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24th Mar '18 8:12:21 AM Barrylm
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If the Straight Man is the lead in an ensemble or a show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, this can lead to them being overshadowed by the rest of the cast because they spend their setting up the rest of the cast instead of themselves (see also StandardizedLeader).

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If the Straight Man is the lead in an ensemble or a show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, this can lead to them being overshadowed by the rest of the cast because they spend their time and effort setting up the rest of the cast instead of themselves (see also StandardizedLeader).
2nd Feb '18 3:12:38 PM Jeduthun
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The best Straight Men are so good they can sometimes get laughs just by delivering a straight line so well the audience knows what's coming. (This is essentially the basis of Bob Newhart's "telephone" routines: he was playing the Straight Man to ''[[TheGhost nothing]]''.) Other straight men in comedy duos have included Creator/GeorgeBurns (with Gracie Allen), Creator/DeanMartin (with Creator/JerryLewis), and Dan Rowan (with Dick Martin of ''[[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Laugh-In]]'').

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The best Straight Men are so good they can sometimes get laughs just by delivering a straight line so well the audience knows what's coming. (This is essentially the basis of Bob Newhart's Creator/BobNewhart's "telephone" routines: he was playing the Straight Man to ''[[TheGhost nothing]]''.) Other straight men in comedy duos have included Creator/GeorgeBurns (with Gracie Allen), Creator/DeanMartin (with Creator/JerryLewis), and Dan Rowan (with Dick Martin of ''[[Series/RowanAndMartinsLaughIn Laugh-In]]'').



* TheComicallySerious: This character's serious reaction is what gets the laugh; the Straight Man would be the one who sets up their reaction to be funny.

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* TheComicallySerious: This character's serious reaction is what gets the laugh; the Straight Man would be the one who sets up their reaction to be funny. It's possible for this to overlap if the Straight Man delivers their lines so well that they're funny even before the actual punch line; again Creator/BobNewhart is a great example of that.
27th Dec '17 9:48:58 AM Jeduthun
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In TV comedy, a Straight Man is frequently one half of an OddCouple. In a ComicTrio, they usually play the "helpless observer" role.

If you're looking for the trope for "the only sensible character", you probably want OnlySaneMan; the two tropes can and often do overlap, and it's pretty rare to have one of each, but the Straight Man and the Only Sane Man are ''not'' automatically the same character. See also TheComicallySerious, StraightManAndWiseGuy. Also DeadpanSnarker, which quite a few comedic foils are. If multiple characters take turns playing Straight Man, they have a game of SanityBall. Compare BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine, where the "Straight Man" takes the ''tsukkomi'' role but, rather than setting up jokes as such, spends most of his time trying to correct the ''boke'''s [[ComicallyMissingThePoint comical misconceptions]] (until he eventually gives up and {{Dope Slap}}s him).

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In TV comedy, a Straight Man is frequently one half of an OddCouple. In a ComicTrio, they usually play the "helpless observer" role.

If you're looking for the trope for "the only sensible character", you probably want OnlySaneMan; the two tropes can and often do overlap, and it's pretty rare to have one of each, but the Straight Man and the Only Sane Man are ''not'' automatically the same character. See also TheComicallySerious, StraightManAndWiseGuy. Also DeadpanSnarker, which quite a few comedic foils are.
role. If multiple characters take turns playing Straight Man, they have a game of SanityBall.

Not to be confused with:
* OnlySaneMan: The person in the cast who is sensible while everyone else is acting crazy. This ''may'' overlap with Straight Man, and it's pretty rare to have one of each, but they are ''not'' automatically the same character. (What's required of a Straight Man is not necessarily being "serious," but presenting the setup of the gags so someone else can give the punch line.)
* TheComicallySerious: This character's serious reaction is what gets the laugh; the Straight Man would be the one who sets up their reaction to be funny.
* DeadpanSnarker: Delivers laugh lines in a monotone sarcastic voice. Again, it may overlap, but it's just as common for someone else to be the Straight Man while the Deadpan Snarker gives the punch lines.

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BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine, where the "Straight Man" takes the ''tsukkomi'' role but, rather than setting up jokes as such, spends most of his time trying to correct the ''boke'''s [[ComicallyMissingThePoint comical misconceptions]] (until he eventually gives up and {{Dope Slap}}s him).
* HamAndDeadpanDuo, where ThoseTwoGuys are a wacky overactor and a guy who speaks in a dull monotone.
30th Oct '17 6:35:04 PM CheeseDogX
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** Phoenix Wright, who appears to act as the straight man for ''everyone''.

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** Phoenix Wright, who appears to act as the straight man for ''everyone''. He {{Lampshade}}s this pretty frequently.
12th Sep '17 2:29:49 PM thecarolinabull01
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* Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon played this to Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, producing many classic moments.

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* Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon played this to Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, producing many classic moments. As did Wrestling/TonySchiavone in Wrestling/{{WCW}}, though those moments were less classic.
6th Sep '17 9:15:13 AM Hwarin
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* Hovat in ''FanFic/WereJerrySpringerNotCasablanca'' is a female example of this, and so is Gamora to a lesser extent
27th May '17 5:26:08 PM nombretomado
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* Tom from the Roger Mellie strips in {{Viz}}. Sometimes he's Roger's agent and at other times he's Roger's producer, but he's always Roger's straight man. One strip featured a sign on his desk that had "straight man" as his job title.

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* Tom from the Roger Mellie strips in {{Viz}}.''ComicBook/{{Viz}}''. Sometimes he's Roger's agent and at other times he's Roger's producer, but he's always Roger's straight man. One strip featured a sign on his desk that had "straight man" as his job title.
22nd May '17 12:16:02 AM Dark_Lord_
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': In the early days, Jon was the straight man to Garfield. Most of the humor in the early strips derived from Jon lamenting his status as cat owner whenever Garfield's catlike curiosity led him to do idiotic things. But as [[CharacterizationMarchesOn characterization marched on]], Jon turned into a socially awkward and weird ManChild, while Garfield turned into a lazy DeadpanSnarker, whose job it was to comment on Jon's strange behavior.
13th Apr '17 3:01:06 AM LegitimateIdiot
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If the Straight Man is the lead in an ensemble or a show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, this can lead to them being overshadowed by the rest of the cast because they spend their setting up the rest of the cast instead of themselves (see also StandardisedLeader).

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If the Straight Man is the lead in an ensemble or a show with LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters, this can lead to them being overshadowed by the rest of the cast because they spend their setting up the rest of the cast instead of themselves (see also StandardisedLeader).
StandardizedLeader).
26th Mar '17 2:33:19 PM Fireblood
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* ''WebVideo/DarkMatter2525'': Jeffrey's role in most videos.

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* ''WebVideo/DarkMatter2525'': ''WebAnimation/DarkMatter2525'': Jeffrey's role in most videos.
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