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->''"What's the matter kid, don't you like clowns? Why? Don't we make ya laugh? Aren't we fuckin' funny? You best come up with an answer, cause I'm gonna come back here and check on you and your mama, and if you ain't got a reason why you hate clowns, '''I'm gonna kill your whole fuckin' family.'''"''
-->-- '''Captain Spaulding''', ''Film/TheDevilsRejects''

Clowns are ''supposed'' to be funny. They're supposed to make everyone laugh, especially children. This is the entire point of their existence. [[NonIronicClown A truly good clown]] is supposed to be a FriendToAllChildren. Sometimes they succeed. But for some people, clowns awaken [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coulrophobia some primal fear.]] There are children who won't go near a clown without screaming.

Their face is... [[UncannyValley fake, corpse-like]], most often the makeup they use [[UncannyValleyMakeup does NOT help]], the emotions aren't real, the smile is just painted on. The outfit and big shoes are downright grotesque. There's something seriously wrong with a clown to some people, and this resonates deep within the part of us that still believes that there is a [[ThingsThatGoBumpInTheNight monster in the closet]], that will get out if you don't keep the door closed.

Cue the CreepyCircusMusic...

It's startlingly uncommon to find clown characters who are genuinely ''good''. More commonly, writers tap into the fear: the Monster Clown is a classic villain. Expect the Monster Clown to parody humor, with classic jokes becoming deadly; acid in the plastic flowers pinned to their lapels and joy buzzers with fatal amounts of voltage, among other things. If they work in a circus, it'll be a CircusOfFear. Likewise, also expect them to crack [[BlackComedy dark jokes]] while killing them and laugh maniacally. Sometimes, a Monster Clown just LOOKS like a clown, and doesn't do what clowns normally do, like tell jokes or work in a circus or go to kids' parties. If there is a clown in a work that just looks like one, it's almost guaranteed that it is a Monster Clown. Because, you know, you just don't go about dressing like a clown without doing anything clowny.

Sooner or later, our heroes will have to put these clowns to the sword. And sometimes [[JokerImmunity not even that stops them]]. Also take note that many of these clowns may or may not be [[AxCrazy completely insane]] and also commit their horrific crimes [[LaughingMad laughing crazily]] [[TheHyena and frequently]], and often [[CreepyHighPitchedVoice with a very high-pitched voice]] while acting [[PsychopathicManchild in a very similar manner to an overgrown child]].

Sympathetic clowns are generally a little more muted in appearance and behavior, whether or not this is faithful to the job. Generally, audiences are more receptive to clowns who act more like ordinary people, and have less extravagant makeup. Surly clowns who tiredly work with ungrateful children are more common, probably because they speak to the average overworked audience; they may be an example of HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight.

EnemyMime is a sub-trope of Monster Clown. A villainous clown that is PlayedForLaughs instead of fear is a VillainousHarlequin. The DepravedKidsShowHost seems to be related. May be combined with CreepyDoll, PerversePuppet, EvilPuppeteer, or RobotClown. Clowns' ghastly white makeup puts them into WhiteMaskOfDoom territory. The Monster Clown is often AffablyEvil or FauxAffablyEvil. Compare RepulsiveRingmaster.

The opposite of this trope is the (perhaps sadly) rarely seen any more NonIronicClown.



* So you're watching a UsefulNotes/McDonalds ad in Japan and... [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGSiktBeMWA OH MY GOD RONALD MCDONALD IS STALKING YOU!!!]][[note]]Okay, it wasn't a ''real'' ad, but dayum.[[/note]]
* The US Postal Service used this in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKGKB5bc9DU ad:]] "Because we have to get [[CreepyDoll that]] out of this house." "Come on it's not that ba-[[OffscreenTeleportation eeeaaah!]] Oh, yeah, that has to go."
* In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJqnitjqpuM this]] E -Trade commercial with the talking baby, the baby says he rented a clown named Bobo, who we see standing in the background making balloon animals, before getting a scared look on his face and saying "And I really underestimated the creepiness." Subverted in that the clown doesn't actually do anything creepy other than just be there. Which may or may not be enough to be freaky for a clown.
* The [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xc35pi_kgb-commercial-clowns_fun KGB commercial]] with two moms looking for clowns for their kids' birthday parties. The one using KGB finds Benny the clown, [[NonIronicClown a professional clown who cheerfully and successfully entertains the children]]. The second finds Biffo, a fat, hostile clown who scares all the children into running away and then randomly destroys the drink table.
* A Motel 6 commercial features a guy not being able to sleep because of all the disturbing clown paraphernalia decorating the guest room he's staying in.
* Krinkles the Clown, of Post's Sugar Rice Krinkles. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWXGcsMTHw Good Lord, where to begin?]] For one, the technology for filming and broadcasting in color was well established by then, but they made the decision to not just shoot everything in black and white, but paint up the set--including Krinkles himself--in black and white. And, to put it in perspective, this ad campaign was chosen after discarding the prior [[http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/60/55/49/605549eb917b2b20821ed1613c0ef590.jpg Asian stereotypes they were using.]]
* And then, there's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hsvAj6qfmFQ this Wal-Mart advertisement.]] Those with coulrophobia, do not watch. (Though it's not entirely the poor bastard's fault.)
* A Little Caesar's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7xG_BNKLvU ad]] has two girls wandering in the woods. One of them mentions rumors that a deranged clown haunts the forest. As it turns out, they're right, but thankfully he has a liking for cheap pizza.
* So... where do [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e75z3cBM-PU kung fu clowns]] fall in this trope?
* Taco Bell's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDIDG6UXdvk "Routine Republic"]] commercial has clowns as Gestapo officers.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' gives us the absolutely revolting Champ, a paedophilic SerialRapist.
* [[CuteandPsycho Charlotte]] the witch from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' because her first form is rather innocuous until you provoke her like [[spoiler:poor Mami]]. Then she reveals (and by that we mean ''vomits out'') a second form (an unholy fusion of a caterpillar, a jack-in-a-box and [[Literature/{{It}} Pennywise the Clown]] with MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily) and [[spoiler:[[KnightOfCerebus bites her head off]] [[HeroKiller and consumes her whole]]]]. The movie somehow manages to make her even creepier with the new theme she gets called "Wo ist die Kase". This is appropriate since ''Madoka Magica'' is very much a SubvertedKidsShow.
** The fact that she is an EnsembleDarkhorse who frequently gets ''[[FoeYay paired]]'' with [[spoiler:her victim]] in fanworks does little to make Charlotte less disturbing. Same goes for the fact that ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' reveals that [[spoiler:she was an utterly adorable MagicalGirl]].
* Hisoka from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''. An [[AxCrazy extremely dangerous]] and powerful BloodKnight who becomes ''sexually aroused'' by strong or amazing people, regardless of the gender or age. However, his character resembles more of a mysterious magician than a funny clown.
** If you're a strong and charismatic person, you will luckily be spared by him for a while, but if you're a weakling or uncharismatic person, you're already dead.
* In ''Manga/{{Akira}}'' there are two rival biker gangs. One gang, called the Clowns, dresses in clown-like outfits and acts very much like evil clowns. They also assault Kaori both physically and sexually in a disturbing scene.
* One appears in the circus scene in the beginning half of the animated movie ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''.
* [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/megaman/images/a/a2/Pierrot.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20100118220009 Pierrot,]] the clown Maverick from ''Rockman X'' manga.
* ''Anime/{{Digimon}}''.
** [[BigBad Piedmon]] from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', leader of the Dark Masters. He's a scary clown with four swords, a desire to ''use'' them on anyone he sees, and the demeanor of a sociopath. Not to mention being more of a match for Digimon that were ten times his size. arguably, he was a far more dangerous villain that Apocylpmon, the final foe of the original series.
** Subverted by his ''Manga/DigimonVTamer01'' incarnation, who's little more than a PunchClockVillain who gets eliminated just as he and his partner are doing a HeelFaceTurn.
** [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Cherubimon]] in the ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' movie. Though he also appears in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', his Monster Clown behavior and appearance there is downplayed.
* Tongpu, alias Mad Pierrot from ''Anime/CowboyBebop''.
* Mayuri Kurotsuchi, 12th division Captain from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' is one of the most depraved clowns in the history of fiction.
* Although he's not actually a clown, the [[BigBad Millennium Earl]] from ''Manga/DGrayMan'' ''is'' a Monster Clown. He even refers to himself as the Auguste clown once.
** Also, the lvl 2 akuma that could imitate shapes, Pierrot.
*** [[OhCrap "This is the final blow exorcist!"]] akuma. That bastard was scary enough to be the picture on ''Manga/DGrayMan'''s [[NightmareFuel/DGrayMan Nightmare Fuel]] page.
** Inverted with [[spoiler:Allen himself, who uses the Innocence Crowned Clown. But his adoptive father, Mana, may have been a straight example..]].
** And Allen was beaten up by clowns until he got adopted.
* Alan Gabriel from ''Anime/TheBigO'' has a clownish appearance to go along with his...[[PsychoForHire less than sane personality]].
* The Shirogane in ''Manga/KarakuriCircus'' are dedicated to wiping out an entire clan of these called, approriately enough, the Midnight Circus. The clowns are actually robotic constructs powered by alchemy, and their clownish appearance is actually meant to invoke laughter in humans.
* The Clown in the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga claims to be the AnthropomorphicPersonification of insanity itself.
** [[FromBadToWorse And now there are several of them...]]
** The anime had two robot guards modeled after him. The creators probably thought the show just wouldn't be complete if they didn't use the design.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh'':
** In the manga, Ryuji Otogi/Duke Devlin's father is a Monster Clown - apparently he was considered too scary for [[Anime/YuGiOh the anime]]. He is even scarier without his mask.
** There is also Saggi the Dark Clown, a monster card, as well as one of the Player Killers in the manga--who was apparently too creepy for the anime and 'toned down' to, as TheAbridgedSeries put it, "a gay clown". (Specifically, he was a different ''kind'' of clown; a ventriloquist with a PerversePuppet in the shape of Kaiba, who claimed that he had put Kaiba's soul into the doll.)
** bonz also used the Fiend-type Crass Clown, later switching it for the resilient [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Clown Zombie.]]
** Add the monster card Peten the Dark Clown to the mix--which, like Saggi, can be found in Kaiba's deck. And is also used in virus combos.
** In [[Anime/YuGiOh the original anime series]], there was Ghost Kaiba, an Eliminator who posed as Kaiba's vengeful spirit in order to deceive Yugi. His origins differed depending on the version: In the original, he was a MasterOfDisguise who worked for Pegasus (who may have actually been able to use magic to disguise himself, seemingly being able to change his body mass) while in the dub, he was a [[MadeOfEvil demonic embodiment of Kaiba's evil side]]. Whatever the case, his true form resembled an obese, hideous clown.
** In ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'', the 3rd season treats us to three matches at the same time -- three of the newest heroes against three emotionally-themed Monster Clowns. The Masked Knight of Impassivity used [[DemonicDummy doll-themed cards]] to push Jesse Anderson to the edge, the Masked Knight of Anger uses an anchor-themed knight to push around fossil-slinging Jim Cook... and the Masked Knight of Laughter hams it up with [[SoUnfunnyItsFunny one-liners]] against military man Axel Brodie with an appropriate Monster Clown deck featuring [[PerversePuppet Fool Clown]] and [[ActionBomb Laugh Exploder]].
** In ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' there was Jeagar, a former circus clown who became a member of Yliaster and a top-ranking henchman to Rex Godwin, the BigBad of season one. Calling him evil may be a stretch, however (selfish and arrogant, sure, but probably not evil) and he [[spoiler: made a HeelFaceTurn eventually]].
* In ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'', Chibodee Crocket developed a pathological fear of clowns after an incident in his childhood when he was ''kidnapped'' by a Monster Clown, which lead to the loss of his mother.
** Cranked UpToEleven by Romano, the Gundam Fighter for Neo-Portugal, who not only dresses up as a clown but has a ''mecha'' that looks like one. Naturally, he becomes Chibs's next opponent...
* ''Manga/{{Remote}}'' has a clown that sings an old folk song whenever someone sees him. In his wake he always leaves a corpse. Or a bomb.
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' had the demonic and sleep-disturbing Penchinon. THIS is the clown that eats you. Or turns you into a rampaging monster. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RgIU5tgCkA BREEEEEE!]] *shudders*
** Penchinon is a pirate. Pagliaccio, the {{robo speak}}ing Zonder doll that can fold herself into a sphere, is probably a better example.
*** Pagliaccio actually means "clown" in Italian.
* ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'': The [[spoiler:PuppeteerParasite that took over Yeon]] was disguised as such.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has Buggy the Clown, though this is somewhat subverted as he's relatively {{harmless|Villain}}.
** Lafitte, on the other hand, is an extremely soft-spoken, seemingly polite fellow with white face paint and a massive grin that was run out of his home territory for being too brutal in his role as a peace officer, and that's by the standards of an organization that is willing to burn an island and its inhabitants to deal with some snoopy archaeologists.
** Borderline example in [[MeaningfulName Caesar Clown]], particularly in the anime, where his near-constant SlasherSmile is accompanied by purple lips and a ghostly white face. And it might be stretching a bit to put Don Quixote Doflamingo here, as he doesn't especially resemble a clown, but his nickname ''is'' "Joker", he dresses garishly, and his SlasherSmile is even more terrifying than Caesar's.
* That's practically the job description of Orgel from ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln''. His title is Hell Clown, and making humans suffer and break for fun and profit, by exploiting their fears, weaknesses and insecurities, is not only his personal hobby, but also what his employers might see as a merry performance. [[spoiler: Also, he is a demonic parasite, whose true form is his clown mask and whose bodies are [[AndIMustScream dead and reanimated, but still retaining their consciousness, humans]]. He once takes over a little girl in this way, just because she was nice to [[TheHero Hamel]]. Then lets Hamel know that he did it, and why he did it.]] ''That's actually his idea of a hilarious prank.''
** Baroque from [[Manga/ViolinistOfHamelnShchelkunchik the sequel]] is a worthy spiritual successor of Orgel. Even their favored [[MagicMusic musical instruments]] are somewhat similar. Well, he is a DrunkOnTheDarkSide {{mad|Scientist}}man, instead of a [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish and cowardly]] [[ForTheEvulz sadist]] - similarity lies in the amount of death and suffering they cause.
* ''Manga/HellTeacherNube'': Pierrot in the second movie. Made worse by being voiced by Ryusei Nakao, the same voice actor as [[Manga/DragonBall Frieza]] and [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Mayuri Kurotsuchi]].
* Tommyrod from ''Manga/{{Toriko}}''. [[BodyHorror With heavy emphasis on the "monster" part]]. Bonus point for the fact, that his face - ''including eyes'' - often seems to be painted on. As a bonus, setting off just ''one'' common phobia [[TheWormThatWalks is not enough for him]]...
* Near the end of the anime ''Manga/SkullMan'', a team of cyborg soldiers wearing body armor with deranged clown helmets is brought in to take out the titular character, including one [[ShellShockedVeteran insane, shell-shocked cyborg]] (who, unfortunately, is in charge of artillery and ends up shooting at friend and foe alike.)
* Subverted in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Suzuki, a contestant in the Dark World Tournament, desperately wants to fit this trope, and it seems like he does after killing some laughing spectators...but then Genkai kicks his ass all over the place. [[spoiler: Afterwards, he ditches the makeup and [[DefeatMeansFriendship becomes an ally]].]]
* From ''Dragon Quest: Legend of Dai'', we have Kill=Vearn. For one, he seems to resemble a medieval court jester, but has an extremely disturbing personality revolving around destroying people all the way past when they cannot fight back, and grinding them to dust. Just to add another freaky clown to it, he has a small helper named Piroro [[spoiler: who, it turns out, is the real Monster Clown, being a different kind as well, a demonic ventriloquist who controls his more human sized body like a puppet]].
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'' Super S, the monsters sent by the CircusOfFear were rather goofy. Until [[http://sailormoon.wikia.com/wiki/Mr._Magic_Pierrot one]] was sent to take a hold of poor Usagi's Dream Mirror ''and'' to tell the Amazon Trio "YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness". It went FromBadToWorse in few seconds flat.
* The Akanbes from ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure'' take this trope to a previously unseen level. They are the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monsters of the Day]] employed by the Bad End Kingdom, created by fusing a clown nose containing a [[MacGuffin Cure Decor]] with an every day object, meaning that anything can be turned into a ''literal'' Monster Clown: from houses, trees to mirrors and even billboards depicting a famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzai Manzai]] duo that [[CelebrityVoiceActor guess-starred]] in the show. Then we have Pierrot himself: the emperor of the Bad End Kingdom and a colossal demonic clown bent on bringing the [[DownerEnding worst ending of the history]] to the whole world.
* Bali-Lali from ''Manga/Bizenghast'' is a terrifying cyborg spider-taur wearing a jester's cap. [[CreepyGood She's on our side.]]
* ''Anime/KirbyOfTheStars'' gives us Whippy and the Training Clowns in the episode "Cowardly Creature." They train the monsters that Nightmare creates to help them become evil and dangerous, and while Whippy is the only one who ever fights Kirby, it's possible that they are some of Nightmare's most powerful creations.
* ''Manga/{{Mixim}}'': [[VillainousGlutton Dodo]].
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has The Pierrot, a mysterious gang of Ghoul pranksters. Their members wear clown-themed masks, and are known for being ''extremely'' dangerous. It isn't clear what their goals are, besides ruining lives and "having the last laugh". TheReveal of several of its members was a particularly nasty CruelTwistEnding to the original series, while the sequel has shown the group to be major players that should be feared. One of the more prominent members is an infamous ChildEater, to boot.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', Belmod, one of the Gods of Destruction, is revealed to be a clown. [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] as he's actually devoted to fighting for justice and destroying evil. He even sponsors, and is a fanboy of, his own group of Sentai-esque superheroes.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Subverted by a short-lived superhero called ''Funnyman'' whose schtick was... you guessed it...
* While the weird-but-superheroic Jack-In-The-Box from ''Comicbook/AstroCity'' is a NonIronicClown, Jack's two BadFuture KnightTemplar descendants '''definitely''' fit this trope.
* ComicBook/TheJoker from ''Franchise/{{Batman}}''. '''The''' TropeCodifier.
** The Joker, incidentally, was originally based on Conrad Veidt's role in ''Literature/TheManWhoLaughs''. While the titular clown of this picture [[FaceOfAThug wasn't evil]], he certainly was [[http://binkythedoormat.files.wordpress.com/2006/11/themanwholaughs.png unbelievably disturbing-looking.]]
** Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/BatmanReturns'' gives the Penguin a bunch of clowns as henchmen, despite the fact that clowns are more the territory of the Joker. According to the production notes, Burton's vision of the Penguin was inspired by ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari'', so a CircusOfFear is a necessity. And in the briefly-mentioned backstory, the Penguin in that version also was a sideshow freak in his childhood, implying that's where his gang comes from.
** ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'': The Joker once again acts as this trope. But he seems to be emphasizing the "Monster" part of the trope this time around. Although he denies it, saying he's not really a clown; despite his appearance and gag-themed weapons, he's not able to make someone laugh without his signature chemicals.
** ''ComicBook/BatmanEndgame'' looks to be taking the Joker's [[{{Flanderization}} escalating bloodlust]] and [[JokerImmunity refusal to die]] to their logical conclusion by depicting the Joker as an AmbiguouslyHuman scourge who has seemingly been menacing Gotham since it was founded. On top of that, the backup stories for the arc contribute several more options to the Joker's MultipleChoicePast. It's telling that the most "normal" of them is that the Joker has a HealingFactor.
* DC also has the Ragdoll dynasty. The father was a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] villain with contortionist abilities, who would eventually become a Mansonesque cult leader and eventually regained his youth via a DealWithTheDevil. The son lacked his father's natural flexibility, so he remedied it with a series of operations that's left him severely deformed, but with greater flexibility than even his father. And don't ask about the sister.
* [=NightHawk=] from ''ComicBook/SupremePower'', being an AlternateCompanyEquivalent of Batman, naturally faces off against a homicidal maniac who kills and disguises himself as a party entertainer who was visiting the prison, and then goes on a rampage. But let's just say that [=NightHawk=] isn't Batman and hasn't heard of JokerImmunity...
* Violator from ''Comicbook/{{Spawn}}''. At first, he's just a FatBastard DepravedDwarf clown who delights in murder and mayhem. Then it turns out that the grotesque human is just a skin-suit over a LeanAndMean demon from hell.
* The Comedian from ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' arguably qualifies. In his original costume as one of the Minutemen anyway. When he gets his second costume and becomes one of the Crimebusters, not so much.
** Like the Joker's Glasgow smile in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', the scar the Comedian gets in Vietnam is eerily reminiscent of a clown's painted smile.
* Protoclown from ''ComicBook/TheTick''. And then the subversion: Protoclown was genetically engineered to be the perfect NonIronicClown, and deep down he's not such a bad guy. He just ''really hates being laughed at''.
* ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes sees all clowns]] as Monster Clowns. He's never actually encountered a real Monster Clown in the comics, but his solo mission in ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance'' has him fighting an army of clowns in a circus.
* ComicBook/{{Blade}} once fought ''vampire'' clowns. Really.
* Even ComicBook/TheCreeper has shown dislike of clowns.
* Bali Lali from ''Manga/{{Bizenghast}}'' is a GiantSpider woman in a jester outfit. She is closer to Good, being a hero but she certainly is creepy.
* Clown, who was featured in ''Super Mystery Comics'' and ''Four Favorites'', was so evil he worked for UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler.
* Eliot Franklin, from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, worked as a clown and wore his clown costume to commit crimes. He eventually became a professional hitman.
* The Clown Cenobite (a.k.a. "Winky Dink") from the ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'' comic story "Dead Things Rot".
* A recent issue of the revamped CREEPY comic featured a murderous clown who killed "demons" wherever he saw them. He saw them everywhere.
* The Painted Doll, a mass-murdering Joker-{{Expy}} supervillain from ''ComicBook/{{Promethea}}''. It's eventually revealed that his JokerImmunity is because he's actually a succession of identical robots created by an evil engineering genius, with a new one being activated automatically whenever the previous one is damaged beyond repair.
* Frenchy from the National Lampoon's [[http://ohdannyboy.blogspot.com/2007/10/looking-back-with-alan-kupperberg-evil.html Evil Clown Comics]] feature which ran intermittently in the magazine in the late 80's and early 90's. He was the brainchild of Nick Bakay and Alan Kupperberg, and was not only bitter and diabolical but had... ahem, a way with the ladies as well. Sometimes he was too much even for the proudly non-PC Lampoon, which refused to publish one panel of a particular story.
* R. Crumb wrote a comic showing the marvels of the City of the Future. He depicted a squad of clowns who went around inflicting chaos to keep people on their toes - and they regulated population growth, finding people aged 65 and throwing cyanide pies in their faces. What a way to go!
* In ''ComicBook/RobynHood: I Love NY'' #4, Robyn fights a gang of monster clowns who are abducting children.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide''
** One cartoon features [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever a giant clown]] marching through a city; a squad of soldiers are behind a building ready to ambush him with a rocket launcher [[PieInTheFace armed with a giant pie.]]
** Another cartoon features a group of angry clowns arguing with each other at a negotiation table; the caption reads, "At the strategic pie limitation talks".

