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1st Aug '17 5:11:32 AM ChronoLegion
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** Yang Xiao Long, the character on team RWBY who enjoys [[BloodKnight fighting the most]] and specifically became a huntress [[InHarmsWay for the thrill of it]] goes through a major series of breaking moments from the second half of the season onwards. Firstly in "Fall" she [[spoiler: is tricked by [[MasterOfIllusion Emerald]] into attacking Mercury and (seemingly) break his leg]]. Since no one else saw what she did the world assumes that [[spoiler: she attacked an innocent man out of spite]] and she's promptly suspended from the Vytal Festival with her reputation in taters. She spends the next several episodes in the background before trying to [[spoiler: protect Blake from Adam during the Battle for Beacon]] before the latter defeats her in a SingleStrokeBattle [[spoiler: [[AnArmAndALeg which promptly cuts off her right arm.]] By the end of the volume, she wants nothing more than to just lie in bed, refusing to do anything at all.]]

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** Yang Xiao Long, the character on team RWBY who enjoys [[BloodKnight fighting the most]] and specifically became a huntress [[InHarmsWay for the thrill of it]] goes through a major series of breaking moments from the second half of the season onwards. Firstly in "Fall" she [[spoiler: is tricked by [[MasterOfIllusion Emerald]] into attacking Mercury and (seemingly) break his leg]]. Since no one else saw what she did the world assumes that [[spoiler: she attacked an innocent man out of spite]] and she's promptly suspended from the Vytal Festival with her reputation in taters. She spends the next several episodes in the background before trying to [[spoiler: protect Blake from Adam during the Battle for Beacon]] before the latter defeats her in a SingleStrokeBattle [[spoiler: [[AnArmAndALeg which promptly cuts off her right arm.]] By the end of the volume, she wants nothing more than to just lie in bed, refusing to do anything at all.]] She gets better, though, after strapping on the new cybernetic arm given to her by Ironwood]]
1st Aug '17 5:10:11 AM ChronoLegion
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** Pyrrha Nikos, TheAce of Beacon Academy and the student that is considered to be the most badass student in said academy goes through a woozy from "Fall" onwards. In said episode she finds out about the existence of the Four Maidens, PhysicalGoddess imbued with power and finds out that one of them, Amber, was attacked and [[spoiler: had half of her powers drained. Realising that the BigBad is still out their and will no doubt try to gain the rest of Ambers powers Ozpin asks Pyrrha to absorb the remainder of said powers]] with the risk that the process may [[LossOfIdentity change who she is]]. The stress of knowing said secret, the risk she could loose herself, and being placed on a higher pedestal then she usually is [[BrokenAce breaks her]] and she actually bursts into tears when the weight of what she knows becomes to much. Things only get worse during her match with Penny in the Tournanment where she is [[spoiler: manipulated by Emerald into [[AccidentalMurder murdering her]]]] in front of the whole world. The shock of what she did causes her to HeroicBSOD to the point she doesn't even react when a Nevermore attacks her. Finally [[spoiler: when she finally decides to become the Fall Maiden to save the world [[YankTheDogsChain Cinder prombtly kills Amber]] thus absorbing the remaining power and making Pyrrha's suffering pointless]].

