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Nightmare Fuel / Gargoyles

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Somehow, the censors thought this was less horrific than a dagger in his sleep (Shakespeare) or being killed in action some mundane way (Historical).
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  • "Deadly Force": Broadway becomes absolutely terrifying after he becomes traumatized from accidentally shooting Elisa. Who knew the guy who voiced Patrick Star could use practically the same voice and still be scary?
    Broadway: [tackles and grabs a mugger armed with a high-tech gun] What's this!? A new kind of gun? A NEW WAY TO KILL PEOPLE!? [crushes gun with his bare hands] WHERE DID YOU GET THIS!? WHO GAVE IT TO YOU!?
    • The doctor's matter-of-fact description of exactly what the bullet did to Elisa is also nightmare-inducing.
  • The Hotel Cabal episode, which ends with Mace Malone frantically trying to find an exit to the sealed maze of traps, all of which are designed to drive the prisoner insane. Word of God is he eventually died of dehydration.
  • Demona happily destroying human statues in "City of Stone", especially when she only destroys the arms of one.
    • The 11th century flashbacks, in which Demona becomes gaunt and aged thanks to the stress of living as a fugitive, make her look more like a vampire than a gargoyle. And she's quite enthusiastic with that spiked mace of hers.
    • In the same episodes, King Duncan's demise. He attempts to strike down his cousin Macbeth, who reveals a strange orb given to him by the Weird Sisters. As soon as Duncan's sword shatters it, he is engulfed in magical energy, and otherworldly light erupts from his eyes and mouth, torching him from the inside, accompanied by an anguished shriek. Finally, we see his flaming corpse, eyes, and tongue burned out of his head, fall out of frame as it tumbles down a cliff. Just... YEESH.
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  • The Xanatos Goon Squad in "Monsters" being dragged down in their submarine to a watery grave by some very angry plesiosaurs.
  • Jackal in "The Green" fantasizing about smashing stone gargoyles by day. Frightening enough as it is, but then he whips out a chisel and carves Goliath's face to look like his.
    • His entire killing spree in "Grief." How bad is it? He starts small; a tree withers away, a couple of machines are turned to scrap metal, and a pair of crocodiles are reduced to skeletons. The last thing we see him do? He lays waste to an entire thriving city!
      • In an inhuman display of depravity, he not only spares the Emir to witness the devastation firsthand, he also plans to resurrect his son after the earth has become nothing but a barren wasteland.
  • The whole concept of Thailog, once you think about it. He has Goliath's strength, wordy knowledge, and combat skill coupled with Xanatos's manipulative genius and Sevarius's scientific knowledge, but without a trace of any kind of morality.
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  • Demona's transformations from gargoyle to human and vice versa.
  • The werefox, to say nothing of Fox's transformation, especially when she's reaching out to Xanatos and screaming before the beast takes over.
  • "Leader of the Pack," which first introduces Coyote, was often skipped in syndication, probably because of the scene in which Bronx knocks Coyote to the deck and mauls his head. It just barely gets past the radar due to Coyote being a machine, but it's still rather brutal, and a first-time viewer would probably still assume that Xanatos was the guy in the armor.
    • Mind you, his face post-mauling—half human, half robotic skull with a giant glaring eye—is still pretty much Nightmare Fuel on its own.
    • And then he returns in "Upgrade". And the same half-mauled robotic head ends up being crushed by Goliath. Just in case you forgot how dangerous the leader of the Manhattan Clan is when really angry.
  • The gang's fates in "Future Tense." Broadway gets blinded in a fight before being shot dead while Bluestone, Bronx, Claw, Angela, Brooklyn, and Demona are all vaporized on-screen. Xanatos also kills his own son with a smile on his face.
    • Lexington's mentality when he turns out to be the villain behind it all. His reaction to Goliath's return was seemingly lukewarm in contrast to Brooklyn's anger and Broadway's benevolence. Upon exposing his megalomaniacal goals, it's revealed that his hatred of Goliath's forty-year departure and the resulting aftermath had driven him completely insane.
  • The Goliath Chronicles episode "Genesis Undone" stands out as rather horrifying. The deterioration of the Manhattan Clan's clones is unsettling to say the least. We then get to watch as they all (including Thailog) writhe in agony before turning to stone, at night.
  • In "Shadows of the Past", Goliath is plagued with visions of his fallen comrades. They appear in the form of stone apparitions with empty eye sockets and cold, vengeful expressions.
  • At the end of the five-part pilot, Goliath takes one look at the mess in which Demona seemed to perish, lifts Xanatos by his collar, suspends him over the edge of the building, and tells him, "She wanted me to destroy humanity. I THINK I'LL START WITH YOU!!!" Oh, yeah, he's pissed.
  • In "The Green", Hyena uses her morph ball attack in a very similar way Samus did in Metroid. Think about all the human parts that was removed from her body to make sure the transformation wouldn't kill her.
    • Think about how she and her brother willingly volunteered for that.
  • In "The Price", Goliath punches out the robotic Macbeth's GUTS after believing he had destroyed Hudson.
  • In the "Timedancer" arc of the graphic novel continuation, we get this chilling picture of King Constantine III. Good luck sleeping at night with that image in your head!


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