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The strangest episodes of western animation TV shows.


  • The 2 Stupid Dogs short "Cartoon Canines" sees Big Dog and Little Dog getting drafted into some sort of training camp for cartoon characters, complete with a feline Funny Animal Drill Sergeant Nasty ordering them into stereotypical cartoon personae and then into a series of training scenarios. Little Dog (AKA "Hammy") is pestered by a giant cat, and eventually defeats him by going Incredible Hulk on him and throwing him onto a working toaster. Big Dog (AKA "Loafy") finds himself tormented by a feline Abhorrent Admirer, and after some slapstick he tricks her into kissing her own butt. The woman goes into a rage, then suddenly splits in half to reveal... some kind of energy being shaped like an atom, and a monkey in a dress named Sasha who is apparently the energy being's girlfriend. Mission Control and the dogs are presumably just as confused as the audience as the energy being flies away with Sasha, shouting "We're free! Free!"
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  • The 101 Dalmatians: The Series episode "DeVil-Age Elder", where the Dearlys, the main pups, and Cruella stumble upon "DeVil Ville", a Renaissance-era town cursed 1000 years ago by a witch (who resembles Nanny), to make the town only appear every 1000 years a la Brigadoon.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius:
    • While it's justified given that the majority of the episode is taking place in a dream Carl is having, "I Dream of Jimmy" is nonetheless a pretty insane episode by the standards of the series, having all manner of crazy dream-induced goings-on.
    Libby: Sorry I'm late. My paddle broke so I had to row my desk to school with a plastic leg.
    • "Who's Your Mommy" is another very odd episode: The premise is that during a visit to an alien colony with Jimmy and Sheen, Carl gets attacked by a hostile alien that lays an egg in Carl, which for some reason ends up in Carl's butt and causes it to grow enormous. For some reason, no one in town is fazed by this at all (not even Cindy and Libby, normally two of the sanest characters on the show), leaving Jimmy the Only Sane Man of the entire situation as he desperately tries to figure out a solution to the strange situation as pregnancy and butt gags fly left and right.
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    • "Vanishing Act", one of the later episodes, involves Jimmy holding a magic show using a magic set created by him to impress Betty Quinlin, only for a mishap to get her along with Carl, Cindy, and Sheen lost in a crazy magic dimension that suddenly appears when Cindy attempts to sabotage the magic show. Physics are warped and borderline non-existent, everyone except Jimmy's heads get separated from their bodies and a chunk of the episode is spent finding them (after which Sheen's head ends up backwards), Jimmy is flushed down a giant toilet, and other strange things happen. What's especially funny is that this episode actually has bearing on the rest of the show as the on-going Jimmy/Cindy/Betty Love Triangle subplot is resolved here.
  • Adventure Time:
    • "Rainy Day Daydream". Finn and Jake stay in their tree house during a knife storm. Jake suggests they use their imagination to pass the time, but his imagination proves so powerful he inexplicably becomes a Reality Warper, conjuring up all sorts of bizarre imaginary threats that only he can see.
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    • "BMO Noire". BMO tries to find Finn's missing sock by imagining himself as a hard-boiled detective "interrogating" such suspects as a mouse, a remote control, and a chicken.
    • "King Worm" is even worse. It's a dream episode, and it can be compared to Inception... but weirder. Much, much weirder.
    • And then they are both topped by "A Glitch is a Glitch", an episode made by guest animator David O'Reilly where the Ice King's latest attempt to win over Princess Bubblegum causes a CGI version of Ooo to glitch out and fall apart.
    • "Puhoy". Finn climbs into Jake's pillow fort, and it's a portal to a whole new world made of pillows and blankets. While struggling to get back to his world, he gets married and starts a family. Finn eventually decides to live out the rest of his life in the pillow world, and eventually dies and is on his way to the pillow afterlife when he's intercepted by some big red monster and wakes up back in the tree-house. It may or may not have been All Just a Dream, but the monster Finn saw does come back in a big way.
    • "Food Chain" is made by another guest animator, Masaaki Yuasa. It is perhaps the most Bizarro of all of Adventure Time's Bizarro Episodes. It's about Magic Man turning Finn and Jake into various parts of a plant-caterpillar-bird-cycle after they express a disinterest in a museum exhibit on the food chain. Normally, this wouldn't be that out of place for this show — Magic Man's debut did involve turning Finn into a giant foot after all — except for the more deranged and minimalistic art style, the fact that it's a Musical Episode, and Finn and Jake being way-too able to roll with being transformed into animals/plants/bacteria. And Finn falls in love with a caterpillar. (It probably also qualifies as a Widget Episode, given the nationality of the animator.)
  • The Amazing World of Gumball is already a weird show, but these episodes stick out as being too weird, even by its usual standards:
    • "The Job." Richard gets a job and is actually good at it, which is so unlike him that the fabric of the universe begins to fall apart.
    • "The Sweaters." While showing a new student (who had appeared in previous episodes) around the school, Gumball and Darwin encounter a pair of humans from said student's old school who think that they want to challenge them to a fight (actually a tennis match). The humans and the entire court the "fight" takes place look like Filmation-era cartoons, and it should be noted that the only appearance of humans on the show prior (not counting Santa Claus) was as live-action people on television. Gumball and Darwin are also the only sane men — this is saying a lot — as just about everyone else seems to play directly into the same type of cliches that the episode spoofs.
    • "The World." It's been said on official sources and according to the show creator that Elmore is where everything has a chance to come to life. This episode takes that idea and runs with it in the form of a big sketch collection of objects, video game characters, food, and the planets in the solar system coming to life.
    • "The Joy": An homage to zombie horror and found footage horror films in which Richard's hug to cheer up a miserable Gumball and Darwin becomes a virus that turns people into mindlessly happy zombies that drool rainbow slime. Miss Simian tries to stop it with a recording of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, but ends up infected...then the tape cuts off and reveals that she tried to tape over Principal Brown practicing Jedi moves with a broom a la The Star Wars kid viral video.
    • "The Extras": After Gumball and Darwin casually comment that today is a slow day, a bunch of background characters launch into a musical number about how the episode will be about them. The rest of the episode is a rehash of "The World," except it focuses on the very minor and one-shot characters that act as background extras and living props having adventures of their own.
    • "The Countdown" is about Gumball and Darwin racing to school before they're late to avoid expulsion. What makes this bizarro is the object that gives the episode its name: A timer appears throughout most of it counting down the minutes and seconds they have left, and they notice it. Which also seems to be going by the show's time and not what they've done offscreen (such as them leaving the house only taking a second according to the timer). Then they interact with it by accidentally stopping time. Trying to start it again, they accidentally travel forwards to the end of the world, backwards to the big bang, and rewrite history several times, making alternate timelines until they finally settle for one where everybody blinks sideways.
    • "The Signal": The entire episode is shown as scrambled and distorted due to satellite interruptions, often cutting to stock footage and clips from fake TV shows and commercials. The story (what little of it there is) sees Darwin upset that Gumball has a stutter that makes him say offensive things to him, only to learn that the satellite interruptions are real and plaguing Elmore. Just as the two come to the conclusion that Elmore may not be real, the episode ends with an extremely tacked-on happy ending where Richard and the family are sitting around the table and Richard tells the family that Gumball and Darwin resolved their problems and everything is back to normal (and Gumball and Darwin are noticeably frightened and confused about what just happened). Time will tell if there will ever be a Sequel Episode that revisits this.
    • "The Test": After a Buzzfeed-style quiz calls Gumball a loser, he decides to try to get people to like him by not insulting them. Not only does this start to literally poison his body, it causes the show itself to warp into a Stylistic Suck sitcom with Tobias in the lead, a Laugh Track, lame jokes, and an incoherent plot. Eventually, Tobias starts to take over Gumball's life, and his place in the Watterson family. Eventually, Gumball concedes to being the loser and the amount of bile stored in his body burns off Tobias' face.
