The sheer time it takes (thousands of hours for older players) before the player can create their own character has caused many fans to joke that Warframe is the RPG with the longest tutorial in history.
The Stalker accusing you of murdering General Sargas Ruk when you're running Gravidus Dilemma missions for him. Or, as MJ12 Commando puts it:
Darvo: "I'm detecting a large security force heading your way. It's the Gri- No wait, it's the Corpus. Definitely the Corpus."
This is Self-Deprecation referring to how the Lotus would always say additional forces were Grineer... when they were Corpus or Infested.
Occasionally the AI of an enemy will be confused between two positions they can take cover in and the player's distance. This results in them running in circles endlessly.
Using Valkyr's Rip Line ability on a Scorpion finally giving them a taste of their own medicine.
Rhino's colossal codpiece has to be seen to be believed (especially when paired with the Limbo Agile animation set's rhythmic pelvic thrusts), and Volt is no slouch in the department, either.
The event where the Tenno rescue Darvo from his father, Frohd Bek. Throughout the entire mission, the two bicker about duty and freedom as the Tenno slaughter their way through Corpus troops, and Darvo keeps apologizing to the Tenno for having to listen to all this.
Hydroid's dual pistol idle animation for his Noble stance will cause him to look around for a moment before throwing his head back and having himself a silent, sinister little chuckle. Combined with the already Jack-Sparrow-esque stance, it becomes very amusing. It's made funnier by the fact that he'll look around before doing it, like he's making sure that nobody is watching. If the player can stay still long enough to do the Idle animation, there's probably nobody around but the Tenno.
In the revamped Tutorial, when the Tenno realizes that Darvo's blueprint for the antidote for the parasite that is slowly turning the Tenno into Vor's puppet requires components that Darvo "conveniently" forgot to give them, Ordis has some... choice words for him. We don't actually hear the rant, but Darvo's response says it all.
Darvo: My mother may not be a gymnast, but she would never eat stuff like that!
Ordis's reaction to finding out the Tenno plans to raise a Kubrow on the ship.
Ordis:An incubator segment? 'YOU WANT TO TURN ME INTO A PETTING ZOO?— Ordis is happy to assist the operator in restoring ship functionality.
Ordis:To think it's been years since a Kubrow SPREAD FILTH ALL— graced this ship! Operator, drop the egg into the system to begin breeding— DROP IT ON THE FLOOR.
Ordis has many moments when his voice switches abruptly that can range from funny to slightly disturbing.
Ordis: The Operator has all the necessary blueprints to craft an Archwing. SO WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!
His reactions during the Limbo Theorem questline are also golden. He goes from dismissive, claiming the theorem is nonsense - then becomes amused, as it seems Limbo has been hiding something in the theorem - and finally eagerly awaiting news of further discoveries to discover what happened to Limbo. And then you get the final line.
Getting an explosive kill with the Galatine. If the right animation plays, expect to be saying "IT'S A HOME RUN!" to yourself as you see mangled body parts flying off into the distance.
Just about every kill with the various bow type weapons count, especially when the arrow or bolt goes through several enemies at once and pins them all to the wall. It's difficult to pull off, it's incredibly awesome when it happens, and it's funny as hell to boot.
The Mutalist Quanta is a Corpus Line Gun-looking weapon that's been covered in the Infestation. While the regular Quanta has a standard 'pull clip out, put clip in' reload animation, when you reload the Mutalist Quanta, a little tentacle pops out of the Infested mass and pulls out the empty clip while the Tenno slots a new one in at the same time. Awww.
Ordis: Oh! Wait! Limbo, no! That's a mistake, you don't want to go there; it's too big a jump, you can't Rift Walk... ohhhhno.
The Artificial Atmospheric Actions of some of Syndicate personnel in the Relay Hubs are hilarious, such as the group of New Loka on the stairs who look like they are completely stoned (including one who is fascinated by her own hands and another who looks like he's trying to control the nearby waterfall with his mind) and a couple of Perrin Sequence who are apparently trying to take apart a section of the wall behind one of the signs.
One of the Grineer defectors with Steel Meridian trying to take care of the lone plant in their rooms.
