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Nightmare Fuel / Dexter's Laboratory

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  • Dexter's Laboratory has this in some episodes such as Dexter turning into a clown in the episode "The Laughing." (2nd segment)
  • In The episode "Babysitter Blues" there's a scene when Dexter makes himself into a teenager and then there's a horrifying closeup of his face filled with acne, it is really unsettling. gross
  • The monster that comes out of the interdimensional doorway in "Deedeemensional". It's a giant pink blob... thing with a VERY fang-lined mouth and a disturbing roar. And for its first on-screen action, it sprinkles salt on Dexter, devours him, and you can actually see little amoeba things in its stomach begin to digest him.
    • As for the episode itself, it ends on the horrific implication that Dexter's plan to send Dee Dee into the past to prevent him from opening the portal is doomed to fail.
      • To explain: after Dee Dee is sent back in time, she tries deliver the message to Dexter, who aggressively rebukes her, causing Dee Dee to run off in tears to be comforted... by herself. Then Dexter, realizing that Dee Dee wasn't lying about her time traveling, he tries to get the message from her, only for both Dee Dees to jerk him around and withhold the message until Dexter, fed up, decides to try and trick them into entering the portal. Guess what happens next. And then, when Dexter gives them the new message, only then does Past!Dee Dee give him her message, causing Dexter to realize that he is, quite in fact, "doomed". And then, while repeating the "This had better be important, woman." bit, the episode ends on the ominous shot of Dexter's notes and blueprint of the portal with an untested label. Very delicate calculations indeed.
  • One episode, "Filet of Soul", started off with Dexter and Dee Dee's pet fish dying and Dee Dee refusing to let it get flushed down the toilet. Later, the ghost of said fish comes back to haunt them because he was denied entry to "the sewer beyond". The ending parodied the classic ending from the "Thriller" music video.
    • Before that, the whole episode was one big Shout-Out to Poltergeist.
    • And if that's not enough, there's the part where a giant tentacle comes out of the toilet and grabs Dee-Dee.
    • The way that mom says "Flush Him" in that episode is freakishly creepy.
  • The episode "Jeepers Creepers, Where is Peepers?" featured Dexter and Dee Dee's magical friend Koosie working together to save Peepers (another magical being) from an anime villain, in one scene we see a rather disturbing graphic look at Peepers as he is having his energy sucked off. HE'S INSIDE OUT. Also, he then (somehow) goes from a Blob Monster to a flesh-colored dragon and fortunately stomps on the villain, but how do we know that's not an effect from the machine he was trapped in?
    • And this line from Peepers in a voice that is equally disturbing as the scene mentioned above: "Help me, Koosie, help me." *shudder*
  • There was also the episode "Dream Machine" (3rd segment). The title alone pretty much sets you up for an entire episode based around Nightmare Fuel. While Dexter creates a machine that would consistantly give him sweet dreams, the worst part comes right at the ending in which Dexter suddenly comes to a realization that he's living in a nightmare because Dee Dee is smarter than him. At this point his clothes come off and he ends up stark naked in the middle of a laughing crowd. (Said crowd turns into a very creepy Eldritch Abomination a moment later.) Afterwards, he gets taunted by a bunch of laughing Dee Dees and the episode ends with him falling endlessly into an eternal abyss and unable to wake up, screaming for Dee Dee to wake him up while she is shown to have fell asleep as well.
    • Even before turning into a nightmare, Dexter's "sweet dream" has some disturbing imagery. We see a montage of Dexter absorbing all the knowledge in the world; in one scene his head becomes a mouth that eats equations, and in another he sucks Einstein's brain out with a straw.
  • What about the episode with all the clones in it? At the end due to the overuse of the cloning machine, There is a creepy fusion of Dexter, Dee-Dee, and her two friends, that talks in a weird way.
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  • "Chicken Scratch". The animation is more fluid (and downright ugly). It really gets scary when Dexter crazily scratches himself, including on metal spikes at one point, and even destroys one of his robots to use its arm and head to scratch himself. It doesn't help that his maniacal laughter was lifted straight from "The Laughing".
