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The Most Horrifying Things on Courage the Cowardly Dog

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In what alternate universe could a show like Courage the Cowardly Dog be called children's programming? Everything about the premise of the show is utterly horrific with the sole intent being to instill lifelong nightmares into kids. Nothing about this beyond creepy show is remotely okay by any standards. Living with an abusive owner in the middle of absolutely nowhere, Courage faces a never-ending conveyor belt of haunted demons and creepy crawly creatures ready to possess and torment an elderly couple and their nervous pooch.

"Horrifying" is an understatement. It's almost like the creators derived some sick pleasure from creeping kids out so bad that they harbor unresolved, deep-rooted fears for the rest of their lives. Courage the Cowardly Dog never fails to push the boundaries of what's appropriate children's television. 

When you're watching as a kid, you don't really realize how messed up this show truly is, but re-watching as an adult makes it abundantly clear. Also calling Courage "cowardly" is outright insulting. That pink/purple pup always sucked it up and tackled those monsters head on. That's a lot more than you or I would have been brave enough to do. There's a lot of things about Courage the Cowardly Dog that makes this show truly haunting. But there are several characters and moments that really stand out. If you've tried to wipe your memory of these terrifying cartoon moments, get ready to relive them all over again. These are the most horrifying things from Courage the Cowardly Dog. 

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    The "You're Not Perfect" Thing

    After Courage fails several training classes with The Perfectionist, he has nightmares about being "imperfect." Apparently failure is being haunted in your dreams by whatever the hell this guy is. So incredibly creepy and random, no matter what this "Perfect" thing actually is, you'll never want to see it again.
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    Scary Violin Girl

    Scary Violin Girl only has a brief cameo, but it's enough to permanently scar viewers for the rest of their childhood. In "Courage in the Big Stinkin City," Courage creeps up to Violin Girl's room. On the way up, he utters, "I just know something bad is going to happen." And oh boy is he right.

    Her back is facing him, but she turns around and reveals a horrifying claymation face with nightmarishly bulging eyes. It's the animated equivalent to all those terrifying pop-out YouTube videos your friends used to prank you with.

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    After Eustace comes across a stone tablet worth a sizable chunk of change, he refuses to return the relic to the tomb of its rightful owner King Ramses. That would all be fine and dandy, except King Ramses stalks Courage's front yard chanting "Return the slab" and promising a variety of curses until Eustace gives the stone back.

    You've probably never stolen an ancient tablet, but you'd almost certainly be willing to return it if doing so meant the ghostly Egyptian pharaoh outside your window would stop appearing.

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    Floating Head Guy

    You okay with that guy? Well, no one else is. In "House of Discontent," Eustace and Muriel let the last flower on their farm die. The results prove disastrous when a giant white, skull-like orb head appears in the house and threatens the trio. Mad that they haven't harvested any crops, the floating head is willing to haunt the group until they leave the property for good.

    Luckily Courage and Eustace bring the flower back to life and never have to see that pasty white mug ever again. Whatever he was, that ghastly floating head could make anyone jump out of their seats.

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