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13th Jul '17 3:19:01 PM Andygal
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* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', Sims can be scared to death by ghosts if their needs are low when the ghost scares them. This is particularly common with pregnant Sims, since they often already have low needs due to pregnancy.
6th Jul '17 5:43:10 PM nombretomado
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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', Fear is one of the StandardStatusEffects that does no damage by itself, but a few dungeon bosses count as this trope: they fear the {{Player Character}}s, making them run around at random, so that they risk running into a group of unengaged mobs and aggroing them. Onyxia is the most notorious for this.
* The Elysian Box in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'' seems to function this way. Rumors surrounding the box say that it kills all who dare open it, and the game begins with the death of Layton's old mentor while investigating the rumors [[spoiler: it turns out that the box's "power" actually comes from the victim being exposed to a type of fume that causes the inhaler to be highly susceptible to suggestion to the point of perceiving whatever he thinks might be in the room as actually being there. Schrader actually recovers from his death at the end, but it's speculated that he may have been one of the lucky ones who wasn't say, chased out of a tenth story window by the imaginary thirty foot python lurking in the box, much like the ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'' example]].

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* In ''WorldOfWarcraft'', ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', Fear is one of the StandardStatusEffects that does no damage by itself, but a few dungeon bosses count as this trope: they fear the {{Player Character}}s, making them run around at random, so that they risk running into a group of unengaged mobs and aggroing them. Onyxia is the most notorious for this.
* The Elysian Box in ''ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheDiabolicalBox'' seems to function this way. Rumors surrounding the box say that it kills all who dare open it, and the game begins with the death of Layton's old mentor while investigating the rumors [[spoiler: it turns out that the box's "power" actually comes from the victim being exposed to a type of fume that causes the inhaler to be highly susceptible to suggestion to the point of perceiving whatever he thinks might be in the room as actually being there. Schrader actually recovers from his death at the end, but it's speculated that he may have been one of the lucky ones who wasn't say, chased out of a tenth story window by the imaginary thirty foot python lurking in the box, much like the ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'' example]].
4th Apr '17 10:00:21 AM WillBGood
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* A "Deer in the headlights" variant happens in [[Literature/TheTelltaleHeart]], where the protagonist jump-scares his victim and freezes him with fear long enough to suffocate him with a pillow.

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* A "Deer in the headlights" variant happens in [[Literature/TheTelltaleHeart]], ''Literature/TheTellTaleHeart'', where the protagonist jump-scares his victim and freezes him with fear long enough to suffocate him with a pillow.
25th Mar '17 8:19:55 AM erforce
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* The '''Run to your doom''' variety is used frequently in ''Film/{{Young Sherlock Holmes}}'', as several elder gentlemen [[spoiler:who pissed off the wrong Egyptian cult as younger men]] are drugged with blow-darts, causing them to see terrifying hallucinations and run into traffic, leap out 3rd story windows, etc.

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* The '''Run to your doom''' variety is used frequently in ''Film/{{Young Sherlock Holmes}}'', ''Film/YoungSherlockHolmes'', as several elder gentlemen [[spoiler:who pissed off the wrong Egyptian cult as younger men]] are drugged with blow-darts, causing them to see terrifying hallucinations and run into traffic, leap out 3rd story windows, etc.



* In ''Film/TheTingler'', the theater owner's mute wife is frightened to death while alone in their apartment - hints suggest it may have been the work of [[spoiler:coroner VincentPrice who may have 'medicated' her with LSD to get a 'scared to death' subject for his work]] but it turned out to be the work of [[spoiler:her husband, caught red-handed with the spook show props that killed her.]]

