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Bizarro Episode

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"Has there been some kind of chemical leak today? 'Cause right now, everyone's acting like total psychos."

Everything in the episode seems completely against continuity, the characters act like they're on tranquilizers, and nothing makes sense within the pre-established context. If the show has a continuity, this episode will probably never be mentioned again, save perhaps as a throwaway joke, and none of the likely wild events will ever be repeated.


When the finale of a series is this, it's a Gainax Ending. An episode that is an Out-of-Genre Experience usually qualifies as well. When The Movie is this or one spontaneous series of events irrelevant to any previously established continuity see Non-Serial Movie. A single event within an otherwise standard episode is a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment. All Just a Dream is a frequent justification. Compare Oddball in the Series, which is a bizarre installment within a Series Franchise.

Has nothing to do with Superman's reverse counterpart or the continuity which he inhabits. This is also distinct from a Wham Episode in that in a wham episode, the changes are story-related and/or root themselves into the overall series. This trope is mostly meant for one-offs; though a later episode continuing the theme of an earlier Bizarro Episode that is still otherwise out of place is a Sequel Episode to the earlier one. If an otherwise Bizarro Episode makes more sense in light of a later Wham Episode, then the former becomes Innocuously Important. A Paranormal Episode can be this.



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  • An unaired episode of Angel Beats! has most of the cast transform into crazed hyper-hams who seem impossibly over-the-top even compared to their normal hammy personalities. They continue to top each other and become more and more obnoxious and hyperactive throughout the episode, and eventually (though somewhat spontaneously) wear themselves out. And that's it. The episode was never broadcast, so, of course, none of the insanity that happens in it is ever brought up in other episode, even though it clearly takes place sometime in the middle of the main plot.
  • The Space Station arc of Assassination Classroom (chapter 150-153) is resolved 3 chapters later with a near Snap Back to normal for attempting assassination, with Karma and Nagisa having no trouble convincing the astronauts to do what they want despite the astronauts pointing out their threat of a bomb is worthless. Only one chapter is even spent on the space station.
  • Bleach:
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo has the episode in which Dengaku Man is launched up Bo-Bobo's rear end to form a Magical Girl, who then subdues her enemy by singing. It was so nice they did it twice, though with a picture book instead of singing. Also, there are meta-bizarros, when there are scenes that can be considered bizarre even within the context of the Bizarro episodes. For instance, during a pointless scene where Bo-bobo is riding a kiddy train ride at an amusement park, a giant baby bursts out of a tunnel, smacks some monkeys, and crawls away without ever being mentioned again.
  • Chou Kuse ni Narisou episode 12 is a Very Special Episode (or a parody of one) about discarded alligators, which left Viga confused when she reviewed the show for Idols of Anime:
    Viga: Is this a PSA for keeping alligators as pets? Was this ever a problem in Japan? What? There's a message about discarding idols as well? Old waifu pushed away for your new waifu? Remember, keep your idols spayed and neutered.
  • Even Code Geass gets in on the fun with Nunnally in Wonderland, which is interesting because it's a 30-minute OVA that stands on its own and because its characterization is consistent with the show's canon; something you really wouldn't expect in a Bizarro Episode.
  • In Cowboy Bebop:
    • One episode has some sort of alien Blob Monster that had come to life in the refrigerator attack all the crew and it initially appears to kill them (just incapacitating them briefly, instead). Lampshaded by Ed in the "Next Episode" preview on the English dub, which leads to a humorous exchange.
      Edward: And so, they all passed away, every one. It was a short series, but thanks for your support. That was the last episode. May they all rest in peace. Amen. [pause] And for the next series, we bring you Cowgirl Ed, Ed is the main character! [giggles]
      Spike: Hey! Wait a minute!
      Faye: What kinda selfish thing is that?!
      Jet: Next episode, Jupiter Jazz, Part One.
      Spike: There really is a next episode!
    • "Pierrot Le Fou" feels almost like a straight-up horror episode like the aforementioned zombie episode in Champloo.
  • D.Gray-Man has the Komuvitan D. arc, where the entire Black Order staff is turned into zombies by one of Komui's many defective inventions during the Science section's cleaning. It notably features Lenalee turning into a cat (sort of), Lavi and Kanda turned into kids, Bookman with rabbit ears, Timcampy getting hair, and a new Komulin robot who is a tad bit too sensitive and gets seduced by Allen. The conclusion is surprisingly moving though: the culprit was a ghost of one of the girls who died in the Black Order's forbidden experiments. And Komui remembers every one of these victims' names. It's sort of a Breather Episode, as it comes just after an arc where the Black Order was nearly wiped out by an Akuma invasion.
  • Darker Than Black manga (Jet Black Flower) has... Gate Kitchen Battle.
    The announcer: Which team will please the palate of Hei-san, the Voracious Masked King?
    Hei: How the hell did this happen?
    Mao: Beats me, Hei. This is The Gate, after all.
  • Den-noh Coil's beard episode. A sentient computer virus that manifests as facial hair appears on everyone's face. It Makes Sense in Context.
  • Episode 13 of Digimon Adventure 02, "The Call of Dagomon" (a.k.a. the "Dark Ocean" episode). A tribute to H. P. Lovecraft written by Chiaki Konaka and unusually high on horror elements that was occasionally referenced, but never fully explained. This turned out to be a case of Aborted Arc as the episode was supposed to start a Dagomon/Dark Ocean Arc that never came to be due to disputes between writers. The Dark Ocean only makes minor appearances and otherwise still doesn't majorly affect the plot.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Dragon Ball Z, probably the defining Shōnen action series, once had a filler episode devoted to Goku and Piccolo learning how to drive.
    • The movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn. It starts with one of King Enma's workers getting mutated into a giant reality warping baby, that talks like a Pokémon, traps Enma's palace in a barrier, which causes the dead to return to Earth, transforms the clouds into marbles and the blood pond into a giant jelly bean. Goku attempts to fight him while Paikuhan tries to free Enma, by INSULTING the barrier. Then Vegeta shows up, and he and Goku defeat this powerful demon that fights with Atari-esque special effects. All the while, Goten and Trunks have a cartoonish slapstick fight with Adolf Hitler and his army of tanks. Goku and Vegeta fuse as well. Ho Yay doesn't even describe it.
    • Dragon Ball Super has Episode 69, a crossover with Doctor Slump that is easily the strangest the franchise has ever gotten since its origins as a Gag Series. Arale provides a Curb-Stomp Battle to Vegeta, the earth randomly cracks in two, characters repeatedly break the fourth wall, and the main conflict is resolved by Bulma telling the people of earth to imagine the most delicious meal they could. Suffice to say, Dragon Ball fans who weren't familiar with Dr. Slump were left very, very confused. The episode manages to be bizarre enough that the following episode, a Baseball Episode that escalates into a brawl that threatens the entire universe, seemed tame in comparison.
  • Ergo Proxy: Episode 19 has Pino, in a dream, visiting a theme park called Smile Land, owned and run by a man called Will B. Goode, who also happens to be a proxy. The episode consists of Pino exploring the park along with a couple of its (presumably also AutoReiv) characters, and ultimately being convinced by Mr. Goode to avoid visiting the park when she, Re-l, and Vincent pass by it for real, since Goode doesn't want to fight but knows that Ergo Proxy will try to kill him. When Pino wakes up, she succeeds in steering Re-l and Vincent away from the park, which was never seen or heard from again.
  • The final episode of Excel Saga. Lampshaded at the very end when the creator of the manga shows up, ready to kill the director because of it. It's naturally intentional since the whole point was to make an episode that would get banned from airing by putting just about everything that can get it banned into it, right down to its run time being a minute too long.
  • The filler episodes in Fairy Tail.
    • The first is a series of short bonus stories from the manga (which are all a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment in their own rights) with the added story of a town of mages that accidentally cursed themselves to turn into monsters that the main characters all try to eat.
    • The second is a "Freaky Friday" Flip that ends up worse than unresolved — what started with just a few characters switching bodies ends with almost all of them switching bodies, and the ending explicitly states they will never be able to change back (though they somehow do between episodes). What makes this one even weirder is that it's mentioned again in a later episode; when Loki is revealed to be the celestial spirit Leo in disguise as a human, Natsu realizes that was why he felt so strange when he was in Loki's body, so one can't even claim discontinuity.
    • The third called "Fairy Tail of The Dead Meeeeeeen" is an odd take of on the Zombie Apocalypse with Ichiya making a "beautifying" perfume that spreads into the city and turns everyone who smells it into shambling Ichiya clones. Several typical zombie traits are replaced with Ichiya's quirks, such as moaning "meeeen" instead of "braaains", and infecting their victims by sniffing them instead of biting them. Natsu resolves the situation with a deodorizing spray. Ichiya is punished by the Magic Council and his perfume gets slapped with the forbidden magic lable.
  • The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist anime has "Warehouse 13". The men on Mustang's staff (note, men — Hawkeye was not involved; nor were Ed or Al) believe they have seen the haunted military warehouse 13 and are terrified to walk by the warehouses at night. Mustang is the only one who really stays in character, denouncing the warehouse as foolishness and going out at night with his men to prove to them that it doesn't exist. What really makes this a Bizarro Episode is the fact that four trained military professionals are suddenly freaking out about an urban legend. That episode consisted of two shorts. The other one was Havoc discovering the girl he had a crush on was dating Mustang, so Havoc tried dating Armstrong's sister. The episode was a Breather Episode meant to lighten the mood of fans, as the series was seriously hitting Cerebus Syndrome and would only get darker from on.
