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"Turn off the lights, get into bed and plug in your earphones. It's time for a creepy bedtime story. For the Fortean at heart, we cover anything that is even remotely strange. From the paranormal to the supernatural, unsolved mysteries, strange deaths, conspiracy theories, cryptids and everything in between, all told in a unique and creepy way. Join us every week for a new scary story."
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Bedtime Stories is a YouTube documentary channel centered around the supernatural and paranormal. Aside from the usual ghosts, aliens and the like, the series is also notable for covering several strange disappearances, unexplained deaths and ghastly cases of real crime. Of special note is that they depict their stories through black-and-white artwork that they themselves have created, specifically by one Mikey Turcanu, though in certain cases actual footage such as photographs or videos of the event may also be shown. The episodes are narrated in-house by their writer, Richard Whilenote .

You can listen to their stories here. Not for the faint of heart. You Have Been Warned. This series is a source of massive Nightmare Fuel. For the faint of heart, go visit their Facebook page here and official website here.


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  • Abandoned Mine: The Macguffin Location of the episode "There Is Something in the Mountains" is a gold mine known as "The Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine" located in the Superstition Mountains in Arizona.
  • Abusive Parents: The Wests, on top of being Serial Killers, also frequently abused their children, physically, emotionally, and sometimes, sexually.
  • Ace Pilot: Lt. Charles Taylor, the leader of Flight 19, who served two tours of duty in the Pacific During the War. Unfortunately, like so many other experts in their field, he goes down just as easily as the rest of his flight.
  • Adult Fear: One of the many recurring themes in several of their episodes.
    • A child or loved one disappears off the face of the Earth without a trace, especially when you were together with them just minutes ago.
    • Finding out your loved ones, friends, etc. have died, but under very mysterious circumstances. Bonus points if you don't even find their bodies, but just portions of clothing or just a handful of bones.
    • Your son delving into the occult thinking it's just a game, and suffering terrible consequences as a result, including unwittingly running away from home.
    • As of Season 4, there's living as part of a Big, Screwed-Up Family, including having to deal with Abusive Parents.
  • Alien Abduction:
    • Implied to have been how at least three of the mysterious deaths covered (from "The Strange Death of Zigmund Adamski", "The Body on the Reservoir", and "The Strange Death of Jonathan Lovette respectively) were caused by, due to the nature of their corpses (specifically surgical-grade incisions, the clean draining of blood, clean removal of organs, and placement of a weird ointment in said cases).
    • One of the fringe theories on the fate of Flight 19, where theorists claim that they were chased by UFOs late into their flight, as well as the Dyatlov Pass Incident. However, there is no further evidence to support these claims.
    • Happens to Elizabeth Murray in "The Trucker's Wife", where, thanks to hypnotherapy, she recalls being taken from her backyard, experimented upon and then healed by unknown beings, and then eventually committing suicide out of being traumatized from the entire ordeal.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: "The Alien of Varginha", where a then-unremarkable rural town in Brazil is victim to an alleged UFO sighting and subsequent alien encounters between clueless townspeople and authorities.
  • Aliens Steal Cattle:
    • "Tales from Skinwalker Ranch, Part One" makes heavy implications that the strange phenomena occuring on the titular ranch has something to do with the disappearances of random cattle, although unlike most examples this happens mostly offscreen. Instead, what is shown are numerous cattle mutilations that take place in broad daylight.
    • "Intruders" shows that aliens also aren't limited to attacking cattle either, as several of the horses that John and Joyce Edmonds are taking off are mutilated by the titular unseen intruders.
  • The Alleged Car:
    • Plane in this case, specifically the DC-10 airliner, in "The Nightmare".
    • There's also the Martin PBM Mariner in "The Disappearance of Flight 19", which is noted to catch engine and fuel-related fires on long-range flights.
  • Alternate Universe: Discussed in at least two videos, "The Mandela Effect", and "The Man from Taured".
  • Always a Bigger Fish: A great white shark is the victim of an unknown, much larger, predator, based on how the temperature readings on its recovered tag read out.
  • Ambiguously Human: A few examples pop up.
    • The titular Baby Aleshenka from the video of the same name, as witnesses who saw the baby could not determine for certain whether he was human at all, or an alien being.
    • Some witnesses who have encountered suspected members of The Men in Black suspect that they aren't entirely human, due to their lack of hair or lips.
    • The Black-Eyed children from the episode of the same name, with their silver hair and black eyes.
  • Ambiguous Situation: Brought up in "Our Lady of Fatima". While a hoax or tricks to the mind are suggested, it's also theorized the woman who appeared to the children wasn't the real virgin Mary, but an alien disguised as her.
  • Ancient Astronauts: One possible theory on how possible human bones ended up in Mars in "Bones on Mars".
