Cloud Cuckoolander: Real Life

Let's get this over with.

  • The entire human race to a certain degree. Everyone has their own personal quirks that make them who they are.
  • People with schizotypal personality disorder tend to be this. Typical personality traits of this disorder tend to include odd behavior, odd thinking, and unconventional beliefs.

Now, on to noteworthy examples. We could also take this further and apply it to other non-human lifeforms as well.

Actors
  • Marlon Brando: Enjoyed pulling pranks on his co-actors and the director, refused to learn his lines, effectively sabotaging the very movies he appeared in. In Apocalypse Now he appeared on set while being seriously overweight. Francis Ford Coppola had to solve this problem by showing him in shadows, which actually worked out well for the scene.
  • Megan Fox. Read the following quotes and tell me you don't see it.
    '''You eat Chinese food, your farts come out like Chinese food. If you eat Mexican food, your farts come out like Mexican food. And milk, it's like-you can smell the warmth in the fart. My wardrobe on Transformers always smells like farts, and I have no idea why." -GQ, October 2008
    '''I am pretty sure I am a doppelganger for Alan Alda. I知 a tranny. I知 a man. I知 so painfully insecure. I知 on the verge of vomiting now. I am so horrified that I am here, and embarrassed. I知 scared. Red Carpet Golden Globes 2009
  • Misha Collins. Just take a look at his twitter. And then there's all the crazy shit he likes to pull at cons... Take a look at this article "It frequently seemed like Collins was living in his own universe, and everyone in attendance were merely guests."
  • Robert Downey, Jr.. Here is one interviewer's opinion of him:
    Conversations with Robert Downey Jr. are rarely linear, and sometimes it takes a moment to realize how one thing might relate to the next. But I realize after a while that if you keep up with him, hang on tight, and have faith, all kinds of strange sense may eventually be made.
  • Charlie Sheen, if the Tiger-Blood Warlock interview is anything to go by...
  • Sleep talkers. No matter how normal they are in every day life, people who talk in their sleep appear to be relaying transmissions directly from Cloudcuckooland. Anyone who is the subject of a Non Sequitur Thud will produce something similar.
  • Gary Busey. Supposedly, he was like this before a serious head injury from a motorcycle accident.
    • His son, Jake Busey, as well. While not as weird, he does have his own quirks, like wearing skeleton gloves in public.
  • Fred Willard. His role in any movie he's in is to be a Cloudcuckoolander. In a Christopher Guest movie, his role is to out-cuckoo a cast of Cloudcuckoolanders. According to his various friends and collegues, he's very much this in real life as well.
    Christopher Guest (being interviewed by Charlie Rose): "Fred Willard is a man who got into character twenty-five years ago, and never got out."
  • Anne Heche has a tendency for statements that reveal her to be farther from Earth.
  • Judging by his site, Matthew Gray Gubler falls here.
  • If his Old Spice commercials are any indication, Terry Crews.
  • Brandon Dicamillo, of Jackass and CKY fame. The various Cloudcuckoolander characters he portrays aren't too far off from how he actually is: when production was beginning on Jackass: The Movie, he was asked about his availability, and stated that he wouldn't be able to be in the movie too much because most of his schedule for the forseeable future was reserved for playing video games. He then showed the producers a Day Planner which showed his video game regimen for the next several months! He also shows this off in Viva La Bam, where they're taking cars apart in the junkyard for some quick money, while Dico does this by slamming the car with a sledgehammer, while screaming like a madman.
    Scrapyard Guy: "That guy's a psycho."
  • Jude Law had a very cloudcuckoolanderish moment during a promotional interview for the Sherlock Holmes movie. When asked what his "detective name" would be, he replied: "Banjo Heywood." In this case, "what would your detective name be?" is a pretty cuckoolandy question to ask someone, so it's hardly surprising that the response would be odd as well. Especially since "Jude Law" would already be pretty awesome as a detective name. Or an Old West sheriff.
  • Michael Moriarty. In 1994, after several successful years in the cast of Law and Order, he suffered a Creator Breakdown and fled to Canada because he believed that Janet Reno was stalking him. He was an alcoholic recluse who rarely appeared in public for most of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since around 2005, he has given interviews on occasion, and he has said some...interesting things in all of them. He also has some unusual opinions regarding the United Nations, 9/11, and the American government.
  • Actress Aubrey Plaza sometimes going along with her Deadpan Snarker persona:
    • She's a bit loopy in her Letterman interview but she was running on very little sleep. And some Xanax.
    • From someone who worked with Aubrey in that production of ''The Ugly Duckling'', she seemed fairly down to earth at 15 years of age. Still, it was her idea for the whole cast to walk into the McDonald's behind the theater and try to order "people mcnuggets".
    • She uses weird phrases like "Sacrament of Reconciliation!" to call plays while playing basketball as opposed to hand signals like anyone else.
    • She has some kind of fear of snail mail and has a weird ritual involving a dark candlelit room to open her mail.
    • As a child she would do things like pretend to sell real estate to her teachers and follow her principal home in a cardboard box.
  • Bill Murray. Stories involving him are literally the stuff of legends! But that's because if you do encounter Bill, No one will ever believe you!
  • Actor Christopher Walken, though a classic example of Mean Character, Nice Actor, is often called an alien.
  • Bobcat Goldthwait. Frighteningly so. It's actually part of his act. He doesn't really talk like that and is more a case of Funny Character, Boring Actor. He acts very down-to-earth in recent interviews.
  • Evanna Lynch was chosen to play cloudcuckoolander par excellence Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films because, though other girls could play Luna, she was Luna.
  • In the Fine Bros' series of "Kids React", the little girl Morgan seems to be the walking embodiment of a young Cloudcuckoolander. Will she ever grow out of it? We shall see.
  • Milton Jones is one. Hair, messed up jokes, loud shirts, the way he looks at people. Yup. He is a Cloud Cuckoolander for real.
  • Jeff Goldblum has quite the reputation for being incredibly out there in person. In a recent Conan appearance, Conan caught him fiddling around with his watch mid-interview and hilarously called him out for it.
  • Jennifer Lawrence has, at the very least, been one of these once upon a time according to a story she told on Conan: when she was 12, she once thought that wetting the bed (yes, at 12!) would make for an interesting story. She could still be considered one, since she said she would be a hotel maid if she weren't an actress, partly because she could observe other people.
  • Matt Smith. Most actors would have to step things up a notch to play someone as nutty as the Doctor. After seeing Matt in his downtime, one gets the feeling he has to tone it down.

