->''Generally speaking, when scary things get scared? Not good.''
-->--'''Xander Harris''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

It's one thing to [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu Punch Out Cthulhu]]. It's something else entirely to scare the living bejesus out of him. This is a trope for when someone -- or some''thing'' -- is [[TheDreaded frightening enough to scare things that would usually be a subject of terror themselves]]. If someone can scare demons, monsters, and {{Eldritch Abomination}}s, they're probably a force to be reckoned with.

PlayedForLaughs in comedies almost as often as it's played straight in horror stories or action-adventure stories. All too likely to happen when a FoodChainOfEvil is in effect. See also BreakTheBadass, for when this happens to more human entities. May overlap with MookHorrorShow for sufficiently monstrous mooks. Compare EvenEvilHasStandards for when the horror is ''morally'' outraged at what he's seen.

!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/NightWizard'' features a JourneyToTheCenterOfTheMind, where the BandOfBrothers faces off against a Devil-Queen of Nightmares who preys on dreams and devours the minds of the sleepers. Inside the mind of Elis Shiho, the mild-tempered FriendToAllLivingThings[=/=]MacGuffinGirl, she is defeated...but manages to survive and hide out in a weakened state, determined to bide her time as her powers return so she can seek vengeance. While looking for a good place to hide out, she finds a strange, black door in the dreamscape, and goes inside...followed by a StockScream, and her running wild-eyed out of there on the verge of a complete breakdown. What could possibly exist in the mind of such a [[BewareTheNiceOnes nice girl]], that is capable of terrifying a creature that lives off nightmares?
* Tanaka Punie of ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'' is scary in ways that defy categorization. She activates this trope when she takes on a huge Dark God/Demon-thing... with wrestling-techniques. As soon as it realizes who she is, the huge beast is terrified and flees screaming back to the other realm.
* The first act of true Badassery in ''Manga/OnePiece'' is when Shanks scares off a giant sea serpent just by looking at it. [[spoiler:It's revealed that he actually used his Haki of the Supreme King]].
**Played for comedic effects in Thriller Bark Arc. When Usopp, Nami and Chopper land on Thriller Bark, they're scared shitless by ALL the zombies. Favor is returned to the zombies when the other crew members arrive as well.
** Admiral Akainu is one of the most powerful characters in the series. [[spoiler: He kills Ace]] and is ready to kill Luffy, not caring if the Whitebeard Pirates are trying to protect him. He is left frozen in terror when Whitebeard himself comes up behind him and beats the daylight out of him. He is also visibly wary when Shanks shows up.
* {{Toriko}} can do this. His intimidation is such that it can quell a herd of angry, monstrous apes.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'': Alucard ''loves'' doing this. He really enjoys knocking lesser monsters off their high horses.
** The AxCrazy murderous vampire Rip Van Winkle completely falls apart from fear upon just sensing that ''Alucard'' is approaching.
** Luke shits himself when he realizes just how outclassed his by Alucard.
--->'''Luke Valentine:''' ''[a powerful vampire himself]'' What ''are'' you!? WHAT IN THE ''HELL ARE YOU!?'' '''''MONSTER!'''''.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ''
** BigBad Cell, a creature that killed thousands of humans, by absorbing their bioextract, and doing the same to cyborgs #17 and #18 achieve his complete form was utterly terrified by the power displayed by Gohan in his [[SuperMode Super Saiyan 2 form]].
** Before him, Frieza, TheDreaded of the universe whose power was such that even badasses like Vegeta and King Kai were horrified of, is left shaking in terror and epicly losing composure after fighting Super Saiyan Goku.
* In ''TheSlayers'', dragons and many demons are absolutely terrified of Lina Inverse. When she gets a ''letter'' from her older sister Luna, ''Lina'' freaks out, trying to hide in a pyramid.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'':
** Nora (an immortal demon) attempts to MindRape Keima (a human). After a bit of confusion as to the nature of his brain (it displays a loading screen and a ''copyright notice''), she tears about his image of his [[PerverseSexualLust beloved Yokkun]]. He gets ''pissed'', and chases Nora around like a maniac, demanding she bring Yokkun back. Nora runs away screaming at the scary monster.
** Variant: Shortly after meeting Haqua (another demon), Keima [[SherlockScan casually deduces a few embarrassing facts]], and blackmails her without so much as looking up from his game. Haqua agrees, but is annoyed.
--->'''Haqua:''' To blackmail a demon...what a human.\\
'''Keima:''' To be blackmailed by a human...what a demon.\\
'''Haqua:''' Sh--shut up!
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'': A group of Fran's former patients arrive at her home one night. Over the course of the evening, several of them are hideously maimed, requiring Fran's skills to survive. Then she figures out that [[spoiler:they're addicted to surgery, and are maiming ''themselves'' to force Fran to operate on them]]. Fran--who has very little in the way of ethics and ''extremely'' skewed morals--is absolutely ''horrified''.
** PlayedForLaughs in an earlier chapter, when Fran's staff--a group that looks like the Universal Monsters line-up--recoil in terror at a horror movie Fran's watching.
* In ''Anime/ParanoiaAgent'', three suicidal people are very excited to see the dangerous and potentially-eldritch serial assaulter, Lil Slugger, but he panics and runs away as fast as he can. This seems to be because his purpose is to attack those who are cornered, and these three were extremely happy despite being suicidal, and he doesn't know how to handle that. However, it also seems to be foreshadowing that [[spoiler:they are [[DeadAllAlong already dead]]]], meaning Lil Slugger [[spoiler:saw them as ghosts or some other horrifying undead thing]].
