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* Roy in ''Series/TheITCrowd'' is also afraid of balloons.
-->'''Roy:''' Balloons explode, Jen. They explode suddenly and unexpectedly. They are filled with the capacity to give me a little fright, and I find that unbearable.


* A character has an exaggerated fear of something that s/he consciously deals with on a daily basis. [[IronicFear (e.g., a circus owner who's afraid of clowns)]]

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* A character has an exaggerated fear of something that s/he they consciously deals deal with on a daily basis. [[IronicFear (e.g., a circus owner who's afraid of clowns)]]


* PlayedForDrama in ''Fanfic/RunningAroundInCircles''. Yakko spends most of the story terrified of pencils because the guy who attacked and raped him used pencils as a weapon during the assault. [[spoiler: According to the epilogue, Yakko does recover from this eventually as he heals from the emotional trauma]].

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* PlayedForDrama in ''Fanfic/RunningAroundInCircles''. Yakko spends most of the story terrified of pencils because the guy who attacked and raped him used weaponized pencils as a weapon during the assault. [[spoiler: According to the epilogue, Yakko does recover from this eventually as he heals from the emotional trauma]].

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* ''Fanfic/{{Coyote}}'': Played for Drama with original character Riley Coyote and him being AfraidOfBlood -- or being more specific, him being afraid of hurting other people with [[Manga/MyHeroAcademia his Quirk]], a fear so great that he goes into a several-day HeroicBSOD and his subconscious nerfs his Quirk greatly on the meanwhile if he ever so much as thinks this happened. It is treated as absurd by the other members of Class 1 because physical hurt (inflicted or received) in a fight is an accepted risk of being a Hero, and Izuku Midoriya (Riley's best friend) knows that this is a great (read: may get him hurt/killed in a fight) issue, so he asks his classmates to help him wean it out of Riley. The only one who treats it as something worth mocking is [[{{Jerkass}} Bakugo]], and [[RageBreakingPoint and he really comes to regret doing it within earshot of Izuku]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/RandyCunninghamNinthGradeNinja'': One episode reveals that Randy is afraid of chickens, which gives us this priceless quote:
-->Have you ever looked into a chicken's eyes, Howard? ''[[ThousandYardStare There's nothing there]]''.


* PlayedForDrama in ''Fanfic/RunningAroundInCircles''. Yakko spends most of the story terrified of pencils because of the role they played during his sexual assault. [[spoiler: According to the epilogue, Yakko does recover from this eventually as he heals from the emotional trauma]].

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* PlayedForDrama in ''Fanfic/RunningAroundInCircles''. Yakko spends most of the story terrified of pencils because of the role they played guy who attacked and raped him used pencils as a weapon during his sexual the assault. [[spoiler: According to the epilogue, Yakko does recover from this eventually as he heals from the emotional trauma]].

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* In ''Series/MakoMermaidsAnH2OAdventure'', all mermaids not accustomed to life on land scream in terror upon seeing an ordinary house cat. No explanation is given, and over time all of the mermaids come to realize that cats aren't any sort of threat to them; in fact, the cat most commonly seen in the series (Poseidon) is owned by Rita, a mermaid who had been living on land for well over a decade before the series begins, and all other merpeople who ''are'' accustomed to life on land immediately declare their love of cats upon first seeing Poseidon. (The fear does not appear to extend to dogs, as an early episode has a dog bark at Lyla, and she only reacts with annoyance.)



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* PlayedForDrama in ''Fanfic/RunningAroundInCircles''. Yakko spends most of the story terrified of pencils because of the role they played during his sexual assault. [[spoiler: According to the epilogue, Yakko does recover from this eventually as he heals from the emotional trauma]].


* Aunt Josephine from ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' suffers from phobias of everything, tripping over the door mat, getting electrocuted by using a telephone, and finally, ''realtors''. In TheFilmOfTheBook, her fears of them prove amusingly rational for just one evening, when a hurricane strikes her house and causes all her appliances to malfunction in exactly the way she claimed they would. Apart from the reactors.realtors

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* Aunt Josephine from ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' suffers from phobias of everything, tripping over the door mat, getting electrocuted by using a telephone, and finally, ''realtors''. In TheFilmOfTheBook, her fears of them prove amusingly rational for just one evening, when a hurricane strikes her house and causes all her appliances to malfunction in exactly the way she claimed they would. Apart from the reactors.realtors realtors.

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* In ''Literature/CastleHangnail'', the castle's cook has an irrational hatred of the letter Q as a result of a past trauma. This mainly manifests in a running gag about Molly finding books and bits of books missing whenever she goes to look anything up in the castle library.


* The [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lilim]] in [[VisualNovel/Va11HallA VA-11 Hall-A]] have their fears programmed completely at random. [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Dorothy]], in particular, has a fear of dogs and chinchillas.


