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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA [[Music/{{AOA}} Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and {{Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun}} doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and {{Music/AOA [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun}} Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA {{Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] Seolhyun}} doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.


* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced serious.



* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced.

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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced.




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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZeCRexqvrM This absolutely bizarre set of ads for GMarket]] in Korea, featuring [[Music/SuperJunior Kim Heechul]] and [[Music/AOA Kim Seolhyun]] doing goofy dances and whisper-rapping random household items while completely stone-faced.


** Their entry on Anime/GarzeysWing manages this, especially [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garzey%27s_Wing#Characters the Characters section,]] which gives us such gems as Chris's description:--->He is easy-going, and his sword is unbelievably dull.

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** Their entry on Anime/GarzeysWing manages this, especially [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garzey%27s_Wing#Characters the Characters section,]] which gives us such gems as Chris's description:--->He description:
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** Their article on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi_(people) "Kiwi" as a term for New Zealanders]] has a picture of a man with a certain bird, captioned simply, "A Kiwi holding a kiwi".


* Website/CinemaSins: On this website/[=YouTube=] channel, a narrator shows clips from movies while "judging" them for their (Cinema)sins. Because of his pedanticness and sometimes getting really worked up about minor things, this comes across as funny. However it is downplayed by the fact that he isn't ''really'' serious, just assuming that role, and everything is meant to be tongue in cheek[[note]]-- Some [=YouTube=] comments however indicate that that completely goes over some people's heads, seeing the occasional "You're way too harsh on this film!" "Stop complaining!" comments towards the creator. --[[/note]]

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* Website/CinemaSins: WebVideo/CinemaSins: On this website/[=YouTube=] channel, a narrator shows clips from movies while "judging" them for their (perceived) (Cinema)sins. Because of his pedanticness and sometimes getting really worked up about minor things, this comes across as funny. However it is downplayed by the fact that he isn't ''really'' serious, just assuming that role, and everything is meant to be tongue in cheek[[note]]-- cheek.[[note]]-- Some [=YouTube=] comments however indicate that that completely goes over some people's heads, seeing the occasional "You're way too harsh on this film!" "Stop complaining!" comments towards the creator. --[[/note]]


* Website/CinemaSins: On this website/[=YouTube=] channel, a narrator shows clips from movies while "judging" them for their (Cinema)sins. Because of his pedanticness and sometimes getting really worked up about minor things, this comes across as funny. However it is downplayed by the fact that he isn't ''really'' serious, just assuming that role, and everything is meant to be tongue in cheek[[note]]-- Some [=YouTube=] comments however indicate that that completely goes over some people's heads, seeing the occasional "You're way too harsh on this film!" "Stop complaining!" comments towards the creator. --[[/note]]



* Part of the reason why animals like [[CluckingFunny chickens]] are so funny. They lack facial expressions, which make them look serious all the time. The illusion is heightened by their prim and proper stance and mannerisms, and thus they look silly when they freak out about something.

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Part of the reason why animals like [[CluckingFunny chickens]] are so funny. They lack facial expressions, which make them look serious all the time. The illusion is heightened by their prim and proper stance and mannerisms, and thus they look silly when they freak out about something.


* Protagonist of the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series William Laurence is known for his utter seriousness and strict adherence to duty and protocol, which are rather justified in the context of the novels as they take place in a war, and he has a whole crew and dragon to keep safe. The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' crossover fanfiction, ''Fanfic/TradeWinds'', is narrated by Desmond Miles, and through his flippant narration, Laurence's constant grave seriousness in the midst of all of the ridiculousness Desmond brings with him ends up taking on a rather amusing bend.

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* Protagonist of the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series William Laurence is known for his utter seriousness and strict adherence to duty and protocol, which are rather justified in the context of the novels as they take place in a war, and he has a whole crew and dragon to keep safe. The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' and ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' crossover fanfiction, ''Fanfic/TradeWinds'', is narrated by Desmond Miles, and through his flippant narration, William Laurence's constant grave seriousness in the midst of all of the ridiculousness Desmond brings with him ends up taking on a rather amusing bend.

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* Protagonist of the ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' series William Laurence is known for his utter seriousness and strict adherence to duty and protocol, which are rather justified in the context of the novels as they take place in a war, and he has a whole crew and dragon to keep safe. The ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' crossover fanfiction, ''Fanfic/TradeWinds'', is narrated by Desmond Miles, and through his flippant narration, Laurence's constant grave seriousness in the midst of all of the ridiculousness Desmond brings with him ends up taking on a rather amusing bend.


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** Wikipedia's [[https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bro_(subculture) article on bros]] is also quite funny.


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A SubTrope of {{Bathos}}.

A SisterTrope to SeriousBusiness, ComicalOverreacting.

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A SubTrope of {{Bathos}}.

{{Bathos}}. A SisterTrope to SeriousBusiness, ComicalOverreacting.



