->''"You sure are talkative... IN YOUR HEAD!"''
-->-- '''[[MonsterClown Kefka Palazzo]]''' to [[AntiHero Squall Leonhart]], ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''

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 ([[SelfDemonstratingArticle because you obviously didn't get that from the name]]) and describes events in a consistently [[DeadpanSnarker snarky or sardonic tone]]. 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 [[GenreSavvy 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]].

The TropeNamer was a review of Steven Brust's {{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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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime]]
* Kyon, the viewpoint character of ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''; a variation of the character type, as even though he's very [[FauxlosophicNarration intelligent]] and [[LittleProfessorDialog literate]], he's BookDumb and rarely gets anything more than a B+.
* Lina Inverse from ''{{Slayers}}''.
* Ichika Orimura from InfiniteStratos when it comes to [[SpartanSiblings his sister.]]
* Araragi from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''.
* Kinji Tohyama of HidanNoAria, especially in the light novels. Dude always has a quip for each weird thing he encounters in his life.
* Issei in ''HighSchoolDXD'' has shades of this, however it's [[TheMentor Azazel]] who's a lot more of a smart ass narrator whenever he discusses things in his point of view.
* "[[NoNameGiven Watashi]]" from ''LightNovel/JinruiWaSuitaiShimashita''. Though a fairly standard trait for a LightNovel protagonist, she stands out for her ''incredible cynicism''.
* Shinichi Kudo[=/=]Conan Edogawa of ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' snarks in his head more than OnceAnEpisode.
* ''Manga/ServantXService'':
** Local ShrinkingViolet Saya, surprisingly and sporadically, but very fitting with her BrutalHonesty.
** Kanon also tends to snark a lot in her head regarding some weird situations she gets into, such as Miyoshi's BrutalHonesty, Hasebe's [[TheSlacker slacking habits]], Chihaya's strange personality, and Lucy's [[SkewedPriorities tight control of her salary]], as well as the Ichimiya siblings' shared obliviousness (Taishi to the [[BigBrotherWorship true reason]] Touko visits his place, and Touko to the fact that the bunny in the office is her father's avatar and the true nature of her brother and Chihaya's relationship).
-->"Thank goodness Touko-chan is an idiot."
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This has become a fairly common practice in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic books.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The protagonist of the mega-multi-cross fanfic ''FanFic/SleepingWithTheGirls'', mainly as a device to keep the protagonist deliberately unnamed as an AffectionateParody of the ISO Standard self-insert fic.
* The narrator from ''Fanfic/MarieDSuesseAndTheMysteryNewPirateAge!'' occasionally takes breaks from narrating the story to make fun of common cliches found in fanfics and point out logical fallacies.
* Daniel Lawson in the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfic series ''TheHarmonverse'' takes this trope and has his babies- one of the best things about Daniel is how he snarks about anything in front of him.
* ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'': True to ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' form, both point of view characters, Phoenix Wright and [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]], partake in this to cope with the fact that they are the [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Man/Mare]] in a world of crazies. Even then, neither is shy about pulling some [[DeadpanSnarker regular snarking]] occasionally.
* ''VideoGame/MyLittleInvestigations'' protagonist [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Twilight Sparkle]] is this as per ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' standards.
* And, to pull off the trifecta, ''[[EakinsHardReset Hard Reset]]'' and its sequels feature Twilight's perspective. While not overloaded, she still has her moments.
* ''Fanfic/StarlightOverDetrot'' has Detective Hard Boiled do this, as part of its Noir styling.
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries''
** Hobbes narrating like this in "The Time Pauser".
** Calvin gets his turn for the first half of "The Transmitter Conspiracy Part 1".
* Jericho, the narrator of ''Fanfic/{{Jericho}}'', whose narration style is founded upon snark. Without breaking the fourth wall, he is constantly making fun of the [[GenreSavvy story he's in]] and the world and characters therein, kind of like a [[CloudCuckooLander demented]] [[Franchise/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy Douglas Adams]].
* Link is very much this in ''[[http://www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_st.php/19769 The Legend of Link: Lucky Number 13]]''. [[spoiler:Turns out that in the first person sections he's conversing with a shadow demon that's sharing his body, so it makes sense he'd describe things less than objectively.]]
