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Villain Overview

~ Tricky's most famous quote.
~ Tricky screaming/roaring upon his return in Madness Combat 11.

Dr. Hofnarr, now currently and more famously known as Tricky the Clown, is the secondary antagonist of the Madness Combat flash series and Hank J. Wimbleton's nemesis. He was an Agency Against Hank Wimbleton member and an assassin under the Sheriff before being revived as a zombie by the Improbability Drive and leaving to pursue Hank on his own.


He serves as the main antagonist of Madness Combat 4: Apotheosis, Madness Combat 5: Depredation, Madness Combat 6: Antipathy, Madness Combat 7: Consternation, Madness Combat 5.5 and Madness Combat 11: Expurgation.

In other entries, he's a minor antagonist in Madness Combat 2: Redeemer and Madness Combat 6.5, the secondary antagonist of Madness Combat 3: Avenger and Madness Combat 9.5, a posthumous antagonist in Madness Combat 8: Inundation and Madness Combat 9: Aggregation, the final antagonist of Madness Combat 10: Abrogation and an unseen antagonist in Madness Combat 7.5.

He also appeared as the titular main antagonist of The Tricky mod, a mod for Friday Night Funkin'. Despite being a mod for a completely different game, the creator of the Madness Combat series confirmed it's canon to the events of the series.


Madness Combat 2

Tricky's initial appearance.

Tricky made his first appearance as one of the many henchmen working for the Sheriff trying to kill off Hank, the main protagonist. He attempted to kill Hank with a M16, but he was killed when his own weapon was turned against him.

Madness Combat 3

Tricky became a prominent character and he attacked Hank on a jet pack. However, he was killed when he was impaled on a warning sign. An unknown source revived Tricky as a zombie, this time wielding the warning sign (which would become his iconic weapon). However, Hank killed him off again.

Madness Combat 4

Tricky as a DJ.

After donning a metal mask to hide his zombie features, Tricky became a DJ at Club M under the alias "DJTrickyM". However, Hank found his way into the dance hall, where he found many grunts dancing and Tricky acting as a DJ. He shot the clown in the face, knocking him behind the turntable, but the clown quickly recovered and made a gesture meant to say "You're going down!"

Tricky held at sword point by Hank.

The grunts immediately attacked Hank, but he slaughtered them and held Tricky at sword point. Though he at first held up his hands in surrender, suddenly Jesus entered the room with a zombie 1337 agent. Jesus then brought back all the slain enemies as zombies, but Hank fought his way through them and had a quick confrontation with Jesus, ending in both their deaths. Tricky found himself the last person standing in Club M, but shrugged his shoulders, began playing a remix of the Chicken Dance, and danced alone.

Madness Combat 5

Tricky was later contracted by the Auditor to kill Hank and Jesus.

When Jesus and Hank were fighting in the bottom of the valley, Tricky's warning sign popped out of the ground and began moving around, creating fissures. First a bunch of 1337 agents that Hank had killed earlier climbed out, but they were killed quickly. Tricky attempted to climb out himself, but he was shot in the face, dropping him back in. Jesus and Hank resumed their battle, but suddenly reality became compromised and Tricky burst out of the fissure, attacking the two wildly with an unrealistic amount of increased speed and strength.

Hank was knocked out of the valley where he received a sword and soon found himself confronted by Tricky, who was holding the top half of Jesus's head. The two battled and the zombie clown got the top half of his head chopped off. Hank stopped to rest for a moment, but Tricky suddenly sprang back to life and ripped off his head and slammed it into the ground. Having killed both Hank and Jesus, Tricky turns over to the screen and smiles while doing the peace sign with his hands, declaring his victory against Hank and Jesus.

Madness Combat 5.5

Tricky about to throw away Jesus' head away after realizing it was defective.

Tricky appeared trying to replace the missing part of his head with that of Jesus', possibly in an attempt to gain his powers. He loudly declared "THIS DOES NOT WORK!" and threw it away, then caught up with Sanford and Deimos and fought them until they fell outside. Tricky proceeded to start driving a train.

Madness Combat 6

Tricky with a conductor hat.

Hank woke up revived and found a gun, a knife, and a note from Tricky, taunting him to find him. Upon arriving at the Improbability Drive, he found the button taped down and another teasing note from Tricky. Out of nowhere a train burst through the building with Tricky driving it. Hank began fighting his way through the train and eventually found his way to the cabin, where he confronted the zombie clown. At that moment, the runaway train leaped over a gorge and crash landed on the other side. Tricky emerged from the wreckage and he and Hank engaged in battle again, with the clown emerging victorious after he stabbed his foe through the neck. However, Tricky immediately resurrected Hank, leaving him punching blindly into thin air, while the Higher Powers dropped a building between the two fighters, briefly separating them.

Tricky being brought down by Hank.

