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Insane Troll Logic in western animation TV.

  • Rectangular Businessman 12 oz. Mouse returns after having been blown up in the pilot episode, with his explanation being that he's too rich to die.
  • The "Anime Talk Show'' segment on [adult swim] has Space Ghost somehow manage to blame Sharko for Quinn getting his mother pregnant with him.
    Space Ghost: Okay, so explain this now. Your human dad put his human penis in your shark mother's vagina. And you sat by and let this happen. Pathetic. You're a freak.
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  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode "Maternotron Knows Best", Maternotron reasons that the outside world is dangerous and Jimmy and Hugh are safer indoors because The American Civil War was held outside.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball is riddled with it.
    • In "The Picnic" Gumball reasons that, because everything (including food) is made up "circles with circles around them" (atoms), a rock is the same as a chicken nugget.
    • In "The Meddler" Gumball reasons that by joining the cheerleading squad, he'll impress Penny with his masculinity and outperform her in the competition to make her love him.
    • Every time Donut Sheriff walks into a crime scene, he looks at something disturbing, something else that looks dangerous, and at the only person conscious, concluding that they're the culprit and treating them with unreasonable hostility despite having no knowledge of anything or evidence.
      • In "The Spoon" he looks at a knocked out Darwin and Gumball, then Nicole, then a sausage and assumes she hurt them.
      • In "The Sock" he looks at Gumball and Darwin, then the filing cabinet, then a phone, and assumes they're responsible.
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    • In "The Spoon", Richard has to get a gift for Nicole's birthday, but can't because he has to watch the kids. So he decides to send his two sons Gumball and Darwin to get it since, as kids, they don't have to watch the kids. Anais responds by facepalming.
    • In "The Car", Mr. Robinson goes berserk over his new car that got destroyed accidentally by the Wattersons as a whole up to the point where he calls the police to arrest Gumball and Darwin for destroying his car. When Donut Sheriff refuses to do so without a warrant, Mr. Robinson states that he pays his taxes, which pays Donut Sheriff's salary, thus making Mr. Robinson Donut Sheriff's boss.
    • In "The Bet" when Principal Brown takes Gumball and Darwin to his office for using Bobert to mess with the school nurse, Gumball argues that what Principal Brown is doing is a violation of the First Amendment, to which Brown lets Gumball know that he's completely wrong.
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    • In "The Finale", the Watersons are sued and thrown in jail for the trail of carnage they left behind during all the season's antics. They try to invoke Status Quo Is God by maliciously leveling the entire town "So everyone forgets like they normally do". It doesn't work and the episode ends with the enraged citizens moving in to kill them. Though since this wasn't the end of the series, it apparently worked somehow.
    • "The Petals" has a great example when Gumball and Darwin try and find Leslie.
      Gumball: Hmmm...Petals. It's a clue!
      Darwin: What do you mean?
      Gumball: Think about it. What is petals? Flowers. What is made of flour? Bread. Who eats bread? Everyone. Apart from people who can't eat gluten. Who doesn't eat gluten? People on a made-up diet! What kind of people are usually on fad diets? Drama queens. Who are usually drama queens? Actors. And what do actors do in real life? They work as waiters in the food industry. And where do they lie about not working in the food industry? In their dressing rooms! [Darwin and Gumball open a nearby dressing room to find Leslie inside]
      Darwin: Huh. You were right!
      Gumball: You said that like it's a surprise.
    • In "The Father", when Richard and his kids are looking at the clouds (attempting to cheer up Richard after his dad leaves), one reminds the former of a Popsicle. This reminds him of his dad because...
      Richard: Popsicles are cold like the Arctic Ocean. And that's cold because it's got lots of icebergs in it. That's why it's dangerous for ships. Because icebergs sink ships. And what's the first thing to leave a sinking ship? A rat... [tears up]
    • In "The Factory", Gumball tries to justify exploring Nicole's place of work against her instructions on the grounds of returning important papers she dropped. Darwin is skeptical, but Gumball manages to win him over.
      Gumball: Darwin, all it takes for bad things to happen is for good people to do nothing.
      Darwin: I don't think we count as good people.
      Gumball: Then all it takes for good things to happen is for bad people to do something!
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • Master Shake uses this quite often throughout the series. One notable example is when he decided that the bus outside of the Aqua Teens' house was possessed by the ghost of Dracula. When Frylock disputes this by pointing out that it's 2:00 in the afternoon, Shake then claims that the bus is a "reverse vampire."
      Frylock (using his scanning device): The call is coming from inside that school bus!
      Shake: Inside the bus? It is the bus! The bus of the undead! Vampires!
      Frylock: I'm not detecting any vampiritic activity. Besides, it's 2 o' clock in the afternoon.
      Shake: It's... it's a reverse vampire! They crave the sun! Love it. They love to get tans.
      Frylock: Really? And where do they come from?
      Shake: Uh... Tansylvania?
      Frylock: Oh, no. No, no, no way in the world!
      Shake: See the wheels? Those are the markings.
      Frylock: Where do you get this stuff?
    • Other characters also rely on Insane Troll Logic, including Carl, Meatwad, the Mooninites, the Plutonians — even the Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From the Future. Basically, all of the main and recurring characters except for Frylock (and even he's not completely immune).
    • MC Pee Pants also deserves a special mention. In his first appearance as a giant spider wearing a diaper, he creates a rap CD that induces an intense desire in the listener to eat candy. After giving the listeners directions in the rap to an abandoned warehouse where they can supposedly get said candy, he lies in wait and then straps them into chairs in order to use their brain energy to power a giant drill. This is so that he can drill down into Hell and release demons to start a pyramid scheme involving diet pills. His subsequent plans in later episodes are just as insane...
    • His scheme to make a rap CD and then release it exclusively in Transylvania (Meatwad had to import a copy) so that a vampire fan would come to bite him and make him a vampire actually worked. But then he stepped out in the sunlight.
