The Best April Fool’s Day 2021 Jokes, Pranks And Memes

The Best April Fool’s Day 2021 Jokes, Pranks And Memes
Image: Razer

So, April Fool’s Day 2021 came and went. If you’re a fan of the celebration, it was a day for laughing at the best pranks and jokes around. If you’re not, it was two days in hell trying to avoid misinformation and hijinks while relaxing online. (And trying to figure out whether Alan Wake 2 was actually teased or not.)

Either way, April Fool’s Day is always an interesting time of year.

Thankfully, there weren’t any major snafus or mess ups on the part of well-intentioned PR teams this year. Instead, we got a whole bunch of fun, silly gadgets and pranks. April Fool’s Day as it should be.

Here are a few of our favourite April Fool’s jokes, memes and pranks we spotted on Thursday and over the weekend.

This article has been updated since its original publication.

Pokémon: Bidoof Bidoof Bidoof

The Pokémon Twitter account would not stop talking about Bidoof on April Fool’s Day. Seriously, it was a lot.

The account even released its own Bidoof fancam:

All hail the April Fool’s overlord, Bidoof.

EB Games: Sale Fashion

Everybody loves it when EB Games plasters its stores with ‘Sale’ signs, right? Now, you can become what you love with this fashionable shirt and bucket hat combo.

The best part about this April Fool’s prank is the shirt and bucket hat pictured here are real. All profits from the sales of these items are destined for the Starlight Foundation, a charity helping sick kids.

This is how you do April Fool’s Day right. Kudos, EB Games.

EB Games: Cats VR, Daria & More

Another great prank pulled by EB Games (spotted by Twitter user @drowningthunder) was offering fake games up for pre-order. But not just any fake games. There were monstrosities like Cats VR and Frasier on the menu, as well as more appealing titles like a Schitt’s Creek game, a Daria game and what appears to be a game solely about glitter.

While this may have been localised to a single (unidentified) store, it’s still a fantastic little prank.

Newegg: The HYDRATOR Drinks PC

Strangely, I want this one. To celebrate April Fool’s, the folks over at Newegg constructed a hybrid gaming PC that actually dispenses beverages.

The weirdest thing about it is the PC actually appears to be available on the Newegg website. I’m not sure if you want to spend $10,010 on such a dangerous-looking machine, but maybe the Hydrator is just what you need.

It’s a hideous idea, but I’m strangely entranced by it.

Razer: Chroma Hair Dye

As pointed out by Kotaku Australia reader tyindel, Razer also had a great prank this year. It announced a brand new line of ‘gamer’ hair dye, with the Rapunzel colours turning your hair pink, blue and green.

As someone currently rocking pink and purple hair, I say this idea’s a real winner. Razer, make it so.

Poorly Aged Things: Well Aged Things

Twitter account Poorly Aged Things is an historical Twitter record of times when promises were broken and words became embarrassing with age. But the account spent April Fool’s 2021 targeting a new genre of history: well aged things.

Throughout the day, the account posted things like cheese and wine to emphasise its new identity.

It was a simple joke, but very well played.

r/Halo: A Beyoncé Dedication

As spotted by Jiggsy, the Reddit thread for Halo fans pulled a great prank for April Fool’s Day 2021. When fans logged on to share their stories about the game, they were instead greeted with the visage of Beyoncé and a lovefest for her single, “Halo”.

The commitment to the bit here is very impressive, and even includes a custom Beyoncé background.

Great work all around.

GG EZ Bar: Beanz Bubble Tea

The folks over at GG EZ, Melbourne’s premier esports bar, pioneered a new drink to celebrate this year’s April Fool’s.

It’s a Heinz Beanz bubble tea — and yes, it looks just as disgusting as it sounds. Full credit to Maedi for actually drinking it, but damn that’s gross.

LEGOLAND: Replica Dan Andrews

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Image: Lego / Getty Images

If anyone deserves to be immortalised in Lego this year it’s Dan Andrews. But yes, this statue was a joke.

