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27th Mar '17 4:14:44 AM FlyingDuckManGenesis
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* In the ''Series/TheWubbulousWorldOfDrSeuss'' episode, "[[BigStormEpisode There is Nothing to Fear in Here]]", Terrence [=McBird=] is revealed to be afraid of thunderstorms, especially ones that cause the lights to go out. The Cat in the Hat and the Little Cats help him overcome his fear by inventing in-the-dark games.
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25th Mar '17 3:03:53 AM Morgenthaler
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* Exploited in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', where [[MagnificentBastard Cao Cao]] assesses Liu Bei and says that the two of them are the only true heroes; Liu Bei is immediately mortified by the possibility that Cao Cao might see him as a rival and, thus, someone who the shrewd and powerful Cao Cao will eventually have to kill. Thankfully for him, a bolt of lightning happens to strike at this time, and Liu Bei pretends to cower in fear...thus causing Cao Cao to dismiss him as coward. Cao Cao would eventually regret this; Liu Bei walked off unscathed, and would later become the ruler of one of the rival kingdoms to oppose Cao Cao.
* In the ''SwallowsAndAmazons'' books by Arthur Ransome, Peggy is afraid of thunder, much to the scorn of her sister Captain Nancy (who isn't afraid of anything). This comes to a head in ''Missee Lee'', where the girls are in a ship under attack by Chinese pirates with cannon, and Nancy comforts Peggy: "That's guns, not thunder!"
* Josefina from AmericanGirls (although it's actually the lightning she's afraid of).

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* Exploited in ''RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', ''Literature/RomanceOfTheThreeKingdoms'', where [[MagnificentBastard Cao Cao]] assesses Liu Bei and says that the two of them are the only true heroes; Liu Bei is immediately mortified by the possibility that Cao Cao might see him as a rival and, thus, someone who the shrewd and powerful Cao Cao will eventually have to kill. Thankfully for him, a bolt of lightning happens to strike at this time, and Liu Bei pretends to cower in fear...thus causing Cao Cao to dismiss him as coward. Cao Cao would eventually regret this; Liu Bei walked off unscathed, and would later become the ruler of one of the rival kingdoms to oppose Cao Cao.
* In the ''SwallowsAndAmazons'' ''Literature/SwallowsAndAmazons'' books by Arthur Ransome, Peggy is afraid of thunder, much to the scorn of her sister Captain Nancy (who isn't afraid of anything). This comes to a head in ''Missee Lee'', where the girls are in a ship under attack by Chinese pirates with cannon, and Nancy comforts Peggy: "That's guns, not thunder!"
* Josefina from AmericanGirls Literature/AmericanGirls (although it's actually the lightning she's afraid of).



* Marley in ''MarleyAndMe'' is terrified of thunder and the frequent south Florida thunderstorms cause him to frequently destroy the house in fits of fear.

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* Marley in ''MarleyAndMe'' ''Literature/MarleyAndMe'' is terrified of thunder and the frequent south Florida thunderstorms cause him to frequently destroy the house in fits of fear.



* Creator/JamesJoyce had a fear of thunder and lightning, which he bestowed upon Stephen Dedalus, who serves a Joyce's AuthorAvatar in and {{Ulysses}}. Dedalus, even though he is an atheist, sees thunderstorms as a manifestation of God's power, and believes that thunder is God's punishment against him for failing to meet the last wishes of his dead mother.

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* Creator/JamesJoyce had a fear of thunder and lightning, which he bestowed upon Stephen Dedalus, who serves a Joyce's AuthorAvatar in and {{Ulysses}}.''Literature/{{Ulysses}}''. Dedalus, even though he is an atheist, sees thunderstorms as a manifestation of God's power, and believes that thunder is God's punishment against him for failing to meet the last wishes of his dead mother.
11th Mar '17 5:09:15 PM Monolaf317
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* Usagi Tsukino in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' had a touch of this throughout the series, though it was particularly played up during an episode of ''Sailor Moon R'' in which [[SharedFamilyQuirks Chibi-Usa was revealed to have the same fear.]] The villains used a MonsterOfTheWeek to create a massive thunderstorm as a way to ferret out Chibi-Usa, which works when the poor girl becomes so frightened she loses control of her powers after being left alone during the storm. Usagi spends the whole episode freaking out as well, and when she fights the monster later, she's particularly upset with it for ruining her day. This trope is also one of many clues ([[{{Anvilicious}} as if you]] ''[[{{Anvilicious}} really]]'' [[{{Anvilicious}} needed them]]) that Chibi-Usa was Usagi's KidFromTheFuture.

