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->''"When you want to scream, put away that frown\\
And never be scared of a clown!\\
Laugh on, laugh on, laugh on and on and on,\\
You'll never laugh alone!"''
-->-- '''Birthday Clown''', {{WesternAnimation/Animaniacs}}, "Clown and Out"

The past 30 years or so have seen a surge in the popularity of evil, [[ComicBook/TheJoker Joker]]-style {{Monster Clown}}s who deliberately and very effectively invert everything clowns were traditionally assumed to represent - that is, making people laugh, especially children. However, there ''was'' a time when clowns were treated in the popular media as sympathetic figures of whimsy and silly fun. Outside of their early habitats like rodeos and circuses, [[GrandfatherClause pretty much the only clown left in the public eye who is still permitted to act at all clown-like]] is [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds Ronald McDonald]]. (And now he's been phased out of the advertising.) But in days past...

This type of clown is a good guy in every sense of the word. He or she is devoted to clowning, and absolutely loves hearing people laugh, especially children. If the clown [[MagicalClown has magic powers]], if he or she isn't using them to fight evil, then he or she will most likely be seen using magic to put on a wonderful show for his or her audience.

Unfortunately, Non-Ironic Clowns aren't always loved as much as they love others. In works featuring good clowns, there will usually be at least one person who is afraid of or distrusts said clown. Despite this, the Non-Ironic Clown keeps on going, whether the dissenter changes their mind or not.

For clarification, it should be noted that a degree of ''irony'' is intrinsic to most clown performances, and indeed to humor in general. The traditional "tears" painted on a clown's cheeks are there to show that he is laughing on the outside but may be [[SadClown crying on the inside]], an acknowledgment by the performer that most humor contains at least some element of laughing at another's pain. This is most played up in old-school, down-on-their-luck "hobo" clowns like Emmett Kelly Jr., though the ultimate artistic expression of the tragic clown concept is probably the title aria in the opera ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}''. The "Non-Ironic" in the trope's name simply refers to the clowns listed here ''not'' being evil or deliberately frightening. The fact that a clown even has to be identified as "non-ironic" is pretty telling.

See TheJester for a more common type.



* UsefulNotes/McDonalds mascot Ronald [=McDonald=]. In recent years he's very much subject to AlternateCharacterInterpretation, especially since he's become the defacto symbol for PeaceAndLoveIncorporated.
* Jack Box is an unusual variant, since his head resembles a simplistic Jack-in-the-Box toy. His personality in newer ads isn't clownish at all, but rather that of a [[TheWonka slightly unorthodox yet very effective businessman.]]
* Krinkles the Clown from the long-discontinued Sugar Krinkles cereal. [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/60585948@N00/121359461/ That look on his face may give some people the willies,]] but he's ''supposed'' to be a happy and cheerful clown. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3094hyz-K9Y The television commercial]] attempts this trope as well, but doesn't fare much better with today's audiences.
* In the mid-80s, Circus Fun breakfast cereal's mascot was a clay animation clown and his animals.
* Kaboom was another cereal featuring a cheerful clown mascot. The cereal itself was colorful clown faces, with circus animal marshmallows. Was made by General Mills from 1969 to 2010.
* Although Bozo is mentioned later on in this article, at one point, he was the mascot for Capitol Records' children's division, where he was known as "Bozo the Capitol Clown". He even had his own seal of approval!
* The mascot for the Paleta Payaso brand of sweets is a young, cheerful-looking clown.
* Kedso the Clown, of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Op3uz24dqXw Keds shoes,]] is happy, goofy, and a FriendToAllChildren.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Anime/PiccolinoNoBoken'', one of the members of Mangiafuoco's group is a friendly clown, which is a coachman and a puppeteer. He was very friendly to Pinocchio.
* Yuya dressed like one during the first episode of ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'', to go with his comedic style of "Dueltainment". (unfortunately, he was also a SadClown in this case.) He would quickly change styles in future episodes.

