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Nightmare Fuel / Evillious Chronicles

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"Where are you going with that glass, Mr. Grapple?"

From cannibalism to rape to just plain old demonic possession, there's a wealth of creepiness to be had in this series...

Novel-specific entries go on their respective trope pages.

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The Chronicles

  • Conchita eating herself. Her grotesque tastes outside of cannibalism are also completely revolting.
    • Many find the original EFEC song, with its disturbing lyrics and Banica's Descent into Cannibalism, to be nightmare fuel enough for this arc, let alone the content of the novel.
  • The entirety of "The Lunacy of Duke Venomania" is pretty disturbing as well, with the title character making a Deal with the Devil in order to lure women into his harem and keep them as sex slaves. Oh and if you pay close attention to the PV, one of the members of his harem has her age listed as a single digit.
  • Allen's fate in the Story of Evil.
    • And what Riliane did to Elphegort.
    • Riliane's tyrannical reign in general, where she executes innocent people for the flimsiest reasons, including Allen's crush. Seeing her in the manga declare she was dead serious about executing Allen—for not letting her win at tag—was chilling.
    • Wiegenlied isn't safe either. Clarith's reaction when she hears about Michaela's death? She tries to bite her own tongue out! Even the soldiers holding her hostage were freaked out!
  • Ney Phutapie is a fountain of Nightmare Fuel, from her maniacal murder of Michaela in Wiegenlied of Green to raising the dead while laughing in Praeludium of Red.
    • Then there’s her at the ending of the manga "Retrouver of Silver", in which she stabs Mariam in the back while grinning maniacally.
      • Somehow made even creepier in the non-canon stage musical—instead of stabbing her in the back, Ney sneaks up behind Mariam and slashes her throat. And as poor Mariam stumbles offstage to no doubt suffer a very slow and painful death, Ney looks at the audience and smiles serenely.
    • While also heartbreaking, Ney's Villainous Breakdown in Praefacio was this. After having just gleefully stabbed Prim, she turns around and convinces herself Kyle did it, ranting about how she'll kill him for it. And then she gets completely possessed by Banica.
  • "The Tailor of Enbizaka." The song itself is about the titular tailor being sad as she sees her lover with various girls, mentioning crimes happening around the neighborhood. Finally, when a man is killed, she notes that the four people killed were a family. Her "lover" had no idea who she even was.
  • Margarita systematically poisoning everyone in her entire town in "Gift from the Princess who Brought Sleep," and then she felt incredibly happy for it and poisoned herself too.
    • After working on illustrations for the novel, Ichika has even said she finds Margarita the most terrifying of all the sinners. This in comparison to Banica Conchita.
  • "Red Shoe Parade." As cheerful as it sounds, once you realize exactly what's going on, it ends up making "Conchita" sound like a Sesame Street song.
  • In "Capriccio Farce," we have Conchita's servants. Especially the male one.
  • Gallerian's slasher smiles. Especially THIS ONE.
  • "Flower of the Plateau," in which Mikulia kills two people, her old employer and her own son because they're the only ones who know that she used to be a prostitute. The imagery doesn't help. The reveal that Mikulia succumbed to Death by Childbirth and that it was actually Eve really doesn't help.
  • In "The Escape of Salmhofer, the Witch," we see Seth Twiright (played by Hiyama Kiyoteru) smiling creepily as he offers to let Meta become his lab rat.
  • In "Project 'MA'", it is revealed that Eve's supposedly loving relationship with Adam started when he gave her a brainwashing drug called Venom, so she'd be easier to manipulate as Ma.
  • Just when you thought Hansel and Gretel couldn't get any creepier, they pull faces like THIS in the "Waltz of Evil" guidebook. It just looks so...wrong.
  • "Blood-Stained Switch." Where to begin? The protagonist has a psychological disorder that causes a murderous alternate personality to take control of her body at random intervals, and even though the protagonist tries to fight against her, she can't keep her in check. Said alternate personality proceeds to brutally murder her father, leaving his corpse so badly mangled that it's not even recognizable as a human body anymore and instead looks like "a pulpy lump of blood and flesh". The protagonist then receives medication that is supposed to subdue her alternate self, but even this doesn't work.
