The Ghost Clown is one of the most recurring antagonists of the Scooby-Doo franchise.
Scooby-Doo! Where Are You?
He first appeared in the Scooby-Doo! Where Are You? episode, Bedlam in the Big top. He was secretly portrayed by Harry the Hypnotist. He dressed up as the Ghost Clown, He was seeking revenge against the circus because he was sent to prison after he was caught stealing at the circus. In his revenge, he dressed up like a clown and hid in the shadows to terrorize the circus by sabotaging equipment. When Mystery Inc. became involved in the conspiracy, he began turning them into his mindless slaves with his hypnotic golden coin (brainwashing Scooby into walking on a tightrope, Daphne into dressing up like a ballerina and riding a unicycle nonstop, and Shaggy into lion taming). Fortunately, other members of gang snapped them out of their respective trances. After a plan to capture him in a cage backfires, Scooby and Shaggy decide to turn the tables on the clown by making him inadvertently hypnotize himself into acting like a chimpanzee. Afterward, he is unmasked, unhypnotized, and sent back to prison.
He was a common enemy in the 2005 videogame Scooby-Doo! Unmasked
Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who?
He was the second boss in the 2006 videogame Scooby-Doo! Who's Watching Who?
Scooby-Doo! Curse of The Lake Monster
He appeared in the 2010 live-action film Scooby-Doo! Curse of The Lake Monster.
Scooby-Doo! Mask of The Blue Falcon
He appeared in the 2013 film Scooby-Doo! Mask of The Blue Falcon.
Scooby-Doo! And The Curse of The 13th Ghost
He recently appeared in the 2019 film Scooby-Doo! And The Curse of The 13th Ghost.
- The Ghost Clown was one of the first Scooby-Doo villains to actually attempt to kill one or all of the main characters.
- The Ghost Clown's final capture is quite possibly the most unique captures ever performed by Mystery Inc., Shaggy and Scooby trick him into hypnotizing himself.
- In 2008, a Ghost Clown action figure was released.
- In 2019, Hallmark released a Scooby-Doo Christmas ornament with The Ghost Clown, The Creeper and the Phantom Shadow.