"Don't roll your eyes at me; it's a good plan!"A combination of Deadpan Snarker and The Voiceless, The Speechless or The Unintelligible, the Silent Snarker is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. A character who does not speak, usually a sidekick, who is a lot more competent than his superior, who does things most Deadpan Snarkers would have a field day with. But since they cannot or don't speak, they communicate their snark through eyerolls, facepalms, furrowed brows and aside glances. These characters normally have very expressive faces to properly convey their silent exasperation. May overlap with The Silent Bob. If the character is The Unintelligible, this can sometimes overlap with Repeating so the Audience Can Hear. Compare and contrast with Deadpan Snarker, the vocal version of this trope. The Voiceless, The Speechless, and The Unintelligible characters only (Silent Bobs are exceptions). If they can talk, or at least talk frequently, they don't count for this trope.
— Dr. Doofenshmirtz (to Perry the Platypus), Phineas and Ferb
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Anime & Manga
- Ash's Pikachu in the earlier seasons of Pokémon.
- Throughout the entire run of the show, Ash always had at least one Pokemon with a snark/attitude streak, such as Treecko and Buizel, though not just Ash's Pokemon, Dawn's Piplup was quite cheeky as well.
- Odie from Garfield, every once in a while. Garfield himself is an odd case of us actually seeing what the Silent Snarker is thinking. If we couldn't read his thoughts, he would count for this. This is explored with the Silent Garfield experiment, which removes his dialogue but leaves him in the panel, still making his grins and aside glances.
- Peanuts: Snoopy, technically. We can read his thoughts, but he comes off as this to the kids in-universe, rolling his eyes and expressing derision through animal sounds. Sometimes his thoughts aren't even shown, and we're left to guess.
Snoopy: My mind reels with sarcastic replies!
- Yin And Yang Series: Romama, who lost his voice after years of not talking due to being in Kezanstav's mind control. He got better.
Films — Animation
- Gromit from Wallace & Gromit is the long-suffering master of this trope and the Trope Codifier. Gromit's silent snarking is so effective that back when A Grand Day Out was in production, he was originally supposed to talk, but a scene where he reacts silently to Wallace stood out so much to the creators that they made him permanently silent. In the "Cheese Lover's Yearbook" (their diary) Gromit leaves tiny, neatly typewritten notes for his snark. Really impressive when you think about the fact that Gromit has no mouth or other movable features — other than some body language, he does almost all his emoting with his brow. And the audience still knows exactly how he feels at any given moment.
- Also from Aardman is Bobo the Chimp from The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!, who speaks entirely with cue cards.
- Several of the animal sidekicks from Disney movies.
- WALL•E: Eve has enough "furrowed brows" and annoyed groans to count.
- How to Train Your Dragon: Toothless picks up some of Hiccup's snarkiness.
- Remy from Ratatouille, when he's around humans.
- Tinkerbell from Peter Pan, before she became Suddenly Voiced in the sequels.
- Pangur Ban in The Secret of Kells is a borderline example: as an ordinary cat, she doesn't understand the greater significance of most things that happen to her, and will therefore react with expressions of annoyance, indignation or plain puzzlement that are great for puncturing otherwise dramatic moments.
- Pascal the chameleon in Tangled. Maximus the horse as well.
- Another horse who fits this trope is Khan, Mulan's black and white stallion.
- From Despicable Me, we have Kyle, Gru's dog-thing being The Speechless variation of this trope, while a few of The Minions fit The Unintelligible variation.
- Jojo from Horton Hears a Who!, up until he begins talking again.
- Melvin, The Once-ler's mule from The Lorax.
- The Sandman from Rise of the Guardians, assisted by pictures drawn with dream sand.
- Te Fiti from Moana, is The Voiceless, but the magnificently unimpressed look when Maui attempts to casually greet her speaks volumes.
Films — Live-Action
- Characters written for Harpo Marx were Silent Snarkers whenever they weren't busy clowning around.
- Star Wars
- Based on C-3PO's reactions to some of the things he says, if his speech were translated, R2-D2 would be a definite Deadpan Snarker who speaks in robot noises.
- Chewbacca as well, if you pay attention to how people react to what he says he's probably one of the most sarcastic characters in the franchise.
- In Return of the Jedi, when Lando Calrissian has ownership of the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca's role is filled by the monkey-faced alien Nien Nunb, and Lando bilingually bickers with him in much the way Han Solo did with Chewie.
- Burt Lancaster had a childhood friend, Nick Cravat, who appeared in several of Lancaster's movies. Cravat was never able to get rid of his thick Brooklyn accent, so he communicated — and often snarked — by mime in any movie where the accent would be inappropriate. He gets the last "word" in The Crimson Pirate, for instance.
- Cosmic Creepers the cat in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, notably in the scene where Ms. Price is trying to fly.
- Kharis, the title mummy in The Mummy's Hand, cannot speak, but makes his increasing aggravation at the stupidity of his master all too obvious. This is even more apparent in the sequel, where the best scene is Lon Chaney — using only body language — expressing Kharis's sheer incredulity at his master doing the same thing that got the last one killed. (And in the third film, Kharis kills the villain when he starts on the same plan as the last guys!)
