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[[caption-width-right:249:It takes a butler like Alfred to snark at the Batman. ''Regularly''.]]

->'''Bertie Wooster:''' Do you think I should play Minnie the Moocher for the Glossops tonight, Jeeves?\\
'''Jeeves:''' I could not advise it, sir. I have not heard that Sir Roderick is musical.\\
'''Bertie Wooster:''' Oh, but Lady Glossop is.\\
'''Jeeves:''' There is also that to be considered, sir.
-->-- ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''

You wouldn't like taking orders from some pompous, rich [[UpperClassTwit higher-up]] for a living, would you? Well, neither does the Servile Snarker. Often the only way to express that resentment or question your employer's decisions is to snark at them for all it's worth--after all, [[UltimateJobSecurity what are they going to do, fire you?]]. Some employers may genuinely enjoy the banter or value the valet's second opinion. Some might even consider them [[TrueCompanions a member of the family]] and know that there's genuine love behind the mocking.

The Servile Snarker is a combination of a DeadpanSnarker and TheJeeves (although the original Jeeves, as the above quote shows, can be pretty snarky). A butler, maid, slave, servant, whatever, who is heavily sarcastic to their master and/or their master's guests and yet still manages to keep their job. Often a master of the StealthInsult.

See SassySecretary for another variation of this character. Also see SarcasticDevotee, NoHeroToHisValet, HonestAdvisor, and TheJester.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Matsurika from ''Manga/MariaHolic'' is a particularly harsh example: she's beyond snarky with her master, she's flat-out ''abrasive'' with everyone.
%%* Robert, Prince Wilfred's valet and bodyguard from ''Manga/PrivatePrince''.
* Linith from ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. She has ''very'' little respect for her creator Precia, and is not above talking back or using sarcasm even during her FamousLastWords ("my never kind master, Precia"). Has a better relationship with Fate, but is not above teasing her a little over her being sleepy in her LotusEaterMachine dream.
* Kyon from ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' fits this to the T, being snarky in general, especially towards SOS-Brigade-leader Haruhi Suzumiya, who treats him as essentially nothing more than a slave and toy for her amusement.
* Riza Hawkeye, in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', is [[ColonelBadass Roy Mustang's]] adjutant. Her job duties have her mixing this up with SassySecretary, but whichever way you look at it, she's the only person who gets away with sassing him -- sometimes full-stop ''yelling'' at him. The fact that she does get away with it is partly due to his understanding that she's completely loyal to him and only has his best interests at heart, and partly due to ShipTease.
* In ''Anime/{{K}}'', the Blue King gets this from both his second-in-command, Awashima, and his third, Fushimi - more so from the latter. He seems to prefer it this way, since he keeps Fushimi around despite the fact that Fushimi was previously a member of the Red Clan.
%%* Sebastian Michaelis from ''Manga/BlackButler'', oh so very much.
* Tomoe from ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' is sarcastic in the extreme. He continues to be sarcastic to his master Nanami even after he develops a BodyguardCrush on her.
* Watase of ''Manga/PoorPoorLips'', Ren's maid who has a sarcastic remark ready for all of her mistress' antics. We later meet more of the maid staff in Ren's household, whereupon we get to see that this is a trait shared by all of them.
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', towards Izaya, it's [[spoiler:[[SassySecretary Namie]]]] of all people. Sure, she'll take any opportunity to insult him, but that doesn't mean she doesn't do everything she's told with style, and it doesn't mean Izaya can't [[VolleyingInsults return]] [[SnarkToSnarkCombat the favor]], either.
* Whis from ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. He is the assistant to Beerus, the resident God of Destruction. He is very sarcastic to Beerus, [[PersonOfMassDestruction a person who blows planets on lesser than a whim]], and gets away with it! [[spoiler:It is more because, Whis is Beerus's teacher, as in the one stronger than him. It also works that he's not directly under Beerus, but he's under Omni-King, Supreme Ruler of the Multiverse.]]
* Leo from ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' is like this to his master and [[VitriolicBestBuds best friend]] Elliot mercilessly, although his intentions are honest (to keep Elliot from acting like a spoiled BlueBlood, essentially).
-->'''Elliot:''' Who's side are you on, Leo?! Isn't a servant supposed to help his master?!\\
'''Leo:''' A servant's duty is to correct his master's wrongdoing, too. But I see. You want a servant who blindly approves of his master's thinking, right? [[DeadpanSnarker I actually wanted to do a good job. Real pity.]]
* [[HugeSchoolgirl Nonna]], [[TinyTyrannicalGirl Katyusha]]'s second-in-command from ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer''. While Katyusha has a bit of a HairTriggerTemper, Nonna is able to get away with correcting Katyusha, telling her to wipe her face, suggesting that she gave Oarai three hours to surrender in order to eat and take a nap, and asking if [[AnalogyBackfire comparing her heart's size to the Siberian plain means it's also made of ice]].
* Haru Jigokumeru's butler in ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' likes to make sarcastic comments at the least opportune times, but serves faithfully nonetheless.
* ''LightNovel/YoujoSenki'': The only person in the world Tanya will put up with talking back to her even slightly is her adjutant, Victoria Serebryakov. It's a downplayed example, as Victoria is still scared stiff of Tanya and will often shut up quickly at the first sign of anger, but she has on several occasions questioned Tanya's orders and not been punished for it, which is unique in the series. As a result, she's probably the closest thing to a friend Tanya has.
* Hayasaka from ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. She has faithfully served Kaguya since they were both children and loves her like a little sister, but she isn't above tearing into her over [[LoveMakesYouDumb how she acts around Shirogane]].
