Follow TV Tropes

This is based on opinion. Please don't list it on a work's trope example list.


Nightmare Fuel / Transistor

Go To

  • The Process. Imagine a completely alien menace hell bent on turning every last building and person in Cloudbank into data to be processed. It knows nothing, feels nothing, but the need to gather data.
    • Your first encounter with Younglady.
    • Later on they start showing an... obsession with Red. The Snapshots who usually take photos of you to distract you during combat now seem to be taking them because they want to. When you return to The Empty Set for the second time, you get a full house. Of Cluckers, who are just there for a song, and will start "clapping" along if you start humming...
  • The Spine, a massive, implacable beast that hunts Red as she climbs a tower in order to find answers. Even worse, its very presence causes the Transistor to start losing his mind, drunkenly rambling and losing memories. At times, he can't even tell if Red is still there. It gets bad enough that she logs into a message board to type messages to him, begging him to hold on long enough for her to kill the Spine.
    • And that is not the only one... Luckily you don't have to fight it again.
  • Younglady Farm. Be prepared to mash the turn() button.
    • Mitigated by some VERY careful maneuvering, allowing you to bypass them completely unharmed.
    • Or Jaunt() spam...
  • The fate of the Camerata. Sybil is turned into a Process, Grant and Asher commit suicide, and Royce is sucked into the Transistor and you have to kill him.
  • The entire game is a train wreck of nightmare fuel for the Man in the Transistor but let's start with the first thing that happened to him. The man was impaled and Processed by the Transistor; the first thing he saw when he "woke up?" His impaled and mostly likely BLEEDING CORPSE. No wonder he freaks out.
  • All Red's songs have rather morose lyrics, but "The Spine" easily takes the cake. It sounds like a James Bond movie theme, but if you listen closely, it's about how the singer sees the spine of the world and wants to break it, because she's simply had enough. "If the Romans had but one neck", indeed.
  • The fight against a processed Sybil Reisz is a mix of this and Tear Jerker. All throughout the battle, Sybil mutters threats and accusations at Red in a voice that sounds as if she's in a lot of pain.
  • Being Processed isn't just being killed, apparently it's closer to cessation of existence... and at the end, Red's the only person left. For a few minutes, anyway.

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:


Media sources: