In the Scream movies saga, the different killers wear the mask of the Ghost Face. The Ghost Face use it to spread fear until his own death. Then, the power of life and death goes to is successor’s hands : an other character.
Construction using terror is called admonition. The people that best represents it, is certainly the great people of antic Egypt. Their pharaohs built one of the most impressive empire using a divine and theocratic power.
Living gods, their tyranny is still well known.