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  • Marlon Brando: Enjoyed pulling pranks on his co-actors and the director, refused to learn his lines, effectively sabotaging the very movies he appeared in. In Apocalypse Now he appeared on set while being seriously overweight. Francis Ford Coppola had to solve this problem by showing him in shadows, which actually worked out well for the scene.
  • Gary Busey. Supposedly, he was like this before a serious head injury from a motorcycle accident.
    • His son, Jake Busey, as well. While not as weird, he does have his own quirks, like wearing skeleton gloves in public.
  • Misha Collins. Just take a look at his twitter. And then there's all the crazy shit he likes to pull at cons... Take a look at this article "It frequently seemed like Collins was living in his own universe, and everyone in attendance were merely guests."
  • If his Old Spice commercials are any indication, Terry Crews. Interviews on late night talk shows seem to support this, though not quite so loud and extreme.
  • Brandon Dicamillo, of Jackass and CKY fame. The various Cloudcuckoolander characters he portrays aren't too far off from how he actually is: when production was beginning on Jackass: The Movie, he was asked about his availability, and stated that he wouldn't be able to be in the movie too much because most of his schedule for the forseeable future was reserved for playing video games. He then showed the producers a Day Planner which showed his video game regimen for the next several months! He also shows this off in Viva La Bam, where they're taking cars apart in the junkyard for some quick money, while Dico does this by slamming the car with a sledgehammer, while screaming like a madman.
    Scrapyard Guy: "That guy's a psycho."
  • Robert Downey Jr.. Here is one interviewer's opinion of him:
    Conversations with Robert Downey Jr. are rarely linear, and sometimes it takes a moment to realize how one thing might relate to the next. But I realize after a while that if you keep up with him, hang on tight, and have faith, all kinds of strange sense may eventually be made.
  • Megan Fox. Read the following quotes and tell me you don't see it.
    '''You eat Chinese food, your farts come out like Chinese food. If you eat Mexican food, your farts come out like Mexican food. And milk, it's like-you can smell the warmth in the fart. My wardrobe on Transformers always smells like farts, and I have no idea why." -GQ, October 2008
    '''I am pretty sure I am a doppelganger for Alan Alda. I’m a tranny. I’m a man. I’m so painfully insecure. I’m on the verge of vomiting now. I am so horrified that I am here, and embarrassed. I’m scared.” – Red Carpet Golden Globes 2009
  • Michael Gambon may be a mild example, but watch him explaining his attitude towards interviews to Jeremy Clarkson and judge for yourself.
  • Milton Jones is one. Hair, messed up jokes, loud shirts, the way he looks at people. Yup. He is a Cloud Cuckoolander for real.
  • Rhod Gilbert. This makes him a fierce competitor on Would I Lie to You? because he seems to have done any number of outlandish things without thinking them remotely odd, such as trading his car for a meal in a tapas restaurant, staying in a garage while on holiday with his wife, and getting a tattoo of a potato. During an appearance on QI, he forgot his own age and asked the rest of the panel if there was a song or something he could learn to help him remember it (Katherine Ryan helpfully made one up for him).
  • Jeff Goldblum has quite the reputation for being incredibly out there in person, albeit in an endearing way as discussed in this 2017 oral history. (In one Conan appearance, Conan O'Brien caught him fiddling around with his watch mid-interview and hilariously called him out for it.) He is up for virtually anything thrown at him by filmmakers, talk show hosts, etc. — so long as it's interesting to him. The National Geographic folks took notice and gave him a whole docuseries, The World According to Jeff Goldblum (which ended up on Disney+!), based on the premise of his travelling America just to learn about common things that interest him and interact with the people who create them and/or see them as Serious Business — things such as ice cream, sneakers, tattoos, and recreational vehicles...
  • Bobcat Goldthwait. Frighteningly so. It's actually part of his act. He doesn't really talk like that and is more a case of Funny Character, Boring Actor. He acts very down-to-earth in recent interviews.
  • Judging by his site, Matthew Gray Gubler falls here.
  • Sally Hawkins. Watch any interview with her, like the one on James Corden's show, where she mentions wanting to be Jareth The Goblin King when she was a girl(or be with him, it's not clear), or the Luck Dragon from The NeverEnding Story.
  • Anne Heche has a tendency for statements that reveal her to be farther from Earth.
  • Jude Law had a very cloudcuckoolanderish moment during a promotional interview for Sherlock Holmes (2009). When asked what his "detective name" would be, he replied: "Banjo Heywood." In this case, "what would your detective name be?" is a pretty cuckoolandy question to ask someone, so it's hardly surprising that the response would be odd as well. Especially since "Jude Law" would already be pretty awesome as a detective name. Or an Old West sheriff.
  • Jennifer Lawrence has, at the very least, been one of these once upon a time according to a story she told on Conan: when she was 12, she once thought that wetting the bed (yes, at 12!) would make for an interesting story. She could still be considered one, since she said she would be a hotel maid if she weren't an actress, partly because she could observe other people.
  • Evanna Lynch was chosen to play cloudcuckoolander par excellence Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films because, though other girls could play Luna, she was Luna.
  • In the Fine Bros' series of "Kids React", the little girl Morgan seems to be the walking embodiment of a young Cloudcuckoolander. Will she ever grow out of it? We shall see.
  • Michael Moriarty. In 1994, after several successful years in the cast of Law & Order, he suffered a Creator Breakdown and fled to Canada because he believed that Janet Reno was stalking him. He was an alcoholic recluse who rarely appeared in public for most of the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since around 2005, he has given interviews on occasion, and he has said some...interesting things in all of them. He also has some unusual opinions regarding the United Nations, 9/11, and the American government.
  • Viggo Mortensen. Many of his co-stars have stories of his cuckoolander antics; while filming The Lord of the Rings he called Elijah Wood and left a rambling, five minute voice mail in a fake German accent, started the "tradition" of stunt men greeting one another with headbutts, slept in the barn with his horse to better bond with it, and many, many more. Elijah Wood said of him, "Everyone talks about how brilliant he is and how much integrity he has, and it's true. He's also completely insane." His ex-wife (who he's still friend with) said that one of the things that first endeared him to her was the fact that he keeps his poetry in his refrigerator. He also sang Argentinian love songs to Gwyneth Paltrow between takes of love scenes in A Perfect Murder to keep her calm, but he's pretty sure that just freaked her out.
  • Bill Murray. Stories involving him are literally the stuff of legends! But that's because if you do encounter Bill, NO ONE will ever believe you! Nevermind that he frequently shows up on talk shows in costume, usually for no reason at all.
  • Pedro Pascal described his younger self to GQ Germany as an imaginative "problem child" who preferred to live in fantasy than reality, and would act out his dreams when his psychologist mother asked to analyze them. As an adult, he still tends to talk or behave unconventionally; for starters, when GQ Germany asked him in the video interview to choose between boxers and briefs, he reasoned that he shouldn't "hurt the boxers' feelings," before choosing them over the briefs.
  • Actress Aubrey Plaza sometimes going along with her Deadpan Snarker persona:
    • She's a bit loopy in her Letterman interview but she was running on very little sleep. And some Xanax.
    • From someone who worked with Aubrey in that production of ''The Ugly Duckling'', she seemed fairly down to earth at 15 years of age. Still, it was her idea for the whole cast to walk into the McDonald's behind the theater and try to order "people mcnuggets".
    • She uses weird phrases like "Sacrament of Reconciliation!" to call plays while playing basketball as opposed to hand signals like anyone else.
    • She has some kind of fear of snail mail and has a weird ritual involving a dark candlelit room to open her mail.
    • As a child she would do things like pretend to sell real estate to her teachers and follow her principal home in a cardboard box.
  • Dennis Quaid's brother Randy Quaid (known for playing the Cloud Cuckoolander Cousin Eddie) has a long list of odd behaviours. At one point, he claimed to be targeted by a hit squad called the Star Whackers, who specifically target movie actors. He also once tried to get out of charges for breaking and entering by claiming the bill of sale on the house, which he previously owned, was forged.
  • Charlie Sheen, if the Tiger-Blood Warlock interview is anything to go by...
  • Jaden Smith: READ HIS TWITTER! JUST READ IT!note 
  • Matt Smith. Most actors would have to step things up a notch to play someone as nutty as the Doctor. After seeing Matt in his downtime, one gets the feeling he has to tone it down.
  • Actor Christopher Walken is often called an alien.
  • Fred Willard. His role in any movie he's in is to be a Cloudcuckoolander. In a Christopher Guest movie, his role is to out-cuckoo a cast of Cloudcuckoolanders. According to his various friends and collegues, he's very much this in real life as well.
    Christopher Guest (being interviewed by Charlie Rose): "Fred Willard is a man who got into character twenty-five years ago, and never got out."

