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Instances of Actually Pretty Funny in comic books.


DC Comics

  • Another one for Batman. The post-Crisis origin for Jason Todd has him as a street punk who steals the tires off the Batmobile. Batman can't help but laugh at the sheer audacity of such an act. Keep in mind that this was the night of his annual patrol of Crime Alley, where his parents were killed, and you realize how funny he really thought it was.
    Batman: (thinking) I have to hand it to 'em — it takes stones to rip off the Batman's buggy —
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  • Batman Adventures, vol 2, no 3., involving Harley trying to get a glum Joker to smile again has Robin exclaiming that, "A barracuda down the pants IS kinda funny." Batman is not amused however.
  • In the Green Lantern miniseries Guy Gardner: Reborn, Guy, having lost his ring, tries to get powers from the New Guardians (who, for the purposes of this story, are portrayed as New Age Retro Hippies). He eventually annoys them to the point that Gloss hits him so hard he goes flying off their island.
    Tomas: That was not very enlightened, Gloss.
    [beat]
    Tomas: But I have to admit, it was pretty funny.
  • Justice League of America Vol. 2 issue #0 depicts the events after the now famous "One Punch" delivered by Batman to Guy Gardner, showing Batman retelling the story to Superman and Wonder Woman. Superman initially tries to lecture him about punching out a fellow League member, especially one like Guy, but the whole time, he's clearly trying not to laugh. Finally, he gives in and asks Batman, "It felt good, didn't it?"
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  • At the end of The Killing Joke, Batman actually ends up laughing at the joke The Joker tells, despite him having earlier crippled and humiliated Barbara Gordon and then kidnapped and tortured Commissioner Gordon. You can see why when you realise how the joke relates to them and their views of humanity.

    There's some ambiguity as to what actually happens, however. The laughter doesn't continue in the subsequent panels, while the viewpoint shifts away from showing what happens between the characters, leading to the alternative interpretation that Batman finally killed the Joker at that point, which would make it a subversion. (That this isn't just one person's crazy speculation is shown by the afterword of the deluxe edition, where the artist Brian Bollard acknowledges that some people have thought the ending ambiguous and promises to tell what really happened, but cuts the text short under a humorous excuse right in the middle of the key sentence.)
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  • In a brief scene in Watchmen, Dan (Nite Owl II) is telling Laurie (Silk Specter II) the story of a masochist who used to follow the Masks around pretending to be a supervillain in the hopes of getting beaten up. Then he eventually tried it on Rorschach and got thrown down an elevator shaft. Laurie says it's not funny, but both she and Dan are trying and failing to suppress their laughter.
  • The one-shot Preacher special "Tall In The Saddle" has a scene where main protagonists Jesse, Tulip and Amy, after being coerced into helping Texas Ranger Tom Pickett go after a horse rustler named Langtry, all end up getting captured by the same and meet his boss, the stereotypically French horse "connoisseur" Napoleon Vichy. When Ranger Pickett insults Vichy by making a joke alluding to how America saved France from Germany in World War II, even the murderous (but American) horse thief Langtry beams with a wide smile.

