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->''"If you find the Japanese offensive, then you'll find this game offensively Japanese."''
-->-- '''Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw''', ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', on ''VideoGame/{{Zack and Wiki|Quest For Barbaros Treasure}}''

A Widget (WJT) is marketed as a ''Weird Japanese Thing'', relatively offbeat compared to what is considered mainstream or popular. This has become more inclusive as anime and manga have developed a more mainstream presence, but usually exploits culture differences. The Widget Series often consists of SurrealHumor or a GagSeries.

Sometimes they have small, short releases to test the audience, although they may have a guaranteed viewing among ''{{otaku}}''.

Japanese cultural differences are the reason this trope exists ''and'' the reason it's not more popular. Japanese storytelling conventions embrace a number of elements that are much less commonly found in media produced by most other societies – some common examples include extreme absurdist humor (with a particular penchant for untranslatable puns), a fascination with gender-bending, and a fondness for ambiguity and open-ended conclusions. Simply put, Japanese culture can be refreshing to an outsider, but too much may cause a feeling of overload.

Until around the introduction of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' and ''Manga/DragonBall'' to American pop culture in 1996, most anime was out of the American mainstream, with only a (very) few exceptions, principally ones that were and are considered to be of extraordinary quality in storytelling or artistry (such as ''Manga/{{Akira}}'') – and ''every'' anime could be considered a WidgetSeries. [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles Or something worse]]. Incidentally, even now many Japanese series are never ported over precisely because the original creators ''know'' it's weird and don't think there's a large market for it.

A weird series doesn't have to be Japanese to qualify as a Widget: some European, North American or Australasian series, like the ones from the examples below, are weird enough to compare with their Japanese brethren. [[FunWithAcronyms Terms]] you'll likely see in this page include:

* WTF (A '''W'''eird '''T'''hing from '''F'''rance)
* W(H)AT (A '''W'''eird ('''H'''umorous) '''A'''merican '''T'''hing)
* Wabbit ('''W'''eird '''B'''ritish '''T'''hing)
* Wicket ('''W'''eird '''C'''anadian '''T'''hing)
* WART ('''W'''eird & '''A'''wkward '''R'''ussian '''T'''hing)
* STANZA ('''S'''trange '''T'''hing from '''A'''ustralia/'''N'''ew '''Z'''ealand/'''A'''ustralasia)
* EIEIO ('''E'''xcessively '''I'''rish '''E'''xample of '''I'''ntentional '''O'''ddity)
* WST ('''W'''eird '''S'''candinavian '''T'''hing) and WIT ('''W'''eird '''I'''celandic '''T'''hing).
* PEGS ('''P'''eculiar & '''E'''ccentric '''G'''erman '''S'''ubject)

If it doesn't make sense in ''its own'' culture, it's most likely a case of WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs. This trope may sometimes (but not always) overlap with ClicheStorm. Not to be confused with the 1990s animated series ''WidgetTheWorldWatcher'', which despite the name isn't ''quite'' weird enough to be a Widget Series. See also ValuesDissonance and HumorDissonance.

'''Note:''' Keep in mind that this trope is cultural, and is subject to the aforementioned ValuesDissonance; what may seem normal or only marginally strange to one culture may come off as mind-blowingly weird to another, and vice versa. If an example here strikes you as not as unusual as the entry makes it out to be, you may want to take it to the discussion page instead of instigating an EditWar.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* It would honestly be easier to list the works that ''don't'' fall under this trope, but these ones really stand out.
%% * ''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourRabuge''
* ''LightNovel/{{Akikan}}'' is a series about about empty soda/juice cans doing battle to determine whether steel or aluminum cans are superior, for the standardization of cans into one format, strengthening the industry. Oh, and the cans take the forms of [[MoeAnthropomorphism cute girls in strange outfits...]]
* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'' and its sequel. There's a reason Creator/StudioShaft decided to animate this one.
** And ''Manga/SaintYoungMen'' by the same author, which is about Jesus and Buddha sharing an apartment in modern-day Japan.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' (and ''Hetalia: World Series''): World history + countries turned into [[{{Bishonen}} impossibly cute/hot guys]] + HoYay = this show (especially the English dub, in which most, if not all, of the dialogue is more risque than what the Japanese version has).
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' lives up to this kind of stuff, as does the author's follow-up series, ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}''.
* While ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' is probably still bizarre in Japan, the religion/mythology of Japan at least let the original audience understand things like the crab gods and lost cows. And the puns. Oh god, the puns...
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'': Let's get this straight. We have the story starting in a MentalWorld with a {{Stripperific}} outfitted girl fighting other dream versions of girls, [[GreyAndGrayMorality no clear heroes or villains]], just some girls fighting each other for some reason, and this is before we meet the {{Yandere}} WheelchairWoobie, Kagari, whose favorite hobby seems to be chucking gross-colored macaroons at people in both the real and MentalWorld. And an older woman who serves everyone coffee, but calls it "dirty water" when asked if she likes it. Then there's some FracturedFairyTale about a bird soaking up rainbow colors [[spoiler: until it turns black and ''dies''. And the color of the bird the hero ''most'' admires is actually the black '''dead''' one]].
* ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'' is a parody of every HaremGenre trope and plenty more, and does it by taking them to ridiculous extremes, so it looks especially strange to those not familiar with the genre. Unusually though, whilst the tropes are Japanese, the [[BlackHumor humor]] is nearer to American GagSeries like ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''. And by many indicators it is [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff more popular in the West]].
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': the characters confuse their enemies into submission, confusing the ''viewer'' in the process. The main character is a [[Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar Kenshiro]] knock-off with a blonde afro who uses "fist of the nose hair", and the enemy is an evil empire that wants to shave everyone's head. That covers the first couple of episodes, and ''it gets weirder''.
* ''Anime/CatSoup'', which is considered to be weird even by the standards of weird Japanese things.
* ''Manga/ChinkoNoTsubuyaki'' is a manga about boys who have talking penises. Talking. Penises. This one is so bizarre that it's often brought up in internet conversations purely as a benchmark of "how weird can Japanese media get."
* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' is a parody of old shounen shows, about a normal(ish) guy that starts going to school full of "badasses". And a gorilla. And a robot (that doesn't realize he's a robot). And a mute man that looks strangely like the deceased lead singer of Music/{{Queen}}.
* ''Anime/DaiMahouTouge'', which is sort of a mix between ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi'' and ''LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan'', with a protagonist who compensates her lack of hyperness with pure evil.
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', there are girls who can cause massive damage to the world just by appearing. And [[PersonOfMassDestruction killing them]] is just about impossible. The solution? ''Date'' them. And the DatingSim-like choices that occasionally pop up as you do so are not decided by ''you'', but by a group ''dedicated for this very purpose?'' An idea that only Japan can come up with.
** Can be [[XMeetsY described]] as ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' meets ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''. Which are both on this page. And it still manages to be one of the more serious titles on this page.
* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'': TheDevil is forced to work at [[BlandNameProduct MgRonald's]], and enjoys it so much that he pulls a HeelFaceTurn.
* ''LightNovel/DogsAndScissors'': A teenage bookworm is murdered and inexplicably reincarnated as a daschund. His (former?) favorite novelist adopts his new doggy self and torments him with scissors.
* ''[[http://beta.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2013-08-30/surreal-post-apocalyptic-animal-anime-donyatsu-3rd-short-streamed Donyatsu]]'' is a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic]] SliceOfLife about [[FunnyAnimal cats]] which, [[MindScrew for some reason]], have bodies modeled on various donut-shaped snack foods.
* ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. The American release even has the title written in faux-Japanese letters.
** From the same people: ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''. Two {{OVA}} episodes of sheer insanity. The 'magical girl transformation' involved shoving a knife up the rectum of a talking dead fish.
%% * ''Anime/{{Fireball}}''
* ''Anime/{{FLCL}}''. It's pronounced 'fooly cooly' (not even the characters know the meaning), and is about a crazy woman who beats a young boy with a guitar to summon giant mecha out of his head so she can kill them, in between hitting him with her Vespa just for fun.
* ''Anime/GetsumenToHeikiMina''. {{Magical|Girl}} [[PettingZooPeople Bunny Girls]] who fight aliens trying to cause trouble at sporting events. And their attacks are vegetable-themed.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''. Its humor relies on a lot of Japanese puns, references to Japanese pop culture, Japanese-style humor, and a basic knowledge of famous historical Japanese figures. Though later on they also have gags like "Willis Smith" and sneezing the name "Mai-ke-ru ''Jackuson!''" And a whole lot of in-universe running gags and random WidgetSeries staples. Not to mention that it has two ''StarWars'' [[MayTheFarceBeWithYou parodies]]
* ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'': {{Moe}} girls pilot tanks as a sport on top of a gigantic floating city.
* ''Gloom Party'' takes the cake. It's a {{yonkoma}} series that the English publishers, DMP, knew would be incomprehensible to an American audience, since a large amount of the gags are Japanese puns, or refer to Japanese phenomena. Therefore, they added the words ''How to "read" manga'' to the title, made sure that the American edition contained ''only'' the strips that Western readers wouldn't understand, and added a short explanation of the joke to every strip, turning it into a guide to incomprehensible Japanese humor.
* [[NyanpireTheAnimation The Gothic World Of Nyanpire]]: An abandoned black cat is found dying alone during a rainy night. The same night, a vampire shows up and feels bad for the kitten. He decides to cut his finger and feed a drip of his own blood to the cat. Which results in the cat turning into an actual living vampire cat. He gains fangs, wings, and a yellow cross on his stomach, and later gets the name "Nyanpire" since he's a vampire. He lives with an owner who owns a Siamese cat named Chachamaru. He later befriends a Samurai cat named Masamunya who starts developing a crush on him. And a fallen angel from heaven named Nyatenshi who is constantly seen chasing a cat named Katsuo by holding a stick over a sardine that Katsuo has.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'': [[CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos]] takes the form of a [[GenkiGirl hyperactive]] {{Otaku}} teen girl and comes to Earth ostensibly because of her job as a SpaceCop, partly because [[{{Otaku}} she]] wanted easy access to {{Anime}} and {{Toku}} goods, but primarily because she fell in LoveAtFirstSight with OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent and Creator/HPLovecraft fan [[OnlySaneMan Mahiro Yasaka]] and wants to be his ManicPixieDreamGirl wife ([[LovableSexManiac with lots of sex involved]]). [[{{Tsundere}} He]] responds with {{Slapstick}} and {{fork|Fencing}}s. They're later joined by Nyarko's old classmates Cthuguha the Living Flame (who has an equally obsessive lesbian crush on Nyarko) and Hastur the Unspeakable One (who's a CuteShotaroBoy with a crush on Mahiro), all culminating in a parody [[HaremGenre harem]]-slash-[[LoveDodecahedron Love-Dodecahedron]] with '''[[ReferenceOverdosed LOTS]]''' of pop culture references. And that's just the base premise; we haven't even touched on the plot yet...
* ''[[Anime/JungleWaItsumoHaleNochiGuu Haré + Guu]]'': A boy and his mother live in the jungle, until the mom adopts a HumanoidAbomination in the form of a little girl who has another world in her stomach. Weirdness ensues.
* The two {{spinoff}}s of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', ''Manga/HaruhiChan'' and ''Nyoron Churuya-San'', definitely qualify. Just read the lyrics to the Haruhi-chan [[http://www.animelyrics.com/anime/haruhichan/imamadenoarasuji.htm theme song]].
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', a series about a boy whose parents stick him with an enormous debt to the Yakuza, so he tries to abduct a little girl and ends up as her butler. The series also features aliens, robots, ghosts, demons, talking animals and involuntary time travel.
* ''Manga/HentaiKamen''. It's about a martial artist slipping a pair of panties on his head (by accident) and transforming into... a guy with underwear on his head.
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'': taking [[{{Go}} an ancient]] TabletopGame ''as strategically complex as TabletopGame/{{Chess}}'' and making a successful {{Shonen}} out of it? Only the Japanese could do something like this.
* ''Manga/HyougeMono'', a series with [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking feudal warfare, Samurai, and a guy who's obsessed with tea ceremonies and pottery art.]] Though it is based on an award winning manga, so something went right somewhere.
* ''Franchise/{{Jewelpet}}'' becomes more bizarre and laden with Japanese ancient and pop culture references starting with its [[Anime/JewelpetSunshine third season]], which alienates a lot of non-otakus.
* ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita'': humanity is nearing extinction... and being replaced by (stupid, stupid) fairies. This is all played for satire and BlackComedy.
* Story wise, ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' starts out as a fairly normal take on a zombie/vampire tale, albeit with some definite twists. But then there's the names, which almost all reference western rock and roll ([[Music/REOSpeedWagon Robert E. O. Speedwagon]], [[Music/TomPetty Tompeti]], [[Music/OingoBoingo Oingo and Boingo]], etc.). And the art, which largely consists of muscular men in elaborate clothing striking model-esque poses. And some crazy character designs, such as Jotaro, whose hat seems to morph into hair about halfway around his head. Then in part 2, Battle Tendency, the [[StupidJetpackHitler cyborg Nazi]], shows up and the craziness just grows exponentially. Part 3, Stardust Crusaders, is both the story arc where things really start to become totally insane, and the only part of the manga officially released in the US. America even got the Capcom fighting game based on Stardust Crusaders, which is the origin of the [[TimeStandsStill ZA WARUDO]] [[MemeticMutation meme]].
* ''Manga/{{Joshiraku}}'': cute girls having quirky conversations about inconsequential subjects in the dressing room of a ''rakugo'' theater = ''rakugo'' being a uniquely Japanese form of comic storytelling by a single performer sitting still in the middle of the stage with only a fan and a piece of cloth as props.
* ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'' – that's ''Masked Maid Guy'' in English. A gigantic masked sociopath in a maid uniform terrorizes an absurdly well-endowed samurai schoolgirl for her own good. You just don't get that particular kind of "huh?" anywhere else on Earth.
