncovering the evil that lurks within their society. Boku doesn't flinch when the remains of a murder victim is found, as he wants nothing more than to see someone die in such a fashion even if that person is Morino. Morino even went to the extent of wearing the clothes they found near a mutilated and decayed body, just to see what it feels like.
- In Detective Conan, Conan (aka Shinichi), Heiji, and occasionally the Shounen Tantei often see bloody and violent crime scenes as exciting or interesting challenges. Right at the beginning of the series, when Ran is crying after seeing a man get messily decapitated on a roller coaster ride (with the resultant fountain of blood), Shinichi is cheerful and assures her that "this kind of thing happens all the time". Made creepier by how Shinichi's behaviour is apparently the direct result of his dad Yuusaku, who not only is one of these as well but constantly brought him along to crime scenes when he was a kid.
- Franken Fran has a smattering of these on occasion. First off is Fran herself, whose reaction to a giant humanoid sea monster is "It sure is cute. I want one." Then there's the "People Of Unusual Taste" who wound themselves to get Fran to operate on them. And then the extras give us a little boy who responds to a toothy spirit by sticking his head in her mouth.
- Mariko Shinobu from Oniisama e... seems to be this. She tells Nanako and Tomoko the story of two Star-Crossed Lovers who got into a Suicide Pact almost with glee, apparently thinking it's the most romantic love story ever.
- Death Note:
- Light Yagami, to an extent. He thinks shinigami are cute, makes jokes about how being a shinigami might be interesting and his fascination with the Death Note is a little...eerie.
- Not that Misa is much better. She tells Rem that a Shinigami dying in an Heroic Sacrifice is "a beautiful way to die." Though that's not to say she isn't right.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Romania is a little too gleeful when he explains to his friend Bulgaria the legends of his most famous leader... Vlad Tepes.
- Finland and Hungary are described as being all too familiar with scary things.
- Belarus seems to be fascinated with scary stories and apparently talks to ghosts.
- England himself has delved into some odd fantasies. Black Magic, Imaginary Friends and even characters from familiar books that often make some countries grow concerned about him (particularly America). Outside the series it's actually quite true that the Real England did have some odd characters for example King Cholera, and some fans actually think England and Belarus seem suitable together (an underrated ship however).
- Hellsing has The Major, who loves war and looks on with almost sexual excitement when Alucard releases his army of souls upon the Millenium and the Vatican armies. Schrödinger and the Doctor are this too, but the later to a less extent.
- Fu Girl of Denki-gai no Honya-san is enamored with anything to do with zombies, to the point that she gathers supplies for a theoretical outbreak.
- In chapter 159 of Assassination Classroom, Kayano remarks that she fell in love with Nagisa when she saw him plotting (literal) murder. And that she enjoyed kissing him during their battle. This is many signs that Kayano isn't playing with a full deck.
- Okako in Please Tell Me! Galko-chan likes anything associated with suspense and horror. In a series where everyone is Only Known by Their Nickname, her name comes from this, by combining "occult" with the "ko" suffix often used by girls.
- Tokyo Ghoul: Torso seems to get really excited to a sexual degree at the sight of women with scars, his preferred prey. Then there's the whole cuddling with headless, limbless corpses.
- Little Witch Academia: Sucy is very much interested in dangerous potions, mushrooms, dark magic, and in general her interest is piqued by nearly anything sufficiently unpleasant to everyone else. In particular, she's downright giddy at the prospect of being eaten by and passing through the digestive tract of a ghost.
- Hunter × Hunter Hisoka is deliberately shown being sexually excited on the mere thought of fighting strong enemies.
- Made In Abyss: Lyza is the only character who seems completely unperturbed by the numerous deadly and/or horrific aspects of the Abyss. She gives monstrous beasts whimsical names like she's on a field trip to the zoo, and got excited about her first experience of bleeding profusely from the "Curse of the Abyss." This is partly because she's so incredibly skilled that the deadly contents of the pit aren't much of a threat to her, but she was like this even as a child, insisting that Ozen's nasty scars from curse-induced madness were "cool." Much of her reckless fearlessness passed down to her daughter Riko, often getting the latter into trouble.
- Subverted in Naka No Hito Genome Jikkyouchuu. As the LPer who specializes in horror games, people expect Sarayashiki to be this, but she absolutely does not appreciate being in a real-life horror game, thank you very much.
- Ragdoll of the Secret Six happily accepts the description "the bent little castrated horndog" and delights in his ability to make absolutely any word or phrase sound unsavory, from "to my batpole!" to "cheese-stuffed manicotti". Black Alice is the first person in-universe to find Ragdoll hot; even Ragdoll was squicked out by this.
- Many Batman villains, particularly The Joker, especially in the 2011 "New 52" release of Detective Comics (Issue #1), and the Scarecrow, who operates off of creating fear and loves what he does.
- Blackest Night has Black Hand, who's obsessed with death physically and on a platonic level. Rather fitting, considering that he embodies Death and the Lanterns working for it.
- Willie Pete of Empowered lives this trope. His name may be another name for White Phosphorus, the other implication from the name is in full effect, and often introduced to the skulls of his victims, particularly the eyesocket. Using his own willy, no less.
- Kid Gladiator, the son of X-Men foe/ally Gladiator. His reaction being turned into a Brood? He thought it was awesome, and protested being transformed back to normal.
- Fluttershy has a moment of this in issue three of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) when a chupacabra and a pack of vampiric jackalopes battle (presumably to the death) for the right to eat the Mane Six, and Fluttershy watches with captive awe at the "fascinating" creatures.
- Death Vigil offers Mia, an Eldritch Abomination in the form of an adorable girl who eats other abominations. See the cover of the third issue for her Establishing Character Moment.
- My Friend Dahmer discusses infamous Serial Killer Jeffrey Dahmer hitting puberty.
- Marvel Comics uber-villain Thanos of Titan is literally in love with Death, which in the Marvel Universe is represented / embodied by an abstract entity that usually manifests as female when it chooses to personify. Most of the mad Titan's schemes involve genocide on planetary or universal scales (or at least mass murder) to please her in hopes that she will return his love and that they can be together. Thus far his unrequited crush has continued to spurn him, though she doesn't seem to mind leading him on to the extent that it inspires him to cull a nice harvest of slain mortals for her. She has, however, been known to smack him down personally when he goes too far and threatens all life. This is due to the fact that Death needs life to exist, as only the living can die and thus without life there can be no Death.
- Deadpool also has a fling with the same Death as Thanos, and she actually reciprocates. Depending on the Author this is either Deadpool settling for anything that would let him in its pants (in comics where she's a Grim Reaper classic, skeletal form and all), or genuinely good fortune as she's completely attractive (see her appearance in the Deadpool video game). Since Death's actual apperance is a case of You Cannot Grasp the True Form and what each person sees is A Form You Are Comfortable With, it makes perfect sense for a Death Seeker like Deadpool to find her attractive. It also might explain why Death likes Deadpool better. Thanos, as a nihilist, puts her on a pedestal and sees her as a perfect ideal. Deadpool just wants her to have her way with him and leave him breathless . . . literally. Unfortunately Deadpool is functionally immortal so they can only be together in between Pool being eviscerated hard enough for a near death experience while he regenerates.
- Cindy of Cindy and Biscuit is fascinated by monsters, aliens, and supernatural entities, and if they are evil and deserve to be beaten to death with a big stick, then that's a bonus.
- Ultimate Galactus Trilogy: After finding out about Gah Lak Tus, Reed proudly claims that it's the answer to the Fermi Paradox. Sue Storm accuses him of enjoying the thought of something going around killing civilisations in the crib.
- To describe Liō as one of these would be a bit mild. He thinks a zombie eating someone's face is absolutely hilarious. (His father has been seen reading a book entitled Is My Kid a Psycho?)
- In Calvin and Hobbes, a lot of Calvin's creations and imaginary antics disturb his parents, like making a bunch of snow people terrified at their impending melting. Perhaps the most chilling of all Calvin's fantasies had his parents clucking over him delightedly as he plays with his Tinkertoys ("He's creating whole worlds over there") - without knowing that their son is imagining that he is the god of his own private universe and enjoys sending mortals to Hell. Calvin once invented a game called "Gross Out" in which players score one point by coming up with the grossest thing they can imagine; nobody has ever played a full 50-point game with him.
- A classic Charles Addams cartoon shows a movie audience all with somber, teary-eyed faces... except for Uncle Fester, who's grinning delightedly. Of course, the rest of the family shares his tastes.
- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series has Socrates, who wishes a somewhat-creepy Haunted House would be better, and later claps "like a deranged seal" when an In-Universe Jump Scare involving a Monster Clown pops up.
- In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, there's Professor Max, of the Played for Laughs variety; he loves dark monsters and ghoulies and doesn't see why no one else does. After Fudge calls back the Dementors from Hogwarts in Second-Year, while everyone else is cheering, he begs Dumbledore to let them stay.
- Saga and Luna in Under The Northern Lights. It seems to be the prescribed aesthetics in the Temple of Hrimfaxi, which looks like a "haunted stable on Nightmare Night" according to Twilight Sparkle.
- Tonks in In the Mind of a Scientist thinks it's "wicked" to see her heart beating when Harry cuts her chest open. Harry himself has not only performed open heart surgery on himself, he's also cut open his throat and messed with his vocal chords (to get a deeper voice), and regularly cuts himself open to see how parts of the body work. Afterwards, he always sews himself up instead of magically healing it so he looks more like a Mad Scientist.
- In Mortality Culverton Smith gleefully tortures Holmes to within an inch of his life and is totally fine with it. Watson, on the other hand, isn't and actually outright KILLS his friend's torturer and the guy he was interrogating, and seems to be TOTALLY remorseless. Man, for a sweet soul, he's pretty brutal (and scary) at times.
- In Hope for the Heartless, which is set after the events of The Black Cauldron, the resurrected Horned King is revealed to have collected his slain soldiers for centuries (as he stated in the movie) in preparation of using the Black Cauldron to make them Cauldron-Born. This was long before he was even certain of the Cauldron's existence, and the Cauldron-Born were his wicked joy. It's revealed that he still values them to extent: after removing the remainders of the Cauldron-Born from his lands to make Avalina feel more comfortable there, he stores them to his castle's dungeons where the girl never goes. He does this regardless of the fact that he could have arranged for the skeletons to vanish into thin air, and he knows that they're of no use to him anymore.
