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4th Aug '16 2:20:39 AM PaulA
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* In ''[[Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover A Princess of Landover]]'', Crabbit, head librarian of Libiris, is this--tall, dark, and sinister, dressing all in black, gaunt and cold, and at first extremely inhospitable. After Mistaya claims to be his page's sister, [[SubvertedTrope he allows her to stay and seems to thaw]], showing a friendlier (albeit clearly out-of-practice) side. [[DoubleSubverted But then he turns out to be]] an EvilSorcerer [[SealedEvilInACan trying to release he demons of Abaddon]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Landover]], and he only let Mistaya stay because he knew exactly who she was and wanted to use her to {{Blackmail}} her parents.

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* In ''[[Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover A Princess of Landover]]'', ''Literature/APrincessOfLandover'', Crabbit, head librarian of Libiris, is this--tall, dark, and sinister, dressing all in black, gaunt and cold, and at first extremely inhospitable. After Mistaya claims to be his page's sister, [[SubvertedTrope he allows her to stay and seems to thaw]], showing a friendlier (albeit clearly out-of-practice) side. [[DoubleSubverted But then he turns out to be]] an EvilSorcerer [[SealedEvilInACan trying to release he demons of Abaddon]] and [[TakeOverTheWorld take over Landover]], and he only let Mistaya stay because he knew exactly who she was and wanted to use her to {{Blackmail}} her parents.
29th Jul '16 2:45:15 PM StFan
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* ''[[RealTrailerFakeMovie Conan The Librarian]]'', from Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
-->"DON'T YOU KNOW THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM?"
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' opens with a genuinely alarming spectral librarian, who at first appears to be a homely old woman (who responds with a "Shhh!" when they try to speak to her), but who [[GameFace turns scary and horrific when they make a rush at her]]. The [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 video game]] makes her surprisingly sympathetic: [[spoiler: she was seduced and murdered by a man who would later become Azetlor the Collector, the true "boss" of the Public Library.]]
%%* It could have been much worse: do an image search on the movie ''Film/FrightNight1985'' to see the ghost they rejected for being too hideous.
%%* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' had one in the character of Charlene.
* The librarian in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' has tentacles, can grow to an incredible height, and will throw anyone who annoys her out the window. Fortunately, she's quite slow and has poor eyesight.

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* ''[[RealTrailerFakeMovie Conan The Librarian]]'', from Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
-->"DON'T YOU KNOW THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM?"
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' opens
Mentioned once in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''... bearing an axe about the size of Milo. Actually a bit of a RunningGag: Blinky's Anxiety Closet occasionally reveals he ''still'' hadn't returned that overdue copy of GreenEggsAndHam... with a genuinely alarming spectral librarian, who at first appears to be a homely old woman (who responds with a "Shhh!" when they try to speak to her), but who [[GameFace turns scary and horrific when they make a rush at her]]. The [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 video game]] makes her surprisingly sympathetic: [[spoiler: she was seduced and murdered by a man who would later become Azetlor the Collector, the true "boss" of the Public Library.]]
%%* It could have been much worse: do an image search on the movie ''Film/FrightNight1985'' to see the ghost they rejected for being too hideous.
%%* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' had one in the character of Charlene.
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AxCrazy librarian in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' showing up to note how many days overdue it is. Every revisit (into the ''Outland'' and ''Opus'' sequels) has tentacles, can grow to an incredible height, and will throw anyone who annoys her out the window. Fortunately, she's quite slow and has poor eyesight.day count go up.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin was once horrified at the thought of having not returned a library book on time, expecting the librarians to break his knees or something. After learning that he would simply receive a small fine, he noted to himself that he naturally expected the consequences to be more severe simply from the looks the librarians give him.



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* The librarian in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'' has tentacles, can grow to an incredible height, and will throw anyone who annoys her out the window. Fortunately, she's quite slow and has poor eyesight.
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* ''[[RealTrailerFakeMovie Conan The Librarian]]'', from Music/WeirdAlYankovic's ''Film/{{UHF}}''.
-->"DON'T YOU KNOW THE DEWEY DECIMAL SYSTEM?"
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|1984}}'' opens with a genuinely alarming spectral librarian, who at first appears to be a homely old woman (who responds with a "Shhh!" when they try to speak to her), but who [[GameFace turns scary and horrific when they make a rush at her]]. The [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 video game]] makes her surprisingly sympathetic: [[spoiler:she was seduced and murdered by a man who would later become Azetlor the Collector, the true "boss" of the Public Library.]]
%%* It could have been much worse: do an image search on the movie ''Film/FrightNight1985'' to see the ghost they rejected for being too hideous.
%%* ''Film/TheLibrarian'' had one in the character of Charlene.
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* Madame Pince, from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books. Being a witch, she doesn't even need to be in the same room as you - start drawing in the margins and the book will come alive and attack you. Creator/JKRowling once said in an interview that the Hogwarts library had to have one of these since a nice, helpful librarian would resolve plots too quickly. She also apologized to all librarians for this portrayal.

