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13th May '17 3:00:08 AM StFan
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* The Digital World in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. The weather is forecast as: "Sunny with occasional ice cream". Sadly, it fails to actually rain ice-cream.
** Also, the scenery can be quite weird and random at times (like The Forest of Irrelevant Road-Signs). It's literally subconsciously pieced together by random crap the Digimon dig up on the internet. Take a moment to appreciate that Digimon is rated for younger audiences...
** [[MrExposition Gennai]] says that anything weird (factories that don't produce anything, phone booths to nowhere) is the result of broken or missing data.

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* ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'':
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The Digital World in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''. The weather is forecast as: "Sunny with occasional ice cream". Sadly, it fails to actually rain ice-cream.
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ice-cream. Also, the scenery can be quite weird and random at times (like The Forest of Irrelevant Road-Signs). It's literally subconsciously pieced together by random crap the Digimon dig up on the internet. Take a moment to appreciate that Digimon is rated for younger audiences...
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audiences... [[MrExposition Gennai]] says that anything weird (factories that don't produce anything, phone booths to nowhere) is the result of broken or missing data.



** And the Digital World as presented in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' gets even weirder during the Dark Masters arc, when the entire thing (except for a few crumbling pieces of ground) gets twisted up into Spiral Mountain - which, when viewed externally, can be seen as mountains, cities, forests and ''oceans'' twisting around each other up into the sky.

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** And the Digital World as presented in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' gets even weirder during the Dark Masters arc, when the entire thing (except for a few crumbling pieces of ground) gets twisted up into Spiral Mountain - -- which, when viewed externally, can be seen as mountains, cities, forests and ''oceans'' twisting around each other up into the sky.



%%* The insanity in ArakawaUnderTheBridge is impossible to describe. (We need some details for this example)
%%* [[Manga/SoulEater Soul Eater. ]] Nuff said. (ZeroContextExample)

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%%* The insanity in ArakawaUnderTheBridge ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' is impossible to describe. (We need some details for this example)
%%* [[Manga/SoulEater Soul Eater. ]] ''Manga/SoulEater''. Nuff said. (ZeroContextExample)



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* Wonderland from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', as well as Looking-Glass House from ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'' read rather like this, more than once reducing Alice to tears of frustration at trying to deal with their nonsense.

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* Wonderland from ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'', ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', as well as Looking-Glass House from ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'' read rather like this, more than once reducing Alice to tears of frustration at trying to deal with their nonsense.



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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJePxdPX3Y Mad World]], by Music/TearsForFears, famously covered by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4 Gary Jules]] - it is also a WorldHalfEmpty.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBJePxdPX3Y Mad World]], by Music/TearsForFears, famously covered by [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N3N1MlvVc4 Gary Jules]] - -- it is also a WorldHalfEmpty.



* The RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', where the heroes are secret Commie Mutant Traitors assigned to capture Commie Mutant Traitors, the [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] gadgets never work right, and Friend Computer executes anyone who leaves their color-coded zones. One adventure for the game has the "heroes" on their way to a briefing. Missing the briefing is punishable by death... but a badly programmed robot painted the hallway the wrong color, so walking to the briefing room is also punishable by death.
** The game does encourage [[KillerGameMaster Friend Gamemaster]] to let things work ''sort'' of right ''sometimes'', especially if the players are [[MagnificentBastard ruthlessly clever]], and/or can be set up for an even bigger fall. If you're not dying several times in the first hour or so, you're doing it wrong.
* The RPG ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} [[ShapedLikeItself IOU: Illuminati University]]'' is about a ExtranormalInstitute university where everyone has learned to adjust to an utterly futile universe. For instance, blood feuds between professors are fully regulated and organized by the school bureaucracy.
** [[spoiler: [[FunWithAcronyms You're not cleared to know what the O stands for.]]]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' creeps into this territory at times-it's a CrapsackWorld taken up to such a ludicrous extreme (along with every other trope) that at times you can't help but think the setting has well and truly lost its marbles.

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* The RPG ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', where the heroes are secret Commie Mutant Traitors assigned to capture Commie Mutant Traitors, the [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] gadgets never work right, and Friend Computer executes anyone who leaves their color-coded zones. One adventure for the game has the "heroes" on their way to a briefing. Missing the briefing is punishable by death... but a badly programmed robot painted the hallway the wrong color, so walking to the briefing room is also punishable by death.
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death. The game does encourage [[KillerGameMaster Friend Gamemaster]] to let things work ''sort'' of right ''sometimes'', especially if the players are [[MagnificentBastard ruthlessly clever]], and/or can be set up for an even bigger fall. If you're not dying several times in the first hour or so, you're doing it wrong.
* The RPG ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} [[ShapedLikeItself IOU: Illuminati University]]'' is about a ExtranormalInstitute university where everyone has learned to adjust to an utterly futile universe. For instance, blood feuds between professors are fully regulated and organized by the school bureaucracy.
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bureaucracy. [[spoiler:[[FunWithAcronyms You're not cleared to know what the O stands for.]]]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' creeps into this territory at times-it's times. It's a CrapsackWorld taken up to such a ludicrous extreme (along with every other trope) that at times you can't help but think the setting has well and truly lost its marbles.



