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[[caption-width-right:301: Not even a yawning puppy will [[TheStoic make him smile]]. He'll just howl back, "[[BigShutUp SILENCE!]]"]]

A variation on the InsufferableGenius, this character is usually charismatic, incredibly good at what they do, and rather good-looking. Members of the same sex both admire and [[GreenEyedMonster envy]] them, while those of the opposite fall all over them (often forming an InstantFanClub), and the only thing that saves them from being TheAce is their overwhelming arrogance and constant annoyance at being [[SurroundedByIdiots surrounded by people they see as idiots]]. They'll often make [[DeadpanSnarker snarky comments]] on the current situation which show that they know much more about what's going on than anyone else, and answer any questions with the preface, "[[IgnoredExpert Are you so stupid you can't see it]]?"

This doesn't necessarily make them evil, though. (If anything, it's understandable, given the [[LoveMakesYouDumb mindless]] way people often act around them.) They're just not a character who plays well with others and are therefore at risk of becoming an IneffectualLoner. Their snarkiness is usually brought low not with sarcasm, but a good old InsultBackfire.

[[VitriolicBestBuds Often paired]] or [[{{Foil}} placed in contrast]] with an [[ThePollyanna insufferably cheerful]], outgoing, nice, and/or [[WideEyedIdealist idealistic character]], and may act as TheLancer. This character is usually responsible for teaching the Tall, Dark and Snarky about ThePowerOfFriendship or ThePowerOfLove, once he or she has enough skill to make the Tall, Dark and Snarky actually respect their opinion. However, this can backfire, with the Tall, Dark and Snarky feeling threatened by the character's newfound power and becoming TheRival instead or, worse, give the idealistic guy a pair of JadeColoredGlasses to wear.

This archetype is also frequently used as a mentor or [[AloofBigBrother older brother type]], used as a foil for the protagonist's optimistic and foolish nature. See also TallDarkAndHandsome for the straight vanilla versions.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]
%%* Yu Kanda from ''[[{{D Gray-Man}} D.Grayman]]'' and Tyki, who, in fact, pretty much matches the title Tall, Dark and Snarky ''literally''.
%%* Uchiha Sasuke from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', mainly in part one.
%%** Hyuga Neji is this too, both in part one and in ''Shippuden''.
%%* Sebastian from ''Manga/BlackButler'', in spades.
%%** William T. Spears certainly counts as well.
%%* Studio Ghibli's ''Whisper of the Heart'' has Amasawa Seiji.
* ''Manga/{{Gintama}}''
** Hijikata fits this trope nicely. Dark hair? Check. Popular with ladies? Check. Snarky? Check. Strict? So much so that his nickname is the demonic vice commander.
** His subordinate Okita could also be part of this trope despite not having dark hair, as he is quite snarky (actually, his personality borders on terrible) and [[TheLancer acts as a foil for Hijikata]]. He's also handsome enough that Gintoki once pointed out that, in comparison, Shinpachi was turtle poop.
%%* Kuroyanagi Ryou from ''YakitateJapan''.
%%* Female example: Caren from ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch''.
%%* Seto Kaiba (6'1") from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' and his {{Expy}}, Kaiser Ryo Marufuji, in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX''. Edo Phoenix also comes off as this type in the dub: "Now whether you like me or not, there's one fact no one out there can dispute: I'm the best. I can't be beaten."
* Eiri Yuki from ''{{Gravitation}}'', despite his blond hair, is a perfect example of this. Not only is he exceedingly aloof on almost all occasions and attracts a lot of female attention (which is parodied in the ''{{OVA}}'' when he grabs the hand of a female fan at an autograph session and she blushes and actually skyrockets into the sky while he himself remains impassive), but he is romantically paired with Shuichi, who is as energetic and emotional as a {{Keet}} can get.
* Sesshoumaru from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is a particularly deadly example of this trope. Helped along by the fact that he typically punctuates his snarks with incredibly devastating attacks.
%%* Rukawa Kaede and Hisashi Mitsui from ''SlamDunk''.
%%* Even more so than being {{tsundere}} (which is arguable at best), Asuka of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is the female embodiment of this trope. Well, she isn't tall (yet) or dark (she's a redhead), but ''boy'' is she snarky. Her usual costume is red and black (everyone else's is white and/or blue)...
%%** No wonder Asuka has a major crush on a guy who ''does'' fit here: Misato's ex-boyfriend, Ryoji Kaji, who even manages to deal the snark [[spoiler: when he's about to be shot to death]].
