->'''Flash''': So yeah, I did go behind your back! I'd do it again! What do you say to that, big guy?\\
'''Martian Manhunter''': (''smiles'') I was only going to ask if you wanted to play Brawlin' Bots.\\
'''Flash''': Dibs on the green one! (''dashes off'')\\
'''Martian Manhunter''': (''mumbles'') ''I'' wanted the green one...
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', "The Ties That Bind"

The StraightMan takes a fall. His usual position is far above the prevailing attitude of his crew, [[WackyGuy wackiness]], pettiness, or just general [[TheSlacker slacker-itis]].

In a story where the wackiness level is really high, the straight man is still goofier and wackier than anyone you know, but he has his standards to maintain. Under no circumstances will he allow himself to be pulled down into the general chaos of those around him.

Until he does. You can only fight the tide for so long. As the age-old adage goes; "you're only as strong as your weakest point." If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.

Compare with NotSoStoic. May be implemented with an OrSoIHeard. If he [[LaserGuidedKarma somehow brings it on himself]], it might overlap with BreakTheHaughty, but not necessarily so. See also HypocriticalHumor, where often the StraightMan in question had just told someone off for doing something goofy and is now doing it themselves.

Sometimes related to an IdiotBall moment. Contrast SmartBall, when their dimmer co-star may have a moment of clarity or tact.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** At the end of ''The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya'' Kyon admits to himself that he does, in fact, enjoy the crazy antics the SOS-Dan finds themselves in.
** Yuki also has moments where she just gives in to blatant silliness, such as choosing a funny nickname for herself when Kyon blackmails Haruhi with one, or wearing silly hats for no real reason.
* ''Manga/BoboboboBobobo'': After their initial appearance, the more "serious" characters such as Heppokomaru/Gasser eventually start slipping into bouts of silliness not unlike that of the title character. Beauty being the sole subversion, with ''maybe'' one or two slips that she quickly recovers from.
** In probably one of the fastest instants of the trope, Hatenko is introduced and he comes across as one of the few sane people in Bobobo, even expressing shock at how Bobobo could forget him so fast. And then he sees Don Patch and [[{{Fanboy}} promptly loses it.]]
* ''Manga/AirGear'' gives us Ringo Noyamano. With the exception of her stint as [[PaperThinDisguise Croissant Mask]], which gave her eternal embarrassment, in earlier volumes, Ringo was always more levelheaded and normal than the entirety of Team Kogarasumaru put together and was typically divorced from their antics. However, in later volumes, she gives in and lets them sweep her up in their enthusiasm, showing herself to be just as weird as the rest of them and even getting involved in their [[SuperSentaiStance team poses]].
* The entire life of Zelgadis from the anime ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Originally a series villain who frequently switched sides to pursue his own agenda, he was derided for his stoicism and attempts to maintain a "cool and mysterious" image by the slapstick-prone cast and writers. By the second season the damage was done and he was seen crossdressing in a frantic attempt to enter a tennis doubles tournament with a mixed-gender teams requirement.
* In the ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' manga, [[http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x198/awambawamb/naruto/Naruto_v38_ch347_08.png Konohamaru shows Naruto his new variant of the Sexy no Jutsu, featuring two girls in a ...''compromising'' position.]] Sakura was less than pleased at the Jutsu, until Konohamaru tried it on her using [[HoYay Sai and Sasuke]] instead. Worked like a charm on ''[[YaoiFangirl her]]'', but then pissed Naruto off.
** There's also the anime episode in which Naruto decides to see what's behind Kakashi's mask. [[TheStoic Sasuke]] gets a little too invested.
** Kakashi shows this as well in the episode where he and Gai race across Konoha.
* This happens to Yomi in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' sometimes, most memorably when she tricked Osaka into eating spicy food that ended up giving her hiccups.
* Hare, the star of the lesser-known anime ''Anime/HareGuu'', is ''so'' normal and level-headed, compared to ''any'' of the other characters, that he eventually snaps at one point and erupts into a violent rampage. [[spoiler:Granted, he was drunk at the time.]]
* ''Manga/HenZemi'': Nanako plays the straight man at the start, but as the show progresses, she realises that she isn't as [[NotSoDifferent different]] as she thought.
* Hiiragi from ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten'' is a highly intelligent kindergartener who can read and understand adult literature. This does nothing to stop her lighting up at a chance to go down the big slide or being so overwhelmed by a compliment on her costume that she bursts into dance.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan:''
** [[OlderThanTheyLook Conan]] once started screaming and yelling in celebration when his favorite soccer team won a big game, prompting Haibara [[DeadpanSnarker to snark]] that "The master sleuth was just a jumpy little boy" when it came to soccer. More than once, it's also shown that Conan has picked up some of Kogoro's bad habits.
** Ai Haibara is typically the single most serious and snarky member of the main cast, but there are scattered moments across the series where her face lights up when she sees animals or gets scared during a Kaiju movie. The biggest moment of this trope is the "Secret of a Big Couple" arc, in which Haibara's serious personality does a near 180 when she learns her favorite soccer player is rumored to be having an affair with a local idol singer. Her behavior throughout, including hiring Kogoro to investigate the affair and deleting all the singer's music from her phone, is more like a jealous fangirl or an actual child with a PrecociousCrush than an eighteen year-old DeadpanSnarker. When the rumors prove unfounded, she's happily singing the idol's songs and insisting on playing soccer even as the weather turns stormy.
* ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor'''s SeriousBusiness staff officers [[{{Tsundere}} Yuriko Star]] and [[NumberTwo Lt. Yamamoto]] remain the most sane characters at the end of the series... but loosen up greatly between the beginning and the end, largely due to Tylor's cheerful disregard for rules.
* ''OnePiece'':
** Jimbei, who is TheStoic and badass fishman in likeness to Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}, has become skilled in the WildTake since the TimeSkip, first seen during his reunion with the Straw Hats and seen several times afterwards to the end of the Fishman Island arc. Another example of it is when he carefully thinks up a complicated plan to save his beloved Fishman Island and King Neptune, who are nearly taken over by Hody Jones. However, he wastes time on one last detail: what name the plan shall take.
** Trafalgar Law has been growing more and more like this. It starts in Chapter 700: [[spoiler:the more he hangs around the Straw Hats, the less he can resist participating in their hijinks]]. And the more chapters that progress, the less he's able to suppress his emotions; [[spoiler:Luffy]] and the others are just too much of an influence on him.
** Basically, every serious-minded character in One Piece are shown to have their quirks when they are fleshed out. Among the Straw Hats: Zoro is extremely serious, but likes a good booze party from time to time, and that's not even mentioning his lack of direction, but that's more in the lines of TheComicallySerious. Nami is generally one of the more sensible members of the crew, but when she smells money, she loses all her brain activity and will act stupid in even the most tense situation - and she also likes to party. Usopp is along with Nami often a MetaGuy, but he isn't at all above goofing off with Luffy and Chopper. Robin is generally seen as the most stoic and "normal" character, but she regularly falls into strange girl territory with things like her morbid comments and unusual {{Imagine Spot}}s. Also, she rarely calls her more quirky members out on their wackiness, she just sits at the sidelines and smiles at them. [[spoiler:And as of the Dressrosa arc, her crew mates' influence has finally gotten to her; she has begun using the WildTake.]]
** Perhaps the best example of this is the Davy Back Fight. Everyone believes Luffy's new FunnyAfro has given him superhuman power. Nami can't believe it, and turns to Robin for confirmation that she isn't the only sane one. ''Robin believes it too.'' Nami is absolutely dumbfounded (though Robin could've just been playing along):
--->'''Chopper''': Is Luffy gonna win?\\
'''Robin''': Of course. He's wearing an afro.
** Used for heartwarming during the Post-Enies Lobby Party when she offers to take part in Luffy's "How much meat can you eat" contest, since it shows that [[TrueCompanions she has come to fully accept the crew as her family]].
** Former Fleet Admiral Sengoku has been nothing but the StraightMan during the first half of the series since he's always anguishing over anything that threatens the Marines and World Government and is always working hard to counter the pirate threat. But once he resigns, it is shown that he's not so different from Garp and is now cheerful and carefree, eating snacks while learning of world shaking events like another Shichibukai falling, suggesting that his seriousness was nothing but TheChainsOfCommanding.
* This happens to [[DeadpanSnarker Chi]][[MetaGuy same]] in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' frequently, but most notably when [[spoiler:Poyo's LotusEaterMachine]] proves that, despite having been forced into a FantasyKitchenSink, she's the happiest and most satisfied with her life of anyone in the group.
* Sakamoto the cat from ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}'' tries very hard to be the respectable adult in a household with an eight year old inventor and her one year old wind up robot. This ultimately always fails when presented with anything he can bat around with his paws.
* Nami Hitou of ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' is the [[DysfunctionJunction dysfunctional cast's]] [[OnlySaneMan token normal girl]]. Unfortunately, has a complex about being called normal because she equates it with boring.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': During the Lust chapter, Tsubaki is discovered to be much more perverted than anyone would have guessed (being the most perverted out of them, barring Blair, and narrowly beating Liz). Especially considering how she reacted to Black Star peeping on her.
** Granted, when she would hit him, she berated him for ''[[DoWrongRight getting caught...]]''
* Anime/{{Pokemon}}: Most of the main companions who are supposed to be Ash's senior and voice of reason suffer from this a fair amount:
** Iris often calls people children and pointing out their mistakes, no matter how justifiable they are. (She shows Ash no sympathy for not knowing about Unova, despite him being a foreigner.) She's shown to be extremely immature by [[TheGlomp glomping]] Pokemon and hurting them by accident. Ash himself [[CharacterDevelopment eventually stops giving into Iris's insults]], which causes her to tone them down a bit. And while Iris herself is a competent Trainer, for the first half of her saga, her team is underdeveloped or disloyal.
** Misty had to lecture Ash throughout most of his rookie tenure, and like Iris, thrives on calling out his idiotic habits. At the same time however, she is near equally arrogant and short tempered, and half are Pokemon have the same teething issues as Ash (most infamously Psyduck). Even Ash sometimes calls her out on how rude and bull headed she can sometimes be. WordOfGod states that Misty was actually intended to be rather inept in reality.
** Brock was the oldest of the companions, usually serving as the TeamDad and holding the most intellect and clarity over the gang's experiences. Whenever he saw a pretty girl however, [[ChivalrousPervert it all dropped in a flash.]]
* In ''Manga/GakuenBabysitters'', Inomata will often state how childish some action is or point out why people shouldn't be doing what everyone else is doing. However, later on, usually in the same chapter, she is either "forced" to do it by simply asking her, or is trying it out in secret such as pretending to ride a broom like a witch.
* Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho.'' He is the team's resident [[TheSmartGuy Smart Guy]], is actually a {{Kitsune}} that is over a thousand years old and likes to act cool-headed, rational and intelligent. Then we get to see he is not above sarcastically teasing Yusuke or cheating at card games. Than the Chapter Black arc came along and we find out he is a huge video game nerd.
* Ami in ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is typically the most mature and responsible of the girls. When they all go to a dance with some English exchange students (French in TheNineties English dub), all of the other girls want to dance with [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer Haruka]]. When Usagi gets the first dance Makoto, Rei and Minako start playing Rock-Paper-Scissors to see who gets the next dance. When Usagi is finished dancing, we see [[FunnyBackgroundEvent in the background]] that the girls are still playing Rock-Paper-Scissors. And Ami has now joined in.
