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->''"My mind is a puzzle to many."''
-->-- '''LetsPlay/{{Raocow}}'''

A character with their head in the clouds. They are strangely oblivious to things that everyone else takes for granted. They may have an argument with themselves for fun, make points in an argument [[InsaneTrollLogic with no basis in logic or reality]], or tell [[TalkativeLoon rambling stories that have nothing to do with the point they're trying to make]]. They make totally unintentional {{double entendre}}s, and are great for GettingCrapPastTheRadar. Sometimes also called "Space Case" or "Space Cadet", or plain old "Strange," a cuckoo clock chime is used as an indicator of one.

The concept is well known, as in this joke: "A neurotic is a man who builds a castle in the air. A psychotic is the man who lives in it. A psychiatrist is the man who collects the rent."
- Jerome Lawrence

Cloudcuckoolanders are [[LoonWithAHeartOfGold very rarely malicious]]. They are far more likely to be PluckyComicRelief. Maybe he's one of ThoseTwoGuys or the crazy member of the ComicTrio. They [[{{Cloudcuckoolanguage}} lapse into non sequitur]] [[TalkativeLoon a lot]], and while they aren't totally insane, they act it much more than some other crazier characters.

One mark of a Cloudcuckoolander is when, 90% of the time, you think the character is just plain nuts, but 10% of the time, you suspect that the character is in fact the OnlySaneMan on the show. In other words, a Cloudcuckoolander [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight has massive knowledge and understanding of the workings of the universe]], but a poor way of communicating that to everyone else. Unfortunately, when they are smart, nobody else is, and when they are not, everybody else is. In any event, they can be oddly endearing, if not downright CrazyAwesome.

They often come off as naive, innocent and SarcasmBlind, so when they suddenly [[{{Cuckoosnarker}} come up with snarky quips and witticisms]], it may be one of the first indications that they are much more insightful than they seem ([[ObfuscatingInsanity or even deliberately pretend]]) to be.

Another notable mark is that often there is nothing actually ''wrong'' with what they do, but it is most assuredly not something a normal person would do. Sit down with a Cloudcuckoolander and try to explain to them that normal people don't wear the clothes of a dead man. They will ''never'' understand what your problem is. It's not like the dead guy cares, is it? Likewise they would fail to understand the reason for wearing shoes in a public place (it's warm and cosy, so [[BarefootLoon why not go barefoot?]]) or using the preposition "I" when referring to yourself (you use other people's names when speaking about them, so [[ThirdPersonPerson why not use your own name when you speak about yourself]]?)

When they are given a specific disorder, it is often AttentionDeficitOohShiny, despite the fact that a couple of lesser-known disorders actually fit better: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schizotypal_personality_disorder Schizotypal personality disorder]], which is essentially schizophrenia-lite characterized in part by acting really weird[[note]] The rest of it consists of mild/sub-psychotic versions of the delusions, paranoia, and hallucinations found in paranoid schizophrenia, as well as the [[TheStoic affect]] [[MoodSwinger disturbances]] that appear across types, hence "schizophrenia-lite"[[/note]], and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thought_disorder thought disorder]], which is when normal speech is disrupted and presumed to reflect a similar disruption in thoughts. However, there are a growing number of these characters whose strangeness is a symptom of HollywoodAutism. Oddly enough, [[TruthInTelevision quirkiness is a common trait in real-life autistics]].

Frequently clips entire stacks of {{Weirdness Coupon}}s from the paper. Certainly, many of them get away with a good deal no one else would be allowed. And has a weakness for falling into a WikiWalk.

Though they may overlap with TheDitz, TheFool or the KindheartedSimpleton, a Cloudcuckoolander, by definition, isn't stupid. They can be highly intelligent and very insightful or even geniuses, it's just the things they sometimes say and do may come off as weird, awkward, over-the-top, illogical, eccentric, etc. And because imagination often runs wild, they tend to be EasilyImpressed.

This character is a mainstay of SurrealHumor, DadaComics, WidgetSeries, and WordSaladHumor. Even in a series with a little more structure overall, the Cloudcuckoolander's wacky and bizarre antics will often be used for an easy gag, particularly when paired with a [[StraightMan straight foil]] to drive insane. This is probably why there are so many WebComics examples. Often this character will also be a GranolaGirl or NewAgeRetroHippie.

When their weirdness delves into disturbing territory, they have taken a job as a NightmareFuelStationAttendant.

On rare occasion, a Cloudcuckoolander may become BoredWithInsanity and become more normal. If this happens, sometimes it sticks, and sometimes a [[WeWantOurJerkBack "we want our Cloudcuckoolander back" movement]], subsequently getting bored with ''sanity'' too, or some other means of inducing insanity will make him or her a Cloudcuckoolander again (since, after all, StatusQuoIsGod).

Their native land is {{Cloudcuckooland}}.

If a Cloudcuckoolander is dangerous, then that is BewareTheSillyOnes. If they fight for a random rather than heroic reason, see {{Classical|Antihero}} or NominalHero. Because of the humor value in doing so, they're more likely than most characters to be a SpannerInTheWorks that stops an seemingly unstoppable plan, leaving viewers wondering if they were aware of what they were doing. For that reason, when it's time for a show to get serious, these characters are likely to be [[ShooOutTheClowns killed or detained]] so the viewers know they won't be responsible for yet another DeusExMachina.

