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  • Sakeru Gummy's Long Long Man series of commercials is unique in that it employs a narrative that could easily qualify it as a Soap Opera - it's about a woman who's torn between the affections of her boyfriend, who loves to share his Sakeru Gummy candies with her, and the "Long Long Man", who prefers a longer version of said candy. Since the commercials originally aired, they've gathered some attention from Western viewers as another example of Japanese weirdness. keep because explains the audience reaction
  • UFO Kamen Yakisoban is an Affectionate Parody of tokusatsu series such as Kamen Rider, starring Yakisoban, a superhero with the power of noodles and sauce who hailed from the Yakisoba Planet. The ads were so popular he even got a tie-in video game, a direct-to-VHS movie, and many pieces of merchandise. keep - seems pretty silly, and both the product and genres are Japan-specific
  • The Knight Life, a Life Embellished webcomic with a tendency towards parody, is very much a WHAT. Such characters as a housewife who puts on an armless costume and fights crime as "The Masked Maggot," or a lowlife who works as a human rug and can identify shoes by how they press into his back, make sense if and only if one's familiar with the parts of American culture they're mocking. Keep
Anime & Manga
  • Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan is a parody of every Harem Genre trope and plenty more, and does it by taking them to ridiculous extremes, so it looks especially strange to those not familiar with the genre. Unusually though, whilst the tropes are Japanese, the humor is nearer to American Gag Series like South Park. And by many indicators, it is more popular in the West.
  • Butt Detective is a children's anime about a talking butt that solves crimes. Many foreigners found the concept of the show weird, with some of them comparing it to the mid-2000's output of Adult Swim.
  • Chintsubu is a manga about boys who have talking penises. This one is so bizarre that it's often brought up in internet conversations purely as a benchmark of "how weird can Japanese media get."
  • Cromartie High School is a parody of old shounen shows, about a normal(ish) guy that starts going to school full of "badasses". And a gorilla. And a robot (that doesn't realize he's a robot). And a mute man that looks strangely like the deceased lead singer of Queen.


  • A.A. Pessimal uses the canonical country of Agatea as the launch-pad for all those things Japanese which Western observers find to be culturally strange or impenetrable. There is a fashion in Ankh-Morpork, for instance, for imported Agatean illustrated novels of the sort popularly known as Man-Gi comics. The canonical character of Miss Pretty Butterfly (Koukouchou-sama), now Principal Tutor in Agatean Studies at the Assassins' Guild School, who is used as a walking illustration of "Japanese" culture and society. Depending on her mood, her hair can go through all the classic Japanese styles, such as Hime Cut, Ojou Ringlets, Odango Hair, and many others, from day to day. In-Universe example, keep
  • Bon Cop, Bad Cop. The entire setup, most of the humor, and even the title are all hinged upon Canadian bilingualism. keep
  • Takashi Miike films, particularly his most extreme films such as Gozu and Ichi the Killer, tend to represent the most bizarre, violent and fetishistic Japanese strain of films to people outside of the nation. probably counts, needs more context
  • RoboGeisha. We dare you to watch the trailer without bursting out laughing or dropping your jaw in sheer WTF. Or both. keep with more context
  • Sukiyaki Western Django. A Spaghetti Western, in English, with an almost totally Asian cast. Keep, needs more context
  • Tampopo is a western in '80s Japan about ramen, complete with John Wayne-alike, varmits, and dramatic string music, interspersed with other unrelated sketches about food. Keep, needs more context
  • Onechanbara, known in the US as Bikini Samurai Squad. Exactly What It Says on the Tin. They fight zombies. Keep, needs more context
  • Hausu. There is a killer piano in this movie. It isn't the only killer inanimate object, either. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, people. Keep, needs more context, but this is widely known as the weird Japanese horror movie
  • The Western is a Weird American Genre (WAG). It's so deeply rooted in how other countries perceive America that we even have a trope about it. Ironically, many of the most beloved Westerns are Spaghetti Westerns, made by Italians for both the American and Italian markets. keep?
  • The films of Tyler Perry are an example within a country. Having started his career on the African-American urban theater circuit, he makes his films primarily for a religious black audience, with Critical Dissonance being in full effect whenever (mostly white) professional critics examine his films. His most famous character, Madea (played by Perry himself), is a tough-talking, Jerk with a Heart of Gold older woman with a propensity to use violence (especially against bratty children) in order to get her way. Keep
  • Last Year at Marienbad is a French film that lacks a traditional plot, backstory, named characters, etc. It's a pretty good representation of some of the more difficult-to-access aspects of French cinema. Keep
  • All the 60's films of Jean-Luc Godard, which pretty much sum up the craziness that was the French New Wave, and French art film in general. Keep
  • Holy Motors, is about a man being driven around Paris in a limousine — every time it stops, he exits in costume as a different character, and the entire style of the movie seems to change along with him. The movie goes out of its way to basically frustrate any and every expectation or definition as to what it's about or how to describe it, as it jumps from bizarre monster movie to serious family drama to violent crime thriller to sudden, inexplicable musical number. It also begins with a different man finding a movie theater hidden behind his bedroom wall, has an insanely awesome accordion-based intermission, and concludes with an extremely melancholy but still WTF-worthy barrage of conceptual non-sequiturs. Keep, might need a re-write
  • The entire Ozsploitation genre, as chronicled in the documentary Not Quite Hollywood, after the R-18 rating was approved in 1971. Keep, needs more context
  • All the movies starring the Mexican luchador El Santo also definitely qualify as a Mexican Example Of Weirdness (MEOW). Any and all movies featuring him (or any luchador, for that matter: El Blue Demon had a few films of his own) can be best described as "the sixties Batman tv series but sillier, and Mexican". They have a cult following in Japan, presumably because of this. keep, luchador culture is distinctively Mexican
  • Mystics In Bali. Oh lord, Mystics in Bali! It's basically a WINDOT, a.k.a. Weird Indonesian Thing. Even weirder is that a lot of it is actually based on Indonesian mythology! Keep
  • A few Turkish films from the 1970's were pretty (in)famous for their blatant plagiarism of characters and effects, practically no budget for the effects they didn't steal and some really bizarre plots. This resulted in such films as Three Big Men (where Captain America and El Santo fight Spider-Man, who has become a murderous thief), Rampage (A.K.A: Turkish Rambo) and The Man Who Saves the World (better known as Turkish Star Wars). keep

Live-Action TV

  • In-universe, 30 Rock shows a nonsensical musical soundbyte featuring Jenna smiling, winking, and laughing at the camera. She then says (out of the commercial) that she has no idea how it advertised Tokyo University. in-universe, keep
  • Bibleman comes across as this to anyone who isn't American. Or at least an American Evangelical Christian. sounds like Widget but needs more context
  • Duck Dynasty and Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, two of the main drivers of the "rednecksploitation" boom in American Reality TV in the early '10s. Specifically, they're Weird Images of the South (WITS), even for many Americans. keep?
  • I Survived A Japanese Game Show is a WHAT version of a Widget. The American contestants participate in a Japanese game show, and are eliminated one at a time. Keep, whole premise is how weird Japanese game shows are
  • Combine a Game Show and Cooking Show format in Iron Chef. Iron Chef America is a more "normal" but more fast-paced version of the original.
    • Some have said that the problem with Iron Chef USA (the first American adaptation, featuring William Shatner) was that the creators assumed the original was only popular for laughing at wacky foreigners, so they didn't take it seriously. ICA occasionally pokes fun at the Kayfabe of the show (according to Alton, there are several Kitchen Stadiums, at least one of which is in space), but otherwise takes it seriously as a competition between culinary masters. not sure
  • One Japanese show called Susunu! Denpa Shonen note  took an unsuspecting volunteer (who they told was going on an "important show-business related job", but that was it), then had him live in a small apartment, naked, with no supplies other than a pen and magazines. Then he had to live off of prizes won by magazine sweepstakes until he had the value of a specific amount of money. All this time, the guy was on TV and didn't know it, since he had been told it would be broadcasted after he was done. It seems almost pointless to mention that this is something that could only exist in Japan; in many countries the makers of the show would probably face criminal or civil penalties, and in the US (and maybe elsewhere, but especially the US), they'd be sued six ways from Sunday. keep
  • Super Sentai. This is the reason an American adaptation, that would eventually become Power Rangers, got stuck in Development Hell. Executives thought it was too much of a Widget Series to succeed on American TV.
    • Within Sentai itself, there's Battle Fever J, which has bizarre costumes and a lot of dancing. However, it introduced the first robot in Sentai, and was thus the first Super Sentai. Toei eventually added Goranger and JAKQ into the ranks of Super Sentai, possibly to ensure that Battle Fever J wasn't the first one on the list. keep
    • Ninja Sentai Kakuranger can only be described as what happens when you take Japanese beliefs and folktales (mainly of ninjas and Youkai; the latter of which are known for being very weird in their won right), adapt them as People in Rubber Suits fighting each other, add a Rakugo narrator to commentate on them, and then filter all that through the Camp sensibilities of the Batman (1966) TV show - complete with the Hit Flashes. keep
    • Gekisou Sentai Carranger, which was essentially an extremely silly Self-Parody of Super Sentai. This resulted in some problems when adapting to Power Rangers Turbo as the seriousness of the American show did not go well with the Denser and Wackier Japanese footage. Seriously, there was an episode where the Monster of the Week bakes the heroes into a giant pizza! Go-Onger below was its Spiritual Successor. keep
    • Season 2: The Akibarangers take on a cosplaying sentai villain fanboy, meet alternate versions of rangers, including Ryuuranger whose been reduced to a Chinese food mascot named China Red. They also get a second robot that is the size of a remote controlled car, not that it's any less effective than their full-size car. keep?
  • Ultraman Taro, a Self-Parody of the Ultra Series that draws inspiration from Japanese fairy tales. It's got incredibly silly kaiju like the opera-singing Orphy, the volleyball-playing Garaking, and Mochiron, a tiki monster from the Moon that loves to eat mochi rice cakes. It's got wacky plotlines that involve such things as an alien boy band having to play pop music to calm down a drunken kaiju, an android replica of a woman killed in a car accident bringing back the ghost of her pet parrot as a giant monster to kill all motorists in Japan, and an Oni-like alien shrinking the characters and putting them inside a bean to be eaten by one of their friends. And that's just the tip of the insanity iceberg. keep
    • Ultraman Ace too, especially in its later cours. Episodes treated with utmost seriousness have dealt with things like an alien stealing pandas to make them a Cash-Cow Franchise on his homeworld, a kid whose bedwetting problems bring a monster recurring in his dreams to life, a man being turned into a cow by the Big Bad using a cursed nasal ring, a man-eating hot-air balloon literally draining the fun out of children, and a Kappa kaiju who disguises itself as a swimming pool and turns kids into kappas by eating their navels with the help of an android couple. The series is also infamous among fans for featuring some of the wackiest kaiju ever, including a violin kaiju. keep
  • LazyTown. The least bizarre thing is the pink hair on the central character. When the Canadian kids network YTV had the rights to the show, they put out a promo deriding the show for its weirdness, and theorized that the show must be made in Iceland by a giant gorilla - followed by a clip where the villain, dressed as a gorilla, climbs a giant antenna.
    "Oh, it is made in Iceland? By a giant gorilla? Oh, well that explains it."
  • Le Bébête Show looks like The Muppet Show, but all the Muppets are replaced by caricatures of French political figures. For example, François Mitterrand is portrayed as a frog named Kermitterrand (and naming himself God) keep
  • The Red Green Show is a well-known Wicket. A group of middle-aged rural Canadian men engage in various shenanigans in their lakeside lodge (including one stance where one of the members made hot sauce with a secret ingredient that was jet fuel) whilst the titular character creates DIY projects usually out of random junk held together with duct tape. For some reason, American PBS viewers found this to be hilarious. keep?
  • Banzai was a British parody of Japanese game shows, deliberately designed to be strange and incomprehensible. The show's greatest stunt? Pitting several ventriloquists against each other in the Puppet Petrol Pump challenge - the vents themselves had to put petrol in a car blindfolded, and the puppets had to shout to tell them when to stop. Closes to £20 worth won. Keep, parody/in-universe example
  • The American episode of Screenwipe had Charlie Brooker showing an American focus group a handful of shows that he felt would be seen as Wabbits, including EastEnders, The Bill, Countdown, Bullseye, and Springwatch. The Americans hated them... except for EastEnders, apparently. Keep - in-universe example
  • El Chavo del ocho has shades of this. It's a comedic Mexican series with a fairly normal plot but has a serious case of Dawson Casting. The very obviously adult comedians playing children can come off as unusual. El Chavo is specially seen as widget to the rest of Latin America. While the show's popularity in its home country has waned in recent years, it's still widely beloved across countries like Venezuela, Colombia, and specially Brazil, of all places. Part of the appeal comes from just how zany and exotic the Mexican slang and mannerisms are to other Latin Americans (it helps that the stereotypes are very exaggerated), while still managing to be fairly relatable. Hell, El Chavo is just one of the pieces of media that makes English speakers think that the Spanish-speaking world (and Brazil & Portugal) is a paradise for crazyness. Keep
  • King of Mask Singer, a Korean Talent Show where every contestant is a celebrity hidden behind an elaborate costume, tends towards this. Vulture described its American adaptation, The Masked Singer, thusly:
    "What if Gritty walked out on a soundstage made to look like an arena concert, belted out Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me,' was described as ‘a professional’ by Jenny McCarthy, took off his head to reveal he was Joey Fatone, and the entire experience felt three clicks away from an episode of Black Mirror?” Keep but needs more context about the cross-cultural aspect
  • Xou da Xuxa is a Brazilian Oddity (BRAZO), which was hosted by model-turned-singer & TV presenter Xuxa Meneghel, wherein she dressed in scantily-clad outfits while presenting games & various special guests' acts as well as performing musical numbers, while assisted by a mosquito named Dengue and a turtle named Praga. Surprisingly, it became a huge hit and led to two Spanish-speaking versions being produced with Xuxa at the helm (El Show de Xuxa produced in Argentina for Latin America, and Xuxa Park for Spain) as well as an American version (Xuxa). It got weirder with the Brazilian version of the Spanish Xuxa Park series (mainly known in the English-speaking world for the series-ending fire on the set), which began every episode with Xuxa emerging from a spaceship, and ended each episode with her leaving in the same spaceship. Keep
  • Men With Brooms is possibly more Weirdly Canadian than Kids in the Hall. It's a sports comedy about curling, that also features Paul Gross, Leslie Nielsen (as a retired curling guru and hallucinogenic mushroom enthusiast), a guest appearance by Canadian rock group The Tragically Hip, a bagpiper in a kilt with no explicit connection to the plot, and a running gag involving beavers. Keep - why isn't this in the TV section?