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A fake one of these pops out of a door as an InUniverse JumpScare in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''. Later, a [[spoiler:living]] mannequin clown with a SlasherSmile appears.
* ''Fanfic/{{Pagliacci}}'' features [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] as a Jokeresque character. You'll never look at that little pink pony the same way again.
* In the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'', an AlternateUniverse glimpsed in [[GateOfTruth the Truth]] [[spoiler: (as well as in [[BadFuture Dark World]])]] gives us Nightmare Granfalloon, Pinkie Pie's potential SuperPoweredEvilSide.
* The vocaloid fanfic ''Fanfic/RottingCamellias'' has four of them, portrayed by Teto, Tei, Ruko, and Ritsu.
* [[WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}} Scuzzo the Clown]] assists the primary villains in the first installment of the ''[[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos]]'' series.
* In ''Fanfic/IceAndFire'', Kallen's Zero mask, unlike the one Lelouch wears in canon, makes her look like this. More specifically, it's an ornate clown mask that's happy on one side and sad on the other. Subverted in that, despite being ruthless at times, she's not actually evil.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' is an early, downplayed example -- the clowns genuinely like making their audience laugh, but they're a bunch of {{Jerkass}}es behind the scenes, humiliating Dumbo (and having a clown play his mother is pretty cruel, considering what happened to her) and not worrying about hurting him, or worse. One of the clowns does get a PetTheDog moment, but that's about it. (When he insists "You'll hurt the little guy", the other clowns just laugh him off and say that elephants can't get hurt because "they're made of rubber.")
* The Clown With The Tearaway Face from ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''. Subverted in that [[DarkIsNotEvil he isn't that scary]] once you get to know him, just like the other denizens of Halloween Town.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' had a nightmare about a fireman-clown trying to chase it into a filled bathtub. His only line was "Run!". [[NightmareFuel/TheBraveLittleToaster Sound advice!]] Considering it was a toaster's nightmare, and the clown was armed with a ''fire hose'' and a ''fork''...
* [[spoiler:King Candy]] from ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', despite not being a true clown, evokes this imagery as his comical, loony MadHatter persona erodes away to reveal his truly evil inner self. [[spoiler:Becomes a bit more literal in the climax.]]
* One of Riley's deep, subconscious fears in ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' is the [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever enormous]] and [[SlasherSmile horrifyingly manic]] Jangles the Clown. "'''''Whooo's the birthday girl?!'''''" In the CreativeClosingCredits, he's revealed to be a NonIronicClown who is not pleased with his job.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'', one of the supervillains who chases Kevin across the city is a bomb-juggling, LaughingMad, unicycle-riding clown.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' suggests that the very presence of clowns and circuses in Earth culture is a warped memory of an ancient visitation by inimical aliens.
* Pennywise the Dancing Clown from the 1990 adaptation of Creator/StephenKing's book ''Literature/{{IT}}'', portrayed by Creator/TimCurry. Even the on-set cast and crew were terrified. Even scarier when you realize he's actually an [[spoiler: EldritchAbomination]] disguised as a clown. Ironically, he chose the clown form to trick children into trusting him.
** Pennywise from the 2017 adaptation ''Film/{{It 2017}}'' is even more monstrous and frightening, with Bill Skarsgard taking Its sadism and predatory nature [[UpToEleven up to eleven]].
* In ''Film/{{Poltergeist}}'', towards the end a ''toy'' clown is possessed by evil spirits and ends up attacking the older brother. This was foreshadowed earlier in the movie when the boy covered up the clown with his jacket, because it was staring at him when he went to bed.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfiyJa0Zeas Parodied]] in ''Film/ScaryMovie2'' with a clown doll who [[MuggingTheMonster finds that not all victims are helpless]].
-->'''Clown Doll:''' ''[grabbing Ray by the throat and dragging him under the bed]'' Let's play! Let's play! This is a fun game! [[EvilLaugh HAHAHAHAHAHA!]] [[{{Beat}} .....]] Hey, what are you doing?!\\
'''Ray:''' Uncle Ray-Ray's got a game...\\
'''Clown Doll:''' Hey get your finger outta there!\\
'''Ray:''' Tickle tickle tickle tickle tickle!\\
'''Clown Doll:''' [[BlackComedyRape AAAHHHH!! AAAHHHH!! OH GOD!!]]
* ''Film/TheGreatestShowOnEarth'' features a gentle, altruistic, medically-inclined clown who never removes his makeup, even off-duty... because [[spoiler:he's on the run for the murder of his wife. Possibly a subversion, as it was a MercyKill (albeit still illegal)]].
* Subverted in ''Film/TheChase'': Creator/CharlieSheen's character Jack Hammond is pegged for a felony because he works part-time as a clown, despite the fact that he was innocent. (He's convicted, however, because a crucial piece of evidence was deemed inadmissible, which led to the events of the titular car chase.)
* Creator/JohnCandy starred in a drama/horror film in the '70s titled ''The Clown Murders'' which was about a Halloween prank gone wrong. The main enemy was a guy in a clown mask but he only appears for a few seconds in the movie.
* A startling jack-in-the-box (that ''weeps'', apparently) turns up in the very first shot of ''Film/WhatEverHappenedToBabyJane''
* ''Film/LivingDeadSeries'':
** In ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead'' (the Romero Zombie movie) there's a Zombie-Clown at a birthday party and he bites the birthday child's dad's ear off. It's hilarious and absolutely terrifying. It's telling that the child is shown to be instinctively afraid of the clown.
** One also pops up in ''Film/LandOfTheDead'' to eat one of the side characters.
** And in ''Film/DayOfTheDead1985'', too. It makes you wonder just how quickly the ZombieApocalypse struck that the poor bastards didn't even have time to change into something more dignified for their trip to the hereafter.
* ''Film/QuickChange'': Creator/BillMurray's character dresses up as a clown to rob a bank. He's not really evil, though he did endanger the customers and bank personnel (who could have been wounded or killed during the robbery if someone had gotten heroic or the police had charged in guns a' blazing).
* ''Gacy, To Catch a Killer'' and ''Dear Mr. Gacy'', all about John Wayne Gacy.
* An original plan for ''Film/{{Halloween 1978}}'' was to have Michael Myers wear a Weary Willie mask instead of the tweaked Creator/WilliamShatner one they ended up using. Michael does wear the clown mask for the film's opening scene, where he murders his older sister.
* The ''{{Franchise/Saw}}'' franchise has [[CreepyDoll Billy]], the grotesque puppet Jigsaw uses to communicate with his victims. He has a white face, oversized smile, swirls on his cheeks and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick blood-red eyes.]] His clownish design deliberately contrasts the gritty, metal-and-rust aesthetic of the films, making him even more unnerving.
* "The master and I are going to have words. He knows I hate clowns. God, I hate them. I hate them all. I hate Bozo, Ronald, Chuckles with their freakin' dumb noses and their lousy party hats!" - Violator from ''Film/{{Spawn}}'', though his hatred comes from the fact that he has to look like a clown.
* Near the end of ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', a zombie clown appears at Pacific Playland. Even though Columbus [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes is afraid of clowns]], [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome he kills it in two hits.]]
* Captain Spaulding (Sid Haig) in ''Film/HouseOf1000Corpses''. Especially the first scene. He's more of a monster in ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'' but ditches the clown makeup early in the film. He would be a DoubleSubversion, as the first scene makes him appear to be just a DepravedKidsShowHost who only [[MoneyDearBoy dresses the part for work]], but how could someone who's openly such a {{Jerkass}} be as terrible as he talks?
* The first segment of ''Film/{{Amusement}}'' features a room '''filled''' with scary clown dolls and toys. Except one of them isn't...
* In ''Film/NightOfTheDemon'' (1957), Crowley-esque cult leader Julian Karswell, who will blithely send critics to a horrible doom, holds children's parties at his estate, playing a magician/clown...pretty benign for this trope, but capable of bad stuff (and in the original story, quick to scare the daylights out of the kids).
* The second dream sequence in ''Film/PeeWeesBigAdventure'' is loaded with them. The scariest one probably being the surgeon, who is only revealed to be a monster clown after he pulls down his surgical mask showing his eerily painted mouth. Definitely a case of less is more.
** Then there's that motorized clown dummy Pee-Wee chained his bike to...when he comes back and the bike's gone the clown has an evil grin and laughs mockingly!
* The various film incarnations of ComicBook/TheJoker are classic examples.
** ''Film/TheDarkKnight'''s Joker, complete with a GlasgowSmile; small children will no doubt be quietly wetting themselves in theaters around the world.
** In [[Film/{{Batman}} the 1989 film]], the Joker and his men also dress up as mimes in order to get close enough to a mob target to kill him, then blast the street with tommy guns.
* In ''Film/BatmanReturns'', the Penguin was the leader of the Red Triangle Circus Gang, a group of criminals made up of former circus performers, including several clowns. Likely the nastiest one (called "The Terrifying Clown" in the credits) was [[OneSceneWonder the one with the stun gun]] that threatened Selena in the battle at the tree lighting ceremony at the beginning.
* The 2007 movie ''Drive-Thru'' features a serial killing clown named Horny.
* In ''Let's Visit The World of the Future'', the future is ruled by evil clowns.
* The movie ''Torment'' features the evil Dissecto the Clown.
* In ''Clownhouse'', three mental patients dress as clowns and go on a killing spree.
* In the 1998 film ''The Clown at Midnight'', a murderous clown attacks several teenagers.
* ''Film/UncleBuck'' had "Pooter the Clown", who showed up to entertain children at a young MacaulayCulkin's birthday party, ''while drunk'', but ends up trying to pick a fight with Creator/JohnCandy instead.
* ''Film/ShakesTheClown'' is a comedy that treats clowns as a minority. Most of the characters have foul mouths and substance abuse problems, but one clown in particular, played by Creator/TomKenny, loses it at the end, and holds a woman hostage.
* ''Franchise/{{Hellraiser}}'':
** A monstrous clown makes an appearance in ''Film/HellboundHellraiserII'', juggling with its own eyes.
** Angelique of ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'' was supposed to be served by a troupe of these. Sadly the movie went through its own DevelopmentHell, and they were one of the [[WhatCouldHaveBeen many casualties]].
* ''Film/TheFamilyJewels'' is a vanity-piece movie for Creator/JerryLewis, starring in seven roles, including a professional clown who, off the clock, has only contempt for the "squealing brats" he entertains.
* The short Québécois film, ''LeQueloune'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG8wsae-6tU rather subverts this.]] The clown in question happens to be a confused zombie in a clown costume just rising from the grave, and you can't help but root for the poor fellow when it takes him two days to get himself out of his grave site. Then he wanders into a couple's home and scares the wife into accidentally killing herself by falling down the stairs (and when he accidentally himself falls on her corpse, his zombie cravings awaken when he tastes human flesh for the first time). After killing the husband with a shovel (and serving their flesh on a skillet for his first breakfast), he removes his old clown clothes and makeup, dresses himself up in a new pair, and walks out of the house ready to begin a new day as a flesh-eating zombie (unaware that everyone around him outside apparently has thought the same thing, what being zombies themselves and all).
** People from Quebec have a fondness for the trope, it seems; not only were ''Le Queloune'' and ''Happy Meal'' (the vampire Ronald [=McDonald=] short above) made there, there's also ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MELPIUpjqmw Pogo et ses amis]]'' (Pogo and friends), a stop-motion short about the [[BlackComedy darkly funny]] day-to-day life of Pogo the clown (see the RealLife section below) and his friends [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Gein Ed,]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert_Fish Albert]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zodiac_Killer Mr. Z.]] Even funnier/more disturbing because Ed and Albert are voiced by the same voice actors who do Ned Flanders and Mister Burns, respectively, in the Quebec-made French translation of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
*** And Pogo is Homer himself.
* The 2008 SlasherMovie ''Film/{{Amusement}}''. While not a monster clown, the clown wearing psychopath still proves that sometimes you don't have to be supernatural to be scary.
* ''Killjoy'' and its sequels feature a killer spirit in the form of a clown who attacks campers who disturb his resting place.
* ''S.I.C.K. Serial Insane Clown Killer'' features a killer who dresses in a clown suit.
* ''Out of the Dark'' features a killer who targets sex-line workers while wearing a clown mask.
* The killer in ''Film/SlaughterHigh'' wears a jester costume. Fitting, since [[AprilFoolsPlot the film takes place on April Fools' Day]].
* The Spanish film ''Film/TheLastCircus'' has two insane, grotesquely disfigured clowns battling each other.
%%* The ''Camp Blood'' trilogy.
%%* ''Mr. Jingles'' and its sequel, ''Jingles the Clown''.
* Shivers the Clown from the ''Fear of Clowns'' duology.
* ''Film/BlueVelvet'': Roy Orbison's "In Dreams" or "CANDY COLORED CLOWN!!!" is a Monster Clown in the form of a song. Interestingly enough, Dean Stockwell, who lip-synchs the song while wearing white make up and exotic clothing, comes across as a Monster Clown Pimp.
* Shows up again in ''Film/InlandEmpire''. The scene with the movie's first big JumpScare -- in which Laura Dern's slightly distorted face suddenly races up to the camera with a ScareChord -- fades in from a creepy painting of a clown. The famous NightmareFace near the end is also extremely distorted to look like that of a clown. May be related to what Lynch calls the "suffocating rubber clown suit of negativity".
* ''Klown Kamp Massacre'' and ''100 Tear''s both feature killers dressed as Monster Clowns.
* ''Film/LaCasa3'' has the clown doll that Henriette carries around. On few occasions it turns into sharptoothed version of itself.
* In the ''Film/ProblemChild'' series, it's a RunningGag that Junior really hates clowns -- although it appears to stem more from intense dislike than fear.
* The killer zombie clown played by Creator/RossNoble from ''{{Film/Stitches 2012}}''.
* The killer in the slasher[=/=]porno hybrid ''Camp Cuddly Pines Powertool Massacre'' is a rather badass looking example of this. He was set on fire while wearing a clown mask, and it melted to his face.
* In the James Bond movie ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', when the villainís big scary henchman Jaws stalks Manuela in a dark alley during the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, he is dressed as a giant clown.
* The high priest who conducts the gory temple ceremony for the god Kukulkan in Creator/MelGibson's ''Film/{{Apocalypto}}'' could be considered a pre-Columbian version of this trope. His eye makeup looks very much like that of a clown, he laughs constantly, his ceremony is circus-like entertainment for the crowds watching below, and his voice is wild and high-pitched, especially compared to the subdued tone of voice spoken by all the other movie characters (including the other villains).
* The Heads in ''Film/ThirtyOne'' are a group of murderous clowns.
* Creator/EliRoth's film ''{{Film/Clown}}'' posits that the ordinary NonIronicClown is actually a bastardization of a creature in Scandinavian folklore which lures children into its cave and [[EatsBabies eats them]]. ...Oh, and whoever puts on an old Icelandic "Cløyne" suit to entertain at children's parties transforms into the monster.
* In ''Film/SilentHillRevelation3D,'' Heather is having visions courtesy of her evil twin Alessa. A birthday party attended by clowns with balloons becomes a hideous gorefest before her eyes.
* Thomas is taken to a CircusOfFear featuring these in ''Film/{{Imaginaerum}}'', who as part of their act begin to scoop his memories away - only [[spoiler:his memory of going to the circus with his daughter and feeling like a good parent]] stops them.
* There's also the titular character of the 2013 horror comedy ''Gingerclown'' (yet ''another'' killer clown played by Creator/TimCurry), who leads a group of monsters that inhabit an abandoned amusement park that a group of high school kids happen to explore one night. It goes like you'd expect.
* The 1994 British horror/black comedy ''Funny Man'' features the titular demon, who takes the form of a twisted, homicidal, wisecracking harlequin. Imagine "Freddy Krueger meets the Joker," and you have a solid grasp of the Funny Man.
* In Parker numerous bad guys dress up in clown get up and UncannyValleyMakeup when terrorizing people with guns and starting fires.
* The title character of ''Film/TheLegendOfWasco'' leads a gang of undead clowns.
* One of the Christmas-themed monsters in ''Film/{{Krampus}}'' is an all-devouring toy jester.
* Inverted in ''Film/BillyMadison'' where the clown in question seems innocent enough, but when he is subject to a head injury that leaves him unconscious and drooling blood, everyone else seems oblivious to the seriousness of the situation as they laugh at him.
* The 2006 B-horror movie ''When Evil Calls'' features an ''Literature/{{IT}}'' inspired clown that [[JackassGenie grants wishes]] to students at a British [[BoardingSchoolOfHorrors boarding school]] to [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor disastrous results]].
* ''Film/HellHouseLLC'' has monster clown mannequins [[spoiler: that start moving on their own as things get creepier.]]
* ''Film/AllHallowsEve'' has Art, a sadistic, misogynistic clown/mime who loves mutilating anyone he comes across. He is also the focus of ''Film/{{Terrifier}}.''