  • Animalistic Abomination:
    • "Tales from Skinwalker Ranch, Part One" has a gigantic wolf that appears in front of the Sherman family. It's apparently Immune to Bulletsnote , and disappears without a trace when the Shermans try to chase it after it attacks one of their cattle.
    • The titular "Nameless Horror of Berkeley Square" is a small, cephalopod-like creature that stalks and kills anyone staying in the titular residence at night.
  • Art Evolution: As of Season 5, artwork is depicted more realistically, with more details on human characters, in particular their faces. In addition, there are minor animated sequences, such as the waving of flashlights.
  • Ax-Crazy: Paul Mueller, "The Man From The Train", is an example, having murdered numerous American families with axes and other farming tools he could get his hands on.
  • Bermuda Triangle: The setting of "The Mysterious Disappearance of Flight 19", which is in fact the first notable disappearance taking place in the area.
  • Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts: The entire premise of the episode "The Uniondale Hitchhiker", where the ghost of a woman named Maria Roux is often picked up by random drivers and motorcyclists, only for her to disappear as suddenly as she got onto their cars and bikes. Several other examples of this phenomenon are also discussed, with the hitchhikers ranging from old women to young boys.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Wests, though this applies more to Fred and Rosemary than to any of their children.
  • Black Eyes of Evil: The Black-Eyed Children, mysterious beings that resemble human children, that are known to give people headaches and other physical and mental disturbances just by looking into their eyes.
    • The creature summoned by Lucas Villa in "The Evil Within", which has not only black eyes, but is entirely black.
    • Michael Taylor's Nightmare Face in the ending of "The Devil Made Me Do It", which has black eyes indicating Demonic Possession.
  • The Blank: It's revealed during some of the later encounters with the ghostly monk from Stocksbridge Bypass, that not only is he The Faceless, but he literally has no face or even a head underneath his cloak.
    • The introduction for "The Grinning Man" is initially depicted with a blank face, before morphing into the malicious Slasher Smile it's known for.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Discussed with regards to The Greys, in that due to their status as aliens, they have zero idea that the experiments they pull off on abducted humans can be painful and even fatal. Case in point, the markings found on Zigmund Adamski's body, as well as the Brazilian Reservoir body's surgical scars, clearly show signs of surgeons having little or no prior knowledge on human anatomy, complete with attempts to heal and/or revive their victims.
  • Body Horror:
    • The fate of Elisa Lam's body, which in addition to being Nightmare Fuel in and of itself is also bone-chilling squick.
    • The Dyatlov Pass hiker's bodies as well, which all show signs of heavy bruising and mangling one way or another.
    • The titular "Body on the Reservoir", where the victim's corpse showed signs of an excruciating death, and numerous weird surgical markings uncharacteristic of medical professionals.
  • Bolivian Army Ending: The creators' depict the titular "Mysterious Disappearance of Flight 19" as this, with the Avenger torpedo bombers flying off into the sunset, never to be seen again.
  • Brown Note: The script for a film known as "Atuk", which is said to have been responsible for the deaths of 6 celebrities, including John Belushi and John Candy, simply from them reading it.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: In the Mothman episode, a mysterious, otherworldly man by the name of Indrid Cold is mentioned. Come Season 4, we find out more about him in "The Grinning Man".
  • Cool Plane: Quite a few impressive warplanes from World War II and Vietnam are featured.
    • The Grumman/General Motors TBM Avenger, the United States Navy's best torpedo bomber of World War II, responsible for, among other achievements, sinking both Yamato-class battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy. Unfortunately, the episode in which its featured in, "The Disappearance of Flight 19", is one of its most infamous incidents.
    • The F-4 Phantom II and the B-52 Stratofortress are featured heavily in "Enemy Unknown". Unfortunately for the latter, however, its appearance in this episode is as one of 17 bombers lost during The Vietnam War.
  • Cool Old Lady: While the story of "The Baby Aleshenka" has no happy ending, one could at least take comfort the old woman took in a creature that others would have rejected and raised it as her own child.
  • Creepy Child: The ghost children in "The Ghosts of Stocksbridge Bypass" and the black-eyed kids.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: How victims in this series are usually killed.
  • Cryptid Episode:
    • One that covers the story of the Mothman, a Winged Humanoid creature that terrorized Point Pleasant, West Virginia for an entire year.
      • A similar creature, known simply as the Blackbird of Chernobyl, is covered in the episode of the same name. The creators leave it ambiguous whether this creature and the Mothman are one and the same.
    • "There is Something in the Woods" heavily implies that one of the suspected causes of mysterious disappearances in North American national parks is Bigfoot.
    • "There is Something in the Water" makes a brief mention of the Ningen, a mysterious cryptid with a vaguely humanoid shape, said to be found in the waters off Antarctica.