The stealth kill for a Nikana with Blind Justice equipped: you trip the enemy, and then spin around so they fall on your sheathed blade.
With a Mesa equipped, it's possible to kill Vor in less than 10 seconds if he appears in T4 Void missions. You then spend several minutes listening to Vor's dialogue continue on after he's already dead.
Chroma's (agile) idle animation for throwable secondary weapons. Most other frames do fancy tricks with them; Chroma just suddenly hurls them onto the ground angrily, then looks around sheepishly and bends down to pick them back up again.
Turns out Ordis wasn't the only cephalon with a few screws loose, according to Those Two Guys in Conclave Cpature the Flag mode.
Cephalon Vull: (In enemy team's hands) "Vull thinks you are of a kind heart, let's take it out and see!"
Cephalon Vull: (Flag carrier gets a kill) "What an excessive use of force; Vull is having fun!"
Cephalon Vull: (In the base) "You're so cute! I wanna hug you until your organs rupture!"
Cephalon Abnar: (Flag stolen) "Yes! Now fly! Acceleration!"
Cephalon Abnar: (Flag returned) "Oh great, I'm back where I started."
Cephalon Abnar: (In enemy team's hands) "Cephalon Abnar has been accused of wanting to be captured? No comment."
When doing a Survival mission for Darvo — meaning you as the player have shut off primary life support on the ship as part of a diversion for his other operative to steal stuff, but need to turn on auxiliary life support fields so the security crew don't kill you — Darvo might say:
During the otherwise rather serious Second Dream quest, when you find the operator, they slowly awaken, and sit up... only to slump forward and fall to the floor with a thud. Adding to the sillyness is the fact that the second their feet hit the ground, your warframe ALSO falls over, with graphical static popping up on the screen, indicating that you hit the ground with enough force to briefly sever the connection to your warframe.
When the Javlok weapon was released, new idle animations were also made for each of the Warframes. Several of them were rather amusing:
Nidus's Noble animation has him holding the weapon with two hands, before lifting it into the air like a barbell. Even better is how he cracks his neck before doing so.
Mesa's Noble animation shows her silently laughing.
Saryn's Agile has her placing her hand on her her "face", then shaking her head in visible annoyance.
Valkyr's Noble animation probably takes the cake, as it shows her doing a frontflip and landing in a crouched position, before appearing to lick the air.
Limbo's Noble animation has him set the staff down as he rolls his hat down one arm, across his chest, and back on to his head, where it spins.
Limbo's Agile animation has him spin the staff on its end, then clap down on it, making it disappear. After making where-is-it motions, it reappears in his hands, and he takes a dramatic bow.
Chains of Harrow: Investigating derelict craft on a Gorn tour of the solar system? Horrifying. Finding out all the madness is caused by an outcast, probably autistic Tenno? Depressing. Realizing the donda you're hunting for is basically a fidget spinner? Kind of funny actually.
In War Within, Ordis tries to comfort the Operator with elevator muzak. After learning the entire Operator segment was a Battle in the Center of the Mind, one might realize the Red Queen was using it as a torture device.
While the repeated ones usually end up getting old, some of Ordis' quotes are almost always worth a chuckle, especially the ones where his mood swings end in a Verbal Backspace.
"Now get out there and CUT DOWN THE — and make the Lotus proud."
"Excellent armaments, operator. Please return COVERED IN BLOOD — safe and sound."
"Ordis will gladly assist the operator in CUTTING A BLOODY PATH — in whatever mission they choose."
"Operator, you have foundry items ready. CLAIM THEM NOW— at your earliest convenience."
"GUN, GUN, GUN! — Hmm. Foundry has items for you, Operator."
"UNREAD INBOX MESSAGES MAKE ME ILL."
And perhaps the best one of all:
"Everything in Ordis, operator? IS THAT A PUN?— Hmm. I will attempt to bypass this fault."
While you're fishing, you might throw a spear at what you thought was a fish...only to find you caught a boot. If this happens, instead of hearing the beat of drums, a short banjo tune is played, almost as if to say "sucker."
Then there's Hok, who forges custom weapons for you, exacerbated by the fact he has a bad case of Third-Person Person...