Marvel Comics

  • In issue 10 of All-New Wolverine, a pair of burglars break into Wolverine's apartment while she and Gabby are home, and Old Man Logan is there recuperating from his encounter with Fin Fang Foom. The trio find the entire situation hilarious, and are prepared to graciously allow the hapless crooks to leave. Up until they pull guns on them, and Jonathan — Gabby's pet wolverine — gets shot defending her (fortunately he gets better). Then it's all Laura can do to keep Logan from gutting them.
  • Deadpool:
    • Bullseye tries to carry out a contract on Deadpool given to him by Osborn, and they spend the comic trying to kill each other in various ways. Deadpool and Bullseye end up sharing a laugh about it all at the end. Halfway through the fight, Bullseye decides he doesn't actually want to kill Deadpool because he enjoys their fights too much. Seeing as this is Bullseye we're talking about, that's no small feat.
    • This also happened in the Joe Kelly era where Bullseye and Deadpool remembered the time they fought over Heinrich Zemo's grave and beat each other with his corpse. They have a laugh about it later. This trope pretty much sums up Deadpool's and Bullseye's relationship.
  • Fantastic Four: Human Torch, Invisible Woman, and The Thing are fighting a horrifying monster. The following exchange occurs:
    Human Torch: It's horrible! Make it invisible! Make it invisible!
    Invisible Woman: Then how's Bennote  supposed to hit it?
    Human Torch: I was talking about Ben.
    Thing: Why you little...wait, that was a good one.
    Ben: Just know that every day that I don't punch your nose into the back of your skull is a personal victory of self-control for me.
    Victor von Doom: Even if you were to accomplish that task, and I then needed to live the rest of my life in a hospice being fed my nutrients intravenously...know that I would still be your intellectual superior.
    Ben: Okay, let's test that theory, you walking pile of — no, you know what? I'll give you this...you are the king of awesome burns.
  • A Spider-Man version that may well be inspired by the above Batman example:
    Green Goblin: I wasn't always going to call myself "Green Goblin". At first, I was going to call myself "Mister Coffee". Can you imagine how weird the last few years would have been if I'd done that?
    [pause]
    [both crack up laughing]
    Spidey: Heh-ha-ha! Look out kids, it's Mister Coffee and his latte of doom!
    Goblin: Oh God, stop!
  • In X-Men Unlimited #33, after a bunch of rednecks insult the Blob and enrage him to the point he declares he's going to level their town, the scrawny guy they were picking on first intervenes by making a bet with the Blob; if he can name something he can do that the Blob can't, then the Blob will leave the place alone. Once the Blob agrees, he reveals his challenge: for the Blob to touch his own toes. Initially, the Blob is furious, only to then burst out laughing and compliment the scrawny guy on his brains and guts. He then buys him a beer and leaves without causing any more of a fuss.

Other

  • Black Moon Chronicles: When Wismerhill and Pilou run into Ghorghor Bey's warband, the dreaded warlord attempts to claim Pilou's two Empathic Weapons for himself, only for Pilou to repeatedly summon them back. This initially pisses off Ghorghor, who considers having them both killed on the spot, before switching gears and admitting that it takes guts to taunt him like that. He happily embraces the two and inducts them into his army.
  • In the Bone series, Thorn is understandably shocked at learning about her past and her destiny. She shouts, "My parents are dead, and I'm a princess with magic powers? What does that make me?" Fone rather unhelpfully suggests, "A fairy princess?" Thorn reacts coldly to this remark. Later, Fone tries to apologize, but Thorn says it was actually pretty funny now that she thinks about it.
  • Diabolik, master criminal and wanted murderer, once was dealing with a gang of smugglers that could have given him trouble... So he called the police on them. As she was talking with inspector Ginko, the smugglers' boss realized what had happened... And started laughing, before explaining it to a humorless Ginko.
  • In one A Mad Look At article, a student tells a teacher an apparently offensive joke. The teacher steps out into the hallway, laughs, then returns to the classroom and reprimands the student for the joke.
  • The Transformers: Last Stand of the Wreckers: Faced with a room full of very angry Decepticons, Rotorstorm yells out "Wreckers, combine!", to no reaction from his teammates. Seconds later, the normally reserved Overlord starts laughing... and then he blows Rotorstorm's head open.
  • In one Usagi Yojimbo story, the Snitch, an recurring informant, is caught doing an elaborate double-cross. His suckers are caught between outrage and amusement.
    Stray Dog: You've been playing us against each other -
    Gen: - and charging us for it! I'd wring your neck if I didn't admire you so much.
  • In The Wicked + The Divine, Luci almost says this word-for-word when talking about Sakhmet being teased with a laser pointer.
  • In W.I.T.C.H., Cedric, the shape-shifter also known as Prince of Lies, was captured and locked in a cell made for him, with him locked in a form that isn't his and surrounded by books that only contain lies. He liked the idea so much that the one time he got a visitor he started telling Blatant Lies to continue the joke.


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