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3rd Nov '17 10:34:47 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Father Grigori, the Zombie-slaughtering BadassPreacher of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' often breaks down into short bursts of maniacal laughter due to him being driven to insanity after the citizens of Ravenholm have become zombies.

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* Father Grigori, the Zombie-slaughtering BadassPreacher of ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}'' ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' often breaks down into short bursts of maniacal laughter due to him being driven to insanity after the citizens of Ravenholm have become zombies.
28th Oct '17 6:03:46 AM darkemyst
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** During the big fight at the end of book five, Ron gets hit by an "IntoxicationEnsues" spell and becomes uncontrollably giggly despite still being in mortal danger.

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** During the big fight at the end of book five, ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', Ron gets hit by an "IntoxicationEnsues" spell and becomes uncontrollably giggly despite still being in mortal danger.danger.
** In the same book Harry starts laughing at ''Bellatrix'' [[spoiler: after she kills Sirius]] and realizes he sounds like her when she frantically [[spoiler: tries to get him to give her the prophecy, which has been destroyed]].
21st Oct '17 8:26:35 AM Silverblade2
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* This is generally how Franchise/{{Batman}}'s enemy SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is portrayed as going insane. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Upon seeing his new, ghastly appearance]], he laughs uncontrollably while clutching his hair in anguish. The Joker is also frequently shown laughing excessively long after he's gone mad.

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* This is generally how Franchise/{{Batman}}'s enemy SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is portrayed as going insane. [[GoMadFromTheRevelation Upon seeing his new, ghastly appearance]], he laughs uncontrollably while clutching his hair in anguish. The Joker is also frequently shown laughing excessively long after he's gone mad.



** It was also originally intended that Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' would have undergone similar reactions to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' when [[spoiler:falling to his doom upon stabbing the Beast (ie, proceed to laugh maniacally while falling)]].

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** It was also originally intended that Gaston from ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' would have undergone similar reactions to SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' when [[spoiler:falling to his doom upon stabbing the Beast (ie, proceed to laugh maniacally while falling)]].



** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' Tim does this after being BrainwashedAndCrazy by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker and Harley. It's pretty damn creepy.

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** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'' Tim does this after being BrainwashedAndCrazy by SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker and Harley. It's pretty damn creepy.
13th Oct '17 1:53:19 PM Abodos
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* A few times during ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'', Dark Samus often starts breaking into maniacal laughter. Similarly, in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, after Gandrayda, while disguised as a GF Trooper, attempted to shoot Samus in the back and missed, started going into a fit of hysterical laughter.

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* A few times during ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'', ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime2Echoes'', Dark Samus often starts breaking into maniacal laughter. Similarly, in Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime3Corruption'', after Gandrayda, [[spoiler:Gandrayda, while disguised as a GF Trooper, Trooper,]] attempted to shoot Samus in the back and missed, started going into a fit of hysterical laughter.
9th Oct '17 8:40:06 PM Give1Take2
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* Creator/HollyBlack's ''Literature/TheColdestGirlInColdtown'': The Thorn of Istra, a HunterOfHisOwnKind who was supposed to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade uphold the masquerade by killing any vampires or infected humans who threatened it]], and failed to kill the vampire who infected the world. He was locked in a cage and tortured for a decade by [[GreaterScopeVillain the Spider]] for his failure. Everyone who saw the leaked footage of his "trial" was scared to bits by the tortured, haunted, mad, maniacally laughing creature in the dungeon cage; even the other vampires who oversaw his punishment were unnerved by his laughter. [[spoiler:The Thorn of Istra turns out to be Gavriel, [[TheHero Tana's]] LoveInterest.]]

