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It's just a Regular Show, right? Well, in actuality, it's anything but.

Spoilers abound below.


General

  • The sheer amount of death present throughout each season can be unsettling, even if it's bloodless and played for comedy. Characters good, bad, or just innocent bystanders regularly get blown up, Eaten Alive, vaporized and even decapitated. The casual way the characters take it also doesn't help.

Season 1

  • In "Free Cake" when Skips is sentenced by the Guardians of Youth to shrivel up into dust and disappear forever. Cue Skips rapidly aging, then collapsing to the ground slowly dying, his skin turning into dust while his skeleton stays intact. He even tries to speak, but can't, only groan in a whispery voice. But he gets better once Mordecai and Rigby make an Equivalent Exchange by sacrificing the cake.
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  • The climax in "Grilled Cheese Deluxe" when Mordecai and Rigby end up preventing the anti-matter from destroying the city by sacrificing the grilled cheese sandwich only to be zapped by the anti-matter and get distorted and stretched in freaky ways. At one point, Rigby gets turned inside out. Mordecai got stretched out to the point where he was barely visible. And let's not forget about Rigby being ripped in half and being put back together in a matter of seconds.
  • In "But I Have the Receipt" when the clerk who sold Mordecai and Rigby the Realm of Darthon game finally gets fed up with them sabotaging his business for a refund:
    NO REFUNDS! [face returns to normal, but now with maniacal laughter]

Season 2

  • The demonic taxi that haunted Rigby's nightmares in "Ello Gov'nor" was actually pretty frightening at times, especially during one of Rigby's dreams where it crashes through the window, baring its teeth and screeching, accompanied by the freakiest Scare Chord ever. You can't blame Rigby for getting so freaked out by that thing.
    • Let's not forget the second part of Rigby's dream where he sees the taxi and runs to Mordecai for comfort. Mordecai is then revealed to be the taxi. Oh, and it rips through Mordecai's head like it was paper. Yick.
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  • When Mordecai sends the microwave barreling toward the end of time with him and Rigby on it in "It's Time", during their argument Mordecai pushes Rigby off of the microwave and he disintegrates into nothing but a skeleton with eyes before shriveling into a bunch of dust.
  • Peeps is a giant eyeball that will always be watching you, everywhere you go, until you die. Mordecai challenges him to a staring contest and if he wins, Peeps must leave, but if Peeps wins, he gets their eyes... and he will do so using an ice pick and an ice cream scoop. Oh, and he has a rather creepy voice and can grow multiple tentacle-like eyeballs.
  • In "Jinxed", there's the monster Rigby accidentally summoned from a mirror to get rid of his "jinx". It's a hulking, dark-tinted reflection of the raccoon in the form of a snarling, savage beast with bright purple eyes and huge claws and teeth. And if it scratches you, you become a monstrous negative-being like itself, which happens to everyone on the park but Mordecai and Rigby.
Season 3
  • The Season 3 premiere episode "Stick Hockey" has a flashback where Benson and his student, who looks exactly like him but is orange, are in the stick hockey championships. Benson wins his round, but the student gets decapitated by the game sticks. Benson picks up the head of his student as he watches his student's final moments slip away. He then says, "Master, I thought you said that this was going to be so much fun!". Immediately afterwards, he dies.
  • Muscle Man being flayed alive, Mordecai being decapitated, Skips being incinerated, and High Five being shredded. The Halloween episode is pretty grim.
  • There's also that scene from the end of "Death Metal Crash Pit" where the RV crushes the ghost band, causing an explosion that skins, burns, and melts the entire audience, even showing eyeballs hanging out of their skulls! It even kills Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost.
  • "Diary" had Skips perform a ritual right out of Raiders of the Lost Ark with the groaning spirits, and when Rigby messes it up the spirits form into a giant close-up of Margaret's face, twisted into a look of pure hatred and giving a bone-chilling shriek.
  • "Sugar Rush" has a pretty chilling moment when Mordecai, Rigby, and Pops end up being sent to a higher plane of a sugar rush after they try to eat more sugar to crash. In that plane, the whole world is black and white, the bushes and trees are being buffeted by strong winds, and everyone is frozen in time as a black figure with a white outline, vaguely resembling them at all. They're so fast that the whole world looks like an Eldritch Location!

