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22nd Apr '18 3:48:56 AM SantosLHalper
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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': To both Germany and Japan, nothing is scarier than Italy rejecting them. [[spoiler:Thank goodness Italy [[{{Polyamory}} chose both of them]].]]
15th Apr '18 4:28:24 PM TimeLordVictorious
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* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The pilot episode combines this with AdultFear in its very first scene. Mary Winchester heads into her son Sam's room, and sees a man standing over his cradle. She assumes its John, her husband, and goes downstairs. She then sees that John has fallen asleep in front of the television. Cue OhCrap, and her running up the stairs. When John wakes up, he heads into his son's room, and sees that baby Sam is seemingly alright. And then blood drips down from ceiling, causing John to find Mary's corpse on the ceiling, her stomach sliced open. We don't know who the man/creature was (at least, not until later on), but its clear that its something ''bad''.
** Continuing on, the final two episodes of Season 1 have this sense of dread to them, as John, Sam, and Dean have tracked down the demon that killed Mary. In the former episode, they arrive in a normal neighborhood, and after encountering a mother taking her six-month daughter out on a stroll, they realize she's the demon's next target. From there, the anticipation rises as night falls and Sam and Dean make their move on the demon. While they save the mother and her daughter, they don't manage to kill the demon. However, we do get a glimpse of the demon - or more specifically, his [[SupernaturalGoldEyes yellow eyes]].
** And then in the episode after, the finale of Season 1, the boys manage to rescue John from the captivity of demons. However, since the audience doesn't know what the demons did to John while he was captured, there's a constant sense of dread that something will happen. [[spoiler: It turns out that the Yellow-Eyed Demon has possessed John.]]
** Hellhounds. Completely invisible, which makes it all the more scarier when they come drag someone to {{Hell}}.
** The Season 4 premiere plays with this trope, as the audience doesn't know who - or what - resurrected Dean. And all throughout the episode, things such as loud static noises, demons with their eyes burned out, and a psychic going blind upon glancing on the thing's true form, give us hints as to what, but it doesn't even remotely resemble anything the Winchesters encountered. [[spoiler: Meet Castiel, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angel of the Lord]].]]
** The Season 4 finale ends with [[spoiler: Lucifer being freed. We don't see Lucifer himself, though. All we see is a bright light emerging from the hole leading to his cage.]]
** Season 13's episodes "The Bad Place" and "Wayward Sisters" have the inhabitants of the Bad Place, an alternate world filled with monsters. One of them is apparently of colossal size, but all we see of it is a footprint it leaves behind, and we only get to hear its roars. [[spoiler: Its true face is shown at the end of "Wayward Sisters", and it appears to be ''Supernatural'''s answer to Film/KingKong.]]
13th Apr '18 5:24:13 AM jormis29
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** The prisoner who recounts his captivity in a dungeon of the Spanish Inquisition in "The Pit and the Pendulum" discovers a deep pit in the middle of his prison chamber. Despite having already endured various tortures, a look down into the pit horrifies him more than anything--but he doesn't tell what he saw in the pit.

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** The prisoner who recounts his captivity in a dungeon of the Spanish Inquisition in "The Pit and the Pendulum" "Literature/ThePitAndThePendulum" discovers a deep pit in the middle of his prison chamber. Despite having already endured various tortures, a look down into the pit horrifies him more than anything--but he doesn't tell what he saw in the pit.
8th Apr '18 10:09:29 AM Odacon_Spy
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* Both shown and [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] throughout ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'''s playthrough of the indie-horror game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVC6LMLnJaM Phobia]]''. Most of the video is just Pat stumbling around a big, dark, creepy old house with nothing scary happening, just the house's [[HellIsThatNoise creepy noises]] and ambiance and the looming threat that there is something horrible locked up in the basement trying to get out. It's all put together so well, though, that Pat is genuinely terrified. At the end of the video, Pat heads down to the basement to confront the monster, the basement door bursts open and [[spoiler:we never find out what the monster looks like or what happens next because the game immediately crashes, which Pat uses as an excuse to end the video before he has a heart attack]].

