That was this family's speciality: strange conversations.
Now remember, as far as anyone knows, we're a perfectly normal family...
An ensemble of bizarre characters who are related, or might as well be. Unlike the Dysfunctional Family
, we as the audience plainly see the family is extremely well adjusted, supportive and loving — more so than some "real" families. They are also easily able to absorb friends
, acquaintences, and distant relatives into their structure.
This is coupled with a range of quirks easily labeled "bizarre" by any of their peers.
It's also very convenient for heroes to have these, as they're not bound by the Masquerade
, weirdness is normal.
Likely part of the natural growth of a Pretty Freeloaders
group. For a larger grouping, see Quirky Town
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Anime and Manga
- The Kurata family in Kodomo no Omocha.
- The Paper Sisters and the famous writer Nenene from the tv series of Read or Die basically adopted each other.
- The Kawai family from the Pretty Sammy series (Alternate Universe #276 of the Tenchi Muyo! multiverse). Her parents were so insane but easygoing, she didn't need Parental Abandonment to have the freedom to run around fighting monsters.
- The residents of Aoi House.
- Yuu and Miki's parents in Marmalade Boy met, liked each other so much that they divorced and remarried each others' spouses, and then all moved in together into one big house.
- The Shinju-yu (manga)/Pearl Piari (anime) from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch, where the main trio lives with their Weasel Mascot and Cool Big Sis.
- Meimi and her parents in Kaitou Saint Tail.
- Both the household of the Takamachis and the Harlaowns of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha.
- For that matter, the Yagami household. It consists of a crippled girl and her humanoid program Guardian Knights, the Wolkenritter.
- The Nakajima clan ain't no slouch in this regard, either.
- Yuan's family in Samurai Deeper Kyo. Also, the Shiseiten, if you look at them as a family and not True Companions.
- The Hiiragizawa household in Cardcaptor Sakura. The "dad" looks like a ten-year-old kid, and his "children" are a genderless magical being posing as a teenage schoolgirl and a winged cat that looks like a toy most of the time.
- Not only that, his girlfriend appears to be way too old for him and used to date the older brother of the girl he antagonized on a regular basis (and is now dating his maternal family's descendant), who went on to date his previous incarnation's angelic moon spirit. And their father is his half-reincarnation!
- The main cast of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki is the perfect example of this.
- Although with only two members, they don't make as dramatic a showing as some examples listed above, arguably the Koiwais from Yotsuba&!. Certainly, in his way Dad is nearly as quirky as Yotsuba, if more laid-back about it.
- The Furukawa family from CLANNAD featuring a kind mother who is a lethal baker, a dad who is still a kid inside and a shy but cute daughter who's somewhat of an airhead.
- In Katekyo Hitman Reborn!, one by one Reborn, Lambo, Bianchi, I-Pin, and Futa all freeload off of Tsuna.
- The Sakura Hall in Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo: An Idiot Savant (Mashiro), an insecure guy who shelters seven cats (Sorata), a Sensei-chan (Chihiro), a hyperactive Otaku Surrogate (Misaki), an effeminate Hikikomori (Ryounosuke), a Casanova with an inferiority complex (Jin), and a workaholic aspiring voice actress who pushes herself too far (Nanami), living together in a two-storey wooden house.
- Similar to the Sakura Hall example above, Hidamari Apartments in Hidamari Sketch, a private rooming house for art-stream high school students, also has such a reputation.
- The Mankanshoku family in Kill la Kill.
- In Meet the Robinsons, the Robinson family includes a patriarch with a smiley face drawn on the back of his head who always wears his clothes backwards (but claims his head is backwards) and his wife, a retired Ditzy Genius who loves dancing (called "baking cookies"). He has two brothers, one of whom is big and fat and needs to be fed lest disaster strike and married to a train enthusiast with very large model trains, the other of whom is a Henpecked Husband married to a ventriloquist dummy with two adult children who act like fighting kids, a sister who wears a giant skyscraper hat and a brother who flies around painting on everything. Their son invented almost everything anyone uses and his wife spent most of her life teaching frogs to dance, sing, and play instruments. She has two brothers, one of whom is a cannon enthusiast (both using and being shot out of, actually racing at one point with his train enthusiast in-law) and one of whom delivers pizza dressed as a superhero in a UFO. Their son is fairly ordinary in comparison but still managed to leave the garage door open so that one of the two family time machines got stolen. There's also a robot, a butler who is a giant squid, and two random twins (apparently unrelated to everyone else) who live in the flower pots on the stoop and compete for doorbell rings. They also apparently have food fights at the dinner table a lot, cheer and toast when people fail, and have a very difficult to navigate house. Still, they are one of the most functional loving families ever.