  • The Jon from Steam Powered Giraffe fits this to a T. Between his song lyrics ("Floating down aimlessly/Atop a swirling tree/Blue ribbons in the apple sky/One thing is on my mind!") and his desire to ride a quesadilla, he's undoubtedly the most out-there of the band.
  • Chris Martin of Coldplay comes across this way; he made up two characters named "Mylo" and "Xyloto", he gets wacky during live performances, and some fans have absolutely no idea what he is talking about in some of his interviews. Furthermore, a lot of the band's songs have Word Salad Lyrics and the music videos to "Paradise" and "Adventure of a Lifetime" are strange.
  • GG Allin: Often performed naked, hitting people, having sex on stage and defecating too. Was arrested countless times.
  • Syd Barrett, founder of Pink Floyd, is one of music's more extreme examples. His increasingly bizarre behavior and detachment from reality led to the song "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", and inspired much of The Wall.
    • In the movie, Bob Geldof's portrayal of Pink is based primarily on Syd Barrett. Barrett did indeed shave his eyebrows and smoke cigarettes until the stub was burning his fingers.
  • Björk: In Harmony with Nature beyond belief. During Dancer in the Dark she actually lived her character's misfortune so much that Lars von Trier swore he'd never work with her again. Went to the 2000 Academy Awards dressed in a swan costume.
  • Blue Stahli is a huge example. Not only does he have a very odd sense of humor, but his way of playing his music is odd since he doesn't write down his music he just holds it in his head and then plays it when it's time to play.
  • Captain Beefheart: Often said very idiosyncratic things. Forced his band members to live in an abandoned house for months where they were almost starved, all in preparation of Trout Mask Replica. Lived as a recluse from 1982 until his death in 2010.
  • Michael Jackson. Dressing up in military uniforms, undergoing some of the most unrecognizable making facelifts of all time, living in a mansion which was a cross between a children's amusement park and a zoo,... Yet given events involving his family's rather public infighting with the estate executors over the contents of his will, many are starting to question if MJ was possibly the Only Sane Man in his family. Then again, none of them ever owned a monkey named Bubbles...and his eccentricity only got worse as he got older, ultimately ruining him.
    • Chris Rock described Michael as this in 2004, right after the second set of child molestation charges. He said that Michael could barely function even in interviews.
    Chris: I saw Michael on 60 Minutes, Ed Bradley tried his best to make Michael look like a mammal. Like somebody that drank water and breathed air.
  • Lady Gaga has made a career out of this image. She appears in various bizarre and impractical costumes and plays on an androgynous image, while playing on the fact that she is an outsider.
  • Daniel Johnston: Literally suffers from mental troubles. Adores Casper the Friendly Ghost, Captain America, Jesus and The Beatles, but is frightened of Satan or anything occult. Once, during a plane flight with his dad, he almost killed them, by taking over the steering wheel himself.
  • John Lennon was famous for this. Not to mention all the weird projects he did with Yoko Ono and presented to a mass audience. The two of them spent time inside a bag and in bed to promote world peace. They also released three albums together that are basically a cross between Avant-garde Music, Noise Rock and Leave The Recorder Running, generally interesting to almost nobody: Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions and Wedding Album.
    Craaaanberrrrrry sauuuuuuuce...
    • And at the other end of the Cuckoolander spectrum, his former bandmate Ringo Starr. He wanted to name his firstborn son XL, because he thought names were stupid. Witness also his attempts at using Twitter.
  • Singer/songwriter Anna Nalick- probably because she identifies so strongly with Alice in Wonderland and often admits that she IS Alice and lives in her own world. This Facebook status will prove the point:
    "Tonight I bought a suitcase for my candy, I drank with Ernest Hemingway, I watched a crazy man dance alone on water under a single star, a very talented musician graciously played the faucet for me...and I played along. I sang to a tuna in the brine. And finally, I stole a pink porcelain icicle and gave it to a superhero. Hmmmm. So sleepy now....Ps. I know EXACTLY why a raven is like a writing desk!"
  • Yoko Ono: She falls into this category by way of her One-Woman Wail screaming and incomprehensible art projects, most known for this by way of the first three albums she and John Lennon released, Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, Unfinished Music No. 2: Life with the Lions and Wedding Album. Still managed to gain more respect later in life.
  • Lee Scratch Perry: Reggae's most famous producer. Adores trees so much that he hugs them. Prays to bananas. Has put a curse on the BBC and only wants to lift it if they play his music more often. Every person he has collaborated with has been condemned by him afterwards.
  • Elvis Presley: Later in life Elvis had a tendency to shoot TV sets with a gun if he didn't like the show instead of just using the remote.
  • The Ramones: Joey Ramone suffered from OCD and therefore always wanted to do things according to certain patterns, like touch each stair and start over again if he missed one. Of course this drove his co-members crazy.
  • Alex Lifeson of Rush. Need proof? Look up any of his stream-of-consciousness rants from "La Villa Strangiato" (especially the one about meat bees) or his acceptance speech from when Rush was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • Space frontman Tommy Scott based some of his vocals on Spiders on Speedy Gonzales; dresses like the Eleventh Doctor; was described as 'fucking weird' by bandmate Jamie Murphy; writes lyrics about all sorts of weird and wonderful characters (and wanted his songs to 'sound like films'); once claimed his ideal superpower would be 'telepathic hairdressing'; and in one interview with Melody Maker, talked about how he wished he was a cartoon character (a fact confirmed by Mark Cowley, Space's manager). In the same interview, he even stated that he was a Cloudcuckoolander as a child.
