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Santa Claus goes insane! This is insania....

This work is a proposed Trope, Tropers can vote and offer feedback in the comments section below.
Proposed By:
Merseyuser1 on Sep 12th 2018 at 3:46:02 PM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Sep 14th 2018 at 5:23:00 AM
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Santa Claus normally has two stock depictions: a kindly old man (or Ambiguously Human figure) or a Bad Santa.

However, sometimes Santa can be insane, but not evil. This can have some overlap with Bad Santa, but insane does not always equal evil.

If Santa is depicted as a villain, for works aimed at a younger audience, he'll be depicted as insane rather than Ax-Crazy.


Comic Books


  • "Weird" Al Yankovic released a parody song called The Night Santa Went Crazy in November 1996 which serves as a Darker and Edgier Deconstruction of Santa Claus.

Western Animation

Feedback: 10 replies

Sep 13th 2018 at 12:14:00 AM

Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context. Warning: providing Zero Context Examples can result in being suspended from editing.

Sep 13th 2018 at 6:30:56 AM

I've slightly updated the Trope Namer example, but how can this be improved to avoid ZC Es?

Sep 13th 2018 at 6:48:31 AM

The Adventure Time example doesn't seem to count as-written. It doesn't say anything about Santa's sanity. Just that the guy who has him imprisoned is insane.

I'm feeling that this is a catchy name looking for a trope rather than an actual trope. To be this, an example would have to establish that A: Santa is insane and B: But he's not a Bad Santa. I really feel like the number of true examples that fit that are few and far between.

Sep 13th 2018 at 1:56:53 PM

If you're going for a pun, might as well call it Insaneta Claus...

...I'll show myself out.

Sep 13th 2018 at 2:03:25 PM

Santa Claus in Dexter’s Laboratory goes insane in response to Dexter’s Conspiracy Theorist disbelief of the former’s very existence.

Sep 13th 2018 at 2:21:33 PM

I actually like the Insaneta Claus suggestion...

Sep 13th 2018 at 3:04:36 PM

... What's with the "Insania" in the laconic?

Sep 14th 2018 at 5:17:43 AM

But I love the current title. Insanity Claus, like someone saying "Santy Claus" in an old cartoon.

Sep 14th 2018 at 5:23:00 AM

Make a title crowner, then. I'm more partial to "Insaneta Claus" to be honest.

... And I still don't understand what "insania" in the laconic is supposed to mean.