* ''Literature/{{Coulrophobia}}'' on Amazon's kindle network.
* Pennywise from ''Literature/{{IT}}'' by Creator/StephenKing. In the TV miniseries based on the same, Creator/TimCurry's portrayal of the role was so creepy, the other actors avoided him even off-camera. He is responsible for a hell of a lot of people's coulrophobia. And Pennywise isn't confined simply to "IT", you know. He appears in several other Stephen King novels, and plays no direct role. He simply sits in the background, possibly waiting for something. Perhaps the most disturbing is in ''Dreamcatcher,'' where it's mentioned that the monument erected honoring the Losers Club for defeating "It" is defaced by graffiti saying "Pennywise lives." The ironic part is that while It often used its shape-shifting ability to take the form of nightmarish imagery, one of its primary uses for the Pennywise form was to ''attract'' kids.
* The Ankh-Morpork Fool's Guild in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series realizes that clowns scare and disgust some people. Thus, they prepare their charges through exceedingly harsh conditions to endure a lot of abuse. Creator/TerryPratchett, creator of the series, has described the guild as "the stricter sort of medieval monastery without [the monastery's] non-stop boffo laughs." He also introduces the idea that whiteface clowns are scary even to other clowns because their humor often comes from bullying others. Doctor Whiteface is described as having, under his painted grin, features "cold and proud as a prince of Hell".
** In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', Lord Vetinari proposes that some people hate clowns because clowns aren't really funny, but instead tragic:
-->''They are tragic, and [[BlackComedy we laugh at their tragedy as we laugh at our own.]] The painted grin leers out at us from the darkness, [[StrawNihilist mocking our insane belief in order, logic, status, the reality of reality.]] The mask knows that we are born on [[BananaPeel the banana skin]] that leads only to [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom the open manhole cover of doom,]] and all we can hope for are the cheers of the crowd.''
** In the Fools' Guild edition of the ''[[AllThereInTheManual Discworld Diary]]'' series, the Guild's clowns, mimes and jesters are revealed to be agents of a widespread and ruthless spy ring operated purely for its own profit and power.
** Verence, a former jester who became king of Lancre, was raised by his Fool grandfather in the grim traditions of the Guild. Said grandfather once gave his young grandson a vicious beating for daring to ''make up an original joke'' about a duck.
* In ''Life Expectancy'', by Creator/DeanKoontz, we meet a man with the unfortunate name of Konrad Beezo. He is a clown, he has a pistol and apparent mental problems, and he insists on telling everyone he meets that he '''hates''' aerialists.
* In Douglas Coupland's ''[=jPod=]'', a group of video game company employees are forced by their boss to make a really inane kids' game with a skateboarding turtle, so as a way of getting back at him, they put in an EasterEgg which unlocks a gameplay mode where Ronald [=McDonald=] goes on a bloody killing spree.
** Speaking of Ronald [=McDonald=] crossed with monstrousness, ''Literature/JohnDiesAtTheEnd'' features a deliberately inflicted hallucination of said clown prince of lard being helplessly compelled to eat his own entrails.
* Horrabin from ''Literature/TheAnubisGates'' by Creator/TimPowers.
* In ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'', Cheradenine [[spoiler:(actually Elethiomel)]] Zakalwe wears a clown disguise when assassinating Ethnarch Kerian.
* Australian novel ''Literature/ThePiloFamilyCircus'' is all about this: the extradimensional [[CircusOfFear Pilo Family Circus's]] clown division is populated by some of the most depraved and insane individuals in existence, acting as the management's henchmen in Our World. Worse still, it's very clear that none of them started this way: the magical facepaint they wear creates a [[EnemyWithin split personality]] that takes over every time they "paint up" until [[SplitPersonalityTakeover the original is reduced to nothing]]. Since it also grants superhuman abilities, most recruits have no choice but to wear it just to survive the first few months in the Circus, and by then, it's already too late.
* Shagwell from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a [[HiredGun sellsword]] who dresses like a jester and deliberately plays it up in numerous ways. He's part of a particularly brutal mercenary company called the Bloody Mummers, and makes jokes about their various atrocities. In battle he wields a three-headed morningstar, which is a lethal version of a jester's flail.
** The Bloody Mummers themselves qualify. A Mummer is a clown/street-performer, and the company is a gathering of wildly dressed psychopaths.
** Patchface is a possible example, a brain damaged jester who does very little besides sing songs. However, his songs are often sinister, and include references to things that haven't happened yet. The priestess Melisandre, considered by most to be incredibly creepy herself and prone to burning people alive as sacrifices, senses great evil in him and sees him in her visions with blood on his lips.
* In John Connolly's short story ''Some Children Wander By Mistake,'' the clowns of the Circus Caliban are revealed to be monstrous creatures that ''remove'' their makeup for a performance. They [[ChildHater despise children, particularly the ones that still find them funny]], and go out of their way to kill and eat them whenever they can do so without being caught- except for the unlucky few that are selected to become Clowns themselves. These are culled from children that were still unborn at the time of the Circus Caliban's last performance in a particular town, but were conscious enough at the time to kick when the Clowns appeared. Once the circus returns, the child is kidnapped and slowly transformed into a Clown. This is the sad fate of the story's protagonist, William:
-->His teeth fell out and were replaced by sharp, white hooks that were kept hidden behind shields of plastic; and his nails decayed to hard yellow stumps at the end of soft, pale fingers. He grew tall and strong, until at last he forgot his name, and became only "Clown", and a great clown he was. His tongue grew like a snake's, and he tasted children with it as they laughed, for clowns are hungry and sad and envious of humanity. They travel from town to town, looking for those that they can steal away, always marking the child that kicks in the womb, and always finding him upon their return.
-->For clowns are not made.\\
Clowns are ''born.''
* In the Franchise/StarWars ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' novels, Onimi is the disfigured jester of Supreme Overlord Shimmra of the Vong. He's a creepy little guy who always has an annoying comment for the situation on hand. [[spoiler:He's also TheManBehindTheMan, using MindControl on Shimmra. Onimi's the only Force user among the Vong, thanks to the event that crippled him. The FinalBattle of the series is against ''him''; he puts up a hell of a fight, and would have won if Jacen Solo hadn't taken another level of GodModeSue at the last minute. Onimi's Wookiepedia entry actually compares him to Kefka. With good reason.]]
* Subverted in ''Captain Krokus'' by F. Knorre, where Clown [=CoCo=] is TheHero, and his scarecrow becomes the BigBad.
* "The Dreamclown", a short story by Creator/NancyACollins. The titular clown, rather than being a garish and grotesque creature, is portrayed as a graceful mime-acrobat, in the style of the French Pierrot. It spends evenings on the street outside the house of two boys (the narrator and his brother), entertaining them with its enchanting, almost ''seductive'' performance. [[spoiler: The narrator's brother is drawn in by the Clown's act, and loses his soul.]]
* "Scary Clowns" is the name of the psychological warfare division of the Organization in ''Bad Monkeys'' and indeed all its agents dress as clowns.
* The Harlequin is the covert enforcement division of the Vampire Council in Creator/LaurellKHamilton's Literature/AnitaBlake books. Even to say their name brings a death sentence.
* Arguably, the jester from [[Creator/FriedrichNietzsche Nietzsche's]] ''Also Sprach Zarathustra'' can be seen as a {{Trope Maker|s}} (with Rigoletto, or possibly some Creator/VictorHugo work, as an UrExample).
* In Creator/AndrewVachss's Burke book ''Strega'', one of the villains dresses as a clown while conducting his child sex offences.
* ''Literature/NightmareHour'' by Creator/RLStine featured a tale called "Afraid of Clowns" that explained that all clowns are actually [[AlwaysChaoticEvil sick people who enjoy tormenting kids]] and always single out the most frightened of them to pick on. Not to mention how they TickleTorture people to death. And worst of all, [[spoiler:the story's victim becomes one of them to save his own skin and personally picks out future victims]].
* One of the secretaries at the Peoria REC in ''Literature/ThePaleKing'' resembles one.
* Invoked in Sandra Cisneros's ''Literature/TheHouseOnMangoStreet'', in the chapter "Red Clowns." The AuthorAvatar Esperanza and her friend Sally go to a carnival one night, and at one point Sally disappears. (Unbeknownst to Esperanza, Sally has set each of them up with a boy.) Esperanza waits beside a diorama of some "wacky" red-costumed clowns with their tongues hanging out until another young man comes up to her. He tries to kiss her, and Esperanza resists until he physically overpowers her and rapes her, constantly murmuring, [[AffablyEvil "I love you, I love you, Spanish girl."]] As Esperanza is flat on her back, she looks up at the clowns depicted on the diorama and imagines they are laughing at her. All she can murmur is, "Sally, you lied..."
* The second book of Darren Shan's latest series, ''Zom-B: Underground'', features Mr Dowling. He wears the flayed face of a man on one shoulder and that of a woman on the other, has human entrails wrapped around his arms, his clown nose is a human eyeball, he can create spiders out of nothing, and he appears to have some manner of control over zombies.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' has a semi-''heroic'' example. Jeremy X was genetically engineered to be a jester. He escaped, founded [[LaResistance the Audubon Ballroom]], and now uses the hand-eye-coordination Manpower intended for sleight of hand tricks to be the best pistoleer in the galaxy and kill slavers in job lots.
* One of ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' Morgan's victims is a professional clown [[spoiler: with a sideline in child murder; Dexter comments that he's been complained of by some parents who pointed out that you don't need to take a child into a dark closet to show him balloon animals]].
* One of Creator/DaveBarry's books on [[FauxToGuide childcare]] mentions that when choosing wallpaper for your child's room, make sure they match up: kids who grow up seeing clown torsos come out of rhinoceros bodies end up becoming axe murderers or members of the state cabinet.
* An [[HilariousOuttake outtake]] in the back of ''Literature/FancyApartments'' parodies this, with a 'evil' clown taking the place of the main villain.
* ''Literature/TheFortyFirstWink'' has its main villain be a monster clown named Peepers. Notably, this trope is Lampshaded as the main character takes time to say clowns are universally scary and fail horribly at the one thing they're supposed to do (entertain children).
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheForsakenChildren'' with the pierrot, a color elemental that resemble clowns. They're extremely friendly, but their makeup and costumes are actually its skin.
* Sparky, in ''Literature/TheDireSaga'', notes that there was an entire era of these, and most of the heroes feel they were more terrifying than the world-ending threats. The most evil of them was The Great Clown Pagliacci.
* The FantasticNoir MonsterMash ''Literature/FiftyFeetOfTrouble'' includes the Reverend Bobo Gigglesworth. Creepy, check. Clown, check. Also monster of the cloth.
* ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'':Tom dressed up as clown hoping to bring laughter to the people, when he and several others were summoned to another world, thus preventing them to see their families ever again. When a little boy he often speaks with dies right in front of his eyes, during an attack of demons, he goes insane, changing into a horrifying clown that even scares the demons, and slaughters them one after another, without stopping to smile.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/AreYouAfraidOfTheDark''
** Zeebo the Clown, the ghost of a criminal who haunted a haunted house (go figure); and the Crimson Clown, something of a cross between a Monster Clown and a DemonicDummy.
** [[http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-N2oBlN9V8Ng/TgSLVKMXONI/AAAAAAAABYI/Kh1MwlabZKg/s1600/are+you+afraid+of+the+dark.gif The Ghastly Grinner.]] He's a jester but he still fits the mark.
* The Clown in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "The Thaw" was created as [[LotusEaterMachine virtual-reality entertainment for a race in suspended animation]]. The Clown [[InstantAIJustAddWater became self-aware]] and [[AIIsACrapshoot sadistically scared to death anyone who opposed it]].
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Look (Stop Me if You've Heard This One) But There Were These Two Fellas..." has a pair of killer clowns whose boss is a Punch and Judy puppet.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Within the Matrix, this is one of the forms the Fourth Doctor's mysterious opponent takes in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E3TheDeadlyAssassin "The Deadly Assassin"]], though only to taunt him.
** The murderous robot clowns in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS25E4TheGreatestShowInTheGalaxy The Greatest Show in the Galaxy]]". The Chief Clown, the only actually human one, is a servant of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s who has come to enjoy any spectacle of brutality or murder. He also taunts one of his former colleagues on supposedly not being able to stop the {{Big Bad}}s. The {{Novelization}} also implies him to be a [[{{Pun}} greedy Pagliaccio]].
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E11TheGodComplex The God Complex]]" inevitably features a clown as one of the apparitions created by an evil hotel which torments people with their greatest fear.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In the episode "[[Recap/BuffyTheVampireSlayerS1E10Nightmares Nightmares]]", everyone was menaced by [[YourWorstNightmare their worst dreams]], including public nudity, death, and...
-->'''Xander:''' (runs into Willow while fleeing, panicked) Remember my sixth birthday party?\\
'''Willow:''' Oh yeah! When the clown chased you, and you got so scared you went... oh.
* A [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes special fear]] of Sam's on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** The show had a demon (a rakshasa, to be precise) that took the shape of a clown so children would trust it. (Yeah, 'cause nothing inspires trust like... oh, never mind.)
** Demonic clowns also served as enforcers for a SuckECheeses where "bad" parents were being knocked off.
* In ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', Will, Carlton, and Uncle Phil are taken hostage by a mentally unstable clown named [[IronicName Chuckles]] and he forces them to take him to the courthouse to perform in his act or else he'll blow them up with a bomb he keeps strapped to himself. [[spoiler: It turns out that the bomb was never real, just a gag prop he used in his grand finale, which wasn't funny.]] Fortunately, the clown is arrested in the end.
* In "Sylvia," a bizarre two-part episode from the seventh season of ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' a man disguised as a clown rapes and impregnates Albert's girlfriend. The clown, his victim, and the unborn child all die in the end.
* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'': In "No Clowning Around," the Yellow Ranger's cousin is harassed by an evil clown that turns out to be Rita's Pineoctopus monster.
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' generally has at least one clown-based monster per season.
** One notable example was Puppet Man, who started out as an honest clown (or more accurately, a RobotBuddy who was a clown's sidekick) but whom was corrupted and turned evil by King Mondo's magic. Fortunately, after the Rangers defeated him, Alpha 5 managed to rebuild him (installing new software to prevent it from happening again).
* The David Bowie-esque Pierrot in ''Series/AshesToAshes'' which evokes the one from the song of the same name's MusicVideo. Which turns out to be [[spoiler:representative of Alex's father, who killed himself and his wife]].
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** Mentioned half-jokingly by Colonel Sheppard when one of the natives asks him if he's afraid of the Wraith. He says no, what he's really afraid of is clowns, eventually adding he's at war with them too. They try to fight them off, he says, but there's hundreds of them, [[ClownCar pouring out of Volkswagons]].
** And brought out for ''real'' when Rodney [=McKay=] and Sheppard are being attacked by an entity that feeds on [[YourWorstNightmare their worst nightmares]]: rowing a boat through a stormy whale-infested sea... with a clown sitting behind them.
* As the title suggests, ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'' episode "Day of the Clown". "Odd Bob" is really the Pied Piper and some sort of AnthropomorphicPersonification of childhood fear.
* '''Hysterically funny''' subversion from 80s SitCom ''Series/TheHoganFamily'': David is dragooned into playing a clown at a birthday party, and the girl he's been chasing walks in on him, stares and says "David?" He stares at her in shock, then pulls the clown suit up to cover his head and says in a squeaky voice "No, it's just me, Bobo the headless clown!" Cue the children screaming in fear and the audience howling with laughter for about a solid minute.
** Similarly, in ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Joey and Chandler try to decide between babies in clown or duck print sleepwear (ItMakesSenseInContext):
-->'''Joey:''' Okay, heads is ducks, because...ducks have heads.\\
'''Chandler:''' ''What'' kind of scary-ass clowns came to ''your'' birthday??
* Subverted with the ghost Flabber in ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}''. He's clownish but he's more friendly than monstrous.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Agent Seeley Booth has a problem with clowns. He shot one once. It was on top of an ice cream truck. He had to be psychoanalyzed. In a later Halloween episode Booth and Bones investigate a serial killer who terrifies victims to death. When Booth confronts the killer, said killer is dressed as a clown. Presumably because clowns terrify everyone.
* ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'''s Papa Lazarou, a demonic, [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty polygamist]] blackface minstrel who runs a CircusOfFear. [[spoiler: Season 3 reveals that he [[NotAMask doesn't actually wear any makeup]]. That's his actual skin.]]
** Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton's later show ''Series/{{Psychoville}},'' features [[https://imgur.com/scIWh0c Mr Jelly]] who turns out to be a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]. He certainly ''looks'' like a MonsterClown with his messy, sinister makeup, dirty, disheveled appearance and HookHand, but while he's angry and bitter and tends to [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant scare children by accident]], he isn't actually villainous at all and is something of the OnlySaneMan amongst the main cast.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'': Jack Handey had the right idea: "To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus and a clown killed my Dad."
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had a schizophrenic character at one point who was rather unstable, and was shown playing the role of Canio in ''Pagliaci'', a clown. While wandering the city in his clown makeup, he encounters a gang of toughs who should know better than to [[BullyingADragon hassle a clown]].
* An episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' had the girls being terrorized by their worst nightmares. Paige's was a scary clown.
* The guys at ''[[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]]'' had the clowns' number, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnyvA2pdQvo riffing on the short "Here Comes The Circus" (aka "Here Comes The DEVIL!")]]
** Joel can't turn off the holo-clown sequencer and after three weeks it gets really tense and scary. "Hey little girl, would you like a salted nut roll?"
* In one episode of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Peg hired Sticky the Clown for Bud's birthday, even though Marcy had commented he had just been paroled. Exactly [[NoodleIncident what he did to end up in prison]] wasn't known, but he spent the time waiting for Bud and Al to come home "torturing" a teddy bear with a knife and drinking whiskey. (He was gone when they ''did'' get home, but the knife was embedded in the wall; again, what happened was left to the imagination.)
* ''Series/OneStepBeyond'' has an episode where a clown haunts a man, appearing in reflections reaching for his throat. [[spoiler:Trope averted as the clown is the good guy, avenging the man's murdered wife.]]
* Carrie Bradshaw from ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' was scared of the clown Brady's grandmother hired for his 1st birthday: "Nothing is scarier than a clown."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDvdSGkN0aU&feature=related This]] ''Series/RomperRoom'' opening. Pop goes the weasel, and the jack in the box comes out of his house...and he looks INSANE.
* Kreegan, from ''Series/Cleopatra2525'' is murderous, sadistic, and for no readily apparent reason, resembles a clown crossed with Gene Simmons of Music/{{KISS}}.
* Googler from ''Series/AceLightning''. More of a Monster Jester really, but still close enough.
* Subverted in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Damaged". The killer turned out to be a clown... who was severely mentally retarded, and committed the double homicide during a tantrum.
* In the HalloweenEpisode of ''Series/ICarly'', when the iCarly trio is in a darkened apartment, they take cover in a closet and encounter a disembodied clown head, which leaves them terrified...[[spoiler: but eventually we find out that it was just a phone that is hardly ever used anymore.]] Plus, Nathan Kress, the actor who plays Freddie, has stated that he is afraid of clowns himself.
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "We All Scream For Icecream", the ghost of an ice cream-truck-driving clown who the main character and his JerkAss friend accidentally murdered when they were kids comes back for revenge with his disturbingly happy attitude. And because he drove an ice cream truck, everything around suddenly gets immeasurably cold (by the way, the JerkAss friend inexplicably and gruesomely melted. It was a really weird episode.)
* ''Series/InLivingColor'': Although not evil per se, Homey D. Clown is still one big jerk. The reason for his {{Jerkass}}ery? He's actually an ex-convict working as a clown, which is part of his prison release work program, and his lifelong enemy is TheMan.
* In episode "18-5-4" of ''Series/TheMentalist'', the victim's fear of clowns was used to give him a particularly traumatic death.
* Played for laughs with Doctor Blake Downs in ''Series/ChildrensHospital'', a Film/PatchAdams expy who believes he can cure anything with laughter despite being utterly unfunny, caustic and permanently soaked in blood.
* [[spoiler:Averted]] in ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode "Afraid of Clowns." Clowns are apparently a race of creepy humanoid creatures [[spoiler: but are relatively friendly and supportive of the coulrophobic main character, who is horrified when he becomes a clown himself at puberty]].
* ''Series/NoelFieldingsLuxuryComedy'' features a screeching purple clown named "The Audience" who lives on a cloud and produces mashed potato sculptures from his hollow abdomen. He shows no particular signs of being evil, but he's still terrifying and bizarre in the extreme.
* Subversion in the whole-fish episode of ''Series/GoodEats''. At the beginning, Alton is at a [[TropaholicsAnonymous support group]] for people who have a fear of cooking and eating whole fish [[FridgeLogic (including, ironically, a fisherman)]], but he's there waiting for the coulrophobic support group. [[BookEnds At the end of the episode]], he is hosting a dinner party (serving [[ChekhovsGun the dishes he made in the episode]]) for a bunch of {{Non Ironic Clown}}s, in order to help him get over his fear of them.
* One of the board games that Lily's father invents on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is titled "There's a Clown Demon Under the Bed". Not the best way to comfort your daughter after a nightmare.
* On ''The Huntress,'' Dottie and Brandi go after a skip who's entertaining at a kid's birthday party--as a clown. Just so the children aren't traumatized after seeing bounty hunters wrestle him to the ground and drag him off into custody, Dottie tells them that it's okay because there are good clowns and bad clowns. The clown swears at her; Dottie says, "See? Bad clown!"
* Totally subverted in the German action series ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Der_Clown Der Clown]]''. The clown from the title isn't a villain but the protagonist secret identity: he is a vigilante wearing a clown mask to fight crime.
* Leo Johnson of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' -- already a violent, unbalanced and abusive bastard -- comes out of a vegetative state after a period of abuse by Shelly and Bobby, brain-damaged and vengeful. The cake and frosting smeared on his face, the party hat and his extremely wide smile give him this appearance.
* An episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' once featured a side plot where Rollins and Fin went around the neighborhood on Halloween to make sure registered sex offenders weren't opening the door to children. Most of the offenders are sullen and angry, but compliant. Naturally, there's one pedophile dressed up in full clown regalia who opens the door with a gleeful "Who wants a treat?"
* On an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', Jack Riley (Mr. Carlin on ''Series/TheBobNewhartShow'') is arraigned as "Mr. Frou Frou":
--> '''Clerk:''' The charges are gambling, disorderly conduct, inciting a riot, attempted assault, attacking an officer and resisting arrest.\\
'''Judge:''' What, no lewd behavior?\\
'''Clown:''' I was too drunk.
* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' has Twisty the Clown. He is mute, wears what appears to be a skinned human mask with realistic teeth and a mouth spread in a constant horrible grin.
** His tricks start out mundane enough. Producing flowers, making balloon animals, pulling out juggling pins, etc. If he happens to screw up a balloon animal, however, or just when he gets bored...BerserkButton and Monster Clown incoming.
** Also what's under his mouth. [[spoiler:He has no bottom jaw.]]
** Despite all of this, when his backstory is revealed, [[spoiler:he's actually the most tragic character in the season. And despite being a MonsterClown, he's not the main antagonist. Surprisingly, it's a spoiled heir.]]
* ''[[Series/RetroGameMaster GameCenter CX]]'': In the beginning of the 18th Season, a pair of tuxedo-clad clowns [[BalefulPolymorph transform the king into an elephant]] and turn his castle into a [[CircusOfFear haunted circus]]. In each episode, they ask the King a trivia question at the beginning. At the end of the episode, the King answers; if he gets it wrong, they attack him.
* Used in a third-season episode of ''Series/ScareTactics'' for a teenager set to babysit a little girl, only instead of a clown statue, it's the little girl's NotSoImaginaryFriend.
* ''Series/{{Cannon}}'': In "The Salinas Jackpot", two thieves disguised as rodeo clown rob the cashier's office at a rodeo. When one of them is recognised, they murder everybody in the office.
* A RunningGag on ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' is John's belief that ''all'' clowns are monster clowns.
-->'''John''': Clowns are not for entertainment. Clowns are for murder threats, attempted murder, and ''actual'' murder.
* ''Series/JessicaJones2015'': Slightly referenced when Jessica sees that Trish has reinforced her apartment with bulletproof windows, a steel-reinforced door, and turned Jessica's old bedroom into a gym:
-->'''Jessica Jones:''' Trish, what are you afraid of?
-->'''Trish Walker:''' Not much anymore. Except clowns, but thatís just common sense.