%%** Gendo Ikari is a MagnificentBastard version of this.
* Roger Smith from ''Anime/TheBigO'' is well-behaved, but otherwise fits this trope perfectly. He may be too smooth to say how stupid people are being, but you can see it in his facial expressions.
%%* Reito Kanzaki from ''{{Mai-HiME}}'', to an extent. [[spoiler:His [[EnemyWithin inner]] [[BigBad Obsidian Lord]] [[SplitPersonality persona]]]] is just as snarky and ''several'' times darker.
%%* To some degree, Synchro from ''Anime/CorrectorYui''. He has dark ''skin'' and acts somewhat less aloof than the standard, but otherwise fits pretty well.
%%* Yuushi Oshitari and Eishirou Kite from ''ThePrinceOfTennis''.
%%* Fakir from ''PrincessTutu'' fits the description so well it almost seems like it was written ''about'' him, right down to the chipper main character teaching him ThePowerOfLove.
%%* Hayate from ''{{Pretear}}'', though, half the time, he acts like this [[JerkassFacade on purpose]].
%%* Rei Otohata in ''SuperGals!''
%%* Another one with the wrong hair color and all the other traits: [[spoiler: Keith Harcourt (Black Rose)]] from ''AshitaNoNadja''.
%%** Also, Antionio Fabiani.
%%* Hayato Jin from ''GetterRobo''.
%%* This is basically an Abh's [[PlanetOfHats hat]] in ''CrestOfTheStars'' and its sequels. The guys mean business, and their snarkiness is well justified (for the most part), but God, are they arrogant...
%%* Minus the "tall" part, Kotoko from ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' qualifies (she's like a little, pigtailed Dr. House!).
%%* Franchise/{{Gundam}} has several of those:
%%** Char Aznable in the [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam original]] [[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam series]] and [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack movie]], despite being blond.
%%** Since Heero Yuy is too short (5'1"), Treize Kushrenada (181 cm)...only he is much more [[MagnificentBastard FABULOUS]]. Like Roger Smith from ''Anime/TheBigO'', he rarely outright says that people are being idiots, but you can tell that that's exactly what he's thinking.
%%** Rau Le Creuset from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and Gilbert Durandal from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''.
%%** Tieria Erde (pre-CharacterDevelopment), Hallelujah Haptism, Lyle Dylandy, Lasse Aeon, Ali Al-Saachez(despite being a redhead), and Andrei Smirnov from ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
%%* Hiei from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is ''small'', but he's definitely dark and snarky.
* Kazuya Shibuya from ''Manga/GhostHunt''. Mai believes that he's so incredibly full of himself that she starts calling him "Naru" (shorthand for "narcissist") after she first meets him.
%%* Yamato Ishida from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
%%* Doumeki Shizuka from ''XxxHolic''. Although he's only really particularly snarky to Watanuki.
* Dr. Manga/BlackJack is [[OmnidisciplinaryScientist absurdly hyper-competent]], dresses like dracula most of the time, and has a [[DrJerk misanthropic streak]] the size of Tokyo.
* George from ''ParadiseKiss'' is a Tall, Dark and Snarky [[TheDandy dandy]] and InsufferableGenius with an outstanding talent as a fashion designer. He's also a {{bishonen}} and ChivalrousPervert.
%%* ...Tall, ''[[Manga/DeathNote Light]]'', and Snarky?
* Kyoya-senpai from ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub''. Dark hair, [[ScaryShinyGlasses glasses]], Tamaki as his [[ThePollyanna cheerful foil]], and intense snark? The other host club members call him the 'shadow king'.
* Ikuto from ''ShugoChara''. Amplified by him being five years older than the rest of the cast, and the PowerOfLove bit with Amu isn't even subtle-- giant, heart shaped IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight attacks anybody.
%%* Mui in ''TheBrideOfTheWaterGod''.
%%* Tsume of ''WolfsRain''.
%%* [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Rob]] [[OnePiece Lucci]] is an explicitly villainous version, although everyone around him ''does'' tend to act like morons.
%%* Mamoru Takamura from ''HajimeNoIppo''.
%%* Uryu Ishida (though he defrosts a bit when he joins the TrueCompanions), Byakuya Kuchiki, [[spoiler: Sousuke Aizen]], Ulquiorra Schiffer, and Shukuro Tsukishima of ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''.
%%* Roderich/Austria from ''AxisPowersHetalia'' is more of a SugarAndIceGuy, but he approaches this when he's at his snarkiest.
