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* Sal Vulcano from ''Series/ImpracticalJokers'' is afraid of cats, which the other jokers often like to exploit, including with a mascot costume of a black cat nicknamed "Benjamin".

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* Speaking of cockroaches, the CIA used cockroaches (amid a litany of ColdBloodedTorture) to extract a confession from a suspected terrorist leader who happened to have a phobia of the bugs.


* Two to one odds that Creator/HeathLedger or Creator/JackNicholson interpretations of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/Batman1989'' will be the cause of a lot of clown-based nightmares.

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* Two to one odds that Creator/HeathLedger or Creator/JackNicholson interpretations of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/Batman1989'' will be the cause of a lot of clown-based nightmares.




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\n* Music/{{Eminem}} once explained to a film crew that he has a bizarre phobia of giraffes, because he doesn't like their necks. He also claims to have a "serious fear of owls".


* During the making of ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' when they brought in live parrots as reference for Iago, the crew learned that Jonathan Freeman, who voices Jafar, has a fear of birds.

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* During the making of ''{{Disney/Aladdin}}'' ''{{WesternAnimation/Aladdin}}'' when they brought in live parrots as reference for Iago, the crew learned that Jonathan Freeman, who voices Jafar, has a fear of birds.


** Heath Ledger himself had nightmares about the Joker and refused to read some the more grisly comics about him while getting into character. Conversely, Heath still really enjoyed the role.

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** Heath Ledger himself had nightmares about the Joker and refused to read some of the more grisly comics about him while getting into character. Conversely, Heath still really enjoyed the role.

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* Creator/JKRowling herself has revealed into interviews she can't stand spiders which probably explains why [[GiantSpider giants ones]] show up in her most [[Literature/HarryPotter well known work]]. When asked what her boggart would be J.K. says she'd probably share Mrs Weasley's (her loved ones dead) but she also claims there's good chance it would be the same as Ron (i.e a gigantic spider).


** [[UncannyValley She]] ''[[UncannyValley is]]'' [[UncannyValley a former model; can you blame her?]]


** In China there's a strong dislike and sometimes outright phobia associated with the number four, which happens to sound almost like ''death'' in Mandarin. So you can get floor numbers going: 12, 13, 13A, 15... if they do not opt for just leaving out everything containing the terrible digit. And then this troper lived in a building with floor numbers 4, 13, 14 and 24 missing.

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** In China there's a strong dislike and sometimes outright phobia associated with the number four, which happens to sound almost like ''death'' in Mandarin. So you can get floor numbers going: 12, 13, 13A, 15... if they do not opt for just leaving out everything containing the terrible digit. And then this troper lived in a building with floor numbers 4, 13, 14 and 24 missing.


* Creator/PeterJackson is open with his utter hatred of spiders and requested the CGI team in ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'' make Shelob as horrifying as possible until he couldn't stand it.

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* Creator/PeterJackson is open with his utter hatred of spiders and requested the CGI team in ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRingsTheReturnOfTheKing'' make Shelob as horrifying as possible until he couldn't stand it.


** Heather Ledger himself had nightmares about the Joker and refused to read some the more grizzly comics about him while getting into character. Conversely, Heath still really enjoyed the role.

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** Heather Heath Ledger himself had nightmares about the Joker and refused to read some the more grizzly grisly comics about him while getting into character. Conversely, Heath still really enjoyed the role.



* Voice Actor Creator/JMichaelTatum once told a story of him going to a Halloween fun park. Two clowns followed him around the park and in the end, he punched one of them, opting him to get kicked out of the park.

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* Voice Actor Creator/JMichaelTatum once told a story of him going to a Halloween fun park. Two clowns followed him around the park and in the end, he punched one of them, opting causing him to get kicked out of the park.



* Creator/SeanBean is terrified of flying thus opted to climb the massive mountains instead of going by helicopter while filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.

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* Creator/SeanBean is terrified of flying thus opted to climb the massive mountains mountains, in full costume even, instead of going by helicopter while filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.



** Germophobic people may also fear sponges - the kitchen sponge is likely one of the most germ-infesting items in any given household.

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** Germophobic people may also fear sponges - the kitchen sponge is likely one of the most germ-infesting germ-infested items in any given household.


* [[EveryoneHatesMathematics Mathemaphobia, the fear of math]].

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* [[EveryoneHatesMathematics Mathemaphobia, the fear of math]].math]].
* LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} has automatonophobia, or a fear of mannequins and human-like figures, which gets him in a bit of trouble when he plays ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys''. He's also referenced being afraid of the ocean, and of sharks in particular.


* Fans accused Creator/JRRTolkien of this, pointing out his traumatic encounter with a baboon spider as a child in Africa as evidence. Tolkien denies it, though given the number of [[GiantSpider giant spiders]] in his work it's safe to say they've had an impact on him at least.
** Tolkien claimed he put so many humungous evil spiders in books because of his son Christoper was afraid of them.
* Creator/PeterJackson is open with his utter hatred of spiders and requested the CGI team in ''Film/ReturnOfTheKing'' make Shelob as horrifying as possible until he couldn't stand it.



* Creator/SeanConnery also galeophobia, which made that SharkPool scene in ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'' pretty unpleasant for him.



** Creator/JohnnyDepp is scared of clowns too.
* Two to one odds that Creator/HeathLedger's interpretation of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' will be the cause of a lot of clown-based nightmares.

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** Ironically Creator/StephenKing himself hates clowns due to sitting next to a man dressed as Ronald [=McDonald=] during a long flight as a child. This served as the inspiration for Pennywise.
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Creator/JohnnyDepp is scared of clowns too.
* Two to one odds that Creator/HeathLedger's interpretation Creator/HeathLedger or Creator/JackNicholson interpretations of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' and ''Film/Batman1989'' will be the cause of a lot of clown-based nightmares.


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** Heather Ledger himself had nightmares about the Joker and refused to read some the more grizzly comics about him while getting into character. Conversely, Heath still really enjoyed the role.


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* Creator/StephenKing (again) hates flying in planes, which is why a lot of his stories concern danger-filled flights.


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* Creator/SeanBean is terrified of flying thus opted to climb the massive mountains instead of going by helicopter while filming ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings''.



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* Comedy legend Creator/LucilleBall had a lifelong fear of birds, stemming from the day her father died and, as a small child, having no memory of that day except for a bird that flew into the home and scared her.


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* Former ''Film/JamesBond'' actor Creator/PierceBrosnan is a claustrophobic, or fear of small, confined spaces.



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* Jeremy Dooley of Creator/AchievementHunter is terrified of heights. Of course, this doesn't stop his fellow Hunters from erecting his desk about 20 feet off the ground, forcing him to sit on a crank-powered lift to sit at his desk for a time.

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