"Wacky is filling your car's gas tank with 3-octane gasoline. Absurd is filling your car's gas tank with a ferret."
These tropes are here to screw with your mind. These are tropes about the absurd, dadaism, nonsense, non sequiturs, the surreal, and the bizarre.note
- Abstract Scale
To measure the immeasurable.
Life itself is the absurdity.
- Acid-Trip Dimension
A space-time rift that looks like an LSD trip.
- Ad Dissonance
An advertisement in a work is ironic or otherwise inappropriate to the action.
- Alien Geometries
Spatial arrangements that cannot be explained by the ordinary laws of physics.
- Appeal to Audacity
Something is declared true because nobody in their right mind would make up such a ridiculous story if it were false.
- Are You Pondering What I'm Pondering?
A non-sequitur answer when a more obvious solution is expected.
The lofty or serious juxtaposed with the ludicrous or commonplace.
- Big-Lipped Alligator Moment
A totally random event is inserted into a serious story, then never referred to again.
Buildings built in impossible or nonsensical ways.
- Bizarro Apocalypse
The apocalypse is strange and/or surreal.
- Bizarro Elements
Elemental Powers out of the ordinary.
- Bizarro Episode
A Big-Lipped Alligator Moment that takes up a whole episode, though the episode itself is internally consistent.
- Bizarro Fiction
Literary genre known for high weirdness, shock horror and gross and surreal narratives.
- Bizarro Universe
An Alternate Universe where everything is the opposite.
- Breathless Non Sequitur
A change in subject with no time to react to the previous topic. I'm on a horse.
The game's rules are whatever you feel like.
Completely tasteless, over-exaggerated, theatrical style, usually So Bad, It's Good.
- Chewbacca Defense
You pretend you can win the argument if you get the other guy to shut up by any means.
A strange and obscure place with strange people and customs.
A character who is just plain out there.
- Contemplating Your Hands
Fascination with hands while on drug trips.
- Collector of the Strange
Collecting the weirdest and most bizarre stuff possible.
Prepared for any and all situations.
- Cue the Flying Pigs
If something impossible is said to only happen if X will happen.
- Cutaway Gag
Non sequitur humor tossed in.
Confusing anti-art movement.
- Dada Ad
A strange and/or frightening ad that doesn't even make sense when the product is revealed.
- Dada Comics
Comics consisting of surreal, non-sequitur humor.
- Deranged Animation
It's animated and totally not made on drugs, we swear.
- Digging to China
Tunneling straight through molten core? Seems like a good idea.
- Disney Acid Sequence
A music sequence in a strait-laced film passes through a sudden Art Shift into Deranged Animation territory.
- Dream Land
A world comprised of dreams..
- Drop the Cow
Breaking a lull in the plot with a spontaneously silly event, a.k.a. a deliberate Big-Lipped Alligator Moment.
- Eerily Out-of-Place Object
An otherwise ordinary object made unsettling by being found somewhere impossible.
- Le Film Artistique
Indie True Art film that most people don't bother even trying to understand.
- The Freakshow
A show that involves people with odd physical deformities or features and people with strange or dangerous talents.
- Gainax Ending
A deliberately hyper-symbolic, surreal or nonsensical ending.
- Giant Foot of Stomping
A big foot comes out of nowhere and stomps someone to death.
- Giving Up on Logic
The situation has become so strange, surreal, or stupid that someone gives up trying to make sense of things.
- The Grotesque
A super-ugly/deformed character that induces fear, pity and curiosity in others.
- Grotesque Gallery
A group of creatures who appear ugly or gross, arranged in a way to unsettle even more.
- Happy Place
Troubled people curl up and go away in their heads to a place where everything is warm and fuzzy.<!—/index—>
- A hat... wait.
- Hitler Ate Sugar
Just because someone evil did something doesn't make that thing evil — but people treat it like it was.
- Implausible Deniability
A character consistently denies doing something, even despite incontrovertible evidence.
- Incomprehensible Entrance Exam
An exam to qualify for membership makes no sense to anyone except the examiners.
- Indecisive Medium
A work in a certain medium behaves as if it was in another medium.
- Insane Troll Logic
A line of rationale so illogical and demented that it defies attempts to rationally argue against it.
- Is It Always Like This?
A normal person wanders into a crazy place.
- It Runs on Nonsensoleum
A "scientific" device that runs on something impossible or nonsensical.
- Little People Are Surreal
Little people are used as part of a surreal scene, because they're relatively rare and unfamiliar in real life.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context
It doesn't. The Epileptic Trees remain epileptic unless you possess Fridge Brilliance.