** There's also another episode where she surprisingly agrees to stop studying for the day so they can all go down to a film shoot and ogle a famous movie star. She needs very little persuasion.
** There's the episode in S where Makoto goes out of town to train. The girls decide to pay a visit to cheer her on. But there also happens to be a resort hotel with pool nearby. Minako reveals she brought a swimsuit for the occasion. Rei reveals she brought one also, as does Usagi. Luna and Artemis moan that Ami seems to be the only one who ''only'' came to cheer on Makoto until she sheepishly admits she brought her swimsuit, too.
** And in the season 1 finale, the other girls are talking about how they plan to have full blown romances when the BigBad is defeated. Ami - who is the least boy-crazy of them - remarks that she might get a boyfriend too. [[LampshadeHanging Cue everyone gawking at her]] and a LuminescentBlush.
** In ''Stars'' the girls run across a handsome young man and a short towel that leaves all the girls shocked, and Ami [[CovertPervert seems to be peeking between her face-covering hands]].
** Luna gets a lot of moments like these as well. When Usagi freaks out about gaining half a pound, Luna sketches a fat caricature of her. When Artemis is having a bad day, Luna joins in with the teasing too (though does back off when she realizes he's legit offended). Also Luna usually scolds Usagi for her BigEater habits but in one episode she enjoys some of Ikuko's home-made treats - and complains when Usagi takes them to share with Rei.
* In ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh'', this happens to Gwendal periodically. He's TheStoic, serious and very dedicated to his duties as one of the demon king's retainers. He's usually left behind to manage the castle while the others go off and have adventures...along with BunnyEarsLawyer Gunter and GadgeteerGenius Annissina, his childhood friend who just lives to test her inventions on Gwendal and Gunter. None of the rest of the castle staff are any saner, and Gwendal gets dragged into things far more often than he'd like.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', Hades and Mavis are arguably among the most purely evil and most purely good (respectively) among any of the characters in the entire series. Both have moments of sheer oddball-ness that rank among the funniest quirks of anyone in the series. Both are [[spoiler:former Fairy Tail guild masters]]. Coincidence?
** Erza will often scold her guild mates for their constant brawling, and the ensuing destruction it causes. However, if anyone provokes her in the slightest way, she'll almost certainly jump in to join. Including one notorious incident regarding a [[LostFoodGrievance strawberry cake]].
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist'' [[TeenGenius Yukio]] is the serious, studious of the Okumura [[FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling brothers]], much [[BigLittleBrother different]] from his [[IdiotHero elder]] [[HotBlooded brother]] [[AntiAntiChrist Rin]]. At times though, he shows that he ''does'' have a sense of humour; as his [[HiddenDepths collection and love]] of gag manga shows, he has a well-developed sense of humour.
* In ''{{Manga/Saki}}'', Teru is an emotionally detached AloofBigSister who appears completely humorless. But in the spinoff, ''Saki Biyori'', a series of comedic 4koma strips, she goes along with the relatively silly Awai's suggestions.
* Leo of ''Manga/BloodBlockadeBattlefront'' has a moment in episode 6 where he yells at Zapp for getting Libra into the plot of the episode before betting on Klaus to win his bout in the fighting arena.
* Straight from ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'', we have Jack Atlas. Yusei's rival who is a Kaiba expy, acts like a serious duelist and runs some fearsome monsters in his deck such as "Red Dragon Archfiend". However, type up "Jack Atlas Cup Ramen" and you will ''never'' see him the same way again.
* Centorea in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'' is easily the most [[StraightMan dignified]] and [[OnlySaneMan level headed]] of Kimihito's roommates. However shes fairly {{Adorkable}} herself, and is frequently roped into the other girl's shenanigans. She isn't above using a situation to get intimate with Kimihito when she wants either.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* J'onn J'onzz often played TheStoic and TheComicallySerious in ''ComicBook/JusticeLeagueInternational''. While it was a good act, it was just that, and he would occasionally break character.
-->'''ComicBook/MartianManhunter''': I'm going to engage in an ancient Martian meditation technique.\\
'''ComicBook/CaptainAtom''': What's it called?\\
'''ComicBook/MartianManhunter''': Screaming.
* On the rare occasions Franchise/{{Batman}} has displayed a sense of humor, the rest of the League find it unsettling.
* ''ComicBooks/TheSupermanAdventures'': while she and Jimmy are covering one of Superman's battles, Lois remarks that the populace is treating it "like a cheap prize fight" only to murmur, "Ooh, good one" with the next punch.
* From ''The Astonishing ComicBook/XMen:''
-->'''Agent Brand''': The Breakworld's psychics...hunted for the X-Man destined to destroy their world and Colossus got the nod. I'm assuming you're as mystified by this as the rest of us, Rasputin.\\
'''Colossus''': No. I'm not. I have been planning to destroy the Breakworld since I was a child.\\
'''(everyone gapes at him)'''\\
'''Colossus''': This is why I don't make so many jokes. I never know when is good.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', the normally quiet and polite Klara utterly pigs out when Molly and Karolina take her to a restaurant. In a later arc, she discovers video games and quickly becomes ruthlessly competitive.
* In the ComicBook/RatchetAndClankComic, at one point Clank [[ItMakesSenseInContext duct tapes Captain Qwark to a chair.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'': In the [[ComicBookAdaptation comic book]] story featuring an intergalactic mailman, Brainy Barker constantly berates the other dog stars for barking at the mere mention of the mailman. In the end, she can't help but bark as well.
* ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'': [[spoiler:As much as Ramona Flowers prides herself on being on the moral higher ground than Scott it's made clear that she too has skeletons in her closet, in fact, if anything she's done things way worse than Scott ever did. Scott spends a non-romantic night with another girl, one that was an old friend (even before Kim Pine)? She calls him out on it while along hanging out with and even kissing an ex of hers. Scott starts dating her while dating another girl and realizing and going through with breaking up with his old girlfriend to pursue Ramona? She gets pissed at him even though she cheated on just about every single ex-boyfriend she had. Scott at least had no idea what an asshole he was until it was spelled out for him, but everything Romana did before meeting Scott was intentional and for the fun of it.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries'':
** A major recurring theme is that the Princesses -- despite being immortal [[PhysicalGod Physical Goddesses]] -- are ''not'' perfect, and are just as capable of making mistakes as their subjects.
** Grogar is Discord's opposite on the OrderVsChaos dynamic (despite being just as bad as he is), and is normally presented as a dead serious Darkseid {{Expy}} and a HeroKiller who's one actual appearance saw him leave a major character with third degree burns and a permanent limp. And yet, according to WordOfGod, the following exchange presented in Dark World!Discord's parody play of their [[EvilVsEvil war with one another]] "Modern Major EvilOverlord" ''actually happened'':
---> '''Grogar''': 'I will not grow a [[BeardOfEvil goatee]]. [[EvilOverlordList In the old days they made you look diabolic. Now they just make you look like a disaffected member of Generation X?']] Who wrote this one?\\
'''Minion''': ''[raises hand]''\\
'''Discord''': ''[bursting through the wall]'' I just heard! Who wrote that?!\\
'''Narration''': Both titans of evil vaporized said minion together and declared a one day truce to celebrate.
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'':
** At one point, [[EnigmaticMinion Blankman]] joins [[TerribleTrio the Enforcers]] and [[BattleButler Right]] in a poker game, and openly admits to cheating (while pointing out that ''everyone else'' is doing so as well).
** In the previous chapter, he [[Franchise/{{Zorro}} carves a Z into Jackie's shirt during their battle]].
---> '''Blankman''': Pardon, but I simply could not resist.
* Andy, the OnlySaneMan of Fanfic/{{the Calvinverse}}, develops a crush on a girl in the ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' episode "Insanity Is In The Air" and ends up going insane with envy when she ends up liking Calvin (who has no interest in her and was forced to compete for her love ''by'' Andy) more. HilarityEnsues, to say the least.
* ''FanFic/TheTearsOfGaia'': Star Swirl admonishes the Mane Six for starting up a snowball fight in the middle of their quest... until he gets hit with one, and immediately joins in on the fun.
* ''FanFic/TheTwilightChild'' frequently has scenes where Princess Celestia, Luna and Cadence are doing something strange, like treating going out to fetch coffee like an epic quest, having snowball fights where the snowballs are the size of ''boulders'', or lightly tormenting Shining Armor.
** Apparently Spitfire, the no-nonsense leader of the Wonderbolts, knows no less than one hundred and twelve separate butt-related jokes.
* In the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10760304/1/A-Night-of-Debauchery A Night of Debauchery]]'', Jaune wonders how much more crazed [[GenkiGirl Nora]] will get now that she's drunk, and comforts himself with the thought that [[CloudcuckoolandersMinder Ren]] will take care of her. Then he notices Ren onstage with the strippers.
** [[KnightInShiningArmor Pyrrha]] goes through several bottles of alcohol, gets ''very'' flirty, and later "[destroys] half the club" in a jealous rage.
* In the ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' story ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10686253/2/Mission-Report-Impossible Mission Report Impossible]]'', Nova Prime doesn't want anyone to tell the Guardians how to write a mission report so she can keep getting comedy gold like their last one.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' story ''Fanfic/RepairsRetrofitsAndUpgrades'', Lin Beifong of all people appears extremely entertained by how [[spoiler: Korra and Asami's]] relationship is developing. [[SideBet The fact that she won quite a bit of money thanks to them probably helps]].
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Weiss' behaviour is normally as the OnlySaneMan, looking down at everyone else's antics, but at times, including the Great Antic War, she shows that she can just as easily prank others as the likes of Yang can.
** ''Fanfic/LucinaReacts'': Lucina, despite her attempts at being the OnlySaneMan, is constantly undermined by her being easy to fluster, her blatant crush on Robin, and her lack of experience with social situations.
** Laurent, Nah and Kjelle attempt to form a group of Only Sane Men against [[{{Trickster}} the Justice Cabal]]. The former two are easily manipulated due to their being TwiceShy for each other and them being outmanoeuvered by the likes of [[TheChessmaster Reflet]] and [[Fanfic/WeissReacts Ren]].
* In the ''Soulsborne'' (''VideoGame/DemonsSouls'', ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', ''VideoGame/DarkSoulsII'' and ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'') fanfic ''FanFic/HotspringSouls'', there's Maiden Astraea. Despite being a saint, she isn't above getting a kick out of playing Cards Against Humanity. Garl is horrified when he finds out about this.
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-26870-27/RubyPaladin+The+Bunny+Hutch.htm Mother's Wish]]'', Emma Frost learns that two of the teens that suddenly appeared at the X-Mansion are genetically her children with Scott. Emma calmly leaves the room for a moment then everyone hears her yelling.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', when Cross decides to act like [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright]], Robin plays along as the judge, finding the whole thing rather amusing.
** Later during the G-8 arc, she sits down for a game of chess against Vice-Admiral Jonathan.
--->'''Robin''': The middle of a life-or-death situation, and I find myself playing a friendly game of chess with the person responsible for every bit of danger in that situation. I can't deny it any more. I ''love'' being a Straw Hat Pirate.
** Hina desperately tries to remain professional while her crew has a dance party behind her while listening to music playing during the [[spoiler:SBS broadcast]], until she finds herself joining in.
* [[Disney/{{Zootopia}} Chief Bogo]] in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11851029/1/Evidence Evidence]]'' spends the entire story listening to people debate whether Nick and Judy are a couple (apparently, the ''entire city'' is debating it) and thinking to himself how pointless and ridiculous it is. The last couple paragraphs reveal he only thinks it's ridiculous because he already knows they are.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12473449/1/An-Open-Secret An Open Secret]]'', not only are seemingly most of the Jedi aware of Anakin's relationship with Padme but they all want to be a godparent of their unborn child. At one point Aayla and Shaak-Ti get into a lightsaber duel over it.