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[[index]]
* TheComicallySerious/AnimeAndManga
* TheComicallySerious/ComicBooks
* TheComicallySerious/{{Film}}
* TheComicallySerious/LiveActionTV
* TheComicallySerious/VideoGames
* TheComicallySerious/{{Webcomics}}
* TheComicallySerious/WesternAnimation
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* ''Manga/KarakuriCircus'': Narumi's [[NoSenseOfHumor nonexistent sense of humor]] is a problem -- because only causing someone to laugh will halt his IncurableCoughOfDeath. Crosses over into SoUnfunnyItsFunny, at times.
* Raven from ''Anime/{{Gravion}}'', though this is a result of literally BecomingTheMask. [[spoiler: Ayaka, the current "Raven" is a woman and far more emotional than her unfunny alterego.]]
* ''Manga/BlackClover'': With the exception of conversations with [[TheHero Asta]], everything about [[FriendlyRivalry Yuno]] is deadpan. ''Everything.'' Even Sylph tugging on his cheeks. The effect is frequently hilarious.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the omakes, the first time Byakuya makes a joke, Renji freaks out. Ignoring Renji's advice, Byakuya decides to do a comedy routine on stage. As Renji expected, the audience is deeply disturbed. His artwork is as bad as Rukia's, but whereas Rukia is obsessed with bunnies, Byakuya is obsessed with something of his own creation - a childishly drawn... thing he calls Ambassador Seaweed. The Ambassador Seaweed freaks everyone out.
* Jin in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo.'' At first glance, he comes off as a [[TheStoic stoic]], cool, smooth, handsome badass, but then the series proceeds to place him in some of the most comedic of situations alongside his companions. This includes a torture montage, working at an eel stand, getting a sore back after a night with unattractive courtesans, having to pretend to be a tour guide to win back his pawned swords, and dressing up as a female prostitute.
** It's the fact that he's always ''so'' damn serious that gives him the most [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarity]] of this sort in the entire flippin' show. He's kneeling on a rock in the middle of a river while Mugen and Fuu are over on the shore. With no warning he suddenly dives in, swims and flails around like an utter madman, RUNS up to them in double-time animation (freaking them out in the process) and collapses in a prone-kneeling position before them, panting heavily... And holding a pouch full of (unknowingly, forged) gold coins. MUST be seen to be believed.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': During the ''very'' rare occasions of humor, [[ManipulativeBastard Commander Gendo Ikari]] and [[TheStoic Professor Kouzou Fuyutsuki]] fit this perfectly. [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments "It's hot." "Yes."]]
** Gendo can also stare depressingly at Eva-01... while in an orange raincoat.
** There's also something funny about Fuyutsuki {{facepalm}}ing and muttering "Those kids are embarrassing us again..." when Shinji and Asuka are bickering at the end of Episode 9.
*** In the dub he says "Those ''darn'' kids are embarrassing us again". There's something very comical about that, as the wizened old Vice-Commander can't even say "damn". It comes out sounding like a line from a sitcom.
** Rei Ayanami, several times, specially whenever she interacts with Shinji and/or Asuka.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Germany, of course. How could we forget about him? He is most likely the biggest example of this trope in the series.
** [[TheGunslinger Switzerland]] is generally a serious, stern character, and occasionally throws out gems like this in his typically serious, stern manner:
--->'''Switzerland:''' Christmas is about family and loving people. ''[Pause.]'' Now get bent.
** Japan has his moments as well, especially during Germany's training sessions on how to deal with being asked to react if England attacks, or what to do if the enemy asks him to surrender. He gives his answers in complete seriousness:
--->'''Japan:''' You should imitate William the First's loud voice!\\
'''Japan:''' Yes sir! I respond Japanese way! Be unclear! Say one thing, but mean something else completely opposite! Lie to them!
** Norway keeps his [[TheStoic deadpan expression]] and [[TheStraightMan straightforward personality]] at all times, even when dealing with his [[{{Keet}} excitable friend]] [[BoisterousBruiser Denmark's]] antics.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Riza Hawkeye is a rare female example in the manga omake, doing such things as trying to measure Ed's height against his will, introducing her dog and responding to Mustang's musing that he might want to grow some facial hair by [[FaceDoodling drawing on his face with a marker]] all with [[TheStoic a completely straight face]].
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], Roy Mustang is like this up until he's confronted with [[TeamPet Black Hayate]] and gives a speech about how much he loves dogs! Later in the episode, he reveals that his first executive order as Fuhrer President would be to make all female army personnel wear... ''tiny miniskirts!''
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': Sakaki is notable for her perpetual stone faced expression and monotone. Yet, she delivers some of the most bizzare lines and has equally weird [[ImagineSpot daydreams]], like imaging Chiyo's dad as an oblong talking yellow cat.
%%* ''Manga/SgtFrog'': Sergeant Frog {{lampshade}}s and spoofs this relentlessly with no-nonsense badass soldier Giroro.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'': Mamoru Chiba/Tuxedo Mask is a pretty serious guy, but can sometimes lapse into this. Particularly when his child-like girlfriend Usagi/Moon (or any of the Sailor Senshi) say or do something that is so over-the-top all he can do is stare at them with a look that says "Moving right along..." Haruka/Uranus and Michiru/Neptune also slip once or twice into this.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'':
** Kyon, who is also the DeadpanSnarker; though his creativity and sense of wonder are probably just repressed. His aloofness doesn't prevent him from getting stuck in alternate worlds with a [[MagicalGirlfriend Magical]] SheIsNotMyGirlfriend, or from finding himself smack-dab in the middle of mysterious murder cases.
** Yuki Nagato is another example, reacting with [[TheStoic robotic coldness]] to all the wacky hijinks created by Haruhi and Mikuru. Yuki herself is not above a friendly prank or two. Even if she doesn't show external signs of enjoying it...
** Kyon's [[GenderFlip genderbent]] counterpart, [[FanFic/SuzumiyaHaruhiNoSeitenkan Kyonko]], is even better at this than the original.
* Juubei Kakei in ''Manga/GetBackers'' (at least as an adult). Toss in blindness, unfamiliarity with the modern world, and copious amounts of HoYay. And for extra hilarity, they told him he wasn't funny. He was ''devastated''.
* ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Zelgadis shifts between this and being the group's OnlySaneMan. Which naturally makes him [[ButtMonkey the whipping boy]] whenever Lina needs a diversion, or a scapegoat to vent her frustrations on.
* Somehow, Unfunny Hatori Sohma from ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' manages to put up with ChivalrousPervert Shigure Sohma and LargeHam Ayame Sohma. Hatori is the only serious one of the three, [[NoSenseOfHumor without much of a sense of humour]]. Although this is justified, given his traumatic past. Maybe he's just plain tired of Shigure and Ayame's antics, after all this time?
%%** Yuki can sometimes fall into this, especially after he starts trying to head the Student Council.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Part of the appeal of LadyOfWar Cornelia li Brittania is the potential for comic seriousness in just about any comedic situation she could be put into. Fanartists have caught onto this, and she's frequently shown looking flustered in comparison to the other characters. Canon toys a bit with this, considering the reaction she had to Clovis's [[ChivalrousPervert raunchy swimsuits]]. And Cornelia was ''naked'' or at least topless when she commented on how Euphie shouldn't wear any of them. She was concerned about wearing one herself, and it was quite amusing to hear Euphie forcibly putting one on her.
** Lelouch has his moments too. The DarkMessiah is capable of [[ScreamsLikeALittleGirl screaming like a little girl]] when a cat steals his mask, before running after the cat proclaiming "I shall not be defeated by a feline!" as passionately and seriously as he often declares "I will obliterate Britannia!" As with Cornelia, the sound dramas have fun with this. Suzaku in particular enjoys teasing Lelouch in order to get him flustered. Lelouch goes from panicking about the potential downfall of the Black Knights to blushing because Suzaku ate a piece of rice off Lelouch's face within the space of a minute.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'': Chrono's expression of cold professionalism remains the same even when he's wearing a bandage tied as a ribbon, combing down a coworker's IdiotHair, or lightening up the atmosphere with a joke. He grows out of it by the time that he's an adult.
* Re-L in ''Anime/ErgoProxy'' gets this a couple of times, due to her being a Very Serious Intelligence Operative... who ended up WalkingTheEarth with Vincent, who is effectively TheFool with superpowers.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Zoro. He plays both "badass" and "buffoon" very well, but what makes it funny is that he's ''so serious'' the whole time. One example is when he, Nami and Vivi are caught by Mr. 3 during the Alabasta arc and placed in a DeathTrap with powdered wax pouring over them until they become living wax statues. The girls are in despair, but Zoro keeps his cool throughout. Eventually, he decides to raise his sword and point it to the sky, justifying himself with something along the lines of, "if I'm gonna die like a statue, might as well make it look cool". All the while keeping his straight face.
** A filler episode set soon after Enies Lobby uses this as its entire premise (the title, "Zoro's Slapstick Housework Help", should tell you everything you need to know)
** He borders on being a ComedicSociopath. He's a cold-blooded killer, but when he angrily shouts at and threatens someone for giving him directions when he gets lost on a ''straight, narrow '''cliff''''', you know you're supposed to laugh at him.
** Zoro and Usopp are cuffed together while facing two opponents. With a totally serious face throughout. Zoro still is completely serious even as he executes his (innovative but completely ridiculous) plan. [[http://scottthong.wordpress.com/2007/12/25/the-katanas-name-is-sogeking/ See it to believe it.]]
--->'''Zoro:''' I have a plan. We play rock-paper-scissors. The loser cuts off his hand.\\
'''Usopp:''' How can you say such a scary thing with a straight face!\\
'''Zoro:''' I'm not finished. Then he goes and gets Chopper to sew it back on.\\
'''Usopp:''' We're not rag dolls!!\\
'''Zoro:''' I have another idea...\\
'''Usopp:''' I don't wanna hear it!!!
** Nico Robin is another example, especially given she's the only crew member who never adopts crazy facial expressions when shocked or angry (though that's been eroding since the Enies Lobby arc, and she's actually had a genuinely shocked face in the Dressrosa arc). She once calmly remarked how she knew Zoro hadn't been eaten by a shark because the water hadn't turned red, much to her crewmates' shock. She's also an occasional StraightMan for the crew's antics.
** And a less prominent character who is a notably perfect example: During the Enies Lobby showdown, Cipher Pol 9 agent [[spoiler: Kaku]] takes this trope to hilarious lengths (all ye who have not watched his fight with Zoro, spoil at your own risk): [[spoiler: not only does he turn into a ridiculous block-nosed giraffe-man, he gets ''defensive'' about it, and says things like "Witness the power of a giraffe!" all while keeping a perfectly straight face. Using attacks like "Giraffe Canon" and "Nose Gun" is several times funnier just because of how absurdly seriously Kaku takes himself.]] No wonder he came in 9th in the following popularity poll. [[spoiler: Though he's right about being dangerous.]]
** Jinbei is starting to evolve into one by virtue of hanging out with [[spoiler: Luffy and Hancock on Amazon Lily]].
** Trafalgar Law does not appear to be sure how to react to [[spoiler:the Straw Hats' usual antics when he offers to ally with them in Punk Hazard]], resulting in this trope.
** Pica of the Donquixote Pirates. Of all the members from said pirate crew, he is TheStoic. However, despite being such a serious character with no quirks, he is a huge, TopHeavyGuy with a very [[VocalDissonance high-pitched voice]]. HilarityEnsues whenever anyone hears his voice and starts laughing, [[BerserkButton much to his annoyance]].
** Out of [[spoiler: Sanji]]'s BigScrewedUpFamily, the Vinsmoke clan, the one who fits the most is the eldest son [[AloofBigBrother Vinsmoke Ichiji]]. Seeing the aloof and snarky WarriorPrince [[AllMenArePerverts going gaga over Nami]] like [[spoiler: his estranged brother]] Sanji did after seeing her for the first time was pretty funny. Seeing him with big heart eyes ''while keeping his serious disposition'' is even funnier.
** Both Zoro and Law continue this attitude in the Wano arc. The former learns that all the animals and water are poison, and simply responds "No wonder my stomatch has been hurting", and the latter shows up to fight Basil Hawkins dressed as a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Komus%C5%8D Komuso]].
* Tezuka and Sanada from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', especially in the "chibi" episodes. Preceded by Rukawa, Akagi, Maki and Uozumi from ''Manga/SlamDunk''.
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'': Sousuke Sagara. At least it tends to actually be his fault, though. He eventually plays the straight man ''[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments to his own mecha]]''.
** This also applies to his appearances in crossover games like ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' and ''VideoGame/AnotherCenturysEpisode'' - in the latter, his stoic attitude brings ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'''s RunningGag of [[DudeLooksLikeALady Alto]] being mistaken for a girl to new comedic heights.
* This is discussed in ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', where after one too many failures in getting serialized, Ashirogi Muto's [[spoiler:then-]]former editor Akira Hattori gives them a tip to help set them in the right direction: serious humor. Later on, Takagi decides to bring Mashiro with him to trail Mr. Hattori for a whole day, and at the end, they realize what "serious humor" means after witnessing a few examples along the way [[spoiler:(such as Iwase coming on to him and him rebuking her, both keeping themselves straight throughout)]], which leads to the creation of ''Perfect Crime Party'', the series that gets them out of their creative rut.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Occasionally Setsuna acts like this. Her mentor-figure Eishun played this to comical absurdity in his own group.
** Fate, at one point, gets his arm cut off. He's not worried at all, since apparently, [[GoodThingYouCanHeal he can regenerate/reattach it perfectly well]], but his [[HaremGenre haremettes]] promptly freak the eff out. How does he try to calm them down? Use his severed arm to [[PetTheDog pat the head]] of the CatGirl of the harem. All with a rather dead expression on his face. It's [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments rather hilarious]]. Two of the other haremettes actually point this out:
--->'''Shirabe''': F... Fate-sama actually attempting physical humor?\\
'''Homura''': Is that supposed to be funny?
** Chisame also qualifies on some occasions; most of her humor concerns her reactions to whatever absurd situation she ends up in.
** And in Cosmo Entelechia, we have [[spoiler: Dynamis]], who can be a really really LargeHam, but is ''always'' dead serious.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Sasuke Uchiha and Neji Hyuuga work out like this, though moreso in the anime. Of course, when something funny actually happens to them, it's just that much better. Seeing Sasuke with [[BlankWhiteEyes those white circle eyes]] is good for a laugh.
*** Best example of this has to be Shippuden episode 181 (a filler) where Sasuke gets attacked by an ostrich.
** One of the few fillers worth watching [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAO0E69-EgI has Neji spazzing out when he eats curry.]] Were it anyone else making those expression, it wouldn't be as funny. This trope is probably why Episode 101 is so popular despite being filler.
** Also, Shino. Is it really anyone wonder they dedicated an entire filler episode to [[strike:getting]] drugging him to laugh? His return of him sulking because Naruto failed to recognize him right away. Also his reaction to his bugs being eaten by that anteater.
** And Kakashi. Remember his reaction when Lee [[Funny/{{Naruto}} takes off his heavy wrist/leg bands upon Guy's request?]] As everyone is all OMG WTF BBQ, he just covers his masked face and thinks "[[CaptainObvious Guy, you are too much...]]" To enjoy a true "what the?" reaction from Kakashi, see [[http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=§ion=&q=kakashi+shippuuden#/d1imui7 the beginning of his fight against Naruto and Sakura]] in ''Shippuuden''.
** And Sai, too. His reaction to Konohamaru's yaoi version of the Sexy no Jutsu, which involves him and Sasuke naked? [[DullSurprise "Ah, it's me and Sasuke-kun."]]
** [[spoiler:Itachi.]] His response to Naruto telling him about how inescapable, completely fatal the attack being used on them is, based on his own experience? "So, why are you still alive?" The ''[[Anime/SunnySideBattle Sunny-Side Battle!]]'' OVA takes this a step further by showing him [[ItMakesSenseInContext chasing a chicken]]... while wearing his ''[[spoiler:Akatsuki robes]]!''
* Giovanni from the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime. Which of course, only makes Meowth's progressively delusional {{Imagine Spot}}s that much weirder.
** And recently, the Team Rocket trio themselves in the "Best Wishes" arc. One episode had them break from their serious dispositions when their life forces were being drained by Litwick. They attempt to menace the twerps, but they are exhausted and gasping for air even while reciting their motto.
** In the ''Sun and Moon'' series, Kiawe has shades of this.
* One of the [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments highlights]] of the ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' OVA episode (which spoofs the main series) is the resident EmotionlessGirl reciting [[CovertPervert smutty yaoi fanfic]] in a dead-serious CreepyMonotone.
* Vanilla from ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'', less so in the video games. A [[TheStoic stoic]], EmotionlessGirl couldn't possible be funny, right? [[BewareTheNiceOnes You'd be wrong.]]
* ''Characters/LupinIII'' has the ''very'' formal and traditional Goemon Ishikawa XIII, who is often used this way for the {{Bathos}}. In the crossover movie, ''Anime/LupinIIIVsDetectiveConan'', [[ImplausibleFencingPowers Goemon]] jumps from a plane and cuts through several floors of a building on his way to land in the vault. Once there, he says [[CatchPhrase "Once again I have cut a worthless object"]] as usual, completely serious... and his legs are wobbling from the impact, seemingly unnoticed. He tries so very ''hard'' to be serious and dignified... but when he hangs out with Lupin...
