->'''Mac:''' Have you ever known the commander to do anything...\\
'''Bud:''' ...Improper? No. Unconventional. Yes!
-->-- On Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. in ''Series/{{JAG}}''

The Wonka is a genius nut who should, by all logic, be fired. That's never going to happen -- The Wonka ''runs'' the show.

This character makes perfect sense to himself (and it is usually male, although female examples do exist), but utterly confuses those around him and leaves them wondering whether or not he really is all there. The NaiveNewcomer will think he's genuinely nuts until he does something amazing that proves he's merely using a different brand of logic. Long term employees will either [[BeleagueredAssistant groan at the craziness]], become like him, or be so desensitized they'll regard it as mundane and [[WeirdnessCensor pay no attention]].

These sort of characters are usually [[LonersAreFreaks Freakish Loners]], but if they do have friends, they will be close ones. Genius qualities do not a Wonka make, but they must show some sort of prowess in at least one area in order to confirm that they are in fact not mad, but merely "differently sane". Other common traits include irreverence, [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skill]] or [[FearlessFool any sense of danger]] and doing bizarre things that, nevertheless, make perfect sense if you take a step back and think outside the box, because that's where Wonkas live. From a psychological standpoint, The Wonka perfectly characterizes the schizotypal personality.

Different from a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} in that Wonkas have their heads in Loonyland and their feet on earth, whereas Cloudcuckoolanders are completely in orbit. Also, Wonkas tend to be more extroverted and energetic than drifty, dreamy Cloudcuckoolanders, and they tend to be more grounded in logic, even if it's of the "lateral thinking" sort. For example, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} may carry a gas mask around once to scare away evil spirits, but a Wonka will [[CrazyPrepared carry a gas mask around everywhere]] "in case there's a gas leak. ''Duh''," and then act as though you're the odd one because you don't.

Also different from BunnyEarsLawyer in that the lawyer is a brilliant ''employee'' who isn't fired because they are so good at their job. Tolerating their weird mannerisms and unusual quirks is worth it for the work they do. They win a cost/benefit analysis. The Wonka is a brilliant ''employer'' (or otherwise an authority figure) and can't be fired because they own the company. Also the Wonka's unusual brand of sanity is likely the reason for their success while success and quirks are unrelated in the BunnyEarsLawyer.

If you have a case where The Wonka indeed [[{{God}} runs the]] ''[[{{God}} entire]]'' [[{{God}} show]], you have The KingOfAllCosmos.

If the roles are reversed such that The Wonka is the one who's the normal one and it's everyone else who's crazy, you've got the OnlySaneMan.

Compare with InexplicablyAwesome and EccentricMentor. Contrast with GeniusDitz and ObfuscatingInsanity. (Wonkas don't have an act to drop.) Also contrast TheCaligula, where being mad and powerful makes the person a danger to himself and others.

Please note that this trope doesn't necessarily apply to parodies of Willy Wonka himself. For that kind of trope, please see CharlieAndTheChocolateParody.
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[[folder:The Trope Namer]]
* [[TropeNamer Willy Wonka]] from ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'' by Creator/RoaldDahl. Wonka is the most famous candymaker in the world, his imaginative sweets such SeriousBusiness that he was forced to become a ReclusiveArtist due to corporate espionage. As the finders of five Golden Tickets hidden in Wonka chocolate bars -- who win a guided tour of his factory, which has not been open to the public in years and even its workforce is never seen entering or exiting it -- learn, he is something of a wonder-filled MadScientist of sweetmaking, his secret workforce consists of an imported tribe of doll-sized people who love cacao beans, he does not operate under the same rules as the rest of humanity, and he will roll right past your questions without stopping. And '''heaven forbid''' you disregard his warnings while on the tour. He also turns out to be a TricksterMentor and InexplicablyAwesome, as no explanation for ''how'' he turned out the way he is turns up. His inherent brilliance seems even more so in [[Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator the sequel]], in which he helps rescue most of the crew of a space hotel from carnivorous aliens ''and'' turns out to have invented a fountain-of-youth pill. The original novel [[AdaptationOverdosed has been adapted many times]]; prominent [[InterpretativeCharacter interpretations]] of Wonka include:
** Creator/GeneWilder's in the 1971 film adaptation. He loves to ignore others' comments because of what's Really Important right now while reciting a bit of doggerel, throwing in a pithy quote or [[DeadpanSnarker other choice bit of sarcasm]] as a bonus. And let's not get started on [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment the boat ride]], which is simply him terrifying his guests for fun.
