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15th Aug '16 10:37:04 PM Elan
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* A [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]] story has Delirium in a foul mood, having hidden herself away in her realm and cut off all access. In order to get to her, Dream recruits several mentally ill people, as only their flexible interpretations of reality would allow them to navigate Delirium's home unscathed.
19th May '16 5:30:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Larry Niven's ''[[KnownSpace Madness Has Its Place]]'', Jack Strather's megalomania and paranoid schizophrenia make him one of the few men left on Earth with the cojones to actually resist the invading Kzinti.

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* In Larry Niven's ''[[KnownSpace ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Madness Has Its Place]]'', Jack Strather's megalomania and paranoid schizophrenia make him one of the few men left on Earth with the cojones to actually resist the invading Kzinti.



* In C.S. Friedman's ''ThisAlienShore'', the Guerans (a mutant race descended from humanity) are all insane, which makes them the only ones who can pilot ships [[FasterThanLightTravel through hyperspace]]. In addition, the heroine's multiple personality disorder grants her a secret power that could alter the balance of power throughout known space.

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* In C.S. Friedman's ''ThisAlienShore'', ''Literature/ThisAlienShore'', the Guerans (a mutant race descended from humanity) are all insane, which makes them the only ones who can pilot ships [[FasterThanLightTravel through hyperspace]]. In addition, the heroine's multiple personality disorder grants her a secret power that could alter the balance of power throughout known space.



* The eponymous Strange of JonathanStrange&MrNorrell must drink a bottle of distilled madness (causing him to lose his mind) in order to be able to see and interact with TheFairFolk on their own terms.

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* The eponymous Strange of JonathanStrange&MrNorrell ''Literature/JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell'' must drink a bottle of distilled madness (causing him to lose his mind) in order to be able to see and interact with TheFairFolk on their own terms.
10th Mar '16 4:05:13 PM InvisibleJester89
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* There's a rule concerning "Insane Insight" in ''CallOfCthulhu'' that allows a PC going mad to obtain some hint from the GM as to what they're dealing with or the true natures of the cosmos.
8th Jan '16 11:53:22 AM Doug86
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* ''{{Redwall}}'' - In High Rhulain, The hare Major Cuthbert went insane after his daughter was killed by vermin. He ended up killing a sea monster single handedly.

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* ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' - In High Rhulain, The hare Major Cuthbert went insane after his daughter was killed by vermin. He ended up killing a sea monster single handedly.
22nd Dec '15 9:05:55 PM Dor
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* VideoGame/{{Portal}}: Schizophrenic Doug Rattman was completely right in suspecting the operating system was [[AIIsACrapshoot out to kill everyone]] and so was the only survivor of the lab incident.

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* VideoGame/{{Portal}}: ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'': Schizophrenic Doug Rattman was completely right in suspecting the operating system was [[AIIsACrapshoot out to kill everyone]] and so was the only survivor of the lab incident.
22nd Dec '15 9:04:52 PM Dor
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* VideoGame/{{Portal}}: Schizophrenic Doug Rattman was completely right in suspecting the operating system was [[AIIsACrapshoot out to kill everyone]] and so was the only survivor of the lab incident.




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* VideoGame/{{Portal}}: Schizophrenic Doug Rattman was completely right in suspecting the operating system was [[AIIsACrapshoot out to kill everyone]] and so was the only survivor of the lab incident.

23rd Aug '15 8:53:52 PM nombretomado
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* [[SomethingPerson Crazyman]] from ContinuityComics, whose power is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin being crazy]]. "Crazyman" is recruited by a secret service as the "Plan B" to dangerous "unwinnable" situations. Danny is to the secret service as ''{{Monk}}'' is to the San Francisco Police Department, and comes up with solutions no sane man would come up with. If Film/JamesBond were insane, he'd be Crazyman.

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* [[SomethingPerson Crazyman]] from ContinuityComics, whose power is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin being crazy]]. "Crazyman" is recruited by a secret service as the "Plan B" to dangerous "unwinnable" situations. Danny is to the secret service as ''{{Monk}}'' ''Series/{{Monk}}'' is to the San Francisco Police Department, and comes up with solutions no sane man would come up with. If Film/JamesBond were insane, he'd be Crazyman.
23rd Aug '15 12:14:53 PM DAN004
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When the whole human race is composed of Heroic Madmen, it's HumanityIsInsane. Compare TheCuckoolanderWasRight and PowerBornOfMadness, although this trope doesn't necessarily involve superpowers. See also BlessedWithSuck and DisabilitySuperpower.

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When the whole human race is composed of Heroic Madmen, it's HumanityIsInsane. Compare CrazySane, TheCuckoolanderWasRight and PowerBornOfMadness, although this trope doesn't necessarily involve superpowers. See also BlessedWithSuck and DisabilitySuperpower.
5th Jul '15 4:43:31 PM thatother1dude
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When the whole human race is composed of Heroic Madmen, it's HumanityIsInsane. Compare TheCuckoolanderWasRight and PowerBornOfMadness, although this trope doesn't necessarily involve superpowers. See also BlessedWithSuck.

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When the whole human race is composed of Heroic Madmen, it's HumanityIsInsane. Compare TheCuckoolanderWasRight and PowerBornOfMadness, although this trope doesn't necessarily involve superpowers. See also BlessedWithSuck.
BlessedWithSuck and DisabilitySuperpower.
31st May '15 12:19:18 PM DeisTheAlcano
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-->-- Rollover Text, "[[http://xkcd.com/556/ Alternative Energy Revolution]]," ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}''

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-->-- Rollover Text, AltText, "[[http://xkcd.com/556/ Alternative Energy Revolution]]," ''Webcomic/{{XKCD}}''
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