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All cultures are to be treated with equal respect. This is a modern educational tendency brought about by anthropology and cultural relativity, and in modern TV land, by and large, even when dealing with a completely fictional culture, this is a rule that is pretty well adhered to.

The one big exception to this is Cloudcuckooland. This is a place with some really strange customs and traditions. While a FishOutOfWater or an unforgiving viewer might just instantly assume that mental illness must be involved when they land in an unfamiliar location and everyone just acts strange for no reason, all doubts are laid aside once the reality of this location sets in. In Cloudcuckooland, ''everyone'' acts like a culturally out-of-it nutjob, even when they're talking to each other about completely mundane things. When in Cloudcuckooland, survival in the cultural environment relies on one strict observance -- as far as everybody here is concerned, [[TomatoInTheMirror you're the one]] who's ''really'' crazy!

Or, to be simple, this is the place where the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} lives. It's the only place in fiction where being a Cloudcuckoolander is happenstance -- in these environments, the characters you remember are going to be the normal ones.

The unusual trope name is a translation of "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_cuckoo_land Nephelokokkygia]]" from Creator/{{Aristophanes}}'s play ''Theatre/TheBirds''. However, Aristophanes' Cloudcuckooland was not actually an "odd place", but a fictional [[{{Utopia}} paradise state where everything is perfect]] -- and which, therefore, doesn't exist. Accordingly, a "Cloudcuckoolander" was someone demented or naive enough to believe in such an impossible place.

This is not the same thing as TheWonderland, where everything is strange too, but with a bigger emphasis on [[MindScrew fantastic surrealism]] instead of [[SurrealHumor comical surrealism]], with the inhabitants of Wonderland not necessarily having to be insane or even funny. Furthermore, the Cloudcuckooland does not need to be bizarre itself, only the people that live in it.

Compare with HufflepuffHouse, where most of a story's "wacky" characters that are neither cool nor "DracoInLeatherPants" enough to become {{Ensemble Darkhorse}}s are usually lumped together and given a place to play.



* Several commercials in the '80s for Cap'n Crunch cereal feature Crunch Island, discovered by Cap'n Crunch himself. The wildlife included singing trees and baseball bats, which were baseballs with eyes and bat wings. One known town is Practical Joking Ghost Town (full of ghosts that play really dated jokes on visitors) and the central mountain -- Mt. Crunchmore -- carved in the shape of its discoverer's face.

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* ''Manga/ArakawaUnderTheBridge'': The Arakawa riverbank.
* You would think that the world of 300x in ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' is this, until you see Bo-bobo World, which takes place ''inside the main character's head'' and is ''even more ridiculous''.
%%* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool''.
* Penguin Village in ''Manga/DoctorSlump'' is a definite example. But any setting with characters like Arale is going to be on a different field of sense.
* The Magic Users' world in ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}''. Strange fashions, stranger masks, odd architecture, a restaurant whose main attraction is a toilet connected to Hell...
* Definitely the titular guild in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Many of the legal guilds (and several dark ones) qualify as well, though Fairy Tail is by far the most outlandish.
%%* ''Manga/FujimuraKunMates'', a tsukkomi in a world of boke.
* In the alternate dimension into which Yuuri is swept in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', there are some ''bizarre'' traditions. For example, dropping a spork is a signal of intent to fight someone, an ArmorPiercingSlap on the left cheek is a legit marriage proposal, and there are some ''unusual'' greetings. The reason is because this is an alternate universe with independent languages, laws, and customs. Actually you really need to give the writer some credit for thinking up some of this stuff. It's mostly played for laughs but still pretty creative.
* ''Anime/HareGuu'' features one in the AnotherDimension that is [[spoiler: one of]] Guu's stomach[[spoiler:s]]. The four (human) residents are not particularly concerned about the rather surreal landscape and creatures that surround them.
* There is nobody at Tenchi Academy who is completely sane in ''Manga/HayateCrossBlade''.
%%* The world of ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''
* The world of ''Manga/OnePiece'' definitely fits here. It wouldn't be uncommon to encounter a floating island that magnetizes things to it, a place that rains lightning, or an area that has air you walk on. That's not even counting the bizarre organisms that happen to live on this crazy town of a planet...

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In a ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' issue, Brainwave put each society member in bizarre mental world where they were convinced they were, in no particular order, ''a thermometer, a sponge, a fatal disease, a solar system and a laughing stock.'' Johnny Thunder, the [=Cloudcuckoolander=] of the team, thought the world of people that had object-shaped heads according to their profession to make a lot of sense.
* ''ComicBook/EmperorJoker'' turns the ''entire universe'' into Cloudcuckooland. Including ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}.
* Al Capp's Dogpatch in ''ComicStrip/LilAbner'' (also a musical).
* Cloudcuckooland itself appears briefly in one of the prose sections of ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'', as part of the "Europe" section of ''The Traveller's Almanack'', a fictional world travel guide to the setting. The guide mentions that the floating ruins of Cloudcuckooland can still be spotted in a certain area of Greece if you have a strong enough telescope, but that the fortress has drifted so high that actual birds can no longer reach it.
* [[FrancoBelgianComics Franco-Belgian Comic]] ''ComicBook/{{Philemon}}'' largely takes place in "Le Monde des Lettres", literally "The World of Letters", a chain of mystical islands that form the letters for "Atlantique Ocean" on maps and globes, with rules and physics highly reminiscent of ''Alice in Wonderland''.
* The planet of AB/Bedlam appeared in the ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' story "The Jigsaw Man." A planet where everyone was mad, the landscape defied physics and the titular man caught a disease that made him disappear in neat, geometric squares, remaining alive even as his organs vanished until he was nothing but a mouth.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Flyspeck Island, as mentioned in the newspaper comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' as the home of [=Cloudcuckoolander=] Gunk.
* Kokonino Kounty in ''ComicStrip/KrazyKat''.
* The Republic of Elbonia in ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}''.
* Dingburg in ''ComicStrip/ZippyThePinhead''. And that's the strip's main setting.
* The concept of ''Bo Nanas'' is that the title character, a monkey, is the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Person]] in a world where every human being he runs into is genuinely weird (if harmless).

