Yes, this series has its own share of truly terrifying moments.
Bakuten Shoot Beyblade/Beyblade (2000)
- The Europe arc in the first season is a long one. Before, bit beasts were nothing more than something that could provide power to the beyblade of its chosen. Then, suddenly, an opposing bit beast mauls Takao's dragon, and we're introduced to just how dangerous a bit beast in the wrong end can be. The reason the European legends derivated from the bit beasts treat them as monsters? They did fall in the wrong hands more than once.
- This particular brand of nightmare fuel permeates the whole second season, culminating when it's revealed why the Saint Shields want to seal them all: once upon a time, the bit beasts of the protagonists, running unchecked, nearly destroyed the world.
- Living at Vorkov's monastery. You have to take part to painful exercises, you could be experimented upon, and if you lose a beyblade match, maybe one you had no chance in hell to win, Vorkov will disappear you. Ever wondered why, in the third season, his former pupils want him defeated and destroyed? Because they remember.
- It's even worse in the Japanese version as pupils at the abbey who lose a battle are perceived as weak and get locked up as if it were a prison cell, whilst those who lose beg to be freed.
- The battle on the ice with Kai is chilling, especially at the end when Max beats him and the ice starts to break. Kai initially just stands there in shock, considering letting himself sink...and then when he does decide to move discovers his feet have frozen to the ice and he can't.
- Brian is terrifying. The guy uses a Bit Beast that moves at high speeds to cause the air around their opponent to cut them, making it so the opponent is obviously suffering damage but nothing is seen to be causing it. His strategy is to make the opponent quit by threatening their life, and is clearly all too fine with killing Ray. Even though Ray beats him, he still nearly dies and is hospitalized in a coma until the end of the finale.
Bakuten Shoot Beyblade 2002/Beyblade V-Force
- The Cyber Bit Beasts arc in the second season. Bit beasts were already terrifying once you found out what they could do, but now we get the means to mass-produce them. And they grow stronger with time. And turn you in a madman who obeys its creators. And if you're not perfectly healthy and sufficiently strong when you use them, you die.
- And yet, that's not the scariest part of the arc. The scariest part of the arc, and possibly the whole series, is when Max fights Cyber Draciel... And has his own bit beast tear it apart in a most violent fashion, multiple times as its creators had a device to repair it.
- In episode 3 of the Japanese version, Tyson has a nightmare of his former teammates Max and Ray leaving him whilst he gets pulled back by a monstrous hand.