Creepy killer clowns have been sighted all over the world last year, especially in Western countries such as the United States of America and Great Britain. It might be a harmless joke for the lifeless dudes who dressed up as these menacing figures, but it’s like a nightmare coming alive for those who grew up fearing them. The “trend” eventually died down over the months after 376127361 of videos were uploaded online, though it might resurface again after Stephen King’s It trailer featured a creepy killer clown.
The video game world is not short of these annoying yet scary creatures as well, and most of us would have encountered them while growing up as a gamer. As much as we prefer not to be reminded of them, we should at least pay homage to them for scarring our childhood. So without further ado, here are the top six creepiest killer clowns in video games.
6) Insane Clown Posse – Backyard Wrestling series
Smackdown vs Raw might be the benchmark for wrestling games in the past decade, but if you dig deep enough, you’ll encounter Backyard Wrestling. And since this is a game about laying waste to your opponents without the restrictions set in WWE, it’s not surprising to have not one, but two creepy clowns available for selection. I remember playing this game briefly during my teenage years, and it always felt empowering to choose either one of the clowns, unless you are facing them instead.
5) Zombie Clowns – Left 4 Dead 2
In the event of a zombie apocalypse, it’s very likely that you’ll meet all sorts of zombies, and of course, clowns will be one of them. So if you have an actual phobia of clowns, just make sure you avoid the local funfair at all costs. Just try playing the Dark Carnival campaign of Left 4 Dead and you’ll know what I mean, and it might even send you running to the corner and cry after seeing a horde of them relentlessly chasing after you.
4) Joker – Batman: Arkham series
Being the Clown Prince of Crime is no easy feat, but Joker embodies that title with grace and menace throughout the years he fought with Batman. It’s only fitting that we get to face him more than once in the Arkham series since it’s the superhero game that we deserved, and not to mention the quality voice acting delivered by veteran Mark Hamill to perfectly channel the iconic DC villain. Too bad we didn’t get a Harley Quinn-like DLC to play as the character.
3) Needles Kane – Twisted Metal series
The sound of ice cream truck melodies might bring back sweet memories, but for those who grew up playing the Twisted Metal games, it means one thing: you have to run for your life. Sitting in the driver’s seat of this particular truck is a psychopathic clown with a deadly grin and a head permanently on fire, and he’ll stop at nothing to tear you down. Just make sure you quickly hit the brakes if you are not confident in facing him, or you can die trying.
2) Adam the Clown – Dead Rising
If you think the sound of an approaching Chainsaw Man in Resident Evil 4 is scary, wait till you encounter a chainsaw-wielding zombie. And it’s worse since you have to spend a great deal of time fighting this foe as he is a boss in Dead Rising. Even though he is just a human survivor who has gone mad in a zombie apocalypse world, the sight of him chasing you around the game’s shopping mall will leave a lasting impression.
1) Kefka Palazzo – Final Fantasy VI
FF VI is generally rated as the best Final Fantasy game ever, so it’s only fair for it to feature one of the whackiest and notorious villains in video games history. The purist fans will argue that Kefka is not exactly a clown, but the Wiki entry for this character described him as maniacal, short-tempered, flamboyant, destructive, and cruel. He also took great pleasure in the suffering of others, which sounds exactly like a killer clown to me. Kefka might not be your typical Final Fantasy baddie, but he certainly stood out from the rest just for being a flamboyant and psychotic person, cementing his spot as one of the best video game villains of all time.