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[[caption-width-right:350:Now just do that with 50 different jokes and you got a ''Manzai'' act![[note]]Most Manzai isn't translatable into English because this is what you get. In this case, 'kobushi' is both a form in Enka singing and a JapanesePopMusic group, but DontExplainTheJoke quickly kicks in...[[/note]]]]

Called ''manzai'' in Japanese, this is a kind of StraightManAndWiseGuy duo, but it's also the interaction between two characters who constantly play off each other. The ''tsukkomi'' is the StraightMan of the pair, roughly, while the ''boke'' is more or less the Wise Guy -- but it's not an ''exact'' match. The act usually involves the duo having a conversation on some subject, with the ''tsukkomi'' trying to correct the ''boke''[='=]s misconceptions; the ''tsukkomi'' will sometimes try to have his partner act out a scene with him in order to help make his point. The ''boke'', meanwhile, sets up the gags by [[ComicallyMissingThePoint getting everything completely wrong]], either because he's a moron or because he's being a smartass to the ''tsukkomi''. Every line of conversation repeatedly leads up to the ''boke'' saying or doing something unbelievably stupid, at which point the ''tsukkomi'' will finally lose his patience and DopeSlap him; a good manzai act needs both halves of the duo to be funny, both for the ''boke''[='=]s idiocy and the ''tsukkomi''[='=]s short temper.

It is common in Osaka so normally both members of the comedy duo will speak in [[KansaiRegionalAccent Kansai-ben]]. Frequently, manzai teams will dress in one of two ways: 1) similarly tailored outfits with complementary color schemes; 2) one (usually the ''boke'') wears casual clothes, and the other (usually the ''tsukkomi'') a respectable business suit. Ironically, the most famous ''manzai'' duo of all time, [[Series/GakiNoTsukaiYaArahende Downtown]], reversed this -- Hitoshi Matsumoto, the ''boke'', always wears a suit and tie (albeit with the tie tucked neatly into his trousers), and Masatoshi Hamada, the ''tsukkomi'', always wears something casual. (They're also pretty much single-handedly responsible for the equation of Kansai-ben with funny characters.)

When the characters do this ''purposely'' to impress, it's not supposed to be very funny and no one will laugh, despite good intentions. When someone is the ''tsukkomi'' for an entire cast, they're probably also the OnlySaneMan. When someone is a ''boke'' for the whole cast, they're probably also a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. Do not be surprised in a show with a large cast if one character is ''boke'' to one person and ''tsukkomi'' to another.

On a side note, this routine was (and sometimes still is) very popular in Russian live comedy shows, where it is universally known as 'White Clown/Red Clown' skit, with the latter playing role of ''boke'' and former being ''tsukkomi''.

Can be ThoseTwoGuys. Compare RightWayWrongWayPair.



* Lampshaded in the Japanese version of the ''Mac & PC'' commercials. By maintaining the outfits from the US version, Mac has inadvertently become a casual-clad Tsukkomi while PC is the formal-wearing Boke. Given that these two actors form the comedy group Rahmens, this may have been deliberate. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVsvj77pgyE A few of them can be seen here.]]

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SketDance'' is one giant Shonen-style boke and tsukkomi routine, quite arguably. Although all of the Sket Trio can be any of the two roles depending on the situation, Bossun and Himeko are able to pull off this act ''masterfully'', even when in their everyday interactions with each other.
** Chiaki Takahasi pointed this out when Bossun met Himeko for the first time.
** In one chapter, Bossun and Himeko partnered up on the spot during the closing round of a live Manzai contest. [[spoiler:Their flawless performance eventually gave them the win against their cheating opponent]].
** Himeko once participated in a TV show pitting two pro or amateur comedians against each other in an "all-out tsukkomi clash", delivering line after line of loud comedic reactions to see who was the superior [[StraightMan tsukkomi]].
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is basically a series of boke and tsukkomi routine. The characters even describe their own interactions as such.
* In a typical bit of self-reference, Haré in ''Anime/HareGuu'' said that, since he is the show's ''Tsukkomi'', he is not good at telling funny stories.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' of all places have this. [[spoiler:And it was done during the DefrostingIceQueen episode for Nene...with Akari.]]
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Kasumi occasionally tries to pull off a sequence of these jokes playing both parts herself.
* Shows up in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' quite often.
** Tomo occasionally demands to be the "boke" to an utterly unsuited Osaka's tsukkomi, and Yomi (who is eminently suited) has played that part at least once.
** Osaka was once asked to do this with Miss Yukari, and was asked which person should take which part. She asked Yukari to be the boke, prompting Yukari to bop her. As Yomi stated, "So it begins..."
** Chiyo unintentionally acts as the tsukkomi to Tomo once, and gets berated by her and Osaka for doing so.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' does this in the PostEpisodeTrailer a couple of times.
* Megumi and Miki in ''Manga/CheekyAngel'' frequently refer to Souga as "boke", and there are several joking references to Megumi being his tsukkomi, including an actual {{Hyperspace Mallet}}ing with the PaperFanOfDoom.