After Hank fought his way through the building, he found Tricky ordering a hot dog from a vendor. Using this distraction to his advantage, he stabbed Tricky in the face, shot him a few times and threw him over the cliff. However, the Improbability Drive immediately took further effect, and the clown remerged, now as a powerful flaming demon.

Madness Combat 6.5

Tricky telling the Auditor that he quits, spamming him with "You can't stop me!".

Tricky made a brief appearance when he sent the Auditor a message saying that he would do as he pleased, then spams him with he couldn't be stopped, much to the Auditor's anger.

Madness Combat 7

Demon Tricky looming over Hank.

Tricky and Hank seemed to have had a very short battle since Hank was left partially crushed on the bottom of the gorge. The demon clown leapt down and smashed, burnt, and chewed on him and demanded that Hank get up and fight, since his performance was insufficient and he had not suffered enough. He refused but found himself revived anyway by some unknown source (possibly the Improbability Drive or the Auditor). Angry to be alive again, Hank battled Tricky only to be constantly overpowered by him. After the chase found its way into an elevator shaft, Hank managed to get his hands on a shotgun weapon that he used to fire a round into Tricky's head. It was revealed that there was a Portable Improbability Drive in the demon clown's head and that the shot damaged it. However, this did not stop him and Hank was forced to run from Tricky, while the drive made the clown's brain stronger.

Demon Tricky fighting Hank.

Later, after Hank killed some 1337 agents with a chainsaw, their bodies suddenly liquified and were absorbed into a vent. Tricky emerged from this vent, now roughly Hank's size and the two recommenced their battle. However, the demon clown still held the advantage and tossed his nemesis through the wall where a 1337 agent and two A.T.P. Agents were working on the Portable Improbability Drive. Suddenly Jesus appeared and killed the two agents, then impaled Hank with his sword saying "Good Night Hank". Tricky appeared and screamed at Jesus for stealing his kill.

Jesus slaying Tricky.

Jesus shot Hank with his revolver and then destroyed the Portable Improbability Drive, reverting the clown to his normal zombified form and taking away his powers. Now without his invincibility, Tricky was stabbed in the face by Jesus, finally destroying him.

Madness Combat 10

Tricky being absorbed by the Auditor.

As the Auditor was being overwhelmed by Hank in their final battle, he began absorbing more and more dead bodies to get bigger and stronger. However, he accidentally absorbed Tricky's body, a fatal mistake. The minute that the clown's body made contact with the Auditor, white flames started to come out of his back. Tricky's consciousness resurfaced as the Auditor grew unstable, saying "HELLO AGAIN!" Realizing what had happened, the Auditor said "NO! NO! NO!" but Tricky just said "YES! YES! YES!" A large energy bolt burst out of the ground, lifting the Auditor into the air and causing him to explode into black smoke.

Madness Combat 11

Tricky's new skeletal form.

The explosion results in Tricky's resurrection, the theft of the halo and the Auditor's powers, and the unholy fusion between the two reality-warpers begins creating black pools that spawn dark and skeletal grunt-like creatures to go after Hank and Sanford. After the two kill all of the grunts, the abomination reveals its true form as a skeletal version of Tricky's demon form and screams "HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANK!" Hank attacks the demonic clown by repeatedly punching it with his crustacean-like right arm, but Tricky retaliates by punching Hank back and tearing off his right arm before sending him and Sanford to a purgatory-like dimension.

Inside the dimension, Hank and Sanford are confronted by one of the shadowy skeletal grunts from before, only resembling Tricky and with the Halo atop its head. Tricky summons several A.A.H.W. units to attack Sanford and Hank, but the pair manages to fend all of them off as Tricky summons a stop sign and retreats through a black pool.

Tricky later appears to attempt to kill Sanford as he is killing more A.A.H.W. units, but Sanford injures it by shooting at him and stabbing him through the head with a L337 sword, forcing it to retreat to recover. As Sanford makes his way through the buildings Tricky summoned he is confronted by more skeletal grunts that look like Tricky, only without the Halo.

After fighting his way through them, Sanford comes across the Tricky grunt with the Halo and attacks it, only for Tricky to respond by summoning more lookalike grunts to attack him. After Sanford kills all of them, Tricky sneaks up on him from behind and knocks him over to another floating platform that connects sideways via chains to another series of platforms leading towards a pillar of light.

Tricky then attempts to shoot Sanford but Hank comes up on him from behind and attacks him, snatching his rifle away from him before shooting him with it. Tricky's body is bisected by the shots from the rifle before its halo falls off and it falls off the platform. Hank then reaches for the Halo, but another Tricky body obtains it first and punches Hank over to where Sanford is before rotating the platform they are standing on so it tilts sideways, causing them to stand upward on what was previously a sideways platform. Stronger Tricky grunts then begin spawning from the ground to attack Hank and Sanford, but the duo fights them all off.

