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This show started out as sort of a Denser and Wackier take on The Simpsons, which of course already has enough regular Defanged Horrors. In recent years (especially after getting uncancelled for the second time in 2005), it's started going into South Park territory.

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  • If you pay attention, the concept of family with the Griffins is very disturbing if you think about it. Each family member is, or represented at least one trait of a mentally ill person. In the most recent episodes, it is easier to say that the family has become so dysfunctional, they make The Simpsons look like The Brady Bunch. Comparisons have even been made to the Gang, one of the most dysfunctional and dangerous groups on television!
    • "Seahorse Seashell Party" had Meg snap at her whole family, blasting them for their flaws and how badly they had treated her over the years. One would think Meg finally catches a break as her family breaks down in tears from the revelation, but Meg later realizes that the reason her family treats her like shit is because they need someone to expel all their negative energy into and without Meg for that, they would turn on each other. Meg decides to apologize for what she said and lets her family abuse her again for the sake of keeping everyone slightly sane. Most fans may see this as a cheap in-universe reason for why Meg is abused in nearly every episode.
  • Some of Stewie's murders.
  • While Quagmire appears simply like a Loveable Sex Maniac most of the time, in later season he gears more and more into Nightmare Fuel territory with his sexual deviancy. While he's never shown (onscreen at least) to engage in violent rape, he's obviously committed date rape multiple times, he's been in incest encounters, one time with his own post-op transsexual father (though he clearly didn't enjoy it and only did it as part of a dare), joked about having sex with his own illegitimate daughter once she turns 18, bestiality, necrophilia (something even he's expressed shame about), and all manner of bizarre fetishes. "Fighting Irish" revolved around his 1000th sexual encounter being a cooked large mouth sea bass for God's sake.
    Quagmire: *while dragging a dead prostitute that Stewie shot into his house* God, what is wrong with me, am I just sick?!
    • Quagmire raping Marge and killing all the Simpson family is very disturbing, especially if you love The Simpsons more than Family Guy. It was so bad that Matt Groening was mad at Seth MacFarlane about it. They've since made up.
    • Harkening back to the date rape, he's got an RV equipped to force the person in the passenger seat into oral sex with nothing more than a few presses of the buttons on his dashboard.
  • Much of the Meg-bashing. Face it, it sucks to be her!
    • Some episodes depict her dabbling into Self-Harm, probably as a result of all of the abuse.
  • Meg's increasing and obvious Sanity Slippage. For example, she wishes she had softer voices in her head on the Christmas Episode "Road to the North Pole."
    • Or when she dated a corpse and pretended that it was still alive.
    • Or when she went Yandere on Brian a la Fatal Attraction and again with Joe.
  • All of the times Peter's gotten raped (by everyone from his own wife to hardened prisoners to animals and even the visible steam that comes from the old "Follow Your Nose" cartoon gag). It's quite disturbing.
  • Some of the collateral damage and injuries during Ernie the Giant Chicken fights. Which results in excessive collateral damage to both property and innocent bystanders. In Internal Affair shows Ernie, in this order: falling from a great height and getting strangled by a chain. Luckily for him, the chain breaks... which leads to him falling and getting impaled by a giant spike metal, which then bursts out through his neck! You'd think that be enough, but no. The spike bends, putting the his body next to a rocket engine, which activates, essentially roasting him. Finally, in the aftermath, we see Ernie's impaled, cooked body floating through the ocean.... and his eyes open. At THIS point, the viewer actually feels sympathy for Ernie, because regardless of his feud with Peter, he didn't deserve what he just went through.
    • The one from Yug Ylimaf begins with Brian and Stewie looking at all the damage after the plane crashed, before the reverse fight.
    Stewie: My God, look at all this devastation!
    Brian: What the hell happened?
  • Brian is a canine who's been anthropomorphized and is overall sapient, but there have been instances where he's shown behaving like a normal dog of course. Few of these instances can seem out of character and may trigger one's fear of dogs.

    Pre-Cancellation: Seasons 1- 3 
  • The "Super-Griffins" segment of Viewer Mail #1, due to the implied and outright stated amount of collateral damage. In short, never give any of the Griffins super-powers. Unless it's Meg.
  • The post-apocalyptic episode, Da Boom. The whole episode was scary, especially where Stewie mutates into a head with octopus arms, then lays eggs, which hatch into MORE Stewie heads with octopus arms, that take over the town.
  • Stewie nightmare about being kidnapped by Santa in "A Very Special Family Guy Freakin' Christmas".
  • From "When You Wish Upon A Weinstein": "Tony Robbins hungry!" It was disturbing the way Tony Robbins engulfed Peter like a python.
  • Three words: No. Paper. Towels.
  • "Dammit Janet's" "Realm of Forgotten Children"
  • The inside of Stewie's mouth at near the end of "Mind Over Murder".