  • Vivian Stanshall, the lead singer of The Bonzo Dog Band was pretty much considered to be the oddest of all the oddballs in the band. He was once forced to wear a tie at his school, so he did what he was told and returned in a tie, but without a shirt! He was suspended immediately!
  • Tiny Tim: Sang in a high falsetto voice and only 19th century Tin Pan Alley tunes. Enjoyed rubbing naked ladies in peanut butter, but was not interested in sex. In fact he and his married partner actually lived separated from each other.
  • Jon Anderson of Yes. If the almost-but-not-quite comprehensible Word Salad Lyrics didn't tip you off, try the cape he used to wear at Yes shows back in the 70's. Or the fact that he attempted to make up a word "tobographic" for an album title (Steve Howe eventually persuaded him to name the album the slightly more comprehensible Tales From Topographic Oceans instead). Perhaps because of this, Anderson's so beloved by fans that any other Yes vocalist is automatically denounced as a Replacement Scrappy.
  • Keith Moon, original drummer for The Who. He got himself banned from several hotel chains for literally demolishing toilets, with low explosives; and, in one case, he insisted the cab driver turn around just because he forgot to destroy the room's television set by throwing it into the pool. As Cracked pointed out in The 7 Most Impossible Rock Stars to Deal With, Keith may as well have invented the All Drummers Are Animals trope, because he was certainly responsible for cementing it in the public consciousness and popularizing it.
  • Poppy. Claims the name "descended from the heavens and into [her] lap", occasionally speaks in the third person, and when asked how old she was an in interview, she claimed not to identify with an age. To say nothing of her YouTube channel, which is full of bizarre videos directed by her guitarist and fellow Cloud Cuckoolander, Titanic Sinclair.
  • Empire of the Sun (the band) founders, Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore. Luke is intensely Christian, drapes himself in gold and leather, gives himself a trim before every show and named his children "Sunny Tiger" and "Cruz", while writing zany songs about Jesus Christ blogging and Tigers in Drugstores. Once compared Nick to a wizard or Moses when explaining why the man didn't tour with the band. Meanwhile, Nick writes poems about Santa Claus being a psychotropic mushroom, posts weird sound clip videos on Instagram, and gleefully wears feathers and bells with no pants and fake eyelashes on stage. Yet, they make it work.
  • Jim Corr has gained more of a reputation for believing insane conspiracy theories than he has for his music. Over the years, it's been steadily increasing, starting with 9/11 conspiracies and gradually expanding into pretty much every conspiracy theory going.
  • Korean Hip Hop group BTS is composed entirely of Cloudcuckoolanders. RM, the levelheaded leader, is prone to incredibly abstract tangents about random topics, the oldest member Jin confidently calls himself "Worldwide Handsome" during interviews, Jimin has a reputation for being a total flirt (even with men), Suga can and will nap anywhere, Jungkook cannot and will not be woken up easily for any reason, j-hope's HOPE WORLD features what might be a Cloudcuckoolander anthem in Daydream, and V spends a surprising amount of time responding to fan posts on BTS' official social platform Weverse at 3am to the point where he's crashed the site before. That's not even getting into what happens on their shows like Run BTS and Bon Voyage or during interviews.
  • Jongho from ATEEZ has a reputation for his ability to split apples in his hands while singing. His reign of terror against innocent fruits has no end, as he's even split a melon with two hands and a watermelon with one.
  • Andrew W. K. has a reputation for doing and saying some odd or surreal things. Here is a short list. He also wanted to be in the Twin Peaks Re Make as the 110% Ax-Crazy Killer BOB. He even tweeted comparison photos of his best crazy face next to that of the belated Frank Silva to David Lynch.
  • Peter Gabriel once crossdressed as a fox in a long red dress and it was awesome.
  • Matt Bellamy. Firstly, it seems to be In the Blood, since he grew up in a superstitious family who made frequent use of an Ouija board. He's obsessed with conspiracy theories. He's claimed to believe that humans evolved from spiders that float around in space, and he's also said that he wishes the gravity on Earth was lighter so that spiders would die. He likes dressing up in costumes, drawing veins on his arms, and trees. Unsurprisingly, he's used shrooms in the past.
    • Those infamous Utaban interviews ("The Pork Belly blocks...get them for me. They are back there. I know they are." / "Well I'm [referring to his penis] a Magnum." / "I haven't felt like being naked much lately.")
    • One of his most well-known jokes has led some fans to think that he seriously believes he's a 496 year old vampire. Even after he revealed his true age, there were still fans who still believed the vampire shtick. But for most fans, it's all part of his charm.
  • Peter Wolf of The J. Geils Band, if getting kicked out by one-time roommate David Lynch for being too weird is anything to go by.
  • Rudy "?" Martinez of ? and the Mysterians says that he has travelled time and seen dinosaurs.
  • Jazz bandleader Sun Ra kept his past shrouded in mystery, claimed to be from outer space, and created a Myth Arc surrounding this.
  • Tommy Scott, formerly of Space. He's heavily inspired by films - which he wanted his songs to sound like - and cartoons, rather than music, and has pretended to be various personalities when singing, such as Speedy Gonzales and Marlene Dietrich. And then there's the 'Suburban Rock 'n' Roll' video, where he's dressed up as a lion. Yeah.
  • Paul McCartney. In addition to coming up with some truly baffling lyrics on occasion, he's prone to rambling and non sequitur in interviews, notwithstanding his reputation as a savvy PR man. For instance, Paul on painting:
