Franchise: The Fear Mythos
Fear is here.note
At the end of days, as we lay ourselves down to the impossible world of dreams, our minds conjure up creations of a blackened reality where meaning and fear are synonymous. Beings rise out of the fiery fields of gray and evoke newfound emotions our consciousness practically invents on the spot. There is much power in the mind, and the creative mind crafts haunting ruses without boundary. The Fear Mythos
— From the introduction to Faces, Strange and Secret
is a collaborative writing community project spanning hundreds of blogs and featuring a good number of antagonists. It acts as a Spin-Off
of sorts to the Slender Man Mythos
The premise is simple: there are these monsters called "Fears," original creatures note
that are, for lack of a better term, the embodiments of fears. Hence the name. The Fear Mythos
deals with blogs, video logs, creepypasta, and whatever else there exists that regard to these disturbing beings (there is now even a book). No canon or continuity required; writers get complete freedom.
The series bible and a link to various other important things can be found here.
A current list of all current blogs can be found here
and vlogs here
, while a list of Fears (and descriptions) can be found on the characters page
. A blog dedicated to Fear-based creepypasta can be found here.
A Wiki has been made, and can be found here
For individual stories within the Mythos, see Recap.The Fear Mythos
For the video game, see Fear Mythos: The RPG.
There is now an anthology of Fear Mythos stories available here
Tropes pertaining to specific Fears should be put on the character page. Tropes pertaining to specific stories should go under that work's page (listed in Recap.The Fear Mythos Stories
General tropes for the Fear Mythos
- The Adjectival Man: The Dying Man, the Blind Man, and the Smiling Man, in addition to the obvious. The Wooden Girl and the Cold Boy are variations of the format.
- Alien Geometries: The Empty City.
- And I Must Scream: The fate of many, many victims of the Fears.
- The Archangel is the most obvious example. Since the Archangel is often portrayed as being the afterlife itself (or at least a twisted bastardization of it), it may well be that the ultimate fate of every human is to be enslaved by the Archangel after death, trapped in a body that moves in accordance with another person's will for all eternity. Except, of course, those are killed by other Fears, for whom nothing awaits after death.
- Unsurprisingly, this is Wooden Girl's entire MO. Most of her "servants" are former victims who are literally being forced into service.
- The Grotesque traps people in a dream world of his making from which they can never wake up.
- Apocalyptic Blog: Some blogs dictate the end of the world.
- Arc Number:
- 417 is The Archangel's in many stories.
- 444 in Still Remains Within. Maybe.
- 8 and 5 in many blogs are EAT's arc numbers.
- Being Watched: This is a frequent phobia played on by Fears.
- Body Horror: Another frequent phobia played on.
- The Black Dog, in some interpretations, takes people's flesh and uses it to patch its skin.
- EAT sometimes takes her Camper bodies and morphs them beyond what evolution intended possible.
- Breather Episode: The blogs that try to be realistic tend to do these with uneventful posts, though more conventional stories often have Breathers to break up the pace.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Some stories suggest that the Fears are created from humanity's own subconscious.
- Cosmic Horror Story: Though some are more cosmic horror-y then others.
- Crapsack World: All of humanity is being used as game pieces for various eldritch abominations. Worse, anyone you meet could be working with the Fears. They could be possessed by some sort of otherwordly being, they could be controlled like puppets by something else. The words you hear may not be the words people are actually saying. The nice girl you hooked up with could have just given you a sexually transmitted case of Demonic Possession. You could be under the influence of a Fear and not even know it. The birds in the sky may be plotting your death. The bugs scurrying across the floor could be crawling inside of you while you sleep. The water you drink could be a living hive mind seeking your assimilation. Need to go to the doctor for a check-up? He might be pledged to the Plague Doctor and secretly infecting you with all sorts of deadly diseases. No one can help you. The best anti-Fear measure the government ever came up with went rogue and is now running around brainwashing people. Not even death will give you release, since you'll just find yourself eternally enslaved to a particularly cruel mockery of the afterlife...