  • Archer:
    • Malory degenerates into this sometimes. For example:
      Archer: That wasn't her fault! Who puts Oxycontin in a Xanax bottle?
      Malory: People with servants! Idiot.
      Archer: But if they're stealing pills, how does it help to switch the labels?
      Malory: Because they can't read English!
      Archer: (laughing) Okay... I'm gonna go, and leave you to rethink that whole train of reasoning.
    • Or this gem in "Diversity Hire":
      Malory: Lana Kane, just because you're not the only black field agent...
      Lana: Hey! That's not...
      Malory: "Urban," whatever. You come in here and accuse Conway of...what, exactly?
      Lana: OK, I can't prove anything right now, but that's -
      Malory: ...but that didn't stop J. Edna Hoover from prosecuting Martin Luther King, now did it?
      Lana: What does that have to do with...wait, "J. Edna?"
      Malory: You never heard? That J. Edgar Hoover was this huge crossdressing chickenhawk?
      Lana: I had not.
      Malory: Well, that's exactly the kind of slanderous and unsubstantiated rumor that I will not tolerate at ISIS. Think about THAT while you're on suspension!
      Lana: While I'm on what?
      Malory: What are you, deaf and racist?
      Lana: I'm black!
      Malory: Oh, put it back in the deck.
    • Also in "Diversity Hire", Archer makes a rather surreal Converse Error when evaluating a Twofer Token Minority's cover story:
      Lana: But a non-circumcised Jewish guy... That's not weird to you?
      Archer: No, why would it? I mean, I'm not Jewish, and I am circumcised, so it can happen—
      Lana: That's not how it works!
  • American Dad!:
    • In the James Bond spoof "For Black Eyes Only", when Stan is told that Roger's character Tearjerker survived his fall into a volcano in the previous Bond episode, Bullock states that a volcano won't hurt you if you fall in "the right way".
    • This trope is the aspect of most episodes involving Stan as the main character. His logic when it comes to solving problems tends to be so convoluted it often makes him The Load whenever there's a crisis. The blender's not working? Stan puts a sharpening stone inside and turns it on. He thinks Steve is too old to be playing with toys? Stan takes him to Mexico to lose his virginity to a prostitute so Steve will become a man. The house has been flooded and a shark is inside? Stan lets a bear in thinking they're natural enemies. He feels liberals have ruined Christmas with political correctness? He'll go back in time and try to murder Jane Fonda.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • The villagers who tried Aang for his past life Kyoshi's involvement in the death of their great leadernote  used logic that failed so badly and was basically just, "We feel this way, so there." that the only way the episode could end was by them just getting over it (of course she actually was guilty, but that's neither here nor there).
    • Notably the entire justice system of the town is tailored to fit Insane Troll Logic, with the biggest issue for the Gaang being that the defendant may not submit evidence to prove their innocence, reducing the whole trial to they-say-I-say against a jury made entirely of people raised in the town that believe in the defendant's guilt. Notably when Aang is in jail, everyone in there is a perfectly reasonable person, suggesting the system really is just that messed up.
    • Sentencing was the job of a game of "Wheel of Fortune". At the end of the episode, there's a new festival, where they eat little Aangs made of raw dough to symbolize how they commuted sentencing (boiled in hot oil, in this case) in favor of convincing the Avatar to save their sorry skins. The settlement is proclaimed to have been the worst town they have ever been to.
  • In The Bear That Wasn't, a bear wakes up from hibernation to find a factory has been built over his cave. He is told by everyone he meets, from the foreman to the general manager all the way up to the company president, that he can't be a bear because bears aren't found in factories, but in zoos or circuses, and he must be "a silly man in a fur coat who needs a shave".
  • Beavis and Butt-Head are frequently prone to this. Given their complete idiocy though, it's practically a given. One hilarious example is in "Sexual Harassment" where they sue a girl for sexual harassment. They think she is harassing them because she gave them erections for being so hot.
  • In the Biker Mice from Mars two-part episode "The Reeking Reign of the Head Cheese", the defense Modo gives against the false claim that he, Vinnie, and Throttle held up a toy store during their trial is that a toy store is way too large for them to hold up.
  • Bojack Horseman: Todd often lapses into this when trying to figure something out. He generally arrives at the correct conclusion, even though he goes through an ADD free association exercise to get there.
  • Central Park:
    • In Season 1 "Hat Luncheon", When one of the Park League members demands to know from the city officials why they froze their contract. One of the city officials tries to flip it back at them by asking them why do they have a contract that got frozen and tells them it works both ways. The socialite points out that doesn't make sense.
    • In Season 1 "Live It Up Tonight", when Cole thinks Molly got bitten by a bat, he thinks being bitten by a bat makes you a vampire.
  • In the first episode of The Critic:
    Duke: Why the hell do you have to be so critical?
    Jay: I'm a critic.
    Duke: No, your job is to rate movies on a scale from good to excellent.
    Jay: What if I don't like them?
    Duke: That's what "good" is for.
  • Danger Mouse tries to keep him and Penfold from being eaten by an alligator as Penfold mistook the alligator's tongue as a carpet. DM saves them thusly using Bat Deduction:
    DM: Carpet, rug. Rug, wool. Wool, sheep. Sheep, wolf. Wolf, pack. Pack, case. Case, trunk, Trunk, elephant! And it's worth a try! (He does a Tarzan yell, which summons a pack of elephants on which he and Penfold hop a ride)
    • Penfold tries to use it as well in weaseling out of their mission in "Ee-Tea!," which has him and DM inside a teapot-shaped spaceship trying to learn who is behind the theft of all the world's tea.
    Penfold: Well, maybe that is the scout ship for a planet of intergalactic teabags...who have been driven off course by a storm in a teacup...and are going stir crazy for a pound of tea leaves...and if tea leaves, then so can I! (tries to walk off, but DM nabs him)
  • Ducktales 2017:
    • This is generally Launchpad's train of logic throughout, from believing anyone could be a mole monster, including himself, to trying to shove a whole a whole bag of golfballs down his gullet despite seeing firsthand what they're used for. Usually, his stupidity is played as just that, but whenever it comes to the plane, his insane troll logic actually turns out to be the correct logic, as Della saw firsthand when he was able to fix the Sunchaser/Cloudslayer with gum, give it extra power with a hamster in a hamster wheel, and manage to safely get everyone on the ground via crashing the plane.
