The Dreaded / Anime and Manga

  • Afro Samurai: Afro. The Number Two Headband, and the right to challenge the Number One, the equivalent of God in the setting, has traded hands many time, but only the Afro Samurai is the one who has kept it the longest, to the point people are alarmed such a person actually exists. Best exemplified in the extended version of episode one, where half the audience are foolhardy Mooks thinking they can grab the prize, and the other half recognize they are in the presence of a "demon" traveling to kill God himself.
  • Angel Densetsu: Seiichirou Kitano has this sort of rep. He really doesn't deserve it.
  • Attack on Titan:
    • The Colossal Titan and Armored Titan, and for good reason. Their appearance brought a century of peace and safety to an end, and resulted in the loss of 20% of the human population. Humanity lives in constant fear of them, aware that should they make another appearance there will be almost nothing the military can do to stop them. Extinction of the human race is a very real possibility, and everyone knows it.
    • Levi, with being the World's Strongest Man. If even the Female Titan aka Annie was terrified of him after he tells the latter he wanted revenge, then so should you.
    • Reaching levels past even those three is the mysterious Beast Titan. He's enormous, only second in height to the Wall sized Colossal Titan. He's intelligent and capable of speech and strategy, leading Titans in coordinated assaults on humanity. The heroes acknowledge he's probably the biggest threat in the series.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • There are a few characters who are "seen" as this. Russia gets treated like a scary Big Guy mostly due to his content personality towards almost everything, which scare others at times.
    • Belarus however deserves this title more, Russia himself would agree...yikes!
    • Prussia the born conqueror and bully of Hetalia, has the sheer balls to humiliate even Germany and Austria plus harassing Hungary without a care in the world. Interestingly, though, Prussia manages to be this and a Butt Monkey at the same time, and gets his ass kicked by Poland and, of all people, Lithuania at one point.
    • Sweden, who terrifies people just by looking at them.
  • Baccano!:
  • Baki the Grappler: Yujiro Hanma makes even strongest characters in the series poop their pants in fear. His presence alone has made polar bears and lions run away like puppies. The average human reaction to him ranges from wetting your pants in fear to instinctively punching yourself in the face so he won't do it himself.
  • Beelzebub:
    • Many, many examples. First, we have "Devil" Oga Tatsumi who in his opening scene is shown to be making local delinquents fear him. As the manga progresses only the suicidal, stupid or people who are using the powers of demons (or high ranking demons themselves) don't run from him in terror. It becomes an almost running gag with thugs giving him grief only to realize who they're dealing with and turn to jelly.
    • Each of the 4 members of the Tohoshinki (especially Tojou) to the point that a school that has been imitating them craps themselves when they realize they're dealing with the real Tohoshinki and not another group of imposters. Their counterparts the Rokkisei (6 Knights) also count (especially their head Izuma who makes his subordinates crap their pants)
      • Jabberwock and Behemoth. Behemoth makes Satome, Isugugi and Ittosai Kunieda (the previous generations of bad ass) nervous and even he can't control Jabberwock. Of course none of this stops Oga from beating him half to death
  • Berserk:
    • Guts is this when he was known as the Hundred-Man Slayer before the Eclipse, and post-Eclipse when he is now known as The Black Swordsman.
    • Nosferatu Zodd is well-respected/feared by mercenaries as the "god of the battlefield". And they don't even know that he's a powerful demonic Apostle.
  • Black Lagoon: Roberta is practically a boogeyman for Roanapur: the Wretched Hive home to powerful criminal organizations and various other ne'er-do-wells was brought to its knees by a former guerrilla soldier turned maid who can outrun cars and kill the most hardened of murderers in her relentless pursuit of her master's son. When she returned to Roanapur in Roberta's Blood Trail on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge for her master, the power structure in the city is thrown into complete disarray.
  • Bleach: This was originally played for laughs with Retsu Unohana, captain of the 4th Division. Then it's revealed she was the original Kenpachi, Yachiru Unohana. She has mastered every sword style and was the worst criminal in Soul Society history (even Aizen doesn't have that reputation).
  • Blood+: Diva is this to the Red Shield to the extent that, when directly confronted by her in Episode 24, Lewis is so thoroughly intimidated that he falls back on his ass, and is extremely relieved that she is more concerned with fighting Saya than eating him.
  • A Certain Magical Index:
    • The Tokiwadai Dorm Manager in A Certain Scientific Railgun. No one dares cross her, not even the Level 5 espers. Even Gunha Sogiita is scared of her.
    • Accelerator in Index has this effect as well, just his arrival can scare the hell out of anyone who might have pissed him off.
    • Touma Kamijou has this effect to the magic side, to the point many magical organizations start sending assassins after him. All fail. The Kihara's of the science side also have this reaction to him. Ironically, while he is hated and feared by most of the magic side, most of the science side has no clue who he is. At one point, villain Rensa severely underestimates him because she thinks he's just some street punk, though she starts to fear him after he curb-stomps her. Later, Touma finds out that the local street punks have been telling fearful rumors about him, grossly exaggerating his feats but keeping the overall message that he's not someone to mess with.