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'' - A teenage girl dons a Sentient {{Stripperiffic}} SailorFuku while wielding a giant half-scissor blade to fight her way through a high school ruled with an iron fist by its AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil in a post-apocalyptic world where clothing is fascism, all to find out who killed her father. And it's taken totally seriously in universe.
* ''[[Anime/KinnikumanNisei Ultimate Muscle: The Kinnikuman Legacy]]''
** Same goes for its predecessor, ''Manga/{{Kinnikuman}}''.
* ''Anime/KujibikiUnbalance'' is part parody, part homage to every anime genre Japan has produced. The resulting mix of postmodernism and {{Clichestorm}} is strange, especially to viewers who don't know the genres in question.
* ''Manga/TheKurosagiCorpseDeliveryService'' is weird enough by itself but it's also weird ''about'' Japan, showcasing vestiges of ancient traditions still practiced there.
%% * ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki''
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfKoizumi''. World leaders use extreme high-stakes Mah-Jong to decide everything from deals to papal elections to SAVING THE WORLD! Everything is [[RefugeInAudacity over the top]] {{shounen}}, playing all of the stereotypes of nations and their leaders entirely straight.
%% * ''LightNovel/MacademiWasshoi''
%% * ''Anime/MagicalPlay''
* ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]''. Basically, ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' on crack. Two kids jump through distorted, Alternate-Universe versions of their town trying to get back home. Each of them parodying a different cliche of Anime, {{Otaku}}, and Japanese culture in general. To people not familiar with Japan, the series is pure, incomprehensible randomness.
%% * ''Anime/MarieAndGali''
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'': Two brothers must find a mystery object known as the 'Penguindrum' for an entity residing in a penguin-shaped hat that is possessing and keeping alive their IllGirl sister, in company with small cartoonish [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguins]] that only they can see. And ''then'' the copious amounts of MindScrew start.
* ''[[Manga/MidoriNoHibi Midori Days]]'': boy who is often [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold mistaken for a school bully]] wakes up one morning to find a miniaturized version of a girl from his neighborhood attached to his right arm. Literally.
* The short film ''WebAnimation/MoriNoAndo'' is... strange to say the least.
* The basic premise of ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'' is explainable (boy gets saved by mermaid; must marry her to keep up TheMasquerade), but the execution of the premise is nothing short of insane, involving Mermaid Yakuza, Film/TheTerminator (really), and more ArtShift than one would think could be crammed in.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' starts off looking a little quirky (mostly the CreepyCoolCrosses), but once Leliel arrives (episode 15), it becomes an escalation of psychological jargon, [[DerangedAnimation strange visions]], obscure Biblical references and [[NoBudget stock footage]].
** And that's not even getting into ''Anime/TheEndOfEvangelion'', which ramps the weirdness and horror UpToEleven.
* ''Anime/NerimaDaikonBrothers'', from the director of ''Anime/ExcelSaga''. An anime musical series about farmers who want to become musicians but are constantly low on cash. One of the characters falls in love with a panda. Aliens appear.
* ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'''s cover art of a classroom, completely ordinary except for [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight the deer standing on a student's desk]], sums it up pretty well. Its ShowWithinAShow, ''Helvetica Standard'', is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTrUDk0BlFk widgety]] even by Japanese standards.
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden''. Attempting to explain the weirdness (especially Onsokumaru) will get you some weird looks.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece''. Okay so you have a kid who wants to be not just any pirate, but the KING of the pirates, and he eats a magical fruit that turns him into a RubberMan, then he befriends a {{Cyborg}} {{power|Source}}ed by [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum cola]], a woman who can [[MultiArmedAndDangerous make extra limbs bloom like flowers]], a [[DanceBattler break dancing]] french chef, and a man who uses three swords, ''[[DualWielding at the same time]]''! And then there's a [[TalkingAnimal talking]], [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shapeshifting]] reindeer doctor and a singing [[DemBones skeleton]]. And those are just some of the ''main'' characters. The antagonists are even ''crazier''.
** The fact that ''One Piece'' is so insanely popular in Japan, but rarely becomes more than a CultClassic even among manga in other countries, is probably one of the things that cement this trope.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' relies ''heavily'' on Japanese puns and wordplay, and might be a little bit strange to someone with little or no understanding of either.
* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun''[[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/oyasumi_punpun/]] - a [[SilentProtagonist mute]] little bird (think [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Woodstock]] but three feet tall), drawn in line style while everyone else is drawn realistically, tries to comprehend his bad home life and the behaviour of people at his kindergarten. Occasionally, he summons God for answers; God has an [[FunnyAfro afro]] and is getting tired of the same questions.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash''. It's about a school full of very weird students. And a ten year old MIT grad teacher. And a cat who says he's God. And a bunny who only exists to be abused. And space aliens who have little to no impact on the plot except to make ''Star Trek'' jokes. And a class rep who defies all logic or sanity. And apparently it's all shot on a soundstage and the cinematographer is very bad at hiding it.
* ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' is surreal both plot-wise and design-wise, using Western animation art styles for the most part. Namely in the style of 90's American cartoons that were WHAT series in their own right.
%% * ''Literature/{{Paprika}}''
* ''Manga/{{Patalliro}}'' is an old-school example. It's a very weird shoujo comedy with BL elements that started in the late 70s and is still running today.
%% * ''Manga/PenguinMusume''
* ''Anime/{{Potemayo}}''. A boy finds an over-possessive [[{{Moe}} moe-blob]] [[ItCameFromTheFridge in his fridge.]] And he calmly adopts it, naming it after what he had in the fridge. Then another one appears, except this one is a {{Tsundere}}, ''scythe-wielding'' moe-blob that {{Beam Spam}}s from the worms on the side of its head, and leaves gifts of charred, bleeding animal carcasses on the desk of one of the boy's classmates. That's the ''first'' episode.
* ''Manga/SaitamaChainsawShoujo'': [[TheNondescript Stunningly average]], bespectacled high school girl [[YourCheatingHeart sees her boyfriend hugging]] the strange NewTransferStudent with IdiotHair. After speaking with her best friend / [[ReincarnationRomance love interest from medieval Europe]], she concludes [[MurderIsTheBestSolution that the best course of action is murder/suicide]] by way of [[MartialArtsAndCrafts the Confederate forester chainsaw martial art]] passed down to her by her Texan [[BadassGrandpa grandfather]]. It's weirder than it sounds.
* ''Manga/{{Sankarea}}'' is definitely an oddity. Let's see, the main character is a boy with very [[NightmareFetishist unusual interests]] who ends up accidentally turning a naive, isolated girl into an [[MoeMoe impossibly]] {{cute|MonsterGirl}} [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]]. They become a couple and try to live an ordinary life while fending off her PervertDad, her [[AllWomenAreLustful jealous stepmother]], and a {{Hot|Scientist}} MadScientist who wants to use her for research.
* ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. Horribly suicidal homeroom teacher underpins various Japanese social problems by presenting them as {{Spoof Aesop}}s, and his entire class' names directly indicate their personality, as well as the particular social problem they (hilariously) represent -- with the exception of the [[{{Pollyanna}} delusionally optimistic]] Kafuka, [[IronicNickname named after Franz Kafka]].
** Anything by Creator/StudioShaft qualifies. Even the [[VisualNovel/EfATaleOfMemories entirely serious ones]].
* ''{{Manga/Senyuu}}''. "''[[OpeningNarration One day, without warning, a huge hole appeared in the world. And from it, emerged many demons]]...''" including Godzilla and a freaking Gundam. It only gets weirder from there. Including [[http://imageshack.us/a/img16/7610/senyuufull1404521.jpg this]] [[http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/441/nisepanda.jpg/ thing]].
* ''Anime/SevenOfSeven'': A normal schoolgirl is subjected to CloningBlues when she's split into seven copies of herself... who then all try to go after the boy she was interested in. Eventually, they take turns being the 'real one'.
** And it was created by the guy who directed '''''Manga/{{Giant|Robo}}''''''. ''Freakin''' ''''''[[Manga/GiantRobo Robo]]'''''.
* ''Sexy Commando'' (a.k.a.: Sexy Commando Gaiden: Sugoi yo, Masaru-san!)
* ''Manga/SgtFrog''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvks5APtYSs Umm...]] WildMassGuessing? JhonenVasquez was SeparatedAtBirth from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mine_Yoshizaki Mine Yoshizaki]]. MagicPlasticSurgery was involved. As were {{Human Popsicle}}s. Along with ridiculous amounts of whatever the Japanese put in their candy. Turn of the millennium, they both decided to make weird series about {{Ineffectual Sympathetic|Villain}} {{Alien Inva|sion}}ders. EagleLand, being so lame they're lame, [[ScrewedByTheNetwork killed]] WesternAnimation/InvaderZim after two seasons, despite its fanbase. Japan, which prides itself on being geek Mecca, has made ''seven'' seasons of this madness, along with '''twenty''' volumes of manga - there are entire shelves of Keroro swag, '''''[[RealityIsUnrealistic just like in the opening sequence of the first series!]]'''''
* ''Anime/SuperMilkChan''. A five year old girl lives in a house with her robot maid and complains about all the bills she has to avoid paying to her CampGay landlord. She's a superhero but she constantly blows off the President (of Everything), who attracts flies. That's just the ''beginning'' of the insanity of this show.
%% * ''Anime/TenshiNiNarumon''
%% * ''Anime/TokyoPig''
* ''Anime/TonoToIssho'' is JidaiGeki made ''really'' freakin' weird.
* ''Ultimate Girls'' combines {{Magical Girl}}s and [[HumongousMecha Giant Mecha]], throws in a robotic, talking [[FreudWasRight phallic symbol]] for a mascot, and every episode is chock full of [[DoubleEntendre innuendo]].
* ''Manga/UltimateTeacher'' is beyond description. The most normal thing about it is that the school is so bad, there's a graveyard for dead teachers. Most of the 50 minute OVA is a giant BigLippedAlligatorMoment. Zombies? Check. Men wearing girls' gym shorts? Check. Guy who fights by flinging quarters? Check. That's not even getting into the genetic experimentation. It cannot be quantified.
* ''Manga/{{Upotte}}'' has MoeAnthropomorphism of assault rifles... and Sniper rifles... and Sub-Machine guns (represented by kindergarteners). ''VideoGame/KantaiCollection'' has a similar concept, except with naval warships of the UsefulNotes/WorldWarII era replacing firearms, with [[Anime/KantaiCollection an anime in January 2015]].
* ''Anime/{{Usavich}}''. It airs on Japanese MTV.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' will seem [[RealityIsUnrealistic completely nonsensical]] to someone that doesn't know about Japan and otaku culture.
* ''Manga/WooserNoSonoHigurashi''. A bizarre, weirdly dark RandomEventsPlot GagSeries about a perverted yellow rabbitoid.
* ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows''. There is no possible way an idea like that could have come from anywhere but Japan, plain and simple.
* ''[[Manga/YakitateJapan Yakitate!! Ja-pan]]'' is a show/manga about bread. No, it does not teach you how to ''make'' the bread (one exception for bread-in-a-rice cooker). It focuses on tournament-style battles between bakers. And puns. Lots and ''lots'' of delicious Japanese pans.
* ''Manga/YuGiOh''. A bunch of high schoolers and adults solve the world's problems by playing a [[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries children's card game]]. Also there's Ancient Egyptian demons, psychotic computer programs, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and hairstyles that]] [[AnimeHair defy all possible logic]]. [[Anime/YuGiOhGX The]] [[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds follow-up]] [[Anime/YuGiOhZexal series]] are even weirder.
* ''LightNovel/OreTwintailNiNarimasu'': Extra-dimensional invaders attack Earth not for its resources or to conquer it but... for its twintails? Rather, they're attacking Earth to drain the "zokusei" (something that has no direct definition in the West) of its people. Said Zokusei manifests in typical {{Otaku}} fetishes like bloomers, model-making, and of course, twintails.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* WHAT - ''ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice''. A couple of gun-toting {{Funny Animal}}s [[TheyFightCrime Fight Crime]] ([[DesignatedHero sometimes on purpose]]), and go on mildly psychedelic adventures through {{Eagleland}} childhood nostalgia and American pop cultural references. To non-Americans it ranges from mildly incomprehensible to completely incomprehensible, [[SurrealHumour which may be why the largest fansite for them is British]].
* ''Comicbook/{{Madman}}''. It's hard to place it in one particular genre or the other. Usually, it's every genre all at the same time.
* ''SavageDragon'' is too violent and sexual to be a typical superhero book but way too fun to be a serious adult comic. Some of the villains this series has seen include a man who fires human waste with enough force to decapitate, a deadly FlyingBrick with a chicken head, and a cute 3-foot tall warlord that takes over entire galaxies (and was friends with the hero's adopted daughter for a time). Then we have strange twists on {{exp|y}}ies of DoctorDoom or [[ComicBook/{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]. Then we have the other end of the spectrum with characters like Darklord and the Fiend who are very disturbing and deadly.
* Never before has Canada's largest city been so quirky. ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' includes but is not limited to lesbian half-ninjas, psychic super vegans, [[ArtificialLimbs bionic arms]], Sexy Demon Hipster Chicks, abilities to manipulate pure sound using sheer determination, [[PapaWolf angry Chinese fathers with katanas protecting their]] obsessive daughters, and gay men as far as the eye can see (though the book focuses on a heterosexual couple).
* ''PaperinikNewAdventures'': '''DonaldDuck''' has a SecretIdentity as Paperinik, known in English-speaking countries as Superduck or the Duck Avenger; he finds an ArtificialIntelligence in a skyscraper. TheyFightCrime.
* ''Comicbook/HermanHedning''[[note]] lit. Herman the Heathen but called Marwin Meathead in English editions. [[/note]], a wierd ReferenceOverdosed swedish comic with the sickest sence of humor you are likley to encounter. One has to wonder what the hell is going on inside Jonas Darnell's head.
* ''ComicBook/NovasAventurasDeMegaman'', thanks in no small part to having a GenreShift almost every issue, being DarkerAndEdgier, BloodierAndGorier and HotterAndSexier than most versions of the ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' franchise.
* The genre of superhero comics is WAT to many people around the world. After all, one can stand a masked vigilante fighting crime, a wizard dealing with demonic incursions, or a mad scientist threatening the world from his faraway lair. Perhaps even a flying man wearing a cape and helping people. But to see all of them at once, teaming up to fight off an alien invasion? Only in America.
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[[folder:Eastern Animation]]
[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: '''WART''' (Weird & Awkward Russian Thing) ]]

* ''The Adventures of Captain Vrungel'': A Soviet [[OffModel inconsistently animated]] mini-series about an [[RagtagBunchOfMisfits old seadog, a handsome young sailor and a dishonoured tramp]] participating in a regatta around the globe while getting chased by two [[GratuitousItalian hilariously gratuitous]] [[TheMafia Mafiosi]] and a Franchise/JamesBond CaptainErsatz looking for a priceless MacGuffin in a [[SenselessViolins cello case]]. [[HilarityEnsues Squirrels, robo-dogs, exploding volcano island saunas, house domino and lots of champagne ensue]].
* ''Animation/LastYearsSnowWasFalling'': A {{Claymation}} short about a narrator desperately trying to find a story to tell, before settling on a nameless small-town idiot and [[AttentionDeficitOhShiny ADD-plagued]] CloudCuckooLander who is ordered by his wife into the woods to find a christmas tree. He comes across [[BabaYaga Baba Yaga's]] house instead. What [[MindScrew comes next]] [[NoFourthWall challenges even the narrator's endurance]].
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: '''WJT" (Weird Japanese Thing) ]]

* The ''FanFic/TouhouM1GrandPrix'' features a MonsterMash of characters, including many from JapaneseMythology, from a {{shmup}} [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} video-game]] doing [[BokeandTsukkomiRoutine stand-up comedy]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* '''EIEIO''' (Excessively Irish Example of Intentional Oddity)
--> A Note: The Irish film industry is very small, even the large scale local films are only comparable to most US Indies. As a result, most domestic films don't bother toning it down for foreigners, and just make movies for ourselves. Expect profuse swearing, GreyAndGrayMorality, a propensity for offbeat characters and very, very dark humour.
** ''Waking Ned Divine'': The eponymous Ned dies of a massive heart attack after winning the lottery. The local town bands together to cover up his death in order to claim his winnings. Hilarity ensues. Also, a very old man rides a motorcycle while very, very naked.
** ''The Butcher Boy'': A young lad in rural 1960's Ireland loves nothing more than playing with his best friend. Then his mother commits suicide and he slowly starts going mad. As a result he's sent away to a borstal, where he has visions of a foul mouthed Virgin Mary, played by Sinead O'Connor, before being molested by a priest. Eventually he escapes, and returns home to his abusive alcoholic father, before finally losing it completely and going on a murder spree, having hallucinated the world being destroyed by nukes and being repopulated by humanoid flies. ''This is a comedy''.
** ''The Guard'': An over the top homage to 70's Dirty Harry-esque, mismatched partner Cop Movies ... set in small town Ireland. The eponymous Guard (Irish Cop) takes acid, molest corpses, hires prostitutes, insults his American counterparts, buys his dying mother cocaine and contracts an STD. By comparison, the drug dealers he's taking down discuss existentialism and morality, and there's an off kilter scene about gay IRA operatives.
** ''A Film With Me In It": a film about a guy who really wants to be in a film but has been generally unlucky in his life, who keeps ending up with people being killed in incredibly incriminating accidents around his flat while he and his best friend keep proposing film scenarios in order to figure out how to get out of their predicaments.
* '''PEGS''' (Peculiar & Eccentric German Subject)
* '''Wabbit''' (Weird British Thing)
%% ** ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''
%% ** ''{{Zardoz}}''
** ''Film/MontyPythonsTheMeaningOfLife''. Even if you've seen their popular works, nothing will prepare you for this 2 hours worth of strangeness.
* '''Wicket''' (Weird Canadian Thing)
** ''BonCopBadCop''. The entire setup, most of the humor, and even the title are all hinged upon Canadian bilingualism.
** Anything by Creator/DavidCronenberg: ''Film/{{Videodrome}}'', ''Film/{{Rabid}}'', etc.
** ''Film/GingerSnaps'' - Werewolves as a literal metaphor for puberty. Shooting up drugs (well, wolfsbane) is the only way to temporarily slow the transformation. Its two sequels ramp up the weirdness even more.
* '''Widget''' (Weird Japanese Thing)
** The Takashi Miike film ''{{Gozu}}'' is a mixture of this and J-Horror making it even more weird and surreal.
** Takashi Miike in general is like this ''TheHappinessOfTheKatakuris'', which is (vaguely) like ''Series/FawltyTowers'' [[XMeetsY meets]] ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. The scene where the dead rise from their grave for a karaoke number on the value of life must be seen to be believed...For more Miike weirdness, though, make a beeline for ''Dead Or Alive'', a convoluted Yakuza melodrama bookended by some of the craziest stuff you've ever seen.
** ''Funky Forest: First Encounter'' is a surrealist collection of vignettes, some of which interact with one another and none of which make much sense at face value. For a taste of the madness, head [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5SZzFaAZyY here]].
** ''Film/RoboGeisha''. We dare you to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wo-gGes6qig watch the trailer]] without bursting out laughing or dropping your jaw in sheer WTF. Or both.
** ''SukiyakiWesternDjango''. A SpaghettiWestern, in English, with an almost totally Asian cast.
** ''{{Tampopo}}'' is a western in '80s Japan about ramen, complete with John Wayne-alike, varmits, and dramatic string music, interspersed with other unrelated sketches about food. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny And it is hilarious]].
%% ** ''Film/TokyoGorePolice''
%% ** ''TheCalamariWrestler''
%% *** And Minoru Kawasaki's follow-up film, ''ExecutiveKoala''.
** ''SurviveStyle5Plus''. An entirely Japanese movie... starring Vinnie Jones.
** {{Two words|ObviousTrope}}: ''WildZero''. Japanese punk rockers, bikers and [[UnsettlingGenderReveal traps]] fight zombies, aliens and evil managers wearing short shorts. [[SoCoolItsAwesome And it is GLORIOUS.]]
** ''{{Onechanbara}}'', known in the US as ''Bikini Samurai Squad''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. They fight zombies.
** ''Film/{{Hausu}}''. There is a killer piano in this movie. It ''isn't'' the only killer inanimate object, either. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, people.
** ''BigTitsZombie''. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The title says it all]].
** FishStory: The long and complicated tale of how, thanks to a complicated series of coincidences, an obscure punk song from a failed 1970s punk band saves the world in 2012
%% ** ''Film/TetsuoTheIronMan''
* '''WHAT''' (Weird Humorous American Thing)
** ''[[TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension]]''
** ''Attack of the Killer Refridgerator''.
** DavidLynch. ''TwinPeaks'' [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff was absurdly popular in Japan]] when it first aired. It still maintains a much larger and more fanatical following there than among fans from anywhere else, to the point that many Japanese fans were surprised to discover that it was created by an American, as it was considered to be "very Japanese" in style and tone.
%% ** ''Film/FasterPussycatKillKill''
%% ** ''Film/TheGiantClaw''
%% ** ''Film/GlenOrGlenda''
%% *** All of Creator/EdWood's stuff.
%% ** ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''
%% ** ''Grim Prairie Tales''
%% ** ''Film/HotRod''
%% ** ''Film/RepoMan''
%% ** ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera''
%% ** ''Film/TotalRecall1990''
%% ** ''Film/SixStringSamurai''
%% ** ''AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes''
** TheWestern is a Weird American ''Genre'' (WAG). It's so deeply rooted in how other countries perceive America that we even have [[AmericansAreCowboys a trope about it]]. Ironically, many of the classic Westerns (well, from 1964-1974, anyway) were [[SpaghettiWestern made by Italians]].
** ''Film/PeeweesBigAdventure''
* '''WTF''' (Weird Thing from France)
** ''Film/{{Rubber}}''. A movie about a sentient murderous tire. [[NoFourthWall And the people who watch the film]].
** ''Film/CelineAndJulieGoBoating''
** The films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, anyone?
*** ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' is about a butcher in post-apocalyptic France murdering the janitors he employs in his apartment building and serving them in his shop, and when his daughter falls in love with one of the janitors, she enlists the help of a team of militant vegetarians to save him.
*** ''Film/TheCityOfLostChildren'' is about a mad scientist who lives on an oil rig offshore from an unspecified {{Steampunk}} city abducting children so he can steal their dreams; and when he abducts the little brother of a circus strongman, the strongman and a little girl from an orphanage go on a quest to get him back. And it involves a brain in a tank.
*** ''{{Amelie}}'' is about a woman attempting to make her neighbors' lives better by taking a garden gnome from one of them and taking pictures of it vacationing around the world, tricking an abusive greengrocer into thinking he's insane, and escorting a blind man to a train station giving him vivid descriptions of the surroundings.
*** ''{{Micmacs}}'' is about a video store clerk falling in with a clan of weirdos who live in a junkyard after he gets shot in the head, and then him and the clan taking revenge on the two biggest weapons manufacturers in France (one of whom created the landmine that killed his father, the other one which made the bullet that he got shot with) via a procession of ''HomeAlone''-style antics.
** LastYearAtMarienbad is a French film that lacks a traditional plot, backstory, named characters...etc. It is VERY arty.
** ''FantasticPlanet''
*** By the same guy, ''{{Gandahar}}''
** Music/DaftPunk's ''[[Film/DaftPunksElectroma Electroma]]''. Who ever imagined a town populated by people wearing Daft Punk helmets?
** ''WesternAnimation/TheTripletsOfBelleville''
** ''Animation/ATownCalledPanic''. A film based on a show animated entirely with toy figurines about a horse, cowboy, and indian toy being roommates. Horse is the main character.
* '''STANZA''' (Strange Thing from Australia/New Zealand/Australasia)
** ''[[BlackSheepTheMovie Black Sheep]]'' is a black comedy STANZA about [[KillerRabbit Killer Sheep]].
** Film/MeetTheFeebles is practically the {{Muppets}} on a cocktail of acid and weed.
** The entire Ozsploitation genre, as chronicled in the documentary ''Not Quite Hollywood'', after the R-18 sticker was approved in 1971.
* '''Other/Unknown'''
** ''Film/AttackTheGasStation'', a South Korean comedy film.
** ''Film/SaveTheGreenPlanet'', a film by South Korean director Jang Joon-Hwan about a man who kidnaps and tortures to death people who he thinks are alien invaders. [[VillainProtagonist And he's the hero!]] It is, naturally, [[BlackComedy primarily a comedy]]
** ''Film/SweetMovie''
** ''WRMysteriesOfTheOrganism''
** The "mo lei tau" genre of Hong Kong films, the most well-known purveyor being Stephen Chow. "Mo lei tau" roughly translates to "nonsense talk" and consists of madcap, slapstick and over-the-top humor.
* The weird German movie ''Sei zärtlich, Pinguin'' (Be gentle, [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]])
* The strange Spanish movie ''Amanece, que no es poco'' (At least it's dawning). The title itself refers to the last scene, where [[spoiler: the sun rises.... from the WEST. Cue TitleDrop from the no-longer-caring main characters.]]
* SantaClaus lives in outer space with tone-deaf singing [[FiveTokenBand children from all over the world]]? His sleigh is pulled by laughing reindeerbots? He teams up with his pal Merlin to battle an effeminate [[PokeThePoodle poodle-poking]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]] in red tights? You can see all of this and more in the SoBadItsGood CultClassic ''Film/SantaClaus'', a Weird Mexican Thing.
* All the movies starring the Mexican luchador ElSanto also definitely qualify as a Mexican Example Of Weirdness (MEOW).
* ''Animation/AachiAndSsipak'' is a strange UsefulNotes/{{South Korea}}n animated socio-political action comedy about a dark futuristic world that is powered by fecal matter. Needless to say, there is a lot of ToiletHumor.
* ''Mystics In Bali''. Oh lord, ''Mystics in Bali''! It's basically a WINDOT, a.k.a. Weird Indonesian Thing. Even weirder is that a lot of it is actually based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leyak Indonesian mythology!]]
* ''Valerie and Her Week of Wonders'' is a surreal, allegorical 1970 Czech movie set perhaps in the 1800s about a 13-year-old girl's sexual awakening. Seemingly, every character who interacts with her is infatuated with her and/or a vampire. Or secretly her parents. Cut to cheery GainaxEnding.
* Judging by the trailers of movies like ''[[http://youtu.be/uZo59DeZY9g Obonsam Besu]]'' [[note]]''Devil May Cry'', may or may not be a ripoff of the [[VideoGame/DevilMayCry game]][[/note]], ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXYmFqEkCGQ&feature=share&list=ULiXYmFqEkCGQ 2016]]'', and ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRi9qHi1VIs&feature=channel&list=UL The Godfather]]''[[note]]It seems that Don Corleone is a zombie now.[[/note]], the entire movie industry of Ghana seems to run on this trope. It's a '''SWAG''' ('''S'''urreal and '''W'''eird '''A'''rriving from '''G'''hana). And special mention to ''[[http://youtu.be/wfdSx1YX_3w Nkrato]]'' for this comment:
--> "I was expecting the silly karate, CGI monsters, and lots and lots of talking. Like any good Ghana Film. But nothing, absolutely nothing could prepare me for the [[spoiler:cat mouth missile]] at 0:44"
* Practically the entire resume of music video and film director Creator/MichelGondry.
* ''Film/ValhallaRising'': a Danish/UK film about a mute one-eyed Norseman and a young boy, both slaves, who kill their pagan masters and join a bunch of Crusaders trying to get to Jerusalem. However, the crew gets lost and end up in America, where they all go crazy and get killed by mostly-unseen natives or each other. The film has very little dialogue, with long stretches of almost complete silence.
* A few Turkish films from the 1970's were pretty (in)famous for their [[SerialNumbersFiledOff blatant plagiarism of characters and effects,]] [[SpecialEffectsFailure practically no budget for the effects they didn't steal]] and [[RandomEventsPlot some really bizarre plots]]. This resulted in such films as ''Film/ThreeBigMen'' (where CaptainAmerica and ElSanto fight SpiderMan, who has become a murderous thief), ''Rampage'' (A.K.A: ''Turkish Rambo'') and ''Film/TheManWhoSavesTheWorld'' (better known as ''Turkish Star Wars'').
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The ''CompleteWorldKnowledge'' trilogy, which consists of books with {{Long Title}}s, filled to the brim with "100% false" facts, though the appendices in the paperback versions acknowledge the fact that occasionally a truth manages to end up in one of them by accident. In addition, the page numbering does not restart in later books in the series, instead picking up where the previous one left off. [[MoreInformationThanYouRequire The second book]] also serves as a page-a-day calendar, which among other things reveals an EscalatingWar of bizarre precipitation between Richmond, Virginia, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the late 1970s. This would be classified as a WHAT.
* Since ''Total Recall'' is already under Film, Creator/PhilipKDick.
* ''Wicked!'' and ''Deadly!'' by Morris Gleitzman and Creator/PaulJennings are two children's series revolving around the bizarre, including a killer superadvanced sheep army, and immortality-conferring tea. Anything by Creator/PaulJennings generally counts.
* BizarroFiction, as a genre, is comprised hugely of [=WATs=], wabbits, wickets, and [=STANZAs=] as of this writing. However, multi-language examples are slowly rising.
* ''Literature/AliceInWonderland'' and ''Literature/ThroughTheLookingGlass'' are 19th-century Wabbits. Many of the odder things in these {{Dream Land}}s are takeoffs of aspects of VictorianBritain.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
[[/folder]]

[[folder: '''WHAT''' (Weird Humorous American Thing) ]]

* While ''Series/ICarly'' itself isn't a WHAT, the ShowWithinAShow webcast certainly qualifies as such.
* The works of SidAndMartyKrofftProductions are [=WHATs=] that can match the weirdest of WidgetSeries weird for weird in being weird.
* ''Series/TheWhitestKidsUKnow'' is, in many ways, a WHAT version of ''Series/KidsInTheHall'', clearly taking its inspiration from that show but possessing its own bizarre sense of humor based around snark, RefugeInAudacity, and enough LampshadeHanging to run an electrician supply house.
* ''ISurvivedAJapaneseGameshow'' is a WHAT version of a Widget. The American contestants participate in a Japanese game show, and are eliminated one at a time.
* ''Series/PushingDaisies''. It involves an explosive scratch-and-sniff card, Paul Reubens, an author of adult pop-up books (all in the same episode), a red-and-white striped ''morgue'', and a very American '50s RetroUniverse.
* ''Series/TheAndyMilonakisShow''.
%%* ''Series/TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob''. WHAT indeed. (Is [[FlatWhat you'll be saying]]...unless you're an American stoner)
%%** Same with SpinOff ''Series/CheckItOutWithDrSteveBrule''.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', and Franchise/TheMuppets' early appearances on ''Series/TheEdSullivanShow'', probably qualify as [=WHATs=]. Their movies, however, [[LighterAndSofter do not]].
* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' features an FBI agent with a sweet tooth as the main protagonist, a quirky soundtrack, an [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} eccentric]] [[EyepatchOfPower eyepatch-wearing]] woman with SuperStrength, and [[spoiler:a dimension populated by strange beings who have the ability to [[BodySnatcher control other peoples' bodies]]]].
* ''Series/TheMonkees'' is filled with enough randomness and absurdity to qualify, especially during the second season, where they were either stoned out of their minds or didn't care any more and ad-libbed. [[EverybodyMustGetStoned ”Frodis,” anyone?]] The [[TheFilmOfTheSeries subsequent film]] ''Head'' cranked it up a few notches.
* ''Series/BeakmansWorld''. A zany-haired scientist in a neon green lab coat, his perky female assistant, a man in a rat suit, two penguins who watch the show from their home in the South Pole, famous dead guys, and a kooky and fun atmosphere to learn about science.
* Any of Creator/ConanOBrien's late night shows would count as a WHAT. Yes, even his tenure on ''Series/TheTonightShow''.
* ''Series/WonderShowzen''. This is all that needs to be said about it (besides VulgarHumor, that is).
* ''Series/{{Bibleman}}'' comes across as this to anyone who isn't American.
* ''Series/TheAquabatsSuperShow'' is often ''incredibly'' ridiculous, and indeed seems to revel in it. Laser guitars, cartoons randomly popping up, and odd plotlines often involving a rather strange MonsterOfTheWeek are only the start.

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[[folder: '''Widget''' (Weird Japanese Thing) ]]

* In-universe, ''Series/ThirtyRock'' shows a nonsensical musical soundbyte featuring Jenna smiling, winking, and laughing at the camera. She then says (out of the commercial) that she has no idea how it advertised Tokyo University.
* Combine a GameShow and CookingShow format in ''IronChef''. ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iron_Chef_America Iron Chef America]]'' is a more "normal" but more fast-paced version of the original.
** Some have said that the problem with ''Iron Chef USA'' (the first American adaptation, featuring Creator/WilliamShatner) was that the creators assumed the original was only popular for laughing at wacky foreigners, so they didn't take it seriously. [=ICA=] occasionally pokes fun at the {{Kayfabe}} of the show (according to Alton, there are several Kitchen Stadiums, at least one of which is in space), but otherwise takes it seriously as a competition between culinary masters.
* ''DotchCookingShow'' was an even more intense cooking game show that pitted two amazing-looking dishes against each other and a panel of seven choosing which dish to eat at the end of the episode. Each dish had its own crazy-awesome special ingredient. At the end, the people who voted for the winning dish got to eat it and the chef who made the losing dish had to (oh, darn the luck) eat it alone. Oh and the losers are forced to watch the winners eat as they get nothing at all. This show was ''amazing''.
* ''TakeshisCastle''. ''[[MostExtremeEliminationChallenge MXC]]'' is a WHAT (Weird Hilarious American Thing) made from it.
* ''SASUKE'' and ''Kinniku Banzuke'', which air in the US and Australia as ''Series/NinjaWarrior'' and ''Series/UnbeatableBanzuke'', respectively. G4 heavily plaued up their status as wacky Japanese shows. Not only did they throw "ninja" into the first show's name, but the on-camera host who appears before and after segments on ''Unbeatable Banzuke'', who only speaks Japanese and needs to be subtitled? He was the host ''hired by G4 solely for the American version.''
* ''Brain Wall'', known to many American Website/{{YouTube}}rs as simply "Human Tetris". It lost much of its widgety charm when adapted for Fox as ''Hole In The Wall''.
* The six-episode variety show ''Vermilion Pleasure Night'', which TheOtherWiki compares to a Japanese version of ''Series/{{SCTV}}''. Recurring skits included a drama about a family of mannequins, a spaceship boarding house with a tortured alien, and a bunch of actresses being Barbie dolls. These are then interspersed with one off stories about cannibal cuisine, bondage nurses, and things that just take a sharp left turn halfway through a given sketch. This show hits you with weird repeatedly and never lets you up.
* One Japanese show called ''Susunu! Denpa Shonen'' [[note]]''Don't Go For It, Electric Boy!''[[/note]] took an unsuspecting volunteer (who they told was going on an "important show-business related job", but that was it), then had him live in a small apartment, naked, with no supplies other than a pen and magazines. Then he had to live off of prizes won by magazine sweepstakes until he had the value of a specific amount of money. All this time, the guy was on TV and didn't know it, since he had been told it would be broadcasted ''after'' he was done. It seems almost pointless to mention that this is something that could only exist in Japan; in many countries the makers of the show would probably face criminal or civil penalties, and in the US (and maybe elsewhere, but ''especially the US''), they'd be sued six ways from Sunday.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''. This is the reason an American adaptation, that would eventually become ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', got stuck in DevelopmentHell. {{Executive|Meddling}}s thought it was too much of a WidgetSeries to succeed on American TV.
** Within ''Sentai'' itself, there's ''Series/BattleFeverJ'', which has bizarre costumes and a lot of dancing. However, it introduced the first robot in ''Sentai'', and was thus the first ''Super'' Sentai. Toei eventually added Goranger and JAKQ into the ranks of ''Super Sentai'', possibly to ensure that ''Battle Fever J'' wasn't the first one on the list.
** ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' went to Widget territory more than once, especially in its early episodes, as can be seen in the ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' episode [[BizarroEpisode "Lost and Found in Translation"]]. Amazingly, it managed to do that while still being overall DarkerAndEdgier than its ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder counterpart]].
** ''Series/EngineSentaiGoOnger'' is a LOT LighterAndSofter than the rest of the franchise and is considered a comedy. In direct contrast, ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'' was a PragmaticAdaptation which, as the top of the RPM page describes it, is to ''Power Rangers'' what ''The Dark Knight'' was to Batman, making this one real jarring to those who watched both versions.
** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'' in the vein of the above, features Samba transformations and two villains who represent the emotions Joy and Happiness, with many of their antics qualifying as killing with kindness. Also the Red Ranger appears to be The KidAppealCharacter.
** And then there's their unofficial series, ''Series/HikoninSentaiAkibaranger'', where the characters fight monsters [[AllJustADream in their heads]] using the power of delusions. There's a reason why their name means [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "Unofficial Task Force Akibaranger"]]. They're struggling to become an official team of Super Sentai.
* The Japanese show ''Oh! Mikey'' (also known as "''The Fuccons''") is a parody show featuring a StandardFiftiesFather, HouseWife, and [[TheAllAmericanBoy their son]]... With all the characters being played by mannequins whose faces never change. And [[EverybodyLaughsEnding raucous laughter]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHsWokO35jA Yeah]].