The name of the trope comes from the city built on air above the Greek plain in Creator/{{Aristophanes}}' play ''Theatre/TheBirds'', 414 B.C., whose ruler had quite a large mental gap between the [[WideEyedIdealist dreamy, wide-eyed, idealistic]] {{Utopia}} that he imagined his city to be and the brutal totalitarian regime that he had actually imposed on it. He also came up with brilliant ideas like keeping people out of his city--a city you could only reach through flight--by building a really, really tall wall around it. ([[FridgeLogic We'll give you a minute to figure out why that wouldn't have worked so well]].)[[note]]Subversion: Go high enough and there's no air, so, even for a city accessible "through flight", [[FridgeBrilliance you need air to fly in]].[[/note]]

For various variants and overlapping tropes see:
* AmbiguousDisorder: When the character obviously isn't just flighty but has a legitimate but undefined problem.
* AxCrazy: Insane and violent.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Eccentric, but has legitimate talents that make them worth the trouble.
* CuckooSnarker: When this trope meets DeadpanSnarker.
* TheFool: Not too bright, but good enough of heart that luck's always on their side.
* HollywoodPersonalityDisorders: Characters that are supposed to exhibit Schizotypal Personality Disorder are often depicted as Cloudcuckoolanders.
* TheMadHatter: Aware that he/she is insane--and proud of it.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: "Wacky" love interest to a "normal" person.
* OddballDoppelganger: Quirky character strongly resembling one of the "normal" ones.
* TheOphelia: Insane young woman, likely traumatized into her madness.
* RamblingOldManMonologue: senile rather than crazy.
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: When a Cloudcuckoolander is paired with a StraightMan.
* TheWonka: Authority figure whose eccentricity is the ''catalyst'' for their success.

If written badly or subjected to {{Flanderization}}, a character who was supposed to be merely weird may become The Ditz or a full-time TalkativeLoon.

See also CloudcuckoolandersMinder for the person who--with or against their will--often accompanies the Cloudcuckoolander(s) and tries to prevent things from getting out of hand. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption This is usually an impossible task]]. See also CuckoolanderCommentator, when the Cloudcuckoolander is put in charge of commentary for an event.

Lastly, when dealing with Cloudcuckoolanders, always remember that sometimes their ramblings aren't just ramblings. That's TheCuckoolanderWasRight.

!!Examples Subpages:
* Cloudcuckoolander/AnimeAndManga
* Cloudcuckoolander/ComicBooks
* Cloudcuckoolander/ComicStrips
* Cloudcuckoolander/FanWorks
* [[Cloudcuckoolander/AnimatedFilms Films — Animation]]
* [[Cloudcuckoolander/LiveActionFilms Films — Live-Action]]
* Cloudcuckoolander/{{Literature}}
* Cloudcuckoolander/LiveActionTV
* Cloudcuckoolander/VideoGames
* Cloudcuckoolander/WebAnimation
* Cloudcuckoolander/WebComics
* Cloudcuckoolander/WebOriginal
* Cloudcuckoolander/WesternAnimation
* CloudCuckoolander/RealLife


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* The Englishman Mister "Pief" (Peeve?) from a story by Creator/WilhelmBusch who walks around while always looking through a telescope.

[[folder:Asian Animation]]
* Animation/{{Dreamkix}} features [=DeSanctis=], a chicken who's the team's second striker with a bad short term memory problem. Thus, he's prone to forgetting his teammates, forgetting that he's part of a team, staring into space, and getting into arguments with his own reflection.

[[folder:Audio Plays]]
* AudioPlay/ExitTunesPresentsACTORS has Itto Takatenjin, the swim club's only first-year member - no one really knows if his love for swimming is directly proportional to his skill yet, but what they do know is that he tends to get distracted by flying butterflies, and ''will'' chase after them more often than not.

%%* Creator/SteveMartin
%%* Creator/RobinWilliams
* Creator/StevenWright, whose deadpan delivery belies his spacey behavior and storytelling.
* Creator/MitchHedberg: Think Steven Wright but actually really laid back.
* Creator/EmoPhillips, known for his high-pitched voice, oddly dark humor and bizarre sense of fashion and physicality.
%%* Zach Galifinakis
* Creator/EllenDeGeneres, queen of the non-sequitur.
%%* Creator/RossNoble. Bless.
%%* John Hodgman
* Music/BillBailey.
-->"I [asked for a Kinder Surprise in third person] the other day and it answered me back, and he said to me: "No, I am Bill Bailey. You are not Bill Bailey, you are just a mere doppelgänger. I am the true Bill Bailey, in AnotherDimension." And I went, "Oh, I hadn't planned on that." Then I thought the only way to solve this, I have to run at my doppelgänger, then we will be fused forever. So I ran full-tilt at it, and just before I got there I realised it was the highly polished side of the cheese counter."
%%* Creator/GilbertGottfried
%%* Creator/BobcatGoldthwait
* Creator/NormMacDonald has a bizarre way of mining laughs [[AntiHumor out of the unfunny]].
%%* Creator/TheFiresignTheatre
* Creator/NoelFielding ''His hat's made out of skin! his paper is made out of skin! everything is made out of skin! So I got freaked out and ran home, and it took me an hour, and when I got there some bracken had put my window through''
* Demitri Martin
-->"I have less focus than squirrels!"
%%* [[Series/TheSarahSilvermanProgram Sarah Silverman]]
* [[Series/TheColbertReport Stephen Colbert]], at least far as his [[PompousPoliticalPundit on-air persona]] [[InsaneTrollLogic goes]].
%%* Maria Bamford
%%* [[Film/FreddyGotFingered Tom]] [[Series/TheTomGreenShow Green]]
%%* Richard Lewis
* Creator/MiltonJones
-->([[Series/MockTheWeek The answer is "15"]]) "Is it... how many magic biscuits are there in the magic biscuit tree?"
** Then Dara O'Briain (the show's host) corrects him by telling him that there are in fact ''19'' magic biscuits on the magic biscuit tree.
%%* Reggie Watts.
* Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer. Especially Vic Reeves. Notoriously difficult to interview since they hardly ever give a straight answer to any question put to them, instead usually saying something surreal or non sequitur.

%%* Music/FrankZappa
%%* Music/{{Buckethead}}
%%* Music/ReginaSpektor
%%* Music/LadyGaga
%%* Florence Welch of Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine
* Korean Hip Hop group Music/{{BTS}} is composed entirely of Cloudcuckoolanders
%%* Music/KateBush
%%* Music/ToriAmos
%%* Music/{{Bjork}}
%%* Music/AphexTwin
%%* [[Music/TheBeatles John Lennon]]
* Music/{{Kesha}}. While she is UNDOUBTEDLY a Cloudcuckoolander, the jury's still out on whether or not she's ObfuscatingStupidity.
%%* Music/WesleyWillis
%%* Morten Harket
%%* Cerys Matthews
* Music/JunTogawa often comes off as this in her music.
* Cyndi Lauper. Much of the appeal of watching the current season of ''Celebrity Apprentice'' is in watching her exist on a different plane of existence than every other competitor.
%%* [[Music/PinkFloyd Syd Barrett]]
%%* Music/YukiKajiura
%%* Music/WeirdAlYankovic
* Singer/songwriter Anna Nalick- probably because she identifies so strongly with Literature/AliceInWonderland and often admits that she IS Alice and lives in her own world. This Facebook status will prove the point:
--> "Tonight I bought a suitcase for my candy, I drank with Ernest Hemingway, I watched a crazy man dance alone on water under a single star, a very talented musician graciously played the faucet for me...and I played along. I sang to a tuna in the brine. And finally, I stole a pink porcelain icicle and gave it to a superhero. Hmmmm. So sleepy now....Ps. I know EXACTLY why a raven is like a writing desk!"
%%* Music/NickiMinaj
* Andrew W. K. has a reputation for doing and saying some odd or surreal things. [[http://www.buzzfeed.com/kevintang/delightfully-weird-andrew-wk-stunts Here is a short list]]. He also [[http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/01/29/andrew-wk-for-twin-peak-s-killer-bob-is-a-no-brainer.html wanted to be in]] the ''Series/TwinPeaks'' ReMake as the 110% AxCrazy Killer BOB. He even [[https://twitter.com/AndrewWK/status/560266514855895040/photo/1 tweeted comparison photos of his best crazy face next to that of the belated Frank Silva]] to Creator/DavidLynch.
* Believe it or not, Justin Bieber revealed himself to be this on Ellen: ''I blow dry my hair like whoosh! whooosh!''
%%* Music/MichaelJackson
* Music/PeterGabriel once {{crossdresse|r}}d as [[http://www.rotatingcorpse.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/pg_9.jpg a fox in a long red dress]] and it [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome was awesome]].
%%* [[Music/TalkingHeads David Byrne]]
%%* [[Music/TheBeachBoys Brian Wilson]]
%%* [[Music/OwlCity Adam Young]]. Listen to his lyrics.
%%** [[NamesTheSame No, not]] [[Literature/GoodOmens that one]], although he counts too, to an extent.
* [[Music/{{Muse}} Matt Bellamy]]. Firstly, it seems to be InTheBlood, since he grew up in a superstitious family who made frequent use of an Ouija board. He's [[ConspiracyTheorist obsessed with conspiracy theories]]. He's claimed to believe that humans evolved from spiders that float around in space, and he's also said that he wishes the gravity on Earth was lighter so that spiders would die. He likes dressing up in costumes, drawing veins on his arms, and trees. Unsurprisingly, he's used [[WatchItStoned shrooms]] in the past.
* [[Music/{{EmpireoftheSunBand}} Empire of the Sun]] is founded by a pair of these. Nick Littlemore has a habit of taking surreal videos way out of focus and Luke Steele, whose ramblings range from science-fiction to breasts to Jesus Christ, keeps one guitar aside to write all over, use in the last song of the show, then destroy with great fanfare. It's even more obvious when the two are interviewed, though Nick takes the brunt of the talking when together and leaves Luke to make his own weirdness in his solo interviews.
* Japanese rocker {{Gackt}} is well-known for his odd behavior, particularly in interviews: Instead of answering questions in a straight-forward manner, he instead says things that are deliberately absurd, nonsensical, or lewd, but always with a [[DeadpanSnarker straight face]], making it difficult to tell if he is joking or being serious.
** Those infamous [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUbtAX7SkDw Utaban interviews]] ("The Pork Belly blocks...get them for me. They are back there. I know they are." / "Well I'm [referring to his penis] a Magnum." / "I haven't felt like being naked much lately.")
** One of his most well-known [[DeadpanSnarker jokes]] has led some fans to think that he seriously believes he's a 496 year old vampire. Even after he revealed his true age, there were still fans who still believed the vampire shtick.
** But for most fans, it's all part of his charm.
* Peter Wolf of Music/TheJGeilsBand, if getting kicked out by one-time roommate Creator/DavidLynch for being too weird is anything to go by.
%%* [[Music/{{REM}} Michael Stipe]]
%%** Peter Buck has his moments, too.
%%* [[Music/BackstreetBoys Nick Carter]] embodies this trope, especially as of late. Check out his Twitter.
* Rudy "?" Martinez of ? and the Mysterians says that he has travelled time and seen dinosaurs.
* Jazz bandleader Sun Ra kept his past shrouded in mystery, claimed to be from outer space, and created a MythArc surrounding this.
* Tommy Scott, formerly of Music/{{Space}}. He's heavily inspired by films - which he wanted his songs to sound like - and cartoons, rather than music, and has pretended to be various personalities when singing, such as WesternAnimation/SpeedyGonzales and Marlene Dietrich. And then there's the 'Suburban Rock 'n' Roll' video, where he's dressed up as a lion. Yeah.
* Music/CaptainBeefheart. Captain Beefheart for the win. He seems to have lived on a plane so different from the rest of us, it's a wonder that he was able to survive as long as he did.
* [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul [=McCartney=]]]. In addition to coming up with some [[http://www.lyricsdepot.com/paul-mccartney/waterfalls.html truly]] [[http://www.lyricsdepot.com/paul-mccartney/juniors-farm.html baffling]] [[http://www.lyricsdepot.com/paul-mccartney/soily.html lyrics]] on occasion, he's prone to rambling and non sequitur in interviews, notwithstanding his reputation as a savvy PR man. For instance, Paul on painting:
--> "I have millions of little ways to get over blocks because for me-- because I don't do it for a living-- it's important I enjoy it. But every artist that I've ever talked to gets a moment in a painting of what the fuck am I doing? What the hell is this? You get that scary feeling I used to get at school just doing anything virtually: you suddenly think, Oh my god! This could go horribly wrong at any second-- you get actually scared. So I developed tricks. In my mind I have a friend who is Luigi. Luigi owns a restaurant and he's got an alcove rather like this, and he always needs a painting for it. So whatever I'm doing, if ever I get that terrifying moment I say it's for Luigi's alcove, Luigi will like this. And he just lets me off-- it frees my head for two seconds and then I'm over the hurdle and I can carry on. So Luigi's alcove is one of my huge saviours. And then I like blending paint, so I have an alter ego called Mr. Blendini. He often paints for Luigi."
