Quotes / The Dreaded

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     Comic Books 

Criminals are a superstitious cowardly lot, so my disguise must be able to strike terror into their hearts. I must be a creature of the night, black, terrible...

Captain Marvel mills about, his eerie grin carving a swath through Batman's ranks. No one breathes in his presence. "What is he thinking?" they wonder. "What will he do next?" To them, he is a shark trawling for prawn. I have heard him called the world's mightiest mortal. No doubt. The intimidation his mere presence exudes is uncanny.
Norman, Kingdom Come

Reed: It turns out they speak trinary code. So I said to them, "I am Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four, and I..."
Sue: Go on...
Reed: Actually, that's as far as I got. It was enough to send them running.

Outside the prison on Ryker's Island, Hurricane Linda rages. Inside? A storm of whispers chills the inmates to the bone. They fear the storm to come. That's how I like it. I am like the hurricane. There's a calm in my eye. And I'd like to blow them all away....

Someone said setup, hands slid towards holstered pistols. Someone said cops and I put the charge aside in case, but it made no sense... Someone said Punisher and the room turned arctic, if only for a second. Gratifying. But way too flattering.
Frank Castle, The Punisher MAX #50

I always used to say, you put Hitler, and the devil, and Gadaffi, and you name it, and The Batman in the room, Batman's still the scariest guy in the room.
Len Wein, Superheroes: A Never Ending Battle

     Fan Fiction 

I had experienced terror before, had woken up next to my murdered family and been chased by zombies. Over the past week I had looked death and worse in the eye, and while I didn’t laugh at it I had survived. I had kept my head and gotten myself to safety each time. But against this stallion, such a thing was impossible. Looking at him obliterated all thought, bone deep fear gripped my heart and lungs in a vice and a cold clammy sweat soaked me. Adrenaline burned in my veins, telling me, begging me to run, but my hooves were out of my control as surly as if I had sunken into the stone floor. I wasn’t just feeling fear, I was looking at it.
Sleet Gray's narration when meeting King Sombra, Fallout: Equestria: Snowfall

Mai shuddered. It was clear this...Matador had been the ominous presence she had felt. His murderous intent was so intense, in fact, that it was as if it was a palpable force in and of itself, clouding Mai's thoughts and chilling her to the bone. It wasn't simple fear. She had felt fear when she faced demons before. Demons were imposing in and of themselves, but Mai could say she had gotten used to them, at least on some level.

This...this was completely different.

     Film - Live-Action 

Look around you: you'll see two councilmen, a union official, a couple off-duty cops, and a judge. Now, I wouldn't have a second's hesitation of blowing your head off right here and right now in front of 'em. Now, that's power you can't buy. That's the power of fear.
Carmine Falcone, Batman Begins

I'm 47. 47 years old. Know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me: I cut off his hands. He offends me: I cut out his tongue. He rises against me: I cut off his head, stick it on a pike. Raise it high up so all in the streets can see. That's what preserves the order of things. Fear.
Bill the Butcher, Gangs of New York

There's two things you don't know about the Earth, Kid. One is me. And the other is... Godzilla.
Douglas Gordon, Godzilla Final Wars

John isn't exactly the boogeyman. He's the guy you send to kill the fucking boogeyman.
Viggo, John Wick

Fear. Fear attracts the fearful, the strong, the weak, the innocent, the corrupt... fear. Fear is my ally.
Darth Maul, The Phantom Menace promotional clip

Goose: Holy shit, it's Viper.
Maverick: He's probably saying, "Holy shit, it's Maverick and Goose."
Goose: Yeah, I'm sure he's sayin' it.
Top Gun


Shipmasters and their officers, as a separate class of Hij and as required by their trade, were particularly social creatures. Other Hij—generals, engineers, artisans of every sort, even choosers—jealously guarded their methods and thoughts to promote their own value, but shipmasters had to share their knowledge of the sea, the weather, and the meticulously crafted charts they were taught to make. They also shared tales of places they'd been, shores they'd seen—and enemies they'd fought. That information spread much more widely than any passed by comparatively insular regency generals, and the one ship that had entered the collective nightmares of Grik shipmasters everywhere, particularly those still commanding the hopelessly outdated "Indiamen," was USS Walker.