* [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho]] is this in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9916984/2/Innocence-Need-Not-Apply Innocence Need Not Apply]]'', as a result of the author applying AlternativeCharacterInterpretation to her experiences, resulting in her becoming jaded and bitter, but [[KnightInSourArmor determined to save the lives of her comrades should they fall into danger]], although she doesn't always express said feelings openly.
* Captain Kanril Eleya of ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' and related fics. Not all the time, but the story is told from her point of view and she's not afraid to crack jokes in the narration. She's even snarked at ''herself'' on occasion, such as when she caught herself [[EatingTheEyeCandy gawking at her ops officer when he was lifting weights]]. It really comes out when she's annoyed at the universe in general, as in the side story ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'':
--> '''Eleya:''' ''(listening to the First Minister of Bajor giving a speech)'' "This project ushers in a new era of cooperation between Cardassia and Bajor. We are healing the wounds of the Occupation and the Dominion War, {{blah blah blah}}." Okay, that last part was me.
* The ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfic ''FanFic/PokemonTakeTwo'' has two narrators. Raion, a standard DeadpanSnarker, and Narrator-tan, a very... ''cheerful'' example. [[AmbiguousGender S/he]] only takes up the narrator role when Raion isn't present in a scene, though, mostly appearing in {{Omake}}s.
* The Narrator of the 1996 sections of ''FanFic/RedactionOfTheGoldenWitch'' is one of these. He doesn't exactly have the highest opinion of his three companions, and doesn't hold back in his thoughts. Since he doesn't use quotation marks when actually speaking, it seems like he doesn't hold back during conversations, either...
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is pretty much made of FilmNoir and this trope.
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}''.
* Louis in ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* When Creator/StephenKing characters tell their own stories, they have a tendency to be this way, but it's mostly light and situational cynicism on display, rather than the characters being chronic smartasses. Michael Noonan of ''Literature/BagOfBones'' is probably the best example.
* The titular Percy Jackson of ''PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians''. It's probably common amongst [[HalfHumanHybrid Half-Bloods]], as a coping mechanism extension of their diagnosed-as-[=ADHD=] battle instincts. After all, if you find yourself standing before Hades, God of the Dead, who's cloaked in a robe sewn together from souls of the damned, then wondering what some poor saps must've done to get themselves assigned [[ImagineTheAudienceNaked to being his boxer shorts]] has got to be better than having your mind lock up in fear.
** Confirmed, as ''TheHeroesOfOlympus'' SequelSeries shows the point of view of multiple demigods, all of whom are various levels of smartass. (Though not of the first person variety).
* Archie Goodwin of the Literature/NeroWolfe books might be the ur-example.
* ''Spenser'' is somewhat a [[ThePoorMansSubstitute Poor Man's Substitute]] of this trope and is often brought up as the direct inspiration for fantasy novels using this character-type.
* The protagonist of Frank Portman's "King Dork" mentally snarks his way through the book, but is usually less than stellar at speaking aloud. To wit: "By my count, I had said no more than twenty-one words to her, and that's only if you count 'um'. And my first bit of dialogue had been nothing less retarded than 'I'm cool"
* Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos in the ''{{Dragaera}}'' series who besides being an aristocrat of a sort reflects Brust's AuthorAppeal in being a gourmet cook. One of the first examples of this in fantasy, along with Corwin from ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', and indirect TropeNamer.
** When Kiera the Thief is narrating in ''Orca'', she's this way as well, albeit not quite as good at it as Vlad.
* Creator/GlenCook utilises this in some of his series:
** ''[[Literature/GarrettPI Garrett PI]]'', being a fantasy Noir work, features this.
** In ''Literature/BlackCompany'', the various Annalists tend to snark at most everything.
* Sean Drummond, narrator of Brian Haig's novels, often speculates on things he'd like to say but shouldn't. Or things he did say, and shouldn't have.
* The NoNameGiven spy protagonist of ''The Ipcress File'' and sequels by LenDeighton.
* Harry Dresden of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' 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.
