->''"You know, whenever I'm with you I can't help but feel like a fool for taking things so seriously."''
-->-- '''[[DefrostingIceQueen Kati Mannequin]]''' on [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat The Immortal]] [[CaptainCrash Patrick Courlasour]], ''Gundam00AwakeningOfTheTrailblazer''

Also known as the comic relief or the Funny Guy. A character whose primary role in the show is to relieve tension with oddball and/or hysterical antics. He has a job to do, but doesn't get into the thick of things and can stay somewhat detached. Since their purpose is to relieve tension, they almost always have immunity to dying when compared to the other characters. A guaranteed sign that the series is suffering from CerebusSyndrome or that things are just [[FromBadToWorse going to go to Hell from here]] is to see whether this character [[ShooOutTheClowns either dies or has a complete and utter meltdown,]] no matter how deserved.

The term comes from Sam Rockwell's "Guy Fleegman" character in the movie ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' (who, in a non-[[GenreBlindness genreblind]] example of LampshadeHanging, is afraid that he is only a RedShirt, until another character ("Fred Kwan") suggests that maybe he is instead the "plucky comic relief"), which of course was spoofing the television show ''Franchise/StarTrek''.

In some cases, similar to StupidBoss. Many {{sidekick}}s fit this description as well. Also see AmusingAlien, for otherworldly characters whose ''only'' purpose is comedy. Finally see TheFace, where they have a purpose greater than comedy.
* PluckyComicRelief/AnimeAndManga
* PluckyComicRelief/LiveActionTV


* [[Franchise/ArchieComics Reggie Mantle]], the most comedic and magnificent jock in Riverdale.

* [[FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi Mukrezar]] is a soulless, murderous bastard. He completely wiped out ''all'' life on a continent, is an unrepentant torturer who apparently finds screams of the tormented 'soothing', [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and is also a terrible cook.]] Despite this, he is an amazingly quirky and charismatic leader, and usually gets an 'episode' every other chapter or so. As the humorous element.
* [[KingdomHearts Axel]] fills this role in ''Keyblade Masters'', even though he's introduced late in the story. He also performs this duty in the sequel series, ''Sentinels of Chaos''.

* [[DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney Animated Films]] usually have one. And so do all of the movies that [[FollowTheLeader copy their formulas]].
** ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Timon and Pumbaa
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}'': Mushu.
** ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Olaf and Sven. Olaf is the more prominent of the two, although he adds some quite heartfelt and "deep" moments to the movie. Sven's facial emotions are quite hilarious, but his few lines voiced by Kristoff provoke laughs.
* Bobby in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' and ''An Extremely Goofy Movie''. Notably the only one of the youths present in both movies with no visible conflict with a parent figure, almost everything he says and does is some sort of dumb joke. He takes very few things seriously, is an AttentionWhore, a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, and more-or-less a PerpetualSmiler, and is considered to be weird (among friends) or annoying (with Beret Girl and the Gammas). He's also the one to [[OoCIsSeriousBusiness give Max an emotionally-charged]] RousingSpeech.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'': Donkey is a parody of the Plucky Comic Relief -- when he isn't being a straight example.
* As serious as ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH'' was in tone, there was a certain crow that happens to be the comic relief. And that crow in particular is Jeremy.
* Humphrey from ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' serves as the snappy one-liner of the movie. he is usually seen hanging out with his other omega buddies and is shown to try to cheer up an alpha named Kate, whom he likes to be with.
** Justified in that this is stated to be the role of the Omegas in the pack; to break up fights and keep everyone's spirits up.
* Mub and Grub from ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}''.

