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Nightmare Fuel / Batman: The Brave and the Bold

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Remember Kids, even a Campy series can be Dark!
  • Commented on in "Invasion of the Secret Santas!", when Batman hurls an exploding Batarang at an evil robot Santa, which catches fire and burns down to a metal skeleton— while continuing to march at him and ho-ho-ho:
    Fun Haus: Gee, that won't give kids nightmares, will it?
    • And if that wasn't enough, he even challenges Batman to find a hidden bomb before it destroys the town and Christmas! He was lying.
  • "Shadow of the Bat!" seems calculated to give the audience a good scare. Vampire Batman is ruthless and savage (he even takes out Alfred), and the sound of him chomping down on people is remarkably unpleasant.
  • "Emperor Joker!": How many of you expected to see the skeletonized remains of Batman in a vat of acid?
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  • Joker gassing the Amazons, resulting in them gaining rather creepy laughing faces. He then knocks out Hippolyta and Wonder Woman ends up gassed when she tries to grab him.
  • In one of The Teasers, Batman teams up with The Spectre to defeat Professor Milo. Batman subdues the criminal and leaves, but The Spectre stays behind. Once Batman is far enough away, The Spectre deliberately goes against Batman's one rule by first transforming Milo into cheese (Milo remains conscious), then releasing the man's trained rats to EAT HIM ALIVE.
    • The Spectre in general, including the rather creepy way it's implied he's the one who killed Joe Chill after Batman refused to do the job, with the camera zooming in on the Spectre's eyes to show skulls for the pupils and his Blatant Lie about not knowing what happened.
  • Then there's the episode in which Batman goes back in time to meet Sherlock Holmes and Etrigan the Demon and try to stop Jack the Ripper AKA Gentleman Jim Craddock from draining the life out of unlucky women to summon forth a fiend from Hell to gain supernatural powers. Batman tries to warn Craddock that he doesn't know what is actually going to happen but is ignored. At the very end we see the ghostly Craddock standing over his grave, in his usual Edwardian finery, his body as always invisible, until the lightning flashes and we see him as he truly is: a rotted and demonic-looking corpse.
    • And it's all made even more fiendish by the dialogue between Craddock and the conjured demon:
  • The Brain in a Jar in "Creature Commandos: A War That Time Forgot" - enough said.
  • In-Universe: Batman revealing himself to Joe Chill, for Joe Chill. Imagine that you orphaned a little kid. Now, 30 years later, imagine that you're in a fight with one of the most dangerous people on the planet, who's constantly defeated crazed villains, super natural foes, and advanced technologies of all kinds. He bypasses a room full of that kind of crazy just to single you out. Why? Because he's the kid you orphaned, and he HATES you. That. Damn. Much.
    • To make it worse, said room full of crazy now hates you too for creating their sworn enemy, and they'll do MUCH MORE than he will.
    • In the context of Batman, imagine how terrifying this would be. You kill a boy's parents, and the boy spends the next thirty years obsessing over this one act. He trains and trains, until he is considered one of the deadliest mortals on the planet. And now he's here, and he's mad, and he wants to hurt you. Almost immediately afterward, so do the enemies he's made because you're responsible for making him who he is, and they'll do it more than he does.
  • STARRO. It latches onto your face, takes complete control of you...oh, and there are at least billions and have taken over almost every person in the world making them only able to speak the Madness Mantra of "Starro Lives". More and more keep getting made and worse, even killing the giant main Starro and taking off the Starros from everyone does not end its, Starro's Dragon just merges all of the excess Starros into a giant Starro creature with which he nearly uses to destroy Earth. Why? Because he enjoys destroying things! He even became Starro's herald just so Starro would destroy his world, because it was a peaceful utopia!
  • Every member of the Injustice Syndicate is considered this in their own right, but especially Scarlet Scarab (Mirror Self of Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes). What could have happened to turn him from good-hearted kid to gleeful sadist— or was he always like that?
    • If the Mirror Universe of the show is anything like the one from the comics, yes, he was born that way, because in that universe, evil is the dominant force of the universe.
    • There is a brief Hope Spot when he insists to the Scarab he has the heart of a hero, which makes Batman think Mirror Jaime can be redeemed... only for the kid to add on "I keep it in a jar in the back of my closet."
