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* The Shirogane in ''Manga/KarakuriCircus'' are dedicated to wiping out an entire clan of these called, approriately enough, the Midnight Circus. The clowns are actually robotic constructs powered by alchemy, and their clownish appearance is actually meant to invoke laughter in humans.
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** Also what's under his mouth. It was shown for a few seconds in the second episode, but we still didn't get a great look. From the short scene we saw, it's WRONG!

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** Also what's under his mouth. It was shown for a few seconds [[spoiler:He has no bottom jaw.]]
** Despite all of this, when his backstory is revealed, [[spoiler:he's actually the most tragic character
in the second episode, but we still didn't get season. Poor bastard never had a great look. From the short scene we saw, it's WRONG!chance.]]
13th Jun '16 11:05:41 PM Taxima
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* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' has pitted two of the worst monster clowns against one another, ComicBook/TheJoker Vs. [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Needles Kane A.K.A Sweet Tooth]].



* ''WebOriginal/DeathBattle'' has pitted two of the worst monster clowns against one another, ComicBook/TheJoker Vs. [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Needles Kane A.K.A Sweet Tooth]].
13th Jun '16 10:28:58 PM Taxima
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* ''WebOriginal/DeathBattle'' has pitted two of the worst monster clowns against one another, ComicBook/TheJoker Vs. [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Needles Kane A.K.A Sweet Tooth]].
10th Jun '16 2:26:29 AM Morgenthaler
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*** And in ''Film/DayOfTheDead'', too. It makes you wonder just how quickly the ZombieApocalypse struck that the poor bastards didn't even have time to change into something more dignified for their trip to the hereafter.

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*** ** And in ''Film/DayOfTheDead'', ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', too. It makes you wonder just how quickly the ZombieApocalypse struck that the poor bastards didn't even have time to change into something more dignified for their trip to the hereafter.
9th Jun '16 5:53:56 AM DrNoPuma
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* Music/{{Lordi}} on their album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scare_Force_One 'Scare Force One']] have a song dedicated to this trope appropriately called 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', accompanied by Main/{{Creepy Circus Music}} throughout the song.

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* Music/{{Lordi}} on their album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scare_Force_One 'Scare Force One']] have a song dedicated to this trope appropriately called 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', accompanied by Main/{{Creepy Circus Music}} CreepyCircusMusic throughout the song.
8th Jun '16 11:12:31 PM merotoker
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** Inverted with [[spoiler:Allen himself, who uses the Innocence Crowned Clown. But his adoptive father, Mana, may have been a straight example...]]

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** Inverted with [[spoiler:Allen himself, who uses the Innocence Crowned Clown. But his adoptive father, Mana, may have been a straight example...]]example..]].



* From ''Dragon Quest: Legend of Dai'', we have Kill=Vearn. For one, he seems to resemble a medieval court jester, but has an extremely disturbing personality revolving around destroying people all the way past when they cannot fight back, and grinding them to dust. Just to add another freaky clown to it, he has a small helper named Piroro [[spoiler: who, it turns out, is the real Monster Clown, being a different kind as well, a demonic ventriloquist who controls his more human sized body like a puppet.]]

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* From ''Dragon Quest: Legend of Dai'', we have Kill=Vearn. For one, he seems to resemble a medieval court jester, but has an extremely disturbing personality revolving around destroying people all the way past when they cannot fight back, and grinding them to dust. Just to add another freaky clown to it, he has a small helper named Piroro [[spoiler: who, it turns out, is the real Monster Clown, being a different kind as well, a demonic ventriloquist who controls his more human sized body like a puppet.]]puppet]].



* Protoclown from ''TheTick''
** And then the subversion: Protoclown was genetically engineered to be the perfect NonIronicClown, and deep down he's not such a bad guy. He just ''really hates being laughed at''.

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* Protoclown from ''TheTick''
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''ComicBook/TheTick''. And then the subversion: Protoclown was genetically engineered to be the perfect NonIronicClown, and deep down he's not such a bad guy. He just ''really hates being laughed at''.



** One cartoon features [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever a giant clown]] marching through a city; a squad of soldiers are behind a building ready to ambush him with a rocket launcher [[PieInTheFace armed with a giant pie.]]

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** One cartoon features [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a giant clown]] marching through a city; a squad of soldiers are behind a building ready to ambush him with a rocket launcher [[PieInTheFace armed with a giant pie.]]