* Creator/NormanRockwell made a few paintings, such as ''Off-Duty Clown'' and ''Clown Training Dogs'', showing clowns doing mundane tasks, to show that clowns are just ordinary people, like the rest of us. In particular, the clown in ''Clown Training Dogs'' seems to be a FriendToAllLivingThings.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'':
** ''Batman'' #528 has yet another tragic, "life's loser" clown that works at a barely-surviving circus. He manages to disrupt the MexicanStandoff between Batman, Two-Face, and the circus' corrupt owner by releasing a lion from its cage, and later informs Batman that he had seen said owner murder his uncle, the circus's previous owner, by loosing a tiger on him. His reason for not revealing this to the cops? He feared that the circus would be shut down, and since he has no savings and few job skills... After reflecting on this for the better part of a few years, however, and getting a chewing-out from the Dark Knight, he decides to go and testify to the cops after all. (For extra irony points, the case was one of the many "ghost files" that Two-Face possessed back when he was still District Attorney - he knew who was responsible, but couldn't prosecute as he had no evidence).
** The clown at Haley's Circus is a recurring character in the ComicBook/New52 ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}''. He's a bit cynical, especially about working in Gotham; Gothamites tend not to be fond of clowns.
* Jack-in-the-Box, a clown-themed superhero in Creator/KurtBusiek's comic ''Comicbook/AstroCity''. Jack-in-the-Box is an interesting case in that, depending on the story, he falls under both this trope ''and'' MonsterClown. While Jack-in-the-Box is a fundamentally good person, he's not above using the clown gimmick to scare criminals. Further, his [[BadFuture successors]] Jack and Box are [[MonsterClown genuinely freaky]].
* The heroic White Clown of Borovia from one ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' story arc.
* In ''[[ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic micro series]]'' Pinkie Pie is a big fan of Ponyacci, an old clown who's on the brink of retirement. Sad to see him go, she goes out of her way to convince him to keep clowning, including singing a ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX2yFKElXoA&feature=player_embedded song]]'' in typical Pinkie Pie fashion. Ponyacci, meanwhile, is actually something of a SadClown during his stories -- literally; he doesn't act a clown to hide how sad he is, he's a clown who loves being a clown and is sad that old age is forcing retirement on him. With Pinkie Pie's help, however, he's able to open a school for more non-ironic clowns and resume his former happiness.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Socrates dresses as one for a HalloweenEpisode in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''.
* In ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' Snowblind's ImaginaryFriend Bonko is a clown who tries to cheer her up. In the original, unabridged version of ''WebAnimation/{{Snowdrop}}'' Bonko was Snowdrop's mother Primrose.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The clowns from ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}'' are rather unsympathetic and mean-spirited when out of character, though this came from their stupidity, not their clownish nature. But during their performance, they are very enthusiastic about getting laughs from the audience. One of the clowns does seem to show at least some sympathy for Dumbo, though. However, the other clowns will have none of it:
-->'''Sympathetic clown:''' Be careful, you'll hurt the little guy.\\
'''Unsympathetic clown #1:''' Aw, go on! Elephants ain't got no feelings!\\
'''Unsympathetic clown #2:''' No, they're made of rubber!
* Stubbs the Clown in ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' is [[TokenGoodTeammate the only friendly character]] in the CircusOfFear.
* Chuckles in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' was once this as the former toy of a young child. However, after some fairly harsh experiences that resulted in his friend [[spoiler:Lotso]] becoming a bitter shell of his former self, he's become an embittered individual even as he's in the possession of a loving child. [[spoiler:However, the ending has him [[TookALevelInCheerfulness begin to cheer up]] as he embraces life with Bonnie]].
* Flip from ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'' isn't evil, though he ''is'' a CigarChomper and a {{Trickster}}.
* Ulf, one of the pub thugs from ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', is into mime. He makes good use of it when he [[spoiler: [[WeNeedADistraction distracts the palace guards]] to help Flynn escape from prison.]]
* Zip from ''WesternAnimation/RockAndRule'' was a fan of the in-universe cartoon "Uncle Mikey's Cow-toon Show", starring a clown named Uncle Mikey. While Uncle Mikey was ugly-looking and his choppy animation could have made him rather disturbing to watch, he was actually a sweet character who tried to teach children the difference between good and bad.
* Stefano, the sea lion from ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Europe's Most Wanted'' is a FunnyAnimal equivalent: he is a goofy circus [[SweetSeal seal]], with a ruff, large nose and broad smile that give him a clown-like appearance. He's also the friendliest and kindest circus animal in the movie.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Phroso the clown in ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' is a textbook example -- works hard on new gags for his act, a friend to all the sideshow folk, kind to the pinheads, develops a truly sweet romance with an animal trainer -- really a heck of a guy.