Tabletop Games

  • Maid RPG. Original flavour Japanese weirdness in RPG form. needs more context, but probably counts


  • Cirque du Soleil. This Weird French-Canadian Thing first caught attention in the U.S. because it was so different from the long-established, Ringling Bros.-dominated circus format. No animal acts, one ring, little dialogue, New Age/world music, etc. It actually took a lot of inspiration, and later performers, from established European and Asian circuses, but managed to make its own artistic statements and remain distinctive, to the point that their overall style has spawned its own imitators. (By the way, the Japanese love Cirque, to the point that the non-touring show ZED was created for Tokyo Disneyland.) Their 2003 TV show Solstrom is a true Widget Series: a mostly silent fantasy series that links acrobatic and novelty acts together via whimsical stories involving mischievous "sun creatures" (characters from the various stage shows) running amuck on Earth. Keep - move to theater?

Web Original

  • Cooking with Dog, a YouTube program featuring a woman demonstrating how to cook simple Japanese dishes "hosted" by a dog with a thick Japanese accent. Equal parts weird, cute, Japanese, and useful. keep
  • Fight! Kikkoman is a Product as Superhero Parody Commercial featuring a fundoshi-wearing, comically-buff man with a packet of soy sauce for a head who fights off "foreign sauces" in a Kamen Rider parody. And it's based on an in-joke from the Japanese web forum 2channel. keep
  • The Italian Spiderman series on YouTube is a STANZA. It is filmed in English, dubbed into Italian and then subtitled back into English. As well as being a parody, its plot is fairly nonsensical, and it features various wonders such as surf-offs derailed by attacking penguins, and detachable exploding boomerang moustaches. Keep?
  • The Big Lez Show is another Youtube STANZA. It's an MS Paint animated series about Lezlie Mackerel, an extra-terrestrial living in Australia along with his Sasquatch friends, weird loud yellow creatures known as Choomahs, and... whatever the hell Clarence is. Virtually everyone speaks in thick, curse laden Australian Slang, are huge stoners, and various other weird stuff happens. Keep due to the slang & language aspect?
  • The Weird History of Finnish Youtube Art is a compilation of 10 years of internet weirdness from that part of the planet, between the years 2005 and 2015. WARNING: contains YouTube Poop (SinäTuuba Paska). keep?
  • Avez-vous déjà vu... ? is a Weird Thing from France (W.T.F.) that can easily beat FLCL and Azumanga Daioh for the title of the weirdest series in the world. Although it seems like all the information about this... strangeness... is in French, you can find some videos on the Internet by googling the title. It was made by Alain Chabat, who's considered the king of the weird in France. Bizarro show, maybe widget?
    • Perfect Hair Forever, a parody of anime in general and shonen anime in particular. The hero's mentor and the main villain look identical aside from one being nearly bald and the other having kaleidoscopic Anime Hair, and minions include Catman (who is just a guy in a cat costume) and Terry/Twisty, a walking, talking tree with a Split Personality (who later seems to do a Heel–Face Turn but that's around the point where the show stopped following the plot and started just being a Random Events Plot). Keep, parody of the concept
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law, a show with the eponymous superhero-turned-lawyer as its protagonist. Many of his cases are based around jokes referencing old, sometimes obscure American cartoons. keep?
  • Black Dynamite, which focuses on fantastically warped versions of characters from out-of-date African American culture and just plain weirdness. keep
  • Any episode of Teen Titans (2003) that begins with its theme song in Japanese is this. Especially the one where it is sung by a one-shot, otaku character, according to Andrea Romano's comments in a DVD Easter Egg. keep: parody
  • Parodied in The Simpsons, when an already manically bizarre promotional videotape for the Japanese cleaning product Mr. Sparkle includes, for no apparent reason, a brief clip of a reporter asking a two-headed cow, "Any plans for summer?" Then the cow shatters with a look of horror on its face(s) upon viewing Mr. Sparkle. keep, parody
  • South Park occasionally veers into this territory, especially in its more nonsensical episodes. Being a series that relies heavily on American popular culture and news, an outsider may find an easier time comprehending the episodes with Talking Poo. In the directors' commentary of FLCL, the director and the interviewer commented that South Park comes across as a big-time Widget Series in Japan since so many of the popular culture references are lost. keep, establishes the audience reaction
  • Jacob Two-Two is very much a wicket. It includes major references to hockey, is set in Montreal, has an explicitly stated Quebecois character, and has assignments about Canadian explorers. There's also the Canadian style of humour in the show. keep?
  • Some Tom and Jerry cartoons would probably count, since only jazz music was an instant hit worldwide and the culture took a little time to catch up, and also purely American-centric television tropes like Mammy Two-shoes. (Granted, on that second part, minstrel show anything would count. Droopy had a crapload of those kinds of jokes.) Not that they didn't exist in other countries, it just existed in different forms. Errr, is there a trope for humour that plain doesn't translate well? borderline widget, not sure
  • Epic (1984) is a STANZA variety, as it's apparently set in the distant past and features two children raised by dingoes who must find the way to remain with them; As the writer and director Yoram Gross put it: "A rather Australian film - I can't say very successful, a little bit too much experimental film, too much abstract story."
  • Nina Needs to Go! turned out to be a Wabbit for most foreign markets, as the concept of a grandma who does insane stunts to take her grandkid to the bathroom on time seemed to be a little bit over the top and strange for them. keep, explains audience reaction


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Anime & Manga

  • Assassination Classroom is about a class of ordinary junior high students and their teacher "Koro-sensei", a yellow cephalopod-like creature that moves at Mach 20 speeds, which would be strange enough on its own. What pushes it into the surreal is that the students have to kill their teacher within a year before he causes an Earth-Shattering Kaboom... yeah. Not only are attempts on Koro-sensei's life an ultra-common occurrence in the classroom, but the teacher himself happily gives pointers in the art of assassination to his students, even though he is their target.
  • Akahori Gedou Hour Lovege is about two wannabe comediennes who take part-time jobs as superheroines. Due to them destroying the city every time they fight evil, they get mistaken for evil creatures and become feared by everyone.
  • Akikan! is a series about empty soda/juice cans doing battle to determine whether steel or aluminum cans are superior, for the standardization of cans into one format, strengthening the industry. Oh, and the cans take the forms of cute girls in strange outfits...
  • Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo: the characters confuse their enemies into submission, confusing the viewer in the process. The main character is a Kenshiro knock-off with a blonde afro who uses "fist of the nose hair", and the enemy is an evil empire that wants to shave everyone's head. That covers the first couple of episodes, and it gets weirder.
  • Midori Days: Boy who is often mistaken for a school bully wakes up one morning to find a miniaturized version of a girl from his neighborhood attached to his right arm. Literally.
Comic Books

