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Offing the Mouth
"Still the same irritating quips. I'm going to relish in every moment of my silencing you."

Sometimes, it doesn't pay to be a Deadpan Snarker. People don't like people that mock them, and sometimes this results in said people killing the snarker. It can be the end result of being the victim of a long period of constant snarking, a slip of the tongue around somebody with a Hair-Trigger Temper, or just somebody having a bad day, but regardless, the snarker can and will end up dead because of his snarkitude — most often mid-sentence.

This usually happens with villains and their mooks, because the Big Bad is a Bad Boss, or between a Big Bad Ensemble, but it can sometimes happen with the more gritty Antiheroes, and is occasionally is Truth in Television, though in real life it usually takes a lot. One of the reasons that a villain might hate and try to kill the hero is because of this trope, though they rarely succeed.

If the snarker merely gets his ass kicked because of his snark, that is Not This Trope, unless the assailant was actively trying to kill the snarker. Intent to kill is what matters here. Success or failure to actually kill the snarker is irrelevant to this trope.

Subtrope of Offing The Annoyance. See Deadpan Snarker, who is most frequently the victim of this, with Snark-to-Snark Combat this trope can be the end result. Compare Do Not Taunt Cthulhu and Bullying a Dragon, which is when snarkers mock those it's pretty obvious they shouldn't, so these can sometimes overlap. Also compare to Killed to Uphold the Masquerade, which is another example of somebody being killed for (at least potentially) talking too much. This intersects with Rant Inducing Slight and Rage Breaking Point.


  • Digimon Tamers: Beelzebumon does this to Makuramon.
    Makuramon: What are you doing? If you continue this fight, not only will this domain of our gods be destroyed, but the whole world!
    Beelzebumon: Shut up...
    Makuramon: Foolish Chatsuramon... Why did he allow you to evolve?
    Beelzebumon: I said shut up! *Grabs Makuramon's head and crushes it*

Comic Books
  • Batman: The number of times that Gotham City mooks have been killed by their bosses precisely for this reason could fill up a page in and of itself.
  • Spider-Man, being a Deadpan Snarker extraordinare, invokes this trope deliberately when he fights his enemies, to make them so pissed off they don't notice whatever plan he's setting them up for.

  • In Goodfellas Tommy beats Billy Batts to death because Billy "breaks his balls" over being a former shoeshine boy. He also shoots Spider to death for being brave and/or stupid enough to tell him to go fuck himself even after Tommy had shot him in the foot for his own amusement. The other gangsters are still congratulating Spider on his nerve when he dies.
  • The James Bond movie, Licence to Kill: The drug kingpin Big Bad has an accountant as a helper that gets more and more snarky about the money loss that the typical Bond-brand Roaring Rampage of Revenge is giving them (Supervillain Lair-slash-drug lab blown up sky-high, Evil Minions killed, secret stolen MacGuffin military weapons that they were going to sell on the black market wasted on trying to kill Bond, etc.) as the movie goes on. The Big Bad eventually has had enough during the final action sequence, and with a proper Pre-Mortem One-Liner, shoots him dead with an Uzi.

  • It: Richie Tozier is a largely involuntary Deadpan Snarker who must mock others whenever he notices something he can mock people for, and this is the reason Henry Bowers is out to get him, and along with the others of the Losers, out to kill him.
  • In the Discworld novel Unseen Academicals, the intellectual but totally unstreetwise Orc Mr. Nutt gets this treatment from a gang of proto-football hooligans. His mistake was to try to engage them in debate on mob psychology and the sociopathology of overcrowded juvenile male rats. Nutt gets stabbed and left for dead by the gang.
  • It's mentioned in The Stormlight Archive that any noble can legally kill the King's Wit (essentially a professional Deadpan Snarker), but he who does so forfeits all his titles and lands.

Live-Action TV
  • In Community's second season Christmas Episode, "Abed's Uncontrollable Christmas," Planet Christmas has the "humbugs," a swarm of Christmas insects that devour anyone who's sarcastic. Jeff, who is incapable of not being snarky, is quickly eaten up by the bugs, leaving behind only a skeleton.

Video Games
  • In Fallout: New Vegas, you can sell companion Arcade Gannon into slavery as Caesar's personal physician and then arrange for him to die in the quest Et Tumor Brute. Should the Legion win at the Battle of Hoover Dam, Legate Lanius, Caesar's successor, gets tired of Arcade's witty remarks and has him crucified.
  • In the 'Banjo-Kazooie'' games, quite a few of the boss battles in the game happen because Kazooie is completely incapable of NOT snarking at everybody and everything, which tends to piss various monsters off so they try and kill the duo when they otherwise wouldn't.

Web Original
  • In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, this is why King Vegeta killed his messenger Butarega. There's a flashback scene that shows King Vegeta (Vegeta's father) getting a message. When the messenger gives a Mathematician's Answer to a question, King Vegeta promptly blasts the messenger, mumbling "Freakin' smartass" afterward.
    Butarega: King Vegeta, I have urgent news!
    King Vegeta: Speak, Butarega.
    Butarega: Bardock has gone absolutely mad, Sire!
    Bardock: FREEZA!!
    King Vegeta: What's all the commotion about?
    Butarega: He's been telling everyone that Freeza plans to destroy Vegeta!
    King Vegeta: Wait, my son, the planet, or me?
    Butarega: ...Yes.
    (Butarega is blasted by King Vegeta)
    King Vegeta: Freakin' smartass.

Real Life
  • Socrates called himself a "Social Gadfly" for precisely this reason. He'd say outrageous or taboo things simply to bring them into conversation, while knowing full well he was putting himself in danger by saying them and, like a gadfly, could be "swatted" at any time. Indeed, he was eventually executed on charges of "corrupting the youth" with his words.

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