Seen It a Million Times
, How Did We Miss This One?
?, Needs a Better Description
, and, apparently, it also Needs a Better Title
. Doesn't Need More Examples
anymore, but feel free to tell us if you have one.
This is not the Joke Character
, as those are characters that are purposefully bad, nor is it the Lethal Joke Character
, which is when a Joke Character utimately has some hidden utility. This is simply a character that just look and act silly without being a bad character. They may look wacky, have cartoonish attacks, and a goofy voice, but otherwise they play as well as any other fighter.
Keep in mind that, in order to be considered a fighting clown, a character has to be either:
- A) in a serious fighting game, a normally silly character.
- B) In a silly fighting game full of wacky characters, a character even wackier than the other fighters.
If a game runs on Rule of Cool
, this guys run on Rule of Funny
. Basically, fighting clowns are those fighting game characters that stand out from the roster because they're sillier than the rest of the cast without being a Joke Character
. Look for them in any fighting game, you'll usually find at least one
character that stands out due to this (unless the role of the game's silly character is already filled by the Joke Character).
Many a fighting clown uses Confusion Fu
as his/her/it's fighting style and/or is an Improbable Weapon User
See also Lethal Joke Character
- Tekken has tons of these, and then some. Debuting in 1, we have:
- Yoshimitsu. Both of them. Eccentric Robin Hood-esque ninja/samurai/something who is almost always clad in odd getups. A master of Confusion Fu who will destroy you if you don't take him seriously. Also, Kuma, Heihachi's pet, a fighting bear, and Wang Jinrei, with his Noblewoman's Laugh and Dirty Old Man tendencies.
- Debuting in 2 we have the Roger Family (and Alex), a genetically engineered Boxing Kangaroo, his wife, and her son and boxing utaharaptor respectively.
- In 3 we have Ling Xiaoyu, a childish Genki Girl, a Cute Bruiser, and a Cloudcuckoolander, and her pet, a panda called Panda who is a Palette Swap of Kuma, with the only difference being the species (Kuma is a grizzly) and the fact that Panda is female. There is also Mokujin, a living wooden training dummy who awakens when it senses a great evil and communicates through wooden noises, and Gon, a little orange dinosaur and the main character of a manga of the same name, who breaths fire and uses farts as a weapon. Dr. Bosconovitch, meanwhile, is more of a Lethal Joke Character.
- In 4 we don't get one, with the possible exception of Combot, a Ditto Fighter with a Punny Name who is just there to replace Mokujin.
- And, finally, in 6 we get Bob, a morbidly obese American.
- Voldo in Soul Calibur.
- Faust in Guilty Gear, as demonstrated nicely by the Confusion Fu page image.
- Super Smash Bros.. may have several, but Wario and Mr. Game & Watch especially.
- Most of the original Street Fighter characters have deeper motivation for fighting. Zangief, on the other hand, is a bear wrestler in a speedo who dances with Putin on his victory screen.
- In Tatsunoko vs. Capcom there are four of these characters. One in the Tatsunoko side, and three in the Capcom side. In the Tatsu side we have Hakushon Daimao, a fat, comical genie that comes from a comedy anime instead of an action/mecha one, looks much more cartoonier than his other fellow Tatsunoko characters, fights with a hand on a stick, and one of his supers involves farting on the enemy. In the Capcom side we have Viewtiful Joe, Roll, a robot modeled after a little girl who fights with a broom, and Frank West, a photographer whose attacks involve baseball bats, supermarket carts, zombies, among many other things.
- The Joker in Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe. Literal example and a good match. He fights using all kind of weird gadgetry, like boxing-glove-in-a-box-es and BANG Flag Guns.
- In Mortal Kombat we have Bo'Rai Cho (a pun on the Spanish word "borracho", which means "drunkard"), a pudgy Old Master who gets drunk in order to fight well and is Toilet Humour personified. He has an attack where he vomits on the enemy, and a fatality where he, yup, you guessed it farts, only this time he lights his fart, which is so massive it engulfs the opponent in fire.
- Maria was a Lethal Joke Character in Castlevania: Rondo Of Blood. She fits this trope in Castlevania: Judgment.
- Akari in The Last Blade.