    Launchpad: Everyone, relax: we're about to crash.
    Della: That actually is comforting...
    • This version of Steelbeak isn't that smart, so he makes some weird assumptions of Black Heron's plans. Even ones she already told him.
    (Black Heron turns two eggheads stupid with an intelli-ray. One starts chewing on a rubix cube it was originally working on)
    Steelbeak: Of course! With this, we will make Scrooge so hungry, he'll eat all the world's toys!
    • When these two idiots try to play a game of cards that neither of them know how to play but are too stubborn to ask the rules for, this trope playing out is inevitable.
    Steelbeak: (puts down two diamond cards) Go fish!
    Launchpad: (puts down two heart cards) Old maid!
    Steelbeak: (puts down one card with two diamonds) Crazy eights!
    (Tense zoom in on Launchpad, then Steelbeak, then an extremely confused Dewey)
    Launchpad: (confidently throws down all cards) Checkmate!
    Steelbeak: Grr! Well played.
    Dewey: It was?
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy
    • Eddy thinks that by acting like a jerk, the other kids would like him. Heck, even in his (made-up) story in "Once Upon An Ed," he acts rude to the kids and yet the kids still like him. How are you going to gain admirers and friends if you're constantly rude to people and constantly trick people out of their money?note 
    • In the episode "Your Ed Here", Eddy somehow believed that the things Kevin made him do to keep Kevin from revealing his middle name (which include dressing up like Jimmy, kissing Edd and acting like a seal) were less embarrassing than his middle name, "Skipper".
  • In an episode of The Fairly OddParents, Crocker thinks that Timmy loaned his fairy godparents to Tootie. He's right, but he's suspicious not because the entire town of Dimmsdale is celebrating her birthday, but because her cake has real buttercream icing. Come to think of it, the same could be said for a lot of situations that make Crocker think Timmy has fairies. Crocker once had an argument with Steven Hawking about basic addition, which ended up with Hawking proving that 2+2=5. From the end of the episode: "Hawking! I've done the math! Two plus two isn't five! It's SIX!!! SIIIIIX!!!"
  • Family Guy:
    • In "No Meals on Wheels" Peter proves that (in his words) "cripples aren't cool". His favorite actor, Mark Harmon, doesn't need a wheelchair. Mark Harmon is cool. Therefore people who need wheelchairs aren't cool and shouldn't be allowed in his restaurant.
    • Lois explaining to Chris in "Excellence in Broadcasting" that everything Fox News reports on is a lie. Even if it's true, it instantly becomes a lie if Fox News mentions it. Note that this is used to explain away the earlier revelation that Rush Limbaugh and Fred Savage were the same person, something Lois herself discovered and reported on for Fox.
    • In "New Kidney in Town", Peter tries making his own Red Bull, and uses mostly kerosene, reasoning that Red Bull and kerosene are both fuel, so kerosene equals Red Bull. When Brian points out the sheer insanity of this and the fact that the drink will probably kill Peter, Peter responds with "Brian, whatever kills me makes me stronger". Peter came to the conclusion that putting jet fuel in his pickup truck would make it fly.
    • In "Baby Not on Board" Lois, in a fit of rage, exclaims, "Sometimes I feel like I'm married to a child!". Peter replies that if she's married to a child, then she's a pedophile, and that he'll be damned if he'll stand there and be lectured by a pervert.
    • In "Screwed the Pooch" when Brian is fighting for custody of (what he thinks are) his puppies:
      Lawyer: Mr. Griffin, which of the following two phrases best describes Brian Griffin: Problem Drinker or African-American Haberdasher?
      Peter: Uh, do I-I guess problem drinker, but that's uh-
      Lawyer: Thank you. Now: Sexual deviant or magic picture that if you stare at it long enough, you see something?
      Peter: Well, sexual deviant, but that other one's not even, eh-
      Lawyer: Thank you.
    • "Who cares what you think, you're a dog. You can't see colors, which means you can't see the colors of the American flag. Commie."
    • A Running Gag in the series combines this with Paper-Thin Disguise in that a character (Peter and Mort) pretends to be something they're not (Peter pretending to be a cowboy astronaut to impress his high school classmates at a reunion, and Mort disguising himself as a Catholic Priest to get through Nazi Germany unhindered), and the disguise is blown all because some normally easily-removed article of clothing is...well, easily removed. (Peter's cowboy hat, and Mort's priest collar)
    • In "Road to Germany", Mort is exposed when a real priest walks up, and the Gestapo officer looks confused and says "What? TWO Priests?!" — as if there can't possibly be more than one priest in any one spot.
    • In "PTV", the FCC has a meeting over an incident where someone's genitals were exposed on live TV. One of the men in the meeting says they received twenty calls complaining about the event and goes on to say that one person equals a billion people. Therefore, twenty callers equals twenty billion people. This is ignoring the fact that the world doesn't even have that many people.
    • In "Not All Dogs Go to Heaven", Brian's argument for atheism basically amounts to "Meg is ugly and her family are jerks, therefore God doesn't exist".
    • In "Quagmire's Mom", Peter tries to proclaim Quagmire's innocence by claiming that he was born on February 29th and therefore, he's only 12 and therefore he was the one who was raped and not the underaged girl he slept with.
      Peter: Argo, Ben Affleck.
  • On The Flintstones episode "Little Bamm Bamm", Barney and Betty Rubble wish to adopt the eponymously-named baby that was found abandoned on their doorstep. But the State mandated that the baby go to the next couple in line waiting for a child. When the Rubbles fight for custody in court, the other couple hires famed lawyer Perry Masonry to represent them.
    Perry Masonry: Where were you on the night of January 7th?
