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->''"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.




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Mononoke}}'' displays the Medicine Seller, a man who slays demonic spirits for a living. Oh, and those aforementioned demonic spirits? They're absolutely terrified of him. When Nue, one of the demons, finally realizes who he is, it experiences a massive OhCrap
* ''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, 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. The 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 [[PapaWolf Whitebeard]] himself [[TranquilFury comes up behind him and beats the daylight out of him.]] He is also visibly wary when Shanks shows up.
* Manga/{{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. Unlike most of the other Millennium vampires of the series in general, Rip has dealt with him before, and knows ''exactly'' what this guy is capable of.
** Luke shits himself when he realizes just how outclassed he is by Alucard.
--->'''Luke Valentine:''' ''[a powerful vampire himself]'' [[WhatTheHellAreYou What]] ''[[WhatTheHellAreYou are]]'' [[WhatTheHellAreYou you?! WHAT IN THE]] ''[[WhatTheHellAreYou HELL ARE YOU?!]]''
** When [[spoiler:Seras finally becomes a full vampire]], the spectacle is enough to freeze [[spoiler:Nazi Vampires]] in their tracks with sheer pants-shitting ''terror''.
** But the most prominent example of this trope comes from Abraham Van Helsing, the mortal man who defeated Alucard when he was at the peak of his power. Alucard's defeat was so complete and traumatizing that he still has nightmares about that man. In fact, it was Abraham's strength that instilled in Alucard a new sense of respect and admiration for humanity, which he did not previously have.
* ''Manga/DragonBall''
** From the original series, the Demon King Piccolo who was so feared that [[BadassGrandpa Master Roshi]] absolutely refused to even consider fighting him and tries to used the Dragon Balls to beat him. Despite this, King Piccolo came to fear Master Roshi after he revealed he knew the Evil Containment Wave. Piccolo tries to run for his life and is only spared because Roshi missed the rice cooker. Piccolo also comes to fear Goku after he survived a blast that destroyed an entire city. By the end, he is left shivering in terror before a mere child.
** His son, Piccolo Jr, comes to know the same fear with Goku after he tanks a blast that reduced an island into dust.
** Frieza, TheDreaded of the universe, whose power was such that even badasses like Vegeta and King Kai were terrified of him, is left shaking in terror and losing his composure when Goku becomes a Super Saiyan. After his battle on Namek, Frieza fears the Super Saiyan so much that he has a major FreakOut when he sees Trunks transform.
** Freeza was also terrified of the mere presence of the God of Destruction Beerus
** Beerus, in turn, is terrified of the Omni-King
** Cell, a creature that killed thousands of humans by absorbing their bioextract, and absorbs Cyborgs #17 and #18 to achieve his complete form is left utterly terrified by the power displayed by Gohan in his [[SuperMode Super Saiyan 2 form]].
** Vegeta manages to scare Kid Buu after he keeps getting up despite getting the crud beating out of him. Keep in mind, Kid Buu showed no fear to the much more powerful Super Saiyan 3 Goku.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'', 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 apart his image of his [[PerverseSexualLust beloved Yokkyun]]. He gets ''pissed'', and chases Nora around like a maniac, demanding she bring Yokkyun 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''.
** There's, of course, also the reaction many characters of varying horrifying-ness have to Fran herself. Like her {{foil}} and sister, Veronica, a remoreseless assassin and LivingWeapon with an uncompomising MurderIsTheBestSolution approach to almost all of life's problems. When Veronica sees [[FateWorseThanDeath exactly how far Fran is willing to go]] in order to make sure [[ThouShaltNotKill no-one dies]], all she can do is stare in abject horror and plead with Fran to just let [[BodyHorror the pretzel made of screaming flesh that used to be her patients]] pass away. Fran ignores her for the most part, pointing out that Veronica's habit of [[DisproportionateRetribution killing people for calling her names]] takes away her moral high ground.
** 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.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Kyouka terrifying Minerva. That is all.
** Kyouka herself is somewhat fearful of her boss, Mard Geer. [[spoiler: But even Mard Geer is terrified when he sees that Zeref has arrived.]]
** Zeref, the greatest dark wizard of all time, still feared by even other dark wizards centuries after his heyday [[spoiler: is scared of Acnologia, Dragon of the Apocalypse, a being so powerful he tore the souls out of other dragons.]]
* 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]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote:''
** Happens to at least one Shinigami: [[spoiler:Higuchi]] horrifies Rem so much through [[spoiler:his corruption, perversion, and plan to force Misa to marry him]] that she ''sympathizes with Light''.
** PlayedForLaughs when Misa's manager comes by to tell Misa to get back to work. Misa, Light, ''and'' L are all shown to be visibly unnerved by her. For reference: Two of these people are [[SerialKiller serial killers]] and the third is the extremly unorthodox detective hired to catch them.
* In the ''Manga/SailorMoon'' manga, the surviving Dark Kingdom members, all possessing enormous dark powers, are shown to greatly fear Sailor Venus, even after it's discovered she's not the Moon Princess. This is owed to the ''enormous'' body count of youma she racked up as [[Manga/CodenameSailorV Sailor V]] (and that's without them knowing that one of her kills was [[spoiler:''her true love'' (he was a Dark Kingdom member and attacked when she [[DontMakeMeDestroyYou begged him to stand down]], so she ''disintegrated him'')]]. On the other hand, [[BigBad Beryl]] remembers that in her past life she was [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath skewered]] by Sailor Venus), to which she proceeds to add [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Zoisite]] [[FamilyUnfriendlyDeath in a rather messy way]] ''before even showing her face''.
* In ''Manga/MaouJouDeOyasumi'', the residents of the Demon King's Castle have nightmares about the Princess. [[IgnoredEpiphany She really couldn't give a shit.]]