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** Pyrrha Nikos, TheAce of Beacon Academy and the student that is considered to be the most badass student in said academy goes through a woozy from "Fall" onwards. In said episode she finds out about the existence of the Four Maidens, PhysicalGoddess imbued with power and finds out that one of them, Amber, was attacked and [[spoiler: had half of her powers drained. Realising that the BigBad is still out their and will no doubt try to gain the rest of Ambers powers Ozpin asks Pyrrha to absorb the remainder of said powers]] with the risk that the process may [[LossOfIdentity change who she is]]. The stress of knowing said secret, the risk she could loose herself, and being placed on a higher pedestal then she usually is [[BrokenAce breaks her]] and she actually bursts into tears when the weight of what she knows becomes to much. Things only get worse during her match with Penny in the Tournanment where she is [[spoiler: manipulated by Emerald into [[AccidentalMurder murdering her]]]] in front of the whole world. The shock of what she did causes her to HeroicBSOD to the point she doesn't even react when a Nevermore attacks her. Finally [[spoiler: when she finally decides to become the Fall Maiden to save the world [[YankTheDogsChain Cinder prombtly kills Amber]] thus absorbing the remaining power and making Pyrrha's suffering pointless]].pointless. Oh, and then Cinder kills Pyrrha too]].
1st Aug '17 5:07:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* Eobard Thawne (the Reverse-Flash) from the Series/{{Arrowverse}}. He's a calculating, evil, genius-level SOB, who casually kills even those he considers friends. What's the only thing that can scare him shitless? The Black Flash (a zombie speedster, who used to be Hunter Zolomon, AKA Zoom), who's faster than pretty much any speedster out there and can ''smell'' the usage of the Speed Force. [[spoiler:Eobard is right to fear him, since that's how he dies in the end (again)]]. The Black Flash is so scary that even Savitar (the self-described God of Speed) dares not try to ascend to godhood while the Black Flash is still alive ([[spoiler:luckily for him, he manages to convince Killer Frost to help him out, and ice is the only thing that can kill something like the Black Flash]]).
1st Aug '17 4:26:56 AM ChronoLegion
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** Also done in "The Impossible Astronaut". The Doctor, after going to meet the mysterious astronaut and telling his companions not to interfere whatever happens, [[spoiler: is shot by the astronaut and starts to regenerate]]. Amy lets out a BigNo and starts to run toward the Doctor, but River and Rory hold her back. [[spoiler: Then the astronaut shoots again, [[KilledOffForReal killing the Doctor in the middle of his regeneration]]]]. This time, it's the normally implacable ''River'' who screams and runs for him, and we know that whatever just happened, something is very, very wrong.

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** Also done in "The Impossible Astronaut". The Doctor, after going to meet the mysterious astronaut and telling his companions not to interfere whatever happens, [[spoiler: is shot by the astronaut and starts to regenerate]]. Amy lets out a BigNo and starts to run toward the Doctor, but River and Rory hold her back. [[spoiler: Then the astronaut shoots again, [[KilledOffForReal killing the Doctor in the middle of his regeneration]]]]. This time, it's the normally implacable ''River'' who screams and runs for him, and we know that whatever just happened, something is very, very wrong. [[spoiler:Then again, both the Doctor (actually, the Teselecta) and River (thanks to the reverse way her timeline lines up with the Doctor's) already know the truth]].
17th Jul '17 1:35:21 AM infernape612
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* In {{AkameGaKill}}, Numa Seika gets this from Esdeath. He was a badass warrior with a spear who ruled the north and was loved by his men. Esdeath makes Numa Seika lick her boots, on his knees, naked, and on a chain. She also tortured him enough to where he's euphoric about this.

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* In {{AkameGaKill}}, ''Anime/AkameGaKill'', Numa Seika gets this from Esdeath. He was a badass warrior with a spear who ruled the north and was loved by his men. Esdeath makes Numa Seika lick her boots, on his knees, naked, and on a chain. She also tortured him enough to where he's euphoric about this.
27th Jun '17 6:50:20 PM Pastylover2
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** In "The Big Bang", it's revealed that the Pandorica is summoning not just the Daleks, not just the Cybermen, but ''every single enemy the Doctor has ever opposed''. The way the Doctor unconsciously backs away from the person delivering this news, a look of complete and utter terror on his face that goes ''waaay'' beyond OhCrap.

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** In "The Big Bang", Pandorica Opens", it's revealed that the Pandorica is summoning not just the Daleks, not just the Cybermen, but ''every single enemy the Doctor has ever opposed''. The way the Doctor unconsciously backs away from the person delivering this news, a look of complete and utter terror on his face that goes ''waaay'' beyond OhCrap. Later, he gets put inside of the titular box and screams in terror that the TARDIS will explode. He is absolutely terrified, and it falls on deaf ears.
17th Jun '17 1:50:29 AM Doug86
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** Done with, of all people, Freddy Krueger himself aka Mr. Creator/RobertEnglund, in one Season 4 episode; Englund plays a [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Scarecrow-style]] scientist who develops a fear toxin for Volkoff, and who enjoys inflicting fear on his victims. He's defeated when he runs afoul of a combination of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own toxin]] and a Halloween display set up by ''Jeff and Lester'', which drives him mad with terror.

