- Jokes from the developer streams:
- The $350,000 stretch goal, butt mode.
- With the unveiling of over 321 cheats, Butt Mode was found. It's as hilarious as it sounds, and replaces certain words with 'butt.' (Enter WSWWAEAW or X&BUTT at the name entry screen to unlock it.)
- The playable version of King Knight having a Swagger meter that he fills by strutting.
- The accompanying series, Shovel High, about the characters from the game going to high school. Polar Knight is a jock, Mole Knight is a fat kid with a beautiful voice, and Plague Knight pushes drugs.
- Specter Knight's real name before they settled for Donovan was Johnny Specter. This is why the cheat code to always look like Donovan is SP&JOHNY. It's hilarious in itself with the idea edgy Specter Knight came close to nearly having a common first name with an almost a little too on point surname, but even more so as said name sounds a lot like Danny Phantom.
- The $350,000 stretch goal, butt mode.
- Can you guess Specter Knight's Fan Nickname before his official reveal? If you guessed Banana Knight, you are correct.Explanation
- If you spend some time around Armor Outpost, you can find a rare NPC that looks exactly like Shovel Knight without his helmet. He has a fish head!
- After the Boss Rush, King Knight laments his loss.
King Knight: My castle... my luxury... my fiefdoms! My... chandeliers! Curse you, Shovel Knight!
- Even funnier when you remember that said dropping chandeliers were a trap that King Knight himself probably set up.
- And if you're wearing the Ornate Armor, he pulls a complete 180 and compliments your armor choice, pleased that his style is obviously rubbing off on you.
King Knight: ... Although I must say, your armor is resplendent. I can see you've picked up on my style!
- And King Knight in the ending? He is forced to scrub Pridemoor halls as punishment; he then throws the cloth he's using to clean on the ground and raises his fist clenching it. You can almost hear him say "Curse you, Shovel Knight!"
- To add insult to injury, if it is the Plague Of Shadow's DLC, King Knight will be scrubbing the floor while he watches on and sees Plague Knight be officially knighted with Mona by his side, despite ALSO being a part of the Order Of No Quarter. King Knight has it ROUGH!
- After the aforementioned Boss Rush, Mole Knight says Shovel Knight should exchange digging notes with him.
- The set-up of the Boss Rush is hilarious, as well. You unexpectedly drop in on the Order of No Quarter having dinner. The battles take place on top of the dinner table and they are just as hectic as they were before, such as Specter Knight turning off the lights and flashing them back on, Tinker Knight's use of the Tinker Tank, and Plague Knight flinging explosive chemicals all over the place, yet watch as your opponent's fellow knights just sit at the table as usual, undisturbed. It's taken Up to Eleven with Treasure Knight, who fills up the room with water, yet the other knights are still sitting around as usual.
- Want to know a quicker way to defeat the pathetically easy Tinker Knight? Ride the Mobile Gear right into him, causing him to go down in one hit. Bonus points: Specter of Torment shows that the Mobile Gear is one of Tinker Knight's own weapons. You'll still have to fight his mech, though.
- Tinker Knight's first form in general. His "attacks" consist of him running around panicking, throwing his wrench and tripping over. Even the music is hilarious. He's beaten so hard that he needs a king-sized mech to stand a chance.
- In the first town, you can find a frog named Croaker who does nothing but spout awful jokes and puns. You even get an achievement for listening to them all. Later on, in another town, you can encounter a grouchy toad named Toader. Talking to Toader makes Shovel Knight attempt to cheer him up with his own repertoire of terrible jokes.
- Even after defeating the Order and the Enchantress, Toader still doesn't seem to cheer up.
- The Troupple King's dance when you first get ichor from him.
- Shovel Knight calling Propeller Knight a "Gyroscopic Jester" sounds like something out of the 60's Batman show.
- He also calls King Knight a "Decadent Dandy". It's such an old folksy way to insult someone. Said insult is also the name of King Knight's boss battle theme.
- King Knight, in turn, gets in on the old-timey insults in the Plague of Shadows DLC, calling Plague Knight a "constable of crucibles" in his pre-battle dialogue.
