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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.
8th Feb '16 5:16:03 PM ading
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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 lfie with the Doctor like Amy.]]

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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 lfie life with the Doctor like Amy.]]



* ''Series/{{Community}}'': The ball seemed to lie pretty firmly with Britta early on, but in later episodes it gets passed around mostly between Jeff, Annie, Troy, and Abed. In general, Jeff is the relatively normal one (''heavy'' emphasis on "relatively") who is the most likely to realize that the SeriousBusiness doesn't really matter, [[NotSoAboveItAll but usually gets swept up in the rest of the school's weirdness anyway.]] Annie is the most intelligent and often acts as the group's conscience, but doesn't live up to her own ideals as often as not. Troy is generally the most moral member of the group, but a complete idiot. Abed is GenreSavvy to the point of being a borderline FourthWallObserver, but has an AmbiguousDisorder to the point that one sometimes wonders if he is actually, literally insane.



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23rd Jan '16 3:42:51 AM Reflextion
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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a good dozen or so characters have passed the Sanity Ball around. Roy usually carries it, but when he was [[DeathIsCheap killed]], Haley and Durkon picked it up for their respective parties. Elan occasionally takes the ball for a bardic GenreSavvy moment. Recently [[ChaoticStupid Belkar]] has picked it up with regards to [[spoiler: Durkon's vampirism]] but so far only the readers [[spoiler: and Vampire-Durkon]] can see this, and therefore be suitably terrified by it.

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* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', a good dozen or so characters have passed the Sanity Ball around. Roy usually carries it, but when he was [[DeathIsCheap killed]], Haley and Durkon picked it up for their respective parties. Elan occasionally takes the ball for a bardic GenreSavvy moment. Recently After [[spoiler:Durkon gets vampirized]], [[ChaoticStupid Belkar]] has picked it picks up the Sanity Ball, at least with regards to [[spoiler: Durkon's vampirism]] that, but so far only the readers [[spoiler: and Vampire-Durkon]] can see this, and therefore be suitably terrified by it.
6th Dec '15 8:25:46 AM DVB
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** However, their mother Nicole definitely grabs onto the ball the longest... unless competition is involved, then someone else has to take the ball. The episode '''The Fridge''' is a good example; she leads the family into competitive madness with Gumball with ball in hand trying to stop them.
6th Dec '15 8:22:54 AM DVB
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** Though Rory more often comes across as OnlySaneMan.

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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 lfie with the Doctor like Amy.]]
4th Nov '15 1:38:44 PM TheWeird1
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* 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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