Calvin: War is a manly art!The Deadpan Snarker comes in many forms; it could be the non-action guy, the sidekick, the Weasel Mascot, and even the cat. This trope deals with snark coming from a little girl. The humor here is that we don't usually think of an adorable little kid as being sarcastic, and this character type is both smart and perceptive, capable of pointing out exactly what other characters keep concealed — often their feelings for one another. Expect her to be Wise Beyond Her Years and a Mouthy Kid. Compare The Snark Knight.
Susie: I suppose anything so idiotic would have to be. Can I play in your game or not?
Calvin: I don't know; it seems you'd rather be making smart remarks.
Susie: I suppose anything so idiotic would have to be. Can I play in your game or not?
Calvin: I don't know; it seems you'd rather be making smart remarks.
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Anime & Manga
- Hoshino Ruri of Martian Successor Nadesico, whose Catch-Phrase is "Baka bakka" ("I'm surrounded by idiots"). So much so that this trope used to be named after her.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!: Chisame takes this role, thanks to some liberal use of age changing pills so she's a bespectacled (or not) 10 year old. Before her abuse of age pills she didn't fit the body type requirement.
- Karin Kurosaki from Bleach, despite being older than Yuzu (but she's still way younger than Ichigo). She's the sanest person in the family aside from her brother, and her dad's antics really give her a lot to snark about.
- Akira from Lucky Star, once her Kawaiiko exterior cracks, though she quickly does away with the "Deadpan" part and starts with the shouting and physical abuse.
- Chiaki from Minami-ke is the youngest of the Minami sisters, but definitely the snarkiest. It helps that her immediate older sister Kana is a bit of an idiot.
- Miura from Yotsuba&! has hints of the trope, though she's more likely to use her insights to manipulate others, rather than just snark.
- The eternal child Vita of Lyrical Nanoha, who takes the role of the prickly officer to the new recruits after she joins the Space-Time Administration Bureau.
- Code Geass: C.C.'s a pretty good fit, not so much in the short or undeveloped part, but she does contrast child-like mannerisms (like playing with a stuffed animal) with being so snarky that Lelouch initially thinks of her as downright inhuman.
- Momoka from Daa! Daa! Daa! is a three-year-old little girl whose first scene in the series has her berating the heroine, Miyu, for aiding global warming by not recycling. From the back of a tricycle. Her snarkiness only increases as the series goes on.
- A Rare Male Example is Naota from FLCL. The light novel explicitly mentions that his body hasn't kept up with his mental maturity. In the anime, his pajamas don't even fit a 12-year-old girl. He overuses 'ore' to compensate.
- Saki in Corpse Princess. She has a habit of speaking aloud her contracted monk's inner thoughts.
- Loco in MÄR. Her aloof, gloomy attitude is sort of justified because she's actually much older than she appears, a curse induced by her choice weapon keeps her adult self looking like a very coldhearted 10-year-old.
- Felli Loss from Chrome Shelled Regios fits this rather well. She decides to call the main character "Fon-fon". When he objects, she runs through several variations of nicknames ("Lay-kun, Lay-chan, Lay-cchi, Senko no Lay...") before he finally just accepts Fon-fon.
- Ai Haibara from Detective Conan, mainly towards Conan. This is largely due to her harsh past and the fact that, like Conan, she's actually a teenager who was turned into a child.
- Saki Amano from Kanamemo, who, despite being in elementary school, knows when the employees at her office act out of line and isn't afraid to tell them so.
- Played with in The Twelve Kingdoms where the local Little Miss Snarker is Shushou, a child queen who is actually Really 700 Years Old, since she became sovereign and stopped aging when she was 12.
- Pan in Dragon Ball GT. It helps that Trunks is much more easily scared in this continuity, due to not having gone through the hardships Future Trunks did.
- Molly from Runaways is one of these when she's not intentionally acting more innocent and naive to lower people's defenses.
- Mafalda is a prime example. Most of the comic strips run on her snarkiness about politics and ironies of the humanity.
- Right from her very first appearance, Lucy van Pelt in Peanuts may well be considered the queen of Little Misses Snarkers. Of course, sarcasm was far from the only thing that made her what she was.
- Toy Hammer's shrunk-down, Fun Size-ified Gender Flipped God Emperor of Mankind is a deadpan loli.
Michael: Can we all behave like adults here?
Emma: No, I'm still ten years old, remember?
- Pokémon's Send Your OCs fanfic, Pokémon: Take Two, gives us Raion, a snarky ten-year-old. She's also our narrator.
