I don’t know if it’s his dead gaze, his shiny plastic curls or his freakishly straight, white teeth, all I do know is he is the stuff of nightmares.
In fact, give me Ronald McDonald any day and I just don’t do clowns, people.
I’m also not really fond of the Pillsbury Dough Thing or the Downy Snuggle Monster. Both are probably planning to kill me as I type this. They look and sound cute, but I suspect they most likely have brute strength and can tilt their heads back until several rows of sharp teeth appear in their gaping maws. I am not fooled by the adorable laughs, guys, not fooled at all.
The king, the bear and the dough boy are all examples of perfectly benign characters that scare the spit out of my mouth. It got me to wondering about all those characters created especially for kids that seem to be employed by the Devil himself.
I find that the cheerier a character is, the more joviality is forced upon you, the more frightening the character. That’s why clowns are so horrifying. What’s going on there behind the raucous laughter and the painted on smile, sad boy? Still, the grouchy characters can inspire fear as well although I tend to not be as frightened by the grumps as much as the insanely happy characters.
And then there are the Teletubbies, in a class all their own. Not happy, not sad, more like the walking dead. Tell me, do you agree with the fifteen unintentionally scary characters for children below? Did I miss someone?
You can also find Monica on her personal blog, The Girl Who.
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