Funny / Sentinels of the Multiverse
Despite being a card game where it's kind of hard to tell what the plot is sometimes, it still has some very funny moments. Speaking of which, so does the Letters Page Podcast so let's divide this up into sections, shall we.
The Card Game
- The flavor text for Fortitude (which shows Legacy in the art shrugging off being hit by a hail of gunfire).
Legacy took times like these to ponder what dinner might involve tonight.
- Setback's cards are a gold mine of these. For example:
I really had no idea that was there, sir! I, ah, I should go...
— "Whoops! Sorry" The card image is of Setback stepping on Tyler Vance's charging unit for the Bunker suit.
Gosh! Sorry, Maia, er, I mean, The Wraith!
— Fumbling Fool Setback has just knocked down a wall on top of Kismet and The Wraith.
Oh, hello there! Have you considered, say, NOT hitting me?
— High Risk Behavior no explanation needed here. There are villains. They want to hurt him.
You keep standing right next to me. Why do you think this keeps happening?
— Tempest on Friendly Fire where Setback keeps getting shocked due to standing next to Tempest.
- Guise is another deck which is full of goofy cards.
- This line from the Tempersonation era.
"The polarizing power of electricity can produce many interesting results."
— Ball Lightning
- It's just such a campy Silver Age thing to say.
- The card Temporal Event in the Silver Gulch environment has artwork showing Wraith in the background plopping slapstick-style out of a portal with a cartoony bug-eyed expression, while in the foreground the normally poised Argent Adept currently has the world's most dejected droopy-faced expression while having a staring contest with a salamander.
- Believe it or not Ra's deck has a funny card or two. Blazing Tornado's flavor text is hilarious just because of how deadpan it is.
Naturally occurring fire tornadoes are dangerous and unpredictable. Those summoned by a sun god are much worse.
— Blazing Tornado
- The serious Argent Adept also has a funny card. While most of the flavor texts for his cards are him being serious or making a Badass Boast, the card for Xu's Bell has Dr. Blake Washington Jr. a.k.a. Ra yelling at him for making off with the aforementioned bell as his power origin.
Hey, you can't touch that! It's a priceless artifact!
- Bonus points for this being 100% Hypocritical Humor on Blake's part considering he also got his powers by touching an ancient artifact that he shouldn't have.
- Like Argent Adept and Ra, Tempest's deck mostly consists of Badass Boasts. But then there's him talking to a very confused-looking fish.
So... have you seen anything going on down here? Under the water?
- And of course we have the now classic (within the fandom at least) Unity line "Bee Bot is more fun to say!" as said to a questioning Tachyon on a card which shows a robot clearly styled after a wasp.
- The flavor text for Bunker's Turret Mode:
It's all about the right tools for the job. And by tools, I mean guns.
- Several of Absolute Zero's cards due to him being the Freedom Five's resident Deadpan Snarker
- Fueled Freeze, if only because it's clear he's not being ironic while making that pun:
Time for all of you to cool down!
- Onboard Module Installation. He's pondering over his suits like he's just choosing an outfit for a day out on the town:
What to wear, What to wear...
- Yet another unironic and likely deadpan pun from Sub-Zero Atmosphere:
What's the matter... cold feet?
Tachyon: But the laws of thermodynamics have more to do with-
AZ: Look lady, all I know is fire gets all weird around me.
- Yet another campy silver age line comes from Thermal Shockwave. But this time it's clear it's not from some clone.
By opening all of the apertures in his suit to let in the scorching air, Absolute Zero can produce quite a chilling effect.
- The Wraith's Impromptu Invention, which is a really strange hair dryer.
- Wraith's Expo Speak on Infared Eyepiece. It's not really funny until she mentions the weather report.
Judging from the trajectory of the angle, and figuring the wind at 6 knots per hour, north by northeast as per this morning's weather report...
- Utility Belt's flavor text reveals that Wraith keeps a raw fish in her utility belt.
The Letters Page
- The tangent about how the Void is like jelly. It starts off as a metaphor and just leads to them pondering how Void Jelly tastes.
- "And then they died." Which is so reoccurring that when someone eventually did die they acted like it was a joke, and then on other occasions they had to actually make it clear that yes, this time the character really did die.
- The alternate podcast jokes. They have a Child Psychology podcast, a Food podcast (which became an Extrasode that was perfectly in character as an actual snooty chef podcast), a Law podcast, etc, etc.
- Putting Sh or Shm in front of trademarked or otherwise real world things to jokingly avoid being sued. Such as Shmegan being president and the Shmeatles.
- All Cult of Gloom letters. All of them!
Don't turn that frown upside down, turn it into Eldritch power to free our dark master and Spite
a world that has wronged you.
