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->''"Your PRANKSTER'S GAMBIT plunges to an all time low. You cannot hope to defeat Egbert in a prank-off. He is simply the best there is."''
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''

A guy (or girl) who loves [[PracticalJoke practical jokes]] more than just a friend, and will not be selective about who they choose for a target - in fact, a success record with as many people on it as possible seems to be one of their life goals. They will be the constant annoyance of their friends, albeit humored and tolerated, akin to the LovableRogue. Using their tricks against the villain will usually be their SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome that makes you forgive them for the rest.

AprilFoolsDay will be their favourite day of the year when they are [[AprilFoolsPlot even more out of control than usual]] (and sometimes it will be [[SignificantBirthDate their actual birthday]]).

Occasionally someone will decide to teach the prankster a lesson and give him a taste of his own medicine, which will often expose him as a hypocrite who is unable to laugh at himself (although there are genuine jokesters who enjoy a good joke even when it is on them), but note that more than one practical joker on the block for any longer duration will quickly lead to an EscalatingWar.

Usually there will be at least one episode where the prankster's behavior ends up backfiring on him - maybe they go too far and [[DeadlyPrank actually harm someone]] or [[CryingWolf they are thought to be joking even when they are not]]. Having the prankster lose his [[PluckyComicRelief trademark behavior]] is a [[ShooOutTheClowns clear sign]] that your story has just become DarkerAndEdgier.

PrinceOfPranksters is basically the uber version of this character. Compare TheJester. Sometimes also a PungeonMaster. See also the TricksterArchetype.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/KaitouJoker''. Spade was a prankster in childhood. Now, in his late adolescence, his pranks have become an essential part of his style of theft.
* The Narutaki twins and Misora in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.
* Kenta from ''Manga/MaicchinguMachikoSensei''. He is also a DirtyKid and most of his pranks are toward his HotTeacher Machiko and some of his female classmates.
* ''Anime/MajokkoMegChan''. Rabi that love play tricks on his big sisters Meg.
* ''Anime/MajokkoTickle''. Tickle is a mischievous fairy who was imprisoned inside a book for playing pranks on people.
* Kanna from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' has this as an InformedAttribute. She was banished to Earth for pulling too many pranks, but we never see her do so at any point in the story. Justified later on when it's revealed that she was doing it to get attention from her [[ParentalNeglect parents]]. Since [[ParentalSubstitute Kobayashi]] pays attention to her, she has no reason to do so anymore.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** The main character in his younger days; his hobbies were pulling pranks due to him craving attention. He grows out them as the manga goes on.
** According to [[AllThereInTheManual the databooks]], his mother enjoyed pulling pranks, though in her case it probably wasn't for attention.
** Bolt is a prankster as well. [[spoiler:He's Naruto's son but pulls pranks to get his father's attention]].

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Reggie Mantle is the embodiment of this trope.
* ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'':
** Superman's enemy called... the Prankster.
** Superman himself used to be quite the super-powered prankster pre-[[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]].
* ComicBook/RichieRich's cousin, Reggie Van Dough, a mild villainous example.
* Irma Lair in ''ComicBook/{{WITCH}}''.
* Jokey Smurf on ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'' (the [[ComicBook/TheSmurfs comic books]], the [[WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs cartoon show]], and the [[Film/TheSmurfs live-action movie]]) and his exploding gift boxes (although he has come up with other pranks on occasion).
* Ooga from ''ComicBook/PocketGod'' likes to play [[DeathIsCheap deadly pranks]] on his tribe, usually on [[TheDitz Nooby]]. He [[CharacterDevelopment gradually stops with the pranks]] when he becomes leader of the tribe.
* [[JesusWasWayCool Pre-amnesia Jesus]] in the Italian satiric comic ''Jenus of Nazareth''. It also led to Judas' betrayal, [[JustAsPlanned as Jesus, needing someone who truly hated him to die on the cross for our sins, made him his favourite victim fully knowing he was the most hypercompetitive man in Judaea]]. For example, during a race that Judas was winning with Jesus in the last place the Messiah warned him that "The last shall be first, and the first last", [[ExactWords and at the last moment Jesus miracled his way into swapping places with Judas, winning the race and getting Judas last]], and at Judas' betrayal...
-->'''Jesus:''' Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?\\
'''Judas:''' He who sows wind will reap whirlwind... Master! Fate is a funny thing... In the end, the last aphorism shall be mine... Ah ah!\\
'''Jesus:''' Beans!\\
'''Judas:''' Mh?\\
'''Jesus:''' [[{{Fartillery}} He who sows beans shall reap whirlwind]].\\
'''Judas:''' What absurd phrase is that? It means nothing!! You lose!! This time you...\\
(''{{beat}}; Jesus is grinning'')\\

