The tendency in fiction for a NonActionGuy to also be a DeadpanSnarker. Often, a character who displays this trait is one of the few non–action-oriented characters in a show full of {{Action Girl}}s and {{Big Guy}}s. One possible explanation for this trope is that sarcasm is one way to show that a character is dissatisfied with his life, and of course no guy could be happy if he isn't [[{{MANLINESS}} MANLY]] enough. Another explanation might be that Non Action Guys tend to be {{geek}}s, and geeks [[MostTropersAreYoungNerds tend to be snarky]].

This trope is more likely to be male than female. A non–action-oriented girl may get this treatment, but more likely she will be a more feminine character type, such as TheChick, TheFashionista, the DamselInDistress, the TeamMom, or {{Moe}}.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* Ai Haibara from DetectiveConan. In a series where most women are at least adept at some form of martial arts, she stands out as having very little means of self-defense.
* Kyon, from ''SuzumiyaHaruhi''.
* Chisame in ''MahouSenseiNegima'' is physically useless in combat; her abilities are completely tactical.
* The elves in ''{{Berserk}}'', being about the size of most people's palms, just stay back and make snarky comments when battle breaks out. Afterwards, though, [[HealingHands they have uses]].
* Asuma from ''{{Patlabor}}''.
* Nenene from ''{{ROD The TV}}'' is basically made of this trope. Sarcasm is basically her superpower.
* Yukiteru in the English dub of ''FutureDiary''.
-->'''Yukki'''(to Yuno, while trying to escape a SerialKiller): Oh great idea. Being on the roof makes getting away a total cinch.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Yorrick from ''ComicBook/YTheLastMan'', though five years of WalkingTheEarth and tuition from his bodyguard toughen him up.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Jason Lee as Banky Edwards in ''Film/ChasingAmy''. It is not an action movie, but the guy is a comic book artist.
* Creator/WoodyAllen. This is his stock character.
* Corporal Miller in the film version of ''Film/TheGunsOfNavarone''.
* Riley in ''NationalTreasure''.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Fitz, from the [[DoctorWhoExpandedUniverse Eighth Doctor Adventures]] novels, is a Deadpan Snarker and [[TheKlutz has been known to trip over his own feet]]. Shortly after he's introduced, he convinces an old woman that [[strike:Creator/JRRTolkien]] R.J. Tolkien named Frodo after a beggar woman in France with whom he had a child, as it [[FandomBerserkButton bothered Fitz that she got Tolkien's name wrong]]. Fitz is not just a bit of a geek, but a [[GeekPhysiques skinny one, at that]].
* [[Literature/{{Discworld}} Rincewind]] technically qualifies; he's frequently snarky and definitely a NonActionGuy, unless you count running as an action.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* Any JossWhedon work ever:
** Xander, from ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
** Doyle, from ''Series/{{Angel}}''. Also Cordelia, who's one of the rare female examples of this trope. Subverted with Wesley in later seasons, though.
** Lorne. The man is made out of pure lounge music and snark.
** Topher, from ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}''.
** Wash, from ''Series/{{Firefly}}''.
* Ianto on ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', although he gets more action-y (and no less snarky) as the series progresses.
* Seamus Zelazny Harper from ''Series/{{Andromeda}}''.
* Timothy [=McGee=] from ''{{NCIS}}''.
** [=McGee=] subverts this, really. While he's not as action-oriented as Tony or Ziva, he's fully capable of handling himself, not even remotely a non-action guy. And on the other side, Tony, Ziva and Gibbs are all snarky as well.
* Daniel Jackson in ''Series/StargateSG1'', although he becomes an action-guy after the first few seasons, and he is definitely not the only snarker on the show.
* Alec Hardison on ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' has this fairly often, given his two main partners for the various cons: [[TheBigGuy Eliot]] and [[ActionGirl Parker]]
* Darryl from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is this. While he is a cop, he doesn't really stand a chance against magical creatures like witches, demons, and warlocks.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Aurora. She's not a fighter, but she snarks with the best of them, even sassing ''Cora'' despite the very strong likelihood that she would die for it.
* Stiles from ''Series/TeenWolf''. At any given moment, expect him to either be snarking or avoiding getting caught in werewolf crossfire.
* Sergeant Wu from ''series/Grimm'' is basically a large pile of snark squeezed into human form. He's also definitely a NonActionGuy, despite being a cop.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* Thersites, from ''Theatre/TroilusAndCressida''. One of Shakespeare's many snarkers, but he's very much a DirtyCoward who shies away from action.

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* Kazi from ''{{Bionicle}}''.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Shaun Hastings in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedII''. He's even called out on it by Desmond.
* Hisao of ''KatawaShoujo'' has a [[HeartTrauma heart]] [[DisabledSnarker disorder]] that can potentially kill him if he overexerts himself, and is in less than optimal shape at the start of the story. He also [[DeadpanSnarker has a habit of snarking]], [[FirstPersonSmartass especially in his narration]].
* Joker in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
* The [[MissionControl mission briefer]] from the ''VideoGame/RiseOfTheTriad'' reboot snarks at the player every time they die, and also during some mission briefings.

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* Dr. Shelton from ''DarwinsSoldiers''' is close to if not the purest example (There's a reason he used to be the TropeNamer). Almost every other character is firearm proficient, MadeOfIron and has NervesOfSteel. Shelton can't shoot a gun, does the [[TheSmartGuy tech stuff]], and [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] every [[ActionAdventureTropes action trope]] that comes his way. As the series progressed, a few more [[NonActionGuy non-action]] characters were introduced, but none were as bad as him.
** Of course, after 6 years of CharacterDevelopment, he's gotten slightly more action-y, and has done a number of things his early self would never have dreamed of attempting. Still counts because the WorldOfBadass around him has gotten much more dangerous as well.
* Cup from TheBlackLegionOfTheDarkLordSketchMelkor appears to generally be this, fitting in as well with the geeky aspects associated. She tends to not participate in the more extreme or strange conquests of Sketch, and sometimes even calls her out on them. Many of her comments regarding, well, anything, tend to be sarcastic. Subverted, in that she punched a guy out for making fun of feminism, and will stand up for herself, even if that means standing against the majority.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Tucker Foley from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''.
* Noah in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' might be the king of this trope, to the point where he was eliminated very early in season one just because [[SeriousBusiness he wouldn't play dodgeball]]. Fortunately, [[CharacterDevelopment he becomes far more active]] in ''World Tour'' but retains his signature snarker nature.
* While [[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Dr. Hartford]] is quite capable with fisticuffs, a blaster, and a sword, he is a PlayfulHacker and BadassNormal who is grossly underpowered compared to his more combat-oriented teamates. Doc's snark, however, could be licenced as a deadly weapon.
* Pretty much Jamie's character in ''MegasXLR''.

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