The Tragic Clown (also known as Sunny the Tragic Clown) was first introduced in The Sims: Livin' Large as one of the newly featured NPCs (the others being the Grim Reaper, Genie, Servo and Santa Claus). He is also a pre-created, yet deceased, Sim featured in The Sims 3 who resided during his lifetime in the Sunset Valley neighborhood that ships with The Sims 3. This may be because his name is "Sunny," so a place where the sun sets would be an ideal resting place.
Life leading up to The Sims Edit
In The Sims, the Tragic Clown visits depressed Sims who own the "Tragic Clown" painting in order to cheer them up. However, it doesn't help because the Tragic Clown is also feeling miserable. For that reason, any tricks he attempts to do will fail, meaning he will probably make already depressed Sims even more depressed (e.g.: When he juggles, he hits himself with his bowling pins). He usually wanders around the house, crying and coughing. Although Sims can interact with him, the only interaction that makes them happier is insulting him. If players try to block his way with fences or walls, he'll create a magic hole and jump in to teleport. The Tragic Clown will remain at the player's house until the following is done.
- Set fire to the Tragic Clown painting.
- Selling the Tragic Clown painting.
- Calling the clown catchers to take him away (available on the phone when he visits your Sim).
- When the Sim is in a good mood.
When the Tragic Clown painting is burned or sold or when the Sims are in a good mood, the Tragic Clown will create a magic hole, jump in, and not return.
The Tragic Clown can also appear in Magic Town, with Makin' Magic; Downtown, with Hot Date; and on a Vacation Island lot, with Vacation. Generally, the only way to make him leave is to cheer up the Sim that is in a bad mood, but Vacation Director Kana will eventually shoo him from a Vacation Island lot. While in Magic Town, the Tragic Clown will ride on roller coasters and talk to the janitor.
In Downtown, the Tragic Clown will appear if there is a Burger Clown sign on the lot. According to the Prima Official Strategy Guide: "The Tragic Clown used to have an unmentionably close affiliation with Burger Clown Partnerships Incorporated, but that relationship was ended abruptly. The Tragic Clown has never fully recovered…."
Life leading up to The Sims 2 Edit
The Tragic Clown doesn't make an appearance in The Sims 2, but he is replaced with similar character: the Social Bunny, who has a similar objective. The Social Bunny visits Sims who have a low social need. Unlike the Tragic Clown, the Social Bunny is always successful in his mission, and just having him around raises the social need. The Social Bunny leaves when the social bar reaches the halfway point.
However, when looking closely at the milk carton used when preparing Macaroni and Cheese, there is a picture of the Tragic Clown on one side, suggesting that he is missing.
Life leading up to The Sims 3 Edit
Although Sunset Valley is a prequel to towns in The Sims, the Tragic Clown is already deceased and buried in the Pleasant Rest Graveyard. His tombstone (which can be found along the east side of the Pleasant Rest Graveyard) indicates that he drowned. For that reason, the color of his ghost is blue. His ghost can usually be spotted around the time when most other ghosts are already out. The fact that he drowned is very odd, as he has the Hydrophobic trait, and Sims with that trait don't typically die from drowning. This may imply an unusual cause of death, such as dying from crying, or developing this trait after his death, which is not possible in normal gameplay.
Another notable feature is his status as a ghost, as Sunset Valley is prequel to towns in The Sims. This may imply that he was already dead in the first game, which could explain his ability to come out of a painting. It is also possible that the Clown in Livin' Large is a relative (or son) of the original Tragic Clown in The Sims 3, or that he was resurrected with Ambrosia.
In Supernatural there's an elixir called the Origin of the Tragic Clown. Sims can throw this elixir at another, turning them into a temporary Tragic Clown for 2 days. They will have the appearance like the Tragic Clown, with clown face paint, top hat, and Tragic Clown's costume, but in variable design. Sims will get the "It's so Tragic" moodlet when they're around those with the elixir in effect. When using the LLAMA teleporter, there's also a chance to turn Sims into Tragic Clown for 2 days.
This Sim can be resurrected with ambrosia or with the Oh My Ghost! opportunity.
See Resurrecting tips.
The appearance of the Tragic Clown in The Sims 3 is quite different from his appearance in The Sims. He looks more realistic, friendly, and colorful. His clothing consists of a light green shirt with a gray waistcoat and colorful pants. He also wears a black and white hat. He still has his signature clown makeup, but without the white base. The color of his hair is no longer red, but blonde. His eyes are dark blue. Although it seems that he has short hair, he actually has long hair, which is revealed when he wears sleepwear, athletic and swimwear clothes.
The Tragic Clown's traits are Easily Impressed, Bookworm, Neat, Clumsy and Hydrophobic. Strangely, he doesn't have any favorite things but his lifetime wish to become a "World-Renowned Surgeon." Judging by his traits, his personality is the exact opposite of a typical clown.
If Tragic Clown is resurrected with the Oh my Ghost! Opportunity, he will become a playable Ghost, and can have his clothing changed with a dresser; he will then appear on Create-A-Sim (only with the option to change clothing), while he is on this, he will be a normal sim. With the World Adventures patch, his eyes will not be shown, and his hair will be a ghostly white.
Appearances in other games Edit
Trivia & Easter eggs Edit
- Clown Catchers: Maxis included a downloadable service called the "Clown Catchers," which, when rung up, would come around and remove the Tragic Clown from the house. After they catch him, they also take the "Tragic Clown painting" to ensure he does not come back.
- Tragic Clownfish: There is a funny-looking fish called "Tragic Clownfish" in The Sims 3. Catching it is a main objective of one of the fishing opportunities.
- Milk: A photo of the Tragic Clown can be seen on the milk cartons in The Sims 3, possibly indicating that he is missing. He seems to have replaced the picture of Bella Goth in The Sims 2.
- Ironic Clown by Angelo In the Sims 3 store, in the set Dawn of Sims, there is an item called Ironic Clown by Angelo, which appears to be a picture of the Tragic Clown.
- Grocery Basket: His face as it appears in The Sims can be seen on a box in the basket of groceries in The Sims 2.
- Announcement Trailer: In the announcement trailer for The Sims 3 Pets, a sim that looks like Tragic Clown is seen falling off a horse.
- Ghost: In The Sims 3, The Tragic Clown is deceased. Since The Sims 3 is a prequel to The Sims, this could hint that he may be a ghost that is trying to haunt Sims.
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