A machinima series created by Guitarmasterx7 (real name Lyle), of Brawlgasm and Master Chief fame, and Dexterboy 124, who is known for his Super Smash Bros. machinina series Peach's Slutty Adventure as well as Phoenix Wright: Bullshit Evolved, which premiered at the end of Sanity's first season. If you're reading this after the latter half of the 2010s and are wondering why Dex's voice sounds so familiar, it's because he now does a lot of voice-over work for "entertainment culture" websites and channels.
Sanity is unique in that it's one of the few machinima series that doesn't use just one game, but many others. The show also features animated segments, which usually appear in the middle or the end of an episode. These were animated by Guitarmaster for season 1, Spaz Kid for the season 1 finale and season 2, and Nevarky and Zeurel for season 3.
The animated segments star fictionalized versions of the show's creators Dexter and Lyle. For the sake of Fanservice, the segments also feature two female characters were created for the show known as Nina and Amanda. Nina is a blonde woman with massive breasts that lives with Dex and Lyle and debuted in season one. Amanda on the other hand is a brunette with a huge ass, is Dex's necrophiliac girlfriend, and debuted in season two.
The first season consisted of 13 episodes while the second season was finished after much hiatus with 14 episodes. Season 3 premiered on November 25th, 2012, with episodes premiering weekly until the finale on December 30th. Lyle announced his retirement in 2012; Immortal HD took over for him starting in the fourth season, which premiered on April 28, 2013.
Though season four never received a proper finale, a fifth season was announced on January 9, 2014. Premiering on January 12, 2014 and concluding on April 6, 2014, the fifth season was focused on game skits over animated skits. An animated special premiered on July 18, 2015.
The series would be put on hiatus for several years afterwards, during which Machinima would delete several seasons of the show from Website/YouTube along with large swaths of their archive, and then (alongside Machinima's entire catalogue, what with the company being dissolved and all) all of the show. Around the same time, Dex would reboot the series as a solo side project, retitled "Sanity Not Included: Dexified". He has all of the previous seasons saved at home, and promises to re-upload them at some point in the future.
This series includes examples of:
- All Love Is Unrequited: The "Sheep" skit has Amanda cheerfully and casually say "I love you" to Dex, only for Dex to get nervous stumble out an I "Uh" You, Too style response. The original idea for the skit, as revealed by Dex, would have consisted of Dex having sex with Amanda, and when she asks him immediately after climax if he loves her, his clear state of mind would cause him to mutter out a Little "No". The skit would progress from there, but was ultimately deemed to adult to get across on YouTube, so it was changed to him screwing Amanda while she dresses up as a sheep.
- Aren't You Going to Ravish Me?: In the season one finale, Psylocke thinks that Shuma-Gorath will molest her, simply because he is a tentacle monster.
- Art Shift: The animated segments have a marked increase in quality starting with the finale of season 1 and throughout season 2.
- Bag of Spilling: Made fun of in a machinima of the first level of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. Alucard shoots through the level until he meets Death, who takes away all his weapons.Death: 'sup bitch? Ever played Metroid Prime?Alucard: No-WHAT THE FUCK?! ASSHOLE!!Death: Later bitch!Alucard: Oh, this is what I do now? I punch things. Yeah, I think I'll just kill myself.Death: Have fun finding something to do it with!
- Bash Brothers: Lyle and Dexter can kick ninja ass.
- Berserk Button: DO NOT INTERRUPT ME WHEN I'M RECITING THE PART ABOUT THE HAIRY BUSH!!
- Lyle flies into a rage during an Assassin's Creed III sketch and gives the game a zero out of ten. All because Desmond's back is clipping through his backpack.
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: The very end of the first episode has a Machinima employee choose to upload "a hundred trillion shitty Modern Warfare 2 gameplay videos that nobody fucking cares about and should be on the other channel anyways" instead of Sanity Not Included. The employee's eyes then glow red after making making a stare similar to that of the Card [[Troll Crusher]] as Dissidia's rendering of One Winged Angel plays in the background.
- It's more of a joke about the Machinima community claiming to unsubscribe to the machinima channels when a YMMV video is uploaded.n
- Black Comedy
Dex: (to Nina, after she tries to protect a baby from getting killed) Couldn't stop us that time, could ya?Lyle: Yeah! FUCK THAT BABY! *He and Dex hi-five and walk away*
- Or at least "We might kill this baby but instead we're going to catapult it" comedy.
Husband: I love you, honey.Wife: (With a rope that has one side in her vagina, and another attached to a truck) THEN WHY DIDN'T YOU TAKE ME TO THE FUCKING HOSPITAL?!?!
- Taken Up to Eleven in a skit in the first episode of season 2
"YOU SUCK AND NOBODY WILL EVER LOVE YOU! There. If that doesn't get him down, nothing will."
- Lyle, when told to "get him down from there" in regards to someone preparing for a suicide.
- Brick Joke: At the end of the first season, after having taken down the nameless agent's Humongous Mecha, Nina asks if Dex and Lyle are up for a threesome, with the Queen of England popping up and suggesting a foursome instead. During the Christmas Teaser Trailer, all four are seen in bed together. Later still, at the end of the Season Two finale, Dex, Lyle, Nina, and Amanda are all grouped together, and the Queen of England says that it'll be a great fivesome.
- The Cameo: So far, there have been two occasions in which footage from A Strange Dream, starring Vivvav (a friend of Dex and Lyle's), has appeared in the series. Both cameos have involved Pokémon.
- The character of the warden, Raust Blackdragon, is based off a real person who the creators are...acquainted...with.
