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7th Feb '18 2:26:06 PM HeroGal2347
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* Scrooge's butler Duckworth on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':

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* Scrooge's butler Duckworth on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'':''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
28th Jan '18 8:42:43 AM Gamermaster
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* ''Film/BlackNarcissus'' Angu Aya is the native Indian who has been a servant at the house [[OldRetainers since it was for the general's harem]]. Now when it's being used as a convent by some incompetent nuns, she stands by snarking at every mistake they make.

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* ''Film/BlackNarcissus'' Angu Aya is the native Indian who has been a servant at the house [[OldRetainers [[OldRetainer since it was for the general's harem]]. Now when it's being used as a convent by some incompetent nuns, she stands by snarking at every mistake they make.
25th Jan '18 3:50:36 AM jormis29
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* The eponymous maid from Ted Key's ''Hazel''. Later adapted as a TV sitcom starring Shirley Booth.

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* The eponymous maid from Ted Key's ''Hazel''. Later adapted as a [[Series/{{Hazel}} TV sitcom sitcom]] starring Shirley Booth.
15th Jan '18 3:49:48 PM StFan
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* Whis from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. He is the assistant to Beerus, the resident God of Destruction. He is very sarcastic to Beerus, [[PersonOfMassDestruction a person who blows planets on lesser than a whim]], and gets away with it! [[spoiler: It is more because, Whis is Beerus's teacher, as in the one stronger than him. It also works that he's not directly under Beerus, but he's under Omni-King, Supreme Ruler of the Multiverse.]]

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* Whis from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. He is the assistant to Beerus, the resident God of Destruction. He is very sarcastic to Beerus, [[PersonOfMassDestruction a person who blows planets on lesser than a whim]], and gets away with it! [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It is more because, Whis is Beerus's teacher, as in the one stronger than him. It also works that he's not directly under Beerus, but he's under Omni-King, Supreme Ruler of the Multiverse.]]



* Wong, faithful manservant and friend to Comicbook/DoctorStrange, is normally a straitlaced and serious character, but in the issues of ''[[ComicBook/NewAvengers The New Avengers]]'' when he's had to serve the title characters he gets very... ''snippy'' with them.

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* Wong, faithful manservant and friend to Comicbook/DoctorStrange, ComicBook/DoctorStrange, is normally a straitlaced and serious character, but in the issues of ''[[ComicBook/NewAvengers The New Avengers]]'' when he's had to serve the title characters he gets very... ''snippy'' with them.



* Some of the same guys from the Comics section get bonus points for their movie versions. For instance, we have [[Film/IronMan the A.I. version of Jarvis]]:
-->'''Tony:''' (''seeing the rendering of the Mk III armor'') ... A little ostentatious, don't you think?\\

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* ''Film/IronMan'': Some of the same guys from the Comics section get bonus points for their movie versions. For instance, we have [[Film/IronMan the A.I. version of Jarvis]]:
Jarvis. Interestingly, in what is either FridgeLogic or FridgeBrilliance depending on how you look at it, since Jarvis is an A.I. invented by Tony, Tony must have designed him that way. The FridgeBrilliance occurs if the behavior originated as confirmation responses and error checking for Jarvis' voice recognition, as most of Jarvis' snark occurs when agreeing with Tony. Tony probably added the sarcastic tone to make Jarvis sound less like an insincere yes man, then liked it so much he [[ThrowItIn threw it in]].
-->'''Tony:''' (''seeing ''[seeing the rendering of the Mk III armor'') ...armor]'' ... A little ostentatious, don't you think?\\



** Interestingly, in what is either FridgeLogic or FridgeBrilliance depending on how you look at it, since Jarvis is an A.I. invented by Tony, Tony must have designed him that way. The FridgeBrilliance occurs if the behavior originated as confirmation responses and error checking for Jarvis' voice recognition, as most of Jarvis' snark occurs when agreeing with Tony. Tony probably added the sarcastic tone to make Jarvis sound less like an insincere yes man, then liked it so much he [[ThrowItIn threw it in]].



* ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'''s raven-man servant, Diaval, while being [[UndyingLoyalty entirely loyal to her]], is willing and capable of snarking back to her when she's [[BalefulPolymorph offended him]] or he [[WhatTheHellHero disagrees with her actions]].

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* ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'''s Film/{{Maleficent}}'s raven-man servant, Diaval, while being [[UndyingLoyalty entirely loyal to her]], is willing and capable of snarking back to her when she's [[BalefulPolymorph offended him]] or he [[WhatTheHellHero disagrees with her actions]].



* ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'' - the Smith family's maid Katie comes out with a sarcastic quip every other line.
--> '''Agnes:''' Katie...where's my cat? Where is she?
--> '''Katie:''' I don't know...a little while ago she got in my way so I kicked her down the cellar steps. I could hear her spine hit on every step!
--> '''Agnes:''' Oh! If you've killed her, I'll kill you! I'll stab you to death in your sleep and tie you to two wild horses 'til you're pulled apart!
--> '''Katie:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, wouldn't that be terrible now?]]

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* ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'' - the ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'': The Smith family's maid Katie comes out with a sarcastic quip every other line.
--> '''Agnes:''' -->'''Agnes:''' Katie...where's my cat? Where is she?
-->
she?\\
'''Katie:''' I don't know...a little while ago she got in my way so I kicked her down the cellar steps. I could hear her spine hit on every step!
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step!\\
'''Agnes:''' Oh! If you've killed her, I'll kill you! I'll stab you to death in your sleep and tie you to two wild horses 'til you're pulled apart!
-->
apart!\\
'''Katie:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, wouldn't that be terrible now?]]



-->'''Baddeley:''' (''to Fanny, whose suitor has come to discuss things with her and her uncle'') Sir Thomas wishes to speak with you, ma'am, in his own room.\\

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-->'''Baddeley:''' (''to ''[to Fanny, whose suitor has come to discuss things with her and her uncle'') uncle]'' Sir Thomas wishes to speak with you, ma'am, in his own room.\\



* ''Literature/LandOfOz''

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* ''Literature/LandOfOz''''Literature/LandOfOz'':



* ''Literature/DonQuixote''

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* ''Literature/DonQuixote''''Literature/DonQuixote'':



-->''Don Quixote, when he heard such blasphemies uttered against his lady Dulcinea, could not endure it, and lifting his pike, without saying anything to Sancho or uttering a word, he gave him two such thwacks that he brought him to the ground; and had it not been that Dorothea cried out to him to spare him he would have no doubt taken his life on the spot.''\\
''"Do you think," he said to him after a pause, "you scurvy clown, that you are to be always interfering with me, and that you are to be always offending and I always pardoning? Don't fancy it, impious scoundrel,...''

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-->''Don --->Don Quixote, when he heard such blasphemies uttered against his lady Dulcinea, could not endure it, and lifting his pike, without saying anything to Sancho or uttering a word, he gave him two such thwacks that he brought him to the ground; and had it not been that Dorothea cried out to him to spare him he would have no doubt taken his life on the spot.''\\
''"Do
\\
"Do
you think," he said to him after a pause, "you scurvy clown, that you are to be always interfering with me, and that you are to be always offending and I always pardoning? Don't fancy it, impious scoundrel,...''



-->''One of the squires observed in his mixture of Gascon and Catalan, [[GentlemanThief "This captain of ours would make a better friar than highwayman]]; [[JustLikeRobinHood if he wants to be so generous another time, let it be with his own property and not ours.]]"''\\
The unlucky wight did not speak so low but that [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Roque overheard him, and drawing his sword almost split his head in two]], saying, "That is the way I punish impudent saucy fellows." They were all taken aback, and not one of them dared to utter a word, such deference did they pay him.''
* Cloak from ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'' can only barely hide his exasperation and affectionate contempt for the BunnyEarsLawyer and CardCarryingVillain star of the series. [[spoiler: The fact he's the ghost of an EXPY of Batman makes it even funnier.]]

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-->''One --->One of the squires observed in his mixture of Gascon and Catalan, [[GentlemanThief "This captain of ours would make a better friar than highwayman]]; [[JustLikeRobinHood if he wants to be so generous another time, let it be with his own property and not ours.]]"''\\
]]"\\
The unlucky wight did not speak so low but that [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Roque overheard him, and drawing his sword almost split his head in two]], saying, "That is the way I punish impudent saucy fellows." They were all taken aback, and not one of them dared to utter a word, such deference did they pay him.''
him.
* Cloak from ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'' can only barely hide his exasperation and affectionate contempt for the BunnyEarsLawyer and CardCarryingVillain star of the series. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The fact he's the ghost of an EXPY {{Expy}} of Batman makes it even funnier.]]



--> '''Tyrion:''' Stannis has more infantry, more ships, more horses. What do we have?
--> '''Bronn:''' There's that mind of yours you keep going on about.
--> '''Tyrion:''' Well, I've never actually been able to kill people with it.
--> '''Bronn:''' Good thing. I'd be out of a job.

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--> '''Tyrion:''' -->'''Tyrion:''' Stannis has more infantry, more ships, more horses. What do we have?
-->
have?\\
'''Bronn:''' There's that mind of yours you keep going on about.
-->
about.\\
'''Tyrion:''' Well, I've never actually been able to kill people with it.
-->
it.\\
'''Bronn:''' Good thing. I'd be out of a job.



