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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.
30th Sep '15 2:16:10 PM DaibhidC
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* Wit in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', whose job is to insult the nobles, which he does with relish and gusto. He does hide his genuine criticisms in a lot of straightforward insults, but they are there.

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* Wit in * In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', the Alethi king has a position known as "the Wit" whose job primary role is to insult humiliate and humble the nobles, 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.,



* 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. 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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* "Sir" Dagonet (he was knighted as a joke), jester to Myth/KingArthur. In ''Literature/IdyllsOfTheKing'' by Creator/AlfredLordTennyson, he mocks Tristam's affair with Isolt and says that only Arthur and himself really understand what the Round Table is about. Tristam tries swapping barbs with him, but comes off worse, and realises that arguing with a fool just makes him look foolish.
* Towser, the jester to King Prester John in ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', who was the king's confidante and takes to drink after his master's death and succession by TheEvilPrince.
26th Sep '15 12:14:36 AM Ryonne
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* ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'' features a Jester class, whose objective is to get the town to assassinate him. Many players achieve this by acting buffoonish and deliberately obnoxious.
12th Sep '15 9:03:33 PM Landis
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* Wit in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive, whose job is to insult the nobles, which he does with relish. He does hide his genuine criticisms in a lot of straightforward insults, but they are there.

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* Wit in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive, ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', whose job is to insult the nobles, which he does with relish.relish and gusto. He does hide his genuine criticisms in a lot of straightforward insults, but they are there.
26th May '15 8:25:00 AM FellDeedsAwake
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