Ham and Deadpan Duo
A pair of characters, either lifelong partners or just met up, in which one is a ham of decent size and the other speaks in a deadpan tone. The juxtaposition of the two, along with each of them on their own, are a common source of comedy for the audience.
Can overlap with a few Duo Tropes
- Of the Penn & Teller duo, Penn is very loud and opinionated, while Teller is pretty much a mime.
- Laurel and Hardy. Ollie is pretty hammy while Stan is mild-mannered. However, Ollie more often plays the Straight Man who attempts to approach the situation seriously, and it's Stan's tomfoolery that gets them into "a fine mess". This is a rare example of the Ham being the Strait Man and the Wise Guy being the Deadpan.
- Jeff Dunham has two puppets that are frequently seen together: hyperactive Keet Peanut and the quieter José Jalapeño onna Steek.
- Soul Eater: Troubled Souls:
- Tsuji is the brash, wisecracking Ham to Marcellus's cool Deadpan.
- Claudia is the theatric Ham to Caius's restrained Deadpan.
- In The Fifth Element, Korben Dallas, the serious Action Hero, is the Deadpan, and Ruby Rhod, the Camp Straight Jive Turkey Non-Action Guy is the Ham.
- Jay and Silent Bob from Kevin Smith's movies, with Jay being the Large Ham and Bob being the Silent Snarker.
- In Batman, Batman is a serious Deadpan Snarker, making jokes while keeping a serious tone. Joker is a glorious Ham, living life to the fullest and showing the full gambit of Emotions, while doing things that seem funny to him. It helps contrast the two and show that, while they may both be functioning Sociopaths (more so in Batman's case) and/or Psychopaths (more so in Joker's case), they handle their game and life overall differently.
- Dawn of War has Lord Bale and Sindri Myr, a Chaos Lord and Sorcerer respectively. Bale's role is to go around making loud noises, while Sindri's is to be an increasingly obvious Starscream speaking in measured tones (the only time he goes into Large Ham mode himself is his ascension to Daemon Prince).
- Devil May Cry: The Sparda Twins form this: Dante is prone to bouts of hamminess (although he clearly plays it for shits and giggles) while Vergil is completely straight-laced.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, in the Shivering Isles expansion, we have Sheogorath and Haskill. The first is a god of madness, who tends to spend half of the time yelling everything he says and making all sorts of non-sequiturs. The other is his chamberlain, who is completely stoic about absolutely everything and tends to be quite snarky in his conversations with the player.
- RWBY. Ren the deadpan has a childhood friend Nora, the hammy Genki Girl.
- Droopy is always the Deadpan pitted against a Large Ham antagonist (Wolfie the wolf, or Spike the bulldog).
- In the Merrie Melodies cartoon The Lion's Busy, Beaky Buzzard, the deadpan bird speaking in Creepy Monotone, follows around Leo, the hammy lion, waiting for him to die so that Beaky can eat him.
- A villainous example occurs with Darla Dimple and her manservent Max in Mark Dindal's Cats Don't Dance. Darla is the spoiled prima donna of Mammoth Studios, and lives for giving over-the-top performances. Hulking giant Max, however, maintains the dispassionate demeanor of The Stoic, crushing upstarts without qualm or mercy.
Max: Will that be all, Miss Dimple?
Darla: For the moment. Thank you, Max. (pats his hairless head)
- Hanna-Barbera Studios' 2 Stupid Dogs are composed of the Keet dachshund Little Dog paired with The Stoic sheepdog Big Dog. Little Dog is full of cockamamie ideas and Insane Troll Logic, which routinely kick off the pair's adventures. Big Dog goes along, having no better idea. Thus, a loud idiot leads a quiet moron, and Hilarity Ensues.
- The energetic Pinkie Pie and her deadpan sister Maud Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Comically Serious Batman is often paired with Boisterous Bruiser Aquaman.