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Nightmare Fuel / Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

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Given its status as one of the most infamous and well-known examples of Surprise Creepy and Surreal Horror on YouTube, with an unmatched ability to simultaneously confuse and discomfort, it comes as no surprise that the Don't Hug Me I'm Scared series is ripe with Nightmare Fuel.


Don't Hug Me I'm Scared

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Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 3

  • Episode 3, "Love", starts with an animated butterfly getting swatted by Duck Guy (It landed on their chicken picnic), complete with an all-too-realistic butterfly corpse and blood (Also on their chicken). Also, Yellow Guy is forced to marry his 'special one' against his will. Extra points goes to that hideous worm-like creature that pops out of the egg at the end of the video, which is also smashed to a bloody mess by Duck Guy.
    The Worm: Father!
    • Said worm? If you look carefully, it's a caterpillar, with the same coloring and hair as the Yellow Guy. Consider that the last moment of the "dream sequence" was Shrignold flying with a ring towards him, and... it's possible that Yellow Guy was raped.
    • Tony's and Sketchbook's cameos when the cult reveals its true face. If you notice, Tony's eyes are blank and his trim is white instead of black, while Sketchbook's eyes are googly. This seems to suggest that they were brainwashed...
      • As of the reveal in the 6th episode, They weren't brainwashed/possessed victims.... Instead, They're presumably, reality-warping beings, mind-controlled against their own will or sentient holographical hallucinations...or both. cool and unsettling, simultaneously.
      • Another detail from the 6th episode. When Shrignold reappears, Yellow Guy immediately screams. He remembers being raped.
      • The aftermath of the raw chicken and bloody egg picnic, Duck Guy reminding everyone that they've finished it, and then staring intently into the camera for an uncomfortably long time. It's just It becomes especially weird once you realize that he's literally staring into the viewer's soul.
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    • Do not eat before or after this episode. The hatched parasitic caterpillar-thing and bloody raw chicken are pure Nausea Fuel.

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 4

  • The characters in the digital world. The longer they stay in there, the more grotesque their avatars become, until they just cease to exist in the real world except as terrifying holograms. The best example of this is Duck Guy, who slowly gets more realistic textures and a human-like model that just screeches.
  • The way Colin got MONUMENTALLY PISSED so quickly.
    • He also makes this nightmarish face while screeching at Red Guy with...something leaking from his eyes and mouth. Not to mention his hands (usually supposed to be mouse cursors) are now sinewy tendrils of red wiring.
      • Immediately after this, Red Guy, Duck Guy, and Yellow Guy are transported into the digital world. Throughout the transition, a bizarre series of glitched, blurry 3D graphics representing the three are shown, and towards the end, screaming can be heard.
      • At first, you'd think Colin was already killing everyone. Fortunately, he wasn't.
    • Compare each of the puppets's heights when they enter the digital world and you'll quickly realize Colin is much taller than Red Guy. Considering Red Guy is the height of a full-grown man (about as tall as 5'8" - 6'0"), that would mean Colin is 7 - 8 feet tall.
    • At one point, Colin brags he can tell you the time, and Duck Guy immediately looks at the camera and says "Time?!" in a very surprised voice. It sounds like he's remembering the trauma of what happened to them in Episode 2.
    • The clones are really, really scary. At one occasion, one of the Duck Guy clones JUMPSCARES AT YOU. It's especially bad when it gets faster. At the faster points, everything goes absolutely insane, Colin turns into a floating, skeletal head, and the room is flashing with rapid, glitchy lights.
      • You can also hear Colin droning, "Digital dancing..." repeatedly in the background during all this.
    • During the scene where Red Guy is alone at the computer, two TERRIFYING avatars of Yellow Guy and Duck Guy pop up at the table for a split second. At closer inspection, they appear to have wires sprouting out of the tops of their heads.

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5

  • Episode 5 warrants even more of a "Don't eat before or after" warning than 3 did. It features such delightful scenes as a giant giggling yellow thing eating the green duck guy's organs, and Yellow Guy being force-fed organs until he's obese. Both characters are completely aware of this and confidentially become helpless to stop it.
    • The yellow thing eating Duck Guy's organs? It's a can! That's why Duck Guy's remains were in cans, and why his face was on them!
      • If you look closely, Duck Guy's operating table has a blood transfusion apparatus. The teachers kept him alive as long as possible. Poor, poor Duck Guy. By the end, he's reduced to nothing more than a bowl of blood, flesh, and feathers, with only his decaying beak still intact.
    • The Duck Guy is starting to realize that something's very wrong. Both the Duck Guy and the Yellow Guy realize that something is missing, and that something is the Red Guy.
    • The phone ringing at random intervals, which brings the song to a halt.
    • Episode 5 seems to veer into Surreal Horror, with Duck Guy disappearing halfway through all while Yellow Guy is getting tormented by the insane Healthy-Food Band. Brr, reaching David Lynch levels of nightmare fuel.
    • Roy returns, hiding above the set, and you can see him at one point. On top of that, several things are "Roy's", like "Roy's Sauce".
    • "A stranger's plate! A stranger's plate! A STRANGER'S PLATE! A STRANGER'S PLATE!"
    • Duck Guy seems well and truly terrified the entire video, never once feeling at ease or joining in unlike with Sketchbook, Tony, and Colin. Just before he gets his organs eaten, he seems so desperate to escape... But he can't do anything at all, whatsoever.
    • The digestive model, which is apparently alive, getting crushed and mangled during the Health Band's demonstration. It also leaves a gross-looking liquid on the floor.
    • In the beginning, Duck Guy and Yellow Guy try to realize what's missing. They look at a drawing of the trio sitting in the living room, but when they look again, Red Guy has left and is visible in the window, Duck Guy has "X"s for eyes, and Yellow Guy appears to have a Slasher Smile.
    • Now there's only one puppet left. And it's guaranteed that something horrible is going to happen to him next time...
    • It's a bit hard to tell because it moves very fast, but when Duck Guy pushes the camera down, it looks like the red thing that blurs across the screen isn't the steak, it's Red Guy.
    • In that same scene, there's a split-second shot of the microwave...and Red Guy's head is inside.
  • But if this is how strange, shocking and terrifying the DHMIS franchise is, then one shudders to imagine how gory and frightening the sixth and final episode will be...
    • Fortunately it's averted but, that doesn't make the last episode completely nightmare-free.
  • In a recent interview, the focus is mostly on the three main characters, and the silly answers they have for the interview questions. But then, the last question is if Roy has anything to add. His response?

Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 6

  • Episode 6: Surrealism, Paranoia Fuel and enough mindscrewing to cap the series off with a dark case of an Ambiguous Ending.
    • The 6th one has been released and already the thumbnail alone is horrifying— Tony is back. And he looks slightly more surrealistic.
      • And when that scene comes up, much like Duck Guy, Yellow Guy remembers what happened. It explicitly confirms that they experienced their rotting alive experience in 2.
    "You made me die!"
    • Yellow Guy's immediate fear and distress upon being roped into another surreal song is pretty hard to watch.
    • As Yellow Guy actually drowns in oil, we can hear him gasping and gurgling for help. It isn't pretty.
    • One of the lamp's last song lyrics before being interrupted by Tony appearing- "And you can have a dream about losing your friends!"- suggests that, had that song been allowed to continue as planned, things would have gotten...pretty brutal.
    • While Red Guy is messing with the machine, he briefly brings Duck Guy back to life. Duck Guy is understandably freaked out.
    Duck Guy:—fish on my tray! WHAT?! WHERE AM I?!
  • Going frame by frame through the set of teachers who pass by in rapid succession as Red Guy frantically presses buttons shortly before Roy grabs him reveals some real horrors: one is a floating version of Duck Guy's head, only disconcertingly square shaped in every detail. Another seems to be nothing more than a screaming cube of meat that looks like it had been recently flayed alive. Another is Red Guy himself.
    • Earlier highlights include the return of Shrignold, accompanied by some very jarring choir music; the Solar System, whose size, movements and clearly human limbs come across as really offputting which is made worse by the discordant synth riffs; and a deranged-looking football surrounded by floating balls.
    • A small detail: when Tony and Colin reappear, Yellow Guy just gives a startled shout. When Shrignold reappears, he screams.
    • Counts as Fridge Horror once you remember the implications at the end of the third episode....
    • The ending to the entire series:
    Notepad: What's your favorite idea?
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  • The Kickstarter videos.
    • First, there's the entire premise of the puppets being kidnapped and held hostage, with the whole being shot like the setup of a Snuff Film, which several people criticized for crossing the line.
    • In "HELP #1":
      • Red Guy being forced to read a message stating that if the campaign doesn't raise enough money, they will be killed off. Yes, he uses that exact wording.
      • Yellow Guy's reaction to being tied up: "Why are we in my dad's house?" It might just be Yellow Guy being Yellow Guy, but considering what we know about his father...
      • There's also a split-second shot of Sketchbook's face on the floor. Just their face, not the rest of them. They could be dead... or alternatively, they could be still alive, but faceless.
      • Upon closer inspection... They appear to be nailed to the wall. Body Horror, galore!
    • Then, in "HELP #2":
      • There's Yellow Guy having a bag put on his head and yelling, "No, I don't want it!" It's very unsettling, especially since Yellow Guy is also crying while he's talking.
    • "HELP #3" has the Money Man gathering a collection of body parts (which may or may not come from our heroes) into a bag and writing 'YOU' on the bag with what's probably the puppets' blood. All while distorted cheery music plays in the background.
      • The Puppets Need YOU... OR DEAD?
      • The final countdown. The number of days left to save the puppets ticking away with a single tone intensifying in pitch and length is an easy way to get the anxiety rushing, but then once all days are gone...
  • Not in the series itself, but this Vocaloid song made as a tribute to the series is pretty creepy, acting as a mutual Villain Song for Sketchbook and Tony. Especially creepy is the following line, which sums up the "media conditioning children" theme perfectly:
    "Stop all of your thinking and start listening to me!"
  • This song which is also based off of the 6th episode in the series (which is made by the same musician above) is pretty damn creepy as it's sung from the perspective of an completely broken Yellow Guy after the 6th episode. The lyrics in this song are unbelievably creepy, especially if you believe the theory that the Yellow Guy is a child and that his father, Roy, was the Big Bad the whole time. It sounds more like a really nasty song about a child being abused to impossible lengths. These lines are particularly chilling considering the events of this series...
    They are dying
    I am drowning
    Please, help me
    Father, please
    I'll be a good boy...
    • Another particularly unsettling set of lyrics, given how distressingly realistic it is to actual child abuse cases:
    Roy: Have you learned your lesson?
    Yellow Guy: Yes I have.
    Roy: Will you disobey me?
    Yellow Guy: No I won't.
  • The promo for the new episode already teases some scary stuff, such as a machine that resembles the Duck Guy (surrounded by other machines with arms), a ramshacked Mayor's Office, a scene with Duck Guy surrounded by darkness, the town of Clayhill ruined and a weird purple bowling ball thing with a face. Also, there seems to be a new teacher in town.

Alternative Title(s): This Is It


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