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    Post-Cancellation 

Season 4

  • Being a parody of Poltergeist, the episode Petergeist had some genuinely disturbing moments, such as when Peter tears his face and morphing into Hank Hill.
    Peter: (laugh) Propane.
  • James Woods unstable Crazy Jealous Guy side which shows up in "Peters Got Woods".
    • The scene where Peter and Brian come home and see Woods waiting like a stood-up date.
  • In "Deep Throats", Cleveland wrecking Brian's cab with a baseball bat, then turning into a black panther, a reference to the panther dance from Michael Jackson's Black Or White.
  • Lois getting drenched in scalding hot cooking oil in "Petarded." After nearly 10 years, Alex Borstein's scream is still just as chilling.
  • Joan in "I Take Thee Quagmire": "I love you, Glenn." (insert Slasher Smile).
    • Peter convinces him to get a divorce using champagne and Lois's breasts, and when he tries to broach the subject she threatens to cut herself with a kitchen knife and then cut him.
  • Peter and Stewie's disastrous visit to Disney World in "The Courtship Of Stewie's Father", which turns out to be run on standards based on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. All the "puppets" in the Small World ride turns out to be kidnapped children that Disney staff have been grabbing when their parents turn their backs and forced into corporate slavery. After Peter frees the children, he has to fend off several angry security guards trying to kill him and Stewie, and is finally confronted outside by Michael Eisner, who is standing in for Mola Ram, including the heart-ripping thing. And like Ram, Eisner is devoured by crocodiles. Unlike Mola Ram who was Obviously Evil, there is something very unsettling about seeing a straight laced businessman like Eisner suddenly go wild eyed and begin a thugee chant while trying to tear someones heart out.
    Eisner: Kali Ma! KALI MA!! KALI MAAAA!!!
  • In the episode Patriot Games, Stewie demands money back from Brian after a loan. And by 'demands,' we mean violently brutal beatdowns. For god's sake, he even breaks one of Brian's legs the second time around and then kneecaps him (in both knees to boot) for good measure. The use of a flamethrower would be pure overkill if the issue wasn't resolved immediately afterward and Brian's injuries turning into mostly darkened fur rather than actual burns. And then Brian shoves Stewie into the grill of a moving bus at the episode end for this.

Season 5

  • In "Whistle While Your Wife Works," Peter accidentally blows all his fingers off with fireworks.
  • From "Barely Legal," Joe is training Peter, Glenn, and Cleveland to be cops. They are locked in a room together, Joe, who can see them through the window, says: "One of you is on PCP. In a few seconds, one of you will go completely insane." Quagmire calmly looks at his wrist, and says nonchalantly: "Ugh... How'd all this skin get on here?" and proceeds to rip his own skin off as Peter and Cleveland scream bloody murder.
  • Meg's extremely unhealthy obsession over Brian, which led to her kidnapping him and trying to rape him.
  • The ending of "Chick Cancer." Stewie killing Olivia and Victor by fire?
    • Subverted due to the fact that Olivia appears in "The Boys in the Band" completely unharmed.

Season 6

  • In "Padre de Familia" in a cutaway where Peter is hired as a Mary Poppins-esque nanny, only to crash into the room and smash the children into the floor, killing them. After realizing what he's done, he proceeds to jab them underneath the bed with his umbrella while vomiting and crying. Jarring, to say the least.
  • In "Stewie Kills Lois," Brian discovering Stewie's revelation.
    Stewie: You know, Meg has really flourished since Lois was murdered.
    Brian: What are you talking about? Lois's death was an accident.
    Stewie: Which is just what someone who pulled off the perfect murder would want you to think.
    Brian: What the hell are you... (suddenly agitated) Stewie, did you... did you kill Lois?
    Stewie: (as he speaks, his head slowly and creepily turns sideways) Of course I didn't, Brian. Remember what you said??? I'm all talk. I wouldn't possibly go through with it. I'll just poop and fall asleep!
  • "Lois Kills Stewie" has Stewie going Up to Eleven by holding a gun and threatening to kill his own family. He even kills Cleveland, who was sent to heaven. The episode was actually a vision.

