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Sailor Moon may be a series about girls with magical planetary powers, but that doesn't stop some pretty disturbing things from popping up.

In the name of the moon, spoilers below!


Manga

  • Usagi hallucinating Mamoru's rotting skeleton.
  • In the SuperS arc, the main villain Queen Nehelenia forces everyone to have nightmares. Sailor Venus dreams that she finds Sailor Moon's skeleton with decomposing skin still clinging on.
  • In the second arc, Koan from the Black Moon Clan sets a little girl on fire for no reason. If that wasn't bad enough, the charred corpse was actually left lying there for anyone to see.
  • The first monster Usagi fights, which is downright hideous, and it's not helped by the fact that she kills the thing by cutting its head off.
  • The Big Bad of each arc, except Galaxia, who looks like a normal human, and Chaos, since we don't see much of it:
  • Hotaru's cybernetic limbs, which look like they were taken from Terminator, with what we see of them appearing to be wiring and metal covered by synthetic skin.
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  • Mistress 9's true form in the manga. Her appearance that most fans remember is when she's possessed Hotaru's body and caused it to age into an adult, but her true form is a Humanoid Abomination, seen here, and her bursting out of Hotaru's body also seems to be blood when she does it.
  • The dungeon Sailors Mars, Mercury and Jupiter are imprisoned in after being kidnapped by the Black Moon Clan. It's full of rotting corpses.
  • How Minako reacted to a Brainwashed and Crazy Makoto assaulting Usagi: Flash Step and a kick on the throat strong enough to send her across the room.
    • Generally, every time Minako/Sailor Venus takes out someone in the main manga, with brutal efficiency and absolutely no mercy. Makoto is the lucky one: she survived without permanent damage. Beryl, on the other hand...
  • Sailor Galaxia is possibly the scariest of the Big Bads: looks like a normal and even beautiful woman... And not only she's the most powerful enemy after Chaos, she's a No-Nonsense Nemesis that doesn't kill Usagi on the spot because she needs her alive and stronger than she is for her plan. Here's a few of the things she does:
    • At the start of the Stars arc, Mamoru is to go to the US for a year, and at the airport he proposed to Usagi. He then leans in to kiss her... And then he dissolves into dust, leaving a smiling Sailor Galaxia behind him. That's how she introduced herself to Usagi. No wonder Usagi blocked out the memory until they met again...
      • The Sailor Starlights actually expected something like that to happen, and were rushing to the airport to try and stop her. How many times had she done that?!
    • After Sailor Lead Crow is defeated, Sailor Mars and Venus are going to Sailor Moon for a hug after the near-death experience... And then Galaxia disintegrates them too before anyone can even notice her presence.
    • Shortly before going to face Galaxia in her base, Usagi goes to the park interacting with Chibichibi, and a nice woman appears to talk... Then the newcomer suddenly starts talking about Starseeds, Usagi realizes with horror it's Galaxia in her civilian form... And as she powers up, Galaxia already shows more power than any of the previous big bads, without transforming!
    • Sailor Tin Nyanko spends her chapter battling with Sailor Moon being absolutely terrifying before being driven off... Next we see her is her talking with Galaxia and begging for her life. Galaxia removes her remaining bracelet and lets her die.
    • After a grueling series of battles, Sailor Moon finally arrives to the Galactica Palace, ready to take on Galaxia... Then she sees the final guards: Sailor Venus leading the Guardian Senshi and the Outer out to kill her, all Brainwashed and Crazy and stronger than ever. And there's also an equally brainwashed Mamoru lurking in the background.
  • In the far away past, Death Phantom did something that far surpassed anything he would do in the future: he led Galaxia to the Cauldron and Chaos. By that simple act, he's indirectly responsible for unleashing a villain far more powerful than himself.
  • The death of the cats is pretty gruesome. They basically get torn apart. Plus there's the Fridge Horror that to get to the cats (who were earlier left with Usagi's family) that the villains may have very well dealt Ikuko, Kenji, Shingo the same fate.