* Music/{{Vocaloid}}: Kagamine Len, playing Lemy/Remy Abelard, in the Franchise/EvilliousChronicles song Five the Pierrot/Gobanme no Piero, is a very unique example of this. First, he's just an assassin who has the nickname "Pierrot" and wears a clown outfit. Second, he's not really a monster. He's just [[spoiler:been raised wrong by Santa/Julia Abelard, his adoptive mother and leader of the organization he belongs to, Pere Noel]].
* The appropriately titled song "Clown" by the band Music/{{Korn}}.
* Music/InsaneClownPosse obviously takes their image from this and have built a mythology around themselves called "The Dark Carnival." In the band's mythology, they're actually {{AntiHero}}es or {{Sociopathic Hero}}es hunting their various villainous enemies. The afterlife story features an evil clown, Jack Jeckel and his good twin Jake Jeckel. Jack throws slippery, blood-soaked balls at Jake, each representing a sin. If Jake fails to juggle the balls and drops one, you're condemned to "Hell's Pit." Other Creator/PsychopathicRecords artists that are examples of this trope include Music/AnybodyKilla, Music/BlazeYaDeadHomie, Music/{{Boondox}}, and Music/{{Twiztid}}.
** Boondox' status as this is questionable. From his songs (and upbringing) it's pretty evident that he's supposed to be a scarecrow.
* Music/BlindGuardian's music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDFmNgmaEe0 Mr. Sandman]]" includes ''four'' monster clowns.'' Seriously, don't go to sleep after watching that.
* Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Music/{{Slipknot}}, and his mask.
* From "Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" by the Music/{{Eels}}: ''"The clown with the frown driving down to the sidewalk fair / Finger on the trigger and I tell you it's quite a scare"''
* German PowerMetal band Music/{{Edguy}}'s album ''Mandrake'' has a monster clown with a SlasherSmile on the cover. Some of the lyrics in the album also mention them.
* Music/MrBungle's self-titled album has a monster clown on the cover. And "Carousel", a song comparing life to a CircusOfFear, contains a few references to a monster clown ("You know there's something lurking underneath the shape, with a mask over it's head and makeup on his face").
** There's also some really creepy clowns in the video for ''Travolta''; pretty par for the course considering the rest of the clip's visuals.
* In the video for Music/{{Pink}}'s song ''Please Don't Leave Me'', the boyfriend tries to leave and the girl character goes Creator/StephenKing on him, starting with ''Misery'' and ending with an AxCrazy bit from ''The Shining''. The more psycho the girl goes, the more her make-up goes Monster Clown, until she looks horribly like Pennywise from ''It''. [[NightmareFuel/MusicVideos * brrr*]]
** There's also a quick shot of one at :04.
** More Pink: from the same album, the song ''Funhouse'':
-->This used to be a funhouse\\
But now it's full of evil clowns\\
It's time to start the countdown\\
We're gonna burn it down, down, we're gonna burn it down.
** And seriously, what more can you do with evil clowns, except KillItWithFire? The video's pretty freaky too.
* While the clowns in the video for the Arctic Monkeys' "Fluorescent Adolescent" aren't demonic monsters, given that the video is centered around a fight between two gangs of those wacky circus comedians, they're not exactly nice, either.
* Music/AliceCooper's ''Can't Sleep, the Clowns Will Eat Me''.
* Ogden Edsl's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTJGkwMf08k Kinko the Clown]] is equal parts novelty song and Nightmare Fuel.
-->''[[PaedoHunt But that was in Indianapolis]], and thanks to the liberal reciprocity laws, Kinko can be with you [[DepravedBisexual boys and girls]] today or anytime.''
* The label of some of Capitol and Wonderland Records' children's albums had two very odd looking jester heads blowing horns on top.
* Check out [[http://www.monsterisland.com/wct/wct.gif Blotto the Clown]] from the cover of White Courtesy Telephone's (one and only) CD, "Everything is Fun".
* Music/OingoBoingo recorded a song called "Clowns of Death" and performed under that name on a few occasions. Auxiliary band members would sometimes dress in clown costumes, billed as the Sad Klown Orkestra.
* Music/{{Esham}}, as "Homey The Clown" on ''Homey Don't Play'' and ''I Ain't Cha Homey''.
* Deadbolt have several songs that feature not only Patches, the murderous clown, but also a clown mafia and Mike Dugan, the SociopathicHero who [[HeWhoFightsMonsters dresses as a clown to battle them.]]
* Music/PoetsOfTheFall revisits the imagery over several albums.
** {{Downplayed|Trope}} in "[[https://youtu.be/MKk1u5RMTn4?list=PLjACqN5i5sDWIIpg-5EB4WcitMMqnXhFP Carnival of Rust]]," as the singer Zoltar, an automaton performer in a CircusOfFear carnival, serves as an unusually eerie and foreboding [[CommediaDellArte Pierrot-figure]]. Though a SadClown, his obvious decrepitude and increasing desperation make the air of menace that much thicker.
** The [[http://poetsofthefall.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/PotF_-_Twilight_Theater-550x550.jpg album art]] for ''Twilight Theater'' introduces [[TragicMistake Hamartia]], the SlasherSmile-sporting jester with a HappyHarlequinHat that terminates not in jingle bells, but a coiled serpent's head.
** The video for ''Jealous Gods''' "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di7NMssrqsE Daze]]" sees Hamartia reappear to sing it, this time as an even creepier Jester-''King,'' with bells hanging from his hair, presiding moodily over a decadent MasqueradeBall until an attendee elects to leave without his say-so. He responds by setting ''everything'' [[KillItWithFire on fire]].
* The cover and promotional campaign for Music/DavidBowie's album ''Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps)'', and the video for its lead-off single "Ashes to Ashes", featured Bowie as a mysterious [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierrot Pierrot]]. Look at the Live Action [=TV=] folder above for what ''Series/AshesToAshes'' did with ''this'' one...
* Music/DogFashionDisco has a song called "Pogo the Clown", which is about John Wayne Gacy.
* The video for ''Storytime'' by Nightwish has a group of these harassing a small boy.
* Somewhat inevitably crops up in Sufjan Stevens song "John Wayne Gacy Jr.", though not played entirely straight as it centers on the communities FridgeHorror over the ValuesDissonance in his two identities. Somehow made even creepier by making it sound kind of erotic though.
--> "He dressed up like a clown for them, with his face paint white and red. And on his best behaviour in a dark room on the bed, he kissed them all"
* The [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uLifSFBs_Lk music video]] for Sublime's "Wrong Way" depicts Annie's abusive father as a clown.
* Music/{{Lordi}} on their album [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scare_Force_One 'Scare Force One']] have a song dedicated to this trope appropriately called 'Hell Sent In The Clowns', accompanied by CreepyCircusMusic throughout the song.
* The lenticular cover for the Music/{{KISS}} album ''Music/PsychoCircus'' features the face of one.

* While ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'' is filled with harmless [[NonIronicClown Non-Ironic Clowns]], the front of the cars of the "Hurricane" rollercoaster have a manically grinning Monster Clown face, complete with razor-sharp teeth.
* These are one of the playfield monsters in ''VideoGame/CrueBall'',
* Doink the Clown from ''Pinball/WWFRoyalRumble''

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Coco Blanco, a clown with a fanged mask who later became a part of Los Payasos IWRG with the similar Cocochips, Cocolores, Coco Rojo and Coco Verde. Verde, Blanco and Rojo later wrestled for Wrestling/{{AAA}}, Wrestling/{{CMLL}} and [[Wrestling/DragonGate Toryumon]] as Los Payasos Tricolor.
* Wrestling/DoinkTheClown in the {{Wrestling/WW|E}}F, until his [[HeelFaceTurn face turn]]. Then it went downhill fast. Doink also gets point for [[AwesomeMusic/ProfessionalWrestling the coolest entrance theme ever]], which started with the first few bars of "Entrance of the Gladiators" (aka the StandardSnippet for clowns) before turning into a very bass-heavy, very ''evil'' piece dotted with {{Evil Laugh}}ter. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhRnWMBcNQQ Have a listen]].
* Los Payasos Diabolicos, a {{legacy|character}} group that has spread the fear of clown throughout many Mexican feds.
* The ax happy Insane Clown Posse. And as of Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling's founding, they now run their own promotion, which is humorous, but in a very ironic way. ([[SelfDeprecation They basically mock everything that is wrong with it on commentary]])
* An episode of ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackdown SmackDown]]'' in April 2000 had the Mean Street Posse posing as a trio of circus clowns during a hardcore title match when they ambushed Crash Holly.
* Dead Clown, Psycho Clown, Murder Clown and Monster Clown of Wrestling/{{AAA}} are {{most definitely not| a villain}} examples of this trope, {{not}}. Neither is [[MiniMook mini clown]]!
* Cabal, one half of Gateway Championship Wrestling's [[LegacyCharacter version]] of Nightbreed and a member of the Diabolic Khaos stable, combined this trope with TheGiant. Think masked Wrestling/{{Kane}} as a clown.
* Devil Pierrot #1 and Devil Pierrot #2 are a monster clown tag team of Wrestling/{{HUSTLE}} fame.
* Subverted by Wrestling/{{Sting}} in Wrestling/{{TNA}} during his 2011 war against the Immortal faction. Slathering over his trademark black lipstick with a grotesquely smeared red GlasgowGrin, playing pranks, and [[TheHyena laughing and carrying on maniacally]], he ''seemed'' to be a Monster Clown but was actually more of a LovableRogue playing mind games with the villains.
* A mass baby {{face}} example on the July 14, 2011 addition of TNA Impact when Wrestling/{{Fortune}} took up clown gear to take out Immortal for Sting.
* Wrestling/BrayWyatt could be considered a Monster Clown of a sort. His clothing is much too colorful for such an angsty individual, he has a bone-chilling EvilLaugh, many of his speech patterns seem to have been inspired by Creator/HeathLedger's [[Film/TheDarkKnight Joker]], and he calls himself "the eater of worlds" - one of the titles Pennywise the Dancing Clown applies to himself in ''Literature/{{It}}''.
* In 2014, "The World Famous" Wrestling/{{Kana|koUrai}} started wearing clown makeup and became a "consultant" for joshi fed REINA. Soon enough, she used her new [[ScrewTheRulesIMakeThem authority]], and [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney money]], to give herself a title belt and form a [[PowerStable stable]] known as Piero-gun.
* TNA's Menagerie stable is often flanked by two giant clown guards. The clown who actually wrestles, Crazy Steve is ''not'' an example of this trope however.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** The supplement ''Heroes of Horror'' is about infusing your games with anything from a touch to an overdose of the macabre, the frightening, and the unnerving. One of the monsters introduced? The "gray jester". One of the scenarios provided? A gray jester and a hag enslaving and eating children.
** The ''D&D'' third-party world ''TabletopGame/ScarredLands'' features the "Carnival Krewes" -- a society of Monster Clowns.
** Also on the ''D&D'' front is House Phiarlan of TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}, an espionage-based clan/organization. One of their fronts is the Carnival of Shadows. The description claims they've enthralled Khorvaire for decades, but looking at the picture provided (everyone has [[AngryEyebrows angry faces]] and the animal act includes an [[AlwaysChaoticEvil always Neutral Evil]] monster), it's more likely that the description is literal and there's some Mass CharmPerson going on there.
** An evil killer clown, "Dark Clown", has been created as a custom {{prestige class}} for ''D&D'', available [[http://web.archive.org/web/20071206104335/http://forums.gleemax.com/wotc_archive/index.php/t-99947 here]].
* The Dilisnyas, one of the most treacherous and murderous of TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'s great noble houses, trace their bloodline back to a fellow by the unlikely name of Pidlwik. In the original adventure module ''I6: Ravenloft'', which inspired the campaign setting, Pidlwik's crypt identifies him as the court jester.
** The Skurra, of the Travelling Carnival, are one part this, one part EnemyMime, and all subversion; while extremely creepy (even the mutated Carnies are somewhat afraid of them, and there is a belief amongst them that some or even all of the Skurra are actually ghosts), they are not malevolent in the slightest.
*** They may not be malevolent, but they're INCREDIBLY protective of themselves and the carnival. One of them, The Crimson Rose, has no reservations about maiming or killing a carnival-goer that pays her a bit too much of the wrong kind of attention.
** The minor domain of Risibilos, from the ''Book of Crypts'', is ruled from behind the throne by its king's malicious jester, Puncheron.
* The Eldar Harlequins of ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' are [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot space elf ninja killer clowns]], taking the scary clown to [[SerialEscalation the kind of demented levels only 40k can]]. They wear holographic multicoloured harlequin costumes which can scatter their images into thousands of confusing fragments, and death masks which psychically amplify the fears of their victims, form {{nightmare face}}s and project the death-screams of previous victims into the current victim's mind. Their weapons are horrifyingly nasty even by 40k standards; as an example, their usual squad support weapon fires molecule-edged crystal discs covered in toxins that make the target's ''blood explode'' and they often use a weapon that shoots a monomolecular fiber through the target and spins it around, reducing the victim's innards into mush. They worship the "Laughing God", and are the Eldar equivalent of a roving carnival, visiting the various Craftworlds and acting out tales from Eldar mythology with holographic, psychically-enhanced interpretive dance. When they're not killing people in unspeakably horrible ways.
** Which makes it all the more surprising is that the Harlequins are what's considered a ''good'' faction in the setting; that is, they firmly oppose the Chaos, and have a good chance of fighting alongside you if a common enemy is present. They also protect the [[MagicalLibrary Black Library]] from violators who would almost certainly use its powers for evil.
*** Added scary can be brought in by, if not the certainty, then at least the very possible implication that the "Laughing God" may in fact be [[EldritchAbomination the C'tan entity]] "The Deceiver", a being so much of a MagnificentBastard that he first persuaded his original worshipers to convert themselves into a soulless mechanical army, and then persuaded his ''own'' race of godlike beings to turn on and in some cases ''eat'' one another until only four were left. Suffice it to say that if this is true, really horrible things lie not just in the Harlequin's future, but probably the whole Eldar race's.
*** WordOfGod says that Cegorach the Laughing God, and the C'tan Deceiver are '''not''' the same being; although there's a certain amount of "professional respect" between the two.
** For an idea of what their performances are like, they would make Creator/CirqueDuSoleil look like a bunch of overweight drunken fools who don't know how to work the stage lights.
*** When acting out a particular one, The Fall (the story of how the original Eldar empire came crashing down when they accidentally created a new Chaos God), the role of Slaanesh (the aforementioned Chaos God) can only be played by the strongest willed of the Harlequins, as even playing the part causes any lesser being attempting it to go completely insane. These Harlequins, called "Solitaires" and shunned for their fanatical (even by Harlequin standards) devotion to their art, are doomed to eternal torment upon death, as being so close in spirit to Slaanesh means he/she/it gets their souls as playthings when they die.
*** In past editions the Solitaire was only able to do this because they didn't ''have'' a soul any more.
** For bonus points said monomolecular wire weapon is called the Harlequin's Kiss.
** Their training also means they're the only Eldar who don't need a soulstone to keep them out of the hands of Slaneesh when they die. Yep, even the god of {{Squick}} is scared of clowns.
*** Similarly: the Dark Eldar, who would cheerfully torture you in a variety of horrible ways even if they ''didn't'' need to, crap their pants when the Harlequins show up. ''Even if they're just there to put on a show''.
* In the TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} fantasy universe isolated villages are sometimes visited by the [[TabletopGame/{{Mordheim}} Carnival of Chaos]], what appears to be an innocuous troop of performers turn out to be the hideous daemonic servants of the god of despair, who hypnotise the simple village folk during the performance whilst they quite rapidly decompose. Models are brilliant though, complete with nurglings dressed up as circus animals.
* Let it not be said that ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' doesn't know the monster potential in clowns. Say hello to the [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=3167 Chaos Harlequin]].
** And then there's the Cult of Rakdos, from the Ravnica block. If the land [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97082 Rakdos Carnarium]] doesn't make your blood freeze, you need to get your head examined. A cult of slash-happy killers who consider their parties a "flop" if someone survives to tell about it - and they have a ''{{circus|OfFear}}'' component to them, too? (And with a circus comes...) Thanks, Wizards, I may never sleep again.
* Naturally, there's at least one ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu'' scenario (set in 1920s Germany) featuring a carnival jester who's really an EldritchAbomination that's been traveling with the show incognito for years and causing various tragedies and disasters wherever they went.
* ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' LOVES this trope. There's:
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Dream_Clown Dream Clown]], which is the key card in the infamous [[GameBreaker Clown Control Deck]].
** [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Peten_the_Dark_Clown Peten the Dark Clown,]] who is very much beloved for his ability to keep monsters on the field (he summons another one of himself when he dies).
** The notably Fiend-type [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Ryu-Kishin_Clown Ryu-Kishin Clown.]]
** Plus a few Normal Monsters including the famous Saggi the Dark Clown ([[TheRival Seto Kaiba's]] favorite Crush Card Virus carrier)...
** ... and [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Crass_Clown Crass Clown]], known in Japan as [[MeaningfulName 'Murder]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Circus']] and suitably ugly already... but then becomes [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Clown_Zombie the even uglier Clown Zombie,]] which in the anime [[NightmareFuelStationAttendant proved to be much nightmare fuel in how it JUST WOULDN'T DIE]]... and the way it bloated grotesquely when it was fed extra power.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Cyberpunk 2020}}'', one street gang you can run into on the streets of [[MeaningfulName Night City]] is the Bozos. They are described as the sort of people who get ''plastic surgery'' to look like clowns permanently, who stay up all night watching horror flicks. And committing gruesome crimes. Advice for dealing with them is "Run!"
* Subverted with the enigmatic Immortal Elf Harlequin in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''. He's prone to dark humor and wears some pretty terrifying facepaint, but he's a KnightInSourArmor, and often an ally to anyone who seems vital to saving significant portions of the world...though he can be a real jerk when the world's not at stake (he can hold a grudge like nobody's business).
* ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness''[=/=]''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness'':
** ''[[TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness Midnight Circus]]'' naturally features one of these in the form of Koba the Clown, head of Koba's Progressive Klown Show. Quite apart from the fact that he's clearly a UsefulNotes/JosephStalin {{Expy}} - right down to the alias and his seminary background - he's also been [[TheSymbiote partly]] [[DemonicPossession possessed]] by a [[TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse Mind Feeder Bane]]. Having managed to retain free will despite his possession, Koba is an enthusiastic supporter of the circus - not to mention dedicated to wiping out all other clown shows in the carnival. Even when he isn't being employed as brute muscle by [[RepulsiveRingmaster Cavendish]], Koba can usually be found doing something incredibly violent: his clown show usually concludes with one of his troupe being unveiled as a traitor and eaten by a bear live on stage - and the "bear" is actually a captured werebear that Koba has enslaved to his will.
** [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] in ''[[TabletopGame/BeastThePrimordial Conquering Heroes]]'' with Peter Slaughbal, a MonsterClown who actually is an [[HumanoidAbomination Insatiable]] and [[FishOutOfTemporalWater only recently found himself in the modern world]] after having been [[SealedEvilInACan trapt for 50 years in a painting]]. Back before his imprisonment, he was part of a circus troupe and could easily lure his preys, since clowns were still seen as a source of fun and delight, but now that popular culture has cast them as horrifying and villainous, his once perfect disguise is a liability at best, and make people run away from him at worst. [[PragmaticVillainy This has actually led him to join clown associations trying to fight this reputation and make effort to avoid harming children, in the hope to fix this.]]