    "I have millions of little ways to get over blocks because for me— because I don't do it for a living— it's important I enjoy it. But every artist that I've ever talked to gets a moment in a painting of what the fuck am I doing? What the hell is this? You get that scary feeling I used to get at school just doing anything virtually: you suddenly think, Oh my god! This could go horribly wrong at any second— you get actually scared. So I developed tricks. In my mind I have a friend who is Luigi. Luigi owns a restaurant and he's got an alcove rather like this, and he always needs a painting for it. So whatever I'm doing, if ever I get that terrifying moment I say it's for Luigi's alcove, Luigi will like this. And he just lets me off— it frees my head for two seconds and then I'm over the hurdle and I can carry on. So Luigi's alcove is one of my huge saviours. And then I like blending paint, so I have an alter ego called Mr. Blendini. He often paints for Luigi."
  • Avenged Sevenfold's late drummer The Rev was as notorious for his weird comments and behaviour as he was for his musical skills. He even had a sort of mad scientist look in the band's early days, and Pinkly Smooth, the side project he helmed and sang in, was quite bizarre. His looniness is referenced in the tribute song "Save Me" on Nightmare ("He may be out of his mind, but someday you will find that sanity has left us all blind, and dragged us all behind").
  • Bob Dylan. Along with drawing moustaches on himself, carrying huge lightbulbs and wooden puppets, he was known for giving hilariously nonsensical interviews to reporters in the mid 60s, with gems such as:
    "There's a glass in the back of my head. I'm a very sick person. I can't see too well on Thursdays. And another thing, my toenails don't fit."
  • FULL (Furukawa Tomo) of [[Guniw Tools]] fame, judging by any of his lyrics, interviews and art.
  • Tyler, The Creator, of hip-hop collective OFWGKTA, though it's unclear how much of it is an act. He's referred to himself as a unicorn, a table, and a purse.
  • Any of The Protomen to one degree or another, between the rambling non-sequiturs that make up their "press releases", the insistence on codenames and general mystery about the band itself, half the things they've ever said (including the claim that their bus was destroyed by a vengeance-crazed rodent) and it takes a certain type of person to make a Rock Opera about Mega Man in the first place. The craziness is a big part of their appeal, though.
  • Jethro Tull lead singer Ian Anderson. Getting past the fact he plays a flute in a hard rock band, there are websites dedicated to deciphering his lyrics.
  • Dick Valentine of Electric Six. His interviews generally consist of him seeming unaware who or where he is and telling Blatant Lies.
  • Colin Meloy, onstage and off. Not to mention the rest of the band.
    Colin threw a bottlecap at John and it pinged off one of his mikes.
    CM: That’s why you have all those mikes! To protect you! (tries again, this time the cap hits John but rests on his shirt pocket, looking like it stuck on his chest like a badge, the audience cheers)
    CM: That was cool! When you work in showbusiness you see a lot of cool things, but I think that might be the coolest of them all.
  • John Darnielle. Exhibit A. Exhibit B.
    I am faced with a terrible choice tonight
    just played a very sweaty show, I am hungry, I'm in Brisbane, the only place open that'll deliver is Domino's
    the idea of getting Domino's abroad awakens feelings of profound spiritual regret in me. plus Domino's is anti-choice iirc
    OTOH Christ almighty just a slice of pie who's it gonna hurt
    I have arrived at a solution and am gnawing off my foot. I rule at life
  • Lucy Rose, going by her tour diary (and that's just one example of many).
  • Lil B, who proclaims himself as The BasedGod. He has claimed to be, among many other things, Miley Cyrus, Bill Clinton, a fag, a lesbian, and God's Father. He also produced a track for his adopted cat KeKe (calling it history, "FIRST ANIMAL IN HIP HOP"). More of this oddity can be seen especially on his twitter (and 10,000+ tracks).
  • John Flansburgh and John Linnell. Typical examples of their discography include a song from the point of view of a nightlight, a love song to a headless woman, a song about working at an "insect hospital", a song about how their drummer Marty Beller is secretly Whitney Houston in a mask...
  • Pete Townshend gets special points for coming up with a concept for a rock opera so convoluted that literally no one understood it but himself. He also tends to be rather goofy in interviews for such a serious person.
  • Venetian Snares is fairly out there. If his music isn't enough to convince you, these interviews showcase his oddness pretty well, such him claiming to be a hillbilly, or claiming that he has five penises (four of which are in his armpits).
  • Twenty One Pilots singer Tyler Joseph, especially on his Twitter.
    First show in Salt Lake City was legit. Which, I believe, stands for 'legitimate' or 'legislation'. Both would work.
  • Jazz pianist Thelonius Monk was known for his antics, his special way of playing the piano and his affinity for nice hats. You definitely have to see it to believe it.
  • Awsten Knight can come off as this. If you read his tweets, he tweets IN ALL CAPS and tweets really out there and random ass things. He also really likes to swear in interviews, which can be funny when he wonders if he can swear in some of them and asks for permission, sometimes after he's already sworn several times. At the same time, he's also very lucid in interviews, often going into expansive detail about Waterparks' creative decisions, his own thought processes, and the music industry at large.
    • Awsten has openly criticized the tendency for people to characterize him solely as this, as he's either seen as not a complex human being simply because he makes over the top jokes or, even worse to him, faking his personality for publicity purposes.
  • B Traits: B can lapse into this at times:
    "I just love the happy vibe of this tune. I just picture all these little... uh... elfy things... doing like, little toe dances, y'know?!"

