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  • Ferris Bueller from Ferris Bueller's Day Off is the epitome of this trope. His crazy monologues, though filled with nonsense, still manage to make perfect sense. He is never content with his and his friend's normal antics during their day off from school. In every instance he kicks up the antics a notch to the Crazy/Awesome level.
  • Tallahassee, from Zombieland. While Columbus is simply trying to survive, Tallahassee deals with his depression brought on by the apocalypse by eating Twinkies, which he can almost never find. And he is so awesome that sometimes he is forced to rely on improvised weapons. At the climax, he's using rollercoasters. Flashbacks reveal he was once a more easygoing guy until the zombies killed his three-year-old son. A deleted scene reveals his former job — a sign spinner.
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  • In Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane's first action after acquiring the New York Inquirer is move into the editor's office (quite literally, as his two offsiders move all his belongings in there), because "news happens twenty-four hours a day". Within a few years he became the sad fat man everyone remembers, but damned if young Kane isn't the closest 1940s drama heroes get to Crazy Awesome.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • If ever there was a museum dedicated to Crazy Awesome, one exhibit would have to be the remains of the mental ward in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as seen the morning after the party, as a testament to causative agent Randall P. McMurphy, virtually a god of the trope.
  • Ace Ventura. Textbook to a tee. By the same token, most any comedic Jim Carrey character, and some of the dramatic ones, too.
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  • Any character in Kung Pow! Enter the Fist, but in particular The Chosen One ("You killed my family, and I don't like that kind of thing!"), Master Tang ("Let your anger be as a monkey in a piñata, hiding with the candy, hoping the kids won't break through with the stick!") and Betty ("Ngggg!"). Also, The Cow. The movie's true Crazy Awesome moment is when the love interest tries to comfort Chosen One by, amongst other things, putting salt and mercury on his bloodied hands and lighting them on fire before asking him to rub it in her hair to which he replies "You just get stranger and stranger and stranger." The next days, his hands are somehow tough enough to remove the metal caps from the dummies he was practicing on and he declares "You have helped me reach the next level, and I was beginning to think you were just a sadistic psycho-bitch" to which she replies "Aiyaiyaiyaiyaiy"
  • Pick a Rajnikanth movie. Any Rajnikanth movie. He makes Chuck Norris look feeble.
  • This dance number/fight scene from Gamer. Seeing Michael C. Hall ham it up like that almost redeems the movie of wasting a perfectly good plot.
  • Sergeant Martin Riggs from Lethal Weapon. Any version. "We're back, we're bad, you're black, I'm mad."
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, book and film. How else to explain their massive tolerance for drugs, for starters?
    Gonzo: What are you doing? The airport's over there! [points to his left, across many parallel roads]
    Duke: Don't worry. I've never missed a plane yet. [does a ninety-degree turn and drives across desert terrain and about three lanes of traffic, crashes through the fence around the airport, dragging part of it with him, and pulls up beside the plane]
  • The new incarnation of James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009). He cheats The Kobayashi Maru, convinces his best friend to sneak him on board the Federation flagship whilst grounded for cheating said test, gets himself promoted to first officer, provokes Spock into abandoning his post as acting captain, and then throws approximately eight billion lives into the hands of one questionably sober but undeniably brilliant engineer. And then he saves Earth. And then he jumps from Cadet to Captain of that same Federation flagship within, at most, two years, meaning he is at least a half-decade younger than his TOS counterpart—who was also the youngest Captain in Starfleet history.
  • Staff Sergeant William James in The Hurt Locker. He keeps parts from bombs he's disarmed—but only from the ones that almost killed him. At one point, realizing how big the bomb he's trying to disarm is and that even with the disposal suit he would die if he screwed up, he takes it off (noting that "If I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die comfortable", and flipping off his superior officer when ordered to put it back on). With some of the stuff he pulled, if he weren't such a genius at the job, he...well, he'd be dead.
  • Cecil B. Demented: While every member of the Sprocket Holes, as well as Cecil himself, is this, the one who really takes the cake is Raven, one of about three of them who gets away from the cops alive, by hiding in the back of a hearse.
