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18th Apr '17 12:38:47 PM BeerBaron
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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Balmora Mages Guild Stewardess Ranis Athrys has a major grudge against the [[EvilSorcerer Telvanni]], [[spoiling:likely due to them having [[MyParentsAreDead killed her parents]]]], and believes that they have spies within the Guild. [[spoiler:As a later quest reveals, she is absolutely right about that]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', most of the evil that ConspiracyTheorist Glarthir thinks is brewing exists only in his own mind... but reading his notes reveals that somehow, he managed to work out that the Mythic Dawn, the main quest's primary antagonists, are the most dangerous group out of everyone he was "investigating".
** Syl, Duchess of Dementia from ''Shivering Isles'' , is paranoid. When you first meet her, she gives you a quest to rout a conspiracy in New Sheoth. She is right too -- the office of Duke of Dementia is gained by killing the previous Duke. [[spoiler:As part of a quest, you can end up killing her and becoming Duke (or Duchess) yourself. She is [[CrazyPrepared prepared]].]]

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** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Balmora Mages Guild Stewardess Ranis Athrys has a major grudge against the [[EvilSorcerer Telvanni]], [[spoiling:likely [[spoiler:likely due to them having [[MyParentsAreDead killed her parents]]]], and believes that they have spies within the Guild. [[spoiler:As a later quest reveals, she is absolutely right about that]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'', most Oblivion]]'':
*** Most
of the evil that ConspiracyTheorist Glarthir thinks is brewing exists only in his own mind... but reading his notes reveals that somehow, he managed to work out that the Mythic Dawn, the main quest's primary antagonists, are the most dangerous group out of everyone he was "investigating".
** *** Syl, Duchess of Dementia from the ''Shivering Isles'' , expansion, is paranoid. When you first meet her, she gives you a quest to rout a conspiracy in New Sheoth. She is right too -- the office of Duke of Dementia is gained by killing the previous Duke. [[spoiler:As part of a quest, you can end up killing her and becoming Duke (or Duchess) yourself. She is [[CrazyPrepared prepared]].]]
18th Apr '17 12:36:54 PM BeerBaron
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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':

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** The loosely historical InGameNovel ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks 2920: The Last Year of the First Era]]'' series shows Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III going through increasing paranoia starting from the first book. Played with in that the plot against him that leads to his assassination arises out of his own paranoid lashing-out, including [[spoiler:having his mistress executed because he thought she was plotting to poison him. She wasn't; she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.]] He also probably trusted the Akaviri ambassador a little too much, but the Potentate seems to have {{exploited|Trope}} the existing plot rather than having been directly involved in it.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', Balmora Mages Guild Stewardess Ranis Athrys has a major grudge against the [[EvilSorcerer Telvanni]], [[spoiling:likely due to them having [[MyParentsAreDead killed her parents]]]], and believes that they have spies within the Guild. [[spoiler:As a later quest reveals, she is absolutely right about that]].



** ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks 2920: The Last Year of the First Era]]'' shows Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III going through increasing paranoia starting from the first book. Played with in that the plot against him that leads to his assassination arises out of his own paranoid lashing-out, including [[spoiler:having his mistress executed because he thought she was plotting to poison him. She wasn't; she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.]] He also probably trusted the Akaviri ambassador a little too much, but the Potentate seemed to have {{exploited|Trope}} the existing plot rather than having been directly involved in it.
** Similar to the ''Bioshock'' Fort Frolic example above, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Most players develop the habit of smashing, shooting, burning, etc., any entombed Draugr who isn't naked, as they tend to come to life and attack you (this is also pretty good way to get a sneak attack on them).

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** ''[[Literature/TheElderScrollsInUniverseBooks 2920: The Last Year of the First Era]]'' shows Emperor Reman Cyrodiil III going through increasing paranoia starting from the first book. Played with in that the plot against him that leads to his assassination arises out of his own paranoid lashing-out, including [[spoiler:having his mistress executed because he thought she was plotting to poison him. She wasn't; she was in the wrong place at the wrong time.]] He also probably trusted the Akaviri ambassador a little too much, but the Potentate seemed to have {{exploited|Trope}} the existing plot rather than having been directly involved in it.
** Similar to the ''Bioshock'' Fort Frolic example above, in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Most
In ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'', most players develop the habit of smashing, shooting, burning, etc., any entombed Draugr who isn't naked, as they tend to come to life and attack you (this is also pretty good way to get a sneak attack on them).
11th Apr '17 11:28:31 AM AthenaBlue
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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E12Warhead "Warhead"]]:
*** Upon finding a mysterious, damaged protocol droid in the wilderness, Chopper immediately wants to destroy it. The droid turns out to be an Imperial infiltrator, and Chopper gives an "I told you so" via AP-5 when it reveals its true nature. However, it's just as well Chopper didn't get his way, because that would have compromised the rebel base even sooner as the Empire would have known exactly which droid didn't report back.
*** Upon hearing that one of the infiltrator droids failed to report back, [[spoiler:[[ReverseMole Kallus]]]] suspects that the rebels have it, so he contacts them as Fulcrum.
6th Apr '17 10:11:22 PM nombretomado
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* The world of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' may be okay with [[FreeRangeChildren letting kids run around unsupervised]], but, in ''PokemonSpecial'', Sir Berlitz hired a pair of bodyguards to accompany his daughter on her journey to Mt. Coronet. Good thing too, as she becomes the target of kidnapping and winds up in the battle against Team Galactic. Too bad due to a mishap she got a pair of aspiring comedians instead.

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* The world of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' may be okay with [[FreeRangeChildren letting kids run around unsupervised]], but, in ''PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Sir Berlitz hired a pair of bodyguards to accompany his daughter on her journey to Mt. Coronet. Good thing too, as she becomes the target of kidnapping and winds up in the battle against Team Galactic. Too bad due to a mishap she got a pair of aspiring comedians instead.
5th Apr '17 12:41:51 AM AthenaBlue
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There ''is'' someone out to get Bob and his family and friends--and they ''are'' using all sorts of devious devices and schemes that would succeed… if the person enacting the security lockdown weren't doing her job. Sadly, only Bob, the opposing forces, and the audience know that the full-body frisking of the girlfriend is mandatory for survival.

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There ''is'' someone out to get Bob and his family and friends--and friends -- and they ''are'' using all sorts of devious devices and schemes that would succeed… if the person enacting the security lockdown weren't doing her job. Sadly, only Bob, the opposing forces, and the audience know that the full-body frisking of the girlfriend is mandatory for survival.



* Martha Logan from Season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', whose conspiracy theories are disbelieved by everyone, even the audience initially. It's not a coincidence that she [[MeaningfulName shares her first name]] with the below mentioned Martha Mitchell...
** Omar Hassan in season 8 gets steadily more paranoid after his own brother betrays him. This results in him arresting people on the barest of suspicions, up to and including his own head of security. [[spoiler:The head of security turns out to, in fact, be in league with the terrorists]].
** The Russian gangsters are said to be extremely paranoid. An example: they put Renee and Ziya in the trunk of a car and Jack follows them...only to find that the car he's following is a decoy, and the real one left five minutes later.
** When Jack Bauer and Cole Ortiz take Dana Walsh hostage since she has a file that reveals the the true masterminds behind the attack on Hassan, Dana is extremely reluctant to give it to them since she's convinced that Jack, [[spoiler: who has recently lost Renee Walker and been betrayed by the President]] in relation to the attacks, just wants to be judge, jury, and executioner and kill those involved rather than actually bringing about justice, with her being the first target. Inverted that he does want expose the conspirators [[spoiler:''but'' she's also right that he ''primarily'' wants to murder them. Not that it does her any good, since Jack still kills her]].



* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Doakes is this. He becomes obsessed with the idea that [[ConsummateLiar Dexter Morgan]] [[DramaticIrony is hiding a deep dark secret]]. Of course, he is absolutely right.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The wildlings' insistence that you ''must'' burn dead bodies to prevent them coming back as wights under the control of the White Walkers.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Mr. Bennett has reason to be paranoid, what with working for a top-secret organization disguised as a paper company that captures superhumans and a superhuman daughter he wants to keep out of capture.
* Martha Logan from Season 5 of ''Series/TwentyFour'', whose conspiracy theories are disbelieved by everyone, even the audience initially. It's not a coincidence that she [[MeaningfulName shares her first name]] with the below mentioned Martha Mitchell...
** Omar Hassan in season 8 gets steadily more paranoid after his own brother betrays him. This results in him arresting people on the barest of suspicions, up to and including his own head of security. [[spoiler:The head of security turns out to, in fact, be in league with the terrorists]].
** The Russian gangsters are said to be extremely paranoid. An example: they put Renee and Ziya in the trunk of a car and Jack follows them...only to find that the car he's following is a decoy, and the real one left five minutes later.
** When Jack Bauer and Cole Ortiz take Dana Walsh hostage since she has a file that reveals the the true masterminds behind the attack on Hassan, Dana is extremely reluctant to give it to them since she's convinced that Jack, [[spoiler: who has recently lost Renee Walker and been betrayed by the President]] in relation to the attacks, just wants to be judge, jury, and executioner and kill those involved rather than actually bringing about justice, with her being the first target. Inverted that he does want expose the conspirators [[spoiler:''but'' she's also right that he ''primarily'' wants to murder them. Not that it does her any good, since Jack still kills her]].



* In the episode "Twice Shy" from the fourth season of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Aeryn and John are taking a break for a number of reasons. To keep his mind off her, Crichton is going through a ''lot'' of a drug Noranti made for him which deadens his emotions towards her for short periods of time. Even when she wants to get back together, though, he resists. When she pleads with him to tell her why, he says he's moved on...and in the face of her almost begging for more of an explanation, he has Pilot check the comms, which will result in them going offline for about thirty seconds. Suddenly Crichton goes from drugged-out Botox face to sober and desperate seriousness.