[[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 [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]] [[TheDreaded stories.]]
* ''ComicBook/SquirrelGirl'':
** Doctor Doom fears nothing!...Except for her. 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.
** The Titan of Death, Thanos, was once defeated by Squirrel Girl... or, at least, a copy of him as he claims. After pointing out beating that a perfect, exacting copy of him is no different than beating him for real, Thanos visibly pales and leaves.
* 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 ComicBook/TheJoker is scared of ComicBook/TheCreeper and [[ComicBook/SecretSix Junior]]. And, as shown by ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', [[spoiler:his own name]].
** In ''Saga of the Swamp Thing'', the most disturbing omen of [[spoiler: Anton Arcane's resurrection and unleashing of the powers of Hell]] is that ''the Joker stops laughing'' at Arkham.
* 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.
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' offer us a few examples:
** The Evronians are a whole species of {{Emotion Eater}}s who [[PoweredByAForsakenChild fuel their war machines with emotions]] and feel little emotions themselves (only the Emperor and the other two-headed Evronians, the Imperial Council, and some mutants have a full emotional spectrum, and the latter will be hunted down and exterminated if discovered), basically look like a beaked and tailless [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]], and are even more terrifying opponents than this description would make anyone think. Yet, even them are scared by a few things:
*** The looks of their own hybrid {{Super Soldier}}s created from the Beasts of Ragnar. That said, a baseline Evronian can easily conquer said (minimal) fear and kick their asses thanks to be more competent.
*** Xadhoom. [[PhysicalGoddess She has the power to fly faster than light, fire energy blasts that can destroy a planet, change her shape to dodge attacks, and immunity to all weapons that haven't been made specifically to kill her, and even those don't work fast enough to actually do more than contain or hurt her]], and she wants them dead for destroying her homeworld while she was away obtaining her powers and [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill fooling her and the rest of the government into deactivating their defences to not shoot down their "merchant ships"]]... And they know it. For obvious reasons, even Lower Caste Evronians (almost completely emotionless) fear her to the point that the threat of being assigned to the Anti-Xadhoom Force is a powerful motivator.
*** For those who have encountered him, Paperinik himself. He's a TerrorHero, but that's not why they fear him, it's because of [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown the merciless beatings he inflicts on them]]. It's bad enough that a warrior who had once fought him was reduced to terrifying attempts at denial when Paperinik popped out on the Evronian [[PlanetSpaceship mobile homeworld]].
*** In the reboot, Lower Caste Evronians also fear the Guardian Drones, {{Super Soldier}}s who can outfight the Evronians and are completely merciless, razing entire planets and destroying their spores (basically, Evronian ''fetuses''). High Caste Evronians such as general Zondag, on the other hand, are too full of complete and utter loathing for the Guardian Drones to fear them.
** [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Trauma]] is an Evronian general who had developed a full emotional spectrum and a sadistic and independent streak even before becoming a SuperSoldier with [[SuperStrength the strength to casually throw around cars]], [[SuperToughness the toughness to take a rocket to the chest and be none worse for the wear]], [[PsychicPowers the ability to instill primal and complete fear in anyone and making them live their worst nightmare]] before [[AndIMustScream draining it and turning the victims into mindless slaves]], and [[FlightStrengthHeart that of]] [[VoiceChangeling imitating voices]] ([[HeartIsAnAwesomePower excellent for luring unsuspecting heroes into traps]]). At the end of his second and final battle with Paperinik, he was on the ground in terror and [[VillainsWantMercy begging for mercy]] after our hero [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome conquered the fear he was inducing]] and accidentally [[{{Depowered}} reversed his mutation]].
* Allegedly (it's not entirely clear if the issue in question just made it up for a quick laugh) monsters scare their kids with stories about [[ComicBook/{{Vampirella}} Vampirella]]. Not entirely unreasable, since she's often portrayed as a relentless HunterOfHerOwnKind a la Blade.
* [[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Megatron]] is ''still'' TheDreaded of many Autobot stories. He's directly responsible for the deaths of ''hundreds of billions'' of people. And ''he'' is absolutely pants-shittingly terrified of [[BrainwashingForTheGreaterGood mnemosurgeons]]. Just ''seeing'' one in prison (the sullen, depressive, and not particularly intimidating Chromedome) had him calling for guards and threatening that the only way they would read his memories would be after he was dead.
* Jordan Borchardt of ''ComicBook/{{Revival}}'' is a typical emotionally detached reviver, which makes her a textbook CreepyChild. Over the course of the series [[spoiler:her separated soul is destroyed, allowing her to imprison someone else's soul inside her.]] The Passengers find this terrifying.
* Nearly every sorcerer and supernatural being in the DC universe is afraid of ComicBook/JohnConstantine.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'', [[MarySue Harry]] says "boo" and dementors flee in terror. This is because [[spoiler:he's discovered the true form of the Patronus spell, which ''destroys'' dementors instead of just driving them away]].
-->Toronto Magical Tribune:\\
* ''[[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 ''[[Fanfic/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]] (or, as the LemonyNarrator puts it, joined the "scared-of-Harry-Dresden club).
** The Phoenix has this effect on pretty much everything evil and horrifying - even the proverbially indestructible Darkhold seems to shiver in genuine fear when it senses a mere flicker of Phoenix fire. Of course, this fear isn't just limited to the bad guys, and for good reason.
** Harry Potter himself has shades of this, although unusually for this trope, it's less about what he is ''now'' and more about what he will become. While right now he's more of a GlassCannon, the fact is that once he grows into his full powers, he will be an expert hand-to-hand combatant, a PhysicalGod operating on about 75% of Superman's SuperStrength and SuperToughness, a psychic only rivaled by the best of the best, and a wizard trained by people like Albus Dumbledore, Loki, and [[spoiler: Doctor Strange]] to boot. And that's not even counting his skills in stealth and espionage, thanks to [[spoiler: the Red Room]]. Oh, and he's the Crown Prince of Asgard, meaning that he's got a huge amount of political power and influence to bring to bear. This is a large part of why quite a few villains are after him in Books 1 and 2: They want to kill him before he can ''really'' become a threat.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6446195/1/It-s-a-stretch It's a Stretch,]]'' Xander's plan for taking out the guards at a concentration camp (since they can't change the past), namely blowing the whole place sky high, causes Angelus to quickly reassure Xander that he's an opportunity killer and not a racist.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5571816/22/Win-Some-Lose-Some Dog of War,]]'' the Kyuubi is completely horrified by the actions of Angron, Primarch of the World Eaters. So much so that while explaining what's to Naruto that his body is being changed into something more like Angron's, he warns Naruto that he will kill them both should he head down that man's path. Kyuubi later shows Angron's memories to Sarutobi, Jiraiya, Tsunade, and Shizune so they can both help Naruto keep from being like him and to prepare for the worst should he do so anyway.
* ''Fanfic/CulturalArtifacts'' has the Big Guy. He grew up with World War II, he helped develop the Avro Arrow, he became more or less the equivalent of ''the'' badass -- and when his mind was under assault by Tirek, Discord, Nightmare, and a half a dozen others, he showed them things that had ''Discord'' begging Twilight Sparkle and the rest of the Mane Six to open fire and get him back to normal. Nightmare tried to invade his mind again. It didn't go well for her. [[spoiler: At least, [[HeelFaceTurn at first]].]]
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Hogback, proponent of necromancy, is aghast at the capabilities of [[spoiler:[[EldritchAbomination Lily Carnation, bringing an entire crew back to life with hardly any problems whatsoever]]]]. Ivankov, master of the Horm-Horm Fruit and witness to all its biological changes without batting an eye, throws up [[spoiler:when he sees the BodyHorror that is Lily Carnation with its embedded prey]].
* In an omake of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8637502/3/Don-t-Look Don't Look,]]'' the Slender Man finds [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Rei Ayanami]] creepy.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WalkingInCircles'', when Solas has been taken into the Ostwick Circle and has to go through Harrowing, within the Fade, a rage demon looks at him, he looks back and the demon just backs away without a single word.

* 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''.
* ''Film/OsmosisJones'': Frank's childhood, lack of self-restraint, and outright mental insanity (all of which is NOT helped by his unhealthy lifestyle) freaks out Thrax, a serial killer virus (The RED DEATH) that has infected and killed over 12 people.
-->'''Thrax''': This cat was sick before I even got here!

* ''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 ''[[OneHitKill kill Clove in a single blow]]'']].
* ''Film/JohnWick'' is this to the criminal underworld. Even the head of the Russian Mafia presence in New York is stopped cold at the news that his son crossed Wick.
-->"They call him Baba Yaga."
-->"The Boogeyman?"
-->"Well, John wasn't exactly the boogeyman. He was the one you sent to '''kill''' the fucking boogeyman."
* 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.
* In Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein, when [[FrankensteinsMonster the Monster]] is introduced it takes a close look at Costello's face, only to recoil with a cry of fear. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Dracula reassures him.]]
-->''"Don't worry. I won't let him hurt you!"''
* Will Graham invokes this in the film adaptation of ''Literature/RedDragon'' when [[spoiler:Francis Dolarhyde holds his young son hostage]] by putting on a show of [[AbusiveParents parental abuse]] that hits the deranged SerialKiller right in the FreudianExcuse. [[spoiler: It unsettles Dolarhyde enough for Will's son to get away.]]

* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** 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. (It's made clear in the books that the Things don't really "get" the material world; a physical attack simply isn't something they're equipped to deal with.)
** Earlier, the first time a Thing From The Dungeon Dimensons is mentioned is at the Temple of Bel-Shamaroth in ''Discworld/TheColourOfMagic''. The demon that powers Twoflower's iconograph complains that the place is "weird", leading to the following exchange:
--->'''Twoflower''': But you're a demon. Demons can't call things weird. I mean, what's weird to a demon?\\
'''Demon''': Oh you know, things. Stuff.\\
'''Twoflower''': What things?\\
'''Demon''': ''[nervous cough]'' Oh, things. Evil things. Things we don't talk about is the point I'm broadly trying to get across, master.
* 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 ''Literature/TheDreamQuestOfUnknownKadath'', 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 [[GiantSpider ten-foot-long]] talking spiders to death.
** A non evil example: [[BigGood Dumbledore]] is said to be the most powerful wizard in the world and the only person [[BigBad Lord Voldemort]] ever feared.
* ''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.'' [[spoiler:Note that this incident occurred while Harry had the shadow of a FallenAngel secretly living in his head and whispering to his subconscious in an attempt to make him more evil. He had a very major MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment when he actually realized what was happening.]] He was still happy to take advantage of the reputation it earned him.
** Perhaps topping his list of achievements in this category is the fact that Nicodemus, an agent of evil [[Really700YearsOld thousands of years old]] who has bonded his soul with an honest to God fallen angel is actively terrified of Harry, as Harry is apparently the only person who has come even remotely close to actually killing him...on two occasions no less.
*** Not Harry himself, but one of his closest companions, Mouse the Foo dog, deserves special mention: in ''Skin Game'', his arrival actually scares the living bejeebers out of [[spoiler: ''Anduriel'', the Fallen angel that's ''attached'' to Nicodemus. Anduriel was one of ''Lucifer's generals'' before being coin-bound for being TheStarscream.]]