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Merry and Pippin are this in ''Fanfic/TheOfficialFanfictionUniversityOfMiddleEarth''. They're called "the Urple Bandits".
* Socrates from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' takes this UpToEleven - his life almost ''entirely'' revolves around pranks.
* Shuran Harkol in ''FanFic/{{Hivefled}}'' [[ArentYouGoingToRavishMe goes out of his way to be nice to the resident masochist]] when the normal social rules of trolls would entitle Harkol to beat the hell out of him, just to see him be disappointed.
* Kent in ''Webcomic/{{Sandswept}}''. To quote: "Your name is KENT and you REALLY LOVE PRANKS".
* [[Franchise/SailorMoon Minako Aino]] already enjoyed pranks in canon, but went UpToEleven in the Italian remake of ''FanFic/BattleFantasiaProject'' (most notable is the list of her prank presents, that include a gardening manual for a MagicalGirl capable of [[GreenThumb controlling plants]] and a street lamp for a friend who collects normal lamps). For some reason, her pranks to Usagi never work, as they either backfire or she loves the prank presents (as with the ''giant hamster wheel''. She uses it to exercise). Also, [[TheOjou Michiru]] [[NotSoAboveItAll has helped at least once]], keeping in line with her being TheGadfly in the anime.
* Peach is revealed to be one in ''Webcomic/The3LittlePrincesses'' when she accidentally pulls out the "Prank Cap Of Destiny", instead of the "Sleepover Cap Of Destiny", at the sleepover. Daisy is very unamused that Peach has pulled various cruel pranks on her.
* The [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Invisibles]] (especially those two of them who are always together) in ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'' are {{Great Gazoo}}s who just love irritating [[VillainProtagonist the Horned King]] with their numerous creative pranks.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Jack Frost from ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians''. Being mostly invisible helps. So do the ice powers.

* ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s Fred and George Weasley.
** As well as James Potter and Sirius Black, who were directly compared to the Weasley twins. Remus Lupin and Peter Pettigrew too, to an extent.
* George and Harold from ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants''.
* Legs Mortimer, in Creator/PGWodehouse's "A Farewell to Legs", and the members of the Drones Club in other stories. (Mortimer Mouse in "[[Creator/WaltDisney Mickey's Rival]]" may have been inspired by this story.)
** Lest you think only the Drones have this quality, mention should also be made of Roberta "Bobbie" Wickham, who, when it comes to pranking, is MoreDeadlyThanTheMale.
* ''Franchise/{{Pumuckl}}'', the kobold protagonist of a German children's series.
* Andrusch in ''Literature/{{Krabat}}''.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's run on the Literature/XWingSeries, he wrote several prank-happy pilots. Grinder in ''Wraith Squadron'' perhaps the most so, and certainly he was the only one to pull pranks that could be harmful. Fandom seems to believe that Wes Janson is absolutely this trope, but while Wes is amazingly irreverent and snarky, his actual "pranks" are rare, simple, and tame.
* ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'''s Zak Arranda shows flashes of this now and then. A PseudoCrisis in ''The Brain Spiders'' is his fault.
* Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole from the ''Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection'', most especially in ''Very Funny, Elizabeth'', although some criticised the book for making Cole OutOfCharacter.
** Speaking of out of character, Merriman is mostly portrayed as such in the [[WebVideo/HitlerRants Hitler Rants]] parodies on Youtube.
* Julian from ''[[Literature/PointHorror The Boy Next Door]]'', whose pranks get steadily more serious and dangerous.
* Veikko from ''{{Literature/Valhalla}}'' is constantly playing practical jokes on everyone in the ravine. His sense of humor is his most defining, endearing and dangerous characteristic.
* The British children's book series Agent Z is about a group of schoolboys who enjoy carrying out pranks on people. Unusually, their pranks almost always get out of control and cause potentially dangerous situations, but the situation is usually resolved humorously and peacefully.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': Walter Denton. [[CoolOldLady Occasionally, Mrs. Davis as well.]]
* Jim Halbert from ''Series/TheOfficeUS''.
* And Tim Canterbury, his counterpart from ''Series/TheOfficeUK''.
* B.J. Hunnicutt from ''Series/{{MASH}}''. While B.J. is the most notable example, several of the show's other characters were capable of engaging in pranks, including Hawkeye, Trapper, Charles, and even (in one episode) Frank Burns.
* Harry Stone from ''Series/NightCourt'' raised it to an art form.
-->'''Harry''': You may be younger. You may be faster. You may even be smarter. But you will never, ever be crazier than me.
* Chet "The Phantom" Kelly on ''Series/{{Emergency}}''.
* Klus the Gnome from {{Creator/Studio100}}'s ''Series/KabouterPlop'' series who loved playing pranks on the other gnomes. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Kjf6x4mlc0 He once scared the other gnomes by dressing up as a ghost]], and later gets scared by the same ghost, this time played by Plop.
* All four lead detectives in ''Series/SavingGrace''. When they're not busy busting bad guys, they're busting out laughs with their elaborate pranks.