  • Curse: Quite a few.
    • "The Curse of Carl Pruitt's grave", where anyone who tampers with the man's grave is said to be killed not long after, usually with anything related to chains.
    • One was cast by an allegedly Hot Witch to Chris Case, who died within a week of it being cast.
  • Danger Takes A Back Seat: The Faceless monk haunting the Stocksbridge Bypass is said to stalk drivers passing through said bypass on occasion.
  • Dark Is Evil: The creature conjured by Lucas Villa is described as being black, and very evil, to the point of pulling off a Demonic Possession on him at one point.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The giant wolf from Tales Of Skinwalker Ranch: Part One is a Downplayed example, as while it snatches one of the calves for a meal, it’s also not malevolent towards the owners of said ranch, even letting them come up to it and pet it.
  • Deliberate Monochrome: How all their illustrations are done. It just adds additional Nightmare Fuel into the bone-chilling narrations. The only time things aren't in black-and-white is when the video features actual footage or photos, or when blood or glowing red eyes are depicted, which remains in dark red.
  • Demonic Possession: The topic of the episode "The Devil Made Me Do It", where a British man by the name of Michael Taylor is said to have been possessed by 40 demons. While priests were able to exorcize 37 of those demons, they were unable to remove the remaining 3, which would have disastrous repurcussions later on...
    • Happens again in "The Evil Within", where a Mexican boy named Lucas Villa is tormented by a black figure for several months, often experiencing blackouts, and doing things he wouldn't normally do, such as torturing animals. It gets so bad that he eventually agrees on having an exorcism done on him.
  • Desert Warfare: "There is Something in the Desert" focuses on the War in Afghanistan, specifically the supernatural encounters by US Army soldiers and Marines stationed there in the early-mid 2000s.
  • Dimensional Traveler:
    • The titular Man From Taured, a rather unwitting one who was detained by Japanese authorities at Haneda Airport before apparently returning to his home dimension.
    • Witting examples, in this case allegedly extraterrestrial beings, are seen teleporting out of mysterious holes thought to be from another world or dimension.
  • Distress Call: An ominous one is sent by the SS Ourang Medan, ending with "I die..." from the Communications Officer. Naturally, this causes concern for the relay stations picking up this call, so they ask any ships within the Strait of Malacca to look for the ship.
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: Unless you want to disappear or die in a mysterious way, don't ever go in there. There's been more than one mysterious disappearance within American and Canadian National Parks in recent years. Ironically, the narrator tells you that despite these cases, they state that this should not discourage anyone from exploring the wilderness, albeit warning viewers to always be prepared for anything.
  • Doppelgänger: One episode focuses on the Doppelganger phenomenon, with one of the more famous historical examples mentioned.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: When a Special Forces Team is attacked and their leader killed by the Kandahar Giant, they manage to kill the Humanoid Abomination by emptying their guns into the creature.
  • Dreaming of Things to Come: A particularly, and literally, nightmarish example in "The Nightmare", where a man dreamed, for a full week and in extraordinary detail, the crash of an American Airlines DC-10, later revealed to be the infamous Flight 191, in a swamp.
  • Driven to Suicide: Quite a number of examples given the overall theme of the series.
    • Elizabeth Murray, in a fit of despair, shoots herself following her abduction by aliens.
    • Cindy James, at least according to the Canadian authorities, is suspected to have committed suicide due to her deteriorating mental state.
  • Elites Are More Glamorous: "Enemy Unknown" features several elite US military units like the Green Berets and US Army Rangers.
  • Enfante Terrible: The Black-Eyed Children, who are known to cause mental and physical breakdowns in people whenever they stare into their pitch-black eyes.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Quite a few.
    • "There is Something in the Woods" has "The Silence", a seemingly formless, shadowy entity that is allegedly responsible for a series of mysterious killings and/or disappearances in American national parks and forests.
    • The true form of the Humanoid Abomination that terrorized Lucas Villa turns out to be this, which in this case is revealed to be a black puddle with a sickening face.
    • The titular "Nameless Horror of Berkeley Square" is a mass of tentacles which kills anyone unfortunate enough to be staying in the titular place for the night.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Chris Case, who eventually becomes resigned at the fact that the curse the mysterious woman casted on him will soon take his life.
  • The Faceless: The ghostly monk infamous for haunting the Stocksbridge Bypass, who, in this case, has no face underneath his cloak.
  • Fish out of Temporal Water: Rudolph Fentz, who was apparently transported 75 years into the future. Unfortunately, he died just after being transported to 1951, in this case by a speeding car.
  • Four Is Death: The episode "Four Submarines" has four different subs that mysteriously vanish.