* Essentially averted by Creator/CirqueDuSoleil in their specific clown acts. Traditional whitefaces and augustes are less intimidating than the popular conception, and some character-based clown acts largely eschew garish makeup and costuming. Indeed some clowns are downright ordinary-looking compared to the other characters. But there are villainous/mysterious characters who, intentionally or not, have appearances akin to this trope: Boum-Boum in ''Quidam'', Le Titan in ''Theatre/LaNouba'', etc. Closest to the trope is the bizarre emcee Fleur in ''Alegria'': According to the AllThereInTheManual material, he was the court jester to the now-gone ruler of the kingdom, and now he wants to be king.
* ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}'': An UnbuiltTrope. The opera involves Canio trying to play a NonIronicClown, when in fact he is a SadClown because his wife is cheating on him, but TheShowMustGoOn. Finally he snaps and stabs his wife and her lover to death on stage in front of a live audience. The whole point is that he's not a monster or a psychopath just because he's a clown; if anything, his clown role is meant for DramaticIrony. On the other hand, the evil hunchback clown Tonio plays the trope much straighter, being a ManipulativeBastard (and attempted rapist) who spitefully engineers the events that lead to the deaths at the end.
* ''Theatre/{{Rigoletto}}'', kinda. Although he's portrayed in a sympathetic light at parts, he's still a crazy, bitter, grotesque jester [[spoiler:who indirectly kills his daughter and MoralityPet, Gilda.]]

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* [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights gives us Jack C. Schmidt, an [[EvilRedhead red-headed, psychotic, and evil]] clown who gives us both the laughs and the fear.
* Ride/BuschGardens' Theatre/HowlOScream had one simply named "Clown" as a member of "The 13", a sinister group of monsters that served as the "icons" of the event in 2013.
* Walibi Holland's Halloween Fright Nights event uses an evil clown called "Eddie the Clown" as one of its main mascots.