* The video for [[Music/TheOffspring Original Prankster]] features the exploits of a life-long prankster.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* Some of the examples in TricksterArchetype are also this trope, such as Loki in Myth/NorseMythology and Coyote in Myth/NativeAmericanMythology.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is one of the [[PlanetOfHats hats]] of kobolds in ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Fantasy Folk''. Their other one is that they are all complete idiots, so their pranks aren't terribly sophisticated.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Ewan from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''.
* Yuffie Kisaragi of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' fame.
* Luciana and Emilia in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion''. While we do get a list of pranks they've pulled off, we never see them at it directly, so it can be called an InformedAttribute.
* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'' has an entire ''race'' of these with the Umgah. Since the Umgah are a bit insane and pretty immoral anyway, their pranks involve things like sparking interplanetary wars or slamming asteroids into other species' homeworlds.
* ''VideoGame/RuneFactory4'' has both Doug and Leon, though surprisingly, they neither engage in a prank war nor team up to torment the more serious members of the cast.
* Lilica Felchenerow from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''. So much that one of them actually led to the rise of Yoriko's partner Mike.
* Tewi Inaba from ''{{VideoGame/Touhou}}'', whose pranks range from mean-spirited (digging pit traps in the forest) to outright sociopathic depending on the doujin.
* Sans from ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has an EstablishingCharacterMoment where he introduces himself to you with a whoopee cushion gag. Later on, [[spoiler:he'll actually abuse his powers over time and space]] just to pull a series of pranks at your expense; his brother Papyrus implies that he does that sort of thing a lot.
* The Prankster ability in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' boosts the ActionInitiative of any move that doesn't deal direct damage, including buffs, debuffs, and status conditions. Recent games gave Dark-type Pokémon immunity to Prankster moves because they're sneaky enough to see them coming.
* Sera from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' - she sees pranking high-ranking people ([[KarmicTrickster especially if they're jerks to the less powerful]]) as an act of political rebellion and karmic justice both.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Satoko Hojo from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' is practically the ''master'' of pranking. [[InsistentTerminology But they're not "pranks", they're traps]].
* Haruka from ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters''. At one point she even proudly boasts that she delivers chaos.
* Tomoya Okazaki of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' starts off as a bit of a prankster, but grows out of it as he matures. His ability to keep a straight face while telling outrageous lies is nothing short of amazing.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/MysterySkullsAnimated'': Lewis's little sister Cayenne put hot sauce in Arthur's milkshake and then hid under the table to laugh at his reaction. Her appearance and devil horned headband imply she's always doing things like this.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Bo-Woo and Ra-Woo from ''Webcomic/DivineBells'' are a mischievous masked pair who play pranks on their king.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', John is described as the best prankster there is. But he regularly gets trounced by his Nanna, and both revered her adoptive father, Colonel Sassacre, as a master prankster. [[CosmicRetcon Post-Scratch]], Jane and her famous Poppop share the same qualities. [[spoiler:Since they're John & Nanna after switching places in history.]] John is not one to be overlooked, however, as he [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003649 drops a bucket on Rose's head]] as a friendly thank-you gesture for her kind gift to him on his birthday.
* The Insecticons of the ''Webcomic/{{Insecticomics}}'' are this, out of lack of anything better to do. Kickback once spent four hours waiting to pull a prank on the first person that walked by, stating that he "has a lot of free time for some reason."

