- The infamous "spearman vs. tank" battles that resulted in the icon on Civfanatics - it's a burning tank with a confused Emoticon next to a rejoicing spearman. Actually seeing it in action.◊
- Some of the quotes related to technology discovery can be this. One of the most prominent is Civ V's example for Future Tech:"I think we all agree: The past is over." -George W. Bush
- Great People-related anachronisms can be quite hilarious.
- "Li Bo (Great Artist) was born in Tenochtitlan", while already rather weird, wouldn't look nearly as insane if Li Bo wasn't wearing a white Elvis suit.
- "Hernan Cortes (Great General) was born in Tenochtitlan!"
- J Edgar Hoover, Great Spy, in a ninja suit.
- Muhammad (Great Prophet) used to establish Christianity in 600BC.
- Starting from Civ IV, both Angkor Wat and Chichen Itza are represented both as wonders and as cities for the Khmer/Siamese and Mayans, respectively. They can even exist simultaneously, so you could have the ridiculous situation where the Mayans capture Chichen Itza from Angkor Wat, after they just finished building Angkor Wat in Chichen Itza.
- It got even better when the Khmer civilization was added as DLC in Civ VI. Along with an achievement requiring you to build Angkor Wat and a Wat (one possible pick as religious building when creating a religion) in Angkor Wat. The achievement's name? 'Wat Is Love'.
- Relatedly, Theodora's diplomacy screen in V shows the Hagia Sophia, even if you built the Hagia Sophia yourself.
- Gandhi, man of peace and reason, threatening you with nuclear weapons. This is an Ascended Glitch from the original Civilisation game cause by a buffer underflow. Gandhi's aggressiveness was originally set at 1, but if it was lowered beyond 0 (for example, if his country's government type was a democracy) it rolled under 0 to 255 out of 10. The devs have kept this stat in since it's so unexpected and so funny to see a war-mongering leader be Mahatma Gandhi.
- In Civ V, the AI has various traits between 1~10 scores. Different leaders had different "tendencies" in these scores, which vary between games by 1-2 points in either direction. For example, America's likelihood to conquer city-states is an average 4 but between games can vary between 2 and 6 in value. Mahatma Gandhi's "Use Of Nukes" score in Civ V is a hard-fixed 12! In a 10-point rank system!
- Any time another Civ asks the player for help in a war against Gandhi, particularly if the aforementioned Indian hasn't actually done anything of particular threat. Having them declare him as a "Threat to the stability of the world" comes off as hilariously meta. For extra humor, play as a domination-inclined Civ like Bismarck or Montezuma; having someone like Elizabeth ask them of all people for help against Gandhi is really, REALLY funny.
- On a darker note: when a humble worthless puny pathetic civilization gets destroyed bythe players superior awesome technologically advanced military for the sake of resources, or just for -ehem- "fun", it just makes you want to pull a maniacal Evil Laugh. Even when they instigate and crash their army into your superior defenses, it can still evoke this. Having too many delegates in the World Congress and taking unfair advantage of it is also pretty funny.
- "You have discovered scrolls of ancient wisdom." "Robotics" (Or for some meta fun "Writing")
- In a similar vein, in Revolution, moving into the space where a friendly village is has a chance of finishing research on whatever technology you're working on discovering. Whatever technology. Even "Space Flight" or the nebulous "Future Technology". There's a lot more going on under those straw roofs than you might guess.
- On the opposite end of the spectrum, you might defeat a Barbarian Village and be rewarded with a "strange sea-going craft": The Galley. It's the weakest watercraft both offensively and defensively, it's tied with the Submarine for lowest Movement ability, and it's the only one that cannot venture into deep water. Kinda makes you wonder how he'd react to Cruisers and Battleships... which might very well be around when you get this reward.
- Some strategic resources can only be seen rather late into the game, sometimes where you least expect. For example, finding out the location of your first uranium deposit is the same place as your first farm.
- And then there's if it spawns under your capital... the most tourist-heavy city in the world.
Civ I-IV (plus spin-offs)
- In Civilization II, the Entertainment advisor in the Modern era is an Elvis Impersonator. In ancient times, you instead have... the same Elvis Impersonator, but wearing a toga. And he'll always refer to you as "King", complete with a short pause before the title and striking a very Elvis-like pose as he says it.
- His reaction to your civilization being in a state of Anarchy:
- Speaking of the military advisor: While all the advisors were hammy to some degree or another, the military advisor is a Boisterous Bruiser without equal who absolutely loves Chewing the Scenery.