** Also, Thomas Raith, the narrator and hero of the Dresdenverse story ''Backup.'' Better at snark than Harry, too.
** John Marcone narrates the story "Even Hand," and he turns out to be a master of deadpan sarcasm who surpasses even Thomas.
* JimButcher likes this trope. He also used it for his ''SpiderMan'' novel, "The Darkest Hours", casting Peter Parker as the narrator.
* Lindsey Davis's Marcus Didius Falco - a good cook, and married to an aristocrat. Also a deconstruction of this trope; as a citizen of 1st century Rome, [[GenreBlind he hasn't read any Chandler]] and doesn't know that private eyes are loners...
* Literature/ColtRegan does this quite a bit in between strange tangents on such subjects as the political leanings of baked goods.
* Also true of many other UrbanFantasy narrators such as Rachel Morgan (TheHollows), AnitaBlake, Kelley Armstrong's heroines in the WomenOfTheOtherworld books (some more smartass than others), Kitty from the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series, and Cal of Rob Thurman's ''CalLeandros'' series.
* Corwin and Merlin from Creator/RogerZelazny's ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'' possibly started the trend in {{Fantasy}}. Random gets in on the action for a chapter, too, when he's telling Corwin about one of his recent adventures.
* As a dark example, ''Literature/{{Dexter}}'' somewhat fits this type, being a surprisingly charming and cheerful SerialKiller.
* John Taylor from Creator/SimonRGreen's ''{{Nightside}}'' series is like a more pessimistic [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].
* David Wong, of JohnDiesAtTheEnd, deadpans, lies, and occasionally half-heartedly mocks the weird shit that confronts him and his goofball friend. He occasionally veers into nihilistic {{author tract}}s... that are actually attempts by the [[EldritchAbomination Shadow]] [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Men]] to get him to commit suicide and stopping his heroics.
* SandyMitchell's Literature/CiaphasCain ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' novels are [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis excerpts from his private memoirs]]. In them, Cain reveals that he is very much a DeadpanSnarker at heart, regardless of how well he hides it in public.
* Bartimaeus of ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' in the chapters he narrates, and even more so in the footnotes.
** In the last book of the trilogy, he even manages to snark chapters ''another character narrates'' [[spoiler: because he and Nathaniel are sharing a body.]]
* WarrenEllis's ''CrookedLittleVein'' features a main character who tells the story from the first person and is most ''definitely'' a smartass, but subverts the rest of the trope by... well, being a typical Ellis protagonist, really.
-->"I don't have a secretary. Sometimes I flip on a phone voice-changer I got for five bucks on eBay and pretend to be my own secretary. It is very sad."
* Dennis St. Michel from ''[[http://menacinghouse.blogspot.com The Luck of Dennis St. Michel, Viscount Stokington]]'' is one of these, usually insulting or mocking the other characters in his narration while being polite or deferential in his dialogue.
* Justified in Creator/MattStover's ''[[Literature/TheActsOfCaine Heroes Die]]'', where the protagonist is having his experiences as a particularly violent sort of adventurer in a fantasy world recorded for the entertainment of the masses on a dystopian future Earth.
* Thomas Lang, protagonist of Hugh Laurie's "The Gunseller" is a less well read example of this.
** "Yes, he had one arm and he taught unarmed combat. Sometimes life is like that."
* Bob Howard in the "Laundry" novels by Creator/CharlesStross is Harry Palmer as a computer geek. Who has to deal with monster.
* [[Literature/FightClub Pick]] [[Literature/{{Survivor}} a]] Creator/ChuckPalahniuk [[Literature/InvisibleMonsters book]]. [[Literature/{{Choke}} Any]] [[{{Lullaby}} Chuck]] [[Literature/{{Haunted 2005}} Palahniuk]] [[{{Rant}} book.]]
* Subverted by Betsy Taylor, the heroine and narrator of the ''Literature/BetsyTheVampireQueen'' series. She's got the tone right, but she takes the "smart" out of "smartass".
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''
** Bella
** Jacob, when he narrates part of ''Breaking Dawn''.
* James "Slippery Jim" [=DiGriz=] of TheStainlessSteelRat series.
* OddThomas definitely counts, though he's usually more humble about his smartass remarks. Being a DeanKoontz character, though, he also often goes on philosophical tangents, which is pleasant.
