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Nightmare Fuel / The Incredibles

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The Incredibles was the first Pixar film to earn a PG rating, and is considerably dark for a Pixar movie, as this page can tell you.

  • The film takes no liberties in showcasing the downsides of a world filled with supers; from the risk of heroes failing to save the day, to being persecuted and sued by the same people you vow to protect, and most frighteningly, the worries that villains will show no restraints against killing children if they pose a threat in any capacity. All of this leads to the supers becoming illegal, and the overall setting is very similar to Watchmen.
  • After he believes his family has been killed, Mr. Incredible: "Why are you here? How can you possibly bring me lower? What more can you take away from me?" While Mr. Incredible is saying this, he has Mirage in a Neck Lift, is holding her a good three-four feet off of the ground and her face clearly shows pain and quickly loses color to the point of being almost white from lack of oxygen.
    • When she tells him "There isn't much time", the way he immediately chokelifts her and goes "No. There isn't. In fact... there's no time at all." in a disturbingly chilling tone is scary as hell.
    • In their previous scene together, he came dangerously close to crushing her to death out of sheer, animalistic fury.
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    • Really, the scene itself is pretty terrifying, if only for Mr. Incredible's rage, and Syndrome's complete indifference to Mirage's plight.
      Mr. Incredible: Release me! NOW!
      Syndrome: (scoffs) Or what?
      Mr. Incredible: I'll crush her.
      Syndrome: Ooo, that sounds a little dark for you... ah, go ahead.
      Mr. Incredible: It will be easy... like breaking a toothpick.
      Syndrome: me.
    • On top of that, there's the brief yet intense few seconds where in that moment, there was a chance he could've actually killed her. Thankfully, he doesn't but it's still an especially unsettling moment.
  • The various incarnations of the Omnidroid are enormous black robots that relentlessly hunt and kill any super who gets too close. They are Made of Iron, Combat Pragmatists, have an Adaptive Ability and could not be more devoted to slaying their targets if they tried. And that's not even getting into the fact that the last one can disobey its creator as it causes as much carnage as it pleases.
  • The list of supers killed, lured to their deaths during the Omnidroid testing. Really, would you expect anyone see Syndrome as a sympathetic character after that? Especially when you consider that these are people Mr. Incredible knew personally; look closely, and you can see most of them at the wedding. The increasing horror on Mr. Incredible's face certainly doesn't help either.
    • It's even more chilling if you remember from the start of the movie that all of the supers are simply trying to live as normal folk and during the dinner scene where Mr. Incredible is reading the newspaper, we see that the recent missing person used to be a super known as Gazerbeam. We see him later as a corpse in a cavern.
    • Even worse, many of those people must have gone through the exact same arc as Bob did. Feeling unfulfilled with normal life, the supers were approached by Mirage, given a mission, kept coming back, felt good about themselves again... and then they were killed by the ever-evolving droid.
    • And Bob is quickly relieved to know that Syndrome doesn't know where Helen is. Which then turns to alarmed concern when he finds out that Syndrome does know where Frozone is. Technically, he would've been the one Mirage approached to fight the Omnidroid instead of Bob if she hadn't noticed Bob, so thankfully, he dodged the bullet.
    • The soundtrack that plays during this scene is very chilling, and really fits the seriousness of the situation.
    • The word "genocide" seems a little strong, but is there any other word to describe Syndrome systematically luring and murdering every known American superhero?
    • And just think, if Syndrome had actually killed Bob. Bob never told his family where he was actually going. He would've just disappeared one day and would never be seen again. Bob's remains might have been found, assuming his suit had survived but that's no less horrific. It's also not unreasonable to assume some of the other superheroes had settled down and produced families of their own as well. Same thing, they just disappeared one day and their families never found out what happened to them.
  • On the complete opposite side of the spectrum, the deaths of all those Mooks. There were many more Mook deaths than Super deaths, and they could've just been Punch Clock Villains.