Film: Live-Action

Bizarro Series


  • Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass are 19th-century Wabbits. Many of the odder things in these Dream Lands are takeoffs of aspects of Victorian Britain. Bizarro Show. While there are a lot of culture-specific references, this work is way too well-known to be an example of how Britons are weird.
  • At Swim—Two Birds, a bizarre comic novel by Flann O'Brien, in which the protagonist, also an author, wanders Dublin and doesn't do very much of anything, comes across some strange quasi-fictional phenomena and eventually has to deal with his characters breaking the fourth wall and rising up against him. Bizarro Show
  • Since Total Recall is already under Film, Philip K. Dick. ZCE as written, but could count as Bizarro Series with a rewrite.
  • Discworld is a pure Wabbit. Most of the setting and plot elements are completely bonkers and can generate What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs? reactions from first-time readers. Bizarro Show, lacks any reference to cross-cultural differences and has a large fandom outside of the UK
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a weird British thing, especially during the scenes when they use the Infinite Improbability Drive. Douglas Adams himself alluded to how much cricket is a Weird British Game in Life, the Universe and Everything with the commentators of Test Match Special not at all fazed by Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and a sofa appearing from nowhere on the pitch at Lord's. And only the British would be so insensitive to use the hallowed 'Wicket Gate' as part of a game. Bizarro Show?
  • Max Havelaar is considered to be by lots of Dutch literature critics to be one of the weirdest works in Dutch literature to be ever written. The main reason why is because the book is one of the first to change of writer and writing style dependent on the one character who at the moment of writing is writing the story (which is nowadays common thanks to postmodernism, but the book was written in 1840, which was long before the very first postmodern writers were born). Bizarro Show
  • The Moomins is often difficult to describe to people who've never heard of it before. It's a slice-of-life series about a family of trolls who look like anthropomorphic hippos and occasionally go on adventures. The author of the books, Tove Jansson, was an anarchist and it often shows. What's really unusual is how much of a classic the series is considered in its native Finland, being nowadays an institution of national identity with The Merch of it being about as omnipresent as Winnie the Pooh. Again, it's about anarchist hippo trolls. It's also big in Japan, which is unsurprising. Bizarro Show, Borderline Widget
  • Wicked! and Deadly! by Morris Gleitzman and Paul Jennings are two children's series revolving around the bizarre, including a killer superadvanced sheep army, and immortality-conferring tea. Anything by Paul Jennings generally counts. Bizarro Show

Live-Action TV

  • The Aquabats! Super Show! is often incredibly ridiculous, and indeed seems to revel in it. Laser guitars, cartoons randomly popping up, and odd plotlines often involving a rather strange Monster of the Week are only the start. Bizarro Show
  • Beakman's World. A zany-haired scientist in a neon green lab coat, his perky female assistant, a man in a rat suit, two penguins who watch the show from their home in the South Pole, famous dead guys, and a kooky and fun atmosphere to learn about science. Bizarro Show
  • The Muppet Show, and The Muppets' early appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, probably qualify as WHATs. Their movies, however, do not. Light on context but seems like a bizarro series
  • David Lynch and Mark Frost followed up TP with On The Air, a short-lived sitcom about the producyion of a 1950s variety show that included among other things a possibly magical duck, a definitely magical talking dog, a studio technician with a medical condition that caused him to see 25.62 times more than anyone else (everything from childrens' toys to dancing Santas) along with the Hurry Up Twins who do nothing but rush around the studio saying "Hurry up! Hurry up!" Bizarro Show
  • Oobi is a show aimed at preschoolers where all the characters are played by live-action, talking hands with eyes on them. Bizarro Show
  • Pushing Daisies. It involves an explosive scratch-and-sniff card, Paul Reubens, an author of adult pop-up books (all in the same episode), a red-and-white striped morgue, and a very American '50s Retro Universe. Oh, and it's about a baker who can bring the dead back to life with a touch, and can't ever touch his thus-revived girlfriend or she'll die permanently. Should probably mention that. Bizarro show?
  • Twin Peaks features an FBI agent with a sweet tooth as the main protagonist, a quirky soundtrack, an eccentric eyepatch-wearing woman with Super Strength, and a dimension populated by strange beings who have the ability to control other peoples' bodies. Bizarro Show
  • The Whitest Kids U' Know is, in many ways, a WHAT version of The Kids in the Hall, clearly taking its inspiration from that show but possessing its own bizarre sense of humor based around snark, Refuge in Audacity, and enough Lampshade Hanging to run an electrician supply house. Bizarro Show, light in context though
  • The six-episode variety show Vermilion Pleasure Night, which The Other Wiki compares to a Japanese version of SCTV. Recurring skits included a drama about a family of mannequins, a spaceship boarding house with a tortured alien, and a bunch of actresses being Barbie dolls. These are then interspersed with one off stories about cannibal cuisine, bondage nurses, and things that just take a sharp left turn halfway through a given sketch. This show hits you with weird repeatedly and never lets you up. Bizarro Show
  • The Fuccons (Oh! Mikey in Japan) is a parody show featuring a Standard '50s Father, House Wife, and their son... With all the characters being played by mannequins whose faces never change. And raucous laughter. Yeah. Bizarro series? doesn't seem that Japanese
  • Téléchat, a French-Belgian puppet show from the '80s. The series is a parody of TV news presented by a black cat with an arm cast (which he uses as an all-purpose box) called Groucha and his female counterpart, an ostrich called Lola. The news (which Groucha does with the help of a sentient microphone) relates the life of "gluons", supposedly the smallest things in existence. Sometimes Lola will also have a talk round, with a fork and a spoon (with human faces!). There are also nonsense commercials with a green orangutan in the jungle, who always manages to screw up the take, to the chagrin of the spot's director; and Léguman, a parody of Japanese Sentai shows. Because of its quirkiness and freakish ambiance, this show scared a whole generation of French kids, who will tell you that it still gives them some feeling of dread if they try rewatching the show. An outsider wouldn't necessarily be traumatized, but would get that this thing was weird in a distinctly French (well, Belgian and French) way. ''' Bizarro show, maybe Widget?
  • La Vie des Botes was a French sitcom about a robot family and talking objects (just like Pee-wee's Playhouse), which aired regular cartoons between the live-action segments. The channel, TF1, put many hopes on this project (because it was a co-production with Canada, some designers from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and Alien worked on it) but it wasn't successful and it stayed for just one year; today, very few people remember this show. Bizarro show
  • Lazy Company, a French TV (mostly) comedy about four hapless GIs during the Battle of Normandy, featuring a Captain America ersatz, Hitler disguised as a nun, mad scientists, a friendly Japanese pilot, and general wackiness all over the place. Bizarro show
  • In the same vein as Téléchat, we have Téléfrançais!, a Wicket produced by TVOntario for the purpose of teaching French to English-speaking children that features, among many other oddities: a talking pineapple puppet that lives in a junkyard and looks like a rejected Furby, a fourth-wall breaking annonceur, and Les Squelettes, a musical group consisting of singing, dancing, instrument playing skeletons who will occasionally perform a number on the outside of a moving plane. It was also made in The '80s. Bizarro show
  • Nanalan' is another Wicket for kids. A green little girl with a speech impediment visits her nana and plays in the backyard. For some reason, us Canadians thought that both this and Téléfrançais! were educational. Have fun trying to find out what her dog's name is. Here's one short. Bizarro show
  • With sketches like Farm Film Report, the story of Vikings and beekeepers, and of course, Bob & Doug McKenzie, SCTV could be considered as such. Bizarro show
  • The 90's version of The Mr. Men Show, which was produced in Canada, had many weird and random segments during the show that were very out of place, including random quizzes, people dancing against stock backgrounds depicting places like the mountains and a church, a Japanese man who knows karate visiting a science lab and a man being fed corn like a baby. Bizarro show
  • The Noddy Shop may look like your average kids' show, but some parts of it seem very strange. There's Aunt Agatha, a woman who has a high-pitched voice, obsesses over the ocean and rats, thinks she's a mermaid and can produce the sounds of a big ocean liner, a woman who runs an ice cream shop while dressed up in an ice cream cone costume, small creatures called goblins that act like a reverse family with the parents being childlike and the kid being the parent figure, a talking lobster who can play a piano and has a family, talking babies who claim to be toilet trained, singing lips without faces that live in a box and an alligator who has big breasts, which is something not normally seen on a show made for preschoolers. Bizarro show
  • Today's Special centers around a mannequin with improbable dancing skills who lives in a department store and has a magic hat that brings him to life every night. Other characters include a Magical Computer who behaves like a human being, a mischievous oversized mouse who always talks in rhyme, and "the Mime Lady" who appears in random segments for no reason. And that's just the regular cast. Bizarro show
  • Anything by Monty Python, to the point where much British comedy is considered "Pythonesque" by non-Brits whether or not it's actually similar to Python's material. Bizarro show? Not sure if a Widget or not
  • Black Books. Dave "Mouse Ears" Smith, pesticide by coffee machine, and "Then it's left... at the dead badger." Bizarro show
  • Noel's House Party. Specifically, Mr. Blobby. Originally created as a fake children's show character used for a Candid Camera Prank-type section of the show, that monstrosity spiraled out of control and became a franchise that fits this trope in its own right. Bizarro show* Bananas in Pyjamas, a kids' show about giant anthropomorphic bananas. That wear pajamas. And get cheated nearly every episode by the giant anthropomorphic rat that runs the corner shop. And there's the issue of their inherent desire to chase and hug giant living teddy bears. Bizarro show
  • Round the Twist. Plots include a skeleton's curse that forces the cursed to end every sentence with "without my pants" (from the episode of that title), gum leaves that can transfer injuries to anyone who can hear a song played on them ("The Gum Leaf War"), a ghost haunting an outhouse ("Skeleton On The Dunny"), and superpower-conferring underpants ("Wunder Pants") the first season. It gets weirder: Overarching plots including music played by ghosts who are trying to save their lighthouse, two ghosts wanting to save their loved ones from accidentally crashing on a boat thanks to human error 100 years ago, and doing so by possessing all of the regulars, including a young girl possessing a teenage boy, a viking love book and a mysterious visitor from a lost land. On top of that, two seasons have extra story arcs, both involving hints that a child is deliberately cultivating weaponizable stenches. Based on the works of Paul Jennings, who's in Literature above. Bizarro show
  • From the creators of Italian Spiderman comes Danger 5. Danger 5 are an international team of spies charged with fighting against the Nazis and, ultimately, assassinating Hitler. This is a difficult task, as the Nazis are armed with dinosaurs, diamond women soldiers, and various other useful weapons. It's also set in an alternate 1960s, despite being about World War II. Bizarro show
  • Bernd the Bread: depressive, pessimistic, box-shapped Bread from a kids' show whose hobbies include staring at his ingrain wallpaper and collecting TV test cards... Just look at his profile! Bizarro show


