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->''"I was a rodeo clown for six years. You're gonna hafta step it up, shorty!"''
-->--'''Jan''', ''Film/MrDeeds''

This is not the JokeCharacter, as those are characters that are purposefully bad, nor is it the LethalJokeCharacter, which is when a Joke Character utimately has some hidden utility. This is simply a character that just looks and acts 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:
* In a serious fighting game, a normally silly character, or
* In a silly fighting game full of wacky characters, a character even ''wackier'' than the other fighters.

If a game runs on RuleOfCool, this guy runs on RuleOfFunny. 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 JokeCharacter. 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 ConfusionFu as his/her/its fighting style and/or is an ImprobableWeaponUser.

See also LethalJokeCharacter. Compare MechanicallyUnusualFighter, which is about the actual mechanics rather than the character's whacky appearance (although the two may overlap) and BewareTheSillyOnes.

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!!Examples:

* ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' has tons of these, and then some. Debuting in 1, we have:
** '''Yoshimitsu'''. [[VideoGame/SoulSeries Both of them]]. Eccentric RobinHood-[[JustLikeRobinHood esque]] {{ninja}}[=/=]{{samurai}}[=/=]''[[NinjaPirateZombieRobot something]]'' who is almost always clad in odd getups. A master of ConfusionFu who will ''destroy'' you if you don't take him seriously. Also, Kuma, Heihachi's [[CoolPet pet]], a [[BearsAreBadNews fighting bear]], and [[CoolOldGuy Wang Jinrei]], with his NoblewomansLaugh and DirtyOldMan tendencies.
** Debuting in 2 we have the Roger Family [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg (and Alex)]], a genetically engineered BoxingKangaroo, his wife, [[ActionMom and her son]] and a [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs boxing utaharaptor]] respectively.
** In 3 we have Ling Xiaoyu, a childish GenkiGirl, a CuteBruiser, and a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and her pet, a panda [[ADogNamedDog called Panda]] who is a PaletteSwap of Kuma, with the only difference being the species (Kuma is a grizzly) and the fact that Panda is female. There is also [[DittoFighter Mokujin]], a living wooden training dummy who awakens when it senses a great evil and communicates through [[TheUnintelligible wood noises]], and Gon, a little orange dinosaur and [[GuestFighter the main character]] of a [[Manga/{{Gon}} manga of the same name]], who breaths fire [[{{Fartillery}} and uses farts as a weapon]]. Dr. Bosconovitch, meanwhile, is more of a LethalJokeCharacter.
** In ''4'' we don't get one, with the possible exception of Combot, a DittoFighter with a PunnyName whoreplaces Mokujin.
** And, finally, in 6 we get [[BigFun Bob]], a morbidly obese yet [[{{Acrofatic}} acrobatic]] [[{{Eagleland}} American]].
* Voldo and Dampierre in ''[[VideoGame/SoulSeries Soul Calibur]]''.
** Voldo is equal parts creepy and silly. After having spent so long in complete darkness, his eyes no longer function properly and his skin is pale-white. He also dresses in what can only be described as "some sort of bondage gear" and is the only character in which crab-walking (crawling face-up on one's hands and feet) is a large part of their fighting technique. Apparently he's gotten so good at it that he can easily and rapidly cover ground with it.
** Practically all of Dampierre's moveset places him squarely in this trope. Some attacks cause him to land face first into his "Poker Bluff" stance and a particular kick can put him into the "Fake Pain" stance - both at random. To the uninitiated, this makes him seem like a [[JokeCharacter throwaway character]] as it puts him in undesirable situations - until one finds out that's how he launches his [[LethalJokeCharacter most powerful attacks]]. If he wasn't silly enough, he has a throw were he spanks the opponent (regardless of gender), a Russian kick dance that causes him and the opponent to go up in the air, and moonwalks whenever you move back with him. And his OneHitKill involves him conning the opponent. In ''Soulcalibur V'', his OneHitKill is replaced with a super move where he gives his opponent a [[AssShove kancho]].
* Faust (formerly Dr. Baldhead) and Robo-Ky in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''.
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' may have several, but [[VideoGame/WarioLand Wario]] and Mr. Game & Watch especially. Mr Game & Watch fights by pulling out random equipment from his own games, pulling out things like turtles, flags, buckets, keys and other mundane things. Wario fights using a random assortment of wacky attacks and odd abilities, such as chewing on the opponent, punching them in the groin and ''farting''.