Ry: He's my new friend!
Raion: Being the same gender as someone doesn't make you friends.
- Doctor Whooves The Series has several Mouthy Kid characters, and all of them fillies, but the mouthiest of all is filly Zecora in "Along Came a Spider". Scootaloo in "A Hearth's Warming Tale" also snarks a bit, but more defensively.
Filly Zecora: ...Do something worth respect and maybe I will start showing it.
- Once she gets her voice, Su in This Bites!, Conis's cloud-fox, proves to be this, in addition to having a particularly rough vocabulary. Much to Conis's chagrin.
- In Sword Art Online Abridged, this is what makes Kirito and Asuna start to view Yui as more than a pawn in their dysfunctional relationship. They only adopt her in hopes of spooking the other into breaking off their marriage, but they're both deeply impressed when Yui schools Yulier on the proper use of irony by pointing out that her boyfriend/guild leader falling into an obvious trap is less "ironic" and more "completely expected," and then suggests that the true irony of the situation is that his name is Thinker, "yet he appears to be something of a dullard."
Yulier: How dare you defile the good name of Thinker! He is the greatest, most intelligent man I have ever known!
Yui: Statistically speaking, that says more about you than it does about him.
Films — Animation
- Vanellope von Schweetz from Wreck-It Ralph. Among other things, she gets endless humor out of how the name Hero's Duty (the game where Ralph got his medal), sounds a lot like "Hero's Doodie."
Films — Live-Action
- Drew Barrymore's character in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is Gertie, Elliott's mischievous five-years-old sister. She makes several snarky remarks throughout the film that nobody remarks upon.
- 10-year-old Devon from Lawn Dogs. Snark is by far the most wholesome of her methods for dealing with the artificial, stuck-up, pretentious world she inhabits.
- Dani from Hocus Pocus. To begin with, the eight-year-old little sister of Max, the protagonist, comments on Max's crush on Allison and lack of sex-life in general. After Max lights the black-flame candle and all manner of visuals and sound effects occur:
Max: What happened?
Dani: A virgin [adjusts her witch's hat] lit the candle.
- Ironically, Shirley Temple becomes a bit of a Little Miss Snarker in the film Little Miss Marker, after hanging around the gangsters who've unofficially taken her in, after she was left with them by her suicidal father.
- "What did you get the medal for, wiping?"
- Penny Pingleton in the movie musical Hairspray develops tendencies toward this as part of her Character Development. Notably in this exchange with her black boyfriend's mother:
Motormouth Maybelle: Oh, so this is love? Well, love is a gift, not a lot of people remember that. So you'd better brace yourself for a whole lotta ugly comin' at you from a never-endin' parade of stupid.
Penny: So you met my mom.
- Jenny Wren in Dickens' Our Mutual Friend. She has a good reason for being so jaded, since her father's irresponsibility and severe alcoholism leave her, at the age of about thirteen, to be the responsible adult of the household.
- Ivy aka The Archive from The Dresden Files makes an attempt to snark on behalf of the incapacitated protagonist. He notes that she's not very good at it yet, but he gets choked up nonetheless.
- While her childish curiosity or perceived psychological instability are the character traits usually played up in adaptations, Alice could be surprisingly sarcastic and was never one to suffer fools gladly.
- Rachel from the Sword of Truth series. Has no problem calling out Chase when he complains about the poultice he's forced to apply by telling him that if he'd just listened to her in the first place, he probably wouldn't have been hurt by the Eldritch Abomination he was surprised by and he wouldn't have to take the burning medicine.
- Pippi Longstocking combines snarkiness with being a Genki Girl and Cloudcuckoolander. Her snarky moments are most frequent in the original books, but she has her moments in most of the adaptations as well.
- The littlest Whistlers don't show this, but twelve-year-old Blush has a very sardonic remark about seventeen-year-old Corelle in A Brother's Price.
- In Dragon Bones, Ciarra manages to come a across as this despite being mute. When asked about her brother by another woman, she rolls her eyes in a way that the other woman interprets as snarky remark about him - correctly, according to Ward, who is the one they're "talking" about.
- Skeeter Traps from Chronicles of Magic is a ten year-old girl whose sarcasm is rivaled only by her love of violence.
- Ishmael's younger sister Prudence in Don't Call Me Ishmael!. She is very intelligent ("nearly a genius") and often comments on the main characters' crazy antics, particularly Razza's. After Razza spectacularly botches a debate out of spite she sweetly comments that it was hard to tell which side he was arguing for.