[[folder:Film--Live Action]]
* Guy in ''Film/GalaxyQuest'' fears for the entire film that he is destined to die, as his character on the show, Crewman #6, was a typical RedShirt that died in the first act of his only episode. Fred eventually calms his fear by suggesting Guy is actually this trope.
** Fred himself also qualifies by spending most of the film oblivious to, or at least unreasonably calm about, the ostensible dangers they're going through. The original cut depicted him as a stoner, but this element was downplayed to receive a family-friendly rating. The remaining hints are enough to act as a ParentalBonus.
* ''Film/LastActionHero''. {{Lampshaded}} by GenreSavvy Danny Madigan. "Oh, shit. I'm the comic relief! This is not going to work!"
* Aside from being TheLancer to [[StreetsOfFire Tom Cody's]] TheHero, Billy Fish filled this role for the scene where he refuses to give Ben Gunn the money. Tom manages to convince Billy, which follows with the latter complaining under his breath. And should we mention that Billy is played by Creator/RickMoranis, an actual comedian?
* The Largo brothers, Pavi and Luigi, fill this role in ''RepoTheGeneticOpera''. In a movie like Repo, the comic relief duo is made up of a murderer and a rapist...
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Pintel and Ragetti serve as the comic relief.
** And to a lesser extent Mullroy and Murtogg.
* Jack, the main character of ''Film/BigTroubleInLittleChina'', falls squarely into this category, although ''he'' [[WrongGenreSavvy thinks he's the hero.]]
** He ''does'' go out of his way to [[PlayingTennisWithTheBoss kill]] [[BigBad the evil tyrannical overlord]] [[WhoWantsToLiveForever who, like the Queen song, wants to live forever.]]
* J. Jonah Jameson and his assistant Hoffman in the ''Film/SpiderManTrilogy''. Also Peter's landlord and his daughter.
* C-3PO and R2-D2 in ''StarWars''. This is the intended role of Jar-Jar Binks in the prequel movies, too. Meesa regret answerin' the casting call.
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Pippin and Merry]] in the first ''Film/LordOfTheRings'' movie. Gimli, to some extent, in the other two.
** Bofur is revealed to be this in the film adaptation of ''Film/TheHobbit''.
* Cabbie in ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork''.
* Johnny in ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.
* Sam Rockwell [[http://www.darkhorizons.com/news/15815/rockwell-talks-iron-man-2-character actually used the term himself]] when describing his role as Justin Hammer in ''Film/IronMan2''.
* Riley from ''NationalTreasure''.
* John from ''Film/TheMummyTrilogy''.
* Pavel Chekov [[{{Flanderization}} increasingly]] takes on this role in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' films, the height of this occurring during [[Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome the fourth movie]].
* The MST3k-subject ''AttackOfTheTheEyeCreatures'' has the Peeping Tom Air Force guys, who manage to both avoid having any plot relevance or give their actions any actual humor or other, non-repulsive qualities.
* Tuco from ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' might qualify, given that most, if not all of the humorous moments in the film involve him in one form or another.
* Boris from ''Film/{{Goldeneye}}''.
* Fat Amy from PitchPerfect

* Bluebell, the comedian rabbit of ''WatershipDown'', serves as a comic relief not only to the readers, but also is an in-story tension breaker. Keehar the seagull serves the purpose in the film adaptation.
* Madame Khokhlakov's role in ''Literature/TheBrothersKaramazov'' is to provide lighthearted, trivial discussion versus everything else that goes on in the story. She is eternally cheerful and will talk you ''to death''. Dostoevsky used her to insult his critics at the time by having her agree with their works.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Fred and George. As the series gets DarkerAndEdgier, [[spoiler: one loses an ear and the other dies.]]
** Ron Weasley also fills this role within the main trio, and he's an even earlier gauge of the series' impending [[CerebusSyndrome dark turn]]: as early as [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire book four]], his general status as ChewToy produces some moments of unexpectedly bitter resentment. By [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows book seven]], he's primed for a [[DarkestHour complete meltdown]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** A casual reading of the Witches novels would suggest that Nanny Ogg's job is to keep bringing the funny, while Granny Weatherwax and Magrat get all the [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Crowning Moments Of Awesome]]. And this is the case, but what's not always apparent is that this is exactly how she likes things, and if she ''wanted'' to be Granny, she easily could be.
** In the Watch novels, the role is filled by [[ThoseTwoGuys the Watch's most senior and least effective coppers]], dim-witted Sergeant Colon and kleptomaniac {{Gonk}} Corporal Nobbs.
* Jacob from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. He is the funniest character in the book. And probably the only one.
* Basil Stag Hare in ''Redwall''.
* Faddey Bulgarin in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar''.
* Graystripe from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' is only in the first book to lighten the mood. However, his role greatly increases in later books.
* Joe from ''Literature/FiveWeeksInABalloon'' doesn't treat anything too seriously and cracks jokes nearly constantly. A lot of his humor revolves around mock-naivety.
** The same author's ''Literature/FromTheEarthToTheMoon'' has Michel Ardan in a similar role, balancing the other two serious protagonists with his laid back attitude.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[OurGnomesAreWeirder Gnomes]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''.
* The Orks serve this function in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' as a race of [[PsychopathicManchild psychopathic manchildren]] with a healthy dose of CrossesTheLineTwice.
** Their [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Fantasy Counterparts]] fill a similar role in the game, but seeing as the setting is notably less [[DarkerAndEdgier grimdark]], they are obnviously not the only race that fills this role. The Skaven are a good example of this, due to them being both StupidEvil and LaughablyEvil with their ChronicBackstabbingDisorder and all. Add to that [[CrazyAwesome hamster wheels with lasers]], and it should be pretty clear that they fit into this spot too.
* In ''TableTopGames/MagicTheGathering'', Squee from the Weatherlight Saga. For example, the flavor text for [[http://magiccards.info/tp/en/279.html Fool's Tome]]. More generally, goblins typically fill such a role. There was a RunningGag where goblins that could destroy things had a profession related to whatever it was they were destroying - [[http://magiccards.info/ud/en/84.html Goblin Gardener]] destroyed lands, [[http://magiccards.info/ul/en/79.html Goblin Medic]] dealt damage to creatures, and so on.
* Goblins in ''TableTopGames/{{Pathfinder}}'', in a disturbing sort of way. Dangerously stupid, {{Big Eater}}s, UglyCute, {{Psychopathic Manchild}}ren, canonically so distractable that they pause in the middle of combat to raid the refreshments, and fond of singing little songs about eating people. They also serve as {{Butt Monkey}}s in a lot of official art. [[http://paizo.com/image/content/PathfinderCampaignSetting/PZO9227-FlumphOnGoblinAction.jpg Getting pwned by a flumph]]. [[http://paizo.com/image/content/GameMastery/PZO3016-SAMPLES.jpg Demonstrating status effects.]]