* Music/AvengedSevenfold's late drummer The Rev was as notorious for his weird comments and behaviour as he was for his musical skills. He even had a sort of mad scientist look in the band's early days, and Pinkly Smooth, the side project he helmed and sang in, was [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOyPQMMcGhE quite bizarre.]] His looniness is referenced in the tribute song "Save Me" on ''Nightmare'' ("He may be out of his mind, but someday you will find that sanity has left us all blind, and dragged us all behind").
* Music/BobDylan. Along with drawing moustaches on himself, carrying huge lightbulbs and wooden puppets, he was known for giving hilariously nonsensical interviews to reporters in the mid 60s, with gems such as:
-->"There's a glass in the back of my head. I'm a very sick person. I can't see too well on Thursdays. And another thing, my toenails don't fit."
* FULL (Furukawa Tomo) of [[Guniw Tools]] fame, judging by any of his lyrics, interviews and art.
* Tyler, The Creator, of hip-hop collective Music/{{OFWGKTA}}, though it's unclear how much of it is an act. He's referred to himself as a unicorn, a table, and a purse.
* Any of Music/TheProtomen to one degree or another, between the rambling non-sequiturs that make up their "press releases", the insistence on codenames and general mystery about the band itself, half the things they've ever said (including the claim that their bus was destroyed by a vengeance-crazed rodent) and it takes a certain type of person to make a RockOpera about VideoGame/MegaMan in the first place. The craziness is a big part of their appeal, though.
%%* [[Music/TheWho Keith Moon]]
* Music/JethroTull lead singer Ian Anderson. Getting past the fact he plays a flute in a hard rock band, there are websites dedicated to deciphering his lyrics.
%%* Damo Suzuki of Can. Just read the guy's interviews. His predecessor, Malcolm Mooney, also qualifies.
* Dick Valentine of Music/ElectricSix. His interviews generally consist of him seeming unaware who or where he is and telling BlatantLies.
* [[Music/TheDecemberists Colin Meloy]], [[http://reallier.tumblr.com/post/5107557854 onstage]] [[http://www.npr.org/2011/09/17/140532512/the-decemberists-colin-meloy-plays-not-my and]] [[http://www.mtv.com/videos/news/356344/the-decemberists-discover-suntan-spf-90-from-our-5x5-questionnaire.jhtml#id=1607055 off]]. [[http://scenedamour.tumblr.com/post/5028053986/5-55-lmao-banjo-what-even-and-6-45-end-oh-my Not to mention]] [[http://blindeadmcjones.tumblr.com/post/4992339546/i-just-realised-i-had-this-in-my-drafts the rest of]] [[Music/TheDecemberists the band]].
-->Colin threw a bottlecap at John and it pinged off one of his mikes.\\
CM: That’s why you have all those mikes! To protect you! (tries again, this time the cap hits John but rests on his shirt pocket, looking like it stuck on his chest like a badge, the audience cheers)\\
CM: That was cool! When you work in showbusiness you see a lot of cool things, but I think that might be the coolest of them all.
* [[Music/TheMountainGoats John Darnielle]]. Exhibit [[http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=191 A]]. Exhibit [[https://twitter.com/mountain_goats B]].
-->I am faced with a terrible choice tonight\\
just played a very sweaty show, I am hungry, I'm in Brisbane, the only place open that'll deliver is Domino's\\
the idea of getting Domino's abroad awakens feelings of profound spiritual regret in me. plus Domino's is anti-choice iirc\\
OTOH Christ almighty just a slice of pie who's it gonna hurt\\
I have arrived at a solution and am gnawing off my foot. I rule at life
* Lucy Rose, going by her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X06j8vWpn80 tour diary]] (and that's just one example of many).
* Music/LilB, who proclaims himself as The [=BasedGod=]. He has claimed to be, among many other things, Music/MileyCyrus, UsefulNotes/BillClinton, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fl6Mf4yTm7A a fag, a lesbian]], and ''God's Father''. He also produced [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XWazciew_ew#! a track for his adopted cat [=KeKe=]]] (calling it history, "FIRST ANIMAL IN HIP HOP"). More of this oddity can be seen especially on his twitter (and [[ArchivePanic 10,000+ tracks]]).
* Music/RingoStarr. He wanted to name his firstborn son XL, because he thought names were stupid. Witness also [[https://twitter.com/ringostarrmusic his attempts at using Twitter]].
* [[Music/TheyMightBeGiants John Flansburgh and John Linnell]]. Typical examples of their discography include a song from the point of view of a nightlight, a love song to a headless woman, a song about working at an "insect hospital", a song about how their drummer Marty Beller is secretly Music/WhitneyHouston in a mask...
* [[Music/TheWho Pete Townshend]] gets special points for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lifehouse_(rock_opera) coming up with a concept for a rock opera so convoluted that literally no one understood it but himself]]. He also tends to be [[TheComicallySerious rather goofy in interviews for such a serious person]].
%%* [[Music/{{Neutral Milk Hotel}} Jeff Mangum]]. Also Julian Koster.
%%* [[Music/TheBlackEyedPeas will.i.am.]]
* Music/VenetianSnares is fairly out there. If his music isn't enough to convince you, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJMj8UF7yYo these]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJLPSIxTKQo&t=1m30s interviews]] showcase his oddness pretty well, such him claiming to be a hillbilly, or claiming that he has five penises (four of which are in his armpits).
* Music/TwentyOnePilots singer Tyler Joseph, especially on his {{Website/Twitter}}.
-->First show in Salt Lake City was legit. Which, I believe, stands for 'legitimate' or 'legislation'. Both would work.
* Two of GymClassHeroes' albums, ''The Papercut Chronicles'' and ''The Papercut Chronicles II'', have a... rather strange electronic voice doing opening and closing narrations, which mostly consist of it rambling monotonously about whatever seems to cross its mind, much of which doesn't make any sense.
-->''Hey, have you ever wondered if a seahorse could win in a game of backgammon against an invisible wizard. I think the invisible wizard would win because the seahorse does not have hands. Hey, have you ever seen an invisible wizard. Probably not. [[CaptainObvious Because it's invisible.]] Hey, remember that time when we were on that spaceship and there were talking dinosaurs and then one of the dinosaurs said, “I cannot talk,” and I said, “You just did,” and the dinosaur didn't say anything else because he couldn't talk. Hey, are you listening to me. Remember that stick of broccoli that used to play the banjo at the annual platypus convention. He owes me money. Hey, I'm cool. Hey, goodnight.''
* Jazz pianist ''Thelonius Monk'' was known for his antics, his special way of playing the piano and his affinity for nice hats. [[https://tv.nrk.no/serie/tema-med-variasjoner/FUHA66003066/26-05-1966 You definitely have to see it to believe it]].
* "Sharada" by Skye Sweetnam is about a girl who acts out-of-the-norm and constantly has her head in the clouds:
-->''And when they'd told her she's delirious\\
She didn't care\\
She's just oblivious\\
She likes to make everyone curious\\
One day she's gonna be famous''