  • The second episode of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd Gig focuses on a one-off character, a pilot named Gino, who plans on assassinating one of his most recent clients. The whole episode is something of a Mind Screw, since it tends to flash in and out of Gino's fantasies about doing so. The only recurring characters who appear are Major and Batou, who only appear in rather minor roles that are, to add to the weirdness, totally different from who they are. At the end, it's revealed to be something of a sting to determine whether or not Gino would actually go through with the assassination. They just say he would never do it, the episode ends, and the whole thing is never mentioned again. The entire thing is a Whole Plot Reference to Taxi Driver and only tenuously linked to the main Individual Eleven plot, as they're also investigating to see if he's a member, something only revealed in the last minute of the episode.
  • Inazuma Eleven episode 100. Hiroto and Kogure get lost in the woods, and are challenged to a match by a pair of Kappas, no character development happens, no new techniques are learned, and it's only mentioned in a blink and you miss it scene during a flashback.
  • Episode 39 of Jewelpet Sunshine ditches almost the entire cast and its high school setting in favor of a road film plot set in an Arizona-esque landscape and starring two of the more childish characters in the series. And it ends with a failed alien abduction. Go figure. This is never heard from again, not even when Kanon goes Walking the Earth to find a clue to defeat the Dark Queen.
  • Kill la Kill is already bordering on a Widget Series, but the fourth episode closes the gap. The normally good animation becomes a lot sketchier, the plot isn't advanced in the slightest, the tone is a lot more overtly slapsticky, and it overall feels a lot closer in style and tone to Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt than the usual Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • The infamous "pie episode" of the Kirby anime. It follows the usual formula, but is centered entirely around the concept of throwing pie at people. Even the Monster of the Week throws pies, which taste so terrible that Kirby won't eat them. When it gets angry enough at everyone's disgust at its pies, it turns into a giant, floating stomach that tries to digest a few major characters. It's a very strange creature even by the show's standards, and it's never explained why Nightmare created it. Nightmare's creations usually either possess someone, ruin their life somehow, or skip straight to attacking (using things that are more intimidating than nasty food). Naturally, this episode has next to no relevance to the show's Myth Arc.
  • Kochikame has the episode in which a "hard boiled" detective shows up and completely changes the episode in order to make himself feel more hard boiled (eventually chief Ohara gets so upset over having the same scene repeated several times that he has Honda replace him). Needless to say, there's No Fourth Wall in this episode—he even gets to pop up during the On the Next segment (quite literally, too—Ryotsu has to force him out).
  • Episode 9 of KonoSuba A secret Succubus Club opens up in town, and the whole episode is all about women in lingerie feeling themselves up, nudity, and fanservice. It contributes nothing at all to the series, and succubi are never brought up or shown again. Normally the show is very light on ecchi and focuses equally on the characters. Darkness is supposed to be hyper perverted and Kazuma is basically a Chaste Hero who finds his comrades repugnant. In this episode Kazuma takes the sexual tension up to 11, Darkness is out of character, and the other two main protagonists are barely in focus.
  • Episode 16 of Little Witch Academia (2017), the one where the main trio go to Finland to visit Lotte's parents for the holidays, is much wackier than the others. They have to deal with a phenomenon that turns people into moss-covered statues, Akko finds a Yeti and helps him against some trolls (internet ones, not mythical ones) and later hallucinates Santa Claus among other things, Sucy is completely snark-free and poor Lotte has nothing to do even in what was supposed to be her spotlight episode. And even the search for the Seven Words is treated as something comical, with the sitcom-like ending showing that Akko learned nothing from her ordeal.
  • Thanks to its hectic production schedulenote , Lupin III's Red Jacket series had some episodes that were clearly thrown together at the last minute, featuring odd plots, stream-of-consciousness and gag heavy tones, and were usually Off-Model to boot. They're particularly common towards the end of the series, as many of the show's staff and animators were pulled away to work on The Castle of Cagliostro feature film. Among the more famous are the one where Lupin is accused of stealing a cat that eats pencil shavings, the one where Lupin can use chewing gum as a disguise and gets chased around by the U.S. Military, and the one where Lupin wants to take Fujiko to the moon so he gets a rocket that runs on popcorn. And there's plenty more where those came from...
  • Martian Successor Nadesico has episode 21, which unlike any other episode in the series is told in non-chronological order, partakes in psychoanalysis of the characters, and features several sequences in a surreal "memory room" where the characters observe each other's repressed memories as Mahjong tiles. In other words, it's the Quentin Tarantino episode.
  • Naruto:
    • The "prison escape" arc during the Part 1 filler: Two of the main villains are giant men shaped like giant Russian dolls (tiny at the top and wide at the bottom) and equally bottomless; their battle cry is "Food! Food! Food!", and Naruto plays hide-and-seek with them (?). Meanwhile, it turns out that the Big Bad of the day is none other than Mizuki, who is now fully Ax-Crazy and has an old grudge against Iruka. For some reason he has grown giant muscles over the previous year, so the previous Bishōnen now looks like one of those scary bodybuilders with a serious case of Testosterone Poisoning. And Orochimaru supplied him with a potion that turns him into a sort of tiger-thing. Pass the mind bleach, please.
    • Many of the one-episode fillers are bizarre. The first of these was the Hot Springs Episode 97, which is so different from Naruto in animation, story and style, it makes you wonder if you're watching the right show.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion:
    • "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win!" is an entire Hard-Work Montage episode featuring Shinji and Asuka's attempt to work together as a team to defeat an Angel, with hilarious but, ultimately, successful results. The whole episode parodies itself very heavily and breaks so sharply with the overall feel of the rest of the series that it deserves special mention, mostly because most of the show exists in a soul-draining state of depression, and this one episode practically turns the show into a lighthearted comedy.
    • The final two episodes. After a massive buildup, you'd expect a dramatic and conclusive finale, right? WRONG! Due to budget constraints and a Creator Breakdown, the show ends with a surreal, introspective dream sequence that became the Trope Namer for Gainax Ending. The story got back on the rails in time for The End of Evangelion, though. (Well, it was still mind screwy and controversial as hell, but at least it provided a conclusive ending.)
  • The G8 filler arc in One Piece, where the crew suddenly finds themselves landing right in the middle of an inescapable Marine base. There are almost no fights whatsoever, with the crew instead fleeing the Going Merry and infiltrating the base to try and find a way out, while matching wits with the base's Chessmaster Vice Admiral. Surprisingly, it's actually considered one of the, if not the, best filler arcs in the series (enough for Vice Admiral Jonathan to make a cameo at Marineford later on).
  • The final episode of Ookamikakushi was probably meant as a Slice of Life Distant Finale...featuring, among other things, Nemuru and Mana fangirling over a weird frog/rabbit character and Hiroshi crossdressing and getting hit on by gangsters.
  • The episode of Ouran High School Host Club wherein (young) Haruhi suddenly steps into a pastiche of Alice in Wonderland with characters from the show in all the major roles. Of course, this is really All Just a Dream, but surprisingly, the entire episode is not only entirely in continuity but it actually is important for developing several of the characters. Especially Haruhi's mom, who doesn't appear in person in any other episode. Because she's dead.
  • "The Hot Spring Planet, Tenrei", an episode of Outlaw Star. The rest of the series is a lighthearted Space Opera action show, but this episode briefly turns it into a Fanservice-laden slapstick comedy. While different in tone to the rest of the series, this episode is noteworthy for actually explaining the backstory of the caster shells, so it's not entirely pointless.
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: CHUCK TO THE FUTURE. Even in a comedy show with all kinds of weirdness and loose continuity, this is the strangest segment. Starting off as a fight between the two Team Pets, it ends up being a sequence of surreal (but well-animated) nonsense. And despite the title, none of them seem to involve time travel.
  • Pokémon has too many of these to count:
    • The first was the episode "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak". In this episode Ash and the crew get off a boat on a beach, Brock spots a mysterious girl and falls head-over-heels, but Ash and Misty miss her completely. Team Rocket gets off the same boat, and James suffers the same situation. They run into a strange old woman, who informs them of this condition, and the next day, both of them are kidnapped by the ghost. When they are found, they have become completely obsessed with the girl, and the old woman from the earlier scene explains that the girl is a spirit who wishes to steal their souls. The spirit turns out to be a Pokémon named Gastly, who defeats Ash's and Team Rocket's Pokémon by turning into their weaknesses (AKA: a mousetrap for Pikachu, a ball of yarn for Meowth, a fire extinguisher for Charmander, a real(!) mongoose for Ekans, and he combines an illusionary Venusaur and Blastoise to make a "Venustoise" for Squirtle and Bulbasaur). However, the sun rises and Gastly vanishes. Ash and co. and Team Rocket party for the night, and the episode is never mentioned again. The Gastly was also the old woman, actually working for the sake of the ''real'' Maiden, who stood watching at a cliff waiting for her lover to return from a voyage and promises to one day find her lost lover. And also to make some money on the side, but that's never really adequately explained either.
    • The one involving TIME TRAVEL! Brock, May, and Max lose Ash in the woods. Ash meets a cloaked woman in the middle of the woods who is singing a little song about Baltoy and treasure. She has an old book, but Ash doesn't pay it or her much attention at the time. Later, he meets a much younger girl who's searching for a treasure with (you guessed it) her Baltoy. She tells Ash she's searching for a treasure hidden somewhere in the woods, and opens a little book that talks about the treasure. It has a little song in it, which she starts singing. Ash interrupts and starts singing the rest, recognizing the song is the same one the woman was singing. The girl is surprised since the book only just came out. Ash explains about the woman and they eventually find her battling Team Rocket. They win and she takes them to a cave, where they fall down a hole in the floor, leading to a tunnel. As they reach the end of the tunnel, the woman takes off her cloak's hood, revealing herself to be an older version of the girl. She then explains that the giant stone tablet thing at the end of the cave is a time machine activated by a Baltoy. Then she goes back to the future. Then the girl leaves and Ash meets back up with his friends. AND ASH NEVER SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT THE TIME MACHINE!!!