** 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.
** Michael Carpenter also has this especially in Literature/SkinGame. When [[ArchangelUriel Uriel]] [[spoiler:temporarily heals his leg by giving him his grace allowing him to briefly take back up the mantle of Knight of the Cross]] Nicodemus immediately backs down despite being on the verge of winning. Michael's one of the most successful Knights of the Cross just by surviving as long as he has wields [[InfinityPlusOneSword Excalibur]]. Later, even though they knew he was coming Nicomedius' guards freak out at the very sight of him, HorrifyingTheHorror indeed.
* 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 {{Literature/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 wearing the persona of Jaqen H'gar.
** The witch known as [[MadOracle The Ghost of High Heart]] is freaked whenever she meets Arya Stark's gaze. As CharacterDevelopment kicks in for Arya and the resulting casualties pile up, you kind of get why.
** EvilSorcerer Melisandre is frightened of the lackwit jester [[MadOracle Patchface]]. Nobody really knows why, beyond her having a seriously bad trip upon reading him.
** Roose Bolton, head of the most ruthless noble family in The North, is wary about the cannibalistic inhabitants of Skagos Island.
** The Ironborn, [[{{Pirate}} bona fide]] [[RapePillageAndBurn terrors of the seas]], aren't too keen about messing with the [[MasterPoisoner Crannogmen]]. Heck, [[ProperlyParanoid Roose Bolton]] is more than a bit warier than usual going anywhere near their home, the Neck, as well.
** Even the bulk of Gregor Clegane's [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock]] [[PsychoForHire Psychopaths]] know better than to even think about going against the Hound: they'd ''much'' rather leave that fight 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 rout 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.
** Sauron himself was so terrified of the armies of Valinor led by Eonwe that he outright surrendered when they laid siege to Angband.
*** Aragorn deliberately invokes this trope when he confronts Sauron in the Palantir in order to make Sauron focus on him and draw his attention away from Mordor where Frodo and Sam are sneaking towards Mount Doom. Purportedly, Sauron has a minor freak-out at the sight of both Isildur's Heir and the reforged Narsil.
** Morgoth was also sent running in terror by Tulkas
* ''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...
* In Act II of ''Literature/TheFirstDwarfKing'' the first indication that [[WarriorMonk Father Kiyoshi]] is a force to be reckoned with is [[spoiler: his first encounter with the Osthan. To be specific, his very ''presence is enough to put them on edge. He then proceeds to slice their assault rifles in half, single-handedly hold all three of them off in a SwordFight, ''then'' summons a katana out of thin air -- which he then uses to slice the hand off of one Osthan. All three of them flee before him. For the record, the Osthan are MadeOfIndestructium {{Hero Killer}}s who have been known to take on entire armies and win]].
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by David Eddings, Hettar qualifies for the entire [[ProudWarriorRace Murgo]] race, possibly even more so than even Belgarath himself.
** Speaking of whom, Belgarath ''more'' than qualifies for Angarak as a whole.
*** To be fair, the general Angarak populace isnít really all that bad on the whole, but the military and especially the clergy? Yeah, they definitely qualify as horrors to be horrified by those two and a few others in the cast.
** The sight of [[spoiler: Errand]] is enough to send a ''[[DemonLordsAndArchDevils Demon Lord]]'' fleeing in abject terror at one point.
** [[AGodAmI Urvon]] is briefly snapped out of being BrainwashedAndCrazy when Beldin puts in an appearance.
* In ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'', the city authorities attempt to bargain with the forces of Hell to aid them against the escaped slake-moths. The demonic ambassador refuses point-blank, which its summoners deduce means that ''demons'' are scared of the consciousnesss-consuming moths.
* Brian Yi, Proxy, becomes this in ''Literature/TheInfected''. Brian has the power to take the place of people who are about to die, anywhere in the world, which is initially treated as a death sentence. Since Brian could be dropped into any number of bad situations at any moment with no support or weapons, he's trained from the beginning to go for the throat. After a few fights (including ripping out a superpowered serialkiller's throat with his teeth) Proxy achieves a MemeticBadass state and becomes the boogieman to murderers, who now must forever wonder if their next victim is going to suddenly turn into an angry and buff Asian guy.

[[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]].
** Glory's backstory reveals that when she was in her home dimension, she grew so powerful that the other two Hellgods who ruled alongside her trembled before her might.
** Happens to Anya too, when Xander casually mentions that the mayor's planning an Ascension. Her reaction? She leaves town. Though not before conveying dire warnings about how, as someone who has seen some pretty horrible things, most of which she caused, she also was a personal witness to a previous Ascension - so she knows what she's talking about.
* 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]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Oncoming Storm]]'' and ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast The Bringer of Darkness]]''. As the Ninth Doctor says to the Daleks at the end of Season 1:
--->'''The Doctor''': You know what they call me in the ancient legends of the Dalek homeworld? [[RedBaron The Oncoming Storm.]] [[TheSociopath You might have removed all your emotions,]] but I reckon right down deep in your DNA there's one little spark left. And that's fear. [[BadassBoast Doesn't it just]] ''[[BadassBoast burn]]'' [[BadassBoast when you face me?]]
** 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? Easy. One Doctor? Now you're scared.
** During ''The Runaway Bride'', the Empress of the Racnoss has spent the entire episode assuming that the Tenth Doctor is a Martian because that's what Donna's been irritably calling him, and the Doctor's not really seen the point in correcting her. Then, when she calls him a Martian again, just after he's given her his "one chance" and she turned it down, he corrects: his home planet is not Mars. It's ''Gallifrey''. The Empress, who's been in full EvilGloating mode for most of the episode, with plenty of [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumour terrible, mocking jokes]] spread around, completely freaks out. This would have a lot to do with the fact that but for her children, she's the LastOfHerKind, and the Time Lords made her that way. Then the Last of the Time Lords finishes the job by coldly drowning her children, whose creepy screeches echo up from the centre of the Earth. You can kind of see why she was horrified.