* Happens to at least one Shinigami in ''Manga/DeathNote'': [[spoiler:Higuchi]] horrifies Rem so much through [[spoiler:his corruption, perversion, and plan to force Misa to marry him]] that she ''sympathizes with Light''
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Many horrific creatures are scared shitless of Doc Stearne, aka ''Mr. Monster''.
* As stated by the Trickster in ''ComicBook/UnderworldUnleashed'', in DC, when super-villains want to scare each other, they tell [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]] [[TheDreaded stories.]]
* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom fears nothing!...Except for SquirrelGirl. When she shows up to borrow his time machine, he just lets her have it, with a caption reaffirming that their [[CurbStompBattle previous encounter]] ''is'' canon. {{Deadpool}} finds her terrifying as well. In fact, she's slowly gaining a reputation as TheDreaded among Marvel's villains.
* Used in a plot arc in DC's old ''ForgottenRealms'' comic. The dragons of Faerun are generally badass, aloof, and most if not all of them have killed plenty of "lesser" beings before for some reason or other...but even ''they'' have a collective OhCrap moment and are earnestly considering leaving their familiar home grounds behind and moving into places more commonly populated by humans, elves and so on when a mysterious killer starts to leave a trail of headless dragon corpses behind him-, her- or itself.
* Even SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is scared of ComicBook/TheCreeper and [[ComicBook/SecretSix Junior]]. And, as shown by ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:his own name]].
* ComicBook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen:
-->'''[[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Captain Nemo]]:''' We...we cannot know what feelings [[Literature/TheWarOfTheWorlds our enemies]] have...But we may be certain at least, that [[Literature/TheStrangeCaseOfDrJekyllAndMrHyde Hyde]] taught them terror.
** For clarification, Nemo is commenting on Hyde ripping apart a Martian tripod with his bare hands...and then ripping apart the Martian inside and ''eating him'', right in front of his fellow invaders.
* ''Radio/TheShadow'' is a TerrorHero, but in Dynamite's Special #1 he has a disturbed look when he learns just what his old comrade has been up to.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', [[MarySue Harry]] says "boo" and dementors flee in terror.
* ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' features Psyko, an EvilCounterpart to Sleepwalker who terrifies even the other sadists and psychopaths who make up New York's supervillain population. This is because many of them have fallen victim to his mass {{Mind Rape}}s at one time or another and were forced to relive [[YourWorstNightmare their worst nightmares over and over again]] while Psyko uses their bodies as PeoplePuppets.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5193644/1/Time-Braid Time Braid]]'' has ''Sakura'' of all people pull this off. Orochimaru summons his {{Kusanagi}} and stabs Sakura in the heart then promptly freaks out when she ignores it to study the seal he uses to contain his sword.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''FanFic/TheFaceless'' this happens thanks to [[ForTheEvulz Ryuk's boredom.]] Ryuk takes to telling horror stories that give the little {{Shinigami}} nightmares. [[spoiler:Stories of a legendary human hero and Godslayer named [[NamedLikeMyName "Light Yagami". It was just the name of some random human Ryuk once saw but never got around to killing]]. So now just the name "Light Yagami" strikes fear among the Shinigami and so when a real human shows up with that name, ''[[MomentOfAwesome they surrender en masse]]'']].
* In ''FanFic/JusticeSocietyOfJapan'', [[ComicBook/DoomPatrol Mister Nobody]] completely freaks out when he tries to possess [[spoiler:Shirley]].
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-19569-7/Chilord+Echoes+of+the+Fallen.htm Echoes of the Fallen]]'', Xander uses [[Comicbook/{{Magneto}} Magneto's]] memories to intimidate (or more accurately terrify) Angelus. Later, when Angel returns from Hell, he flees the moment he sees Xander.
* Xander in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/1866354/11/Jedi-Harris Jedi Harris]]'' leaves a wraith (which feeds on negative emotions) in utter terror by not feeling any negative emotions at all. It's actually destroyed by him confronting it without feeling fear.
* In ''[[Gensokyo20XX 20XXV]]'', we have Yume Ni who the other kids tend to fear because she was noted to be a bully and she did what she did with a passion, however, she was noted to be terrified of Reimu, when the latter stabs her with pair of scissors.
* In ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' the Shinigami Sidoh is utterly terrified by Ryuk's "pet human."
* In ''FanFic/NedStarkLives'', the [[BigBad Great Other]] is so terrified of what [[spoiler:Jon Snow]] could do that he hired the [[MurderInc Faceless Men]] to kill him even before he [[spoiler:arrived to the Wall]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8933408/18/Wizard-Runemaster Wizard Runemaster]]'', Literature/HarryPotter became a boogeyman for the [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft Burning Legion]] after he not only survived their attempted assassinations but also constantly ran suicide missions against them and succeeding, including infiltrating their bases and butchering everyone there.
* From ''Fanfic/MaimDeMaim'', ''what'' a twelve-year-old Nui did gave even Ragyou, her mother, the one that created her, pause. To elaborated on what she did, [[spoiler:she ''skinned'' another girl alive]]. What she did also [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone horrified herself]].
* [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] and his "tenants" in ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-21632-71/dogbertcarroll+Flickering+lights.htm Hotel California]]'' leave the Goa'uld possessing him so terrified that it begs [[Franchise/StargateVerse SG1]] to get it out of Xander.
* In ''Fanfic/TakamachiNanohaOf2814'', Tsukuyomi breaking into Arkham to spend Christmas with her father [[spoiler:the Joker]] so horrifies the rest of the inmates (Apart from Harley, who had no previous experience with her) that they fall to their knees and start praying... to Batman.
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': After their encounter in Paris, it's revealed that [[OmnicidalManiac Gravemoss]] is left ''terrified'' of [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].
