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25th Apr '16 7:00:57 PM AntMan
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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "Fungus Humongous" did this through mutant fungi that spread fear-hallucination inducing spores. Unusually for these types of episodes in Western animation, every fear encountered had been established before, or were completely reasonable given experiences from previous episodes. Raph and Casey had already been explicitly shown to have a phobia of cockroaches and rats respectively, Mikey was scared of the Squirrelanoids they'd encountered before, Donny feared that April hated him both for the more shallow reason of him being a mutant and for the much more guilt-ridden reason of accidentally mutating her father, April was terrified of bats due to having seen her father turn into a particularly grotesque version of one that kidnapped her, and Leo has been shown several times throughout the show to worry about his duties and capabilities as team leader.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "Fungus Humongous" did this through mutant fungi that spread fear-hallucination inducing spores. Unusually for these types of episodes in Western animation, every fear encountered had been established before, or were completely reasonable given experiences from previous episodes. Raph and Casey had already been explicitly shown to have a phobia of cockroaches and rats respectively, Mikey was scared of the Squirrelanoids they'd encountered before, Donny feared that April hated him both for the more shallow reason of him being a mutant and for the much more guilt-ridden reason of accidentally mutating her father, April was terrified of bats due to having seen her father turn into a particularly grotesque version of one that kidnapped her, and Leo has been shown several times throughout the show to worry about his duties and capabilities as team leader. Leonardo manages to overcome the effects and destroy the source of the fungus, saying that he has to face his fear every day.
1st Jan '16 8:09:27 PM nombretomado
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* {{Life}} episode "Not for Nothing" turned out to be this.
* {{Smallville}}'s "Scare" involved an industrial toxin that caused everyone to experience their worst fear before falling into a lethal coma. Lex's was fun.

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* {{Life}} ''Series/{{Life}}'' episode "Not for Nothing" turned out to be this.
* {{Smallville}}'s ''Series/{{Smallville}}'''s "Scare" involved an industrial toxin that caused everyone to experience their worst fear before falling into a lethal coma. Lex's was fun.
29th Nov '15 9:30:05 PM NemoSpecific
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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Brough to the team by Scarlet Witch illusions. Tony sees his friends die, Natasha is forced to relieve her traumatic training, Thor witnesses Hell coming to Asgard and Steve is faced with no war to fight, leaving him without purpose. We never see what she shows to Bruce, but he has enough demons of his own.

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* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'': Brough Brought to the team by Scarlet Witch Witch's illusions. Tony sees his friends die, Natasha is forced to relieve her traumatic training, Thor witnesses Hell coming to Asgard and Steve is faced with no war to fight, leaving him without purpose. We never see what she shows to Bruce, but he has enough demons of his own.
29th Nov '15 9:26:53 PM NemoSpecific
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** Kid Flash (Wally West) feared of becoming Evil-Raven's love slave due to her powers influencing him into joining the Titans (which emphasizes his struggle with indecision).

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** Kid Flash (Wally West) feared was afraid of becoming Evil-Raven's love slave due to her powers influencing him into joining the Titans (which emphasizes his struggle with indecision).
15th Nov '15 1:48:18 PM nombretomado
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* In an episode of ''RoninWarriors'', [[ManipulativeBastard Dais]] revealed to [[TheBigGuy Kento]] that the more he used his Hardrock Armor, the more bloodlust he would experience. Instead of being able to use the armor for good, he would use it for evil. For a while, Kento was afraid to summon his full armor in [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou fear of hurting his loved ones]]. But when saw [[BrattyHalfPint Yuli]] get hurt, he decided to [[ThePowerOfFriendship push aside his fear]], armored up, and defeated Dais.