** At the end of the Time War, the Time Lords planned to [[spoiler: create a paradox so gigantic that it [[ApocalypseHow rips the Time Vortex into pieces and destroys all of creation]]]]. When [[TheSociopath the Master]] finds out about this, even HE is horrified.
** And then The Doctor ''himself'' becomes horrified at the end of the episode ''Dark Water'' after learning who Missy really is. It's enough to send him running and shouting at everyone in a vain attempt to warn everyone one of his most dangerous enemies has returned.
--->'''Missy:''' Missy. It's short for Mistress. Well, I couldn't well keep calling myself [[spoiler:The Master]] now, could I?
** The Doctor's encounter with the Boneless, two-dimensional beings from another reality, who "flatten" people and objects (by siphoning their third dimension) and then attempt to come out into the third dimension by taking on shifting appearances of the people they've flattened and killed. Some of the scariest monsters of the season. Then they encounter "the man that stops the monsters".
--->'''Doctor:''' I tried to talk. I want you to remember that. I tried to reach out. I tried to understand you, but I think that you understand us perfectly. And I think that you just don't care! And I don't know whether you're here to invade, infiltrate or just replace us. I don't suppose it really matters now. You are monsters! That is the role you seem determined to play, so it seems that I must play mine: the man that stops the monsters. I'm sending you back to your own dimension. Who knows? Some of you may even survive the trip. And if you do, remember this: You are not welcome here! This plane is protected! I am the Doctor, and I name you the Boneless! (''sonics them into oblivion'')
** The "Girl in the Fireplace" example originates from the Expanded Universe; specifically the ''Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures'', wherein it is revealed that among the many sobriquets that the Doctor has picked up throughout his many years of travelling is "The Man Who Gives Monsters Nightmares". Let's just say that there's a reason.
* 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.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Melisandre, who regularly practices HumanSacrifice and BloodMagic, communes with a fire god and helps prepare for an apocalyptic war with the White Walkers, is visibly shaken by the darkness and death she sees when she looks into Arya's eyes, as well as all the eyes of those that Arya will kill.
* 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.
* 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.
** As with Slayers and Grimms above, Hunters tend to be this by nature. The Winchesters in particular seem to have achieved something of a MemeticBadass and TheDreaded status in the demon community.
-->'''Cain''': Dean Winchester is asking for help? That's not the man I read about on demon bathroom walls.
** {{Exaggerated}} when ''Death himself'' is shown to fear [[spoiler:[[TheAntiGod The Darkness]]]]. Later, after [[spoiler:The Darkness is accidentally unleashed]], half of Hell hears a scream coming from the Cage, implying that [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]] and [[ArchangelMichael Michael]] are afraid of her too.
* In the ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' episode "Cruel Sea", a birthing Ophthalmosaurus is surrounded by sharks... which are then scared off by a Liopleurodon.
* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow,'' Eobard Thawne freaks out over being hunted by the Black Flash.
* ''Series/TheWire'': Most normal people are terrified of drug dealers. [[BadassGay Omar]] [[AntiHero Little]] terrifies them back.
* In the Star Trek Voyager episode 'The Thaw', The Clown was a simulated manifestation of the fears of people hooked up to a computer system. When confronted with the fact that he would have no more fear to feed on and would die, he became afraid.
* On ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' Aida is a hyperintelligent artificial intelligence with a body composed of extradimensional matter and a self-created winner of the SuperpowerLottery. Within a minute of meeting the Ghost Rider she is fleeing for her life and utterly terrified.

* Played for laughs in the "Dream Warriors" music video attached to ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreet3DreamWarriors''. The only thing that scares the film's main villain 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''

[[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.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The Aboleths are a race of aquatic {{Eldritch Abomination}}s [[TimeAbyss 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}} Illithids]] 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]].
** Ironically this goes both ways, and the [[BrainFood brain-eating]] Mind Flayers avoid Aboleths as the one horror in all the Underdark with greater mental powers than themselves, lest they end up like their own psionically-dominated thralls.
** The Baatezu are the devilish tyrants of the Nine Hells and some of the most fearsome and sadistic creatures in existence. But in one corner of the layer of Malbolge, a strangely-glowing cavern called Maggoth Thyg sometimes emits horrible cries that Hell's damned souls cannot hear, but the devils can, and they find the sound instinctively terrifying. It's suspected this is related to the ancient Baatorians, the race of fiendish {{Precursors}} that ruled Hell before the devils' arrival.
* 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.
** The Sword of Khaine is an ArtifactOfDoom that scares the ''Chaos Gods''.
* One of the rules of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is that no matter how big, bad and fierce something is, it'll be afraid of something else.
** 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. And even they ''steer clear'' off Necron Tomb Worlds, this is however, a subversion as Tyranids convert absorb and convert biomass into more Tyranids, Necrons and their worlds have no biomass and thus the Tyranids either don't 'see' them or don't care about those worlds because there's nothing to consume.
** 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 the Dark Eldar are fully aware of the consequences if they tried to stop them.
*** Harlequins in turn are scared of Phoenix Lord Maugan Ra.
** The Night Lords Chaos Marines, specialists in terror tactics on a planetary scale, are freaked by the Eldar Phoenix Lord Jain Zar who moves so fast even the Marines' super senses can't pick her up.