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* In the 2nd episode of season 5 of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon becomes freaked out by the fact that Penny picked up a lazyboy from the garbage, and is constantly trying to convince her to remove it, only for her to ignore his statements and drive him away. [[spoiler:The ending of the episode has Penny and Amy fleeing from the apartment after discovering that there is something living in the chair, and presumably disposing of the chair...only for Howard and Raj to pick it back up to the apartment, meaning that Sheldon had a very good reason to be paranoid about it being a health hazard]].
** Even before the reveal, he was properly paranoid to distrust a chair that was randomly lying on the street.
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'', Lydia refuses to give Walter the information he needs until she finds another way to make herself indispensable to him, for fear that, once he has the info, he'll kill her. Walter scoffs about how he would kill her in a public place in the middle of the day with witnesses everywhere (they're at a coffee shop), [[spoiler:but that is, in fact, exactly what he was planning to do, via ricin in her tea]].
* In season four of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy goes to college and gets a really annoying roommate: Kathy. Kathy listens to Music/CelineDion, insists on keeping track of whose milk is whose, and, worst of all, she ''irons her jeans''. Buffy concludes that she's an evil demon from another dimension who's trying to eat Buffy's soul and decides to slay her. Cue all her friends running around trying to stop an obviously-possessed Buffy from killing an ordinary (if annoying) girl. Buffy is 100% right.
** But Kathy's evil spell WAS making Buffy act really wiggy and stressed, drastically undermining any attempts she made to rationally explain things. It wasn't until Giles noticed that Kathy's toenails did, in fact, keep growing after being cut (just as Buffy had been ranting about) that the gang believed her.
** An earlier example from the show would also be the episode where her mom dated Ted (played by John Ritter). Giles and her friends all like the charming, handsome, cookie-baking suitor. Buffy doesn't trust him and won't even try his delicious cookies. Eventually, she even gets into a scuffle with him and knocks him down some steps when he grabs her, apparently killing him. Much guilt and blame are thrown about, until Ted shows up again. Turns out, he's a psychotic robot who really does want to take her mom away (and who drugs those cookies to make everyone compliant and happy).
* Michael Westen on ''Series/BurnNotice'' is ex-CIA, so he's ''trained'' to be slightly paranoid, and is vindicated repeatedly. {{Discussed}} at least once: Mike quotes Golda Meir's famous line that "even paranoids have enemies" (referring to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]]). Sam's response?
-->'''Sam:''' You're living proof of that.
** Sam also qualifies, at least when all of them are on the run from the authorities after [[spoiler:Michael kills his mentor]]. As soon as he hears from his girlfriend about some road work in the area, he immediately goes for his binoculars and spots one of the workers putting a finger to his ear, indicating he's wearing an earpiece.
* ''{{Series/Delete}}'': Lucifer seems like a paranoid nut at first, but he turns out to be right. His paranoia saved him already, since he wore a bulletproof vest which stopped an assassin's bullets.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': Doakes is this. He becomes obsessed with the idea that [[ConsummateLiar Dexter Morgan]] [[DramaticIrony is hiding a deep dark secret]]. Of course, he is absolutely right.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E1Rose "Rose"]], Clive has spent years collecting information about the Doctor and building theories about him, most of which are right. Rose ignores his warning that death is the Doctor's constant companion. Within hours, aliens have attacked Rose and are killing people all over London, including Clive. Which just goes to show that spending too much time InHarmsWay is an good way to be ''[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished mistaken for the cause of said harm]]''.
** Creator/StevenMoffat's job description is to make ''you, the viewer'', Properly Paranoid.
* Agent Ballard in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''; all his colleagues make fun of him for believing that there's some evil underground company called 'the Dollhouse' that's brainwashing people and selling them as perfect prostitutes, assassins, body-guards, etc. Eventually it turns out that he isn't quite paranoid enough.
* In the episode "Twice Shy" from the fourth season of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Aeryn and John are taking a break for a number of reasons. To keep his mind off her, Crichton is going through a ''lot'' of a drug Noranti made for him which deadens his emotions towards her for short periods of time. Even when she wants to get back together, though, he resists. When she pleads with him to tell her why, he says he's moved on...on ... and in the face of her almost begging for more of an explanation, he has Pilot check the comms, which will result in them going offline for about thirty seconds. Suddenly Crichton goes from drugged-out Botox face to sober and desperate seriousness.



* Happens from time to time in episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. In one episode, an old woman has shut herself into a derelict house and refuses to let anyone in out of the fear that Death is trying to get her. In another episode, an old man makes a valiant effort to keep a grandfather clock working in the belief that if it stops, he will die. [[spoiler:Both stories wind up being subverted: Death turns out to be a nice guy just who wants to help the old lady, and the old man decides that his belief about the clock is just a silly superstition that he can discard at will]].



* Practically the entire cast of ''Series/TheXFiles'' displays this behavior at some point. Yes, [[TheMenInBlack the Conspiracy]] really is out to get them. So much so that everyone largely stops caring after a while. What Suzanne Modeski tells the Lone Gunmen could be the series' motto: "No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough." This might however take paranoia to the point of kitsch.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Rose", Clive has spent years collecting information about the Doctor and building theories about him, most of which are right. Rose ignores his warning that death is the Doctor's constant companion. Within hours, aliens have attacked Rose and are killing people all over London, including Clive. Which just goes to show that spending too much time InHarmsWay is an good way to be ''[[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished mistaken for the cause of said Harm]]''.
** Creator/StevenMoffat's job description is to make ''you, the viewer'', Properly Paranoid.



* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': The wildlings' insistence that you ''must'' burn dead bodies to prevent them coming back as wights under the control of the White Walkers.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Mr. Bennett has reason to be paranoid, what with working for a top-secret organization disguised as a paper company that captures superhumans and a superhuman daughter he wants to keep out of capture.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'': CIA operative Carrie believes that Brody has been brainwashed by terrorists. At first, she may have been wrong, but [[spoiler:by the next season she was right all along]].



** In the pilot, Hobbes notices a couple of Canadian tourists making out and points out to Darien that they're terrorists. Darien finds the idea of a "Canadian terrorist" hilarious...until they pull out submachineguns and start spraying everywhere.
* In season four of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy goes to college and gets a really annoying roommate: Kathy. Kathy listens to Music/CelineDion, insists on keeping track of whose milk is whose, and, worst of all, she ''irons her jeans''. Buffy concludes that she's an evil demon from another dimension who's trying to eat Buffy's soul and decides to slay her. Cue all her friends running around trying to stop an obviously-possessed Buffy from killing an ordinary (if annoying) girl. Buffy is 100% right.
** But Kathy's evil spell WAS making Buffy act really wiggy and stressed, drastically undermining any attempts she made to rationally explain things. It wasn't until Giles noticed that Kathy's toenails did, in fact, keep growing after being cut (just as Buffy had been ranting about) that the gang believed her.
** An earlier example from the show would also be the episode where her mom dated Ted (played by John Ritter). Giles and her friends all like the charming, handsome, cookie-baking suitor. Buffy doesn't trust him and won't even try his delicious cookies. Eventually, she even gets into a scuffle with him and knocks him down some steps when he grabs her, apparently killing him. Much guilt and blame are thrown about, until Ted shows up again. Turns out, he's a psychotic robot who really does want to take her mom away (and who drugs those cookies to make everyone compliant and happy).

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** In the pilot, Hobbes notices a couple of Canadian tourists making out and points out to Darien that they're terrorists. Darien finds the idea of a "Canadian terrorist" hilarious...hilarious ... until they pull out submachineguns and start spraying everywhere.
* In season four of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Buffy goes to college and gets a really annoying roommate: Kathy. Kathy listens to Music/CelineDion, insists on keeping track of whose milk is whose, and, worst of all, she ''irons her jeans''. Buffy concludes that she's an evil demon from another dimension who's trying to eat Buffy's soul and decides to slay her. Cue all her friends running around trying to stop an obviously-possessed Buffy from killing an ordinary (if annoying) girl. Buffy is 100% right.
** But Kathy's evil spell WAS making Buffy act really wiggy and stressed, drastically undermining any attempts she made to rationally explain things. It wasn't until Giles noticed that Kathy's toenails did, in fact, keep growing after being cut (just as Buffy had been ranting about) that the gang believed her.
** An earlier example from the show would also be the episode where her mom dated Ted (played by John Ritter). Giles and her friends all like the charming, handsome, cookie-baking suitor. Buffy doesn't trust him and won't even try his delicious cookies. Eventually, she even gets into a scuffle with him and knocks him down some steps when he grabs her, apparently killing him. Much guilt and blame are thrown about, until Ted shows up again. Turns out, he's a psychotic robot who really does want to take her mom away (and who drugs those cookies to make everyone compliant and happy).
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* On an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', the ChurchOfHappyology, which surveils and keeps files on its critics, is proven to be right to be so paranoid about at least one of them: he really ''is'' out to get them, to the point that he murders his wife in order to frame them for the crime.
* Tubbs and Edward from ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' are horrified and disgusted at the thought of "strangers" from outside the decent town and local shop. Their fears seem completely out of scale in the first series, but when you consider the likes of Pop, Herr Lipp, and, worst of all, Papa Lazarou...
* In the season 4 finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', off-island Sayid is this trope.
-->'''Sayid:''' I just killed a man who's been perched outside this facility for the last week. I'm finding paranoia keeps me alive.
** [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_s2H9uhxEthA/SXgf5p_efAI/AAAAAAAAE0s/oILtvuJsVpM/s320/tape.jpg See]]? If he wasn't so paranoid, he and Hurley would both be dead. [[spoiler:Well...deader, you know what I mean]].
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Reese once claimed that one of his teachers was out to get him and was deliberately failing his tests. Lois told him to stop making excuses and work harder. She has Malcolm tutor Reese. Eventually, Reese composes a passable paper that is at least "C" level, only for that to get an "F" as well. Ultimately, since it seems that there is no way Reese can get a passing grade on his own, they decide to simply cheat and have Malcolm take one of his tests for him. That test gets an "F", and this clues everybody in to the fact Reese's teacher ''really is out to get him''. Though ironically Reese confesses that [[SubvertedTrope he was in fact just making an excuse and didn't actually think his teacher was deliberately failing him.]]
* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up", Marie's first thought about Walker and Wheeler is that they are serial killers. She's right. Ironically, both of them decide not to kill her...[[spoiler:but leave her tied to a tree with barbed wire in the middle of nowhere instead]].
* Series/MrBean [[RemovableSteeringWheel removes the steering wheel]] from his iconic mini to stop it from being stolen. He's right to do it.
** TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight.



