Last Laugh is the ninth episode of Ben 10.
At a boardwalk in the docks, two criminals try to escape in a rowboat. However, something pulls one overboard and that something is Ripjaws. Ripjaws chases the second crook from under the boardwalk, comes up onto it, and chases some more, but the criminal accidentally lights a fire, trapping Ripsaws. Ripjaws is unable to breathe in the fire, so he punches through the boardwalk and comes up underneath the criminal and subdue him. The police arrest the criminal and Ripjaws jumps back into the water.
In the Rust Bucket, Gwen notices an advertisement for a circus and she and Max want to go, but Ben tries to get out of it. Finally, he concedes and the circus is very crowded, but Ben appears to be distracted. A barker introduces the trio of circus freaks: Thumbskull, who is extremely strong, Frightwig, who has prehensile hair, and Acid Breath, who is self-explanatory through the fact that he projects acid out of his mouth. Ben wanders off and encounters the clown named Zombozo, who frightens him. Gwen confronts Ben about his fear, but Ben denies being afraid. At the circus, everyone laughs at Zombozo, who is attached to a strange machine. Ben excuses himself. Outside of the circus, Ben hears a crash and sees the Circus Freaks robbing a store.
The Circus Freaks begin to steal everything of value in sight. Ben transforms into Wildmutt to stop them. Wildmutt attacks Thumbskull first, and he then attacks the others. The Circus Freaks battle with Wildmutt, but he defeats them easily. Thumbskull runs and gets Zombozo. Zombozo arrives at the battle, and Wildmutt cowers from him. The Circus Freaks all attack him at once and manage to bring down a metal tower on him. Zombozo leaves and Wildmutt reverts back into Ben. Ben crawls out of the wreckage, unharmed through afraid, and he feints. When Ben finds Max, he is tired and Gwen and the circus are gone. Gwen and several others have been kidnapped by Zombozo and the Circus Freaks, and they have not stopped laughing. Max and Ben pursue in the Rust Bucket, while Ben figures out that Zombozo kept everyone distracted during the robberies. Ben admits to Max that he's afraid of clowns. Max falls asleep at the wheel on a road on a cliff, and Ben tries to keep the Rust Bucket on the road. The Rust Bucket fails and careens into the forest. Ben uses the brakes to keep it from going over a ledge, narrowly succeeding. Max says that he is extremely sad, and Ben asks what happened in the circus. Max tells Ben that he remembers that the audience getting the joy sucked out of them by Zombozo's machine.
At the circus, the Circus Freaks are packing up the money that they had stolen when Ben knock over a stack of boxes, which alerts the Circus Freaks of his presence. Ben then transforms into Upgrade. Circus Freaks attack Upgrade, but they miss, and Upgrade possesses a baseball shooter and shoots balls at Thumbskull and the others, which knocks out Thumbskull, wraps Frightwig up in her hair, and gags and barrages Acid Breath. Upgrade proceeds into the circus and reassures himself that he can face Zombozo. Just as he is reassured, the Omnitrix times out and Upgrade reverts back into Ben. Ben then enters into the funhouse. In the mirror maze, Ben hears Zombozo taunting him and continues to see Zombozo in the mirrors. Ben eventually makes it to the ring with Zombozo and Gwen. Zombozo introduces his machine, which is called the Psyclown, to Ben and then says that he feeds off of laughter. Determined to save Gwen, Ben transforms into Ghostfreak. Zombozo says that isn't scared by Ghostfreak, but Ghostfreak says that he's more afraid of losing his family than clowns and proceeds to beat up Zombozo, which destroys the Psyclown and returns the joy to those that Zombozo stole from. Ghostfreak pulls back his skin to reveal what is underneath, and Zombozo explodes with fright. In the Rustbucket, Max and Gwen are okay, and Ben is no longer afraid 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.