Salad Fingers is a fairly disturbing animation series on the website, which was brought to greater attention when it was featured by b3ta and Weebl's Stuff.

Salad Fingers is a tall, green "boy" with broken yellowed teeth and large bug eyes. He lives alone in a hut on an eerie flat plain inhabited by what can only be described as the most fucking disturbing things ever drawn. The name comes from his, well, salad fingers.

It's the scariest friggin' thing you will ever witness, and you'll generally come away from watching it with the feeling that you've just been beaten round the face with something heavy.

And did I mention it's endlessly quotable?

All of this generally means that Salad Fingers has a huge fanbase, even if it does scare the seven shades of shit out of most people who watch it.


Episode One
We first meet Salad Fingers and discover his predilection for rust, specifically rusty spoons. He knocks on something's door to try to acquire more spoons. He doesn't, but instead just stops to caress a rusty stovetop kettle.
Memorable Quotes: "I like rusty spoons, I like to touch them. The feeling of rust, on my salad fingers, is almost orgasmic..."

Episode Two
Salad Fingers is having a little get together with "his friends". That his friends are finger puppets does not seem to dissuade him from meeting with them and...tasting them. After sending a small boy into the oven to get his food out, Salad Fingers proceeds to impale himself on a rusty nail on the wall, leaving the oven door to bang shut. He passes out from blood loss, and for some reason ends up in a giant freezer? where he meets one of his friends. Who isn't really friendly. More scary.
Memorable Quotes: "Eugh! Hubert Cumberdale (one of the finger puppets) tastes like soot and poo!", "I like it when the red waters come out" (it is imperative that you do not repeat this quote at horror movies or car crashes)

Episode Three
Salad Fingers is picking up nettles, finds an "abandoned" pram (which he christens a nettle carrier) and wheels it home. Apparently it isn't abandoned at all, and instead owned by someone not dissimilar to Jim Davidson, who knocks himself out banging his head on Salad's door and gets a new name: Milford Cubicle. Meanwhile, Salad Fingers masturbates with some nettles?!!? I wish I was joking. I really do.
Memorable Quotes: "It appears that nettles have made the milk come out of my teat...", "Come and have a sit down if you're feeling a little fatigued, Milford Cubicle"

Episode Four
Salad Fingers (looking stylish in a beret) wants to find France. But some small boy is extremely enamoured with him and won't stop staring, so he decides to find France another day. He is then lured into a trap by the boy (he's always wanted a tap) who keeps him captive in a box. For no apparent reason, he then flies away (possibly with the last line of Motion Picture Soundtrack playing) to freedom. (It's possible that this means he killed himself, although I'm better at interpreting lyrics than I am at interpreting disturbing Flash movies).
Memorable Quotes: "Hello, today I'm going to find France!", "A tap? I've always dreamt of taps".

If all this hasn't simultaneously scared you and made you want to watch it, you're nuts.

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Salad Fingers is a series of comedy/horror animations by David Firth, dating from 2004-2011.

Salad Fingers lives in a tiny house (which might be larger on the inside) with the number 22 on it in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, sometime during/after "The Great War". He likes rusty spoons, which make him feel "almost orgasmic", loves to see "the red water" come out of his fingers, and a devotee to the pleasures of nettles. He cross-dresses, when he feels like it, lactates when he's playing with said nettles, and is convinced he can bear children. Strange humanoids come by to visit now and then, one of which, a little girl, actually spoke a few words (thus convulsing him with fear, although she speaks the same dialect he does in his thoughts). He often dreams of rusty taps, and wishes he could 'marry all of them'. He is often hungry, and talks a great deal about traditional British foods, though he also is a connoisseur of "floor-sugar". His favorite friends are three finger puppets named Jeremy Fisher, Hubert Cumberdale, and Marjory Stewart-Baxter although he has a (toy) horse, Horace Horsecollar, a 'little sister' Bourdoise (a woodlouse he killed with a Big Stroke), and a daughter Yvonne (a mass of newspapers dipped in tar around a loaf of bread). He has a safety cupboard, where he once found a beautiful hair, and a stove in his bedroom, which he taps in Morse Code to summon help. He speaks very quietly in a lilting North of England accent, and most of the time, is a very innocent and charming personality, despite living among filth and charnel horrors, he cheerily sings nursery rhymes and folk chants. Did I mention he's schizophrenic?

Fans of the series are divided as to what, exactly, is real and what is imagined in this series. Is he living in a normal environment, and the dreary wasteland is just a projection of his imagination? Or is he schizophrenic because he's one of the the last men on earth? There's a hint that the various non-human characters are reflections of his dead family, and that he lived a fairly regular life before the war. Many people just don't get it, and are repulsed by the imagery. The franchise has spawned parodies, fan fiction, and numerous works on DeviantArt.

I personally find it fascinating, but can't really see much backstory in it. (After all, I've a bit of an imagination myself.) The artwork is primitive-looking which works well in context, and at times, attains a somber poignance. Every new thing that happens is as intriguing as it is wince-inducing: as with the best psychological horror, it's the little enigmas, the unexpected turn of phrase, the momentary images, that chill, much more than any giblets or drama. (Oddly enough, the series reminds me of Adventure Time, and Courage, the Cowardly Dog in its surrealism and possibly? post-apocalyptic setting, but otherwise, they have almost nothing in common.) The theme music is "Beware the Friendly Stranger" (!) by Boards of Canada, and some episodes have Aphex Twin and Brian Eno as well to add just the right amount of atmosphere.

I'd say check it out.

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