- In the comedic-yet insane MLP fanfic MLP: FML, Sweetie Belle fills this role to a T. Not only is she is hellbent on usurping Celestia, but she get's Cthulhu's autograph in one chapter and apparently has Freddy Fazbear band-aids!
- In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, S.T.A.R. Labs is robbed by an unknown assailant, who proceeds to flee to Japan. While everyone is mulling over what exactly the thief intends to do with the stolen technology, H.R. Wells, one of the co-founders of S.T.A.R. Labs, asks if the thief is trying to make a Godzilla because that's exactly what he would do, earning him looks of disbelief from his own Alternate Selves, Harrison Wells and Harry Wells.
- Vale's Underground has two examples on different ends of the spectrum:
- Penny Polendina is an absolute sweetheart and genuinely cares about others. She takes her job as a police officer seriously. She also joined the force to witness some gruesome stuff firsthand. She has a surprising fascination with all things macabre and enjoys the horror genre for this reason. She even wanted to show Ruby and Blake pictures from a case where a man was caught trying to rape his daughter's corpse while trying to use blood as a lubricant. (Makes you wonder why she just has pictures of that to show to people at a moment's notice...) Ruby and Blake, understandably, don't want to see them.
- The mob boss "Cinder" is the literal version of this trope. She genuinely gets sexually aroused by violence and fighting. She loves to torture people and even loves tasting blood. After beating the crap out of a man, she licks the blood off her fingers. When having sex with Mercury, him telling her the sort of gruesome things she can do to her rivals helps bring her to orgasm. And her favorite method of killing people is the reason she goes by the name "Cinder." She likes to burn people alive to send a message to others.
- Edith from Despicable Me. Her bedtime prayers include the request to not let bugs go into their ears and lay eggs in their skulls/brains, she finds it "cooool!" that she and her sisters are sleeping in old, inactive bombs after Gru adopts them, and she is extremely excited to see that her pancake is shaped like a "dead guy."
- Lilo of Lilo & Stitch practices voodoo, owns a handmade doll that she pretends has a bug-infested skull, and is generally considered a freak by her peers. While this is implied to be a coping mechanism to deal with her parents' deaths, she still ends up with her only true friends being from outer space, and Lilo & Stitch: The Series has her befriending dozens of weird alien experiments.
- Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School: Sybella, Winnie, Elsa, Phanty, and Tanis are all this, as is Miss Grimwood herself to an extent. Examples include enjoying rotten food (including fungus fudge, toadstool tea, swamp brownies chock full of mosquitos, and poison ivy punch) and relishing the thought of swimming in quicksand.
- Winnie from The Boxtrolls is blatantly obsessed with the titular monsters and their supposed barbarism, and is genuinely upset when that turns out to be false.
Winnie: (eagerly) Did they kill your family? Did they let you watch?
Winnie: Make you watch?
- The Nightmare Before Christmas: Everyone in Halloween Town. There's a moment when Jack roars at Lock, Shock and Barrel to scare them into shutting up. Shock almost looks like she's going to faint... and not with fear.
- There seem to be a couple of these in Repo! The Genetic Opera. Most notable is Graverobber, who is absolutely giddy to be surrounded by a sea of rotting corpses and is implied to be a necrophile. Then there's Pavi, a rapist who steals the faces of women. And wears them. Over his own face. The Largo family in general seems quite...odd, to say the least.
- Frank Cotton has a sadomasochistic love/hate relationship with the Cenobites and the Lemarchand Box. He also at times appears to get a bizarre kick out of occupying the attic as a skinless, flesh-consuming monster, which might suggest that there is a sadistic as well as masochistic side to his tastes.
- The Cenobites themselves are Anthropomorphic Personifications of the trope.
Pinhead: We have such sights to show you...
- Mary Jane in the Spider-Man Trilogy, oddly enough. In an early scene in the first movie, she expresses that she loves creepy, disgusting spiders.
- The Addams Family: The Addamses consider their macabre surroundings normal. Gomez was implicitly a necrophile, and both parents were explicitly into bondage. Along with S&M. "Ropes, red hot pokers..." "Later, my darling." Morticia searches the impostor Fester's bag and remarks "Crowbar? Dynamite? Cyanide? Fester, as if we'd run out." Also the children are shown playing with weapons and even a working electric chair. Their parents give Wednesday bigger knives when they catch her with one.
- Addams Family Values: Even the concept of dying doesn't seem to frighten them and when Debbie attempts to kill them they act sympathetic.
- Lydia Deetz from Beetlejuice had no problem living in a Haunted House, though the eponymous character was a considerable nuisance. She even became his friend in the spinoff cartoon.
- Ray Stantz, especially in the first animated series. He's the most sympathetic towards Team Pet Slimer, an ugly, mischievous little slime ghost, and is more than happy to receive fellatio from a siren in the first film.
- An offhand mention from Venkman in the original film involves stopping Egon Spengler from attempting self-trepanation (drilling a hole through his skull), he's pleased that Louis Tully is willing to let him test his brain tissue, and is revealed to be an ex-coroner in the 2009 video game (Egon says it's "just a hobby" now).
- Harlen "The Reporter" Maguire in Road to Perdition. Not only is he a news photographer who specializes in crime scenes, he also moonlights as an assassin and takes a certain professional pride in his work, to the extent that he considers a murder victim being Only Mostly Dead to be an unfortunate obstacle to a good photograph.
- Elvira, Mistress of the Dark plays her reputation for laughs:
(asked if she worships Satan): I dated him once, but I wouldn't exactly call it worshipping....
(her trademark goodbye): Unpleasant Dreams!
- The Jack Nicholson version of the Joker in Batman (1989) shows himself as this when he meets Vicki Vale at the museum, reacting with bored indifference to (if not actually being turned off by) Vicki's modeling photographs, but being visibly impressed with (if not actually aroused by) her gruesome war photos. Shortly before this, when the Joker and his goons go around gleefully defacing the museum's paintings, he decides to spare Francis Bacon's Figure with Meat because he likes the macabre style.
- Although it's somewhat justified by the fact that he defuses bombs for a living, Sargent William James of The Hurt Locker seems to enjoy playing with high explosives a bit more than can be considered strictly professional. And even the other bomb techs are a bit creeped out upon learning that he keeps souvenirs of every bomb he's ever handled in a box under his bed.
- Bella Swan from Twilight is absolutely ecstatic about her crush being a vampire and leaps at the opportunity to become one as well.
- There are two twin characters from The House of Yes, Marty and Jackie, who like to have sex while reenacting the JFK assassination.
- Jinya Yanase from Teito Monogatari Gaiden is a young hospital worker who's obsessed with the stories about Taira no Masakado and his Dragon, the Evil Sorcerer Yasunori Kato. He also happens to work in a mental hospital located near to the grave of Taira no Masakado himself, which fuels his imagination. Little did the guy know that he would end up as Kato's Soul Jar, though.
- That punk kid in The 'Burbs, who invites all his high-school buddies over to the neighborhood to witness the quirky, outlandish, and sometimes downright grotesque activities of his neighbors, which include everything from "spy missions" carried out by a deranged Vietnam vet to a family of subhumans who murder intruders and apparently eat them. At the end of the movie, amidst all the commotion, he gestures at everything around him and shouts: "God, I love this street!"
- Raven in Cecil B. Demented. Drinks goat urine, enjoys getting branded, and at one point says, "I haven't had this much fun since my last livestock mutilation!"
- In The Human Centipede Part 2, the original movie is a Show Within a Show. Martin, the Villain Protagonist, actually finds it erotic.
- In The Return of the Living Dead, we have Trash, who thinks a picnic in a cemetery is a fantastic way to spend an evening, and who becomes visibly aroused when talking about her idea of her worst way to die, to the points that she tears all her clothes off and dances naked in said cemetery.
- The antagonist of Tetsuo: The Iron Man is called "The Metal Fetishist". When he was alive, he enjoyed shoving bits of metal into his body.
- Harold from Harold and Maude loves faking his own suicide in front of his mother and the girls she sets him up with.
- Almost an Establishing Character Moment with Cassie in Ant-Man. Her father's gift for his birthday is a horribly made bunny that looks mangled and devours souls instead of carrots. She loves it and proclaims her intent to show it to her friends with glee. She also seems to have kept the ant that Scott accidentally enlarged to the size of a large dog as a pet.
- Mike Teevee in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is the only one of the group that enjoys the scary tunnel. Grandpa Joe and Charlie initially enjoy it too, but get freaked out when they see Slugworth.
- Director Krennic in Rogue One. After witnessing the Death Star's handiwork on Jedha, all he can say is "it's beautiful."
- The movie Eichmann about the eponymous Nazi war criminal (played by Thomas Kretschmann) has a bizarre scene where Eichmann has sex with a Hungarian noblewoman who is turned on by his boasts of the amount of Jews he's ordered to be gassed.
- Tommy Stubbins from Doctor Dolittle. He's excited to learn that they are going to be sailing into a terrible storm and cheerfully suggests that the Sea Star Island natives might kill them. Then, when they really are going to be executed, all he can do is anticipate how the natives are going to do it. The others find his enthusiasm a little disturbing.
Emma: Whoever said children have beautiful minds has obviously never met you.
- India from Stoker is infatuated with her Uncle Charlie, even though he's a stalker and a murderer. In fact, she doesn't really warm up to him until after she discovers this fact, and is implied to be aroused by him beating up her classmate after he tries to rape her. Later, she becomes a near-literal example of this trope when she remembers Charlie murdering said classmate, and masturbates to it.
- Visser Three of Animorphs. When the heroes get a look in his private quarters, they discover he has various alien and human torture devices hung like art, including an iron maiden.
- Harry Potter:
- Hagrid has a clear preference for dangerous beasts, including a Cerberus Captain Ersatz and possible descendant (Fluffy), a Norwegian ridgeback dragon (Norbert who's really a Norberta), a hippogriff (Buckbeak), and a giant fracking spider (Aragog). He eventually gets a job as Hogwarts's Care of Magical Creatures teacher, which he loves.
- When Harry is fitted for his wand, Ollivander remarks with what seems to be almost pleasure that Harry has been selected by a wand which was made using the same materials as those used to fashion Voldemort's. Harry is understandably a little weirded out by this, and by Ollivander's next comment that he expects Harry to do great things, because so did Voldemort. "Terrible, yes - but great."
- The Impairment's Allie Parker, the fraud therapist/serial killer at Mildwood University. She relishes her job because she "gets off" to her patients recounting horrific events which happen to them, which she's responsible for.
- The H.P. Lovecraft story "The Hound" stars two Asexual Life Partners who spend their days collecting whatever ghastly things they can find, from Tomes of Eldritch Lore to corpses.
- Most of the characters, in Andrew Bolands novel Hell's Children, are definitely Nightmare Fetishists. Going on the authors biography, it would seem that he is one of these too, which would explain a lot.
- Tommy in Bloodsucking Fiends. His first words after learning his girlfriend was a vampire? "That is the most awesome thing I've ever heard. Let's have sex with our socks off." The sequel gives us Abby Normal, a Perky Goth who didn't jump at the call to be a vampire's minion but hunted it down and demanded the job.
- Vaughn, Ballard, Helen, and Gabrielle from J.G. Ballard's Crash. More so in the movie than the book, the whole plot seems to revolve around sexual fetishism involving grievous injury and automobile accidents.
- Gangsta Granny: The main character Ben likes the gory parts of history.
- One of the first things we find out about John Cleaver is that he's fascinated with serial killers. And that he eagerly helps out with the family business-undertaking.
- Kiera Graves from Mindy Mackay's Peacebreakers fits this trope for her erotic fascination with scar tissue.
- The Southern Vampire Mysteries make frequent mention of the vampire-obsessed "fang bangers" who get off on having their blood drained, having sex with vampires, or just being around them.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe has the Yuuzhan Vong, a species of genetic engineers who fetishize Body Horror, both on themselves and on others.
- Beth from the old Phyllis Reynolds Naylor books "Boys vs. Girls" was constantly reading horror books, but it made her a nervous wreck, while her drama queen little sister Caroline loved everything bloody and disgusting as long as it was dramatic.
- In American Psycho, Patrick Bateman, a sociopathic serial killer mentions that he masturbates to a scene from the thriller film Body Double where a woman is drilled to death with a power drill. (Over the course of the book, he also tortures a woman with a power drill and does things that are even worse.)
- Perdido Street Station:
- Mister Motley, a crime lord who spends a lot of time in the shadows. In the city of New Crobuzon, those who commit petty crimes are often turned into Remade by bio-thaumaturges, given animal or mechanical features that fit their crime. Motley has undergone this process voluntarily, hundreds of times, and now not only looks like a rolling mass of disjointed features, but has hired the main character's girlfriend to create a sculpture to his "glory."
- The main character himself, Isaac Dan Der Grimnebulin. The aforementioned girlfriend is a shapely woman with a giant beetle for a head, he's extremely intrigued by Body Horror, a bird-person turning up on his doorstep asking for a new set of wings all but causes him to squee, and he is cheerfully enchanted with one particularly weird grub netted by his black-market attempts to find flight specimens. Until that grub grows up. You know when Isaac is freaked out, shit got real. He can hold a conversation, an intelligible and productive conversation, with The Weaver.
- One of Isaac's friends is eventually revealed to frequent a brothel where people have sex with the Remade. This is illegal; the city's repressive government is blackmailing him into serving as a spy using the evidence.
- Discussed Trope in A Song of Ice and Fire. The Mad King, Aerys Targaryen, had a fetish for burning people to death. His guard Jaime Lannister noted that it was only after doing so that he would visit his wife's chambers. And to add to it, he was so violent in bed with her that Jaime wondered if he was obligated to intervene.
- This is how the protagonist of Crooked Little Vein views most of the people he comes into contact with, including (but not limited to) an underground Godzilla masturbatory ring, a group of elderly ostrich lovers, gay men who intect saline solution into their genitals, and even his own ex's current lover, who makes strap-ons in the shape of dolphin penises.
- Dyke Mellis in Eat Them Alive, who, despite being castrated and consequently unable to become aroused, is said to be deeply enticed by the sight of his giant praying mantises eating people, to the point of seeing the experience as making up for his lost manhood.
- Willy Wonka of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is unperturbed and even amused by the various bizarre, frightening fates that befall those who don't listen to him. In the 1971 film he gleefully remarks "The suspense is terrible! I hope it will last..." as Augustus Gloop is stuck in a pipe, screaming for help. And only this or a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant would plan and build that creepy-as-hell boat tunnel to the Inventing Room for no reason at all. In the 2013 stage musical, he happily joins in on some of the Oompa-Loompas' songs that serve as send-offs for the bratty kids (and Death by Adaptation applies to some of them here). And while he doesn't have a scary boat tunnel, the lonely cellars his Cool Boat plies the waters of contain stores of sometimes creepy failed inventions — life-sized and crying jelly babies in cribs, anyone?
- In the original book, The Oompla-Loompas also qualifiy. In their fits of being The Hyena they gleefully sing about everything horrible that happens and just keep on going.
- In Emily The Strange The Lost Days Emily/Earwig loves her nightmares. It gives her an adrenaline high.
- Tyler from Pact is a Starving Artist who, upon discovering that the supernatural is real, immediately becomes excited at the idea of monsters being real, and is swiftly impressed by Isadora, a Riddling Sphinx who eats people, and Green Eyes, a carnivorous mermaid.
- In Island in the Sea of Time Dr. Alice Hong counts. She's apparently literally incapable of orgasm unless she is inflicting, or receiving, pain. Not a run of the mill BDSM fetishist, Hong enjoys vivisection sans anesthetic, ritual human sacrifice via various gruesome tortures and so forth.
- In Caitlin Kiernan's The Red Tree, the protagonist's late girlfriend, a photographer who specialized in digital manipulation, took art commissions from such people.
"Mainly, I have clients, private collectors who are into what I do, and I take requests. They ask for some specific image, and I create it. Images you can't get with just a camera, but that they carry around in their heads. They bring me their sick shit, and I make it visible."
- Heart of Steel features Alistair Mechanus, a Mad Scientist, Mad Doctor, and brilliant roboticist who hasn't had much in the way of human company in ten years. He takes utter delight in things like making beastmen and other chimeras, and is initially confused when his guest Julia doesn't share his taste in romantic gifts.
- The Novel of the Iron Maid from Arthur Machen revolves around a Mr. Mathias who secretly has a great love of obscure and intricate medieval torture devices, and has spent his fortune secretly amassing a great collection of them. He isn't a sadist or even a masochist, and doesn't want to kill or torture anyone. He just thinks torture devices are cool, and keeps his grim hobby a secret because he knows other people will be freaked out by it. No points for guessing how he dies.
- Arguably many of Machen's protagonists count as this to some degree or another, as they rarely have any personal stake in whatever supernatural unpleasantness is going on and are investigating it purely out of idle curiosity, while knowing full well that the mere sight of what they're looking for has left others permanently traumatized by the experience. Probably counts as Author Appeal as well, since Machen based most of these same protagonists on himself.
- In Victor Hugo's The Man Who Laughs the Duchess Josiana is one. Josiana is the illegitimate daughter of the previous King and jealous of her sister, Queen Anne. She isn't happy with her arranged marriage, preferring to sleep with someone poor and hot. And whom does she find hot? Gwynplaine, a man whose face has been permanently mutilated to always have a Slasher Smile. One of the first signs something is off about Josiana is the location her fiance takes her on their date: a fight match where people beat the holy hell out of each other with bare knuckles. She really has a thing for the disfigured.
- Ratburger has Miss Midge, a Stern Teacher who likes the goriest parts of history, and Sheila, who seems to like the idea of rats being pulverized.
- The Addams Family: The Addamses use a dungeon full of torture implements as a playroom. They cure headaches with a headvice, backaches with a bed of nails or the rack, and claim that an iron maiden is "relaxing". They even regularly wield medieval weaponry or, in Uncle Fester's case, a blunderbuss.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: In "The Patriot", Simmons puts on a Torture Technician act, displaying a severed head to a former HYDRA agent to get him to spill his guts (the head in question was actually from the android Aida, but he didn't know that). Fitz finds this surprisingly sexy.
Fitz: Is it weird that I found that attractive?
Simmons: [smiling] Yes.
- One episode of Being Human introduces "Seven", a human who voluntarily acts a self-replenishing blood source for a vampire couple. Seven (and his six predecessors) are apparently all too happy to be fed on repeatedly and, when his "owners" intend to have another vampire drain him completely (ie, kill him), Seven is ECSTATIC.
- Buffy and Angel:
- Darla, Angelus, Drusilla, and Spike spent centuries perfecting their torture and murder, specifically traveling to various wars and genocides so they could be as savage as they wanted with no-one noticing. Angelus in particular treats Mind Rape like a fine art.
- Giles' academic interest sometimes seems a bit too enthusiastic to others.
Giles: Grave robbing. That's new...interesting!
Buffy: I know you meant to say "gross and disturbing".
Giles: Yes, yes, of course. Terrible thing; must, must put a stop to it. ...ermh, dammit!
- Dawn apparently loved to listen to Spike's stories of the horrific crimes he committed before he got chipped/ensouled. Buffy was rather freaked when she found out about this.
- Vampire Xander happily watches Wishverse Willow torture Wishverse Angel with a fond look on his face.
- The protagonist of Dexter is a serial killer who works for the police and gets fascinated with gruesome murders, especially in the first season.
- Doctor Who:
- The Doctor has a tendency at times to happily wander into situations which horrify and disgust those around them and then, much to their confusion and bewilderment, cheerfully start pointing out things they find particularly interesting or even beautiful. This has always been a trait of the character right from the beginning and applies to all incarnations, although some are more obvious about it than others.
- This was a trait of the First Doctor right from his very second serial, "The Daleks" while everyone else in his crew wants to get off the petrified planet, he fakes a serious engine malfunction so he can go and explore the foreboding city in the distance. When he discovers it's actually full of nasty Daleks, which his crew is terrified of, he just finds them very interesting. In the next serial, "The Edge of Destruction", when the crew realise that their Negative Space Wedgie has taken them right back to the beginning of the universe, he gets a rapturous soliloquy in which he talks about the infinite power and potential in the nebula and how it could easily kill them all, and how brilliant it is.
- The Fourth Doctor, while not so keen on trampling over other people to satisfy his Nightmare Fetish, was just as bad if not worse. In "Robot", his first serial, he gets himself clobbered over the head by a rather clunky giant robot because he just can't resist stopping to admire how beautiful it is. In "The Ark in Space", there's a part where he takes off part of the Wirrn's eye and decides to use it to see the last memories of the dying hideous parasitic space wasp by attaching it to his head with electric clamps. He tells the doctor helping him that it is extremely dangerous, extremely painful, extremely unpleasant, hands her a gun to kill him in case anything goes wrong, but is clearly grinning with excitement at the thought of how dangerous it is and attaches the electric clamps to his head with some obvious sadomasochistic pleasure. In "The Creature From the Pit" he tells a massive, veiny green blob monster that it has "beautiful skin", strokes it and cuddles up to its side. In "City of Death" he's highly impressed by a murderous hitman "what a wonderful butler, he's so violent." In "The Leisure Hive", his discovery of powerful temporal energies that rip people to pieces is heralded by an extreme closeup of him licking his lips and saying "fascinating".
