->''"Wow, sarcasm. That's original."''
-->-- '''Dr. Horrible''', ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''

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A character prone to gnomic, sarcastic, sometimes bitter, occasionally whimsical asides. They can vary wildly from rare, funny one-liners to complete [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxiousness]].

The Deadpan Snarker [[note]]"Snark" = portmanteau of "snide" and "remark"[[/note]] exists to deflate pomposity, [[LampshadeHanging point out the unlikelihood of]] [[ZanyScheme certain]] [[GambitRoulette plans]], and deliver funny lines. Typically the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism most cynical]] [[SourSupporter supporting character]]. In most cases, it is implied that the snarker would make a good leader, strategist, or consultant given their ability to [[GenreSavvy instantly see the flaws in a constructed plan]]. More often than not, their innate snarkiness is the only thing preventing the other characters from comprehending this for themselves. In other cases, the Deadpan Snarker resorts to sarcasm because they're the OnlySaneMan. Tends to be shot a DeathGlare when they go too far (and probably isn't without one of their own, either). Note that due to the definition evolving, the "Deadpan" part of the title has gradually become TheArtifact and a deadpan delivery is no longer a necessary part of the trope.

Sometimes the Deadpan Snarker is incapable of avoiding sarcasm due to their insecurity about expressing any genuine thought or feeling. This may make them a StepfordSnarker.

While the Snarker has existed (in both fiction and RealLife) since time immemorial, its most contemporary incarnation emerged in the early 1930s with the new popularity of sound cinema and the rise of "zinger" comedy. In fact, it was in 1933 that the word "wisecrack" (the Snarker's most trusted sidearm) entered English-language dictionaries. (And, in a stroke of genius, [[ShapedLikeItself the word "wisecrack" is itself a wisecrack]], carrying the sarcastic connotation of "Oh yeah, you're a real Creator/{{Socrates}}, smart guy.")

A sub-trope of this is GradeSystemSnark. Compare TheSnarkKnight, LittleMissSnarker, {{Cuckoosnarker}}, WeaselMascot, TheMeanBrit, FirstPersonSmartass, ServileSnarker, GentlemanSnarker, SilentSnarker, DisabledSnarker. See also SnarkBait, NonActionSnarker, SnarkyNonhumanSidekick, CatsAreSnarkers, TallDarkAndSnarky, SurroundedByIdiots, and SarcasticDevotee. Sometimes overlaps with GenreSavvy and NoSenseOfHumor. A common role for a StraightMan. May wear JadeColoredGlasses. If there are too many of these, you might be in a WorldOfSnark. Overdoing it on one character may result in a {{Jerkass}}. Expect plenty of SnarkToSnarkCombat if and when two of these meet. May result in OffingTheMouth. Try not to confuse the dialogue with BuffySpeak.

[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease As for real life examples... ]][[SelfDemonstratingArticle yeah, why bother listing them when all people want to do is gush or complain excessively over them?]]
!!Example subpages:
* [[DeadpanSnarker/AnimeAndManga Right-to-left books and cartoons of them.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/ComicBooks Flashy action sequences on paper.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/FanFics What fans use to promote their ships and crap.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/AnimatedFilm Films made with animation cells.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/LiveActionFilm Actually real footage.]]
** [[DeadpanSnarker/XMenFilms How did the X-Men get their own section?]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Literature}} Works made by writers and authors.]]
** [[DeadpanSnarker/HarryPotter Wizardry! Hogwarts! Snarkiness!]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/LiveActionTV You use a television to watch this.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Pinball}} Flappers, ramps, and balls n' shit.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Radio}} I didn't know radio had its followings!]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/ReligionAndMythology Lots and lots of praying.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Theatre}} What Shakespeare did.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/VideoGames Programmable snarkers? When did I ever see this?]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WebAnimation Animation, on the Internet.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WebComics Flashy action sequences on... a webpage?]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WebOriginal Internet celebrities' paradise.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WesternAnimation You know what, I'm not even going to even bother with a snark with western animation. Leave me be!]]