  • American Dad!:
    • Tear Jerker" and "For Black Eyes Only" (James Bond parodies)
    • "Hot Water" (a Musical Episode where a murderous hot tub kills off everyone in the cast. In that episode's defense, it was supposed to be the last episode of the entire series because the writers were afraid FOX was going to cancel the show. When they discovered that FOX wasn't going to cancel American Dad, the episode was put on as a season seven premiere and the deaths were written off as non-canon)
    • "Blood Crieth Unto Heaven" (an American Dad! episode set up like a stage play, featuring Patrick Stewart in live-action)
    • "Lost in Space" is this crossed with A Day in the Limelight: Stan, Francine, and Steve don't appear at all, Hayley appears in a flashback and has no lines, and the only major character to appear is Roger (and even then, it's in another character's mind). The episode focuses mostly on Jeff (Hayley's stoner husband) and is more of a sci-fi adventure with some comedic overtones.
    • "Blagsnarst: A Love Story": The final episode on FOX, where the whole story (and possibly the series) turns out to be a story told by Stan about how Kim Kardashian was born (which, in the American Dad! world, depicts Kardashian as a furry, pink alien being whose hair burned off in a car accident after Roger tried to get rid of her).
    • "American Fung": The show begins with a live-action Cold Opening depicting Asian billionaire Fung Wah saying that Seth MacFarlane sold American Dad! to him, and the episode features several moments depicting him in animated form and shilling himself and his products, culminating in him taking over the B-plot, doing the voices of Steve, Hayley and Roger, and hastily making up an ending for the A-plot. The ending involves Fung selling the show to another Asian billionaire who transplants the show to China, and the new American Chinese Dad! show has the family meeting Mickey Mouse and dancing Snoopy-style. Yeah, there's a reason why people cite this episode as a sign that American Dad! is becoming Family Guy-esque (read: going downhill in a blaze of forced absurdity and vulgarity).
  • The Angry Beavers: The show is already pretty...out there, but the tip of the iceberg would likely be "Brothers...To The End?", which has the premise of the universe suddenly coming to an end right at the turn of the millennium, and Norbert and Daggett are instructed to recreate it all over again. Words cannot describe the insanity that follows. In the end, it turns out the incident was just a mass hallucination of many of the main characters, brought on by bad martinis...or was it? It's not especially made clear.
  • The Animaniacs episode "Animaniacs Stew" has the Warners mixing up all the characters and putting them together in different ways (e.g. switching Dot with Slappy Squirrel), throwing off many familiar premises.
  • Arthur:
    • Much of "Just Desserts" takes place in Acid Reflux Nightmares being had by Arthur after eating too much cake for dessert, featuring such strange goings-on as a cake version of Grandma Thora forcing herself down Arthur's throat, malls made out of candy, D.W. getting abducted by seven Tibble twins who claim she is "Dough White", and Arthur in a parody of Jack and the Beanstalk where the giant is made of all the foods Arthur has ever eaten. Even among episodes of the show that are primarily taken up by the kids' Imagine Spots, it's an especially strange one.
    • Some of the Pal and Baby Kate episodes (where Pal and Kate can talk to each other and other animals) can get a little...out there. They can range from just Mundane Fantastic to things just outlandish for the mostly realistic setting of the show. "The Great Sock Mystery", for example, involves Pal and Kate searching for a missing sock...and come across an underground building where dogs and babies play the "sock market" where they literally exchange socks. The crazy thing is that this isn't even the strangest of the Pal/Kate episodes.
  • The episode "Party All the Time" from Aqua Teen Hunger Force. Frylock contracts melanoma (a form of cancer), which causes him to slowly decay and become sick (which leads to all the fries disappearing from his head, and him dressing in a hat to conceal the fry loss). Shake and Meatwad try a number of tricks to cheer him up (including a performance from Andrew W.K.), but they find out that it's no use. Suddenly, at the end, Frylock goes to a doctor, who tells him that the melanoma is reversing and that he will eventually get better... and the episode ends, and nothing in it is ever referenced or mentioned again. Of course, since Negative Continuity is in full effect for this series, that's to be expected. What wasn't to be expected was the more serious tone, or the Big-Lipped Alligator Moment where Frylock inexplicably dreams up a scenario in the same doctor's office where the doctor starts jabbering about aliens, who then abduct him.
  • There is a version of the Archer pilot where Archer is a velociraptor. The pilot is otherwise identical. No reason is given.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender has several episodes that seem disconnected from the rest of the story ("The Great Divide," "The Fortuneteller," "The Painted Lady"), but a few really stand out as Bizarro Episodes by virtue of being...well...bizarre. It should be noted, though, that all these episodes stay true to the characters and to the Avatar universe.
    • "Avatar Day" has the heroes visiting a really weird village whose inhabitants hate the Avatar because a previous Avatar (Kyoshi) allegedly killed their leader Chin the Great several centuries ago. They arrest Aang for his predecessor's supposed crime, but Aang refuses to escape because he wants to clear the Avatar's name. Katara and Sokka gather evidence that could prove Kyoshi's innocence, but Aang botches his testimony and subsequently tries to give a last-ditch testimony while disguised unconvincingly as Kyoshi. This somehow summons the spirit of Avatar Kyoshi herself, who admits that she did kill Chin (but merely by refusing to save him after he shot first, so to speak). This cements the Avatar's guilt, and the villagers choose Aang's punishment by spinning a carnival wheel of various Cruel and Unusual Deaths with "community service" randomly thrown in. The Wheel of Punishment lands on "boiled in oil," but at that moment a gang of Fire Nation goons randomly shows up, and Aang forces the villagers to commute his sentence to "community service" (read: saving their sorry asses from the Fire Nation). After Aang and company defeat the Fire Nation goons, the villagers change their Avatar Day tradition from burning giant effigies of the Avatar to eating raw dough replicas of Aang.
    Unfried dough! May we eat it and be reminded of how on this day the Avatar was not boiled in oil!
    • "Nightmares and Daydreams" has Aang undergoing a Mushroom Samba due to sleep deprivation. And that's the least weird way to put it. The only normal parts of this episode are the unrelated scenes of Zuko preparing for his coronation.
    • "The Ember Island Players" has the main characters watching a Show Within a Show detailing their adventures up until that point. The show turns out to be Fire Nation propaganda, with Aang and friends depicted in an unflattering manner, and it ends with Ozai defeating the Avatar and leading the Fire Nation to conquer the world.
  • The New Batman Adventures has always been a little more lighthearted than its predecessor. However, the episode "Critters" was just plain out there. A farmer and his daughter genetically engineer farm animals so they can become bigger. After a cow runs amok at an agricultural expo, they're ordered to cease their growth hormone experiments. So they send giant praying mantises, demonic chickens, and a talking goat to attack Gotham City. The Agony Booth said it best "I wish I was making all this up, believe me. It’s like David Lynch made a Batman cartoon and forced the networks to air it." In point of fact, it was written by Steve Gerber (the guy who gave the world Howard the Duck and other strangeness) and horror novelist Joe Lansdale. For the record, the commentary for the episode on the DVD collections reveals that the creators absolutely loved the insanity of the episode (despite acknowledging that many fans hated it), to the point that they regretted not having Farmer Brown later fight the entire Justice League.
  • For nearly its entire run, Beetlejuice had fairly straightforward adventures. Then came "Poe Pourri", a tribute to the macabre stylings of Edgar Allan Poe, which had none of the series' trademark cornball humor. What it did have: The poet himself, reduced to eternal wailing laments over his lost Lenore, a gravelly-voiced rapping (both meanings of the word) raven who appears out of nowhere and spouts cryptic verses, a 15-foot-tall wall-crushing human heart, a menacing pendulum scythe which ends up cutting the entire cartoon in half, massive pits appearing out of nowhere, a giant red mask which gives Beetlejuice an incurable disease, and a ferocious green gorilla. On top of that, the whole thing is shown to be a dream, then a dream within a dream, then a dream within a dream within a dream, until the episode ends...at exactly the same point it began.