--> '''Merlin:''' How long have you been training to be a prat?
--> '''Arthur:''' You can't address me like that.
--> '''Merlin:''' I'm sorry. How long have you been training to be a prat...my lord?

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--> '''Merlin:''' -->'''Merlin:''' How long have you been training to be a prat?
-->
prat?\\
'''Arthur:''' You can't address me like that.
-->
that.\\
'''Merlin:''' I'm sorry. How long have you been training to be a prat... my lord?



-->'''Coop''': How is he this morning?
-->'''Footman''': Toe and arse this morning, sir.
-->'''Coop''': Oh, God. I know about his toe. What happened to his arse?
-->'''Footman''': One can only imagine.

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-->'''Coop''': --->'''Coop:''' How is he this morning?
-->'''Footman''':
morning? \\
'''Footman:'''
Toe and arse this morning, sir.
-->'''Coop''':
sir.\\
'''Coop:'''
Oh, God. I know about his toe. What happened to his arse?
-->'''Footman''':
arse?\\
'''Footman:'''
One can only imagine.



'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Yes, I do, don't I...

-->'''Lawrence:''' Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. [[MadScientist Mad Science]], for example.

-->'''Dr. Nefarious:''' That moron [Captain Quark] could never hope to beat the likes of me!\\

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'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Yes, I do, don't I...

-->'''Lawrence:'''
I...\\\
'''Lawrence:'''
Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. [[MadScientist Mad Science]], for example.

-->'''Dr.
example.\\\
'''Dr.
Nefarious:''' That moron [Captain Quark] could never hope to beat the likes of me!\\



* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}} III''

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* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}} III''III'':



--> '''Loader Bot''': [[spoiler:<having just pried a door open out of [[SpaceStation Helios']] thruster room>]] We really should stop meeting like this.
--> '''Rhys''': I am SO happy to see you, buddy!
--> '''Loader Bot''': You are very needy.

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--> '''Loader Bot''': -->'''Loader Bot:''' [[spoiler:<having just pried a door open out of [[SpaceStation Helios']] thruster room>]] We really should stop meeting like this.
--> '''Rhys''':
this.\\
'''Rhys:'''
I am SO happy to see you, buddy!
-->
buddy!\\
'''Loader Bot''': Bot:''' You are very needy.



* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''

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* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}''''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'':



* ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood''

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* ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood''''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'':



* Spectacle in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' is one of the servants of the mansion and has a very dry sense of humor to anyone who he speaks with, regardless of rank or position.

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* Spectacle in ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]'' ''Webcomic/{{morphE]]'' is one of the servants of the mansion and has a very dry sense of humor to anyone who he speaks with, regardless of rank or position.



--> '''Vader:''' Your competence and your impertinence continue to maintain an unsteady equilibrium.

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--> '''Vader:''' -->'''Vader:''' Your competence and your impertinence continue to maintain an unsteady equilibrium.



--->'''Alfred:''' Why, you're the very model of sanity. Oh, by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.
--->'''Bruce:''' (smirks) ''Thank you,'' Alfred.

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--->'''Alfred:''' Why, you're the very model of sanity. Oh, by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.
--->'''Bruce:''' (smirks) ''Thank
balls.\\
'''Bruce:''' ''[smirks] Thank
you,'' Alfred.



---> '''Alfred''': I've asked Master Bruce to refrain from leaving trash in the yard...

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---> '''Alfred''': --->'''Alfred:''' I've asked Master Bruce to refrain from leaving trash in the yard...



---> '''Wally''': Hey, that's a giant dinosaur!
---> '''Alfred''': And I thought Batman was the detective.

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---> '''Wally''': --->'''Wally:''' Hey, that's a giant dinosaur!
---> '''Alfred''':
dinosaur!\\
'''Alfred:'''
And I thought Batman was the detective.



---> '''Alfred:''' By the way Master Bruce? ''That'' was sarcasm.

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---> '''Alfred:''' By the way way, Master Bruce? ''That'' was sarcasm.



---> '''Damien''': Watch yourself, Pennyworth. I'm not so young that I don't understand sarcasm.
---> '''Alfred''': ... While I am much too old to care.

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---> '''Damien''': --->'''Damien:''' Watch yourself, Pennyworth. I'm not so young that I don't understand sarcasm.
---> '''Alfred''': ...
sarcasm.\\
'''Alfred:''' ...
While I am much too old to care.



'''Dr. Doofenshmirtz:''' ''(after an awkward silence)'' Wow. Cuttin' deep, man.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''

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'''Dr. Doofenshmirtz:''' ''(after ''[after an awkward silence)'' silence]'' Wow. Cuttin' deep, man.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic''''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':



** According to "Hearth-Warming Eve", Smart Cookie and Clover the Clever were this to Chancellor Puddinghead and Princess Platinum, respectively.

