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Funny: Starship Troopers
The Book
  • The Thirty Second Bomb. In a fighting force that routinely uses Flame Throwers and atomic weapons in combat, this is the weapon that Rico feels bad about using. It is designed to loudly announce in the target's native language that it is a bomb, and then issue a loud verbal countdown to induce an appropriate response. Rico causes a stampede by tossing it into a Skinny command center.
  • Rico's Un Paused moment late in the book. He is protesting his commander's decision to use a post-hypnotic suggestion to make Rico take a nap. His commander doesn't seem to know what Rico's going on about, and Rico soon realizes that he was put to sleep halfway through a sentence, waking up hours later and continuing without missing a beat. Nevermind the humorous situation of a Space Marine refusing (futilely) to take a nap.

Films

Starship Troopers

  • This line would be even more funny if it didn't lead to tragic consequences for Zander later on.
    Carmen:(after giving her location to Rico) The situation is... (takes a look around to see that they're surrounded by bugs) Situation is extremely hostile!
  • Carl and his pet ferret Cyrano, "Go bug Mom!".
    Carl: I gave him the impression that there's a grub crawling up my mothers leg, he's on a mission to go eat it.
    Carl's Mom: (banging noises can be heard upstairs) What are you doing?! GET OFF MY LEG!! AWWWW! ...Carl!
  • Ace, the living Butt Monkey!
  • "Have fun! That's an order!"
  • Ace and Dizzy showing the still-alive Johnny his death certificate.
  • "The enemy cannot push a button... if you disable his hand. Medic!"
  • Breckinridge's self-diagnosis after his sparring match with Sergeant Zim: "My arm... I reckon it's broke, Sir." While holding onto his arm at the new joint that he now has.
    • Zim agrees with his assessment. "Medic!"
  • Rico trying to record a video-mail to send to Carmen, while the other troopers do everything they can to be a distraction behind him.
    Rico: (as the lights go out and sappy music starts to play) Uh oh.
  • The Tanker Bug's Aside Glance to the camera before getting blown up by the grenade it swallowed.
  • After Carl's reading of the Brain Bug's mind, Rico and Carmen catch up to him.
    Rico: It was you wasn't it. You told me how to find Carmen?
    Carl: (gives a smirk) Well, that's classified.
  • The last we see of the Brain Bug is getting probed by human scientists, and evidently inflated.

Starship Troopers: Marauder:

  • The news clip in the film's opening, touting the Mobile Infantry's newest secret weapon: The Shovel! The Terran Federation has finally progressed to Trench Warfare in their tactics playbook.
    • Followed by one trooper being impaled by a shovel when a Bug Bomb goes off.
    • And then, Colonel Rico shows up, while the medics are collecting the various dismembered body parts from the explosion. He turns to one of the surviving troopers, motions to a nearby severed arm, and gives us this line:
    Hey trooper! Give us a hand!
  • Rico's new squad have to strip naked as part of the preparation for being paired with their Powered Armor. For some reason. One of the guys is a bit shy, and strips last. Cue the female trooper next to him coyly Eating the Eye Candy and remarking "Now we know why his momma calls him 'Slug'."

Starship Troopers: Invasion:

  • The sparring match between Chow and Ratzass. Ratzass is roundly getting schooled by the far more agile Chow, until Ice Blonde flashes him. While this would result in most other men getting distracted and knocked out, this instead fills him with Heroic Resolve, causing him to go Drunken Master on Chow... which ends in them knocking each other unconcious.
  • Daugherty shouting at the John A. Warden as it departs abruptly during their evac mission on Fort Casey.
    Daugherty: Thanks for waiting, Jackass!
  • Holy Man is having an argument with the local Hollywood Atheist (who primarily argues by quoting famous Atheist writers), who snarks that religious men never say anything worth writing down. Holy Man replies with a quote about how men who stare at the abyss are afraid of the light...

Games

Starship Troopers:

  • In Compound there's that one guy who talks to the player when the bugs counterattack:
    Grunt: Marauder, you're needed up top, now! I'll stay here and hide— uh I mean, secure the bunker. Yeah, that's it!
  • Hauser demanding the player to rescue him in Plasma Mountain.
    Hauser: Good of you to turn up, Marauder, now, if you wouldn't mind dealing with those bugs. Watch out for that Plasma Bug... I don't think she likes me.
    after saving an injured Hauser
    Hauser: I'm still alive - but no thanks to you, Marauder.
  • This exchange after the player kills the X-Bug.
    Hauser: I see you've killed my little friend. And won this for the species. Looks like I underestimated you, Marauder. That is not a mistake I make twice.
    Harris: Did I hear that correctly? Was that General Hauser giving you a compliment?
  • The Mech-Trooper's constant stuttering.
    Mech-Trooper: Just a li-li-li-little lo-lo-lo-longer.
    Mech-Trooper: This one's fine. On to the ne-ne-ne-ne the next one.
  • In Bug Hives, when an MI squad meets the player:
    Grunt: We're staying here, right Sarge? I'm not going back in there. No way! Let the Marauder go!
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