  • In general, philosophy is, like religion, dominated by Cloudcuckoolanders. It is easier to nominate those great names in philosophy who are not Cloudcuckoolanders than who are.
  • Plato, especially The Republic. It is today considered as the foundation canon of a Fascist society.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who introduced the concept of Noble Savage and who considered technology and organized society as evil. He was a proponent of free love, but he gave all his children to an orphanage.

    Sports Figures 
  • Hello, Baseball. Fun fact: Cloudcuckooland is the number one recruiting ground for pitchers for the Major Leagues.
    • Rube Waddell, baseball Hall of Famer from the first decade of the 20th century. He'd randomly run off from games to go chase fire trucks, accidentally shot a friend through the hand, forgot to divorce his first wife causing him to be arrested on bigamy charges, and would even be distracted by puppies and toys by opposing players and fans. This can also be considered a Bunny-Ears Lawyer example, since he was considered – when not in trouble – the hardest thrower and arguably the best pitcher of his time (his record for most strikeouts in a season would not be bettered for 61 years).
    • Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, Detroit Tigers pitcher back in the late '70s, is absolutely this. He used to play with the dirt on the mound, talk to himself, talk to the ball, and had various odd routines that made him a curiosity back in his day. He also led the AL in ERA and was second in the Cy Young Award voting as a rookie (winning Rookie of the Year) and pitched a complete game in over half his career appearances in an era where relievers were already becoming prominent. Sadly, his career was cut short by injuries, to the point that said outstanding rookie year constitutes more than half of his career starts.
    • There's also Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd. The "oil can" in question is a large can of beer, but he doesn't need booze to spout at the mouth.
    • And the whole Pérez family, Pascual, Carlos, etc., who sometimes veered toward Ax-Crazy. Pascual Pérez' Montreal Expos manager responded to a question about Pérez' habit of talking to himself on the mound by pointing out that he doesn't just talk to himself, he also talks to the resin bag and planes flying overhead.
    • Giants and Dodgers closer Brian Wilson is a cuckoolander and a possessor of a memetic beard. His antics include things like wearing a spandex suit to the ESPY Awards ceremony.
    • Dock Ellis, most famously of the Pirates, is also famous for never having pitched a game while not on the influence of some drug or other. Most impressive is his 1970 no-hitter against the Padres while tripping balls on LSD. (He said that at one point, he thought he was pitching to Jimi Hendrix, who was swinging a guitar at his pitches.)
    • It's really saying something when the sanest person on the list is Bill "Spaceman" Lee, the Red Sox junk-ball pitcher who has a bit of a kooky personality but is all and all a fairly typical '60s left-wing activist/hippie—who just happens to have had the meanest eephus pitch of his era.
    • Insanity on the mound isn't limited to the Majors; there was one minor-league pitcher who used infield dirt as a substitute for chewing tobacco, and became an expert on the flavors of various infields.
  • And now for other loonies of the ballpark:
    • Yogi Berra, although he didn't say half of the things he said.
    • Jimmy Piersall, a former center fielder for the Boston Red Sox. He once went up to bat wearing a Beatles wig while air-guitaring with his bat, and once got in trouble for acknowledging an opponent's home run by squirting home plate with a water pistol, among others. A tragic case, though: his antics sprung from his years-long battle with bipolar disorder.
    • Carl Everett, disbeliever in dinosaurs. (Lee, Piersall, the Red Sox collect these guys?)
    • Casey Candaele, most fondly remembered for inventing Naked Batting Practice Sundays.
    • Jose Canseco, if his AMA on Reddit is any indication.
    • Manny Ramirez, most recently of the Tampa Bay Rays. He's done a laundry list of strange things, though he also borders on Jerkass in some respects too. His two-time teammate Julián Tavárez could count as well.
    • Former catcher and current broadcaster Tim Mc Carver, who goes on tangents that vary between annoying and bizarre. During the 2011 postseason, he said "S-T-R-I-K-E. It's a five-letter word." (He later noted on-air that he'd been corrected.) He has also talked about things like, "the symphony of the infield," which fans can apparently take in by sitting in particular parts of the stands.
  • Ice Hockey and its National Hockey League have their fair share of weirdos:
    • For goalies, living off in their own worlds is almost the norm, but a couple names stick out even further above the clouds.
      • Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, considered by many to be the greatest goalie of all time, knitted before games, talked to his goal postsnote , and refused to skate on the red and blue lines during pre-game warm-ups, among other things.
      • Even Roy may have now been upstaged by current Philadelphia Flyers netminder Ilya Bryzgalov, whose personality quirks were already verging on Memetic Mutation before the Flyers were featured in NHL 24/7 on HBO and the world got a taste of his philosophical side.
    • Esa Tikkanen, a former professional hockey player with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers, fits into this category very well. He was best known for his unusual mix of Finnish, English and sometimes gibberish, which was frequently referred to as "Tikkanese". He seemed to enjoy speaking in the language quite a bit, very seldom did anyone, teammates or not, understand what he was saying. This was only additional to his relatively... odd behavior off the ice as well.
    • Coaches in the NHL are not immune to this either. Fred Shero, former coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, was known as "Fog" for his strange habits and stranger behavior.
  • Mario Balotelli, who epitomises this trope and is regarded as an excellent source of entertainment by fans of all teams as a result. Apparently, he once stopped at a primary school in Manchester to go to the toilet, and drove through an Italian women's prison just to see what it was like inside. And of course, there is his single most memetic reaction: when Manchester police asked him, in the aftermath of a car crash, why he was carrying £5,000 in cash on his person, he responded, "Because I am rich".
  • NFL player Chad Johnson. He changed his surname to Ochocinco just so his name and jersey number would be identical. Ochocinco by the way, is Spanish for "eight-five". A few years later, he changed his last name back to Johnson, but kept Ochocinco as a middle name.
  • NBA player Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest). Aside from his rather odd name change (even by professional athlete standards), he once applied for a job at Circuit City while playing for the Chicago Bulls and also showed up to practice with the Indiana Pacers while wearing a bathrobe. And that's not even considering his role in the infamous Pacers–Pistons brawl.
    • The fact that he's also changing his name again to - get this - The Pandas Friend (yes, that's how he wants it spelled) to accommodate his time with the Chinese Basketball Association doesn't help his case either, especially when he's apparently going to be wearing panda shoes during these Chinese games.
      • That name change didn't last after the Chinese season ended in February 2015. He went back to Metta World Peace for an end-of-season stint in the Italian league, followed by a return to the NBA.
    • Before the man formerly known as Ron Artest, there was (and still is) former NBA star defender Dennis Rodman. With his bright colored hair, tattoos and cross-dressing favors he really sticks out among other basketball players. Ignoring his friendship with current North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (who's also one in his own way) and the fact he organized a celebratory North Korean birthday game for him, Rodman also showcased a book titled "I Should Be Dead By Now" with him being in a coffin, but he also used to have his own MTV show called "The Rodman World Tour", which as The Other Wiki describes it as a show that featured him "in a series of odd-ball situations."
  • In every sport, there's a stereotype that certain positions attract these. In ice hockey, goaltenders have a reputation for this, and baseball has seen enough left fielders (such as the aforementioned Manny Ramirez) demonstrate this that "out of left field" has become a euphemism for oddity. And apparently because there aren't enough roster spots for left fielders for the loonies to go, pitchers in general also have a bit of this reputation as well (Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean, Bill "Spaceman" Lee, Fidrych mentioned above are just a few examples).
  • Denver Broncos' linebacker Nate Irving has been known to sing and dance by himself, rock out when there is no music playing, and play Pokemon while his team-mates are out partying.
  • In swimming, butterfly swimmers are considered to be the weirdest of the lot.
  • Evel Knievel: Just what drives a man to jump over several cars with his motorcycle, even though having harmed himself countless times over and over when things go wrong?
  • David Icke: A former soccer player who believes that the world is ruled by the Reptilians.
  • Tetris player Douglas Quaid has used five different names in different years of the Classic Tetris World Championship (Hauser, Quaid, Sean, Douglas, Ritchie). Hauser was his 2017 identity, where he donned a fake moustache to conceal his identity. His favourite game besides Tetris is Microsoft Paint.

