Is there any phobia or any other term for the fear of Fictional Characters of books, movies etc. (such as Lord Voldemort, Dementors of Harry Potter Series) ?

I am asking for a word which can be used to take the place of xyz in the following sentence :-

He is highly afraid of evil fictional characters, there's no doubt he is suffering from xyz.

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    Would this person fear all fictional characters, or only the evil ones? It seems like the latter from your example, but I wanted to make sure.
    – herisson
    Jan 4, 2016 at 3:37
  • @sumelic Evil ones.
    – Arjun
    Jan 4, 2016 at 4:12
  • Fictophobia?
    – ermanen
    Jan 4, 2016 at 17:00
  • Now that I see this question after so much time, I find it so stupid! Time indeed changes people.......
    – Arjun
    Dec 6, 2018 at 9:28

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According to this list of phobias, there is not a specific phobia for fear of fictional characters:


The closest ones in this list are coulrophobia (fear of clowns), sanguivoriphobia (fear of vampires), etc.

Teratophobia is somewhat close. Wiktionary definition:

An irrational fear of monsters.

The definition of phobia is:

An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.

Phobias tend to be very specific. You've asked for a "Term for the Fear of Fictional Characters." "Fictional characters" is an all-encompassing term that includes every type of physical feature imaginable. I'm not sure there is one individual on Earth who truly has a phobia of all fictional characters. How could anyone have a phobic relationship with this guy?

                                            proof no one has a phobia of "fictional characters

(...that is, unless you have dumasaphobia.)

Phobias are not just simple fears, but anxiety disorders. Perhaps no dedicated phobia exists for fear of evil fictional characters because—at least while one is following the story—it is expected (and indeed rational) to fear the villains.

  • You could always invent a term - if you are good enough at Greek !
    – mgb
    Jan 4, 2016 at 3:35
  • @mgb; you could – but is it wise? (In my opinion, there are more than enough -phobia words already in circulation – why not just say "fear of X" when that's what you mean!)
    – herisson
    Jan 4, 2016 at 3:51
  • Santa Claus is (purportedly) a fictional character, and I'm pretty sure I've seen a term for fear of Santa Claus.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 4, 2016 at 4:04

Try "delusions" or "psychosis".

I agree with Kyle's answer, that there is not a specific -phobia word for this condition. I think the person would be suffering from delusions or some form of psychosis - that is they have a disconnect with reality as opposed to a specific phobia.

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