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16th Apr '18 4:40:42 PM foxley
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* In ''Film/TheSignOfFourSherlockHolmesGreatestCase'', Small is able to frighten Major Sholto to death just by leering through the window at him.
15th Mar '18 1:23:09 AM yisfidri
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** In "The Blue Geranium", a woman is told by a fortune teller, "Beware the full moon. The blue primrose means warning, the blue hollyhock means danger, the blue geranium means death." At the next full moon, one of the primroses on her wallpaper turns blue, and at the full moon after that, one of the hollyhocks turns blue. The woman dies of a heart attack on the night of the third full moon, with the implication being that she was frightened to death by the threat. [[spoiler:She was actually poisoned by her nurse, who switched her bottle of smelling salts with cyanide crystals. The nurse set up the whole blue flowers motif as camouflage.]]

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** In "The Blue Geranium", Geranium" from ''Literature/TheThirteenProblems'', a woman is told by a fortune teller, "Beware the full moon. The blue primrose means warning, the blue hollyhock means danger, the blue geranium means death." At the next full moon, one of the primroses on her wallpaper turns blue, and at the full moon after that, one of the hollyhocks turns blue. The woman dies of a heart attack on the night of the third full moon, with the implication being that she was frightened to death by the threat. [[spoiler:She was actually poisoned by her nurse, who switched her bottle of smelling salts with cyanide crystals. The nurse set up the whole blue flowers motif as camouflage.]]
27th Jan '18 12:10:19 AM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'': "Deadly Silents" used the 'Scared Stiff' version. The villains set up several stunts (a suitcase full of snakes, leaving him ChainedToARailway, etc.) to attempt to trigger a fatal heart attack in an elderly silent movie star.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'': ''Series/MacGyver1985'': "Deadly Silents" used the 'Scared Stiff' version. The villains set up several stunts (a suitcase full of snakes, leaving him ChainedToARailway, etc.) to attempt to trigger a fatal heart attack in an elderly silent movie star.
10th Nov '17 2:00:07 PM xcountryguy
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* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', during the last part of an arc, Mion is hiding under Keiichi's hospital bed, waiting for a chance to attack him when he's alone. But, much as it is a surprise to say, [[spoiler: first, the REAL murderer was [[TwinSwitch Shion]], and second, in the first of the answer arcs, it's revealed that it was actually a hallucination that caused him to see the same thing over and over again until he finally died of a heart attack.]]
* Mixed with [[spoiler: ElevatorFailure]] in the first ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' OAV. [[spoiler: The BornLucky Shinji Nagumo tampers with a lift at his workplace to make it plummet ''several stores'' down and stop at the VERY last moment. As a result, Nagumo gets a broken arm... and his boss dies of a heart attack, putting him in the direct succession for his seat.]]

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\n* In ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', during the last part of an arc, Mion is hiding under Keiichi's hospital bed, waiting for a chance to attack him when he's alone. But, much as it is a surprise to say, [[spoiler: first, [[spoiler:first, the REAL murderer was [[TwinSwitch Shion]], and second, in the first of the answer arcs, it's revealed that it was actually a hallucination that caused him to see the same thing over and over again until he finally died of a heart attack.]]
* Mixed with [[spoiler: ElevatorFailure]] [[spoiler:ElevatorFailure]] in the first ''Manga/TokyoBabylon'' OAV. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The BornLucky Shinji Nagumo tampers with a lift at his workplace to make it plummet ''several stores'' down and stop at the VERY last moment. As a result, Nagumo gets a broken arm... and his boss dies of a heart attack, putting him in the direct succession for his seat.]]
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* In the Golden Age, ''heroes'' occasionally did this, although usually unintentionally. The original GreenLantern (Alan Scott) terrified a villain into confessing [[spoiler: that he had masterminded blowing up the bridge that Scott had designed, killing everyone on board the test train except Scott]] - and then the villain drops dead of a heart attack.

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* In the Golden Age, ''heroes'' occasionally did this, although usually unintentionally. The original GreenLantern (Alan Scott) terrified a villain into confessing [[spoiler: that [[spoiler:that he had masterminded blowing up the bridge that Scott had designed, killing everyone on board the test train except Scott]] - and then the villain drops dead of a heart attack.















** In "The Blue Geranium", a woman is told by a fortune teller, "Beware the full moon. The blue primrose means warning, the blue hollyhock means danger, the blue geranium means death." At the next full moon, one of the primroses on her wallpaper turns blue, and at the full moon after that, one of the hollyhocks turns blue. The woman dies of a heart attack on the night of the third full moon, with the implication being that she was frightened to death by the threat. [[spoiler: She was actually poisoned by her nurse, who switched her bottle of smelling salts with cyanide crystals. The nurse set up the whole blue flowers motif as camouflage.]]
** In "The Case of the Caretaker," a woman dies when her ''horse'' is frightened by the aforementioned caretaker, causing the animal to rear and the woman to fall off. [[spoiler: Here again, the horse hadn't been frightened but rather had been shot by a BB gun. And the woman died from poison rather than from the fall.]]