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[[folder:Films--Animated]]
* Children in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' scare monsters... including the ones whose job it is to scare children for a living. PlayedForLaughs.
* Played for laughs with Snoopy and a grizzly bear in ''WesternAnimation/RaceForYourLifeCharlieBrown''.
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[[folder:Films--Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Blade}}'' is this to vampires, creating a terrifying path of death as he slays whole legions of vampires. Nyssa actually brings this very fact up in ''Film/BladeII''.
* In ''Film/TheHungerGames'', [[TheDragon Cl]][[DarkActionGirl ove]] is one of the most dreaded and skilled of the Tributes. Although she's a normal human like everyone else, she's an AxCrazy KnifeNut who has been raised TheSpartanWay to compete in the [[DeadlyGame Hunger Games]], and crosses the MoralEventHorizon by [[spoiler:gloating about killing Rue]]. However, even she is visibly terrified of [[spoiler:[[ScaryBlackMan Thresh]]]], desperately screaming and pleading when [[spoiler:he grabs her by the throat, enraged at the death of his MoralityPet Rue]]. Justified by the fact that [[spoiler:he then proceeds to ''[[CurbStompBattle kill Clove in a single blow]]'']].
* The extended edition of ''Film/KingKong2005'' has a sequence that starts with the rescue party being attacked on their makeshift rafts (they're in a swamp) by a pack of cat-sized [[BigCreepyCrawlies scorpio-pedes]], which abruptly break off the attack and flee moments before [[FoodChainOfEvil the arrival of]] a [[GiantSwimmer piranhadon -- a predatory fish the size of a small whale]].
** In the theatrical cut, Anne is attacked by two lizards the size of tigers and crawls into a log to escape them. As she does, one is pulled offscreen and upwards by ''something'', and the second stares at whatever it was and promptly [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere beats it.]] Anne, exiting the log, finds a V-Rex standing there staring at her, the remains of the first beast in its mouth.
* ''Film/InglouriousBasterds'': Pretty much the idea behind assembling the Basterds:
--> '''Aldo''': We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?
* ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Lord Of The Rings The Fellowship Of The Ring]]''. A ''swarm'' of goblins surround the Fellowship, only to scurry off in fear after hearing the roar of a Balrog.
** Orcs and Goblins in general can be routed by their own shadow. See the example under Literature below.
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', [[BigBad the Operative]] has a small panic attack when he realizes Mal has [[spoiler:[[SummonBiggerFish lured]] a fleet of [[TheDreaded Reavers]] to his location]].
-->'''The Operative:''' ''Target [[spoiler:the Reavers]]. Target [[spoiler:the Reavers]]! Target everyone! SOMEBODY FIRE!''
* Many of the most hardened convicts aboard ''Film/ConAir'' are freaked when the SerialKiller Garland Greene joins them.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic'', Rincewind (the ultimate coward) ends up fighting a creature from the Dungeon Dimensions (where everything Creator/HPLovecraft ever thought of lived), while it possesses a man that may be the most powerful wizard on the Disc at that moment in time. He fights it using nothing but his hands, feet, elbows, knees and teeth. In the end, the author points out that this is the first time anything has ever run away from Rincewind instead of the other way around. He not only [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu beat up Cthulhu]], he actually ''scared away'' Cthulhu with a fist-fight.
* This comes up at the end of ''Literature/IAmLegend'' following TheReveal that not all of the vampires are mindless, bloodthirsty monsters. The vampire-hunting protagonist realizes that, to the vampires, he has become a terrifying figure, a myth of godlike proportions. Basically, he's become a legendary monster that ''vampires'' tell each other ghost-stories about.
* In Creator/HPLovecraft's ''Dream Quest to Unknown Kadath'', servants of Nyarlathotep, including (and especially) the monstrous [[GiantFlyer Shantak birds]] are absolutely terrified of Nightgaunts, because they serve Nodens, Nyarlathotep's [[JustForPun (im)mortal]] enemy and the only being who really poses any kind of threat to him in the Dreamlands.
* The basilisk in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' scares ten-foot-long talking spiders to death.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': [[OurGhoulsAreCreepier Ghouls]] and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]] have been known to run away screaming at the sight of Harry Dresden.
** Early in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'' Harry comes face-to-face with a Red Court vampire. Keep in mind, a Red Court vampire can disembowel a half dozen mortal combatants in a matter of seconds, and this one in particular is one of the Court's best assassins. On seeing Harry, it [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl shrieks in terror]] and ''[[ScrewThisImOuttaHere bolts through a wall]]'' in the process of running for its life. Of course, over the course of the war, Harry has garnered himself [[TheDreaded a bit of a reputation]].
** As for the ghouls, one of them managed to get hold of two young Warden trainees that were being taught fire magic. [[spoiler:After killing the one that abducted them by ''lighting its body fat on fire'' and dropping it down a mineshaft, Harry blasted a captured ghoul into a hole he created, buried it up to the neck (melting the sand into glass as he did so) and laid a trail of orange juice to a nest of fire ants. He only put it out of its misery after he realised the other trainees were staring at him in horror.]] The only surviving ghoul was left to take a message to its kind. ''Never again.''
** Perhaps topping his list of achievements in this category is the fact that Nicodemus, a couple thousand year old agent of evil who has bonded his soul with an honest to God fallen angel is actively terrified of Harry, seeing as Harry is apparently the only person who has come even remotely close to actually killing him...on two occasions no less.
** Several readers have noted that a certain Black Court vampire mage has not been seen or heard from since Harry gave her a brief rundown of all the things he could do to make her unlife Hell, should she try to target his friends ever again.
