Paranoia Fuel/Comic Books

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  • Marvel's Secret Invasion definitely fits this trope. In it, Earth is invaded by shape-changing, reptilian aliens called Skrulls -- and some of the invaders have supplanted certain people on Earth. Even worse, there is so far no way to distinguish the impostors from the people they're impersonating. To make matters still worse, the Skrull impostors have gained access to Earth's most advanced technologies -- and sabotaged a lot of it. And furthermore, it's been suggested in places that some of the people they have replaced are sleeper agents who don't know that they're Skrulls until they've been "activated" -- you could be one...
  • If you're unlucky enough to live in Earth-2149, then... well, congratulations! Hiding is useless, since Zombie Daredevil is gonna find you with a Quinjet, in order to trick you into thinking he's there to rescue you! Good thing he just proposed such an idea... not that it makes the horror any more bearable, that is.
  • The Invisibles. Gods and angels exist, and they are not your friends. Demons are watching you through closed-circuit television systems, and God is being dissected in an underground lab.
    • Or, depending on your interpretation of the Gainax Ending, it could be construed as the precise opposite of paranoia fuel.
  • Sandman: your bad dreams are living entities that can kill you if they so choose. The only thing keeping them under control is a vindictive, spiteful and petty godlike entity who can easily condemn you to hell, or fates worse still with ease.
    • And your adorable cat, stretching her claws in her sleep? Yeah, she's dreaming about a world where giant cats hunt and eat humans. If enough of them dream it, it may even become real...
    • This was used as a punishment in Hell for Edwin Paine, one of the 'young' Dead Boy Detectives-- he was murdered and he awoke in an endless corridor. He began walking down it; soon, he became aware of a very menacing presence following behind him. He realized that if he confronted it at all-- looking over his shoulder, breaking into a run-- he would be destroyed utterly. Cue walking down a hallway in absolute, unacknowledged terror for a few dozen decades.
  • Hack Slash. All those unkillable fiends you see on the big screen? They're REAL. And they will kill you just because they can.
  • The "15 Minutes" storyline in the latest rewrite of Gen 13. The less said about it the better.
  • The OMAC Project in the lead-up to DC's Infinite Crisis. The shadowy spy organization Checkmate has cameras everywhere on Earth. Anyone on the street could be one of their deadly OMAC cyborgs. Their leader, a psychic, can make you do anything he wants from any distance. And Brother Eye is always watching.
  • The mostly funny one-shot featuring Galacta, the daughter of Galactus, is ripe Paranoia Fuel if you think about it too much. That cute girl with the glasses you always see ordering lunch at the local cafe? She's a Physical God that is always hungry and is constantly suppressing the urge to eat you. You and everybody else. And she thinks of everything as food.
  • If Superman knows you well enough, he can identify your heartbeat from across the city. Sometimes, he can hear it from the moon. It's not as bad as it could be, seeing as it's...well...Superman, but still....
  • If you're a teenager who gets along reasonably well with your parents (Like Karolina), the whole first Runaways series is this. No matter how nice your parents seem, they could be evil... and how would you ever know?