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Funny: A Series of Unfortunate Events

From the film.

  • Everything Sunny says with her baby noises is subtitled.
    • On their current alleged guardian, Aunt Josephine:
    Someone's been to Crazytown.
    • Once we get see just how paranoid Josephine is:
    She's the mayor of Crazytown!
    • The real kicker was the one time she actually spoke, when Josephine clarified that her late husband didn't die in a fire, but was rather eaten by leaches. Klaus and Violet can only look at each other in befuddled silence, while Sunny sums it all up with a skeptical, "... Okay."
  • The part where Count Olaf stops his car on the grade crossing in front of the convenience store, while rather scary, has this funny bit (for some context, a Running Gag of Count Olaf's is to "mistake" Sunny for a monkey):
    Count Olaf: *points to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny respectively* Soda. Soda. Banana.
    Sunny: *subtitled* Bite me.
    Count Olaf: [grits teeth] Got it. [gets out and locks the doors, then goes into the store]
  • Count Olaf shaking himself like a dog.
    • "Let's go back to prehistoric times, when dinosaurs ruled the Earth!" and then his over the top impression of a T-Rex, especially when he pretends to nibble on the bald guy's head.
    • He has a little piece he likes to call the Electric Chair. [beat] "I think ya' might have to turn it up! Is anybody OUT THERE?!?!?!?!"
  • "I am, uh, Stefano. I am an Italian man."
  • When the children first learn they're being sent to live with Count Olaf, Mr. Poe explains that their parents' will stated that they were to be put in the care of their closest living relative. Olaf was chosen because he lived the closest distance away from their house.
    Klaus Baudelaire: I don't think that's what "closest" is supposed to mean.
    Violet Baudelaire: We don't know a Count Olaf.
    Mr. Poe: Yes, yes, of course you do. He's either your third cousin four times removed or your fourth cousin three times removed.
    Sunny: [subtitled] Someone's brain's been removed!
  • "Now would be an excellent time to get up and walk out of the theater, living room, or airplane where this film is being shown."
    • Well, since this troper saw the movie for the first time on an airplane, it's not an unreasonable thing to add to the list.
  • The sequence at the beginning with The Littlest Elf. Doubles as an awesome Mythology Gag for those who have read the books.

In the books

  • Count Olaf in The Vile Village: "It's cool... to obey the law."
    • "It's not cool to accuse me of lying."
  • In The Hostile Hospital, the narrator tells us about his friend, a lepidopterist. He was running away from these guys and had to eat his butterflies so the other insects in bug prison wouldn't beat them up. Then once he got out of jail, he burped them back up.
  • Count Olaf's and Esme's evil laughs.
  • Any of the bizarre tangents the Lemony Narrator goes off on - notable are "the bears bear hard hard yarn yarns" and "the Baudelaires' journey up the Vertical Flame Diversion was so dark and treacherous that it is not enough to write 'the Baudelaires' journey up the Vertical Flame Diversion was so dark and treacherous that it is not enough to write 'the Baudelaires' journey up the Vertical Flame Diversion was so dark and treacherous that it is not enough to write 'the Baudelaires' journey up the Vertical Flame Diversion was so dark and treacherous that it is not enough to write My dear sister... "
    • Also Snicket's "in the dark" tangent in one book that goes on for several pages.
    • Snicket's intentionally tedious descriptions of the Water Cycle in book 11.
    • "The book was long, and difficult to read, and Klaus became more and more tired as the night went on. Occasionally his eyes would close. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over. He found himself reading the same sentence over and over.
    • "We all know, of course, that we should never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever..." [repeat until it fills up the entire page and creates a Wall of Text] "...fiddle around with electric devices. Never."
      • "Unless you happen to be Violet Baudelaire."
  • "People will often say things will feel better in the morning, but of course that's rarely the case. My driver once told me things would feel better in the morning, but when morning came we were still on a deserted island surrounded by man-eating crocodiles, and neither of us felt any better."
  • All of Mr. Remora's stories.
  • One offhand mention in The Slippery Slope, where two of Olaf's henchmen burn down the V.F.D. headquarters... they describe burning down the pool as well, with one of them adding, "And that wasn't easy to do!"
  • The villagers about Olaf and Esme, right after their evil plot has been revealed: "I heard they're dating!"
  • Thinking of all the effort Count Olaf put into Stefano only to have it be instantly seen through amuses this troper.
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