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This trope plays on the irony of a jovial character who interacts with children actually being a horrible person. As such, it's related to MonsterClown and other like tropes.

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This trope plays on the irony of a jovial character who interacts with children actually being a horrible person. As such, it's related to MonsterClown and other like tropes.
tropes. The worst examples tend to be murderous or even turn into supervillains if left unchecked.

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* ''Series/DeadRingers:'' After Angus Deaton is removed from ''Have I Got News For You'' because of his own drugs scandal, the BBC tries to find a replacement, only to find literally everyone they've got is, as Kirsty Wark puts it, "a drug-taking sex maniac". Their last hope, Pudsey the Bear, also turns out to be a coke fiend, as revealed by Sootie the Puppet, who does an interview with his horrified puppeteer revealing some of his antics.

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* In ''Film/TheBananaSplits'', the animatronic stars of the titular children’s show are accompanied by a human co-star, Stevie. On air he’s cheerful and zany, but behind the scenes he’s a drunken lech who resents the Splits for being more popular than him. [[spoiler: He eventually becomes the Splits’ [[AssholeVictim first victim.]]]]


This is especially popular in RealLife UrbanLegends, the insinuations of which can ruin someone's career. For some reason, people just can't believe that a right-thinking adult would want to spend his life teaching kids manners and helping them grow as people. Fred Rogers would respectfully disagree; this is generally ''not'' TruthInTelevision. On the other hand, Fred Rogers ''wanted'' to be a kids TV presenter - many others only do it as a way into TV, and, as former kids TV presenter [[Series/MockTheWeek Dara Ó Briain]] attests, "those people are the most ambitious bunch of pricks you will ever meet." And he's a [[HypocriticalHumor stand-up]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards comic!]]

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This is especially popular in RealLife UrbanLegends, the insinuations of which can ruin someone's career. For some reason, people just can't believe that a right-thinking adult would want to spend his life teaching kids manners and helping them grow as people. [[Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood Fred Rogers Rogers]] and Creator/LeVarBurton would respectfully disagree; this is generally ''not'' TruthInTelevision. On the other hand, Fred Rogers they ''wanted'' to be a kids TV presenter presenters - many others only do it as a way into TV, and, as former kids TV presenter [[Series/MockTheWeek Dara Ó Briain]] attests, "those people are the most ambitious bunch of pricks you will ever meet." And he's a [[HypocriticalHumor stand-up]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards comic!]]


* ''Uramichi Onii-san'' loves to play with this trope. He's a miserable dreg outside of work, likes to bully his juniors on the show, and drinks and smokes constantly. On show, he's not much better-- practically all the kids know about his personal issues and he complains about his life on live TV or gives out advice the kids really don't need to be hearing, often to worrying results. The thing is, he actually likes the kids he works with. It's just that life just keeps bleeding into TV.

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* ''Uramichi Onii-san'' ''Manga/UramichiOniisan'' loves to play with this trope. He's a miserable dreg outside of work, likes to bully his juniors on the show, and drinks and smokes constantly. On show, he's not much better-- practically all the kids know about his personal issues and he complains about his life on live TV during filming (most of which thankfully gets edited out for broadcast) or gives out advice the kids really don't need to be hearing, often to worrying results. The thing is, he actually likes the kids he works with. It's just that life just keeps bleeding into TV.


* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had a children's show host as the VillainOfTheWeek pretending one of his co-actors needed "happy paper" (money) to cheer up. Bubbles, who always watched the show, and believed it, rounded up all the money she could find, until Blossom and Buttercup managed to expose the truth. This is a ShoutOut to Creator/SoupySales (though Sales said it as a joke and didn't think any kids would actually do it).

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* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' had a children's show host as the VillainOfTheWeek pretending one of his co-actors needed "happy paper" (money) to cheer up. Bubbles, who always watched the show, and believed it, rounded up all the money she could find, until Blossom and Buttercup managed to expose the truth. This is a ShoutOut to Creator/SoupySales (though Sales said it as a joke and didn't think any kids would actually do it). The episode, "Neighbor Hood," was intended as a first season episode but the staff was afraid it was too similar to Mister Rogers. The story concept was given to DC Comics and made as issue #7 story "Remote Controlled."