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* [[Literature/TheBible Jesus]]. When a group of [[SmugSnake Smug Snakes]] brought an adulteress to Him, telling Him that she should be stoned for committing the sin of adultery, He [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome answered by writing something in the sand]]. And don't even get started on the parables. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], however, in that He wasn't actually weird or insane, he was just a Cloud Cuckoo Lander in that He had a "non-standard perspective on life", as the "Playing With" page for this trope says. He is believed by many to be GodInHumanForm, so the things he said and did would seem odd to us humans.
* This trope dates back as far as Brother Juniper, a 13th-century friar and one of Saint Francis of Assisi's companions. [[http://www.ccel.org/ccel/ugolino/flowers.vi.i.html According to legend]], Brother Juniper was once caring for a sick man and learned that the sick man had a craving for pig's feet. So Brother Juniper found a herd of pigs, cut a foot off of one of them, and carried it back to the sick man. When the pigs' owner confronted Brother Juniper about the incident, the friar couldn't understand why anyone would object to such a charitable act. He patiently explained his reason for cutting off the pig's foot, although this only seemed to make the pig owner angrier. Finally, he hugged the pig owner, who had a change of heart and donated all his pigs to the friars. Upon receiving the donation, St. Francis praised Brother Juniper, saying, [[IncrediblyLamePun "Would to God, my brethren, that I had a forest of such Junipers!"]]
* Zen calls for its followers to be this. [[{{Koan}} "What is Buddha?" "Three pounds of flax."]]

