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->''"I will show you fear in a handful of dust."''
-->-- '''Creator/TSEliot''', ''Literature/TheWasteLand''

Not to be confused with NightmareFuel, which is a popular page that describes various audience reactions; nor tropes used in ''[[VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon FEAR]]'', though a few below are; nor Literature/TheFearIndex, even though this is one.

Compare HorrorTropes, AnxietyTropes, WeaknessTropes. Contrast BraveryTropes.
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!!Tropes
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+ ScreamingTropes
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* AbsurdPhobia: Somebody's fear just doesn't make any sense.
* AcrophobicBird: A character who can fly never flies up even when they need to.
* AdorableAbomination: A demon or whatever is cute.
* AdultFear: A fear that a sensible adult ''should'' be afraid of.
* AfraidOfBlood: A character is, well, afraid of blood.
* AfraidOfDoctors: Someone is afraid to go to the doctor.
* AfraidOfNeedles: Someone is afraid to get an injection.
* AfraidOfTheirOwnStrength: Somebody is afraid of their own powers because he or she knows that they could hurt or kill people but they're a pacifist.
* AngerBornOfWorry: Somebody is [[DamselInDistress in]] [[DistressedDude danger]]. Another person worries. When the endangered person is out of danger, the worrier gets mad at them.
* AnxietyDreams: Somebody is afraid that something will happen, and then they have a nightmare where it happens.
* AppealToFear: The idea that something bad will happen if you disagree.
* AuthorPhobia: An author bases the scary parts of a story on something they're scared of themselves. Is Trivia unless it's used InUniverse.
* BatScare: A group of characters are searching, then disturb a bunch of flying creatures that fly into their faces and startle them.
* BringMyBrownPants: [[PottyFailure Wetting/soiling oneself]] out of fear.
* CatharticExhalation: After a scary moment, a character takes a breath, implying that they held their breath.
* CatScare: Somebody is startled by something but it turns out to be harmless.
* CATTrap: Being put in a scanning machine is scary!
* {{Claustrophobia}}: Fear of being trapped in a small or enclosed space.
* CowardlyLion: A fearful action hero.
* CowardlyMooks: Villainous background characters in a video game that run away upon seeing you harm one of them.
* CowardlySidekick: A brave main character's sidekick is timid.
* CowerPower: Hiding behind another person upon believing that one is in danger.
* DaylightHorror: Something evil attacks in the daytime.
* DeerInTheHeadlights: A scared character stops moving.
* DefangedHorrors: Something designed to scare kids, but not adults.
* DelayedOhCrap: Someone tells another person something. The other person later realizes that it means they're doomed.
* DirtyCoward: A character is cowardly which negatively impacts others.
* TheDreaded: A villain or AntiHero whose main trait is that all or most of the good guys are scared of them.
* FaceYourFears: Somebody has to face something they're afraid of.
* FakeKillScare: Someone pretends to kill another person in order to scare someone else.
* FearlessFool: Somebody is not afraid when they logically should be, so they do something dumb.
* FearlessUndead: TheUndead don't get scared.
* FearIsTheAppropriateResponse: The hero freaks out instead of fighting the danger.
* FearOfThunder: Being afraid of thunderstorms.
* FearsomeFoot: A scary character approaches and we get a closeup of their foot squashing something.
* FlatScare: Somebody is already scared, so when a character says something like, "boo!", they freak out.
* FrightDeathTrap: A murderer tries to kill someone by scaring them in a way that would lead to them falling into their trap and dying.
* GirlsAreReallyScaredOfHorrorMovies: All women are extremely scared of horror movies.
* HopeIsScary: Somebody despairs, then starts to have hope but it scares them.
* HyperventilationBag: A scared character breathes into a paper bag.
* ICantLookGesture: Someone tries not to watch something that's scaring them.
* IKnowWhatYouFear: Someone has the power to know what somebody else is afraid of.
* TheILoveYouStigma: It's scary to use the word "love" to express affection to someone you're not related to, because it may imply romance.
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: A character that relies on fear is defeated by another character stating they're not afraid of them.
