Why Did It Have To Be Snakes / Web Comics

Snakes (ophidiophobia), Reptiles (herpetophobia)

Insects (entomophobia)

Spiders (arachnophobia)

Cats (ailurophobia)

Other Animals
  • Parodied by Axe Cop. Axe Cop is terrified of talking gorillas. They are his greatest fear.
  • Two from Death to the Extremist is afraid of ponies.
  • O-Chul from The Order of the Stick may or may not be afraid of sharks (galeophobia) after events in the comic, but he says the line of the trope almost verbatim.
    O-Chul: Sharks. Why did it have to be sharks.
  • Demon Hunter Steve Uozin in Sluggy Freelance is afraid of rabbits and ferrets.
    Torg: Wait, you're brave enough to flick demons on the head, but you're afraid of rabbits? I mean, if you'd met Bun-bun before, I'd understand!
  • Isabel from Paranatural is afraid of dogs due to an incident when she was younger.

Fire (pyrophobia)

Nature related phobias

Women (gynophobia)
  • Thog from The Order of the Stick is defeated by an illusion of a female orc. Haley takes offense that his fear of "pretty girls" doesn't seem to extend to those of other species.

Other phobias
  • Bob of Bob and George is spectacularly phobic of Pokémon. For no adequately explained reason. We'll state this again: a character with fire superpowers who intermittently seeks to conquer anything he doesn't destroy is terrified of Rattata.
  • Hats: Trel from Cwen's Quest has either violent fits of terror or near psychotic reactions to hats due to childhood trauma.
  • Xenophobia: Insecticomics Dreadmoon. Due to the humorous nature of the comic it's more a strong disgust than outright fear; in Wayward's more serious fanfiction he's uncomfortable around non-Cybertronians and outright terrified of organics.
  • Katia of Prequel is deathly scared of nobility, including having a nightmare of Uriel Septim as a Humanoid Abomination (while in-universe he's the Big Good) and being rendered speechless at the sight of Martin Septim (at that time merely a priest in Kvatch).
  • In Sequential Art, the squirrel girls (except Scarlet) are agoraphobes. To prevent their escapes.
  • Riff from Sluggy Freelance is afraid of orphans, and won't go near an orphanage without a missile launcher handy.
    • Riff also will end up in Torg's arms if somebody mentions the DMV.
  • PeeJee in Something*Positive has been shown to have an almost pathological fear of puppets.
  • In Squid Row, Randie is deathly afraid of garden gnomes.
  • Connie of Waterworks is germophobic, and tends to freak out around toilets.
  • Varden of Inverloch is petrified of magic and goes all sweaty and bug-eyed whenever he sees it (or when it's used on him). Neirenn, the group mage, takes advantage of this whenever they're arguing over something.
  • The cats in Breaking Cat News are frightened of loud noises, so they tend to panic when confronted with things like thunderstorms, fireworks, and vacuum cleaners.

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