Patience, Iago, patience. Gazeem was obviously less than worthy. Iago:
a big surprise! That's an incredible — I think I'm going to have a heart attack and DIE from not-surprise!
Snarkers come in all shapes and sizes. They can either have a deadpan reaction about everything
, act as a butler to another character while still snarking about it
, or not say a single word but still have a snarky reaction
Then there's the Obnoxious Snarker; a character with No Indoor Voice
who tends to have the opportunity to snark about everything around him. He can be either a Jerkass
or even a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
. The character may end up being a victim of Offing the Mouth
Compare with Little Miss Snarker
, Cats Are Snarkers
, First-Person Smartass
. Contrast with Deadpan Snarker
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Films — Animation
- Much of the humour in Dilbert when it isn't about management or work policies, is Dilbert bringing up sound logic as to why nothing anyone says makes any sense. This trait was expressed further in the TV Series as it was easier to convey sarcasm, which Dilbert had a lot of.
- A Kids in the Hall sketch had Dave as a man with a speech impediment that made him always sound like he was being sarcastic. Unfortunately, even trying to explain this made people think he was being obnoxiously sarcastic.
- Dr. Cox from Scrubs tends to favour this approach to sarcasm when he's reprimanding J.D. By contrast, his foil/nemesis Dr. Kelso is much more of a deadpan snarker. This ties into their roles in the series; Cox is correcting people (either because it's his job or to boost his ego), while Kelso simply enjoys mocking them.
- John Adams in 1776. He has two songs to complain about Congress, has No Indoor Voice and a small sense of restraint whenever he's irritated at someone. (Which is always.) He's also a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who is described, frequently, as "obnoxious and disliked."
- Some portrayals of Sonic the Hedgehog. He goes back and forth between this and Deadpan Snarker depending on the game/medium.
- Daxter from Jak and Daxter has has many, many... many snarky moments. He's a Non-Action Guy (most of the time), with a huge ego. He can't stop running his mouth which makes the other characters think of him as a nuisance. He's pretty capable of taking care of things though if he's given the opportunity, and he's very loyal to his friends.
- Gig from Soul Nomad & the World Eaters who's highly bitter, bored, and snarky, since he was trapped inside the main character's body after being sealed inside an enchanted sword for 200 years. He liberally throws around insults and sarcasm directed at you, your team-mates and the world in general whenever he's annoyed, smug, confrontational, or just plain bored (in other words, all of the time, except when he's offering exposition or being incredibly self-aggrandizing).
- Knights of the Old Republic:
- In the first game, Mission Vao does this when she's mouthing off.
- Atton Rand goes between obnoxious and deadpan depending on the situation.
- Final Fantasy:
- Final Fantasy IV: This is Edge's usual attitude. He's flippant towards the Wise Old Mentor, reminds everyone that Kain was a traitor, and insults Rosa and Rydia when they protest being told to Stay in the Kitchen.
- Final Fantasy V:
- Both Galuf and Faris do this, especially when they're arguing with each other.
- Exdeath is a villainous version, constantly mocking the party's efforts to stop him. Taken even further in the Dissidia Games, Exdeath's voice seems to be in mock mode 24/7, even when he's not taunting or mocking the heroes, his voice sounds like he's heavily restraining it.
- Final Fantasy VIII: Seifer towards his squad, Quistis, and eventually the whole party.
- Final Fantasy IX: Zidane goes between this and Deadpan Snarker quite often, particularly when dealing with Steiner.
- Most of the main characters in Red vs. Blue alternate sporadically between snark and ham, and would be better described as this.
- TOME: Kirbopher is a loud, and irritable Sour Supporter, and Lancer to The Hero. His obnoxious snarkiness shows the most when the Five-Man Band are fighting off griefers and hackers which he thinks is a waste of time. This character trait is actually based off of other people's impressions of the creator, Chris Niosi, who like to portray him as loud and angry all the time.
- The Order of the Stick
- Heroic Comedic Sociopath Belkar. He's not at all shy about insulting his teammates.
- Roy's father Eugene Greenhilt is also quite unsubtle with his sarcasms.
Eugene: Gosh, son, thanks so much for destroying Xykon for me. My spirit will rest easy now.
Roy: Shut up, Dad.
- Homestuck: Karkat is the Lampshade king with No Indoor Voice. Even when making a point to be kind his dialogue is almost entirely snark, abuse (only some self-), and epithets.
- Mr E.D. Rochester's pal Warren Danton from The Autobiography of Jane Eyre. Warren's very loud, sneering and mostly sarcastic. He's enjoys pranks and comes off as a bit off a jerk when he hosts the Thornfield Exports' Visual Arts festival rebranding event. For instance, see him in the episode "Hijacked" or "A New Age of Aluminium".
- Chris "Rowdy C" Moore of TV Trash comes off as this, due to his snarky reviewing style and No Indoor Voice.
- Flander's Company: Hippolyte Kurtzmann, the (evil) human resources manager (and retired supervillain), largely responds with scathing sarcasm to every one of the Super Zeroes he has to deal with. Though he can just as well tears up a new one (literally) to any having the bad idea of being Sarcasm-Blind.
- Brattus from Mr. Bogus will often shift between being this and a Deadpan Snarker.
- Urpgor of The Dreamstone is a psychotic egotist with No Indoor Voice. He also takes every opportunity to point out the idiocy of Sgt Blob and his minions. Blob himself has moments of this as a result of being a Drill Sergeant Nasty.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
- Used as a gag in one episode of The Simpsons. Marge has just reassured Homer that he's made people happy, despite the lack of credit he got for his work;
Owww look at me Marge, I'm making people Happy! I'm the magical man, from Happy Land, who lives in a gumdrop house on Lolly Pop Lane!
(slams the door behind him, then pokes his head back in
) Homer: By the way, I was being sarcastic! Marge:
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Master Shake, who yells most of his lines in a grating voice, is played this way sometimes.
- The Boondocks: Riley Freeman, a wild and defiant kid, is particularly obnoxious and snarky whenever he disagrees with the other characters. In contrast to the milder temperament of his brother Huey.
- Xiaolin Showdown: Raimundo's an especially loud and snarky contrarian. Some of the time it's because he doesn't think the team's plan will work.
- Aristotle the prairie dog from Adventures from the Book of Virtues is portrayed this way most of the time.
- Eddy from Ed, Edd n Eddy. Edd is more of a Deadpan Snarker or Gentleman Snarker.
- Louise from Bob's Burgers is this when she makes fun of Bob and the restaurant.
- Ratrap of Beast Wars. He pulls his own weight, and hauls his teammates out of the fire at points, but he's definitely a chronic complainer. There's a reason "Shut up, Rattrap" is said so often by so many.
- In She Ra Princess Of Power, this was essentially how Imp's dialogue went whenever he spoke directly to other Hordesmen. Perhaps most funnily used with Shadow Weaver in "Loo-Kee Lends a Hand."