In selfish men caution is as secure an armour for their foes as for themselves.

The Last Mistake was a place where the underworld of Camorr bubbled to the surface; a flat-out crook's tavern, where Right People of every sort could drink and speak freely of their business, where respectable citizens stood out like serpents in a nursery and were quickly escorted out the door by mean-looking, thick-armed men with very small imaginations.

Here entire gangs would come to drink and arrange jobs and just show themselves off. In their cups, men would argue loudly about the best way to strangle someone from behind, and the best sorts of poisons to use in wine or food. They would openly proclaim the folly of the duke's court, or his taxation schemes, or his diplomatic arrangements with the other cities of the Iron Sea. They would refight entire battles with dice and fragments of chicken bones as their armies, loudly announcing how they would have turned left when Duke Nicovante had gone right, how they would have stood fast when the five thousand blackened iron spears of the Mad Count's Rebellion had come surging down Godsgate Hill toward them.

But not one of them, no matter how far doused in liquor or Gaze of the strange narcotic powders of Jerem—no matter what feats of generalship or statecraft he credited himself with the foresight to bring off—would dare suggest to Capa Vencarlo Barsavi that he should ever change so much as a single button on his waistcoat.

But [Lussk's] most outstanding feature was the self-contained silence that hovered around him like a lethal cloud. To approach him closely was to experience a climate of dull dread; the one or two times Nickter had accidentally bumped into Lussk in the halls of the academy, he'd actually felt the temperature drop along with the oxygen content. Lussk emanated menace; he breathed it out like carbon dioxide.

From all reports, progress was good. Jackson’s men were estimated to arrive in less than ten hours. Salazar’s troops had not even seen any fighting yet.
Then a name reached them.
Gohvis. Bearing down on them from the north.

Aeron "Damphair": No godless man may sit the Seastone Chair!
Euron "Crow's-Eye": I am the godliest man ever to raise sail! You serve one god, Damphair, but I have served ten thousand. From Ib to Asshai, when men see my sails, they pray.

     Live-Action TV 

Lyta: Psi Cops are trained to make others nervous, but Bester can make even other Psi Cops nervous.
Zack: Hell, the guy can make poison ivy nervous.

Walter White: You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.
Declan: Do what? I don't–I don't have a damn clue who the hell you are.
Walter: Yeah, you do. I'm the cook. I'm the man who killed Gus Fring.
Declan: Bullshit. Cartel got Fring.
Walter: You sure? That's right. Now say my name.
Declan: (quietly) ...You're Heisenberg.
Walter: You're goddamn right.
Breaking Bad, "Say My Name"

Five million Cybermen? Easy. One Doctor? Now you're scared.

There was a goblin, or a trickster, or a warrior. A nameless, terrible thing, soaked in the blood of a billion galaxies. The most feared being in all the cosmos. And nothing could stop it, or hold it, or reason with it. One day it would just drop out of the sky and tear down your world.
The Doctor unknowingly describing himself, Doctor Who, "The Pandorica Opens"

Seven kingdoms united in fear of Tywin Lannister.
Tyrion Lannister, Game of Thrones

I was terrified of him. Everyone was terrified of Doug. I've seen grown men... pull their own heads off rather than see Doug. Even Dimsdale was frightened of Doug...
Monty Python's Flying Circus, "Piranha Brothers" sketch

Janeway: By my count, we've added at least two years to our journey by avoiding the Borg. I'm tired of turning tail every time we detect a Cube.
Chakotay: Better safe than assimilated.
Janeway: (sourly) Mmm.
Star Trek: Voyager, "Dark Frontier"

     Video Games 

Blackbeard: Caution's nothing without charisma! For if a man plays the fool, then it's only fools he'll persuade. But appear to be the devil, and all men will submit.
Edward: And would you be the devil?
Blackbeard: For an audience, aye. It's all a big show. Give your quarry something to fear, some hellish thing from a fever'd dream, and men will drop to their knees pleading for their Lord before aught else!

