->''The only antidote to a zany scheme, is an even '''zanier''' scheme!''
-->-- '''Homer''', ''TheSimpsons'', "Homer Goes to College"

Ricky has been pulling a ZanyScheme to keep [[ILoveLucy Lucy]] away from the club the night the big celebrity is visiting. Lucy finds out. Instead of confronting Ricky, she enlists Fred, Ethel, and the visiting celebrity in "teaching Ricky a lesson he won't soon forget." They stage an elaborate charade, making Ricky believe his scheme has had unintended consequences. Ricky confesses and everyone yells, "Gotcha!"

Usually we see a conspirator whispering, "Here's what we do," and the scene cuts away. See UnspokenPlanGuarantee.

The comedic variant of OutGambitted. Sometimes the Zany and the Counter Zany collide in a matter-{{antimatter}} explosion, resulting in [[AnAesop Aesops]] all around, on the house. If the ''CounterZany'' is then countered, you have ZanySchemeChicken.

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* In ''Anime/MaoChan'', the new Prime Minister starts a MonsterProtectionRacket to promote his "Three Aces" team... whereupon the Defense Force leaders launch their own fake alien at the same time to try to get the Defense Corps girls back in the public's good graces. Turns into a game of ZanySchemeChicken when Yuriko launches a real alien for the girls to fight... and ''all'' of the aliens look like pandas.

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* ''[[BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey]]'': "How do you stop a pair of bad robot usses?" "By building a pair of ''good'' robot usses to fight them!"

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* ''ILoveLucy'' was probably the first to do this on television. And the second and third and fourth and tenth...
* ''TheBradyBunch''
* ''Series/ThreesCompany''
* ''SavedByTheBell''
* ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment,'' usually involving George Bluth's attempts to teach his children a lesson. It comes to a head in the third season with a [[CounterZany Counter]]-[[ZanySchemeChicken Counter-plus-]][[ThePlan gambit]]-[[UpToEleven Counter]] Zany.
* ''HomeImprovement'', especially in earlier seasons, often had Tim and Jill pulling these in response to their children's antics in order to teach them a lesson.
* Happens occasionally on ''AccordingToJim''.
* The ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design" features a GambitPileup of Counter Zanies. Since all of them involve people being apparently shot dead only to get back up and reveal they faked the whole thing, the poor Dean ends up a nervous wreck.

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* [[OlderThanSteam Dates back]] [[TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples at least]] to Creator/WilliamShakespeare. Consider ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'' -- this [[ZanySchemeChicken goes back and forth]] at least three times.
* The word "zany" originates from the "zanni", comic servants, of ''CommediaDellArte'', who often came up with ''literal'' zany scemes.

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* WhateleyUniverse example: when Generator hatches a plan to prank Phase with realistic shoulder angels, Phase retaliates by stealing Generator's lingerie. While Generator is standing in the middle of the cafeteria. [[CrazyAwesome Generator]] does not take this lying down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': the boys' parents launch a Zany Scheme in which actors pretend to be the boys' time-traveling future selves, with the aim of scaring the boys away from drugs and alcohol. After discovering the truth, Stan attempts to fight the zany scheme with logic but gets nowhere. Butters, with the help of Cartman, launches a CounterZany to get revenge on his parents (by smearing feces all over their house). Needless to say, the Zany-Counter Zany collision results in a standard {{Anvilicious}} message about communication and honesty.
** For added hilarity, Butters' CounterZany somehow had the exact effect he hoped for; his parents apologize for the original scheme immediately, even though they would normally scold him for doing perfectly innocent stuff.
* One WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants episode involves a "extremely convoluted" plot by Plankton to get the Krabby patty formula by re-friending Mr. Krabs. At the end it looks like Plankton succeeded as Krabs gives him the formula, only for the piece of paper to say, "GOTCHA," and krabs to reveal he had his own "extremely convoluted" plot to humiliate Plankton. Plankton gets a BigNo at the very end.
* To clear up ''TheSimpsons'' page quote, the actual episode is not an example. The first Zany Scheme was kidnapping a neighbouring schools' pig, which got the nerds expelled, and Homer tries to counter this with an even zanier scheme: having the nerds push the Dean out of the way of Homer's car, which... well it works in the long run. But yeah, it's not actually an example because both schemes were concocted by Homer.
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