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"But I don't want to go among mad people," Alice remarked.
"Oh, you can't help that," said the Cat: "we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad."
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "or you wouldn't have come here."

Some characters are just psycho. Then, there are times when every character is. It may be because of a Freudian Excuse, it may be because they're horribly broken, Brainwashed and Crazy, going mad from the revelation, or any number of reasons, but one thing's for sure: None of this cast has all the eggs in their basket.

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The types of crazy can range from harmless (Cloud Cuckoolander) to dangerous (Ax-Crazy) to somewhere in between (Broken Ace, Heroic BSoD). Some characters are better at hiding it than others.

A type of Dysfunction Junction. For obvious reasons, this trope goes hand in hand with Sanity Slippage and Break the Cutie. Compare Big, Screwed-Up Family. Often the Only Sane Man will be found in conjunction with this trope. He won't usually stay that way.


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Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Madness is a recurring theme in Batman. All of his rogue's gallery are portrayed as mentally ill in some way or other (with Arkham Asylum serving as the resident Cardboard Prison) and the man himself has varying issues (mainly stemming from the murder of his parents) Depending on the Writer.
  • In Watchmen, if the heroes aren't outright crazy, then they clearly deep emotional issues that they have trouble dealing with, with the suggestion that for some of them at least, use violence as an outlet for those issues. Two of the members are so detached that they can vapourise people without blinking or calmly discuss how an unprecedented scale of mass murder was committed by his hands just the half hour before to his colleagues. It gets somewhat amusing when two of the cast, remark that everyone seems to be crazy but them. Both happen to be well-known Sociopathic Heroes.
  • A French comic titled Seven Psychopaths employs 7... well, people with various mental diseases sent to kill Hitler (a paranoid man to get them in, a depressive sniper, a disguise expert with no personality, a berserk mercenary, etc.). They end up killing Hitler... but the disguise guy (who went as Adolf) ends up being used by the German high command to sign papers and agree with the generals, since they keep running out of body doubles (the original Adolf was killed in a 1942 bombing).

    Fan Works 
  • Bird features this as an aspect of the setting. Due to it taking place in Alchemilla Memorial Asylum- a sanitarium for parahumans - and over a third of the characters being patients there, the trope is justified. Also zig-zagged in the sense that not all of the patients are actually insane, Alchemilla is used to contain parahumans that cannot use their powers freely, or who have no control of their powers.
  • Brainbent, as a logical result of being set in a mental health clinic.
  • Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness: Between Marisa's kleptomania and desire to ride Megas, the chronically ill and traumatized Patchouli chucking Gensokyo's primary incident resolver at said mech, Reimu herself being okay with it, and Coop and Jamie's near-total obliviousness towards the damage they're causing to Gensokyo just by being themselves, this is Reisen's opinion of the entire situation during the Extra Stage. That's without getting into the antics of those who are present during the conflict but have no bearing on its outcome.
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    Film 
  • The Crazy Family...well, the family.
  • Nobody from Escape from New York could be called completely sane. Crazed terrorists hijack Air Force One, crashing it into Manhattan, which has been converted into a huge walled prison housing America's worst criminals. The Justice Department sends a convicted felon with a time-bomb motivator into Manhattan to rescue the President. There, The Hero encounters the Big Bad Duke of New York, and his army of crazed sociopaths. The lunacy is contagious, as the President seizes a firearm and has a Kick the Dog moment during his rescue.

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Everybody Loves Raymond, in which every cast member might take a turn at being the Only Sane Man, if only to contrast the unbalanced personalities of all the others. We get:
  • The cast of The Muppet Show is eccentric, to say the least. Even Kermit, the Only Sane Man (er, frog), is Not So Above It All; after all, as he once pointed out, he's the one who hired the others.
  • 'Experimental' soap Night and Day does away with all pretensions of sanity in its characters. Evil ‘Aunt Rachel’ Culgrin is perhaps the most outlandish, but sociopathic snarker Ryan Harper also deserves an honourable mention. Towards the end of the run, Frankie Radcliffe and Kate Ellis lose the plot with their book-burning Virgin Army – but in truth, most other characters also display considerable crazy at one time or another.