* In Anthony Reynolds's ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novel ''[[Literature/WordBearers Dark Apostle]]'', a Chaos Space Marine is out-weirded-out by the architecture of [[spoiler:the Necron tomb]].
* In ''Literature/BlackLegion'', another group of Chaos Astartes, this time accompanied by a daemon and a Dark Eldar, is horrified at the sight of Fabious' experiments, especially [[spoiler:his attempts at cloning the Primarchs]].
* At the end of Creator/FredSaberhagen's ''Empire of the East'' trilogy, the demon-prince Orcus, mightiest of all demons and founder of the eponymous [[TheEmpire empire]] realizes just [[LukeIAmYourFather what]] [[DeusEstMachina Ardneh]] is, and [[ThanatosGambit what Ardneh's plan is]], he flees screaming. Of course, by that point, it was much too late.
* The Children in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', a group of [[spoiler: somewhat sympathetic [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]]]], are terrified of a creature they call the Imp. [[spoiler: It's Yoda.]] They're willing to follow our heroes after giant knobby white spiders, but not where they think they've seen the Imp.
* Say the name of John Taylor anywhere in the {{Nightside}}, and most of the things that go bump in the night will fall over each other trying to get on the next train to Swindon.
* In ''Literature/{{Strata}}'', the explorers end up capturing a demon, which proves itself to be rather uncooperative. Marco, a particularly unbalanced member of a species that's already AxCrazy by default, gets fed up with it. "You said you can read minds? Then read ''mine''." The demon does so...and spends the rest of its time with the group absolutely ''horrified'' of the alien.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''.
** Rorge is a serial killer and his companion Biter is a cannibal. What scares them? Their cellmate, the Faceless Man Jaqen H'gar.
** The witch known as The Ghost of High Heart is freaked whenever she sees Arya Stark.
** EvilSorcerer Melisandre is frightened of the lackwit jester [[MadOracle Patchface]].
** Roose Bolton, head of the most ruthless noble family in The North, is wary about the cannibalistic inhabitants of Skagos Island.
** The Ironborn aren't too keen about the [[MasterPoisoner Crannogmen]]. Heck, Roose Bolton is more than a bit warier than usual going anywhere near the Neck, as well.
** Even Gregor Clegane's men know better than to even think about going against the Hound: they'd much rather leave that to the boss... with a major sigh of relief.
* Literature/TolkiensLegendarium: Goblins and Orcs of all stripes are ''very'' easily panicked and dismayed. They can certainly be bold if they think they're in a position of advantage or are attacking something weaker than themselves, but if the tables are turned or they don't have the Will of their master (either Morgoth or Sauron) behind them, they can and will collapse and route at the drop of a hat (for example, when the Ring went into the fire at the end of ''Return of the King'', only the Men under Sauron's control continued to fight. The Orcs broke and ran). Boromir's horn ''alone'' was enough to hold off the Uruk-hai sent by Saruman to claim the Ring for a few moments, and they only regained their courage when they realized no help was coming. When Théoden later sounded Helm's Horn during the siege of the Hornburg, the Orcs threw themselves on the ground and stopped their ears, and only the Men of Dunland put up any sort of resistance. The ''very sight'' of an Elven blade such as [[CoolSword Sting or Glamdring]] is enough to terrify ''armies'' of Orcs, and very few Orcs were willing to stand against Andúril
* ''Literature/{{Unique}}'' has werewolves terrified by vampires, vampires who recoil in horror from the light of the Magi, and all three of them feel a need to change their underwear in the presence of the Veiðimaðr. And ALL of them have a good reason to fear TheMenInBlack...
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Teacher's Pet". A vampire is scared off when trying to attack a seemingly harmless substitute teacher. She turns out to be a giant shape-shifting [[BigCreepyCrawlies praying mantis]].
** Later on, Glory scared a few vamps away by basically existing at them. This was before we found out she was a god.
** Slayers, and Buffy in particular, are this by their very nature.
--->'''Buffy:''' [[BadassBoast I am the thing that monsters have nightmares about]]. [[PreAssKickingOneLiner And right now you and me are gonna show 'em why]].
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "The Girl in the Fireplace", when asked what monsters have nightmares about, the Doctor responds, "Me."
** He has a similar line when he's trying to reassure young Elliot in "The Hungry Earth":
--->'''Elliot:''' Have you met monsters before?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Yeah.\\
'''Elliot:''' Are you scared of them?\\
'''The Doctor:''' Nah. They're scared of me.
** This has become one of the Doctor's specialties. After untold centuries of defending the universe against the Daleks, the Cybermen, creatures too varied to count and too disturbing to name, he is ''the'' most feared creature in the Cosmos. A race of supremacist, immensely powerful, intelligent living war machines, murderers of untold billions upon billions of beings, with no other emotion left to them but ''hate'', refer to ''him'' as "[[RedBaron The Oncoming Storm]]".
** By the beginning of season 7, the Daleks have added an even more revealing name for the Doctor: The Predator of the Daleks.
--->'''Rose:''' 5 million Cybermen? No problem. One Doctor? Now you're scared.
* In the ''Series/{{Angel}}'' episode "I've Got You Under My Skin", an ancient Ethros demon possesses a boy hoping to corrupt and steal his soul, only to realize too late that the boy ''[[TheSoulless had no soul]]''. Instead, there was a dark void that trapped the demon inside the boy. All of the creepy antics during the episode were the demon's attempts to escape by getting its host killed, even if that escape meant death for himself as well. When the demon is finally freed of the boy and Angel is about to kill him, it calmly accepts death and warns Angel about the boy's true nature.