- Facing off against The Baz and then making him cry when you beat him.
- Feeling a bit cruel and want to Kick the Dog without any karma? Hit Baz after you defeat him; he will cry even harder and the game will reward you with some gems.
- The bard says The Enchantress gave him a pretty amulet for music sheet no. 43. However, his description of No. 44 shows that didn't turn out well.
Bard: So, helpful tip for my fellow bards: never accept amulets as payment. Trust me. Don't.
Bard: [Mona]'s only reaction was, "Oh, it's okay, I guess. Whatever." Sorry, was it not brooding enough for you?
- Heck, many of his comments about the music sheets are pretty funny. For example, giving him music sheet no. 12 will net this conversation.
- One of the rewards of the kickstart: Official Shovel Knight Dirt Signed by The Yacht Club. Subtext: This is the best product photo ever, bwahaha!
- According to his official profile, Black Knight has a squeaky voice. Now imagine all his normally intimidating and badass lines being spoken in such a voice.
- The Troupple King won't be pleased if you drown in his lake, but if Shovel Knight uses the fishing rod, or if Plague Knight uses the bait bomb, the screen will shake and...
Troupple King: WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING, MORTAL?!
- When Kratos shows up, he's impressed Shovel Knight beat him using only a- well, you know, so he gives him the honorary name of The Ghost of Shovels.
- Plague of Shadows is stuffed with funny moments.
Mona: I dunno, it's weird. From my limited interaction with him, he just seems to love busting up glassware.
- In order to get into Mona's secret lab under the village, you have to go around to a little house where one of Plague Knight's students lives. Unfortunately, he lost the key so you explode the whole building to get in, to the student's dismay. Even more funnier when you think about why Plague Knight didn't just blow up the door instead of the entire house or why were there were barrels of explosives near the house out in the open to begin with.
- Although the secret door to Chester within Pridemoor Keep is still shaped like Shovel Knight, Plague Knight can still use it to reach his room. He goes through the door by awkwardly squeezing himself until he fits within the door's shape. He falls down after reaching the other side, getting major cramps.
- Upon reaching the Armor Outpost, Percy claims his catapult will launch you to a place that's filled with unguarded treasure and armor free for the taking. He only needs 50 cipher coins to make repairs. Upon fixing the thing and using the catapult, you're launched straight into the middle of the outpost where you have to do battle with waves of guards. Upon beating them, all the civilians crowd into the Aerial Anvil to escape, leaving you free to get into an argument with Mr. Hat on whether or not hats are better then hoods.
- According to Plague Knight, the last time Percy launched him from a catapult, he landed in the middle of the ocean and states he doesn't want to have to replace another set of waterlogged bombs.
- The hat versus hood argument becomes more hilarious in retrospect come the Body Swap mode as the female Plague Knight's hood resembles a witch hat.
- Troupple Pond is completely empty until you get the Troupple Chalice from the acolyte. Even then, the Troupple King refuses to help Plague Knight until he promises that his help will only be used for noble ends. Only then, does he teach him how to dance and provide him with ichor, by spewing it all over him in lieu of armor upgrades.
- Even funnier is that Plague Knight actually holds up his chalice to catch the ichor. So either Plague Knight can't catch worth a damn, the King is a terrible shot, or the King is missing the chalice on purpose just because he doesn't like Plague Knight.
- When you meet up with the Baz as Plague Knight, he's taken his You Kill It, You Bought It methodology to Insane Troll Logic levels, believing that by defeating a master Alchemist, he'll become one, Plague Knight is flabbergasted. And after you defeat him you have the option to recruit him, accepting will have him don the Minion gear, which looks hilarious on him, especially since he's still wearing his armor underneath and the spikes are ripping out of the robes.
