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23rd Jun '17 5:24:56 PM RebelionRoja
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* Kudou Denji from Creator/TsutomuNihei's ''{{Abara}}'' who is a Guana--which is some serious BodyHorror and a taste for human flesh.

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* Kudou Denji from Creator/TsutomuNihei's ''{{Abara}}'' who is a Guana--which Gauna--which is some serious BodyHorror and a taste for human flesh.
26th May '17 8:01:46 PM intastiel
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* Batman. Yeah, Batman, the Dark Knight himself. He's seen as a demon to most criminals, and the ones who don't will see him as one after an encounter with him.
** Becomes a greater extent in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', [[spoiler: where he's pushed into near insanity. Even worse, by ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity,'' '''he's infected with Joker's blood''', transforming him into Joker himself.]]
*** If that's not horrifying, then I don't know what 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!

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* Invoked in ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' by 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!
16th May '17 6:29:31 AM Fallout123
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*Batman. Yeah, Batman, the Dark Knight himself. He's seen as a demon to most criminals, and the ones who don't will see him as one after an encounter with him.
** Becomes a greater extent in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries'', [[spoiler: where he's pushed into near insanity. Even worse, by ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity,'' '''he's infected with Joker's blood''', transforming him into Joker himself.]]
*** If that's not horrifying, then I don't know what is.
9th May '17 8:56:05 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has the Skull Knight, who is an undead, skeletal knight riding a HellishHorse. His speech is rendered in the manga the same way as the speech of the demonic Apostles or the Godhand. More than one character who has met him has been absolutely terrified to be in his presence, and at least once he was mistaken for an avatar of Death itself. Despite all this, he is the closest thing the series has to a BigGood, and has been nothing but heroic in his deeds (although it has been implied that he might've been far more nasty in his past). He also literally eats the resident [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] for breakfast.

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* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has the Skull Knight, who is an undead, skeletal knight riding a HellishHorse. His speech is rendered in the manga the same way as the speech of the demonic Apostles or the Godhand. More than one character who has met him has been absolutely terrified to be in his presence, and at least once he was mistaken for an avatar of Death itself. Despite all this, he is the closest thing the series has to a BigGood, and has been nothing but heroic in his deeds (although it has been implied (at least, that he might've been far more nasty in his past).the readers have seen). He also literally eats the resident [[ArtifactOfDoom Artifacts of Doom]] for breakfast.
8th May '17 3:11:16 PM intastiel
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* A high-[[KarmaMeter Humanity]] Nosferatu player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a [[LooksLikeOrlock hideous]] undead monstrosity who can do quite a lot of good around town. Some humans can be quite vocally grateful for their help. Others [[BrownNote drop dead from looking at you]].

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* A high-[[KarmaMeter Humanity]] Nosferatu player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a [[LooksLikeOrlock hideous]] undead monstrosity who can do quite a lot of good around town. Some humans can be quite vocally grateful for their help. Others [[BrownNote drop dead from looking at you]].the sight of them]].
8th May '17 3:10:41 PM intastiel
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* Any [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]] player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.

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* Any [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]] A high-[[KarmaMeter Humanity]] Nosferatu player character in ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''. ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is a [[LooksLikeOrlock hideous]] undead monstrosity who can do quite a lot of good around town. Some humans can be quite vocally grateful for their help. Others [[BrownNote drop dead from looking at you]].
1st May '17 4:09:09 PM DinoMaurus
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* [[{{Franchise/Godzilla}} Godzilla]] himself is this, particularly in his most anti-heroic incarnations. He's a gigantic, mutant dinosaur who shoots atomic fire from his maw, yet he's nowhere as dangerous as beings like King Ghidorah or SpaceGodzilla.
31st Mar '17 8:11:14 PM merotoker
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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]].{{Monster Adventurer|s}}. 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.



** During the Comicbook/{{AXIS}} event, Carnage was one of the villains affected by the inversion spell, which made heroes turn evil and villains turn good. While he is driven by an urge to do good, he's still brutally violent and is largely terrible at hero work.

