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6th Feb '18 1:37:52 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Inverted in one episode of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. A perfectly ordinary and benign carnival accidentally wanders into the horrifying town of Night Vale, and then flee in terror from the mob of distrustful townsfolk who were threatening them.

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* Inverted in one episode of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''. A perfectly ordinary and benign carnival accidentally wanders into arrives in the horrifying supernatural town of Night Vale, and then flee in terror from the host on the local radio station, Cecil, clearly believes them to be the trope, using his program to repeatedly caution the local citizens against them by describing them as weird and disturbing. Eventually, Cecil's scaremongering leads to a mob gathering and chasing the carnival out of distrustful town, at which point it becomes obvious that the carnival was perfectly normal and benign all along, and that it was the townsfolk who were threatening the scary weirdos antagonizing them.
4th Feb '18 9:12:12 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' has the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Circus Carnivorous]], a blood-soaked amphitheater in the heart of FireAndBrimstoneHell. A giant obelisk of living stone-flesh festering with the unholy madness of the dark god [[EldritchAbomination Tholaghru]] occupies center stage, and needless to say it's not safe to sit in the audience.

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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' has the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Circus Carnivorous]], a blood-soaked amphitheater in the heart of FireAndBrimstoneHell. A giant obelisk of living stone-flesh festering with the unholy madness of the dark god [[EldritchAbomination Tholaghru]] occupies center stage, and needless to say it's not safe to sit in the audience.
31st Jan '18 8:54:44 PM nombretomado
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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]]

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* ''MonsterHigh'' ''Toys/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]]
20th Jan '18 2:36:19 PM AgProv
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* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' had in one issue, Brigadoon's Dreamland Carnival, operated and patronized entirely by deformed Circus Freaks, who killed normal people in deadly carnival games, in revenge for the mistreatment they siffered in their lives.

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* ''ComicBook/TheGoon'' had in one issue, Brigadoon's Dreamland Carnival, operated and patronized entirely by deformed Circus Freaks, who killed normal people in deadly carnival games, in revenge for the mistreatment they siffered suffered in their lives.



* Creator/AAPerssimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/1/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business clowning Is A Serious business]]'' deals with Vetinari's devious plan to force change and modernity on the Guild of Fools - specifically, by coercing it to follow the lead of the Thieves and the Assassins by taking its first girl students. And then treating them decently when they arrive. A group of female Thieves and Assassins are hence sent to the Fools as a sort of Mature Students' Class. They adapt their own trade skills into a genuinely new and innovative circus performance which is truly memorable for all who witness it - just to prove the point, practically, that women can be the equal of men. Things are ratcheted up when an attempt is made to kill up to three high-wire acrobats. The woman who has introduced lion-taming as a brand new circus discipline has firm ideas about this. Mayhem ensues.

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* Creator/AAPerssimal's Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/1/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business clowning Clowning Is A Serious business]]'' Business]]'' deals with Vetinari's devious plan to force change and modernity on the Guild of Fools - specifically, by coercing it to follow the lead of the Thieves and the Assassins by taking its first girl students. And then treating them decently when they arrive. A group of female Thieves and Assassins are hence sent to the Fools as a sort of Mature Students' Class. They adapt their own trade skills into a genuinely new and innovative circus performance which is truly memorable for all who witness it - just to prove the point, practically, that women can be the equal of men. Things are ratcheted up when an attempt is made to kill up to three high-wire acrobats. The woman who has introduced lion-taming as a brand new circus discipline has firm ideas about this. Mayhem ensues. Leading to a Civil War in the world of clowning - a Clown Army marches out of Überwald.
20th Jan '18 2:31:38 PM AgProv
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* Creator/AAPerssimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6093110/1/Clowning-is-a-Serious-Business clowning Is A Serious business]]'' deals with Vetinari's devious plan to force change and modernity on the Guild of Fools - specifically, by coercing it to follow the lead of the Thieves and the Assassins by taking its first girl students. And then treating them decently when they arrive. A group of female Thieves and Assassins are hence sent to the Fools as a sort of Mature Students' Class. They adapt their own trade skills into a genuinely new and innovative circus performance which is truly memorable for all who witness it - just to prove the point, practically, that women can be the equal of men. Things are ratcheted up when an attempt is made to kill up to three high-wire acrobats. The woman who has introduced lion-taming as a brand new circus discipline has firm ideas about this. Mayhem ensues.
8th Jan '18 3:11:15 AM Shadowgazer
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* Papa Lazarou's circus in ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' might qualify as a subversion. While Papa Lazarou's appearance is pure Nightmare Fuel and he spends all his spare time kidnapping women ("You're my wife now!") Royston Vasey is already so full of freaks that the circus soon flees in terror, as the town is too weird even for them.

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* Papa Lazarou's circus in ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' might qualify as a subversion. While Papa Lazarou's appearance is pure Nightmare Fuel and he spends all his spare time kidnapping women ("You're my wife now!") Royston Vasey is already so full of freaks that the circus [[HorrifyingTheHorror soon flees in terror, as the town is too weird even for them.]]
20th Oct '17 1:27:33 AM Kkachi
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* A K-pop version is the video for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjBHPvYW3GkI Midnight Circus]] by the group Sunny Hill.
30th Sep '17 12:13:46 PM NWolfman
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* The Website/{{Tumblr}}-based webcomic ''[[http://circus-of-freaks-webcomic.tumblr.com/ Circus of Freaks]]'' is about two Victorian-era {{CircusBrat}}s who join a freak show, with the impending doom that the two of them, who are able-bodied, will be [[BodyHorror mutilated into curiosities]].

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* The Website/{{Tumblr}}-based webcomic ''[[http://circus-of-freaks-webcomic.tumblr.com/ Circus of Freaks]]'' is about two Victorian-era {{CircusBrat}}s {{circus brat}}s who join a freak show, with the impending doom that the two of them, who are able-bodied, will be [[BodyHorror mutilated into curiosities]].
24th Sep '17 11:06:15 AM Storygirl000
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* Circus Gothica in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.

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* Circus Gothica in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. It's a cover to rob towns, and the ringmaster (appropriately named Freakshow) uses his staff to brainwash ghosts and force them to work for him. Not to mention what almost happened to Sam when she was forced onto the tightrope...
6th Sep '17 9:53:55 AM Necrodomo
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* ''[[NexusWar Nexus Clash]]'' has the [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Circus Carnivorous]], a blood-soaked amphitheater in the heart of FireAndBrimstoneHell. A giant obelisk of living stone-flesh festering with the unholy madness of the dark god [[EldritchAbomination Tholaghru]] occupies center stage, and needless to say it's not safe to sit in the audience.
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