- At the start of Act 2, when Queen Marina shows the Luminary the current state of the world, they see a little girl stumble into a church. It initially appears abandoned, but a flash of lightning illuminates the building and it is filled with corpses.
- Finding Rab at the top of the mountian near Angri-la, you come across a mummy that looks like it went through a Sokushinbutsu ritual. Rab spent two weeks at the summit of that mountain meditating just to learn his master's secrets from beyond the grave.
- The Gloomnivore. Think for a second of a monster than keeps a person in a state of perpetual undeath for years on end, making them relive the worst moments in their lives to feed of their depression. The creature is closer to a true demon than any monster or villian in the game.
- The flashback to Erik's past when his sister is turned into a golden statue. The process is slow all while she's crying out for help complete with Futile Hand Reach.
- So the party has to enter a martial arts tournament in Octagonia to get their Plot Coupon. The Luminary is paired up with the returning champion, Vince, who has a good-luck ritual of drinking some strange juice before fights. Other competitors have also been going missing for a while. How are those last two things connected? Vince is kidnapping them and bringing them to a Giant Spider under the city, who apparently drains the life out of them to give Vince a boost in power. Fortunately, the heroes intervene before anyone dies from this, but upon first entering that giant boss chamber full of webbed cocoons, a player would be forgiven for thinking at least a few of them contain corpses. And then said spider boss, Arachtagon, comes back in Act 3 with the ability to brainwash people, turning the MMA fighters disturbingly bloodthirsty in the process.
- When the Luminary has his powers stolen at the Heart of Yggdrasil by Mordegon, it looks as though hes being violated and the Luminary is in pain struggling to get Mordegon out of him! No wonder hes in tears once he escaped Nautica, away from Alizarins rampage.
Nightmare Fuel / Dragon Quest XI