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* Usagi Tsukino in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' had a touch of this throughout the series, though it was particularly played up during an episode of ''Sailor Moon R'' in which [[SharedFamilyQuirks Chibi-Usa was revealed to have the same fear.]] The villains used a MonsterOfTheWeek to create a massive thunderstorm as a way to ferret out Chibi-Usa, which works when the poor girl becomes so frightened she loses control of her powers after being left alone during the storm. Usagi spends the whole episode freaking out as well, and when she fights the monster later, she's particularly upset with it for ruining her day. This trope is also one of many clues ([[{{Anvilicious}} ([[TheUntwist as if you]] ''[[{{Anvilicious}} ''[[TheUntwist really]]'' [[{{Anvilicious}} [[TheUntwist needed them]]) that Chibi-Usa was Usagi's KidFromTheFuture.
3rd Mar '17 7:30:09 PM Xtifr
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This trope in RealLife is OlderThanFeudalism, with the fear of thunder being a prime defining weakness of the Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar and the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Ancient Rome.

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This trope in RealLife is OlderThanFeudalism, with the fear of thunder being a prime defining weakness of the Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar UsefulNotes/JuliusCaesar and the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Ancient Rome.
23rd Feb '17 10:44:30 AM Monolaf317
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Note that fear of thunder is often treated as silly; after all, it's just a lot of noise. Fear of lightning, on the other hand, is [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/040827.html absolutely justified]] -- and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/phone.asp confirmed]] by ''{{Website/Snopes}}'' -- but by the same token, since you hear the thunder ''after'' the lightning, it's good news: it means you weren't hit.

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Note that fear of thunder is often treated as silly; after all, it's just a lot of noise. Fear of lightning, on the other hand, is [[http://www.straightdope.com/columns/040827.html absolutely justified]] -- and [[http://www.snopes.com/horrors/techno/phone.asp confirmed]] by ''{{Website/Snopes}}'' -- but by the same token, since you hear the thunder ''after'' the lightning, it's good news: it means you weren't hit.
hit. NothingIsScarier may also come into play; as Alfred Hitchcock once said: "There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.".
18th Jan '17 2:33:06 PM Malady
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* ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'': Mary Shelley as said by Lord Byron:
--> '''Byron''': Astonishing creature.
--> '''Mary''': I, Lord Byron?
--> '''Byron''': Frightened of thunder, fearful of the dark, and yet you have written a tale that sent my blood into icy creeps.
16th Jan '17 1:05:19 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Hodor's almost gets Bran and Rickon discovered by wildlings.
18th Sep '16 1:33:29 PM nombretomado
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* One ArchieComics strip had one thunderclap scare Veronica into the awaiting arms of Archie, exploiting this trope. Unfortunately for him, her father saw all that and told the both of them many tales and fables about thunder and lightning to lessen her fear of those elements and lessen her time in Archie's arms. It worked.

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* One ArchieComics Franchise/ArchieComics strip had one thunderclap scare Veronica into the awaiting arms of Archie, exploiting this trope. Unfortunately for him, her father saw all that and told the both of them many tales and fables about thunder and lightning to lessen her fear of those elements and lessen her time in Archie's arms. It worked.
14th Aug '16 8:39:33 PM Monolaf317
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* Kyou from ''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari''

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* Kyou from ''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari''''Manga/BinbouShimaiMonogatari''.
14th Aug '16 8:38:49 PM Monolaf317
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* One ArchieComics strip had one thunderclap scare Veronica into the awaiting arms of Archie, exploiting his trope. Unfortunately for him, her father saw all that and told the both of them many tales and fables about thunder and lightning to lessen her fear of those elements and lessen her time in Archie's arms. It worked.

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* One ArchieComics strip had one thunderclap scare Veronica into the awaiting arms of Archie, exploiting his this trope. Unfortunately for him, her father saw all that and told the both of them many tales and fables about thunder and lightning to lessen her fear of those elements and lessen her time in Archie's arms. It worked.
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