Artists (Painters, Sculptors, Comic Strip Artists, Cartoonists)
  • Hieronymus Bosch: Not much is known about his life, but judging how bizarre and colorful his visions of Hell are in his paintings you really wonder where he got all his ideas? Other medieval painters painted Hell too, but nowhere as vivid and obsessive as he did.
  • Robert Crumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with antropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family!
  • Salvador Dali: Acted just as surreal as his paintings. Wore a fake pointy moustache, had a pet ocelot and a lobster telephone.
  • Bai Ling - in her own words: "I'm not really in reality. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else." She also claims that she comes from the moon.
  • Shigesato Itoi, and it shows in his work! His case regularly leads to The Cuckoolander Was Right.
  • Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece.
  • Pom, creator of the Piet Pienter en Bert Bibber series. He was a Reclusive Artist who never did any book signings and only allowed a few interviews in his lifetime. All he did during them was badmouth all his colleagues and even his fans. He once sued an interviewer, claiming he never met him. But the journalist had kept a recording of their conversation and could easily prove the interview had actually happened.
  • Hideaki Sorachi, a manga writer famous for Gintama. If the series doesn't convince you, try reading his omake comments.
  • Andy Warhol: Made movies that are basically Leave the Camera Running and unwatchable. When asked what he wanted to express with them he just said: "Eh... nothing."

Animals
  • There are quite a lot of creatures in the animal kingdom who showcase weird behaviour from a human point of view. Of course, they can't help it. It's their instinct.
  • Cats: Ever seen a cat lick itself clean? It's amazing what weird and time consuming positions they undertake to get this done instead of just taking an actual wash.
  • Sloths: They will always climb down their tree to relieve themselves on the ground. Not only is this extremely tedious to just get there, but they are also very vulnerable for predators down there.

