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It's a Halloween-themed series, what did you expect?

    General 
  • The Fiddley Thing. It can do quite literally anything, it's initially in the hands of a madman, and when the protagonists get it, even they can’t help but screw around with it.

    Halloween Unspectacular 1 
Ideas
  • The outcome of Dr. Calamitous' plan: everyone who had involved themselves in any way with Ember's comeback tour (even if they just saw the promotional material for it) is turned into mindless robots.

After Action Report

  • Ms. Doombringer’s plan, which involves turning unwilling people into quote-unquote "fish zombies". It's also mentioned at the end of the report that no additional zombies (besides Timmy and Sam) had been found, despite her claiming to have been operating for months.
    This leads to concern…where are they now?

With Great Power

  • When going through the school, Jimmy and friends quickly find out what happened to the other students: Veronica was Taken for Granite, Tad, Chad, and their bodyguard were melted, Francis looks like he's been put through a blender, and Trixie has been turned to gold and gotten her face removed.
  • The culprit? Timmy's inner darkness, made manifest thanks to a wish made using the Fairy-versary muffin.
  • At the end, the shadow does something to the school, which causes most of the classrooms to either be turned into wax museums or replaced by brick walls and Timmy's class (as well as Wanda, who didn’t make it out in time) to just disappear, their final fates unknown.

Dead Gods

A Terrible Thing To Lose

  • The Syndicate (except Vlad, who has standards) make a deal with the Reapers. Best summed up with this:
    The Syndicate, it turned out, were not doing a Deal with the Devil. On the contrary, a deal with the devil would have been much more moral.
  • Sandy ends up going through indoctrination. It's just as horrifying as it sounds.

Masters of War

  • So, did you want a full demonstration of the horrors of nuclear war? So did I!
  • When civilians are still trying to get into a full-to-capacity bomb shelter, the soldiers, police, and agents guarding it are ordered to fire into the crowd.
  • One of Jimmy's neighbours gets his skin burnt off and his eyes melted. The soldier that finds him performs a Mercy Kill.
  • Once she realizes what’s happened to Amity Park, Dani keels over and vomits.

Demon’s Land

  • What’s Lancer’s "special mission"? Taking a specific group of convicts and using them as human sacrifices.
  • "You are completely safe. You are completely safe. You are completely safe."

Project ReGenesis

  • We're introduced to ReGensis, a project to create a Physical God. Remember Mewtwo? Yeah…
  • We don't get to see the entirety of ReGenesis' initial rampage; just brief flashes of what it does to the scientists and security guards, making it even creepier.

Desperate Times

  • By the time we get back to the story, ReGenesis has destroyed Washington, D.C., as well as parts of Brazil and Australia. It moves on to the rest of the United States as the story progresses, and starts up several natural disasters and temporal anomalies as well, destroying the world within hours.

Conclusion

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    Do the Gasmask Shuffle 
In The Beginning
  • Even if it’s (sort of) Played for Laughs, E350 destroyed Sydney and didn't even realize it.

The Wax Museum

  • The displays in the titular museum are all kinds of creepy.
    • First is the section on ghost history, where we learn about some of the less than savory experiments that the Nazis performed.
    • Then there’s the naval battle...with disturbingly realistic blood.
    • Next is the all-too accurate rendition of the Roman gladiator games.
    • Last is the "Pit of Monsters"–a wax shrine dedicated to history's greatest villains, including Stalin, Caligula, Ivan the Terrible, and (of course) Hitler.
  • All of this, of course, prompts Tucker and his friends to run like hell. They manage to get back to the entrance...only to find out that Sam's been turned into a living wax statue.

The Peddler

  • Sam buys a black Venetian mask from the titular peddler and tries it on. Some time later, she’s screaming about how it's burning. And after attempts to pull it off fail, she turns into a demon.
  • Dialogue and narration in the story imply that the peddler has been selling things at the train station for as long as anyone can remember. How many other people bought his most likely cursed wares?
    • Even worse, the watchman seems to know all about him, given that he reacts to Sam’s transformation, not with shock or horror, but with a bullet to her head and a line about how he hates that peddler. How many times has he had to deal with this, and why doesn't he just try and stop the peddler?

From Cairo to the Cape

Bitter Memories

  • Danny gets to watch a werewolf tear a guy to shreds. Fun times.