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In [[Fanfic/Swing123AndGarfieldodiesCalvinverse the Calvinverse]]:
** Calvin's town has seen a MadScientist and [[SnarkyNonhumanSidekick his robot]] exit their Yellowstone Park lair, had its citizens replaced by CreepyMonotone clones, been attacked by a monster...
** Even stranger is Socratesland, from the ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode of the same name. Strange scenery, strange residents (including [[LiteralSplitPersonality figments of Socrates' personality]], frogs that laugh like Socrates, tiny Socrates clones...), and a general sense of weirdness pervades the area, much to the other characters' misfortune.
* ''Shipping and Handling'' has Inanima, a fairytale land populated by living objects, and is entirely the figment of Pinkie Pie's imagination. This does not prevent her from bringing other ponies in there (she hired Ditzy and Watt to help rescue a distressed damsel once, and trapped Screwball there since it is a separate reality) and she routinely brings her coltfriend Watt over for amazing imaginary adventures, to the point that his imagination has started to affect the place. To an uninformed outsider, though, it looks like them playing make-believe with a bunch of objects.
* Invoked in the FanFic/PonyPOVSeries by the author AND in story. In story to contradict the Makarov Arc's overwhelming seriousness and military tones. In story by Princess Celestia who purposely redirected Princess Cadence and entourage there so the silly and childish locals could treat the Alicorn of music and her friends to childish and silly fun and remind them that not all craziness is bad.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfiction in general has a minor trend of painting Ponyville as this; the regular monster attacks, location on the edge of an EldritchLocation, and habit of the main characters suffering emotional breakdowns means a reputation tend to develop.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', Cloud Cuckoo Land is an actual [[FloatingContinent cloud]] and home to Uni-Kitty [[spoiler:and the hideout for the Master Builders]]. See the entry on the quotes page.
-->'''Franchise/{{Batman}}:''' I hate this place.
%%* Pepperland, from ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''. Must be seen to be believed.
%%* Toon Town from ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit''.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Kazakhstan in ''Film/{{Borat}}'' is treated this way. It didn't work so well, despite trying to take RefugeInAudacity. Of course the real joke wasn't picking on Kazakhstan, it was that no matter how ridiculously backwards and offensive he got, lots of supposedly normal people would go along with it...
* ''Film/CoolWorld''. Unlike most {{Toon}} worlds, it's dark and hellish, quite often verging on an EldritchLocation.
%%* The nameless town from ''Film/EdwardScissorhands''.
%%* Wherever the hell ''Film/{{Eraserhead}}'' takes place.
%%* The sixth dimension on ''Film/ForbiddenZone'', though reality isn't normal either...
* In ''Film/{{Gymkata}}'' there is the crazy town Cabot has to go through as part of the game, which includes a guy who cuts off his own hand in the middle of fight because he couldn't let go of a pipe he grabbed for some reason.
* Superior, Arizona, the town where the protagonist Bobby gets stranded in ''Film/UTurn'', is depicted in this way.
-->'''Bobby:''' [[LampshadeHanging Is everyone in this town on drugs?!?]]
* Ballymoran in ''Film/{{Zonad}}''. The Irish name of the town is Baile Amadáin which [[BilingualBonus translates]] as "Idiot Town".

* OlderThanRadio: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wise_Men_of_Gotham The Wise Men of Gotham]].
* In Jewish folklore, there's Chelm, the town of fools. As tradition has it: "It is said that after God made the world, he filled it with people. He sent off an angel with two sacks, one full of wisdom and one full of foolishness. The second sack was of course much heavier. So after a time it started to drag. Soon it got caught on a mountaintop and so all the foolishness spilled out and fell into Chelm." Chelm was a very popular setting for some of Shalom Aleichem and Isaac Bashevis Singer's parables, to say nothing of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_humor#Chelm old Yiddish jokes]] that were in circulation.
* Finnish folklore also has a town of fools, called Hölmölä (lit. Fooltown or Foolville). Swedish and Norwegian folklore also have a similar place.
* German folklore has Schilda, and its citizens, the Schildbürger (around 1600). The story goes that the people of Schilda were so smart, that they were highly in demand around the world as kings and advisers, leading to a depopulation of the town. To counteract this, the citizens started to play so dumb as to [[LiteralMinded interpret every metaphor literally]]. This ruse was so successful that their stupidity became as legendary as their intelligence. Examples include trying to plant salt on their fields, marking a spot on a boat to remember a sunken treasure, and finally burning the whole city to get rid of a cat.