- The boss of the Explodatorium is Shovel Knight himself, in one long chain of funny moments. Rather then just being the Black Knight all over again, Shovel Knight makes full use of his Relic collection, heals himself with ichor, and generally fights exactly as erratically as you'd expect a player controlled character would. Upon defeat, he drops three bags of floating money, just like when you control him. Shovel Knight then gets back up and charge slashes you in the back mid-victory pose and then does that one-pixel crouch repeatedly, taking back his treasure and essence and playing his own victory theme. THEN it cuts to the standard Shovel Knight campfire scene as Plague Knight sneaks in and steals the essence back! His reappearance in the boss rush is hilarious as well. Plague Knight falls down, and right after he lands, Shovel Knight falls right after him. He doesn't really stick the landing, so he tumbles down from the table and falls into one of the seats, passed out. He stays this way until you defeat the rest of the Order, after which he finally regains consciousnesses and fights. Like before, he gets back up and slashes you in the back, but the funniest part has to be when King Knight begs Shovel Knight to save them. He just walks off like the Order isn't even there. Mona's reaction to the whole ordeal brings it together.
King Knight: You've stolen all of my essence, you maniac! All I have left is my wits!Specter Knight: ...unlike wits, King Knight, you actually have some essence. It's merely weakened.
- Before aforementioned Boss Rush, Specter Knight of all people says his only hilarious line to date. He might be a very serious character, but he is so brutally honest it's funny:
Mona: How long were you watching?!Plague Knight: I barely saw anything! Come on, heh. I'm not some creep!achievement earned; Creep.
- During the boss rush, Shovel Knight will sometimes wake up from time to time before it's his turn, looking around in bewilderment before he decides to nod off again, as if thinking "Screw this, this is too crazy for me to handle right now, I'm going back to sleep."
- The fact that Plague Knight managed to collect all the relics from Shovel Knight's story arc before he did and sold them off to Chester for arcane skills because he found them to be "worthless rubbish" is pretty hilarious. In other words, Plague Knight indirectly helped Shovel Knight get all his relics simply because he found them to be completely useless.
- After defeating King Knight and Specter Knight, Mona will be seen dancing in the lab. The player could enter at any time, though waiting long enough yields an achievement: Creep. When Plague Knight does enter, things get awkward between them for a moment.
Plague Knight: King Knight's essence is ours! And I discovered that his crown isn't real gold!Mona: Ha ha ha! I knew it! Pretender, indeed.
- Treasure Knight is normally cool and unflappable, and is said to be able "to handle extreme physical and mental pressure". The one time he completely flips out? When Plague Knight suggests money isn't everything.
- After defeating King Knight, we get this gem:
Mona: You look like you lost a fight with a pond!Plague Knight: Ocean, actually. Had to liberate the essence of avarice. Nice place he's got down there.Mona: I never understood what he saw in gold. You can just make it from sawdust and mouse skulls...
- And after defeating Treasure Knight:
Percy: The forces of darkness reign no longer! For I, Percy, have fixed the power!
- To reward Plague Knight for his victory, Reize tells him his best joke: "How many tickles does it take to make an octopus laugh? Ten tickles!" He actually succeeds in making Plague Knight crack up with laughter.
- After acquiring the fifth Essence, Mona attempts to have Plague Knight help her with the stuck lever for the Dynamo Decanter. Just when it seems Plague Knight reaches the lever, a sudden blackout occurs, following by this once the power comes back on.
- While the ending is mostly more Heartwarming if anything, there is one rather hilarious part in the scene right before the credits. After spending the entire game thinking she's crushing on Plague Knight, Magicist upon Plague Knight and Mona returning to the Potionarium, apologizes to the former for leading him on...because she's found a better man; Percy. Both of them proceed to just stand in Visible Silence in what could only be best described as a Flat "What." reaction at the news.
- When Yacht Club Games announced that the retail release of Shovel Knight will be delayed, they also announced rising its price to prevent the game from ending up in bargain bins (and thus ending up among, ahem, Shovelware). This was accompanied by a crossed out photo of a bargain bin captioned "No Shovel Knight! You've dug too far!".
- Walmart's website accidentally listing the Shovel Knight amiibo under the "Gardening tools" section.
- Due to how Specter Knight reacts to losing his Phase Locket, someone made this, believing it to be the plot of "Specter of Torment". It's a parody of the children's book I Want My Hat Back.