* Launcelot Gobbo in ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'', who was written in specifically as this. His life offstage is referred to (he's got a family and a mistress), but onstage he's mostly there to give overdramatic monologues, spew [[IncrediblyLamePun Incredibly Lame Puns]] and complain about how converting Jews to Christianity will raise the price of pork. Gratiano qualifies, too.
* Luther Billis in ''SouthPacific''.
* Costard and Don Armado in ''LovesLaboursLost''.
* Jacob in ''[[LaCageAuxFolles La Cage aux Folles]]''
* Nick Bottom and his "crew of patches" in ''AMidsummerNightsDream''.
* Sir Andrew Aguecheek in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.
* Launce in ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona''.

* Lewa from ''{{Bionicle}}''.
** Really any Toa of Air could count. [[MyGreatestFailure Except]] [[SurvivorGuilt Lesovikk]] [[FaceHeelTurn and Nidhiki]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Although Teddie from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is this, every other character in the Investigation Team fulfill this role at some point or another in the game.
** Yosuke also relates to this trope, although really more towards the beginning and before CharacterDevelopment takes hold.
* Barry Wheeler from ''AlanWake''.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' subverts this with Wheatley, a moronic personality core who escorts the player through the early areas of the game and, with your help, attempts to engineer a coup against [=GLaDOS=]. The subversion comes when [[spoiler:Wheatley, upon successfully replacing [=GLaDOS=] in the Enrichment Center mainframe, goes into full AGodAmI mode and becomes the BigBad of the game]]. Portal 2 has fairly equal distribution of comedy, but Portal 1 arguably has [=GLaDOS=] carrying all the comic responsibility. However, this can probably be excused as she is the only speaking character.
* Quina Quen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
* Since DivergentCharacterEvolution turned him into a LovableCoward, Luigi tends to fill this role in the ''SuperMarioBros'' games, especially in the ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigi Mario & Luigi]]'' series.
* Joker from ''Franchise/MassEffect'' takes the role first as a DisabledSnarker but eventually becomes a straight example as he loosens up around the crew and learns he does not have to constantly prove himself like he did in flight school because of his disease. He becomes a Plucky Comic Relief character almost exclusively with only occasional moments of snarkiness by the second game.
* Alistair from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is an interesting case in that he is also well aware of how dreadful the situation is and what all is at stake, and is very competent when the situation calls for it.
* Tyrell in ''GoldenSunDarkDawn''. Emphasis on the "[[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass plucky]]".
* The janitor from the ''VideoGame/CarolReedMysteries''. Most of the time he isn't connected to the cases, he's mainly there to make the player laugh every once in a while.
* [[LordErrorProne Siegmeyer]] from ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', a bumbling knight who became Undead and ventured to Lordran for one last adventure. The player runs into him in various situations, where he's nearly always [[CatchPhrase in quite a pickle]].
* The Black Baron (stop starin') from ''VideoGame/MadWorld'' is an [[CrossesTheLineTwice overly stereotypical pimp]] who acts as [[TheyKilledKennyAgain a living demonstration]] for all the minigames, and every moment he appears is a moment of hilarity. [[spoiler:Even when it turns out he's the FinalBoss, his reactions and stagger animations are so goofy that you can't help but laugh through all of it.]]
** His ''VideoGame/AnarchyReigns'' counterpart The Black''er'' Baron reprises the role, and arguably fits it better since he's the walking moment of funny in a game that is usually quite serious, unlike ''Madworld'' which just a hilarious game all around.
* Dion from ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'', with his cowardness and every-failing quest to get girls.
* Chuck from ''VideoGame/AngryBirds'' as well as his [[{{Expy}} exported]] [[DistaffCounterpart female counterpart]], Poppy, from ''Angry Birds Stella''.

