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* The music video to Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Foil" has him rant off the typical government/alien conspiracy theories while wearing an aluminum foil hat at a cooking show. The director appears to be annoyed that he's ruining the show... until he calls two guys in black suits and sunglasses to sedate and take Weird Al away. The director then takes off his [[LatexPerfection human face]], revealing himself to be a [[TheReptilians reptilian]].

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* The music video to Music/WeirdAlYankovic's "Foil" has him rant off the typical government/alien conspiracy theories while wearing an aluminum foil hat at a cooking show. The director appears to be annoyed that he's ruining the show... until he calls two guys in black suits and sunglasses to sedate and take Weird Al away. The director then takes off his [[LatexPerfection human face]], revealing himself to be a [[TheReptilians [[ReptilianConspiracy reptilian]].



** {{Zigzagged}} with [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]]; he first has [[TheReptilians a ridiculously incorrect theory]] about the events in Beach City, only to learn that most of them were caused by the Crystal Gems something which he and the rest of the town are FantasticallyIndifferent toward. However, after a minor comment from his brother, he then twists his ideas around into a new conspiracy theory in which "[[{{Shapeshifting}} polymorphic]] [[SiliconBasedLife sentient rocks]]" are trying to hollow out the Earth under the command of the "Diamond Authority". As the series progresses, we find out that while the Crystal Gems are good guys, Ronaldo's theories are true for [[GalacticConqueror the rest of their species]]. Even the term "Diamond Authority" turns out to be accurate. Indeed, it's something of a RunningGag that pretty much anything Ronaldo says about Gems will turn out to be true in some manner.

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** {{Zigzagged}} with [[ConspiracyTheorist Ronaldo]]; he first has [[TheReptilians [[ReptilianConspiracy a ridiculously incorrect theory]] about the events in Beach City, only to learn that most of them were caused by the Crystal Gems something which he and the rest of the town are FantasticallyIndifferent toward. However, after a minor comment from his brother, he then twists his ideas around into a new conspiracy theory in which "[[{{Shapeshifting}} polymorphic]] [[SiliconBasedLife sentient rocks]]" are trying to hollow out the Earth under the command of the "Diamond Authority". As the series progresses, we find out that while the Crystal Gems are good guys, Ronaldo's theories are true for [[GalacticConqueror the rest of their species]]. Even the term "Diamond Authority" turns out to be accurate. Indeed, it's something of a RunningGag that pretty much anything Ronaldo says about Gems will turn out to be true in some manner.

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10785555/12/Shadow-the-Hedgehog-First-Class Shadow the Hedgehog - First Class]]'', Sticks manages to figure out that Shadow is a governemnt experiment; not because she found any viable evidence, mind you, but because she's an [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Insane]] ConspiracyTheorist who suspects everything and just so happened to be right this one time.

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* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'': The Adeptus Mechanicus carries out incredibly bizarre rituals to assuage the "machine spirits" of various machines. It's heavily implied, however, that "machine spirits" are ''real,'' at least in a manner of speaking - whether machines actually have spirits within them (this would be ''far'' from the strangest thing in this universe) or whether they're actually rudimmentary artificial intelligences, the tech-priest rituals actually ''work'' for their intended purpose, and not performing them can result in all sorts of unpleasant outcomes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/BigCityGreens'': In one episode, Tilly Green turns out to be right about her "spaghetti theory", where the lives of the Big Citygoers can twist, connect, and intertwine by one event to the next.

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** Mr. White was a recurring StrawCharacter lampooning the American far-right, and he spends the majority of the "Vaccination Special" ranting about [[ConspiracyTheorist "Hollywood elites" controlling everything]]. Near the end, [[spoiler: his claims of [[RageAgainstTheAuthor "two people running the show"]] are proven valid, [[AuthorPowers as he's deformed in various ways]] to Mr. Garrison's horror.]]

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** In the episode "A Wish Too Far!", Veronica was shocked to find out that Timmy had suddenly became popular overnight. She claimed that Timmy was faking his popularity. She was indeed correct, and once Timmy confessed to it, she lampshades it.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Stumpy turns out to be completely right about [[spoiler: Smileyland's sheep being aliens in Episode 98.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': In Episode 98, Stumpy turns out to be completely right about [[spoiler: Smileyland's sheep being aliens in Episode 98.aliens.]]


* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls1'', there's a RunningGag where Pinkie Pie's human counterpart blurts out silly theories whenever a question comes up. When it comes time for Twilight to reveal the truth, she's preempted by Human Pinkie correctly guessing that she's a pony princess from a magical dimension that has come to this one to get back a magical artifact. Twilight and Spike are briefly stunned before the latter assures them that she was surprisingly accurate. The same thing happens when they return to Equestria at the end of the movie and Twilight gets teased for possibly having a crush on one of the castle guards, with Pony Pinkie summarizing the movie's romance subplot by guessing said guard is the pony counterpart to the human guitarist Twilight actually developed feelings for during the film.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls1'', there's a RunningGag where Pinkie Pie's human counterpart blurts out silly theories whenever a question comes up. When it comes time for Twilight to reveal the truth, she's preempted by Human Pinkie correctly guessing that she's a pony princess from a magical dimension that has come to this one to get back a magical artifact. Twilight and Spike are briefly stunned before the latter assures them that she was surprisingly accurate. The same thing happens when they return to Equestria at the end of the movie and Twilight gets teased for possibly having a crush on one of the castle guards, with Pony Pinkie summarizing the movie's romance subplot by guessing said guard is the pony counterpart to the human guitarist Twilight actually developed feelings for during the film. Both times, Pinkie Pie attributes her guess to [[IJustKnew "Just a hunch."]]


* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the utterly idiotic and insane King Steve is devastating the environment by ordering his subjects to drill the earth for mana despite such a thing being impossible. In the penultimate strip, a newspaper reports the discovery of a "mana vein"[[Mana Vein Found! Scientists baffled, annoyed by finding: "I Hate This Ridiculous Fantasy Setting"[[/note]].

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* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', the utterly idiotic and insane King Steve is devastating the environment by ordering his subjects to drill the earth for mana despite such a thing being impossible. In the penultimate strip, a newspaper reports the discovery of a "mana vein"[[Mana vein"[[note]]Mana Vein Found! Scientists baffled, annoyed by finding: "I Hate This Ridiculous Fantasy Setting"[[/note]].

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* In ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', Goren and Nichols' methods, bizarre though they are, are often very effective in solving their cases.


* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': After a field trip to an art museum, Binky is convinced that an abstract painting isn't being displayed properly. Everyone dismisses him, but at the end of the episode, after a bit of research, Binky shows everyone some old footage of the artist unveiling the piece - and proves the museum has been hanging it upside-down.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'': After a field trip to an art museum, Binky is convinced that an abstract painting isn't being displayed properly. Everyone dismisses him, but at the end of the episode, after a bit of research, Binky shows everyone some old footage of the artist unveiling the piece - and proves the museum has been hanging it upside-down.sideways.


* Atlas is an ArtificialIntelligence computer in the series ''Literature/{{Relativity}}''. It often comes across as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} simply because it doesn't understand the subtleties of human nature... or, sometimes, the real world.[[note]]Once, when asked to produce a list of possible ways a city could be destroyed, put both ZombieApocalypse and Franchise/{{Godzilla}} on the list.[[/note]] However, in the story "Those Who Wander", it actually guessed the villains' motives perfectly. ([[spoiler: Milking venom from Brazilian Wandering Spiders to create a cure for erectile dysfunction.]])
* The Literature/SherlockHolmes parody "The Case of the Mental Detective" in ''Soft Pawn'', a chess fun book by William R. Hartston. All clues in the case of the hated chess master [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial (not related to Bobby Fischer)]] killed by eleven knives in the back point to...eh, a typewriter thrown from a giraffe unicycle by an Irish sailor with a cold called [[ItMakesSenseInContext Keffeagh Q. Bacdabb]]?!? ("Bacdabb?" "Actually Mac Nabb, but he's got a cold.") But, being Sherlock Holmes, he's of course right. ("You got me, it's only fair I turn myself in.", as Bacdabb confesses.)

