->''"You sure are talkativeÖ IN YOUR HEAD!"''
-->-- '''Kefka Palazzo''' (to 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 (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, 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'' 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 or some shit like that.

Well, ''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'' 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 crushing this poor bastardís shoulders.

You can expect this guy to be intellectual and well-acquainted with pop culture (or at least [[AuthorAvatar works with which]] [[SmallReferencePools the author is familiar]]), so he can make all the right clever references at the right time. Naturally, this won't prevent them from being described as [[InformedAttribute uneducated, bad at school, or 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 [[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"]] tone of that sentence just ''screams'' "fun."

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

...I donít like my job.

!!Examples for your curious little ass:


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Kyon, the viewpoint character of ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''; 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 ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}''.
* Ichika Orimura from LightNovel/InfiniteStratos when it comes to [[SpartanSiblings his sister.]]
%%* Araragi from ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''.
* Kinji Tohyama of LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo, especially in the light novels. Dude always has a quip for each weird thing he encounters in his life.
* Issei in ''LightNovel/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/HumanityHasDeclined''. 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).
--->'''Kanon:''' Thank goodness Touko-chan is an idiot.
* Saki Watanabe from ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', more so in the novels than in the anime.
* Yukito in ''Manga/HotarubiNoTomoruKoroNi'' alternates between normal narration and some distinctly blasé inner comments towards the members of his family - including his stepsister.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This has become a fairly common practice in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic books.
* Wally West's version of ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' is rife with snarky narration.
* When the powers that be let teen Loki narrate their own exploits (Like in the first issue of ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'') they will do this. Their tangents on things like the nature of magic serving as exposition and underlining how nerdy they can get. Yes, the God of Mischief owns tabletop [=RPG=] rulebooks, problem?

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Rito Yuuki in [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10223400/1/To-Love-DEATH To Love Death]] based off [[Manga/ToLoveRu To Love-ru]], is a snarky narrator even though his actually personality isn't. This, of course changes when [[FromBadToWorse it hits the fan]] and [[spoiler: a dark monolith lands outside his school classroom.]]
* 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 ''FanFic/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, ''[[Fanfic/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 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, eitherÖ
* In Fanfic/SeanBeanSavesWesteros, the [[RealPersonFic "real life"]] Creator/SeanBean is transported into the land of Westeros of Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire. Now living as Ned Stark, not just playing him on TV, Sean Bean indulges in inner monologues as a coping mechanism. He snarks at almost everything happening in Westeros, and often disparages George for the epically screwed-up world heís penned.
* In ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10270643/1/My-Time-Of-Dying My Time Of Dying.]] Despite the story being about his struggle with depression, narrator and [[OhGreatASnarkIndex Snarker]] Scourge pulls this off a lot in the PresentTense, often thinking directly ''at'' the reader. The best part of this is that it feels entirely In Character for him to do this.
-->'''Scourge:''' ''[in his head]'' Oh yeah, they're holding the Suppression Squad too on account of deliberately crossing zones to try and kill me. Now I'm being talked to about that by the 'Good Cop', who is incidentally Zamy Roze. It's as if I'll have forgotten how they've just quizzed me six hours straight on everything from the illegal zone-jumping to the regularity of my bowel movements.
* ''Fanfic/TheDemesneOfTheReluctantTwilightSparkle'' is told entirely through Twilight's stream-of-consciousness [=POV=], so this crops up quite a bit, at least as much at her own expense as at anypony else's.
* Joey Wheeler narrates ''Fanfic/BeingDeadAintEasy''. It's so full of snark that your internal voice may be replaced with his after reading it.
* The protagonist of ''Fanfic/NewReality'' is regularly this, and sometimes even in tough situations.
* ''Fanfic/CatchYourBreath'': Kei, all the way through. A quarter of the storyís length is composed of Keiís exposition about her thoughts at a given time and speculation on the storyís universe, while another fourth is color commentary. The remaining half is the plot.
* The narrator and protagonist of ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5406311?view_full_work=true Fear and Loathing in Wine Country]]'' is a drug addict who, by her own admission, spent the bulk of every chapter high.
-->''I now turn your attention to the villains, because by now you're most likely curious as to what they're up to, and like with Ryobi and her eternal war against my girls and my house while I was gone, I rely solely on others' account so again, discern the truth with your own eyes. Or ears. Or whatever you got. Smoke 'em if you got 'em after all. And that was one of the few essential philosophies that Kat and I lived by as we mentioned last chapter. It don't matter what it is you smoke, but you better be lighting them up if we say it.''
* ''FanFic/LathboraViran'' features Solas as the viewpoint character, snarking back out loud as well as in his own head.
* ''Fanfic/TheUnabridgedMemoirsOfDarthPlagueisTheWise'' is, as the title suggests, narrated by Darth Plagueis. And he tends to get his mental DeadpanSnarker on quite often, especially when dealing with Senators or Jedi.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' is pretty much made of FilmNoir and this trope.
* ''Film/{{Goodfellas}}'' milks the fun of the narrator's snarkery when he describes events.
%%* Louis in ''Film/KindHeartsAndCoronets''.
* Literature/BridgetJones, especially in the original script, has more snarky (even to the point of being mean to whoever is insulting her) responses in her head and diary rather than in real life. She also offers some snarky opinions of people like her mother and parents' peers.
* About half the fun of ''Film/LordOfWar'' is Nicholas Cage's gloriously dry snark as he narrates over events.
-->'''Yuri:''' Since the end of the Cold War, the Kalashnikov has become the Russian people's greatest export. After that comes vodka, caviar, and suicidal novelists. One thing is for sure: no one was lining up to buy their cars.

