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Playing With: Only Sane Man
Basic Trope: The one character who perceives the world to be insane.
  • Straight: Brad Gunther's friends are an ADD-afflicted school girl, a nerd dealing in haphazard experiments, a muscle-bound twit, and a loud, boisterous teenage beauty queen. All the while, he's the only one who seems to notice their antics are a little off-kilter.
  • Exaggerated: The school-girl is a Funny Foreigner Martian, the nerd's trying to summon demons, the twit races cars on foot on a daily basis, and the beauty queen talks to animals. All the while, Brad's the only one who notices that they're off-kilter.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
    • His friends are trying to put on The Masquerade, and don't want him to blow it.
    • They weren't always this nuts; they became close friends when they were more normal, and Brad refused to leave them just because they started acting a bit weird.
    • Occasionally Brad finds his friends a little weird, but he's so afraid of being alone that it doesn't really matter to him.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted: ...But he's on to something.
  • Parodied:
    • Everyone but Brad has genuine psychiatric disorders; the schoolgirl has dissociative identity disorder, the nerd behaves like a shell shocked Vietnam veteran (complete with references to being in 'nam, despite obviously being far too young for that), the musclebound twit speaks to the voices in his head, and the beauty queen is under the impression that the demons going around stabbing everyone "just need a hug". Brad only stays with them because he's in school to become a psychiatrist and thinks its good practice.
    • Alternatively, Brad acts as the Only Sane Man to his split personalities, Bob and Ted.
  • Zig Zagged: Brad is the Only Sane Man when the team is fighting crime, keeping his cool while his buddies panic. However, Laura (being the Token Female) is the Only Sane Woman when Ms. Fanservice walks past, sending all the guys, including Brad, into a frenzy. And when the group goes to see The Only Sane Men in concert, the baton is passed to Joe, as he's the only one in the gang who isn't hopelessly obsessed with the band.
  • Averted:
    • Everyone is portrayed to be relatively normal. Or at least two people.
    • Alternatively: Everyone is completely crazy.
  • Enforced:
    • "We need some sane person in this show; otherwise, no normal person would relate."
    • Alternatively: "We need to throw in a sane guy to highlight and to react to the insanity of the rest of the cast."
  • Lampshaded:
    • "It's like I'm the only normal person around here!"
    • "Please. If I wasn't around, who'd point out how dumb you were acting?"
  • Invoked: Brad tries to find some insane friends. So he can laugh at their wacky antics and make snarky remarks about them.
  • Exploited: Brad uses his insane friends to make himself look better by comparison.
  • Defied: Brad finally gives up, lets loose all of his inhibitions and becomes just as bizarre as everybody else.
  • Discussed: "Brad, why on earth do you hang out with those weirdos?"
  • Conversed: "Is it me or is Brad the only normal person there?"
  • Deconstructed:
  • Reconstructed:
    • A new guy joins the gang, and takes Brad's place as the Only Sane Man.
    • Alternatively, after some navel contemplation and wangst, Brad realizes just how important his group is, as strange as they are.
    • Brad's friends realize what they're getting themselves into and start to appreciate Brad more.

Back to Only Sane Man, before the rest of these nutcases infect you.

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