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14th Feb '18 10:36:33 PM eschlowx
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** Apollo's narration in ''Literature/TheTrialsofApollo'' is also plenty snarky.

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** Apollo's narration in ''Literature/TheTrialsofApollo'' ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' is also plenty snarky.
14th Feb '18 10:35:22 PM eschlowx
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** Apollo's narration in ''Literature/TheTrialsofApollo'' is also plenty snarky.
14th Feb '18 11:42:07 AM MasterFuzzy
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** Harry Dresden is a private eye in an urban fantasy verse, so of course he indulges. Expect at least two bad jokes or pop culture references per page, though he isn't as much of a DeadpanSnarker as most examples.\\
%%** Thomas Raith, the narrator and hero of the Dresdenverse story ''Backup''.\\
%%** John Marcone narrates the story ''Even Hand''.

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** Harry Dresden is a private eye in an urban fantasy verse, so of course he indulges. Expect at least two dozens of bad jokes or and pop culture references per page, though he isn't as much book. A lot of it is the fact that he's also a StepfordSnarker with a heck of a DeadpanSnarker lot of angst, as most examples.\\
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well as being a defense mechanism against various supernatural monsters ([[JustifiedTrope as he explains, you never show weakness or fear to predators unless you want them to attack you]]).
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Thomas Raith, the narrator and hero protagonist of the Dresdenverse story ''Backup''.\\
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''Backup,'' proves equal to [[spoiler: his brother]] Harry in terms of interspersing action and sass.
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John Marcone narrates the story ''Even Hand''.Hand,'' and intersperses [[PragmaticVillainy ruthless]] [[CombatPragmatist pragmatism]] with very dry snark. For example, after a monster [[OpenSaysMe blows open his door]]:
--> "For God's sake. At least the vampires would call to make an appointment.
1st Feb '18 7:16:30 AM 59Efra
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This guy sometimes shows up in the PrivateEyeMonologue sort of work, but UrbanFantasy is where you ''really'' can't turn a corner without bumping into a dozen of them. If you want to find one, just cast a fireball in some otherwise normal city and before you're halfway done, some wannabe-protagonist will jump at you from behind a corner and start throwing pithy remarks at you about how you're being clich&eacute and violating the laws of thermodynamics or some shit like that.

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This guy sometimes shows up in the PrivateEyeMonologue sort of work, but UrbanFantasy is where you ''really'' can't turn a corner without bumping into a dozen of them. If you want to find one, just cast a fireball in some otherwise normal city and before you're halfway done, some wannabe-protagonist will jump at you from behind a corner and start throwing pithy remarks at you about how you're being clich&eacute cliché and violating the laws of thermodynamics or some shit like that.
25th Jan '18 2:24:44 AM Cryoclaste
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* OddThomas definitely counts, though he's usually more humble about his smartass remarks. Being a Creator/DeanKoontz character, though, he also often goes on philosophical tangents, which is pleasant.

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* OddThomas ''Literature/OddThomas'' definitely counts, though he's usually more humble about his smartass remarks. Being a Creator/DeanKoontz character, though, he also often goes on philosophical tangents, which is pleasant.
23rd Jan '18 4:06:39 AM Cryoclaste
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* Gen, the narrator of the first book in ''TheQueensThief'' series, dips into this often.

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* Gen, the narrator of the first book in ''TheQueensThief'' ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series, dips into this often.



* Gaven Morren of ''Literature/TheTaleOfTheExile'' is this, being partially based on Garret from the Thief series mentioned above.

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* Gaven Morren of ''Literature/TheTaleOfTheExile'' is this, being partially based on Garret from the Thief ''Thief'' series mentioned above.
5th Jan '18 8:58:59 AM MasterN
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So it turns out we need to have an article about the First-Person Smartass, and now I have to tell you everything about the type of narrator who's a first-person narrator (because you obviously didn't get that from the name) and describes events in the tone of a DeadpanSnarker. He does this since he knows that, contrary to the popular misconception, narration isn't about letting the reader in on the plot; it's about sharing with them every remotely entertaining half-of-a-train of thought you have.

This guy sometimes shows up in the PrivateEyeMonologue sort of work, but UrbanFantasy is where you really can't turn a corner without bumping into a dozen of them. If you want to find one, just cast a fireball in some otherwise normal city and before you're halfway done, some wannabe-protagonist will jump at you from behind a corner and start throwing pithy remarks at you about how you're being cliché and violating the laws of thermodynamics.

Well, fine, that's hyperbole, but you have to admit the guy is an [[AuthorAvatar awfully convenient proxy]] to have around if you're a clever author who wants to show the world how clever you are. Not to mention he can also function as an AudienceSurrogate, incorporating and defusing a reader's skepticism with endless LampshadeHanging of whatever bits of the story don't make sense. You can almost feel the enormous weight of the entire story's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief on this poor guy's shoulders.