* Katarina's personal maid Anne in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' doesn't hesitate to snark at her or facepalm at her antics, which is hard to resist doing because of how nutty Katarina is. Anne is secretly glad that her charge isn't just nice but also crazy and unpredictable though because it means she doesn't know how to suck up to her, leaving her free to be herself and stop considering herself a tool like she was raised to believe.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'''s butler Alfred Pennyworth was considered as a candidate for the TropeNamer. It takes an extraordinary man to snark at someone who regularly makes others wet their pants in fear. He's also somewhat unique among examples of this trope in that his snarkiness, at heart, comes out of love for the man he snarks against. It's made abundantly clear that, despite his support, he really would rather Bruce Wayne ''not'' be Batman, and he's not shy about taking advantage of the fact that he's one of the only people who can dress Batman down and actually be listened to.
* The incarnation of Jarvis, [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark's]] butler found in ''ComicBook/UltimateMarvel'' is very sarcastic towards his master, unlike the traditional Earth 616 Jarvis. He's also drawn to resemble Michael Gough, the Alfred of the Burton/Schumacher movies.
* Wong, faithful manservant and friend to ComicBook/DoctorStrange, is normally a straitlaced and serious character, but in the issues of ''[[ComicBook/NewAvengers The New Avengers]]'' when he's had to serve the title characters he gets very... ''snippy'' with them.
-->'''Wong:''' ''[entering the mansion, loaded down with luggage]'' When I dedicated my life in service to you as Sorcerer Supreme, I remember I closed my eyes and prayed that one day I would grow up to be a second-rate Jarvis for a second-rate pile of Avengers.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Eve Sisulu, the Black maid in the South-African strip ''[[http://www.madamandeve.co.za/ Madam & Eve.]]''
* The eponymous maid from Ted Key's ''Hazel''. Later adapted as a [[Series/{{Hazel}} TV sitcom]] starring Shirley Booth.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Shizune in ''Fanfic/SonOfTheSannin'', unlike in canon, has no problem in sassying Tsunade. It's implied that Naruto's rebellious nature rubbed off on her.
* Ash's Pokédex in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines''. He even says at one point that one of his functions is to "provide helpful advice and witty comentary".

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* {{Mammy}} from ''Film/GoneWithTheWind''. Hattie [=McDaniel=]'s performance in particular is thought to have inspired the characteristics of the SassyBlackWoman. Particularly when Scarlett is trying to fast before the Wilkes' barbecue, Mammy makes a sly comment about Ashley not proposing to her. An enraged Scarlett starts stuffing her face.
--> '''Mammy:''' Now don't eat too fast. I don't need you to have it come back up again.
* ''Film/BlackNarcissus'' Angu Aya is the native Indian who has been a servant at the house [[OldRetainer since it was for the general's harem]]. Now when it's being used as a convent by some incompetent nuns, she stands by snarking at every mistake they make.
* Killick in ''Film/MasterAndCommander'', in SPADES. He regularly snarks the Captain "Lucky Jack" when things don't go his way. The Captain is no pushover, but seems to have a secret reserve of tolerance for Killick.
* Hobson in ''Film/{{Arthur}}'':
-->'''Arthur:''' I think I'll take a bath.\\
'''Hobson:''' I'll alert the media.\\
'''Arthur:''' Do you want to run my bath for me?\\
'''Hobson:''' It's what I live for. (''waits for Arthur to leave'') Perhaps you would like me to come in there and wash your dick for you, you little shit.
* ''Film/IronMan'': Some of the same guys from the Comics section get bonus points for their movie versions. For instance, we have the A.I. version of Jarvis. Interestingly, in what is either FridgeLogic or FridgeBrilliance depending on how you look at it, since Jarvis is an A.I. invented by Tony, Tony must have designed him that way. The FridgeBrilliance occurs if the behavior originated as confirmation responses and error checking for Jarvis' voice recognition, as most of Jarvis' snark occurs when agreeing with Tony. Tony probably added the sarcastic tone to make Jarvis sound less like an insincere yes man, then liked it so much he [[ThrowItIn threw it in]].
-->'''Tony:''' ''[seeing the rendering of the Mk III armor]'' ... A little ostentatious, don't you think?\\
'''Jarvis:''' What was I thinking? You're usually so discreet.\\
'''Tony:''' Tell you what. Throw a little hot rod red in there.\\
'''Jarvis:''' Yes, that should help you keep a low profile.
* The butler from ''Film/TheRulingClass'', who makes sarcastic (though not particularly witty) and derogatory comments behind his employers' backs.
* Riff-Raff from ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow'' displays barely concealed contempt for his master throughout the film in their interactions.
* Vincenzo from the Olsen Twins film, ''Film/ItTakesTwo''. However, due to his relationship with the Calloways, he does it all in good humor. Everyone knows this, and seems to be willing to verbally spar with him in good fun. However, he very subtly voices his displeasure for [[RichBitch Clarice]].
* Annie, the family maid in ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' isn't afraid to speak her mind -- after George has a heart-to-heart talk with his dad and tells him how great he is:
-->'''George:''' (''toward kitchen door'') ... did ya ''hear'' that, Annie?\\
'''Annie:''' (''behind door'') I ''heard'' it; it's about time one'a you lunkheads ''said'' it!
* [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Alfons Hatler]] from the German crime parody ''Film/DerWixxer'', though he's certainly not subtle. Has a habit of saying "Arschloch" the minute whoever he was attending to turns their back.
%%* Yukio towards [[{{Jerkass}} Shingen]] [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Yashida]] in ''Film/TheWolverine''.
* Film/{{Maleficent}}'s raven-man servant, Diaval, while being [[UndyingLoyalty entirely loyal to her]], is willing and capable of snarking back to her when she's [[BalefulPolymorph offended him]] or he [[WhatTheHellHero disagrees with her actions]].