-->'''Ethros Demon:''' Do you know what the most frightening thing in the world is? [[NothingIsScarier Nothing]]. That's what I found in the boy. [[TheSociopath No conscience, no fear, no humanity]]. Just a black void. [...] I just sat there and watched as he destroyed everything around him. Not from a belief in evil, not for any reason at all. That boy's mind was the blackest hell I've ever known. [...] I know you bring death. I do not fear it. All I have ever feared is in that house.
** The next scene shows said boy [[spoiler:about to burn down the house starting in his sister's room because ''[[DisproportionateRetribution she had more marshmallows in her cocoa]]'']].
** Angel's son Connor is this to the demons of Quor'Toth, "darkest of the dark realms". They refer to him as "The Destroyer" and will break into ''other universes'' to escape from him.
* In a Halloween episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', the brothers are terrorized by a witch who appears to have real cursing-type powers. Charlie has just capitulated to her demands that he become basically a slave to her coven, after she threatened to make his manhood "a shriveled husk." Then their mother shows up, and the uber-badass witch recognizes her and is so terrified of her that she flees in a panic.
* In an episode of ''Series/TokumeiSentaiGobusters'', Ryuuji pushes his powers to the point where he loses control. Before he's done, the MonsterOfTheWeek is ''begging for mercy'' before he basically lifts it onto his sword, impaling it like a meatball on a toothpick. [[OhCrap Then he turns toward the other Rangers...]]
* The idea of [[Series/{{Grimm}} Grimms]] is that they traditionally hunt down the creatures on which the monsters of our bedtime stories are based, so all but the most dangerous of said creatures are naturally terrified of them. Played with slightly in that the [[spoiler:second, (counting his aunt)]] Grimm we meet is a pretty nice guy who treats these Wesen like he would anyone else, but they still react to him like he's a serial killer because his ancestors lived up to that reputation.
** Interestingly, the fact that Nick is a cop tends to calm down some of them, since they rightly assume that there'd be questions if suspects and witnesses suddenly went missing or were found dead, all connected to cases of the same detective. Adalind, whom Nick is forced to protect as a witness at one point, points out that if he kills her, it won't be a Grimm killing a [[WitchSpecies Hexenbiest]], but a cop killing a witness.
* In a mundane example, most people in ''Series/TheWire'' are terrified of the drug gangs that all but own the streets of Baltimore...and those gangs are scared of Omar Little, a shotgun totting stick up artist who ''[[KarmicThief only]]'' [[KarmicThief targets the drug dealers or their fronts for his robberies]]. Most of his victims immediately surrender rather than try to resist when Omar robs them, and the only ones who attempt to fight him are the Barksdale and Stanfield gangs, and both do so when each is at the peak of their power and the most powerful drug empire in town. Unusually for this trope Omar is a sympathetic character, as he's a badass JustifiedCriminal who has a strict moral code that includes [[WouldNotShootACivilian never robbing or threatening anyone who isn't a gangster]] and being a FriendToAllChildren.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Beginning in Season 2, hardened criminals, professional spies, and even terrorist organizations speak of Chuck's alias, Charles Carmichael, with reverence, awe, and, in some cases, even fear.
** A heroic example: John Casey is an unflappable BadAss who shrugs off gunshots and knife wounds like they're nothing, is freakishly strong, [[ImplacableMan and his resistance to drugs, tranq darts, and just plain]] ''[[MadeOfIron pain]]'' has been shown to almost superhuman extremes. He shows fear in the series precisely ''once'': when Clyde Decker makes his first appearance.
--->'''Casey:''' I know that voice.\\\
'''Chuck:''' Casey, you're going pale. ''I'' go pale. You don't go pale.\\\
'''Casey:''' Remember when I told you that opening the Agent X file would draw out a remorseless son-of-a-bitch who would destroy our whole team without breaking a sweat? This is the guy they hired to kill that guy.
** Done with, of all people, Freddy Krueger himself aka Mr. Creator/RobertEnglund, in one Season 4 episode; Englund plays a [[Comicbook/{{Batman}} Scarecrow-style]] scientist who develops a fear toxin for Volkoff, and who enjoys inflicting fear on his victims. He's defeated when he runs afoul of a combination of [[HoistByHisOwnPetard his own toxin]] and a Halloween display set up by ''Jeff and Lester'', which drives him mad with terror.
*** Volkoff himself is a highly-unstable and dangerous killer who scares and unnerves his underlings and anyone else he deals with. He's also so thoroughly ''terrified'' of Orion--Chuck's slain father, Stephen Bartowski -- that Chuck was able to manipulate Volkoff into a trap and apprehend him just by planting the ''idea'' that Orion was actually still alive in Volkoff's mind via a clever computer hack.
* Reavers have this effect on everyone in the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' 'verse.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** "The Man Who Would Be King" reveals that the reason Crowley, the King of Hell, [[EnemyMine works with the Winchesters so often despite their natural animosity]] is because he's terrified of what they'd do to him if he ever ''really'' got on their bad side.
** Crowley also visibly shakes in the presence of [[BiblicalBadGuy Cain, the Father of Murder]].
** When Sam asks the demon Ruby if she's ever seen an angel, she replies "no, but I'm scared of them."
** Every other [[EldritchAbomination Leviathan]] is horrified of Dick Roman.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Played for laughs in the "Dream Warriors" music video attached to ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors''. The only thing that scares Freddy Krueger is the band Music/{{Dokken}}.
-->'''Freddy:''' What a nightmare...who were those guys?!
* At the end of Leslie Fish's FilkSong "Music/BannedFromArgo", a gang of Klingons land on Argo, see the havoc wreaked by the crew of the ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries USS Enterprise]]'', and turn and run away. Years after the original song was written, a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' variant was made, with the ''Serenity'' crew scaring off ''Reavers''.