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/DustyRhodes had this reputation among other wrestlers and figures in the business in general. When a horrified Wrestling/JimCornette learned that Dusty was going to be booking him matches in spite of Cornette's minimal training, Wrestling/JimmyHart told him to just "roll around" and he'd be good.
* The Wrestling/UltimateWarrior. He was noted for rambling, incoherent speeches involving tortured metaphors, delivered at earsplitting volumes, often involving claiming to be from outer space or to be carrying the hopes of fallen warriors or things like that. He had a four-issue comic book published that...it ''seems'' to be about him trying to become the Platonic ideal of a warrior, or something, but its paragraph upon paragraph of rambling pseudo-philosophical nonsense earned it three episodes of WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment[=/=]WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall crossover and many other takedowns across the internet. He also invented the word "destrucity". It is to this day unclear how much of this was acting and how much of it was James Hellwig getting caught in-character.
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Wrestling/AlSnow became most famous as a [=Cloudcuckoolander=] who has "HELP ME!" inexplicably written backwards across his head and gets advice from a mannequin head (appropriately named "Head"). One particularly memorable storyline had him thinking that Head betrayed him and stole the Hardcore Championship from him, so he started using Pierre, a taxidermied deer head, to substitute for Head. Another had Al winning the European Championship, and deciding that, in order to better represent "the citizens of Europea", he would dress in the traditional garb (and come out to the national anthem of) a different country each week (including, inexplicably, a '50s style greaser outfit for Greece). And then there was his tag team with Wrestling/SteveBlackman, Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s resident [[TheComicallySerious comically serious]] [[IKnowKarate martial-arts tough guy]], in which he insisted that Blackman wear a hat shaped like a wedge of cheese so they could call themselves "Head Cheese", and that they make their entrance surrounded by midgets holding sparklers... and his infamous hardcore match with ''himself''... yeah, Al Snow was one weird dude.
** The explicability is obvious! Where else would [[IncrediblyLamePun greasers]] come from?
* Wrestling/JeffHardy, full stop. Doubly so because it's '''not''' just his TV character. His TV character is in fact considerably more normal than he is in real life. His closest friends claim that one of his favorite activities outside of wrestling is "digging holes and filling them back in." His sculpting material of choice is aluminum foil. Also, there's his alter-ego Itchweeed. Sadly, much of this seems to stem from [[DrugsAreBad his personal habits]]
* Wrestling/ChavoGuerreroJr's head was anchored in the clouds during his Wrestling/{{WCW}} run, as a result of him snapping under "uncle Wrestling/{{Eddie| Guerrero}}'s" care. Be very quiet, he's now hunting Eddies.
%%* Colonel Cossack of the [[ThumbWrestlingFederation TWF]].
* [[TheUnintelligible Haaghiuaheydtrihaoivuhyarwehtoiuhadvhaiherr]]--[[Wrestling/HunterJohnston Delirious.]] Other wrestlers might [[BattleStrip strip off clothing when they get fired up]]. Delirious might constanly strip and redress himself as much as allowed. [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Some wrestlers may eat food on the way to the ring]]. Delirious will eat any food left around the ring, and try to eat some things that aren't food at all. He has a pre match ritual of sitting on the lower turn buckle and then running and rolling in random directions flailing about when the bell rings. Then it was amplified in Wrestling/{{Chikara}}, who decided to pair him up with Wrestling/{{Hallowicked}} and Wrestling/{{Frightmare}}, a team which would be dubbed "Incoherence", as no one could understand or predict them.
* Wrestling/TheGreatSasuke, Ninja with no concept of stealth or pain, who is your savior of the sun of nothingness and a regular at Wrestling/MichinokuProWrestling.
* [[Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick Brian Kendrick]]'s move to TNA gave him a gimmick that seems to be the [[Film/TheKarateKid Karate Kid]] on acid. His tag team partner Paul London has always been seemingly spaced out on acid (but is actually UsefulNotes/{{straight edge}}, imagine that).
* Wrestling/{{Raven}}. [[GeniusBruiser Genius-level IQ]] + years of hardcore wrestling and drug use = very odd, hyper personality. [[http://www.youtube.com/user/theraveneffectTV Just watch his vlogs.]]
* While Wrestling/{{Goldust}}'s GorgeousGeorge tendencies are ''apparently'' just mind games, the fact that he's so into criticizing movies that he dresses like a giant academy award cements him in this territory. Oh, and then he became [[SanitySlippage the Artist formerly known as Goldust]] and interrupted Monday Night Raw to read children's poetry...His younger brother [[Wrestling/CodyRhodes Stardust]] would go on to outdo Goldust in confusing behavior, speaking of Cosmic Keys and bloodsport on the stars of Orion. He's so loopy that ''Goldust himself'' is utterly baffled by him at times.
* Ace Steel, Wrestling/ColtCabana and [[Wrestling/DaffneyUnger Lucy]], or to put it in other words, all the Second City Saints, excepting Wrestling/CMPunk and Traci Brooks, and even Miss Brooks had her moments. Oh, and Lucy was ''worse'' before getting with Punk, believing herself to be [[LouisCypher Satan or some equivalent there of]].
* [=LuFisto=], is not a merely a woman who responds to voices no one else can hear but an anime. An anime about a cute woman in a cute skirt [[GarbageWrestler who plays with fire, glass, thumbtacks, barbed wire and folding chairs]].
* [[Wrestling/DeanAmbrose Jon Moxley]], thinks he is a lot bigger and stronger than he really is, but this (mostly) is not because of an inflated ego, dude is just not there. Oh you can see him and he's looking back at you but he's not. He rarely talks sense on anything that isn't hitting someone else an often not even then.
* [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]] following his heel turn in 2011. He turned face a few months later, but still maintain this trait.
* Wrestling/BigELangston demanding the referee to count to five instead of three and having an entrance that involves making a big cloud of chalk might not seem ''too'' odd for a professional wrestler. But then he does stuff like run off people interviewing Wrestling/DolphZiggler so he can play the backstage announcer roll himself, making you realize how eccentric Langston really is.
* Then there is Wrestling/AJLee, who started off pretty inline with everyone else actually. But then she was driven mad by the psychological abuse of [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] and became the happy, skipping shrieking, seemingly bipolar monster he could no longer control. Even the aforementioned Big E Langston tends to just stand silently in the face of antics.
* As of 2013, the Wretling/WyattFamily, especially Wrestling/BrayWyatt, is like this. We all know Bray has some kind of agenda, but exactly what it is and if it has remained constant are questions yet to be answered, despite Bray's many attempts to.
* Tenille Tayla has always been a little eccentric but it has yet to be revealed what happened in Florida to turn her into the bubble headed dancer we call Wrestling/{{Emma}}.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Most of the Muppet characters on ''Series/SesameStreet'' would qualify. Yes, even StraightMan Bert, who has an unusual obsession with bottle caps and paper clips. Being a {{Nerd}} doesn't mean you're sane.
** Sometime around 1988-92 was Ruby, a furry yellow monster who would often do things like wear a blindfold to see what it would be like to be blind or pretending she's a kangaroo after having her hair done up in a ponytail. She really makes Big Bird look sane.
* Most of ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' cast would qualify, but Gonzo is the Poster Boy for this trope. Very much so. The word "Muppet", as used in Ireland, means what "[=Cloudcuckoolander=]" does here. It can be used as an insult, or a term of endearment, or both at once.
* The entire cast of the highly surreal Norwegian puppet show ''Reparatørene Kommer'' (The Repairmen are Coming), later renamed ''Pompel & Pilt'' after the two main characters. If Cloud Cuckooland is an actual land, this show takes place in it. ''Pompel & Pilt'' is Norwegian television's most beloved terrifying children's series.

* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' has several, perhaps the entire cast at times.
** E'''ccl'''es is the most obvious through:
--->'''Eccles:''' Shut up! Shut up! Shut up! Shut up, Eccles!! Shut up, Eccles!! Oh, that's me!
** The SCRIPT. Characters like Grytpype Thynne and Moriarty exemplify the latter. Other Goons such as Bluebottle are more like a ''ChewToy''.
** Ned Seagoon and Henery Crun are full-bore [=Cloudcuckoolanders=] too. Bluebottle and Minnie Bannister aren't quite ''full'' [=Cloudcuckoolanders=], but are fairly close (and don't try to say Bluebottle is sane, he was found at one point ''singing a map''.) He also pronounces all his stage directions (All of them. Including "Thinks." And "Unthinks.")
%%* A great many of the characters portrayed by Radio/BobAndRay would qualify.
* Private-Eye Harlow Doyle from ''Radio/AdventuresInOdyssey''. If anything, he's worse than his spiritual predecessor, the bumbling Officer David Harley, who hadn't gone over well.
** As a member of the main cast, Wooton Bassett seems to be required to spend a little more time on Earth, but he still has his moments. Oh, does he have his moments.
%%* If [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Radio of the Golden Witch]] is any indication, Creator/YuuKobayashi is one.
* Mister Phillips in ''Radio/TheNavyLark'', his navigation manual is "Sinbad the Sailor's Big Book of the Sea''.
* TenorBoy Dennis Day on ''Radio/TheJackBennyProgram''.
-->'''Jack:''' Dennis, I didn't know you had relatives in New York.
-->'''Dennis:''' No, my family lives in Jersey. I had to drive under the Hudson River to visit them, and gee was it damp! Boy, did I get wet!
-->'''Jack:''' Was there a leak in the tunnel?
-->'''Dennis:''' Ohhhhh, ''tunnel''!
* Lonesome Cowboy Dave, whenever he gets free rein on the Church of the [=SubGenius=] Hour Of Slack. His influence tends to rub off on Wei R. Doe.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Foxbat from the ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' setting is completely convinced that he is a great, powerful comic book {{supervillain}}.
* Some of the Malkavians from ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' can get this way. They tend to be really scary at the same time if they're played well. Others just end up as "[[TheLoonie fishmalks]]".
%%* "Mad" Jack O'Bannon, king of Inismore, from ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea''.
* House Criamon of ''TabletopGame/ArsMagica''. They view the physical world as a series of metaphors and symbols and spend their entire lives trying to interpret everything around them the way literary scholars interpret novels, so getting a Criamon to express her thoughts on ''anything'' is a little bit like communicating across a language barrier via Babelfish translations.
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'': the Ravnica block gives us the Izzet. Red/blue, it turns out, isn't quite right in the head, considering their hobbies include routing magic through the heads of goblins with an interesting variety of psychological conditions. (The goblins, that is, not the magic. [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=97204 Until the magic has gone through the goblin, that is]].)
* The TabletopGame/{{Mystara}} [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons D&D]] setting is home to the d'Ambreville family of wizards, who seem susceptible to an hereditary strain of this trope. As any d'Ambreville who isn't a [=Cloudcuckoolander=] is usually a freakin' trigger-happy psycho, siding with the loony ones is usually the best bet.
* Jenna "TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}" Moran's forum persona, and her narrator voice within Nobilis third edition.
-->"It is quite all right. I have received harsher criticism from my dearest friends and on one memorable occasion from my breakfast cereal."
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Orks psykers, "Madboyz", live apart from the rest of Ork society, can be easily identified by the assortment of knick-knacks they carry around, and sometimes can be heard to mutter odd nonsense like [[MediumAwareness "rolls" and "the metagame"]]. Unpredictable even by Ork standards, Madboyz may do anything from stand around and pick their noses while under heavy fire, to foiling a night ambush with a sudden shouting contest, to [[PowerBornOfMadness tearing enemies limb from limb with their bare hands]].

