Rocky is the story of a bruised boxer triumphing over everything up to and including the concept of international Communism. Over the course of seven movies, Rocky has made us laugh as well as cry. Take a look at some funny Rocky moments that happened between the knockouts and epic training montages.
1. Rocky’s Nose Job
It takes a tough man to laugh at himself, but nobody’s tougher than Rocky. He could host an entire comedy roast on his own face — which would still be less damaging than the pasting he took in his fight against Apollo Creed.
2. License to Mock
The hits keep coming directly into Rocky’s face. But, in fairness, that’s exactly what Rocky’s face is for. It’s taken more incoming enemy strikes than the Death Star.
A wealthy Rocky is approached by investment advisers, but doesn’t quite comprehend what the man’s suggesting.
4. A Man of Simple Desires
Apollo Creed’s quest to force a revenge rematch at all costs in Rocky II backfires before the boxing even begins. The heavyweight champion of the world proclaims that the match will take place in Rocky’s hometown to really rub his nose in defeat. Rocky’s genuinely happy to be saved a trip, and in the process looks far cooler than the flustered champion.
5. Rocky Ain’t Chicken
Expert coach Mickey makes Rocky work for a living with some unconventional training methods. None of which was more amusing than the chicken-chasing sequences. The scene is so memorable, Creed called it back to amusing effect.
6. Paulie’s Robot Girlfriend
It’s a testament to Rocky IV that the birthday robot that Rocky gives to Paulie isn’t even the craziest thing that happens in the movie. Especially when you find out that Paulie reprogramed it to be female. (Fun fact: Stallone included the robot in the film after it was used to help treat his son’s autism.)
7. Paulie’s Snow Fail
Paulie has always been the comic relief of the Rocky franchise, and by the time Rocky IV rolled around he was approaching cartoonish sidekick status. The sheer majesty of his fall while trying to walk down a straight path in an empty landscape is sublime.
8. An Obvious Mismatch
Rocky was the only one to spot the serious discrepancies between a retired Apollo Creed and what appeared to be a Soviet Terminator.
9. Strong But Silent
Apollo lands his only real blow of the fight in the pre-match conference. Apollo Creed, a joker till the end.
10. Rockypollo Bromance
Apollo Creed spent Rocky III helping his rival learn everything about his personal style and success. The memorable training montage compressed an impossible amount of training into a few minutes, but the most-loved, most-shown, and most-mocked scene has to be the beach jog that turns into a manly embrace. It looks like Apollo has just proposed rather than trained Rocky to battle Clubber Lang.