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14th Mar '17 1:26:44 PM Xtifr
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* One of Creator/{{Jack Vance}}'s short stories (''The Men Return'' to be exact) featured a world where causality had basically gone out the window. One character was barely surviving, trying to find patterns where there were none. The ones who were crazy before The Event on the other hand were basically gods.

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* One of Creator/{{Jack Vance}}'s short stories (''The story "The Men Return'' to be exact) Return" featured a world where causality had basically gone out the window. One character was barely surviving, trying to find patterns where there were none. The ones who were crazy before The Event on the other hand were basically gods.
13th Mar '17 3:56:37 PM morenohijazo
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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.

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* There's a rule concerning "Insane Insight" in ''CallOfCthulhu'' ''TabletopGame/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.
9th Feb '17 2:48:31 PM morenohijazo
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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.

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* A [[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]] ''ComicBook/TheSandman'' 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.



* ''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.

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* ''Literature/{{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.



* Creator/JackVance: One of his short stories (''The Men Return'' to be exact) featured a world where causality had basically gone out the window. One character was barely surviving, trying to find patterns where there were none. The ones who were crazy before The Event on the other hand were basically gods.

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* Creator/JackVance: One of his Creator/{{Jack Vance}}'s short stories (''The Men Return'' to be exact) featured a world where causality had basically gone out the window. One character was barely surviving, trying to find patterns where there were none. The ones who were crazy before The Event on the other hand were basically gods.




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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'': Daimon is a firm believer in this, hence his astonishingly eccentric behaviour. As he explains in both dialogue options and cutscenes, he believes that only individuals who are utterly without structure, dignity and sanity can truly succeed in the dark days, and to this end has made himself as loose, adaptable and eccentric as possible. He even compares this to incidents where drunk-drivers somehow manage to survive accidents that would have killed sober motorists, reasoning that their survival is due to having lost all the self-respect that might have made them brittle, instead being malleable enough to walk away unharmed.
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.
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