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15th May '17 4:35:46 AM WillBGood
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* Skippy, a juvenile [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfgard]] whos' brain 'skips' over certain aspects of life, in the series [[Literature/TheOthers]].

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* Skippy, a juvenile [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfgard]] whos' whose brain 'skips' over certain aspects of life, in the series [[Literature/TheOthers]].''Literature/TheOthers''.
24th Apr '17 1:06:27 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': Whitby was eccentric ''before'' his [[spoiler:unauthorized trip into Area X with the director]]. What he saw there didn't help his state of mind one bit. He drifts in and out of focus, voicing cryptic suggestions, and Control remarks how Whitby's theories make sense only on the surface but descend into outlandish fantasies upon a closer look.
29th Mar '17 9:50:52 AM KazutoAbridged
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* Skippy, a juvenile [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent Wolfgard]] whos' brain 'skips' over certain aspects of life, in the series [[Literature/TheOthers]].
25th Mar '17 4:24:07 PM JustTroper
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* Maia Fresia from Creator/UmbertoEco's ''Literature/NumeroZero'' is very much this, having some childlike mannerisms and a penchant for saying things that randomly pop into her head (one of her colleagues even speculates that she has "a mild form of autism"). Interestingly, she combines this with a great sense of humor and a sharp wit.

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* Maia Fresia from Creator/UmbertoEco's ''Literature/NumeroZero'' is very much this, having some childlike mannerisms and a penchant for saying things that randomly pop into her head (one of her colleagues even speculates that she has "a mild form of autism"). Interestingly, [[{{Cuckoosnarker}} she combines this with a great sense of humor and a sharp wit.wit]].
22nd Feb '17 4:26:00 PM Discar
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* The old man Lift meets in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' is spending his free time sitting on a bench, interrupting random people in the street and asking them which body parts they are, treating any answer as absolutely honest. He claims he's trying to form world's ultimate philosophy. [[spoiler:With the reveal that he's actually a Hive Mind made up of dozens of insects specialized in functions of various body parts, this makes a bit more sense.]]

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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'':
** Shallan can come off as this when the scholarly side of her takes over, such as interrupting Adolin's boasts about his battles on the Shattered Plains to wonder how [[NobodyPoops he poops in Shardplate]].
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The old man Lift meets in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' is spending his free time sitting on a bench, interrupting random people in the street and asking them which body parts they are, treating any answer as absolutely honest. He claims he's trying to form world's ultimate philosophy. [[spoiler:With the reveal that he's actually a Hive Mind made up of dozens of insects specialized in functions of various body parts, this makes a bit more sense.]]
31st Jan '17 7:52:18 AM squeegee_joe
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* The etherealists in the steampunk series, ''Literature/TheCinderSpires''. (Yet another series by the author of ''Literature/CodexAlera'' and ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.) Apparently, being a conduit for etheric energies is not conducive to sanity.
---> ''Let me put it this way, sir. If you ever meet an etherealist who does not seem odd, you will have ample reason for caution. An etherealist who speaks to things that are not there and cannot track the day of the week is par for the course. One who is perfectly well dressed, calmly spoken, and inviting you to tea? That is someone to be feared.''
2nd Jan '17 5:36:50 AM Kakai
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* The old man Lift meets in ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' is spending his free time sitting on a bench, interrupting random people in the street and asking them which body parts they are, treating any answer as absolutely honest. He claims he's trying to form world's ultimate philosophy. [[spoiler:With the reveal that he's actually a Hive Mind made up of dozens of insects specialized in functions of various body parts, this makes a bit more sense.]]
20th Dec '16 11:08:13 PM Xtifr
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* Eilonwy from Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', who speaks in similes and metaphors, [[DoesNotLikeShoes walks around barefoot]], chatters airily and often argues with Taran, while still being a beautiful and sharp-witted girl who serves as a LoveInterest.

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* Eilonwy from Creator/LloydAlexander's ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain'', who speaks in similes and metaphors, [[DoesNotLikeShoes walks around barefoot]], chatters airily and often argues with Taran, while still being a beautiful and sharp-witted girl who serves as a LoveInterest.
27th Nov '16 11:51:19 PM DecadentMeerkat
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* The Mnomo in ''Literature/WisePhuul'' are an entire race of these.
10th Nov '16 7:19:57 PM Bassball_Batman
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* Anne Shirley of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' falls victim to this moderately, especially in the earlier books. She just really loves living her own little fantasy world, a world where everything is really, really romantic. She asks Marilla to call her "Cordelia" rather than Anne upon their first meeting, claiming it sounded better. It's to the point of hilarity, really. She gets herself into all sorts of scrapes as a result of having her head up in the clouds, including sinking her best friend's father's dory while re-enacting Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallot". She mellows out with age, but still retains her wild imagination.