    Barney: My memory fails me.
    Perry Masonry: Your memory fails you, eh? What if your memory when it was time for the baby to be fed? That little fellow could go hungry for days!
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • In one episode, Mr. Herriman is sending any friend he comes across to their rooms without supper in order to hide that he's relapsed on his carrot addiction. Wilt warns Eduardo to stay out of his way, and Eduardo deduces that he can't avoid Mr. Herriman unless he knows where he is. Fair enough, but then he reaches the conclusion that the only way to avoid Herriman is to follow him around.
    • In "Camp Keep A Good Mac Down" (where Bloo, Mac, Coco, Eduardo, Wilt, Mr. Herriman, and Madame Foster go camping):
      Mac: I need a break. Where's the trail mix?
      Bloo: I ate it.
      Mac: What!? Why?
      Bloo: Because we were walking on the trail. Where's the campsite mix?
    • One episode had Bloo trying to convince a grumpy old curmudgeon to give him his garbage:
      Bloo: I need your trash! (...) For the needy!
      Old Man Bitters: Why do the needy need my trash?
      Bloo: It's elementary school, my dear Watson! The needys need! It's their thing. Therefore, they must also need trash!
  • Futurama has its fair share.
    • From "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back":
      Morgan Proctor: Why isn't this jacket in alphabetical order?
      Leela: What?!
      Morgan: The zipper. It should be at the bottom.
    • And then there's this little saying:
      Fry: Thanks to denial, I'm immortal.
    • Farnsworth has a nefarious habit of this as well. Given that he's Fry's descended nephew, it makes sense. To him, having his crew being sent on tedious and life-threatening suicide missions is "good news (everyone!)". When they are finally given a break at the beginning of "The Sting" by not having to go on the very mission that killed the previous Planet Express crew, Farnsworth tells them "Bad news, everyone! You're not good enough to go on our next mission!"
    • The whole Waterfall family, implementing this with Hypocritical Humor. Free Waterfall, Sr. is this Up to Eleven:
      Waterfall Sr.: Now, now, no applause. Every time you clap your hands, you kill thousands of spores, which will someday form into nutritious fungus. Just show your appreciation with a mold-friendly thumbs-up.
      (Members of Penguins, Unlimited do so with awkward grins)
      Waterfall, Sr.: Please, hold your thumbs til the end.
    • Zap Brannigan can be so dumb, he even confuses himself with his troll logic. In "Brannigan, Begin Again", he accuses Leela of plotting to assassinate the Yarn People of Nylon 4 with giant novelty scissors, gloating that, "you made one mistake, rock, smashes scissors! But... paper covers rock... And scissors cuts paper...."
      Zapp: Kif, we have a conundrum! Search them for paper... and bring me a rock.
      Kif: Why?
    • In "Bendless Love", Bender suspects girlfriend Anglelyne of harboring feelings for her ex, Flexo, a bending model robot that looks almost exactly like Bender. Bender disguises himself as Flexo and seduces Anglelyne using some decidedly un-Flexo-like moves, then reveals the ruse and angrily accuses her of loving Flexo so much that she even loves "anyone pretending to be him." She replies that maybe she just loves Bender so much that she'll love him no matter who he's pretending to be.
      Bender: Oh, how I wish I could believe or understand that!
  • Used in the Goof Troop episode "Bringin' on the Rain". Pete intends to water his yard thoroughly in an attempt to win a gardening contest. PJ objects, because they're in a drought. Pete then claims that since we have oceans and "the human body is 98.6% water", there can't possibly be a drought. PJ is too exhausted to respond with anything other than a resigned "Whatever you say, Dad."
  • In one episode of Here Comes the Grump, Terry and Dawn visit a town where everyone has this trait. For example, a man is wearing oddly shaped shoes that allow him to walk forward or backward without turning around, and a woman has a diver's helmet on her head in case of rain.
  • Histeria!: What's the World's Oldest Woman's reasoning that the egg came before the chicken? Because you have eggs for breakfast and chicken for lunch, naturally.
  • In the I Am Weasel short "I Architect", Baboon and Weasel accidentally get their brains switched. Baboon-as-Weasel ends up ordering some construction workers to rebuild a skyscraper Weasel designed out of copper pipes, on learning that the plumbing in the building was guaranteed to last a lifetime, under the grounds "If water pipes last for lifetime, whole building made of water pipes last forever!"
  • A rare example from Jackie Chan Adventures:
    Dr. Necrosis: You are not what I expected, Agent Tag, although your disguise as a buffoon was most convincing.
    Jackie Chan: But I am not Agent Tag, I am Jackie Chan; a researcher!
    Dr. Necrosis: Of course if you were Agent Tag, you would deny it emphatically.
    Jackie: No, I would claim to be Agent Tag, assuming you would not believe me.
    Dr. Necrosis: But I would anticipate your assumption that I would not believe you!
    Jackie: I would foresee your anticipating my assumption of your not believing!
    Dr. Necrosis: But how could you predict that I wouldn't expect your forseeing my anticipation of your assuming of my not believing?! Ha! Answer me that!
    Dr. Necrosis: Precisely what I expected you to say... Agent Tag.
  • One episode of Jem has the main characters stuck on a deserted island. After Jerrica disappears (as she has to keep up her alter ego as Jem), Pizzazz believes that she went on top of the island with reporters as a publicity stunt. Stormer notes how illogical that is but Pizzazz doesn't buy it.
  • An episode of Johnny Bravo parodied the Batman (1966)-style logic with an Adam Westing Adam West, helping Johnny look for his missing mother.
    Adam West: (reading fortune cookie) "Your heart's afire"...hmm, that rhymes with "tarts on a wire", which in turn sounds like "carts for hire"...Billy, your Momma's at the golf course!
  • Kaeloo:
    • Stumpy reaches insane conclusions based on whatever he hears. For example, in one episode, he finds out that magic doesn't exist, and he decides that since he has heard the expression "Life is magical" several times, life must not exist.
