Created By: PhantomDusclops92 on April 14, 2012 Last Edited By: cjenk415 on April 16, 2012

Every Kid Haves Coulrophobia

Clowns are scary. Every kid can tell it.

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Exactly What It Says on the Tin. There is no such thing as kids being not scared by clowns. At least in fiction.

Also see Monster Clown, that can give this reaction in Real Life.

Examples:
  • "Can't sleep, clown will eat me".
    • In a Treehouse of Horror comic, Marge makes clown costumes for Lisa and Bart. Their response is negative. As Bart says, Krusty is the only clown that doesn't scare them.
  • In the Lilo & Stitch series, Experiment 300 "Spooky" transforms in things that scare who's watching him. When is Lilo's turn, he becomes a clown.
  • Timmy Turner says he haves fear of clowns in one episode.

Maybe this is a variation on 'Uncanny Valley'?
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • April 14, 2012
    TBTabby
    An episode of The Weekenders has Tino trying to overcome his coulrophobia with the help of his friends. He partially succeeds in the end after undergoing clown training: clowns still creep him out, but he doesn't panic and flee from them anymore.
  • April 14, 2012
    Routerie
    Not every kid has coulrohobia. Millions of kids in fiction do not. Even in your original three examples, we have This Simpsons, where kids love and laugh at the recurring clown cover.

    So, instead, call this: Kid Has Coulrophobia. Or, Coulrophibic Kid.

    (Also, how about a name that doesn't use the word "coulrophobia"?
  • April 14, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    If this were the past where we didn't give a damn about trope namers or dialogue-sounding names, I'd call this Cant Sleep Clown Will Eat Me, but considering that name will get nuked the second it falls under Fast Eddie's radar, we have to think of a different one.
  • April 14, 2012
    TheTime
    "nobody likes clowns" - Gunnerkrigg Court, chapter 4: http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=68
  • April 14, 2012
    CaveCat
  • April 14, 2012
    chicagomel
    • Xander Harris in Buffy The Vampire Slayer...it was shown onscreen but stated in a backstory kind of way too,starting when he was six, due to a bad birthday clown experience.
  • April 14, 2012
    KTera
    • Sam Winchester from Supernatural has a fear of clowns, due to Dean frequently leaving him at a clown-filled Suck E Cheeses when he was a child.
  • April 14, 2012
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • All the kids in the Stephen King novel It.
    • The little boy in the film Poltergeist was afraid of a clown doll. More so when the troublesome ghosts animated it and it tried to kill him.
  • April 14, 2012
    aurora369
  • April 15, 2012
    CaveCat
    ^Seconding that one!
  • April 15, 2012
    Routerie
    That's an improvement on the current name, except, well, not all kids fear clowns. Several do, enough to call it a trend, enough to call it a trope. But not all kids do.

    A trope entitled All Kids Fear Clowns should be something quite different. from a list of kids that fear clowns. It should be about the assumption that all kids fear clowns, and its examples would contain people thinking all kids fear clowns (and sometimes being wrong). For comparison, see All Anime Is Naughty Tentacles, which is one page, while Naughty Tentacles is a different page. (Both pages have recently been cut for explicit content.) Or see All Animation Is Disney, which does not list examples of animation that is Disney.
  • April 15, 2012
    Vidor
    An obscure Latin name for a phobia is probably not good for a title. I think "Can't Sleep, Clown Will Eat Me" is the clear winner here, but if folks think that won't pass muster, then a vanilla title like Kids Are Scared of Clowns, or Clowns Are Scary, would be better.
  • April 15, 2012
    aurora369
  • April 15, 2012
    HaggisMcCrablice
    Animaniacs' Wakko Warner is terrified of clowns. So is Rugrats' Chuckie Finster.

  • April 16, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Bones: In Booth's backstory he was scared by a clown once and develops a fear, which is part of the reason why he shoots another one during the show. (It's OK, it was just a big metal clown face on the top of an ice cream truck.)
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