History OnlySaneMan / LiveActionTV

10th Oct '17 7:03:16 AM DVB
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*** It's actually an EnforcedTrope. Rory himself mentions that he needs to be the voice of reason or otherwise, he'd get swept up in it all like Amy.
20th Jul '17 12:26:44 PM gb00393
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** Catelyn is definitely the smartest and most down-to-earth of the Tully siblings. After the Season 2 finale, she might also count as the one sane person in Robb's camp, although this depends on how justified you think she is in releasing Jaime or whether it was a truly boneheaded decision. A point in her favour, at least, is that Robb's bannermen actively plot to murder Jaime, so she isn't wrong in thinking that they'd lost their only bargaining chip either way. And in "The Rains of Castamere", when Lothar Frey closes the doors and "The Rains" start playing, she is the ''only'' member of the Stark retinue that suspects something bad is coming. Well, her and Grey Wind.

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** Catelyn is definitely the smartest and most down-to-earth of the Tully siblings. After the Season 2 finale, she might also count as the one sane person in Robb's camp, although this depends on how justified you think she is in releasing Jaime or whether it was a truly boneheaded decision. A point in her favour, at least, is that Robb's bannermen actively plot to murder Jaime, so she isn't wrong in thinking that they'd lost their only bargaining chip either way. And in "The Rains of Castamere", when Lothar Frey closes the doors and "The Rains" start starts playing, she is the ''only'' member of the Stark retinue that suspects something bad is coming. Well, her and Grey Wind.


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** Tywin sees himself as this more often than not, much to his own chagrin. As a result, Tywin has some small affection for anyone who proves to be more intelligent than his usual company.
26th Jun '17 6:24:37 PM danlansdowne
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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frasier Crane ''thinks'' he's this trope his psychiatric skills are always on overload, analyzing his acquaintances with a keen eye and all-too-aware that he's surrounded by his anxious, foppish brother, his happy-go-lucky slob of a father, his violent-tempered, sex-crazed best friend, and his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of a housekeeper who doesn't understand Americans. What he doesn't realize is that when it comes to reacting to the problems and issues in their lives, they are all far, far more well-adjusted and sensible than he is. Also, Martin frequently receives this role in the plots. He's not faultless, but if Niles and Frasier are doing something stupid it's a pretty good bet that he'll step in with some advice that resolves things.

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* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frasier Crane ''thinks'' he's this trope his psychiatric skills are always on overload, analyzing his acquaintances with a keen eye and all-too-aware that he's surrounded by his anxious, foppish brother, his happy-go-lucky slob of a father, his violent-tempered, sex-crazed best friend, and his {{Cloudcuckoolander}} of a housekeeper who doesn't understand Americans. What he doesn't realize is that when it comes to reacting to the problems and issues in their lives, they are all far, far more well-adjusted and sensible than he is. Also, Martin frequently receives this role in the plots. He's not faultless, but if Niles and Frasier are doing something stupid it's a pretty good bet that he'll step in with some advice that resolves things. Roz will also play this role on occasion.
24th Jun '17 9:28:31 PM Discar
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In the episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E20TheScienceOfIllusion "The Science of Illusion"]], Jeff starts to mention that he and Abed are this before Abed cuts him off. In the episode [[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps"]], it's shown that Abed has the highest sanity rating[[note]]Jeff, however, mentions that he answered randomly on the test they all took to determine their sanity[[/note]].

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* ''Series/{{Community}}'': ''Series/{{Community}}'':
** Subverted in the first paintball episode, "[[Recap/CommunityS1E23ModernWarfare Modern Warfare]]." The entire school is turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland over ''priority registration''. Jeff briefly finds the whole thing ridiculous, until he realizes what priority registration ''means'' and joins in with the craziness.
--->'''Jeff:''' You could schedule all your classes on Monday and have a six-day weekend!\\
'''Troy:''' ''[edging towards his gun]'' You could do a lot of things.
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In the episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E20TheScienceOfIllusion "The Science of Illusion"]], Jeff starts to mention that he and Abed are this before Abed cuts him off. In the episode [[Recap/CommunityS3E05HorrorFictionInSevenSpookySteps "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps"]], it's shown that Abed has the highest sanity rating[[note]]Jeff, however, mentions that he answered randomly on the test they all took to determine their sanity[[/note]].
3rd Jun '17 11:19:55 PM CaptainTedium
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* ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' has Robbie Sinclair. The most notable example of him being the only sensible and rational character is in the episode "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", where he is the only dinosaur who questions the new religion of "potato-ism" and is aware that the religion is only being used by the higher-ups to brainwash everyone and prevent them from thinking for themselves.
31st May '17 6:33:44 AM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' plays with this. Emu Hojo is the sole kind person in a group consisting of a [[DoctorJerk narcissistic]] colleague with no bedside manner, a Back-Alley Doctor with [[ItsAllAboutMe no interest]] in his patients, and a [[CryingWolf secret keeper]] with Mad Scientist aspirations respectively. Unfortunately, they are better informed, more skilled, and ignoring him, at least early on.
29th May '17 10:23:51 PM nombretomado
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* ''YoungDracula'': Chloe would often be the only character to notice how bizarre the situation actually was.

