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17th Apr '16 10:58:57 PM Kirayoshi
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* {{Cabaret}} artist and ''Creator/{{adultswim}}'' writer Michael Geier has the persona, ''Puddles The Sad Clown With The Golden Voice''. He dresses as Pagliotti and often sings [[LargeHam pop songs in an operatic manner]].

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* {{Cabaret}} artist and ''Creator/{{adultswim}}'' writer Michael Geier has the persona, ''Puddles The Sad Clown With The Golden Voice''. He dresses as Pagliotti and often sings [[LargeHam pop songs in an operatic manner]]. He also goes by the name "Puddles Pity Party" and has recorded with Music/PostmodernJukebox.
7th Apr '16 7:09:48 PM deven0711
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has Air Conditioner, who basically taunts the protagonists for their ongoing faith in the Master's return until Kirby [[BerserkButton reminds him he's stuck in the wall.]] Also, the mangled up appliances from Elmo's parts shop with their [[GallowsHumor]]gallows humor could qualify.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has Air Conditioner, who basically taunts the protagonists for their ongoing faith in the Master's return until Kirby [[BerserkButton reminds him he's stuck in the wall.]] Also, the mangled up appliances from Elmo's parts shop with their [[GallowsHumor]]gallows humor [[GallowsHumor Gallows Humor]] could qualify.
7th Apr '16 7:08:41 PM deven0711
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' has Air Conditioner, who basically taunts the protagonists for their ongoing faith in the Master's return until Kirby [[BerserkButton reminds him he's stuck in the wall.]] Also, the mangled up appliances from Elmo's parts shop with their [[GallowsHumor]]gallows humor could qualify.
20th Mar '16 3:01:31 PM Dyuran
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* Ebisu from ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' shows signs of this after getting Chota's hairclip stuck in her brain. In the aftermath of [[spoiler: Kai's attack on the En household]], Fujita notes that while Ebisu laughed as usual, she actually looked very sad.
19th Mar '16 8:28:21 PM TheBigBopper
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* UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln was a famous teller of humorous stories, and a notorious PungeonMaster. However, it was partly a way for him to deal with the deep sense of melancholy that followed him through life, which was made worse by tragedies such as the loss of his young son Willie in 1862.
15th Mar '16 10:42:40 PM jccw227
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* Implied to be the case with [[PungeonMaster Sans]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' and explicitly stated in the Genocide Route. [[spoiler:Sans is one of the few characters who is aware of the player's ability to load and save. As a result, he's become lazy and nihilistic - after all, why should he bother doing anything when it could all be reset on a whim?]] He eventually snaps out of this… [[spoiler:[[TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople On a Genocide Run]], where you threaten the entirety of existence with your murderous intent. He even goes as far as saying that "[he] can't afford not to care anymore" and does literally EVERYTHING in his power to stop you. ]]

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* Implied to be the case with [[PungeonMaster Sans]] in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' and explicitly stated in the Genocide Route. [[spoiler:Sans is one of the few characters who is aware of the player's ability to load and save. As a result, he's become lazy and nihilistic - after all, why should he bother doing anything when it could all be reset on a whim?]] He eventually snaps out of this… [[spoiler:[[TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople On a Genocide Run]], where you threaten the entirety of existence with your murderous intent. He even goes as far as saying that "[he] can't afford not to care anymore" and does literally EVERYTHING in his power to stop you. ]]]]
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims1'', if a Sim has a clown painting on their lot, and becomes depressed, the painting will summon Tragic Clown to cheer them up. Unfortunately, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as the name would suggest,]] Tragic Clown is also very depressed and any attempt he makes to cheer your Sim up only makes things worse, that is when he isn't off on his own sobbing.
2nd Mar '16 9:00:58 PM jccw227
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* Actor, Paul Lynde who was known for years a funny man, frequently appearing as Uncle Arthur on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', the center square on the gameshow, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' and as Templeton the rat in the animated version of ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', also battle with alcoholism for most of his life, which ultimately killed him. Friends noted that despite his jovial persona on screen, in real life, he was not a happy person. Having to stay in the closet throughout his acting career probably didn't help.