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[[folder: '''WIT''' (Weird Icelandic Thing) ]]

* ''Series/LazyTown''. The ''least'' bizarre thing is the pink hair on the central character.

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[[folder: '''WTF''' (Weird Thing from France) ]]

* ''Téléchat'', a French-Belgian puppet show from the 80's. The series is a parody of TV news presented by a black cat with an arm cast (which he uses as [[HammerSpace an all-purpose box]]) called Groucha and his female counterpart, an ostrich called Lola. The news (which Groucha does with the help of a sentient microphone) relates the life of "gluons", supposedly the smallest things in existence. Sometimes Lola will also have a talk round, with a fork and a [[FunnySpoon spoon]] ([[UncannyValley with human faces!]]). There are also nonsense commercials with a green orangutan in the jungle, who [[RunningGag always]] manages to screw up the take, to the chagrin of the spot's director; and Léguman, a parody of Japanese Sentai shows. Because of its quirkiness and freakish ambiance, this show scared a whole generation of French kids, who will tell you that it still gives them some feeling of dread if they try rewatching the show. An outsider wouldn't necessarily be traumatized, but would get that this thing was weird in a distinctly French (well, Belgian and French) way.
* ''La Vie des Botes'' was a French sitcom about a robot family and talking objects (just like ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''), which aired regular cartoons between the live-action segments. The channel, [=TF1=], put many hopes on this project (because it was a co-production with Canada, some designers from ''Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial'' and ''Film/{{Alien}}'' worked on it) but it wasn't successful and it stayed for just one year; today, very few people remember this show.
* ''Series/LazyCompany'', a French TV ([[CerebusRollerCoaster mostly]]) comedy about four hapless [=GIs=] during the Battle of Normandy, featuring a Franchise/CaptainAmerica ersatz, Hitler disguised as a nun, mad scientists, a friendly Japanese pilot, and general wackiness all over the place.

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[[folder: '''Wicket''' (Weird Canadian Thing) ]]

* In the same vein as ''Téléchat'', we have ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBSflK1FTSY Téléfrançais]]'', a Wicket produced by [=TVOntario=] for the purpose of teaching French to English-speaking children that features, among many other oddities: a talking pineapple puppet that lives in a junkyard and looks like a rejected Furby, a fourth-wall breaking ''annonceur'', and ''Les Squelettes'', a musical group consisting of singing, dancing, instrument playing skeletons who will occasionally perform a number on ''the outside of a moving plane''. It was also made in TheEighties.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPnJuHN24xU Nanalan']]''. Another Wicket for kids. A green little girl with a speech impediment visits her nana and plays in the backyard. For some reason, us Canadians thought that both this and ''Téléfrançais'' were educational. Have fun trying to find out what her dog's name is.
* ''Series/KidsInTheHall''.
* With sketches like ''[[StuffBlowingUp Farm Film Report]]'', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4B_PY2vveQ the story of Vikings and beekeepers]], and of course, [[CanadaEh Bob & Doug McKenzie]], ''Series/{{SCTV}}'' could be considered as such.

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[[folder: '''Wabbit''' (Weird British Thing) ]]

* ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banzai_%28television_show%29 Banzai]]'' was a British parody of Japanese game shows, deliberately designed to be strange and incomprehensible. The show's greatest stunt? Pitting several ventriloquists against each other in the Puppet Petrol Pump challenge - the vents themselves had to put petrol in a car blindfolded, and the ''puppets'' had to shout to tell them when to stop. Closes to £20 worth won.
* ''Series/FawltyTowers''.
* Anything by Creator/MontyPython, to the point where much British comedy is considered "Pythonesque" by non-Brits whether or not it's actually similar to Python's material.
* ''Series/BlackBooks''. Dave "Mouse Ears" Smith, pesticide by coffee machine, and "Then it's left... at the dead badger."
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' veers off into Wabbit territory every so often, especially when they make jokes based around British humor or accents. (The "lots of planets have a [[OopNorth North]]!" joke, for one, only works if you understand what a Northern English accent sounds like.)
** One episode had Rose Tyler trying to get the Queen of England to say "We are not amused." Hilarious for British audiences (and probably several Western audiences familiar with that real-life meme) but to Asian audiences, it would be odd-sounding and out-of-context.
* ''TheMightyBoosh''.
* The American episode of ''{{Screenwipe}}'' had CharlieBrooker [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LgwKU54rO0U showing]] an American focus group a handful of shows that he felt would be seen as Wabbits, including ''Series/EastEnders'', ''Series/TheBill'', ''Series/{{Countdown}}'', ''Series/{{Bullseye|UK}}'', and ''Springwatch''. The Americans hated them... [[spoiler:except for ''[=EastEnders=]'', apparently.]]

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[[folder: ''STANZA''' (Strange Thing from Australia/New Zealand/Australasia) ]]

* STANZA is a term that would apply rather nicely to ''Music/TheWiggles''.
* See also... ''Series/MrSquiggle''.
* ''Series/BananasInPyjamas'', a kids' show about giant anthropomorphic bananas. That wear pajamas. And get cheated nearly every episode by the giant anthropomorphic rat that runs the corner shop. Oh, those crazy Aussies...
** The issue of their inherent desire to chase and hug giant living teddy bears.
* ''Series/RoundTheTwist''. Plots include a skeleton's curse that forces the cursed to end every sentence with "without my pants" (from the episode of that title), gum leaves that can transfer injuries to anyone who can hear a song played on them ("The Gum Leaf War"), a ghost haunting an outhouse ("Skeleton On The Dunny"), and superpower-conferring underpants ("Wunder Pants")...in the first season. It gets weirder: [[AnArc Overarching plots]] including music [[spoiler:played by ghosts who are trying to save their lighthouse]], two ghosts wanting to save their loved ones [[spoiler:from accidentally crashing on a boat thanks to human error 100 years ago, and doing so by possessing ''all of the regulars, including a young girl possessing a teenage boy'']] and a viking love book. Based on the works of Creator/PaulJennings, who's in Literature above.
* ''The Upside Down Show'', a children's show involving [[NoFourthWall interaction via pressing buttons on the remote control]] such as the "Heavy and light" buttons. While the Sesame Workshop was heavily involved in it, the fact that it was created by [[Creator/TheUmbilicalBrothers Shane Dundas and David Collins]], and filmed in Australia with an all-Australian cast, makes it most definitely a STANZA.
* From the creators of ''ItalianSpiderman'' comes ''Series/{{Danger 5}}''. Danger 5 are an international team of spies charged with fighting against the Nazis and, ultimately, assassinating [[StupidJetpackHitler Hitler]]. This is a difficult task, as the Nazis are armed with dinosaurs, diamond women soldiers, and various other useful weapons. It's also set in an [[AlternateHistory alternate 1960s]], despite being about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.

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[[folder: '''EIEIO''' (Excessively Irish Example Of Intentional Oddity) ]]

* ''FatherTed'', while produced and funded by the British Creator/{{Channel 4}}, was written and created by two Irishmen, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, and all of the actors, characters, locations, and crew were Irish. Collectively had the entirety of England, Wales, and Scotland asking "what does ''[[UnusualEuphemism feck]]'' mean exactly?"

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[[folder: '''Weegeet''' (Weird German Thing) ]]

