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Nightmare Fuel / JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Vento Aureo

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Let me see that pretty face drain of all hope! [...] Just be sure to cheat this way so I can get a good look before you go ahead and die!
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has never shied away from gratuitous violence, but in a relatively short time, Vento Aureo has cemented its place as the darkest story in the series. Having no shortage of gritty and disturbing scenes, this part clearly shows us the dark, cruel things that a Mafioso might have to go through.
  • While not as outlandish as the other examples here it still bares mentioning on how disturbingly realistic it is and how it happens in real life. Giorno's mother left her not even four-year-old son by himself at night because she didn't want to give up her life of partying. Then she marries a man who seems nice on the surface, but turns out to be abusive asshole who would beat Giorno for just looking at him wrong. Who knows how Giorno's life or how he would turn out if he never rescued and meet that gangster.
  • Bucciarati using his Stand, Sticky Fingers, to interrogate Giorno over Leaky-eye Luca's death. It involves Giorno opening up his hand to find Luca's eyeball in his palm, coughing up Luca's fingers, and getting his face zipped open.
    Bruno: My name is Bruno Bucciarati. Now answer me. Your questioning has already turned into torture.
    • It's even worse in the dub, since the baritone voice of Ray Chase makes Bruno far more intimidating.
      Bruno: You can call me Bruno Bucciarati. Time for the truth. We've already progressed from questioning to torture.
  • Polpo's Black Sabbath is one of the most terrifying Stands in the entire series, let alone this part. A long-range autonomous Stand that has a Stand arrow within its mouth and is capable of moving within shadows at an incredible speed. Even when Giorno manages to escape its grasp and enter the sunlight, Black Sabbath just keeps on wandering back and forth aimlessly, waiting for him. Made even more nightmarish when you take note on how Polpo utilizes its power: by impaling those who reignite the lighter and thus break the #1 rule of his entrance exam. The poor janitor who had no idea what was going on was unfortunate enough to die for having his soul forcibly dragged out by the arrow.
    • Black Sabbath's appearance itself is pretty terrifying: tall, lanky, entirely dressed in black and having a Venetian carnival mask styled head. Its appearance is even more unsettling when you take note on how it's supposed to be remotely based on the black figure Geezer Butler saw and which inspired Black Sabbath's first album cover.
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    • The less said about Polpo himself, the better. A grotesque glutton who is both impossibly tall and wide by human standards and with a reverse-colored eye scheme. He is such a sloppy eater that he regularly eats his own fingers.
  • Aerosmith's debut chapter is not a good one for arachnophobes. The Stand of Formaggio, Little Feet, has the power to shrink things. Throughout the chapter Narancia continues to shrink, until Formaggio captures him and shoves him into a bottle, along with a large spider. Formaggio then proceeds to describe exactly what being eaten alive by a spider would be like:
    Formaggio: Oh yeah, don't assume that its bite will send you to a swift and peaceful oblivion. Its venom will first paralyze your muscles, rendering your body immobile. But it's what happens after the paralysis that's really terrifying. It'll grab you and inject both a venom and a digestive enzyme deep into your body. The deadly cocktail of enzymes will then slowly but surely liquefy your insides into a pulpy, viscous slime, then... slurpety slurp. Keep in mind, you'll be fully conscious, meaning you'll be able to speak while it's lunching on your flesh...
  • How Sorbet met his end. He and his partner Gelato were dissatisfied by the small territory Diavolo had given them so they began to look into him. Diavolo caught both of them, tied up Gelato and made him watch him cut Sorbet into 36 separate pieces... while he was still alive, toes first. Gelato was so horrified that he committed suicide by swallowing his cloth gag to spare himself from this torturous death.
    • The anime makes this MUCH worse. Not only do we see Sorbet's brutal death albeit a Shadow Discretion Shot, we see who butchered him up through an Early-Bird Cameo of Cioccolatathe most twisted of Diavolo's men, with Secco filming it all on a camera in the background while Sorbet was heavily restrained as he was being cut up, which amplifies the terror from the perspective of both him and Gelato in their final moments. It's especially unsettling seeing Cioccolata's silhouette lumbering around menacingly and the noticeably large and sharp blade he's holding makes him very reminiscent of Pyramid Head from Silent Hill 2. The creepy visuals, haunting music, Sorbet screaming and the horrified expressions of fellow La Squadra members just add more nightmarish undertones to this scene.
      • If this additional scene is anything to go by, Diavolo didn't kill him with King Crimson in the manga either which would have potentially been a better fate as Diavolo doesn't torture or mess with his opponents. Instead, he got the most monstrous of his squad to do it, as a macabre warning of sorts, in the most gruesome and painful way possible. Even though Diavolo claims he's disgusted with Cioccolata, the fact that he still has him and Secco working for Passione and using them as means of intimidation (with Cioccolata being his personal chief torturer) makes him a complete Hypocrite.
      • Though it is possible Diavolo has to let Cioccolata torture people from time to time to keep him from rebelling, and in doing so, becoming even more dangerous.
    • The amount of creative sadism involved in how Diavolo made his point clear to the remainder of La Squadra is both impressive and horrifying, as the team suddenly receive a whole bunch of frames with glass boxes filled with formaldehyde shortly after Formaggio discovered Gelato's body. Then they notice the body parts, and line them up... And see that it's Sorbet's body, frozen in a horrified expression in what is basically one big horrific art piece (that also must've take a lot of effort to get just right). Their terrified reactions are completely reasonable.