The two eventually reach the light pillar, where Tricky is now being attacked by his own minions. The Tricky grunt is then punched by Hank into the light pillar. This triggers an explosion from inside Tricky which kills him. Black pools begin to seep from his dead skeletal frame from which the corpses of Hank and Sanford emerge. The Auditor then bursts out of Tricky and takes back the halo, revealing himself to have played both Hank and Tricky into killing each other.

Madness: Project Nexus

In arena mode, Tricky is a mercenary that can be hired at level twenty. He is missing his mask and is the only character in the game that twitches. Although his trademark mask, the "Iron Slab" can be purchased in the gear shop, it cannot be equipped to Tricky.

Tricky appears in Episode 1.5 in story mode as Dr. Hoffnar, a Nexus scientist who assists Dr. Christoff in his goals of taking down Project Nexus. It is never shown on screen how he becomes the zombified clown, Tricky.

Madness: Project Nexus 2

Tricky fighting against the Nexus Agents.

In their search for Dr. Hofnarr, Dr. Christoff and Hank find what become of Christoff's old colleague. Initially, Tricky has no intentions of aiding the duo and instead insists on killing them for his own amusement. Eventually, he tires and decides to kill them with an unescapable laser trap before being interrupted by Nexus Core agents who call for reinforcements when they realize Christoff is present. Enraged that somebody would dare steal his kills, he engages the Nexus Agents and reluctantly agrees to show the duo a secret passage to the Science Tower.

Interestingly, his mask features none of the damage from Madness Combat 4: Apotheosis and onwards, along with the rest of his body.

Powers and Abilities

Though Tricky can use many forms of firearms similar to the way that Hank does, he seems to prefer melee weapons, namely his warning sign. He has great hand-to-hand combat skills and can jump at great speeds and utilize speedy dashes by warping his body. Tricky is also able to revive himself and others through the Improbability Drive and each time he is killed, he grows stronger. In his demon form, he can breath fire, change his size, disintegrate people, and can attack with his sharp claws and teeth and gains great physical strength.


~ Tricky after coming back once again.
~ Tricky after arguing with Hank and Christoff in Madness: Project Nexus 2.

Audio Samples

  • Tricky's laugh in Madness Combat 11.


  • There seems to be something special about Tricky since he benefits from the Improbability Drive's effects while Hank and Jesus only meet resistance from it.
  • Without the Improbability Drive, he seems to be rather weak as evidenced by his quick defeat in Madness Combat 7.
    • This is supported by the fact that he was always quickly defeated in Episodes 2 and 3.
  • There a number of theories as to what caused Tricky to destroy the Auditor. After being absorbed, he may have lowered the Auditor's defenses to make him vulnerable to the energies of the Normality Restoration. Tricky's energy may have also have changed after he fell out of the Auditor's employ or it was his rebellious and strong mind that let him overpower the Auditor.
  • Tricky's demon form in The Tricky Mod is one of the largest opponents in all of Friday Night Funkin' mods.
  • After his appearance as a Friday Night Funkin' mod, Tricky skyrocketed in popularity and spawned a lot of memes alongside it. One of those is "Tiky", an intentional misspelling of the name, as a nod to the Among Us meme "Amogus". Around twenty seconds into "Expurgation", Tricky can be actually heard saying "Tiky".


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Hank J. Wimbleton

Agency Against Hank Wimbleton
The Auditor | Jesus | Tricky the Clown | Sheriff | Grunts | 1337 Crew | A.T.P. Engineers | A.T.P. Soldats | Mag Agents | Retainer | Zombies | Skeletons

Project Nexus
Phobos | G03LM | Zombies | Abominations | Riot Guards | Sleepwalker Patients

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Dad 'n Me
Dad 'n Me | Sunchips | Wilbur

Hobo | Inmates | Aliens | Hobo's Clones | Satan | Demons

Newgrounds Rumble
Convict | Hank | Grunt | Piconjo

Kognor | Priest | Radiel the Necromancer | Undead Giant | Undead King

Badly Drawn Dawg | Cancer Cells | Phlovomites

Salad Fingers
Dr. Papanak | Glass Brother | Glass Mother

Madness Combat
Hank J. Wimbleton | Agency Against Hank Wimbleton | The Auditor | Tricky the Clown | Jesus

Goth Punks (Alucard, Casandra, Cyclops, Hanzou) | Bear | Convict | Piconjo | Uberkids

Riddle School
Diz | Viz | Quiz | Mr. Munch

Alonzo | Cubi | Kamikaze | Pyro Guy | Zombies

Friday Night Funkin'
Daddy Dearest | The Monster | Mommy Mearest | The Spirit

Thugmens | Henchmens | Bad Captain | Tim | Skittles

Alien Assassin | BlockHead | Combat Teams | Dad | The Father | Skull Kid | Thugs | Vortigon | Worker | Zombies

See Also
David Firth's Villains | Castle Crashers Villains | Madness Combat Villains | Henry Stickmin Villains | Sky 9 Villains

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