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"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

Someone who is Crazy Awesome is completely nuts, in a hilarious way, and is effective at what they do as a result. In real life they would get fired, get arrested and eventually be committed, or just flat out get maimed or die. Not so in the world of fiction; thanks to the Rule of Cool, they manage to be both effective and a character liked or loved by the audience. Please note the difference between a plain old Cloudcuckoolander, who is simply out-there and the Bunny-Ears Lawyer, who is someone who is still effective despite or alongside their quirks.

On average, every other action the Crazy Awesome does is cool, awesome, and/or funny, over-the-top, or a combination thereof. The Heroic Comedic Sociopath is Ax-Crazy Awesome. A Large Ham is a verbal Crazy Awesome. If their crazy awesomeness prevents them from being killed or arrested when anyone else would be, they just benefited from a Lunatic Loophole. They may also be a Lethal Joke Character. Expect lots of Insane Troll Logic to be behind their plans and antics.

As previously mentioned, a character that can "work" without the quirks (but still wouldn't be the same) is a Bunny-Ears Lawyer. If they're just crazy, they're a Cloudcuckoolander.

Compare Power Born of Madness, Eccentric Mentor, and The Wonka. Compare and contrast Creepy Awesome.


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