  • "Got Your Goat." Dexter and Dee Dee travel to South America in search of the Chupacabra, or "Charlie," an invention of Dexter's that escaped the lab. During the journey, they enter a cave in search of the little critter, when they come across a backpack. Little odd, until you notice that it's been ripped open. Shortly thereafter, they find a number of personal belongings, one of which is an alarm clock of all things, and a pair of binoculars. Covered in fresh, still-dripping blood. And is immediately followed up with a human skull. It's Played for Laughs, but really think about this for a moment. At no point is it implied something else did this, and the only other thing we know of to be in this cave is Charlie. Dexter's creation KILLED someone. And Dexter plays this off as "Hey, no creation is perfect," when addressing the subject of why Charlie is attacking goats.
  • There is an extremely disturbing episode, "Monstory", where Dee Dee won't stop following Dexter around until she finishes telling him a story that he thinks is just going to be one of her knock-knock jokes, and in desperation, he reaches into his lab coat to retrieve a vial that will leave her mute. Instead, Dexter accidentally grabs a vial with a warning on it that drinking it will turn you into a monster. He inadvertently gives it to Dee Dee who turns into a horrific beast, and the episode essentially consists of the two of them going back and forth drinking the vial and increasing in size, but while Dee Dee gets more disturbing by the second, Dexter's mutations are weak to say the least, until he drinks the contents of a nuclear plant and grows into an enormous Godzilla like creature. The episode concludes with Dee-Dee becoming an ABSOLUTELY TERRIFYING spider creature that manages to overwhelm Dexter, pinning him to the ground and speaking with a high pitched squealing, echoing voice: "Now you'll listen! So the boy told the girl in the park on the pony... 'Knock knock!'"
    • Not to mention that they get into an honest-to-goodness kaiju battle, and while it's more funny than scary (Dexter and Dee Dee even name the attacks they throw at each other), there's quite a bit of collateral damage to the city they're in. There are a few close up shots of their fight though, during which we actually see them bleed and Dee Dee bites Dexter. One of the worst parts though is at the end of the fight, Dee Dee has beaten Dexter and he slowly falls backwards crushing buildings as he falls and people run for their lives, and Dee Dee just watches him fall with a Psychotic Smirk.
  • The TRON parody episode, with the evil computer program's creepy, gravelly voice, how quickly it takes over the lab, and how Dee Dee comes VERY close to not defeating him.
  • The episode "Star Check Unconventional"—basically a Star Trek parody. Dexter and his friends want to go to a Trekkie convention, but end up in a Darbie (Barbie parody) collectors' convention instead. Said doll collectors look and act very much like Klingons. Especially when they accidentally open the box of a collector's item, which appears to be a capital sin around here. The expression on the other customers' faces is simply hair-raising.
    • The leader of the Darbie collectors, a hideous old crone whose prized possession is an original Darbie from the 50s still in its packaging.
    • Speaking of Darbie, there was "Dollhouse Drama" where Dexter shrank himself. Computer warned him staying small would mess with his mind. He stays small too long and by the time he comes back to regular size he has fallen in love with a Darbie doll that he thinks he hurt. His mother and Dee Dee find him trying to nurse it back to health.
      Dexter: "It's okay, my sweet. Go back to sleep. You need your rest..."
  • The first season episode "Dee Dee's Room." How does it begin? With a zombiefied looking Dexter with pulsating veins over his face. It ends that way too.
    • The episode itself is surreal and freaky.
  • The "Gork" monster from "Misplaced In Space". It tries to DEVOUR Dexter!
  • The Hal expy's Nothing Is Scarier takeover of the lab in "Ultrajerk 2000". The worst part is that the robot was designed to be Dexter's perfect replica (appearance notwithstanding).
    • The robot's face.
  • "Sore Eyes". In an attempt to make his vision clearer, Dexter's gets laser eye surgery that turns out to have Gone Horribly Right. Because of his new vision, his family's tiny flaws and imperfections are magnified a thousandfold, causing them to appear as ugly, disgusting mutants. It didn't help that Bill Wray worked on this.
    • The crazy and unsettling music in the background being played while Dee Dee and the rest of the family are making those disturbing noises doesn't help either.
    • Neither does the fact that Dexter's new vision also allows him to see all of the tiny microbes and bugs that infest our food.
      • Before Dexter got that laser eye surgery, he tried to keep his glasses put by stapling them. Cue Scream Discretion Shot
      • The title card is also extremely scary [1]"
  • Mandark summoning Jojo at the science fair in the episode "Mandarker".
  • Dexter going insane and destroying his lab in "Way of the Dee Dee". Not helped by the episode's Tear Jerker ending.