Authors

Comedians
  • They usually have the advantage that everyone assumes they are joking.
  • The late Graham Chapman is always described by the other Pythons as being "in his own world"- clearly a very peculiar man to fathom.
    • Eric Idle relates in one book the story of a woman who declared that, what with Graham being gay and all, he should be stoned because she'd been reading the parts of the Bible that appealed to her homophobia. So the Pythons took him out and got him stoned. "Of course, Graham was pretty stoned most of the time anyway..."
  • Fran Drescher, who believes she was abducted by aliens.
  • Noel Fielding could give many of the examples on this page a run for their money. His wardrobe is full of bright clashing colours and patterns that include metallic gogo boots, dresses, victorian era gothic formal wear, and hats with animal ears attached. His art is an indescribable mix of cartooney style strangeness that range from amusing to disturbing. He co-wrote The Mighty Boosh, and writes Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, obviously, two of the strangest tv shows out there, and in real life he's prone to making up strange stories (Once claimed he found a door in Kanye West's chest and got trapped in it while trying to reach Soho), and stringing together odd words to form hilarious sentences (Once threatened to cut open someone's pillow using a motorcycle made of jealousy). His brother Michael is very similar if his twitter is anything to go by; supposedly their senses of humour stemmed from their parents being absurdly youthful when they had children and were always surrounding the two boys with parties and drugs.
  • English comedian Milton Jones. "Hello! I am the Messiah! And the queen is a biscuit!"
  • Andy Kaufman, and not just because of his taste in jokes. A typical story from his real life: before he learned he was terminally ill with cancer, he not only conceived of a "99 Cent Tour" where the tickets would cost exactly 99 cents, but considered surprising one of those audiences with the revelation that they were all going to go on a cruise with him. Immediately. There would be luggage prepared for everyone...
  • The Marx Brothers: From their movies alone you'd already assume that they are quite daft. But there are also numerous anecdotes about their real life surrealities. Some of them may be just studio PR, but they still tie in with their mad image. For instance, Harpo Marx once went to a restaurant with some people. When it was time to say goodbye, Harpo shook hands with his guests and all the silverwear he had stolen fell out of his sleeves!
  • Spike Milligan: The nuttiest of all the The Goon Show members. The only one to actually insult Prince Charles in his very presence. The prince naturally didn't mind, because he's a Goon fan.
  • Karl Pilkington started off as the producer of The Ricky Gervais Show, but was soon added to the cast when Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant decided his thought process was too bizarre not to share with the world. It got to the point that in the show's initial radio run, people accused him of being an actor playing a character because no one can possibly be as strange as him in real life.

Criminals
  • Charles Manson. It's difficult to tell whether he says the things he does just for attention, or whether he actually believes that he's Jesus, the Pope, and a box of wine, but the man is clearly quite insane.

Film Directors
  • Stanley Kubrick: Strove for extreme perfection in his movies by doing zillions of takes and trying to get everything exactly as he envisioned it in frame. Also the prototype of the Reclusive Artist, who hardly appeared in public and gave no interviews. Also had a tendency to work with actors during his movies, then just distance himself from them after the film was done.
  • David Lynch. An article once described him as "Jimmy Stewart from Mars," and his interviews contain such gems as "I'm a real thin pancake! I'm right on the edge!" It does ''not'' make sense in context. He also wanted to make a sitcom about the sunken continent of Lemuria.
  • Tommy Wiseau. If The Room didn't sell just how weird he is, reading Greg Sestero's book The Disaster Artist will definitely make you realize it.
  • Erich von Stroheim: Also a noted perfectionist who actually went to Death Valley in Utah to film in the scorching desert to make his film Greed, instead of on a set. The film was over 9 hours long (!), but nevertheless marked as a masterpiece. Unfortunately it was trimmed to just two hours in length. Stroheim also pretended to be of Austrian nobility and a decorated military officer throughout his lifetime. Only after his death it turned out this was just a fantasy of his.