%%* ''FullmetalAlchemist'''s [[ColonelBadass Roy Mustang]] has his moments.
%%* Izaya Orihara from ''{{Durarara}}'' is a bizarre cross between this and MagnificentBastard. Clad all in black, [[MrFanservice oh-so appealing]] [[DracoInLeatherPants to the fangirls]]...and an [[JerkAss arrogant jerk to boot.]]
%%* Nozomu "Mr. Despair" Itoshiki of ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei''.
%%* VillainProtagonist Alucard, BadassBookworm Walter Dornez, and JerkWithAHeartOfGold Pip Bernadotte of ''{{Hellsing}}''. Even LadyOfWar Integra Hellsing has her moments.
%%* TheDragon and CreepyMonotone user Legato Bluesummers from ''{{Trigun}}''.
* Naoki Shinjyo in ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula''. He's TheAce, and he's also moody and a jerk at first (especially when Kyoko makes a separate team for Aoi). He softens up in the later [=OVAs=], but it still shows up on occasion.
%%* Edmond Dantes/Gankutsuou of {{Gankutsuou}}.
* Barnaby Brooks Jr. from ''TigerAndBunny'' graduates at the top of his class before entering the public eye with a bang, rises through the ranks of superheroes in a very short period of time, attracts fans and admirers wherever he goes. And he is in private a kind of a standoffish jerk. [[DefrostingIceQueen He eventually gets better, though]].
%%* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'': Agon Kongo.
%%* TallDarkAndHandsome MagnificentBastard Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is very snarky when around the snarky MysteriousWaif CC.
* Ban Mido from ''GetBackers''. While not particularly tall, he has dark hair, is a [[InsufferableGenius "combat expert" very well-read on a number of obscure subjects]], and is the most arrogant, foul-mouthed member of the main cast. And a Type-A {{Tsundere}}, to boot.
* Guts from ''{{Berserk}}'' isn't just tall (6'4") and [[TallDarkAndHandsome handsome]], he has quite a bit of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] in him as well.
%%* [[BloodKnight Shion Izumi]] from {{Gantz}}. The most [[AxCrazy brutal fighter]] on the team and an incurable smartass,as well.
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': In the manga, Ranma Saotome. Although he's an InsufferableGenius and a DeadpanSnarker, he's also one of the most optimistic people in the cast. So much so that when he tries to learn an attack based on depression, he fails because he's just too much of a happy person. In essence, he fulfils both the optimistic {{Hero}} role and the sarcastic, untrusting {{Lancer}} role.
--> '''Shampoo:''' This present for Ranma!
--> '''Ranma:''' *looks at the oversized bell she's giving him* Just what I wanted. A huge metal acorn.
%%* Tokiya Mikagami from ''FlameOfRecca'', although he has [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair light blue hair]] ([[AdaptationDyeJob or light brown, if you're watching the anime]]).
%%* Akira Inugami of ''WolfGuyWolfenCrest''.
* TallDarkAndHandsome Dee from ''{{Manga/FAKE}}'' is a LovableSexManiac that also happens to be the series' ButtMonkey enamored with the resident male [[TheIngenue ingenue]]. So naturally he has much to snark about.
* Lelouch from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is tall, handsome, arrogant and very snarky when especially around a certain green-haired lady.
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[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* The ''SupremePower'' version of [[SquadronSupreme Emil Burbank/Master Menace]] is both an InsufferableGenius ''and'' Tall, Dark and Snarky. The mentally challenged Shape is the closest thing he has to a "cheerful" foil; it really says something about the Supremeverse that ''[[CrapsackWorld only a literal moron can be cheerful there]]''.
* Jackie Estacado, ''ComicBook/TheDarkness'' is a highly amusing mafia hitman with demonic powers. ComedicSociopathy style.
%%* The Shade, particularly after James Robinson's Comicbook/{{Starman}} revamp.
%%-->'''[[DemonLordsAndArchdevils Neron]]''': You'll rue the day you crossed me!
%%-->'''Shade''': If I had a "rue" for every time someone told me that, I'd own Paris.
* ''Comicbook/DoctorStrange'': Doctor Strange at least in his backstory as Stephen Strange M.D., accomplished young neurosurgeon who was DrJerk and thought only of himself.
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[[folder:Films Animated]]
%%* Jack Skellington from ''TheNightmareBeforeChristmas'' could be considered this, though he's nicer than most examples.
* Scar from ''Disney/TheLionKing''. It's the voice. Creator/JeremyIrons' voice. Scar's fur is darker that his brother King Mufasa's, and also the lionesses are of lighter tones. The quote "I am surrounded by idiots" is among his most famous ones. It was directed at the incompetent hyenas.
