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What are things that you feel used to be considered scary but no longer are?

For me that would be Slenderman. I never found him to be scary, but I feel he's become old hat.
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Malware and Computers in general
"don't touch/click that, you might blow something up"

Starting up windows XP and setting up the Ethernet connection to read game forums used to be a heart surgery
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Certain areas from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The Redeads scared me, and also Shadow Temple scared me so much that I wasn't brave enough to actually go through that dungeon until I was in my early 20s. o.o It's funny because I think it was less what it was, and more what I thought I would experience if I kept going. It's funny because I got through the Well back when I first played OoT, but not the Shadow Temple.

Now Twilight Princess's Redeads still scare me... But the Redeads in Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask are so cartoony to me now they don't scare me anymore.
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Republicans and Conservatives. I grew up and they were painted as a bunch of rich evil men plotting g to destroy the working man. Now I am one of them lol
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onepiece_fan wrote:

Certain areas from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. The Redeads scared me, and also Shadow Temple scared me so much that I wasn't brave enough to actually go through that dungeon until I was in my early 20s. o.o It's funny because I think it was less what it was, and more what I thought I would experience if I kept going. It's funny because I got through the Well back when I first played OoT, but not the Shadow Temple.

Now Twilight Princess's Redeads still scare me... But the Redeads in Ocarina of Time/Majora's Mask are so cartoony to me now they don't scare me anymore.


The Redeads from OoT scared me too, I remember opening my older brothers save file and walking out of the temple of time as adult Link into the Hyrule market and immediately turning off the game and never touching it again till age 16.

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I loved the redeads from OOT. It was the scream that used to get to me. That and possibly what they were doing to Link's face.

But on a more real note one thing that used to scare me a lot was talking. Any type of talking. I grew up under the mantra of never speak unless spoken too rule. Even as a pre-teen, teenager I would get yelled at for opening my mouth because nothing was said or asked of me so I would never talk at all. This lead to several problems in school where people thought I wasn't capable of proper speech.
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Horror movies, or horror as a genre in general. I feel tension and anxiety from well-done fiction that includes horror elements, but the vast majority of "pure horror" works out there have turned from "scary" to "comical" as I've gotten older. The only thing that really scares me in fiction anymore are the very best written stories, and even they only can do so much.

I'm far more terrified walking around late at night from the thought that a random car might hit me, or that a random dude with a gun might come over and shoot me, than I am watching any kind of fictional content - in other words. Yet even that fear is generally minimal - I go on a lot of late-night strolls, and I don't exactly live in the nicest place.

When I was a child, and even for part of my teenage years, I was sometimes afraid of the dark. I had an overactive imagination, and even sometimes had nightmares, yet in recent years I no longer have nightmares and do not feel any fear of the dark. As I've gotten older, I've increasingly realized that irrational fears are just that - irrational, and once you realize that something really isn't something to be all that afraid of, it's easy to push it out of your mind.

I used to be afraid of the idea of death, though not so much for myself as for others I love. Yet after living long enough that I have learned to deal with loss and with tragedy in my own way, I now view this fear as equally irrational. Everybody dies after all, and while it is acceptable to mourn death and to try to avoid it for as long as you can, it is something that you have to manage and push out of your mind if you want to live life to the fullest extent possible. I admit that this might be made easier for those who believe in an afterlife, or some other form of cosmic salvation or magical land awaiting them after they die, but I have no illusions regarding that sort of thing. Of course, that also means that I know that my loved ones who have died (including my dog who died after 13 years just a year and a half ago) are not suffering, and therefore there's no reason to suffer too greatly because of that.

Honestly speaking, my fears are mostly "adult fears" nowadays. Fears about being able to pay my bills, or whether I'm on the right path to accomplish what I want to accomplish, dominate the vast majority of my thoughts as far as fears are concerned. Or fears that family members with cancer may die, or their condition may get worse, for example. In comparison to these kinds of fears, fears of fiction or fears of other things seem ENTIRELY irrelevant.
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Slugs and snails. I used to pour salt on them and watch them disappear but the one time i saw one seemingly pleading at me with its eyes changed all that. I'm pretty sure it found a way to imprint itself on my mind(lol). When i closed my eyes it was all i ever saw. I've always always been so afraid to even mention this fear to anyone. I was never scared of anything else for the longest time.
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I used to be afraid of communists because my parents and teachers told me it was communism was evil... now I am communist
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humans, sadly humans still scare me. but I use to have a fear of spiders, now I adore them, call them Spike, play with them and the likes. dunno what happened and where but I just don't fear the little critters anymore. however, being bitten by enough could have triggered that notion. after all, something sits on your paw and doesn't bite, guess that means you're one of the family? otherwise, don't fear horror movies anymore, well most horror, American horror is a yawn whereas a lot of Asian horror still knows how to bring it.
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and underwater levels in video games.
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I also forgot to mention that in addition to fearing communism and now being communist, I grew up scared of the "Illuminati" and The "New World Order" but now that I am not longer trapped by the information fed to me by my parents I am now disappointed that such things are not real
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the Spanish Inquisition
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For many years, I used to be scared of Grudge movies... Even though Scary Movie 4 was hilarious especially with grudge onryo and Grudge movies are pretty boring (too long for movie length), that word "grudge" seems too intense, and I really cannot imagine how simply hold grudge against someone is unbreakable curse and pass to the next generations. On the fateful day, my friend made me watch his gameplay of Evil Within 2, whereas the part that he tried to escape from Anima that resembles Kayako's onryo a lot. My fear of Grudge onryo was finally overcame for pretty long time, so I came to understand Jung's theory about Anima and Animus. Pretty cool about how everything is linked for a reason though.
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When I was little, Petey Piranha from Super Mario Sunshine scared me. I think it was the fact that you had to fight in a closed off small space and the creepy music made it even worse. Little me took a lot of courage to beat Petey.

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