The outrageous character who undermines all of a Sitcom's attempts at verisimilitude (such as they are). Often, the outrageous character(s) clearly has a key to the residence of the more central characters of the show, since they nearly always show up unannounced and never knock or ring the door bell (see Drop-In Character, Your Door Was Open and Inadvertent Entrance Cue). The Wacky Guy may also be a Weirdness Magnet, his own strangeness an attractor for other weirdness without being directly responsible for it. Contrast Deadpan Snarker, although they can be combined. Compare Fun Personified, Cloudcuckoolander, The Ditz. May be behind the Zany Scheme.
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Live Action TV
- Lenny and Squiggy from Laverne and Shirley.
- Skippy or Nick from Family Ties.
- Reverend Jim and Latka from Taxi.
- Klinger from M*A*S*H.
- Spencer Shay from iCarly.
- Sinjin van Cleef fromVictorious.
- Kramer from Seinfeld.
- Cody, then Jean-Luc, from Step by Step.
- Harry from 3rd Rock from the Sun.
- Jack from Will and Grace.
- Steve Urkel and Waldo from Family Matters.
- Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory.
- Kimmy Gibbler from Full House.
- Barney Stinson from How I Met Your Mother, with a heaping help of Jerkass, and a handful of Deadpan Snarker.
- Beans from Even Stevens.
- Alistair from As Time Goes By.
- Boner from Growing Pains.
- Jazz from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
- Eric from Boy Meets World became this after he Took a Level in Dumbass.
- On Smart Guy, Moe, Mackie and Yvette's friend Nina have this trope covered between them.
- First Amp the nerd and then Rembrandt the surfer on "Superhuman Samurai Cyber Squad".
- Oddly enough, Star Trek: The Next Generation has one: Q.
- Maynard G. Krebs from The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis.
- Master Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force seems to be a combination of this trope and a Jerkass.
- Wakko from Animaniacs
- Dale Gribble and Bill Dauterive from King of the Hill
- Mr. Toad from The Wind in the Willows, especially so in the Cosgrove Hall series.
- Jay's father Franklin Sherman from The Critic.
- Stanley on The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan.