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Nightmare Fuel / Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog

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While this series might not be as blatantly dark as Sonic Sat AM, it does have some disturbing themes that, if fully realized, make the world of Mobius out to be much more nightmarish than it appears.

  • Dr. Ivo Robotnik, for all of his ham and comedy, is still a threatening character if looked at beyond face value. This version of the character is a petty Bad Boss who will arrest citizens over the smallest things. And his usual penchant for enslaving innocent animals is still in full force. It's not without reason as explained below, but imagine how bad having a Psychopathic Manchild as an Authority in Name Only would be in real life.
  • A few of Robotnik's Villainous Breakdowns can amount to this simply because of how wrathful he can get. His red irises and tendency to growl and/or gnash his teeth don't help.
    • A particularly nasty one occurs in "The Little Merhog" after Robotnik gets his ass kicked by the periscope going up and down too quickly. He has quite the deranged expression on his face.
      Scratch: (quite nervous) Boy, that's what I call a look that could kill! {He laughs nervously.}
      Robotnik: (sporting a demented Nightmare Face) It's not the look that'll kill you. IT'S THIS! (grabs and proceeds to thrash them both.)
      • And on top of that, there's a dent on the top of his head that makes it look like he's sporting devil horns.
  • Mama Robotnik is quite a disturbing and menacing presence due to just how vicious and monstrous she is. Robotnik's fear of her is completely justified. As Wes Weasley rightly put it on one occasion, she makes Robotnik seem "as meek as a lamb" by comparison. To say nothing of how she routinely escapes prison, breaking right through the walls and later storming directly into her son's fortress unhindered.
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  • Katella the Huntress is pretty damn scary in her own right. Past her attractive appearance, she's a ruthless poacher who kidnaps sapient beings and sells them off to zoos. And she is able to essentially vanish them, one by one, without being seen. And that's not even counting how vicious she is towards those she likes, let alone loves. Let her rough treatment of Robotnik and his utter fear of her stand as proof of that.
  • The climax to "Robotnikland" has this in the form of a haunted roller coaster, the afore mentioned Hellevator, a grotesque landscape with demons laughing at the villains, a door that sends them into a torture hall, Scratch's shadow getting decapitated (and putting his head back on!), a hallway of axes (where Scratch pulls out his heart), and fire breathing Badniks. The facade of this nightmarish landscape? Sonic's head!
  • "Spaceman Sonic" features a rather freaky slime alien thing. While it has some Nightmare Retardant moments due to its cold, it nevertheless is a Cyclopean monstrosity that seeks to eat Sonic and Tails after having nothing for thirteen years.
  • Scratch and Grounder melting in "Birth of a Salesman"... while still conscious!
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  • Sonic gets turned into stone (or at least encased in it) in at least two episodes. Imagine what that experience is like.
  • In "High Stakes Sonic", Sonic has to decide if he wants to free Tails or people who got captured in the Casino Night Zone. He has to deliberately lose a race to Grounder in order to get Tails back. While he's sadly trudging along, you hear Robotnik repeatedly yelling "YOU'LL NEVER SEE HIM AGAIN!", and laughing madly. And it's echoed.
    • The same episode also has a bunch of Mobian sheep being tricked into losing all their savings and livelihoods. Once they have nothing left to lose, Smiley his flashy con-man representative takes them as slaves to work on building Dr. Robotnik a sphinx in the desert.
  • Though Unwilling Roboticisation isn't a horror visited as much as in other series there have been a few cases of Robotnik robotising unwilling specimens like Blackbeard the pirate, a whale, a pterodactyl and worst of all innocent little Beans in Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine.
    • Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine really amps up the pressure during gameplay compared to the cutesy original. When your area begins to overfill, not only is the 'panic' theme a more sinister fast paced remix of Satan's theme, but most of your opponents start laughing evilly or bare a creepy Slasher Smile at you. Notable examples include Frankly's fierce glare, Skweel's rapidly flopping head, Dynamight's Cheshire Cat Grin, and of course, Scratch's Smug Snake smirk.
  • "Mass Transit Trouble" has a particularly disturbing moment where Scratch sadistically fantasizes about blowing up Sonic and his bones then falling into his burial hole in the ground.
  • "Tails' New Home" has Robotnik making robot parents to capture Tails. Sonic only figures it out when he realizes they kept calling him "Tails", not "Miles", his real name.
  • Almost anytime Tails gets captured is this for some of the adult viewers. However, you'll probably become desensitized from it due to it happening Once per Episode.

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