  • Ghostapo: Mentioned in "Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus; a Nazi Occult Tale?", where one theory goes that the SS, under Himmler's orders, used the titular building for experiments into the occult, and that they had flooded the basement floors to hide whatever monstrosities were created down there. And all of this quite possibly involved torturing Jewish prisoners from the nearby concentration camps.
  • Ghost Ship: The Ourang Medan from the episode of the same name.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: How some people take being exposed to paranormal or supernatural events.
    • The US Navy diver from "Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus", who was suffering a two-hour long panic attack after seeing what kind of experiments the SS did within the hall's flooded rooms. And suffice to say, he was never the same after that, to the point he was discharged from the Navy not long after the incident.
  • Gonk: Paul Mueller, as described in the narrator's own words, possessed "notoriously poor looks".
  • Government Conspiracy: One recurring theme in their videos, particularly if it involves anything related to The Men in Black, aliens, or top-secret military experiments.
  • The Greys: The most commonly depicted suspects of any Alien Abduction shown in the series, or aliens in general.
  • Haunted Headquarters:
    • Stocksbridge Bypass, a haunted road.
    • A literal example appears in "Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus", where the titular hall was used as a barracks for British and German forces during the Cold War. It's heavily implied that the SS did something in the basement floors of the building to attract this sort of negative energy.
    • The house in the titular San Pedro Haunting, as well as, for a short time, a mobile home.
    • Borley Rectory, which earned the title of "England's most haunted house".
    • Berkeley Square is haunted by the ghost of several women who died there hundreds of years ago, though interestingly they're far from being a real threat compared to the Eldritch Abomination also living there.
  • Haunted Technology: The infamous Little Bastard belonging to James Dean, which includes all of its parts.
  • Hearing Voices: Several examples throughout the series, including Chris Case hearing unexplained whispering in his home, and soldiers stationed at the Celle Neues Rathaus hearing voices speaking in German in empty rooms.
  • He Knows Too Much: Heavily implied in "Intruders", where a biologist that John Edmonds had contacted and given alien tissue and blood samples is mysteriously killed only weeks after making a scientific breakthrough with said samples. In addition, his lab is burned to the ground, with all of his work destroyed. And finally, the biologist's wife, for whatever reason, mysteriously dies not long after him.
  • History Repeats: A group of friends go out on a trip in the month of February, and end up all dying under mysterious circumstances in the midst of harsh winter conditions out in the mountains. Are we talking about the Dyatlov Pass Incident or the Boys from Yuba City?
  • Hollywood Exorcism: How the botched exorcism of Michael Taylor is depicted, with three priests holding crosses while the victim was writhing in violent pain.
    • Another one happens in "The Evil Within", where a Mexican boy named Lucas Villa is possessed by a malevolent Humanoid Abomination. Fortunately, this one is far more successful.
  • Hot Witch: The woman whom Chris Case met a week prior to his death was stated to be very attractive, and later revealed to the young man that she was a witch.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: For all the supernatural and paranormal threats shown throughout the series, the three very much human serial killers, Fred and Rose West, and later, Paul Mueller, are shown to be much worse than any ghost or demon, having a far higher bodycount than even the demons that possessed Michael Taylor. The former is even Lampshaded by the narrator.
  • Humanoid Abomination: Several cases are shown, but most notably several of The Men in Black and the Black-eyed Children they're rumored to be associated with. This is mainly due to their apparent ability to cause discomfort, both physical and mental, on people, as well as their general Uncanny Valley in trying to mimic actual human behavior.
    • The Mothman, said to be a humanoid-shaped figure with wings, glowing red eyes, and emitted a blood-curdling scream.
    • The Grinning Man, aka Indrid Cold, a tall, humanoid figure with a deeply malicious smile, and said to be related to the Mothman.
    • "Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus" heavily implies that the SS created several of these monstrosities within the basement of the titular building, and that they flooded the entire basement to keep said creations trapped in there.
    • "There is Something in the Woods", one of the many strange creatures seen is some kind of human-bear hybrid that seemingly kidnaps people and is responsible for disappearances.
    • In "The Evil Within", there's this mysterious black figure summoned as a result of an Ouija Board ritual. It ends up inflicting nightmares on a Mexican boy named Lucas Villa, eventually pulling off a Demonic Possession that induces random blackouts on him, and makes him do increasingly barbaric actions.
    • The Kandahar Giant, a massive 12-foot creature encountered by US forces in Afghanistan in the early 2000s, which is said to have wiped out a platoon of US soldiers as well as the leader of a US special forces team.
    • From the same video that brought the Kandahar Giant, there was also the thing that massacred a group of Taliban insurgents in a nearby village that happened to catch its attention. It looked like an elderly Afghan man dressed in white robes, but a deafening buzzing noise is let off in its presence, it doesn’t give off any detectable body heat, causes electronic equipment to go funny, hovered off the ground, had luminous, unblinking red eyes and had one of its limbs drop off, only to reattach it with zero issue whatsoever.