** One of the reasons Abaddon the Despoiler is the most feared Chaos warlord among his many accomplishments, is because he carries Drach'nyen. To the untrained eye it's a sword the size of a man but actually it's a miniature EldritchAbomination that creeps out daemons.
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** 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.
*** Vampires from both Old and New World of Darkness ''steer clear'' of Werewolves. Werewolves hate Vampires with a passion, but knowing that Werewolves are stronger, faster, and tougher than them, most vampires could only respond with ''fear''.
** [[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 "New 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.
** Slashers, sociopathic {{Serial Killer}}s who rival most monsters in how horrible they are and frequently develop supernatural abilities, are absolutely ''terrified'' by [[TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters Sin-Eaters]] because their necromantic abilities allow former victims to come back for revenge.
** [[TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial Beasts]] are {{Humanoid Abomination}}s with a ''literal'' Horror as a soul, who feed by terrorizing mortals and see most supernaturals as kin. There are, however, two major exceptions to this: [[TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent Demons]], who leave them uncomfortable due to their alien, mechanical nature... and [[EvilCounterpart the Insatiable]], an even older race of Humanoid Abominations who creep them out so much one of their nickname is ''[[RedBaron the Nightmares of Beast]]''.
** When a [[TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful Princess]] crosses the DespairEventHorizon, she is most likely to end up corrupt by the Darkness and become a [[FallenHero Dethroned]], a warped monster trapt in her own suffering and dangerous to anything in sight. Seeing how the Darkness is a force of evil and sorrow, and grows in every dark place it can find, you'd expect this kind of transformation to be a good thing for its servants. It's not; not only are Dethroned [[WildCard insane and impossible to truly control]] (at best, they can lure them close to their enemies and hope for the best), but they also constantly warp every other creature of the Dark that gets too close into their mindless slaves, destroying any self-awareness they had. Because of this, sapient minions of the Darkness will usually run away from them as fast as they can and keep their distance. Attracting a Dethroned on the battlefield is considered their equivalent of the GodzillaThreshold.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': The original art for [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=175079 Cruel Ultimatum]] showed a demon lord wounded and cowering before the shadow of its attacker. The shadow was later revealed to belong to the legendarily powerful and evil dragon planeswalker Nicol Bolas.
--> There is always a greater power.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/MiddleEarthShadowOfMordor'': This is a gameplay tactic. The orcs are ruthless, slave-driving, cannibalistic, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking industrialist]] murdermachines whose sheer ugliness (especially when they cheat death) drives men mad. You make them shit their collective leather trousers. Many orc captains have specific weakness, and will outright flee in terror if the conditions of one of their phobias is activated. As for mooks, there's a high-profile takedown called Brutalize that stealthily sneaks up to an orc, only to abandon all subtlety and tear the poor fellow ten new ones as all the other nearby orcs flee in terror at the sheer viciousness of your murder.
* 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. [[spoiler:Of course, it's less likely that he's ''afraid'' and more so that he's deeply disturbed that you're bringing back memories of his dead adoptive mother by singing her lullaby to him.]]
* 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]].
* 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]].
* [[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 otherwise 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'']].
** The [[HellHotel Ocean House hotel]] level is pretty much this trope done to ''you''. No, not the PlayerCharacter, '''''[[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou you]]'''''.
* 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.
** All Orks dedicate their entire lives to fighting war, they are violent, thuggish and AxCrazy to the extreme. Their morale is incredibly hard to drop, but when it does hit zero, they'll panic and cry out "WE'Z ALL GONNA ''DIE''!!" In the setting, the [[EldritchAbomination Nightbringer]] instilled the fear of death in every race except for the Orks (because they were the youngest race). Your men have just instilled the fear of death in a race of green-skinned psychopaths ''who shouldn't by definition be able to''. Gets even more awesome if you're playing as the [[BadassNormal Imperial Guard]].
* In ''VideoGame/Doom2016'', the various codex entries indicate that the demons of Hell are absolutely terrified of Doomguy, whom they fearfully call "[[RedBaron The Doom Slayer]]", [[spoiler:due to one of his previous rampages through Hell from before the start of the game, during which he utterly wrecked the place and slew even its strongest demons]].
* [[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 ''VideoGame/BaldursGateIIThroneOfBhaal'' 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 ''VideoGame/MonsterHunter'', this is pretty much Deviljho's biggest noteworthy feature. Other monsters of comparable size and menace actually run from this thing, not because of its appearance, but because of its bottomless appetite. Taken UpToEleven with Elder Dragons, whose presence renders ''entire maps'' completely deserted except for either the most diminutive of wildlife--or [[HarbingerOfImpendingDoom Remo]][[CirclingVultures bras]].
* 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.
* An evil Courier in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is easily this by the end of the ''Lonesome Road'' DLC. [[spoiler:As they leave the Divide, the various horrors - [[BodyHorror Marked]] [[ThePowerOfHate Men]] and [[TunnelKing Tunnelers]], the latter of which easily took down ''Deathclaws'' on introduction - ''left them alone''.]] [[spoiler:The same is said for when you side with House; he's terrified of you, and tries to do his best to appease you.]]
* 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.
** Even better, the Dragonborn can weaponize this weakness with the "Dragonrend" shout, composed of the words Joor, Zah, and Frul, meaning "mortal", "temporary", and "finite", respectively. Mechanically, all it really does is [[ClipItsWings force a dragon to land]], robbing it of its mobility and making it much easier to hit. The in-story reason for this is that the Shout forces the dragon to understand the concept of mortality, so incomprehensible to the immortal mind that they become too disoriented to fly.
* 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.