Anime

  • From the original series:
    • Jadeite's youma servants were all pretty terrifying and lacked the goofiness of the later seen monsters. Morga, the very first monster Sailor Moon fought, looked like this. Somehow the dub managed to keep in Morga's terrifying screen presence, such as the fact that she actually tried to kill Naru/Molly by strangling her with her bare hands. The fact that she turns her neck an entire 180 degrees to get a good look at Sailor Moon when she shows up adds to the scare factor. When Molly asks her mother what's wrong with their customers as they start to faint, the camera cuts to Morga (still in disguise) with her back turned to Molly, and starts quietly laughing before turning to Molly and going:
    Morga: I'm not your mother, Molly dear!
    • MURIDO. Not only is she one of the creepiest youmas of the series just for the fact that turns the deception Up to Eleven and doesn't mind harming children, but she ups the ante (it seems to be a thing with her) just with her transformation scene, complete with Ominous Music Box Tune. The fact that she is revealed to be a Creepy Doll is one thing, but the single creepiest part is when she still looks human and her head retracts inside her body. Sailor Moon's reaction says it best. The first English dub managed to make this scene even scarier. In the original version, you just hear the sound of light gears turning when Murid's head comes back up, but the English dub includes what can only be described as the sound of flesh being ripped apart as her head twirls back up.
    • Ami has a good reason to be afraid of Garoben, the youma that attempts to steal her energy in her introductory episode: In the original English dub it simply tells her, "You just failed this class!" while in the original it says, "I'll just have to cut out your brain!" Although the dub managed to make her a lot more menacing when she first appears, overlooking the students heading into the cram school.
      Garoben: So many helpless lambs...
    • Nephrite's death, mostly for the severe Mood Whiplash. Up until then, while the series had no shortage of nightmarish monsters as the previous entries showed, it was mostly a goofy, lighthearted Sentai romp with Casual Danger Dialog galore. Even the buildup to the scene was simply him sharing a lighthearted conversation with Naru/Molly about parfaits. Then the Monster of the Week attacks, and contrary to the youma's usual ineffectual reputation, actually succeeds in impaling Nephrite in the chest with thorns. All in front of an ordinary teenage girl who had a crush on him. Notably, the 90's dub subverted Never Say "Die" with Molly repeatedly pleading for Neflite not to die, making it every bit as shocking as the original for Western audiences. For 90's kids, this scene was the equivalent of Puella Magi Madoka Magica's infamous Episode 3, and one could argue it was actually worse for being more visibly gruesome and drawn-out.
      • Bonus points go to the DIC dub, Molly's screams of anguish are just so damn haunting and very realistic.
    • The episode "Sailor Venus' Past! Minako's Tragic Love" has Usagi learn that Minako had her heart broken when her friend and her crush fell in love with each other. Not scary, right? WRONG! Usagi is so angry that when the friend (who has become the Monster of the Week) attacks them, she has absolutely no intention to heal her, and is perfectly willing to just kill her. Keep in mind, this isn't an artificial being made of shadow, or a robot, or some other non-living thing - it's an actual, genuine human brainwashed and then turned into a monster. In other words, Usagi is willing to kill a human being just because the human in question (unintentionally) upset her friend to Break the Cutie extremes. In fact, it's only because Minako pleads with her that she relents, and even then she's reluctant to do so. Just seeing the sweet and forgiving Usagi, of all people, willing to commit cold-blooded murder, even if it's just one time in the anime... *shudder*. Thank God she never did anything like that again.
    • The two-part season finale, in which the Senshi all die horribly and surprisingly graphically, Beryl fuses with Metallia, and Usagi dies. Sure they all get better except for Beryl, but still.... The episode was notorious for reportedly making many children sick, and DiC had to cut out all the deaths in order to keep it kid friendly.
      • Many adults found the Dwindling Party hard to watch, even today. Mercury was burned alive and died alone, and Venus was ensnared and dragged screaming into a pit to face torture and death at the hands of the youma, and her last screams were harrowing - the actress held nothing back.
      • Beryl's possession in general is creepy, but two moments stand out. The first is when Metallia breaks free of its pan to merge with Beryl, and blood comes pouring out of the container. The second, blink-and-you'll-miss-it image comes during the process, when we suddenly cut to Beryl's screaming face. This raises the question of what exactly Metallia is doing to her.