  • Ben 10:
    • "Gwen 10". In that episode, they were all back to the first day of summer and Ben was the only person remembering the previous episode's events. As the title of the episode suggested, Gwen was the one to find the Omnitrix this time. At the end, it got detached from her and Ben thought he'd finally have it like in the original timeline but it went to Max instead. It becomes Hilarious in Hindsight when it's revealed in a later episode that the person who sent the Omnitrix to Earth expected Max to have it in the first place. The next episode had Ben with the Omnitrix again with no explanation and "Gwen 10"'s events were never mentioned in any other episodes of the series.
    • The start of the episode explained how it worked much like a comic book plot, of different realities and different stories. Gwen 10 (or Max 10) probably went very radically in its own direction, but for the sake of continuity and story of the main plot hook, went with Ben 10 still having the Omnitrix. However, that doesn't explain how the mainstream Ben went to the Gwen 10 reality, how he returned to his own, or what happened to that reality's Ben.
    • This was subtly referenced in the Ultimate Alien episode "Ben 10,000 Returns" where Paradox mentions a timeline where Gwen got the Omnitrix. That Gwen later appears in the Omniverse two-parter "And Then There Was Ben" to help battle Vilgax and Eon's band of evil Bens.
    • Supposedly, all episodes that start by displaying a comic book at the start are such episodes. Another one had the series ending with Ben starting school again—except it was just before the actual series ending and contradicted it.
  • The Grand Finale of Camp Lazlo. The episode starts fairly "normally" with Lumpus deciding to replace clothing with body paint and becomes famous because of it, but the end is where the weirdness ensues. Two men from the future tell Lumpus of the utopia created as a result and show the scoutmaster a statue of himself that contains the world's last dirty laundry. Then it rains and everyone ends up naked with their paint washed off. This causes the statue to revert to a pile of dirty laundry and the time travellers become thin from starvation, before deciding to go back home. Suddenly, as everyone mobs Lumpus, wearing dirty clothes, a police car comes in and a cop steps out accompanied by...an older Heffer! Heffer tells everyone that Lumpus is actually a psycho impersonating the real scoutmaster (Heffer) and Lumpus is dragged away. Cut to the Bean Scouts standing around baffled. Samson then sums up why it's the last episode.
    Samson: I think we've reached the point where things can't get any weirder.
  • The Catscratch episode "Core-Uption". When Kimberly gets an 'F' on her science project for saying that the earth's core is made of unicorns and rainbows, Gordon drills to the core and stuffs the project inside it, causing the world to turn into a Tastes Like Diabetes wonderland. In the process, Gordon becomes a Pikachu expy, Mr. Blik becomes a mouse pull-string doll, Waffle becomes a potted plant and Hovis becomes a gingerbread man.
  • The ChalkZone episode "The White Board". It starts with Rudy on the phone with Penny after he comes down with the flu on the hottest day of the summer. Things begin to look strange when Penny then comes out of the top of Rudy's endtable while on the phone with him (and even then, more noticeable viewers can point out that his room looks strange as well, such as him having a normal bed instead of a bunk bed with the top bunk only with his desk at the bottom). While he was sick, his mom bought him a portable white board, and he and Penny take it into ChalkZone with them. Once they get there, Rudy, Penny, Snap, and Blocky end up falling into the white board into a "White Board Zone". When they can't get out of it, they end up falling into "Pencil Zone", and eventually end up back in Rudy's room...only the gang are transparent and they can see Rudy already in the room, but asleep. Turns out that the entire episode was All Just a Dream Rudy had after leaving his electric blanket on too high when he went to sleep.
  • Clarence:
    • "Rough Riders Elementary" starts off innocently enough, with Clarence's school getting a sponsorship from the In-Universe fast-food joint Rough Riders Chicken, but then things suddenly take a turn for the bizarre when it turns out the restaurant is a cult that manages to brainwash everyone with their cinnamon ranch dressing except Clarence note  and Sumo note . Chaos ensues, and it ends with the school exploding. Fortunately, it was just a crazy story written by Clarence.
    • "Tuckered Boys" starts out innocuous enough with Clarence, Sumo, and Jeff wandering Aberdale late at night as they try to stay up long enough to see a comet pass by in the sky, but as the episode goes on and the boys get more tired, things get progressively stranger and stranger until it escalates into a mass sleep-deprivation-induced freak-out that lasts almost the rest of the episode.
  • Episode 10 of Clone High focuses around the death of Ponce De Leon, a character who never appears in any other episode. In spite of this, the episode is filled with constant reminders that everyone looks up to Ponce and that he and JFK are inseparable best friends.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Operation: R.E.P.O.R.T., set entirely in the characters' parody-rich imaginations. Numbuh 4 turns into a Super Saiyan.
    • Operation: W.H.I.T.E.H.O.U.S.E., which was also All Just a Dream, did make self-contained sense until the very end when Numbuh 1 turns into an expy of the Incredible Hulk for no explained reason.
  • Daria was generally based on reality, except with its eccentricities taken Up to Eleven. The plot of "Depth Takes a Holiday," however, begins when Daria randomly meets the Anthropomorphic Personifications of St. Patrick's Day and Valentine's Day, who need her help to get Christmas, Halloween and Guy Fawkes' Day back to "Holiday Island." An uncharacteristically whimsical plot, to say the least, but Daria manages it the same way she does everything else: through sarcasm.
    "I'm obviously having some kind of nervous breakdown. I'll just ride it out and see where it takes me, Zelda Fitzgerald-style."
  • The final two or three episodes of the Darkstalkers cartoon. It seems the writers knew ahead of time the show had been cancelled and decided to just go wild, because these episodes violently shift from the fairly straight-laced, Urban Fantasy action cartoon it had been to an absurd, screwball comedy that lampshades and mocks everything about the show. The result is things like Pyron and Ship turning into a bickering married couple, Dmitri and Morrigan going on a daytime talk show, Lord Raptor trying to become an actor, a dragon with a posh-British accent saving the day, a ridiculous Piss-Take Rap scene, a wacky sitcom-esque plot involving the heroes and villains pretending to like each other, and Pyron being "defeated" by sheer accidental coincidence. Doubles as a Gainax Ending. In an amusing twist on this trope, many fans consider these utterly bizarre episodes the best part of the series; the rest of the show is mediocre and forgettable at best, but these episodes are found to be utterly hilarious and fun to watch.
  • Darkwing Duck has had a few, such as "Darkwing Doubloon" which re-imagines the entire cast as swashbucklers chasing after Negaduck's band of pirates and "The Secret Origins of Darkwing Duck," which uses the future as its framing device and reveals that Darkwing was sent to Earth as a baby from a dying planet.
  • Dexter's Laboratory could be a bit weird even in its "normal" episodes. But a few ones deserve a special mention:
    • "Monstory" is about Dexter trying to avoid one of Dee Dee's rambling stories... accidentally turning her and himself into monsters in the process. The two grow to giant size and have an epic kaiju battle... and then it turns out Dee Dee's story really is a set up for "one of [her] dumb knock-knock jokes" as Dexter feared. Then some kind of giant telescope, like the one Dexter was using at the start of the episode to observe a miniature civilization, zooms in on them from outer space.
    • "Dexter and Computress Get Mandark" was written by a 6-year-old, and is psycho-freaking-loco, with Dexter teaming up with Mandark's robot brother Computress and accidentally inflating Mandark's head until it explodes.
