->'''Lord Sandwich:''' I do not know whether you will die on the gallows or of the pox.\\
'''John Wilkes:''' That will depend, my lord, upon whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.

The Gentleman Snarker is a type of DeadpanSnarker that can say ungentlemanly things as only a gentleman can. This should not be considered the exclusive domain of males, because the Ladies can be ''just'' as cunning, and just as well-bred/rich. This trope is about any upper-class person who is exceptionally witty.

They are always polite, except when it is appropriate to be impolite. At that moment, they can deliver their victim [[StealthInsult an insult as sharp and subtle as a rapier.]] They spend their time making witticisms, flirting and pulling pranks. This characteristic is well known among those with a StiffUpperLip and when done right can be [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome quite awesome]]. Beware the GentlemanSnarker. If you want your pride punctured, they're the one to do it.

See also ServileSnarker - though due to ConservationOfCompetence, one is rarely in the employ of the other. A GentlemanSnarker may apply SophisticatedAsHell, often sparingly.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* Huey Laforet of ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' may be unfailingly polite and well-spoken, but he doesn't let that get in the way of mocking or trolling someone.
* The titular character of ''Manga/CountCain''is very witty but ultimately self-centred and lazy.
* ''Manga/FromEroicaWithLove'' presents Dorian Red Gloria, Earl of Gloria. A GentlemanThief who plays cat-and-mouse with German Major "Iron" Klaus Heinz von dem Eberbach, the asexual guy who declared that he would capture Dorian.
* Fran, from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', can piss off the whole Varia squad (or everyone) just by opening his mouth.
* The titular EarlCain, in every detail. Witty but self-centred and lazy? Check. Living on inherited money, with no real job but an eccentric hobby (in his case, [[MasterPoisoner collecting and sometimes using poisons]])? Check. Flirtatious ladykiller, yet AmbiguouslyBi? Very check.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Captain Amelia, a female version, from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' owes her best lines to this trope.
-->'''Captain Amelia:''' Doctor. To muse and blabber about a treasure map, in front of this par''tic''ular crew, demonstrates a level of ineptitude that borders on the imbecilic. And I mean that in a very caring way.
** And later during the same conversation with Doctor Doppler:
-->'''Captain Amelia:''' Let me make this as...monosyllabic as possible. I don't much care for this crew ''you'' hired; they're... how did I describe them, Arrow? I said something rather good this morning before coffee.
-->'''Mr. Arrow:''' A ludicrous parcel of drivelling galoots, ma'am.
-->'''Captain Amelia:''' There you go; poetry.
* The Grand Duke from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Jeffery Pelt in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
--> "You've lost ''another'' submarine?"
* The French movie ''Ridicule'' (often referred to as "''Wit''" in English-speaking countries) suggests that before the Revolution, the entire French political system revolved around who could do this most effectively.
** After the Revolution, most of the entire political systems in the whole world began to revolve around who can do this most effectively...
* Captain von Trapp in ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''. This characterization of the Captain is largely thanks to Christopher Plummer, who campaigned heavily for more plot development for his character. Apparently, he thought the original stage Captain was a milquetoast. He and costar Julie Andrews later said that they wanted to give the movie some strength and keep it from devolving into all sweetness and light. It worked -- stage revivals largely follow the movie's script and not that of the original stage version.
-->'''Captain von Trapp''': If the Nazis take over Austria, I have no doubt, Herr Zeller, that you would be the entire trumpet section.
-->'''Herr Zeller''': You flatter me, Captain.
-->'''Captain von Trapp''': Oh, how clumsy of me. I meant to accuse you.
* Alfred Pennyworth is a master of this trope. Particularly evident in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Alfred''': Will you be taking the Batpod, sir?
-->'''Bruce''': (''Rushing off to protect Coleman Reese'') In broad daylight, Alfred? Not very subtle.
-->'''Alfred''': The Lamborghini, then? (''to self'') Much more subtle.
* Hobson in the film ''Film/{{Arthur}}''. So many snarky lines it is hard to pick one.
-->'''Hobson:''' Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
-->'''Gloria:''' Hi.
