Plucky Comic Relief / Anime and Manga


  • Darker Than Black:
    • The Clueless Detective duo. They tend to only be involved with whatever Spy Versus Spy craziness is going on tangentially and accidentally, and their Non-Standard Character Design and use of anime effects like Cross-Popping Veins and Blue with Shock 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 Kirihara is played for laughs. He's also something of a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass, which makes sense, as he's a muggle who has regularly been up against super-powered sociopaths and has survived.
  • Death Note:
    • Matsuda. Until the last episode.
    • Misa Amane. Indeed she and Matsuda were the only characters who used most of the "sillier" anime tropes, like puffy cheeks, Face Faults and, at one point, repeatedly hitting Light on the chest with Looney Toons sound effects).
    • 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 Digimon.
  • Krillin is given this role in pretty much every Dragon Ball Z 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.
  • Jojos Bizarre Adventure 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 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 french who is afraid of egyptian W.C. and more than once find himself in a life/dead situation that involves a W.C. 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 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, 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 only to be received by a fist.
    • STEEL BALL RUN: The deuteragonist Gyro Zeppeli, while not being the serious cool guy he spend times planning bad jokes and songs that Johnny gladly receives .
    • Jojolion: Joushuu Higashikata appears to be this, on his case is creepy though.
  • Played with in the "Film Noir" episode of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi. Getting shot turns you into a chibified comic relief character. Pluckyness varies.
  • Shiho from Mai-Otome. 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 Mazinger Z and Great Mazinger. Although he is smarter than he looks and he can be an Badass Adorable, he often provides comic relief, or by pulling Too Dumb to Live stunts or by being a Deadpan Snarker and the voice of reason.
    • Boss and the remainder of The Team Normal also were Plucky Comic Relief characters. Boss even lampshaded is in one Great Mazinger, wondering why he must be the Plucky Comic Relief.
  • Naoki from 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 Mr. Exposition in side stories.
  • Misato Katsuragi and her pet Pen-Pen in the otherwise quite dark anime Neon Genesis Evangelion count as this. Pen-Pen considerably more than Misato, it has to be said. When Pen-Pen leaves, you know that the series has given up on plucky comic antics altogether and has now completely moved into depressing territory.
  • Naruto:
  • Uzura in Princess Tutu 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 Sailor Moon anime. Her Pink Sugar Heart Attack rarely worked, and it was pathetically weak. This is in contrast to the manga where it actually does work well on a regular basis.
  • Shaman King 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.
  • In the last episode of Slayers NEXT, Lina concludes that the only reason Martina survived the confrontation with the Big Bad was because she is the Plucky Comic Relief character.
  • Tokyo Ghoul 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 Butt Monkey, getting no respect from his peers as he waxes nostalgic about his glory days. He comes out of retirement, proving to be a Death Seeker 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 Butt Monkey around the office. He has up performing a Heroic Sacrifice, 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 Bad Ass, or the resident Butt Monkey (yes, he's actually both), Jun Manjoume of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX tends to be this, especially when it comes to his hilarious crush on Asuka or when his spirit partners are involved.

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