This article is about the original incarnation of the Ghost Clown from the Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! episode Bedlam in the Big Top. For other incarnations, see Ghost Clown (disambiguation).
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The Ghost Clown was the disguise of Harry the Hypnotist, who vowed revenge against Mr. Barnstorm's circus, after Mr. Barnstorm had sent him to prison for stealing.

Physical appearance

The Ghost Clown has the appearance of a stereotypical clown; a silly costume, and white make up on his face with a red nose and smile. What separates him from a normal clown, is the evil grin on his face and his black eyeshadow.


The Ghost Clown thought he was in complete control. He liked to tell grim jokes; when for example Scooby-Doo was hanging in the air on a pair of balloons, the Ghost Clown said, "All what goes up, must come down". Usually such sentences were followed by an evil laugh. The Ghost Clown always tried to stay one step ahead of the gang.

Powers and abilities

The Ghost Clown had superb expertise in hypnotism, and with a gold coin hanging from a piece of string, could gain complete control over several members of the gang, including Daphne Blake and Shaggy Rogers in dangerous acts and environments. The Ghost Clown seemed to be popping up all over the circus, and he had a lot of nasty objects (like dart arrows) in his pockets.


Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!

Season one

Harry the Hypnotist

Harry the Hypnotist unmasked.

During the gang's invesigation of the cirucs, the Ghost Clown hypnotized Scooby-Doo to do the high wire act, Daphne to use a unicycle, and Shaggy to whip the lions, respectively. The gang soon attempted to trap him but they trapped a balloon copy of him instead.

Through a different plan, Shaggy and Scooby went to find him instead. When the Clown finds them, he tries to hypnotize them again, but Shaggy and Scooby used two mirrors to deflect his powers and prevent themselves from being hypnotized, causing the Ghost Clown to hypnotize himself into a chimpanzee. After this he became rather fond of bananas. He was then restrained in a cage and unmasked as Harry the Hypnotist.

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost

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Scooby-Doo (DC Comics)

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