Murder by Moonlight

  • It's A Nightmare on Elm Street (though it's left deliberately vague, due to the author's lack of knowledge on the source material) with cartoon characters. Needless to say, Freddy gets creative.
    • Dash gets bludgeoned to death after being accused of cheating in the final game of the series.
    • Trixie dies onstage, shredded by Freddy and his clones, with her internal organs being commented on like they were fashion accessories.
    • Bart is found riddled with bullet-less bullet holes, after his mafia don boss informed him that he had no need of him anymore.
    • Jimmy falls to his death in a burning airplane, after it was peppered with fire from other crafts and blew up.
    • Finally, the officer doing the cases is found in her bed, cut by knives.

The Hunters

  • For relatively minor offences, Dib is sentenced to torture at the hands of the Hunters. How? They chop off his hand, mash his face into an unrecognizable pulp, and force him to inhale an unknown gas. By the end of it, he's unable to function properly physically or mentally.

The Hit List

  • Someone wants the Fiddley Thing for nefarious purposes, and they’re willing to murder anyone to get it. And at the end of the story, they actually do get their hands on it, much to Linkara's horror.

The End Is Nigh

  • Richtofen uses the Fiddley Thing as a weapon of mass murder, handily demonstrating its darker side.
  • If the ending is any indication, the Fiddley Thing war is wiping the multiverse from existence.

The Fate of Everything

    Terror Australis Incognita 
Collection
  • The Collector kidnaps people he finds rare and valuable, turns them into paintings, statues, or pewter figures, and adds them to his collection. And it's implied that this collection is pretty large…

South Point

  • Within thirty days, aliens landed on Earth, took down our resistance, vaporized billions of humans, and took the rest off-world, their ultimate fates a mysterynote . And that’s how the 'shot begins.

Monsters in Disguise

Magicians 101

  • The Witchfinder-Generals. They actively tracked down and killed magic users, no matter how benign or benevolent they were. And if that’s not bad enough, they're still around.

The Oath of the Witchfinder-Generals

Run!

Kings

  • Zombie King James I. Just as creepy as it sounds.

Judgement Day

  • If the Witchfinder-Generals go through with their plan to wipe out all of Britain's magic, the island and all its inhabitants will be destroyed. And they most likely don't intend to stop with Britain…
  • In-Universe, the Highlands warriors are this to James I's forces, especially since their guns have been rendered useless with magic.
  • There's been a dungeon under Thames House for years and no one’s noticed, as lampshaded by the police. How many other people did the Witchfinder-Generals imprison down there?

    Mess Effect 
The Report

The Governor

  • The titular Governor is extremely creepy. We're introduced to him as he's performing some sort of sacrificial ritual, and we learn that he treats every prisoner in his Gaol horribly, no matter who they are. Even if they're children.

Mister Grim

  • Ovard Grim is an information broker who deals with a little, ah, "taxidermy" of rare creatures on the side. Whether said creatures are willing or not…

Wolf

  • Thanks to a case of Be Careful What You Wish For, Timmy's become a werewolf. Unfortunately for everyone, he’s the kind who (at least initially) can’t tell friend from foe.
  • Werewolf!Timmy could have easily killed his friends. (Or, y'know, Vlad.)

The Calm Before the Storm

  • The Governor's still alive, and he's even creepier than ever. How? His face is described as shriveled and rotten, with a bullet hole in his head.

The Secret of El Dorado

    The Final Push 
The Muffin Man
  • The Muffin Man is undeniably creepy. Investigated several times by the police, selling muffins made of inedible things, and killing both people and animals? Yeah.

The Other Side of the Mirror

  • Hoo boy. The Empire of the Sky is made of this.
    • Let’s start with the fact that it's led by Aang. Yes, Aang, the pacifistic and dorky kid we all know and love, is the leader of a totalitarian empire. Yikes. And he still refuses to kill his prisoners, instead sending them to a Fate Worse than Death.
      • His marshals? All normally heroic characters, except here they're eagerly sentencing someone to hard labor (except Brad, who does so more reluctantly...which opens up its own can of worms).
    • The prisoner we see in the story is Azula, who comes with the implications that Zuko's already dead and that there's a resistance brewing.
    • The citizens present at the "trial" start cheering at the idea of Azula going to the Great Gaol and being tortured into forgetting her own name.
  • The ending features the prime counterparts of our heroes about to go through an interdimensional portal linked to this world. What’s going to happen to them?

Missing Midnight

The Sea of Switching

When the Wolfsbane Blooms

  • Danny and Sam find a ranger that was torn to shreds, most likely by Timmy.
  • The black werewolf, Rivers, is happy to show Timmy the ropes of being a werewolf...by killing and eating his friends.

The Middleman

  • It’s heavily hinted that, whatever Athena has planned for Jazz, it is not good.
  • Dipper and Mabel’s parents are apparently working for Grim.