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** According to "Hearth-Warming Eve", "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]", Smart Cookie and Clover the Clever were this to Chancellor Puddinghead and Princess Platinum, respectively.
5th Jan '18 10:26:50 AM TheGreatConversation
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You wouldn't like taking orders from some pompous, rich [[UpperClassTwit higher-up]] for a living, would you? Well, neither does the Servile Snarker. Often the only way to express that resentment or question your employer's decisions is to snark at them for all it's worth--after all, [[UltimateJobSecuritywhat are they going to do, fire you?]]. Some employers may genuinely enjoy the banter or value the valet's second opinion. Some might even consider them [[TrueCompanions a member of the family]] and know that there's genuine love behind the mocking.

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You wouldn't like taking orders from some pompous, rich [[UpperClassTwit higher-up]] for a living, would you? Well, neither does the Servile Snarker. Often the only way to express that resentment or question your employer's decisions is to snark at them for all it's worth--after all, [[UltimateJobSecuritywhat [[UltimateJobSecurity what are they going to do, fire you?]]. Some employers may genuinely enjoy the banter or value the valet's second opinion. Some might even consider them [[TrueCompanions a member of the family]] and know that there's genuine love behind the mocking.
5th Jan '18 10:26:33 AM TheGreatConversation
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You wouldn't like taking orders from some pompous rich [[UpperClassTwit higher up]] for an occupation. In turn, neither do the characters written this way. This trope espouses that the only way to tolerate their occupation of servitude is to snark at your employer for all it's worth. After all, they CantLiveWithoutYou. Also, some employers genuinely enjoy the banter or value the valet's second opinion. Some might even consider them [[TrueCompanions a member of the family]], and know that there's genuine love behind the mocking.

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You wouldn't like taking orders from some pompous pompous, rich [[UpperClassTwit higher up]] higher-up]] for an occupation. In turn, a living, would you? Well, neither do does the characters written this way. This trope espouses that Servile Snarker. Often the only way to tolerate their occupation of servitude express that resentment or question your employer's decisions is to snark at your employer them for all it's worth. After worth--after all, [[UltimateJobSecuritywhat are they CantLiveWithoutYou. Also, some going to do, fire you?]]. Some employers may genuinely enjoy the banter or value the valet's second opinion. Some might even consider them [[TrueCompanions a member of the family]], family]] and know that there's genuine love behind the mocking.



See SassySecretary for another variation of this character. You might also want to see SarcasticDevotee, NoHeroToHisValet and HonestAdvisor.

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See SassySecretary for another variation of this character. You might also want to Also see SarcasticDevotee, NoHeroToHisValet NoHeroToHisValet, HonestAdvisor, and HonestAdvisor.
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28th Dec '17 7:40:54 AM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Bronn is not afraid to speak his mind to Tyrion, which is one reason Tyrion keeps him around since he knows Bronn will tell him the truth.
--> '''Tyrion:''' Stannis has more infantry, more ships, more horses. What do we have?
--> '''Bronn:''' There's that mind of yours you keep going on about.
--> '''Tyrion:''' Well, I've never actually been able to kill people with it.
--> '''Bronn:''' Good thing. I'd be out of a job.
7th Dec '17 7:07:07 AM Andyroid
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* Lawrence from the third ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' game.
-->'''Lawrence:''' You put the "wit" in "twit", sir.\\\
'''Lawrence:''' Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. [[MadScientist Mad Science]], for example.\\\

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* Lawrence from the third ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'' game.
''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' has Dr. Nefarious' dry-witted manservant Lawrence.
-->'''Lawrence:''' You put the "wit" in "twit", sir.\\\
'''Lawrence:'''
\\
'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Yes, I do, don't I...

-->'''Lawrence:'''
Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. [[MadScientist Mad Science]], for example.\\\example.

-->'''Dr. Nefarious:''' That moron [Captain Quark] could never hope to beat the likes of me!\\
3rd Dec '17 8:17:03 PM Crossover-Enthusiast
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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Pahkitew Island'': After declaring her his "sidekick", [[FauxAffablyEvil Scarlett]] becomes this to [[CardCarryingVillain Max]]. Justified in that she's clearly far more intelligent and competent than he is.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Pahkitew Island'': After declaring her his "sidekick", [[FauxAffablyEvil Scarlett]] becomes this to [[CardCarryingVillain [[HarmlessVillain Max]]. Justified in that she's clearly far more intelligent and competent than he is.
25th Nov '17 10:07:51 AM FoxBluereaver
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Shizune in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'', unlike in canon, has no problem in sassying Tsunade. It's implied that Naruto's rebellious nature rubbed off on her.
* Ash's Pokédex in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. He even says at one point that one of his functions is to "provide helpful advice and witty comentary".
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