** As of the newest games, there's [[VideoGame/AnimalCrossing the Villager]] and the [[VideoGame/WiiFit Wii Fit Trainer]]. The former uses a variety of tools and actions from his source game to do battle, such planting/growing trees, digging holes, and picking weeds, and his ability to store virtually anything in his {{Hammerspace}} pockets has been taken UpToEleven, allowing him to CatchAndReturn even energy projectiles. The latter's moveset consists entirely of weaponized exercise routines and yoga poses, one of which has inexplicably gained the ability to gather the energy of the sun into a deadly projectile. And then there's the ''VideoGame/DuckHunt'' dog, who uses exploding tin cans and clay targets, can generate reticules, and whose [[LimitBreak Final Smash]] has him summoning a gang of cowboys and banditos to perform an 8-bit firing squad.
* Most of the original ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' characters have deeper motivation for fighting. Zangief, on the other hand, is a bear wrestler in a speedo who dances with Gorbachev in his ending.
** Regarding ''Street Fighter'', by the time of ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Alpha]]'', Blanka seems to have solidly taken over that role. Among other things, he has become TheUnintelligible in the storyline, he befriended Dan, and one of his super moves is shaking fruit from a tree.
** In ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' we also have El Fuerte, a ChefOfIron[=/ =]MaskedLuchador, and Rufus, a loud mouth, obese American who may be a ShoutOut to ''Film/BeverlyHillsNinja''.
** Dan started out as a JokeCharacter with occasional hints of LethalJokeCharacter, but since he was made more balanced in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' he's been leaning more towards a FightingClown.
* In ''VideoGame/TatsunokoVsCapcom'' there are ''four'' of these characters. One in the [[Creator/TatsunokoProduction Tatsunoko]] side, and three in the Creator/{{Capcom}} side. On the Tatsu side we have Anime/HakushonDaimao, a fat, comical [[GenieInABottle genie]] that comes from a comedy anime instead of an action/mecha one, [[NonStandardCharacterDesign looks much more cartoonier]] than his other fellow Tatsunoko characters, fights with [[ImprobableWeaponUser a hand on a stick]], and one of his supers involves [[{{Fartillery}} farting on the enemy]]. On the Creator/{{Capcom}} side we have VideoGame/ViewtifulJoe, [[VideoGame/MegaMan Roll]], a robot modeled after a little girl who fights with a [[ImprobableWeaponUser broom]], and [[VideoGame/DeadRising Frank West]], a photographer whose attacks involve baseball bats, supermarket carts, zombies, among many other things.
** ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' brings SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} into the mix. While his moves are only slightly unorthodox, the voice clips that accompany them are hilarious... [[MostAnnoyingSound the first hundred thousand times, anyway.]] As of ''[[UpdatedRerelease Ultimate]]'', we also have Frank West returning, and lastly [[Franchise/AceAttorney Phoenix Wright]], who doesn't do anything you would expect from a fighting game character. All of his attack animations are of lawyery stuff, like reading documents. Even his level 3 hyper is merely accusing the opponent of a crime. They still do damage, though, and in the case of the latter it's the single most damaging move ''in the game''.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''. Literal example and a good match. He fights using all kind of [[ImprobableWeaponUser weird gadgetry]], like [[ExtendoBoxingGlove boxing-glove-in-a-box-es]] and {{BANG Flag Gun}}s.
** He keeps this up in ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. He has silly weapons and deadly weapons, and uses his deadly weapons in a silly manner. His super move even starts by throwing a pie at the opponent's face. Despite his MonsterClown tendencies, it seems to be a completely ordinary pie, with the super animation, if it lands, having him clean it off... with a crowbar. And then when it's completely off and the opponent sees clearly, THEN he pulls out his gun, but waits a second before they realize what it is before firing. Then he finishes with a point-blank bazooka that he pulled out of nowhere to the face that ends up sending him flying as well. And if he wins, [[BlackComedy he douses his opponent with gasoline and watches them burn, but not before making a pun on the word fire.]] His partner-in-crime-and-maybe-love-as-well Harley Quinn is arguably even sillier, with much more of an emphasis on silly weapons and pulls out a giant mallet with no problem for several moves. There's also much less BlackComedy to go with her, she's one of the few villains who doesn't kill the opponent and just opts for a kick in the face and telling them to "lighten up".