- Mind Screw
Something that relies too heavily on symbolism/surrealism/absurdism/metaphors to be understood in a conventional matter and lacks a clear-cut explanation (on purpose).
- Museum of the Strange and Unusual
Find here what you can't find in any other museum.
- Mushroom Samba
Ingesting something hallucinogenic results in trippy visions.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant
An innocent character who constantly creeps out those around them.
- Non Sequitur
The conclusion doesn't follow from the premises.
- Non Sequitur Environment
A new area suddenly appears with no logical transition or source.
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*
Saying something random after being clobbered.
- Nonsense Classification
A classification that doesn't make any sense at all.
- Noodle Incident
An event in the past that's referenced but never explained. Usually Played for Laughs.
- "Not Making This Up" Disclaimer
This is/was real. Really.
- Oddball Doppelgänger
An unholy dead ringer of an often sane character.
- Our Monsters Are Weird
Monster may or not be terrifying, but is definitely surreal.
- Oxymoronic Being
Someone or something that is innately self-contradictory.
- Paradox Person
This person should not be possible to exist by the laws of the setting but somehow still does.
- Personal Dictionary
Changing the definition of a word to suit your purposes.
- Puff of Logic
When a convincing argument causes something to stop existing.
- Quirky Work
A work that audiences don't think makes much sense. There's no way someone could have come up with it unless they were high — oh wait, they did?
- Reality Is Out to Lunch
An area where the laws of physics or reality just stop applying.
- Refuge in Audacity
Do something outrageous enough and everyone will be too dumbfounded to interfere or punish you.
- Reminder of Impossibility
Tell somebody that they are unable to do what they are doing, and they will experience reality as they stop.
- Runs on Ignorance
For when things only work when you don't understand them.
- Saharan Shipwreck
A shipwreck is found in the Sahara. Isn't that weird?
- Scaled Up
Turning into something reptilian.
- Serial Escalation
A consistent escalation in whatever the heck a work is doing.
- "Shaggy Frog" Story
An anecdote or fable with the point that is has absolutely no point.
- Springtime for Hitler
There's nothing just as crazy as failing at failing.
- Still Fighting the Civil War
Some people just can't get over the fact that "their side" lost some conflict long ago.
- Success Through Insanity
A crazy character is more effective and/or awesome because of their craziness.
- Surreal Horror
It's scary and it makes no sense.
- Surreal Humor
Rule of Funny meets Dada.
Art movement which wanted to release the creative potential of the unconscious mind, by irrational juxtaposition of images, illogical scenes, dream logic or pure Mind Screw.
- Surreal Music Video
Mind Screw. Music video edition.
- Surreal Theme Tune
A theme tune with random lyrics that has little connection to the show.
- Testosterone Poisoning
Rated M for Manly exaggerated to absurd levels.
- Thought-Aversion Failure
Ordering someone to not think about something is impossible and inherently paradoxical.
- The Treachery of Images
This is an image. But it doesn't exist.
- Trippy Finale Syndrome
The grande finale takes place in some trippy and abstract realm.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible
Anyone can understand this tripe, it can't possibly be artistic!
- The Tyson Zone
Some celebrities allow their reputation to become so bizarre that any story about them is believable.
- Violation of Common Sense
Do something stupid enough, and you'll be rewarded.
A place where the laws of physics and logic no longer apply.
- Waking Non Sequitur
A strange outburst from someone whose mouth is awake and functioning a split second before their brain is.
- The Walrus Was Paul
The creator of a work outright admits it was deliberately made to confuse the audience and poke fun at their attempts to find meaning in it.
- Wave of Babies
A wave comprised of infants. What else?
- Weird Aside
A person mentions something utterly weird in passing as if it were quite normal.
- Weirdness Coupon
If someone is "weird", it's acceptable that they do things that normal people couldn't get away with.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?
A city or place about which the work gives conflicting clues where it is located.
- The Wonderland
An alternate world that is indistinguishable from dream reality.
- Word-Salad Horror
A random string of disturbing, ominous but ultimately meaningless phrases can indicate that something really creepy is going on.
- Word-Salad Humor
Take Inherently Funny Words and try and combine them to make a funny sentence.
- Word Salad Philosophy
"I believe in Meaningless Meaningful Words."
- World Gone Mad
Nothing makes sense in this place.
- World of Chaos
World Gone Mad doesn't begin to describe this place.
- World of Weirdness
A world where real-life elements co-exist with various fantastical elements and the weirdest stuff imaginable.