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* Atlas is an ArtificialIntelligence computer in the series ''Literature/{{Relativity}}''. It often comes across as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} simply because it doesn't understand the subtleties of human nature... or, sometimes, the real world.[[note]]Once, world[[note]]Once, when asked to produce a list of possible ways a city could be destroyed, put both ZombieApocalypse and Franchise/{{Godzilla}} on the list.[[/note]] [[/note]]. However, in the story "Those Who Wander", it actually guessed the villains' motives perfectly. ([[spoiler: Milking venom from Brazilian Wandering Spiders to create a cure for erectile dysfunction.]])
* The Literature/SherlockHolmes parody "The Case of the Mental Detective" in ''Soft Pawn'', a chess fun book by William R. Hartston. All clues in the case of the hated chess master [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial (not related to Bobby Fischer)]] killed by eleven knives in the back point to...eh, a typewriter thrown from a giraffe unicycle by an Irish sailor with a cold called [[ItMakesSenseInContext Keffeagh Q. Bacdabb]]?!? Bacdabb?!?]] ("Bacdabb?" "Actually Mac Nabb, but he's got a cold.") But, being Sherlock Holmes, he's of course right. ("You got me, it's only fair I turn myself in.", as Bacdabb confesses.)



* The Orks as a race in ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' Trilogy. They're massively into reading omens before making any remotely significant decision, causing most members of other races to dismiss them as superstitious {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. That said, Ork characters accurately predict events in the trilogy using aforesaid omens with a striking degree of accuracy, and in the third book, when the protagonists try to fool the Ork leader with a fake omen into helping them, she sees through it ''immediately'', and is in fact mildly offended that they seem to think she "can't tell the difference between an omen sent by the gods and an omen sent by an elf."[[note]]she still helps them, though, because the Orks have a stake in this conflict too[[/note]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': He's not crazy, per se, but in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', during a tactical planning session, Face Loran comes up with three wild theories about how events are unfolding (and also a farcical plan to sabotage Warlord Zsinj by [[ZanyScheme impersonating a comedy troupe to get close to him]]) -- namely, that the Empire is building a new [[CoolStarship Super Star Destroyer]], that Zsinj plans to steal it, and that [[spoiler: [[BigBad Ysanne Isard]] [[FakingTheDead is still alive]]. He's right on all three counts, even though the Isard prediction wasn't meant to be serious. Later in the book, Wedge makes another deduction that Zsinj has given TheMole in his organization false data implying he intends to attack the Republic capital, Coruscant, for valid reasons -- but he is ''also'' able to name Zsinj's true target: Kuat, the [[PlanetOfHats shipyard planet]] [[IKnewIt building the Super Star Destroyer Zsinj intends to steal]]]].
* In Creator/JanetEvanovich's "Seven Up", bounty hunter heroine Literature/StephaniePlum is initially skeptical toward Mooner's worries about his friend Dougie (and a roast from the freezer) disappearing, and later doubts his claim that his assailant was an elderly lady, since Mooner is notorious as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and a [[TheStoner stoner]], who's lately taken to running around costumed as a superhero. Of course, it turns out he was actually telling the truth.

