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Nightmare Fuel / Digimon Tamers

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"Running away from destiny...?"

  • So, how about IceDevimon, eh? A white-colored, psychotic devil who desperately wants to be Rika's tamer for the sake of power, to the point of coming off as a Stalker with a Crush. And that's not even counting his "trophy collection": a bunch of Digimon that bio-emerged into the real world and met their ends at this thing's hands, with him temporarily doing the same to Guilmon and Terriermon, and attempting to make quick work out of Renamon even when she Digivolves into Kyubimon. Even after Takato and Guilmon finally put him down and absorb his data, the end result of his encounter puts the poor girl in a massive Heroic BSoD for a couple of episodes, causing her to distance herself from Digimon entirely.
  • DarkLizardmon's fate: It was captured by Hypnos, interrogated under torture and literally torn apart for analysis while fully conscious after Yamaki was done, in a process that actually looks more painful than the equivalent, that is to say an autopsy on a living human. Not to mention that this is a close up to what Shaggai/Juggernaut does to it's victims in Episode 14.
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  • An early warning of things to come, Episode 14, where the dying screams of the Digimon deleted by Shaggai/Juggernaut can be heard. A tamer version of Homeworld cataclysm's corruption by the beast.
  • Shortly after that, Mihiramon of the Devas shows up: a giant, flying tiger with Super Speed and the ability to use its tail like a samurai's blade. It effortlessly curb-stomps Kyubimon and Gargomon, and ends up putting Growlmon on the ropes. Oh, and it's also the first indication that tamers with a strong bond to their Digimon can, and will, feel every single hit their partner does, as Takato keeps feeling Growlmon/WarGrowlmon take blow after blow from an Ultimate level out to kill.
  • There's also Yamaki's Villainous Breakdown once the Deva shows up in spite of his efforts. He actually assaults Henry in his rage! Who knows what he would have done had Rika not shown up? Also not helping is Steve Blum's performance in the dub; hearing the same voice that came from Spike Spiegel and Roger Smith utterly lose it just
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  • Orochimon's Psychotic Smirk in Episode 31.
  • Everything that happened to Juri post-Episode 34, after Leomon died, is pretty creepy. So much so that Juri in general might just become Nightmare Fuel for people upon re-watching the series now that they know everything about her.
    • Her creepy Hand Puppet might have already been this. It definitely is when Juri starts talking to it like it's a separate person.
    • The scene in Episode 40 where the puppet somehow becomes sentient and actually talks to Juri, convincing her to walk off from the group. The next time Juri's seen, it's actually the D-Reaper's agent, which raises so many questions...
  • The infamous scene in Episode 47, pictured above, where the audience is treated to a Mind Rape sequence in which Juri is forced to relive her mother's death. Taken out of context, it could easily be mistaken for a scene in an adult horror anime. To make matters worse, this goes on for at least an entire week.
  • As scary as Dark Evolutions are, Megidramon definitely takes the cake. It certainly doesn't help that its name is derived from the words "Megiddo" and "Dragon", considering that Har Megiddo is the mountain, where the Apocalypse is (according to the Bible) going to start. Har Megiddo has later been given its more popular name, "Armageddon". In other words, Megidramon's name is closer to original idea of the end of the world than "Armageddon". It doesn't help that before it Takato is practically screaming about how he is going to make Beelzemon suffer for killing Leomon.
    • Just the sheer sight of Takato, easily the sweetest of all the goggleheads, angrily screaming for Beelzemon's head is enough to make one uneasy. Fox Kids even played up the unsettling nature of the event in the commercials when they got to this point, especially focusing on a shot of Takato's rage-filled glare as Growlmon digivolves; it looks like he just got possessed for a second.
  • Takato screaming in terror inside Gallantmon's mind when he's about to be killed by Beelzemon.
  • The D-Reaper. Imagine a monster that combines the most horrifying aspects of Lovecraftian horror, the Angels, The Beast, and the Anti-Spirals. Now remove any Well Intentioned Extremism or Blue and Orange Morality and replace it with sheer malevolence...and put it in a kid's show.
    • As if that weren't enough, let's add to it the fact that its literally powered by the grief and despair of a depressed little girl, and uses her as its avatar. This abomination has the voice of a ten-year old girl that breaks down into a Madness Mantra often.
    • Also, the red goo created through D-Reaper's existence? It could double as a Nausea Fuel. Imagine a fleshy, organic-sounding, pulsating goo flooding through the entire city! If you're not into the kinds of giant monster shows like Godzilla or Ultra Series, the Nausea Fuel gets even worse.