* The maid in ''Film/MyManGodfrey'' is very deadpan, especially to the cops.
* ''Film/MeetMeInStLouis'': The Smith family's maid Katie comes out with a sarcastic quip every other line.
-->'''Agnes:''' Katie...where's my cat? Where is she?\\
'''Katie:''' I don't know...a little while ago she got in my way so I kicked her down the cellar steps. I could hear her spine hit on every step!\\
'''Agnes:''' Oh! If you've killed her, I'll kill you! I'll stab you to death in your sleep and tie you to two wild horses 'til you're pulled apart!\\
'''Katie:''' [[SarcasmMode Oh, wouldn't that be terrible now?]]

* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** The Igors. "[[TheIgor Oh no, thur. The Igorth would never think to point out their marthterth' mithtaketh. It'th in the Code.]]"
** Not to mention Albert, Death's manservant, sometimes does this as well. "I'm laughing like all hell deep down, sir."
** Willikins, Sam Vimes' butler and gentleman's gentleman. He does this a lot, especially in ''Snuff''.
* Creator/PGWodehouse's Jeeves of ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster''. He does enjoy working for Bertie and genuinely cares about him, but will make it known when he does not care for his master's taste in clothes or music.
** Many of the servants in Wodehouse, in fact. Beach from the ''Literature/BlandingsCastle'' series is another good example.
* Lewis's valet George from ''Literature/DarknessVisible'' is genuinely fond of his employer, but that doesn't stop him putting in the odd dig:
-->'''George:''' Would sir like his customary black, or would he perhaps like to be adventurous and try something in a dark grey?\\\
'''George:''' Mr Marsh is not to be foolish without your supervision. I understand, sir.
* Lynn Belvedere, in Gwen Davenport's ''Belvedere''. Later portrayed by Clifton Webb in a series of films, and by Christopher Hewett in the TV sitcom ''Series/MrBelvedere''.
* Loiosh, the jhereg familiar of assassin Vlad Taltos in Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' books. Loiosh obeys Vlad's orders and always calls him "boss", but also keeps up a constant stream of wisecracks through their [[BondCreatures telepathic link]]. Having raised Loiosh from a hatchling, Vlad's own DeadpanSnarker personality is largely to blame for Loiosh's attitude.
* Dean from Glen Cook's ''Literature/GarrettPI'' books. All of the above traits combined with a matchmaker (trying to make sure that Garrett marries one of Dean's ugly nieces, or at least tie the knot with his girlfriend). All that in a fantasy universe whose inhabitants are divided between either one of the various snarky tropes, or pure snark targets (sometimes both at the same time).
* In John Zakour's series ''Literature/ZacharyNixonJohnson'', the last freelance P.I. on Earth, HARV the super A.I. assistant is made of this trope.
* Magnus in the ''Literature/CodexAlera'' is like this all the time.
-->"And Your Highness expected me to ''listen''?"
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Bob the Skull does a lot of this whenever he's lecturing Harry on some obscure bit of lore, otherwise he tends toward being a shameless pervert. Notably Bob's personality shifts depending on his owner, so it's ''Harry's'' fault he's like this. [[spoiler: Bob as owned by someone with less scruples and no sense of humor is ''utterly terrifying''.]]
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Axiel and Oreg snark lots. Justified in that Axiel was the valet of Ward's late father, and is much older than Ward, who, in turn, respects him a lot. When Ward and his brother Tosten fight each other with their eyes closed, to show off, Axiel reprimands them, using a foreign word. When he is asked what it means, he explains it means "stupid boys". When Oreg calls Axiel a "grumpy old dwarf" in return, ''Tosten'' reprimands Oreg for showing too little respect to his elders. Hilarious, as Oreg is Really700YearsOld, or, possibly, even older, as he was MadeASlave by the [[EvilSorcerer ancestor]] who founded the Hurog family line, of which Ward and his siblings are descended. Both Axiel and Oreg get away with the snarking because Ward knows they're fiercely loyal to him where it counts.
* Sebastian from ''Literature/{{Heidi}}'', specially in regards to Mrs. Rottenmeier. At one instance, Heidi reminds Rottenmeier that she didn't say "please" when she asked for something. Sebastian quips in "you know, you ''didn't''" - and Rottenmeier excuses herself to [[INeedToGoIronMyDog have a sudden word with the cook]].
* This character has been a staple of GothicLiterature since its inception, whose purpose is to provide a comic relief breather in the midst of all the darkness, angst, and tragedy in the rest of the plot:
** Bianca in ''Literature/TheCastleOfOtranto'' -- Horace Walpole admitted he was imitating his idol Creator/WilliamShakespeare.
** Peter in ''The Romance of the Forest''.
** Annette in ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfUdolpho''.
** Literature/JaneEyre the snarky governess, who is also the heroine.
** Nellie Dean of ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' (who [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation some interpret as the heroine]]).
* Creator/JaneAusten includes a [[SilentSnarker Silent]] Servile Snarker in ''Literature/MansfieldPark'':
-->'''Baddeley:''' ''[to Fanny, whose suitor has come to discuss things with her and her uncle]'' Sir Thomas wishes to speak with you, ma'am, in his own room.\\
'''Mrs. Norris:''' Stay, stay, Fanny! What are you about? Where are you going? Don't be in such a hurry. Depend upon it, it is not you who are wanted; depend upon it, it is me, but you are so very eager to put yourself forward. What should Sir Thomas want you for? It is me, Baddeley, you mean; I am coming this moment. You mean me, Baddeley, I am sure; Sir Thomas wants me, not Miss Price.\\
'''Baddeley:''' No, ma'am, it is Miss Price; I am certain of it's being Miss Price. (''and there was a half-smile with the words, which meant: "I do not think ''you'' would answer the purpose at all."'')