Remy’s Ring

  • Remy Buxaplenty got his hands on a ring that can control anyone. And he still has a nasty grudge against Timmy…

The Infernal Machine

Look Down

  • ReGenesis isn't as powerful as he was in the past. He's still strong enough to take on a skilled mage.
  • Over the course of the multi-parter, people have been disappearing. Here, we find out where they went: they’re being used as slave labor.

Conquestio De Re Fiddley

  • The Fiddley Thing was used to trap some villains in the movie Alien at one point, and they were almost immediately attacked by a xenomorph.

Eureka

Dragons of Oregon

It Always Rains

  • Galahad’s plan? To collapse the multiverse into a single world. Yeah, no way this will go wrong…
  • Everyone is horrified when they realize their friends are being used as slave labor, to the point that Danny blows their cover when he sees an overseer about to attack Sam.
  • Galahad's plan goes south when the Fiddley Canon universe starts to become one of the casualties of the multiversal collapse.

    Lair of the Hack Writer 
The Calamiturian Candidate

The Picture

  • Pacifica's ancestor employed black magic to keep himself young. How? He trapped people in paintings, draining them of their vitality in the process.
    • The way he does it is pretty creepy, too: he can make it so that his victims don't even care that they're being turned into paintings. They’re still aware that they’re paintings after the spell is complete, but this (combined with a loss of memories) prevents an And I Must Scream scenario. Brr.

The Back of Beyond

  • The photo that Ford finds: an older man, looking perfectly normal except for the solid black eyes, leaking some sort of black substance all over the man's face, and the words Get Out! scrawled on the bottom in what we hope is red ink. And then Ford gets jump scared by Bill Cipher.

Choose Your Own Ending

  • Some of the endings are pretty disturbing.
    • One of them reveals that the US government is casually dumping vampires, zombies, and nuclear waste into the ocean...and Bikini Bottom is suffering for it.
    • Jimmy ends up marooned in another dimension.

A Living

  • Vicky's idea of making it through the Great Depression? Turn dogs and homeless people into meat for her soup kitchen. Unsurprisingly, she gets the chair.

Person of Interest

An Average Day

  • Citizens of the "new" USA have to take pills that suppress all negative emotions.
  • Rebellious Personality Disorder–AKA, immunity to the emotion-suppressing medicine. If someone is found with this, they end up (depending on the severity of the situation) forced to take more medicine, demoted, conscripted into the armed forces, dumped in the Badlands, euthanized, or just disappear entirely, their fates unknown.

The Dossier

  • PURITY's past starts to come into the light. The first thing we learn? They're a Nazi remnant group.

The Back of Beyond: Chapter II

  • Ford and Wirt come across an abandoned carnival. The first thing they see is a shooting booth in a state of decay, with a skeleton and a message on the wall in green slime, reading "RUN RABBIT RUN".
  • Ford encounters a younger version of Stan, who calls him out like he did in "A Tale of Two Stans" before revealing that he has a Lamprey Mouth.

The Fable of the Two Castles

  • Once again, E350 delivers the brutal reality of war with the subtlety of a sledgehammer.

Alien!

  • The agents were perfectly willing to dissect Gaz alive.
  • PURITY's master plan–the removal of all abnormal people from the US–is finally in operation.

Department Seventeen

  • The origin story of PURITY and its commander, Rausseman, is revealed:
    • Rausseman was involved in both World Wars, and during the second one he was treated with a process similar to that which had created Captain America (which makes him a serious hypocrite in regards to the whole "wipe out all abnormals" plan).
    • PURITY itself started as a Nazi remnant; however, they were quickly usurped by Rausseman when they refused to listen to his advice.
  • The origin story is intercut with scenes from the modern day, where PURITY's "Cleansing Tide" operation has gone into effect, with them kidnapping all "abnormals" and anyone related to them.

Of Presidents and Purity

  • Abercrombie's plan involves bombing the PURITY base–regardless of the hostages there.
  • Raussemen espouses the belief that he’s saving America by removing the abnormals.

