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Nightmare Fuel / Kamen Rider

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Various Kamen Rider shows have an element of horror to them. Sometimes the Monster of the Week would go a bit farther then you'd expect from a show that you assume was meant just to sell toys.

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  • Kamen Rider Agito: The Unknowns who target victims based on them having psychic powers or being blood related to someone with psychic powers.
    • In the first episode, the first victim of the Unknown is a school boy, whose body is found stuffed into a tree. The Unknown proceeds to do this to the boy's mother and father over the course of the episode.
    • Another Unknown drags victims underground and buries them alive and does so to a family of four while they were on vacation.
    • There's one that draws victims into dimensional wormholes and have them fall to their deaths elsewhere.
    • Another Unknown creates pools of water near the victim, then violently drowns them.
    • Still another phases its victims into solid objects and then stops with the victim half way through. Its final victims were two pre-teen boys.
  • Four words: Shin Kamen Rider: Prologue. Jesus. When the "Kamen Rider" introduced in this film, officially dubbed Kamen Rider Shin, has his first on-screen transformation, it takes the transformation sequences from The Live-Action Incredible Hulk series from the 70's and adds some alien/insect Body Horror. First, his eyes turn blood red and his face twists in agony, then his skin begins to throb & warp. About half-way through, gashes form on his forehead from which grasshopper antennae sprout. And in the final scene before the transformation is complete, his lower jaw splits in half. If that's not enough, instead of a flashy kick, he's more than likely to just rip your head off or slash you to ribbons (or both). And to top it all off, Shin is surprisingly the hero of this film! When it comes to terrifying Kamen Rider protagonists, Shin takes the cake. Even worse is that, when you watch the horrific plight he goes through throughout his film, you'll just want to give him a big hug.
  • Kamen Rider ZO: Every villain in this can be considered Nightmare Fuel: First of all, a combination of Shin Kamen Rider and The Terminator, a creepy bat with eyes on the hand, a Claymation spider woman with her jaw split in half, and finally: An organism who takes the form of a mutant-looking Child...
  • Don't forget that in the series from the 1970's, the monsters used to turn people into skeletons or goo after spitting something on them and kidnap children.
  • SIC's interpretations of the Kamen Riders can be this at times, due to the artistic choices. OOO resembles a brightly-colored chimera, Kabuto is teched out, alien-looking and in some cases battle-damaged, there are bits and pieces that let you expose Ichigo's insides, etc.
  • The manga adaptation for the original Kamen Rider series has a much more down-to-Earth - yet no less horrifying - ending: it turned out that Shocker was being funded by the Japanese government. The Kamen Rider Spirits manga plays up this aspect of Shocker, by revealing that they also dabble in arms dealing.