* One of Riley's deep, subconscious fears in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is the [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever enormous]] and [[SlasherSmile horrifyingly manic]] Jangles the Clown. "'''''Whooo's the birthday girl?!'''''" In the RealLife CreativeClosingCredits, he's revealed to be a NonIronicClown who is not pleased with his job.

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* One of Riley's deep, subconscious fears in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is the [[AttackOfTheFiftyFootWhatever [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever enormous]] and [[SlasherSmile horrifyingly manic]] Jangles the Clown. "'''''Whooo's the birthday girl?!'''''" In the RealLife CreativeClosingCredits, he's revealed to be a NonIronicClown who is not pleased with his job.



* ''Film/QuickChange'' Creator/BillMurray's character dresses up as a clown to rob a bank. He's not really evil, though he did endanger the customers and bank personnel (who could have been wounded or killed during the robbery if someone had gotten heroic or the police had charged in guns a' blazing).

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* ''Film/QuickChange'' ''Film/QuickChange'': Creator/BillMurray's character dresses up as a clown to rob a bank. He's not really evil, though he did endanger the customers and bank personnel (who could have been wounded or killed during the robbery if someone had gotten heroic or the police had charged in guns a' blazing).



* In the Franchise/StarWars ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels, Onimi is the disfigured jester of Supreme Overlord Shimmra of the Vong. He's a creepy little guy who always has an annoying comment for the situation on hand. [[spoiler:He's also TheManBehindTheMan, using MindControl on Shimmra. Onimi's the only Force user among the Vong, thanks to the event that crippled him. The FinalBattle of the series is against ''him''; he puts up a hell of a fight, and would have won if Jacen Solo hadn't taken another level of GodModeSue at the last minute. Onimi's Wookiepedia entry actually compares him to Kefka. With good reason]].

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* In the Franchise/StarWars ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels, Onimi is the disfigured jester of Supreme Overlord Shimmra of the Vong. He's a creepy little guy who always has an annoying comment for the situation on hand. [[spoiler:He's also TheManBehindTheMan, using MindControl on Shimmra. Onimi's the only Force user among the Vong, thanks to the event that crippled him. The FinalBattle of the series is against ''him''; he puts up a hell of a fight, and would have won if Jacen Solo hadn't taken another level of GodModeSue at the last minute. Onimi's Wookiepedia entry actually compares him to Kefka. With good reason]].reason.]]



* One of ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' Morgan's victims is a professional clown [[spoiler: with a sideline in child murder; Dexter comments that he's been complained of by some parents who pointed out that you don't need to take a child into a dark closet to show him balloon animals.]]

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* One of ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' Morgan's victims is a professional clown [[spoiler: with a sideline in child murder; Dexter comments that he's been complained of by some parents who pointed out that you don't need to take a child into a dark closet to show him balloon animals.]]animals]].



* An [[HilariousOuttake outtake]] in the back of ''Literature/FancyApartments'' parodies this, with a 'evil' clown taking the place of the main villian.

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* An [[HilariousOuttake outtake]] in the back of ''Literature/FancyApartments'' parodies this, with a 'evil' clown taking the place of the main villian.villain.



* The David Bowie-esque Pierrot in ''AshesToAshes'' which evokes the one from the song of the same name's MusicVideo. Which turns out to be [[spoiler:representative of Alex's father, who killed himself and his wife]].

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* The David Bowie-esque Pierrot in ''AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes'' which evokes the one from the song of the same name's MusicVideo. Which turns out to be [[spoiler:representative of Alex's father, who killed himself and his wife]].



* ''OneStepBeyond'' had an episode where a clown haunted a man, appearing in reflections reaching for his throat - [[spoiler: trope averted as the clown was the good guy, avenging the man's murdered wife.]]

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* ''OneStepBeyond'' had an episode where a clown haunted a man, appearing in reflections reaching for his throat - [[spoiler: trope averted as the clown was the good guy, avenging the man's murdered wife.]]wife]].



* Although not evil per se, [[Series/InLivingColor Homey D. Clown]] is still one big jerk. The reason for his {{Jerkass}}ery? He's actually an ex-convict working as a clown, which is part of his prison release work program, and his lifelong enemy is TheMan.