The Chaotic Overture

  • People within the US Government want PURITY revived. This does not bode well for next year...
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    Watchmeh 
Guests of the Marblehead
  • The titular hotel is pretty creepy:
    • It's implied that Wendy, the receptionist, is unable to age beyond 15.
    • The Pines twins and Pacifica checked in, and now they can't leave the property that the hotel is on. Oh, and only the staff and guests can interact with them.
    • Danny Fenton, his sister, and his friends booked a room for a night. The room they chose had some blank picture frames on the wall. The next morning, they don’t come out of their room. Wendy was sent up to check on them, and she didn't find them...however, the frames now had some nice paintings in them.
    • Tambry stayed with Wendy on the same night that the computer on the front desk was being upgraded. Next morning, the entire contraption been replaced by an ultra-sleek, ultra-modern, pink-and-purple PC with a Tambry Operating System.
    • The rest of the incidents: Timmy Turner only exists between two and three on Tuesdays, Sandy Cheeks asked too many questions and was "sent to the Sister Location" (whatever that means), Jimmy Neutron has been labeled an "urban legend", Soos is getting a job as a mechanic three weeks from now, and Lisa Simpson will leave when she wakes up about 41-42 years from now.
    • The Manager in general. We don’t even know their gender (he’s referred to as "he", "she", "they", and "it"), people only leave her office "once in a blue moon", and it wants to see the reader at the end of the story. E350's comments don’t help matters:
    I can neither confirm nor deny that the Manager eats people.

Legacies

  • Apparently, before their reformation into PURITY, Department Seventeen got their hands on mind control gas. Whether they used it (and whether or not PURITY has plans to use it) is unknown for now.
  • The infiltration of the US Government seen at the end of last year's collection? PURITY's been doing this since at least Nixon's time as President.

Coins

Unidentified Problem

  • The team sent to investigate the Roswell crash is stuck in a time loop, repeating the same two minutes of time over and over, seemingly forever. And another UFO like it just crashed in Alaska...is the same thing going to happen again?

Beginning of the End

The Gift

  • Preston apparently murdered his wife for cheating on him, and plans on beating up his daughter in front of his guests for her escape attempt and (what is implied to be) her relationship with Mabel.
  • Pacifica grabs the "dice" that her father had in his possession. Seconds later, she’s surrounded by a glowing green energy field that murders everyone but Mabel, Preston, Jerry, and Arnold (the latter two manage to escape).
  • When Preston makes a wrong move, his skin starts flaking off, his eyes fall out of his head, and his tongue rots, leaving only a skeleton behind.

Karma Punishment

The Reference Job

  • Allsworthy inserted an order into a performance-enhancing brain chip that will let PURITY take control of the military. There are currently troops stationed all across America (including Xavier's mansion) in preparation of a PURITY attack. This...does not bode well.

The World Turned Upside Down

  • PURITY's master plan goes into motion, and the results are devastating. Prominent heroes around the world are gunned down by the very troops they were working with to take out PURITY, the majority of the residents at Xavier's School are massacred, Baxter Building and Attilan are bombed, and Garnet is separated, with Steve Rogers only able to recover Sapphire. Essentially? PURITY won.

Written By The Victors

  • PURITY has taken over the US (and Russia, from the sounds of it) and the remains of the Order of Thirteen believe that a Nazi-run Earth is a cosmic threat. So what do they do? Summon Galactus.

    Blue Alert 
The Horrible Headcase
  • While it's played for laughs, there's the Headcase's whole MO, magically stealing people's heads and then selling them. And his client in this story? Preston Northwest, who hires him to steal all the heads in Gravity Falls so he can use them in a haunted house attraction. Because it's cheaper than animatronics.
    • Also, this tidbit from the Headcase's backstory: He was so desperate to get attention for his act that he pulled a decapitation illusion, except for real.

Come And See

  • Gaz gets a watch from the Devil that grants her seven wishes and grants misfortune to the world with each wish. Let's just say she doesn't use it responsibly...
    • Her first wish changes the events of a presidential election (a thinly-veiled parody of the 2016 one) so that Vlad Masters wins instead of the favored candidate. Shortly after, he attacks Iran.
    • Her second wish essentially causes World War III. Older teens are forced to join the army, and the entire working-class population of Beach City is killed.
    • Her third wish causes a large-scale rationing of food, causing people to starve when the crops fail. Oh, and Mount Saint Helens erupts again.
    • Her fourth wish causes a widespread Black Death plague.
    • With her fifth wish, the country is taken over by military insurgents.
    • Her sixth wish gets heralded by air raid sirens.
    • We don't see what happens with her seventh wish, because that's when the Devil comes to collect her soul.
  • What happens afterwards? The apocalypse is undone, but Gaz has gone catatonic. The last time we see her, her eyes are blank, her mouth is in a crooked smile, and she only says one thing: "Come and see."

The People Vs. Frederick Showenhower

  • Even if it's Played for Laughs, Freakshow (whose list of crimes include regicide, manslaughter, and terrorism) got away scot-free, and can commit those crimes again if he wishes. Heck, the A/N at the end adds that he celebrated his victory by stealing Hutz's wallet and car.

First They Came...