* [[Creator/MarxBrothers Harpo Marx's]] persona had most of the characteristics of a clown, if not the face paint.
* Charlie Chaplin's ''Film/TheCircus'', featuring Chaplin stock player Henry Bergman as an entirely non-ironic clown.
* Helmut, from Creator/JimJarmusch's ''Film/NightOnEarth'', the taxi driver used to be a circus clown in East Germany.
* Louison in ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' used to be a clown, but he quit when his chimpanzee partner was eaten.
* ''Film/BabePigInTheCity'' has Fugly Floom, a kind elderly clown who does shows for children in hospitals despite his failing health.
* Helena's family's circus in ''Film/MirrorMask'' features several clowns, who are friendly and likeable both in and out of makeup.
* Some of Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's film efforts have these in-story, unsurprising for a company that has done so much to keep the clowning tradition alive.
** In ''Theatre/{{Alegria}}'', a film that wraps a "real world" storyline around the plot and themes of the tour of the same title, the adult protagonist is a downhearted, street performer mime (though he speaks, and often) who is never seen out of his makeup, a lovelorn romantic who becomes a hero. The clowns of the circus he encounters are ''very strange'' but not evil at all. Even the ShowWithinAShow's MonsterClown emcee, Fleur, is depicted as [[MeanCharacterNiceActor a fundamentally good person offstage]], if an OverprotectiveDad who causes trouble trying to keep his daughter and the mime apart because he doesn't want her to be part of the cruel world beyond the circus.
** In ''Film/CirqueDuSoleilWorldsAway'', there's the Sad Clown who gives the heroine the flyer in the opening sequence, and another in the big top the flyer advertises, who mimes what the ringmaster's saying.
* Gelsomina from ''Film/LaStrada'' is the clown and comic relief in Zampanò the strongman's act.
* Baptiste Debureau (Jean-Louis Barrault) in ''Les Enfants du Paradis''. He's also a non-ironic mime. Of course, in his off-stage life he is not always jolly...

* Literature/TheLittleEngineThatCould: A clown is the one who speaks on behalf of the toys.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Clarabelle on ''Howdy Doody''.
* Bozo, the "World's Most Famous Clown," had the distinction of being portrayed both by a live actor and as a cartoon on his television program.
* Many personas of Red Skelton: Mean Wittle Kid, [[http://red-skelton.info/articles/clem-kadiddlehopper-red-skeltons-country-bumpkin/ Clem Kadiddlehopper,]] [[http://red-skelton.info/articles/freddy-the-freeloader-red-skeltons-famous-hobo-clown/ Freddie the Freeloader,]] Gertrude and Heathcliff, and on and on.
* The entire cast of ''Series/TheBigComfyCouch''.
* Fizbo on ''Series/ModernFamily''. Cameron takes it into SeriousBusiness territory.
* Russian kids' green screen show ''Komedya Klowna'' (??????? K?????) (mostly) features these.
* Seattle, Washington TV clown JP Patches. Performer Chris Wedes continued to perform as Patches until his death in 2012, decades after the show was cancelled.
* Barnaby, an English sheepdog in a bowler hat and baggy pants who regularly performed on Disney's ''Dumbo's Circus''. He was shown to be friendly if kind of stupid, and he was actually more of a jack-of-all-trades than a clown, also performing magic and the like.
* Charlie Cairoli briefly had a TV show in Britain.
* Series/TheTwoRonnies once did a TearJerker song "People Don't Want Clowns No More" about how this trope is supposedly dying, and how clowns used to be the most beloved part of the circus. Season 10, Episode 6.
* Bassie from the Dutch childrens series ''Series/BassieEnAdriaan''.
* Pipo De Clown: another Dutch example.
** There's [[NamesTheSame another]] Pipo who was a famous Mexican clown.[[note]]Moreover, the actor who played him actually started out playing Bozo, until the rights to use the Bozo character expired.[[/note]]
* Baxter from ''Series/TheGreatSpaceCoaster'' is an alien clown, and a very nice guy, who ran away from the circus because the ringmaster was mean.
* On ''Series/TheBennyHillShow'' Benny sometimes played a circus clown of the Emmett Kelly style.
* Justin Fletcher's character Mr. Tumble on Creator/TheBBC's ''Something Special'' is an old-school physical clown.