* The Music/{{Disturbed}} song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0ZX9L-vA70 "Fear"]] is written from the perspective of the victim...so now it's the criminal that is experiencing fear:
-->''Reject, are you no one?\\
Feel you nothing?\\
You know I'll bet you think\\
You have a good reason to be living\\
In the limelight of the fortunate ones\\
You're too weakened by the poison\\
That they feed you in the living lie\\
They don't believe you:\\
Call to no one\\
Trust in nothing,\\
Little impotent one''
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}'' universe, the Undead are animated by evil spirits called Manitou. However, the uber-undead Stone is such an evil son of a bitch, that his resident manitou is afraid of him.
* The Aboleths of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' are aquatic {{Eldritch Abomination}}s so unfathomably old that they ruled the world in its primordial youth, before the current crop of races (and even deities) existed. And this is why the [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} Mind]] [[BrainFood Flayers]] scare them - even though the Aboleths have perfect GeneticMemory that stretches back to a time before creation, as far as they can tell the Illithids just showed up a few thousand years ago. [[TimeTravel There's a simple explanation for this]].
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', the Skaven are deathly afraid of Nagash, the very first Necromancer and most powerful sorcerer who has ever lived (and unlived). To put it in perspective, the Skaven Under-Empire is a massive underground civilization that stretches across the known world with a population of over a billion, with access to {{Magitek}} war machines and {{Fantastic Nuke}}s.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** Although they're loath to admit it, followers of Chaos are all at least a little unnerved by the Necrons. Because [[TheSoulless they have no souls]], only badly degraded digital copies of the personalities of long dead aliens, they're immune to most Chaos powers, and any sorcerer trying to read their minds only sees an [[NothingIsScarier empty void]]. They also have a similar problem with the Tyranids, only in reverse - the Tyranid HiveMind is so overwhelmingly powerful and, more importantly ''[[StarfishAliens so utterly alien]]'', that it tends to disrupt the energies of the Warp that give Chaos sorcerers and daemons their power. [[YourHeadAsplode Often fatally]].
** As for the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]], one alarming theory is that they aren't so much invading our galaxy as they are ''fleeing'' from something.
** The Chaos God Malal is the omnicidal, suicidal embodiment of Chaos' self-defeating tendencies, and wants to destroy everything, including Chaos and itself. The main four Chaos Gods and their followers refuse to associate with him.
** The Dark Eldar are fey pirates and slavers who strike from the shadows and drag their victims off to their inter-dimensional city, to be raped and/or tortured to death in order to sustain the Dark Eldar's life force. Eldar [[MonsterClown Harlequins]] are allowed to come and go from this nightmare city as they please, because they Dark Eldar are fully aware of the consequences if they tried to stop them.
* Even powerful elder vampires in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' know to lay low and band together when [[DemonicPossession the Strix]] are in town. Not only are they responsible for wiping out an entire bloodline, whenever they gather in a city, serious carnage is about to ensue.
** On a smaller scale, any vampire that receives the message "Who is Cain?" had better run as fast as they can. It means the Cainite Heresy is coming for them: fanatical vampire hunters who willingly sacrifice their own (and innocents) to make the kill.
* [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Prometheans]] are revived corpses gifted with an internal magic power that keeps them alive but also repulses everyone else. The environment around them starts to decay and die the longer they stay in one place. And ''they'' are scared of the Zeka, a rare line of Prometheans powered by ''nuclear fire''.
** Example: Most of the Created are trying to reach their "Golden Dawn" [[BecomeARealBoy to be reborn as real humans]]. No Zeka has completed the journey yet, and there's a rumor that if one ever does, the result won't be a human--it'll be a nuclear explosion.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the end of ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'', the protagonists use [[PowerOfLove Maria's]] [[PowerOfRock lullaby]] to defeat Gyiyg, an alien EldritchAbomination whose very presence has thus far thrown the world into chaos. As the song grows nearer to completion with each iteration, Gyiyg is reduced to screaming incoherently for the protagonists to stop.
* In ''VideoGame/StarControl 2'', the Ur-Quan are a race of slavers who want to control or lock away every other sapient race (Kzer-Za) and outright {{omnicidal maniac}}s (Kohr-Ah). If you meet one with the right item in your inventory, it gives the following speech:
-->''We sense...something...something ancient...a sickly smell...a chilling wind. My ancestors scream from within their chambers in my mind...but I cannot understand their words. This feeling...a memory? It sickens us, and for the first time in our lives...for the first time in generations...we fear.''
** To clarify, said inventory item is [[spoiler:a Dnyarri, one of the psychic aliens who enslaved the Ur-Quan in ages past. As a whole, the entire race was so evil that the Chmmr claims that if there was ever a devil, it was the Dnyarri]].
* Alex Mercer of ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' may be a shapeshifting man-eating HumanoidAbomination and the stuff of New York's nightmares, but even he is shocked and disturbed by the sight of [[spoiler:Elizabeth Greene]]'s gigantic OneWingedAngel form, composed entirely of human flesh, crashing upward through the middle of Times Square and killing everything in sight.
** Let's not forget TheReveal. [[spoiler:The one responsible for the outbreak was the original Alex Mercer. The current Alex Mercer was an amalgamation of TheVirus, the original Mercer in his death throes, and lots of other victims. After learning the reason why the original Mercer did what he did (out of spite), apparently TheVirus was disgusted]].
