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->'''[[IdiotHero Goku]]:''' (Referring to a giant tree sucking all the energy out of Earth) I think the only course of action left... is to reason with it!\\
'''Yamcha:''' Uh, Goku...\\
'''Goku:''' Big tree! If you don't leave right now, I'm gonna have to beat you up!\\
'''Yamcha:''' Goku, trees can't ta--\\
'''Offscreen Voice:''' Why don't you come up here and try it?\\
'''Yamcha:''' ... you know what, f**k it, I don't even care anymore.
-->-- ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'': ''Christmas Tree of Might''

Lets face it, life is not kind to the OnlySaneMan. They live in a WorldGoneMad that constantly attempts to break them. Their advice and attempts to put some order and reason to things is cheerfully ignored at best, cruelly put down at worst. [[ButtMonkey It's like the whole universe is out to make them the butt of jokes and a laughing stock]]!

Then there comes a final straw, and they give up on trying to make any logical sense of the world/situation they find themselves in, usually accompanied by a line like "I give up", or "Why do I even bother?"

This trope tends to be especially common in various AbridgedSeries, where it is used to point out how nonsensical and absurd the plot point from the original work is.

Although this is usually played for laughs, when it's being done seriously it can lead to things such as a SanitySlippage, StoppedCaring, or even a FreakOut in extreme cases, and the person who is giving up may become convinced that they are TheChewToy or a CosmicPlaything due to their experience. TheCuckoolanderWasRight is a situation particularly likely to cause this reaction.

While this is generally a one time response to a specific event, a more gradual version may show the CharacterDevelopment of a FlatEarthAtheist, StrawVulcan, or AgentScully as they become someone more willing and able to accept the unknown or supernatural around them.

Compare the GodzillaThreshold, RealityIsOutToLunch.


[[folder: Comic Book]]
* An interesting version in one of IDW's [[ComicBook/TheTransformersMegaseries Transformers comics]], where Shockwave is unable to logically comprehend why the Dynobots (Not ''Dinobots'', not yet anyway) have followed him all the way to Earth for the sake of revenge, and nearly seizes up in the process, which the Dynobots take full advantage of. So Shockwave decides to temporarily shut down his reasoning and see what happens. The [[OutOfTheInferno results]] [[UnstoppableRage are]] [[NoHoldsBarredBeatdown scarily]] [[CurbStompBattle effective]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* By about the halfway point of ''Fanfic/TheDetectiveAndTheDiplomat'', Sherlock Holmes has been in [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Ankh-Morpork]] for about a day with no sleep, encountering wizards, werewolves, trolls, dwarves, and a man transformed into a gold statue. Then he is told that his only witness to the incident that led to the gold statue is a talking dog named Gaspode. After grinding his mental gears between ''This Shouldn't Be Happening'' and ''I Trust My Senses No Matter What'' for a few seconds, he apparently drop-kicks conventional logic off the Tower of Art and interviews the goddamn dog.
* It is a common theme in ''Fanfic/ConceptRoad''. “Here we go again. I'm with an alien psychic and a gun-spawning magical girl, and people are calling me amazing. Maybe logic has become a thing of the past.”
* In ''Fanfic/SecondWind'', Coby does this with most of Luffy’s actions in their brief time together, including his conversations with Zoro. When Luffy gorges himself in Shells Town, eating an impossible amount of food and then suddenly digesting it and reforming his proportions nicely, everyone who had been watching him chooses that point to give up trying to make sense of anything they see.
* In ''The Sanctuary Telepath'', as Janine puts it:
-->'''Janine:''' As long as she's [Helen Magnus] here... Just go with it.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross takes very little time to do this [[SelfInsertFic after he's dropped into One Piece]], remembering how much ItRunsOnNonsensoleum.
** Wiper does the same thing after he and the Shandians are absorbed into the madness that is a Straw Hat party.
** Vivi finally succumbs to the insanity of the Grand Line when [[RatedMForManly Boss negotiates with Franky]] in a {{Pec Flex}}ing duel, shattering his shell in the process. And later somehow getting a new one, moments later, with no warning.
* ''FanFic/VigilanteTendency'': Tsuna gives up on trying to make sense of his life and starts going with the flow somewhere around chapter two or so. When the Vongola come knocking, he's barely phased, and the already insane mafia world quickly find themselves...''discombobulated'' when it comes to him and his friends.
* ''FanFic/AGemInTheRough'': Upon entering the Grand Line, Peridot began to see just how illogical the Davy Back Fight was. Robin offered her this valuable piece of advice:
--> '''Nico Robin''': “The first thing you need to know about the Straw Hats is to throw logic out of the window."
--> '''Peridot''': "…oh…that is more logical than it has any right being.”
* Practically a RunningGag in ''FanFic/AshesOfThePast'' in response to [[WeirdnessMagnet Ash]] being involved in or doing something considered crazy. A lot of minor characters end up resorting to this to preserve what remains of sanity they have.