* ''Bernd the Bread'': depressive, pessimistic, box-shapped Bread from a kids' show whose hobbies include staring at his ingrain wallpaper and collecting TV test cards... [[http://www.brot-bernd.de/englisch/bernd.htm Just look at his profile!]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* VisualKei, an entire musical movement where NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly is taken UpToEleven and musicians dress up in [[CostumePorn highly extravagant]] costumes that cause much ViewerGenderConfusion.
** The usual stereotype? [[EpicRiff Hard-hitting]] music [[InTheStyleOf similar]] to Slayer, Metallica, Pantera, Slipknot or Converge played by musicians who [[DudeLooksLikeALady look]] and even [[WholesomeCrossdresser act]] like [[ElegantGothicLolita Gothic]] {{Anime}} characters.
** By far the worst offender is ''DirEnGrey''. Seriously. Though they've abandoned their VK roots, they still easily qualify thanks to their weird sound, their singer's great vocal range, their sometimes INCREDIBLY heavy songs, even for DeathMetal standards, and by far the best reason... MindScrew. '''Tons''' of it.
* Go on Website/YouTube and search for "Halfby". You will not be disappointed.
* Music/NeutralMilkHotel - [=WHATs=], but they're not humorous.
* Music/{{Bjork}} is a Weird Icelandic Thing.
** When it comes to music, Iceland has a ''lot'' of Weird Icelandic Things. There's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhc-yen-KYQ educational]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J9tRkcHGQpY death metal]], music festivals in [[http://www.borgarfjordureystri.is/heim/moya/news/braedslan-nanar-um-dagskranna/ abandoned fish factories]], a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vasXdhKJUo4 transsexual heavy metal singer at the country's foremost concert venue educating the young children in the front row between songs]], or in general the very concept of a country with less people than the city of Santa Ana, California producing in the ballpark of a thousand incredible bands.
* Music/{{Polysics}}, a Music/{{Devo}}-inspired WJT tha mixes equal parts new wave, electronica, and CrazyAwesome.
* On that note, Music/{{Devo}} itself qualifies as a WAT.
* Music/WallOfVoodoo did a fair amount of these, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0OEKhwdxNU especially during the original line-up.]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKybllIxIlQ The second line-up did a good job sometimes, too.]]
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic is a Weird American Thing, by virtue of parodying stuff Americans would be familiar with. [[WeirdAlEffect Or not]].
* Music/ShonenKnife and their bizarre lyrics about jelly beans and rubber bands.
* Music/{{Psychostick}} is a WHAT mixed with LyricalDissonance. For example, one of their most popular songs is explaining [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMrXMjxB6wk how a song is not a song, but a sandwich,]] set to hard rock. Another is a borderline screamo [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGDY_0x_Cfc talking about tacos and how awesome they are]]. It does not make sense in context either.
* When the genre first emerged around 1974, punk rock was a totally alien phenomenon. Really, think of mainstream Seventies rock. Now, think of [[SexPistols Johnny Rotten]]. Even more so, the really early bands that most people skip over. Specifically:
** The New York Dolls crossed glam into cross-dressing.
** German "kraut/kosmiche" band Neu! released the single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqImDJXtFN0 "Super"]] in 1972. Now compare it with what was going on in Britain, like, say, Yes.
** Clevelanders The Electric Eels would wear biker jackets adorned with safety pins and swastika badges just to provoke their audiences' disgust. For added confusion, they would double-bill with The Styrenes, who were often accompanied by several dancers.
** London's Subway Sect looked like a gang of delinquent clerical workers and taped themselves performing Molière plays for kicks. Their lyricist would also intentionally use longer words than were necessary to avoid sounding too "rock".
** Half Japanese were founded in Coldwater, Michigan in 1974 (or '75) by two teenage brothers with no formal musical training. Or interest ''in'' formal musical training. Especially chords. To boot, their first full album was a ''triple-LP set''.
** Suicide were formed by an organist and a performance artist in 1970 as a kind of free jazz outfit, and were probably the first band to self-identify as "punk". The New York duo's music was so weird and abrasive that no studio would touch them until 1977.
---> Vaguely Interesting Trivia Time: The Boss threatened to walk off his label unless they agreed to sign Suicide, which became their first contract. Aside from aforementioned live cover, several songs show a clear influence, most notably State Trooper from Nebraska.
** Another very early (pre-'77) "punk" group, TalkingHeads, simply fit the WAT trope to a T...
* The Australian "little bands" scene of the late '70s and early '80s is a STANZA among [=STANZAs=].
* Taking it one step further, Music/TheResidents.
* Music/FaithNoMore. Their music is very weird. The weirdest project is Music/MrBungle, a band that sometimes changing genres several times within a song.
* New wave band Music/TheB52s. They have a couple normal songs, but the vast majority of their stuff falls squarely into WAT territory. These are the minds that gave us "Rock Lobster".
* Noise and NoiseRock, while not especially popular there, are ''much'' more mainstream in Japan than in many other countries, if only because said country has been producing weird, noisy groups like Les Rallizes Dénudés and Hijokaidan since TheSixties and [[TheSeventies Seventies]]. Which, technically, [[UrExample predates both genres]].
* Japanese chiptune DJ Higedriver doesn't fall into this with his more widely known work, which are primarily amazing non-vocal chiptunes. But you take a look at some of his other albums, and you're finding songs like "2nd Massachusetts love platoon"
* ''SplitEnz'' was a case of a band actually trying to be as Widget-y as possible (Weird New Zealand Thing more precisely), though later subverted as they eventually got fed up with their Widget status. Even then, they still retained a sense of Australasian quirkiness right to the end.
* Yet another shining gem from Japan is Music/KyaryPamyuPamyu's [[http://youtu.be/yzC4hFK5P3g PONPONPON]] song; complete with ducks, eyeballs, bread, dancing pink lunchladies with raspberries for heads, and pterodactyls that circle the Tokyo tower. And that's not even covering the weird parts.
* Music/TheArrogantWorms, a Weird Canadian Thing.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qfss4Julqv4 The Boredoms]].
* The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band were a WBFT in the 60s before Creator/MontyPython existed, and have been cited as a major influence on Python. (Neil Innes later went on to work with Python, TheRutles and Creator/TerryGilliam, while Vivian Stanshall had a less successful career performing comic monologues that were even weirder.)
* ''{{Gorillaz}}'' are most definitely a Weird British Thing. The band consists of a blue haired, pain killer addicted lead singer with [[EyeScream no eyes]], a green skinned [[TheAlcoholic alcoholic]] satanist bass player, a young Japanese TykeBomb guitarist mailed to them when she was ten, a drummer from Brooklyn with a DemonicPossession issue, and a homicidal [[RobotGirl cyborg]] version of the aforementioned guitarist. They have such adventures as trying to blow up 300 ft. elk, fighting off the zombies that reside outside their studio, and escaping [[DealWithTheDevil deals with the Devil]] by hiding out on an island made entirely of plastic floating in the ocean. Oh, and they technically don't even exist.
* Jonny Jakobsen, also known as Dr. Bombay, Dr. Macdoo and Carlito, is a case of really weird Sweden-made music. A notable {{Fauxreigner}}.
* To many, {{Rush}} qualify as a Weird Canadian Thing. Political undertones in [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness long-winded, wordy lyrics]] all wrapped up in a crispy PowerTrio shell, while their singer/bassist/keyboardist sings at such a pitch that it takes a few listens to figure out whether he's male or female.
* Music/BlackSabbath qualified as a Wabbit when they first popped up. Heavy metal was brand new and apparently, at least once, one of their very first songs during an early concert sent half the audience running out of the venue screaming. And despite being hated at first, they've been VindicatedByHistory and are now widely hailed as the fathers of heavy metal, with each of the original members (and [[RonnieJamesDio one replacement]]) being called a virtuoso or musical genius in his own right.
* Music/{{Versailles}} is a widget band in a [[VisualKei widget genre]]. Still managed to get a decent international following, despite the cursed-with-immortality backstory, Kamijo's [[ChewingTheScenery love of the stage]], and [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hizaki's]] [[ElegantGothicLolita frilly dresses]].
* Cibo Matto's first album. Many of the songs feature weird, [[VideoGame/{{Earthbound}} Earthbound-esque]] {{sampling}}, the topics range from [[VideoGame/JetSetRadio making a birthday cake]] to a chicken that grew up and ran away from its owner, and it's all in a hybrid mix of [[SurprisinglyGoodEnglish Surprisingly Good]] and GratuitousEnglish.
* Much of the humour of the STANZA FlightOfTheConchords (and their TV show, where New Zealand is a {{Cloudcuckooland}}) comes from exploiting this trope.
* [[http://www.littlefyodor.com Little Fyodor]] is a world-class W(H?)AT, with frenetic/manic music verging on outsider art.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy1L56YT6p8 Magma]], with its militaristic nonsense chants, bizarre polyrhythms, and vaguely Hubbard-esque philosophical underpinnings, is one of the most notorious examples of musical WTF. Tokyo-based quintet Koenji Hyakkei, who wear their Magma influence on their sleeves, may be the only known example of Widget filtered through WTF.
* DoctorSteel was both weird and humorous. (How could "babies with buzzsaws" be anything else?)
* Music/ManWithAMission. Japanese? Check. Weird? Well, they constantly wear wolf masks and claim to be wolf-human hybrids created in a laboratory many years ago...
* Die Antwoord could be classed as a WSAT (Weird South African Thing).
* Japanese pop groups composed of cute teenage girls, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_Musume Morning Musume]] and other Music/HelloProject groups, come across to Western audiences as Weird Japanese Things.
** Hangry & Angry, with Hitomi Yoshizawa and Rika Ishikawa from Morning Musume, qualify as well.
* Music/TheAvalanches create absolutely weird music out of intense sampling. Frontier Psychiatrist is possibly the most iconic example of the indescribable weirdness they create. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLrnkK2YEcE Just take a look]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jofNR_WkoCE The Fox]] by two Norwegian talk show hosts is one of these. The song consists of a man wondering what foxes communicates - as apparently it's a complete mystery to the human species - followed by a chorus of frantic "fox noises" (gibberish). The music video consists of people in animal costumes dancing in the woods. It manages to be [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]] and horrific at the same time.
* Music/BabyMetal is the result of combining Japanese idol pop music with ''heavy metal'' of all things. And making it actually sound good.
* Music/{{Ween}} is a definite WHAT, with weird lyrics and subject matter.
* Brazilian funk is pretty weird in itself (a WBF?) but is still a mostly authentic expression of life in the slums. Brazilian funk from Curitiba, on the other hand, takes everything weird in the genre, the openly sexual but silly-sounding lyrics, the repetitive samples and sound bites and the very liberal use of profanity and takes it UpToEleven it's PlayedForLaughs mostly.
* The whole BlackMetal genre counts as a Norwegian version of this, with its unconventional song structures and often corpse paint faced musicians. Music/{{Immortal}} is perhaps the most widget example in the genre, due to their not-so-serious music videos and narmy song lyrics.
* Music/{{Primus}} is a WAT band, a band with such a strange mix of bass-led FunkRock, ThrashMetal, ProgressiveRock and PsychedelicRock that they're the only band on Winamp with their own [=ID3=] tag.
* Music/{{Can}} was a PEGS band. The core of the band were classical and jazz musicians, some of whom were students of Karleinz Stockhausen. They sounded pretty much like you'd expect jazz and experimental musicians who played rock and roll to.
* Music/{{Finntroll}} is a weird Finnish thing. They're primarily a cross between humppa (a Finnish variety of polka) and black and death metal, who sing songs in Swedish about how much fun it is to be a [[OurTrollsAreDifferent troll]], smash villages and terrorize Swedes. They also have a fondness for dressing in steampunk troll outfits and for instruments like the kazoo and the banjo.
* FAR EAST MENTIONS MANNEQUINS, or {{Music/FEMM}} for short, are a pop duo that have been gaining some attention for combining Americanized musical stylings (complete with SurprisinglyGoodEnglish lyrics) and a concept only the Japanese could come up with: two animated mannequins released by a secret organization for the purpose of seeking out other mannequins with the potential for sentience, ultimately aiming for liberation from humans and world domination. Their most popular video on YouTube, the bluntly titled [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNtuAvGvRo8 "Fxxk Boyz Get Money"]], features the two mannequins clad in ElegantGothicLolita twerking robotically to a continuous stream of profanity.
* FrankZappa is a ''definite'' WHAT. A GenreBusting sound combining rock, jazz, classical, blues and god knows what else, lots and lots and ''lots'' of EpicRocking steeped in extreme instrumental proficiency and UncommonTime, wacky, satirical lyrics about things ranging from the counterculture to being infected with gonorrhea, and rock operas where the main protagonist develops a sexual attraction to kitchen appliances are just a few of the things he brings to the table.
* Zappa's contemporary and frequent collaborator CaptainBeefheart is another prime example of a WHAT. Albums like ''Trout Mask Replica'' must be heard to be believed.
* There is also the American experimental hip hop trio Music/DeathGrips. Abrasive electronic beats that border on SensoryAbuse overlaid with an extremely angry man aggressively rapping lyrics that range between being terrifyingly AxCrazy and just plain weird are just the beginning of their strangeness. They are also known for their public antics, which include cancelling shows (and later, breaking up completely) out of the blue to suddenly dropping albums for free online and making the cover a photo of an erect penis.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* ''The Knight Life'', a LifeEmbellished webcomic with a tendency towards parody, is very much a WHAT. Such characters as a housewife who puts on an armless costume and fights crime as "The Masked Maggot," or a lowlife who works as a human rug and can identify shoes by how they press into his back, make sense if and only if one's familiar with the parts of American culture they're mocking.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Though it has a [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff very large following in the US]], early editions of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' were very much a Weird British Thing.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' is a crowning example of American absurdity at its finest.
* ''TabletopGame/MaidRPG''. Original flavour Japanese weirdness in RPG form.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Hol}}: Human Occupied Landfill''. Hand-written in several late-night sessions in an IHOP, and originally offered no character creation since "everyone just makes the same types of characters over and over again". When character creation was included in the expansion, stat rolling included several strange and useless abilities, such as an "Almond Joy" stat. ("Roll 1-3: Sometimes you feel like a nut. Roll 4-6: Sometimes you don't.")
* A lot of card-carrying mad genius Jenna Moran's (best known for ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' and ''TabletopGame/ChuubosMarvelousWishGrantingEngine'') non-commercial pet projects are just straightforwardly weird. One that's currently on hiatus is about mischievous little fairies and has a task resolution system based off circuit diagrams and predicate logic.
* Experimental / indie / made for contest [[=RPGs=]] in general. From "Appliance Adventure" (a game about intelligent, talking household appliances) to "Get Out of Infernopolis" (storytelling gameified UNO where there is only one player / soul and everybody else is a GM / petty demon who makes the one player's life miserable).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/LSDDreamEmulator'' has become a cult-classic in the west for its ''what the fuckery''. The game is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: A first-person game where you explore a nightmarish [[AmazingTechnicolorWorld brightly colored]] AcidTripDimension. There is no objective, no quests, no ''enemies''. You just wander around and enjoy the randomly generated scenery that steadily gets weirder until you quit the game, or your ''brain quits on you''.
** If you regardless keep soldiering on, eventually ''the game quits on itself''. Actually, this is a result of the game (intentionally) causing the textures to become increasingly corrupted as the it goes on to the point where it can't handle it anymore.
* {{Suda 51}} is rather famous for directing many games that could fit into this category.
** ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' would qualify featuring an upside down boss battle and a boss battle using gimps as baseballs among other things.
*** Not to mention the fact that the game centers around a guy who bought a lightsaber on eBay...
*** These examples do this game and [[VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle its sequel]] '''no''' justice at all. Other examples include and old granny with a shopping-cart-slash-WaveMotionGun, a CombatPragmatist mailman-slash-superhero-dressed-faux-NiceGuy who attacks via CallingYourAttacks, including FrickinLaserBeams [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything from his crotch,]] a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot korean punk-rock scientist using an earthquake-generating-machine-with-a-BRAIN-for-a-CPU,]] a JerkJock with his 24 identical-looking cheerleaders and their HumongousMecha... The list goes just goes ''on'', and these are only the bosses; there's enough dysfunction in the main characters themselves and the series' weird and quirky humor to make it qualify for this trope.
** {{Killer7}}. Full of MindScrew moments, having even a very unorthodox gameplay, surreal graphics and sound, and being gratuitously violent and depraved. These aspects have made the game very niche, though not without a CultClassic status.
** ''LollipopChainsaw'' seems to be a serious WJT contender. Considering how you kill zombies with a chainsaw-toting cheerleader and have ''rainbows'' coming out of them...
* ''OsuTatakaeOuendan'' and its sequel. Even the Americanized version, ''EliteBeatAgents'', still thrives on quite a bit of WJT-ness.
* ''NaziZombies'': Four [[SociopathicSoldier crazed soldiers]] fight against zombies in Germany, Japan, USSR, the Arctic, Shangri la, the moon, and post apocalyptic Earth.
* ''SuperMarioBros'': This is a game series in which you play as an Italian plumber and have to repeatedly rescue a princess from an evil turtle-dragon, while fighting off his armies of walking mushrooms, talking bombs, and bumper-car-like turtles. To help in your quests, you get such things as leaves that turn into raccoon-suits which give you flight, flowers that shoot fire balls, mushrooms that make you grow, and an ExtremeOmnivore dinosaur that you can ride. The reason such weirdness doesn't really get addressed by fans all that often is because 1)At the time the original was made, video games rarely made sense to begin with, and 2)Although the former is no longer the case today its long-standing popularity has gotten people used to it.
