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WarJay77 Quite Impossible to Describe... from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Quite Impossible to Describe...
Aug 28th 2019 at 10:00:59 PM

Absolutely, it's just that there's also gotta be a standard even for kid's shows of what would be likely to scare someone based on the show itself. We're not saying these pages should go because nothing in them scares us, but that there are a lot of shoehorned examples meant to make the works seem edgier and "better" than they actually are- which is silly logic at best.

Basically, we don't assume every person watching the show is...well, us, but we also can't assume everyone watching the show would faint at the site of a spider.

Female troper who likes Pokemon, ARGs, Writing, and more. / Links: Sandbox.Zero Context Example Thread - Sandbox.Roleplay Cleanup Thread
Aug 29th 2019 at 8:31:12 AM

About that Hamtaro page, the YouTube comments on the Boo Manor music have a lot of people claiming that they found the level scary, so maybe we could keep that example on the YMMV page. But since people seem to agree that the rest is very weak, I'm putting the page on the Cut List.

Aug 29th 2019 at 6:28:54 PM

Does anyone have an opinion on the Nightmare Fuel pages I brought up on the previous page?

Berrenta Nice Hat from Texas Relationship Status: Can't buy me love
Aug 30th 2019 at 2:53:13 PM

Can someone see if we can rewrite the "Revolution 9" entry on NightmareFuel.The Beatles? I found it during cleanup for Yoko Oh No (now prohibits RL examples plus is restricted to in-universe examples), and the excessive indentation problems are an eyesore.

Edited by Berrenta on Aug 30th 2019 at 4:53:41 AM

porkyThegrumpiest IT'S NOT EVOLT, IT'S EVOLTO from Northern Pacific Relationship Status: [TOP SECRET]
Aug 30th 2019 at 3:05:00 PM

I'm not sure if it is okay to axe NightmareFuel.DarkForces. Not only the examples are directly copied straight from the main trope page, but I don't think two examples are enough to make up the whole NF page.

"A.O. is seriously hot!"
FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
Aug 30th 2019 at 4:10:35 PM

Do Toys count as works? or is there something about them that would be troping real life? I'm going to clean up some of NightmareFuel.Other, but I may need help with identifying which examples to erase.

Edited by FridgeGuy2016 on Aug 31st 2019 at 6:56:18 AM

Limpin' with the bizkit.
TalesofUnder Yup. Itís this avatar again. from Huh huh tandy gardensís initials are ďtgĒ Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Yup. Itís this avatar again.
Aug 31st 2019 at 3:27:30 PM

[up][up] Damages was cut for the same reason: I donít see why not.

Ich bin ein donut.
GastonRabbit King of Blue Lions from Robinson, Illinois, USA Relationship Status: I'm just a poor boy, nobody loves me
King of Blue Lions
Aug 31st 2019 at 9:26:53 PM

[up][up]Since So Bad, It's Horrible has an entire subpage for toys, I'm inclined to say that they count as works and thus NRLEP doesn't apply to them.note  That said, maybe we should get more input on this.

Edited by GastonRabbit on Aug 31st 2019 at 11:28:35 AM

"I am Ferdinand von Aegir." —Ferdinand von Aegir
Sep 1st 2019 at 7:55:25 AM

On TV Tropes, toys are treated as works. We give them pages with tropes and audience reactions that wouldn't be allowed for real life subjects such as creators. I don't see the issue with giving them Nightmare Fuel examples on top of that.

Sep 1st 2019 at 11:57:56 AM

You know who else gets nightmares from Regular Show?

    Regular Show 
First of all, this image is small, cropped ridiculously, and blurry.

Season 1

  • In "Free Cake" when Skips is sentenced by the Guardians of Youth to shrivel up into dust and disappear forever. Cue Skips rapidly aging, then collapsing to the ground slowly dying, his skin turning into dust while his skeleton stays intact. He even tries to speak, but can't, only groan in a whisperly voice. But he gets better once Mordecai and Rigby make an Equivalent Exchange by sacrificing the cake. Keep.
  • The hot dogs Rigby gets from the freezer in "Meat Your Maker" are alive. And they're cannibals. This is played for laughs.
    • In both senses, meaning they fully intended to eat the guys, but end up eating themselves. Actually, each of them eat the other, while also being eaten themselves. Their leader is the only one who is shocked by this, but can do nothing as mustard also fell on him- he gets eaten as well. Played for laughs.
  • The climax in "Grilled Cheese Deluxe" when Mordecai and Rigby end up preventing the anti-matter from destroying the city by sacrificing the grilled cheese sandwich only to be zapped by the anti-matter and get distorted and stretched in freaky ways. At one point, Rigby gets turned inside out. Mordecai got stretched out to the point where he was barely visible. And let's not forget about Rigby being ripped in half and being put back together in a matter of seconds. Keep.
  • The Binary disintegrating everything from The Park in "Don". ZCE.

