Phobia Friday: Dysmorphophobia - Fear of deformity
This week's selection of fear eaters are merely human… or are they? Find out after the jump.
First Appearance: August 1981 in Uncanny X-Men #148
Bio: This grotesque albino mutant is expelled from his father's home, and takes refuge in the sewers with a ragtag group of outcast mutants. Caliban can sense and absorb the fear of humans, as well as reflect it back tenfold, inciting panic, irrationality, and "mental plague."
Weakness: He may be freaky-looking, but he is mortal, susceptible to the same harm that anyone else would be susceptible to.
Fear Factor: 2. Didn't your mother ever teach you not to fear those who are different?
Name: Mr. Dark
First Appearance: 1962, in Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes
Bio: G.M. Dark is the tattooed owner of a traveling carnival. Each tattoo represents a lost soul who is coaxed into joining the carnival with promises of fulfilling their childhood desires. He feeds on the fears and pain of those who are represented in his tattoos. That power keeps his minions (aka his carnies) under his thumb.
Weakness: Happy thoughts. I guess positive thinking really is all you need in this case.
Fear Factor: 3. He cuts an imposing figure, but seems pretty easy to avoid. No one made you run away and join the carnival.