* 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.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'':
** The eponymous Percy Jackson. 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.
** ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' SequelSeries shows the point of view of multiple demigods, all of whom are various levels of smartass--although they're third-person, making them {{Lemony Narrator}}s.
** Apollo's narration in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo'' is also plenty snarky.
** Somehow taken [[UpToEleven Up to Eleven]] in ''Literature/MagnusChaseAndTheGodsOfAsgard''. Many fans of Riordan have commented that they're surprised it even was possible to make Magnus Chase even more of a smartass than Percy.
* Shelena, the narrator of ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', just can't let anything slide, and when she can't speak out loud, the amount of snark in her inner monologue goes UpToEleven. Her most common targets are [[HonorBeforeReason Rest]] and [[IneptMage Veres]], but everyone gets his or her share of it.
* Literature/NeroWolfe's assistant Archie Goodwin is both the [[HardboiledDetective hardboiled gumshoe]] to Wolfe's rarified GreatDetective and the 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.
* Literature/HowToAvoidDeathOnADailyBasis Colin leads his party through surreal obscene situations that comedians would kill for. He runs a funny if pessimistic commentary on his life.
* ''Literature/{{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 ''Literature/{{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.
* Creator/GlenCook utilises this in some of his series:
** ''Literature/GarrettPI'', being a fantasy Noir work, features this.
** In ''Literature/TheBlackCompany'', 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 Creator/LenDeighton.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry Dresden is a private eye in an urban fantasy verse, so of course he indulges. Expect dozens of bad jokes and pop culture references per book. A lot of it is the fact that he's also a StepfordSnarker with a heck of a lot of angst, as 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]]).
** Thomas Raith, the narrator and protagonist of the Dresdenverse story ''Backup,'' proves equal to [[spoiler: his brother]] Harry in terms of interspersing action and sass.
** John Marcone narrates the story ''Even 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.
** Molly narrates the story ''Bombshells'' and follows her mentor's example by being fairly snarky, though not as much as Dresden, Thomas or Marcone.
* Creator/JimButcher used this trope 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 (Literature/TheHollows), Literature/AnitaBlake, Kelley Armstrong's heroines in the Literature/WomenOfTheOtherworld books (some more smartass than others), Kitty from the ''Literature/KittyNorville'' series, and Cal of Rob Thurman's ''Literature/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 ''Literature/{{Nightside}}'' series is like a more pessimistic [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]].
* David Wong, of ''Literature/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.
* Creator/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 ''Literature/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]].
* Creator/WarrenEllis's ''Literature/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 Website/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.
%%* Any Chuck Palahniuk 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".
%%* James "Slippery Jim" [=DiGriz=] of ''Literature/TheStainlessSteelRat'' series.
* ''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.
%%* Literature/AnitaBlake.
* Arkady Makarovich Dolgoruky, eponymous (and well-described) narrator of Dostoevsky's ''The Adolescent''.
* Literature/FelixCastor in Creator/MikeCarey's series is another urban fantasy example, like a much, much darker Harry Dresden.
* [[Literature/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.
* ''Literature/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 Literature/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 didnít think anything of what heíd done to the cityís name. Later Iíd heard men who could pronounce their rís give it the same pronunciation. I still didnít see anything in it but the meaningless sort of humor used to make richardsnary the thievesí 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 ''Literature/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 Literature/StephaniePlum character.
* Gemma from ''[[Literature/GemmaDoyle A Great and Terrible Beauty]]'' 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 ''Literature/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 ''Literature/TheQueensThief'' series, dips into this often.
%%* Georgia Nicolson in the ''Literature/ConfessionsOfGeorgiaNicolson'' books.
%%* Literature/PhilipMarlowe.
%%* Holden Caulfield from ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye''.
* 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''.
* Frank Trigg is the AntiAntiChrist protagonist of Creator/TimMarquitz's ''Literature/DemonSquad'' series. He's also very-very snarky about ''everything.''
* ''Literature/TheSpellmongerSeries'''s narrator [[SpellMyNameWithAThe Minalan the Spellmonger]] is all about snark, whether he's mouthing off to kings, colleagues, gods, or the reader.
%%* [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]].
* When Miron gets to narrate part of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'', he turns out to be harbouring deep layers of snarkiness in his mind, most of which never get to leave it.
* The main protagonist of ''Literature/ZeroSight''. His running commentaries is source of much of the series humour.
-->''My libido had just burst out of the closet and was tripping over the furniture yelling "Who? What? Where?" (Please excuse him. He doesn't get out much).''
%%* Eden in ''Literature/EdenGreen''.
* Witkacy in ''Literature/ShamanBlues'' gets quite some mileage from being able to talk directly to the reader.
* Jaume of ''Literature/TheDinosaurLords'' has a lot to say about unwashed religious bigots who's been put under his command, but can't because it would be unpolitical, so he resigns himself to snarking in his head.
* Creator/CTPhipps has a tendency to do this with his ''Literature/RedRoom'' and ''Literature/TheSupervillainySaga'' series. All of his protagonists tend to speak in nonstop sardonicism and pop culture references.
* Mark Watney in [[Literature/TheMartian The Martian]] is frequently a smartass in the log he keeps while stranded on Mars. His communications with NASA also tend towards smartassery.
* Fiona van Dahl is a fan of this trope, as the entirety of ''Literature/EdenGreen'' and a large section of ''Literature/NewNight'' are in this form.
* Heather Stone, protagonist/narrator of ''Literature/{{Newshound}}'', is a bit more subdued in her snark than some of the other examples on this page, but still regularly offers up the occasional witticism on the people and events in her life.
* Wade from ''Literature/ReadyPlayerOne'', as you would expect from a teenager.

