Created By: ThreeferFAQMinorityChickMarch 31, 2012 Last Edited By: ThreeferFAQMinorityChickJuly 23, 2014

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 Youre 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."
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • April 1, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • 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.
  • April 1, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Happy Days: One of Fonzie's many catchphrases, which he didn't use all that often, was a bewildered "what are you, nutzo?"
  • April 2, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    • 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?
  • April 2, 2012
    DmM
    Also occasionally a case of ThisIsSparta

    Are. You. Insane?!?
  • April 2, 2012
    randomsurfer
    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?" Teen: "What are you, crazy?"
  • May 20, 2012
    Kalaong
    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.
  • August 17, 2012
    TheHandle
    Isn't this a Stock Phrase? Aren't those supposed to be Killed With Fire?
  • August 17, 2012
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    No, because the title is neither a phrase nor anything that sounds remotely like one.
  • August 17, 2012
    Tallens
    If it serves the same purpose as Youre Insane, why do we need this?
  • August 17, 2012
    ThreeferFAQMinorityChick
    Youre Insane is a direct accusation. This is an indirect accusation in the form of a question.
  • July 23, 2014
    DAN004
    This and Youre Insane shall be merged together. Purpose wise they're similar.
  • July 23, 2014
    Chabal2
    "Are you insane!?" is Marco's catchphrase in Animorphs, usually in response to someone else (usually Rachel, who's own catchphrase is "Let's do this!") proposing or having just done something extremely risky.

  • July 23, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Sounds a lot like Youre Insane to me, even if this is a question and that is a statement.
  • July 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Gonna take Youre Insane to trs later...
  • July 23, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    ^This is exactly why TV Tropes phased out stock phrases. People assumed that the trope was the exact phrase in the title, and nothing else counted as an example.

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