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{{Quote|I mean, really, what kind of a demonically evil scheme involves rollercoasters and cotton candy anyway?|Murray the Demonic Skull}}
The '''Circus of Fear''' is a common theme in dark fantasy which takes the traditional realm of circuses and fair-grounds then warps them into nightmarish dystopias - often changing the pleasant theme of such places into demonic parodies that frighten rather than amuse. This also applies carnival-like/clown-like villainous groups in media and literature such with their implied names and namesake lairs of such nature, such as the [[w:c:villains:Dead Moon Circus|Dead Moon Circus]] from the ''Sailor Moon'' universe and [[w:c:villains:Professor Screweyes|Professor Screweyes]]' [[Professor Screweyes' Eccentric Circus|Eccentric Circus]] from the animated movie ''We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story''.
 
   
 
The '''Circus of Fear''' is a popular common theme in dark fantasy which takes the traditional realm of circuses and fair-grounds then warps them into nightmarish [[Dystopia|dystopias]] - often changing the pleasant theme of such places into demonic parodies that frighten rather than amuse. This also applies carnival-like/clown-like villainous groups in media and literature such with their implied names and namesake lairs of such nature, such as the [[w:c:villains:Dead Moon Circus|Dead Moon Circus]] from the ''Sailor Moon'' universe and [[w:c:villains:Professor Screweyes|Professor Screweyes]]' [[Professor Screweyes' Eccentric Circus|Eccentric Circus]] from the animated movie ''We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story''.
   
[[File:Circus_of_Fear.jpg|thumb|250px|The Circus of Fear]]The concept of a Circus of Fear is at least as old as fair-grounds themselves and although some class them as different scenarios for simplicities sake it can be said a Circus of Fear can also be applied to amusement parks that are horrific and twisted. The Circus of Fear is often the home of the [[w:c:evil:Monster Clowns|Monster Clowns]].
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The concept of a Circus of Fear is at least as old as fair-grounds themselves and although some class them as different scenarios for simplicities sake it can be said a Circus of Fear can also be applied to amusement parks that are horrific and twisted. The Circus of Fear is often the home of the [[w:c:evil:Monster Clowns|Monster Clowns]].
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Overnight, the circus came to town. But something is wrong — very wrong. The ringmaster is abusing the animals and performers, and the circus music, which should be cheerful, seems quite menacing. The attractions (especially the Freak Show) seem off, the cotton candy is a sickly shade of green, the knife thrower never miss, and the clowns,, the less said about the clowns the better.
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And people are disappearing, either consumed by or turned into the circus denizens.
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This trope is the brother to "The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday", and often used in context with aberrations (or "freaks" as commonly referred to), providing instances of either "Red Right Hand" or "The Grotesque".
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A common variation on the theme is a killer amusement park, with homicidal costumed mascots and a fun house that is anything but. If it is in a videogame, expect a roller coaster that acts an awful lot like a mine cart.
   
 
==Examples==
 
==Examples==
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The Carnival of Fear.jpg|The Carnival of Fear (''Fear'').
 
The Carnival of Fear.jpg|The Carnival of Fear (''Fear'').
 
The Carnival of Horrors.jpg|The Carnival of Horrors (''Carnival of Horrors'').
 
The Carnival of Horrors.jpg|The Carnival of Horrors (''Carnival of Horrors'').
The Circus Gothica.jpg
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The Circus Gothica.jpg|Circus Gothica (''Danny Phantom'').
The Dead Moon Circus Logo.jpg|The official public logo of the Circus Gothica.
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The Circus Gothica Logo.jpg|The official public logo of Circus Gothica (''Danny Phantom'').
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The Dead Moon Circus Logo.jpg|The official public logo of the Dead Moon Circus.
 
The Dead Moon Circus.jpg|The Dead Moon Circus/Dark Moon Circus (''Sailor Moon'').
 
The Dead Moon Circus.jpg|The Dead Moon Circus/Dark Moon Circus (''Sailor Moon'').
The Dead Moon Circus Tents.jpg|The Dead Moon Circus/Dark Moon Circus' evil namesake Circus Tents.
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The Dead Moon Circus Tents.jpg|The Dead Moon Circus/Dark Moon Circus' evil namesake Circus Tents (''Sailor Moon'').
The HorrorLand Logo.jpg
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The HorrorLand Logo.jpg|The official public logo of HorrorLand (''Goosebumps'').
The HorrorLand.jpg
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The HorrorLand.jpg|HorrorLand (''Goosebumps'').
 
The Nightmare Carnival.jpg|The Nightmare Carnival (''Nightmare Carnival'').
 
The Nightmare Carnival.jpg|The Nightmare Carnival (''Nightmare Carnival'').
 
The WESAYSO Land.jpg|The WESAYSO Land (''Dinosaurs'').
 
The WESAYSO Land.jpg|The WESAYSO Land (''Dinosaurs'').
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==External Links==
 
==External Links==
 
*[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CircusOfFear Circus of Fear on ''TV Tropes''].
 
*[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CircusOfFear Circus of Fear on ''TV Tropes''].
 
 
 
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Revision as of 18:10, 8 January 2020

The Circus of Fear

I mean, really, what kind of a demonically evil scheme involves rollercoasters and cotton candy anyway?
~ Murray the Demonic Skull

The Circus of Fear is a popular common theme in dark fantasy which takes the traditional realm of circuses and fair-grounds then warps them into nightmarish dystopias - often changing the pleasant theme of such places into demonic parodies that frighten rather than amuse. This also applies carnival-like/clown-like villainous groups in media and literature such with their implied names and namesake lairs of such nature, such as the Dead Moon Circus from the Sailor Moon universe and Professor Screweyes' Eccentric Circus from the animated movie We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story.

The concept of a Circus of Fear is at least as old as fair-grounds themselves and although some class them as different scenarios for simplicities sake it can be said a Circus of Fear can also be applied to amusement parks that are horrific and twisted. The Circus of Fear is often the home of the Monster Clowns.

Overnight, the circus came to town. But something is wrong — very wrong. The ringmaster is abusing the animals and performers, and the circus music, which should be cheerful, seems quite menacing. The attractions (especially the Freak Show) seem off, the cotton candy is a sickly shade of green, the knife thrower never miss, and the clowns,, the less said about the clowns the better.

And people are disappearing, either consumed by or turned into the circus denizens.

This trope is the brother to "The Little Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday", and often used in context with aberrations (or "freaks" as commonly referred to), providing instances of either "Red Right Hand" or "The Grotesque".

A common variation on the theme is a killer amusement park, with homicidal costumed mascots and a fun house that is anything but. If it is in a videogame, expect a roller coaster that acts an awful lot like a mine cart.

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