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100 Fears and Phobias

One hundred fears and phobias that your players may get during their travels!

This list was submitted on the r/d100 subreddit by user GM_Ben! Thank you!

WHAT IS A PHOBIA?
A phobia is an irrational, intense, persistent fear of certain situations, activities, things, or persons. A phobia can be classified as a disability in that it can affect a person’s psychological being and ability to perform certain tasks.
In clinical psychology, a phobia is defined as a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger posed, often being recognized as irrational. In the event the phobia cannot be avoided entirely, the sufferer will endure the situation or object with marked distress and significant interference in social or occupational activities.

HOW YOU CAN USE THIS TABLE
I created this list to help generate role-play flaws for my PC’s after they became involved in a dark Yuan-Ti ritual to summon the evil nightmare primordial Dendar, the Night Serpent and ended up spending time being tormented on the plane of Nightmares before escaping. The players made a WIS saving throw at the end of the encounter and that determined the number of fears/phobias they manifested.

Nat 1 = 5 rolls.
2-5 = 4 rolls.
6-10 = 3 rolls.
11-15 = 2 rolls.
15-20 = 1 roll.
20 or higher = resisted effect, no rolls.

Mechanically, the DM can impose the frightened condition on a player that experiences a situation involving their phobia or encounters the creature/person/object of their fear.
Narratively, the DM can help the fears/phobias come to life by describing how the character physically/psychologically reacts when it occurs. Some of the common real life symptoms associated with phobias: strong feelings of panic, dread, terror, and horror, rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, trembling, breathlessness, excessive sweating, nausea, dry mouth, feeling sick, shaking, heart palpitations, inability to speak or think clearly or sensation of detachment from reality and death and an overwhelming urge to flee the situation and going to great lengths to avoid the situation/object that causes fear.

This table could also be used to help players generate unique FLAWS on their next characters, to assist a DM in creating more interesting NPC’S, or as an expanded table for varying degrees of MADNESS or consequences or SANITY loss.

I hope you have as much fun with this as we did at my table. Thanks and enjoy!

**\*WARNING!: The fears on this table range the full spectrum from humorous to somewhat sexual to extremely debilitating if not career-ending for some player characters. Use on your players at your own discretion.**\*

 

D100 – Fears and Phobias

  1. Panphobia – everything
  2. Acrophobia – heights
  3. Neophobia – new things/change
  4. Arachnophobia – spiders
  5. Autophobia – being alone/undesirable
  6. Thantophobia – dying
  7. Omphalophobia – belly buttons
  8. Ophidiophobia – snakes
  9. Pyrophobia – fire
  10. Mysophobia – germs/dirt
  11. Entomophobia – insects
  12. Xenophobia – strangers/foreigners
  13. Triskaidekaphobia – the number 13
  14. Agoraphobia – open/public spaces
  15. Scopophobia – being looked at
  16. Somniphobia – sleep
  17. Nyctophobia – dark/darkness
  18. Gymnophobia – nudity
  19. Zoophobia – animals
  20. Ligyrophobia – loud noises
  21. Hemophobia – blood
  22. Claustrophobia – enclosed/confined spaces
  23. Gynophobia – women
  24. Xanthophobia – the color yellow
  25. pedophobia – children/babies
  26. Gerontophobia – growing old/aging
  27. Chirophobia – hands
  28. Chiroptophobia – bats
  29. Herpetophobia – creepy, crawly things
  30. Hylophobia – trees, forests, woods
  31. Dysmorphophobia – phobic obsession with a real or imaginary body defect
  32. Gelotophobia – being laughed at
  33. Bogyphobia – boogeyman
  34. Algophobia – pain
  35. Aichmophobia – knives/pointed objects/sharp things
  36. Haptephobia – being touched
  37. Pediophobia – dolls
  38. Wiccaphobia – witches/witchcraft
  39. Astraphobia – thunder/lightning
  40. Sociophobia – social situations
  41. Atychiphobia – failure
  42. Phobophobia – fear/phobias
  43. Androphobia – men
  44. Oikophobia – household appliances/objects
  45. Trypophobia – holes
  46. Anthrophobia – people (being in company of)
  47. Emetophobia – vomit/vomiting oneself/others vomiting
  48. Glossophobia – speaking publicly
  49. Amychophobia – being scratched
  50. Ombrophobia – rain
  51. Decidophobia – making decisions
  52. Dishabiliophobia – undressing in front of someone
  53. Scoleciphobia – worms
  54. Spectrophobia – ghosts/phantoms
  55. Murophobia – rats/mice
  56. Coulrophobia – clowns/jesters
  57. Disposophobia – disposing of things
  58. Traumatophobia – being injured
  59. Ophthalmophobia – being stared at
  60. Megalophobia – large things
  61. Phallophobia – a penis (esp. erect)
  62. Angrophobia – anger/becoming angry
  63. Defecaloesiophobia – bowel movements
  64. Anablephobia – looking up
  65. Eisoptrophobia – looking in mirrors
  66. Numerophobia – numbers
  67. Phronemophobia – thinking
  68. Poinephobia – punishment
  69. Pteronophobia – being tickled by feathers
  70. Ephebiphobia – teenagers
  71. Dextrophobia – things on the right side of your body
  72. Kathisophobia – sitting down
  73. Leukophobia – the color white
  74. Symmetrophobia – symmetry/symmetrical things
  75. Pogonophobia – beards
  76. Heterophobia – the opposite sex
  77. Dystychiphobia – accidents
  78. Philemaphobia – kissing
  79. Athazagoraphobia – being forgotten/ignored
  80. Ablutophobia – bathing/washing/cleaning
  81. Demonophobia – demons/fiends
  82. Enochlophobia – crowds
  83. Erythrophobia – the color red
  84. Melanophobia – the color black
  85. Necrophobia – death/the dead/corpses/undead
  86. Oneirophobia – dreams
  87. Sexophobia – sexual organs/sexual activity
  88. Teratophobia – disfigured people
  89. Aquaphobia – water/the sea/the ocean
  90. Taphophobia – tombs/graves
  91. Herpetophobia – reptiles, amphibians or other similar animals.
  92. Teraphobia – monsters
  93. Maskaphobia – masks/costumes
  94. Sciophobia – shadows
  95. Mazeophobia – getting lost
  96. Hamartophobia – sinning
  97. Oneirogmophobia – wet dreams
  98. Gephyrophobia – bridges/crossing bridges
  99. Toxiphobia – being poisoned
  100. Kosmikophobia – end of the world/grand disaster/cosmic phenomenon

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A FEW EXTRAS / SWAP OPTIONS

  1. Ailurophobia – cats
  2. Nosophobia – contracting a disease
  3. Aviophobia – flying
  4. Equinophobia – horses
  5. Genuphobia – knees/the act of kneeling