    • The initial discovery of Gelato's corpse in the anime deserves a special mention. Formaggio goes into Gelato's apartment - only to find Sorbet's blood everywhere in the kitchen and Gelato's body sitting in the corner, all tied up, with a cloth gag stuffed down his throat, dried tears on his cheeks and opened eyes frozen with terror. Then there's that small tag in his chest that says "punishment". The sheer fact that Sorbet's corpse is nowhere to be found just drives the point even further - that you do not want to mess with the Boss.
    • The leadup to Sorbet's fate is made worse by the anime where the viewer can hear the members of La Squadra, a band of hardened assassins, audibly freaking out as it becomes clearer and clearer just what they're looking at. Pesci especially screws his eyes shut and screams that he doesn't want to see any more of what became of his ally, and Formaggio who had recently been shown assassinating a man by causing a full car to explode out of him and crush the man's date to paste not much earlier lets out a bloodcurdling scream of terror once the full "picture" comes together and can be seen with his hands over his mouth struggling to keep from vomiting. When Illuso realizes just how Gelato died his voice is audibly wavering in fear.
  • The anime adds a brutal bonus scene that highlights the dangers of Formaggio's ability and tells us more about La Squadra as we see a man ingest a miniature car, before Formaggio uses his Stand to make the car grow to full size while it's still inside him. The results are terribly unpleasant, is it any wonder that Pesci was queasy?
  • After his defeat, Zucchero was turned into a disembodied head by Bruno and had his mouth zipped up. He was left at the mercy of Mista, who hung him up by the eyelid with a fishing hook in a position where he would look directly at the sun while wearing glasses that magnified his eyeball. It's overshadowed by the group's hilarious dance routine and the fact that Zucchero had this coming, but this is a position no one would want to end up in.
  • He's a good guy, but Fugo's Stand Purple Haze has one of the scariest abilities in the series: it releases a deadly flesh-eating virus which dooms anyone affected to a horrifically painful and gory death within the next 30 seconds.
    • The anime adaptation adds a more in depth look into Fugo's childhood and reveals that the professor he beat senseless with an encyclopedia was apparently molesting him. The way Fugo starts hitting his breaking point as the professor grabs him by the shoulders and invites him to "dinner" while drooling is just plain uncomfortable. Oh yeah, and Fugo was a 13 year old prodigy in college at the time; this incident essentially destroyed his future, which likely hits uncomfortably close to home for anyone who's ever been victimized by a powerful and respected figure.
    • The Adaptation Expansion of his backstory makes Purple Haze's appearance and abilities even worse. A Stand is the manifestation of their user's psyche in some way, and before this backstory was added Purple Haze was simply the manifestation of Fugo's hidden frothing-at-the-mouth rage. Now however, it's a frothing at the mouth berserker with an instant kill radius around it to prevent anything from getting near. It seems just the kind of Power Fugo would've wanted back when he was a kid in the clutches of that professor.
    • The anime even made Purple Haze's "UBASHAAAAAA!" cry scarier by making it a gurgled monstrous sound instead of a Kiai like most stands. And when it isn't screaming like that, it just stands there, twitching and groaning like some kind of Silent Hill-esque monster.
    • Possibly one of the most unnerving things about Purple Haze is its erratic behavior, which reflects Fugo's personality. One second it's just staying still, breathing heavily and moaning like a zombie, and then the next second it unleashes a flurry of punches, obliterating any life that's unfortunate enough to get into its range.
    • Purple Haze's disposal of Illuso is one of the goriest and most horrifying deaths shown in the entire series. After Illuso's hand has been infected by the virus due to Giorno allowing himself to be dragged into the mirror with said virus, Illuso is left with no other option than to escape the mirror without his infected parts. This, however, left him vulnerable to a full-on assault from Purple Haze, which ended up essentially being a Hope Spot from Illuso's perspective due to his last glimmer of hope involving an attempt to block Purple Haze's punch and inserting it into a nearby mirror shard... only for one of Purple Haze's virus capsules to launch right next to him. After he is completely infected by the virus at point-blank range, Purple Haze proceeds to pummel the virus throughout his entire body which is followed by Illuso's face being punched clean off and a loving shot of the guy liquefying into a pile of mush and discarded clothes. The anime adaptation of this scene is slightly censored but it manages to compensate that with squishy sound effects mixed with Audible Sharpness of sorts and Illuso shrieking in agony after the virus starts showing its full effect. Not helping things is the anime framing the whole thing like Illuso getting caught by a slasher movie villain.
    • Even Fugo's theme in the anime is terrifying. It starts with a biohazard alarm, and is followed by a tune that wouldn't sound out of place on the Jaws soundtrack, before getting hit with a filthy distorted guitar noise and the theme switches to something out of a survival horror game.
  • Prosciutto's Stand, The Grateful Dead, is effectively the exact opposite of Alessi's Stand, Seth. It has the ability to rapidly age whoever it touches, to the point where they will be will be withering old men and women in a matter of seconds, and brings them to the brink of dying from old age. This is illustrated rather graphically with a small child trying to wake up his mother, both fully under the effect of the Stand in question. The imagery of a small child with the wrinkles and decay of an dying old man desperately trying to wake up his mother that is nearly dying is both tragic and horrifying to watch.
    Boy: Mommy, please! Wake up...! Mommy... Mommy... *cries* Mommy, please...! Mommy!
    • Narancia is the first one to be subjected to The Grateful Dead's aging. It starts off pretty funny when Narancia starts suddenly acting senile and nostalgic and has problems hearing what Mista has to say. But then it quickly turns into Nausea Fuel, when he starts coughing up blood, complete with a tooth hanging from Narancia's mouth. Then his hair starts gradually turning grey and skin becoming more and more wrinkled. This all culminates in Narancia's fingers and fingernails starting to crumble and falling apart and his spine becoming visible.
