Created By: AshleyC on November 3, 2011 Last Edited By: AshleyC on September 11, 2017

Crazy for a Day

An episode or plot arc circles around a character totally losing it.

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A character has truly and seriously lost it, and an episode/book/chapter/plot arc focuses around it. While humorous in detail, the overview can be dramatic.


In one episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender Aang goes totally nuts after not sleeping. And then there's also Azula's Sanity Slippage, but that's more of a long-term thing. Twilight completely loses it in one of the more recent episodes of My Little Pony Friendship is Magic.

Also, I'm pretty sure there is an entire Fetish dedicated to this.
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  • November 3, 2011
    You'll have to rename the trope. I am pretty sure there is a moratorium on "Crowner" snowclones.

  • November 3, 2011
    Oh, okay, I'll go fix that up.

    And yes, I forgot about Azula going crazy. After buying all three seasons on DVD, I'd think I would have remembered!
  • November 13, 2011
    Friendship Is Magic LOVES this trope!
  • November 13, 2011
    In Empire Records, everyone says that Lucas is acting weird that day. The movie only covers one day, so we have no idea what he's "really" like.
  • November 14, 2011
    [[Anime/Manga]] This is definitely what "Higurashi" is all about. Every arc, someone different is acting crazy. Spoiler: Really a Groundhog Day Loop.
  • December 13, 2011
    [[spoiler:(insert spoiler text here)]]

    Just so you know in the future.
  • December 13, 2011
    Use *'s to separate examples into bullets.

    • In The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon absolutely loses it from sleep deprivation, due to being unable to figure out why electrons behave as if they have no gravity.
  • December 13, 2011
    • The Simpsons, "Hurricane Neddy": after losing all his possessions in a hurricane, Ned Flanders suffers a crisis of faith, and when the others do a poor job of rebuilding his home, he finally snaps, tells everyone off, and drives himself over to the psychiatric hospital.
    • Futurama, "Insane in the Mainframe": Fry is commited to a robot insane asylum by mistake, which drives him into thinking he is a robot.
  • December 13, 2011
    • The Scrubs episode "My Screw Up" features this for Perry Cox. During the episode, Cox goes home at the end of a shift, leaving J.D. to take care of a patient. When he comes in to work the next day, J.D. tells Cox that the patient had died. Cox angrily blames J.D. for the mistake, but also blames himself, thinking that the death wouldn't have happened if he hadn't left. He decides to stay at the hospital around the clock in a bid to prevent any further "screw ups" to cause more people to die. The entire episode he's accompanied by his brother-in-law Ben, who repeatedly tries to get Cox to forgive J.D. and himself, and to go home and get some sleep. By the end of the episode, though, in a heartbreaking twist, it's revealed that it was actually Ben who had died. Perry had hallucinated him throughout the episode, out of a combination of sleep deprivation and grief.
  • December 13, 2011
    Part of the plot of Hamlet is Hamlet himself pretending to be insane in order to hide his motives.
  • December 13, 2011
  • December 13, 2011
    [[quoteblock]]Part of the plot of Hamlet is Hamlet himself pretending to be insane in order to hide his motives. [[/quoteblock]] ...possibly. :P

    Also, if we're taking the 'humourous in detail' bit at all seriously, neither it nor Higurashi counts. I think there are probably plenty of examples of that alone to not worry about shoehorning in works in which people going mad is either a recurring theme or a prominent plot point.

    Such episodes and arcs, due to their shallowness, often invoke The Mentally Disturbed, Funny Schizophrenia, Insane Equals Violent, and other Madness Tropes with Unfortunate Implications.
  • September 10, 2017
    I noticed this old YKTTW while looking for something else. Do we have a trope like this already?
  • September 10, 2017
    Needs a way to distinguish this from Sanity Slippage.
  • September 11, 2017
    ^ Seems distinct in that this is a discrete, short-lasting episode, generally with a distinct cause. (So I'd be inclined to say that of the examples in the proposal, Aang's sleep-deprivation-induced hijinks would count, but Azula's long-term Sanity Slippage wouldn't.) Could be a Sister Trope to Mushroom Samba.