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* In an episode of ''RoninWarriors'', ''Anime/RoninWarriors'', [[ManipulativeBastard Dais]] revealed to [[TheBigGuy Kento]] that the more he used his Hardrock Armor, the more bloodlust he would experience. Instead of being able to use the armor for good, he would use it for evil. For a while, Kento was afraid to summon his full armor in [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou fear of hurting his loved ones]]. But when saw [[BrattyHalfPint Yuli]] get hurt, he decided to [[ThePowerOfFriendship push aside his fear]], armored up, and defeated Dais.
15th Oct '15 4:51:18 PM Vir
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* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only A Dream]]", when Doctor Destiny sticks the core seven into their own worst nightmares. Superman was afraid of his powers going out of control and killing all his loved ones. Hawkgirl is [[{{Claustrophobia}} trapped in a coffin and buried alive]] (this was [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] earlier in the episode). Flash fears that he would run so fast that the rest of the world would [[TimeStandsStill freeze in time]]. GreenLantern is afraid that he was [[LossOfIdentity becoming nothing more than a tool for a ring, and losing touch with where he came from]]--reflected in people being afraid of him and being unable to communicate with him, as though it were just another of the alien worlds he's been tasked to protect. Franchise/{{Batman}} cheats--despite telling Dr Destiny how "My mind is not a nice place to be" he just chugs coffee and stays awake until he takes him down, so we never do find out what he fears.

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* Happens in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "[[Recap/JusticeLeagueS2E5And6OnlyADream Only A a Dream]]", when Doctor Destiny sticks the core seven into their own worst nightmares. Superman was afraid of his powers going out of control and killing all his loved ones. Hawkgirl is [[{{Claustrophobia}} trapped in a coffin and buried alive]] (this was [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] earlier in the episode). Flash fears that he would run so fast that the rest of the world would [[TimeStandsStill freeze in time]]. GreenLantern is afraid that he was [[LossOfIdentity becoming nothing more than a tool for a ring, and losing touch with where he came from]]--reflected in people being afraid of him and being unable to communicate with him, as though it were just another of the alien worlds he's been tasked to protect. Franchise/{{Batman}} cheats--despite telling Dr Destiny how "My mind is not a nice place to be" he just chugs coffee and stays awake until he takes him down, so we never do find out what he fears.



* Every Scarecrow appearance in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' went like this, but it was taken to its peak in "Over The Edge", in which [[spoiler:Batgirl hallucinates ''her own death'' and her father turning against Batman, whom he blames for it]]. Add in the scarier redesign of the Scarecrow for the last season and the voice of Jeffery Combs, and it's horrifying.

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* Every Scarecrow appearance in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' went like this, but it was taken to its peak in "Over The the Edge", in which [[spoiler:Batgirl hallucinates ''her own death'' and her father turning against Batman, whom he blames for it]]. Add in the scarier redesign of the Scarecrow for the last season and the voice of Jeffery Combs, and it's horrifying.



* The Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' focused on a experiment that could shapeshift into a person's deepest fears. Of them we learn Stitch is afraid of water (due to his creation excluding buoyancy), Lilo is afraid of clowns (this from a girl who ''loves'' monster movies by the way), Jumba is afraid of his ex-wife, Pleakly is afraid of his mother, Mertle and her posse are scared of Lilo herself (Though that could've been the costume she was wearing at the moment--being an undead hula girl with a rubber axe in her head) and perhaps the most shocking is Nani's--its being told that she's an unfit and having her sister taken away by child service (which actually happened in the movie).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' episode "Fear Itself", the titular Ghostbusters encounter a Ghost who can manifest their greatest fears; Gothgirl Kylie is afraid of Maggots, Tech-Guy Roland is afraid of [[AIisaCrapshoot his own machines turning against him]], Slacker Eduardo is afraid of Death, and gung-ho Paraplegic Garrett is [[{{Claustrophobia}} claustrophobic]], though he refuses to admit it. Also Slimer is terrified of... broccoli.

