Insanity Inquiry
Verbally and literally questioning someone else's sanity
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This is most often directed at people who have done or said something really strange. Like, say, your friend who you've known to be "normal" up until now has just narrated the details of an original Zany Scheme or done something outrageous or absurd. Maybe it's the Cloudcuckoolander who has said or done something that's weird even for her. In less humorous scenarios, this may be said to the villain after he's said or done something especially outrageous or evil. This is when, for one reason or another, a person feels the need to ask someone, "Are. You. Insane?!?" Serves the same purpose as You're Insane! (accusing the recipient of insanity), but in the form of a question.

Indices: Added Alliterative Appeal, Madness Tropes

Advertising
  • In an anti-smoking PSA a kid goes to a Back Alley Piercer to get his tongue pierced. Afterwords the piercer asks, "Care to join me in a cigarette?" The teen then replies, "What are you, crazy?"

Film
  • The beginning of Pocahontas has John Smith jumping overboard to save a man who has fallen out of the ship. One of the crew members yells out, "Are you crazy?"
  • Big Trouble in Little China.
    • Big Bad David Lo Pan has captured Jack Burton and Wang Chi, and is interrogating them.
    Lo Pan: Mr Burton, if you have an influence over your youthful friend, you better exert it now. Otherwise l will send both of you to the hell where people are skinned alive. It's that simple, understand?
    Jack Burton: Are you crazy? ls that your problem?
    Lo Pan: All l need is a woman, Mr Burton, a special kind of woman with dragon-green eyes, to make me whole and young again, so that I may rule the universe from beyond the grave. A girl with green eyes to satisfy Ch'ing-ti, a girl brave enough to embrace the naked blade. When l find her, l will marry her. Ch'ing-ti will be happy and my curse will be lifted.
    Jack Burton: So you can rule the universe from beyond the grave.
    Lo Pan: Indeed!
    Jack Burton: Or check into a psycho ward, whichever comes first.
  • Indiana Jones
    • Happens twice in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
      • Indiana sees the Sankara stones in a giant idol/statue and decides to go get them.
      Willie: Where are you going?
      Indiana: Down there.
      Willie: Down there?! Are you crazy?!
      • Later on, Indy, Willie and Short Round are trapped on a bridge. Indy decides that the only way out is to cut the bridge.
      Short Round: Hang on, lady. We going for a ride. [snip]
      Willie: Is he nuts?
      Short Round: He no nuts. He's crazy!
    • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indiana and Ilsa Schneider (and the opponents pursuing them) are in speedboats. There are two ships ahead being nudged together by a tugboat. There's a lot of noise so Indiana and Ilsa can't hear each other clearly.
    Indiana: Are you crazy? Not between them!
    Ilsa: Between them? Are you crazy?
  • V for Vendetta:
    V:Voila! In view, a humble vaudevillian veteran, cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of Fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity, is a vestige of the vox populi, now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a by-gone vexation, stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition! The only verdict is vengeance; a vendetta, held as a votive, not in vain, for the value and veracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Heheheh... Verily, this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose, so let me simply add that it's my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V.
    Evey Hammond: Are you like, a crazy person?
    V: I am quite sure they will say so.

Literature
  • Harry Potter gets one of these, courtesty of Ron Weasley, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. When Harry dives into the pool in the forest of Dean to retrieve the sword of Godric Gryffindor, he forgets to take off the locket Horcrux that he's been wearing, which then strangles him. Ron then rescues Harry and retrieves the sword. After Ron's gotten Harry safely out of the pool, he then asks Harry, "Are - you - mental?"

Television
  • Happy Days: One of Fonzie's many catchphrases, which he didn't use all that often, was a bewildered "what are you, nutzo?"
  • Glee: When Kurt is showing Finn the job he did redecorating his room in preparation for their sharing of it, Finn says to Kurt, "Are you freaking insane?"

Web Original
  • Me and My Dick: When Dick suggests to Joey that they try going for Sally instead of Vanessa, Joey asks, "Are you nuts?" Dick replies, "A little bit."
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