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2nd Jul '17 9:57:56 AM nombretomado
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* A lot of the stuff {{Freakazoid}} pulls off (on a disturbingly regular basis) suggest that his comic psychosis is actually the source of his power, not [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the other way around]].

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* A lot of the stuff {{Freakazoid}} WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}} pulls off (on a disturbingly regular basis) suggest that his comic psychosis is actually the source of his power, not [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity the other way around]].
28th Jun '17 3:05:56 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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->''ComicBook/TheJoker's a special case. Some of us feel he may be ''beyond'' treatment. In fact, we're not even sure if he can be properly defined as insane... It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception. More suited to [[CityNoir urban life]] in the twenty-first century.''

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->''ComicBook/TheJoker's a special case. Some of us feel he may be ''beyond'' treatment. In fact, we're not even sure if he can be properly defined as insane... It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception. More suited to [[CityNoir urban life]] life in the twenty-first century.''
2nd Jun '17 11:31:48 AM Juneberries
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' implies, but never outright confirms, that the only people capable of using a Death Note successfully are ones with spiritual strength and emotional conviction. And someone like Light is definitely ''strong'', but not totally ''normal''. The clue that separates him from Misa, Mikami, Takada, and Higuchi is that they seem to slide closer to WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, being that it's ''Light'' that had roped the rest of them into his evil plans, and there's not a great deal of evidence to support the fact that, without his influence, the rest of them would've used it to the extent ''he did'', or would've made themselves out to be [[AGodAmI gods far above the rest of humanity]].[[note]]It's subtle, but of all the characters that get their hands on a Death Note (including C-Kira and Taro Kagami), how many of them openly identified themselves as divine?[[/note]]
2nd May '17 9:07:43 PM nombretomado
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* [[TokenEvilTeammate Whirl]] of ComicBook/TheTransformers does this on purpose: specifically, he's (mostly) rational but deliberately acts insane (or deliberately makes himself insane, nobody can really tell) in combat. His behavior makes him feared by Decepticons and Autobots alike.

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* [[TokenEvilTeammate Whirl]] of ComicBook/TheTransformers ''ComicBook/TheTransformers'' does this on purpose: specifically, he's (mostly) rational but deliberately acts insane (or deliberately makes himself insane, nobody can really tell) in combat. His behavior makes him feared by Decepticons and Autobots alike.



* The TransformersAnimated villain Blitzwing seems to be able to use two elemental weapons and two vehicle modes due to his SplitPersonality. However, it's not completely clear if one causes the other.

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* The TransformersAnimated ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' villain Blitzwing seems to be able to use two elemental weapons and two vehicle modes due to his SplitPersonality. However, it's not completely clear if one causes the other.
23rd Apr '17 11:20:24 AM jerzyszczur
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** Loma, from ''Shade, the Changing Girl'', follows suit.
9th Apr '17 8:10:45 PM thekingofpillowland
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*** Taken UpToEleven by the fact that some capes can have second trigger events, which can make their current powers grow stronger or change, or even give them new ones. Unfortunately, this requires far more intense trauma than a normal trigger event and there are also several obvious problems with psychologically breaking an already damaged superhuman. Most people would agree that the power boost granted by a second trigger is not worth it.
23rd Mar '17 9:39:27 AM Morgenthaler
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->''ComicBook/TheJoker's a special case. Some of us feel he may be ''beyond'' treatment. In fact, we're not even sure if he can be properly defined as insane... It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception. More suited to [[CityNoir urban life]] in the twenty-first century.''
-->-- '''Dr. Ruth Adams''', ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''


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->''ComicBook/TheJoker's a special case. Some of us feel he may be ''beyond'' treatment. In fact, we're not even sure if he can be properly defined as insane... It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception. More suited to [[CityNoir urban life]] in the twenty-first century.''
-->-- '''Dr. Ruth Adams''', ''ComicBook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth''
23rd Mar '17 9:39:07 AM Morgenthaler
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->''SelfDemonstratingArticle/TheJoker's a special case. Some of us feel he may be ''beyond'' treatment. In fact, we're not even sure if he can be properly defined as insane... It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception. More suited to [[CityNoir urban life]] in the twenty-first century.''