** Creator/JohnnyDepp's in 2005's ''Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. A genius, sure, but a genius who scares, annoys and bemuses the life out of his ex-employees, never mind his guests. Part of this is because, unlike most versions of this character, he has NoSocialSkills.
** The 2013 [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory stage musical adaptation]] (Creator/DouglasHodge plays him on the cast album) focuses on Wonka's [[MrImagination incredible creativity]] to the point that he's a sensitive MadArtist as well as a MadScientist. One of his songs, "Simply Second Nature", has him admitting that while it isn't easy to have a restless imagination (i.e., HearingVoices is a side effect), "I'd rather be this way than be a bore!" He ''loves'' to speak in riddles and more than one twist is placed on the SecretTest he's putting everyone through. With regards to the darker side of the character, his blithe indifference to the fates of his misbehaving guests is more pronounced, and overall he's a good example of a SugarAndIcePersonality AntiHero.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The eponymous ''IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'' is this through and through. His idiosyncrasies annoy his commanders so much that when they gave him a medal, they put a bomb in it.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Kisuke Urahara, the owner of a candy shop is this in spades. He seems childish and a little crazy but he's a brilliant scientist and a captain level shinigami. The fact that he owns a candy shop could be a subtle reference to the trope namer.
** The anime sometimes uses filler comedy to turn BadassGrandpa Yamamoto into one.
* Pegasus, the brilliant but loopy creator of ''Anime/YuGiOh'''s Duel Monsters. His employees take his eccentrics in stride. (Note that he was indeed a villain originally, and did use some rather immoral methods; he [[HeelFaceTurn got better]].)
* Niizuma Eiji from ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' knows as much about creating brilliant manga as he doesn't about normal behavior.
* Shinra's father in ''{{Durarara}}''. Apparently a relatively well-respected doctor, he goes around everywhere with his lab coat on and a gas mask. After all, everyone knows lab coats protect your body from contamination (that's why you wear them in the lab) and modern-day city air is so filthy it's bad for your lungs.
* [[OnePiece Monkey D. Luffy]] may not be [[TrueCompanions a loner]], but he's TheCaptain and definitely operates on an entirely different wavelength compared to normal people.
* Minaka Hiroto from ''{{Sekirei}}'' is a brilliant scientist and the CEO of a powerful MegaCorp. He also runs around in a cape because he can, and organized the entire [[ThereCanBeOnlyOne Sekirei Plan]] because ItAmusedMe. His second-in-command [[spoiler: and secretly his former(?) lover]], Takami, spends a lot of time hitting him with things.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Reed Richards of the ''ComicBook/FantasticFour'' drifts near to this trope sometimes. His wife usually has to reel him back in.
* John Porter of ''ComicBook/DamageControl''. Given the nature of the cases they have to deal with, it's understandable.
* Rotor Walrus from ''ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog'', especially during the early comics. To put it in perspective, in the future he will create the living computer NICOLE; as a kid, he grossed his friends out trying to make ''carbonated milk shakes''.
* Comicbook/IronMan: Tony Stark, CEO of Stark Industries, can be a bit of an oddball.
** The [[MarvelCinematicUniverse film version]] is even more so; inventing AI's that [[ServileSnarker snark]] back at him.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[InsistentTerminology Captain]] Jack Sparrow (another Johnny Depp role) from ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'', although he's not really ruler of much other than a few mangy pirates. Still, a good pirate? Yes. A quick thinker? Definitely. Completely unpredictable? Foppish or odd mannerisms? Crazy ideas? Absolutely. When asked if being stranded on a desert island for months and suffering heatstroke was the reason for his... eccentricity, Mr. Gibbs rather flatly (and honestly) replies "Reason's got nothin' to do with it, mate." Sparrow's always been the way he is; a [[CrazyAwesome genius mix of madness,]] ObfuscatingInsanity / ObfuscatingStupidity and ConfusionFu. Somehow, it works. Usually. [[CatchPhrase Savvy?]]
