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4th Jan '16 1:15:44 PM fruitstripegum
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2nd Nov '15 7:43:23 AM kkhohoho
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One who is '''Crazy Awesome''' is someone who's completely nuts, in a hilarious way, and is effective at what they do ''as a result''. In real life they would get fired, get arrested and eventually just lurk around bus station. Not so in the world of fiction, thanks to the RuleOfCool, they manage to be both effective and a character liked or loved by the audience. Please note the difference between a plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, who is simply out-there and the BunnyEarsLawyer, who is someone who is still effective ''despite'' or ''alongside'' their quirks.
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One who is '''Crazy Awesome''' is someone who's completely nuts, in a hilarious way, and is effective at what they do ''as a result''. In real life they would get fired, get arrested and eventually just lurk around bus station. Not so in the world of fiction, fiction; thanks to the RuleOfCool, they manage to be both effective and a character liked or loved by the audience. Please note the difference between a plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, who is simply out-there and the BunnyEarsLawyer, who is someone who is still effective ''despite'' or ''alongside'' their quirks.
22nd Oct '15 12:48:10 PM frogpatrol
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Someone who is Crazy Awesome is someone who's completely nuts, in an amusing way, and is effective at what they do ''because of'' that craziness. In real life they would get fired from whatever job they have, or even arrested—at the very least, the things they do just plain wouldn't ''work''. But somehow, as their every action is generally protected by the RuleOfCool, they manage to be both effective and a character that the audience likes or even loves. However, this has been subject to much misuse and misunderstanding. A plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is just a weird character. A BunnyEarsLawyer is someone who is still effective ''despite of or alongside'' their quirks, but a Crazy Awesome character is effective ''because'' of his/her quirks. For example: Let's say TheChosenOne's best friend, Ed Smith, wears a traffic cone on his head. Said traffic cone is spray painted metallic purple and has a grinning chimpanzee's face painted on the front. And Ed ''insists'' that you call it Sheldon. Yet despite this, Ed is very loyal to TheChosenOne and can hold his own against the army of {{Mooks}}. So far, he seems like your average BunnyEarsLawyer, right? The traffic cone is an eccentric trait if there ever was one, but it's not necessarily why he's effective. Now suppose about ten episodes into the series, the BigBad decides to drop a bomb on the Hero's [[DoomedHometown city]], and only Ed can do something to stop it. If Ed were to catch the bomb in his hand then kick it back to the Big Bad's jet, thus destroying them both, he's still not Crazy Awesome, only a {{Badass}} BunnyEarsLawyer. If, instead, Ed pushes an inconspicuous button on the underside of Sheldon's base, and a jack-in-the-box chicken head springs out of the top and shoots FrickinLaserBeams out of its eyes that disintegrate both the bomb ''and'' the jet in the space of five seconds, ''then'' Ed Smith (and Sheldon) has become Crazy Awesome. In other words, it is ''because'' of Ed's quirkiness that he is an effective cast member. He would not be as effective (or, indeed, the same character) without the eccentricities. There can't be one without the other.
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Someone One who is Crazy Awesome '''Crazy Awesome''' is someone who's completely nuts, in an amusing a hilarious way, and is effective at what they do ''because of'' that craziness. ''as a result''. In real life they would get fired from whatever job they have, or even arrested—at the very least, the things they do fired, get arrested and eventually just plain wouldn't ''work''. But somehow, as their every action is generally protected by lurk around bus station. Not so in the world of fiction, thanks to the RuleOfCool, they manage to be both effective and a character that liked or loved by the audience likes or even loves. However, this has been subject to much misuse and misunderstanding. A audience. Please note the difference between a plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}} {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, who is just a weird character. A BunnyEarsLawyer simply out-there and the BunnyEarsLawyer, who is someone who is still effective ''despite of ''despite'' or alongside'' ''alongside'' their quirks, but a Crazy Awesome character is effective ''because'' of his/her quirks. For example: Let's say TheChosenOne's best friend, Ed Smith, wears a traffic cone on his head. Said traffic cone is spray painted metallic purple and has a grinning chimpanzee's face painted on the front. And Ed ''insists'' that you call it Sheldon. Yet despite this, Ed is very loyal to TheChosenOne and can hold his own against the army of {{Mooks}}. So far, he seems like your average BunnyEarsLawyer, right? The traffic cone is an eccentric trait if there ever was one, but it's not necessarily why he's effective. Now suppose about ten episodes into the series, the BigBad decides to drop a bomb on the Hero's [[DoomedHometown city]], and only Ed can do something to stop it. If Ed were to catch the bomb in his hand then kick it back to the Big Bad's jet, thus destroying them both, he's still not Crazy Awesome, only a {{Badass}} BunnyEarsLawyer. If, instead, Ed pushes an inconspicuous button on the underside of Sheldon's base, and a jack-in-the-box chicken head springs out of the top and shoots FrickinLaserBeams out of its eyes that disintegrate both the bomb ''and'' the jet in the space of five seconds, ''then'' Ed Smith (and Sheldon) has become Crazy Awesome. In other words, it is ''because'' of Ed's quirkiness that he is an effective cast member. He would not be as effective (or, indeed, the same character) without the eccentricities. There can't be one without the other. quirks.
