History OnlySaneMan / LiveActionTV

10th Nov '16 7:11:00 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Series/KirbyBuckets'': Belinda.

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* ''Series/KirbyBuckets'': Belinda.Belinda, the put-upon and often ignored best friend of Kirby's sister Dawn. Given the show's general tone, she's occasionally NotSoAboveItAll.
27th Oct '16 10:17:12 PM nombretomado
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* ''GreenAcres'': Oliver Douglas is either the most sane person, or the least--he's the only one who tries to view things logically, as it becomes increasingly apparent that in Hooterville, [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} logic no longer applies]].

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* ''GreenAcres'': ''Series/GreenAcres'': Oliver Douglas is either the most sane person, or the least--he's the only one who tries to view things logically, as it becomes increasingly apparent that in Hooterville, [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} logic no longer applies]].
24th Oct '16 4:49:18 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/AlphaHouse'': After he takes a hit in the polls for applauding something President Obama said in his State of the Union address, Sen. Robbert Bettencourt (R-PA) decides to play up this trope for his next primary debate. Given that his other opponents turn out to be A) a restaurant owner who boasts about his ability to dodge income taxes, B) a PETA treasurer, C) the self-proclaimed reincarnation of James Buchanan (who even debates in-character), D) an alchemist, E) a self-educated libertarian who advocates repealing all laws in existence, and F) a 9/11 truther, this is a pretty easy task for him.

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* ''Series/AlphaHouse'': After he takes a hit in the polls for applauding something President Obama said in his State of the Union address, Sen. Robbert Bettencourt (R-PA) decides to play up this trope for his next primary debate. Given Which is a pretty easy task for him, given that his other opponents turn out to be A) a restaurant owner who boasts about his ability to dodge income taxes, B) a PETA treasurer, C) the self-proclaimed reincarnation of James Buchanan (who even debates in-character), D) an alchemist, E) a self-educated libertarian who advocates repealing all laws in existence, and F) a 9/11 truther, this is a pretty easy task for him.truther.
24th Oct '16 4:48:34 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/LukeCage'': Shades is constantly advising more emotional crime bosses to do the practical thing.

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* ''Series/LukeCage'': Shades is constantly advising unfailingly pragmatic among the criminals, knowing when to (and when not to) have standards. He often tries to play HonestAdvisor and appeal for his more emotional crime bosses to do the practical thing.thing rather than be self-destructively violent or aggressive. Hardly anyone listens when they should except for Mariah Dillard, and Shades' pragmatism nearly gets him killed by Diamondback.



** Tim in the UK ''TheOffice''. Not surprisingly, the actor [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy went on to play Arthur Dent]].

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** Tim in the UK ''TheOffice''. Not surprisingly, the actor Creator/MartinFreeman [[Film/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy went on to play Arthur Dent]].
21st Oct '16 8:58:40 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': At one point, BJ suggests Klinger may actually be this. precisely because he's the only one actively trying to remove himself from [[KoreanWar the war]].

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* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': At one point, BJ suggests Klinger may actually be this. precisely because he's the only one actively trying to remove himself from [[KoreanWar [[UsefulNotes/KoreanWar the war]].
11th Oct '16 8:25:51 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': In one episode, Kenneth's page jacket is ruined by Jenna and the only way he can get a new one is by competing in a "page-off" against the head page Donny - a secret underground NBC trivia contest. Pete catches them doing it as none of the pages are upstairs working, and says "What, are you kidding me? This is a billion dollar company. Donny, give Kenneth a damn jacket!"

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': ''Series/ThirtyRock'':
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In one episode, Kenneth's page jacket is ruined by Jenna and the only way he can get a new one is by competing in a "page-off" against the head page Donny - a secret underground NBC trivia contest. Pete catches them doing it as none of the pages are upstairs working, and says "What, are you kidding me? This is a billion dollar company. Donny, give Kenneth a damn jacket!"



* ''TheInbetweeners'': Brilliantly subverted with Will. He may start out being the most intelligent and sensible one in his approach to many things, but usually he soon ends up being a {{hypocrite}}, a [[ExtravertedNerd loser trying to climb the social ladder]], a horndog desperate to lose his virginity or an inconsiderate ranter (or several/all of them). Simon is the more straight example, but even he subverts it when he is [[LoveMakesYouDumb near a girl]] [[DoggedNiceGuy he fancies]].

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* ''TheInbetweeners'': ''Series/TheInbetweeners'': Brilliantly subverted with Will. He may start out being the most intelligent and sensible one in his approach to many things, but usually he soon ends up being a {{hypocrite}}, a [[ExtravertedNerd loser trying to climb the social ladder]], a horndog desperate to lose his virginity or an inconsiderate ranter (or several/all of them). Simon is the more straight example, but even he subverts it when he is [[LoveMakesYouDumb near a girl]] [[DoggedNiceGuy he fancies]].



* ''JonathanCreek'': Jonathan Creek already gets a mention under this trope's close relative OnlySaneEmployee, but for most of the fourth season he ends up being the only person involved in the production of "Eyes and Ears" (think ''{{Crimewatch}}'' with the production values of a Fox News chat show) who seems to care or indeed even notice how tasteless, factually inaccurate and generally awful it is.