Hok:"PEDLEK! Did your mother jump around whilst pregnant? Those are not pets! Those are carnivorous as ffffffff-" [tenno appears] "-ffaaaaar as I know! Hello there! How may Hok serve?"
Hok:"I am a bright star surrounded by an accretion disk of cretins and ding-dongs!"
Hok:"No, Pedlek, I will not be attending your poetry recital. Hok would rather get a plate in his head and collect magnets. How may I serve?
While Hok gets plenty of funny lines (most often disparaging about his assistant, Pedlek, who can be seen slacking off next to him), Fisher Hai-Luk does get a few good bits in.
Occasionally, if you exit the Plains of Eidolon as Zephyr by using her air dash ability just before hitting the ability negation field, you'll discover why Zephyr is the champion of planking.
While it's tragic, the sheer Mood Whiplash of the Apostasy Prologue is worth a chuckle in hindsight. As Doctor Fluffy described it on spacebattles:
"Oh boy! We can customize our own rooms! I'm going to have a display of my favorite frame, and go customize my fish tank, and plaster the walls with stuff and OH SNAP SON, WHERE ARE YOU MOM WHAT IS GOING ON"
As noted, Apostasy Prologue is heart-wrenching Mood Whiplash... but after completing The Sacrifice a player can make it worse with one simple step: equip Excalibur Umbra and replay Apostasy Prologue. The tortured, murderously obsessed frame will chill in the background, idly watching as his arch-nemesis appears and kidnaps the Lotus, without doing as much as lifting a finger.
In a sense, Excalibur Umbra's passive is both funny and heartwarming. When you go into operator mode, Excalibur Umbra would follow you everywhere, even in points where the operator is required to go alone. Considering Excalibur Umbra's past and memories, he acts very much like an Overprotective Dad who wants to protect his child no matter where they go.
Peculiar Bloom, a firearm mod that (purposefully) does absolutely nothing other than spawn cosmetic flower model on enemies each time you inflict critical hits, had to be nerfed. The reason? This.
The fact that Eudico wears a Guy Fawkes mask decked out to look like Nef Anyo when making transmissions as Vox Solaris.
From the same mission, an irate The Business calls out Eudico for thinking she can appease Nef Anyo after he demands fifty Solaris to be effectively executed while their brains are put in suspended-animation hell, except that he stops short with obvious, hilarious confusion when he realizes that he's missing an extremely important item.
The Business: Eudico, you can't seriously be thinking of going through with this! Wait, where's my K-Bomb?
Nef Anyo's complete inability to understand the ramifications of his decision is capped with a comically clueless "Wait, where are you all going?" when the bottom finally falls out on him.
Also if you wait around Fortuna, you can listen to the loud speaker sell seed faith, pay advances, and a message thanking some Solaris for their mandatory toxic waste cleanup duty... and then offering them a 2% rebate on new lungs. Less funny if you listen to one of the Solaris talk about how he's still trying to pay off his grandpa's lungs.
Fortuna also has spear fishing, and just like the Plains, you can end up catching a Corpus Boot. The game will then play a silly electronica tune.
In the Cryotic Front, the Tenno have been extracting reams of the crucial cryotic resource for their mysterious employer, all the while fighting huge legions of enemies to acquire it. What makes the cryotic so incredibly valuable? The employer needs it to preserve a species of Martian jellyfish that is a delicacy but spoils easily during transport.
Darvo's various offers for weapons combines his skills as a salesman with his flippant anger and annoyance at his fellow Corpus.
Darvo:So Tenno, word has it you've been working with a certain Baro Ki'Teer? What? The name doesn't ring a bell? He had you searching all over for Cryotic. I guess maybe he wouldn't tell you his name — he does that. He thinks it makes him seem mysterious — it doesn't. Plenty of people know his name. Either way, I hope he lived up to his end of the bargain. Not everyone is as trustworthy as your friend Darvo. Wait, did someone say bargain? I did! Here we go. For one day only, the Atterax is half price. Use this bladed motorized whip to give the Grineer a taste of their own medicine. Or, if you're like me, you might find it handy for snaking out the plumbing in your ship. It's up to you.
