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  • Barney has always been a little creepy, but after reading this Dark Fic, you'll never think of him the same way ever again.
  • The wrestling fic Mind Tricks...where it's revealed that everything that's happened was just pure randomness. There was no reason for all the pain and torture that the characters have all been through but that Rey Mysterio's name popped up from a random number generator created by the government from the census and other methods of data collection, because a scientist was a little too devoted to the idea of the scientific method. And he's only one of thousands of people with the same fate. And the story regularly makes you realize that no, it's really not as absurd as it sounds, because it's pointed out regularly that there are real-life, moderately famous cases of the government screwing with people in ways just as terrible. And not only all of that, but you might not be able to be sure if any lost loved ones of yours might not be dead, but rather somewhere being tortured horribly in the name of national security. Good luck ever feeling safe again.
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  • The main character of "The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain" gets some dandy Paranoia Fuel as a result of the first arc. Suppose you've just learned that an Invisible Streaker has been following you around your new home, watching you even at moments when you supposed yourself alone — in bed, in the bath, getting dressed? And as a result of all this watching, he's developed some unhealthy interest in you, so when the crazy guy who thinks he's your illegitimate half-brother wants to use your virtue to pay off a few old debts, he requests permission to go first. Assuming you even survive the whole situation, good luck sleeping at night.
  • Odd scout. All three chapters. Now, just remember that he's BEHIND YOU RIGHT NOW.
  • Luminosity. Chelsea's power was scary enough on its own, what with the cutting/enhancing relationships. Then, in the Villager chapter of Radiance, it happens to the first-person narrator. Oh, and by the way? No, it doesn't feel like she's doing anything but smiling and making small talk.
    Chelsea doesn't affect moods directly.\\She doesn't have to.
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  • Strung Up, a Space Channel 5 dark fic in which Purge is trapped in a nightmare and is made into a living puppet as strings are stabbed into his body and he's forced to move to see his friends/robots destroyed. The scariest part of this fic? Entity could haunt you in your nightmares, and force you to go through those things at anytime he wanted. Enjoy sleeping tonight.
  • From Imperfect Metamorphosis, Yuuka Kazami, a Eldritch Abomination inspires a great deal of this after this exchange in Chapter 31:
    Yes.
    You.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: The Series:
    • In-Universe in "The Time Pauser": Calvin is extremely defensive about his new invention, going to great lengths to protect himself from those supposedly watching. Possibly justified, as said invention could possibly be devastating.
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    • Another In-Universe instance in "The Case of the Rogue Water Balloon": Hobbes is extremely unnerved by Socrates' security camera in his room. (He ends up trashing it.)
  • Hivefled: the Torture Porn prequel, Reprise, involves a slow and careful build-up before the actual Rape as Drama appears. One reviewer described it thus; "I was reading and thinking 'Well, this isn't so bad, a little creepy maybe, but I think even I wouldn't do too badly in an environment like... uh... oh... oh dear God.'" Then it becomes clear that the Big Bad couple have groomed, captured, tortured, and killed nearly two and a half thousand teenagers over the millennia, the youngest of whom who survived long enough to have his soul bound (implying younger ones were also tested) is the equivalent of a human twelve-year-old, nobody is aware this is going on, and it's likely a significant proportion of troll society would applaud it if they did know.
  • Misunderstandings: In-universe. A human being is transported to Equestria, where an unfortunate encounter with a vicious sideshow owner scares Peter away from ponies. Princess Luna (reluctantly) manipulates his dreams to see if he would be willing to eat a pony. He doesn't. When the human meets Luna, he is furious and scared that a being like Luna can walk into his mind and mess with his subconscious, and spends some time fearing that his feelings for a griffin he befriended are not his own. Confronting this fear with Luna in the Astral Plane helps him get over it.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, Izuku is an alien on a world that hates aliens. Everyone around him, from his neighbors to his classmates to young children he's never met before would like thing more than than to beat him into a bloody pulp if the ever found out he is an alien. His Super-Hearing ensures that he hears this everywhere he goes and he's constantly surrounded by textbooks, merchandise, movies, and other forms of pop culture that actively encourage violence against aliens. His only saving grace is that he looks human enough to pass for one, but he has to do everything in his power to keep his origins a secret, lest his parents get kidnapped by shady government agents and turned into Unpersons as he'll likely be strapped to a dissection table. He has to worry about this every single day of his life.
    • Then he learns that there are people who are able to dig up his backstory and willingly hang it over his head to taunt and blackmail him like Alexis Luthor. Even the teachers at U.A. are prejudiced against him for what he is rather than who he is.
  • In In the Kingdom's Service, Jaune learns that Ozpin had to know his transcripts were fake yet accepted him into Beacon anyway, making him (And the Vale Secret Service) wonder what Ozpin's game is. After learning of Ozpin's immortality, Jaune fears that Ozpin's plan had been to train him up and prep him to function as Ozpin's next host.
    • The VSS can have someone disappeared even from Beacon or the middle of Vale with ease, never to be seen again. While Oobleck is fairly benevolent about it, Alpha will have it done to anyone who is even mildly inconvenient or might become a threat eventually. Velvet is killed in such a way despite having been a loyal agent, simply because she had been loyal to the recently deceased Oobleck.
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