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Nightmare Fuel: Horatio Hornblower
Jack Simpson. The horrible beatings and psychological torture the audience saw, that would be bad enough. Nothing Is Scarier, though, and the implied stuff he did to other midshipmen must have been awful. Shudder! The way he troubled Clayton and especially poor Archie who was absolutely terrified of him is truly disturbing. Even the tough Horatio contemplated suicide just after several days of Jack Simpson's company. In addition, while they were aboard the Justinian, Simpson was apparently never held responsible for any of his heinous crimes. Captain Keene obviously thought Simpson was an idiot, mocking him with delight during the navigational session, but how come he didn't see how the guys were scared of him? And what about the lieutenants? Adults Are Useless or was Simpson really such a skilled Manipulative Bastard?
Crazy Captain James Sawyer. Captains were absolute masters aboard the ship but when the Captain goes mad, you are doomed. Doomed! Your captain can get you beaten for just a foul look, and sometimes you may experience A Taste of the Lash just for doing your freaking duty. Your life is in the hands of a madman who can dispense a capital punishment and get you hanged right away on the yardarm. In addition, he might happen to be a Death Seeker who doesn't mind taking his whole crew with him. Terrifying.