- Camp Gay: Raust Blackdragon, the warden of the prison.
- Fifty Shades of Gay shows him going out with Dex's ex girlfriend Fanny however.
- Can't You Read the Sign?: NO PETTING THE RECYCLING BIN!
- The Casanova: Solid Snake, apparently.Snake: Sup baby, Bumblefaggot.Woman: Oh God, I'm so turned on!
- Cleavage Window: Let's face it, any boob trope will be applied to Nina at some point, although she does avert it from time to time by wearing a shirt that completely covers her chest.
- Clothing Damage: In season 2, while trying to protect a baby, Nina's clothes are completely burned off. It would have been the perfect moment if not for the censor bar.
- Compensating for Something: Parodied in the very first episode.Yellow Spartan watching other Spartan walk toward small car: Hey! What are you doing driving that small car? Trying to compensate for something, BIG DICK?
- Complexity Addiction: Parodied in a Trauma Center sketch, where two doctors are treating a patient with a cold. One comes up with a ridiculous plan to shrink her partner down and inject him into the patient's bloodstream so he can destroy the cold virus from within. He simply suggests they give the patient some cough syrup, prompting her to ask if he's high.
- Continuity Cameo: The man in the Pikachu coat who was in Guitarmasterx 7's video "Morgan's Birthday Video Thing dot doubleyoo emm vee. This is so srs you guys." blows up a Spartan in episode 1.
- He was also featured in the video "Herpes: The Musical", which was uploaded by Lyle's alternate account "theloopholeistheahol". Another video that he used from that account in SNI was the "Disingenuous Assertions" video.
- Continuity Nod: During the INTERACTIVE CHOICE series, Link finds a hammer he can't control in the FIRE TEMPLE episode. He uses it again in the WATER TEMPLE.
- The Dead Can Dance: A skeleton dances so much The Necromancer who brought him back is paralyzed with frustration over the "stupid fucking bone dance".
- Equippable Ally/Grievous Harm with a Body: Dex uses the Queen of England as a spear in the Season 1 Finale.
- Fate Worse than Death: Hearing a reading from Raust's novel.
- Flat "What": Some viewers may experience this.
- Gainaxing: Nina and Amanda are almost always bouncing around with nary a care.
- Gag Boobs: Nina, as per Gainaxing above.
- Gag Dub: Of the first two minutes of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. See Bag of Spilling
- Hypocritical Humor: Squall often mocked Cloud's Ambiguously Gay status with Zack. And yet he's totally crazy with Kefka of all people.
- I Love the Dead: Dex mentions that his girlfriend Amanda has necrophilia. It's not until he tells this to Lyle that he realizes how messed up this is in midsentence.
- I Read It for the Articles: Inverted. People apparently watch the interactive choices because there are sexy pics of Nina and Amanda in suggestive poses at the end.
- Ink-Suit Actor: Parodied and inverted in the Q&A video. Meg, Nina's voice actress stuffs balloons in her shirt to make it seem like her boobs are as big as Nina's. Not that she's any less hot without them....
- Jerkass: Lyle, Dex, and several of the game characters.
- Evident when Lyle and Dex make Nina go onto X-Box Live just to see the Halo nerds yell and scream trying to impress her.
- Lame Excuse: The man who breaks into people's houses at night and smells their dicks wasn't their to smell someone's dick, he was there checking on the stove... it's a nice stove...
- Laser-Guided Karma: Two Sackboys steal a car, which immediately launches into the air, spinning around with them screaming inside.
- Meaningful Name: Lyle's last name is McDouchebag
- Ms Fan Service: Nina.
- And sometimes Amanda, if Nina's not there.
- Modesty Bedsheet: Nina's bedsheet is barely enough to cover her enormous breasts.Bill: Is it just me or... is this... slightly arousing? I... *zip* It's gotta be done.
- Once per Episode: An interactive skit where the viewer can choose the situation's outcome. And at least one animated segment featuring the creators.
- Pistol-Whipping: "I am meleeing its legs!"
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Lyle and Dex. It's even in the title sequence!
- Self-Deprecation: In a video by Guitarmasterx 7 announcing that episode 13 would be delayed.Spartan shoving medicine ball up his penis: Sanity Not Included is not a gay web show! It's the gay web show!
- There are often jokes about the creator's nationalities: One's British and the other is American.
- Shout-Out: To Death Note, when a group of characters fall down the stairs and die.Last to die: Damn you, Light Yagami...
- Shutting Up Now: See I Love the Dead above.
- Smoking Hot Sex: The waitress at the end of Season 2 Episode 12.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Season 1 Episode 3
- This Looks Like a Job for Aquaman: He's been forced to sell armor in the Watchtower. Because he sucks so much.
- The Undead: Apparently, a guy with a skull mask is scarier than an actual animate skeleton.
- The Worm That Walks: The season 2 finale' has, as it's Cold Opening first skit, a gunman who turns himself into a massive swarm of red spiders.
- Yes-Man: Dex will do anything Amanda asks him to.
- Your Cheating Heart: Season 2 Episode 12 rather heavily implies that Dex is still banging Nina on the side, despite being in a relationship with Amanda. The four of them are trying to figure out the Friends with Benefits situation between Lyle and Nina, and when Dex tries to defuse the argument, Nina snaps and says that it's "easy for [him] to say when he-", only to be cut off by Lyle quickly and preemptively covering her mouth. During this, Dex looks very nervous (and then relieved when Lyle cuts her off), and Amanda looks confused. Considering Amanda is heavily implied to RAPE CORPSES in her spare time, it kind of evens out.