      • The first season's finale is where the show stopped being a run-of-the-mill Magical Girl series, both to the viewers and Usagi herself. Usagi realized at that point how horrible and dangerous it really is for her and her friends to be the first and last line of defense the world has and spent part of the next season in a Heroic BSoD not wanting to deal with it again, which prevented her from using most of her powers until she snapped out of it. Even then, she was never truly the same for the rest of the series.
    • Episode 22 has Naru being possessed by Nephrite and her skin turns purple and it's absolutely creepy.
  • From the R:
    • Uasgi's first reaction at getting her memories back was to scream in pure, unadulterated horror and sit in stunned silence for several moments. Before her own death and subsequent mind-wipe at the end of the previous season, there was very little time for her to grieve much for her friends and Mamoru because she had to keep moving forward and did what needed to be done. And then she had to relive it a second time, all at once, so it's no wonder why she reacted the way she did and why Luna was so hesitant to unlock her memories in the first place.
    • Cardian Reci.
    • Anything involving the nightmarish Big Bad of the season, Wiseman/Death Phantom. Specially how he mind rapes Chibi-Usa into becoming Black Lady.
    • Diamond's Stalker with a Crush bordering on I Have You Now, My Pretty behavior to Sailor Moon, especially in Episode 83. When she's paralyzed and completely unable to push him away.
    • In Episode 69, the Droid, Akumuda (aka Hyponitica) hypnotizes Sailor Moon into a deep sleep, which would drain her life power. While Sailor Moon was in a coma, she is locked into an eternal nightmare, in which a Super-Deformed version of her is endlessly chasing Mamoru by foot, tricycle, and by boat, calling out his name.
    • Episode 74 has this at the beginning when Esmeraude and Rubeus are on his UFO and it suddenly shows us the Senshi tied to crosses unconscious.
    • Koan's Villainous Breakdown can be this if you aren't expecting it. Ditto for Berthier freezing everything and everyone (including herself), as well as Petz blasting her own sisters with her stick-enhanced powers.
  • From the S:
    • Kaolinite's Daimons, who activate with the intended victim touching a harmless object with the egg hidden inside it. And you never ever know about that until you come in contact with it.
    • Kaolinite answering the door when Usagi and Chibi-Usa first visit Hotaru. Luckily, Usagi figures that she's just someone who looks like her and Kaolinite doesn't seem to recognize or remember Usagi from their last encounter.
    • The Mass Sacrifice at Mugen Gakuen.
    • Even though it was Played for Laughs, Minako's reaction to seeing her pure heart is rather creepy.
      • Even creepier are the implications for her mental state and her (mostly unknown) past. She has an almost physical need to know she has a pure heart. What the hell happened for her to have such a need?
    • Sailor Neptune marching to rescue Uranus from Eudial, but not for the obvious reason. Simply put, Neptune is pissed, and dozens of machine guns have just exhausted their ammunition on her without even scratching her... And Eudial, who was sure she was down, suddenly noticed the Senshi was on her. Eudial was screaming for a reason when she pulled the Fire Buster's trigger in panic...
    • The scenes with the Messiah of Silence, especially when her eyes start to glow red.
    • The first appearance of Hotaru in Episode 111 consists of her screaming in pain as black energy flows out of her. Even better, this scene comes with absolutely no warning whatsoever. Jump Scare much?
    • Professor Tomoe's anime re-design looks quite ghastly, and the fact that he spends much of the season hovering over Daimon Egg cultivation phials (filled with what looks suspiciously like blood) and promising a Humanoid Abomination that he's going to feed her as many hearts as she wants only makes it worse. Small wonder that they made him a Cloud Cuckoolander Benevolent Boss - he needed a lot of Nightmare Retardant just to keep the show kid-friendly.
    • The vision characters keep having of the Silence. It's specially bad in the case of Rei, since she has been having said visions from the start of the season while the other girls have not... and said visions involve, among other things, the girls being Taken for Granite and shattered.
    • Telulu's death in the first English dub. What makes it worse is that the Senshi are so terrified that they just stand there while she dies begging for mercy.
    • This is so horrific, even the Outers are horrified (to put it into perspective, the Outers were prepared to kill a 10 - year old in order to protect the Earth)!
