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->'''Bedevere:''' So, logically...\\
'''Peasant:''' If...she...weighs...the same as a duck...she's made of wood.\\
'''Bedevere:''' And therefore...?\\
''[{{Beat}}]''\\
'''Another Peasant:''' ...a witch!\\
'''Crowd:''' A witch! A witch! A witch!!
-->-- ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail''

%% One quote is sufficient.

Insane Troll Logic is the kind of logic that just can't be argued with because it's so demented, so lost in its own insanity, that any attempts to make it rational would make it more [[http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Fractal_wrongness incomprehensible]]. It is [[LogicalFallacies logic failure]] that crosses over into {{parody}} or PoesLaw. A character says something so blatantly illogical that it ''has'' to be deliberate on the part of the writer.

For examples of Insane Troll Logic by video game developers, see YouCantGetYeFlask, MoonLogicPuzzle, and [extreme examples of] GuideDangIt.

For examples of characters who engage in this, see TheDitz, {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, {{Straw|Character}}[[TheWarOnStraw men]], MoralGuardians, and of course trolls of both internet and [[OurTrollsAreDifferent mythological]] origin. A character will tend to use this when [[KnowNothingKnowItAll he thinks he is smarter than he really is]]. For when the Insane Troll Logic leads to a true conclusion, see BatDeduction and RightForTheWrongReasons. If this trope is exaggerated beyond the point that it even makes grammatical sense, it can become a WordSaladPhilosophy. IrrationalHatred may have this as its basis, and ChewbaccaDefense is literally ''built'' of it. And then, sometimes it's just ObfuscatingStupidity or ObfuscatingInsanity in action. No relation to Creator/InsaneClownPosse...[[WordSaladLyrics for the most part]].

Remember that not all bad or faulty logic is Insane Troll Logic. Insane Troll Logic is bad logic into UpToEleven: it is so badly screwed up that ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Not_even_wrong it isn't even wrong]]'' - usually either the presenter or the audience have no grasp of even the concept where the "logic" should apply.

A character consumed by this trope tends to say things along the lines of [[BecauseISaidSo "Because I say it is!"]] or [[ThatLiarLies "You're a liar!"]]

Warning: trying to understand the following trains of logic may make your [[MindScrew brain hurt]].

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!!Intentional examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* The Advertising/GetRidOfCable [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5v-JuG6YMqI campaign from DirecTV]]. See what happens when you make bad decisions -- namely, choosing the Other Guys subpar cable services. For example:
--> "If you wait too long for the cable repairman to arrive, you get bored. When you get bored, you start staring out windows. When you start staring out windows, [[HeKnowsTooMuch you see things you shouldn't see]]. When you see things you shouldn't see, you need to vanish. When you need to vanish, [[FakingTheDead you fake your own death]]. When you fake your own death, [[PaperThinDisguise you dye your eyebrows]]. And when you dye your eyebrows, you attend your own funeral as a guy named [[ClarkKenting Phil Shifley]]. [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Don't attend your own funeral as a guy named Phil Shifley.]] Call 1-800 [=DirecTV=]."
* Time Warner Cable had one once which was nearly as bad. The spot featured Mike O'Malley holding a small puppy, saying that since cable cost less than satellite, the money could be used to buy things like dog food, and that puppies love dog food, so that the simple conclusion must be that satellite ''hates'' puppies.
* Cablevision has played it straight many times, with ads promising better picture because the pixels on your TV will be happier on Cablevision, or that Verizon is a phone company, and therefore too busy to provide you with internet service (ironic, considering Cablevisions primary job is to provide you with TV, not Internet). Some of their commercials from a few years ago were mistaken for parodies.
* Toshiba used a similar argument in one commercial to tout their shock-proof hard drives, because if a power station tech drops his laptop and breaks the hard disk, then it causes a glitch and the power will go out. If that happens, then your milk will spoil. If that happens, you'll drink the spoiled milk and turn into a zombie, then bite your roommate, who will then bite others until zombies roam the land. So dropped laptop = ZombieApocalypse, and that's why shock-proof hard drives are good. It's ostensibly played for comedy, but the ad offers up a bit of FridgeHorror when you notice that the guy following this loony-bin train of logic is the ''president of the company''.
* A Geico campaign featured a car insurance taste test. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zgNM7b7Q4o Yes.]]
* Toast always lands buttered-side down. Cats always land on their feet. So, what happens when you tape toast, buttered-side up, on a cat's back? [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Z8yW5cyXXRc Infinite energy!]]
* In Latin America, during the 2014 edition of TheWorldCup, [=DirecTV=] advertised the then-upcoming football league seasons by telling the viewer about what would supposedly happen if they missed them (a sequence of very improbable events leading to a bad situation). One commercial's logic procedure goes from the viewer missing an important match to ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_GMo10rT7g waking up in a dried ditch in the street]]''. Another's goes from missing a match to ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBOvHu0sgHM flooding the house]]''.

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Each individual country in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' thinks this about each other's customs, languages, and even their dietary habits. A bit of FridgeLogic for those who have ever traveled outside their own country and thought this about the place they were visiting.
* ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya'': Haruhi Suzumiya does this at times. Then again, she ''is'' something of a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but it's most likely that she doesn't mean it seriously. The prologue of the 4th novel had this nice dialogue:
-->'''Haruhi:''' Crab is a no-no. I can't take it. Picking the flesh out of the shell drives me nuts. Why can't crabs make their shells edible? How come they didn't do anything about that during the course of evolution, might I ask?\\
'''Kyon (narrating):''' They don't undergo natural selection in the depths of the sea just for the sake of your stomach!
** Haruhi's take on that classic storytelling element, TheClimax:
--->'''Haruhi''': There's something I've always wondered about. You often see people die in the last episode of TV shows and the like. Doesn't that feel unnatural? Why do they just happen to die at that time? It's strange. That's why I hate anything where someone dies at the end! I would never make a movie like that!
** She keeps up this trend in the spinoff series ''Manga/HaruhiChan'':
--->'''Haruhi''' (''seeing some cherry blossoms blowing by''): Cherry blossoms... Petals falling... Blood splattering... Dig a hole... Bury... Under the cherry blossom... Kyon! Let's have a viewing party!\\
'''Kyon''': How do those thoughts connect to a cherry blossom viewing party?
* ''StopBullyingMe'': Yuri seems under the impression that being in the school's book club will make people believe he is an honors student.
* Seryuu of Manga/AkameGaKiru is so obsessed with justice and bringing criminals to it, that she believes that any crime is punishable by death and outright thinks the ultimate justice is killing people before they are able to ever commit a crime. After killing a group of bandits and rescuing their prisoner, she ''kills'' the woman for helping the bandits, despite her having only done so under threat of her own life.
* Osaka from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is full of this, but one case stands out in particular: she concludes she has to drown in order to learn how to swim, since drowned people always float (she had not yet figured out how to float).
** She also concludes that, since snails are not insects, they must in fact be bugs.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Isaac and Miria]] of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!'' have a lot of this. One instance is kind of like the Fat Tony example, in which he argues that just as you can get vegetables from eating steak (obviously, this is wrong itself), if you steal someone's wallet, whatever is inside then belongs to you. He also asserts that a mine in which gold has never been discovered is a great place to look for gold for precisely that reason.
** Even better, the entire 'mining for gold' thing is linked with their usual career of thievery by Isaac claiming that they're stealing from the Earth itself.
** One of their heists involved stealing the front door of a museum, so that nobody could get in.
** Even better is his continuation of the "take someone's wallet" logic. If you ''pick up the person holding the wallet''...
** ''The Slash'' reveals that Jacuzzi's mind tends to switch to Insane Troll Logic when he's scared.
-->...A loud doorbell is scary. Scary like something dangerous. Dangerous like the Mafia, which means ''the Mafia have come to kill us'', I know it! I have to hide!
* In ''LightNovel/BakaToTestToShoukanjuu'', the following exchange happens:
-->'''[[IdiotHero Yoshii]]''': You might not know this, but, in Japan there's a legend saying you'll be blessed if you confess beneath a legendary tree! And there's only one thing "legendary tree" could be referring to at this school... It refers to the legendary beauty, [[DudeLooksLikeALady Hideyoshi Kinoshita]]![[note]]Kinoshita can be translated as "under a tree".[[/note]] In other words, you'll be blessed if you confess to Hideyoshi!\\
'''Hideyoshi''': This is wrong on so many levels that I don't even know where to begin.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s own troll Orihara Izaya does this all the time to screw people over.
** Kururi and Mairu ideas on "twin-ness" are baffling. [[spoiler: Thanks to their big brother, Izaya.]]
** Kida has moments, too, as he can conclude ''any'' remark by "... ''so'', [[{{Kidanova}} let's go pick up chicks!]]"
** Shizuo also applies in episode three. After being hit in the head by a goon, he says this:
---> '''Shizuo''': "You just went for my head, didn't you? ... You know that you could kill someone by hitting a vital spot on their head, right? ... If you know this, then you were trying to kill me, right? ... So you shouldn't have any complaints no matter what I do to you, '''right?!'''" ''(mega punch)''.
** He later makes a similar rant taken to an even greater level, arguing that since there's a 0.0000000000000001 percent chance of dying from the "evil eye", beating up someone who glared at him is justified self-defense.
* Keima Katsuragi of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' is prone to making huge leaps of logic solely because [[GenreSavvy that's the way things work]] in DatingSim games. Despite having little ground for his beliefs and being perceived as somewhat delusional by his peers, [[BatDeduction he's right more often]] than [[WrongGenreSavvy not]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', Char decided the best way to [[GreenAesop save the good, green Earth with its beautiful environment from being destroyed]] [[ArtisticLicenseNuclearPhysics would be to throw a whole ton of nukes at it]]. Along with a [[ColonyDrop giant asteroid]].
** In the original show, Hayato and Kai are so mad that Amuro Ray wasn't executed for desertion that they, wait for it, desert.
* In the first episode of ''Manga/MinamiKe'' [[LittleMissSnarker Chiaki]] uses her own brand of insane troll logic to convince her sister that her classmate's love note is actually a challenge to a fight. And Chiaki's reason for doing this? "He's popular, there's no way he likes Kana."
** It doesn't sound so insane until you listen to her translation, wherein "I love your cheerful, energetic personality" gets turned into "Hey, you're really noisy and annoying!" and "meet me in the classroom after school" translates into "Let's fight once there's no one there to hinder us." Whether or not Chiaki was being serious or simply cruel is hard to tell...
** In later episodes, Chiaki uses a new form of insane troll logic to adopt herself a brother (who just so happens to be a girl) simply because their last names are the same.
** While ''Minami-ke'' is chock full of insane troll logic, Hosaka will always take the cake. Hosaka's brain automatically jumps from "Haruka likes good food" to "I must become the greatest chef ever to impress her." And it only gets worse from there.
* An episode of ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'' has a PrimaDonnaDirector who's filming a nature documentary use this logic as to why he put a captive orangutan in his documentary, even though [[MisplacedWildlife there are no orangutans in Africa]]. He says that because he and his workers are in Africa and that there's an orangutan (the captive one) right next to them, there are orangutans in Africa.
* Haguro Dou from ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'' is a ''very scary'' example of this. Yeah, Haguro -- people don't tend to actively go out and seek out people who want to do harm unto them. Soooooooo, why are you?
** To make this even more twisted in every possible way, his version of DisproportionateRetribution is drenched in this. Some guy doesn't want you to bug him anymore with your psychotic shenanigans -- and you believe that ''he'' wronged '''''you''''' by "[[AttentionWhore ignoring you]]"? Well, why not settle this unfair dispute by [[spoiler:kidnapping his MoralityChain, then having her chained to a wall and repeatedly gang raped for several hours in front of a camera where you have your [[FoeYay object of "obsession"]] forcefully watch the act proceed as you threaten to release the video to ensure that said ImpliedLoveInterest has her life [[DefiledForever ruined forever]] unless he transforms into a werewolf -- during a time which he can't do so -- [[ItsAllAboutMe just for you]]?]]
* Gau from ''Manga/NabariNoOu'''s blind trust in Raikou occasionally leads him to make questionable leaps in logic, including his conviction that Kouichi likes glasses so much that he draws them onto his face with magic markers.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Katsura]] from ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' in particular deserves a special mention for believing that Gintoki could hide inside a tin can and writing an exam consisting of problems like ''"There are 10 Shinsengumi members. Six Anti-Foreigner Faction members run into them. Three Anti-Foreigner Faction members are killed. The Anti-Foreigner Faction members kill two Shinsengumi members but six more join them and two Anti-Foreigner Faction members are injured. '''How many noses does Creator/{{Jackie|Chan}} have?'''"''
** [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "This question is incredibly difficult so I'll give you extra time."]]
* Turns 19 and 20 of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' revel in this, with [[spoiler:the Black Knights' [[KangarooCourt betrayal by gunpoint]] of Lelouch based on some spotty testimony and failure to realize he didn't necessarily use it on them given that they were even able to go ahead with the betrayal, and Ohgi telling Kallen that they not need Zero any longer, evidently because they now had Britannian forces to help them find and kill Zero and get what they're after. The same Britannian forces they fought for liberation against, and were nearly killed by in episode one. Oh, and one of the people he trusts over Lelouch? The same woman who shot him during the Black Rebellion, because he's been stupidly in love with him. And never thinks to check her history to see how she got all that info or her agenda. In the end, they accuse him of using them, all the while not thinking the Britannians, which include [[DragonInChief Schneizel]], would not.]] They realize how faulty this immediately. No matter how much firepower they have, in the grand scheme of things, without Lelouch, they're nothing.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' episode "[[http://www.gatchamania.net/thread.php?threadid=2527&sid= The Gluttonous Monster Ibukuron]]": The Humongous Mech of the title was stealing all the sugar it could grab. [[note]]Sugar is an important resource, fairly easy to get to when the relevant plants are growing, and Katse wants to rule the world.[[/note]] Dr. Nambu's reasoning was, "They're trying to make the children suffer by nabbing the world's sugar." (Subverted in that his secondary theory is "to throw the world into confusion.")
** The episode became ''G-Force: Guardians of Space'', "The Locustoid", and takes the screwy logic up a further notch. Dr. Brighthead (yes, really) says that Gallactor is trying to ''win the loyalty'' of children because, "If your parents couldn't give you sweets, wouldn't you go to someone who could?"
* In ''Manga/CodeBreaker'', pretty much everything that comes out of the "[[IronicName Angels]]'" mouths.
** Why do the [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Angels]] want to kill countless normal people? Because normal people do not know the value of life, which in turn makes them evil.
** And how are they planning on proving that humans don't care about life? By setting up a voting system where people can chose to either let hardcore violent criminals, for whom they give graphic details of their heinous crimes and who were previously on death row, live or die. Because if they choose die, that means people will kill others for no reason. The fact that most of the people voting assume it's a joke doesn't matter.
** They release all of the criminals and tell them that if they can flee they can live, then they call them scum because they are committing crimes so they can escape being killed by them.
* ''Franchise/OnePiece'' often has this for comedy but take a look at international laws directed at single individuals the world government pass. If you at one point happened to have had business with, be the child of, or have laid eyes on the wrong person, you might ''retroactively'' find yourself sentenced to death as an unrepentant criminal when he turns out to later become a particularly notorious pirate.
** Luffy, seen [[http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=R5OY0req0-U here]]. The whole scene runs at nonsense logic and discontinued or disrupted thoughts and exerts the troll-like qualities of Luffy's perfectly non-existent logic like nearly none other in the whole series, which is, at over 700 episodes, is quite a feat. And most of the crew present in the scene assists quite heavily to Luffy on this.
** Many of Oda's explanations for some of the bizarre happenings in OnePiece run on this, like the reason that Sanji's Diable Jambe (an attack which involves [[PlayingWithFire setting his leg on fire]]) doesn't burn him is because his heart burns hotter, or the reason that Marines are able to wear their coats like capes without them falling off is because they're held on by ''justice'' (and justice will never fall!)
* ''Anime/KillLaKill'':
** When the tennis club tries to punish Mako for missing practice, Ryuko points out that the reason that she didn't make it to practice is because the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil was holding Mako hostage to lure her out. The tennis club captain then counters that she still needs to be punished for getting taken hostage ''without permission'' ([[DisproportionateRetribution said punishment also involves getting stoned to death with tennis balls.]])
** Mako herself is a master of this, often giving energetic speeches that baffle everyone around her, such as claiming that Ryuko didn't lose the tennis match she didn't even know she was in by claiming that since she rescued her beforehand, she "won at friendship", or telling Ryuko after her initial defeat by Satsuki that she needs to get naked to show off that [[BuxomIsBetter she has bigger boobs than her]]. Oddly enough, her conclusion (getting naked) in the above example is right, even if her reasoning is wrong.
* In episode 8A of ''Manga/SakuraTrick'', Haruka's father said he doesn't want to see Haruka married to "some worthless guy." Haruka took that line to mean he'd be okay with a girl, because a girl is not "a guy." Lampshaded with a note pointing out her error.
* Anjme/TengenToppaGurrenLagann revels in this. Seriously. In episode 2, Littner Village is attacked by a group of Gunmen. Kamina, being the insane badass he is, determines that, despite seeking shelter being a perfectly viable solution, the only way to survive the attack is to charge head-first at the strongest of the Gunmen and carry out a Gundamjack. It works.
** Episode 3: Gurren and Lagann are facing Viral's Enki and lose. Kamina's logic determines that the reason Viral defeated them is that Enki has 2 faces (one on the torso, and a head). Next day, they try fighting him again, and deciding that they need to have two faces to stand a change, Kamina picks up Lagann and slams it right down on top of Gurren. RuleOfCool, this trope and general badassery works together, and the two mecha ''actually combine'', even though it shouldn't.
** Later, when the moon is about to crash down on the Earth, Nia tells Simon that the chance of saving her is almost 0%. Simon's response: "Well, it's only close to 0%, which means it isn't definitely 0%. That means it's as good as 100% to me!"
* ''Anime/GaoGaiGar'' has a bit of this in the first episode.
--> "The chance of success is pretty close to 0%"
--> "Scientific calculations mean nothing! A courageous heart can make ''anything'' possible!"
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Happy's answer to questions like "how can you fly?" and "why are you blue?" is "[[WildcardExcuse because I'm a cat]]", even though the exact reason people ask is because they ''are'' aware he's a cat and wonder how a cat can fly and be blue. However, even Happy is taken aback by Wally's weird logic: When Millianna captures Happy, she finds out he is a talking cat and surprisedly tells it to Wally. Wally corrects her by saying: "You cannot say that he is a talking cat. The fact that he is able to talk ''makes'' him a cat". So according to Wally, all humans are cats.
* In Episode 1 of ''KaitouJoker'', Joker pulls this with Hachi by explaining when a "phantom thief" is. He claims that if you let the owner of your [[MacGuffin mark]] know you're coming to steal it, it no longer becomes theft but rather a showdown between you and the owner of the mark. What's more is that Hachi follows with this logic and finds it sound.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' thrive on this.
* This is the entire basis of the existence of the ''ComicBook/JohnnyTurbo'' comics, and the "plot" follows suit. Buy the Turbo Duo game system, because [[BlandNameProduct FEKA]] is composed of evil robots!
* Everything SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom does makes sense if you believe as he does that everything wrong with his life is [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards']] [[NeverMyFault fault]].
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} runs on ObfuscatingInsanity, but every once in a while, his brain slips (another) gear and he goes into full-blown troll logic. Usually, you only find out which he was using after the body count is tallied. At one point, presumably, the thought process went like this: I got my powers from weird experiments on a mutant, therefore I am a mutant. I am a mutant, therefore I am an X-Man. I am an X-Man, therefore I need to wear an X-Man costume, therefore [[http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/comicsalliance.com/files/2010/10/deadpool-marvel-girl.jpg I will run around in Marvel Girl's old green miniskirt outfit]]. Cyclops was not amused.
* The goal of the Dark Judges in ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is to [[OmnicidalManiac kill everybody]]. Their reasoning is that because crimes are committed by the living, ''living'' is itself a crime. Eliminate life, eliminate crime. (That ''law'' exists and is enforced solely because life continues doesn't enter their minds at any point). Lampshaded in a ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' crossover comic when the Joker, who has joined the Dark Judges, notes that their philosophy is the type of logic that his own deranged mind would approve of.
* The Three Blind Mice of ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}''. They'll be walking along headed for some goal (usually a fairly far-out one), and one will question if there is such a place/circumstance/etc. One of the mice (usually Thaddeus) will then say that since no one has stopped them or they haven't been told that their goal is ''not'' attainable, then it ''must'' be there, and all they have to do is find it. ''Rose Red'' has a particularly funny example.
* In one issue of ''ComicBook/TheSimpsons'', Milhouse was convinced he was invisible thanks to Bart and some business involving [[MadScientist Professor Frink's dumpster]]. When Milhouse found himself about to have the local bullies beat the crap out of them, Bart stepped in with this trope, arguing that there are many invisible things you can't see which are dangerous, so how dangerous could ''something invisible you '''can''' see'' be? [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] immediately when Jimbo ran off with a cry of "Let's get outta here! He's using contradictory logic!"
* "Le Monde des Lettres" in {{Franco Belgian|Comics}} ComicBooks/{{Philemon}} runs on this, frequently making [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland Wonderland]] look tame by comparison.
* Recurring character Inspector Bougret in ''Creator/{{Gotlib}}'' comics always solves the criminal cases he's on. His conclusions may be correct, but the way he attains them is utterly nonsensical.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' and ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' crossover fanfiction ''Fanfic/AShadowOfTheTitans'', the AxCrazy villain Gadjo's (mis)understanding of human relationships (romantic) boils down to women basically giving men sex to get them to take out the trash (and it's even WACKIER in full). The Titans are all stunned, save for BB, who's TAKING NOTES!
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' SlashFic ''FanFic/ACureForLove'', Souichiro believes that forcing his son Light to spend a week with his family will [[CureYourGays cure him of any gayness.]] Later, there's the instance where Light somehow came to the conclusion that [[ThatsGottaHurt it wouldn't hurt so bad to get shot]] [[GambitRoulette since he planned for it.]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': Calvin claims that since one of the water balloons was the same color as the ones Socrates had attacked him with last week, then the latter must be the culprit.