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* ''JonathanCreek'': ''Series/JonathanCreek'': Jonathan Creek already gets a mention under this trope's close relative OnlySaneEmployee, but for most of the fourth season he ends up being the only person involved in the production of "Eyes and Ears" (think ''{{Crimewatch}}'' with the production values of a Fox News chat show) who seems to care or indeed even notice how tasteless, factually inaccurate and generally awful it is.



* ''KeepingUpAppearances'': Richard. And also Elizabeth and Emmett.

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* ''KeepingUpAppearances'': ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'': Richard. And also Elizabeth and Emmett.



* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': FBI Special Agent George Huang, M.D. always sees the big picture, and is often the only reasonable person. If the rest of the cast ever actually listened to him, instead of using him to wheedle confessions out of perps, most of their problems would be solved.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'': ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'':
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FBI Special Agent George Huang, M.D. always sees the big picture, and is often the only reasonable person. If the rest of the cast ever actually listened to him, instead of using him to wheedle confessions out of perps, most of their problems would be solved.



* ''LifeWithDerek'': Nora.

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* ''LifeWithDerek'': Nora.''Series/LifeWithDerek'': Nora.
* ''Series/LukeCage'': Shades is constantly advising more emotional crime bosses to do the practical thing.
24th Sep '16 1:05:32 AM BB8ForPresident
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* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
** Jackson in that everybody but him cheers on Scott's rather miraculous change of athletic ability. He almost seems frustrated that no one else thinks that something is wrong with Scott - even his girlfriend starts hitting on Scott.
** However, as the story progresses, Jackson seems to be falling very far and very quickly on the scale of actual sanity.
*** Now the role has been doubly passed onto Stiles (for Jackson and Scott), and Lydia (for Allison).
*** Although I wouldn't really call Lydia sane as of the second season.
** Of Derek's pack, Boyd is easily the most level-headed of them, including Derek.

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* ''Series/TeenWolf'':
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''Series/TeenWolf'': In early seasons snarky, TokenHuman and HyperCompetentSidekick Stiles is usually this to his more emotional, besotted best friend Scott, generally unstable and paranoid Derek, Allison who is frequently conflicted and destabilized by her murderous family, outwardly vapid Lydia who has voices in her head, and Jackson in that everybody but him cheers on Scott's who is more worried about winning lacrosse than people dying and then [[spoiler: ''turns into an actual lizard.'']] Despite Stiles's constant quips and hare-brained ideas, he's usually [[{{TheReliableOne}} the most dependable person to have around around]], [[{{TheSmartGuy}} will actually think up a plan]] rather miraculous change of athletic ability. He almost seems frustrated that no one else thinks that something than charging into things and is wrong with Scott - even his girlfriend starts hitting two steps ahead on Scott.
** However, as
figuring out what the story progresses, Jackson seems to be falling very far and very quickly hell is going on the scale of actual sanity.
*** Now the role has been doubly passed onto Stiles (for Jackson and Scott), and Lydia (for Allison).
*** Although I wouldn't really call Lydia sane as
most of the second season.
time. The fact that a lot of werewolves have issues with control also means he's one of the few people not trying to rip throats out on a full moon which is a bonus. [[spoiler: All this is why his possession by a fox spirit in Season 3b destabilizes everyone so badly.]]
** Of Derek's pack, Boyd is easily the most level-headed of them, including Derek.compared to the hot-headed, mad with power Isaac and Erica, and even the alleged leader, emotionally-constipated Derek, whose interpersonal skills need ''serious'' work.
17th Sep '16 5:46:45 AM pinkdalek
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** '''The Doctor''', who is canonically insane, somehow ends up being this in his Third incarnation, due to being stuck working in a branch of the British military. This is one of the reasons why his Doctor comes off relatively sensible and subdued compared to the others.
** Benton begins to take this role in the episodes where the Doctor is otherwise occupied. He is able to see through the Master's disguises without trying, and in "Invasion of the Dinosaurs" is the only person who's bothered to take notes. In "Robot", where the Doctor is barking mad after a regeneration, Benton gives the Doctor the idea for how to stop the robot simply by being the only person paying attention.
11th Sep '16 5:42:35 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Wilson from ''Series/HomeImprovement''; he's [[BunnyEarLawyer eccentric as hell]], but his purpose seems to be giving advice to the other members of the cast when they get into conflicts that their own lack of common sense got them into.

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* Wilson from ''Series/HomeImprovement''; he's [[BunnyEarLawyer [[BunnyEarsLawyer eccentric as hell]], but his purpose seems to be giving advice to the other members of the cast when they get into conflicts that their own lack of common sense got them into.
11th Sep '16 5:41:57 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* Wilson from ''Series/HomeInprovement''; he's [[BunnyEaredLawyer eccentric as hell]], but his purpose seems to be giving advice to the other members of the cast when they get into conflicts that their own lack of common sense got them into.

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* Wilson from ''Series/HomeInprovement''; ''Series/HomeImprovement''; he's [[BunnyEaredLawyer [[BunnyEarLawyer eccentric as hell]], but his purpose seems to be giving advice to the other members of the cast when they get into conflicts that their own lack of common sense got them into.
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