  • We finally get to see what a PURITY-controlled America looks like, and it's horrifying:
    • All the heroes have been vilified. PURITY's first strikes against the Baxter Building and Attilan last year? False Flag Operations by the heroes. Their war with Wakanda, the main backer of the heroic resistance? Provocation by T'Challa. And worst of all, is it being pointed out how easily the general population is just going along with all of this.
    • Mutants and Inhumans are being rounded up "for their protection", in what Jameson calls out as clearly being concentration camps.
    • Judging by what we see here, any news outlet who criticizes the regime gets forcibly shut down, with the main critics being arrested and then "killed while trying to escape". And if not for Ford's Resistance group, this would have happened to Jameson.
    • Speaking of which, the fact that PURITY's regime is bad enough that even a longtime hero hater like J. Jonah Jameson is willing to not only publicly apologize to Spider-Man, but to take a stand against PURITY's control.

When The Going Gets Tough

  • Turns out that Jameson was the lucky one out. Many other media critics of PURITY and President Fulton were rounded up and executed, including one who was shot on live TV.
  • The US invaded and and occupied Canada as a "preventive measure". And the Prime Minister, who offered to mediate between Fulton and T'Challa, ends up disappearing shortly after.
  • Just the fact that Wakanda and its various allies are slowly losing the war, since most of the nations who want to back them can only do so with the bare minimum without drawing too much attention to themselves.

The Dictator

  • We're treated to an Oppressive States of America scenario possibly even worse than the main Story Arc's portrayal of PURITY-controlled America, one where America has fallen under the control of a tyrant known only as the Dictator and his "Freedom Brigades". Some highlights include:
    • Danny is kept locked in a dark room, left half-starved and only force-fed liquids. He finds himself wishing they'd just kill him already.
    • Wirt's hometown is purged, with everyone who can't flee (including Wirt himself) declared partisan rebels and placed against a wall to be shot.
    • Jimmy gets off relatively easily, except he lives in constant fear of outliving his usefulness.
    • Pearl has been enslaved, used to entertain the Dictator and his guests.
    • Timmy has been caught by the Freedom Brigade and is dragged off to prison.
    • Stevonnie is cornered by the Dictator's forces and shown making a Last Stand.

Iron Horses

  • In this Western style story, Gaz is the daughter of a railway baron. When she wants a new mansion built on Indian land, she convinces General Custer to forcibly remove the peaceful tribe living there. One old man curses all those involved in this to suffer horrible fates, and the rest of the story is seeing how this plays out for Gaz. She fires some of the rail workers (for stopping work for a drink of water) and runs one over with her horse for complaining. After he dies, the others decide to rob her mansion in retaliation, only to accidentally start a fire, which due to the construction methods spreads too fast for Gaz to escape. Afterwards, all that's left of her is ash, and a hand still left where she was trying to break a window to escape.
    • And worse? It's implied Gaz's cursed soul (denied entry to both Heaven and Hell) becomes trapped inside a train engine. Which at the end of the story, is about to be dismantled.

House Call

  • It turns out that the Phoenix Force isn't as heroic as we were led to believe beforehand. She's mind-controlling her hosts to carry out her will, including destroying the Washington Monument and White House to send a message to Fulton and PURITY, deliberately attacking when they're full of bystanders, since it apparently wouldn't be as effective otherwise.
    • And if that wasn't enough to show just how off the rails the Phoenix is, when Ford protests the above attacks, she sends Lapis to kill him and his group, despite them technically being on the same side.
  • And as a cherry on top of how awful this all is, Fulton is so enraged by the attack, which he believes the heroes in Wakanda are responsible for, that he's preparing to nuke them.

The Eve of Battle

  • Turns out, the Phoenix's rampage in DC was just the tip of the iceberg. According to the now free Lapis, she's planning on wiping out not only everyone who works for PURITY or Fulton directly, but anyone who ever aided them in any way, even if they just voted for Fulton in the first place.
  • The heroes have only eight hours until Galactus arrives to defeat PURITY and change his mind, or he will destroy Earth.
  • While Rausseman's master plan hasn't quite been unveiled yet, it's speculated that he's creating a plague to wipe out all nonhumans.

Götterdämmerung

  • Ruby has been a prisoner of PURITY, who have apparently been experimenting on her, since her capture last year. Stop and think about that a minute.
  • Rausseman's final Evil Plan — luring the Phoenix in, so he can capture her and use her power to hijack Galactus's power, and in turn use that to wipe out every nonhuman in the universe.
    • Rausseman's own fate isn't pretty either. His superpowered biology is breaking down, leaving him with a failing nervous system, cancer, and the overall appearance of someone whose body is falling apart. After he's defeated and Ford refuses to finish him off, it's mentioned that he's imprisoned and spends the next ten years clinging to life, completely paralyzed.
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