  • Dexter's Mom's mental breakdown in "Psylightly Psycho" can turn anyone into a germaphobe.
    • The dust bunnies. DEAR GOD. THE DUST BUNNIES.
  • Not to mention the Big Bad of "Go Dexter Family! Go!" has an extra set of teeth. *shudder*
  • In the crossover episode with Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, in the flashback, as Dynomutt confidently tells Blue Falcon where the stolen diamond's location was at, behind him, Buzzord stabs him through with his claws. Watching Dynomutt, the goofy sidekick of Blue Falcon, being stabbed by a ruthless villain such as Buzzord and seeing him cringing in pain. God, poor Dynomutt!
  • What happens when Dexter's parents don't have their morning coffee.
    • You could see that their dad was about to do something unspeakable to his own children, and the only reason they were saved was through a joke whose meaning (as a pop culture reference) is obscure to younger viewers. And even then, when everything is okay, the last line of the episode, "BUT WHAT IF WE DIDN'T.", takes it right back to terrifying.
    • Earlier in the episode we get a Gross-Up Close-Up of Mom and Dad's faces. It's... not pretty.
  • Dexter's parents and Dee Dee getting possessed in "Gooey Aliens That Control Your Mind".
  • "Ewww, That's Growth" has Dexter trying to accelerate his body growth so he can be big enough to ride a rollercoaster. His experiment succeeds, but as soon as they arrive at the rollercoaster, they must go down an impossibly long queue, and by the end, Dexter's gotten much bigger than most of the other people waiting for the rollercoaster. Once an elongated Dexter finally gets on the rollercoaster and enjoys the ride, his head crashes into the upper part of a tunnel. The scene abruptly cuts to a THE END card. And an uncomfortable feeling will most likely come over you.
  • Koosie's laugh in the "The Koose is on the Loose" can be pretty creepy, especially at the end when all it shows is the end card with no music and all you can hear is his laugh.
  • In the Missing Episode, "Rude Removal", when Mom gets mad.
    • The episode's title card. While humorous, it's something you never thought you see the characters do in official artwork, especially in Dee Dee's case.
    • Anytime Dexter's mom gets angry, she's pretty terrifying, especially in the episode "Dee Dee Locks And The Ness Monster". It's no wonder why Dexter, Dee Dee, and even their dad are unlikely to say no to her favors. Here's an example from the episode "Dexter Is Dirty":
    Mom: Dex! It's time for your bath!
    Dexter: But I'll miss my show...
  • Dexter's guilt induced daydreams in "Space Case" including a giant fork like object heading directly towards Dee Dee's head, Dee Dee's arm being sliced in place of a sausage and Dee Dee's decapitated head on Dexter's plate!
  • Puppet Pal Mitch, especially in the live-action skits. *shudder*
  • "Dexter's Assistant", in which Dexter makes Dee Dee smarter. He does so by removing her brain, complete with opening up her head while she's still awake, taking out her tiny brain, and placing a larger, smarter one in its place!
    • While the brain transplant is ludicrous (it would essentially be a body transplant for the person the big brain belonged to), brain surgery is actually performed without general anesthesia (although, local anesthesia is used). Only if the person is awake, and thus able to think, move, and speak, can brain surgeons have an immediate feedback of what they are doing.
  • The demise of the Energy Thief. Dexter turns an entire array of solar panels to converge their rays upon the crystalline beast, causing it to turn bright red and boil from the inside out before exploding into Ludicrous Gibs that splatter over everything. Gets a bit worse if you think about it too hard, as the creature was only taking energy from the solar plants to feed itself and continue living.
  • Most of the episode "The Bus Boy", revolving around kids stories about what lurks in the dark back of the schoolbus. Pleasant stories such as a giant monster that eats little children and appears as a giant fanged mouth in the darkness, a giant spider with a human head, and a tear in reality that drags in any child that strays too close. Worse, its apparently TRUE to some extent, as a boy named Little Billy Bloomberg had apparently disappeared back there decades earlier, and when Dexter's Number 2 Pencil is accidentally thrown near the dark area, something grabs it and drags it into the darkness. Thankfully, it turns out the "monster" is Billy himself, now a grown man calling himself Big Billy who got trapped in a wad of bubble gum and has been living back there ever since, but is quite a nice, well adjusted guy despite of this. As for the whole "dragging stuff in the darkness" thing, he explains that he accidentally broke the bus light when his shoe fell off and hit it, fortunately causing his toenails to grow out of his sock and allowing him to rake in any food that gets dropped on the floor. At least we know how he's still alive.