    • To say nothing of Pesci's Stand Beach Boy. His fishing hook can phase through walls and people, with his preferred method of killing being to rip his victims' heart out. Attacking the fishing line will reflect the attack back at you. And if you've somehow managed to get the hook out of you, he will know just from a cm distance and phase it back into your body a second later.
    • This lead to a sequence where Bucciarati had unzipped his entire body and then his heart to escape Beach Boy. Pesci eventually assumed that he was going to finish off Prosciutto to undo The Grateful Dead's effects and stopped the train in a fit, which realigned Bucciarati's heart. If it wasn't for that, he would have been dead just from holding out for so long.
    • Pesci himself becomes this. At first he seems to be a less competent Cowardly Lion, then after Prosciutto gets trapped in the trains' gears his personality turns a 180 and he casually snaps a passengers neck for no reason. From then on, he becomes so determined and deadly that Bucciarati actually considered him more dangerous than the guy who's mere presence was aging everyone on the train. He manages to survive Bucciarati snapping his neck and still had the strength to go after the rest of the heroes while they were still aged.
      • Pesci actually did have a reason for killing that man. He called him a "mammoni" or mama's boy. It was also his first ever direct kill, with the secondary purpose of psyching himself up to kill Bruno.
      • Subaru Kimura and Joe Hernandez's respective portrayals of Pesci in the anime adaptation deserve a special mention. At first, their voices fit his more cowardly personality but after Prosciutto's downfall, Pesci starts to sound increasingly more cold-blooded and remorseless. Then, after repeatedly failing to kill Bucciarati in revenge for what happened to his mentor, Pesci's voice becomes borderline deranged and psychotic.
  • The scene where an unnamed woman is cornered in her train cabin by Melone and used as a host for Babyface, especially since its laptop form isn't Invisible to Normals. The terror of the scene comes from a combination of the mystery of what exactly Melone's Stand does coupled with his pseudo-masochistic reaction to the woman slapping him. He's really just happy she's violent since that means that Babyface's "child" will be violent, and the fact that Babyface going on the offensive against her to implant her with its Homunculus is framed like a rape scene complete with Babyface slamming its hand against the glass as she presses up against it in horror.
  • Bucciarati's backstory is filled to the brim with an Inverse of Adult Fear. His father was happy enough to assist two fishers in riding his boat to an isle in Naples. When one of them forgot his fishing rod, Bruno's father tried to return it to them and instead stumbled upon them making a drug deal. They shot him seven times and he survived thanks to a passing coast guard, but then the thugs came to his hospital room to try and finish him off while he was unconscious.
    • Granted they deserved it and it was an awesome moment, but there is seriously something eerie about just how kid Bruno killed the thugs. He stabbed the first one in the chest and slowly carved the blade up into to his neck as if he was cutting open a chicken breast, then he suddenly stabbed the other thug in the eye. And Bruno looked perfectly calm the entire time.
    • When one takes into account that Bruno is the son of a fisherman, then it creates another dose of Adult Fear. He likely learned how to gut fish from his father and wound up using that skill to kill another person.
  • The Elevator scene, the first hint of King Crimson's power. After a heartfelt and touching moment between Bruno and Trish, she holds his hand to help with her nerves, Bruno turns his head for a second to check the distance to the roof and when he turns back Trish is gone except for the hand he's holding. This also serves as Diavolo's Establishing Character Moment as Bruno realizes he had his daughter brought to him not for her protection but so he could kill her himself to protect his identity.
    • Also adding to the terror is the fact that King Crimson's ability doesn't make a sound. There's no distorted boom like The Hand and no bass drop like The World. One second Trish was there and the next she's not.
  • The Clash and Talking Head arc was scary on a psychological level. Imaging knowing there's a killer mini-shark hidden in the water your friend is about to drink and only being able to tell them it's fine to drink.
    • Squalo's and Tiziano's Stands, the aforementioned Clash and Talking Head, wouldn't be that much of a danger for Bucciarati's crew individually, but combined they are a significantly larger threat than any of the previous members of La Squadra encountered. Clash is a shark capable of transferring between liquid surfaces and is swift enough to bite off Narancia's tongue before he can warn his friends. Much like the predatory tendencies expressed by sharks in real life, Clash prefers to attack only after a herd has scattered. This is perfectly demonstrated when it suddenly jumps at Giorno and bites his neck when the only other individual present is Narancia, who is unable to tell the truth due to Talking Head attached to his tongue. Clash's size depends on the amount of water available and is as small as a tadpole when residing within Narancia's tears and even larger than a real shark when lurking in the canals.
  • Carne's Stand, Notorious B.I.G., a horrific, carnivorous blob that will devour anything that it sees moving (unless softened by Trish's Spice Girl Stand). The worst part? It literally cannot die. The heroes can't kill it. They have no way of ever killing it. They can only drop it into the ocean and render it mostly harmless, but the narration states that it still attacks passing ships. And the reason it can't die? Stands aren't vulnerable on their own. To defeat a Stand, you must defeat the Stand user. This thing broke out of its user when the guy DIED — it can't be killed because there's nothing to target. Given that Stands are in part a reflection of their user, what does that say about him?!