Season 7

  • A minor one in Road to Germany, where Brian and Stewie traveled back in time to find Mort and are attending the wedding of one of Mort's ancestors. As the (Jewish) music plays the scene switches between happy wedding guests dancing with the couple and the Nazis rolling out tanks and aircraft ready to begin attacking Poland. Then the bombing starts and the music stops, the dancers stop and look at the doors. It's just creepy...
  • A joke in "Ocean's Three and a Half" that shows the midsection of Seamus to be made out of wood.
    Peter: ...how the hell are you alive?!
  • In "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", while at a Star Trek convention, Peter decides to try on Geordi's visor, only to slip it on and see the vision of dozens of Klansmen glaring at him angrily while carrying torches and ready to attack or kill him. He then takes it off and screams out why would anyone want to see that. It's just as terrifying as it is unfunny.
    • Also, seeing Meg's swollen face due to being infected with the mumps (and the story behind how she got it) is rather creepy.

Season 8

  • The ending to the Disney Universe sequence in "Road to the Multiverse". Mort, portrayed as a stereotypical Jewish man with a Star of David necklace, pays the Griffins a visit. Then, we get a POV of every character in the scene save for Stewie and Brian giving Mort a menacing look (the Tom Tucker bunny has a Slasher Smile) as they shout "JEW!". Meg than aims her tentacle right at the camera, pulling Mort right into their clutches and they start beating him. As Stewie and Brian watch helplessly, Mort loses some teeth and blood offscreen.
    • It doesn't end there. In "Family Goy", Mort says that being shot is how people say hello to him.
  • In the subplot of "Quagmire's Baby", Stewie creates a retarded clone of himself (dubbed Bitch-Stewie). Later, he creates a "Bitch-Brian" even more dumb than "Bitch-Stewie." At the end of the episode, both clones slowly begin to decay— Bitch-Brian loses his jaw, and his upper row of teeth— gums too. And Bitch-Stewie has an eyeball hanging out. Suddenly, Bitch-Brian melts extremely graphically, with his muscles and bones visible (the bones melt too). And Bitch-Stewie melts, too. Afterwards, Brian comments he has an urge to lick the bloody puddle of ex-clones.
  • In "Dog Gone", Brian unties a violent dog, who then viciously attacks and kills a smaller dog by biting it clean in half before being shot to death by cops. Not before biting one of the cops in the neck. The fact that there are dogs like that in Real Life just makes it worse.
    Stewie: I think that's why it was tied up.
    • The dog who ground its own paws to bony stumps.
  • Stewie's head injury in Brian Griffin's House of Payne. He is unconscious, his brain is visible, starts to rot, even a raccoon starts mauling it.
  • "The Splendid Source", since it was based off a short story, is pretty dark and unusual. One moment that stands out is when the gang is caught by The Men in Black and have burlap sacks put over their heads while The Men in Black whack them unconscious with their guns.
    • Also, when Peter stabs Cleveland with a pencil (and Cleveland returning the favor a bit later).
  • "April In Quahog" has its moments:
    Peter: Let 'er go!
  • A bull raping Peter in "Dial Meg For Murder."
  • Brian & Stewie has Brian and Stewie getting drunk on scotch. Then Stewie asks Brian to pierce his left ear. However, Brian's not too careful with it and causes the ear to bleed. Then Brian says that it's too thick to go all the way through and yanks it out. Stewie's ear is open and bleeding profusely.
    Brian: Oh, wow! Oh, [bleep].
    Stewie: Wha-wha-wha-what is it?
    Brian: There's so much blood.
    Stewie: Ew!
    • This line in particular, when Brian is looking at Stewie's left ear and we see a close-up of it, with the bottom cut open:
    Brian: I don't think it's gonna close.

Season 9

  • "And Then There Were Fewer". After Lois figured out it was Diane Simmons who did it, the scene where Lois' eyes go wide and then Diane slowly tilts her head, could send shivers down anyone's spine.
  • In "Trading Places", Peter is prepared to go to high school armed with a gun for a parody of Columbine-style shootings. When Lois tells him to go to school as a regular kid, Peter calls a guy to tell him the shooting's off. But then we heard guns going off and people screaming on the other end. The joke is even more depressing thanks to what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.
    • Chris screaming in pain from the pain in his stomach (in reality he was experiencing the signs of a heart attack), its just unnerving to hear someone like Chris scream in that type of pain.
  • Santa, the deformed elves, and the carnivorous reindeer from "Road to the North Pole."
    • In that same episode the Adult Fear that takes place when Stewie and Brian while trying to be Santa Clause, break into a house, kill a dad who was trying to call the police on them after discovering them in his kitchen, then brutally knock out the mother with the same bat in front of their daughter to cover their tracks. They then proceed to tie up the sobbing daughter and spend over an hour cleaning up all the blood, before they realize they're in the wrong house as the police arrive. Even Stewie of all people seemed horrified by their actions.
    Stewie: First of all, we're not even Santa anymore! This has been a home invasion!
  • Deidre in "Baby, You Knock Me Out", murdered three of her opponents in the ring and planned to make Lois her fourth victim. And to make it matter worse, some boxers have murdered some of their opponents in the ring in real life, and somehow went on their lives knowing they can take a life with just a few, skilled punches.
    Brian: Her fists are so dangerous, she's not allowed to be a lesbian!
  • Evil Stewie, full stop. His actions are probably some of the most violent and graphic scenes in the history of Western Animation and make regular Stewie's crimes look like Dennis the Menace.
  • In "The Hand that Rocks the Wheelchair", Meg jumps in front of Joe's car as he's driving so she could be "just like him." Seriously, that girl is messed up.