- Due to the fact you can have Plague Knight dance, even during cutscenes, you can have characters talking to him while he's offscreen... And when the camera pans back to him, he's just dancing for what appears to be no reason.
- Specter of Torment has it's funny moments as well.
Specter Knight: If you are here, then who guards my hideout?!Super Skeleton: Uhhhhhhhhhhhhh...!
- When Specter Knight goes to recruit Polar Knight, he tells him that the "glory of battle" awaits him. Polar Knight does not say a single word during their conversation, just going "Hmph." before a fight breaks out.
- Specter Knight's health pickups. Instead of whole chickens and apples, he gets chicken bones and apple cores.
- Reize and The Baz are scripted encounters in Specter of Torment where they interrupt your teleportation spell by crashing in through the window. Specter Knight flat out tells The Baz to go away before commenting that they should get some bars for the windows.
- The best part is that Baz comes in after Reize has been corrupted by the Enchantress's evil, and constantly derides Specter Knight at every opportunity. This part marks the only time the two actually agree with each other and get along.
- Then Black Knight crashes in through a wall once you finish all the levels.
- Of all things, one of the characters to get a backstory here is... The Dancer you find in the Juice Bar in Shovel Knight's campaign. She tries to show off her dance to him only for him to turn around cutting out the music. Multiple times. After her heart is broken, she runs off declaring that she will have revenge.
- One of the characters in the Tower of Fate is Gall, who is working on a skill called the "Kiss of Death" which he immediately uses on Specter Knight when you talk to him. Either Gall dies or Specter Knight dies.
- Another moment for King Knight, this time in Specter of Torment. In the campaign, Specter Knight is tasked with recruiting the members of the Order of No Quarter. However, the dialogue between Specter Knight and King Knight has the former refer to The Enchantress as "our leader," which reveals that King Knight already works for her. It turns out that Specter Knight wasn't sent to Pridemoor Keep to recruit King Knight, it was because the Enchantress realized that King Knight wasn't doing his job and sent Specter Knight to set him straight!
- Like Plague of Shadows, you can get the ability to dance. The kicker: Specter Knight does Michael Jackson's moonwalk. But only when wearing the Donovan set.
- Normal Specter Knight, meanwhile, gets the 'cold shoulder' ability by interacting with The Dancer, which makes him stand around with his arms folded looking aloof.
- Once you clear the Lich Yard, you will find a red robed Super Skeleton instead of Phantom Striker at the table, since he did not join the Order. This Skeleton also happens to be the guardian of Specter Knight's hideout. Specter Knight immediately brings this into question:
- After recruiting Plague Knight, his minions start walking around the hub. The one that walks around the dining area vehemently denies the idea that Plague Knight hangs out anywhere other than the Explodatorium, while another than randomly walks by mentions that Plague Knight is already planning his next project and won't stop screaming about "essences."
- The one near the dining hall also bribes Specter Knight to keep quiet about what he said...which is funnier because he can be right within earshot of said boss.
- There are multiple playful nods to Specter Knight's 'edge'.
- One of the Stingers features a long line of monsters in Treasure Knight's ship, just lining up to be payed, like it's an average office job. There's even a SPINWULF in the line!
- After completing Polar Knight's stage, you can find a tundread enemy who comments that he likes walking, but wishes he could slide around with the rail mail. If you buy the rail mail and slide around in front of him, he stands in place starring at you with his wide open.
- The opening shot of the first footage video for King of Cards? King Knight laying face down on the floor before he attempts to get on his feet dramatically, only for his crown to slip and him having to quickly adjust it before resuming his intended pose. Even funnier as the demo reveals this is a variation of his normal level start animation (in which he falls from the sky and lands in his feet before posing),but in this case, he ends up falling from the sky but lands on his face.
- One of the released screenshots show King Knight before fighting Specter Knight. He insults the latter for having terrible fashion sense not fit for his kingdom, even calling him Cloth Man, of all things. It borders almost on Hypocritical Humor, seeing as King Knight's fashion sense isn't exactly the greatest either.