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Nightmare Fuel / Amphibia

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  • Anne and her human friends are stuck in a world where they're in constant danger from predators that eat amphibians. And judging by the way the predators look at Anne, they wouldn't mind eating humans as well. To quote A Bug's Life, "There's snakes and birds and bigger bugs out there!"
    • And carnivorous plants, fish, mammals and lizards.
    • And it's not just predatory bugs, birds, mammals, fish, reptiles and carnivorous plants she has to worry about; there are also amphibians that eat other amphibians as well.
  • As Anne lampshades, scattered piles of bones are a near constant feature throughout the land.

Season 1

     Anne or Beast? 
  • Anne's been wandering around the woods for days, fending for herself while hiding from carnivorous beasts. The only things to eat are bugs, and some roots if she's lucky. And she's only thirteen.
  • Anne nearly getting lynched by the angry mob. They manage to ambush and tie her down by virtue of Zerg Rush. Even through Sprig frees her, Wally suggests harvesting her for medicinal purposes.

    Best Fronds 
  • The serpent in the lake. Anne goes Oh, Crap! when she spots it behind Sprig and they try to outswim it. Sprig can, but Anne's limbs are too tiny. Soon the snake catches up and wraps them in its coils. Anne goes My God, What Have I Done? and begs Sprig to leave her.
    • The serpent actually swallows Sprig in what appears to be a Heroic Sacrifice on the young frog's behalf. Although it's just a ploy by Sprig to poison the predator with some hot pepper, for a while it looks like Anne lost her new best friend.
  • It's revealed that Anne’s friends, Sasha and Marcie, also wound up in Amphibia the same time she did. Sasha has already been captured by the Big Bad, while Marcie’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

    Cane Crazy 
  • When Anne breaks Hop Pop's favorite cane just after he threatens to throw her out if she continues to disrespect him, she freaks out and says that she cannot go back to living in a cave. We're treated to a flashback that shows Anne in a cave, curled up in a fetal position and surrounded by giant bugs and worms. One can only wonder what other hellish things she'd had to endure before she met the Plantars.
  • The Doom Tree. Few have ever found it, and fewer still have returned to tell the tale (Hop Pop's grandfather apparently being one of those lucky few). When Anne, Sprig and Polly find it, they notice it's surrounded by frog skeletons, and it turns out to be a giant stick insect, who likely devoured anyone who got close enough.

     Hop Luck 
  • Maddie's behavior is rather creepy, to say the least, like the Voodoo Doll of Sprig she's introduced driving a sharp stick into, and implying that she wants to kill him.
  • The tomato plant is the stuff of nightmares with how it easily eats the Plantars, and nearly digests them. Sprig hopes that maybe the gastric juices are painless.

  • Hop Pop and Anne get tripped up on each other's energy drinks and end up mistaking Sprig for a corn thief and almost kill him (before they come back to their senses) to the point where Sprig is in tears and begging them not to kill him.

     The Domino Effect 
  • Domino II looks like a cute caterpillar, but it grows up into a frog-eating moth that nearly eats the Plantars. It's a mix of both cute and horrifying.
  • Hop Pop's Adult Fear when he realizes that Anne sneaked a wild animal into the house, not knowing it was dangerous to frogs. And they go around the basement, searching for a creature that is meant to be in the wild for the reason. Then you see Domino II's eyes...

     Taking Charge 
  • Hop Pop getting electrocuted in "Taking Charge", which is played with some uncomfortable realism. There's some pretty dramatic music that plays during this scene too.

     Anne Theft Auto 
  • Anne's unexpected (though understandable) reaction to Hop-Pop pulling an Ironic Echo on her: Being sleep-deprived and having spent the entire day prior taking the snail on a joy ride, Anne's only response is chuckle evilly until it slowly evolves into full-on evil laughter as she bangs her head against the wall a few times and walks out. Needless to say, Hop Pop is quite startled.
    Hop Pop: [shocked] I don't feel safe.

     Anne Vs. Wild 
  • Soggy Joe getting axed in the back. Even if it turns out he was fine, you can't blame the Plantars for screaming when he stands up with an axe lodged in his emergency armor.
  • The Mudmen turn out to be a Cannibal Clan of frogs that nearly manage to corner and eat Anne and the Plantars.
  • The ending scene where Anne shows the music box. Hop Pop is revealed to know it out of Anne's sight; turns out it's some relic called the "Calamity Box".

     Family Shrub 
  • Hop Pop getting absolutely COVERED in glue and screaming for help while looking like some crazed slime monster.
  • The true horror of the pumpkin creature found in the cellar isn't any kind of threat it may pose, but the sheer pathos of its condition. Its roars appear to be as much in pain and confusion as rage, and its existence appears to be constant, inexplicable agony.

  • Everyone could see the ending a mile away. The whole thing was a prank to guilt Anne into admitting she skived off work by pretending to be sick. There's no way that the entire Plantar family were actually quietly resigning themselves to their inevitable deaths, right? Right? Right? Nope! They really did think they were about to die; only it turned out to be a misdiagnosis.

    Toad Tax 
  • The mayor nearly kills Sprig when the latter learns that the mayor stole the town's taxes. Now we all thought the Mayor was sleazy, but this is a whole new low.
  • Anne nearly killed by the toad warriors. Having her arm get broken was unnerving enough, especially since she's only just a child that attempted to fight adult toads.

