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Basic Trope: A lesbian who is insane, especially due to unrequited love for another female character.

  • Straight: Alice, a lesbian character, is mad about Stephanie. Literally.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is completely out-of-control and will do anything to get her hands on the women she desires.
    • Every single lesbian character in the universe is confined to a mental institution.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice is only marginally less pleasant than the average people.
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    • Alice Facebook-stalks Stephanie and keeps a pin that she saw fall out of Stephanie's hair. But really, she's mostly harmless, if a bit annoying.
    • Alice is a lesbian and a Cloudcuckoolander, but she doesn't try to hurt anyone.
  • Justified:
    • Alice's girlfriend was assaulted, resulting in her death, and Alice is now on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, which has been going on for so long that's it's had a considerable detrimental effect on her sanity.
    • Alice has been experiencing a series of relationship breakdown.
    • Alice is a Yandere who happens to be a lesbian.
    • Being a lesbian doesn't make anyone less susceptible to The Dark Side.
    • Lesbian women represent a large group (even if only 1% of women in the world were lesbians, it would still mean 35 million lesbians). Women suffering from dangerous psychosis are also a large group (if 1% of women were dangerously psychotic, it would account for 35 millions of them). Statistically, some degree of overlap between two sufficiently large groups which are not mutually exclusive is virtually guaranteed (assuming they are independent variables, that still leaves an expected number of lesbians who are crazy at 35,000). So statistics dictate there would be at least a few psychotic lesbians running around.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Depraved Homosexual
  • Subverted:
    • Alice acts insane, but that's only because her girlfriend Stephanie is a Nightmare Fetishist.
    • Alice is insane... and so is her boyfriend.
    • Alice is a lesbian, but she's actually a Chessmaster or Magnificent Bitch of the highest calibre. She's just invoking Obfuscating Insanity to ensure that nobody picks up on her true goals.
    • When Stephanie turns her down because she's straight, Alice gracefully accepts it.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: Alice is actually trying to escape from Emperor Evulz and is constructing a plan with Stephanie, but before that can happen, she breaks from the stress and goes truly insane, then Stephanie reveals that she has been working for Master of Destruction all along..
  • Averted:
    • Lesbians are just as sane or insane as the rest of the cast.
    • There are no gay characters in the cast.
    • Alice is evil and/or insane, and she prefers women, but those aren't connected. She doesn't stalk or harass women who aren't interested in her, and her relationships are healthy and humanizing and/or with women just as bloodthirsty as she is.
  • Enforced:
    • "True lesbians are very efficient as scary opponents since women fear being raped by them and men just can't seduce them."
    • Alice is in an anime/videogame/name-your-medium-here that covers a lot of fetishes.
    • As an example of Values Dissonance, at the time the work was written, homosexuality was (incorrectly) seen as a mental illness and associated with other forms of such, or as a sign of moral deviancy. Censorship rules moreover prevented them from being shown in a positive light.
  • Lampshaded: "My dear Stephanie, you don't seem to understand. I want you and no is not an answer. Simple as that."
  • Invoked: Bob intentionally drives Alice insane because he's working for a fourth evil mastermind...
  • Exploited: Emperor Evulz hires an entire battalion of lesbians, promising that the most bloodthirsty and most psychotic one will be able to molest his daughter.
  • Defied:
    • "I'm not insane. I just happen not to want to suck your penis or anybody else's for that matter. Your genitals are not a recognized measure of female sanity, are they?"
    • Alice eventually calms down and realizes that she won't get anyone to like her through her behaviour and resolves to remain a lesbian but to be more reasonable about it. It's an ongoing process.
    • Alice is a lesbian who suffers from schizophrenia, but she sees a psychiatrist and takes her medication properly, allowing her to live a normal life.
  • Discussed: "Gee, I hope Alice doesn't go insane. She took Stephanie's refusal hard."
  • Conversed: "There's hardly any positive non-bisexual lesbian on screen these days..."
  • Deconstructed: Lesbians like Alice go insane because everyone assumes they will, and because of homophobia.
  • Reconstructed: Many lesbians overcome the prejudice, and are especially motivated to stop the psychos.
  • Played For Laughs:
  • Played For Drama: Alice has fallen in love with Stephanie, but Stephanie's straight. Stephanie is afraid of telling Alice she doesn't swing that way for fear of what her reaction might be.
  • Implied:
    • Alice the lesbian has something a little off about her.
    • Alice the Big Bad occasionally has Les Yay moments.

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