[[quoteright:200:[[Manga/MahouSenseiNegima http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_zazie_jester_9530.jpg]]]][[caption-width-right:200:Ooh la la.]]

Ah, clowns, who likes those creeps? They're either [[MonsterClown scary as hell]], or [[VillainousHarlequin so]] [[NonIronicClown silly]] you can't take them seriously. But what's this? A new character donning motley that's just a little too [[PaintedOnPants tight]] and {{Stripperiffic}}? Could this makeup-wearing joker actually be attractive? Might be a CuteMute if she's a [[EnemyMime mime]]. Usually wears a HappyHarlequinHat.

Usually a ManicPixieDreamGirl for the heroes, or a PerkyFemaleMinion for the bad guys. VillainousHarlequin is when a Sexy Jester plays an antagonist role.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* As usual (like every {{Fanservice}} trope), ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'''s cast contains one of these: Zazie Rainyday (pictured above) is a clown/mime girl with an talent for acrobatics, animal training and juggling. Her outfit for doing these things [[http://www.mangaeden.com/En/Mahou%3D_%3DSensei%3D_%3DNegima/72/8/ was clearly meant to invoke this image]].
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'' has [[SissyVillain Papillon]], maybe he's FanDisservice to some, but a [[EvilIsSexy ripped]], {{Stripperiffic}} villain who wears a male ballerina's outfit with a butterfly mask on seems to fit the jester motif.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' has the {{Bishonen}} MonsterClown Hisoka as a male example.
* This is one of [[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Sakura's]] costumes. Of course, when your costume designer is [[SingleTargetSexuality madly in love with you]], what do you expect?
** Also, several of the Clow Cards themselves qualify as this.
* Pierrot from ''Manga/YakitateJapan''. The [[MeaningfulName name]] gives it away too easily.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Harleen Quinzel, a.k.a. ComicBook/HarleyQuinn, lady love of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker.
* Jewelee, one of of the Punch and Jewelee villain duo, in Franchise/TheDCU.
* Franchise/TheDCU has had multiple villains called Harlequin (mostly foes of ComicBook/GreenLantern) who all fit this description.
* The Joker's Daughter, one-time member of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''.
* The ''Toys/AmeComiGirls'' variant of the above Joker's Daughter, a.k.a. Duella Dent, holds her own selective fanbase in this regard.

* The Terenzi brothers from ''Film/KillerKlownsFromOuterSpace'' seem to regard the two female clowns as this but most viewers wouldn't agree.
* Creator/MargotRobbie as Harley Quinn in ''Film/SuicideSquad''.
* Batty Boop ([[WesternAnimation/BettyBoop Not that one]]), the only female clown in ''[[Creator/FullMoonFeatures Killjoy Goes To Hell]]''.

* The androgynous, enigmatic, albino Fool, from Robin Hobb's ''[[Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings Farseer Trilogy]]'' has this effect on many a female reader, as well as [[spoiler:Fitz, the main character, later on.]]

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/TheNewAvengers'': In "Three Handed Game", MsFanservice Purdey puts on clown wig, red nose and face paint.

* ''Pinball/JokerPoker'' is famous for its three curvacious female jokers on the backglass.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' has the Eldar [[http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Harlequins Harlequins]]. They're SpaceElves, a lot of them are female, and they're incredibly athletic and wear form-fitting jester outfits. [[BreadEggsMilkSquick They also kill people with horrific weapons, including a mono-molecular thin wire that melts people from the inside]].

[[folder:Theme Parks]]
* Chance from [[Ride/UniversalStudios Universal's]] Theatre/HalloweenHorrorNights, whose outfits seem to get more revealing with each appearance she makes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Kefka]] is quite a {{Bishonen}} in concept art.
** The game too. Remove the white/purple skin (or keep it if that's your thing) and he could be quite the looker.
* Harle of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' wears a mostly skintight outfit, and "pants" that cover her legs, but are completely transparent. The [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench pseudo-French accent]] complements the effect.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', The [[CircusOfFear Carnival of Shadows]] is mostly staffed with these.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIII'' has [[MagikarpPower Jesters]] as a character class. Male Jesters are clowns in pink and purple pinstripes, while ''female'' Jesters wear PlayboyBunny outfits. To top it off, the Personality system used in the various [[UpdatedRerelease remakes]] makes it possible to have a literal SexyJester.
* A good portion of the ''[[VideoGame/NightsIntoDreams NiGHTS]]'' fanbase thinks this about Reala, and [=NiGHTS=] [[NoBiologicalSex Zirself]] to some extent.
* ''VideoGame/AdventureQuestWorlds'' has holiday/Christmas jester outfits which look like cut-open leotards on female characters. The very first version had the stomach and most of the breasts exposed.
* ''VideoGame/GothamCityImpostors''' take on Harley Quinn stands out, notably for her green hair, dress, tights and bunny slippers, but more so for her clown grin and real life counterpart.
* Taken UpToEleven with Harley in VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has the [[http://fireemblem.wikia.com/wiki/Trickster Trickster class]] aka one of the promotions for Thieves (the other being Assassin); visually resemble jesters sans make-up. Of specific note are the beautiful redhad and series mascot Anna and the deranged but not ''that'' bad-looking King Gangrel [[spoiler: both of whom the PlayerCharacter can recruit ''and'' marry.]] Other characters can be either promoted (Gaius or [[spoiler: a Morgan fathered by Gaius]]) or reclassed and ''then'' promoted into Tricksters (Kellam, Lon'qu, the Avatar themself, [[spoiler: and/or a KidFromTheFuture who gets the Thief->Trickster reclass option from one of their parents]])
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' renames the Thief/Tricksters to Outlaws/Adventurers and switches them from sword users to archers, but are basically the same. Anna can be again promoted into it and so can the TallDarkAndSnarky Niles and [[spoiler: Niles' daughter aka]] the very cute Nina, while the borderline SilverFox Shura and the potentially recruitable Funke and [[BigBeautifulWoman Candace]] are already there. At the same time the chance to reclass a character into Thief and Trickster is amplified: now a character can not only have the option from the beginning [[spoiler: or, if a Second Gen character, inherit it from one of his/her parents]], but some can use the upport System to either marry or befriend a Trickster and then inherit the class from him/her.

* Maytag, the [[MsFanservice fanservice queen]] of ''Webcomic/{{Flipside}}''.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Harley Quinn]]. Franchise/{{Batman}} may not notice, but SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker sure does (or at least pretends to, being essentially {{Asexual}}). The Joker himself occasionally counts, especially when Creator/HeathLedger (and to a lesser extant Mark Hamill) [[Film/TheDarkKnight played him]].
** Despite Ledger's Joker's disgustingly disfigured face, that is. And his annoying lip smacking.
* Daphne's short-skirted clown outfit in ''WesternAnimation/BigTopScoobyDoo'' certainly qualifies.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://yayahan.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=161&Itemid=222 This]] combines the Sexy Jester with BodyPaint.
* Typically averted with CommediaDellArte. In contrast to all the sexy female "Harlequins" alluded to above, the original Harlequin (or Arlecchino) was a ''man'', and one usually portrayed as romantically hapless.
* Being the clown girl has transcended cosplay and inspired by current media trends and evolved to an actual lifestyle for some girls. Typically associated with the goth lifestyle, these persons wear the look for more than show, and live the character and subscribe to ideologies matching the clown as well, naturally, qualifying for this trope as this is seen in some circles as a form of sexiness, in some cases a taboo. As well, the introduction of the DC Comics character Harley Quinn has inspired many girls to be just like her and present themselves in such a way daily. Especially in the case of many well known cosplayers, whom get in costume and face paint for daily outings and not just the event floorshows. The cosplayer for the game Gotham City Imposters version of Harley Quinn has become somewhat of an icon at this time of writing as a pin-up girl, transcending the actual video game character in popularity as well. Art imitates life, and life imitates art, or " Don't dream it, be it " as the Rocky Horror Picture Show would imply.
* Clown Couture is a form of fashion that specifies itself around artistic interpretation of the clown, the circus, and the clown mentality and outlook on life. Clown Porn is the generic label for an entire sect of the adult entertainment industry that is specifically clown and or circus themed oriented. Generally attached to the porn sub-genre Pornomedy, it covers a wide range of mediums, from film to photographic studies to the more celebrated live performances and combined with Clown Couture, stands aside the industry as its own eclectic art form. Adult film star Lexi Belle is noted for having indulged in craft, as well Apnea is a modern star. The genre's noted pioneer is the late Hollie Stevens, whom herself was an actual licensed professional clown having followed in her brothers footsteps, performing the art in all of it's mediums, and was dedicated to accelerating, promoting and evolving the entire genre while using her notoriety and proceeds to aid in the fight against cancer, herself being a sufferer, and has inspired fellow performer Ginny Blossom to follow her in driving the clown girl craft.