-->'''Hobson:''' Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.
* One of the aspects played up in Guy Ritchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.
-->'''Lestrade:''' In another life, you would have made an excellent criminal.
-->'''Holmes:''' Yes, and you, Lestrade, an excellent policeman.
* Jeff of ''Film/RearWindow''.
* Charles Xavier has shades of this in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. He's from an extremely wealthy family, attends Oxford and possesses an absolutely brilliant mind--but he prefers to use his mind-reading abilities and genius knowledge of genetics to seduce women, and seems more interested in drinking than helping mankind. Even when he starts the team, he still possesses a keen wit and sense of fun (which is not to say he is in any way flippant about his beliefs). Only towards the end, when [[spoiler:his friendship with Erik is destroyed and he is left paralyzed]], does he truly become the mentor and leader we would come to know and love.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes is highly effective at delivering gentlemanly snarks.
* Creator/JaneAusten likes snarkers, and her most beloved and worthy characters never lose their gentleman-like or lady-like upbringing.
** ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'':
*** Elizabeth Bennet loves absurdities and making fun of silly people and their faults, and she very often exaggerates or twists her opinions to be witty. She's arch and very endearing, and always a [[SpiritedYoungLady lady]].
*** Mr Darcy is very haughty and proud and he snarks a lot, but he rarely doesn't behave like a gentleman. However, sometimes he can come off as insulting. For example his sneering remark about Elizabeth's beauty (he calls her "''tolerable'', but not handsome enough to tempt him") and his aloof behaviour make him very unpopular among Meryton folks.
** ''Literature/{{Emma}}'':
*** Emma is very intelligent and some of her comments are quite smart ass. She especially likes friendly arguments with Mr Knightley who's her intellectual equal. She's also quite snarky with Mrs Weston who is her close friend and ParentalSubstitute. One of her witty remarks crosses the line, ans she deeply regrets that she insulted the lady who was on the receiving end of her sharp and unkind wit.
*** Mr Knightley snarks very nicely, and he always remains the perfect example of the witty British gentleman archetype.
* ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'': [[TheManBehindTheMan Sunday]] is constantly making fun of his [[BombThrowingAnarchists comrades]], which oddly doesn't detract at all from his being a scary-ass dude. Here's an example from just one conversation:
-->''"I bring you news of no such [[DirtyBusiness disgusting spectacles]]."''
-->'''SUNDAY:''' You mean Dr. Bull’s [[ScaryShinyGlasses spectacles]]? ...Really, to call them disgusting, before the man himself.
-->''"Look at my face!"''
-->'''SUNDAY:''' I dare say it’s the sort of face that grows on one. In fact, [[DeadpanSnarker it grows on you]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Havelock Vetinari. The most magnificent MagnificentBastard ever, he has a title, and if you actually read what he's saying carefully, he's ''unbelievably'' snarky. This has become a major point of fear for those forced to frequently tell him things he's not going to like:
--> '''Colon''': ''[with genuine dread]'' Lord Vetinari won't stop at sarcasm. He might use -- ''[swallowing]'' -- ''irony''. He's probably going to be satirical, even ...
** His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples.
** Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you". Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately.
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'': Horatio Hornblower on one or two occasions when he got older.
* Lord John Grey in the ''Literature/{{Outlander}}'' series is one of these, though generally managing to keep his words to himself. Claire Fraser has her own moments of Gentlewoman Snarkerishness.
* The Wizard Howl from ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Bilbo Baggins has a few Gentleman Snarks in ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* Merry in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''.
* Artemis from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is a prominent example. "Shall I walk? Or will you beam me up?" Classic.
-->'''Artemis:''' [to Blunt] If you were me, then I'd be you, and if I were you, then I'd hide somewhere far away.
* Sir John Babcock in [[RobertAntonWilson Robert Anton Wilson's]] ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'' explains at one point to his Italian wife that the British young gentlemen's schools beat out all overt aggression from the boys, so that when grown up they'll make passive-aggressive insults masked as compliments instead of duelling to death like the Italian noblemen do. The main protagonist, Sigismundo Celine manages to be an excellent snarker himself, despite of his Neapolitan upbringing.