* Saki's willingness to be the ''Manga/{{Genshiken}} tsukkomi'' is treated as a RunningGag throughout the series. In the manga, the Genshiken members even make her a PaperFanOfDoom.
* On ''Manga/SgtFrog'', Natsumi frequently refers to Keroro as ''boke-gaeru'' (usually translated as "stupid frog"). Episode 18 of the series involves Natsumi being [[OvernightAgeUp turned into an adult]] and given a KansaiRegionalAccent by Kururu's latest inventions, so she can perform ''manzai'' in a beauty pageant/comedy contest.
* In the "Tower of Terror" episode of ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', the Ghost Pokemon trio (Gastly, Haunter, and Gengar) are first seen watching such a routine on TV.
** In the Diamond and Pearl saga of the ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' manga, the goal of the two main characters is not to be great Pokemon trainers, but to be great ''manzai'' performers. They take a chance to practice their act in every chapter.
** When Team Rocket accidentally capture Brock's Lombre (they were aiming for a Mawile), Wobbuffet appears to Lombre and they do a bunch of random slapstick skits in the process, all in PokemonSpeak. Funnily enough, it was Wobbuffet, the biggest idiot in Team Rocket, who was playing the ''tsukkomi''. What does Meowth have to say? "A really bad comedy routine".
* LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya:
** Haruhi's and Kyon's actions toward one another appear to be a version of this comedy routine, at least in the first season and first light novel. Haruhi makes some outlandish remark, and Kyon comments on how it doesn't makes sense, often to himself or someone else.
** Playing on the AnachronicOrder in which the ''Melancholy'' episodes were first broadcast, the next-episode announcements at the end of each show of the first season were a compressed boke-tsukkomi exchange between Haruhi (giving the number of the episode in chronological order) and Kyon ("correcting" the number according to the broadcast order and stating the episode title).
** Emphasized even more in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', since in this particular series, every character undergoes intentional {{Flanderization}}.
*** Haruhi-chan gives us a second duo in Yuki-chan and Achakura. Yuki is the Boke by the way.
* Rina and Ranfa do an impromptu boke and tsukkomi routine when they run into each other in a ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' episode.
* The premise of ''Manga/LovelyComplex'' is the budding romance between HugeSchoolgirl Risa and TheNapoleon Ootani, who has trouble seeing Risa as anything more than his partner in their boke and tsukkomi routine. [[LampshadeHanging Everyone calls them "All Hanshin-Kyojin,"]] after a famous tall & short ''manzai'' comedy duo, and the show even takes place in Sakai, Osaka with everyone speaking in a KansaiRegionalAccent, just to drive it home.
* In an episode of ''Anime/KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'', Kaede entertains guests at a victory party by performing both parts of the routine with herself as the tsukkomi and Blanche as the boke.
* [[TheIdiotFromOsaka Aizawa Sakuya]] from ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' more or less views life as a non-stop series of gags and comedy routines, frequently treating the unwitting Hayate as the boke and viciously assaulting him for any number of completely nonsensical reasons (mainly for being really bad at being a boke) whenever she makes an appearance. Her antics, in turn, often set ''her'' up for the boke role whenever Nagi is nearby, who answers attacks on Hayate in the name of comedy in kind.
* In ''Manga/GetBackers,'' Emishi and Amon pull off a number of these. (The first involves Emishi trying to describe the appearance, by comparing her to various celebrities, of a woman he's never met; in the second he insists on the existence of "stomach trilobites" to the point of drawing one on his abs in marker...)
* Kunogi Himawari of ''Manga/XxxHolic'' misinterprets Doumeki and Watanuki's constant arguments as an attempt to be a humorous Boke and Tsukkomi team.
* ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** Doubles partners Hikaru "Dabide" Amane and Harukaze "Bane-san" Kurobane from Rokkaku frequently pull these off. More often than not, ''boke'' Dabide makes some rather bad word puns, and ''tsukkomi'' Bane kicks him ''on the head'' as a punishment. That even happens during matches, where Bane [[ArmorPiercingSlap slaps]] Dabide across the face if he's slacking.
** In the Senbatsu arc of the anime, Amane is paired up with Oshitari (who ''is'' an Osaka native) in doubles. He attempts to pull the other into a similar dynamics...only to make the always calm Oshitari [[DudeNotFunny lose]] [[BerserkButton his]] [[BewareTheNiceOnes temper]]. It's theorised, however, that Oshitari ''may'' not be ''that'' upset, just playing the ''tsukkomi'' role relaying on verbal insults rather than physical violence.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** Ishida and Pesche did this when they were forced to team up. Pesche is [[RuleOfFunny acting stupid on purpose, though]].
** Less explicitly, there's also Hitsugaya to Matsumoto, Sui-Feng to Omaeda, Ichigo to Kon (with Rukia), to his Dad (with Karin), to Keigo, to Urahara, and to Nel, Hiyori to Shinji & vice versa, Nanao to Kyouraku, Maki-Maki to Yachiru, etc., etc. With so many characters, it's no surprise there's a lot ''manzai'' duos in ''Bleach''.