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* ''YoungDracula'': ''Series/YoungDracula'': Chloe would often be the only character to notice how bizarre the situation actually was.
29th May '17 9:24:02 PM nombretomado
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* ''WKRPInCincinnati'': Andy Travis. Created as the show's protagonist -- that's him being referred to in the theme song -- but the writers soon realized he was too dull to drive many plots and made it into an ensemble series with Andy at the bemused centre of the crazy.

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* ''WKRPInCincinnati'': ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'': Andy Travis. Created as the show's protagonist -- that's him being referred to in the theme song -- but the writers soon realized he was too dull to drive many plots and made it into an ensemble series with Andy at the bemused centre of the crazy.
23rd Apr '17 11:49:58 AM gb00393
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** With a stubborn king, a religious fanatic, an insane woman and a self-interested pirate as allies, Davos is easily the most level-headed.
15th Apr '17 8:30:47 PM LaptopGuy
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* ''Series/BigTimeRush'': In one episode, James has sprayed himself with lots of orange spray, which is shown to them as "Hollywood Fever". Kendall, Carlos and Logan try to fix the situation, but Carlos ends up joining the Jennifers, and Logan becomes addicted to playing with bongos. Kendall is the only kid at the Palm Woods who manages to not change by this effect.

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* ''Series/BigTimeRush'': Overall, it's Kelly who portrays the role. In one episode, James has sprayed himself with lots of orange spray, which is shown to them as "Hollywood Fever". Kendall, Carlos and Logan try to fix the situation, but Carlos ends up joining the Jennifers, and Logan becomes addicted to playing with bongos. Kendall is the only kid at the Palm Woods who manages to not change by this effect.



* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': the eponymous Malcolm to his delinquent, dysfunctional family, his impossibly nerdy, neurotic, and socially inept friends, his nasty, petty, stupid neighbors and classmates, ''and'' the entirety of the shallow, unappreciative, unfair society around him. Deconstructed, as [[TheSnarkKnight being this trope for too long and going through too much frustration as a result of his sane-ness]] turns him cynical and bitter enough for his OSM-cred to start slipping in the last couple of seasons (thought the finale strongly hints that he earns it back once he dares to live up to his potential). When it's not him, usually Francis plays the role instead.

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* ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'': the eponymous Malcolm to his delinquent, dysfunctional family, his impossibly nerdy, neurotic, and socially inept friends, his nasty, petty, stupid neighbors and classmates, ''and'' the entirety of the shallow, unappreciative, unfair society around him. Deconstructed, as [[TheSnarkKnight being this trope for too long and going through too much frustration as a result of his sane-ness]] turns him cynical and bitter enough for his OSM-cred to start slipping in the last couple of seasons (thought the finale strongly hints that he earns it back once he dares to live up to his potential). When it's not him, usually Francis plays the role instead. Lois is someone who is trying to be this but is constantly driven off the edge of sanity by her husband and children.



*** And more recently John Watson to the higher-functioning sociopath Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Martin Freeman's made a career of it. Though, like in the books, he's also [[UnfazedEveryMan not weirded out by the guy.]]
** Lestrade is this to Anderson and Donovan and, so is Sherlock. Heck, John, too. Why do they have to put up with them?
** Basically, Sherlock is this to the police in general. [[UnfazedEveryman And Lestrade's used to it.]]
** And John was the only one to realize Sherlock was in actual danger in the pilot, and the only medical person (other than Molly) to know that drugs are bad for your health.



* John Watson to the higher-functioning sociopath Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. Martin Freeman's made a career of it. Though, like in the books, he's also [[UnfazedEveryMan not weirded out by the guy.]]
** Lestrade is this to Anderson and Donovan and, so is Sherlock. Heck, John, too. Why do they have to put up with them?
** Basically, Sherlock is this to the police in general. [[UnfazedEveryman And Lestrade's used to it.]]
** And John was the only one to realize Sherlock was in actual danger in the pilot, and the only medical person (other than Molly) to know that drugs are bad for your health.



* ''Series/TheThunderman'': This role rotates between Phoebe and Barb.

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* ''Series/TheThunderman'': ''Series/TheThundermans'': This role rotates between Phoebe and Barb.
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