History Main / NonIronicClown

22nd Apr '17 11:13:52 AM Tzetsuei
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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Popov Oleg Popov]] aka "the Sunshine Clown". Started working in 1949, still active.

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* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Popov Oleg Popov]] aka "the Sunshine Clown". Started working in 1949, still active.active until he died on tour in November 2016.
11th Apr '17 12:26:55 PM Sapphirea2
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The past 20 years or so have seen a surge in the popularity of evil, [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]]-style {{Monster Clown}}s who deliberately and very effectively invert everything clowns were traditionally assumed to represent - that is, making people laugh, especially children. However, there ''was'' a time when clowns were treated in the popular media as sympathetic figures of whimsy and silly fun. Outside of their early habitats like rodeos and circuses, [[GrandfatherClause pretty much the only clown left in the public eye who is still permitted to act at all clown-like]] is [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]]. (And now he's been phased out of the advertising.) But in days past...

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The past 20 30 years or so have seen a surge in the popularity of evil, [[SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker Joker]]-style {{Monster Clown}}s who deliberately and very effectively invert everything clowns were traditionally assumed to represent - that is, making people laugh, especially children. However, there ''was'' a time when clowns were treated in the popular media as sympathetic figures of whimsy and silly fun. Outside of their early habitats like rodeos and circuses, [[GrandfatherClause pretty much the only clown left in the public eye who is still permitted to act at all clown-like]] is [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]]. (And now he's been phased out of the advertising.) But in days past...
27th Mar '17 2:55:20 AM EbrithilBowser
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* The SaltatioMortis song "Wo sind die Clowns" (Where are the clowns) is about how the media tends to dramatize everything and asks for more fun and laughter, and while the costumes of the band in the music videos look a bit like Monster Clowns, they definitely just want fun and nothing evil.
27th Mar '17 2:52:04 AM EbrithilBowser
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* Twisty from AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow used to be one, until mobbing and bad luck pushed him over the edge and he became a MonsterClown. He still thinks of himself as a NonIronicClown, but to everybody else, he's definitely a MonsterClown now.
28th Feb '17 7:12:35 PM LegitimateIdiot
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* The Toys/LEGOMinifigures line includes a variety of clowns, all of them sincere performers of comedy. Even the Sad Clown. In fact, Toys/{{LEGO}} as a whole had never made a frightening clown character -- with the exception of the (licensed) Joker -- until the ''Nexo Knights'' line in 2016, where the BigBad is a VillainousHarlequin. But even ''he'' started out as a well-meaning jester who only turned bad because he was upset that nobody found him entertaining.

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* The Toys/LEGOMinifigures line includes a variety of clowns, all of them sincere performers of comedy. Even the Sad Clown. In fact, Toys/{{LEGO}} Franchise/{{LEGO}} as a whole had never made a frightening clown character -- with the exception of the (licensed) Joker -- until the ''Nexo Knights'' line in 2016, where the BigBad is a VillainousHarlequin. But even ''he'' started out as a well-meaning jester who only turned bad because he was upset that nobody found him entertaining.
14th Jan '17 11:02:32 PM rodneyAnonymous
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[-[[caption-width-right:350:It's almost ironic, since he's largely the LastOfHisKind.[[note]]But not enough.[[/note]]]]-]

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[-[[caption-width-right:350:It's almost ironic, since he's largely the LastOfHisKind.[[note]]But not enough.[[/note]]]]-]]]-]
29th Dec '16 11:22:38 AM dotchan
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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's various jester characters, such as the six performers in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' (of whom, Nick Bottom gets the largest role), Feste from ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', (and alas, [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Poor Yorick]], who [[PosthumousCharacter never appears on stage from the neck down]]).

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's various jester characters, such as the six performers in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' (of whom, Nick Bottom gets the largest role), Feste from ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', (and alas, [[Theatre/{{Hamlet}} Poor Yorick]], Yorick of Theatre/{{Hamlet}}, who [[PosthumousCharacter never appears on stage from the neck down]]).
25th Dec '16 4:00:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* One of the titular "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" from ''TheTwilightZone'' is an interesting take on this trope. He's not scary in any sense of the word--but he is extremely cynical and borderline depressed, making darkly humorous comments about the group's situation and occasionally breaking down, revealing that he's just as frightened and confused as the rest of the four.

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* One of the titular "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" from ''TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' is an interesting take on this trope. He's not scary in any sense of the word--but he is extremely cynical and borderline depressed, making darkly humorous comments about the group's situation and occasionally breaking down, revealing that he's just as frightened and confused as the rest of the four.
9th Dec '16 8:02:39 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* Chuckles in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' was once this as the former toy of a young child. However, after some fairly harsh experiences that resulted in his friend [[spoiler:Lotso]] becoming a bitter shell of his former self, he's become an embittered individual even as he's in the possession of a loving child. [[spoiler:However, the ending has him begin to cheer up as he embraces life with Bonnie]].

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* Chuckles in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' was once this as the former toy of a young child. However, after some fairly harsh experiences that resulted in his friend [[spoiler:Lotso]] becoming a bitter shell of his former self, he's become an embittered individual even as he's in the possession of a loving child. [[spoiler:However, the ending has him [[TookALevelInCheerfulness begin to cheer up up]] as he embraces life with Bonnie]].
7th Dec '16 5:22:03 AM Morgenthaler
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For clarification, it should be noted that a degree of ''irony'' is intrinsic to most clown performances, and indeed to humor in general. The traditional "tears" painted on a clown's cheeks are there to show that he is laughing on the outside but may be [[SadClown crying on the inside]], an acknowledgment by the performer that most humor contains at least some element of laughing at another's pain. This is most played up in old-school, down-on-their-luck "hobo" clowns like Emmett Kelly Jr., though the ultimate artistic expression of the tragic clown concept is probably the title aria in the opera ''{{Pagliacci}}''. The "Non-Ironic" in the trope's name simply refers to the clowns listed here ''not'' being evil or deliberately frightening. The fact that a clown even has to be identified as "non-ironic" is pretty telling.

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For clarification, it should be noted that a degree of ''irony'' is intrinsic to most clown performances, and indeed to humor in general. The traditional "tears" painted on a clown's cheeks are there to show that he is laughing on the outside but may be [[SadClown crying on the inside]], an acknowledgment by the performer that most humor contains at least some element of laughing at another's pain. This is most played up in old-school, down-on-their-luck "hobo" clowns like Emmett Kelly Jr., though the ultimate artistic expression of the tragic clown concept is probably the title aria in the opera ''{{Pagliacci}}''.''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}''. The "Non-Ironic" in the trope's name simply refers to the clowns listed here ''not'' being evil or deliberately frightening. The fact that a clown even has to be identified as "non-ironic" is pretty telling.
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