** In ''Souls,'' the ''Bleach'' character book (for the manga), a short omake chapter has Mayuri Kurotschi discussing this with Nemu, while both wear stand-up comedian suits -- however, Kurotschi is taking "tsukkomi" in its alternate Japanese meaning of the verb "to stab" and is apparently looking forward to the part where he gets to stab Nemu. Then again, this '''is''' [[SociopathicHero Mayuri]] [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Kurotsuchi]] we're talking about; he doesn't seem content to produce anything less than half of the horrors in the entire series.
** Around the time Ichigo first used his Bankai, one {{Omake}} held a manzai routine with Ichigo as the straight man and Ganju, Orihime and possibly someone else as the comic counterpart. The entire think was based off of similar sounding words to Bankai and manzai (such as banzai and sempai), in sentences that are worded so as to be self-referential humor and correct. Surprisingly, this skit of Japanese wordplay ''was'' brought over in the dub. The important words were explained in a series of rapid-fire notes, but left untranslated.
** This series loves it enough to use it in a 100 year flashback. Both Shinji and Urahara with Hiyori, Kensei with Mashiro (which continues in the present), and Shinji with [[spoiler:Aizen]].
* The wannabe comedy duo in ''Anime/AkahoriGedouHourLovege'', Love Pheromone, are a straightforward example of this. Mostly.
* Franchise/PrettyCure:
** The relationship between best friends Nozomi and Rin in ''Anime/YesPrettyCure5'' is not unlike that of a boke and tsukkomi routine. Nozomi is an [[TheDitz optimistic idiot]] who is always trying to [[JumpedAtTheCall Jump At The Call]] while Rin is a [[GrumpyBear sensible realist]] who always points out the gaping flaws in Nozomi's plans. Usually along the lines of:
--->'''Nozomi:''' I want to do [activity]!\\
'''Rin:''' You were kicked out of the school's [activity] club after three days.\\
'''Nozomi:''' You don't have to mention ''that!''
** Later, [[TheCameo an actual manzai duo]], named Audrey, guest-stars in one episode of ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure''.
** {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in episode 17 of ''Anime/SmilePrettyCure''. The entire main cast signs up to act in the manzai contest with two tsukkomis and three bokes (one of them being TheComicallySerious to the point where she has NoSenseOfHumor) just acting their normal selves. '''Nothing''' goes AllAccordingToPlan between all the mistimed punchlines, so [[CuteClumsyGirl Miyuki]] calls a timeout only to trip on her way off stage. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akm2PFAcH-0 Can be seen here, beginning at the 50-second mark]].
* In ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', HotBlooded Tasuki and his best friend Kouji go into these sometimes.
* Maria in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' once spent far too long time watching Boke and Tsukkomi and started slapping people who were looking dazy...''on the first day after New Years Eve!!''
** Not to mention she tended to make people ATwinkleInTheSky...And then, because it's that kind of show, she joined a secret Boke and Tsukommi ''underground political organization'' [[note]]They were partly that, but they also represent far right-wing Japanese ultra-nationalists, who complain about Japan's "peacetime boke" (in comparison to its [[UsefulNotes/ImperialJapan earlier attitude)]][[/note]].
* When she returns from Japan in ''Anime/KaleidoStar'', Sora gives Anna a set of manzai props (a PaperFanOfDoom and an idiot mask) as a souvenir. Anna then immediately tries to get Ken to play boke to her tsukkomi. Ken is not thrilled by the idea.
* Very common in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', mostly due to lead girl Asuna's [[ImprobableWeaponUser weaponized]] PaperFanOfDoom. Setsuna also seems to be able to convert her tanto weapon to a fan at will whenever she wants to DopeSlap someone (specifically Chao whenever she makes a SarcasticConfession about her many [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot affiliations]]).
** And then there's Chisame, who wishes she could give everything the tsukkomi treatment so very, very badly.
*** Chisame takes on this role physically when dealing with [[CrazyAwesome Jack Rakan]] although most of the time its usually a knee to the face instead of an actual fan [[spoiler:(He could take a Nuke and probably not feel it)]]. They make [[spoiler:(made)]] a very good team.
** In Akamatsu's earlier work ''Manga/LoveHina'', Mutsumi's...different way of thinking is based on the idiot half, with Naru or Keitaro providing the straight man's reaction.
* In episode 7 of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', two female classmates of Usagi's develop this act for a talent show, which turns out to be set up by the Dark Kingdom to harvest the LifeEnergy of aspiring stars.
* In ''[[Anime/OjamajoDoremi Motto! Ojamajo Doremi]]'', former SOS Trio member Sugiyama forms this act with straight-A student Ogura as rivals to the new Trio. Helped along by Aiko (who's from Osaka), Momoko finds them as stupidly hilarious as Hazuki does for the other team
* In ''Manga/LoveRoma'', [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Hoshino's]] relationship with his girlfriend [[{{Tsundere}} Negishi]] mainly consists of him saying or doing something stupid and her [[DopeSlap slapping him for it.]] In one scene he mentions their romance is like a boke and tsukkomi routine. She's about to agree, when he mentions he's the tsukkomi and she's the boke.