  • The episode about Dad's obsession with Mom's muffins. Sanity Slippage Played for Comedy in a kid's cartoon, folks.
  • From "Aye Aye Eyes", there's the Creepy Eyed Girl's Thousand-Yard Stare.
  • The ending of "Paper Route Bout", which involved Dee Dee competing in a newspaper-delivering contest with a group of delinquent ninja kids. At the end of the contest, both her and the competing ninja are tied at 0, with only one house left. Dee Dee lands her paper and wins the contest, while the ninja gets distracted by a traveling salesmen selling Chinese food and small animals.
    • The creepiness comes in after Dee Dee's victory. The ninja's dishonored teammates punish him by forcing him to whack himself with a newspaper. He gets on his knees and holds his paper in a way that's eerily similar to the act of Seppuku. He then hits himself in the head and fall on his face, ending the episode.
      • In other words, they just depicted a villain committing suicide. On screen. In a kid's show.
      • The complete lack of dialogue and the nervous sweating on the ninja's face as he prepares to hit himself only add to the horror.
  • This promo that has Dexter laying in a fetal position while a voice in his head keeps calling him stupid, ending with Dee-Dee and Mom knocking on his door with concern. What Were They Selling Again?
    • What's especially disturbing is that the announcer of the promo implies that Dexter's hearing the voice because he's gone off the deep end.
  • The episode "Let's Save the World You Jerk!" has Dexter and Mandark team up to stop the Earth from being destroyed by an asteroid (which is later broken up into a group of asteroids). Predictably they can't stop bickering with one another, with the episode ending with the two of them battling each other in their mechs, completely oblivious to the asteroids' proximity to the Earth until it's too late.
  • If you were a young child who wasn't familiar with Stephen Hawking, Professor Hawk's appearance and robotic voice in "Golden Diskette" was very bizarre and unsettling.
  • Dexter's invention in "Garage Sale". The sounds when its beam hits something are very Squicky and unsettling, and that's just when it mutates objects. The mutation ray zaps Dexter in the end, turning him agonizingly into a hideous tentacled creature in a rather drawn-out and thankfully off-screen process.
  • In "Dexter's Library" while the ending has a chuckle let's not forget what happens once Dexter is in charge. He sends his robots out and has them enforce rules like no finger tapping, sneezing, or eye blinking. What do those robots do to the kids that do this? Why kill them by teleporting them into a garbage disposal to be chopped up of course!
  • "Photo Finish" is, for the most part, a harmless James Bond parody... except for the villain, Red-Eye. Now, his actions aren't quite evil enough to put him under Vile Villain, Saccharine Show, but his design is one big unadulterated dose of Eye Scream; his cyborg eye looking like a big red sore is bad enough, but the episode goes out of its way to show it's attached to a huge metal spike that he jams into an empty socket every morning, complete with a loud squish. The episode showing said jamming from behind, rather than functioning as a Gory Discretion Shot, actually makes it feel gorier.
    • Frankly, he might actually fit the role as a Vile Villain. His signature red eye emits a powerful flash of light that renders his victims senseless, and while Dexter is only temporarily knocked out by it, he also uses it on a henchwoman who begs and pleads for mercy, and judging by his dialogue when he decides to punish her for sleeping on the job, it might have far more severe effects at full strength. The henchwoman he uses it on is never seen recovering.
    • He also sticks Dexter in the classic Laser Cutter table Death Trap...except it's not a laser, it's a device that traps it's victim inside an 8/10 glossy photo, as Red-Eye shows with a previous agent who tried to infiltrate his base. This is what happens to Red-Eye himself when Dexter breaks loose, which also knocks his fake eye out of it's socket in the process.
    • Paralex, Red-Eye's boss, turns out to be the nerdy, unassuming photo clerk who Dexters Mom left the negatives with at the start of the story. When Dexter corners him, he knocks the boy out of the photo booth and escapes in a rocket, hitning that he knows the secret Dexter is trying to keep from his parents.
  • The episode "Hunger Strikes", where Dexter alters his taste buds to make him like vegetables, which has the side effects of turning him into a violent Hulk-like monster everytime he's hungry and doesn't have any vegetables nearby. Before turning into a monster, his eyes spin in circles and become a sickly yellowish-green colour. The title card is also disturbing.


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