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It's been years since I've watched the series, but wouldn't Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex be in the running for this quote? What with the Laughing Man's mantra that shows up on his logo and all: "I thought what I'd do is I'd become one of those deaf-mutes." I haven't seen the show in four or five years and all I have to remind me of it is a coffee mug with the Laughing Man on it... I seem to remember the Laughing Man not necessarily being crazy, just... anarchistic.


((Were Josh Peck Prince)): I dare you to click on this link: http://wraithxxvii.deviantart.com/art/Slumber-65938962. I did. And I had several Jay Leno nightmares afterwards, now I think Jay is going to get me. Normally i'm a huge fan of his but that story creeped the hell out of me. Can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me, can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me. Can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me, can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me.Can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me, can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me. Can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me, can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me. Can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me, can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me. Can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me, can't sleep, Jay Leno will get me. You've gotta believe me, Jay is nothing but ultimate evil, he wants to be the most dominant being on the planet and he'll destroy us all to make it happen! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all!(To the chef) I'll take the chicken. Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all! Destroy us all!


Removed "Dental plan! Lisa needs braces!" from The Simpsons example, as that mantra isn't a case of madness. Rather, it's a case of stupidity, in that Homer recalls two statements by Lenny and Marge but has difficulty putting them together and drawing an obvious conclusion.

Deadbeatloser22: I swear that used to have it's own trope...


Ununnilium:

It's not repeated more than once a scene until the last one, and at that point, it's not mad, it's triumphant.

None of these are mantras, because they're not spoken over and over in a row.

  • In A Wrinkle in Time, when the protagonists are trying to prevent falling under IT's telepathic sway, they try chanting things. The multiplication table is too rhythmic, so they resort to the digits in the square root of 5. (2.236067977...)

This is more a Survival Mantra.

  • "Yet here's a spot. Out, damned spot! One; two: why, then 'tis time to do't. Hell is murky. Fie, my lord, fie, a soldier, and afear'd? What need we fear who knows it, when none can call our pow'r to accompt? Yet who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him?"

...so what's being repeated?

  • Portal has its Ear Worm, the cake is a lie, as well as the various things that the mechanical eyes ask/tell/explain to you. The recited recipe for a kind of cake from the blue one and the innocent questions from the yellow one both qualify.
    • Does the cake is a lie count as an Ear Worm if it's never actually said?

the cake is a lie qualifies, but the eyes don't; they're not insane (okay, that's arguable, but they're not saying it because of insanity). Editing up.

Come on. u.u

Another non-madness example. Just Billy being overdramatic.

  • More of an Absolute Panic mantra, but the princess in A Bug's Life assertion that "They come, they eat, they leave, they come, they eat, they leave, they come, they eat, they leave..." certainly counts.

Then it's not an example.

  • Due to its extreme Earworm status, the refrain from Colbie Caillat's "Bubbly" would make a fine one of these. The first two lines, in particular, could easily adorn a Room Full of Crazy.

Well, yeah, but if we get to suggesting stuff that would make good examples, we'll be here all day.

Also, moving some examples to TroperTales.Madness Mantra