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19th Mar '17 12:48:16 AM JoeMerl
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* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' can turn into a roiling mass of shadows, hellhounds, eyeballs, {{Slasher Smile}}s and some kind of stampede of black knights that kill people on contact.

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* Alucard from ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' is already a vampire in his ''least'' terrifying form; he can also turn into a roiling mass of shadows, hellhounds, eyeballs, {{Slasher Smile}}s and some kind of stampede of black knights that kill people on contact.



* [[spoiler: Eren]] becomes this in this ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' after [[spoiler: gaining the ability to transform into a Titan]]. He may be on their side, but that doesn't stop most people from being terrified the first time around.

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* [[spoiler: Eren]] becomes this in this ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' after [[spoiler: gaining [[spoiler:gaining the ability to transform into a Titan]]. He may be on their side, but that doesn't stop most people from being terrified the first time around.



* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Thing]] started off like this, but after a few decades of CharacterDevelopment, the public have gotten used to an orange, rocky hero, and they ''love'' him. In-universe, the Thing is considered the most beloved Marvel hero, tied only with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica ([[DependingOnTheWriter in some versions]], this is because Fantastic Four is secretly Reed Richards's wildly successful PR campaign. He may not have been able to undo mutating his family, but he could rebrand them as heroes instead of freaks).

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* [[Comicbook/FantasticFour The Thing]] started off like this, but after a few decades of CharacterDevelopment, the public have gotten used to an orange, rocky hero, and they ''love'' him. In-universe, InUniverse, the Thing is considered the most beloved Marvel hero, tied only with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica ([[DependingOnTheWriter in some versions]], this is because Fantastic Four is secretly Reed Richards's wildly successful PR campaign. He may not have been able to undo mutating his family, but he could rebrand them as heroes instead of freaks).



* Cody Giles in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' is a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] which, in his universe, entails [[YourSoulIsMine devouring human souls]]. He smells like a noxious corpse, and his powers include smelling fear, surrounding himself with a dark shadowy cloud by draining light out of the area, and inflicting any dissease or injury on anyone with a mere touch. He is extremely moral, and is always very concerned about hurting as few people as possible.

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* Cody Giles in ''Literature/AngelOfDeath'' is a [[OurLichesAreDifferent lich]] which, in his universe, entails [[YourSoulIsMine devouring human souls]]. He smells like a noxious corpse, and his powers include smelling fear, surrounding himself with a dark shadowy cloud by draining light out of the area, and inflicting any dissease disease or injury on anyone with a mere touch. He is extremely moral, and is always very concerned about hurting as few people as possible.



* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island]]'', [[spoiler:Dakota becomes this after her mutation. Although Sam likes her better that way.]]

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* In ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Revenge of the Island]]'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaRevengeOfTheIsland'', [[spoiler:Dakota becomes this after her mutation. Although Sam likes her better that way.]]
13th Mar '17 8:39:36 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Music/TheRollingStones' "Sympathy for the Devil" subverts this. The singer is {{Satan}}, but he probably [[spoiler:represents humanity. As it turns out, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we're the really horrifying ones]].]]

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* Music/TheRollingStones' "Sympathy for the Devil" subverts this. The singer is {{Satan}}, but he probably [[spoiler:represents represents humanity. As it turns out, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we're the really horrifying ones]].]]ones]].
-->After all, it was you and me.
24th Feb '17 1:10:17 PM narm00
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* ''TheIncredibleHulk'' is an unfortunate victim of this trope, due to his traditionally low intelligence and bad temper. He has a tendency to lash out in incredibly destructive rampages whenever anything angers him, which is pretty much anything. It doesnt help that he's subject to a smear campaign by the U.S military, who makes him look even more bestial than he really is, and follow him around to try and capture him even when he seeks out solitude.

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* ''TheIncredibleHulk'' The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk is an unfortunate victim of this trope, due to his traditionally low intelligence and bad temper. He has a tendency to lash out in incredibly destructive rampages whenever anything angers him, which is pretty much anything. It doesnt doesn't help that he's subject to a smear campaign by the U.S military, who makes make him look even more bestial than he really is, and follow him around to try and capture him even when he seeks out solitude.
17th Feb '17 1:26:10 PM SilentStranger
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* ''TheIncredibleHulk'' is an unfortunate victim of this trope, due to his traditionally low intelligence and bad temper. He has a tendency to lash out in incredibly destructive rampages whenever anything angers him, which is pretty much anything. It doesnt help that he's subject to a smear campaign by the U.S military, who makes him look even more bestial than he really is, and follow him around to try and capture him even when he seeks out solitude.
15th Jan '17 2:48:56 AM bwburke94
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* Taylor in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920320/1/Starry-Eyes Starry Eyes]] is this so much. This is mostly due to the fact that her body is its own pocket dimension to another realm, hosting a couple of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] who allow her to use their many multi-tentacled appendages to her will. Half of the heroes who see her mistake her for a villain simply because she is so mindbogglingly terrifying.

