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"We psychoanalysts never use the crude term 'crazy'. You may merely suffer from Type 3 Psychomanic Derangement, which presents as craziness."
Dr. Klaus Angstrom, Broodhollow

Any tropes involving madness or insanity. Except those dealing with Hollywood Psych.

These can run the gamut from the weird but generally happy chaos that inhabits the Cloudcuckoolander's mind to the darkest corners of a person's shattered psyche.

Please sort tropes appropriately. Some tropes may fit in both the "Characters" index and the "Madnesses" index, but each trope should only belong in one section of each index.

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Character Tropes:

    Sane Characters 

    Craziness by Career 
  • Abusive Parents: Parents who mistreat their children to the point that their sanity is questionable. Also sometimes a cause of insanity.
  • The Caligula: A ruler who is insane.
  • Crazy Survivalist: He's prepared for the end of the world, but has more than a few screws loose.
  • Defective Detective: Insanity is a possible character flaw of an otherwise fine investigator.
  • Deranged Park Ranger: Where else would a crazy, antisocial person work?
  • Deranged Taxi Driver: A crackpot cabbie.
  • Eccentric Artist: "Creative" and "loony" go hand in hand.
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father: Some parents will go to insane lengths to keep their kid from something they consider a waste.
  • General Ripper: A military official who is obsessed with opposing and destroying a particular enemy.
  • Insane Admiral: Military higher-ups in general aren't the most stable folks.
  • Insane Proprietor: A salesman who adopts a "crazy" persona (or maybe it's not a persona)...
  • Loony Librarian: Too many books and Dewey decimialization can drive you crazy.
  • Mad Artist: Death is as good a medium to work in as any...
  • Mad Bomber: BLOW IT ALL UP!
  • Mad Dreamer: They reject your reality and substitute their own.
  • Mad Doctor: Putting people together is a fine thing. Taking them apart is fun.
  • Mad God: Possesses Godly powers and is completely insane.
  • Mad Oracle: Prescience is bad for one's mental health.
  • Mad Mathematician: Excelled in the field of mathematics and completely insane.
  • Mad Scientist: A scientist who doesn't let little things like ethics or practicality get in the way of their work.
  • Monster Clown: Clowns that are disturbing in various ways.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: She was in a relationship that didn't end well, and the breakup left her rather unhinged.
  • Psycho for Hire: A mercenary or hired killer with an unhealthy fondness for their job.
  • Psycho Lesbian: A mentally unhinged lesbian, mostly motivated by unrequited love for a straight female character.
  • Psycho Psychologist: A psychologist who is crazier than his or her patients.
  • Psycho Supporter: They want to help a person they respect. How and for what reasons are dubious.
  • Robotic Psychopath: AIs can be insane too.
  • Royally Screwed Up: The scions of noble families develop mental issues for any number of reasons.
  • Serial Killer: Frequently driven to kill by an insanity.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: A war veteran is severely traumatized by the horrors they witnessed during the war they fought in.
  • Sociopathic Hero: It's a good thing that this crazy psycho is (nominally) on the side of good, and (mostly) focuses their aggression on the bad guys.
  • Sociopathic Soldier: Military personnel who find the death and destruction brought by war to be entertaining.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Someone obsessively spies on someone they have a crush on.
  • Yandere: If they have a crush on someone, there will be blood.
  • Yandere Couple: Twice the dedication, twice the crazy.



Madness Tropes:

Tropes about the origins and instigations of mental disorder.

Issues, crises, things that are running through the sufferer's head.

Ways to show the audience that a character is not of sound mind.

    Remedies & Resolutions 



Alternative Title(s): Sanity Tropes