Season 2

  • The demonic taxi that haunted Rigby's nightmares in "Ello Gov'nor" was actually pretty frightening at times, especially during one of Rigby's dreams where it crashes through the window, baring its teeth and screeching, accompanied by the freakiest Scare Chord ever. You can't blame Rigby for getting so freaked out by that thing. Keep.
    • Let's not forget the second part of Rigby's dream where he sees the taxi and runs to Mordecai for comfort. Mordecai is then revealed to be the taxi. Oh and it rips through Mordecai's head like it was paper. Yick. Keep.
  • When Mordecai sends the microwave barreling toward the end of time with him and Rigby on it in "It's Time", during their argument Mordecai pushes Rigby off of the microwave and he disintegrates into nothing but a skeleton with eyes before shriveling into a bunch of dust. Then the Fridge Horror kicks in when you realize that Mordecai will be haunted the memory of him killing his best friend in an alternate timeline for the rest of his life... Keep.
  • Snowballs the Ice Monster is a giant serpentine creature with rubies for eyes, a huge lamprey-like mouth, and can, for some reason, breathe fire. ZCE.
  • Peeps is giant eyeball that will always be watching you, everywhere you go, until you die. Mordecai challenges him to a staring contest and if he wins, Peeps must leave, but if Peeps wins, he gets their eyes... and he will do so using an ice pick and an ice cream scoop. Oh and he has a rather creepy voice and can grow multiple tentacle-like eyeballs. Keep.
    • And when Mordecai beats him, he's stared so hard that he can't close his eyes anymore. When someone tries to put drops in his eyes, they evaporate to steam before hitting his eyeballs. Played for laughs.
    • The fact that Peeps was watching Pops in the shower. Not scary.
  • Mindless Mordecai in "Brain Eraser." ZCE, not scary.
    • The video they were watching was kinda cute, though. Thanks for the Nightmare Retardant.
  • Susan, the evil boss in "Benson Be Gone". Her head turned 180 degrees and floated out of the house screaming before going One-Winged Angel and Ax-Crazy. ZCE. Is this alone the nightmare-inducing part?
    • Her, and the fact everybody except Benson start to transform into her with their faces still intact because of her horrible influence. Even worse, if doing what Susan tells you to do turns you into Susan, then who's to say that the Susan hired by the park owner isn't some poor sap who was completely transformed into Susan? And when Benson gets back, Pops, Skips, Muscle Man and High-Five Ghost are almost all totally taken over by Susan; much longer and they would've been totally gone. FH.
  • The were-skunk was actually an innocent human that let the effects of another were-skunk get the best of him. That means that the true were-skunk is still out there, along with all of the people and animals that have become fully transformed into were-skunks. FH.
  • In "More Smarter," hyper-intelligent Mordecai and Rigby's view of Skips is really creepy. It's just weird.

Season 3

  • The Season 3 premier episode "Stick Hockey" has a flashback where Benson and his student, who looks exactly like him but is orange, are in the stick hockey championships. Benson wins his round, but the student gets his head decapitated by the game sticks. Benson picks up the head of his student as he watches his student's final moments slip away. He then says, "Master, I thought you said that this was going to be so much fun!". Immediately afterwards, he dies. This is played seriously, but there's no gore or anything.
  • Muscle Man being flayed alive, Mordecai being decapitated, Skips being incinerated, and High Five being shredded. The Halloween episode is pretty grim. Keep.
    • Percy was friggin creepy as well.
  • The wizard's face in the candy. Some would argue the wizard himself. ZCE.
  • There's also that scene from the end of "Death Metal Crash Pit" where the RV crushes the ghost band, causing an explosion that skins, burns, and melts the entire audience, even showing eyeballs hanging out of their skulls! It even kills Muscle Man and Hi-Five Ghost. Keep.
  • The freak deer in "Camping Can be Cool." And the implication that he had a human mom. ZCE.
  • Mordecai and Rigby's willingness to disguise Benson's head injury in "Weekend at Benson's." In real life, the recipient of that kind of injury would need to be taken to a hospital immediately to be checked out for brain trauma. FH. And this isn't real life.
  • In "House Rules", learning that your best friend, who you grew up with since you were kids and care for like a brother, may end up dying young and you don't know where, when or how and you can't stop it and you can't tell anyone for fear it will slip to your best friend so you're trapped with this horrible secret. FH.
  • "Think Positive". Benson is the source for this episode's supernatural happening, of note as even in episodes where main characters cause the trouble, they're never the trouble themselves. Basically, Benson has to keep his Hair-Trigger Temper under control if he doesn't want to get fired by Pops. After enduring two humongous screw-ups by Mordecai and Rigby, he hits the wall and wrecks his own house to let some of his anger out. The very next day, Mordecai and Rigby make Benson so pissed off that he literally goes Super Nova and the only way for Benson not to kill himself from holding in his anger is for Pops to allow Benson to yell at them again. And Benson does this to the point where he's in tears from the Unstoppable Rage and Mordecai and Rigby go deaf! This is more a moment of awesome than nightmare.
    • Benson's family. No wonder he's so mean... Especially since families like that actually do exist in Real Life. Sometimes they are even worse than Benson's. This isn't real life. ZCE.
  • The virus creature, Doomageddon, in "Skips vs. Technology". It possesses Techmo, speaks in a creepy voice, and digitizes anything it touches. Not nightmare-inducing.
  • In "Death at Eight" Death makes Mordecai and Rigby babysit his son to win back Muscle Man's soul after an accident. While they do manage to do it well, it gets creepy when Death mentions that they "did a better job than the last few babysitters". He then lifts his hand and reveals that he is wearing three rings with tortured souls inside. Yikes. Eh, remove.
  • "Trucker Hall of Fame." The Truckers serving as the Big Bads of the episode. Not only do they emotionally bully Muscle Man every chance they get, they try to kill Muscle Man, Mordecai, and Rigby with their truck in the end and would've succeeded if the ghost of Muscle Man's dad didn't take them out. The scary part is they're not monsters, they're normal people who hold a grudge on his dad and are willing to kill him for it! FH.
    • The way Muscle Man finds about his father's death was pretty unsettling. In one scene, he's speaking with him via a speaker. Suddenly, static, and he loses the signal... ZCE.
  • "Diary" had Skips perform a ritual right out of Raiders of the Lost Ark with the groaning spirits, and when Rigby messes it up the spirits form into a giant close-up of Margaret's face, twisted into look of pure hatred and gives a bone-chilling shriek. I didn't think this was scary, but I could see how it could be. Keep.
  • ButtonWillow McButtonWillow from "The Best VHS in the World" was creepy as fuck- thanks to his obsessiveness, self-seclusion, and... well, nuttiness. He's not scary, he's funny. Are you seriously going to get nightmares from someone drawing a picture of a VHS on "what they think Hawaii looks like"?
    • Although he is hilarious if you know Gollum from Lord Of The Rings, who he is a parody of (although he looks like a stereotypical fantasy elf or a redcap). I didn't know that.
  • Upon initially watching, the massive Mood Whiplash at the beginning of "Prankless" can catch a lot of viewers off-guard. It starts out like a normal episode, with Muscle Man giggling while taping Mordecai's bed to the ceiling just to mess with him. When Pops comes into the room, the bed falls on him and crushes him- and Pops' head even looks slightly deflated upon impact. The incident traumatized Muscle Man so badly that he vowed to give up pranking forever. More of a sad moment than a scary one.
    • Near the episode's climax, Muscle Man's surreal prank on Eugene (tricking him into thinking that he's launched him into space into the freaking sun,) was pretty disturbing. It's Gene, not Eugene. And he's the villain, so it's fine if something scary happens to him. He's completely fine, too; it is just a prank.
  • The scary music in "Death Bear", along with the abandoned zoo imagery, was very unsettling. ZCE.
    • The fact that all those tranquilizers wouldn't subdue Death Bear until Mordecai freaking filled him full of them at point blank range. Okay, so?
  • The second sugar plane in "Sugar Rush". ZCE.