    • May and Meowth had a Time Travel episode too. Only instead of a Stable Time Loop, they end up changing the course of history so that a guy doesn't die anymore and a town expands into a city. And instead of a time machine they get zapped by a magic locket. Because of love, or something. Anyway, neither May nor Meowth sees fit to tell anyone about the whole futzing about with time.
    • An episode involving a sadistic Togepi, a rocket, and Rayquaza. It's probably one of the funniest surreal episodes and needs to be seen to be believed. The episode also marks the first time Pikachu is referred to as male in the Japanese dub. This doesn't stop him from getting shipped with Piplup, especially considering what happened seven episodes later...
    • One episode has it all: Ash and James dressed up as eggplants, an old man attempting to sell souvenirs at every chance he can, Nurse May, Dancing Queen Jessie, a crossdressing Meowth and Wobbuffet, Wobbuffet's flute-playing skills, and to top it all off... A GIANT CLAYDOL. Even funnier is that the Claydol actually falls in love with and chases Wobbuffet!
    • One episode of X and Y has Ash and Pikachu taken through a mirror into a parallel universe with psychedelic colours and everyone's personality is opposite to the normal world. Mirror!Ash is a timid crybaby, Mirror!Clemont is an athletic wizard, Mirror!Serena is a loud-mouthed Jerk with a Heart of Gold (and has a Kansai Regional Accent in the Japanese dub), Mirror!Bonnie is prim and proper with no sign of her usual Little Miss Snarker attitude and Mirror!Team Rocket are servants of justice. It's revealed that if someone stays past sunset, they can never return to their original world. Normal!Team Rocket also turn up in the mirror world and are shown to not make it back before sunset, but show up in the next episode anyway with no explanation. The whole thing is never mentioned again.
    • Even the "Who's That Pokémon?" eyecatches had a few strange moments. In one episodenote , the WTP of the day was a one-off human character with a Verbal Tic, and in anothernote  it was Jessie in a Venomoth costume (the same one she stole earlier in the episode). Note that these oddities were only present in the Japanese version, with the dubbed versions instead showing Pidgeotto and Cubone respectively.
  • The Prince of Tennis:
    • The series has many of these, but the beach volleyball OVA episode takes the cake. The characters think they're on a volleyball team instead of a tennis team (in fact, the word "tennis" is censored even in-universe), Invincible Hero Ryoma is a horrible player, Inui gets his swim trunks pulled off, and let's not even mention the old coaches' punishment game...note that while this all adds up to a massive Bizarro Episode, it's also one of the funniest.
    • The chibi episodes also count. There will be random filler episodes every so often where the entire main cast becomes Super-Deformed and play out episodes that are weird even in the context of a weird show. Fuji and Oishi usually become women in these episodes.
  • Revolutionary Girl Utena: The "Cowbell" and "Nanami's Egg" episodes feel like this compared to the rest of the series, and trust us, that's saying something. However, because this is Revolutionary Girl Utena, even these episodes contain themes and ideas that help to explain the rest of the series. Not that you're likely to notice the first time in the middle of the giant WTF it induces.
  • Sailor Moon has Sailor Moon R's episode 67, a Beach Episode that features the main characters having an island vacation in which Chibiusa befriends a dinosaur and the main characters use their superpowers to save said dinosaurs from a volcano. Yea, that's right. The main characters fight a volcano to save a pair of dinosaurs. The show normally doesn't venture into such fantastical territory being acceptable, and the existence of living dinosaurs never comes up in the show again. It's generally considered one of the most pointless episodes of the entire show since absolutely nothing happens to progress the plot or flesh out the main characters. DiC never dubbed it into English and ADV Films left it off its English subbed DVD releases entirely, as it wasn't in the masters obtained from DiC (they initially claimed Toei Animation didn't give them the episode due to Naoko Takeuchi not liking it). Most people only complained that it made their DVD collections incomplete, as opposed to genuinely missing the episode. Viz eventually released the episode stateside as part of their dub of the series.
  • The zombie episode of Samurai Champloo, which has overtly supernatural elements that would be out of place in the rest of the series, and ends with the main characters either dead or undead. A very brief and light Lampshade Hanging later, and next episode, it's like none of this ever happened.
  • Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei is a Gag Series, but a few instances stand out. The first episode of the second series has its own Gag Sub with the characters speaking gibberish. There's the time that Harumi listens to an episode of ''Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei'' on the radio which can be heard indistinctly in the background, and most of all, the instance where Chiri becomes a German-spouting giantess with an unstoppable knife and fights off an alien invasion.
  • The ninth episode of Space Dandy involves two of the main characters landing on a planet composed of giant, intelligent plants, with vibrant, changing colors, that almost looks like they were on an acid trip.
  • Almost all of episode 7 of Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry, "Lavinia's Lovely Plot", is markedly different (and far more Fanservicey) from the dark tone of the series. Very little of what happens here is mentioned again, made especially jarring by the fact that Strain is only a thirteen-episode anime.
  • The original Tenchi Muyo! TV series made some waves at the time of its original broadcast by taking a couple of weeks off from the storyline to air a series of "alternate-universe" vignettes starring the main characters in very different settings (one of which actually spun off into its own franchise). Definitely the first time this trope had ever been used in anime, and possibly a first for Japanese television as a whole!
  • Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann turns bizarre in episode four: The heroes don't seem to have anything better to do than trying to get some food, Kamina almost kills Simon "to make him more manly", there is a lot of lecturing on how to combine as brotherly as possible and the animation suddenly drops in quality. The only thing relevant to the plot is Kittan and his sisters being introduced, wearing psychedelic costumes while riding cows backwards. The consumption of Boota's tail is instrumental in defeating this episode's enemy mecha, which is piloted by a bunch of pink puffballs that are supposedly beastmen but look nothing like any of the beastmen seen before or since (which are generally human-animal hybrids to varying degrees). Supposedly episode 4 was made as a jab at other anime that decrease in overall quality after the first few episodes, but it was still effed up.
  • Uta Koi's episode 6 "Uta Hen+". Despite the fact this anime starts off with some weird intros at times, this one is weirder than most and then spirals out of control on the weird scale. Best part? One of the characters points out the weirdness... and then proceeds to make it get even more hilariously and disturbingly weird. The next episode proceeds as normal.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • This show managed to get a bizarro season. Between the quarter-finals and the semi-finals of the Battle City tournament, they arrive on a submersible military base and have to fight the digitised minds of all previous high ranking officials of KaibaCorp in a mindscrewed reality, at the behest of Seto Kaiba's anime-exclusive Virtual Ghost half-brother, Noah. The season also introduced the Deck Master to the games, a process that makes no sense whatsoever (but what else is new). And to secure it as a total mindfreak, the digital mind of Kaiba's father tries to turn into a giant being of fire and eat their jet as it's leaving. Lampshaded when Kaiba says he never wants any of them to mention it again. And Tristan gets turned into a monkey. Lay off the crazy juice, Japanimators.
    • Then there's the "Abandoned Dorm" sub-arc in GX. While "investigated" several times in Seasons 1 and 4, answers about what it actually was were few and far between, and usually resulted in bizarre Shadow Duels that get hardly a mention afterward.
    • And finally, there's the "Crashtown" arc of 5D's. In the middle of a season-long arc of finding the Three Emperors of Ylliaster, let's intercut a Noah-like arc in the Wild West involving a former villain from Season 2, and put Yusei in a poncho. Needless to say, until the real season started getting hit with Wham after Wham, this was the point in which fans were starting to wonder whether the cast had used their Duel Runners to jump the shark.
    • Bizarro Episodes in Yu-Gi-Oh! go as far back as the original manga's 21st chapter. The story had just come off its first true Story Arc, which introduced the first Millennium Item wielder other than Yugi and set up a whole bunch of things that wouldn't pay off for years of real-time. The very next chapter is a lighthearted romp about Tamagotchi-style digital pets, and a bully who has his pets kill all his classmates' pets. This wouldn't be all that strange were it not for the strongly implied fact that the digital pets are alive, and even that would be only moderately strange were it not for the fact that not a single Shadow Game is played in this chapter; the Shadow Games have been repeatedly demonstrated to bring the pieces involved to life, but this is the one and only chapter in the series where sentient game pieces seem to exist without a Shadow Game.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel's Assistant Editor's Month was a traditional Fifth Week Event where the assistant editors created bizarre stories that would never be allowed otherwise. Sometimes they also included serious stories. Sometimes they WERE serious stories, thus becoming a Bizarro Episode inside a week of Bizarro Episodes.
  • Deadpool Vol 4 #20 Wakandian Vacation was a Breather Episode set after the bleak "The Good, the Bad, and, the Ugly" arc and is one of the strangest issues that Marvel has ever done. After being abandoned by Cable in 1960's Wakanda, Deadpool is soon tasked to find cosmic puzzle pieces by a Watcher and a Giant Pungeon Master Robot known as The Ruler of Earth (not the kind of ruler you think, he rules nothing) for seemingly no reason. This takes him to a few locations, including the Negative Zone. Along the way, he upsets Mangog, who chases him for the rest of the issue, Ben Grimm, Fin Fang Foom, and Odin. Oh, and he accidentally blows up the moon. Also, a baby Watcher poops, which Odin uses to power Asgard for the next 1000 years. All in all, the issue makes zero sense, especially to newer readers who may not get some of the references. So, basically a parody of the more weirder elements of the Silver Age.
  • Mr. Mxyzptlk was basically an Excuse Plot device to put Superman in bizarre situations, especially since Mxy's returning was a Reset Button putting everything back the way it was.
