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* In ''Anime/{{Tamagotchi}}'', out of the three main characters, Memetchi fits this role. Mametchi tends to overthink while Kuchipatchi tends not to take things seriously, usually leaving Memetchi to set them both straight.

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* Compared to [[ChaoticStupid Tanaka]]'s wackiness and Shiori's rather [[EmotionlessGirl detached personality]], Akane "{{Ota|ku}}" Kikuchi of ''Manga/WastefulDaysOfHighSchoolGirls'' is the most grounded of the main trio.


** Future Trunks stands out as a contrast to the other Z-Fighters by being the only one to know the consequences of letting an enemy live. As a result, whenever he comes across an enemy, he tends to finish them off as fast as possible where if someone else is in a similar position, they would probably stall until it's too late.

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** Future Trunks stands out as a contrast to the other Z-Fighters by being the only one to know the consequences of letting an enemy live. As a result, whenever he comes across an enemy, he tends to finish them off as fast as possible where if someone else is in a similar position, they would probably stall until it's too late. Given the BadFuture that Future Trunks came from, where such stalling frequently got them killed against the ruthless enemies Trunks has fought, he is very, very justified in this.


** Tagoma in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'' is the only one to point out to Frieza post-revival that simply ignoring Earth and the Saiyans and resuming business as normal, [[RevengeBeforeReason instead of being so focused on getting revenge]], would be the best course of action. [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog He gets thrown out the airlock as a result]], but by the end of the film, he turns out to have been right.]]
** Future Trunks stands out as a contrast to the other Z-Fighters by being the only one to know the consequences of letting an enemy live. As a result, whenever he comes across an enemy, he tends to finish them off as fast as possible where if someone else is in a similar position, would probably stall until it's too late.

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** Tagoma in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZResurrectionF Resurrection 'F']]'' is the only one to point out to Frieza post-revival that simply ignoring Earth and the Saiyans and resuming business as normal, [[RevengeBeforeReason instead of being so focused on getting revenge]], would be the best course of action. [[spoiler:[[KickTheDog He gets [[spoiler:Tagoma is [[KickTheDog thrown out the an airlock as a result]], but by the end of the film, he turns out to have been right.]]
** Future Trunks stands out as a contrast to the other Z-Fighters by being the only one to know the consequences of letting an enemy live. As a result, whenever he comes across an enemy, he tends to finish them off as fast as possible where if someone else is in a similar position, they would probably stall until it's too late.

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* In the ''Manga/Area88'' manga, Mickey tries to be a voice of reason to others. When the lost soul with PTSD is the sane man of the story, it really highlights how unstable and reckless the other characters are.
** During his meeting with Rishar, he tries to give the idealistic Rishar a dose of reality by reminding him of how many people have been killed by Asran's civil war. When Rishar waxes poetic about the will of the Asranian people, Mickey warns Rishar that the people may call for Rishar's execution after the war.
** Mickey tries (and fails) to convince Saki that Rishar's peace conference proposal was genuine. He also talks at length with Saki about Asran's poverty, but Saki is unwilling to consider selling Asranian oil. Later, Mickey reacts with understandable horror when Saki proposes using nuclear weapons against the anti-government forces.
** In a manga issue published in ''Animerica'', he flies after a distraught Greg following the deaths of Jensen and Campbell and tries to talk him down, seeing as Greg has flown off into a war zone.

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* In ''Manga/YamadaKunAndTheSevenWitches'':
** Even though the titular character can be quite dumb at times, he often shows surprising degrees of common sense and tends to play the StraightMan.
** When Odagiri's feelings and temper don't get the better of her, she has more common sense than most of the characters and will not hesitate to sigh or point it out when her surroundings are acting ridiculous or idiotic. Ultimately, she is a downplayed example, since her feelings and temper ''do'' get the better of her a lot of the time.
** Even Yamada and Odagiri get to play the weirdos to Tamaki's only sane man, given that Tamaki is smarter than Yamada, less hot-tempered than Odagiri, and less impulsive than both of them. This continues in the student council as the other members are Yamada, Odagiri, a pervert, an anti-social jerk, and an airhead.


* Lucy is pretty much the only sane person in the guild in ''Manga/FairyTail''. When she points out what's wrong people act like she's a loony. Later she is joined by Max, Warren, Charle and Pantherlily.

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* Lucy is pretty much the only sane person in the guild in ''Manga/FairyTail''. When she points out what's wrong people act like she's a loony. Later she is joined by Max, Warren, Charle Carla and Pantherlily.


* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Asahi is pretty much the only character who actually realizes the absurdity of what the rest of the cast gets up to. Mikan ''sometimes'' functions in this capacity (usually when the Gods of (Mis)Fortune are involved), but she's much more prone to [[NotSoAboveItAll get dragged into the insanity.]]

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Asahi is pretty much the only character who actually realizes the absurdity of what the rest of the cast gets up to. Mikan ''sometimes'' functions in this capacity (usually when the Gods of (Mis)Fortune are involved), but she's much more prone to [[NotSoAboveItAll get dragged into the insanity.]]]] Similarly, Akari ''tries'' to fit this role (usually when dealing with [[TheGadfly Akane]]), but has a tendency to occasionally succumb to whatever craziness is going on around her.

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* Marcille from ''Manga/DeliciousInDungeon'' is the only one to point out how outlandish or dangerous Laios and Senshi's plans are. Chilchuck feels the same way, but is more resigned and goes along with it.


** In [[{{Filler}} Episode 335]], Kira GotVolunteered by Hisagi to host an New Year's divisional kite-flying bonding exercise, but Hisagi sabotages it to spice things up. Things [[{{Calvinball}} escalate]] from gentle bonding to all-out war. Only sane man Kira attempts to end it but accidentally destroys [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto's]] barracks. Yamamoto's UnstoppableRage ends the chaos with the effectiveness of a FantasticNuke.

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** In [[{{Filler}} Episode 335]], Kira GotVolunteered by Hisagi to host an New Year's divisional kite-flying bonding exercise, but Hisagi sabotages it to spice things up. Things [[{{Calvinball}} escalate]] from gentle bonding to all-out war. Only sane man Kira attempts to end it but accidentally destroys [[BadassGrandpa Yamamoto's]] Yamamoto's barracks. Yamamoto's UnstoppableRage ends the chaos with the effectiveness of a FantasticNuke.

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** Thanks his upbringing, Sabo was this in regards to Luffy (an idiot) and Ace (broody and confrontational). While he shared some of their quirks and their love of adventure, there was no question he was the most rational of the three.


* ''Manga/Poyopoyo'' has Hide, who also serves as the ButtMonkey. After receiving many random photos from his classmates in Episode 5, he gives up and says "I'm surrounded by idiots..."

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* ''Manga/Poyopoyo'' ''Manga/{{Poyopoyo}}'' has Hide, who also serves as the ButtMonkey. After receiving many random photos from his classmates in Episode 5, he gives up and says "I'm surrounded by idiots..."

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* ''Manga/Poyopoyo'' has Hide, who also serves as the ButtMonkey. After receiving many random photos from his classmates in Episode 5, he gives up and says "I'm surrounded by idiots..."

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Asahi is pretty much the only character who actually realizes the absurdity of what the rest of the cast gets up to. Mikan ''sometimes'' functions in this capacity (usually when the Gods of (Mis)Fortune are involved), but she's much more prone to [[NotSoAboveItAll get dragged into the insanity.]]



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* ''Manga/CityHunter'':
** The typical reaction of one-shot characters to Ryo and Kaori's antics. Even Saeko, who has known Ryo for a long time, tends to get these...
** When charged with guarding actress Yumiko Sato against life-threatening 'accidents', Ryo found himself the Only Sane Man when compared to Yumiko: she's even loonier than him. Between the two of them, the poor director was getting crazy even before Umibozu replaced all the fake guns used in the movie with actual ones (including a bazooka)...
** Sayaka Ryujin's arc featured a free for all for the title, due the crazyness of all characters: Sayaka is left speechless at Ryo's antics (and her own inability to get rid of him) and at Kaori kidnapping the guys she had sent to kidnap her, Ryo and Kaori are unable to tell who's crazier between Sayaka (who tried everything to rid herself of Ryo) and her father (his reaction to Sayaka faking to seduce Ryo to get him in trouble with Kaori was crying: "Saeba! Why did you refuse my daughter?!"), and all of them look positively sane when Torakichi Seiken shows up with enormous platform boots and tries to pass himself as a much bigger man (Sayaka actually facepalmed when she realized the biker gang giving her trouble worked for Torakichi, and continued facepalming until Ryo recovered from the shock of having to deal with that idiot and his gang and mopped the floor with them).
** Kaori found herself in this position when Mick Angel showed up, as Mick is practically an American version of Ryo, just whackier and more perverted.

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