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* ''Series/InLivingColor'': Although not evil per se, [[Series/InLivingColor Homey D. Clown]] Clown is still one big jerk. The reason for his {{Jerkass}}ery? He's actually an ex-convict working as a clown, which is part of his prison release work program, and his lifelong enemy is TheMan.



* [[spoiler:Averted]] in ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode "Afraid of Clowns." Clowns are apparently a race of creepy humanoid creatures [[spoiler: but are relatively friendly and supportive of the coulrophobic main character, who is horrified when he becomes a clown himself at puberty.]]
* ''NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'' features a screeching purple clown named "The Audience" who lives on a cloud and produces mashed potato sculptures from his hollow abdomen. He shows no particular signs of being evil, but he's still terrifying and bizarre in the extreme.

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* [[spoiler:Averted]] in ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode "Afraid of Clowns." Clowns are apparently a race of creepy humanoid creatures [[spoiler: but are relatively friendly and supportive of the coulrophobic main character, who is horrified when he becomes a clown himself at puberty.]]
puberty]].
* ''NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'' ''Series/NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'' features a screeching purple clown named "The Audience" who lives on a cloud and produces mashed potato sculptures from his hollow abdomen. He shows no particular signs of being evil, but he's still terrifying and bizarre in the extreme.



-> '''Clerk:''' "The charges are gambling, disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, attempted assault, attacking an officer and resisting arrest."
->'''Judge:''' "What, no lewd behavior?"
->'''Clown:''' "I was too drunk."

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-> --> '''Clerk:''' "The charges are gambling, disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, attempted assault, attacking an officer and resisting arrest."
->'''Judge:''' -->'''Judge:''' "What, no lewd behavior?"
->'''Clown:''' -->'''Clown:''' "I was too drunk."



* The cover and promotional campaign for Music/DavidBowie's album ''Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)'', and the video for its lead-off single "Ashes to Ashes", featured Bowie as a mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierrot Pierrot]]. Look at the Live Action [=TV=] folder above for what ''AshesToAshes'' did with ''this'' one...

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* The cover and promotional campaign for Music/DavidBowie's album ''Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)'', and the video for its lead-off single "Ashes to Ashes", featured Bowie as a mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierrot Pierrot]]. Look at the Live Action [=TV=] folder above for what ''AshesToAshes'' ''Series/AshesToAshes'' did with ''this'' one...



* Music/{{Lordi}} on their newest album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scare_Force_One 'Scare Force One']] have a song dedicated to this trope appropriately called 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', accompanied by Main/{{Creepy Circus Music}} throughout the song.

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* Music/{{Lordi}} on their newest album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scare_Force_One 'Scare Force One']] have a song dedicated to this trope appropriately called 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', accompanied by Main/{{Creepy Circus Music}} throughout the song.



* Invoked in the Podcast/RiffTrax for ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', when a student [[FaceYourFears casts a spell on a boggart to transform it from a giant snake into a giant, horrifying clown]].

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* Invoked in the Podcast/RiffTrax for ''[[Film/HarryPotter Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', when a student [[FaceYourFears casts a spell on a boggart to transform it from a giant snake into a giant, horrifying clown]].



* [[TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] could be considered a Monster Clown of a sort. His clothing is much too colorful for such an angsty individual, he has a bone-chilling EvilLaugh, many of his speech patterns seem to have been inspired by Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight Joker]], and he calls himself "the eater of worlds" - one of the titles Pennywise the Dancing Clown applies to himself in ''Literature/{{It}}''.

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* [[TheWyattFamily Bray Wyatt]] Wrestling/BrayWyatt could be considered a Monster Clown of a sort. His clothing is much too colorful for such an angsty individual, he has a bone-chilling EvilLaugh, many of his speech patterns seem to have been inspired by Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight Joker]], and he calls himself "the eater of worlds" - one of the titles Pennywise the Dancing Clown applies to himself in ''Literature/{{It}}''.



* Zorn and Thorn from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. It gets better, [[spoiler: later we find out they're actually two halves to the same being, known as Meltigemini. The lack of any explanation makes it all the stranger. ]]

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* Zorn and Thorn from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. It gets better, [[spoiler: later we find out they're actually two halves to the same being, known as Meltigemini. The lack of any explanation makes it all the stranger. ]]stranger]].