* AnitaBlake has shades of this.
* Arkady Makarovich Dolgoruky, eponymous (and well-described) narrator of Dostoevsky's ''The Adolescent''.
* FelixCastor in MikeCarey's series is another urban fantasy example, like a much, much darker Harry Dresden.
* [[CalLeandros Caliban Leandros]], oh so very much. His brother Niko has his moments as well, though he's much more restrained.
* Creator/ThomasLigotti does this a lot, albeit [[StealthPun rather]] [[StealthInsult subtly]].
* Delia Marshall Turner's ''Nameless Magery'' is a mix of SF and fantasy, narrated by the rather self-deprecating and earthy character of Lisane, who is quite well-educated by the standards of her own planet. Some of the humor comes from Lisane's observations about the culture of the alien planet she has crash-landed on and comparisons to the culture of her homeworld. The sequel ''Of Swords And Spells'' is narrated by Malka, who is also a bit sarcastic and tends to give herself self-deprecating nicknames like "Malka the Mighty, victorious in defeating soup", though she is not quite as snarky as Lisane.
* ''RiversOfLondon'', told from the ever so slightly sarcastic and opinionated POV of Detective Constable Peter Grant.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' does this with all of the humans to some extent, but mostly Marco.
* Pagan Kidrouk from the ThePaganChronicles ''bleeds'' this trope.
* The anonymous narrator of ''Literature/RedHarvest''. "I first heard Personville called Poisonville by a red-haired mucker called Hickey Dewey in the Big Ship in Butte. He also called his shirt a shoit. I didn’t think anything of what he’d done to the city’s name. Later I’d heard men who could pronounce their r’s give it the same pronunciation. I still didn’t see anything in it but the meaningless sort of humor used to make richardsnary the thieves’ word for dictionary. A few years later, I went to Personville and learned better."
* In some of the stories from Creator/StanislawLem's ''Literature/TalesOfPirxThePilot'', Pirx himself is narrating and shows off his snarky kind of humor.
* The titular character of the ''MaximumRide'' series. Somewhat justified in that she tends to use sarcasm as a coping mechanism to deal with her screwed up life. And she's a teenager.
** From the same author, the titular character of the [[Literature/TheDangerousDaysofDanielX Daniel X]] series is also like this
* Alcatraz Smedry is a FirstPersonSmartass narrator for the ''Literature/AlcatrazSeries''.
* Janet Evanovich's StephaniePlum character is all over this.
* Gemma from ''AGreatAndTerribleBeauty'' does this. It frequently gets her in trouble, as what she's thinking is pretty damn funny, so she cracks a smile, usually at the worst time possible.
* R from ''WarmBodies''. Justified, as he has trouble actually making legible words with his mouth (he is a zombie, after all), so most of the snarky dialogue we get from him is simply his train of thought.
* While generally the opposite of this trope, Creator/PGWodehouse's [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] has his moments.
--> I don't know if you have ever tooled off to East Dulwich to offer a strange female a hundred smackers to release your Uncle George. In case you haven't, I may tell you that there are plenty of things that are lots better fun.
* Gen, the narrator of the first book in ''TheQueensThief'' series, dips into this often.
* Georgia Nicolson in the ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' books.
* Literature/PhilipMarlowe too, so much.
* Holden Caulfield from ''CatcherInTheRye'', big time.
* Cameron Smith, the protagonist and narrator of Libba Bray's novel Going Bovine
* Even [[SociopathicHero Alex]], from ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'', is often this way - though he ''is'' really, really ([[ColdBloodedTorture rightfully]]) pissed at most of the other characters. It can be pretty difficult to notice, since he speaks entirely in [[ConLang Nadsat]].
--> '''Alex''': That very same evening I was dragged down [[SarcasmMode nice and gentle]] by [[PoliceBrutality brutal tolchoking chassos]] to viddy the Governer in his [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment holy of holies holy]] office...
* Fly in ''{{Literature/Doom}}'' is a major smartass, making sarcastic and witty remarks even as things almost literally go to hell. Arlene, Albert, and Jill are all smartasses in their POV chapters as well.