* ''FanFic/ThePiecesLieWhereTheyFell'': Rex tries to stay calm and dignified most of the time, but he's not above having a little fun every now and then, like teasing Vix-Lei with his reaction to the idea of setting her on fire.
* ''FanFic/RobbReturns'': When Baelish demands to be judged in front of his peers, [[TheStoic Stannis Baratheon]] tells him that [[AnimalMotifs weasels]] cannot speak and, therefore, cannot attend trials.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Even before her CharacterDevelopment, Elsa has a playful moment where she makes Anna dance with the Duke of Wesselton, who is a terrible dancer.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'' has at least three of those moments:
** The Furious Five are trained to not be envious of whoever gets chosen as the Dragon Warrior. They obviously are when Po is chosen.
** Master Shifu says that the the scroll is for the Dragon Warrior only and that he (Shifu) should not read it - but curiosity gets the best of him when Po says that the dragon scroll is [[spoiler: blank]].
** Master Oogway is so calm and relaxed and zen that there is no bad news to him - there is no good and bad, there is only news. His comment on hearing that Tai-Lung escaped: [[OhCrap "That IS bad news."]]
*** Subverted when he adds "..''If'' we did not have the Dragon Warrior".
** In the closing credit sequence, the normally uber-serious Tigress is seen sporting an improvised mustache of noodles, impersonating Master Shifu in the same way Po had done earlier. Shifu, for the record, is [[ActuallyPrettyFunny laughing uproariously]].
* Ting Ting of ''Disney/MulanII'' is the eldest and most mature of her sisters, and tries to keep the others in control of themselves. As seen in "Like Other Girls" however, she can be just as silly and childish as they can, and hates rules just as much as they do. She later acts like a goofball by sticking chopsticks up her nose and wriggling them around.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** Contrary to his gruff no-nonsense exterior, Chief Bogo is a closet fan of Gazelle, and is seen using her popular smartphone app to make himself one of her back-up dancers. Bogo is also seen dancing with fellow Gazelle fan Clawhauser during the DancePartyEnding.
** A major part of Judy's CharacterDevelopment is her realizing that like everybody else, she has her own hidden prejudices against other species and is susceptible to the same trap of ignorance and small-mindedness. [[spoiler: She admits this to Nick during her tearful apology.]]
* Kanga, usually the TeamMom and OnlySaneMan of the Hundred Acre Wood, takes part in the other animals' TooDumbToLive antics a lot more in the 2011 ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' movie. Most noticeable during the Backson song, where she not only buys into Owl's story of the supposed monster as easily as everyone else, but even adds her own superstitions to the number, such as the monster waking up babies and stealing her youth.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/TheCabinInTheWoods'' the entire staff are betting on what monster the teens will summon. Lin seems like the OnlySaneMan as she tries to explain everyone's actions to the new guy. When Hadley comes over with the pot, Lin sheepishly drops her bet in there.
* Subverted in ''Film/DjangoUnchained'': Dr. Schultz does most emphatically not approve of slavery, but initially seems to be more offended by it on an intellectual level, i.e. "How can you people be so stupid that you think basing your entire economy on slave labour is a good idea?". However, it quickly becomes apparent that he sees slaves as people, and his facade cracks at inopportune moments.
* In ''Film/TheEdge'', Robert Green criticizes Charles Morse for lacking a sense of humour - this being while they're fighting for survival in the wilderness. When Morse finally cracks a joke, it takes Green by surprise.
-->'''Robert Green''': You know, this is a lot different from snorting coke off of models' underwear.\\
''[long beat]''\\
'''Charles Morse''': In what way?
* In ''[[Film/IronMan1 Iron Man]]'', James "Rhodey" Rhodes is a dedicated, hard-working, highly professional soldier, who basically looks after [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob Tony]] [[GadgeteerGenius Stark]] for the US military. On his private plane, Tony orders drinks, despite Rhodey's objections. Rhodey insists "We're not drinking." [[GilliganCut Smash cut to]] Rhodey drunkenly telling Tony about how much he appreciates his fellow soldiers, while Tony is [[DistractedByTheSexy distracted by his]] [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot flight attendant pole-dancers]].
* In ''Film/TheMartian'', NASA head Teddy Sanders and several other NASA officials are summoned for a secret meeting which is code-named "Elrond" after [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings the Council of Elrond]]. Sanders at one point [[TheComicallySerious deadpans]], "If we are going to have a secret project called 'Elrond', then I want my code name to be 'Glorfindel'." Bonus points when you realize that since Glorfindel was never in the films, Teddy must have read the books and not just watched the movies.
* In ''[[Film/{{Neighbors2014}} Neighbors]]'', Mac, Kelly, and the frat leaders are fully willing to play dirty in order to get what they want.
* Nick (Breckin Meyer) from ''Film/RatRace'' initially doesn't want to be a part of the race because he thinks it's a scam, and is very calm and dignified. Then he finds out that every plane in the airport is grounded and a helicopter pilot has just offered him a ride. Suddenly he becomes just as insane and crazy to get the money as everybody else.
* In ''Film/SuperTroopers'', [[Creator/BrianCox Captain John O'Hagan]] doesn't approve of most of his state troopers' pranks and general attempts at goofing off, but he does seem good-natured and fondly remembers his days as a patrol cop. Near the end, though, [[spoiler:when their station is about to be shut down]], he gets wasted along with his men and goes on a rampage.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', while Leonardo is a pretty serious character, he often find himself going along with his brothers' antics. The elevator scene is a good example.
%% * Storm from the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries''.

* Scobie in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael'' is usually the [[OnlySaneMan voice of reason]] of the debate team, but he has some weak moments. For example, after Ishmael faints during his first debate and [[AccidentalPervert accidentally gropes]] Kelly, Scobie doesn't join in on the others making fun of the incident. Until...
--> '''Ishmael''': But what do I ''say'' to her, Scobe? \\
'''Scobie''': [[ThanksForTheMammary Thanks for the mammary?]]
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles: Literature/DeathMasks'' Harry and two of the three Knights of the Cross are threatened by the human former host of a fallen angel, whom they've captured. Michael tells Harry that IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim. Harry doesn't ''[[ExactWords kill]]'' him; instead he beats the crap out of the host with a baseball bat for threatening his ex-girlfriend Susan Rodriguez. Michael chides him for this, but then goes:
-->'''Michael''': Did you see the snake's face, when Harry turned with the bat?
* In ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'':
** Aes Sedai go through TrainingFromHell that teaches them to maintain [[TheStoic perfect decorum]] in all sorts of horrible situations. Moments when it cracks tend to go this way. In one case, [[GuileHero Mat]] peeves an especially serious Aes Sedai to the point that she slings dung at him when nobody's watching.
** Finding, protecting, and educating the Dragon Reborn is Moiraine Damodred's life work, which she pursues with steely resolve, even after [[spoiler:being rescued from years of imprisonment and torture following a HeroicSacrifice]]. She also {{Politeness Judo}}s said [[TheDreaded infamous]] PersonOfMassDestruction into pouring her tea, just to see if she could.
** The legendary TortureTechnician Semirhage is a SoftSpokenSadist who hides a [[LovesTheSoundOfScreaming fetishistic love of pain]] in an {{emotionless|Girl}}, decorous, serene facade, and eschews messy tools in favour of inflicting {{Agony Beam}}s in sterile interrogation rooms. Nonetheless, when she gets the chance, she sucker-punches Rand across the jaw and mutters that primitive methods have their own appeal.

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* In an episode of ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Jack criticizes Lemon for always hanging out with her immature writers, who are in the process of having a "yo mama" joke contest. He asks her to go to a sophisticated royal birthday with him.
-->'''Lemon''': Okay, I'll do it. But I won't like it.\\
'''Jack''': That's what your mom said last night. Booyah.\\
'''Lemon''': That... was surprising.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': In a first season episode, Fitz charges in on the rest of the team (who are relaxing on the Bus), demanding to know who put shaving cream in his hand while he was sleeping (which he then smeared on his own face). The others burst out laughing and deny responsibility, which Fitz doesn't believe, asserting it had to be one of them. The scene cuts to the cockpit where TheStoic May is listening in via intercom and has a very smug smile.
** Another first-season episode: Nick Fury is rather upset with Coulson for destroying a [[CoolPlane mobile command centre]] in defeating the problem of the week...but not for the reason you'd expect.
--->'''Fury''': Do you know how much this plane costs? It's got a bar! ...a really nice one.
* This happens to Michael Bluth on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' all the time. His family usually drives him to it. And his family will mock him for falling to their level.
** In fact, a RunningGag on the show is that Michael's family members are always accusing him of being selfish, when he sacrifices himself for them all the time and they (specifically George, Lucille, G.O.B., and Lindsay) are selfish and self-absorbed to the point of absurdity.
** It's not just Michael. George Michael and Maeby are pretty normal at the beginning of the show. But the former becomes a {{Jerkass}} in Season 4 while the latter devolves into a ConsummateLiar after becoming a movie executive.
* On ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'', Mr. Feeny puts up with Eric's wacky treatment of him (including the vaunted [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-BB-Xk9xYY Feeny Call]] for years. Finally, at the end of the show, Eric gets him to admits he enjoys the Feeny Call.
* The Scoobies visit Giles's place in an episode of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and Xander notes that Giles is not that different from the rest of us - he owns a TV, even if Xander had to move some things in order to find it.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': In the episode "[[Recap/CommunityS3E17BasicLupineUrology Basic Lupine Urology]]," it briefly looks like Colonel Archwood (who came to the school to defend Todd against accusations of [[SeriousBusiness murdering a yam]]) will be the OnlySaneMan when he refuses to accept a pinky swear as legally binding. Then it turns out his problem wasn't with the pinky swear, but that it was made with a criminal, and proceeds to spend the rest of the episode getting just as crazy as everyone else.
-->'''Archwood''': This is ridiculous. This whole school is ridiculous. Who honors the pinky swear of a degenerate over the word of a decorated soldier?
* Fran Sinclair from ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' is usually portrayed as the most responsible and sensible of the family, with many episodes having her try to steer her husband Earl toward the right direction. On some occasions, though, Fran has her moments of being in the wrong or at least less responsible than she usually is.
** In "Wilderness Weekend", after being inebriated from drinking beer, Fran becomes rather forward with Earl, who is visibly surprised by his wife being eager to do the nasty with him.
** In "Out of the Frying Pan", after their youngest child Baby Sinclair proves to be a popular advertising mascot for frying pans, Fran becomes obsessed with making Baby a star. Earl's warnings of valuing Baby's success as a star over living a decent life aren't heeded until Fran eventually has an ImagineSpot of Baby resenting her in his adulthood because of how far she pushed him.
** She is among the people who ends up brainwashed by the new religion of "potato-ism" in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold". It isn't until her son Robbie is sentenced to burning at the stake for challenging potato-ism that she comes to her senses.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': In the episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E10InTheForestOfTheNight "In the Forest of the Night"]], the Doctor's frustrated words about how sonic screwdrivers don't work on trees might just imply that even he isn't completely beyond the PrimalFear factor of the forest. Not that extraneous given that Gallifrey was said to have forests as well, whatever fancy colours they might come in.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'' has Dr Harrison Wells, who is normally the most serious member of the S.T.A.R. Labs team. However, he has a tendency to geek out over movies like ''Film/BackToTheFuture'' and ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'', is very fond of [[TrademarkFavouriteFood Big Belly Burger]] and is known to appreciate Cisco's bad puns and nicknames.