Still, it’s a pretty good one. Check out the detail here! He’s even wearing his funky little North Face jacket.

I for one wouldn’t mind seeing Lego Dan Andrews be made for real.

Bethesda ANZ: Mehrunes Dagon Body Pillow

Again, this is another idea I’d love to see happen in real life.

We all need a good snuggle buddy and who better than Mehrunes Dagon, the god of destruction? Check out this abs. Check out those horns.

He’s the perfect April Fool’s Day companion.

Cleaver’s Organic: Meat Chopsicles

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Image: Cleaver’s Organic

I’m on the fence about this particular prank, which was sent right to my inbox on Thursday. On the one hand, I love the idea of having meat-on-a-stick ready to go in the freezer. On the other hand, I keep imagining the steak being Icypole flavoured and it makes me want to chuck.

According to the press release, it’s ‘set’ to come out in a couple different flavours, each of them more horrifying than the last:

Rich Gravy is a classic tasting combination, perfect for the traditional meat lover, while Smoky BBQ is bursting with smokey, sticky goodness. Mint Jelly serves up a fresh flavour with a hint of tartness and a jam-like consistency in the classic lamb and mint flavour combo, and for those that have a sweet tooth, lamb infused Raspberry Ripple is sure to hit the spot.”

Hmm, no thank you.

League of Geeks: Heartmello

As a big fan of dating simulators, this announcement for an Armello dating simulator called Heartmello absolutely breaks my damn heart. I would play this! I would play this until the end of time!

Sadly, it appears this is just a one-off concept for April Fool’s Day.

Absolutely devastating. We deserve this dating simulator.

Nier Replicant: It’s a life simulator now

To celebrate the upcoming launch of the Nier Replicant remake, Square Enix uploaded a new look at the game with all its dense lore and philosophy stripped out.

Instead, the game is shown off as a fishing, farming and gardening sim.

I don’t know about you, but I’d love to play this version of the game. The chill vibes here are immaculate.

Audio-Technica: Godzilla Headphones

Okay, now I’m really mad about April Fool’s Day because these Godzilla-themed headphones are the coolest things ever revealed. Beyond the colours and the spikes, the best part about this fake headset is the scales lining the inside of the cups.

It’s a genius detail and I’m still mad it’s fake.

If any April Fool’s Day prank deserves to be made real it’s this.


Of course, there was also a bunch of less fun pranks included in this year’s event, including a joke post about Halo Infinite being delayed until 2022 which caught out Kotaku U.S. staff writer Ari Notis. But hey, you win some, you lose some. That’s part of the ‘fun’ of April Fool’s.

This article has been updated with additional jokes from over the weekend.

Comments

  • Love the simple one by Volkswagen. It was such a simple and obvious prank but made so many people mad. It was glorious.

  • My all time favourite will have to be one from over a decade ago that was posted in the SMH about Yum Cha cart drivers needed to get licensed because of all the accidents happening in restaurants. Complete with a photo of a Yum Cha cart with L plates.

    I’m rather surprised that I haven’t really seen all that much, besides one localisation site starting up an OnlyFans site.

  • While i’d love to say the i9 11900k, that is sadly a real thing and not an april fools day prank. What is an april fools day prank and something i actually wish was real is Razer’s RGB hair dye. Complete with synapse integration and all the rgb patterns and effects you know from razer. https://www.razer.com/rapunzel

  • Remember the Olden Days, when ThinkGeek would put out AMAZING April Fools products, and then actually make some of the most popular ones?

    I still have my lightsaber icy-pole molds …

    • Yeah they had some brilliant ones, some of which became real products. The one I remember most was the little arcade cabinet for iPads, which a year or so later you saw everywhere because it was too good an idea. And the tauntaun sleeping bags, but I cant remember if they actually turned into a product or not.

      Its a shame they got bought out because they had some crackers over the years. The spam inspired tins of unicorn meat always made me laugh.

      • They did turn the tauntaun sleeping bags into a product; we bought a chap in my boardgaming group one as a group birthday present. He loves it unironically.

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