  • Knights of the Dinner Table: The strip "Heroes on the Town" shows us a world where Bob, Dave, and Brian fully roleplay their characters, treat NPCs with respect, and are generous to a fault. In short, they live up to a lawful good alignment instead of just paying it their usual lip-service. Sara's behavior remains unchanged from canon universe. It can be quite bizarre to any reader used to their normal behaviors. At the end it's shown to be a wish-fulfillment dream of the DM's.
  • The Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics)/Image Comics crossover special. Chronologically meant to take place between the Return of the King special and issue #57 in the Sonic timeline, it has Particle steal the Master Emerald and bringing it to Dr. Ian Droid, so Sonic, Knuckles, and the Freedom Fighters travel to the Image Comics Earth to reclaim it, and end up joining forces with the Image Heroes. In the end, Knuckles ends up wishing for everything to be restored to the way it was before, and afterwards, all but Particle and Shadowhawk forget the whole thing ever happened. Dr. Droid was supposed to make a return appearance in a later miniseries, as the threat Knuckles was prophesied to defeat. Thanks to Executive Meddling, though, that plot was dropped and the miniseries got turned into the infamous "Mobius: 25 Years Later" arc.
  • Like the above example, almost every intercompany crossover is a Bizarro Episode. They remain popular because of the potential for an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny, and if nothing else, there's always the hope that fans of one character will read the crossover and decide they like the other character as well and start reading that — basically, companies trying to cross-pollinate their fandom. However, for legal reasons these crossovers very rarely have any impact on ongoing continuity (although it happens occasionally), and works set in different universes tend to have different assumptions and physical laws, in particular about Power Levels. Most intercompany superhero crossovers have involved characters casually running into each other even though if they existed in the same universe they really should have had plenty of encounters before now or something, and afterwards are never mentioned again in-story unless there's another crossover.
  • Robin: Has an odd bit where Killer Moth starts asexually reproducing and fills an abandoned YMCA with tiny rude versions of himself that try to eat each other and grow to adulthood in about a week, and start running about Gotham nude attacking people when they're big enough to get out of the pool. This new power of Walker's was never mentioned or used again.
  • Issue 34 of the first incarnation of Marvel Comics' What If? consisted of nothing but humorous takes on the Marvel Universe and its characters (a good number of them one-panel stories, even), culminating with "What Will Happen When Stan Lee Reads This Issue?" He fires the entire staff. 'Nuff said. Issue 34 of the revived series did it again, although without the epilogue.
  • X-Men:
    • Uncanny X-Men #153, the classic "Kitty's Fairy Tale", in which Kitty regaled young Illyana Rasputin with a made-up Fairy Tale casting herself and Colossus as heroic pirates, and other members of the X-Men as their allies to rescue the Phoenix Genie. Some see this issue as a coda to the Claremont/Byrne era, as it shows Kitty fully assimilating with the team to the point where she can gently rib her teammates for their peccadilloes (as the story progresses the rest of the X-Men listen in and enjoy a good laugh), and even give the Scott and Jean in her story the happy ending which they were denied, making it an in-universe Breather Episode.
    • Issue #44 took place during a story arc where the team battled the Brotherhood of Evil and had a Crossover with The Avengers. However, this specific issue instead featured a largely unrelated plot where Angel battled Red Raven, a forgotten Golden Age hero. The story then veered off into a subplot about Red Raven having to prevent the return of the Winged Humanoids who raised him, before Angel ultimately left to continue his search for the Avengers. The only real explanation is that Roy Thomas, a well known Golden Age fan, wanted to feature one of his boyhood heroes in one of the books he was writing.
  • The Tintin story Flight 714 starts out normal enough for an adventure of that franchise: Tintin and company are kidnapped by Rastapopulus's henchmen, who later keep them prisoners on a tiny island somewhere in Indonesia. But it soon becomes clear that something weird is going on, and it turns out that aliens have been coming to the island for millennia. And yeah, everybody except for Snowy (Tintin's dog) are forced to forget all about the adventure due to Laser-Guided Amnesia. Even compared to other "Tintin" stories, which acknowledge the existence of things like Voodoo magic or the Yeti, this is generally considered to be the odd one out.
  • The Asterix story Asterix and the Falling Sky has two kinds of aliens (an Expy of Mickey Mouse and his Superman Expy bodyguards versus Manga-like insectoids and robots) suddenly turn up in Ancient Gaul to fight over the right to get the magic potion. And it all of course ends with the "good" aliens erasing everybody's memory of the whole episode. Even within a franchise, where there is plenty of magic and several other fantasy elements, this is generally seen as the weirdest "Astérix" story of them all.
  • Garfield was always a commercially-friendly strip, that clearly knew what its remit was, and wasn't going to confuse its audience by going beyond that. Which makes the one time that it *did* all the more incongruous. In 1989, a multi-strip storyline saw Garfield alone in his apparently long-abandoned house. [1] What really makes this strange is that it doesn't use this as a setup to a humorous or "safe" conclusion (as happened during a similar storyline elsewhere), but instead leads to a strange metaphysical/psychological horror ending where it turns out Garfield himself no longer exists and "wills" Jon and Odie back into "existence" through the power of denial, or madness. And that's it, no further explanation. Apparently Jim Davis intended this as a Halloween special, and the strip mirrors the 1976 Italian animation Allegro Non Troppo. Still the most unusual Garfield strip that has ever appeared.
  • One issue of the Grant Morrison Doom Patrol featured a Lee/Kirby styled version of DC's most prominent magical characters at the time. It turned out to be All Just a Dream of one of the characters, a sentient street named Danny. Doom Patrol is essentially this for The DCU in general, and considering it exists in the same universe as aliens, gods, sorcerers, and Ambush Bug, that's really saying something. The franchise is often a vehicle for surreal, high-concept ideas, especially under the pen of the aforementioned Grant Morrison.
  • Every year at Kwanzaa, Curtis runs a two-week-long Story Arc that involves new, made-up characters doing absolutely ridiculous things that resemble African folktales, with little concern for anything other than being awesomely over-the-top, often toeing the line between Rule of Cool and an outright Mind Screw. Past arcs have included a golden, telepathic otter and a magic sandal and bat-winged bears, among others. Consensus among fans (or at least among The Comics Curmudgeon and his followers) is that these are among his best works; he even considers the otter "still the gold standard."
  • For the German Club Nintendo comics, Super Mario in Die Nacht des Grauens (Super Mario in the Night of Horror) was this. Okay, the series was already bordering on the bizarre to begin with, but most others at least have something to do with the source material. This one? Had Mario as Van Helsing leading Link and Kirby through an adventure in their now possessed tower home to defeat Wario and Abigor, the latter of which was a demon from hell. It also features a zombie Princess Peach, Jason Voorhees, Chucky and Leatherface as characters and an absolute ton of other things from horror films.
  • Issue 8 of Superboy (New 52). It's an entire issue of Superboy fighting Grunge of Gen¹³, who in the new universe is a Ravager. There was no build up to this issue, has no bearing on the series proper, it's just Superboy and Grunge fighting as Grunge talks about the qualifications of being a Ravager, and it is never mentioned again.
  • Dilbert has had a few, such as the time Alice killed the Pointy Haired Boss then ripped another PHB out of a parallel reality to replace him, or the time Scott Adams himself got stuck in the strip, which lead to a parody of The Wizard of Oz.
  • The "Rock Zombies" arc of Runaways features Chase's new boss, a radio shock-jock, attempting to take over Los Angeles with a cursed song that turns anyone who listens to it (and who has undergone plastic surgery) into a zombie. Out of Character moments abound (like Karolina apparently being over Xavin, Klara becoming a gamer girl, and the Staff of One eating someone), the Big Bad just disappears without any real comeuppance, the zombie spell is reversed off-panel, and none of the events of the arc are ever mentioned again. (Granted, this is the penultimate story arc before the series was cancelled.)
  • Both issues of the Supergirl — Matrix Convergence tie-in, which are written by Keith Giffen, notorious for writing satirical stories about the DC Comics staff, current status quo, and characters.
  • Issue 43 of Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, which diverges from the book's typical space adventures to depict a Community-esque genre homage of sitcom. The characters spend most of the issue in their human holomatter disguises and the tech is even more scientifically soft than the anything else in the comic. However it averts the "never mentioned again" symptom thanks to James Roberts' insistence on avoiding filler no matter what; the issue, despite its strangeness, actually develops the plot a bit, furthering Swerve's character development and setting up the Agent 113 subplot.
    • The Christmas Special at first seems to be purely non-canon nonsense; it features a Dr. Seuss-esque rhyming story about Starscream inventing a new holiday done in a cartoony art style. The main feature is a bizarre pastiche of Christmas tropes where for reasons that totally make sense the crew must decorate a large conical green thing with baubles, string up lights, wear paper crowns, and spend the evening nestled snug in their B.E.D.s. It's implied that some of this is because Brainstorm invented a "contrivance engine". And yet, it's actually canon; the swarm of scraplets that Whirl befriends shows up again in the series finale.
  • Marville is already a bizarre comic in general, but 3 of its 7 issues stand out as especially bizarre:
    • Issue 3 isn't a case because of what happens in the story (the main cast meets god - or at least, someone named Jack who claims to be god), but rather, what happens in the book itself - with the exceptions of the panel descriptions and a thought balloon from a fish, all the text is printed onto the panels without dialogue boxes. Reportedly, the reason for this was low budget.
    • Issue 6 is a Recap Issue - that in of itself might not seem weird, until you consider that it's the last issue of the series. Well, technically it's the last, because there's still..
    • Issue 7, which not only doesn't feature any of the cast of Marville, but rather, is a submission guide to Marvel's Epic Comics imprint.
  • Archie Meets The Punisher, if only because of its ludicrous premise. The weirdest thing about it? It's actually considered to be good.