Musicians
  • Especially with rock musicians the insane behaviour is often a result of having too much money, too much drugs and not enough challenges.
  • GG Allin: Often performed naked, hitting people, having sex on stage and defecating too. Was arrested countless times.
  • Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, is one of music's more extreme examples. His increasingly bizarre behavior and detachment from reality led to the song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and inspired much of The Wall.
    • In the movie, Bob Geldof's portrayal of Pink is based primarily on Syd Barrett. Barrett did indeed shave his eyebrows and smoke cigarettes until the stub was burning his fingers.
  • Bjrk: In Harmony with Nature beyond belief. During Dancer in the Dark she actually lived her character's misfortune so much that Lars von Trier swore he'd never work with her again. Went to the 2000 Academy Awards dressed in a swan costume.
  • Blue Stahli is a huge example. Not only does he have a very odd sense of humor, but his way of playing his music is odd since he doesn't write down his music he just holds it in his head and then plays it when it's time to play.
  • Captain Beefheart: Often said very idiosyncratic things. Forced his band members to live in an abandoned house for months where they were almost starved, all in preparation of his Magnum Opus Trout Mask Replica. Lived as a recluse from 1982 until his death in 2010.
  • Michael Jackson. Dressing up in military uniforms, undergoing some of the most unrecognizable making facelifts of all time, living in a mansion which is a cross between a children's amusement park and a zoo,... Yet given events involving his family's rather public infighting with the estate executors over the contents of his will, many are starting to question if MJ was possibly the Only Sane Man in his family. Then again, none of them ever owned a monkey named Bubbles...and his eccentricity only got worse as he got older, ultimately ruining him.
    • Chris Rock described Michael as this in 2004, right after the second set of child molestation charges. He said that Michael could barely function even in interviews.
    Chris: I saw Michael on 60 Minutes, Ed Bradley tried his best to make Michael look like a mammal. Like somebody that drank water and breathed air.
  • Lady Gaga has made a career out of this image. She appears in various bizarre and impractical costumes and plays on an androgynous image, while playing on the fact that she is an outsider.
  • Daniel Johnston: Literally suffers from mental troubles. Adores Casper the Friendly Ghost, Captain Marvel, Jesus and The Beatles, but is frightened of Satan or anything occult. Once, during a plane flight with his dad, he almost killed them, by taking over the steering wheel himself.
  • John Lennon was famous for this. Not to mention all the weird projects he did with Yoko Ono and presented to a mass audience. The two of them spent time inside a bag and in bed to promote world peace. They also released three albums together that are basically a cross between Avant-garde Music, Noise Rock and Leave The Recorder Running, generally interesting to almost nobody: Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions and Wedding Album.
    Craaaanberrrrrry sauuuuuuuce...
    • And at the other end of the Cuckoolander spectrum, his former bandmate Ringo Starr.
  • Singer/songwriter Anna Nalick. You may not think so from her music alone, but try reading some of her Tweets/Facebook posts/blogs and you'll see a whole other side. She admits that she lives in her own world, as she relates closely to Alice in Wonderland.
  • Yoko Ono: She falls into this category by thinking that anyone is interested in her One-Woman Wail screaming, or incomprehensible art projects. The first three albums she and John released, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life With The Lions and Wedding Album, are effectively almost unlistenable because of all the Album Filler in this fashion. Still managed to gain more respect later in life.
  • Lee Scratch Perry: Reggae's most famous producer. Adores trees so much that he hugs them. Prays to bananas. Has put a curse on the BBC and only wants to lift it if they play his music more often. Every person he has collaborated with has been condemned by him afterwards.
  • Elvis Presley: Later in life Elvis had a tendency to shoot TV sets with a gun if he didn't like the show instead of just using the remote.
  • The Ramones: Joey Ramone suffered from OCD and therefore always wanted to do things according to certain patterns, like walk several times around the block before entering a building. Of course this drove his co-members crazy.
  • Alex Lifeson of Rush. Need proof? Look up any of his stream-of-consciousness rants from "La Villa Strangiato" (especially the one about meat bees) or his acceptance speech from when Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Space frontman Tommy Scott based some of his vocals on Spiders on Speedy Gonzales; dresses like the Eleventh Doctor; was described as 'fucking weird' by bandmate Jamie Murphy; writes lyrics about all sorts of weird and wonderful characters (and wanted his songs to 'sound like films'); once claimed his ideal superpower would be 'telepathic hairdressing'; and in one interview with Melody Maker, talked about how he wished he was a cartoon character (a fact confirmed by Mark Cowley, Space's manager). In the same interview, he even stated that he was a Cloudcuckoolander as a child.
  • Vivian Stanshall, the lead singer of The Bonzo Dog Band was pretty much considered to be the oddest of all the oddballs in the band. He was once forced to wear a tie at his school, so he did what him was told and returned in a tie, but without a shirt! He was suspended immediately!
  • Tiny Tim: Sang in a high falsetto voice and only 19th century Tin Pan Alley tunes. Enjoyed rubbing naked ladies in peanut butter, but was not interested in sex. In fact he and his married partner actually lived separated from each other.
  • Jon Anderson of Yes. If the almost-but-not-quite comprehensible Word Salad Lyrics didn't tip you off, try the cape he used to wear at Yes shows back in the 70's. Or the fact that he attempted to make up a word "tobographic" for an album title (Steve Howe eventually persuaded him to name the album the slightly more comprehensible Tales From Topographic Oceans instead). Perhaps because of this, Anderson's so beloved by fans that any other Yes vocalist is automatically denounced as a Replacement Scrappy.