-->'''Negishi:''' *thinking* ''I'm'' the boke?!
* Break and Sharon have elements of this in ''Manga/PandoraHearts''.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' features this in an omake, which has [[MafiaPrincess Yukio]] and her classmate rehearsing a manzai for school, though the classmate is clueless. Yukio's bodyguard Ginji has two members of the [[{{Yakuza}} Washimine group]] perform an example, but when it's time for the ''tsukkomi'' to smack his partner, he actually clocks him hard enough to knock him down. Unfortunately, the ''boke'' is of a much higher rank in the clan and punishes his subordinate off-screen with knuckle dusters. Disturbingly, Yukio is quite amused, and Ginji thinks that's how Manzai is supposed to go. Later the police arrest the whole lot, and it's revealed Yukio's partner attacked her with a crowbar in the middle of practice because she feared that the act would get violent again.
* In a strange example from ''Manga/TheLawOfUeki+'', this trope is actually part of a character's DarkAndTroubledPast, where he was badly injured while practicing one of these routines and his partner left the city without him, so he stopped believing in friendship. This character is otherwise completely serious, and upon the other characters being told about this, they decide to proceed to use BrainBleach.
* A brother-sister variation occurs in ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'' with Jun (serious big sis) and Jinpei (smartass kid).
* ''Manga/BGataHKei'' is essentially one big manzai routine between Yamada and her best friend Takeshita. Whenever Yamada bugs her best friend about something sex-related, Takeshita is there to smack her (verbally and/or physically).
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'s'' often odd dialogue centers around the main character Araragi as the tsukkomi and the other person in the conversation as the boke. Whether or not the boke is acting as such intentionally is a matter of debate.
* Koganei (a newscaster) and Amasawa (a weatherman) from ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' have a strong manzai dynamic together which creates much of the appeal of their program, as the audience is waiting for the moment Koganei will crack.
* ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' has a notable gender-flip of male-on-female variant played for laughs the same way it would if female-on-male. {{Tsundere}} Chiaki often resorts to violence {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Nodame does something that annoys him. Nodame herself even [[LampshadeHanging admits]] to playing up the role since Chiaki is the perfect StraightMan.
* In an early episode of ''Anime/FushigiboshiNoFutagohime Gyu!'', Fine and Rein meet a girl named Lemon who comes from a [[PlanetOfHats planet where everyone is into comedy]], and wants to team up with them for a manzai act. She tries to be the boke, even though she's more suited to be the tsukkomi, and eventually she tells them that she quit being a tsukkomi after she hit her brother (her old partner) so hard that he fell unconscious and quit comedy for good. Later, her brother confesses that he didn't actually faint, he just realized that he couldn't be a good enough boke for her, so he stayed down.
* This is a good part of ''Manga/OnePiece'''s humor. A character will say or do something completely absurd and act like it's no big deal, while someone else will flip out. About half the crew tends toward one side and the other half to the other, so even when the crew splits up, each subgroup will almost invariably contain characters with a tendency toward ''boke'' reactions and at least one ''tsukkomi''. A more literal example would be the interaction between ''Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld's'' GodCreatedCanonForeigner villains Shiki and Dr. Indigo, who, apparently, have been doing it over 20 years ago.
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' has this as a lot of it's humor. Hiruma tends to play a sneaky boke to his team, though almost everyone the team has their boke moments. Kakei and Mizumachi are this pretty much all the time.
* In ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', Miu is the boke, while her usual tsukkomi is Chika. In one episode, Chika's trying to concentrate on homework, but Miu wants to know who'll be the straight man for her antics. She tries to get Matsuri to play the role instead, but she's too "boring" for it. Her other common tsukkomi is Nobue, Chika's older sister.
* ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' has Mashiro and Sorata, an IdiotSavant and her CloudcuckoolandersMinder, doing the boke and tsukkomi respectively. Many of Sorata and Mashiro conversations end with Sorata freaking over Mashiro's latest outrageous line/act.
* Occasionally happens in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Natsu take the boke role while Gray, Erza or Lucy are the tsukkomi.
* The author calls [[NationsAsPeople England and Japan]] from ''WebComic/AxisPowersHetalia'' this, though adds he's not sure who is the boke and who is the tsukkomi.
* A RunningGag in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'' omake comics has Hayate [[http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/4272/asnano59.jpg being portrayed as a master]] of the Boke and Tsukkomi routine due to having a KansaiDialect.
** In ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT'', an alternate LighterAndSofter continuity, the BigBad of the first season, Precia Testarossa, is the boke, and the BigGood of the first two seasons, Lindy Harlaown, is the tsukkomi. The reason why it works so well is that Precia is both a DotingParent ''and'' AmazinglyEmbarrassingParent, unlike her incredibly monstrous EvilMatriarch portrayal in the original series. While Lindy is a very friendly and nice person who never gets particularly angry in the original series, Precia's various antics and sudden disappearances in their workplace just to see her (cute) daughters pisses Lindy off in this continuity.