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* The Orks as a race in ''Literature/TheSovereignStone'' Trilogy. They're massively into reading omens before making any remotely significant decision, causing most members of other races to dismiss them as superstitious {{Cloudcuckoolander}}s. That said, Ork characters accurately predict events in the trilogy using aforesaid said aforementioned omens with a striking degree of accuracy, and in the third book, when the protagonists try to fool the Ork leader with a fake omen into helping them, she sees through it ''immediately'', and is in fact mildly offended that they seem to think she "can't tell the difference between an omen sent by the gods and an omen sent by an elf."[[note]]she elf"[[note]]she still helps them, though, because the Orks have a stake in this conflict too[[/note]]
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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': He's not crazy, per se, but in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Iron Fist]]'', Fist,]]'' during a tactical planning session, Face Loran comes up with three wild theories about how events are unfolding (and also a farcical plan to sabotage Warlord Zsinj by [[ZanyScheme impersonating a comedy troupe to get close to him]]) -- namely, that the Empire is building a new [[CoolStarship Super Star Destroyer]], Destroyer,]] that Zsinj plans to steal it, and that [[spoiler: [[BigBad Ysanne Isard]] [[FakingTheDead is still alive]]. alive.]] He's right on all three counts, even though the Isard prediction wasn't meant to be serious. Later in the book, Wedge makes another deduction that Zsinj has given TheMole in his organization false data implying he intends to attack the Republic capital, Coruscant, for valid reasons -- but he is ''also'' able to name Zsinj's true target: Kuat, the [[PlanetOfHats shipyard planet]] [[IKnewIt building the Super Star Destroyer Zsinj intends to steal]]]].
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* In Creator/JanetEvanovich's "Seven Up", bounty hunter heroine Literature/StephaniePlum is initially skeptical toward Mooner's worries about his friend Dougie (and a roast from the freezer) disappearing, and later doubts his claim that his assailant was an elderly lady, since Mooner is notorious as a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} and a [[TheStoner stoner]], stoner,]] who's lately taken to running around costumed as a superhero. Of course, it turns out he was actually telling the truth.



* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Alice the supposedly crazy feeder is the first to note the sighting of ghosts as a sign that the protective wards around the Academy are failing. She is right. [[spoiler:At least 50 Strigoi break through the weakened wards]].

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Alice the supposedly crazy feeder is the first to note the sighting sightings of ghosts as a sign that the protective wards around the Academy are failing. She is right. [[spoiler:At least 50 Strigoi break through the weakened wards]].wards.]]



* The ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' episode "I Am Anne Frank" features a deranged Briarcliff patient who claims to be Anne Frank, insisting that she was wrongly reported as dead at Auschwitz, but kept her identity secret so that she could serve as a symbol of the innocents slaughtered by Hitler. As soon as she sees Dr. Arden, she goes berserk and claims that he was one of the Nazi doctors who [[PlayingWithSyringes experimented on Jewish prisoners in the camps]]. [[spoiler: It turns out that she's lying about being Anne Frank -- but she's 100% right about Dr. Arden's Nazi past]].

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* The ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum'' episode "I Am Anne Frank" features a deranged Briarcliff patient who claims to be Anne Frank, insisting that she was wrongly reported as dead at Auschwitz, but kept her identity secret so that she could serve as a symbol of the innocents slaughtered by Hitler. As soon as she sees Dr. Arden, she goes berserk and claims that he was one of the Nazi doctors who [[PlayingWithSyringes experimented on Jewish prisoners in the camps]]. camps.]] [[spoiler: It turns out that she's lying about being Anne Frank -- but she's 100% right about Dr. Arden's Nazi past]].past.]]



** G'Kar definitely had his cuckoolander moments... and almost everyone ignored his warnings about the return of certain {{eldritch abomination}}s until it was nearly too late. The ones who didn't ignore him were already planning for it and feigned ignorance while letting his world burn to maintain the ruse.

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** G'Kar definitely had his cuckoolander moments... and almost everyone ignored his warnings about the return of certain {{eldritch abomination}}s until it was nearly too late. The ones who didn't ignore him were already planning for it and feigned ignorance while letting his world burn to maintain the ruse.