* Used many a times by the LemonyNarrator as the central form of thinking in the essay-fic, ''FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed''.
--> The act of baking is still not understood by most scholars (mostly me). It simply defies all reason; it cannot be explained. Do you know what else can't be explained? DARK MAGIC.
--> Now, what other types of food are baked? Cakes, cookies and PIZZAS. What do pizzas stand for? [[spoiler:[[ItMakesSenseInContext The combined power of the Elements of Harmony.]]]] What does this mean? The magical power brought about with the [[spoiler: combined strength of the elements is fueled by dark magic.]] To put it in layponys terms, if pizzas are powered by dark magic, then [[spoiler: so are the Elements.]]
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': Saburo was Kaworu's boyfriend, but when Rei fell in a coma after a plane crash and Kaworu [[UnbrokenVigil spent a long time by her bedside]], Saburo felt ignored, got jealous and broke up with him. He regretted it afterwards and wanted to get Kaworu back, but Kaworu did not want him back. So Saburo started to lash out at everyone. In one scene he berates Kaworu for taking Rei to a restaurant and going back to (Kaworu's) home late (and when was Kaworu supposed to return to his own home?) and then warns him against wasting his forgiveness. Kaworu accurately points out that there is NOTHING to forgive.
-->'''Kaworu:''' Forgiveness? You dumped me in a fit of jealousy fanned by the flames of your own imagination. There never was anything to forgive.
* ''Blog/AlwaysHavingJuice'' gets its daily dose of this through [[http://alwayshavingjuice.tumblr.com/post/24212131801 Metal Sonic]].
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Fanfic/ThinkingInLittleGreenBoxes'' when Franchise/{{Harry|Potter}} rips [[Franchise/SpiderMan J. Jonah Jameson]] a new one after J.J. begins his usual spiel about how Spider-Man is obviously a menace because he wears a mask:
-->'''Harry:''' Oh, okay... So SelfDemonstrating/{{Magneto}} is okay, because you can see his face through the helmet, even if he tries to KillAllHumans and stuff, but Spider-Man's a bad guy because you can't see his face. Gotcha.
* In "Bill Nye The Blooper Guy", the title character is on his roof, preparing for an experiment.
--> '''Bill:''' Hi, kids! Bill Nye here! And I'm going to teach you about gravity! It can save us all. As we know, there is no gravity in space. Earth is part of space; therefore, Earth has no gravity! Watch this! (Jumps off roof)
* From ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'':
-->I MUST KILL EVERYONE blud replied and he took the needle from TIOSEAFK!
-->"Why do you want to want to do that?" she asked pouting her lipsticky lips.
-->BECAUSE WE ARE SHINIGAMI AND THAT MEANS GOD OF DEATH AND GODS CAN DO ANYTHING SO THEY SHOULD MAKE EVERYTHING DEAD and he stuck the needle in a blood banana and sucked out the goopy blood inside.
** Dark's threat in Chapter 17.
-->"I will writ 'EVERYONE IN THE WORLD EXCEPT DRAK' IN MY ROYAL DEATH NOTE UNLESS THE QUEEN OF THE SHINIGAMI CHALLENGE ME TO A DUAL!"
* From ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/428966/chapters/723770 In Asylum]]'' after getting thrown in the [[BedlamHouse loony bin]] Light concludes that the doctors must have made a mistake:
-->"whatever it was Light knew it wasn't insanity. [[AGodAmI A God is perfect. And since he IS God]] he couldn't be crazy. Q.E.D."
* This kind of "logic" is utilized by Naomi in ''FanFic/AllYouNeedIsLove'':
-->'''Naomi:''' [S]ince you [[AGodAmI keep claiming to be God]] this must somehow be your fault.
-->'''Light:''' I'm not sure that's how god complexes actually work, Naomi.
** Also used by Light [[IRejectYourReality on a regular basis when creating his New World]]:
-->'''Naomi:''' It's like you have this belief that if you say things enough times they suddenly become true.
-->'''Light:''' I do not.
-->'''Naomi:''' I'm the god of the new world?
-->'''Light''' (''confused''): But [[AGodAmI I am the god of the new world.]]
-->'''Naomi:''' [[ShutUpHannibal No you're not.]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist I have good intentions?]] [[TheRival Raye Penber]] [[ExtremeDoormat is wallpaper?]] [[LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt I don't get high off the murders of rapists and other murderers?]] I can keep going, you know, if I really want to.
-->'''Light:''' [[BlatantLies All true,]] I don't say them to make them true I just have to remind everyone else that they're true. [[StrawmanFallacy If I didn't say anything people would assume]] that [[CloudCuckoolander Matsuda's theories]] are correct, and I just won't stand for that.
-->'''Naomi:''' Yeah, completely buying that.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/431046/chapters/728720 Welcome To The Family]]'' Near makes frequent use of this:
-->'''Linda:''' L says Justice never sleeps!
-->'''Light:''' ''Of course'' [[TheInsomniac he]] does.
-->'''Near:''' [[RightForTheWrongReasons This is just further proof that Kira is not justice.]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7010227/31/Emancipation Emancipation]]'' Dumbledore reacted like this to Amelia Bones' insistence that she needed more than Dumbledore's word in order to issue a warrant for Snape's arrest.
-->Did she not see that the crime was absolutely evident in and of itself? If Snape were to be arrested, he could be interrogated under Veritaserum and then she would have her evidence, but no, she needed the bloody evidence first! How in the name of Merlin was he supposed to bring it in, if the use of any truth potions was restricted to open investigations only and the stupid bint had refused to open the case?
* Sarutobi's reasoning for why he never told Naruto that his fiance [[spoiler:has been sleeping around for years]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5012103/1/That-Look That Look]]''. Sarutobi says that when Naruto first announced his intent to marry Anko, he was eight and Sarutobi figured it was a childish crush. When Naruto asks why he didn't say anything in the eight years since then, Sarutobi insists that once Naruto became a ninja, he was an adult and it wasn't Sarutobi's place to tell him how to live his life. [[SarcasmMode Because once someone's a legal adult you should never give them advice or even clue them in on]] [[spoiler:a cheating fiance]] [[SarcasmMode since that'd be telling them how to live their life.]]
** The author himself uses this to create a FalseDichotomy. Either you only have sex with the person you love or you sleep around constantly and hate yourself. Every single character in the story that has multiple partners is stated as having slept with dozens of people (at a minimum) and always feeling "cold and empty inside" afterward.
* In ''Fanfic/BoysDoTankary'', [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho]] believes she, rather than Saori, is [[EntitledToHaveYou entitled to have Vincent]] because she's the commander in her tank.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[TheSociopath Hitomi Kirihara]], a {{parody|Sue}} of a JerkSue, engages in this while she has Mai at her mercy through a mind-controlled Natsuki.
-->'''Hitomi''': "It should be obvious to you now, if you know who I am, that it would be easier if you just answer my questions."
-->'''Mai''': "If I do, you'll just have Natsuki kill me, then kill herself. Maybe you'll even have her torture me fi-" ''(Natsuki is forced to knee Mai in the leg)''
-->'''Hitomi''': "[[ItsAllAboutMe Easier for me]]. If you cooperate quickly, then I can have [[ColdBloodedTorture a little fun]] before I put the two of you out of your misery."
-->'''Mai''': "FUN!? You think killing innocent people and forcing others to commit atrocities is fun?"
-->'''Hitomi''': "[[BluntYes Yes it is]]. And by putting people under my control, I enable them to throw off all their foolish inhibitions- their pride, their fear of the consequences, their sense of self-preservation, and most of all, their conscience! For those minutes, they can be as free as I am! This power does not only allow me to get what I want, but it allows me to do them a favor as well! Their lives are a small price to pay for that freedom!"
* [[Anime/CodeGeass Suzaku]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5415436/1/The-Black-Empire The Black Empire]]'' is still working for Britannia after the Black Knights free Japan from Britannian rule. His reasoning is that since it was freed with violence, it doesn't count and Japan isn't really free. So the only way for Japan to be properly free... is to reconquer it and then become the Knight of One so he can rule it.
* In ''FanFic/FirstTrySeries'' Sasuke believes that Naruto couldn't possibly have been nominated to graduate early and pass because he wasn't. Because early nomination is political and the teachers told Sasuke they tried to nominate him but don't think he's ready. So the Dead Last has to have dropped out and be faking ninja. Regardless of the fact impersonating a ninja is illegal and Naruto is part of a Genin team.
** When Sasuke does find out that Naruto legitimately graduated early, he believes that Naruto was an Itachi-level genius biding his time in the Academy to get around graduation age-laws and have everyone underestimate him so he could leave them in the dust.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/690093/chapters/1267881 Easy As Falling]]'' because Harry became a (InNameOnly) "{{Dark|IsNotEvil}} [[EvilOverlord Lord]]" in order to save Hogwarts from the Ministry, and kept them out using displays of force, [=McGonagall=] believes that the school hasn't really "saved." She believes the only right way to "save" Hogwarts now is [[TheQuisling to turn in Harry]], allow the Ministry to close Hogwarts and gut the programs just like they wanted, and somehow [[ItsAllAboutMe become Headmistress]].
* In the ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'' fic, [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9916984/3/Innocence-Need-Not-Apply Innocence Need Not Apply]], Miho's father believes that the kind of traditionalism that the Nishizumi school operates on is comparable to this when taken to its logical conclusion, as he does in the following example.
-->'''Mr. Nishizumi''': If before the invention of fire humans ate meat raw, then should they have continued doing so after they invented fire?
* In the WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck fanfiction series, ''FanFic/NegaverseChronicles'', Quackerjack can occasionally dabble in this. Of course, he is literally ''insane'', so that's understandable. Oddly, the [[HearingVoices voices in his head]] are quick to point out that his logic isn't particularly sound.
-->He couldn't think of any normal reason for there to be deep gashes in the street. That meant there was probably an ''abnormal'' reason for them. And since his team was probably the most abnormal group of people around that could only mean it was somehow connected to Megavolt's disappearance.
* In the CrackFic ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'' Ryuk successfully seduces Light by arguing that since (according to an article in Light's porn magazine) "people in power tend to be more submissive in bed" and since it turns out that Light is naturally a twink he's definitely going to become a God now. [[spoiler: It becomes true because Ryuk makes it happen.]]
* Tony in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/425136/chapters/726565 The Many Doors of Niu Heimar]]'' argues that Steve should ride with Thor during a transport using some...unusual logic.
-->'''Tony:''' Come on, you'll get along great. You're from the past, he's from ancient Scandinavia-
-->'''Steve:''' I'm from the 1940s.
-->'''Tony:''' Exactly! That's the past.
* Dumbledore in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10256543/1/Nymphadora-s-Beau Nymphadora's Beau]]'' not only refuses to take action against Umbridge (who's the Care of Magical Creatures teacher in this story) but actively hides evidence against her when Harry contacts the Aurors. He argues that since he knows what she's doing, it's better to have her around than get rid of her. This is despite the fact she's torturing students (like canon), using racial slurs when speaking/referring to students, ordering students to strip in class, and openly using her class to teach students "the difference between Pureblood wizards and Muggleborn animals". Dumbledore also insists Harry and Hermione apologize to Umbridge for "their disrespectful attitudes". [[SarcasmMode Because refusing to be tortured by your teacher and protesting her nazi-esque lessons is disrespectful]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5362570/1/KK1-Kid-Keitaro Kid Keitaro]]'', [[Manga/LoveHina Naru and Motoko]] insist Keitaro is a horrible pervert (like they do in canon) despite the fact he's eight years old. Even worse, when Naru finds Keitaro sleeping with Kitsune (he had a nightmare), she decides that an eight year old somehow overpowered and molested a twenty-one year old woman.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', [[EvilChancellor Yzma]] uses this as an excuse not to give food to the poor:
-->'''Yzma''': It is no concern of mine whether or not your family has... what was it again?\\
'''Peasant''': Umm... food?\\
'''Yzma''': Ha! You really should have thought of that before you became peasants!
* In ''Disney/MickeysChristmasCarol'', Scrooge ([=McDuck=]) uses this to get out of giving money to the poor.
-->'''Scrooge''': Well, you realize if you give money to the poor, they won't be poor anymore, will they?\\
'''First Collector''': Well, I--\\
'''Scrooge''': And if they're not poor anymore, then you won't have to raise money for them anymore.\\
'''Second Collector''': Well, I suppose--\\
'''Scrooge''': And if you don't have to raise money for them anymore, then you'd be out of a job. Oh please, gentlemen, don't ask me to put you out of a job. Not on Christmas Eve.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The trope is best exemplified in this [[http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/movies/2014/11/12/review-earnest-saving-christmas-leaves-logic-behind/18914449/ review]] of ''Film/SavingChristmas'':
-->How do you prove a horse is an animal? Because I like Sweden. That's the style of absurd logic that happens in "Kirk Cameron's Saving Christmas," an earnest movie that strives to show that the overflow of Santa hats, gifts and decked halls is in fact still keeping Christ at the center of Christmas.
::[[WordOfGod According to Kirk himself]], "Sure, don't max out your credit cards. But remember, this is a celebration of the eternal God taking on a material body. So it's right that our holiday is marked with material things." He also states that trees were in the Garden of Eden, and the cross was made of wood from trees, therefore, Christmas trees are ''not'' based on paganism.
* In ''Film/SilentHill'', Rose knows where to go by finding vague items; she always turns out to be right, but it gets odd when she MUST go to the hotel because she found a piece of a sign in some dead guy's mouth. It makes sense, however, since [[EldritchLocation the town]] seems to follow dream/nightmare logic rather than that of RealLife.
* In Film/AnimalHouse, in order to deflect attention from the (accurate) charge that they supplied their underage pledges with alcoholic beverages and date-raped their female guests at a toga party, Eric Stratton uses this. By claiming [[DontShootTheMessage it's unfair to railroad the entire Delta fraternity because of the actions of a few bad apples.]] After all, [[SlipperySlopeFallacy one might as well scapegoat institutions of higher learning in general for allowing such organizations to exist at all -- and, by extension, one might also condemn the United States of America for mismanaging its national educational system.]] And how dare you! [[PatrioticFervor That's unpatriotic!]]
* In ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay'', the eponymous characters are arrested and forced to eat "cockmeat sandwich". When Kumar asks the guard (whose dick he and Harold have to suck) if the guard is gay, he responds, "There ain't nothing gay about getting your dick sucked; you're the gay ones for sucking my dick! In fact, it creeps me out being around you fags." The group escapes before they have to put this to the test. According to George Bush in this movie, you're a hypocrite if you like getting handjobs, but not giving them.
* ''Film/MurderByDeath'':
** Somehow, Sam Diamond links a girl walking off with his money in 1940 Paris with the German invasion of France that by chance occurred two hours later. [[AffectionateParody Of course]], it's played for laughs. It's also a ShoutOut to ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'', another film Creator/HumphreyBogart is famous for.
** The ending becomes this when you realize that each and every explanation offered by these so-called "great detectives"- as well as the one the mastermind gives them in his MotiveRant, which they end up accepting as the truth- relies on all of them accepting that the maid they saw was actually a mannequin. [[spoiler:The actual truth, of course, revealed after they all leave, is that the mastermind ''is'' the maid, utilizing LatexPerfection to disguise herself.]]
* Paraphrased from ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Witches burn. Wood also burns. Therefore witches are made of wood. Wood floats in water. A duck also floats in water. So logically, if she weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood! And therefore, BurnTheWitch. When they put her on the scales, she does indeed weigh the same as the duck. The townspeople first reach the conclusion that they can tell if she's a witch by throwing her into the pond, which actually is part of witchcraft folklore. Logically, if the accused floats, she's a witch using magic and must be burned. If she sinks and drowns, she's not. The [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious bit]] is that in this case they're actually ''{{right|ForTheWrongReasons}}''.
--->'''Witch:''' It's a fair cop.
::Also, when they're trying to figure out how to test whether or not she's made of wood, one villager suggests that they try to build a bridge out of her. Bedevere dismisses this particular test... because bridges can also be built out of ''stone''.
* In ''Film/MontyPythonsLifeOfBrian'', a bunch of people become convinced that Brian is The Messiah, which he vehemently denies. As somebody points out, "Only the true Messiah denies his divinity!" So Brian says that he ''is'' the Messiah, [[MortonsFork causing the crowd to shout, "He is! He is!"]]
* [[CoolOldGuy Barbossa]] occasionally strays into this territory in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean''. This gem comes from the third movie:
--> '''Barbossa:''' "Aye, we're good and lost now."
--> '''Elizabeth:''' "''Lost?''"
--> '''Barbossa:''' "For sure, you have to be lost to find a place as can't be found, elsewise everyone would know where it is!"
** [[InsistentTerminology Captain]] Jack Sparrow not only uses Insane Troll Logic, his logic is so insane that it quite nicely loops back around to making ''sense''. Added to the fact that it alternately seems like ObfuscatingInsanity and, well, just plain old fashioned insanity, yet still [[CrazyAwesome awesome]].
---> '''Jack Sparrow''': Me? I'm dishonest, and a dishonest man you can always trust to be dishonest. Honestly. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid.
* In ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'':
** The Dynamic Duo, Commissioner Gordon, and Chief O'Hara are attempting to figure out who made a murderous attack on the Caped Crusader -- with a [[ThreateningShark shark stuffed full of TNT]]:
--->'''Batman:''' Pretty ''fishy'' what happened to me on that ladder.\\
'''Gordon:''' You mean, where there's a fish, there could be a Penguin.\\
'''Robin:''' But wait! It happened at sea! See? "C" for Catwoman!\\
'''Batman:''' Yet -- that exploding shark was ''pulling my leg!''\\
'''Gordon:''' SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker!\\
'''O'Hara:''' It all adds up to a sinister riddle... Riddle-er. Riddler?
** The same movie tops it later when Batman and Robin try to figure out the Riddler's pair of clues to his latest caper:
--->'''Batman:''' One: What has yellow skin and writes?\\
'''Robin:''' A ballpoint banana!\\
'''Batman:''' Right. Two: What people are always in a hurry?\\
'''Robin:''' Rushing... People... Russians!\\
'''Batman:''' Right again. Now, what would you say they mean?\\
'''Robin:''' Banana... Russian... I've got it! Someone Russian is gonna slip on a banana peel and break their neck!\\
'''Batman:''' [[StrangeMindsThinkAlike Precisely Robin!]] The only ''possible'' meaning.
* Gonzo the Great does this a lot (being the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} on ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') but there was a good one from ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'':
-->'''Gonzo:''' Where are you going?
-->'''Fozzie:''' We're following our dream!
-->'''Gonzo:''' Really? I have a dream, too!
-->'''Fozzie:''' Oh?
-->'''Gonzo:''' But you'll think it's stupid.
-->'''Fozzie:''' No we won't, tell us, tell us!
-->'''Gonzo:''' Well, I want to go to Bombay, India and become a movie star.
-->'''Fozzie:''' You don't go to Bombay to become a movie star! You go where we're going: Hollywood.
-->'''Gonzo:''' Sure, if you want to do it the ''easy'' way.[[note]]This, of course, would prove HilariousInHindsight, seeing as nowadays, Bombay makes even more movies than Hollywood does.[[/note]]
* Played for laughs [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D97gwGlMFE in this scene]] from ''Film/BlackDynamite'', where the gang make a ludicrous number of associations to deduce the villains' scheme.
* A major plot point in 1982's ''Film/{{Alone in the Dark|1982}}''. Dr. Potter has come to replace Dr. Merton in a mental institute. Patients who really liked Merton come to the conclusion that Merton is gone, Potter is here, Potter killed Merton, and they ought to kill him before he kills them too. Granted, they are literally insane.
* ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' has Willy Wonka's explanation for the RoadTripAcrossTheStreet in the Wonkamobile: "If the Good Lord had intended us to walk, He wouldn't have invented roller skates."
* ''[[Film/TheCannonballRun Speed Zone]]'': When Vic comes to kill Alec, Alec tries to talk him out of it. He's placed money on a car in a [[EpicRace cross-country road race]] and explains that the odds of that car winning are one hundred to one. He then reasons that since he's been gambling with Vic's boss for ninety-six months (12 months in a year X 8 years), his odds of winning the bet are four to one (100 - 4).
-->'''Alec:''' Their odds are a hundred. My odds are four. Vic, I can win that race even if that car blows all four tires and an engine!
* Creator/AbbottAndCostello's movie ''Little Giant'' brings [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa2dMnJ9Ov4 this gem]] where Costello's character attempts to prove (three different ways) that 7 x 13 = 28. This equation is also quite common among their other acts as well. It was [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cN5SQO5wd0 also used]] in Series/{{Yeralash}}.
* In ''The Gore Gore Girls'', detective Abraham Gentry intentionally puts Lieutenant Anderson on the wrong track in his pursuit of a SerialKiller through a bit of Insane Troll Logic: When the Lieutenant asks Abraham what he was doing with the victim the night the murder occurred, he makes a sarcastic comment about witnessing to her and giving her a Bible. The Lieutenant points out that there wasn't a Bible at the scene, and Abraham replies that the murderer must have stolen it, and therefore the person they're looking for must be a religious fanatic. At a later crime scene, he manages to keep the Lieutenant looking in this direction despite the fact that this victim ''did'' have a Bible; obviously, the killer stole her Bible, then replaced it with another one to throw the police off.
* Virtually all the Creator/MarxBrothers films include examples of Insane Troll Logic played for laughs. A quick sample from ''Film/ANightAtTheOpera'':
-->'''Driftwood:''' (''presenting a contract and pen'') Sign here.\\
'''Fiorello:''' I forgot-a tell you, I don't write.\\
'''Driftwood:''' That's all right -- there's no ink in the pen.
* Vizzini in ''Film/ThePrincessBride'', most notably when the Man in Black challenges him to a "Battle of Wits" in which both men each have a goblet of wine, the challenge being for the former to figure out where the latter put some poison. HilarityEnsues as Vizzini delivers a long speech of increasingly baffling logic that repeatedly contradicts itself.
--> You have beaten my giant which means you are exceptionally strong, so you could have put the poison into your own goblet trusting on your strength to save you so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you -- but you've also bested my Spaniard, which means you must have studied and in studying you must have learned that man is mortal, which means you would have put the poison as far away from yourself as possible, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
** The Man in Black did [[ObfuscatingStupidity accuse him of doing this intentionally]] to confuse him into giving away the answer by accident.