- In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio Caerdroia, Eight develops a Literal Split Personality. His cloudcuckoolander side inexplicably thinks death by stampeding cows, the threat of which is worrying most of the other characters, is pretty funny. "They get together, they run you over..."
- The Tenth Doctor constantly ruins his own life due to the size of his Nightmare Fetish. When the Doctor encounters a werewolf and it begins to break out of its cage, the look on his face is of obscene curiosity, even when everyone else is running in terror. (To be fair, it was a hypnotic werewolf.) Rose and the Doctor grin and hug over the novelty of being attacked by a werewolf when they get a moment to breathe in the midst of being chased by said werewolf. Queen Victoria berates the Doctor and Rose for their light-hearted attitude to horrifying situations, and decides to found Torchwood, the organisation eventually responsible for their separation, to specifically avoid that sort of thing in the future. In "Midnight", his merry interest in the entity makes everyone else terrified of him, nearly resulting in his death.
- The Eleventh Doctor does this a lot in "The Beast Below", whooping in glee over falling down a nightmarish bottomless pit and then again over being regurgitated by a giant Space Whale while Amy screams in terror or revulsion. In "The Eleventh Hour", he also ogled the horrific giant eyeball behind the crack in seven-year-old Amelia's wall in fascination, which made her less scared, which might suggest that he intentionally does this to alleviate his companions' fears when things aren't immediately dangerous.
- The Twelfth Doctor's obsession with a "perfectly hidden" monster he has conjectured exists in "Listen". He was so desperate to see it that he nearly let himself get sucked out of an airlock at a point just before the death of the universe. He gives a rousing speech to a little boy about how wonderful and brilliant fear is, and clearly gets an enormous kick out of his terror of the monster. Clara even lampshades this in "Mummy on the Orient Express", asking if constantly going on life-threatening adventures is an addiction for him. In "Under the Lake", he expresses unbridled glee at the prospect of meeting "a proper ghost".
- Some companions also have this affliction as well:
- Carol Ann Ford, who played the First Doctor's companion Susan, said in an interview on Radio 4 that the Eleventh Doctor's constant running up to aliens and telling them how beautiful they are is her favourite thing about his character. In fact, even in the 1960s, she thought that Susan should have been a Nightmare Fetishist by sheer logical extent of how weird she is and how she'd get desensitised to the monsters quite soon but, unfortunately, she was constantly written as the Screaming Woman.
- Vicki, the First Doctor companion, has a major case of this, which is used as Commonality Connection between her and the Doctor. For instance, she seems just as excited as he is to meet historical tyrants, praises the Doctor for being unintentionally responsible for the burning of Rome, and manages to go too far even for him after announcing that she finds ant-aliens the Zarbi to be cute, something even he can't see (she even takes one as a pet and names it "Zombo"). She also kept a sand beast named Sandy as a pet while on the planet Dido, a creature so terrifying that Barbara murders it on sight, much to her disgust. She even, seeing a Dalek shell in a museum, coos over it and tells the others that she expected a Dalek would look fearsome, but that "this one looks quite friendly".
- Clara's relationship to the companion lifestyle is explicitly portrayed as a bizarre sadomasochistic addiction in Series 8 she lies about it to her friends and to the Doctor, ending up hurting everyone she cares about, entirely to cheat more death and face more horrible monsters.
- The Doctor has a tendency at times to happily wander into situations which horrify and disgust those around them and then, much to their confusion and bewilderment, cheerfully start pointing out things they find particularly interesting or even beautiful. This has always been a trait of the character right from the beginning and applies to all incarnations, although some are more obvious about it than others.
- Similar to the Doctor mentioned above, Firefly's River Tam is... well, curious about a lot of things. Like taking a nap on top of a coffin containing a corpse that wasn't really a corpse. Or watching her brother and the ship's mechanic have sex in the engine room.
- Fringe has Dr. Walter Bishop, who doesn't bat an eye at events that disgust his teammates, and often displays genuine fascination and excitement when dealing with downright grotesque situations.
- Game of Thrones:
- Myranda takes pleasure in watching another woman getting ripped to shreds by hounds, and gets off by choking Ramsay in the bedroom.
- Joffrey loves weaponry, has great knowledge of the Targaryens' bloody legacy, and his room is decorated with animal skins and skulls. He also appears enthralled at the sight of hundreds of men burning alive in the wildfire explosion, bringing to mind a previous king...
- Chloe in Harper's Island has a very enthusiastic interest in serial killers, especially John Wakefield. In one episode she chose to go search through a forest to find a murderer's gravestone over partying at an open bar.
- The title character of House often entertains horrifying cases, and his response to a particularly disturbing symptom is often "Cool!" Partly justified in that, even though House's fascination with his bizarre job comes from just finding this stuff cool, extreme, terrifying symptoms also make his cases easier to diagnose, explaining that "Common has hundreds of explanations. Bizarre has hardly any." Averted on one occasion when a clinic patient had attempted to circumcise himself. Even House was too horrified to look at it for long.
- iCarly: The "Neck Infection" video elicits a Two Girls, One Cup reaction from Carly, Freddie and two other kids Sam shows it to, but she genuinely seems to get a kick out of it.
- The Munsters are much the same as the Addams family, though they were actual monsters rather than morbid people. They even pitied their extremely attractive relative for being "ugly".
- Gonzo of The Muppets. One episode of The Muppet Show (the one with Alice Cooper) had him trying to make a Deal with the Devil - not for the power, but just because he thought it was a neat idea.
- Abby, given that she's a forensic analyst, this makes sense.
- Jimmy Palmer sometimes shows inappropriate enthusiasm for gory details. One example includes him cheerfully saying "At first we thought it was a serial killer!", another referring to the shapeliness of cut-off human legs. It's more disturbing in him then it is in Abby - in fact, in McGee's book the character "Pimmy Jalmer" was a necrophiliac.
- SeriesOddities is about a shop in New York City that specializes in items befitting this trope, anything from antique medical devices to disarticulated human skulls. The folks who run the shop come off as pretty normal but some of their customers...
- Woody the coroner often eats lunch over corpses and once even shocked himself by DRAWING on a body.
- Shawn can be this way around the deceased.
- Lassiter can be this way around women:
[After Lassiter flirts, painfully, with a woman suspected of murdering previous lovers]
Juliet: You disturb me. And your theory on this murder disturbs me. And you disturb me.
Lassiter: You said that twice.
- Count von Count from Sesame Street. Also, Oscar the Grouch, and the other Grouches by extention, in a different sense from the Count's.
- In Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Gigi (also played by Liz Gillies) wants to open the caskett of a former back up singer of her dad's band to see her ashes.
- Sherlock himself is sometimes portrayed this way. A self-proclaimed "high-functioning sociopath", he is genuinely fascinated and excited by morbid or disturbing cases, causing John to be occasionally horrified by his callousness. Of course, it's also Played for Laughs.
Sherlock: Brilliant! Yes! Ah, four serial suicides and now a note! Oh, it's Christmas.
- Despite John's status as Sherlock's Morality Chain of a sort, he's a Blood Knight who misses the violence and excitement of the Afghan war, which he was forced out of due to an injury.
- Mary, too, in a way. Despite the fact she doesn't want to be In Harm's Way, she's not remotely creeped out by the kind of stuff Sherlock and John are used to. Helps that she was an assassin for the CIA.
- Archie, the ringbearer at John and Mary's wedding in "The Sign of Three", has a thing for gore. Sherlock is able to insure the kid stays well-behaved during the ceremony by offering to show photos from some of his more gruesome cases.
- Sherlock himself is sometimes portrayed this way. A self-proclaimed "high-functioning sociopath", he is genuinely fascinated and excited by morbid or disturbing cases, causing John to be occasionally horrified by his callousness. Of course, it's also Played for Laughs.
- On Supernatural, Sam and Dean Winchester treat creepy, unnatural murders and monsters as ordinary occurrences. Dean in particular is shown as being very excited when they get to hunt a werewolf, and at one point Sam gets him to come on a personal mission by promising that there will be zombies (there aren't). Every once in a while, one of them will Lampshade how weird their attitude and their lives are. Justified in three words "The Family Business", as they were raised knowing what was out there and how to fight it.
- That's Just Me has many examples, including the main character. She's a sadist who's into BDSM and other weird fetishes, including the one that inspired most episodes, her vomit fetish. However, she claims that she's harmless because she's into animated cartoons of this stuff and doesn't intend to do it to anybody in real life. She also wants to be abducted by aliens, have an out of body experience, talk with ghosts, stay in a haunted house, and do all kinds of other paranormal things.
- Victorious: Jade West likes gross things like blood, fat blobs, zombies and hot tubs (she pretends that witches make her human soup) but she´s scared of dolphins.
- The song "Only Happy When It Rains" by Garbage is a combination of this and a parody of Alternative Rock Wangst.
- Tom Lehrer's "The Irish Ballad" (AKA "Sing Rickety-Tickety-Tin"). Many of Leher's output qualifies, including a song about spending a pleasant spring day "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park," a song about an implied STD outbreak that crosses more lines than a version of The Aristocrats ("I Got It From Agnes"), an upbeat song about nuclear holocaust ("We Will All Go Together When We Go", also "So Long Mom, a Song From World War III"), and even a happy ditty celebrating the town drug dealer ("The Old Dope Peddler"). Lerher plays all of this for Black Comedy
- Emilie Autumn is probably one of these, considering the subjects of most of her songs and the stories she creates in her concerts, songs and now a book about a Victorian Bedlam House for little girls.
- Gore-related lyrics in Death Metal or goregrind. Most of us find the idea of knives being repeatedly inserted into human vaginas and used as sexual aids deeply distressing: Cannibal Corpse apparently find it amusing.
- The Gothic Archies' "Walking My Gargoyle" is about an eccentric man's love for his pet gargoyle.
- Many of The Misfits' songs fit into this category, especially "Last Caress" (about killing babies and raping mothers) and "Bullet" (about JFK's assassination and treating his widow as a sex object).
