Considering that the games take place in dream worlds, it should come as no surprise that they are loaded with this. Don't let the beautiful soundtracks, Scenery Porn, and Animesque protagonist fool you.
Door to Phantomile and the Wiimake
- His loud, baritone voice in the original is downright terrifying. It definitely renders him one of the most intimidating villains in the series.
- His appearance in the first game, due to early hardware limitations, make him look quite unnerving. His face is much more slanted and pale, and looks far less human compared to the Wii remake.
- If you happen to have coulrophobia, chances are, he is NOT going to be your favorite character. First of all, there's his design, with star-shaped Black Eyes of Evil and a big Cheshire Cat Grin with More Teeth than the Osmond Family. Then there's his personality. He usually acts silly, which can be seen as either dissonant with his creepy design, or Nightmare Retardant. However, in the first game, he eventually becomes dead serious about aiding Ghadius in his Evil Plan, going so far as to murder Klonoa's grandpa in cold blood.
- Even if you don't like Joka, his death is still very intense and disturbing. After defeating him in his boss battle, he gives an uncharacteristically calm speech about how the world will sink into darkness. He then dies in a fiery explosion, screaming in agony'', calling Ghadius' name. And thanks to his Frozen Face, he's still smiling'' while this happens! Despite his crossing the Moral Event Horizon earlier, it's easy to feel sorry for him in this scene. It's even worse in the original version, where - instead of the screen fading to white as he explodes, it actually shows him falling over dead, with that horrid smile still on his face!
- Vision 5-2 is pretty scary. It takes place in the Sun Temple, where Ghadius' dark magic is causing frequent solar eclipses. Klonoa must get to the top of the temple, all while dealing with the enemies, who undergo scary-looking transformations when it gets dark. It doesn't help that they're invincible when this happens. The scariest by far is a pink flying creature that doesn't transform from another enemy, it just suddenly appears when the sky gets dark. It has emotionless, soulless eyes, and it relentlessly pursues you (It does move slowly, though). The level also ends with a boss battle against Joka, who is plenty of Nightmare Fuel on his own.
- An Eldritch Abomination born from nightmares. Out of his 3 forms, the last 2 are especially scary. The first of these is a living Nightmare Face, and the second is darker and has exposed bones, making it look very zombie-like.
- There's a detail lost in the remake: the exposed bones during the creature's third phase are due to the beast's stomach rupturing after the second phase. A good look at Nahatomb's rear displays its opened body, with frayed skin at the edges. This detail explains why the beast starts sucking up the surrounding platforms; its stomach can't carry anything anymore, but it'll still try to stuff its face to stay alive.
- Volk City suffers from perpetual civil war, with Klonoa forced to travel through the carnage before approaching the resident bell tower. Civilians run in panic as explosives destroy their homes and other public properties, and factories pollute the area as they create more weaponry, making for an oppressive atmosphere.
- Volkan Inferno. The civil war has caused the city's factory reactors to overload, and the sky has become a deep red. Worse still, the boss of Volk City, the Mobile Tank Biskarsh, returns from its initial defeat to pursue Klonoa throughout the ruined city. The machine is invincible until the very end, where it is ultimately hit by an oncoming train. Until then, the player will have to endure the frantic chase and hellish landscape.
Empire of Dreams
- The Final Boss. Holy crap, the final boss:
Bagoo:: I will turn all dreamers into monsters! And you're next!
- Klonoa and Huepow enter the castle to find Emperor Jillius, who gives them quite a Nightmare Face as he yells at them about how unfair his plight - specifically, his being unable to dream - is. A freaky-looking eyeball comes right the hell out of nowhere and attaches itself to his face. Klonoa proceeds to fight Jillius and the eyeball. The fight itself isn't so bad, but that cutscene before it was downright unnerving!
- After destroying the eyeball, Jillius comes back to his senses, and despite being in immense pain, tells Klonoa that he wanted him to come back to the castle. Klonoa is confused, but then a dark figure approaches from behind - it's Bagoo, who reveals his plan to take over the world, and declares himself the King of Despair before giving this very chilling line:
- While this is happening, Bagoo's shadow - complete with an Evil Laugh - rises up from the ground, towering over everyone and glaring at Klonoa - or maybe even the player - with Glowing Eyes of Doom!
- Then there's the final battle itself. Bagoo transforms into an enormous, ghostly dragon/bird monster so detailed that it falls right into the Uncanny Valley! And after Klonoa defeats it, it turns into a horrifying dark cloud with tentacles and a Nightmare Face before finally fading away. Yikes.
- Janga. An anthropomorphic cat with Hellish Pupils, a big Slasher Smile, and poison claws. He's also perhaps the most Ax-Crazy and irredeemably evil character in the series.