  • Deadman Wonderland:
    • The Wretched Egg (a.k.a. the 'Red Man') is probably the reason guards in the prison might actually have a lower survival rate than Red Shirts. There's a collective panic every time the Mother Goose System shuts off for any reason, and about the best you can hope for when crossing the Red Man's path is the opinion that you're more fun alive than dead, as was the case with Ganta and Hagire Rinichiro. So, of course, you can imagine Ganta's shock when he finds out that the same person who massacred his entire classroom, killed his best friend, gave him his Branch of Sin, and was responsible for everything in his life sucking was actually his childhood friend Shiro's Superpowered Evil Side, born from hellish, torturous experiments performed on her to unlock her full powers, and its awakening and subsequent gory slaughter of the scientists who experimented on her traumatized Ganta so much that he made himself forget Shiro even existed.
  • Death Note: By the second half of the series, Kira has become such a terrifying entity that merely the presence of Kira has changed the world on a global scale. Crime rates have dropped significantly, simply out of the fear of being murdered by a judge outside of the legal system. When Near corners Light at the end of the series, he even notes that he's not the judge of good and evil, and that Kira may have changed the world for the better with fear.
  • Digimon Adventure: While he didn't even know her name at first, Myotismon was so terrified of Kari Kamiya, the eighth DigiDestined, that he invaded the real world and conducted a city-wide search to find her.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Frieza. Even the gods were terrified of him. When King Kai finds out that Frieza is also searching for Namek's Dragon Balls, he basically tells Goku to grab the Dragon Balls and run for his life, because if Frieza finds out he will hunt him down and kill everyone on Earth.
    • Majin Buu. An entity so feared that King Cold told Frieza to never mess with him. He also terrifies the heavens since he murdered all the Supreme Kais except one and had the power to destroy the universe. When Buu is released, he had everyone crossing the Godzilla Threshold just to stop him.
    • For Vegeta it was the Ginyu Force. Just hearing that they would soon arrive on Namek made him willing to team up with Gohan and Krillin.
    • Broly, in his first movie. Vegeta goes into a near-vegetative state after learning that he's the Legendary Super Saiyan.
    • Beerus, in Battle Of Gods takes this Up to Eleven. Again, Vegeta is terrified of him, as are the Kais, and pretty much everyone else who knows who he is, including Shenlong! Even Frieza (after attaining a new level of power!) is scared, and humbly asks if Lord Beerus intends to interfere with his revenge.
    • Vegeta qualified in the Namek arc before the aforementioned Enemy Mine. None of the heroes were in his league until Goku arrived, he was actively searching for the same thing they were, and he was the kind of guy who would kill an entire village just because.
    • The Saiyans at the start of DBZ were the dreaded after it took Goku and Piccolo teaming up just to beat Raditz, who was far weaker than the two Saiyans coming to Earth. To further emphasis how outclass the fighters of Earth were, Goku had to sacrifice himself to win against his brother.
    • In the alternative timeline, the androids, specifically 17 and 18. They single-hardly turned the Earth into a Death World for almost twenty years.
    • King Piccolo was the original dreaded of the series. Everyone who knew him was terrified and Master Roshi, one of the biggest badasses at the time, absolutely refused to even consider fighting him. Three years after his demise, the reveal that Piccolo Jr. is essentially King Piccolo reincarnated is enough to get all of the World Tournament spectators, sans Goku's friends and the announcer, to flee the stadium en masse.
    • In the original series, Mercenary Tao was feared by everyone since he was the world's greatest assassin, capable of killing someone who is Immune to Bullets. Goku defeating him was so outstanding that Master Roshi initially didn't believe that Goku had done so. One of the guides states that Mr. Satan became the coward he is because Tao came to his master's dojo, and brutally beat up everybody including himself and his master. From then on, Satan swore only to challenge people he knows he can beat, and is still deathly afraid of Tao.
    • The Red Ribbon Army was feared as the most evil and powerful army in the world, with Bulma stating that they have such vast resources and influence that the real military is no match for them. Goku's friends were fearful for his life once they learned he was going to storm the Red Ribbon Army Base.
    • Cell. After he appeared on national television to announce the Cell Games, destroyed half a city to demonstrate his power, and warned that he would kill every human on Earth one by one if he won, the entire human race developed an intense fear of him that lasted seven years after his demise. Ironically, he isn't known to the rest of the universe since he was killed before he could leave Earth.
    • Goku was this to the Red Ribbon Army. He inspired fear in all the soldiers and the commanders, except for General Blue. When he came to the Red Ribbon base to take their Dragon Balls you can see the collective Oh Crap! from everyone.
    • Goku also becomes this for Pilaf and his goons, as demonstrated in Battle of Gods when his son Goten scares the living crap out of them.
    • From the Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Goku is this to Frieza's entire empire for not only defeating their boss, but also killing Majin Buu, someone that Frieza was told to stay away from along with Beerus, to the extent that one of his men suggested that Frieza just forget about Goku and focus on running his empire. It's actually noted that Frieza's empire actually searched for New Namek for years rather than use Earth's Dragon Balls to bring Frieza back simply because they didn't want to risk a run-in with Goku; when they hit the Godzilla Threshold, they went to Earth just long enough to find the Dragon Balls, wish Frieza back, and beat it.
