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Tropes that are associated with Horror stories, from any medium...

A subgenre of Speculative Fiction as many contain supernatural elements.


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  • Abandoned Area: Buildings and places which are (mostly) empty of people will make good stock settings for scary stories.
  • Apocalyptic Index: The End of the World as We Know It will always involve mass death and destruction on a grand scale, and thus is never a pleasant event to experience (if you can even survive it, that is).
  • Bloody Tropes: Whenever you see this precious body fluid getting spilled, it means bad things have or will happen.
  • Darkness and Shadows Tropes: The absence of light is often feared to be where danger is lurking.
  • Death Tropes: Obviously enough, the end of anyone's life is not something you really wish to witness (or experience directly).
  • Evil Tropes: All competent villains can invoke great terror from their sinister behavior and cruel actions.
  • Evil Music Index: The typical soundtrack associated with any horror movie/show/game.
  • Fear Tropes: The emotions of horror and terror itself.
    • Screaming Tropes: Yelling out a loud shriek is an appropriate response to feeling truly terrified.
  • Halloween Tropes: Tropes related to the holiday of Halloween, which in modern times has basically become a secular pop-cultural celebration of the horror fiction genre, along with all of its associated tropes and cliches.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: Human cannibalism is incredibly disturbing because it violates so many moral and ethical concerns.
  • Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
  • Paranormal Tropes: Tropes about the paranormal and supernatural, or unexplainable phenomena beyond our (safe) understanding of reality. Often invokes our fears of unknown and unusual things.
  • Scary Animals Index
  • Subverted Innocence: When horror is derived from something that's (seemingly) nice, sweet, and wholesome getting twisted into a malicious mockery of itself.
  • Violence Tropes: Direct physical conflict between two or more characters can result in very disturbing injuries and consequences.
  • You Would Not Want to Live in Dex: Locations and settings that are inherently bad places to ever visit.

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