* The planet Mars, where Michael Valentine Smith is raised by Martians in Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand''. Early in the book, Smith acts like a Cloudcuckoolander because Martian customs and philosophy are very different from Earth's.
* OlderThanRadio: This is the premise behind ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland''.
* ''Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz'' has a similar premise and thus its own (less surreal) Cloudcuckooland.
* ''Literature/TheNeverendingStory'' briefly shows the City Of Old Emperors, set up for would-be rulers of Fantasia, who invariably lose their minds once they sit on the throne. They are then driven into the city, where they wander around aimlessly, repeating pointless tasks under the supervision of a monkey.
* Gerald Durrell was either a very dedicated collector of eccentric friends (both human and otherwise) or simply had an uncanny ability to encounter the local nutters. As a result, all of his fictional and autobiographical work is laden with eccentric people, particularly his childhood in Corfu, which portrayed either the island or Greece as a whole as Cloudcuckooland depending on the paragraph (with, it has to be said, the utmost affection). When he started writing fiction, though, he had free rein to indulge his affection for eccentricity, and so the fictional island of Zenkali in ''Literature/TheMockeryBird'' ended up inhabited entirely by people who were a trifle odd. The King, who is referred to by everyone as Kingy, runs the messenger service and rickshaw taxi. The English Governor is a dotty old fellow who mumbles vaguely polite nonsense nobody can hear, while his wife randomly assumes a man she's just met has to be married for no particularly clear reason. An advisor in the technical employ of England is an old man with a lot of dogs who complains constantly but is otherwise quite likeable. One of the local churches is run by a very enthusiastic American woman who gets really gung-ho into everything, including her plans to take up guerrilla operations to stop an airfield from being built. The local paper is run by a perpetually drunken Irish journalist with a compositor who barely speaks English, leading to two or three stories being merged together in strange ways; Kingy is its biggest fan. The head of the Botanical Institute anthropomorphises the [[LastOfHisKind last surviving Ombu tree]] to such an extent that he talks about its preferred kind of music, and a significant researcher spends his entire time running around telling anyone with influence how important his findings are but never actually explaining them to anyone. The list goes on.
* The Behin society from ''Literature/{{Kazohinia}}'' fits this trope pretty well. Until you realize they are NotSoDifferent.
* ''[[Literature/GulliversTravels Gulliver's Travels]]'' consists of the narrator travelling to a series of these, mostly intended as satire on stupid real-world customs, political issues and wars. Especially Laputa, the third Cloudcuckooland, which is a '''literal''' flying city. At least until he gets to the land of the talking horses, which is basically perfect.
* In the Creator/LarryNiven[=/=]Jerry Pournelle short story "Spirals", an orbital-station-turned-interplanetary-ship is referred to by its inhabitants as "Cloud Cuckooland". It then turns into a real example when [[spoiler:the air recycling system starts outputting alcohol instead of oxygen]]. An orgy almost ensues.
* The ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' series is basically ''set'' in Cloudcuckooland, but even they have regions crazier than normal -- the Region of Madness, comic strips and to a certain extent Ida's moons.
* Hundred Acre Woods in ''Literature/WinnieThePooh'', simply because all the inhabitants are highly eccentric. Tigger and Owl especially, even though Pooh has his own moments. But then, they are living toys. Even Christopher Robin applies some odd child's logic; just read the explanation at the beginning for what the reasoning behind the name Winnie-the-Pooh is.
%%* The land beyond the booth from ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Rose's hometown of St. Olaf, Minnesota, fits the bill nicely. All of a sudden, Rose's strange habits are a result of her upbringing. A small example of this place's insanity: Once, the small Minnesota town's most active volcano (!) threatened to erupt. Rose, as the town's dumbest virgin, volunteered to be the sacrifice, on the directions of a bunch of Druid priests in town for the opening of Stonehenge Land. As it turns out, they were just Shriners looking for a good time.
* On ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', Woody Boyd's hometown of Hanover, Indiana was occasionally depicted as one of these.
* The fictional nation of Mypos in ''Series/PerfectStrangers''. Also a handy way to [[FunnyForeigner make fun of immigrants]] without [[AcceptableTargets offending anyone]].
* The Festrunk Brothers, the "Two Wild and Crazy Guys" played by Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive,'' are ostensibly from Czechoslovakia. Their descriptions of their hometown and its customs, however, are from Cloudcuckooland. [[Creator/SteveMartin You simply say, "I break with thee! I break with thee! I break with thee!" and then you throw dog poop on their shoes.]]
* In many ways, the town of Cicely in ''Series/NorthernExposure'' qualifies as a suburb/colony of Cloudcuckooland.
* ''Series/AllThat'' included a recurring sketch about FunnyForeigner Ishboo, who was a foreign exchange student from some unspecified country always referred to only as "My foreign land" that could only have been Cloudcuckooland.
* Hooterville and surrounding areas, as seen in ''Series/GreenAcres'' and ''Series/PetticoatJunction''.
* Royston Vasey from ''Series/TheLeagueOfGentlemen''.
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', Wellsville is definitely a cloud cuckooland. InAWorld where superheroes (who can skip rocks on Neptune) run around in blue and red striped tights, metal plates and tattoos get main character status, and everything (and we mean EVERYTHING) is SeriousBusiness, Wellsville is just plain weird.
* The eponymous town of ''Series/TwinPeaks'' would definitely qualify.
** As would the FBI in the same series, if Dale Cooper, Gordon Cole and minor characters such as Denise Bryson and Chet Desmond are any indication.
* New Zealand from ''Series/FlightOfTheConchords'', especially considering how the characters from New Zealand (especially the Prime Minister) act quite odd.
* Dibley from ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'' definitely counts, given how nearly everyone acts like a loon, and the place itself is often shown to be far from normal.
* The "old country" from which Latka Gravas hails in ''Series/{{Taxi}}''.
* Fez's home land from ''Series/That70sShow''.
* If your only knowledge of Canada came from watching ''Series/DueSouth'', you'd think it was a cross between Stoneybrook from ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' and Bear Country from ''Literature/TheBerenstainBears''.
* [[Series/ParksAndRecreation Pawnee, Indiana]] as evidenced by the turnout at their town meetings. Then there's the government itself...
%%* Stars Hollow from ''Series/GilmoreGirls''.
%%* And now Paradise in ''Series/{{Bunheads}}''. Amy Sherman Palladino is quite fond of this trope.
* Gunther and Tinka's home country in ''Series/ShakeItUp''. Lampshaded when [=CeCe=] and Rocky meet their family and realize that Gunther and Tinka are ''normal'' by comparison.
* The town "Eureka" from ''Series/{{Eureka}}''. Every person in town is a genius, usually a BunnyEarsLawyer, and the top of their profession. For example, the town Sheriff is a US Marshal, the local dog-catcher is one of the world's top animal trackers, the chef at the local cafe is one of the world's top chefs, and so on. It doesn't help that most of the residents have little or no contact or interest in the outside world.
%%* Wanker County from ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''.
* UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, [[UsefulNotes/TheOtherRainforest Oregon]] is depicted as such in ''Series/{{Portlandia}}''. Keep Portland Weird, indeed...
* Dog River, Saskatchewan, is this sort of place in ''Series/CornerGas''. The few people who could qualify for OnlySaneMan awards don't really seem to mind.
* Greendale College from ''Series/{{Community}}'', a place where mass pillow or paintball fights bring the campus to a stand-still, monkeys and ex-teachers live in the vents, the Glee Club controls minds, there are magical hidden trampolines, zombie out-breaks and a flag with a butt for a logo. Oh, and the whole thing is controlled by a shady, creepy ''air-conditioning repair annex'' which has eyes everywhere.
* The nameless Vermont town where ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' takes place. Dick Loudon is the OnlySaneMan. [[spoiler: Justified since ItWasAllADream.]]
%%* The title location from ''Series/PeeWeesPlayhouse''.
%%* Possum Lodge from ''Series/TheRedGreenShow''.
* ''Series/AbsolutelyFabulous'' depicts the entirety of London's high fashion industry as one big Cloud Cuckoo subculture.

