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9th Feb '18 9:25:08 PM FordPrefect
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** Though Rory more often comes across as OnlySaneMan. WordOfGod [[EnforcedTrope says he ''needs'' to be this actively or else he'll get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.]]

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** Though Rory more often comes across as OnlySaneMan. WordOfGod [[EnforcedTrope says he ''needs'' ''[[EnforcedTrope needs]]'' to be this actively or else he'll get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.]]
7th Feb '18 9:51:32 PM danlansdowne
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** Though Rory more often comes across as OnlySaneMan. [[EnforcedTrope WordOfGod says he ''needs'' to be this actively or else he'll get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.]]

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** Though Rory more often comes across as OnlySaneMan. WordOfGod [[EnforcedTrope WordOfGod says he ''needs'' to be this actively or else he'll get sucked into life with the Doctor like Amy.]]
28th Jul '17 2:31:22 PM bt8257
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Every faction has its own Sanity Ball, so the heroes may share one while the villains are sharing another.

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Every faction has its own Sanity Ball, so the heroes may share one while the villains are sharing share another.
16th Mar '17 1:50:34 PM CerotechOmega
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* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' juggles the Sanity Ball between its main protagonists. [[GloryHound Sonic]] is often known to have it, but there are times [[BunglingInventor Tails]] and/or [[ControlFreak Amy]] have taken hold of it. And then there are the times [[ConspiracyTheorist Sticks]] or [[DumbMuscle Knuckles]] wind up carrying it...
1st Mar '17 5:57:44 PM ading
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* ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'': Chris and Elise can alternately act as the voice of reason depending on the episode. It's very rare for Dan to do the same, but it happens from time to time.
30th Dec '16 8:39:15 PM nombretomado
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* The Urpneys often swap the Sanity Ball around erratically in ''TheDreamstone'', ranging from the more [[MadScientist intelligent but sociopathic]] Urpgor, [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt Blob's]] more focused but overzealous drill instructions, or [[SicklyNeuroticGeek Frizz's]] cowardly ([[GenreSavvy but rightfully so]]) desire to self preserve or [[CloudCuckooLander Nug's]] occasionally brilliant delusions. The heroes are less prone to this, though some do still have the odd fluctuation, especially [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Amberley]].

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* The Urpneys often swap the Sanity Ball around erratically in ''TheDreamstone'', ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'', ranging from the more [[MadScientist intelligent but sociopathic]] Urpgor, [[DrillSergeantNasty Sgt Blob's]] more focused but overzealous drill instructions, or [[SicklyNeuroticGeek Frizz's]] cowardly ([[GenreSavvy but rightfully so]]) desire to self preserve or [[CloudCuckooLander Nug's]] occasionally brilliant delusions. The heroes are less prone to this, though some do still have the odd fluctuation, especially [[AdorablyPrecociousChild Amberley]].
18th Dec '16 2:07:26 AM rjd1922
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob tends to act like an actual ''adult'' whenever he and Patrick are the only characters on screen, if only to emphasize exactly how brain dead of a person Patrick really is. However, expect him to drop the Sanity Ball like a rock once [[OnlySaneMan Squidward]] gets involved.
** On the other hand, every now and then Squidward or another saner character such as Sandy will get a NotSoAboveItAll moment and cause a dilemma, usually with Spongebob acting as TheStraightMan. While this was more common in earlier seasons, this break in formula still occurs at times later on.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'': Spongebob ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'': [=SpongeBob=] tends to act like an actual ''adult'' whenever he and Patrick are the only characters on screen, if only to emphasize exactly how brain dead of a person Patrick really is. However, expect him to drop the Sanity Ball like a rock once [[OnlySaneMan Squidward]] gets involved.
** On the other hand, every now and then Squidward or another saner character such as Sandy will get a NotSoAboveItAll moment and cause a dilemma, usually with Spongebob [=SpongeBob=] acting as TheStraightMan. While this was more common in earlier seasons, this break in formula still occurs at times later on.



* In ''"BeCoolScoobyDoo"'', Freddie and Velma toss this ball around [[RuleofFunny depending on the writer's gags for that episode in question.]]

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* In ''"BeCoolScoobyDoo"'', ''WesternAnimation/BeCoolScoobyDoo'', Freddie and Velma toss this ball around [[RuleofFunny depending on the writer's gags for that episode in question.]]
18th Dec '16 2:04:41 AM rjd1922
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When characters on the same show take turns being the OnlySaneMan or StraightMan, but only one of them is sane at a time, that character is holding the Sanity Ball. Differs from the SmartBall in that the SmartBall gives a character the ability to problem-solve; the Sanity Ball gives its holder a rational perspective (and the knowledge that everyone around them is acting ''ir''rational).

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When characters on the same show take turns being the OnlySaneMan or StraightMan, but only one of them is sane at a time, that character is holding the Sanity Ball. Differs from the SmartBall in that the SmartBall Smart Ball gives a character the ability to problem-solve; the Sanity Ball gives its holder a rational perspective (and the knowledge that everyone around them is acting ''ir''rational).
10th Nov '16 7:25:18 PM MagnusForce
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* Generally shared between [[CloserToEarth Leela]] and [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight Fry]] in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', with a few rare exceptions.

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* Generally shared between [[CloserToEarth Leela]] and Leela]], [[TheCloudCuckoolanderWasRight Fry]] Fry]], and Hermes in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', with a few rare exceptions.



-->'''Bender''': Nah, it's Fry who's crazy in this one.

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-->'''Bender''': Nah, it's Fry who's crazy in this one.one[[note]]also a reference to how Bender went insane in the previous movie ''Bender's Game''[[/note]].
16th Mar '16 7:40:00 PM theek01
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* ''WebAnimation/{{Eddsworld}}'' passes it constantly between Edd and Tom.
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