->''"Well, the Slayer always says a pun, or a witty play on words, and I think it throws the vampires off and makes them frightened because I'm wisecracking. Okay, I didn't exactly have a chance to work on that one, but you try it all the time."''
-->-- '''Willow''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': "Anne"

Instead of [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower sheer force]], a {{BFG}} or a [[BlackMage great display of magic]], a character uses jokes, puns, slapstick, laughs, etc... to fight an enemy or achieve a goal.

Sometimes humor may be used to distract the amused opponent, while at other times the humorist may literally cause his audience to DieLaughing.

SubTrope of ArtAttacker.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, Ash's Haunter saves the day by making Sabrina laugh with its antics.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'' is nothing BUT ComedyAsAWeapon - in-universe, it's an actual ''fighting style'' known as Hajike (Wiggin in English) used by most of the main characters. It mostly consists of unpredictable attacks sight gags and puns used to confuse or drive their opponents (and sometimes their allies) crazy.

* The obscure Creator/MarvelComics superhero Captain Ultra (who became a standup comedian in his secret identity) once faced 'Angrr, The Demon Without Humor'. He defeated it by telling a joke. Justified in that it was a magical being vulnerable to comedy, though Ultra claims that "telling Ultra-Funny jokes" is ones of his powers (not likely.)
* The [[ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse Donald Duck]] comic story "Zio Paperone e i predoni dello spazio" has Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge go after SpacePirates, but first they run into a helpful, but pacifistic RealityWarper animal which transforms their disintegrator rays into laughter-inducing rayguns. These prove highly effective in debilitating the pirates.

* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit?'', Eddie [[spoiler:defeats the Weasels by making them laugh until they die]]. Roger even states that in dire situations, laughter might just be the only weapon you have.
* In ''Film/PatchAdams'', the titular character believes in helping patients through humour and laughter.
* Assuming the 'etc' above includes music, the way Music/TheBeatles fight the Blue Meanies in ''WesternAnimation/YellowSubmarine''.
* In ''Film/SongOfTheSouth'', [[spoiler: after Johnny is attacked by a bull and rendered unconscious, Uncle Remus gets him to come to by telling him the story of Br'er Rabbit and the Laughing Place]].

* ''Franchise/TheDarkTower''
** In ''Literature/WizardAndGlass'', Eddie kills Blaine the Mono by telling him a lot of lame jokes. They are not just lame jokes, they have no logic, no smart puns. He basically kills Blaine with non-sequitors.
** [[spoiler:The monster Dandelo]] in [[Literature/TheDarkTower the final book]] has the ability to tell jokes that induce literally killing laughter in his victims.
* In the end of ''Discworld/MakingMoney'', [[spoiler: Mr. Bent, a bank manager who's the son of a clown,]] upsets the trial of Moist von Lipwig by throwing pies and performing stunts with a ladder. Admittedly, he mostly only serves as a distraction, but he does manage to also bring the ledgers that Vetinari needs in order to determine that the gold was stolen before Moist arrived at the Royal Bank.
** More seriously, he also nearly manages to [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotHeinous paste Vetinari in the face with a pie.]] Given the reputation damage that would have resulted, and that in Ankh Morpork's political instability it could have ended Vetinari's tenure as patrician, Moist jumping in front of it is treated as TakingTheBullet.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Boggarts are introduced as beings that transform into the viewer's worst fear, but laughter repels them. Professor Lupin teaches his students the spell ''Riddikulus'' to turn the scary displays into funny ones to inspire laughter.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus has covered this a few times:
** The "World's Funniest Joke" sketch revolves around a joke so funny that people translating portions of the joke have been hospitalized for accidentally reading too much at a time.
** In the "Piranha Brothers" sketch, Doug Piranha kept his underlings in fear by his use of sarcasm. "He knew all the tricks - dramatic irony, metaphor, bathos, puns, parody, litotes and... satire. Grown men would pull their own heads off rather than see Doug."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The results of sword fights in the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' games are based entirely on insults and puns.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', The Hero [[spoiler: must make use of The Ultimate Joke in the game's final battle. While the joke itself is not lethal, it will incapacitate anyone (even a vampire with no sense of humor!) by making them laugh uncontrollably the first time they hear the joke]].

* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' Black Mage accidentally kills an arc villain [[LamePunReaction using bad puns]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan [[TookALevelInBadass takes a level of the Prestige Class "Dashing Swordman"]], which makes him vastly more effective in combat by letting him apply his Charisma bonus (basically a measure of his charm and/or force of personality) to attacks with a weapon ''if'' he [[YouFightLikeACow uses a pun or otherwise uses some clever wordplay while attacking]]. But his target apparently has to actually ''get the joke'' (and he can't just repeat the same line if he's used it before).
** Eventually he runs into an opponent who is ''also'' trained in this style combat, resulting in a duel where they are literally matching wits and blades at the same time, parrying each others' physical blows with rapid wordplay until one of them flubs his reply (while distracted) and is immediately disarmed by the other.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In a ''US Acres'' short on ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'', aliens who consider laughter a powerful weapon try to steal Earth's comedy, and Orson and company try to make them laugh in order to defeat them.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'', Jimmy saves himself from a vengeful pimp by telling him jokes to distract him.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In part 2 of the series premiere, Pinkie Pie teaches her friends to literally laugh in the face of danger [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong with a song]], which happens to banish an illusion conjured by Nightmare Moon.