Nations
  • Of course everybody looks bizarre in foreigner's eyes and vice versa, but the weird thing about nations is that it is often part of an entire culture!
  • The Alpine countries (Austria, Germany, Switserland): Have a dance where people jump around and slap their knees, while singing as if they hiccup note . Have an annual feast where a demon comes to get naughty children away note 
  • The Belgians: This is an incredibly small country, yet it is divided in two language communities and regions, who all have their own government. The capital, Brussels, is a stew of both Dutch, French and German and almost a state of its own. All signs, official instantions, laws,... have to be available in both languages by law. One of their national symbols is a small urinating boy, who also has his own statue. note 
  • The British are perhaps the only people who have a direct reputation for being eccentrics. You can seriously fill a book with all the mad royals, dukes, lords, earls, military officers, comedians, actors,... who were born in the UK and still have room enough for a second volume. The fun part about it is that the English even acknowledge it themselves and enjoy laughing at it. This may be one of the reasons why British Comedy is so popular overseas. This is also a country where judges and lawyers still wear wigs in court, people drive on the left side of the road and used to pause at four o' clock in the afternoon to drink tea together.
  • The Canadians: Made a sport out of placing slide stones on a sheet of ice, then moving the stones about by moving sticks around it. note 
  • The Chinese: Bound the feet of all women for centuries, inflicting them with horrible pain. In general crafted ingenious torture methods that could elongate pain for days! Also stick needles into people to cure them, which works bizarrely enough, but the cloud cuckoo part is this: who came up with this idea?
  • The Dutch: Legalized a lot of stuff that is illegal elsewhere (marihuana, porn, prostitution,...). Together with the Belgians they celebrate an annual feast where a bearded Catholic saint brings presents to children, accompanied by white people walking around in blackface.
  • The French: Eat frogs and snails note . Play a game where people throw a heavy shiny metal balls at one tiny little ball note .
  • The Germans, despite having the reputation for being too serious can also be a bit daft at times. German author Jean Paul once wrote:
    In the beginning, the good God gave to the French the dominion of the land, to the English the dominion of the seas, and to the Germans the dominion of the clouds.
  • The Japanese: Consider suicide "honorable", have game shows where people are sadistically tortured for entertainment value and many films, comic strips and cartoons which are mind boggingly surreal and disturbingly violent. Japanese erotica has a taboo about showing genitals, but tentacle rape is for some reason quite OK. Obese halfnude people wrestling each other is a sport.
  • Only In America: the USA also has its fair share of cloud cuckoolanders, all protected by the freedom of speech. And Americans adore anything that is campy and bizarre. Bad movies and TV series are beloved and celebrated here. Wrestling matches that are actually fake, yet don't bother the fans who adore the campiness are big business. This is also a country where school children salute their flag every morning, children receive weird names and people are divided over issues most other Western countries are not so obsessed about: religion, sex, nudity, gun politics, death penalty, social welfare...Also the only country in the world that doesn't like soccer that much.
  • Russians: Have a weird dance where people sit on their squat. Also take baths in ice cold water.
  • The Spanish, Portuguese and Mexicans: Let people dance around and fight (and used to kill) bulls in a stadion, for entertainment!
  • The Swiss: Want to stay neutral in all world affairs, yet guard all other countries' money in banks. Only allowed women to vote in 1971, the last Western country to do so!
  • The Vatican: A state that is literally one city with a large square. The head of state is an old man with a funny hat.

Philosophers
  • Artur Schopenhauer critiques Philosophers in general as being Cloudcuckoolanders who work within realms of theory that are detached from reality.
  • According to Friedrich Nietzsche, concepts and ideas themselves that make up categories and words in so far as they do not appeal directly to any experiences may as well derive from Cloudcuckooland
    • Friedrich Nietzsche once called Jesus an "idiot". On account of language shift (and translation issues), it's probable that he didn't think Jesus was stupid, but rather living in his own world—i.e. a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Ludwig von Mises used the term "Cloud-Cuckoo lands" explicitly in one of his essays to refer to the utopian societies proposed by certain economic thinkers of the early 1900s.
  • Ludwig Wittgenstein was possibly the most important philosopher to come out of the 20th century. He was also easily the most eccentric individual in the history of western philosophy. He abandoned his comfy position at Cambridge to go live in a shack in Scandinavia and think about philosophy, he volunteered for suicide missions while serving in the First World War, and while working as an elementary teacher (Because he had given away the family fortune and refused to work as a professor, believing he had solved philosophy) he would beat the children for making mistakes in mathematics.