* [[NoNameGiven Beret Girl]] from ''AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'' is a charismatic, bold, beautiful beatnik, [[LoveTriangle loved by both]] the resident depressive ShrinkingViolet, PJ, and the resident manic AttentionWhore, Bobby, and very snarky. She is willing to get into an insult match with the PrivilegedRival JerkJock, Bradley, whose reputation is significantly higher than her own and to ''very'' [[BrutalHonesty bluntly reject]] Bobby's advances, even explicitly calling him a "fool." Her genuine compliments and interest directed at PJ cause him to [[CharacterDevelopment become significantly less depressive and shy.]]
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[[folder:Films Live Action]]
%%* Snow in ''Lockout'' is paired with idealistic Emilie who wins his regard by making a tough decision under tough circumstances, causing him to have to go back for her.
* Septimus from ''Film/{{Stardust}}''. He's tall, dark, a skilled assassin, and thinks he is surrounded by idiots. He's played by MarkStrong
* This trope applies to nearly every character ever played by Creator/AlanRickman, villainous or heroic, unless he's trying very hard to play against type. This may account for much of the aforementioned DracoInLeatherPants directed at Snape from ''Film/HarryPotter'' series.
%%* Film/JamesBond, and most of the Bond girls, must notably [[Film/GoldenEye Xenia Onatopp]], since Bond keeps screwing her over.
%%* Loki in the 2011 ''{{Thor}}'' film is very much this in the beginning. This is to be expected, though, since he ''is'' TheTrickster: snark comes with the territory.
%%** Likewise, Tony Stark in the film version of ''IronMan.''
%%** So you can guess what happened when they met up in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
%%* Creator/JeffGoldblum, rather like Creator/AlanRickman, has made a pretty good career out of this. One particularly notable example is Ian Malcolm from JurassicPark.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** Wolverine. At 6'2, his snarkiness is as tall, if not taller, than his height.
** The Juggernaut from ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', in an almost TypeCasting kind of way.
-->'''Pyro''': Nice helmet.\\
'''Juggernaut''': Keeps my face pretty.
%% ** Liev Schrieber's portrayal of Victor Creed in ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
%%* Tons of examples of this in the plays of Shakespeare.
%%** Examples include Berowne in ''Love's Labour's Lost''
%%** Benedick in ''Much Ado''
%%** Mercutio in ''Romeo and Juliet''
* Severus Snape in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is very snarky, dark, and intelligent. He subverts the trope by being described as short (or at least shorter than Sirius Black), ugly and extremely petty, despite DracoInLeatherPants [[SelfFanservice depictions in fan works]]. In [[TheFilmOfTheBook the movies]], Snape is tall and HollywoodHomely. It's a side effect of being played by 6'1" Creator/AlanRickman.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'': Vetinari has moments of ''extreme'' snarkiness, and he's described as tall and dark. Not to mention awesome.
* ''DarknessVisible'': William Marsh starts out mostly TallDarkAndHandsome, but being paired with GentlemanSnarker Lewis causes him to slide ever further into this trope as the book progresses.
%% * ''ASongOfIceAndFire'' has numerous examples:
%% ** This trope is one of the defining characteristics of House Lannister.
%% ** In spite of their golden hair; Jaime and Tywin are solid examples
%% ** Tyrion is short, blonde and snarky.
%% ** Cersei is a female variant.
%% ** There is Theon Greyjoy who is described in his first appearance as being "a lean, dark youth of nineteen who found everything amusing."
%% ** Petyr is very short, but also quite handsome, thoroughly immoral, and has a practiced wit.
* Fitzwilliam Darcy from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', the TropeCodifier. He's tall and very attractive but intimidating, reserved and disagreeable. However, close reading proves that he actually smiles a lot throughout the novel, and of course, Elizabeth's lively character improves his manners.
%%* Rhett from ''GoneWithTheWind'' is another example.
* Vidia from the Franchise/DisneyFairies series is a female example. The fastest of the Fast Flying fairies, her condescending attitude toward everyone else drives them away, which is usually [[IneffectualLoner just the way she likes it]].
%%* Nick Ryves from ''TheDemonsLexicon'' is a fairly extreme example.
%%* Crowley from ''Literature/GoodOmens.''
%%* {{Flashman}} is an interesting subversion: actually Tall, Dark and Snarky as all hell, but appears to the world as a good-natured heroic naif.
%%** The same goes for his ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' {{Expy}} CiaphasCain.