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', let's just say the Crane Boys aren't the only ones who make quick, rash decisions. In this particular episode, since Daphne has married Niles earlier and will thus be moving out of the condo, Frasier is looking for a replacement housekeeper but has trouble finding a suitable one. One of the candidates turns out to be a major sports fan, and for this reason Martin hires her on the spot in spite of Frasier's objections (it's usually the other way around). Unfortunately, the lady turns out to be very irresponsible, and some days doesn't even show up for work. Martin takes it upon himself to clean up the place because he doesn't want to admit that Frasier was right.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The North is not above betrayals and realpolitik that Ned accuses the South. While they were praising Robb as he was winning battles on the field, the stronger houses started going against his orders when the going got tough and after losing they put all the blame on him. The UndyingLoyalty from most houses was a case of FairWeatherFriend. Indeed, in Season 6, Jon and Sansa's true supporters against the Boltons are mostly outsiders - southerners like Davos and Brienne, Essosi like Melisandre, the Wildlings and the Knights of the Vale, while Northern stalwarts like the Umbers betrayed Rickon and the Glovers sat on the fence.
** While undoubtedly a good person, Jon Snow initially had some entitlement issues, which was actually a problem when he was still starting at the Night's Watch.
** Even though Tywin has little patience for Joffrey's antics, he's shown suppressing a grin during Joffrey's "War of the Five Kings" reenactment-by-dwarf, which mocks his former rivals. Despite his aura of invincibility, he has never won a battle without overwhelming numerical superiority and once lost a battle to Edmure Tully, with greater numbers to boot.
** Tyrion Lannister:
*** The usually cool and snarky Tyrion finally loses it when Joffrey's stupidity nearly gets them all ripped apart by a mob in "The Old Gods and the New".
----> '''Tyrion''': We've had vicious kings and we've had idiot kings, but I don't know if we've ever been cursed with a vicious idiot for a king!
*** In "The Laws of Gods and Men", he completely snaps after Shae's betrayal, where the abuse and humiliation he's been through his whole life reaches it's tipping point and in a rage calls out the entire court for being ungrateful for all he did for them as acting Hand of the King, wishing that he had just let Stannis kill all of them.
*** In "The Children", he kills Shae, and then coldly shoots his father with a crossbow.
* Margo Leadbetter on BBC sitcom ''Series/TheGoodLife'' (from TheSeventies). Famously snobbish and humourless (something which she admits she was cruelly teased about as a schoolgirl), she nonetheless can be counted on when it matters and (to her astonishment) actually cracks some genuinely funny remarks at times.
* Replace "wackiness" with "fratricidal scheming" and you have Claudius' role in ''Series/IClaudius'' in a nutshell. He tries to stay out of his family's internal power struggles, but as soon as he becomes Emperor he realises it's "get your hands dirty or die".
* ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'': Alain is often TheStoic, who keeps out of the hijinks going on in Dai Tenkuu Temple. When Onari drew on his face, he didn't seem to mind repaying him in the same way. The smug expression he had, while both of them were wiping the paint off, would definitely imply this. [[note]] On the other hand, Alain had a serious case of EvilIsPetty prior to joining the gang of Dai Tenkuu Temple so that may have been in effect too. [[/note]]
* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'': Taiga Hanaya is the serious StraightMan to Nico Saiba's trolling GenkiGirl. #28 presents us with a scene of the duo in Nico's [[TastesLikeDiabetes room]]. She is playing a game, while Taiga calmly toys with a puzzle.
* In the episode of ''Series/TheKingOfQueens'' "American Idle", Carrie says that she needs time to find herself after losing her job. But (as the title suggests) it seems to Doug that she just sits around watching TV all day - the very things she often criticizes him for doing.
* In the ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' episode "Care", Donald Cragen takes a jab at Finn and Munch for playing a video game, jokingly calling them the "VideoGame/SuperMarioBros". Later, he's seen not only playing the same game, but doing well in it. This proves very helpful in finding the identity of the killer of a foster child, since the only witness to the crime was an autistic foster brother who played the same game.
* Season 3 of ''Series/TheLeftovers'' has Matt Jamison uncharacteristically tell a dirty joke in exchange for passage aboard a ship.
-->'''Matt Jamison''': What's the difference between a pimple and a priest? A pimple waits until you're 12 before it comes on your face.
* DI Sam Tyler from ''Series/LifeOnMars2006'' is a FishOutOfTemporalWater and a ByTheBookCop. When he goes to pick up a thief from prison with DS Ray Carling and DC Chris Skelton, they keep making "baah baah" noises and laughing, explaining that the thief was caught "in flagrante" with a sheep. Sam tells them to cut it out and escort the thief to the car; when they're gone he grins and chuckles.
* The crew on ''Series/MajorCrimes'' at one point had to deal with evidence consisting of very good knock-off designer handbags. The normally no-nonsense and tough-as-nails cops Raydor and Sykes, as well as the equally tough ADA Rios, stare at them longingly as they're carted off to evidence storage.
* Major Winchester from ''Series/{{MASH}}'' would often berate Hawkeye and B.J. for their penchant for pranks, only to pull off a few of his own.
* Frankie Boyle of ''Series/MockTheWeek'' often tells his (darkly hilarious) jokes with an utterly, completely straight face. Unless it's an absolutely terrible one, in which case he often breaks into a giggle just as he finishes it. One 'Scenes We'd Like To See' sketch had "Things You'd Never Hear On A Cooking Show" - Frankie made a reference to the FoodPorn nature of Nigella Lawson's show. Russell Howard later turned it into a BrickJoke by doing a seductive Nigella Lawson impression. And Frankie can be seen [[ActuallyPrettyFunny cracking up]].
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''[='=]s Ron Swanson has nothing but manly contempt for parties, games, and group fun of every kind. But when Leslie organizes a riddle based scavenger hunt, he becomes embarrassingly excited.
* In ''Series/TheRevolutionWillBeTelevised'', the character of Dale Mailey is a parody of the far-right press in Britain, notorious for having [[MoralGuardians a need to try and tell others what is moral and what isn't]]. However, like the press, he's something of a {{Hypocrite}}. After decrying prostitution, recreational cannabis use, music festivals, ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' and so on, he's been show to try most of them (he didn't sleep with any of the prostitutes, but admitted to being ''extremely'' turned on) and liked a lot of them.
* When ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' and family go to Disney World, Darlene maintains her sulky-teenage-girl front of being determined not to enjoy it, but it instantly cracks when she meets Disney/WinnieThePooh.
* Zelda Spellman in ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'':
** In one particular episode she lectures Sabrina about using a short-cut to finish her book report (zapping herself into ''Literature/WutheringHeights''). But at the very end of the episode, Zelda notices a chapter is missing from the book and instead of going to the library, zaps herself in as well.
** When Sabrina and Hilda cook up some literal 'just desserts' for a SadistTeacher, Zelda scolds them and goes to meet with the teacher. GilliganCut to her helping them with the potion - and the cauldron is even larger.
** One episode has Sabrina and Zelda learning a DoubleAesop about HumblePie. Sabrina yearns for more appreciation for her achievements, as does Zelda. Sabrina casts a spell that gets her recognition for ''everything'' she does, while Zelda inherits a country and gets the population to honour her like a queen. At the end while Zelda is lecturing Sabrina about it and conjures up literal HumblePie for her to eat, Sabrina suggests Zelda might need a bite too.
** Once she finds out Cousin Marigold is getting divorced[[note]]Marigold had made a habit out of mocking her and Hilda for still being single[[/note]], Zelda joins in with Hilda in a little dressing down.
---> '''Zelda''': [[TriviallyObvious Oh Hilda we've made her cry]].\\
'''Hilda''': [[SarcasmMode Oh how awful we must feel]].
* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'':
** One episode has Jessie's attitude to Screech spying on a rival school's cheerleading routine.
---> '''Jessie''': No, why would we stoop so low?\\
'''Lisa''': To win.\\
'''Jessie''': Take notes.
** Again when Zack takes pictures of the girls in their swimsuits and sells a calendar without their knowledge. They are outraged but then a photographer asks to do a spread with them and they all turn to Zack and say sweetly "sell those calendars, Zacky".
** In an episode of ''The College Years'' the gang gets a chance to look at the answers to an upcoming Ethics Class test. Leslie takes the answers away and throws them in the garbage. Later at night when Zack, Slater and Alex are rooting through the garbage, they find Leslie there too. She lampshades this in class when she explains herself.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' features a patient who took viagra and his penis won't go down. The rest of the staff find this hilarious but Elliott insists on remaining professional. However when she hears the full story - he took them just before a breakfast with his girlfriend's family and erection ended up damaging her grandmother's breathing apparatus - she bursts out laughing in front of him.
* In one episode of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Teal'c (usually TheStoic and TheComicallySerious) reveals that the mask of a Setesh guard is the butt of many jokes amongst other Jaffa. When O'Neil expresses surprise that Jaffa have a sense of humor, Teal'c helpfully translates one such joke:
-->'''Teal'c''': A Serpent Guard, a Horus Guard and a Setesh Guard meet on a neutral planet. It is a tense moment. The Serpent Guard's eyes glow! The Horus Guard's beak glistens! The Setesh Guard's nose... drips. [bursts out laughing]\\
''[[ChirpingCrickets [the others stare blankly] ]]''\\
''[Teal'c slowly stops laughing]''
* On ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' Mayweather and [[ConsummateProfessional Reed]] build a snowman on a comet; the Enterprise and the Vulcans were watching, resulting in this gem of a conversation:
-->'''Archer''': Archer to Lieutenant Reed.\\
'''Reed''': Go ahead, sir.\\
'''Archer''': How are you doing, Malcolm?\\
'''Reed''': We're just about to set the charges.\\
'''Archer''': I'm sure I don't need to remind you we're being observed.\\
'''Reed''': No, sir.\\
'''Archer''' We want this to go as smoothly as possible. Make a good impression.\\
'''Reed''': Right.\\
'''Archer''':So tell me, who's the sculptor?\\
'''Reed''': It won't be there for long, sir.
** Lt.Reed also [[TakeThat adds Vulcan ears to the snowman before he and Mayweather blow the charges]]
* James May, DeadpanSnarker and resident StraightMan on ''Series/TopGear'', gripes that co-presenters Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond are too loud, too careless, and too obsessed with power and winning. Doesn't stop him from jumping up and down and shouting on the occasions when ''he'' wins, though...
* Cedric Daniels from ''Series/TheWire'' is almost always TheStoic, so many of his jokes tend to come off as this. More seriously, he's also one of the most rule-abiding characters, but [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUAbRwgkDZ0 he's still willing]] to indulge in some PoliceBrutality on Bird for throwing [[CountryMatters vulgarities]] at Kima. In season 4, when Rhonda talks to Daniels about her disputes with Lester Freamon, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE9-u26NOWI he responds by doing a Lester Freamon imitation]].
* In ''{{Series/Workaholics}}'', the guys are generally dumber and crazier than everyone around them, although many of their coworkers (Montez, Jillian, Jet Set, Bill) are still weird. Alice the ill-tempered boss is pretty intelligent and reasonable, but she sometimes acts more like the guys. In one episode she gets drunk (after two years of sobriety, which even Adam realizes is a bad thing) after seeing one of her employees with a great house in a cool neighborhood while she lives in a "widow's pad", and in the season 3 opener, she drops acid with the guys, to win over a hard partying potential client.
