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"He's- he's everywhere! He could be in this cake, or in this punch, or in this present!"
Jenny Wakeman, My Life as a Teenage Robot

"Just because you're paranoid
Don't mean they're not after you"
Nirvana, "Territorial Pissings"

"He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake"
"Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

A door left open,
A woman walking by,
A drop in the water,
A look in the eye,
A phone on the table,
A man on your side,
Someone that you think that you can trust
Is just another way to die

"Paranoia strikes deep
Into your life it will creep
It starts when you're always afraid
Step out of line, the man come
and take you away"
Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"

"D-D-D-Danger! Watch behind you,
There's a stranger out to find you!"
DuckTales (1987) opening theme

"I'm walking down a street where children play
When they see me they run away
She will not look at me, she won't say why
And when I ask her she just cries
No-one will talk to me, they turn to go
Their faces say there's something I should know
Could I be a victim of the games of all my friends?
Or am I really being watched by the eye of the lens
Comsat Angels, "Eye of the Lens"

"Listen, they're laughing in the halls
They rip your face with lies
To buzzing eyes you cry for help
Like gods they bark replies"
Scott Walker, "Plastic Palace People"

"I don't know anymore
Are the neighbors watching me?
Well, is the
mailman watching me?!
And I don't feel safe anymore,
Oh, what a mess
I wonder who's watching me now
Who, the IRS?!"

"Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a constant fear that something's always near
Fear of the dark, fear of the dark
I have a phobia that someone's always there"
Iron Maiden, "Fear of the Dark"

"So you know that when it's time to sink or swim
That the face inside is watching you too
Right inside your skin"
Linkin Park, "Papercut"

"The Court of Owls watches,
watches all the time.
Ruling Gotham from shadowed perch,
behind granite and lime.
They watch you at your hearth.
they watch you in your bed,
speak not a whispered word of them,
or they'll send The Talon for your head."
Court of Owls Folksong, Batman: Night of the Owls

"I can't go out no more.
There's a man by the door
in a raincoat
smoking a cigarette.
Stephen King, Paranoid: A Chant

I hear.
Everywhere. They're coming.
Can't sleep. Ever.
They'll eat me.
PFC G. Haley, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, shortly before the GFMC were overrun

"There's a shark in the pool and a witch in the tree
A crazy old neighbor and he's been watching me
And there's footsteps loud and strong coming down the hall
Something's under the bed, now it's out in the hedge
There's a big black crow sitting on my window ledge
And I hear something scratching through the wall"
Shivaree, "Goodnight Moon"

"Someone is thinking of you right now."
Lisa Morristown, NJ, on a Dove chocolate

"Don't blink. Don't even blink. Blink and you're dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe. Don't turn your back, don't look away, and don't blink. Good luck."

"From now on, you must take good care of your toys. Because if you don't, we'll find out, Sid. We toys (cue Exorcist Head) can see evvvvrryyythingggg... So play nice."
Woody, when terrorizing Sid in Toy Story

"There's a word for people who think everyone's out to get them."
Chris Magruder and C. W. Briggs, Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Emma Emmerich: Do you know how many genes exist in an individual?
Raiden: About 30 to 40 thousand...?
Emma: Right. That's what was announced at the turn of the century. But there's actually 100 thousand, according to the original theory advanced by the scientific community. Information regarding the remaining 60 thousand was suppressed by the Patriots.
Raiden: (incredulous) No!
Emma: Why? How would you know? Do you know what a gene looks like? Did you count them yourself?

"Elmo knows where you live!"
Elmo, chasing down the donation-faking Homer, The Simpsons

"Well, you say that you're paranoid, but I have a report here that says you looked "very relaxed" in the bath this morning."
Frankie Boyle on Mock the Week, "Bad Things to Hear at the Psychiatrists'"

"Before Lethal Weapon 2 I didn't think there could be a bomb in my toilet, but now I check every time."
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

"I stayed up all night watching M, and now I'm paranoid."
Two Days in Paris

Did you know there’s a Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home? It’s true! She’s there now. She’s always there, just out of your sight. Always just out of your sight.

Because you cannot see her, you were probably completely unaware that this woman likes to sift through photos of you and your loved ones. She softly touches each face, as if wishing it were her own. Or perhaps claiming it as her own. Or perhaps simply cursing that person. It’s hard to say. You’ve never seen her doing this.