Politicians
  • In general, calling politicians insane is often used to insult them. Comparisons to Hitler (Godwin's Law) are not unusual. Especially dictators are seen as batshit insane, though this is often propaganda. And in past centuries many royals were insane as a result of inbreeding.
  • Idi Amin: Often appeared to be a Man Child. He once sent president Nixon a letter to offer consolence after he had abdicated because of the Watergate scandal and wished him to get well soon. He also claimed Hitler was admirable and even adviced other foreign leaders of US and European democratic nations to follow Hitler's example in arresting opponents.
  • Caligula: Offered to crown his horse to the position of senator, ordered his troops to collect sea shells, and declared war on Neptune, ordering his troops to march up to the beach and stab the ocean ...and that's just the amusing stuff.
  • Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. If his odd fashion sense and renaming his country as "Great People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya" weren't enough to tip you off, his Amazon Brigade of Bodyguard Babes certainly will. And these things are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • George III: King George's mental illness is well documented and the subject of The Madness Of King George.
  • Adolf Hitler: Many would argue that all of his racial theories are the product of a crazy mind. But Hitler really fell into this trope later in life, when he hid inside his bunker and started to give orders for troops that didn't exist and areas that had already been conquered. He also had a tendency to give his generals strategic advice based on the romantic western novels by Karl May. A summary (from this page) of Erwin Rommel's views on the Atlantic Wall: "[I]n his words, "a figment of Hitler's Wolkenkuckucksheim."
  • Nero: Is said to have fancied himself a wonderful singer, but in reality was dreadful at it. Enjoyed dressing up as an animal and attack people in person in the arena. Though recent historical research has wondered how much of the allegations against him were true or just the product of slander.
  • His Imperial Majesty Joshua Norton I of These United States and Protector of Mexico. After losing his fortune to a bad turn of luck, he solved his problems by declaring himself Emperor. And the city of San Francisco loved him for it. To this day, he's the only saint of Discordianism who was an actual person.
  • Dan Quayle. Some of his quotes:
    • "Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the back!"
    • "You take the UNCF model that— what a waste it is to lose one's mind, or not to have a mind is being very wasteful. How true that is."
    • "Mars is essentially in the same orbit [as Earth]... Mars is somewhat the same distance from the Sun, which is very important. We have seen pictures where there are canals, we believe, and water. If there is water, that means there is oxygen. If oxygen, that means we can breathe."
    • "The Holocaust was an obscene period in our nation's history... No, not our nation's, but in World War II. I mean, we all lived in this century. I didn't live in this century, but in this century's history."
    • "It's time for the human race to enter the solar system."
    • "The other day [the President] said, I know you've had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. Would you like a puppy?"
    • "I made a misstatement and I stand by all my misstatements."
    • "I worked in the Attorney General's office and I also worked as the director of the Inheritance Tax Division of Indiana. I was known as the chief grave robber of my state."
    • "This is where the Continental Congress met over two hundred years ago during the American Revolution. So, Lancaster was actually the capital of our nation for one day in 1977."
    • Unfortunately, sometimes his words are attributed to other people, or spurious quotes are added to what he really did say.
  • Former President of Chile Sebasti疣 Piera is full of this. Google for "Piericosas" aka the slang word that Chileans use to refer to his eccentricities.
  • The whole reason for Vermin Supreme's fame in the early stages of the '12 elections. Naturally, he didn't make it far, but he became a meme, which may have been all he needed.

Presenters (Radio & TV)
  • Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show and The Newlywed Game. He was known for alleging that he worked for the CIA, as seen in his book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. As host of Gong, he often came across as very aloof.
  • Paloma Faith has managed to amaze viewers of Never Mind the Buzzcocks by being Noel's equal in complete batshit crazy. The two of them together were weird enough that the fans decided that they needed to start dating.
  • Political and pop cultural commentator Greg Gutfeld, aka the host of Red Eye With Greg Gutfeld. Although in fairness he acts like this only for satirical purposes.
    • And his "repulsive sidekick" Bill Schultz.
  • Sarah Kennedy: British radio presenter. Her performance style on radio was characterised by fumbling, bumbling, on-air gaffes, ocassional lapses into non-politically correct jokes and references, and the suggestion that she sometimes arrived at work in an over-medicated state.
  • Patrick Moore, amateur astronomer and host of The Sky At Night, who always wore a High-Class Glass and had very old-fashioned opinions about feminism, the European Union and immigrants. Also played the xylophone.
  • Jimmy Savile had this reputation during his lifetime. He always walked around in jogging suits, while smoking cigars at the same time and making weird faces and bizarre comments of the Did I Just Say That Out Loud? variety. His audience was often surprised, shocked or embarrassed by some of his quotes and behaviour, but he got away with it because people didn't take it seriously at the time. After his death, when allegations of his sexual behaviour against minors became a scandal a lot of his oddball behaviour has been seen in a new light.
  • Phil Lester, BBC Radio 1 host and YouTube vlogger known for his eccentric, whimsical, and near-childlike personality.
  • Remi Gaillard. What other word could describe someone who continued to pull pranks that usually ended up getting him either arrested, assaulted, chased, or any combination of the above; just For the Lulz?

