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1 - Rite of Passage
- Bjorn drinks an entire tankard of ale in the pilot to show how manly he is. An 11 year old boy downed a whole tankard of alcohol.
Rollo: Heh. You're looking a little pale there, Bjorn.
- "So where do you think the Earl's going to send us this time? Those bastards to the East are as poor as we are."
- Floki's like a walking generator of these.
Floki: *shrieks, takes mask off* Hello. How are you?Bjorn: ... Well. Thank you, sir.Floki: Let me have a closer look at you... Oh, you have your father's eyes... Unfortunately...Ragnar: Why unfortunately?Floki: It means he will grow up to be like you! And so he will want to do better than you. And you will hate him for that!Ragnar: *gets angry and tries to hit him*
- Floki jumping out of the bushes and shrieking at Bjorn with a mask on. And then, Floki's incredibly understated reaction. The juxtaposition of the two creates a great deal of humour. The historical in-joke citing how Ragnar Lodbrok became fearful that sons' combined fame would eclipse even his own is also great.
- Rollo talking to Gyda:
Rollo: Your mother was a famous shieldmaiden.Lagertha: Was?Rollo: [hurriedly] Is!
- Floki's reaction to the storm lashing the Viking's longship is both this and in the CMOA page.
"It's true. Thor is beating his hammer! The lightning is the sparks from his anvil! BUT HE'S NOT ANGRY WITH US! I UNDERSTAND NOW! WHY SHOULD HE BE ANGRY WITH US?! WHY SHOULD HE WANT TO SINK US?!! DO YOU NOT SEE?! HE IS CELEBRATNG!! HE IS FULL OF GOOD CHEER!!! HE WANTS TO SHOW EVERYBODY THAT HE CAN'T SINK THIS BOAT!!! HE LOVES THIS BOAT!!! IT'S MY BOAT!!! AND THE GODS LOVE MY BOAT!!!
"Floki! Get down from there! Don't you remember?! You can't swim!"
- Ragnar's reaction is funny too;
- When the Vikings are facing the monastery for the first time, they begin to march towards it. Floki has to turn around because he was facing the wrong way.
- Floki's whooping yell of excitement when they catch sight of Kattegat after returning from Lindisfarne. Gustaf Skarsgård just has so much fun doing this character.
- Floki lying on the floor and examining the banquet table of Aelle's hall in old Norse;
Floki: This table is very well made...Torstein: So are the women!
- Haraldsson's tone and expression when he tells Ragnar that he shouldn't expect to keep the plunder he earned. Bonus points for using Ragnar's words against him.
You want me to pay you? Even though you've already told me you took these spoils as easily as from... babies?
- Floki's antics at the church at Haxem. First he takes a sip of the blood of Christ, and promptly spits it out on account of it not being to his taste. Much to the Saxons horror, the funniest part is that Floki doesn't know why they're upset keeps drinking. While all the while, the Saxons are gasping in shock at his sacrilege.
- This exchange at Ragnar's trial;
Earl Haradson: You are the wife of Ragnar Lodbrok...?Lagertha: I am, lord.Earl Haraldson: How extraordinary you managed to be there at the same time.
Svein: A murder is committed and the only witnesses are a husband and his wife.Earl Haraldson: Well, it's unfortunate we can't find out who committed it because they both take credit for it.
- And another,
- This exchange between Ragnar and his son.
Bjorn: You must be patient, father.Ragnar: (imitating) "You must be patient, father", shut up.
- The look of utter horror on the Saxons' face when Ragnar gives them his price. And then, the reactions.
Ragnar: Two thousand pounds, gold and silver.Abbot: What did he say?!Noble: How much?!Ragnar: (to noble, speaking slowly) Two thousand pounds.Aella: I do not think I heard you properly, Ragnar Lodbrok.Ragnar: Hmm. (gets up on his chair and shouts) TWO THOUSAND POUNDS! In weight.
- The Vikings behavior at the feast, they tear into the food before the Saxons say grace - much to the latter's horror, and repulse them with their table manners. Then they stare blankly when the Saxons go about the ritual, and later express their displeasure with the hymns. All in Old Norse.
Torstein: ... What terrible noise.Leif: These people are so strange.
- Floki tries to eat a plate. He then shatters it. And then Arn shatters one with a headbutt. And then they all start breaking things. Ragnar's reaction is pretty funny too;
Ragnar: Stop it, stop making me laugh. I'm trying to be serious.
- The Vikings reaction when Aella insist that one of them becomes Christian.