  • "Hitsuji de Oyasumi" is a series of short talk CDs featuring various Japanese voice actors Counting Sheep. Not just a few sheep, either; most of the albums go to 400, plus short openings and closings and occasional other mid-count comments. There are at least 22 volumes of this. Bizarro show

Tabletop Games

  • Paranoia is an example of American absurdity at its finest. Bizarro show, nothing about it is particularly American. Also needs more context
  • Hol: Human Occupied Landfill. Hand-written in several late-night sessions in an IHOP, and originally offered no character creation since "everyone just makes the same types of characters over and over again". When character creation was included in the expansion, stat rolling included several strange and useless abilities, such as an "Almond Joy" stat. ("Roll 1-3: Sometimes you feel like a nut. Roll 4-6: Sometimes you don't.") Bizarro Show. No context about cultural stuff
  • A lot of card-carrying mad genius Jenna Moran's (best known for Nobilis and Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine) non-commercial pet projects are just straightforwardly weird. One that's currently on hiatus is about mischievous little fairies and has a task resolution system based off circuit diagrams and predicate logic. Bizarro Show. No context about cultural stuff
  • Experimental / indie / made for contest [RPGs] in general. From "Appliance Adventure" (a game about intelligent, talking household appliances) to "Get Out of Infernopolis" (storytelling gameified UNO where there is only one player / soul and everybody else is a GM / petty demon who makes the one player's life miserable). Bizarro Show. No context about cultural stuff

Web Original

  • Llamas with Hats is, to put it simply, a series of videos describing the adventures of a psychopathic llama who visits and devastates a South American city, sinks a cruise ship, and nukes an entire city. All the while, his squeakily-voiced friend with a flowery hat voices his concern and condemns the madman's orphan-dooming actions by crying CAAAAAAARL! Repeatedly. bizarro series, no mention of country of origin
  • The YouTube channel Berd consists of short (ranging from one second to just over 1 minute) Stylistic Suck animations, starring kiwi-esque bird characters and a large dose of Surreal Humor. If you're wondering about the 1-second videos, they're mostly from the "skunk second" series, where each episode is just a picture of a skunk with a second-long voiceover of someone saying "skunk." Bizarro series
  • Homestar Runner. All crazy retro pop culture references, all the time. And are those guys supposed to be people or what? Bizarro show
    • Sweet Cuppin' Cakes is an in-universe example, depicted as Strong Bad's attempt to deliberately create a "kuh-razy cartoon".
  • The ASDF Movie series is a rather odd series of sketches not tied together at all that involves potatos with guns, throwing cheese at aliens and "doing an internet". Bizarro show
  • Dutch Youtuber Massagraf. He usually makes YouTube Poops of Belgian kids' shows, which can (at times) be rather weird. An even weirder thing, however, is his Samsonimatie series, in which he takes characters from Samson En Gert and makes them do ridiculous things, such as drinking each other's heads through a straw. And if that's not weird enough for you, there's also vogeltje. Bizarro Series, borderline widget
  • Don't Hug Me I'm Scared is a creepy but deceptively cute series of videos starring puppets who encounter Faux Affably Evil talking food, animals, and objects. There's also a lot of gorn. Bizarro series
  • Filthy Frank (made by George "Joji" Miller, the self-proclaimed "Ed Wood of YouTube") is a STANZA that relies heavily on Surreal Humor and tends toward the extremely random, offensive, and often downright gross. Bizarro series


  • "WHAT?!" perfectly describes the appropriate reaction to Awful Hospital AND perfectly summarizes it as THAT kind of WHAT. Everything about it is brain-meltingly surreal, to say the least, besides all the unorthodox characters and bizarre workings of the fictional universe it takes place in. Bizarro show
  • Lookism a WOK, where to begin. Most of his life Park Hyung Suk has been bullied for being fat and unattractive. After his mother shows up at school and sees that he's bullied, she takes all the money she got and lets him transfer schools. It's a school with 7 departments, and he's enrolled to the fashion department. But On his way, the hairdresser cuts his hair to look like Kim Jong Un, and after being beat up on the street, he locks himself into his new apartment. After crying himself to sleep, ha awakens again due to a Potty Emergency. When done and washing his hands, he sees a handsome man in the mirror. It's him, with a Heroic Build! But in the bedroom, his old body is sleeping. It's not a "Freaky Friday" Flip and can best be described as Literal Split Personality as he changes between bodies each time he sleeps. Instead of taking the normal path of revenge, he decides to befriend as many as he can. So it's a fighting, gag, Psychological Horror, Romantic Comedy, and possibly more series with male fanservice(the same way some Anime & Manga has female fanservice for no reason what so ever all of sudden), while aimed at the same age and gender group as seinen manga. Bizarro show
  • Mountain Time is about as WHAT as it gets, what with its constantly-derailing story lines, characters that range from astronauts to neurotic hamsters to Jewish garden hoses, and settings that are often nonsensical (such as clouds that turn into hams). Bizarro show