[[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]].
* ''Series/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:
-->'''Michael Westen:''' 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}} ''Series/DeadLikeMe''.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the 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 ''Series/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.
* Series/LizzieMcGuire's inner thoughts are much snarkier and outspoken then the protagonist in her real life.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* The main character of ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Discworld Noir]]''.
* [[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 smartass.
%%* ''VideoGame/TouchDetective'''s heroine, Mackenzie.
* Squall Leonhart in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' isn't much of a talker, but he keeps up a running InnerMonologue throughout the game and spares nobody from his sardonic mental commentary. This was retained for his appearances in the ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' games - for instance, when approached by [[KnightInShiningArmor the Warrior of Light]]:
-->'''Squall:''' [''in utterly deadpan SarcasmMode''] (Wow... what a dazzling fellow.)
* Your character in ''VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' often acts this way, as part of the game's general style and sense of humor.
* Even Mario's bro [[VideoGame/LuigisMansion Luigi]] gets in on this when you examine objects with the Game Boy Horror.
* ''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.
* Hilariously subverted in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'', where ghosts communicate through telepathy, so Sissel keeps forgetting that everyone can hear his private thoughts.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* 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.
* Kyle Hyde from ''VisualNovel/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.
* ''Shirou'' of ''VisualNovel/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.]]
* Hisao Nakai of ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is quite snarky in his narration.
* Tomoya from ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}'', as you'd expect when the narrator is TheGadfly.
* Riki of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', another Creator/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]].
* 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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Zombie, the narrator and SupportingProtagonist of ''Webcomic/HannaIsNotABoysName'' [[http://hanna.aftertorque.com/?p=264 pulls this off pretty well]].
* ''Webcomic/{{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]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
%%* Most of the narrators in the ''Literature/MetroCityChronicles''.
* ''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.
** 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.
* Flint Perez from ''{{Literature/Outliers}}'' fits the trope well, generally giving his own smartass commentary on whatever's going on and going off on random asides. Hannah, the other narrator, tends more towards the deadpan than the snarker, but still has her moments.
* In ''Literature/TheLayOfPaulTwister'', the titular character narrates his stories in this style.
* Cecil from ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'' tends to pull this off when talking about Strexcorp.
-> And now you're expecting something ''funny'' here, aren't you?