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* Actor, Paul Lynde who was known for years a funny man, frequently appearing as Uncle Arthur on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'', the center square on the gameshow, ''Series/TheHollywoodSquares'' and as Templeton the rat in the animated version of ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'', also battle with alcoholism for most of his life, which ultimately killed him. Friends noted that despite his jovial persona on screen, in real life, he was not a happy person.person, and at times, could be extremely volatile. Having to stay in the closet throughout his acting career probably didn't help.
29th Feb '16 6:47:17 AM StFan
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* Members of the Fools' Guild in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' often lapse into this, sometimes forgetting if they're supposed to be "happy on the outside and crying on the inside, or the other way 'round." This is understandable, since the Fools generally don't lead pleasant lives. Indeed, it is common knowledge on the Disc that Fools simply cannot be funny ("if it was funny, a clown wouldn't be doing it"), and clowns are regarded as inherently pitiful or scary, rather than comedic.
** Exemplifying this is the fact that the guildhall is often mistaken for that of the Assassins, which is actually the light, airy building next door. According to WordOfGod, it began as a monastery for a particularly sombre group of monks, and the founder of the Fools' Guild was shaped in his philosophy towards comedy by the fact that A: he was honestly nowhere near as funny as he believed himself to be, B: a mindset that convinced him that jokes and humor were SeriousBusiness and should be treated with great dignity and respect, and C: the very pronounced trait of Discwolders, especially those in Ankh-Morpork, to be realistic and literal-minded to the point of being deliberately obtuse, which doesn't make joking an easy matter. The result is that generations of Fools have had their emotions crushed and any actual knack for humor (not to mention desire to make people laugh) stamped out of them.
** The head of the Fool's Guild is Dr. Whiteface, whose makeup has a big painted smile... while his actual expression is "as cold and proud as a prince of Hell".
** And to top it off, we find out in ''MakingMoney'' that the clowns are still very much [[AllMonksKnowKungFu Monks]] when we see a former clown who ran away from the lifestyle as a boy, still retaining only the basics of the skills he'd been taught with. Eventually he demonstrates EXACTLY why Ankh-Morporkians are right to feel nervous and creeped out by clowns, in a demonstration of Battle Clowning that would make the Joker green with envy.
*** "You think the ringmaster runs the circus, do you? Only by the consent of the clowns, Mr Lipwig! Only by the consent of the clowns!"
* Leo from ''TheHeroesOfOlympus''. He jokes to deal with the loss of his mom. And they're actually funny, unlike most Sad Clowns.
** Even worse, Leo has been pushed from foster home to foster home, due to people seeing him as a "demon child" (he is the first son of Hephaestus who can control fire in over 300 years. And the one before him started The Great Fire of London.)

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* Members of the Fools' Guild in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' often lapse into this, sometimes forgetting if they're supposed to be "happy on the outside and crying on the inside, or the other way 'round." This is understandable, since the Fools generally don't lead pleasant lives. Indeed, it is common knowledge on the Disc that Fools simply cannot be funny ("if it was funny, a clown wouldn't be doing it"), and clowns are regarded as inherently pitiful or scary, rather than comedic.
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comedic. Exemplifying this is the fact that the guildhall is often mistaken for that of the Assassins, which is actually the light, airy building next door. According to WordOfGod, it began as a monastery for a particularly sombre group of monks, and the founder of the Fools' Guild was shaped in his philosophy towards comedy by the fact that A: he was honestly nowhere near as funny as he believed himself to be, B: a mindset that convinced him that jokes and humor were SeriousBusiness and should be treated with great dignity and respect, and C: the very pronounced trait of Discwolders, especially those in Ankh-Morpork, to be realistic and literal-minded to the point of being deliberately obtuse, which doesn't make joking an easy matter. The result is that generations of Fools have had their emotions crushed and any actual knack for humor (not to mention desire to make people laugh) stamped out of them.
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The head of the Fool's Guild is Dr. Whiteface, whose makeup has a big painted smile... while his actual expression is "as cold and proud as a prince of Hell".
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Hell". And to top it off, we find out in ''MakingMoney'' ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' that the clowns are still very much [[AllMonksKnowKungFu Monks]] when we see a former clown who ran away from the lifestyle as a boy, still retaining only the basics of the skills he'd been taught with. Eventually he demonstrates EXACTLY why Ankh-Morporkians are right to feel nervous and creeped out by clowns, in a demonstration of Battle Clowning that would make the Joker green with envy.
*** "You -->''"You think the ringmaster runs the circus, do you? Only by the consent of the clowns, Mr Lipwig! Only by the consent of the clowns!"
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* Leo from ''TheHeroesOfOlympus''. He jokes to deal with the loss of his mom. And they're actually funny, unlike most Sad Clowns.
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Clowns. Even worse, Leo has been pushed from foster home to foster home, due to people seeing him as a "demon child" (he is the first son of Hephaestus who can control fire in over 300 years. And the one before him started The Great Fire of London.)
21st Feb '16 7:58:55 PM Perseus
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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' when you [[PlayerCharacter play]] [[TheWoobie Hawke]] in a humorous and sarcastic style, [[TheWoobie s/he may very well come off as this]], [[spoiler:especially after his/her mother's murder.]] Aveline explicitly invokes this trope when she calls them out on this, telling them to stop pretending to be okay.

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' when you [[PlayerCharacter play]] [[TheWoobie [[FailureHero Hawke]] in a humorous and sarcastic style, [[TheWoobie s/he may very well come off as this]], [[spoiler:especially after his/her mother's murder.]] Aveline explicitly invokes this trope when she calls them out on this, telling them to stop pretending to be okay.
18th Feb '16 6:41:25 PM shibata33
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* Bing Bong in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''.

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* Bing Bong in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut''. He is loud-mouthed and jolly, but we later learn that he is [[spoiler: deeply saddened by the fact that his creator Riley doesn't remember him, despite spending many years of her childhood with him. In fact he has been spending all his time wandering around in her memory bank to look at their memories together]].
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