    • "The Continuum Of Cartoon Fools" plays out like a typical The Cat Came Back plot, except it opens with Dexter apparently making a storyboard for a cartoon (which involves him making goofy faces and going "BWAAAT!"), and it ends with Dexter giving an epic melodramatic rant that goes on for roughly a minute about how he foolishly locked himself out of his own laboratory.
    • "Dee-Dee's Tail" has Dee Dee getting Dexter to turn her into a horse. She flees her friends and her brother, who keep bugging her to let them ride her, and gets an inspiring vision of the main character from Pony Puffs to fight for her freedom.
  • The Donald Duck short "Duck Pimples". Donald listens to scary stuff on the radio, causing his overactive imagination to bring a bunch of shady characters to life. Then a creepy yet silly salesman drops a lot of horror novels on Don's sofa, then vanishes into thin air. As he starts reading one, more weirdos emerge from the book, such as a petty crook and a gruff police officer who accuses Don of stealing a dame's pearls, accompanied by the lady herself. After some Big Lipped Alligator-y gags, both are about to murder Donald because he hasn't "confessed" yet. Just before they cut his throat in half, the author himself exits the book and reveals the officer to be guilty. The cop confesses it was indeed him, but he ain't amused, and as he steps back to go back into the book's pages, he "shoots" Donald with a "Bang!" Flag Gun; Don reacts just as if had been shot for real. Terrified, the dame and the author go back to the novel as well. Donald regains consciousness and immediately shakes the book to confirm it all ended, as some voices from the radio tell him it was all his imagination. He's not convinced, and the cartoon ends with him trembling in fear, slowly muttering to himself "Yeah... Imagination"... Just in time for the pearls to appear on his neck before the iris out.
  • The Dreamstone:
    • Most episodes that focus on the actual dreams produced by the title device end up rather trippy. "The Daydream Bubble" and "The Dream Beam Invasion" for example downplay the usual formula of the Urpneys trying to steal the stone in favour of the two sides warring inside some particularly psychedelic dreams. "Hod" is an especially odd case involving the two sides getting caught inside the spaceship of an amateur dream maker that scoops up the left over bits of other's dreams.
  • While Toon Physics are practically nonexistent as a rule to begin with, Duck Amuck shatters any conception of the fourth wall by having Daffy Duck arguing with and being screwed around with by the animator who turns out to be Bugs Bunny. Bugs later got a taste of his own medicine in Rabbit Rampage, with the animator being Elmer Fudd.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • "1 + 1 = Ed", otherwise known as the episode where Ed asks Edd a bunch of questions, the questions become increasingly philosophical, reality and imagination begin to melt into each other, existential crisis manifests itself into abstract surrealism, and everyone and everything around them becomes horribly deformed and absurd.
      Rolf: Hello, Ed-Boys! Many doors, yes?
      Rolf's Second Head: Too much for...
      Rolf's Third Head: ...Couch-potato Ed-Boys like yourselves?
      Eddy: A three-headed Rolf. Yawn.
The aforementioned Unusually Uninteresting Sight is after Ed created a Portable Hole (which Eddy promptly fell through in a Portal-esque fashion) and after Eddy ate the sun.
  • Also the episode "They Call Him Mr. Ed", an episode with a barely-existent plot that's spoken almost entirely in "up" puns. It ends with the Eds taking an elevator into space.
  • "Hand Me Down Ed" is about a boomerang of an unknown origin that has the power to completely change a person's personality. Jimmy becomes muscular, Sarah acts nicer, Rolf breaks out singing, Ed becomes intelligent, Eddy acts motherly towards a suitcase, and Edd starts complaining about the "heat" and begins stripping. None of this is ever explained or mentioned again, save for a small cameo of the boomerang itself in a later episode.
  • The Fairly OddParents! episode "Crock Talk", where Timmy wishes up a bunch of monsters for no apparent reason, which repeatedly beat up Crocker.
  • The episode "Da Boom" in Family Guy, which is the episode with the nuclear explosion due to the Millennium Bug. The Griffins try to find a lost Twinkie factory, and decide to form a new town, with Stewie turning into an octopus. (It all makes sense in context.) At the end, a Dallas character wakes up from a dream and tells Bobby about this weird episode. Bobby doesn't understand what Family Guy is, which freaks her out even more. And it was the first episode to feature Ernie the Giant Chicken and his fights with Peter.
  • Futurama has its fair share of examples:
    • The "Anthology of Interest" episodes are two sets of three What If? shorts.
    • "The Futurama Holiday Spectacular" is a pastiche of holiday specials.
    • "Reincarnation" imagines the cast of the show in three different animation styles: old-time "rubber hose" cartoons from The '30s, early 1980s video game pixel art, and badly-dubbed, stiffly-animated Japanimation from the 1970s.
    • "Saturday Morning Fun Pit" is one big Take That! against Saturday morning cartoons (the popular American ones like Scooby-Doo, Strawberry Shortcake, and G.I. Joe) wrapped in a Three Shorts package with a framing device of Richard Nixon's head trying to deal with angry Moral Guardian protesters.
    • "Naturama" reimagines the characters as wildlife and is structured like an episode of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom.
  • G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero had "Once Upon A Joe," featuring a rather bizarre fairy tale (full of Joes and Cobras of course) being told by Shipwreck to an orphan. The animation style for the tale was totally different. Even the MAIN plot was weird, with the episode's MacGuffin actually being called a MacGuffin and Zandar beating up on other Dreadknocks with an alligator.
  • Goof Troop: The episodes in which Goofy reads to Max the history of various ancestors. Aside from the framing device, there is nothing to tie these into the series continuity and they play more like Classic Disney Shorts than Goof Troop episodes, up to and including putting Pete in the role of a traditional villain in four of them. Peg and Pistol are also used in the stories but multiple times are given roles counter to their canonical characterization, Pistol's character is never related to Pete's, and PJ is not seen once in any of these episodes, story or framing device.
  • The Gravity Falls episode "Little Gift Shop of Horrors" is a collection of three stories openly admitted to be made up by Stan, Soos inexplicably turns into clay near the end of the last one, the plots are odd even by the show's standards (and compared to the previous three shorts episode "Bottomless Pit!"), and it ends with Stan drugging the viewer and making them into an exhibit of the Mystery Shack, which is pretty cold even for him and Dipper and Mabel don't seem to care about saving them. To clear some things up, the "key" for this episodenote  is "NONCANON," implying that the whole thing didn't happen.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • This was always a bizarro show, but "Complete and Utter Chaos" was a little out of the ordinary. In fact, the title card begins as "Billy gets Dumber" before Eris shows up and tears it away to reveal the actual one and proceeds to whistle the title card tune in the normal one's place.
    • And who could forget "My Fair Mandy". The episode follows Mandy being goaded into entering a beauty pageant just to get back at her rival Mindy, so Grim brings a pageant coach from the underworld to help them. While it's on the weird side, what really makes this trope work for that episode, aside a random anthropomorphic crow narrating the story, is the Gainax Ending. Mandy is coaxed into finally smiling, as part of her presentation, which breaks the laws of the universe and forces it to be re-written in a cosmic acid sequence that transforms the universe of the show into The Powerpuff Girls, with Grim, Billy and Mandy as Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, respectively, as well as turning Irwin into Mojo Jojo. Once they realize their new reality, everyone agrees to just roll with it and never talk about it again.
  • Skeletor, a classic two-dimensional villain with no previous redeeming qualities whatsoever, abruptly turns good for no apparent reason other than "the Spirit of Christmas" in the He-Man and She-Ra Christmas Special. This had no bearing on later evil; it was just something the Eighties did, apparently. This may just be a relatively unexplored side of Skeletor, though. Behold: Skeletor, Cake Boss.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes:
    • "Going Green". Okay, so Lucius tells the people of Miseryville to deliver their suggestions of how to run Miseryville to Jimmy's house. Jimmy gets a ton of suggestions from a guy named Thorn, who is all about the environment. When Jimmy and Beezy meet Thorn, they notice he looks like a green Beezy. Thorn then splashes himself with tomato juice, impersonates Beezy, and tells the people of Miseryville to be more green, but Lucius tries to cover up the environmentalism by telling the people it was a new TV show. Then Thorn's dad appears and he's a green Lucius with a mustache and drags Thorn away. It's probably better if you just see it yourself.