* A number of characters from ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' qualify:
** Hayato Akaba of the Bando Spiders remains almost completely stone-faced while striking goofy rock-star poses for no apparent reason, and has a tendency to make convoluted music metaphors with the same completely serious expression.
** Seijuro Shin of the Oujou White Knight has [[WalkingTechbane a tendency to break any piece of technology more advanced than a stopwatch]], and is occasionally seen going to comically ridiculous efforts in his training.
** Shun Kakei of the Kyoshin Poseidons always takes the antics of his wackier teammates in stride, whether it's the rivalry between Ohira and Onishi or whatever hijinks Mizumachi is up to.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'':
** The Shogun, Shigeshige Tokugawa, is a IronButtmonkey who end up naked, accidentaly beaten, or in particularly ridiculous situations everytime he appear, but what make it even funnier is that he always keep a [[TheStoic perfectly stern face]] through all of this.
** Katsura spend most of his time making a fool of himself by doing things that are considered crazy even by the other characters of the show, coming up with absurd plans or appearing in public in very [[ClarkKenting suspicious costumes]]. But the joke with him is that he take everything he or anyone else is doing extremely seriously, no matter how stupid or insane it might be to anyone with more common sense.
* ''Anime/PaniPoniDash'': Rei Tachibana. Nothing makes her humorless nature more glaring than when her pissed-off face takes up two thirds of the screen while [[GenkiGirl Himeko]] rises up on the remaining one-third and shoots off her motormouth while rocking side-to-side.
** Tsurugi Inugami would count even more, with him being the serious, near-emotionless one in the same class as characters like Misao Nanjo and Behoimi (not to mention that said class is taught by Old Geezer).
** Ichijou never once changes facial expressions (except to change to a more super-deformed version of the same stoic expression,) but is the {{Cloudcuckoolander}} supreme of the series.
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Jotaro Kujo has a perfect poker face, as he demonstrates to good effect when gambling against D'Arby. The reason he's so stoic is that he thinks his emotions are easy to read, so he tries to hide them, but of course no one can tell what he's thinking anyway. Naturally, he's put into quite a few humorous situations thanks to his deadpan reactions to the bizarre things that happen in the series.
%%** Many, ''many'' different protagonists/antagonists fall into this category, too. In fact, you could call JJBA ''Comically Serious: the Anime Series.''
* ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'': Oboro is head of the Decency Prefects, which makes it [[DudeLooksLikeALady "her"]] job to crackdown on SOX's ero terrorist activity... by confiscating the school's basketball hoop and volleyball net for even ''[[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad vaguely resembling]]'' a condom and fishnet stockings. Yes, you read that right.
* Stein from ''Manga/SoulEater'' with his RunningGag of him not be able to slide in a office chair without falling.
-->Let me try that again.
** While Stein does have his moments, Medusa plays a much straighter example. Everyone in the world of Soul Eater has a comedic gag going for them. Medusa's is interacting with these people while being the most serious person in the series. A key example is her meeting with [[spoiler:Death and Spirit.]]
%%* ''Manga/CromartieHighSchool'' uses this to great effect. No matter how strange the situation, the cast never loses their stoic expressions.
%%* Most of Erza's funniest moments in ''Manga/FairyTail'' derive from her ability to be completely serious in absurd situations.
%%* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' occasionally uses Mori's perpetual seriousness for a few laughs.
%%* Heinel plays this part in ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' when dealing with Gudelhian's antics.
* Garterbelt, [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Panty and Stocking's]] stern taskmaster. Ghost-slaying at God's command is SeriousBusiness, and there's [[AbsurdityAscendant nothing absurd]] about ghosts of [[VulgarHumor turd, semen, boogers or vomit]]. There are a few moments when even he can't remain serious all the time though. The end of the episode "If Angels Wore Swimsuits" is one of the funniest scenes in the whole series because of him.
%%* Mai, Nano, Sakamoto, and Kojiro, among others in ''Manga/{{Nichijou}}''.
* ''Manga/TonoToIssho'': Most of the main characters just don't realize how insane the stuff coming out of their mouths sounds, and remain completely stone-faced.
* Accelerator of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. He's a former serial killer and child soldier now undertaking a long and painful path to redemption. [[GoodIsNotNice He only ever laughs and smiles when he's brutally killing people]]. Therefore watching him get tackled to the ground and hit on by a drunken Misaka Misuzu near the end of season 2 was absolutely hilarious.
* Most of the punchlines from ''Manga/ServantXService'''s Megumi Chihaya come at her outwardly calmer moments... such as [[spoiler:declaring dryly that she and Ichimiya are an OfficialCouple]].
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has Commander Levi, who doesn't crack a smile ever. He's also the best at what he does (killing Titans) despite being one of the shortest males in the series. He's also ''deadly serious'' about cleaning, wears an apron and a dust mask and it just looks hilarious.
* Laura from ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' takes everything seriously. Whether it be an IS battle or trying to find a pair of "hot panties" to flash Ichika with, she will treat it all the same. Bonus for her being [[GermanicEfficiency German.]]
%%* Sonya, the tsukkomi to Yasuna's boke in ''Manga/KillMeBaby''.
%%* ''WebComic/OnePunchMan'': Saitama's student/sidekick Genos is hilariously serious about ''everything''.
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'':
** Shoto Todoroki will occasionally say or do seemingly absurd things with complete seriousness and sincerity. After the Stain arc he muses about whether, between Midoriya and Ida, he had some curse that causes people to maim their hands around him. It takes a moment for the other two to realize he's serious. Later, when everyone sees he redecorated his dorm room with tatami mats in a single day, his only response is he worked hard. Indeed, he's noticeably more tired than the others.
** When doing supplemental training for his provisional hero license, Todoroki is one of three students accosted by a teacher in full DrillSergeantNasty mode. He calls them all pieces of crap and demands to know how they could ever expect to help people. Todoroki actually considers the question and begins giving an answer about use as fertilizer before being smacked down for needing more guidance.
** All Might's former sidekick, Sir Nighteye, places high value on humor but you wouldn't know it to look at him. He's a stern man who's hero costume is literally just a suit and tie. He will, without a change in expression, put his own sidekicks in a tickle torture machine if he thinks they aren't being funny enough and uses seals, stamps used in Japan in place of signatures, as his WeaponOfChoice, noting the humor of how it goes along with his "salaryman" look.
* The entirety of ''Manga/PrisonSchool'' can be summed up as this. The realistic and serious art style is juxtaposed with the absurdity of the premise and plot.
* The title character of ''Manga/GoblinSlayer''. In a blood and violence soaked series full of rape Goblins, 90% of the rare humor comes from Goblin Slayer acting like a borderline automaton. Especially in regards to how food just passes through the slots in his helmet.
%%* Kuroda Yumewo from Manga/SaikeMatashitemo, especially that time he held up a picture of a lesser panda to Saike's team to tell them that's their target.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Batman}} often plays the unfunny role. Anything can be made funnier by adding Batman as the straight guy. A rare exception is found in the ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', [[spoiler:when The Joker tells him [[ActuallyPrettyFunny a joke that's so applicable to the two that it makes them both laugh]].]] More typically: In ''[[ComicBook/BatmanHush Hush]]'', when Nightwing and Batman are in the Batmobile discussing Catwoman (well, Nightwing is discussing her, Batman is glaring off into the distance ignoring him):
-->'''Nightwing:''' If you don't want to talk with someone, why do you even have a passenger seat in the Batmobile?\\
'''Batman:''' Balance.\\
'''Nightwing:''' ...was that a joke? ... Of course not.
* Anyone who hangs around ComicBook/TheJoker for any length of time who is not named Harley Quinn and/or doesn't end up getting a whiff of laughing gas tends to become this by default. Not so much true in UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} stories, in which the [[{{Mooks}} goons]] would often laugh along with their boss, but definitely so in most stories from the 1970s onward, and ''especially'' in stories from the '90s onward. There's ''Devil's Advocate'', in which [[FanNickname "Mister J"]] is tried in court for murder for the first time in his life and has his lawyer [[PsychopathicManchild sign all his legal briefs with a lavender crayon]] (which the lawyer gladly does). Especially funny in the "Death of Batman" story arc, in which the Joker shoots a SnuffFilm that's supposed to end with Batman being gunned down in a '40s-era café. Not only does an entire movie studio treat the Clown Prince like just another prima-donna filmmaker, but two stone-faced film critics who look just like Series/SiskelAndEbert stop by and [[TooDumbToLive give the Joker's film a bad review]]. [[DisproportionateRetribution He shoots them both dead]]. ("TWO THUMBS DOWN!")
* To a lesser extent, ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} tends to be this. Whenever he teams up with young girls (which happens more often than you might think, though an exception can be made for X-23 who is pretty much as hardened as he is) it tends to be a mix between [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments heartwarming]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarious]].
* Comicbook/{{X 23}} herself, possibly even moreso. She's TheStoic in the extreme (and her NotSoStoic moments generally involve {{Heroic BSOD}}s and bouts of suicidal depression), only rarely cracks a full smile, and has never truly been shown laughing in the ''ten years'' since she was first introduced in the books. She does have a subtle sense of humor, but generally a black one, and is a bit of a DeadpanSnarker (emphasizing the ''deadpan''). Much humor is derived from Laura's completely serious reactions to the craziness that often surrounds the X-Men. Even during a day spent playing hooky from school with her cousin Megan (involving amusement parks, a ComicBook/{{Dazzler}} concert, and being buried in a pile of puppies and kittens), Laura's face ''never changes'' from her usual neutral expression.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan. Hard as it may be to believe these days, in his GoldenAge Jack Cole comics he was the straight man surrounded by lunatics. Back then Plastic Man was a former criminal and was guilty of some rather serious crimes.
* Out of the lot of the [[VillainProtagonist villainous]] ''ComicBook/SecretSix'', the role of comically serious goes to Bane. It says something when you try to act fatherly to a grown woman by treating her like a ten year old.
* ''ComicBook/MoonKnight'': The title character is something of a CaptainErsatz of Batman, and usually takes this role when played against ComicBook/SpiderMan. Moon Knight is also insane, DependingOnTheWriter (and universe). For example, during a super-hero rooftop meeting in ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan #107:
-->'''Spider-Man:''' Don't mind me, I'm just here for the chicken wings.\\
'''Moon Knight:''' ''[confused]'' There... [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments There are no chicken wings.]]
* Comicbook/{{Cable}} to ComicBook/{{Deadpool}}'s antics.
* Similarly, ComicBook/ThePunisher to... anyone he teams up with, really (you don't get much more serious than a man who shoots crime in the face). Deadpool is a common target, mostly because he can recover from Frank putting a bullet in his brain just to ''shut him up''.
* Previously, ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} would fulfill this role. As pointed out before by a few fans, personality wise, he's not unlike Batman, meaning that any situation from his perspective could become funnier, or more awesome. He once had a oneshot story a while back, that involved him fighting evil circus folk while stealing a man's bike and leaving an apologetic note afterwards. A lot of humour was derived from the situation he was in, his reaction, and the ending which turned a small number of bits into a Brick Joke. Sadly, The X-Men are being as serious as they can now, so no more comically serious adventures for Cyke.
* Dream / Morpheus in ''ComicBook/TheSandman'', either through being the straight man to the likes of Delirium or ImmortalImmaturity. When his latest affair ends badly at the beginning of "Brief Lives", he starts brooding on the balcony like a teenager -- and [[FisherKing causes downpours]] throughout the Dreaming just to complete the pose.
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersMoreThanMeetsTheEye'':
** The comic takes great glee in turning Ultra Magnus into an Exaggerated version of this trope. Getting him to smile is a literal life-and-death matter in one story. ([[TheUnSmile And said smile is the creepiest thing you ever saw.]]) In another he literally cannot say the word "fun". He doesn't know the word "relax", either. And it's milked for all it's worth as regards showing how much his anal nature differs from the rest of the crew and placing him in silly situations and/or paired with silly characters. Sometimes he even manages to serve as the StraightMan to other characters who are usually the Straight Men themselves.
** Megatron is less extreme, but still fills a similar role: apart from a bit of snark every now and then, he's too naturally grim and serious to be a traditional comedic mainstay. It reaches its apex when he and Ultra Magnus, in the same scene, come to the conclusion that they aren't cut out for comedy:
--->'''Ultra Magnus:''' When I said that, I didn't... I was attempting to make a joke.\\
'''Megatron:''' Yes, I know -- I was running with it. There's a lot of banter on this ship; I thought I was ready to take the plunge.\\
'''Ultra Magnus:''' I think we've both learned something from this.
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'': Most of Gaston's fellow employees are serious people who just want to do their jobs. At the far end of the scale, Mr. Boulier is the dapper, persnickety accountant who resents Gaston as a massive source of unplanned expenditures.
* ''ComicBook/UltimateGalactusTrilogy'': Carol Danvers and Hawkeye turned into this when they could not stand all the crazy stuff going on. Aliens, space ships, amateur superheroes, space gods... things were so much simpler back in the Cold War, when they just had the mundane risk of an atomic war.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Just about any character played by Creator/ChristopherWalken.
* Creator/LeslieNielsen was a somewhat successful dramatic actor. When Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker came along and had him act the exact same way in a crazy situation in their film ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', it made him a comedy legend. The rest is history. Hence LeslieNielsenSyndrome: it is difficult to impossible to watch older Leslie Nielsen films without stifling inappropriate giggles -- including such classics as ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet''.
** The entire movie is based on this trope. Only Johnny acts silly.
--->'''Stryker:''' Surely, you can't be serious.\\
'''Rumack:''' I am serious. And don't call me "Shirley".
** Lloyd Bridges as Commander Cain in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'' can induce a similar reaction, having spoofed such military commander roles in ''Film/HotShots''. The ''Hot Shot'' movies (done by one of the ''Airplane'' trio) treat everything completely serious, especially when Topper Harley (Creator/CharlieSheen) ends up [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cyDqd42-FKg using a chicken]] as [[AbnormalAmmo an arrow]].
* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'': Graham Chapman plays King Arthur completely straight through some of the most absurd moments in theatrical history, his stodginess in the face of carefree lunacy played for laughs.[[note]] This may have been alcohol enhanced. Sadly, he was very very drunk the entire filming of this, to the point that it was a wake-up call to seek help.[[/note]]
-->'''Tim:''' Follow. [[LargeHam But! Follow only if ye be men of valour!]] For the entrance to this cave is guarded by a creature so foul, so cruel, that no man yet has fought with it... and lived! BONES of full fifty men lie ''strewn'' about its lair! So! Brave knights! If you do doubt your courage or your strength, come no further, for death awaits you all with nasty, big, pointy teeth... ''[makes fangs with his fingers and holds them in front of his mouth]''\\
'''King Arthur:''' [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall What an eccentric performance.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series: This trope is often the basis for gags involving the Terminators and their [[NoSocialSkills lack of social skills]]. Special mention goes to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btn4KwHO0WA when]] [[http://www.usatoday.com/videos/life/movies/2015/07/02/29638501/ they]] [[TheUnSmile attempt smiling]].
* Creator/TommyLeeJones in just about any movie, where he approaches even the most absurd scenes completely serious and deadpan. Except ''Film/BatmanForever'', where he is HamAndCheese incarnate.
** Such as in ''Film/ManOfTheHouse'', where he plays a Texas Ranger tasked with guarding a squad of neurotic University of Texas cheerleaders who witnessed a murder.
** ''Film/MenInBlack'': Agent K. So much so that when they were filming the first movie, Jones was worried he wouldn't be funny, and they had to keep reassuring him that Agent K would be funny in context. He was.
* [[TheGrimReaper Death]] in ''Film/BillAndTedsBogusJourney'' gets a creepy introduction when he arrives to take Bill and Ted to Hell. He promptly gets Melvined by them and spends the rest of the film desperately trying to regain his dignity, which is shattered over and over again the more time he spends with them (he eventually gave up and became their bass player).
--> ''"Don't overlook *my* butt, I work out all the time. And reaping burns a lot of calories."''
* Death is terribly serious in ''Film/DeathTakesAHoliday'' when he's being romanced and comically being dumped for analyzing his date.
* Creator/BusterKeaton started his unfunny act young. Working with his father on the stage, he was continually told to "freeze the puss" because a puzzled or frowning face after a gag made the audience laugh harder. This later carried over to his film career - when he's on screen, his face is a worried blank, his body is ramrod straight but his ''legs'' do the talking. This gave rise to the UrbanLegend that claimed that Keaton was actually ''contractually obligated'' to never smile (he wasn't).\\
