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[[caption-width-right:350:Every parent's worst nightmare.]]

->''"[W]hen you get past the age where you’re capable of believing there’s something carnivorous and hairy under the bed, you don't then lose your capacity for fear. The monsters go, and in their place, lucky you, you get to start imagining real calamities: losing your parents in a car wreck, becoming destitute, having someone you love turn on you, or doing something so shocking that the community ostracizes you."''
-->-- '''Alyx Dellamonica''', ''[[http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/11/twilight-vs-flowers-in-the-attic-sick-sex-smackdown-eighties-style Twilight vs. Flowers in the Attic: Sick Sex Smackdown, Eighties Style]]''

Adult Fears are about the things mature, well-adjusted adults generally ''are'' concerned about, as opposed to supernatural or far-fetched fears: the [[MamaBear safety of]] [[PapaWolf their children]], the safety of their neighborhood, [[YourCheatingHeart the fidelity of their spouse]], [[WithFriendsLikeThese the loyalty of their friends and coworkers]], [[StarvingStudent being able to pay their bills]], etc. RuleOfScary is needed to get from concern to real fear, but WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief must be maintained for effect. To an adult (especially [[OverprotectiveDad paranoid fathers]]), kids being preyed upon by [[PaedoHunt pedophiles]] or [[TheSociopath sociopaths]] is scarier than kids being preyed upon by a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]. [[OutlivingOnesOffspring Outliving your children in general]] might be the worst fear of this kind.

The audience reaction is still to be scared, but this trope plays down the shock factor of more fantastical horror and plays up the relative realism of more mundane threats.

Can have [[ThinkOfTheChildren political purposes]] as well as entertaining ones.

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