Season 4

  • "Terror Tales of the Park II". The commercial for it involves Mordecai's uncle meeting his demise inside of one of those things that return bowling balls to you. Somehow made worse by showing a clip of a tree in a woodchipper instead of the actual death. Was this written before it released?
    • Mordecai's story. In the story, he sees his Uncle Steve die by falling into the thing mentioned in the above paragraph. He has nightmares from the stress, and sees his uncle, (complete with spooky, ghostly eyes and a blank stare) around the house, in the paintings, in the mirrors. Eventually, Steve's ghost chases down Mordecai, finally cornering him near a grave. It turns out that Uncle Steve had "unfinished business," and simply wanted to return five dollars to Mordecai, before returning to his resting place. I think the ending makes this not scary enough.
    • Margaret has a pretty fucked-up sense of humor when it came to her ghost story; the story involves Mordecai, Rigby, Margaret, and Eileen needing a ride to a movie theater since Benson won't let them use the cart on account of pranksters TP'ing the park. Eileen calls a cab but a strange bus called "The Party Bus" pulls over in front of them before the cab showed up, they then board the bus and are greeted by a bus driver in mummy costume and join the other party-goers on board. While they were having a good time as they waited to arrived to the theaters, they soon found out the party-goers were aging to dust, and so were they. Mordecai and the others desperately tried to escape the bus before they die, but the driver, who turned out to be a skeleton, persistently prevented them from getting off the bus. Mordecai managed to reverse the bus' aging effect on them by shifting the bus in reverse, but it worked too well as the reversed aging effect made them so young they reverted to being children. They finally escaped through the bus' escape hatch, which at this point they've became mere infants, and jumped off the psycho bus. Unfortunately it was too little too late as they all de-age to children to the point that they disappear, and this horrifying tale ends with the bus driver laughing menacingly as the bus fades way to nothingness. And that was supposed to be funny? Even Rigby found that story pretty fucked-up. Keep.
    • Benson's story is also unsettling, especially if you're claustrophobic and/or arachnophobic It starts off unassuming, with Benson ordering Mordecai and Rigby to re-wallpaper the entire house because of their vandalism and the current wallpaper being discontinued. They complained about not wanting to do it, only for a television to appear in the hallway (which even Muscle Man is puzzled by) showing a man named "Jan, the Wallpaper Man" offering to wallpaper the home for them for free. Jan finally arrived to get started while Mordecai and Rigby run up stairs to play games; Jan was acting suspicious the whole time. After playing games for a few hours, Mordecai and Rigby were amazed by the wallpaper, which had a peculiar color. Just as they were about to go downstairs, they heard Pops screaming and found him bound to the wall. After freeing Pops, they hear Benson screaming and traverse a confusing maze of wallpaper and chase after Jan climbing on the ceiling until they get trapped in an enclosed space. Rigby panics and eventually tears down the wall. They tear down more wallpaper until they finally reach a cave where the other employees were tangled up. They find Jan, who turns into a giant spider. He eats Muscle Man alive, and when he tries to eat Mordecai and Rigby, he ends up eating a box of grenades instead. The explosion killed Mordecai, Rigby, Jan, and Muscle Man (if being eaten didn't kill him first), and one of their intestines lands on Pops' head. If you're claustrophobic or arachnophobic. Remove.
      • What's also scary is them running through the wallpapered corridors, and they can hear Benson screaming for help but they don't know where he is. Okay, so?
    • The original ending to the episode. Not that the version that aired on TV (where the driver crashes into the tree and all of them come out as ghosts) was any better...this one cranks it up to the MAX. After Benson finishes his story, the driver drives over to let the gang see that there are dead clones of themselves being covered up by a skeleton-faced paramedic. The driver turns out to be a skeleton too, and he drives the screaming-in-fear workers into a fiery vortex in which their spirits fly out of. This all happens inside a pumpkin that says "HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!". What the heck?
  • Pie Contest has Promise Pie a sentient pie that the guys found in the garbage and says it can help them judge the pies, wel that's all fine and good except for the fact that he has a demon voice as his real voice. The worst part? When he goes outside, he frickin' EATS people! Remove.
  • In "Guy's Night", those little white creatures. When they remove their mask they reveal that they only have a large mouth with sharp teeth and getting bit by them will turn you into one of them. Remove.
    • As the AV Club review of this episode pointed out, this is one episode in which the surreal aspect may not have been supernatural, seeing as how the white milk void wasn't referenced at all after Pops came to. It's entirely possible that Pops was stricken with hyponatremia and hallucinating during a very real Near-Death Experience. Seeing him suddenly collapse, as the rest of the guys desperately try to revive him and eventually call 9-1-1, was pretty chilling in and of itself, especially when the scene of the tough guys in the void cheering Pops on suddenly cuts to Mordecai and Rigby shouting Pops' name to get him to wake up. FH.
  • "That's My Television." RGB2 was apparently a LITERAL slave to the television executives. He could only survive by breathing air from the 80s (it was canned). Everyone was trying to KILL him for trying to make a run for it. And the most horrifying part is that RGB2 wasn't an anthropomorphic television- he was an actual emaciated, sickly HUMAN BEING inside of a television! The end of the episode also strongly implied that he died shortly after the events we saw. He's not dead, just resting, as he says.
    • He appeared in a later episode, fortunately. Thank you for the reassurance.
  • The leader of the Wickets creepily chanting in "Picking Up Margret." Creepy is not nightmare-inducing.
    Leader: Mordecai, put your phone away!
    • This is a parody of a scene from the movie, 'The Warriors'. Is it really?
    Luther: Warriors, come out to plaaay!
  • Skips Stess: First off, Skips is feeling rushed to do too many jobs, then he finds this black fire mark on his arm, then he's told if he doesn't stop working, he'll die. Skips begins to take a nap then has a nightmarish dream where Benson gets eaten be a shark, Pops turns into the hellish black flame with a distorted voice, the creepy close up on Muscle Man's face... Then there's the close up of Skip's heart getting covered in the black flame. This episode is probably the most nightmarish episode to date. Not very scary.
  • The ending of "Country Club". Yes, the bad guy was almost going to kill Mordecai and Rigby, but...take a moment and picture this: You're just gotten turned into a human toilet, got shipped off to space, and are also not wearing an astronaut suit. And I Must Scream. The creepy closing shot of the bad guy floating in space motionless with a repetitive beeping noise in the background doesn't do any justice either. Debatable. Remove WMG sinkhole.
  • The hideous face Thomas makes under his fatal brain freeze in "Cool Cubed". Even worse is when it's drawn even more detailed after Pops says "I love taking long naps!". Not scary.
  • In "Sleep Fighter", we are introduced to a weird childrens' show about some characters called "Hugstables". Muscle Man is terrified of the Hugstables - which itself is quite worrying - and the Hugstables themselves are incredibly creepy. Plus their hugs can kill. The look on the third victim's face as he is hugged to death is equally unnerving, highlighting just how disturbing these things are despite their seemingly childish appearance. They give Muscle Man nightmares, not us.
    Victim #3: Help Me.
    • The mere fact that Muscle Man breaks into his friends' homes to beat them up when they least expect it is quite scary. Even worse is Muscle Man somehow knowing Thomas' exact residence, meaning that the latter wasn't safe even without telling where he lives. Scary for the characters, not us.
    Thomas: (to Muscle Man) How did you even find out where I live?

