Created By: ilniajAugust 27, 2013 Last Edited By: ilniajSeptember 13, 2013
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Deliberately Terrifying

Someone who purposely tries to be Nightmare Fuel.

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This person tries to be pure Nightmare Fuel. Either successfully or unsuccessfully.

Their powers may be mundane, or fantastic in nature. Mundane means that the person practices a Slasher Smile, acts like a Complete Monster, puts a lot of effort into looking terrifying, or uses contrast between an innocent appearance and terrifying behavior. Fantastic versions usually involve, shadow powers, Mind Rape, Necromancy or the Power Of The Void.

There are many reasons that someone might do this. Perhaps they feed off of fear (metaphorically or literally). It may be a tactic since terrified opponents make tactical mistakes. Perhaps their target is a Nightmare Fetishist and they are doing so because the target enjoys it.

Note that this trope isn't limited to villains. Heroes are perfectly free to engage in this as well.

Comic Books
  • The DC Universe villain The Scarecrow wears a scary looking costume and uses a poison gas that causes fear in his victims.
  • The Green Goblin from Spider Man intentionally plays up the scary Halloween motif with Pumpkin bombs and a goblin mask.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • August 27, 2013
    TheTitan99
    • Doctor Destiny in Justice League has powers over dreams, giving people, including the Justice League themselves, lethal nightmares.

    (He probably does in the comics too, but I only know the show.)
  • August 28, 2013
    Arivne
    Edit: Moved my "literally give someone a nightmare" examples to "Dream Demon".

    TheTitan99, Psi001 and Duncan: Your examples would fit better there too.
  • August 28, 2013
    Psi001
    • Zordrak, the Lord of Nightmares in The Dreamstone, a demonic overlord whose entire motive in early episodes of the series was the steal the title stone that magically protects the heroes from his Argorrible spirits that dispense nightmares. Later episodes extend his goals to world domination, making his Big Bad role less a case of Felony Misdemeanor.
  • August 28, 2013
    Duncan
  • August 28, 2013
    ilniaj
    Okay this is going to need a better name since all the examples people have given are fantastic and involve directly causing nightmares. This trope is about someone using their abilities to scare everyone witless.
  • August 29, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ Not just the title but the first sentence of the description ("This person tries to make their victims have nightmares") as well.

    Words like "terrify", "fear" and "scary" might be appropriate.

    Deliberately Terrifying? Deliberately Scary?

    Comic Books
    • The DC Universe villain The Scarecrow wears a scary looking costume and uses a poison gas that causes fear in his victims.

    Edit: deleted the Batman example and moved The Shadow example to Terror Hero.
  • August 29, 2013
    DAN004
    Heroic examples go to Terror Hero I think. It's a big trope already.

    Anyways this is related to The Dreaded.

    @ ilniaj: The description itself said this can be either mundane or fantastic... So I don't think we have to change the title.
  • August 29, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
  • August 29, 2013
    justanotherrandomlurker
    Film
  • August 29, 2013
    lakingsif
    Loki, in The Avengers, tries to Mind Screw the Black Widow with information he gathered by legitimately Mind Screw-ing Hawkeye. She shudders.
  • August 30, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    In my opinion, this trope is already covered by Terror Hero, The Dreaded, and the more fantastic cases by Emotion Bomb.
  • August 30, 2013
    1810072342
    Video Game: Darkrai is a Legendary Pokemon who can create nightmares that people then can't wake up from.
  • August 30, 2013
    DAN004
    Rarely does Emotion Bomb lead to nightmares, though...
  • September 1, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    checked the most obvious example. this is apparently already covered by Dream Weaver. should OP elaborate on that trope instead?
  • September 1, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Dream Weaver can be used for good ends (i.e making sweet dreams) and is supernatural in nature while this can be either fantastic or mundane and always used for bad ends.
  • September 2, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^ @Shanghai Slave: The OP ilniaj explained in a post above that this trope is not intended to be about a character who literally induces nightmares in another person while they're asleep. It's supposed to be about someone trying to scare another person while the victim is awake.

    I advised him to change the first sentence of the description but he didn't, so it's still confusing.
  • September 2, 2013
    ShanghaiSlave
    i see. I guess until the OP comes back and fixes it, this thing ain't going nowhere.
  • September 2, 2013
    DAN004
    @ Arivne: O rly?

    Their powers may be mundane, or fantastic in nature.

    Though Mind Rape would very well cover the fantastic part...
  • September 2, 2013
    peccantis
    disregard
  • September 3, 2013
    Arivne
    ^^ @DAN 004: I'm afraid I have no idea which of my statements you're responding to or what you're saying.
  • September 4, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ I took the emboldened from the description. :P
  • September 10, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    The Green Goblin from Spider Man intentionally plays up the scary Halloween motif with Pumpkin bombs and a goblin mask.

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