  • No matter how karmic and well-deserved it was, Syndrome's Turbine Blender death is just so horribly gruesome to think about.
    • He goes in feet first, which is just so much less pleasant than going in head first. So this technically means that his death was far from painless!
    • Hell, even Bob cringes as he watches Syndrome get sucked into the turbine and promptly killed by the explosion.
    • This was foreshadowed by the exact same thing happening to Stratogale. While she was waving at a child in the airplane. The special features note that she was a teenager. Wanna go darker? Just imagine that scene from the perspective of the child, who didn't have the benefit of a Discretion Shot to hide their view the way the movie audience did. Even worse when you take into account the alarm that sounds once she's sucked in, indicating that the plane might've malfunctioned and even crashed...
    • Think about how poor Edna must have felt after all those cape malfunctions, especially Stratogale's—after all, she designed at least some of those costumes. Makes her rant about the whole thing and her "I never look back" mentality a lot darker...
    • Stratogale, while easily the most tragic, isn't the only victim:
      • Thunderhead gets his cape snagged on a live missile intended to blow up a city. If the sudden jerk didn't snap his neck, he was probably blown to smithereens by said missile.
      • Meta-Man got his caught on steel framework lifting up an express elevator. That elevator, which may or may not have had civilians in it, probably came crashing down on him. You can even hear him scream as he gets caught.
      • Dynaguy simply snagged on take-off. Given how quickly he launched, he likely snapped his neck. Even more horrific? You can hear him make a choking sound when the cape got snagged!
      • Splashdown is dragged into a vortex. In this instance, rather than jerking him in, it slowly drags him in, seemingly cutting off his air in the process. He even screams as he's being sucked in! If it helps, the special features list him as "missing in action" rather than killed, and with his water-themed superpowers he could have survived being sucked in. That said, seeing as he apparently hasn't been seen since then, he probably didn't last very long after the fact...
  • The Electric Torture was rather disturbing, especially for something in a PG-rated movie. Made even worse in that Syndrome's expressed motive for it (the victim "sending out a distress signal") is something the victim did entirely by accident in the first place; Mr. Incredible wasn't even aware of the homing device and he wasn't contacting anyone! But when he tried to tell Syndrome this, it was ''immediately'' dismissed as lying.
    • How Mr Incredible came to be caught beforehand — having dozens of unremovable black "balloons" fired at him as he struggles to escape, which expand and completely engulf the protagonist. The point-of-view shot of Mr Incredible's quickly-fading vision is chilling, especially for anyone with a fear of confinement or suffocation. And the last thing he sees is Mirage, and we can tell from her pose that Bob is in big trouble.
  • For the aeronautically-inclined, hearing Helen's voice-overs as the missiles approach and ultimately destroy the plane is pretty scary, especially if you imagine hearing it over a black box.
    Helen: Abort, abort! There are children aboard, say again, there are children on board this plane!
    • Mirage's reaction to hearing that is about the same as that of the audience — dawning realization turning into horror.
    • The Wrong Genre Savvyness of Helen during this sequence is pretty nightmarish as well, as she seems to remain under the assumption that everything is simply a misunderstanding and keep following the rules until the very end. Her increasingly frantic calls do not help.
    • Also imagine how the scene would look to the Parr children. They went what appeared to be a funny plane trip with fancy costumes to seeing their mother clearly panicking for probably the first time in their lives. To top it, emotionally withdrawn teenager Violet gets yelled at by her mother for having trouble disobeying the rule they had to follow since their birth.
    • Later on, we get the children yelling at the top of their lungs while plunging into the sea several meters below.
    • Originally, Helen's old pilot Snug would have been piloting the plane... and would have died in the explosion.
    • It's a good thing that Violet and Dash were terrible at hiding on the plane, and they were found by Helen not long before the missiles attacked the plane. But what if they hid somewhere else and didn't hear Helen's frantic pleas to call off the missiles, and Helen decided to jump off the plane right there and then...?
