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29th Dec '16 7:38:36 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Locke's intention in cutting off Jaime's sword hand. It works for awhile.
26th Dec '16 3:57:50 PM Drawxne
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* In what is perhaps the most controversial scene in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', Samus Aran, the badass bounty hunter who leaves a trail of destroyed ''planets'' in her wake, is reduced to a terrified little girl at the sight of her old nemesis, Ridley. Fortunately, she gets over it in time to deliver yet another beatdown.

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* In what is perhaps the most controversial scene in ''VideoGame/MetroidOtherM'', Samus Aran, the badass bounty hunter who leaves a trail of destroyed ''planets'' in her wake, is reduced to a terrified little girl at the sight of her old nemesis, Ridley. Ridley, BackFromTheDead when she believed him gone for good after the destruction of Zebes. Fortunately, she gets over snaps out of it in time to deliver yet another beatdown.
15th Dec '16 12:45:24 PM Morgenthaler
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** A heroic example: John Casey is an unflappable BadAss who shrugs off gunshots and knife wounds like they're nothing, is freakishly strong, [[ImplacableMan and his resistance to drugs, tranq darts, and just plain]] ''[[MadeOfIron pain]]'' has been shown to almost superhuman extremes. He shows fear in the series precisely ''once'': when Clyde Decker makes his first appearance.

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** A heroic example: John Casey is an unflappable BadAss badass who shrugs off gunshots and knife wounds like they're nothing, is freakishly strong, [[ImplacableMan and his resistance to drugs, tranq darts, and just plain]] ''[[MadeOfIron pain]]'' has been shown to almost superhuman extremes. He shows fear in the series precisely ''once'': when Clyde Decker makes his first appearance.
5th Dec '16 11:47:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Mockingjay shows the jaded ActionGirl Johanna Mason, who describes herself offhandedly as unbreakable because [[JadeColoredGlasses "there's no one left I love"]] without seeming affected by these losses at all, return from her imprisonment in the Capitol (including quite a lot of ColdBloodedTorture) completely traumatized. Katniss even mentions how, without her normal BadAss [[DeadpanSnarker attitude]], she looks like nothing more than another BrokenBird.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Mockingjay shows the jaded ActionGirl Johanna Mason, who describes herself offhandedly as unbreakable because [[JadeColoredGlasses "there's no one left I love"]] without seeming affected by these losses at all, return from her imprisonment in the Capitol (including quite a lot of ColdBloodedTorture) completely traumatized. Katniss even mentions how, without her normal BadAss badass [[DeadpanSnarker attitude]], she looks like nothing more than another BrokenBird.
19th Nov '16 1:28:24 AM Morgenthaler
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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 ''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.
19th Nov '16 1:27:27 AM Morgenthaler
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** Also, when the Reaver fleet appears out of the cloud in front of the Alliance fleet, it is the Operative himself, shown to be perhaps the baddest {{Badass}} in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' universe, who completely freaks out. Although perhaps what shocks him is not the appearance of the Reaver fleet, so much as the fact that everyone around him is so paralyzed that they cannot fire on their own initiative. Though, [[OhCrap you can DEFINITELY see the terror in his face when he sees them pop out of the ion field.]]

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** Also, when the Reaver fleet appears out of the cloud in front of the Alliance fleet, it is the Operative himself, shown to be perhaps the baddest {{Badass}} badass in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' universe, who completely freaks out. Although perhaps what shocks him is not the appearance of the Reaver fleet, so much as the fact that everyone around him is so paralyzed that they cannot fire on their own initiative. Though, [[OhCrap you can DEFINITELY see the terror in his face when he sees them pop out of the ion field.]]



** 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}} 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]].
12th Nov '16 3:51:34 PM Truffle
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* Just how scary is [[Series/TheWalkingDead Negan]]? He reduces ''Rick'' to a sniveling, pleading wreck of a man desperately begging on his hands and knees. Rick, the same man who spent 6 seasons slaughtering walkers, bandits, cannibals and homicidal maniacs, is beaten into submission by one man. ''That'' is how scary [[TheDreaded Negan]] is.
13th Oct '16 7:59:28 AM Tron80
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13th Oct '16 7:58:51 AM Tron80
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* ''ComicBook/BatmanTheCult'': [[SinisterMinister Deacon Blackfire]] proves to be such a threat to Batman that Bruce comes close to quitting the superhero business for good and leaving Gotham to him.



* In one issue of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', Kyle Rayner relates how Guy Gardner (a Franchise/GreenLantern 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.
* In an early issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'', the X-Men had to fight the {{reality warper}}, Proteus. He was so terrifying that ''Wolverine'' was shaken by the first battle.

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* In one issue of ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', Kyle Rayner relates how Guy Gardner (a Franchise/GreenLantern 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.
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In an early issue of ''ComicBook/XMen'', ''Uncanny X-Men #125'', the X-Men had to fight the {{reality warper}}, RealityWarper, Proteus. He was so terrifying that ''Wolverine'' was shaken by the first battle.



** In ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', the Trickster comments that when villains want to scare each other, "They tell each other Joker stories."
*** 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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** * In ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', the Trickster comments that when villains want to scare each other, "They tell each other Joker stories."
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" It's a running theme among henchmen as well; whenever you see henchman engage in small talk, invariably the Joker will come up.



* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', 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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* In ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
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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}}'' is one of the most famous {{badass}}es in comics. When he 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.
** On the topic of Batman, the miniseries ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheCult The Cult]]'' centers around this.
** The one who did it more successfully, was ComicBook/TheJoker, during his brief stint as ComicBook/EmperorJoker. Killing even the toughest Badass 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.

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* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' is one of the most famous {{badass}}es in comics. Franchise/{{Batman}}:
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When he 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.
** On the topic of Batman, the miniseries ''[[ComicBook/BatmanTheCult The Cult]]'' centers around this.
** The one who did it more successfully, was ComicBook/TheJoker, during his brief stint as ComicBook/EmperorJoker. Killing even the toughest Badass 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.
10th Oct '16 11:16:32 PM unclebubba62
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* Creator/ScottGlenn is a former US marine despite being born with a severe limp (a limp that he got rid of through intense training programs). However, while researching his role as Jack Crawford for ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Glenn met FBI criminal profiler John Douglas, which the character was based on. Douglas pulled what could at best be described as "a ''very'' dick move" by [[NightmareFuel playing recordings of a teenaged girl being raped and tortured by serial killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris]]. The experience brought Glenn to tears and caused him to swear off the other Hannibal Lecter movies.

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* Creator/ScottGlenn is a former US marine Marine despite being born with a severe limp (a limp that he got rid of through intense training programs). However, while researching his role as Jack Crawford for ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Glenn met FBI criminal profiler John Douglas, which whom the character was based on. Douglas pulled what could at best be described as "a ''very'' dick move" by [[NightmareFuel playing recordings of a teenaged girl being raped and tortured by serial killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris]]. The experience brought Glenn to tears and caused him to swear off the other Hannibal Lecter movies.
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