    • "Terror From The Sky" gives us the flying humanoids of Central America. It is unknown whether they are aliens, demons, cryptids or witches (the latter being the more popular theory) all that is known is that they are ugly creatures that fly without wings of any kind who are known to be less than amiable towards people who encounter them.
    • Aswangs are creatures that can pass off as human during the daytime, but at night, it assumes a monstrous form, has red eyes, can transform into a variety of animals, and feeds on the blood of helpless victims.
  • Humanoid Aliens: Quite a few examples, which often overlap with Humanoid Abomination due to how mysterious these beings are.
    • The Grinning Man, aka Indrid Cold, was first said to have been seen emerging from a mysterious, otherworldly craft, communicating to a man telepathically, and often being seen before an Alien Abduction.
    • The Mothman itself is argued to be of otherworldly origin.
  • Hungry Jungle: "The Lost Girls of Panama" depicts the Panamanian jungle as really hostile territory, with several noted disappearances in recent years, not unlike the missing 411 cases in the US national parks.
  • Infant Immortality: Averted. As shown in several episodes, children are shown to be just as vulnerable a target as teenagers and adults to the paranormal and unexplained.
    • In "What Killed Olivia Mabel?", the death of the titular character's 10-year old son is the motivation that apparently drives her into eventual suicide.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "The Lair of the Wendigo" opens with the narrator reciting a wendigo-themed variant of "Teddy Bears' Picnic".
    ''If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise.
    If you go down to the woods today, you'd better go in disguise.
    For when the ground is cold and covered in snow
    you'll find yourself in the lair of the Wendigo...
  • It's All My Fault: David Booth blamed himself for the disastrous crash of American Airlines Flight 191, believing 273 people died because of his failure to act on his prophetic dream.
  • Jump Scare: The show's creators love doing this with brief stillshots of mangled corpses over details of someone's death.
  • Jungle Warfare: "Enemy Unknown" focuses on the paranormal encounters and experiences of American forces during The Vietnam War.
  • Just Plane Wrong: A TBM Avenger is shown as part of the Soviet Air Force during the Dyatlov Pass two parter. The plane was never given to the Soviets as part of the Lend-Lease program during World War II, much less being used by operational squadrons in the Urals in the 1950s. The show's creators admit that the reason for this was that the image in question was intended for an episode on Flight 19, but was put on hiatus due to ongoing research on the topic.
    • Downplayed case in the Flight 19 episode when it did finally come out. In one panel, a TBM Avenger is shown having the mid-war US roundel as opposed to the late-war roundel which had two white sidebars on the circle. Otherwise, the depictions of both the other Avengers shown, as well as the PBM Mariner, are correct.
  • Karma Houdini: Paul Mueller, the infamous "Man From The Train", managed to avoid police custody every time he butchered families, thanks in part to remaining obscure and not bragging about his kills during his rampage across the US.
  • Kill ’Em All: Several of the cases covered involve this in one form or another.
    • All but one of the hikers in the Dyatlov Pass incident.
    • The entire crew of the SS Ourang Medan.
    • All of the Boys from Yuba City.
    • All passengers and crew of American Airlines Flight 191.
    • All pilots and flight crew of Flight 19.
    • All the crewmen of the four missing submarines that mysteriously sank and vanished in 1968.
    • All eleven members of the Chundawat family.
    • The entire crew of the SM UB-65.
  • Killed Offscreen: The vast majority of victims depicted are only shown after they've been killed by whatever or whoever attacked them.
  • Leaking Can of Evil: Despite the basement section of Celle Neues Rathaus being flooded by the SS and then sealed off by the British Army, there's been recorded paranormal activity persisting in the area for decades beyond that. It probably doesen't help that the Rathaus was located near concentration camps where Jewish prisoners were kept.
  • Lifesaving Misfortune: Yuri Yudin, one of the Dyatlov Pass hikers. Midway into their hike, his health began to decline, and he was eventually forced to head back. This saved his life, considering what happened to the rest of his friends not long after...
  • Light Is Not Good: The "thing" encountered by a US special forces team in Afghanistan is dressed in all-white clothing, and is shown to be a malevolent being with glowing red eyes when it massacres an entire Taliban unit.
  • Living Shadow: The Shadow People from the episode of the same name, who are said to be all-black malevolent entities that stalk people in the dead of night, sometimes bringing upon their witnesses certain doom.