- A good number of Rasputina's songs treat dark subject matter, but most aren't treated in this fashion. However, the glee that is expressed at the idea of pumping holy water into the anus of a possessed man in "Christian Soldiers" and at the idea of cannibalism among the Donner Party and colonial Pilgrims in "The Donner Party" do delve into this territory.
- Evanescence: Opinions differ but they put some sexy riffs behind songs about death and and horrific circumstances. Just check out Tourniquet and The Other Side. Confirmed by Word of Amy Lee in an interview; she has a fascination with death.
- Buckethead is one himself. Much of his music also sounds like a horror movie soundtrack.
- Invoked in The Addams Family when Gomez lovingly describes the swamp.
Gomez: "Quicksand, fumes, toxic waste... it's all ours!"
- Walter from the Cool Kids Table game Creepy Town scares Will by threatening to impale his head on a meat hook, revving a chainsaw at him, and eagerly splattering fake blood all over one of the haunted house rooms. All because Will though a claymore didn't fit in the hillbilly torture shack.
- Die also qualifies, gleefully cutting open a fake corpse to make it look more realistic and getting excited when Olivia starts painting a satanic mural in fake blood. Then she installs a flamethrower.
- Janel of Fat, French and Fabulous, professionally as a psychology student, personally as a True Crime podcaster, and romantically as a connoisseur of underweight social rejects in trench coats.
Janel: "I am exclusively attracted to people on government watch lists."
- Exalted players have a joke. Everyone Is Bi, to the point that considering a homosexual relation to a god made of goo is commonplace, if he's hot enough. The Appearance stat isn't modified by any factors based on, for example, one of them being a giant insect with beautiful wings, meaning that everyone's default reaction to being hit on by an agata is "damn, that's a sexy wasp".
- GURPS has 'xenophilia' as a Disadvantage, which is described as being anything from offering to buy drinks to enemy soldiers in a bar to shaking tentacles with things man was not meant to know. It's even more fun when the character also has Weirdness Magnet which makes said things man was not meant to know much easier to find.
- Warhammer/Warhammer 40,000:
- Slaanesh followers are Sense Freaks that delight in any and every sensation, stretching the limits of their senses until they're burned out and only the most extreme of things will stimulate them at all. Ciaphas Cain is rightly Squicked when a Slaaneshi cultist appears to orgasm from being bisected.
- Dark Eldar are almost as bad as Slaaneshi cultists, revolving their entire society (if it can be called that) around inflicting extensive and painful tortures on anyone they can capture. While they're essentially forced to do this, otherwise they have their souls eaten by Slaanesh, they make no illusions as to how much they enjoy it.
- The Eldar Race as a whole underwent this and proceeded to Squick Slaanesh into existence (this is not a hyperbole in the slightest) and cause their own fall. To have an idea of how depraved and nightmarish their fetishes got, the Dark Eldar are considered to be toned down versions. Though occasionally a Dark Eldar wises up and leaves the insane sadistic hedonism behind and joins a Craftworld.
- Trazyn the Infinite is always looking for things to add to his collection; currently he has a stuffed Enslaver parasite and a few stasis locked Imperial Guard regiments (they were a "gift"), and he possibly has a living Space Marine Primarch locked away in one of his vaults.
- The Tzimisce from Vampire: The Masquerade.
- The Ashwood Abbey in Hunter: The Vigil. Especially the Libertines.
- In Genius: The Transgression, the Staunen breed of Mad Scientist tend towards this. In fact,a former page quote comes from the Staunen section of the rulebook.
- This is a frequent character trait of the Hollow Ones from Mage: The Ascension.
- Magic: The Gathering:
- Yawgmoth's goal is to turn the multiverse into Phyrexia, his idea of paradise. This would be fine, except that Yawgmoth has a very warped idea of paradise.
- With Yawgmoth and Phyrexia destroyed once and for all, the Glistening Oil left in Karn has taken over his beloved Mirrodin. And his mind. With the five suns of Mirrodin, the previously Monoblack (and Artifact) Phyrexia split into the five colours. White Phyrexia's stated goal is to bring the glory of New Phyrexia to the rest of the Multiverse. They have a severe dermatophobia, emphasized by taking the new recruits, flaying their skin, and stitching them together. White Phyrexia is also known for wearing cracked porcelain masks and carapaces, said to be stronger than steel. These bits of porcelain◊ are made from dead Mirran that didn't make the cut.
- One of the many signs indicating Urza's sanity was slipping was his increasing admiration for Phyrexian works. It culminates in a brief FaceHeel Turn when he actually visits Phyrexia and bows down to Yawgmoth, unwilling to destroy a place that embodied everything he ever wanted.
- When Liliana Vess was granted a vision of the Damnation spell that destroyed the civilization of the beings whose spirits inhabited the Chain Veil, she claimed to be impressed by it and mentioned that she wouldn't mind learning the spell herself. The spirits were not amused.
- Dungeons & Dragons:
- More than one Prestige Class tends to attract these types. Complete Arcane has the blood magus, who really enjoyed the sound of his blood flowing when he came back to life, and can do things like store spells in his scars and blood or teleport between two living creatures through their blood. It also includes the alienist, who's made contact with Things Man Was Not Meant To Know. The fleshwarper from Lords of Madness does the alienist one better, deliberately altering himself with Mad Artist glee, and eventually turning into an aberration. Sea witches from Stormwrack delight in the power of the storm. The best part? All of those classes are open to good characters.
- Bad Powers, Bad People examples include the walker in the waste from Sandstorm, who loves the clean beauty of the desert and works to share it with the world. The Book of Vile Darkness, unsurprisingly, has several: the cancer mage with his tumor familiar, the vermin lord with his armor made of living bugs, and various flavors of demon- and devil-worshippers.
- In Love Never Dies, this is what makes Phantom realise that Gustav is probably his son. They both share an obsession with "Beauty Underneath" - things that are "dangerous and wild" and would seem scary to the rest of the world.
- Katisha from The Mikado (and Ko-Ko, depending on how "There Is Beauty In The Bellow of the Blast" is played).
- Senta from The Flying Dutchman. She has a massive crush on a man whom she hasn't met (the titular Van Der Decken aka the Dutchman) after looking at his portrait, cheerfully tells other girls about his tragic story and swear that she will redeem him if she ever meets him, and is thrilled at the prospect of being taken away by him.
- Bloodborne: Micolash, Host of the Nightmare is one, not only he's obsessed with the Great Ones, he hosts a literal Nightmare Sequence along with the School of Mensis for the sake of gaining insight from the dreams and the Great Ones.
- Star Control: Depraved Omnisexual Admiral ZEX is attracted to "vile, wretched" creatures... especially humans, whom his species considers nauseating.
- Silent Hill 3:
- Vincent, one of the supporting characters, eagerly describes the rusted, blood-splattered nightmare world around him as "fascinating", and briefly claims to be confused that the grotesque creatures the protagonist has been fighting throughout the game "look like monsters" to her. But then again, we never quite know if he and the heroine/player are seeing the same thing.
- Claudia explicitly refers to aforementioned rust-and-blood-stained nightmare as a "paradise" and endeavours to have it spread over the entire planet.
- Heather voices an interest in things that deeply horrify normal people. Then again, she is Alessa Gillespie, so a bit of an interest in the dark and disturbing is pretty much mandatory.
- Pokémon Diamond and Pearl has an NPC in Hearthome City complaining about Amity Park, a park which allows only "cute" Pokémon, discriminating against his Steelix and Gyarados.
- Ghost Type Trainers would definitely fit here. These characters appreciate the gloomy and unnerving nature that the Ghost Pokémon are renowned for. If you so happen to be one yourself? Good for you my friend.
- Lusamine, the antagonist of Pokémon Sun and Moon, is obsessed with the Ultra Beasts, who are that world's equivalent to eldritch abominations.
- As a child, Kelda from Overlord II thinks the sinister Creepy Child Witch Boy is cute and interesting, and gleefully helps him hunt down and destroy the children who tormented and bullied him, then destroy the Winter's Eve festivities, despite not being particularly evil herself. Her attitudes don't change much once she grows up, even talking about how she hates her town for their treatment of her childhood friend, now an Evil Overlord and her lover.
- Metal Gear Solid brings us Volgin, Vamp and Ocelot, all of whom could probably orgasm purely through the act of hurting someone.
- From Persona, we have Elly, who has an overt fascination with the Demons, Persona, and at one point in the manga is Taken for Granite, and is disappointed when she thaws out because she wanted to experience it a little longer; she'll also very cheerfully converse with demons simply for the sake of doing so, as opposed to the other party members, who only do it out of necessity. And to a lesser extent, Maki, who occasionally has a few Admiring the Abomination moments.
- In Thief, Garrett only ever really shows any sort of romantic attraction to one person who can only really be described as horrifying even when naked. A wood nymph named Viktoria who ripped his eye out in the first game.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy:
- Penelo declares that the Cloud of Darkness' snake attachments (who have no eyeballs and really sharp teeth) are "soooo CUTE!"
- Selphie in Duodecim thinks the way the insane roaring four-armed demon monstrosity Feral Chaos runs around on all fours is "kinda cute", although she's always been shown to be weirder and crazier than Penelo.
- The Legend of Zelda:
- Princess Agitha from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess who is absolutely obsessed with bugs.
- Kilton from The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is absolutely obsessed with monsters, to the point of running a traveling monster-themed shop called Fang and Bone and wearing makeup and clothes that make him look monstrous.
- In Dead Rising, Kent the photographer has an edge of this plus Mad Artist - the first time he runs into Frank and shows off his photography, he sounds absolutely riveted while showing off his "most violent shot!". The next time Frank encounters him, depending on his arrival's timing, he'll be keen on either photographing a human transforming into a zombie or stripping Frank down to his briefs, slapping a spiked collar and chain on him, and watching him get torn limb from limb by the undead and seem really excited about it. The game rates both Kent and Frank's zombie photographs for "eroticism" and Frank will lecherously cheer if you manage to get a Panty Shot of a dead woman.
- Theresia: Dear Emile: Leanne was raised by a Torture Technician who kept her isolated from other people. Consequently, she loves the smell of blood and sound of screaming as reminders of her only parental figure. Unusually for this trope, she's neither comical nor monstrous, but psychologically damaged to the point of being borderline The Woobie.
- Star Fox: Leon Powalski has a rather distinct fascination with very specific aspects of Star Wolf, given the Smash Taunt in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Panther Caroso practically calls out on him. The voiceover gives far more impact than plain text..
Leon: Star Wolf is really giving it his all out there... I'm more than a bit envious of him. Those razor-sharp claws. Those keen fangs. He moves wildly and fights with the spirit of a warrior possessed. Any prey he sets his eye on is doomed to be shredded to pieces.
Panther: Umm... Leon? Are you feeling alright?
Leon: Yes, of course! Fine! Just fine. Haa ha haaaa ha haaahaaa...
Panther: ...Set me straight here, Leon. Are you envious of the shred-DER or the shred-DEE?
- Tira from the Soul Series is literally a Nightmare Fetishist. She is absolutely devoted to Big Bad Nightmare, the monstrous embodiment of Soul Edge itself, whom she sees as a kindred spirit. In the fourth game she doesn't really mind that Nightmare will likely eventually consume her soul; she is that loyal to him. In her ending, she is distraught when she realizes that Nightmare's body can no longer withstand his own power and clings to him while desperately begging him not to leave her alone. Further cemented by V, where she shows up again and is still at it. This time, however, she's annoyed that Soul Edge has shifted from a One-Man Army mass murderer to a manipulator who starts wars rather than doing it himself. Tira's entire story arc is her trying to get a Nightmare who is back to slaughtering enemies himself.
- Knowledge Aspiration sims in The Sims 2 often want to be abducted by aliens, have near-death experiences, become vampires or go through other paranormal experiences other sims dread.
- Fire Emblem Awakening:
- Fire Emblem Fates:
- One of the game's party members in Conquest and Revelation is a Wolfskin (Human with Wolf ears and a tail) named Keaton. Being the opposite of the cleanly and vain Kitsune Kaden, Keaton always wears dirty clothes and never grooms himself. Most notably he has a habit of collecting worthless items that sometimes have morbid qualities such as decaying remains. He views traditionally valuable things like gems and gold as being uninteresting giving him a completely flipped perspective from that of a human or even a Kitsune. He was never capable of figuring out why his allies were repulsed by his collection and he even starts a feud with Arthur, who made the mistake of calling his collection "trash."
- In Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream a scientist from another universe travels to Gensokyo to capture one of the magical denizens to prove the existence of magic to her peers back home. As a player character, her victory quotes are often delighted by the supernatural entities she's encountered.
Yumemi: Oh, a real evil spirit/ghost/witch/shrine maiden? How marvellous!
- Also from PoDD is the Cloud Cuckoo Lander princess Kotohime, whose character title is "The Princess Who Dreams of Beauty in Danmaku". Her victory quote to Mima borders on In Love with Your Carnage: "Oh, you beautiful barrage!"
- The main character of Forbidden Scrollery, Kosuzu Motoori, collects and is delighted by her massive collection of youma books, books written by and/or containing youkai, and is not only not worried about unleashing a dangerous one but seems delighted by the prospect. The manga also features Remilia's pet chupacabra, which she (and her maid Sakuya) calls cute.
- In Phantasmagoria of Dim. Dream a scientist from another universe travels to Gensokyo to capture one of the magical denizens to prove the existence of magic to her peers back home. As a player character, her victory quotes are often delighted by the supernatural entities she's encountered.
- Mass Effect:
- Mass Effect 2 repeatedly implies that Harbinger is ridiculously preoccupied with trying to capture Shepard, in order to understand why they are able to repeatedly thwart the Reapers and how a single human can possibly be so dangerous! Most of its dialogue implies that instead of killing Shepard, it wants to keep them for study or make them into an indoctrinated figurehead like Saren.
- Shepard themself can show shades of this; conversing with Jacob and Miranda about the acquisition of a krogan in a cloning tank, they can be outright gleeful about the fact that none of them know what this krogan is like. In the Mass Effect 3 DLC "Leviathan", they can decide to take the severed animated head of what is either a Husk or a Cerberus trooper back to the Normandy to be installed in their cabin, at the suggestion of James Vega, who loves that thing even after it bites him and even suggests going bowling with it!
- Grunt, after leaving the tank and getting some experience of krogan life, can be found chuckling at an imprinted memory of a krogan pulling off a dead turian's face with a crowbar. As a Blood Knight, he's also prone to responding to large and dangerous enemies with outright glee that they found something so big and entertaining to fight.
- In Golden Sun: The Lost Age, Kraden's reaction to seeing a werewolf near Garoh is pretty much pure Squee!, and he demands that the (alarmed) player characters look for more, while insistently denying that he's excited to see werewolves. He's also fascinated by the dangerous Psynergy Vortexes in Dark Dawn.
"All right, so I lied! I'm glad we found werewolves! Are you happy?"
- In Diablo II the Necromancer goes squee over the Arcane Sanctuary:
Necromancer: This is fantastic! I wish I had time to study this bizarre dimension.
- In Diablo III, the Templar, of all people, gets a moment to weird out the Witch Doctor, of all people:
Kormac: I must thank you.
Witch Doctor: Why?
Kormac: When I became a Templar, I dreamed of invading the Hells themselves. This is all I ever wanted.
Witch Doctor: Sometimes, you worry me.
- What makes it even more hilarious is that the Witch-Doctor themselves are a major case of this trope, what with them being completely comfortable with visiting a cave filled with giant man-eating spiders.
- In Diablo II the Necromancer goes squee over the Arcane Sanctuary:
- Played for Laughs in one save-skit in Second Super Robot Wars Original Generation. Irm and Tasuku discuss about how much the group has garnered a lot of pretty women, but much to Tasuku's shock, the one that interested Irm is Umbra, who, mind you, despite female, sounds like male Satan, part of the despair-eating Ruina, and looks like this◊.
- Yukiko Amagi from Persona 4 absolutely adores ghost stories and other stuff that would normally freak people out. Which stands out in her relationship with her friend Chie Satonaka, who is normally the Tomboy to Yukiko's Girly Girl, as Chie is afraid of ghost stories.
- Team Fortress 2's Medic is far more eager than is healthy about things like extracting and stealing the skeletons of living patients, trading body part collections with other people (or with talking books), demonstrations of the power to warp the human body in a strange or terrifying way, randomly implanting animal organs into humans, transforming his own head into that of his beloved pigeon or stitching half a dead face onto his own, or even finding his own blood being drained to be a "curious feeling." He's also much too happy at the revelation of strange tumors in bread after being put through the teleporter, especially when the tumor-bread comes to life and starts trying to kill him after he antagonizes it. If he wasn't properly coming across as a Mad Doctor before, he sure is now.
- Yet another example occurs with the 2015 Halloween event, which adds the taunt "Burstchester" in homage to the Alien franchise. Each character reacts differently, though most with shock or horror. Medic attempts to examine the creature that just erupted from his sternum, and Pyro pats it affectionately. Though Pyro is a completely different type of whackjob.
- Tales of Destiny 2: Harold Berselius is obsessed with both human dissection and human vivisection, and wants to perform vivisections on the rest of the party members. She also finds the idea of killing a goddess worth squeeing over and suggests roboticizing Loni and removing his brain would make him more appealing to women. And she likes insects.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition,
- Iron Bull claims that the Qunari both revere dragons and feel compelled to slay them. They admire the dragons' awesome power and abhor the wild chaos they embody as anathema to the Qun. In Iron Bull's case, this manifests in a love for fighting dragons. One of the ways to gain approval with Iron Bull is to bring him along for a dragon fight. Even if he is not brought along, killing at least one dragon to get a dragon's tooth is required to complete his Romance Sidequest. It descends into In Love with Your Carnage territory when he shouts "tarsidaath an-halsaam!" while fighting a dragon, which he later admits is Qunlat for "I will bring myself sexual pleasure later, while thinking about this with great respect."
- This is apparently the reason that Dorian decided to study Necromancy. His fascination with the dead started at an early age, and he is very disappointed when Cassandra tells him that Nevarra's Necropolises are much more boring than he was imagining, and he at one point describes ham that tastes like despair as fascinating.
- In Welcome to the Game, the protagonist is assumed to be this. Why else would they be on the Deep Web in search of a Red Room? Also, this trope is openly discussed on the "Forgive Me" site. One of the secret endings makes this literal, as not only is it confirmed that the protagonist is looking for it to get off, but they're actually Lydia, a Depraved Bisexual from Rides With Strangers.
- Koume Shirasaka from THE iDOLM@STER: Cinderella Girls is an introverted girl who is fascinated by horrific death, violent gore, and the grim supernatural, but is otherwise innocent.
- The Elder Scrolls
- This is a trait of Namira, the Daedric Prince of the Ancient Darkness, associated with all things revolting, decay, disfiguring diseases, and cannibalism. Given the nature of most ES series deities, she could very well be considered the embodiment of the grotesque and revolting. In fact she only allows those she considers truly revolting to summon her, and she hates attractive people. (Most Daedric Princes will accept worship and service from any mortals who offer it, with Namira toward attractive people being the only known exception.)
- Vaermina, the Daedric Prince of Nightmares, is a literal case. In Online, she keeps her mortal champion in her Daedric realm of Quagmire, seeming not to care of the fact that simply being there can cause Mind Rape, or perhaps, actually seeing it as a show of affection. Quagmire itself is a realm of horrors, where reality shifts upon itself in seemingly impossible ways. Every few minutes, lightning flashes and the realm morphs into a terrifying scene, each one more frightening than the last.
- In one snippet of Mook Chatter from Batman: Arkham Knight, some thugs voice their disgust with what a fellow-thug named Leroy did ... namely, having found one of Professor Pyg's mutilated and crucified victims, he started taking selfies with it.
- The "Masochist" Affliction from Darkest Dungeon sometimes manifests this way. Some characters wanna see what new abominations the current dungeon crawl will show them.
- Corpse Party: Blood Covered has a particularly creepy example in Sakutaro Morishige, who seems completely normal before The Reveal. Said reveal comes about when you discover him blushing and gushing over the smeared remains of his best friend's corpse, filming it on his cell phone. Of course, he doesn't know it's her at the time and does not take it well when he finds out. Ayumi Shinozaki is a subversion. She loves telling scary stories. Being in a scary story? Not so much.
- On the antagonist side, the Big Bad has devoted an entire dimension to torturing innocent schoolchildren and killing them in creatively gruesome ways. Theres also Yuuya Kizami who has expressed fascination with the moment when someone is about to die.
- Big Bad Monokuma A.K.A Junko Enoshima from the Danganronpa series loves some good despair.
- You can be this in Hatoful Boyfriend by pursuing a romance with Dr. Iwamine Shuu all the way to the bitter end.
