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The Clown with the Tear-Away Face is one of the minor protagonists in Tim Burton's 1993 stop-motion Disney film The Nightmare Before Christmas.


He is an obese clown who can tear his face off. He normally wears a polka dot suit and a beanie with a propeller. He wears a red and orange propeller beanie, and has blue skin and lips, yellow eyes, a big red nose, and incredibly sharp teeth. The clown also wears a yellow and grey polka dotted shirt with orange and maroon striped sleeves and shorts. He wears a utility belt with a silver star buckle, holding a rubber chicken, a yo-yo, a whoopie cushion, and more things for practical joking. His unicycle is silver and his gigantic shoes are brown.


He appears to act quite jolly and demented and enjoys taking part in Halloween Town's events.


The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Clown with the Tear-Away Face is a fat clown who rides a unicycle and can tear off his face to reveal complete darkness and disappear into a puff of smoke. When his face is on, he speaks in a high voice. But when his face is off, he speaks in a deep, booming voice.

Video Game Appearances

The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King

The Clown with the Tear-Away Face appears in the game and rewards Jack with the Pumpkin Bomb, the final weapon of the game.

The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge

He also appears in Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge where Jack finds him the sewers upon his return. The Clown then unlocks the gate so that Jack could proceed to the graveyard. In the residential areas, the Clown's unicycle was out of control causing Jack to use one of Dr. Finklestein's inventions to stop the unicycle. He is voiced by Danny Elfman in the movie and by Dee Bradley Baker in the video game spin-off.