Season 10

  • The scenes of the episode "Seahorse Seashell Party" pictured above, when Brian is hallucinating from mushroom, contain the most horrible, grotesque and terrifying scenes in the show. Among them, Stewie becoming a kind of snake-demon. After that, comes something even worse: Brian is transported to a hallucinogenic trip where everything is dark and horrible, and there he observes Peter naked, tortured and roasted by monsters and demons while singing "The Wheels on the Bus" (the image on the right, so here, draw your own conclusions), Lois twisting the head and leaving two snakes for eyes. The laughter the Stewie devil makes while Brian falls into a bottomless pit in hell is very disturbing too.
  • "Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q": Everything about the episode was just frightening and depressing, as it's Family Guy actually showing that Domestic Abuse isn't funny.
    • The worst part for many, was watching Jeff Fecalman (Brenda's abusive boyfriend) absolutely pummel Quagmire in a completely one-sided fight, and strangling Quagmire to death. Fortunately, Quagmire survives because of all the times he practiced auto-erotic asphyxiation, and kills Jeff with his car.
  • The cutaway gag of James Woods' resurrection in "Tom Tucker: The Man And His Dream", where doctors transfusing a life force out of a 17-year old girl to him.
    • And apparently, Chris doesn't take bad news very well.
  • "Killer Queen" has Chris being strangled to near death. And it's not Patrick! But an obese eating champion who is envious of Chris.
    • Plus the flashback shots of Patrick strangling fat people and his entrance to Lois and the others.
    • Those who were strangled at the fat camp have discolored skin, veins popping out of their necks, and their are mouths wide open (probably with looks of horror). The thing is they all had similar features like Chris, mainly blond hair.
    • Stewie notices the Uncanny Valley that is Queen's News of the World robot.
    • That goddamn Jump Scare with the scratch-off card.
    • Then the robot's appearance near the end (think of the ending to Fun and Fancy Free).
  • Peter getting mauled by a puma in You Can't Do That On Television, Peter.
  • "Leggo My Meg-O". It's not surprising if you're familiar with the film it's based on.
  • Some parts of the climactic fight between Stewie and Penelope in "Mr. and Mrs. Stewie", including where Stewie stabs Penelope right through the arm. See the entire fight here.
    • Penelope giving a kid who pushed Stewie a piece of candy laced with glue, causing him to graphically choke to death on it (complete with the sight of the kid clawing at his own throat).
    Stewie: Don't push.
  • "Amish Guy" has Peter doing the really old cartoon gag where the steam coming off a freshly baked pie forms beckoning fingers and tries to go up Peter's nose, which is supposed to draw Peter into eating the pie. When Peter refuses, the steam somehow starts ripping off Peter's clothes so it can rape him. We then see the steam is also holding Quagmire's eyes open, forcing him to watch.
    Peter: WHAT KIND OF PIE IS THIS?!!
  • Family Guy Viewer Mail 2:
    • The ending of the "Fatman and Robin" sketch in Family Guy Viewer Mail #2. We have a twist on the classic Midas Touch story. After made angry by a Robin Williams roast, he shouts to God that he wishes everyone was Robin Williams. He's struck by lightning, and when he wakes up in the hospital, discovers he has the power to turn whoever he touches into Robin Williams. He starts out having fun, turning his kids, Tom Tucker, various patrons at the Drunken Clam, Joe's legs, and several others into Robin Williams. Then he wakes up, and discovers that Lois has been turned into Robin Williams. He comes down to Brian for help, shaking him in panic, turning him into Robin Williams. A tea kettle he picks up gets the face of Robin Williams.. He tries to blow his brains out, the revolver turns into Robin Williams. He runs out the door (which turns into Robin Williams) running with all the Robin Williams' around, jumps in front of a car to kill himself, the car turns into Robin Williams and he's fine. He's chased by a mob of Robin Williams' to a cliff, and they're all telling jokes. He jumps and notices the large rock below him, closing his eyes and smiling, as he'll be released from this nightmare. The rock turns into Mrs. Doubtfire and he's unscathed. After convincing all but 5 Robins to leave Quahog, we cut to the Griffin's kitchen, with the Robin's dressed as Peter's family members (Stewie actually wasn't turned since he disguised himself, but Peter didn't know that) with Peter, who's hair and clothes are a mess, with a disturbed looking grin on his face.. Brian Robin asks for coffee, which Peter passes him, revealing that he chopped off his own hands, leaving still-bleeding stumps. Now THAT's messed up.
    Brian!Robin: Hey Peter, can you pass the coffee?
    Peter: (disturbingly calm) Sure, Brian the Dog. Anything for my family.
    • In the "Point of Stew" segment. Brian chases a squirrel down with his car on the road. When he kills it, we see the squirrel squished and smeared all over his car tire. Just...ugh.
    Stewie: He can't hurt you anymore. (closes the squirrel's eyes)
  • The cutaway gag involving Peter's Mexican gas in Stewie Goes For a Drive:
    Mexican gas spirit: CON CUIDAAAADO ES EL STIIIIIIIIINKO!
  • Back to the Pilot, anyone? The CG sequence in particular. Surreal animation and Frogmire getting blown apart by a terminator-like Joe, in particular...
  • Peter ripping a man's face off in "Grumpy Old Man".
    • Also Stewie getting his ears impaled with knitting needless after a car crash.
  • In "Quagmire and Meg", the girls going crazy at the Teen Choice Awards(I.E. smashing their heads on the stage, ripping out their eyeballs) and then Wilford Brimley going on a shooting rampage with a shotgun.