Scientists
  • Where the fine line between genius and insanity is often crossed.
  • Legendary mathematician Paul Erds stands out as an eccentric even in a field notorious for its eccentrics. For most of his life he lived as a guest of other mathematicians, collaborating on papers and moving on every few months.
  • Nikola Tesla: He had an obsession with the number "three" and saw it as his lucky sign. Not to mention that he tried to build a Death Ray.

Sports Figures
  • Hello, Baseball. Fun fact: Cloudcuckooland is the number one recruiting ground for pitchers for the Major Leagues.
    • Rube Waddell, baseball Hall of Famer from the first decade of the 20th century. He'd randomly run off from games to go chase fire trucks, accidentally shot a friend through the hand, forgot to divorce his first wife causing him to be arrested on bigamy charges, and would even be distracted by puppies and toys by opposing players and fans. This can also be considered a Bunny-Ears Lawyer example, since he was considered when not in trouble the hardest thrower and arguably the best pitcher of his time (his record for most strikeouts in a season would not be bettered for 61 years).
    • Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, Detroit Tigers pitcher back in the late '70s, is absolutely this. He used to play with the dirt on the mound, talk to himself, talk to the ball, and had various odd routines that made him a curiosity back in his day. He also led the AL in ERA and was second in the Cy Young Award voting as a rookie (winning Rookie of the Year) and pitched a complete game in over half his career appearances in an era where relievers were already becoming prominent. Sadly, his career was cut short by injuries, to the point that said outstanding rookie year constitutes more than half of his career starts.
    • There's also Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd. The "oil can" in question is a large can of beer, but he doesn't need booze to spout at the mouth.
    • And the whole P駻ez family, Pascual, Carlos, etc., who sometimes veered toward Ax-Crazy. Pascual P駻ez' Montreal Expos manager responded to a question about P駻ez' habit of talking to himself on the mound by pointing out that he doesn't just talk to himself, he also talks to the resin bag and planes flying overhead.
    • Giants and Dodgers closer Brian Wilson is a cuckoolander and a possessor of a memetic beard. His antics include things like wearing a spandex suit to the ESPY.
    • Dock Ellis, most famously of the Pirates, is also famous for never having pitched a game while not on the influence of some drug or other. Most impressive is his 1970 no-hitter against the Padres while tripping balls on LSD. (He said that at one point, he thought he was pitching to Jimi Hendrix, who was swinging a guitar at his pitches.)
    • It's really saying something when the sanest person on the list is Bill "Spaceman" Lee, the Red Sox junk-ball pitcher who has a bit of a kooky personality but is all and all a fairly typical '60s left-wing activist/hippie—who just happens to have had the meanest eephus pitch of his era.
    • Insanity on the mound isn't limited to the Majors; there was one minor-league pitcher who used infield dirt as a substitute for chewing tobacco, and became an expert on the flavors of various infields.
  • And now for other loonies of the ballpark:
    • Yogi Berra, although he didn't say half of the things he said.
    • Jimmy Piersall, a former center fielder for the Boston Red Sox. He once went up to bat wearing a Beatles wig while air-guitaring with his bat, and once got in trouble for acknowledging an opponent's home run by squirting home plate with a water pistol, among others. A tragic case, though: his antics sprung from his years-long battle with bipolar disorder.
    • Carl Everett, disbeliever in dinosaurs. (Lee, Piersall, Everett...do the Red Sox collect these guys?)
    • Casey Candaele, most fondly remembered for inventing Naked Batting Practice Sundays.
    • Jose Canseco, if his AMA on Reddit is any indication.
    • Manny Ramirez, most recently of the Tampa Bay Rays. He's done a laundry list of strange things, though he also borders on Jerk Ass in some respects too. His two time teammate Juli疣 Tav疵ez could count as well.
  • Ice Hockey and its National Hockey League have their fair share of weirdos:
    • For goalies, living off in their own worlds is almost the norm, but a couple names stick out even further above the clouds.
      • Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy, considered by many to be the greatest goalie of all time knitted before games, talked to his goal postsnote , and refused to skate on the red and blue lines during pre-game warm-ups, among other things.
      • Even Roy may have now been upstaged by current Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, whose personality quirks were already verging on Memetic Mutation before the Flyers were featured in NHL 24/7 on HBO and the world got a taste of his philosophical side.
    • Esa Tikkanen, a former professional hockey player with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, fits into this category very well. He was best known for his unusual mix of Finnish, English and sometimes gibberish, which was frequently referred to as "Tikkanese". He seemed to enjoy speaking in the language quite a bit, very seldom did anyone, teammates or not, understand what he was saying. This was only additional to his relatively... odd behavior off the ice as well.
    • Coaches in the NHL are not immune to this either. Fred Shero, former coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, was known as "Fog" for his strange habits and stranger behavior.
  • Mario Balotelli. Apparently, he once stopped at a primary school in Manchester to go to the toilet, and drove through an Italian women's prison just to see what it was like inside. And of course, there is his single most memetic reaction: when Manchester police asked him, in the aftermath of a car crash, why he was carrying 」5,000 in cash on his person, he responded, "Because I am rich".
  • NFL player Chad Johnson. He changed his surname to Ochocinco just so his name and jersey number would be identical. Ochocinco by the way, is Spanish for "eight-five". A few years later, he changed his last name back to Johnson, but kept Ochocinco as a middle name.
  • NBA player Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest). Aside from his rather odd name change (even by professional athlete standards), he once applied for a job at Circuit City while playing for the Chicago Bulls and also showed up to practice with the Indiana Pacers while wearing a bathrobe. And that's not even considering his role in the infamous Pacers - Pistons brawl.
    • The fact that he's also changing his name again to - get this - The Pandas Friend (yes, that's how he wants it spelled) to accommodate his time with the Chinese Basketball Association doesn't help his case either, especially when he's apparently going to be wearing panda shoes during these Chinese games.
    • Before the man formerly known as Ron Artest, there was (and still is) former NBA star defender Dennis Rodman. Ignoring his friendship with current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (who's also one in his own way) and the fact he organized a celebratory North Korean birthday game for him, Rodman also showcased a book titled "I Should Be Dead By Now" with him being in a coffin, but he also used to have his own MTV show called "The Rodman World Tour", which as The Other Wiki describes it as a show that featured him "in a series of odd-ball situations."
  • In every sport, there's a stereotype that certain positions attract these. In ice hockey, goaltenders have a reputation for this, and baseball has seen enough left fielders (such as the aforementioned Manny Ramirez) demonstrate this that "out of left field" has become a euphemism for oddity. And apparently because there aren't enough roster spots for left fielders for the loonies to go, pitchers in general also have a bit of this reputation as well (Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean, Bill "Spaceman" Lee, Fidrych mentioned above are just a few examples).
  • Denver Broncos' linebacker Nate Irving has been known to sing and dance by himself, rock out when there is no music playing, and play Pokemon while his team-mates are out partying.

