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Basic Trope: A crazy character is aware of and acknowledges their insanity.

  • Straight: Alice is crazy and mentions this fact.
  • Exaggerated: Alice mentions her insanity in literally every sentence.
  • Downplayed: Bob once told Alice he thinks she might be insane, and she agreed.
  • Justified: Alice has a mental disorder that renders her able to understand that she's not quite right.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice reminds people that she is the sane one in a cast full of crazy people.
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    • Alice knows she's crazy, and she hates it.
  • Subverted: Alice says that she's crazy, but it turns out she's not really crazy.
  • Double Subverted: It turns out that she actually is crazy and continues to say that she is.
  • Parodied: Lots of Alice in Wonderland jokes pop up in the work, all directed at Alice and her insanity.
  • Zig Zagged: We can never tell if Alice is really insane or not.
  • Averted: Alice is crazy, but she doesn't recognize it.
  • Enforced: Alice says she's crazy just for the sake of making it clear to viewers who aren't sharp enough to pick up on her symptoms.
  • Lampshaded: "They say crazy people never know they're crazy, but I'm positive I am."
  • Invoked: Alice is pretending to be insane mostly by telling people she's insane since it's such a common symptom of fictional mental illness.
  • Exploited: Alice catches wind of Louis Cypher's real identity and motive and goes to warn others. Lou doesn't bother to try and stop her, since no one can fully trust a self admitted lunatic's word against his.
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  • Defied: Alice refuses to believe that she's crazy. Or, she knows she's crazy, but she refuses to talk or think about it.
  • Discussed: "I thought crazy people weren't supposed to know they were crazy. How come Alice does?"
  • Conversed: "I thought crazy people weren't supposed to know they were crazy. How come all the fictional loonies do?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice has severe mental psychological problems that she is aware of but can't fix, leading to a slow breakdown causing pain to her and the people around her.
    • Alice is all too aware of the problems haunting her psyche, being riddled with insecurities about it beneath her happy facade and on the brink of depression.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Alice finds a medication that takes away the worst problems that her madness causes. She still has a few quirks, but nothing major, and she continues to (mostly jokingly) refer to herself as insane.
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    • Alice realizes that breaking down in despair due to her knowledge of being insane won't help in the least, deciding she might as well enjoy the crazy ride while doing what she can to limit the damage on the way.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice is crazy, knows it, and makes a lot of joking remarks about it. "I think I'm insane, but maybe that's just a delusion. I don't suffer from insanity, though, I enjoy it!"
  • Played For Drama: Alice is haunted by the knowledge that she's losing her mind and seeks to regain her sanity.

Yes! I know I'm crazy, but if you go back to The Mad Hatter, you won't be disappointed! Trust me!