Created By: IridescentIndividual on March 14, 2012 Last Edited By: IridescentIndividual on March 15, 2012

More Scared of You Than You Are of It

Whenever someone says...well, the title. Whether or not it's true.

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You're facing down an evil beast, the terror of the seven seas, the last known living dragon, a man with the ability to freeze you into ice with his touch, or the smallest spider you've ever seen in your life that's minding its own business in the corner. Whatever the reason, you are terrified.

And your friend quickly assures you, "It's more scared of you than you are of it."

And in some cases, it's true, like the spider. You put it under a cup and take it outside and that's that. Of course, when you're saying it about the zombie demon, it might be more of a Blatant Lie.

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In the Merlin episode Le Morte d'Arthur, Arthur assures a (nervous) Merlin that the best they are hunting is more frightened of them than they are of it. A giant, dragon-like beast then promptly attacks them.
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  • March 14, 2012
    Seems more like a Stock Phrase than a trope.
  • March 14, 2012
    This will get autocutlisted by Fast Eddie if the title isn't improved to not sound like dialogue.

    That said, though, it does seem tropable. I seem to recall someone being told "it's more afraid of you than you are of it" and then returning, clothing shredded to say something along the lines of "That turns out to not be the case."
  • March 14, 2012
    No New Stock Phrases. The trope is never about people merely saying X. It's about the context in which it occurs.
  • March 15, 2012
    For one, it's a Stock Phrase only if it's always phrased this way. Is it?

  • March 15, 2012
    I can't think of any specific examples, but it seems to me like the phrase is often used sardonically, such as in cases where they're facing something blatantly evil and dangerous-looking, and one character will joke "aw, don't worry, it's more scare of you than you are it..."
  • March 15, 2012
    The Dr. Seuss short story "What was I scared of?"