** One of the Doctor's defining character traits. He is definitely a mad man with a box... and he knows exactly what he's doing. Lampshaded by River Song in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]:

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** One of the Doctor's defining character traits. He is definitely a mad man with a box... and he knows exactly what he's doing. Lampshaded by River Song in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh and Stone"]]:Stone":]]



** Dalek Caan flies unprotected into the Time Vortex to bring back Davros. He emerges from this experience completely insane, but with the gift of prophesy. The Supreme Dalek prefers to ignore his ravings, but Davros knows he speaks the truth. Sure enough, he predicts that one of the Doctor's companions will soon die, and Donna essentially does because the Doctor must wipe her mind. It also turns out that some of the episode's events happened because Caan was [[ThePlan manipulating them to destroy the Daleks]]. An alternate interpretation is that rather than Donna (who though she loses her memory doesn't actually die), the one Caan was refering to was Davros himself. As the Dalek mothership explodes around them, the Doctor ushers all of his companions into the TARDIS to escape, including extending an invitation to Davros, offering to save him. Davros refuses, and stays to go down with the ship, and it is at this moment that Caan laughs maniacally and repeats the prophecy that "one will still die". The Doctor's invitation to Davros could be seen as promoting Davros to companion, albeit briefly, and thus Davros' death fulfils the prophecy.

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** Dalek Caan flies unprotected into the Time Vortex to bring back Davros. He emerges from this experience completely insane, but with the gift of prophesy.prophecy. The Supreme Dalek prefers to ignore his ravings, but Davros knows he speaks the truth. Sure enough, he predicts that one of the Doctor's companions will soon die, and Donna essentially does because the Doctor must wipe her mind. It also turns out that some of the episode's events happened because Caan was [[ThePlan manipulating them to destroy the Daleks]]. Daleks.]] An alternate interpretation is that rather than Donna (who though she loses her memory doesn't actually die), the one Caan was refering to was Davros himself. As the Dalek mothership explodes around them, the Doctor ushers all of his companions into the TARDIS to escape, including extending an invitation to Davros, offering to save him. Davros refuses, and stays to go down with the ship, and it is at this moment that Caan laughs maniacally and repeats the prophecy that "one will still die". The Doctor's invitation to Davros could be seen as promoting Davros to companion, albeit briefly, and thus Davros' death fulfils the prophecy.



* Early in Season 2 of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'', [[TheDitz Ditzy]] ManChild Richard does an offscreen trade and swaps a huge, famous gem for a dragon... or so he's told. He's actually traded the gem for a type of reptile known as a [[ExactWords bearded dragon]]. Throughout the season, Richard continues to insist that Tad Cooper, as he named the creature, truly is a dragon, and gives it multiple attempts to do things like breathe fire, only for it to act like a normal lizard. The stinger at the very end of the shows that Tad Cooper really is a dragon, and shows Richard proudly feeding the grown dragon sheep.

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* Early in Season 2 of ''Series/{{Galavant}}'', [[TheDitz Ditzy]] ManChild Richard does an offscreen trade and swaps a huge, famous gem for a dragon... or so he's told. He's actually traded the gem for a type of reptile known as a [[ExactWords bearded dragon]]. dragon.]] Throughout the season, Richard continues to insist that Tad Cooper, as he named the creature, truly is a dragon, and gives it multiple attempts to do things like breathe fire, only for it to act like a normal lizard. The stinger at the very end of the shows that Tad Cooper really is a dragon, and shows Richard proudly feeding the grown dragon sheep.



** Michael in the first episode states that all religions were about 5% right about the afterlife, except for Doug Forcett, a stoner kid who one day got extremely high on mushrooms and in that state, was asked by his friend what he thinks happens after they die. Doug started a monologue that startled every being in the afterlife by being 92% correct, this made him an afterlife celebrity and Michael keeps a portrait of him in his wall.
** Jason, in spite of being TheDitz, points out in the last episode of Season 1 that he was (mostly) right with his earlier suggestion to Eleanor that [[spoiler:they were on a prank show]].

