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22nd Aug '16 5:45:42 PM SWFMax
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In [[{{Dramedy}} less-comedic works]], the StraightMan is a {{Foil}} for the BunnyEarsLawyer, MagnificentBastard or LoveableRogue.

If the StraightMan 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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In [[{{Dramedy}} less-comedic works]], the StraightMan Straight Man is a {{Foil}} for the BunnyEarsLawyer, MagnificentBastard or LoveableRogue.

If the StraightMan 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).



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 StraightMan, 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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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 StraightMan, 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).



* Neddie Seagoon, played by Harry Secombe, was pretty much the StraightMan to the entire cast of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' -- when he wasn't joining in the general surreal mess and leaving the announcer of the day (especially if it was Wallace Greenslade) as the StraightMan instead.

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* Neddie Seagoon, played by Harry Secombe, was pretty much the StraightMan Straight Man to the entire cast of ''Radio/TheGoonShow'' -- when he wasn't joining in the general surreal mess and leaving the announcer of the day (especially if it was Wallace Greenslade) as the StraightMan Straight Man instead.



* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and called by name in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' during a skit, when Rita comments that the titular guild has Karol as the [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], Judith as the [[DesignatedLoveInterest love interest]], and Yuri as the StraightMan. She also calls Estelle the [[TheDitz Space Cadet]], prompting Estelle to ask if that makes Rita the straight woman. Rita flatly says she's "not a member of [their] crazy comedy act".

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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and called by name in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' during a skit, when Rita comments that the titular guild has Karol as the [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], Judith as the [[DesignatedLoveInterest love interest]], and Yuri as the StraightMan.Straight Man. She also calls Estelle the [[TheDitz Space Cadet]], prompting Estelle to ask if that makes Rita the straight woman. Rita flatly says she's "not a member of [their] crazy comedy act".



* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Fey and Tennyo play this role to their roommates, [[GenkiGirl Chaka]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Generator]] respectively. Also, Greasy is the StraightMan and ButtMonkey for Peeper.

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* In the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'', Fey and Tennyo play this role to their roommates, [[GenkiGirl Chaka]] and [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Generator]] respectively. Also, Greasy is the StraightMan Straight Man and ButtMonkey for Peeper.
17th Jun '16 3:02:03 AM FlakyPorcupine
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* WebVideo/SomeOrdinaryGamers stars Mutahar Anas, who more or less is an exemplified version of this trope playing weird video games, reading {{Creepypasta}} and exploring the deep web.
24th May '16 2:29:20 PM Outis
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* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]'' [[BenedictCumberbatch Martin Crieff]] is usually this to his co-pilot Douglas.

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* In ''Radio/CabinPressure'', ''[[InsistentTerminology Captain]]'' [[BenedictCumberbatch Martin Crieff]] is usually this to his co-pilot Douglas.[[RogerAllam Douglas]].
22nd Apr '16 7:15:54 PM Taskmaster123
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** Costello had also been in the business a long time, and had seen plenty of good comedy acts get broken up because the funny guy convinced himself that he was the star, and could do it with anyone. Only to find out the hard way that good straight men are very hard to find, and crucial to the routine because you need the straight man to set the joke up, and then react (or not react) to it. Bottom line, Bud Abbott is universally regarded as one of the greatest straight men in the history of show business.
28th Mar '16 9:48:40 PM BlackBaroness
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* The titular character of ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'' plays this role to the wacky denizens of Wonderland. Whether she's also the OnlySaneMan is debatable: [[spoiler:[[AllJustADream the entire story takes place in her subconsciousness]]]].
1st Mar '16 2:01:30 AM Technicolourtardis
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* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] and called by name in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' during a skit, when Rita comments that the titular guild has Karol as the [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], Judith as the [[DesignatedLoveInterest love interest]], and Yuri as the StraightMan. She also calls Estelle the [[TheDitz Space Cadet]], prompting Estelle to ask if that makes Rita the straight woman. Rita flatly says she's "not a member of [their] crazy comedy act".
1st Feb '16 7:25:45 PM TARINunit9
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[[caption-width-right:325:The Straight Man in his natural symbiotic relationship with the [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Wise Guy]].]]
9th Jan '16 3:32:35 PM Phys101
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Somebody has to set up the joke so the funny guy can deliver the {{punchline}}. That's the Straight Man. He rarely gets the funny lines, but has to have impeccable timing and delivery so that the comic (the other half of a comedy duo) can hit it out of the park. [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Bud Abbott]] (widely considered the greatest Straight Man of all time) had to say "WhosOnFirst" with just the right degree of earnestness and irritation so that [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Lou Costello]] could get big laughs saying "Whaddya askin' me for?"

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Somebody has to set up the joke so the funny guy can deliver the {{punchline}}. That's the Straight Man. He rarely gets the funny lines, but has to have impeccable timing and delivery so that the comic (the other half of a comedy duo) can hit it out of the park. [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Bud Abbott]] (widely considered the greatest Straight Man of all time) had to say "WhosOnFirst" say, "[[WhosOnFirst Who's on First]]," with just the right degree of earnestness and irritation so that [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Lou Costello]] could get big laughs saying "Whaddya askin' me for?"
9th Jan '16 8:43:20 AM Jeduthun
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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 StraightMan, they have a game of SanityBall. Compare BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine, where the "Straight Man" takes the ''tsukkomi'' role.

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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 StraightMan, they have a game of SanityBall. Compare BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine, where the "Straight Man" takes the ''tsukkomi'' role.
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).
4th Jan '16 5:33:03 PM Vidus
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* BobNewhart master the straight man. He played it to nothing. (His famous bits are being a straight man on the telephone without knowing what the other line is saying.)
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