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Clowns as villains

Larry Fitz

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Has anyone used clowns as villains in a game, and in what creative ways? My personal favorite was "The Undead Circus" Just the idea of it still gives me the giggles, the big finale was sawing a player in half and putting him back together as... an undead...

Hee-Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha... whoo.....

edited: but not to tone down laughter, really... I didn't
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Darrin Drader

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In 2nd edition AD&D I created a clown named Harlequin. To describe him as a clown isn't entirely accurate. He was a godlike being trapped by the gods in a house built on an asteroid that the characters reached with their Spelljamming ship. He's uber powerful, and he throws pies that become spells (with him they were often fireballs). What's worse is that he essentially had total damage reduction/magic. When you hit him with a magical sword, the only damage he took was the bonus of the sword. He did take full damage from damage causing spells though. Ultimately the party made it through his fun house, though they lost a long-time party member who was never resurrected. While traveling through the fun house, he would appear to them, but he would do so as 1/2 size, quarter size, sometimes he would only be half or a quarter there.

Most of my players at the time actually rated that the best adventure I had run for them.

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Yes, after running a 1st edtion Chill game had to move the idea to D&D. It was a cult of madness and tickery, the villian came across like the Joker from Batman.

Kid Charlemagne

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I used a travelling circus as a group of villains in one game... If I recall the clown was a fundamentally disturbed sorceror. I had all the classics: strongman, animal tamer, psychic, ringleader.

It was great fun.

Their normal modus operandi revolved around the Bard/Ringleader magically stupefying the audience to allow the others to rob them blind.


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The problem with using clowns is that they seem so sinister nowadays with Pennywise, Killer Klowns from Outer Space, the Insane Clown Posse, mad harlequins, sinister circuses, so on and so forth. Heck, even Ronald's in hot water with the obesity lawsuits.

I haven't seen an honest clown in the media for twenty years. Alas! Poor Bozo!


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I was hoping I'd be the first to mention the Killer Klowns from Outer Space. In any case, I'd use clowns as villains in a heartbeat. So many people are afraid of them (and rarely whom you'd expect) that it'd be such a waste not to use them.

What I'd get confused with is whether to use clowns as a race or a class (a Perform: Comedy variant of the bard).


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I haven't seen an honest clown in the media for twenty years. Alas! Poor Bozo!

I could see a 'gazebo' situation arising out of this... a plain old circus comes to town, party immediately slays all the clowns during a performance. Irate parents sue for damages to their childrens' psyches.


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Piratecat said:
Sorry, Maldur, but clowns fundamentally disturb me.

In this regard, we are of like mind, sir.

I may be a rat bastard DM, but I draw the line at evil clowns (or clowns of any sort). I'll throw undead babies at the party any day. But clowns? I'm just not that evil.



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Did it but it was the little circus of horrors, was very funny, with clowns, super-strong man, the Diviner (using a detect thought medallion), the knife thrower ...

Also I recommend a movie named "Santa Sangre" shooted by a man called Jodorovsky (work as a scenarist for many "comics" books in France)
not easy to find (even in France), but if you've got the opportunity it's a good pick !


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If you're going to do a circus, though, don't forget the sideshow freaks... the gator-men, the conjoined twins (consult some choice kung-fu movies before using), the mermaid in a tank, a two headed woman (a sorceress with twice the firepower?), savages from more primitive countries, etc.


Yes our DM had 2 sessions with clowns as the main enemies!

They came out of a wagon so small that you could fit a halfling on them. And 10 of them came out!

Guys that threw pies with different things in them:Oil, razors, poison, all with touch attacks

Guys with flowers that squirted stuff: Fire, Acid, Grease, that would set you on fire after the pie guys oil you!

Mime's who cast everything silently so silence spell didn't work!

Jester's that through cue balls at you with deadly accuracy and could interupt range spells by doing opposing spellcraft check (you) as their to hit roll! Nasty!

And then their boss! The big 30ft round clown head that laughed at you (tashas' hideous laughter) and his clow hair had 20ft reach that would smack you when you got near for 4d6+15 pts of damage!?!?!?!

I friggin hate clowns now!!


Clown - what a great idea for a monstrous prestige class... picture a beholder clown...

Or maybe a monster that actually wants to entertain kids, but just really sucks at it, like any of the large goblinoid races, like bugbear, or maybe ogre. "Me make kids laugh. LAUGH DANGIT!!! GRRRRR...."