    • Carne himself is creepy as hell despite his extremely limited screen time. When Giorno and the rest are about to board the plane, they spot Carne further away just slowly walking towards them and grinning. He doesn't even say anything, he just stares at them. Even after Mista manages to shoot Carne's kneecaps off, he still sports a confident demeanor, believing that Bucciarati's crew is finished if they kill him. And then, after being shot, he calls out his Stand which devours him for energy.
    • The graffiti it writes on the wall can send chills down one's spine if they take the time to translate it.
      Notorious B.I.G's graffiti, rough translation: The corpse is eating us. Save us.
      [Carne] was used and abandoned like an old rag. He died with hatred in his heart. That hatred is his energy. An energy that activated for the first time when he died. An energy not even he had seen in his lifetime.
      Nothing can kill him anymore because he is a corpse.
      Help. Please. I can't take it anymore... before dying, I want to eat pizza from my hometown, Naples.
    • That last line in particular is terrifying in context: It's an Ironic Echo of Giorno's longing for some Naples pizza just moments ago; The damn thing's been listening to him the whole time.
    • The line "was used and abandoned like an old rag" brings up a horrifying possibility: Carne might not have been Notorious B.I.G's first user at all. It's possible that like Cheap Trick before it, Notorious B.I.G was a Parasitic stand that latched onto a host to use its power. Given the graffiti contains the line "An energy not even he had seen in his lifetime" despite Carne seemingly knowing what would happen if he died, it's entirely possible that Carne was entirely subsumed by Notorious B.I.G by the time he walked to his death.
    • The grievous maiming it inflicts on the group. Notorious B.I.G. devours most of Giorno's left arm (forcing Mista to shoot it off) and forces him to cut off his other one in a vain attempt to get rid of it, turns 4 of the Sex Pistols into a fused mass of flesh causing Mista to bleed out, and tears pieces of Narancia's flesh off.
    • Notorious B.I.G in the manga was horrifying enough, the anime achieves the feat of making it even more terrifying through the contribution of menacing motion and suspenseful soundtracks. The nightmare of Notorious B.I.G's presence reaches the point where the only difference between its debut-episode and a horror-movie, is the run-length. Nothing else.
    • Then there's the moment when the crew thinks that they have gotten rid of Notorious, only for it to slam against the plane window in an effective Jump Scare. It keeps doing this to Trish who is now completely alone and vulnerable against a carnivorous parasite-like blob that reacts to even the slightest amount of movement.
  • Cioccolata is this all by himself.
    • He's a doctor who purposefully botches surgeries just to see what would happen, then films it to watch it again. He also knows exactly where to cut to dismantle a person without killing them, which is how he comes after Giorno as a bunch of detached body parts hobbling towards him.
      • Adding to Cioccolata's already unsettling Monster Clown of an appearance and the fact that he dismembers himself in order to hide himself from plain sight is already nightmarish enough, but in the anime he stitches himself back together and looks like a Frankenstein monster of sorts. All this while he's bragging about how looking down on others who are about to fall in despair is the sole reason for living.
    • He also gets an Early-Bird Cameo in the anime, which reveals that he's the one who butchered Sorbet. Given how we can still hear Sorbet screaming in terror and pain during the flashback to the moment Gelato committed suicide out of despair, and knowing the information about him dismantling people in the item above, it's very likely Sorbet suffered a lot, while Cioccolata enjoyed every second of it.
    • And before that, when he was FOURTEEN, he masqueraded as a kindly attendant to the elderly... but in actuality drugged and starved them to keep them weak while also telling them that their family hate them and nobody cared enough to come visit them. Nine people committed suicide from his psychological abuse, and he filmed that, too.
      • The anime adaptation on Cioccolata's youth is way more graphic than it was in the manga (similar to Angelo in part 4). We first see him slowly removing a conscious patient's innards (This is the new page image) and then his time as a caretaker for the elderly where he is filming a patient who committed suicide in a bathtub while sporting a massive Slasher Smile.
      • What's worse is that he performs both of these hideous acts in respectable professions with almost fetishistic glee. No one realized what a monster Cioccolata was mere inches below his facade, and he kept this up for well over a decade of his life.
    • While waiting to ambush Bucciarati's group in Rome, Cioccolata uses his Stand Green Day to gruesomely murder every innocent bystander by inflicting them with a flesh-eating mold that slowly tears apart their bodies. He doesn't even give them a clean death and instead waits until his partner Secco has filmed their expressions on a video camera. After Bruno, Mista and Giorno manage to escape from the bay, Cioccolata takes on a helicopter so that he can spread the mold faster which results in mass casualties: people falling off balconies in agony, a motorcyclist shrieking while his body is falling apart while driving and numerous collisions around the Coliseum. The sheer level of destruction in this arc is only rivaled by Dio's rampage in Cairo!
      • The anime makes the initial encounter with Cioccolata feel like something out of a horror movie. It takes a while before Bucciarati and his crew even realize that literally everyone in the fishing village is either dead or dying. The disturbing, tense music certainly doesn't help.
      • The anime shows that there are 3 million people in Rome and Cioccolata wanted all of them gone, and would have gone further if the Gang didn't stop him. This is simply the biggest scale of destruction in the series yet.
    • Cioccolata's "friendship" with Secco is sick, twisted and unhealthy in every way possible. Not only were these two messed up in the head to begin with, but together they just keep on corrupting each other even more. While Cioccolata does all the killing and torture, Secco films everything and aids his "master" in killing by sinking their victims underground so that Green Day's mold can affect faster. The amount of twisted homosexual innuendo between the two is heavily implied for the fact alone that Cioccolata is the master to Secco's borderline sex slave. Not even helped that Secco's Oasis manifests around him disturbingly similar to that of bondage gear.