4th Aug '15 11:28:02 AM IndirectActiveTransport
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not a trope if put on YMMV, as the only tropes this website covers are deliberately invoked and YMMV covers reactions to them
!!'''Note:''' This {{trope}} has been subjected to some misuse. Please read this article before listing it on a work's YMMV page.
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!!'''Note:''' This {{trope}} has been subjected to some misuse. Please read this article before listing it on a work's YMMV page.

However, this trope has been subject to much misuse and misunderstanding. A plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is just a weird character. A BunnyEarsLawyer is someone who is still effective ''despite of or alongside'' their quirks, but a Crazy Awesome character is effective ''because'' of his/her quirks.
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However, this trope has been subject to much misuse and misunderstanding. A plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is just a weird character. A BunnyEarsLawyer is someone who is still effective ''despite of or alongside'' their quirks, but a Crazy Awesome character is effective ''because'' of his/her quirks.

%% Please note that this trope is about CHARACTERS whose usefulness hinges on patent insanity. Under no circumstances does a work belong here.
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%% Please note that this trope is about CHARACTERS whose usefulness hinges on patent insanity. Under no circumstances does a work belong here.
25th Nov '14 12:05:53 PM Angeldeb82
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On average, every other action the Crazy Awesome does is [[RuleOfCool cool]], awesome, and/or [[RuleOfFunny funny]], [[RefugeInAudacity over-the-top]], or a combination thereof. The HeroicComedicSociopath is AxeCrazy Awesome. A LargeHam is a verbal Crazy Awesome. As previously mentioned, a character that can "work" without the quirks ([[TheyChangedItNowItSucks but still wouldn't be the same]]) is a BunnyEarsLawyer. If (s)he's just crazy, (s)he's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. If his/her crazy awesomeness prevents him/her from being killed or arrested when anyone else would be, (s)he's just benefited from a LunaticLoophole. May be a LethalJokeCharacter. Expect lots of InsaneTrollLogic to be behind their plans and antics. Compare PowerBornOfMadness, EccentricMentor, and TheWonka. Compare and contrast CreepyAwesome.
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On average, every other action the Crazy Awesome does is [[RuleOfCool cool]], awesome, and/or [[RuleOfFunny funny]], [[RefugeInAudacity over-the-top]], or a combination thereof. The HeroicComedicSociopath is AxeCrazy AxCrazy Awesome. A LargeHam is a verbal Crazy Awesome. As previously mentioned, a character that can "work" without the quirks ([[TheyChangedItNowItSucks but still wouldn't be the same]]) is a BunnyEarsLawyer. If (s)he's just crazy, (s)he's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. If his/her crazy awesomeness prevents him/her from being killed or arrested when anyone else would be, (s)he's just benefited from a LunaticLoophole. May be a LethalJokeCharacter. Expect lots of InsaneTrollLogic to be behind their plans and antics. Compare PowerBornOfMadness, EccentricMentor, and TheWonka. Compare and contrast CreepyAwesome.