    • For Frieza, the legendary Super Saiyan. He feared one so much that he destroyed the Saiyans' home planet to keep one from raising up against him. After fighting Goku on Namek, he developes a deep seeded fear of Super Saiyans to the point he has PTSD whenever he thinks about Goku and freakout when Trunks and Gohan transforms in front of him. In Frieza's case, his pride overrides his fear.
  • Durarara!!:
    • Shizuo Heiwajima is this to all of Ikebukuro, having a well-deserved reputation as super strong berserker who no one in their right mind should cross (unless it's Izaya). He's recognizable by his bartender clothes (even if he isn't one anymore), and Tom thinks that anyone who lives in Ikebukuro but doesn't know him are probably public school dropouts. His feats are so great that it's enough for him to garner the moniker of Ikebukuro's "God of Destruction (in a Bartender Suit)."
    • Izaya Orihara himself is somewhat of a lesser example, seeing as the only people who are really at risk are those he deals with most of the time, usually gangs. All the gangs are perfectly aware that pissing off Izaya is a stupid idea; as an Information Broker of the highest caliber, Izaya can screw you over the worst way possible at any time he so wishes. Attacking him is no good either, as Izaya is also famed as one of the strongest men in Ikebukuro (despite technically residing in Shinjuku), and one of the two people capable of fighting Shizuo Heiwajima without suffering grievous bodily harm. The fact that he regularly pisses off Shizuo for kicks should be an indicator of how dangerous he is.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • During the final arc, Donald "Mr. Don" Obermann of the American Pentagram takes on this role. A seven-foot Genius Bruiser and Juggernaut, Mr. Don plows through the cream of the Japanese team as if they were so many bowling pins, a fact that leaves most of the other characters shaking. He terrifies Sena, Monta, and the rest of the Deimon players, manages to put the fear of God into Agon, and leaves everyone with the impression that he cannot be stopped; the only one who doesn't fear him is Gaou. During the Kantou Regionals Arc, Agon and Gaou themselves had this status, terrifying both opposing players and their own teammates.
    • The one whose presence does disconcert the dragons visibly is Xellos, though — after the carnage they suffered from him in their last war. He even used this status, though only to cut short their tendency to muck around and get things dragon themselves could see as desirable eventually done right now. He also seem to perceive Filia's meandering between haughty disregard and sheer horror as either amusing or refreshing.
  • Fairy Tail:
    • Erza Scarlet is a rare heroic example. The entire guild freaks when it's announced she's returned from a mission, and nobody dares step out of line when she's around. Even Natsu and Gray stop bickering and pretend to be best friends.
    • Apparently, Mirajane used to be this.
    • Mystogan is more of a neutral version, but by god can he be dark at times....ask anyone from Fairy Tail.
    • A villainous example, is Bluenote.
    • Black Mage Zeref to the Magic Council. The mere mention of his possible return is enough to convince the first Magic Council to authorize a Kill Sat strike.
    • Acnologia, the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse. A former Dragon Slayer who slayed who countless dragons and bathed in their blood, he eventually gained the ability to turn into a dragon himself, and proclaimed himself to be the Dragon King. Representatives from the second council immediately flee Tenrou Island when they hear Zeref mention Acnologia and when he appears the whole Fairy Tail pulls a Mass "Oh, Crap!". It's bluntly stated that he is a threat on the same level of Zeref, and one of the few with the power to kill the Black Mage. Even Zeref is terrified of him.
    • E.N.D., the first guild master of Tartaros, and the strongest of the Etherious, the demons from the Book of Zeref. A part of this fear stems from the fact that he is one of the only beings in existence capable of killing Zeref (Zeref's purpose for creating him and the Etherious in the first place), putting him on par with both his creator and Acnologia. This becomes very justified in-universe when it's revealed (to the audience) that E.N.D. is actually the amnesiac Natsu Dragneel, who is a monster in his own right, one noted with the potential to reach those levels of strength in the not-far-off future.
    • The Four Gods of Ishgar, the four strongest members of the Ten Wizard Saints. When it was noted that Jura was the fifth strongest Wizard Saint, it was established that he was the strongest human wizard on the continent, as those four are so strong, they can't even be called "human" anymore. One of the main reasons why the Albareth Empire is such a high-priority threat is because God Serena, the strongest member of the Four Gods Ishgar, and therefore the strongest of the Ten Wizards Saints and the strongest legitimate mage on the eastern continent, has defected to Albareth.
    • The Albareth Empire of the western continent, which has access to the combined might of at least 730 guilds. They have a group of wizards called the Spriggan Twelve, all of whom are on par with God Serena, the strongest of the Ten Wizard Saints (who is now one of the twelve). Markarov disbanded Fairy Tail in order to travel to Albareth and start negotiations with them, in order to buy time for Mest/Doranbolt to reform the Magic Council and figure out a way to deal with this threat, as a war will surely have them annihilated.
    • Emperor Spriggan is feared in Ishgar as the tyrant who united the 730 guilds of the western continent into an empire by force all by himself. He turns out to be Zeref himself.
