7 Anime Clowns That Will Haunt Your Nightmares

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Clowns as a horror device are relatively new. You can thank Edgar Allen Poe, Ruggero Leoncavallo's Pagliacci opera, and actual clown serial killer John Wayne Gacy for planting the seed and of course, Stephen King's It for nurturing it to get what we have now. You'll be hard pressed to find a person who actually likes clowns. 

Anime, like other modes of popular entertainment, has also created its share of sinister jokers, jesters, and pierrots to give audiences the heebie-jeebies.

1. Buggy (One Piece

You're sailing the high seas in search of treasure while building long-lasting friendships with your rough-and-tumble crew when, all of a sudden, you're ambushed by pirates! 

But these pirates aren't the bearded, peg-legged types. No, these circus freaks of every kind answer to a hyper-sensitive clown. 

Buggy's sensitivity is tied to his round, red nose. Yes, his schnoz isn't ornamental, it's the real deal, and he's been known to slaughter whole villages for any perceived slight against his nose. 


2. Quetzalcoatl (Beelzebub) 

This demon has little in common with the colorful Mesoamerican deity, opting instead for a mostly black color scheme. He wields some control over lower-ranked demons in Behemoth's 34th Pillar Division, but he's also more interested in tests of wits. 

He'll trap his opponents by setting up "game" challenges with deadly consequences, turning something as innocuous as Sudoku into a life-or-death situation. 

3. Joker (Black Butler: Book of Circus) 

There's room for sympathy with Joker. While he serves as an antagonist for Ciel and Sebastian, he had the unfortunate luck to end up the butler for an insane noble named Kelvin with a fixation on children. 

Kelvin keeps the circus members' younger family members in a faraway workhouse under his control, so he can blackmail them into doing what he wants. 

This proves enough motive for Joker to help facilitate the grisly deaths of numerous other children for Kelvin's enjoyment. Even in his last moments, Joker continues to protect Kelvin despite the human cost. 

4. Hisoka (Hunter x Hunter

A sadomasochist through and through, Hisoka only allows his opponents to live if he thinks killing them later will be more satisfying. 

He has little to no regard for the considerations of others and will flip alliances at the drop of a hat. Even more sinister is Hisoka's close tie between violence and sexual satisfaction. 

He isn't discriminate about his opponents' age or sex, even showing off his literally glowing manhood to Gon. Hisoka is a murderous predator in jester make-up and the last clown you'd want to invite to your kid's birthday party. 

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