* Jem Carstairs from the ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* Compared to the thuggish characters that populate his world, Literature/PhilipMarlowe has a lot of tact and wit to his snarks.
* Felix Harrowgate, of ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', is notorious in the court for his nasty barbs-- in fact, sarcasm is his default manner of speech, which interferes with his serious relationships.
* Jace Wayland from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
* Macon Ravenwood from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles'', has shades of this.
* Literature/{{Psmith}}. A rather [[TheWonka weirder]] example than most, but still deadly.
* Literature/PhiloVance, the hero of S.S. Van Dine's detective stories, is a brilliant polymath who habitually acts like an indolent fop. He has been described as a polymathic Psmith.
* Byerly Vorrutyer from [[Literature/VorkosiganSaga A Civil Campaign]] fits this trope to a tee. He's Vor-class, [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob "is notoriously without visible means of support"]], makes sarcastic quips at everyone else's expense, and [[AmbiguouslyGay is very interested]] in what [[GenderBender his newly male cousin]] [[KissingCousins looks like without clothes]]. Subverted in that [[spoiler:he's actually a high ranking civilian [[SecretPolice Imp Sec]] agent]], though he doesn't fit RichIdiotWithNoDayJob exactly because his bratty and decadent personality is more then a pose.
** Ivan Vorpatril is another example of this trope, though he tends to act like an UpperClassTwit to the degree that it was years before his cousin Miles Vorkosigan realized his first name wasn't "That Idiot."
* Lord Peter Wimsey from [[LordPeterWimsey the eponymous series]]. Lord Peter keeps up a running stream of babble that makes the uneducated believe him to be an UpperClassTwit, but which references disparate subjects from the classical canon to campanology.
* [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory Willy Wonka]] has a gift for elegant snarking, with put-downs that whiz right over his targets' heads at times. When Veruca Salt asks him "Who wants a beard, for heaven's sake?" when he's explaining the purpose of Hair Toffee, he replies "It would suit you very well, but unfortunately the mixture is not quite right yet." (Though he is much more direct when arguing with her mother at one point: "My dear old fish, go and boil your head!") The [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film]] and [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage]] takes on the character follow suit. (The Wonka of the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] has NoSocialSkills and is more awkward and childish in his snarking.)
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Simon Tam is the stand-out example of the show.
*** In "Safe", Simon feels his father is too worried about the family's social status and not worried enough about River's well-being.
--->'''Simon:''' "I'm sorry, Dad. I would never have tried to save River's life if I had known there was a dinner party at risk."
*** In "Objects in Space", he's held hostage by Jubal Early who's trying to capture River for the bounty on her head. Even though he knows Simon is biding his time and waiting for a chance to try and turn the tables on him, Jubal is still astonished by Simon's laid back attitude to being held at gun point while a mentally unhinged bounty hunter takes over the ship. ("Doesn't anybody care that I'm holding a gun to this boy's head?!")
--->'''Simon:''' "I can't keep track of her when she's not incorporeally possessing a spaceship, don't look at me."
--->'''Simon:''' "Well, my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood."
** In "Shindig", much of the episode occurs during a high society party where wit and snark abound.
*** A distinguished old man comes to Kaylee's aid when she is being mocked by an AlphaBitch for the store-bought dress that she wore:
--->'''Distinguished Old Man:''' Why, Banning Miller! What a vision you are in your fine dress. It must have taken a dozen slaves a dozen days just to get you into that getup. 'Course, your daddy tells me it takes the space of a schoolboy's wink to get you ''out'' of it again.
*** His Lordship Sir Warrick Harrow has great fun bringing his hated peer, Atherton, down a peg or two:
--->'''Sir Warrick Harrow:''' Now, you're going to have to rely on your winning personality to get women. God help you.
* {{Frasier}} and Niles Crane are the ''masters'' of this trope. In fact, the more viciously snarky they are, the politer and more refined their language becomes.
* Higgins often did this to Magnum in ''MagnumPI''. He can't do it as well as some.