  • Fist of the North Star: Kenshiro is known to most of his enemies as "the Man with the Seven Scars", and mentioning this nickname is sometimes enough to make the mooks run in terror. And given what generally happens to those who mess with him or piss him off, this fear is very, very justified.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • Izumi Curtis. Due to the Training from Hell they endured while under her tutelage, as well as her Hair-Trigger Temper, Ed and Al are understandably scared shitless of her and make it a point to avoid making her mad. In fact, they often use this as a motivator, saying they can beat a villain because said villain isn't as scary as Izumi.
    • Also, Barry the Chopper used to be this. Scar too.
    • King Bradley is so renowned for his sheer battle talent and commanding presence that near the end of the story, after the heroes already think they've won, the mere fact that Bradley steps up and announces "I'll take care of this" completely turns the situation around.
  • Gundam:
    • "IT'S A GUNDAM!!!" - inspiring this reaction in enemy Mooks since 1979.
    • Char Aznable, for the Federation. Witness the sheer panic that ensues in the original series whenever a red mobile suit shows up among the attacking forces.
      • Such is Char's reputation that any sight of a red mobile suit (save mass production types like the Marasai and the Rick Dias) will cause people to automatically assume Char's the pilot. As a side note, one of the more comical side effects of this pertains to fellow Zeon ace Johnny Ridden; as Johnny also pilots red mobile suits (such that his ace nickname is the "Crimson Lightning"), he's pretty much forced to live under Char's shadow (much to Johnny's detriment) as Federation pilots can't tell the difference between their machinesnote .
      • After Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, the Federation was so afraid of Char possibly returning from the dead that Neo Zeon created Full Frontal, a Cyber Newtype modeled after Char's likeness and artificially indued with Char's memories, which were salvaged from the Sazabi's remains. While it was never made publicly clear in universe whether Full Frontal was Char or not, his presence was enough that he was dubbed the Second Coming of the Red Comet, and the Federation feared him as much as they feared the original.
      • Amuro Ray (the original Gundam pilot) was equally feared by both the Federation and Zeon remnants, if only for his raw Newtype powers and combat prowess; generally, whereas red mobile suits were automatically assumed to be piloted by Char, Gundams were automatically assumed to be piloted by Amuro (for a time anyway). In fact, the Federation was so afraid of the mere possibility of Amuro turning against them that they placed him under permanent house arrest in Wyoming; naturally, this did nothing to keep Amuro from escaping and joining the Karaba later on.
    • Kira Yamato has this reputation in Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny. Very few people actually know his identity, but whenever "the Freedom" appears on the battlefield, expect a Mass "Oh, Crap!" He's even more feared because his ideology makes him a Wild Card from the rest of the world's perspective: he's a scarily good pilot in a superpowered mobile suit that seems to attack both sides indiscriminately, with most unaware of his true motives.
  • Hellsing:
    • Even the nastiest vampires and monsters are terrified of Father Alexander Anderson. While Alucard isn't quite as well-known in the beginning of the series due to his years as a Sealed Badass in a Can, Anderson has an infamous reputation both among monster-hunting organizations like Hellsing and the bloodthirsty creatures that he enjoys filleting at every turn. He essentially functions as The Juggernaut for Iscariot and doesn't hesitate to destroy anyone or thing that gets on the wrong side of the Vatican or his moral beliefs. In the OVA, Integra even uses this to her advantage on two occasions, manipulating Anderson's strict moral code to utterly terrify and destroy a large chunk of the Nazi vampires while also convincing him and his subordinates to escort her home through hostile territory.
    • He also takes I Have Many Names to a whole new level. Paladin Anderson. Executioner Anderson. Bayonet Anderson. Angel Dust Anderson. Dust To Dust Anderson. Off With Its Head Anderson. Assassin Anderson. Regenerator Anderson. Killing Judge Anderson. Judas Priest. Monster of God. Iscariot's Trump Card. And those are just the names given in the main series.
  • High School Dx D: After the events of Volume 12, the protagonist Issei becomes this in the eyes of the Anti-Lord of Hell faction. The reason being that they've tried all sorts of possibilities of killing the current Red Dragon Emperor to the point that they had to resort using Samael, the dragon eater, and he still lived through that made them fear him.
  • Holyland: Yuu wants to become this so that the bullies and gangsters will stop making trouble for him. It not working is a recurring theme of the series.
  • Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere: P.A. ODA's Five Great Peaks; aka the Six Demon Army. As in, each one of the six is worth an entire army.
  • InuYasha: Out of all of his various enemies and pursuers, Kikyo is the only one that Naraku actually fears and considers any serious threat.
    • Props also goes to Sesshomaru.
  • Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?:
    • Minotaurs appear to be some of the more powerful and dangerous creatures in the dungeon, hence why when Bell runs into one at the beginning of the show, it was considered extremely unusual to see one at the floor he was at. In episode 8, some of Aiz's companions mention that the creatures often require a coordinated attack by multiple members to defeat. Then they see Bell taking one on by himself...