%%* To everyone else's confusion, Prof. Colette from ''ThePrincess99'' is in love with the embodiment of this trope, Prof. Marius.
%%* Fang from ''Maximum Ride''.
%%* Gerald Tarrant from the ColdfireTrilogy.
%%* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry [[FirstPersonSmartass Dresden]] is this trope. He'll also occasionally invoke this trope, usually with insulting variations.
%%* Childermass from JonathanStrangeAndMrNorrell.
* Heathcliff from ''Literature/WutheringHeights'' has very dark physical features and he's capable to charm ladies easily. He counts as a {{Deconstruction}} since he lacks the heart of gold and "redemption by the love of a good woman" typically associated with the character.
* ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'': Jeeves is quieter and less outwardly arrogant than typical examples, but he's TheAce and a ServileSnarker. Bertie and his UpperClassTwit friends worship the ground he walks on. In the [[Series/JeevesAndWooster TV series]], he's even more overtly snarky.
%% * InspectorJavert of ''LesMiserables'' - at least, the book version.
%% * Will Herondale from ''Literature/InfernalDevices''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel. He's overall moody and brooding but has frequently shown a dark sarcasm and taunting, snarky behavior to those he disliked.
%%** In later seasons, Wesley begins to resemble this as well.
%%* ''Austin & Ally'': Ally, not to an extreme, but does have her moments.
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'': Kerr Avon. Not so big on the tall part, especially when compared with the likes of Blake or Gan, but he makes up for it with a triple helping of snark.
%%* ''{{Degrassi}}'': Has had a few over the years.
%%** Jimmy.
%%** Ellie (minus tall) fit it early on.
%%** Holly J was probably snarkiest (but never tallest, but she carried the description well enough).
%%** Sav being tall and snarky toward the end of his run.
%%** Eli (Dark and Snarky), Jake (Tall and Snarky).
%%** Fiona (Bishoujo and Snarky).
* The Fourth Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is by a long way the tallest and deepest-voiced Doctor, 6'4" even without the huge amount of dark MessyHair and his usual habit of wearing high-heeled riding boots, and a character influenced by GothicHorror heroes and [[ByronicHero the bohemian subculture of the late Victorian era]]. He is casually condescending and mendacious to his friends (his companion Harry gets the worst of this, but Leela was also constantly reminded how small and worthless her tiny little brain was compared to his) and delivering it all either offhandedly as if it was the most obvious thing in the world, or with a huge, adorable CheshireCatGrin. He's also probably the most sarcastic Doctor of the lot, due to how resigned he is to everyone else's perceived stupidity. Both these traits were also adopted by the Ninth Doctor, who does it just the same but with a ''lot'' more {{Angst}}, and fitting the trope archetype better.
%%* ''Series/{{Eureka}}'': Nathan Stark.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Tyrion (Creator/PeterDinklage) fits the ''description'' mentally, if not the ''name'' and by his appearance, being both extremely short, as a dwarf, and blonde, as a Lannister, but he has a very captivating, snarky personality.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'':
** Sir Edward Pellew is an ace of a captain (later an ace of an admiral), and he's generally very much respected and admired. He's not arrogant, though, but he loves dry humour and mercilessly teases and chews out his crew. Priceless moments come when his favourite SarcasmBlind midshipman/ lieutenant/ captain Horatio does not get his snarky remarks and it takes him forever to figure out that Pellew is joking.
** Mr Bush (appeared in Series Two and Three) is a fine specimen of TallDarkAndHandsome, but his lines involve a fair share of snarky remarks and sneering comments. He can appear intimidating especially to young officers, such as midshipmen Hammond and Orrock.
* ''Series/{{House}}'': Dr. Gregory House. [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Almost all women in the show want him at some point.]] He can't bear idiots. He's got the nice, cheerful friend too, in Dr. Wilson, who tries to teach him humanity and caring.
* ''Series/KamenRiderKabuto'': Tendou Souji is superhumanly skilled and superhumanly arrogant. But he's the ''main'' character, so we're presumably supposed to like him.
* ''Series/{{Mash}}'': Hawkeye Pierce is a brilliant surgeon, charming and very good-looking, and he seduces women extremely easily. Younger characters look up to him and envy him -- which is shown especially with Radar. However, he's pretty messed-up and drinks heavily. He deals with the war and all the killed and badly injured kids he encounters by being a StepfordSnarker.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'': The titular wizard is no longer a wizened old man with a beard, but an ''adorable'' young man with cheekbones to rival [[Series/{{Sherlock}} Sherlock's.]]