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* Madame Pince, from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books. Being a witch, she doesn't even need to be in the same room as you - -- start drawing in the margins and the book will come alive and attack you. Creator/JKRowling once said in an interview that the Hogwarts library had to have one of these since a nice, helpful librarian would resolve plots too quickly. She also apologized to all librarians for this portrayal.



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* Mentioned once in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''... bearing an axe about the size of Milo. Actually a bit of a RunningGag: Blinky's Anxiety Closet occasionally reveals he ''still'' hadn't returned that overdue copy of GreenEggsAndHam... with the AxCrazy librarian showing up to note how many days overdue it is. Every revisit (into the ''Outland'' and ''Opus'' sequels) has the day count go up.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin was once horrified at the thought of having not returned a library book on time, expecting the librarians to break his knees or something. After learning that he would simply receive a small fine, he noted to himself that he naturally expected the consequences to be more severe simply from the looks the librarians give him.

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* Mentioned once Librarians in ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty''... bearing an axe about the size of Milo. Actually a bit of a RunningGag: Blinky's Anxiety Closet occasionally reveals he ''still'' hadn't returned that overdue copy of GreenEggsAndHam... with ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe not only keep the AxCrazy Libraries of the SpaceMarine chapters in order, but each one is also a [[PsychicPowers psyker]] AND a Space Marine, and has full access to PowerArmor, [[{{BFG}} bolt weapons]], [[{{BFS}} power swords]], and [[WeaponofChoice psychic-energy channeling staves]].
* The Liebrarian from ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland''. [[NightmareFuel "How would YOU like to be misplaced!?"]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WanderingMonstersHighSchool'', the school
librarian showing up is a banshee; students do NOT want her to note how many days overdue it is. Every revisit (into the ''Outland'' and ''Opus'' sequels) has the day count go up.
* In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin was once horrified
yell at the thought of having not returned a library book on time, expecting the librarians to break his knees or something. After learning that he would simply receive a small fine, he noted to himself that he naturally expected the consequences to be more severe simply from the looks the librarians give him.them for being noisy.



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* The librarians are some of the most terrifying things [[Podcast/WelcometoNightvale Night Vale]] has to offer - which, given the vaguely Lovecraftian nature of the show as a whole, is certainly saying something.
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* Librarians in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe not only keep the Libraries of the SpaceMarine chapters in order, but each one is also a [[PsychicPowers psyker]] AND a Space Marine, and has full access to PowerArmor, [[{{BFG}} bolt weapons]], [[{{BFS}} power swords]], and [[WeaponofChoice psychic-energy channeling staves]].
* The Liebrarian from ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland''. [[NightmareFuel "How would YOU like to be misplaced!?"]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WanderingMonstersHighSchool'', the school librarian is a banshee; students do NOT want her to yell at them for being noisy.
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* The librarians are some of the most terrifying things [[Podcast/WelcometoNightvale Night Vale]] has to offer - which, given the vaguely Lovecraftian nature of the show as a whole, is certainly saying something.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* Librarians in the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe not only keep the Libraries of the SpaceMarine chapters in order, but each one is also a [[PsychicPowers psyker]] AND a Space Marine, and has full access to PowerArmor, [[{{BFG}} bolt weapons]], [[{{BFS}} power swords]], and [[WeaponofChoice psychic-energy channeling staves]].
* The Liebrarian from ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland''. [[NightmareFuel "How would YOU like to be misplaced!?"]]
* In ''TabletopGame/WanderingMonstersHighSchool'', the school librarian is a banshee; students do NOT want her to yell at them for being noisy.
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%%* Eike from ''{{Suikoden 3}}'', but he's a nice guy, really.
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%%* Eike from ''{{Suikoden 3}}'', ''VideoGame/SuikodenIII'', but he's a nice guy, really.
%%* IMMeen?
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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', Hermaeus Mora rules over Apocrypha, an entire dimension that is basically one terrifying gigantic library. People have to sell their souls to check out books. Trying to prevent Mora from adding a new book to his collection earns you a bad case of tentacles through the face.

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* In ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'', ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
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Hermaeus Mora rules over Apocrypha, an entire dimension that is basically one terrifying gigantic library. People have to sell their souls to check out books. Trying to prevent Mora from adding a new book to his collection earns you a bad case of tentacles through the face.



-->''"Disrupt my Arcanaeum, and I will have you torn apart by angry atronachs."''

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-->''"Disrupt --->'''Urag gro-Shub:''' Disrupt my Arcanaeum, and I will have you torn apart by angry atronachs."''



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* In ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', [[AxCrazy Flippy]] works as a librarian in the episode ''Random Acts of Silence''. Said episode just happens to be the first (and so far, only) one where more than one character are afraid of him before he snaps.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Cegorach, MonsterClown extraordinaire, is the librarian of the Black Library, to almost fatal results for Azhek Ahriman and his forces trying to invade the place.
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* In ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', [[AxCrazy Flippy]] works as a librarian in the episode ''Random Acts of Silence''. Said episode just happens to be the first (and so far, only) one where more than one character are afraid of him before he snaps.