  • After the battle with the robot, Elastigirl is checking voicemails, and hears the babysitter that Violet hired to watch Jack-Jack panicking over the phone about her infant son. Just when it comes to a head, the girl calms down and thanks her for calling a replacement sitter. The full force of the moment floats right over the heads of younger viewers, but the look of abject horror on Bob and Helen's faces and Helen's frantic, "I didn't call a replacement!" is terrifying to older audience members.
    Syndrome: Shhhhhh.... the baby's sleeping. (chuckles evilly ) You took away my future. I'm simply returning the favor. Oh, don't worry, I'll be a good mentor. Supportive, encouraging. Everything you weren't! And in time, who knows? He might make a good sidekick.
  • In the alternate opening on the deleted scenes, there's this really creepy moment after Syndrome hears baby Violet crying and then says to Bob, "You are breaking the law, Mr. Incredible. You know supers aren't supposed to breed," his eyes just slowly move in the direction of Violet's room. There's something very unsettling about that moment; Syndrome has Bob and Helen trapped with his freeze ray and there's nothing they can do to stop Syndrome as he moves down the hall toward Violet.
    • Per Word of God, this was an intentional decision by Brad Bird to crank up the scare factor. He wanted to use focuses on eyes as a motif for Syndrome, and would end up recycling that idea in the final version of the film (the "After all...I am your biggest fan" scene in particular).
    • The fact that people with superpowers were legally unable to have any kids is pretty uncomfortable to think about in and of itself. If that was the actual wording of the law in the first place, then it takes on a rather disturbing turn if one thinks about it. They don't say "procreate," they don't say "have children," the law says "breed," as if they were treating supers like animals.
  • The scene of the man getting mugged, and the scene of the man attempting suicide at the beginning. Both realistic scenes. Also, the look of absolute rage on Bob's face when he's grabbed his boss by the neck. If you stop at just the right moment, he looks practically feral.
  • Jack-Jack demonstrating his shape-shifting powers. The look of absolute rage on his face when he does it is something every parent has seen. The thought of his kind of power with base infant rage is utterly terrifying.
  • On a more mundane level, Mr. Huph, Bob's Bad Boss isn't afraid to threaten him with the loss of his job when Bob tries to rescue a man being mugged in the alley. Bob, having had enough of the sleazebag's lecturing crap, grabs him by his throat and hurls him through several walls and into a file cabinet, injuring him badly enough that he ends up in a body cast, while everyone stares at Bob in terror. A reminder that Bob is typically a nice person, but is very much capable of turning violent and aggressive especially if anyone like Huph, for example, tries to prevent him from rescuing innocent peoples in danger.
    • Also on the mundane level, but no less terrifying, the aforementioned Bad Boss that Bob had to work under was angry that Bob's customers were managing to get their claims approved because they cut into the company's profits and make the shareholders unhappy. The claims, according to Bob, were all completely in accordance to what the clients signed for, but that makes no difference to his boss who all but states that their company isn't supposed to actually help people, but gouge them for all they're worth and leave them high and dry if they ever need to make a claim. This kind of predatory company policy is all too real.
  • Some of the... looks... on Edna's face. Such as when baby Jack-Jack's suit is being set on fire, we see the flames being reflected off her eyeglasses, making her look quite maniacal, complete with an extremely deranged-looking Slasher Smile. If ever there was a talking Chaotic Neutral, here she is!
  • Bob and Helen watching as Violet and Dash are about to be crushed by the Omnidroid. Even worse is that Violet gets knocked out, leaving her and Dash defenseless against it. It's clear from Dash's reaction that he's afraid she may have been killed. And despite seeing the robot about to crush them, he refuses to leave Violet even to save his own life. That is until Bob physically stops the robot and Helen grabs Violet just as she comes too while Dash runs out of dodge.