    • "My So-Called Loaf" which aired alongside "Going Green" is just as weird. When Jimmy makes the perfect sandwich, an anthropomorphic sandwich cowboy (bizarre for a setting populated by demons and monsters) named Cowboy Stackhouse wants to take it out for a date and eventually marry. For some reason, the bow tie that Jimmy put on the sandwich like one does with a present is the only reason why Stackhouse doesn't see an inanimate object. Heloise is also mistaken for a boy by Stackhouse and the episode ends with Stackhouse being attacked by birds that Heloise sent for the spite while Beezy tries to eat Stackhouse's bride. In a nutshell Episode 220 is strange even for the show's standards.
  • Kaeloo is already a weird show, but Episode 66 is really, really weird: it's basically about Quack Quack, Olaf and a bunch of talking yogurts waging war against each other.
  • The Loud House: In "The Butterfly Effect", Lincoln accidentally breaks Lisa's science equipment with a yo-yo. He decides to not tell her, which results in the family slowly tearing apart. This includes, but not limited to, Leni suddenly becoming a genius, Luna leaving the family to go on world tour with a rock star, Luan becoming an activist, Lucy becoming a vampire and Lori breaking up with Bobby to start dating Clyde, Lincoln's best friend. Fortunately, the episode is revealed to be a hallucination due to Lisa's spilled chemicals.
  • The Mask: The Animated Series is already a bizarre series, but "Flight as a Feather" was very weird, even by the show's cartoony standards. Stanley didn't appear in the episode (making it seem as if The Mask is his own character), there's no villain (unless you count Cookie BaBoom and Walter), it had a Random Events Plot, and, of course, the Cookie BaBoom sequence is the most risque scene ever committed to 1990s animation.
  • Mega Man had more than its share of camp, but by far the most bizarre and memorable example is "Curse of the Lion Men" — a passing comet awakens a group of ancient mummified lion-men who aim to conquer the world by turning every non-robotic human on the planet into lion creatures using Eye Beams. No, it doesn't make any more sense in context.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013):
    • The episodes that take place in Ludwig Von Drake's lab tend to be very strange episodes in a show that's already a much more Denser and Wackier take on Mickey Mouse and friends, but Season 5's "Outta Time" really takes the cake: After Mickey sends Goofy in a random direction toward the restroom while trying to listen to Von Drake, Goofy mistakes a time machine for the restroom and is sent back in time, causing everyone to gradually start morphing into Goofy clones due to the butterfly effect. Mickey and Donald then take another time machine to get Goofy back before time is irreversibly goofed up, where they find Goofy in prehistoric times having become king over a bunch of neanderthals. The fracas ends with Mickey, Donald, and Goofy safely returning to the present and even preventing Goofy from needing the restroom in the first place so the mess isn't doomed to repeat itself...but then it turns out that they accidentally left Donald's butt (which was constantly falling off after an accident with a sandwich-slicing laser in Von Drake's lab) in the past, and the short ends with everyone's heads morphing into duck butts.
    • "Gone to Pieces" involves Goofy shattering into scattered Goofy bits and pieces after an accident with some roller skates and Mickey and Donald trying all manner of methods to put Goofy back together again with little success (such as inadvertently turning him into a pogo stick, a tower, and then a go-kart) until they solve the problem by having Goofy's accident happen again, but in reverse so Goofy instead turns into one whole Goof instead of breaking to pieces. Unfortunately for Donald and Mickey, the same thing happens to the two of them after Goofy hugs them too hard.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey had "Robo Frog 3000". The plot has the school board replacing Principal Pixiefrog and the rest of the teachers at Charles Darwin with robots and plan on replacing the students with robots, the teachers and Pixiefrog bringing out a wizard in their trunk to fight them, the school board bringing out a robot wizard that defeats the other wizard, and the robots eventually exploding due to running out of love. Adam and Jake lampshade this while the robots are exploding.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • When the show became so unexpectedly popular, there were worries that the show would change to please their new demographic. It therefore comes off as Hilarious in Hindsight that the third episode of season 2 was the truly nuts "Lesson Zero," which dials up the zany to 11, features some staggeringly violent scenes (Fluttershy kills a bear by breaking its neck!note ), and gives Twilight Sparkle one of the scariest mental breakdowns on the show.
    • "Power Ponies" is about the Mane Six and Spike becoming superheroes after becoming trapped in Spike's comic book. For one thing, we never heard about comic books in the show's universe before the episode and the superhero aspect is out there considering how the Mane Six have defeated villains in the past.
    • "Slice of Life", the 100th episode, amounts to a completely awesome batshit-insane Fandom Nod-Riddled Fanon Ascending Ship Teasing wild ride... for the Periphery Demographic. As even members of the show's crew have pointed out, the intended audience who aren't familiar with the brony fanbase were probably confused and terrified, though admittedly still entertained. Best part: It was Hasbro themselves who demanded this amount of fan-pandering.
    • "Do Princesses Dream of Magic Sheep?" is about the Mane Six and Princess Luna fighting Tantabus, a monster who turns dreams into nightmares. The first half of the episode doesn't do much to advance the plot since it digs into the worst nightmares of the Mane Six. The second half also applies since it has all of Ponyville controlling their own dreams to stop Tantabus. In contrast, "Sleepless in Ponyville", "For Whom the Sweetie Belle Toils" and "Bloom & Gloom" are nightmare-themed but the featured characters learn a lesson from Princess Luna in each.
    • "The Saddle Row Review". The setup is very unusual compared to normal episodes with a flashback in another flashback where the Mane Six recall giving interviews to a newspony in a diner, where they retell the event of the episode.
  • The Oggy and the Cockroaches episode "Back to the Past". Instead of the standard Road Runner vs. Coyote plot, it's a double episode supernatural-based Fountain of Youth episode, with the rivalry between the two main groups never coming into play whatsoever.
  • "Woke Up Drunk" from Perfect Hair Forever, which throws out what little continuity the show had in favor of a number of sketches with the characters. This includes having Gerald live in an ordinary house with a bear as his dad, and has Coiffio being the teacher to a class.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • "Rollercoaster: The Musical". It's essentially a Musical Episode version of the pilot. But there's random stuff going on, and most of the songs and scenes are never mentioned after they occur, and the barrage of cameos in the final song, which itself is a BLAM.
      • It's very self aware about its Bizarro Episode status. The episode constantly lampshades its repeating of the original episode, as well as the fact that it's incredibly weird even by the standards of the show.
    • "Ferb TV" blows it completely out of the water though. The entire episode just consists of random fictional TV show clips which make little-to-no sense overall.
    • "The Remains of the Platypus" opens with Perry running on a hamster wheel surrounded by artificial lightning, a box filled with a bunch of Buckingham guards and a midget dressed up as an alien dancing to techno music landing on Doofenshmirtz's apartment building saying "joy located", Carl in a cage dressed up as a squirrel, a swelled-up Major Monogram running saying "gimme a high-five! Don't leave me hanging!" It gradually drives its own screw though. And that episode ran backwards like the Seinfeld episode.
    • "Lost in Danville" didn't seem to be one at first, but the ending revealed that everything happened in an alternate dimension, being observed by our Phineas and Ferb. Observant viewers might have noted the subtle cluenote  in the episode that points that out, and is lampshaded at the end of the episode.