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* Joker-sama in ''VideoGame/Persona2''. Unusual if only for his distinctive elegance... [[spoiler: and the fact he's the plaything of [[EldritchAbomination Nyarlathotep]] ]].
* In ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', there is a ''playable'' monster clown named Shaco[[note]][[SignificantAnagram Yes, his name is an anagram of "chaos"]][[/note]]. He can set invisible [[ScaryJackInTheBox jack in the boxes that cause terror]] and fire [[FrickinLaserBeams laser beams]], poof into invisibility with an evil laugh, backstab people with venomed knives, and make duplicates of himself. Personality and appearance-wise, he's ComicBook/TheJoker in ComicBook/HarleyQuinn's outfit. His origins, meanwhile, are more in line with [[Literature/{{It}} Pennywise]] or the [[ComicBook/{{Spawn}} Violator]] in that he's not human, but a malevolent entity from another world that takes the appearance of a clown.
* Kefka Palazzo from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', complete with [[LaughingMad a creepy and weird, cackling laugh]], comical outfit, and whiteface makeup during battles... Plus his very quotable one-liners. In ''Dissidia'', they also apparently gave him a GlasgowGrin that was eerily similar to Heath Ledger's Joker incarnation from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', and, in the English version at least, a voice similar to that of Creator/MarkHamill's Joker voice.
** In the [=PS1=] PortingDisaster, they rendered a full 3-D opening sequence, and Kefka's appearance in it is pure Nightmare Fuel.
** [[FromBadToWorse It only got worse]] in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' when Kefka was given a voice and full animation. Though, sometimes his skipping and hand-gestures counter-balance Shigeru Chiba and Creator/DaveWittenberg's very convincing vocal performances. He also became the MetaGuy for the game, {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing tropes and BreakingTheFourthWall with glee.
** It's more like this in [[{{Woolseyism}} the old Ted's]] script, in the original Japanese version he's more of an [[VillainousHarlequin idiot]], even after he [[spoiler:kills Leo, destroys the world, etc.]] When brought to America, he became ComicBook/TheJoker of video games.
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'': Two words: Zombie clowns. It makes honking noises where it goes, which in turn attracts the other infected to it and thus to the player. This means that you have to make him your top priority lest you want more zombies to deal with.
* In one of his Fatalities for ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'' Shang Tsung turns into a Monster Clown before killing his opponent, a direct reference to what the Joker does for ''his'' Fatality in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse'', but with much less censoring.
* [=ColorMan=]''/''[=WackoMan=] from ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork 1'' and ''Anime/MegaManNTWarrior''.
** For an even worse example from the same series, [=CircusMan.EXE=] from EXE Beast and ''Battle Network 6''.
*** Something perhaps creepier than his appearance is that one of his attacks involves transforming his body into a circular cage draped up like a circus tent, falling down on top of your character to entrap them, then several bulges appear rapidly all over the drapes implying being pummeled (dear god hopefully) all over.
*** Oh God, [=CircusMan=]. The first time you see him, you witness him doing some kind of creepy dance that drains the energy of everyone around him in that cutscene. He ''sucks up'' the energy, and then he soon uses the energy to revive [[SealedEvilInACan Gregar and Falzar.]] He then opens up his chest to reveal a powerful vacuum which he uses to absorb one of the two beasts! [[FromBadToWorse Oh wait, but he's not done with being a Monster Clown yet!]] [[spoiler:He later successfully uses the vacuum to capture Mega Man too, starting a rather long RescueArc.]]
*** [=CircusMan=]'s operator, Yuika. Yuika wears an outlandish outfit, has heart-like makeup on her cheeks, and overall acts like a stereotypical clown. She also lured several Navi Operators into Central City 3's area and thus arranged for [=CircusMan=] to steal their energy to unleash the Cybeasts in the first place, and having [=MegaMan=] kidnapped as well.
** [=Clown Man=] from ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan8 8]]''.
** Mash, the clown robot boss from ''7''.
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Dawn of Sorrow]]'' and subsequent games have the Killer Clown enemy, who juggles playing cards and throws them at you. (Get their ability and you can do that too! It's surprisingly awesome.)
** In ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'' there's a level devoted to this trope called Nation of Fools. THEY'RE EVERYWHERE.
* Zorn and Thorn from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. It gets better, [[spoiler: later we find out they're actually two halves to the same being, known as Meltigemini. The lack of any explanation makes it all the stranger]].
* One zone in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' is The "Fun" House, which is infested with evil clowns and reigned by the Evil Boss Clown Beelzebozo. There's also a "Spooky Clown" Valentine's Day Card which contains the following poem: "There is such a fine line/Between love and fear/Your love makes me float/But [[Creator/StephenKing we all float down here]]".
** And there was also the BadFuture event where players could see a destroyed Seaside Town full of some of the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot monsters turned into zombies]] (ex: Zombie Hippy, Zombie Frat Boy, Zombie Zmobie) And then the Zombie Clown. His in game description? "AIEEE! Ah! Gah! Sweet merciful God, no! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!"
** Inverted with the wacky pirate: "You'd think a clown with an eyepatch and a hook hand would be even more terrifying than a normal clown, but somehow, the combination is pretty charming. There's [[CrazyAwesome something kind of awesome]] about a pirate with a rubber chicken on his shoulder."
** There's also the clown minions encountered in the [=GameInformPowerDailyPro=] Dungeon. Not as scary as the clowns in the "Fun" House, but even more dangerous because they scale to the player's stats.
* One of the bosses in the Creator/{{Capcom}} game ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' is Adam, a deranged mall clown who attacks you with ''fire breath'', ''exploding balloons'', and ''chainsaws''. Oh, and he's in the middle of a shopping mall hit by a ZombieApocalypse. Apparently he went mad when they ate his audience, and now he runs a killer ride to keep the zombies at bay.
** Made worse by the fact that, according to him, they were all ''laughing at him...''
*** Oh, and his death scene. ''He falls onto his own chainsaws, [[LaughingMad laughing while they cut him up.]]''
** His brother, Evan, appears in ''VideoGame/DeadRising2: Off the Record''.
* Dhoulmagus, one of the main villains of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII'', is a murderous and psychopathic jester. For once, the character's villainy is unrelated to clowning - taking a job as a jester was just a convenient way to get in position to steal a MacGuffin. But he still wears the costume constantly.
* Needles "Sweet Tooth" Kane from ''VideoGame/TwistedMetal'', who wears a flaming clown mask and stores the bodies of murdered children in his ice cream truck. The entirety of ''Twisted Metal: Black'' is actually [[spoiler:a psychotic delusion taking place inside his mind]]. In the 2012 reboot, [[spoiler:his son Charlie Kane takes his mask to avenge his death by Calypso's hands]]. The ending of the reboot also shows [[spoiler:Calypso reviving Needles' daughter Sophie and giving her a clown mask of her own]].
* The Jester from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 3'' is pretty creepy, even ''before'' you find out that [[spoiler:he is TheManBehindTheMan]].
* Malcolm the jester in the ''VideoGame/{{Kyrandia}}'' adventure game series. Suffers a [[HeelFaceTurn reluctant flipflop]] in the third and final game which does ...absolutely nothing at all. He retains the same personality. He still says incredibly evil and nasty things. He just stopped killing people. (which nobody believes, so it's up to you as Malcolm to clear your name in the third.) Most unconvincing HFT ever, most unrepentant villain ever too. Even with his personality set to ''"nice"'' and with him talking to the sorceress Zanthia, whom he has a bit of a crush on, everything he says still makes him sound like a spiteful misanthropic JerkAss just one dagger away from a multiple homicide. He's not so much an AntiHero as he is the same MagnificentBastard he was before, just without the murderous streak. [[FalseReassurance He claims.]]
* In the first chapter of ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' (aka Dark Chronicle), the BigBad ([[spoiler:before we find out about TheManBehindTheMan]]) is Flotsam, creepy leader of a troupe of killer clowns.
** Inexplicably, one of the outfits that Max (the main protagonist of the game) can trade for Medals is a complete clown outfit, with shoes and hat... and a ''whiteface'' makeup that is far more unnerving and disturbing than even Flotsam's most threatening appearance.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' features an interesting exception in from of Skelly: while he is both a monster due to being an animated skeleton as well as a clown, he's presented in a wholly sympathetic light, all except one of his body parts you need to collect to assemble him have complimenting item descriptions and he has a loving grandmother to boot.
** Harle (short for "[[PunnyName harlequin]]") also counts, technically, as she's revealed to be [[spoiler:the Seventh Dragon]].
* Knife Guy and Grate Guy from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. And also [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Cloaker and Domino]] from the same game.
* Raz from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' is originally from a travelling gypsy circus; [[spoiler:his mental image of his father is a rather distressing caricature with clownish skin color, hair color, and outfit, and tends to divide his time between expressing his disdain for psychics in general and his son in particular, and attacking him with juggling clubs. Fortunately for Raz' relationship with his actual family his also-psychic father eventually manages to break into Raz' mind and turns out to be the kind, loving father he was made out explicitly NOT to be. It turns out that the behavior that led Raz to believe his father was a bigoted clown was actually intended to teach him control, discipline, and probably some physical skills so he wouldn't rely on psychic powers. It works, too-because of this misinterpreted training, Raz is able to defeat everything from a mad-scienced lungfish to a giant butcher to, yes, his incredibly dangerous clown of a mind-father]].
* Although the titular [=NiGHTS=] and other humanoid Nightmaren from ''VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams'' and its sequel are technically not clowns, their designs make them look a lot like jester/clown meldings. Especially [[EvilCounterpart Reala]] and Jackle, the two who are most capable of this trope in the games.
** One of the first 2 bosses in ''Journey of Dreams'', Donbalon, is a more literal example of this trope.
* ''VideoGame/FightersDestiny'' and it's sequel feature a French clown named Pierre- and to add the monster to this trope he fits there's a cheat you can use that turns him into a werewolf.
* ''VideoGame/SeikenDensetsu3'' has the black magic-wielding Deathjester, [[TheDragon Dragon]] to one of the game's three potential {{Big Bad}}s.
** Also [[spoiler:Zable Fahr, the God-Beast of Darkness]].
** Deathjester's VideoGame/SwordOfMana {{Expy}} Goremand.
* Joka from the ''VideoGame/{{Klonoa}}'' series, a clown-faced balloon demon who ''never stops smiling'', even when visibly angry. He also has an odd tendency to die and come back without explanation. [[spoiler: His OneWingedAngel form]] is also a good example, thanks to its bright colors and patterns, not to mention how it tries to chop up Klonoa with its blade-like arms.
** [[http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lz9ca9JpKe1qc7lon.jpg Concept art]] reveals that [[BigBad Ghadius]] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen was originally going to be a clown.]] (See the bottom left of the image.) It's possible that he and Joka are {{Decomposite Character}}s of this original design.
* The final stage of ''VideoGame/{{CarnEvil}}'' is the Big Top, which is absolutely crawling with midget clowns, overly beefed up jokers, and [[BewareOfViciousDog rabid dogs]] in clown gear. The former two being even creepier then the torture victim enemies found in the Freak Show stage. The sight of the smaller clowns popping up from the sides of the screen at point blank range while his friends close in on you even after half their faces and bodies have been blown away is shuddersome.
** Umlaut, the flying Jester Skull with the [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily SHARK TEETH]]. Who shows up at the beginning of EVERY LEVEL with a cryptic rhyme about the stage you're about to play on. And then you have him to fight as a miniboss before the BigBad, there he bites and practically teleports around the arena. Nightmare Fuel if there ever was anything that could fit there.
* The Jester Spirit [[spoiler:Laughlin]] in the SNES and Genesis game ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''.
-->'''Jester Spirit''': Boys and girls come out to play! On the busy motorway!
* ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}''
** [[spoiler:Marx]] in the "Milky Way Wishes" portion of ''VideoGame/KirbySuperStar'' giving Kirby access to a ForgottenSuperweapon. He then sprouts wings and turns outright ''creepy''.
** Necrodeus from ''VideoGame/KirbyMassAttack'' has a SkullForAHead that looks a lot like a clown. He qualifies for "Monster" in that he tries to ''kill'' Kirby in his sleep at the very beginning of the game.
** In ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', [[spoiler:Magolor's first OneWingedAngel looks like a dark jester. His second form sports a jester-like hat, juggles enemies, and has a creepy perpetual smile that's later revealed to actually be an eye]].
** This trope is not just limited to final bosses. For example, recurring enemies Poppy Bros. Jrs resemble clowns or jesters, and they use [[MadBomber bombs]] and [[BattleBoomerang boomerangs]]. Kirby Super Star Ultra gives us the enemy Perot in "Revenge of the King", a powered-up version of the Poppy Bros. who more strongly resembles a clown, and is much more dangerous. For a more recent example, we have the Clown Acrobot enemies from ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' who give Kirby the Circus ability.
* Rudy in ''VideoGame/WarioLand3'' series, who's both a demon that transformed a world to monsters and steals life saving medicines from VideoGame/DrMario (Although in the latter case [[FreudianExcuse he did have somewhat of an excuse for why he stole it, as he did need it for his cold]]).
** There is also a Monster Clown called Clown-a-Round in the Wonky Circus level in ''VideoGame/WarioWorld'' and a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot robot monster clown]] called Chortlebot in ''VideoGame/WarioLandShakeIt''
*** The Wonky Circus level also has the standard {{mooks}} replaced by Monster Clown versions that lurch around like zombies and scratch with sharp claws. It's also home to a miniboss called an Electric Clown Fence.
*** It's also home to Clown Cannons that fire Clown Missiles. Yes, giant missiles with clown faces.
* One level of ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' gives the player the opportunity to play as one, where you can disguise yourself as a clown to infiltrate your target's house...and eliminate him.
** Agent 47 was even awarded Clown Of The Year once.
* ''KISS Psycho Circus'' wholly revolved around Music/{{KISS}} fighting monster clowns and other monstrosities spawned from a twisted circus theme.
* In a weird twist, one of the levels in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom2'' is a circus with a large eerie clown in the background. In college, a friend's girlfriend would have to leave the room whenever this level randomly came up.
* Played for laughs in the ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters'' series. One of the characters is "Mr Giggles", a monster clown who was raised by a New England family but apparently wasn't truly happy until he "Ate them and ran away to join the circus".
* Spike, the cover star of ''VideoGame/{{Toonstruck}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Painkiller}}: Battle Out of Hell'' one of the levels are set in a hellish carnival complete with demon clowns.
* At the beginning of point-and-click adventure game ''VideoGame/BrokenSword: The Shadow of the Templars'' (known as ''Circle of Blood'' in the US), an assassin dressed as a clown runs into a Parisian street cafe, places an accordion on a bar stool, then runs back out again. A small red light on the accordion flashes, and [[MadBomber the cafe explodes]].
* In ''VideoGame/HouseOfTheDeadOverkill'' there is a stage called "Carny" set in a carnival crawling with [[NotUsingTheZWord mutants]], the most disturbing of which are waves of hideous clowns that backflip obscenely quickly towards the player(s). The first time a player dispatches one of the clowns, the character Agent G quips, "quit clowning around."
** This stage is almost definitely inspired by ''House of the Dead'''s fellow arcade rail shooter classic ''Carnevil''.
* The Joker from the ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher'' series combines this with TheGrimReaper.
* [[http://www.mobygames.com/game/narc ''NARC'']]. During the fourth level, [[BadassNormal Max Force and Hit Man]] encounter the knife-wielding, maiden-kidnapping, pornography-addicted clown Kinky Pinky. Or rather, [[EliteMooks several of him]]. In the arcade version in particular, Kinky Pinky is difficult to destroy by normal means (submachinegun fire). If he closes to stabbing range, your choices are 1) fire a rocket or 2) die.
* Mad Jack, a jack-in-the-box boss from ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong64'' who also has a magnificent EvilLaugh.
* The sixth boss of the unlicensed piece of garbage ''Silent Assault'' is a giant scary clown head.
* In the online flash game ''Videogame/TheLastStand'', on one of the final levels there is a single zombie clown. This is the only pre-rendered zombie in the whole game.
* Jack from the UsefulNotes/SegaDreamcast FightingGame ''VideoGame/PowerStone'' combines this with UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper.
* Barry Dejay from ''VideoGame/BackyardSports'' has a fear of clowns, so he must have had an encounter with one.
* Sebastian the masochist from ''VideoGame/RumbleRoses''.
* The ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} levels in ''VideoGame/SpiderManAndTheXMenInArcadesRevenge'' are a complete CircusOfFear with ball pits of [[DoomyDoomsOfDoom DOOM]], big bright colours, [[AnvilOnHead anvils on flimsy ropes]], and has Monster clowns as enemies in abundance. Arcade also dispatches them during the Murderworld stage of ''VideoGame/MarvelUltimateAlliance''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Infectonator}}: World Dominator'' has [[OurZombiesAreDifferent Zombie]] Ronald [=McDonald=], who can drop diseased burgers ([[{{Squick}} Or is it really poop?]]) in the way of people to turn ''them'' into zombies. Not a pretty sight for our fast-food-loving world.
* Mr. Crow of ''VideoGame/UnrealTournament2004'' and his team. "Ever wonder why children are afraid of clowns? Now you know." is all his bio has to say about him.
* Clown enemies in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' fit this to a tee: they fire explosive confetti, bowl you over with a balance ball and throw hoops at you that turn you into a pumpkin. They're all classed as demon types.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Spore}} Spore: Galactic Adventures]]'' has Shenanigans, a sharp-toothed monstrosity who is also the size of a tyrannosaur and can [[PlayingWithFire breathe fire]].
* Early on in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRevolver'' you face off against an army of shotgun-wielding midget clowns.
* Dimentio from ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' certainly qualifies under this. Well, ok, he's more like a Monster Jester, but still, he intends to stab the perceived BigBad Count Bleck in the back so he could use the Chaos Heart to destroy all worlds and remake them in his image, and then when he dies, he intends to ensure their destruction anyways. He possesses [[spoiler:Luigi]] for the final battle. This is the Mario version of Kefka Palazzo. Tippi even refers to Dimentio in a scan (sort of: It's one of his clones before fighting him at Bleck's castle) as an Evil Clown.
* ''Videogame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'' multiplayer has the creepy-ass Harlequin character and his twin sister the Hellequin.
* The PC version of ''VideoGame/KillingTime'' has a fairly standard "Pennywise" style mutant clown as an enemy. The Panasonic 3DO version, however, features a more normal-looking clown that squeals "It's TICKLE TIME!!" in a high-pitched voice while thrusting its hands out [[PersonalSpaceInvader into the player's face]], represented by two '''enormous''' hand sprites appearing in front of the clown. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSfB2p2oTks The second one is scarier by far.]]
* ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom'' has the Joker, obviously, but also rather tough {{mooks}} dressed in mime/clown attire who throw darts at you; they pop up in both the Scarecrow's and Joker's chapter.
** As far as mods for ''{{VideoGame/Doom}}'' go, the two ''Happy Time Circus'' maps are easily among the most terrifying things that have ever been done with the ''DOOM'' engine. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVGk9C7QOoo Here, have a peek.]] It also reeks of balloons to the point where you might think it's an Literature/{{It}} fangame. [[spoiler:Which it kind of is, since Pennywise is the FinalBoss.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}} 1'' the [[LevelAte Candy Château]] is full of clowns doing their best to kill you.
* The GAC clowns in ''VideoGame/DeadToRights''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatterhouse}} 2010'' has a level set at a theme park populated by demonic clowns that spin their heads, split fire, twirl upside-down on their hands kicking you with their legs and crawl along backwards on the floor if you knock them down.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaLinksAwakening'', the second boss is a bottle genie that looks and behaves in a manner similar to a clown.
* ''VideoGame/SeriousSam II'' has weird looking, unicycling, manically laughing, suicide bombing clowns that attack in groups. Yeah...
* Cicero in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is an insane assassin who maintains a persona of a jester when out in public. While seemingly a harmless giggling maniac, he's capable of [[spoiler:incapacitating a werewolf with a single knife]] and if he survives the events of the Dark Brotherhood questline can become one of the most powerful companion characters of the game.
** There are two wearable jester outfits obtainable in the game, too. One is Cicero's own, the other one is a somewhat weaker set received if he is spared. Both are only obtainable during the Dark Brotherhood questline and grant bonuses most useful for sneak assassinations, so chances are any Dragonborn that wears them will not exactly be a NonIronicClown, to say the least.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', unlocking hard mode causes Clown monsters to appear during Blood Moons. Silly-looking as they are, they're also fairly tough, and they throw bombs that destroy blocks and can mess up any buildings you've made. Fortunately, as of version 1.2, clowns won't blow up your painstakingly crafted base/village/what have you. They still do quite a bit of damage, though.
* [[LaughingMad Hecklar]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su4s7oUOAVs from]] ''VideoGame/CardinalSyn''.
* The Nintendo 64 game ''VideoGame/{{Glover}}'' has one as the boss of the carnival world, fought on a spinning arena that it isn't affected by. [[spoiler:You hurt it with a pie and a boxing glove, and finish it off by dropping a piano on it.]]
* ComicBook/TheJoker and his minions certainly qualify in the ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries''.
** In [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum the first game]], Joker, all because he wanted a party, arranged for a revolt of Arkham Asylum, [[spoiler: as well as the creation of Titan to cause wanton amounts of destruction in Gotham]]. His actions in that game caused at least 113 personnel casualties, 103 of which were security personnel, as well as an unknown amount of deaths of inmates as well. In addition, he was also implied to have killed 3 personnel when he first escaped from the start of the game, something that he not only doesn't have any regrets to killing them, he decides that he'll try to kill 100 more next time. In some ways, he and his goons [[spoiler: become literal monster clowns when infused with the Titan formula]].
** [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity The second game]] also has him killing several personnel and doctors as well, [[spoiler: and he also has several hospitals given Batman's blood (which was at that time tainted with his poisoned blood) that would have resulted in hundreds of casualties in order to force Batman into finding him a cure. After death, he also posthumously manages to singlehandedly cause huge riots both in Gotham City and Arkham City with a single radio broadcast that was likely to result in countless casualties, and long beforehand, he also on Independence Day committed a massacre where he has several fireworks laced with toxins that resulted in, after their being set off, several hundreds of men, women, and children's deaths, which was heinous enough to force Batman into locking him up in an isolated part of Arkham]].
* One of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'''s loading screens mentions a pre-war child serial killer known as the Pint-Sized Slasher, who wore a scary clown mask. In the evil solution to the Tranquility Lane quest, you don the mask and slaughter the residents of the simulation.
* Traitor clowns in ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13''.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'': Though not clowns themselves, the J'avo all wear ceramic clown masks to hide their ExtraEyes and [[FacialHorror mutated faces]].
* In ''[[VideoGame/{{Scribblenauts}} Scribblenauts Unlimited]]'', you can summon clowns and [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential add the adjective "coulrophobic" to anyone who happens to be near them]].
* In ''VideoGame/SuperMethaneBros'', one of the monsters is a clown that throws clubs. The first boss is also a gigantic clown face.
* Philippe, the fourth Boss of ''[[Franchise/FinalFight Final Fight 2]]'', who battles the heroes with acrobatic kicks and a trick cane. [[AllThereInTheManual According to the instruction guide]], he's been using the circus as a front for a smuggling operation while working for the Mad Gear Gang.
* Invoked with the appearance of the Puppet from ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys2''. The Puppet most definitely will kill the player if the music box runs out.
** The second Foxy (aka Mangle) also may have been an example before it became a "build-a-robot" attraction. She appears to have clown makeup, as well as a clown-like colorful bowtie and white gloves. Seeing Mangle as Funtime Foxy in the previews for ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld'' lends a bit of credence to that theory.
*** Not really. If you look closely (or just watch the trailer for FNAF World), you can see Funtime Foxy has a HookHand, meaning she is, in fact, a pirate like the original Foxy. That "clown makeup" is really just her white "fur" and lipstick.
** ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys3'' has Phantom Puppet, who looks like a severely burnt Monster Clown. [[{{Foreshadowing}} There's a reason for that.]] [[spoiler: Oddly, though, the minigames subvert this trope, as it hints that the Puppet is actually a really misguided, GoodIsNotNice ''BigGood''.]]
** The ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys4'' DLC introduces Nightmarionne, aka Nightmare Puppet, who specifically looks like a skeletal mime [[spoiler: with human eyes]] and is considered one of the most terrifying creatures ever produced for this series. Luckily, he only causes a NonStandardGameOver. And is non-canon.
** Should be noted, while the LighterAndSofter ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysWorld'' has both the Puppet and Phantom Puppet as playable characters, they still look rather UncannyValley.
** ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddysSisterLocation'' introduces animatronics that look like this mixed with [[CreepyDoll cutesy girls' toys]]. Baby, in particular, looks like a standard clown, complete with being something of an usherette who introduces the performances. [[spoiler:Then there's Ennard, made from various animatronics, including Baby, who uses a clown for [[IAmLegion their]] face.]]
** ''VideoGame/FreddyFazbearsPizzeriaSimulator'': [[spoiler:After being ejected from Ennard]] Baby reappears in a 'scrap' form that involves her making a claw for her arm and what is possibly realistic human hair. [[spoiler:The game also reveals that Elizabeth Afton, who is possessing Baby, is DaddysLittleVillain. Conversely, though, it does confirm that the Puppet is indeed the BigGood, having been possessed by a murder victim hell bent on protecting the innocent.]]
* A creepy-looking clown stalks you throughout the carnival level in ''VideoGame/{{Affected}}''.
* In the sequel to ''VideoGame/HauntedMuseum'', most of the {{Mooks}} are evil clowns led by a clown-faced RepulsiveRingmaster.
* The protagonist of ''VideoGame/{{Dropsy}}'' is [[NonIronicClown by no stretch a monster]], and [[AllLovingHero quite the opposite]]. Unfortunately, his [[TheGrotesque grotesque appearance]] and [[AmbiguousDisorder simple, childish mind]] led to him being falsely blamed for causing the circus fire that killed many, his mother included, so the town generally assumes him to be a monster clown and reacts appropriately.
* ''VideoGame/MrNutz'''s penultimate boss, Little Clown. A creepy, [[BlackEyesOfEvil empty-eyed]] PerpetualSmiler clown with CreepyCircusMusic as his boss theme. [[MagicalClown He]] can also unscrew his head, creating several clones of it that ZergRush the player.
* ''VideoGame/TheAddamsFamily'': The Sega Genesis version shows the detailed interior of the Addamses' mansion and a vault that exists under the family graveyard. Wednesday's favourite area seems like an altar devoted to demonic clowns and Gomez even encounters as common enemies a few of those freaks.
* In the second game of the ''VideoGame/DeepSleepTrilogy'', there is a poster of a clown named Bert on one of the walls. While he looks relatively normal at first, the poster changes until he looks more and more grotesque as you progress -- until he suddenly vanishes from the poster. In the final game, you find [[spoiler:his hanged corpse]].
* Grunkfuss from VideoGame/OneNightAtFlumptys.
* The clown from the game "Play With Me".
* One of the strangers in ''VideoGame/RidesWithStrangers'' is the Joke Teller. A man wearing a terrifying clown costume with red, blood like makeup around his eyes and mouth.
* The Jester in ''Videogame/DarkestDungeon'' is a rather weird combination of this and NonIronicClown. On the one hand, yes: a LaughingMad MusicalAssassin with a WhiteMaskOfDoom constitutes a Monster Clown, and he embraces the role wholeheartedly should he become [[SanitySlippage Afflicted]]. On the other hand, he's both a good guy and bar-none the best stress-manager among the adventurers, having moves for both camping and in battle to keep his party's spirits up.
* One of the killer dolls from ''VideoGame/EmilyWantsToPlay'' is Mr. Tatters, a creepy clown doll who will kill you if you don't stay still while he's looking at you.
* For some reason, the crew of [[BankRobbery bank robbers]] known as the [[VideoGame/PaydayTheHeist Payday]] [[VideoGame/{{Payday2}} Gang]] do their robberies wearing clown masks. Or at least their default masks are. [[AvertedTrope The vast array of mask customization]] can go anywhere from {{Kawai}} anime girls to animal masks to [[BadSanta Santa Claus]] masks to medieval helmets to...
* ''VideoGame/LostSmileAndStrangeCircus'' has Roberti, who has a pure black face with no eyes and a massive CheshireCatGrin. It is also implied he likes to make puppets of people he knows.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
%%* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' has two:
%%** Simon Keyes from ''Ace Attorney Investigations 2''
%%** Geiru Toneido, although she's a balloon artist, not a clown, from ''Spirit of Justice''. The latter especially is on the more SympatheticMurderer end of the scale.
* ''VisualNovel/GoreScreamingShow'', the EldritchAbomination from the visual novel of the same name by Black Cyc. Yes, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin it does include lots of gore and screaming]].
%%* ''{{VisualNovel/Demonbane}}'': Tiberius.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* One of the primary bad guys in the ''WebAnimation/MadnessCombat'' Flash series is Tricky the Clown. Originally appearing in ''Madness Redeemer'' as a minor villain, he was pinned to a giant marshmallow (don't ask) by Hank in ''Avenger'' with a stop sign and turned into a zombie before being taken down by Hank again. He donned a Jason-style hockey mask for ''Apotheosis'', but did not take part in the fighting. But in ''Depredation'', ''Antipathy'' and ''Consternation'', the Clown took on the power to [[RealityWarper warp reality itself]], making him virtually unstoppable even after getting the top of his head sliced off and being blown full of holes at point blank range by Hank. However, we've probably seen the last of Tricky as [[spoiler:at the end of ''Consternation'', [[KungFuJesus Jebus]] destroyed Tricky's portable [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Improbability Drive]] and killed him.]] (Spoilered not because his death is a surprise but the way it comes about is.)
* ''WebAnimation/{{Xombie}}'', a flash animation series which takes place AfterTheEnd in a ZombieApocalypse world at one point goes trough a circus. Guess what the protagonist has to face there.
--> "Even undead, clowns are annoying."
* Strong Man, the Old-Timey version of Strong Mad from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. As his name suggests, he is actually an unintelligent circus strongman who for some reason ''is always facing the camera'' and is working for [[DastardlyWhiplash Sir Strong Bad]], The Homestar Runner's archnemesis.
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' has pitted two of the worst monster clowns against one another, ComicBook/TheJoker vs. [[VideoGame/TwistedMetal Needles Kane a.k.a. Sweet Tooth]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Edmund Finney's Quest to Find the Meaning of Life'' [[http://eqcomics.com/2010/09/28/silhouettes/ loves]] [[http://eqcomics.com/2010/06/15/targeting-ads/ this.]]
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' does a bit of LampshadeHanging:
-->'''Mort:''' And how did you know that girl didn't like [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=66 clowns]]?\\
'''Antimony:''' Nobody likes clowns.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault'', where The Gamester is portrayed as a benevolent LawfulGood cosmic being. (His EvilTwin, Pandemonium, on the other hand...)
* ''Webcomic/InWilysDefense'' does some LampshadeHanging as well, [[http://www.incomprehensibility.com/archives.php?type=iwd&c=512 a comic]] being devoted to how terrifying clowns can be, in order to further Cut Man's argument that [[Characters/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] is a better villain than [[Characters/FinalFantasyVII Sephiroth]].
* Donald [=McBonald=] in ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' qualifies.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/021115 a paramilitary clown]] is a KnightTemplar planning to [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/021116 take control of]] Satanic kittens. He's got a [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/021117 maniacal laugh]] to boot.
** Riff is apparently afraid of clowns. He can deal with this to some extent, but [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/021109 unresistingly hands over a gun]] when the clown asks for it, gets all flustered when questioned why, and later, when the clown grins at him, [[http://www.sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/021115 faints]]. He also has a nightmare about the Kitty-girl Clowney-devil.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'', after re-lived her fifth birthday several times:
--> '''Piffany''': I had to watch the ''clown'' they hired for my party. I'm going to need a few more ''teddy bears'' to get to sleep tonight!
* ''Webcomic/{{Bug|Martini}}'' has a page dedicated to this -- "[[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/clowns/ It's becoming hard to find old-fashioned clowns]]".
* [[spoiler: Gamzee Makara]] from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' first appeared to be a comedic subversion. [[BewareTheSillyOnes Not]] [[ChaoticEvil any]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare more,]] [[AxCrazy to]] [[NoMedicationForMe say]] [[OmnicidalManiac the]] [[LethalJokeCharacter least.]] [[spoiler:Luckily, Karkat manages to calm his ass down through [[ThePowerOfFriendship The Power of Moirallegiance]].]]