** In his own words:
-->'''Lord Beckett''': "You're mad."
-->'''Jack''': "Thank goodness for that, because if I wasn't this would probably never work."
** And in the words of his crew:
--> ''The captain's acting a little bit strange......er.''
* God from ''{{Dogma}}''. He/She/It comes to Earth occasionally to partake in such wondrous acts as smelling flowers, playing Skee-Ball and doing handstands.
* Dr. Emmett Brown from Film/BackToTheFuture. He constantly comes up with weirder-by-the-minute inventions, steals plutonium from terrorists, and sets all of his clocks to run exactly 25 minutes slow. The first time Marty meets him in the past, he's wearing a metal cage mind-reading contraption on his head that puts jungle gyms to shame. Oh, and he invented TimeTravel. It's a deconstruction: he has no employees and this could be why.
** Played straight in ''Back To The Future: The Ride'' where he's head of The Institute of Future Technology. And is still eccentric.
* Edward Magorium from ''MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''. He operates by his own brand of logic, which is to be expected from a 200-year-old owner of a sentient toy store.
* In ''Frozen Assets'' Newton is introduced as an escaped mental patient on the run from authorities. Sure, he's a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, but he proves [[BunnyEarsLawyer surprisingly useful]] to protagonist. In the end [[spoiler:he turns out to be a billionaire, who decided to have a vacation. He's hiding from his employees, who want him back]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' [[BunnyEarsLawyer solves a lot of cases]] and solves them in weird, kooky ways, but is respected-pretty much by Watson and the fans.
* [[EccentricMentor Albus Dumbledore]] from the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series seems to have a mild case of this. The Hogwarts Headmaster and highly respected and able wizard seems to use a different strand of thought to the rest of the world -- his unorthodox problem-solving methods and airy manner have often caused people to wonder if he's winding them up. The answer is usually no, as is shown when he gets the last laugh.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Captain Carrot. The other characters can see some sort of sense in his optimistic, simple and innocent way of thinking, but how he can honestly, truthfully sail through events that would drive anyone else mad with a childlike smile on his face is so far beyond everyone's comprehension that most characters at least suspect that it has to be an act. Not only that, but he also has near-supernatural powers of persuasion despite very rarely using threats or violence and being shocked at the idea of blackmail, and is so literal-minded that almost any idiom or bit of sarcasm gets totally lost on him.
** Mustrum Ridcully is rude and overbearing, has a very limited attention span and is willfully ignorant at times, but somehow seems to be an effective Arch-Chancellor.
** Cohen the Barbarian. He takes violent exception to being called any word he doesn't know to be harmless, considers odds of 1:100,000 to be an amazing bargain, shouts terms that in anyone else would count as hate crimes, and yet he ends up as ''[[spoiler: emperor of the Agatean Empire.]]''
* Danny Wallace from ''Join Me'', ''Yes Man'', ''Friends Like These'', and all of his other autobiographical books, tends to act a little like this. Most of the books involve him taking on strange projects that seem unnecessary and unfeasible to those around him, but never the less make perfect sense to himself. Also the narration can sometimes take the oddest turns, and he will seem to genuinely believe something that most normal people would dismiss as impossible as soon as it occurred to them.
* Literature/{{Psmith}} from Creator/PGWodehouse's series. Other characters are constantly confounded by his refusal to follow a normal conversation, although he's completely reasonable in his own way.
* Michael from the ''KnightAndRogueSeries'' is this. He does whatever he wants within the law and just smiles when people laugh at his odd idea of being a knight. Though he claims it took him a while to get used to this, and he does still care when dealing with his father or being treated like a retard.
* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Angela is definitely one of these. She is known for random quips (modeled after the author's own sister of the same name), general looniness, and concern with unusual names for already-awesome objects (e.g. a sword potentially made of diamond that can slice through anything like a hot knife through butter gets named... Tinkledeath).
* Kelsier from {{Mistborn}} gathered a gang of thieves to rob the resident PhysicalGod. [[spoiler: And to KillTheGod and take over the empire.]] Questions about his sanity are very commonplace.
* Alexander II, King of Alaska in [=MaryJanice=] Davidson's ''Alaskan Royals'' trilogy. Fitting as the royal household is essentially a {{Cloudcuckooland}}.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Kagami the Cakeboss from ''KamenRiderOOO''. He runs a company invested in monster attacks, and sits around baking cakes. And did we mention, "'''HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!'''"
