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13th Jun '16 8:42:57 PM ToApeiron
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* In the Philip Jose Farmer short story "The House of Asterion", ''the freaking Minotaur'' is made into one. This is somewhat justified as he has spent much of his life alone in the Labyrinth.

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* In the Philip Jose Farmer Jorge Luis Borges short story "The House of Asterion", ''the freaking Minotaur'' is made into one. This is somewhat justified as he has spent much of his life alone in the Labyrinth.
13th Mar '16 9:27:47 PM PaulA
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* An example that helped define this trope is Creator/JamesThurber's 1939 short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty". The titular hero is a mild, unassuming man who's prone to spinning off into elaborate heroic fantasies at the slightest real-life suggestion.

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* An example that helped define this trope is Creator/JamesThurber's 1939 short story "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty"."Literature/TheSecretLifeOfWalterMitty". The titular hero is a mild, unassuming man who's prone to spinning off into elaborate heroic fantasies at the slightest real-life suggestion.
29th Dec '15 7:50:00 AM JustTroper
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\n* 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.



%%* Marianne Engel from ''Literature/TheGargoyle'' by Andrew Davis.

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%%* * Marianne Engel from ''Literature/TheGargoyle'' by Andrew Davis.Davis mixes this with TheOphelia. Even if her stories about her and the narrator's past life are true and not delusional, she still has a lot of quirks (including talking to herself in Latin, etc.)
18th Sep '15 8:53:32 AM Couran
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** Dumbledore comes across as incredibly strange in his thought patterns and interests. During the Welcoming Feast in Harry's first year, his opening remarks were "Oddment. Blubber. Tweak." When Harry hesitantly asked a fellow student about the Headmaster, Percy confirmed that he was brilliant, but a little mad. And according to the man himself, when he looks into the Mirror of Erised, which shows you your heart's deepest desire he saw himself holding warm spoken socks. Though, Harry also stated that he was probably lying as it was a very personal question.

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** Dumbledore comes across as incredibly strange in his thought patterns and interests. During the Welcoming Feast in Harry's first year, his opening remarks were "Oddment."Nitwit. Oddment. Blubber. Tweak." When Harry hesitantly asked a fellow student about the Headmaster, Percy confirmed that he was brilliant, but a little mad. And according to the man himself, when he looks into the Mirror of Erised, which shows you your heart's deepest desire he saw himself holding warm spoken socks. Though, Harry also stated though the final book very heavily implies that he was probably lying saw the same thing as it was a very personal question.Harry, the family he lost.
4th Aug '15 7:02:46 PM Adept
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* Angela of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' comes out with random non sequiturs frequently. In her spare time, she tries to [[FrogsAndToads prove that toads don't exist.]] Even when she's HOLDING ONE. This may lead to a MindScrew, she and the main characters get into a discussion about how the toad she's holding is actually a frog...excuse me, my brain hurts...

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* Angela of the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' comes out with random non sequiturs frequently. In her spare time, she tries to [[FrogsAndToads prove that toads don't exist.]] exist. Even when she's HOLDING ONE. This may lead to a MindScrew, she and the main characters get into a discussion about how the toad she's holding is actually a frog...excuse me, my brain hurts...
12th Jun '15 2:18:18 AM Redfern
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* Dom in ''Literature/TheGiddyDeathOfTheGaysAndTheStrangeDemiseOfStraights'' fits the trope. His narrative rambles and goes on some extreme tangents.
22nd Feb '15 4:40:49 PM TheLyniezian
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*** Who is totally upstaged by Madeline Bassett, a girl who he has the misfortune of being occasionally engaged to, and who comes out with bizarre statements about the stars being "God's daisy chain" and such.




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* Leelee in ''Literature/TheGenesisOfJennyEverywhere'' is a borderline case; not terribly bright or imaginative, but lives her life with no apparent sense of routine or even logic- one day turning up to school early because the lesson first period might have sounded interesting, the next bunking off and riding around random places, such as to the local park to scare the ducks (apparently her favourite pastime when not hanging round with Jenny). Lampshaded by the resident AlphaBitch who is Jenny's main antagonist at school.
21st Feb '15 10:57:45 AM Gowan
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* ''Literature/DragonBones'': Ward's mother moved to CloudCuckooland eventually, to escape her husband's abuse. She did it deliberately to some extent, by ingesting herbs that affect the brain, but seems to be a natural CloudCuckoolander when the story starts - she never is quite there, and "only hears what she wants to hear". Ward followed her example and [[ObfuscatingStupidity faked brain damage]] after a particularly violent beating from his father that made him unable to talk for some time. This, naturally, comes back to bite him when his father dies and he is deemed too stupid to inherit the castle and surrounding land.
8th Dec '14 3:26:51 PM TheUnknownUploader
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%%* Just about anyone in ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' besides Eeyore. Kanga's a bit more stable, too, if a little overprotective.

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%%* * Just about anyone in ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'' besides Eeyore. [[TheEeyore Eeyore.]] Kanga's a bit more stable, too, if a little overprotective.



%%** Zaphod Beeblebrox

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%%** Zaphod Beeblebrox** [[{{Jerkass}} Ford Prefect]] seems like one of these on Earth, staring into the skies looking for green flying saucers and laughing at astrophysicists, and telling everyone that a particular Thursday is TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. When they leave Earth and [[UnfazedEveryman Arthur]] finds out he's an alien, these habits start to make sense. But Ford continues to be a Cloud Cuckoolander with his main goal in life being to get drunk and dance with girls, and trying to get out of saving the universe by claiming he had a doctor's note.
29th Nov '14 8:03:07 PM hujwernoo
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* By the same author, [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] has his spacey moments, especially when he's concussed, drugged, and/or in pain.
** An especially egregious example in ''Cold Days'', when he muses to himself on the 'swing a cat' saying. He then turns to Thomas and asks out loud where that expression came from, without explaining what expression he's referring to.
** Don't forget: "DON'T MESS WITH A WIZARD WHILE HE'S WIZARDING! NOW GO GET ME A STUFFED ANIMAL!"
** He comes off much, much more of one to those who are LockedOutOfTheLoop of the supernatural world, what with the whole claiming-to-be-a-wizard thing and all.
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