\\
A biography of him explained this trope in action. As a child performer he wore a suitcase handle on the back of his jacket, allowing the adults to literally pick him up and toss him around the stage. The act ended with him getting shoved through a bass drum. If he emerged from the drum smiling and waving at the audience (to assure them he was unharmed), people assumed he was being abused and that the smiling was just something he had been ordered to do. If he kept his face deadpan throughout, he brought the house down every time.
* ''Film/HarryPotter'': Creator/AlanRickman's subdued performance as Snape is sometimes this, especially in the later films (Cormack puking on his shoes comes to mind). Rickman commented in an interview that the child actors would sometimes act up deliberately to see if they could get him to [[{{Corpsing}} break character]].
** Rolling his eyes and pulling his sleeves back to push Ron and Harry's faces back into their work wouldn't have been nearly as funny if he'd had ''any'' change of attitude or expression.
** There's this little gem from ''Order of the Phoenix'', when Dolores Umbridge is conducting an inspection of the school:
--->'''Umbridge:''' You applied first for the Defence Against the Dark Arts post, is that correct?\\
'''Snape:''' Yes.\\
'''Umbridge:''' But you were unsuccessful?\\
'''Snape:''' ''[irritated but still deadpan]'' Obviously.
* ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'': Oddly enough, Otis Driftwood is Comically Serious when he is in the company of Captain Spaulding and Baby Firefly.
* ''Film/{{Inception}}'': Arthur, as he's the most serious in the [[BadassCrew Dream Team]] and smiles but twice in the whole film. He does have a [[DeadpanSnarker sense of humour]] though.
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' - Creator/DanAykroyd as Joe Friday.
* Creator/BruceLee has a few moments as the comically serious [[http://giphy.com/gifs/reaction-26jpiPaeL2LWo in some of his movies]]. Noticeably, Creator/JackieChan invoked this trope as one of the reasons he chose to do action comedy: he once was speculated to be Lee's potential succesor, so he decided to do the exact opposite and step out of his shadow.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Dumont Margaret Dumont]] in the films of Creator/TheMarxBrothers and others. So much so that for many years people believed that she really was that stuffy, and simply didn't understand the jokes. It's not true; she was well aware of how funny Groucho's lines were, but was a consummate professional and stayed in character. (In her 20s, she'd been a noted comedy actress.) The reason people believed that Dumont didn't get the jokes was that she was so professional that she kept in character even when she wasn't onscreen. In one television performance late in their careers, Groucho succeeded in making her [[{{Corpsing}} corpse]].[[note]]Dumont did give at least one interview in which she spoke with evident knowledge about the art of being a good straight man.[[/note]]
* Moe Howard from ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' is cast as the most "serious" Stooge and often berates the other two to stop screwing around, but he is no less likely to get a pie in the face or clonked with a shovel than anyone else in the cast [[note]]Plus; His character isn't the OnlySaneMan he thinks he is and is just as dimwitted and weird as the others.[[/note]]. This is a natural extension of the much older role of the ''whiteface'' clown as a StraightMan to the more rambunctious ''auguste'' in [[NonIronicClown professional clowning.]] Some people have trouble with [[MonsterClown smart clowns]]...
* Morticia Adams in ''Film/TheAddamsFamily'' films. Creator/AnjelicaHuston plays the character low-key, simply accepting the weirdness around her as perfectly normal. And it is ''hilarious!''
** Wednesday too. Her [[LittleMissSnarker cruel lines]] owe most of its humor to Creator/ChristinaRicci delivering them in a CreepyMonotone.
* ''Film/HomeAlone'': Harry to a certain extent.
* ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
** In ''Film/IronMan2'', the tough, thuggish Ivan gives the brief and subtle yet highly amusing appearance of a FishOutOfWater while joining Justin Hammer for an expensive, five-star meal.
** Thor has his moments in the first ''Film/{{Thor}}'' movie while he's on Earth, largely due to his {{fish out of water}} status. The most notable instance of this is when he very seriously asks a pet shop employee for a horse, and it turns out they don't sell horses.
--->'''Thor:''' I need a horse!\\
'''Pet shop employee:''' We don't have horses, just dogs, cats and birds.\\
'''Thor:''' [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Then give me one of those large enough to ride!]]
** ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''
*** Drax the Destroyer is the member of a race whose members are LiteralMinded. Most of the time, he has no sense of sarcasm, humor, or [[BrickJoke metaphors]], leading to plenty of moments where his seriousness is played for laughs, particularly compared to the other team members, such as in the mid-credits sequence. {{Averted}} in the sequel, where he's laughing his head off at least once a scene, often at someone else's expense. (Granted, this is mostly because he's trying to develop a sense of humor and not be so literal, but isn't entirely succeeding.) But reinstated as "stoic to the point of hilarity" in ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar''.
*** BigBad Ronan in the first movie is a ColdHam as a deliberate contrast to the wacky Guardians. Especially at the end, when Peter distracts him from trying to destroy a planet by [[spoiler: [[CrazyEnoughToWork challenging him to a dance off, and starting to dance to '80's music]]]].
--->'''Ronan:''' ''[giving Peter a thoroughly bewildered look]'' ...What are you doing. WHAT are you DOING?
** Once Peter removes a "Training Wheels Protocol" from his suit in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming'', he unveils an female BenevolentAI not unlike Film/IronMan's F.R.I.D.A.Y., whom Spidey nicknames "Karen". She's not a snarker like J.A.R.V.I.S. (even if [[CastingGag she's voiced by]] [[Creator/JenniferConnelly his wife]]), but still hilarious given Karen is either blunt ("Aw, my head!" "You appear to have a minor concussion."), obvious ("The F.B.I.?!" "[[UnwantedAssistance The Federal Bureau of Investigation...]]") or {{Adorkable}} ("Your impressions are very funny!").
** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'': Wong spends the majority of the film completely and utterly stone-faced, not cracking so much as a grin as Strange bumbles into his role as Sorcerer Supreme and cracks snarky jokes. [[spoiler:At the end Strange makes a cheesy joke about reading the instructions and Wong ''explodes'' into uproarious laughter, much to Strange and Mordo’s confusion.]]
* ''Film/IntoTheStorm2009'' features the real-life character of General Ismay, Churchill's military aide, who keeps a straight face through all of Winston's antics.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Film/DrStrangelove'', but GeneralRipper and [[LawfulStupid Col. Bat Guano]] take the cake.
* ''Film/{{The Secret Garden|1993}}'': Mary at the beginning of the 1993 movie. Particularly with jolly Yorkshire maid Martha as a contrast.
-->'''Martha:''' ''[playfully pulls Mary's hat down over her eyes]'' There you are, Miss Mary!\\
'''Mary:''' ''[teeth clenched]'' I can't. See.
* Creator/JaneaneGarofalo's character Heather Mooney in ''Film/RomyAndMichelesHighSchoolReunion'' spends most of the film being a DeadpanSnarker, but whenever anyone mentions the subject of her old flame Sandy Frink, she becomes this. Because she was very much in love with him. ''Very'' much in love.
* Creator/MarilynMonroe, at least when she appeared in comedies, where she was usually not the main character and didn't get many laugh-out-loud scenes; on the surface, [[SexSells it's pretty obvious why she's there in the first place]]. This is especially noteworthy in the two films she made with Creator/BillyWilder, ''Film/TheSevenYearItch'' and ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'' (and in fact, she said she did not enjoy filming the latter precisely for the above reason). Which is not to say she wasn't comical to more than an incidental extent: George Cukor, another of her directors, pointed out that "she acted as if she didn't understand why it was funny. Which is what made it so funny."
* Monroe's SpiritualSuccessor, Anna Nicole Smith, plays a similar role in ''[[TheNakedGun Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult]]'', even more so than Leslie Nielsen (see above) and the rest of the cast. As Tanya Peters, she is onscreen less often than the other major characters, [[TheQuietOne doesn't talk much]], and is primarily there to react with naive cluelessness about everyone else's antics (which, as the story proves, is [[ObfuscatingStupidity just an act]]). On those rare occasions when she does get a funny line, it's more low-key than other characters'; and when she is the butt of a sight gag, it's more often just a cheap joke about her sex appeal than anything that makes her lose her dignity. [[spoiler: Until her final scene in the film, where she [[NotSoAboveItAll strips naked and reveals that she is actually a man]].]]
* The female lead in any Creator/AdamSandler picture tends to be this. An exception is ''Film/MrDeeds'', where Creator/WinonaRyder acts ditzy and falls into slapstick and other embarrassing situations -- and, in an inversion, Adam's Mr. Deeds is actually quite dignified compared to previous Sandler portrayals.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** ''Film/RogueOne'' has [-K-2SO-], an Imperial droid that after being reprogrammed by the Rebels, ends up [[ThinkingOutLoud unable to hold his]] BrutalHonesty. Subsequently, nearly every line of his is or ends up funny.
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'' has General Armitage Hux, who becomes this as he spends the whole movie as the [[TheEmpire First]] [[TheRemnant Order's]] resident ButtMonkey.
** ''Film/{{Solo}}'' has [-L3-37-], Lando's co-pilot who's basically a DistaffCounterpart to [-K2SO-], only instead of being jaded, she's [[ForGreatJustice idealistic and willing to rebel]], so even when she's not snarking, it's funny ( "I found my true purpose, Lando. That's what I've done!").
* ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'' has Jaylah, who in being [[TheStoic serious]] and [[ActionGirl combative]] ends up often employed as a [[StraightMan straight woman]], per franchise tradition (see the ''Star Trek'' examples on the Live-Action TV folder). The [[BuffySpeak broken]] [[LearntEnglishFromWatchingTelevision English]] also helps.
* ''Film/{{Wonder Woman|2017}}'' has the title heroine, who not only is a FishOutOfWater, but earnest, idealistic and combative. Hence lots of funny moments with her attempts at socialization and\or understanding the non-Amazon world.
* ''Film/{{Hydrozagadka}}'' is ''the world'' of The Comically Serious, who deliver the most ridiculous lines with completely straight faces.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromLA'', Snake becomes so absurdly, monolithically cool and macho that he swerves right back around to being as ridiculous and camp as everything around him.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Various guests from ''Series/FawltyTowers'' including Mr. Hutchison from "The Hotel Inspectors", and the Abbots from "The Psychiatrist", and especially Dr Price from "The Kipper and the Corpse".
-->'''Dr Price:''' Look, I'm a doctor. I'm a doctor and I want my sausages!
** Basil Fawlty himself was designed with this trope in mind. Creator/JohnCleese has mentioned in interviews that the guiding principle he had when designing Fawlty was that someone having something embarrassing happen to them isn't funny; someone having something embarrassing happen to them and trying to press on as though everything is normal is hilarious.
* Officer Crabtree from ''Series/AlloAllo''. Arguably one of the most outrageous characters in the series, with the straightest face. Probably because he has no idea how horrendous his French is...
** After his first take he was told to "do it again, but like it wasn't funny"
* Arnold Rimmer in ''Series/RedDwarf'': Takes everything seriously but gets everything wrong. The polar opposite of Lister who is usually making a joke at Rimmer's expense but generally quite smart at figuring things out, and The Cat who makes fun of Rimmer on every occasion possible but often gets stuff right because he goes with his gut reaction and doesn't overanalyse it.
** In the episode "Bodyswap" Rimmer describes what ageing is like. His delivery is deliberate in its bathos:
--> "When you're younger you can eat what you like, drink what you like and still climb into your 26" waist trousers and zip them closed. Then you reach that age - 24, 25 - your muscles give up, they wave a little white flag and without any warning at all suddenly you're a fat bastard."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Creator/SethGreen as Oz. Also, Giles.
** Anya Jenkins, by a long shot.
--> '''Dawn''' ''(with chopsticks hanging from her mouth):'' When I was younger, I used to put my chopsticks in my mouth like this, and then Buffy would chase me around the house yelling, "I am the Slayer! I'm going to get you!"
--> '''Anya''': That's disturbing. You're emotionally scarred and will end up badly.
** Angel. The fact that he's periodically-evil while his companions are all Happy Meals with legs might have something to do with all the jokes at his expense, to keep him grounded. When he becomes Angelus it's more a matter of EvilHasABadSenseOfHumor.
* Indeed, much of the humor on [[Series/{{Angel}} Angel's own show]] was derived from his being deadpan in comical or bizarre situations, or how absolutely seriously he took his role as Brooding Hero of the Night With a Dark Past, to the point where it became a bit absurd. Cases in point: his dancing (it's ''dreadful'' but thankfully imaginary), leaping heroically into the ''wrong convertible'' and thereby averting a car chase scene, the discovery that he enjoys Barry Manilow but cannot sing to save his unlife, and dressing up in a [[HawaiianShirtedTourist ridiculous tourist outfit]] in order to apparently ''annoy'' information out of a local mafia boss. All of these he treats with complete seriousness or hides to keep his brooding cred.
** The best was when he was turned into a muppet in "Smile Time". For most of an episode he was a dour, brooding, serious ''fuzzy puppet'' while everyone else was intensely amused.
** In episode five of season three, "Fredless," Cordelia and Wesley subject the Buffy/Angel [[StarCrossedLovers relationship]] to something that goes beyond a send-up and into a blow-up, leading to this immortal line from Wesley: "Oh Buffy, I love you so much I almost forgot to ''BROOD''!"
** Earlier, in the season two episode "Guise Will Be Guise," Cordelia gave this impression of Angel: "Oh no, I can't do anything fun tonight. I have to [[TheAtoner count my past sins]], then [[UpToEleven alphabetize them]]. Oh, by the way, I'm thinking of snapping on Friday."
* Spoofed in ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', where a man talking and acting in a blandly everyday manner causes convulsive laughter in everyone he walks past. And that's even an obscure reference. Does no one remember the Colonel? "Now I do my best to keep things moving along, but I'm not having things getting silly." He started as the straight man in his own sketch, and they kept using him to end a sketch for which they had not written a punch line.
-->'''Colonel:''' Right! Stop that! Silly! [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ol5Dfs7jqFI And a bit suspect, I think...]]
** Generally speaking, Graham Chapman has been described by other Pythons as hating the stereotype of the man who knows that he's funny, in comedy, which is why so many of the characters he played can definitively be described as The Comically Serious.
* Michael Bluth of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''.
** Also, Wayne Jarvis, the self-described consummate professional.
--->'''Michael:''' Are you serious?
--->'''Wayne:''' Almost always. I was once voted the worst audience participant ''Cirque Du Soleil'' ever had.
* Much of the humor in ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' and ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' comes from putting Worf through this. Data and Odo are also frequent targets.
-->'''Worf''': Sir, I protest! I am '''not''' a merry man!
** Same applies to Data's daughter Lal in "The Offspring", who summed up the essence of this trope after noting that other children were laughing at her.
--->'''Lal''': Then, without understanding humor, I have somehow mastered it.
** In ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok was often paired with goofy Neelix. Interestingly, in a flashback, Sulu commented that Tuvok was stuck up even for a Vulcan (implicitly comparing him to Spock). Which leads to the hilarious image of him being the Comically Serious in a group of ''Vulcans''.
** And Worf, above, is often shown as being more serious than most Klingons. This may be a case of him trying too hard to follow an outsider's ideas of Klingon culture, as compared to those actually brought up in it; then again, he might just have [[TheStoic a grim and serious temperament]]. Creator/MichaelDorn has a charming smile, but the best you're likely to get out of Worf is a look of satisfaction.
*** It's lampshaded in "Redemption", when Worf tries to claim that Klingons do not laugh, and Guinan immediately calls him on it -- they totally do; ''he'' doesn't. It's backed up later in the story when Worf goes to fight in a Klingon fleet. In between battles, [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying the other Klingons join their]] ''[[ScrewTheWarWerePartying enemies]]'' [[ScrewTheWarWerePartying in a bar to boisterously drink together]], but Worf has to be all but dragged into the fun, and is still not really enjoying himself.
*** From time to time, Worf does show that he is aware of this and uses it to his advantage to sneak in some snark.
*** A ''Deep Space Nine'' episode "Let He Who Is Without Sin..." reveals a possible reason for him being so uptight: when he was much younger, he was more enthusiastic than we see him today. Unfortunately, his enthusiasm (paired with [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength his Klingon strength]]) led to him ''accidentally killing an opponent during a soccer match''. [[MyGreatestFailure He never really recovered from it]].
** In TNG's "The Outrageous Okona", Data discovers the concept of humor and attempts to learn to tell jokes and stand-up. The image of Comically Serious Data, on par with Worf, trying to tell jokes and failing miserably is -- on paper - more hilarious than the jokes themselves could ever hope to be. Unfortunately, to say they misfired would be a dramatic understatement -- the resulting episode is regarded as one of the worst in the entire ''Trek'' canon. He can hardly be blamed for getting it wrong considering the jokes being endorsed by Guinan and [[InformedAbility the greatest comedian of the 20th century.]] "Because you're a 'droid and I'm a 'noid."
** At least once Data and Worf both pulled this off in the same scene. In "Phantasms", Data asks Worf to take care of his cat Spot:
--->'''Data:''' You must feed him and pet him. And you must tell him he is a good cat. And a pretty cat.\\
'''Worf:''' ''(holding the cat at arm's length with his usual [[PerpetualFrowner scowl]])'' I will ''feed'' it.\\
''({{beat}})''\\
'''Data:''' Perhaps that will be sufficient.