- Higurashi: When They Cry:
- Yuri in Doki Doki Literature Club!, whose elegant yet Shrinking Violet nature is juxtaposed by her love of horror novels, knife collection, and the fact that to write poetry that she likes you have to choose more complex, darker words like "massacre" and "entropy". When Act 2 rolls around, Monika greatly exaggerates certain parts of Yuri's personality as she rewrites her, including this one, until she becomes an obsessive Yandere who cuts herself for sexual gratification (something that might've already been happening before but only implied) and who eventually, after creepily confessing her love to the player, stabs herself to death in front of them with a wide-eyed, ecstatic grin on her face, whether her confession is accepted or not.
- Shuinji Watanabe from Sexy Losers. In the beginning, he was "just" a necrophile, but he was flanderized into being a fan of zombies, amputees and flesh wounds. Other characters of the webcomic apply too.
- Bugbears in Skin Deep basically exist to find people wherever they are and scare them. A character even describes that some of the the real life examples here are bugbears in universe.
- Yuki from MegaTokyo. She has her very own pet zombie godzilla (Zom Zom-chan) which she tries her very best to make as kawaii as possible.
- Tsukiko from The Order of the Stick. The first time she met the lich Xykon, she hit on him. (Later, she's seen carrying around a Xykon doll.) She also acted like a mother to a group of wights she had raised, stating that 'a pulse is not a prerequisite for being loved.'
- Bang from Girl Genius falls in love with Vole after he makes a big speech about the chaos he wants to cause in Europa. Later when he turns into a giant monster she finds him even more attractive.
- In Drowtales, Mel creeps out even other drow with her love for spiders.
- Rose Lalonde studies the zoologically dubious in her spare time, preferably in her trusty grimoire. In one flashback, we see Rose making snow eldritch abominations.
- Dave Strider used to keep dead things in jars.
- Feferi really doesn't understand why Jade (along with most of the readers) was so freaked out by the Gods of the Furthest Ring. Although this is justified, seeing as her guardian lusus (parental figure) was their emissary, so she's quite used to seeing the mind-warpingly bizarre by this point.
- Aradia, after her ascension to God Tier. She honestly doesn't see why others are creeped out by her eagerness to throw a "corpse party" (read: funeral) and sees death as something worth celebrating.
- Sparks in Girl Genius have a disturbing tendency to get fired up when discussing any kind of experiments. The more gruesome, twisted, dangerous, or unusual the experiment the better!
"Not a bad idea, but d'Omas' taste in women was... well... let's just say it was lucky for him he could build his own. There'll be no d'Omas heirs showing up... except in glass jars."
- Penny Arcade: Tycho paints us a graphic picture of the type of being he'd like to mate with, which Gabe clearly considers Too Much Information. Amusingly, the third panel didn't originally have dialogue. In the original, it was silent — they mentioned in a podcast that they had to add it because without the dialogue, it pushes it past "funny" and into scary.
- Sandra K. Fuhr, creator of Boy Meets Boy, Friendly Hostility, and Other People's Business could be seen as one of these herself, as evidenced in her comic 5ideways and in some of her one-shot drawings. Many of her characters throughout any and all of her various works display this trope to varying degrees.
- Chainsawsuit has Mr. Wuvcraft. Yay!
- Elmsly from Beyond the Canopy. He's excited about visiting a swamp full of poisonous wildlife, and after Glenn defeats a group of dangerous spider crabs, Elmsly wishes he could have studied one of them up close.
- Lovely Lovecraft: Noyes, who admires the shoggoth imprisoned at Miskatonic. This is of course fitting, given his real identity as the Crawling Chaos.
- Dr Virginia Lee in Skin Horse is Officially Not A Mad Scientist. She's just a scientist who likes taking creations of mad science and making them even more horrifying than they were to start with, especially if it involves removing someone's brain. She's responsible for creating Unity, and waxed poetic about the "beauty" of seeing her creation completely destroy her workplace and colleagues, and her reaction to the zombie city had Sweetheart saying "Do that thing where you convince us you're not mad."
- Beans Mulroney of Nobody Scores! has a moment:
Beans: What? I've dreamed about death by vampire ever since I was fourteen - excuse me if I get into it!
- As in both of the source materials, Lydia fits this to a T in Cobweb and Stripes.
- The Pokémon example listed above is parodied in Manly Guys Doing Manly Things, where Jared says the same thing. The attendant points out that it's because his Gyarados is eating the other Pokémon.
- The robot Dvorak in Freefall is considered a Mad Scientist because he finds every idea, discovery and invention fascinating, no matter how potentially disastrous it could be. If the planet Freefall is set on should one day explode, the likely culprit is going to be Dvorak, having gotten a bit carried away while working on a project that would have made any reasonably sensible human run away screaming at the thought of it.
Dvorak: The chief asked if I could help. His normal tech didn't feel comfortable around a suicidal robot full of cyberweapons.
Florence: He didn't want to stay and learn?
Dvorak: He went home to his personal EMP bunker. He didn't want Clippy to be activated. He wanted Clippy burned to atomic ash, the ash sealed in yttrium barium copper oxide, and then dropped into a liquid nitrogen sea. Oh, this is going to be exciting! Shall we start?
- A common character type in the works of Alexandra Erin.
- In Tales of MU, Amaranth casually discusses bestiality and the Power Perversion Potential of Good Thing You Can Heal on a semi-regular basis, and Steff gets horny at the thought of most Nightmare Fuel.
- Meanwhile, Void Dogs Galatea is aroused by everything. Including spending the rest of her life having her life energy slowly and painfully extracted to power a faster-than-light drive.
- That Guy with the Glasses:
- Ask That Guy is a Depraved Omnisexual to ridiculous extremes, works for the devil, apparently keeps souls under his robe, and has a habit of crossing lines no man was ever meant to cross.
- Bennett the Sage of Masterpiece Fanfic Theater reads fanfics that tend to reach Nightmare Fuel levels of Squick. Sure enough, he appeared alongside Ask That Guy... and proceed to horrify him.
- Ralph, the Inner Serial killer dwelling within Luke Mochrie's mind.
Ralph: When I know there's going to be violence involved, I always, always make sure I have a bottle of lubricant and some paper towel on hand.
- The Nostalgia Critic squees over the possibility of a relatively warm-hearted Christmas movie ending with it being a Dying Dream of characters frozen in the snow.
- The Nostalgia Chick is an expert on all kinds of disasters and glees over Disney being "a veritable treasure trove of gruesome ways to die".
- Survival of the Fittest:
- Anna Chase of v4 seems particularly fond of psychological horror and slasher movies, and can be described as a bit obsessed over them at times. It has been shown that on a couple of occasions, if something reminds her of a horror movie she could easily have a "Cool!" type reaction, though not always. Occasionally, this, combined with her normal personality, sides into Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant tendencies.
- The Big Bad, Danya, although he has an agenda to his actions, seems to genuinely enjoy watching teenagers killing each other, for the most part. A good portion of the time he is cackling over how so-and-so died that day whenever announcements come up, often poking fun at the victims. He also reads SOTF fanwork for fun. Speaking of which, the program in-universe does have people who watch the show, even if a Guilty Pleasure interest in it, including a number of characters that appear on the island.
- Carmilla of the Whateley Universe. Hawthorne dorm residents were horrified when she went down to the dorm's deepest level into a room you aren't supposed to enter and faced the unnameable horrors inside. She treated it like a big party. But then, she is an Eldritch Abomination herself.
- CSupernova's Modern Thief, as seen here tenderly hugging a skeleton.
- Mizue Atta from Mitadake Saga is shown to be extremely interested in the dead body in the school. She even mentions how silly she thinks morals are. She's utterly adorable despite this.
- XIX is a more ... literal example, but writes amazing serial killer POV's.
- Ed from Nullmetal Alchemist, referring to his revived mother's horrifying figure (noting that she's mostly organs) as beautiful and has a long discussion with a serial killer about how fascinated he is with the grotesque. Al comments on how he doesn't want to discuss Ed's "nightmare fetish". After hearing Al's justification for staying a suit of armor (to be attractive to Winry) he says "That's fucked up. [beat] I like it."
- Ultra Fast Pony's Sweetie Belle is fascinated by scenes of death and violence. When she and her new friends form a club, all her suggestions for club names sound like death metal album titles.
Apple Bloom: How about the Cutie Mark Crusaders?
Sweetie Belle: The Crusades were the most violent, depraved, torturous, and brutal times of all history. I frickin' love it.
- Let's face it, this trope is the reason This Very Wiki has so many Nightmare Fuel pages and examples. Tropers sure love describing creepy things!
- Buzzfeed Unsolved: Both hosts, naturally. It goes with the territory when your job is investigating horrifying murders and stories of demons and ghosts. When a fan sent them true crime baseball cards, Ryan described it as feeling "so wrong and yet so right at the same time".
- This is the norm in Mortasheen. Consider that this is considered the city's "Handsomest Theoretically Male Organisms" and that's not as much of an Overly Narrow Superlative as you might think.
- Normally, information specialist Meerkatnip only aids Tanis host Nic Silver because he pays her. However, she's expressed interest in a few of the things that come up in Nic's investigation of the Tanis myth, such as a film said to drive insane anyone who views it. When Nic has to go to an old asylum to conduct an interview in the third season, M.K. insists on tagging along to see the asylum for herself, wonders along the way if the have an electric chair, and once they arrive, sneaks off to explore by herself.
- In Confinement this is Played for Laughs when Connor is meeting with his psychologist, Dr. Powers. When she expresses doubt about his claims about being mind-controlled into wanting to escape, he points out to her that there's a giant slug-monster in containment downstairs that turns into someone's greatest sexual desire. Powers is confused because she didn't know it transforms.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Princess Luna arrives on a spiked chariot pulled by bat-winged pegasi, heralded by lightning and swirling clouds, and wearing a cape made of living bats, and sees nothing unusual about this. Ultimately it ends up working in her favour, as she fits in great at Nightmare Night (pony Halloween).
- "Castle Mane-ia" reveals that the Princesses had their old home, the Everfree Castle, filled with trap doors, spinning walls, scary statues, and an Ominous Pipe Organ controlling it all. They did so for the fun of it. Not to mention the hall of disembodied hooves. Though it seems that it was Celestia who had this installed, as Luna was apparently afraid of it. Whether they were real or fake is never actually explained either.
- "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" reveals one of Rainbow Dash's favorite dreams is beating the horseapples out of Changeling after Changeling in a rocky location at dusk — Princess Luna initially mistakes it as a nightmare caused by the Tantabus, as the dreams of the other five of the Mane Six were more peaceful and calmnote . Her actual nightmare once the Tantabus does its job is a bright pink setting with colorful singing flowers, one of which plays a flute.
