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* In ''WesterAnimation/MonsterHouse'', Constance was the fat lady locked up in a cage to be mocked until she was rescued by Mr. Nebbercracker. Even after being freed she still hated children due to her memories of constant mockery from them.

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* In ''WesterAnimation/MonsterHouse'', ''Film/MonsterHouse'', Constance was the fat lady locked up in a cage to be mocked until she was rescued by Mr. Nebbercracker. Even after being freed she still hated children due to her memories of constant mockery from them.


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* The main characters in the first half of ''Literature/NightmareAlley'' all work for a travelling carnival. Stan is the StageMagician, Bruno is TheStrongman, Kenneth is [[LittlePeopleAreSurreal the tiny person]], Zeena is the FortuneTeller (aided her by her husband Pete) and Molly is the 'Electric Girl', a glorified show girl in a skimpy metal bikini who can seemingly take large electrical currents into her body in a replica of the Sing-Sing electric chair.


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* In ''Series/TheLibrarians2014'' episode "...and the Tears of a Clown", the team are investigating a CircusOfFear when the ringmaster's magic transforms them into freak show exhibits. Jake becomes a strongman, Eve a two-headed woman, Cassandra a mermaid, and Ezekiel a snake-charmer.


* One storyline on ''Tales of the Dark Knight'' had Two-Face trying to rally up 'freaks' to fight back at society. At the end, [[spoiler:it turns out they were actually very reluctant to follow him, and generally get along fairly well]].

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One storyline on ''Tales of the Dark Knight'' had Two-Face trying to rally up 'freaks' to fight back at society. At the end, [[spoiler:it turns out they were actually very reluctant to follow him, and generally get along fairly well]].
** A story in ''Detective Comics'', again featuring Two-Face had him trying to resolve one of Harvey Dent's unfinished cases which involved a circus. The circus just happened to have cojoined twins in the freak show, who Two-Face alternated between feeling a connection to and despising, and who had differing opinions about Two-Face's brand of "justice".
** Killer Croc's backstory involves being a freak show exhibit due to his crocodilian appearance.



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* ''Film/MultipleManiacs'' has The Cavalcade of Perversions, which include guys kissing, a "puke-eater" and a photographer snapping the crotch of a nude woman. It's a front for robbing and killing spectators.



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* Music/TheRamones' [[Music/LeaveHome "Pinhead"]] was inspired by ''Film/{{Freaks}}'', with the chant of "Gabba Gabba Hey" being derived from "Gooba Gabba Gooba Gabba."
* Music/TheResidents' ''Freak Show.''


* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunatEvents'' adapts the novel, with now with a VillainSong by Count Olaf as the ringmaster, and a RunningGag of the Hook-Handed Man taking part in the overall evil plan, but acting indignant whenever ''anyone,'' in or out of the ring takes him to be one of them.

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* ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunatEvents'' ''Series/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' adapts the novel, with now with a VillainSong by Count Olaf as the ringmaster, and a RunningGag of the Hook-Handed Man taking part in the overall evil plan, but acting indignant whenever ''anyone,'' in or out of the ring takes him to be one of them.



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* ''Film/FantasticBeastsTheCrimesOfGrindelwald'': Nagini is first seen in a traveling freak show along with other outcasts and creatures considered odd even by the wizarding world before she escapes with Credence.


* The 1932 film ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' is about one such place; given its early date, it may be the TropeCodifier for movies. It's infamous for using real life freak show acts as actors. They try to thwart a gold-digging trapeze artist in the film. [[spoiler: They succeed. Oh God, do they ever...]]



* The film ''Film/{{Freaks}}'' is about one such place. It's infamous for using real life freak show acts as actors. They try to thwart a gold-digging trapeze artist in the film. [[spoiler: They succeed. Oh God, do they ever...]]


* ''Music/{{Skillet}}'' has "Freakshow" as a bonus track on their "Rise" album.

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* ''Music/{{Skillet}}'' has "Freakshow" as a bonus track on their "Rise" album.


* ''Film/TheElephantMan'' focused on John Merrick being part of a sideshow, due to the fact that parts of his body were horribly disfigured, giving him the nickname of the Elephant Man. Merrick was being exhibited in the squalid Belgian freak show. (In real life, ''Joseph'' Merrick entered these shows voluntarily for the sake of his own livelihood.)

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* ''Film/TheElephantMan'' focused on John Merrick being part of a sideshow, due to the fact that parts of his body were horribly disfigured, giving him the nickname of the Elephant Man. Merrick was being exhibited in the squalid Belgian freak show. (In real life, ''Joseph'' Merrick entered these shows voluntarily for the sake of his own livelihood. He was actually treated pretty well ... until a new manager stole his money and abandoned him in Brussels, forcing Merrick to try find his way back to England.)

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