** This ultimately proves to be his undoing, since the long-winded ramble he gives couldn't be further from the correct answer: [[spoiler:Both cups were poisoned, the Man in Black survived because he was immune to the poison he was using]]. Lampshaded in that the Man in Black constantly has this smile that shows he is fully aware that Vizzini's logic is completely insane but is going along with it anyway, except for a brief moment of worry when Vizzini mentions the possibility that he may think he can survive the poison.
** Amazingly, his Troll Logic actually leads him to the correct conclusion: he correctly deduces which cup is poisoned several times. However, he is unable to make the final connection and realize that [[spoiler:''both'' cups are poisoned]].
* ''Film/TheShining'' documentary ''Room 237'' is ripe with this, putting forth theories like how there are scenes in the film that imply Kubrick helped fake the moon landing.
* George C. Scott's character made all of his "deductions" this way in ''Film/TheyMightBeGiants''.
* In ''Film/MadeasFamilyReunion'', Victoria tries to rationalize the fact that she let [[spoiler:her second husband, Lisa's father and Vanessa's stepfather, rape her in order to stay. Vanessa outright asks if she's insane.]]
* In Peter Jackson's ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' trilogy, Pippin argues to Treebeard that they'll be safer going ''toward'' Isengard rather than away from it. Subverted because he's talking out his ass and just wants Treebeard to see what Saruman has done to the nearby forest.
** Doubly subverted in that what he says actually ''does'' make a kind of sense, but Treebeard would never have thought so.
* Shaw's plan in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' is built on this: mutants are "the children of the atom" (even though he and at least three other mutants manifested their mutations ''before'' the Trinity test, let alone Hiroshima), so starting a nuclear war would increase their power and allow them to rule the world (even though most mutants don't have powers that would allow them to survive either a nuclear strike or the resulting fallout).
** Subverted in that [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation it's possible]] he's actually [[ItsAllAboutMe looking out for himself]], and only using that argument to convince people to help him. He, after all, would be perfectly suited to surviving a nuclear war.
* In ''Film/DraculaUntold'', Mehmet decides that men can't fear what they can't see, [[WhatAnIdiot so he blindfolds his entire army and sends them to battle]]. [[CurbStompBattle The results are pretty obvious]].
* In ''Film/LoveAndDeath'', Boris, wondering [[WhatWouldXDo what Socrates would say]], and remembering that ancient Greeks were homosexuals, presents a horribly mangled version of a famous syllogism:
-->"A: Socrates is a man. B: All men are mortal. C: All men are Socrates. That means all men are homosexual."
* In ''Film/HeadOfState'', the Mays's opponent tells his campaign manager to bury Mays. Naturally, the manager resorts to the AttackOfThePoliticalAd method, one of which claims that, because didn't attend a certain rally against cancer, he must be "pro-cancer".
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[[folder:Gamebooks]]
* Bowser's scheme in the Literature/{{Nintendo Adventure Book|s}} ''Dinosaur Dilemma''. To quote the Super Mario Wiki:
-->''Bowser has his minions begin abducting all the dinosaurs in Dinosaur Island, so he can "prove" his theory that the dinosaurs went extinct due to not looking both ways before they crossed the street; once the dinosaurs and all evidence of their existence are gone and his theory is thus "proven" true, Bowser intends to be awarded the Snowbell Prize (feeding the cooked dinosaurs to the committee awarding it) and be named curator of the Mushroom Kingdom Museum of Natural History, conveniently located across the street from Mushroom Palace, which he plans on pelting with garbage.''
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Jokes]]
* A game magazine once held a contest for the best logical argument based entirely on illogical steps. The winner was a proof that there was, in fact, "life after death":
-->After death comes the mourning; after morning comes night; beside the knight is the bishop; the bishop is underneath the pope; the pope has serious convictions; and with serious convictions you get life! (Source: http://danny.sadinoff.com/fun/quotes/choplogic.txt)
* This is the basis of an entire genre of humor from the 60s and 70s: elephant jokes. For example:
-->'''Alice:''' Why do elephants wear green sneakers?\\
'''Bob:''' Why?\\
'''Alice:''' To conceal themselves when they run across pool tables. Did you ever see an elephant run across a pool table?\\
'''Bob:''' No.\\
'''Alice:''' See? It works!
* Prove logically that a cat has nine tails.
-->1. No cat has eight tails.\\
2. A cat has one more tail than no cat.\\
3. Therefore, a cat has nine tails.
** A similar joke asks, "Which is better, eternal happiness or a turkey sandwich?"
--->1. Nothing is better than eternal happiness.\\
2. A turkey sandwich is better than nothing.\\
3. Therefore, a turkey sandwich is better than eternal happiness.
* Prove logically that a lazy dog is a sheet of paper.
-->1. A sheet of paper is an ink-lined plane.\\
2. An inclined plane is a slope up.\\
3. A slow pup is a lazy dog.\\
4. Therefore, a lazy dog is a sheet of paper.
* A popular meme on some gaming websites involves doing some equations and ending up with 3, saying "''VideoGame/HalfLife 3'' confirmed", [[VaporWare since the game is infamous for taking an incredibly long time to be released]]. A related one is where fans note that all of {{Creator/Valve}}'s games merely have one sequel and never a third game, leading to the meme: "Valve can't count to 3."
* Another popular joke involves escaping from a room with no doors, no windows, and only a table[[note]]or only a mirror and a table[[/note]].
-->1. You look at the table and see what you saw.[[note]]With the mirror included, you look in the mirror and see what you saw.[[/note]]\\
2. You take the saw that you see and cut the table in half.\\
3. Two halves make a whole.\\
4. You escape through the hole you just made.
* Prove that school is evil.
-->1. School is for learning.\\
2. Learning gives you knowledge.\\
3. Knowledge is power.\\
4. Power corrupts.\\
5. Corruption is evil.\\
6. Therefore, school is evil.
* Prove that girls are evil.
-->1. Girls require money and time, therefore Girls = Money x Time\\
2. Time is money, therefore Girls = Money^2\\
3. Money is the root of evil, therefore Money^2 = evil\\
4. Therefore, Girls are evil.
* Prove that every horse has an infinite number of legs.
-->1. Horses have an even number of legs.\\
2. Behind they have two legs and in front they have fore legs.\\
3. This makes six legs, which is certainly an odd number of legs for a horse.\\
4. The only number that is both odd and even is infinity.\\
5. Therefore horses have an infinite number of legs
* From comic Minnie Pearl: "My boyfriend just gave me the highest compliment! He says nothing's better than a pretty girl, and I'm better than nothing."
* This InsultBackfire from a feminist after being called a bitch:
-->A bitch is a female dog.
-->Dogs bark.
-->Bark grows on trees.
-->Trees are part of nature.
-->Nature is beautiful. Thank you for the compliment.
* A popular children's gag:
-->Did you know I have eleven fingers?
-->You do?
-->Yes. Watch. (Begin counting backwards on the fingers of one hand.) Ten, nine, eight, seven, six... (Hold up all fingers of the opposite hand.) Plus five is eleven.
* Pick up a spider, put it down again and tell it to walk. It will walk. Pick it up again, put it down again and tell it to walk again. It will walk. Pick it up again, pull its legs off, put it down again and tell it to walk. It will stay where it is. This proves that pulling the legs off a spider causes it to go deaf.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The explanation of L-space: Books contain knowledge. Knowledge is power. Power is energy. Energy = matter. Matter equals mass. A library or bookshop is "a genteel black hole that knows how to read".
** Then there's Cribbins at the end of ''Discworld/MakingMoney''. He intended to out Moist von Lipwig as archswindler Albert Spangler as a scam to get money out of him. But Moist outed himself before Cribbins got the chance. So Cribbins concludes that Moist, having kiboshed his scam, now owes him five thousand dollars.
** The Auditors of Discworld reason that any sentient personality exists for a finite period, which is negligible in comparison to the infinity of Time. Therefore, they instantly cease to exist if they make the fatal mistake of identifying themselves as "I". The book Lampshades the Insane Troll Logic of this, but the erring Auditors themselves vanish too quickly to ever catch on.
** Some of the less sophisticated members of the Watch (i.e. [[ThoseTwoGuys Colon and Nobby]]) have this approach to confessions. If someone confesses to a crime then you believe them, even if it is impossible for them to have committed said crime. The people you don't believe are the ones who ''won't'' confess. Only guilty people are trustworthy.
* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' and its sequel ''Closing Time''. Never let Milo Minderbinder talk. Or ex-PFC Wintergreen. Milo was able to make a profit by selling black market foodstuffs to himself. And rightfully bragged about it. The whole of Catch-22 is based on the idea that the military is run on insane troll logic, as is the US system of capitalism. Look at where Minderbender convinces High Command that the Luftwaffe subcontracting bombing the Americans to the USAAF is perfectly reasonable.
* ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' runs on a combination of this and ItRunsOnNonsensoleum:
** The eponymous guide proves that there is no life in the universe by first informing that the universe is of infinite size, and that there is a finite number of inhabited worlds in the universe. Since any finite number divided by infinity is so small "as makes no odds", then clearly any life in the galaxy must be the product of a deranged mind. And that anybody you encounter is therefore just a figment of your imagination.
** It also said that the [[TranslatorMicrobes Babel Fish]] proves there is no {{God}}. After all, it is so staggeringly improbable that such a thing would have been created by chance that it proves there is a creator. However, God has said that He refuses to provide proof of His own existence as with proof there is no need for faith, therefore by proving His existence, He simultaneously proves that He does not exist "and disappears in a PuffOfLogic". The man who proves this goes on to prove that black is white. In the TV version, it is explained that combining all colors together in the form of paint equals black, while combining all colors in the form of light (from colored bulbs) equals white. Fittingly, the man gets himself killed on the next zebra crossing/crosswalk.
** Legal precedent was established when the Guide was sued by the families of hitchhikers who had taken the entry on the planet Traal literally. (It said "The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal often makes a very good meal ''for'' visiting tourists" rather than "The Ravenous Bugblatter Beast of Traal often makes a very good meal ''of'' visiting tourists") The Guide's lawyers summoned a poet to testify under oath that beauty was truth and truth beauty, and therefore blamed life for failing to be either beautiful or true. The judges concurred, and in a moving statement, held life itself in contempt of court and duly confiscated it from all present before retiring for a pleasant evening's ultra-golf.
** In ''Literature/TheRestaurantAtTheEndOfTheUniverse'', Zaphod justifies stealing a spaceship thusly: "Property is theft, right? Therefore, theft is property, therefore this ship is ours."
** In ''Literature/AndAnotherThing'', the same people who use the Babel Fish to prove that God doesn't exist use the silver-tongued devil, an even more useful creature, to prove that [[DevilButNoGod Satan does]]. There's LampshadeHanging about how little sense that makes.
* ''Literature/DirkGently''. His chosen career was built around using this in order to list anything he likes, even holidays to the Bahamas, as "case-related expenses", although since nobody ever pays for his services, such as they are, it's kind of a futile gesture. Luckily, most of his cases can be solved by {{Bat Deduction}}s, not that he'll ever get paid for doing so.
* [[ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}} Scott Adams]]' book ''The Joy Of Work'' includes a section called "You Are Wrong Because," a handy sheet listing various logical fallacies and suggesting the reader make a copy and hand it to a coworker with the fallacy they have committed circled.[[note]]A quick reminder: Just because someone's logic is flawed [[FallacyFallacy doesn't necessarily mean they're wrong per se]], it just means [[SoundValidTrue their argument is meaningless]].[[/note]] Two of the examples that stand out as examples of this trope are "Amazingly Bad Analogy" ("You can train a dog to fetch a stick. Therefore you can train a potato to dance.") and "Total Logical Disconnect" ("I enjoy pasta because my house is made of bricks.")
* Norton Juster's ''Literature/ThePhantomTollbooth'' takes place in a world of wordplay and dubious logic. For example:
** King Azaz's cabinet justifies why words grow on trees:
-->''"Well, money doesn't grow on trees, does it?" demanded the Count.\\
"I've heard not," said Milo.\\
"Then something must. Why not words?" exclaimed the Undersecretary triumphantly. The crowd cheered his display of logic and continued about its business.''
** There's also a cart with no visible means of propulsion that starts moving when all the passengers are quiet, because "[[{{Pun}} it goes without saying]]."
** Heck, the central plot point of the story is that [[spoiler:Milo's task to rescue the princesses was impossible, but he was able to succeed because [[AchievementsInIgnorance he didn't know that in advance]]]].
* In a short Italian story a king once decided to inspect his dungeons. He asked the first prisoner about his crime. The prisoner pled innocent. So did all the other prisoners but one, who confessed to numerous heinous crimes. The King ordered he be thrown out of the jail at once, so that he wouldn't besmear the convention of honest people with his presence.
* A SerialKiller (who specialized in [[BuriedAlive premature burial]]) in the ''Series/CriminalMinds'' novel ''Killer Profile'' claimed that, while he buried his victims, he was not responsible for their deaths, they alone were. They should have tried harder to escape, and because they did not, they obviously did not want to live, and let themselves die, so all the alleged victims were not murdered, but actually committed suicide.
* First printed in the book ''Science Askew''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Barney_humor#.22Barney_.3D_666.22_joke]], according to the proof that [[Series/BarneyAndFriends Barney The Dinosaur]] is the Antichrist or Satan, if you take the phrase CUTE PURPLE DINOSAUR (since that's what his fans call him), then convert U to V and cut everything that isn't a Roman numeral, then the sum of the result (C+ V+ V+ L+ D+ I+ V) is 100+ 5+ 5+ 50+ 500+ 1+ 5 is 666.
* Wayne from Creator/BrandonSanderson's ''[[Literature/TheMistbornAdventures The Alloy of Law]]'' comes up with some hilarious examples, such as: "I bought a ward against [logic] off a traveling fortune-teller. It lets me add two 'n' two and get a pickle."
* ''Literature/KillTimeOrDieTrying'':
-->'''Nathan:''' The routes must be the same length, or there would be signs saying otherwise
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Abdel]] from ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' doesn't just speak this language, he practically invented it.
* In the ''Literature/StarRiskLtd'' series, Jasmine King left her previous job after her supervisor decided she was too perfect to be human, therefore she was an android, therefore he didn't legally need to pay her.
* In Literature/TheBible, the Pharisees often made such charges against Jesus, like, "He casts out demons by the prince of demons." [[LampshadeHanging Jesus points out the obvious contradiction of the accusation.]]
* In Literature/TheQuran Abu Lahab doesn't believe and staunchly opposes TheProphetMuhammad -- to the point where the latter prophesies that Lahab will eventually burn in hellfire as an unbeliever. Of course, Lahab not believing in such things is unmoved by such a threat. The IST / Catch-22 comes when some use this passage to reason that Lahab could have easily have proven Muhammad's prophecy wrong and thereby scored further points by simply converting to Islam -- as it would thereby let him avoid going to hell (as according to Islam). Yes, Lahab ought to have debunked the teachings and inspiredness of Muhammad by accepting the teachings and inspiredness of Muhammad, according to the DaRules as dictated by teachings and inspiredness of Muhammad...
* [[Literature/TheElenium The Tamuli trilogy]] features Insane Troll Logic from an actual Troll! (Ok, one of their Gods, but still). Ulath and Tynian are able to travel around in 'No Time', in which the Troll Gods freeze time to allow someone to move large distances in between seconds. However, while in this [[Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull space between spaces]] they are still able to perceive the actions of the people around them in real-time. How is this paradox reconciled? Because the Troll Gods think that it works that way.
* In the Franchise/ResidentEvil novel ''City of the Dead'', Chief Irons holds Claire Redfield at gunpoint and demands to know why she's there. When she tries to explain that she only wants to finds her brother, Chris Redfield, Irons comes to the conclusion that since Chris had worked against him that Chris worked for Umbrella -- and by extension thus ''Claire'' works for Umbrella and was sent by Umbrella to kill Irons. And no amount of explaining on Claire's part can convince him otherwise, as he takes her complete and utter bewilderment of his accusations as an admission of guilt.
* Referenced in Creator/RobertHeinlein's ''Literature/TheStarBeast''. "A petition has been brought before the court seeking a destruction order for the animal Lummox. The petition is rejected as the court finds itself unable to follow the alleged reasoning."
* In Creator/JamesThurber's ''Literature/The13Clocks'':
-->"If you can touch the clocks and never start them, then you can start the clocks and never touch them. That's logic, as I know and use it."
* In the ''Literature/RainbowMagic'' series, Jack Frost's reason for going after the Green Fairies was because he wanted goblins to be the only green thing around, not realizing that green meant ecology.
* Literature/{{Psmith}} has a knack for this. From a scene in ''Psmith in the City'' wherein he harasses a politician at a Town Hall meeting:
--> Mr Bickersdyke, having said some nasty things about Free Trade and the Alien Immigrant, turned to the Needs of the Navy and the necessity of increasing the fleet at all costs.
--> 'This is no time for half-measures,' he said. 'We must do our utmost. We must burn our boats--'
--> ...
--> 'How,' asked Psmith, 'do you propose to strengthen the Navy by burning boats?'
--> The inanity of the question enraged even [[TheHeckler the pleasure-seekers]] at the back.
* Literature/{{Julian}}'s brother Gallus drunkenly explains why he's not TheCaligula:
--> "''Sometimes at night, I walk the streets in disguise. I listen to them. I watch them, knowing I can do anything to them I want and no one can touch me. If I want to rape a woman or kill a man in an alley, I can. Sometimes I do. But it is evil. I know it. I try not to. Yet I feel that when I do these things there is something higher which acts'' through ''me. I am a child of God. Unworthy as I am, he created me and to him I shall return. What I am, he wanted me to be. That is why I am good.''"
* Hawkfrost from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' wants to kill Firestar because he couldn't save Tigerstar from Scourge's claws. Ignoring the fact that no one could do anything out of shock, and Scourge was [[LightningBruiser too fast]] for anyone to stop him.
** Played for laughs in ''Bramblestar's Storm'', when the apprentices bunk in with the warriors temporarily. Dewpaw says that they must be warriors now since they were in the warriors' den now.
* In Creator/LJagiLamplighter's ''[[Literature/RachelGriffin The Raven, the Elf, and Rachel]]'', we learn of [[AbusiveParents Magdalena Chase's parents]] who offered her up for [[spoiler:HumanSacrifice]] and were told it wouldn't work because they didn't love her enough. So they locked her in her room for a week. Two days, they didn't even bother to feed her.
* ''Literature/ThePushcartWar'' has a mayor who's in the trucking companies' pocket convincing everyone not to oppose the trucks by stating that they stood for progress and also delivered a lot of good things like peanut butter. So if you were against the trucks, you were against progress. You might even be against peanut butter. And [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous no decent person could be against peanut butter!]]
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[[folder:Let's Play]]
* Nakar's LetsPlay of ''VideoGame/UltimaVIIPartII: Serpent Isle'' [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SerpentIsle/Update%2019/index.html has a moment that includes some rather hilarious made-up dialogue, with callbacks to the Avatar's adventures in]] ''Martian Dreams'':
-->'''Steve the Avatar:''' [[KangarooCourt I call the Shadowlords to witness before the Oracle.]]\\
'''Iolo:''' Ummmm.\\
'''Shadowlord Nosfentor:''' What do you want this time, Steve?\\
'''Steve:''' Nosfentor! Great to see you. I'd like to draw your attention to [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SerpentIsle/Update%2019/23-evidence01.png Exhibit 1.]]\\
'''Shadowlord Faulinei:''' [[NoFourthWall That would be you and Iolo in Ultima IV, killing city guards for money.]]\\
'''Steve:''' Indeed. And [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SerpentIsle/Update%2019/25-evidence02.png Exhibit 2?]]\\
'''Iolo:''' How is this supposed to help my defense?\\
'''Steve:''' Oh I'm supposed to be '''defending''' you?\\
'''Shadowlord Astaroth:''' [[WeCanRebuildHim That would be you dumping off Iolo's dead body at an inn in Ultima V.]]\\
'''Steve:''' Iolo's dead body! How very interesting. And I should point out that on Mars I encountered one [[{{Expy}} Dr. David Yellin]]. [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SerpentIsle/Update%2019/27-evidence03.png Exhibit 3]], if you would.\\
'''Iolo:''' I've told you before I'm n-\\
'''Steve:''' And when Dr. Yellin wouldn't cooperate, do you recall what happened?\\
'''''UsefulNotes/SigmundFreud:''''' [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/SerpentIsle/Update%2019/28-evidence04.png Ja, you shot him.]]\\
'''Steve:''' I shot him! Which means that Iolo has died '''twice'''. And as you are all surely aware, a man cannot be executed more than twice for committing the same crime. [[LogicalFallacies Thus, Iolo cannot be convicted for the crime of being Iolo.]]\\
'''Iolo:''' But that makes no '''sense'''.\\
'''Steve:''' Shut up, you're dead, and zombies have no civil rights.\\
'''Lady Yelinda:''' Ohhhhhh, I'm starting to get it, this is '''retarded'''.\\
'''Nosfentor:''' Glad to see '''someone''' is catching on.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* This is done repeatedly in ''Series/TheColbertReport''. One of the most absurd examples is the Da Colbert Code, where Stephen Colbert makes predictions using free association, starting with actors' names and titles of movies.
** ...Which in 2006 produced ''correct'' Oscar picks, including [[AwardSnub controversial surprise winner]] ''Film/{{Crash}}''. [[CatchPhrase "I CALLED IT!"]]
** ...and again in 2009, without error. (Da Colbert Code actually spat out the right answer twice in a row when he didn't like the answer and tried again, until he finally blatantly picked the one he "wanted" to win.)
** He also used the Da Colbert Code to predict the outcome of the 2008 election through free-associations intended to link to John [=McCain=] but kept coming up with UsefulNotes/BarackObama, much to his dismay.
* The Nostradamus Explanation of Why Bush is Mabus, from ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'' Flip the M upside down, drop the A, and add the "[[CriticalResearchFailure silent latin H]]" on the end, and you get Wbush, or W. Bush. Which is clearly what Nostradamus meant when he called the guy Mabus.