* Mr Roarke (Ricardo Montalban) of ''Series/FantasyIsland''.The charming Matre'D host of Fantasy Island and his Island staff, invites you to spend a weekend on his exotic Island where you can live your wildest fantasy. Rouke can accomplish this by working in mysterious ways or very mundane means such as a talented actors playing whatever roles the charade fantasy requires as well as detailed intelligence on his clients that rivals the NSA. He is accompanied by his companion an cherubic assistant named "Tattoo" as his staff will toil every detail to give guests their ultimate but VAGUELY but ill- defined dream. HOWEVER Mr Rouke does insist on one liberty to preform the task of granting his guests their paramount dreams. He alone makes every decisions on his island. The rule of customer service stating that the 'customer is always right'? This rule doesn't apply. Rouke will give you what you want, but be careful for what you wish for. He gives his guests the ultimate Fantasy in the form of a moral lesson, and he wants you to succeed he's is always on hand to offer daunted guests encouraging advice as he masterfully attempts to manipulate them to seek out their greatest fantasies. Just who is he?? Tattoo: "Some people call him" points folded prayer hands heavenward. "Some people calls him" Points prayer hands downward hell-bound...I just call him Mr. Rouke.
* Denny Crane from ''Series/BostonLegal'' is the definition of this trope. He shoots clients, aggressively hits on anything that moves, spouts blatant racist comments without even realizing it, and repeats his full name about 20 times per episode. As he frequently points out, he's a Senior partner, and his name comes first in the practice title. Slight aversion, in that Denny's behaviour is partly down to his early stage 'Mad Cow' disease. Also, his apparent level of sanity improves when he's in court (most of the time).
* The Doctor from ''Series/DoctorWho''. [[SeenItAll He has saved and ended worlds countless times]], yet acts like an overexcited Jack Russell who's been locked in the cellar for too long, leaping backwards and forwards between [[{{Technobabble}} highly technical, rapid-fire explanations]] to "[[BuffySpeak It's my timey-wimey detector. It goes ding when there's stuff.]]" Occasionally he will calm down long enough to feel sorry for himself, but once the crisis is averted, the chuntering is switched back on and he will zoom off again, his imagination running berserk. This could apply to ''any'' [[TheNthDoctor incarnation of the Doctor]]. He ranges from an archetypal {{Trickster}} to a bit of a grumpy old man, but he's ''always'' the same lovable, ineffable weirdo. Bonus points for also doubling as InexplicablyAwesome, as we really have no idea how he ended up this way. His logic always saves the day (after a while of alien happenings and running). For instance, in ''Terror of the Vervoids'' where the best way he can think of to combat a plant race is to accelerate their life-cycle.
** The John Simm incarnation of The Master, who was a closer EvilCounterpart than usual - dancing around to the ScissorSisters whilst trying to destroy the world, for instance. He kept it up even while pretending to be a human politician, mocking the [=US=] President and quoting Little Britain in a speech to the nation.
* Charlie Crews, the DefectiveDetective and ZenSurvivor in ''{{Life}}''. In the first season, his more level-headed partner is guaranteed to question his sanity and/or stare at him in total incomprehension at least once per episode. This lessens during the second season, but it's outright stated that this is because she's getting more like him, not the other way around.
* On an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', both Crane brothers were hired to testify on opposing sides of a hearing in which a rich eccentric old man was accused of being incompetent. Frasier believed that the man was The Wonka, whereas Niles thought he was suffering from dementia. [[spoiler: Niles was right]].
* Ted Allen's persona on ''Food Detectives'' on the Creator/FoodNetwork is casually sadistic towards the cast of test subjects with a whimsical, oblivious smile; the overall effect is two parts [[Series/{{Mythbusters}} Adam Savage]] and five parts highly concentrated Wonka.
* Steve Valentine's persona as the host of ''Series/EstateOfPanic''. Imagine Depp's Wonka, but 20 years older.
* Judge Harry Stone from ''NightCourt''. As he points out in one episode, he might have been last on the list of people considered for becoming a judge but he was on the list nevertheless.