Artists (Painters, Sculptors, Comic Strip Artists, Cartoonists)
  • Jhonen Vasquez: He has hypnophobia, is partial to certain words (such as "doom"), tends to draw macabre cartoons and has strange posts on Twitter and Tumblr. When the Invader Zim comics were first announced, Vasquez stated, "I'm always confused when people say how much they miss Invader Zim because the show never stopped running in my head, and then I remember everyone else isn't in my head. I try to imagine the world for all those people who don't know what Zim's been up to since the show went off the air and it makes me shudder. How can people live that way? Hopefully this comic helps make the world a better place."
  • Hieronymus Bosch: Not much is known about his life, but judging how bizarre and colorful his visions of Hell are in his paintings you really wonder where he got all his ideas? Other medieval painters painted Hell too, but nowhere as vivid and obsessive as he did.
  • Robert Crumb: Draws weird comics where he fulfills his perverted sexual dreams, often with anthropomorphic characters and comicbook creatures. In real life he enjoys having piggy back rides on the back of strong women. But when you see the documentary made about his life, "Crumb" (1994) you quickly realize he is actually the most sane member of his entire family!
  • Salvador Dalí: Acted just as surreal as his paintings. Wore a fake pointy moustache, had a pet ocelot and a lobster telephone.
  • Bai Ling - in her own words: "I'm not really in reality. I'm in my own universe and my mind is a million miles somewhere else." She also claims that she comes from the moon.
  • Shigesato Itoi, and it shows in his work! His case regularly leads to The Cuckoolander Was Right.
  • Eiichiro Oda, the creator of One Piece.
  • Pom, creator of the Piet Pienter En Bert Bibber series. He was a Reclusive Artist who never did any book signings and only allowed a few interviews in his lifetime. All he did during them was badmouth all his colleagues and even his fans. He once sued an interviewer, claiming he never met him. But the journalist had kept a recording of their conversation and could easily prove the interview had actually happened.
  • Hideaki Sorachi, a manga writer famous for Gintama. If the series doesn't convince you, try reading his omake comments.
  • Andy Warhol: Made movies that are basically Leave the Camera Running and unwatchable. When asked what he wanted to express with them he just said: "Eh... nothing."
  • Deceased Mob Boss Vincent "The Chin" Gigante pretended to be this for decades to avoid prosecution. He was seen wandering around Greenwich Village in a bathrobe and slippers looking lost and often peeing in the streets. This and other antics led the press to christen him "The Odd Father"