* [[MadOracle The Malkavian]] from ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'' is scared witless by the Cabbie and deeply disturbed by Mr. Ox. Exactly ''what'' these two characters are is unknown, but they've managed to unnerve a vampire is able to laugh off just about everything else the game throws at you and probably are nothing good.
** The end of the game strongly hints that the Cabbie [[spoiler:is actually [[CainAndAbel Cain]], aka ''the original vampire'']].
* In the single player campaign for ''[[VideoGame/DawnOfWar Dawn of War: Dark Crusade]]'', [[EvilOverlord Eliphas]] the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Inheritor]] of the [[ReligionOfEvil Word]] [[AxCrazy Bearers]] [[TheLegionsOfHell Chaos Legion]] recoils in genuine horror when he tries to read the soul of the [[SkeleBot9000 Nec]][[TheSoulless ron]] Lord.
* [[HumanoidAbomination Alma]], the AntiVillain from ''VideoGame/FirstEncounterAssaultRecon'' inspires terror in anyone who sees her, but even she runs away from [[spoiler:The Creep]] in ''F.E.A.R 3''.
* PlayedForLaughs example with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sefz97GpyJc this scene]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2''.
* By the Leviathan DLC for ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] is the only thing the Reapers can really be said to fear. Bear in mind that the Reapers are a billion-year-old unstoppable force of hundreds or thousands of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s that can, in many cases, throw down with entire fleets by themselves or in small numbers. And even though they're winning, ''they'' are afraid of ''you'', although this generally manifests as them dropping all other efforts in order to attempt to laser you to death.
* Early in ''Baldur's Gate 2: Throne of Bhaal'' the [=PCs=] stumble upon a vampire ring. Vampires, for most of the base game, have been tough opponents. However, at this point in the saga, the party is supposed to be so beefed up, they do what they can to avoid the [=PCs=]. [[VillainousValor They still face the party, though]].
* In ''Monster Hunter'', this is pretty much Deviljho's biggest noteworthy feature. Other monsters comparable size and menace actually run from from this thing, not because of it's appearance, but because of it's bottomless appetite.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' has The King trying to push Yuuya over the DespairEventHorizon by reminding him of [[MyGreatestFailure Yuuya's greatest failure]], in the hopes that Yuuya will agree to have his [[AssimilationPlot soul absorbed]] to forget the pain. Yuuya stands stalwart; he accepts what he's done, knows he can't change it, and wants to remember in order to go forwards. He's found meaning in the pain. The King retreats in a hurry.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' once your party is leveled enough and you decide to return to earlier floors, you'll find out that Shadows there, which you might have experienced quite some trouble fighting before, are ''terrified'' of you. They flee, squeaking, at the sight of your party. It makes them [[CreepyCute kind of cute]] even.
* Dragons in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' are winged beasts of death and fire whose very speech is volatile magic and who cannot truly die like mortals can. As such, concepts such as "mortal", "temporary", and "finite" are quite alien to them. Then the Dovahkiin--the protagonist, who can absorb and ''consume'' a dragon's soul, thus destroying them forever--shows up. The first dragon you fight (not the one at the beginning) will actually cry out in ''terror'' when he's about to die and realizes what EldritchAbomination has arrived to end his existence: "Dovahkiin? Niid!" For bonus points: the theme that sometimes play when a dragon attacks is called "The One They Fear". No guesses who "they" are in this context.
* In the world of ''Franchise/TheWitcher'', Geralt is this to the various things that go bump in the night. It's best encapsulated in the song used in the trailer "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-l29HlKkXU A Night to Remember]]" for ''VideoGame/TheWitcher3WildHunt''. It's essentially an IronicNurseryTune sung by monstrous parents to their children about the big bad Witcher.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/UserFriendly'' has strips about Cthulhu being scared/bothered/worried/amazed about mundane things such as the RIAA's tactics, finance and accounting, etc.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': [[BedsheetGhost Mort's]] duties involve getting people frightened. But [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=68 this girl is really scary]]. And [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=151 this one]] is just that sneaky.
** And then there's Zimmy, who even freaks out Reynardine, a [[GrandTheftMe body-snatching]] ''demon'', enough that he won't voluntarily touch anything that belongs to her.
*** And Zimmy is herself freaked out by Kat. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=1049 This]] is what Kat looks like to her.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the Lovecraftian [[EldritchAbomination Horrorterrors]] turn out to be terrified of [[ManBehindTheMan something]] that's killing them, and their horrifying communications are pleas for help.
** The Horrorterrors themselves terrify the trolls, a culture of violent psychopath {{Proud Warrior Race Guy}}s, to the point of sleeplessness.
* Malory from ''Webcomic/HeadTrip'' is plain AxCrazy [[http://headtrip.keenspot.com/d/20071112.html whenever]] any [[AssholeVictim deserving]] target is in sight. However, ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' [[http://headtrip.keenspot.com/d/20080505.html scares]] her [[http://headtrip.keenspot.com/d/20080915.html reliably]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** The Other, the genocidal entity that wiped out major parts of Europe and created MadScience monstrosities of every stripe, is afraid of the mere mention of the ''name'' Barry Heterodyne.
** The Jägergenerals, massive {{Lightning Bruiser}}s, are absolutely ''terrified'' of the Dreen.
** Apparently, at some point in the past, Old Heterodynes meddled with the time itself, but while doing this they discovered something that terrified even them, the worst Spark overlords the whole continent trembled before. They turned their back on all the power they could possibly gain because of this.
* ''Webcomic/AmazingSuperPowers'' in the [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2009/12/ghosts-of-christmas/ Ghosts Of Christmas]] [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses has committed literal acts of BlackComedy. Even ''he'' is horrified by the stuff Bennet The Sage says.
