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Ham and Deadpan Duo

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The hammiest and most exuberant shinobi ever and his Eternal Rival, the laziest and snarkiest shinobi in existence.

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, is a common source of comedy for the audience.

Can overlap with a few Duo Tropes:


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Hiyo and Vivid!: Ayamorin is an outgoing, cheerful Wu-tuber who tries to make Hiyo smile, while Hiyo is physically incapable of smiling despite being Ayamorin's biggest fan.
  • Lupin III has the flamboyant titular thief and his sullen gunman Jigen as well as stoic samurai Goemon.
  • My Hero Academia: Loud, bombastic, fun-loving Present Mic and deadpan, stoic, often gloomy Eraser Head. Eraser Head also has this dynamic with the loud, flashy, energetic All Might.
  • Naruto has the hammy and exuberant Might Guy and his slouchy and snarky Eternal Rival Kakashi Hatake.
  • One Piece gives us:
  • Nick And Lever: Nick is a loud and flashy Large Ham, whereas Lever is more deadpan and subdued. Unlike most examples where the deadpan half of the duo is snarky and gloomy, Lever is just as cheerful and optimistic as Nick.

    Comic Books 

  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • 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.

    Films — Animation 
  • A villainous example occurs with Darla Dimple and her manservant 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]

    Films — Live-Action 

  • 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 man-child. 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.

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    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Ren is quiet, thoughtful, and prone to expressing his wit in deadpan and sarcastic ways, such as when he's asked to distract the sniper during the tournament, despite being the one with no shield, and his response is an understated "Sure, why not". His lifelong partner Nora is expressive, energetic, and loud. During the same tournament fight, when Jaune asks her to finish the fight with a single hit, she grins broadly, leaps in the air with her power needlessly flaring everywhere just for effect, and hits all four opponents with an exaggerated hammer swing. When Nora is telling Yang a story about her dream, she exaggerates the adventure for mood and suspense, while Ren quietly interjects with the actual, more boring, facts of the dream, deadpanning her enthusiasm.

    Western Animation