** The Nostradamus Explanations of Why either Saddam Hussein or Osama bin Laden was Mabus was just as random. And now there's also the little problem of both being ''dead''...
** A documentary about Nostradamus on Creator/TheHistoryChannel used similar logic, combining the last two letters of Osama's first name, with the first three letters of Bush's surname, to "prove" that Bush and Bin Laden were ''both'' Mabus.
** In the War on Porn episode anti porn crusader Gail Diangs is hell bent on eliminating all forms of adult entertainment altogether, citing it as torture on women, violent and a gateway drug to pedophilia. She became upset when asked about evidence and studies because, by her own admission, there were none.
* Played for laughs when interviewing the main "The LHC will kill us all!" proponent on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', whose logic on giving it a 50/50 chance of destroying the world was "It'll either happen or it won't, thus there are two possibilities, and since it can be either one, it has to be 50/50."
-->'''[[FunnyForeigner John Oliver]]''': I don't think that's how probability works.
** Then beautifully parodied when John Oliver pretends to believe it ''is'' a 50/50 chance and offers that when the world ends he and the (male) proponent of the LHC-myth should try and [[AdamAndEvePlot repopulate the earth]]. After all, even if they're both males, there's still a 50/50 chance of them being able to successfully reproduce (it either will happen or it won't).
** He also once used [[HitlerAteSugar Insane Entertainer Logic]] to prove that Bert from ''Series/SesameStreet'' is Hitler in a brilliant parody of Radio/GlennBeck.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' opened with [[MarySue Billie]] coming up with a completely logical plan to find her sister, Christy, who'd been abducted as a child: the demonic forces who likely abducted her would need a powerful agent to move through in the mortal world, and who's more powerful than corporate America? So, she found a guy who was abducted as a kid -- just like Christy -- and now works for "corporate America" (which part? [=GlaxoSmithKline=]? [=WalMart=]? Vivid Video?), and she's meeting with him for lunch to see if there's any trace of demonic residue. It says a lot about the general quality of the episode that this plan ''actually scores results''. Also keep in mind that in ''Charmed'' demons can teleport at their leisure, making their "powerful agent" completely unnecessary in the first place. Thus this is a case of PoesLaw, since its not meant to be a parody but it's taken seriously. Now you understand why in [[Website/TelevisionWithoutPity certain circles]] ''Charmed'' writers were known as 'Crack Monkeys'.
* The 1960s ''Series/{{Batman}}'' show used a lot of this in Batman's free association logic, especially in Riddler episodes. Even if the actual answers to the riddles were straightforward, Batman had to employ a lot of Insane Troll Logic to figure out how they related to anything relevant. Penguin actually used to this to his advantage in one episode by leaving behind a purposefully cryptic (and bugged) umbrella for Batman to find, knowing he'd assume it was a clue. Penguin himself had no plans for a crime. He simply listened to Batman and Robin guess at what his next heist would be and make their plan to stop him. Armed with the knowledge of both how to commit his crime and how Batman would try to stop it, Penguin then successfully pulled off the heist.
** The Penguin turns Guilt By Association on its head in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l63SRpGXBHE a debate with Batman]]:
---> '''Penguin''': Whenever you've seen Batman, who's he with? ''Criminals!'' That's who. Look in the old newspapers. Every picture of Batman shows him with thugs, and with thieves, hob-nobbing with crooks... Whereas my pictures always show me surrounded by whom? ''By the police!''
* In Creator/JohnCleese's ''TheStrangeCaseOfTheEndOfCivilizationAsWeKnowIt'', the {{CIA}} representative asks the Best Minds of the Police of Five Continents what they should do about Moriarty's plot to destroy civilization, etc., noting that "this fiend will stop at nothing." The Best Mind of the Police of Africa proposes that they do nothing, since if Moriarty will stop at nothing, if they do nothing he will stop. The CIA man tries to find the flaw in this, but only ends up muttering "If we do anything, he won't stop, so...."
** Earlier, havoc ensues when the CIA man reporting to the President of the United States (who is not Gerald Ford, honest) insists on responding to a question with "Negative".
--->"You found a negative?"\\
"No, I was speaking IN the negative."\\
"HE found a negative?"\\
"He was speaking in the negative too."\\
"You mean... there was a photograph of you speaking to me... and the negative was in Groppinger's diary?
* The majority of Michael Kelso's thought processes on ''Series/That70sShow'' are this. Some examples:
-->'''Point A''': Kelso needs a new vehicle for [[spoiler:Brooke]] and their soon-to-be-born child after his van is destroyed.\\
'''Point B:''' The two-seater mini-convertible is frickin' sweet, always a good thing in a vehicle.\\
'''Path A-B:''' Babies are tiny, the mini-convertible is tiny, therefore the mini-convertible is better for the baby than a sedan or van.
-->'''Point A:''' You cannot steer a canoe on land (tied to a car ''or'' sliding down a mountain).\\
'''Point B:''' You can use a paddle to steer a canoe.\\
'''Path A-B:''' It does not matter if you are on land, because you can steer a canoe with a paddle, ''duh''.
* Similar to the Daily Show example above: In an episode of ''Series/CornerGas'', someone asks, "What are the chances that we have a riot in Dog River?" Karen answers in all seriousness, "I'd say 50-50: either we get a riot, or we don't."
* {{Community}} Has an actual troll-related case in "Recap/CommunityS3E04RemedialChaosTheory", where Troy tries to defeat a flaming troll by eating it. "Clearly you don't know anything about defeating trolls"
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** The {{Trope Namer|s}}, using this phrase as a miniature RunningGag, appearing in three episodes. Ironically, its uses aren't really examples as two of them refer to literal trolls. Xander's original comment when asked to choose between Willow and Anya, by Olaf the Troll: "I... I'm not [[SadisticChoice choosing between my girlfriend and my best friend]]! You're insane. That's insane troll logic!" In a flashback, Anya's then-boyfriend Olaf, whom she later turns into the aforementioned Troll, says to her "Your logic is insane, like that of a Troll!" While Buffy is talking to a recently-risen vampire about her failed relationships, he asks her whose fault her parents' divorce was, to which she responds, "Ok, y'know what? This is beyond evil; this is insane troll logic. What do my parents have to do with this?"
** Principal Snyder (who employs such logic to pin blame on Buffy and her allies for anything and everything) is referred to as the troll by several Scoobies...
** Xander gets his own moment although not by name when after Cordelia discovers he and Willow making out and is injured he tries to make her injury her fault because she found them out.
-->'''Buffy''': His logic isn't like our Earth logic.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' has a generous helping of this, given that all its characters are JerkAss [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} idiots]]. For example, this is Charlie's explanation of why burning trash in the bar's furnace is environmentally sound: If he threw it away, it would just be packed into a landfill, but burning it saves heating money and converts the trash to warmth and also gives the bar the nice, smokey burning trash smell. Also, instead of just rotting away on the earth, the burned trash turns to smoke and eventually goes into the air where it [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy turns into stars]].
-->'''Mac''': That doesn't sound right, but I don't know enough about stars to dispute it.
* Creator/ChrisMorris's sketch show ''Series/{{Jam}}'' features a sketch in which stupid people are employed to engage in arguments, the idea being that they are so incompetent at logic that their opponents will simply give up in frustration.
* A favored tactic of Kelly Bensimon on ''Series/TheRealHousewives of New York City''. She likes to start arguments with outrageously flawed statements as their centerpiece. For example, she once explained that the reason that she and another woman saw things so differently was because "I'm a blonde, you're a brunette". Even if that mattered, ''it's not true'': Kelly's hair is dark auburn, ''not even close'' to blond. It's possible that she [[BunnyEarsLawyer knows that this gives her an advantage]], in the sense that there's no possible comeback when someone's gone and played the cray-cray card; but it's more likely that she's just an angry {{Cloudcuckoolander}} speaking her honest mind.
* ''Series/YoungBlades'': In "The Chameleon," the young [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} King Louis XIV]] reads part of a book from India saying that the Master of Changing Light, after years of intense study and training, can make himself look like other people. He tries concentrating for a few seconds and then gives up. Leads to this scene later in the episode:
-->'''D'Artagnan:''' What if I told you there is an impostor in Paris who can look like anyone?...
-->'''Louis:''' You've been reading that book of fairy tales, haven't you? The Master of Changing Light?... Pure fantastical nonsense! I mean, I tried it myself, and if the King of France can't bend his appearance to the force of his will, I ask you, who can?
-->'''D'Artagnan & Duval:''' (StunnedSilence)
* In ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances'', Hyacinth's social-climbing attempts and rationales can sometimes take on this edge. She once asked Richard to smile while doing the gardening so that if any people she was trying to impress happened to drop by they'd assume that they could afford a gardener but choose not to because Richard enjoyed it so much.
* This crops up in just about every speech given by [[NaziNobleman Roderick Spode]] who is meant to be a parody of Sir Oswald Mosley in ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Some of his ideas include creating a giant collapsible channel bridge to drown anyone who tries to cross and wants to replace 27,000 miles of railway track in order to widen their spacing by eight inches to facilitate the transportation of livestock, paid for by the fact that sheep will be able to stand sideways
* On ''Series/{{Martin}}'', the [[CharacterTitle title character's]] CD player has gone missing and he spends the whole episode trying to figure out who took it. It turns that Martin's upstairs neighbor, Brotha Man, borrowed it without Martin's knowledge. Brotha Man explains that he left a note for Martin underneath his bathroom sink, figuring that Martin would eventually look there because Brotha Man had used up all the toilet paper. Everyone in the room, including Martin, is rendered speechless as Brotha Man casually [[EnterStageWindow shuffles out the window.]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVRODdXVI3Q This]] ''Series/ABitOfFryAndLaurie'' sketch uses it brilliantly. During the interrogation, when the woman [[FelonyMisdemeanor accused of being a lesbian]] points out that she's married a Bishop of the Church of England, the Prosecutor points out that the Church owns land. Land upon which houses have been built. Houses in which it is statistically probable that private acts of [[UnusualEuphemism lesboid love]] have been committed.
* As detailed in [[http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosaur/2012/05/the-idiocy-fabrications-and-lies-of-ancient-aliens/ this spectacular takedown]], the History Channel series ''Series/AncientAliens'' might as well be entitled ''Insane Troll Logic: The Series''.
* In ''A Study in Pink'', the first episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the killer tells the eponymous detective that he committed no murders and that his victims all committed suicide because he gave them two pills: one poisoned, one not, and forced them at gunpoint to choose one, and every victim chose wrong.
* In ''Series/TheFactsOfLife'', Jo has been getting low grades in her journalism class. Her teacher, Mr. Gideon, tells her to get the facts and give her the acronym "Fast, Accurate, Credible, and True" to help her decide what to write on. After he berates her for writing a good story with facts that were out of date (but she had no way of knowing they were out of date), she continues looking for a story that will impress him. Next, some delivery guy named Roy tells her Mr. Gideon was arrested at a cocaine party. Jo checks the facts by calling the police for details, then writes a story that appears on the front page of the school newspaper. The troll logic here is that Jo wants to get a good grade in her journalism class, so to impress her teacher, she writes a smear piece on the same teacher, which gets him fired.
* Both Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute on ''{{Series/The Office|US}}'' have an issue with logic, but not normally for the same reasons, although Dwight is guilty of going along with whatever Michael says. Both characters seem to lack any sense of logic whatsoever, although Dwight seems to rationalize a bit better than Michael.
* ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'''s Al Bundy often uses this for marriage, wives, and the husbands that have to suffer, including himself.
* In the ''Series/FraggleRock'' episode "The Preachification of Convincing John", Mokey has very sensible (albeit wrong) reason for wanting the Fraggles to stop eating Doozer constructions. When this fails to persuade everyone, she recruits Convincing John, who explains it like this:
-->Well you eat a Doozer tower,\\
And it's as pretty as a flower,\\
And a flower's what you pick up in a field,\\
But the field can have a hole,\\
And you can fall in while you stroll,\\
And then a Gorg can come along to find a meal,\\
And he can pack you in a sack,\\
And you can try to scramble back,\\
But you'll never, ever, ever get free,\\
'Cause every time you eat a tower you'll be shut up for eternity!
* In the premiere of ''Series/{{Coupling}}'', Susan breaks up with Patrick, and tells him that she had not been faithful to him. When he reveals that he had also been seeing someone else, she gets very upset, accusing him of cheating. When he calls her on [[TheUnfairSex her hypocrisy]], she "explains" that "I wasn't cheating! I wasn't being faithful. You were being faithful, and that means you were cheating. And I thought I knew you."
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': While in temporary command, Burns bans gambling. Hearing the kitchen guy lost $300, he claims it must have been stolen. When told the money was lost at gambling, Burns' reasoning is that since he banned gambling, then there isn't any gambling, so the money couldn't have been lost at gambling, so it must've been stolen.
* ''Series/RedDwarf'':
--> '''Kryten''': But it seemed to me that if humanoids eat chicken then obviously they'd eat their own species; otherwise they'd just be picking on the chickens.
* In ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode, "A Penny for your thoughts," Hector Poole (Dick York) can hear the thoughts of others. When he tries to convince his boss, Mr. Bagby, that the accountant, Mr. Smithers, is going to rob the bank, Bagby isn't convinced when Poole tells him Smithers' plan. Instead, Bagby reasons that Smithers is the bank's most trusted employee and that's who always robs the bank, the most trusted employee. Smithers is trusted, therefore, he's going to rob the bank.
* Many of Ernie and Bert's routines on ''Series/SesameStreet'' are variations on this.
* In an early moment of infamy from ''Series/TheRealWorld'', [[StrawCharacter Kevin Powell]] from season 1 declares to Julie: "Race plus power equals racism!"
* In ''{{Series/Blackadder}}'' The Witchsmeller Pursuviant's KangarooCourt to accuse Edmund of being a witch was ''built'' on this. Edmund named his cat Bubbles? It's short for Beelzebubbles. He was giving it "bloody milk?" He was feeding his cat milk, ''then'' blood. He feeds his horse carrots? Carrots are the fruit of Satan. Percy and Baldrick act as Edmund's defense? They are also witches. And the reason the Witchsmeller Pursuvaint did all this? [[DisproportionateRetribution Edmund made a minor insult towards his methods.]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Phoebe thrives on this. For example, in "The One With The Cat", Phoebe tries to justify her belief that a stray cat is the reincarnated spirit of her mother by explaining that her guitar case is lined with orange felt. Her mom's favorite fish, meanwhile, was orange ruffy. Cats like fish. Soooooooooooo....
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[[folder:Music]]
* Let There Be Guns by Music/TheArrogantWorms.
-->'''[[JustForPun Worm1:]]''' Nobody ever gets shot, cause everybody have a gun.
-->'''[[VideoGame/{{Worms}} Worm2:]]''' [[LampshadeHanging Makes sense.]]
-->'''Everybody:''' Wouldn't it be great if everybody had a gun?...
** Also, their "Don't Go Into Politics" concludes that going into politics, science, or music is a bad idea, because so many famous politicians, scientists, and musicians are now dead.
* In the song "Bubba Shot the Jukebox" by CountryMusic singer Mark Chesnutt, the title character gets angered by a song on the jukebox and shoots it. When the cops arrive, this trope occurs:
-->Reckless discharge of a gun, that's what the officer's a-claimin'\\
\\
Bubba hollered, "Reckless, hell I hit just where I was aimin'!"
* Music/TheLonelyIsland song "Threw It On The Ground" has a scene of the protagonist at the farmer's market with his "so-called girlfriend", who hands him her cellphone, stating it's his dad. He then throws it on the ground, because his dad's "not a phone! DUH!"
* "1.0 (Fuck No)" by the Moistboyz is a song that rationalizes drinking and driving with lines such as "Why'd you put the bar so far from my home?"
* Music/FlandersAndSwann, parodying Neo-Luddites and their attitudes, said "If God had intended us to fly, He would never have given us the railways."
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Calvin from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' loves this type of logic.
** When he's doing a report on bats, he classifies them as bugs because they fly, they're ugly, and they're hairy. He also says he'll get an A on his paper because he's using a "professional" clear plastic binder.
** Calvin also protests going to school because if ignorance is bliss, then his education is a violation of his right to the pursuit of happiness. He puts on a patriotic, American Revolution-esque shtick, and when his teachers chase him as he tries to leave the classroom, he calls them "monarchists."
* ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'':
** In one strip, after Roger spends part of his and Andy's bank account to spend a ''very'' expensive driver without her permission, he tries to convince his understandably furious wife that it can actually help them ''save'' money. (And only succeeds in making her angrier.):
-->'''Roger:''' It has an extra-large sweet spot that can help correct my slice.
-->'''Andy:''' And that will save us money how?
-->'''Roger:''' Remember the lawyer I almost beaned last time?
-->'''Andy:''' He only ''threatened'' to sue.
-->'''Roger:''' Then there are the buckets of balls I lose each time...
-->'''Andy:''' You know, you could ''[[BerserkButton just stop playing!!]]''
** In another strip, Roger - again - needs an antacid because he got sick to his stomach having lunch at a place called [[GreasySpoon the Mucky Clam]]. Andy asks him why he'd ever eat there, as he ''always'' gets sick when he does. Roger says it was because they had an all-you-can-eat special.
* [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1989-05-28/ This]] early ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip:
-->'''Dilbert:''' Reading increases my knowledge, and knowledge is ''power''.\\
'''Dogbert:''' But power corrupts... and corruption is a crime... and crime doesn't pay... if you keep reading, you'll go broke!!!\\
'''Dilbert:''' It... it always seemed so harmless!\\
'''Dogbert:''' Yeah, that's what the librarians want you to think.
** [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1997-12-22/ Another]] ''Dilbert'' story arc introduced Dan the Illogical Scientist, who was a practiced hand at this sort of thing.
--->'''Dan:''' I'm much smarter than you because scientists have invented many things.\\
'''Dilbert:''' But those are ''other'' scientists, not you.\\
'''Dan:''' Apparently you don't understand how science works.\\
...\\
'''Dan:''' That idea won't work. I know because I've read many reports about ideas that didn't work.\\
'''Alice:''' You haven't even looked at my idea.\\
'''Dan:''' Oh, I get it; you're one of those religious nuts.
** The Pointy-Haired Boss uses insane troll logic on several occasions. On [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-11-05/ one occasion,]] one of these hell-spawned managerial decisions causes Dilbert's [[YourHeadAsplode head to explode.]]
** {{Exploited}} in [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1995-09-24/ this dilbert strip]]
--->'''Dogbert''': The great thing about absurd logic is that it works in almost any situtation.
* ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' featured Rat wearing a hat that he claimed made him immortal. His logic was that he wore it and he hadn't died yet.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Pogo}}'' does this constantly. For example, when Albert is on trial for allegedly [[CarnivoreConfusion eating]] Pup-Dog, Seminole Sam produces a fish skeleton as evidence, arguing that Pup-Dog was so fond of water he was "jus' like a fish." Porkypine refutes him by pointing out that it's a ''cat''fish skeleton.
** Often, the characters would attempt to outwit each other, each using their own Insane Troll Logic. The results were... [[HilarityEnsues frequently astonishing.]]
---> '''Howland Owl:''' Seminole Sam's hair tonic growed hair on '''me!''' Why you so worried about that watermelon?
---> '''Albert:''' Poor watermelon din't grow hair. She'll catch cold!
---> '''Seminole Sam''' ''(listening to the melon)'': Worse than I thought! The melon has no pulse!
---> '''Albert:''' Mebbe it's holdin' its breath?
* ''ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward'' subverts this trope. Hilary tells Sally that since she told her Christmas was about giving, she took the egg carton out of the fridge and put the eggs in a plastic bag. It turns out to make sense, however, when it's revealed in the next strip that Hilary had used the egg carton to make an ornament for Sally.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/SamoaJoe walked out on Crimson during a tag team match in Wrestling/{{TNA}} because Crimson was on an undefeated streak and Joe never needed help during his undefeated streak.
* Wrestling/JohnBradshawLayfield's rants on supporting the heels have this, one example saying that [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] had the nerve to reject the Wrestling/TheWyattFamily even though they kidnapped him to force him to join. He also says that Wrestling/TheAuthority's abuse of power was "helping" wrestlers and "best for business".
* Wrestling/MichaelCole was doing this after Layfield's departure to wrestle again and before Layfield's return to the announce table from 2010-2012. His demented justifications for the behavior of many heels, especially former General Manager Wrestling/JohnLaurinaitis, angered many fans, as well as other members of the commentary team.
* Sami Callihan deserves a shot at Wrestling/DragonGate USA's Open The Freedom Gate Champion Johnny Gargano because Gargano and Callihan are both part of the EVOLVE roster, which was just featured in a video game in which Callihan's usage by players exceeds Gargano's by 2%! Proof that the people are turning on Gargano, proof that Callihan is better than him!
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' based a huge portion of its humor around this kind of logic. One of the best known examples is the exchange between Eccles and Bluebottle that is usually referred to by its first line, "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSSGiA4f5cs What time is it, Eccles?]]" In this example, Eccles explains in a perfectly logical sequence of total nonsense that he knows what time it is, because he has the time written on a piece of paper in his pocket.
* ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' uses a lot of this logic, either taking it seriously (of ''course'' Mornington Crescent is a real, rational game with a long and detailed history) or as one-off gags and quick silliness.
-->'''Humph:''' Graeme, why are cashew nuts never sold in their shells?
-->'''Graeme:''' Ah, that's because cashews are actually monkey kidneys. And monkey kidneys don't come in shells, they come in monkeys. That would bulk out the packaging too much.
* ''Franchise/DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse''
** In ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', an EldritchAbomination named Zagreus possesses the Doctor. The TARDIS manages to lock him up inside her. Zagreus tells her that he's dead now, so she'd better let him out. When the TARDIS pointedly remarks that dead people generally don't talk, Zagreus tries to convince her that she's mad for talking back to a dead person, so she'd better let him out.
** In the BBC audio drama ''Hornets' Nest'', the hornet queen throws every moment of doubt Mike Yates has ever had of the Doctor at him in order to break his trust, heedless of the fact that they're contradictory. So in one breath she criticises the Doctor for abandoning Earth, then she suggests that he's not really a time and space traveller at all and Mike's been conned, and then she asks Mike if he's not jealous of his Time Lord powers.