    Fan Works 

    Film — Live-Action 
  • The spy parody Casino Royale (1967). Many things in the film are never mentioned again once they happen. It is all completely over the top even for psychedelic sixties spy flicks. Many scenes could be removed from the film with little or no damage to the plot. There are even some scenes that when seen together have absolutely nothing to do with each other. But somehow it fits together as a whole. You can blame this completely on the film's fascinating Troubled Production. Those five directors listed in the credits? None had any contact with each other, and none were working with a complete script. Plus, Peter Sellers was originally supposed to be the star, but either quit or was fired depending on who you believe, prior to filming several important scenes, so the film was awkwardly retooled to center around David Niven instead.
  • Halloween III: Season of the Witch has nothing to do with Michael Myers and instead has a plot that involves a mind-control conspiracy. What, you want continuity? Forget it. Not only does the film make no sense on its own, it is a stand-alone film with no connection to any of the other Halloween movies at all. Originally the idea behind the Halloween movies was they'd have nothing in common except taking place on Halloween. The problem was the first one did too well and Michael Myers became too much of an icon to make the other movies without him. Halloween III was an attempt to revive their original plans and was so poorly received it killed all possibility of making any other movies not centering around Mr. Myers.
  • Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 involved things like a Straw Feminist Religion of Evil and Big Creepy-Crawlies, among other bits of Mind Screw. The previous films were about serial killers prone to dressing up like Santa Claus.
  • Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday takes the franchise in a very different direction, with Jason less as an undead serial killer but as a demonic worm who can Body Surf. Future installments tend to act like it never happened. It says something that the comedic one with the Alice Cooper soundtrack, the crossover with Freddy, the one with the telekinetic girl, and the future one where Jason becomes a cyborg, all fit better in the series lore than part IX.
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy's Revenge has few thematic elements in common with the rest of the series, going for a Demonic Possession angle over the "dream killer" story of its predecessor. The original and the later sequels work as one continuous storyline, but the events of this one are largely forgotten.
  • Slumber Party Massacre II, which is a musical full of Mind Screw where the psycho is a ghostly rockabilly who kills people with a drill attached to an electric guitar. The previous film was comedic, but not as random as this one, while the proceeding one was completely serious, and the villains of both of those were just crazy, non-supernatural guys.
  • Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is this for the whole Star Trek canon. Many of the rules and conventions of the setting are ignored, the entire premise feels totally out of place ("the Enterprise crew tries to find God!"), it has no impact on the ongoing plot of the films, and the events are never mentioned again. Removing it from continuity entirely would have no effect on anything else in the franchise. It's been noted as feeling a lot like William Shatner wrote his own original sci-fi story, then simply changed the names to Trek characters.
  • In the context of Star Wars, The Star Wars Holiday Special is essentially a string of bizarro episodes. It involves a Wookiee family watching a cooking show, some sort of strange Wookiee porn, a sci-fi action scene in cartoon form, a Wookiee watching an instructional video on how to assemble a transmitter (every step of which is shown to the audience), and Bea Arthur as a singing bartender on Tatooine. The only thing from it that's ever seen or referenced again is Boba Fett, and he only appears in the cartoon the Wookiees are watching.
  • That The Movie of Tank Girl would end up as one of these was guaranteed the minute they decided to cast Ice-T as an anthropomorphic kangaroo.
  • Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, where Leatherface is now an effeminate Creepy Crossdresser whose new family (which includes a guy with a bionic leg) are employed by a government group or cult that is possibly controlled by aliens.

