The Circus of Crime is a fictional villain organization in the Marvel Comics universe.
Originally a spy organization employed by the Nazis during World War II, Tiboldt's Circus was a traveling circus led by Maynard Tiboldt, the Ringmaster, and he and his performers would use their special skills and talents to rob their audiences.
The Circus first came to the authorities' attention when they carried out a series of robberies of small towns using the Ringmaster's skill in hypnotism to mesmerize entire towns. Regrettably for the Circus, Rick Jones was one of the victims of their capers, and his involvement led to the involvement of the Hulk. He resisted the Ringmaster's hypnotism, leading to the Circus' arrest. After a brief stretch in prison, the Circus visited New York City, where they battled both Spider-Man and Daredevil. The Circus' core members later briefly operated as the Masters of Menace after throwing the Ringmaster off the team.
The Circus of Crime established themselves as recurrent antagonists in several Marvel Comics series, where they briefly attempted to recruit Hawkeye, Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch into their ranks when the team had been disbanded (Avengers #22), hypnotized Thor into assisting with one of their schemes while he was stripped of most of his powers, attempted to sabotage the Wasp and Yellowjacket's wedding, and battled against Daredevil and Power Man. They later fought Power Pack, the Thunderbolts and Generation X.
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