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* Taylor [[Literature/{{Worm}} Taylor]] in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9920320/1/Starry-Eyes Starry Eyes]] is this so much. This is mostly due to the fact that her body is its own pocket dimension to another realm, hosting a couple of [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] who allow her to use their many multi-tentacled appendages to her will. Half of the heroes who see her mistake her for a villain simply because she is so mindbogglingly terrifying.



* Shrek, from William Stieg's original picture book ''Shrek!'', may be even more of a HorrifyingHero than he is in TheFilmOfTheBook, since he doesn't have a hidden nice-guy side to him and the entire story is about how foul and scary he is.

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* Shrek, from William Stieg's original picture book ''Shrek!'', of the same name, may be even more of a HorrifyingHero than he is in TheFilmOfTheBook, since he doesn't have a hidden nice-guy side to him and the entire story is about how foul and scary he is.is.
* Skitter, in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', is a teenage girl with total control over every insect in a massive radius. She regularly covers herself in insects to give herself the appearance of TheWormThatWalks and normal battle tactics involve stuffing insects down people's throats. It's no wonder that the first superhero she runs into thinks that she's a supervillain!



* Skitter, in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', is a teenage girl with total control over every insect in a massive radius. She regularly covers herself in insects to give herself the appearance of TheWormThatWalks and normal battle tactics involve stuffing insects down people's throats. It's no wonder that the first superhero she runs into thinks that she's a supervillain!
11th Jan '17 6:10:00 AM Elfkaiser
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* Beatrix from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is one of the more disturbingly creepy characters among the heroic Battleborn. It's best shown in a number of her taunts which make her look like something from a horror movie.
26th Nov '16 1:36:20 AM Morgenthaler
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If there is a question of qualification on the basis of the character being scary but not exactly an EldritchAbomination, then the character instead may be a [[MonsterAdventurers Monster Adventurer]]. The differences between them can come down to portrayal. The Monster Adventurer is defined by being ugly or scary. The Horrifying Hero might be ugly and/or scary, but often he will also have frightening abilities. You are meant to feel bad for, and relate to, the Monster Adventurer, while the Horrifying Hero is a BadAss, and might be WishFulfillment.

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If there is a question of qualification on the basis of the character being scary but not exactly an EldritchAbomination, then the character instead may be a [[MonsterAdventurers Monster Adventurer]]. The differences between them can come down to portrayal. The Monster Adventurer is defined by being ugly or scary. The Horrifying Hero might be ugly and/or scary, but often he will also have frightening abilities. You are meant to feel bad for, and relate to, the Monster Adventurer, while the Horrifying Hero is a BadAss, badass, and might be WishFulfillment.
31st Oct '16 9:28:53 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Music/StephenLynch's "Beelz," also from {{Satan}}'s viewpoint, subverts this one too. His voice starts out deep and guttural, presenting Satan as an ancient and sinister presence, but then it abruptly shifts several octaves higher and acquires a feminine lisp. The rest of the song presents Satan as a LaughablyEvil FlamingDevil.

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* Music/StephenLynch's "Beelz," also from {{Satan}}'s viewpoint, subverts this one too. His Lynch's voice starts out deep and guttural, presenting Satan as an ancient and sinister presence, but then it abruptly shifts several octaves higher and acquires a feminine lisp. The rest of the song presents Satan as a LaughablyEvil FlamingDevil.
31st Oct '16 9:28:21 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Shrek, from William Stieg's original picture book ''Shrek!'', may be even more so than he is in TheFilmOfTheBook, since he doesn't have a hidden nice-guy side to him and the entire story is about how foul and scary he is.

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* Shrek, from William Stieg's original picture book ''Shrek!'', may be even more so of a HorrifyingHero than he is in TheFilmOfTheBook, since he doesn't have a hidden nice-guy side to him and the entire story is about how foul and scary he is.



* Subverted in Music/TheRollingStones' "Sympathy for the Devil" - [[spoiler:[[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we're the really horrifying ones]].]]

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* Subverted in Music/TheRollingStones' "Sympathy for the Devil" - [[spoiler:[[HumansAreTheRealMonsters subverts this. The singer is {{Satan}}, but he probably [[spoiler:represents humanity. As it turns out, [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters we're the really horrifying ones]].]]]]
* Music/StephenLynch's "Beelz," also from {{Satan}}'s viewpoint, subverts this one too. His voice starts out deep and guttural, presenting Satan as an ancient and sinister presence, but then it abruptly shifts several octaves higher and acquires a feminine lisp. The rest of the song presents Satan as a LaughablyEvil FlamingDevil.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has TheGrimReaper himself, though he's actually ''less'' scary than [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters ordinary human girl Mandy]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has stars TheGrimReaper himself, though he's actually ''less'' scary than [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Mandy, an ordinary human girl Mandy]].girl]].
5th Oct '16 5:26:48 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/FaustLoveOfTheDamned'': John Jaspers' superhero form, in true FaustianRebellion style, is a giant winged demon with WolverineClaws.
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