    • Hilariously enough, Loki's familia is this for the monsters! When they're romping in the dungeons all of the monsters from the upper to the middle floors with at least average intelligence (including the aforementioned minotaurs) run in terror at the sight of them.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Jotaro Kujo grows up and becomes one after his debut in Part 3. When he reappears in Parts 4 and 6, he's gained a reputation among other Stand Users not only for the raw power of Star Platinum, but also his high intelligence and great deductive powers, letting him coolly track down his enemies and dismantle their plans before they even begin.
    • Before Jotaro, there was Dio Brando, who inspired fear in those around him after becoming a vampire. Even Speedwagon was afraid! Things only got worse come Part 3: Joseph Joestar was well aware of the danger he posed, and Mohammad Avdol was nearly petrified with fear when he first saw him and, thanks in part to a heads-up from Joseph, ran like the hounds of hell were nipping at his ankles.
  • Legend of Galactic Heroes:
  • Loveless:
    • Seimei is definitely the most feared of the series. Usually used with a pretty little topping of Oh Crap!. What makes him even more creepy is that just about this entire trope applies to him. The Fearless Fool does indeed cry in fear, and The Pollyanna does indeed despair over The Stoic being defeated, who also lost his cool. In fact, his appearance alone isn't the only way he causes genuine fear - he uses words to, effectively, freak. People. Out.
  • Nanoha "Ace of Aces" Takamachi. Teana and Subaru are still afraid from her if they disobey orders ever again. Those two even admit that they are feared themselves by other people because they are trained by Nanoha, and that people are terrified of Yuuno when they just learn that he trained her. Hayate also gets this treatment in Force where the Grendel Family is afraid of her despite the fact that they're immune to magic.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • Monster:
    • Johan Liebert is this, and FOR GOOD REASON!!! Anyone who has any knowledge of him (who's still alive that is) will generally begin to shake uncontrollably even thinking about him.
    • A psychopathic serial killer even kills himself when he's shown a picture of him.
    • When Anna, his own flesh and blood, confronts him with the intent on killing him, she falls to pieces as soon as he says hello and tries to kill herself.
    • Nina/Anna herself, insofar as the Baby is left with a sense of permanent terror at her memory after an earlier encounter with her.
  • Mushoku Tensei: Rujierd is known as the "Dead End" on the Magic Continent. He's literally the bogeyman for the Magic Races, as parents tell their children that if they don't behave the "Dead End" will get them. Towns have been known to send every available guard and adventurer to drive him off if he approaches them.
  • Muteki Kanban Musume: Parodied: to hear Kayahara sensei’s name is enough for the students of her school to scream and run in panic... she tries to be a Save Our Students teacher, but she is so depressed, she constanstly spoofs Sadako Yamamura, stringy hair and all.
  • Naruto:
    • Orochimaru has this effect on people, freaking out even the likes of Ibiki Morino.
    • Pain. Jiraiya nearly shat himself when he heard that Pain had defeated Hanzo, who a younger Jiraiya had failed to defeat even with the support of his team. He goes to his Super Mode to counter Pain's power but sadly it's not enough, as he didn't have enough information on it. Sometime later Pain makes the whole of Konoha wet their pants when he effortlessly destroys the village.
    • Madara Uchiha remains such a boogeyman that even decades after his death, the mere possibility that he might still be alive is enough to unite the entire Ninja World, which had been at odds with one another for decades, against him.
    • Minato Namikaze, the Fourth Hokage and Naruto's dad. Nicknamed "The Yellow Flash," he was so feared by his enemies during the third war that a flee-on-sight order was issued the very second he appeared on the battlefield.
    • The Tailed-Beasts only fear one thing — the revival of the Ten-Tails, and for good reason. It is literally God of the Naruto World, and its mere existence caused complete and utter devastation. In fact, the Sage of the Six Paths, its Jinchuriki and the strongest shinobi to have ever existed, the founder of ninjutsu himself, feared that its revival would cause The End of the World as We Know It. Kurama's description of its power tells just how dangerous the Ten-Tails is.
    Kurama: "...it swallows oceans, splits the land, carries mountains, and is the progenitor of all that exists in this world."
    • Hanzo is insanely feared. How feared, you ask? So feared that the reason The Sannin are revered worldwide is because they fought him and survived. They didn't win, mind you - they fought him to a draw, and that alone is worthy of the title "legendary". It should also be noted that he wasn't as powerful as he used to be when Pein killed him.
    • Princess Kaguya, the first chakra user, and, according to her son, the Sage of the Six Paths, the most powerful person to have ever lived. She was initially worshipped as a goddess for ending all wars, but the violent tactics she used in order to keep the peace during her time made her feared as a demoness. When Madara transforms into her in Chapter 679 after being (literally) backstabbed by Black Zetsu, Naruto and Sasuke have major Oh Crap! faces, indicating just how screwed Team 7 is.
  • One Piece:
    • The admirals are this for most pirates; only the strongest of them don't immediately run screaming at the mere sight of an Admiral. And with good reason, considering all seen so far qualify as a Person of Mass Destruction: Aokiji (real name Kuzan) is An Ice Person and can freeze oceans, tsunamis, and enormous sea monsters solid within a few seconds, Kizaru (Borsalino) can move at light speed and launch Frickin' Laser Beams capable of effortlessly leveling trees the size of buildings, Akainu (Sakazuki) is a Magma Man, with a Devil Fruit that turns him into a freaking walking volcano. And the newest admiral, Fujitora (Issho), does not disappoint the admiral legacy: he has a Devil Fruit that controls gravity, which allows him to throw meteors at his enemies. It's also been stated that the other new admiral, Ryokugyu (real name unknown), is in the same league as Fujitora, though as of yet nothing else has been revealed about him…or her. I did say "nothing else".
