Created By: TheWanderer on December 6, 2011 Last Edited By: TheWanderer on December 23, 2011
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Giving Up On Logic

The situation has become so strange, stupid, or surreal that someone gives up trying to make sense of things

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Goku: I think the only course of action left... is to reason with it! (Referring to a giant tree sucking all the energy out of Earth)
Yamcha: Uh, Goku...
Goku: Big tree! If you don't leave right now, I'm gonna have to beat you up!
Yamcha: Goku, trees can't ta-
Offscreen Voice: Why don't you come up here and try it?
Yamcha: ... you know what, f*ck it, I don't even care anymore.
--Dragon Ball Abridged, 2010 Christmas Special.

Lets face it, life is not kind to the Only Sane Man. They live in a World Gone Mad that constantly attempts to break them. Their advice and attempts to put some order and reason to things is cheerfully ignored at best, cruelly put down at worst. It's like the whole universe is out to make them the butt of jokes and a laughing stock!

Then there comes a final straw, and they give up on trying to make any logical sense of the world/situations they find themselves in, usually accompanied by a line like "I give up", or "Why do I even bother".

This is usually played for comedy, although when it's being done seriously it can lead to things such as a Freak Out, Sanity Slippage, and making the person undergoing this very bitter.

Examples:

  • As quoted above, in the Dragon Ball Abridged version of the Dragon Ball Z movie Tree of Might, Goku is taking his Idiot Hero/Cloud Cuckoo Lander schtick Up to Eleven by attempting to talk to the giant tree. When Yamcha tries to interject some reason, an offscreen voice appears to answer for the tree. Yamcha gives up in disgust.
  • In the hybrid webcomic/browser game Demon Thesis a group of four college students are suddenly thrust into fighting Eldritch Abominations on behalf of a manipulative entity speaking in their minds. Since two of the characters are on their school's fencing team, they borrow fencing foils to help them out. If they give a foil to one of the non-fencers, it'll change into a broadsword, provoking this conversation mid-battle.
    Clady: Sam, where'd you get that sword?
    Sam: Uh... you gave it to me?
    Clady: I gave you a fencing foil, not a broadsword.
    Sam: ...
    Clady: Yeah, never mind. I'm going to stop asking questions like that.
  • In an {in}famous sketch, Robot Chicken showed a new G.I. Joe recruit being introduced to the team, only to be humiliated in front of everyone and given an Embarrassing Nickname. This drives him to join Cobra, only for Cobra Commander to give him an embarrassing nickname as well. At that point Calvin says he doesn't even care anymore, he just wants revenge on the Joes. Which he gets by headshotting every single member of the team, except Duke, who leaves alive, telling him to live with it.
  • Frank Grimes from The Simpsons memorably went the more dramatic route when he gave up on reason and started imitating the mind-numbingly stupid antics of his coworker, Homer Simpson. Because Frank wasn't Born Lucky like Homer, he dies within minutes.
  • The webcomic Final Fantasy VII: The Sevening has a case where Cloud stops trying to make sense of other people's behavior here
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • December 7, 2011
    TheWanderer
    bump
  • December 7, 2011
    MrTerroFace
    The My Little Pony:Friendshipis Magic episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" is all about Twilight Sparkle trying to find a logical reason how Pinkie Pie has the strange ability called "Pinkie Sense" By the end of the episode, Twilight Sparkle gives up, and learns that not all things need to be completely understood to be considered real or true.
  • December 8, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    Hmm. This seems like it comes up a lot in the Thursday Next series, from Thursday herself, her husband Landen, even some of her colleagues (like Bowden Cable and Victor Analogy of the Swindon Literatecs). No specifics coming to mind just now, though...calling fellow Fforde fans...
  • December 10, 2011
    TheWanderer
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  • December 10, 2011
    dalek955
    Sister trope to Godzilla Threshold. Similar "so weird that normal ways of dealing with it don't work anymore" vibe.
  • December 10, 2011
    morgulknight1
    In the classic Star Trek episode "A Piece of the Action," Spock says of the gangster planet, "Facts and logic seem not to apply here." Dr. Mc Coy is stunned, asking "You mean you'll admit to that?" to which Spock calmly replies, "To deny the facts would be illogical."
  • December 13, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    OK How about the family conspiracy in First Among Sequels? Thursday's daughter Jenny is often mentioned, but never seen. Aornis Hades planted a mindworm, so Thursday thinks she has a second daughter and becomes distraught when she notices she never sees her. Thursday periodically figures it out, only to forget again. After some failed efforts to convince Thursday once and for all of the truth about Jenny, her husband and other kids give up and play along, acting as if Jenny exists and distracting Thursday when she seems likely to notice (again!) that the girl is missing.
  • December 14, 2011
    oztrickster
    Happens early in Avatar The Last Airbender. Sokka calls waterbending magic and laughs at the idea of a flying bison, later he gets indifferent to any of the weird things that happen to him.
  • December 14, 2011
    Statalyzer
    In the Star Trek Voyager episode Twisted, Chakotay decides to wander aimlessly rather than search in a logical pattern, because there seems to be no logic behind what's happen. He actually goes so far as to chide Tuvok for attempting to solve the issue logically.
  • December 14, 2011
    MidnightRambler
    Many of the intellectual strawmen in Atlas Shrugged have Given Up On Logic. Though it's debatable whether this is actually an example, as they have Given Up On Logic long before the book's events, rather than starting out as logical thinkers who Give Up On Logic after a sufficiently bizarre experience.
  • December 14, 2011
    Abodos
    Sonic The Hedgehog 2 Special Edition, which is a Mind Screw game throughout, has an odd variation: logic is the Final Boss, and it goes down in a single hit.
  • December 14, 2011
    Statalyzer
    In the Star Trek Voyager episode Twisted, Chakotay decides to wander aimlessly rather than search in a logical pattern, because there seems to be no logic behind what's happen. He actually goes so far as to chide Tuvok for attempting to solve the issue logically.
  • December 21, 2011
    TheWanderer
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  • December 22, 2011
    Abodos
    Once all these examples have been put into the main text itself, I'd say this trope is ready to launch.
  • December 23, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    ^ I concur. Have a hat.
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