A place wherein entertainers perform for an audience. Features a huge tent with a circus ring, and a Ringmaster.
This draft has been taken over by Dr. NoPuma. Note: There two YKTTW out there: Circus Of Magic and Circus Of Joy. This needs to be edited a lot. Suggestions welcome, of course. What can be cut, if anything? Circus of Fear is the only circus trope about a whole circus. See also Circus Index.
- All the eyes on meIn the center of the ringJust like a circusWhen I crack that whipEverybody gonna tripJust like a circusDon't stand there watching meFollow meShow me what you can doEverybody let goWe can make a dancefloorJust like a circus— Britney Spears, "Circus"
- In The Avengers Volume 1 #1 The Incredible Hulk is hiding out in a circus as a clown-painted strongman before Loki starts messing with him.
- In Madagascar 3, the four main characters are abducted into a circus and live a new life there.
- Dumbo takes place for the most part in the circus he was born in, and features several acts that he participates in.
- The Greatest Show on Earth is set in Ringling Brothers Barnunm & Bailey Circus as it travels around.
- The main character's parents own a circus in MirrorMask. The first act of the movie is about her mother falling ill and the circus's uncertain future due to subsequent financial troubles.
- The Circus, starring Charlie Chaplin, in which The Tramp stumbles into a circus while running from the cops, and accidentally becomes the biggest hit act in the show.
- In Octopussy Octopussy runs a travelling circus. In the climax James Bond is dressed as a clown while trying to disarm a nuclear device hidden in the Human Cannonball's cannon.
- The book The Night Circus takes place at an enchanted circus that comes unannounced.
- In Diamond Sword, Wooden Sword, one heroine starts out as a slave stagehand in a traveling circus run by a spy of the local Magocracy and used as an excuse to mosey around the country, and also infiltrated by agents of the local Murder, Inc.. In short: Few of the performers are just performers in this circus.
- Circus Boy was an early 1960s TV series about a travelling circus. The eponymous Boy was played by Mickey Dolenz, later of The Monkees.
- The Chicago version of Bozo, the World's Most Famous Clown is a presented as circus, with occasional backstage sketches.
- In one episode of Murdoch Mysteries, a tiger tamer is eaten by her tiger. As the circus company immediately tries to leave Toronto, Murdoch arrests all of them, after which the police station is filled with juggling, fortune-telling, cartwheeling and murdering circus artists.
- "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!", by The Beatles, in which John Lennon took an old Victorian circus poster◊ and set it to music.
- RuneScape features a traveling circus with an enormous demon named Balthazar Beauregard as the ringmaster. Players can gain Experience Points by joining in the performances, which include tightrope-walking, knife-throwing, fire-eating, and magic.
- The beginning of Dark Cloud 2 features a circus as the way to get Maximillian past the threshold part of the Archetypal Hero Cycle; trying to get a circus ticket and finding out about a conspiracy involving the circus gets him on his way.
- In Girl Genius, Agatha travels for a while with Master Payne's Circus of Adventure, a traveling carnival composed of mad scientists.
- The Barsoom Circus Command story arc of Schlock Mercenary involves Schlock and several other Toughs going undercover at the circus. Despite his Bizarre Alien Biology, Schlock is assigned to janitorial duty, as there was a group of amorphs just fired from the circus because the audience was bored with them.
- In one episode of Arthur all the kids go to Circus Camp for a couple of weeks. They learn acrobatics, juggling, etc. Francine can't get the hang of any of it, but she finds her niche as a clown.
- In the Merrie Melodies cartoon "Hobo Bobo" Bobo the elephant runs away from his home in India in order to join a US circus.
- In the Schoolhouse Rock short "Three-Ring Government" the three branches of the federal government are presented as circus acts. The President is the Ringmaster, Congress are the acrobats, jugglers, etc. and the Supreme Court are the lion tamers. Figuratively, of course. It was made in 1979, so no current events jokes, please.
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