    • All of the Time Shift Weekend episodes note  as well as "Steampunx", "The Monster of Phineas and Ferbenstein", and "Phineas and Ferb Star Wars" all count as this for starring alternate dimensions and/or time periods of Phineas and Ferb. But bonus points go to "Tri-Stone Area" for having no discernible dialogue, and having stop motion of Dan and Swampy explaining/critiquing the episode.
    • "Mission Marvel" establishes them as being part of one of the Marvelverses. Like any true bizarro episode, this is never mentioned again.
    • "Doof 101" is set in school, abandons all of the show's Once an Episode gags and Catch Phrases, Phineas and Ferb only get a quick cameo, and Doofenshmirtz and Perry take over the A-Plot with the B-Plot now going to a trio of talking bugs who want to make contact with humankind.note 
  • Pinky and the Brain has "Plan Brain from Outer Space", where Brain has a pen-pal named Zalgar, who turns out to be a badly dubbed space-man who chases Pinky and the Brain through Area 51 so he can eat their brains. It's exactly as bizarre as it soundsnote .
  • Early Bob Clampett masterpiece Porky in Wackyland abandons any precept of cartoon rules or logic in favor of random creatures and nonsensical gags.
  • Quack Pack has the episode "All Hands on Duck", which was about Donald Duck being recruited back into the Navy and later fighting a giant bomber drone. Everyone in this episode besides Donald and Daisy is for some reason a Dogface.
  • Recess:
    • The episode "Big Ol' Mikey", where after Gretchen uses her Galileo PDA to predict what the gang's future heights are going to be as adults, Mikey thinks he's going to grow up to be fifty feet tall, and a majority of the episode consists of Imagine Spots where the gang are imagining the advantages of Mikey growing huge, and then Mikey having a bad dream about being a giant and destroying a city.
    • "Recess Is Cancelled", in which recess is canceled as part of a government experiment but no one brings it up.note 
    • "Schoolworld" is the only episode with a Sci-Fi feel to it.
  • Rocko's Modern Life:
    • In "Rinse and Spit", Rocko's attempts to help Filbert pass a dental school exam lead to a giant molar rampaging through O-Town.
    • In "Boob Tubed", after Heffer literally gets his brain sucked out by Rocko's new TV, Rocko and Filbert journey into the world beyond the TV snow to retrieve it.
    • The second act of "Cruisin'", where Rocko and Heffer get stuck on a senior's cruise that accidentally travels into The Bermuda Triangle, which turns them old and all the seniors young.
    • The final season has "Fly Burgers", an episode that strays very far from the original concept about "Modern Life", and is just the writers saying "let's throw in as many surreal plot lines as possible". For example, Rocko getting sued by con artist fly Flecko for fake injuries, and when deemed guilty, has to live 30 days as a fly. This shows a rather odd usage of Rocko's catchphrase, "Fly Day is a very dangerous day."
  • Rugrats:
    • "In the Dreamtime". We see Chuckie wake from each dream, and supposedly enter the real world, only to discover slowly that he is still dreaming; with strange settings and weird stuff like Spike talking.
    • "Visitors From Outer Space". Tommy and the other babies are abducted by aliens that resemble Stu and Didi, Angelica goes around blowing up planets with a remote for the heck of it before getting stranded on a sand covered planet by an alien fish, the slapstick and physics are more cartoonish than usual (Phil and Lil split the alien's spaceship in two and then back together at one point), and the mess ends with everyone panicking as they fly into the Sun. The episode then turns out to be a dream Tommy was having after Grandpa Lou was raving about alien invasions right before bed...only to show that Angelica is inexplicably still stranded on the desert planet.
  • Samurai Jack:
    • "Chicken Jack." In this episode, instead of a samurai, Jack is a chicken. That is all.
    • What's really odd about "Chicken Jack" is that it's almost a remake of the previous season's "Jack and the Smackback", but with Jack as a chicken.
    • And "Jack Is Naked". Oh, so much. The Big-Lipped Alligator Moment with the randomly-appearing elephant-headed fairy is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Scooby-Doo:
    • The Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated episode "Mystery Solvers Club State Finals." It's a bit of a throwback to the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! and also features several other Hanna-Barbera characters such as Speed Buggy, Jabberjaw, The Funky Phantom and Captain Caveman. It also features an Art Shift and is a bit goofier in this Darker and Edgier series. Granted, the episode is All Just a Dream, but even during the beginning and ending, it doesn't seem to connect to the show's main storyline (Velma is notably nicer to Scooby).
    • "The Punk Rock Scooby" short from the second Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo series. It starts out normally enough, with Scooby, Shaggy and Scrappy auditioning in a Battle of the Bands contest. Then an alien spaceship comes out of nowhere full of aliens that inexplicably look and act exactly like Scrappy and assume that he is one of their own and has been kidnapped by Scooby and Shaggy. And that's only the beginning.
      Alien: Ta-ta-ta-ta! Plutonian Power.
    • While The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo can be considered a bizzaro series, the episode with Time Slime takes the cake. It starts normally with the gang combatting Time Slime, only to go south when Scooby gets sent into a time vortex where he witnesses his own birth. Things get kinda bizarre from there.
  • Sealab 2021 had a couple that were strange even by that show's standards. "Waking Quinn" involved Dr. Quinn getting repeatedly electrocuted into unconsciousness, leading to really bizarre dreams. Another episode is actually titled "Bizarro" and involves the crew being kidnapped by Bizarro versions of themselves (which is where the previous page image came from), but that's par for the course on Sealab. And still another subverts the trope by being a line-for-line remake of one of the original Sealab 2020 shows, with all the melodrama that implies. Until the very end, when the Aquarius runs into Sealab, blowing both up.
  • Sheep in the Big City was already a comedic and bizarre show, but managed to outdo itself in the field of zaniness in the season one finale "To Sheep, Perchance to Dream". The episode starts with various unusual events (such as General Specific suddenly turning into a sheep as well as Sheep and Swanky getting married against the wishes of Swanky's owner Lady Richington) being explained away as actually being dreams the characters are having, much to the annoyance of the show's narrator Ben Plotz. It eventually leads to a Gainax Ending where Sheep turns out to be evil, is actually able to talk, and starts using Ben Plotz in his narrator-powered ray gun. Ben Plotz is left pleading that everything is just a dream, but he wakes up to find to his horror that his status as the fuel source for an evil sheep's ray gun is all too real. Quite tellingly, the second season acted as if the events of this episode never happened.
  • The Simpsons has quite a few. What's weird is that they began as somewhat ordinary episodes and quickly went into weirdness.
    • "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes": Homer starts a website that reveals peoples' secrets, but when nobody wants to get near him when they find out, he makes up lies. However, one of those lies turns out to be true and he gets sent to a Prisoner-esque island for it. He escapes and fights with a German lookalike of him, but he ends up back on the island, this time with his family accompanying him.
    • "Missionary: Impossible": Homer gets chased by PBS personalities for lying about making a donation to a telethon, so Reverend Lovejoy makes him a missionary and is sent to a South Pacific island. His antics end up putting him in danger and right when the climax hits its peak, the show stops and it turns out to be a part of a FOX telethon.
    • "Saddlesore Galatica": Homer and Bart train a horse to become a racer with Bart as its jockey. However, the other jockeys turn out to be elves (complete with underground kingdom) and force Homer to throw the race. The episode even calls itself out on being a weird, derivative episode (in the form of Comic Book Guy being an audience surrogate), which led to a lot of real fans branding the episode as the worst ever and some claiming that it's a brilliant work of surrealism and post-modernism.
    • "Moe Goes From Rags To Riches": The main plot revolves around a talking rag voiced by Jeremy Irons telling its story. The rag's sentience is given no explanation, the episode hops time periods with almost no connectivity between segments, and some of the plot points have no basis in reality, but were played perfectly straight. Much like "Saddlesore Galactica", the episode has been panned by critics.