- Daylight Horror: Experimented with frequently.
- Depending on the Writer: Practically the main "theme" of the entire mythos. Some stories have Fears others don't, some stories depict Fears in radically different ways, it's all up to the writer.
- Cross Over: Happens often in stories with a Shared Universe.
- Eldritch Abomination: They're right at home in the pantheon.
- Eldritch Location: The Empty City, and some stories depict The Grotesque as being something like this.
- Eye Scream: A common theme throughout the Mythos from The Jeannette Experience where Jeanette's eye was burned out to Closest to the Sun where it's implied Achromatic Morality cut out her own eyes.
- Four Is Death: Comes up a fair bit in the arc-numbers.
- Four-seventeen, in Eccentrically Bored.
- Three fours in Still Remains Within.
- Even lampshaded in brighter than a spoon when Tav hides something in PO Box 444.
- In Nothing To Fear four songs were posted, all possibly related to concepts of fears. All at 4:17
- And, each post was numbered in a different language, the fourth one being Japanese, in which four and death are the same word.
- Genre Blindness: Many stories' protagonists exhibit this, some more frequently than others.
- Genre Savvy: See above.
- Government Conspiracy: Some stories have organizations that look into the Fears, only to turn into this focus.
- The Supernatural Threat Analysis Bureau (STAB) is an international organization that covers a number of smaller groups.
- The SMSC is a branch of the FBI and STAB which deals with Fear-related issues. How competent they are varies Depending on the Writer.
- The Panopticon, meanwhile, is a Government Conspiracy that went rogue, and kidnaps people off the street in order to brainwash them into believing the Fears aren't real.
- Hand Wave: Any inconsistencies are the result of Dimensional Bleeding. See the entry about The Multiverse below.
- Do note that there's a lot of writers who firmly stand by the Doylian view that any inconsistencies are merely because they are just stories and few share a canon.
- Hive Mind: EAT, the Intrusion, and the Convocation.
- Humanoid Abomination: The Slender Man, Cold Boy, Dying Man, Plague Doctor, Nightlanders, Wooden Girl, arguably the Rake.
- I Have Many Names: With the open source nature of the mythos, many stories come up with their own names for Fears, some stories even giving them each several. It can get confusing, and some stories even rely on that obfuscation.
- Jigsaw Puzzle Plot: A fair bit in some stories.
- Malevolent Masked Men: The Plague Doctor. The Archangel's favored form also counts.
- Meaningful Background Event: If Slendy is in it, you're gonna have this. Occurs even with other Fears.
- Metafiction: The blog with the series bible, The Fear Mythos, is now quite the example of this.
- The Multiverse: There are countless universes, with countless different versions of the Fears. Due to a phenomenon called Dimensional Bleeding, events and documents often bleed over from universe to universe (thus explaining, in Watsonian terms, the often contradictory events of various blogs).
- Nothing Is Scarier: Many of the other blogs play it straight quite a lot.
- Off Screen Teleportation: Fears have done it in many vlogs, and stories have depicted it in text on occasion.
- Puppeteer Parasite: The Wooden Girl controls her victims. Also, the Archangel turns out to be the afterlife, and enslaves all those who have died.
- Red Right Hand: Literally with Jack of All, a mysterious trickster with a red hand who often makes dangerous deals with people.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: The Mother of Snakes uses this.
- Rule of Scary: Can crop up a lot, though some writers try to steer clear of it, as much as it's possible with entities that seem to have been born from it.
- Sanity Slippage: Quite a few characters.
- Martin from Ontological heads this way.
- Garth from Moonlit Whispers hit this towards the end and just kept slipping further.
- And the Billy from Perchance to Dream. In fact, the Rake tends to do this to people.
- Shared Universe: Some stories share a canon. In some cases, this is a deliberate move to tell a greater story. In other cases, this is writers grouping together to crossover.
- Unreliable Narrator: Since nearly every blog is written in first person, and not every character is entirely sane or nice...
- Wham Episode: Oh, there have been plenty throughout the blogs so far.