Most Disturbing Cartoon Episodes


The Top Ten

1 Ren Seeks Help - Ren & Stimpy The Lost Episodes

Not only is this the worst acting ever, but this is Also the worst writing in history! I mean, ren abusing animals just for fun? That's literally evil! This doesn't even feel like a real ren and stimpy episode. It feels more like a horror movie that's hard to watch.

Ren's birth was disturbing. Due to the fact that there's smoking in the emergency room when there's not supposed to be and after ren's born, bambi comes by and eats the placenta.

A young ren torturing animals just because he thinks it's fun? The writers are people I never wanna meet in real life.

Well obviously - Spongehouse

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2 Dark Harvest - Invader ZIM

Everyone who watches the show knows this episode is the most disturbing ZIM episode

This episode was really disturbing! Zim "collecting" people's organs and when he was in the nurse's office he was bloated and really gross!

This episode has even inspired a murderer! Go look it up. I'm not kidding!

Hands down this is just wrong for Nickelodeon but I admit it is a good kind of scary

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3 Night of the Hurricane - The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad!

This was where Seahorse Seashell Party came from. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

4 A Pal for Gary - SpongeBob SquarePants

SpongeBob and Puffy Fluffy are horrible in this episode. - PatrickStar3

Really an irratating episode. My 2nd least favorite of SpongeBob next to Choir Boys.

Creepy like Lol istops chowder and Sore eyes dexter's laboratory

5 HumancentiPad - South Park

Just by the fact it's a parody of human centipede is enough said

Too disturbing to watch. - egnomac

They attack three people, Kyle included, and have them pretty much renact the 2 Girls 1 cup video almost

I've only seen this episode once...once and never again!

6 My Peeps - The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

This episodes reminded me a lot like that Sore Eyes episode of Dexter's Laboratory. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

7 Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q - Family Guy

This episode was sad.


8 Sore Eyes - Dexter's Laboratory

This episode shouldn't have been made

Nightmare fuel at its creepiest

This should be number 1

Should be higher up - Spongehouse

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9 Night of the Chimera's Cry - Fullmetal Alchemist

Where Do I even begin it was disturbing for the fact that Shou Tucker used his own daughter to make a Chimera its just plain sick and wrong and even more disturbing was what happens to poor Nina after words the sight of seeing Ninas bloody stain on the wall completely haunted me to this day. - egnomac

10 Perfect - Courage the Cowardly Dog

It was not that scary but the scene with the deformed baby isn't that disturbing just weird

It scared me and gave me nightmares. - PatrickStar3

The deformed fetus gave me nightmares. it still does - Thelistmaker

This episode is fine, except for "Y O U ' R E N O T P E R F E C T" - sandycheeks

The Contenders

11 Love in the Nethervator - Grojband

No. just no. - SpaceGoofsGeekerBoy

12 Leap Frogs - Rockos Modern Life

I don't think this episode is quite as disturbing as it is made out to be. Considering the fact that it came from Season One, I'd say it actually fits in pretty nicely with the general style of that overall glorious and magnificent season. There isn't even really anything wrong with it if you think about it

Honestly, this episode really didn't scare me as much as Camera Shy did. - xandermartin98

13 Scott Tenorman Must Die - South Park

Cartman really when way too far, I mean killing both Scott Tenorman's parents turning them into chili and feeding it to him all over a measly 16 dollars. - ZZDOORAL

Scott tenorman is a good person I hate cartman in this episode

The episode is pretty much just a back and forth revenge episode where Cartman tries to get back $20 from Scott Tennorman for selling him pubes. The episode for the most part is funny, but the ending is rather disturbing where Cartman steals Mr and Mrs. Tennorman's murdered bodies and grinds them up and puts them in chili for Scott to later eat. And when Scott breaks down from the news, Cartman gets up and starts licking his tears and gloating about how he won the prank war. I respect you Matt amd Trey, but this just goes too far

14 The Springfield Files - The Simpsons

It's innocent enough, but the scene where a drunken homer gets lost in the woods at night and finds an alien who would later turn out to be Mr. Burns scared me as a kid. Amd the thing is that this wasn't mean't to be a haloween special like Treehouse of horror, which just adds to the horror

15 Greg - Pickle and Peanut

I remember seeing this episode.
I never realised just how screwed up it was. - Rocko

16 To Heck and Back - Rocko's Modern Life
17 Seahorse Seashell Party - Family Guy


18 Naked Beach Frenzy - Ren and Stimpy "Adult Party Cartoon"

Because of this episode, I will never watch Ren and Stimpy ever again. Don't even bother checking out this episode. I guarantee that once you do, you're gonna be regretting the day you first found Ren and Stimpy in the first place.

