Evil clowns have been widely depicted in movies, TV, video games and books . Some are more evil than others, but even the most benign looking clown seems to have an underlying feeling of fear resting just below the surface. This a list of some of the most notable evil clowns.
Canio is the emotionally distraught clown from Pagliaccio , an Italian opera by Leoncavallo. His smile is only his stage make-up hiding his tragic and melancholy off stage melodrama. He makes a memorable appearance as Crazy Joe Da Vola’s depiction of him in the Seinfeld episode “The Opera”.
The Joker is the nemesis of Batman whose key features are chalk-white skin, green hair, red lips and a permanent smile, purportedly caused by a chemical bath, and in various appearances is depicted as a psychopath. Jokerz, are a fictional gang in the DC animated universe, featured in Batman Beyond. They are a street gang in futuristic Gotham City that take their inspiration from the Joker. They tend to dress in clownish costumes and make-up as did their namesake.
Gamzee Makarais one of the many antagonists in a popular webcomic titled Homestuck. Gamzee is a troll from the planet of Alternia and is known for his gray and white face paint, “candy corn colored” goat like horns, and the indigo Capricorn symbol on his shirt.
Red Bastard stars and conducts a unique interactive theater in which the audience is asked to embrace their “inner bastard”. The audience is asked to and collaborate, contribute and complete tasks, under an ever-present threat of danger, or at least, extreme embarrassment. Red Bastard is created and portrayed by Eric Davis.
Captain Spaulding is a gas-station owner, museum operator, and patriarch of the murderous Firefly family, featured in the Rob Zombie films House of 1000 Corpses and its sequel, The Devil’s Rejects. Captain Spaulding is portrayed by actor Sid Haig.
Zeebo The Clown is the spirit of a thief that stole the circus’ whole payroll of $20,000 in the 1920s who terrorizes the main protagonist, because of the theft of his nose by said protagonist in the “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” episode “The Tale of Laughing in the Dark”.
Sweet Tooth, real name Marcus “Needles” Kane, is a fictional character from the Twisted Metal video game series. Sweet Tooth is designed around the premise of a killer clown that drives a combat ice cream truck, and his face has been featured on the cover of every Twisted Metal game to date, making him the series mascot.
Poltergeist, the 1982 supernatural movie from Tobe Hooper, features a clown doll in several scenes. During the finale, this doll becomes possessed by a demonic presence and attempts to strangle a young boy.
The Ghost Clown, a faux evil supernatural circus clown in “Bedlam in the Bigtop”, a 1970 episode of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!. He is a criminal who used to work in the circus. He hypnotizes people with a magic pendulum in particular Daphne Blake whom he puts in danger by making her ride a unicycle.
Sticky the Clown, a knife-wielding birthday entertainer seen in the beginning of the Married… with Children episode “Rites of Passage”. His knife is seen stuck in the door of the now empty house in the closing scene.
The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) as a clown in ‘Robot’. The Doctor has entered the TARDIS to find a new wardrobe. He emerges in a Viking outfit, much to the Brigadier’s annoyance. The Doctor tries again, but comes out wearing a royal outfit, which he immediately goes back in to change. His third attempt is a clown outfit, complete with face-paint, which is also met with disapproval. His fourth attempt has him in a long scarf and hat, but the Brigadier decides this look is better than the alternatives.
Sideshow Bob, a clown on The Simpsons who constantly tries to kill Bart Simpson. Unlike traditional clowns, he does not wear any sort of make-up. Krusty the Clown is amoral, perverted and and a deviant! But is he evil?
Shang Tsung, the one of the player characters in Mortal Kombat, who takes a shape of an evil clown during his usage of his fatality move on opponent, which parodies The Joker’s first fatality move from Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe.
With his distinctive appearance, surreal feats of magic, and behavior that is simultaneously comedic and menacing, the Tim Burton character Beetlejuice can be considered a manifestation of this theme.
One of the minor characters from The Nightmare Before Christmas is a clown, seemingly bound to his tiny unicycle, with razor-sharp teeth and the signature ability to tear off his face, revealing a black void within. Like most residents of Halloweentown, he is frightening, but not evil.
Malcolm the Jester is arguably the main character of The Legend of Kyrandia computer game series – he is the antagonist of the first game, wielding vast magical power to cause wanton destruction for his own amusement, or to toy with and torment the protagonist and his allies in ways that are often elegant in their subtle terror (such as turning someone to stone with the exception of their eyes). Though the first game ends with his defeat, he is mentioned in the second game, and in the third game he returns as the protagonist – gone are his magical powers, so he relies on more mundane talents of mischief, manipulation, and skills befitting a royal jester to make his way in the world, and it is revealed that while he is an imbalanced and misanthropic trickster, he is not actually the fiendish villain he seemed in the first game.