* Creator/DouglasAdams' ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' reveals that the entire universe is like this, more or less. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which hasn't been released on Earth due to [[EarthShatteringKaboom unfortunate circumstances]], also has the words "Don't Panic" written in large, friendly letters on the backside of its cover. The reasoning behind these words is as follows: If you are about to die, then consider how lucky you are that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn't been good to you so far, which given your current circumstances seems more likely, then consider how lucky you are that it won't be troubling you much longer.
** One of the bad signs in the later books is when things start becoming saner; this is accompanied by the Hitchhiker's Guide being moved away from the hitchhiker market.
** Wonko the Sane believes this about the rest of Earth, which is why he built an inside-out Asylum for it. His self-assured perspective that everyone outside is crazy and inside is sane parallels Arthur's perspective about the rest of the Galaxy aside from Earth. Yet throughout "So Long and Thanks For All the Fish", in England and California the same craziness is demonstrated and {{Lampshaded}} by the natives; just like the rest of the Galaxy.
* In ''Radio/TheNavyLark'', Potarneyland qualifies.
** So does Portsmouth and London if the Naval and Civil Service staff encountered are any guide.
* The entire planet, as portrayed in ''Radio/TheGoonShow''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}} Fantasy'', Sahud as originally written had this going on. The explanation given as a justification was that it was founded by a random mix of Chinese, Korean and Japanese peasants transported from Earth by the TabletopGame/{{Banestorm}}. The involuntary settlers attempted to rebuild their social system from their confused memories of what the upper classes looked like from afar, resulting in a land that came across as ''Theatre/TheMikado'' as written by Creator/MontyPython.
* ''TabletopGame/JAGSWonderland'' has a series of "Chessboards," lower realities that reflect ours in increasingly muddled ways. Chessboard One is mostly a normal world populated by lunatics who look like people you know. Chessboard Two is closer to a straight-up DarkWorld. Chessboards Three and lower are various forms of this trope, getting worse and worse until you hit the final layer, Chessboard Seven, [[EldritchLocation which can barely be called a reality at all.]]