* Tubbs and Edward from ''TheLeagueOfGentlemen'' are horrified and disgusted at the thought of "strangers" from outside the decent town and local shop. Their fears seem completely out of scale in the first series, but when you consider the likes of Pop, Herr Lipp, and, worst of all, Papa Lazarou...
* On ''Series/BreakingBad'', Lydia refuses to give Walter the information he needs until she finds another way to make herself indispensable to him, for fear that, once he has the info, he'll kill her. Walter scoffs about how he would kill her in a public place in the middle of the day with witnesses everywhere (they're at a coffee shop), [[spoiler:but that is, in fact, exactly what he was planning to do, via ricin in her tea]].
* In ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'', Reese once claimed that one of his teachers was out to get him and was deliberately failing his tests. Lois told him to stop making excuses and work harder. She has Malcolm tutor Reese. Eventually, Reese composes a passable paper that is at least "C" level, only for that to get an "F" as well. Ultimately, since it seems that there is no way Reese can get a passing grade on his own, they decide to simply cheat and have Malcolm take one of his tests for him. That test gets an "F", and this clues everybody in to the fact Reese's teacher ''really is out to get him''. Though ironically Reese confesses that [[SubvertedTrope he was in fact just making an excuse and didn't actually think his teacher was deliberately failing him.]]
* Agent Ballard in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}''; all his colleagues make fun of him for believing that there's some evil underground company called 'the Dollhouse' that's brainwashing people and selling them as perfect prostitutes, assassins, body-guards, etc. Eventually it turns out that he isn't quite paranoid enough.
* In the season 4 finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', off-island Sayid is this trope.
-->'''Sayid:''' I just killed a man who's been perched outside this facility for the last week. I'm finding paranoia keeps me alive.
** [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_s2H9uhxEthA/SXgf5p_efAI/AAAAAAAAE0s/oILtvuJsVpM/s320/tape.jpg See]]? If he wasn't so paranoid, he and Hurley would both be dead. [[spoiler:Well...deader, you know what I mean]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has more than a few characters that fit this trope.
** Weyoun 6 uses paranoia as a defense mechanism, since he's a defecting high-ranking member of the Dominion.
--->'''Odo:''' Aren't you being a little paranoid?
--->'''Weyoun 6:''' Of course I'm paranoid; everyone's trying to kill me!
** Enabran Tain, head of the intelligence agency the Obsidian Order. When you're the first leader of the organization to live until retirement, then you weren't paranoid, just prepared. Everyone from that group would fit this trope. This is eventually subverted. Retirement dulled his instincts enough for him to eventually not be paranoid enough. Hindsight told him the warning signs were always there and, in the old days, he'd have paid attention long before it was too late.
** Garak also uses paranoia as a defense mechanism which also makes him CrazyPrepared. In a light-hearted Series 6 scene, everyone tells him he's being paranoid to think Starfleet Security took advantage of his debrief with them to do something to him (the Obsidian Order did things like that). Series 7 reveals that Starfleet Security (specifically Section 31) did something to Odo when he was with Starfleet Medical to ensure his entire race could potentially be wiped out. So, a PlayedForLaughs scene suddenly becomes HarsherInHindsight: Garak may not have been the target, but the instinct that told him the Federation is capable of anything in the name of security was dead right.
--->'''Garak:''' Paranoid is what you call people who imagine threats against their life. I ''have'' threats against my life.
** When your enemies are a race of shapeshifters, no amount of paranoia is too much. Except, that is, for the paranoia that you get from the one who's replaced your own leader.



* In the 2nd episode of season 5 of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon becomes freaked out by the fact that Penny picked up a lazyboy from the garbage, and is constantly trying to convince her to remove it, only for her to ignore his statements and drive him away. [[spoiler:The ending of the episode has Penny and Amy fleeing from the apartment after discovering that there is something living in the chair, and presumably disposing of the chair...only for Howard and Raj to pick it back up to the apartment, meaning that Sheldon had a very good reason to be paranoid about it being a health hazard]].
** Even before the reveal, he was properly paranoid to distrust a chair that was randomly lying on the street.
* Stringer Bell, drug lord extraordinaire, on ''Series/TheWire''. By Season 3, he has his men using phones only to set up face to face meetings. These phones are disposable cell phones, which are bought individually from random convenience stores up to 200 miles away from Baltimore and which are thrown away and replaced every two weeks. Stringer himself does not use these phones. He has a different phone, on a different network, which only his NumberTwo has the number for (and which he never calls him on from one of the other disposables)--and that phone itself changes numbers on a regular basis, as he has a stockpile of ''hundreds'' of SIM cards, one of which he keeps for his "clean" legit business ventures and the rest of which he cycles through for his drug affairs. The detectives trying to bust him just have to sit back and marvel at it all.
* In ''Series/YesMinister'', Hacker is often convinced that the actions of anyone involved in government are part of some political plot. Probably because they almost always are.
-->"You'd be paranoid too if everyone was plotting against you."
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie gets sick, and the local stalker Rose ends up taking care of him. After a while, he becomes suspicious that Rose may have convinced him he was sick somehow and was drugging him as some sort of plot to get him together with her. He also kept a cold pill upstairs without consuming it as proof, but it ended up eaten by Bertha (resulting in her being knocked out). Charlie was eventually proven to be right, although it was actually in such a way even he did not anticipate: Apparently the method Rose used to orchestrate his sickness was arranging a friend of hers to work while she had the cold and seduce Charlie so he'd get infected.
** Actually, anytime he assumes Rose has something to do with what is going on, to which others assume he is only paranoid, he always turns out to be right.

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* In the 2nd episode of season 5 of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', Sheldon becomes freaked out by the fact ''Series/OrphanBlack'' Alison learns that Penny picked up a lazyboy from the garbage, someone is likely monitoring her behavior, and is constantly trying suspects [[spoiler:that it's her husband, which it is]]. Unfortunately, unlike a lot of Properly Paranoid people, who believe things that sound outlandish but are rarely wrong and often have evidence for them, Alison ''really is'' paranoid and just happened to be correct in that one instance. The others convince her that she's wrong because she doesn't have anything to remove it, only for her to ignore his statements back it up beyond wild suspicions, and drive him away. [[spoiler:The ending the truth doesn't come out until after [[spoiler:she's let someone else die out of the episode has Penny similarly insubstantial, but this time incorrect, belief that she was the monitor]].
** Basically every single self-aware [[spoiler:LEDA]] clone on ''Orphan Black'' ends up qualifying for this trope eventually, due to the large number of conspiracies targeting self-aware [[spoiler:LEDA]] clones. Even some of the ones who aren't yet self-aware, such as Krystal Goderitch, have rightfully gotten pretty paranoid.
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** Alicia Corwin knows the Machine is watching her, knows at least some of the ways that it might be performing said monitoring,
and Amy fleeing from the apartment after discovering may be aware that it can act to protect itself should it figure out that she wants to shut it down.
** Played with in Shaw's case. After she starts working with Team Machine, she refuses to carry a phone off-mission. Considering that she knows for a fact
that there is something living in the chair, and presumably disposing of the chair...only for Howard and Raj to pick it back up to the apartment, meaning that Sheldon had a very good reason to be paranoid about it being a health hazard]].
** Even before the reveal, he was properly paranoid to distrust a chair that was randomly lying on the street.
* Stringer Bell, drug lord extraordinaire, on ''Series/TheWire''. By Season 3, he has his men using phones only to set up face to face meetings. These phones are disposable cell phones, which are bought individually from random convenience stores up to 200 miles away from Baltimore and which are thrown away and replaced every two weeks. Stringer himself does not use these phones. He has a different phone, on a different network, which only his NumberTwo has the number for (and which he never calls him on from one of the other disposables)--and that phone itself changes numbers on a regular basis, as he has a stockpile of ''hundreds'' of SIM cards, one of which he keeps for his "clean" legit business ventures and the rest of which he cycles through for his drug affairs. The detectives trying to bust him just have to sit back and marvel at it all.
* In ''Series/YesMinister'', Hacker is often convinced that the actions of anyone involved in
government are part of some political plot. Probably because they almost always are.
-->"You'd be
supercomputer spying on her, this is understandable. But she's nowhere near paranoid too if everyone was plotting against you."
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie gets sick, and
enough, as the local stalker Rose ends up taking care of him. After a while, he becomes suspicious that Rose may have convinced him he was sick somehow and was drugging him as some sort of plot to get him together with Machine can track her through all the electronic devices in the city surrounding her. He also kept a cold pill upstairs without consuming it as proof, but it ended up eaten by Bertha (resulting [[spoiler:When Root (with the Machine whispering in her being knocked out). Charlie was eventually proven to be right, although it was actually in such ear) needs her help on a way even he did not anticipate: Apparently the method Rose used to orchestrate his sickness was arranging a friend of hers to work while mission, she had the cold finds and seduce Charlie so he'd get infected.
** Actually, anytime he assumes Rose has something to do
kidnaps Shaw with what absolutely zero difficulty]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Elliot bakes a dozen cookies for J.D, who eats all of them at once. When asked why he claims that Turk would break in and steal them since it
is going on, to which others assume he is the only paranoid, time he always turns out gets sweets due to be right.his diabetes. Elliot calls J.D. an idiot. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Later that night]], Turk steals them.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': [[spoiler:Louie]] doesn't take it seriously when Ray told [[spoiler:him not to discuss Alex's secret at a cell phone. That's how Danielle's spies learn the secret]].