- Loading up a mod that lets you play as Poland and trashing the hell out of the barbarian city of... Aryan.
- This hidden movie in Civ III.
- Also in Civ III, if you play on Elvis's birthday (January 8th) all the king units become Elvis.
- After this Easter egg occurs, you can find a unit called Jaimo who is based off of one of the staff for Civ III. He attacks by slapfighting and does disco dancing when he wins.
- If you found enough cities that the game runs out of names, it cycles through the list again but with "New" appended to them. This means it's possible to have two New Yorks and two New Orleanses - not to mention New New York. Civ III takes it further, though: instead of "New Instanbul", the Ottomans get "Not Constantinople". (And yes, the Byzantines get "Not Istanbul" instead of "New Constantinople".)
- Civ IV features Leonard Nimoy narrating a famous quote each time you research a technology. When you research satellites, he quotes Sputnik: "Beep... beep... beep... beep...."
- The Civ IV: Warlords Teleconferences, in which George W. Bush and Tony Blair deal with the expansion's new features.
- In Call To Power, destroying an enemy lawyer unit with a fusion tank.Fusion tank: [Powers up railgun]Lawyer: [Brandishing a writ] You're served!Fusion tank: [ZAP]
- In Civ Rev, Great People are spawned under certain conditionsnote , and each Person spawned is related to a tech. The Great Person related to the Superconductor? Leopold Stokowski.
- The names of many of the achievements.
- If you fail to build enough wonders before the other cultures do (once another culture finishes a wonder, you lose the chance to finish yours), you earn an achievement called "Seriously?!"
- A (never implemented) achievement was called "Cat Fight". You would get it by being a female leader and declaring war on every other female leader on the map at once.
- What's the achievement for killing an enemy spy trying to steal a technology? Whack a Mole.
- If you win a science victory as Poland, the achievements will tell you that, yes, Poland can into space.
- The description of the Giant Death Robot:The "mech" is a giant bipedal mechanical robot armed with a variety of missiles, Gatling gun arms, laser-beam eyes, and a deadly kung-fu punch. Although not currently found on the modern battlefield, no doubt across the world governments and evil corporations are secretly developing these metal behemoths even as we speak. When these mechs come into service, all of the worlds other weaponry will become obsolete, and humanitys fate will be decided by a climactic battle between armies of good and evil mechs in the streets of downtown Tokyo. (Assuming that the giant radioactive monsters dont get us first.)
- The Leader screens come with their moments:
Pacal (Attacked): He ha ha ha ha ha ha.
- Whenever Montezuma is angry with you.
- Harald Bluetooth's reaction when you defeat him: after looking absurdly shocked for a second, he takes off his helmet and throws it off his boat as he stomps offscreen, all the while trash-talking in Danish. And you don't hear the helmet hit the water until ''just'' before he leaves. To clarify his speech, he says, "What is this treachery? Loki must have been by your side, for no ordinary could have defeated me."
- When you first encounter Babylon, you see Nebuchadnezzar sitting on a huge stone throne, in a very creepy, dark palace, and the only light sources are torches lit with creepy green fire as he casually sips wine from a golden chalice—and then he flinches and drops said chalice on the floor as he speaks, as if he ''only noticed you just now.''
- "We are an enlightened people, who seek the peaceful exchange of knowledge with others."◊ Background: a city in flames.
- Pachacuti often lacks modesty in his greetings.
- Virtually every leader has some comment whenever you attack them. But Pacal? He just laughs at you. Funnier still, is if you get a generic "You fool, you have made a terrible mistake," message when you do so - as if the game is warning you for declaring war against him.
- To a minor extent, there's Gandhi's quote when he declares war on you, where he states "I have just received a report that large numbers of my troops have crossed your borders", the implication being that the "declaration of war" wasn't actually made by Gandhi, but by a General Ripper who took his troops into your country without Gandhi's consent. What makes it funny is that what could come across as Blatant Lies is delivered so seriously by Gandhi that it makes him less like the Memetic Psychopath propped up by the Civilization series, and more of a Puppet King who's absolutely powerless to stop his generals from launching wars without his knowledge.
- What makes this even funnier is that he follows it up by suggesting you can beat the Indian troops through "passive resistance" (a reference to Gandhi's protests against the British occupation of India). It makes it sound like he's asking you to just sit there and do nothing while his troops conquer your territory.
- Find a city-state at total war with a major civ. Gift the city-state a lot of highly advanced units, and they may be able to conquer the major civ's cities, keeping the ones with wonders and burning the rest to the ground.