Season 5

  • In true "Terror Tales of the Park" tradition, "Terror Tales of the Park III" has lots of this:
    • Jebadiah Townhouse, oddly enough, is this a lot. Especially, in the hallways scene when he turned into this horrifying thing. Keep.
      • What's more scary is the buildup. You know he's going to strike, but you don't know when or how. Paranoia Fuel, is that you?
      • Even worse is the fact that Thomas being forced to wear his pizza costume till Thanksgiving just for telling a bad ghost story at the party is proof that the episode is canon and if it's canon then that means... JEBADIAH TOWNHOUSE IS REAL! AND CANON! FH?
    • The pumpkin monster from Muscle Man's story as well. It turns him, Mordecai, Rigby, and Fives into pumpkins, smashes them in that state, uses their seeds to grow them as sentient pumpkins, and makes horrible autumn puns all the while. Not scary.
      • Not to mention it's Mark Hamill getting to use his Joker voice!
    • The fact that the bed with the serial killer in it actually got manufactured. What an Idiot! doesn't begin to describe this. YMMV reaction.
  • From Take the Cake, we have the psychotic woman who nearly runs down Mordecai and Rigby. Note this is because she thinks they 'cut in line' (when in reality they were in a completely separate line). Her rampage kills several innocent people! IIRC it doesn't.

Season 6

  • Terror Tales of the Park IV:
    • "The Hole": When a mysterious fog appears in the Park, every year, the park workers sacrifice someone to a Sarlaac Pit-like hole. This year, the person to be sacrificed is sweet, innocent Pops. This just confused me, not scared me.
      • This is doubly creepy and Harsher in Hindsight after watching the finale of the series, in which Pops sacrifices his own life to save all of his friends. In a possible example of creepy foreshadowing, the Halloween costume that Pops wears is the sun. In the last episode of the series, Pops dies by incineration from a star. Remove.
    • "Unfinished Business": Mordecai and Rigby die and become poltergeists, haunting the house until Benson removes them from the employee database. The twist at the end is that Benson was the one who was Dead All Along. Again, just weird and not scary.
    • "Scary Movie Night": The Smile portion of the Triple Threat videotape. Cute but lonely schoolgirl? Her mouth stretches like a cone snail to devour people whole. Junji Ito would be proud. Keep?

Season 7

  • "Win That Prize" features probably the most disturbing and darkest intro as of Season 7. Pops becomes a super aged, needlessly grotesque, decrepit shell of his former self and dies while falling out of his chair. Then comes a flashback ... It turns out to be a prop made as part of a Batman Gambit to play the game show and leave the company. So in context it isn't scary.
    • There's also the scene in which Pops has a conversation with the terminally elderly president of the corporation. The president says, "Congratulations- you're getting a promotion!" and dies in Pops' arms. Geez... Debatable.
    • It was mildly unsettling when the female TV executive grabbed Pops and kissed him on the lips, seeing as how he was clearly very uncomfortable with it. Being kissed and "mildly unsettling" is NF?
  • "Crazy Fake Plan": While it ends up being faked for the surprise, the bikers are genuinely scary for a few minutes, taping everyone up (including Margaret's and Mordecai's beaks) when Rigby refuses to admit the surprise, threatening "ladies first" when they act like they're going to push them off the cliff, and the brief black screen after Eileen gets a bag over her head. Again, everyone makes it out fine in the end and there was never any real danger.
  • The season ends with the park being blasted into space, the gang plus Eileen trapped inside, and almost everyone else on the show witnessing the park's ascension, powerless to stop it. Cliffhanger, they're all fine in the end.

Season 8 (Regular Show In Space)

  • The villain of this season. Anti-Pops. Feared all over the universe, has a massive fleet at his command, and he won't let anything get in his way. A door? He melts it. A cashier taking too long to give one of his minions change? With a wave of his arm, the cashier is erased, leaving only a white cowering-cashier-shaped void. He's all black with white outlines and a white glow around him, and he's made of pure evil. With the confirmation that this season is the last, who could ask for a better Final Boss than Pops' evil counterpart who is voiced by Freddy Kreuger no less? Keep?
  • In episode 22 we see that Huge Head is still stuck where the group left him... except that he's long dead, and the flesh has completely rotted off his skull. Did the guys forget to feed him?! This is an easy-to-miss background event. Remove. The sight of this shouldn't give you nightmares at this point in the show.
  • In "Cheer Up, Pops," Mordecai and Rigby try to get Pops to enjoy himself by making a cake shaped like his head. This quickly takes a turn for the worse when they cut open the cake, and a red filling (actually it's raspberry) oozes out. Pops screams in horror, naturally. In addition, this scene foreshadows Pops' death in the following episode. Misuse of Shaped Like Itself. This is scary for Pops, not us.
  • The Last Episode ZCE.
  • The fact that EVERYONE DIES. And time got reset. And the Fridge Horror that if Rigby didn't remember, they would have be doing the same thing over and over. No, they don't. Remove FH.
  • Overlapping greatly with Tear Jerker, the fact that Pops died in the last episode. The show spent eight seasons making this character out to be nothing but selfless and kind, and said character is incinerated by a star, dying to protect all of his friends. The scene caught many viewers off-guard, and is the reason why many fans think of this episode as the most shocking Regular Show episode of all time. What's up with the epic-y writing here? This scene is many things, but scary is not one of them.

Edited by Grotadmorv on Sep 1st 2019 at 1:34:29 AM

FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
Sep 1st 2019 at 6:42:09 PM

[up] The Image Pickin' forums will help with the image.