      • Secco himself has also something very unsettling about him. Normally, he is almost as sadistic as Cioccolata himself, but when Bucciarati hurts him to the point he starts bleeding uncontrollably, he is reduced into a sobbing child. And when he calls Cioccolata and informs him about this, he just doesn't care as he wants the footage of Bucciarati's crew dying. Given that Secco was Cioccolata's former patient and was tortured by him and is now his assistant he either abuses or treats with candies just drives the point further how the two of them have an extremely unhealthy obsession with each other.
      • Episode 32 of the animation also gives us Secco's true personality and capabilities under the facade of a submissive, pet-like lapdog. It's downright frightening along with the disturbing faces he's constantly getting off, along with the revelation that his ability to turn inorganic objects into mud can also be applied to LIVING PEOPLE! He almost melted Bruno and Doppio before the former stopped him.
    • It's telling that the Big Bad of the arc thinks he's a psycho. This is the same Big Bad who wants to kill his daughter due to unjustifiable paranoia.
    • During the second half of the fight, Cioccolata reveals that his experience as a doctor means that he's able to sever parts of his body, and still keep them intact, let alone move, with his stand. This leads to some very disturbing sights. One of the biggest contenders for that is when Giorno botches his sneak attack on the helicopter, Cioccolata severs a part of his torso just to get away, accompanied by his spine being visible and wriggling about.
    • With that all said, yes, he deserved every bit of suffering he took in his death, but that doesn't make it any less brutal. First he was shot in the head, then Giorno turned the bullet into a stag beetle that ate his brain from the inside, then Giorno used Gold Experience to beat him within an inch of what little life he might have had left for seven pages, and Gold Experience's punches infuse the target with life causing them to perceive the world in what amounts to Bullet Time.note  The final punch then sends him flying into a garbage truck's trash compactor. God. Damn. Again, he deserved every second of it, but God DAMN!!!
      • During the final moments of the beatdown in the anime, you can almost hear Cioccolata beg for Giorno to stop as he's taking the pummeling, which only serves to reiterate how much pain he's in. To make matters worse, there was an extra level of horror during the "WRY" part in the English dub. Giorno's scream contains so much primal anger as he continues to lay on the punches. This can show the audience one thing: if you value your life, don't fuck with Giorno Giovanna.
    • Cioccolata's Leitmotif called "Mold" has a bunch of eerie sounds playing in the background and sounds straight out of a horror movie. Then it gets intense, which plays when Cioccolata starts his rampage at Rome and is about to kill Mista by slashing his neck with his right hand.
  • The boss of Passione, Diavolo, and by extension Doppio, is a strong contender for the most unsettling Big Bad in the series. Everything about him; his stand, brutality, ambiguous origins, true nature, and his lack of actual appearance for most of the story makes him come across as more of an implacable horror movie monster than a human villain.
    • His sheer obsession with keeping his identity a secret is this. The amount of time he devotes to ranting about keeping himself "on the apex" becomes unsettling when you consider just how serious he is about it and the amount of effort he makes in making it clear to his subordinates that he does not want to be investigated. Remember what happened to Sorbet above? He was a warning for La Squadra and they all backed out accordingly until they learned about Trish. DIO was nicer to his henchmen, and even they were still terrified of him. Imagine having this psycho for a boss.
    • Diavolo's past counts as this as well. He was born in extremely unusual conditions to a female inmate after a two-year pregnancy, in an all-female prison. Then he was raised in a Sardinian village by a priest who thought of him as a clumsy, yet well-meaning boy. But then, after Diavolo turned eighteen, the priest found that he had kept his own mother for years locked up underneath his floor, buried in concrete and with her mouth sewn shut. This was followed by an incident where the entire village was burned to the ground with many civilian casualties in which Diavolo effectively managed to erase his own childhood from existence. Given his backstory and the fact that he had an obsession in keeping himself a secret at a very young age, Diavolo is more or less the Devil incarnate. Is it any wonder why his name means "Devil" in Italian?
    • A minor one, but there's still something very unsettling about Diavolo just sitting in his hotel room in fetal position at night while having his face and body covered by a long cloak. This man is so paranoid that he can't even move around freely in his comfort zone!
    • King Crimson, looks like a skinned human with two masks. It has the power to both skip time and forecast the future respectively 10 seconds ahead, rendering Diavolo virtually untouchable by normal means. And the fact that his user is a complete nutjob and it's physically one of the strongest stands in the series makes it more terrifying than usual.
      • If King Crimson's already terrifying Uncanny Valley appearance wasn't enough, the anime adaptation makes it clear that the Boss is talking through it in his fight with Bruno. There's just something very unsettling about Bucciarati being punched through by King Crimson while the Boss' ominous shadowy silhouette looms behind it like a puppet master pulling from strings.
      • King Crimson's facial expressions were somewhat of an unintentional source of humor in the manga due to their over the top nature. In the anime however? The viewer gets to see King Crimson's face twisted and distorted with rage in real time, making it much more terrifying in nature. One such contorted face from when the Boss attempted to kill Trish only for Bucciarati to persist in protecting her now serves as the former page image (until it was replaced with Cioccolata).