* The town of Kulyenchikov in ''Theatre/{{Fools}},'' a town where everyone believes they are forever cursed to be stupid.
* ''Theatre/GreaterTuna'': "Well, what else do you expect from a town that has an elk-hunting season and no elk?"
* Breughelland, the setting of György Ligeti's opera ''Theatre/LeGrandMacabre''.
* [[Creator/CirqueDuSoleil Cirque du Soleil's]] early show ''Theatre/NouvelleExperience'' has TheEveryman spirited away to a MagicalLand that doubles as this -- while the ColorCodedForYourConvenience character groups range from naughty Devils to childlike Flounes and white-clad Angels, they're all eccentric and mischevious and initially are frightened by the friendly newcomer's offer of a handshake. It's telling that the sanest person in the land, the Great Chamberlain who tries to keep order amongst all of these groups, still decides to try walking a slackwire in the wake of a polished performer's act just because it looks like fun...
* ''Theatre/TheMasterBuilder'' by Creator/HenrikIbsen has ''Appelsinia'' (''Orangeland''), the fairy tale kingdom that Solness promises the ten year old Hilde Wangel. In the present time of the play, ten years later, she still clings to that promise, with fatal results.
* ''TitleAndDeed'' by Creator/WillEno is a monologue from a character who comes from an unnamed Cuckooland, where for instance asking out a person is done by taking an instrument you have never played before and performing an improvised song outside their window. If the potential mate comes to the window and tries to sing along, they have accepted your proposal.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Videogame/EarthBound'':
** [[HiddenElfVillage Saturn Valley]]. An RPG town where all the [=NPCs=] are {{cephalothorax}}es with massive noses and eyebrows, have a thick accent represented by an extremely strange font, and are quite fond of interjecting with an enthusiastic ''"boing"''? Lucky for the player that there's an audio clue for the one that actually says something important.
** There is also Moonside. [[OppositeDay No means Yes and Yes means No]] in Moonside. "Do you understand?" "No." "I knew you'd get it."
* ''VideoGame/BanjoTooie'' has a stage called Cloudcuckooland. Despite this, while the stage design is rather weird and random (some believe that it's a dumping ground for all the leftover ideas the devs had after making all the other levels) the [=NPCs=] found there aren't noticeably much stranger than the rest of the insane cast.
* ''VideoGame/CryptWorlds'' is about an entire world full of crazy people and dark overtones. In spite of [[AnotherDimension alternate "dimensions"]], unexplained sky animal threats, morally dubious gods, and robot invasions, none of the characters ever acknowledge how weird things have become.
* Tri-Ace loves this trope in their optional dungeons. Lots of Fourth Wall breaking abounds, from the developers readily acknowledging {{Retirony}} on an early character in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfileCovenantOfThePlume'', to the announcements from nowhere informing the characters that they're entering BonusDungeon territory (and from time to time, characters even noting that "[That enemy] was a lot tougher than in the main story!"), to absolute unbridled madness (such as kobold versions of main characters in ''VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile2Silmeria'', and the constant barrage of unending craziness from mostly everyone in ''Covenant'', ranging from [[spoiler: old characters discussing their advanced age in a JRPG, most of the female cast mercilessly mocking the main character and mistakenly getting the impression that he's done {{Squick}}-worthy things with a pair of underaged characters with their mother present in the conversation, Hrist challenging the party just because she's pissed over the fact that she hasn't gotten her own game yet, Freya challenging the party because the party's resident {{Jerkass}} mage told her that she's extremely beautiful yet wouldn't even consider getting into a relationship with her because of her undeniably advanced age despite her being a goddess and immortal, the resident CreepyTwins getting their own FourthWallMailSlot where they read letters from the programmers and harass TheHero for butting in and Gabriel and Ethereal Queen lamenting over the fact that Seraphic Gate is starting to show its age and slowly falling apart while trying to get their next role in a reality show starring Silmeria]] to enemies getting progressively weirder names, from tall armored warriors getting names like [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Unit 00]], vampires that are literally called Accepting Blood Donors and No Ketchup, Please, bug enemies getting names like [[Music/TheBeatles George and Ringo]], wolf enemies being called Dire (unfitting animal name here) and Gabriel himself getting an everchanging title on each playthrough, including Posessed, Obsessed, Depressed, Underdressed, Headdressed and Distressed and Wylfred's father getting increasingly stranger meanings for "father". When all the above is juxtapositioned with the main quest's extreme seriousness and [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe over-the-top Olde English]], it's even funnier.)
* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}''. Even the "real world" has some fairly... interesting features occasionally. The Lungfish, the Asylum, psychic animals... then you go inside someone's mind. Interesting fact: almost every character in the game has severe psychological issues.
* ''VideoGame/KatamariDamacy'' and the rest of the series have crazy scenarios. Wrestling Ring stairs! Fish watching TV! Race Karts that jump over arches! Arguably, the [[WidgetSeries entire game]] is one long Cloudcuckooland.
* In some ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' continuities, the Special Zone (aka the Warps of Confusion) is a mixture of this and HyperspaceIsAScaryPlace. Notably it's based on the ''very'' trippy special stages in the first Sonic game (the background consists of birds morphing into fish in an Escher-like manner as discordant twinkly music plays, etc.)
* The entirety of ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'', which is populated by stick figures who live to spoof the everloving hell out of MMORPG tropes and features monsters such as orc frat boys, animated wads of poutine, and misspelled undead (or possibly undaed) such as the skleleton and the zmobie.
* In ''JustForFun/PokemonVietnameseCrystal'', a TranslationTrainWreck version of ''Pokemon Crystal Version'', all of the dialogue is [[WordSaladHumor completely nonsensical]] and [[NoPunctuationIsFunnier gramatically incorrect]].
* The Shivering Isles in the eponymous expansion pack for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' is a WorldOfChaos run by the local Daedric God of Madness.