    • In one episode, Mr. Cat says that he believes that women must stay in the kitchen and do housework. Kaeloo points out how backward his thought process is, and Mr. Cat says that he has no problem with gay couplesnote  and therefore he can't be thinking backward.
    • Stumpy tries to tan himself in Episode 45 by setting up a bunch of barbecue grills to accelerate global warming and make the planet hotter.
    • In the first episode, during a game of prison-ball, Mr. Cat sets up a basketball hoop to catch the ball in. Kaeloo says that it's cheating, and Mr. Cat explains why it isn't: The game is called "prison-ball", and "all prisoners play basketball".
    • In one episode, the main cast write a sitcom, and in the sitcom, the main characters are harboring an illegal immigrant from Mexico in their home. Their neighbor starts to suspect that they may be harboring a Mexican immigrant because... they had Mexican food for dinner one day.
  • Les Sisters: In the Camping Episode, Marie and Wendy are being attacked by swarms of mosquitoes. Marie picks up a fairy-themed handheld video game which she brought along with her, and the game says "lemongrass can repel trolls". Marie decides that if it works on trolls, it must also work on mosquitoes. As if that wasn't bad enough, there's no lemongrass around, but there is a bottle of orange juice. Since "lemongrass" starts with "lemon" and lemons and oranges look somewhat similar, Marie reasons that orange juice and lemongrass are the same thing.
  • Looney Tunes
    • In "Roughly Squeaking", mice Hubie and Bertie convince Claude the cat that he's actually a lion (and that the bulldog outside is a pelican). Hubie's logic; "A lion is a member of the cat family, so that means that a cat is a member of the lion family!"
    • After being pelted by a snowball, the villain of the episode ask Bugs Bunny how he can make snowballs in the summer. Bugs responds with, "It's too cold to make them in the winter".
  • In The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, Cap'n K'nuckles seems to function on a mixture of this and Know-Nothing Know-It-All. When Flapjack says "This candy tastes like horse poop, Cap'n!" (Flapjack is actually trying to eat a flower at the time), K'nuckles' immediate response is "Then horse poop must taste like candy!", and he starts looking for a big pile of it.
  • An episode of Metalocalypse has the members of Dethklok worried about upcoming medical tests. They decide to detox by drinking bleach.
    Nathan: Bleach is healthy. It's mostly water, and we're mostly water. Therefore, we are bleach.
  • The British adult animated series Monkey Dust featured a recurring character named the Paedofinder General, whose gimmick was that he'd accuse random people of being kiddy fiddlers for trivial reasons, put words in their mouth when they try to object to his accusations, and then kill them. One notable logical fallacy had him confront a woman who owned a photograph of herself holding her infant son while he's naked, responding to her confirmation of parentage by saying that her admittance to imprisoning a naked child in her stomach for nine months and forcing him backwards through her genitalia proves that she's a paedophile. Another occasion had him accuse a gay couple of being paedophiles and replying to one of the men's protests that his accusations are "nonsense" with "So, you freely admit you are the possessor of nonce sense"note .
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode "Muppets Not Included", there is a scene where Kermit and Animal are told to draw pictures and have celebrities from the past having to identify what is being drawn. When the thing to be drawn is a cow, no one is able to guess that Kermit has drawn a cow, while Edward G. Robinson gives the answer as cow in spite of Animal drawing a smiley face. Edward G. Robinson's reasoning was that smiley faces are drawn by happy children, children are happy when they drink milk and milk comes from cows.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In "Applebuck Season", a sleep-deprived Applejack uses this to justify all the ways she mishears Pinkie Pie's list of ingredients for the muffins they're making.
      Pinkie Pie: A cup of flour...
      Applejack: "A cup o' sour?" Well, lemons are sure sour...
    • In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Twilight initially dismisses Pinkie Pie's mysterious pinkie sense twitches that can predict the future as nonsensical coincidences, setting out to find out the explanation. After several ill-fated attempts, injuries, and surviving a Hydra at Froggy Bottom Bogg, Twilight throws in the towel on trying to figure out Pinkie sense:
      Twilight Sparkle: Ooh... I give up..
      Spike: Give what up, Twi?
      Twilight: The fight. I can't fight it anymore. I don't understand how, why, or what, but Pinkie Sense somehow... makes sense. I don't see how it does, but it just does. Just because I don't understand doesn't mean it's not true.
      Pinkie Pie: You mean, you believe?
      Twilight [defeatedly]: Yup, I guess I do.
      Pinkie: Oo-woo-oo-oo-oo, woo-oo-oo-oo-oh, woo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-ooh. Ooh! [gasp] That was it. That's the doozy.
      Twilight: What? What is?
      Pinkie: You believing. I never expected that to happen. That was the doozy, oh and oh, what a doozy of a doozy it was! La-la-la-la-la...
    • Twilight Sparkle, while normally logical and calculating, has fallen to this a few times, most notably when she's trying to impress Princess Celestia. In "Lesson Zero," Twilight is about to miss sending the princess her weekly letter. Twilight responds that if she misses one assignment, the princess will think Twilight is not taking her studies seriously, and give her a test. If Twilight fails the test, she'll be sent back a grade. But because of how much she failed, she'll be sent to magic kindergarten. Therefore, missing any assignment will cause Twilight to go back to kindergarten.
    • In "MMMystery on the Friendship Express", Pinkie Pie makes wild assumptions that the other three bakers were responsible for eating her cake, skipping the part where you give reasons to your conclusions entirely. Twilight quickly points out that each of her claims were ridiculous.
    • Rainbow Dash has had this on occasions. First when Rarity asked her how to make a dress, she wanted her to make it twenty percent cooler. Another instance we have her wanting to choose a pet, and she lists "coolness, awesomeness, and radicalness" as three different categories, and of course she never explains the difference.
    • In "Equestria Games", when the torch seemingly lights up on its own, Spike concludes he must have lit it with his mind.