** The Tyranids are an all-consuming race - killing the populations of entire planets, turning the remains into goo and then sucking it up into their giant organic spaceships so they can breed more terrifying engines of oozing death. The only option is to run away from them, and what's been seen so far looks like a 'scouting' party. There's probably a bigger hive fleet moving towards our galaxy from what used to be another.
*** There's been hints that the Tyranids are on the run, and are being chased by [[AlwaysABiggerFish something even bigger and scarier]].
** The Necrons are undead metal killing machines, created in concert with a race of star gods to kill one of the oldest races in the galaxy. They can't be killed, and when they are heavily damaged they simply teleport back to base to be repaired. They once attacked Sol, the most heavily guarded solar system in the Imperium, to get at the aforementioned death-god inside Mars. They were repelled only because the Necron force was a 'scouting party' and the Imperium threw millions of soldiers at them before they escaped.

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** The Tyranids are an all-consuming race - -- killing the populations of entire planets, turning the remains into goo and then sucking it up into their giant organic spaceships so they can breed more terrifying engines of oozing death. The only option is to run away from them, and what's been seen so far looks like a 'scouting' "scouting" party. There's probably a bigger hive fleet moving towards our galaxy from what used to be another.
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another. There's been hints that the Tyranids are on the run, and are being chased by [[AlwaysABiggerFish something even bigger and scarier]].
** The Necrons are undead metal killing machines, created in concert with a race of star gods to kill one of the oldest races in the galaxy. They can't be killed, and when they are heavily damaged they simply teleport back to base to be repaired. They once attacked Sol, the most heavily guarded solar system in the Imperium, to get at the aforementioned death-god inside Mars. They were repelled only because the Necron force was a 'scouting party' "scouting party" and the Imperium threw millions of soldiers at them before they escaped.



** The Orks are fungus-creatures with the ability to reproduce their entire biosphere anywhere they go thanks to the spores they shed when they are killed. To make up for their crazy breeding rates, they seek out battle constantly, 'cause it's fun. Personality-wise, the entire species resembles football hooligans who have been given guns and axes. These brutal planet- raiders are the setting's ''comedy relief''.

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** The Orks are fungus-creatures with the ability to reproduce their entire biosphere anywhere they go thanks to the spores they shed when they are killed. To make up for their crazy breeding rates, they seek out battle constantly, 'cause it's fun. Personality-wise, the entire species resembles football hooligans who have been given guns and axes. These brutal planet- raiders planet-raiders are the setting's ''comedy relief''.



* Lampshaded in BobAndGeorge

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* %%* Lampshaded in BobAndGeorgeWebcomic/BobAndGeorge



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%%* The ''WebAnimation/{{Arfenhouse}}'' universe is this.

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%%* The ''WebAnimation/{{Arfenhouse}}'' universe is this.
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* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts drop into this occasionally; the word ''looney'' is in the title. (Creator/GrantMorrison's "The Coyote Gospels" deconstructed this in an issue of his run on ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', described above in the comics folder.)
* What time is it? ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''! Constantly. Though the Land of Ooo in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' seems to (mostly) be a benign sort of mad, with hints of darkness. Evidently it's a world taking place [[AfterTheEnd after a nuclear war]] according to WordOfGod.
* Planet Insanus, the aptly-named setting of ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}''.

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* WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'' shorts drop into this occasionally; the word ''looney'' is in the title. (Creator/GrantMorrison's "The Coyote Gospels" deconstructed this in an issue of his run on ''ComicBook/AnimalMan'', described above in the comics folder.)
* What time is it? ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''! Adventure Time! Constantly. Though the Land of Ooo in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' seems to (mostly) be a benign sort of mad, with hints of darkness. Evidently it's a world taking place [[AfterTheEnd after a nuclear war]] according to WordOfGod.
* %%* Planet Insanus, the aptly-named setting of ''WesternAnimation/{{Robotomy}}''.



17th Nov '16 12:24:14 AM PaulA
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* The 1950s "Theatre of the Absurd" (especially Eugene Ionesco's work) may be the {{Trope Maker|s}}. Ionesco, by all accounts, based his World Gone Mad on bad experiences with Romania's Communist bureaucracy.