* While the Kaka Clan of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' are themselves strange, the... place that [=Cloudcuckoolander=] Taokaka's Astral takes place in is... even stranger. White, fluffy clouds, giant fish flying through the sky, randomly appearing Chibikaka... you just have to question whether this is supposed to be some place for real, or you've been [[FateWorseThanDeath trapped in the kitten's dream world or something.]]
* Sharence from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'' is this, moreso than other ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' game towns. The characters have their own, bizarre quirks. Despite most characters being weird beyond belief, some of the weirdest characters are your love interests.
* To an extent, the various Netherworlds in the ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' series. Demons sure are weird...
** Also, the inhabitants of the Netherworld, Celestia and the human world each view the other two as this.
* ''VideoGame/ImprobableIsland'' actually [[JustifiedTrope justifies this]]; the premise of the game is that a device known as the Improbability Drive is generating chaotic energy, causing all sorts of weirdness to ensue. As a result... well, the entire place and all its inhabits can get quite surreal most of the time.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has Gensokyo, basically a nature preserve for all the [[FantasyKitchenSink weird and wonderful things]] the rest of the world doesn't want anymore, and it very much shows. Most notably, when a pair of goddesses decided to move to Gensokyo and bring their human priestess with them, said priestess spent the next few games going completely mad, to the point where "You can't let yourself be held back by common sense!" is almost her BattleCry.
* The ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' world, especially outside the courtroom. There are only a few sensible people around, and when faced with the insanity that surrounds them, they [[DeadPanSnarker snark]].
* Aperture Laboratories of ''Videogame/{{Portal}}'' and [[Videogame/{{Portal 2}} its sequel]] show a rather dark version of this. The original use of the portal-gun was for bath-curtains. They created a bouncing gel which was originally meant to be a dieting substance, but was pulled off the shelves, for, uh, unreleased reasons. Their on-and-off-switches for ventilation fans are powered by giant lasers. Their experiments may contain trace amounts of tumours, hallucinations, mantis men, time-travel, death, and [[TheCakeIsALie cake]]. They created [=GLaDOS=] to rule it, and ''that'' [[AIIsACrapshoot went well....]]
** The series doesn't have [[MinimalistCast a lot of characters]], but almost everyone we meet is a [=Cloudcuckoolander=]. We've got [=GLaDOS=], the facility's omnipotent AI who's got a few screws loose, and cares only about science and bratty mocking. There's Wheatley, the dense but sweet British robot who [[spoiler: was designed to make [=GLaDOS=] stupid, and goes evil when hooked into her body]]. Doug Rattmann was a scientist whose paranoid schizophrenia saved him, since it turned out that he ''was'' at the mercy of an evil robot, and with his love for the CompanionCube writes helpful and creepy messages on the walls. There are the testing robots, Atlas and P-body, who are both overly playful, eccentric and oddly ''human''. The founder of the facility, Cave Johnson, was egotistical and stubborn, and a little bit hazy on the morals. Caroline his secretary seemed sensible, except [[spoiler: she got turned into [=GLaDOS=]]]. Really, the only one at all "normal" is Chell, and she doesn't speak because of pathological stubbornness!
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** Pyroland, as best exemplified in the ''Meet The Pyro'' trailer, where the Pyro mistakes his committing wanton acts of violence and destruction against rival mercs as fun and joy in a pastel-colored world of lollipops and bubbles with cherubs. Players can also enter Pyroland with certain items such as the Pyrovision Goggles, which make the game world garish and colorful, other players talk in high-pitched voices, replaces screams of pain with laughter, and replaces gore with balloons and confetti.
** It's not just Pyroland, either. Taking some time to look at the comics, you realize rather quickly that the whole ''[=TF2=]'' universe is nuttier than a can of peanuts. For starters, the entire world is owned by one of two opposing corporations, founded by a pair of brothers who have spent over a hundred years fighting over worthless pits of gravel. These two companies are currently owned by a single woman who keeps the fighting going. All their weapons are supplied by Mann Co., a company that makes highly dangerous products that, amongst other things, occasionally burst into flame. This company is owned by an [[TestosteronePoisoning overly masculine]] Australian who roams the world [[BloodKnight searching for fights]]. Australia itself is a hyper-masculine country, where ''everyone'' (yes, even women) has a mustache, and whose leadership is decided by having a boxing match with a kangaroo. Additionally, the second floor was invented 200 years before the stairs were, and in the intervening time people [[ViolationOfCommonSense rocket jumped]] up to the second story. And that only scratches the surface...
* The world of ''VideoGame/DikembeMutombosFourAndAHalfWeeksToSaveTheWorld'', where the state of Ohio (as in, the actual landmass) is too busy dancing to a [[LawyerFriendlyCameo certain South Korean dance song]] to vote in the upcoming election, bears and turkeys can talk and wear sweaters, there are "laser stores" and bear porn, and a literal Hollywood Fat Cat is trying to shrink everyone's brains with [[Literature/{{Twilight}} teen vampire romance movies.]]
* The world of ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'' is a very bizarre world, but special mention must go to the forest the Corwids inhabit. Each Corwid has their own obsession -- one decided to walk in a straight line until his death. Another decided to try cannibalism, and found other Corwids willing to be eaten just for the experience. Yet another decided he wanted to be invisible... by plucking out the eyeballs of every creature that could see him. Even ''other Zenos'' think the Corwids are nuts.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' has its share of odd moments, but the Temmie Village still manages to stand out. It's inhabited entirely by Temmies ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and]] [[OddNameOut Bob]]), which are basically a ''Cloudcuckoolander species''. They speak in [[PaintingTheMedium misspelled/grammatically-incorrect sentences]] (except for the shopkeeper when she [[ObfuscatingStupidity gets serious]]), you can find one trying to incubate a hard-boiled egg, and another is apparently allergic to her own species. Even the message at the village's save point is rather odd.
-->You feel... [[LampshadeHanging something]]. You're filled with [[{{Pun}} detemmienation]].