* Michael Westen on ''Series/BurnNotice'' is ex-CIA, so he's ''trained'' to be slightly paranoid, and is vindicated repeatedly. {{Discussed}} at least once: Mike quotes Golda Meir's famous line that "even paranoids have enemies" (referring to the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Villain of the Week]]). Sam's response?
-->'''Sam:''' You're living proof of that.
** Sam also qualifies, at least when all of them are on the run from the authorities after [[spoiler:Michael kills his mentor]]. As soon as he hears from his girlfriend about some road work in the area, he immediately goes for his binoculars and spots one of the workers putting a finger to his ear, indicating he's wearing an earpiece.
* On an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', the ChurchOfHappyology, which surveils and keeps files on its critics, is proven to be right to be so paranoid about at least one of them: he really ''is'' out to get them, to the point that he murders his wife in order to frame them for the crime.
* Series/MrBean [[RemovableSteeringWheel removes the steering wheel]] from his iconic mini to stop it from being stolen. He's right to do it.
** TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight.
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}'': CIA operative Carrie believes that Brody has been brainwashed by terrorists. At first, she may have been wrong, but [[spoiler:by the next season she was right all along]].
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'':
** Alicia Corwin knows the Machine is watching her, knows at least some of the ways that it might be performing said monitoring, and may be aware that it can act to protect itself should it figure out that she wants to shut it down.
** Played with in Shaw's case. After she starts working with Team Machine, she refuses to carry a phone off-mission. Considering that she knows for a fact that there is a government supercomputer spying on her, this is understandable. But she's nowhere near paranoid enough, as the Machine can track her through all the electronic devices in the city surrounding her. [[spoiler:When Root (with the Machine whispering in her ear) needs her help on a mission, she finds and kidnaps Shaw with absolutely zero difficulty]].



* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has more than a few characters that fit this trope.
** Weyoun 6 uses paranoia as a defense mechanism, since he's a defecting high-ranking member of the Dominion.
--->'''Odo:''' Aren't you being a little paranoid?
--->'''Weyoun 6:''' Of course I'm paranoid; everyone's trying to kill me!
** Enabran Tain, head of the intelligence agency the Obsidian Order. When you're the first leader of the organization to live until retirement, then you weren't paranoid, just prepared. Everyone from that group would fit this trope. This is eventually subverted. Retirement dulled his instincts enough for him to eventually not be paranoid enough. Hindsight told him the warning signs were always there and, in the old days, he'd have paid attention long before it was too late.
** Garak also uses paranoia as a defense mechanism which also makes him CrazyPrepared. In a light-hearted Series 6 scene, everyone tells him he's being paranoid to think Starfleet Security took advantage of his debrief with them to do something to him (the Obsidian Order did things like that). Series 7 reveals that Starfleet Security (specifically Section 31) did something to Odo when he was with Starfleet Medical to ensure his entire race could potentially be wiped out. So, a PlayedForLaughs scene suddenly becomes HarsherInHindsight: Garak may not have been the target, but the instinct that told him the Federation is capable of anything in the name of security was dead right.
--->'''Garak:''' Paranoid is what you call people who imagine threats against their life. I ''have'' threats against my life.
** When your enemies are a race of shapeshifters, no amount of paranoia is too much. Except, that is, for the paranoia that you get from the one who's replaced your own leader.



* In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up", Marie's first thought about Walker and Wheeler is that they are serial killers. She's right. Ironically, both of them decide not to kill her...[[spoiler:but leave her tied to a tree with barbed wire in the middle of nowhere instead]].
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'' Alison learns that someone is likely monitoring her behavior, and suspects [[spoiler:that it's her husband, which it is]]. Unfortunately, unlike a lot of Properly Paranoid people, who believe things that sound outlandish but are rarely wrong and often have evidence for them, Alison ''really is'' paranoid and just happened to be correct in that one instance. The others convince her that she's wrong because she doesn't have anything to back it up beyond wild suspicions, and the truth doesn't come out until after [[spoiler:she's let someone else die out of the similarly insubstantial, but this time incorrect, belief that she was the monitor]].
** Basically every single self-aware [[spoiler:LEDA]] clone on ''Orphan Black'' ends up qualifying for this trope eventually, due to the large number of conspiracies targeting self-aware [[spoiler:LEDA]] clones. Even some of the ones who aren't yet self-aware, such as Krystal Goderitch, have rightfully gotten pretty paranoid.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': [[spoiler:Louie]] doesn't take it seriously when Ray told [[spoiler:him not to discuss Alex's secret at a cell phone. That's how Danielle's spies learn the secret]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Elliot bakes a dozen cookies for J.D, who eats all of them at once. When asked why he claims that Turk would break in and steal them since it is the only time he gets sweets due to his diabetes. Elliot calls J.D. an idiot. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Later that night]], Turk steals them.
* ''{{Series/Delete}}'': Lucifer seems like a paranoid nut at first, but he turns out to be right. His paranoia saved him already, since he wore a bulletproof vest which stopped an an assassin's bullets.

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* Happens from time to time in episodes of ''Series/TheTwilightZone''. In the ''Series/MastersOfHorror'' episode "Pick Me Up", Marie's first thought about Walker one episode, an old woman has shut herself into a derelict house and Wheeler is that they are serial killers. She's right. Ironically, both of them decide not refuses to kill her...[[spoiler:but leave her tied to a tree with barbed wire in the middle of nowhere instead]].
* In ''Series/OrphanBlack'' Alison learns that someone is likely monitoring her behavior, and suspects [[spoiler:that it's her husband, which it is]]. Unfortunately, unlike a lot of Properly Paranoid people, who believe things that sound outlandish but are rarely wrong and often have evidence for them, Alison ''really is'' paranoid and just happened to be correct in that one instance. The others convince her that she's wrong because she doesn't have anything to back it up beyond wild suspicions, and the truth doesn't come out until after [[spoiler:she's
let someone else die anyone in out of the similarly insubstantial, but this time incorrect, fear that Death is trying to get her. In another episode, an old man makes a valiant effort to keep a grandfather clock working in the belief that she was the monitor]].
** Basically every single self-aware [[spoiler:LEDA]] clone on ''Orphan Black'' ends
if it stops, he will die. [[spoiler:Both stories wind up qualifying for this trope eventually, due to the large number of conspiracies targeting self-aware [[spoiler:LEDA]] clones. Even some of the ones who aren't yet self-aware, such as Krystal Goderitch, have rightfully gotten pretty paranoid.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': [[spoiler:Louie]] doesn't take it seriously when Ray told [[spoiler:him not to discuss Alex's secret at a cell phone. That's how Danielle's spies learn the secret]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Elliot bakes a dozen cookies for J.D, who eats all of them at once. When asked why he claims that Turk would break in and steal them since it is the only time he gets sweets due to his diabetes. Elliot calls J.D. an idiot. [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight Later that night]], Turk steals them.
* ''{{Series/Delete}}'': Lucifer seems like a paranoid nut at first, but he
being subverted: Death turns out to be right. His a nice guy just who wants to help the old lady, and the old man decides that his belief about the clock is just a silly superstition that he can discard at will]].
* In ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Charlie gets sick, and the local stalker Rose ends up taking care of him. After a while, he becomes suspicious that Rose may have convinced him he was sick somehow and was drugging him as some sort of plot to get him together with her. He also kept a cold pill upstairs without consuming it as proof, but it ended up eaten by Bertha (resulting in her being knocked out). Charlie was eventually proven to be right, although it was actually in such a way even he did not anticipate: Apparently the method Rose used to orchestrate his sickness was arranging a friend of hers to work while she had the cold and seduce Charlie so he'd get infected.
** Actually, anytime he assumes Rose has something to do with what is going on, to which others assume he is only paranoid, he always turns out to be right.
* Stringer Bell, drug lord extraordinaire, on ''Series/TheWire''. By Season 3, he has his men using phones only to set up face to face meetings. These phones are disposable cell phones, which are bought individually from random convenience stores up to 200 miles away from Baltimore and which are thrown away and replaced every two weeks. Stringer himself does not use these phones. He has a different phone, on a different network, which only his NumberTwo has the number for (and which he never calls him on from one of the other disposables)--and that phone itself changes numbers on a regular basis, as he has a stockpile of ''hundreds'' of SIM cards, one of which he keeps for his "clean" legit business ventures and the rest of which he cycles through for his drug affairs. The detectives trying to bust him just have to sit back and marvel at it all.
* Practically the entire cast of ''Series/TheXFiles'' displays this behavior at some point. Yes, [[TheMenInBlack the Conspiracy]] really is out to get them. So much so that everyone largely stops caring after a while. What Suzanne Modeski tells the Lone Gunmen could be the series' motto: "No matter how paranoid you are, you're not paranoid enough." This might however take
paranoia saved him already, since he wore a bulletproof vest which stopped an an assassin's bullets.to the point of kitsch.
* In ''Series/YesMinister'', Hacker is often convinced that the actions of anyone involved in government are part of some political plot. Probably because they almost always are.
-->"You'd be paranoid too if everyone was plotting against you."
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* At the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Two-Tone Town", when Warner Bros. holds auditions for an upcoming television show, Buster is worried that the new show will replace ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' in its time slot, cancelling it and forcing him and Babs to get jobs at ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Toonywood Squares]]''. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], what he said [[DownerEnding turns out to be true]] when he and Babs help obscure Warner Bros. stars Foxy, Roxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee get lead parts on the new show when they previously were all down on their luck.