- My Little Pony 'n Friends:
- In Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Lilo did make friends with a girl who is into some bizarre things, as she believe that "weird is normal". Later on, Lilo gave her a bat-like experiment who ate mucus to help her with her sinus problems. Really.
- As mentioned in Film, Lydia in the 'toon version of Beetlejuice not only became best friends with the gentler (but still revolting) Beej, she's been shown to own spiders and worms; and everything she does from starting a band ("The Brides of Frankenstein") to designing Shakespearean costumes (which got Ol' Will's thumbs up of approval) has strong Gothic undertones. She also spends a lot of time in the Neitherworld, where she has several other ghostly pals in addition to the B-guy.
- In the Where's Waldo? cartoon, actually called Where's Wally?, the title character will constantly and cheerfully remark on their current plight; for example, falling hundreds of feet "to certain doom!" He also smiles constantly while watching others get pummeled or is in danger of a pummeling himself (said eagerly: "Who's the menacing fellow who looks as if he'd like to twist me into a knot and throw me off a cliff?"), is excited to be standing in front of an angry stampede, be attacked by monsters, be tied up in chains, be taken prisoner ("Wow, Woof, didjya hear that? We're official prisoners!"), hop into a dangerous pit of doom (shaking bag and smiling: "Well, Woof, apparently I didn't bring my parachute."), and is nothing short of thrilled to be in a cave-in. ("Wow, Woof! It's a real cave-in! And we've only been here just a few minutes! (elated sigh) How lucky can you get?") Seriously, how did Woof survive being around this guy?
- In Growing Up Creepie, Creepie Chreecher falls in love with a boy working at a carnival who she believes is half-tarantula, but loses interest when she finds out it was just a costume. In a later episode her interest in him returns once she finds out his adoptive mother is a giant spider.
- Raven of the Teen Titans displays some morbid inclinations, has been described as "way creepy" and... should the world get turned into gothic ruins and blood red sky? "Cool." Of course, in this case it's hard for her to help it, since she is the daughter of a demon after all.
- Very, very little fazes The Magic School Bus' Ms. Frizzle if it can be used as a teaching moment. Moments like getting ensnared by a giant spider, getting eaten by a student, and falling into a volcano.
- Dr. Potterswheel from Moral Orel is sexually aroused by lacerations, scars and disfiguration. He accidentally killed his wife by loading her full of painkillers after an accident rather than actually treating her wounds.
- Cheryl the secretary:
Cheryl: You seriously don't think that's hot?
Pam: I seriously think you're scary.
Cheryl: No, nononono. Like, a big sweaty fireman carries you out of a burning building, lays you on the sidewalk and you think "OK, he's gonna give me mouth to mouth," but instead, he just starts choking the shit out of you, and the last sensation you feel before you die is that he's squeezing your throat so hard that a big glob of drool slips right off his teeth and — blurp — lands right on your popped out eyeball.
Pam: Jesus Christ!
Cheryl: I know, right?
Lana: What the hell?!
Cheryl: I'm wet just thinking about it.
- Krieger as well.
Archer: Wait, are you still taping bum fights to get off?
Krieger: No, now I'm into something much... Darker.
- Cheryl and Krieger dated for a while, until she left him because he was too weak to strangle her and the "robot choke arm" just wasn't the same.
Cheryl: I'm sorry, but your hands are just too tiny and weak. It's like being strangled by a child, which I thought would be hot, but it wasn't!
- Cheryl the secretary:
- Heloise from Jimmy Two-Shoes actually becomes depressed when there's destruction and she's not the one causing it. Then in "Bend It Like Wreckem"; after Jimmy and Beezy accidentally knocked the pro soccer player Wreckem out, she takes his brain out and takes care of it, then hugs it while baby-talking it!
- Fern Walters from Arthur often reads and tells scary stories with absolute glee.
- Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar finds things that would freak out the other penguins a little too interesting.
- Phineas of Phineas and Ferb is highly enthusiastic about almost everything, including things that would scare your average person (this side of him was definitely on display when he and Ferb built the haunted house). In "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" he intended to end his scary story with him and his friends getting ripped to shreds by the evil platypuses, but revises it after they complain for a happier ending. And he delivers lines like this in his usual gleeful tone:
"In case we capsize, your seat cushions can function as a headstone!"
- On Adventure Time, Marceline. This makes it hilariously bad when she tries to Play Cyrano for Finn and Princess Bubblegum.
Marceline: The only thing women love more than fun is excitement. She needs to feel her blood pump, man! She needs to...BE CHASED BY WOLVES!
- Gravity Falls:
- Dipper tries to convince his sister Mabel that her new boyfriend is a zombie. She's mostly just excited by the idea that he might be a vampire instead. They're both wrong — he's five gnomes in a costume.
- And then there's Ford, the author of the journals, who is obsessed with supernatural weirdness, even more so than Dipper.
- Main antagonist Bill Cipher is the definition of this trope. He gleefully tortures the bodies of those he possesses, like Dipper (declaring that "pain is hilarious"); finds teeth pulled from a live deer and a severed, always-screaming head as suitable gifts for those who summoned him; and the complete destruction of the universe is similar to a college party to him. But then we have to remember that he is an Eldritch Abomination from a Nightmare World whose morals are essentially Blue and Orange.
- From The Mr. Men Show, Little Miss Scary loves anything that has fear written all over it.
- Ed of Ed, Edd n Eddy is a little too obsessed with horror movies and comic books. One episode has him smile merrily when it seems he may have summoned an Ultimate Evil. A few episodes have even had him grinning as the Kankers close on him and the other Eds.
- In the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Absolute Power", Jax-Ur admires the nearby black hole into which he plans to hurl Superman. To him, it is the embodiment of absolute power. Fittingly, he and Mala meet their ends in the black hole.
- Carl from As Told by Ginger is an unusual boy who loves bizarre things. His prized possession is a petrified eyeball.
- Lucy Loud from The Loud House is obsessed with all things dark and macabre. She even claims to be in love with a fictional Nosferatu-esque vampire.
- In the Winnie-the-Pooh Halloween special Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh, Tigger gets really excited by all the scary stuff he wants to experience on Halloween. He even has a really awesome Disney Acid Sequence song about it called "I Wanna Scare Myself".
- Kaeloo: Both Stumpy and Mr. Cat, especially the latter, are into gory and scary stuff. In one episode, Mr. Cat shows Stumpy and Kaeloo a book full of gory images. While Kaeloo is horrified by its contents, Stumpy admires the pictures.
- Just check out the Bogleech website for some excellent examples of a guy waxing poetic about hagfish.
- Ugly Overload is dedicated to gushing about ugly animals. Endangered Ugly Things is similar; it showcases animals that are endangered but ugly or at least weird. It's sort of a response to What Measure Is a Non-Cute?.
- The screenwriters of Game of Thrones. Surely there are some things from the books by George R. R. Martin, but others are a product of screenwriters' jolly imagination. (Though the rat torture was in the books.)
- H. R. Giger, the architect and artist who created the eponymous xenomorph of the Alien franchise and the creature from Species, seems to be quite one of these. Many of his works feature strange melds of organic and mechanic, horrific geometries, and copious amounts of sexual imagery. He even has a portfolio collection entitled Xenoerotica.
- Goth, and Juggalo, and some subgenres of Punk, are what happens when an entire subculture decides to adopt Freaky Is Cool as a philosophy.
- Voice actress Yuu Kobayashi isn't just attracted to this; her hobby is creating Nightmare Fuel in picture form.
- Robert Young Pelton has made a career because he loves going to the most miserable places on earth and living there. Most of his favorite vacation spots can be found by looking at list of the most violent conflicts of the last couple decades.
- Pretty much any paraphilia is this. Some examples are teratophilia, the sexual attraction to deformed or monstrous people; necrophilia, the sexual attraction to corpses and/or the dead; and vorarephilia, the sexual attraction to predation, whether that means eating another or being eaten. It has come to light in horror films about the sexual symbolism of murder weapons, specifically sharp instruments, to have found a place in paraphilia.
- One possible explanation for this trope is the misattribution of arousal. Essentially, the human mind is not always great at distinguishing between different forms of stimulus, such as exercise, fear, lust, or excitement, since the physiological effects of each have significant overlap. So when presented with a situation that is highly charged and giving mixed signals, people sometimes attribute their feelings to the wrong stimulus, or miscategorized the feelings they do have. The classic example is a study where fear was used to heighten feelings of sexual attraction.
- You can find a surprising amount of people who collect paraphernalia from various totalitarian regimes (and little else from less extreme ones) even if there is no way they could agree with the various ideologies they represent. More often than not these people just have an obsession with morbid subjects but some simply like the results these kinds of governments bring.
- Anybody who studies creatures that cause phobias in many people — like spiders, snakes, sharks, bats, bees, etc. This is most often because such people realize that these animals are nowhere near as dangerous as other people assume, and are often quite beneficial (at the very least, at population control). Without bees pollinating crops, for example, the world would be without a huge fraction of its food.
- In one of the only rumors about his supposedly "sordid past" that has any degree of truth to it whatsoever, Mister Rogers, of all people, was apparently one of these. When George A. Romero (who had done behind-the-scenes work on Rogers' show and filmed a few segments for it) screened Night of the Living Dead (1968) to him (the film which, at the time, had horrified parents and reduced children to tears around the country), the sweet, harmless Pennsylvania minister was delighted with his protege's gory, nihilistic horror film, and thought it was a lot of fun.
- Junji Ito is a horror mangaka who is very enthusiastic about his job.
- This is part of the point of horror as a genre; people want to be scared and enjoy it.
- In his autobiography The Real Frank Zappa Book Zappa recalls a man called Wild Bill the Mannequin Fucker who had an entire family of mannequin dolls whom he enjoyed having sex with and even invited people to come over and join in the "fun".
- Steven Moffat has earned a reputation as this due to his penchant for writing terrifying Doctor Who episodes. Among his creations are the Empty Child, the Clockwork Droids, the Vashta Nerada, the cracks in time, Prisoner Zero, the Smilers, the Silence, the evil snowmen, the Whispermen, the dream crabs, and — the crown jewel of Moffat's carnival of monsters — the Weeping Angels. In Moffat's own words: "There's something really cool about scaring children. Traumatize a generation, that's what it's all about." Gee, thanks, Moffat.