    Raven: Sorry, but Satan says you need more color!
  • Sir John from The Wolfman (2010) is a proper, English gentleman who's also a keen shot with a rifle, a keen liar/actor, and a great hunter as he is dressed in different furs and his home is decorated with different stuffed beasts is a testimony of this. He's completely INSANE and a werewolf to boot.
  • The A-Team: The whole team specializes in this, but special recognition goes to Howlin' Mad Murdock.
  • A Real Life example from a film is Andre Gregory playing himself in My Dinner with Andre. If he wasn't Crazy Awesome it might be just another boring dinner conversation.
  • Inglourious Basterds: Sgt. Hugo Stiglitz. The man took out thirteen Gestapo officers all by himself, but is pretty much Ax-Crazy.
  • Dr. Praetorius (Ernest Thessiger) from Bride of Frankenstein is a Camp Gay Mad Scientist who grows tiny people in jars, does not so much tinker in God's domain as wage open war against him, dreams of creating a race of monsters and interrupts his grave robbing to hold cozy picknics with Frankenstein's monster in the crypt. To put it another way, this is a Mad Scientist who scares Dr. Frankenstein.
  • Marvin Boggs in the film adaptation of Red is a combination of this and Properly Paranoid, Crazy-Prepared, and Crazy Survivalist. He accurately guessed a seemingly helpless woman was actually tailing them, and then later faced her down as she fired an RPG directly at him. He blew up the projectile in mid-air with a perfectly aimed bullet.
  • Secondhand Lions: "Near as I can figure, they were trying to fly the plane upside down through the barn."
  • Dolemite. In The Human Tornado alone, he makes threats in rhyming verse, shoots a car with a shotgun (causing it to explode for no reason), and then proceed to carjack his way to California from the other end of the US. Other moments include fight scenes wherein he just makes (literally) random grunts and other silly noises in an attempt to… intimidate?
  • Oddball in Kelly's Heroes is the craziest tank commander ever. Playing a catchy song on loudspeakers while his tanks wreak havoc.
  • The titular character (played by Johnny Depp) in Don Juan DeMarco is subject to a persistent identity delusion... which brings happiness to him and everybody in his vicinity. So does his condition really need to be cured?
  • Realistically used in Teachers, in which the most popular and effective history teacher in the school dresses up as historical characters for lectures and has students role-play key events of the past. It's eventually discovered that the guy isn't actually a teacher at all, but a mental patient prone to adopting the personas of those around him.
  • Boris "The Blade" Yurinov from Snatch. is a crazy Russian who just won't stay dead. Well, technically he will, you just have to kidnap him, throw him in the trunk of a car, crash the car, and SHOOT HIM NINE TIMES WITH A DESERT EAGLE .50 first. Also, he'll be cursing you out the whole time.
  • From 13 Assassins we have flaming, exploding bulls and a warrior named Kiga. Kiga is a bandit who fights men with swords with rocks. He even says fighting loads upon loads of samurai is boring and looks like he's drunk half the time! He gets impaled through the throat and his belly is cut the end of the film, he's perfectly fine. His response? "Oh, its no better than being injured by a wild boar." Eastern literature proficiency bonus: Read Journey to the West. Rewatch Thirteen Assassins.
  • John 'Bluto' Blutarsky from "National Lampoon's Animal House", speaking of Belushi - Wild Bill Kelso in '1941' also counts.
  • Ashley J. "Ash" Williams from the Evil Dead franchise is the living embodiment of this trope, and not just because he's played by Bruce Campbell. We are talking about a guy who arguably had the worst week of his life, what with having his friends, sister, and girlfriend demonically possessed, forcing him to kill them, and then, when he thinks he has managed to escape the nightmare, he still gets possessed by the evil force, and that's only day one! He still manages to continually throw off demonic influences (and cuts off his own hand with a chainsaw after it tried to kill him), survived another night that the new arrivals at the cabin didn't, and then proceeded to get sucked into the past to stop an army of the undead from conquering the world... Okay, so, yeah, he is the reason the army was raised in the first place, but he still managed to kick their collective ass with the help of his new buddies, some science text books and his redesigned car, The Deathcoaster.