      • Oh heck, almost all the deaths count, including (but not limited to) dying in a car crash, being frozen alive and then falling while frozen, being stabbed in the eye, being disintegrated, and being electrocuted for outliving your usefulness.
      • Viluy's death deserves special mention - no matter which version you're watching, it's nothing short of terrifying. Not only because of what happens, but because she screams for her nanobots to stop because they're dissolving her. Her Canadian voice actress does a very good job.
    "STOP! NANOBOTS! YOU'RE DISSOLVING MEEEEEE!"
    • In many ways, the look on Usagi's face when she emerges from Pharaoh 90 - what did she see on the other side that could make her look that broken?
      • Given that her Heart Crystal, which is sort of (part of) her soul, was outside of her body, it's more likely she was just a walking shell at that moment, hence the dead, Dull Eyes of Unhappiness. Still pretty scary.
      • Pharaoh 90 was, for all intents and purposes, a planet-sized Lovecraft-esque eldritch "god" from what little was shown of him. Usagi was lucky to come back both alive and still sane. And he was completely invincible aside from Saturn's ultimate attack. Had Mistress 9 won out over Hotaru or if Uranus, Neptune and Pluto killed her, the Earth would've been screwed.
  • From SuperS:
    • The Dead Moon Circus itself is pretty terrifying in both the anime and the manga when you get right down to it.
    • The way the Amazon Trio takes their Dream Mirrors from the victims of the week. Saying it has Unfortunate Implications would be putting it lightly. What they do is they take/approach their victims (whether women, young girls, young men, and in one case *an 8 year old boy*) into a secluded place and then produce a board and chains out of nowhere to restrain the victim. The mirror then comes out of the victim's chest, accompanied by the screams of said victim. And then they look inside, causing so much pain the victim invariably faint.
    • Minako gets another one Played for Laughs linked to the Dream Mirror examination. Hawk's Eye and Tiger's Eye were harsher than usual when looking inside it, and yet she got horny. What happened for her to get horny from that?
      • She outright states that she wanted both of them, because she was attracted to them. Tiger's Eye and Hawk's Eye's reactions to what they saw in her mirror imply her dream was of a threesome between all of them. She didn't get turned on by them being rough with her mirror, she was turned on by her own fantasy.
    • The Amazon Quartet comes off as slightly more humane, as they just launch their Amazon Stone at their victims with pool cues, having them hit the victims in the back and sending the Dream Mirror spinning out of their chests.
    • Episode 141 has Hawk Eye and Tiger's Eye unknowingly anger Sailor Venus, provoking her into using the Furious Random Crescent Beam Shots that almost kill them, two Lemures... And Sailor Moon and Sailor Chibimoon, who just happened to be right behind them.
    • From episode 166:
      • The desolate, grey wasteland that is the wreckage of the Dead Moon Circus. High above in the sky floats a sinister looking new moon, and everything is eerily quiet. Sailor Moon is the only person to stir out of the rubble, and when she looks up, she sees Nehellenia, still alive... and holding an unconscious Chibi-Moon in her arms. Even worse is that Nehellenia's head is framed in shadows, except for her terrifyingly unexpected red eyes. And she's just standing there, glaring at Sailor Moon, as if she was waiting that whole time for her to get up.
      • Zirconia bursting out of old Nehellenia's chest like a giant worm and strangling Sailor Moon. And Zirconia's laughing the whole time.
        Queen Nehellenia: This is what you get for stealing my beauty! DIE!
      • Nehellenia's flashback. It alternates between a horrified young Nehellenia staring back at her mirror with a sickened look on her face and the camera zooming in to the now blackened mirror as Zirconia's monotonous chant just keeps going on and on... and then suddenly cuts to an exterior shot of Nehellenia's kingdom with a blood red tint, then of Nehellenia suddenly repeating Zirconia's chant. The Cloverway dub actually managed to retain the creepiness of this scene. And despite the voice work, the dub changes the context of the scene to imply that Nehellenia's people willingly let her devour their dreams because they were that mindlessly devoted to her. Jesus.
        Nehellenia (Recoiling from her aged reflection): Nooooo! Oh! No! NO! OH I think I'm going to be sick-! Huh!?
        Zirconia: Never doubt the power of innocent dreamers, never doubt the dreams of innocent children, never doubt your worst nightmare...
        Nehellenia: Huh?
        Zirconia: Never doubt the power of innocent dreamers, never doubt the dreams of innocent children, never doubt your worst nightmare. Never doubt the power of innocent dreamers, never doubt the dreams of innocent children, never doubt your worst nightmare...!