*** Hayate can also be count as the boke to Dearche's tsukkomi.
* In ''Manga/{{Yuyushiki}}'', Yuzuko and Yukari act as a dual boke, with Yui as the tsukkomi.
* In one episode of ''Manga/KOn'', Yui and Azusa enter a show on their own, and start their performance with actual ''manzai'', with Yui as the boke, mostly utilizing malapropisms but also by "forgetting" what they were going to play, and Azusa as the fan-wielding tsukkomi, correcting her.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' references this in the second guidebook, referring to BeleagueredAssistant Moblit as the "tsukkomi" to his MadScientist squad leader, Hanji.
* Goku and Kuririn unintentionally do manzai for a crowd in ''Manga/DragonBall'', much to the latter's embarrassment. About three decades later, Vegeta would later become Goku's tsukkomi in ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''.
* This is the major dynamic with the cast of ''Manga/SeitokaiYakuindomo''.
** Usually it's [[TheOneGuy Takatoshi]] to play the tsukkomi of [[StudentCouncilPresident Shino]]'s perverted remarks. [[SchoolNewspaperNewshound Ranko]] even [[LampshadeHanging notes]] that without Takatoshi there to tsukkomi, Shino has no one to play off.
** When Takatoshi [[SickEpisode takes a leave]], Shino or (primarily) [[TeenGenius Suzu]] will take center stage, depending on who's boke.
** Even Suzu makes note of Takatoshi's absence when she's the only one left to take up the role. In an OVA episode, Suzu actually suffers physical and mental fatigue being the designated Tsukkomi when Takatoshi was absent from school for one day from an illness.
** And, after Kotomi enters Ousai, Toki, the only member of the cast without the slightest hint of perversion.
** [[DoesNotLikeMen Kaede]] goes OhCrap when she realizes that because Takatoshi and Suzu are both on their [[SchoolTrip second year trip]]. She has to Tsukkomi for the student council with includes [[TheDitz Kotomi]][[note]]Takatoshi asked his sister Kotomi to take his place while he is out[[/note]].
* One of Creator/JunjiIto's stories (''Ghosts of Golden Time'') features a profoundly unfunny duo who force the audience to laugh via possession, some of them dying from the strain.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Sakura, occasionally Sasuke, tends play the tsukkomi to Naruto's boke.
* ''Manga/{{Yowamushi Pedal}}'': Ashikiba Takuto and Kuroda Yukinari are a BokeAndTsukkomiRoutine duo. Izumida refers to the two as this, asking if they're "done with their manzai act" during a race.

* [[Series/TheSmothersBrothersComedyHour The Smothers Brothers]] made a career out of this.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* One of the welcome surprises resulting from the CrazyAwesome that is ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'' is the Rei-Asuka comedy duo. Rei is the boke, while Asuka, perhaps understandably, thinks "tsukkomi" is some sort of bizarre Japanese perversion and refuses to listen whenever someone attempts to explain it.
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kanae and Kunikida think that Yanagimoto and Taniguchi are trying to invoke this while dating.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'':
** The ''WebAnimation/TouhouM1GrandPrix'' is a long-running manzai competition between the girls of Gensokyo. This is a play on the real-life Autobacs M-1 Grand Prix. The prize for the 3rd iteration was to have the winning pair overwrite Reimu and Marisa as the main characters; [[spoiler: Reimu and Marisa won]].
** Website/YouTube has some {{Fan Vid}}s of ''Touhou'' characters acting out some of these skits. Most memetically pleasing is the one where [[AnimeChineseGirl Hong Meiling]] (playing the Boke) tricks [[SquishyWizard Patchouli]] (unwitting Tsukkomi) into a very embarrassing [[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper Chop Chop Master Onion sequence]].
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvX6eD39qAA The Scarlet Tsukkomi Routine]] has Flandre and Cirno pull a fast one on Remilia by trying to cast Cirno (the ultimate Boke) in the role of a Tsukkomi.
** Yuyuko and Youmu are known to do this in {{canon}}, most infamously in ''Imperishable Night'' where BigEater Yuyuko implies that after defeating Mystia she ''ate'' her. [[spoiler:She didn't.]] While Yuyuko is [[ObfuscatingStupidity just acting]], Youmu isn't. Poor Youmu.
* ''Story/AesirCrossWars'': One of the primary sources of comedy is Azazel (boke) being an idiot or a dick, and Azrael (tsukkomi) commenting sarcastically on it, before the two start bickering.
* ''Literature/TheSpectrumGame'': Azurine is TheDitz, playing the boke. Inigo ''kind of'' plays along as the tsukkomi, but he can be a bit of a GeniusDitz at times. This leaves Silas as the only full-time tsukkomi.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The French live-action movie ''Film/{{Bluebeard}}'' has a scene where the two little girls narrating the story come to the part where the heroine marries Bluebeard... and then they start arguing over what "marriage" means. The younger girl plays the ''boke'' in this bit, while the older girl plays the ''tsukkomi''.