  • Doc Brown in Back to the Future. He builds all manner of gadgets, including a time machine. Built out of a DeLorean because he wanted to do it with style. To get it up to the eighty eight miles an hour to time travel is almost as impossible as time travel. The idea to make it possible came after he hit his head on a toilet seat. He gets the plutonium needed for it to work by ripping off Libyan terrorists with a pinball machine. On its test he has himself and Marty stand right in the car's path believing the car would go through time rather than run them over. In the past he slides down an electric cable from the clock tower and electrocutes himself to get the time machine to work. When he is accidentally sent to the Old West he has Western Union deliver a letter to Marty at the exact time and place where the DeLorean malfunctioned, seventy years later. He built a giant Steam Punk machine to make ice cubes and a sniper rifle out of a telescope. And at the end after swearing off time travel he builds another time machine, built out of a flying locomotive, with his children Jules and Verne and his wife from a hundred years ago. That should do it.
  • Eugene Tackleberry of the Police Academy series. His solution to everything is to shoot at it. Little wonder he's one of the few characters who's been in every film.
  • Both Tonto and Silver from The Lone Ranger.
  • Kick-Ass: Hit Girl, Big Daddy, Frank D'Amico and Kick-Ass himself, for, you know, beating the living manshit out of people while wearing scuba gear.
  • Hannibal Chau from Pacific Rim. The man can survive getting eaten by baby kaiju!
  • Kruger from Elysium mixes this trope with Creepy Awesome. For instance, he prefers barbecuing chicken and ribs with his katana.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle: Neil Patrick Harris' drugged-out/sex-crazed version of himself was so memorable he had to return for the sequels Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay and A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas.
  • Quicksilver from X-Men: Days of Future Past is a kleptomaniac that relies on constantly being stimulated. It doesn't stop him from being one of the most effective characters in the entire movie. This is probably best shown during the escape from the Pentagon, when he spends much of the time goofing around with the security team instead of deflecting the bullets headed at the protagonists while using his super-speed.
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  • Roy Miller from Knight and Day definitely qualifies. Played by Tom Cruise obviously having the time of his life sending up Ethan Hunt, Roy gets on a plane knowing everybody on it is a trained agent after his ass, kills everyone on the plane, including the fucking pilots, while the only civilian on the plane is in the bathroom, then lands the plane himself. Later, he saves Cameron Diaz by landing on the windscreen, taking out all the government cars and mooks "escorting" her, and then kidnapping her himself when she tries to run away from this obviously absolutely batshit bastard. Don't worry, it gets even crazier from there.
  • In The Wolf of Wall Street, Mark Hanna is a broker and Evil Mentor who defines himself as a racketeer who runs on masturbation and cocaine, and then on top of it, he's played by Matthew McConaughey, who adds some of his own bizarre and memetic ways into the character, such as humming and chest thumping.
  • Dr. King Schultz, the secondary protagonist of Django Unchained, is a bounty hunter and mentor to the title character. This guy is fully capable of shooting a town sheriff (who is actually a wanted outlaw) in the streets in broad daylight, and not only escaping the hangman and the wrath of the townsfolk, but getting paid by the marshal in the bargain! And that's just one of his many feats of audacity.
  • Fool, the 13-year old protagonist from The People Under the Stairs. How many adults do you know who will stop an attack dog by touching an electrified doorknob and the dog at the same time, or blow up a house, while they're in it, and survive?
  • Of the many, many, many Crazy Awesome aspects of Mad Max: Fury Road, a standout element is the Doof Wagon, which is basically a stage on wheels with speakers galore, holding a team of six Taiko drummers in the back and a Warboy, the eponymous Doof Warrior, shredding on a flame-spewing electric guitar on the front. Not only is it completely fucking awesome on its own, it's also practical; Immortan Joe uses the music as a morale booster for his army, as well as a way to relay his orders, akin to Civil War era drummer boys.
  • Walter Sobchak from The Big Lebowski in one scene alone almost shoots a man in the face over a bowling rule.
    Walter: MARK IT ZERO!

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