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2nd Oct '16 6:41:06 PM DarkHunter
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* Jayne Cobb of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' arguably plays this role in the crew.

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* Jayne Cobb of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' arguably plays tends to play this role in the crew.crew. His goal is usually just to voice his grievances and he generally does intend to insult other people. However, JerkassHasAPoint is a common reaction to his barbs: what he says is horrible, but it's usually acknowledged to be the pragmatic (if heartless) decision.
15th Sep '16 1:59:41 AM surgoshan
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking. Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking.drinking; he tries to use his position to good effect, but usually fails (see above re: drunkenness). Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.
15th Sep '16 1:57:53 AM surgoshan
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' plays with this in all the usual ways George R R Martin plays with things (horrifically). Stannis Baratheon has a jester who used to be an incredibly talented jester, until the ship bringing him to Stannis's court foundered, leaving the boy severely brain-damaged. Joffrey's jester is an old man who used to be a knight until he got incredibly drunk and spoiled a tourney. Now he spends all his time riding a wooden horse, wearing mock tin armor, and drinking. Finally, we have Tyrion Lannister, a highly intelligent dwarf who fits most of the tropes of the Jester and ''would'' have been a jester if he hadn't been born to one of the most powerful houses of Westeros.
28th Jul '16 10:53:51 AM Discar
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* * In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the Alethi king has a position known as "the Wit" whose primary role is to humiliate and humble the various "lighteyed" lords and ladies by mocking them, which he does with relish and gusto. He does hide his genuine criticisms in a lot of straightforward insults, but they are there. It's ''technically'' legal for a slighted lord to kill the Wit, if he is willing to revoke all his lands and titles.,

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* * In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': The Alethi king has a position known as "the King's Wit" whose who insults people in the king's stead so that the king doesn't have to sully himself. His primary role is to humiliate and humble the various "lighteyed" lords and ladies by mocking them, which he does with relish and gusto. He does hide his genuine criticisms in a lot of straightforward insults, but they are there. It's ''technically'' legal for a slighted lord to kill the Wit, if he is willing to revoke all his lands and titles.,
17th Jun '16 10:44:25 PM nombretomado
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* One of the 2nd edition ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'' expansion books had a Jester playable class. This was mainly for "theatrical" players -- it could taunt and distract enemies with insults, but lacked the combat abilities to survive the consequences. There's also a [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Jester_%283.5e_Class%29 homebrew 3.5 edition version]] that is quite a bit more capable, as well as a Dragon magazine version that [[MakeMeWannaShout physically damages people with cutting insults]].

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* One of the 2nd edition ''TabletopGames/DungeonsAndDragons'' ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' expansion books had a Jester playable class. This was mainly for "theatrical" players -- it could taunt and distract enemies with insults, but lacked the combat abilities to survive the consequences. There's also a [[http://www.dandwiki.com/wiki/Jester_%283.5e_Class%29 homebrew 3.5 edition version]] that is quite a bit more capable, as well as a Dragon magazine version that [[MakeMeWannaShout physically damages people with cutting insults]].
4th May '16 10:36:31 AM Konczewski
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', the Fool is a classic jester who spends most of the book reluctantly advising the usurping Duke. [[spoiler: He later becomes king himself, and is shown to be a kind ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and an optimistic by disc standards.]]

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': In ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'', the Fool is a classic jester who spends most of the book reluctantly advising the usurping Duke. [[spoiler: He later becomes king himself, and is shown to be a kind ReasonableAuthorityFigure, and an optimistic by disc Disc standards.]]



* In one of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books, the court jester of Kalgan joins the protagonists. [[spoiler:It turns out that he was the [[BigBad Mule]], ''king'' of Kalgan.]]

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* In one second of Creator/IsaacAsimov's ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' books, ''Foundation and Empire'' the court jester of Kalgan joins the protagonists. [[spoiler:It turns out that he was the [[BigBad Mule]], ''king'' of Kalgan.]]
15th Dec '15 4:22:53 PM DrNoPuma
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It's worth noting that real jesters were the TropeCodifiers for most ClownTropes. For example the reason modern clowns wear ruffs is because [[RegalRuff they were popular back when jesters were around]], so the jesters started wearing them too, and they have since remained a part of clown costumes.

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It's worth noting that real jesters were the TropeCodifiers {{Trope Codifier}}s for most ClownTropes. For example the reason modern clowns wear ruffs is because [[RegalRuff they were popular back when jesters were around]], so the jesters started wearing them too, and they have since remained a part of clown costumes.



Not to be confused with a VillainousHarlequin, a villain who really is [[VillainBall as foolish as she appears]], or SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.

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Not to be confused with a VillainousHarlequin, a villain who really is [[VillainBall as foolish as she appears]], appears]] (although a Villainous Harlequin may have the appearance of one), or SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
15th Dec '15 4:20:18 PM DrNoPuma
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It's worth noting that real jesters were the TropeCodifiers for most ClownTropes. For example the reason modern clowns wear ruffs is because [[RegalRuff they were popular back when jesters were around]], so the jesters started wearing them too, and they have since remained a part of clown costumes.
4th Dec '15 5:37:06 PM nombretomado
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* Death Jester from ''SeikenDensetsu3'', and Gourmand from ''VideoGame/SwordOfMana''.

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* Death Jester from ''SeikenDensetsu3'', ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'', and Gourmand from ''VideoGame/SwordOfMana''.
26th Oct '15 6:41:35 AM DrNoPuma
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Many examples of this trope overlap with MagicalClown, due to RealLife jesters in TheMiddleAges using magic tricks as part of their acts.
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