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  • Any time Mion "trolls" Keiichi, especially when she starts acting like a pervert as part of it is guaranteed to generate some lulz. At its best in the manga.
    • The parts where Shion trolls either of them are infinitely more hilarious, especially in the Watanagashi arc. Even that is taken up to eleven in the English anime dub, where her voice actor just becomes so blatant about it that you can't help laughing.
  • Early in Chapter 1, Rena finds a statue of Colonel Sanders near the dam construction site. Keiichi and Rena spend a few days trying to get it out from under a pile of garbage.
  • The pool episode.
    • Especially at the end when you realize what will happen if/when one of the men wears the 'magic trunks' for three hours...
    • Chie-sensei getting angry at Keiichi over curry (nevermind that Rika lied) and whipped out T-squares, when all her Expyness to Ciel was unsubtly lampshaded.
    • Then there's Rika bribing Hanyuu.
  • The chorus to Keiichi and Ooishi's character rap song, "Uwasa no Jikenbou ABC." Yes, that's right. Rap. Cue the beat:
    "Do you know Oyashiro-sama? Yes! Hinamizawa! I kill you, you kill me! No, Hinamizawa!"
  • From Episode 9 "Why are you holding a golf club?"
    • Episode three of Kai does this same scene again, except it's even funnier. Same episode includes Keiichi giving a long speech to a baseball player about how there's nothing wrong with being a pervert so the Hinamizawa baseball team can beat his team.
      • Also, at the beginning of that scene where Mion, in a rage, throws the baseball bat at the ground only to have it bounce back up and hit her in the face.
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    • The VN's version of this is arguably even more hilarious. Mion is beat up for some reason, and when Keiichi asks, she mentioned that she tried a strategy that didn't exactly work, complete with everyone commenting on her bravery for doing such an action. It is never explained what exactly happened.
  • From Episode 14, Rika asking about Akasaka in the English dub.
    Mustache Man: I heard the guy they sent down here was a newbie. That's about all the information I've got though.
    Rika: A newbie? Like a really fresh newbie?
    Mustache Man: Yes, definitely new and fresh.
    Rika: Yay! A young, fresh newbie!
    Mustache Man: Well he certainly seems to be all that.
  • The Ascended Fanon video game Higurashi Daybreak and its adaptations as Hirukowashi-hen, where Rena accidentally swallows a magatama that will make her fall in love with whomever carries its counterpart. As the magatama ends up in the hands of Tomitake, Takano, and finally Ooishi... Hilarity Ensues.
    • In the same episode, the scene where Rena punches Satoko, sending her tumbling several feet and sliding beside Keiichi and Rena. The sound she makes when she goes flying is hilarious.
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    • Also from the same episode, Mion punching Keiichi repeatedly while Satoko holds him down is rather funny to watch, especially with the expression on Keiichi's face.
    • And still from that episode, Rena's "USO DA!!!" and subsequent brief Yandere moment. Three times.
    • Then there is this hilarious exchange between Hanyuu and Rika after Rena confesses to Keiichi.
      Hanyuu: Auu~ Rena just confessed her love to Keiichi!
      Rika (deadpan, in her adult voice): Yes, I heard. All that mushy crap is starting to tick me off.
  • Rika making use of her spiritual connections with Hanyuu by feeding her wine and spicy food to punish her.
  • The manga has multiple arcs that weren't from the games, that are usually comedy based.
  • In the first episode of Tatarigoroshi-hen:
    Rika: "If Satoko and I hadn't come along, the flames would be going 'bou, bou' and the fire truck would be going 'woo, woo' right about now."
  • The point in Meakashi-hen where Mion tells Shion about Keiichi's obliviousness and gets sad... so Shion decides to make her happy by joking about how she'll compete with Mion for Keiichi and working her twin into a rage. Trolling: it's a public service!
  • Kai episode 19: Rena gets a little carried away with taking cute people home with her. Three times.
    Chie-sensei: "Ryuugu-san! Do not suddenly take the transfer student home!"
    • From the same scene Satoko punching Mion in the stomach to shut her up after she asked the cute new girl what color her underwear is.
    • Again from the same scene, the fact that after the 2nd time Rena tries to take Hanyuu home, they tie her up. Bondage-style. She proceeds to break the ropes and grab Hanyuu a third time.
  • Miyo Takano's fangirl moment. Anything that shows the usually emotionless Big Bad chibified and sexually rubbing herself against a door is hilarious, she even steals Rika's catchphrase and squeals "NIPAAA~"
    • This is especially funny considering that earlier in that episode Rena the show's usual fangirl was seen acting the same way (complete with rubbing) to a stool (but that is normal for her).
    • To add to the funny, Tomitake's bug-eyed look of WTF in the background when she first starts her fangirl moment, or Hanyuu and Rika muttering to each other about how this is completely ruining their image of the normally sedate Takano.
