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22nd Feb '17 12:47:04 PM CountDorku
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* Common in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}''. Goliath enemies who've [[BerserkButton had their helmets shot off]] will butcher their teammates while laughing uproariously, while playable Psycho Krieg, who has grave difficulty interacting with the world in non-buzz-axe ways, has quite the selection of deranged laughter himself.
8th Feb '17 12:04:46 PM ChaoticNovelist
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Expect the laughing character to either gain control of themselves and apologize for losing it (while still [[SanitySlippage emotionally fragile]], of course), or, alternatively, simply [[NietzscheWannabe stop caring about life]]. This may lead to them becoming [[TheStoic distant]], or become [[AntiHero more harsh than before]].

More often extreme cases occur, causing a character to turn to complete madness, either going into an insane asylum or possibly [[FaceHeelTurn twisting them further]].

On the flip side, villains are also prone to this. It is often shown as being fundamentally different from an evil laugh, usually shown as them either laughing a lot longer than normal, having the laugh sound more deranged than cold and boastful, or a combination of the two. This is normally shown if the writer wants to characterize the villain in a much more psychotic light and have a more frightening nature than normal. Expect it to also be used for a VillainousBreakdown in some cases.

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Expect the laughing character to either gain control of themselves and apologize for losing it (while still [[SanitySlippage emotionally fragile]], of course), or, alternatively, simply [[NietzscheWannabe [[StrawNihilist stop caring about life]]. This may lead to them becoming [[TheStoic distant]], or become [[AntiHero more harsh than before]].

More often extreme cases occur, causing a character to turn to complete madness, either going into an insane asylum or possibly [[FaceHeelTurn twisting them further]].

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On the flip side, villains are also prone to this. It is often shown as being fundamentally different from an evil laugh, EvilLaugh, usually shown as them either laughing a lot longer than normal, having the laugh sound more deranged than cold and boastful, or a combination of the two. This is normally shown used if the writer wants to characterize the villain in a much more psychotic light and have a more frightening nature than normal. Expect it to also be used for a VillainousBreakdown in some cases.



* ''Manga/ShamanKing'''s BigBad, [[FauxAffablyEvil Hao Asakura]] does this near the [[SanitySlippage end of the anime]].

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* ''Manga/ShamanKing'''s BigBad, [[FauxAffablyEvil Hao Asakura]] does this near the [[SanitySlippage end of the anime]].anime.



* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka goes a bit nuts on [[MonsterOfTheWeek Elsa Maria]] in a nightmarish scene that shows just how close the poor girl is to the DespairEventHorizon. [[spoiler:It doesn't help that the witch superficially looks like her love rival, Hitomi]].
** Not to mention Walpurgisnacht...

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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': Sayaka goes a bit nuts on [[MonsterOfTheWeek Elsa Maria]] in a nightmarish scene that shows just how close the poor girl is to the DespairEventHorizon. [[spoiler:It doesn't help helps the creepiness that the witch superficially looks like her love rival, Hitomi]].
** Not to mention Walpurgisnacht...
Hitomi]].



* ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRtaRbj7FWI&feature=related anyone]]]]?
** Also, the deleted scene where [[spoiler:Light stays in the graveyard after L's funeral]], starts laughing madly, proceeds to crawl on top of [[spoiler:L's grave]] and shouts [[spoiler:"What do you think of that, L? This is my perfect victory! That's rightó'''''I win!'''''"]] with a crazed look on his face... and looks suspiciously like he's humping [[spoiler:L's grave]].

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[spoiler:[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dRtaRbj7FWI&feature=related anyone]]]]?
** Also,
''Manga/DeathNote'': the deleted scene where [[spoiler:Light stays in the graveyard after L's funeral]], starts laughing madly, proceeds to crawl on top of [[spoiler:L's grave]] and shouts [[spoiler:"What do you think of that, L? This is my perfect victory! That's rightó'''''I win!'''''"]] with a crazed look on his face... and looks suspiciously like he's humping [[spoiler:L's grave]].



* ''Film/{{Reality}}'' ends with one of these, courtesy of [[spoiler: Luciano]].

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* %%* ''Film/{{Reality}}'' ends with one of these, courtesy of [[spoiler: Luciano]].Luciano]].
*''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Callum giggles deliriously as he's dragged to his second trip in the Animus while also singing Patsy Cline's "Crazy", because he's going through SanitySlippage thanks to the Bleeding Effect.
23rd Jan '17 8:00:12 AM Gosicrystal
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*** Subverted when Jafar starts laughing for seemingly no reason while he's being searched for by the guards, causing Iago to think he's gone insane, but then he stops and explains that the genie lamp he thought was LostForever was in the hands of "Prince Ali."

