Funny: Papers, Please

  • Checking a gender discrepancy, scanning the person, and discovering that there isn't a gender discrepancy.
  • Some of the crazy aliases / fake names that travelers come up with.
  • Sometimes you can get a traveler who is flat out obvious with his discrepancies, and who actually is pretty humorous even when you deny him entry.
  • Oh, Jorji Costava, you adorable illegal immigrant you...
    • He's just so friendly and understanding. Even when you're arresting him. Again.
    • One of his attempts to get past the check point is to give you a passport drawn in crayon. And it's marked Pre-Approved at the top. Jorji believes with all his heart that the inspector will think it legit.
    • The best part comes if you let the fake passport go through.
      Protocol Violated
    • After scanning Jorji and locating several suspicious packages strapped to his leg:
      Inspector: What is this?
      Jorji: Is drugs!
  • One United Federation foreigner will tell you he used to be an inspector like you, saying that the UF border control is now computerized. If he doesn't have all the documents in order though (necessitating denial), he'll nonchalantly agree before quipping, "So this is what it feels like", and then walk off.
    "It is all done by computers now. They can deny much faster that way."
  • Once you start checking identity supplements, one of the possible identifying features noted is "KILLER SIDEBURNS."
  • One scripted event involves someone walking into your booth and handing over two passports, before immediately cursing and saying he made a mistake. The detain button comes up immediately.
  • The "You are hot like fire" card and event. And the response you get if you give it to the depressed person later that day.
  • The Arstotzka athlete who claims his ID card was stolen in the locker room. He tries to bribe you with an Arstotzka Arskickers pennant if you'll let him in anyway.
    • And if you let him through, he'll come back a few days later both to show you that he got a new ID card and to ask for the pennant back so that the coach doesn't take away his front seat privilege.
      • It's possible to accept his bribe and then detain him in order to keep the poster.
    Inspector: Poster is mine now.
  • Three words: "What is passport"
    • Even funnier are the times when someone shows up with an Arstotskan ID card, but no passport. So somehow they managed to get out of the country...
    • You went through all the trouble to get an Entry Permit, a Work Pass, an Identity Supplement, and a Vaccine Certificate, and you don't know what a Passport is? MIND BLOWN.
  • Calensk's entire act when a bomb is dropped on your table
    Calensk: What is this amateur shit?
    Inspector: Should we evacuate?
    Calensk: For that little thing? No, of course not.
    • After disarming the bomb you get this:
      Calensk: Ok, all done. Back to work.
      Inspector: We should close the checkpoint.
      Calensk: Bullshit. I need to earn money today.
    • He also points out how easy it is to defuse the bomb, as the would-be terrorist helpfully labeled each wire to cut in numerical order.
    • And it has to be noted that Calensk can essentially keep the bomb with him while he stands guard until the day ends (assuming nobody gets detained and thus he doesn't leave the screen). Tough guy.
  • If you buy your son the expensive crayons for his birthday, he'll draw you a picture that you can hang on the wall. One of the entrants on day 25 notices it...
    Inspector: It is from my son.
  • The following exchange occurred while playing Endless Mode:
    Inspector: What is the purpose of your trip?
    Entrant: Transit through Arstotzka.
    Inspector: Duration of stay?
    Entrant: I don't plan to leave.
    • This can happen frequently. However, the papers state a more reasonable duration; if this is brought up, the presumably-embarrassed immigrant corrects himself.
  • If you click on the speaker while an entrant is in the booth, it says one of a number of other lines. Time this right...
    Guard enters booth and beats up entrant.
    "Welcome to Arstotzka"
  • You can get a pretty funny reaction to your plaque depending on which one you get:
    Entrant: What is this plaque on the wall? You are recognized for presence? Way to go.
  • "A fine has been assessed for unofficial wall hangings."
  • In one scripted event, an entrant has invalid documents but refuses to leave, even when you detain them. They then start yelling about how they will "explode like wild tiger" until a guard comes in and knocks them out.
    Entrant: You think I am joking, but tiger does not joke.
  • On Day 9, an agent from the M.O.I. hands you two identical sets of documents and tells you to give the fake set to an impostor coming in behind them. The title of the documents? "Mating Habits of Lesser Kolechian Waterfowl."
  • Meta example: LoadingReadyRun's parody of the game