  • Hanyuu's reaction to Takano describing her as a bloodthirsty god that ruled through fear was to cutely and angrily stomp and shout "That's not true! That's not true! I hate you, Takano! I hate you!".
    • Which is strange, as in the more detailed VN, this scene has a rather sad music and makes you feel really bad for Hanyuu. That being said, even in the VN the scene ends with a moment of levity. Rika, seeing how much Takano's words are hurting Hanyuu, scolds her for sacrilege in a holy place and asks her to apologize. Takano does so but Hanyuu, still upset and pouting, wordlessly holds up three fingers. Cue an exasperated Rika explaining to Takano and Tomitake that Oyashiro-sama is demanding three cream cakes as penance (which they naturally assume are for her, much to Rika's flustered annoyance).
  • The water gun fight at the beginning of episode 22 and the resulting punishment game. It's especially funny to see Satoko's prank on Rena not stop her from eliminating the Bratty Half-Pint, and Mion being forced to wear the ridiculous outfit (which included a tail) she picked out for Keiichi. Since this happened right after one of the darkest episodes, the Mood Whiplash can not be overstated.
  • Mion's reaction after her and Shion's Lover Tug-of-War with Keiichi being the rope. She yells at her to stay out of town and tells Rika, who is a priestess, to throw salt at her twin — which is the traditional way of keep demons away from an area.
  • From the visual novel's Watanagashi-hen: The club game is a game where they are given a topic and they have to write down the first word that comes to mind. If someone else has the same word as them, they get a point. The theme is "Summer vacation". Everyone writes down things such as "Summer festival" and start getting all excited about the idea of summer vacation while happy music plays. Then Keiichi shows the others his word. What word did Keiichi chose? Homework. Cue the happy music stopping.
    • Just Keiichi losing at "Sympathy" in general. He later decides, when the theme is "sakura blossoms", that since all his opponents are girls, he should think of something girly. His answer? Cardcaptor Sakura. The rest all look at him in utter bewilderment, and decide he's a pervert for liking TV shows meant for and about young girls.
  • From the same arc, Chie forces her students to make curry which they will be graded on. Keiichi, after having his curry sabotaged by Satoko, makes... rice balls. He then proceeds to feed the teacher and judges a huge line of bullshit about how rice balls are actually the same thing as curry because they're both rooted in the culinary culture of rice appreciation. He gets a perfect score.
    • Only for Chie-sensei to pull him aside a give him such a curry lecture that afterwards he keeps mumbling "Curry... curry..." over and and over. When Rena sees him, she says his eyes look like curry!
    • Also his rice balls were so well-received by the judges that even the ones he'd set aside for his own lunch were eaten by the principal.
  • Again from the visual novel's Watanagashi-hen, Shion shows up at the Watanagashi Festival and decides to tease her twin by pressing her breasts against Keiichi's arm. Rika sees this and tries the same thing. Too bad Rika doesn't have anything.
  • And from the epilogue of Watanagashi-hen when Ooishi comes to visit Keiichi in hospital and brings him a "get well" gift- a collection of assorted porn. When Keiichi understandably freaks out and tells him to take it away, Ooishi warns him that if he doesn't expand his mind while he's in hospital, by the time he emerges he'll have nothing left but a nurse fetish.
  • The Zombie Tag game in episode 2, especially with how dramatic it is.
  • Toward the end of the sound novel's Tsumihoroboshi-hen, after the hostages have been freed, an officer who pulled rank on Ooishi (and barely understands the situation to begin with) begins making stupid orders. Ooishi handles him.
  • In the first OVA to Higurashi Kira, there are two instances where the Killer Loli aspect of the franchise is Played for Laughs to hilarious effect.
  • The scene in the second Higurashi Kira OVA when Rika transforms into her magical girl form, only to realize that she's still a child and that her chest is still flat. Sorry, Rika. It looks like you'll never beat Mion.
  • Keiichi's first attempt at cooking by himself. Seriously, did he use cooking oil or lighter fluid?
    Keiichi: I'm like a master chef!
  • At the All Cast Review Session of Himatsubushi-hen, Keiichi (who at that point still didn't have a picture in the game) takes advantage of the lights being turned off to harass the girls since he didn't have any appearance in the previous All Cast Review Sessions due to not having a picture. Then Chie-sensei channels Ciel and starts attacking Keiichi with Black Keys and the freaking Seventh Holy Scripture. Hilarity Ensues.
  • In Musubienishi-hen Rika and Satoko spin Keiichi around blindfolded to decide who will be his girlfriend out of Rena, Shion and Mion. He ends up choosing Shion and Mion's grandmother.
    • Then it cuts to the two of them at a picnic with her feeding him while the others look on in a mixture of shock, disbelief, and horror.
  • The whole game of rich-man, poor-man in Onikakushi-hen, extra mentions going to the principal's fighting game skills.