Western Animation

  • What’s the Big Idea? is a Wabbit mainly because the concept of a philosophy show for preschoolers is rather unheard of. Bizarro show
  • Freakazoid! If you're a newcomer to the show, and not tearing your hair out in frustration, crying "WHAT!? THE!? HELL?!?" by the time the chimpanzee line rolls around in its opening theme, then you should probably check yourself into the nearest psychiatric ward. And that's just one of the many, MANY oddities that this show likes to throw at you. Bizarro show
  • CatDog involves a pair of Conjoined Twins who happen to be a cat and a dog who live with their blue mouse-like neighbor and constantly go through complete and utter misery while dealing with a gang of literal Greaser dogs, a green rabbit who has at least one new job every episode, and were raised by a yeti-like creature and a frog with a big nose and the voice of Billy Bob Thornton. It definitely qualifies as a W.H.A.T., especially thanks to the plethora of disturbing imagery and Deranged Animation. Bizarro show
  • The Buzz on Maggie easily qualifies for this trope just by virtue of being an otherwise rather archetypal tween-girl sitcom set in an anthropomorphic-sentient-bug-infested garbage dump where basically everything is made out of trash and other assorted human refuse. Also, Maggie (a fly) has human feet in one of the episodes as well. Bizarro show
  • Adventure Time, the bizarre adventures of a boy and his dog in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world, much of which is totally surreal. The show itself also has a Widget Episode in "Food Chain", animated by Masaaki Yuasa. It is bizarre even by the show's own standards. At one point the characters turn into birds and sing an aria from The Magic Flute, and it just gets stranger from there... Bizarro show, although maybe just the episode
  • The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack. Just watch the opening. Though, much of the oddness comes from the sheer amount of horror as humour. Bizarro show
  • Regular Show has the tagline "It's anything but [regular]". The cast comprises a mish-mash of humans, animals, creatures and inanimate objects, and every episode has surreal events, their resolutions being even more so. It also has its In-Universe widget anime: Planet Chasers Starlight Excellent. It's so nonsensical, it traps your mind within the videotape. Bizarro show
  • Chowder. Sentient food, No Fourth Wall, and Dr. Seuss-like weirdness? Yup. Definitely an example. Bizarro show
  • The Problem Solverz, a rather polarizing cartoon about a man, a robot, and a "dog-anteater" (he looks more like a turd with limbs and a face) who do Exactly What It Says on the Tin. Bizarro show
  • The Amazing World of Gumball is this in terms of animation (a mix of stop-motion, computer-generated effects and traditional animation), characters (the protagonist is a blue cat with an orange fish as his adopted brother, and his parents are a pink bunny married with another blue cat; his schoolmates include a Tyrannosaurus rex, a paper-made bear, a cactus and a cloud) and events (very silly incidents that are taken too seriously). Many episodes revolve around the characters reacting to and examining tropes the way a normal person would, making their setup all the funnier. Bizarro show
  • Robotomy. A kid's show is about robots going to school is one thing, but one where something (or someone) is destroyed every other scene, the cast is almost entirely mentally unstable, and the ENTIRE planet is a war zone? Yup, pure WHAT. Bizarro show
  • Uncle Grandpa. From the moment Uncle Grandpa reappears in the picture frame after disappearing from view from outside, and then walking into frame from the side (if not sooner), it's been made incredibly clear that this show isn't simply on a rocket train to Weirdsville, it already arrived long ago, made itself at home and set up shop. Bizarro show
  • Sealab 2021, which has surreal, rambling plots and often outright insane characters. Bizarro show
  • Xavier: Renegade Angel. The main character is a creature with the legs of a goat, six nipples, the beak of a bird, and a snake for a hand. One episode ends with a casino being destroyed by sentient drops of blood. And that's one of the relatively normal episodes. Bizarro show
  • 12 oz. Mouse. Some describe it as True Art Is Incomprehensible: The Cartoon. No surprise given that it's Stylistic Suck mixed with bizarre pseudo-drama. Bizarro show
  • Rick and Morty falls more on the bizarre end of this trope. While sci-fi comedy is nothing new by any means, it has never been this demented. Planets and alternate universes with hamsters living in humans' butts, structures and organisms modeled on a cob down to the molecular level, sentient furniture beings that use humans as furniture and eat phones, sentient phones that use pizza as furniture, anthropomorphic pizza slices that eat humans... that's only the tip of the iceberg. Bizarro show
  • Chapi Chapo, a Weird French Thing, consists of the playful adventures of two small... children that manipulate innumerable boxes, and sometimes even physical laws. Bizarro show
  • The Fleischer Studios with anything they did. There's a ghost of a walrus singing a song written by Cab Calloway, rotoscoped from Cab Calloway's dancing; as well as Koko the Clown's antics. Counts as a W.E.N.T, or "Weird Early Nineteen-hundreds Thing." Bizarro show. Trope Codifier for Deranged Animation
  • Panique au Village (A Town Called Panic) is a bizarre Belgian stop-motion shorts series. Also, Pic Pic André Shoow by the same authors. Bizarro show
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show was not known only for its bizarre, grossout humor, but also off-kilter music choices... Bizarro show
  • Les Renés, another Weird Thing from France, a series about a cyclop family, created by the French artist Hervé Di Rosa. Bizarro show
  • One of the earliest French CGI series, Chipie & Clyde, a series about a selfish wolf called Clyde who live in a loft and his antagonist, a girl called Chipie, who is able to send him by magic to make a test each time he says the F word. In the same case, Les Quarxs, a scientist who shows some weird creatures that came from nowhere which caused him some serious problems in his work. Bizarro show
  • Peepoodo & the Super Fuck Friends, a French animated series which heavily parodies children's cartoons in the vein of Happy Tree Friends and Kaeloo, and although there are some very helpful lessons on sexuality scattered throughout, it's packed with unbelievably graphic and raunchy content. (one episode even discusses coprophilia and urophilia) Also, almost every single one of the characters has their junk hanging out. Bizarro show
  • The Clangers, a '70s British children's show which was about pink alien mice that spoke in whistles; one could call it a BBT (Bizarre British Thing). Bizarro show
  • The short Rejected, by Don Hertzfeldt. "You're watching the Family Learning Channel. And now, angry ticks fire out of my nipples." Bizarro show
  • The 80's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was a Widget series to anyone familiar with the original Mirage Comics. Lampshaded during Turtles Forever. After transporting into the dimension of the 1987 TMNT cartoon, the 2003 Turtles witness the heroics of their 1987 counterparts as they rescue April from evil leprechauns, monster bowling balls, mutant pizza slices, and... well, Raphael says the last one:
    2003 Raphael: Was that a mutant... banana?
    2003 Michelangelo: This dimension is seriously messed-up. Bizarro show? Kinda borderline, doesn't seem thaaaat weird.
  • Aardman Animations :
    • Rex the Runt manages to be the epitome of this. A bunch of claymation dogs and their adventures through time, outer-space, 'inside brains'... Bizarro show
    • The Presentators is one of these; an extremely short-lived series about a trio of otherwise-normal Cartoon Creatures hosting a TV show, featuring theme parks based on countries, hats that make music when lifted from the table, and reality-warping weather maps that can crush people with giant pencils. Bizarro show
  • Pingu is totally a weird Swiss thing. It's a Claymation series about a Bratty Half-Pint little boy penguin, who can stretch and squash himself into any shape he desires, who speaks a non-sensical babble thus leaving the stories of the show to be told through inference via body language, and of which several episodes have been Banned in China due to horror and Toilet Humor. Bizarro show
  • ChalkZone. Kids having adventures in a world inhabited by walking, talking chalk drawings means lots of weirdness, alright. Bizarro show
  • Celebrity Deathmatch: Take two or more celebrities, put them in a wrestling ring and make them duke it out until one of them is left alive. Then make the whole setting a World of Ham. With lots of bloodshed and violence, this show is a prime example of Widgetness in claymation form. Bizarro show
  • Codename: Kids Next Door is a series where kids are menaced by an evil conspiracy of adults and protected by a Benevolent Conspiracy of kids, in a reality where Saturn's rings are made of stuffed animals, the stuffed animals themselves have real animal counterparts (some of which are gigantic), jungle gyms lead to islands with chocolate volcanos populated by wedgie-sauruses - you get the idea. Anything can happen here, and probably will in this crazy world. Bizarro show
  • Fat Dog Mendoza: The adventures of a boy in a superhero costume and his dog (which looks more like a giant cat's head with legs and a tail). They're best friends with a girl who has purple hair, their teacher has two heads (one named Polly, the other Esther), the villains include a guy with feet for hands and another with a giant green head... and that's just the premise. Bizarro show
  • Gravity Falls: Twin Peaks style supernatural animated weirdness, and on Disney to boot. Though not as weird as everyone else on this list. Bizarro show
  • Teletoon's Spliced. The premise being about Mix-and-Match Critters is just the top of the barrel for this Wicket where the very first episode involves bowling pin aliens invading Earth. Bizarro show
  • Another Wicket from Teletoon is Jimmy Two-Shoes. How many other versions of Hell have giant talking sandwiches (among other objects), a month in which everyone falls asleep for a day, evil pickles, biker clowns, a perfume that turns wearers into giraffes, talking animals, racing fleas, evil space unicorns, and a demon version of the Tooth Fairy? It's probably worth noting that a lot of these happened in Season 2 as opposed to the more defined Miseryville of Season 1. Bizarro show
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy is what happens when you combine this trope with Black Comedy and Grossout Show. Episode premises have included a principal and a hippo being turned into rappers, Billy turning the world into a 30s-era cartoon by juggling chickens, an invisible fart-imitating duck annoying everyone, and a parody of Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters trying to conquer the world by stealing beds. Bizarro show
  • Wander over Yonder. Take Looney Tunes, the wackiness of SpongeBob SquarePants, the character designs of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and a space setting. Now, put them in a blender, and voila! A weird, wacky little cartoon. Bizarro show
  • Cow and Chicken is a W(H)AT about a couple, who both happen to be a pair of legs, who have two children: a cow and a chicken. The duo are harassed in every episode by an insane, crossdressing demon who emphasizes his lack of pants and the former of the two can turn into a Spanish-speaking superhero. What. Bizarro show
    • If you think that's weird, from the same creator as Cow and Chicken is YooHoo & Friends, which is exactly what you get when you take some obscure Korean preschool cartoon based on a cute toyline and Westernize it by re-dubbing and re-animating it into a fourth-wall breaking comedy show about five greedy executives who are turned into cute, fluffy animals by the Father Time (voiced by the Flavor Flav), and in order to wish themselves back into being humans, they must do good deeds and help out the environment. If literally any of that was confusing to you, you now know exactly what you're in for. Bizarro show
  • Yakkity Yak, an obscure and short-lived Gag Series by Teletoon that also aired on Nickelodeon in 2003. It's about the adventures of a yak who lives in the town of Onion Falls and dreams about being a comedian. By itself that's weird enough, but to add to it, his best friend is a pineapple-headed person, his agent is a trilobite, and a mad scientist with hair that changes colour based on his mood and a robot daughter/assistant lives in his basement. Yup, a Wicket in the purest sense of the term. Bizarro show
  • Coconut Fred's Fruit Salad Island. Take SpongeBob SquarePants and VeggieTales, throw them in a blender, add a whole load of plots so nonsensical and random that you head will be spinning by the time the episode's over, and make them into a cartoon. Voila, one of the weirdest cartoons ever made. Bizarro show
  • Pickle and Peanut If the name alone didn't tip you off, how about spoonfuls of Deranged Animation, excessive Art Shifts, Medium Blending and just all out weirdness. Bizarro show
  • Soupe Opéra: Definitely a Weird Thing from France. Fruit and vegetables move around and form animals, all to '90s-sounding music. Bizarro show
  • WordWorld: Everything and everyone is made of the letters in their name, and new objects (and even new characters) can be created by just putting the appropriate letters next to each other. It's especially strange by PBS standards. Bizarro show
  • Kaeloo: The entire cast are mentally unstable talking animals, they live on a planet that runs on magic (with no buildings, stores, schools, offices, etc.), there's ridiculous amounts of violence and destruction, and the characters have access to time machines, love potions and the like. Bizarro show
  • La planète de Donkey Kong (especially its final years under the DKTV title) is pretty weird by design: it's basically a post-modern sketch show featuring an handful of the Donkey Kong characters, who behave very differently from their portrayals in any other media, and features humour and subject matter raunchier than what you'd espect for something based on a Nintendo property. What pushes it in WTF territory is the frequent references to French pop culture and that most of the skits are built around untranslatable puns. Bizarro show
  • Little Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers is a STANZA. The main character is a foundling who may or may not be the heir to Elvis Presley. He and his friends have a profitable band, which draws them into conflict with an asshole corporate bigwig who uses Unobtanium to cheat at marbles and constantly subjects his one minion to Electric Torture. Bizarro show
  • Teletoon gives us yet another pure, undiluted Wicket in Wishfart, a series best described as The Fairly OddParents on crack. The main characters are a non-traditional leprechaun, a talking puffin, and a Stringy-Haired Ghost Girl. Every episode title is a non-sequitur uttered in the episode. And a normal episode for the series would be the leprechaun eating cabbage to impress a mermaid that leads to snowmen declaring war on everyone. Even the freakin' title screams of Wicket!note  Bizarro show
  • HBO's late-90s show Crashbox was a rare edutainment example— the premise of the show was a bunch of robots inside a giant, steampunk-ish computer would create game cartidges for segments where the viewers would learn stuff, ranging from a robotic match teacher who taught "Psycho Math", to a talking pair of ears who would try to guess where they were based on the noises they heard. Bizarro show
  • Hoze Houndz is a huge Wicket. Think Fireman Sam but if it was made by Furry Fandom members on a lot of drugs. One piece of fanart on DeviantArt had a comment recalling an episode "where the main characters go to a fast-food restaurant and they get toys that were actually superpower accessories." In other words, a typical episode. Bizarro show
  • From much of the same team as Bojack Horseman, we have Tuca & Bertie, a WHAT taking place in a similar World of Funny Animals with much more offbeat humor, which is faster-paced to boot. The first episode alone involves the titular duo searching for an urn belonging to Bertie's boyfriend Speckle, containing his grandmother's ashes, ultimately leading to the two chasing a turtle through the city into a bakery, where the ashes are baked into a cake... only for Speckle's grandmother to be reincarnated as a cake. She then tells speckle to eat her, so she can live on in his stomach.
    Eat the ghost cake! Eat the ghost cake!
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  • TaleSpin is an old Disney cartoon about the golden age of seaplane travel. What makes it very bizarre is that characters are very, very randomly taken from The Jungle Book (1967), a work with a vastly different tone and plot. They have been anthropomorphized and revisioned, with Shere Khan for example going from a regular wild tiger living in a forest to a bipedal business man. Bizarro show
  • Phineas and Ferb is a WHAT describable as Ed, Edd n Eddy on crack. The series revolves around two boys who decide to spend a supposedly 104-day summer vacation by doing all sorts of crazy & inane activities (mainly making crazy inventions in their backyard), all while trying to hide their shenanigans from their bratty older sister. And then there's the stranger elements such as each episode's subplot where the family pet becomes a secret agent and fights an evil German mad scientist, and random appearances by a giant floating baby head. Bizarro show?
  • PB&J Otter is a WHAT animated series from the same people as Doug about a trio of river otters who live on a houseboat on a lake of undeterminant location who do a "Noodle Dance" to solve problems, and live along a variety of neighbors including millionare poodles, a toilet seat-collecting "mayor", and "watchbird" cranes. Bizarro show
  • Llan-ar-goll-en is a wabbit (sort of) about a man solving mysteries in a live action world with an animated doggy sidekick in the small, titular village. You'd think it sounds awfully a lot like Blue's Clues (and you're right), but what's especially weird about it is what it contains. From flying bikes to talking hand bags and singing letter stamps, and with a main cast comprising of a pirate and wizard, this show is nothing short of a Welsh Mind Screw. Bizarro show