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* In 2019, Wrestling/BrayWyatt was given a new gimmick where he hosted a disturbing children’s show called Firefly Fun House, complete with several puppets which often did physical harm to each other.
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* There were plans for a sequel for William Lustig's ''Film/{{Maniac}}'', which was supposed to follow such a character but it was scrapped due to its main star's untimely death. It sounded like a remake of ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070572/ The Psychopath]]'' (aka ''An Eye for an Eye''). A short promotional video for the film is [[http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi1519911193?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1 here.]] (WARNING: {{Gorn}})

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* There were plans for a sequel for William Lustig's ''Film/{{Maniac}}'', ''Film/Maniac1980'', which was supposed to follow such a character but it was scrapped due to its main star's untimely death. It sounded like a remake of ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0070572/ The Psychopath]]'' (aka ''An Eye for an Eye''). A short promotional video for the film is [[http://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi1519911193?ref_=tt_pv_vi_aiv_1 here.]] (WARNING: {{Gorn}})


** She later reappears in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' having grown sick of being a children's entertainer, admits to not giving a damn about her young fans and wants to reconcile with Frasier yet again despite her being married. They end up almost sleeping together in the prop room before her show, but then the curtain rises while Frasier is still in her prop bed and Hilarity ensues.

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** She later reappears in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' having grown sick of being a children's entertainer, admits to not giving a damn about her young fans and wants to reconcile with Frasier yet again despite her being married. They end up almost sleeping together in the prop room before her show, but then the curtain rises while Frasier is still in her prop bed and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity ensues.Ensues]].


-->'''George:''' ''[dejectedly]'' Hey, kids. Where y'wanna go? That's right. To Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse. [[SarcasmMode And boy, oh boy, are we gonna have big fun today. We're gonna have so much fun,]] we'll forget about how miserable we are, and how much life sucks, and how we're all gonna grow old and die someday.\\
'''"Little Weasel" Kid''': I wanna go home!\\
'''George''': Shut up, you little weasel! [''pause''] Okay. Right now, I'd like to show you one of my favorite cartoons. It's [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation a sad, depressing story]] about [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner a pathetic coyote who spends every waking moment of his life in the futile pursuit of a sadistic roadrunner]] who ''mocks'' him and ''laughs'' at him as he's repeatedly ''crushed'' and ''maimed''! '''HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT!!'''

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-->'''George:''' ''[dejectedly]'' Hey, kids. Where y'wanna go? ''[with blatantly feigned enthusiasm]'' That's right.''right''. To Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse. [[SarcasmMode And boy, oh boy, are we gonna have big fun today. We're gonna have so much fun,]] fun]], we'll forget about how miserable ''miserable'' we are, and how much life sucks, ''sucks'', and how we're all gonna grow old and die ''die'' someday.\\
'''"Little Weasel" Kid''': Kid:''' I wanna go home!\\
'''George''': Shut '''George:''' ''Shut up, you little weasel! [''pause''] [pause]'' Okay. Right now, I'd like to show you one of my favorite cartoons. It's [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation a sad, depressing story]] about [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner a pathetic coyote who spends every waking moment of his life in the futile pursuit of a sadistic roadrunner]] who ''mocks'' him and ''laughs'' at him as he's repeatedly ''crushed'' and ''maimed''! '''HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT!!'''


* AbsoluteBillion's WebAnimation/YoutubePoop titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpRb4McIxys The Gradual Mental Traumatization of a Kids' Show Host]] is about Steve from ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' undergoing serious SanitySlippage.

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* AbsoluteBillion's WebAnimation/YoutubePoop [=AbsoluteBillion=]'s WebAnimation/YouTubePoop titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpRb4McIxys The Gradual Mental Traumatization of a Kids' Show Host]] is about Steve from ''WesternAnimation/BluesClues'' undergoing serious SanitySlippage.


-->'''George''' [''dejectedly'']: Hey, kids. Where y'wanna go? That's right. To Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse. [[SarcasmMode And boy, oh boy, are we gonna have big fun today. We're gonna have so much fun,]] we'll forget about how miserable we are, and how much life sucks, and how we're all gonna grow old and die someday.\\

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-->'''George''' [''dejectedly'']: -->'''George:''' ''[dejectedly]'' Hey, kids. Where y'wanna go? That's right. To Uncle Nutzy's Clubhouse. [[SarcasmMode And boy, oh boy, are we gonna have big fun today. We're gonna have so much fun,]] we'll forget about how miserable we are, and how much life sucks, and how we're all gonna grow old and die someday.\\



-->'''Happy Chapman''': Oh, please, what a know-it all! And everybody always said I was the handsome one, I was the smart one, and I was born first. But there you are "live from the Hague". And here I am working with this sack of dander on a dead-end regional morning show.

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-->'''Happy Chapman''': Chapman:''' Oh, please, what a know-it all! And everybody always said I was the handsome one, I was the smart one, and I was born first. But there you are "live from the Hague". And here I am working with this sack of dander on a dead-end regional morning show.