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* Anne Shirley of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' falls victim to this moderately, especially in the earlier books. She just really loves living her own little fantasy world, a world where everything is really, really romantic. She asks Marilla to call her "Cordelia" rather than Anne upon their first meeting, claiming it sounded better. It's to the point of hilarity, really. She gets herself into all sorts of scrapes as a result of having her head up in the clouds, including sinking her best friend's father's dory while re-enacting Tennyson's "The Lady of Shallot". Shallot." She mellows out with age, but still retains her wild imagination.



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* Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}''. He fails to realize that the barren place in New Jersey, full of pine trees, is in fact the Pine Barrens of New Jersey (that he's come to see) until it's pointed out to him. In a wondrously hallucinatory sequence set in those very Pine Barrens, he sees "the world's globe, not the globe fleshed with continents and oceans but only its skeleton: a burst of meridians, curving backwards to cage an inner dome of orange flame" surrounded with "webs of cable and harnesses of electrical wiring ... vast, ramified snarls of ropes and piano-wires, cables and wires". Only when he reports this to his friends the next day as a ''dream'' of [[spoiler:a burning zeppelin]] do we fully realize that Waterhouse witnessed [[spoiler:the destruction of the ''Hindenberg'']].

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* Lawrence Pritchard Waterhouse, in Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/{{Cryptonomicon}}''. He fails to realize that the barren place in New Jersey, full of pine trees, is in fact the Pine Barrens of New Jersey (that he's come to see) until it's pointed out to him. In a wondrously hallucinatory sequence set in those very Pine Barrens, he sees "the world's globe, not the globe fleshed with continents and oceans but only its skeleton: a burst of meridians, curving backwards to cage an inner dome of orange flame" surrounded with "webs of cable and harnesses of electrical wiring ... vast, ramified snarls of ropes and piano-wires, cables and wires". wires." Only when he reports this to his friends the next day as a ''dream'' of [[spoiler:a burning zeppelin]] do we fully realize that Waterhouse witnessed [[spoiler:the destruction of the ''Hindenberg'']].



* Robert Marsh from ''Literature/DarknessVisible'', who was driven [[GoMadFromTheRevelation mad]] by the influence of Unreality. The same fate befalls about a third of [[LondonTown London's]] population before the book is done. Not that being insane stops Robbie from [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight contributing]] to the plot...

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* Robert Marsh from ''Literature/DarknessVisible'', who was driven [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven mad]] by the influence of Unreality. The same fate befalls about a third of [[LondonTown London's]] population before the book is done. Not that being insane stops Robbie from [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight contributing]] to the plot...



* The Bursar from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is something of a Cloudcuckoolander. Since the overbearing Mustrum Ridcully took office as Archancellor of Unseen University and the various weird things that happened since then (including the movies-influenced invasion of Things from the Dungeon Dimension in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' and the incident with Windle Poons becoming a zombie in ''Discworld/ReaperMan''), the Bursar's nerves have been worn threadbare, and given him a tendency to do and [[TalkativeLoon say odd things]] under pressure. Thankfully, [[GeniusDitz his skill with numbers remains]] no matter how detached from reality he gets, and with a steady diet of dried frog pills, he consistently hallucinates that he is sane (just like everyone else...) and is able to function reasonably well. Though he still sometimes thinks he can fly, and him being a wizard, gravity isn't about to say otherwise.

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* The Bursar from ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is something of a Cloudcuckoolander.Cloud Cuckoolander. Since the overbearing Mustrum Ridcully took office as Archancellor of Unseen University and the various weird things that happened since then (including the movies-influenced invasion of Things from the Dungeon Dimension in ''Discworld/MovingPictures'' and the incident with Windle Poons becoming a zombie in ''Discworld/ReaperMan''), the Bursar's nerves have been worn threadbare, and given him a tendency to do and [[TalkativeLoon say odd things]] under pressure. Thankfully, [[GeniusDitz his skill with numbers remains]] no matter how detached from reality he gets, and with a steady diet of dried frog pills, he consistently hallucinates that he is sane (just like everyone else...) and is able to function reasonably well. Though he still sometimes thinks he can fly, and him being a wizard, gravity isn't about to say otherwise.
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