T-McBee’s Top 20 Comical Moments from Ratchet and Clank

Ratchet and Clank was a very iconic series for Sony back on the Playstation 2 in 2002. The series is  extremely well known for its arsenal of weapons, well presented visuals and quirky, but tongue in cheek humour, which still continues to hold those aspects well today in recent Ratchet and Clank instalments.

To celebrate Ratchet and Clank’s 10th Anniversary and the upcoming game Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault, I’ll be counting down my Top 20 Comical Moments from Ratchet and Clank. I’ll be listing funny scenes from Ratchet and Clank games that were only made by Insomniac Games just because I am not too familiar with the spin-off titles by High Impact Games. Also, this countdown is contained with spoilers from the games. If you haven’t played up till Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One, I suggest not to read this list.

Anyway, let’s watch some funny moments from that wrench throwing rodent and his robotic sidekick starting with number 20.

20. Slag’s “Song of the Dead”

Video Duration – 09:33 – 09:55

Ratchet and Clank Future: Quest 4 Booty may have been a short experience to play through, but the game did pack a lot of funny dialogue in its gameplay.

In the beginning of Murrow Caverns, Ratchet and Rusty Pete (holding Slag on a Stick) are standing in front of a passage that only a “song of the dead” can open the door.  The player will think he or she will hear a dark chant  from Slag when this door is activated, but they instead hear an iconic song that they’ve possible heard back in kindergarden.

19. Super Villain Weekly

Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal had a stock of many parodic moments that were funny to watch. It was shocking that a parody of Hollywood programming like The Fabulous Life Of would be so comically fitting to present a game villain.

The concept of Dr.Nefarious and Lawrence being treated like celebrities in their interview with the narrator was oddly hysterical. I find it funny that the narrator is pretty calm asking about the destructive plans Nefarious and Lawrence have to take over one day.

Tune in for more of Nefarious’ plans when you play Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal!

18. Alister and Kaden: 3 Days in a Box

Video Duration – 0:00 – 0:50

Alister Azimuth is by far the most serious and deepest characters in the Ratchet and Clank franchise and it was great to hear him have at least one funny line in Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time.

Alister eventually tells a story about him and Kaden (Ratchet’s father) if you leave the controller alone in some places in the gameplay. The story is about a time when Alister and Kaden were once stuck to camp in a 10 by 10 box together that reeked for 3 days. The way Alister Azimuth ends the story will literally make you say, “Wow! Alister does have a great sense of humour”

17. Welcome to Qwarks Challenge Course

Even if this cinematic segment from Ratchet and Clank is pretty short, but the whole yelling back and forth gag scenario did pull off nicely and entertaining to boot.

Captain Qwark announces his challenge course to Ratchet and Clank once they arrived on Planet Umbris. Ratchet tries to ask Qwark a question, but Qwark neglects to pay attention to what he’s asking. It’s not “what” Ratchet and Qwark say that makes this scene funny, it’s how they say it.

16. You make me feel like a young boy again! 

Dr.Nefarious pausing malfunctions can become quite repetitive in the Ratchet and Clank series, but the soap opera show “Lance and Janice” that’s embedded in Nefarious’ noggin adds a comical touch to the character and for the series’ humour.

There were many funny lines that Lance and Janice has said in the past, but their dialogue in Ratchet Deadlocked‘s epilogue scene still holds up well today. Who knew Lance’s response to Janice comment would leave players to holds their sides from laughing so much.

15. Courtney Gears Music Video

Any Ratchet and Clank fan will definitely place the most iconic moment from Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal as one of their funny moments in the series. How can you look away at a fictional character’s music video parodying Britney Spears?

The actual Coutrney Gears music video may make gamers laugh at the parody idea, but Ratchet’s dance after the music video sells the humour with this scene. Most female gamers giggle like a school girl every time they see Ratchet dance, and I won’t hide my honesty that his dance made me laugh as well. 

14. Breaking the 4th Wall in Notak

Video Duration – 01:17 -01:30

The Ratchet and Clank series tend to pull out some breaking 4th wall jokes that are done solid with some subtlety to them. However, Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando had by far the best 4th wall joke that was funny to watch.

Once Ratchet and Clank arrive on Planet Notak, they spot the Thief leaving the planet. As Clank asks Ratchet why the two of them always arrive late after a villain makes their escape, they silently stare at the player which possible make he or she shout out “HEY” to them. I would have done the same thing if someone blamed me for their failure of objection.

13. Doing the Jak and Daxter

Insomniac Games and Naughty Dog were close connected when the Playstation 2 was a hit product to consumers. Insomniac Games would reference Naughty Dog’s Jak and Daxter in some of the Ratchet and Clank games and vise versa.

In Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando, there were a few reference of  Jak and Daxter and it was great to see Ratchet and Clank almost mimicking the victory fanfare dance from Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy. Fans of both of these game franchises will never ignore this short duration scene.

12. Mr. Zurkon

The taunting robot weapon Mr. Zurkon made his first debut in Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and continues to make a cameo in later Ratchet and Clank games. Anyone will remember Mr.Zurkon for his comical quotes and how each one never lets a player feel unsatisfied.

If I had to choose a quote from this little guy, it has to be his version of “Camptown Races” from Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time. Here are the lyrics:

Killing stuff is so much fun, doo-dah, doo-dah. 

Zurkon kills stuff all day long, oh a doo-dah day. 

11. Showing InfoBot to Ratchet at Orxon

Video Duration – 06:20 – 07:29

Most fans from the series sometimes don’t approve the first Ratchet and Clank game due to the conflicting arguments Ratchet and Clank get into with the story. However, I think there were at least a few funny cutscenes that involved Ratchet and Clank arguing at one another.