  • Manchild: The Boys from Yuba City, young men in their 20s and 30s who, according to their parents, had the minds and innocence of children. This is tragically deconstructed when all five of them are killed/missing upon getting lost in the woods, due to not knowing on how to cope with the situation they were stuck in.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Many of the episodes give both realistic and supernatural explanations for the phenomena discussed.
    • Were the Mothman sightings really of some bizarre unknown creature? Or was it just an unusually large bird?
    • Did Chris Case die of a curse? Or did he somehow scare himself to death?
    • Were the numerous Hmong Americans who died in their sleep for no apparent reason killed by evil spirits known as Dab Tsog, or by cases of sleep paralysis made deadly by factors related to their flight from Laos and life in the United States?
    • Did the Atuk script have a curse that killed six celebrities, or were their deaths after expressing interest in the screenplay just tragic coincidences?
    • Is the Devil's Pool cursed, or are the deaths that happened there merely the result of geological abnormalities?
    • Was UB-65 really a cursed ship that ended up being haunted by the ghost of Lieutenant Richter, or did a series of unfortunate accidents and the stress inherent to being on a military submarine lead to a case of mass hysteria?
  • Mêlée à Trois: The supposed UFOs from "Enemy Unknown" become a mysterious third faction in The Vietnam War, attacking both Northern and Southern forces indiscriminately and immediately disappearing afterwards.
  • Men Are the Expendable Gender: Played straight in "Spirits of Devil's Pool", where only men are victims to drowning in the titular lake. The one woman who does end up in the water is somehow rescued by a lifeguard before she ends up under.
  • The Men in Black: They get mentioned in their titular episode, where it's theorized that they're aliens and human government agents working together for an unknown agenda. They've also been theorized to be in cahoots with mysterious black-eyed children, who are occasionally seen driving with them in their black cars.
    • One possible interpretation for Indrid Cold, aka "The Grinning Man", is that he's one of the Men In Black, appearing whenever a cryptid, usually the Mothman, makes an appearance.
    • In "Intruders", the owner of Stardust Ranch, one John Edmonds, is approached by two of these men, who wore sunglasses, black fedoras, and emitted a foul odor. They promptly warned him not to divulge information relating to what he encountered to the media, before turning away and disappearing.
  • The Mothman: The original mothman is covered in the episode "The Legend of the Mothman".
  • Motifs: Anyone killed by the Curse of Carl Pruitt's grave is always killed by something relating to chains.
  • Mysterious Antarctica: "Footprints in the Snow", a video about the disappearance of Carl R. Disch, makes heavy use of this trope. After all, it's an unsolved mystery and it happened in Antarctica.

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  • Nephilim: The Kandahar Giant from "There is Something in the Desert" is theorized to be a nephilim.
  • Never Found the Body: The fate of Kenny Veach, as well as a number of other people who have mysteriously disappeared throughout the years, whose bodies were hardly ever recovered following their mysterious disappearances. It helps raise the question whether they're still alive.
  • New Media Are Evil: "Bridgend" discusses theories that then-new social media websites were to blame for a rash of suicides there. These theories are dismissed as unlikely, with the narrator reasoning that if there was an online suicide cult or somebody encouraging people to kill themselves, there almost certainly would have been some evidence of that left online.
  • Nightmare Face: Michael Taylor's face at the ending of "The Devil Made Me Do it", where the narrator implies that the remaining three demons that had not been exorcised are still inside his mind.
    • One distinguishing feature of the wendigo: a nightmarish, evil-looking face, said to have either dull-black eyes or red eyes staring right back at you.
    • Paul Mueller is a human example, who is depicted in his episode going from an unattractive and unassuming middle-aged man to having an almost-demonic look on his face, complete with a Slasher Smile that could rival even Indrid Cold's in terms of dread.
  • Non-Human Head: "Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus" has a Nazi experiment in the basement of the titular building, in this case a human corpse merged together with a goat's head.
  • Not Enough to Bury: A few of the victims in "There is Something in the Woods", where only their clothes and a handful of their bones are found, with no signs of the rest of their bodies.
  • Obligatory War Crime Scene: One portion of "Secrets of Celle Neues Rathaus" depicts Jewish prisoners being tortured by the SS, for use as test subjects in occult research.
  • Off with His Head!: The most recurring state in which corpses are found in "There Is Something in the Mountains" is that the heads of the victims are almost always missing, often only to be found much later than the rest of the remains.
  • Older Than They Think: invoked "Who Are the Men in Black" points out that while stories about men in black are popularly thought to have started in the 1950s due to their heavy association with ufology, similar stories about mysterious men dressed in black date back to at least the Middle Ages.
  • Our Giants Are Bigger: The Kandahar Giant, which wiped out a platoon of US Army soldiers in Afghanistan during The War on Terror, and was subsequently killed by a squad of US Special Forces not long after.
