Created By: thewriter on May 5, 2011 Last Edited By: thewriter on May 30, 2012

Prank Royalty

Characters that are really good at pranking that they\'re conisdered Kings or Queens of it.

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Examples

  • Spencer from iCarly is this, he even becomes addicted to pranking.
  • The boys in Big Time Rush apparently hold a prank war every year to see who'll become that year's Prank King.
  • The Weasley Twins from Harry Potter
  • Satoko from Higurashi no Naku Koro ni.
  • John of Homestuck fancies himself as the prank master
  • Inaba Tewi from Touhou, especially in Fanon.
  • George and Harold from Captain Underpants.
  • From Norse Mythology there is the infamous Loki, the original and literal prankster god.
    • The Mask's second movie has Loki, and arguable, both instances of Mask persona is this too.
  • From Supernatural there is the angel Gabriel/the Trickster god, whose greatest pleasure is finding people who really deserve to be pranked and getting them in ways that only a supernatural being can.
  • TJ in Recess. One episode even revolves around him winning the title of "Prankster Prince" from King Bob and another revolves around the later attempting to reclaim it.
  • There's at least one whole chapter in a book from Guy de Maupassant dedicated to pranks, both made and suffered.
  • The Canadian animated series {{What's With Andy?}} is all about such a character.
  • An episode of American Dragon: Jake Long featured Fu Dog's friend, Marty the Grim Reaper, who is thought to be the world's greatest prank artist in all of the magical world. Later on in the episode, he is eventually pranked by another prank artist, who is also a good friend of Fu.
  • Let's not forget about Rhinokey from The Wuzzles.
  • Reggie from Archie Comics considers himself one, though every so often he's shown making sure his practical jokes aren't actually physically harmful.
  • M*A*S*H episode "The Joker is Wild". Tired of hearing about Trapper John's skill as a practical joker, B.J. Hunnicut bets Hawkeye Pierce that he can prank all of the major characters to prove that he is the best.
Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • May 5, 2011
    ladygem
    The Weasley Twins from Harry Potter
  • May 5, 2011
    jaytee
    Needs A Better Description.

    Would someone like Bugs Bunny or Jerry (from Tom And Jerry) count? Constantly playing pranks, but not really the same as the Weasley twins...
  • May 5, 2011
    Bluewyrm
    Probably needs a different title - "Prank god" implies a deity... "Prank King" might work better, or "Prank Master"
  • May 5, 2011
    zero24
    ^^ Jerry and Bugs fit Karmic Trickster better, but they could apply here.

    On a related note, this would probably go under the Trickster Archetype.
  • May 5, 2011
    Clevomon
  • May 5, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^Ah yes, that's what I was thinking of. The description should differentiate from that as well as other trickster tropes.

    Definitely a better title needed too.
  • May 5, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    I've seen this called Prank Master.
  • May 5, 2011
    leechee
    John of Homestuck fancies himself as the prank master
  • May 6, 2011
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • MASH episode "The Joker is Wild". Tired of hearing about Trapper John's skill as a practical joker, B.J. Hunnicut bets Hawkeye Pierce that he can prank all of the major characters to prove that he is the best.
  • May 6, 2011
    OneMore
  • May 6, 2011
    Flioro
    George and Harold from Captain Underpants.
  • May 6, 2011
    ElaineRose
    • From Norse Mythology there is the infamous Loki, the original and literal prankster god.

    • From Supernatural there is the angel Gabriel/the Trickster god, whose greatest pleasure is finding people who really deserve to be pranked and getting them in ways that only a supernatural being can.
  • May 6, 2011
    Bisected8
    TJ in Recess. One episode even revolves around him winning the title of "Prankster Prince" from King Bob and another revolves around the later attempting to reclaim it.
  • May 6, 2011
    Ryuuma
    There's at least one whole chapter in a book from Guy de Maupassant dedicated to pranks, both made and suffered.
  • May 6, 2011
    MaciekOst
    The Canadian animated series What's With Andy? is all about such a character.
  • May 6, 2011
    CaveCat
    An episode of American Dragon Jake Long featured Fu Dog's friend, Marty the Grim Reaper, who is thought to be the world's greatest prank artist in all of the magical world. Later on in the episode, he is eventually pranked by another prank artist, who is also a good friend of Fu.
  • May 6, 2011
    CaveCat
    And let's not forget about Rhinokey from The Wuzzles.
  • May 7, 2011
    SKJAM
    • Reggie from Archie Comics considers himself one, though every so often he's shown making sure his practical jokes aren't actually physically harmful.
  • May 7, 2011
    Rolf
    in myths, The Coyote is usually this. Oh and Loki is this too...