* The vast majority of logic from Karl Pilkington, from ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'', is this.
** For example, he's willing to donate all of his organs except his eyes. He doesn't want to donate his eyes because he's afraid of becoming a blind ghost. Even though he is convinced that blind people will get eyes in the afterlife.
** Another example: Karl believes that snakes and spiders like hiding under rocks. The Earth is essentially a giant rock, with Australia underneath. That's why there's so many snakes and spiders in Australia.
** Karl thought the dodo went extinct because it tasted terrible and no-one wanted to eat it.
* ''Radio/BleakExpectations'' has an example of a character using such logic, when Harry Biscuit attempts to break the 30 mile an hour speed limit. He believes the issue is a lack of horsepower, on account of only having so many horses. Therefore, if he has more horses, he shall have more horsepower, and break the speed limit.
-->'''Harry:''' It is simple mathematics.
-->'''Pip Bin:''' ... It is ''wrong'' mathematics!
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[[folder:Stand-up Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby has a famous routine about him being rudely awakened by his wife, and his daughter asking him if she can have cake for breakfast. He decides it must be healthy because it has eggs, wheat and milk in it, and says yes. His wife then comes down, sees what the kids are eating, [[AxCrazy "has a conniption"]], and then sends him back to the bedroom... [[{{Unishment}} which is where he wanted to be in the first place]].
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is a madness talent in ''TabletopGame/DontRestYourHead''.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', slaadi have weird ways of thinking. They are outsiders from the [[RealityIsOutToLunch realm of chaos]], are Always ChaoticNeutral (or ChaoticEvil in 4th edition), and who have a mechanically-enforced OurMonstersAreWeird creature-generation system. They also look like giant anthropomorphic frogs. And this is ignoring the very big potential for PlayerCharacter ChaoticStupid tendency.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', playing along with The Computer's Insane Troll Logic is a major survival skill and plot instigator.
* This is part of the appeal of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'''s [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]]. Imperial scholars theorize that somewhere in the distant past a Mekboy built two superficially identical vehicles, one of which was painted red. Due to an immeasurable internal difference, the red vehicle went faster, so the Orks decided it was due to the color scheme, a belief they've stuck with ever since. Since the Orks are unconsciously, latently psychic, this means that any vehicle painted red goes faster [[ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve because they expect it to]].[[note]]It is entirely possible that Ork Mecs simply paint red those vehicles that are actually faster. Paint is not that expensive to not paint every vehicle in your army in desired color if it makes any difference. [[/note]]
** Orks on military strategy: "Here's da plan: win. If we lose, it's because ya didn't follow da plan."
** Orks on friendly fire: "If ya misses it, it's obviously ''one o' ours''. If ya hits it, den it must be ''one o' theirs.''"
** Orks on victory and defeat: "Orkses is never beaten in battle. If we win we win, if we die we die fightin' so it don't count as beat. If we runs for it we don't die neither, so we can always come back for anuvver go, see!"
*** Even better: "Orks is made for fightin' an' winnin'. So if dey lose, den [[NoTrueScotsman dey weren't really Orks!]]"
** Orks on being ambushed: "Ha! Dese gits just made da classic blunda: attackin' an Ork who 'adn't found 'em already! Now we'z can stomp dem fasta, haha!"
** One Ork Warboss and his invasion fleet got sent back in time by a Warpstorm, arriving shortly before they'd left. The Warboss decided to kill his past self so he'd have two copies of his favorite gun. [[TemporalParadox The resulting confusion]] stopped the invasion in its tracks.
** [[ImageBoards /tg/]] has applied Orky logic to matters of camouflage, concluding that purple is the sneakiest color. Because you've never seen a purple army, have you?
** This can apply to the Players themselves. A swarm of infantry bodies in any other army would be a suicide tactic (or at least be a handicap in the case of the imperial guard). For the Orks, it's the only tactic! This actually works because the Orks roll so many dice, the sheer amount of actual hits are still enough to kill whatever they're targeting, despite the massive odds against them.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* This is the basis of how the [[{{Absurdism}} Theatre of the Absurd]] works. Eugene Ionesco was particularly good at this.
* In ''Theatre/AnyoneCanWhistle'', the patients from a local insane asylum infiltrate a line of pilgrims waiting to see a "miracle" set up by the mayoress and her cronies. To keep from being exposed, they call on the asylum's doctor, who sends his recently arrived assistant, J. Bowden Hapgood. Hapgood promises to separate the sane from the insane using "the principles of logic," and has an entire 13-minute musical sequence that is full of this kind of "logic".
* Any Dane or Norwegian who didn't sleep their way through school knows this classic example from Ludvig Holberg's 18th century comedy ''Erasmus Montanus'': Erasmus, having returned to his home village after getting an education at the Copenhagen university, demonstrates the power of logical thinking to his mother by stating that since rocks can't fly and his mother can't fly, she must be a rock. The mother is so gullible that she begins to think she ''is'' a rock, but Erasmus "saves" her by pointing out that rocks can't talk, but she can, so she's not a rock after all. [[MemeticMutation Due to this play]], the concept of insane troll logic is called ''Erasmus-Montanus logic'' in Denmark.
* In Shakespeare's ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'', Petruchio orders his servants not to let his wife, Kate, eat or sleep. Kate begs their servant Grumio to give her food. Grumio pretends to use this so that he can follow Petruchio's orders.
** First he offers to get Kate some calf's foot. When she agrees he rescinds the offer, saying that calf's foot would make her bad tempered.
** Then he offers her tripe, but takes that offer back for the same reason.
** The real kicker is the beef and mustard. When he offers this to Kate, she agrees. Then he says no, because the mustard is too hot. She says she'll have the beef without the mustard, then. He says no, the beef goes with the mustard. She says she's willing to eat one or the other or both or anything else. So Grumio comes up with the perfect solution: [[CrowningMomentOfFunny mustard without the beef!]]
* In Caryl Churchill's version of ''A Dream Play,'' there is a scene with a teacher in school arguing logic with a student of his. The teacher is asked what time is, to which he replies that since time flies, logically, time is something that flies while he's speaking. One of the other schoolboys starts to fly, claiming that by that logic, he is time. The teacher agrees, confirming that he is in fact time. But the first student says that that's impossible, and because logic failed in that case, we can therefore logically prove that logic is wrong.
* Touchstone, in ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'', explains that Corin's going to Hell because he never went to court:
--> Why, if thou never wast at court, thou never sawest good manners; if thou never sawest good manners, then thy manners must be wicked; and wickedness is sin, and sin is damnation. Thou art in a parlous state, shepherd.
* And while we're on the subject of fools in Shakespeare, Feste, the fool from ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', is a master of this. For example, he attempts to prove that Olivia is a fool so that the people asked to "take away the fool" will remove her instead of him:
-->'''Feste:''' Good madonna, why mournest thou?
-->'''Olivia:''' Good fool, for my brother's death.
-->'''Feste:''' I think his soul is in Hell, madonna.
-->'''Olivia:''' I know his soul is in Heaven, fool.
-->'''Feste:''' The more fool, madonna, to mourn for your brother's soul being in heaven. Take away the fool, gentlemen.
* Launce in ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona'':
-->'''Launce:''' Fie on thee, jolt-head! Thou canst not read.
-->'''Speed:''' Thou liest; I can.
-->'''Launce:''' I will try thee. Tell me this: who begot thee?
-->'''Speed:''' Marry, the son of my grandfather.
-->'''Launce:''' O illiterate loiterer! it was the son of thy grandmother: this proves that thou canst not read.
* Pops up constantly throughout the works of Creator/GilbertAndSullivan:
** Jack Point's explanation of how there is humour in all things in ''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'' is this with a touch of {{Metaphorgotten}}:
-->'''Point:''' Now observe. She said "Hands off!" Whose hands? Thine. Off whom? Off ''her''. Why? Because she is a woman. Now, had she ''not'' been a woman, thine hands had not been set upon her at all. So the reason for the laying on of hands is the reason for the taking off of hands, and herein is contradiction contradicted! It is the very marriage of ''pro'' with ''con''; and no such lopsided union either, as times go, for ''pro'' is not more unlike ''con'' than man is unlike woman -- yet men and women marry every day with none to say, "Oh, the pity of it!" but I and fools like me!
** In ''Theatre/TheMikado'', Ko-Ko saves his life (plus the lives of Pooh-Bah and Pitti-Sing) when Nanki-Poo suddenly shows up, very much alive. This puts the Mikado in something of a quandary; Ko-Ko did not kill the heir apparent, but he ''is'' in dereliction of his duty. Ko-Ko solves the problem thusly:
-->'''Ko-Ko:''' When Your Majesty says "Let a thing be done", it's as good as done, practically it ''is'' done, because Your Majesty's will is law. Your Majesty says "Kill a gentleman", and a gentleman is told off to be killed. Consequently that gentleman is as good as dead--practically he ''is'' dead, and if he ''is'' dead, why not say so?
-->'''The Mikado:''' I see. Nothing could possibly be more... ha-ha-ha, satisfactory!
*** Cue the DancePartyEnding
** In ''{{Theatre/Ruddigore}}'', the entire plot is motivated by a curse that compels the current Bad Baronet of Ruddigore to commit a crime every day or die in agony. Robin (the current baronet) is about to be killed by the ghost of his ancestor, Sir Roderick, for failing to commit his daily crime, when he suggests to Roderick that failing to commit a crime is tantamount to suicide, and suicide is itself a crime. Not only does this satisfy Roderick, but causes him to come back to life (essentially making his undeath vanish in a PuffOfLogic).
* ''Theatre/AngelsInAmerica'' has Roy Cohn explaining to his doctor at length how he is not homosexual, even though he does have sex with men, as homosexuality is ''really'' about lacking social, economical and political power.
-->''"Roy Cohn is not a homosexual. Roy Cohn is an heterosexual man, Henry, who fucks around with guys."''
* "Ya Got Trouble" from ''Theatre/TheMusicMan''.
--> Trouble with a capital 'T' and that rhymes with 'P' and that stands for 'pool'!
* ''Theatre/TheMiser'' has TheMatchmaker Frosine use it in hopes of convincing [[TheScrooge Harpagon]] that marrying Marianne will give him "a clear twelve thousand francs a year", by listing all the expensive things that Marianne does ''not'' indulge in and summing up their prices.
* In ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' (including the film version) Mortimer Brewster pulls this when trying to get "Teddy Roosevelt" Brewster to sign the papers to admit him and his aunts to the crazy house.
--> '''Mortimer Brewster''': The name Brewster is code for Roosevelt.
--> '''Teddy Brewster''': Code for Roosevelt?
--> '''Mortimer Brewster''': Yes. Don't you see? Take the name Brewster, take away the B, and what have you got?
--> '''Teddy Brewster''': Rooster!
--> '''Mortimer Brewster''': Uh-huh. And what does a rooster do?
--> '''Teddy Brewster''': Crows.
--> '''Mortimer Brewster''': It crows. And where do you hunt in Africa?
--> '''Teddy Brewster''': On the veldt!
--> '''Mortimer Brewster''': There you are: crows -- veldt!
--> '''Teddy Brewster''': Ingenious! My compliments to the boys in the code department.
** The confused police inspector then remarks "Do that again!"
* In ''Theatre/TheCrucible'', a play about the Salem witch trials, an old man named George Jacobs is accused of witchcraft, [[TheSociopath Abigail]] [[TheChessmaster Williams]] claiming he entered her window at night to perform his spells. Jacobs points out that he needs canes to ''walk'', and that climbing would be impossible with his health. The court replies that he could've sent his ''spirit'' into the window. Sadly, Jacobs can't argue against that and gets hanged. Even sadder, in the real Salem witch trials, [[TruthInTelevision this is pretty much exactly how the trials went]].
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'''s DLC ''Freedom Cry'', French Governor de Fayet comments that former slave Adewale's [[spoiler:murder of him]] is because the latter was from freed from slavery. This, while ''technically'' true, doesn't take into account that Adewale is trying to murder him ''because'' of all the abuses he endured as a slave. [[spoiler:Not to mention the Governor having just murdered an entire ship full of slaves.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' you would think that [[BigBad Hazama]], [[MadScientist Kokonoe]], [[KnightTemplar Jin Kisaragi]], or even [[TheDragon Relius Clover]] could be capable of this it's really [[GoneHorriblyWrong Lotte Carmine]] and [[AndIMustScream Ada Clover]] (the latter to a small extent).
* In ''Franchise/MassEffect'' a [[SociopathicHero Renegade]] [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] can say:
-->'''Shepard:''' You refused to testify. Obviously you hate justice and deserve this.
-->'''Lorik Qi'in:''' [[LampshadeHanging What insane breed of logic is that?!]]
** An indoctrinated Hanar reasons that if his race worships the Protheans and [[spoiler:the remaining Protheans were converted into the Reapers' slaves]], the Hanar must worship the Reapers. Shepard might refer to this as "insane [[FantasticRacism jellyfish]]" logic.
%%Yes, the Catalyst has some weird logic to its motivations, but there is a sense of actual logic to its reasoning, instead of the intentional, deliberate parody of logic that makes up this trope. Take it to BlueAndOrangeMorality or one of the fallacies listed under LogicalFallacies.
* The game ''VideoGame/MetalWolfChaos'' features propaganda news reports that define a [[NoTrueScotsman True American]] as "anyone who supports the idea of having the families and friends of terrorist sympathizers murdered in the streets" rather than "anyone who is a citizen of America".
* The [[LovableCoward Spathi]] from ''[[VideoGame/StarControl Star Control 2]]'' use this to justify their fear of an "Ultimate Evil" that surely intends to destroy them. They have never found any evidence that such an evil exists, which means that it must be hiding just outside the range of their most powerful sensors, which is proof of its nefarious intent.
** It should be noted that when they figure out how to open and close the slaver system-isolating forcefields [[spoiler:the Spathi break their alliance and put a shield around their own planet to be safely shut off from the rest of the universe.]]
* ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite's'' very own AnimalWrongsGroup, Team Plasma. Especially the [[FacelessGoons grunts]] and their tendency to [[BlatantLies explain themselves]] along the lines of 'we're abusing this Pokemon to help it!'
* Early in ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' there is a tournament to decide who will get to marry the Prince's sister. One group of people decide it's their patriotic duty to get a foreign competitor kicked out of the tournament. They do this by picking a fight with him so he will get disqualified when he ''kills them.'' When the Prince tries to stop them they figure that the ''real'' Prince would never try to stop such obviously patriotic people, therefore the Prince must be an impostor!
** Later on, Queen's Knight [[AxCrazy Childerich]] slaughters a group of innocent civilians in a town his army had liberated from [[TheHero The Prince]]. The reason? They didn't try to stop the Prince from fleeing the city and so that made them "traitors" to the Crown.
* ''Videogame/JablessAdventure''. Jables and Squiddy plumb the depths of the CardCarryingVillain's depravity:
-->'''Jables:''' I had no idea there was a villain.\\
'''Squiddy:''' I bet he's the one who kidnapped [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses the princess]].\\
'''Jables:''' Let her go, King Squid!\\
'''King Squid:''' I didn't kidnap any princess.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Then where is she?\\
'''King Squid:''' My plan doesn't involve the princess.\\
'''Squiddy:''' Yet you kidnapped her anyway.\\
'''Jables:''' That's evil.\\
'''King Squid:''' [[VisibleSilence ...]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', the true killer claims that he didn't kill the victims, he only threw them into the TV world, which then was responsible for their deaths. This despite it being pointed out that he knew what would happen to Saki Konishi after Mayumi Yamano died in the TV world. Also, noting that the world is influenced by people's thoughts, suggests that everyone outside, including the investigation team, is responsible, presumably saying this as a way of playing mind games with them.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the fal'Cie are {{Jerkass God}}s (well not actual gods but close to it) who run on BlueAndOrangeMorality, but in practice their methods are this trope. Fal'cie brand humans with mystical markings, turning them into l'Cie, servants that are found to complete an objective, called a Focus. However, the Focus is usually only conveyed via vague visions and hallucinations, the fal'Cie sometimes state clearly what the Focus is but not always, leaving it to the l'Cie to guess what their Focus is. Completing the Focus comes with a time limit, fail and you turn into a zombie-like Cie'th. Succeed and your reward is immortality...as a crystal statue, until someday the fal'Cie has need of you again and revives you with a new Focus, with all the same restrictions as before.
* The Corwids of ''VideoGame/ZenoClash'' are [[{{Cloudcuckooland}} all a bit nuts]], but among the maddest is Helim, who decided he wanted to be invisible. So he started [[AxCrazy plucking out the eyes of every creature that could see him]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': Sarcastic Hawke's logic definitely falls under this category sometimes.
* Early on in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', Sissel discovers that the ghost of the recently deceased dog Missile has tagged along with him into the past to prevent his death. Missile doesn't bat an eye at such a feat, reasoning that if his master can walk on two feet and he can't, he shouldn't find it weird that Sissel can walk through time and he can't. The worst part? ''Sissel agrees with his line of reasoning.''
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'''s Father Luther explains [[http://i.imgur.com/cYULS.png how to spot a vampire]].
* ''[[VideoGame/BaldursGate Baldur's Gate II]]'' has some of this logic coming from an actual [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin insane]] [[AllTrollsAreDifferent troll]]. Here's the conversation if you try to keep a dialogue going as long as possible instead of attacking him right after he says:
-->'''Troll Cook''': Hello there foodthing. You are just in time. Please just jump onto the grill over there.\\
'''[[HelloInsertNameHere Protagonist]]''': Pardon me?\\
'''Troll Cook''': The grill. That big metal thing. Jump on. Be careful, it's hot!\\
'''Protagonist''': [[LampshadeHanging You speak well for a troll]].\\
'''Troll Cook''': [[HandWave My mother tried hard to]] [[HypocriticalHumor give me good learning]]. She sent me to live with these hobgoblins here. They smart. Trained me how to cook real good.\\
'''Protagonist''': Do you like these orcs?\\
'''Troll Cook''': They smell bad, but they're okay. They can be mean sometimes. Chief [=DigDag=] sometimes [[KickTheDog cuts my fingers off and throws them onto the grill]]. Says they taste like sausages.\\
'''Protagonist''': Doesn't that hurt?\\
'''Troll Cook''': Yep. But I'm a troll. Fingers cut off. [[HealingFactor Fingers grow back]]. Now quit talking and start broiling! Chief [=DigDag=] doesn't like me talking to the food.\\
'''Protagonist''': I'm not letting you cook me, you crazy troll!\\
'''Troll Cook''': Uncle Cajum, he was crazy. Me, I'm not crazy. I'm a cook. Now get on the grill!\\
'''Protagonist''': Why would I want to be on the grill?\\
'''Troll Cook''': Geez. It's impossible to get good help nowadays. If you're not on the grill, how am I going to cook you?\\
'''Protagonist''': I don't want to be cooked.\\
'''Troll Cook''': If you didn't want to be cooked, then why did you apply for the job? I think you'll all make a tasty snack! Boys! Get 'em!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', Fuka gives some pretty interesting arguments on why she's not actually dead:
-->'''Fuka:''' Even if I were dead, I'd be sent to heaven, not hell or whatever you call this place. I didn't do anything wrong to deserve this. Why would a ninth grader die anyway? If this isn't heaven, then it can't be real. If this isn't real, it must be a dream. How's that!? It's a flawless theory!
-->'''[[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Valvatorez]]:''' You're right! It's airtight!
** Then again, it's a Disgaea game, which tends to be ''full'' of this.
* In ''AwfulFantasy'', an infamous 2002 romhack of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' by Website/SomethingAwful Goons, there is the following piece of Insane Troll Logic, which makes about as much sense as the rest of the hack: "Ice cream, eyebeams -- [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} cyclops]]. One. One means death! AL IS GOING TO KILL EVERYONE!"
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a rather jarring one. Garrosh Hellscream deliberately infests his men with the [[EldritchAbomination Sha]] in the belief that they'll somehow conquer the Sha and become stronger. When all of them succumb including his champion, he tells Anduin Wrynn (who had been trying to convince him what a bad idea it was) that he cost Garrosh a mighty warrior and [[spoiler:almost]] kills him. [[spoiler:Granted, he turns out to have some more successful attempts later, including his own [[TheDragon right-hand man]], Malkorok, and he himself ends up wielding the power of the Heart of Y'Shaarj itself.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'', it's possible for you to convict a crime victim of the very crime committed upon them -- for example, convicting the dwarf who has had his blood drained of draining his own blood. Your dwarves will actually be 'outraged at the bizarre conviction against all reason of the victim of a crime recently.'
** A Fridge variety, but when you start looking among the world's events, [[spoiler: you seriously have to question certain deities' reasons for letting a demon out of hell. Sure, the more evil gods of misery and blood might just want some more of it, gods of valor might want heroes to have something to destroy, but just about ANY god can bring out a demon for reasons concerning ANY part of their sphere, be it youth, knowledge, or ''rainbows''. It's been documented at least one god brought a demon into Earth after pondering the ineffable subtleties of ''fish''. Perhaps the gods have their own AnimalWrongsGroup up there...]]
* Many puzzles in ''VideoGame/{{McPixel}}'' require this to succeed. To put things in perspective, the first rule of playing this game is this: If the solution you have in mind makes sense, there's a 75% chance it's wrong. The remaining 25%? It works, but not in the way you were expecting it to. Although after a couple levels it's almost second nature.
* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaV'', Noire has this hilarious reason as to why Plutia should transform into [[{{Dominatrix}} Iris Heart.]] Take note, this is ''how'' the dialogue was said.
--->'''Noire:''' (Noire Logic) Plutia HDD -> we win -> Planeptune citizens see Sadie -> freak -> Lastation wins!
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'': [[spoiler:[[TheManBehindTheMan Hades]]]] manages to twist Pit [[spoiler:not wanting to get out of the WombLevel 'the old fashioned way']] into meaning ''Pit hates life''.
-->[[spoiler:'''Hades:''' Unfortunately for you, there's only [[ToiletHumor one way out!]]]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Pit:''' [[BigNo NOOOO no no no]] please don't do that!]]
-->[[spoiler:'''Hades:''' Obeying the call of nature is part of the cycle of life. Tell me, Pit, why do you hate life?]]