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-->'''Jane:''' I am ''not'' self-centered!
-->'''Jake:''' Oh, shut up, you deluded bitch!

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-->'''Jane:''' I am ''not'' self-centered!
-->'''Jake:'''
self-centered!\\
'''Jake:'''
Oh, shut up, you deluded bitch!



-->'''Alistair:''' Yes, by collecting all those stamps and unwanted clothes, you raised nearly a million pounds towards a holiday center for disabled people in the New Forest.
-->'''Tina:''' Now, Jason came up with an idea for making even more money from the amount you'd already raised.
-->'''Alistair:''' He transferred that money into another bank account...
-->'''Tina:''' And spent it on a large amount of ''special powder''. This powder, like the holiday center, is designed to make people feel very happy...

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-->'''Alistair:''' Yes, by collecting all those stamps and unwanted clothes, you raised nearly a million pounds towards a holiday center for disabled people in the New Forest.
-->'''Tina:'''
Forest.\\
'''Tina:'''
Now, Jason came up with an idea for making even more money from the amount you'd already raised.
-->'''Alistair:'''
raised.\\
'''Alistair:'''
He transferred that money into another bank account...
-->'''Tina:'''
account...\\
'''Tina:'''
And spent it on a large amount of ''special powder''. This powder, like the holiday center, is designed to make people feel very happy...



* On an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', a clown played by Jack Riley 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.

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* On an episode of ''Series/NightCourt'', a clown played by Jack Riley 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:'''
arrest.\\
'''Judge:'''
What, no lewd behavior?
-->'''Clown:'''
behavior?\\
'''Clown:'''
I was too drunk.



--> "HELLO CHILDREN, EVERYVHERE! Und today, der first record ist der request from Norman und Edith Carruthers, for their little son Villie! Vally Vhyton, mit der disken kiddiewinks: DER RUNAWAY TRAIN! Unfortunately, ve haf some bad news for you! Der BBC Record Library cannot manage der aktual recording by Vally Vhyton! So! Inshtead, ve haf decided... TO INVADE POLAND!"

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--> "HELLO -->'''Uncle Hitler:''' HELLO CHILDREN, EVERYVHERE! Und today, der first record ist der request from Norman und Edith Carruthers, for their little son Villie! Vally Vhyton, mit der disken kiddiewinks: DER RUNAWAY TRAIN! Unfortunately, ve haf some bad news for you! Der BBC Record Library cannot manage der aktual recording by Vally Vhyton! So! Inshtead, ve haf decided... TO INVADE POLAND!"POLAND!



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--> '''Strong Bad''': Look, The Cheat is ''behind the freakin' box''! HE'S BEHIND THE BOX! [[ComicalOverreacting I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL ALL YOUR DOGS!]]

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--> '''Strong Bad''': -->'''Strong Bad:''' Look, The Cheat is ''behind the freakin' box''! HE'S BEHIND THE BOX! [[ComicalOverreacting I'LL KILL YOU! I'LL KILL ALL YOUR DOGS!]]



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--> '''Garfield''': Third time this week. He's lost it.

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--> '''Garfield''': --->'''Garfield:''' Third time this week. He's lost it.


-->-- '''Humphrey Lyttelton''', ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''.

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-->-- '''Humphrey Lyttelton''', ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''.
''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue''


** [[http://strips.garfield.com/iimages/1989/ga891117.gif This]] example from the comic strip, where Binky rants about how he's stuck performing on TV in a clown suit while on the air.

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** [[http://strips.garfield.com/iimages/1989/ga891117.gif This]] example from the comic strip, where Binky rants about [[ClassicallyTrainedExtra how he's stuck performing on TV in a clown suit while on the air.air]].


'''George''': Shut up, you little weasel! [''pause''] Okay. Right now, I'd like to show you one of my favorite cartoons. It's a sad, depressing story about a pathetic coyote who spends every waking moment of his life in the futile pursuit of a sadistic roadrunner who ''mocks'' him and ''laughs'' at him as he's repeatedly ''crushed'' and ''maimed''! '''HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT!!'''

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'''George''': Shut up, you little weasel! [''pause''] Okay. Right now, I'd like to show you one of my favorite cartoons. It's [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation a sad, depressing story story]] about [[WesternAnimation/WileECoyoteAndTheRoadrunner a pathetic coyote who spends every waking moment of his life in the futile pursuit of a sadistic roadrunner roadrunner]] who ''mocks'' him and ''laughs'' at him as he's repeatedly ''crushed'' and ''maimed''! '''HOPE YOU'LL ENJOY IT!!'''

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