- The Master Key: Rob's little sister, who openly insults his claim to have a flying machine, in front of their parents, and gets away with it. In 1901!
- Game of Thrones:
- Arya Stark often has witty and snarky one-liners.
- Lyanna Mormont the head of House Mormont at only ten years old and full of sass. For example, when Sansa and Jon implore her to join the Stark cause to overthrow the Boltons, she quips "Lady Sansa is a Bolton...or is she a Lannister?", referring to Sansa's numerous marriages.
- Modern Family: In episode "Fulgencio", Cameron and Mitchell wonder if Lilly is becoming sarcastic as a result of overhearing their snide remarks to each other. At the end it turns out she's picking it up from Claire, who drives her to dance classes.
- The little girl on Friends (played by Dakota Fanning) that lived in the house that Monica & Chandler were going to buy. She has an attitude about her parents moving out, and she snarks at thirty-something Joey who is more child-like and way less mature than her.
- Stargate Atlantis episode "Harmony", the heroine fulfills this trope because she is a Royal Brat.
- Doctor Who: Young Amelia Pond has her moments, both when she meets the Doctor as a child, and when we see flashbacks of her and Rory and Mels growing up.
- Full House:
- Stephanie Tanner is the snarkiest one in the family. She and Kimmy are frequently making off-handed jabs toward one another throughout most of the series.
- Baby Michelle and her sassy one-liners, especially when she grew up in later seasons.
- Megan on Drake & Josh is as snarky as she is evil.
- Boy Meets World: Cory's little sister Morgan was just The Cutie in season 1, when played by Lily Nicksay. But when she returns in season 3, played by Lindsay Ridgeway, she becomes a sarcastic character who often makes fun of her brothers, especially Cory.
- Zuri Ross from Jessie. She's known for her sassy and sometimes sarcastic comments, made especially funny by the fact that she's only a 7-year-old girl.
Mrs. Chesterfield: [upon seeing Mr. Kipling] You people have a vicious, cold-blooded reptile living in this building?
Zuri: Why not? You live here.
Jessie: Zuri, that's not nice.
Zuri: Hey, we were all thinking it.
- Little Mary in The Women has a fine time mocking the deceitful social conventions ladies like her mother are bound by.
- Etna from Disgaea. Despite being Really 700 Years Old, she appears and acts much younger than she is, as with most demons and angels. In her case, she has the look and personality of a fourteen-year old, and a lot of snarkiness to match, helped by the fact that her upbringing has made her Wise Beyond Her Years.
- Shiori Momono in 11eyes, a returnee from Italy who spends most of her time reading. The other part of her time is spent berating Tadashi. Everyone berates Tadashi, but she does it in a manner that hits him where it hurts.
- The Tales Series is rather fond of this trope in several of its entries;
- Anise from Tales of the Abyss. She's usually money grubby yet upbeat, but when she feels a need to be a snarker (prime examples appear in the direction of Luke just after the Wham Episode ), she does it in spades, being cruel every step of the way.
- Presea fills this role in Tales of Symphonia as well, when the situation requires it. Initially, she is just an Emotionless Girl , but after she gets better, she has a very distinct habit of dropping into a completely emotionless tone just to snark at whatever situation is calling for it.
- Tales of Zestiria brings us Edna, the Earth Seraph (spirits, basically) who, while being Really 700 Years Old , is by appearance alone the youngest member of the party... yet she's capable of guilt tripping Sorey within mere scenes of joining, briefly throws Alisha into an infinite loop, and other such things that give even the series king of snark Jade Curtiss a run for his money in snarky prowess.
- The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker: Tetra, how sensible of you to put Link down for being a Knight Templar Big Brother with Chronic Hero Syndrome on every given opportunity. Probably also the only Princess Zelda to ever point out to Ganondorf that an Evil Laugh doesn't exactly make you seem sane.
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Midna; though she isn't technically a little girl (she actually seems to be a young woman, or late teenager at the very least), she appears as a small and adorable imp for the majority of the game. She is snarky towards pretty much everything and everyone, though she mellows out as the game goes, due to taking a level in kindness.
- Kersti from Paper Mario: Sticker Star is like this, as is Starlow from Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story, especially when she returns in Mario & Luigi: Dream Team. Neither character's ages are known, but they look young, and are diminuitive. Both of them use snark to put up with some of the weird crap they see. Starlow in particular is snarky towards Luigi in Dream Team, though she mellows out slightly as the game goes.
