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Nightmare Fuel / Super Paper Mario

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Even with the quirkiness of the Paper Mario series intact, this might just be the darkest game in the Mario universe.

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  • The Underhands. They are disembodied hands that slowly pursue the player when they are in grabbing range. They are found either in deep water or in dark areas; in the latter, they are usually hidden away in out-of-the-way places, ready to sneak up on you. Although the game says they are invincible, they can be defeated by using Barry. In addition, lighting up a dark area will (temporarily) make them go away.
  • The River Twygz. Pretty tame if you stay near the surface; go any deeper and be prepared to encounter Underhands and creepy music.
    • The music is easily the creepiest in the Mario franchise itself, seemingly out of place in a Mario game.
    • If you listen closely, the voices seem to be repeating "They fell in the river..." and "Save us, please!".
  • The Final Boss, Super Dimentio, a monster that Dimentio created by merging with Mr. L and the Chaos Heart, a giant monster who has a fairly disturbing face that resembles Luigi's, and is initially unable to be harmed just like Count Bleck. And when he's defeated, he ends up being decapitated and still surviving for a brief period of time before his head explodes. What about the concept of it in general? Luigi is the physical vessel for the death of the multiverse. As in every fictional world you've come to know even if completely unrelated, all wiped out. Including the non-fictional one, by the way. Yeah, remember how Merlon points out we exist, thus including our world in the equation? You'd never expect this from a series that people outside the fandom generally consider for kids.
  • Mimi's transformation sequence into a giant spider. Feeling arachnophobic yet?
    • It's less about the extra legs and more about the fact that she twists her head entirely around, The Exorcist-style. Complete with the sounds of her spine cracking in multiple places.
    • If you flip while Mimi is in spider form, you can see the gears inside her. No one's sure if this makes it better or worse.
    • Worse, if you slouch for too long in an area while being chased by her spider form, she spawns at your location.
  • The first time you go into the Sammer Kingdom, it's increasingly obvious that the huge void in the sky is growing and there's not enough time to save the place after recovering the Pure Heart. What's even worse is that the inhabitants are completely aware of their imminent demise and even allow Mario and company to bypass the Duel of 100 in a desperate attempt to get the Pure Heart into their hands in time. The party doesn't even come close to getting the Pure Heart before they're forced to evacuate.
  • One of Dimentio's attacks is to seal his target within a strange cube and then to fill it with an explosion. Which must be terrible for the victims, who have to spend their next few seconds in dread of a possible fatality.
  • Chapter 7 is set in the afterlife. In Chapter 7-3, you see The Void in the sky here too, meaning even the afterlife is not safe. note 
  • You know those post-Chapter flashbacks about "Blumiere" and "Timpani," and how they start out Heartwarming Moment-worthy? The final two end with Blumiere's Knight Templar father revealing that he cursed Timpani out of Blumiere's life forever, and Blumiere consequently snapping and seeking Revenge by becoming Count Bleck and siccing the Dark Prognosticus on his father (all while the normally touching background music finally ends on a Last Note Nightmare), respectively... Good Lord.
  • Count Bleck may be downright huggable, but he's still essentially a G-rated version of a suicide bomber (at least until his Heel–Face Turn).
  • Megabites, as well as their variations, are flying skull-like enemies that can randomly, and suddenly, appear in almost any level, with the earliest known sighting being 1-3, simply flying in from off-screen. While they aren't especially scary looking, there's a certain creepiness in their appearance, especially the basic Megabites, with their large, red eyes. Especially jarring is encountering them while 3D.
  • Shadoo. An intangible shadow being that can take on the form of those it analyzes. And upon your second trip down the Flopside Pit of 100 Trials, it's copied all four of the heroes and plans to use this newfound power to escape the pit and wreak havoc upon the world yet again. There's also the hints that Shadoo might be the Pixl Queen.

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