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...

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

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.

     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 didnt 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 wasnt just feeling fear, I was looking at it.
Sleet Gray's narration when meeting King Sombra, Fallout: Equestria: Snowfall

     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.

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

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


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

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.

     Live-Action TV 

Walter White: You all know exactly who I am. Say my name.
Declan: Do what? I don'tI 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!

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 Blade" got everybody running scared..."
Tychus Findlay about Kerrigan, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

The Heavy: I fear no man! But that thing... It scares me.
The Scout: No, I-I ain't talkin' about that freak, alright?... He's not here, is she?! How do I get this damn 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 Never Ending 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 wed come out ahead in our respective teams, it could just as easily be a burden, the accumulated weight of the various precedents wed set, but wed made it into our armor, something to make our enemies hesitate at a critical juncture.
Taylor commenting on using her reputation, Worm

     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"

     Real Life 

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.