Aella: I must ask that either you or one of your companions agrees to be baptized into our faith. That way, I can make peace with a friend and fellow Christian, and not an enemy.Ragnar: You want one of us to become Christian?Aella: Yes.Ragnar: (to his men, in Old Norse) He wants one of us to become Christian!Vikings: (All laugh uproariously)
- Rollo's baptism in A King's Ransom. It's actually a clever scheme to fleece the Saxons out of money, but it's very clear by the way he behaves even during it that he thinks the entire ritual is stupid. The way he looks at the priest even suggests that he thinks he's a madman.
"It was a joke. I didn't believe it. I didn't even know what the old fool was saying."
- Rollo's look of trepidation right before the bishop dunks his head under the water in order to baptize him. Only made more amusing by Clive Standen's eyes going back and forth like a frightened animal, showing that Rollo really doesn't know what the fuck is going on.
- And then Rollo's reaction after coming out, his body language clearly indicating; "you crazy bastard Christians! What kind of religion does this to people?!"
- When the Vikings take their seats in the hall and start drinking as they wait for the feast, Aella brings his wife Ealswith and his son Egbert to meet them. Leif tries to make the boy feel at home, but forgets the... differences in how Norsemen and Saxons raise their children.
Aella: Ragnar Lodbrok, may I present my wife Ealswith, and my son, Egbert.Leif: (to Egbert, offering a mug of beer) Skoal! Drink?
- Floki manages to defeat the leader of the Saxon army... by tearing out the pegs holding his tent up and dropping it on his head before he can even get out and fight.
- During the night raid on the saxon camp, Rollo kicks one of the sleeping Saxons in the head and then throws a torch into his tent, setting him on fire. Just how causal Rollo is about the whole thing is hilarious in a Black Comedy sort of way.
- Horik going into the temple at Uppsala in the garb of a peasant and rousing the priests awake by throwing a chicken at them. His roaring laughter when they awaken and try to get him out of the temple is only made funnier by his aides' reaction.
Horik: PRIESTS! *throws a rooster at them* STIR YOURSELVES!! *Hilarity Ensues*.
- There are a few from episode 9:
Torstein: WHAT ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE LOOKING AT?!Arne: *covers his good eye* I'm blind, see? I can't look at anything!
- While being sent to fish, Torstein and Arne happen upon a naked, bathing Aslaug and stare at her. Then the shield-maidens come out and start showing their indignation - their reactions;
Ragnar: I never knew that fish could also be stored in salt.Arne: Ragnar, we came across her bathing in the river. What were we supposed to do?Ragnar: Fish.Arne: You didn't see her!Ragnar: Oh, I see. The two of you end up with your faces cut and leave me without fresh fish. And yet I must apologize because you had to look at a naked body.
- And then explaining this to Ragnar;
Ragnar: Who is she to put such a high price upon her nakedness?
- And when Ragnar is told that Aslaug expects an apology, he's initially agreeable when he thinks it's supposed to be from Arne and Torstein. Then they make it clear that Aslaug expects Ragnar to apologize, and he's not so accommodating.
1 - Brother's War
- Ragnar cuddling the baby goat. Just... Where did that come from?
- And Aslaug's slightly startled reaction to the goat. A first hint of how uncomfortable she will feel later when she and Ragnar's family will have to leave Kattegat and live as refugees.
- Siggy attempts to open up to Floki.
Siggy: Can you keep a secret?Floki: Scoffs No!
- One of the battle scenes, an enemy charges at Rollo. Rollo proceeds to angle his shield just the right way to flip the guy straight over it.
- On off-days, Torstein and Ragnar play a drinking game. It involves getting drunk, balancing more drink on your head, and then chucking knives or shooting bows at each other's upraised shields. If you flinch and cause your drink to fall, you lose.
- A strong dose of Black Comedy when King Ecbert and the Princess are discussing her recently deceased brother.
Princess Kwenthirth: The Pope already made him a saint! Apparently, he lived an examplar life.King Ecbert: ...Do you mean to say he was not all-together virtuous?Kwenthirth (incredibly non-chalantly): Well, he raped me when I was twelve, so make up your own mind.
- The subsequent sex scene between Kwenthirth and Ecbert also qualifies. Poor Ecbert can't catch up with the gal.
- When Ecbert orders his soldiers to pleasure Kwenthirth, he mutters to them "Good luck."
- Kwenthrith, er, examining her new Norse mercenaries.
- Honestly, her reactions throughout the whole episode could count as a Moment of Funny. Kwenthrith visibly perks up as soon as Ragnar walks into the negotiation hall, and she continues to openly eyeball him (and possibly Bjorn) for the remainder of the scene. She looks downright gleeful from then on out.