* Needles "Sweet Tooth" Kane from ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', who wears a flaming clown mask and stores the bodies of murdered children in his ice cream truck. The entirety of ''Twisted Metal: Black'' is actually [[spoiler:a psychotic delusion taking place inside his mind]]. In the 2012 reboot, [[spoiler:his son Charlie Kane takes his mask to avenge his death by Calypso's hands.]] The ending of the reboot also shows [[spoiler:Calypso reviving Needles' daughter Sophie and giving her a clown mask of her own.]]
* The Jester from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' is pretty creepy, even ''before'' you find out that [[spoiler:he is TheManBehindTheMan.]]

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* Needles "Sweet Tooth" Kane from ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', who wears a flaming clown mask and stores the bodies of murdered children in his ice cream truck. The entirety of ''Twisted Metal: Black'' is actually [[spoiler:a psychotic delusion taking place inside his mind]]. In the 2012 reboot, [[spoiler:his son Charlie Kane takes his mask to avenge his death by Calypso's hands.]] hands]]. The ending of the reboot also shows [[spoiler:Calypso reviving Needles' daughter Sophie and giving her a clown mask of her own.]]
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* The Jester from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' is pretty creepy, even ''before'' you find out that [[spoiler:he is TheManBehindTheMan.]]TheManBehindTheMan]].



** Harle (short for "[[PunnyName harlequin]]") also counts, technically, as she's revealed to be [[spoiler:the Seventh Dragon.]]

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** Harle (short for "[[PunnyName harlequin]]") also counts, technically, as she's revealed to be [[spoiler:the Seventh Dragon.]]Dragon]].



* Raz from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is originally from a travelling gypsy circus; [[spoiler:his mental image of his father is a rather distressing caricature with clownish skin color, hair color, and outfit, and tends to divide his time between expressing his disdain for psychics in general and his son in particular, and attacking him with juggling clubs. Fortunately for Raz' relationship with his actual family his also-psychic father eventually manages to break into Raz' mind and turns out to be the kind, loving father he was made out explicitly NOT to be. It turns out that the behavior that led Raz to believe his father was a bigoted clown was actually intended to teach him control, discipline, and probably some physical skills so he wouldn't rely on psychic powers. It works, too-because of this misinterpreted training, Raz is able to defeat everything from a mad-scienced lungfish to a giant butcher to, yes, his incredibly dangerous clown of a mind-father.]]

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* Raz from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is originally from a travelling gypsy circus; [[spoiler:his mental image of his father is a rather distressing caricature with clownish skin color, hair color, and outfit, and tends to divide his time between expressing his disdain for psychics in general and his son in particular, and attacking him with juggling clubs. Fortunately for Raz' relationship with his actual family his also-psychic father eventually manages to break into Raz' mind and turns out to be the kind, loving father he was made out explicitly NOT to be. It turns out that the behavior that led Raz to believe his father was a bigoted clown was actually intended to teach him control, discipline, and probably some physical skills so he wouldn't rely on psychic powers. It works, too-because of this misinterpreted training, Raz is able to defeat everything from a mad-scienced lungfish to a giant butcher to, yes, his incredibly dangerous clown of a mind-father.]]mind-father]].



* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and his minions certainly qualify in the ''Batman: Arkham'' series. In [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum the first game]], Joker, all because he wanted a party, arranged for a revolt of Arkham Asylum, [[spoiler: as well as the creation of Titan to cause wanton amounts of destruction in Gotham.]] His actions in that game caused at least 113 personnel casualties, 103 of which were security personnel, as well as an unknown amount of deaths of inmates as well. In addition, he was also implied to have killed 3 personnel when he first escaped from the start of the game, something that he not only doesn't have any regrets to killing them, he decides that he'll try to kill 100 more next time. [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity The second game]] also has him killing several personnel and doctors as well, [[spoiler: and he also has several hospitals given Batman's blood (which was at that time tainted with his poisoned blood) that would have resulted in hundreds of casualties in order to force Batman into finding him a cure. After death, he also posthumously manages to singlehandedly cause huge riots both in Gotham City and Arkham City with a single radio broadcast that was likely to result in countless casualties, and long beforehand, he also on Independence Day committed a massacre where he has several fireworks laced with toxins that resulted in, after their being set off, several hundreds of men, women, and children's deaths, which was heinous enough to force Batman into locking him up in an isolated part of Arkham.]]