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Free Country, USA from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' is filled with odd-looking eccentrics. The sentient beach ball who speaks entirely in bubble sounds is probably the most normal character. Then you have alternate worlds like those in "Sweet Cuppin' Cakes" and the "Powered by the Cheat" cartoons.
%%* ''WebAnimation/CharlieTheUnicorn''

[[folder:Web Comics]]
%%* The name of the webcomic/anime "Webcomic/CloudCuckooLand"
* The world of ''Webcomic/RecklessYouth'', a place in which you can travel places by being eaten by birds, a orangutan can become a CEO, and Hunter S. Thompson is still alive.
* This is how Sarasa Land is portrayed in [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/comic/341-smlisweird this]] ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' strip.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* TruthInTelevision, at least according to Website/{{FARK}}: Florida. It has [[OnlyInFlorida its own tag]] ''for a reason.''
* Manchester, where Karl Pilkington of ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' grew up.
* The Elrich setting in ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'' revels in its Cloudcuckoo-ness.
* The titular city of ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' shows what happens when a town has [[TownWithADarkSecret not just one dark secret]], but a couple thousand, and people are so used to this that it all gets reported on during the evening radio.
* The folks associated with Podcast/KakosIndustries and them some are rarely ever sane, seeing as how they're all bent on being Evil as possible alongside a number of other odd quirks. Even the titular OnlySaneMan who owns the company has multiple instances of paranoia and becomes briefly obsessed with a box.
* [=PurpleEyesWTF=] is fond of creating settings like this. Between his WebVideo/CodeMENT, WebVideo/NonePiece, and Soul Whatever videos, almost nobody has their head screwed on right. It's to the point where one of his OnlySaneMan characters from Code MENT, Death the Kid, became a CloudcuckooLander once he returned to his home series.
* With its SurrealHumor, occasionally dashed with SurrealHorror, ''Website/{{ClickHole}}'' has been described as as "what if [=BuzzFeed=] had its headquarters in Cloudcuckooland?"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Perhaps the earliest popular version of this trope is ''{{Wackyland}}'', as made famous by [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Porky Pig]]. Of course, maybe the real moral of that story is that a cartoon universe [[Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit isn't a safe place for normal humans to be]].
** ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures'' created a Wackyland in Acme Acres. Then it threw in Gogo the Dodo for good measure. He and Wackyland seem no less weird than in Porky's day.
** Similarly, in the Tex Avery cartoon ''The Cat Who Hated People'', the moon is portrayed in a very similar way as Wacky Land: so much so that the cat suffers AnAesop and decides people are preferable to ''this'' weirdness.
* Rolf's "old country" in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' seems to be this, judging from the odd customs glimpsed from time to time.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}'' has the world inside the secret door. Naturally, it's ruled by local [=Cloudcuckoolander=] Waffle.
* ''Jamie and the Magic Torch'' was set in a literal Cloudcuckooland (actually named that) which was also a {{Dreamland}}.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'' has "Rock Bottom", which, for lack of a better description, is Bikini Bottom done wrong. Full of weird and oddly-speaking people.
* Quahog from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', due to its many [=Cloudcuckoolander=] characters. The [[AdamWesting mayor]] himself is also the greatest [=Cloudcuckoolander=] in the show.
%%* The land of Ooo from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''
** Twilight Sparkle sees Ponyville as this in the pilot episode. She gets better.
** Cloudcuckoolander Discord [[spoiler: turns Ponyville into this]] in "The Return of Harmony".
* Yakestonia from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. The traditional greeting is "Zwooba, Zwooba, Zwooba!" while making fart noises under your armpits. And Christmas follows Halloween traditions...and Halloween follows Easter traditions.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** The titular town of Gravity Falls, which is wrought with the strangest beings west of weird and north of normal. Some of the residents of this town include [[OurGnomesAreWeirder rainbow puking gnomes]], [[TestosteronePoisoning Manly Minotaurs]], [[PrehistoricMonster Pterodactyls]], [[VoluntaryShapeshifter a Homocidal Shapeshifter]], and a [[EldritchAbomination yellow]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent triangular]] [[BigBad dream demon]], among only a few of the strange abnormalities that the twins face. [[spoiler: This later becomes downplayed when it turns out the town is a cloudcuckooland due to stuff leaking into it from a nightmarish [[AlternateUniverse alternate]] [[EldritchLocation dimension]], which was not seen but drove one of the characters who was sucked inside [[BrownNote completely insane]]]].
** The normal townspeople aren't much better. They celebrate a second Halloween during summer, their elections for mayor involve people throwing seeds towards their preffered candidate and they release a bald eagle so it will kiss the new mayor. People are also allowed to marry woodpeckers. And among their citizens they have an overly-cheerful couple running the mortuary and a hillbilly old coot who happens to actually be a supergenius. Soos put it in better terms: "Everyone in this town is a tad strange. Except, ironically, [[TheGenericGuy Tad Strange]]."
** The series also contains the [[DreamWorld mindscape]], essentially another plane of existence where one of the [[BigBad more prominent]], cloudcuckooander antagonists appears to exist.
* The animated version of ''The Adventures of the Wishing Chair'' by Enid Blyton features a land called Puzzle Village. The norm for everyone who lives there is to wear a bundle on your head for no apparent reason and never say anything that actually makes sense. Throughout the episode in which the village appears, Jigs might have disappeared, but it's Molly and Peter who are well and truly 'lost'.
* On ''WesternAnimation/ToddWorld'', in the world of [=ToddWorld=], the main character Todd eats macaroni and cheese in the bathtub and likes to wear underwear on his head, but this no more bizarre than some of the things some of the other characters do on the show. In fact, the show's over-arching {{Aesop}} is that everyone is unique and special and to celebrate those differences.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Canada is depicted as such. It's a world with only one road, square ''everything'', the people's heads flap like garbage can lids, their prime minister is a [[Film/TheWizardOfOz massive green hologram]] ([[spoiler:That's actually [[ItMakesSenseInContext Saddam Hussein]]]]), Nova Scotia is inhabited by "little mushroom people", Quebec (or French Canada as other Canadians call it), is inhabited by ''Creator/CirqueDuSoleil'' performers who are thought of as weird ''even by other Canadians'', they also consider Quebec as Canada's Cloudcuckooland. And then there's a "giant" who routinely terrorizes them, a culture based around toilet humor and eating Kraft Dinner, a military armed with hockey sticks and chainsaws, and the [[UpToEleven most insane royal wedding ceremony ever]]. Needless to say it's so over the top that [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales these episodes are utterly beloved by Canadians]].


