Created By: Pyroninja42 on July 8, 2011

Comedic Insanity

When madness is Played For Laughs

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Crazy people can be funny. Hilarious, even. This stems from their, uh, "boundless creative energies" that tends to result in unexpected(ly hysterical) antics and lines of dialogue. They don't conform to social norms, either because they are unaware that they exist or they just don't care.

All right, I've got the ball rolling. Take it from here, gentlemen. I'll participate in the discussion for a short while, maybe add somethings, but I'm probably going to lose interest soon enough.
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  • July 8, 2011
  • July 8, 2011
    • Daffy Duck, when he's not being a Jerk Ass, falls under this.
      Daffy: (While "riding" an imaginary bicycle) I'm so crazy I don't even know this is impossible!
  • July 8, 2011
    "Howling Mad" Murdoch from The A Team.
  • July 8, 2011
    The Joker, in his 60's TV interpretation, was perhaps this. And the Riddler, for that matter.
  • July 8, 2011
    A lot of the G Rated Mental Illness in My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic is played for laughs, though not exclusively; sometimes it shifts between being played for laughs and being played for drama.
  • July 8, 2011
    In The Return of The Pink Panther Inspector Dreyfus is driven insane by Cleauseau, and the last shot is of Dreyfus in a straightjacket in a padded cell, drawing on the walls with his foot. Played For Laughs, but I never thought it was funny.
  • July 8, 2011
    Actually, The Joker in Batman '66 is perfectly sane. He's just a flamboyant ham actor/crook. The Riddler is the prime example of a villain who's just nuts on that show.
  • July 8, 2011
    ^^ In the next movie (The Pink Panther Strikes Again), Dreyfus becomes a stereotypical Mad Scientist, and serves up the insanity with a generous portion of Ham And Cheese.

    Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men might be this.
  • July 10, 2011
    How's this different from the Cloudcuckoolander?
  • July 10, 2011
    Very different from Cloud Cuckoolander. A Cloud Cuckoolander is a total space cadet, in their own little world that rarely intersects with reality. A lot of these examples so far are people who are very much aware of the real world, and can even be in control and in charge of things around them. They're just also clearly nuts, and their lunacy is funny.
  • July 10, 2011
    Fans of White Wolf tabletop roleplaying games used to call this trope "Fishmalk Syndrome." The term comes from Malkavians, a clan of vampires who all have some kind of derangement; a fishmalk was a Malkavian character who, instead of acting like they had an actual mental illness, just went around acting like Delirium from The Sandman, singing "I am following my fishie..." and so on.
  • July 11, 2011
    This isn't necessarily a type of character- it's basically when a crazy person is used for humor. So, essentially, it's not a source of humor- rather it derives it from a character who's crazy.

    Also, because this is up for grabs, anybody can edit it (Though, if you ask me, I think the description of the trope is functional unless someone comes up with a stunningly superior version).

  • December 2, 2011
    ^^ If we did Trope Namers anymore, I would propose that this be named "Fishmalk Syndrome." Not sure if it would quite fit, but it would make a great (if obscure) name for a trope...
  • December 31, 2014
    Bump to see if this goes anywhere
  • December 31, 2014
    For the page quote, we should use this quote from Stuart Ashen's A-Team games video:

    "And finally, we've got "Howling Mad" Murdock, who is the pilot and is mentally ill, because on television mental illness is funny, 'cause you never have to explain to your nephew why uncle Dennis hanged himself in a restroom that day."