4th Jul '14 3:11:01 PM Mr.Movie
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Changed the wording a bit to make it clearer,
What separates this character from being a plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, BunnyEarsLawyer and the like is that it is ''because'' of his/her [[RefugeInAudacity extravagant]] madness that the Crazy Awesome can both [[RuleOfFunny function in the work]] and have such appeal. For example: let's say TheChosenOne's best friend, Ed Smith, wears a traffic cone on his head. Said traffic cone is spray painted metallic purple and has a grinning chimpanzee's face painted on the front. And Ed ''insists'' that you call it Sheldon. Yet despite this, Ed is very loyal to TheChosenOne and can hold his own against the army of {{Mooks}}. So far, he seems like your average BunnyEarsLawyer, right? The traffic cone is an eccentric trait if there ever was one, but it's not necessarily why he's liked by the audience. Now suppose about ten episodes into the series, the BigBad decides to drop a bomb on the Hero's [[DoomedHometown city]], and only Ed can do something to stop it. If Ed were to catch the bomb in his hand then kick it back to the Big Bad's jet, thus destroying them both, he's still not Crazy Awesome, he's a {{Badass}} BunnyEarsLawyer.
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What separates However, this character from being a trope has been subject to much misuse and misunderstanding. A plain old {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, {{Cloudcuckoolander}} is just a weird character. A BunnyEarsLawyer and the like is that it someone who is still effective ''despite of or alongside'' their quirks, but a Crazy Awesome character is effective ''because'' of his/her [[RefugeInAudacity extravagant]] madness that the Crazy Awesome can both [[RuleOfFunny function in the work]] and have such appeal. quirks. For example: let's Let's say TheChosenOne's best friend, Ed Smith, wears a traffic cone on his head. Said traffic cone is spray painted metallic purple and has a grinning chimpanzee's face painted on the front. And Ed ''insists'' that you call it Sheldon. Yet despite this, Ed is very loyal to TheChosenOne and can hold his own against the army of {{Mooks}}. So far, he seems like your average BunnyEarsLawyer, right? The traffic cone is an eccentric trait if there ever was one, but it's not necessarily why he's liked by the audience.effective. Now suppose about ten episodes into the series, the BigBad decides to drop a bomb on the Hero's [[DoomedHometown city]], and only Ed can do something to stop it. If Ed were to catch the bomb in his hand then kick it back to the Big Bad's jet, thus destroying them both, he's still not Crazy Awesome, he's only a {{Badass}} BunnyEarsLawyer.
27th Dec '13 5:58:23 PM ellibeth
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Patrick Jane from "The Mentalist." I'm relatively certain that 90% of the confessions he gets out of suspects would be inadmissable in court (and with good reason), but the Rule of Awesome seems to keep the viewers from really giving too many shits about that.
Patrick Jane from "The Mentalist." I'm relatively certain that 90% of the confessions he gets out of suspects would be inadmissable in court (and with good reason), but the Rule of Awesome seems to keep the viewers from really giving too many shits about that.
27th Dec '13 5:57:19 PM ellibeth
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Patrick Jane from "The Mentalist." I'm relatively certain that 90% of the confessions he gets out of suspects would be inadmissable in court (and with good reason), but the Rule of Awesome seems to keep the viewers from really giving too many shits about that.
12th Dec '13 7:50:04 PM Ekuran
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12th Dec '13 7:50:00 PM Ekuran
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Someone who is Crazy Awesome is someone who's completely nuts, in an amusing way, and is effective at what (s)he does ''because of'' that craziness. In real life (s)he'd get fired from whatever job (s)he has/would have, or even arrested—at the very least, the things (s)he does just plain wouldn't ''work''. But somehow, as his/her every action is generally protected by the RuleOfCool, (s)he manages to be both effective and a character that the audience likes or even loves.
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Someone who is Crazy Awesome is someone who's completely nuts, in an amusing way, and is effective at what (s)he does they do ''because of'' that craziness. In real life (s)he'd they would get fired from whatever job (s)he has/would they have, or even arrested—at the very least, the things (s)he does they do just plain wouldn't ''work''. But somehow, as his/her their every action is generally protected by the RuleOfCool, (s)he manages they manage to be both effective and a character that the audience likes or even loves.
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