Season 11

  • A Cutaway Gag from "The Old Man and the Big 'C'" where four women madly eat each other. See here.
    • For those too afraid to look, it starts out with the four of them laughing at a bad joke about dessert, which quickly follows into Laughing Mad as their laughter becomes shriller and their eyes slightly unfocused, and then they just start taking large bites out of each other's faces without stopping their laughter. The waiter and patrons just look on in horror.
  • The entire "Yug Ylimaf" episode. Brian's shenanigans with Stewie's time machine forces the flow of time to go in reverse, meaning everything that happened in the past is now going to happen once more but from the end to the beginning. At first it starts off funny, such as showing the infamous Peter VS The Giant Chicken fights and the bathtub gags with Cleveland going in reverse and the one scene where Peter, Chris, Stewie, and Brian wind up reverse vomiting. Later, Stewie goes through his painful experiences of body development once again, which are teething (reversed so now he loses his teeth) and walking (he loses his body strength to stand up so he can no longer walk). Stewie then gets stuffed back into Lois' body as his birth scene goes backwards.
  • Sheldon the Turtle from "Lois Comes Out of Her Shell", who messes with the family's lives before trying to kill Stewie at all costs. One of the things he does is replacing Peter's glasses with forks.
  • Meg's heart in "Friends Without Benefits". It's on her head, which is the reason why she wears a hat all the time — though Meg has gone hatless before, and that heart was not there. What's worse is that Dr. Hartman doesn't bother doing anything about it nor does Lois beg Dr. Hartman to do something about it.
  • "Brian's Play" has a meth-addict Big Bird.
    • Also, we see a couple of other writers committing suicide, one of which shoot himself through the mouth, with visible brains spilling.
  • Ben Fishman's dead, frozen body in "Into Fat Air," followed by the Griffins eating him.
  • "Ratings Guy" has Chris spraying Peter with a fire hose on full force, leaving behind nothing but his skull.
    • And the fire shooting the fireman before killing himself.
  • "Joe's Revenge" has Peter doing making a "scalding hot asphalt angel" in Mexico, which causes his back to burn and leave only muscle and backbone.
    Peter: Second-degree burns, first-degree fun!
  • The ending to "Twelve and a Half Angry Men". Stewie says that since Mayor West was found not guilty of the murder, he says that there's a maniac still on the loose cutting peoples' power and killing them, with two of the murders happening on Spooner Street that very week. Then the lights go off.
    Stewie: Annnnnnnnd we're dead.
  • Chris getting his face removed at the end of "Save the Clam."
    • This one requires a bit of elaboration. Meg gets a job at a local morgue, but Chris steals one of the bodies she's preparing for a funeral so he can use it to get into R-rated movies. After she finds out that he accidentally ruined the body by going swimming with it, Meg forces Chris to stand in for the body during the funeral, only for the deceased's wife to tell her that the man was an organ donor and he'll be donating his face to a woman who had hers torn off in a chimpanzee attack.
    Faceless!Chris: Meg, though you cannot tell, I am frowning.

