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4th May '18 8:44:52 PM Kuruni
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* ''WebAnimation/NomadOfNowhere'': Subverted. It turns out the Twindleweed Brothers' Circus is composed of retired bounty hunters who capture the Nomad easily...but the only member who's actively evil is Twindleweed himself; the others are just desperate for money.

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* ''WebAnimation/NomadOfNowhere'': Subverted. It turns out the Twindleweed Brothers' Circus is composed of retired bounty hunters who capture the Nomad easily...but the only member who's actively evil is Twindleweed himself; the others are just desperate for money.
4th May '18 3:15:17 PM mkmlp
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* ''WebAnimation/NomadOfNowhere'': Subverted. It turns out the Twindleweed Brothers' Circus is composed of retired bounty hunters who capture the Nomad easily...but the only member who's actively evil is Twindleweed himself; the others are just desperate for money.
20th Apr '18 11:30:04 AM Muppet
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* In ''Fanfic/EquestriaDivided'' we have the Cult of Laughter which combines the worst traits of necromancy, cosmic horror and this trope, and it's run by [[spoiler: a MonsterFromBeyondTheVeil Pinkie Pie]]
28th Mar '18 6:39:50 AM jormis29
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* "Circus of Death," from the Human League's first album ''Reproductions'', tells the story of a singularly destructive circus. The song is also, oddly enough, a Series/HawaiiFiveO {{Fanfic}} of sorts.

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* "Circus of Death," from the Human League's Music/TheHumanLeague's first album ''Reproductions'', tells the story of a singularly destructive circus. The song is also, oddly enough, a Series/HawaiiFiveO {{Fanfic}} of sorts.
22nd Mar '18 3:50:18 PM KagSwirby
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* The fourth level of the second world in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' is an abandoned circus crawling and teeming with ghosts that can be only seen via reflective mirrors.
23rd Feb '18 3:13:06 AM jormis29
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* No prizes for guessing what the Hammer horror film ''Vampire Circus'' is about.

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* No prizes for guessing what the Hammer horror film ''Vampire Circus'' ''Film/VampireCircus'' is about.
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.
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