* Rosencrantz from ''Theatre/RosencrantzAndGuildensternAreDead'' is an excellent example, though he's also more canny than he lets on. Probably. (Guildenstern also has his moments.)
** For that matter, Theatre/{{Hamlet}} himself is frequently considered to only be pretending at insanity; that he is "not in madness/ but mad in craft", i.e. not insane, but angry.
* Harper the Valium-addicted Mormon housewife from ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'', who has various interesting hallucinations, several of which include her imaginary travel agent, [[LouisCypher Mr. Lies]].
* Quite a few of Creator/WilliamShakespeare's characters qualify.
** Launce from ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona'' takes this UpToEleven. He describes his departure from home thus:
---> I think Crab, my dog, be the sourest-natured dog that lives. My mother weeping, my father wailing, my sister crying, our maid howling, our cat wringing her hands, and all our house in a great perplexity, yet did not this cruel-hearted cur shed one tear. He is a stone, a very pebble stone, and has no more pity in him than a dog...Nay, I'll show you the manner of it. This shoe is my father. No, this left shoe is my father. No, no, this left shoe is my mother. Nay, that cannot be so neither. Yes, it is so, it is so--it hath the worser sole. This shoe with the hole in it is my mother, and this my father. A vengeance on't! There 'tis. Now, sir, this staff is my sister, for, look you, she is as white as a lily and as small as a wand. This hat is Nan, our maid. I am the dog. No, the dog is himself, and I am the dog--O, the dog is me, and I am myself. Ay, so, so.
*** And that's just his opening monologue. The rest of the play reveals him to be an excessively melancholy PungeonMaster who regards his dog as a human being.
** [[Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice Launcelot Gobbo]], while a less severe case, nonetheless thinks it's perfectly acceptable to [[GoodAngelBadAngel argue with his conscience and "the fiend" out loud]] and run around in the middle of the night pretending to be going hunting. Some productions have played him as [[TheStoner a stoner]] or [[FunnySchizophrenia a schizophrenic]] to explain his behavior.
** [[Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream Nick Bottom]] starts out by expressing his desire to [[TalkingToHimself play all the characters in the same play.]] Later, when fairies show up out of nowhere and begin waiting on him, he hardly seems surprised.
* Much of Music/BlueManGroup's unique comedy revolves around the fact that the Blue Men are apparently not of this world, and frequently express amazement and surprise over such things as cell phones, watches, and eating Twinkies with utensils.
%%* Pick a Creator/GilbertAndSullivan character. ''Any'' Gilbert and Sullivan character.
* ''Theatre/PokemonTheMewsical'' has Professor Oak and Giovanni. Oak asks everyone if they're a boy or a girl, thinks ''he's'' a Pokemon, and overall is both excitable and not very smart. Giovanni is more competent, but he's in denial about his Pikachu's death from when he was a child and is convinced Ash's Pikachu is his, to the point of dancing in joy when they're "re"united.
* Most of the spellers in ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' have their moments, but Leaf and Olive are the most obvious examples.
** Olive's parents haven't made it to the Bee, so she gets a song about it, where she pretends her parents are there in the "I Love You Song". [[LampshadedTrope Lampshaded]] and made even better/worse when the word she's spelling is defined as "removed from reality".
** Leaf, meanwhile, goes into a trance every time he spells a word, and during his IAmSong he goes hilariously off-topic and forgets the word.
--->'''Leaf:''' How could a flea such as me think he'd be good at spelling?/How?/I don't know\\
'''Leaf:''' I like my hair!/Really, it is pleasant to the touch!/I toss my hair a bit too much/It doesn't move, it simply sits/I make a part, I'm not that smart\\
'''Leaf:''' ''[several bars of nonsense syllables to the melody, ending with an impossibly low note]''\\
'''Leaf:''' ''[beat]'' I forgot the word\\
'''Panch:''' Acouchi\\
'''Leaf:''' Oh yeah, the rodent resembling the other rodent, what was it ''[goes into a trance]'' A-C-O-U-C-H-I! ''[beat]'' acouchi.
* ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'' has Mad Margaret, who in the first act is a pitiable madwoman whose madness is implied to stem from lost love.

* In ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' Vezon was [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.