Season 12

  • "Vestigial Peter". Just the idea that Peter not only had a vestigial twin, but there's also the fact that it was fully developed and that it could talk is somehow disturbing.
    • Sears has turned into a post-apocalyptic nightmare after decades of low business, complete with roaming Mad Max-style gangs.
  • Sonja from "Quagmire's Quagmire" is Nightmare Fuel at best. An Ax-Crazy, Yandere, sexual maniac woman completely obsessed with Quagmire. Her most disturbing moment is when she tortures Glen with brass knuckles and whips, and then kidnaps him.
  • Arguably, Brian after he shaves himself in "A Fistful Of Meg", although to some he comes across as Ugly Cute (he looks a little like a real life naked mole rat).
    • Chris clawing out his own eyeballs after seeing the aforementioned hairless Brian.
    • Michael "Mental Mike" Pulaski in general. A screaming psychopath clearly capable of killing somebody whose Hair-Trigger Temper is treated dead seriously by the rest of the cast. He's basically Jeff Fecalman 2.0!
      • Plus the scene where Meg sends four tough guys to beat him up. Next time we see them, they're all blood-riddled corpses, and Meg sees the words "YOU'RE NEXT, MEG!" written on the wall in their blood.
      • Mike melting after he sees Meg's boobs.
    • When Chris gives Meg "her back".
    • Peter cutting his own penis, then gives it to Brian in a package, and then appearing and laughing while bleeding in his lower parts because of the mutilation.
  • "Boopa-Dee Boppa-Dee". When Peter announces that the family is staying in Italy forever, Stewie decides to do what Italians go and murder their brothers. Stewie then puts a garrote around Chris' neck as blood comes out.
  • Everything involving Brian's death was this before he was brought back.
    • The DVD scene of Vinny taking a bloodbath (If it offers some consolation, it's not actually blood, it's tomato juice).
  • In "Into Harmony's Way", the opening theme with Vinny is just jarring. It's something straight out of Creepypasta and suddenly made Brian's death so much more real until he was saved a week later.
    Kermy Jr.: Kill me! I'm in constant pain!
    • At the end of the episode, Peter goes inside a bus and commits suicide by shooting himself.
  • In "Christmas Guy", the line where Stewie talks about throwing up to maintain his figure. That's right, a one year old having bulimia. Just think about how terrible that is.
  • "Peter Problems": Remember that urban legend where the babysitter cooks the baby instead of dinner? Peter invokes this to a horrifying degree — he is seen talking to his kids about cooking them a Cornish game hen dinner, only to find out he's wound up cooking his children and seating the game hens for dinner, instead of the other way around. Him pulling a completely roasted Chris out of the oven as well as views of a frozen Stewie and Meg's severed head exploding in the stove is what invokes the Nightmare Fuel, (though they appear later on, alive and well, eating at the table without any explanation given). if only for the fact that it makes him look more dangerously psychotic than incompetent.
    • An earlier scene from the same episode, where Peter tries to push a whale back into the ocean using a forklift. He ends up impaling him and tearing him apart in the process. This scene is sure to especially horrify animal lovers.
  • "Grimm Job": The "Little Red Riding Hood" segment has the woodsman (Peter) splitting the wolf (Brian) and the grandma (Barbara Pewterschmidt) open with a chainsaw. Worse, Stewie pointed out the woodsman wasn't saving him but was in fact just a psycho out murdering people, as he almost immediately went to another house and did the same thing to someone else.
    • The end of the episode is pretty jarring. When Peter says good night to Chris, Herbert appears as soon as Peter closes the door. Worse yet, when Peter says good night to Meg, the camera pans to show that she had apparently hung herself! Seriously, what is with Season 12's obsession with death?
  • Peter's hairless twin in "Fresh Heir." Later in the episode, we hear Peter arguing with him offscreen, a gun shot, then his twin wearing his clothes.
  • The effects of tobacco on Peter's appearance in "Secondhand Spoke." Be this as noted, the effects would be worse in Real Life.
  • Stewie getting Herpes in "Herpe the Love Sore"
    • And Brian has herpes all under his fur (which, let's not forget, he already looks unnerving without!)
    Stewie: You're more herpes than dog!
    Lois: Peter, would you like a glass of—OH MY GOD!!! I TOLD YOU NOT TO PLAY GOD WITH THOSE ANTS!!!'
  • In "Meg Stinks!", we finally learn how Peter funds all of his wacky shenanigans.....armed robbery.
  • Peter being in possession of apparent child pornography in "He's Bla-ack!". Yes, you read that right.
    Peter: ...women will always band together to stop an offensive art exhibit from coming to town, so I've arranged for all my photos of baby wieners to be put on display.
    Peter: What? Why? It's to get our wives back together!
    Cleveland: Peter, these are HUNDREDS of naked babies in SUGGESTIVE situations! And they're time stamped as far back as 1998, which is way before we had this idea!
    Peter: *breaks down crying* I need help!
    • This would be brought up once again in a somewhat more implied manner with "The 2,000 Year Old Virgin".
    Joe: (Suspicious about one particular picture) Peter, how old is that girl?
    Peter: (Nervous about the picture) Excuse me.
    (Peter runs out of the house, drives off to a pier, and throws his laptop in the sea before being picked up by Seamus alongside a cargo-load of laptops.)
    Seamus: Yarrrrr, there be a lot of sickos out there today.
  • Stewie's tantrum in Chap Stewie, during which he turns completely red, sheds Berserker Tears, and violently attacks anyone who approaches him.
  • Let's face it. All of Season 12 is Nightmare Fuel in and of itself. Nearly every episode has something excessively gory and disturbing in it, which is one of many reasons why it's now considered the worst season by fans.

