I am Freakshow; Ringmaster of the Circus Gothica, where your nightmares come to life!
~ Freakshow of the Circus Gothica.
Cross over to the dark side!
~ Freakshow saying the [in]famous motto of the Circus Gothica.
The Circus Gothika is an evil circus group run by their villainous ringmaster Freakshow and an antagonistic faction in the Danny Phantom series. They first appeared in the episode "Control Freaks" alongside their ringmaster and leader Freak Show and his sidekick Lydia.
Freakshow first appeared in the episode "Control Freaks", where he opens a circus called the Circus Gothica in Amity Park. The performers in the circus are actually ghosts that are on a crime spree, held under Freakshow's command by a special scepter which is his very own prized possession and main weapon. It is so powerful that even a picture of the staff makes a ghost weak and willing to do the bearer's bidding.
Danny Fenton accidentally catches sight of the staff when he sees an ad for the Circus Gothica and ends up in Freakshow's command, stealing money for him and becoming a performer in his circus. He is saved by his friend Sam Manson, who manages to return him to the hero he truly is. Danny subsequently rescues Sam, destroying the staff in the process. Following the staff's destruction, Danny and most of the formerly controlled ghosts (except Lydia, the tattoo ghost lady) confront Freakshow, trapping him in his own stolen goods until the police can arrest him.