- Ecbert looking less than pleased by Aelle belly flopping into his bath and kissing him on the forehead.
- When Bjorn speaks with his father before the battle, Ragnar's wrapped up in a blanket with only his face showing from inside of it. For any viewers who have seen Star Wars, their first reaction will probably be, "Ragnar's a Jedi!"
- Even though the situation is very dire, the expression of Ragnar and his family during the battle. They are all clearly fed up with Horik's behaviour.
- After finishing the episode for the first time, Floki's creeper-like behavior becomes rather hilarious during repeat views.
- In the European version of the episode, there is a scene which shows Ragnar in his bed, a very satisfied smirk on his face...the camera then moves to the left revealing first Aslaug sleeping beside him — and then Lagertha.
- Athelstan forcing Ragnar back on his knees to finish the prayer properly.
- The morning after the arrival and victory party, both Ragnar and Athelstan can be seen sitting at the table, heads in their hands, and quite obviously nursing some killer hangovers from the previous night of drinking and partying. Even their posture and facial expressions are similar, which would explain why Bjorn and Lagertha did most of the talking for them.
1 - Mercenaries
- Ecbert declaring his infatuation for Lagertha. At great length. And when Lagertha asks Athelstan what the foreign king's going on about, Athelstan's translation is simply, "He likes you."
- Poor Athelstan's expression during all this screams 'I am essentially helping this king flirt with my lord's ex-wife. WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS???'
- The little private chat between Ragnar and Ecbert during the celebration feast:
Ragnar: Do you think you are a good man?Ecbert: Yes. I think so. Are you a good man?Ragnar: Yes. I think so. Are you corrupt?Ecbert: Oh yes. Are you?Ragnar: Uh huh.
- In a great display of Black Comedy, the reactions of the guests at the feast after Princess Kwenthrith poisons her brother and claims sole rule of Mercia:
- Ragnar and Ecbert are awkwardness personified
- Aelle looks utterly disgusted, and makes sure his daughter doesn't drink the wine by slapping her hand down
- Rollo can barely hide his amusement
- Lagertha canít stop rolling her eyes at the whole fiasco.
- And it is all capped off with a toast where all the guests take a one look at their cups and each other... after which they all decide to spill them on the floor.
- A gem of Black Comedy when Ragnar goes through the trouble of burying the corpse of his friend Athelstan up the mountains, lamenting "The things I do for you" and slapping his arse.
- Also when Ragnar says he has no idea what a martyr was and still don't, while burying Athelstan who reconverted to Christianity and was murdered for it, the irony may make you chuckle if only a little.
- When Ecbert is talking to Aethelwulf, he comments that Kwenthirith ought to cease her slaughters and rejoin the alliance with Wessex, or
Ecbert: If not, we will show her the iron fist, we will invade and we will destroy her, and (starts gesturing wildly) her limbs will be fastened to four horses, her body will be torn apart!.(Bishop of Wessex stares at him, shocked)Ecbert: ...Or something of that sort. But also tell her we have a repugnance for such matters, being Christians! (blesses himself, Bishop smiles pleased)
- In fact, just the Bishop of Wessex period. He seems like a good enough man, but he's woefully out of his depth around just about anyone from the main cast and his facial expressions as it repeatedly hits him are hilarious.
- It's only funny in a pretty dark way, but during the start of the assault on Paris, Rollo and a young berserker jump off the boat and are standing there while the Frankish crossbowmen fire at them. The berserker gets hit in the shoulder and smiles before he begins laughing hysterically, apparently feeling no pain due to the mushrooms. He continues laughing... and then gets shot again, this time in the head, killing him instantly. So much for that guy.
- A Christian missionary gets the bright idea to come to Kattegat to preach Christianity and openly mock the Viking religion. Aslaug offers to test his religion through a trial by ordeal. The missionary is then handed a glowing iron pole, and he calmly walks over to Aslaug and drops it at her feet... then it turns out it was all in his head, and Reality Ensues. Its more than slightly amusing to watch his smug demeanor crumble as the residents cackle.
- Earl Siegfrid's execution makes a hilarious turn towards Black Comedy. He asks for someone to hold his hair so the axeman can make a clean cut, but then pulls back at the last second... yanking the hands of the Frankish soldier holding his hair into the path of the axe. Siegfrid's booming laugh as the soldier wails at the sight of the stumps of his hands is priceless.
- When Ragnar jumps out of his coffin one of the Parisian women faints.
- Also, in a bit of Black Comedy, when he stabs the Bishop in the throat he sticks his tongue out like he's pranking the congregation, or something.