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In RealLife, Hermann Otto Fegelein was an [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany S.S. officer]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and the personal adjutant of Heinrich Himmler, who tried to defect a few days before Germany surrendered, but was caught and executed for treason. However, once he was depicted in ''Film/{{Downfall}}'', Fegelein started to gain a new reputation in [[WebVideo/HitlerRants the parodies]], where he is a ruthless prankster who performs all kinds of hilariously cruel antics against Hitler. Even better is that he somehow keeps avoiding capture due to the incompetence of Hitler's staff, and whenever he is found he is literally able ''to cheat death'' and come back.
** There's also Heinrich Himmler, who is among many "Grand Masters" of antics, and he is Fegelein's mentor.
** A number of other pranksters exist in the parodies. Aside from Fegelein and Himmler, Traudl is occasionally shown performing antics. The Stalin Parodies see UsefulNotes/JosephStalin's general Mikhail Tukhachevksy performing all kinds of bizarre antics. While the U-Boat Parodies only have one official antic master, they still turn ''the entire cast'' of Film/DasBoot into [[LoveableRogue Loveable Rogues]]. Felicity Merriman was also depicted as a prankster, similar to what she and Elizabeth did in one of the original [[Literature/AmericanGirlsCollection American Girl]] stories, albeit in a more extreme and crude level.
* ''Roleplay/WeAreOurAvatars'': If something seems weird enough for Krissy, or if he comes up with something unique, he’ll use his illusions to mess with people.
* WebVideo/ThomasSanders has two long-running Website/{{Vine}} series, "Disney Pranks with Friends" and "Pokemon Pranks", which are all about adapting various Creator/{{Disney}} and Creator/{{Pixar}} movies into pranks and pranks based on Franchise/{{Pokemon}} attacks, respectively. Some of his "Narrating People's Lives" Vines are pranks as well.
-->Disney Pranks with Friends! *''sprays a friend with Silly String while singing [[Disney/{{Pinocchio}} "I've Got No Strings"]]''*
-->Zubat, go! Use Supersonic! *''friend plays a really loud guitar chord and scares someone awake*''
-->Story time! *''walks up to a woman looking at a dress and her daughter''* She stared at the gown and thought 'Yes, this is something my husband would wear.' *''woman laughs and nods while daughter turns away embarrassed''*

