%%* Shinagawa from ''Manga/AskDrRin''.
* In ''Manga/AnimalLand'', [[EverythingsBetterWithLlamas llamas]] being plucky comedy reliefs seems to be their entire species schtick.
* 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.
** Connie runs a close second behind her, and is often paired with Sasha for comic moments. In a series where named characters die in handfuls every arc, they were also planned to be killed as the series progressed, but were spared by their popularity and editor warnings.
** 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.
* 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]]]].
* ''Manga/{{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.
%%* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
%%** Up until recently, Keigo Asano fit this trope.
%%** Don Kanonji, too.
%%** And Kon!
* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': [[ButtMonkey Sunohara Youhei]], {{Expy}} of Jun Kitagawa.
* Helen from ''Manga/{{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]].
* ''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.
%%* Sena in ''Manga/CrossGame''.
* ''Anime/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.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** Matsuda. [[spoiler: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Until]] [[UnstoppableRage the]] [[BrokenPedestal last]] [[BreakTheCutie 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.
* Gomamon from ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}''.
** ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' has a villan version in [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Blastmon]].
** [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Bokomon & Neemon]] in ''Anime/DigimonFrontier''.
* 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 where 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?"]]
** Mr. Satan/Hercule is mostly treated as a joke, and his main purpose is to act like a grandiose idiot, get beaten up by villains, and be the FakeUltimateHero. However, he ''does'' prove to be useful on several occasions thanks to, essentially, [[GuileHero being very good at PR.]] Despite being comic relief who wouldn't last five seconds in any major fight, he's notable for both managing to contribute to saving the universe from Majin Buu and being the ''only'' character to survive the entirety of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' without [[DeathIsCheap dying once.]]
%%* Alielle from ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld''.
* Bat in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' was the plucky comic relief sidekick until the TimeSkip, where he TookALevelInBadass.
* 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.
* Smith from ''Manga/GingaNagareboshiGin'' who evolves into a CoolOldGuy in ''Anime/GingaDensetsuWeed''.
** GB, a LovableCoward, follows in his footsteps in said sequel.
%%* Ueda in ''Manga/JapanInc''.
* ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'' has at least one for each part (save ''Phantom Blood'').
** ''Battle Tendency'': The Jojo of this part, Joseph Joestar himself also works as the comic relief, showing a lot of hot-headed and careless behavior that leads him to awkward situations such as when he [[spoiler:playfully greeted an immortal who just slaughtered a bunch of Nazis]].
** ''Stardust Crusaders'': Several, the already mentioned Joseph Joestar getting in awkward situations. Jean Pierre Polnareff, a Frenchman who has bathroom problems and more than once finds himself in a life or death situation that involves a toilet. Also, Hol Horse, a servant of Dio who pursues the party. At first serious business, later comic relief.
** ''Diamond is Unbreakable'' / ''Diamond is not Crash'': Okuyasu Nijimura is a school delinquent that claims not to be a smart person, and demonstrates it numerous times.
** ''Vento Aureo'': Narancia Ghirga who, despite being two years older than the main character, displays a very childish behavior that matches his appearance. Also Guido Mista when the number 4 is involved.
** ''Stone Ocean'': Foo Fighters[[spoiler:, being a bunch of plankton taking the form of a girl,]] 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 despite her general disinterest or obliviousness.
** ''Steel Ball Run'': The deuteragonist Gyro Zeppeli, when he's not busy being the serious cool guy spends his time planning bad jokes and songs that Johnny [[SarcasmMode really finds clever]].
%%* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'': Jun Kitagawa.
%%* Mako Mankanshoku from ''Anime/KillLaKill''.
%%* [[ThoseTwoGuys Bucky and Pauly Cracker]] from ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Played with in the "Film Noir" episode of ''Anime/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi''. Getting shot turns you into a chibified comic relief character. Pluckyness varies.
* Shiho from ''Anime/MaiOtome''. 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.
* 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 ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamOO'', this is literally Patrick Colasour's primary role. Every battle he's in, he gets shot down, usually by a Gundam, yet unlike most other characters, he survives every time, earning him the nickname "The Immortal Colasour". ''And he's considered the best pilot in Europe!''
** He's also loyal to a fault, as shown when the UN-Armed Forces ''abandons him'' in the middle of the Taklamakan Desert after his AEU Enact was shot down and everyone assumed he was dead. He ''still'' returned to the base as if nothing had happened a few days later.
* Minoru Mineta from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' is literally a Plucky Comic Relief, as in, his powers revolve around plucking sticky berries from his hair.
%%* Pedro and Sancho in ''Anime/TheMysteriousCitiesOfGold''.
* Naoki from ''Manga/{{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.
* [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Misato Katsuragi]], her pet [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins Pen-Pen]], and [[HotBlooded Asuka]] [[LargeHam Langley]] [[TheMcCoy Soryu]] in the otherwise quite dark anime ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' count as this. Pen-Pen considerably more than Misato and Asuka, 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.]]
* ''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]].
* 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.
* 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.
%%** Giurio Umino.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' gives us Chocolove, who pretty much tries to invoke this because he wants to be a comedian. Ironically, his humor comes from the fact that his jokes ''aren't'' funny. He's also fairly useful, unlike some other examples.
%%* Yaya Yuiki from ''Manga/ShugoChara''.
* In the last episode of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}} NEXT'', Lina concludes that the only reason Martina survived the confrontation with the BigBad was because she is the Plucky Comic Relief character.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has several, all of which become serious once the tragic final arc begins.
** Enji Koma, the goofy-looking head waiter of Anteiku. He's primarily there as a ButtMonkey, getting no respect from his peers as he waxes nostalgic about his glory days. [[spoiler: He comes out of retirement, proving to be a DeathSeeker out to atone for his bloody past. It is left unclear whether or not he died during the last stand at V14]].
** Seidou Takizawa, the easily-excited and jealous junior Investigator. He spends most of the series getting picked on, embarrassing himself while drunk, or otherwise being the ButtMonkey around the office. [[spoiler: He has up performing a HeroicSacrifice, and is presumed dead after being maimed by Noro. The sequel, however, reveals him to have survived as a deranged Half-Ghoul]].
* 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.