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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, [[FirstWorldProblems petty]], or far-fetched fears: the safety of their children, the safety of their neighborhood, the fidelity of their spouse, the loyalty of their friends and coworkers, the health of themselves and their family, being able to pay their bills, etc. To an adult (especially paranoid fathers), kids being preyed upon by pedophiles or sociopaths can be scarier than kids being preyed upon by a [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]]. To be scared about a fictional monster requires artistic application of the RuleOfScary and a WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief from the audience, but to be scared about the DeathOfAChild simply requires enough absence of [[ChildrenAreInnocent childhood innocence]] to be aware of the reality that this (God forbid) can ''actually happen''.

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.

[[OutlivingOnesOffspring Outliving your children]] in general might be the worst fear of this kind. Often overlaps with PrimalFear. It is also the reason why tropes such as MamaBear, PapaWolf and OverprotectiveDad exist.

Can have political purposes as well as entertaining ones; expect to see them evoked all over the place in a PropagandaPiece. DefangedHorrors are the result of trying to target the youngest age group.

* AdultFear/AnimeAndManga
* AdultFear/ComicBooks
* AdultFear/ComicStrips
* AdultFear/FanWorks
* [[AdultFear/AnimatedFilms Films – Animation]]
* [[AdultFear/LiveActionFilms Films – Live-Action]]
* AdultFear/LightNovels
* AdultFear/{{Literature}}
* AdultFear/LiveActionTV
* AdultFear/{{Music}}
* AdultFear/ReligionAndMythology
* AdultFear/{{Roleplay}}
* AdultFear/TabletopGames
* AdultFear/VideoGames
* AdultFear/WebComics
* AdultFear/WebOriginal
* AdultFear/WesternAnimation