The Devil Fire Breather
General Information
Real name: Unidentified
Aliases: Fire Clown
Alignment: Bad
Affiliation: The Penguin (Boss)
Characteristics: Gender - Male
Hair –
Eyes -
Portrayed by: John Strong
Appearances: Batman Returns

The Devil Fire Breather was a thug who worked for The Penguin, as a member of the Red Triangle Circus Gang.


The Devil Fire Breather used his trick fire-starting skills to terrorize the citizens of Gotham City as the Penguin set the Red Triangle Gang loose in Gotham Plaza. He burned some buildings and a few people when Batman, who was in the Batmobile, drove up. After he unsuccessfully tried to torch the Batmobile and unsuccessfully tried to set Batman on fire, the Devil Fire Breather got a taste of his own medicine when the Batmobile turned its rear flame on him, and drove away, which allowed Batman to set the Devil Fire Breather on fire.

It was not clear if the Devil Fire Breather died from his burns or was arrested.

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • The Devil Fire Breather was played by circus performer John Strong, who also played The Sword Swallower in the Red Triangle Gang.
  • The Devil Fire Breather appeared in the SNES video game adaptation of Batman Returns under the name Fire Clown. If the player avoided his fire attacks, it was likely that the attack would harm the other Red Triangle Gang members instead of Batman.

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