* Bazzard from ''Literature/TheMysteryOfEdwinDrood'' is incredibly snarky and rude at all times. His employer is such a nice guy that he lets him get away with it, since he feels that Bazzard's going through a lot of trouble just working for him.
* ''Literature/LandOfOz'':
** Kaliko, Chief Steward to the Nome King in the ''Oz'' books, is quite willing to let his monarch know when he's being an idiot. The Nome King, despite being a BadBoss and quite willing to kill off his generals when they annoyed him, kept him alive -- probably because Kaliko was also a HypercompetentSidekick and the King didn't want to have to replace him. (Kaliko ends up departing this trope to become the new Nome King, to the great relief of his subjects.)
** Jellia Jamb, head of the Palace maids in the Emerald City, also displays traces of this from time to time, having a mischievous sense of humor that occasionally raises its head -- most notably in the famous "translation scene" from ''Literature/TheMarvelousLandOfOz.''
* ''Literature/InDeath'': Summerset, who regularly trades insults with Eve.
* Higgins in the ''Literature/BloodyJack'' series sometimes resorts to sarcasm to show what he thinks of Jacky and her ways.
* ''Literature/DonQuixote'':
** {{Deconstructed|Trope}} Sancho Panza: What happens in RealLife to the employee that cannot say anything about his master without being sarcastic? Why, Sancho is beaten by Don Quixote at chapters XX and XXX of Part I, and gives him a hurricane of insults at chapter XLVI:
--->Don Quixote, when he heard such blasphemies uttered against his lady Dulcinea, could not endure it, and lifting his pike, without saying anything to Sancho or uttering a word, he gave him two such thwacks that he brought him to the ground; and had it not been that Dorothea cried out to him to spare him he would have no doubt taken his life on the spot.\\
"Do you think," he said to him after a pause, "you scurvy clown, that you are to be always interfering with me, and that you are to be always offending and I always pardoning? Don't fancy it, impious scoundrel,...
** And the only murder that is explicitly shown in this novel is the [[TooDumbToLive bandit who dared to snark to his leader]].
--->One of the squires observed in his mixture of Gascon and Catalan, [[GentlemanThief "This captain of ours would make a better friar than highwayman]]; [[JustLikeRobinHood if he wants to be so generous another time, let it be with his own property and not ours.]]"\\
The unlucky wight did not speak so low but that [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Roque overheard him, and drawing his sword almost split his head in two]], saying, "That is the way I punish impudent saucy fellows." They were all taken aback, and not one of them dared to utter a word, such deference did they pay him.
* Cloak from ''Literature/TheRulesOfSupervillainy'' can only barely hide his exasperation and affectionate contempt for the BunnyEarsLawyer and CardCarryingVillain star of the series. [[spoiler:The fact he's the ghost of an {{Expy}} of Batman makes it even funnier.]]
* The later ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books have Sirius Black's house-elf Kreacher - although in this case, the snark is only the tip of the iceberg of animosity as he's outright vile to all of Sirius' guests and [[spoiler: betrays Sirius to his death in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'']].
* Archie Goodwin, Literature/NeroWolfe's legman, bodyguard and general assistant, spends most of his time making sarcastic digs at his boss. In a variation, this is actually what he's ''hired'' for, since Wolfe would just stagnate and refuse to do anything at all unless he had Archie prodding him on.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Bronn is not afraid to speak his mind to Tyrion, which is one reason Tyrion keeps him around since he knows Bronn will tell him the truth.
-->'''Tyrion:''' Stannis has more infantry, more ships, more horses. What do we have?\\
'''Bronn:''' There's that mind of yours you keep going on about.\\
'''Tyrion:''' Well, I've never actually been able to kill people with it.\\
'''Bronn:''' Good thing. I'd be out of a job.
* Florence Johnston from ''Series/TheJeffersons''. She's the Jefferson's live-in housekeeper whose quips and insults became famous, especially against her employer, George.
* ''Film/TheChristmasThatAlmostWasnt'': Blossom is Prune's butler, who helps him out in his various schemes but never fails to put his own opinion forth.
* Edmund Blackadder from ''[[Series/{{Blackadder}} Blackadder the Third]]'' is made of this trope.
-->'''Prince George:''' What can I do to a woman that I can't do to you?\\
'''Blackadder:''' I cannot conceive, sir.
* Geoffrey from ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'', who was this trope's original title.
-->'''Uncle Phil:''' Geoffrey, go fetch my tools.\\
'''Geoffrey:''' You mean your knife and fork?
* Jeeves of ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'', even more so than in the original stories. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Bertie:
-->'''Bertie:''' Jeeves, I'm sure that nothing is further from your mind, but d'you know you have a way of saying, "Indeed, sir," which gives the impression that it's only a feudal sense of what is fitting which prevents you from substituting the words, "Says you!"
%%* Dennis Finch from ''Series/JustShootMe''.
* Niles from ''Series/TheNanny'', especially around (or regarding) C.C. Babcock. While he's Maxwell's butler, he gets all the amazingly incisive and sarcastic lines.
--> '''Maxwell:''' Where the devil is C.C.?\\
'''Niles:''' Well, it ''is'' raining outside sir, perhaps she melted.
%%* Desmond Pfeiffer from the ill-fated ''Series/TheSecretDiaryOfDesmondPfeiffer''.
%%* Florence from ''Series/TheJeffersons''.
* Benson from ''Series/{{Soap}}''. When he got a [[{{Series/Benson}} spinoff show]] of his own he started out as one of these before climbing his way up to the lieutenant governor position (while still maintaining his snarkiness).
