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I have fought a Grizzly Bear, tracked a Cobra to its lair,
Killed a Crocodile who dared to cross my path
But the thing I really dread, when I've just got out of bed
Is to find that there's a Spider in the bath...
Flanders and Swann, "The Spider"

Indiana Jones: There's a big snake in the plane, Jock!
Jock: Oh, that's just my pet snake Reggie!
Indiana Jones: I hate snakes, Jock! I hate 'em!
Jock: Come on! Show a little backbone, will ya?

Snakes. Why does it always have to be snakes?
Daffy Duck, Tear Factor

Indiana Jones: Snakes. Why'd it have be snakes?
Sallah: Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

Sharks. Why did it have to be sharks?

"No! COVERED WITH SCORPIONS! Get them off me!
Wolverine, X-Men ("Captive Heart")

The only thing we have to fear is FEAR ITSELF. . . and spiders.
Gilgamesh, Girl Genius

That was a small army, this is a big spider!
Gilgamesh, Girl Genius

Why spiders? Why couldn't it be, "Follow the butterflies"?

Ronald Weasley: Follow the spiders! Follow the spiders! If Hagrid ever gets out of Azkaban, I'll kill him!

Ronald Weasley: (talking in his sleep) Spiders! They want me to tap-dance! I don't want to tap-dance!
Harry Potter: You tell those spiders, Ron.
Ronald Weasley: Yeah, tell them. ... I'll tell them.

Swede: Don't make me do it, Gunny, I'm afraid of heights!
Highway: So am I, kid.
Swede: You are?
Highway: Jumping out of a perfectly good aircraft is not a natural act. Now let's do this right and enjoy the view.
Heartbreak Ridge during a parachute jump into a warzone.

Homer: Kids, your mother has a fear of flying.
Bart: So much for the days when I could say "at least my mother's normal".
Marge: Well, everybody's got a fear of something.
Homer: Not everybody!
Marge: [irritated] Sock puppets!
Homer: WHERE?! WHERE?! AAH! AAH! [runs off]

"I can handle anything but snakes. Well, I can handle the one in "Kinda" but pretty much no other."

"Geese mate for life. I had no idea that such jerks could attach for that long. It's unknown to us whether or not if one of them dies from being an asshole, that the other one gets a new asshole mate. And to know they have anything in common with something as adorable as penguins hurts.... goose poop is poisonous, yup. Their poop contains e.coli, so when they're poopin' in your lakes and water and stuff, swim in the water, and you could get e.coli, so don't do that.

And our final fact from our in-house goose expert, me: They're dicks."

Okay, don't panic. They're not actual bugs that can crawl into your body and die and get their disgusting bug guts all over your internal systems and make your body incredibly gross forever. They're just hyperdimensionally divided intersections of a monster outside time and space. You can fight that. You have fought that. It's not bugs.
Atomic Robo, reassuring himself.

Port: Fear is like any other emotion, it comes and goes. It's all in how you handle it. Why, even I find myself wrestling with that emotion from time to time.
Yang: Really. You?
Oobleck: He's afraid of mice.

I'm not afraid of ghosts
I'm not afraid of sharks
I'm not afraid of cancer
I'm just afraid of snakes
They really creep me out
Where are their arms and legs?
It's not okay!
Gene's "Snake Song", Bob's Burgers, episode "It Snakes a Village"

(to failing light) I'm sorry, but that's absolutely unacceptable! I'm under enough strain as it is: I can't have you quitting on me! (to himself) Get a hold of yourself, Garak. After all, you haven't had one of these attacks in years. Yes, this is a tight, enclosed space, yes, there's not a lot of room to move, but a disciplined mind does not allow itself to be sidetracked by niggling psychological disorders like... claustrophobia. Besides, this isn't like Tzenketh: the walls won't collapse in on you. Your friends are nearby, there's plenty of air, so there's nothing to be concerned about.
(the light fades a little further.)
Focus on the job. You're the only one who can contact the Runabout. People are depending on you. Ziyal is depending on you. You promised you'd come back... and that young lady has had quite enough disappointments in her life without you adding to them. So... control yourself. You're stronger than this. A disciplined mind-
(the light goes out; cue panic attack)
Garak, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "By Inferno's Light"

Interviewer: What's your biggest fear?
Danny: I'M NOT AFRAID OF SHIT! [beat] ...Except snakes.

Dean: I know what you're thinking, Sammy. "Why did it have to be clowns?" [...] C'mon, you - you still bust out crying whenever you see Ronald McDonald on television.
Sam: At least I'm not afraid of flying.
Dean: Planes crash!
Sam: And apparently, clowns kill.
Supernatural, "Everybody Loves A Clown"

You shouldn't have done that. Don't ever put me in the dark. Closed in. It's like I told Superboy. I can't handle it.

I'm the son of a fisherman...But I'm scared of fish!


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