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** Michael in the first episode states that all religions were about 5% right about the afterlife, except for Doug Forcett, a stoner kid who one day got extremely high on mushrooms and in that state, was asked by his friend what he thinks happens after they die. Doug started a monologue that startled every being in the afterlife by being 92% correct, this made him an afterlife celebrity and Michael keeps a portrait of him in on his wall.
** Jason, in spite of being TheDitz, points out in the last episode of Season 1 that he was (mostly) right with his earlier suggestion to Eleanor that [[spoiler:they were on a prank show]].show.]]



* In a way, Sarah from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. While she isn't really a cuckoolander, many people do believe she is crazy including the main characters themselves, but everything she says is usually a clue to the mystery in some way. This is because she grew up with the mystery herself, as her parents were the ones who hid the treasure and the two main villains turned on her for the truth. [[spoiler:She also happened to be the original [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne Chosen One]].]]

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* In a way, Sarah from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''. While she isn't really a cuckoolander, many people do believe she is crazy including the main characters themselves, but everything she says is usually a clue to the mystery in some way. This is because she grew up with the mystery herself, as her parents were the ones who hid the treasure and the two main villains turned on her for the truth. [[spoiler:She also happened to be the original [[ItSucksToBeTheChosenOne Chosen One]].]]One.]]]]


* ''WesternAnimation/FrozenII'': Although most of Olaf's trivia are nonsense, his theory that water has memory turns out to be true.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FrozenII'': Although most of Olaf's trivia are nonsense, is nonsense[[note]]Except the wombat thing[[/note]], his theory that water has memory turns out to be true.


* In Episode 3 of ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'', Nyarko wonders if Mahiro's {{Tsundere}} attitude and [[ImprobableWeaponUser skill with forks]] mark him as a descendant of the cursed deity hunter from the "[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos forbidden black book]]". In Episode 4, Mahiro's mother returns home and everyone (including Mahiro himself) learns that she's a part-time deity hunter who's also deadly with forks. When this is revealed, even Nyarko is shocked, since by her own admission her earlier remark was just an off-the-cuff joke and not meant to be any serious speculation.
** It actually happens semi-regularly in this series, most often with Nyarko trying to identify the ChekhovsGun that will turn out to be the lynchpin of the current crisis. Mahiro almost always dismisses her suggestions because they would make for a really stupid resolution...and he gets really ticked off when she's right. There was even one incident where Nyarko dismissed [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail her own suggestion]] as being way too contrived, so naturally she was 100% correct.


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* In Episode 3 of ''LightNovel/NyarukoCrawlingWithLove'', Nyarko wonders if Mahiro's {{Tsundere}} attitude and [[ImprobableWeaponUser skill with forks]] mark him as a descendant of the cursed deity hunter from the "[[Franchise/CthulhuMythos forbidden black book]]". In Episode 4, Mahiro's mother returns home and everyone (including Mahiro himself) learns that she's a part-time deity hunter who's also deadly with forks. When this is revealed, even Nyarko is shocked, since by her own admission her earlier remark was just an off-the-cuff joke and not meant to be any serious speculation.
** It actually happens semi-regularly in this series, most often with Nyarko trying to identify the ChekhovsGun that will turn out to be the lynchpin of the current crisis. Mahiro almost always dismisses her suggestions because they would make for a really stupid resolution...and he gets really ticked off when she's right. There was even one incident where Nyarko dismissed [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail her own suggestion]] as being way too contrived, so naturally she was 100% correct.


* ''VisualNovel/{{Grisaia No Kajitsu}}'': Both Makina and especially Michiru are capable of talking a lot of nonsense, however sometimes their insight is spot on.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Grisaia No Kajitsu}}'': ''VisualNovel/TheFruitOfGrisaia'': Both Makina and especially Michiru are capable of talking a lot of nonsense, however sometimes their insight is spot on.

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