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Reggie Mantle was treated this way on ''WesternAnimation/TheArchieShow''. He would attempt to prank Franchise/{{Archie|Comics}}, and inevitably some authority figure would spring the trap instead. "Mrs. Grundy!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}''. Beetlejuice -- it's why everyone in the Neitherworld hates him.
* WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts:
** Horace from Mickey Mouse fame.
** Mickey Mouse use to be a big prankster in his early days, especially towards Minnie. And while Minnie isn't as much of a prankster as her boyfriend, she sometimes likes to join in on the pranking herself.
* ''WebAnimation/DCSuperHeroGirls'' gives us Harley Quinn. Just see "Quinn-tessential Harley" or her "Hero of the Month" honor for examples.
* Rig (AKA Rig Digger) from WesternAnimation/MatchboxHeroCity, cracks out jokes almost every time.
* [[MeaningfulName Brattus]] from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus'' will periodically pull pranks on his older cousin Bogus.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff "Griffon the Brush Off"]] sees [[GenkiGirl Pinkie Pie]] and [[BoisterousBruiser Rainbow Dash]] bonding over pranks. Interestingly, rather than the usual route of having them learn that "all pranks are bad!", it's made clear that their jokes are all done in good fun, and they back down from pranking [[ShrinkingViolet one of their friends]] who [[FragileFlower they think is too emotionally fragile]] to just shrug it off. Both are just a bit InnocentlyInsensitive in "Luna Eclipsed", where Pinkie Pie's letting herself be scared by Princess Luna constantly undermines Luna's efforts to make friends and Rainbow Dash inadvertently causes an InterruptedCooldownHug just as Luna and Pinkie were about to make peace. [[NotSoAboveItAll Luna gets her revenge though.]]
*** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E16TwentyEightPranksLater Twenty-Eight Pranks Later]]", Rainbow Dash gets ''really'' carried away with the pranking. Once again, her friends repay her in kind.
** Princess Celestia's pet, [[ThePhoenix Philomena]] in "A Bird in the Hoof". She even tops Rainbow Dash by being the only one able to make the [[BritishRoyalGuard Canterlot Guards]] move. Celestia herself seems to enjoy a little prank once in a while.
* T.J. Detweiler from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''. King Bob was one as well, at least before he became the playground's king.
* This is Muscle Man's greatest pleasure in life on ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. He limits himself to not physically harming anyone though, as shown with "Prankless".
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Bart Simpson, of course. His career highlights include inciting a media frenzy by pretending to be trapped in a well, answering his teacher's personal ad, replacing the hymns in the church with "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida," turning the school weather balloon into Principal Skinner's "rumpy doppelganger," trapping the teachers in their cars by repainting the lines in the parking lot, and getting an Australian boy to accept a $900 collect call by impersonating a drainage commissioner. And then there's all those {{Prank Call}}s to Moe...
** "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E18HowLisaGotHerMargeBack How Lisa Got Her Marge Back]]" reveals that Bart's baby sister Maggie has a knack for pranking as well. The two of them bond over this, leading to a brief partnership that is only stopped because Homer doesn't want Bart to be a bad influence on Maggie.
** The episode "Pranks and Greens" has Andy Hamilton, a former student of the Springfield Elementary School. He is said to be the best prankster ever. His first and most famous prank was when Andy was a student at Springfield Elementary School and Seymour Skinner loved to swim in the school's early swimming pool. Andy filled the pool with worms and locked Skinner in the pool for a whole weekend, including Monday, a teacher's holiday.
* ''Yogi's Gang'' has an antagonist by this very moniker. Hilarious P. Prankster, to be exact.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Far too many spooks and spies to list, due to the necessity to keep a quick wit and a nature for deceit, have reputations as pranksters. One notable intelligence officer was Reginald V. Jones, who was the driving force in the radar countermeasures battle during [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII the Blitz]], responsible for jamming, spoofing, and otherwise playing merry hell with German communications, navigational, and radar gear. He also had a reputation as an incorrigible prankster before the war.
* The founders of motorcycle company Harley-Davidson were noted for being practical jokers, as mentioned by Jean Davidson in her book about the Harley and Davidson families. Arthur, for one, gained a reputation for pulling off jokes not only on friends and family, but to a crowd when Scottish comedian and music hall singer Harry Lauder was supposed to come to Milwaukee to perform, impersonating the performer at an event all while people thought they were watching the real Lauder. Another instance was when Arthur and his brothers decided to outright troll fellow co-founder and friend [[GadgeteerGenius Bill Harley]] at a duck hunt. Harley was sleeping in his boat at the time, and was snoring loudly, attracting the attention of ducks. They went behind Bill's boat and fired a few rounds at the birds, much to Bill's bewilderment.
* Charles Lightoller of the White Star Line (yes, ''that'' [[UsefulNotes/RMSTitanic White Star Line]]) was also remembered for his playful sense of humour, as boredom or the need for amusement would drive him into pulling off an antic or two. His pranks ranged from the trivial, such as surfing around on the slippery linoleum floors of the ''Olympic'', much to the chagrin of his superior, to bordering on insane and outrageous, like shoving a signal flare into a fellow crew member's cabin, and most notably the [[http://www.titanic-titanic.com/charles_herbert_lightoller.shtml incident at Fort Denison]], Sydney.
* Steve Wozniak, one of Apple's co-founders, is notorious for being one of these.