|“||I am pain. I am torture. I am death.||”|
— The Nightmare describing himself.
"The Nightmare" is a demon and the main antagonist of the 123 Slaughter Me Street series. In 123 Slaughter Me Street, he only appears after the credits sequence, only showing his head. The Nightmare also appeared as the true main antagonist in 123 Slaughter Me Street 2 as well as a secret character.
He eventually appeared in 123 Slaughter Me Street Retro as a boss in three levels.
In the first game, his visible red, furry head sports long, pointy gray horns which point downwards. He has glowing white eyes with black sideways slit pupils and a round pink nose. He also has a big, wide mouth and sharp white teeth where the gums are visible. He lacked the ears he now has.
In the second game, his physical appearance takes on a more monstrous form or demon form, with large, sharp white teeth as well as spikes on his chest and leathery wings. He has bloody crimson cat-like eyes, long black horns, and fur only on his head. He still has his round pink nose. His body is more grotesque and has a more scaly-like texture as well. He also has no limbs and large goat-like ears. He has black spikes on his front and red fur going down his small hump-like back and possesses a stinger-like tail on his rear end.
In the Retro version of the first game, His look appears to be largely different compared to the other puppets from the first game in his physical appearance. His fur color is notably Orange and the pointed horns are pointed upwards compared to his original counterpart. He also appears to have a light orange belly and wings, likely to make him look more like a puppet or for simplicity sake of sprite work. He also has glowing white eyes similar to the other puppets in the game as well.
123 Slaughter Me Street
He only appears as a cameo appearance at the end of the game, and their full body is not seen. He is 2D in a fire background. After "chomping" the black screen as the credits end, he seems to stare directly at the player with his eyes glowing brightly. A deep laughter is also heard. The Nightmare then slowly floats away into the darkness.
It is unknown what significance he has to the story at this point, and it is possible that he was responsible for the game taking place.
123 Slaughter Me Street 2
The Nightmare now takes a bigger role in the prequel while his whole body is now revealed.
From three cutscenes after beating some levels, he speak lines of dialogue in the form of a poem with a demonic voice. These lines are in order:
|“||These hands of mine you did not make, much less my breath you stole its shape!||”|
|“||Brought up you did, in Mulciber-mind, from the Stygian pit, a darker kind.||”|
|“||Diminished on stage! To bumble, to kid. Now we played you... the deed YOU did!||”|
From outside of the yard, "the Nightmare" will sometimes open the shed's door revealing himself while the shed seems to burn with flames. Once he opens the shed door, he will say "I am pain, I am torture, I am death." and start flying towards the player. The player needs to run, otherwise, the Nightmare will catch and kill them. Note that it is better for the player to quickly head back inside the house when this situation occurs.
He also appears on the TV on Level 10: What Have You Done?, but can't hurt the player through the TV; only from outside. While speaking from the TV, his words are in reverse.
123 Slaughter Me Street Retro
The Nightmare appears as a boss in three out of ten levels. His two main attacks are hovering above the player and spawning smaller versions of himself.
This article or section contain speculation, so please keep that in mind while reading.
From the second game, "the Nightmare" may represent Tim Denson's daughter's drawing of an owl as seen from the refrigerator in the kitchen. While observing this drawing, the owl looks eerily similar to "the Nightmare" as his appearance may be based on either the real-life great horned owl or long-eared owl, and especially colored in red. The owl could be the girl's favorite animal as the Nightmare is based. Furthermore, the drawing of an owl landing on the person's head looks similar to the scene from the opening cutscene where Tim Denson becoming insane with the Nightmare being seen, as "Nightmare" is responsible for tempting Tim to make him murder his own daughter.
His appearance and the way he speaks to Tim Denson from the opening cutscene to kill may be similar to Satan (the Devil) from the Bible - both Satan and "the Nightmare" have a similar appearance (as Satan is pictured in other media as a red horned creature) and tempt their victims to do something wrong.
- The Nightmare may be based off the popular Jim Henson's Muppet character Elmo from Sesame Street.
- His early model from the second game look slightly different from his final build with a rather wide smile and lack of fur on his head instead having scales.
- He is the shortest puppet in the entire series.
- Strangely, from the second game's opening intro, the Nightmare's appearance looks similar to him from the first game and the teaser art with his horns pointing down and lack of ears, despite him giving a new look for the game. It is unknown why, but it is theorized that it may be one of the Nightmare's spawns that previously appeared in 123 Slaughter Me Street Retro as smaller versions of the Nightmare which could explain why it looks different compared to the Nightmare, or it may be just another different puppet. If it is true, then the Nightmare's "smaller spawn" appeared in the first game and corrupted Tim Denson all along.
- From one of the screenshots during the second game's development, the Nightmare is seen flying inside the house from the second floor. He was never seen doing that in the final game, however.
- The Nightmare is the only antagonist in the second game to make an appearance in the first game, albeit as a cameo.
- The Nightmare is also the only antagonist who is set to appear in every game so far and is also the first antagonist in the series to be a demon instead of a puppet.
- It was Revealed in a Twitch stream rigging the animations for a character seemingly related to the Nightmare for SMS: Evolutions called Gomez, a bat puppet character that might be based on the "Smaller spawns" of Nightmare.
- It was here that it was also revealed that Gomez is a hand puppet rather than a full suit, Likely explaining his small size.
- Despite this, Gomez seems to be a separate character from the nightmare.
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