        Nehellenia: I shall never doubt the power of innocent dreamers, I shall never doubt the dreams of innocent children, I shall never doubt my worst nightmare. I shall use the power of innocent dreamers, I shall use the dreams of innocent children, I will preserve my dream. My worst nightmare will be somebody else's!
      • Nehellenia being sealed back into her mirror. As the last part of the Dead Moon Circus crumbles away, Nehellenia's mirror continues to float up towards the new moon, and Nehellenia joyously screams how she will continue to live alone in the darkness with her eternal beauty. The last shot is of the mirror becoming a glimmer of light disappearing into the new moon, as Nehellenia's maniacal laughter echoes on.
    • Mister Magic Pierrot from episode 149. One of the few Monsters of the Week in the Anime to actually kill Usagi by shattering her Dream Mirror.
      • Earlier in that episode, the Amazon Trio are in front of Zirconia, when Fish Eye (who knows that Chibi-Usa has Pegasus in her Dream Mirror and is starting to have doubts about everything) asks Zirconia if she'll keep her word. Zirconia, without changing her expression, reaches out her hand and starts strangling him. It takes Tiger's Eye's pleading to get her to stop.
  • From Stars:
    • The first six episodes of this season (dealing with the return of Nehellenia) have an unusually somber tone and atmosphere in comparison with the rest of the series (And especially in sharp contrast with the previous season). Even the soundtrack for these particular episodes sound grim and solemn.
    • Aluminum Siren's death in episode 187. This was pretty much the writers telling everyone that the gloves were coming off for the last episodes.
    • The wiping off of 99.9% of the World Population Galaxia does before the Final Battle. The worst part? That's not even the most evil thing she did that season!
    • Some Fridge Horror for that. Galaxia boasts that she killed off pretty much everyone on Earth. Despite the fact that most of them weren't seen in that season, but that would include Usagi's parents and little brother, Rei's grandfather, Yuichiro, Naru, Umino, the Furuhata siblings, Kyusuke and Momoko, the Ayakashi Sisters, Dr. Souichi Tomoe, pretty much everyone the Senshi have ever loved or cared about, dead. And what's worse is that the Senshi were so focused on fighting Galaxia that they didn't even stop to think about them.
    • It's implied with their small dialogue before the final transformation.
    • Usagi herself, after Galaxia kills the other Senshi. Her resulting attack, powered by the Silver Crystal, has the effect of a very large bomb going off. We've seen Usagi determined before, but here, she is pretty much at the point of anger, which is almost anathema to her whole personality. She has all of this power at her fingertips, and now she's lashing out in heartbreak and anger. And Galaxia isn't even damaged by it.

Movie

  • From S movie:
  • From SuperS movie:
    • The Adult Fear present in Badiyane's plan. Imagine being a parent and losing your child. Now imagine that your child was kidnapped to be used in something that would *kill him/her*, and you have her plot in a nutshell.
    • This movie manages to make good use of Soundtrack Dissonance with the song "Sajin no Yousei" playing whenever Badiyane's minions kidnap children.
    • The scene when the Senshi confront Populein while he's playing his flute and the children are walking towards the gondola. He stops, and the children all collapse without warning.
    • The Puppyots, which take Creepy Child and Uncanny Valley Up to Eleven by being babies made of candy that explode when destroyed.
    • This exchange:
    Usagi: "Give us back Chibi-Usa and the children!"
    Populein: "Chibi-Usa? Oh, that little girl... Madam Badiyane likes her very much."

Crystal

  • Queen Metalia, from what we've seen of her so far in the opening, she's now designed more faithfully to the manga.
  • Mimete's death.


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