* After spending hours trying to convince the White House cabinet that crops can't grow if they're watered with an energy drink, Joe of ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'' only pulls it off after he finally gives up on reasoning and just claims that he can talk to plants, and they told him they wanted water.

* This comes up fairly often in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' books. One example would be the family conspiracy in ''First Among Sequels'', where Thursday's daughter Jenny is often mentioned, but never seen. [[spoiler:It turns out that Aornis Hades planted a mindworm, so Thursday thinks she has a second daughter and becomes distraught when she notices she never sees her. Thursday periodically figures it out, only to forget again due to the mindworm's effects. After some failed efforts to convince Thursday once and for all of the truth about Jenny, her husband and other kids give up and play along, acting as if Jenny exists and distracting Thursday when she seems likely to notice (again!) that the girl is missing.]]
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Mat and two friends travel to the world of TheFairFolk in ''Towers of Midnight''. Mat quickly realizes that logic as it works in the human world doesn't apply there, since things like walking in a straight line only to wind up right back where you started is common. Mat quickly urges the others to stop using human logic and instead rely on his luck to make their way. Since Mat is both BornLucky and more or less a RealityWarper, it works.
* In ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'', Arthur Dent is fed up with [[ItMakesSenseInContext being stuck in a cave on prehistoric earth]] one day so he wakes up, sticks a rabbit bone in his beard, and announces to the world "I will go mad!". Ford Prefect shows up in time to witness this and highly recommends temporary madness as a coping mechanism; he himself spent a while thinking he was a lemon and jumping in and out of a lake that thought ''it'' was a gin and tonic (though he may have imagined that). An hour later Arthur finds himself [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext chasing a Chesterfield sofa around the ancient landscape]] and reflects that the going mad thing appears to be right on schedule.
** Later on, in ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', we're introduced to Wonko the Sane who, after he found detailed instructions on how to use toothpicks [[note]]"Hold stick near centre of its length. Moisten pointed end in mouth. Insert in tooth space, blunt end next to gum. Use gentle in-out motion."[[/note]], concluded that mankind in general needed to be locked up, redecorated his house so it was inside-out and named it "the Outside the Asylum" (the rest of the world is "Inside the Asylum").
* In ''Discworld/{{Wintersmith}}'', Rob Anybody wonders how his brother Daft Wullie learned that the [[AnimateInanimateObject sentient cheese]] [[ItMakesSenseInContext that followed them into the Underworld]] is named Horace. Wullie claims that [[IntelligibleUnintelligible Horace told him]], and Rob shrugs it off with "I wouldna argue with a cheese."

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* In the classic ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode "A Piece of the Action," Spock says of the gangster planet, "Facts and logic seem not to apply here." Dr. [=McCoy=] is stunned, asking "You mean you'll admit to that?" to which Spock calmly replies, "To deny the facts would be illogical."
** The movies show the more gradual and long term version of this trope happening with Spock. As he tells Lieutenant Valeris in ''[[Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry The Undiscovered Country]]'' "Logic is just the beginning of wisdom, not the end."
* In the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Twisted", a strange energy field appears to warp and reshape the interior layout of ''Voyager''. Tuvok attempts to search for crew members using a logical search pattern but is stymied by the alterations. [[NumberTwo Chakotay]] on the other hand decides to wander aimlessly, because there seems to be no logic behind what's happened. He actually goes so far as to chide Tuvok for attempting to solve the issue logically. (That said, Tuvok does successfully use logic at then end of the episode: since nothing the crew does seems to have an effect on the field, and it hasn't actually hurt anyone, he says the logical thing to do is simply ride out the effects and hope it doesn't harm them. He's right, and the crew later comes to the conclusion that the energy field was alive and attempting to interact/communicate with them).
* Agent Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'' remains a staunch skeptic through much of the show, although she does show moments of considering the unlikely. Late in the show's run after David Duchovny left, Scully wound up getting a new partner and becoming the one who was more likely to leap to supernatural and other unlikely explanations.