** Really, this is fitting. [[spoiler:Hades]] is not only certifiably insane, but also a ''massive'' {{Troll}}, and this is just one of the many, many tricks pulled on poor Pit.
* In the text intro to Chapter 74 of ''Caribbean Hideaway'' Barley the pirate explained that a certain hideout was rather unimaginatively known as "The Cave" because "Places with names tend t' get found. If it ain't got a name, it ain't a place; and if it ain't a place, it ain't gonna be found, ain't it?"
* [[spoiler: Alicia's]] breakdown in ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' is basically this trope getting out of hand in the mind of one person. She decides she is an inhuman monster, and ultimately tries to kill herself. The girl she used to be is dead, and she can never live a normal life again because her only future is one as a killing machine, exploited for her powers. [[CursedWithAwesome None of this is even slightly true.]]
* According to [[VideoGame/{{Portal2}} Cave Johnson]], you don't need lemons from life to make lemonade.
-->'''Cave Johnson''': When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Make life take back the lemons back! Get mad! I don't want your damn lemons! What am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life's manager! Make life rue the day it thought it could give Cave Johnson lemons! Do you know who I am? I'm the man who's gonna burn your house down! WITH THE LEMONS! I'm gonna get my engineers to invent a combustible lemon that BURNS YOUR HOUSE DOWN!
* ''Videogame/TheImpossibleQuiz'' has a bucketload of this. Half the questions run on insane troll logic, the other half run on [[LuckBasedMission no logic at all]] and must simply be solved through [[TrialAndErrorGameplay trial and error]].
* In ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' EvilSorceror Syndri kills a hapless cultist who brought the news of the advancing SpaceMarine army, explaining that the cultists was "stupid enough to personally deliver bad news to [[BigBad Lord Bane]] and we cannot abide stupidity". By that logic, had his desire been fulfilled and there had been no stupid cultist in their band, they would not have gotten the news at all and the Space Marines would've caught them off-guard. Of course, that's Chaos for you.
* A major part of the flash game [[http://argumentchampion.com/ Argument Champion]] consists of intertwining arbitrarily chosen audience likes and dislikes with equally arbitrary concepts, often relying on a word with two or more definitions. For example, you can construct a "logical" chain connecting REBELLION to CEILING. Of course, shorter chains that rely on less ChewbaccaDefence reasoning get you more impressive opinion swings, but usually you'll find at least one.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 4'', this is Sunny Flowers's reasoning behind wanting El Presidente to demolish all newspapers: "Did you know that paper is made from trees? Trees are your friends. Do you want to read the news on the corpses of your friends?"
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Phoenix Wright is fond of objecting first and thinking later and of grasping at straws and coming up with imaginative guesses, but he's usually too honest and reasonable to use actual troll logic. However, in one situation where he's desperate to keep the trial going as long as possible until the police complete the next phase of their investigation, we get this exchange:
--->'''Witness:''' He looked suspicious because he was walking through the hall in the hotel wearing black leather gloves.\\
'''Phoenix:''' Footballs are made of leather! Are you saying that all footballs are suspicious just because they're made out of leather?!
** Von Karma has a similar line of logic in the first game (this is the same guy who wanted to have his ATM PIN (0001) entered into evidence as "proof" that he's perfect):
--->'''Phoenix:''' He remembered the name of his fiance who committed suicide. [[ItMakesSenseInContext That's why he named his parrot after her!]]\\
'''Von Karma:''' My granddaughter has a dog she calls "Phoenix." Well, Mr. Phoenix Wright? Does this make you my granddaughter's fiancee!?
** Another example from the third game involves a massive stone lantern with upside-down bloody writing on it. Gumshoe voices the results of his special Gumshoe investigation: At the time of the murder, the stone lantern ''was upside down''.
** In ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney'', one of the witnesses devolves into this frequently, notably [[spoiler: why he steals large panties (ForScience)]], and if you can actually keep up with his MotorMouth ScrollingText, he somehow manages to take the leap from discussing someone being shot "square in the forehead" to "krypton particles are rare" among other things.
** Phoenix will often break into this trope whenever the player answers a question wrong. Take this example from the DLC case of the fifth game:
--->'''Judge:''' And on what grounds do you base your assertion that [[spoiler:the singing trick]] was faked?\\
'''Phoenix:''' Take That!\\
'''Judge:''' That item proves [[spoiler:the singing trick]] was faked?\\
'''Phoenix:''' No, Your Honor. This piece of evidence will not prove that. In other words... this piece of evidence is... a fake-out! And if this evidence is a fake-out, then [[spoiler:the singing trick]] was a fake-out as well!\\
'''Athena:''' Boss, I don't think that makes any sense...\\
'''Phoenix:''' Momentum is key at times like these.\\
'''Judge:''' I can hear every word you're saying, Mr. Wright!
** Edgeworth himself does this if you present wrong evidence in at a few parts in ''Investigations 2''.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' Objection! Do you not see a problem with your statement just now?
-->'''Courtney:''' I'm afraid I see no such problem.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' Exactly. So if you fail to see the problem, then that must mean you fail to see the problem with accepting your logic! You're admitting that you can't comprehend your own logic?!
-->'''Courtney:''' The only thing I fail to see here, is your point.
-->'''Edgeworth:''' Nggh...! (Curses...! I guess I should have known that wouldn't work...)
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' this is what Battler's strategy degenerates into when he's desperately grasping at straws, no matter how ridiculous, as a viable theory (as long as magic isn't involved of course); from "spike-launching devices" to "small bombs". Beatrice lets the more amusing ones pass, at least for the time. Dlanor uses her laws to cut them down abruptly and mercilessly.
* ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'':
** {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Hagakure delves into this from time to time. Perhaps the biggest example is when [[spoiler:Kirigiri]] shows up after having believed to have been killed, and Hagakure refuses to believe that she isn't a ghost. The first part of the trial then consists of Naegi having to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that [[spoiler:Kirigiri]] really is alive. ''While the person in question is standing right in front of them.''
--> '''Hagakure''': Wrong! That's clearly a ghost, right!?
--> '''Asahina''': She has legs, though.
--> '''Hagakura''': Um...that's probably because...it's the new ghost model they've been developing recently!
--> '''Togami''': I thought there were limits to being an idiot.
** Monokuma is a less hilarious example. He traps the cast in a building, tells them that the only way out is to kill someone and get away with it, and then psychologically and emotionally tortures and blackmails them to make them desperate to get out enough to kill, at one point even tampering with evidence to get a character to cross the DespairEventHorizon and try to take the entire cast down with them. Whenever anybody calls him on it, though, he claims that the students killing each other is entirely on them and it isn't his fault. But his worst use of Insane Troll Logic is unquestionably when [[spoiler:he claims that planting a fake suicide note on the site of a suicide ''isn't'' the same thing as planting false evidence or misleading anyone trying to find the killer]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Comc}}'': Several characters do this, particularly John, who can prove that [[http://sites.google.com/site/comccomic/archive/comc9 the speed of sound is 1 mph (~1.6 km/h)]].
* All of [[{{Munchkin}} Red Mage's]] plans in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' run on this very logic. When stranded on an island, Thief quite accurately states that Red Mage's plan to get off the island would likely involve blowing up the island with them on it with the justification that they're no longer on the island anymore. While Red Mage's actual plan was much less dangerous, it did involve massive amounts of {{Evilutionary Biolog|ist}}y for the Chocobos and a willingness to exploit his Mime ability beyond its actual usefulness.
** Just about everyone in ''WebComic/EightBitTheater'' is either a liar, a cheat, or utterly stupid, if not all three, so conversations tend toward this. For example; [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/01/15/episode-942-cross-eyed-traffic/ In this comic]], Red Mage explains how his plan to shoot down a visible sky castle, then repair it, in order to fly high enough to find the invisible sky castle "[[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2008/01/15/episode-942-cross-eyed-traffic/ makes too little sense to fail]]."
--->'''Black Mage:''' Okay Red Mage, enlighten us. How can a plan that makes ''no sense'' work?\\
'''Red Mage:''' One simple reason: [[CrazyEnoughToWork It makes too little sense to fail]].\\
'''BM:''' [[FlatWhat What]].\\
'''RM:''' Most plans are ''critically'' flawed by their own logic. A failure at any step will ruin everything after it. That's just basic cause and effect. It's easy for a good plan to fall apart. Therefore, a plan that has ''no attachment'' to logic cannot be stopped. The success or failure of any step will have no effect on the macro level.\\
'''BM:''' That's so stupid I can't even see straight anymore.\\
'''RM:''' Now imagine what'll happen when physics tries to figure it out!
* Miko from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
-->'''Roy:''' It's like she's got that monk ability that lets you jump as far as you want, except with her, it applies to conclusions.
** Similarly, [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0700.html Tsukiko's grounds for her conclusion that the undead are nice people.]] [[spoiler:For the link-shy, her reasoning is that [[HumansAreBastards the living are bastards]], so as the antithesis of life, the man-eating undead must actually be sweet, innocent, virtuous entities.]]
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen The Empress of Blood]] knows that dragons get more powerful as they get bigger. However, she decided to make herself bigger by overeating. All this does is make her morbidly obese, but she still thinks it's working
** [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Elan]] learned that Armor counts against Hide checks. This led him to the conclusion that going naked would make him invisible. {{Hilarity Ensue|s}}d.
** This is also [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0206.html his reaction]] when Haley reverses the definitions of adventure and adventur''er'' to make him feel better. Even Miko is weirded out by his brand of Insane Troll Logic.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' has REALLY insane troll logic [[http://www.shortpacked.com/index.php?id=999 here]]. This is based on an actual troll on his blog [[http://shortpacked.livejournal.com/540788.html?thread=13913972#t13913972 (link)]]
* Joey's plan to sneak into his landlord's house in ''[[http://www.agameoffools.com A Game of Fools]]'' has to be [[http://www.agameoffools.com/comic_72.html seen to be believed]].
** As well as [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Sylvester]] and Tomato's [[http://agameoffools.com/comic_168.html brilliant plan]] to help Adam steal Katie off her boyfriend.
** And Roscoe and Joey's [[http://agameoffools.com/comic_181.html arguments against gay marriage.]]
* Jim's [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0098.html truly spectacular]] [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0100.html plan]] to throw the Mos Espa podrace in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids''.
* Reginald from ''Webcomic/{{Nedroid}}'' has [[http://nedroid.com/2010/08/no-pain-no-gain/ workout advice]]. Given that it's better to do fewer reps with more weight, is to take it to its logical conclusion and do zero reps of a million pounds.
* Used in ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' [[http://nonadventures.com/2010/05/29/its-whats-for-sinners-part-1/ here]] to con Jesus into... Insane Troll Logic stuff.
* Featured in "troll physics," a form of [[ImageBoard 4chan's]] /v/ board's MSPaint comics.
** For example, bread always lands butter-side down. Cats always land on their feet. Therefore, attaching a piece of buttered bread to a cat's back will result in Anti-gravity.
* Several characters in ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' and its spinoffs have their moments of insanity. For example...
** Being fairly flaky at the best of times, Yuki is especially prone, particularly when she's upset. She sometimes [[http://www.menagea3.net/d/20101127.html recognizes when she's being unreasonable,]] though it doesn't always stick:
-->'''Yuki:''' He kissed another girl! How can he possibly do that when he doesn't even know that I might possibly be considering liking him?! Oh, right... All that stuff I just said...
** There are also Nathan's claims about his own sexuality, denying that he's at all gay despite starting each day out by having anal sex with one of his male subordinates.
* Utilized in [[http://www.cad-comic.com/cad/20070330 this]] and many other ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' comics, typically involving Ethan or (on a far weirder scale) Chef Brian ("I are pant").
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', most of the characters seem to think that [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2008-05-05 Tedd's explanation of the reason he maintains long hair]] is Insane Troll Logic. Oddly, it actually makes perfect sense. You see, Tedd looks ''very'' androgynous and would quite like to look more manly. But he keeps long hair anyway. If he cut his hair, he would look very slightly more manly but it would be obvious that the thing that makes him look so feminine is his actual face itself. If he keeps his hair in a really girly long hairstyle, then everyone at school with him assumes that he would look manly if not for his hair.
* In ''TalesOfZenith'', Tam O'Shanter says that it's JFK's fault the Oklahoma City Courthouse was bombed. "JFK appointed his brother Attorney General. This got Congress so mad they passed a law that the president can't appoint any relatives to a cabinet position. This meant that Bill Clinton couldn't appoint his wife Attorney General, so when Waco happened, instead of Hillary talking it out with David Koresh, Janet Reno allowed the FBI to use tanks and tear gas, and people couldn't get out and died. As a result, Timothy McVeigh saw what happened and decided to blow up the Oklahoma City Courthouse. That's why it's JFK's fault, if he hadn't appointed his brother Attorney General, Hillary would have been able to be appointed, and she's too politically savvy to have made the mistake Janet Reno did."
* ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' depicts an instance that actually happened to creator Greg Dean in [[TruthInTelevision real life]]: He tried to order a Pepsi in a Dave and Buster's, but was refused because he wasn't of age to drink alcohol yet (despite his repeated protestations that Pepsi isn't alcoholic). This gets a CallBack when Greg finally does hit the legal drinking age -- the first thing he does is go back to D&B's and say "I want a '''freaking''' Pepsi."
* ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' has [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2240#comic/ this]].
* [[http://mountaincomics.com/2011/06/13/last-igloo-on-the-moon/ All]] [[http://mountaincomics.com/2011/07/04/mountain-time-279/ over]] [[http://mountaincomics.com/2011/07/21/mountain-time-283/ the]] [[http://mountaincomics.com/2011/12/08/mountain-time-311/ place]] in ''Webcomic/MountainTime''. It even includes insane logic predicated on the [[http://mountaincomics.com/2014/01/20/mountain-time-526/ past deaths of people]] who are ''still alive''.
* Numerous Webcomic/{{xkcd}} comics employ this trope, particularly when involving Black Hat Guy.
* ''Webcomic/TheWhiteboard'': [[http://www.the-whiteboard.com/autotwb1154.html According to Doc]], he won't need a parachute when he next goes skydiving. He'll just bring along an extension cord or some welding leads, and [[MurphysLaw it's an even bet that they'll snag]] on ''something'' before he lands.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2006-05-20 Lil' Evil argues that Evilution -- the theory humans are descendents of Evil Monkeys -- must be true because Church people don't like it.]]
* From {{Webcomic/Homestuck}}:
** In one of the later chapters, Terezi attempts her hand at insane troll logic when she finds the [[spoiler:corpses of her recently murdered friends]]. According to Terezi, there is no way that it could be anyone but Vriska. To rule out any discrepancies in her logic, she fabricates her own story in which Vriska [[spoiler:murdered several trolls, then developed a taste for troll blood (which would explain the vampiric markings on the side of Feferi's neck)]]. She gives up on trying to explain it, acknowledging that her explanation is [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=005337 stupid and unlikely]]. However, this doesn't change her mind ''at all'' about the culprit, logic be damned. [[KnightTemplar She's not at her most sane by this point]].
** Post-scratch Derse apparently has its own version of Serious Business (a social network). [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=007469 The first time we see it]], a Dersite known as HATLIKER tells everyone that he accidentally sat on his favourite hat. What do the others suggest? Turning the hat upside-down and sit on it again to "unsit" on it.
* ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'':
** Suzette resorts to it when she's short of things to be righteously outraged about.
** Also, [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2009/06/28 insomniac logic is a special kind of logic]].
** And Casey's "skipped a grade" antics [[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2010/04/25 here]].
* Early in ''WebComic/BasicInstructions'' we had the redneck and Scott's own mother providing this. After Jenkins introduction, he became the poster child for using Insane Troll Logic to insist that he's right about everything. When Scott indulges in this himself, he pretty much [[LampshadeHanging hangs a lampshade]] on it by calling on Jenkins to support him.
* Nephilopolis in general runs on this in ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'', but the [[http://dresdencodak.com/2011/04/19/dark-science-09/ Department of Inquisition]] has a particularly fine line in it, concluding that something they just saw happen could not possibly have happened.
-->'''Head of Department''': Science is about finding the most credible explanation, and since Gary has the highest credibility score, you are a weather balloon.\\
'''Gary''': Dap. [FistBump with the "scientist" standing next to him]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Nagato uses this fairly often in WebAnimation/AnAkatsukisLife, to great success:
** During the Hangover arc, a talking cat explained to the Akatsuki that for understanding the events of the previous night, they had to follow the piglet's tail. Nagato's deciphering is as follows:
--> '''Nagato''': Well, in some language "tail" means "cola", and a piglet is often called "coca". So the answer is "[[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext Follow the Coca-cola]]"
* In ''WebVideo/JojosBizarreAdventureAbridged'', Joseph finally (not really) figures out the secret of Dio's Stand:
-->'''Joseph''': Wait a minute... time! Kronos was the god of time in Greek mythology. Greece won the Euro Cup in 2004. GeorgeWBush was re-elected in 2004. GeorgeWBush was impersonated in ''Film/HaroldAndKumarEscapeFromGuantanamoBay''. Kal Penn is in UsefulNotes/BarackObama's administration. Creator/WillSmith looks like Barack Obama. Will Smith's son is going to be in the next ''Karate Kid -- oh my god I got it!!
** [[LateArrivalSpoiler Spoiler Alert]]: Dio's stand, The World (known better as [[MemeticMutation ZA WARUDO!]]), stops time. [[spoiler:It ''doesn't'' breathe fire]].
* Played for laughs by ''WebVideo/LoadingReadyRun'' with Detective Riley, a recurring character who takes one look at a crime scene and uses free-associational logic to determine the culprit. [[RightForTHeWrongReasons Even though he's always right]] -- the police have already reached the same conclusion through completely rational means.
-->'''Detective Riley''': What have we here?
-->'''Officer Rodriguez''': A drug deal gone bad. Real bad.
-->'''Riley''': Well, the way I see it is this: the last ship that came into port here was the "Queen of Seville." Saint Isidore of Seville, patron saint of the Internet, born in 560 AD -- the same year Ethelbert succeeded his father Iormic as King of Kent. Clark Kent, mild mannered reporter, patrols Metropolis as Superman, also known by his Kryptonian name Kal-el. ''Series/TheLWord'', popular TV show about lesbians, and who doesn't like lesbians? I'll tell you who -- your murderer, Jeff Greenwood, known to the police as Jeffy G.
-->'''Rodriguez''': That was fascinating, but... we kinda already knew that. Jeffy G admitted the whole thing on his Website/YouTube channel this morning.
-->'''Riley''': [[{{Catchphrase}} Outstanding]].
** This seems to be standard detective training in the Victoria PD, as Rodriguez starts doing this too after being promoted.
* ''Website/CollegeHumor''
** "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbl-vMN2gzo Deceptive Deceptions]]". The fictional narrator "uncovers" an AncientConspiracy by tying together about two-and-a-half dozen people, companies, and organizations by truly nonsensical connections and flimsy associations. Case in point: John Candy.
** An "Extreme Anti-Smoking Ad" which basically says that smoking will eventually turn you into a Terminator.
* asdf.com:
-->""asdf" converted into Morse code is .- ... -.. ..-. If you take the .'s and convert them to 0's and take the -'s and convert them to 1's, you get the binary number of 010001000010, which is 1090 in decimal. The year 1090 just happens to be 2 years after Christodoulos of Patmos, supported by Emperor Alexius I Komnenos, founded the monastery of Saint John the Theologian on Patmos. Only * 4* years after the year 1090 AD... The First Crusade (1095-99) captured Jerusalem; and the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem begins. Now because the Crusade on Jerusalem happened only a short time after the crucial year 1090, we can convert the letters ASDF into the ancient Hebrew alphabet, and we get Aleph Vov Daled Samech (because of the differences in alphabets, these might not be accurate translations). We take the letters, and convert them into one word. Alephvovdaledsamech -- which converted phonetically sounds like "A lef volv da leads a mech". We can then read these sounds into words, and we get "A left Volvo does leads a mech." Going further, we get "A left Volvo does lead the mechanics", or "A left Volvo does lead the mechanical industry". We can then read into it, that a "left Volvo", obviously a car made in a country where you drive on the left side of the road, will one day lead the mechanical, or automobile industry. Ford Motors Inc. must have found out about this information before I could disclose it to you -- for they just bought Volvo. Ford is obviously trying to change this age-old Hebrew prophecy, and claim the automobile industry for themselves! You must rally the people! To the top of Mount Sinai! We shall stop them yet! ARMAGEDDON HAS BEGUN!!!!!
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* From a truly epic post on one of Website/GameFAQs's social boards, apparently talking about the origins of Franchise/WinnieThePooh:
-->Pooh backwards is Hoop. Like hula hoops, right?... Hula was invented in Hawaii. Hawaii was once part of an Asian country. Japan is in Asia... [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Japan was nuked]] Microwaves also nuke... Microwave... Micro! Micro means very small, like [[SelfDeprecation the chances I have of getting a date.]] Date... A calendar often tells dates. Calendars also often have pictures. Mostly pictures of puppies. Puppies grow up to be dogs. Like hot dogs! The best hot dogs are found in [[BigApplesauce New York]]. New York has the Yankees. [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar The Yankees fought the Confederates.]] Series/TheDukesOfHazzard had a Confederate flag on their car. Hazard... the word has a Z. Z's normally signify sleeping. Sleeping leads to dreams. In some dreams you're flying... flying like a plane. The Wright Brothers flew the first plane. And they were brothers. Like the show ''Series/BandOfBrothers''. That series was about a war. And about [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII WWII]]! WWII had Nazis. And [[GodwinsLaw Hitler]]. Hitler spelled backwards is [[SdrawkcabName Reltih]], which makes no sense. Sense, like [[SpiderSense SPIDER SENSE]]. Franchise/SpiderMan used spider sense to fight the Green Goblin. Green, green was the color used by [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Jupiter in that one cartoon]]. Jupiter... Jupiter has moons! Like Callisto. Callisto was also a gun in the game ''VideoGame/PerfectDark''. Dark... Moon... Jupiter? '''''Winnie the Pooh is from the dark side of Jupiter's moon, Callisto!'''''
** The best part may be how he gets ''this'' close to making a reasoning using World War II, evades it to go on a different tangent, and then goes ''back'' to WWII later on.