- A bit meta, but the fact that Siam's unique building (the Wat) was involved in an infamous early glitch, and is still abused along with Legalism in some strategies makes its name all the more amusing ("Four free universities. Wat.").
- In multiplayer under the diplomacy tab, there is an easily accessible "Declare War" button right next to each player's name. This often results in accidental declarations of war.
- The hilarity of achievement names continue:
- Even with the option of having Chandragupta as the leader on India, Gandhi's nuke-happy personality creeps in to a Chandragupta-ruled India, as you can get the achievement "I Thought We'd Moved Past This Joke" if you successfully launch a nuke when playing as Chandragupta.
- Several of the achievements are all about performing actions that highlight the absurdity of the game mechanics, such as airdropping a unit of ancient-era slingers. One of them hangs a lampshade on the lot - the achievement for having a Roman Legion clear some nuclear contamination is "Missed that day in history class".
- Poland's culture-bomb ability will destroy any incomplete wonder occupying a stolen tile. The name of the achievement for doing so? "You Are a Terrible Person".
- The leader screens in Civ VI have a couple funny moments as well.
Gandhi: I can engage in this war without sacrificing my morals. Don't ask me how, you wouldn't understand.
- Denouncements are usually unvoiced, meaning all the leaders are just doing angry poses and/or grunting at you. This leads to things like the sight of Her Majesty, Queen Victoria... throwing a tantrum like an upset teenager.
- Most leaders look at you fondly when you have a declared friendship/alliance. Meanwhile, Phillip II goes into a silly pose with his wrist on his hip and what can only be described as a smarmy grin.
- On the rare occasion that Gandhi declares war on you, this is what he'll say:
"I suppose you think art is great when it ties a room together, you philistine."
- Upon first meeting Frederick Barbarossa, he introduces himself by listing all of the lands he rules over — Germany, Italy, Burgundy... — before seemingly forgetting the rest and waving it off, saying, "and many, many more."
- Kristina of Sweden (from Gathering Storm), assuming you are at neutral relations, will always be reading a book at the diplomacy screen. When denouncing you, she will almost throw the book at you, stop, then hug it to her chest like a baby.
- Collecting more great works than her leads to her acting very snobby towards you:
"Look at the big civ leader over there with the war declaration! Great job, mate. Really shows off how hard you are."
- Many of the leaders will respond to aggression with condescension or insults. Kupe does them one better: declare war on the Maori, and not only will Kupe completely fail to take you seriously, but he'll ruthlessly patronize you for even trying. Note that when he says "good job, mate," he gives the player a big, cheesy thumbs-up.
- When relations are sour between Kupe and the player, he will be hunched over and occasionally perform the pūkana - i.e. stick his tongue out as far as possible while staring you in the eyenote . While an effective threat, it also looks quite silly.
- Offer an already-angry Hojo Tokimune a terrible deal, and he'll do a beautifully animated Double Take.
- Robert the Bruce in Rise and Fall can be seen putting his foot up on an off-screen stool in his leader scenes. While that is somewhat amusing in itself, the funny part is that when war is declared on Scotland, he reacts by angrily kicking the stool away while threatening to bash your teeth in.
- Like Civ V, the narrator for Civilization VI appears as a character in the intro scene. He is voiced by the very awesome Sean Bean... who unfortunately dies just before the intro ends. Apparently, Sean himself didn't know about this until he was asked the relevant question.
- Several tech descriptions (like for Sanitation) are from Monty Python. That's funny enough in itself. Now imagine Sean Bean of all people reading the "What have the Romans ever done for us" quote.
- City-states will go to war together with their suzerain (i.e. the civ with the most influence over them). Nothing prevents you from sending further envoys to a city-state whose suzerain you go to war with, so in longer wars, city-states may switch sides several times. In Rise and Fall, becoming the suzerain of a city-state you were previously at war with also gives you era points, making it even more attractive to win city-states over this way.
- Some of the Historic Moment announcements, such as if you found a religion but aren't the first to do so:(Insert Religion Name) is the true path of salvation! Please ignore all those other ones!
- Another one is for building a high-adjacency Commercial Hub:They say that people are drawn to the Commercial Hub of (City name) just for the excitement of buying and selling in the market. But the money is pretty good, too.
- Another one is for building a high-adjacency Commercial Hub:
- One of the secondary agendas a leader can have is trying to have the highest Tourism. If you're transgressing this agenda, you get this message:I know the world is beating a path to your tourist sites, but be warned! Our people possess blue jeans and rock music and we are not afraid to use them.
- Also, there is reportedly an abnormally high chance for Gandhi to have the secondary agenda Nuke Happy.