    • "The Man Who Came to Be Dinner": This episode starts out with the Simpsons visiting a Captain Ersatz of Disneyland, but as soon as they visit the "Journey to Your Doom" attraction, a Genre Shift to Science Fiction occurs and the family ends up in an adventure on Rigel 7, the home planet of Kang and Kodos. At the end of the episode, the Simpsons were sent home, but they have second thoughts about returning to Earth, so they instead decide to explore the galaxy in a parody of Star Trek.
    • "The Serfsons" reimagines the show taking place in a fantasy medieval version of Springfield.
    • And, obviously, the Treehouse of Horror episodes.
  • South Park:
    • "Not Without My Anus." Purposeful bizarro episode on the part of the writers as an April Fools' Day joke, delaying the conclusion of "Cartman's Mom is a Dirty Slut" in favor of a ridiculous Terrance and Phillip story.
    • "Pip" is based off the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations with only one recurring character (who was disappearing from the show at this point) as the focus. It becomes even more bizarre when the Genesis Device is introduced and throws off the source material. Everyone working on the episode save for Matt Stone hated it, and the episode has been rerun on Comedy Central once in a blue moon.
    • "Woodland Critter Christmas" is also off of the board. Justified because it's actually just a bizarre story made up by Cartman. This is brought up in the Imaginationland trilogy.
    Jason: Man, I do not want to meet the kid that dreamt THOSE things up.
  • Space Ghost Coast to Coast is already an absurd show with quite a few moments of Negative Continuity, but then there's episodes like "Brilliant Number One" that don't even pretend to make any sense (Space Ghost acts like even more of a Cloudcuckoolander than usual, the entire episode, bar the first 10 seconds or so, are presented in black-and-white with Letterboxing, a humming sound plays in the background throughout the whole thing, accompanied by incomprehensible subtitles, the theme song is replaced with a number from Rammstein, and characters occasionally undergo brief Art Shifts like being presented in Squiggle Vision.) And then there's "Brilliant Number Two", which is literally "Brilliant Number One" with different subtitles and altered sound mixing.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has a few examples:
    • Season 3's "I Had An Accident", the episode where SpongeBob breaks his butt and becomes a recluse, gets especially weird at the end, where a plot by Patrick and Sandy to get SpongeBob out of his house ends with a gorilla who beats up SpongeBob and rides away on a pantomime horse. The episode ends with a live-action family seeing the end of the episode looking quizzically at the camera.
    • Season 5's "Spongehenge" is an all-around odd episode in terms of plot and tone; it starts out with SpongeBob discovering that his holes make music that attracts jellyfish when the "wind" blows through them, which annoys the entire town. In response, SpongeBob leaves Bikini Bottom and creates a number of large obelisks shaped like himself so the jellyfish will be drawn to them instead of himself. Much like "I Had An Accident", it also has an extremely bizarre conclusion where SpongeBob returns to Bikini Bottom...only to discover that it has been been destroyed in the time that he has been gone, to his horror. The scene then skips several thousand years later as aliens tour SpongeBob's statues of himself and wonder what their purpose is.
    • Season 10's "Whirly Brains" has an especially bizarre plot by the show's standards, as it involves SpongeBob and Patrick flying their own brains out of their heads and sending them zipping around Bikini Bottom using the eponymous novelty, whereupon they get captured by an old man catching all of the brains of those using Whirly Brains and necessitating a rescue by Sandy.
    • Most fans will agree that even the oddest of episodes of the show pale in comparison to Season 7's "Squidward in Clarinetland". It starts off innocently enough up until Squidward climbs into SpongeBob's locker at the Krusty Krab while looking for his missing clarinet. Upon doing so, Squidward enters an incredibly surreal alternate dimension seemingly contained within the locker, seeing and being accosted by such things as a giant eagle head that eats him alive, malicious doppelgangers of himself, a pinball machine being used by a giant Patrick that Squidward gets trapped in, among other crazy things and landscapes. The entire sequence is considered to be a Mind Screw of the highest order, especially since "Clarinetland" and its existence isn't given much explanation within the episode at all.
    • Season 12's "FarmerBob" could rival "Squidward in Clarinetland" in terms of weirdness. SpongeBob and Patrick milk a cow-jellyfish, raise Old Man Jenkins' barn after they accidentally destroy it (as in, they take care of the barn until it grows into an adult barn), and that's just the tip of the iceberg. The weirdest part is unarguably when alien farmers suddenly drop by and throw a party, and the episode ends with Mr. Krabs, SpongeBob, and Patrick getting abducted. Yeah...
    • "SpongeBob In RandomLand" (also from Season 12) takes this to another level of Surrealism. In it, SpongeBob and Squidware are sent to deliver a Krabby Patty to an unknown location outside the Bikini Bottom. Sounds like "Pizza Delivery" right? But as they are walking in any random path, they are teleported to a world where the laws of real life don't apply and anything could happen at any given moment.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: "Spider With a Top Hat" takes place mostly within some kind of pocket dimension where all the creatures Star summons with her wand (like the narwhals from her "Mega Narwhal Blast") live. The eponymous Spider With a Top Hat makes his living entertaining the other creatures, but dreams of being able to help Star in combat as well. Just when it seems his hopes are in vain, Star summons the Spider into battle against a foe that's beaten every other spell Star could throw at it, some kind of monstrous wolf that has her and Marco pinned down in a one-room cabin. The Spider's hat turns into a Gatling gun seemingly out of nowhere (apart from a joke where a fellow monster told him he had "the hat of a warrior" when he meant to say "the heart of a warrior"), which he uses to fight off the wolf monster and save the day. Suddenly, the room they're in goes back to normal, with no sight of the fierce battle that had just taken place aside from Star and Marco looking rather beat up. Fans were debating for days whether it was All Just a Dream, a ploy on Star's part to cheer up the Spider With a Top Hat, some kind of Holodeck Malfunction, or what.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
    • Season 3 has the Mortis trilogy of episodes. The basic plot is that Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka get stranded on a surreal planet whose only three inhabitants — Father, Son and Daughter — are the living embodiments/avatars/personifications of the Balance of the Force, the Dark Side and the Light Side, respectively. During the course of the episodes Father, Son and Daughter either kill each other, or arrange for the Jedi to do so on their behalf. Aside from the anvilicious hints that Anakin has more sympathy for the Dark Side than is strictly healthy, it comes off as extreme padding. It gets referenced back to again in the last story arc of "The Lost Missions", when Yoda asks Anakin about his encounter with Qui-Gon Jinn on Mortis after he himself has been hearing Qui-Gon's voice.
    • In season 4 there's "Mercy Mission" and "Nomad Droids" — episodes that focus on R2-D2 and C-3PO in their own misadventures when they get separated from the army. The episodes pay homage to various works like Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings, Gulliver's Travels, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Real Steel.
      • Also possibly an homage to the 1980s Star Wars: Droids cartoon, which contained many BLAMs if not entire episodes (C-3PO blinking and sprinting, R2-D2's hammerspace gadgets and breakdancing).
  • Steven Universe:
  • In Stickin' Around, every day is a day at the bizarro considering that most of an episode happens in the main character and her friends' imaginations.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012) has the three-part season 5 (and, effectively, the series) finale, "Mutant Apocalypse". Essentially a Mad Max parody, it was set several decades in the future, had a very different tone from the rest of the series, included no established characters besides the turtles and their pets (except a brief appearance of Casey's skull), didn't address April's fate at all, and tied up none of the dangling plot threads.
  • Teen Titans:
    • As funny and clever as it may be, the episode "Fractured" feels like this. We learn that there's a whole dimension that exists just for Robin and then the Robin from that dimension (Larry) breaks his finger and everything becomes chaotic. It's hard to believe that no one talks about that ever again. It's possible that he's supposed to be from the 5th dimension, like other DC characters such as Mister Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite. Apparently, that episode was called back to in Teen Titans Go!, and there was an issue where Larry brings along the Larry versions of the rest of the Titans.