  • Latvian Railways' railway crossing safety ads are a Strange Thing from Lativa (STFL). ZCE
  • Madman. It's hard to place it in one particular genre or the other. Usually, it's every genre all at the same time. Lacks context
  • Never before has Canada's largest city been so quirky. Scott Pilgrim includes but is not limited to lesbian half-ninjas, psychic super vegans, bionic arms, Sexy Demon Hipster Chicks, abilities to manipulate pure sound using sheer determination, angry Chinese fathers with katanas protecting their obsessive daughters, and gay men as far as the eye can see (though the book focuses on a heterosexual couple). Seems like a shoehorn to me. I don't think the work is all that weird
  • Novas Aventuras De Megaman, thanks in no small part to having a Genre Shift almost every issue, being Darker and Edgier, Bloodier and Gorier and Hotter and Sexier than most versions of the Mega Man (Classic) franchise. Doesn't seem that weird as written
  • The genre of superhero comics is WAT to many people around the world. After all, people can understand a masked vigilante fighting crime, a wizard dealing with demonic incursions, or a mad scientist threatening the world from his faraway lair. Perhaps even a flying man wearing a cape and helping people. But to see all of them at once, teaming up to fight off an alien invasion? Only in America. general example, also seems like Fridge Logic shoehorning
  • The Beano and its characters (Minnie the Minx, Dennis and Gnasher, etc.) count as a WBT, having very British humor and not being exported elsewhere to countries not familiar with said humor or the characters. light on context, also can't count if there are no foreign audiences to react to it
  • The weird German movie Sei zärtlich, Pinguin (Be gentle, penguin) ZCE
  • Der Schuh Des Manitu and its semi-prequel/sequel Traumschiff Surprise ZCE
  • Spice World, which could be The Spice Girls' own A Hard Day's Night, but aims more for Head with its parade of nonsensical sequences. lacks context
  • Anything by David Cronenberg: Videodrome, Rabid, etc. lacks context
  • Ginger Snaps - Werewolves as a literal metaphor for puberty. Shooting up drugs (well, wolfsbane) is the only way to temporarily slow the transformation. Its two sequels ramp up the weirdness even more. doesn't seem that weird.
  • Wild Zero. Japanese punk rockers, bikers and traps fight zombies, aliens and evil managers wearing short shorts. And it is GLORIOUS. Bizarro Series
  • Big Tits Zombie. The title says it all. ZCE
  • Fish Story: The long and complicated tale of how, thanks to a series of coincidences, an obscure punk song from a failed 1970s punk band saves the world in 2012. doesn't seem that weird
  • Hot Rod: A film about an Evel Knievel wannabe wanting to raise $50,000 in order to get a heart transplant for his Jerkass stepfather, solely so he can mercilessly beat him, all set in a warped Affectionate Parody of 80s Spielbergian Suburbia. doesn't seem that weird
  • The films of writer Charlie Kaufman, who started with Being John Malkovich (the actor in the title reacted to receiving said script with Is This a Joke?) and didn't dial down anywhere down the line. That movie's director, Spike Jonze, indulged in WHAT before with his music videos (putting the Beastie Boys in a cop show and Weezer on Happy Days, making Christopher Walken dance madly - and eventually fly - to Fatboy Slim), and his movies took one step further - after Malkovich, there was Adaptation. (another Kaufman script), Where the Wild Things Are, and her. lacks context, too many things lumped together
  • Practically the entire resume of music video and film director Michel Gondry. ZCE
  • Yahoo Serious and Young Einstein. ZCE
  • Any film by Taika Waititi applies. Even his first major studio project, Thor: Ragnarok, where he appears as the rock alien Korg, modelled after what he calls a "cuzzie from the East Cape of New Zealand". doesn't seem that weird
  • Attack the Gas Station!, a South Korean comedy film that runs on Rule of Cool and Rule of Funny. lacks context
  • Sweet Movie and W.R.: Mysteries of the Organism are Weird Serbian Stuff. Just the intros to our articles have serious problems summing up the movies. lacks context
  • The "mo lei tau" genre of Hong Kong films, the most well-known purveyor being Stephen Chow. "Mo lei tau" roughly translates to "nonsense talk" and consists of madcap, slapstick and over-the-top humor. not that weird
  • The strange Spanish movie Amanece, que no es poco (At least it's dawning). The title itself refers to the last scene, where the sun rises.... from the WEST. Cue Title Drop from the no-longer-caring main characters. lacks context, could be Bizarro Show if better explained
  • The Holy Mountain: If there's one film that Alejandro Jodorowsky has created that definitely falls under this trope, it's this. ZCE
  • Also from Africa, seemingly Uganda is full of those, most prominently Who Killed Captain Alex?. Helps the movies are downright released with humourous comments by "Video Jokers". lacks context
  • The Complete World Knowledge trilogy, which consists of books with Long Titles, filled to the brim with "100% false" facts, though the appendices in the paperback versions acknowledge the fact that occasionally a truth manages to end up in one of them by accident. In addition, the page numbering does not restart in later books in the series, instead picking up where the previous one left off. The second book also serves as a page-a-day calendar, which among other things reveals an Escalating War of bizarre precipitation between Richmond, Virginia, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the late 1970s. This would be classified as a WHAT. does not seem that weird'''
  • Bizarro Fiction, as a genre, is comprised hugely of WATs, wabbits, wickets, and STANZAs as of this writing. However, multi-language examples are slowly rising.
  • Redwall is another literary WABBIT. It's about mice and other animals living in what is called an abbey but is more of a church crossed with an apartment complex, a gated community, a daycare, and an assisted living facility, and they constantly have to fight off vermin such as rats and foxes who plan to take over the "Abbey" For the Evulz. Then there are the stranger characters such as a owl who speaks in rhyme (Sir Harry the Muse), Somerset-accented moles, World War II fighter pilot hares (Basil Stag Hare, among others), and tribal squirrels obsessed with fighting (the Gawtrybe). Mouse World and Talking Animal settings are very common in children's literature, not that weird.
  • While iCarly itself isn't a WHAT, the Show Within a Show webcast certainly qualifies as such. ZCE
  • The works of Sid and Marty Krofft Productions are WHATs that can match the weirdest of Widget Series weird for weird in being weird. ZCE
  • The Andy Milonakis Show. ZCE
  • Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. WHAT indeed. (Is you'll be saying...unless you're an American stoner)
  • Chuck puts an ungodly amount of classified government information into the brain of a Best Buy-Expy retail slave and then sticks him with a Statuesque Stunner Femme Fatale and Adam Baldwin to keep him safe and his family unaware. Gets even funnier in the seasons that work Subway sandwiches or references to same into EVERY episode. Doesn't sound that weird
  • Any of Conan O'Brien's late night shows would count as a WHAT. Yes, even his tenure on The Tonight Show. ZCE
  • Wonder Showzen. This is all that needs to be said about it (besides Vulgar Humor, that is). ZCE
  • The Spoils of Babylon and its Spin-Off The Spoils Before Dying. Affectionate Parodies of bloated, pretentious miniseries from the 70s and 80s that were based off Doorstopper novels, acted out by an All-Star Cast playing actors playing characters. doesn't seem that weird
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum downplays this. In order to fully enjoy this Edutainment documentary series, the viewer has to not only find the very Serious Business behind ice cream, denim, tattoos, etc. (especially as experienced by Americans) as interesting and even inspiring rather than odd and/or pathetic, but be a fan of the CloudCuckoolander character actor/jazz musician who is exploring them in his cheerfully idiosyncratic way. The two trailers for the show are upfront about its eccentricity, especially the first one — Goldblum notes "Be forewarned, I am in the show a lot" and goes on to say "So if any of this tempts you, or wearies you, you can make a decision right here." But it ended up one of the most-hyped charter productions of Disney+, with National Geographic dubbing it into a double-digit number of foreign languages, and was only the third of the streaming service's many original productions to get the go-ahead for a second season. reads like a shoehorn, lots of natter
  • Dotch Cooking Show was an even more intense cooking game show that pitted two amazing-looking dishes against each other and a panel of seven choosing which dish to eat at the end of the episode. Each dish had its own crazy-awesome special ingredient. At the end, the people who voted for the winning dish got to eat it and the chef who made the losing dish had to (oh, darn the luck) eat it alone. Oh and the losers are forced to watch the winners eat as they get nothing at all. This show was amazing. doesn't seem that weird, entry is very gushy
  • Takeshi's Castle. MXC is a WHAT (Weird Hilarious American Thing) made from it. ZCE
  • SASUKE and Kinniku Banzuke, which air in the US and Australia as Ninja Warrior and Unbeatable Banzuke, respectively. G4 heavily plaued up their status as wacky Japanese shows. Not only did they throw "ninja" into the first show's name, but the on-camera host who appears before and after segments on Unbeatable Banzuke, who only speaks Japanese and needs to be subtitled? He was the host hired by G4 solely for the American version. doesn't seem that weird
  • Brain Wall, known to many American YouTubers as simply "Human Tetris". It lost much of its widgety charm when adapted for Fox as Hole In The Wall. needs more context
  • Norwegian TV-series Brødrene Dal and KLM. Made by the comedy trio, Trond Kirkvaag, Knut Lystad, and Lars Mjøen. Can't tell but should be deleted for being a Wall of Text
    • KLM being for more for adults (still being rated 'for all ages' causing it to having loads of Getting Crap Past the Radar). Heavily inspired by Monty Python causing the actors to be dressed in drags, jokes about christianity and especiallly about priests, dirty jokes, news parodies and the gods know what more.
    • Brødrene Dal is more aimed at children, yet still some Getting Crap Past the Radar. Here the really different men play brothers, or maybe Same-Sex Triplets, or just In Name Only. Named after 3 famous Norwegian valleys, although they might have a 4th brother in the narrator simply called Fortelleren, and in the 4th season maybe even a 5th which not even the brothers remember. The actors for the brothers themselves also act as many different characters.
      • The 1st season, og Profesor Drøvels Hemmelighet (and Prosfessor Drøvel(Uvula's) Secret) is for them to search for a friend who has something important to tell them. It has a ton of refferences to different Norwegian culture, pop-culture and some European fiction. Most similar to KLM having small shorts.
      • The 2nd season, og spektralsteinene (And the spectral stones) can be best described as a Norwegian Doctor Who, having Time Travel between many famous fictional works like Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Robin Hood, Robinson Crusoe, and more, but also real-life happenings like World War II with them meeting their father and helping him in La Résistance, aka. Milorg, and in the end being named after themsleves. Ends with them traveling through space meeting aliens, driving the Doctor Who refference home.
      • The 3rd and meant to be the Finale Season, og Legenden om Atlant-is(and the Legend of Atlant-ice), The Narrator finally appears on camera, being more unreliable than ever. The brothers are forced to find a sacred sami vase. In this season is it a World of Pun, and refferences to popular TV-shows at the time with stuff like A-Team Firing, and a tent that's Bigger on the Inside, etc. Near the end the Narrator takes a vacation to Mallorca and refuses to narrate anymore. In the end the brothers submit their adventures to have books written about them. On the way out they meet the Narrator who has wrtitten himself as the hero as the story.
      • The 4th season and the Finale Season, og mysteriet om Karl XIIs gamasjer(And the mystery of Charles XII's gaiters), was made on request from the King of Norway himself. Made as a tribute to it being 100 years since the Dissolution of the union between Norway and Sweden. It's about Time Travel yet again. This time they have to find Charles XII's gaiters or else Sweden will force Norway into union with them again at the day of the 100 years anniversary. This season makes a Series Continuity Error, with the brothers living together again, and Brummund having a Secret Wife who lives in his room, who regulary comes down and steals the other brothers' breakfast, she also is a giant Parental Bonus by smoking a lot, her often being Ready for Lovemaking, and even being implied to be a whore. And why does even Brummund keep her as a secret, and often locked up in his room? It was even made in 2005! To make this season even weirder does their 2 nephews and niece come. The brothers doesn't remember the brother who's aparently is the father at all (might be the Narrator's or even Brummund's kids, or not). The three of them are all Mary Sues to an extent and do not serve any real purpose to the story, and who their parents are is never told either.
      • The 5th installment, a movie, og Vikingsverdets forbannelse(And the Viking Sword's Curse) is the real final adventure of the brothers. Made after Trond Kirkvaag lost his life to cancer, but with Brummund somewhat being in the movie due to putting him in from a taped version of the Stage Play. The brothers buy a time-machine on TV-shop, and are thrown 1000 years back in time. Now they are in the Viking Age. It became too weird even for Brødrene Dal itself and wasn't well recieved.
  • The Kids in the Hall. ZCE
  • Doctor Who veers off into Wabbit territory every so often, especially when they make jokes based around British humor or accents. (The "lots of planets have a North!" joke, for one, only works if you understand what a Northern English accent sounds like.)
    • One episode had Rose Tyler trying to get the Queen of England to say "We are not amused." Hilarious for British audiences (and probably several Western audiences familiar with that real-life meme) but to Asian audiences, it would be odd-sounding and out-of-context. Keep? Not sure
  • STANZA is a term that would apply rather nicely to The Wiggles. ZCE
  • See also... Mr. Squiggle. ZCE
  • Though it has a very large following in the US, early editions of Warhammer 40,000 were very much a Weird British Thing. lacks context, nothing about it is particularly British, and has large overseas fandom
  • The Touhou Project fan video, Border of extacy by IOSYS is a widget with illogical pixellated imagery. Let's just extend that to "Half of all touhou-related songs and music videos" rather than list examples for half a page. Though some make more or less sense than others. lacks context
  • Health with Little Red Riding Hood. Oh God, Health with Little Red Riding Hood. lacks context
  • In a similar vein, you have Action Bunnies. ZCE
  • The Annoying Orange, which has now crossed over to Cartoon Network. ZCE
  • Although the plots in Neopets tend to be a bit more serious, the site itself has a LOT of weirdness. And that's why people love it. ZCE
  • The Animutation genre can best be described as an American attempt at imitating widgets. ZCE
  • Axe Cop. What actually happens in the comic is weird enough, but when you factor in that the writer is a six-year-old boy, it truly achieves WHAT status. needs more context
  • Electric Wonderland can come off as pretty crazy, due to it taking place in a Cyberspace world unbound by the laws of physics. needs more context
  • Princess Pi tends to rely on nonsensical logic. needs more context
  • Dolan is the epitome of a Weird Finnish Thing. needs more context
  • Listening To 11975 M Hz is made by a Texan who is also a marine. You really, really would not guess that by reading it if you're going by stereotypes. doesn't sound like it counts, needs more context