** ''MarioVsDonkeyKong'' was developed by the Redmond, Washington-based Nintendo Software Technology Corporation, making it an example of a WHAT sub-series to the above. The games involve Mario facing Donkey Kong after the latter wants some of the Mini-Mario toys the former produced.
** ''MarioKart 7'' was partially developed by Nintendo EAD in Japan and partially by the Austin, Texas-based Retro Studios, making it both a WJT and a WHAT.
* The French role-playing game ''BoundByFlame'' isn't especially bizarre but it is also a strong contender for the [[DarkerAndEdgier darkest western RPG]] ever to see commercial release, quite a step outside the norm in overseas markets.
* ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven'', otherwise known as ''Rhythm Tengoku'', which is like ''VideoGame/WarioWare'', except weirder, more musical and more Japanese. In fact, ''Rhythm Heaven'' and ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' are both made by the same studio, and it shows. And in the former there's a factory that makes ''literal'' widgets.
* ''GitarooMan'' is another... ''interesting'' video game example.
* ''KatamariDamacy'' is a big blatant WJT. Namco is aware enough of this trope that the later games intentionally play up the weirdness.
** And ''NobyNobyBoy'', by the same designer.
** And ''VideoGame/MuscleMarch'', from the same company. Best described as ''Follow the Leader'' [[WatchItStoned on drugs]].
** Namco churns out games like these every now and then. Look up ''Taiko No Tatsujin'' and ''Panic Park''.
* The somewhat strange ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' module ''Resurrection Gone Wrong''.
* ''NightsIntoDreams'' could be considered an example of this - some of the weirdness comes from the fact it's about dreams, of course, but you can bet if it had been made in the West they wouldn't have gone half as weird, no matter what the subject matter demanded. Plus, the western-marketed sequel is considerably more generic.
* ''Super Galedic Hour'' seems to be a recreation of some kind of game show, but it's hard to be sure when one of the events is Butt Sumo, and all the contestants are voluptuous women in skimpy animal costumes. [[http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpl-v6ZJQic It really has to be seen to be believed]].
%%* ''ArTonelico''... boy howdy.
%%** If it's any consolation, even the Japanese think ''ArTonelico'' went a bit too far. Especially in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoODv8LVib8 this scene.]]
* ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'' is a game famous for its [[ManlyGay comically exaggerated]] [[HoYay homoerotic overtones]]. Incidentally, there's also a Japanese meme centered around muscular gay porn star Billy Herrington, a.k.a. Aniki. Viral videos derived from this meme commonly use footage of overtly homoerotic wrestling, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTr7jing36U such as in this one]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Lemmings}}'' (DMA Design), ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'' (Team17) and ''VideoGame/BlastCorps'' (Rare) probably all count as W.B.T.s (Weird British Things... wabbits?)
* ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet'' is definitely a Wabbit. Ignoring the fact that the levels take place on a world made from people's dreams, the characters include a carboard Creator/LeonardoDaVinci wearing 3D glasses, a sexy nurse with an apple for a head and a depressed, cowardly calendar ... whose facial expressions are drawn in ink but can change.
* ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart'', one of the few [[BishoujoSeries cute-schoolgirl]] fighters that plays well as a game, and the ''only one ever'' that made it to American consoles.
* [[http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x50fyu_english-of-the-dead-trailer-japonai_videogames The trailer for "English of the Dead"]] pounds the fact that it's a WJT even further into our skulls. "Come on, friend! Write or I'll bite!"
* [[{{VisualNovel/Rewrite}} Rewrite]] isn't as extreme as some examples but it is definitely quite surreal.
* ''IncredibleCrisis'' is about a family that has the worst day ever [[ASimplePlan trying to get home early for Grandma's birthday]]. You live through each family member's day (The father Taneo, mother Etsuko, son Tsuyoshi, and the daughter Ririka) and guide them through ridiculous scenarios by playing minigames, including, but not limited to, Taneo chased through office hallways by a giant globe, Etsuko fighting a twenty-story tall stuffed bear in a jet fighter, Tsuyoshi shrunk to the size of an insect and escaping a gigantic mantis, and Ririka riding a bicycle to escape from a giant wrecking ball.
* The freeware game ''[[http://www.lesmisgame.com/arm_joe.html Arm Joe]]'', a 2D fighting game based on ''Literature/LesMiserables''. It has, in addition to the standard cast of characters; [=PonPon=], a Mini-Cooper driving rabbit from another dimension, Robo-Jean (who shoots lasers out of his chest, fires rocket punches and lightning bolts), and the physical embodiment of the concept of Judgment in the book.
* As with the previous ''VideoGame/WarioWare'' and ''IncredibleCrisis'' examples, most [[MinigameGame minigame compilations]] probably count, including games like ''Bishi Bashi Special'' and ''VideoGame/{{Rayman}}: VideoGame/RavingRabbids'' (a WTF considering Creator/{{Ubisoft}} is French).
** ''Tenkomori Shooting'' (1998, Namco) is all about "{{shoot|EmUp}}ing", but is a minigame compilation and WJT. Little easy on the 'weird', but hey, it's about [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys monkeys]] doing minigames to rescue their friends; that's as weird as it needs to be!
* ''DoshinTheGiant'' probably qualifies, especially the sequel, where you must save Doshin by pissing on things, and running around the show floor of a business convention pissing ''floaty pink hearts at the booth babes''.
* ''YumeNikki'' is one great big horror-fueled widget.
* ''ChibiRobo''. GiFTPiA. Let's face it. ALL of skip Ltd.'s games fall under this trope. It's most telling when they use the popular idea of a CrossOver video game to make ''CaptainRainbow'', about the title character and his SecretIdentity Nick helping out second-rate Nintendo characters get their wishes granted.
* ''VideoGame/GunNac'', {{Compile}}'s parody of their own past shooters. Its stages are based on the Japanese days of a week, with appropriate enemies. So the first stage, being the Moon stage, has you fighting robotic {{Moon Rabbit}}s that fire carrots at you. The second stage, being the Fire stage, puts you against giant match boxes and cigarette lighters. The third stage, being the Water stage, pits your ship against umbrellas and a giant mermaid. And so on...
* ''VideoGame/EarthDefenseFoce'' is a series of budget games about defending the Earth ([[TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse mostly in Japan]]) from an army of alien invaders. BigCreepyCrawlies, HumongousMecha, {{Kaiju}}, and [[StuffBlowingUp explosions]] [[SceneryGorn leveling city blocks]] ensue.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'' series, which plays like the Gradius games, except nowhere in the Gradius series can you play as a torpedo-riding PlayboyBunny who blasts a fifty-foot tall Vegas showgirl while dodging incoming fire from giant penguins.
* ''VideoGame/{{Chulip}}''. One LetsPlay thread author even prefaces his introduction to the game as "Violently Japanese". The object of the game? To kiss as many things as possible.
* ''VideoGame/EarthwormJim'' is another fine example of a WHAT. It's about an earthworm wearing PoweredArmor who battles against lethal foes such as [[FeatheredFiend Psy-Crow (a galactic bounty hunter crow)]], [[CatsAreMean Evil the Cat]], [[EvilGenius Professor]] [[EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys Monkey-For-A-Head]] and his close associate Monkey Professor-For-A-Head, and of course the [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Evil Queen]] Pulsating, Bloated, Festering, Sweaty, Pus-filled, Malformed [[BigCreepyCrawlies Slug-For-A-Butt]].
* ''DynamiteHeaddy'' is definitely a widget, although some of the more aggressively widgety elements were excised in the North American and European localizations.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' owes its success to lots of curious people wondering what the hell the Japanese were thinking making a game based entirely around wacky, over-the-top lawyers. The [[{{Woolseyism}} excellent localization]] helped, too. In Japan it's not seen as so odd because it's [[RealityIsUnrealistic pretty true]] to the Japanese Court system.
* ''VideoGame/SinAndPunishment: Successor To The Earth'' for the N64. Since it arrived here, albeit seven years late, it should qualify. [[VideoGame/SinAndPunishmentStarSuccessor Its sequel]] (which did make the jump to American shores), somewhat less so.
* The ''VideoGame/GanbareGoemon'' (aka ''Mystical Ninja'') games started out as semi-serious JidaiGeki adventure-comedies, but got considerably weirder in the 1990s. One of the plots is preventing Japan from being Westernized by Admiral Perry who looks exactly like Hulk Hogan and all of his mooks are in bunny costumes. The two localized N64 games provide a good sample of its craziness.
* ''MetalWolfChaos''. A game where you play as the [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent President of the United States of America]], behind the cockpit of a HumongousMecha, as he launches a one-man counteroffensive to take back America, city by city, from his [[PresidentEvil Vice President]] Richard Hawk, confident that he can win because he is [[PatrioticFervor The President of the GREAT UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!!]] He does by destroying everything in sight with '''[[HotBlooded BURNING AMERICAN FREEDOM!!!]]''' And America [[NoExportForYou doesn't get this game because....]]?
** ...Because after viewing it, {{SEGA}} [[ScrewedByTheNetwork laughed before claiming it impossible to export.]]
* ''{{Crimsoness}}'', a short, weird, ang[[strike:sty]]ry, Japanese indie game.
** Because it's Videogame/{{OMGWTFOTL}} [[RecycledInSpace IN MS PAINT!]]
** Whatever the hell ''Crimsoness'' is, it's certainly not angsty. There's WAY too much aggressive face-punching for that.
* Swedish example: ''VideoGame/MondoMedicals'' and ''VideoGame/MondoAgency''. Just...''what the fuck''.
** You obviously haven't seen [[http://cactusquid.com/games.htm the rest]] of Creator/{{cactus}}'s games. ''They're all weird.''
* ''VideoGame/ViolentStorm'' is a pastiche of Post-Apoc locales with post-apoc punks and all kinds of weirdness culminating in a boss battle with a [[Manga/{{Akira}} pre-fetus Tetsuo]] expy. And his bodyguard gives [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI KEFKA]] a run for his money on the ridiculous-looking bishie clown angle, looking like an effeminate [[StreetFighter Blanka]]. There's also a ShoutOut to ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'' with Julius the bodybuilder, possibly the funniest 'stampeding fat guy' enemy type ever created, the lollypops (yes that's their name. Like [[VideoGame/FinalFight Andore]], they come in regular and Jr. varieties), a Ninja Turtle expy in Sledge, a train conductor with a gigantic ticket puncher, and cameos by a few of the programmers who can be beaten up and knocked off the stage. And on said train stage, there's a momma pig with little baby pigs walking around. The baby pigs can be [[ImprovisedWeapon picked up]], and when thrown become FOOTBALLS. (the American kind)
* ''BattleCircuit'' from {{Capcom}} is a lesser widget entry than the above, focusing more on anime/game references than the weirdness, though the final boss and Dr.Saturn more than make up for it. And one of the characters is a little girl riding a pink ostrich wearing an eyepatch. The ostrich, not the girl. And the ostrich is MALE. Also for no apparent reason one of the bosses is an Elvis impersonator.
* The ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' is an odd case - the west interprets it quite clearly as a WJT series, yet it was originally designed to be viewed as an American-style series from a Japanese perspective. [[VideoGame/MOTHER1 The first game]]'s weirdness isn't particularly Japanese, but then [[VideoGame/EarthBound the]] [[VideoGame/MOTHER3 sequels]] became DenserAndWackier.
* ''MonsterParty'' features the most bizarre assortment of EverythingTryingToKillYou, including a SequentialBoss that starts as a shrimp and turns into an onion ring and then a kebab. Bandai never released the game in Japan; it sold poorly in America, probably on account of its awful gameplay mechanics.
** [[{{JonTron}} "Excuse me sir, but is that a well with eggplant moons shooting plates at me? Liek..."]]
* ''[[http://www.indiegames.com/blog/2009/03/freeware_game_pick_imagination.html Imagination Reality Paradise]]'' is an amazingly random puzzle game with a lot of InterfaceScrew and perhaps some horror thrown in. Most definitely a WJT.
* ''Project Rub'' (aka ''VideoGame/FeelTheMagic: XY/XX'') is absolutely mindboggling. At one point you have to get some goldfish out of a man's stomach, at another you follow a helicopter on a unicycle, and at another you dance with a girl at a campsite (incorporating the fire into your moves), and at yet another you have to bowl a man rolled into a ball at some people waiting for a bus. As you can probably guess, those who do buy the game are in for a real treat.
** Also see ''The Rub Rabbits'', the sequel/prequel, in which you [[MeetCute meet your true love]], [[FirstGuyWins win her over]], [[ProtectionMission defend her from other suitors]] (who dance, or parachute from the sky), and [[StalkerWithACrush fend off the advances of a perky schoolgirl]]. You do this by running up the down escalator while dodging sumo wrestlers, paddling a log across a giant-crocodile-infested sea, eating delicious cakes (and avoiding the bad ones) while tied to a chair, closing the rapid-fire pop-ups on her computer, doing aromatherapy to help her do yoga, and fighting a mecha-bear.
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' + ''VideoGame/ChoAniki'' = ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZd-QIbolZ8 Muscle March.]]'' This is unadulterated silliness and ridiculousness at its finest.
* The flash game ''[[http://www.kongregate.com/games/GregAnims/death-dice-overdose Death Dice Overdose]]'' as a bizarre and trippy western video game.
* ''ZenoClash'' is a Wichet (as in, '''W'''eird '''Ch'''ilean '''T'''hing).
** Anything else from ACE Team, like ''VideoGame/RockOfAges'', also qualifies (okay, except for ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom''). They're to Chile as Creator/{{Cactus}} is to Sweden.
* ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' definitely qualifies, as it's a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover featuring the likes of a few of the other WidgetSeries games listed here.
* ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}''. The game about a [[BigEater constantly]] [[BlackHoleBelly hungry]] pink puffball living in a dream land full of happy people, sentient trees, insane walruses, and chef potatoes?
* ''[[GaiaOnline zOMG!]]'' is a game that [[EverythingTryingToKillYou has you fight, among other things, gift boxes, lawn gnomes, jackets that behave like wolves, and cyborg alien rodents.]] Your weapons are rings, which have effects such as launching beehives, wrapping the monsters in duct tape, and covering yourself or an ally in cooking spray. Pop-culture references abound. And the game takes place on a WorldOfWeirdness as it is.
* ''PopNMusic'' would lose half its charm without its silly [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast of characters]], including but not limited to: the rabbit- and cat-like mascots, a CuteWitch who can turn her broom into a guitar, a girl who continuously runs left really fast as if hopped up on sugar, an angel disguised as a HotLibrarian, and a DJ who occasionally communicates with some sort of devilish spirit. And on top of that, the multicolored notes all have eyes and are called "Pop-kuns."
* ''RoseAndCamellia'' and its sequel, two Flash games about [[CatFight noblewomen bitchslapping]] each other.
** One Internet commenter described it as "JaneAusten's PunchOut"
* The ''VideoGame/PowerInstinct'' series has, in addition to a retinue of SeriousBusiness martial artists typical for the FightingGame genre, not one, not two, but ''three'' [[NeverMessWithGranny little old ladies]], a perverted old man, a hulking amazon (well, RealityIsUnrealistic; fighting game women tend to look like slender beauties, not wrestlers), a MagicalGirl, her {{Stripperific}} roller-blading alter-ego, a man in a dog suit (really!), a fat kid wearing nothing but a giant bib and has his... [[FanDisservice objects show when knocked into the air...]] well, rest assured that's not all. A usual fighting game might have [[JokeCharacter one such character just for laughs]]. But these weirdoes are what ''Power Instinct'' is really about.
* ''VideoGame/PuLiRuLa'', a totally bizarre arcade BeatEmUp by Creator/{{Taito}}. The characters are kids with magic sticks who turn the weird-looking enemies into animals, with things getting weirder in level 3.
* ''NezumiMan'' is gameplay-wise a ''VideoGame/MegaManClassic'' clone, but includes a sentient fridge, a kangaroo, and a dragon cosplayer among its bosses. Oh, and nearly everyone is a SuperDeformed ''rat''.
* The ''DJMAX'' series has a Weird Korean Thing in the ''NB Ranger'' series of music videos, which consist of ''[[PowerRangers Power Ranger]]'' lookalikes opposing love by ''beating up couples on dates.''
* ''VideoGame/TheBizarreAdventuresOfWoodruffAndTheSchnibble'', a French point'n'click with bizarre humor.
** Ditto its [[SpiritualSuccessor Spiritual Predecessor]], the ''{{Gobliiins}}'' series.
* ''VideoGame/TossTheTurtle''. Get a {{turtle|Power}}, a cannon, your [[WeaponOfChoice Gun Of Choice]], and add several crazy things like smoking French phoenix-like birds, bananas who can shoryuken the shit out of you, and angry ground creatures with a tenuous hold on their sanity, all for the purpose of getting cash, and you got something that is a grade-A '''WHAT'''.
* The entire ''VideoGame/{{Bomberman}}'' franchise. To recap: An absurdly cute robot [[StuffBlowingUp with more than enough explosives to make even the]] ''Series/MythBusters'' [[StuffBlowingUp squeal with joy]] saving the world (or the universe) on a regular basis. Enemies include: homicidal balloons, giant coins that can phase through walls, your evil twin, ''[[Characters/SuperMarioBrosWarioAndCompany Wario]]'', a ''different'' evil twin, a furry BDSM mistress with a giant robot that shoots eye lasers, ''entire teams made up of evil twins'', a bodybuilder with CoolShades, and what some may argue is you in the future. This isn't even ''touching'' Multiplayer, by the way.
* ''GadgetPastAsFuture'', by Haruhiko Shono. It resembles ''{{Myst}}'', but without any real puzzles; you play a brainwashed secret agent in a nation resembling that from ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' and have to help a group of scientists gather a bunch of gizmos to build a spaceship to escape earth before a comet hits and [[GainaxEnding its ending redefines the meaning of not providing any fucking explanation for anything]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Flower}}'' definitely belongs here since it's a game about opening flowers and the inability to lose.
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/EndlessOcean'', which embraces the player [[WideOpenSandbox doing things at his own leisure]] and does little to nothing to penalize him. It even got mocked by professional reviewers for not including such expected things as a life gauge, weapons, or a point.
* Another Weird Swedish Thing is ''Videogame/GardenGnomeCarnage''. The premise: You're a garden gnome tied to a building on wheels, and you're trying to hold off elves from dropping Christmas presents into the chimney (because gnomes hate holidays) by swinging into them and dropping bricks on them, in addition to the occasional air strike. Oh, and this game was made by DanielRemar (of ''VideoGame/{{Iji}}'' and ''HeroCore'' fame).
* Parodied in ''TheSimpsonsGame''. ''Big Super Happy Fun Fun Game'' is a stage built entirely from references to ''{{Okami}}'', ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'', and ''KatamariDamacy'', while also using series gags like Mr. Sparkle. Furthered when every character explicitly notes it as being in Japan, much to Homer's frustration.
-->"Okay, so we're in Japan. But I'm not eating any sushi, unless it's covered in chocolate and there's no sushi in it!"
* ''VideoGame/VibRibbon'' - You control a rabbit wandering across a mobius strip dodging random obstacles that appear in time with the music. Oh, and despite being made in the late 90's, everything is using [[VectorGame vector graphics]] like it's the early 80's. And you can make your own levels by putting in your own [=CDs=]. It's proof positive that [=WJTs=] and minimalism are quite happy together.