** In the same episode, Harry explains how he became a judge. In a nutshell: The exiting Mayor of New York had to appoint a judge before he left office. It was a Sunday and he went down the list, calling the prospective candidates. He got to the last name on the list, which was Harry, and got through. As Harry put it, he was appointed that Sunday because "I was home."
* Jimmy James from ''NewsRadio'', although considering how crazy the rest of the cast can be, he can sometimes be seen as just the leader of a pack of lunatics to Dave Nelson's ''OnlySaneMan''.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' the eponymous character usually comes off this way to people who've just met him. This is due to his insanely fast thinking passing through several logical steps (or simply making an intuitive leap) to a seemingly bizarre conclusion within the space of a few seconds, and then either just blurting out the answer or stating where they need to go next to find more information. That's usually when people go "huh?"
** Luckily, [[UnfazedEveryman John's not freaked out by this.]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* ''Strange Animal'' by Gowan describes The Wonka as seen by a man sent to spy on him, presumably by his rivals or the government.
* Henry Phillip's ''On the Shoulders of Freaks,'' a play on "On the Shoulders of Giants" with lyrics emphasizing the weird habits of great intellectuals.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Captain B. Zarr from ''Pinball/ThePartyZone,'' who dresses like a RummageSaleReject and shows every sign of being a CloudCuckoolander, yet can [[BatmanCanBreatheInSpace fly through space unprotected]] and host ''incredibly'' popular invitation-only VIP parties beyond the edge of reality.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Every master in the Great House Telvanni from ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind''. Even Master Aryon, who needs Turedus Talanian to bring him back to harsh reality.
* Wade, the AmbiguouslyGay UltimateBlacksmith from the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' series.
* Kang the Mad from ''JadeEmpire''; ''Completely'' off his rocker, oblivious to most forms of danger, loves explosions more than anyone sane ought to, creates ''working'' fighter planes from BambooTechnology, refuses to replicate his designs due to UniquenessDecay. [[spoiler: Then again, he's actually [[AmnesiacGod Lord Lao]], a minor god of technology and invention. He completely forgot about this, and the player needs to solve his sidequest to jog his memory about it]].
* Yuyuko, the Ghost Princess of the Netherworld from ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''. She acts utterly, completely loopy to nearly everyone (save for her old friend, Yukari), treating, for example, an investigation of an incident as a midnight stroll for snacks. However, she's also one of the oldest and wisest beings in Gensokyo and is one of its major power players despite (or perhaps, because of) her [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} unique brand of logic]]. This becomes apparent in the games where she's playable. While everyone is frantically investigating the cause of the latest incidents, Yuyuko tends to have already figured out the cause and the parties responsible from the very beginning; all her loopy antics are just ways of passing the time while waiting for everybody else to come to the same conclusion.
* Agent Francis York Morgan from ''VideoGame/DeadlyPremonition'' as well as Agent Dale Cooper, [[TwinPeaks the character he's based off of.]]
* Cave Johnson from ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' is a {{Deconstruction}} of this trope. He's crazy and ran Aperture Science into the ground because of it. (Advisors telling you to stop making prerecorded messages to save on budget? Make more prerecorded messages - you're the boss! Can't afford to buy moon rocks? Hell, buy 'em anyway!) In a nutshell, he's what happens when someone disregards all safety precautions, warnings, and advice; He died broke, miserable, bogged down by lawsuits, and only his precious Caroline left.
* In ''VideoGame/LuigisMansion'', there's Professor E. Gadd, a nutty and eccentric scientist who helps Luigi. Apart from inventing the Poltergust 3000 and the Ghost Portrificationizer, he thinks barnacles in a diesel marinade is a nice old family recipe.
* Robert and Rosalind Lutece from ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' escort Booker Dewitt to the lighthouse where his mission to Columbia begins, treating the player to a CrypticConversation on the way and as they depart the island. [[spoiler:They somehow end up on Columbia, and keep running into Booker to offer supplies and cryptic advice.]]
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Llewellyn from ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie''. In the creator's own words, opinion is divided between those who think he's incredibly wise, and those who think he's got a screw loose. The reality, of course, is that both are true. It's just sort of a dragon thing, in general, to judge by his relatives. Their occasionally-successful dabblings in the surreal also make them a mild case of InexplicablyAwesome.