    • Oh and it gets better: One of her journal entries implies that her father raped her sometime before this. This makes his death seem considerably more justified...
  • The ambiguity of Ma, the Sorceress of Time, as to who and what she is. Her creepy expressions whenever she appears don't help matters.
  • Kayo Sudou deserves special mention for having some decidedly creepy scenes in the yonkoma. Though they're Played for Laughs, it descends into Fridge Horror when you realize that one of them has her following her 'lover' all around town, even when he's taking a bath, and he doesn't seem to notice. Just how long has she been stalking him for?
  • "The Muzzle of Nemesis" features a younger Nemesis smiling sweetly after she kills her own half-sister with a giant, magical octopus.
    • Going into this a little further, the whole sequence that focuses on Gallerian and his already creepy "doll obsession" has Nemesis' voice becoming warped from the rest of the song, and features a shot of the real Michelle screaming in terror as she’s about to drown.
  • "And Then the Girl Went Mad -End of a Moonlit Night-" showcases Ma's horrible parenting skills; namely, she completely abandons Nemesis in their house in the woods, alone, until she slowly starts to go insane and forgets how to feel any emotion except... wrath. Even worse is the fact that Nemesis starts hallucinating that Hansel and Gretel are taunting her and mocking her for being abandoned.
  • The Muzzle of Nemesis album booklet reveals that Nemesis eventually became the Evillious equivalent of Adolf Hitler (complete with being referred to as a "Fuhrer"). She also ends up creating a superweapon known as "Punishment" that could potentially cause the destruction of Evillious itself; during the test run, it burned an entire forest to the ground.
    • And according to Seven Crimes and Punishments? She succeeded.
  • The instrumental "Welcome to the Forest" that opens the "Evils Forest" album. It starts out like a cute, happy romp you would hear in an adventure story. Then it begins to dissipate into something that sounds like it would be right at home in a horror movie. Fittingly enough, it leads into "Master of the Graveyard".
  • The premise behind "Survival 'MA' -Who Will Survive?-". Four women are competing for the right to give birth to the Twin Gods, and all of them are stated as becoming downright demonic in their drive. Even more horrifying, Irina kills all of the contestants, orchestrating Ly Li's death by falling off a cliff, Milky's apparent death by hanging, and literally stabbing Elluka (her own sister-in-law) in the back, shown to do it with a huge Slasher Smile in the PV.
  • Full-Moon Laboratory is pretty creepy, especially since it's out of context of the rest of the series. The Rin-character up trying to revive something (or someone) in a lab? Staining her robes with blood doing so?
    • "La la la la la la la lu lu lu..."
    • One of the lyrics in the first verse is "I will destroy one thing and create something else". Later, she says "I will destroy one thing and keep on destroying". A small aspect of the song, but ominous nonetheless.
  • Kayo's ultimate fate as revealed in "The Weathered Head at Onigashima". She was caught for her crimes, beheaded and her head was hung up in a gibbet and left to rot.
  • While there are high-tension points at several places in the story, it's especially creepy to see the Irregular that was born from the Clockworker's Doll in the "Seven Crimes and Punishments" story's final Wrath chapter. There's just something awfully uncanny about him and how he chases Hansel and Allen brokenly calling for his mother, the doll.
  • Levia and Behemo's backstory in "Barisol's Child is an Only Child". In particular, the fact that Levia was mentioned to have been turning into a HER and the implication that Behemo murdered his own girlfriend for not letting him wear her clothes.
  • Ma's eventual fate at the end of the world in Master of the Heavenly Yard. Having been made up of three different souls, her consciousness would disappear upon death, as despite having a separate mind, she had no soul. In a world where your consciousness lives on as a soul after you die, the prospect of just ceasing to exist is terrifying.
    • Or is it? "grEAT Journey" reveals that Ma isn't truly dead—apparently, her desire to exist was so strong that she lingered on as a ghost, and now she's pursuing Banica Conchita and her companions for unknown reasons.