* This [[http://mythbuster43.blogspot.com/2013/12/proof-that-obama-is-cthulhu.html blog post]] figures out the true identity of UsefulNotes/BarackObama� [[Franchise/TheCthulhuMythos Cthulhu]].
* Used hilariously in Episode 2 of ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlue Red vs. Blue: Revelation]]''.
-->'''Grif:''' ''[after what appears to have been a completely ordinary radio conversation]'' Simmons sounded good. I guess he's got everything under control.\\
'''Sarge:''' Donut and Lopez are dead and Agent Washington has taken Simmons prisoner.\\
'''Grif:''' What?! Everything sounded fine to me!\\
'''Sarge:''' Think about it! How do you answer the radio at our base?\\
'''Grif:''' Thank you for calling Red Base, this is Private Grif, how may I assist you today. \\
'''Sarge:''' And we've drilled that since day one! Simmons answered "Hi." That was my first clue. \\
'''Grif:''' So maybe he's just ups--\\
'''Sarge:''' He also said that the radio was in disrepair. When does Lopez ever let something go without the proper maintenance? \\
'''Grif:''' Never!\\
'''Sarge:''' And look at the time.\\
'''Grif:''' Can't, clock's broken.\\
'''Sarge:''' It's 17:30! And everybody knows that 17:30 is...\\
'''Grif:''' Donut's daily wine and cheese hour!\\
'''Sarge:''' I didn't hear any tinkling glasses, did you? \\
'''Grif:''' You're right!\\
'''Sarge:''' He also mentioned that the weather was "rainier", and as we all know, Mt. Rainier is the biggest land mass in the state of... Washington!\\
'''Grif:''' We do? Uh, I mean, we do!\\
'''Sarge:''' How many Washingtons do we know?\\
'''Grif:''' Did he mean Agent Washington?\\
'''Sarge:''' And who's the biggest mess we know associated with Washington? \\
'''Grif:''' The Meta!\\
'''Sarge:''' So the Meta and Washington have teamed up to kill Donut and Lopez and now they're holding Simmons and Doc prisoner.\\
'''Grif:''' We have to help them! Wait, Doc? How do you know he's there?\\
'''Sarge:''' Please, Grif, it's so obvious! I don't want to insult your intelligence by explaining every little detail.
** Most humorously of all, Simmons was not actually trying to send a coded message, yet Sarge was completely correct!
** Most of that conversation is superfluous context. The Insane Troll Logic is the part where ''Sarge'' told ''Grif'' he didn't want to insult his intelligence.
** Caboose does this frequently.
--->'''Caboose:''' Time... line? Time is not made out of lines. [[TimeyWimeyBall It is made out of circles.]] That is why clocks are round!
** Wash gets a moment of his own in episode 5 of season 10 when he and York first meet North's AI, Theta, and concludes that it's weird for Theta to be small, yet somehow it's perfectly normal for York's AI Delta to be small... because Delta is green. In the words of York:
--->'''York:''' How does that even make sense?
* ''WebVideo/NonePiece'': Zoro in Episode 4 while ranting with Buggy ''DEFINITELY'' counts.
-->''*After Buggy has stabbed Zoro in the back*''\\
'''Zoro''': "DAMMIT! YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE!"\\
'''Buggy''': "..."\\
'''Zoro''': "FUCK! WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU! GOD!"\\
'''Buggy''': "...You cut me into pieces."\\
'''Zoro''': "I WAS FUCKING KIDDING! ...FUCK YOU! YOU'RE AN ASSHOLE!"
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic uses this when he gets a friendly message from WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd to find a hidden code. After ridiculous leaps of logic and cryptography that would make a Creator/DanBrown protagonist proud, he concludes that it's absolutely nothing. Until viewed in a mirror, that is...
** Done to hilarious effect in ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'' when the Nostalgia Critic is rallying the others to invade Molassia. He convinces his friends that they want to be like the Nazis right after condemning them for being like the Nazis.
** Later, Sage uses another variant of this when he comes to the conclusion that holding an Uzi makes you immortal, the reasoning being he's holding one ''right now'' and he's still alive. He also claimed smoking was not only healthy for you, but was highly recommended for pregnant women. Though that time he was just holding the chart upside down.
* Kurama uses this to navigate Maze Castle in episode 18 of ''WebVideo/YuYuHakushoAbridged''.
* From [[http://gallifreybase.com/forum/showthread.php?t=56225 a post]] on the DoctorWhoForums, arguing that Creator/VincentVanGogh is the Master in disguise:
-->1. van Gogh, as we discover in '[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E10VincentAndTheDoctor Vincent and the Doctor]]', is mad. The Master is also mad.\\
2. van Gogh was deeply unpopular with the local rubes. The Master was terribly charismatic and brilliant at manipulating local rubes to his advantage (cf. '[[Recap/DoctorWhoS8E5TheDaemons The Daemons]]'). If the Master were trying to hide his true nature, what better way than to appear deeply unpopular with the locals?\\
3. van Gogh could see the Krafayis when nobody else could see it. This is probably a Time Lord ability to see things nobody else can see.\\
4. Alternatively, a bio-upgrade of some sort given to him offscreen during '[[Recap/DoctorWhoS22E3TheMarkOfTheRani The Mark of the Rani]]'.\\
5. No one can agree on the correct pronunciation of 'van Gogh'. Got to be an allusion to the many different names the Master has used throughout his career.\\
6. I seem to recall in one serial during the seventies the Master expressed an interest in painting.\\
7. The name 'Vincent van Gogh' is an anagram of '[[ShapedLikeItself Vincent van Gogh]]', the alias used by the Master in this story.\\
8. ''Tony'' Curran. Anthony '''Tony''' Ainley. Do I have to spell this out, people?\\
9. Being a man, he's definitely not Susan, Romana, the Rani or Rose, the only other possible candidates for a character in a Doctor Who story. Although there is a slim chance he is secretly the eighth Doctor, played by Paul [=McGann=].\\
10. In one of the deleted scenes for this episode, van Gogh laughs maniacally and screams, 'I am the Master', before turning into the Master.\\
I believe the evidence is clear.
* Gaming news site ''Rock Paper Shotgun'' presents [[http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2010/08/02/the-harm-of-gaming-we-present-the-facts/ the facts]] about harmful gaming.
--> ''Nearly twice as many Americans own gun-displaying consoles than those who own the types of guns that require a license and paperwork to purchase. No such paperwork is necessary when buying an Xbox, and yet still teenagers will kill each other in the streets.''
* The ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'' [[http://www.the-editing-room.com/angelsdemons.html abridged script]] provides several examples:
-->TOM HANKS looks up ILLUMINATI in the encyclopedia in the VATICAN'S SUPER SECRET LIBRARY.\\
TOM HANKS: Hmm, the word Illuminati first appears on page three of this book. Three... the third ninja turtle mentioned in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles theme song is Raphael the first cardinal must be in Raphael's tomb!\\
TOM HANKS: Let's see here we're in a tomb. Tomb like Tombstone pizza, which is circular. Circular is the opposite of square.. of course! To Saint Peter's Square!\\
TOM HANKS: Condoms... condoms are sometimes called johnnies... John James was the architect that rebuilt St. Mary's Church of course, the third cardinal is in a church!\\
AYELET ZURER: WHY THE HELL IS THIS WORKING!?\\
AYELET ZURER: Wait let me try one. Okay, so this guy was chained up... chains are often used for construction work... the fourth cardinal is at a construction site!\\
TOM HANKS: What? Don�t be stupid. The fourth element is water, so he's in a fountain.
* [[http://sydlexia.com/ducktales_is_impossible_and_reality_is_a_lie.htm SydLexia explains that Duck Tales for the NES is impossible using Zeno's Paradox, then follows up by saying that he is omnipotent, then says he is not omnipotent, and finally concludes with the revelation that this reality is a gigantic lie.]]
** Coming up with utterly insane analyses of old video games is a [[http://sydlexia.com/vald/impossible_mission.htm recurring]] [[http://www.sydlexia.com/make_love_the_contra_way.htm theme]] [[http://sydlexia.com/super_mario_seven_deadly_sins.htm on the]] [[http://sydlexia.com/pac-nihilism.htm site]] (though some of them are more believable than others.)
* An intentional invocation of this is a new meme out there: [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/troll-science-troll-physics Troll Physics/Troll Science]]. This consists of utilizing Insane Troll Logic for hilarious effects with science. The page there shows a lot of examples regarding Troll Science.
* A poster on Yahoo! Answers' infamous Religion & Spirituality forum once used the following argument to "prove" said forum was Satan
-->"Devil" spelled backwards is "lived". Does this mean Satan is now dead?
-->Also, "devil" pronounced backwards is "livid". He must be pissed about being dead.

-->And if you take "livid", drop the first and last letters, and convert what remains into a single symbol, you get M, who is James Bond's boss. As we know, the James Bond series was written by Ian Fleming, who is not to be confused with fellow writer Anne Fleming, who comes from Canada, which is also the name of an indie-folk-rock band, "band" being a word meaning "a belt, strap, or ring". And if you've won a belt in the ring, you're probably a wrestler, which is derived from a much more real sport that was very popular in ancient Greece, which sounds like "grease" which is a substance found in many fatty foods including chips, which are a key component in the manufacture of computers, the invention of which is attributed to Alan Turing (1912-1954). 1954 is when the first nuclear powered submarine was launched. It was called the Nautilus, named after the submarine driven my Captain Nemo, who was once played by James Mason. "Mason" is used as shorthand for "Freemason", which uses a draftsman's compass in their logo. Compass also refers to a navigational instrument which uses the earth's magnetic fields to point North, which is the opposite of South, which is where fried chicken comes from, "chicken" being slang for a kilogram of cocaine, which used to be used in the manufacture of Coca-Cola, makers of Sprite, a type of mythical water spirit, "spirit" being the root of the word "spirituality" as in "Religion & Spirituality", therefore R&S is Satan!
* [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/the-only-argument-internet-in-favor-sopa/ Soren of]] Website/{{Cracked}} explains why you should support SOPA[[note]]If you believe that, you deserve a Website/{{Darwin Award|s}}...[[/note]]
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', after learning his sister is in Los Angeles, Light worries about what might happen to her, having watched [[GangsterLand movies about what goes on in L.A.]] Mr. Yagami follows this train of "logic" and concludes that [[WrongGenreSavvy L.A. is going to get invaded by space aliens.]]
* In WebSite/WolframAlpha it is [[http://www.wolframalpha.com/input/?i=why+are+fire+trucks+red%3F explained why]] fire engines are red:
--> Because they have eight wheels and four people in them, and eight plus four make twelve, and there are twelve inches in a foot, and one foot is a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was a ruler, and Queen Elizabeth was also a ship, and ships sail seas, and in the seas are fish, and fish have fins, and Finns fought the Russians, and the Russians are red. That is why the fire engines are red.
* ''WebVideo/CodeMENT'', like most Abridged Series, lives on this.
--> C.C.: You're a whole new level of stupid.
--> Lelouch: Ah, but who is more stupid? A person trying to kill themselves, or a person trying to kill a person trying to kill themselves?!
--> C.C.: ...
--> Lelouch: Yeah, that's what I thought.
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'':
** Rarity is making dresses for her friends, and asks Rainbow Dash what she wants her dress to look like:
-->'''Rainbow:''' I wanna look like my parents.\\
'''Rarity:''' Well, what do they look like?\\
'''Rainbow:''' I dunno? I was dead before they were born.\\
'''Rarity:''' Wait. You were dead before ''they'' were born?\\
'''Rainbow:''' Obviously, if they haven't been born yet, then I must still be dead? Duh.\\
'''Rarity:''' That's a... interesting ideology.\\
'''Rainbow:''' Ideology? I'm not Buddhist.
** As Fluttershy is modeling one of Rarity's dresses:
-->'''Rarity:''' I own those clothes. You are wearing my clothes. According to proper logic, I own you, so no running away or anything.
* Website/TimeCube. It barely needs explanation -- because, well it doesn't have any. It has to be ''the'' most brain-meltingly insane form of this trope in the history of existence.
* Used in ''WebAnimation/{{Ducktalez}} 6'' to figure out Quackerjack's plan, as a reference to the 60's Batman series.
* WebVideo/TheRapCritic calls this out in one of his "Worst Lyrics I've Ever Heard" videos.
-->'''Ace Hood''': You fall in love with all these bitches that's a no-no! You pillow talking with these hoes, you's a homo!
-->'''Rap Critic''': Really now? So talking to a woman is what qualifies you as gay.
** Cue a skit illustrating the ridiculousness of this.
-->'''Rap Critic''': (''in bed'') Oh my god, baby, I have to tell you, that was some of the best-
-->'''RC''' (''as a woman'') Oh my god, my boyfriend's gay!
-->'''RC''': (''as Ace Hood'') HOMO!!! The only three words you should say to a woman in bed after sex are "where's", "my", and "sandwich"!
* ''Blog/WhatIf'': Spelling out what is admitted up-front to be "wild ballpark calculations" for "[[http://what-if.xkcd.com/4/ A Mole of Moles]]" [[ZigZaggingTrope comes off sounding like this despite being perfectly sound (albeit mathematically flawed) reasoning]].
-->''I can pick up a mole (animal) and throw it.[citation needed] Anything I can throw weighs one pound. One pound is one kilogram. The number 602,214,129,000,000,000,000,000 looks about twice as long as a trillion, which means it's about a trillion trillion. I happen to remember that a trillion trillion kilograms is how much a planet weighs.''
* LetsPlay/{{Jayuzumi}} encounters a gamer and trolling victim by the name of "cider dude" during the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OV6_-IBoJFQ "Bad Violin Trolling"]] episode, who uses this against him. Whereas the more GenreSavvy players opt to mute Jay immediately for his annoying behaviour, cider dude reasons that it would be better to leave him unmuted and file an official complaint against him, reasoning that a system so huge naturally would respond to him instantly and automatically rule in his favour. All the while, cider dude gets more annoyed and finally starts shouting at the top of his lungs, clearly outraged that his way of thinking isn't working as he hoped.
* Cook St Productions' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MiC9X_MoE1M Pitch Perfect 237]], which as the title would suggest, parodies ''Room 237'' (and theories about "hidden messages" in pop culture in general) by using free association to prove that ''Film/PitchPerfect'' is about 9/11.
* According to ''Website/SomethingAwful''[='s=] parody of ''Website/TimeCube'', [[http://www.somethingawful.com/fakesa/learning_triangle/ "The Learning Triangle,"]] copper is made of circles, which is a lie because the Earth is not round, while triangles make up all other elements as well as mountains and are proof of {{Jesus}}.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' are frequently prone to this. Given their complete idiocy though, it's practically a given.
** One hilarious example is in "Sexual Harassment" where they sue a girl for sexual harassment. They think she is harassing them because she [[RagingStiffie gave them erections]] for being so hot.
* In the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'':
-->'''Duke''': Why the hell do you have to [[StrawCritic be so critical]]?\\
'''Jay''': I'm a critic.\\
'''Duke''': No, your job is to rate movies on a scale from good to excellent.\\
'''Jay''': What if I don't like them?\\
'''Duke''': That's what "good" is for.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In the episode "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS17E21TheMonkeySuit The Monkey Suit]]", creationists seeking to ban the teaching of evolution succeed by getting a scientist to testify in court that evolution is a myth -- a scientist with a degree in "Truthology" from "Christian Tech". It's a shot at "doctors" like [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kent_Hovind Kent Hovind]] and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Baugh Carl Baugh]]. Both of which got their doctorate degrees the old fashioned way, by buying them.
** In an earlier episode, "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E23MuchApuAboutNothing Much Apu About Nothing]]", an isolated incident involving a bear wandering into Springfield is responded to by the creation of a multi-million dollar "Bear Patrol". When Homer states that the organization is stopping bears from coming into town, Lisa compares his logic to claiming that the ordinary rock she's holding is a potent tiger repellent, since there aren't any tigers around. Homer, naturally, offers to buy the rock.
** Another funny example is in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E4BartTheMurderer Bart The Murderer]]", where Fat Tony "explains" to Bart how hijacking a truckload of cigarettes isn't wrong.
--->'''Bart''': Uh, say, are you guys crooks?\\
'''Fat Tony''': Bart, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?\\
'''Bart''': No.\\
'''Fat Tony''': Well, suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?\\
'''Bart''': Uh uh.\\
'''Fat Tony''': And, what if your family don't like bread? They like... cigarettes?\\
'''Bart''': I guess that's okay.\\
'''Fat Tony''': Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was ''practically'' giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart?\\
'''Bart''': Hell, ''no''.
** "If God wanted us to be vegetarians, He wouldn't have made animals out of meat!"
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS6E13AndMaggieMakesThree And Maggie Makes Three]]" when Bart and Lisa are talking about what gender the new baby (Maggie) will turn out to be:
--->'''Lisa:''' I hope it's a girl.\\
'''Bart:''' You know nothing about genetics, Lis: it goes boy [[note]]Bart Simpson[[/note]], girl [[note]]Lisa Simpson[[/note]], boy [[note]]new baby[[/note]], girl.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS2E12TheWayWeWas The Way We Was]]":
--->'''Mrs. B.''': This year's topic is `Resolved: The national speed limit should be lowered to 55 miles per hour.'!\\
'''Homer''': 55? That's ridiculous! Sure, it'll save a few lives, but millions will be late!
*** Earlier in the same episode:
---->'''Barney''': Hey, Homer, you're late for English!\\
'''Homer''': Pffft, English. Who needs that. I'm never going to England.
** Yet another example comes from "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS12E7TheGreatMoneyCaper The Great Money Caper]]". When Homer abandons Bart at the marina after an unfruitful attempt at street magic performance, passersby take pity on him and fill his magic hat with cash. Bart arrives back home later to an amazed Homer, who wonders if Bart could try it again:
--->'''Homer''': We could make a fortune!\\
'''Bart''': But wouldn't that make us con artists?\\
'''Homer''': Well, yeah, but... God conned ''me'' out of sixty-five hundred bucks in car repairs.\\
'''Bart''': So, in a way, we'd just be balancing out the universe.\\
'''Homer''': There you go! We'd be stealing from people we know! It's just like the seasons!
** "But, Lisa, if we start conserving, the environmentalists win!"
** During a snowstorm, Homer mocks Lisa's belief in global warming, and she says global warming can have this result.
--->'''Homer''': I see. So youre saying warming makes it colder. Well, arent you the queen of crazy land! Everythings the opposite of everything!
** A {{flashback}} scene in "Homer the Great" showed that when Homer was a kid, the other kids in the neighborhood named their club the "No Homers Club" just so he couldn't join. But they let Homer Glumglitch join, claiming that "no Homers" meant ''plural''; they could have one. (KidsAreCruel ''and'' bad at grammar, it seems.)
** In "Bart on the Road":
-->'''Homer''': [[TrademarkFavoriteFood Donut?]]
-->'''Lisa''': No thanks. Don't you have any fruit?
-->'''Homer''': This has purple stuff inside. Purple is a fruit.
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS10E1LardOfTheDance Lard of the Dance]]" where Homer buys bacon to get its grease to sell:
-->'''Bart''': You're spending more money on bacon than you're getting for the grease.
-->'''Homer''': Yeah, but your mother pays for the bacon.
-->'''Bart''': Doesn't she get her money from you?
-->'''Homer''': And I get my money from grease. What's the problem?
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS11E12TheMansionFamily The Mansion Family]]" the family are hired to watch Mr. Burns' house whilst he's away; Burns' rationale for choosing Homer for the job:
-->'''Burns''': Who's that fellow who always screws up and creates havoc?
-->'''Smithers''': Homer Simpson, sir? [''He indicates a CCTV screen which shows Homer enter his workstation and begin sawing through the console for no apparent reason'']
-->'''Burns''': Yes. The way I see it, he's due for a good performance!
::And for a dose of GeniusBonus, it also succinctly points out the inherent insane troll logic in the so-called "Law of Averages".
** In "Bart's Comet": After the comet fails to hit Springfield and burns up in the polluted atmosphere, Moe blames the observatory for the cause of the approaching comet. "[[ScienceIsBad Let's go burn down the observatory so this'll never happen again]]."
** In "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS5E17BartsGetsAnElephant Bart Gets An Elephant]]" Homer considers selling Stampy the Elephant to an ivory dealer. He tells a worried Lisa that someone with lots of ivory is less likely to harm Stampy than one whose ivory supplies are low.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** In "Child Abduction is Not Funny", the South Park parents grow increasingly afraid of their children being kidnapped, to the point that when they learn that most children get abducted by one of their parents, they start fearing that THEY will abduct their children. Therefore, they send them away to live in the woods, [[ItMakesSenseInContext and they join some Mongolians tearing down the wall the parents made the Chinese guy build]].
** In "Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" Cartman uses this to blame Kyle for 9/11: 11 has two 1's, 1 + 1 = 2, if you add 9 and 2, you get 92 which is how much Kyle got on a spelling test shortly after 9/11. Therefore, Kyle planned 9/11.[[note]]It's even more hilarious when you consider that Kyle would have been 4 years old when it happened.[[/note]] Most likely intended to parody ''Film/TheNumber23''. The entire movie is composed of such calculations.
** In "Dances With Smurfs" Cartman uses Radio/GlennBeck's method of choosing a bunch of keywords, taking the first letter of each and using them to spell something out. '''K'''eywords he associates with Wendy are '''I'''ntegrated, '''L'''eftist, '''L'''iberal, '''S'''ocialist, '''M'''odern, '''U'''topian, '''R'''eformed, '''F'''arce and '''S'''chool. Therefore, Wendy Testaburger wants to '''KILL SMURFS'''. Which is extremely ironic once you remember that "SMURF" itself has been proposed to be an acronym for '''S'''oviet '''M'''en '''U'''nder '''R'''ed '''F'''ather. So, in short, Wendy's a leftist for wanting to kill Communists!
** In the episode "Cancelled", there is a scientist who correctly determines what he should do in a given situation using association gone so far it delves straight into Insane Troll Logic. This is presumably inspired by heavily exaggerating the EurekaMoment Creator/JeffGoldblum's character has in ''Film/IndependenceDay'' and running with it.
** In order to convince Butters to run away to Somalia with him to become pirates Cartman reminded him how horrible his life in South Park was, namely how he was harassed and ridiculed in school daily...mostly by Cartman.