** Similarly, another episode has That Guy describing something so horrific that SATAN HIMSELF is disturbed enough to censor him. This occurs twice in said episode.
* In the occult/supernatural/monster community of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', Nicholas Chandler is the most feared "mortal" on the planet, and merely mentioning Chandler's name to a vampire or werewolf tends to generate a flinch similar to what happens when a wizard hears the name "Voldemort" in the ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' universe. What makes Chandler ''really'' {{Badass}} is that he's only fourteen years old. He's considered the "creepy little kid" in his neighborhood, and is distrusted by parents and children alike...until the children come to him telling stories of strange things bumping around their windows at night. At age eight he used a baseball bat to kill a menacing spirit, and he's succeeded in taking down every ghost, ghoulie, or monster he's come up against ever since.
* ''LetsPlay/{{Boatmurdered}}'': "[[http://lparchive.org/Dwarf-Fortress-Boatmurdered/Update%201-6/ Our legendary miner headed out to work on the elephant trap...and the elephants -ran away- from him]]."
* Wiki/SCPFoundation: The Foundation's attempts to pit living [=SCPs=] against SCP-682 in a bid to destroy it usually leave 682 alive but injured and the other [=SCP=] utterly terrified of 682. SCP-173 is noteworthy because it is the only thing that ''682'' fears.
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'' Light literally scares the crap out of {{Shinigami}}.
-->'''Light:''' ''[with [[RedEyesTakeWarning red]] GlowingEyesOfDoom]'' [[{{Yandere}} I loved you, L]], and you smashed my heart into a million pieces. [[UnrequitedLoveLastsForever I will never love again]].
-->'''Ryuk:''' Light, uh...you're scaring me.
-->'''Light:''' Oh, Ryuk, I haven't even ''begun'' to scare you yet! ''[EvilLaugh]''
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', "[[http://parahumans.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/interlude-18-donation-bonus-2/ Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus #2)]]" lets us ride along with the supervillain Crusader as he watches his teammates Night and Fog [[StepfordSmiler ritually pantomime the mannerisms]] of a HappilyMarried couple--something they do day after day in a routine so fixed he can predict their lines before they speak them.
* The idea behind "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3z5tQH7y508 Pyro's Night at Freddy's]]". By the second night, the robots are huddled in the security room checking the cameras for Pyro.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' frequently scares off demons and the like with her terrifying aura.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny'' short "Hair-Raising Hare", Bugs tells the monster who's been pursuing him that he's being watched by the audience. The monster says "People!", screams, and turns and [[ImpactSilhouette runs through a series of walls]]. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0FViwZmsGQ here]].
** Bugs pulls this again in "Herr and Hare" when he surrenders himself to "Fatso" Goering and is presented to UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Both of them are freaked out by Bugs dressed up as UsefulNotes/JosefStalin.
* In the episode "Ultimate Deadpool" of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderman'' there is only one person that the dreaded Taskmaster is afraid of: the merc of the mouth himself, Deadpool.
* The ClassicDisneyShort ''Disney/LonesomeGhosts'': Ghosts call Mickey, Donald and Goofy (who are ghost exterminators) and spend the rest of the cartoon scaring them. Then the three fall in the basement and end up covered in molasses and flour. The ghosts take one look at them, scream "Ghosts!" and run away.
* On the ''WesternAnimation/{{Reboot}}'' episode "Wizards, Warriors and a Word From Our Sponsor", Mike The TV defeats the evil Bob clone by showing him The Commercial Channel--"All Commercials, All The Time--[[CoolAndUnusualPunishment An Eternity of Useless Products To Rot Your Skeevy Little Mind Forever!]]" The Evil Bob screams in terror and runs away frantically.
* In the ''WackyRaces'' episode "Creepy Trip to Lemon Twist", Dastardly lures the other racers into a GhostTown, where he plans to scare them by dressing as a BedsheetGhost. It turns out that the town [[RealAfterAll really is haunted]], and its resident ghosts send several of the racers running away screaming. It might have gone on working, if they hadn't tried to scare the Gruesome Twosome and their dragon.
* MonsterClown Zombozo from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'''s first series. Ben shows him what's underneath Ghostfreak's cowl, and he ''explodes''.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' pretty much has a ''[[Series/TheBennyHillShow Benny Hill Show]]'' sketch of this trope where the girls are being chased by some monster, only for that monster and the girls to be fleeing from another bigger monster, and so on for about five different monsters.
* Ickis from ''AaahhRealMonsters'' has a record of scaring other monsters. And one ''grizzly bear''. Being able [[SizeShifter to grow to tremendous size]] certainly helps.
** The Gromble was terrified of a human he called the Sewer Eater (a plumber) when the man was cleaning toilets.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', the Joker is not afraid of the Dark Knight, but he would never ever dare cross the [[IntimidatingRevenueService IRS]].
** He also screams for Batman when Charlie Collins, whom he spent most of the episode terrorizing, threatens to blow them both up with a bomb and calls the man crazy. Granted, that's because Charlie guessed (correctly) that the Joker would hate dying "next to some miserable little nobody." And then there's the Creeper, whom the Joker calls a lunatic and begs for help from Batman.
* Heloise from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' has terrified [[{{Satan}} Lucius]] on a few occasions.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'': Evidently, sapient evil rivers are just as scared of heights as normal people are, as Norbert and Daggett exploit in "A Dam Too Far".
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': The Flying Dutchman runs away terrified at the end of the Halloween special when Spongebob reveals his enhanced Halloween costume.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* The main reason for the existence of gargoyles on churches is that they are so terrifying, they frighten off demons and evil spirits.
* Sharks are known to migrate and stay out of waters they have spotted Orcas roaming in.
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