* One of the titular "Five Characters in Search of an Exit" from ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' is an interesting take on this trope. He's not scary in any sense of the word--but he is extremely cynical and borderline depressed, making darkly humorous comments about the group's situation and occasionally breaking down, revealing that he's just as frightened and confused as the rest of the four.
* All the clowns that appear in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO5pbYwsp_w Belgian children's show called Dobus]] by {{Creator/Studio100}}.
* Another Studio 100 example would be the two clown characters from another [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Gbho-IzBbi0/TrVLMaKfyOI/AAAAAAAAAdQ/xdzT7NuFLsc/s320/bumba+pklaun.jpg Belgian children's show called "Bumba".]]
* Ecuadorian clown Tiko Tiko, who was even offended when ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' used a clip of his visiting president Rafael Correa to make MonsterClown jokes. ("[[http://www.mediaite.com/tv/john-oliver-escalates-beef-with-ecuadorean-president/ When a clown calls you grotesque, it hurts!]]")
* In ''Series/TheGreatestAmericanHero'' episode "Just Another Three-Ring Circus," Ralph is searching for a kidnapped Polish clown named Yuri. As Ralph idly tries on some of Yuri's clown paraphenalia, he muses, "I like this guy. So sue me. I like clowns."
* Twisty from AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow used to be one, until mobbing and bad luck pushed him over the edge and he became a MonsterClown. He still thinks of himself as a NonIronicClown, but to everybody else, he's definitely a MonsterClown now.
* In the Film/ErnestPWorrell tv show "Hey Vern, It's Ernest", one recurring sketch is "My Father the Clown". The clown family members are annoying, but harmless.
* Rusty in ''Series/TheNoddyShop'' is a circus clown that plays guitar.

* The Music/BillyJoel song "Lenningrad" tells the story of Viktor (an actual person whom Joel met while touring the Soviet Union in 1987), a former member of the Red Army who, after seeing the horrors of war, became a clown, and found happiness bringing joy to children.
* Music/CharlesMingus' "The Clown" is a tragic version - a clown who genuinely only wants to make people laugh, but gradually comes to realise that the audience is so tired of the NonIronicClown (in 1957, mind) that they'll only laugh when he actually physically hurts himself.
* The SaltatioMortis song "Wo sind die Clowns" (Where are the clowns) is about how the media tends to dramatize everything and asks for more fun and laughter, and while the costumes of the band in the music videos look a bit like Monster Clowns, they definitely just want fun and nothing evil.

* They appear on Creator/WilliamsElectronics' "rollercoaster" series of pinball tables:
** ''Pinball/{{Comet}}'' has a large clown above the entrance to the Fun House.
** ''Pinball/{{Cyclone}}'':
*** The Mystery Wheel on the backglass is operated by a clown.
*** A large clown face appears on the playfield, with the flippers formed by two of his fingers.
*** A clown can be seen on the sides of the cabinet, giving out balloons.
** ''Pinball/{{Hurricane}}'' takes this UpToEleven, with the game dominated by Non Ironic Clowns ''everywhere.'' The only non-Non-Ironic Clown in the game is the MonsterClown face painted on the rollecoaster cars.
--->'''Reviewer:''' "''Hurricane'' should be more appropriately named 'Clowns Go Crazy'."
* The clown on the "Show Time" table of ''VideoGame/SuperPinballIITheAmazingOdyssey'' is a classic example.
* Despite the [[NonIndicativeName edgy name]] of ''VideoGame/PsychoPinball'', there's a totally harmless clown prominently featured on the "Psycho" table.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Super Muñeco, one of the most successful luchadors in the history of lucha libre, at least when it comes to [[HumiliatingWager apuestas]]. Because he was a small luchador who relied on comedy, many of his opponents resented having to lose to him and would make sure to beat him up for real before allowing Muñeco to win. In turn, watching the funny man get beaten to a pulp and stretched nearly to his limit [[SelfFulfillingProphecy no doubt caused fans to sympathize with him and made Muñeco even more popular, therefor ensuring he would keep being booked to beat most of his opponents]].
* Japanese Women's Pro-Wrestling Project and Wrestling/{{All Japan Womens Pro Wrestling}}'s Command Bolshoi is fun, not evil, and no attempts are made to make her look scary. She is among the most competent veterans around and as such, not the butt of many common clown jokes [[KidAppealCharacter but she's still used to appeal to children.]]