** And of course, Spock [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries himself]]. While a DeadpanSnarker on his own, the Vulcan generates even more laughs by his lack of emotion and [[LiteralMinded frequent]] [[BluntMetaphorsTrauma misunderstandings]]. [[Film/StarTrek2009 Zachary]] [[Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness Quinto's]] [[Film/StarTrekBeyond Spock]] pushes it a notch further. Note that even when Spock is shown having a rather sharp sense of humor, his stoicsm just plays so well against the original series' campiness (salt vampires, space hippies, the entire plot of "Spock's Brain") to make this trope stand out further.
** [[ThoseTwoGuys Agents Dulmer and Lucsly]] from [=DS9=]'s "Trials and Tribble-ations." Especially [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore their reactions to everyone making time-related jokes]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** A great deal of the series' humor comes from putting very serious military personnel into the utmost ridiculous science-fiction situations.
--->'''Maj. Gen. George Hammond:''' I'm allowing the use of this ship because of the obvious tactical advantage it provides you. Under no circumstances is it to be used to travel through time. Understood?\\
'''Col. Jack O'Neill:''' Yes sir.\\
'''Hammond:''' Never in my life would I have imagined giving that order.
** Teal'c was the team's Unfunny. He might have laughed only once in the show's 10-year run -- at a [[ProudWarriorRace Jaffa]] joke no-one else on the team got. Once in a while he was a bit of a DeadpanSnarker, and he was frequently the victim of {{Metaphorgotten}}, but he was always a serious person. He did let his hair down more in the company of his own people, so FishOutOfWater may have been a contributing factor. Made even more hilarious on a meta level by how downright ''jolly'' his actor Creator/ChristopherJudge is in real life. At first his understanding of human humor is more limited, but he learns more as the series goes on, giving us such moments as early on when O'Neill is lying sick in bed:
--->'''Teal'c:''' ''[deadpan]'' Undomesticated equines could not stop me.\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''O'Neill:''' ''[realizing]'' You made a joke.
** The Jaffa race as a whole counts. The other Jaffa may smile more easily than Teal'c, but they're still deadly serious 90% of the time, and will climb up on their honor in an instant.
* Dr. Wen from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. Carla as well: you can get plenty of laughs out of her and her storylines, but it's actually made a point of a few times in the show that she can't tell or do good jokes. ([[SoUnfunnyItsFunny It doesn't stop her from trying, though.]])
* ''Series/{{MASH}}'': Col. Potter, Major Freeman, and Major Winchester. They have their breakdowns, but compared to [[TheHero Hawkeye]], [[TheLancer Trapper, B.J.]], [[HypercompetentSidekick Radar]], [[ButtMonkey Frank Burns]], [[{{Tsundere}} Margaret]], [[{{Crossdresser}} Klinger]]...
** [[CrazySurvivalist Col.]] [[CrazyPrepared Flagg]]. And then some.
* Derek Hale from ''Series/TeenWolf''. His glaring or hostile reactions to other people's actions, especially [[DeadpanSnarker Stiles']], are often much funnier than the initial joke. And he's been nicknamed the [[InseriesNickname sourwolf]] by Stiles because of this.
-->'''Derek''': Shut up.
-->'''Stiles''': Don't be such a sourwolf.
* More recent ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows have developed a real love of having a [[TheStoic stoic]] Riders among the heroic cast for comedy value.
** Chase from ''Series/KamenRiderDrive'' is a biomechanical being with a poor (at best) grasp of human emotions, paired with a police division staffed by [[RagtagBandOfMisfits the goofs, weirdos, and rejects]] from the rest of the department, so naturally HilarityEnsues. In one memorable episode, the Special Division hatches a plan to deal with an ObstructiveBureaucrat that involves Chase "attacking" him while pretending to be a rampaging monster; his performance amounts to waving his arms around stiffly and half-heartedly growling, which the rest of the team sells by [[BadBadActing hamming it up like their lives depend on it]].
*** This gets played up in Chase's stand-alone movie, where he's given a PersonalityChip and the sight of him acting like a normal human being (smiling, talking cheerfully about the weather, making little jokes) initially freaks everybody out.
** [[TheStoic Hiiro Kagami]] of ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' always wears a blank expression. It doesn't matter if he's [[SweetTooth eating a cake]], fighting monsters, or talking to his much zanier father. A prime example comes late in the series, where he and Taiga finally mend fences. Hiiro starts treating him more respectfully, including calling him "Doctor Hanaya", but Taiga says that it's kind of weirding him out...which prompts Hiiro to revert to his previous behavior, going stone-faced and calling Taiga "Unlicensed Doctor". After a {{Beat}}, Taiga says "...Doctor Hanaya is fine."
** Gentoku Himuro from ''Series/KamenRiderBuild'' is an unusual example in that, at the outset of the series, he was a perfectly cold and serious villain. Later on it's revealed that he's a good person who was put under the effects of a HatePlague that inverted his personality; once freed from its grip, he undergoes a HeelFaceTurn and joins "Team Build". This is the point where the audience learns that his fashion sense is ludicrously gaudy (he wears things like straw baseball caps, cut-off jean shorts and transparent jackets), but he doesn't see anything wrong with it and actually gets offended when the rest of the crew is creeped out by him. When he finally settles into a more reasonable ensemble of a leather jacket and jeans, he takes to wearing {{Fun T Shirt}}s under the jacket and using them in place of verbal responses, to the confusion of his allies.
* Lilith on ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' and ''Series/{{Frasier}}''. She also thinks [[StraightMan Zeppo Marx]] is the funniest of the Creator/MarxBrothers. Interestingly, Zeppo was often said to be the funniest one in real life.
* [[RobotGirl Cameron]] of ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' is a solid example of this, when she is put in absurd or socially delicate situations, and tends to react in an extremely straightforward and practical manner. Fellow Terminators John Henry and Catherine Weaver tend to be this, too. The odd thing here is how much quiet comedy the writers generate between two comically serious characters.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': NSA Agent John Casey is the most serious out of the 'Operation Bartowski' team, but he's often the bringer of the most laughs, usually because he's put into amusing circumstances.
** General Beckman takes this UpToEleven. She [[PerpetualFrowner rarely smiles]] and is a masterful DeadpanSnarker. A substantial amount of the humor of her scenes is her [[TheStoic stoicism]] regardless of the situation. Such as Sarah and Chuck contacting her and pulling her out of a cocktail party, resulting in her [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments glowering at them while wearing a cocktail dress]]. [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot An opportunity was certainly lost]] in having Beckman [[WhatCouldHaveBeen contend with Jeff, Lester and the other "Buy Morons"]] when she briefly ran the store as part of a CIA operation.
* ''{{Series/News Radio}}'': The whole reason Dave Foley was cast as Dave Nelson (a character created with him in mind) was the fact that Foley has a talent for getting laughs by subtly and seriously ''reacting'' to funny or crazy things, more so than the actors who are actually ''doing'' them, as creator Paul Simms discovered by watching him steal scenes opposite the [[Series/TheKidsInTheHall Chicken Lady]].
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Castiel]] on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''. He doesn't even react when he sits on a ''whoopie cushion'', inadvertently interrupting his own {{Serious|Business}} speech about the AntiChrist.
-->'''Cas''': ''[completely serious]'' That wasn't me.
** See also [[http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v661/kanger3/51sk0w.gif his utter failure at pretending to be an]] FBIAgent, and:
--->''This isn't funny, Dean! The voice says I'm almost out of minutes.''
** Or his voicemail message.
--->''I don't understand. Why do you want me to say my name? (sound of buttons being pressed)''
* From Creator/ConanOBrien's recurring sketches: RealLife associate producer [[TheDandy Jordan Schlansky]].
* Jamie Hyneman from ''Series/MythBusters'' is one of the quintessential examples, in contrast to co-host Adam Savage, [[FunPersonified who delights in clowning]].
** In the episode where they tested the concept of LatexPerfection, Adam got a lot of mileage out of acting zany while disguised as Jamie (though he was able to pull off serious too). On the other hand, Jamie had a hard time acting appropriately goofy while disguised as Adam.
* ''Series/TrueBlood'': Eric Northman. A good example--though funnier in context, so spoilered punchline--is when he's speaking in Russian, and his whole speech is subtitled, but he spontaneously switches back to English to call someone a [[spoiler:gold-digging '''whore'''!]]
* Dr. K from ''Series/PowerRangersRPM''. For a character who is a complete DeadpanSnarker with NoSocialSkills, she provides almost as much humor as the designated ButtMonkey of the series. It mainly comes from the fact that she is often placed in socially awkward situations. (See "Ranger Yellow, Part 2", "Doctor K", and ''especially'' "In Or Out" for proof.)
* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'': Captain Raymond Holt plays this to a T. In a twist, though, the character is far from entirely serious, he just expresses himself in a very subdued, very stoic fashion. [[NotSoAboveItAll Mostly.]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Dr. Sheldon Cooper. In fact, it's pretty much his entire shtick (aside from neurosis, passive-aggressiveness and love of trains.)
* Ron Swanson and Ben Wyatt in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. Ron Swanson because he's RatedMForManly with the corresponding lack of sense of humor, and Ben because he's simply [[OnlySaneMan trying to be sane]].
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'''s Dalton Academy Warblers, individually or en masse, are this to a T.
--> '''Thad:''' You mock us, sir!
* Hotch on ''Series/CriminalMinds'' gets a lot of mileage out of this trope. He's an immensely deadpan DeadpanSnarker on a team of people with much more overt senses of humour and a tendency to play pranks and get up to other sorts of shenanigans, so he's ended up with a reputation as having no sense of humour. And he usually is the straight man to the silliness, but he's actually quite goofy when given the opportunity (usually around his son, Jack), so it seems that he sometimes plays up being serious for comedic effect.
** On the sitcom ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'', Greg got laughs like this too. It seems to be a Thomas Gibson specialty.
* Jon Stewart on ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is not generally this, but when paired with his correspondents for a bit, will oftentimes take on this role as the serious straight newsman/interviewer.
* The humor of Creator/{{Loriot}}, probably Germany's most famous comedian, is always this, revolving around people in awkward situations who always keep appearances and manners, which only makes the situations more absurd and hilarious, and frankly, embarrassing. A great deal of his early humor is attributed to the fact that people in Germany in the 60s actually did behave a lot like that and he was merely pointing out the absurdity of trying to keep one's dignity by ignoring the embarrassment.
* PR consultant and professional snoop Nick Hewer has shades of this in TheApprentice, which the editors occasionally play up - the man's so deadpan that the second he comes within five metres of a stuffed toy he becomes instantly funny. The real life equivalent of the Batman comedy mannequin. Following an appearance on a [[Series/WouldILieToYou popular BBC panel show]], however, it turned out that the Apprentice team had, if anything, been ''down''playing Nick's deadpan genius. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SRwrdsm0lI And all he had to do was wear a jumper and make some faces...]]
* Red Foreman embodies this trope in ''Series/That70sShow''. While he does have a lighter side that pops up from time to time, 99% of the humor derived from his character comes from his stern personality clashing with the absolutely absurd plots going on around him.
** He does have a dry and sardonic sense of humor that plays up now and then, such as when he remarked on Bob's less than stellar military courage:
--> '''Red''': Imagine that, a Minuteman serving chicken!
* In the classic TV ''Series/{{Batman}}'', Batman and Robin are the straight men to the lunacy of the villains.
** Also Chief O’Hara and Comissioner Gordon. For {{Camp}} to work, the material must be handled with subdued drama. Comissioner Gordon [[TookTheBadFilmSeriously delivered the most inane lines with great aplomb, utter conviction and just the right amount of drama]].
* ''Life's Too Short'' gives us Creator/LiamNeeson's [[AdamWesting attempt]] at [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKTh7zBIcrM improv comedy.]]
* Jack Soo as Nick Yemana, and later Steve Landesberg as Arthur Dietrich on ''Series/BarneyMiller''.
* Ichabod Crane in ''Series/SleepyHollow'' maintains the poise and decorum of an 18th century British gentleman no matter what happens around him. He even has an elegant way to hide behind a wall during an explosion.
* Beau Bridges as Carl Hickey, Earl's grumpy middle-aged father, in ''Series/MyNameIsEarl''.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' got a fair amount of mileage out of putting the frequently very serious Commander Susan Ivanova into ridiculous situations. Like the time she had to wrap her head around the fact that there were, in fact, ''ten'' identical-looking fur-wearing, hairy caretakers of the Great Machine, [[FantasticNamingConvention all of them called Zathras]]. She probably was intended to do this even more often, but the actress lobbied to let her character be less staunch.
** G'Kar usually becomes this when he's interacting with [[LargeHam Londo]], especially once their OddFriendship starts developing. There's a blooper reel that plays on this dynamic. Londo explains that G'Kar is his bodyguard. G'Kar, dead serious, puts on a pair of CoolShades.
--->'''Londo:''' He cleaned out the liquor cabinet on First Class.
* James Lester from ''Series/{{Primeval}}''. His [[StiffUpperLip British stuffiness]] is played up to the point where everything he says comes off as a joke.
* ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'':
** Andy Samberg's "Creator/MarkWahlberg Talks to Animals" sketch mocks Wahlberg by portraying him as this. As the title suggests, it's just two minutes of Wahlberg trying to have a completely straight-faced conversation with a dog...ending it with a dead serious [[MemeticMutation "Say hi to your mother for me!"]]
** Rachel Dratch as [[TheEeyore Debbie Downer]] always interjects with a new mood-killer, accompanied by a [[{{Sting}} sad trombone]] sound, which was so hilarious in its effect that everyone, including Rachel, ended up {{corpsing}} at times.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** The show gives us the perpetually-dour Stannis Baratheon. As [[KnightInShiningArmor Loras Tyrell]] says, he has the [[PerpetualFrowner personality of a lobster]], but his deadpan BrutalHonesty and [[NoSocialSkills constantly exasperated]] FacialDialogue make him surprisingly funny in the rare moments of levity in his appearances.
-->'''[[NumberTwo Davos]] [[UndyingLoyalty Seaworth]]:''' Lord Celtigar called it admirable.
-->'''Stannis:''' Had I shown him the contents of my privy, he would have called that admirable too.
** Tywin Lannister, as seen with interactions with Tyrion during his wedding, as Tywin unexpectedly slips in to the role of straight man to his son. Other incidents include giving a version of TheTalk to Tommen in the Sept of Baelor, and trying to talk with Oberyn Martell in a brothel... with Oberyn offering him a seat ''right'' where a male prostitute had been laying with Oberyn.
** Missandei and Grey Worm's interactions with Tyrion in Season 6 amount to this. He spends the majority of the season trying to get them to make a joke. Grey Worm is even more so this than Missandei, he is ''extremely'' awkward during his conversations with Tyrion. However, the latter finally gets him to make a joke in the penultimate episode of the season (in the most deadpan way possible).
* ''Series/ICarly'': Freddie's temporary bodyguard Gunsmoke. Like when he smashed Spencer's snow cone machine.
-->'''Gunsmoke:''' For all I knew it could've been full of plastic explosives or chemical weapons.\\
'''Spencer:''' Well it wasn't!\\
'''Gunsmoke:''' (beat) Then can I have a snow cone?
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Oliver often plays this role next to the likes of Barry and Ray, who are '''quite''' enthusiastic.
* ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' showcases C-SPAN's Steve Sculley, aka "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wrji0XLoFU The Most Patient Man on Television]]" as a glorious example given he barely changes his expression while receiving batshit\bigoted viewer phone calls.
** As put by [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/23/last-week-tonight-trivia_n_7118622.html The Huffington Post]], the show's own voiceovers owe much of their hilarity to Creator/DavidKaye staying serious "while saying absolutely ridiculous things, and [[PrecisionFStrike occasionally swearing.]]" Kaye admitted [[{{Corpsing}} he has to stop and laugh every now and then]] to keep the deadpan delivery.
* Francesca "Frankie" Dart of ''Series/{{Community}}'' is the Dean's HypercompetentSidekick and the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]] at the college. She usually plays StraightMan to the more eccentric main cast; most of her comedy moments come from her exasperated reactions to the absurdities around her.
* About seventy-five percent of the funny moments on ''Series/{{Bones}}'' come from other characters' jokes going over LiteralMinded Temperance Brennan's head and her correcting them. ''Series/{{Bones}}'' also gives us Dr. Zack Addy (who is very similar to Brennan), workaholic Clark Edison, and [[TheEeyore Colin Fisher]], who was revealed in one episode to moonlight as a stand-up comic. [[GallowsHumor His "jokes" were indiscernible from his usual dialogue.]]
* [[{{Creator/CNN}} Wolf Blitzer]] {{Invoked}} this trope when he was guest-hosting an episode of ''Creator/AndersonCooper 360''. The show has a light-hearted segment called "The Ridiculist," and Wolf decided to use it to [[TakeThat get back]] at Anderson for making fun of his new glasses. He showed many examples of Anderson {{Corpsing}}, and then showed how he can say even the most childishly ridiculous statement with a straight face.
--> ''The pussy willows blowing in the wind on the shores of Lake Titicaca are almost as magical as ({{beat}}) Uranus,''
* TNG's Worf and Data are later mirrored by ''Series/TheOrville''’s Bortus and Isaac, respectively. Bortus treats every situation with honor and dignity (mostly due to his species being a ProudWarriorRace) including scanning a research colony for bars and strip clubs, participating in historical re-enactments, laying an egg, and karaoke.
-->'''Bortus''': YOU WILL BE SILENT!