    Tabletop Games 

    Theatre 

    Video Games 
  • It seems like the eponymous Ink Machine of Bendy and the Ink Machine - or perhaps just studio conditions in general - have driven most named employees of Joey Drew Studios insane.
    • Sammy Lawrence eventually turned to worshiping Bendy.
    • Susie Campbell began identifying with Alice to the point she called herself an "angel".
    • Norman Polk ended up sticking a projector on his head and turning into an ink monster.
    • Grant Cohen was driven utterly mad by the company's money problems, up to turning his office into a Room Full of Crazy.
    • Bertrum Piedmont grew so obsessed with making sure people recognized his work that he was corrupted by the ink and had his head implanted into a merry-go round.
    • It's uncertain what happened to Wally Franks, but in a Twitter AMA, it's been implied that his mind is "waaaay outta here".
    • Joey Drew himself seems to be the first (or among the first) to lose his mind - in an old recording, Wally complains about Joey's attempts to "appease the gods" and then comments that he thinks he's lost his mind.
  • Die Anstalt is an Adventure Game whose main characters are patients in the eponymous asylum, each suffering from a different trauma or disorder.
  • The party of Drakengard is made up of a sociopathic Blood Knight, a human-hating dragon, a Yandere bard, an elven Child Eater, a Pedophile Priest, and a six-year-old boy who kills his own sister in one route. Also, the Messianic Barrier Maiden they're trying to save has incestuous feelings for her brother. A Let's Player explains:
    The Dark Id: Welp. It looks like nobody in this game is making it to the end without some deep irredeemable aspect to their character. Before you say there's still Seere, no. The kid is fucked up too. We've just yet to see it.
  • Mass Effect 2: The crew Shepard puts together comprises of everything from a genetically engineered Broken Ace to a girl who was stolen as an infant and conditioned to be an Ax-Crazy killer to a genetically engineered teenage Krogan who is also Ax-Crazy to an alien girl who can't leave her suit without risking serious illness. The last is probably the most normal out of any of them.
  • Outlast. Aside from the protagonist, every character met is some form of raving lunatic. At the end, the protagonist becomes part of the crazy when he gets possessed by the Walrider .
  • This describes nearly everyone in Psychonauts. Ranging from mild neurosis to full-blown psychosis, everyone has issues. A good part of the game is spent trying to cure some of them.
  • Another example from BioWare; the player parties in Star Wars: The Old Republic can certainly fall here, especially on the Imperial side. The Agent's party (probably the weirdest of the lot) has a bomb-throwing anarchist, a diplomat who went native with an insect species, a brilliant operative-scientist who experimented on himself with rakghoul DNA, and can transform into one, a human who was raised among the Chiss (because she's a low-level Force Sensitive and would have been killed by the Sith otherwise), and a sociopath gynoid who openly dislikes organics and was built by a race of Precursors.
  • Team Fortress 2: The Heavy speaks to his sandwich and has a little bed for his minigun next to his own, the Medic has a love of mad science, the Demoman is a drunken workaholic, the Soldier is a delusional warmonger who insists he's the greatest despite having been rejected from every branch of the military, the Sniper has a bit of cold sociopathy to him (and fights with a jar of his own pee), the Spy acts like he's classy but childlishly mocks his opponents, the Scout shows extreme narcissism and bragging from kills, and the Pyro... dear god, the Pyro. The closest member of the team to sane is the Engineer, who's friendly but still shows some signs of sociopathy and paranoia beneath his kindly demeanor.
  • The only explanation for the gleeful Vehicular Combat carnage in Twisted Metal is that all of the cars' drivers are really messed up. Special points for insanity go to the Monster Clown who drives a burning ice cream truck.

    Visual Novels 

    Webcomics 
  • Girl Genius, being about a world run by Mad Science, is unsurprisingly full of mad scientists.
  • The sex comedy webcomic Ménage à 3 has a cast full of characters with various anxieties, dysfunctions and obsessions. The main three characters are an Extreme Doormat Hollywood Nerd with serious self-esteem issues, a bisexual Yaoi Fangirl who would go for Anything That Moves, and a Dumb Blonde with an Ambiguous Disorder and the inability to get an orgasm, and they are just the tip of the iceberg. Even the sanest characters will be caught in crazy sexual hijinks from time to time.
  • Schlock Mercenary: Every member of Tagon's Toughs really, really likes violence and big guns and/or explosions. When Petey tells Schlock he's trying to put a bunch of dangerous sociopaths out of commission, Schlock's response is to power up his plasma cannon and ask where they are.
  • Where do we start with Lackadaisy? Rocky was manic and reckless from the start, and his head injury in volume 2 has only exacerbated his mental instability. Freckle succumbs to murderous rage in dangerous situations. Mordecai is a sociopath who is devoid of warmth, empathy, or mercy. Serafine is another sociopath with a sadistic streak, and if she truly believes in Maitre Carrefour, is living in a fantasy world. Her brother Nico isn't much better. Wick is an insomniac who works too hard, drinks too much, and is haunted by the ghost of a dead duck.
  • Everybody in Narbonic is nuts, from the crazed intern, to the hyperintelligent gerbil, to the mad scientist who hires Dave in the first place. It turns out that Dave is a nascent mad scientist during the whole thing, so he's not an exception after all. The same goes for Skin Horse, where the Only Sane Man is a Canadian bio-engineered war canine, and even she's not all there.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: In the later seasons, it becomes apparent that everyone in Quahog all clearly have some major issues going on. This is played for laughs.
  • You could probably count the number of perfectly sane Looney Tunes characters in one hand, and even those are easily prone to Sanity Slippage now and again.

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