- In Unstrung Heroes: young Steven Lidz' home, to a lesser extent. Especially quirky, however: the labyrinthine apartment (filled with hoarded junk) in which he lives with his eccentric uncles for awhile, after his mother's illness exacerbates the awkwardness of Steven's relationship with his father. Franz—actually Steven, now rechristened by his uncles; It Makes Sense in Context—undergoes an disorienting yet often enjoyable identity crisis. Then, as it turns out, at least one of his uncles is a bit more than merely eccentric. Franz must navigate between his uncles' pride in their heritage (complicated by imagined anti-Semitism lurking everywhere), and his inventor father's 100% materialist (i.e. anti-spiritual) worldview.
- The Moomin family, from the children's book series by Tove Jansson.
- Roleplay example — the cafe in Kokoro.
- The Bagthorpe family in the Bagthorpe Saga.
- The Cassons of Saffy's Angel and its sequels (the Casson Family Series).
- Harry Potter:
- The Weasleys fit this, due to their seven children (nearly all with extremely different personalities), Mama Bear mother, eccentric father, weird pets (hyperactive owl; ancient, enfeebled owl; and ghoul), all crammed into a small, ramshackle house and, oh yeah, they're all wizards.
- If they qualify, then they're normal compared to the Lovegood household.
- The Threepwood Household at Blandings Castle: The dithering Earl of Emsworth, his long-suffering sister Angela, the Hypercompetent Sidekick Beach and the Ditzy Freddie (occasionally bordering on the Genius Ditz) and the Team Pet, the Empress Of Blandings.
- At many points, the cast of Sluggy Freelance.
- Bob, Jean, Molly, and Snookums in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!. Could probably expand it to include Galatea, Auntie Voluptua, and Djali.
- The Verres family of El Goonish Shive, consisting of two shapeshifters (One an adopted weresquirrel with enormous magical power, the other a ChivalrousPerverted Mad Scientist who causes oodles of Gender Bending.) is the most noticeable example. Far more subtly is the Dunkel household, which is fairly normal other than having an Opposite-Sex Clone of the Ordinary High-School Student Elliot, and the fact that the parents show almost no concern (compared to most people) when their son randomly changes sex or breaks into a government installation and brings back a said mysterious twin sister. They just give a lecture then offer their kids brownies. It gets really, really weird after a while.
Dan: I also liked that reasoning because it gave me the idea for this comic, and I love writing scenes like this. There's a certain madness to the Dunkel household that, in my opinion, makes the Verres household look relatively sane. It's enough that I feel I must now assure you, the audience, that there are no questionable ingredients in Mrs. Dunkel's brownies.
- The River family from Irregular Elis. A Spanish webcomic about a Badass Family of "Superheroes" with a lot of Hanna-Barbera influence.
- The Planet Express staff from Futurama straddle the border between the Quirky Household and True Companions. In the episode "Future Stock", Fry even says, "We're not a traditional family, like the Johnsons next door or the lesbian coven across the street, but we're still a family!"
- The boarders in Hey Arnold! are portrayed this way in several of the later episodes.
- The residents of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends.
- The Oblongs. 'Nuff said.
- The Chan family, in Jackie Chan Adventures, have a rather strong sense of this, consisting of a twelve year old who can sneak in anywhere with almost ninja-like efficiency (whether she's wanted or not), a grumpy, snarky old witchdoctor, a former sumo wrestler turned villianous Tank, turned Gentle Giant chi wizard in training and a rather stressed out archeologist with a knowledge of martial arts as good as... well, he's Jackie Chan, you do the math.
- The Flyn-Fletcher Family from Phineas and Ferb. A father who's an expert on random and obscure antiques, a mother who was once a one-hit-wonder, a semi-neurotic teenage girl who likes screaming at cheese, a pet platypus who's secretly a special agent, and two brothers who do everything.
- The Cake household in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. For one thing, Pinkie Pie is part of it. There's also Mr. and Mrs. Cake's precocious foals Pound Cake (a pegasus) and Pumpkin Cake (a unicorn), and Pinkie's toothless pet alligator Gummy.
- The Goof family on Goof Troop is a single parent household where the father is a clumsy idiot (Goofy) and the son is a snarky High School Hustler (Max). The closest thing they have to problems are Max feeling embarrassed when people say he reminds them of his dad, but they are extremely loving and close, especially compared to their neighbors.
- The Eggert family on Pelswick has a Cool Old Lady grandmother, an absurdly politically correct single father, a Disabled Snarker big brother, an Adorably Precocious Child little sister, and a baby yet to grow into his quirk. They're very loving and supporting of each other. The household gets quirkier if it includes Pelswick's Guardian Angel.