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* In ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', [[AxCrazy Flippy]] works as a librarian in the episode ''Random Acts of Silence''. Said episode just happens to be the first (and so far, only) one where more than one character are afraid of him before he snaps.
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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, the [[SuperheroSchool WhateleyAcademy]] head librarian Miss Henderson is tough enough to keep superpowered mutant students in line, but the really scary part is one of her student assistants: PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo, who most students will run from.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Cegorach, MonsterClown extraordinaire, is the librarian of the Black Library, to almost fatal results for Azhek Ahriman and his forces trying to invade the place.
* The Librarians of the [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Night Vale]] Public Library are deadly [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] that are feared by all. [[Recap/WelcomeToNightValeLiveEpisodeTheLibrarian When one escaped from the library]], it sent the town into a panic.

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* In the Literature/WhateleyUniverse, ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', the [[SuperheroSchool WhateleyAcademy]] Whateley Academy]] head librarian Miss Henderson is tough enough to keep superpowered mutant students in line, but the really scary part is one of her student assistants: PersonOfMassDestruction Tennyo, who most students will run from.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', Cegorach, MonsterClown extraordinaire, is the librarian of the Black Library, to almost fatal results for Azhek Ahriman and his forces trying to invade the place.
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''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': The Librarians of the [[Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale Night Vale]] Vale Public Library are deadly [[EldritchAbomination Eldritch Abominations]] that are feared by all. [[Recap/WelcomeToNightValeLiveEpisodeTheLibrarian When one escaped escapes from the library]], it sent sends the town into a panic.



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20th May '16 7:19:16 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' opens with a genuinely alarming spectral librarian, who at first appears to be a homely old woman (who responds with a "Shhh!" when they try to speak to her), but who [[GameFace turns scary and horrific when they make a rush at her]]. The video game makes her surprisingly sympathetic: [[spoiler: she was seduced and murdered by a man who would later become Azetlor the Collector, the true "boss" of the Public Library.]]

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* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}'' ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'' opens with a genuinely alarming spectral librarian, who at first appears to be a homely old woman (who responds with a "Shhh!" when they try to speak to her), but who [[GameFace turns scary and horrific when they make a rush at her]]. The [[VideoGame/GhostbustersTheVideoGame 2009 video game game]] makes her surprisingly sympathetic: [[spoiler: she was seduced and murdered by a man who would later become Azetlor the Collector, the true "boss" of the Public Library.]]



* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies the concept with its "banshee librarian", a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.

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* ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' parodies the concept with its "banshee librarian", a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''.''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}''.
18th Mar '16 3:44:12 AM demonfiren
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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Finn may not be an official librarian, but could certainly be considered one given the amount of time he spends in the Circle library. The "scary" part is demonstrated during his first meeting with the Warden, where without any fear at all, he walks up to the heavily armed stranger in the Tower and [[BerserkButton proceed to yell]] at them for [[FelonyMisdemeanor mishandling]] their most [[SeriousBusiness valuable antique books]].

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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', Finn may not be an official librarian, but could certainly be considered one given the amount of time he spends in the Circle library. The "scary" part is demonstrated during his first meeting with the Warden, where without any fear at all, he walks up to the heavily armed stranger in the Tower and [[BerserkButton proceed proceeds to yell]] at them for [[FelonyMisdemeanor mishandling]] their most [[SeriousBusiness valuable antique books]].
12th Mar '16 12:51:46 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has a ''crazy'' librarian. If students claimed they returned books but they aren't in the slots, she screeches [[IncrediblyLamePun "Not ACCORDI-ON to me!"]] While playing the accordion awfully.

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* ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'' has a ''crazy'' librarian. If students claimed they returned books but they aren't in the slots, she screeches [[IncrediblyLamePun "Not ACCORDI-ON to me!"]] me!" While playing the accordion awfully.
12th Mar '16 12:51:31 PM Morgenthaler
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%%* The episode of ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' called "The Tale of the Quiet Librarian." Need I say more?
* Mr. Bookman, the library cop from ''{{Seinfeld}}'', who treats Jerry like a murder suspect for having a book a couple of decades overdue.

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%%* The episode of ''AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark'' called "The Tale of the Quiet Librarian." Need I say more?
* Mr. Bookman, the library cop from ''{{Seinfeld}}'', ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', who treats Jerry like a murder suspect for having a book a couple of decades overdue.



* Pee-Wee Herman once got to role-play as one of these in a later episode of ''PeeWeesPlayhouse''.

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* Pee-Wee Herman once got to role-play as one of these in a later episode of ''PeeWeesPlayhouse''.''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
19th Feb '16 3:20:21 PM Josef5678
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Sometimes coincides with MagicLibrarian. Compare SadistTeacher, BadassBookworm. Contrast ([[FetishFuel or not]])HotLibrarian. See also SpookySilentLibrary.

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Sometimes coincides with MagicLibrarian. Compare SadistTeacher, BadassBookworm. Contrast ([[FetishFuel or not]])HotLibrarian.not]]) HotLibrarian. See also SpookySilentLibrary.
19th Feb '16 6:13:53 AM Willbyr
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18th Feb '16 11:03:20 AM DeisTheAlcano
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18th Feb '16 9:51:25 AM HeraldAlberich
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