- Shantotto is this in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. Technically she isn't a little girl, she's 35, but as a Tarutaru she's diminutive. And almost all of her battle quotes are insults, specially her greetings to the other characters:
Shantotto: [to Exdeath] Inside your head is the Void!
Shantotto: [to Cloud] Your hair is a distraction!
Shantotto: [to Kuja] Narcissists are so last Windsday!
- Viridi from Kid Icarus: Uprising. Sure, she's Really 700 Years Old due to being a goddess, but she has the mind and body of a little girl, and tons of quips at the ready.
- The Mists of Pandaria expansion to World of Warcraft brings us Li Li, the young and very snarky companion to Chen Stormstout.
- Nah from Fire Emblem Awakening. She's Older Than She Looks, but appears as a little girl due to being a Manakete, and is very snarky thanks to her mother's behavior and the fact that she comes from a Bad Future. Especially prominent in her supports with Cynthia:
Cynthia: So are you ready to transform for me yet or what?
Nah: Let me check... Nope. Still not going to do it.
- Homestuck has Rose Lalonde, whose every word is dripping with sarcasm, despite being just 13 years old. Her trollish counterpart, Kanaya Maryam, who is the same age, also becomes a massive snarker after getting to know her... despite being Sarcasm-Blind initially.
- Tycho's little niece Anne from Penny Arcade is a snarker.
Galahad: You're breaking up with me?
Anne: I just have a lot going on right now. With school, and, you know, zombies.
- Indx from L's Empire snarks a lot. Enough that her brother sent her a message from the future, telling her to cut down on it. It's probably a side effect of spending 1500 years in solitary.
- Atomic Puppet gives us Joey's sassy, clever best friend Pauline.
AP: Let us handle this!(Joey and AP move off-screen and are almost immediately blasted back in by their enemy)Pauline: Way to 'handle it', Puppet.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Sokka was originally the team's resident Deadpan Snarker, but twelve-year old Toph took over as soon as she was introduced, snarking away in almost every episode. The fact that her friends keep forgetting she's blind helps a bunch. Fourteen-year old Katara also her moments, thanks to her brother's antics.
- Ben 10: Gwen Tennyson in the original series snarks about all the failures and hangups of her cousin Ben, and also doesn't spare her uncle. Especially the latter's cooking skills are a welcome target.
- Darkwing Duck: Gosalyn. It helps that she's a tomboy, and that the titular hero is a total show-off with a massive ego.
- The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Mandy.
Mandy: Power tools in the dark? Darwin should be paying you two goons royalties.
- Hey Arnold!!: Helga, a nine-year-old girl with the dry wit of someone thrice her age.
- Invader Zim: Gaz, Dib's cynical, humorlessly sarcastic younger sister.
- Jackie Chan Adventures: There are a lot of Deadpan Snarkers, with one of the most frequent perpetrators being Jade Chan, the Street Smart preteen master user of loopholes.
Jade: [after Jackie accidentally causes their transport (a giant glider plane) to fly away] See? This is why we can't buy you anything nice.
- The Legend of Korra: Jinora has shown shades of this trope. Case in point: Tenzin demands that his children promise that they won't be as rebellious or annoying as Korra when they become teens. Jinora calmly looks over her book, point-blank says "I will make no such promises," and then goes back to reading.
- Jimmy Two-Shoes: Heloise most certainly qualifies.
Jimmy: Woah! You read my mind like a book!Heloise: A quick read, at best.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Scootaloo. This is purely out of cynicism rather than Only Sane Man status, though; of the Cutie Mark Crusaders, she's easily the least level-headed.
- The Powerpuff Girls: Buttercup has some funny snarky oneliners and sass along with it. For a kindergartner she's pretty snarky.
- Recess: Spinelli is the snarkiest out of the group, and she's a nine year old girl.
- Rugrats: Kimi Finster would eventually become Snarker in All Grown Up!, contradictory to her lovable self in the original series (with the exception of the newspaper comic strips), more less towards her brother, Chuckie Finster (and sometimes the other "Rats") on separate occasions.
- Daphne Blake was quite a bit more sarcastic and deadpan when she was younger.
- The Simpsons: Lisa Simpson. Her snark is her defence mechanism amidst her dysfunctional family. She's the smart one and educated one among the uncultured and the others are boorish or stupid (though her mother alternates between being like the others or a sophisticated, artistic woman).