Funny / Starship Troopers

Works in this franchise with their own Funny Moments pages:

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!"
  • When General Owen gets crushed by one of the flying bugs, Ace turns to Rico and grins stupidly, clearly trying not to laugh.
  • 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.
  • Many of the scenes satirizing military jingoism and literary and film warfare tropes are darkly humorous. Standout examples include the ludicrously harsh and unsafe bootcamp, the coed showers in the same, the absurd Hollywood Tactics the Mobile Infantry employ, Lt. Rasczak rewarding his troops with what are essentially children's toys, and the "new meat" the now-grizzled protagonists critique at the end being children in their early teens.
  • Fairly early on, a propaganda bit shows that, if the soldiers shoot a specific point on the bug torso, it will drop the bug instantly. Once this bit is seen, the viewer is given scene after scene after scene, throughout the entire movie, of troopers failing to heed this one piece of advice, and each bug taking one clip or more of ammo to be put down. While it's allowable during the massed assaults by the bugs where it can be difficult to keep calm and fire straight, the situations where it's a squad versus a single bug, and the bug is clearly winning, the absolute incompetence of "ivy-league hopeful" Rico and his even less-intelligent comrades is on full display.

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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