* ''Literature/CodexAlera'' has this dynamic going between High Lords Antillus and Phrygius. Antillus makes remarks that are hilariously self-evident or embarrassingly wrong, Phrygius sighs, rolls his eyes and gives him the ol' DopeSlap. Made even more hilarious by the fact that both men are in their fifties, insanely powerful [[MagicByAnyOtherName furycrafters]] and belong to the top echelon of Alera's political elite.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* [[Series/GakiNoTsukaiYaArahende Downtown]], possibly the most famous manzai duo, could be considered a subversion nowadays, having shifted from the rigid manzai to a more fluid conversational style of humor.
* The Autobacs M-1 Grand Prix is an annual manzai ''tournament'', sponsored by Yoshimoto Kogyo (the largest ''jimusho'' (artist management company) in Japan) and broadcast on Asahi TV. Many of the most prominent Japanese comedians of the last ten years came into the public's eye through their appearances in the competition.
* Takeshi and his advisor Ishikura from Series/TakeshisCastle would often partake in these a boke and tsukkomi routine. Elements of this were retained when the show was turned into the gag dub ''Series/MostExtremeEliminationChallenge''.
* ''Franchise/KamenRider'':
** Yuto and Deneb do this in ''Series/KamenRiderDenO'', though Deneb is more naive than stupid, and Yuto, as a JerkAss, tends to overreact badly.
** More explicitly, the ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' stage musical (yes, it exists) has several imprisoned Riders doing it to kill time. [[Series/KamenRiderKabuto The Hoppers]] (complete with gigantic bowties) try it out, but then, lampshading the Kansai part, ''Den-O'' changes to Ax Form and does a bit alongside [[Series/KamenRiderRyuki Ohja]].
** In the ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'' net movies, Kengo and Wataru practice one of these and [[HilarityEnsues it goes over as well as you'd expect.]]
** Sento and Ryuga in ''Series/KamenRiderBuild''. Sento makes some seemingly funny remarks about the two together, but Ryuga constantly proves Sento wrong.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai''
** In ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'', Ryuunosuke and Genta's interaction borders on this. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] when they actually do a manzai routine to amuse the others at New Year.
** In one episode of ''Series/TensouSentaiGoseiger'' Hyde and Gosei Knight used such an act to cause the MonsterOfTheWeek to laugh, which causes his powers to turn against him. Their biggest problem is that both of these characters lack a sense of humor.
* Shawn and Gus of ''Series/{{Psych}}'', so, so much.
* Jinnai Tomonori performs a variant of this where he takes the role of the Tsukkomi, and the Boke is a malfunctioning or bizarre game, device, or recording. Since this adds a visual side to the comedy, his routines are much easier to translate than many Manzai.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* In the early '90s in the [[Wrestling/{{WWE}} WWF]], this was the schtick of legendary announcer duo of [[Wrestling/BobbyHeenan Bobby "The Brain" Heenan]] and Wrestling/GorillaMonsoon. Together, they were the very first heel/face announcing tandem to do comedy, as opposed to Monsoon's work with the more serious Wrestling/JesseVentura, interacting as much with each other as the action in the ring. Often, the Brain would say something obviously biased or [[BlatantLies obviously untrue]] in support of a hell wrestler, with Monsoon reacting with an exasperated "Will you stop?". In the modern era, it's a formula that's been repeated with Wrestling/MichaelCole and [[Wrestling/JerryLawler Jerry "The King" Lawler]] to varying levels of success, though Cole comes across as much more petulant as a heel announcer, while Lawler doesn't quite have Monsoon's straight-laced gravitas to pull off being the straight man in the routine.
* The tag team of extreme {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, Wrestling/AlSnow and badass martial artist, Wrestling/SteveBlackman. Snow insisted on calling the team Head Cheese, based on the fact that Snow carried a mannequin head around with him and he had Blackman wear a block of cheese on his head.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* The Japanese version of ''Series/SesameStreet'' has two Muppets like this. Bert and Ernie are also known to play this, possibly the best-known Western example.

* Creator/RickyGervais (tsukkomi) and Creator/KarlPilkington (boke) have this exact dynamic in their routines on ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow''. Karl, an "idiot", is brought in and asked to talk about various SeinfeldianConversation topics, which soon derail into [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} total nonsense]], at which point Ricky corrects him by shouting "[[CatchPhrase Don't. Talk. Shit.]]"

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'':
** In ''VideoGame/Persona2: Innocent Sin'', if you have Maya and Yuki contact a demon together, they'll do one of these, with Maya as the boke. Notable example: "Did you know that when a tsunami hits it can send you and your family on a trip?" "That's not what they mean by 'it sends you packing.'" One example, however, is based on misinterpreting Japanese characters:
--->'''Maya:''' Oh, yeah! I was just reminded that I found this interesting dish at a ramen shop!\\
'''Yukino:''' What's so special about it?\\
'''Maya:''' It was "Tonkatsu ramen"! I've never heard of it before. I wonder if anyone would really eat soup with deep-fried pork in it.\\
'''Yukino:''' Er, Maya... I think it was "tonkotsu" ramen.
