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A gas that makes people lightheaded.

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
Coolguy31 on May 4th 2018 at 5:26:51 AM
Last Edited By:
Malady on May 21st 2018 at 12:34:37 AM
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A gas that makes people lightheaded. While the gas takes affect immediately, the effects wear off within minutes. Causes the victim to act high.

Sister Trope to Knockout Gas. Can overlap with Deadly Gas if there is too much.


Examples

Comic Books

  • A lethal version of this is shown by The Joker, a toxin been used as part of his arsenal and is seen in all the media he appears, not just in the comics. The laughing gas (sometimes can be injected or in liquid form) he uses usually leaves their victims unable to attack and inconscious. Some variations even can produces death with unnatural smiles on their faces, in which the victims LITERALLY Die Laughing.

Films -- Live-Action

  • In The Paleface, there is a scene where the dopey dentist pulls the wrong teeth and gets high on his own laughing gas.

Films -- Live-Action

  • In Over the Hedge, RJ sprays Hammy with a can of laughing gas to make him come out of the hedge with no fear of humans.

Live-Action TV

  • In an episode of iCarly Sam is given this for having teeth pulled and cavities filled, and it causes her to tell Carly that she kissed Freddie.
  • An episode of Ellen has her going to the dentist and accidentally spraying herself with some while playing around before the dentist comes in.

Western Animation

  • On The Flintstones, Barney goes to the dentist for a sore tooth and is put under with gas. Unfortunately, he's filled with too much gas, and he starts floating like a balloon.
  • In the Willie Whopper cartoon "Stratos-Fear", Willie is filled with too much gas at the dentist and floats into outer space, where he's captured by Martian scientists who want to experiment on him.

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May 4th 2018 at 6:19:53 AM

Live Action TV

  • Neds Declassified School Survival Guide: In "Guide toScience Fair", one student's exhibit at the fair involves using nitrous oxide being used on grass in a glass case. Later, Ned accidentally breaks the display, causing him to inhale it and start laughing, and then latches onto a plasma lamp that makes his hair stand up, resulting in him looking like a stereotypical Mad Scientist.

Western Animation

  • Betty Boop: In the 1934 short Ha! Ha! Ha!, Betty uses laughing gas when trying to help with Koko's toothache, only to fall victim to it herself and cause it to flood into the real world.
  • The Simpsons: In the Lady MacBeth story from "Four Great Women and a Manicure", Homer kills Dr. Hibbert by locking him in his office with the laughing gas turned on to make him laugh himself to death.

May 4th 2018 at 6:57:26 AM

This definitively Needs A Better Description, or at least something more than 6 words, you know??

Comic Books:

  • A lethal version of this is shown by The Joker, a toxin been used as part of his arsenal and is seen in all the media he appears, not just in the comics. The laughing gas (sometimes can be injected or in liquid form) he uses usually leaves their victims unable to attack and inconscious. Some variations even can produces death with unnatural smiles on their faces, in which the victims LITERALLY Die Laughing.

May 4th 2018 at 8:58:38 AM

Is there a trope here? Maybe. Hollywood Laughing Gas could be a thing, but this, as-written, is just "Nitrous Oxide exists."

May 4th 2018 at 9:31:56 AM

Literature:

  • Dave Barry has an article about traveling by plane. He mentions the oxygen masks that fall from the ceiling if there's a loss in cabin pressure, and says that he'd prefer if the masks dispensed nitrous oxide. Because if he's ever on a plane with lost cabin pressure, he'd much rather be high as a kite and laughing at the pretty flames all around than be fully conscious.

May 4th 2018 at 11:12:38 AM

^ wouldn't that just be Real Life? And if this is turned into some Artistic License - Laughing Gas (rather than what it is now, which is just Laughing Gas Exists), would it be that RL examples can't count unless discussing/invoking such misrepresentations

May 4th 2018 at 11:31:35 AM

Dave Barry is a comedian so I'd wager it'd be about as "real life" as a stand up routine.

Agreed that this is currently "Laughing Gas Exists" which is People Sit On Chairs.

May 4th 2018 at 11:28:15 PM

  • Examples section

May 4th 2018 at 11:35:06 PM

This needs to be changed to "Instead of just rendering people unconscious the way it does in Real Life, nitrous oxide (laughing gas) causes people who breathe it to laugh and act in a silly manner." In short, it's a Comedy Trope.

Film - Live Action

  • Tank Girl. After Tank Girl and Jet Girl are captured by the Rippers, they are subjected to nitrous oxide in the hope that it will act like a truth serum. Instead, it just causes them to act silly and give bizarre answers to questions they're asked.

May 5th 2018 at 12:50:23 AM

  • Laughing gas appears as a hazard in some areas of Abe's Exoddus. While Abe himself isn't affected by it, any other Mudokens who breath it in will become hysterical and start running around and laughing wildly (possibly alerting enemies to Abe's presence), and will refuse to follow instructions unless Abe slaps some sense into them.