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* Both shown and [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] throughout ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'''s playthrough of the indie-horror game ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LVC6LMLnJaM Phobia]]''. Most of the video is just Pat stumbling around a big, dark, creepy old house with nothing scary happening, just the house's [[HellIsThatNoise creepy noises]] and ambiance ambiance]] and the looming threat that there is something horrible locked up in the basement trying to get out. It's all put together so well, though, that Pat is genuinely terrified. At the end of the video, video Pat heads down to the basement to confront the monster, the basement door bursts open and [[spoiler:we never find out what the monster looks like or what happens next because the game immediately crashes, which Pat uses as an excuse to end the video before he has a heart attack]].



'''Patt''': Yeah, the ''absence'' of "thing" is what's scary.\\

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'''Patt''': '''Pat''': Yeah, the ''absence'' of "thing" is what's scary.\\
8th Apr '18 9:51:45 AM 64SuperNintendo
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6th Apr '18 7:07:14 PM SwimToTheMoon
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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' makes an unbelievably chilling use of this when we find out that [[spoiler:Adrian Toomes, the Vulture himself, is Liz's father]]. Rather than cheaping out, the scene wisely puts the viewers in Peter's shoes, as all he can do is stunnedly fake smile his way through their meeting at the house- making this even better is that [[spoiler:Adrian doesn't know Peter is Spider-Man... yet]], thus making Peter's reaction to this even more intense. Things get even more intense when [[spoiler:Toomes drives Liz and Peter to the Homecoming dance, and Liz gets foot in mouth, inadvertently revealing that Peter is Spider-Man (indirectly, of course, but still giving away enough detail for Adrian to do the math). At one point, Adrian's reaction grows more and more tense, thinking he's going to snap at Peter, but instead he just gives a condescending comment and drives on]]. Over yet? Nope. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, [[spoiler:Adrian tells Liz to go inside the school and makes Peter stay behind to give him the "dad talk". At this point you're just begging for a fight to break out so the damn tension can ease up. Instead, Adrian pulls a gun on Peter and gives him a speech about how he'd ''literally kill Peter, a teenager'' if that's what it took to keep his family safe. Worse, he doesn't even raise his voice, he says it in a completely casual tone, as if to talk about the weather. Peter then goes inside the school, too shaken by what he's just experienced to enjoy himself. So he leaps into action and grabs a homemade suit, finally satisfying us after sitting through such a tense 10-minute stretch]].

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* ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'' makes an unbelievably chilling use of this when we find out that [[spoiler:Adrian Toomes, the Vulture himself, is Liz's father]]. Rather than cheaping out, the scene wisely puts the viewers in Peter's shoes, as all he can do is stunnedly fake smile his way through their meeting at the house- making this even better is that [[spoiler:Adrian doesn't know Peter is Spider-Man... yet]], thus making Peter's reaction to this even more intense. Things get even more intense when [[spoiler:Toomes drives Liz and Peter to the Homecoming dance, and Liz gets foot in mouth, inadvertently revealing that Peter is Spider-Man (indirectly, of course, but still giving away enough detail for Adrian to do the math). At one point, Adrian's reaction grows more and more tense, thinking he's going to snap at Peter, but instead he just gives a condescending comment and drives on]]. Over yet? Nope. Just when you think it couldn't get any worse, [[spoiler:Adrian tells Liz to go inside the school and makes Peter stay behind to give him the "dad talk". At this point you're just begging for a fight to break out so the damn tension can ease up. Instead, Adrian pulls a gun on Peter and gives him a speech about how he'd ''literally kill Peter, a teenager'' if that's what it took to keep his family safe. Worse, he doesn't even raise his voice, he says it in a completely casual tone, as if to talk about the weather. Peter then goes inside the school, too shaken by what he's just experienced to enjoy himself. So he leaps into action and grabs a homemade suit, finally satisfying us after sitting through such a tense 10-minute stretch]].stretch]]
** Speaking of Spider-Man, ''he himself'' is an in-universe example of this in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Only Tony Stark knows who he is; to everyone else, he just shows up to whoop Team Cap's asses and leave. Only Cap sorta gets to know him and that's being kind. Everyone who he squares off against is deeply unsettled by his freaky fast reflexes and wisecracking persona, even more unsettled by the fact that he takes this all lightly. He even makes ''Bucky Barnes'' HIMSELF a tad creeped out when he throws a punch his way and the only way Spidey reacts is to be awestruck at his metal arm.
6th Apr '18 3:03:01 PM Minni128
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%%* ''[[Music/TheBeatles Number nine.... number nine.... number nine.... number nine.... number nine....]]'' from ''Music/TheWhiteAlbum''.%%