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* In ''Film/TheTingler'', the theater owner's mute wife is frightened to death while alone in their apartment - hints suggest it may have been the work of [[spoiler:coroner VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice who may have 'medicated' her with LSD to get a 'scared to death' subject for his work]] but it turned out to be the work of [[spoiler:her husband, caught red-handed with the spook show props that killed her.]]
1st Mar '17 3:34:03 AM ZorotheGallade
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* A "Deer in the headlights" variant happens in [[Literature/TheTelltaleHeart]], where the protagonist jump-scares his victim and freezes him with fear long enough to suffocate him with a pillow.
4th Feb '17 9:29:38 AM Someoneman
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* In a definite CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[spoiler:a young Lord Vetinari]] does this to Lord Winder in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. The ProperlyParanoid Winder is expecting to be poisoned or otherwise assassinated, and his nerves are so on edge that the sight of an Assassin walking calmly towards him while everyone else at the party does nothing is enough to cause him to die of fright.

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* In a definite CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[spoiler:a young Lord Vetinari]] does this to Lord Winder in ''Discworld/NightWatch''. The ProperlyParanoid Winder is expecting to be poisoned or otherwise assassinated, and his nerves are so on edge that the sight of an Assassin walking calmly towards him while everyone else at the party does nothing is enough to cause him to die of fright.
16th Sep '16 1:49:25 AM PaulA
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* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's [[LockedRoomMystery locked room mysteries]], which might be called "howdunnits", included a couple like this, where the mystery was largely just how the victims had been scared to their deaths.

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* Creator/JohnDicksonCarr's [[LockedRoomMystery locked room mysteries]], mysteries]] featuring Literature/DrGideonFell, which might be called "howdunnits", included a couple like this, where the mystery was largely just how the victims had been scared to their deaths.
27th May '16 4:28:33 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': The 'Run to Your Doom' version happens in "Hounded" when Charles Baskerville is struck by a truck while fleeing from what a witness describes as a huge glowing animal.
15th May '16 4:34:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', Sam's very limited ability to interact with the physical world means that his primary means of fighting both of the film's villains is based in poltergeist scares. Both villains of the film meet their karmic ends this way, one by running into oncoming traffic and the other when his own panicked actions break the window he's trying to climb out of into deadly shards of glass - although judging by Sam's reactions, neither death was what he'd intended to accomplish with his hauntings.
* The '''Run to your doom''' variety is used frequently in ''Film/{{Young Sherlock Holmes}}'', as several elder gentlemen [[spoiler:who pissed off the wrong Egyptian cult as younger men]] are drugged with blow-darts, causing them to see terrifying hallucinations and run into traffic, leap out 3rd story windows, etc.

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* In ''Film/{{Ghost}}'', Sam's very limited ability to interact with the physical world means that his primary means of fighting both of the film's villains is based in poltergeist scares. Both villains of the film meet their karmic ends this way, one by running into oncoming traffic and the other when his own panicked actions break the window he's trying to climb out of into deadly shards of glass - although judging by Sam's reactions, neither death was what he'd intended to accomplish with his hauntings.
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* The '''Run to your doom''' variety is used frequently in ''Film/{{Young Sherlock Holmes}}'', as several elder gentlemen [[spoiler:who pissed off the wrong Egyptian cult as younger men]] are drugged with blow-darts, causing them to see terrifying hallucinations and run into traffic, leap out 3rd story windows, etc.



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7th May '16 5:47:04 AM CaptainTedium
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* The 1999's Disney short "How to Haunt a House," from ''HouseOfMouse'': at the beginning, we hear Goofy getting hit by a car so that he can be a ghost and demonstrate how to haunt a house, with DonaldDuck as the hauntee. After many amusing attempts that end in failure, he finally succeeds in scaring Donald, who runs out the door, is also hit by a car, and comes back inside as a rather angry ghost.

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* The 1999's Disney ''Mickey [=MouseWorks=]'' short "How to Haunt a House," from ''HouseOfMouse'': at House", which subsequently aired as part of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': At the beginning, we hear Goofy getting hit by a car so that he can be a ghost and demonstrate how to haunt a house, with DonaldDuck Disney/DonaldDuck as the hauntee. After many amusing attempts that end in failure, he finally succeeds in scaring Donald, who runs out the door, is also hit by a car, and comes back inside as a rather angry ghost.
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