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I also discovered that there can only be one Determination soul existing at the same time, same with Fear. While it's true that only fear can beat Determination, only Determination can defeat Fear as well.
~ Gaster to Frisk about fear

You shall look for the bearer of the red soul of your time. Kill them, and the whole world shall be yours. Make them FEAR you.
~ Agate Lightvale's quote in Cami's "The Black Beast" speedpaint video.

FEAR is a very powerful inverted trait that is strong enough to defeat any other soul traits (including Determination, even though victory isn't always guaranteed).

It is impossible to naturally be born with a dark orange soul. Instead, someone can turn their soul dark orange by reverting their trait of Bravery to Fear.

In fact, FEAR's natural color is dark orange, but when the Bête Noire spell used on the Fear trait, it is pink. Camila confirmed this information in a tumblr post.[1]

Known Powers and Abilities

  • Hallucination Manipulation : It appears as though the known wielders of the FEAR trait can create and control hallucinations to strike fear into the hearts of their opponents.
  • FEAR Weapons : If the user wishes, a soul collector can create a powerful spear which is dark orange in color. FEAR's spear is similar to Bravery's spear.
  • Feeding on FEAR  : Fear traits usually get more stronger when more fear is around so they feed on the fears of others and even their own to get stronger.

  • Rhabdophobia : This special attack disables all enemies' attacks and attracts magical weapons to the user's side, But it can be very costly to use because it consumes almost all the power of the user. It is a very powerful attack.
  • Fear of death : This may only apply to Betty as they have this specific phobia, usually when closer to death they get more stronger depending on how close they are to death. This is seen in Do or Die, when Gaster was about to blast his Gaster Blaster to Betty, their hair turned fully pink and with enough strength Akumu escaped the green force field Gaster trapped Akumu in.

Trivia

  • HATE is MUCH more powerful than FEAR. However, FEAR is a physical soul trait while HATE isn't.
  • Only one Fear soul trait can exist at any moment, and the same goes for Determination, and only Fear can defeat Determination and vice versa.
  • A negative trait like Fear, will give a person more power at the cost of their sanity.[2]
  • Bravery and Determination isn't immune to Fear. (including the emotion)[3]
  • The Fear trait is an inverted Bravery trait.
  • Camila Cuevas said on her Tumblr page that the Bete's soul was pink because pink is a color that usually looks innocent and can also trick the characters and the viewers.
    • This may only apply to the vessels of "The Bete Noire" spell.
  • FEAR is not a new soul trait. The Fear trait is just the inverted trait of the Bravery. That's why a Fear user can use the Bravery's weapons, like spears.[4]
  • Kumu and Betty are just a physical form of a FEAR trait.[5]
  • Although the FEAR trait is the opposite of the Bravery trait, the Bravery trait can't beat the FEAR trait because Negatives are always strong.[6]
  • Agate is one of the humans to possess a Fear soul trait.
    • She wasn't the first one as someone else has done "The Bete Noire" spell before (Which requires a FEAR trait so Agate wasn't the first person to have a Fear soul trait). So Betty isn't the first of her kind.[7]
  • Camila stated in the comments of Glitchtale Origins "FEAR is just a darker version of orange. Using your soul for the bete noire spell makes it pink".
  • Fear is the only known negative counterpart of a trait so far.
  • Fear counters with Determination.[8]
  • Fear can be beaten by strong magic, but can only be DEFEATED with Determination.[9]
  • Since FEAR is an inverted version of Bravery, it may be possible to have an inverted trait of every other soul type, with the exception of DETERMINATION.
  • The "Bete Noire" spell is one of the strictly forbidden inverted magic spells known to date.
    • Notice that it says "one of the strictly forbidden inverted magic spells known to date." which could mean there are several other inverted magic spells that haven't shown up in the series yet.
  • It's also noted that FEAR users, can experience fear themselves if not inflicted onto other people. This is shown throughout multiple scenes of Bete Noire.
  • Agate was probably named after "Agateophobia", which is the fear of insanity.
  • Fear isn't a power boost, it's just the opposite of Bravery. What probably makes it stronger is its ability to corrupt Determination.
  • Fear can only come from Bravery.[10]
  • Before Do or Die came out, Betty's special attack was first mentioned in an amino post.[11]

References

  1. In fact, FEAR's natural color is dark orange, but when the Bête Noire spell used on the Fear trait, it is pink. Camila confirmed this information in a tumblr post. (Link)
  2. A negative trait like Fear, will give a person more power at the cost of their sanity. (Link)
  3. Bravery and Determination isn't immune to Fear. (Including the emotion) (Link)
  4. FEAR is not a new soul trait. The Fear trait is just the inverted trait of the Bravery. That's why a Fear user can use the Bravery's weapons, like spears. (Link)
  5. Kumu and Betty are just a physical form of a FEAR trait. (Link)
  6. Although the FEAR trait is the opposite of the Bravery trait, the Bravery trait can't beat the FEAR trait because Negatives are always strong. (Link)
  7. Agate is one of the humans to possess a Fear soul trait. he wasn't the first one as someone else has done "The Bete Noire" spell before (Which requires a FEAR trait so Agate wasn't the first person to have a Fear soul trait). So Bete isn't the first of her kind. (Link)
  8. Fear counters with Determination. (Link)
  9. ear can be beaten by strong magic, but can only be DEFEATED with Determination. (Link)
  10. Fear can only come from Bravery. (Link)
  11. Before Do or Die came out, Betty's special attack was first mentioned in an amino post. (Link)

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