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:


Examples

Comic Books

Creators
  • 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.

Fanfic
  • 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.

Film
  • 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.

Literature
  • In Malazan Book of the Fallen there is Draconus with Ublala Pung of all people, in Dust of Dreams. While Ublala is being his usual cheerfully boisterous self, Draconus remains the reserved Deadpan Snarker.
    Ublala: I've met gods before. They collect chickens.
    Draconus: We possess mysterious ways indeed.

Live-Action TV

Video Games
  • 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.

Web Animation
  • RWBY. Ren the deadpan has a childhood friend Nora, the hammy Genki Girl.

Western Animation
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