Darvo: Tenno, I guess I was curious, I paid Baro Ki'Teer a crate full of Prime Blueprints and two Argon Crystals just so I could sample his so called "delicacy". Those Oasis Jellyfish caused my throat to swell up for three days. Damn near killed me. What a rip-off. But you know what's not a rip-off? My new bundle. Here's what you get: the Hydroid Warframe, Nami Skyla Blades, Triton Helmet, Para Carrier Sentinel and all its fancy parts. Hell, I'll even throw in Credit and Affinity boosters, just because.
Darvo: Oh and let me guess, Baro Ki'Teer wouldn't even show you his face, figures. He thinks he's too good for you and me with his swanky clothes and exotic foods that taste like mud. Well you know what Tenno, when you buy from him that's what you're paying for. When you buy from Darvo, you get nothing but deals. Allow me to provide a simple illustration. Today only, at 50% off I'm offering you the Amprex Electricity Rifle. 10,000 volts of shut your elitist face. I never wanted to go to his stupid party anyway.
During the Tubemen of Regor event, choosing to fight for Nef Anyo and killing the Manic Bombard made Tyl Regor drop this gem.
Tyl Regor: Preacher, preacher... this your idea? (huffs, then imitates Nef Anyo's tone) "Giiive unto the Voooooid!" How about I scalpel off your little danglers and give them unto the Void, hm? What do you think about that idea, NEFFY?!
Also funny on a meta level when you learn that Tyl Regor and Nef Anyo have the same voice actor.
Folks at DE are definitely having fun with Hallowed Nightmares Halloween 2015 tactical alert. You are tasked with a level 1-5 Infested Sabotage mission in some really foggy forest on Earth, without any prior indication whatsoever that you'll dropping in with nothing but your bare fists. SURPRISE JUGGERNAUT!!1 Lotus' message when you completed the mission tops it all off.
Those who linked their Warframe account to Twitch Prime got a free Frost Prime frame, a decorative scarf-equivalent Prime syandana, a Soma Prime rifle, and Scindo Prime axe. You're notified that the items are redeemable by an in-game mail... from Darvo again. Once more, he does not disappoint.
I Found Some Crazy Stuff
[Player], You'll never believe this. I found the most peculiar Void Rift. The signals I'm getting from this thing are just unexplainable, it's like they aren't even from this system. But that's not even the crazy part...
I scanned a freaking FROST PRIME WARFRAME and a PRIME SYANDANA. Just sitting there waiting to be taken. FOR FREE.
I tried to pilot my ship into the Rift but there's some sort of 'fourth-dimensional wall' that's blocking my passage. I can't go in, but you're special. Maybe you can retrieve those sweet, sweet Prime items.
Your friend, Darvo
[Player], Lightning has struck twice! That's right. I've found another strange Void Rift.
Where it leads, I have no idea. What's inside? I'm detecting a SOMA PRIME and a SCINDO PRIME. Just waiting for a Tenno to snatch them up, FOR FREE.
Try as I might, I cannot break this 'fourth-dimensional-wall' and take the items for myself. So it's up to you, Tenno. Find more info in your ship's market.
Your jealous friend, Darvo
Some worthy mentions from the "Plague Star" event:
Konzu doing a mocking Vay Hek impersonation in one of his transmissions.
Vay Hek continues to deliver hilarious levels of ham in the Ghoul Purge event.
I love that new ghoul smell. FRESH FROM THE BAG!!
My favorite ghoul is... the one that RIPS YOUR MAGGOT HEAD OFF!!
Come out, come out, come out! Meet your new.... friends. IT'S SLAYTIME!!
On June 2018, Free Prime with Twitch Prime allowed players who linked their Warframe accounts to their Twitch Prime accounts to claim a Trinity Prime frame and a Spektaka Prime Syandana for free. Once again, the in-game mail from Darvo does not disappoint.
Do you know what irony is, [Player]?
What about finding yet another magical Void Rift, filled with even more amazing PRIME ITEMS, all of which are out of my reach? Is that freaking irony, Tenno? Sure feels like it.
Know whats in there this time, Tenno? A freaking TRINITY PRIME WARFRAME and a SPEKTAKA PRIME SYANDANA!
