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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.
2nd Jan '17 5:39:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', CaptainErsatz to The Question, is similarly able to do things like [[ImprovisedWeapon fighting off cops with some hairspray and a match]] because he is [[AxCrazy crazy]], [[NietzscheWannabe crazy]], {{Badass}}, and ''[[SerialKiller crazy]]''.

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* Rorschach from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'', CaptainErsatz to The Question, is similarly able to do things like [[ImprovisedWeapon fighting off cops with some hairspray and a match]] because he is [[AxCrazy crazy]], [[NietzscheWannabe crazy]], {{Badass}}, badass, and ''[[SerialKiller crazy]]''.
31st Dec '16 9:14:43 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Geneforge}}'' series, serviles aren't able to do magic until the proper Geneforge and canisters are developed. Before then, though, a few serviles would develop the ability to cast spells anyway, [[TrainingFromHell by forming small cults where they could meditate and engage in self-harm]] until they went insane.
* ''TheSuffering'' has some fun with this. The main character has suffered blackouts his whole life, and in-game develops the ability to trigger those blackouts and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide turn into a hideous monster]]. There's a reason this ability is called "Insanity," though--[[spoiler:he doesn't actually change, he just goes into an UnstoppableRage and tears foes apart, hallucinating that it's not really him]].

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* In the ''{{Geneforge}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' series, serviles aren't able to do magic until the proper Geneforge and canisters are developed. Before then, though, a few serviles would develop the ability to cast spells anyway, [[TrainingFromHell by forming small cults where they could meditate and engage in self-harm]] until they went insane.
* ''TheSuffering'' ''VideoGame/TheSuffering'' has some fun with this. The main character has suffered blackouts his whole life, and in-game develops the ability to trigger those blackouts and [[SuperpoweredEvilSide turn into a hideous monster]]. There's a reason this ability is called "Insanity," though--[[spoiler:he doesn't actually change, he just goes into an UnstoppableRage and tears foes apart, hallucinating that it's not really him]].
28th Dec '16 12:07:49 PM Schol-R-LEA
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[[caption-width-right:200:I told you, [[Literature/TheAdventuresOfSamuraiCat Uncle]]! I have the strength born of madness!]]
12th Dec '16 11:30:14 AM KingClark
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** Nightmare Moon seemed to be this - at least Princess Luna seemed much weaker once she'd regained her sanity. However, when she returned in the second season, we find out that she is in fact so powerful as herself that she can be destructive ''without meaning it'' if she doesn't work to keep a lid on her godlike powers. She seems more powerful than her sister because she is less restrained, and of course being ''evil'' is the logical extension of this.

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** Nightmare Moon seemed to be this - at this--at least Princess Luna seemed much weaker once she'd regained her sanity. However, when she returned in the second season, we find out that she is in fact so powerful as herself that she can be destructive ''without meaning it'' if she doesn't work to keep a lid on her godlike powers. She seems more powerful than her sister because she is less restrained, and of course being ''evil'' is the logical extension of this.



** While definitely the exception rather than the rule in real life, there have been an undeniable number of individuals worthy of the title of MadScientist- simply check the real life section of the respective page. In science as in math, sometimes a [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight novel approach]] leads to a novel discovery, and more than a few [[TheyCalledMeMad discoveries]] have been achieved in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatomy_murder ethically questionable circumstances]]

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** While definitely the exception rather than the rule in real life, there have been an undeniable number of individuals worthy of the title of MadScientist- simply MadScientist--simply check the real life section of the respective page. In science as in math, sometimes a [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight novel approach]] leads to a novel discovery, and more than a few [[TheyCalledMeMad discoveries]] have been achieved in [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatomy_murder ethically questionable circumstances]]
28th Oct '16 2:37:38 PM Arachnos
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** The most extreme case is [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=230788 Laboratory Maniac]]. Normally, an empty library would cause you to lose the game (having lost your mind completely). If a Laboratory Maniac is on the field, an empty library makes you '''win''' the game instead.
18th Oct '16 7:07:04 PM trixus
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** Deadpool is an interesting example of both WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity AND this. His lunacy is due to having been imbued with superhuman regeneration while suffering from terminal cancer, which means that his brain is constantly rotting away and regenerating back. However, this same insanity grants him several [[BreakingTheFourthWall perks]] that increase his power even further.

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** Deadpool is an interesting example of both WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity AND this. His lunacy is due to having been imbued with superhuman regeneration while suffering from terminal cancer, cancer (or just made him more insane depending on the stories), which means that his brain is constantly rotting away and regenerating back. However, this same insanity grants him several [[BreakingTheFourthWall perks]] that increase his power even further.
21st Aug '16 11:03:36 AM nombretomado
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* In {{Drowtales}}, Kiel'ndia Vel'Vlozress, though not as murderously insane as some of her clan members, is decidedly [[CloudCuckooLander whacky]]. She's also the comic's only FourthWallObserver, often addressing the audience directly. (To the rest of the cast, it only makes her look crazier: she is, after all, talking into thin air.) In a remarkable ''{{inversion}}'' of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou, she even learns to summon her fans as LivingShadow minions.

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* In {{Drowtales}}, ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', Kiel'ndia Vel'Vlozress, though not as murderously insane as some of her clan members, is decidedly [[CloudCuckooLander whacky]]. She's also the comic's only FourthWallObserver, often addressing the audience directly. (To the rest of the cast, it only makes her look crazier: she is, after all, talking into thin air.) In a remarkable ''{{inversion}}'' of TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou, she even learns to summon her fans as LivingShadow minions.
14th Aug '16 1:50:42 PM nombretomado
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* DoctorSteel. "Being insane allows me to be who I want to be. There are no longer any rules. I am crazy, and I will become World Emperor. Even if it's simply because I'm ''convinced'' I'm World Emperor." "You can get away with pretty much anything if you're bonkers."

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* DoctorSteel.Music/DoctorSteel. "Being insane allows me to be who I want to be. There are no longer any rules. I am crazy, and I will become World Emperor. Even if it's simply because I'm ''convinced'' I'm World Emperor." "You can get away with pretty much anything if you're bonkers."
31st Jul '16 8:40:30 AM Tallens
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** In another series of novels, the Q-like entity 0 has gone insane after being locked [[SealedEvilInACan out of the can]] for millennia, and thus has no limits on what he can do. Q specifically invokes this trope by saying, "0's insanity gives him an insane amount of power."

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** In another series of novels, the * ''Literature/TheQContinuum'': The Q-like entity 0 has gone insane after being locked [[SealedEvilInACan out of the can]] for millennia, and thus has no limits on what he can do. Q specifically invokes this trope by saying, "0's insanity gives him an insane amount of power."
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