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->'''Lucius Fox:''' ... I've come to explain to you why we're going to have to put our deal on hold. We can't afford to be seen to do business with, well, whatever it is you're accused of being. A businessman of your stature will understand.\\
'''Lau:''' I think, Mr. Fox, that a simple phone call would have sufficed.\\
'''Lucius Fox:''' Well, I do love Chinese food. And Mr. Wayne didn't want you to think we'd been deliberately wasting your time.\\
'''Lau:''' Just accidentally wasting it.
-->-- ''Film/TheDarkKnight''

Much like having [[HamToHamCombat different hammy actors in the same work]], sometimes putting two [[DeadpanSnarker snarky characters]] into the same works and having them interact in some form of discussion (especially an argument) can seem like a competition in sarcasm.

Often makes it a little easier to tell which character is more of a snarker.

See also VolleyingInsults and WorldOfSnark.

Not to be confused with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SM-62_Snark cruise missile warfare.]]
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* [[AloofDarkHairedGirl Missa]] and [[TallDarkAndSnarky Sakuya's]] (compensated) dates in the ''Manga/SensualPhrase'' anime have more than a shade of this. The moment they look into each other's eyes, you just ''know'' the sarcastic and playful comments will start the very moment they start talking.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Tends to happen a lot with {{Nightwing}}, particularly when going up against Franchise/{{Batman}} himself or Alfred. Many of Batman and Alfred's more casual conversations with each other tend towards this - Alfred usually wins.
* ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} and [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Human Torch]] have been doing this sort of thing whenever they team up or are even in the same story together for decades. It's kind of their thing.
** ComicBook/{{Spider-Man}} and SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}}, both notorious snarkers actually [[http://www.comicvine.com/forums/deadpool/186/yo-mama-fight/534843/ engaged]] in a [[YourMom yo mama fight]] once.
* After Gert found out about the time Nico kissed Chase, they decided to settle their differences with a snark-off, because at the time, the {{Runaways}} were dealing with a band of idiots who'd decided to declare themselves the newest incarnation of the Pride, and Gert and Nico had to get over their problems quickly.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Whenever Tora or Sarakshi from ''Fanfic/{{Seduction}}'' talk.
-->'''Tora:''' Who do you think Hoseki's representatives would believe? One of the maids from a café that has done a grand event for the first time, or the well-mannered and chivalrous Igarashi heir?\\
'''Sarakshi:''' Well-mannered. Chivalrous. Excuse me while I gag, Igarashi.\\
'''Tora:''' I'm sure something as unattractive as that would be right up your street.
* In FanFic/CodeTotalDramaReality, Noah and Sora's first meeting results each burning the other.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightSaga''
** [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist Lucius]] and [[AsianAndNerdy Lau]] from ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' provide the page-quote dialogue-sample.
** In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', when Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are dancing, they immediately rip each other new ones, but [[DatingCatwoman it's not surprising]]:
--->'''Bruce Wayne:''' That's a brazen costume for a cat burglar.\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' Yeah? Who are you pretending to be?\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' Bruce Wayne, eccentric billionaire. Who's your date? (''motions to the man Selina was dancing with'')\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' His wife's in Ibiza. She left her diamonds behind, though. Worried they might get stolen.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' Mm. It's pronounced Ibeetha. You wouldn't want any of these folks realizing you're a crook, not a social climber.\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' You think I care what anyone in this room thinks of me?\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' I doubt you care what anyone in ''any'' room thinks of you.\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' Don't condescend, Mr. Wayne. You don't know a thing about me.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' Well, Selina Kyle, I know you came here from your walk-up in Old Town, a modest place for a master jewel thief. Which means that either you're saving for retirement, or you're in deep with the wrong people.\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' You don't get to judge me just because you were born in the master bedroom of Wayne Manor.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' Actually, I was born in the Regency Room.\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' I started out doing what I had to. Once you've done what you've ''had'' to, they'll never let you do what you ''want'' to.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' Start fresh.\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' Ugh. There's no fresh start in today's world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. ''Everything'' sticks.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' Is that how you justify stealing?\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' I take what I need to from those who have more than enough. I don't stand on the shoulders of people with less.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' RobinHood?\\
'''Selina Kyle:''' I think I do more to help someone than most of the people in this room. Than you.\\
'''Bruce Wayne:''' I think maybe you're assuming a little too much.