I wish I never watched this.

This episode gave me nightmares.

It's mostly porn

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19 Squid Bob TenticlePants - SpongeBob SquarePants

In my opinion, the ending is the worst part. - ndnprct3

This one was creepy! Kind reminds me of The Fly!

Needs to be cancelled

At the end...
Here's the ending quote:
"This is the day where I was born".
I'm not really a fan of horror movies but I kinda like it anyway.
(In my opinion).

I know the way the blob moves is so disturbing Kids would get nightmares. And it's just a hideous flesh ball. - PatrickStar3

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20 The Ceremony - The Brothers Grunt
21 World Wild Recorder Concert - South Park

Disturbing for the fact that Mr. Garrison is upset that his father never molested him just watch the episode and see. - egnomac

22 1600 Candles - American Dad
23 Who Let the Cats Out of the Old Bag's House? - The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack

The Cat scared me a lot

24 Wormy - SpongeBob SquarePants

It's not disturbing except the close up I guess but only a little bit. - PatrickStar3

This should be WAAYY higher on the list, or at least the highest SpongeBob episode on the list! - puncity

The only real horror in this is the horsefly closeups we get of a young wormy

25 Blue Cat Blues - Tom and Jerry

This episode was disturbing because Tom was driven to suicide because the female cat wasn't in love with him and only loved Butch because she was a gold digger and Tom got so depressed that he wanted to end his life, and so did Jerry at the end when his girlfriend dumped him for a richer mouse.

26 The Great Fusilli - Courage the Cowardly Dog

The ending made me unable to sleep for a whole week

Disturbing oh my god Muriel and Eustis were Puppets. - PatrickStar3

27 Heavenly Puss - Tom And Jerry

A lesson for the future if it wants too Tom and Jerry can get really cruel while it is mostly funny it is no stranger to some disturbing content however to me Heavenly Puss is the most Dark And Disturbing episode of the show for me not only does it have a really disturbing plot where Tom gets killed by a Piano and Jerry has to forgive everything to get Tom in heaven if not he gets sent straight to hell. If that's one of the darkest things you've ever seen I would agree with you. And so would Matt Groening the man behind The Simpsons and Futurama! They even showed many ways that cats have died including 3 kittens drowned in a bag. The only reason this isn't the darkest thing I've ever seen is because it's all a dream but even then it'll still enter my nightmares even to this day - nerffan8000

The scene when Tom sees the devil dog on the T.V. was so scary to me when I was little, the bulldog with his evil laugh and his presence made me shudder, and then scene with the kittens in the sack was so sad, like the cat angel said "what some people won't do." The part when Tom goes to Hell and the devil dog is sticking him with the pitchfork scared me the most.

Sore eyes dexter's laboratory far worse than this

28 LGBSteve - American Dad
29 Soos and the Real Girl - Gravity Falls

Basically he has a modern life, being in love with a computer program - Snackfan

Best episode ever!

CRAP - Snackfan

30 Unbarfable - Sanjay and Craig

This show in general is one to stay away from as it pretty much only involves butt jokes, barf jokes, fart jokes, toilet humor, and bad voice acting. This show is definitely something to stay away from

31 Pingu's Dream - Pingu

Damn, this was traumatic. To this day, I still don't know how that walrus was greenlit in the first place... - Rocko

One of the most traumatic moments of my childhood. Yes, I'm talking about the walrus. I actually grew up thinking I'd imagined this episode as I only saw it once. In fact, the episode was pulled from UK T.V. because it was considered too frightening for kids.

32 Quagmire's Dad - Family Guy
33 Camera Shy - Rocko's Modern Life

In my opinion, this was almost a bit more disturbing than Leap Frogs. - xandermartin98

I can't believe Nickelodeon even let this episode air.

The first time I saw this episode, I went to Manayunk to spend the day and night over there in a dormhouse with my friends on a school field trip. At the dormhouse, I drank a whole bunch of espresso (which was ironically a drink that was featured at one point in the episode).
That fateful night, one of the reasons why I found myself completely unable to sleep was actually due to my confusion over the fact that the creators of this show managed to get such an amazingly literal reference to "Nude Descending A Staircase" past the radar. - xandermartin98

34 One Coarse Meal - SpongeBob SquarePants

One Coarse Meal.