* Vern, the main character of the "Dragon Eye, PI" series by Karina Fabian. He's a dragon who was shrunken down in size and power by St. George (the magically super-powered pain in the tail) who is from a parallel world of magic but now living in ours since The Gap (the name which scientists gave it which, Vern assures us, made a certain company leap for joy) opened to allow traffic between worlds, and currently deals with crimes where Mundane and Magical cross. Need confirmation, check out his introduction to himself, his partner (Sister Grace), and the 'verse: http://dragoneyepi.blogspot.com/p/dragoneye-universe.html
* Every viewpoint character in ''Literature/OfFearAndFaith'' has shades of this, [[TheSnarkKnight August]] and [[TheCharmer Aiden]] especially.
* The unnamed narrator of the comic neo-noir ''Literature/MrBlank'' and [[Literature/GetBlank its sequel]].
* The narration of ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' is third-person, but characters' thoughts are stated so often that there's a definite impression of First-Person Smartass. Especially in any viewpoint chapter of Glokta's.
* Talia Jones in ''Literature/RulesOfTheScamMysteries''.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/VeronicaMars''.
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' is just as much a smart-ass on TV as in the books, if not more so. There's even a subversion in one episode where Dex's internal monologue becomes external for a line; the only one who notices, of course, is [[SecretChaser Doakes]].
* ''BurnNotice'' has Jeffrey Donovan's character Michael Westen consistently snarking about his situation and environment, though he walks the line between FirstPersonSmartass and DeadpanSnarker with stylish aplomb.
** Upon rigging a club with C4, Michael walks in on the club owner/drug distributor with a business proposal, drinks his alcohol and acts pretty much like he owns the place... while holding a dead man's switch. If he is injured and lets go, the place will explode. As this happens, he narrates:
-->"Sometimes the only way to win is to ensure that if you lose, everyone loses. It works for nuclear weapons, and it works for me."
* George of the MundaneAfterlife {{Dramedy}} ''DeadLikeMe''.
* In the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' box sets, there is in-character discussion and lectures about various bits of Weserosi history, places, and events. Most characters do so simply in an informational manner, (although there are occasional hints of UnreliableNarrator, {{Half Truth}}s, exaggerating the glories of minor victories or sly hints at things that history is too polite to talk about) but the sections done by Stannis Baratheon are ''peppered'' with smart ass comments. (Which, [[BrutalHonesty considering]] [[HonorBeforeReason the]] [[PrinciplesZealot personality]] [[PerpetualFrowner Stannis]] [[NoSenseOfHumor has]], is rather ironic.) A few examples:
-->At the time, Westeros was a filthy backwater with seven kings squabbling over borders and minor glories. *beat* So much for progress.\\
(On the subject of the island of Dragonstone) The island itself was and is nothing. It had no gold or gems to lure Valyrian nobility. All it has is rock. Mostly a shiny black stone too brittle for war and too sharp for building. The Targaryens called it "dragon glass". I call it it useless.\\
The Targaryens managed to raise a castle here. Simpletons claimed they used ancient Valyrian sorcery, forgetting that the Targaryens brought a small army with them from Essos. There's no magic in strong backs.
** [[BloodKnight Sandor Clegane]] gets one or two in his own segment.
--->Most families claim to be descended from some great ancestor or hero so far back that nobody can prove them liars.
* One can't end this section without mentioning Will from ''TheInbetweeners'' who is both the main protagonist and the voice-over narrator. Already a DeadpanSnarker of dimensions in the series itself, he manages to take it up a notch when he narrates. In reviews, even people who don't like the series and/or movie in general will usually admit to have gotten a few laughs out of Will's narration. The appeal (especially to grown-up viewers) probably comes from how he criticizes phenomena in everyday life that seem completely normal or even cool to most teenagers, but when you grow up, you realize how stupid or awkward they were.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The main character of ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Discworld Noir]]''.
* Phoenix Wright of the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series fits the description as well. In fact, any playable character in any of the ''Ace Attorney'' games is this trope, because it's probably the best way of handling their OnlySaneMan status.