  • There are quite a lot of creatures in the animal kingdom who showcase weird behaviour from a human point of view. Of course, they can't help it. It's their instinct.
  • Cats: Ever seen a cat lick itself clean? It's amazing what weird and time consuming positions they undertake to get this done instead of just taking an actual wash.
  • Sloths: They will always climb down their tree to relieve themselves on the ground. Not only is this extremely tedious to just get there, but they are also very vulnerable for predators down there.


  • Franz Kafka: Just from reading his books you wonder what went on in his mind? He might have been aware of it, because despite writing a lot of stories he told his friend to burn them after his death. Luckily for us he didn't.
  • Dr. Seuss. Don't deny it, just read one of his books. Any one of his books. The proof is in the pudding, boys and girls.
  • The now-mostly-forgotten 17th-century author Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, was perceived in this way by her contemporaries. Virginia Woolf's description of Cavendish in her essay "The Duchess of Newcastle" is about as good a summary of this trope as you'll find anywhere:
    One cannot help following the lure of her erratic and lovable personality as it meanders and twinkles through page after page. There is something noble and Quixotic and high-spirited, as well as crack-brained and bird-witted, about her. Her simplicity is so open; her intelligence so active; her sympathy with fairies and animals so true and tender. She has the freakishness of an elf, the irresponsibility of some non-human creature, its heartlessness, and its charm. And although 'they', those terrible critics who had sneered and jeered at her [since childhood]... continued to mock, few of her critics, after all, had the wit to trouble about the nature of the universe, or cared a straw for the sufferings of the hunted hare, or longed, as she did, to talk to some one 'of Shakespeare's fools'. Now, at any rate, the laugh is not all on their side.
  • H. P. Lovecraft. He wished he lived in the Eighteenth Century, lived in his head, had trouble connecting with other people, married a Jewish woman even though he was an Anti-Semite (and apparently he genuinely loved her), found it easier to be affectionate to cats than people, wrote around 75,000 letters, had his own nihilistic philosophy, supported FDR because he thought the New Deal was American-style fascism, was so racist that he freaked out after discovering he was part Welsh, and created some of the strangest fiction... ever, probably. Weird dude all 'round.
  • William Blake. He was a utopian anarchist and subscribed to a very unusual type of Christianity. He also wrote a large amount of very strange literature, most infamously his prophetic books. While brilliant, these books, such as Milton and Jerusalem, are notorious among scholars for making no goddamn sense. Blake also had the remarkable writing ability to produce a poem full of bright and happy imagery, then perform something akin to a Dark Reprise with it, writing an additional version of the poem with a more mature or sober outlook, as seen in his Songs of Innocence and of Experience anthology.


  • They usually have the advantage that everyone assumes they are joking.
  • The late Graham Chapman is always described by the other Pythons as being "in his own world"- clearly a very peculiar man to fathom. Eric Idle relates in one book the story of a woman who declared that, what with Graham being gay and all, he should be stoned because she'd been reading the parts of the Bible that appealed to her homophobia. So the Pythons took him out and got him stoned. "Of course, Graham was pretty stoned most of the time anyway..."
  • Fran Drescher, who believes she was abducted by aliens.
  • Noel Fielding could give many of the examples on this page a run for their money. His wardrobe is full of bright clashing colours and patterns that include metallic gogo boots, dresses, victorian era gothic formal wear, and hats with animal ears attached. His art is an indescribable mix of cartooney style strangeness that range from amusing to disturbing. He co-wrote The Mighty Boosh, and writes Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, obviously, two of the strangest tv shows out there, and in real life he's prone to making up strange stories (Once claimed he found a door in Kanye West's chest and got trapped in it while trying to reach Soho), and stringing together odd words to form hilarious sentences (Once threatened to cut open someone's pillow using a motorcycle made of jealousy). His brother Michael is very similar if his twitter is anything to go by; supposedly their senses of humour stemmed from their parents being absurdly youthful when they had children and were always surrounding the two boys with parties and drugs.
  • English comedian Milton Jones. "Hello! I am the Messiah! And the queen is a biscuit!"
  • Andy Kaufman, and not just because of his taste in jokes. A typical story from his real life: before he learned he was terminally ill with cancer, he not only conceived of a "99 Cent Tour" where the tickets would cost exactly 99 cents, but considered surprising one of those audiences with the revelation that they were all going to go on a cruise with him. Immediately. There would be luggage prepared for everyone...
  • Bob Mortimer is able to do batshit-insane stuff without blinking, like cuddling with Alex Horne in a car boot with a banana and deodorant, and generally peppers his sentences with off-the-wall turns of phrases and similes ("It's like picking bits off pollen off a mouse's handkerchief" when saying his memory becomes poorer as he ages). Not only that, his very bizarre stories have earned him a place at least once every season after his first appearance on WILTY. To sample one of them, he does his own dentistry, using a curvaceous Indian instrument, on a gamer chair itself on a kitchen island. His reputation as a truly deranged man has not only made him a fan favourite of many shows, but also caused David Mitchell, who's usually pretty collected, to break down during his most unbelievable stories, and made Richard Ayoade, whose Poker Face is almost impenetrable, even around Noel Fielding, laugh multiple times during his appearance on Travel Man.
  • The Marx Brothers: From their movies alone you'd already assume that they are quite daft. But there are also numerous anecdotes about their real life surrealities. Some of them may be just studio PR, but they still tie in with their mad image. For instance, Harpo Marx once went to a restaurant with some people. When it was time to say goodbye, Harpo shook hands with his guests and all the silverwear he had stolen fell out of his sleeves!
  • Spike Milligan: The nuttiest of all the The Goon Show members. The only one to actually insult Prince Charles in his very presence. The prince naturally didn't mind, because he's a Goon fan.
  • Karl Pilkington started off as the producer of The Ricky Gervais Show, but was soon added to the cast when Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant decided his thought process was too bizarre not to share with the world. It got to the point that in the show's initial radio run, people accused him of being an actor playing a character because no one can possibly be as strange as him in real life.
  • Maria Bamford. Listen to any of her routines, and you'll swear the woman lives in her own dimension.

Film Directors

  • Federico Fellini: Just a look at the surreal and decadent Grotesque Gallery in his movies would be sufficient. Fellini himself also said that he didn't understand the difference between reality and fantasy in his life. He often choose actors on how bizarre they looked (hunchbacks, dwarfs, giants, obese women,...) and even made them more bizarre by having them wear prosthetics, weird costumes and hairdos and such. But still his movies have both a disturbing as well as a happy carefree atmosphere.
  • Stanley Kubrick: Strove for extreme perfection in his movies by doing zillions of takes and trying to get everything exactly as he envisioned it in frame. Also the prototype of the Reclusive Artist, who hardly appeared in public and gave no interviews. Also had a tendency to work with actors during his movies, then just distance himself from them after the film was done.
  • David Lynch. An article once described him as "Jimmy Stewart from Mars," and his interviews contain such gems as "I'm a real thin pancake! I'm right on the edge!" It does ''not'' make sense in context. He also wanted to make a sitcom about the sunken continent of Lemuria. He used to announce the weather while wearing a cowboy hat, which he deemed "quite necessary".
  • Tommy Wiseau. If The Room didn't sell just how weird he is, reading Greg Sestero's book The Disaster Artist will definitely make you realize it.
  • Erich von Stroheim: Also a noted perfectionist who actually went to Death Valley in Utah to film in the scorching desert to make his film Greed, instead of on a set. The film was over 9 hours long (!), but nevertheless marked as a masterpiece. Unfortunately it was trimmed to just two hours in length. Stroheim also pretended to be of Austrian nobility and a decorated military officer throughout his lifetime. Only after his death it turned out this was just a fantasy of his.
  • Ed Wood: Ignoring his cross-dressing antics this man made some of the most amateurish movies of all time, almost like a child who is given total control over a film project and just wants it made, not understanding the fine difference between his own fabulous imagination and how laughably bad the movies actually are.

