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* Shinagawa from ''AskDrRin''.
* Helen from ''{{Claymore}}'': the sole humorous character in this very dark series. Indulging in everything from [[BigEater over-eating]] to HypocriticalHumor, including a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine with [[TheStoic uber-stoic]] Deneve and on one memorable occasion actually [[BestBeerEver getting drunk]].
* Shiro Kabuto from ''Anime/MazingerZ'' and ''Anime/GreatMazinger''. Although he is smarter than he looks and he can be an BadassAdorable, he often provides comic relief, or by pulling TooDumbToLive stunts or by being a DeadpanSnarker and the voice of reason.
** Boss and the remainder of TheTeamNormal also were Plucky Comic Relief characters. Boss even lampshaded is in one ''Anime/GreatMazinger'', wondering why he must be the Plucky Comic Relief.
* In the last episode of ''{{Slayers}} NEXT'', Lina concludes that the only reason Martina survived the confrontation with the BigBad was because she is the Plucky Comic Relief character.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' features a Britannia comic relief, Rivalz Cardemonde and a Japanese comic relief, Shinichiro Tamaki. Lelouch can confirm that. He's been around both of 'em. Rivalz' friend Lelouch Lamperouge by day, Tamaki's idol, Zero by night.
* Uzura in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' spends much of the second season filling this role, although she has a few plot-important moments towards the end and is never quite able to stay completely detached from the action.
* Shiho from ''{{Mai-Otome}}''. Though some of her antics are usually the cause of (or contribute to) the problem of the day in early episodes, she becomes surprisingly effective near the end, while retaining her goofy madness.
* ''Manga/DeathNote''
** Matsuda. [[BewareTheNiceOnes Until the last episode]].
** Misa Amane. Indeed she and Matsuda were the only characters who used most of the "sillier" anime tropes, like puffy cheeks, {{Face Fault}}s and, at one point, repeatedly hitting Light on the chest with Looney Toons sound effects).
** [[{{Shinigami}} Ryuk]]. He makes off-hand humorous comments that usually involve apples even during the most serious scenes, and almost always chuckles loudly at any new plot or character development that occurs.
* ''{{Berserk}}'': Puck and Isidro apparently exist in part to keep the work from collapsing under its own cynicism during the darker stretches of the series.
* Bat in ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' was the plucky comic relief sidekick until the TimeSkip, where he TookALevelInBadass.
* Sena in ''CrossGame''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Rock Lee and Might Guy, without a doubt.
** Tobi also played this role in the Akatsuki [[spoiler:[[TheReveal at least until he is revealed to be THE]] BigBad, Obito Uchiha]].
* Smith from ''GingaNagareboshiGin'' who evolves into a CoolOldGuy in ''GingaDensetsuWeed''.
** GB, a LovableCoward, follows in his footsteps in said sequel.
* Gomamon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has a villan version in [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Blastmon]].
** [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Bokomon & Neemon]] in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''.
* Isaac and Miria, the [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} very]], ''[[TheDitz very]]'' out-of-it OutlawCouple of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}!''. [[TheFool They also miraculously avoid injury beyond paper-cut level on a regular basis]] in a show with [[{{Gorn}} a violence rating and body count of a typical Quentin Tarantino film]]. The lone exception to this is one heavily-bleeding cut Isaac acquires on his while saving Czeslaw, [[spoiler:which reveals their [[{{Immortality}} less-than-mortal]] nature to the boy when it immediately [[HealingFactor stitches itself up]]]].
* Sailor Chibi Moon in the ''Anime/SailorMoon'' anime. Her Pink Sugar Heart Attack rarely worked, and it was pathetically weak. This is in contrast to the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] where it actually does work well on a regular basis.
* Yaya Yuiki from ''ShugoChara''.
* ''DarkerThanBlack'':
** The CluelessDetective duo. They tend to only be involved with whatever SpyVersusSpy craziness is going on tangentially and accidentally, and their NonStandardCharacterDesign and use of anime effects like CrossPoppingVeins and BlueWithShock in a show that mostly uses a more realistic style makes it clear that they aren't to be taken seriously.
** Saito of the Japanese police. He's kind of like Matsuda in that he's a member of a special taskforce with a tendency toward humorous bumbling (Saito has twice been shown using his own name when undercover), and his unrequited crush on [[FairCop Kirihara]] is played for laughs. He's also something of a CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass, which makes sense, as he's a {{muggle}} who has regularly been up against super-powered sociopaths and has survived.
