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** Also definitely some of the [[TheNeidermeyer military characters]], having forcefully conscripted the circusmen and using [[spoiler:Javier]] as a hunting dog. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment A more general assessment is not recommended, though.]]

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** Also definitely some of the [[TheNeidermeyer military characters]], having forcefully conscripted the circusmen and using [[spoiler:Javier]] as a hunting dog. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment [[Administrivia/RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment A more general assessment is not recommended, though.]]


** Also definitely some of the military characters, having forcefully conscripted the circusmen and using [[spoiler:Javier]] as a hunting dog. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment A more general assessment is not recommended, though.]]

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** Also definitely some of the [[TheNeidermeyer military characters, characters]], having forcefully conscripted the circusmen and using [[spoiler:Javier]] as a hunting dog. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment A more general assessment is not recommended, though.]]


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* TheNeidermeyer: Both Nationalist and Republican characters are portrayed as this.

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* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: [[spoiler:Javier, after he snaps.]]

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler:Javier and Sergio at the end are sent to weep for Natalia's death and the emotional and physical turmoil they gone through as they are arrested.]]


* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Sergio.]] He lives, but [[spoiler:at a price.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Sergio.]] He lives, [[CruelMercy lives]], but [[spoiler:at [[spoiler:[[FateWorseThanDeath at a price.price]].]]


* VillainProtagonist: Javier and Sergio when they both fall off the deep end.

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* VillainProtagonist: Javier [[spoiler:Javier and Sergio when they both fall off the deep end.end. Though Sergio was this to begin with before going full-blown MonsterClown.]]


* PetTheDog: Sergio seems to genuinely like kids, even if he disregards their safety.

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* PetTheDog: Sergio seems to [[FriendToAllChildren genuinely like kids, kids]], even if he disregards their safety.


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* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: The abusive Sergio can qualify.


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* VillainProtagonist: Javier and Sergio when they both fall off the deep end.

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* NiceCharacterMeanActor: Sergio, lovable clown adored by kids on stage, an abusive lover towards Natalia and a BadBoss towards Javier off-stage.


* ShoutOut: The movie is similar in plot and theme to ''{{Pagliacci}}''. [[DarkerAndEdgier A very twisted and horrifying]] version of ''Pagliacci''. However, the roles of protagonist and antagonist are reversed: it is the lover who is the protagonist and the cuckolded spouse who is the antagonist.

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* ShoutOut: The movie is similar in plot and theme to ''{{Pagliacci}}''.''{{Theatre/Pagliacci}}''. [[DarkerAndEdgier A very twisted and horrifying]] version of ''Pagliacci''. However, the roles of protagonist and antagonist are reversed: it is the lover who is the protagonist and the cuckolded spouse who is the antagonist.


* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Franco himself makes an appearance.

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Franco himself makes an appearance. [[spoiler: And gets bitten by Javier once he goes mad.]]


* WouldHurtAChild: Javier roughly pushes a child away at a diner to get to the jukebox and later points his gun at an other. Nothing happens, though.

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* WouldHurtAChild: Javier roughly pushes a child away at a diner to get to the jukebox and later points his gun at an other.another. Nothing happens, though.

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** Also definitely some of the military characters, having forcefully conscripted the circusmen and using [[spoiler:Javier]] as a hunting dog. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment A more general assessment is not recommended, though.]]

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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Sergio.]] He lives, but [[spoiler:at a price.]]


A 2011 BlackComedy directed by Álex de la Iglesia. In 1937, a clown is forcibly recruited by the militia to serve in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar where he manages to massacre an entire platoon with a machete. Years later in 1973 against the backdrop of [[FranciscoFranco Franco]]-era Spain, his son Javier follows in his father's footsteps, working as a SadClown. There he falls in love with the beautiful acrobat Natalia and in the process runs amok of her abusive lover, Sergio, the Happy Clown. A twisted love triangle ensues develops between the two clowns that escalates into insanity.

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A 2011 BlackComedy directed by Álex de la Iglesia. In 1937, a clown is forcibly recruited by the militia to serve in the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar where he manages to massacre an entire platoon with a machete. Years later in 1973 against the backdrop of [[FranciscoFranco [[UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco Franco]]-era Spain, his son Javier follows in his father's footsteps, working as a SadClown. There he falls in love with the beautiful acrobat Natalia and in the process runs amok of her abusive lover, Sergio, the Happy Clown. A twisted love triangle ensues develops between the two clowns that escalates into insanity.

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