* [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010218c According to]] [[WordOfGod the author]], the ''BobAndGeorge'' version of [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Light]] was supposed to have this characterization, but CharacterizationMarchesOn, and his eccentricity was instead attributed to his drinking habits.
%%* General Faulk in ''Webcomic/GrrlPower''
* [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation One interpretation]] of God in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''
* Eniko Maragos from ''{{Webcomic/Holystone}}'' fits this pretty well. She doesn't seem to grasp the concept of "decorum", talks to gods as though they were equals, and her best friend is a pirate. But she's got an astounding head for policy and history, and seems to be a good judge of character.
* MadScientist Casey from ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy'' is an interesting example, in that he's a Wonka whose best friend and roommate (Andy) is a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. The comic switches between having the two clash over the most ridiculous things, driving the rest of the world nuts with their weird experiments and off-beat antics, and annoying one another when their similar-but-different worldviews come into play.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** Cheese. One of the very few people on earth so smart that ''Jobe'' respects his intelligence. In fact, Jobe ''fears'' his intelligence, and with good reason, as seen in the short story ''Bad Seeds''. No one even understands why he specialises so much in new kinds of lactose based technology.
** Thorn. A fifteen year old mutant with the power to create literally anything from ectoplasm, who dresses and carries himself-- by choice-- as a Victorian era gentleman, and has an express taste for surrealistic humor.... and surrealistic behavior in general. He even looks like The Wonka, specifically the Johnny Depp version, and dresses in Victorian garb, from top hat to spats.
* Dave of ''CivilProtection'' is prone to doing whatever random thing comes into his head, like pretending to be a ninja because he's bored. He does seem to be the smarter of the two main characters, though, and he knows a lot of random trivia (often about dangerous things, like how to make napalm).
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic anchors the Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses organization with his insightful, poignant analysis of nostalgic popular culture. His personality, however, ranges from ManChild to violent, criminal insanity. More than once, mental health professionals--apparently always standing by off camera in case of complete psychotic break--have [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqon0nVWA4A intervened]] during reviews. It gets deconstructed, as he's regularly depressed that his only talent seems to be riffing on cheesy nostalgia.
* After being fired from a toy company (and subsequently burning down the factory), Music/DoctorSteel became president of World Domination Toys.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Miss Frizzle of TheMagicSchoolBus. Everyone knows she's unconventional, and she seems to love that label. She regularly takes her class out on wacky and often dangerous adventures, turns them into animals, and shrinks them down to bug size (sometimes even smaller) just to teach an elementary-level science class. And yet somehow, nobody ever gets hurt and everybody always learns something. Huh.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Goose Gladwell, a Willy Wonka parody, from the episode "Fat Man and Little Boy". Goose is a former Green Beret who fought in Vietnam and claims that his experiences from those days are what made him crazy.
** Hank Scorpio, a fast-talking, casual, but caring DiabolicalMastermind.
* The Warden of ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' can only be described as a psychotic Willy Wonka, right down to the clothing.
* King Bumi of Omashu from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', a man who takes great pride in being called a 'mad genius'.
* The SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Aang's eldest son, also named Bumi in namesake, is called a "wild man" by one of his peers, General Iroh, but is nonetheless a high-ranked officer in the Republic armed forces. We later see one of his zany plans in action, proving that his crazy stories were not mere bluster and that he is a master of the IndyPloy.
** In the second season, we meet Varrick, a southern water tribe shipping magnate who varies from goofy to serious and salient and back again all in the same wacky tone of voice. Despite his wild eccentricities he is a brilliant investor and inventor.
* Phineas from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' is a child example. He even gets to dress up as Willy Wonka in the episode where he and Ferb take over a factory. (Which isn't even a ''chocolate'' factory, but [[RuleOfCool hey.]]) Another character to be considered a Wonka in that episode was the head of the company that owns the factory. Not only did he have a chocolate river in the factory (even Phineas questioned the logic of having a [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory chocolate river]] in a ''toy'' factory), but he once wore nothing but his underwear and claimed to be wearing clothes only intelligent people could see.
* ''{{Futurama}}''
** Professor Farnsworth's cloned son berates him as a total crackpot, only to later discover that the Professor's theories and inventions all work because he thinks outside the box.