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* [[HunterOfHisOwnKind The Thorn of Istra]] from Creator/HollyBlack's ''Literature/TheColdestGirlInColdtown'': The ''Literature/TheColdestGirlInColdtown''.
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Thorn of Istra, a HunterOfHisOwnKind who was supposed to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade uphold the masquerade by killing any vampires or infected humans who threatened it]], and failed to kill mad vampire. [[[TheHero Tana]]] thought of the vampire who infected the world. He was locked grainy video of him she had seen, head tipped back, [[AxCrazy so covered in a cage and tortured for a decade by [[GreaterScopeVillain the Spider]] for blood]] that she hadn't remembered his failure. Everyone who saw the leaked footage of his "trial" was scared to bits by the tortured, haunted, mad, maniacally laughing creature in the dungeon cage; even the other vampires who oversaw his punishment were unnerved by his laughter. [[spoiler:The Thorn of Istra turns out to be Gavriel, [[TheHero Tana's]] LoveInterest.]]features, hadn't remembered him as looking like anything but a monster, laughing, [[LaughingMad endlessly laughing.]] Mad as a dog. Mad as a god. [[spoiler: [[LoveInterest Gavriel.]]]]"
5th Oct '17 6:30:46 PM Give1Take2
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* Creator/HollyBlack's ''Literature/TheColdestGirlInColdtown'': The Thorn of Istra, a HunterOfHisOwnKind who was supposed to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade uphold the masquerade by killing any vampires or infected humans who threatened it]], and failed to kill the vampire who infected the world. He was locked in a cage and tortured for a decade by [[GreaterScopeVillain the Spider]] for his failure. Everyone who saw the leaked footage of his "trial" was scared to bits by the tortured, haunted, mad, maniacally laughing creature in the dungeon cage; even the other vampires who oversaw his punishment were unnerved by his laughter. [[spoiler:The Thorn of Istra turns out to be Gavriel, [[TheHero Tana's]] LoveInterest.]]
2nd Oct '17 9:45:27 AM bowserbros
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* In the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment Milgram Experiment]], which was meant to test how far normal people would go when obeying the orders of someone in a position of authority, one of the subjects, an encyclopedia salesman, went into fits of hysterical laughter when he heard the screams of pain from his supposed victims, to the point where the session had to be discontinued. He wasn't a sadist, or insane; the laughter was just an indicator of the extreme emotional stress he was under.

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* In the famous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milgram_experiment Milgram Experiment]], which was meant to test how far normal people would go when obeying the orders of someone in a position of authority, authority[[note]]the experiment involved the participant quizzing another individual, who is to pretend that he is receiving painful electric shocks with each wrong answer; the participant is led to believe that the shocks are real[[/note]], one of the subjects, an encyclopedia salesman, went into fits of hysterical laughter when he heard the screams of pain from his supposed victims, to the point where the session had to be discontinued. He wasn't a sadist, or insane; the laughter was just an indicator of the extreme emotional stress he was under.
21st Sep '17 8:25:33 AM Dracis
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** Also, the witch Walpurgisnacht, who won't stop laughing while taking a humongous beating.

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** Also, the monstrous witch Walpurgisnacht, who won't stop laughing letting out peals of echoing laughter while taking a humongous beating.beating. In this case, it underscores both her inherent madness, and the [[HopelessBossFight utter futility of fighting her]].
1st Sep '17 11:53:16 PM Vir
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "Log Date 7 15 2", having [[HeelFaceTurn just committed treason against Homeworld]] by disobeying and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu insulting Yellow Diamond]], [[spoiler: Peridot is having the FreakOut of a life-time, alternating between fits of horror and fits of manic giggling while replaying the phrase "traitorous clod" over and over again on her tape recorder. When Steven asks if she'll be okay, she turns around with a manic grin and delivers an equally deranged [[BluntYes "No!"]]]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': In "Log Date 7 15 2", having [[HeelFaceTurn just committed treason against Homeworld]] by disobeying and [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu insulting Yellow Diamond]], [[spoiler: Peridot is having the FreakOut of a life-time, lifetime, alternating between fits of horror and fits of manic giggling while replaying the phrase "traitorous clod" over and over again on her tape recorder. When Steven asks if she'll be okay, she turns around with a manic grin and delivers an equally deranged [[BluntYes "No!"]]]]."No!"]]]].
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DuckDodgers'', Marvin removes Dodgers' brain and attempts to link his own brain to it to learn Dodgers' secrets. The machinations of Dodgers' subconscious drives Marvin to madness, resulting in this.
31st Aug '17 3:56:44 AM Andyroid
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* In ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', [[spoiler: Mr. Bent, who normally has NoSenseOfHumor,]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness cracks up laughing]] (mirthlessly at first, then manically) when his SanitySlippage reaches its peak.
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