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Adult Fear can refer to one of the following:

  • Anger Born of Worry: Someone being relieved that someone is safe while also being angry that they put themselves in danger.
  • Axes at School: Works involving school shooting.
  • Baby Be Mine: Kidnapping someone else's kid because something bad happened to your own.
  • Children Forced to Kill: Circumstances force a child into committing fatal violence.
  • Death of a Child: Stories dealing with child death.
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  • Forced Miscarriage: Someone conspires to deliberately cause someone else to miscarry a pregnancy.
  • Growing Up Sucks: Becoming an adult means having to deal with the struggles and worries of adulthood.
  • Harmful to Minors: Children experience or witness potentially traumatic events.
  • I Have Your Wife: A villain kidnaps a character's loved one to coerce them. It doesn't have to be "your wife" though, "I Have Your Kid" also works
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: A pregnant woman is placed in some sort of danger; there will likely be some emphasis on the expectant mother fearing for her unborn child's wellbeing. Depending upon how far along she is, she may also be incapable of defending herself or escaping easily.
  • Invasion of the Baby Snatchers: Non-human villains whose schtick is abducting children.
  • Jobless Parent Drama: A parent loses their job and worries about how they'll provide for their child(ren).
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  • Kid Amid the Chaos: A child trapped in the middle of some massive, chaotic event, common in disaster films.
  • Maternity Crisis: A woman goes into labor while some kind of calamity is taking place, potentially endangering her and her child.
  • Minor Living Alone: A child or underage teen is fending for themselves for some reason.
  • Missing Child: A child goes missing, with the possibility something horrible happened to them.
  • Mundanger: A mundane source of peril in a setting with notably supernatural elements.
  • Outliving One's Offspring: A parent must deal with their child predeceasing them.
  • Panicky Expectant Father: The father of an unborn baby starts freaking out during the birth; this is usually Played for Laughs, but can be presented more seriously, especially if there's legitimate reasons for the father to be worried about his partner and/or their child.
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  • Paranoia Fuel: Something that makes adult audiences worry about if what happened in the work were to happen to them or those they care for.
  • Pregnant Hostage: A pregnant woman is taken as a hostage.
  • Realism-Induced Horror: An Audience Reaction where viewers find something especially horrifying because it can happen in Real Life.
  • The Runaway: A minor runs away from home, potentially causing worry for their parents; they may also have run away because of a bad home life.
  • Struggling Single Mother: A mother who struggles to provide for her child(ren) without support from the child(ren)'s father (who is either unwilling or unable to help).
  • Straying Baby: Watch out, unsupervised baby on the loose!
  • Tragic Stillbirth: An unborn child dies in the womb, causing distress for the family.
  • Troubled Child: A child has behavioral or psychological issues, often due to abuse, neglect or other trauma.
  • Troubled Teen: A teenager has behavioral or psychological issues, often due to abuse, neglect or other trauma.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: A child engages in behavior considered abnormal for their age.
  • Would Hurt a Child: A character — usually a villain — who is prepared to harm a child.

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