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Is there any specific trope for fear of darkness? What is that called anyway...melaphobia?
Primal Fear isn't a specific, but it is another place it could go.
"Percy Jackson and the Olympians... Word Of God also says that children of Hephaestus are afraid of heights and falling, because when he was born, their father was chucked off Olympus by Hera."
Yep. In another myth, Zeus chucked Hephaestus off Olympus (when he was older) for arguing with him. Some versions being Hephaestus was arguing in Hera's favor, and that she was in the right. The poor smith of the gods just can't win.
(In some versions, one or the other toss made him lame; in others, he was born that way.)
The Scarecrow in one "Golden Ace Batman/Catwoman" story had triggered several specific fears during it:
Commisioner Gordon was afraid when Batman came that Batman would be ambushed and killed. (It was triggered by a gas that induced the greatest fear in whomever held the doll that had it.)
Batman himself as autophobia (the fear of being alone) in which Robin, Batwoman and Linda vanished before his eyes when HIS turn to be hit with a fresh dose of the same gas.
He found Alfred had vanished, he couldn't get to Clark or Lois—as the gas played on him, it made him sink deeper into it.
Batman had to eventually ask Catwoman for help in fighting Scarecrow, and a room where a lot of space-based fears (sun, moon, stars) were used. Batman takes a fire-arrow for Catwoman and while she puts out the fire, she destroys Scarecrow's recording with an "Oh, Shut Up!! My God, am I the only criminal who doesn't deliver lectures?!?"
She tends to him at the "clinic" the university, and seeing his scar tissue, she asks how he got into crime fighting. He tells her.
Then Scarecrow hits them both with two specific fear gas bombs, inducing fear of cats in Bruce, and fear of Bats in Selina. (They overcome them by taking off their headwear.)
I personally think this trope is in some need of renaming. Why? It's a trope page about characters encountering the objects of their irrational phobias, no matter exactly what that phobia is, and yet its name still specifically invokes ophidiophobia (the fear of snakes). Should it simply be renamed "Why Did It Have to Be X?", or do you think it deserves a clearer, more comprehensive renaming? Either way, the name needs work.
or Achilles Eel
I don't think it needs a rename. This is because there isn't any misuse, from a sampling of the wicks, and it's clear it's used for things other than snakes. Putting "X" in place of "snakes" might lead to problems about it being used for things which aren't phobias. It also has 657 inbounds, which is another argument against renaming.
Unclerupee, what do you mean by Achilles Eel? If that's a proposed name, I think that one is more limited and less clear than the current, though the pun is nice.
Gynophobia but no androphobia? I'm sure there's plenty of examples, but I don't know of any offhand, so I can't start the folder myself.
Well, that's why there's no folder. Nobody has thought of any to add.
I thought of one—Asuka Mizunokoji from Urusei Yatsura. Fred Herriot's "The Senior Year" brought her back to mind.
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