When the mugger or the thief stops to think twice: that is fear. That is what I am. That is why they hired assassins - because I am the reason criminals breathe easier when the sun rises.

Tevinter Soldier: Wait! You are no Tevinter! Who are you?
Warden: I am [Name], the Grey Warden.
Tevinter Soldier: Oh no, I have heard of you! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! ATTACK!

Do not pursue Lu Bu.
Yuan Shao, Dynasty Warriors

But there is one they fear. In their tongue, he is Dovahkiin, Dragonborn!
Esbern, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim trailer

Pandora: You're the Ghost of Sparta. Everyone knows who you are. Everyone is afraid of you.
Kratos: There are reasons for that.

When the Krogan name a Thresher Maw, you know you're in trouble. They don't think anyone is ever gonna kill it.
Garrus on Kalros, Mass Effect 3

Seems this "Queen of Blades" got everybody running scared...

The Heavy: I fear no man! But that... thing... It scares me.
The Scout: No, I... I-I ain't talkin' about that freak, alright? ...He's not here, is she?! [fiddles with microphone] How do I get this [bumps microphone]-ing thing off?!
The Spy: One shudders to imagine what inhuman thoughts lie behind that mask... What dreams of chronic and sustained cruelty...
Team Fortress 2, "Meet the Pyro"


Complains of Names: Ears! Thaco! Here comes Kore!
Minmax: The goblins are leaving. Why are the goblins leaving? Huh? Who's that guy?
Forgath: Wait. Kore? You mean like... The Kore? The Cursed Scourge of the Realm? Last of the greyhill paladins? That Kore? Oh no.

     Web Original 

If you see the Beast, just run. Just run, and don't stop.
Anderson, Nan Quest

Why would every student in the school be afraid of a group of bullies?! What, do they stuff TNT down their pants!?
The Nostalgia Critic, in his review of The NeverEnding Story III

Wanderlei [Silva] was in the middle of a 255-fight winning streak, all of them via head stomp. He's crushed the heads of so many of their people that in Japan, the emergency code for a Wanderlei Silva attack is 001. And any police that respond to a 001 are required to go in wearing a wetsuit so their bodies are easier to clean up.

Weeks or months ago, I might have had a hard time wearing that confidence the way Jack did. The history, the long sequence of events and conflicts where we’d come out ahead in our respective teams, it could just as easily be a burden, the accumulated weight of the various precedents we’d set, but we’d made it into our armor, something to make our enemies hesitate at a critical juncture.
Taylor commenting on using her reputation, Worm

"If you’re lucky, Imp slits your throat with you none the wiser, or Regent has one of your underlings stab you in the back, and you go quick. If you’re unlucky, Bitch’s dogs tear you to shreds, and it’s a long, drawn out, painful process. If you’re very unlucky, you get the worst of both worlds, and you deal with me."
Skitter putting the above philosophy into action, Worm

Deadshot: What about Batman?
Amanda Waller: What about Batman? You see him, run your little asses the other way!
Deadshot: You think we can't take him?
Amanda Waller: I think you are crazy.
Suicide Squad Abridged

     Western Animation 

Zuko: If the Earth Kingdom finds us, they'll have us killed.
Iroh: But if the Fire Nation finds us, they'll hand us over to Azula.
Zuko: Earth Kingdom it is.

The time has come for benders to experience fear.

Mike: (as Chester while talking about Mal) There's a storm a-coming, dang nabbit!...
Mike: (as Svetlana while talking about Mal) I'm scared! After all those years, he's gonna return...
Total Drama All Stars, "Evil Dread"

Fish: Some say that he crawled out of a trench in the bottom of the ocean!
Pearl He's the saltiest of the sea dogs!
Spongebob: He's the most hated creature in Bikini Bottom!
Mr. Krabs: And he finally's got the Krabby Patty!
'Spongebob Squarepants, The Algae Is Always Greener

     Real Life 

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.
General William Tecumseh Sherman

When all else fails, be enigmatic.
— Science fiction actor John Colicos

What matters in that kind of role is not how many lines you have, but how few. What counts is how much the other characters talk about you.