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    You've Probably Never Heard Of Automatonophobia But If You Grew Up Fearing These 27 Things, You 100% Have It

    Automatonophobia is the fear of humanlike figures, like mannequins, wax figures, statues, dummies, animatronics, puppets, or robots.

    1. If you were ever freaked out by LazyTown, you may have automatonophobia.

    the puppet characters in "LazyTown"

    2. In fact, if any puppets ever freaked you out — like the ones from that freaky Angel episode — you definitely have this phobia.

    evil puppet on "Angel"

    3. Or if Rex from Victorious sent chills down your spine.

    Robbie with his dummy Rex

    I mean, look at that face. That's the face of pure evil.

    Rex close-up

    4. Did you find that Buffy episode with the ventriloquist dummy especially creepy?

    ventriloquist with dummy in suit

    5. What about animal characters that were made to look human — like the ones on the show Dinosaurs?

    father and baby dinosaur

    6. Or Howard from Howard the Duck?


    7. How do you feel overall about bipedal animal puppets that wear clothes?


    8. What about ones with humanlike hair?

    frog puppet with wig from "Alice" movie

    9. Imagine waking up and seeing this...thing from Meet the Feebles.

    puppet with dress and pearl necklace and large snout but flesh-colored skin

    10. Humanlike objects would also fall under this fear.

    Gumby characters from "The Puppetoon Movie"

    11. This fear could even extend to the Muppets.

    Waldorf and Statler in "The Muppets Movie"

    12. Or The Happytime Murders, which is apparently supposed to be a comedy.

    Sandra being interrogated in the film

    13. I know Annabelle is supposed to be scary but still. If you're abnormally scared of it, you might have automatonophobia.

    Annabelle doll from the movie

    14. Or maybe you're more freaked out by the real Annabelle doll.

    real Annabelle doll in a wooden and glass case

    15. Have you never been able to sit through Pan's Labyrinth?

    alien creature with eyeballs on its palms

    16. What about Labyrinth, for that matter?

    Hoggle in "Labyrinth"

    17. Does Big Bird still haunt you?

    Big Bird in "Follow That Bird"

    18. Did you, like me, have an irrational fear that your Tickle Me Elmo would come alive?

    Tickle Me Elmo in box

    19. Do you hate absolutely everything about The Dark Crystal?

    Jen and Kira walking together

    20. Were you, as I was, absolutely horrified to discover they were making a sequel series?

    Ordon in "Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance"

    21. Have you ever gotten a stomachache at the thought of going into Madame Tussauds?

    Al Roker wax figure

    22. Or do you blame House of Wax for your wax figure fear?

    wax figures in "House of Wax"

    23. How do you feel about the animatronic band at Chuck E. Cheese?

    Pasqually P. Pieplate, Chuck E. Cheese, and Helen Henny

    24. What about those Ronald McDonald statues and balloons?

    giant Ronald McDonald balloon

    25. And the Hamburgler?

    person in Hamburgler costume

    26. How do you feel about the puppets from "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"?

    the yellow puppet from the short

    27. And finally...did you find yourself irrationally afraid of sports mascots growing up?

    Gritty the mascot

    If you found any of these scary...congratulations, you may have automatonophobia. But not to worry — you're not alone. We will get through this together. Feel free to use the comments to bond over this strange fear.