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->''"Wow, sarcasm. That's original."''
-->-- '''Dr. Horrible''', ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog''

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A character prone to gnomic, sarcastic, sometimes bitter, occasionally whimsical asides. They can vary wildly from rare, funny one-liners to complete [[{{Jerkass}} obnoxiousness]].

The Deadpan Snarker [[note]]"Snark" = portmanteau of "snide" and "remark"[[/note]] exists to deflate pomposity, [[LampshadeHanging point out the unlikelihood of]] [[ZanyScheme certain]] [[GambitRoulette plans]], and deliver funny lines. Typically the [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism most cynical]] [[SourSupporter supporting character]]. In most cases, it is implied that the snarker would make a good leader, strategist, or consultant given their ability to [[GenreSavvy instantly see the flaws in a constructed plan]]. More often than not, their innate snarkiness is the only thing preventing the other characters from comprehending this for themselves. In other cases, the Deadpan Snarker resorts to sarcasm because they're the OnlySaneMan. Tends to be shot a DeathGlare when they go too far (and probably isn't without one of their own, either). Note that due to the definition evolving, the "Deadpan" part of the title has gradually become TheArtifact and a deadpan delivery is no longer a necessary part of the trope.

Sometimes the Deadpan Snarker is shown to be incapable of avoiding sarcasm, due to his insecurity about expressing any genuine thought or feeling, and his fear of withdrawing from the cynical position and protection. This may turn him into a StepfordSnarker.

While the Snarker has existed (in both fiction and RealLife) since time immemorial, its most contemporary incarnation emerged in the early 1930s with the new popularity of sound cinema and the rise of "zinger" comedy. In fact, it was in 1933 that the word "wisecrack" (the Snarker's most trusted sidearm) entered English-language dictionaries. (And, in a stroke of genius, [[ShapedLikeItself the word "wisecrack" is itself a wisecrack]], carrying the sarcastic connotation of "Oh, yeah, you're a real Creator/{{Socrates}}, smart guy.")

A sub-trope of this is GradeSystemSnark. Compare TheSnarkKnight, LittleMissSnarker, {{Cuckoosnarker}}, WeaselMascot, TheMeanBrit, FirstPersonSmartass, ServileSnarker, GentlemanSnarker, SilentSnarker, DisabledSnarker. See also SnarkBait, NonActionSnarker, SnarkyNonhumanSidekick, CatsAreSnarkers, TallDarkAndSnarky, SurroundedByIdiots, and SarcasticDevotee. Sometimes overlaps with GenreSavvy and NoSenseOfHumor. A common role for a StraightMan. May wear JadeColoredGlasses. Expect them to resort frequently to BrutalHonesty. If there are too many of these, you might be in a WorldOfSnark. Overdoing it on one character may result in a {{Jerkass}}. Expect plenty of SnarkToSnarkCombat if and when two of these meet. May result in OffingTheMouth. Try not to confuse the dialogue with BuffySpeak. It's common among narrators, making them into a LemonyNarrator.

[[Administrivia/NoRealLifeExamplesPlease Now, as for real life examples... ]][[SelfDemonstratingArticle I mean, why even bother?]]
!!Example subpages:
* [[DeadpanSnarker/AnimeAndManga Cartoons and comics from Japan. People actually enjoy these, apparently.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/ComicBooks Comics. On paper. Not exactly rocket science.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/FanFics Mostly shipping and terrible writing. Oh, joy.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/AnimatedFilm Really long cartoons, objectively a waste of your time.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/LiveActionFilm Ah, movies. Money well spent.]]
** [[DeadpanSnarker/XMenFilmSeries The X-Men, because clever writing's always been synonymous with skintight leather uniforms.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Literature}} Books: Somehow more useless than movies.]]
** [[DeadpanSnarker/HarryPotter Shit, Hogwarts is practically snark central.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/LiveActionTV Television shows, like movies that take way too much of your time with half the budget. Except itís free. Occasionally.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Pinball}} Yes, pinball did get its own section, of course it did.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Radio}} A radio, your number one source for white noise. Unless you have a TV.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/ReligionAndMythology Y'know, "Religion and Mythology" isn't exactly the first thing that pops into mind when I think "snark", but yeah, sure, I guess.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/{{Theatre}} Imagine movies with more effort and less money. Something something art something something.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/VideoGames Speaking of art, or more specifically, things that aren't art: Video games. Ha.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WebAnimation You know a cartoon is really good when it doesn't get airtime.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WebComics Comic books, minus the book part. Why, I never.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WebOriginal Internet content, a handy demonstration of what rock bottom looks like.]]
* [[DeadpanSnarker/WesternAnimation And hey, short cartoons are also a waste of your goddamn time. Fancy that.]]
->[[TheStinger Look at you, you scrolled all the way down just for the stinger. Somebody get this guy a medal.]]