* [[TheMeanBrit Shaun Hastings]] from the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series has a strong tendency to enter his entries into the Animus database in this manner. Expect him to painfully show you how obviously inferior you are to him. What else would you expect if you have a professional DeadPanSnarker maintain a digital encyclopedia?
* Garret from the ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}'' series is at least an FPS smart ass.
* Kyle Hyde from ''HotelDuskRoom215'' is a quite a smartass - and it even seeps into his dialogue with other characters, but he's also arguably the OnlySaneMan in the titular Hotel.
* ''TouchDetective'''s heroine, Mackenzie.
* ''Shirou'' of ''FateStayNight''. He's more famous for [[CaptainObvious not dying when he is killed]] in the anime adaptation, but in the game, his narration is remarkably sarcastic. This is made more obvious when you realize that despite the narrative shift from [[DeadpanSnarker Rin]] in the prologue to Shirou in the actual game, the actual observations don't ''change at all''. The only major change is the motivations of the narrator. Rin actually likes him because she senses this side of him, which is why she spends so much time making fun of him. [[spoiler:Archer is what Shirou would be like if he stopped being polite.]]
* Squall Leonhart of ''FinalFantasyVIII'' acts like this a few times. He's fairly mild about it, though. [[CharacterExaggeration Ramped up]] in ''Dissidia'', where he prefers to let his gunblade do the talking, but don't you go and get the impression that he doesn't think less of you. He does. Oh my, he does.
-->'''[[FinalFantasyVI Kefka Palazzo]]:''' You sure are talkative... in your ''head!''
* Your character in ''KingdomOfLoathing'' often acts this way, as part of the game's general style and sense of humor.
* Even Mario's bro [[LuigisMansion Luigi]] gets in on this when you examine objects with the Game Boy Horror.
* Hisao Nakai of ''KatawaShoujo'' is quite snarky in his narration.
* ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'''s [[PlayerCharacter Material Defender]].
-->'''Bureaucrat''': "You will have multiple objectives on this mission."
-->'''Material Defender''': You mean contradictory objectives, don't you? Destroy all infected mines. Keep the invading force from spreading further. But be sure to rescue any survivors. Destroy as many robots as possible. And each one of these objectives is the most important. Why did they have to design this mission by committee?
...
-->'''Material Defender''': Translation from bureaucratese: they're hosed, and I'm the only one that can cut their loses.
* Tomoya from ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', as you'd expect when the narrator is TheGadfly.
* Riki of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', another KeyVisualArts game, is also kind of snarky, though much less so than Tomoya, and he tends to keep his inner misgivings to himself unless he's talking to someone he knows can take it such as [[ButtMonkey Masato]] or [[TheTease Kurugaya]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* Zombie, the narrator and SupportingProtagonist of HannaIsNotABoysName [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=264 pulls this off pretty well]].
* ''{{Homestuck}}'' straddles this and LemonyNarrator -- it's told in second person and usually clearly from a certain character's point of view, but sometimes comes across more of an omniscient narrator, particularly when it [[BreakingTheFourthWall Breaks The Fourth Wall]]. And either way, it is inevitably [[DeadpanSnarker very]] [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=002375 sarcastic]].
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Most of the narrators in the ''Literature/MetroCityChronicles''.
* Phase, in the webfiction ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. Phase is a superpowered mutant rather than a PI, but in the stories in which he is the narrator, he is a [[DeadpanSnarker snarky]] commentator, very intellectual, well read, even for a teenager who has been to all the 'right' private schools, far too knowledgeable about food (even if he's spent his life as the heir to billions eating the finest food anywhere), and still associates with the other rich kids at the SuperHeroSchool Whateley Academy.
** Oh, and he seemingly reads TVTropes. "Xanatos Gambit?" "Xanatos Gambit."
** Chaka has a snarky observation for many a situation. She's a lot more easy-going than Phase, though. Most people are.
* Gaven Morren of ''Literature/TheTaleOfTheExile'' is this, being partially based on Garret from the Thief series mentioned above.
* ''Machinima/FreemansMind'' turns the SilentProtagonist of ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' into a snarky, sarcastic sociopath.
* [[Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister Paul Twister]] narrates his stories in this style.
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-> And now you're expecting something ''funny'' here, aren't you?