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** Done with, of all people, Freddy Krueger himself aka Mr. Creator/RobertEnglund, in one Season 4 episode; Englund plays a [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarecrow-style]] scientist who develops a fear toxin for Volkoff, and who enjoys inflicting fear on his victims. He's defeated when he runs afoul of a combination of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own toxin]] and a Halloween display set up by ''Jeff and Lester'', which drives him mad with terror.
7th Jun '17 4:19:56 AM WillBGood
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** This was something of a signature trope of the Hinchcliffe era, which delighted in demonstrating things were getting bad by having the powerful, [[BadassBaritone deep-voiced]], jolly NightmareFetishist seeming genuinely scared, though this was expressed through acting rather than dialogue for the most part. Just a handful of the more obvious examples:

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** This was something of a signature trope of the Hinchcliffe (Fourth Doctor) era, which delighted in demonstrating things were getting bad by having the powerful, [[BadassBaritone deep-voiced]], jolly NightmareFetishist seeming genuinely scared, though this was expressed through acting rather than dialogue for the most part. Just a handful of the more obvious examples:
3rd Jun '17 6:06:36 AM rafi
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* When the ComicBook/MartianManhunter wants Guy Gardner to settle down during a JLA meeting, he accomplishes it via the threat: "I'll tell Franchise/{{Batman}}."
* The ''only'' villain that the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk will ''admit'' to being scared of is the Sentry's evil alter ego, the Void.
* In one issue of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', Kyle Rayner relates how Guy Gardner (a Green Lantern notable for not just being able to "overcome great fear", but being honest-to-God ''fearless'') used to tell funny stories about some of the truly ridiculous villains Hal Jordan used to fight. But, Rayner notes, "Guy never told any funny stories about Sinestro", the one villain who ever scared the crap out of Gardner.
* Franchise/XMen:
** In ''Uncanny X-Men #125'', the X-Men had to fight the RealityWarper, Proteus. He was so terrifying that ''Wolverine'' was shaken by the first battle.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated series]], the encounter doesn't just "shake" Wolverine, it leaves him huddled on his knees, ''sobbing''.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', Wolverine is briefly possessed by Proteus. Proteus' hatred towards his father Professor Xavier was so strong that it scared Wolverine.
* A Creator/DCComics CrisisCrossover once noted that things had gotten really ''really'' bad by having one of the characters note that even ''ComicBook/TheJoker had stopped laughing.''
* In ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', the Trickster comments that when villains want to scare each other, "They tell each other Joker stories." It's a running theme among henchmen as well; whenever you see henchman engage in small talk, invariably the Joker will come up.

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* When the ComicBook/MartianManhunter wants Guy Gardner to settle down during a JLA meeting, he accomplishes it via the threat: "I'll tell Franchise/{{Batman}}."
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''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
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The ''only'' villain that the ComicBook/IncredibleHulk will ''admit'' to being scared of is the Sentry's evil alter ego, the Void.
** Franchise/XMen:
*** In ''Uncanny X-Men #125'', the X-Men had to fight the RealityWarper, Proteus. He was so terrifying that ''Wolverine'' was shaken by the first battle.
*** In the [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated series]], the encounter doesn't just "shake" Wolverine, it leaves him huddled on his knees, ''sobbing''.
*** In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', Wolverine is briefly possessed by Proteus. Proteus' hatred towards his father Professor Xavier was so strong that it scared Wolverine.
* ''Franchise/{{DCU}}''
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In one issue of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', Kyle Rayner relates how Guy Gardner (a Green Lantern notable for not just being able to "overcome great fear", but being honest-to-God ''fearless'') used to tell funny stories about some of the truly ridiculous villains Hal Jordan used to fight. But, Rayner notes, "Guy never told any funny stories about Sinestro", the one villain who ever scared the crap out of Gardner.
* Franchise/XMen:
** In ''Uncanny X-Men #125'', the X-Men had to fight the RealityWarper, Proteus. He was so terrifying that ''Wolverine'' was shaken by the first battle.
** In the [[WesternAnimation/XMen animated series]], the encounter doesn't just "shake" Wolverine, it leaves him huddled on his knees, ''sobbing''.
** In ''ComicBook/UltimateXMen'', Wolverine is briefly possessed by Proteus. Proteus' hatred towards his father Professor Xavier was so strong that it scared Wolverine.
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A Creator/DCComics CrisisCrossover once noted that things had gotten really ''really'' bad by having one of the characters note that even ''ComicBook/TheJoker had stopped laughing.''
* ** In ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', the Trickster comments that when villains want to scare each other, "They tell each other Joker stories." It's a running theme among henchmen as well; whenever you see henchman engage in small talk, invariably the Joker will come up.up.
** Franchise/{{Batman}}:
*** When Batman discovers that an ancient conspiracy -- [[ComicBook/NightOfTheOwls the Court of Owls]] -- has been living in Gotham for hundreds of years, he's a little alarmed. When he discovers that they've never acted against Batman until now because they never even considered him to be a threat, he's a little more alarmed. But when he's captured, drugged and psychologically tortured in a vast labyrinth beneath Gotham City and [[DespairEventHorizon nearly driven to madness and hopelessness,]] that's when the readers start to feel the horrors ''really'' sinking in. Being [[MemeticBadass Batman,]] he manages to escape. It's still a chilling sequence, however.
*** The one who did it more successfully, was ComicBook/TheJoker, during his brief stint as ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker''. Killing him over and over while forcing him to see the atrocities only the Joker's mind could come up with in a reality made of bubblegum would break anyone, though. [[spoiler: At the end, after Joker's beaten, Batman's seen huddling and weeping in horror. Superman is forced to take his memories of Joker's atrocities to heal him.]]



