Fans Share Unexpectedly Dark Moments From Kids' Shows That Still Freak Us Out

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Vote up the episodes that still haunt you.

Sometimes there's a moment in a children's television show that makes us wonder how it could possibly be for kids. Rather than shield children from the darker elements of life, shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Danny Phantom have plenty of mature moments

From heartbreaking episodes that made us cry to unexpected gross-out scenes, fans are sharing the darkest episodes of children's shows that still freak us out. Vote up the episodes that still work as nightmare fuel.

  • 1. Nothing Good Comes From Time Travel

    Nothing Good Comes From Time Travel
    Photo: Danny Phantom / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/Ferenik:

    The Danny Phantom episode where he goes to the future and learns that he killed his parents with his powers accidentally and went insane and becomes the biggest threat to the world. That was super dark.

    392 votes
  • 2. Hard To Watch

    Hard To Watch
    Photo: Avatar: The Last Airbender / Nickelodeon

    From Redditor u/soy23:

    “Appa's Missing Days,” from Avatar: The Last Airbender.

    387 votes
  • 3. Batman Couldn't Save Her

    Batman Couldn't Save Her
    Photo: Justice League Unlimited / Cartoon Network

    From Redditor u/mechamaxx:

    In Justice League when Superman was controlled into thinking he had a family in Krypton and the one where Batman couldn't save that girl and sat with her until she died.

    333 votes
  • 4. Psychological Trauma

    Psychological Trauma
    Photo: Teen Titans / Cartoon Network

    From Redditor u/Blee10:

    The Teen Titans episode where Robin keeps seeing Slade and no one else can see him.

    460 votes
  • 5. When Him Takes Over

    When Him Takes Over
    Photo: The Powerpuff Girls / Cartoon Network

    From Redditor u/locks_are_paranoid:

    The episode of the Power Puff Girls where they go into the future and the entire world was taken over by Him. It was just so dark and creepy, and the tone was completely different from the rest of the show. The episode was called "Speed Demon."

    299 votes
  • 6. Batgirl's "Death"

    Batgirl's "Death"
    Photo: Batman: The Animated Series / Fox Kids

    From Redditor u/Thompson_S_Sweetback:

    That time in Batman when Batgirl falls to her death on top of Commissioner Gordon's car, and he cradles her compassionately as she's dying, only to discover it's his own daughter dead in his arms. So he gives her a big public funeral, and when Batman attends he smashes over his daughter's coffin to shoot at him. Then he hacks his daughter's computer, discovers Batman's identity, and brings a full on triple SWAT team to Wayne Manor and smashes the thing with f***ing tanks.

    Redditor u/theinsanepotato added:

    Worth noting that was actually a nightmare/dream sequence caused by the Scarecrow's fear toxin; Batgirl didn't actually die, Gordon didn't really turn on Batman, etc.

    277 votes