- A Christmas tree
- A wrapped present
- A drop of blood
On Christmas Eve, two kids tiptoe downstairs to catch a glimpse of Santa. A twisted tale for adults only.
In a small house in the suburbs on Christmas Eve, the home's two resident children, siblings Leah and Billy, are awoken to the sounds of movement and rustling downstairs. Believing it to be Santa Claus, they sneak downstairs to get a glimpse of the jolly man in red. In the living room, the children see the shadow of a figure looming behind the Christmas Tree that initially takes the shape of Santa, before taking on a more monstrous form. To the children's utter horror, the figure is revealed to be a large, grotesque monster with no eyes resembling a red sack with a vestigial pair of hindlimbs, a longer pair of insect-like forelimbs, and a mouth full of razor sharp teeth with a pair of hands protruding from the edges in a mandible-like fashion.
Using a tentacle-like appendage from its mouth, the creature consumes the milk and cookies the children left for Santa, and begins inspecting the tree. The children attempt to sneak out, but unwittingly alert the creature to their presence. The monster seems to approach the children threateningly, cornering them against a wall, before it addresses Leah by name in a raspy-sounding voice. It proclaims her to be "good" and then regurgitates a neatly wrapped Christmas present, which it gives to Leah. It repeats the same gesture toward Billy, as well as a friendly pat on the head. The creature then leaves the stupefied children and disappears up the chimney, with the fireplace spontaneously igniting upon its departure.
Leah and Billy return to bed. Shaken from the encounter, they are left staring up at the ceiling, wondering what would have happened had the creature deemed them "bad".
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- Not all the icons in Love, Death and Robots are static. Many of the images shift or change during the few seconds that they're shown on screen, reflecting the importance of animation in the series. In season 2, three episodes have unchanging symbols — "Snow in the Desert," "Pop Squad" and "The Drowned Giant." The "Snow in the Desert" icons are a strawberry, a symbol of the fertile Earth that Snow remembers (and the strawberry he eats); a large "X" identical to the "death" symbol in the series logo, foreshadowing the multiple deaths in the episode; and an upside-down heart with two dots, perhaps indicating the unexpected romantic connection between Snow and Hirald.
- The "Pop Squad" icons are more specific. The dilated eye is an image that appears in the episode, a visual representation of the immortality most characters attain through advanced medicine. The hat is a reference to Detective Briggs and more specifically, his role as a rogue detective. The style is reminiscent of film noir, a genre where tough, dysfunctional detectives often rebel against a corrupt law enforcement system to do the right thing, as Briggs does in "Pop Squad." His death wish and his ultimate end also fit the genre.
- The last icon shows a stuffed dinosaur which, in the short, is a reoccurring symbol of childhood innocence that haunts Briggs. The icons that appear before "The Drowned Giant" are a little more straightforward. The skull with x's for eyes represents the death of the giant, while bones literally appear in the episode after the giant decomposes. The short ends with the image of a gigantic phallus in a tent — not subtle, but lighthearted.
- The remaining five episodes of Love, Death and Robots season 2 include animated icons. Before "Automated Customer Service," a robot icon vacuums the sunglasses off the iconographic head next to it, foreshadowing Vacuubot's quest to purge a house of all living things. A cactus represents the Western retirement community in which the short is set. The three icons for "All Through the House" include a Christmas tree with ornaments that rearrange into a face, hinting at the surprising and horrifying creature awaiting two children after they sneak downstairs to catch Santa. An image of a wrapped present represents the reward for good girls and boys the short centers on, while a droplet of sweat or possibly blood adds an element of horror.
- The "Life Hutch" icons provide the most hints to the events of the short, with a hand that starts whole and ends with two broken fingers, warning of the bloody fight awaiting a grounded pilot. An asteroid represents the intergalactic space war that acts as a backdrop for the short, and a flashlight depicts the basic tool that ultimately becomes critical for the pilot's survival.
- In an unusual title card, the three icons for "The Tall Grass" are all the same (similar to the icons used for the season 1 short, "Zima Blue") — patches of tall grass animated to sway. The identical icons are an appropriate representation of the Love, Death and Robots short, where the tall grass is prominently featured as a setting, symbol of rurality and home for hidden horrors.
- "Ice" has the icons most loosely connected to the story — a hand flipping the bird that is one of the final images of the short, an ice cube and a pipe with smoke coming out, the drug of choice for modded teenagers.
Below are screenshots of the episode.