  • Ouija Board: One appears in "The Evil Within", being played by a Mexican boy and his friends. Unfortunately, what they thought was just a board game turns out to be much worse...
  • Pet the Dog: In "The Legend of the Bell Witch", the evil spirit/demon/curse conjured by Kate Batts to torment John Bell and his children, refuses to hurt or even touch Lucy Bell, John's wife, even helping her recover from a severe illness by providing her fruits and other nourishment.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: The titular creature "The Nameless Horror of Berkeley Square" is the size of a regular octopus, but is strong enough to kill even armed men and trained sailors.
  • Portent of Doom: "Who are the Shadow People?" says that a visit from the shadow person known as "Hat Man" is said to signal a personal tragedy of some kind for whoever sees it.
  • Ranger: US Army Rangers are featured in one segment of "Enemy Unknown". Here, they bear witness to a mysterious craft attacking and wiping out Viet Cong positions near them, previously thought to have been a top-secret North Vietnamese superweapon.
  • Reality Ensues: While the Kandahar Giant is far bigger and stronger than any human soldier, it is still just as vulnerable to gunfire as any other living being. And so, the Army Special Forces team it ambushed opt to simply shoot him in the head, many, many times.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: "The Nightmare" has Paul Williams, at the time the manager of Cincinnati's FAAA office. When a man named David Booth called him to say he was having a recurring nightmare about a plane crash, he took him seriously. Unfortunately, since Booth's dream was lacking in key details, all that could be determined about the crash was that it was of a DC-10 jet aircraft flying under American Airlines.
  • Red Baron:
    • Indrid Cold, otherwise known as "The Grinning Man".
    • Paul Mueller, the suspected "Man From The Train".
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: A few examples pop up.
    • The titular "Alien of Varginha" had bright red eyes that intimidated and scarred a Brazilian family who had encountered it by chance. This came to the point that they initially claimed that they had seen the Devil himself.
    • The Mothman, a mysterious cryptid that had huge, glowing red eyes, which terrorized Point Pleasant, West Virginia.
    • Some purported Wendigo sightings have witnesses claim that they had glowing red eyes, among other things.
    • A Humanoid Abomination encountered by US Special Forces in Afghanistan had glowing red eyes as one of its notable features, and is established during it's sole encounter that it is a dangerous and possibly malevolent being.
    • A feature common on all aswangs are their demonic, bloodshot red eyes.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: The Celle Neues Rathaus' entire basement section was flooded by the SS just before the arrival of the Western Allies in 1945. And after that, the British Army had the access points to the basement sealed with concrete. Considering what happened to the US Navy divers that explored the area, this was definitely a good move.
  • Sea Monster: A few are mentioned in the episode "There is Something in the Water", such as the Kraken and the supposedly extinct Megalodon and Mosasaur.
  • Send in the Search Team: "The Curse of the Ourang Medan" has the American freighter Silver Star send one to investigate the fate of the titular ship.
  • Serial Killer:
    • Fred and Rosemary West, two of England's most notorious ones.
    • Paul Mueller, also known as "The Man from The Train", who killed entire families throughout the Continental United States from the late 1890s to the early 1910s.
  • Shout-Out: A few of their visuals borrow cues from other media.
    • The Black-eyed children as depicted in the episode of the same name are obviously based on the children from Village of the Damned (1960).
    • The opening title card of "There is Something In The Water" is an obvious reference to Jaws.
    • The overall appearance of the Wendigos in "Lair of the Wendigo" is similar to how the monsters appeared in Until Dawn.
  • Sinking Ship Scenario: "The Curse of the Ourang Medan" has the titular cargo ship blowing up and sinking just after being discovered by the crew of an American cargo ship.
  • Slasher Smile:
    • The Grinning Man's default expression, which can best be described as a smile of malice.
    • Paul Mueller in "The Man from The Train - Part Two - Modus Operandi" does this when feeling an urge to kill.
  • Snow Means Death: Several examples, but used most prominently in the episodes focusing on Dyatlov Pass, as well as the lesser-known Boys from Yuba City incident, and in Footprints in the Snow.
  • Sole Survivor: Yuri Yudin, the only surviving member of the Dyatlov Pass incident. Thanks to his ill health, he was forced to head back and cut his hike short. Ironically, this saved his life.
  • Spiritual Successor: Many have called this show the Internet equivalent of Unsolved Mysteries.
  • Splash of Color: Red in this case, to signify blood, in "The Devil Made Me Do It", or alternatively, glowing, red eyes.
    • Starting with "Tales from Skinwalker Ranch, Part One", very light tints of grey, blue, yellow, and red are now added in, although the panels themselves are still mostly black and white.
  • Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl: Quite a few examples.
    • The titular Wraith of Trench Pool, which terrorized a man for weeks on end, and then mysteriously disappeared afterward.