** Monster Clowndom appears to be the [[GangOfHats hat]] of the Subjugglators, judging by The Grand Highblood's facepaint and colorful paintings. [[NightmareFuel/{{Homestuck}} Facepaint and colorful paintings made of the blood of slaughtered trolls.]]
*** The Highblood's pre-Scratch incarnation, [[EnemyMime Kurloz]], does not look as much like a clown as the rest of the Makara family, but he's in the same cult, uses terms inspired by ICP more frequently, and is just as insane. Notably, not many other examples of this trope act quite as subtly or in as much Machiavellian style as he does.
** Also, as Creator/AndrewHussie points out in the book 2 commentary, the flash where John walks around his house after it enters the medium and everything is silent and the place is surrounded by void is made significantly more creepy by all the ''[[InsistentTerminology harlequins]]'' scattered around the house.
** The Music/InsaneClownPosse have a significant influence on the backstory of the [[CosmicRetcon Post-Scratch]] universe. In addition to their entry above, they acted as the last presidents of the US, and were responsible for innumerable deaths [[spoiler: before being assassinated by Dave's alternate self]]. Also, they (along with Dave and Betty Crocker) were indirectly responsible for [[spoiler: Gamzee]]'s aforementioned rampage.
* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'' demonstrated that there are few things scarier than a [[http://wapsisquare.com/comic/11282003/ dog in a clown mask.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110209 Jack-in-the-box]] in Heterodynes nursery combining the charm of Monster Clown with steel-clad brutality of an overengineered murder-bot. "It explains... ''so much''..." We don't know yet who made this toy, though -- it may well be local "young masters" [[MadScientist themselves]].
* Jason Love cartoons [[http://www.jasonlove.com/cartoons/00724-funny-cartoons-mafia-clown.gif warns us]] about [[TheMafia Mafia]] clowns.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', Black Mage gains a clownlike outfit after becoming a blue mage.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWordWeary'', Yorick's elf rogue character is disguised as a jester- and he's just as [[http://wordwearycomic.blogspot.com/2011/04/28-april-2011.html acerbic and mean]] as he is the in regular story.
* ''Webcomic/RedMeat'': Apparently [[http://www.oocities.org/ed_the_fairy_godbastard/redmeat/rm_079.gif dead clowns]] [[http://www.oocities.org/ed_the_fairy_godbastard/redmeat/rm_362.gif are kinda]] [[http://www.oocities.org/ed_the_fairy_godbastard/redmeat/rm_428.gif funny.]] Maybe?
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''
** In strip [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=3573#comic #3573]], someone explains the attributes of clowns on the basis that they are creatures that have evolved in dark caves and sewers.
--> "You'll note they really only come out when small high-calorie animals are herding."
** In "Bedtime", an(other?) example of parental trolling claiming this trope:
--> "Dad, I don't get clowns. Nobody ever laughs when they do stuff."
--> "Well, I dunno. I think it's pretty funny to see a dead guy walking around in big floppy shoes."
* In ''Webcomic/NobodyScores'' the cast is too horribly jaded even for [[http://nobodyscores.loosenutstudio.com/index.php?id=145 this]].
* ''Webcomic/AwfulHospital'': Gooey Pink Eyes is revealed to be suffering from a strange plague of tiny, flea-sized clowns.
* Scuzzo the Clown appears in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', which is partially based on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon. He's only shown up briefly thus far, but it's clear that he and Betelgeuse don't like each other.
* In [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=2708 this]] ''WebComic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' strip, Binky the Clown shoots Uncle Roy.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Podcast/RiffTrax:
** Fear of clowns is a RunningGag for Rifftrax, right behind their fear of monkeys. Check out the riffed shorts "The Creeps Machine" and "Story-Telling: Can You Tell It In Order?" for some good examples. This is a natural continuation from a similar fear on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]].
** Invoked in the Rifftrax for ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', when a student [[FaceYourFears casts a spell on a boggart to transform it from a giant snake into a giant, horrifying clown]].
--->'''Mike Nelson:''' But she failed! She summoned something far scarier, from the depths of Hell itself!
** On the Rifftrax for ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', after the Joker flips the semi over and starts making goofy noises with his lips, the riffers say this:
--->'''Mike:''' WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck and John Wayne Gacy's bastard son.\\
'''Bill:''' I thought that was Creator/JimCarrey...
* The appropriately-named Nightmares the Clown from the "Beyond Belief" segment of ''Podcast/ThrillingAdventureHour'', a parody of [[Literature/{{IT}} Pennywise]]. He's rather annoyed by the fact that Sadie [[NonIronicClown finds clowns hilarious]] and giggles constantly whenever she sees him. Frank Doyle has repeatedly battled Nightmares, first encountering him when he was a child and he and his friends investigated several dead and missing children.
-->'''Peter:''' Looks like we solved the mystery at least.\\
'''Nighmares:''' That's right boys, you did it! You really did it! You solved the mystery and found ''me''! You young boys went and tracked down the fellow who's been murdering young boys all these years! Do you young boys have a sense of irony yet? Probably not, you're from Maine. But my, how'd you be laughing if you did!
* Thomas in ''Literature/TheWanderingInn'' becomes one after "earning" the conditions [Horrific Laughter] and [Lesser Insanity].
* "Clowns: Satan's idea of what's funny" [[http://cheezburger.com/3095631360 poster]]
* Here's a particularly scary example of a monster clown jack-in-the-box, just scroll a bit down to see it (but be warned, it is ''very'' unnerving). Click if you dare: [[http://www.bogleech.com/halloween-2009sept.html]]
* Just a fair warning: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-SamlxVgnc&feature=related This may keep you up tonight.]]
* There's a viral comment being spread on Website/YouTube warning, "a clown will kill u at 3:00 A.M. tomorrow morning if u dont pass this 2 10 vids ''[sic]''."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MItzvEjNURA Behold Baby Ronald McDonald]].
* The Cheezburger Network's newest website, [[ Clown Fails]], is nothing but this.
* Tom Foolery of the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. Scary makeup, spine-chilling laugh, weaponized toys, and an urge to see the whole world go down in flames. He is the setting's CaptainErsatz of ComicBook/TheJoker.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/exploring-the-mysteries-of-the-mind-with-the-sims-3/ Subject Beef]] certainly fits. Seanbaby speculates on the cause-effect relationship of wearing clown makeup and killing people. All we can say for sure is that it's there, one way or another.
* "[[http://loneanimator.elfwood.com/Nightmare-Clown.2978047.html Nightmare Clown]]" by Richard Svensson.
* [[TheGrotesque The Jester]], ringmaster of [[CircusOfFear Le Cirque d'Abberations]] in ''Literature/TheTaleOfTheExile'', is one of these. He has a magically-induced deformity that gives him a permanent SlasherSmile and a tendency to mutilate others as a form of art.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation has [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-993 SCP-993]], the "Bobble the Clown" show. Once the program starts, everyone in the room over the age of ten passes out, while children under the age of ten report that an animated clown gives how-tos on cannibalism, arson, and a number of other horrifying things; further, the children who watch a show will [[{{Brainwashed}} regularly perform whatever actions Bobble instructed them in]] until their memories of the show are removed with EasyAmnesia. Worse, whoever is creating the show (and there's a certain amount of evidence that the show itself is a sapient entity that creates and broadcasts itself) appears to be aware that the SCP Foundation has found a way to intercept and block its transmission, as the two most recent episodes are Bobble Hates You[[note]]Bobble the Clown, sitting in a chair and glaring silently at the viewer for the entire episode.[[/note]] and *EXPLETIVE* YOU *EXPLETIVE* YOU *EXPLETIVE* YOU[[note]] Bobble the Clown breaches classification on Foundation researchers, administrators, and [=SCPs=], including detailed instructions on how to breach containment of a number of incredibly dangerous [=SCPs=], with a special guest appearance by the animated version of an SCP researcher who happened to be passing by the room where the Foundation keeps the recordings they make of the show at the time shown on a clock in the episode.[[/note]]
** [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/behind-the-scenes When Bobble eventually calmed down about the Foundation blocking him]] he turned out to be FauxAffablyEvil, which was infinitely creepier than him being angry.
** They also have [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/log-of-anomalous-items a wooden statue of a clown which giggles when it's in the dark]]. Or ''had'', actually, since a clown-hating Foundation agent [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill shot it 15 times with his gun, reducing it to nothing but splinters]].
** This trope is actually subverted with [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1799 SCP-1799]], Mr. Laugh, who, while being an ArtificialHuman who looks like a clown, is harmless and makes people laugh. However he doesn't like the fact that everything he says makes people laugh, to the point where he's actually a literal SadClown.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses featured a video with Creator/DougWalker doing a pretty damn good impression of Creator/HeathLedger[[Film/TheDarkKnight 's Joker]] practicing his origin story. An attempt to spin this off into a series called "Melvin, Brother of the Joker" was not nearly as well received, and the character became TheScrappy among fans. Walker has engaged in a fair amount of SelfDeprecation about this, and Melvin was killed by other TGWTG contributors during one of the donation drives.
** ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'' features Creator/{{Noah|Antwiler}} playing "Chuckles the Fucking Jester", a character from the ''VideoGame/{{Ultima}}'' series. Spoony finds him creepy, screaming when he enters the room. He is also relentlessly obnoxious, making bad jokes and beating Noah with a rubber chicken for not playing "The Game" correctly. After [[ItMakesSenseInContext Spoony's robot blasts him with a laser beam]], Chuckles flees, and a mysterious figure points out his ability to cause great fear, giving him [[Comicbook/BlackestNight a Yellow Lantern ring]].
** WebVideo/DiamandaHagan, who is a female Joker and enjoys slaying her minions when bored.
** [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]], on the other hand, is fed up with the negative portrayal of clowns in the media, and introduced [[NonIronicClown Boffo the Clown]] (who is friendly, dignified and polite) as a deliberate subversion of this trope.
* ''Literature/SkippysList'' has examples:
--> 65. There are no evil clowns living under my bed.
* Franchise/TheFearMythos gives us the Jester, a masked psychopath who serves the [[PerversePuppet Wooden Girl]]. He sees himself as an artist who has mastered comedy, and views comedy as being anything unexpected. So if you were, say, walking your dog on a pleasant summer day, he might pop out of a bush and blow your brains out just ForTheEvulz. The fact that the Jester is one of the few humans who serves the Wooden Girl willingly (as opposed to being unable to control his own body like the majority of her servants) just makes him even more horrific. [[http://strangeandsecretfaces.blogspot.com/2012/01/laughter-is-best-medicine.html This creepypasta]] gives a pretty clear indication of how utterly insane he is.
* Jay Insano of the WebVideo/NewVillainOrder. Originally he even spoke in Creator/MarkHamill voice clips.
* Chuckles from {{Literature/Worm}}, a SerialKiller with SuperSpeed.
* There's a video out there of unsuspecting passersby turning a corner in a parking garage just in time to see a MonsterClown pulverize a man's head with a sledgehammer- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xSNiPx791A and then run after them.]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHjGtBnSv50 Now with]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHZPEkZCqwA sequels!]]
* The Youtube user known as Peckcella Von Peter (once featured on Cute Fuzzy Weasel's series ''WebOriginal/FeedingTheTrolls'') straddles the line between this and VillainousHarlequin. While a Youtube {{troll}} in a jester mask talking about how Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sucks sounds harmless enough, the mask itself is a bit disturbing and something about Peckcella's mannerisms seems just ''disturbingly off''.
* ''WebOriginal/{{Mortasheen}}'' combines this with {{Mon}}s and has a classification of creatures (Specifically the Joker class) based on this concept. Some of them are very weird. Like the eye-chicken-ventriloquist [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/opticaper.htm Opticaper]], the straitjacket-snake-clown [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/insanititter.htm Insanititter]] and whatever [[http://www.bogleech.com/mortasheen/madcap.htm Madcap]] is.
* [[WebVideo/JonTron JonTron]] hilariously subverted the trope in his ''Film/TheHowling'' Halloween episode. Jon enters his creepy, cobwebbed house and starts to read from a haunted book, but is interrupted by the demented laughter of a clown in his room.
-->'''JonTron:''' ''(laughs it off)'' Oh, thank God. It's just a clown. ''[[spoiler: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny (pulls out a pistol and shoots the clown dead)]] ]]''
* In the Seeso series of ''Podcast/MyBrotherMyBrotherAndMe'', Griffin tries to get some local teens to give up their phones by giving them to the Clown Box: a chained-up box with a picture of a clown on it in the middle of the woods.Inside is apparently a clown, who gives gifts in exchange for phones.When it doesn't receive a phone, it becomes enraged, [[OffscreenTeleportation escapes]], and kills Griffin, his brothers, and the teens.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Joker from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. As if being a monster clown every day isn't bad enough, the episode "Be A Clown" has him disguised as a slightly less creepy party clown to deliver a cake with an explosive as a candle to a party full of kids. Arguably the goofy, baggy clown-outfit made him look even creepier than his normal purple tux, since it twisted his reasonably normal human proportions into the depths of UncannyValley. This episode also, weirdly, proved that the Joker is actually an outstanding children's performer when he wants to be...just don't let him near the [[DynamiteCandle birthday cake]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' had the Jokerz, [[AllBikersAreHellsAngels a group of criminal biker gang]] (not truly a single organization) that at first were only inspired by the Clown Prince of Crime. Their motivations varied widely. Some were no different than other violent bikers, other than the clown makeup, others were just delinquent kids who did it for fun, and a few were actually competent and malicious villains (but they were rare). They became a serious threat in ''Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker'' where the real Joker returned, killed the leader of the biggest gang, and took over. The same story even introduced two female members, Delia and Deidre Dennis (who called themselves Dee-Dee as a team) Harley Quinn's granddaughters. (Who their parents are is not known, and [[EvilParentsWantGoodKids Harley clearly does not approve of them being crooks]], scolding them harshly after bailing them out of jail.)
** The Jokerz are far worse in [[BadFuture an alternate future]] of ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' where Chronos recruited them as enforcers, and upgraded them with radically advanced technology and weapons, giving them actual superpowers. In this reality, Dee-Dee not only killed Terry, but also [[Franchise/GreenLantern Kai-Ro]]. (Fortunately, [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong this timeline is erased due to the actions of the present-day League.)]]
* In season four of ''WesternAnimation/BoJackHorseman'', Todd and Mr. Peanutbutter irrationally decree that since kids hate going to the dentist but love clowns, they should have clown dentists, that is, train some dentists to be clowns, and teach some clowns the art of dentistry. Unfortunately, this business does not work out and Todd sends them all into the woods, where they become rabid zombies.
* Frankly, there are countless times ('''not''' including that stint in ''Treehouse of Horrors'') that Krusty the Klown of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' fits neatly into the oversized shoes of this trope. Point in fact he is scary enough to provoke heart-attacks in patients with heart conditions (namely Homer).
** "What's wrong? Oh right... My ''grotesque appearance!"''
*** Also: "Well I got news for you, buddy: This ain't make up!"
*** He tried broadcasting his show in High Definition without testing it first; [[http://www.vooks.net/images/simpsonskrusty_hd.jpg BIG mistake.]]
** There are even times when Krusty [[TemporarilyAVillain serves as the villain of the episode]] - most notably in "Yokel Chords" and "My Fair Laddie" - and gets his comeuppance in the end.
** The haunted Krusty doll.
-->"Hi, I'm Krusty the Clown and I don't like you." "Hi, I'm Krusty the Clown and I'm going to kill you."
** Bart's clown bed in "Lisa's First Word".
*** Say it with me now. "'''''[[SickbedSlaying If You Should Die Before You Wake!]]'''''"
*** [[MadnessMantra '''Can't sleep, clown will eat me''']]
** In the DVDCommentary of that episode, members of writing staff discussed this trope, coming to the conclusion that, "Adults hate clowns and children are afraid of them, so what the hell good are they?"
** In the supplement book ''Flanders Book of Faith'', one of Ned's Humble figurines has a little girl being frightened by a clown. The title: ''First visit to the Circus''.
** Sideshow Bob. Okay, he's more like a Monster Ex Clown, but still, he tries to murder multiple characters and gets involved in semi elaborate revenge schemes after Bart and such foiled his framing of Krusty for armed robbery. This aspect was turned UpToEleven in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS21E22TheBobNextDoor The Bob Next Door]]". In one of his escape attempts, Bob visibly surgically removes the face of one of his cell mates and then switches it with his own, while still being fully conscious and screaming. The worst part is when Sideshow Bob stops at a rest stop and a waitress who takes an interest in him manages to pull off a loose thread used to keep his face on, causing his entire face to flap down, exposing all of his muscles and tissue. And then moments later, it happens again with his cellmate he switched faces with.
* Herbert J. Zomboni from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}''.
* Although ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' didn't feature any actual monster clowns, there was one episode where Pepper Ann watched a movie that revolves around this trope: Gutter Clowns. (An obvious shoutout to IT) She had nightmares about that movie.
* Darph Bobo, and the entire Clown Empire, from ''WesternAnimation/TrippingTheRift''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'', Wakko Warner had an irrational fear of clowns, which often caused him to apply his HyperspaceMallet before he ran screaming.
** One episode revealed that studio boss Seymour Plotz is also afraid of clowns and sees Dr. Scratchnsniff about it regularly. Unfortunately, the doctor neglected to tell him about Wacko's own clown phobia before Plotz sent a Creator/JerryLewis-esque NonIronicClown to the tower for Wacko's birthday. Hilarity ensues as Plotz spends the rest of the cartoon watching the two torment each other with morbid glee.
--->'''Dr. Scratchnsniff:''' Wakko, repeat after me: "A clown is my friend. A clown will not bite me and throw me in the basement... [[Literature/{{It}} A clown is not a big spider]]."
* In the ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes'', episode "Fear Factory", Lightning Lad is terrified of a clownlike doll from his childhood called "[[Film/TheExorcist Captain Howdy]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'' had an episode (and a micro playset) involving Freako the Clown, who abducts children and mutates them into monsters to populate his CircusOfFear.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Billy displays a fear of clowns, thinking they're out to conquer the world and [[OverlyLongGag "Destroy us all! Destroy us all!]][[note]]I'll have the chicken[[/note]] [[OverlyLongGag Destroy us all!"]] After much prodding from Grim and Mandy and a trip to his HappyPlace, he eventually gets over his fear... by becoming homicidally angry with clowns instead of afraid. This doesn't save him from the giant clown monster Grim made earlier, which proceeded to eat them all.
** "So, it's agreed? We all hate clowns."
* Freakshow from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* Dr. Rockzo, the rock n' roll clown (he does cocaine!) [[spoiler: seriously, dude; ''a lot'' of cocaine]] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. He's a clown that's designed to be scary (in more ways than one). Ironically, Toki loves him despite being the most childlike of Dethklok's members.
** Toki was shown to have a long-time love of clowns - there was a shot of him as a child sitting on [[SerialKiller Gacy the Clown's]] lap (shudder). Besides, it's metal to like clowns! Apparently it all stemmed from his childhood, where a clown doll he kept hidden from his parents was the only toy he had.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' had Dexter become this in the episode "The Laughing" after being bitten by a pair of dentures belonging to a clown performing at Deedee's birthday party. Also partially subverted, in that Deedee stops Dexter by learning the ways of an order of benign mimes. Not to be confused with a HeroicMime.
* Binky The Clown from ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' isn't really evil, but he is incredibly obnoxious and somewhat creepy, and provides a recurring source of irritation for Garfield. While annoying, Binky is for the most part a NonIronicClown. In the episode of "Binky Goes Bad" he is framed for a multitude of crimes by a genuinely evil clown.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}''
** Chuckie is extremely coulrophobic, and in one episode he kept having nightmares about clowns, in which he would approach Tommy (who was facing away from the camera) and tap him on the shoulder, only to have Tommy turn around to reveal the most [[NightmareFuel/{{Rugrats}} Nightmare Fuel-rific]] clown face and declare in the most disturbing voice ever, ''"I'm not Tommy!"'' * giggles* The end of the episode had Mr. Finster walk out of Chuckie's room after tucking him in and noticing Stu turned away from him. He says, "Stu, I didn't know you were coming over," only to have clown faced Stu turn around and do the exact same thing that the clown faced Tommy did except he says, "''I'm not Stu...''" * laughs*
** Another episode called "The Trial" featured a creepy clown lamp with a giant perpetual grin and an evil countenance.
** Or the episode "The Mysterious Mr. Fiend" which had a talking clown doll depicted [[http://cust.idl.com.au/boyd/images/bfriend.gif here]].
** The episode "Clown Around" had plenty of Monster Clowns for all.
** In a moment of CharacterizationMarchesOn, in an early season 1 episode it is actually ''Didi'' who is scared of clowns. A clown at a carnival sneaks up behind her and scares her, albeit accidentally.
** To keep this list from getting longer, lets just say that ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'' was ''very'' fond of Monster Clowns.
* Joker from ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman''. Especially "Vampire Joker" in ''WesternAnimation/TheBatmanVsDracula''.* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' briefly featured an old clown doll named "Mr. Giggles", with a dead-eyed, grinning stare. Bobby is quickly reminded why he was afraid of it, complete with a ScareChord.
* The Beast Which Dares Not Speak Its Name, from the ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'' episode "Evil in Love", is a giant four-armed fang-jawed cyclopian demon clown. Far too powerful and evil for the titular hero to hope to defeat, but fortunately thwarted by bureaucracy.
* Madkat from ''WesternAnimation/SWATKats''. The spirit of an evil jester from medieval times that merged with a failed comedian whose hardships mirrored Madkat's own. For a one shot villain, he's pretty effective, and came damn close to winning.
* Coco Demento from ''WesternAnimation/MuchaLucha'' isn't exactly evil, but he ''is'' a MaskedLuchador who's also a clown. (And he was in a class for heel wrestlers in one episode, possibly because, as his father explains in another episode, he once hung out with a group of mischief-making clowns.)
* ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' has featured various such examples, among others including Zombo the "clown ghost" (from ''WesternAnimation/APupNamedScoobyDoo''). ''WesternAnimation/WhatsNewScoobyDoo'' even {{retcon}}ned Velma into having had a fear of clowns. (Awesomely tying ''A Pup Named Scooby-Doo'' as canon while doing so)
** Villain of the week Harry the Hypnotist used a clown getup as both [[ScoobyDooHoax a gimmick and a way to mask his identity]]. Throughout the episode, he's referred to simply as Ghost Clown, until he's finally caught by the gang, and identified by his boss.
*** Harry hypnotised Scooby into walking a tightrope and then snapped him out of the trance when he was halfway across. And then hypnotised Shaggy into being a lion tamer:
--->'''Ghost Clown:''' When I blow this whistle, you won't be a lion tamer. Just food for a hungry lion! (''EvilLaugh'')
*** Eventually, however, they used a mirror to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard trick him into hypnotizing himself]]. Likely the funniest way a villain was apprehended in the series.
** ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'' also gives us Crybaby Clown, a giant fat clown in a diaper who drives around in his huge car bombing buildings and neighborhoods with grenades shaped like milk bottles.
* Clownfoot, a villainous clown from a ''{{WesternAnimation/Captain Caveman|AndTheTeenAngels}}'' episode of ''The Flintstone Comedy Show'' probably qualifies here, complete with a CircusOfFear (which he uses as a hideout for his robberies and to lure Wilma and Betty into a saber-toothed-tiger filled trap).
* A later-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' features villains who are members of a circus possessed by BigBad Skeleton King, which features not one, but THREE evil clowns, who end up merging into one really big, really creepy one. This is then subverted at the end when the circus is freed from evil and it turns out all the performers, including the no-longer-evil clowns are actually pretty nice people.
* One Man Circus from ''WesternAnimation/{{Scruff}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.
** Peter dresses up as "Pee Pants the Inebriated Hobo Clown" in one episode. This being Peter, it [[GoneHorriblyWrong goes horribly wrong]]. Considering that [[spoiler: Peter accidentally killed the man he thought was his father (Francis, not the town drunk from Ireland) while performing as Pee Pants]], nothing could have gone ''right''.
** Chris is afraid of Ronald [=McDonald=]. ''I wish that scary looking clown at the end of my bed would go away!"
** According to one of the cutaway gags, Gary Busey [[CloudCuckooLander apparently sees himself as one of these]], with medusa-style snake-hair to boot!
* The main clown in the 3D short animation ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kACHU5eSwQ Bingo]]''. The whole short uses surrealistic imagery and dialogue to tell the story of an ordinary man who is surrounded by characters who insist that he is someone named "Bingo the Clown", even though he is not.
* The short-lived American adaptation of Australia's teacher sitcom ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp'' has a Monster Clown in the form of the overly cheerful (and mentally unstable) vice principal Stuart Proszakian (voiced by Will Forte from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''). Before he was vice principal, Stuart was a clown entertaining at a Florida prison. The second episode (where the teachers run a schoolwide fair) even had Stuart dressed in prison stripes and clown make-up (making him look more like Film/{{Beetlejuice}}) and singing this song (set to folksy banjo music) with the following lyrics:
-->Well, you were beaten mercilessly in the shower.\\
You took an old-fashioned shiv in the crown.\\
They fired tear gas on your ass from the tower.\\
And when you got back up\\
You were feelin' down.\\
Someone sent you a prison clown\\
Someone bought you\\
Or bartered you\\
A prison clown --
** If anyone buys you or barters you a prison clown, scream as loud as you can and call the proper authorities. For me...
*** Will Forte also plays mentally unstable characters -- including those who have been convicted of sexual offenses -- on ''SNL'' so his role on ''WesternAnimation/SitDownShutUp'' isn't much of a stretch.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/ExtremeGhostbusters'' had the Ghostbusters hunting vampire-like monsters who feed on laughter and disguise themselves as clowns, because as this page tells us, there's nothing funnier than an ominous clown that can only speak in [[EvilLaugh Evil Laughter]] following you by night. Unless there's a whole pack of them looking to [[TheVirus recruit you]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck''
** Paddywack has beady red eyes, long grasping limbs, fangs and a bottom of the well voice. He was an [[SealedEvilInACan otherworldly evil entity]] that fed on fear or chaos or some other kind of metaphysical claptrap and had [[MindOverMatter poltergeist]] [[{{Invisibility}} powers]] [[DemonicPossession galore]].
** [[VillainousHarlequin Quackerjack]] once made a Monster Clown toy that features SpiderLimbs, and they ended in [[AnAxeToGrind rather large axes]] to boot. It was probably the creepiest thing Quackerjack ever made. The kicker? It was made by an AlternateUniverse counterpart who was actually ''a good guy''.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/LeagueOfSuperEvil'', the team revives Doktor Frogg's first invention, Chuckles the Robotic Clown, for his birthday. Frogg later reveals that he invented Chuckles when he was a kid to ruin all the birthday parties he was never invited to and [[TurnedAgainstTheirMasters then Frogg's own birthday came]] luckily they managed to survive until midnight in which it shuts itself off, only for it to reactivate because Voltar's birthday was the day after Frogg's.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "The Poor Kid", social services have a special room for kids with posters of grinning clowns. Kenny and his siblings sit there, all looking rather unnerved. Later Cartman enters the room. He looks just as uncomfortable. This is ''Cartman'' we're talking about.
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'', wherein Spud spends half an episode paralyzed by his fear of clowns. After finally realizing that the fear is irrational, he joyfully asks a troupe of clowns to make him laugh. Cue the clowns eating some magicked cupcakes, which transform them into hideous scorpion/clown/demon monsters. Nightmare Fuel all around!
* Subverted in ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob'' with "Steve Mahahanan's Child Clown Rentals", which combines natural terror of clowns with the horror/pity of '''CHILD SLAVERY'''. Child Clowns are rented out as SERVANTS rather than entertainers, and besides a disturbing advertisement in the usual Tim and Eric style, there's an overly-long, creepily realistic VHS-edited "Care for Your Child Clown" video how-to in a later episode. Details include the care, cleaning and storage of your Child Clown.
** Good to know: Child Clowns eat only Steve Mahahanan's Child Clown Wet Food Logs.
* ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has ''The Funhouse'' game with a monster clown as the User character. In the one game that's supposed to be impossible for sprites to win. Since the sprites that lose a game turn into [[AndIMustScream nulls]], this just adds to the creepiness of the character.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minoriteam}}'' has Halfpint, the evil gangster clown.
* Four of these showed up in the ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' episode "Power Squid and Spaghetti Beezy", though they weren't so much monsters as they were [[{{Jerkass}} assholes]]. There was also the episode where Jimmy and Beezy tried to become clowns, only to be constantly rebuffed by the selfsame jerks.
* [[http://i43.tinypic.com/6yl8io.jpg Sneero]],the villain clown in ''Comicbook/AchilleTalon''.
* Scuzzo the Clown (sometimes assisted by his large mute brother Fuzzo), in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'', is the Ghost with the Most's (im)mortal enemy. BJ is actually the lesser of two evils there, as Scuzzo lacks any of BJ's redeeming features. In one BaseballEpisode, Scuzzo was the manager of a whole ''team'' of crazy clowns.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivk_LPQP6Ag This]] computer animation demo reel from 1984 opens with an evil juggling clown so scary, he has the power to terrify even those not normally afraid of clowns!
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had Rainbow the Clown. He's somewhat of a subversion though, since he's neither scary, nor evil. His SuperpoweredEvilSide on the other hand, [[EnemyMime most certainly is]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' featured the villain Proto-Clown, a rampaging superpowered brute of a clown [[GoneHorriblyWrong created by a genetic experiment]] intended to create a perfect NonIronicClown. Notably, he was barely sentient and spoke only in HulkSpeak, and was only scary due to his UnstoppableRage and ability to tear buildings asunder with his bare hands. As it turns out, he was completely harmless once calmed down, but he ''hated'' it when people laughed at him.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' features the clown nurses from "Another Way". They aren't bad at first, but after Finn constantly objects to their touchy-feely bedside manner, his clown nurse tells him "ITS THE ONLY WAY!" in a creepy voice, complete with a red demonic face and a ScareChord.
** Parodied when Finn invokes his worst fears in "King Worm", including the sea, the Lich-King, Princess Bubblegum having tea with the Lich and dismissing Finn as "''too yoooung''" in a demonic voice, and his own infancy, all coming out of his bellybutton... and then a little x-eyed clown in muted greenish colors pops up and sneers halfheartedly, "I'm a clooown."
* Invoked but mostly averted in ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders''.
-->'''Tino's Mom''': He said he's not coming out of his room until the city's been cleansed of its unholy clown infestation.
-->'''Tino''' (from behind a closed door): The hour of purification is at hand!
* The Lobe in ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'' tried to deliberately invoke this via using a mysterious cloud to turn ordinary people into Monster Clowns to take over the world. Freakazoid shoots the idea down as stupid and makes the Lobe turn off the cloud, only to agree that it was a brilliant idea once the Lobe was out of earshot.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfFigaroPho''
** One episode focuses on coulrophobia, the fear of clowns. In it, the main antagonist is a sadistic clown who enjoys playing cruel pranks on Figaro. Most of his "lines" are [[TheHyena laughing]]. Said clown is also featured in the show's opening sequence, where he towers over Figaro and laughs.
** Downplayed in the episode "Waltergeist", where Figaro meets the ghost of a clown named Walter, who is an {{Expy}} of the clown mentioned above. Walter is ChaoticNeutral more than anything else, as he pranks everyone from Figaro to the {{Jerkass}} ghost hunters. Also, his pranks are much less sadistic than the other clown's.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': In "Bon Bon The Birthday Clown", [[BigBad Ludo]] ambushes Star and Janna by disguising himself as Bon Bon. The real Bon Bon is actually really nice.
* Episode "Station Identification" of ''Series/TheRealGhostbusters'' has a giant monster clown with a very creepy laugh as main antagonist.
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales2017'': "The Beagle Birthday Massacre" introduces the Tumblebums, a trio of Beagle Boys with an "evil clown" theme. They follow the standard BigThinShortTrio of their brothers, and consist of a tiny little Beagle in a top hat and a ringmaster's coat using stilts and hand extensions to tower over people, a long-snouted skinny Beagle in a black leotard who usually adopts a PrimalStance, and a burly Beagle in a jester's suit with a second face painted on the back of his hood and who likes to get around by bending over and running around on all fours whilst upside-down, leaving his grinning face smirking up at his victims. And for the added creepiness factor, they ''never'' speak, instead using whistles and demonic laughter to communicate with each other and to spook their prey. They're so creepy that [[TheFriendNobodyLikes even their own brothers and mother don't want anything to do with them]]. Their brothers openly speculate that they're adopted.