  • In the final Visual Novel, Shion gets one right in the middle of a dramatic You Shall Not Pass! scene. Keiichi tries to insist on staying, but tells him to go... because she does not want to have to explain how a Kalashnikov works.
  • The Pokemon reference in Tsumihoroboroshi-hen. Satoko's trap has just stopped Rena from going after Keiichi.
    Satoko: But you're still three hundred million, five thousand light-years too early to go up against me in a contest of traps!
    Keiichi: Thanks, Satoko! But light-years are a measure of distance!
  • In the second episode of Kai, Rena busts out the "puberty petrification spell for boys" by acting all Moe in order to stall Keiichi until the end of the club's game of tag. [1]
  • At the first episode of Tatarigoroshi-hen, Keiichi gets a phone call from Satoko about some kind of trouble. Thinking there's a big fight, he then speeds to school on his bike, brandishing a golf club, and gets ready to lay the smackdown... Only to find himself in the middle of a baseball match. All that she wanted was Keiichi to replace a player. Even more hilarious is, 99% of the time, his weapon of choice is a baseball bat.
    • As added hilarity, Rika meets him at the station and guides him to the baseball diamond, deliberately not bothering to clarify that he was headed to a baseball game, not an all-out brawl. As payback for the humiliation, he hands her over to Rena, who proceeds to unleash her Cuddle Bug antics for the next three minutes while Keiichi discusses the situation with the rest of the club. When Rena finally finishes, Rika - now sporting a sombre expression - comments:
    Rika: ...Meep. I can't get married anymore...
  • In the visual novel's Onikakushi-hen, Mion once says she's gonna start a rumor that Keiichi and Rena went to a Love Hotel together. This prompts Rena to punch her, knocking her out, and she walks off like nothing happened.
  • Not too later, during the lunch scene, Rena gives Rika a rabbit shaped apple piece as a present for a compliment. Satoko wants one to so she does an over-the-top cutesy scene. She dares Keiichi to see if he can get one too. Keiichi tells Rena he knew what food she made because it smells like her. After an awkward pause Rena goes into full cuteness mode and shoves several apple pieces into Keiichi's mouth.
  • In Episode 8 when Keiichi is on the ladder trying to get into Rika and Satako's house. Mion who's holding it starts going crazy and blaming Satako for the trouble over Rika and Satoshi and violently shaking the ladder with him on it. This is mostly played for Nightmare Fuel, but it becomes funny after Rena and the neighbors come to tell them they got a key for the house. Mion goes back to her normal sane demeanor, prompting Keiichi to sport the biggest "What the fuck?" look on his face after what happened earlier.
  • When Shion is being harassed by pervy otaku at Angel Mort in Watanagashi-hen, Keiichi tries to stand up for her, but just gets his ass kicked (the otaku happened to know martial arts). So Keiichi calls in "the ultimate" reinforcements: namely, Rena, Rika, and Satoko. The four of them hatch an epic revenge plot which involves Rena "accidentally" kicking every offender's shins, Satoko sneaking laxatives into their desserts, Keiichi blocking the men's restroom, and Rika cutely occupying the girls' restroom, so the pervs are forced to evacuate. The restaurant staff (and the more normal customers) all applaud their efforts afterwards. Do not mess with the Hinamizawa Games Club.
  • In Himatsubushi-hen, when Akasaka reads of the more influential members of the Onigafuchi Defense Alliance:
    Prefectural and municipal assembly members. Staff members of the Chamber of Commerce. An executive of a business association....An executive of a town council association and a PTA liaison...
  • From Matsuribayashi-hen, when Rika realizes she, Hanyuu, and Satoko are going to need to go into hiding, Hanyuu cheerfully insists that Akasaka stay over at their house to avoid their plan being found out. A flustered and embarrassed Rika tries to scuttle the plan, but Hanyuu simply laughs at her. Hanyuu gets some more teasing in, clearly enjoying the tables being turned for once, but finally pushes Rika too far by teasing her about her crush on Akasaka when he finally comes over and she insists that now is Rika's chance to serve him her homemade food.
    Rika: Y-you really are annoying today! Oh right, Satoko, we have to make something good, huh? I have an idea. Can you bring out the large kimchi bottle from the refrigerator? No, not that one. Not the one that says "punishment"; the one that says "death penalty". Let's make kimchi fried rice today. Akasaka, do you like spicy food?
    Akasaka: Oh, yes! I love spicy things!
    Hanyuu: Au!! Au au au au au au au au!!
    Rika: The cream puffs in the refrigerator have expired, so let's throw them away. Ahh, what a waste. I heard they're from a famous shop over in Gogura...
    Hanyuu: Au au au au au au auuu!!!!
    Rika: The "au aus" are awfully loud today. Maybe a stray dog's howling somewhere."

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