As usual, some mysterious force is stopping me from claiming them myself. So why dont you wander across the fold and pick up that FREE STUFF, just like you did last time?
Your loyal (and totally not bitter) friend,
The Pyrus Project of September 2018 involves rebuilding the destroyed Strata Relay around Earth. It's hosted by the Steel Meridian, who will happily thank you for your contributions. Even if you're hated by them. It won't stop them from sending assassination squads after you in the same mission where they ask you to take out a Pyrus Carrier.
October 2018 saw another Free Prime with Twitch Prime, allowing linked players to obtain Vectis Prime, Fang Prime and a Spektaka Prime Sugatra for free. You best bet Darvo had another hilarious in-game message for it.
More Prime Items Beyond the Void
After the last time I missed out on a cache of amazing, totally free, Prime items, I was a bit miffed. I mean, why can't I pass through that Void Rift? Why do I have to sit on the sidelines while some fancy Tenno dances across the rift and comes back with all this shiny stuff that should have been Darvo's in the first place? I thought, there must be a way.
So, I loaded Clem into a Grineer assault pod (it was his idea, I swear) and launched him at terminal speeds towards the rift. Undoubtedly he could break through, right? Nope. He bounced.
I have come to the conclusion that these items were not meant for mere mortals.
There's a VECTIS PRIME, FANG PRIME and SPEKTAKA PRIME SUGATRA hiding in there. Go get 'em, Tenno!
P.S. Clem's fine.
Devstream/ Official media
As intimidating Hek's interruption during the developer livestream was, his comment about throwing "Your beloved Lotus into the sun" is so silly that it becomes hilarious.
A good chunk of the alerts DE posts in the chat to tell players updates or hotfixes are coming (lovingly referred to as "redtext" by fans because of their red color) are filled with hilarity.
Alad V: "I have done nothing but infest bread for three days."
During Operation Eyes of Blight event, majority of the players decided to let Strata Relay (at Earth) gets blown up, either in protest of how DE handled the event poorly (YMMV here), or just to see how it was like.
Darvo: My competition would be upset if they knew I was selling this stock so cheap. Come to think of it, they would be upset to know I was selling this stock at all. ....They're probably still looking for it.
"Tenno, if left unattended, might spend the majority of their earned resources constructing new weaponry instead of managing "less essential" tasks, such as LIFE SUPPORT. While I cannot speak for Cephalon Ordis, it is conceivable that Ordis allocates acquired credits to managing other trivial areas unrelated to slaughter, such as Liset fuel cells, breathable atmosphere, etc.
I can assure you with absolute certainty that Ordis doesn't not contribute a portion of those funds into a probability pool weighed against your odds of survival.
Also, Cephalon Cordylon admitting, in more complex language, that it thinks Cephalon Suda is pretty but they don't date because of their careers.
Another session of Ask Cephalon Corylon, where she suggests a Tenno who wants to play music set up in elevators in Corpus gas cities on Jupiter and extract payment by force if necessary. Just the mental image of Tenno holding up terrified Corpus technicians to play music to them on elevator rides is hilarious.
Next thing I remember, Im waking up with a headache surrounded by crates and crates of something called the NYX NEMESIS SKIN?
Hilariously, at least one player (as shown in the reddit thread) has expressed interest in drinking the stuff...
What is Ganymede Geyser Water and where can I get some of the strong shit?
During Prime Time 80, Megan and Rebecca have a challenge to kill 8 of various enemies. Megan does missions normally. Rebecca runs the Simulacrum, and is this ridiculously ahead of Megan. It's hilarious, especially when Megan realizes what's happening.
The placeholder text for Cephalon Simaris' syndicate before his release, as shown in Devstream:
Do books even still exist in this universe? Just plug that shit directly into my brain. While I prefer librarians with glasses, a sentient group of trapezoids will have to do.
Oct. 17, 2016, marked the first Warframe wedding, ministered by Lotus' voice actress, Rebecca Ford. However, the ceremony was interrupted by connection issues, causing everyone to get booted. Everyone blames this on the Grineer and Tyl Regor.
