"That must be a shitty world you must live in, where you have to fear everything
Another idea that has been brewing in AXavierB's
head, still only in its conceptual stages, Fear Everything
is the story of Corinne "Cora" Giles; a teenage atheist who, at the behest of her religious parents, begrudgingly attends church. There, she meets a boy around her age named Crichton, who is at first put off by her grumpy disposition and apparent rancor toward religion. However, they become friends and begin hanging out together outside of church. Eventually, though, Cora learns that Crichton has an assortment of powers, which he utilizes apparently by siphoning off the worship of others, and discovers that he has a collection of people who treat him as their god.
- Adaptation Expansion - Very loosely based on a shitty short story AXavierB had to write for a literature assignment, about a girl named Cora who slipped into depression after her devout Christian aunt Lauren died, keeping an old snow globe (which Lauren had given to her when she was a little girl) to remember her by. In Fear Everything, the snow globe is replaced by a glass crucifix.
- A God Am I - Subverted; Crichton's fully conscious of the fact that he's nowhere near being a god; it's all a front to give his cult something to believe in. Played sort of straight by his "superiors", who see him as a valuable tool through which they can exert control over others.
- Assimilation Plot - The goal of the cult is to expand their numbers and control as many people as they can. They know spreading their system across the world or even the country is a pipe dream, but they're OK with just controlling a city or district, so it's all good.
- As the Good Book Says - Played straight and for laughs.
- Bloodstained Glass Windows - Cora and Crichton's final confrontation is in the church where they met.
- Boy Meets Girl - Averted; they're just friends.
- Christianity is Catholic - Averted; Cora goes to one of those loud, predominantly black Protestant churches. The architecture of the sanctuary does try to evoke the feel of a Catholic chapel, though.
- Corrupt Church - The church Cora goes to has been corrupted by Crichton's cult, some time before the events of the story.
- Death by Origin Story - Cora's aunt Lauren.
- God Is Evil - Cora's personal take on Abrahamic religion.
- Gods Need Prayer Badly - The given explanation for Crichton's powers is that they are proportional to both the number of worshipers he has and the strength of their belief; their faith transfers psionic energy that allows him to utilize his PK. However, this could all just be in his head. See "Psychoactive Powers" below.
- God Was My Copilot - Not really.
- Gratuitous Greek - Crichton and others like him are referred to interchangeably as "Prototheos" and "Psuedotheos", meaning "first god" and "false god", respectively. Similarly, the cult of the Prototheoi is sometimes referred to as "Protoekklesia", the "first church".
- Grey and Gray Morality - Cora and Crichton.
- Grumpy Bear - Cora acts like this in church.
- Heroic RROD - Crichton can barely contain the energy generated by his followers' worship.
- Hollywood Atheist - Cora actively tries not to be one of these, but becomes so frustrated with her family and fundies in general that she begins slipping into it.
- Knight Templar - Preston and the leaders of the cult.
- Light Is Not Good
- Memento MacGuffin - The crucifix Cora received from Lauren. It plays a role in Crichton's defeat.
- Named After Somebody Famous - Crichton, of course. To a lesser extent, Corinne herself is named after Megami33.
- No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus - It's heavily implied that a large majority of theistic beliefs throughout history originated from individuals like Crichton; Jesus Christ was probably just an esper.
- Painting the Medium - Crichton talks like this when his powers start to break him. Also, the cult refers to the Prototheoi with capitalized pronouns, e.g. "He" "Him" and "His" for Crichton.
- Path of Inspiration - Crichton's cult. The practice of seeking out people with psionic powers and persuading them to become Protoekklesia figurehead "gods" has apparently been going strong since recorded history began, if you can believe it.
- Power Degeneration - Crichton pushes himself a little too hard.
- Preppy Name - Preston.
- Psychic Powers - Crichton and the other Prototheoi aren't supernatural creatures; they're just humans with the rare ability to use PK. Crichton displays the ability to shoot energy bolts, create energy barriers and transmute matter.
- Psychoactive Powers - The alternate interpretation of Crichton's powers, as suggested by Cora; he doesn't really get power from others' worship. Rather, he needs their support to boost his self-esteem and confidence before his powers can be properly utilized. Whether this or the above explanation is true is left up to the reader's imagination.
- Shout-out - Cora mockingly refers to the Prototheoi as "the Ori".
- Stepford Smiler - Preston is happy. All the time.
- The Man Behind the Man - The ones who control Crichton, offering him the chance to enrich people's lives with his powers in exchange for having him act as the figurehead leader and "god" of their cult.
- The Fundamentalist - Several characters, but most notably Preston, a creepy preppy boy Cora meets at church. He'd kill for his god.
- Urban Fantasy
- Villainous Breakdown - While he's not really a villain, Crichton does eventually snap and go berserk because of the pressure his powers put on his mind and body.
- Wangst - Crichton's philosophy that you can't be happy without a god to believe in; he doesn't truly believe in God himself.
- Well-intentioned Extremist - Crichton uses his powers to make faithless people believe he's a god. His reason for doing this is merely because he believes it's impossible to live a happy life without a higher power to believe in; he thinks he's doing people a favor by dragging them into his cult.