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'':
** Clayton Webb is often a sarcastic gentleman.
** The Sudanese people’s poet Professor Dobotu in the fourth season episode "Embassy" who is a [[MahatmaGandhi Gandhi-like]] pacifist.
* Mr Feeny in ''BoyMeetsWorld''.
* Bernard Thatch of the White House Visitor's Office in ''TheWestWing'':
-->'''Bernard:''' [The painting] was on loan from the Musee d'Orsay to the National Gallery. The President, on a visit to the gallery, and possessing even less taste in fine art than you have in accessories, announced that he liked the painting. The French government offered it as a gift to the White House. I suppose in retribution for [=EuroDisney=]. So here it hangs, like a gym sock on a shower rod.\\
'''C.J.:''' You're a snob.\\
'''Bernard:''' Yes.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Mr. Morden is something of a villainous version of this.
** Mr. Bester is an even better example.
* Major Charles Emerson Winchester III of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. A distinguished member of the American [[TheProudElite Proud Elite]] who has sarcasm for everybody.
* Robert Gilliaume in ''Soap'' and ''Benson''.
* Ianto Jones from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' develops into something of this in later series.
* In the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' mini-series, his Lordship Major Edrington is a Gentleman Snarker par excellence, which contributes greatly to his fan popularity. He's always cool and he always utters snide remarks while smirking. He also makes sure everybody knows he's better than them, yet he remains a perfect British aristocrat and gentleman.
-->'''Edrington:''' ''[watching Horatio try in vain to get on a horse]'' I can see why you chose the Navy.
* Jeeves from ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Doubles as a ServileSnarker. Of course, he's played by StephenFry, who could himself be considered a GentlemanSnarker ...
* ServileSnarker Niles from ''Series/TheNanny'' certainly qualifies as this.
* Ben Stone, of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', is very much a WASP. God help you if he calls you "sir".
* Mycroft Holmes of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. His brother Sherlock is more the TallDarkAndSnarky type.
* The eponymous InspectorLynley.
* O'Hara from ''Series/NurseJackie'' is a female example.
* Harold Finch of ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
* Raylan Givens in ''Series/{{Justified}}''. Boyd Crowder is no slouch either.
* [[MagnificentBastard Chuck Bass]] from ''Series/GossipGirl''. He ''does'' have a job, but keep in mind that he's an eighteen-year-old hotelier who spends more time drinking, having sex, and playing mind games with everyone he knows. His excuse? "I'm Chuck Bass." He's also not the eternal bachelor, but if he can't have Blair he seems determined to have every prostitute and easy girl in New York instead.
* Dick Stuart-Clark from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels comes from old money (as his double-barrelled surname hints), with his medical studies funded on a per year basis by a wealthy relative's will (he coasts along doing as little work as possible so that "per year" lasts as many years as possible). He would much rather spend his time drinking and pursuing women than practising medicine. He is intelligent and savvy, but is far more likely to use that to engage in scams and schemes than in doing well at his job.
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[[folder:TabletopGames]]
* The iconic cleric of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' 3.5, Jozan, has this trope down to a fine art. He doesn't preach or sermonize at people whose behavior he disapproves of so much as he ''snarks'' at them. At one point he {{Stealth Insult}}s an entire town so well that they actually have to collectively pause to decide whether he was cheering them on or rebuking them.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Anna and Claire of ''Boston Marriage'' are rare female examples, and written by Creator/DavidMamet no less.
* Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac's wit is as sharp as his rapier, which is saying something.
* In ''Theatre/TheMoonIsBlue'', the IdleRich David Slater talks like this, though he freely admits that much of his behavior is not worthy of a gentleman.
* John Dickinson of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. He's a refined, well-dressed landowner who wins a snark-off with ''BenjaminFranklin'' thusly:
-->'''Franklin:''' But to call me [an Englishman] without those rights is like calling an ox a bull--he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.\\
'''Dickinson:''' When did you first notice they were missing, sir?