* Sir {{Humphrey}} Appleby of ''Series/YesMinister'' is the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Administrative Affairs, and later Cabinet Secretary, and never misses an opportunity to subtly mock his political masters while insisting he is only there to serve them. As such a senior civil servant, he can get away with this level of snark even when it is caught.
-->'''Humphrey:''' I am merely a humble civil servant. It's my job to carry out government policy.\\
'''Hacker:''' Even if you think it's wrong?\\
'''Humphrey:''' Well, practically all government policy is wrong. But frightfully well carried out.\\\
'''Hacker:''' Humphrey! Do you see it as part of your job to help ministers make fools of themselves?\\
'''Humphrey:''' Well, I've never met one who needed any help.
* ''Series/{{Rome}}'':
** Posca, Julius Caesar's personal secretary/slave. Posca is property -- he can be killed for speaking out of turn -- but he owns ''everybody''. When Caesar dies, everyone else politics. Posca weeps.
--->'''Mark Antony:''' Cheer up, Posca, you're not dead yet.\\
'''Posca:''' I sincerely hope not, because if this is the afterlife it is very disappointing!
** Cleopatra's maid has some aspects of this as well, chewing her mistress out for smoking opium and other bad habits.
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'' has Berta (Conchata Ferrell), the housekeeper.
-->'''Charlie:''' I don't pay you to mock me.\\
'''Berta:''' Charlie, you'd have to pay me ''not'' to.\\\
'''Berta:''' ''[to Evelyn, who has just gotten her lips plumped]'' Man, the last time I saw a mouth like that, it was trying to eat Creator/JacquesCousteau.
* Holly, the ship's computer, is like this in early episodes of ''Series/RedDwarf'', when he's more servile and less of a full-fledged crew member.
-->'''Lister:''' ''[after discovering his actions gave rise to the Cat's religion]'' Holly!\\
'''Holly:''' Yes, God?
* Ianto from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''.
-->'''Jack:''' It's just a mind probe.\\
'''Ianto:''' Remember what happened last time you used it?\\
'''Jack:''' That was different. And that species has extremely high blood pressure.\\
'''Ianto:''' Oh, right, their heads must explode all the time.
* Rosario, Karen's maid on ''Series/WillAndGrace''.
* Stephanie on ''Series/{{Newhart}}'' is an unlikely combination of this and RichBitch.
* Laura from ''Series/TheBrittasEmpire'' is the HypercompetentSidekick of Gordon Brittas, a phenomenal case of the PointyHairedBoss. Unlike most of the staff, she actually ''likes'' Gordon, but she still needs to dish out some serious snark to cope with working for him.
* Lurcio, the wisecracking Roman slave in ''Series/UpPompeii''.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Darok, General Martok's aide.
** Mila, Enabran Tain's aide. At one point, she is secretly hiding the rebelling leader of Cardassia, one of the most dangerous spymasters in the Alpha Quadrant and one of the best Bajoran terrorist-turned-colonels. It doesn't stop her from putting them all in their place when they need it and if they need a snarky kick up the rear end, she's there to provide one.
%%* Occasionally, Daphne on ''Series/{{Frasier}}''.
* Charlie Young, personal aide to the President, on ''Series/TheWestWing''. Actually... make that the entire West Wing staff. But especially Donna, who snarks it up practically every moment she has onscreen (which, thanks to Janel Maloney's rather lovely chemistry with Bradley Whitford, is quite a few).
%%* Angharad the maid is this for Myth/KingArthur in ''Series/{{Kaamelott}}''.
%%* The title character from ''Series/MrBelvedere''.
* The title character from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' has this in spades. He and Arthur have a very SlapSlapKiss relationship [[{{Understatement}} to say the least]].
-->'''Merlin:''' How long have you been training to be a prat?\\
'''Arthur:''' You can't address me like that.\\
'''Merlin:''' I'm sorry. How long have you been training to be a prat... my lord?
* ''Series/WKRPInCincinnati'' had Hirsch, Mrs. Carlson's butler. She rings for him and he shows up in mere seconds:
-->'''Mrs. C:''' Well? Where have ''you'' been?\\
'''Hirsch:''' Mardi Gras, ma'am.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** Lieutenant, later Captain, Miklo Braca sometimes functions as this for Scorpius and Grayza. Of course, with Grayza in particular it's wise to be heavier on the servile than the snark, but he lets it out full-strength in one wonderful speech at the end of the "We're So Screwed" trilogy...
** Also, Pilot. It's the only way the poor guy stays sane.
* ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'' has Spencer, the Hartford family's butler.
* Gunnery Sergeant Victor Galindez from ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
** Since this is a show where deference to authority is paramount, practically all the characters are prone to this at some point towards a superior.
* Several junior characters get this in on their superiors on ''Series/BabylonFive'', to varying degrees of subtlety:
** Ivanova would snark often at Sheridan, usually with just enough subtlety to be on her way out the door before Sheridan could retort. In this case, the two officers had a healthy rapport from years of working together previously on Mars.
--->'''Ivanova:''' Good luck, Captain. [[ShoutOut I think you're]] [[Franchise/StarTrek about to go where]][[FascinatingEyebrow ...]] [[ReallyGetsAround everyone has gone before.]]
** In turn, Ivanova has Lt. Corwin's dry wit to deal with:
--->'''Ivanova:''' If I live through this job... without completely losing my mind, it'll be a miracle of biblical proportions.\\
'''Corwin:''' Well, there goes ''my'' faith in the almighty!