Game Directors

  • Creative director Taro Yoko, known for the Drakengard franchise, has built quite the reputation over the fact of just how much of an odd duck director he is. Even those close to him describe him as both iconoclastic and a loose cannon. Unsurprisingly, this trait carries over into his games where Mind Screw and associated tropes are just another Tuesday.

Presenters (Radio & TV)

  • Chuck Barris, creator of The Gong Show and The Newlywed Game. He was known for alleging that he worked for the CIA, as seen in his book Confessions of a Dangerous Mind. As host of Gong, he often came across as very aloof.
  • Paloma Faith has managed to amaze viewers of Never Mind the Buzzcocks by being Noel's equal in complete batshit crazy. The two of them together were weird enough that the fans decided that they needed to start dating.
  • Political and pop cultural commentator Greg Gutfeld, aka the host of Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. Although in fairness he acts like this only for satirical purposes.
    • And his "repulsive sidekick" Bill Schultz.
  • Sarah Kennedy: British radio presenter. Her performance style on radio was characterised by fumbling, bumbling, on-air gaffes, ocassional lapses into non-politically correct jokes and references, and the suggestion that she sometimes arrived at work in an over-medicated state.
  • Patrick Moore, amateur astronomer and host of The Sky At Night, who always wore a High-Class Glass and had very old-fashioned opinions about feminism, the European Union and immigrants. Also played the xylophone, and bowled leg-spin for his local cricket club into his seventies.
  • Jimmy Savile had this reputation during his lifetime. He always walked around in jogging suits, while smoking cigars at the same time and making weird faces and bizarre comments of the Did I Just Say That Out Loud? variety. His audience was often surprised, shocked or embarrassed by some of his quotes and behaviour, but he got away with it because people didn't take it seriously at the time. After his death, when allegations of his sexual behaviour against minors became a scandal a lot of his oddball behaviour has been seen in a new light.
  • Amazing Phil: The titular Phil Lester, BBC Radio 1 host and YouTube vlogger known for his eccentric, whimsical, and near-childlike personality.
  • Remi Gaillard: What other word could describe someone who continued to pull pranks that usually ended up getting him either arrested, assaulted, chased, or any combination of the above; just For the Lulz?
  • Canadian interviewer Nardwuar the Human Serviette has an eccentric personality seen in all of his interviews. He's known for his high amounts of energy, odd choices in clothing, and ability to know obscure personal facts about his interviewees.

Web Original Presenters

  • James Rolfe, a.k.a. The Angry Video Game Nerd, as proven in his Childhood Comics and his short films.
  • Doug Walker originally described himself as boring in comparison to his characters, but as time goes by, he's embraced the crazy after years of wanting to be normal.
    Doug: It's a nice feeling when you wake up and you're like this doesn't matter, I was trying so hard to be like this on TV, it doesn't matter, as I get older this makes you really boring and uninteresting. The stuff that makes me really frigging weird is what makes me interesting and fun and different.
  • Joel Heyman of the internet entertainment company Rooster Teeth. His idiosyncratic characters in Red vs. Blue and the Rooster Teeth Shorts (in the latter of which he ostensibly plays himself) certainly qualify, but observations of Heyman outside of an acting capacity reveal that those characters likely have their roots in his real-life eccentric personality and quirky mannerisms.
  • Jenna Marbles definitely has her moments. Her stranger videos have been described as sounding like clickbait out of context, but in context she's not exaggerating and actually following through with whatever odd antic the video promises.
  • It's safe to say most or all Let's Players are this, at least from the perspective of someone not familiar with them. Some are very deadpan, some are hyperactive, some are just hammy, but to some extent all of them grip onto reality with a glove soaked in butter. That said, it's frequently an act for comedic effect, and can range in severity depending on the game they're playing, with it being usually toned down for more serious games.
  • Geek Juice Media founder Alex Jowski: There are a number of weird and crazy stories involving him, most famously the time he slept with a homeless girl, and his fellow site-members often joke about him having hostages in his basement.


  • While far from the only wannabe politician with questionable sanity or qualifications, Pascual Racuyal stood out as a notable quixotic figure in Philippine politics, if not for his life and (unsuccessful) political career being faded to obscurity as a mere footnote. Little is known about the Cebuano political aspirant, except that he was a mechanicnote  by trade who somehow had an urge to become the president of the Philippines, vowing to build roads made out of plasticnote  and govern the country via satellite should he be elected president. Needless to say, he was a recurring Joke Character during election season in the Philippines, especially whenever he would engage in eccentric debates with prominent political figures. Out of his eleven campaign attempts (1935, 1941, 1946, 1949, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1965, 1969, 1981 and 1986), he was only able to qualify in the 1935 and 1969 polls, where he garnered 158 and 778 votes respectively. Eventually the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has had enough of his antics and barred him from qualifying in the 1986 snap elections, and he has retired from public life since then, passing away in 2004.

Real-life phenomenons

  • Although often mistaken as a trope in anime. 'Chuunibyou' is actually a Japanese term (meaning eight-grader syndrome) used in psychology to describe early teens who have delusions of grandeur. In an attempt to stand out, they basically convinced themselves they have special powers or a hidden double-life. They are generally sorted into 3 types:
    • The DQN: Kids that act like delinquents and pretend to have a secret criminal agenda.
    • Evil Eye: Kids that pretend to possess some sort of supernatural abilities.
    • Subculture: Kids that do the opposite of whatever is mainstream at that point, resulting in become oddballs.
  • Ask any self-conscious woman about her childhood and you'll discover that almost all of them had a 'not-like-the-other-girls' phase. This is characterized by a female person desperately trying to do whatever is deemed not feminine. They tend to act quirky, edgy, silly and most often just straight-up weirdly. It is unclear why it is such a common phenomenon, though it used to be assumed girls did this during puberty to get the male approval once they started getting interested in dating guys. Yet it is also very plausible it has something to do with society berating behavior that is deemed feminine.


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