** Another literal example comes from the obscure ''VideoGame/FuunSeries'' by Creator/{{SNK}}. This guy is [[NamesTheSame also named Joker]] and he's pretty much an {{Expy}} of DC's Joker, also using [[ImprobableWeaponUser weird gadgetry]] such as huge [[DeathDealer playing cards]] and a [[WeaponizedHeadgear top hat that spins around like a buzzsaw]]. His fighting style is the most comical and wackiest of the entire series, yet he can fight on equal ground with the rest of the cast, all while riding on [[RollerbladeGood roller skates]].
* In the ''Franchise/MortalKombat'' series, we have Bo' Rai Cho (a [[PunnyName pun]] on the Spanish word "borracho", [[MeaningfulName which means "drunkard"]]), a pudgy OldMaster who [[DrunkenMaster gets drunk in order to fight well]] and is ToiletHumour personified. He has an attack where he [[VomitIndiscretionShot vomits on the enemy]], and a fatality where he, yup, you guessed it, ''[[OverlyLongGag farts]]'', only this time he [[FartsOnFire lights his fart]], which is so massive it engulfs the opponent in fire.
** There's also Mokap, a guy in a motion capture suit who attacks by throwing little white balls at people.
* Maria was a LethalJokeCharacter in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood''. She fits this trope in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment''.
* Akari in ''VideoGame/TheLastBlade''.
* Goblins in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' have always been a wisecracking race of [[MadBomber mad bombers]] and [[MadScientist mad scientists]] who are relatively weak in combat, full of AI characters who offer you fetch quests while being liberal with jokes. As playable characters, they can now be as capable and hardcore as any other race, and are now parts of Horde raid groups taking down every BigBad that has ever threatened Azeroth.
* The Dancing Banana from ''{{MUGEN}}''. It looks and sounds like a joke character, but actually plays like a normal one. He does use [[EdibleAmmunition bananas as weapons]] while spouting "Peanut Butter Jelly Time" noises, though.
** There's also Dee Bee Kaw, who looks funny and utilizes some really silly attacks, but he also plays like a normal character and a pretty powerful one at that.
* [[NinjaMaid Shannon]] from ''[[VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi Ougon Musoukyouku]]'' is half this half BarrierWarrior, with her basic attacks involving attacking with cleaning implements, or doing things like [[{{Dojikko}} dropping a tea-set on the enemy after tripping]], and girly slaps and pushes, she can even call [[TheBeastmaster seagulls]] to help her in combat. She's still has effective as any other character, and doesn't has any problem in going against [[WitchSpecies the witches]] or their [[{{Familiar}} familiars]].
* From the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fighting games:
** Suika Ibuki: A young-looking oni who is, at any given time, completely drunk. Her idle animation is swaying back and forth. Her crouch has her lying on the ground. Her dial-a-combo is a series of friendly pats. And so forth.
** Suwako Moriya: What appears to be a little girl with a weird hat and a frog obsession (actually a god). She crouches on the ground be default and moves by hopping. Her dash has her move underground. She flies through the air by flapping her arms. Relatively normal attacks, though.
** Mamizou Futatsuiwa: She's a tanuki boss, so most of her attacks involve hitting the enemy with her minions shapeshifted into various youkai or objects. Possibly an example in the shmup games as well; her patterns are bizarre.
* ''LeagueOfLegends'' has [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters over a hundred champions]], ranging from the serious BloodKnight or TheAtoner, to silly and goofy champions. Generally, the silliness is usually portrayed in their dialogue, with very few examples of 'silly' attacks.
** Shaco is basically a demonic SerialKiller Clown. His fighting style and dialogue are mostly serious, except for his Jack In The Box, which lays a stealthed trap that stuns and attacks the first enemy (or group of enemies) to come across it and is shaped like... well... a jack in the box.
** Lulu was raised by TheFairFolk and [[CloudCuckoolander seems to have a somewhat tenuous grasp on reality]]. Her dialogue is pretty far out there, randomly proclaiming things such as, "Yup! That tasted purple!"
** Kog'Maw is a creature from The Void, which is exactly as pleasant a place as it sounds. Despite being an EldritchAbomination, however, he was basically designed to look like a [[UglyCute big (acid-spewing) puppy dog.]]
* Bonkers, of ''{{Clayfighter}}'', is both a literal clown, and is the wackiest character in the game. From Balloon Dogs to Teeter Tots, he'll make you laugh and cry.