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*In the fanfic ''Fanfic/ConcerningADrifter'', [[RapeAsDrama what]] [[SexSlave happened]] to Ryuuko isn't described in full detail but it's obvious by implication. Likewise and invoked when Satsuki (and Houka) come across an illegal website, the which is only described as "total depravity" and, while watching a video, she had "no words" for what she had seen, both of those things not being named (besides the video's title being apt).
*In chapters nine and ten (and, like many other examples, laced with FridgeHorror) of ''Fanfic/LostFound'', we find out that some time ago, there was the first test subject and, according to Nui, due to the experiments, the girl, "Child 00-000-000-0001", was left as something "not human" and that "animal" could be the closest they could call her, which makes one wonder as to ''what'' the experiments did to her and what they could have done to her and Ryuuko. What doesn't help that is that a good many of the test subjects died.
2nd Apr '18 7:26:02 AM Maxwell99
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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]," there is...''[[EldritchAbomination something]]''... that torments the Doctor and the people he's traveling with. [[spoiler:We ''never'' find out anything about it, other than that it [[{{Deconstruction}} utterly deconstructs an ordinary Doctor Who episode]] and brings all of the Doctor's flaws to the forefront.]]

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** In "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E10Midnight Midnight]]," there is...''[[EldritchAbomination something]]''... that torments the Doctor and the people he's traveling with. [[spoiler:We ''never'' find out anything about it, other than that it [[{{Deconstruction}} utterly deconstructs an ordinary Doctor Who episode]] and brings all of the Doctor's flaws to the forefront.]] Oh and the clearest "description" of the monster is from one of the characters before he is immediately killed]].
--> '''Claude''': Look, look! There it is! There it is! Look there!\\
'''The Doctor''': Where? What was it?
-->'''Claude''': Like, just something shifting. Something sort of… Dark. Like it was… running.
-->'''The Doctor''': Running which way?
-->'''Claude''': Towards us.



* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Bushwacked," the entire derelict ship is one long example of this: nothing but empty corridors, signs of habitation, and a crewman's log that interrupts right in the middle. But you know something's wrong, because [[TheEmpath River]] is acting very odd. This is also one of those cases where the crew discovering what caused the disaster is in fact as scary as the nothing preceding it.

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* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' episode "Bushwacked," the entire derelict ship is one long example of this: nothing but empty corridors, signs of habitation, and a crewman's log that interrupts right in the middle. But you know something's wrong, because [[TheEmpath River]] is acting very odd. This is also one of those cases where the crew discovering what caused the disaster is in fact as scary as the nothing preceding it.it, made even scarier when one survivor of derelict ship is dangerously [[BeingTorturedMakesYouEvil affected]] by whatever the hell happened to him.
24th Mar '18 8:41:18 PM nombretomado
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* [[WildMassGuessing Possibly]] referenced in ''Where Your Eyes Don't Go'' by TheyMightBeGiants.

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* [[WildMassGuessing Possibly]] referenced in ''Where "Where Your Eyes Don't Go'' Go" by TheyMightBeGiants.Music/TheyMightBeGiants.
12th Mar '18 3:02:38 AM 4444jdm
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In RealLife this trope is why it's terrifying to walk through a familiar dark room by yourself, through the woods or a secluded street at night, or why there is a promise of something after death (as opposed to CessationOfExistence, which is the ultimate nothingness) in every single religion. This is one horror trope ''everyone'' is familiar with. It's also a reason why the SilentTreatment can be an especially damaging punishment, both emotionally and sometimes even physically.

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In RealLife this trope is why it's terrifying to walk through a familiar dark room by yourself, through [[NatureIsNotNice the woods woods]] or a secluded street at night, or why there is a promise of something after death (as opposed to CessationOfExistence, which is the ultimate nothingness) in every single religion. This is one horror trope ''everyone'' is familiar with. It's also a reason why the SilentTreatment can be an especially damaging punishment, both emotionally and sometimes even physically.
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