* In Music/TheLonelyIsland song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GI6CfKcMhjY Jack Sparrow]]'', Music/MichaelBolton goes to collaborate with The Lonely Island boys on your standard hip-hop, going to the club type song. However, Bolton has just come from watching a ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' marathon, so when it comes time for Bolton to do the chorus, all he can sing about is Jack Sparrow and ''Pirates'' related stuff. At first the guys try to soldier on, but when Bolton keeps bringing the subject back to ''Pirates'' and then goes into other movies like ''Film/ForrestGump'', ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' and finally ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', they give up trying to deal with Bolton's nuttiness or get the song back on track, and instead sit back with the occasional comment like "Turns out Michael Bolton is a major cinephile."
* The same joke is used in the Music/AxisOfAwesome song "Harry Potter and the Drunk Teenage Animals Escaping from Zoos," only with Jordan inserting references to Harry Potter to Benny's serious song about teenage drinking. Partly through Benny just gives up and joins her.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* After all the things that Nick sees over the course of ''VideoGame/LollipopChainsaw'', (the least of which is the fact that he is somehow surviving as a disembodied head while watching his girlfriend kill zombies with a chainsaw, which for some reason makes them burst into rainbows) he starts getting used to things that would normally be considered unusual.
-->Sure. Giant robot elephant. Doesn't even faze me anymore.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' cues this during Makoto's gag reel [[spoiler: when a hat [[WTHCastingAgency used to draw names for a dramatic re-enactment of her family life]] decided [[NoIndoorVoice Ba]][[IdiotHero ng]] should play the role of her soft-spoken, math-smart younger sister]]. This was after [[spoiler:said hat chose [[ShrinkingViolet Noel]] to play [[MrFanservice the daddy]] and [[AxCrazy Hazama]] the [[BewareTheNiceOnes mommy]]]].
-->[[DeadpanSnarker "Wow. Just... wow. I don't even give a rat's ass anymore. Moving on..."]]
* ''Franchise/DeadSpace'': Isaac Clarke finally gives up at the beginning of the ''Awakening'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3'', after he and Carver wake up unharmed after [[spoiler:falling out of the sky with a giant living moon landing on top of them]]. The two {{Lampshade}} how utterly ridiculous it is that they're alive, swap a few highly implausible theories about how that happened, and Isaac responds "Honestly, I've stopped thinking too hard about things ever since the ''Ishimura''."
* ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'': Phoenix Wright tries to use forensics evidence like fingerprinting to prove who touched a [[MagicWand Talea Magica]]. Unfortunately, he's arguing this in a MedievalStasis who strongly believe in witchcraft. Layton eventually says that they just need to go along with it and argue the defense's case taking the available magic spells into account.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The webcomic ''Webcomic/FinalFantasyVIITheSevening'' has a case where Cloud stops trying to make sense of other people's weird behavior and suggestions (like using a leaping dolphin as a means of getting to the top of a 50 foot tall tower) [[http://sevening.smackjeeves.com/comics/1123944/0169/ here]].
* This is an important character development moment for Ardam in ''Webcomic/{{Adventurers}}''.
* Yokiro, from ''Webcomic/BeyondBloom'' witnesses supernatural phenomenons like dragons and magic flower humanoids. He brushes it off and happily accepts that he is [[http://beyondbloom.webcomic.ws/comics/35either dreaming or going crazy]]. Even after realizing it was not a dream, he is hardly phased by the second encounter.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic beat his brains out with a hammer after ''Film/BattlefieldEarth'' insulted his intelligence one few too many times.
** After the Tom & Jerry movie pulled too many crazy moments, he simply announced "Welcome to the [[MindScrew mind fuck]]!" and let the madness unfold while wigging out and playing "Flagpole Sitta".
* In the hybrid webcomic/browser game ''Webcomic/DemonThesis'' a group of four college students are suddenly thrust into fighting {{Eldritch Abomination}}s on behalf of a [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative entity]] speaking in their minds. Since two of the characters are on their school's fencing team, they borrow some swords for a fight. If they give a foil to one of the non-fencers, it'll change into a broadsword, provoking this conversation mid-battle.
-->'''Clady:''' Sam, where'd you get that sword?\\
'''Sam:''' Uh... you gave it to me?\\
'''Clady:''' I gave you a fencing foil, not a broadsword.\\
'''Sam:''' ...\\
'''Clady:''' Yeah, never mind. I'm going to stop asking questions like that.
* As quoted above, in the ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'' version of the ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie ''Tree of Might'', Goku is taking his IdiotHero[=/=]CloudCuckooLander schtick UpToEleven by attempting to talk to the giant tree. When Yamcha tries to interject some reason, an offscreen voice (which is actually a member of the BigBad's QuirkyMiniBossSquad) appears to answer for the tree. Yamcha gives up in disgust.
* ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2SpecialEdition''. Docfuture questions some of the more {{Mind Screw}}y aspects of the game as he [[LetsPlay LPs]] it, but by the final level (after [[BreakingTheFourthWall arguing with a character from the game, and then surviving said character's attempts to kill him in-game]]) he decides to stop worrying and just "embrace the madness". Appropriately enough, [[spoiler:logic is the FinalBoss, and it goes down in a single hit.]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue The Shisno Paradox'', the guys get their hands on TimeMachines. At first, Simmons wants to thoroughly document and analyze their travels to try and understand what the hell is going on. By Episode 5, the temporal shenanigans result in John Wayne staring in a modern movie and George Washington acting as Assistant Director, causing Simmons to decide "Science schmience."

