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. — From the introduction to Faces, Strange and Secret
The Fear Mythos 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 The Slender Man and The Rake, two creatures from the public domain of creepypasta, were at one point classified as Fears, but that's no longer pushed. Authors can feel free to call them Fears if they want due to our open source nature, but for all intents and purposes they won't be covered on this page. 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.NOTE: 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.
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.
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...
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.
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).