    • Bucciarati's initial encounter with King Crimson is filled with hopelessness and despair. First, the Boss uses his ability to erase time and snatches Trish from Bucciarati's plain sight, chopping off her hand and leaving Bucciarati disoriented and shaken that he would go as far as to murder his offspring to remain anonymous. When Bucciarati catches on to the Boss, he erases time once again and Bucciarati is about to attack his future self before King Crimson suddenly appears behind him and punches a hole through his chest, bragging how anyone who threatens his throne will be redacted. Then, King Crimson cleaves Bucciarati in half from the shoulder with a single karate chop before tauntingly reappearing in front of him, sitting in stairs when Bucciarati tries to escape with Trish. Also, this is where Bucciarati officially dies due to his grave injuries but if it weren't for Giorno's healing ability, he would have remained dead instead of reanimating and the Boss would have succeeded in erasing his bloodline.
      • The anime adaptation of this scene is no better thanks to oppressive atmosphere, dark visuals and Katsuyuki Konishi's chilling performance as the Boss, who whispers most of his lines with cold and calculative tone. Then, when bragging about how no one can threaten his throne, Konishi's voice becomes suddenly downright demonic in comparison. The episode even ends on a cliffhanger after King Crimson punches a hole through Bucciarati's abdomen which drives even further the point how he is completely helpless and alone in a situation where he's trapped in a desolate location with a complete lunatic.
      • When Bucciarati gets punched through the torso by King Crimson in the anime, we see that, instead of opting for a swift Megaton Punch, he actually digs his fist into Bucciarati's body until he bursts out on the other side. The sound his chest makes when being impaled only makes it worse.
      • The English Dub manages to make this scene ten times scarier thanks to a nightmarish performance from Kellen Goff. The way he gradually transitions from calm and authoritative at the beginning to murderously insane at the end really captures what an unhinged psychopath Diavolo is and you can practically hear the madness in his voice as he gives his infamous speech. Special mention goes to the way he delivers the last line after he deals the killing blow. His voice dropping to a guttural snarl is utterly chilling.
      Diavolo: Think of this as a gift. A farewell gift from the heart. In a moment, you will cease to exist so I will allow you to know now. What you witnessed and felt... was your future self laid bare. Simply put, your past self saw a future version. Now behold. Know the almighty power of King Crimson! I obliterated time and leapt beyond it! (punches Bucciarati in the spine.) It doesn't matter who it is, I shall never allow any cretin to threaten my eternal transcendence. Not. Ever. The time's come for you to fade away! (burrows his fist through Bucciarati's chest.) Bucciarati, your mission as protector has been terminated... Now may the fires of Hell embrace you.
    • His very fighting style complements his paranoid nature, and it makes him even more terrifying to fight against. He uses King Crimson's ability to keep himself out of sight when he can, with the only indication of his presence being the change in his surroundings as a result of erasing time. And then he reappears to violently dismember or impale his opponents/victims before they have a chance to react or defend themselves. Even if you do manage to get him in attacking range, he'll have seen it coming already thanks to Epitaph and will immediately erase time again.
    • King Crimson's power becomes even more frightening in the anime as in the manga Epitaph's "world" of precognition was just represented with a black background. The anime makes it into an Acid-Trip Dimension where everything crumbles away while King Crimson, Diavolo and the target of his precognition float in a void filled with stars. It makes King Crimson seem almost like a cruel god.
    • This theme for The Boss in the anime soundtrack. The unsettling choices of instruments, combined with King Crimson causing the OST to skip like a scratched CD, highlights just how utterly insane he is, even in comparison with villains like Kira or even DIO.
    • Doppio losing control of himself tends to alternate between massively creepy and utterly hilarious. Hilarious as his constant mood swings. Creepy as in the amount of violence he causes whenever he switches. Diavolo came out and brutally murdered a fortune teller who figured out how old he actually was. Later, when a taxi driver tried to con him out of his money, Doppio retaliated by almost pushing the man's damn eye out.
      • The fortune teller himself is pretty creepy too: his cat-like eyes, inexplicable ability to figure out Doppio's identity at a glance, and obsession with reading Doppio's fortune already paint him as a weird guy, but his reaction to being attacked by Doppio/Diavolo makes it so much worse: rather than scream or beg, he just laughs uproariously even after having his hand cut off, even drooling and rubbing his face on Doppio's palm.
      • The anime actually makes his shifts even scarier; whenever his eyes change in the manga he just goes cock-eyed before his pupils change, but in the anime they spasm all around like the muscles controlling them are seizing up. Even worse is when he attacks the fortune teller as his eyes go deathly black before changing the pupils and we actually see him physically grow to match Diavolo's build. The sound of his muscles growing and tightening up against his clothes is downright nauseating, not to mention physically painful. The English Dub makes the scene even scarier by having Diavolo and Doppio's voices briefly overlap as they make the switch, making it seem less like Doppio has a split personality and more like he's being possessed by some demonic force. And then there's the way Diavolo tells the fortune teller he's going to kill him in the most painless way possible as a twisted sign of respect for his talents. The calm, matter-of-fact way he does so is nothing short of terrifying.
      Doppio: Leave me the hell alone! Don't you dare touch me!
      Diavolo and Doppio: So what if you can predict the future?!
      Diavolo: THAT ABILITY WILL BE USELESS TO YOU ONCE YOU'RE DEAD! Seems you're not a Stand user. Pity you had to peddle your talents of perception on the side of the road like a common beggar. It was the greatest misstep of your life. You see, indovino, anyone who possesses any knowledge of my true self must not be allowed to live. But you have proven yourself to be a fortune teller of the highest caliber. You've my admiration, so I shall kill you in a way that inflicts the least amount of pain.
      • An added scene in the anime showing Doppio's/Diavolo's birth when the guards in his mother's cell are cleaning him off. He was been staring blankly into space and never once made a sound the whole time since he was conceived mere minutes ago. The guard holding him also happened to see his eyes switch from between amber to red and back for a brief moment, in other words Doppio's eyes to Diavolo's, showing that their split personality has been there since infancy. And with the confirmation that Diavolo and Doppio have separate souls this means that Diavolo is an invader in Doppio's body.