      • Akainu in particular stands out as, on top of his formidable powers, he has a few doses of batshit insanity. In his book, it's better to kill a thousand innocent people than to allow the slightest possibility of a dangerous person's escape to exist, and expressing your opinion of caring more about surviving to return to your family or the lives of your comrades than killing every pirate in sight is punishable by death. And he's the executioner.
    • Other high-ranking Marines with a sufficient reputation can also become this, such as Vice-Admiral Smoker.
      • Vice-Admiral Monkey D. Garp is understandably feared by many a pirate due to the fact that he cornered the Pirate King Gold Roger numerous times when the man was still alive. But Garp is also feared by his grandchildren—Luffy, Ace, and Sabo—due to the Training from Hell he subjected them to during their Hilariously Abusive Childhood. Due to this, he may be the only person that genuinely scares Luffy.
    • The Shichibukai, dubbed the Seven Warlords of the Sea, rely on this to instill fear in other pirates. Despite being derided as "government dogs," they are nonetheless insanely powerful and feared, and their reputation is what the World Government relies on to help keep the pirate population down; pissing one of them off could be as bad as pissing off one of the Four Emperors, depending on which one.
      • Let's see who we have in the original seven: Dracule "Hawk-Eye" Mihawk, the world's greatest swordsman, one of the few characters in the entire story that has remained completely unscathed in any battle that he appears in. Crocodile, a master tactician empowered by the Logia-type Suna Suna no Mi (Sand-Sand Fruit). Gekko Moria, who commanded an army of zombies and was capable of going toe to toe with Kaido of the Four Emperors in his prime. Bartholomew Kuma, an insanely powerful cyborg who was renowned for his legendary cruelty while he was a pirate, and posseses one of the single most broken fruit powers in the series. Donquixote Doflamingo, involved in practically anything shady and wicked in the world and empowered with the Ito Ito no Mi (String-String Fruit), and superhuman besides. Boa Hancock, the strongest Action Girl in the world, capable of petrifying her opponents and, like Mihawk, has yet to be injured in the present story. And last but not least, Jinbe, insanely powerful fishman with the power to command whale sharks and water, and masterful in Fishman martial arts besides.
    • The Yonko, otherwise known as the Four Emperors, also fall under this category, especially Whitebeard. His declaration of ownership of an island is enough to keep it out of harm’s way, and people with his mark on their back are deemed untouchable, because he is famed for going on Roaring Rampage of Revenge against anyone who has laid even one finger on his crewmen. Many characters have an Oh Crap! moment when they hear that the World Government decided to publicly execute one of his top commanders, Portgas D. Ace, which meant an open declaration of war against the World's Strongest Man.
      • To clarify, Whitebeard is THE Dreaded, and for very good reason. World's Strongest Man you say? This guy so deserves his title that the World Government busts out their entire military might, including all three Admirals, just so that they even have a smidgeon of hope of actually competing in a battle, let alone a prolonged war, against this guy. And he's an elderly man in his seventies, far out of his prime, and to top it off is in the advanced stages of a terminal illness and during any of his fights, has to take breathers because his heart's giving out on him, and he still easily holds that title until his death.
    • Out of all of the current members of the Four Emperors, the one that stands out the most as this trope is the one who took the longest to make an official appearance: Kaido. It's stated that he was responsible for massacring Gekko Moria's original crew, which is implied to have been composed of One-Man Armies, and he managed to scare the hell out of Donquixote Doflamingo, to the point that when forced to face his wrath or the wrath of the aforementioned admirals, he chose the admirals. When you make them look like the friendlier option, you are this trope Up to Eleven, never mind that Doflamingo Took a Third Option to not have to face either of them. And when he does show up, we find out he has a reputation for surviving dozens of his own executions without a scratch, breaking out of prison in the bloodiest ways possible, and taking up suicide attempts for fun because he's just that Nigh Invulnerable.
      • Kaido's terrifying reputation is not limited to him, either. Jack, one of the Three Calamities who rank directly below Kaido in the Beasts Pirates, is known by the epithet of "The Drought". This is because he causes so much devastation wherever he goes that any inhabited areas that are lucky enough to survive his depredations are left in such a pitiful state that they appear to have gone through a prolonged period of famine. Mokomo Dukedom withstood an attack from him better than anyone else ever has, and that's because their leaders could actually fight toe-to-toe with him; they lost because he used one of Caesar Clown's gas bombs on them. Not because he had defeated them, but because they couldn't exhaust his stamina and he lost patience. Insatiably bloodthirsty, horrifically sadistic and cruel, and utterly impossible to reason with or daunt, Jack is more of a force of nature than a man and has more than earned his 1,000,000,000 Berry bounty and reputation as a country-destroying scourge.