    • The following exchange from "Friendship University" has shades of this:
    Neighsay: Ah, yes, how to teach friendship to creatures who will one day use it as a weapon against us.
    Twilight: How could they use friendship as a weapon?!
    Neighsay: You tell me, it's your book.
  • In My Little Pony Tales, Patch exhibits this in "Who's Responsible?":
    Patch: Anyone who makes schoolbooks can't be completely on the up-and-up.
    Sweetheart: What?! But I like school.
    Patch: See? They've even got you brainwashed.
  • This happens in the episode "Go Fish" from The Penguins of Madagascar. It all starts out fairly normally (considering the source) with King Julien and Skipper claiming that they somehow managed to out-think the other, when Skipper has this gem: "But what you didn't see coming is that I am actually you!" and he pulls off a penguin costume to reveal that he is Julien. Julien counters with "But if you are me, then by processing of elimination, I must be you!" and pulls off a costume to reveal that he's Skipper. The other characters are appropriately baffled by the exchange.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
    • Doofenshmirtz once created an -inator that turned eggs into dodo eggs because he believed dodos to be like dinosaursnote . His reason to sustain that belief was the fact both dodos and dinosaurs were extinct. Makes one wonder how the dodo ended up looking like a dodo instead of a dinosaur.
    • Professor Poofenplotz (who was rejected from the residential league of villains L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N. by a letter from Doofenshmirtz saying she isn't even close to their standards) tried stealing a vast supply of royal jelly so she could grow 40 times bigger, live 40 times longer, and be Queen of the World. All that the royal jelly did was immobilize her for long enough for Pinky the Chihuahua to ensnare her.
  • The Real Ghostbusters: In the episode "Citizen Ghost", Peter and Egon are repairing the ghost containment unit, checking to see if every part is stable before they go to bed. Peter's getting tired, so he says "Check" to everything without actually checking it. Egon notices Peter dozing off, and asks him to check the Transwarp Drive next. When Peter says he's checked it, Egon calls him out on it, saying they don't have a Transwarp Drive. Peter reasons it can't malfunction if it doesn't exist, and if it doesn't exist, then nothing's wrong.
    Egon: I'm not talking to you again for at least a week. It's not good for me.
    Peter: Hey don't make fun, this is how I got through college.
  • Regular Show In the episode "House rules" Mordecai and Rigby follow the 'No Rules Man' into a dimension where there are no rules, so anything is possible. When they find themselves getting lynched by the other occupants, Mordecai uses Benson's house rules to save them because apparently there's no rule against it.
    Mordecai: Yo! No Rules Guy! You do have at least one rule down here. You have a rule against rules.
    No Rules Man: There's no rule against rules.
    Mordecai: That's all I needed to hear.
  • In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Insomniac Ren", Ren comes to the conclusion that he's having difficulty sleeping because he's too smart to sleep, his reasoning being that Stimpy is an idiot and is already slumbering like a log.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Stage Fright, when Daphne asks Fred why there are monsters wherever they go, Fred reasons that it would be too much of a coincidence if it was only them, so therefore it happens to people all the time.
  • In Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo, Scrappy makes use of this to fit his beliefs that Scooby-Doo is the bravest, most heroic dog ever. In one case when he can't figure out how to make Scooby taking a detour to the kitchen into a monster fighting tactic, he draws the same conclusion anyway.
    Shaggy: Like I know the just the place [to look for clues]! The kitchen!
    Scooby: Rummy!
    Scrappy: Oh, I get it! No, wait, I don't get it! But I know Uncle Scooby always gets his monster! Ruff!
  • The Sheep in the Big City episode "Wish You Were Shear" begins with Sheep captured by a dogcatcher after he's bought a large bone he intends to give to his love interest Swanky the Poodle. The dogcatcher concludes that Sheep is a dog because he's carrying a bone and dogs love bones.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Sea Hawk manages a particularly absurd logic loop in "Boy's Night Out", after his plan to get himself, Bow and Swift Wind fake-kidnapped, itself far from a shining moment in the history of planning, goes wrong and they end up getting real-kidnapped instead.
    Sea Hawk: This was all a terrible idea. Why didn't anyone stop me?
    Swift Wind: Because you didn't tell us! WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL US?!
    Sea Hawk: If I told you, you would have stopped me!
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "The Monkey Suit", creationists seeking to ban the teaching of evolution succeed by getting a scientist to testify in court that evolution is a myth — a scientist with a degree in "Truthology" from "Christian Tech". It's a shot at "doctors" like Kent Hovind and Carl Baugh. Both of which got their doctorate degrees the old fashioned way, by buying them.
    • In an earlier episode, "Much Apu About Nothing", an isolated incident involving a bear wandering into Springfield is responded to by the creation of a multi-million dollar "Bear Patrol". When Homer states that the organization is stopping bears from coming into town, Lisa compares his logic to claiming that the ordinary rock she's holding is a potent tiger repellent, since there aren't any tigers around. Homer, naturally, offers to buy the rock.
    • Another funny example is in "Bart The Murderer", where Fat Tony "explains" to Bart how hijacking a truckload of cigarettes isn't wrong.
      Bart: Uh, say, are you guys crooks?
      Fat Tony: Bart, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?
      Bart: No.
      Fat Tony: Well, suppose you got a large starving family. Is it wrong to steal a truckload of bread to feed them?
      Bart: Uh uh.
      Fat Tony: And, what if your family don't like bread? They like... cigarettes?
      Bart: I guess that's okay.
      Fat Tony: Now, what if instead of giving them away, you sold them at a price that was practically giving them away. Would that be a crime, Bart?
      Bart: Hell, no.
    • "If God wanted us to be vegetarians, He wouldn't have made animals out of meat!"
    • In "And Maggie Makes Three" when Bart and Lisa are talking about what gender the new baby (Maggie) will turn out to be:
      Lisa: I hope it's a girl.
      Bart: You know nothing about genetics, Lis: it goes boy note , girl note , boy note , girl.
    • In "The Way We Was":
      Mrs. B.: This year's topic is `Resolved: The national speed limit should be lowered to 55 miles per hour.'!