  • Kanjar Ro's torture of the little Gibbles from Rise of The Blue Beetle! The worst part is how many of the poor things he's already gone through.
  • Bat-Mite kidnapping Batman and throwing him in the 5th dimension after Bats unknowingly insulted him. As funny as Bat-Mite is, his perfect willingness to kill his former favorite hero is creepy as hell.
    Bat-Mite: If you won't be my hero, I'll make you my toy. And just like all toys, I'll play with you till you break!
    • The massive Syndrome vibe. Syndrome's origin story was dark enough, but imagine if it happened to a omnipotent reality warper.
  • Black Mask in general, but especially that voice.
  • The Faceless Hunter, from Batman: The Brave and the Bold. Holy hell, this thing is a monster. He roams the universe, finding worlds that his master, Starro can conquer, by attaching horrible mind-control probes to their faces. He's a god in physical combat, can teleport, turn invisible, and has a terrifying arsenal of traps and weapons. He spends most of the series tracking, defeating and mind-raping the various DC heroes. And if you can't be posessed by a Starro spore? He'll horribly kill you. It get's worse though. How and why did he become Starro's herald? He asked Starro to destroy his homeworld, because his people were pacifists and they looked down on him for his career in hunting. It's pretty bad when a world-conqueror makes you look good by comparison. And the creepiest John DiMaggio voice imaginable doesn't help matters.
  • "Mayhem of the Music Meister" can be terrifying when you give it some thought. A villain who can control your mind by singing and make you commit crime while under his sway? Not terrifying at all. Not to mention that he almost wins.
    • As a distraction, he ordered some of his thralls to kick their way into rocket exhaust.
  • "Inside The Outsiders!" is another terrifying episode. Psycho Pirate kidnaps the Outsiders, a group consisting of Katana, Black Lightning and Metamorpho (who are all teenagers, by the way) and hooks them up to some deranged machine that traps them in their worst nightmares and regrets, while literally feeding off of their pain, fear and anger. His creepy, hushed voice certainly gives off a creepy, almost inappropriate vibe. Even worse, when Batman attempts to free them at first, Psycho Pirate warns him that doing so will fry their brains, giving Batman no choice but to go into the machine himself to save them. Psycho Pirate stands out as one of the more horrifyingly exceptional villains, despite only appearing in this episode, making his spot under Complete Monster in the YMMV page completely earned.
    • Katana's Dream Sequence has her remembering the death of her master. She told their enemy Takeo where they kept a magical sword, and her master sends her to hide while he deals with him. We then get to see Takeo cut down her master, who refused to fight back. Poor Katana also blames herself for it, and it's implied that she's so quiet because it was her "big mouth" that got her master killed. Even worse, it seems that the dream loops over until she goes through with revenge, at one point even turning on Batman, who will die permanently if killed in the dream.
    • Black Lightning's dream involves him in the middle of a busy street, angrily electrocuting everyone who angers him, such as a guy putting sprinkles in coffee, a man letting his dog poop without picking it up, and a woman whose car is too big. While it's funny that he's getting angry at such seemingly insignificant stuff, the fact that he's likely being pushed by Psycho Pirate to react to everything with the same animosity that people apparently gave him is very unsettling. Black Lightning’s overreactions also stop being funny when you realize He is a teenager with what amounts to an electric gun; firing it off at innocents for absolutely nothing.
    • Metamorpho turns out to be the one who is providing Psycho Pirate with the most energy, much to the confusion of Black Lighting and Katana, who always found Metamorpho to be so upbeat. When they get to his dream world, Metamorpho is 50 stories tall and destroying everything in his path, while Psycho Pirate acts as the voice in his head and has him turn on his friends after convincing him that they think he's a freak and only value him for his power. Thankfully, his friends manage to calm him down (thanks in part to the villain being forced away from Metamorpho's side by Batman), but still.
    • Finally, Batman frees the kids and escapes to reality - or so it seems. Psycho Pirate pulls a lever that immediately incinerates Outsiders, complete with lovely visuals of them screaming in pain. Then Psycho has the audacity to tell Batman that it's his fault for making them heroes in the first place. That's right, they showed three kids being incinerated to death on screen. It turns out to be part of Batman's dream, so the kids are fine, but the whole scene is still horrifying.