  • "Bakerman" on the Midnight Oil album Red Sails in the Sunset. It's a Japanese school band playing an instrumental oompa ditty, in the middle of an otherwise pre-alternative rock album. Also very Mood Whiplash.
  • Synchronicity: "Mother", a repetitive tune in 7/4 with screamed vocals and weird lyrics, shows up after the comparatively normal "Synchronicity I" and "Walking in Your Footsteps".
  • "You're Gonna Die", a 9½-minute song (using the term loosely) at the end of Reel Big Fish's We're Not Happy Till You're Not Happy album. It's essentially nothing but screaming and static in the same vein as "Revolution 9" and even contains a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment of it's own in "Aaron is Made of Babies," a one-minute novelty song thrown smack-dab in the middle of the hectic track.
  • "Anyone's Daughter" from Deep Purple's Fireball. The lyrics are typical DP — a man sleeps with a bunch of women and marries one of them when he gets her pregnant — but the music is in a Country and Western style that's out of place for this period of the band.
  • Tell Me What to Swallow by Crystal Castles. A dark acoustic song in the middle of electronic stuff. Also Mood Whiplash.
  • Judas Priest aren't total strangers to ballads, but even by their standards, the romantic soft rock ballad "Last Rose Of Summer" (from Sin After Sin) is an unexpected number from the metal masters.
  • The hidden track in My Chemical Romance's The Black Parade, "Blood", is a song about drinking blood done in a vaguely Broadway style with bad sound quality, and it has nothing to do with the rest of the album. Bizarro indeed.
  • "Look Who's Walking On Four Legs Again" by Local H is a twangy country ballad in the middle of a grunge album. It's actually a crossover between Scott Lucas's two bands, Local H and Scott Lucas And The Married Men, but if you're not expecting it, it's quite jarring. (A Local H-only version, titled "Look Who's Rocking On Four Legs Again" appears on the Another February EP.)
  • The generally melodic, bubble-gum-pop band Sugar Ray begins their album "14:59" with 47 seconds of death metal, wherein a singer, not Mark McGrath, bellows "Be nice to your sister! Talk to your grandmother! Paint her a picture! Don't play ball in the house! Don't play with scissors! Be nice to caaaaaaaaaats!". It's sort of a joke about the fact that 14:59 was a New Sound Album — their previous two albums were more in the Alternative Metal style.
  • How exactly does Jethro Tull bridge the first and second album sides of a dark, jazzy/avant-garde Concept Album (A Passion Play) pertaining to the afterlife? With the Story of the Hare Who Lost His Spectacles.
  • "Plexiglas Toilet" on the Styx album The Serpent Is Rising. It's a Hidden Track, and is as silly a novelty song as its name implies. It also provides a bit of Mood Whiplash, coming as it does on the heels of "As Bad As This," a depressing Break-Up Song. Styx would never again record a song quite like it.
  • Bon Iver's first, second, and fourth albums are mostly gentle, slow indie folk songs. The third album, 22, A Million, incorporates a lot of electronic and hip-hop production, including heavy sampling and audio effects.

    Mythology and Religion 
  • The Bible: Some of the prophet books, like the Book of Ezekiel, the Book of Daniel, and the Book of Revelation, set out prophecies for the future that can seem very strange to those who are not versed in the dense symbolism of the era, and have angels described in terms that make them into Eldritch Abominations, which is very alien to most people today. So they will come across as Bizarro Episodes to many modern readers.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Invoked by ROH A Night Of Hoopla, an unauthorized show in a Chicago bar booked and directed by Truth Martini, featuring Satan. Drink as much as you want, just don't drive!
  • AKIRA's 30th anniversary show in 2014 ran with a gimmicky theatre theme based on the film Heaven Can Wait, and told how AKIRA had died in an accident which was not meant to him, and had to confront the King of Hell (played by Masahiro Chono) and his minions in order to get his body back.
  • WWE Survivor Series 89 was one for Bret Hart, since it was the only time he and Jim Neidhart were not on the same team, or even in the same match, during the original Hart Foundation's run. Bret was on the 4x4s with "Hacksaw" Jim Duggan, Hercules and "Rugged" Ronnie Garvin in their losing effort against the King's Court ("Macho King" Randy Savage, Canadian Earthquake, "Canada's Strongest Man" Dino Bravo and Greg "The Hammer" Valentine). In the prematch interview, it's odd, though funny, to see the normally reserved Bret brandishing a 2x4 and cutting the same kind of cartoonish No Indoor Voice promo as the other guys.
  • Following the demise of Demolition and before Barry Darsow's reintroduction as Repo Man, he was Ted DiBiase's masked man for a match with Virgil on the August 18, 1991 WWF Prime Time Wrestling. Bobby Heenan called him "Murray from Michigan." He lost when Virgil blocked a splash with a punch. This was just a random moment that never led to anything.
  • Crossed with WTH, Costuming Department?: At CZW Allentown Project, January 16, 2004, Sumie Sakai lost a match to Eddie Edwards as the masked Yellow Michinoku Ranger. You can see more here.

  • You might be surprised to find that such a sane and relatively down to earth series as Adventures in Odyssey would have examples of this.
    • The most notable example among listeners is "I Slap Floor", where some of the kids can't find Whit and ask Bernard what happened to him. Turns out, he and many of the other main characters are at home recuperating from the week before. The week before, many odd things began to happen, starting off with Whit giving odd or flat-out dangerous advice to the kids ("Look Mr. Whittaker, I pierced my own ears like you told me to!"), before even stranger things begin happening around town, such as Tom Riley, so he can pursue his dream of becoming a rodeo star, selling the Timothy Center to local swindler Bart Rathbone, who plans to turn it into a space camp that anyone can attend, Eugene and Connie fall in love and are going to get married ASAP, and the normally very incompetent detective Harlow Doyle is flawlessly solving crimes, among other odd things...and then it turns out that Big Bad Dr. Regis Blackgaard is behind all this, having returned to Odyssey disguised as a largely unseen minor character, and was using a mind-altering cologne to cause confusion all over town so taking over it would be a cinch. Turns out none of this happened and Bernard was pulling the kids' leg. Note that rearranging the letters in "I Slap Floor" spells: "April Fools".
    • Other notable weird episodes include:
      • "Bethany's Flood", where the titular character falls asleep during a bible study session about Noah's Ark and has a dream where the flood was caused by Christopher Columbus leaving the water on in the bath tub for 40 days and nights, among other things.
      • The similar episode "The Seven Deadly Dwarves" where the same girl dreams she is "Snow Dewhite" who runs away from home and is captured by the eponymous characters (who represent the Seven Deadly Sins) but is fortunately rescued by The Good Stepladder Father.
      • The much earlier (and missing) episode "Lights Out At Whit's End" which, long story short, ends with the entire cast (yes, including Whit and Tom Riley) freestyle rapping.
      • "The Eternal Birthday", a random "Groundhog Day" Loop plot where Liz wishes everyday was her birthday. Guess what happens? It turns out that she was just in the Room Of Consequences the whole time. She went in there to live out her wish. Interestingly, the events of this episode were alluded to the next time Liz went in the Room of Consequences again in a later episode.
      • "Push The Red Button", which exists as both a Live Episode and a shorter radio episode. The basic premise is largely the same and features crazy goings-on not seen since "I Slap Floor" in both forms, though: Eugene creates and accidentally activates a program meant to combine all of the programs and inventions at Whit's End into one...while Wooton and Whit are creating a Captain Absolutely story in KYDS Radio and Connie and Penny are in the Imagination Station visiting Michelangelo as he paints the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Havoc ensues as characters and elements begin disappearing from one invention/adventure and appearing in another, which spells trouble as the villain in the Captain Absolutely story (who is bent on eliminating all traces of beauty, goodness, and truth from the world with his ultra-defilation device) decides to eliminate all beauty, goodness, and truth from all time. which somehow begins affecting real life and causing Whit's End itself and everything in it to begin to collapse and vanish (since it was founded upon Whit's belief in God's beauty, goodness, and truth). Fortunately, the villain is vanquished by drawing him back to the present with a painting Penny created, causing his ultra-defilation device to backfire onto him (and turning him handsome in the process) and Captain Absolutely puts him away. However, Whit's End and everything else is still a mess. Matthew tries to fix everything by kicking the main computer...which causes Whit's End and all of Odyssey to explode. Cue Chris closing out the episode like usual. It's directly after that the episode is revealed to be All Just a Dream that Wooton had the previous night and was telling to everyone the next morning. Connie and the others are unimpressed.
  • The Men from the Ministry is a relatively down-to-earth comedy/political satire, but has an episode called The Day the Martians Came. Two Little Green Men land on England, hijinx ensue and... that's it. No All Just a Dream, no "Scooby-Doo" Hoax or anything like that, and the landing is never referred to again at all (admittedly in a series that runs on Negative Continuity). Note that this is the only episode where something explicitly supernatural happens.

  • ESPN's Sam Miler claims that the first game of Major League Baseball's two-game London Series in 2019 between the Yankees and the Red Sox was one. Among the pertinent points:
    • No pitcher lasted for more than three innings
    • The starting pitchers were both pulled in the 1st, after each giving up six runs
    • Half of the top half of both lineups was pulled at one point in the game, though this could be justified by the next one...
    • The game lasted 4:42 for only the standard nine innings, roughly 50% longer than a normal game, with the first inning lasting nearly an hour. For context, the twelve-inning game that broke "The Curse of the Bambino" back in 2004 lasted 5:02.

