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Did he just defeat him by flashing him?

I'm afraid of clowns. They just... creep me out.
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Ben, Gwen and Max go to a circus and Ben is horrified to learn that the main star of it, Zombozo, is more than just a creepy clown.


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  • Batman Cold Open: The episode opens with Ripjaws dealing with two robbers and claiming that he is not a circus freak but rather a superhero.
  • Breath Weapon: Acid Breath can breath a highly corrosive acid from his mouth.
  • Circus of Fear: The episode revolves around a circus where its main star, Zombozo, drains people of their happiness and his henchmen are three really creepy mutants.
  • Clown Car: Zombozo first appears to the crowd coming out of a small car. Later in the episode, Wildmutt's senses reveal that his freaks hid everything they stole there.
  • Combat Tentacles: Frightwig uses her hair as these. It helps that they have maces at each end.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Upgrade defeats the Circus Freaks in less than a minute. While controlling a baseball pitching machine.
  • The Dreaded:
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    • Zombozo curiously averts the trope as only Ben is scared of him and it's implied that that's only because of his fear of clowns.
    • Ghostfreak is a straighter example of the trope, being capable of scaring Zombozo himself.
  • Emotion Eater: Zombozo feeds of the happiness of his audience and plans on stealing the happiness of thousands of people to make himself even more powerful.
  • Face Your Fears: Max says that facing one's fear is the only way of getting rid of it. This is what he did to deal with his own fear of heights.
  • The Freakshow: Thumbskull (Taking the place of the Strong Man), Acid Breath, and Frightwig are all presented this way.
  • Foreshadowing: This is the first episode to hint at Ghostfreak's true nature and his eventual Face–Heel Turn.
  • Mirror Scare: Near the end of the episode, Ben is startled by what he sees on a house of mirrors' mirror, but it's just his reflection. A few seconds later, clones of Zombozo start appearing everywhere and trying to get him "to smile".
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  • Monster Clown: Zombozo. A horrifyingly looking humanoid abomination, literally feeds off (And permanently steals) other people's happiness and has a really weird tongue.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Ben is severely shaken by his coulrophobia and Zombozo's tricks. Then, when he demands Gwen back, Zombozo decides to taunt him further by showing Ben what he did to her. This directly leads to his defeat as seeing his drained cousin sends Ben directly into hero mode to save her and Grandpa Max.
  • Nightmare Face: Ghostfreak shows Zombozo what's under his cloak. We only get to see a few black and white tentacles coming out from him and Zombozo being appropiately terrified.
  • Not Afraid of You Anymore: Ben as Ghostfreak reveals that he is not afraid of Zombozo anymore given that the thought of losing his family to "some goofball emotional vampire" scares him more than a clown.
  • Outscare the Enemy: Ben ultimately scares Zombozo to death by turning into Ghostfreak.
  • Prehensile Hair: Frightwig uses her hair as her primary weapon and it's composed of several braids with a mace at each end.
  • Primal Fear: Grandpa Max was afraid of heights when he was younger.
  • Scary Teeth: Zombozo sports a set of deformed teeth which become even more frightening when one remembers that he doesn't need them to eat...
  • Title Drop: While talking to Zombozo, Ben says the episode name.
    Ben: Oh, you're funny. But I'm gonna get the last laugh.
  • "What Do They Fear?" Episode: In this case the episode is centered on Ben overcoming his fear of clowns, though Max also mentions he was afraid of heights when he was a kid.
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