** Isaac, on the other hand, gets the concept of humor (at least, some of it), but — being an android — misses the context it has among biological beings, leading him to, for example, assume "dick" is a compliment since men tend to be proud of theirs, or when his first attempt at a practical joke involved [[spoiler: anesthetizing Gordon while he slept, surgically removing his leg, and then hiding it]].
* Heather in ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'' is so apathetic to almost everything that even when she graduates community college, she sings a song with no enthusiasm behind it.
* ''Series/DeadRingers:'' Both in radio and television format, humour is derived from having BBC newsreader Kirsty Wark reading out song lyrics completely stone-faced as if they were actual news.
-->'''Wark:''' You liar, you maggot, you cheap lousy faggot. Happy Christmas your arse, I pray God it's your last. ... more on that story later.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Batman in the [[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamSeries Arkham series]], naturally. Particularly this bit from ''[[VideoGame/BatmanArkhamKnight Arkham Knight]]'' while solving riddles:
-->'''Catwoman:''' Another one? Seriously, what's [Riddler's] problem?\\
'''Batman:''' Fanatic narcissism, egocentrism and megalomania, crossed with severe obsessive compulsion.\\
'''Catwoman:''' [[SarcasmMode Thanks.]]\\
'''Batman:''' Don't mention it.
* Sasha Nein from ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}.'' He's more or less TheSpock, but gets the most amusing punishments -- such as having his [[{{Brainwashed}} brain removed]], leaving him to babble about [=TVs=] and hackeysacks, or being squashed on the underside of a giant rubber stamper.
--> '''Sasha:''' [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yon_Yonson My name is Yon Yonson, I live in Wisconsin, I work in the lumberyard there...]] ''*[[NonSequiturThud Thud]]*''
* Marcus Fenix of ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' never smiles. Not even on his birthday, when they give him the cake. He seems to have something of an ironic sense of humour, though.
-->'''Marcus:''' Hey, Colonel! I guess we ''are'' the support, huh?
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'':
** Hakumen is like this during his "Help Me Dr. Kokonoe!" segment and whenever he's fighting anyone like Bang or Taokaka. Also, he's so Unfunny that he has no joke endings.
** Relius Clover in his very own gag Reel qualifies as well. While he shows enthusiasm regarding his very own 'experiment', his reactions to the events that unfold are somewhat clinical.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' - Solid Snake from these gritty, realistic games is a sight to behold fighting and commenting on [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros cartoony Nintendo characters]]. He also plays that role in his own games too from time to time. [[CargoShip Cardboard boxes]], anyone?
* ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros'' can easily turn the most serious characters into this. It's hard to take Snake, [[Franchise/StreetFighter Ryu]], or [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud]] seriously when they're hopping around comically and breathing fire.
* ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'': Jak, he tends to react to Daxter's comical antics with a serious approach and often does a FacePalm towards this it aswell.
* As of ''VideoGame/KirbysReturnToDreamLand'', [[TheStoic Meta Knight]] is this. In addition to the fact that in the intro, he just wants to sit down and read a book while the other 3 playable characters are fighting for a cake, Meta Knight is also playable. This means that he can do all the things that Kirby does, including dance at the end of every level, swim on or in water (with a purple inner tube or a scuba mask worn over his regular mask respectively), and get SquashedFlat by enemies. The "Meta Knightmare Returns" mode of ''VideoGame/KirbyPlanetRobobot'' only extends the AmusingInjuries he can receive.
* Valygar from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', especially when bantering with Jan Jansen, Minsc, Imoen or Haer'Dhalis (as the latter discovers, Valygar [[HiddenDepths is surprisingly adept at puns]]). For that matter, almost ''any'' character becomes The Comically Serious when paired with Jan, especially Valygar and Keldorn. Or [[DumbMuscle Minsc]], even the PC.\\\
Valygar gets bonus points for actually being able to shut down Jan. In one of their banters, Jan tries to strike up conversation by talking about his mother. Before he can get started on an anectdote, Valygar explains in horrifying detail about ''his'' mother and the horrible monster she was. For once, Jan drops the subject.
* The spin-off ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' comic revealed Statesman to be one of these. To the point where him making a remark about letting Manticore die gave the latter pause because he couldn't tell if Statesman was actually deadpanning a joke or not.
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** Cyan Garamonde from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''. Much humor is drawn from his interactions with Gau the feral child, his reaction to the flirtatious remarks of a cabaret dancer, and his embarrassment when his companions discover [[spoiler:his hobby of crafting beautiful silk flowers]]. There's also Celes and the "I'm a GENERAL, not some opera floozy" moment.
** Cloud Strife in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Despite being intended to be a stoic leader, nobody can take him seriously when [[DudeLooksLikeALady cross dressing to save Tifa]], [[NotWhatItLooksLike giving mouth to mouth to a little girl]], and 'jumping with Mr. Dolphin'. Or telling the party "Let's mosey."
** Squall Leonhart of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', because ThereAreNoTherapists on his planet to tell him that getting over your missing sister by ''joining a [[PrivateMilitaryContractors PMC]] at five years old'' isn't a very good idea.
** Similarly, his RuleSixtyThree counterpart, Paine from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'':
--->'''[[GenkiGirl Rikku]]''': Doctor P is in the house!\\
'''[[KnightInSourArmor Paine]]''': Stop that.
** Lightning from ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'' is a stoic, professional WeHelpTheHelpless savior working under a god. Her personality crashes hard with the main game mechanic which is, basically, [[ClothesMakeTheSuperman dressing]] [[AndYourRewardIsClothes up]]. This includes her wearing some skimpy outfits that can be recolored and some awkward looking hats. A review from [[http://www.gamespot.com/reviews/lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii-review/1900-6415657/ Gamespot]] take a jab at a crazy possibility.
---> '''[=VanOrd=]''': "If you'd rather giggle than ogle, you can always equip Lightning with an adornment, like a bushy goatee or a feline tail, and then change her clothing colors to a garish puce-and-pea-green combo. Lightning doesn't smile, so you can't laugh with her--but at least you can laugh at her."
*** That said, the game does go for some giggles in a couple of sequences, one involving her and moogles and another in which she has to specifically dress up for the purposes of the plot and do a play.
** While he does crack the occasional joke, Ignis from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' is generally a pretty stoic and serious minded character, who treats things like a Chocobo stealing his glasses as [[SeriousBusiness Extremely Serious Business]].
* Yuri Hyuga from the ''VideoGame/ShadowHearts'' series. Somehow he manages to remain badass even while surrounded by a LargeHam pro wrestler, a ditzy fortune teller, an intelligent wolf and the princess of Russia (it's mainly because he's pretty goofy himself). Moreso in the second game, which had a goofier cast, particurly as the events of the first game had made him a KnightInSourArmour / GrumpyBear / {{Determinator}}.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlrevis'' gives us TheStoic JerkWithAHeartOfGold Roxis, who is a frequent target of humiliation from fellow [[TrueCompanions workshop]] member Flay and especially his own [[{{Familiar}} Mana]]. The Highlight was the 'Secret Crush' Incident. Never has anyone been so hilarious and sympathetic at once.
* In ''VideoGame/WarioWare: Smooth Moves'', the silly descriptions for the "forms" used with the Wiimote are made even funnier by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VxOlIbGVTw the deadpan, Ben Stein-esque tone of the narrator reading them.]]
* Creator/BioWare likes this character type almost as much as their regular [[DeadpanSnarker snarkers]].
** [[{{Tsundere}} Bastila]] in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' spends most of the game getting mad at people making jokes of serious matters. It works especially well when she's paired with a male player character who [[SlapSlapKiss isn't afraid to tease her]].
** Sten in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', especially if he's present during the [[spoiler:scene where your team attempts to help break you out of prison]], though unlike many examples of this trope, he ''does'' have a sense of humor and plays the trope up on purpose.
--->'''Oghren:''' My partner and I are, ah, performers...\\
'''Captain:''' You're performers, are you? What's your act?\\
'''Oghren:''' Our act? Oh... well, the big guy here sings and dances while I... er... juggle swords...\\
'''Sten:''' On fire.
** [[DaChief Aveline]] continues this tradition in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Some of the [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments funniest moments]] of the game stem from watching her [[CannotSpitItOut try to confess her feelings for]] [[ObliviousToLove Guardsman Donnic]]. And while she is the perfect foil for Varric or a particularly sarcastic player character, she does have a sense of humour she [[VitriolicBestBuds uses to banter]] with Isabela.
** Fenris smiles all of maybe once or twice, makes his few jokes hilarious by delivering them with a perfect deadpan.
--->'''Varric:''' So. What do you do in that gigantic house all day?\\
'''Fenris:''' Dance, of course.\\
'''Varric:''' Really?\\
'''Fenris:''' [[BlatantLies I run from room to room, choreographing routines.]]
** Most of the Qunari, particularly the Arishok, have a ''very'' understated sense of humour.
** In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', Cullen and Cassandra both share this trait, which makes it particularly hilarious if they [[CoitusInterruptus walk in on the Inquisitor and Bull having sex]]. Cullen's romance arc is also a source of many {{Adorkable}} moments because of this.
** Legion from ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' falls into this every once in a while, notably in his accidental "infiltration" of the Citadel.
--->'''Legion:''' Geth do not infiltrate.\\
'''Security:''' You'll have to leave your personal synthetic assistant behind. They're not allowed on public transport any more.\\
''[beat]''\\
'''Legion:''' Geth do not intentionally infiltrate.
*** Much of the Shadow Broker's dossier on Legion takes on this tone as well, as we find Legion spends his spare time playing MassivelyMultiplayerOnlineRolePlayingGame, [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto GTA]] ripoffs, and {{DatingSim}}s. HilarityEnsues.
* ''VisualNovel/RadicalDreamers'': "The simple fact that Magil tried to make a joke just there makes me stop and forget where I am for a second."
* Shantae from ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' with her VisibleSilence.
* Boone from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''. A man who takes his [[NiceHat beret]] ''extremely'' seriously.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' has Frog, an overtly polite knight [[BalefulPolymorph who has been turned into a humanoid frog]]. Add the weirdness of this juxtaposition to (in the original SNES release) [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglish the antiquated accent]] and his reactions are often very funny.
%%** To a certian extent, Magus as well.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'':
** Prince Innes from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'' takes himself so damn seriously and yet he can barely have conversations with other people that don't end up with the other going "...huh?"... unless it's L'Arachel, who unlocks Innes's inner {{Tsundere}} and manages to make him go totally over the top.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'':
*** Gaius is a calm and deadpan thief, which only makes his [[SweetTooth obsession with all things sweet]] even funnier. His character portrait has him sucking on a lollipop with a humorless, calculating look on his face.
*** Frederick ([[NotSoAboveItAll almost]]) always conducts himself in a very dignified, no-nonsense manner... and it ends up all the funnier when he does things like put up naked posters of [[TheHero Chrom]] or force himself to come over his fears of large animals. And that's before mentioning how one of his girlfriends points out his mancrush on Chrom ''when he proposes to her with PurpleProse''.
*** Lucina is a variation, in that not only is she almost constantly serious, she also has absolutely NoSenseOfHumor. She's so used to being so serious she takes ''pretty much everything seriously'', such as being about the only person to not be annoyed by her cousin [[LargeHam Owain]]'s theatrics, even briefly [[ICallItVera renaming her sword]] to "[[UnfortunateNames Pointy Demonspanker]]" at Owain's suggestion of giving it a new name.
*** Lon'qu is an unrepentant, [[TheStoic stoic]] warrior with a deadpan voice. This makes some of his supports, most notably where he [[ItMakesSenseInContext plays house with Nowi]], all the more hilarious.
--->"Now I shall pretend to engage in agriculture. [[UnsoundEffect Chop, chop, shovel]]!"
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
*** Prince Xander of Nohr. In [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl his supports with Selena]], she tries to get him to tell jokes. His level of this trope is so high that when Xander does end up telling a joke he freaks out his siblings and sends them panicking, believing him to be sick.
*** Xander's younger brother Leo has this type of dynamic with his siblings, such as when the Avatar apologizes for making fun of his clothes being inside out. He simply tells him he can apologize by not mentioning it ever again.
*** Their [[SharedFamilyQuirks step-sister]] Azura gets in on this sometimes, too. Normally, she's [[TheStoic incredibly stoic]], which leads into moments like this in several of her supports. Highlights include Keaton trying to {{troll}} her into showing emotion, and [[LittleBitBeastly Kaden]] commenting on how serious she is while Azura is mentally convincing herself not to pet him.
* ''Anyone'' in ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' when referring to the Orks. It's probably the reason they've never been a primary villain in the series: it's hard to take a situation seriously when characters talk about Nobz and Boyz (among other orky things) with a straight face.
** Space Marines in most depictions tend to fall into this category when they're not pissed off, brooding or completely AxCrazy. Most Imperial Guard command units are either this trope or [[LargeHam overly bombastic]].
** In ''Dawn of War: Dark Crusade'', [[DarkMessiah Eliphas the Inheritor]] is generally pretty funny, but is completely serious during his [[LastStand Stronghold mission]]. When the Tau - who are [[AntiMagic immune to Chaos sorcery]] - attacks, Eliphas spends several minutes blathering via telepathy towards the Tau about how their souls are his, et cetera, while the Tau Commander gets progressively more angry at an "annoying buzzing" over his radio.
* Sakuya in ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'' is so serious it isn't funny. Come ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}'', however, her *ahem* [[CutenessProximity interactions]] with the protagonist [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter Chibi]][[PhysicalGod terasu]] are hard to watch with a straight face. This is subverted ''completely'' in Okami's Official Art book, though, which has a certain image that pokes fun at her 'strict and serious' in-game personality, and is described as being 'a more intimate reflection of her as a person'. What is Sakuya doing in this image that is so comically different to her demeanor in-game, you ask? [[spoiler: Checking out her ass in a mirror, with Issun in the corner, getting a good view.]]
* ''VideoGame/FreedomForce vs. The Third Reich'':
** Tombstone, as a result of being a NinetiesAntiHero trapped in an homage to UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}}:
--->'''Alchemiss:''' ''[sarcastically]'' So how did ''you'' spend your sabbatical, Tombstone? Performing in musical theater? Raising puppies?\\
'''Tombstone:''' [[AC:Animals wither in my presence.]]
** Quetzalcoatl also qualifies:
--->'''Quetzalcoatl:''' ''[After being turned into a chicken by [[FunPersonified Green Genie]]]'' '''[[LargeHam YOU DISHONOR ME AND MY ANCESTORS.]]'''\\
'''Green Genie:''' ''[turning him back]'' Tell me: were you born this dull? Or did you have to go to school to learn it?
* Gala from ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'' is generally an extremely serious fighter monk, but when he is half-forced into acting as the StraightMan in a comedy show, he is amazingly successful at making people laugh. Gala himself is ''shocked'' by this!
* As is typical for a Lego game, everyone in the original ''VideoGame/LegoBatman'' becomes wackier -- except, of course, for Batman himself. Batman's trying to free Commissioner Gordon from a cage in the foreground while Harley Quinn has Robin on the ropes in the background? Batman nonchalantly pulls out a Batarang and nails her with it without ever looking or missing a beat.
* EmotionlessGirl Presea Combatir of ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''. By [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld the sequel]], her actions clearly indicate that she ''has'' regained her sense of humor, but she still speaks in a monotone making even the most ridiculous lines sound completely serious.
* Gaius in ''VideoGame/TalesOfXillia2'' provides pretty much all of his humor in this fashion, being so serious that some in the party are dumbfounded when he actually chuckles at something on one instance.
* Agent Superball from ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' has a poker face tough enough to crack steel, which is really saying something given all the weird crap that happens throughout the series. It makes it all the more jarring when he [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment breaks out into a Broadway musical number out of freaking nowhere]] in "Abe Lincoln Must Die!".
* Those who unlock Dr. Tan in ''VideoGame/DanceCentral 2'' will get a MadScientist character for whom dancing is SeriousBusiness, meaning he deadpans his way through Music/LadyGaga and Music/BritneySpears dance routines that would be vague sexy for a female character, and ''absolutely hilarious'' for him.
* A great chunk of the humor in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVI'' comes out of Prince Alexander being determined to react to everything with the same serious, polite, poised and gentlemanly demeanor. Whether it's giving gallantly flirtatious praise and a serenade to a set of giggling wallflowers (as in, actual sentient plants), or patiently mediating a pair of chessboard queens arguing over giving a lump of coal as a wedding present when it's clear he'd rather be facepalming. It starts reaching TheChewToy status after a fashion.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' has the regal, old-fashioned [[Myth/NorseMythology Asgardians]] trying to engage in honorable and respectable battle banter with everything from [[TheSpeechless a giant set of animated armor that doesn't talk]], to a set of blue-collar uncouth rogues who fight with construction equipment.