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* The Halloween episode of ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' focused on a experiment that could shapeshift into a person's deepest fears. Of them we learn Stitch is afraid of water (due to his creation excluding buoyancy), Lilo is afraid of clowns (this from a girl who ''loves'' monster movies by the way), Jumba is afraid of his ex-wife, Pleakly is afraid of his mother, Mertle and her posse are scared of Lilo herself (Though that could've been the costume she was wearing at the moment--being an undead hula girl with a rubber axe in her head) and perhaps the most shocking is Nani's--its Nani's--it's being told that she's an unfit and having her sister taken away by child service (which actually happened in the movie).
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' episode "Fear Itself", the titular Ghostbusters encounter a Ghost who can manifest their greatest fears; Gothgirl Kylie is afraid of Maggots, Tech-Guy Roland is afraid of [[AIisaCrapshoot [[AIIsACrapshoot his own machines turning against him]], Slacker Eduardo is afraid of Death, and gung-ho Paraplegic Garrett is [[{{Claustrophobia}} claustrophobic]], though he refuses to admit it. Also Slimer is terrified of... broccoli.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' episode "Strange Days" everyone in New York and possibly the world (except for Spider-Man, Iron Fist, and Doctor Strange) are put to sleep by Nightmare who feeds on their worst fears in their dreams. White Tiger's fear is failing her exams, Power Man's fear is not being able to save his friends, Iron Fist's fear is thinking that he isn't worthy of his powers, Doctor Strange's fear is realizing that magic isn't real, and Nova is afraid of rabbits. Nightmare tries to pull one on Spidey by making him look back at his failure to save Uncle Ben, but Spider-man accepted his guilt and overcomes his fear, allowing him to beat Nightmare, because he figured out that nightmares aren't real.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Ultimate Spider-Man}}'' ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' episode "Strange Days" everyone in New York and possibly the world (except for Spider-Man, Iron Fist, and Doctor Strange) are put to sleep by Nightmare who feeds on their worst fears in their dreams. White Tiger's fear is failing her exams, Power Man's fear is not being able to save his friends, Iron Fist's fear is thinking that he isn't worthy of his powers, Doctor Strange's fear is realizing that magic isn't real, and Nova is afraid of rabbits. Nightmare tries to pull one on Spidey by making him look back at his failure to save Uncle Ben, but Spider-man accepted his guilt and overcomes his fear, allowing him to beat Nightmare, because he figured out that nightmares aren't real.



* ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' featured "Night of Fear," in which we learn that [[AcePilot Sprx]]'s worst fear is going blind, [[TheProfessor Gibson]]'s worst fear is losing his intelligence and becoming a TalkativeLoon, [[TheStoic Antauri]] fears losing control of his robot body, [[ActionGirl Nova]] fears becoming a coward, [[TheHero Chiro]] fears being reverted back into a little kid, and [[CloudCuckooLander Otto]] fears clams with feet.

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* ''SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' featured "Night of Fear," in which we learn that [[AcePilot Sprx]]'s worst fear is going blind, [[TheProfessor Gibson]]'s worst fear is losing his intelligence and becoming a TalkativeLoon, [[TheStoic Antauri]] fears losing control of his robot body, [[ActionGirl Nova]] fears becoming a coward, [[TheHero Chiro]] fears being reverted back into a little kid, and [[CloudCuckooLander Otto]] fears clams with feet.



* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "Fungus Humongous" did this through mutant fungi that spread fear-hallucination inducing spores. Unusually for these types of episodes in Western Animation, every fear encountered had been established before, or were completely reasonable given experiences from previous episodes. Raph and Casey had already been explicitly shown to have a phobia of cockroaches and rats respectively, Mikey was scared of the Squirrelanoids they'd encountered before, Donny feared that April hated him both for the more shallow reason of him being a mutant and for the much more guilt-ridden reason of accidentally mutating her father, April was terrified of Bats due to having seen her father turn into a particularly grotesque version of one that kidnapped her, and Leo has been shown several times throughout the show to worry about his duties and capabilities as team leader.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' episode "Fungus Humongous" did this through mutant fungi that spread fear-hallucination inducing spores. Unusually for these types of episodes in Western Animation, animation, every fear encountered had been established before, or were completely reasonable given experiences from previous episodes. Raph and Casey had already been explicitly shown to have a phobia of cockroaches and rats respectively, Mikey was scared of the Squirrelanoids they'd encountered before, Donny feared that April hated him both for the more shallow reason of him being a mutant and for the much more guilt-ridden reason of accidentally mutating her father, April was terrified of Bats bats due to having seen her father turn into a particularly grotesque version of one that kidnapped her, and Leo has been shown several times throughout the show to worry about his duties and capabilities as team leader.
15th Oct '15 4:49:05 PM Vir
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-->-- '''Gwen''', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', "Phobia Factor"

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-->-- '''Gwen''', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'', "Phobia Factor"