-->''Wolves asleep amidst the trees\\
Bats all a-swaying in the breeze\\
But one soul lies anxious, wide awake\\
fearing all manner of ghouls, hags and wraiths.\\
Birds all silent for the night\\
Cows turned in as daylight dies\\
But one soul lies anxious, wide awake\\
For the Witcher, brave and bold\\
Paid in coin of gold\\
He'll chop... and slice you\\
cut... and dice you\\
Eat you up whole\\
Eat you whole''
* 2 specific examples from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** First of all, there's [[spoiler: the local AlmightyJanitor, Sans.]] When you sorta-befriend the BigBad, he will tell you to stay away from him, as he's caused him "[[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome more than his fair share of resets]]." And if you go for the [[KillEmAll No Mercy]] route, you will find him blocking your path as ''the'' toughest boss in the game, so tough that even [[spoiler: The Fallen Child, local GreaterScopeVillain-slash-NarratorAllAlong]] is visibly wary.
-->''[[ThisIsGonnaSuck You feel like you're going to have a bad time.]]''
** And then there's [[spoiler: YOU, the player]], who will absolutely terrify the BigBad in No Mercy. Complete that path, and [[spoiler:the player character will [[CruelAndUnusualDeath butcher him to nothingness, despite him pleading for his life in tears.]]]] As well, [[spoiler:you]] can be this to the opponent above, judging by his unique dialogue [[spoiler:if you kill him and [[ViolationOfCommonSense reset the game twice]] for no other reason than to fight him again. Of course, that's just one way of interpreting it ó given his lack of voice acting and [[TheStoic very unreadable demeanor]], they could just as easily mean he's [[WorthyOpponent impressed]], surprised, or just outright disgusted.]]
-->''... that expression that you're wearing... ... well, i won't grace it with a description.''\\
''... that expression that you're wearing... ... you're really kind of a freak, huh?''

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''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 every route of ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'', Harumoto is in full VillainousBreakdown mode by the climax, ready to blow up the watchtower that he and the heroes are standing on in order to die taking them with him rather than live to be captured; in Ittosai's route he uses Sayuri as a HumanShield and forces her to make an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to Ittosai just to twist the knife by making Ittosai choose between killing them both or doing nothing until they all die from the impending explosion. When Ittosai declares his willingness to run his sword through the woman who loves him in order to get to Harumoto and then kill ''himself'' afterwards, even Harumoto is thoroughly unnerved.
* Combining this trope with EvenEvilHasStandards, [[spoiler: Jimmy Aleister]] of ''VisualNovel/CodeRealize'' acknowledges how he is so unfathomably evil and twisted that the most hardened and depraved killers were themselves horrified at glimpsing his true nature.

[[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 time itself, but while doing this they discovered something that terrified even them, the worst Spark overlords that the whole continent trembled before. They turned their back on all the power they could possibly gain because of this. [[spoiler: Turns out, that thing was also the Dreen. The novels are clearer on this: '''everybody''' is scared witless of the Dreen: the Other, Wasps, Jägers, the Pirates...]]
* ''Webcomic/AmazingSuperPowers'' in the [[http://www.amazingsuperpowers.com/2009/12/ghosts-of-christmas/ Ghosts Of Christmas]] [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol episode]].
* ''Webcomic/DaughterOfTheLilies'': Whatever protagonist Thistle's face looks like, it's enough to send one of the cannibalistic night elves running away in panic. There's a reason she always wears a hood.
* ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'': When Safeguarde spirits are summoned, even [[EldritchAbomination the Scarecrows]] become afraid.
* In ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'', the main threat in the DeathWorld ForbiddenZone that the main characters are exploring are PlagueZombie monsters that mutated from humans (trolls) and animals (beasts). Later in the story, they start running into ghosts that are a danger to all living beings. Chapter 10 showed that animals sharing a space with ghosts tend to avoid the rooms in which they dwell. Chapter 12 shows that trolls that roam in an AbandonedHospital with a ghost-room avoid the place as well.
* In ''WebComic/OwMySanity'', "Nancy" is a HumanoidAbomination, who ''discovered fear'' at the hands of the [[http://owmysanity.comicgenesis.com/d/20100531.html art building's manager]].

[[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.
* Franchise/TheFearMythos has Aqualung, who scares the other Fears, and the Deep, who terrifies EAT to the point of refusing to enter its home, the oceans.
* 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]''
* Happened offscreen in ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries''. The [[YuGiOhFirstAnimeSeries Season 0]] version of Yami Yugi has this exchange with a villain:
--> '''Jirou the Yellow Spider:''' Let me ask you something kid: [[{{Film/Batman}} Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?]]
--> '''Yami Yugi:''' As a matter of fact, I have. We were on a blind date. Unfortunately, he never returns my calls. Says I'm "too creepy."
* 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.
** There are very few things that superheroes and supervillains tend to be utterly terrified of, in that universe. The Endbringers are one - Contessa and the Number Man are another. A third, however, goes to the Slaughterhouse Nine, and even amongst ''them'', each and every one of them are very wary, very careful, and very ''scared'' of the Grey Boy.
* 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.
* In the ''Podcast/TheThrillingAdventureHour'', Nightmares the Clown is an {{Emotion Eat|er}}ing MonsterClown who feeds on fear and is a recurring nemesis of Frank and Sadie Doyle. In their fifth encounter, he finally has the Doyles on the ropes, forcing upon them their two biggest fears of [[TheAlcoholic sobriety]] and [[HappilyMarried being separated from each other]]. Frank's response is [[spoiler:a BadassBoast about how dangerous he once was and could be again if he got serious, and that Sadie is even more dangerous than ''him]].'' The ultimate effect is to cause Nightmares to realize what it is ''he'' truly fears: [[spoiler:Frank and Sadie Doyle]].