    • Shanks is another of the four Emperors who command utter respect. All we know about his past is that he served on Roger's crew, even having lost his arm, and having not been seen fighting in the series yet at all, his appearance at the battle of Marineford, a war that involved everyone on this list except for three or four, and his threat to turn it into a free for all between the Red-Haired Pirates, other pirates and Marines immediately causes the war to end, even Akainu agrees out of apparent fear of going against Red-Haired Shanks.
    • Charlotte "Big Mom" Linlin certainly deserves a place on this list. As one of the Four Emperors, she earns this title by default, but she gets special points for the following: 1) having a massive, planet-spanning information network 2) punishing people by delivering their loved ones heads in a box 3) having connections to other feared entities, such as the Firetank Pirates and especially Germa 66 4) her vicious, relentless personality, where she will destroy countries for failing to deliver candy and eating her own subordinates on a whim. Words cannot describe the pure, overwhelming fear on Caesar Clown's face when he saw her ship.
    • Silvers Rayleigh, Roger's former second-in-command, also has this reputation. When the aforementioned Garp received word that he was in the area, he ordered his men to not engage him and to keep hush-hush about it with Sengoku, with the reasoning being that the prospect of dealing with Whitebeard was terrifying enough, and that having to deal with him AND Rayleigh was simply not something that they could even hope to manage. Sure enough, when Rayleigh finally does come into contact with Admiral Kizaru, he not only manages to fight evenly with him, but actually WOUNDS, despite him being a Logia, even as he admits that he hasn't seen combat in over twenty years and is a tad rusty.
    • Other pirates of sufficient power can be this trope. The marines of G-5 (a Marine branch full of jerkasses that love to torture pirates and refuse to obey headquarters) panic at seeing Trafalgar Law, who sent the Government a hundred pirates' hearts to join the Seven Warlords. Back in the East Blue, people are scared of the idea of pirates like Krieg and Arlong coming. And the Eleven Supernovas are feared due to their willingness to challenge the Emperors and the status quo and for their chaotic nature, along with their potential. When they first entered the New World, they caused so much chaos and destruction that they got lumped with the moniker "The Worst Generation."
      • In fact, Luffy himself (and by extension, his crew) has achieved this status, especially if you account in his bounty. He would be feared in every sea in the world except the New World, and even then he's already made an impression there. Case in point: Luffy's at Corrida Colosseum for a Tournament Arc while wearing a ridiculous Paper-Thin Disguise that manages to fool (almost) everybody. There, while speaking with one of the other competitors, Luffy (being Luffy), forgets that he's incognito and proceeds to give out his real name. Everybody immediately freaks out, and only calm down when they see the sign on the back of his shirt say 'Lucy'…along with remembering rumors about him being an eight-meter tall giant. Luffy's become so infamous that practically anybody who isn't at the strength level of the Seven Warlords of the Sea (who are notable New World veterans) instantly fears him.
      • Zoro had to hunt pirates to get the bounty to pay for food which caused him to be well-known long before his captain. Because of this before Luffy and the crew itself becomes well-known characters often commend that it's weird for someone of his fame to be following someone like Luffy (truth is he never wanted to join, Luffy blackmailed him).
    • Luffy's father, Dragon. He hasn't done much of anything in the series proper yet, and he's still known as the "World's Most Wanted Criminal", which is fully justified due to him attempting to take down the World Government. He's considered a threat equal to Whitebeard when Whitebeard was still alive, perhaps even more of a threat due to the fact that he's far more active, and his purpose is to outright collapse the World Government.
      • It also applies to those subordinate to him with significant power to warrant a threat. For example, his second-in-command, Sabo, was enough to freak out nearly every single person on Dressrosa once they realized who he was, the sole exceptions being Fujitora, an Admiral, and Doflamingo, a Warlord.
    • More or less anyone that has a D in their name is guaranteed to terrify anyone within the World Government, especially the World Nobles. This is due to as-of-yet unrevealed prophecies and legends, and the reputation-setting individuals we actually have seen, including plenty of examples already mentioned, such as Gol D. Roger himself, who was a horrifically strong One-Man Army that was only brought down by an incurable disease and managed to turn his execution into the start of the Golden Age of Piracy. Either way, just about every D is a sort of boogeyman for the World Government, as they are practically guaranteed to raise some major chaos when they decide to act up.
    Trafalgar D. Water Law: "The D will surely bring forth another storm!"
    • The Germa 66, and especially the Vinsmoke Family, are notorious for being a "mythical evil army." Just the mention of them caused Brook to go cold with fear, and the mere prospect of their retaliation prevented the Firetank Pirates from even thinking about harming their third son, Sanji.
  • Pokémon: Whenever Ash and friends are travelling through forests, Beedrill swarms and Ursaring mobs are always a cause for serious alarm. In another episode, Petalburg Woods is eerily quiet, and the only inhabitants are a massive flock of Taillow who Ash and friends learn firsthand are not so easily driven off, even by electric attacks. Brock speculates that all other Pokémon residing in the woods have gone into hiding because of the flock. Oddly, none of these Pokemon are particularly threatening or impressive in the games, being quite weak, but the anime never was faithful to the games anyway and they all come in swarms. Beedrill and Ursaring's ferocity in the anime seems to just be because the real life animals they are based on are feared.