- In The Brothers Bloom (a movie filled with Deadpan Snarkers), Bang-Bang manages to be the snarkiest, smart-aleckiest, most sarcastic character, despite having only three words of dialog in the entire film. Not three lines... three words.
- Snake Eyes from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, on occasion.
- Scotty's alien buddy Keenser in the rebooted Star Trek films has only said one word in two movies ("me"). In Star Trek Into Darkness, he manages to win an argument with Scotty despite not saying a word.
- Very often, when John Godfrey Saxe's poem ""The Blind Men and the Elephant" is printed with illustrations, the elephant itself is rolling its eyes, as if to say, "These six stupid humans have no clue." (As it should think.)
- Mouse, from The Dresden Files. Crosses over with Even the Dog Is Ashamed frequently.
- Jane Austen's Mansfield Park includes a brief appearance by a Silent Servile Snarker:
Baddeley: (to Fanny, whose suitor has come to discuss things with her and her uncle) Sir Thomas wishes to speak with you, ma'am, in his own room.
Mrs. Norris: Stay, stay, Fanny! What are you about? Where are you going? Don't be in such a hurry. Depend upon it, it is not you who are wanted; depend upon it, it is me, but you are so very eager to put yourself forward. What should Sir Thomas want you for? It is me, Baddeley, you mean; I am coming this moment. You mean me, Baddeley, I am sure; Sir Thomas wants me, not Miss Price.
But Baddeley was stout. "No, ma'am, it is Miss Price; I am certain of it's being Miss Price." And there was a half-smile with the words, which meant, "I do not think you would answer the purpose at all."
- The Reynard Cycle: Pierrot, Nobel's fool, becomes one after Tybalt cuts out his tongue. He's able to have arguments with Arlequin without saying a word.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- Ilyn Payne, a headsman who had his tongue removed, is silently mocking of Jaime Lannister during their private, one-sided conversations, "laughing" at Jaime's monologues openly. Openly snarking about Mad King Aerys is what got his tongue removed in the first place.
- Theon's receives a mute squire called Wex, who frequently smirks when Theon is doing something foolish.
- In Hungry as a Wolf, Wolf's demon horse Lucifer is this. The stallion is definitely more intelligent than most horses, but does not speak, playing off Wolf with ear twitches and snarky looks.
- Teller of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!. He is also this in the eponymous act as well.
- Diefenbaker from Due South is treated as one of these thanks to the various reaction shots from his human co-stars.
- Glee has Brad the Silent Pianist.
- Top Gear: The Stig sometimes takes this role, especially alongside Clarkson.
- Paul, Chef Rudy's main assistant on Mom, hasn't said a word so far but says more with a single expression than most characters can with pages of dialogue.
- Mr Wrench, the deaf hitman on Fargo, has to communicate his exasperation with the people around him through either ASL or facial expressions.
- Lurch from The Addams Family plays the role of Servile Snarker using only facial expressions and monstrous groans.
- Link on occasion, suprisingly enough. Most notable in The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. In The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker as well. Link's dialogue options can also have a fair share of snark. It's all in the facial expressions.◊ Toon Link ends up being a frequent target of screencaps in Super Smash Bros. Brawl because of how funny these can get.
- Apparently Chell is this in Portal. She does have the ability to talk, and was initially supposed to say one word at one point in development, but doesn't in either game (heck, when you see her interview sheets in the midquel official comic, all it says is "Subject refused to answer.") As one of the writers put it, she chooses not to because the robots she interacts with at Aperture Science "are dicks."
"But you don't listen, do you? Quiet. All the time. Quietly not listening to a word I say. Judging me. Silently. The worst kind."
- Reinforced by Wheatly in the final battle:
- Classic Sonic, who was retconned into being a Heroic Mime for Sonic Generations, would glare towards the camera and impatiently tap his foot as his Idle Animation in the classic trilogy. As for Generations itself, when Amy fangirls about how Sonic is "getting younger every day", his expression says more than words can hope to.
- Wonder of wonders, Freddy Krueger is turned into one in his cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat, aside from the occasional Evil Laugh.
- Sis from Alpha Protocol is mute (and cute), but makes it clear through some expressive body-language that 1) she is in command of her squad and 2) you are all imbeciles. She's armed with a glare that could strip paint along with her twin revolvers.
- The Silent Protagonist of Zettai Hero Project says volumes with a single Sweat Drop.
- Golden Sun
Garet: Do you know what that is, Isaac?
- Golden Sun: Dark Dawn has a mechanic where Matthew can choose emotional cues to display during certain cutscenes. Other characters will then respond to Matthew for a line or two before carrying on regardless. Some scenes, and the potential emotions/reactions involved, suggest that Matthew can display a lot of sass and even schadenfreude without ever saying a word.
- In the first game, set thirty years prior, answering "yes" to Garet's inquiry about The Wise One reveals that Matthew got this from his father.
Garet: I know it's a rock, stupid!
- In DOOM, the Doom Slayer never speaks a word. But starting with a meaningful glance towards a brutalized corpse during Samuel Hayden's initial speech about how everything the UAC did was for the good of mankind, he manages to demonstrate silent contempt for everything Hayden has to say.