* ''Film/TheSocialNetwork'' also has this.
* In the BlackComedy ''Film/KissKissBangBang'', [[GeniusDitz Harry]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Perry]] go at it at every turn, with Harry losing most of the battles due to his [[IdiotHero idiot status]] as opposed to Perry's cleverness.
* Film/JamesBond vs. [[Creator/JohnCleese R]].
** In ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough''...
--->'''Bond:''' If you're Q, does this make him R?\\
'''R:''' Ah yes, the [[BondOneLiner legendary 007 wit]]... or at least half of it.
** ... and ''Film/DieAnotherDay''.
--->'''Bond:''' Give me the old firing range anyday, Quartermaster.\\
'''R:''' Yes, well they call it the Future, so get used to it. (''takes Bond into a museum of {{call back}}s'')\\
'''Bond:''' This where they keep the old relics, is it?
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Much of the interactions between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''.
* Half of the conversations in ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
* ''Literature/RangersApprentice'' [[DeadpanSnarker Halt]] usually wins, so when a younger character (usually Will or Horace) wins, they feel a sense of pride, for some reason.
* What happens when ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' puts Harry Dresden and Gentleman Johnny Marcone in the same room.
* In the ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' novel ''The Savage Caves'', what's not surprising is that the resident LoveableRogue, Lidda, is incredibly snarky to the resident GoodShepherd, Jozan. What is surprising -- and entertaining -- is that his method of preaching at her to behave often consists of {{Gentleman Snark|er}}ing right back at her. They spend almost all of their scenes together verbally going at it as a result.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' [[WorldOfSnark has plenty of snarkers]], all quite willing to exchange fire when two (or more) find themselves in the same room. Tyrion Lannister, however, takes the cake: he'll manage to raise return snark from the most unlikely sources simply by opening his mouth.
-->'''Cersei:''' You know you're not half as smart as you think you are.\\
'''Tyrion:''' That still makes me smarter than you.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The respective 'verses of ''Series/HawaiiFive0'' and ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are [[WorldOfSnark full of snarkers]]. So naturally, in the two-episode crossover, there is a ''lot'' of snarking going on, especially between Deeks and Danny.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. The scripts of that show do not call for pauses.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000''. The boys try to out-snark one another on some topic when one of them makes a seminal joke.
* Jim Brass and Gil Grissom sometimes used to get into this in ''Series/{{CSI}}''.
* Niles and C.C. from ''Series/TheNanny''.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' uses this a lot. [[WorldOfSnark Not very surprising, considering the type of work it is]]. Even Giles and Wes get in on it sometimes. Lampshaded in Season 4 by a random vamp:
-->'''Vamp:''' Are we gonna fight, or is there just gonna be a monster sarcasm rally?
* ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is pretty much driven by this and UnresolvedSexualTension.
* Most of the main cast of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' gets in on this. Sherlock vs. John, Sherlock vs. Lestrade, John vs. Mycroft, Sherlock vs. Mycroft, etc.
* Being a Creator/JossWhedon show, ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' has [[WorldOfSnark a lot of this going on]]. Virtually all of Mal and Zoe's dialogue, for example.
-->'''Zoe:''' You paid money for this, sir? On purpose?\\
'''Mal:''' Ship like this, be with you till the day you die.\\
'''Zoe:''' Because it's a death trap.
* Jeff and Britta from ''Series/{{Community}}'' are masters of this.
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'' and anyone who's as smart as he is. Blackadder usually butts heads with this person, (Melchett, Lord Flashheart, Captain Darling) and wins in the end. Usually hilariously.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Many of the characters of get into this at one point or another, especially between Daniel Jackson and Jack O'Neill in the later seasons:
--->'''Jackson:''' They'll never see it coming.\\
'''O'Neill:''' Which is one of the advantages of a totally ''insane'' idea.\\
'''Jackson:''' Yeah, where'd I learn that from?
** In the episode "Tin Man", Jack O'Neill gets into a Snark-to-Snark combat ''[[ActingForTwo with himself]]''.
* Chuck and Blair on ''GossipGirl'', nearly all the time -- one of the other characters refers to it as foreplay.
* Frasier and Niles Crane on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' were the absolute masters of this trope, often doing it very much intentionally and lampshading it in-universe. It stems mainly from their SiblingRivalry.
* All the characters on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' occasionally indulge in this, especially Ted and Robin.