* As a typical characteristic of the ''{{Series/Blackadder}}'' dynasty, Mr.E.Blackadder [[TheSnarkKnight harshly shows contempt for all popular trends and contemporary idols]], such as highwaymen and the Scarlet Pumpernickel, that is until he grows desperate and/or greedy enough to have a part in them, showing that not even he is totally above being influenced by society and its rewards. His skin is also surprisinly easy to get under, seeing that anyone's insults (even Baldrick's) manage to touch a nerve.
* Captain Holt in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' starts off as a deadly serious, straight-laced, no-nonsense [[TheStoic stoic]]. Over time, he loosens up and proves he's just as off-the-wall as the rest of the squad.

* John Entwistle was generally seen as the StraightMan of Music/TheWho, due to his status as TheQuietOne and his tendency to stand perfectly still on stage while his bandmates [[RockersSmashGuitars ran around smashing things]]. But he was also known for participating in many of the crazy stunts [[AllDrummersAreAnimals Keith Moon]] came up with, admitting years after Moon's death that he'd helped him blow up a hell of a lot of hotel toilets by standing behind and holding the matches. (This may be more of a case of how Entwistle was perceived by the audience than anything else; those who knew him well generally considered him to have a pretty out-there personality. His death was even more rock and roll than Moon's - Entwhistle died of a cocaine induced heart attack after spending the night with a groupie.)
* This trope in and of itself seems to be a main theme of "Down in It" by Music/NineInchNails, if the refrain ("I was up above it/Now I'm down in it") is any indication.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* At ''TLC'' 2013 Vickie Guerrero and Brad Maddox scolded a few of the wrestlers for playing with WWE action figures backstage. Vickie then noticed that the Brodus Clay figure was "kind of cute" - and she and Maddox decided to join in.
* Any wrestler in the WWE who tries to convince themselves that they are the OnlySaneMan is ultimately this in the end. The insanity of the company is contagious to the point that wacky hijinks is often times the norm for a standard broadcast.

* [[SmallNameBigEgo Malvolio]] from Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' self-importantly disapproves of and interferes with the romantic and/or drunken antics of those around him. But when some of them cook up a ZanyScheme to entrap him, he is all too easily persuaded that his noble and wealthy employer, Lady Olivia, secretly loves him and wants to see him in [[GorgeousPeriodDress cross-gartered yellow stockings]]. The HumiliationConga duly ensues.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars: Original Generation'':
** Raidiese F. Branstein, the team straight man, ends up falling prey to his friend's wackiness. At one point, when the protagonist tells him his idea for the name of their new LimitBreak, he realizes he can't think of anything better:
--->'''Rai''': Can't do you something about your taste in names?\\
'''Ryusei''': Well, what do you have in mind then?\\
'''Rai''': ... ...... ....... .............\\
'''Ryu''': Okay, okay, forget I said anything...
** In Original Generation Gaiden, when Ryusei asks him a name for his new move, he dubs it ''Galaxy Phantom Explosion'' (constituting a very easy seiyuu joke)
*** During one scene he ends up joining Ryusei for a marathon of a super robot anime, because after Ryusei's love interest who watched it as an excuse to spend time with him, but ended up really getting into it, and their CO who ended up watching it because she didn't want the other two alone in the same room with the door closed (Ryusei's love interest is her younger sister) and ended up analysing every battle in terms of strategic value, he didn't want to be the only one on their team who had no idea what Ryusei was going on about. He refuses to admit whether he liked it or not.
** In Scenario 11 in the Earth Route of ''VideoGame/ShinSuperRobotWars'', Rai introduces himself formally after the battle, saying that the aliens have been up to abducting people. Sanshirou has been eyeing Rai, wondering if he's another weirdo like Ryusei. Rai stiffly asks him not to liken him to Ryusei, the shame of the SRX Team. Sanshirou tells Rai about Ryusei's "self-proclaimed genius pilot" line, which Rai allows after a moment is pretty much true. The others realize that Rai, too, is somewhat off his rocker.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'' has both Anna and Roxis. The former is something of a child prodigy (she entered the academy at ''12 years old''), and her personality quirks are her [[MrImagination overactive sense of imagination]] and NeatFreak tendencies. Roxis, on the other hand, is TheStoic, who sometimes puts himself above the other characters. However, their interactions with the [[TrueCompanions other members of the workshop]] have [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight desensitized them to the weird...]] Most notably, they fell for the {{masquerade}} of a '''''slug-like alien''' that transferred to the school...''
** Vayne is a straight man mostly by his background - and he usually ends up engaging in activities like being a "Superheroes" Sidekick, or popping said Alien's spawn. (ItMakesSenseInContext).
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Tall, [[TheStoic stoic]] swordsman Sten can be induced, with the right dialogue choices, to talk about how incredible cookies are and how the lack of such foodstuffs in Qunari lands needs to be urgently rectified. If you have Leliana in the party with Sten, she can catch him picking flowers or playing with a kitten (he insists that he was helping it train).
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'': The normally grim and angry Fenris occasionally surprises the party with [[WorldOfSnark sarcasm]].
--->'''Varric''': So what do you do in that gigantic house all day?\\
'''Fenris''': I dance, of course.\\
'''Varric''': ...Really?\\
'''Fenris''': I run from room to room, choreographing routines.\\
'''Varric''': You're actually joking. Alert the Chantry! They need to put this day on the calendar.\\
'''Fenris''': And you thought I was always serious.
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Cullen is sometimes a bit of a ButtMonkey for the others because he's TheComicallySerious surrounded by {{Deadpan Snarker}}s. But he tells funny stories, jokes with the other advisers, snickers at Bull's sense of humor when in an uncomfortable situation during Bull's romance arc, and even points out that "If you squint, Lake Calenhad is shaped like a bunny."
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** The later stages of the Hermit link in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' can have this vibe depending on how you played the [[spoiler: Magician]] link.
** Compared to her more playful {{Cloudcuckoolander}} younger sister from ''Persona 3'', Margaret from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' seems a lot more mature and professional. That is until you start her Social Link, where she does things like admit that she had the protagonist fuse a certain Persona so she could ride on it, or so that she could have a Persona that could outdo Igor's GagNose.
** Due to her role as TeamMom, Makoto Niijima from ''VideoGame/Persona5'' is far more serious than the rest of the team, and is usually the one keeping them on-task. She's also one of the party members who's more willing to use underhanded tactics in order to overcome their foes and get justice, and is easily one of the most vicious of the Phantom Thieves.
--->'''Makoto''': Would anyone know any good vendors for professional-quality brass knuckles?\\
'''Ryuji''': I know you're serious, but you say the scariest shit sometimes.
* [[FriendlySniper Sniper]] from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' claims to be polite, professional and have [[ColdSniper no emotional ties to his work]]. However, his domination lines are so very [[HypocriticalHumour rage-filled]]. [[TuxedoAndMartini Spy]] also says some [[BigStupidDoodooHead amazingly immature things]] in his lines. Furthermore while the Spy is as cultured and hoity-toity as he is, he has absolutely no qualms about performing any of the wackier single and co-op taunts with anyone else, including flipping friends, excited Kasack dancing, dealing and receiving high fives and even a friendly bit of ''headbutting'' with whoever's available. In fact, Spy sounds outright ''eager'' to take part in all of them (Except line-dancing.)
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' has a mild example. Hisao wonders how lonely you'd have to be to come up with a game that involves stepping on the right tiles on the floor. In the very next line, he finds himself stepping only on the darker tiles.
** The same game gives us the example of Lilly Satou, a polite, proper ojousama who normally acts like everyone's mother. Having been born blind, she holds an intellectual interest in the concept of color. One time, she asks Hisao what his favorite color is and what things are it. When he responds that it's green, and almost immediately mentions army uniforms, she quietly laughs that boys are always thinking about such things... When asked what ''her'' favorite color is, she replies that it's white. Why? Because that's the color of vanilla ice-cream, her favorite flavor. In fact, a lot of Lilly's route seems dedicated to showing that even the prim and proper her can act silly sometimes, such her famous insistence that she is isn't horny (having just finished having sex), she has [[InsistentTerminology a healthy adolescent sex drive.]]
* Early on in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', when the party commandeers a beat-up cannon from an enemy, they decide it would be a good idea to try using it for themselves--except that nobody knows how. Garlot tries and sets it off accidentally, Siskier yells at him for being careless [[HypocriticalHumor and sets it off accidentally]], Jenon shoos her away because [[StayInTheKitchen it's not suitable for a girl to do]] and [[RunningGag sets it off accidentally]]... and then when [[CoolBigSis Medoute]] comes to yell at them for fooling around, they make her give it a try too. Medoute instantly takes a liking to cannon-firing as a form of stress relief and immediately gets carried away.
* Riki, the protagonist of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', usually plays the part of the sweet StraightMan bemused by the [[CloudCuckooLander idiosyncrasies]] of the people around him. Every now and then, though, he proves he can be just as bad as them, such as in the various Play With Masato commands, which invariably involve Riki yelling 'Muscles! Muscles!' over and over and taking part in some weird muscle-themed activity.
* In ''VisualNovel/YoJinBo'', BloodKnight Ittosai grimly resists the wacky antics of the other five bodyguards, insisting he's only on board to kill people. After a dip in a hot spring, however, when Sayori reties Jin's loose belt for him and all the other guys suddenly need help with theirs as well, Ittosai can be heard quietly complaining that he can't get his belt to come loose. Later in the game he reluctantly begins setting the other guys up with straight lines, because - as he explains when Mon-Mon compliments him on it - splitting up the party means they're running out of designated straight-men and ''someone'' has to do it.
* In ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriorsGundam'', [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Domon Kasshu]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Elpe Ple]], and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Milliardo Peacecraft]] wind up fighting on the same team in the story mode. A lot of humor is derived from Domon's HotBlooded-ness and Ple's excitedly going along with it, compared to Milliardo being TheComicallySerious. Yet, in the end, Ple convinces him to do the "School of the Undefeated of the East" kata with her and Domon.
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Miles Edgeworth. Badass prosecutor. Brilliant logician. Huge [[{{Toku}} Steel Samurai]] fanboy.
** Phoenix is usually the OnlySaneMan for the rest of the loony cast, but he has his moments, like obsessively scrubbing the toilet for no apparent reason. He gets more in the fourth game, partly because you can't be [[CloudCuckooLand CloudCuckooLand's]] best attorney for three years [[spoiler:and then fall from grace]] without letting a little of the madness get to you, and partly because by then Apollo is around to play StraightMan for him. In fact, it could be said that Phoenix, Edgeworth, and Apollo consistently toss around a single SanityBall between them, at least until it's time to [[LetsGetDangerous get dangerous]].
* Rosalina from the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' franchise is described as a stoic motherly woman who has a calm and dignified demeanor. In the spin-off titles like ''VideoGame/MarioKart'', ''VideoGame/MarioParty'' and sports games where she's playable, while still keeping an air of elegance and mysticism to her, she's just as willing to cut loose like the other characters.
* Series BigBad of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' Albert Wesker proves to be a villainous version of this. While normally an OmnicidalManiac without even a shred of a good quality bent on bringing about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and ruling over [[EvilutionaryBiologist the new race of humanity]] as [[AGodAmI its God]], he ''still'' seems to have genuinely considered [[MadScientist William Birkin]] to be a friend (during Wesker's Report he sounds ''genuinely'' angry at Hunk for killing the man) and he managed to (ahem) "tolerate" the company of at least one woman to [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil6 sire a son]].