  • A lot of Hanna-Barbera shows are this, depending on how obscure they are. A show featuring a talking dog Kung-fu hero? A show where a woman is constantly in danger of being brutally murdered? And even those shows are fairly well known. seems like standard Zany Cartoon stuff
  • Rocko's Modern Life, albeit to a far lesser degree overall than The Ren & Stimpy Show. ZCE
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force, the misadventures of a trio of talking fast-food items, and their put-upon neighbor. needs more context, Talking Food on its own isn't that weird
  • The Brak Show, which parodies the trope in its WJT form in the episode "Sexy New Brak Show Go". needs more context
  • Kappa Mikey. Helps that the premise is about a Western Animation character living in Anime Land. needs more context
  • Teen Titans (2003) made reference to this, as the weirder episodes (such as those involving insane Reality Warper villains like Mad Mod and Mumbo Jumbo) usually had the theme song done in Japanese whereas the more "serious" episodes had it in English. Follow-up series Teen Titans Go!, while less Animesque, just outright drops the seriousness and embraces WHAT territory. Not convinced this is an example but might be an in-universe parody for certain episodes
  • Future-Worm!: A boy makes a time machine out of his own lunch box and befriends the eponymous character, an unbelievably badass worm, complete with a beard. Hilarity Ensues. seems like there's some exageration here, might be Bizarro Series
  • Drawn Together, TV's first animated reality show where characters die and come back in the same episode without explanation, making it the most unrealistic animated show ever created. Really think about how completely insane that is. Word Of God implied nothing in this show is ever meant to make any sense other than that it's funny. not sure Negative Continuity is enough to make a cartoon weird.
  • Pib and Pog is a pure WABBIT with it's maniacal humor and guise as a preschool show. needs more context
  • Wunschpunsch is a WTF, WICKET, and a PEGS at the same time. Who thought a series wherein a cat and a raven are forced to stop their witch owners' spells from destroying the city they live in could be so crazy? sounds like standard fantasy stuff
  • Bojack Horseman is a W(H)AT. The fact that nobody finds anthomorphic animal actors in a human-filled world and walking in broad daylight to be odd brings questions to first-time viewers' minds. Funny Animals are a staple of cartoons
  • Most small Toyotas since about 2000 have this to some extent or another. Do cars really count for something like this?
    • On the international front, ridiculous little dinky cars and hatchbacks from all around the world are perceived this way by Americans.note  The ultimate example is the autorickshaw, a demented little car-thing built around a motorcycle.
    • A western example is the short-lived Yggdrasil 'green' motorcycles. We can't link to an example, unfortunately, as the website has been down for about two years. If you've played or seen screenshots of the game series Xtreme G, they resembled those cycles but only went about 140-170kph and were sold in small numbers in mainland Europe as an environmentally conscious alternative to move from point A to B. They were cheap to buy, but annoyingly expensive to maintain, and attempts to sell them elsewhere were met with confusion and head scratching elsewhere (and even at home) due to the way-too-futuristic designs and odd seating arrangement. (ridden as if you were straddling a rocket Wile E Coyote style).
    • Microcars/small cars in general and Smart cars in particular may also be seen this way in North America. This is caused by Japanese and European car makers not bothering to sell their microcars and more left-field models in North America in a self-fulfilling cycle of lack of demand from lack of products from lack of demand... Conversely, a lot of places in the rest of the world perceives their relative absence and the preponderance of big sedans, pickup trucks, SUVs and even American muscle cars for city dwellers as just as strange. The last few years have however seen SUVs getting commonplace everywhere, from America to Europe to even Japan, so the trend might be changing.
    • The whole Morgan car company is a weird British Car Company: two-seat roadsters with a 1930s design and wooden chassis? Three wheelers with the one wheel at the back?. A car with crossed eyes? Jeremy Clarkson did a thorough investigation of the phenomenon of British sports cars and their drivers here, noting the irony of a country infamous for its wet, chilly weather being the home of a car that seems meant to be driven on warm, sunny days.
    • The Caterham 7.
    • In one of his solo feature-length DVD releases, Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has also introduced many British and American gearheads to this DOT (Dutch Oddity of Transportation), the Vandenbrink Carver. It was subsequently reviewed on Top Gear proper by the Hamster here.
    • Top Gear also had a segment about the bizarre creations of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact civilian car industry, ranging from Russian compact sedans with holes in the bottom for ice fishing purposes and some kind of...thing from Czechoslovakia with three wheels and a body made of leather.
  • Although books of humorous stories and "laws" about how things go horribly wrong are a somewhat common genre, The Peter Principle, with its punny names and fantastically banal "case studies", is not only the most famous but the most uniquely wickety of all of them. (It was, however, inspired by Parkinsons Law, a hilariously turgid Wabbit.) lacks context
  • tykylevits' videos make very little sense until you do some research and find out that, yep, he's from Finland. Then it seems perfectly normal. lacks context
  • TLC, which once stood for The Learning Channel, has degraded into an entire WHAT channel thanks to Network Decay. lacks context
  • The Japanese have a weird obsession with making as much noise as possible when driving a car or motorbike (even if that noise is the sound of the engine being shredded). They love to rev the crap out of mopeds for no apparent reason. General example, stereotyping, not actually limited to Japan
  • Donnie Darko, as well as director Richard Kelly's other movies are examples of a WAT in action. Bizarro Series, lacks context