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** In "The Blue Geranium", a woman is told by a fortune teller, "Beware the full moon. The blue primrose means warning, the blue hollyhock means danger, the blue geranium means death." At the next full moon, one of the primroses on her wallpaper turns blue, and at the full moon after that, one of the hollyhocks turns blue. The woman dies of a heart attack on the night of the third full moon, with the implication being that she was frightened to death by the threat. [[spoiler: She [[spoiler:She was actually poisoned by her nurse, who switched her bottle of smelling salts with cyanide crystals. The nurse set up the whole blue flowers motif as camouflage.]]
** In "The Case of the Caretaker," a woman dies when her ''horse'' is frightened by the aforementioned caretaker, causing the animal to rear and the woman to fall off. [[spoiler: Here [[spoiler:Here again, the horse hadn't been frightened but rather had been shot by a BB gun. And the woman died from poison rather than from the fall.]]



** In ''The Case of the Constant Suicides'', everyone who stayed in a certain room in a castle for a night would wind up falling down to their deaths from the dangerous balcony, as if something scared them into attempting to escape. There was nothing special in the room aside from a box with a cage door such as might be used to carry a small animal that had been brought in recently and left under the bed -- but which people had looked into and found it to be empty. [[spoiler: Actually it wasn't empty, but contained something nearly invisible -- carbon dioxide ice, which would start to vaporize as the temperature got lower at night, leaving the occupant of the room unable to breath and cause them to panic for some air.]]
** In ''He Who Whispers'', just after it has been suggested that one of the characters is a vampire and was able to commit a previous impossible murder by flying, a shot is heard, and one character is found in her bed scared so badly she has nearly died (and is incapable of explaining what has happened, of course). She's holding a gun and appears to have shot at something ouside the window, which is, of course, so far above the ground and inaccessible that only something flying could have been behind it. [[spoiler: The would-be-murderer -- who would have succeeded if he had had the right, much more sensitive target instead of the wrong person in the dark -- had in fact been in the room with the victim, pressed a gun to her head in the dark, and whispered to her a long time about how he was going to shoot her -- then fired the other gun he had towards the window, expecting her to die of shock when she thought she was being shot, but with it looking like she fired the gun herself.]]

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** In ''The Case of the Constant Suicides'', everyone who stayed in a certain room in a castle for a night would wind up falling down to their deaths from the dangerous balcony, as if something scared them into attempting to escape. There was nothing special in the room aside from a box with a cage door such as might be used to carry a small animal that had been brought in recently and left under the bed -- but which people had looked into and found it to be empty. [[spoiler: Actually [[spoiler:Actually it wasn't empty, but contained something nearly invisible -- carbon dioxide ice, which would start to vaporize as the temperature got lower at night, leaving the occupant of the room unable to breath and cause them to panic for some air.]]
** In ''He Who Whispers'', just after it has been suggested that one of the characters is a vampire and was able to commit a previous impossible murder by flying, a shot is heard, and one character is found in her bed scared so badly she has nearly died (and is incapable of explaining what has happened, of course). She's holding a gun and appears to have shot at something ouside the window, which is, of course, so far above the ground and inaccessible that only something flying could have been behind it. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The would-be-murderer -- who would have succeeded if he had had the right, much more sensitive target instead of the wrong person in the dark -- had in fact been in the room with the victim, pressed a gun to her head in the dark, and whispered to her a long time about how he was going to shoot her -- then fired the other gun he had towards the window, expecting her to die of shock when she thought she was being shot, but with it looking like she fired the gun herself.]]



























* The Elysian Box in ''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]].

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* The Elysian Box in ''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 [[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]].









20th Oct '17 9:55:04 AM AnotherGuy
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* The last variety occurs in ''Film/LesDiaboliques''.
20th Oct '17 9:53:45 AM AnotherGuy
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* ''Film/LesDiaboliques'' is probably the TropeCodifier, in which [[spoiler:Michel and Nicole conspire to give his wife Christina a heart attack by Michel getting "killed" and pretending to be a zombie to scare his weak-hearted wife to death.]]
21st Sep '17 1:11:55 PM amitakartok
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': in one episode, the NeglectfulPrecursors artifact of the week turned out to be a nanovirus that kills people via MindRape that makes them see progressively more terrifying nightmares until they die of cardiac arrest. One particular death we see on-screen was the victim being so terrified that she jumped off Atlantis' central tower in the dream and [[YourMindMakesItReal died in the real world the instant she did in the dream]].
21st Aug '17 1:54:53 PM eroock
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* '''Deer caught in headlights:''' Scaring a person motionless so that they ignore or fail to dodge or escape an approaching danger or falling object.

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* '''Deer '''[[DeerInTheHeadlights Deer caught in headlights:''' headlights]]:''' Scaring a person motionless so that they ignore or fail to dodge or escape an approaching danger or falling object.
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]].
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