    • Another one is featured in "The Nameless Horror of Berkeley Square", and is said to be the ghost of one of the former residents who died there tragically.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Happens on occasion, usually related to vehicle accidents.
    • The SS Ourang Medan, which explodes not long after its discovery by the Silver Star crew.
    • American Airlines Flight 191, which crashes straight into the ground following the loss of the plane's engine, and explodes in a huge fireball.
    • UB-65 mysteriously explodes and sinks just as a US Navy submarine is about to sink her with torpedoes.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Two prominent examples of allegedly advanced Nazi projects are depicted.
    • "The Skies over Kecksburg" features Die Glocke, a purported Nazi superweapon project said to have disappeared following the end of the War in Europe. Some fringe theorists say that the object that crash landed near the titular town has something to do with this weapon, since the shape of the object and symbols found on it were said to be similar to the Nazi object.
    • "Evil Under the Ice" depicts Haunebu, a top-secret German aircraft capable of supersonic flight, and more than a match for the F8F Bearcats and F4U-4 Corsairs used by the US Navy.
  • Suicide Pact: The Chundawat family, who all died on the same day. Further investigation reveals the oldest family member to have been murdered prior, and that at least three family members were sedated beforehand and then hung.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Gaurav Tiwari, a healthy, Happily Married young man, is suddenly dies from asphyxiation for apparently unknown reasons, heavily implied to be due to the work of malevolent spirits.
  • This Was His True Form: That Humanoid Abomination terrorizing Lucas Villa? Turns out its true form is a shapeless black puddle with an evil expression. Subverted in that the being doesen't die, just expelled from his body.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Mentioned in three episodes, "Secret of Celle Neues Rathaus", "The Mysterious Murders of Hinterkaifeck", and "Evil Under the Ice". In the first example, it's heavily implied that they did occult experiments within the basement floors of the titular building, while in the latter they're considered as one of the many possible suspects in the titular murders. In the last episode mentioned, it's hinted that several high-ranking Nazis managed to flee the dying Third Reich in 1945, head to Antarctica via U-boat, and then construct top-secret bases in order to continue fighting against the Western Allies and the Soviets.
  • Til Murder Do Us Part: Michael Taylor ended up murdering his wife Christine just two hours after he had been exorcised. To this day, nobody knows if it was a case of Demonic Possession or just severe mental illness.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: Both police officers in "The CrossWade Interlopers" realize that the two mysterious men who were intruding the CrossWade office building were none other than past and/or future versions of themselves.
  • Too Dumb to Live: One of the alleged victims of Carl Pruitt's curse decided to shoot Pruitt's grave with a revolver, all while on a horse-drawn carriage and with his family onboard. The horse, being surprised by the sound of the firing of the man's gun, suddenly jerked, and in the process got him killed by the chains holding the horse and carriage together. Fortunately, his family was unharmed.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked. Whenever something otherworldly, such as Indrid Cold, is shown to be trying to pass off as humans, the creators make it a point to depict them in this manner, to signify that there is something off about them.
  • Undead Author: The scene-setting story at the beginning of the episode on The Ghosts of Stocksbridge Bypass is an invention of the channel (and not based on any specific incident) where a woman is distracted by a ghost and crashes her car, dying on the spot. This was not made clear in the actual episode, so queue a ton of comments asking how anybody knew what she saw.
  • The Unsolved Mystery: A common theme in a lot of their episodes. Usually, this means mysterious disappearances of people, but on ocassion, they also cover mysterious deaths.
  • Voice Changeling: Wendigos can mimic the voice of a person's friends or loved ones, in the hopes of luring them closer so that these monsters can kill them easily.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifter: Aswangs, at least during nighttime, are perfectly capable of changing their humanoid forms into those of birds, dogs, or other animals in order to get close to their victims.
  • Wendigo: The focus of the episode "Lair of the Wendigo", where the narrator discusses the legend itself, a handful of modern alleged sightings, as well as supposed video evidence of its existence.
  • Winged Humanoid: The titular Mothman and Blackbird of Chernobyl, who may or may not be the same being or species of cryptid/alien.
  • Woman Scorned: Chris Case was on the receiving end of this through a curse, courtesy of an alleged witch.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Several cases of trained and experience outdoorsmen, who have years of knowledge and experience on their belts, are killed in the very wilderness they apparently knew how to trek through.
    • The same applies to Lt. Charles Taylor, an accomplished airman and veteran of World War II. Despite his experience in piloting, he disappears with the rest of his flight due to navigation error during a supposedly routine training mission.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Among the lives claimed by the unknown individual known as "The Man on the Train" in Villisca, Iowa were six children.

Alternative Title(s): Bedtime Stories


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