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* The 1950s "Theatre "[[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd" Absurd]]" (especially Eugene Ionesco's Creator/EugeneIonesco's work) may be the {{Trope Maker|s}}. Ionesco, by all accounts, based his World Gone Mad on bad experiences with Romania's Communist bureaucracy.
27th Sep '16 4:04:08 AM Jake
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* The city of Stillwater in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' is practically a playground for various gangs, criminals, and other forms of mayhem. Driving a septic truck around spraying sewage on people's houses to lower property values is pretty par for the course.

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* The city of Stillwater in ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' is practically a playground for various gangs, criminals, and other forms of mayhem. Driving a septic truck around spraying sewage on people's houses to lower property values is pretty par for the course. The mixture of SurrealHumour and social commentary in the second game has drawn comparisons to ''Film/DeathRace2000'', and the rest of the series [[SerialEscalation ups the ante each time.]]
24th Apr '16 6:22:20 PM aye_amber
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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', and ''DigimonWorld'' all give us the wonder that is the meat plants: trees that grow apple lookalikes that taste like various kinds of meat, bushes that grow ''legs of lamb and chicken'' and sirloins that can be planted from seeds and grow in a garden. They all have to be cooked a little before they're eaten, but their very existence stuns [[Anime/DigimonWorld Hiro]] into silence at one point.

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** ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'', ''Anime/DigimonFrontier'', and ''DigimonWorld'' ''VideoGame/DigimonWorld'' all give us the wonder that is the meat plants: trees that grow apple lookalikes that taste like various kinds of meat, bushes that grow ''legs of lamb and chicken'' and sirloins that can be planted from seeds and grow in a garden. They all have to be cooked a little before they're eaten, but their very existence stuns [[Anime/DigimonWorld [[VideoGame/DigimonWorld Hiro]] into silence at one point.
10th Apr '16 1:29:32 PM hirilelfwraith
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': this is ultimately the goal of [[EldritchAbomination Bill Cipher]], who wants to [[spoiler: remake the universe in his own image, turning it into "a party that never ends with a host that never dies!" The fact that this means TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt doesn't bother him at all.]]
20th Mar '16 12:29:33 PM igordebraga
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* The Wiki/{{SCP Foundation}} has many examples, particularly regarding things with extradimensional origins\powers. Whoever the Foundation assigns to study them [[ScienceCannotComprehendPhlebotinum often struggle to explain what the hell is happening]]. [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1193 SCP-1193]] and [[http://www.scp-wiki.net/scp-1877 SCP-1877]] stand out because the writer intended them to be intersections of World Gone Mad with reality leading to "mudane is horrible, MindScrew is normal":
-->[[http://www.scp-wiki.net/forum/t-467788/scp-1193#post-1446000 We could believe]] that we are somehow wrong about the nature of everything that surrounds us. The world of conventional objects which the being with the arm describes is not subject to the conventional and comprehensible laws we believe it to be. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Its dream-logic about ovens and cakes and casts and invulnerability]] is the way the world works, not a deluded fantasy by a buried giant. The Foundation's attempts to rigorously study it are futile, because reason itself is a bizarre delusion.
18th Mar '16 6:25:56 AM johnnye
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->''"Any dolt with half a brain can see that human kind has gone insane, to the point where I don't know if I'll upset the status quo if I throw poison in the water main!"''

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->''"Any ->''Any dolt with half a brain / can see that human kind humankind has gone insane, to insane,\\
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the point where I don't know if I'll upset the status quo / if I throw poison in the water main!"''main''
15th Mar '16 9:54:35 AM NoSpoilerz
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can be this, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on what the GM wants to do with their setting.]] With all of the [[OurMonstersAreWeird weird monsters]] at their disposal, a [[HouseRule change]] or [[Mod two]] that makes magic closer to the soft side of SandersonsFirstLaw can turn the world from your typical HighFantasy into the [[NightmareFuel freakiest]] SurrealHorror they can possibly come up with!

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can be this, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on what the GM wants to do with their setting.]] With all of the [[OurMonstersAreWeird weird monsters]] at their disposal, a [[HouseRule change]] or [[Mod [[GameMod two]] that makes magic closer to the soft side of SandersonsFirstLaw can turn the world from your typical HighFantasy into the [[NightmareFuel freakiest]] SurrealHorror they can possibly come up with!
15th Mar '16 9:37:44 AM NoSpoilerz
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' can be this, [[DependingOnTheWriter depending on what the GM wants to do with their setting.]] With all of the [[OurMonstersAreWeird weird monsters]] at their disposal, a [[HouseRule change]] or [[Mod two]] that makes magic closer to the soft side of SandersonsFirstLaw can turn the world from your typical HighFantasy into the [[NightmareFuel freakiest]] SurrealHorror they can possibly come up with!
2nd Mar '16 11:24:23 AM niftyrobo
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