Whether he made you dissolve into hysterics, or completely cringe, there was no denying that Will was a silver-tongued devil on Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air. He also wasn't afraid (like, at all) to approach women and creatively express the feelings that they inspired in him. This won him as more eye rolls as it did dates, and so it was that Will's pick-up lines on Fresh Prince have remained something of a TV legend. Though there's plenty about the show which is memorable and easily iconic, it's Will's (frequently deluded) belief in his ability to be suave, charming, and capable of winning the hearts of any woman that gave fans a good lesson in what not to do to get a date.
In real life, nobody likes being hit on by someone who thinks a whole lot of themselves and clearly just can't take the hint. But, in the universe of the show, Will's arrogance was what made his flirtations so funny. His moves, which were often so ludicrous they were barely believable, were hardly ever successful, and he had more women snarling or running away from him for it than he did have them swooning into his arms. Whole episodes were even devoted to teaching Will that women appreciated when he appreciated them more for their minds than for their bodies, and he left the cheesy pickup lines behind.
So, for the memories, here are 18 of Will's most ridiculous pick-up lines from Fresh Prince. I don't suggest trying these at home.
1. When He Got Real Wordy About His Feelings
The Line: "I think I've seen your picture somewhere before. Oh yeah, that's right. It was in the dictionary next to Kablam!"
Ridiculous Rating: It's not quite off the scale but it's pretty close to it. But also, it's stupendous for its silliness.
2. When He Made Absolutely No Sense At All
The Line: "Hey girl, you look so good I'd marry your brother just to get in your family."
Ridiculous Rating: So ridiculous that it comes with its own over-sized set of question marks and pronounced, screeching alarm bells. It's just plain weird.
3. When He Divulged The Secret "Recipe" For Love
The Line: "Girl, I got to tell you. That suit look like a piece of 'good God' wrapped in some 'have mercy' with a side of 'mmm'!"
Ridiculous Rating: Considering that he's basically suggesting saying that the woman is some kind of a beauty burrito hand rolled by God, it's equal measures of innovative and insane.
4. When He Took His "Studies" Super Seriously
The Line: "Damn, I'm almost ready for the test"
Ridiculous Rating: Call me crazy, but there's something about having the happy-fun times of your physical being compared to the drab, panic-inducing torment of an exam that hardly has me puckering up for someone.
5. When He Saw A Woman And Sirens Started Blazing
The Line: "Somebody call the cops, 'cause it's got to be illegal to look that good."
Ridiculous Rating: As far as Will's pick-up lines go, this one feels slightly reserved by comparison.
6. When He Wasn't Afraid To Declare That He Was Hella Thirsty
The Line: "Baby, whatever it is that you serving, you better give me a double."
Ridiculous Rating: It's just vague enough to still maintain some elusive charm, but it's also just the right amount of cheeky.
7. When He Got Totally Biblical
The Line: "I guess I can kiss heaven goodbye... because it's gotta be a sin to look that good."
Ridiculous Rating: This one's pretty basic and it also provides the woman with the perfect comeback to say, "Yeah, well you can also kiss your chance to talk to me goodbye, whilst we're at it."
8. When He Sent In A Trojan Horse Of An Apology
The Line: "I'd just like to apologize on behalf of my gender."
Ridiculous Rating: This is probably Will's most intelligent pick up line ever, but don't let yourself be fooled by the sentiment. It might sound sincere and exactly the sort of statement you want to be hearing from a guy, but look at his mischievous little face. That line is loaded with weird, flirtatious subtext.
9. When He Went For A Classic (But Still Had To Explain It)
The Line: "If I told you you had a beautiful body, would you hold it against me? Get it? It's a double entendre... Savez-vous?"
Ridiculous Rating: It's an effective pick-up line is much like telling a great joke — if you have to explain it, then it hasn't worked.
10. When He Physically Proved His Sincerity
The Line: Not so much a line, as a pair of glaring, sincere eyes.
Ridiculous Rating: Oh, so ridiculous.
11. When He Got Read For Being Offensive To Women (But Used It As An Opportunity To Flirt Some More)
The Line: When a woman that he's trying to pick up at Bel-Air Academy tells him, "Maybe you should try talking to me like a human being. OK? Got it?" Will replied, "Actually baby, you got it, but I take donations."
Ridiculous Rating: I barely even know where to start.
12. When He Was Actually Pretty Sweet
The Line: "Girl, if God made anything prettier than you I hope he kept it for himself."
Ridiculous Rating: OK, it's pretty adorable.
13. When He Was Just A Sad, Little Puppy Dog
The Line: None. He literally acts like a sad puppy.
Ridiculous Rating: They should put this pose in the dictionary next to the word "puppy."
14. When He Tried Being Supremely Cocky
The Line: "Why don't you hurry up and write your number down before I don't want it no more."
Ridiculous Rating: Is it totally foolhardy? Oh yeah. Will such a line likely backfire in the majority of occasions it's ever used? Without a doubt.
15. When He Discovered The Joys Of Horticulture
The Line: "Girl, you look so good I wish I could plant you and grow a whole field of y'all."
Ridiculous Rating: It's like someone suggesting that they'd like to clone you as a pick-up line. Like, nuh-uh, nope.
16. When He Got Really Poetic
The Line: "Baby, I'm sayin' bing bang bluesy, me and you in the Jacuzzi."
Ridiculous Rating: It might have rhythm and it might have rhyme but, like, I'm sorry — what?
17. When He Used The Bewitching Powers Of Repetition
The Line: "I noticed you noticing me, so I just wanted to put you on notice... that I notice you too."
Ridiculous Rating: I don't even understand this one.
18. When A Specific Item Of Clothing Was The Implied Third Wheel Of A Potential Date
The Line: "What do you say the three of us get together this weekend? You, me and your red tube top..."
Ridiculous Rating: Listen, everyone knows how a date with a third wheel ends. They get removed from the situation pretty quickly. I'm onto you, Will.
Did any of those lines happen to work on you? No? Shocking stuff. But at the very least I suspect that you probably enjoyed a good giggle. So, here's to you, Will — you might not have been a charmer, but damn, were you funny.
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