** when [[SociopathicHero The Comedian]] (a guy who shoots a Vietnamese woman who was pregnant with his child, [[WhoShotJFK possibly assassinated Kennedy]], and killed other heroes to repay long past slights) discovers the main antagonist's plan, he completely breaks down, and shows up at the home of one of his old enemies drunk out of his mind, praying for help, sobbing with horror and demanding to know how anyone can come up with such a thing.

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** when When [[SociopathicHero The Comedian]] (a guy who shoots a Vietnamese woman who was pregnant with his child, [[WhoShotJFK possibly assassinated Kennedy]], and killed other heroes to repay long past slights) discovers the main antagonist's plan, he completely breaks down, and shows up at the home of one of his old enemies drunk out of his mind, praying for help, sobbing with horror and demanding to know how anyone can come up with such a thing.



* Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** When Batman discovers that an ancient conspiracy -- [[ComicBook/NightOfTheOwls the Court of Owls]] -- has been living in Gotham for hundreds of years, he's a little alarmed. When he discovers that they've never acted against Batman until now because they never even considered him to be a threat, he's a little more alarmed. But when he's captured, drugged and psychologically tortured in a vast labyrinth beneath Gotham City and [[DespairEventHorizon nearly driven to madness and hopelessness,]] that's when the readers start to feel the horrors ''really'' sinking in. Being [[MemeticBadass Batman,]] he manages to escape. It's still a chilling sequence, however.
** The one who did it more successfully, was ComicBook/TheJoker, during his brief stint as ComicBook/EmperorJoker. Killing him over and over while forcing him to see the atrocities only the Joker's mind could come up with in a reality made of bubblegum would break anyone, though.
6th May '17 5:15:55 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' Autobot veteran Kup has SeenItAll and is unfazed by everything. Enter Unicron: "Nope...Never seen anything like this before." He sounds remarkably quiet, either from awe and shock at the sight, or just from the utter horror of watching Unicron, who in robot form can stand on Cybertron's surface and look horrifying doing it and ''still'' have just enough room to spare for his feet that he could move around to some extent, basically rip parts of the planet, '''''and''''' the Decepticon forces trying to drive him off, to shreds, and doing so with seemingly ''casual ease''. The look on his face goes a long way towards selling the moment as well.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersTheMovie'' ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformersTheMovie'' Autobot veteran Kup has SeenItAll and is unfazed by everything. Enter Unicron: "Nope...Never seen anything like this before." He sounds remarkably quiet, either from awe and shock at the sight, or just from the utter horror of watching Unicron, who in robot form can stand on Cybertron's surface and look horrifying doing it and ''still'' have just enough room to spare for his feet that he could move around to some extent, basically rip parts of the planet, '''''and''''' the Decepticon forces trying to drive him off, to shreds, and doing so with seemingly ''casual ease''. The look on his face goes a long way towards selling the moment as well.



* Poor [[TransformersFilmSeries Optimus Prime]] really goes through the wringer in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' and ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''. '''Especially''' ''Age of Extinction''.

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* Poor [[TransformersFilmSeries [[Film/TransformersFilmSeries Optimus Prime]] really goes through the wringer in ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' and ''Film/TransformersAgeOfExtinction''. '''Especially''' ''Age of Extinction''.
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