%%* ''Series/TheMysticKnightsOfTirNaNog'': Garrett.
%%* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': ''Very'' Special Agent Anthony [=DiNozzo=].
%%* ''NodameCantabile'': Chiaki Shinichi.
%%* ''OneTreeHill'': Dan Scott.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Miles Matheson. He seems taller than most of the characters, he is dark-haired, and most of his sentences are aimed at snarking at the current state of affairs. Then again, he has been a soldier practically his entire life, and he has little patience with people who just don't seem to listen to his mostly sound advice.
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': NikolaTesla is quite good looking and never hesitates to remind everyone that he's a [[InsufferableGenius genius and they're not.]]
%%* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox.
* ''SherlockHolmes'':
** BenedictCumberbatch from the [[Series/{{Sherlock}} 2010 BBC series]]. He probably picked it up off his AloofBigBrother Mycroft, who's raison d'etre seems to be to turn up and be snarky in a mysterious fashion. And Martin Freeman's Watson is ''utterly'' the "nice and/or idealistic Lancer" described above.
%%** ''Series/{{Elementary}}'': Sherlock.
%% * ''Series/SilentWitness'':
%% ** Dr Harry Cunningham, with Dr Nikki Alexander as the idealistic [[TheLancer lancer]].
%% ** His replacement, Jack Hodgson, fits [[DownplayedTrope on occasion]].
%%* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Q - Tall, dark and most definitely snarky.
%%* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'': [[TheSpock Mr. Spock]]. [[TheKirk Captain Kirk]] and [[TheMcCoy Dr. McCoy]] show him ThePowerOfFriendship.
%%* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Derek Hale.
%%* ''TheThickOfIt'': MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Has Damon. He has a sarcastic personality. Much of his sarcasm is often used as a defense mechanism used in order to keep people at a distance.
%%* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Both siblings, Justin and Alex Russo, are this, even though they're a SiblingYinYang in all the other aspects.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Has Special Agent Fox Mulder, TallDarkAndHandsome and a DeadpanSnarker extraordinaire. He's paired with one clever Agent who he respects greatly, and his boss is a ReasonableAuthorityFigure, but other than that, he's surrounded by idiots who do not understand that his crazy theories about the paranormal are in most cases actually true.
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[[folder:Theatre]]

* Elphaba Thropp from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'', despite what people think with her green skin, is actually quite attractive and gets some admirers from her fans, and even in universe. But she is also very silver tongued and will be quick to point out someone's flaws in a usually snarky way. Even more so in in the Broadway production, where she made this into one of her favorite pastimes with her friend G(a)linda and other characters.
--> '''Galinda and Elphaba''': Yes there has been some confusion/for you see, my roommate is...
--> '''Galinda''': Unusually and exceedingly peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe
--> '''Elphaba''': (in a very blunt tone) Blonde.
* The titular character from Theatre/{{Brand}} by Creator/HenrikIbsen, is described as a man with black, straight hair, and is a SnarkKnight if ever there was one. He also has an impressive effect on his fellow men.
* In the 2013 West End musical ''Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'', Willy Wonka qualifies when the icy side of his SugarAndIcePersonality is in play -- eccentric he may be, but he's also elegant, commanding, impatient, and obsessed with punctuality. (The sugary side of his personality, artistic, childlike, and wonder-filled, is the source of his HiddenDepths.) He also has black hair, which corresponds to his description in the source novel but often is dropped in other adaptations. Early in Act One, when Charlie's grandparents are recounting the legends of Mr. Wonka, Grandma Josephine actually declares that he "has a sex appeal what makes me feel young!" suggesting that before he became a recluse, he even had female admirers.
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%%[[folder:Music]]
%%* Music/TheBeatles had a reputation for being like this.
%%* Adam Lazarra from TakingBackSunday.
%%* Also John Nolan, to an extent.
%%[[/folder]]

%%[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
%%* [[DwayneJohnson The Rock]]. Heel or Face, [[SnarkBait it doesn't matter]] what you think, do, say, or who you are, as far as The Rock is concern.
%%* TheUndertaker.
%%* {{Batista}}, especially when he's {{Heel}}.
%%* CMPunk.
%%* Wrestler/{{Kane}}.
%%* KevinNash.
%%* ScottHall.
%%* RandyOrton.
%%* WadeBarrett, ex-leader of TheNexus.
%%* AlbertoDelRio, [[CatchPhrase and you already know that.]]
