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2nd Dec '16 12:59:46 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' gets in on this in its expanded universe, believe it or not. All sentient life, humanity included, were created by a race of godlike beings driven by some intrinsic need to create new species simply for the sake of it, aptly named {{Precursors}}. If a species was deemed unfit (for whatever standard was used to judge such) they were simply erased. In the end, they were hunted down by a "failed" species and became a twisted, vengeful entity bent on making all they'd created suffer: [[spoiler: the Flood]]. ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' deals heavily in the implications: the fleet which hunted down the Precursors inflicted several self-imposed punishments out of extreme guilt, humans who discovered the truth often [[DrivenToSuicide killed themselves]], and Forerunners who discover the truth either employ extreme denial or suffer from extreme existential horror.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' gets in on this in its expanded universe, believe it or not. All sentient life, humanity included, were created by a race of godlike beings driven by some intrinsic need to create new species simply for the sake of it, aptly named {{Precursors}}. If a species was deemed unfit (for whatever standard was used to judge such) they were simply erased. In the end, they were hunted down by a "failed" species and became a twisted, vengeful entity bent on making all they'd created suffer: [[spoiler: the Flood]]. ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' deals heavily in the implications: the fleet which hunted down the Precursors inflicted several self-imposed punishments out of extreme guilt, humans who discovered the truth often [[DrivenToSuicide killed themselves]], and Forerunners who discover the truth either employ extreme denial or suffer from extreme existential horror.
2nd Dec '16 3:12:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Only a Dream" the Doctor Destiny traps several members of the League in [[YourWorstNightmare their worst nightmares]]. {{Franchise/Superman}} loses control of his powers and kills his friends, Franchise/GreenLantern becomes alienated from his human roots, Franchise/TheFlash becomes trapped in superspeed forever...and Hawkgirl is ''buried alive in a coffin''. Seeing the {{Badass}} warrior woman pounding on the coffin walls incoherently shrieking in fear was incredibly disturbing.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Only a Dream" the Doctor Destiny traps several members of the League in [[YourWorstNightmare their worst nightmares]]. {{Franchise/Superman}} loses control of his powers and kills his friends, Franchise/GreenLantern becomes alienated from his human roots, Franchise/TheFlash becomes trapped in superspeed forever...and Hawkgirl is ''buried alive in a coffin''. Seeing the {{Badass}} badass warrior woman pounding on the coffin walls incoherently shrieking in fear was incredibly disturbing.
23rd Nov '16 1:25:15 PM OrKuunArQenByundis
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* ''VideoGame/{{Halo}}'' gets in on this in its expanded universe, believe it or not. All sentient life, humanity included, were created by a race of godlike beings driven by some intrinsic need to create new species simply for the sake of it, aptly named {{Precursors}}. If a species was deemed unfit (for whatever standard was used to judge such) they were simply erased. In the end, they were hunted down by a "failed" species and became a twisted, vengeful entity bent on making all they'd created suffer: [[spoiler: the Flood]]. ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' deals heavily in the implications: the fleet which hunted down the Precursors inflicted several self-imposed punishments out of extreme guilt, humans who discovered the truth often [[DrivenToSuicide killed themselves]], and Forerunners who discover the truth either employ extreme denial or suffer from extreme existential horror.
20th Nov '16 2:16:35 AM CutePenguin123
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* In ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'', Freddy Fazbear himself will appear at your left door to play an OminousMusicBoxTune should you run out of power. Unless you are very close to 6 AM, your CruelAndUnusualDeath is inevitable.
6th Nov '16 7:11:16 PM TimeTravelerEon
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* ''VisualNovel/LamentoBeyondTheVoid'' has an in-universe example. Due to the village of Karou on the brink of starvation, they've begun to resort to cannibalism, and one of the things that pushes [[TheHero Konoe]] to flee from Karou is being chosen as the next sacrifice.
30th Oct '16 1:25:22 AM marethyu759
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Äs Nödt's power isn't about explicable fear, it's about fear that goes to the very core of what it means to be alive. It's the kind of fear that runs solely on instinct; it cannot be rationalised and cannot be fought. In short, he weaponises fear into an EmotionBomb that instantly "nukes" the victim. The form the fear takes can be absolutely anything - from what a person can expect to fear to what they never believed could ever bother them. There is no defence, even ''[[TheStoic Byakuya]]'' succumbed. [[spoiler: It manifested for Byakuya as an hallucination of Rukia's face rotting to pieces.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Äs Nödt's power isn't about explicable fear, it's about fear that goes to the very core of what it means to be alive. It's the kind of fear that runs solely on instinct; it cannot be rationalised and cannot be fought. In short, he weaponises fear into an EmotionBomb that instantly "nukes" the victim. The form the fear takes can be absolutely anything - from what a person can expect to fear to what they never believed could ever bother them. There is no defence, even ''[[TheStoic Byakuya]]'' succumbed. [[spoiler: It manifested for Byakuya as an a hallucination of Rukia's face rotting to pieces.]]
25th Oct '16 11:42:37 AM JMQwilleran
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* On ''WesternAnimation/SidTheScienceKid'', Sid and his friends are all a bit afraid of the dark in "Discovering Darkness" and the book ''I'm Not Afraid of the Dark''. They overcome their fear after doing some scientific experimentation and realizing that the things around them don't change simply because it's dark.



** Of course, rollercoasters play on that primal fear quite intentionally: the draw is that you get to scare yourself silly without actually endangering yourself.

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** Of course, rollercoasters play on that primal fear quite intentionally: the draw is that you get to scare yourself silly without actually endangering yourself. The ''catch'' is that the fear can be at least somewhat legitimate, since rollercoasters have malfunctioned before, albeit rarely.
9th Oct '16 7:38:34 PM Vir
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9th Oct '16 7:33:52 PM Vir
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* Adventure games like the good old {{Creator/Sierra}} ones could find ways of invoking this. KingsQuestV for instance was one of the first fully voiced games, and taking a wrong step, then hearing Graham's blood-curdling scream as he fell to his HaveANiceDeath was incredibly scary. Also counts as Sudden Sights and Sounds.

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* Adventure games like the good old {{Creator/Sierra}} ones could find ways of invoking this. KingsQuestV ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVAbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder'' for instance was one of the first fully voiced games, and taking a wrong step, then hearing Graham's blood-curdling scream as he fell to his HaveANiceDeath was incredibly scary. Also counts as Sudden Sights and Sounds.
23rd Sep '16 9:46:40 PM nombretomado
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* From ''TheBraveLittleToaster'', "Worthless" is a blues song about cars remembering their glory days just before their feeding to a trash compactor. The titular refrain implies that no matter what they did, they ultimately are, no matter who they were, "worthless". A good example about how a TearJerker moment can still be scary in a distant sense.

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* From ''TheBraveLittleToaster'', ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', "Worthless" is a blues song about cars remembering their glory days just before their feeding to a trash compactor. The titular refrain implies that no matter what they did, they ultimately are, no matter who they were, "worthless". A good example about how a TearJerker moment can still be scary in a distant sense.
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