* Originally, Wrestling/{{Doink the Clown}} was portrayed as a sadistic and tricky [[MonsterClown evil clown]]. He eventually [[HeelFaceTurn turned a new leaf]] and tweaked his pranks to be less cruel and more comedic.
* In the late 1990s Wrestling/{{AAA}} had a {{tecnico}} group made entirely of clowns, Los Payasos.
* Bolivian wrestler Super Payaso is not overtly threatening in anyway and is loved by kids, partly because he's a pretty good wrestler but mostly because he's funny.
* Outlaw Inc dressed up as clowns while celebrating reDRagon's regaining of the Wrestling/RingOfHonor TagTeam title belts in 2013. {{Subverted|trope}} in that Homicide and Wrestling/EddieKingston were planning to ambush them.
* Crazy Steve in Wrestling/{{TNA}} is an unorthodox wrestler but is otherwise a just a silly clown who only scares Robbie E, who has a long standing fear of clowns. The ''other'' two clowns of the Menagerie are monster clowns however. They are gigantic and their only purpose is to intimidate.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Lew Zealand from ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. He has an odd sense of humor, but he is one of the good guys.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The trope shows up, of all places, in ''TabletopGame/AllFleshMustBeEaten'', with the "alcoholic party clown" character archetype. According to his bio, guy used to be an entertainer at kids' parties who enjoyed his job, and despite the ZombieApocalypse [[DrowningMySorrows hitting him pretty damn hard]], he's still doing his best to survive, help out others [[FriendToAllChildren (especially kids)]], and trying to [[SadClown bring a bit of levity to the grim realities of a zombie-plagued world]].
* The TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness crossover game ''Midnight Circus'' features at least three leading clowns on the premises, and out of all of them, Blotto is the only one who isn't a [[DemonicPossession Bane-possessed]] MonsterClown or a delusional [[SinisterMinister religious extremist]] with [[EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor zero sense of humour]]. He doesn't participate in the usual politicking and backstabbing common to the Circus folk, and he doesn't even have any supernatural powers: he's just a perfectly ordinary circus clown, and despite being an alcoholic and a bit of a skirt-chaser, he's actually one of the few genuinely funny performers. Sadly, being an obvious TokenGoodTeammate leaves him and his troupe at the very bottom of the totem pole, making him a firm example of a SadClown.

* The tragic clown opera ''Theatre/{{Pagliacci}}'' (although it must be said that, even if nobody in it is a modern "monster clown" psycho, ''none'' of them are nice people).
* Another tragic example (and a more sympathetic character) is Jack Point from the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan operetta ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'' (the pair's only non-comedic work).
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's various jester characters, such as the six performers in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' (of whom, Nick Bottom gets the largest role), Feste from ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', (and alas, Poor Yorick of Theatre/{{Hamlet}}, who [[PosthumousCharacter never appears on stage from the neck down]]).
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil, as noted under the RealLife listing, uses lots of these, but ''Theatre/{{Corteo}}'' is actually '''about''' them; most of the major characters are turn-of-the-20th-century circus clowns. A stated goal of this show was to present funny and lovable clowns to audiences, especially children, who may never have seen them as such.

* The Toys/LEGOMinifigures line includes a variety of clowns, all of them sincere performers of comedy. Even the Sad Clown. In fact, Franchise/{{LEGO}} as a whole had never made a frightening clown character -- with the exception of the (licensed) Joker -- until the ''Nexo Knights'' line in 2016, where the BigBad is a VillainousHarlequin. But even ''he'' started out as a well-meaning jester who only turned bad because he was upset that nobody found him entertaining.
* Toys/{{Playmobil}} and Toys/PlaymobilFigures have never featured clowns that were meant to be anything but innocent and fun-loving. Amusingly, though, it took them more than forty years for them to make a female clown, who debuted in the eighth series of aforementioned figures in 2015.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Gauntlet}}: Dark Legacy'' has a Jester as one of the main classes. While a zany prankster who fights with slapstick, the Jester is portrayed as a well meaning hero who wants to undo the BigBad's [[FisherKing corruption]] of his realm into a CircusOfFear. One of the Jester titles is even Clown.
