A pair of characters, either lifelong partners or just met up, in which one is a ham of decent size and the other speaks in a deadpan tone. The juxtaposition of the two, along with each of them on their own, are a common source of comedy for the audience.
Can overlap with a few Duo Tropes:
- When combined with Straight Man and Wise Guy, usually the straight man is the deadpan and the wise guy is the hammy one.
- A subtrope of Red Oni, Blue Oni, where the ham is the red one, and the deadpan is the blue.
- Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl brings gender to the mix: The Savvy Guy is deadpan and the Energetic Girl is hammy.
- Cable & Deadpool has a whole series built on this — the Straight Man and Wise Guy variant, naturally. Cable is the rough, militant deadpan to Deadpool's over-the-top hamminess. If Cable is not available, he's usually swapped out for Wolverine.
- Batman is the deadpan, and Robin (Dick Grayson) is the Large Ham Technicolor Ninja Hurricane of Puns quipmaster.
- In World's Finest Superman is the large ham and Batman is still the deadpan.
- Of the Penn & Teller duo, Penn is very loud and opinionated, while Teller is pretty much a mime.
- Laurel and Hardy. Ollie is pretty hammy while Stan is mild-mannered. However, Ollie more often plays the Straight Man who attempts to approach the situation seriously, and it's Stan's tomfoolery that gets them into "a fine mess". This is a rare example of the Ham being the Straight Man and the Wise Guy being the Deadpan.
- Jeff Dunham has two puppets that are frequently seen together: hyperactive Keet Peanut and the quieter José Jalapeño onna Steek.
- Soul Eater: Troubled Souls:
- Tsuji is the brash, wisecracking Ham to Marcellus's cool Deadpan.
- Claudia is the theatric Ham to Caius's restrained Deadpan.
- A villainous example occurs with Darla Dimple and her manservent Max in Mark Dindal's Cats Don't Dance. Darla is the spoiled prima donna of Mammoth Studios, and lives for giving over-the-top performances. Hulking giant Max, however, maintains the dispassionate demeanor of The Stoic, crushing upstarts without qualm or mercy.
Max: Will that be all, Miss Dimple?
Darla: For the moment. Thank you, Max. [pats his hairless head]
- In The Fifth Element, Korben Dallas, the serious Action Hero, is the Deadpan, and Ruby Rhod, the Camp Straight Jive Turkey Non-Action Guy is the Ham.
- Jay and Silent Bob from Kevin Smith's movies, with Jay being the Large Ham and Bob being the Silent Snarker.
- In Batman (1989), Batman is a serious Deadpan Snarker, making jokes while keeping a serious tone. Joker is a glorious Ham, living life to the fullest and showing the full gambit of Emotions, while doing things that seem funny to him. It helps contrast the two and show that, while they may both be functioning Sociopaths (more so in Batman's case) and/or Psychopaths (more so in Joker's case), they handle their game and life overall differently.
- In Dust of Dreams, book nine of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, there are Draconus and Ublala Pung, of all people. One is a millennia old Elder God, the other a giant manchild. While they wander the prairie, Ublala is being his usual cheerfully boisterous self and Draconus remains the reserved Deadpan Snarker.
Ublala Pung: I've met gods before. They collect chickens.
Draconus: We possess mysterious ways indeed.
- In Star Trek: The Original Series, Captain Kirk (while he is not always this way and can in fact be a Deadpan Snarker at times) is "a man of deep feelings" which tend to express themselves hammily whenever he's excited or trying to make a point. Spock is required to be The Stoic by cultural tradition, so his expressions (unless something is wrong) tend to be very deadpan. And if Kirk isn't around, Doctor "Bones" McCoy serves up the cranky ham in response to the "green-blooded hobgoblin".
- Dawn of War has Lord Bale and Sindri Myr, a Chaos Lord and Sorcerer respectively. Bale's role is to go around making loud noises, while Sindri's is to be an increasingly obvious Starscream speaking in measured tones (the only time he goes into Large Ham mode himself is his ascension to Daemon Prince).
- Devil May Cry: The Sparda Twins form this: Dante is prone to bouts of hamminess (although he clearly plays it for shits and giggles) while Vergil is completely straight-laced.
- In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, in the Shivering Isles expansion, we have Sheogorath and Haskill. The first is a god of madness, who tends to spend half of the time yelling everything he says and making all sorts of non-sequiturs. The other is his chamberlain, who is completely stoic about absolutely everything and tends to be quite snarky in his conversations with the player.
- Junkrat and Roadhog in Overwatch are a downplayed example, in that Roadhog isn't always deadpan, but he's definitely The Quiet One and does get some snarky lines, while Junkrat is manic and rubbery, an irrepressible font of energy. It even extends to their motions in things like the "Junkertown: The Plan" short: Roadhog is relatively controlled and slow, while Junkrat bounces around like a post-apocalyptic take on The Joker.
- McBurn and Duvalie, members of the Quirky Miniboss Squad from The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel. McBurn is Brilliant, but Lazy to the Nth degree and rarely shows emotion, while Duvalie is a Tsundere who frequently, and loudly, voices her annoyance with him. Amusingly, she sees herself as the Only Sane Man of the duo when she really isn't one to talk.
- The Ratchet & Clank series gives us hammy mad scientist Dr. Nefarious and his snarky butler Lawrence.
- Droopy is always the Deadpan pitted against a Large Ham antagonist (Wolfie the wolf, or Spike the bulldog).
- Green Eggs and Ham pairs the BADGUYS: hammy rookie Gluntz with deadpan old-timer Mc Winkle.
- In the Merrie Melodies cartoon The Lion's Busy, Beaky Buzzard, the deadpan bird speaking in Creepy Monotone, follows around Leo, the hammy lion, waiting for him to die so that Beaky can eat him.
- Hanna-Barbera Studios' 2 Stupid Dogs are composed of the Keet dachshund Little Dog paired with The Stoic sheepdog Big Dog. Little Dog is full of cockamamie ideas and Insane Troll Logic, which routinely kick off the pair's adventures. Big Dog goes along, having no better idea. Thus, a loud idiot leads a quiet moron, and Hilarity Ensues.
- The energetic Pinkie Pie and her deadpan sister Maud Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic.
- In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, The Comically Serious Batman is often paired with Boisterous Bruiser Aquaman.