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Although there's not a particular moment where it is shown, this happens with Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Sokka calls [[MakingASplash water bending]] magic and laughs at the idea of a [[GiantFlyer flying bison]], within a few episodes he gets indifferent to both, (he's since been traveling across the world on said bison and seen his sister and Aang practice water bending) and by the end of the show he just accepts any of the weird things that happen to him, from interacting with spirits, reincarnation, etc.
** Interestingly enough, a {{Flashback}} in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' shows Sokka [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure believing the existence of a man's supposedly-impossible abilities despite not seeing those abilities himself.]] [[SeenItAll He explains that he's seen similar "impossible" abilities already.]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen" is all about Twilight Sparkle trying to find a logical reason how Pinkie Pie has the strange ability called "[[SpiderSense Pinkie Sense]]". By the end of the episode, Twilight gives up, with AnAesop that not all things need to be completely understood to be considered real or true.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Frank Grimes from "Homer's Enemy" memorably went the more dramatic route when he gave up on reason and started imitating the mind-numbingly stupid antics of his coworker, [[TheFool Homer Simpson]]. Because Frank wasn't BornLucky like Homer, he dies within minutes.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': In his introductory episode, "A Clone of my Own", Professor Farnsworth's clone Cubert keeps insisting that all of Farnsworth's inventions are impossible. By the end of the episode, he gives in to Farnsworth's way of thinking, and manages to figure out how one of his inventions works just in time to save everyone.
* Happens all the time in ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', and is frequently {{Lampshaded}} when it does. Most of the main cast doesn't even bother to question truly absurd things anymore, and when a newer and/or more sane character tries to question something bizarre, the other characters will often mention a ContinuityNod or NoodleIncident that makes the current situation seem downright reasonable by comparison. A few specific examples:
** In the season one episode "Midlife Chrysalis," Dr. Venture is turned into giant caterpillar. When Hank takes this situation a little too well for Doc's liking, Hank explains that they see weird stuff like this every week.
** In the season three two-part finale, "The Family that Slays Together...," there is a final epic battle between [[spoiler: an O.S.I. army, an army of Monarch henchmen, and an army of naked Hank and Dean clones led by Sgt. Hatred. Most of those involved don't see this as anything particularly unusual, but it proves to be the straw that breaks the camel's back for OnlySaneMan and badass bodyguard Brock Sampson. He mentions some of the weird things he's seen over his years as the Venture family bodyguard and quits on the spot.]]
** Discussed by Hank and Dermott in the season five episode "Momma's Boys" when [[spoiler: Dermott questions how Rusty could possibly believe that his friend "Teddy," which is actually just a talking teddy bear the boys were using to play a prank on him, is in danger.]] Hank mentions some of the outlandish things that have actually happened, which make the Teddy situation seem perfectly reasonable by comparison.
* Occurs in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', "The Curse." Anais, the smart one of her two brothers, tries to dissuade her brother that he has been cursed with bad luck. She attempts to prove it by having him go through several bad luck causing events. She seems to be right, until a cloud forms and strikes Gumball with lightning ''indoors''.
--> '''Anais:''' Guess logic and reason just went out the window.
** This comes up again where since "logic and reason went out the window," they should all put their minds to get free amusement park tickets. They were close, but it literally hit the fan.
--->'''Darwin:''' Yay! I wished for snow!

[[folder: Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/{{Dada}}ists, who believe that the things humanity does (such as war) are so nonsensical that art shouldn't make sense either.
* Certain unnamed political and philosophical groups who view logic and science as oppressive tools of the powerful.
* Presuppositionalists, who view logic as subservient to and reliant upon special revelation.
* Ironically, this is how science works. If old logic does not work with new data and the data is good, you have to give up the old logic, so to speak, and find something that can account for the data.
* Subverted by Creator/JohnCWright. After having had a religious experience which he believed was far too unlikely to have a wholly naturalistic explanation to be credible, he converted to Christianity after previously having been a rather committed atheist. Due to the nature of his conversion, he briefly considered that maybe the fundamentalists were correct after all, but decided not to reject science and logic after realizing that {{The Fundamentalist}}'s beliefs made no sense to him even as a Christian.