But dear god, there are so many wrong examples.

Limpin' with the bizkit.
Sep 2nd 2019 at 11:24:39 AM

[up][up] The "It's Time" example has Fridge Horror which would have to be removed if the rest of the example was kept.

FridgeGuy2016 No-lifer from United States
Sep 2nd 2019 at 3:45:19 PM

[up][up][up] And about those bold sentences saying "This isn't real life," those examples mentioning how theyd happen in real life are useful (if irrelevant) addendums.

Limpin' with the bizkit.
Sep 3rd 2019 at 8:22:13 PM

I cleaned up Arthur. Hmm, I could've sworn that LittleBigPlanet had a page. Did we cut it already?

Does anybody want to start cut listing Twitch Plays Pokemon?

TalesofUnder Yup. Itís this avatar again. from Huh huh tandy gardensís initials are ďtgĒ Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Yup. Itís this avatar again.
Sep 3rd 2019 at 8:52:38 PM

I cutlisted all the pages. It wasnít easy or fun, but I did it.

Ich bin ein donut.
WarJay77 Quite Impossible to Describe... from Upstate New York Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
Quite Impossible to Describe...
Sep 3rd 2019 at 9:01:59 PM

Ooh, yeah!
It's your basic, average show,
Bad examples gotta go
You can't stop me fixin'
Kim Pos-Si-Ble
There's nothing I won't clean
And when duty calls
Just know the show is not scary!
There's no reason for these shoehorns
They are even featured on Kim Possible