You can expect this guy to be intellectual and well-acquainted with pop culture (or at least [[AuthorAvatar works with which the author is familiar]]), so he can make all the right clever references at the right time. This won't prevent them from being described as [[InformedAttribute uneducated, bad at school, or book dumb]]; these traits are apparently all the rage for {{Audience Surrogate}}s nowadays as [[ThisLoserIsYou people can't identify with someone who might possibly be a better person than they are]]. Unfortunately the character may end up being too smart, because the writer is afraid of looking stupid. In the case of FanFiction, a character of only moderate intelligence may end up being given uncharacteristically intelligent thoughts, and leaving the readers with a sense of OOC-ness.

The TropeNamer was a review of Steven Brust's Literature/{{Dragaera}} series by ''[[http://www.steelypips.org/library/AuthorArchive.html The Library of Babel]]''. And of course you're going to click that, because the "click hither and educate thyself" tone of that sentence just ''screams'' "fun."

Compare LemonyNarrator.

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So it turns out we need to have an article about the First-Person Smartass, and now I have to tell you everything about the type of narrator who's a first-person narrator (because you obviously didn't get that from the name) and describes events in the tone of a DeadpanSnarker. He does this since he knows that, contrary to the popular misconception, narration isn't about about, yíknow, letting the reader in on the plot; it's about sharing with them every remotely entertaining half-of-a-train of thought you have.

This guy sometimes shows up in the PrivateEyeMonologue sort of work, but UrbanFantasy is where you really ''really'' can't turn a corner without bumping into a dozen of them. If you want to find one, just cast a fireball in some otherwise normal city and before you're halfway done, some wannabe-protagonist will jump at you from behind a corner and start throwing pithy remarks at you about how you're being cliché clich&eacute and violating the laws of thermodynamics.

thermodynamics or some shit like that.

Well, fine, that's ''fine'', that's...hyperbole, I suppose...but you have to admit the guy is an [[AuthorAvatar awfully convenient proxy]] to have around if you're a clever ''clever'' author who wants to show the world how clever ''clever'' you are. Not to mention he can also function as an AudienceSurrogate, incorporating and defusing a reader's skepticism with endless LampshadeHanging of whatever bits of the story don't make sense. You can almost feel the enormous weight of the entire story's WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief on crushing this poor guy's bastardís shoulders.

You can expect this guy to be intellectual and well-acquainted with pop culture (or at least [[AuthorAvatar works with which which]] [[SmallReferencePools the author is familiar]]), so he can make all the right clever references at the right time. This Naturally, this won't prevent them from being described as [[InformedAttribute uneducated, bad at school, or book dumb]]; just plain]] BookDumb; these traits are apparently all the ''fucking'' rage for {{Audience Surrogate}}s nowadays as [[ThisLoserIsYou people can't identify with someone who might possibly be a better person than they are]]. Unfortunately the character may end up being too smart, because the writer is afraid of looking stupid. In the case of FanFiction, a character of only moderate intelligence may end up being given uncharacteristically intelligent thoughts, and leaving the readers with a sense of OOC-ness.

The
[[OutOfCharacter OOC-ness]].

Anyways, the
TropeNamer was a review of Steven Brust's Literature/{{Dragaera}} series by ''[[http://www.steelypips.org/library/AuthorArchive.html The Library of Babel]]''. And of course you're going to click that, because the [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe "click hither and educate thyself" thyself"]] tone of that sentence just ''screams'' "fun."

Compare LemonyNarrator.
LemonyNarrator. Or donít, I donít care how lazy you are.

...I donít like my job.



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2nd Jan '18 11:17:43 AM JoieDeCombat
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* The player character of ''VisualNovel/HavenfallIsForLovers'' uses snark at least in part as a coping mechanism to deal with her dissatisfaction with her circumstances and with being out of her depth. Since she's very frequently out of her depth once the supernatural side of her HatedHometown starts intruding into her life, her narration and inner monologue provide a steady stream of snark and self-deprecation.
12th Oct '17 12:12:10 AM DoctorNemesis
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%%* Archie Goodwin of the Literature/NeroWolfe books might be the UrExample.

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%%* * Literature/NeroWolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin of is both the Literature/NeroWolfe books might be [[HardboiledDetective hardboiled gumshoe]] to Wolfe's rarified GreatDetective and the UrExample.narrator of all the mysteries the two find themselves involved in. This means that the reader is treated to generous helpings of dry, deadpan sarcasm and quips about almost everything that happens and everyone that Goodwin comes across. To paraphrase their FriendlyEnemy [[InspectorLestrade Inspector Cramer]], Goodwin would cheerfully joke around at his own execution if given half a chance.
10th Oct '17 5:59:45 PM nombretomado
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* JimButcher used this trope for his ''SpiderMan'' novel, ''The Darkest Hours'', casting Peter Parker as the narrator.

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* JimButcher Creator/JimButcher used this trope for his ''SpiderMan'' novel, ''The Darkest Hours'', casting Peter Parker as the narrator.
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