Notable Evil Clowns

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.

Sarasota Opera-Pagliacci----Photo by Rod MillingtonCanio 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.




Maxie Martin and Jennings are assassin clowns in The Avengers (TV series) – episode “Look — (Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One) — But There Were These Two Fellers…” (Season 6, 1968).




Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the main antagonist in Stephen King’s novel It and its film adaptation. He often uses corny humor as he taunts his victims.




Shakes the Clown is a depressed, alcoholic birthday-party clown framed for murder and coming into conflict with other clowns in the dark comedy film written and directed by and starring Bobcat .



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.





bicycle doctorThe Bicycle Doctor, from the film Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, is a malevolent clown disguised as a doctor who destroys Pee-Wee Herman’s beloved bicycle after feigning attempts to repair it.




captain-spauldingCaptain 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.






violatorViolator is a demon from hell who takes the appearance of a balding, middle-aged man with face paint, and an enemy of Spawn in the comic franchise by Todd McFarlane.







The Crimson Clown is a clown puppet that comes to life and terrorizes a little boy in the Are You Afraid of the Dark? episode “Tale of the Crimson Clown”.






Doink the Clown is a professional wrestling character portrayed by a number of wrestlers. He is frequently depicted as malevolent, playing malicious pranks and cheating in unusual ways.






Kefka Palazzo, the main antagonist of Final Fantasy VI, is psychopath with the outfit and mannerisms of an insane jester.








zeeboZeebo 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.


Killer Klowns from Outer Space is the 1988 horror comedy monster movie about carnivorous aliens that resemble clowns from outer space.







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.



Killjoy, a demonic clown who is summoned to assist revenge plots.







Clownhouse, a slasher film in which three mental patients escape and stalk a young boy home from the circus dressed in clown costumes.






Odd Bob the Clown, an antagonist in the Sarah Jane Adventures episode “The Day of the Clown”, an evil alien clown based on the legendary Pied Piper of Hamelin who feeds on children’s fears.



Craig Russell’s novel The Carnival Master, about the hunt for a clown who comes out every Cologne carnival to kill women.






Shaco, The Dshacoemon Jester, a champion and playable character in League of Legends, an assassin of possible supernatural origin who has taken on the guise of a court jester.



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.




Piedmon, a mega-level Digimon from the Digimon franchise and one of the Dark Masters designed based on evil clowns.





Buggy the Clown, a recurring antagonist from One Piece who desires revenge on Monkey D. Luffy.








Donbalon, one of the bosses featured in Nights: Journey of Dreams.






The Robot Clowns from the 1988-1989 Doctor Who Serial “The Greatest Show in the Galaxy”.





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?



Krusty the Clown is a recurring character on “The Simpsons”.  Krusty is amoral, perverted and and a deviant! But is he evil?







Proto Clown, a genetically engineered clown from the animated series “The Tick (1994 TV series)”.








The clown from The Cabin in the Woods.





Zombozo, a clown from Ben 10.









Adam MacIntyre, a psychopathic clown from the Capcom video game Dead Rising. Also has a psychopathic brother with similar job role in Dead Rising 2: Off the Record called Evan MacIntyre.






Dr. Rockso, a drug-addicted “rock and roll clown” from the Adult Swim program Metalocalypse.





Edgar Ektor, a devil-looking clown character, the main antagonist in the Aero the Acro-Bat series of video games.









Javier Granados as el payaso triste (“the sad clown”) who metamorphoses into el payaso vengador (“the avenging clown”) in The Last Circus.



Stitches, The undead clown from the Ross Noble film film of the same name.




Dr. Giggles, a homicidal surgeon who dresses as a clown in the eponymous film.








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.






An Evil Firefighter Clown in The Brave Little Toaster, who briefly appears in the Toaster’s nightmarish vision where he hoses him as his victim into the water.




Dimentio, the true main antagonist of Super Paper Mario. Like Kefka above, he is a psychopath with the outfit and mannerisms of an insane jester.






Cangaço and 8-Ball, from Brazilian horror slasher movie Condado Macabro (2014).


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.

Ronald MacDonald may be creepy but is he evil? Well, he does attack your waistline. So, you be the judge.