    Kim Possible page 
  • Have fun trying to sleep after being subjected to this wonderful image. Bonus points for being part of an actual nightmare. Eh, this is fine, I guess. Better than the page image, actually!
    • How about the nightmare itself? It starts out fine, with Ron and Kim dancing at a prom. However, after they break apart, Kim gets the aforementioned Nightmare Face and then starts melting Raiders Of The Lost Ark-style. Have fun sleeping after that! Still works, but this example shouldn't be a separate bullet-point.
    • Even worse, that scene was also a promo for Season 4! What was Disney Channel's advertising department thinking?! Nattery natter natter.
  • Gill is an rather memorable character despite only actually appearing twice on the show, in no small part for being arguably the most frightening antagonist in the series. He was mutated from a swamp, and wishes to see everyone become a mutant freak just like him. This needs a lot more context, as mutants aren't inherently scary...
  • Camille Leon's Humanshifting. Not only does every part of her body bulge out, but she had to undergo surgery to get those powers. Unsure.
  • Warhok and Warmonga's plans for Kim after she was defeated: Hang her head on their trophy wall. Dark, but is it really scary?
  • In "Mathter and Fervent", the Mathter blasts Ron and turns him into an Anti-Matter machine, destroying everything he touches, even humans or worse, Rufus! Again, dark isn't necessarily scary. Then again, this is scary by kid's show standards...
  • Shego's shock collars in the Bad Future. (It doesn't happen, but if it did...) ZCE and fridge.
    • Even worse? Bonnie is completely loyal to her. By that point, anyway. Natter.
  • The Synthodrones, especially when they die. ZCE
    • Special mention goes out to Eric's death. Once Rufus bites him on the ankle, unlike the Synthodrones' deaths, we actually get to see the whole thing happen: his face turns zombie-like and he begins to wither. Merge with the above.
  • You can see Kim being a Super OCD in "Coach Possible". When she takes over as Coach, she's scary. Even Ron admits that she's scary. After tiring out the Soccer Team, Jim and Tim can't feel their legs, and when Kim pats them on the shoulders, you can hear their Bones cracking. Ouch. In-universe scary is not always Nightmare Fuel...
  • Ron's Mystical Monkey Power is hilarious anytime, but the fact that it can be used to kill people is scary, even if it is strictly used on really nasty enemies. Hilarious isn't scary, and this sounds fridgey.
  • Nanny Nane's Baby Army. They may be Nightmare Retardant, but the way the go into a bar to capture and beat up people begging for mercy and perform a surprise attack on Kim and Ron is quite creepy. Outright claims it's not scary.
  • "Attack Of The Evil Snowmen" is quite creepy. Think of the best things you could make in the snow and then imagine them suddenly coming after you. They can even make more of themselves! Borderline ZCE
    • Also, look at the end of the episode, and see what happens when other things are hit with the water that made the Snowmen evil. 'ZCE
  • The giant machine that destroys Kim's house in "Graduation Part 1" right as the Possible Family leaves. ZCE
  • Kim and Shego's Mood Whiplash in "Emotion Sickness". Both Ron and Drakken are creeped out by them, and when they go berserk, they were willing to do anything it took to kill them. Even worse when the science that made them do it was human science. Doesn't explain why it's scary.
  • The Yono and his ability to turn people to stone. ZCE
  • Monique's Near-Death Experience in "Fashion Victim". ZCE
  • Drakken is usually the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain with the Zany Scheme, but at one point he tires of Kim's interference - so he has her shackled into a steel box that is then welded shut and tossed into a pit full of sharks and carnivorous squid. Then he uses a freeze ray to put a foot of ice over the top. A bit Darker and Edgier for Drakken. Maybe with a re-write, this can stay?
    • Earlier in the series, Drakken makes Evil Knockoff Clones of Kim, Ron, Rufus and Bonnie. He combined the DNA with a cobra, a rogue elephant, and his vicious dog. Why is that scary?
    Ron: How many Bonnies are there?!
  • SeŮor Senior, Sr's plan to freeze Kim and Ron to death, and then freeze everyone at the club he was banned from. Another ZCE or borderline ZCE
  • Shego using a blender to attack Kim in "Two To Tutor". ZCE
  • All of the Seniors' Traps installed into their house. ZCE
  • Shego being willing to kill Martin Smarty. ZCE
  • Kim's mutation in "The Full Monkey". ZCE
  • Adrenna Lynn. She performs the most death-defying stunts (even though she fakes them), but if the time she puts Ron in danger and Brick at a Near-Death Experience isn't enough, try her Laughing Mad Black Comedy. ZCE- why is she scary?
  • The Teaser at the beginning of "The Fearless Ferret", full of The Un-Smile that everyone is infected with, even Rufus. Doesn't really explain anything...
  • Ron under Dementor's Control when he wore the Battlesuit. Another ZCE
  • Ron when he's Zorpox. Not only does he prove to be a Badass and a Jerkass, but he actually gives Shego a bad case of What Have I Done. Why is this scary?