** In an extra segment for ''VideoGame/Persona3: FES,'' the main character and one of his classmates, Kenji, act out an impromptu comedy routine. The response the player chooses for Kenji's setups determine whether you are a master of Japanese humor or not.
** Also, Jack Frost and Pyro Jack have a fusion spell where they do a Boke and Tsukkomi routine with the effect of [[FaceFault knocking down all enemy shadows]].
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor2'', another ''VideoGame/MegaTen'' game, gives you the option of doing one of these in all Hinako's [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 Fate route]] conversations. The protagonist is the boke, and Hinako (who is from Osaka) cheerfully plays along as the tsukkomi.
* ''Videogame/{{Yakuza}}'':
** In one of the substories for [[VideoGame/Yakuza2 the second game]] and its remake, Kiryu helps a man and his friend get back together for the act after a recent failure. Turns out the problem was that their roles were mixed up; the guy dressed in street clothes tried to be the boke but was the tsukkomi, and his friend who was dressed in a nice suit, which should have been the tsukkomi, was naturally the boke all along.
** One of Haruka's substories in ''[[VideoGame/{{Yakuza5}} Yakuza 5]]'' has her partake in a comedy routine after a duo breaks up. Her partner Haruo is the boke, and being the tsukkomi, she has to respond to each of his lines with the right phrase and timing. She'll occasionally give him a DopeSlap and kick him, and if the player manages to fill the laughter gauge completely, she'll pull a PaperFanOfDoom out of nowhere and smack him with it. Not only does her chapter take place in Osaka, the capitol of this trope, but Haruka is also voiced by Creator/RieKugimiya, aka ''The Queen of Tsundere''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mother 3}}'' features a pair of would-be comedians who practice boke and tsukkomi routines (Their names? [[Creator/AbbottAndCostello Bud and Lou]]), as well as a [[PaperFanOfDoom paper fan]] that lets you [[HealingShiv cure party members of confusion by whacking them on the head]].
* The Hammerhead Brothers from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga''.
* Solt and Peppor from ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' display this kind of interplay during their boss fights. In fact, when we meet their Home World versions, they are doing this routine as a comedy duo on Fargo's ship.
* In an optional minigame when Koh visits the Monsbaiya Theater in ''VideoGame/AzureDreams'', he can be roped into playing the ''tsukkomi'' to one of the regular performers' ''boke''.
* Two birds, a crow and a vulture, perform this as one of the endless minigames in ''VideoGame/RhythmHeaven Fever'', which is appropriately just called Manzai Birds.
** [[NoExportForYou ...But only in the Japanese version.]] The translators found Manzai Birds too pun-riddled and culturally specific to find a way to translate it so they were forced to give up. As a replacement, they included an update of "Mr. Upbeat", a game from the original ''Rhythm Heaven'', in all other versions of ''Fever''.
** The translation of the first game has a reading material where two of the Toss Boys do this as well.
* The UsefulNotes/WiiWare Sega title ''VideoGame/PoleNoDaibouken'' is an unusual example of this: the entire ''game'' is the ''boke'', what with all the weird and zany gags, and the narrator is the ''tsukkomi'' trying to be the foil to all the insanity.
* In ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'', Gala ends up acting as a stand-in in one of these routines. He's quite naive and his religion forbids laughter, so he makes a perfectly clueless boke.
* In ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2'', one of the scenes unlocked by linking with the original Black or White version is Skyla reminiscing about a conversation with Elesa in which the latter was considering changing her image. The examples Elesa gave of how she could become more approachable clearly cast herself in the role of the Boke, although Skyla didn't really get it, and so did not make a very good Tsukkomi.
* In the Japanese [=PS3=] version of ''VideoGame/NiNoKuni'', fairy comedians Smiley and Surly are this kind of comedy duo. (In fact, ''all'' fairies seem to be Kansai-accented comedians to the point where their souls are literally ''made of comedy.'') In the dub, although there's still shades of their manzai roots (they still have an obvious StraightManAndWiseGuy dynamic, and they decide to act out a scene), it's been [[{{Woolseyism}} localized]] as a dry [[BritCom British comedy-style sketch]] in the vein of ''Creator/MontyPython''.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3'', Pia and Sakuya have one to attract customers.
* ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'': The comments that the Squid Sisters make during newscasts often resemble this routine, with Callie acting as the Boke and Marie as the Tsukkomi. In particular, many stage announcements follow the formula of Callie stating something ridiculous and Marie snarking at her for it. ''Boke vs. Tsukkomi'' was actually used as a theme for the Splatfest event in Japan.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', [[spoiler:Keaton and Kaden are this, respectively. What's interesting is that Keaton is sharply dressed (like a ''tsukkomi'') in contrast to Kaden's more casual appearance.]]