    • The depths that Diavolo went to restoring his iron after the fight with Risotto shows how depraved he really is. He ate a live frog for starters. Then Bucciarati and Narancia, searching for an enemy stand user, instead found a nearby child behind a rock with his mouth sewn shut with shoe laces and his wrist slit open with blood draining out of it. Diavolo doesn't even need to become a vampire to sacrifice his humanity.
  • Risotto Nero, the leader of Squadra Esecuzioni/Hitman Team. For starters, there's the fact that he has red irises and black sclera. Combined that with his demeanor and you already get a creepy man to come across. Then there's his Stand, Metallica. It can manipulate iron, including the iron in his opponent's blood. When fighting him, he forces Doppio to cough up razor blades.
    • The anime adds a scene where he has apparently roped a hapless grunt into performing a extensive data analysis of a photo's ashes to decipher the next destination of Bucciarati's group. When the grunt starts to complain, nails burst out from one of his hands. Nero warns him that the next unwanted comment will cost him an eye, coldly reasoning that he only needs one hand and one eye to do his job. The guy seems to get the message, but begins to whine reflexively before he can stop himself. Cue his left eye starting to bulge before a Gory Discretion Shot.
    • His whole fight with Doppio is quite possibly the most brutal, painful and nauseating fight in the series, and that's saying a lot. Risotto spawned a pair of scissors in Doppio's neck and tried to use them to cut his throat. Doppio had to rip the scissors out of his skin.
      • Doppio deducing where Risotto was hiding by using a frog, hoping that Risotto's ability would activate on it before reaching Doppio. And it did, causing the frog to burst open with razor blades spilling out. Then Doppio cut off one of Risotto's feet by throwing a part of scissors at him.
      • As the fight went on, lack of iron in Doppio's body was turning his blood into yellow pus. He was barely able to breathe and think from the lack of oxygen that iron provides for the body.
      • Finally, Risotto tried to end the fight by slowly slicing Doppio's head open from the top of his skull with razor blades. The anime adaptation doesn't make this any easier to sit through especially with Soma Saito and Griffin Burns's performances as Doppio whose screams of agony really drive the point further on how brutally Risotto is torturing him.
  • What happened to Polnareff years before the events of Vento Aureo takes place. While searching for the lost Stand arrow, he discovered that the said arrow had been taken to somewhere in Europe as the crime rates in France were skyrocketing. Investigating Passione's drug related crimes in Italy and Diavolo himself, Polnareff made two grave errors as he seriously underestimated King Crimson's ability and the amount of influence Passione had over the government. As pointed out in a flashback, Polnareff was cut off from every facet of society as he was unable to call Jotaro for help with telephones, postal service, transportation, mass media, politics and police being completely wrapped around Passione's payroll. Diavolo then gouged out Polnareff's eye with his King Crimson before tossing him over a cliff and destroying both his feet. Luckily, Polnareff survives, but he had to live years in hiding while keeping a low profile so that Diavolo wouldn't find out he's actually alive. Adding to that, he is now completely bound in a wheelchair and his inability to walk just makes him that much more vulnerable.
  • Narancia's death is mostly Tear Jerker at its most devastating but it's also one of the more disturbing ones due to how unexpected and sudden it was. During Diavolo's time erasing rampage, Bucciarati notices that something is very off when he sees gallons of blood dripping from above. They then find Narancia mangled and impaled within a broken fence in crucifix position, dead. Adding more horror to the scene is that Narancia was killed during the segment that was erased by King Crimson. This means that for a second, Narancia was alive, and the next, he was just simply dead.
    • Some added symbolism in this scene is that Narancia was killed while he was in Giorno's body. Since Giorno is DIO's (God) son (Jesus), so Diavolo (Devil) basically just killed Messianic Archetype in a crucified manner.
    • This part of the story is filled to the brim with Paranoia Fuel as Diavolo is hiding within the group in Mista's body and Bucciarati's crew haven't got a clue where he is attacking from.
    • The anime adds a chilling scene where King Crimson is lurking from the shadows after Bucciarati and the rest go after Chariot Requiem, accompanied by terrifying music. Trish (in Mista's body) then suddenly turns around and notices that something is very, very wrong. It also serves as foreshadowing that King Crimson is actually hiding inside of Mista's body, which is revealed in the following episode.
  • Chariot Requiem itself is Nightmare Fuel incarnate. Compared to Silver Chariot, Polnareff's original stand, THIS stand is strange looking, covered completely in shadow.
    • It switches bodies of anybody within proximity of each other. Not just humans ... but animals too. You could be a mother taking care of an infant and all of a sudden, you're in the infant's body. Or you could have been walking your dog and all of a sudden, you're on a leash. Thankfully it tries to avert some of the Nightmare Fuel by having the babies and animals Suddenly Speaking (which also happened with Polnareff when his soul inhabited Coco Jumbo), but that's not without covering things like police and criminals, who a criminal (who was in a policeman's body) even used the opportunity to try to sexually harass Mista (who was in Trish's body at the time). Additionally, if there's a chance that there's a split personality, similar to Doppio and Diavolo, the stand will eject the split personality into someone else's body ... even if they're hiding inside someone else.