Season 13

  • "The Simpsons Guy": Peter and Homer's chicken fight, which ends with both men's faces graphically contorting from punishing each other (including Homer's eye falling out of its socket).
    • The moment where a nuclear-powered Peter and nuclear-powered Homer clash, causing an atomic explosion that fries all the nearest bystanders, men, women, and children, alike, to unrecognizably charred skeletons. And all the burnt up corpses are stuck in the poses of the victims' last moments trying to shield themselves to no avail as they died in agony. A scene so atrociously cruel that you wonder if the animators and storyboarders are batshit insane.
    • The whole fight is easily the most graphic thing the Simpsons have ever been involved in, even making the more gorey episodes of Treehouse of Horror look tame. Right after the close-up there's a scene where Peter crushes Homer's hand with a boulder. Seeing Homer screaming in agony is disturbing to watch, especially if you're a long time fan who's grown up watching the character since the beginning. Likewise Homer chomping down on Peter's balls is unsettling as Peter wails and collapses frothing at the mouth.
  • Brian looking anorexic after he becomes obsessed with jogging in "The Book of Joe," especially the scene with all of his nipples showing. Brian also breaks his leg while jogging, complete with the bone going through his leg.
  • "Brian the Closer" has a scene where Peter tries to get out of doing something boring by giving himself a nosebleed...by sticking a pair of scissors up his nostrils! And this happened twice!
    • Peter causing the accident that disfigured Brian. It's not just because of the end result (Brian losing all of his teeth and having his nose completely smashed), but the fact that this is animal abuse Played for Laughs. Worse yet, Lois' refusal to pay to treat Brian because he's not a human and laughing it off as if it was a joke, even though it was Peter's fault this happened? Dear God! How would you like to be deformed after an accident, be in need of medical help, and have your loved ones do that to you?! It's also a Tear Jerker in that regard.
      • During the same scene of Brian's accident, Peter kills a child, and doesn't care.
  • Joe's foot somehow getting pregnant in "This Little Piggy".
  • The entirety of "Encyclopedia Griffin." Chris's imaginary girlfriend is just creepy.
  • Stewie giving birth in "Stewie Is Enceinte". That is all to say.
    • The idea of a toddler-aged boy getting pregnant is nightmare fuel itself.
    • Brian and Stewie's messed-up dog/human hybrid babies.
    • One of the babies drowns at the park.
    • Brian and Stewie disposing of the babies at an animal shelter, with the very obvious implication that they're not going to be adopted, so they're all going to get euthanized and neither Brian or Stewie seem to care.
      • They actually get adopted by Bruce in a deleted scene.
      • Proven in that earlier, one of the babies had died simply because he could not hear the lawnmower. Oh.
    • In the same episode, Peter, Quagmire, Cleveland and Joe are trying to make a viral video. One of Peter's attempts was taking a picture of himself smiling in the mirror every day for a year and making a slideshow out of it. Towards the end, Toshio from The Grudge begins appearing in the background, getting closer with each picture until he comes face to face with Peter and scaring the absolute hell out of him. After that, Peter goes from smiling to being a nervous wreck, with his eyes going bloodshot, stubble appearing all over his face and sweat stains all over his shirt, implying he's too frightened to sleep. It then cuts back to the Clam with Peter looking like he did in the slideshow.
    Peter: [Nervously] Yeah so, we're uh...thinking about selling the house...
    [Toshio appears behind Peter]
  • In "Once Bitten", the fear of dogs may be triggered when watching Brian bite Peter's arm, similar to what happened in a previous episode. Unlike the last instance, however, this one's treated more grimly in graphic details and closeup. Added that it happens twice in this episode, and Brian initially isn't even remorseful the first time it happens. And when he bites, he does so not only out of anger but apparently of pure savage animalistic instincts.
  • In general, Season 13 is just as bad as Season 12. Every episode has something just downright disturbing in it. Brian's death and near-immediate resurrection are the only things it doesn't have, and why it seems to be somewhat better received.