* Peacock, from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}''. She's a malevolent, violent Toon with a wicked sense of humor. Her movements are funny and exaggerated and she drops jokes and references left and right, but her attacks are nothing to be sniffed at. Peacock utilizes a moveset chock-full of deadly keepaway toys designed to make the opponent pull their hair out in frustration.
* Cait Sith from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' is a robotic cat riding a robotic obese moogle. Though considered TheScrappy by many, his stats are nonetheless competent and he's the best permanent mage on the party shy of [[TheHero Cloud]] himself. He only has two {{Limit Break}}s, but his initial Dice Limit is something of a DiscOneNuke... [[ConfusionFu sometimes]].
* Quina Quen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''; looks like a human-sized [[WesternAnimation/SouthPark Polly Prissy-Pants]] and wields a giant dinner fork as a weapon. S/he also has one of the best attack stats in the game, as well as the always [[GameBreaker game-breaking]] [[MegaManning Blue magic]].
* In ''VideoGame/MyLittlePonyFightingIsMagic'', Pinkie Pie's attacks seen so far include waving a giant foam finger, inflating her body, licking her opponent and raining cupcakes on her opponent for her [[LimitBreak super attack]].
** In [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the show]], there is an episode where the main characters get into a large fight against hordes of {{Mooks}}. Pinkie Pie starts off by blasting the bad guys with her Party Cannon, which is basically a cannon designed to fire out and set up a party on short notice. Assuming she hasn't changed the ammunition, she's basically blasting people with cakes and balloons. While work on the game began before the show, the episode made Pinkie Pies Fighting Clown style [[JustForPun canon]].
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] [[MonsterClown (fittingly)]] conforms to this role in the ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' games. Most of his moveset {{Robotech|ing}}s unpredictably upon attacking, his walk animation is exaggeratedly silly enough to gain access to the [[Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus Ministry of Silly Walks]], and, in the first game, he would sometimes [[BreakingTheFourthWall hum the game's victory music to himself!]] Hell, his character title is "Mad Mage."
* Mad Clown in ''Super VideoGame/PunchOut'' starts out being a clownish expy of Bear Hugger, but come his second knockdown and "Show Time," he quickly proves himself to be one of the most aggravating opponents you will ever face.
* The Blacker Baron of ''Main/AnarchyReigns'' is funny and prone to being the ButtMonkey, and likes to work in Michael Jackson dancing for some of his attacks. He also possesses one of the [[{{Shoryuken}} most damaging attacks in the entire game.]]
* The ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series features several competent warriors, each of which can decimate small armies without much effort, all while looking [[RuleOfCool absurdly cool]]. And then, there's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNL6AI59vu0 Yoshiaki Mogami]], [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KXWiHy2r6KE Hideaki Kobayakawa]], and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knmG83PcUUk Sorin Otomo]] (as seen in gameplay videos of ''Sengoku Basara 3 UTAGE''). In the case of Hideaki, ''he isn't even trying to attack his enemies!'' He's just really, '''''[[UpToEleven really]]''''' [[TheKlutz clumsy]]... and [[BigEater hungry]].
* ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllStarsBattleRoyale'' has some pretty goofy cast members along side all the {{Badass}}es. VideoGame/FatPrincess (seen above smacking [[VideoGame/GodOfWar Kratos]]) is an obese DanceBattler that runs people down in her search for cake, [[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper PaRappa]] deflects projectiles by swinging his skateboard at them and raps for his ultimate attack, [[VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet Sackboy]] controls space by imagining a fan into existence, which he then uses to blow cake and jam at his enemies and Toro copies half the FightingGame pantheon's moves while replacing their KiAttacks with mochi rice cakes.
* [[BearyFunny Teddie]] in ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena''. All other characters are either humans or [[RobotGirl things that look]] [[PhysicalGod like humans]]. He's a colorful walking cartoon teddy bear, who makes funny cartoonish expressions while doing comical looking attacks. He ''does'' have a human form, but only shows it in win animations.
* [[DefenseOfTheAncients Meepo]] in his ''DOTA2'' incarnation is a short guy with nets that beats you up with a shovel and the help of his clone, also wielding shovel. Rubick's possibly this given the oft-improbable animations for his stolen spells.
* ''VideoGame/JStarsVictoryVs'' has Manga/BoboboboBobobo, with [[Manga/{{Gintama}} Gintoki Sakata]] and [[Anime/ChinyukiTaroToYukainaNakamaTachi Taro Yamada]] having some properties of this as well.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' and other RPGs by NipponIchi usually have one or two each. ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'', for instance, had Tink, a perverted French frog.
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