* LQ-841 / "Blade Wolf" from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRising'', despite being a very advanced and intelligent ArtificialIntelligence in a wolf-like machine who's only real motivation seems to be freedom to choose his own path in life, really cuts loose around Sunny and is willing to shake a paw for her (but [[CrowningMomentOfFunny not when Raiden tries it seconds later]]) and happily wags his tail when she pets him. This is all in spite of Mistral earlier torturing him by forcing him to do all of this while electrocuting him.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffectAndromeda:'' Cora, usually the OnlySaneMan among the ''Tempest'' and its ragtag team of misfits, can be heard at one point talking with the ship's doctor, Lexi, who is once again trying to get everyone to take a physical already. Cora reassures her she'll make sure everyone turns up, and then is told she's first on the list. Cue Cora swearing under her breath.
* The Ancestor in ''VideoGame/DarkestDungeon'' spent his entire life spending the family fortune on "higher things" (read: [[TheseAreThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow Things Man Was Not Meant To Know]]), and mostly views your loot as fuel for your campaign to get Man to un-Know those things, generally in a tone that, while not exactly flat, is heavy on the Dramatic Pronouncements and rarely seems impressed. However, if you manage a sufficiently profitable run, he may break this pattern:
-->''Impressive haul! ...Ahem. If you value such things.''
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'': Most of the time [[AChildShallLeadThem Riju]] does her best to project a regal and formal air as is befitting for the Gerudo Chief. But she can also be seen playing with her [[GirlsLoveStuffedAnimals stuffed animals]] and her pet Sand Seal Patricia in a way more befitting a child of her age. She'll get rather embarrassed if you catch her doing the former.

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* Jones in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is usually an EmotionlessGirl coupled with literally centuries to cultivate indifference. But some of her more "human" traits come out in the chapter The Stone.
--> '''Antimony''': Jones are you able to smile?\\
'''Jones''': I can mimic the facial movements for a smile, but I tend to avoid it, as it often leaves the onlooker somewhat unnerved.\\
'''Antimony''': May I see?\\
'''Jones''': If you wish.\\
'''Kat''': [[TheUnSmile You okay?]]
* Zoe is usually the StraightMan in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', but, at least when it comes to sorting through a love triangle, [[http://sluggy.com/daily.php?date=010403 she can get pretty crazy herself]]. The reason she became the Stormbreaker (and thus targetted by various demons, at least one of whom has used a cult to try to do Zoe in) was because she feared she was "boring", and thus leapt at a chance to participate in one of the guys' more than usually harebrained schemes. She's exceptionally gung-ho about going back in time to save beer... at least until they end up in the wrong time period without a way back.
* Invoked in ''PvP'': when the gang discovers that Jade is a FormerTeenRebel, Francis considers that this brings her down to their level and everyone immediately starts chanting "One of us! One of us!" (which is exactly what Jade feared would happen).
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has Rose Lalonde. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002806 Wear the scarf. Be the Rider.]]
** Also Spades Slick, [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003065 notorious]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003203 gang leader]].
** [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=003678 And the Authority Regulator]].
* Happens over and over in ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}''--anyone who is introduced as a StraightMan will eventually be revealed to be insane in some way. Ethan and Leslie managed to keep up the illusion of being the OnlySaneMan for a good long time but their neuroses gradually overwhelmed their personalities and pushed them away from this role. Jacob was introduced to be their replacement in that capacity but was revealed to have an addictive personality in short order. As a rule, Ethan's LoveInterest[=s=] tend to occupy this role, but Thad got written out, and Drew became as obsessively ''against'' Ethan's toy collection has Ethan was obsessed with maintaining it. By the end of the strip the OnlySaneMan was Historic Jesus.
* From Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles: Nicole, as well as determined to explain any and all supernatural elements with science, is very much stoic and reasonable. Then she starts spending time with the two main characters and gradually [[DefrostingIceQueen loosens up a little]]. The first instance would be when she starts giggling about the TastesLikeDiabetes name she had for her pretend horse when she was a kid.
* Maxima of ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' is a bright gold statuesque superhero with a no-nonsense military attitude... but she admits to having been a nerd as a kid, and can keep up with geek girl Sydney when it comes to comic-book trivia.
* This is basically all over the place in ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}''. At one point, a member of the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil attempts to make an offer Max can't refuse, only to be refused. Most of the page consists of the council member being intimidating and ominous and threatening, and then ''this'' happens.
-->'''Max''': Sorry, dude. [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo and Darth Vader]] don't team up.\\
'''Serge''': That would be sick though.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Blog/SurvivalTipsForSHIELDRecruits'': While deeply concerned with curtailing dangerous hijinks, S.H.I.E.L.D. has nothing against harmless fun.
-->'''Tip #531''': Planning the most efficient shopping sprees is not the intended use for your tactical training sessions, but doing so is not actively discouraged. There may, in fact, be unofficial contests involved.
* Although she's not really like that any more, back when WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick was the OnlySaneWoman on the site, she reviewed ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' and asked [[TemptingFate how gay could it possibly be]]. She's dissuaded of this notion about [[HoYay five minutes in]].
** Reviewing the ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' cartoon, she declares that she's only interested in an intellectual, academic analysis. Her MadScientist "friend" jabs her with a TruthSerum which brings out the {{squee}}ing {{fangirl}} within.
* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'':
** Kitten, though he doesn't want to admit it, secretly wants to engage in the same male {{Stripperific}} tendencies as his brother Custodes.
** The Emperor, for all his "being of logic and reason" attitude, sees people who don't engage in melee combat as disgraceful.
** While Magnus maintains an air of studied indifference and sanity around him, he high-fives the Emperor when the latter turns the Astronomicon into a giant middle finger for a moment.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'': SanitySlippage is common in Blood Gulch. [[DrillSergeantNasty Sarge]] becomes a little more unhinged the more time he spends with his troops. [[TheMedic Doc]] is introduced in Season 2 to [[LampshadeHanging Lampshade]] how insane both armies are, but in later episodes [[DissonantSerenity his politeness and level-headed nature]] are PlayedForLaughs. Things take a darker turn with [[spoiler:Wash]], whose initial run as the StraightMan to the Reds and Blues [[BewareTheNiceOnes pushes him]] [[TemporarilyAVillain too far]].
* In Blog/AskKingSombra, between her and Sombra, Coffee Talk is generally the far more sane and focused of the two, [[http://ask-king-sombra.tumblr.com/post/69551928382 but she does have her moments]].
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'':
** Weiss is a spoiled heiress who is used to getting her own and who doesn't mingle with anyone she doesn't consider elite talents in their field. She goes from being horrified at being paired with Ruby and then discovering Ruby's been made team leader, to the perfect team mate after just one speech by Professor Port. It takes only one semester for her to go from haughty, arrogant, judgemental and aloof, to issuing LargeHam evil speeches during board games, balancing on chairs for extra drama when trying to cheer up team mates, to dissolving into a puddle of [[BabyTalk affectionate goo]] when she meets Zwei, Yang and Ruby's pet corgi.
--->'''Weiss''': Are you telling ''me'' that this mangy, drooling mutt is going to wiv with us for-weva!? Oh, yes, he is! Yes, he is! Ooohhh, he's adorable!
** Occasionally comes up with Blake as well. Initially she was strongly characterized as a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] AloofDarkHairedGirl, but as it turns out, she find a guilty pleasure in smutty Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey-esque romantic fiction. Not to mention [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U95WVMA2TE the sneak peek for Volume 3]] had Blake... reacting rather enthusiastically to a bowl full of tuna ramen.
** Lie Ren tends to be TheQuietOne and TheStoic among Team JNPR, but occasionally a more playful side emerges. Such as his "Please Do Nothing to the Cook" apron and attempt to feed Pyrrha a "health drink" made of herbs and algae. Then there's this line from before a tournament match:
--->'''Jaune''': If I barf I'm blaming you...\\
'''Nora''': Ooh! Aim it at the enemy!\\
'''Ren''': Nora! That's disgusting! ''[looks at Jaune]'' But if you ''do'' feel the urge...
* LetsPlay/LewisBrindley and LetsPlay/HannahRutherford appeared to be the [[OnlySaneMan only sane individuals]] in the LetsPlay/{{Yogscast}}, in no small part due to the actions of LetsPlay/SimonLane. However, as the Yogscast has expanded, more sane members have joined and both Lewis and Hannah have started behaving weirdly. Lewis in particular has developed a shorter temper and started goofying around more.
* Most of the staff in the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' are, as teachers, required to act in a responsible, professional manner. Lady Astarte, for example, is the respectable school administrator, unflappable... until she marches out on a stage and snaps in front of everybody, ''screaming'' at them that there will be no more shoulder angels. And Elyzia Grimes, who was the equivalent of Morticia Addams amongst the staff, finally got tired of it all and beat Caitlin Bardue amongst the head and neck.
* ''WebAnimation/CampCamp'':
** Max is a [[TheCynic very cynical boy]] who often disregards others for caring and acts like he hates everything. But when Gwen [[spoiler: finds his lost Teddy Bear, Mr. Honey Nuts]], he immediately get excited and refuses to leave her alone, until she gives it back to him.
** [[NiceGuy David]] is usually the living embodiment of friendliness and optimism, and does his best to be a good role model to the campers, despite their TroublingUnchildLikeBehavior and Max often antagonizing him for trying, but even he has a couple moments of weakness: even ''he'' can't stand trying to be nice to Jeremy and eventually lets an insult slip and in another episode, beats up his ex-girlfriend's new boyfriend, [[HypocriticalHumor after just giving big speech about moving on]], which said boyfriend ''ccommended'' him for no less.
** While exploring a supposedly haunted island house, [[TomBoy Nikki]] being... Nikki is initially excited at the prospect of running into potentially dangerous horrors on the island, in spite of Neil and Jaspers protests... until they find what appears to be [[spoiler: a ''torture chamber'']], at which point she's reduced to a scared little girl, that can only say she doesn't want be there on repeat.
** From the same episode, Max, the leader of the main trio insists that he isn't scared of anything and for most part backs this up, proving to be even braver than ''Nikki''. But in the end, he finally finds something that even he screams in terror at: [[spoiler: walking in on an orgy, involving the camp's creepy elderly quartermaster and some other old people.]]
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': As often as Snake tries to control Bear, Duck, and Balloon, he usually finds himself getting into mischief with them anyway.

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* Various episodes of ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' show that Frylock is just as corrupt as either Shake or Carl if given the chance to embrace his urges.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Sokka is usually the StraightMan to everyone else's weirdness, even the OnlySaneMan at times... and then there are the times when he [[MushroomSamba gets high on cactus juice]], puts on a fake beard and performs a ridiculous Sigmund Freud impersonation, tries to crawl inside a giant monster's mouth...
** Really, this happens so often that Sokka is an odd case of TheSmartGuy / DeadpanSnarker ''also'' being the show's PluckyComicRelief.
** Azula is a detached, borderline sociopathic princess who always seems perfectly in control of her emotions. In "[[BeachEpisode The Beach]]," she attempts to interact with other teenagers and winds up looking [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilariously deranged]], treating a volleyball game like a huge military victory and giving a dramatic WeCanRuleTogether speech to a boy who likes her. And this isn't even counting her eventual VillainousBreakdown.