* Ed definitely serves as this in ''Webcomic/{{Paranatural}}''
* [[RobotBuddy Pintsize]] (alone or teamed up with Winslow) in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Wayward Vagabond. Ironic, when you [[TraumaCongaLine consider his]] [[TheWoobie backstory.]]
** [[EruditeStoner Gamzee]] [[JokeCharacter Makara]] is also this. [[spoiler:[[FreakOut Well]], [[AxCrazy until]] [[MonsterClown he's]] [[LethalJokeCharacter not]].]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Lee Phillips in season 2 of ''KateModern''.
* A lot of them in the ''WhateleyUniverse''. The junior high mages known as 'the three little witches', Go-Go (a speedster who used to go by 'Quickie' until she found out why everyone was laughing), Generator. Oh God, Generator. Wacky comic relief in other people's stories, horrifyingly effective hero in her own stories. There are school armbands that identify the pacifists (who won't fight back if they're bullied so you're supposed to leave them alone) and the Ultraviolents (ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin). Only Generator wears ''both''. Not at the same time; that would be silly. She flips a coin every morning.
* Jaune Arc of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' seems like he will become this, due to his air sickness in "Ruby Rose" and being launched before he can finish asking questions in "The First Step".
** Later deconstructed, when Jaune rages at someone offering to help train him that he is sick of being the 'loveable idiot' and needs to be able to succeed on his own.
** True enough, [[CharacterDevelopment he seems to be moving away from this]] in favour of being a ClassicalAntihero.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Danny O'Farrell of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}''.
* [[MeaningfulName Plucky Duck]] from ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventures''
* Beast Boy from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Oh-so-very-much. Now with 100% more [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]]!
--> '''Beast Boy:''' *being dragged into the dark* "What did I tell you? Funny guy goes fiiiiirst!"
* Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is this, while also being TheSmartGuy and a BadassNormal. Also, Momo's role is usually to lighten things up.
** Bolin takes on this role in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''.
* In the classic WarnerBrothers cartoon "Drip-Along Daffy," Daffy Duck is the supposed western hero, while Porky Pig is [[LampshadeHanging explicitly called]] the "comedy relief", dressed in a Gabby-Hayes sidekick outfit. As is the standard, Porky is leagues more competent than Daffy, and ends up defeating the villain and being appointed sheriff. Meanwhile, Daffy goes into trash collecting.
* Porky's character from Daffy's ''DuckDodgers'' cartoon and series, Eager Young Space Cadet, is also supposed to be this.
* [[ThisLoserIsYou Ron Stoppable]] from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', while also being one of [[TheHero The Heroes]] of the show, though he's typically in a sidekick role.
* [[SuperSpeed The]] [[TheFlash Flash]] in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''. Considering his death sparked a totalitarian dictatorship in [[MirrorUniverse another universe]] and nearly caused the [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt apocalypse]] in the regular one, his angstlessness plays a very important role in keeping the Justice League from going off the deep end.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': While it's hard to find a character that isn't comic relief, Cosmo is hands-down pluckier comic reliefier.
* On ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' Raimundo starts off being just this.
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TitanMaximum'', where it's stated that each military squad are required to consist of one of these. The one shown is woefully aware that he's unfunny since he originally just wanted a desk job.
* Stanley in ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'' fits this trope to a T.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie]] [[GenkiGirl Pie]] from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' couldn't get any pluckier [[UpToEleven if she tried]]. The show [[PlayingWithATrope plays with this]], though, since she is unquestionably one of the central characters and thus gets as much into "the thick of things" as her warped sanity allows (and isn't above winding up on the receiving end of a KickTheDog moment or [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructive episode]] from time to time).
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''; Mabel fits the role.
** Soos too, on occasion. "Need an amiable sidekick?"
* Willy in the first season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''.
* [[WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls Bubbles, who is the joy and the laughter.]]
* Snap from ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''. The episode "Snap Vs. Boorat" shows that [[BerserkButton he doesn't take to kindly to being referred to as such]].