    The Mask's second movie has Loki, and arguable, both instances of Mask persona is this too.
  • May 9, 2011
    Stratadrake
    For titles, perhaps Master Prankster. I thought this was about deities.
  • May 10, 2011
    Arivne
  • May 10, 2011
    Rolf
    Looks like its about ready for sorting into media.
  • May 10, 2011
    peccantis
    Are Trickster God examples a subtrope?
  • May 10, 2011
    jaytee
    ^I wouldn't say it's a subtrope (there are enough differences that neither is clearly a subset of the other), but definitely related.
  • May 10, 2011
    KyleJacobs
    [[Mythbusters Adam Savage]] has said that he and Jamie do not prank each other due to the fact that if they ever did, it would result in the prank equivalent of nuclear warfare.

    There's a link to that clip somewhere on the Mythbusters page but I CBA to find it.
  • May 10, 2011
    Damr1990
    Alt Tittle -> Joker King (if not i also like Prank King)
  • May 11, 2011
    jaytee
    The title might still need work, since it's ambiguous in the current construction whether "prank" is a noun (the intended definition) or a verb (a trope about playing pranks on kings).
  • May 11, 2011
    LimeTH
    Kind of surprised nobody's mentioned Bart Simpson.

    One episode of My Gym Partners A Monkey focuses around this concept. Adam accidentally keeps causing Jake misfourtunes, which everyone mistakes as pranks and dub him the "Prankmaster General", escilating into a one-sided prank war.
  • May 11, 2011
    LobsterMagnus
    There is this one Smurf who thinks he is one. But all he ever does is giving gift boxes to other Smurfs, which then proceed to simply blow up in their faces. [At least in the tv series, I have no idea if his pranks may be more imaginative in the original comics.]
  • July 21, 2011
    foxley
    In Kid Vs Kat, Coop's dad claims he was known as the 'Prince of Pranks' when he was a kid. One April Fool's Day, Coop becomes determined to take the title away from him.
  • February 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Saturday Night Live: "Pranksters," a pre-Youtube TV show where young people show Hidden Camera videos of them pranking their friends. Then Larry Hobson (Christopher Walken) comes on and shows video of him "pranking" a co-worker by beating him to death with a tire iron.
  • February 6, 2012
    aurora369
    I thought it meant you prank someone by making them think you are royalty.
  • February 10, 2012
    ClassyMyths
    For the Looney Tunes, Foghorn Leghorn and the Barnyard Dog are this. For Disney, Donald, Huey, Duey, and Louie are this.
  • May 25, 2012
    PsiBasilisk
    Rainbow Dash and Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
  • May 26, 2012
    aurora369
    Or perhaps it could mean getting royalties from a copyrighted prank.
  • May 26, 2012
    captainsandwich
    Joker might have an alias like this, not sure
  • May 26, 2012
    MorganWick
    I thought it meant the expression of calling someone a "prank king", and without a description I don't see how it's not just Magnificent Bastard But Less So - that is, Gushing About Characters You Like.
  • May 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Night Court: Harry gets in a Prank War with Judge Cleaver, the stakes being Harry's judge robe. Cleaver wins - Harry just decides it's immature and gives up, handing Cleaver his robe. Cleaver puts it on, only to discover that Harry has hidden a remote controlled inflating device in the robe.
    Cleaver, you may be younger, you may be faster, you may even be smarter. But you will never, ever, be crazier than me.
  • May 30, 2012
    Noah1
    One episode of My Gym Partners A Monkey revolves around Adam accidentally dethroning Jake as "Prankmaster General".
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