May 5th 2018 at 1:33:03 AM

It should probably be noted that laughing gas gets the nickname from the fact that people can sometimes hear laughter when they take it, not because it makes them laugh.

May 5th 2018 at 1:58:43 AM

^ perhaps because their hearing becomes so muzzled that people's voices around them turns into laughs for them?

May 5th 2018 at 3:15:53 AM

^ Update from cousin in college says: "it's more like muffled tinnitus, you can barely hear any actual sounds" — so maybe?

May 5th 2018 at 3:17:05 AM

But also that it does make you "smile big and feel jovial".

May 5th 2018 at 9:54:11 AM

Note that nitrous oxide's nickname of "laughing gas" comes from its use as a Victorian party drug.

Also, when dentists use it the concentration is low enough that the patient remains conscious but numbed. Most doctors who use nitrous oxide as general anaesthetic mix it with ether so the patient doesn't suffocate.

May 5th 2018 at 4:46:55 PM

  • On Little Shop Of Horrors, Depraved Dentist Orin Scrivello uses laughing gas not on his patients (he wants them to feel pain) but on himself to get high. He dies of an overdose when his mask gets stuck.
  • In the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hot Cross Bunny", a Mad Scientist subdues Bugs with laughing gas from a Cartoon Bug Sprayer. He carries Bugs off to be experimented upon as Bugs laughs himself silly; at one point Bugs sees some ominous medical instruments and all he can do is continue laughing.

May 6th 2018 at 7:09:42 AM

  • On The Flintstones, Barney goes to the dentist for a sore tooth and is put under with gas. Unfortunately, he's filled with too much gas, and he starts floating like a balloon.
  • In the Willie Whopper cartoon "Stratos-Fear", Willie is filled with too much gas at the dentist and floats into outer space, where he's captured by Martian scientists who want to experiment on him.
  • In ''Ice Age 3 Dawn Of The Dinosaurs', the pack has to cross a chasm filled with toxic gas. The gas gives the victims helium voices and fits of laughter, and they eventually Die Laughing.

May 6th 2018 at 1:13:36 PM

Um, no. People sit on chairs, people don't usually use them to hit one another. Hence the trope page. Laughing because of a gas, as opposed to say, a joke or being tickled, or being insane, or evil, is fine. More examples are needed, however.

May 6th 2018 at 5:15:42 PM

^ Do you realize it doesn't make people laugh? It just makes them loopy.

May 6th 2018 at 5:18:24 PM

^ It's a trope because you're getting high on a gas rather than a drug.

May 6th 2018 at 5:40:56 PM

Writing it as "Hollywood Laughing Gas" is the better idea.

May 6th 2018 at 5:45:15 PM

@Indirective Transport It is a trope because you're getting high on a gas rather than a drug.

May 6th 2018 at 8:22:24 PM

@Indirect Active Transport you are fundamentally misunderstanding what PSOC is. However, what you touch on with "laughing because of a drug, not a joke" is at least close to the idea of Hollywood Laughing Gas, which is what this needs to be in order to be a trope. Because "laughing gas exists, exactly the way it does in the real world, in fiction" is PSOC.

May 6th 2018 at 8:26:40 PM

^^^ @Coolguy31, see comment above. Currently it is "this thing that is real also exists in fiction!" — so do people, so do chairs. Not A Trope. Hollywood Laughing Gas would be a trope saying that Hollywood (i.e. common knowledge of film creators) takes stereotypes or pure misunderstandings of laughing gas and uses them as a norm and as a storytelling device. That the laughing gas of Hollywood/media industry is a different thing to real life laughing gas, in order to perpetuate stereotypes or to create stock functions of laughing gas that don't exist, but are used for plot, that become so well-known that other works also create it in the same way. Or, simply, Fake Functions Of Laughing Gas For Plot That Have Become Common Assumptions Thanks To Media.

May 6th 2018 at 8:56:31 PM

Yep, this is chairs as written. Bombing for now.

May 16th 2018 at 2:47:29 PM

I'm the fourth vote for ^

May 17th 2018 at 8:24:42 AM

"Hollywood (i.e. common knowledge of film creators)"

That's unnecessarily film-specific.

May 17th 2018 at 12:57:33 PM

Does Hollywood make video games? The trope is not that restrictive, and it has been discussed before that the Hollywood X names are somewhat non-indicative but clear enough to function. I wasnt going to inaccurately describe Hollywood (especially when not even in an example or description - though many descriptions on this site are entirely TV-specific even when the trope isnt, without issue) for no good reason

May 20th 2018 at 7:39:13 PM

This was made by a ban evader, as said in ATT: "The Stray".

Bombing.

May 20th 2018 at 9:50:26 PM

Yep, the OP must've been a ban evader.

May 21st 2018 at 12:34:37 AM

Will discard based on bombs and OP; if someone wishes to recreate as the suggested Hollywood Laughing Gas idea, feel free.

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