— Cult of Gloom Motto
— "Remember, don't turn that frown upside down, smiling is overrated. He was smiling when he killed your daughter."
- This particular instance of Black Comedy nearly caused Adam to renounce the cult. The discussion about it is either funny or horrifying depending on what kind of person you are.
- And variations on the theme — such as the Cult of Gruum. Gruum is an extremely loud denizen of the Enclave of the Endlings whose body is mostly mouth, so the motto becomes...
DO NOT TURN THAT FROWN UPSIDE DOWN! GRUUM HATES CARTWHEELS!
- And then Gloomweaver himself wrote to the podcast. However, C&A think it's Guise in disGuise because he refers to his question as "The Best Question!"
- The Guise episode. From Guise breaking in at the beginning of the episode and temporarily derailing the podcast to Christopher's hilarious Green Grosser voice.
- Speaking of funny voice impressions, Adam's Wager Master voice is hilarious. So is his pirate voice when reading the letters in the La Capitan episode.
- The Disparation Dark Watch episode. When Adam, doing an impression of Shockwave, starts talking about the horrible cry if the monster he's hunting, you expect to hear something terrifying... and then you get Bloogo.
- Also, the Shockwave impression is pretty funny.
- And then there's the fact that Earth is considered by aliens to be a backwater Flyover Country nobody cares about going to.
- Whenever Christopher and Adam talk about Citizens Hammer and Anvil, who are styled after them. They're always referred to as "the best citizens." And C&A say they could probably take down OblivAeon by themselves.
- The Xtremeverse episode. First we have Christopher and Adam's Xtreme voices. Then we have them clearly improvising when asked about Xtreme Zhu-Long: Their answer to "what does he turn into since a human turning into a dragon is already pretty Xtreme" goes through several iterations and eventually becomes "he's a dragon all the time who sometimes also turns into a giant mecha dragon".
- "There's chains coming from the ceiling down... chains everywhere..." "Like spiky chains. Chains that the individual links of the chains have small spikes on them for no good reason."
- Also the bit where Christopher originally tries to claim Captain Cosmic goes "You'll never succeed you vile miscreant!", and Adam steps in with "It's more like 'SUCK THIS'. [Captain Cosmic] makes gun constructs, you're being way too nice here." "I am, I write in a Silver Age tone, this is..." "Like, 'NICE CHAIR, CUPCAKE'."
- The running gag of characters going "Heck you, mother[bleep]er."
- Apostate in the card game comes off as a really creepy Long-Haired Pretty Boy demonic Satanic corrupter type busy murdering and twisting people in horrible ways. But then in his episode it's revealed he's actually deliberately cultivating all the demonic/Satanic trappings for the sole purpose of Trolling Fanatic by becoming her "idealized villain". Including at one point just tossing all attempts at deliberate deception to the winds and just throwing increasingly over the top ludicrous lies at her. Such as pretending they're both aliens and he's here to take her back to their homeworld, that she's in a coma and he's her concerned brother ("Your family misses you, Helena. Please wake up. We love you."), etc.
- This eventually culminates in a fight at a mausoleum where he's lying yet again about how their parents were both heroes and he's hoping they could join forces and fight evil together. And she keeps killing him, but he keeps possessing new bodies and popping back to life. Which would be creepy if he didn't keep picking up his monologue full of BS wherever he got cut off mid-sentence, and occasionally complaining "would you stop doing that, it's incredibly annoying", all while Fanatic gets more and more infuriated. The episode in general basically takes a character which used to be scary and sends him right over the Crosses the Line Twice threshold into darkly hilarious.
- In the Young Legacy episode they encounter a letter writer who has Recycled Jokes in their name. They then proceed to says that's what they could call their podcast. And just to prove their point.
Adam: You mean, shmodcast.
Cameos in Other Games
The Sentinels of the Ninth
expansion for Bottom of the Ninth
(a board game about playing baseball) has a number of hilarious gems:
- Argent Adept is the Stadium Organist, which not only involves playing an organ on a baseball field (and artwork that is the only official art so far of him smiling), but his special ability is explicitly named "Theme Music". Also he can "tap into the primal forces of the baseball world and control the tide of chaos and fun".
- Captain Cosmic is using a cricket bat and is "sure to slog any yorker a dibbly dobbly throws".
- Expatriette "has to allow time to let her arms reload".
- Haka is wielding the baseball bat in one hand, as it's comically small compared to the rest of him.
- Their team mascot is someone dressed up in a Mr. Chomps costume.
- Omnitron-X is shown wearing a baseball uniform over his very much non-humanly robotic body.
- Setback is shown having his arm getting caught in the ties of his Domino Mask.
- Tachyon gets her salary in stadium food, "a decision the league regrets".
- Tempest's fun fact: "Tempest can control the weather and throw lightning, how is that fair?!"