** And of course, "Chef Aid":
--->'''Johnnie Cochran''': ...ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, [[ChewbaccaDefense this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!]]
** The episode "A History Channel Thanksgiving" parodies the ITL of the aforementioned ''Series/AncientAliens''.
** Cartman relies on drinking Mountain Dew in order to stay awake and not [[DeathAsComedy die of boredom]] during the Season 16 episode "I Should Have Never Gone Ziplining". This combined with his [[BigEater usual diet]] causes all kinds of [[ToiletHumor bowel mishaps]]. When he resorts to drinking "Double Dew", a drink with twice the caffeine and sugar as regular Mountain Dew, Kyle points out the aforementioned harmful effects. Cartman points out that what he's drinking is actually ''Diet'' Double Dew, with only half the caffeine and sugar as regular Double Dew. Which, if you "[[{{Pun}} dew the math]]", means he's drinking regular Mountain Dew.
** People from a BadFuture replacing everyone at their jobs because they work for pretty much no pay? [[SarcasmMode Obviously,]] the logical choice of action is to start a protest wherein men publicly jump on a huge pile of testosterone and attempt to convince as many men as possible to become homosexual so as to destroy humanity's future and prevent the future immigrants from existing in the first place.
* Master Shake uses this quite often on ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce''. One notable example is when he decided that the bus outside of the Aqua Teens' house was possessed by the ghost of {{Dracula}}. When Frylock disputes this by pointing out that it's 2:00 in the afternoon, Shake then claims that the bus is a "[[OurVampiresAreDifferent reverse vampire]]."
-->'''Frylock''' (''using his scanning device''): The call is coming from inside that school bus!\\
'''Shake''': Inside the bus? It '''is''' the bus! The bus of the undead! Vampires!\\
'''Frylock''': I'm not detecting any vampiritic activity. Besides, it's 2 o' clock in the afternoon.\\
'''Shake''': It's... it's a ''reverse vampire''! They crave the sun! Love it. They love to get tans.\\
'''Frylock''': Really? And where do they come from?\\
'''Shake''': Uh... Tansylvania?\\
'''Frylock''': Oh, no. No, no, no way in the world!\\
'''Shake''': See the wheels? Those are the markings.\\
'''Frylock''': Where do you ''get'' this stuff?
** It [[FromBadToWorse goes downhill from there]]. And this is a fairly standard episode of the show.
** Other characters also rely on Insane Troll Logic, including Carl, Meatwad, the Mooninites, the Plutonians -- even the [[OverlyLongName Cybernetic Ghost of]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Christmas Past From the Future]]. Basically, all of the main and recurring characters except for [[TheSmartGuy Frylock]] (and even he's not completely immune).
** MC Pee Pants also deserves a special mention. In his ''first appearance'' as a [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext giant spider wearing a diaper]], he creates a rap CD that induces an intense desire in the listener to eat candy. After giving the listeners directions in the rap to an abandoned warehouse where they can supposedly get said candy, he lies in wait and then straps them into chairs in order to use their [[HumanResources brain energy]] to power a giant drill. This is so that he can drill down into Hell and release demons to start a pyramid scheme involving diet pills. His subsequent plans in later episodes are just as insane...
** His scheme to make a rap CD and then release it exclusively in Transylvania (Meatwad had to ''import a copy'') so that a vampire fan would come to bite him and make him a vampire ''actually worked.'' [[TooDumbToLive But then he stepped out in the sunlight.]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Metalocalypse}}'' has the members of Dethklok worried about upcoming medical tests. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZ6Ex8E1q50 They decide to detox by drinking bleach.]]
-->'''Nathan''': Bleach is mostly water. We're mostly water. Therefore, we are bleach.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The villagers who tried Aang for his past life Kyoshi's involvement in the death of their great leader[[note]]who it was revealed was a bullying warlord who tried to [[BullyingADragon push Avatar Kyoshi around]] and died because he was too stupid to back down.[[/note]] used logic that failed so badly and was basically just, "We feel this way, so there." that the only way the episode could end was by them just getting over it (of course she actually was guilty, but that's neither here nor there).
** Notably the ''entire justice system'' of the town is tailored to fit Insane Troll Logic, with the biggest issue for the Gaang being that ''the defendant '''may not submit evidence''' to prove their innocence'', reducing the whole trial to they-say-I-say against a jury made entirely of people raised in the town that believe in the defendant's guilt. Notably when Aang is in jail, everyone in there is a perfectly reasonable person, suggesting the system really is just that messed up.
** Sentencing was the job of a game of "Wheel of Fortune". At the end of the episode, there's a new festival, where they eat little Aangs made of raw dough to symbolize how they commuted sentencing (boiled in hot oil, in this case) in favor of convincing the Avatar to save their sorry skins.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** Peter proves that (in his words) "cripples aren't cool". His favorite actor, Mark Harmon, doesn't need a wheelchair. Mark Harmon is cool. Therefore people who need wheelchairs aren't cool and shouldn't be allowed in his restaurant.
** Lois explaining to Chris in "Excellence in Broadcasting" that everything Fox News reports on is a lie. Even if it's true, it instantly becomes a lie if Fox News mentions it. Note that this is used to explain away [[ContinuityNod the earlier revelation that Rush Limbaugh and Fred Savage were the same person, something Lois herself discovered and reported on for Fox]].
** Peter tries making his own Red Bull, and uses mostly kerosene, reasoning that Red Bull and kerosene are both fuel, so kerosene equals Red Bull. When Brian points out the sheer insanity of this and the fact that the drink will probably kill Peter, Peter responds with "Brian, whatever kills me makes me stronger". Peter came to the conclusion that putting jet fuel in his pickup truck would make it fly.
** Lois, in a fit of rage, exclaims, "Sometimes I feel like I'm married to a child!". Peter replies that if she's married to a child, then she's a pedophile, and that he'll be damned if he'll stand there and be lectured by a pervert.
** When Brian is fighting for custody of (what he thinks are) his puppies:
---> '''Lawyer:''' Mr. Griffin, which of the following two phrases best describes Brian Griffin: Problem Drinker or African-American Haberdasher?\\
'''Peter:''' Uh, do I-I guess problem drinker, but that's uh-\\
'''Lawyer:''' Thank you. Now: Sexual deviant or magic picture that if you stare at it long enough, you see something?\\
'''Peter:''' Well, sexual deviant, but that other one's not even, eh-\\
'''Lawyer:''' Thank you.
** "Who cares what you think, you're a dog. You can't see colors, which means you can't see the colors of the American flag. [[DirtyCommunists Commie]]."
** A RunningGag in the series combines this with PaperThinDisguise in that a character (Peter and Mort) pretends to be something they're not (Peter pretending to be a [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot cowboy astronaut]] to impress his high school classmates at a reunion, and Mort disguising himself as a Catholic Priest to get through Nazi Germany unhindered), and the disguise is blown all because some normally easily-removed article of clothing is...well, easily removed. (Peter's cowboy hat, and Mort's priest collar)
** In the aforementioned 'Road' Time Travel episode, Mort is exposed when a real priest walks up, and the Gestapo officer looks confused and says "What? TWO Priests?!" -- as if there can't possibly be more than one priest in any one spot.
** In "PTV", the FCC has a meeting over an incident where someone's genitals were exposed on live TV. One of the men in the meeting says they received twenty calls complaining about the event and goes on to say that one person equals a billion people. Therefore, twenty callers equals twenty billion people.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superfriends}}''
** As with the ''Batman'' examples above, the Super Friends' dealings with the Riddler when he joined the Legion of Doom involved this trope. In any of these situations, it's difficult to be sure which is worse: that the Riddler could come up with this nonsense or that the heroes could figure it out?
** In another example, two of the Super Friends go back in time and get stuck there with no way to return. Aquaman, the genius that he is, walks to the exact location of where the Hall of Justice will be tens of thousands of years in the future. When he gets there, he takes out his communicator and turns on the homing beacon, then ''buries'' the communicator. Why? The communicator will appear in the future. Superman will be able to hear it and will know what it means, then go back in time to rescue them. Which would work if carbon dating had been invented and if the communicator (already shown to be nigh indestructible) had enough carbon to be dated successfully and enough battery to last all that time. When digging the foundation for the Hall of Justice, it would be found. A few time-hops (a few dozen probably to get the date right), and then young Supes would come up, ask when in time they wanted to go, and voila. It's bad when you can make these things work easily.
*** That little "trick" has been done in a ''lot'' of different cartoons (almost always successfully) where TimeTravel is involved, and this was neither the first nor last. (Probably the worst offender was in ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'', where Omi found himself stuck in the past, so he went to where he knew Wuya's palace would be built, and actually ''froze himself'' using the Shen Gong Wu he had so that he could take a 5,000-year nap and be woken up in his own time, underneath the palace, after it had been built. (And the plan ''actually worked''.) The proper Trope for this trick would likely be ArtisticLicense and maybe, in some cases, CartoonPhysics.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', Crocker thinks that Timmy loaned his fairy godparents to Tootie. He's right, but he's suspicious not because the entire town of Dimmsdale is celebrating her birthday, but because her cake has ''real'' buttercream icing. Come to think of it, the same could be said for a lot of situations that make Crocker think Timmy has fairies. Crocker once had an argument with Steven Hawking about basic addition, which ended up with Hawking proving that [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 2+2=5]]. From the end of the episode: "Hawking! I've done the math! Two plus two isn't five! It's SIX!!! SIIIIIX!!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''
** In ''Roughly Squeaking'', mice Hubie and Bertie convince Claude the cat that he's actually a lion (and that the bulldog outside is a pelican). Hubie's logic; "A lion is a member of the cat family, so that means that a cat is a member of the lion family!"
** After being pelted by a snowball, the VillainOfTheWeek ask WesternAnimation/BugsBunny how he can make snowballs in the summer, Bugs responds with, "It's too cold to make them in the winter".
* Malory from ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' degenerates into this sometimes. For example:
-->'''Archer:''' That wasn't her fault! Who puts Oxycontin in a Xanax bottle?\\
'''Malory:''' People with servants! Idiot.\\
'''Archer:''' But if they're stealing pills, how does it help to switch the labels?\\
'''Malory:''' Because they can't read English!\\
'''Archer:''' (laughing)Okay... I'm gonna go, and leave you to rethink that whole train of reasoning.
** Or this gem in "Diversity Hire:"
--->'''Malory:''' Lana Kane, just because you're not the only black field agent...\\
'''Lana:''' Hey! That's not...\\
'''Malory:''' "Urban," whatever. You come in here and accuse Conway of...what, exactly?\\
'''Lana:''' OK, I can't prove anything right now, but that's\\
'''Malory:''' ...but that didn't stop J. Edna Hoover from prosecuting Martin Luther King, now did it?\\
'''Lana:''' What does that have to do with...wait, "J. Edna?"\\
'''Malory:''' You never heard? That J. Edgar Hoover was this huge crossdressing chicken-hawk?\\
'''Lana:''' I had not.\\
'''Malory:''' Well, that's exactly the kind of slanderous and unsubstantiated rumor that I will not tolerate at ISIS. Think about THAT while you're on suspension!\\
'''Lana:''' While I'm on ''what?''\\
'''Malory:''' What, are you deaf ''and'' racist?\\
'''Lana:''' I'm black!\\
'''Malory:''' Oh, put it back in the deck.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyBravo'' parodied the ''Series/{{Batman}}''-style logic with an AdamWesting Adam West, helping Johnny look for his missing mother.
-->'''Adam West:''' ''(reading fortune cookie)'' "Your heart's afire"...hmm, that rhymes with "tarts on a wire", which in turn sounds like "carts for hire"...Billy, your Momma's at the golf course!
* What's [[WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}} the World's Oldest Woman's]] reasoning that the egg came before the chicken? Because you have eggs for breakfast and chicken for lunch, naturally.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has its fair share.
-->'''Morgan Proctor:''' Why isn't this jacket in alphabetical order?\\
'''Leela:''' What?!\\
'''Morgan:''' The zipper. It should be at the bottom.
** And then there's this little saying:
--->'''Fry:''' Thanks to denial, I'm immortal.
** Farnsworth has a nefarious habit of this as well. Given that he's Fry's descended nephew, [[JustifiedTrope it makes sense]]. To him, having his crew being sent on tedious and life-threatening suicide missions is "good news [[{{Catchphrase}} (everyone!)]]". When they are finally given a break at the beginning of "The Sting" by not having to go on ''the very mission that killed the previous Planet Express crew'', Farnsworth tells them "Bad news, everyone! You're not good enough to go on our next mission!"
** The whole Waterfall family, implementing this with HypocriticalHumor. Free Waterfall, Sr. is this UpToEleven:
--> '''Waterfall Sr.''': Now, now, no applause. Every time you clap your hands, you kill thousands of spores, which will someday form into nutritious fungus. Just show your appreciation with a mold-friendly thumbs-up.
-->''(Members of Penguins, Unlimited do so with awkward grins)''
-->'''Waterfall, Sr.''': Please, hold your thumbs til the end.
** In "Bendless Love", Bender suspects girlfriend Anglelyne of harboring feelings for her ex, Flexo, a bending model robot that looks almost exactly like Bender. Bender disguises himself as Flexo and seduces Anglelyne using some decidedly un-Flexo-like moves, then reveals the ruse and angrily accuses her of loving Flexo so much that she even loves "anyone pretending to be him." She replies that maybe she just loves ''Bender'' so much that she'll love him no matter who he's pretending to be.
-->'''Bender:''' Oh, how I wish I could believe or understand that!
* This happens in the episode "Go Fish" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar''. It all starts out fairly normally (considering the source) with King Julien and Skipper claiming that [[GambitPileup they somehow managed]] [[IKnowYouKnowIKnow to out-think the other]], when Skipper has this gem: "But what you didn't see coming is that I am actually you!" and he pulls off a penguin costume to reveal that he is [[MindScrew Julien.]] Julien counters with "But if you are me, then by processing of elimination, I must be you!" and pulls off a costume to reveal that he's [[UpToEleven Skipper.]] The other characters are appropriately baffled by the exchange.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BeastMachines'', this is the basis of Obsidian and Strika's [[MyMasterRightOrWrong My Master]] / [[MyCountryRightOrWrong Country Right Or Wrong]] attitude. Their loyalty is to Cybertron first and foremost, and according to them, whoever is ruling Cybertron ''is'' Cybertron, so they'll follow that person without question. Their fellow Vehicon Thrust eventually calls them on this (paraphrased):
-->"If you're loyal to ''anyone'', doesn't that mean you're loyal to ''no one''?"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In "[=MMMystery=] on the Friendship Express", Pinkie Pie makes wild assumptions that the other three bakers were responsible for eating her cake, skipping the part where you give reasons to your conclusions entirely. Twilight quickly points out that each of her claims were ridiculous.
** In "Applebuck Season", a sleep-deprived Applejack uses this to justify [[ICantHearYou all the ways she mishears]] Pinkie Pie's list of ingredients for the muffins they're making.
-->'''Pinkie Pie:''' A cup of flour...\\
'''Applejack:''' "A cup o' sour?" Well, lemons are sure sour...
** Rainbow Dash has had this on occasions. First when Rarity asked her how to make a dress, she wanted her to make it ''[[MemeticMutation twenty percent cooler]].'' Another instance we have her wanting to choose a pet, and she lists "coolness, awesomeness, and radicalness" as three different categories, and of course she never explains the difference.
** Twilight Sparkle, while normally logical and calculating, has fallen to this a few times, most notably when she's trying to impress Princess Celestia. In "Lesson Zero," Twilight is about to miss sending the princess her weekly letter. Twilight responds that if she misses one assignment, the princess will think Twilight is not taking her studies seriously, and give her a test. If Twilight fails the test, she'll be sent back a grade. But because of how much she failed, she'll be sent to magic kindergarten. Therefore, missing any assignment will cause Twilight to go back to kindergarten.
** In "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E24EquestriaGames Equestria Games]]", when the torch seemingly lights up on its own, Spike concludes he must have lit it with his mind.
* ''WesternAnimation/StrokerAndHoop'' played with this a lot, but most memorably with a cult of cannibals who's philosophy is "You are what you eat".
--> '''Cultists''': Eat a person, be a person...\\
'''Stroker''': So wait, your philosophy is you are what you eat, right?\\
'''Cult Leader''': Yes.\\
'''Stroker''': So, if I eat a hamburger, then I'm a hamburger, right?\\
'''Cult Leader''': Yes.\\
'''Stroker''': And then...if you eat me, ''you're'' hamburgers too, right?\\
'''Cult Leader''': ...
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' is riddled with it.
** In "The Picnic" Gumball reasons that, because everything (including food) is made up "circles with circles around them" (atoms), a rock is the same as a chicken nugget.
** In "The Meddler" Gumball reasons that by joining the cheerleading squad, he'll impress Penny with his masculinity and outperform her in the competition to make her love him.
** The donut officer looks at something disturbing or a suspected crime scene, then at something else that looks dangerous, then at the only person conscious and treats them with unreasonable hostility. Despite having no knowledge of anything or no evidence.
*** In "The Spoon" he looks at a knocked out Darwin and Gumball, then Nicole, then a sausage and assumes she hurt them.
*** In "The Sock" he looks at Gumball and Darwin, then the filing cabinet, then a phone, and assumes they're responsible.
** In "The Spoon", Richard has to get a gift for Nicole's birthday, but can't because he has to watch the kids. So he decides to send his two sons Gumball and Darwin to get it since, as kids, they don't have to watch the kids. Anais responds by facepalming.
** In "The Bet" when Principal Brown takes Gumball and Darwin to his office for using Bobert to mess with the school nurse, Gumball argues that what Principal Brown is doing is a violation of the First Amendment, to which he lets Gumball know that he's completely wrong.
** In the Season 2 finale, the Watersons are sued and thrown in jail for the trail of carnage they left behind during all the season's antics. They try to invoke StatusQuoIsGod by maliciously leveling the entire town "So everyone forgets like they normally do". It doesn't work and the episode ends with the enraged citizens moving in to kill them. Though since this wasn't end of the series, it apparently worked ''somehow''.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', Mr. Herriman is sending any friend he comes across to their rooms without supper in order to hide that he's relapsed on his carrot addiction. Wilt warns Eduardo to stay out of his way, and Eduardo deduces that he can't avoid Mr. Herriman unless he knows where he is. Fair enough, but then he reaches the conclusion that [[ComicallyMissingThePoint the only way to avoid Herriman is to follow him around]].
** In "Camp Keep A Good Mac Down" (where Bloo, Mac, Coco, Eduardo, Wilt, Mr. Herriman, and Madame Foster go camping):
--->'''Mac''': I need a break. Where's the trail mix?\\
'''{{B|igEater}}loo''': I ate it.\\
'''Mac''': What!? Why?\\
'''Bloo''': Because we were walking on the trail. Where's the campsite mix?
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' Franchise/JamesBond spoof "For Black Eyes Only", when Stan is told that Roger's character Tearjerker survived his fall into a volcano in the previous Bond episode, Bullock states that a volcano won't hurt you if you fall in "the right way".
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMarvelousMisadventuresOfFlapjack'', Cap'n K'nuckles seems to function on a mixture of this and KnowNothingKnowItAll. When Flapjack says "This candy tastes like horse poop, Cap'n!" (Flapjack is actually trying to eat a flower at the time), K'nuckles' immediate response is "Then horse poop must taste like candy!", and he starts looking for a big pile of it.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'' episode "Maternotron Knows Best", Maternotron reasons that the outside world is dangerous and Jimmy and Hugh are safer indoors because the Civil War was held outside.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Doofenshmirtz once created an -inator that turned eggs into dodo eggs because he believed dodos to be like dinosaurs. His reason to sustain that belief was the fact both dodos and dinosaurs were extinct. Makes one wonder [[RiddleForTheAges how the dodo ended up looking like a dodo instead of a dinosaur]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooStageFright'', when Daphne asks Fred why there are monsters wherever they go, Fred reasons that it would be too much of a coincidence if it was only them, so therefore it happens to people all the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants''. Where in the hell do we even begin?
** Roughly 90% of all insane troll logic can probably be contributed to Patrick Star, the all around village idiot. Spongebob occasionally falls into it as well, and while he is literally the only sane man in the show, Squidward will come up with some ITL just to counter Spongebob and Patrick's.
** Case in point, Patrick manages to come up with an entire study of life based on one extremely incorrect observation. It is known as [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--hsVknT1c0 Wumbology.]]
-->'''Patrick''': I see what the problem is. You have it set to "M" for Mini, when it should be set to "W" for Wumbo!
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' episode, "Bringin' on the Rain." Pete intends to water his yard thoroughly in an attempt to win a gardening contest. [[NoRespectGuy PJ]] objects, because they're in a drought. Pete then claims that since "[[FurryDenial the human body]] is 99% water", there can't ''possibly'' be a drought. PJ is too exhausted to respond with anything other than a resigned "Whatever you say, dad."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': In Episode 111, "Citizen Ghost," Peter and Egon are repairing the ghost containment unit, checking to see if every part is stable before they go to bed. Peter's getting tired, so he says "Check." to everything without actually checking it. Egon notices Peter dozing off, and asks him to check the [[ShoutOut Transwarp]] [[Franchise/StarTrek Drive]] next. When Peter says he's checked it, Egon calls him out on it, saying they don't ''have'' a Transwarp Drive. Peter reasons it can't malfunction if it doesn't exist, and if it doesn't exist, then nothing's wrong.
-->'''Egon:''' "I'm not talking to you again for at least a week. It's not good for me."
-->'''Peter:''' "Hey don't make fun, this is how I got through college."
* ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'': In "The Little Guy," when Commander Peepers briefs the Watchdogs on capturing [[AllLovingHero Wander]] and [[ActionGirl Sylvia]], he tells them "And although technically ''we'' are the bad guys, these two are the ''real'' bad guys!"
* DangerMouse tries to keep him and Penfold from being eaten by an alligator as Penfold mistook the alligator's tongue as a carpet. DM saves them thusly:
-->'''DM:''' Carpet, rug. Rug, wool. Wool, sheep. Sheep, wolf. Wolf, pack. Pack, case. Case, trunk, Trunk, elephant! And it's worth a try! (''He does a Tarzan yell, which summons a pack of elephants on which he and Penfold hop a ride'')
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