  • Evil Team Go. As if Kim didn't have enough trouble dealing with Shego when she had all of the powers, but now Kim has to deal with all the former good members, most of who are more powerful than Shego herself. Suspense =/= Scary
    • Then there's the Death Glare Shego gives to Kim when she's accidentally zapped back into being evil again. Natter and a ZCE
    • The above mentioned Zorpox makes a brief reappearance, and tries to zap an unsuspecting Kim with the Attitudinator. He misses, but imagine if he didn't. If Zorpox was terrifying enough, imagine what Evil Kim would've been like... Fridge
  • Kim actually leaves Drakken and Shego to drown on two occasions. Dark, but also a ZCE
  • Kim being sucked into Drakken's Underwater lair while in a current in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series Crossover episode "Rufus". ZCE...
  • Kim and Shego's Creepy Monotone dialogue when they are under Drakken's Mind Control. ZCE
  • Drakken's plan to drain the Earth of its oxygen. Need context, PLEASE.
  • Warmonga. She is able to beat Kim even while she is in her Battlesuit, managing to break the shield, and brutally defeats Shego, twice! Why is that scary?
  • Kim kicking Shego into a tower and getting electrocuted. This could be scary, but doesn't have enough context for me to tell...
  • The Bebe Bots' attempt to kill Kim in "Queen Bebe" by placing her on a conveyer belt and trying to crush her. I guess this is fine, though Kim almost getting killed seems pretty standard...
  • Kim getting eaten alive by the Monster of the Week in "Mother's Day". Fortunately, she survives. Want more context.
  • Ron and Yori nearly getting dropped in lava in "Exchange". That's pretty standard cartoon-villain stuff...
    • Earlier on, Monkey Fist's Mad Laughter when he has the Lotus Blade. ZCE and natter
  • In Shego's Bad Future, the fact that Duff's entire body was presumably amputated so that he could become a cyborg. Interesting, but...
  • Jackie becoming the Jackal in "Pain King vs Cleopatra". Man, what's with all the ZCEs?
  • The Shadow Discretion Shot of Drakken's Mutation. Ugh
  • Ron in Kim's Body's Point Of View when everyone swarms him/her with questions. Ugh
  • Shego's Slasher Smile when she finds out that Kim lost her memory in "Clean Slate". She was actually willing to kill her at that moment had it not been for Drakken. Unsure here.
  • The Bebe Bots attacking Dr. James Possible in "Attack Of The Killer Bebes". Sigh...
  • Jumba's description of Rufus (which he mistook for Experiment 607 aka Launch): to rip open the fabric of time and space, causing everything to collapse upon itself. Okay, yeah, that's a bit much for this show...
  • The Bebe Bots' disfigurement in "Queen Bebe". '''And back to the ZCEs.
  • The Phantom Monkey in "Overdue". There once was a context-less page It was sending me into a rage Though I could clean up It still really did suck ZCEs from an older age...
  • Ron's troubling flashbacks. First him with the mascot for Camp Wannaweep in "Monkey Fist Strikes", where we see a demented monkey and then in "Showdown at the Crooked D", where Ron was riding the horse at Smarty Mart. Why are these scary?
  • Prior to Wade's Heroic BSoD, the way his systems were spiked were quite shocking and horrifying. Why?
  • The Piranha Tank in "Naked Genius". Gonna explain anything?
  • Drakken's plan to kill Kim in "Blush": spraying her with a deadly serum that will cause her to disappear every time she blushes. That doesn't sound scary at all, it sounds cartoonish and silly, if dark.
  • The Death Trap machines in "Fashion Victim" My god.
  • The shot of Shego with a Slasher Smile while standing in front of the Diablo Army. That's...not a slasher smile? Image isn't that scary to me.
  • DNAmy and her mutants. Context is your friend. This has been a public service announcement.
  • Kim's Psychotic Smirk at the end of So The Drama is just so, so wrong on Kim. Especially since she just kicked Shego to what would have been her death if she wasn't Made of Iron.note  Okay, that is a bit scary...
    Kim: You know what I hate most?
    Shego: That your date melted?
    Kim: Nah... You.
  • When Bonnie kisses Ron in "Homecoming Upset", Kim is the most furious we've ever seen her in the series. A character being angry could be scary, but...
    • Bear in mind, this is AFTER we saw Kim kick Shego off the roof in The Movie. And Shego hadn't trying playing around with Ron. Kim that pissed off might well have decided to stop holding back and finally unleash a can of whoopass on Bonnie. Fortunately, Bonnie crumbled from the combined stress of trying to face down a legitimately pissed off Kim, the failure of her gambit (since Kim flat out stated that she knew Ron wasn't cheating on her), and the fact that Brick Flagg had broken up with her for good, and Kim was too nice a person to let her have it once she started crying. Natter that doesn't make this seem that bad.
  • Drakken's two henchmen from "Mother's Day" are tied up after Kim and her mother escape. They're not seen again for the rest of the episode, and the Monster of the Week ate everything on the side Drakken and Shego parked their hovercraft. how scary.