* ''VideoGame/TengaiMakyou: Far East of Eden'', a series of comedic role-playing games that spoofed the everloving hell out of [[ThirtySecondsOverTokyo Western misconceptions of Japanese culture]] (and [[EagleLand vice-versa]], in the fourth game).
* ''TailOfTheSun'' - You lead a tribe of cavemen in building a tower out of mammoth tusks tall enough to reach the sun.
* ''VideoGame/VegetableGame''. As far as we can tell, it's about a crudely-drawn bear hugging escalatingly bad people, from "Jaywalker" up to "AdolfHitler". No vegetables involved at all. Also, the game repeatedly tells you not to play it.
* ''VideoGame/ThreeDirtyDwarves'' is a weird Hungarian thing. You control three dwarves who [[IKnowMaddenKombat use sport gears as weapons and armors]]. Enemies include naked ninjas, an entire gym which attack by throwing can of steroids, and a blue troll covered by junkyard dogs biting his body. The backgrounds and the animated intro also have a distinct EasternEuropeanAnimation style.
* While the ''VideoGame/BangaiO'' series itself qualifies, its first installment is the best example. The [[HumongousMecha giant robot]] action may not be nonsensical, but the plot, characters and dialogue certainly are.
* ''VideoGame/{{Neptunia}}'' is an EasternRPG series in which [[MoeAnthropomorphism moe girls]] are various video game consoles[-[[note]]the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Nintendo Wii, and the scrapped Sega Neptune[[/note]]-] fighting the ConsoleWars, as envisioned by Creator/{{Sega}}, Idea Factory and Compile Heart. They get stronger the more market share they earn for the console they represent. The villains, by and large, are very stylized {{Anthropomorphic Personification}}s or various aspects of [[DigitalPiracyIsEvil piracy]].
* ''VideoGame/ToeJamAndEarl'' is pretty much a WHAT.
* ''VideoGame/IrisuSyndrome'' is a Widget Game of the "OH GOD WHY" variety.
* ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'' is about a tribe of eyeballs-on-stickleg warriors who essentially believe the player is their god on account of the player possessing a drum. They wish for the player to guide them to Earthend so they may gaze upon "IT" and know eternal contentment, but they don't even know what IT is. [[spoiler: Everyone not a Patapon is convinced that gazing upon IT will bring the world to an end.]]
* In a somewhat retroactive way, Capcom's Japanese branch believes that the ''Franchise/MegaMan'' franchise is one of these and [[ValuesDissonance doesn't appeal as much to international audiences]], as it was meant [[AnimationAgeGhetto to be geared towards children]] in the first place. Naturally, the [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff international]] [[PeripheryDemographic fandom]] isn't amused.
* The localization of ''SamuraiZombieNation'' changed the player character, tasked with defending the United States from an EldritchAbomination, from a floating tengu mask into a floating samurai head, disguising its WJT-ness not one bit.
* ''{{Catherine}}''.
* ''VideoGame/NinjaBaseballBatMan'' is, oddly enough, both a WJT and a WHAT. It's an Irem arcade game, but [[http://www.ninjabaseballbatman.com/The_HISTORY_of_NBBM.html the very premise is from an American.]] As for what the game's actually about? If the awesomely absurd title doesn't make it clear enough, WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd [[http://cinemassacre.com/2011/07/29/ninja-baseball-batman/ sums it up nicely.]]
* ''PrincessTomatoInTheSaladKingdom'' is an AdventureGame where a cucumber hero and a baby persimmon sidekick SaveThePrincess and battle with farmers in games of RockPaperScissors.
* ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi DaiFukkatsu]]'''s console-exclusive Arrange B mode is this for [[ScoringPoints scoring system]] buffs. Enemies that change bullet patterns and point values as the player plays more, lots of {{Smart Bomb}}ing (even moreso than most EightingRaizing games), enough bomb recharging to make the announcer ask "Are you ready?" [[RepetitiveAudioGlitch over and over]], among other things that break many established shmup conventions.
* ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' is about a human hunter-gatherer girl who goes to a high school for pigeons and doves, and discovers romance along the way.
* Namco's ''Wagyan Land'', a PlatformGame where you fight with projectile katakana and bosses try to defeat you with {{shiritori}}.
* The newest entry in the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series, contained within the ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' universe, ''TheatrhythmFinalFantasy'', has been described as ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' meets ''EliteBeatAgents''. To restate for candidacy, it's a JapaneseRolePlayingGame anthology fused with a RhythmGame (similar to that of ''VideoGame/DanceDanceRevolution'' or ''GuitarHero'', with wildly varying graphics (from ''KingdomHeartsCoded''-style chibis, to eight- and sixteen-bit graphics - NintendoEntertainmentSystem[=/=]GameBoy[=/=]SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem[=/=]GameBoyColor-era - to fully rendered CGI (same quality as the PS1[=/=]PS3 or the Xbox360), and it's in the same series as a ''FIGHTING GAME.'' Oh, and it's on the Nintendo3DS, so it's all in stereoscopic 3D.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hellsinker}}'' is this with a healthy heaping of MindScrew.
** To further drive the point home, one of the main characters is a frail blind girl who uses a naked crystal fairy as a sword, another one is an artificial {{Hermaphrodite}} half god. [[spoiler: Also in one of the final battle's you fight a kitten togheter with the spirit's of four dead children inside a computer system of some sort]].
** And when it comes to the game mechanics the game pulls no punches, for example if you want a good score you have to utilize tactics [[ViolationOfCommonSense that would be downright suicidal in other games]].
* ''WorkTimeFun'' puts the W in WJT. Note also what the game itself becomes [[FunWithAcronyms as an acronym]].
* ''SonicTheHedgehog'', a game series where you play as a [[MascotWithAttitude hardcore]] blue hedgehog with SuperSpeed, who must foil the evil plans of an egg-shaped mad scientist resembling [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed the late Teddy Roosevelt]] (who tends to trap small animals inside his robot soldiers). All while frequently running through [[ThemeParkLandscape loop-de-loops]]. Some of the said hedgehog's friends include a two-tailed fox and a red echidna that can glide. As Sonic was intentionally modelled after cartoon characters from TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation to appeal to a Western audience, this essentially qualifies the series as a WAT made by Japanese developers. Of course, much like its [[SuperMario rival franchise]], its popularity ([[ValuesDissonance outside of Japanese borders]]) has helped people get used to it to this day.
** The remake of ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD'' is an example of UMM (unusual multicultural media) due to being a collaboration with a Western developer and the game's Japanese owner. Considering the above examples, it also comes across as pretty odd that there was an era where the series tried to take itself seriously, especially with the plots of Sonic Adventure 2, Shadow the Hedgehog, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2006, which really made it hard to take any of it seriously, considering the above's description of the series, and only further served to add to the BrokenBase, though since Sonic Colors and games in the series after it the series has seemed to become more closer in tone to its weird roots.
* ''VideoGame/UmiharaKawase'' is a game where you control a schoolgirl using a lure on rubber line to maneuver through {{Bizarrchitecture}} stages with multiple pathways, and avoiding various species of aquatic life, including fish with legs.
* ''BunnyMustDie'', a game where you play a playboy bunnygirl cursed with cat ears, and that can manipulate time, who fights such enemies as a photorealistic picture of a cat and an expy of Dracula that spouts [[ZeroWingrish Zero Wing quotes]] and inflicts instant death by flashing you. Those are just some of the named characters, never mind some of the mooks.
* Inverted by the LetsPlay/{{raocow}}-centric ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' ROM Hack, ''VideoGame/ASuperMarioThing'', which was a collaborative effort by the members of the [[http://talkhaus.raocow.com/ TalkHaus]] community (being said French-Canadian [=LPer's=] forum), and managed to totally baffle a Japanese {{Lets Play}}er, [[http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm15837620 Ryuu.]]
* The ''[[EdnaAndHarveyTheBreakout Edna & Harvey]]'' [[EdnaAndHarveyHarveysNewEyes franchise]] are a rare example of a PEGS, since both games are [[PointAndClickGame point-and-click adventure games]] in which you play insane female protagonists.
* ''VideoGame/TrioThePunch'' is a bizarre BeatEmUp where, among other weird things, the continue screen shows a statue that suddenly acquires a clown mask, a defenseless turtle turns into a human boss, you and your weapons turn into pink sheep after defeating a pink sheep, Colonel Sanders turns into a purple bird, and "WEEBLES FALL DOWN!"
* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is arguably a strong example of this, given it is ''heavily'' reliant on JapaneseMythology, with an incredible number of references to its source material backing the claim up. Despite the very real threat constantly present in the plot, it is not afraid of, and in fact ''gladly'', embraces every single chance of humor it can afford, which are aplenty. This game is just as humorous as it is epic; it was actually quite-well received by Westerners due to its extremely appealing visuals, CrowningMusicOfAwesome and compelling characters, story and system--it was in fact quite a lot LESS well-received in its home country, largely in part due to the fact that the Japanese didn't find their own mythos so interesting.
* ''VideoGame/{{OFF}}'' is a WTF freeware game about a baseball player who wants to exorcise [[BedsheetGhost Bedsheet Ghosts]] from {{Wackyland}}. [[spoiler: Up until the halfway mark of Zone 3 where it takes a very dark turn.]]
* ''VideoGame/KeioFlyingSquadron'', a CuteEmUp set in 19th-century Japan with zany anachronisms. Amazingly, both games in the series were translated into English.
* ''VideoGame/TimeGal'' has you play as a 16-year-old girl named Reika Kirishima, who goes through time battling (among other things) [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaurs]], cavemen, {{pirates}}, and rogue motorcyclists. Quoth [[WebVideo/{{Retsupurae}} Slow]][[{{LetsPlay/Slowbeef}} beef]] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXuauClk_E0&t=3m25s this]] {{MST}}:
--> '''Slowbeef:''' Wow, this could not be any more Japanese.
* ParappaTheRapper and its spinoff UmJammerLammy are Widget games. Everyone in the game is literally 2-dimensional, as in flat like paper.
* Some of [[Creator/{{Atari}} Atari Corp.'s]] games (particularly under Jack Tramiel's leadership) definitely qualify as [=WATs=] ('''W'''eird '''A'''tari '''T'''hings?). Two of the most notable are ''Ninja Golf'' for the UsefulNotes/{{Atari 7800}}, which combines golf with a side-scrolling fighting game, and ''Kung Food'' for the UsefulNotes/AtariLynx, where the player is a miniaturized scientist who must battle mutant vegetables in his refrigerator.
* ''I'm Sorry'', a 1985 arcade MazeGame that is as weird as it is obscure. The game's title turns out to be a bilingual pun at the expense of Japan's former Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, and enemies are SuperDeformed celebrities.
* ''{{Insaniquarium}}'', where you raise fish in your own fish tank! Fish that... ''poop money?'' Which are also preyed upon by random aliens that occasionally warp inside your tank. Which you fight off using a laser gun. Yep, ''Insaniquarium'' is a WHAT alright.
* ''VideoGame/PoleNoDaibouken'' is probably one of the weirdest Mario-style games ever. It stars a cowboy with shades as he battles evil deer-men, lions that can go [[Anime/DragonBallZ Super Saiyan]], volcanoes that launch random debris, giant snakes, squids, penguins, aliens, numerous messed up gags and eventually some unholy mashup of a lion, a snake, a squid, a giant bear and a frigging chihuahua and ''holy hell what the fuck is this?''
* Take [[NobunagasAmbition a game about]] [[JidaiGeki one of the most violent, tumultuous periods in Japan's history]], then put Pokémon in it. That's ''VideoGame/PokemonConquest'' in a nutshell.
* ''VideoGame/PanzerFront bis''[='=]s story mode, if the bizarre cutscenes, and that one level where you fight a [[spoiler:demon Tiger tank]], are any indications.
* ''VideoGame/DynamiteDux'' has two {{Funny Animal}}s setting off to rescue their owner from a weird-looking wizard named "Achacha" through a variety of strange and colorful landscapes, battling other animals along the way.
* ''Rock Star Ate My Hamster'' is an example of a Wabbit. It's a BritishRockstar management simulator, with all the insanity that implies.
* The ''Japan World Cup'' series. Non-interactive horse races. Only most of contestants aren't horses. Mounts include an elephant, a seal, a panda, a two-person horse costume and so on. Jockeys employ various techniques to boost their mount or hamper enemies, from dancing naked to rocket jumping. Each game is stranger than the last, and each one only gets weirder the longer you watch. The upright sideways running horse is probably the second most normal thing you'll see:
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POQIH5KyUjI Japan World Cup]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X2HOdLeUC0E Japan World Cup 2]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g-haQwla2ao Japan World Cup 3]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Putty}}'' is a British game that shows that Japan has no monopoly on {{Platform Game}}s with colorful, cheerfully outlandish environments.
* ''VideoGame/RibbitKing'' is a game in which a rabbit-like alien named Scooter has to save his planet from certain doom by competing in a Frolf tournament. Frolf is a sport not unlike golf, only instead of using a ball and a club, you use a frog and a catapult. The objective is to get your frog into the hole while using "gimmicks" around the courses such as rain clouds, snakes, spider webs, and bubbles to increase your score. Your opponents include a rock monster, a wind-up penguin robot, a woozy princess with a fish on her head, and a group of small plant people. Also, your teacher is a talking picnic basket.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' is an upcoming arena-based ThirdPersonShooter game where you use FamilyFriendlyFirearms to spread paint around the level while keeping the opposing team from spreading more paint than your team. You also play as "Inklings," entities made of living paint who can morph between humanoid and squid forms, the latter of which lets them swim through the paint they've spread and jump all the way to the other side of the arena.
* ''[[http://www.rabbit-rush.com/ Rabbit Rush]]'' is a rather upbeat STANZA game about breeding a massive army of rabbits to conquer far-off lands. It plays like a mouse-controlled [[ShootEmUp Shmup]]. [[spoiler: ...At least, it does until the game sends you a [[InterfaceScrew fake]] {{Steam}} [[InterfaceScrew message]], telling you to [[SchmuckBait investigate a certain cheat code]]. Doing so "crashes" the game, revealing that it's really a ShowWithinAShow of a much more complicated story.]]
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[[folder:Web Animation / Web Original]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fan video, ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCVIu5mrkDw Border of extacy]]'' by {{IOSYS}} is a widget with illogical pixellated imagery. Let's just extend that to "Half of all touhou-related songs and music videos" rather than list examples for half a page. Though some make more or less sense than others.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ja5zq4U60uI Health with Little Red Riding Hood.]] Oh God, Health with Little Red Riding Hood.
* ''WebVideo/CookingWithDog'', a YouTube program featuring a woman demonstrating how to cook simple Japanese dishes [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin "hosted" by a dog]] with a thick Japanese accent. Equal parts weird, cute, Japanese, and useful.
* ''LlamasWithHats'' is, to put it simply, a series of videos describing the adventures of a psychopathic llama who visits and devastates a South American city, sinks a cruise ship, and [[spoiler: nukes an entire city]]. All the while, his squeakily-voiced friend with a flowery hat voices his concern and condemns the madman's orphan-dooming actions by crying CAAAAAAARL! Repeatedly.
* The ''ItalianSpiderman'' series on Website/YouTube is a STANZA. It is filmed in English, dubbed into Italian and then subtitled back into English. As well as being a parody, its' plot is fairly nonsensical, and it features various wonders such as surf-offs derailed by attacking penguins, and detachable exploding boomerang moustaches.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. All crazy retro pop culture references, all the time. And are those guys supposed to be people or what?
** ''Sweet Cuppin' Cakes'' is an in-universe example.
* The ''WebAnimation/ASDFMovie'' series is a rather odd series of sketches not tied together at all that involves potatos with guns, throwing cheese at aliens and "doing an internet".
* ''WebVideo/TheAnnoyingOrange'', which has now crossed over to Creator/CartoonNetwork.
* Although the plots in ''Franchise/{{Neopets}}'' tend to be a bit [[CerebusSyndrome more serious]], the site itself has a LOT of weirdness. And that's why people love it.
* Dutch Youtuber ''[[https://www.youtube.com/user/MassagrafReviews?feature=watch Massagraf]]''. He usually makes [[YouTubePoop YouTube Poops]] of Belgian kids' shows, which can (at times) be rather weird. An even weirder thing, however, is his ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgTkX2NOk1w Samsonimatie]]'' series, in which he takes characters from ''Series/SamsonEnGert'' and makes them do ridiculous things, such as drinking each other's heads through a straw. And if that's not weird enough for you, there's also ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXhBQwlTJFA vogeltje]]''.
* The Animutation genre can best be described as an American attempt at imitating widgets.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/AxeCop''. What actually happens in the comic is weird enough, but when you factor in that the writer is a six-year-old boy, it truly achieves WHAT status.
* ''Webcomic/ElectricWonderland'' can come off as pretty crazy, due to it taking place in a {{Cyberspace}} world unbound by the laws of physics.
* ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' tends to rely on nonsensical logic.
* ''{{Dolan}}'' is the epitome of a Weird Finnish Thing.
* ''ListeningTo11975MHz'' is made by a Texan who is also a marine. You really, really would not guess that by reading it if you're going by stereotypes.
* {{Homestuck}} is fairly internally coherent, but the extremely unusual storytelling, as well as the sheer absurdity of the plot, definitely qualifies it as a WHAT.
* ''Webcomic/MountainTime'' is about as WHAT as it gets, what with its constantly-derailing story lines, characters that range from astronauts to neurotic hamsters to Jewish garden hoses, and settings that are often nonsensical (such as clouds that turn into hams).
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''Many'' 90's cartoons, particularly ones that came from ''WhatACartoonShow'', such as ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' and its SpinOff ''IAmWeasel''.