      Homer: 55? That's ridiculous! Sure, it'll save a few lives, but millions will be late!
      • Earlier in the same episode:
        Barney: Hey, Homer, you're late for English!
        Homer: Pffft, English. Who needs that. I'm never going to England.
    • Yet another example comes from "The Great Money Caper". When Homer abandons Bart at the marina after an unfruitful attempt at street magic performance, passersby take pity on him and fill his magic hat with cash. Bart arrives back home later to an amazed Homer, who wonders if Bart could try it again:
      Homer: We could make a fortune!
      Bart: But wouldn't that make us con artists?
      Homer: Well, yeah, but... God conned me out of sixty-five hundred bucks in car repairs.
      Bart: So, in a way, we'd just be balancing out the universe.
      Homer: There you go! We'd be stealing from people we know! It's just like the seasons!
    • "But, Lisa, if we start conserving, the environmentalists win!"
    • During a snowstorm, Homer mocks Lisa's belief in global warming, and she says global warming can have this result. (This, by the way, is why 'climate change' is the preferred term now.)
      Homer: I see. So you’re saying warming makes it colder. Well, aren’t you the queen of crazy land! Everything’s the opposite of everything!
    • A flashback scene in "Homer the Great" showed that when Homer was a kid, the other kids in the neighborhood named their club the "No Homers Club" just so he couldn't join. But they let Homer Glumglitch join, claiming that "no Homers" meant plural; they could have one. (Kids Are Cruel and bad at grammar, it seems.)
    • In "Bart on the Road":
      Homer: Donut?
      Lisa: No thanks. Don't you have any fruit?
      Homer: This has purple stuff inside. Purple is a fruit.
    • In "Lard of the Dance" where Homer buys bacon to get its grease to sell:
      Bart: You're spending more money on bacon than you're getting for the grease.
      Homer: Yeah, but your mother pays for the bacon.
      Bart: Doesn't she get her money from you?
      Homer: And I get my money from grease. What's the problem?
    • In "The Mansion Family" the family are hired to watch Mr. Burns' house whilst he's away; Burns' rationale for choosing Homer for the job:
      Burns: Who's that fellow who always screws up and creates havoc?
      Smithers: Homer Simpson, sir? [He indicates a CCTV screen which shows Homer enter his workstation and begin sawing through the console for no apparent reason]
      Burns: Yes. The way I see it, he's due for a good performance!
      • And for a dose of Genius Bonus, it also succinctly points out the inherent insane troll logic in the so-called "Law of Averages".
    • In "Bart's Comet": After the comet fails to hit Springfield and burns up in the polluted atmosphere, Moe blames the observatory for the cause of the approaching comet. "Let's go burn down the observatory so this'll never happen again."
    • In "Bart Gets An Elephant" Homer considers selling Stampy the Elephant to an ivory dealer. He tells a worried Lisa that someone with lots of ivory is less likely to harm Stampy than one whose ivory supplies are low.
    • In "Homer at the Bat", Chief Wiggum arrests Steve Sax for every unsolved murder in New York solely on the basis that Steve Sax is a New Yorker.
  • South Park:
    • In "Child Abduction Is Not Funny", the South Park parents grow increasingly afraid of their children being kidnapped, to the point that when they learn that most children get abducted by one of their parents, they start fearing that THEY will abduct their children. Therefore, they send them away to live in the woods, and they join some Mongolians tearing down the wall the parents made the Chinese guy build.
    • In "The Mystery of the Urinal Deuce" Cartman uses this to blame Kyle for 9/11: 11 has two 1's, 1 + 1 = 2, if you add 9 and 2, you get 92 which is how much Kyle got on a spelling test shortly after 9/11. Therefore, Kyle planned 9/11.note  Most likely intended to parody The Number 23. The entire movie is composed of such calculations.
    • In "Dances With Smurfs" Cartman uses Glenn Beck's method of choosing a bunch of keywords, taking the first letter of each and using them to spell something out. Keywords he associates with Wendy are Integrated, Leftist, Liberal, Socialist, Modern, Utopian, Reformed, Farce and School. Therefore, Wendy Testaburger wants to KILL SMURFS. Which is extremely ironic once you remember that "SMURF" itself has been proposed to be an acronym for Soviet Men Under Red Father. So, in short, Wendy's a leftist for wanting to kill Communists!
    • In "Cancelled", there is a scientist who correctly determines what he should do in a given situation using association gone so far it delves straight into Insane Troll Logic. This is presumably inspired by heavily exaggerating the Eureka Moment Jeff Goldblum's character has in Independence Day and running with it.
    • In "Fatbeard", in order to convince Butters to run away to Somalia with him to become pirates Cartman reminded him how horrible his life in South Park was, namely how he was harassed and ridiculed in school daily... mostly by Cartman.
    • And of course, "Chef Aid":
      Johnnie Cochran: ...ladies and gentlemen of this supposed jury, I have one final thing I want you to consider. Ladies and gentlemen, this is Chewbacca. Chewbacca is a Wookiee from the planet Kashyyyk. But Chewbacca lives on the planet Endor. Now think about it; that does not make sense!
    • "A History Channel Thanksgiving" parodies the ITL of the aforementioned Ancient Aliens.
    • Cartman relies on drinking Mountain Dew in order to stay awake and not die of boredom during "I Should Never Have Gone Ziplining". This combined with his usual diet causes all kinds of bowel mishaps. When he resorts to drinking "Double Dew", a drink with twice the caffeine and sugar as regular Mountain Dew, Kyle points out the aforementioned harmful effects. Cartman points out that what he's drinking is actually Diet Double Dew, with only half the caffeine and sugar as regular Double Dew. Which, if you "dew the math", means he's drinking regular Mountain Dew.
    • "Goobacks": People from a Bad Future replacing everyone at their jobs because they work for pretty much no pay? Obviously, the logical choice of action is to start a protest wherein men publicly jump on a huge pile of testosterone and attempt to convince as many men as possible to become homosexual so as to destroy humanity's future and prevent the future immigrants from existing in the first place.