%%* JohnBradshawLayfield
%%[[/folder]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jake from ''ResidentEvil6''. Tall and definitely snarky, he may not have dark hair, though he wears dark clothes.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'':
%% ** Sand not only ([[TheNapoleon mostly]]) fits this trope, but improves on it by [[CantArgueWithElves being an elf]].
** Gannayev-of-Dreams from the expansion, although mostly white haired, would also fit, and ''he'' improves on it by being the only pretty hagspawn in the entire game. Snarking with/at him is the best way to gain influence.
* Jade Curtiss from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' is the king of Snarking; friends, enemies, and random people on the street are not above his Whips of Wit!
%% * Judas from VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny 2 fits as well. Not so much the tall part, though, as an annoyed Loni points out that he [[OlderThanTheyLook looks younger than him.]]
%%* Yuri from ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'', who has been noted as "Jade 2.0" by fans.
* Advocat from ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', a devil of a teacher who charms the female students and makes snide comments at almost every opportunity. And yes, he's [[DarkIsNotEvil one of the good guys]]. It should be noted that while he tried many times to charm Amoretta, he failed every time. [[spoiler: Since she's an ArtificialHuman Human]], it's not all that surprising.
* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'' and its sequel:
** Shinon. He's very, VERY snarky and somewhat racist as well, but not necessarily evil.
** Soren is rather short, but otherwise plays this trope perfectly. Despite his grating nature, he is nonetheless highly valued by his companions due to [[TheStrategist his brilliant mind.]]
%%* Solid Snake in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' qualifies, but his wilder traits get softened by the growth of a [[MessianicArchetype self-sacrificing, spiritual]] side as the series goes on.
%%* Reaver from ''VideoGame/FableII''. Seemingly meant as a subversion/deconstruction, as he's almost as villainous as the BigBad.
* Ragna the Bloodedge (6'0.5") from ''VideoGame/{{BlazBlue}}'' qualifies as being the Tall, Dark and Snarky, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold but is a good person at heart]].
%%* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesII'''s Zeri can be counted as this, though he mainly finds Avan to be the biggest annoyance.
%%** Also, Pete.
%%* Braig in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep''.
* Garret, from ''VideoGame/{{Thief}}''. Kind of tall, dark for sure, and all kinds of snarky. No matter who he's dealing with, he has a witty line to deliver.
%%* Magus of VideoGame/ChronoTrigger.
%%* Frantz of ''VideoGame/RustyHearts''.
%%* Jorge Garcia from ''Backyard Sports.''
%%* Vincent Valentine (6'0") of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Because Cloud Strife's not tall enough (5'7").
* While King Graham of ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' could also qualify as as straight up TallDarkAndHandsome, especially in his younger days, he can get ''incredibly'' bitingly snarky whenever dealing with someone who rubs him the wrong way.
* This is one of the main reasons Bishop from ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', a ChaoticEvil ranger, gets the [[DracoInLeatherPants Leather Pants treatment]]: he's ruggedly handsome and hilariously sarcastic.
* ''TheKingOfFighters'':
** Kyo Kusanagi is "only" 6'0 (182 cms) tall, but he deals the snark quite nicely in his ''XIII'' pre-match dialogues.
-->'''Kim:''' "Kyo! Just look at my new disciples! They are trying to gain new lives through martial arts! How about it? Don't you feel like joining them at my dojo and working up a good sweat?"
-->'''Kyo:''' "I don't think those guys are fooling anyone but you, man."
** His rival Iori Yagami is of the deadly variety:
--> '''Iori:''' Do you know what's going to happen, woman?
--> '''[[LadyOfWar King]]:''' What? Without your flames, your all talk.
--> '''Iori:''' Excellent! Then you know you're going to die!
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* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'''s Miles Edgeworth is TheComicallySerious {{Determinator}} and ruthless as a prosecutor at first, though he has CharacterDevelopment. He's {{Bishonen}} and irresistible to the ladies, and yet [[ObliviousToLove nigh oblivious to this]] and AmbiguouslyGay, admired by the police force, and [[DeadpanSnarker incredibly snarky]]. FirstPersonSmartass especially so in ''VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigations'', or in the case in ''Trials & Tribulations'' where you play as him for a segment.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
** Archer, except for the white hair. Then again, he ''is'' AmbiguouslyBrown, [[spoiler: despite having been born a redhead.]]
** Lord El-Melloi II, Rin's sponsor for study in London ([[spoiler:as well as the OlderAndWiser Waver Velvet, one of the few surviving magi of the [[FateZero fourth Holy Grail War]]]]), doesn't let being a very skilled and well-liked lecturer of magic get in the way of also being a surly MeanBrit.