* At [[VideoGames/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky Trails in the Sky The 3rd]]'s prologue, Kevin Graham and Dorothy's first meeting has this routine, the topic being Dorothy keep mistaking Kevin's first name for "Onion" and "Jasmine" to which he plays along at first before correcting her. The kicker is, Kevin has Kansai dialect in Japanese version.
* Per WordOfGod, the main protagonists of ''VideoGame/WorldOfFinalFantasy'', Reynn and Lann, are specifically intended as this, with Lann as Boke and Reynn as Tsukkomi.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfBerseria'' has [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass Magilou]] do her best to [[InvokedTrope invoke]] this with her Magilou's Menagerie skits. Unfortunately for her, she's the resident ButtMonkey and with her [[AntiHero anti-heroic]] teammates it doesn't work out. The closest to success is when [[{{Pirate}} Eizen]] of all people decides to be the boke; unfortunately, he's [[FaceOfAThug too scary]] for the audience to laugh.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' do this routine in certain situations. Upon setting out for a mission, Daxter will often make a complaint or dry remark about how dangerous it, whereas Jak focuses on the task at hand.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Pretty much the core comedy dynamic in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' line of games. Your sensible but put-upon attorney plays the tsukkomi for their usually {{Cloudcuckoolander}} boke sidekick. Additionally, the same dynamic carries into the courtroom with the judge and loony witnesses, and the roles trade off fluidly between the prosecution and the defense in each game.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'':
** Tomoya Okazaki and Youhei Sunohara are basically a manzai duo, lampshaded by Yukine Miyazawa. For most of the time, Tomoya is the tsukkomi and Sunohara is the boke, but they often switch roles, depending on the situation. However, Tomoya is the one who is in control of the gag scenes.
** Both the VisualNovel and the {{anime}}, Tomoya and Kyou try to teach Kotomi how to perform a proper tsukkomi. Sadly, the poor girl has boke written all over her face, and she regularly ends up on the receiving end of a tsukkomi immediately after attempting her own. At one point, she expresses the desire to become a great manzai performer. Both Nagisa and Ryou motivate her to work for her goal, but Kyou and Tomoya are quick to point out that all three of them are boke to the core.
* There's an extended reference in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' during Mai's route. As the local EmotionlessGirl, she has trouble expressing herself. Eventually, she gets embarrassed with Sayuri's teasing and bonks her on the head, leaving Yuichi and Sayuri to stop in utter shock. 'She...she played the tsukkomi!' She continues this throughout when feeling nervous. Sayuri and Yuichi get hit a lot because [[TheComicallySerious they find it hilarious to see Mai do that.]]
* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters!'' has a couple of examples:
** At one point in the main route, the characters are trying to entertain Kyousuke. [[GenkiGirl Haruka]] suggests that she tell a joke and that [[EmotionlessGirl Mio]] provides a tsukkomi. The joke itself is rather weak... and then Mio provides an [[BewareTheQuietOnes absolutely devastating response]], pointing out how terrible the joke is and giving her performance 5/100, while [[DramaticThunder thunder cracks ominously]] in the background. Then Mio pauses and half-heartedly gives the line Haruka asked her to give in the first place, complete with light tap. Kyousuke is unmoved.
** At another point, one of Rin's instructions given by the mysterious person are to perform a tsukkomi on [[ButtMonkey Masato]]. As a {{Tsundere}} who normally performs the tsukkomi role you'd think it'd be simple, but Rin is impatient and more willing to just kick Masato rather than give a funny response or actually wait for him to say something boke-worthy. This leads to a minigame where the player has to quickly choose a tsukkomi-worthy response for Riki to suggest to Rin before she just kicks him and yells something generic.
* In ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'', Monobear makes Monomi join him in one of these routines, making her play a ''tsukkomi'' to his sneaky ''boke''. This isn't just about {{Troll}}ing her or putting on a performance; he's luring her and their audience off guard so that he can [[spoiler:reveal she tampered with their memories]] without her realizing what he's doing until it's too late.
* Happens quite often in ''VisualNovel/GrisaiaNoKajitsu''. Usually, being the serious guy he is, Yuuji plays the tsukkomi, especially when talking to Makina or Michiru, though between his habit of interpreting situations as what they might have implied if he were at work, and his tendency to be a total smartass, he often plays boke as well.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'''s Tiger Dojo, which you go through every time you screw up and die and get a Bad End, is set up much like this. Taiga Fujimura, the leader of the Dojo, is the resident tsukkomi, with Illyasviel von Einsbern being the resident boke who often has to be whapped upside the head with Taiga's shinai when she says something insensitive, unproductive or stupid.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/BitsFair'', Ananda always plays boke and turns somebody around her into the tsukkomi, be it her mother, miss Hira, or Irya. Occasionally, Irya joins Ananda in being a boke and then Hira plays tsukkomi to both the kids.
->'''[[TheStinger Waldorf]]:''' Personally, I never could get behind Japanese comedy.\\
'''[[JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf Statler]]:''' Why not? Better than being in front of it!\\
'''[[MemeticMutation Both]]:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!