  • Pumpkin Scissors: The anti-tank troop known as Gespenst Jager (roughly translating to "Ghost Hunters") are heavily implied to be this to all who are aware of their existence. A troop of genetically-altered foot soldiers designed to take out enemy tanks in close-quarters combat, they have each been programmed with a hypnotic trigger that turns them into single-minded, unstoppable killing machines when activated. There's even a motto regarding them that basically amounts to "they are not your allies, and God help you if you make them your enemies."
  • Rave Master:
    • Crush Cookie. Don't let the funny name fool you, he's a mass murderer who can make anything he touches disintegrate. Even Let, the Badass Blood Knight, is terrified of him. Let claims that dragons tell stories of Crush Cookie to their children the same way humans tell stories of the Boogeyman.
  • Rising X Rydeen:
    • Mikan, also known as the "lightning god". Most of the bad guys are aware of her reputation and are smart enough to try to run away from her but she can move as fast as lightning so they're usually forced to fight her anyway.
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • This is a significant part of why Kuyou got away with his abuse of authority while part of the Security Committee; the other students were just that scared of him.
    • Kokoa is terrified of her big sister Kahlua, and after seeing just what Kahlua is capable of, Tsukune and the others are less than eager to fight her as well. Inner Moka, a well-known badass herself, openly admitted that she was no match for Kahlua.
  • Rurouni Kenshin:
    • This is a common reaction to finding out the title character was once the legendary Hitokiri Battousai (this title, by the way, translates loosely as "Slays Men Just by Drawing His Sword").
  • Shokugeki no Soma: Played for comedy by Roland Chapelle. Roland Chapelle teaches French Cuisine at the cooking school of the setting, and is known for his incredibly high standards (In his classes, anything that doesn't deserve an A gets an E). However, the comedy comes in when it turns out that several of his former students, some of whom graduated over a decade earlier and all of whom are world-renowned chefs in their own right, are still scared shitless by the thought of Chapelle finding out about their shenanigans.
  • Slayers:
    • Lina Inverse nicknamed "the Dragon-Spooker", "the Bandit-Killer", and "the Natural Enemy of All Who Live". Pretty justified, considering the trail of destruction she leaves behind her and her questionable motivations.
  • Tokyo Ghoul: This trope comes up quite a bit.
  • Toriko:
    • Zebra. The entire world panics when he is released from prison. Just news of his release causes massive economic and social upheaval. And he hasn't even done anything yet.
    • What he DID do to get him into prison was cause the extinction of 26 SPECIES. Said species were damaging the ecosystem, but still!
    • The Four Beasts — four vicious Gourmet World creatures that prey exclusively on humans — are so terrifying that news of their return causes a panic that dwarfs the upheaval caused by Zebra's release.
    • Joa the Dark Chef. Even Setsuna is afraid of this monster of a chef!
    • Midora so terrifying, that even Joa trying to keep him calm.
    • Eight kings a terrifying by nature - just a hoofprint of Horse king is enough, to scare entire crew. Monkey King takes it up to eleven - not only he keep entire zone in order, just because other monkeys to scared of him to disobey, but he causes main character to relieve his entire life just by losing temper for one second. From several kilometers! Reveal of his true form not only scares away almost every creature in the vicinity, but also makes every creature in the world eat, like it's their last meal. Just by using his full power, he makes entire world subconciously ready to die.
    • Anyone, who sees Acacia's gourmet demon, gets so scared, that their hair whitens. Even remembering it can lead to that effect. Nakaume, after seeing it, completely convinced, that escaping is pointless, since monster will eat them, no matter when they hide.
    • Coco, despite being most calm and mild-mannered of the Four Kings, scares a lot of people. Rightfully so,being most poisonous creature in human world.
    • Teru, Saki's big sister. While a lot of players are referred to as "national class monsters", Teru scares all of them.
  • The Sky Crawlers: "Oh shit! It's the Teacher!"
  • Toradora!
    • Ryūji Takasu terrifies practically everyone he comes across due to his unnaturally menacing eyes that he inherited from his father, alienating him from a good majority of his peers. Thing is, he's actually a really Nice Guy.
  • Violinist of Hameln: Great Demon King Chestra, the Big Bad, inspires this reaction both through his reputation and his magical power. The entire armies are literally frozen in terror by his mere presence, implacably courageous characters doubt aloud whether they have a slightest chance against him, and greatest heroes of humanity see him in nightmares even after he is defeated.
  • Genkai from YuYu Hakusho, a legendary human psychic. Nearly every demon at the Dark Tournament had heard of her name. As Karasu put it, she was the subject of their bedtime stories.
  • Yuri of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V actively enjoys spreading misery and fear. Yuzu Hiragi was reduced to crying and running away from him after an on-screen duel. Even Jean-Michel Roger—who orchestrates his schemes with a cool head, a calm smile, and a tranquil confidence that he can plan around everyone, even armies, that dares to oppose him—sees just the arrival of Yuri as a ticking clock before his plans go up in smoke. It's to the point that his allies will go from careful planning and strategy to "Well, the opponents are just done for" upon his arrival.

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