* Naoki from ''{{NANA}}'' fits this trope particularly well: Despite all the drama that goes on in the series, he is oddly immune to it and (in present time) seemingly oblivious. The writer herself admits that he was written to round out the two rival bands in the story -- in essence, he's a throwaway character with no real backstory -- but he usually ends up being used as MrExposition in side stories.
* When he's not being a BadAss, or the resident ButtMonkey (yes, he's actually both), Jun Manjoume of ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' tends to be this, especially when it comes to his [[AllLoveIsUnrequited hilarious crush]] on Asuka or when his [[SmallAnnoyingCreature spirit partners]] are involved.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Up until recently, Keigo Asano fit this trope.
** Don Kanonji, too.
** And Kon!
* ''{{Kanon}}'': Jun Kitagawa.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': [[ButtMonkey Sunohara Youhei]], {{Expy}} of Jun Kitagawa.
* Jackie Gudelhian from ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' serves as this in the series. He often gets into fights with his partner and rival Heinel, which is often a major source of comedy in the series.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Misato Katsuragi]] and her pet [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Pen-Pen]] in the otherwise quite dark anime ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' count as this. Pen-Pen considerably more than Misato, it has to be said. [[spoiler: [[ShooOutTheClowns When Pen-Pen leaves]], you know that the series has given up on plucky comic antics altogether and has now [[MoodWhiplash completely moved into depressing]] territory.]]
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Bucky and Pauly Cracker]] from ''KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Ueda in ''JapanInc''.
* Alielle from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
* Played with in the "Film Noir" episode of ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]''. Getting shot turns you into a chibified comic relief character. Pluckyness varies.
* Pedro and Sancho in Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold.
* Sasha "[[FanNickname Potato Girl]]" Brauss of ''Manga/AttackOnTitan''. In a series set in a near hopeless war against towering, man eating monsters, she's the resident goofball, with an [[BigEater appetite]] about as big as the Colossal Titan.
** Hanji Zoe, considering how she is an eccentric MadScientist and has an unhealthy appreciation for Titans. But as the series continues, we are reminded just ''why'' she is a Squad Leader and senior officer in the Survey Corps.
* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas llamas]] being plucky comedy reliefs seems to be their entire species schtick.
* Krillin is given this role in pretty much every ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' Movie he is in, the most famous case of him playing this role was in the ''Super Android 13'' movie. [[HumiliationConga In that movie he was beaten up by Chi-Chi, clonked his head twice, had hot coffee spilled on his head, had his face fried by a stray energy bolt, had a large pile of snow dumped on him, had Vegeta sent flying into him, slipped and skidded past the main villain when he was about to attack him and was humiliated in the hospital]].
-->'''Krillin''':[[LampshadeHanging "Why do these things always happen to me?"]]
* ''JojosBizarreAdventure'' At least one for each part (save Phantom Blood)
** Battle Tendency: The Jojo of this part, Joseph Joestar himself works also a the comic relief, showing a hot-head and careless behavior that leads him to awkward situations such as when [[spoiler:he greeted in a playful way an inmortal millenary man who just recently slaughtered a bunch of Nazis]].
** Stardust Crusaders: Several, the already mentioned Joseph Joestar getting in awkward situations. Jean Pierre Polnareff a french who is afraid of egyptian W.C. and more than once find himself in a life/dead situation that involves a W.C. Hol Horse, a servant of Dio who pursue the party, at first serious business, later comic relief.
** Diamond is Unbreakable/Diamond is not Crash: Okuyasu Nijimura a school delinquent that claims not to be a smart person, and this is demostrated numerous times.
** Vento Aureo: Narancia Ghirga who despite being two years older than the main characted displays a very childish behavior that match his appearance. Also Guido Mista when the number 4 is involved.
** Stone Ocean: Foo Fighters, being in real [[spoiler:a bunch of plankton taking the form of a girl]] pretty much thinks that prison is a fun place. Narciso Annasui who later becomes the main comic relief as being madly in love with Jolyne, he is not afraid to express it in front of her only to be received by a fist.
** STEEL BALL RUN: The deuteragonist Gyro Zeppeli, while not being the serious cool guy he spend times planning bad jokes and songs that Johnny [[SarcasmMode gladly receives ]].
** Jojolion: Joushuu Higashikata appears to be this, on his case is creepy though.
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