  • The Court Ending. While Banica and her servants get to traverse other worlds in search of the ultimate evil food, and everyone else gets to be reborn in Allen and Riliane's new world, Adam, Eve, Irina, and Gammon end up stuck in a "Groundhog Day" Loop, returning to a slightly different version of the Original Sin Story with no memory of the events of the series. A bit less terrible than it could be since it's only stated that history will repeat many times, but still - all those tragedies that happened, all those lives that were lost, and every above entry on this page will happen again, and if they don't, god only knows what events might take their place. The karma of "evil" is not over indeed.
  • Banica's Graveyard ending, meanwhile, gives her and her servants the power to travel to other worlds, sampling their residents as more "evil foods". The first world we see her in is a warring nation filled with abnormally large humans. She orders her servants to attack and kill these people and bring her back an enormous steak. Essentially, Banica and her servants never received any justice for their crimes and Banica, when you get right down to it, never changed.
  • Lich Arklow and Eater Sabella. While Eater is really a dandere in a big body, that still doesn't explain just how big he is. Heck, he's able to carry a LOT of people. And Lich's smile is just... creepy. It doesn't help that, although it's revealed that Lich is Michaela's older brother, it was also confirmed in a livestream that he's the Black Rollam Bird that attacked Michaela in Wiegenlied. Cain and Abel, much?
  • In the PV for master of the heavenly yard there is a segment of total darkness with only the "Sleep Princess" alone in it. As she begins singing the opening of "Project 'Ma'" her voice slows down more and more as she repeats "My name is" before the screen glitches out as she closes in on the screen until it cuts out completely. A bit of a cheap shot jump scare, but the build up is perfect.
  • The Karma of Evil will Not End, the song describing the aforementioned Court Ending. The singer describes the "Groundhog Day" Loop that Adam, Eve, Irina, and Gammon are trapped in in a creepy near-monotone, and the usage of backmasked leitmotifs note , Sdrawkcab Speech, and general audio distortion gives it the musical equivalent of Uncanny Valley. The entire song feels wrong.
    • This post playing the song in reverse. It's even creepier, especially since it opens with Neo Adam and Neo Eve doing a good example of Creepy Children Singing.
  • Banica Concerto has a very intense moment wherein the Neo Black Box starts to break down and nearly crash, which consists of Arte, Pollo, Lich and Eater all panicking as the ship's alarm goes off, the controls shut down, the power goes out, all escape methods are cut off, the emergency repairs fail and the fuel catches fire, all while Banica simply demands that fly toward her target at full speed. Fortunately, it's revealed at the end that they somehow managed to get the ship on track again.
  • "Moonlit Bear", which starts off with Eve finding these magical fruits in a forest, taking them with the goal of making her husband happy and encountering an evil bear who wants the fruit back. Sounds like a nice adventure story, right? Then at the end it's revealed that the fruit are really babies and the bear is the distraught mother. Made even worse when it's revealed that she murdered the mother to steal the children.
  • While not as scary as some others, "Blood-Stained Switch" is still pretty creepy. A girl talks about how her father was slaughtered by the machinery in the factory he works in, and later reveals that she had an alter ego that killed him out of revenge for being abused by him. The song ends with the girl exclaiming that she's not evil, and begging not to be given an injection. It's even worse if you can read Japanese, where the girl's diary entries flash on the screen and tell about how her "kind father" was really abusive, implied to be sexually abusive.
  • The fate of Eve's father in the Original Sin Story: Crime novel.

Fan content

  • Just when you though Conchita couldn't get any creepier, we have this (gorgeous) cosplay version of the PV. Due to supplementary materials being lacking at the time of its creation, it takes a lot of artistic liberties, but those liberties manage to make the whole thing all the more unsettling; the video depicts the masterminds behind Banica's descent into madness as being none other than Arte and Pollo, who soon take delight in the revelation that Banica has gotten so gluttonous that she craves human flesh. They proceed to slaughter all the other servants in the manor, in a montage interspersed with them serving Banica their remains, and it culminates in the two of them turning on each other.
  • Utaite Sekihan's cover of "Tailor Shop on Enbizaka" actually manages to be scarier than the original—during each verse, you can hear women Kayo is killing screaming.