%%* ''VisualNovel/UnderTheMoon'' has twin brothers Leni and Seizh; they express this trope in different ways.
%%** Leni does not suffer fools.
%%** Seizh does, but mostly for the chance to ridicule people.
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* Freelancer York fits this in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. Incredibly good-looking, [[MasterOfUnlocking very good at what he does]], and every other word out of his mouth is in the form of snarkily commenting on other people's quirks and flaws. Oddly he's still a NiceGuy, as he frequently delivers the snark in a manner that suggests he's more affectionately teasing than actually trying to be mean.
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* Webcomic/GirlGenius's Ardsley Wooster is increasingly this trope, what with being tall, dark, British, the ServileSnarker as Gil's manservant, and [[spoiler: spy for Her Undying Majesty's British government, prone to BadAss stunts like foiling Dolokov's plan to sway the Jaegergenerals and departing with a BondOneLiner. Out the window of an airship.]]
%%* Esther de Groot from ''ScaryGoRound''.
* Zombie from ''HannaIsNotABoysName'' counts. He's one of the tallest of the cast, a gentle but still pronounced snarker, and not too bad-looking for a green-skinned reanimated corpse. [[spoiler:Especially in his living form.]]
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* ''WebVideo/TheAutobiographyOfJaneEyre'': Mr Rochester is Tall, Dark, Brooding and Mysterious. He is well-built, has tanned complexion, dark hair, PermaStubble and [[TattooAsCharacterType intriguing tattoos]]. He's bossy and almost rude, but can be also nice and almost sweet when he's grateful or in good mood. He's full of contradictions, and it's really hard to know when he's serious and when he deadpans and snarks.
%%* WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob
* Tim from ''MarbleHornets'' becomes increasingly snarky throughout season 3, even engaging in the occasional SnarkToSnarkCombat with Jay. His distrust and irritability, however, are [[ProperlyParanoid perfectly]] [[MissingTime justifiable]].
* Oblivion from ''ShadowhunterPeril'' is a villanous example. It was more apparent when he briefly joined the Resistance as he would constantly made snide comments to EVERYONE, and use his powers on them without warning for his own amusement. He is also incredibly attractive, and always clad in black. He has RedEyesTakeWarning, except they don't stop his fangirls. And the fact that he is now a villain just makes him more of a DracoInLeatherPants. His foil is Umbra--to an extent. Both of them have blonde hair and dress in black, and both are tall and muscular, but whereas Oblivion is selfish, consumed by anger, and is incapable of loving, Umbra can open his heart to anyone, and he cares more about others than himself.
%%* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': The Spoony One, who is also a LargeHam.
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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has Terry [=McGinnis=]. His mentor is [[DeadpanSnarker Bruce Wayne]], after all. It's taken UpToEleven in the ''Return of the Joker'' movie, where [[spoiler: snarking and taunting at TheJoker actually ''helps him defeat him''.]]
%%* Craig Tucker from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.
%%* Trent Lane and Thomas "Tom" Sloane from ''{{Daria}}'' are more than capable of snarking their way through the plot. Trent's sister Jane is a female example. %%%EXAMPLE INDENTATION! Jane needs context%%%
%%* Gwen from ''TotalDramaIsland.''
* Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. If one were to describe her character in three words (well, technically four), these would be them. A DarkActionGirl very snarky.
%%* Mozenrath from ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' is a pure evil take on this.
%%* Prowl from ''TransformersAnimated'' is not quite so snarky as other examples, but fills the quota nonetheless.
* Mai from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender.'' Tall? Can look at her also Tall, Dark and Snarky boyfriend in the eye. Dark? She has beautiful shiny black hair and more often than not wears dark-colored dresses. Snarky? Oh yes, she is.
* Mako and his ex-girlfriend Asami Sato, from ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra''. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2GfdznQxRK4 In season 2]], this snarkiness seems to carry over into Mako's job as a cop as well.
--> '''''Mako:''' "Looks like you had some car trouble. Good thing the police are here."''
%%* Carlos Ramon in ''TheMagicSchoolBus''. Well, he's tall for a fourth-grader...
%%* Moriarty from ''WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury''.
%%* Vince [=LaSalle=] from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}''
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Princess Luna is larger than most other ponies, dark by design, capable of firing off snarky gems. Like [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7J0jYKOh2d0 this]].
* Vanessa Doofenshmirtz from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. She wears always in black and is snarky to her dad.
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