* In ''Literature/TheZombieKnight'', Ibai Blackburn, a soul-eating HumanoidAbomination (albeit a well-raised one) nearly devoid of fear, is terrified when he comes face-to-face with [[TheDragon Gohvis]].
-->''Never had the aberration seen such demonic eyes. He'd never believed it was possible to stare into someone's soul, but with the way Gohvis was looking at him, he was beginning to have doubts. In fact, he was starting to think it might be possible to look at someone ''to death.
* The {{Creepypasta}} "''It Has No Face''" features a HumanoidAbomination that [[spoiler: has mutilated and killed countless victims panicking as it encounters a man who (seemingly) has no face and (seemingly) doesn't fear it. Taken even further when the man scares it away with the noise and flashlight coming from his phone]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Mandy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' frequently scares off demons and the like with her terrifying aura.
* ''WesternAnimation/BugsBunny''
** In the 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]].
** Bugs pulls this again in "Herr Meets 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.
** One short has a shivering great white shark jump out of the water and cling to a pole for dear life at the sight of the Tasmanian devil.
* In the episode "Ultimate Deadpool" of ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderman'' there is only one person that the dreaded Taskmaster is afraid of: the merc with a mouth himself, Deadpool. This is likely due to a LogicalWeakness carried over from the comics; Taskmaster relies heavily on the ability to instantly memorize an opponent's fighting style, but Deadpool is so unpredictable that he never fights the same way twice.
* The WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} ''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.
-->'''Donald''': So you can't take it, you big sissies!
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/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 when he crosses paths with ComicBook/TheCreeper, he infamously exclaims "He's a '''lunatic'''!" to Batman himself.
** In the beginning of "Lock-Up," the Scarecrow escapes from Arkham not for any particular plot, but because he's that terrified of the title character.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'': [[WalkOnTheWildSideEpisode One short has Dexter taking lessons from Dee Dee to "loosen up"]] after Dee Dee gave him [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech a well-deserved speech about how much he's wasting his life, locked in his lab]]. The "final test" of her lessons is him cutting loose on the lab (to "remove his earthly connections" on the Zen sense)... and he becomes such a demented savage during this "cutting loose" that Dee Dee (who had so repeatedly trashed the lab herself ForTheLulz that she had become Dexter's idea of what a PersonOfMassDestruction was like) becomes ''seriously scared'' of Dexter and [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slaps him back to his senses]], and then tearfully tells him that she regrets trying to change him.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': In "The Fight", a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' tells Gumball that his mom is pretty scary.
* Taken UpToEleven in "The Sale", when Gumball and his brother Darwin attack their mom with demonic faces and voices, because she said their neighbor could be replaced by anyone else.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars,'' Darth Maul has already proven himself to be quite the badass. But when he senses Darth Sidious arriving, he looks ''terrified'' and almost grovels.
* Parodied in a Season 1 ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode. The two are basically attempting to pull off the plot of ''Film/{{Inception}}'' when they encounter "Scary Terry", a dream monster obviously based on Freddy Krueger from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet''. The two manage to evade Terry, then follow him home where he's having a bad dream. They wonder what could scare a guy like Terry... and it turns out to be a NotWearingPantsDream combined with Terry failing in school.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has the Woodland Critters - a bunch of chipper {{Ridiculously Cute Critter}}s... who worship Satan and hold blood orgies. When they make their second appearance in the "Imagination Land" arc alongside iconic villains, we get this line.
-->'''[[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason]]''': [[EvenEvilHasStandards Man, I do]] ''[[EvenEvilHasStandards not]]'' want to meet the kid that dreamt those things up.
* Implied in [[WesternAnimation/GravityFalls Sock Opera]], when Bill Cipher addresses [[LarynxDissonance Mabel's rather large and muscular female friend]] [[AccidentalMisnaming "Grendo"]] saying out of her earshot,
-->"Oh, I'LL hold my horses...I'LL hold them...[[HypocriticalHumor you monster."]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfSuperMarioBros3'' episode "Misadventures in Babysitting", Luigi scares away two Boo Diddleys who attempted to scare him first.
* The whole premise of ''WesternAnimation/ErnestLeVampire'' is that the titular character who is quite a disturbing-looking hybrid of a vampire and an elephant is tormented and terrorised by all kinds of nightmarish things. [[spoiler: All the time they are literally nightmarish as they are bad dreams that ruin his sleep and make him close his coffin.]]

[[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.
** This is what spawned the tradition of dressing up for All Hallow's Eve (aka Halloween), as the costumes were meant to confuse or scare potential monsters away from the festivities.
* Sharks are known to migrate and stay out of waters they have spotted Orcas roaming in.
* Honey badgers have been known to chase lions and leopards away from their kills.
** In cold climates, it's wolverines that stand off bears or whole packs of wolves to retain possession of a scavenged carcass.
** Golden Eagles scare will take on both wolverines and honey badgers.
* Any time an animal frightens a human being. [[HumansAreCthulhu Humans are the ultimate super-predators, and everywhere we go, we either drive out or kill every other apex predator]]. And yet humans are often frightened of any number of animals, including many, such as most varieties of spider, that cannot hurt us at all.
* UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler is reported to have once described Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother as "the most dangerous woman in Europe."
** Even the Nazis found the Rape of Nanking horrifying. It helps that John Rabe, a German businessman and Nazi party member, was one of the key figures in setting up the Nanking Safety Zone at the height of the massacre and tried to save as many civilians as possible from rampaging soldiers.
* The Soviet Union banned the Mongolians from going to Genghis Khan's burial site so that it wouldn't be used as a rallying point for nationalists. Even centuries after his death, the power, reputation and influence of Genghis Khan still ran strong.