- Shizune Hakamichi is the Visual Novel Katawa Shoujo is deaf and mute and communicates primarily through Japanese Sign Language. She also has a very dry and cutting wit that becomes all the more obvious in her route when Hisao learns JSL himself and he (and the player) can understand her without relying on Misha.
- PomPom and The Cheat from Homestar Runner.
- Klik from Goblins shows this on occasion.
- In The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, the title heroine (a pastiche of Wonder Woman) tries briefly to be one. (However, her abysmal sense of humor, coupled to her unintelligible writing make her attempts laughable at best).
- Mr. Fluffycuddles from Samurai Princess, the non-verbal raccoon companion of Nicholas.
- Feral from Strays.
- Dietzel from Wapsi Square owes something to Gromit.
- The raccoon from StupidFox.
- Marcie from Dumbing of Age provides sarcastic commentary (usually on her friend Sal) through sign language.
- Before he reveals he can actually speak, Anpu of Godslave can well express his opinion of Edith's fighting "prowess" through expressions alone.
- Based on Miranda's reactions, Arizona fills the role of snarky sidekick quite well in The Wotch despite being a bird (and not of the Talking Animal variety). A magical creature, mind you, so a fully sentient bird, but still a silent one.
- Big Box Model from The Big Box.
- Worm has Mannequin of the Slaughterhouse Nine, a serial killer who has rebuilt himself to remove anything that is unnecessary for being a more effective killing machine, including everything related to talking. Instead, he communicates by making gestures, which often leads to dark humor as his every move somehow manages to come off as mocking, even when he's chastising a supervillain for trying to save civilian lives with a waggle of one finger.
- Jayuzumi is a variation. He is presumably capable of speech himself, but chooses not to talk personally in his videos, since that would ruin the premise. Instead, he snarks at various other gamers with soundboard clips of various characters, such as Homer Simpson, Peter Griffin or Jay.
- Phineas and Ferb
- Perry the Platypus could probably give Gromit a run for his money in this, silent snarking in regards to his nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and his allies Major Monogram and Carl the Intern. He also at one point mocked Candace behind her back.
- Ferb could count since he rarely talks, and spends more time rolling his eyes at the stupidity of his peers (Word of God is that he was partially inspired by Gromit).
- Spot from Hong Kong Phooey. He only ever makes annoyed sighs as he's bailing Phooey's dumb ass out of trouble.
- Gary from SpongeBob SquarePants, who meows snark to his master.
- The Simpsons: Maggie Simpson
- Chowder: Shnitzel. "Radda radda."
- Ruby Gloom: Doom Kitty
- Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar sort of fits, as he is (usually) The Unintelligible. Although oftentimes his snarks are the only intelligible things he says.
Private: That won't be necessary. Private LIKES big.
Rico: Oh boy.
- Snoopy from Peanuts combines this with Large Ham. He doesn't just snark Charlie Brown, he gets angry, yells and throws books at him. This only applies to the animated specials, where Snoopy is silent (most of the time).
- Looney Tunes:
- Wile E. Coyote (at least, during the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons; he's Suddenly Voiced in his shorts with Bugs Bunny). Have you read the things on his signs?
- Road Runner is similar, but with an amused smile and equally snarky signs.
[after Coyote tries to tar and feather Road Runner] "Road Runners already have feathers!"
- On My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Fluttershy's pet bunny Angel is like this sometimes, as is Rarity's cat Opalescence. Opal is especially silent-snarky in "Sweet and Elite", since she can only communicate with meows and facial expressions and is constantly having to deal with the ridiculous ramblings of an owner with a messed-up sense of priorities.
- Likewise, Twilight's pet owl, Owlowicious, is eloquent at expressing his opinion of Spike's antics with nothing but a few hoots and limited facial expressions.
- The original My Little Pony and Friends series had Moochick's assistant Habbit the Rabbit.
- Soundwave of Transformers Prime. It should be noted that he pulls it off despite not having a face.
- Horace the ferret from My Gym Partner's a Monkey.
- Azrael in The Smurfs snarks in meows.
- Garu from Pucca.
- Porkchop from Doug snarks in barks. That's right, he's a deadpan barker.
- Data Seven from Cyber Six is an android panther who was rebuilt from the body of a destroyed android human, and despite the fact that he can't talk, he still has his human mind and does give snarky looks from time to time.
- Kaeloo: Quack Quack the duck, who can only speak in quacks, usually uses facial expressions or gestures to indicate snarkiness.
- Babies. Before they learn how to talk, they're capable of giving some very withering looks, particularly if you're trying to make them laugh.
- Deaf people can often communicate snark through sign language. And some elements of sign language seem to be born from snark. For example, in ASL, one sign for "idiot" or "stupid" is hitting your forehead with a fist, similar to facepalming. Since body language, gesturing, and facial expression are a major part of sign language, the Deaf are extremely adept at expressing snark without the use of a single proper sign. They often do it using facial expression alone!
- Some dogs.
- Birds of prey, especially owls (due to their Big Ol' Eyebrows).