Mr. Krabs torments Plankton with a whale suit.
Worst part of the episode, is when Plankton attempts suicide (Yes. SUICIDE) before SpongeBob talks him out of it. - ndnprct3

This is a good reason do DESPISE Mr. Krabs.

35 1 Night In Gottlieb - Allen Gregory

Why?... Why does this exist?...

Is one of the worst things...
I have ever seen... - ndnprct3

36 Speed Demon - The Powerpuff Girls

An alternate future where the world has gone to Hell because Him has taken over, and the citizens have turned into chanting zombies, or something...

So scary it's on here twice!

You did this...

Me: Yep :D

Him (best name ever lol): all I did was take over it was easy

Me: Wait are your donald trump? - spodermanfan1000

37 Tickle Me Mandy - The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy

What about the one when Mandy and Grim dress up as clowns? - Discord

Gee this one is creepy

38 Squidtastic Voyage - Spongebob Squarepants

This episode was gimmicky!

39 The House of Discontent - Courage the Cowardly Dog

That floating head was so scary!

40 Bloom and Gloom - My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

This episode is really underrated for how screwed-up it is, because of Apple Bloom's dreams. In her first dream, you see Sweet Apple Acres get destroyed. In the second dream, you see Sweetie Belle and Scootaloo kick Apple Bloom out of the Cutie Mark Crusaders club (It may not seem disturbing at first, but for longtime fans of the series like me, the out-of character behavior of both of them rejecting Apple Bloom so quickly can really rub you the wrong way). And in the third dream, you see Applejack, Big Macintosh, and Granny Smith KICKING APPLE BLOOM OUT OF THEIR FAMILY AND DESTROYING ANY EVIDENCE THAT SHE WAS EVER IN IT!

If I had a dream like that, I would be depressed for weeks.

Let's get Freaky Fred make him shave all of the Cutie Mark Crusaders hair(except for Applebloom) for rejecting her and APPLEJACK AND GRANNY FOR KICKIN HER OUT OF the FAMILY...Naaughy

41 The Return of Raggedy Android - My Life as a Teenage Robot
42 The Joy - The Amazing World of Gumball

While this was quite creepy, I'd say the creepiest thing to come out of this show would be the creepy clown watching Gumball and Darwin through the window in The Procrastinators.

Weird and awkward episode

Pretty much their take on The Walking Dead. The boys become infected with the joy virus and it spreads through the school until things become a post-apocolypic hellscape

Should Be MUUCH HIGHER - Snackfan

43 Plankton Got Served - SpongeBob

No! Just! No!

44 Brett Venom M.D. (Sanjay and Craig)
45 House Fancy - SpongeBob SquarePants House Fancy - SpongeBob SquarePants

If that scene didn't exist, this would've been a normal episode.

Without that toenail scene, it would be a good episode.

It's more disturbing when SpongeBob rips off Squidwards toenail - Chaotixhero

46 Mortal Recoil - Adventure Time

I thought the episode's name was a knock off of total recall.

It's like a less disturbing version of exorcist

47 Squid's Visit - SpongeBob SquarePants

Of course I'd love some tea, Mr Vacuum Cleaner. Care for some casserole?! HAHAAHAHA! That scene is one of the most disturbing I've ever seen.

This episode is really creepy. I'm serious, this is one of the scariest things I've ever seen on kids' T.V.. - Rocko

48 Tough Love - The Powerpuff Girls

Not really that disturbing, but depressing. HIM makes everyone hate the PPG, and our girls are forced to beat their loved ones up. Its was pretty sad for me.

49 Demolition Doofus - SpongeBob SquarePants

Mrs. Puff the sadistic murderer - Goatworlds

Demolition Doofus in a nutshell.

SpongeBob almost ruins Mrs. Puff's life.
Then he's a prick about it.
Then Mrs. Puff tries to murder him.

Yep. T.V.-Y7. - ndnprct3

50 Arnold Visits Arnie - Hey Arnold

The Helga clone seemed pretty nice…until everybody went crazy and evil and it was all part of Arnold’s dream

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Top Remixes

1. Ren Seeks Help - Ren & Stimpy The Lost Episodes
2. Night of the Hurricane - The Cleveland Show, Family Guy, and American Dad!
3. A Pal for Gary - SpongeBob SquarePants
1. Dark Harvest - Invader ZIM
2. The Springfield Files - The Simpsons
3. Perfect - Courage the Cowardly Dog
1. HumancentiPad - South Park
2. Ren Seeks Help - Ren & Stimpy The Lost Episodes
3. Screams of Silence: The Story of Brenda Q - Family Guy


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