[[folder:Real Life]]
* Japan, or at least it's [[{{Animeland}} stereotyped as such]]. At least some of it may have to do with it being one of the first non-Western countries to develop a modern industrial society, thus giving them the means to export their cultural products that many other non-Western nations lack -- and with Western cultures still being the default in the industrialized world, Japan stands out that much more. Furthermore, from the 1630s to 1868, Japan heavily restricted contact and trade with the outside world and other cultures, producing a cultural ecosystem that existed in isolation from many outside trends and which evolved in its own directions.\\\
At the same time, it's a subversion for the Japanese people themselves, with the Japanese mainstream being very conservative and shunning anything that dares to stray from the norm. They take their strange-to-outsiders traditions (like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hadaka_Matsuri Hadaka Matsuri]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C5%8Dnen_Matsuri Honen Matsuri]]) very seriously, and {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s ''within'' Japanese society are ostracized. For example, being into {{cosplay}} during your high school years can cost you any chance of ever going to college, and acting or looking strangely in public will likely cost you your job. And don't you ever show too much emotion in public! Of course, this applies only if MoralGuardians find out it's you. Anonymous Cloudcuckoolanders can't be bashed. And unusual trends that manage to stay around against all odds will eventually "earn" acceptance, and from then on be treated as if they were perfectly normal and things have been this way all the time. Karaoke is a good example. And keep in mind that all of this is unwritten law, but everyone is expected to follow it.
* For a long time, UsefulNotes/TheUnitedStates was known for having a culture that was slightly "off" compared to European standards of civility. Chalk that up to the nation's dominant ideological trends having been rooted in various offshoots of [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalIdeologies classical liberalism]], which places a heavy premium on personal freedom; one of the many side-effects of this is that people who would've been considered eccentric elsewhere are comparatively normal in many parts of the country, their weirdness even being embraced as part of [[CulturalPosturing what made America great and unique from stuffy old Britain]]. Plus, the UsefulNotes/MeltingPot meant that, as immigrant cultures came into contact with one another, they often borrowed from each other and hybridized into uniquely American variants that most Europeans would find unrecognizable. Lastly, there was the frontier. If even the Americans found you too weird, you could just head out west and find a spot where there simply weren't enough people around to stop you from letting your freak flag fly. There's a reason why TheWildWest has such a sizable pool of larger-than-life figures. The tropes WackyAmericansHaveWackyNames, AmericansAreCowboys, and OnlyInAmerica are all related to this.
** Within the US, the state of UsefulNotes/{{California}} is stereotyped as being this trope personified, and has been for a very long time. It goes back to at least 1938, if ''Life'' magazine [[http://books.google.com/books?id=Zk0EAAAAMBAJ&lpg=PP1&pg=PA50#v=twopage&q&f=false is to be trusted]] -- they even call it a "cloud-cuckooland". Hollywood and UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco especially have this reputation, thanks to the film industry and the [[NewAgeRetroHippie counterculture]] respectively.
** UsefulNotes/{{Florida}} is also [[OnlyInFlorida well-known]] as a source of unlikely "News of the Weird" stories.
** While it's mainly known today as the easternmost point in the Rust Belt, in the 19th century [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkState upstate New York]] was well-renowned as a hub for eccentrics, spiritualists, weird religious offshoots, utopian communes, and radical social activists and moral reformers.
** For a large chunk of its early history, New England was a dumping ground for weirdos of all stripes. Massachusetts started as a resettlement project for Puritans, who were then a fringe Protestant sect, while Rhode Island and Connecticut were both founded by people exiled from Massachusetts for religious reasons (yes, there were people too weird for the weirdoes in colonial days). It's still a part of New England's character to be outspoken and slightly unhinged compared to the rest of the eastern United States.
** The cities of UsefulNotes/{{Portland}}, Oregon and [[UsefulNotes/OtherCitiesInTexas Austin, Texas]] embrace their reputations as Cloud Cuckoolands. Both cities have "Keep Portland/Austin Weird" as unofficial mottos, and both are heavily identified with {{hipster}}s and the counterculture.
** UsefulNotes/{{Utah}} is often seen by non-Mormons as an {{exaggerat|edTrope}}ion of the stereotypical lifestyle of {{suburbia}}, combined with strange-to-outsiders religious traditions and a frontier community spirit. Arguments and misunderstandings over such have even led to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Utah_War wars]] in the past.
* Thanks to popular "high quality" memes originating from there, such as Webcomic/{{Dolan}} and Spurdo Spärde, UsefulNotes/{{Finland}} gained quite a reputation in that regard.
* As a general rule, whenever a town has the nickname "People's Republic of ____", it's probably this.
* Many college towns throughout the world are full of eccentrics. A large population of newly-independent young people exploring strange new ideas tends to do that.
* TheInternet. Let's see, {{GIFT}}s are normal, there are {{Troll}}s regularly, and strange mannerisms abound. It probably says something about how well it fits in when {{GIFT}}s could be misread as GIFTS;- as in [[GiantSpider Giant Intelligent Friendly Talking Spiders]].
* This wiki. [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife YOU are crazy for reading it]], and all the crazy stuff on it. Don't deny it now.
* Website/{{Tumblr}}:
** Users are often known to make [[http://web.archive.org/web/20130122132402/http://fangyhalcyon.tumblr.com/post/29077415729/tumblr-gets-deep incredibly bizarre]] text posts while sleep-deprived at 4 in the morning. The original poster reblogging it a few hours later asking [[WhatDidIDoLastNight what the hell they were thinking]] is optional.
** There's an Blog/AskAPony blog out there with a post where [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Pinkie Pie]] explains that tumblr is actually a multiversal communication network because a splinter of the [[Series/DoctorWho Doctor's]] TARDIS got embedded in Tumblr's coding when it exploded. And that's also why it defaults to a blue background. And why it's called Tumblr. ''And she explains this to her friends to explain why they're talking with people who think they're fictional.''
* Any room utilized as a dressing room for a theatrical production while it's being used for that purpose. It's a fact that anyone who is involved in acting and skilled at it is at least a little bit crazy, so what else would you expect when you set up these rooms where multiple actors will be crowded together in various states of [[NakedPeopleAreFunny undress]]?
* Germany has this reputation as well. In fact in the early 2000s the radio call-in show Loveline had a [[http://wiki.lovelinefan.com/index.php?n=Main.GermanyOrFlorida Germany or Florida]] game where a caller would tell a weird story that had been in the news and the hosts would guess if it happened in Germany or Florida.
* UsefulNotes/{{Russia}}, if Internet videos are to be believed. It may be a partial inspiration for fictional Eastern European Cloudcuckoolands. Russians are not only well aware of their status, but also openly ''proud'' of it to the point of considering this a part of their culture, with countless folk songs, urban legends and [[RussianHumour anecdotes]] addressing the [[CrazyAwesome crazy awesomeness]] of everyday life in Russia.
* Enter the band or choir rooms at school and it will probably look like insanity when not in rehearsal. Make them marching band kids and it will become even crazier. Heck, just throw a bunch of musicians in a room together and it will seem like a different world.
* Any and ''every'' community theater. Actors in particular can be the source of much weirdness. The techs, meanwhile, can either be [[OnlySaneMan rolling their eyes]] as [[OnlySaneEmployee they try to keep things under control]], or merely ''think'' they are, when in reality they're NotSoAboveItAll.