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->''SelfDemonstratingArticle/TheJoker's ->''ComicBook/TheJoker's a special case. Some of us feel he may be ''beyond'' treatment. In fact, we're not even sure if he can be properly defined as insane... It's quite possible we may actually be looking at some kind of super-sanity here. A brilliant new modification of human perception. More suited to [[CityNoir urban life]] in the twenty-first century.''



** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker is sometimes portrayed as being able to see through the FourthWall because of his insanity.

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** SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker is sometimes portrayed as being able to see through the FourthWall because of his insanity.



* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} has this.

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* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} has this.
5th Mar '17 5:09:35 PM nombretomado
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* [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]] in ''[[DungeonSiege In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale]]'' is one of the last magi. He figures out how to be independent from servitude (a magus must serve a king) by naming himself king of the mindless Krugg. He then forges them into a fearless horde that he uses to try to conquer the kingdom of Ehb. He also gains more power by sleeping with Muriella, the daughter of [[Creator/JohnRhysDavies Merick]], the king's magus. When confronted by Merick, they converse while dueling with magical swords suspended in mid-air. Merick finally realizes that Gallian has truly gone insane with power. Gallian doesn't deny and shows him exactly what madness can do, even though Merick is the older and more experienced magus.

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* [[EvilSorcerer Gallian]] in ''[[DungeonSiege ''[[Film/InTheNameOfTheKing In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale]]'' is one of the last magi. He figures out how to be independent from servitude (a magus must serve a king) by naming himself king of the mindless Krugg. He then forges them into a fearless horde that he uses to try to conquer the kingdom of Ehb. He also gains more power by sleeping with Muriella, the daughter of [[Creator/JohnRhysDavies Merick]], the king's magus. When confronted by Merick, they converse while dueling with magical swords suspended in mid-air. Merick finally realizes that Gallian has truly gone insane with power. Gallian doesn't deny and shows him exactly what madness can do, even though Merick is the older and more experienced magus.
13th Jan '17 9:03:57 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the ''{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson, allomancers come into their powers after Snapping (something like a breakdown after a horrific event) - the most notable being Kelsier, who came into his powers after spending an unidentified amount of time working in a really nasty mine, followed by watching his wife being beaten to death before his eyes.
* Lampshaded at least as early as ''{{Dracula}}'' where Renfield mentions having heard of the strength of madmen, and reasons that as he's mad he must have it. He successfully uses this strength to knock Dracula out of his mist form and, for a moment, get the upper hand in the fight.

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* In the ''{{Mistborn}}'' ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' trilogy, by Brandon Sanderson, allomancers come into their powers after Snapping (something like a breakdown after a horrific event) - the most notable being Kelsier, who came into his powers after spending an unidentified amount of time working in a really nasty mine, followed by watching his wife being beaten to death before his eyes.
* Lampshaded at least as early as ''{{Dracula}}'' ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' where Renfield mentions having heard of the strength of madmen, and reasons that as he's mad he must have it. He successfully uses this strength to knock Dracula out of his mist form and, for a moment, get the upper hand in the fight.



* From the {{Nightside}}, there is the one known as Madman, who was driven mad by perceiving the truth underlying reality? He's a dangerously powerful RealityWarper whose hallucinations manifest around him. Most notable is that he's accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. The other one is Jessica Sorrow the Unbeliever, who thinks that everything is just her hallucination and everyone is just another voice in her head. She tears heavy doors like paper, and anyone she finds a nuisance disappear.

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* From the {{Nightside}}, Literature/{{Nightside}}, there is the one known as Madman, who was driven mad by perceiving the truth underlying reality? He's a dangerously powerful RealityWarper whose hallucinations manifest around him. Most notable is that he's accompanied by his own personal soundtrack. The other one is Jessica Sorrow the Unbeliever, who thinks that everything is just her hallucination and everyone is just another voice in her head. She tears heavy doors like paper, and anyone she finds a nuisance disappear.
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