    • The fake Juri. Holy shit, the fake Juri. Even from the get-go, when "she" appears it's clear there's something very definitely wrong with her, in case the dull eyes, vacant stare, pale skin and un-smile weren't a major warning sign. Amazingly, it does not get better when she starts speaking. Or when it turns into an older version of Juri. It's so far into the Uncanny Valley it's set up a small house. At that point, revealing its true form almost comes as a relief.
    • The Paratice Head. A giant, pink headless thing covered in mouths, all chattering away with Juri's voice. And then one of the tentacles grows a camera.
    • An easily missed moment, but at first the D-Reaper simply talks about how humans don't respect boundaries. In the penultimate episode, one of its agents is on a rampage, screaming about "beautiful chaos". Given this is after D-Reaper's been absorbing Juri's emotions for days, it's not hard to think the D-Reaper has actually managed to go insane.
    • The bit in the penultimate episode when, as Gallantmon charges the Mother D-Reaper, it grows a giant Juri head in the middle of its body to attack him.
  • The Body Horror Beelzemon undergoes after absorbing Taomon and Rapidmon's data. It involved Beelzemon's shoulders bulging until parts of Taomon and Rapidmon started protruding out of his skin with Beelzemon clearly in pain from the experience. Surprisingly enough, Saban kept this part intact, completely unedited, in the English dub.
    • The reason he had to do this was to avoid a brutal death (even by standards of the show) by being eaten alive by Megidramon
  • Megidramon itself. While reminiscent of SkullGreymon, Megidramon's worse. It is nothing but a Kaiju that destroys and devours without hesitation. It doesn't even speak, which most Digimon with a conscious have. Remember that this came from Guilmon, all because of Takato's rage and desire to kill.
    • Not to mention the process of digivolution itself was so drastic that it began to cause issues in the Human World too. If he hadn't devolved back down how much damage would Megidramon have caused to both worlds just through his existence alone?
    • Megidramon becomes even more of this when you take its species' nature into account: it's a member of the Four Great Dragons alongside Magnadramon, Goddramon, and Azulongmon. Unlike those three, however, Megidramon is not at all benevolent. Its very existence is said to herald the absolute destruction of the Digital World, and all who inhabit it. Simply existing is enough for it to be a Dragon of Mass Destruction.
  • Mephistomon dropping his human disguise in Battle of Adventurers, specifically the part where his human head retracts and his normal one bursts out.
  • Even the Digivolution sequence itself. Their skin is ripped asunder, exposing the true Digital Monster underneath. And then we're treated to the lovely image of their flesh growing back, slowed down so the viewers can follow. Worst of all, judging by some of their expressions, they're fully conscious for all this.
    • Terriermon > Gargomon is especially bad because he pulls an expression during it that suggests he's in a lot of pain during the process. He squeezes his eyes tight shut as his skin peels off, and grimaces in pain as it reassembles itself onto his form. Ouch!
  • Cyberdramon's fight against Majiramon. At first Majiramon has the edge against the other Digimon, but Ryo turns the tide by using a special card to make Cyberdramon incredibly huge. With his newfound size, Cyberdramon is easily able to crush Majiramon's head and destroy him. The other children are visibly shocked afterwards.
  • The concept of "loading" Digimon can be horrifying. When a Digimon dies or is destroyed, its body becomes pure data and can be absorbed by the Digimon that defeated them, in order to become stronger. This makes every Digimon, even the ones we like, a cannibal. Later on, most of the Digimon stop loading the data of other defeated Digimon, though.
    • Can be even more horrifying when you think of it as them turning their enemies into experience points to level up.
  • You wanna know how Makuramon dies? By having his head crushed in Beelzemon's hand like an egg, screaming all the way through. Just imagine how horrifying that would have been if the show didn't run on Bloodless Carnage...
  • Beelzemon's near-death at the hands of the D-Reaper at the end of Episode 48. How do you kill someone practically Made of Iron? You impale them with dozens of knives. They only show the silhouette of this, thankfully, but the sheer brutality of it makes this less of a comfort and more a necessity.
  • Early example: Yamaki manages to confront Jen in the park when he's alone and when Jen won't tell him what he wants, Yamaki physically lifts him off the ground. Though Jen makes it out of the mess unharmed, he's obviously scared and at the time, there was no indication Yamaki wouldn't use drastic means to get what he wanted.


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