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  • Fantadroms, a Latvian cartoon about a shapeshifting cat robot that goes around his homeworld stopping various disputes between other characters. This trope actually prevented this show from getting an American release - Streamline Pictures had plans to release an American localization of the show, but they scrapped it partially due to them considering it too bizarre for American audiences. Bizarro series. If it doesn't have foreign audiences, they can't use the show as an example of how the culture is weird.
  • The Touhou M-1 Grand Prix features a Monster Mash of characters, including many from Japanese Mythology, from a shmup video-game doing stand-up comedy. not sure about this one
  • EIEIO (Excessively Irish Example of Intentional Oddity)
    A Note: The Irish film industry is very small, even the large scale local films are only comparable to most US Indies. As a result, most domestic films don't bother toning it down for foreigners, and just make movies for ourselves. Expect profuse swearing, Grey-and-Gray Morality, a propensity for offbeat characters and very, very dark humour. Keep all? Not sure. Seems like entries are written from and Irish perspective
    • Waking Ned Devine: The eponymous Ned dies of a massive heart attack after winning the lottery. The local town bands together to cover up his death in order to claim his winnings. Hilarity ensues. Also, a very old man rides a motorcycle while very, very naked.
    • The Butchers Boy: A young lad in rural 1960's Ireland loves nothing more than playing with his best friend. Then his mother commits suicide and he slowly starts going mad. As a result he's sent away to a borstal, where he has visions of a foul mouthed Virgin Mary, played by Sinead O'Connor, before being molested by a priest. Eventually he escapes, and returns home to his abusive alcoholic father, before finally losing it completely and going on a murder spree, having hallucinated the world being destroyed by nukes and being repopulated by humanoid flies. This is a comedy.
    • The Guard: An over the top homage to 70's Dirty Harry-esque, mismatched partner Cop Movies ... set in small town Ireland. The eponymous Guard (Irish Cop) takes acid, molest corpses, hires prostitutes, insults his American counterparts, buys his dying mother cocaine and contracts an STD. By comparison, the drug dealers he's taking down discuss existentialism and morality, and there's an off kilter scene about gay IRA operatives.
    • A Film with Me in It: a film about a guy who really wants to be in a film but has been generally unlucky in his life, who keeps ending up with people being killed in incredibly incriminating accidents around his flat while he and his best friend keep proposing film scenarios in order to figure out how to get out of their predicaments.
    • Grabbers, a monster film about a group of giant squid-like bloodsucking aliens that attack a seaside town. High-alcohol blood is poison to them, so when they rampage one evening there's only one way to survive the night: get everyone to the pub and keep them sloshed all night long.
    • Adam and Paul, a more-or-less plotless dark comedy about two heroin addicts (modeled on Didi and Gogo and Laurel and Hardy) who spend a day wandering around Dublin trying to scrape money together to buy a fix. There are Amusing Injuries, an encounter with a patriotic Bulgarian, lots of dialogue that goes absolutely nowhere, and a generally weird and tragicomic tone.
    • The Young Offenders, a pair of Lower Class Louts go on a road trip on stolen bicycles in order to salvage cocaine bales from the sea in order to get rich and are pursued by a cop with an unhealthy obsession with arresting bike thieves and an Evil Cripple with a nail gun.
  • The Twentieth Century A surrealist, aggressively historically incorrect retelling of the story of Mackenzie King, Canada’s longest-serving prime minister. Though almost every substantial fact about King’s political career, and indeed, Canada itself is portrayed laughably wrong (prime ministers are not selected by winning a seal-clubbing contest, for example, and King did not have a crippling boot-sniffing fetish) there’s just enough truth snuck in, in terms of events, characters, and places, to make it function as a work of social commentary on the habits of the late Victorian-era Canadian ruling class (which, incidentally, wasn’t even King’s era). The director has described it as “a nightmare King might have had,” in the sense it’s full of things King would have been aware of, but warped beyond all recognition. Definite Bizarro series, not sure about cross-cultural aspect
  • Survive Style 5 Plus. An entirely Japanese movie... starring Vinnie Jones.
  • Grim Prairie Tales: Two travellers in The Wild West played by Brad Dourif and James Earl Jones try to top one another with increasingly outrageous stories in this anthology movie. maybe keep? Is this bizarrely American?
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: The midnight movie to end all midnight movies. not sure
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!: a parody of cheesy monster films, a hallmark of American cinema. maybe keep? Are cheesy monster movies uniquely American?
  • Casa de mi Padre: A parody of Mexican telenovelas starring the very WASPy Will Ferrell as a Mexican who must defend the family home. not sure
  • The films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, anyone? Bizarro show? not sure
    • Delicatessen is about a butcher in post-apocalyptic France murdering the janitors he employs in his apartment building and serving them in his shop, and when his daughter falls in love with one of the janitors, she enlists the help of a team of militant vegetarians to save him.
    • The City of Lost Children is about a mad scientist who lives on an oil rig offshore from an unspecified Steampunk city abducting children so he can steal their dreams; and when he abducts the little brother of a circus strongman, the strongman and a little girl from an orphanage go on a quest to get him back. And it involves a brain in a tank.
    • Amélie is about a woman attempting to make her neighbors' lives better by taking a garden gnome from one of them and taking pictures of it vacationing around the world, tricking an abusive greengrocer into thinking he's insane, and escorting a blind man to a train station giving him vivid descriptions of the surroundings.
    • Micmacs is about a video store clerk falling in with a clan of weirdos who live in a junkyard after he gets shot in the head, and then him and the clan taking revenge on the two biggest weapons manufacturers in France (one of whom created the landmine that killed his father, the other one which made the bullet that he got shot with) via a procession of "Home Alone" Antics.
  • Daft Punk's Electroma. Who ever imagined a town populated by people wearing Daft Punk helmets? lacks context, might be Bizarro Series
  • Save the Green Planet!, a film by South Korean director Jang Joon-Hwan about a man who kidnaps and tortures to death people who he thinks are alien invaders. And he's the hero! It is, naturally, primarily a comedy Bizarro Show, though you could argue that the heavy black comedy and unexpected melodrama are characteristically Korean
  • Aachi and Ssipak is a strange South Korean animated socio-political action comedy about a dark futuristic world that is powered by fecal matter. Needless to say, there is a lot of Toilet Humor. Not sure
  • Judging by the trailers of movies like Obonsam Besu note , 2016, and The Godfathernote , the entire movie industry of Ghana seems to run on this trope. It's a SWAG (Surreal and Weird Arriving from Ghana). And special mention to Nkrato for this comment:
    "I was expecting the silly karate, CGI monsters, and lots and lots of talking. Like any good Ghana Film. But nothing, absolutely nothing could prepare me for the cat mouth missile at 0:44"
Definitely Bizarro Show, cultural aspect is borderline
  • Valhalla Rising: a Danish/UK film about a mute one-eyed Norseman and a young boy, both slaves, who kill their pagan masters and join a bunch of Crusaders trying to get to Jerusalem. However, the crew gets lost and end up in America, where they all go crazy and get killed by mostly-unseen natives or each other. The film has very little dialogue, with long stretches of almost complete silence. Definitely Bizarro Show, cultural aspect is borderline
  • The Monkees is filled with enough randomness and absurdity to qualify, especially during the second season, where they were either stoned out of their minds or didn't care any more and ad-libbed. ”Frodis,” anyone? The subsequent film Head cranked it up a few notches. Bizarro Show?
  • Stranger Things makes it obvious right from the title. Rooted in nostalgia for The '80s, it is a WHAT homage to the WHATs of the past, particularly Stephen King's Americana-based horror novels and the family adventure films of Steven Spielberg and Amblin Entertainment, combined with dollops of H. P. Lovecraft, Dungeons & Dragons, and Silent Hill. not sure
  • Breaking Bad, from the moment it premiered, was joked about (especially by non-Americans) as a show whose plot, about a schoolteacher who turns to selling crystal meth in order to pay his medical bills, could only have taken place in the United States due to its expensive private healthcare system. This parody video jokes that, had the show been set in Canada, it would've been over the minute Walter White first arrived at his doctor's office.note  Combine that with Mexican drug cartels, neo-Nazi gangsters, and a New Mexico setting presented in full New Old West mode, and you've got the makings of an epic Widget crime drama. Doesn't seem that weird but not sure
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The show starts with the titular character getting saved from a Apocalypse Cult but then goes into Mood Whiplash when the more... bizarre things appear, such as animated Imagine Spot sequences and a talking backpack. Mix it in with bizarre character names straight out of a Rik Mayall Britcom (Titus Andromedon, anyone?) and you get one of the most weird things Tina Fey has ever done. Bizarro Show? not sure
  • Public-access television was a gold mine for these sorts of shows in the '80s and '90s. They were non-commercial stations where anybody could create a TV show to be locally broadcast, and many of these shows were made to the... unique tastes of the kinds of people who would create a TV show with No Budget and no training just for the hell of it, ranging from mundane programs devoted to education and the arts to fringe political and religious activists to stuff that went out of its way to figure out just how far one could go on television. While much of its role has since been absorbed by the internet, there are still numerous public-access stations that produce shows like this. This article by Ross Wolinsky for Cracked goes into detail on some of the weirder things to come out of public access. Bizarro Show as written, might count as a widget but not sure
  • Barney & Friends is a WHAT that comes accross as this to anybody who is not American (or from Southeast Asia), a young child, a member of it's Periphery Demographic (!), or a member of it's hatedom. It's about a group of children who gather in their schoolyard (and later a park) to play and end up causing a plush dinosaur doll named Barney to magically turn into a man in a dinosaur costume who teaches them and the audience moral lessons through song and dance, while also helping the kids "use their imagination" to engage in various activities. Barney is also assisted by three other dinosaurs in helping out the kids. And then there's the even stranger elements such as a storytelling black woman who uses a knockoff Anywhere Door as her method of transport, a rainbow bearded-pirate literally named "Rainbow Beard", and a puppet bookworm librarian. ' Widget as written, might need a second look due to the show's hatedom
  • Father Ted, while produced and funded by the British Channel 4, was written and created by two Irishmen, Graham Linehan and Arthur Mathews, and all of the actors, characters, locations, and crew were Irish. Collectively had the entirety of England, Wales, and Scotland asking "what does feck mean exactly?" Seems like a Widget, but needs more context
  • Hachaverim Shel Barney is a Odd Israeli Occurence (OIO) that was adapted from Barney & Friends, itself a WHAT, that has even more shades of this, especially to viewers who aren't Israeli or Hebrew speakers. It's the same as Barney & Friends, but takes place in Israel (something that is very prevelant in this version) instead of America. And there's it's very own weird elements including a Nightmare Fuel-inducing Israeli rendition of Rainbow Beard the Pirate. Definite Bizarro show, not sure whether a widget or not
  • Some Japanese YouTube channels that review toys for kids are widgets, because the reviewer will often put the toys into weird situations. If the channel is hosted by children, sometimes it shows the kid hosts doing weird things. For example, this video features a young girl named Mari watching an episode of HuGtto! Pretty Cure enacted by plush dolls involving a unicorn Oshimaida that defeats not only the main team, but the Futari wa Pretty Cure girls. Cure Yell breaks the fourth wall and tells Mari (who Yell somehow knows the name of) that the show cannot continue until the girl buys the new merchandise from the show. After a brief scene where the girl goes shopping to find the merchandise, she is sucked into the show and defeats the unicorn. It's then revealed to be All Just a Dream, and her dad surprises her with the merchandise she got in the dream.
  • Homestuck is fairly internally coherent, but the extremely unusual storytelling, as well as the sheer absurdity of the plot, definitely qualifies it as a WHAT. Furthing it is how American pop culture such as Con Air and Insane Clown Posse directly ties in to the plot. Bizarro series, needs a second opinion on how American it is
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries, which is exactly what it sounds like — an Affectionate Parody of Hanna-Barbera's 70's "mystery-solvers" cartoons, starring a foppish ghost, a talking pigeon, a pre-teen Asian girl, and Mike Tyson As Himself. Keep? not sure
  • King of the Hill comes across this way to anyone who isn't from Middle America or the Deep South. Ironically though, King of the Hill may be the ultimate anti-Widget Series. On top of that, the lead character feels this way about anything outside his comfort zone. Not sure about this one, entry kind of contradicts itself
  • Oscar's Orchestra on CBBC. Set in the very distant future, about a group of sentient music instruments (Oscar is a grand blue piano, and their leader) fighting the music-hating world dictator Thaddius Vent. Bizarro show
  • SpongeBob SquarePants could be seen this way by people who aren't used to it.
    • The show's third movie, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run features two rather bizzare characters: a tumbleweed with a human's face and a human who lives in an underwater version of Atlantic City.
' probably a Bizarro show but needs more context
  • Steven Universe: The title character is a half-alien, half-human boy with three alien aunts, one of which is actually two smaller aunts, but also herself, and one human dad. He is also his mom, who is also the alter ego of a space goddess who became fascinated with humanity and waged war against her older sisters to save the Earth from being hollowed out for its organic resources. He owns a pink lion who was revived from the dead with his mother's tears whose mane contains a pocket dimension that functions as a hold-all storage unit. not sure