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  • Mordecai Heller from Lackadaisy is the poster child (or would that be poster cat?) for this trope, as lampshaded in this comic.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Roy is the realistic Deadpan Snarker and Straight Man to the rest of his party's wacky hijinks. 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.
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    • Strips featuring the Lawyers, Mr. Jones and Mr. Rodriguez, that don't center on Evil Lawyer Jokes tend to instead focus on Mr. Jones' status as this. A never-smiling, serious man with a nutty, scatter-brained partner, Mr. Jones serves as the Straight Man to his partner's antics and the ridiculous situations they often find themselves in.
  • Referenced in Girl Genius, when an actor in the travelling Heterodyne show explains his character: "Klaus keeps his dignity, or tries to. That's what makes him funny."
  • Susan from El Goonish Shive 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).
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  • Sakido from Slightly Damned 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 Awkward Zombie. Considering that he has to share a house with the characters from the 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.
  • 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 Gendo Ikari, which was followed up with this strip.
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    • Gardening, beekeeping, houseworking, and dancing.
  • Tag, a warship A.I. for Tagon's mercenaries in Schlock Mercenary, tends to react to any situation with absolute, deadpan seriousness, while still producing a punchline. The two weeks following this strip are a good demonstration.
  • Raizel from Noblesse is an absolutely quite personification of The Stoic. Yet his unfamiliarity with modern technology is the primary source of humor early in the series.
  • Jones of Gunnerkrigg Court has never so much as smiled in the entire run of the comic. Giving her a party hat is comedy gold. Topped only by her non-reaction to a pigeon dancing across her head. What makes it even better is that sometimes she clearly pokes fun with straight face, so with her perfect poker face it's impossible to tell where this ends.
    • Sir Eglamore is too serious sometimes. So "Jolly Elfsberry" made the knight play an Overprotective Dad 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.
  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja 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.
  • Batman and Sons 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.
  • Two Guys and Guy has Frank, who probably best epitomized the trope here.
  • The Dragon in Sinfest is constantly amused by the whole God vs. Devil enmity and regards their squabbles as the popcorn time. When nothing of this sort already goes on, he(?) can do it himself:
    Dragon: Great Buddha. The time has come...
  • Manly Guys Doing Manly Things tends to employ Sten in this role.
  • The title character of The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! could hardly be called grim (more like "extremely mellow"), but he lives this trope. At one point he casually asks Jerry the 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 Larp Trek. Picard has his moments, too.
  • From Peter and Company, we have Korgar, an orc with No Indoor Voice...who happens to be a teacher at the title character's school.
  • In Roommates, Erik, Javert, and James all tend to fill this role, especially when they generally remain in-character and are pitted against the magical antics of Jareth.
  • Princess Chroma has Spiders, June's stern, upright mentor... whose convictions are somewhat undermined by the fact that he's a bunny rabbit.
  • Webcomic: Homestuck. Scene: Andrew Hussie is about to be killed by Lord English, an invincible, omnicidal, time-traveling demon. Problem: Lord English has an expressionless Skull for a Head, 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.
  • 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 attempts humor and fails miserably.
  • Guilded Age: GRAVEDUST . Seriously. Keynes herself states that she finds his serious facial expressions hilarious. Case in point: The People's Eyebrow
  • Pixie and Brutus: 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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