     Prison Break 
  • In their introduction scene, the herons have blood dripping down their mouths!
    • If you slow the playback speed, you can see the horrified expression on a toad's face as he is swallowed whole by a heron.
  • Grime gains some Villain Respect for Sasha by the end of the episode after she saves his army from some herons. He says she can either work for him or go into the wilderness with little supplies. Sasha agrees to the former with a Cheshire Cat Grin about the fun she'll have, but really there isn't a choice; everything out in the wild will try to eat her, and there's little that a human can survive on unless they know a roots expert. Sasha just made a Deal with the Devil to survive and, she hopes, find her friends.
    • The fact that Sasha is looking forward to getting some enjoyment out of aiding Grime in his conquest and tyranny is also unsettling. She was not the best of people back in her home world, but the change in environment for her, as opposed to Anne, might have changed her for the worse.
  • Really, this episode puts the events of the previous one and any episode involving the Mayor upping the taxes in a whole new light: The heavy taxation is an extortion scheme by Grime. Any town that refuses to pay will face Grime's wrath. Whenever the mayor raises taxes, he takes the extra for himself while the rest goes to Toad Tower to save his own skin from Grime.

     Trip To The Archives 
  • Anne nearly getting her hair eaten by a swarm of giant cicadas. And she's stuck in a hole so she can't really do anything except scream. Good thing the Plantars were able to save her.

     Snow Day 
  • Every Hibernation Day, a single member of the town disappears, never to be seen again. It happens so often, the townspeople say goodbye to each other! And what is the reason they disappear? A mother weasel feeding them to her babies.
  • Speaking of the weasel, just the design of it is every bit as nightmarish as other predators in Amphibia, with its red eyes and long, pointy teeth.

     Cracking Mrs. Croaker 
  • Just Jonah. That fact that he had been hunting Mrs. Croaker for thirty years and still hasn't given up despite his elderly age is unnerving. Not to mention the wide variety of weapons he keeps under his coat, followed by the wild, maniacal look in his eyes as he tries to kill her is just terrifying.

     A Night at the Inn 
  • The Dandy Lion Innkeepers start off as a warm, inviting couple who are generally kind and generous to the Planters when their snail stops during a storm. Turns out these people are part of a Cannibal Clan who actually laid out traps in the road in order to lure wandering amphibians.
  • When the Plantars escape and find Bessie inside the barn, they come across many other snails whose owners had been victims. Mixed with Tear Jerker as one of the snails had been a coach for a newly-married couple.

     Bizarre Bazaar 
  • Hop-Pop buries the music box in the ground, saying it's too dangerous for anyone to get their hands on. And he knows he's dooming Anne to trapping her in Amphibia forever.

     Children of the Spore 
  • Due to the kids acting up and damaging his model boat by accident, Hop Pop desperately tries an elixir on them that makes them behave during the day. He's creeped out by how they are Brainwashed and Crazy but after it wears off, he uses it again and promises it's the last time. Small wonder they call him out at the end of the episode, though they admit they were being unreasonable.
  • Hop Pop tries to barricade the doors and windows against the mushroom zombies. He escapes to the barn, only to find his possessed kids grabbing him. He goes My God, What Have I Done?. If not for Bessie resting nearby, he would have been possessed as well.
  • Apothecary Gary's been possessed for so long that the mushroom even made him forget his name. It's Lloyd.
    • The way Bessie pulls the mushroom off of Lloyd's head, which is given a Shadow Discretion Shot. While undoubtedly a good thing, it looked and sounded excruciating.
  • The final scene where a bug eats the last of the mushroom and becomes zombified.

     Anne of the Year 
  • After Sasha and Anne reunite, the former says that she brought her friends. How are we introduced to them? A firefly whizzes past Grime and briefly illuminates his face before he snatches it with his tongue, the only thing visible are his glowing eyes. He says, "Nice to finally meet you...Anne Boonchuy." This line is followed by all the toads assembled behind Grime, their eyes glowing red. The music that accompanies it makes it all the more unnerving and disturbing, making one wonder what is going to happen in the next episode.

  • The plot to outright kill Hop Pop for unwittingly inspiring a rebellion across Amphibia when he ran for mayor against Toadstool. They make it extremely clear that they intend to execute Hop Pop in order to make an example of him to the entire valley that dissent will not be tolerated.
  • Anne and the Plantars trying desperately to pull Sasha up as Toad Tower collapses, with Anne then helpless to save her friend when she lets go so that Anne won't share her fate. Grime saves Sasha, thankfully, but takes her away with him while she's unconscious, meaning that Anne will likely have to fight her again one day.
  • Sasha's "End of discussion" face and voice. Really hammers in how she keeps Anne under her thumb. It gets even worse when we see she can do this in a Kneel Before Zod example.
  • We have no clue where Marcy is.
    • A promo was recently made and it seems like she’s still alive, but is not in as good a place as Sasha and Anne.

Season 2

    Fort in the Road 
  • Theirs something darkly chilling about the fact ancient civilization had modern technology but were abandoned even being labeled 'Ruins of Despair'....
    • Hop Pop about to suffer Unwilling Roboticisation. Good thing Sprig and Anne stop it but the fact such a method existed... no wonder the current inhabitant label the abandon factories as such.

    Anne Hunter 
  • Imagine your adopted family being taken by a scorpoleo, as the name suggest, half lion, half scorpion which has heat vision) and is going to kill and eat them. No wonder Anne suffered a 'Stress Induced Hallucination'.

    Quarreler's Pass 
  • Lysil and Angwin are a pair of monstrous olms who try to eat Sprig and Polly. What makes them creepier than the usual giant predators in the show is that, being amphibians, they are fully sapient, and yet they have no qualms eating other sapient beings, sadistically talking to their prey before going for the kill.

    Wax Museum 
  • It's honestly kind of horrifying seeing the Curator get dragged off into the darkness of one of the Curiosity Huts rooms, presumably to his death. Granted, he deserved it but you gotta remember this is the frog version of Stan Pines, who is a beloved character in Gravity Falls so it's kind of like seeing Stan die.

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