* Dr. Cox and Jordan on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' do this ''all the time'', as part of their SlapSlapKiss, often to very vicious and/or humiliating levels.
* Just about any conversation in ''Series/RedDwarf''.
* Within the first few minutes of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'', the series establishes this as the relationship Carter has with daughter.
* The Salvatore brothers on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'' seem to have this a lot. Damon is more snarky and smug but Stefan is far more deadpan. Most of Their scenes seem to be contests of who can outdo the other.
* Occasionally happens on ''Series/{{Glee}}'', usually between Sue and Will. The best example is in the appropriately-named episode "Throwdown."
* ''Series/MrLucky'': Andamo and Lt. Rovacs tend to engage in this whenever they're around each other.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Occurs often when [[DeadpanSnarker Tess]] [[StepfordSnarker Mercer]] is involved, particularly with [[GreenArrow Oliver]] and [[LoisLane Lois]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Eleventh Doctor and his Companions.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' takes right after its parent ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''. If anything, it even manages to increase the generalised snark levels. However, Tyrion still triumphs.
* Patricia and Eddie do this a lot on ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' as part of their [[BelligerentSexualTension belligerent sexual tension.]] The best example, though, has to be when they first met-
-->'''Eddie:''' You woke me!\\
'''Patricia:''' Student lounges are for lounging, not sleeping. Hence the name?\\
'''Eddie:''' Okay, look. I was on a plane for six hours and then I was on a train for four more. And now I'm in Boresville UK and don't need a lecture, kay Hermione?\\
'''Patricia:''' Great, that's just what we need, another stupid American whose only reference to the UK is ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Who are you anyway?\\
'''Eddie:''' Who are you?\\
'''Patricia:''' I asked first.\\
'''Eddie:''' (''laughing'') Really?\\
'''Patricia:''' Next time you feel like tripping someone up, remember it's considered polite to apologize in this country.\\
'''Eddie:''' Do you ever stop talking? I should call you [[HeyYou Blabs.]] Or Yacker. Yeah, Yacker.\\
'''Patricia:''' And how bout I call you, a cab back to the airport?\\
'''Eddie:''' (''claps'') Devestating.
* On ''Series/{{Cracked}}'' Detective Aiden Black and Dr. Daniella Ridley engage in this a lot, especially in their first episode together "How The Light Gets In."
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ZerothLaw example: Benedick and Beatrice of ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''.
* ''Theatre/TheImportanceOfBeingEarnest''
** Cecily Cardew and Gwendolyn Fairfax.
** On that note, Jack and Algernon as well.
** And Lane and Algernon... Actually, pretty much every conversation in this play is Snark-to-Snark Combat.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' cheerfully descends into this in "Lair of the Shadow Broker", when Shepard and Liara snark to each other about game mechanics.
--->'''Shepard:''' [[NoOSHACompliance Not even a guard rail]]. I bet the Broker's agents love patrolling the hull.\\
'''Liara:''' At least the view is nice.\\\
'''Liara:''' Why are they attacking in [[MookChivalry waves]]? They'd be more effective if they all attacked at once.\\
'''Shepard:''' Please don't give the mercs ideas.\\\
'''Shepard:''' Don't you miss the days when you could just slap omni-gel on everything?\\
'''Liara:''' That bug fix made a lot of people very unhappy.
** This gem featuring Joker and Garrus lampshading [[VitriolicBestBuds what relations between humans and turians]] look like in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3''.
--->'''Garrus:''' All right, my turn. What's the first order an Alliance commander gives at the start of combat?\\
'''Joker:''' Uh... I give up.\\
'''Garrus:''' Correct!\\
'''Joker:''' All right, big guy. What do you call it when a turian gets killed by a horrible spiky monster?\\
'''Garrus:''' [[BizarreAlienBiology Friendly fire]]. [[HypocriticalHumour Come on, that one goes back to]] [[RememberTheAlamo Shanxi]].
* In ''Videogame/IMissTheSunrise'', if you choose to make Ros a DeadpanSnarker, you'll get plenty of this whenever you interact with [[SnarkKnight Mahk]].
* While many characters in ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' try to keep up with [[ColonelBadass Jade Curtiss's]] sarcasm, only Emperor Peony can truly defeat him. Put them in a room and they're either snarking at each other non-stop or scheming to snark at others.
* ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'' pits repeatedly pits The Bard against... [[LemonyNarrator the narrator]].
* The pre-fight talks in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XIII'' has virtually all characters sassing each other before the fisticuffs start. Of special notice is how Ash Crimson managing to [[{{Troll}} raise everyone's hackles and piss them off]]... until Terry Bogard [[InsultBackfire calmly sasses him back]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', [[TheHero Adam Jensen]] and [[MissionControl Frank Pritchard]] pretty much use this as their normal manner of speech to each other.
--> '''Jensen:''' "Pritchard, I'm in."
--> '''Frank:''' "Nicely done, Jensen. Dare I ask how?"
--> '''Jensen:''' "A vent on the roof. It'll be in my report the next time we're discussing security loopholes."
--> '''Frank:''' "Oh, goody; I'll be sure to take notes."
** To the point where it's genuinely shocking when, in one of their conversations during Jensen's infiltration of [[TwentyFourHourNewsNetworks Picus]] headquarters, Pritchard asks Jensen to "spare [him] the sarcasm".
* ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Vengeance'' has a DeadpanSnarker named Casey Nolan as one of your lancemates. The PlayerCharacter in the ''Black Knight'' expansion is a mercenary hired to bring down the regime that the original player character established in ''Vengeance'', and is quite the DeadpanSnarker himself. Nolan, being crucial to victory in the ''Vengeance'' campaign, is retained by the Dresari regime as a training officer for new Mechwarriors, which makes him one of the main targets in the ''Black Knight'' campaign. The entire level in which Nolan is featured is riddled with these two going back and forth on the comm.
--> '''Nolan:''' "Punch out now and I'll give you a job... scrubbing toilets."
--> '''Black Knight:''' "Thanks! I'll pass."
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' likes having people try to out-sass Faye. It never works.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''
** Almost every conversation with [[BlackMagicianGirl Rose]] and [[TheLancer Dave]] ever. In fact, [[WorldOfSnark most conversations between most of the cast]] lean this way, given how many of them trade in [[DeadpanSnarker the snarky goodness]].
** Conversations between Rose and [[LipstickLesbian Kanaya]] are also notable, with the snark being easily interpreted as something of a [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] BelligerentSexualTension at times, especially in the beginning of their relationship.
* ''Literal'' Snark-to-Snark Combat breaks out toward the end of ''Webcomic/ErrantStory'', when DeadpanSnarker Sarine engages in a duel to the death with SnarkKnight (or possibly the other way around) Sarna, who also had been Sarine's best friend for centuries. Snarkage mixes with blood and gore right up to the moment someone dies.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' George [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-05-22 mentions]] he wishes Susan worked at Salty Crackers Comics with him and Justin so he and she could engage in this.
-->'''George:''' It's a shame you didn't ask him to hire Susan. ''She'' can counter my guff. \\
'''Justin:''' So can Nanase. \\
'''George:''' Nanase ''ignores'' my guff. Guff requires rebuff.
* In ''Webcomic/TheWotch'', Jason goes up against Anne's [[LiteralSplitPersonality Personified Sarcasm]]. [[http://www.thewotch.com/?date=2003-02-19 He wins.]]
* ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. It won't stop. Even little kids get in on the verbal sparring.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[TalkingAnimal Brian the Dog]] and [[BrainyBaby Stewie Griffin]], from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', are two of the snarkiest characters on the show. As such, conversations between them involve them being especially snarky. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMf6V5ct29I Here is an example.]]
-->'''Brian:''' Oh, ''there's'' my laptop. Do you mind? I want to check my email.\\
'''Stewie:''' Go away, I'm editing this music video I am making for Susie.\\
'''Brian:''' Oh really? A music video? Working on a little video there? A little music video? (''voice starts to increase in pitch as he goes on'') A little compliation of visual images to go with a song? A little 4-minute movie that tells the story of a...\\
'''Stewie:''' Yeah, that only works when I do it.
* Pretty much every BattleCouple in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' is like this. Green Lantern/Hawkgirl, Green Arrow/Black Canary, Huntress/Question...
* This seems to be the only way anyone is capable of communicating on ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}''.
* Obi-Wan and Anakin do this left, right and centre in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', but Obi-Wan is such a SnarkKnight that he also tends to do this with just about everyone he fights along side (except maybe Cody).
* Toph and Sokka in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', this was basically the only way that characters opened up to each other.
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