* During a poker game that Poison Ivy crashes in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', Two-Face coldly informs her, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness without flipping a coin]], that half of him wants to strangle her and the other half wants to hit her with a truck. His good side is usually just that, but it turns out he holds ''quite'' the grudge for the time she tried to poison him because he unintentionally and indirectly caused a species of rose to go extinct.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'': Despite his clear disdain for Beavis and Butt-Head's disruptive behavior, there are many instances where Principal [=McVicker=] is shown to be almost as amoral and conniving as they are. For example, in the episode "Wet Behind The Rears," Beavis and Butt-Head are showering in their underwear after gym class. Suddenly, the fire alarm goes off, and they are forced to get out before they can put their clothes back on. Cue the rest of the school pointing and laughing at them and the grand revelation that the fire alarm was deliberately set off by [=McVicker=] and Buzzcut to humiliate Beavis and Butt-Head.
* The serious and straight-laced Lucky Piquel from ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' is frequently shown as being prejudiced against even the most cordial of toons, but when he gets a mouse ears hat from Mickey Mouse in "I Oughta Be in Toons", he puts it on with a big grin after making sure no one's around to see him.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'': Numbuh 2 believes himself to be a [[SmallNameBigEgo very smooth joke teller]] and [[JustForPun tries to make a pun or joke of the situation]], resulting in most of the other operatives, including Numbuh 5, to [[IncrediblyLamePun groan at the punchline]]. However, when dealing with chocolatized Heinrech from freezing her, she resorts to melting him from driving her rocket close to the sun and then bombarding him with marshmallows. She throws this in as her victory line before laughing. "As Numbuh 2 would say: you can't hurt anyone any s'more!"
* Elise in ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'' tries to avoid getting caught up in Dan's vengeance, and early on tried to keep Chris from getting dragged into it too. Then again, ''in the very first episode'', she shares Dan's hatred of New Mexico (her grudge has lasted ''since childhood'') and takes her revenge even further [[spoiler:he "settles" for ruining the annual hot air balloon event, she hijacks an alien warship, slaughters road-runners, and ''blows up cities'']]. In "Dan Vs. George Washington", she tags along with Dan's latest campaign of revenge and admits to Chris that Dan's revenge schemes are actually pretty entertaining.
* Aunt Amy of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' was once brought in to settle a dispute between her sisters, with the expectation that, as a the smart, detached outsider of the family she could easily resolve the petty conflict without getting drawn in. It took her all of thirty seconds to join the bickering, leaving Daria and Quinn to solve the problem themselves.
** This is actually rather fitting since Amy is considered to be like an older version of Daria. Daria herself, especially in the later seasons, proved that she does have some flaws like regular people. Helen herself as mentioned that not even Daria is able to live up to the high standards she has.
* Amberley of ''WesternAnimation/TheDreamstone'' is usually a [[WomenAreWiser more lucid and well behaved counterpart]] to Rufus, though has a bratty temper and sometimes joins Rufus in rambunctious antics. She ends up only exasperating the problems caused by Rufus in the pilot by getting captured by the Urpneys after jumping into their ship LeeroyJenkins style.
* ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' has Double D who, while most of the time acts as the OnlySaneMan of the show, often goes along the other Eds' schemes despite the fact that he knew they'd [[NoodleIncident go too far one day]].
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''
** Lois normally falls under WomenAreWiser. However, it's only really in comparison to her husband, as she gets a [[ItsBeenDone gambling addiction]] in one episode, becomes a kleptomaniac in another, and when she gets elected mayor, embezzles from the town and accepts bribes. Lois' role in the show in modern episodes consists near solely of this trope. She generally only exhibits Straight Man behavior for a short time before acting as [[TheDitz stupid]] or [[{{Jerkass}} callous]] as her husband.
** Meg, in that she sometimes makes fun out of other Griffin members when the situation calls for it e.g. Chris being made fun for Lois being in a porno by other schoolkids and Meg joins in. She also salvaged upon a brief moment Brian was "the New Meg".
** Brian has been getting this treatment lately. Where he used to be the OnlySaneMan, the past few seasons have seen him developing more and more {{jerkass}} tendencies.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Generally speaking, robots in fiction almost always [[CantArgueWithElves brag about how they're better than humans]]. The robots of ''Futurama'' are just as boastful... but don't ''quite'' live up to the standard they project, struggling with rampant social issues like organized crime (see The Robot Mafia), ''unorganized'' crime (see Bender), and addiction to illicit activities (again, see Bender).
** Leela has been subject to this trope at least twice.
*** Rather than pay a nominal parking fee for a Hollywood premiere, Leela flies around for hours before landing on the La Brea Tar Pits... which is exactly the sort of thing she usually scolds Fry and Bender for.
*** Leela usually serves as Fry's voice of reason whenever he lets something go to his head. However, in the episode where Leela went blind (which was indirectly Bender's fault), she practically thought she was Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} (with the expected but not unwelcome [[HilarityEnsues hilarity ensuing]]).
*** "Fun On A Bun" from the seventh season begins with Fry doing a very Fry-like thing: using his bare foot to pick up a tortilla chip between his toes, dip it in some salsa, and then put it in his mouth.
---->'''Leela''': Ugh! Fry! That's disgusting!\\
'''Fry''': What?\\
'''Leela''': You double-dipped! Geez.\\
''[Leela picks up a chip with her own toes, dips it, and eats it]''
** In the episode "War is the H-Word", it turns out Kif can be just as much of a MeanBoss as Zapp is to him.
* Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' regularly rolls her eyes at the antics Jimmy and Beezy cause, and their insane childish activities. However, she has fallen victim to KidsPreferBoxes and is shown to be extremely susceptible to a CutenessProximity.
* A milder version than most takes place at the end of one episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]''. After ComicBook/TheFlash, feeling he's not appreciated and seen as immature, goes against orders to help rescue a friend of Scott Free, he meets with the ComicBook/MartianManhunter following the mission. Flash begins to defend himself, expecting [[TheSpock J'onn]] to admonish him for his immaturity...instead, J'onn just wanted to play [[BlandNameProduct Brawlin' Bots]].
** Another good example is J'onn's addiction to Oreo Cookies.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Mr. Cat always pretends he can't be bothered to play games with the others, but when they ''don't'' invite him to join them, he gets really, really mad.
** In one episode, Mr. Cat opens a restaurant that is clearly designed to be a TakeThat at UsefulNotes/McDonalds. [[spoiler: When the food gives Pretty multiple organ failure, everybody starts protesting the restaurant, so he offers them free toys with their food. Everybody except Kaeloo rushes off to get toys while she looks on in disapproval, but when a toy lands near her feet she plays with it after making sure nobody is looking.]]
* A common gag on ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. In general, it's a running theme in the show that Kim is nowhere near as infallible in her regular life as she is in "mission mode".
* Happens to Master Shifu frequently in ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', just like in the films. For one example, in the FightClubbing episode "Kung Fu Club", he attends incognito to find out why Po hasn't put a stop to it, and rapidly goes from horrified disapproval, to grudging admiration of the combatants' skill, to the most rowdy member of the audience ("We came to see a fight, not a dance!") He gets even more enthusiastic when the baddies show up and the whole thing descends into a free-for-all.
* From ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Tenzin ''tries'' to be the composed airbending [[OldMaster master]] that he really is. The problem is that the universe simply will ''not'' let him maintain his composure. It seems to be something he got from his uncle Sokka in [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender the original series]] (see above). Whether it's Korra using his mother against him in an argument, or his youngest son using a potted plant as a bathroom[[note]][[MemeticMutation "Meelo, NO! That is NOT a toilet!"]][[/note]], the stoicism is never around for long. In particular, despite earlier deriding pro-bending as a "mockery of the noble tradition of bending", he later caves in and becomes a closeted fan himself.
-->'''Tenzin''': Oh come on, refs! There was some funny business in that last play!\\
'''Lin''': Wouldn't have guessed you knew the rules of pro-bending.\\
'''Tenzin''': ''[ahem]'' I've been...brushing up.
* Kiva from ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' seems to enjoy the activities the guys get into the more time she was there.
* WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse anyone? After becoming the straight man and nice guy he's better known for being, there were still times Mickey displayed a breaking point such as in "Magician Mickey" where after being heckled one too many times by Donald he puts the Duck through a magical HumiliationConga or "Symphony Hour" where [[http://api.ning.com/files/S9aUJ5ULhEVgRYUxxFzAm52ACeCOCgT0n1H2TrgCHEHiLISavf7FkrHsBgrttJpa/3412103194_0de4cd207f_o.jpg?width=737&height=552 he threatens Donald]] ''[[BewareTheNiceOnes with a handgun]]'' to keep him from abandoning the other performers during their disastrous concert.
** A good few of his shorts in ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'' involve him undergoing this as well, especially if he's trying too hard to impress Minnie.
** Repeated in ''WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse2013'', you'd be surprised how many times a sweet, idealistic guy like Mickey can spiral situations horribly out of control.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Twilight Sparkle likes to regard herself as the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Mare]]: her first impression of the citizens of Ponyville is "All the ponies in this town are ''crazy!''" However, Twilight frequently displays lapses in judgement either due to her social awkwardness or her almost-obsessive need to make a good impression on her mentor, Princess Celestia.
** Princess Celestia as well, despite being a [[PhysicalGod physical goddess]] who is well over 1000 years old. Her age and standing as the ruler of all things doesn't stop her from playfully teasing her subjects from time to time or skipping out of the Grand Galloping Gala to just hang out with friends in a doughnut shop. Another episode has her licking her lips at the cakes at a contest between the best confection-makers in Equestria. The immortal alicorn who raises the sun every morning and lowers it in the evening has ''zero'' resistance to chocolate.
** In "The Ticket Master", Spike calls the Gala "girly frou-frou nonsense," but once everyone is out of sight, is upset at being the only one without a ticket. Celestia sends down one for him, and he immediately {{Squee}}s, only to be caught by Applejack.
--->'''Spike''': [[VerbalBackspace I mean, gross! I have to go, too?]]
*** In fact, one notices that Spike is intially excited at Twilight getting the two tickets, until Twilight begins thinking on who to invite. It's heavily implied that the second ticket was for Spike and Twilight's lack of consideration was why Spike feigned disinterest.
** Both Spike and Twilight tend to backhand this role onto ''each other'' since they so often play TheStraightMan to each other's shortcomings. ''Both'' characters neared outright AntiVillain territory after going off the deep end at separate points, and ''both'' had to snap the other out of it. Note worthy for the over the top manner both took their respective breakdowns (Twilight became outright LaughingMad, while Spike turned into a HarmlessVillain, complete with DastardlyWhiplash mannerisms and attire).
** Applejack tends to act as [[TheStraightMan The Straight Mare]] whenever these two are out of the picture, however having the key traits of a rowdy cowgirl, she naturally plays up at times. She can be rather over assertive and is apparently [[StubbornMule stubborn enough to make a mule look reasonable]].
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. One word: [[spoiler:OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH!!!!]]
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/RocketPower'', Otto and his family are entered in a surf contest with surf legends and their kids. After some trash talk to the competition and lecturing Reggie about how she'd better not mess up, Otto takes a nasty spill himself.
** More consistently, Reggie is the voice of reason of the group, though sometimes is reduced to the same mayhem as the others. One particular case had her try to run out of the crime scene and leave Otto taking the fall.
* Dr Quinn of ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'' tries in vain to avoid this, but especially as the series went on, would eventually succumb.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** Marge Simpson has a gambling addiction.
** When Marge decided to sell prescription drugs just so that her garage sale would be a success. Marge ended up in jail at the end of that one.
