|Original broadcast||February 25, 2006|
|Written by||Man of Action|
|Directed by||Scooter Tidwell|
|Previous episode||The Alliance|
|Next episode||Lucky Girl|
Last Laugh is the ninth episode of Ben 10.
After Ripjaws deals with some criminals at a dock, Ben, Gwen and Grandpa Max find their way to a circus run by a clown named Zombozo, much to Ben's chagrin. There, Ben's fear of clowns comes out as they explore. They find a freak show along the way, featuring a trio of circus freaks with incredible abilities; the acid spitting Acid Breath, the muscle bound Thumbskull, and the agile Frightwig with the power to control her hair like strong tentacles.
During Zombozo's show, Ben is too afraid to laugh and ends up leaving. His departure turns out to be for the best, since Zombozo drains the happiness of others to sustain himself. Meanwhile, Ben finds the freaks robbing the town. Wildmutt is able to beat them, but can't fight Zombozo because of fear. Ben later discovers that Zombozo has kidnapped Gwen to feed his hunger and has left the entire town drained of happiness and in a near death state, including Max.
Upgrade confronts the Circus Freaks using a baseball pitching machine to snipe them into submission. After Ben travels through a nightmare of Zombozo he sees that Gwen is on the brink of death. Zombozo reveals that he used a machine to suck everyone's happiness and power himself. Finally conquering his fears, Ben transforms into Ghostfreak, smacks Zombozo around and scares him, defeating Zombozo in the process (it's later revealed that Zombozo teleported to safety).
The machine is destroyed and everyone's happiness is restored. Hitting the road again, Gwen attempts to scare Ben using a clown mask, only for him to have no reaction and mock her, showing that he has gotten over his fear of clowns.
- Zombozo (first appearance)
- Circus Freak Trio
Naming and Translations
|Hungarian||Az utolsó kacaj||The Last Laughter|
|Portuguese (Br)||A Última Risada||The Last Laugh|
|Spanish (HA)||La Última Risa||The Last Laughter|
|Spanish (Spain)||Quien Rie Último...||Who Laughs Last...|
- The episode has shown certain types of phobia:
- The fear of clowns, which plays a big part in this episode, is called coulrophobia.
- We learn that Max used to be afraid of heights a long time ago, but got over it by climbing a water tower. The fear of heights is called acrophobia.
- Zombozo is shown to be afraid of ghosts and is easily defeated by Ghostfreak in this episode. Phasmophobia is the term for this phobia.