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*** Subverted when Jafar starts laughing for seemingly no reason while he's being searched for by the guards, causing Iago to think he's gone insane, but then he stops and explains that the genie lamp he thought was LostForever lost forever was in the hands of "Prince Ali."Ali".
19th Jan '17 12:52:19 PM Willbyr
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* ''ShamanKing'''s BigBad, [[FauxAffablyEvil Hao Asakura]] does this near the [[SanitySlippage end of the anime]].

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* ''ShamanKing'''s ''Manga/ShamanKing'''s BigBad, [[FauxAffablyEvil Hao Asakura]] does this near the [[SanitySlippage end of the anime]].
18th Jan '17 11:26:32 AM Tacitus
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* In the Dangan Ronpa/Rabbit Doubt hybrid Doubt Academy, [[spoiler:Akari Kagome, the Super High School Level Hockey Player, has one of these when she realizes she's going to be executed for a murder she didn't commit.]]

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* In the Dangan Ronpa/Rabbit Doubt ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''/''[[Manga/{{Doubt}} Rabbit Doubt]]'' hybrid Doubt Academy, ''Roleplay/DoubtAcademy'', [[spoiler:Akari Kagome, the Super High School Level Hockey Player, has one of these when she realizes she's going to be executed for a murder she didn't commit.]]



* [[HeroicComedicSociopath Kirito]] falls into this a few times in ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', first when Rosalia gives him a BreakingSpeech that slams ''several'' of his {{Berserk Button}}s, and later when he [[ExtremeMeleeRevenge says "hi"]] to Gary, an NPC whose ArtificialStupidity got Kirito's first real friend killed.



* [[spoiler:Azula]] in the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', during [[spoiler:her]] schizo FreakOut.

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* [[spoiler:Azula]] in the series finale of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', during [[spoiler:her]] a schizo FreakOut.
12th Jan '17 3:11:54 AM JackG
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* Mr Joyful in the Literature/DiogenesClub story "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." is a literal case, having been brainwashed to enjoy tasks that any sane person would hate. It works too well and he [[DieLaughing dies laughing]] while carrying out an assassination.

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* Mr Joyful in the Literature/DiogenesClub story tale "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." is a literal case, having been brainwashed to enjoy tasks that any sane person would hate. It works too well and he [[DieLaughing dies laughing]] while carrying out an assassination.
12th Jan '17 3:11:40 AM JackG
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* Mr Joyful in the Literature/DiogenesClub story "You Don't Have To Be Mad..." is a literal case, having been brainwashed to enjoy tasks that any sane person would hate. It works too well and he [[DieLaughing dies laughing]] while carrying out an assassination.
20th Dec '16 6:31:00 AM GhostOfAGeek
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* Jane Unpleasant in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=211192 enjoys a chuckle.]]

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* Jane Unpleasant in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes'' [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=211192 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2133682/ch14-04/ enjoys a chuckle.]]
13th Dec '16 11:26:08 PM KingClark
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* In ''Theatre/Wicked'' depending on the actress playing her (as well as the one playing Glinda), Elphaba can have shades of this when she cackles after Glinda slaps her during the cat fight scene. Bonus points if it's the exact same cackle from the film.

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* In ''Theatre/Wicked'' ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' depending on the actress playing her (as well as the one playing Glinda), Elphaba can have shades of this when she cackles after Glinda slaps her during the cat fight scene. Bonus points if it's the exact same cackle from the film.
10th Dec '16 1:42:24 PM 20thcenturyvole
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* ''Series/Babylon5'' turns a bleak scene - two mortal enemies about to die together - into an [[CrowningMomentOfFunny inappropriately hilarious]] one through this trope. In "Convictions", a bombing leaves Londo [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in a burning elevator]] with G'Kar, right after [[he orchestrated the total defeat and violent subjugation of G'Kar's people, all of which has driven G'Kar to desperation and despair]]. He points out that they are likely to die if they don't work together to escape, and that, whatever their differences, G'Kar wants to live just as badly as he does. Cue AnAesop, right? WRONG! G'Kar refuses to help, and tells Londo that he doesn't want to live NEARLY as much as he wants to see Londo die, and this way he doesn't even have to do anything that would prompt retaliation - [[GallowsHumor all while giggling so hard he can barely speak]].

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* ''Series/Babylon5'' turns a bleak scene - two mortal enemies about to die together - into an [[CrowningMomentOfFunny inappropriately hilarious]] one through this trope. In "Convictions", a bombing leaves Londo [[LockedInAFreezer trapped in a burning elevator]] with G'Kar, right after [[he [[spoiler:he orchestrated the total defeat and violent subjugation of G'Kar's people, all of which has driven G'Kar to desperation and despair]]. He points out that they are likely to die if they don't work together to escape, and that, whatever their differences, G'Kar wants to live just as badly as he does. Cue AnAesop, right? WRONG! G'Kar refuses to help, and tells Londo that he doesn't want to live NEARLY as much as he wants to see Londo die, and this way he doesn't even have to do anything that would prompt retaliation - [[GallowsHumor all while giggling so hard he can barely speak]].
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