Why Did It Have To Be Snakes / Fan Fics

Various phobias
  • In Motherly Scootaloo, a My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Tumblr comic, while Scootaloo's guardian Sandy gets along fine with unicorns, she has a self-admitted phobia of their magic.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Fanfic Progress, Princess Luna ends up mortified of baseballs after getting hit in the face by every last foul ball in a baseball game due to a spell gone hilariously wrong. Some time later, she watched Cupcakesnote  on tv, and becomes terrified of all things pink as well. Though she manages to get over that one in time to hang with Pinkie Pie later.
  • Similar to the above, Delilah from The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn is deathly afraid of cupcakes after the "Cupcakes Incident", which apparently involved a run in with the Cupcakes version of Pinkie Pie (Delilah is a Dimensional Traveller). Though it doesn't come up in that fanfic, since cupcakes don't exist in the universe it takes place in, a letter she gets from Pinkie Pie (the real one, who she's best friends with) tells her to call ahead before she visits so her friends won't have them at a surprise party due to her phobia.
  • Rarity's character arc in the Pony POV Series involves getting over the phobia of gems she'd gotten from Discord's Mind Rape of her. Many other ponies throughout Equestria got similar phobias as a result of their own Mind Rapes, including Prince Blueblood being terrified of the sun, Big Macintosh is terrified of the family dog, Sweetie Belle is scared of her dolls, etc.
    • The One and Only Trixie is revealed to have a crippling fear of Ursas after the Ursa Minor incident in Ponyville. This, rather embarrassingly, rears its head when they encounter two cute, teddybear-sized ones who'd be "fixed" by Princess Gaia's Reality Warping. It scares her so badly that it takes Pinkie Pie singing her a rendition of "Giggle At The Ghosties" to calm her down. Understandably, the others don't laugh or mock her about it, as they know and understand why it scares her so badly.
  • In general, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction has Trixie be terrified of Ursas.
  • In Renegade, Shepard has a specific fear of the alien Scrin, and for good reason: she's the sole survivor of the Scrin assault on Akuze, and got an up-close and personal encounter with Buzzers that left her horribly scarred. When the Scrin attack the GDI Embassy on the Citadel, her reaction to close-quarters combat is to go from her normally controlled and unflappable demeanor to shouting and screaming at them.
  • There's a whole assortment of fears in Never Fear the Shadows. Harry's dad was afraid of water, his mother of clowns, Remus of moths and Sirius of being locked up, while Harry himself was afraid of loud noises, with good reason.
  • In Mass Effect Human Revolution, Adam's afraid of fire, and it slows him down in chapter 38. He intellectually knows his Powered Armor is flameproof but he can't control the instinctual reaction.
  • It's speculated by some that whoever's running The Infinite Loops deliberately invoke this trope for some reason. In universe, it's probably to help treat Anchors so they aren't as metaphysically unstable. Out of universe, it's just hilarious.
  • In Mega Man Reawakened, Tron Bonne is terrified of dogs until she meets Rush.
  • In Boys Und Senshado, as a result of his father's death in a landing accident, Akio starts hyperventilating when he even gets on a plane, which essentially makes it impossible for him to do Sentoki-do, the dogfighting sport the rest of his family does.
  • In Takamachi Nanoha Of 2814, Nanoha is utterly terrified of Evangeline (then again, everybody from the Magic Side is terrified of her) and Godzilla (since Japanese pop culture ingrained into her the fact that Godzilla cannot be defeated).
  • In Draknophobia, events at Helgen and the Western Watchtower make Petra deathly afraid of Dragons. She's the Dragonborn by the way. The story deals with her Character Development and all the other crap that happens to her.
  • The main character of The Twilight Child is unnerved by Timberwolves after a childhood friend of hers was nearly killed by a pack of them during a camping trip gone wrong. She's also incredibly twitchy around deserts, due to nearly dying from dehydration in one twice, to the extent that she gets nervous when a few miles away from one, or even being outside when it's incredibly warm.
    • In a Played for Laughs version, Rarity is deathly afraid of cheese. She refuses to explain why, but it's implied she was tormented with it by a rival. Somehow.
  • In Amber Night and the Curse of the Diabolical Pastry Thief, Moodbeam is described as being "downright penntransitphobic". Unfortunately, Amber Night was apparently fresh out of Pennsylvanias to force Moodbeam to travel through.
  • In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Reflecting Balance, Frederick the Deino has a fear of ghosts.
  • In the RWBY Fan Fic Various Vytal Ventures chapter Hide and Seek the characters experience something like this for their various nightmare sequences. Bonus points go to Pyrrha, however, for featuring actual snakes.
  • A Voice Among the Strangers has Jessica develop a phobia of unicorns and their magic, after being captured and caged like an animal by the Flim Flam brothers for a week. However, she manages to largely get over it by the end of the second chapter, thanks to the friendship of Dinky and Twilight.