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* The [[RidiculouslyHumanRobot Lilim]] in [[VisualNovel/Va11HallA VA-11 Hall-A]] have their fears programmed completely at random. [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold Dorothy]], in particular, has a fear of dogs and chinchillas.


* Ed from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is shown to be afraid of soap and deodorant in "Once Upon an Ed", and the fear of soap becomes a plot point in "Run For Your Ed", when Double D's solution to [[ItMakesSenseInContext removing a bottle stuck on his finger]] being to lubricate it with soap to slip it off. He also has a fear of wigs and hairpieces as shown in "X Marks the Ed" For context, Eddy had a pimple on his head that he tried to cover up with his dad's toupee, and Ed began viciously mauling it with his teeth, admitting "Wigs [[LampshadeHanging scare me]] Double D...".
-->'''Ed:''' ATTACK THE WIG! (does so)\\

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* Ed from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is shown to be afraid of soap and deodorant in "Once Upon an Ed", and the fear of soap becomes a plot point in "Run For Your Ed", when Double D's solution to [[ItMakesSenseInContext removing a bottle stuck on his finger]] being to lubricate it with soap to slip it off. He also has a fear of wigs and hairpieces as shown in "X Marks the Ed" For context, Eddy had a pimple on his head that he tried to cover up with his dad's toupee, and Ed began viciously mauling it with his teeth, admitting "Wigs [[LampshadeHanging scare me]] Double D...".
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-->'''Ed:''' ATTACK THE WIG! (does so)\\so, specifically with his teeth)\\



'''Ed:''' (frowns, in earnest) Wigs scare me, Double-D.

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'''Ed:''' (frowns, in earnest) Wigs [[LampshadeHanging scare me, me]], Double-D.


* Ed from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is shown to be afraid of soap in "Run For Your Ed" despite no negative reactions in prior episodes. He also has a more consistent fear of wigs and hairpieces as shown in "X Marks the Ed" For context, Eddy had a pimple on his head that he tried to cover up with his dad's toupee.

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* Ed from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' is shown to be afraid of soap and deodorant in "Once Upon an Ed", and the fear of soap becomes a plot point in "Run For Your Ed" despite no negative reactions in prior episodes. Ed", when Double D's solution to [[ItMakesSenseInContext removing a bottle stuck on his finger]] being to lubricate it with soap to slip it off. He also has a more consistent fear of wigs and hairpieces as shown in "X Marks the Ed" For context, Eddy had a pimple on his head that he tried to cover up with his dad's toupee.toupee, and Ed began viciously mauling it with his teeth, admitting "Wigs [[LampshadeHanging scare me]] Double D...".


* ''Manga/BattleAngel'': Gally is a fearless warrior, but it turns out that she has a phobia of owl-eye moths because the "eyes" on the wings unsettle her ([[WriteWhatYouKnow same thing as author Yukito Ishiro]]) She [[SoMuchForStealth accidentally reveals herself to a roaming warband]] the only time this phobia affects the plot by emptying her HandCannon trying to kill one of these moths.

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* ''Manga/BattleAngel'': ''Manga/{{Gunnm}}'': Gally is a fearless warrior, but it turns out that she has a phobia of owl-eye moths because the "eyes" on the wings unsettle her ([[WriteWhatYouKnow same thing as author Yukito Ishiro]]) She [[SoMuchForStealth accidentally reveals herself to a roaming warband]] the only time this phobia affects the plot by emptying her HandCannon trying to kill one of these moths.


Sometimes, in a work, a character has a phobia of something that is so ridiculous that people have a hard time comprehending it. Often comes in one of four flavors:

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Sometimes, in a work, a character has a phobia of something that is so ridiculous that people have a hard time comprehending it. Often comes in one of four these flavors:



* A character suffers from pantophobia (i.e. a literal fear of ''everything''). It is this trope UpToEleven and expect many gags like the character providing a LongList of what scares him while his companions grow increasingly puzzled both from how long it is and often how absurdly specific it gets (fear of Friday the 13th is somewhat understandable, but ''leap-year'' Friday the 13ths?).

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* A character has a phobia with extremely specific conditions. [[FauxHorrific (e.g., a fear of prime-numbered Tuesdays... in March... during Leap Years)]]
* A character suffers from pantophobia (i.e. a literal fear of ''everything''). It is this trope UpToEleven and expect many gags like the character providing a LongList of what scares him while his companions grow increasingly puzzled both from how long it is and often how absurdly specific it gets pantophobia[[labelnote:*]] (fear of Friday the 13th is somewhat understandable, but ''leap-year'' Friday the 13ths?).
literally everything)[[/labelnote]] taken UpToEleven. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin (e.g., being afraid of literally everything, from bees to hardwood flooring)]]

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