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Nightmare Fuel / Re:Zero

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Wait till you see what the rest of him looks like...
  • Subaru's special ability is to come back from the dead. The downside is: He has to die first. And while he makes plenty use of it, death is still an ugly thing... and very bloody. Subaru's The Many Deaths of You are always either horrific or deeply upsetting:
    • One of the most memorable is ironically the least violent- Subaru is killed in his sleep at the beginning of Arc 2. The sudden shock of this revelation causes incredible panic in Subaru, who had assumed the worst was over after Elsa.
    • The aversion of Harmless Freezing for a couple of his deaths are nothing short of chilling. Special note goes to his death in episode 15, where, just as a final fuck you to Subaru, his head falls off.
    • His other death at the start of that episode, in which he makes it down to Emilia's Last Stand. his fingers are frozen off, as he stumbles back his leg shatters in front of him, and he eventually freezes entirely as he stares at the icy carnage around him before his frozen head SPLITS OPEN.
  • The way Return by Death is depicted in the anime is very creepy- a disembodied, black, clawed hand that reaches out to Subaru. Even creepier are the times, if he ever attempts to reveal his ability, it gets him to shut up by lovingly caressing his heart.
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  • The alternate timelines, or possibly alternate universes where Subaru died shown by Echidna, are horrific messes as many characters have died from the threats that Subaru prevented.
  • When Subaru walks into Arlem, Late to the Tragedy after being left behind by Rem, he finds the entire village slaughtered by the Witch's Cult with the corpses mutilated in various ways ranging from being burnt alive, stabbed in the back, or having their eyes ripped out.
  • Betelgeuse. Just Betelgeuse. His faces, movements and mannerism, despite being creepy, can be even funny at the beginning, but, the way he kills Rem in the 15th episode is so brutal and cruel the dude ends up being a walking Nightmare Fuel source.
    • The scene when he licks Subaru's face is not any better.
      • And then there's the way he acts like that while in Subaru's body after possessing him.
  • In episode 16, Subaru and Rem are traveling to Roswaal's lands with a group of merchants. Suddenly, one of them disappears, and when Subaru asks Otto when the merchant disappeared, he responds to him he didn't remember anyone there. After that, a mass of mist extends by the zone where they are traveling, and when Subaru directs his mobile phone to the mist, he suddenly finds a giant, menacing yellow eye. That's the White Whale for you. The face of the creature is pretty terrifying too.
    • From earlier in the episode, after Crusch rejects Subaru's request to help defeat the Witch's Cult, Subaru start ranting about how much he hates the Cult and wants to kill them, all with a look of psychotic rage on his face. Crusch even points out that the glint in his eyes is one of murderous intent. The scene is a genuinely disturbing display of how much all the trauma has affected him.
  • Episode 17: Subaru's horrified reaction to everyone forgetting about Rem and not knowing why.
    • Otto shoving Subaru off his cart in a cowardly attempt to save himself from the White Whale. Subaru, in complete fear, ends up running in any direction in desperation, crying out that he doesn't want to die. Through some miracle he survives, though when Subaru tracks down Otto's cart, he sees nothing but blood stains, which implies that the poor bastard ended up running into the Witch Cult...
    • Later in the episode, he sees first hand what happens when he ignores the pain in his heart when attempting to tell someone about his ability to Return by Death: the person listening ends up dying. Poor Emilia...
    • Subaru was about to be subjected to more torture by witnessing Betelgeuse rip apart Emilia's corpse with his powers. Pack ends up preventing this...only Pack is furious over what happened to his "daughter".
  • Episode 18: Pack's rage against the Witch Cult and Subaru. His true form and the power he holds gets unleashed the moment Emilia dies, and he goes on his way to cause The End of the World as We Know It, which is what viewers saw in Episode 15. In the end, Pack ends up freezing and shattering Subaru, with the latter laughing at himself over how pathetic he is, his self-hatred brought to its breaking point.
  • Episode 20: The White Whale shows just how such a thing has become so menacing. It has a Fog of Doom that Retcons you from existence, it's a giant whale that can swallow nearly anything and there's three of them.
    • There's also what happens when Subaru exploits the Whale's reaction to him revealing his powers. This time, there's no ghostly hands at all, oh no. An apparition of what can only be Satella herself manifests right behind him and whispers unheard words into his ear.
  • Episode 23: "I am the archbishop of sloth, Betelguece Romane-Conti, DESU!!"
  • Episode 25: The final battle between Subaru and Betelgeuse...specifically how adamant the latter is in wanting to catch and kill the former. Betelgeuse utilizes the last of his power and all of his determination to turn himself into a crawling, nightmarish abomination, shouting at Subaru to "give" him Satella's love and ranting how Satella could abandon him despite devoting all of his life to her. Subaru himself kills Betelgeuse by running him over with a cart and Betelgeuse's last words is screaming his nemesis' name.
  • In the web novel we get to see a brief glimpse of what happens when Satella breaks free of her seal. Subaru is chased by a being wrapped in darkness that literally shreds anyone that gets between it and her to bits, repeatedly professing her love for him over and over while slaughtering his friends. She attempts to absorb Subaru so they can spend eternity together. Subaru only escapes this fate by killing himself.

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