Web Original Presenters
  • James Rolfe, a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, as proven in his Childhood Comics and his short films.
  • Doug Walker originally described himself as boring in comparison to his characters, but as time goes by, he's embraced the crazy after years of wanting to be normal.
    Doug: It's a nice feeling when you wake up and you're like this doesn't matter, I was trying so hard to be like this on TV, it doesn't matter, as I get older this makes you really boring and uninteresting. The stuff that makes me really frigging weird is what makes me interesting and fun and different.
  • Joel Heyman of the internet entertainment company Rooster Teeth. His idiosyncratic characters in Red vs. Blue and the Rooster Teeth Shorts (in the latter of which he ostensibly plays himself) certainly qualify, but observations of Heyman outside of an acting capacity reveal that those characters likely have their roots in his real-life eccentric personality and quirky mannerisms.

Miscellaneous
  • Mark Whitacre, the real-life whistleblower whose life is dramatized in the movie The Informant, is depicted in the movie as being prone to non-sequitur inner monologues and compulsive lying. Whitacre was diagnosed with bipolar disorder during the course of his career, and the real Whitacre says the movie's a pretty accurate depiction.
  • Every idiot you've ever seen on a video trying to do some dangerous stunt, and predictably failing and hurting themselves as a result.
  • To be fair, most tropers either fall into this category naturally or come off as one to their friends assuming their sense of cognition online and jargon carry over into the Real World.

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