Lotus!Rebecca: "Tyl Regor, if you are here today, we ask you to leave (voice cracks up) and allow us to have this ceremony in peace!"
The TennoCon 2016 animation, formally titled 100 Days of Warframe, is an awesome gut-buster literally from start to finish as we follow the adventures of a new Tenno using Excalibur.
After Ex joins a clan, he's pitted against a Rhino. Ex tries to land a few hits on Rhino, who No Sells them since he's using Iron Skin; and then Rhino swats him like a fly.
Ex clumsily attempts a clan obstacle course. After he falls for, well, a falling platform, a Zephyr zips by leaving him in the dust (with said dust forming a middle finger). Cut to the clan leaderboard revealing that Ex took 20 minutes.
When we see Ex at the Foundry again, Ordis tries to make conversation with him only for Ex to hit a button that says "SHUT UP, ORDIS".
Right after shutting Ordis up, Ex dons the Ripkas, a Sybaris, and the Twin Grakatas. Ordis chimes in again with something that is equal parts funny and awesome.
After beating Alad V, Ex is seen on the bridge of his Orbiter playing with a Saryn Noggle statue.
Ex has a rematch with Rhino, destroys a wall, and reveals Banshee reading a Fashion Frame magazine while sitting on a toilet. For added value, the Banshee's coloration and sigil correspond to the YouTube content creator Quiette Shy, who's known for doing a lot of funny pointless Warframe videos. As in someone who does a lot of shitposting.
Considering how much Quiette Shy dislikes Mag, it's surprising she's reading one.
And then Mashed (the makers of the aforementioned 100 Days of Warframe) made an animated video to go with it. It looks like a real 80s Saturday morning kids cartoon... except for the excessive gore.
Some highlights include:
Volt's use of the Sonicor to launch several Corpus units into orbit.
As the Frames fly by in Archwing Mode, poor Clem's attempt at building an Igloo is ruined.
Blink and you miss it, but at Legs' Shop, Mag is petting a very happy Kavat as a silly-faced Kubrow is next to it. A MOA is also crouched down, likely in reference to the Devstream where Rebecca found that crouch-walking with a MOA companion causes it to do a silly crouch-walk as well.
Volt uses his K-Drive to scrape an Osprey unit (likely a Sapping Osprey) along the ground.
Mag is seen tracking an animal... only for Excalibur to zip by on his K-drive, burying Mag and her MOA.
During the Devstream preview of Baruuk, the team used the working titles of his abilities. The in-development name of Baruuk's exalted weapons? "Paci-fist". Players found the Incredibly Lame Pun humorous and have continued to refer to them as such, even after officaly being named "Desert Wind".
laserapocalypse: How fucking dare you. I WAS SO HYPED FOR THIS!
GOD NO WHY DID YOU DO THIS TO ME
And then some mad genius Jar-Jarfied Corrupted Vor's speech...
Look at them thesa comein to dis place whena thesa know thesa is no pure. Tenno use da keys, but thesa is mere trespassers. On missa, vor, know da true power of da void. Mesa cut in half, destroy, but through its janus key, da void call to missa. It bringa missa here and here mesa reborn. Weesa cannot blame these creatures, thesa is be l by a false prophet, a impostor who knows no da secrets of da void. Behold da tenno, comein to scavenge and desecrata dis sacr realm. Missa brothers, did missa no taleo of dis day? Did missa no prophesize dis moment? Now, missa ganna stop them. Now mesa chang, reborn through da energy of da janus key. Forever bound toda void. Let it be known, if da tenno wanna true salvation, thesa ganna lay down thesa arms, and wait for da baptism of missa janus key. Isa time. Missa ganna teach these trespassers da redemptive power of missa janus key. Thesa ganna learn its simple truth. Da tenno is nocomebackie, and thesa ganna resist. But missa, vor, ganna cleanse dis place of thesa impurity.
Fascistznik: Alright, boys. Scrap the goddamn update.
During TennoCon 2018, Steve made a strange gesture with his crotch and the camera accidentally centered on it longer than it should. It didn't take long before the Internet made a meme video out of this. The best part? Steve actually watched the video and laughed his ass off to it.