The Faceless Old Woman who secretly lives in your home does lots of things.
Cecil Palmer, Welcome to Night Vale

Well, I needn't gossip. After all, it's rude to talk about someone who's listening.
Gaster follower, Undertale

The paranoia such clones create in Tradition mages, and even our colleagues in the Conventions, is extreme. One never knows whether his spouse, child, master or even beloved pet could in truth be a Progenitor agent.
Mage: The Ascension - Convention Book: Progenitors

"Alaska is very cold and no place to run. I would find you. I can track your cell phone— remember?"
Christian Grey, Fifty Shades of Grey

Yes, staff members who have been assigned to SCP-231 are allowed to take a Class A Amnesiac before leaving the project if so desired. Yes, false memories are then implanted. No, none of the supposed methods for recovering or detecting false memories work. Yes, there are some of you who've worked on SCP-231 and don't remember it.
O5-██, SCP Foundation entry for SCP-231

Been here all along!
Sombra, Overwatch

Drones are watching you. The most important and probably the most (if only) accurate assumption you can make about Drones is that they're everywhere. No, of course not literally; these guys are probably even rarer than gorgons and damn rarer than fomori. But that doesn't mean that the assumption is flawed. You should assume that they're everywhere, because they could be. The guy sitting in the parked car across from your place might be a Drone; the bank teller might be tapped into the OneSong; your credit cards, email accounts and online memberships may well have been tagged (you were keeping an eye on those already, right?). We're a people at war, and we may be staring at a new kind of enemy trooper. A little paranoia goes a long way.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Possessed: A Player's Guide

Man is the warmest place to hide.

How do you know who is a Controller and who isn't? That's the problem. You don't. You can look deep into the eyes of the person you trust most and never, ever guess that behind those eyes is an alien parasite.
Now you know why I won't tell you my last name. Or where I live. Not even what state. See, I want to live.
Animorphs #15: The Escape

James: "It's good to be alive!"
Dave: "You could wake up with cancer."
James: "But I'm healthy!"
Dave: "Healthy people still get cancer."
TheOdd1sOut, "Life is Fun"

Lead could be hiding anywhere. On the window, in the dust, it might be there.
The Lead Police, Sesame Street, "Lead Away"

Bad people might not *look* bad. They look like everybody else does. They can be nice-looking, nice-*smelling*, and cool, too. They might even have a stash of yummy candies in their pockets.
Ms. P, How To Tell Your Child, "Safety Lessons on Child Sexual Abuse"

Home is full of bad things that can hurt you very much.

Germs hide in all kinds of places: on cell phones, pets, counter tops, doorknobs, and, of course, in the bathroom, too.

I can’t trust anyone. Some of them are really good at hiding it, so I have to assume the worst. If I can figure out how it happens, maybe I can avoid it. But what then? How high does it go? Am I the only one left? They want to make me one of them; I can tell by the way they approach me, try to get me to go along with them. But how does it happen? There has to be a way to stay myself. Of course, that’s assuming it’s not already too late.
Some of my friends say they see it too, that we need to stick together. But can I trust them? What if it’s all part of a plot to replace me? What if they are thinking the exact same thing? Even if we are all still human, can I trust them not to make a fatal mistake?
—"Visages - Apocalypse," The End of the World: Alien Invasion

Real Life

“Life is made of fear. Some people eat fear soup three times a day. Some people eat fear soup all the meals there are. I eat it sometimes. When they bring me fear soup to eat, I try not to eat it, I try to send it back. But sometimes I'm too afraid to and have to eat it anyway.”
Martin Amis, Other People

"Twin Peaks is one of those rare shows that managed to simultaneously create and peak an entire genre....After the series' initial run, owls could have conquered the world had they realized how terrified we suddenly were of them. For a solid year, every single viewer checked behind their couch for errant BOBs before they sat down."

"The spectre of war turns the human mind to a topic it usually does everything to avoid; mortality. And the next generation of war may be a total kind we can't yet imagine. We keep hearing stories of pathogens going missing from various labs, making this writer wish he didn't watch so many X-Files reruns."

"To this day I cannot put a cash card into a hole in the wall without fearing I am about to be gassed to death by putrid green gas."

"We look the other way when a prop ends up in the wrong hand from one shot to another, or when a set faintly wobbles... LOST was a show that was well aware of such proclivities. In the Season One DVD release, a featurette included a discussion of this very phenomenon. Perhaps this is what spawned one of the most outlandish theories regarding the show – that the production team made certain mistakes on purpose."''

"The trouble is, some children are timorous and some children are reckless [...] but in order to save the lives of reckless children, warnings are calibrated for their safety. The result of which is that the timorous live in a state of perpetual terror. What I needed to be told was "You know what, most days you won't die, it's fine." I wasn't ever going to run across a three-lane motorway. The very existence of a three-lane motorway in the same postcode as me made me not want to leave the house."
"Can't sleep! Clown will eat me!"
Bart Simpson, ''The Simpsons"


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