** And Londo Mollari gets one in on [[TheCaligula Emperor Cartagia]], who he met twice previously, as a drooling infant and as a teenager trying to peek up girls' skirts:
--->'''Cartagia:''' Ah, Mollari. It's wonderful to see you again.\\
'''Londo:''' And you, Majesty. [[StealthInsult I could swear you have not changed since the last few times I saw you.]]\\
'''Cartagia:''' Oh, you are of course too generous.
* Zoila from ''Series/DeviousMaids'', especially since her employer, Genevieve, is a high-maintenance and co-dependent DramaQueen. Genevieve usually misses the point, anyway.
* ''Series/{{Taboo}}'':
** Brace does what he's told, but he reserves the right to snark while he's at it.
** This exchange between Coop and one of the Prince Regent's footmen:
--->'''Coop:''' How is he this morning? \\
'''Footman:''' Toe and arse this morning, sir.\\
'''Coop:''' Oh, God. I know about his toe. What happened to his arse?\\
'''Footman:''' One can only imagine.

%%* Julius the grocery boy in ''Radio/ThePhilHarrisAliceFayeShow''.
* Humphrey Lyttelton has twice played a butler in ''Radio/ImSorryIHaventAClue'' specials: the Laird's butler in ''Radio/HamishAndDougal's Hogmanay Folic'' and Barry Cryer's butler in ''In Search of Mornington Crescent''. In both, he continued to be [[GentlemanSnarker Humphrey Lyttelton]].
* Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, as valet to [[Radio/TheJackBennyProgram Jack Benny]], (also on television, movies, and cartoons), was quick with a comeback to Benny's own deadpan snark.
* Theremin in ''Radio/{{Ectoplasm}}'' is one, in his more polite moments. The rest of the time he's outright abusive.
* Marvin the Paranoid Android from ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' can be this sometimes, in his cynical and depressed way.

* Trope is OlderThanTheyThink: the smart and snarky servant was a Roman stock character.
** The Roman Playwright Creator/{{Plautus}} created the Ur-Example with the title character in ''Pseudolus'', though he is somewhat different in that he actually chooses the life of a slave, feeling that it (paradoxically) gives him more freedom.
** Pseudolus also appears in ''Theatre/AFunnyThingHappenedOnTheWayToTheForum''.
* Creator/WilliamShakespeare loved this. His fools almost always had clever lines to knock people off their horses.
%%** [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The Fool]] from Theatre/KingLear
%%** Juliet's nurse in ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' shows some traits of this.
%%** Speed from ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona''.
%%** Maria and Feste from ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''.
%%** Launcelot Gobbo from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice''.
%%** Grumio and Tranio ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew''.
%%** Touchstone from ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt''.
%%** Moth from ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost''.
* Almost all the servants in Creator/{{Moliere}}'s comedies are like this, heavily snarky and sassy to their rich and stupid or naive employers. Which makes it a sad thing when one modern translation of ''Don Juan'' adds a line not found in the original text, the inclusion of which makes it ''impossible'' to play the servant Sganarelle as anything but a buffoon.
* Nicola from George Bernard Shaw's ''Theatre/ArmsAndTheMan'', although very fawning around his master, has no small amount of wit and sarcasm to fling around otherwise.
* The original Zanni (especially Colombina who was usaully the only sensible person on stage) from CommediaDellArte, who made a regular habit of popping their masters' egos with panache.
%%* Lane from Creator/OscarWilde's ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''.
* Liza from ''Theatre/{{Peter Pan|1954}}''. She doesn't necessarily start out as this, but once Mr. Darling starts living in a dog kennel and riding it to work, well.
* Mozart and Lorenzo Da Ponte seemed to like this archetype, Leporello in ''Theatre/DonGiovanni'' and Despina in ''Theatre/CosiFanTutte'' are the standard supporting-role variety, while Figaro and Susanna in ''Theatre/LeNozzeDiFigaro'' are rare examples of Servile Snarker protagonists.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** [[OnlySaneMan Haskill]] from ''The Shivering Isles'' ExpansionPack for ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' is the Chamberlain of Sheogorath (the [[MadGod Daedric Prince of Madness]]) and a DeadpanSnarker without peer.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'': Lydia the Housecarl is sworn to carry your burdens...though technically at first, that was the only snark she would deliver to you in the original game (granted, being said from opening her inventory that players are bound to do a bunch with followers made it so certain players would hear that a lot). The ''Dragonborn'' DLC [[AscendedMeme upped the ante for snark degree among her lines]].
* ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClankUpYourArsenal'' has Dr. Nefarious' dry-witted manservant Lawrence.
-->'''Lawrence:''' You put the "wit" in "twit", sir.\\
'''Dr. Nefarious:''' Yes, I do, don't I...\\\
'''Lawrence:''' Even drooling imbeciles can achieve success in certain fields, sir. [[MadScientist Mad Science]], for example.\\\
'''Dr. Nefarious:''' That moron [Captain Quark] could never hope to beat the likes of me!\\
'''Lawrence:''' If anyone can beat a moron at his own game, it's you, sir.
* ''VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy'':
** Whim; she is often punished for the remarks, though.
** Raze and Yun share the same traits, but are smart enough to keep it to themselves.
* [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep The butler]] in ''VideoGame/DiscworldNoir''. Although his snark is directed at Lewton, not his employer. (He doesn't actually have any ''scenes'' with his employer.) He's a lot less polite about it as a result. He'd raise obstruction to an art form if not for the fact that you have business with both his bosses, neither of whom appreciate being kept waiting.
* Alfred, of course. For example, this little gem from the ''Film/BatmanBegins'' video game:
-->'''Batman:''' Alfred, I need a way inside the asylum.\\
'''Alfred:''' Might I suggest donning a pair of tights and pretending you're a bat, sir?\\
'''Batman:''' ''Cute''.