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[[folder:VideoGames]]
* ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'''s Prince Alexander is usually more TheComicallySerious towards the absurd situations he ends up in than anything, but every so often he shows a very dry, subtly snarky sense of humor delivered with the same quiet poise he says everything else. This is especially true in ''Literature/TheKingsQuestCompanion'', where it gets combined with SophisticatedAsHell and ExpospeakGag.
* ''VideoGame/MarvelAvengersAlliance'' has Doctor Strange, who is also often TheComicallySerious with a healthy dose of SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, but occasionally [[SnarkToSnarkCombat holds his own against even Tony Stark and the other snarkers that abound]].
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' You're like a demonic employment agency. Anyone who fights you gets a job with some lesser lord of Hell.
-->'''Dr. Strange:''' Joke if you must, O man named Johnny Blaze with a flaming skull head.
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' You making fun of--?
-->'''Iron Man:''' Pointing out irony. Not the same as making fun. But Strange, snark is my department. From you, we need a briefing.
-->'''Dr. Strange:''' [[NarratingTheObvious There are demons on the doorstep. Mephisto stirs. The threat of Dormammu lingers.]] Anything else?
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''GrandmasterOfTheft's'' Cassidy Cain is a female example, particularly when in her PhantomThief alter ego.
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Delta, an AI which is supposed to be the pure embodiment of logic, and who typically has a very blandly friendly and overly formal and polite personality. He's also the BondCreature to a very, very snarky soldier. The end result personality mix is rather entertaining, especially when the two VitriolicBestBuds are [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snarking at each other]].
* Eli from ''Webcomic/{{Lapse}}'' is genuine one, considering from what time period he's from.
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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* ''TheSwanPrincess'' has Lord Rogers, Prince Derek's [[TheGoodChancellor good]] but sarcastic advisor. For example, after an epic foot-in-mouth scene from Prince Derek:
-->'''Lord Rogers:''' You could write a book. How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less.
* Walter "Doc" Hartford from ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' definitely came from money, judging from his extensive education (including charm school) and mannerisms. And while the other three Rangers indulge in sarcasm from time to time, Doc can probably license his as a deadly weapon.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
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%%* Creator/WinstonChurchill, of course, though some of his snarks were rather harsh and ungentleman-like.
%%* The Duke of Wellington
%%* Several noted English intellectuals, including Chesterton, Orwell, and others.
* Field Marshal Mannerheim. He could intimidate Hitler himself, possibly partly because of his DeathGlare.
%%* John Wilkes
* This was once almost a necessary part of being a high class person and thus political insults of the past were just as common but at least more interesting.
%%* Tim Gunn
* Creator/OscarWilde is almost entirely known for his sharp witticisms. Ironically, he is often claimed to have said "sarcasm is the lowest form of humor". If he ''had'' ever said that ([[BeamMeUpScotty he didn't]]), he would almost certainly have been saying it sarcastically. Here is one of his quotes:
-->''"A true gentleman is one who is never unintentionally rude."''
%%* Oscar Wilde's friend and later enemy James [=McNeill=] Whistler was also known for this.
%%* Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw
* Several American Presidents, especially UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln. An excellent example: Lincoln thought that his General [=McClellan=] was reluctant to engage the enemy, and once sent him a note asking that, if [=McClellan=] wasn't using the army, perhaps Lincoln could borrow it for a couple of months?
%%* MissManners
%%* Creator/WSGilbert
%%* Creator/GKChesterton
%%* Creator/CSLewis
* Tomás Rivera Schatz, President of the Senate of Puerto Rico, once said of another senator: "She reminds me of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Magdalene#Mary_Magdalene_as_prostitute Mary Magdalene]]."
%%* William F. Buckley Jr.
* The boisterous British House of Commons, which RobinWilliams once called "[The US] Congress with a two-drink minimum", has featured many gentleman snarkers[[note]][[CaptainObvious Technically not many MPs come from the gentry these days]], but the kinds of insults they exchange have to fit this tropes to keep things orderly.[[/note]] in the past (some mentioned above) and more than a few today. Just watch the live feed for a while when they are discussing a contentious issue and there are sure to be at least a couple of them on opposite sides having at each other.
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