** Hermes can be spacey at times, such as in the ValentinesDayEpisode where he yelled at ''himself'' for slacking on the job.
* Mr. Anybody from ''WesternAnimation/MrBogus''
* Deconstructed in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' with Quentin Trembley. Despite being an efficient President of the United States, his insanity got him kicked out of office. He's so embarrassing that there's a GovernmentConspiracy in place to prevent people from knowing he ever existed. However, he managed to successfully preserve himself in peanut brittle for at least 150 years.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Sir IsaacNewton. Genius? Check. Has confusing ideas that make sense the longer you think about them? He tried to reduce all of reality to basic mathematical equations, so check. Batshit insane? ''Check''. He experimented with alchemy at a time when people had already stopped taking it seriously, and suffered from dementia caused by mercury poisoning. He was the first person to find the reason why the orbits of the planets are ellipses, rather than circles-- a problem that was a really big deal at the time. He then completely forgot about it until he offhandedly mentioned it to a friend. When his friend asked to see his proofs, he realised he'd misplaced them. Solution: ''rewrite '''all''' the calculations purely from memory''. When the friend perused over the papers he did find, there were the whole ''Principia Mathematica'', putting everything then known about maths, physics, optics and the Universe on its head. Newton had not organized them; it's simply that, to be able to solve a problem, he'd ''invented infinitesimal calculus wholesale''.
* NikolaTesla. 50% genius, 50% crackpot, 100% amazing. He was self-employed but ''did'' have to get investors.
* Music/JoyDivision producer Martin Hannett was this, bordering on a flat-out {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* Real Life chocolatier Louis Barnett was once considered a real-life Willy Wonka. As a kid, he was home-educated after not meeting his teachers' expectations.
* Heston Blumenthal, who is rated as one of the world's leading chefs, acknowledges that Willy Wonka is one of his childhood heroes and inspirations, and has [[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/heston-blumenthal-an-obsessive-maybe-but-only-in-the-kitchen-and-the-lab-and-the-gym-2280811.html been told by a psychiatrist that he may have OCD.]] Hence the [[CordonBleughChef snail porridge and bacon-and-egg icecream]].
* Music/FrankZappa. The man had genius level IQ, and his discography spans nearly every genre of music and features near impossible compositions. Despite his songs covering topics like fetishism, human-muffin hybrids, teenage prostitution, televangelism and even a man dressed as a HouseWife courting a nuclear powered Pan-Sexual Roto-Plooker.
* Billionaire Howard Hughes was no doubt a genius, and was clearly ''incredibly'' eccentric, especially late in life. (Though maybe not as much as he's often portrayed as.)
* ''Supposedly'', Johnny Depp's portrayal of Willy Wonka was inspired by his long-time friend (late '80s, before the band even started) Music/MarilynManson. Whether or not that's true, Manson does seem to be a wee bit obsessed with the 1971 film adaptation: the first track on the first official album is just him doing the scary boat scene poem, one music video is set there, his outfits early on were based on Wonka, and ''Smells Like Children'' used the Wonka font. Now that tons of backstage videos and interviews are available, it's pretty easy to see it in him. Between multi-color leopard print suits with giant sunglasses and platform boots, derpy dancing on stage (and throwing birthday cake at the audience), using smoke bombs to evade the paparazzi, and his sense of humor (his lines on Series/{{Californication}} were not written by him, but freaked him out because it was perfectly him) make him The Wonka, perhaps intentionally. And, when he gets serious, he tends to be the only logical one around.
* You've heard of the BunnyEarsLawyer? Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the [[http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/headlines/2013/11/see-pope-francis-clown-around-with-newlywed-couple/ clown-nose Pope.]]
* Whether he was truly a genius or not depends on personal opinion of his controversial ideas, but by his own admission, "right to die" advocate Jack Kevorkian thought he was like this. To quote from an interview from ''Series/SixtyMinutes'':
-->'''Andy Rooney:''' I think the American public is puzzled about you. They don't know if you're a medical philosopher or a nut. Which are you?
-->'''Kevorkian:''' Probably both. You might say I'm a philosophic nut or a nutty philosopher. It doesn't matter, words don't mean anything. If you dig into anybody's character you can find eccentricities, and you can characterize him as a nut.
** The whole interview [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCIgUM0mkQs is here.]]
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