** Marge secretly likes Homer's wild side. After Homer mellowed out in one episode, [[WeWantOurJerkBack Marge quickly became frustrated by the lack of activity]], and took up monster truck racing, leaving Homer having to rescue her.
** In "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Guest Star," in a refreshing twist, it is Marge, not Homer, who learns a lesson about tolerance. (Though less satisfyingly, Marge's [[CompressedVice dislike of Catholics]] is [[TakeOurWordForIt never fully explained]]).
** When the family has Mr. Burn's teddy bear [[NumberOneDime Bobo]].
--->'''Marge''': I'm sure he'll offer us a fair reward. ({{beat}}) [[OutOfCharacterMoment And then we'll make him double it!]]\\
'''Family''': Huh?\\
'''Marge''': [[LampshadeHanging Well, why can't I be greedy once in a while?]]
** That said, Mr. Burns as well. It's very odd to see such a greedy man who is so consumed with desire for money to put all that aside in favor of wanting a nostalgic but financially worthless teddy bear from his youth.
** After Homer and Ned Flanders have a fight, Flanders feels [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone guilty]] and mails an apology to Homer... but it's so cheesy that all Homer and the kids do is mock it. Marge [[WhatTheHellHero chastises]] her family for making fun of something that was so heartfelt from Ned, then excuses herself to the next room where we see that she herself can barely contain her laughter.
** In "They Saved Lisa's Brain", the Springfield members of Mensa take charge of the town when Mayor Quimby skips town. All seems well until they start making outlandish proposals they all conflict over. It's ultimately up to special guest Creator/StephenHawking to knock some sense into them.
--->'''Lisa''': Oh, Dr. Hawking, we had such a beautiful dream. What went wrong?\\
'''Hawking''': Don't feel bad, Lisa. Sometimes the smartest of us can be the most childish.\\
'''Lisa''': Even you?\\
'''Hawking''': [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial No, not me. Never.]]
** Conscientious Lisa loves the ultraviolent Itchy and Scratchy cartoons as much as Bart does. She also ocassionally joins him in his more destructive fun, like indoors ice-cream ball fights, bathroom product races or indoor bike jousting.
** Lisa likes to think she's smarter and above the corrupt actions of nearly everyone in town but is just as susceptible to them as anyone else whenever they come around. She quickly gets jealous of anyone who does better at school than her (even her baby sister Maggie), is not above trying to force people to her way of thinking, is easily corrupted by any amount of power, and quickly becomes unhinged the moment any blemishes on her school work appear.
** Frank Grimes has a breakdown and starts impersonating Homer, whose consequence free stupidity drove him to this point. This ends when he has a moment of genuine stupidity and electrocutes himself. Unfortunately the same rules don't apply to Grimes and this mistake costs him his life.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Stan and Kyle are hit with this every now and then.
** In the [[SuperheroEpisode "Coon and Friends" Trilogy]], [[TheCowl Mysterion]] is an aloof figure in line with the Nolanverse Franchise/{{Batman}}...but when Stan asks why they're still calling themselves [[ArtifactTitle "Coon and Friends"]] after kicking out [[TokenEvilTeammate Cartman]], he admits it's because "it pisses Cartman off beyond belief, and I find that (giggles) ''extremely'' funny." There are also one or two moments when he's surprised and [[OohMeAccentsSlipping lapses back into his normal voice]].
** From "The List", when [[TheSmartGuy Wendy]] finds out the other girls have masterminded a conspiracy to [[AllWomenLoveShoes get free shoes]]:
--->'''[[OnlySaneWoman Wendy]]''': You've compromised everything! Our lists' integrity!\\
'''Bebe''': Did you ''see'' these shoes, Wendy?! ''[pulls out a new pair of shoes]'' They're incredible!\\
'''Wendy''': It doesn't ''matter'' how incredible they are; you can't--oh my God, those are amazing.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' had Squidward Tentacles, the show's [[TheComicallySerious comically serious character]], move away from his wacky neighbors and into a community of people exactly like him. Initially delighted, he eventually became bored with the lack of hijinks he so detested and, by the end of the episode, was acting exactly like his ex-neighbors usually did. (This was subject to SnapBack and never referred to again.)
** In a future episode Squidward is seen cutting loose at two parties along with the rest of the cast, despite (1)his dislike of Spongebob (for whom the parties were) and (2)his general contempt of such activities.
** In one episode, the character roles of Spongebob and Squidward are briefly reversed when Squidward wins a crane game, and won't stop bragging about it to the point where Spongebob gets annoyed and starts snarking at him. Squidward then [[WhatAnIdiot attempts to operate a construction crane with his eyes closed.]]
** Sandy Cheeks also occasionally had moments of [[IdiotBall stupidity]] or [[JerkJock arrogance]]. Most of her appearances in the second season seemed to be made solely to prove she ''wasn't'' good at everything.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': In "Landing at Point Rain", ''Jedi Master'' Ki-Adi-Mundi makes Anakin Skywalker fall into StunnedSilence by revealing he's been partaking in Anakin and Ahsoka's BodyCountCompetition.
-->'''Ahsoka''': So Master, what was your total?\\
'''Anakin''': Not now, Ahsoka.\\
'''Ahsoka''': C'mon, are you afraid you lost this time?\\
'''Anakin''': Fine, fifty five. That's my count, and you?\\
'''Ahsoka''': Sixty, looks like I won.\\
'''Anakin''': Yeah.. [[LameComeback but]] ''I'' called in the air strike! TIE!\\
'''Ahsoka''': ''[rolls eyes]'' You're impossible. ''[leaves]''\\
'''Obi-Wan''': I'll never understand how you can simplify these battles into some kind of game.\\
'''Ki-Adi-Mundi''': Sixty five, Skywalker.\\
'''Anakin''': Uhm, sorry?\\
'''Ki-Adi-Mundi''': My total, sixty five. So what do I win?\\
''[cue StunnedSilence between Obi-Wan and Anakin]''\\
'''Anakin''': [[{{Touche}} My everlasting respect, Master Mundi.]] ''[bows]''\\
'''Ki-Adi-Mundi''': ''[disappointed]'' Oh.\\
'''Obi-Wan''': That is a gift Anakin rarely bestows, I assure you.
* While ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is primarily a lighthearted show, the character of Lapis appears largely in a series of serious episodes, highlighting her power and BrokenBird status. But early in ''Mirror Gem'' she wastes the better part of a day making fart jokes with Steven. It's just that her later circumstances don't exactly mesh with her sense of humor.
** Pearl is overly responsible, sometimes to the point of being uptight, but she has her own quirks that are often played for comedy. In "Too Many Birthdays" she goes right from talking about how they might be too mature for birthday parties to getting into a fistfight with Amethyst, and her problem with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX82GGq1l74 Amethyst's plan to build a moat and be the crocodile is that Amethyst always says she'll be the crocodile but never commits]]. She also completely defeats the purpose of Steven's chore wheel by crossing out the other three names and writing her own over them -- ''but leaving the wheel up.''
* Rebecca Cunningham of ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'', though somewhat WomenAreWiser and more educated than Baloo, shared his ego and stubbornness as well as lacking the latter's streetwise aspects and thus fell into this trope a frequent amount of times. Sometimes even he could be surprised how [[CloudCuckooLander out of her mind]] Rebecca acted at times.
-->'''Rebecca''': Face it Baloo, you're too gullible, [[TemptingFate I would never fall for something like that, no possible way...]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'', the typically serious Splinter occasionally cracks a joke, often as part of an EverybodyLaughsEnding.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** Robin usually tends to be the straight laced leader of the Titans, akin to [[Franchise/{{Batman}} his father]], but is still a normal teenager at heart. Various episodes show him to be just as awkward, or goofy as the rest of the titans.
** The Titan for this trope is Raven. TheStoic DarkActionGirl, most frequently the OnlySaneMan. And yet, when Robin was off training, the other Titans managed to make her suit up in Robin's uniform. "You know you want to" indeed. Also, in "Stranded", Raven is separated from the other Titans--who are each put into groups of two as they deal with being lost on an alien planet--and runs into a tribe of tiny, harmless aliens who insist that she not leave. By the end of the episode they've given her the typical tribal goddess schtick, feeding her grapes and giving her a massage on a comfy pillow, and Raven is just ''loving'' it.
*** Raven gets even worse in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''. Her room is full of dark magicky things, she tries her best not to smile... yet she just adores "[[MyLittlePhony Pretty Pretty Pegasus]]", a ''My Little Pony'' Expy.
* The older wiser engines of Sodor tend to get hit with this in later seasons of ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine''. Toby and Edward in particular have shown frequent self esteem issues, and are sometimes left in such a pitiful state that the younger engines they previously mentored have to bail them out.
* A dark and twisted version of this happens in the infamous ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' cartoon "WesternAnimation/BlueCatBlues", where Jerry watches a heartbroken Tom sitting on the train tracks waiting to be run over because the love of his life married someone else and Jerry appears to be in a stable relationship. Then Jerry sees his girl marrying another mouse and sits down on the tracks next to Tom.
* Despite how Jerry is the head of [=WOOHP=] and technically Clover, Alex, and Sam's boss in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', there are several times when he shows he's still capable of making the same mistakes they do even though he'll sometimes get exasperated with them whenever they act immature.
** The first indicator is the amusement he shows in the unorthodox and rather insane ways he gets the girls into his office, often followed by some pun depending on their unwilling mode of transportation.
** The second indicator is when he'll fall victim to whatever scheme the VillainOfTheWeek is enacting just like one of the girls would despite how his [[IdiotBall years of spying experience should tell him better]].
** Out of the three girls (and sometimes even Jerry) Sam is usually the OnlySaneMan and TheSmartGirl, though there are several points her intellect gets to her ego or she has an irresponsible streak like Alex and Clover, most often when it's her turn to hold the DistressBall.
* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'': Even the most straight laced of the defenders of the universe have their moments where they get involved in their teammates' antics.
** Keith is usually the brooding loner, but he's seen fooling around with Hunk at the dinner party.
** Pidge once chided Lance for wasting his time at a store that sells Earth memorabilia while they were looking for supplies, then joined him when finding out said store sells retro game consoles.
** As serious-minded as Allura is, she wanted to go shopping for something sparkly when they stopped for said supplies, then pouted when Coran forbade her.
** Shiro is the most serious of his group, but lets his fun side out at times, from joining his friends in a snowball fight to getting them stop making laser sound effects until "correcting" them.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Cats. [[CatsAreSuperior Some are so snooty that they are basically arrogance embodied]], but shake the treat bag and watch even the snootiest of cats break down and start begging.
* In what is the positive contrast to {{GIFT}}, the internet's anonymity allows for pretty much anyone to be this. Someone might be too stoic or shy to let loose in real life, but give them a screen name and let them loose on a fansite for something they're really into and watch them {{Squee}} about their interest with the best of them.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7On2XsuSDY This video]] tells the story of the time when this [=YouTuber=] got raided by the FBI (don't worry, he was not involved in the crime) and find out that the Feds may not be as serious as one might depict them in media.
* Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has a reputation for calm, even-keeled, bipartisan governance and is generally considered to be an eminently sensible, dignified person... a perception which unfortunately omits her rather passionate love for the Minnesota Vikings football team and tendency to do things like tell a biased and possibly unconstitutional government committee to [[https://twitter.com/amyklobuchar/status/881928034525360129 go jump in Lake Superior]]. Naturally, these only make her ''more'' beloved to her constituents.