-->'''Valkyrie:''' We cross sword and crowbar once more. Unless you choose to yield.
* Until patch 1.9 a GoodBadBug in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' caused the courier to deliver messages [[NakedPeopleAreFunny wearing just his hat]]. The fact that he doesn't seem to notice makes it hilarious.
* In ''[[{{VideoGame/SegaSuperstars}} Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing]]'', everyone's voice clips indicate they're having fun racing each other--except Shadow the Hedgehog, who takes the races with utmost seriousness and treats it as a life-and-death matter. His SeriousBusiness attitude makes him as funny as anyone else on the roster.
* ''VideoGame/SamuraiWarriors'': Hattori Hanzo, especially when he's around the ever chipper Nene.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsV'': [[Characters/SuperRobotWarsV Nine]] can be this sometimes. For example, when asked to say the "Tokyo Patent Approval Office" tongue twister, she replies that such an agency no longer exists following the changes to administrative areas after the Earth Federation was founded. [[note]]The tongue twister was changed to "[[{{Woolseyism}} She sells seashells by the seashore]]" in the English version, and she instead says that there's a large supply of seashells by the sea, so it's a terrible place to sell them.[[/note]]
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhReshefOfDestruction'' has Mako Tsunami, who refuses to duel Strings because he's weird.
* In ''VideoGame/YuGiOhCapsuleMonsterColiseum'', Shadi is all business when you duel him, which makes his comments if you're doing poorly quite funny.
* In ''VideoGame/UnderNightInBirth'', there's a certain GuestFighter named [[VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf Akatsuki]]. He comes from a very {{dystopia}}n world, compared with the one he's just stepped into... and as a result, he takes himself and his surrounding far, ''far'' more seriously than he should.
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'':
** Papyrus is introduced as this. He takes his job as a royal guard ''very'' seriously, far more seriously than his brother [[TheSlacker Sans]]. However, he's also [[HotBlooded very passionate]] and something of a CloudCuckoolander, which rather undercuts his serious demeanor. Papyrus softens up a bit if you take the Pacifist route and befriend him.
** The protagonist can also be seen as this, since while a lot of amusing (and outright bizarre) over-the-top moments happen in the game, their sprite will still have that same unfazed -_- expression.
** Out of all the Temmies who speak in broken English and constantly say and do hilariously over the top things, there's Bob who only ever speaks in calm clear English. And it's ''hilarious'':
---> '''Temmie:''' hOI!!! welcom to... TEM VILLAGE!!!
---> '''Temmie:''' hOI!!! im temmie!!! and dis my friend... temmie!!!
---> '''Bob:''' Hi, I'm Bob.
* Samuel Hayden from ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' keeps his cool and serious demeanor as the Doom Marine refuses to work aside him, letting out a few sarcastic quips over the Marine's simple-minded destructiveness with he UAC's equipment.
* Agent 47 from the ''VideoGame/{{Hitman}}'' series. Whatever the disguise nor how absurd the situation get (and it can get ''really'' absurd), his eternally grim expression never changes. Especially noticeable in the clown and Santa Claus costumes in ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney''.
** A really stand-out moment is when 47 visits the bar at a roadside motel and orders a shot of bourbon. His reaction when it is served to him in a coconut is priceless.
--->'''Agent 47:''' ''(with absolutely withering dryness)'' Anything less... ''festive?''
** The ''Hitman'' games can be seen as an entire series of this. You can kill your target with a gun or poison, or you can drop a toilet on his head, or you can dress as Santa and hit him in the face with a battle axe -- the game neither penalizes nor discourages wacky methods of assassination (though they can be more difficult by default, because a man wandering around in a Santa costume will draw attention, especially if it's not Christmastime).
* Jack-of-Smiles in ''VideoGame/FallenLondon''. He's a ''very serious-minded'' KnifeNut SerialKiller, who has the misfortune of being stuck in a CityOfWeirdos where DeathIsCheap. There's only two things keeping him scary. First, it's still ''possible'' to be KilledOffForReal in the Neath if your body is sufficiently dismembered, which is mitigated by the fact that Smiles doesn't seem to grasp this despite having done it on multiple occasions. Second, he can BodySurf, [[spoiler:which turns out to be because he ''is'' the knives.]]
* Ragewolf in ''Videogame/{{Patapon}}'' is the embodiment of [[SevenDeadlySins Wrath.]] When his fellow Dark Heroes do or say anything ridiculous, you can practically see the exasperation on his face, despite wearing a mask. He's probably the OnlySaneMan.
* It can be hard to tell in the original games due to his status as a SilentProtagonist, but [[VideoGame/Persona4 Yu Narukami]] seems to be characterised as this. Very little phases him, and most spin-offs depict him as having deadpan reactions to all but the strangest of situations. If he actually shows his emotions, it means that something has gone ''very'' wrong. On the flip side, he's also responsible for a lot of the strangeness in these games, which might explain why he never reacts to it. Whether he's this trope or TheWonka depends on how aware of his own eccentricities he really is.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'' features [[UltimateBlacksmith Ornn, the Fire Below the Mountain]], a grumpy blacksmith god who would much rather continue to forge weapons than chat, with majority of his lines being [[TheStoic dry and unemotive,]] or simply [[VoiceGrunting annoyed grunting]]. Despite this, however, he has plenty of lines reflecting a slightly goofier side to him.
-->"If you want a weapon, here's a weapon. If you want conversation... here's a weapon."\\
"I have fur. It is soft. Do not hug me."\\
"I made this hammer. It was so good [[ICallItVera I named it]]... [[ADogNamedDog Hammer.]]"
* If Kazuma Kiryu of ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' isn't [[MundaneMadeAwesome tackling a mundane situation with extreme gusto]], then he's this. He often finds himself dragged into some of the most ridiculous situations possible when it comes to the side stories in the games, and whether he's [[VideoGame/Yakuza2 roped into providing voice acting for a Yaoi sex game]] or [[VideoGame/Yakuza0 coaching a dominatrix on how to do her job]], he'll handle it with stoicism and snark.
* Panda King becomes this in ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', after he somewhat pulls a HeelFaceTurn and begrudgingly joins the Cooper Gang. He comes to the realization that if Sly is willing to drop his grudge for Panda King's involvement in the murder of Connor Cooper he can certainly drop ''his'' grudge for Sly foiling him and sending him to prison, but he doesn't exactly warm up to their antics either. [[https://i.imgur.com/SG33g3h.png This screenshot]] does a better job summing it up than any words ever could.
* Part of the fun of ''VideoGame/DeadRising'' is that Frank West takes everything that happens in the game dead seriously, and yet you can dress him in [[RainbowPimpGear whatever outlandish outfit you want]] which even carries over to the cutscenes. [[https://i.imgur.com/DyjRQCQ.jpg Your savior has arrived]], ladies and gentlemen, and [[https://i.imgur.com/XEjspNj.jpg he's covered wars you know]]. The same can be said for [[VideoGame/DeadRising2 Chuck Greene]] and [[VideoGame/DeadRising3 Nick Ramos]], but they tend to be a little more lighthearted than the intensely stone-faced Frank.
* [=Zer0=] in ''VideoGame/Borderlands2'' is a ColdSniper who displays few emotions and talks in a CreepyMonotone most of the time...but he has enough SophisticatedAsHell moments woven into his haiku and goofy emoticon moments to fit.
-->'''[=Zer0=]:''' (emotionlessly) tee hee hee
* ''ShadowrunReturns'': Gaichu, a ghouled [[EliteMook Red Samurai]], can be taken into a wide variety of setttings where he absolutely shouldn't be, with a wide variety of outlandish cover stories which he accepts with complete deadpan. The explanations range from "detached duty" to "cosplayer" to "experimental ghoul-drone hybrid."
* A few ''VideoGame/EnsembleStars'' characters qualify here:
** Keito is the most traditional example, being a strict StoicSpectacles type who often finds himself highly frustrated by the whimsical antics of his childhood friend Eichi.
** Shu is similarly stone-faced and harsh, but is also a CloudCuckooLander who will berate others for their incompetence one moment and then be talking through a Victorian doll he claims is alive the next.
** Adonis sometimes ends up as this due to being so reserved, level-headed, and hard to read, which makes him a very good foil to the other three much more expressive members of his unit, Undead.
** And in the theatre club, where Wataru is the LargeHam and Tomoya the StraightMan, Hokuto tends to be more of this, finding Wataru just as frustrating as Tomoya does but serving a stoic contrast to the both of them.
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* [[PsychoForHire Mordecai Heller]] from ''Webcomic/{{Lackadaisy}}'' is the poster child (or would that be [[IncrediblyLamePun poster cat?]]) for this trope, as lampshaded [[http://www.lackadaisycats.com/exhibit.php?exhibitid=346 in this comic.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Roy is the realistic DeadpanSnarker and StraightMan to the rest of his party's wacky hijinks. [[spoiler:His death]] has led to the rest of the party having various breakdowns both comedically and mentally.
** Vaarsuvius has had their moments, too.
--->'''V:''' Fascinating. Durkon, I have just now formulated a theory that encompasses both Nale's most likely method of engagement and the most suitable response on our part.\\
'''Durkon:''' THE TREES BE ATTACKIN'!! RUN FER YER LIVES!!!\\
'''V:''' Ah, I see you have already grasped the core principles of my theory.
** Strips featuring the Lawyers, Mr. Jones and Mr. Rodriguez, that don't center on {{Evil Lawyer Joke}}s tend to instead focus on Mr. Jones' status as this. A never-smiling, serious man with a [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} nutty]], [[TheDitz scatter-brained]] partner, Mr. Jones serves as the StraightMan to his partner's antics and the ridiculous situations they often find themselves in.
* Referenced in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', when an actor in the travelling Heterodyne show [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20050914 explains his character:]] "Klaus keeps his ''dignity'', or '''tries''' to. ''That's'' what makes him ''funny''."
* Susan from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' occasionally fills this role, due to her serious attitude towards pretty much everything. Due to this, she is, among other things, a favorite cuddling perch for Tedd's cat-hedgehog Jeremy. In addition, a early running gag established that, whenever she did anything overly cheerful, it was so alien to her usual personality that it couldn't be anything but hilarious (to us).
* Sakido from ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned'' spends most of her time brooding, a pastime which is considerably hampered by living in the same ''dimension'' as her goofy, affectionate brother Buwaro.
* Marth in ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie''. Considering that he has to share a house with the characters from the [[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Smash-verse]] ''doesn't'' help. The artist has noted with some worry that canon Marth is significantly more genki than her interpretation. That's what you get from making up a personality from scratch.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'':
** As shown in our page image, the comic has put forward the notion that Batman is comedy gold, based solely on the fact that combining him with anything mundane produces instant laughter as his Batman's grim demeanor makes him the ultimate straight-man.
** On Twitter, the author suggested the same was true of [[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion Gendo Ikari]], which was followed up with [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2011/comic/book-13/01-daddy-issues/praise-2/ this strip.]]
** Gardening, beekeeping, [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2010/comic/book-12/05-neww-2010-comics/thanks/ houseworking,]] and [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2005/comic/book-1-brings-back-the-80s/06-mrs-greg-killmaster/a-63/ dancing.]]
* ''Tag'', a warship A.I. for Tagon's mercenaries in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', tends to react to any situation with absolute, deadpan seriousness, while still producing a punchline. The two weeks following [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20071107.html this strip]] are a good demonstration.
* ''Raizel'' from ''Webcomic/{{Noblesse}}'' is an absolutely quite personification of TheStoic. Yet his unfamiliarity with modern technology is the primary source of humor early in the series.
* Jones of ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has never so much as smiled in the entire run of the comic. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=790 Giving her a party hat]] is comedy gold. Topped only by her non-reaction to [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=841 a pigeon dancing across her head]]. What makes it even better is that ''[[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=478 sometimes]]'' she clearly [[DeadpanSnarker pokes fun with straight face]], so with her perfect poker face [[PoesLaw it's impossible to tell]] where this ends.
** Sir Eglamore is too serious sometimes. So [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/?p=665 "Jolly Elfsberry"]] made the knight play an OverprotectiveDad just to pull his leg. Note that Annie was less than amused by his prancing until the moment she saw what's going on (the next page), but then immediately joined this game, barely holding laughter.
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' is this trope applied to an entire webcomic. The main character is an Irish Ninja Doctor, who's friends with a cloned Benjamin Franklin, has a gorilla for a secretary, and has a sidekick in the form of a kid bandito with a gloriously huge mustache and his velociraptor. And it only gets weirder from there. However, the comic never seems to realize how utterly insane it is.
* ''Webcomic/BatmanAndSons'' plays up on the trope's application to Bats (and as much of the rest of the Batfamily/DC Universe as possible) for all its worth.
* ''Webcomic/TwoGuysAndGuy'' has Frank, who probably best epitomized the trope [[http://www.twogag.com/archives/997 here]].
* The Dragon in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' is constantly amused by the whole God vs. Devil enmity and regards their squabbles as [[PassThePopcorn the popcorn time]]. When nothing of this sort already goes on, he(?) can do it himself:
-->'''[[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2008-02-28 Dragon]]:''' Great Buddha. The time has come...
* ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' tends to employ [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins Sten]] in this role.
-->'''Sten:''' [[ItMakesSenseInContext Cyndi Lauper is banned by the Qun.]]
* The title character of ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' could hardly be called grim (more like "extremely mellow"), but he lives this trope. At one point he casually asks Jerry the [[TheMenInBlack MIB]] whether he should put up some kind of screens to keep spaceships from constantly crashing into his roof, and asks how Jerry deals with the problem at his house.
* Worf unsurprisingly takes on this role in ''Webcomic/LarpTrek''. Picard has his moments, too.
* From ''Webcomic/PeterAndCompany'', we have Korgar, an [[OurOrcsAreDifferent orc]] with NoIndoorVoice...who happens to [[ItMakesSenseInContext be a teacher at the title character's school]].
* In ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'', [[Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera Erik]], [[Theatre/LesMiserables Javert]], and [[Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean James]] all tend to fill this role, especially when they generally remain in-character and are pitted against the magical antics of [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]].
* ''Webcomic/PrincessChroma'' has Spiders, June's stern, upright mentor... whose convictions are somewhat undermined by the fact that he's a bunny rabbit.
* Webcomic: ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. Scene: [[spoiler: Andrew Hussie]] is about to be killed by [[BigBad Lord English]], an invincible, omnicidal, time-traveling demon. Problem: Lord English has an expressionless SkullForAHead, and doesn't say a single word while his victim (who is currently dressed up as a space alien, mind you) compares his demise to a herd of horses, tries to kill him with ''magic'', or throws a pistol at his head. Cue the embarrassingly long animated gif of a gun sliding down English's unharmed, unemotive face.
* ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' features Asia, an emotionally stunted reporter who treats every situation as serious. During the second chapter her captor is attempting to charm her and approaches from many different angles, asking probing questions, playing to her talents. When all attempts are met with flat and bland replies he [[http://morphe.thewebcomic.com/comics/1851374/chapter-2-page-61-quiet-girls/ attempts humor]] and fails miserably.
* ''Webcomic/GuildedAge'': '' '''GRAVEDUST''' ''. Seriously. Keynes herself states that she finds his serious facial expressions hilarious. Case in point: [[http://guildedage.net/webcomic/chapter-7/chapter-7-page-11/ The People's Eyebrow]]
* ''Webcomic/PixieAndBrutus'': A large part of the comic's humor comes from Brutus continuing to act like a military dog in the much friendlier setting of a normal house, especially when contrasted with Pixie's innocence and enthusiasm.
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** In the same vein as Batman, Zuko's [[PerpetualFrowner perpetually frowning]], serious demeanor leaves him wide open to many a humorous moment, partially to being paired with his foil of a [[CoolOldGuy jolly uncle.]][[note]]Hilariously parodied in [[http://rufftoon.deviantart.com/art/But-Seriously-43058739?q=gallery%3Arufftoon%2F20578244&qo=87 this comic.]][[/note]] Subtly acknowledged later in the series when Sokka asks Zuko if he's happy now that he's foiled Sokka's plan, and Zuko replies, deadpan, "I'm never happy." Sokka and Zuko [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2vr9xPqGD8o work together]] in this role almost as well as Zuko and Iroh.