    Video Games 
  • The Stanley Parable puts the player in one if they should deliberately take the wrong paths, basically frustrating the Narrator. The player might find themselves going around in circles while Stanley slowly goes crazy; they might find themselves following the Stanley Parable Adventure Line™ in a futile effort to get the story back on track; they might even end up in a museum full of trivia about the game's development, after which a second narrator begs them to break the cycle by turning the game off.
  • The World Ends with You has Another Day, you can access this episode after you complete the main storyline and takes place in an alternate universe where Tin Pin Slammer is Serious Business. And it gets even more confusing when the Joshua and Hanekoma from the main game show up and challenge AD Neku. The former has a Boss Rush and the latter is the strongest Bonus Boss in the game.
  • Crash Bandicoot
    • Every cutscene in Crash: Mind Over Mutant, which seems to follow a different art style every time.
    • Crash Boom Bang has a jarring aesthetic and plot compared to most Crash games, largely due to its anime influence, being one of the few Japanese-developed games in the series. The story itself involves an aristocrat getting the cast to search for an ancient artefact.
    • Crash Tag Team Racing is the first game developed by Radical and it shows. Their humour is full throttle here and the characterisations are at their most aggressive. The story itself? Cortex and the bandicoots' battle has ventured into a theme park owned by an eccentric German cyborg who has lost the power gems to maintain it. A mystery ensues to find the culprit and the gems...through a racing contest. Oh, and the thief was a giant sentient wumpa fruit.
  • The "What If?" mode in the PS1 Spider-Man game. It took the base plot and added tons of silly lines. "Doc Ock has trapped me... and I can't stop dancing".
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert had two: the secret Giant Ant missions and one multiplayer map set on the moon which randomly reassigned all the units' weapons, so you had helicopters firing flamethrowers and V2 rockets.
  • The Fallout: New Vegas DLC Old World Blues. You come across a drive-in theater with a strange movie-projecting satellite that teleports you to a strange old-world research facility in a crater, where you have your brain, heart, and spine replaced with cybernetic implants by incompetent Mad Scientist Brains In Jars who are all drugged out of their gourds, an area exhibiting all the craziest pre-War SCIENCE! (and since this is Fallout, that's really saying something), a gun with a living dog brain as a component, a talking stealth suit that calls you her best friend and plays pranks on you, a base full of talking appliances who all hate each other, and a surreal conversation with your own brain in a tank, who sounds suspiciously like Seth McFarlane even if you're a woman. OWB in all its Bizarro glory is often considered one of the best parts of New Vegas, and has won awards above and beyond the base game.
  • City of Heroes had this issue with the Mission Architect system. Due to the overwhelming amount of player-made content in the database and a ratings system that leaves something to be desired, it's inevitable that bizarre Story Arcs will come up fairly frequently. If the first time a player tries the system results in having one of these thrown at them it can easily be the last time they will ever bother with the Mission Architect. Which is why a number of authors have been taking it upon themselves to review arcs and compile lists in the official forums make it easier to find the "good stuff".
  • Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts II has absolutely no plot relevance and features the characters singing in order to keep Ariel happy with undersea life. Even bizarre is the fact that the entire story of the world is based on mini-games and seems to just be an excuse to put the world in the game. Also odd was how nobody seemed to remember any of the events that happened in Atlantica in Kingdom Hearts; except for who Sora is. Ariel just forgot how the last time she made a deal with Ursula ended, and Ursula forgot dying.
  • Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge. The other games in the series are relatively tame pirate adventures in spite of some magical elements and a bunch of anachronisms, but the second game features some extremely Mind Screwy episodes, and at the end, it outright implies that the protagonist is a kid in a modern Disney-style theme park who imagined that he was a seventeenth-century pirate (which would explain all the anachronisms). The next installment The Curse of Monkey Island, which was made without the original creator of the series Ron Gilbert, shrugged off this plot element as an illusion caused by a voodoo curse, and the subsequent games never brought it up again.
  • Metal Gear Solid Mobile. It takes place at a weird point in continuity and gives Snake technology that he shouldn't have yet in addition to making him confront The Patriots long before he should even know they exist; Otacon, instead of being chipper Codec support, is the "ninja"; and everything is revealed to be All Just A Virtual Reality Simulation Snake has been placed in by The Patriots for a reason that is not revealed and never will be. Snake also gets his memory of the events erased, but Otacon doesn't, thus implying that in addition to providing needlessly cryptic advice through sinister channels he then kept the entire ordeal and critical information secret from Snake for at least two years.
  • Star Fox (the 1993 Super NES game) combined this with an Easter Egg — "Out Of This Dimension", where paper airplanes are enemies and the boss is a Slot Machine. Then there's the ending. An endless minigame. The fate of everything is left unexplained.
  • Happens halfway through Kid Icarus: Uprising, when the main plot is completely put on hold when an utterly random alien invasion by a race of beings known as the Aurum forces all of the main characters to work together to stop it. This lasts for about 3 chapters and only gets a few mentions afterwards when the Chaos Kin and Dyntos use their powers to recreate Aurum soldiers to fight and test Pit.
  • Dynasty Warriors has never placed any priority on accuracy, historical or otherwise, so it has had its share of weirdness. However, by far the most bizarre battle (which is also really, really difficult) is the Battle of Jian Ye in DW4. Your forces start in the north, and you have to fight your way to Sun Jian in the south. In between are Taishi Ci, Zhou Tai, Huang Gai, and Jian's three offspring, Ce, Quan, and Shang Xiang. Just a really big battle, right? Except that almost immediately after it begins, three duplicates of Sun Jian appear, and dispelling any one merely causes another to appear elsewhere. Furthermore, the Sun kids cannot be killed; if defeated, they simply flee the battlefield and return at full health in about a minute. So, just gotta bite the bullet, charge straight to the real Jian, and cut him down? Well, that is the correct course of action... unfortunately, this doesn't end the battle; it simply switches command to Ce, and although he'll be killable now, Quan and Shang Xiang still won't. Not until you've slain him, Quan, and Shang that order! you prevail over this nightmare. Needless to say, good luck finding any kind of justification for this in Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
  • The Hildibrand Returns quests added with Final Fantasy XIV patch 2.1: Investigating a group of relatively well dressed zombies, meeting Hildibrand, pursuing a duelist and weapon thief which seems to be recurring series character Gilgamesh, and Hildibrand in his restored dapper glory... backlit by the light reflecting off a bald robbery victim's head.
    • Hildy returns again in a couple of other questlines in the first two expansions. The Heavensward one is probably the least wacky, though it's still notably more lighthearted than the main story.
  • The Citadel downloadable mission for Mass Effect 3. Especially if one decides to play it late in the game when the last thing Shepard and his/her crew should be thinking about is throwing a party. It does get a Hand Wave in that the entire plot takes place over one, maybe two days while the ship (which was launched halfway through a refit) is down for maintenance.
  • 'Salvation', the 19th mission of Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is just... weird. Amidst a bunch of rather dark missions about a group of soldiers and civilians fleeing for their lives from a mad dictator in a post-apocalyptic world and a spreading disease that causes plants to burst from the victim's skin, you get a surprisingly easy mission where you have to fight a ragtag group of fanatics that worship an earthworm believing it will cure them. As soon as you finish it, it's never mentioned again and you're once again trying to escape Grayfield's men as if it never happened.
  • 'Solo' from Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance is a very bizarre chapter. It comes just after Ike and co. captured Daein Castle only to find Ashard already abandoned it a while ago. Before they go to seek him out, an NPC tells them to go to Palmeni Temple. It's important they go there for the plot, but since there has to be actual gameplay there, the devs threw in a strange mission where a Filler Villain bandit takes a group of priests hostage and forces them to be literal human shields, and the player is expected to shove them out of the way, sliding puzzle-style, to complete the chapter without killing any. The boss himself also indulges in far more Black Comedy than is usual for the game. You beat him, he dies while ranting that he should've brought more priests... or babies, and this is all never mentioned again. The truly bizarre part is the post-chapter event is a highly emotional and plot-relevant Wham Episode... that has nothing whatsoever to do with the battle itself.
  • Corpse Party—THE ANTHOLOGY—Sachiko's Game of Love ♥ Hysteric Birthday 2U from the Corpse Party series. The main games are about avoiding horrible, bloody deaths at the hands of an Enfant Terrible. In 2U you're throwing her a birthday party, filled with Fanservice, meta humour, and general wacky hijinks, that every character promptly forgets once they're dumped back into their regular old gore-fest (save for a vague reference here and there in Blood Drive).
  • Super Mario Bros.:
    • Even by the series' usual standards, Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle is just downright insane. The plot involves a portal suddenly opening up over the Mushroom Kingdom, causing the Raving Rabbids to come through it and invade the Kingdom. Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi then fight back with arm cannons, laser guns, and bazookas as they journey through a discombobulated version of the kingdom alongside four good Rabbids dressed like them, blowing up bad Rabbids all the way, including Rabbid versions of characters like Donkey Kong. While it's just another day for the Rabbids, for the Mario series, this is unlike anything the series has ever seen.
    • Super Mario Bros. 2. Adapted from the Japanese video game Doki Doki Panic, its game mechanics are a little skewed compared to both earlier and later installments and the game itself is an adventure based on a dream Mario had. A Pragmatic Adaptation, however, in that the Japanese sequel of the first game is a Mission-Pack Sequel and Nintendo of America thought back then it wouldn't sell well in the United States.
  • League of Legends had an out-of-universe one in the 8.11. To make a long story short, some badly thought out adjustments made marksmen champions absolutely useless, forcing teams to go to some pretty absurd lengths to balance a team without using one. Supports going mid, duo bruisers botlane, and more were a feature of that meta. Riot eventually wised up and un-nerfed marksmen, which stopped the hilarious insanity but meant that an entire class wasn't completely irrelevant any more.
  • In Red Dead Redemption 2, we have the episode called "A Quiet Time". After hearing the report that Micah Bell has been arrested and imprisoned in Strawberry, Arthur Morgan is told to take Lenny Summers to Smithfield's Saloon in Valentine to calm down with a beer or two. However, this is where the Mind Screw happens, because, after a drink, Arthur and Lenny end up getting wasted, leading to Arthur losing Lenny a few times and stumbling in random places, the two of them talking trash, Arthur getting into a supposed Bar Brawl about to start right before the Smash to Black to all the guys line-dancing with each other, followed by another Smash to Black to Arthur waking up outside and doing the Nature Tinkling before getting back into the saloon to find that everyone looks like Lenny! It only gets more hilarious when the real Lenny finds him and they slap each other, followed by another Smash to Black to Arthur finding himself about to drown his old rival outside for no apparent reason! One more Smash to Black, and we now find Arthur and Lenny trying to escape the lawmen chasing after them. No matter how well or poorly your escape attempt went, they will wake up with no memory of what happened on the previous night, but with Arthur getting so sick and hung over that he'll lean over and puke on the grass with a Vomit Indiscretion Shot. This funny drunken Bizarro Episode is considered as a lube-free mind-fuck! Period! Oh, and it can only get a few mentions afterwards by talking to Lenny about the funny bits or getting drunk with beer again.
  • Guilty Gear Judgement basically reveals that Hell exists in the Guilty Gear universe, as the Big Bad of the game tries to tap into its power in a bid for godhood. This is never brought up again, and seeing as Judgement is a Gaiden Game, it's debatable whether it's even canon.
  • The fourth game in the Mega Man Battle Network series is this, with an absolutely bizarre Random Events Plot that culminates in Lan and MegaMan using The Power of Love to fight an alien robot trying to drop a meteor on Earth. It's also jarringly out-of-sync with the rest of the series (which otherwise works as a continuous storyline), with its events either never getting mentioned again outside of easily-missed Mythology Gags or being outright contradicted (e.g., Lan and Raika acting like they have never met in 5, despite meeting in 4).