Yeah, as you can see, it's not a great page...

Edited by WarJay77 on Sep 3rd 2019 at 12:03:12 PM

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bwburke94 My Ice Cream Waifu from Remnant Relationship Status: Longing for my OTP
My Ice Cream Waifu
Sep 3rd 2019 at 10:04:38 PM

I'll give a counter-argument on Twitch Plays Pokémon; because of the nature of TPP, the fanon is "part of the work".

(The work as presented onscreen is just a single run of Pokémon, but it became tropeable because of the fanon surrounding it.)

Misspelled trope names dealt with... for now. Moving back to the Understatement project soon?
TalesofUnder Yup. Itís this avatar again. from Huh huh tandy gardensís initials are ďtgĒ Relationship Status: THIS CONCEPT OF 'WUV' CONFUSES AND INFURIATES US!
Yup. Itís this avatar again.
Sep 4th 2019 at 7:00:38 AM

That doesnít excuse the zero context examples and not-scary stuff, though.

Ich bin ein donut.
rjd1922 Paladin from Illinois Relationship Status: Love is for the living, Sal
Sep 4th 2019 at 9:55:36 AM

[up][up]That's what I was trying to say earlier. NightmareFuel.Dragon Ball Z (as I brought up three pages ago) and NightmareFuel.Chuggaaconroy still need cleanup.

Steel be with you.
Sep 4th 2019 at 8:36:01 PM

I agree with the Kim Possible analysis, except I'd say to maybe keep the bones breaking example. It sounds scary.

Klavice As if! from Pacific Canada Relationship Status: Hoping Senpai notices me
As if!
Sep 4th 2019 at 8:38:17 PM

I could probably do Chuggaaconroy given I'm a huge fan of his and watched most of his projects from Okami onward. A lot of it is often mitigated by silliness afterwards. Like the whole "Shari is a serial killer" thing. The fact that she ends up being the villager he's closest with for both his birthday and Valentine's Day, hilarious.

Edited by Klavice on Sep 4th 2019 at 8:41:08 AM

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Rainbow Relationship Status: Puppy love
Sep 6th 2019 at 4:05:07 PM

The Nightmare Fuel page for Thomas the Tank Engine might also need to be checked over. The Other/Meta section in particular has several examples that might be better suited for Fridge Horror instead, especially the example about the real life Lindal Railway Incident. I just deleted one example that was an obvious ZCE about the theme song (because it didn't say what was scary about it) but I wanted to ask about the page in general here.

Sep 6th 2019 at 5:48:35 PM

I'd like to take a look at a few examples from NightmareFuel.Steven Universe The Movie:

  • Given that the movie's events seem to start on the same day that Steven made his "message to the universe", that means that, somehow, Spinel came up with her plan, obtained all of her resources, and traveled to Earth seeking revenge in a matter of hours.
    I'm not sure what's meant to be scary about this example. It also sounds like Fridge Horror.
  • Ruby nearly gets shattered by a giant anvil.
    But she doesn't. Anyone watching knows that they wouldn't kill off one of the main characters. A falling anvil is a pretty humorous way to die anyway.
  • Spinel was never meant to be a warrior Gem, being more of a jester for Pink, but she still managed to be one of the most dangerous opponents the Crystal Gems ever faced, defeating every member of the original group except Steven. How many other Gems can do what she can and become genuinely dangerous threats beyond what the Crystal Gems can deal with?
    This also sounds like Fridge Horror.

Edited by Zuxtron on Sep 6th 2019 at 10:23:49 AM

AustinDR TV good for Ed from Fresh and ready for life.
TV good for Ed
Sep 6th 2019 at 5:52:34 PM

Didn't it just get released?

Why you little-!
Sep 10th 2019 at 5:05:40 AM

Came across NightmareFuel.Vampire Reviews. I mean, seriously?

One entry is a comedy bit where Maven tries to stake Lindsay while drunk, the other is a question if anyone was freaked out by how The Nostalgia Critic was looking at a box of Count Chocula.

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