Season 4

  • "Terror Tales of the Park II". The commercial for it involves Mordecai's uncle meeting his demise inside of one of those things that return bowling balls to you. Somehow made worse by showing a clip of a tree in a woodchipper instead of the actual death.
    • Mordecai's story. In the story, he sees his Uncle Steve die by falling into the thing mentioned in the above paragraph. He has nightmares from the stress, and sees his uncle, (complete with spooky, ghostly eyes and a blank stare) around the house, in the paintings, in the mirrors. Eventually, Steve's ghost chases down Mordecai, finally cornering him near a grave. It turns out that Uncle Steve had "unfinished business," and simply wanted to return five dollars to Mordecai, before returning to his resting place.
    • Margaret has a pretty fucked-up sense of humor when it came to her ghost story; the story involves Mordecai, Rigby, Margaret, and Eileen needing a ride to a movie theater since Benson won't let them use the cart on account of pranksters TP'ing the park. Eileen calls a cab but a strange bus called "The Party Bus" pulls over in front of them before the cab showed up, they then board the bus and are greeted by a bus driver in mummy costume and join the other party-goers on board. While they were having a good time as they waited to arrived to the theaters, they soon found out the party-goers were aging to dust, and so were they. Mordecai and the others desperately tried to escape the bus before they die, but the driver, who turned out to be a skeleton, persistently prevented them from getting off the bus. Mordecai managed to reverse the bus' aging effect on them by shifting the bus in reverse, but it worked too well as the reversed aging effect made them so young they reverted to being children. They finally escaped through the bus' escape hatch, which at this point they've became mere infants, and jumped off the psycho bus. Unfortunately it was too little too late as they all de-age to children to the point that they disappear, and this horrifying tale ends with the bus driver laughing menacingly as the bus fades way to nothingness. And that was supposed to be funny? Even Rigby found that story pretty fucked-up.
    • Benson's story is also unsettling, especially if you're claustrophobic and/or arachnophobic It starts off unassuming, with Benson ordering Mordecai and Rigby to re-wallpaper the entire house because of their vandalism and the current wallpaper being discontinued. They complained about not wanting to do it, only for a television to appear in the hallway (which even Muscle Man is puzzled by) showing a man named "Jan, the Wallpaper Man" offering to wallpaper the home for them for free. Jan finally arrived to get started while Mordecai and Rigby run up stairs to play games; Jan was acting suspicious the whole time. After playing games for a few hours, Mordecai and Rigby were amazed by the wallpaper, which had a peculiar color. Just as they were about to go downstairs, they heard Pops screaming and found him bound to the wall. After freeing Pops, they hear Benson screaming and traverse a confusing maze of wallpaper and chase after Jan climbing on the ceiling until they get trapped in an enclosed space. Rigby panics and eventually tears down the wall. They tear down more wallpaper until they finally reach a cave where the other employees were tangled up. They find Jan, who turns into a giant spider. He eats Muscle Man alive, and when he tries to eat Mordecai and Rigby, he ends up eating a box of grenades instead. The explosion killed Mordecai, Rigby, Jan, and Muscle Man (if being eaten didn't kill him first), and one of their intestines lands on Pops' head.
      • What's also scary is them running through the wallpapered corridors, and they can hear Benson screaming for help but they don't know where he is.
    • The original ending to the episode. Not that the version that aired on TV (where the driver crashes into the tree and all of them come out as ghosts) was any better...this one cranks it up to the MAX. After Benson finishes his story, the driver drives over to let the gang see that there are dead clones of themselves being covered up by a skeleton-faced paramedic. The driver turns out to be a skeleton too, and he drives the screaming-in-fear workers into a fiery vortex in which their spirits fly out of. This all happens inside a pumpkin that says "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!".
  • Quilgin's demise in "The Christmas Special". Mordecai tackles him and his box into the Lava Pit, and after a brief struggle Mordecai is able to conjure hoverboards for him and Rigby to get to safety...while Quilgin plunges headfirst into boiling magma after his cursed present, Ala Gollum, complete with a brief glimpse of his burning body sinking beneath the surface. Even if this guy might've killed thousands with his plot to destroy Christmas, it's still a brutal way to off a Christmas special villain.
  • In "Guy's Night", Pops is send to the dimension of the Milk People and meets other guys who also drank an entire milk galloon as part of the Milk Challenge. There, they are attended by the Milk People, who serve them glasses with milk, but they soon realize that the Milk People are horrifying creatures who have no eyes but a mouth with vampire-like teeth who want for all the guys to remain there with them. While Pops and most of the guys manage to reach the elevator and get back to reality, one of the guys is bitten and transformed into a Milk Person and other is dragged by the Milk People to the same fate. That's when you realize that now as Milk People, these normal guys have lost their humanity and will now be forced to spend all eternity there.

Season 5

  • In true "Terror Tales of the Park" tradition, "Terror Tales of the Park III" has lots of this:
    • Jebadiah Townhouse, oddly enough, is this a lot. Especially, in the hallways scene when he turned into this horrifying thing.
      • What's more scary is the buildup. You know he's going to strike, but you don't know when or how.
      • Even worse is the fact that Thomas being forced to wear his pizza costume till Thanksgiving just for telling a bad ghost story at the party is proof that the episode is canon and if it's canon then that means... JEBADIAH TOWNHOUSE IS REAL! AND CANON!
    • The pumpkin monster from Muscle Man's story as well. It turns him, Mordecai, Rigby, and Fives into pumpkins, smashes them in that state, uses their seeds to grow them as sentient pumpkins, and makes horrible autumn puns all the while.
    • The fact that the bed with the serial killer in it actually got manufactured. What an Idiot! doesn't begin to describe this.
  • From "Take the Cake", we have the psychotic woman who nearly runs down Mordecai and Rigby. Note this is because she thinks they 'cut in line' (when in reality they were in a completely separate line). Her rampage kills several innocent people!

Season 8 (Regular Show In Space)

  • The villain of this season, Anti-Pops. Feared all over the universe, has a massive fleet at his command, and he won't let anything get in his way. A door? He melts it. A cashier taking too long to give one of his minions change? With a wave of his arm, the cashier is erased, leaving only a white cowering-cashier-shaped void. He's all black with white outlines and a white glow around him, and he's made of pure evil. With this season being the last, who could ask for a better Final Boss than Pops' evil counterpart who is voiced by Freddy Krueger, no less?
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