    • Teen Titans had at least one completely insane episode per season, and the tone of the average episode wasn't much less wacky. If anything the episodes which focused on continuity and drama were the ones out of place. "Fractured", "Mad Mod", "Bunny Raven/How To Make a Titanimal Disappear", "Mother Mae Eye", and "Episode 257-494" Well, the last one was referenced in the big finale, when Control Freak was using the lightsabers he got from TV Land. Oddly enough, most Bizarro Episodes are right before the season finale. Going from a deranged Hansel and Gretel Whole Plot Reference to Raven fulfilling her destiny and ending the world, or from the aforementioned Larry episode to Terra picking off the team one by one led to some absolutely beautiful Mood Whiplash and gave the show its signature schizophrenic tone.
    • A good rule of thumb was this: if the opening Theme Tune was in Japanese, as opposed to the usual English, you were about to see some weird shit. Especially when the one singing in Japanese is Larry. Except "Nevermore"- though that one is weird for a solid chunk in the middle, it's less "crazy and funny" weird and more "Mind Screw, Uncanny Valley, and a side dose of horror" weird, and the central plot about Raven fighting her Enemy Within is serious.
    • "Fear Itself" can function as a fairly good bait-and-switch in terms of this. The episode starts out silly, the first part being the debut of Control Freak, where the Titans fight him in a video store and he brings things like candy to life and turns them evil. Then things get dark.
    • "Employee of the Month" where Beast Boy gets a job at a fast food restaurant. But once inside, he discovers that the restaurant is both a facade and the place of origin of the UFOs: an alien conqueror made of living tofu, aka The Source, and his creations, the Bobs, are trying to catch as many cows as they can to provide power for their technology and blow up the Earth upon completion of the operation, just out of spite. Beast Boy interrogates the Source how he can defeat the Bobs and shut down the self destruction device, the tofu alien refuses to talk so Beast Boy threatened to eat him for lunch. After The Source was smothered with BBQ sauce, it confesses. With the information the Source has given him on their weakness, which just turns out to be water, Beast Boy is able to single-handedly defeat the Bobs. Then a whole herd of cows suddenly appears out of thin air around the other Titans (Robin asks "Can this day get any weirder?"). Then as Beast Boy explains to the others all the weird events that occurred, Cyborg then gobbles up the Source.
      Robin: So, what happened to the alien leader?
      Beast Boy: Oh, he's in the fridge.
      (Everyone turns and looks dumbfounded as Cyborg has gobbled up the Source)
      Cyborg: What?
      (Episode ends)
  • Teen Titans Go!:
    • "Puppets, Whaaaaat?": Robin gets so mad at the other Titans he turns them into puppets... and things just get weirder after that.
    • "Smile Bones": Cyborg and Beast Boy eat so much that their over-sized stomachs come to life and wreak havoc on the city.
    • "Kicking a Ball and Pretending to Be Hurt": The Titans discover that all the soccer balls in the world are, in fact, inhabited by soccer trolls that use their magic to make the game of soccer interesting, because nobody would care about it otherwise. At the end of the show, it's revealed that bowling balls contain magical turkeys for the same reason.
    • "Cartoon Feud": Control Freak sucks the Titans into their TV and forces them to play Family Feud in order to prevent their show from being cancelled. Yes, actual Family Feud, not a parody of the show. And who are their opponents on Family Feud? Mystery Inc.. It's basically as close to a canon Crack Fic as you can get.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: "Rusty and the Boulder." Rusty and the other engines are threatened, stalked, and eventually chased by an apparently sentient boulder that has a human face. Despite the seemingly supernatural activities that Boulder performs, none of it is ever explained in detail. This episode is widely considered to be weirdly terrifying.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures episode "Mr. Popular's Rules of Cool" isn't this in its entirety, but the short "Slugfest" contained within it is a rather bizarre one by the standards of the show. The nearly plot-less episode involves Plucky and Hamton being obsessed with a TMNT-Expy called Immature Radioactive Samurai Slugs and going around dressed as said slugs, whereupon they get in one odd situation after another (only being tied together by the boys being stuck in their costumes) with things getting increasingly weirder and weirder all the while until it gets to the point where the boys are now being chased by the show's salt-themed Big Bad (who inexplicably turns out to be Real After All) into a literal Elk's Lodge in the middle of a desert whose members end up abducting said Big Bad. To top things off, the episode ends with Plucky melted by salt even though his and Hamton's costumes were clearly shown to just be costumes up to that point. It all adds up to a rather odd and borderline nonsensical experience.
  • Events of the Total Drama Island episode "Camp Castaways" are never mentioned outside of the episode's recap, and the real twist is that there was no challenge in that episode.
  • The Transformers:
    • Two episodes ("Sea Change" and "A Decepticon Raider in King Arthur's Court") randomly feature fantasy concepts like magic and dragons in what is otherwise an exclusively sci-fi cartoon. "Sea Change" counts especially, given its bizarre plot involving Seaspray falling in love with a shapeshifting mermaid. The events in both episodes are never referenced or alluded to ever again, in the show itself or in any supplementary material.
    • "Prime Target", in which Optimus gets hunted by an outlandish billionaire Great White Hunter who inexplicably has access to technology beyond anything anyone else on Earth had at the time, including the Autobots. Highlights include a giant lizard and robot spider, the Autobots watching a soap opera on TV, Astrotrain and Blitzwing turning into a pair of bumbling goofballs, and Optimus Prime saying boobies in what is possibly the greatest moment in television history.
    • Less extreme than the previous examples is "The Girl Who Loved Powerglide", in which Powerglide falls in love with a human woman, the Decepticons' evil scheme is foiled by jewelry, and a bizarre ending shows Powerglide with an LED heart in his chest. Not only is it never mentioned again, but if taken as canon the episode accidentally turns Powerglide into a borderline adulterer, as a previous episode had established him as being in a committed relationship with Moonracer.
  • The Venture Bros. has this in the form of "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part II". Doctor Venture and Orpheus have an argument over whether science or magic is better and fill out Mad Libs to pass the time. Meanwhile, Brock and the boys are trapped in Egypt with Edgar Allan Poe, Sigmund Freud, and an alternate timeline Brock in scuba gear. The episode ends in the Arctic as one Brock slices open Poe's carcass and puts the freezing Dean inside for warmth. Also, Caligula was there too. And no, none of that makes even the slightest bit of sense. Yes, that title is right. There was no "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part I", and just a preview for "Escape to the House of Mummies! Part III". The point of the episode was to parody instances of one multi-part episode being aired independently as a rerun, leaving viewers with little idea of what is going on.
  • Wander over Yonder has "The Void", in which Wander and Sylvia visit a white space (think Michael Crichton's Sphere) where anything either of them dream up comes immediately true, and the rules of logic and common sense do not apply. It's non-stop insanity from start to finish.
  • Young Justice: Season 3 episode 12, "Nigtmare Monkeys". Beast Boy wears a pair of VR Goggles that put him in a trip. Said trip involves his various traumas manifesting themselves as tv shows. He goes through a Star Trek parody full of heroes who had died as crew members on the ship, a version of the show his Former Child Star mom was on as a teen, and finally an Affectionate Parody of Teen Titans Go!, complete with an Art Shift to the style of TTG. The parody is Doom Patrol (one of DC's trippiest properties) with the TTG cast voicing the members of the Doom Patrol. Elasta-girl tells Beast Boy that she's sad his mom (her best friend) died and that she'll try to be the best mom she can be to him but then she says they have to go on a mission where they will all die. They all sing a version of the TTG theme about them dying as Beast Boy tries to save them. The song, in particular, must really be seen to be believed.
  • Zig & Sharko: "Bottom's Bottom" has the titular characters falling down a pit and finding a city of weird-looking creatures.


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