* Aschen of ''VideoGame/EndlessFrontier'' is Haken's android servant, and seems to consider it her duty to act as TheFoil to his LovableSexManiac personality. She sometimes fuels his jokes, sometimes insults them, but it's always with a DeadpanSnarker attitude. Of course, he considers her more like a sidekick than a servant, [[spoiler:and has no problem with calling her "sister".]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}} III'':
** Jasper; bonus for being voiced by John Cleese.
** And another with Hobson, who is certainly a ShoutOut to John Gielgud's character from ''Film/{{Arthur}}''.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesFromTheBorderlands'', [[TheBigGuy Loader Bot]] is quite prone to this, especially if you made him self-destruct in Episode 1. While he's always there to save your hide from the bad guys, he'll usually snark about your incompetence if he doesn't shun you. Hell, even when you're on ''good'' terms with him, he starts delving into this later on!
-->'''Loader Bot:''' [[spoiler:]] We really should stop meeting like this.\\
'''Rhys:''' I am SO happy to see you, buddy!\\
'''Loader Bot:''' You are very needy.
* In [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic's]] [[VideoGame/SonicUnleashed recent]] [[VideoGame/SonicColors endeavors]], Dr. Eggman got himself Orbot. In his first appearance, Orbot snarked at Eggman to no end, but recently, he still snarked at him, but it was toned down a bit.
* Joker in ''Franchise/MassEffect'', '''especially''' in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. Every time you finish an important mission (recruitment or loyalty), he will comment on it.
-->'''Joker:''' Good work [[spoiler:reforming those geth]], Commander. That will ''never'' come back to bite us in the ass.\\\
'''Joker:''' Glad we figured out Jack is crazy. Because that was really up in the air, just hanging there.\\\
'''Joker:''' Thane seems like the strong, sensitive, murdering type. You know those are always great to have around. A real cuddler.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Disgaea 4|A Promise Unforgotten}}'', while Fenrich may be [[UndyingLoyalty obsessively loyal]] to his master Valvatorez, he isn't afraid to admit that he can at times be a total moron, and usually expresses these opinions through underhanded compliments.
* Cherche is both this and a NinjaMaid to Virion in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening''. [[spoiler: And she can actually ''[[BodyguardCrush marry]]'' [[BodyguardCrush him]], if the player so desires.]]
* In ''VideoGame/XCOM2''[='s=] DLC "Shen's Last Gift", the evil AI Julian can be reprogrammed to serve XCOM in a SPARK unit, forcing him to serve XCOM while preserving all of his snark.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Beatrice's butler Ronove keeps his job because he keeps his mistress from getting bored.
* Franchise/{{Nasuverse}}:
** ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': Archer. Constant snarky sniping with Tohsaka mixed with genuine and sarcastic praise.
** An argument could be made for Kohaku and her mistress Akiha from fellow storyline ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Webcomic/{{Nodwick}} is a henchman rather than a butler, but still fits in here because he's, well, a henchman. If you were employed by two {{Jerkass}}es and [[DumbIsGood a cleric who fuses naivety and stupidity into one]] GenreBlind package, wouldn't you fit in this trope too?
* ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'':
** Liriel can get away with some [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?sid=4731 pretty daring things.]]
** To a lesser extent, Chrys' "protector twin", Shinae, [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=1311 as seen here.]]
* Erwin in ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'' serves in the German Army under [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Nazi]] Colonel Haken, yet often makes snarky comments about Nazi policies.
* Ardsley Wooster, Gil's manservant in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', isn't above a well-timed eye roll or directing the girl his master's trying to impress to one of master's "[[EroticLiterature favorite novels]]" in the library. Slight subversion, as Wooster [[spoiler:isn't really a manservant but a spy, and Gil, unbeknownst to him, is fully aware of this.]]
* ''Webcomic/ImpureBlood'':
** [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Chapter003/ib016.html Elnor can be this, to Caspian.]]
** [[http://www.impurebloodwebcomic.com/Pages/Issue3/ib055.html And Dara positively encourages it in Roan.]]
* Mr Kornada's robotic assistant Clippy in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' isn't above sarcastically commenting on his master's profoundly limited intelligence.
-->'''Kornada:''' I shall play dumb and run him out of time.\\
'''Clippy:''' A part I'm sure you shall play excellently, sir.
* [[MyNaymeIs Belvidier]] from ''Webcomic/{{Evon}}'', Alfred to Hero's Batman and kicker of ass, [[http://evoncomics.com/?p=1202 when the need arises.]]
* Spectacle in ''Webcomic/{{morphE}}'' is one of the servants of the mansion and has a very dry sense of humor to anyone who he speaks with, regardless of rank or position.
* Admiral Piett is this for Darth Vader in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', which is a feat given Vader's [[YouHaveFailedMe usual reaction]] to failure and disrespect.
-->'''Vader:''' Your competence and your impertinence continue to maintain an unsteady equilibrium.
* Corrick of ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'' snarks as a way to deal with his often obnoxious and unfriendly {{protectorate}}s. He ramps it UpToEleven after [[spoiler:Dom becomes his new charge.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Hovis from Doug [=TenNapel=]'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Catscratch}}''.
* Norm the Genie from ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''. After Crocker spazzed while holding his chocolate shake, he said:
-->'''Norm:''' That's how I like my shakes. Spazzed, not stirred.
* Evangelyne from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}'' is technically Princess Amalia's follower and bodyguard, but in truth they've grown together and are very much like a pair of sisters. As such, the older Eva rarely has qualms against putting down the little spoiled princess.
