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Ham and Deadpan Duo

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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.

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    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 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]

    Films — Live-Action 
  • 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.

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    Video Games 
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY. Ren the deadpan has a childhood friend Nora, the hammy Genki Girl.

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