* IronicFear: A character is scared of something that someone with their abilities/species/job/etc shouldn't be.
* KidsShouldntWatchHorrorFilms: One or more children watch a horror movie and freak out.
* LovableCoward: A good, fearful character.
* MilesGloriosus: An alleged soldier who claims to be a real daredevil but freaks out when put in real danger.
* MirrorScare: A reflection is used to reveal something scary.
* MissingChild: An adult tries to find a child who went astray.
* TheMobBossIsScarier: A criminal is too scary to inform or offend.
* MortalityPhobia: The fear of death.
* MotivatedByFear: Using fear to motivate somebody into doing something.
* NeverendingTerror: Someone is scared by realizing they'll be in danger forever.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: Somebody has been mistreated by somebody else, then they stop being afraid of them.
* NotAfraidToDie: Somebody is not a DeathSeeker, but isn't scared of dying either.
* NothingIsScarier: A lack of something is scary.
* OhCrap: Someone realizes they're doomed.
* OhCrapFakeout: A character fakes an OhCrap moment to fool the opponent. While the character isn't actually scared, the opponent may be to finding out about the trick.
* OhCrapSmile: Giving an awkward smile upon realizing you're in trouble.
* OneEpisodeFear: Somebody is scared of something in particular but only for one episode.
* OrphanageOfFear: An orphanage where the orphans are treated horribly.
* OutscareTheEnemy: Trying to defeat an enemy who's scaring the heroes by scaring them.
* PanickyExpectantFather: When a woman is in labor, the dad freaks out.
* ParalyzingFearOfSexuality: Someone is not {{asexual}}, but they're celibate because they're scared to have sex.
* ParanoiaGambit: Someone tries to make someone else paranoid.
* TheParanoiac: Someone who's paranoid all the time.
* PerformanceAnxiety: Being afraid of performing under pressure.
* PregnancyScare: A woman's afraid she might be pregnant.
* PreviewsPulse: A chord used in trailers to build up drama.
* ProperlyParanoid: Somebody is paranoid but they're right, they just don't know it.
* PrimalFear: Something pretty much everybody is afraid of on instinct.
* ReactiveContinuousScream: Someone is startled by another person, they scream, the other person screams, which makes the first person scream again and so on.
* RuleOfScary: Something doesn't make sense, but it's scary, so they threw it in anyway.
* ScareChord: A sudden sound used to invoke fear in the audience.
* ScareCampaign: A political ad which claims the other one is scary.
* ScareDare: Children explore a scary place at night on a dare.
* ScareEmStraight: Trying to get somebody to do or not do something by showing them scary things that might happen if they do the opposite.
* ScaryShadowFakeout: Somebody is scared of a shadow that looks like a monster but it turns out it's really a normal object.
* ScaryTeeth: A character has disturbing-looking teeth.
* ScreamsLikeALittleGirl: A man who sounds like a woman or a child when he screams.
* SecurityCling: Someone grabs hold of another person in fear.
* TheSoCalledCoward: Somebody is called a coward but really they're just a pacifist.
* SupernaturalFearInducer: A power that makes people scared.
* TearsOfFear: Someone cries because they're scared.
* {{Technophobia}}: Fear of modern technology.
* TerrifiedOfGerms: Someone's ''extremely'' afraid of germs.
* TerrorHero: The hero exploits the villain's fear/s.
* ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight: A character is afraid of monsters under the bed/in closets/etc.
* VictoryThroughIntimidation: A group of people and neither of them fight because they're too scared.
* TheVillainKnowsWhereYouLive: The villain produces proof that they can find the hero, scaring the hero.
* WhatDoTheyFearEpisode: An episode centered on finding out what the characters are afraid of.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: A character has this one thing they're scared of.
* WideEyesAndShrunkenIrises: A scared character's eyes widen and their irises shrink.
* WorryingForTheWrongReason: Someone expresses worry, and another person tells them that they should be worrying about something else.
* YouCanPanicNow: The media uses an article to scare people.
* YourWorstNightmare: The villain invokes nightmares in the hero.
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->''You were very brave, facing them all...''
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