-->'''Amalia:''' Pay for this? Just ask the chamberlain.\\
'''Evangelyne:''' You mean, the chamberlain of the kingdom that's some ten thousand leagues from here? No problem. I'll go, I'll explain how you ran away, and I'm back in two months with the royal guard.
* Alfred is just as snarky in animation as he is in the comics.
** ''WesternAnimation/BatmanMaskOfThePhantasm'':
--->'''Alfred:''' Why, you're the very model of sanity. Oh, by the way, I pressed your tights and put away your exploding gas balls.\\
'''Bruce:''' ''[smirks] Thank you,'' Alfred.
** The "Beware the Creeper" episode, where Alfred gives this gem:
--->'''Alfred:''' Sir, something you may find interesting.\\
'''Batman:''' Go ahead, Alfred.\\
'''Alfred:''' The police just received a call about a [[BreathlessNonSequitur giggling lemon-yellow maniac trashing a thrift-shop, but here's the strange part]]: he paid for his purchase with Jack Rider's credit card.
** He has some gems in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' as well. For example, when the team leaves Wayne Manor after defeating some Hawkmen, leaving one out front, and Alfred walks up:
--->'''Alfred:''' I've asked Master Bruce to refrain from leaving trash in the yard...
** When [[ComicBook/TheFlash Wally West]] takes a tour of the Bat Cave:
--->'''Wally:''' Hey, that's a giant dinosaur!\\
'''Alfred:''' And I thought Batman was the detective.
** Taken UpToEleven in the movie ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueDoom'', which features quite possibly the snarkiest incarnation of Alfred yet:
--->'''Alfred:''' I made you chicken soup. You can eat while you brood, and I'll put in your stitches myself. It will be delightful, I'm sure.
** He follows it up with one of the best CrowningMomentOfFunny in the movie:
---> '''Alfred:''' By the way, Master Bruce? ''That'' was sarcasm.
** In ''WesternAnimation/SonOfBatman'', Alfred maintains his posture and dry sense of humor when dealing with Damien, who is much less tolerant of backtalk from a servant.
--->'''Damien:''' Watch yourself, Pennyworth. I'm not so young that I don't understand sarcasm.\\
'''Alfred:''' ... While I am much too old to care.
%%* Luxor is often this to Tut in ''WesternAnimation/{{Tutenstein}}''.
* Norm from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. The episode "Nerdy Dancin'" gives us this (the look on Perry's face when he heard those words is priceless):
-->'''Norm:''' Well next time you can do all the cooking, and I'll stand around coming up with {{Evil Plan}}s [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption that ultimately fail!]]\\
'''Dr. Doofenshmirtz:''' ''[after an awkward silence]'' Wow. Cuttin' deep, man.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** Spike often veers into this when having to deal with Twilight Sparkle, on top of his usual snarkiness.
** According to "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E13HearthsWarmingEve Hearth's Warming Eve]]", Smart Cookie and Clover the Clever were this to Chancellor Puddinghead and Princess Platinum, respectively.
** Angel also veers into this when [[ShrinkingViolet his owner]] gets into a situation that might require a backbone.
* Maurice from ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'', but anyone would if they're right-hand man to someone like [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Julien]].
* Shackleford from ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic''. At times, he goes from snarky to outright resentful of the Sherman family, but especially to Jay, who he always reminds was adopted.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'': Since Season 3, Jared has become this.
%%* Rosie had elements of this in ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons''.
* Scrooge's butler Duckworth on ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'':
-->'''Scrooge:''' I've been slimed by the Blob!\\
'''Duckworth:''' There's a first time for everything, sir.
%%* Rex the cockroach from ''WesternAnimation/{{Gawayn}}''
%%* Igor from ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Pahkitew Island'': After declaring her his "sidekick", [[FauxAffablyEvil Scarlett]] becomes this to [[HarmlessVillain Max]]. Justified in that she's clearly far more intelligent and competent than he is.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Jourdon Anderson, a former slave, [[http://civilliberty.about.com/od/raceequalopportunity/a/jourdonanderson.htm dictated this letter to his former master.]] Although arguably that was a subversion -- the letter was to show his master that the two men were equals. Presumably he didn't talk like that to his master when he was a slave.
* This was ([[DatedHistory believed to be, anyway]]) one of the roles of the infamous court jester. True, they would come out, prance around, maybe do some juggling or tell a joke to keep the nobility entertained during meals and such, but they were often about the only people in the kingdom/fiefdom/whateverdom that could get away with lambasting the one sitting on the throne. In a court full of yes-men, the one in the garish costume cracking jokes about the state of the economy, political matters, and well-known-secret scandals could safely be the OnlySaneMan because, well, he was a fool, so long as he knew where to draw the line. [[BadBoss And the ones he was joking about had a better sense of humor than temper]].
** By one account, King Phillip VI's jester was the only person who dared to tell him that the French had lost the naval battle of Sluys in 1340. He exclaimed "Oh, the cowardly English, the cowardly English!" and when asked why he replied "They did not jump overboard like our brave Frenchmen!"
* Napoleon's elite personal bodyguards were nicknamed "''Les Grognards''" (the "Whiners" or "Grunters") because they were the only men who could freely complain and argue over the state of affairs within earshot of the Emperor of the French.
* Siri, the iPhone 4S's speech recognition software, has literally hundreds of {{easter egg}}s, including [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=krI8wXmx9fs some rather humorous responses to certain requests]]. According to [[http://modmyi.com/content/5593-siri-purposely-designed-have-slight-attitude-comments2.html this article]], Siri was actually designed to be a bit sharp -- "friendly and humble, but also with an edge" -- for a more personable reaction.
* Athenians tolerated back chat from slaves, something which perplexed foreign visitors.