History Main / CircusOfFear

20th Feb '17 12:16:34 AM jormis29
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* One of TSR's [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure Endless Quest]] books was actually called ''Circus of Fear'', involving [[spoiler:a circus run by evil dopplegangers looking to assassinate the current ruler and take over the kingdom.]]

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* One of TSR's Creator/{{TSR}}'s [[ChooseYourOwnAdventure Endless Quest]] books was actually called ''Circus of Fear'', involving [[spoiler:a circus run by evil dopplegangers looking to assassinate the current ruler and take over the kingdom.]]
30th Jan '17 3:26:26 PM DrNoPuma
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* ''Webcomic/{{Sparklecare}}'': The Big Frightening Loud Circus Carnival of Death is an aptly named circus that's apparently part of the titular hospital. There, Barry almost burns to death in an accident involving a fire ring.
26th Jan '17 9:56:09 AM Wyldchyld
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* The Pale Moon clan of ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'' is less grisly than most other examples on the page, appearing to all intents and purposes a regular circus run by FetishFuelStationAttendant performers, but these staff are monsters, the circus animals are chimera, and one stronger performer of note is a giant UncannyValleyGirl.

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* The Pale Moon clan of ''Anime/CardfightVanguard'' is less grisly than most other examples on the page, appearing to all intents and purposes a regular circus run by FetishFuelStationAttendant fetish-appealing performers, but these staff are monsters, the circus animals are chimera, and one stronger performer of note is a giant UncannyValleyGirl.
22nd Jan '17 7:46:41 PM PhoenixAvalon
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* Ringling Brothers Circus is infamous for animal cruelty, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity though they try to hide it]] from the public. They hire people with criminal records to [[TrainingFromHell "Train"]] animals and even work with the Exotic Animal Trade to get new animals.
17th Jan '17 3:02:04 PM margdean56
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* Ringling Brothers Circus is infamous for animal cruelty, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity though they try to hid it]] from the public. They hire people with criminal records to [[TrainingFromHell "Train"]] animals and even work with the Exotic Animal Trade to get new animals.

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* Ringling Brothers Circus is infamous for animal cruelty, [[VillainWithGoodPublicity though they try to hid hide it]] from the public. They hire people with criminal records to [[TrainingFromHell "Train"]] animals and even work with the Exotic Animal Trade to get new animals.
17th Jan '17 3:00:36 PM margdean56
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* ''Circus of the Dead'', a short e-book by Seth Blackburn, is about a circus that features a real zombie as it's main attraction. As is expected, [[GoneHorriblyWrong things don't end well]].

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* ''Circus of the Dead'', a short e-book by Seth Blackburn, is about a circus that features a real zombie as it's its main attraction. As is expected, [[GoneHorriblyWrong things don't end well]].



* The Peabody-Ozymandias Traveling Circus & Oddity Emporium of the eponymous novella in the Literature/RepairmanJack universe by F. Paul Wilson serves as this. Peabody is more or less a regular owner of a circus, by Ozymandias's freaks bear an otherworldly taint.

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* The Peabody-Ozymandias Traveling Circus & Oddity Emporium of the eponymous novella in the Literature/RepairmanJack universe by F. Paul Wilson serves as this. Peabody is more or less a regular owner of a circus, by but Ozymandias's freaks bear an otherworldly taint.
16th Jan '17 5:43:25 PM 8BrickMario
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16th Jan '17 5:40:20 PM 8BrickMario
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* In the 2013 Broadway revival of ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', the ShowWithinAShow "Pippin, His Life and Times" is specifically being performed by a circus troupe (with performers from the RealLife Canadian troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main). The reason it's this trope is that over the course of the production, particularly in the second act, matters become increasingly disturbing until the GrandFinale - [[spoiler:where the players try to convince Pippin to commit a dramatic suicide in order to be "Extraordinary". When he refuses, the Lead Player becomes hostile and takes away the "magical illusions" of the show and he and the company encourage members of the audience to come and take Pippin's place. Because "we're right inside in your heads!"]].
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* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights has done this plenty of times, most notably in 2007 with the "Carnival of Carnage" theme, where the event's main icon, Jack the Clown, rounds up his own band of sideshow freaks and creates a horribly demented midway. He would later do this horror carnival again in 2015, the event's 25th anniversary.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* In the 2013 Broadway revival of ''Theatre/{{Pippin}}'', the ShowWithinAShow "Pippin, His Life and Times" is specifically being performed by a circus troupe (with performers from the RealLife Canadian troupe Les 7 Doigts de la Main). The reason it's this trope is that over the course of the production, particularly in the second act, matters become increasingly disturbing until the GrandFinale - [[spoiler:where the players try to convince Pippin to commit a dramatic suicide in order to be "Extraordinary". When he refuses, the Lead Player becomes hostile and takes away the "magical illusions" of the show and he and the company encourage members of the audience to come and take Pippin's place. Because "we're right inside in your heads!"]].
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[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights has done this plenty of times, most notably in 2007 with the "Carnival of Carnage" theme, where the event's main icon, Jack the Clown, rounds up his own band of sideshow freaks and creates a horribly demented midway. He would later do this horror carnival again in 2015, the event's 25th anniversary.
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* ''MonsterHigh'' plays on the atmosphere of this trope (not the menace) in the Freak du Chic line, which introduces [[GiantWoman Gooliope]] [[SlimeGirl Jellington]], a circus-raised giant and gives the gang elaborate circus looks to go with her. This is also invoked by the Scared Silly add-on guise of one of the Inner Monster dolls, and by Merry Trotabout, a carousel-horse Fright-Mare.[[note]]The Fright-Mares are a centaur offshoot line of smaller dolls[[/note]]
3rd Dec '16 8:19:55 AM Lloigor
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Overnight, the circus came to town. But something's wrong -- ''very'' wrong. The [[RepulsiveRingmaster ringmaster]] is abusing the animals and performers, the circus music, which should be cheerful, [[CreepyCircusMusic seems menacing]]. The attractions (especially TheFreakShow) seem off, the cotton candy is a sickly shade of green, the [[KnifeThrowingAct knife thrower]] ''doesn't miss'', and the [[MonsterClown clowns]]... well, the less said about the clowns the better.

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Overnight, the circus came to town. But something's wrong -- ''very'' wrong. The [[RepulsiveRingmaster ringmaster]] is abusing the animals and performers, and the circus music, which should be cheerful, [[CreepyCircusMusic seems menacing]]. The attractions (especially TheFreakShow) seem off, the cotton candy is a sickly shade of green, the [[KnifeThrowingAct knife thrower]] ''doesn't miss'', and the [[MonsterClown clowns]]... well, the less said about the clowns the better.
23rd Nov '16 1:53:35 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Sea Gate Amusement Park, a DLC level on ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnights''. (Seriously, sometimes one has to wonder why the Gotham zoning board even lets these things be built, seeing as the Joker always seems to turn them into nightmares). Simply getting to the place requires riding a rickety old cable car perched over a derelict oil rig. Why? Supposedly it was built by a now-deceased oil baron with a thing for monstrous fish, for his five year old daughter. But it was never opened because said daughter died, most likely because of the [[AdultFear dozens of lethally hazardous rides]] lying in wait for the heroes.
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