The scene that makes me chuckle every time is when Clank shows Ratchet the Info Bot of the Jowai Resort Ad. It’s not really the Ad video that makes it funny, but how Ratchet and Clank are animated in these scene are funny. Clank’s animations are so fun and lively to watch that it is pretty difficult to not crack a smirk while watching the scene.

10. Clank’s threat to the Smuggler’s Parrot

Video Duration –  05:57 – 06:03

In Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, there is a shocking unexpected quote Clank says that he normally wouldn’t say in the Ratchet and Clank series.  The first time I heard Clank saying something so out of his league literally made me burst out laughing.

After watching the first cutscene in Planet Sargasso, the player must not move Ratchet a lot in order to activate this quote. Once succeeded, Clank will begin to speak the quote. This is a quote you seriously don’t want to miss.

9. Captain Slag and Rusty Pete on PIRATE RADIO

Captain Romulous Slag and Rusty Pete were a likeable duo of robot pirates from Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. Their comeback in Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time as rock radio hosts brought even more witty humour to savour on.

All the small talk Slag and Rusty Pete do before they play a song brings a lot of personality and comedy to the station. No wonder why many fans find Pirate Radio one of their favourite stations while exploring the space sectors.

8. Space It’s Huge

If gamers are looking for a comical cutscene parodying a sci-fi TV series and is well directed, the “Space It’s Huge” sequence from Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time will make you think the writing here is like something out of a Hollywood CGI film.

This scene starts off Ratchet’s adventure in A Crack in Time, where he and Captain Qwark are looking for Clank who was taken by Zonies from the last game Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction. A blue electric field hits their ship and crashes them in a forest planet. If the player pays attention to the reference and actions in the scene, then they will know by now why this scene is quite a classic.

7. Angela’s Distress Call

In Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando, both Angela’s distress call and the scene afterwards is a great example of a really well paced cutscene with some well written comedy to it.

Angela sends a message to Ratchet and Clank at the Thugs-4-Less headquarters before getting caught. Not only her distraction with the Thug Leader was funny in this scene, but Ratchet and Clank’s response to the call made it even funnier. Players will get a nice treat of seeing one annoyed Clank and his reaction to one comical distress call.

6. “My Blaster Runs Hot” The Trailer

Ratchet and Clank Future: A Crack in Time had a running joke of a fictional film starring Captain Qwark called “My Blaster Runs Hot”. This fictional film got its own trailer with a blockbuster quality narration and funny one-liners that was hysterical to listen to.

Captain Qwark, along with Captain Slag and Rusty Pete do make the trailer funny, but those three cannot pull comedy in such a great impact like the narrator and the over the top movie sounds synced within the trailer. Believe me, gamers that are interested in sound will appreciate this audio track from A Crack in Time.

5. Qwark’s Funeral

In reality, funerals aren’t something to laugh about. However, a funeral held for a superhero that nobody cares about can provide comedy for this kind of scenario, just like Captain Qwark’s funeral from Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal.

The best part about this cinematic moment is when Ratchet tries to say good things about Qwark to the Q-Force, and we all know that Captain Qwark wasn’t the best role model to look upon. But that’s not all that made this scene a classic. When the President makes his touching words about Qwark to the Q-Force, Clank (or possibly someone else) almost spits out a vulgar swear at the wrong timing.

4. Cryosleep Does Not Work on Robots

Video Duration – 00:00 – 00:24

 The famous “Cryosleep Does Not Work on Robots” scene from Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction isn’t only a short cutscene that’s funny, but this is the scene that immediately got me interested in Ratchet and Clank and its humour.

After Ratchet and Clank escapes Metropolis and took Emperor Tachyon’s ship, they are soaring in space with the ship on autopilot. However, the ship lets out a gas substance called “cryosleep” through the interior vents that passes Ratchet out. Clank has no affect on the substance, but there’s something waiting for him that will “knock him out”.

3. Dr Croid’s The Lombax Whisperer

Ratchet and Clank: All 4 One may have been the weakest entry from the series, but you cannot deny that there were some moments that were pretty funny. The cinematic sequence “The Lombax Whisperer” will not only make you laugh once, but possibly more than three times.

Ratchet, Clank, Qwark and Nefarious finally meets Dr.Croid in person. Ratchet tries to warn Croid about someone using his creatures as monsters, but it doesn’t reach to him. Dr.Croid is too focus trying to communicate with Ratchet like a Lombax Whisperer and giving him treats. Check carefully for the expressions and dialogue in this scene and see why I placed it so high on the list.

2. It Was Mating Season!

Video Duration – 09:01 – 09:30

Short cinematic scenes from Ratchet and Clank can bring quite a big impact to its comedy. Who knew Captain Qwark has the guts to pull out humour that the adults would get right away from Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal?

As Skrunch the Monkey argues with Captain Qwark before leaving the Zeldrin Starport, Qwark spits out a line that is pretty disturbing to picture. Ratchet and Clank arrives at the wrong time to hear Qwark’s “interesting” confession. It’s a short scene, but still holds up great today.

1. Meet Dr.Nefarious

For introducing a villain visually in a video game, Dr.Nefarious and Lawrence first cinematic appearance in Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal was executed in the most ingenious way.

The concept of Dr.Nefarious announcing himself to the world is done so differently than other villains from the series. With the touch of Lawrence’s sign language for the hearing impaired, the scene becomes one hysterical moment. Lawrence’s gestures practically sells this scene perfectly.

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