** Another female example is the {{Emotionless|Girl}} Mai, similarly foiled with being accompanied by a cheerful, bubbly {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
** Sokka started out as a stern, down-to-earth, warrior-in-training, but his Comically Serious moments, as well as [[ThrowItIn improvisations]] from his comedian voice actor, soon turned him into a goofy PluckyComicRelief. Also see him trying to work with a bunch of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} out-there]] "[[NewAgeRetroHippie nomads]]" in "The Cave of Two Lovers".
** Not even Azula, TheChessmaster and MagnificentBastard, can work her way out of this one. The episode "The Beach" places her and her team in [[VillainsOutShopping completely normal social situations]] and ends up highlighting her complete social ineptitude.
--->'''Azula:''' That's a sharp outfit, Chan! Careful, you could puncture the hull of an Empire-class Fire Nation Battleship, leaving thousands to drown at sea!\\
'''Chan:''' ...\\
'''Azula:''' Because... it's so sharp!
** In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', Korra's airbending teacher Tenzin takes on this role. He doesn't think that the shenanigans going on around him are at all funny, which of course means he becomes the target of endless inconveniences and humiliations. Also becomes a case of NotSoAboveItAll.
** Amon has shown potential to be this too if the memetic "Comedy Amon" is any indication.
* Batman. Batman, Batman, Batman.[[note]] na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-Series/{{Batman}}![[/note]]
** [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2270124.html Batman with babies.]]
*** For bonus points, he's corrected on how to hold a baby by a victim he'd just helped, ''and'' the gang he'd just intimidated into disarming.
** Batman often plays the Comically Serious role on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
** In the episode "Flash and Substance", Batman passes the Unfunny torch to fellow JLU member Orion.
** Turns out that watching Batman eat a hot-dog can potentially be [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pIGgGV7uwU4 the funniest thing ever.]]
** Even in the GrandFinale of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', where he threw himself hopelessly at a villain who could take punches from ''{{Franchise/Superman}}'', he was laughing at the Bat's sheer tenaciousness. Of course, in lieu of better ideas, which is what Batman normally does, what else was there to do?
** Who can forget the ending of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57zFkL9GSZA This Little Piggy]] when Batman is forced to ''sing''? And actually has a great voice!
--->'''Zatanna:''' And you'll keep your part of the bargain?\\
'''Circe:''' A deal's a deal. He can stop now.\\
'''Zatanna:''' [[NotSoAboveItAll Not on your life]]!
** In "Kid Stuff" when the Justice Leaguers are de-aged into childhood Batman still keeps up his grumpy demeanor. This becomes ''actual'' unfunny at the end of the episode, when he reminds the others that he was regressed to the age he was when his childhood [[DeathByOriginStory came to an abrupt and unhappy end]].
** A rare Batman laugh came when Harley Quinn told him how The Joker will love her for successfully putting Batman in a DeathTrap. However, it was more an EvilLaugh meant to freak Harley out.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold'' is a subversion of Batman's usual unfunny role. Heck, in the second episode, [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments Batman plays both straight man and funny man in the same joke.]] Another good episode is "Gorillas in Our Midst".
** In one Kids WB commercial, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqH5WZhaKEw Batman was forced to sing the Jigglypuff song from]] ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''. The look on his face was priceless.
** In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyondReturnOfTheJoker'', Terry [=McGinnis=] suggests that the difficulty of getting his predecessor to laugh was one reason ComicBook/TheJoker was so obsessed with him, and claims that Bruce Wayne has NoSenseOfHumor.
* ''WesternAnimation/BobsBurgers'': Bob Belcher and his [[TheStoic emotionless]] daughter Tina. A major part of Bob's character is that he reacts to the insanity around him the way a RealLife person would.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' has just about enough dry humor and witty remarks to qualify as this. Made even more hilarious by the fact that she manages to maintain her dispassionate expression. This is especially evident in the episodes' promos with Jane before the intro of the show.
* The central premise behind WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} was the fact that he never raised his voice, or ever sounded interested in anything. One of the character's {{Catch Phrase}}s was "You know what? I'm happy." He would say this in the most deadpan, uninterested tone possible. Until [[https://youtu.be/CediDrpOyeg you ticked him off sufficiently]], but even then the NoHoldsBarredBeatdown was prefaced with "You know what? That makes me mad." in the same deadpan tone as the previous line.
* Edd from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''. Even his [[GentlemanSnarker sarcasm]] can be funny at times.
* Bill the Caveman, from the ''Terrible Thunder-Lizards'' sections of ''WesternAnimation/EekTheCat''. (The fact that he was also TheChewToy made it even funnier -- "When will the hurting stop?")
* Cosgrove from ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}'', taking everything seriously to the point of ridiculous.
* Al Gore on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
-->"I have ridden the mighty moon worm!"
** He's even better in his animated ''Film/AnInconvenientTruth'' ad starring Bender:
--->'''Bender:''' You're in a movie? What do you play? A burnt out cop? A streetwise pimp trying to save his little brother from the dark life?\\
'''Al Gore:''' [[SarcasmMode Yes, I play a streetwise pimp. With a hybrid pimpmobile]].
** His appearances on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' count as well.
--->[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roRQ2mNwMMQ "Well, this calls for a celebration."]]
** This is all AdamWesting, since he's known in RealLife for being comically serious (a not wholly undeserved reputation). He's even made jokes about it himself.
%%* Six in ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' is this at times.
* Agent Powers and Agent Trigger from the ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "Scary-oke" are a pair of stone-faced [=MiB=]s who end up investigating the weird goings-on in town. Powers claims to be [[NoSenseOfHumor physically incapable of experiencing laughter]], while Trigger has a tendency to dramatically repeat the last word his partner says, and does things like confiscate an armful of "Mr. Mystery" bobble-heads for "evidence".
** [[DeadpanSnarker Dipper]] certainly has his moments. Anytime he attempts to look smart and mature, expect it to be ruined by Mabel's or Soos' antics or [[NotSoAboveItAll his own hidden goofiness]].
* Hank Hill, of ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill''. In addition to playing the OnlySaneMan amongst his bizarre circle of friends, his hyper-mundane personality is often a source of humor in its own right.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KryptoTheSuperdog'', Ace the Bathound, being an {{Expy}} of [[RunningGag his owner... er... partner]], Batman, naturally takes this role.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Gummy, Pinkie Pie's pet alligator. Whatever insanity goes on around him (which is always considerable when you're the pet of [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Pinkie Pie]]), Gummy always wears the same blank expression.
** [[MetaGuy Twilight Sparkle]] much of the time, who often displays a [[SeriousBusiness no-nonsense attitude to things]], and is a NeatFreak and {{Workaholic}} rolled into one. She is also extremely {{Adorkable}} and neurotic, due to both her [[{{Foil}} wackier friends]]' antics or her SuperOCD nature [[SanitySlippage grating on her sanity]].
** [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] counts as TheQuietOne variant. In episodes where she tries to be loud, the best she can manage is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BpquDZEyUI a pitiful little squeak]] or [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xczDd2_X0DI something resembling]] FlatJoy, in spite of her sincerity. What lands her in this trope is the fact that she genuinely believes she ''is'' being loud.
--->'''Fluttershy:''' Oh, Fluttershy. [[SelectiveObliviousness You're such a loudmouth]].
** [[NoIndoorVoice Princess Luna]] dips into this territory too.
--->'''Luna:''' [[ThatMakesMeFeelAngry Your princess enjoys this... "fun".]] In what other ways may we experience it?
** Pinkie Pie's big sister Maud Pie, from [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E18MaudPie the episode of the same name]], is funny ''because'' she's so outrageously dull and deadpan. This works especially well in her scenes with [[PluckyComicRelief Pinkie]] [[GenkiGirl Pie]]. Then in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS5E7MakeNewFriendsButKeepDiscord Make New Friends but Keep Discord]]" she heckles Discord's stand-up routine and draws more laughs than he does, and in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS7E4RockSolidFriendship Rock Solid Friendship]]" she reveals that she also does stand-up comedy with exactly the same deadpan delivery.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s Perry The Platypus: a serious crimefighter and always professional about his work, even if his MissionControl can be a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}, his ArchEnemy is a [[LargeHam scenery-chewing]] [[HarmlessVillain joke]], and he's a platypus in a [[NiceHat fedora.]]
%%* ''WesternAnimation/PinkyAndTheBrain'' - The Brain.
* Benson from ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. He HAS a sense of humor, and he's lightened up over the course of the show, but he can be very uptight, angry, and many of the things listed in the above example. Even when everything going on around him is hilarious, he'll still be red-faced and screaming. "GET BACK TO WORK OR YOU'RE FIRED!!!"
* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' himself. Whether [[BalefulPolymorph polymorphed]] into a chicken or sporting an eye-popping rave outfit (complete with a pacifier), he still manages to maintain the same determined expression.
* Shaggy from the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' movie ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooLegendOfThePhantosaur''. How could it be Shaggy you say? Well because of his hypnotism. Whenever Shaggy hears the word "bad", he gets so serious it's laughable.
-->'''Fred:''' Shaggy, what are you doing?\\
'''Shaggy:''' Saving your butt, Jones! Get used to it!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
%%** Marge and Lisa Simpson.
** The episode "Brother From Another Series" revealed that this trope is why Sideshow Bob became Krusty the Clown's sidekick instead of his brother Cecil. As [[HatesTheJobLovesTheLimelight Krusty]] explains after a poor pie-in-the-face gag from Cecil's [[NonIronicClown straightforward goofy clown]] audition:
--->'''Krusty:''' Free comedy tip, slick: the pie gag's only funny when the sap's got dignity. ''(sees Bob)'' Like that guy. Hey, Hal, pie-job for Lord Autumnbottom there!
*** Bob then gets hit in the side of the head with a pie, causing his huge, bushy, palm-tree-like hair to spring out of his hat and everyone else to die with laughter.
** Principal Skinner as well.
--->'''Reporter:''' Principal Skinner, you've been referred to as "the funny one." Is that reputation justified?\\
'''Skinner:''' ''[seriously]'' Yes. Yes, it is.
** One episode had the family visiting a comedy club. One of the comics, with a dreary expression on his face that never changes, walks up to the mike and simply says: "I finally got around to reading the dictionary. Turns out the zebra did it." (Homer is the only person who doesn't laugh.)
** Rex Banner who's brought in to enforce Prohibition. He's physically unable to laugh, even at his own jokes.
* Shadow again takes this role in the last first-season episode of ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', where he takes the goal of killing Sonic way more seriously than the [[TheKnightsWhoSaySquee overly giddy to work with him]] Dr. Eggman. He also sounds completely serious when he claims Sonic's poor attempt at building a bookcase earlier in the episode is reason enough to justify murdering him.
-->'''Shadow:''' Your shoddy craftsmanship brings shame on all hedgehog-kind. And for that, you shall perish!
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Craig:
-->"Listen sir, I am not going to ruin your plans. I'll just walk away... see? Okay... now there's sparks shooting out of my eyes."
** Also the German people, they may have terrible jokes but their completely serious blunt delivery actually make it a bit funny.
* Squidward in ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants''. He does sort of have a sense of humor, although it careers between practical joker and DeadpanSnarker, depending on the situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** Garnet. Silly things sometimes happen to/around her and she never stops being serious. Case in point, in "Together Breakfast" when fighting a monster made from a demonically-possessed plate of waffles she says, ''completely seriously'', "Now it has all the powers of a breakfast. We ''have'' to destroy it!" In "Pool Hopping", she wants to be able to look into unlikely futures, and reasons that to do this, she has to be random and unpredictable. A lot of humor is drawn from Garnet acting ridiculous and being deadly serious about it.
** It's revealed in "Keystone Motel" that Garnet got this from [[spoiler:Sapphire]].
--->'''Steven:''' Uhh, [[spoiler:Sapphire]]? The toilet's frozen.\\
[[spoiler:'''Sapphire]]:''' Such is fate.\\
'''Steven:''' Am I fated to pee outside in the grass too?\\
[[spoiler:'''Sapphire]]:''' Yes.
** Peridot at first. She first assumes that "Steven" is the name of a species that replaced humans, and still thinks the sticker she saw at the Galaxy Warp is an official symbol of some kind. As she starts to lose it from isolation, this trait diminishes, such that by "Friend Ship" she spends the entire episode laughing like a maniac and gleefully tormenting the Crystal Gems. This trait swings around to full prominence in "When It Rains" where she delivers a serious, calculating monologue about trusting Steven after he... explains the water cycle to her.
** Lapis has her moments thanks to a lack of social skills. When she first leaves Earth to go back to Homeworld a dramatic exit is ruined by some awkward pauses:
--->'''Lapis Lazuli:''' Thank you, Steven!\\
'''Steven:''' No prob, Bob.\\
'''Lapis Lazuli:''' ''[{{beat}}]'' [[LiteralMinded It's Lapis...]]\\
'''Steven:''' ''[beat]'' ...Yeah.\\
'''Lapis Lazuli:''' ''[beat]'' Okay, bye.
** [[spoiler:Yellow Diamond]] as well, as being called a 'clod' by Peridot provokes a ''hilarious'' reaction.
* As opposed to his [[LargeHam original]] [[Literature/TheJungleBook source]], Shere Khan in ''WesternAnimation/TaleSpin'' is a master of this trope. No matter what insanity is occurring around him, Khan responds to it in the exact same [[DeadpanSnarker deadpan growl]] as he uses during a regular business meeting. In fact, if Khan ever smiles at you it's probably a good idea to [[OhCrap run like hell]].
* Raven, the DeadpanSnarker of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', who the writers torture with such plots as: a FreakyFridayFlip with her {{Cloudcuckoolander}} team-mate Starfire, being [[{{Animorphism}} turned into a bunny rabbit]], and ''baby-sitting''.
* Optimus Prime has shades of this in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime''. Bulkhead explicitly mentions never seeing Optimus [[TheStoic laugh, cry or lose his cool]], but funny stuff is made funnier by his completely deadpan reaction to it. After showing a WebOriginal/LOLCats-esque internet meme that actually got ''[[GrumpyOldMan Ratchet]]'' to chuckle, Jack asked Optimus if he wanted to see something funny, Optimus replied rather bluntly "No."
** In another incident, Optimus is called upon by Agent Fowler to talk to his superior General Bryce in order to alleviate some tension regarding recent events. Given that Bryce and the [[DocumentaryEpisode camera-man]] were not expecting Optimus to literally be outside their window, it results in them acting befuddled talking to a 30 foot robot. Optimus meanwhile remains courteous and polite the entire time.
** Another giant robot with no sense of humor is the Decepticon Lugnut from ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''. Luggy is a gigantic and merciless war machine with a completely serious and fanatical devotion to his lord [[BigBad Megatron.]] As opposed to his more eccentric partner [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Blitzwing]], he never, ever jokes. He's also often hilarious.
** As ''WesternAnimation/TransformersRescueBots'' is in the same continuity as ''Transformers: Prime'', it should be no surprise that this carries over to Optimus Prime's portrayal in that series as well.
--->'''Blades:''' Helping you is... Well, you're bigger than [[Music/ElvisPresley Elvis]]!\\
'''Optimus:''' I have not met this Elvis and am unaware of his size.
* EvilOverlord Lord Hater from ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' talks a tough game, but he tends to be constantly (and easily) frustrated by Wander's [[ThePollyanna cheeriness]] and [[VitriolicBestBuds attempts to be friendly with him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
** Ice Bear. His expression remains completely flat even when he's [[ItMakesSenseInContext blow-torching a lobster or wearing a stack of stolen hard hats]], and his flat, monotone voice makes him extremely quotable.
--->'''Ice Bear:''' Ice Bear heard wrappers. Not hip-hop.
** Dr. Clark is a reoccurring doctor character who seems to react to the hijinks of the Bears and others with the same monotone snark.
* Chase Young may be dangerous, smart and one evil villain, but he's still a serious character trapped in a rather goofy show like ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown''.
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** Their entry on Anime/GarzeysWing manages this, especially [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garzey%27s_Wing#Characters the Characters section,]] which gives us such gems as Chris's description:
--->He is easy-going, and his sword is unbelievably dull.

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** Their entry on Anime/GarzeysWing manages this, especially [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garzey%27s_Wing#Characters the Characters section,]] which gives us such gems as Chris's description:
--->He
description:--->He is easy-going, and his sword is unbelievably dull.


* Ice Bear in ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''. His expression remains completely flat even when he's [[ItMakesSenseInContext blow-torching a lobster or wearing a stack of stolen hard hats]], and his flat, monotone voice makes him extremely quotable.
-->'''Ice Bear:''' Ice Bear heard wrappers. Not hip-hop.

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* * ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'':
**
Ice Bear in ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears''.Bear. His expression remains completely flat even when he's [[ItMakesSenseInContext blow-torching a lobster or wearing a stack of stolen hard hats]], and his flat, monotone voice makes him extremely quotable.
-->'''Ice --->'''Ice Bear:''' Ice Bear heard wrappers. Not hip-hop.hip-hop.
** Dr. Clark is a reoccurring doctor character who seems to react to the hijinks of the Bears and others with the same monotone snark.

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