Season 14

  • Tiny Tom Cruise in "Papa Has a Rollin' Son".
    Tom: If you think you're getting away from me, you got a crazy laugh comin', friend! AHAHAAHAHAH!
  • Peter, Joe, Quagmire and Cleveland murdering an innocent man in "Peternormal Activity". The reason? They were writing a horror movie script in an old abandoned asylum for inspiration, and accidentally killed the caretaker whom they mistook for the urban legend serial killer with the hook hand. Unsurprisingly, they all descend into paranoia afterwards, and start thinking of different ways to shift the blame on to each other. Eventually, they end up in a Mexican standoff on the custodian's grave. The situation is only alleviated at the end when it turns out the man was actually a Klan leader who stole war medals.
    • The custodian rising from the grave in the end. Somewhat mitigated by the fact that his car immediately does the exact same thing.
  • Stewie being abused by his robot "friend" in "Guy Robot", which is played like a school bully picking on a kid trying to impress him.
  • Lois beating the hell out of Peter with a magazine in "A Shot In The Dark" can be straight up disturbing to some; to others it can be incredibly satisfying.
  • Peter's sister Karen's bullying of him in "Peter's Sister", which goes from humorous to Dude, Not Funny!, including choking him until he passes out. It directly draws parallels to Peters treatment of Meg, but even Peters abuse isn't usually THAT bad, at least not outside cutaways.
    • Also, Karen, a professional wrestler, apparently DIES at the end from the injuries she sustained when Meg hit her with a chair when she saved Peter during a match with Karen. And Peter, for obvious reasons, refuses to donate blood to her.
    • In a moment of hypnosis by Quagmire to try to make Peter face his fears, he brings his mind to a young point - that promptly makes Peter go all demonic with physical flames in his hands. Is Peter a demon, was he one in a past life, or what the Hell?
      "I see the six stations of the Lord's order, and they will all BURN!"
  • "Hot-Pocket Dial" has the ending dialogue, where Lois talks about all the random impulsive thoughts most people deal with throughout the day, both violent and sexual. The scary part? Joe brings up how he doesn't disagree how North Korean dictator Kim-Jong is doing things. At the end, when Lois summarizes the moral, she even points out that Joe is actually worse than the rest.
    • Hell, just her moral at the end, that we should all live in a state of bland compromise so we don't rock the boat of our relationships, isn't exactly bright either. Apparently the only choices in our lives is to choose between indulging in every cruel, violent impulse we have, or live in a meaningless, grey fog.
  • From "The Peanut Butter Kid": Peter assures he will always provide for his family even if he has to shoot their dinner. Cut away to Peter with a shotgun chasing a giant anthropomorphic pizza screaming in terror and then to Peter sitting in a trophy room with the pizza stuffed and mounted like it's about to attack.
  • The entirety of "A Lot Going On Upstairs" aside from the subplot.
  • When Peter gets stuck on a kiddie train overnight in "The New Adventures of Old Tom". Needless the say, the end result is not a pretty sight.
    Peter: The wind on my skin is like knives...
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  • "Emmy-Winning Episode" has the end of the Breaking Bad parody where Peter and Lois embrace in the desert and prepare to walk off into the sunset... only to be confronted by the Night King from Game of Thrones. They run away, screaming in terror, only for a dragon to rise from a ravine and attack. Cue credits (of that segment).
  • "The Woof of Wall Street" has Stewie and Brian going down 20,000 feet in the ocean trying to pants James Cameron while he is excavating the Titanic, but ending up flat out ripping his body in half instead. Then sharks come eat him. Even Stewie and Brian are shocked!
  • Peter accidentally destroying the internet thinking it was a bathroom in "HTTPete" and the utter chaos that ensues afterwards.
Season 17
  • Jess choking to death in "Married... With Cancer counts. Averted when she then comes back to life.
  • Brian almost getting euthanized from Jess in "Dead Dog Walking".
  • Herbert exploding after finding out Chris's friend is actually his dad in "Con Heiress".
  • Peter's fight with Donald Trump in the episode, "Trump Guy" wasn't pretty. Along with the self-aware jokes in it.
  • A satanic Jesus burning down a church with people inside in "You Can't Handle The Booth!".
  • In "Throw It Away", Lois becomes very deranged by getting rid of everything in her house, including her family.
  • Meg's rotten feet from her type-2 diabetes in "Girl, Internetted", along with Peter killing Cleveland with an axe with Chris screaming in a black background.
  • Brian and Quagmire almost getting killed by a steeping bus that is on a cliff in "Adam West High", luckily, the two get saved by Mayor West, but turns out to be a branch.

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