** ''TheTwistedTalesOfFelixTheCat'' is a particularly bizarre example.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}''. If you're a newcomer to the show, and not tearing your hair out in frustration, crying "WHAT!? THE!? HELL?!?" by the time the [[CouchGag chimpanzee]] line rolls around in its ''opening theme'', then you should probably check yourself into the nearest psychiatric ward. And that's just ''one'' of the many, '''''MANY''''' oddities that this show likes to throw at you.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvezVousDejaVu'' is a ''Weird Thing from France'' ('''[[FunWithAcronyms W.T.F.]]''') that can easily beat ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' and ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' for the title of the weirdest series in the world. Although it seems like all the information about this... strangeness... is in French, you can find some videos on the Internet by googling the title. It was made by AlainChabat, who's considered as king of the weird in France.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', the bizarre adventures of a boy and his dog in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, much of which is totally surreal. The show itself also has a Widget Episode in "Food Chain", animated by Creator/MasaakiYuasa. [[BizarroEpisode It is bizarre even by the show's own standards]]. At one point the characters turn into birds and sing an aria from ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', and it just gets stranger from there...
* ''TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack''. Just watch [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN4uhOWQrHU the opening]]. Though, much of the oddness comes from the sheer amount of horror.
* ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' has the tagline "It's anything but [regular]". The events that happen in the episode are very surreal, and their resolutions more so. It also has its InUniverse widget anime: ''Planet Chasers Starlight Excellent''. It's so nonsensical, it traps your mind within the videotape.
%% * ''{{Chowder}}''.
%% * ''TheProblemSolverz''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is this in terms of animation (a mix of stop-motion, compuet-generated effects and traditional animation), characters (the protagonist is a blue cat with an orange fish as his brother, and his parents are a pink bunny married with another blue cat; his schoolmates include a TyrannosaurusRex, a paper-made gal, a female cactus and a cloud) and events (very silly incidents that are taken too seriously).
%% * ''{{Robotomy}}''.
%% * Outwidgeting them all, for better or worse, is ''SecretMountainFortAwesome'' and its spin-off series ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''.
* Creator/AdultSwim's original animation block is filled to the brim with a variety of [=WHATs=], starting from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''.
%% ** ''PerfectHairForever''
%% ** ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}''.
%% ** ''WesternAnimation/TwelveOunceMouse''
%% ** ''{{Metalocalypse}}''.
** ''{{Sealab 2021}}'', which has surreal, rambling plots and often outright insane characters.
** ''HarveyBirdman'', a show with the eponymous superhero-turned-lawyer as its protagonist. Many of his cases are based around jokes referencing old, sometimes obscure American cartoons.
** ''SpaceGhostCoastToCoast'' an anarchic, animated 'talk show'.
%% ** ''WesternAnimation/TheBrakShow'', which parodies the trope in its WJT form in the episode "Sexy New Brak Show Go".
** ''WesternAnimation/BlackDynamite'', which focuses on fantastically warped versions of characters from out-of-date African American culture and just plain weirdness.
** The rest of Creator/AdultSwim, and quite possibly all other media that has ever been made, is put to absolute shame by ''WesternAnimation/XavierRenegadeAngel''. The main character is a creature with the legs of a goat, six nipples, the beak of a bird, and a snake for a hand. One episode ends with a casino being destroyed by sentient drops of blood. And that's one of the ''relatively normal'' episodes.
** ''WesternAnimation/UncleGrandpa''. From the moment Uncle Grandpa reappears in the picture frame ''after'' disappearing from view ''from outside'', and then walking into frame from the side (if not sooner), it's been made incredibly clear that this show isn't simply on a rocket train to Weirdsville, it already arrived long ago, made itself at home and set up shop.
* ''WesternAnimation/ChapiChapo'' , a Weird French Thing, consists of the playful adventures of two small... children that manipulate innumerable boxes, and sometimes even physical laws.
* ''FiremanSam'' (a series about a small Welsh village in which pretty much everything is A Job For The Fire Service) originated in Wales as Sam Tân (tân being Welsh for fire, which is quite ironic seeing as Sam's job is to put out fires, so translated it could be Fire Sam).
* Any episode of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' that begins with its theme song in Japanese is pretty much this. Especially the one where it is sung by a one shot, otaku character, according to Creator/AndreaRomano's comments in a DVD EasterEgg.
* [[MaxAndDaveFleischer The Fleischer Studios]] with pretty much anything they did. There's a ghost of a walrus singing a song written by Cab Calloway, rotoscoped from Cab Calloway's dancing; as well as [[OutOfTheInkwell Koko the Clown's]] antics. Counts as a W.E.N.T, or "Weird Early Nineteen-hundreds Thing."
** How about "Weird Early Twentieth Century Animated Thing" ([[FunWithAcronyms W.E.T.C.A.T.]])?
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when an already manically bizarre promotional videotape for the Japanese cleaning product Mr. Sparkle includes, for no apparent reason, a brief clip of a reporter asking a two-headed cow, "Any plans for summer?"
** Then the cow shatters with a look of horror on its face(s) upon viewing Mr. Sparkle.
* Some ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoons would probably count, since only jazz music was an instant hit worldwide and the culture took a little time to catch up, and also purely American-centric television tropes like Mammy Two-shoes. (Granted, on that second part, minstrel show anything would count. Droopy had a crapload of those kinds of jokes.) Not that they didn't exist in other countries, it just existed in different forms. Errr, is there a trope for humour that plain doesn't translate well?
** Probably HumorDissonance.
* ''Panique au Village'' (''A Town Called Panic'') is a bizarre Belgian stop-motion shorts series.
** also, ''Pic Pic André Shoow'' by the same authors
* ''TheRenAndStimpyShow''... when it's not being HoYay-laden creepiness, anyway.
* ''Les Renés'', another ''Weird Thing from France'', a series about a cyclop family, created by the French artist Hervé Di Rosa.
* One of the earliest French CGI series, ''Chipie & Clyde'', a series about a selfish wolf called Clyde who live in a loft and his antagonist, a girl called Chipie, who is able to send him by magic to make a test each time he says the [[ClusterFBomb F word]].
** in the same case, ''Les Quarxs'', a scientist who shows some weird creatures that came from nowhere which caused him some serious problems in his work.
* TheClangers, a '70s British children's show which was about pink alien mice that spoke in whistles; one could call it a [[TheBBC BBT]] ([[JustForPun Bizarre British Thing]]).
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' comes across this way to anyone who isn't from Middle America or the DeepSouth. Ironically though, ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'' may be the ultimate ''anti''-WidgetSeries. On top of that, the lead character feels this way about [[WeirdnessCensor anything outside his comfort zone]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJYxCSXjhLI The short]] ''WesternAnimation/{{Rejected}}'', by Creator/DonHertzfeldt. Or just about anything by him.
** Or INSPIRED BY him, like [[LetsMeetTheMeat those Pop Tarts commercials]].
** "You're watching the Family Learning Channel. And now, angry ticks fire out of my nipples."
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' occasionally veers into this territory, especially in its more nonsensical episodes.
** In the directors' commentary of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'', the director and the interviewer commented that ''South Park'' comes across as a big-time Widget Series in Japan since so many of the popular culture references are lost.
* ''The 80's {{WesternAnimation/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|1987}}'' was a Widget series to anyone familiar with the original Mirage Comics. (and let's be honest, the premise itself is pretty widget-y).
** Lampshaded during ''TurtlesForever''. After [[AnotherDimension transporting into the dimension]] of the 1987 TMNT cartoon, the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 2003 Turtles]] witness the heroics of their 1987 counterparts as they [[DamselInDistress rescue April]] from evil {{leprechaun}}s, [[AnimateInanimateObject monster bowling balls]], ''mutant pizza slices'', and... well, Raphael says the last one:
-->'''2003 Raphael:''' Was that a mutant... ''banana''?
-->'''2003 Michelangelo:''' This [[AlternateUniverse dimension]] is seriously messed-up.
* ''{{Aardman}}'' animations are often filled with British terms that non-Brits might not be familiar with.
** ''Rex the Runt'' manages to be the epitome of this. A bunch of claymation dogs and their adventures through time, outer-space, 'inside brains'...
* ''{{Pingu}}'' is totally a weird Swiss thing. It's a {{Claymation}} series about a BrattyHalfPint little boy [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins penguin]], who [[RubberMan can stretch and squash himself into any shape he desires]], who speaks a [[SpeakingSimlish non-sensical babble]] thus leaving the stories of the show to be told through inference via body language, and of which several episodes have been BannedInChina due to horror and ToiletHumor.
%% * ''KappaMikey''. That is all.
%% * ''KaBlam'', even moreso in earlier episodes.
%% * ''AlphaAndOmega''
%% * ''{{Gumby}}'', anyone?
* ''Oscar's Orchestra'' on CBBC. Set in the ''very'' distant future, about a group of sentient ''music instruments'' (Oscar is a grand blue piano, and their leader) fighting the music-hating world dictator Thaddius Vent.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' could be seen this way by people who aren't used to it.
* '''JacobTwoTwo''' is very much a wicket. It includes major references to hockey, is set in Montreal, has an explicitly stated Quebecois character, and has assignments about Canadian explorers. Not to mention the Canadian style of humour in the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/CelebrityDeathmatch'': Take two or more celebrities, put them in a wrestling ring and make them duke it out until one of them is left alive. With lots of bloodshed and violence, this show is a prime example of Widgetness in claymation form.
* ''WesternAnimation/FatDogMendoza'': The adventures of [[ABoyAndHisX a boy in a superhero costume and his dog (which looks more like a giant cat's head with legs and a tail)]]. They're best friends with a girl who has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair purple hair]], their teacher has two heads [[PunnyName (one named Polly, the other Esther)]], the villains include a guy with feet for hands and another with a giant green head... and that's just the ''premise.''
* Due to SocietyMarchesOn, many cartoons from the 1930s and '40s are becoming this. We're beginning to WHAT ourselves.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'': Twin Peaks style supernatural animated weirdness, and on Disney to boot.
%% * ''WesternAnimation/{{Spliced}}''
%% * ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes''
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[[folder:Other]]
* Most small Toyotas since about 2000 have this to some extent or another. Matter of fact, on the international front, ridiculous little dinky cars and hatchbacks from all around the world are perceived this way by Americans.[[note]] This is starting to lessen somewhat in more densely-populated American cites like New York City, due to the sheer impossibility of finding reasonably-priced parking there.[[/note]] The ultimate example is the autorickshaw, a demented little car-thing built around a ''motorcycle''.
** A western example is the short-lived Yggdrasil 'green' motorcycles. We can't link to an example, unfortunately, as the website has been down for about two years. If you've played or seen screenshots of the game series ''XtremeG'', they resembled those cycles but only went about 140-170kph and were sold in small numbers in mainland Europe as an environmentally conscious alternative to move from point A to B. They were cheap to buy, but annoyingly expensive to maintain, and attempts to sell them elsewhere were met with confusion and head scratching elsewhere (and even at home) due to the way-too-futuristic designs and odd seating arrangement. (ridden as if you were straddling a rocket [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Wile E Coyote]] style).
** Microcars/small cars in general and Smart cars in particular may also be seen this way in North America. This is caused by Japanese and European car makers not bothering to sell their microcars and more left-field models in North America in a [[SelfFulfillingProphecy self-fulfilling cycle]] of lack of demand from lack of products from lack of demand... Conversely, a lot of places in the rest of the world perceives their relative absence and the preponderance of big sedans, pickup trucks, and [=SUV=]s for city dwellers as just as strange. The last few years have however seen [=SUV=]s getting commonplace in Europe, so the trend might be changing.
** The whole Morgan car company is a weird British Car Company: two-seat roadsters with a 1930s design and ''wooden'' chassis? Three wheelers [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/84/Morgan.f4.arp.750pix.jpg with the one wheel at the back?]]. A car with [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7e/Morgan_Aero_8.jpg crossed eyes]]? [[Series/TopGear Jeremy Clarkson]] did a thorough investigation of the phenomenon of British sports cars and their drivers [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqjZlx4sRtI here]], noting the irony of a country infamous for [[UsefulNotes/BritishWeather its wet, chilly weather]] being the home of a car that seems meant to be driven on warm, sunny days.
%%** The [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b2/Caterham_7_Roadsport.jpg Caterham 7]].
** In one of his solo feature-length DVD releases, Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has also introduced many British and American gearheads to this [=DOT=] (Dutch Oddity of Transportation), the Vandenbrink [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zb-MIuXTlEs Carver]]. It was subsequently reviewed on ''Top Gear'' proper by the Hamster [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TK4wzBYmTIo here]].
* ''Men With Brooms'' is possibly more Weirdly Canadian than ''Kids in the Hall.'' It's a sports comedy about curling, that also features [[Series/DueSouth Paul Gross]], Leslie Nielsen (as a retired curling guru and hallucinogenic mushroom enthusiast), a guest appearance by Canadian rock group The Tragically Hip, a bagpiper in a kilt with no explicit connection to the plot, and a running gag involving beavers.
* Creator/CirqueDuSoleil. This Weird French-Canadian Thing first caught attention in the U.S. because it was so different from the long-established, Ringling Bros.-dominated circus format. No animal acts, one ring, little dialogue, New Age/world music, etc. It actually took a lot of inspiration, and later performers, from established European and Asian circuses, but managed to make its own artistic statements and remain distinctive, to the point that their overall style has spawned its own imitators (By the way, [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff the Japanese love Cirque]], to the point that the non-touring show ''ZED'' was created for Tokyo Disneyland). Their 2003 TV show ''Solstrom'' is a true Widget Series: a mostly silent fantasy series that links acrobatic and novelty acts together via whimsical stories involving mischievous "sun creatures" (characters from the various stage shows) running amuck on Earth.
* "Hitsuji de Oyasumi" is a series of short talk [=CDs=] featuring various Japanese voice actors CountingSheep. Not just a few sheep, either; most of the albums go to 400, plus short openings and closings and occasional other mid-count comments. There are at least 22 volumes of this.
* ''Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' is a weird British thing, especially during the scenes when they use the [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum Infinite Improbability Drive]].
** DouglasAdams himself alluded to how much {{cricket|Rules}} is a Weird British Game in ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'' with the commentators of ''Test Match Special'' not at all fazed by Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and a sofa appearing from nowhere on the pitch at Lord's. And only the British would be so insensitive to use the hallowed 'Wicket Gate' as part of a game.
* Although books of humorous stories and "laws" about how things go horribly wrong are a somewhat common genre, ''ThePeterPrinciple'', with its punny names and fantastically banal "case studies", is not only the most famous but the most uniquely wickety of all of them. (It was, however, inspired by ParkinsonsLaw, a hilariously turgid Wabbit.)
* Japanese Bento Lunch Tools. Ever see egg molds? Take a boiled egg, while it's still hot, shell it, and place it into one of these. The resulting shape can be anything from a bunny to a fish to an ice cream cone. There are also ones that essentially makes egg logs with the yolk in varying shapes, such as flower, star, heart etc.
** On a slightly more extreme note, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8gJOCwBuFc this kit]].
* Some comments about the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f9/Handley_Page_Victor_in_Jubail_naval_airport.jpg Handley Page Victor]] bomber run along the lines of "Only the British would make their nuclear deterrent look like ''that''". The same seems to apply to the Avro Vulcan, which also happens to cross into CoolPlane territory.
** Ditto for the Russians and the [[http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Tupolev_Tu-95_Marina.jpg Tu-95]].
* [[http://pinktentacle.com/2006/11/eco-friendly-bra-doubles-as-shopping-bag/ The Japanese have invented a bra that turns into a shopping bag.]]
* Japan now has the Toylet. It's a urinal game system. Your pee is the controller. [[http://singularityhub.com/2011/01/05/controlling-video-games-with-your-pee-sega-brings-awkward-fun-to-the-restroom/ And it's made by Sega]].
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ro3xaCY6JU This weird Estonian thing]] that gives a person one euro if one Estonian kroon is inserted into it, instead of 15.6466 kroons to one euro. It's a cow.
* Ao Usagi's art. A lot of it is ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fanart. Some of it is incredibly normal. Sometimes it's a boob in an orange peel.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHpiPbua_-U tykylevits]]' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKYD-cDd_Gs videos]] make very little sense until you do some research and find out that, yep, he's from Finland. Then it seems perfectly normal.
* The Topp Twins are a STANZA.
* Pretty much everything shown on [[http://www.wtfjapanseriously.com this site]], really.
* There are also the Japanese vending machines which dispense things like live crabs/lobsters and ''used panties''.
** Japan banned vending machines selling used panties quite some time ago. They still pop up every now and then, but they're illegal. If you happen to come across one, chances are it'll be in a ''really'' seedy part of town.
* American "Christian Media" can come across this way to secular people, even other Americans. Sometime in TheSeventies, evangelical Christians in the US became deeply enraptured by the concept of [[TheMoralSubstitute creating alternatives to "secular" pop culture]]. This grew to encompass literature (the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series is one of the most visible examples), [[ChristianRock music]], movies, video games, dating sites, and more, to the point where it eventually became an entire separate subculture.
* The Japanese have a weird obsession with making as much noise as possible when driving a car or motorbike (even if that noise is the sound of the engine being shredded). They love to rev the crap out of mopeds for no apparent reason.
* Invoked with the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cybiko Cybiko]], which was a Russian portable computer that was TotallyRadical for the millennium! It tried to convince people that it was a WJT by using [[GratuitousJapanese Gratuitous Japanese]], IntentionalEngrishForFunny and [[http://www.vintagecomputing.com/index.php/archives/740/retro-scan-of-the-week-the-cybiko all]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvbQubCXMgo around quirkyness]]
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