* ''VideoGame/{{Dropsy}}'' has a particularly sad example. The main character, Dropsy the Clown, is bloated, ugly and monstrous-looking, having all the visual features necessary to be a Monster Clown. But he clearly suffers from [[AmbiguousDisorder some sort of mental disability]], has an innocent and child-like demeanor, and [[AllLovingHero is always trying his hardest to make people happy]], even when everyone thinks he's a demented freak.
* ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney: Justice For All'' features Moe, a friendly clown who loves to laugh... and we don't mean [[EvilLaugh like]] [[LaughingMad that]].
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' has Skelly, who is a bit of an odd case of this. Appearance-wise, he's extremely [[MonsterClown monstrous]], what with being a ''[[DemBones skeleton]] clown'' and all. Personality-wise, however, he's incredibly friendly, eager to lighten the mood, and a total MommasBoy.
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'': The clown who hassles your Sims is a nuisance, but he's not particularly evil. He's just bad at his job.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' has a clown at a kid's birthday party whose clothes you can steal. The protagonist, 47, even once won a 'Clown of the Year' award. Of course, given the nature of the game, you may end up a MonsterClown instead.
* ''VideoGame/DarkCloud 2'' goes both ways. While you do spend the early portions of the game fighting an evil clown and his circus troupe... you can also unlock a clown outfit for the male protagonist, build clown themed parts for his [[MiniMecha Ridepod]], and be greeted by a perfectly friendly jester fond of hiding in dungeon treasure chests. He might even hook you up with above average loot!
* Boomer, the air-humping clown from ''VideoGame/{{Ballz}}''.
* The title character in the classic arcade game ''VideoGame/MrDo''
* The title character in the ''Kid Klown'' series of games is, as the name indicates, a KidHero clown. His adventures range from saving his family of equally friendly clowns from an evil magician in ''Kid Klown in Night Mayor World'' to rescuing a princess while taking many AmusingInjuries in an obstacle course in ''VideoGame/KidKlownInCrazyChase''.
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonAndTheMiracleMask'' features a whole circus of legitimate clowns, including Juggles, a philosopher clown who spends his free time pondering clown tropes. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment When you first find Juggles]], he's wondering why clowns spraying seltzer is funny when spraying water has the same effect.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''VideoGame/KirbyTripleDeluxe'' with the Circus ability. Yes, it is [[TheHero Kirby]] doing tricks like tumbling, juggling, and making balloon animals, but he's doing these things to [[FightingClown attack]], not to entertain.
* The clowns present in ''VideoGame/SpaceStation13'' are meant to be this trope in a slight subversion of the game's otherwise quite BlackComedy, but oftentimes have to end up acting [[TheTrickster more resourcefully]] in order to receive a laugh.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Popplio]] takes on quite the uncanny clown appearance, complete with red nose and frilled neck, and even uses its nose bubbles as makeshift balloons to bounce around or upon.
* Lola Pop from ''VideoGame/{{ARMS}}'' is a brightly coloured FightingClown with a peppy, cheerful personality.
* The Franchise/SuperMarioBros series has Lemmy Koopa, one of the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Koopaling siblings]]. While he technically is a MonsterClown, as he serves main villain [[BigBad Bowser]] and fights against the Mario Bros', it's stated in the manual for ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros3'' that he would join the circus rather than doing evil acts. Also, he is easily the goofiest and the most non-intimidating of the Koopalings, and attacks with rubber balls and ridiculously cartoonish-looking bombs, in contrast to his siblings' more hardcore weaponry.
* ''VideoGame/TinkerQuarry'': Camime is a cheerful, fun-loving clown poodle who lives in a circus-themed room and sets up minigames and puzzles for the player.
* ''VideoGame/{{Cuphead}}'' naturally features a few of these in the AmusementPark-themed Inkwell Isle 2:
** A juggling clown NPC gives you a coin if you can perform a 4x combo with the parry move.
** The anthropomorphic barber poles that make up the barbershop quartet, who are glad to perform for Cuphead and Mugman, resemble clowns due to their white heads and red noses.
** Double subverted with Beppi the Clown. He's one of the game's bosses who made a DealWithTheDevil in the past. [[spoiler:But in the Good ending, when Cuphead and Mugman destroy the bosses' contracts, he joins the bosses in congratulating the two. Like the other bosses, he seems to be not that bad of a guy when he isn't fighting to save his soul.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sarah from ''Webcomic/EnnuiGo''. Everywhere she goes, she tries to make people laugh and has one of the brightest personalities of the cast.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall:'' Sick of the proliferation of MonsterClown characters, Linkara created Boffo the Clown to be a recurring character. [[spoiler: Unfortunately for him, he was created at the beginning of The Entity's arc and as such promptly was kidnapped by The Entity. (He returned at the end of the arc).]] He's also Linkara's accountant! He has a Twitter [[TheVoiceless on which he only tweets emoticons]].