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' had this... and their [[JerkAss psycho host]] Chris [[YourWorstNightmare tailor-made challenges for each contestant]] according to their fears. Courtney, however, had never told anyone her fear, though Chris was able to figure it out: [[spoiler:green gelatin]].
** The ''All Stars'' episode crossed this with TheBoxingEpisode, making it into a FaceYourFears kind of thing. The wheel that would choose your opponent ''was'' supposed to be random, but was clearly rigged so the contestant would face the opponent they'd fear/be least capable of fighting. Scott had to face Fang, Sierra faced the mother of the mutants she had taken in, Alejandro faced his BigBrotherBully Jose, Duncan faced a cute bird he'd all but befriended the previous episode, and Gwen faced Courtney after finally fixing up their friendship. Only Mal and Cameron didn't have that honor, having to face each other's fears because all the contestants had realized that the wheel was rigged after Alejandro's fight.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Island'' had this... and their [[JerkAss [[{{Jerkass}} psycho host]] Chris [[YourWorstNightmare tailor-made challenges for each contestant]] according to their fears. Courtney, however, had never told anyone her fear, though Chris was able to figure it out: [[spoiler:green gelatin]].
** The ''All Stars'' ''All-Stars'' episode crossed this with TheBoxingEpisode, making it into a FaceYourFears kind of thing. The wheel that would choose your opponent ''was'' supposed to be random, but was clearly rigged so the contestant would face the opponent they'd fear/be least capable of fighting. Scott had to face Fang, Sierra faced the mother of the mutants she had taken in, Alejandro faced his BigBrotherBully Jose, Duncan faced a cute bird he'd all but befriended the previous episode, and Gwen faced Courtney after finally fixing up their friendship. Only Mal and Cameron didn't have that honor, having to face each other's fears because all the contestants had realized that the wheel was rigged after Alejandro's fight.
8th Oct '15 7:00:18 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline ''{{Knightfall}}''. The Scarecrow turns his toxin on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker to discover what he fears. The answer: [[spoiler: Nothing]].

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* Subverted in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' storyline ''{{Knightfall}}''.''ComicBook/{{Knightfall}}''. The Scarecrow turns his toxin on SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker to discover what he fears. The answer: [[spoiler: Nothing]].
19th Sep '15 4:07:45 PM nombretomado
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* In ''ElfQuest'''s Trial of Head, Hand and Heart arc, the Trial of Heart involves Savah mind-probing Cutter and Rayek to learn their deepest fears, and then setting challenges to see whether they can overcome them. The twist is that Cutter's challenge turns out to be Rayek's as well.

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* In ''ElfQuest'''s ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'''s Trial of Head, Hand and Heart arc, the Trial of Heart involves Savah mind-probing Cutter and Rayek to learn their deepest fears, and then setting challenges to see whether they can overcome them. The twist is that Cutter's challenge turns out to be Rayek's as well.
11th Sep '15 5:08:56 PM nombretomado
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** Incidentally, if BlackestNight is to be believed, the only thing that scares Scarecrow is Batman. The ''only'' thing - using his fear gas so much has made Scarecrow not just [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune to its effects]] but to feeling fear period. Except, as stated, the fear of Batman, to which there is no immunity.

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** Incidentally, if BlackestNight ComicBook/BlackestNight is to be believed, the only thing that scares Scarecrow is Batman. The ''only'' thing - using his fear gas so much has made Scarecrow not just [[AcquiredPoisonImmunity immune to its effects]] but to feeling fear period. Except, as stated, the fear of Batman, to which there is no immunity.



* This summer's CaptainAmerica/Thor centric Marvel CrisisCrossover ''Comicbook/FearItself'' looks to be one of these. The main plot involves [[BigBadDuumvirate Red Skull find the hammer of and resurrecting the spirit of the long dead of the Norse fear god]]. In the first issue as soon as Odin becomes aware of this he immediately [[TheWorfEffect tells Thor and the rest of Asgardians to pack their bags because they're leaving earth while they're still alive.]] Also, solicitations for tie-ins seem to indicate that there will be a lot of stories featuring the heroes of the Marvel universe facing their deepest fears head on.

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* This summer's CaptainAmerica/Thor centric The ComicBook/CaptainAmerica[=/=]Thor-centric Marvel CrisisCrossover ''Comicbook/FearItself'' looks to be is one of these. The main plot involves [[BigBadDuumvirate Red Skull find the hammer of and resurrecting the spirit of the long dead of the Norse fear god]]. In the first issue as soon as Odin becomes aware of this he immediately [[TheWorfEffect tells Thor and the rest of Asgardians to pack their bags because they're leaving earth while they're still alive.]] Also, solicitations for tie-ins seem to indicate that there will be a lot of stories featuring the heroes of the Marvel universe facing their deepest fears head on.
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