* Urban legend: A teenage girl is babysitting, and the parents call home to check in. "Everything's fine," she says, "oh, but I covered up that clown statue in the back hall with my jacket, it was creeping me out." "Clown statue? [[OhCrap We don't own a clown statue]]..."
* [[http://citynoise.org/upload/32898.jpg Abandoned clown train remembers you!]]
* There's a joke that's gone around about a boy and a clown walking through the woods at night. The boy says to the clown, "Man, this forest sure is scary..." to which the clown replies, "You're telling me. I have to go back through it by myself."
* A new Urban Legend going around is that of an extremely sinister/dangerous Monster Clown in Bradford, which has been rumoured to be doing everything from peering in windows to robbing people to stabbing them. The police department consider it a hoax, and a news story about it can be seen [[http://www.thetelegraphandargus.co.uk/news/10825343.Oh__what_a_circus___the_Bradford_Clown_keeps_all_eyes_on_the_city/ here]]
* Played at in one of the ''Toys/MonsterHigh'' character diaries, where rushing through her makeup (which she can't see in the mirror) nearly leaves the vampire Draculaura "''looking like an undead clown... not that there's anything wrong with that.''" No clowns have appeared in the franchise yet, but they may be out there.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* A charity in the Netherlands is the [=CliniClowns=], people who dress up like clowns and visit children's hospitals in order to make them feel better. After doing this for years, psychological research shows that this backfires because too many children are ''afraid'' of clowns. Oops...
** A [[http://www.reuters.com/article/oddlyEnoughNews/idUSL1582409620080116?feedType=RSS&feedName=oddlyEnoughNews Reuters article]] elaborates: "The study, reported in the Nursing Standard magazine, found ''all the 250 patients'' aged between four and 16 they quizzed disliked the use of clowns, with even the older ones finding them scary."
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wayne_Gacy John Wayne Gacy]] was an American serial killer who was convicted and later executed for the rape and murder of 33 boys and young men between 1972 and his arrest in 1978, 27 of whom he buried in a crawlspace under the floor of his house, while others were found in nearby rivers. He became notorious as the "Killer Clown" because of the many block parties he threw for his friends and neighbors, entertaining children in a clown suit and makeup, under the name of "Pogo the Clown". And he was genuinely AffablyEvil, rather than FauxAffablyEvil.
** To make matters worse the AP once accidentally used a stock photo of Gacy for National Clown Day.
** Gacy also created disturbing paintings of clowns. He sold them while he was in prison, believing that his art would live beyond the grave. The person who bought the paintings burned them all after he died so he wouldn't be remembered.
*** At least one of his paintings made it to the Louisiana swamp metal band Music/AcidBath. They had sent him a demo of their stuff, and he liked it so much he sent them a painting. ''When the Kite String Pops'' uses it as album art. It's rather fitting, really- [[http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/acidbath/whenthekitestringpops.html that shit's fucked up, son.]] Incidentally, their second full-length actually had a painting by ''Dr. Jack Kevorkian'' who actually ''does violins on one of the songs.''
* In his book ''Mysterious America'' and [[http://copycateffect.blogspot.com/2008/10/phantom-clowns-on-coast-to-coast.html elsewhere]], Fortean Loren Coleman has documented numerous cases, beginning in May of 1981 but intermittently continuing up to the present day, of malevolent activity by persons unknown, dressed in clown attire, toward targets such as elementary school children. However, given that no such perpetrators have ever been apprehended, the "phantom clown" reports continue to remain unexplained.
* Lon Chaney, Sr., "The Man of a Thousand Faces", and perhaps the single most iconic (as well as genuinely frightening) horror actor from the silent film era, once made the observation that "There is nothing funny about a clown in the moonlight."
* You can now [[http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/821591-evil-clown-hired-for-stalking-threats-and-a-pie-in-the-face hire a monster clown]] to stalk small children a week before their birthday. He'll leave phone calls, post notes about how he's watching them and how he'll attack them and on their birthday, he'll smash a cake in their face. What kind of parents would do ''that'' to their kid?
* The {{Juggalo}} subculture has shades of this. It didn't help when in the summer of 2012 the FBI officially designated them [[GangOfHats a gang]].
* There's a mysterious clown appearing all round Northampton at the moment. No one knows who the hell he is. See an article about it [[http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2013/09/theres-clown-terrorizing-small-british-town/69425/ here]] and the 'official' Facebook page for the clown [[https://www.facebook.com/spotnorthamptonsclown here]].
** A similar story popped up in October 2014: [[http://abcnews.go.com/US/mysterious-clowns-terrorizing-california-city/story?id=26157014 "Mysterious Clowns Terrorizing California City"]]
* In October 2013, Mexican drug kingpin Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was assassinated by [[ProfessionalKiller a gunman]] dressed as a clown, as [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2468484/Assassin-dressed-clown-kills-Mexican-drug-lord-surprise-attack-family-gathering.html detailed here.]]
* In Portugal, there were several urban legends regarding a gang known as "Boca de Palhaço" (Clown Mouth). Apparently, they would approach students who were alone at night and would ask them if they wanted to be killed, raped or having a "Clown Mouth" (sometimes they would immediatly reveal who they were, other times they would be disguised as harmless pranksters). The victims would usually pick the third option, not knowing what it meant. To their horror, it meant to "tear their faces", creating a real life GlasgowGrin. Messages about them began being spread, and students became so frightened that they would not leave school unless their parents would pick them up. The police eventually revealed the tales to be nothing but a hoax, leading to people essentially forgeting about them. Doesn´t change the fact that whoever came up with this might be giving some "real" sick creeps a [[FridgeHorror bad idea...]]
* [[http://www.ouchytheclown.com/ Ouchy the Clown]] ('''[[NotSafeForWork NSFW]]''' once you get past that front page!) is "your premier provider of adult clown services." That's right, sex clown for hire with S&M clown porn for sale. His motto is "Popping up where you least expect me!"-- and presumably giving an unnerving new meaning to the term "Big Top Clown."
* There has been an upturn in [[ARareSentence clown-related crime]] in France recently, to the point where [[http://www.france24.com/en/20141026-panic-clown-terror-spreads-southern-france/ local police had orders to apprehend people in clown makeup]] and impromptu anti-clown vigilante squads emerged. If you think about it, dressing as a clown is a perfect cover for a criminal, if for no other reason than it falls straight into RefugeInAudacity territory, and even those who are not afraid of looking silly by making accusations will simply be told that [[YouWatchTooMuchX they've seen too many evil-clown movies, or TV shows, or whatever]].
* Autumn 2016 saw a social-media-driven "scary clown" panic in the run-up to Halloween, initially in the USA and later throughout the world. It appears to have begun with news stories at the end of August reporting people in clown costumes behaving in a threatening way outside an apartment complex in South Carolina, and then blew up thanks to rumour, inflammatory stories on fake news sites, and some genuine trolls actually dressing up as evil clowns in public to frighten people. Not many of these reports have been confirmed so far (news reports are mainly going off [[UnreliableNarrator eyewitness accounts that may or may not be serious in nature]]), but for what it's worth, there have also been several reports of would-be Monster Clown impersonators getting attacked in turn or having weapons pulled on them by the people they target ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gM7-UlqV_s this one]], for instance, got [[PistolWhipping both]]), [[DontTryThisAtHome which ought to give pause to anybody thinking that dressing up and threatening strangers would be a funny idea for a prank.]]
-> '''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Statler]]:''' Gee, Waldorf, who knew clowns could be so awful?\\
'''Waldorf:''' Either way, they're nowhere near as bad as the clowns who ''write'' these things!\\
'''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!