* Similar to the above, the Youtube channel ''[=AreYouKidding=]'' made [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNqkPVuthA8 a video of a clown acting nice]]. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opKv-n4Kfqc BuzzPranks did something very similar]] subverting MonsterClown even further by having the nice clown in a Pennywise-like mask.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' has Rainbow the Clown, who is this except for the one time he was temporarily turned into an EnemyMime. The girls still beat him up and toss him into jail after he turns back, but in a later episode he appears at the Powerpuff Girls' birthday party, so it seems he's back into freedom and as cheery as ever.
* [[Creator/DisneyChannel Disney's]] clay-animated series ''WesternAnimation/JoJosCircus'' features a cast of clowns, including the titular Jojo who is a young girl who goes to clown school.
* The 1980s SugarBowl series ''The Little Clowns of Happy Town''.
%%* Jester in ''WesternAnimation/JaneAndTheDragon''.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' has these sometimes:
** Squidward hires a [[http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/e/e8/As_Seen_on_TV_027.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20111025221510 friendly-looking clown]] in the episode "As Seen On TV" when making the Krusty Krab commercial because, according to him, "this job gets very stressful." (The clown is even overjoyed when he's allowed to stay after everyone else gets fired.)
** Mr Krabs dresses as a clown called "Krabby the Clown" in the episode "Krabby Land," although only to scam the children.
** One of the comedy acts in the opening of "Squirrel Jokes" was a clown named [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/spongebob/images/9/94/Spongebob_Project.JPG/revision/latest/scale-to-width-down/640?cb=20130729085024 Dougie Williams]] whose act consisted of "forgetting the jokes and skipping to the part where he throws pies at people." He gives Spongebob a brief pep talk before he leaves.
* The Creator/JerryLewis-esque clown in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' episode "Clown and Out." (A few of the characters view him as a MonsterClown, however, as they have "clownophobia."[[note]]The actual word for an irrational fear of clowns is "coulrophobia".[[/note]]) He's eventually tricked into entering a rocket ship and blasted to Mars, where he finds [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff he's much more popular among Martian children than Earthling children]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Krusty is a cynical parody of this (more specifically, Bozo), yet despite his being greedy and disinterested, his merchandise being low-quality and dangerous and his show's shrinking budget, he manages to bring joy to children and we occasionally see hints that even after everything, he still loves comedy. Even if he is a hack. In a flashback to his childhood, he admitted to his rabbi father that he wanted to be a clown because "I want to make people laugh!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': In season 2's ''Conjoined Fetus Lady'', during a dodge ball tournament, after Pip brutally injures an opposing player, that player is lying on the ground crying in pain. To keep the audience entertained, two clowns are sent in to carry him on a stretcher (not before doing a silly dance).
* ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'': Binky the Clown is another parody. Unlike Krusty, he's passionate about being a clown. And although he's not monstrous or evil, he's incredibly obnoxious and irritating to just about everybody. Played far straighter in the comics, where Garfield genuinely enjoys Binky's antics. That is, when he isn't the target of Binky's antics.
* Max Fleischer's WesternAnimation/KokoTheClown, one of the earliest cartoon characters.
* Despite having been a {{Jerkass}} to everyone in the series (and even expressing unexplained hatred of clowns), Ed Bighead from ''WesternAnimation/RockosModernLife'' inadvertently discovers his passion for [[{{Pun}} clowning around]], and takes on a second job as a clown. He winds up being the most popular one in O-Town, even more so than his boss. Because he's afraid of what others will think, he tries to hide his second job as a clown in one of the most spectacular displays of DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything on television.
* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'' has a clown-based imaginary friend named Jokey as a one-shot character.
* Francois the clown flea in the Creator/TexAvery-[[WesternAnimation/TexAveryMGMCartoons directed MGM cartoon]], "The Flea Circus".
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''
** In "Cheer Up, Star", one of Marco's first attempts at cheering up Star involves dressing up like a clown. Unfortunately, he comes off as a MonsterClown due to his decision to sneak into her bedroom at night and give her the ScaryFlashlightFace.