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and his minions certainly qualify in the ''Batman: Arkham'' series. In [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum the first game]], Joker, all because he wanted a party, arranged for a revolt of Arkham Asylum, [[spoiler: as well as the creation of Titan to cause wanton amounts of destruction in Gotham.]] His actions in that game caused at least 113 personnel casualties, 103 of which were security personnel, as well as an unknown amount of deaths of inmates as well. In addition, he was also implied to have killed 3 personnel when he first escaped from the start of the game, something that he not only doesn't have any regrets to killing them, he decides that he'll try to kill 100 more next time. [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity The second game]] also has him killing several personnel and doctors as well, [[spoiler: and he also has several hospitals given Batman's blood (which was at that time tainted with his poisoned blood) that would have resulted in hundreds of casualties in order to force Batman into finding him a cure. After death, he also posthumously manages to singlehandedly cause huge riots both in Gotham City and Arkham City with a single radio broadcast that was likely to result in countless casualties, and long beforehand, he also on Independence Day committed a massacre where he has several fireworks laced with toxins that resulted in, after their being set off, several hundreds of men, women, and children's deaths, which was heinous enough to force Batman into locking him up in an isolated part of Arkham.]]Arkham]].



** The Jokerz are far worse in [[BadFuture an alternate future]] of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Chronos recruited them as enforcers, and upgraded them with radically advanced technology and weapons, giving them actual superpowers. In this reality, Dee-Dee not only killed Terry, but also [[GreenLantern Kai-Ro]]. (Fortunately, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong this timeline is erased due to the actions of the present-day League.)]]

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** The Jokerz are far worse in [[BadFuture an alternate future]] of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Chronos recruited them as enforcers, and upgraded them with radically advanced technology and weapons, giving them actual superpowers. In this reality, Dee-Dee not only killed Terry, but also [[GreenLantern [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kai-Ro]]. (Fortunately, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong this timeline is erased due to the actions of the present-day League.)]]



* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' has featured various such examples, among others including Zombo the "clown ghost" (from ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''). ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' even {{retcon}}ned Velma into having had a fear of clowns. (Awesomely tying APupNamedScoobyDoo as canon while doing so)

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* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' has featured various such examples, among others including Zombo the "clown ghost" (from ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''). ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' even {{retcon}}ned Velma into having had a fear of clowns. (Awesomely tying APupNamedScoobyDoo ''A Pup Named Scooby-Doo'' as canon while doing so)



* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho'' focuses on coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. In it, the main antagonist is an sadistic clown who enjoys playing cruel pranks on Figaro. Most of his "lines" are [[TheHyena laughing]]. Said clown is also featured in the show's opening sequence, where he towers over Figaro and laughs.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho'' focuses on coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. In it, the main antagonist is an a sadistic clown who enjoys playing cruel pranks on Figaro. Most of his "lines" are [[TheHyena laughing]]. Said clown is also featured in the show's opening sequence, where he towers over Figaro and laughs.
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** ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' introduces animatronics that look like this mixed with [[CreepyDoll cutesy girls' toys]]. Baby, in particular, looks like a standard clown, complete with being something of an usherette who introduces the performances.
2nd Jun '16 11:23:41 AM DrNoPuma
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EnemyMime is a sub-trope of Monster Clown. A villainous clown that is PlayedForLaughs instead of fear is a VillainousHarlequin. The DepravedKidsShowHost seems to be related. Clowns' ghastly white makeup puts them into WhiteMaskOfDoom territory. The Monster Clown is often AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil. Compare RepulsiveRingmaster.

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EnemyMime is a sub-trope of Monster Clown. A villainous clown that is PlayedForLaughs instead of fear is a VillainousHarlequin. The DepravedKidsShowHost seems to be related. May be combined with CreepyDoll, PerversePuppet, or EvilPuppeteer. Clowns' ghastly white makeup puts them into WhiteMaskOfDoom territory. The Monster Clown is often AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil. Compare RepulsiveRingmaster.
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** In the PS1 PortingDisaster, they rendered a full 3-D opening sequence, and Kefka's appearance in it is pure Nightmare Fuel.

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** In the PS1 [=PS1=] PortingDisaster, they rendered a full 3-D opening sequence, and Kefka's appearance in it is pure Nightmare Fuel.
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