    • It can also make Stands turn against their masters, possibly even killing them if they attempt to take the arrow from them, as shown when it turns Sticky Fingers and one of the Sex Pistols berserk, with the latter even attempting to psychotically kill Mista. If you're lucky enough not to be a Stand user and attempt to touch the arrow, Requiem will personally kill you, as shown when Polnareff (as the turtle) gets chased by it. It only stopped attempting to blindly kill Polnareff when ...
    • ... Requiem's other effect starts to kick in, MUTATING everybody. Watching things from animals to humans have hideous mutations is quite unsettling to watch, especially when Polnareff starts to get a second head (which looks almost zombielike) and humans start getting weird tumors and eyes. Mista's body also starts to peel off as well. It's played off as being harmless advanced evolution, but it's still very nightmarish to look at. The population of Rome has had a pretty bad day ...
    • Between it's Blue-and-Orange Morality, strange appearance, and nightmarish powerset, Silver Chariot Requiem is closer to an SCP than a stand!
  • The second version of "Traitor's Requiem", which starts playing as of Episode 34. The changes are pretty minor at first, with Doppio turning into Diavolo... and then we get to the scene with the blood drops, and the full events of the time skip are shown: the landscape explodes around Giorno as Diavolo casually strolls behind him (in an eerie Call-Back to when Giorno's father did the same to Jotaro), all the while monitoring the future with Epitaph to avoid Giorno's attack. The distorted version of Diavolo's theme playing is the icing on the cake, and his monologue while he does so is simply bone-chilling.
    Nessuno può sfuggire dal destino scelto.Translation 
    Rimane solo il risultato che voi sarete distrutti.Translation 
    L'eterna cima esiste solo per me.Translation 
    Puoi cantare canzoni di tristezza nel mondo senza tempo.Translation 
  • The "sound" version of "Traitor's Requiem" adds a very terrifying and distorted scream to the Doppio/Risotto Nero scene as he's transforming himself into Diavolo. This also becomes one of King Crimson's primary sounds when in use in that same episode. What makes it all the more unsettling is that it was never used at all beforehand. However, it's possible that its sudden use symbolizes just how unhinged Diavolo's soul is, now that Doppio is no longer a part of him by this point.
  • The fate of Diavolo when defeated by Gold Experience Requiem. He just gets stuck in an endless loop of horrible deaths, including being stabbed by a random drug addict, having his liver pulled out during an autopsy, and being ran over. The worst part is he can't die due to GER returning everything to "zero", and he still feels all of the pain. It's hard to say he didn't deserve it, but his terrified expression as he trembles at the idea that literally anything approaching him could be his next death at least makes him pitiable.
    Diavolo: How... How many deaths must I die?! What'll happen to me next? How much longer will I have to wait for the end?! (To a little girl walking towards him) Stay back! Leave me be! Don't come closer! S-STAY AWAY! LEAVE ME ALOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!!!
    • Thanks to the anime adaptation, this scene is even worse to sit through and stomach.
      • Being stabbed to death by a homeless drug addict in the sewers, while certainly karmic, is not a nice way to go. Said homeless man is especially creepy and disturbing in the anime as he has a blank stare and he is constantly drooling, twitching and slashing his knife at random.
      • The part where Diavolo is trapped in his own corpse as he's autopsied and can feel every second of it is an especially nauseating scene as he lets out a bone-chilling shriek of agony just when the doctor starts to hack into his abdomen with a hacksaw. Then, it's suddenly interrupted by GER resetting everything. Holy shit.
      • All of these nightmarish scenarios become amplified tenfold in the English dub, as Kellen Goff perfectly manages to capture the despair, terror, and utter agony that Diavolo is currently experiencing, driven completely insane by paranoia and screaming bloody murder. Quite fitting, considering the other series he is best known for having worked on.
    • Then there's Gold Experience Requiem itself. With that scaly skin, rough jagged outline and fish-like eyes, it simply seems so wrong and unsettling. Then GER just before subjecting Diavolo to an infinite time loop of death speaks by itself in a way similar to King Crimson a while before, implying that Giorno isn't exactly in complete control of his own Stand.
    • During GER's beatdown of Diavolo, there's a brief frame of a mortally damaged King Crimson with half of its face shattered and its eye hanging from its broken face, and that says nothing of a similarly broken Epitaph's face falling off as King Crimson lunges for a Death-or-Glory Attack. Combine that with King Crimson's already terrifying Nightmare Face, and it's not pretty.
      Diavolo: I'LL KILL YOU!
    • Giorno's explanation of Gold Experience Requiem's ability. And by "explanation", I mean reciting what GER said to Diavolo before succumbs to his endless death loop. While certainly not as nightmarish compared to above, listening to his explanation will make you think twice that you do not want to mess with Giorno and his GER.
      Giorno: Even though I couldn't witness Requiem work myself, something deep in my soul tells me our job is done. Nothing will ever come within his putrid reach again. Not even the truth of his ultimate fate will grace him. His own death will remain a mystery for all eternity. It's over.
      Trish: B-but we didn't finish him.
      Giorno: His end is without end. That... is Gold Experience Requiem's judgement!
  • Scolippi's Rolling Stone Stand shows him how people die. If they touch it, even on accident, or accept their death and do so, it tells them a way to get a more peaceful and meaningful death — which they'll promptly embark on. When it showed his girlfriend how she'd die, she took the peaceful suicide it suggested would also help her father via organ donation. This, though, caused her father to attempt to send assassins after him. He handles this pretty well for a Messianic Archetype.
    • The anime ramps up the horror factor of Rolling Stone, with its appearances constantly being accompanied by what one YouTube commenter described as the "choir of the damned." Not enough? You get to see it throb and melt, too, making it seem less like stone and more like flesh.


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