--->'''Marco:''' I thought you liked clowns, sorry!
** In "Royal Pain", one of the strange creatures in Star's room that keeps her company is a friendly, clown-like fellow named Kevin.
** Bon Bon was a friendly clown.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'': Subverted in the episode ''Be A Clown''; the Joker disguises himself as a party clown by stealing the outfit of an actual party clown and he manages to pull out some good laughter before he decides to drop of his disguise. Especially the kids love "Jekko the Clown". The party guests don't learn that the Joker is disguised since he leaves the party before the birthday cake explodes (and his plan is foiled by Bruce Wayne, no less) and the birthday kid in question looks up to "Jekko" because he wants to become a magician himself, going so far to run away from home and follow "Jekko". But once "Jekko" starts acting AxCrazy, the kid questions him and "Jekko" reveals his true identity.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In the 19th Century, [[http://famousclowns.org/famous-clowns/joseph-grimaldi-father-of-modern-clowning/ Joe Grimaldi]] (Joey the Clown).
* Also in the 19th century, Gaspard Baptiste Debureau, who was turned into one of the main characters of Marcel Carné's classic film, ''Les Enfants du Paradis''.
* Emmet Kelly, Jr.
* [[http://www.avnertheeccentric.com/ Avner the Eccentric]]
* [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oleg_Popov Oleg Popov]] aka "the Sunshine Clown". Started working in 1949, active until he died on tour in November 2016.
* ''Any'' traditional circus clowns, be they part of Ringling Bros., Creator/CirqueDuSoleil, or other troupes.
* While the mere fact that they are ball-jointed dolls might push them into CreepyDoll territory for most people, the Iplehouse [[http://iplehouse.com/home/shop/item.php?it_id=1320362820&nhn1=en Tania Pierrot]] is seemingly clown-themed and played for RuleOfCute.
* Film/PatchAdams. Although he is still a doctor first, and clown second.
* Charlie Cairoli. His son Charlie Junior took over his dad's role after he (Charlie Senior) passed away. Junior is currently still working.
* Late Quebec performer [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marc_Favreau Marc Favreau's]] most iconic character, Sol the clown, who was very much of the "sad hobo clown" variety. Notably, his shows were almost completely non-physical one-man-shows where the [[ThePollyanna naive but optimistic]] Sol would describe, with [[HurricaneOfPuns puns]] and {{malaproper}}s, [[CrapsaccharineWorld a world filled with seemingly happy and positive things that were actually anything but]]. The kicker? [[TomatoInTheMirror It was OUR world, with all its social injustices laid bare]]. A case where ''both'' the clown and his audience [[SadClown had to laugh so as not to cry]].
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wavy_Gravy Wavy Gravy]] is an old-school hippie peace activist clown.
* There are actual clown organisations in RealLife for professional, non-ironic clowns, and they [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/professional-clown-club-attacks-american-740768 take offence]] at their [[MonsterClown negative portrayal]] in the media.
* The Patati-Patatá duo of Brazilian clowns are completely non-ironic and family-friendly. They are also very well-liked by Brazilians.
* Rodeo clowns, also called bullfighters, traditionally dress as clowns and are responsible for [[RealMenWearPink distracting an angry bull]] while the bullrider can get to safety. They also often engage in clowning to entertain the crowd during downtime. Sometimes the jobs are split so that the bullfighters wear more normal clothing and the clowns just focus on comedy.
* [[Ride/DisneyThemeParks Walt Disney World]] used to have a clown group called "The Giggle Gang Clown Troupe" that performed in front of Storybook Circus when New Fantasyland first opened to the public in 2012.
* In fact, the vast majority of real-life clowns are like this. There's a fairly extensive community of clown performers, and it's centered in overwhelmingly large part on two tenets: maintaining the traditions of the vocation and making children happy.
* [[https://clownswithoutborders.org/ Clowns Without Borders]], an organization of professional clowns that travel around the world to crisis situations and refugee camps to perform and cheer up the children affected by them.
* On [[https://rednoseday.org/ Red Nose Day]], begun by the charity Comic Relief, comedians, celebrities, and other folks put on the most recognizable bit of a clown's IconicOutfit-- a [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin bright red nose]]-- to raise funds to alleviate child poverty.