I'm writing about a creature who's near godlike, has a twisted sense of humor, and can basically take any shape he desires, but usually rotates between an anthropomorphic red panda, a bunch of glowing pixels and a totally awesome combat body, that constantly shifts its shape. My fear is what if the reader gets to page x, laughs out loud and drops it because of the events are too much for his willing suspension of disbelief?
In case it isn't obvious, my main character is basically Pennywise from IT, but instead of slaughtering toddlers, he just tells badly timed holocaust jokes among many other Earth references.
Pennywise should not be taken seriously by anyone, yet no one laughs out loud when It's on the screen, despite the fact that:
- He outlived the dinosaurs and Princess Diana, but somehow the Losers' Club managed to defeat It.
- He can be defeated with anything, as long as you believe that it's capable of defeating Pennywise.
- Clowns aren't that scary (a mass shooting is scary), this leaves us no logical thing to work with, as there are no horror films about mass shooters.
So, somehow Stephen King has managed to make a completely ridiculous character that people still for some reason take seriously (there are also other links that showcase beings with the characteristics, described in the blue text, who aren't laughable or disbelief-suspension breaking).
So, (if there's any general technique for it) how can I achieve this "Pennywise effect" for my characters?