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* At the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Two-Tone Town", when Warner Bros. holds auditions for an upcoming television show, Buster is worried that the new show will replace ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' in its time slot, cancelling it and forcing him and Babs to get jobs at ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Toonywood Squares]]''. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], what he said [[DownerEnding turns out to be true]] [[NiceJobBreakingItHero when he and Babs help obscure Warner Bros. stars Foxy, Roxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee get lead parts on the new show show]] [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished when they previously were all down on their luck.luck]].
2nd Apr '17 7:24:57 PM DarkHunter
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* When the heroes of part 3 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' arrive in Egypt, they stop at a cafe, but Joseph warns them that they're in the heart of enemy territory so they need to be careful about what they eat or drink in case of poison. To that end, he instructs the waiter to give them bottled cola, insists on taking the caps off themselves, and even picks three specific bottles that he wants. Unknown to Joseph, the waiter is an enemy Stand user who was, in fact, plotting to poison them with the drinks they ordered.

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* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'':
**
When the heroes of part 3 of ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' arrive in Egypt, they stop at a cafe, but Joseph warns them that they're in the heart of enemy territory so they need to be careful about what they eat or drink in case of poison. To that end, he instructs the waiter to give them bottled cola, insists on taking the caps off themselves, and even picks three specific bottles that he wants. Unknown to Joseph, the waiter is an enemy Stand user who was, in fact, plotting to poison them with the drinks they ordered.ordered.
** Dio in his fight at the climax of Part 3 displays remarkable caution in fighting the Joestars despite his enormous advantage in Stand powers and physical abilities. Having watched their adventures so far, he's well-aware of the family's penchant for trickery and deception to lure their opponents into traps. Several times he passes up on seemingly golden opportunities to drain Joseph's blood, which turns out to be wise because Joseph had suffused his own body with hamon energy, which is fatal to vampires like Dio. Later, he's incredibly cautious approaching a prone Jotaro, thinking (correctly) that Jotaro's merely FakingTheDead to get Dio into punching range.
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* Azania in ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' is basically "feminazi" in a literal sense, a LadyLand whose politics are fascist, militarist, paranoid and "racist" against men. They are, however, entirely justified by events, in that [[NoMereWindmill there is indeed]] an international conspiracy to first isolate, then invade and destroy their country being fomented by their arch-enemies, the Christian fundamentalists in the Northern Confederation, who find the very existence of a "feminist" state intolerable. And then they need every bit of internal security and armaments they have in the struggle against the invaders.
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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]]: At the end, [[spoiler:the rebels are taking a circuitous route to Yavin IV involving at least three separate hyperspace jumps, so that Grand Admiral Thrawn can't track them.]]

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** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E15ThroughImperialEyes "Through Imperial Eyes"]]: [[spoiler:[[ReverseMole Kallus]]]] is ''pissed'' that the rebels staged an operation to try and extract him because they thought his cover was in danger without telling him. His fear is proven right, because [[spoiler:a piece of evidence is left behind that gives Grand Admiral Thrawn definite proof that Kallus is Fulcrum, which he wouldn't have had otherwise]].
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]]: At the end, [[spoiler:the rebels are taking a circuitous route to Yavin IV involving at least three separate hyperspace jumps, so that Grand Admiral Thrawn can't track them.]]
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* Flaky might come across as being irrationally nervous and the character has a boatload of phobias in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', but considering what usually ends up happening to the HTF gang, and the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou somewhat unusual delivery mechanisms of said fates,]] her fears seem rather justified... but unfortunately her caution rarely pays off due to FinaglesLaw being in effect.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', "The Posei-Dam Adventure": Daggett nails all his stuff down and [[ChainedHeat handcuffs himself to Truckie the shrew]] because he's worried Truckie will try to steal his stuff. Naturally, the two get trapped in the flooded dam after it's flipped upside-down by a natural disaster and have a harrowing adventure together. At the end of the cartoon, Truckie announces that he ''was'' going to steal Daggett's stuff, but out of gratitude to Dag for saving his life (and because prying all of that stuff loose would be too much trouble), he decides to steal ''Norbert's'' stuff instead.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': in "Betrayal", one of the guards driving the truck at the start is this. The truck skidded to a halt to avoid a seemingly wrecked truck that was blocking the road. But this guard is from ''Gotham'' and knows what a setup looks like. Being a RedShirt, [[DeathByGenreSavviness it doesn't help]].
* The eponymous hero of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' theorizes that anything bad that happens in the universe is the work of his ArchEnemy, the Evil Emperor Zurg. It was even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the PilotMovie.
-->'''Warp Darkmatter''': What plot?! You think Zurg is behind every [[CatUpATree kitten stuck up a tree!]]
-->'''Buzz''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint The fiend! Why can't he leave kitty cats out of his nefarious schemes?]]
** The freakiest thing is he's usually right, as Zurg, being a classic CardCarryingVillain, will do anything to cause chaos in the galaxy. There was even one episode completed devoted to this trope where Buzz (after working nonstop for weeks) captures a pen from one of Zurg's shuttles, believing it to be the key to one of his most devious plans. Everyone thinks he's been wound a bit too tight and force him to take a vacation and relax. It turns out though that Buzz was right as the pen was the firing trigger for Zurg's ''(with dramatic sting music)'' '''Hyper''' DeathRay!
* The most prominent trait of Joshua from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' is his phobia of the title character and his two best friends, Sumo and Jeff. This seems odd, because all three of them are fairly [[NiceGuy nice boys]]. However, if you watch at least three episodes featuring him, you'll understand exactly why.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Waldo Schaeffer, alias Franz Hopper; changing his name was only the tip of the iceberg. His electronic diary was encrypted with code that would take years to crack, hidden in a train station locker whose key was hidden in his daughter's plushy which was in turn hidden in a crack of a wall in his house. And he created a ''[[{{Cyberspace}} whole virtual world]]'' with the aim of hiding there with Aelita, out of danger from his pursuers. But hey, TheMenInBlack '''were''' after him, and they'd already kidnapped his wife.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has this in the main character, [[PunnyName Nigel Uno]] aka Numbah One. He comes across as a big-time AgentMulder, with theories ranging from "the adults are feeding children asparagus because they hate it themselves" to "the mystery meat in the cafeteria is [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter rainbow monkey]]" to "the doctor is turning children into moose to sell their antlers" (or something to that effect). Whenever Numbah One is wrong, it's because the truth is even more outlandish.
** Example: In one episode parodying the [[Film/TheMatrix Animatrix]] short ''The Second Renaissance'', Numbah One gives an elaborate class presentation claiming that kids once ruled the world, until they created adults to be their playmates/servile caretakers. Naturally the adults rebelled and took over the Earth, creating the fiction of "families" (with the adults in control and the children subservient). The teacher stops the presentation and chastises Nigel for his ridiculous flights of fancy but after the class is dismissed he grabs the apple off his desk (which is actually a communicator) and reports "They know..."
* Dan in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' often develops extreme grudges over relatively petty slights, and takes them as evidence of a nefarious conspiracy. Most of the time, ''he's right''.



* ComicBook/TheQuestion's appearances on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' are filled with [[ConspiracyTheorist wild ramblings about obscure plots]], but his crackpot theories seem a lot less crazy when you realize that he was right about Supergirl's disturbing dreams, Luthor triggering the apocalypse ''and'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Baskin-Robbins' 32nd flavor]].
* Tweek from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a 8-year-old boy, addicted to caffeine and suffering from ADD, is constantly twitching, jumping, screaming and pulling his hair out, because he sees the underpants gnomes. Unfortunately, ''they are real''. Another time when the boys try to steal Kenny's ashes from the [=McCormick=]'s living room they tell Cartman his fear that there are robot guards is ridiculous. There ''are'' robot guards.
** The boys were lucky it was ''just'' robot guards. The [=McCormick=]'s are Cthulhu cultists, after all.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' which had the supervisor of a peanut factory forcing his employees to undergo hours of drilling to prepare for any potential elephant attacks. His efforts are all for naught, however... since in the middle of just such an attack, as he's bragging about his preparations, he gets flattened by an elephant.
** In another episode, Bart is dosed with ADD medicine that makes him apparently paranoid, culminating in a wild theory about Major League Baseball spying on people via satellite and him stealing ''a tank'' to stop them. Turns out, yes, he was ''right''.
** In another episode, in the process of babyproofing the entire house, Homer encases the phone in concrete so Maggie can't call and have poison delivered to the house. Marge has trouble believing this, until Homer picks up a carrot (there to help with dialing), randomly hitting buttons and, over the speaker phone, we hear "Thank you for your call. Your poison will be delivered shortly."
** In yet another episode, Homer steals a pile of sugar from a crashed sugar truck. He then keeps it in his backyard and stays all night next to it with a baseball bat to "protect" it. When Marge says he's being paranoid, he immediately pulls out [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman a stereotypical British guy]] with a [[SpotOfTea tea cup and saucer]] from ''inside the pile''.
--->'''Homer:''' All right, pal: where'd you get the sugar for that tea?\\
'''British Guy:''' I nicked it when you let your guard down for that split second, and I'd do it again. ''(sips tea)'' Goodbye.\\
'''Homer:''' You see, Marge? Do you see?
** And then another episode had Homer ''making up'' conspiracies and posting them to the internet. One such conspiracy (Flu shots being used for MindControl) turned out to be true, causing Homer to be kidnapped and held in [[Series/ThePrisoner The Villa]] -- "The Island".
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Waldo Schaeffer, alias Franz Hopper; changing his name was only the tip of the iceberg. His electronic diary was encrypted with code that would take years to crack, hidden in a train station locker whose key was hidden in his daughter's plushy which was in turn hidden in a crack of a wall in his house. And he created a ''[[{{Cyberspace}} whole virtual world]]'' with the aim of hiding there with Aelita, out of danger from his pursuers. But hey, TheMenInBlack '''were''' after him, and they'd already kidnapped his wife.
* In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib has the CassandraTruth reputation going strong. But he's right -- Zim, the main character, is indeed an evil alien bent on conquering humanity. What's more, whenever he's seen engaging in other paranormal studies (such as chasing a hairy kid he thinks is a baby Bigfoot), he continues to show much more awareness of the world around him than... well, the world around him. Maybe he'd be more credible if he stopped talking to himself.
** His sister Gaz knows he's right and that Zim is an alien... however she's too busy with video games and pizza to actually give a damn. Although, she has an excuse:
-->'''Dib:''' Don't you care that Zim is trying to destroy all mankind? Huh?\\
'''Gaz:''' ...But he's so ''bad at it.''
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has this in the main character, [[PunnyName Nigel Uno]] aka Numbah One. He comes across as a big-time AgentMulder, with theories ranging from "the adults are feeding children asparagus because they hate it themselves" to "the mystery meat in the cafeteria is [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter rainbow monkey]]" to "the doctor is turning children into moose to sell their antlers" (or something to that effect). Whenever Numbah One is wrong, it's because the truth is even more outlandish.
** Example: In one episode parodying the [[Film/TheMatrix Animatrix]] short ''The Second Renaissance'', Numbah One gives an elaborate class presentation claiming that kids once ruled the world, until they created adults to be their playmates/servile caretakers. Naturally the adults rebelled and took over the Earth, creating the fiction of "families" (with the adults in control and the children subservient). The teacher stops the presentation and chastises Nigel for his ridiculous flights of fancy but after the class is dismissed he grabs the apple off his desk (which is actually a communicator) and reports "They know..."
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has Stork, who overlaps with CrazyPrepared. He believes that various and hundreds of things are out to get him/the ship/his crew, and he often turns out to be right.
** Stork built an impressive array of traps in the Condor, much to the consternation of the other crew members, but on the numerous occasions the ship has been boarded they are ''very'' useful, and the crew are glad to have them.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
** Beezy against the weavils.
** Also, Jimmy's [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fear of pickles]] seems like the most absurd thing ever, but once you find out the true nature of [[BitchInSheepsClothing Mrs. Gerkin]], it doesn't seem so foolish.



* Flaky might come across as being irrationally nervous and the character has a boatload of phobias in ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'', but considering what usually ends up happening to the HTF gang, and the [[EverythingTryingToKillYou somewhat unusual delivery mechanisms of said fates,]] her fears seem rather justified... but unfortunately her caution rarely pays off due to FinaglesLaw being in effect.
* Mallory from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' seemed rather disturbed that brainiac Tanya not only had a named code in the case of a random dinosaur attack but defense plans for just such an occasion. Dinosaurs are cousins to the race that twice conquered their planet and enslaved their people, so it's not as out there as the show makes it.
* The eponymous hero of ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' theorizes that anything bad that happens in the universe is the work of his ArchEnemy, the Evil Emperor Zurg. It was even [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] in the PilotMovie.
-->'''Warp Darkmatter''': What plot?! You think Zurg is behind every [[CatUpATree kitten stuck up a tree!]]
-->'''Buzz''': [[ComicallyMissingThePoint The fiend! Why can't he leave kitty cats out of his nefarious schemes?]]
** The freakiest thing is he's usually right, as Zurg, being a classic CardCarryingVillain, will do anything to cause chaos in the galaxy. There was even one episode completed devoted to this trope where Buzz (after working nonstop for weeks) captures a pen from one of Zurg's shuttles, believing it to be the key to one of his most devious plans. Everyone thinks he's been wound a bit too tight and force him to take a vacation and relax. It turns out though that Buzz was right as the pen was the firing trigger for Zurg's ''(with dramatic sting music)'' '''Hyper''' DeathRay!
* While being one of the most paranoid characters in the series, Ron Stoppable from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has been accurate many times, such as when he claimed that swimming in the lake of Camp Wannaweep was a bad idea. Turns out, the lake had been polluted by one of the neighboring camps, which resulted in Ron's camp bully (who took to swimming in the lake all summer) becoming a mutant villain. Another episode features said enemy of Ron being supposed cured of his mutation and reformed. Ron, however, remained suspicious, despite even having most of the people he told his claims to [[ProducePelting pelt him with rotten vegetables]]. Guess what? He was right again as his enemy wanted to become a mutant again and create an army of mutants. Also, in one episode where Ron's so-called irrational fear of monkeys was apparent, he claimed that the simian-wise archaeologist Monty Fiske was 'bad road'. Boy was he right big time as it turns out, he was a power-hungry Monkey Kung Fu expert who decreed that from now on, he'd be known as Monkey Fist. It was probably the fact that Ron suspected him from the get-go that he's more of Ron's enemy than Kim's. He also believed the reason that Barkin was always dogging him was because he gave him a funny look back in Freshmen year, which Barkin confirms when they end up in a ChainedHeat incident. In the GrandFinale, Ron was worried that graduation from high school would bring about the end of everything (though he was referring to it more [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder in terms of his relationship with Kim]]). Turns out his worry was more justified than he thought as an AlienInvasion struck the night of graduation, bringing about the end of the world. As Ron put it:
-->'''Ron''': Oh, am I the only one who ''SAW THIS COMING?!''
* Colonel Hunter Gathers from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' eats, sleeps, and breathes this trope. Nearly everything that comes out of his mouth sounds like completely insane conspiracy babble, but he's always right.
** On the very rare occasion that Gathers was outfoxed, it was because he wasn't paranoid ''enough.''
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', conspiracy nut Dale Gribble has a practically ''encyclopedic'' knowledge of government bureaucratic procedures, a knowledge which has come in handy on several occasions. Perhaps the best example was the incident in which he blackmailed a worker at the Department of Motor Vehicles into providing better service, simply by naming the all of worker's superiors in ascending order, then threatening to call them and complain:
-->"''IAmYourWorstNightmare! I have a three-line phone and absolutely nothing at all to do with my time!"''
** That didn't stop him from being the resident CloudCuckoolander who didn't believe in one conspiracy, he believed in ''[[ConspiracyTheorist all of them]]''. The only times he ever bashed an idea, especially ones said to him in jest, were when he had an even ''more'' outlandish idea. Taking a trip to Mexico every election day under the assumption (not fear, honest belief) that there was likely going to be a complete societal collapse because things didn't go the right way was one of the more blatant examples. It was [[LampshadeHanging mentioned]] that he believed so many nutty things that one or two had to be right eventually!
** There was also the time he was right about Hank being a victim of the vast government computer network known as "The Beast".
** And still, he was completely oblivious to a more mundane and much closer to home conspiracy: that his wife Nancy has cheated him with John Redcorn for ''fourteen years'' and that his son Joseph was actually Redcorn's son.
* The Tribunal from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. Seem like a bunch of crazy people, convinced that a metal band is going to fulfill some kind of prophecy, right? Wrong. As the seasons have gone on, Dethklok has been doing almost everything the The Tribunal has feared, and they aren't even aware of it. The Tribunal however is, and they're very worried about it. [[SubvertedTrope However]] the Tribunal are being manipulated, and they are going to be the ones causing trouble.



* Penny Proud in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' suspected that the reason why she was getting bad grades from her teacher despite having put much work into her paper was because her teacher hated her, to which her family members didn't believe her (Oscar initially thought that she gave her a bad grade because the teacher was republican [Penny wrote her paper on how Hillary Clinton inspired her]). Turns out, Penny was actually closer to the truth than even she realized: She did hate her in a way, although mostly because she was sore towards Suga Mama for winning a coin toss (well, cheating in the coin toss is a bit more accurate), and Penny is related to Suga Mama, being her granddaughter and all.
** Also, Penny does this again in the episode "Thelma and Luis," when she finds out that the retirement home that Papi stayed in was actually a prison. She was right all along, but the adults didn't believe her (except for Suga Mama). She was proven right at the end of the episode, though.
* A couple of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts had Sylvester as WesternAnimation/PorkyPig's pet cat, who would be the only one who knew that, for instance, a sinister mob of mice were out to kill his master. Porky would catch Sylvester doing truly bizarre things to save both their skins and chalk his behavior up to cowardice, insanity or both.
* Throughout the B-plot of the ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode, "The Black Widow", Porky worries about the various fire hazards (his iron, stove, curling iron, and antique magnifying glass) he might have left on when Daffy talks him into going with him to Mexico on his Spring Break. At the end of the episode, every single one of these things go off, causing Porky's house to catch fire.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' had the penguins stumble on their hero and idol Buck Rockgut, a senior rockhopper penguin agent whose extreme obsession and paranoia of his #1 enemy, the Red Squirrel, dwarfed the other penguins' paranoia combined. He waited in a bunker for 47 years waiting for the Red Squirrel to appear and thought all the zoo animals were agents or spies for the most trivial of reasons. It got to the point where even Private thought it was all in Buck's head. By the end of the episode, it's revealed the Red Squirrel really does exist, spying from underground and voicing his nefarious plans as the credits roll.
** Of course, there's also Skipper, the leader of the penguins. He gets over-analytical about anything new that happens, most famously in "Roomies" when he suspected Rhonda of working with Blowhole. [[spoiler:He was right.]]
* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Major Monogram]] is like this. He calls Perry for every minor thing Doofenshmirtz does (we saw Doofenshmirtz playing with a hula hoop....and that's all. Go stop him). But, just for a few exceptions, HE IS ALWAYS PLOTTING SOMETHING, so Perry's help is actually important always primal Perry take the cake when he seen Perry out because a cloud says doof
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': This has happened to Twilight a number of times through the seasons:
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding -- Part 1]]," Twilight grows uneasy when Princess Cadance, a childhood CoolBigSis figure of hers, begins acting uncharacteristically cold on the days before her wedding to Twilight's older brother Shining Armor, and later outright accuses her of being evil. Her friends, on the other hand, assume Cadance is just an ordinary {{Bridezilla}} who will get a hold of herself once she's married, and shun Twilight for her [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss apparently unjustified outburst]] since they think she's acting like a ClingyJealousGirl. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Part 2]]," [[spoiler:Twilight turns out to be right, except the "evil" Cadance is actually Chrysalis, the shapeshifting Changeling Queen, who is posing as the princess in a bid to take over Equestria. The ''real'' Cadance is every bit as pleasant as Twilight remembers, and Twilight must now help her to uncover the truth]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E22WhatAboutDiscord What About Discord?]]" she thought that Discord must have done something to her friends over the weekend she spent indoors to get them to [[spoiler:laugh at all of the inside jokes they are having]]. Later in the episode, [[spoiler:Twilight admitted she was just being jealous, before Discord confessed he didn't invite her on purpose to [[TricksterMentor teach her it is okay to feel jealous as long as you don't deny it]]. None of the others are amused by this and suddenly all of their inside jokes stop being funny.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances No Second Prances]]" she didn't think that her new student [[spoiler:Starlight Glimmer]] should have Trixie as her first new friend because of their shared past as villains. [[spoiler:Starlight]] just thinks that Twilight isn't actually giving Trixie a second chance like she said she was and ignores her. [[spoiler:It turns out Twilight was correct, or at least partly correct. Trixie used her friendship with Starlight to [[ToxicFriendInfluence make her skip an important dinner Twilight had planned with Princess Celestia all episode long to help her with a magic show instead]] just so she can claim she finally "beat" Twilight at something. Unfortunately, despite her deception, Trixie [[BecomingTheMask became real friends with Starlight while doing this]] and is heartbroken when Starlight runs off over being used. Luckily Twilight apologized to Starlight and convinced her to forgive Trixie, allowing all three to make amends]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAngryBeavers'', "The Posei-Dam Adventure": Daggett nails all his stuff down and [[ChainedHeat handcuffs himself to Truckie the shrew]] because he's worried Truckie will try to steal his stuff. Naturally, the two get trapped in the flooded dam after it's flipped upside-down by a natural disaster and have a harrowing adventure together. At the end of the cartoon, Truckie announces that he ''was'' going to steal Daggett's stuff, but out of gratitude to Dag for saving his life (and because prying all of that stuff loose would be too much trouble), he decides to steal ''Norbert's'' stuff instead.
* Dan in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' often develops extreme grudges over relatively petty slights, and takes them as evidence of a nefarious conspiracy. Most of the time, ''he's right''.



*** A good example is the scene where the author invites his estranged brother to help him hide some sensitive information. He's greeted by the sight of the author, frantic and dishevelled-looking, pointing a crossbow at him, shining a flashlight in his eyes and repeatedly questioning him if anyone followed him. Why? Because he's up against an omnipresent MindScrew demon who's planning the apocalypse and [[MyGreatestFailure previously deceived him into doing his dirty work]] for him and could be possessing just about anyone. DemonicPossession comes with HellishPupils, hence the flashlight routine, even a line as loony as "Have you come to steal my eyes?!" (i. possess me again) [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]].

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*** A good example is the scene where the author invites his estranged brother to help him hide some sensitive information. He's greeted by the sight of the author, frantic and dishevelled-looking, pointing a crossbow at him, shining a flashlight in his eyes and repeatedly questioning him if anyone followed him. Why? Because he's up against an omnipresent MindScrew demon who's planning the apocalypse and [[MyGreatestFailure previously deceived him into doing his dirty work]] for him and could be possessing just about anyone. DemonicPossession comes with HellishPupils, hence the flashlight routine, even a line as loony as "Have you come to steal my eyes?!" (i.e. possess me again) [[ItMakesSenseInContext makes sense in context]].



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': in "Betrayal", one of the guards driving the truck at the start is this. The truck skidded to a halt to avoid a seemingly wrecked truck that was blocking the road. But this guard is from ''Gotham'' and knows what a setup looks like. Being a RedShirt, [[DeathByGenreSavviness it doesn't help]].
* The most prominent trait of Joshua from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' is his phobia of the title character and his two best friends, Sumo and Jeff. This seems odd, because all three of them are fairly [[NiceGuy nice boys]]. However, if you watch at least three episodes featuring him, you'll understand exactly why.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'': In ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', Dib has the CassandraTruth reputation going strong. But he's right -- Zim, the main character, is indeed an evil alien bent on conquering humanity. What's more, whenever he's seen engaging in "Betrayal", one other paranormal studies (such as chasing a hairy kid he thinks is a baby Bigfoot), he continues to show much more awareness of the guards driving world around him than... well, the truck at the start is this. The truck skidded world around him. Maybe he'd be more credible if he stopped talking to a halt to avoid a seemingly wrecked truck that was blocking the road. But this guard is from ''Gotham'' and himself.
** His sister Gaz
knows what he's right and that Zim is an alien... however she's too busy with video games and pizza to actually give a setup looks like. Being a RedShirt, [[DeathByGenreSavviness damn. Although, she has an excuse:
-->'''Dib:''' Don't you care that Zim is trying to destroy all mankind? Huh?\\
'''Gaz:''' ...But he's so ''bad at it.''
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
** Beezy against the weavils.
** Also, Jimmy's [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes fear of pickles]] seems like the most absurd thing ever, but once you find out the true nature of [[BitchInSheepsClothing Mrs. Gerkin]],
it doesn't help]].
seem so foolish.
* The most prominent trait of Joshua from ''WesternAnimation/{{Clarence}}'' is ComicBook/TheQuestion's appearances on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' are filled with [[ConspiracyTheorist wild ramblings about obscure plots]], but his phobia crackpot theories seem a lot less crazy when you realize that he was right about Supergirl's disturbing dreams, Luthor triggering the apocalypse ''and'' [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Baskin-Robbins' 32nd flavor]].
* While being one
of the title character most paranoid characters in the series, Ron Stoppable from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' has been accurate many times, such as when he claimed that swimming in the lake of Camp Wannaweep was a bad idea. Turns out, the lake had been polluted by one of the neighboring camps, which resulted in Ron's camp bully (who took to swimming in the lake all summer) becoming a mutant villain. Another episode features said enemy of Ron being supposed cured of his mutation and reformed. Ron, however, remained suspicious, despite even having most of the people he told his two claims to [[ProducePelting pelt him with rotten vegetables]]. Guess what? He was right again as his enemy wanted to become a mutant again and create an army of mutants. Also, in one episode where Ron's so-called irrational fear of monkeys was apparent, he claimed that the simian-wise archaeologist Monty Fiske was 'bad road'. Boy was he right big time as it turns out, he was a power-hungry Monkey Kung Fu expert who decreed that from now on, he'd be known as Monkey Fist. It was probably the fact that Ron suspected him from the get-go that he's more of Ron's enemy than Kim's. He also believed the reason that Barkin was always dogging him was because he gave him a funny look back in Freshmen year, which Barkin confirms when they end up in a ChainedHeat incident. In the GrandFinale, Ron was worried that graduation from high school would bring about the end of everything (though he was referring to it more [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder in terms of his relationship with Kim]]). Turns out his worry was more justified than he thought as an AlienInvasion struck the night of graduation, bringing about the end of the world. As Ron put it:
-->'''Ron''': Oh, am I the only one who ''SAW THIS COMING?!''
* On ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'', conspiracy nut Dale Gribble has a practically ''encyclopedic'' knowledge of government bureaucratic procedures, a knowledge which has come in handy on several occasions. Perhaps the
best example was the incident in which he blackmailed a worker at the Department of Motor Vehicles into providing better service, simply by naming the all of worker's superiors in ascending order, then threatening to call them and complain:
-->"''IAmYourWorstNightmare! I have a three-line phone and absolutely nothing at all to do with my time!"''
** That didn't stop him from being the resident CloudCuckoolander who didn't believe in one conspiracy, he believed in ''[[ConspiracyTheorist all of them]]''. The only times he ever bashed an idea, especially ones said to him in jest, were when he had an even ''more'' outlandish idea. Taking a trip to Mexico every election day under the assumption (not fear, honest belief) that there was likely going to be a complete societal collapse because things didn't go the right way was one of the more blatant examples. It was [[LampshadeHanging mentioned]] that he believed so many nutty things that one or two had to be right eventually!
** There was also the time he was right about Hank being a victim of the vast government computer network known as "The Beast".
** And still, he was completely oblivious to a more mundane and much closer to home conspiracy: that his wife Nancy has cheated him with John Redcorn for ''fourteen years'' and that his son Joseph was actually Redcorn's son.
* A couple of ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts had Sylvester as WesternAnimation/PorkyPig's pet cat, who would be the only one who knew that, for instance, a sinister mob of mice were out to kill his master. Porky would catch Sylvester doing truly bizarre things to save both their skins and chalk his behavior up to cowardice, insanity or both.
* Throughout the B-plot of the ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode, "The Black Widow", Porky worries about the various fire hazards (his iron, stove, curling iron, and antique magnifying glass) he might have left on when Daffy talks him into going with him to Mexico on his Spring Break. At the end of the episode, every single one of these things go off, causing Porky's house to catch fire.
* The Tribunal from ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}''. Seem like a bunch of crazy people, convinced that a metal band is going to fulfill some kind of prophecy, right? Wrong. As the seasons have gone on, Dethklok has been doing almost everything the The Tribunal has feared, and they aren't even aware of it. The Tribunal however is, and they're very worried about it. [[SubvertedTrope However]] the Tribunal are being manipulated, and they are going to be the ones causing trouble.
* Mallory from ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'' seemed rather disturbed that brainiac Tanya not only had a named code in the case of a random dinosaur attack but defense plans for just such an occasion. Dinosaurs are cousins to the race that twice conquered their planet and enslaved their people, so it's not as out there as the show makes it.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': This has happened to Twilight a number of times through the seasons:
** In the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot Wedding -- Part 1]]," Twilight grows uneasy when Princess Cadance, a childhood CoolBigSis figure of hers, begins acting uncharacteristically cold on the days before her wedding to Twilight's older brother Shining Armor, and later outright accuses her of being evil. Her
friends, Sumo on the other hand, assume Cadance is just an ordinary {{Bridezilla}} who will get a hold of herself once she's married, and Jeff. This seems odd, shun Twilight for her [[MadeOutToBeAJerkAss apparently unjustified outburst]] since they think she's acting like a ClingyJealousGirl. In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Part 2]]," [[spoiler:Twilight turns out to be right, except the "evil" Cadance is actually Chrysalis, the shapeshifting Changeling Queen, who is posing as the princess in a bid to take over Equestria. The ''real'' Cadance is every bit as pleasant as Twilight remembers, and Twilight must now help her to uncover the truth]].
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E22WhatAboutDiscord What About Discord?]]" she thought that Discord must have done something to her friends over the weekend she spent indoors to get them to [[spoiler:laugh at all of the inside jokes they are having]]. Later in the episode, [[spoiler:Twilight admitted she was just being jealous, before Discord confessed he didn't invite her on purpose to [[TricksterMentor teach her it is okay to feel jealous as long as you don't deny it]]. None of the others are amused by this and suddenly all of their inside jokes stop being funny.]]
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS6E6NoSecondPrances No Second Prances]]" she didn't think that her new student [[spoiler:Starlight Glimmer]] should have Trixie as her first new friend
because of their shared past as villains. [[spoiler:Starlight]] just thinks that Twilight isn't actually giving Trixie a second chance like she said she was and ignores her. [[spoiler:It turns out Twilight was correct, or at least partly correct. Trixie used her friendship with Starlight to [[ToxicFriendInfluence make her skip an important dinner Twilight had planned with Princess Celestia all episode long to help her with a magic show instead]] just so she can claim she finally "beat" Twilight at something. Unfortunately, despite her deception, Trixie [[BecomingTheMask became real friends with Starlight while doing this]] and is heartbroken when Starlight runs off over being used. Luckily Twilight apologized to Starlight and convinced her to forgive Trixie, allowing all three to make amends]].
* One episode
of ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'' had the penguins stumble on their hero and idol Buck Rockgut, a senior rockhopper penguin agent whose extreme obsession and paranoia of his #1 enemy, the Red Squirrel, dwarfed the other penguins' paranoia combined. He waited in a bunker for 47 years waiting for the Red Squirrel to appear and thought all the zoo animals were agents or spies for the most trivial of reasons. It got to the point where even Private thought it was all in Buck's head. By the end of the episode, it's revealed the Red Squirrel really does exist, spying from underground and voicing his nefarious plans as the credits roll.
** Of course, there's also Skipper, the leader of the penguins. He gets over-analytical about anything new that happens, most famously in "Roomies" when he suspected Rhonda of working with Blowhole. [[spoiler:He was right.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Major Monogram is like this. He calls Perry for every minor thing Doofenshmirtz does (we saw Doofenshmirtz playing with a hula hoop....and that's all. Go stop him). But, just for a few exceptions, HE IS ALWAYS PLOTTING SOMETHING, so Perry's help is actually important.%% always primal Perry take the cake when he seen Perry out because a cloud says doof.
* Penny Proud in one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' suspected that the reason why she was getting bad grades from her teacher despite having put much work into her paper was because her teacher hated her, to which her family members didn't believe her (Oscar initially thought that she gave her a bad grade because the teacher was republican [Penny wrote her paper on how Hillary Clinton inspired her]). Turns out, Penny was actually closer to the truth than even she realized: She did hate her in a way, although mostly because she was sore towards Suga Mama for winning a coin toss (well, cheating in the coin toss is a bit more accurate), and Penny is related to Suga Mama, being her granddaughter and all.
** Also, Penny does this again in the episode "Thelma and Luis", when she finds out that the retirement home that Papi stayed in was actually a prison. She was right all along, but the adults didn't believe her (except for Suga Mama). She was proven right at the end of the episode, though.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' which had the supervisor of a peanut factory forcing his employees to undergo hours of drilling to prepare for any potential elephant attacks. His efforts are all for naught, however... since in the middle of just such an attack, as he's bragging about his preparations, he gets flattened by an elephant.
** In another episode, Bart is dosed with ADD medicine that makes him apparently paranoid, culminating in a wild theory about Major League Baseball spying on people via satellite and him stealing ''a tank'' to stop them. Turns out, yes, he was ''right''.
** In another episode, in the process of babyproofing the entire house, Homer encases the phone in concrete so Maggie can't call and have poison delivered to the house. Marge has trouble believing this, until Homer picks up a carrot (there to help with dialing), randomly hitting buttons and, over the speaker phone, we hear "Thank you for your call. Your poison will be delivered shortly."
** In yet another episode, Homer steals a pile of sugar from a crashed sugar truck. He then keeps it in his backyard and stays all night next to it with a baseball bat to "protect" it. When Marge says he's being paranoid, he immediately pulls out [[QuintessentialBritishGentleman a stereotypical British guy]] with a [[SpotOfTea tea cup and saucer]] from ''inside the pile''.
--->'''Homer:''' All right, pal: where'd you get the sugar for that tea?\\
'''British Guy:''' I nicked it when you let your guard down for that split second, and I'd do it again. ''(sips tea)'' Goodbye.\\
'''Homer:''' You see, Marge? Do you see?
** And then another episode had Homer ''making up'' conspiracies and posting
them are fairly [[NiceGuy nice boys]]. However, if you watch at least three episodes featuring him, you'll understand exactly why.to the internet. One such conspiracy (Flu shots being used for MindControl) turned out to be true, causing Homer to be kidnapped and held in [[Series/ThePrisoner The Villa]] -- "The Island".



* At the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Two-Tone Town", when Warner Bros. holds auditions for an upcoming television show, Buster is worried that the new show will replace ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' in its time slot, cancelling it and forcing him and Babs to get jobs at ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Toonywood Squares]]''. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], what he said [[DownerEnding turns out to be true]] when he and Babs help obscure Warner Bros. stars Foxy, Roxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee get lead parts on the new show when they previously were all down on their luck.

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* At Tweek from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', a 8-year-old boy, addicted to caffeine and suffering from ADD, is constantly twitching, jumping, screaming and pulling his hair out, because he sees the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Two-Tone Town", underpants gnomes. Unfortunately, ''they are real''. Another time when Warner Bros. holds auditions for an upcoming television show, Buster is worried the boys try to steal Kenny's ashes from the [=McCormick=]'s living room they tell Cartman his fear that there are robot guards is ridiculous. There ''are'' robot guards.
** The boys were lucky it was ''just'' robot guards. The [=McCormick=]'s are Cthulhu cultists, after all.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'':
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS1E10VisionOfHope "Vision of Hope"]]: Kanan finds [[VoiceOfTheResistance Senator Trayvis']] codes in his transmissions, for setting up meetings with local rebels, too simple, and suspects
the new show will replace ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' in its time slot, cancelling it and forcing him and Babs to get jobs at ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Toonywood Squares]]''. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], what Empire could figure them out. Not only is he said [[DownerEnding right, [[spoiler:it turns out Trayvis is [[TheMole an Imperial spy]].]]
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E10APrincessOnLothal "A Princess on Lothal"]]: Lieutenant Lyste has noted that Alderaanian ships have a tendency
to be true]] when he get stolen by rebels, so he's taking no chances with Princess Leia's ships -- using gravity locks and Babs help obscure Warner Bros. stars Foxy, Roxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee two [=AT-ATs=] to deter any thieves. The rebels still get lead parts on the new show when they previously were all down on their luck.ships, but it's more difficult than Leia had planned for.
** [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS3E20ZeroHourPartII "Zero Hour"]]: At the end, [[spoiler:the rebels are taking a circuitous route to Yavin IV involving at least three separate hyperspace jumps, so that Grand Admiral Thrawn can't track them.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' has Stork, who overlaps with CrazyPrepared. He believes that various and hundreds of things are out to get him/the ship/his crew, and he often turns out to be right.
** Stork built an impressive array of traps in the Condor, much to the consternation of the other crew members, but on the numerous occasions the ship has been boarded they are ''very'' useful, and the crew are glad to have them.
* At the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' episode, "Two-Tone Town", when Warner Bros. holds auditions for an upcoming television show, Buster is worried that the new show will replace ''Tiny Toon Adventures'' in its time slot, cancelling it and forcing him and Babs to get jobs at ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Toonywood Squares]]''. [[BrickJoke At the end of the episode]], what he said [[DownerEnding turns out to be true]] when he and Babs help obscure Warner Bros. stars Foxy, Roxy, Goopy Geer, and Big Bee get lead parts on the new show when they previously were all down on their luck.
* Colonel Hunter Gathers from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' eats, sleeps, and breathes this trope. Nearly everything that comes out of his mouth sounds like completely insane conspiracy babble, but he's always right.
** On the very rare occasion that Gathers was outfoxed, it was because he wasn't paranoid ''enough.''



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golda_Meir Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir]] is believed to have uttered the oft-quoted "Even a paranoid can have enemies" line to Henry Kissinger during the 1973 Sinai peace talks (in reference to her reluctance to give the Palestinians additional concessions). [[BeamMeUpScotty The line is sometimes attributed to Kissinger.]]

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* E* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golda_Meir Former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir]] is believed to have uttered the oft-quoted "Even a paranoid can have enemies" line to Henry Kissinger during the 1973 Sinai peace talks (in reference to her reluctance to give the Palestinians additional concessions). [[BeamMeUpScotty The line is sometimes attributed to Kissinger.]]
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