- When Rollo is presented to the Emperor's court, Gisla gives him an epic and scathing "The Reason You Suck" Speech, only of him to respond with the biggest, goofiest smile he has has in the entire run of the show and saying in halting Frankish...
Rollo: Je vous... salue!note
- His face while saying that is basically going, "Oh Odin, I hope I said that right..."
- During her speech the wanderer repeatedly opens his mouth to translate her insults, then thinks better of it and maintains an awkward silence, like "Shit, I better not translate that..."
- Rollo keeps smiling while she delivers like "I haven't a clue of what she's saying but she looks pretty anyway".
- The Emperor's hilarious Facepalm while his daughter is insulting her husband-to-be in front of the entire court.
1 - A Good Treason
- Rollo's wedding is one of the funniest moment ever:
- How Gisla walks in the chapel crying like she's going to be beheaded and the Emperor pushing her head down to the faldstool because she's interrupting the ceremony by standing still.
- Gisla defiantly spitting on Roland's face as he's undressing her for the bedding ceremony. While Roland has to keep a poker face because she's the Princess, Rollo's amused face is like "I'm liking this woman more and more".
- Rollo's completely nonplussed reaction to Gisla pulling a knife on him during the wedding night, as well as her frustration at him not taking her seriously as a threat.
- Bjorn, self-exiled to isolation in a hunting lodge in the middle of nowhere, finds a cask of mead under the firewood. He drinks the whole thing and proceeds to get on all fours and howl at the moon.
- Making it even funnier, when he wakes up the next day he looks like death warmed over.
- Rollo and Gisla retire from the Christmas banquet in the palace to have vigorous and very, very loud sex... while the Emperor her father and the entire court are listening in the banquet hall, looking at each other awkwardly.
- Ragnar, hallucinating from Yidu's drugs, frantically paddling a boat. It takes him a while to realize he's going nowhere.
- The entirety of the ceremony bestowing the title of consul to Alfred is made hilarious by the contrast between the pomp and pageantry of the event and the fact that all of this is being heaped on a child too small for most of the clothes he is in.
- Rollo realizing that his new Frankish forces have no balls to speak of in a pitched battle, forcing him to skewer the most vocal coward and improvise an awesome and surprisingly poetic Rousing Speech just to get them to fight past the first engagement.
- The exchange Bjorn has with the man that informs him about the existence of Magnus of Mercia:
Bjorn: And you are certain that this Magnus is really my father's child?Thorhall: How can I be certain? I was not there at the conception.
- Which results in a second one as Bjorn doesn't find it funny at all and gives Thorhall a Death Glare for a few seconds of awkward silence before they continue the conversation.
- Ragnar returns after a long absence from his duties in Kattegat to find three of his five sons waiting for him. Ivar joins moments later. Ragnar's response to seeing his youngest is just a couple of degrees north of insulting, though one could argue that the jest is his way of treating him as an equal to his other sons despite his condition. The delivery is what really sells it.
Ragnar: Hello, Ivar. There's no mistaking you.
- Ivar continues the charming banter and rapport he has built up with Ragnar, even while they are imprisoned.
- In an excellent display of Black Comedy, the callous and unceremonial way in which Aethelwulf and Ecbert immediately kick Magnus out to fend for himself after raising him for 14 years, just because he is not useful anymore.
- Ecbert and Ragnar, both piss drunk, pointing out the ridiculousness of each other's religions.
- The Mary Sue's visual recaps of season 2. Comprised of stills from the episodes it has become so popular it's migrated to other shows too. Running Gags include Ragnar and the baby goat, the shield that looks like a pokeball, Batman's Dad and what Siggy thinks about her situation.
- Episode 1, Brother's War: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-season-two-premiere-recap/#0
- Episode 2, Invasion: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-s2e2-picture-recap-invasion/#0
- Episode 3, Treachery: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-visual-recap-s02e03-treachery/#0
- Episode 4, Eye for an Eye: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-visual-recap-s2e4-eye-for-an-eye/#0
- Episode 6, Unforgiven: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-visual-recap-unforgiven/#0
- Episode 7, Blood Eagle: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-visual-recap-blood-eagle/#0
- Episode 8, Boneless: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-visual-recap-s02e08-boneless/#0
- Episode 9, The Choice: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-recap-the-choice-s2e09/#0
- Episode 10, The Lord's Prayer: http://www.themarysue.com/vikings-visual-recap-the-lords-prayer-season-finale/#0
- The Tiny Viking blog is so popular that Athelstan's official team is called "Team Tiny Viking": http://thetinyviking.tumblr.com/