  • Space Ghost uses this more than a few times in Space Ghost Coast to Coast.
    • A particularly egregious example comes from "Live At The Filmore", where Space Ghost has to be bailed out of jail for dining and dashing, where he explains that he thought it was a good idea to inform his waiter that he was going to do so, and when the police were called he ordered more food with the reasoning that he'd "pay for the food he ate with the food he just ordered." He then reveals that he was carrying $1000 in his pants the whole time, but didn't want to reach down his pants in front of a female officer.
    • One time, Space Ghost was humiliated by a montage of his most embarrassing moments on the show, so he decided to blow up France because "Montage" is a French word.
  • The 1960s Spider-Man series had J. Jonah Jameson take his vendetta against Spider-Man to truly bizarre levels, such as insisting in one episode that the Green Goblin was actually Spidey wearing a different costume.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants. Where in the hell do we even begin?
    • Roughly 90% of all insane troll logic can probably be contributed to Patrick Star, the all around village idiot. SpongeBob occasionally falls into it as well, and while he is literally the only sane man in the show, Squidward will come up with some ITL just to counter SpongeBob and Patrick's.
    • Case in point, Patrick manages to come up with an entire study of life based on one extremely incorrect observation. It is known as Wumbology.
      Patrick: I see what the problem is. You have it set to "M" for Mini, when it should be set to "W" for Wumbo!
  • Stroker and Hoop played with this a lot, but most memorably with a cult of cannibals who's philosophy is "You are what you eat".
    Cultists: Eat a person, be a person...
    Stroker: So wait, your philosophy is you are what you eat, right?
    Cult Leader: Yes.
    Stroker: So, if I eat a hamburger, then I'm a hamburger, right?
    Cult Leader: Yes.
    Stroker: And then... if you eat me, you're hamburgers too, right?
    Cult Leader: …
  • Superfriends
    • As with the Batman examples above, the Super Friends' dealings with the Riddler when he joined the Legion of Doom involved this trope. In any of these situations, it's difficult to be sure which is worse: that the Riddler could come up with this nonsense or that the heroes could figure it out?
    • In another example, two of the Super Friends go back in time and get stuck there with no way to return. Aquaman, the genius that he is, walks to the exact location of where the Hall of Justice will be tens of thousands of years in the future. When he gets there, he takes out his communicator and turns on the homing beacon, then buries the communicator. Why? The communicator will appear in the future. Superman will be able to hear it and will know what it means, then go back in time to rescue them. Which would work if carbon dating had been invented and if the communicator (already shown to be nigh indestructible) had enough carbon to be dated successfully and enough battery to last all that time. When digging the foundation for the Hall of Justice, it would be found. A few time-hops (a few dozen probably to get the date right), and then young Supes would come up, ask when in time they wanted to go, and voila. It's bad when you can make these things work easily.
  • Transformers:
    • In The Transformers two-parter "Desertion of the Dinobots", the Transformers were low on Cybertonium and began to malfunction. Namely, Megatron blows his vocal components, and Starscream somehow believes this is a valid reason to supplant him as a leader!
      Megatron: It's the Autobllrrrrgh! THE AUMMLLLLBLLLRRRGHHHH!!!
      Starscream: Too bad! He's blown his vocal components! I guess that makes me the new leader!
    • In Beast Machines, this is the basis of Obsidian and Strika's My Master / Country Right Or Wrong attitude. Their loyalty is to Cybertron first and foremost, and according to them, whoever is ruling Cybertron is Cybertron, so they'll follow that person without question. Their fellow Vehicon Thrust eventually calls them on this:
      "If you're loyal to everybody, can you really be loyal to anybody?"
  • VeggieTales: Larry has some good examples of being impossible to counter.
    Larry: Eli says here that there's a bully in his school, and-
    Bob: A bully?
    Larry: Yeah, you know. A kid who's real mean to all the other kids?
    Bob: I-I know what a bully is, Larry.
    Larry: Then, why'd you ask?
    Bob: (Death Glare) ...Well, it's just that Caleb wrote about the same thing!
    Larry: Wow, that's one busy bully!
    Bob: It's not the same bully!
    Larry: ...How do you know?
    Bob: W-Well, I don't, but-
    Larry: But... you seem so certain.
    Bob: Well, I am certain!
    Larry: How do ya' know?
    Bob: Well, Larry! It's just highly improbable! Statistically speaking, that one bully is causing problems for two kids 500 miles apart! Y'know, sometimes, being certain of something... just means highly probably! Highly probable!
    Larry: Bob. Instead of talking about this, wouldn't it be a better idea to answer the question?
  • Wander over Yonder: In "The Little Guy", when Commander Peepers briefs the Watchdogs on capturing Wander and Sylvia, he tells them "And although technically we are the bad guys, these two are the real bad guys!"
  • On Wild Kratts episode "The Gecko Effect", Zach thinks he is smart enough to build a miniaturizer, so the one built by the Wild Kratts must belong to him.
  • Xiaolin Showdown:
    • In one episode, Omi found himself stuck in the past, so he went to where he knew Wuya's palace would be built, and actually froze himself using the Shen Gong Wu he had so that he could take a 5,000-year nap and be woken up in his own time, underneath the palace, after it had been built. (And the plan actually worked.) This is also an example of an Artistic License, and perhaps Cartoon Physics.
    • Near the end of the series, Omi decides to use a time travel Shen Gong Wu to go back in time and prevent Chase Young from turning evil. The problem: Omi's future self took said Wu with him to the future for safe keeping. Omi's solution: freeze him self with the same Wu as last time, hook up a Wu that shoots energy blasts to a timer set for fifty years, wake up, and get the time travel Wu from future!Omi. Naturally, this results in a Bad Future where Jack Spicer beats the monks and other villains, and rules the world unopposed. Lampshaded by future!Clay and future!Raimondo.


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