    Web Animation 
  • Episode 20 of An Akatsuki's Life is weird. Really, really weird.
  • The original Charlie the Unicorn video is merely weird and has two crazy unicorns talking nonsense. Then come episodes two, three and four, which are six minutes of continuous madness.
  • The Happy Tree Friends episode "I've Got You Under My Skin" could easily count. It starts off relatively understandably (for the show, anyway), but then Giggles sneezes on Lumpy's face... he catches a cold, which Sniffles apparently thinks needs to be dealt with via "Fantastic Voyage" Plot. Whereupon the fact that Giggles is lying on the couch shivering with her brain coming out of the back of her head is almost completely forgotten. And did we mention that Happy Tree Friends isn't the kind of show you'd ever really expect to involve a "Fantastic Voyage" Plot?
  • The Strong Bad Email virus involves reality breaking apart after Strong Bad gets emailed a virus. Much mindscrew occurs until Bubs fixes it by shooting a hole in Strong Bad's computer with a shotgun that appears as Homestar Runner's leg.

  • El Goonish Shive:
  • "Mulberry's Epic Yarn"
  • High Fantasy webcomic Exiern spends a month at the bizarro as part of an Overly Long April Fools Gag when it is suddenly re-tooled as a group of trendy twenty somethings hanging out at a coffeeshop/strip club.
  • Sluggy Freelance brought us Chapter 63: Safehouse, bringing us Torg taking up gardening, and coming up with increasingly surreal plans to protect the garden from chipmunks and deer, that all fail spectacularly, Bun Bun robbing a bank with the help of a talking bear and an old man with a huge mustache, and the entire main cast getting addicted to the latest computing technology and the possibilities it offers, and getting tangled up in weird online community shenanigans, and playing a suspiciously addictive online game which, after a hacker attack, starts a zombie apocalypse that only affects animals. While randomness is par the course for Sluggy, what makes this a bizarro episode is that it went on for an extended period of time right after a very dark storyline, and ignores all of the lingering questions, including the fate of a character that the group lost contact with and is on a dangerous mission, a character that refuses to accept that her friends thought to be dead are alive, and a plan to finally get rid of the resident psychopathic, ninja, Stalker with a Crush that caused said friends to become almost dead. Word of God seems to indicate the arc will bear no overall importance as well.
  • Homestuck's Trickster arc revolves around a group of protagonists temporarily being turned into saccharine, sugar-rushing versions of themselves in colorful outfits, which begins during the End of Act 6 Act 5 Act 1. The plot starts getting increasingly bizarre, with the protagonists making equally colorful endgame weapons and Santa Statues with alchemy, as well as making plans for quadruple weddings for everyone because they think this will solve all their personal problems and conflicts. Except for Dirk who gets a new outfit but remains as deadpan as before. Officially, this all takes place inside Act 6 Act 5 Act 2 and ends with all the characters waking up hungover and having lost the item that changed them.
  • Mountain Time's Bizarro Episode, River Valley Time, has all of the characters acting opposite to their usual personalities. Since Mountain Time is a Dada Comic, this means that the Bizarro Episode is the one strip that makes sense.

    Web Original 
  • The Angry Video Game Nerd's review of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III. With no warning he abruptly drops reviewing games for an episode and instead targets a movie. He does the entire review as himself (rather than in character as the nerd).
  • The Needle Drop:
    • The review of Yung Lean's Unknown Death 2002, in which instead of reviewing the album, Anthony Fantano repeatedly proclaims in a deadpan voice that his hands have turned into bread, and spends the remainder of the video eating them in silence. The video description lists "BREAD" as his favorite AND least favorite track on the album (there is no such track), and gives an overall score of "BREAD/10".
    • Also worth noting are Fantano's reviews of Limp Bizkit's Gold Cobra in which he spends the entire review eating food, and Big Sean's Dark Sky Paradise which consists of him repeating the word "no" over and over, ultimately giving the album a score of "NO/no"
  • Lampshaded in a video by Daniel Sulzbach, AKA MrRepzion, titled Am I really 19?. Daniel starts out the video by saying, "Well, hello my fellow tutti-fruits! I thinks I am going insane.". He then spends the rest of the entire video making totally random statements.
  • Bacon Flavoured Thoughts! by Matt Santoro. The usually-sane Matt acts like a crazy person, and rambles about how bacon is fantastic. This contrasts his other videos, where they have some kind of plot, and Matt acts like a normal person.
  • Parodied in the Clickhole article "When Good TV Goes Bad: The Worst Episodes Of The Best TV Shows," with list entries like a The Walking Dead prequel episode... set during the Wars of the Roses.
  • videogamedunkey is already known for Surreal Humor, but then there's Pet Me Horse. It's just... it just is. At best guess, it's some kind of parody of WarioWare. It's one of the few videos he has Unlisted, which might mean it was too out-there even for him.
  • An inverted example occurs on Count Dankula's video on Bob Ross: as opposed to his usual Absolute Mad Lads videos, which talk about Creepy Awesome historical figures or ones that have Success Through Insanity, the tone is a lot more relaxed and respectful.

Alternative Title(s): Big Lipped Alligator Episode, A Day At The Bizarro, BLAM Episode


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