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** * During the Comicbook/{{AXIS}} event, Carnage ComicBook/{{Carnage}} was one of the villains affected by the inversion spell, which made heroes turn evil and villains turn good. While he is driven by an urge to do good, he's still brutally violent and is largely terrible at hero work.



* Aside from facing [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything general hatred just for how they were born]], many of the mutants in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse have either powers or an appearance that terrify anyone not on their team (and even some that are). A lot of these end up becoming Morlocks, living in sewers and such, and the go-to targets for the latest "test" of a mutant genocide without wiping out a bunch of beloved main and secondary characters.
* [[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. 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).

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* Aside from facing [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything general hatred just for how they were born]], many of the mutants {{mutants}} in the Franchise/MarvelUniverse have either powers or an appearance that terrify anyone not on their team (and even some that are). A lot of these end up becoming Morlocks, living in sewers and such, and the go-to targets for the latest "test" of a mutant genocide without wiping out a bunch of beloved main and secondary characters.
* [[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. InUniverse, the Thing is considered the most beloved Marvel hero, tied only with ComicBook/CaptainAmerica ([[DependingOnTheWriter in some versions]], this is because the 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).



* A nebbishy janitor is transformed into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength after falling into a vat of nuclear waste. Though a monster, he realizes that with his newfound power, he can clean up the crime and corruption that has overtaken his city. Thus is Film/TheToxicAvenger born.

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* A nebbishy janitor is transformed into a hideously deformed creature of superhuman size and strength after falling into a vat of nuclear waste. Though a monster, he realizes that with his newfound power, he can clean up the crime and corruption that has overtaken his city. Thus is Film/TheToxicAvenger is born.



* Shrek, from William Stieg's original picture book 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.

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* Shrek, from William Stieg's original picture book of the same name, may be even more of a HorrifyingHero Horrifying Hero 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.



** Hell, the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Solar]] Exalted are the targets of a massive smear campaign from the [[CorruptChurch dominant]] [[ScamReligion faith]] and as such, even if they save the day and convince a few people they really aren't so bad, if they want to avoid witch hunts and [[FanNickname fate ninjas]] they tend to move on very [[WalkTheEarth quickly]].

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** Hell, the [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Solar]] Exalted are the targets of a massive smear campaign from the [[CorruptChurch dominant]] [[ScamReligion faith]] and as such, even if they save the day and convince a few people they really aren't so bad, if they want to avoid witch hunts and [[FanNickname fate ninjas]] they tend to move on very [[WalkTheEarth [[WalkingTheEarth quickly]].



The same goes for James Heller of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}''. Fits all of the criteria above, along with being a ScaryBlackMan who can not only summon up tendrils to tether enemies to each other but [[WhyAmITicking infest them with a biological bomb of sorts]] as well as [[TheBeastmaster control]] EliteMooks to some extent. It's really shown in the finale, where [[spoiler:his daughter is too terrified of him to approach him at first.]]

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The same goes for James Heller of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}}''. Fits all of the criteria above, along with being a ScaryBlackMan who can not only summon up tendrils to tether enemies to each other but [[WhyAmITicking infest them with a biological bomb of sorts]] as well as [[TheBeastmaster control]] EliteMooks to some extent. It's really shown in the finale, where [[spoiler:his daughter is too terrified of him to approach him at first.]]first]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaRevengeOfTheIsland'', [[spoiler:Dakota becomes this after her mutation. Although Sam likes her better that way.]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'': Godzilla is over 200 feet tall, looks like a cross between an iguana and a TyrannosaurusRex, and breaths a stream of atomic fire. The citizens of New York are quite justifiably terrified of him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaRevengeOfTheIsland'', [[spoiler:Dakota becomes this after her mutation. Although Sam likes her better that way.]]
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* From ''WesternAnimation/GodzillaTheSeries'': Godzilla is over 200 feet tall, looks like a cross between an iguana and a TyrannosaurusRex, and breaths [[BreathWeapon breathes a stream of atomic fire.fire]]. The citizens of New York are quite justifiably terrified of him.



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

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