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->''"When I volunteered for this mission, I never thought I'd end up playing straight man to a tin can."''
-->-- Lt. Pizer regarding [[TinCanRobot V.I.N.CENT.]], ''Film/TheBlackHole''

You'd be amazed what being small and cute will let you get away with.

He may be a sassy little beast with a [[HiddenHeartofGold heart of gold]] who gripes about the dangers of accompanying the hero, but ultimately follows him or her out of loyalty. Or he may be a [[ComedicSociopathy sociopath]] who mocks the idealistic rest of the cast and the villains alike, always getting the last word. His popularity ranges from TheScrappy to fan favourite in the same fandom. Every second webcomic has one, because nothing screams nerd-humor quite like having a token little mascot that swears like a sailor and/or brings hookers to your place when you're absent for the night.

For some reason it's often a "he," even when it's hard to understand what about his physique qualifies him as male.

Cuteness is common, not a certainty.

[[CatsAreSnarkers Cats and/or vaguely cat-like things are common]] as are [[TalkingApplianceSidekick toasters, for some reason]].

If their style of snarkiness involves [[PungeonMaster a lot of puns]], they may well be [[{{Pun}} Pun Fursonified]].

See also TheImp, WeaselMascot, NonHumanSidekick and SmallAnnoyingCreature. Contrast with TheSnarkKnight, the close human equivalent.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mao from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' seems to fit. He's a human trapped in a cat's body and is snarky toward both Hei and Huang. He's also at least technically a sociopath (since Contractors are all supposed to suffer from LackOfEmpathy). He becomes an even better example later on [[spoiler: when he ends up in the body of a RidiculouslyCuteCritter in the second season, which increases the contrast between his body and his personality]].
* Amanojaku of ''Anime/GhostStories'' is a definite example.
* Chamo from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', the DirtyOldMan ermine (technically an "ermine cat elf fairy"). He's quite eager to get the hero Negi as much tail as possible. He likes to comment on all the fetish appeal and {{Fanservice}} that tends to go on around them.
* Nyanko Sensei/Madara from ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends''. His most frequent form is of a clay fortune cat figurine, but he transforms into something considerably more Falkor-esque.
* [[SpellBook Marchosias]] from ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' is this to [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Margery]], with NoIndoorVoice. Frequent target of a DopeSlap from Margery herself as he continues to [[TheHyena crack jokes]] at her expense.
* Shadow from ''Anime/SpiderRiders'' naturally.

* Hobbes from ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''.
* The Darklings in ''ComicBook/TheDarkness''.
* Dogbert from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', except for the "sidekick" part. He still lives with Dilbert, but he hasn't really been a pet in any sense since the earliest days of the strip.
* The Caged Demonwolf of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}''. Of the SesquipedalianLoquaciousness, EldritchAbomination, SealedEvilInACan with AddedAlliterativeAppeal variety.
* The title character himself from ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', while not a sidekick (but rather the main star of the comic strip), otherwise certainly fits the description. Probably one of the oldest examples of this trope.
* Traditionally Salem from ''ComicBook/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' was a normal, mute cat {{familiar}} however thanks to the LiveActionAdaptation he became one of these.
* The comic strip ''Firkin'' from UK soft-porn mag ''Fiesta'' is actually [[SecondaryCharacterTitle named for the protagonist Nev's cat]] who serves this purpose in the strip.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Diego in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', although it's more "snarky predator sidekick", and Manfred himself is rather snarky.
* Jiji the cat in ''Anime/KikisDeliveryService''.
* Iago from ''Disney/Aladdin" serves as a snarky sidekick to Jafar, then Aladdin, and finally Cassim. He shifts alliances because [[NiceMeanAndInbetween Jafar is too mean and Aladdin too nice, Cassim is in-between.]]
* Zazu from ''Disney/TheLionKing'', who is definitely snarky to [[MouthyKid Simba]] although respectful to King Mufasa (in both terms of duty and friendship). Although the entire cast of the film is non-human, Zazu qualifies by virtue of being a different species from the other characters.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Even though we can't directly understand anything they say, R2-D2 and Chewbacca both fill this role in the ''StarWars'' universe. Statement: In the same universe, [[KnightsOfTheOldRepublic HK-47]] can be understood and fulfills this role far superiorly to any meatbag.
* If you thought ''Film/SupermanReturns'' was bad, you obviously have not heard Creator/KevinSmith's story about the proposed ''Superman Reborn/Superman Lives'' film that was in development hell for decades and eventually became ''Superman Returns''. Quite aside from ideas like Sean Penn as Clark, Superman fighting a giant spider, and Superman not flying and not wearing the suit, producer Jon Peters wanted to give ComicBook/{{Brainiac}}, the coldhearted AI, a snarky robotic sidekick -- a "little gay R2-D2". Said robot was actually the SnarkyNonHumanSidekick of Lord Manga Khan in ''Comicbook/JusticeLeagueInternational'', who went on to have a HeelFaceTurn and become a member of the League. At least it wasn't [[http://dc.wikia.com/wiki/Koko_(Earth-One) Koko the Space Monkey]].
* Cactus Jack's horse Whiskey in ''Film/TheVillain'', who also qualifies for a listing here without ever talking.
* Franchise/{{Tron}}, Bits (and their upgraded counterparts in the [[VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh video game canon]], Bytes) are {{LivingPolyhedron}}s kept as pets by the Programs and tend to be ''astonishingly'' sarcastic. Bit from the first film manages to get plenty of snarky mileage out of "YES" and "NO," Byte has a full vocabulary to insult anything in range.
* Rocket Raccoon in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' probably qualifies, although the "snarky" part [[WorldOfSnark doesn't exactly stand out]].

* While droids in [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]' ''Literature/TheCulture'' aren't at a HK-47 level of sociopathy, they are all DeadpanSnarker types who can be quite casual about using sentient knife-missiles against their enemies.
** ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'': At least one of them seems to get [[AxCrazy waaaaay too much satisfaction]] when he gets an excuse to chop up some bandits into LudicrousGibs.
** ''Literature/SurfaceDetail'' has a particularly snarky and sociopathic ship's Avatar -- it says something that, given the propensity of Minds to fit this trope, that even his fellows consider him nuts.
* Loiosh, Vlad's familiar in Steven Brust's ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, although Vlad's equally snarky.
* Ozymandias, from Creator/SimonRGreen's ''Literature/{{Deathstalker}}'' series. Also by the same author, Prince Rupert's talking {{unicorn}} in ''Literature/BlueMoonRising''.
* Mogget from Creator/GarthNix's ''Literature/OldKingdom'' Trilogy is a little white fluffy cat who spends most of his time sleeping and [[DeadpanSnarker making unkind remarks]]. Except [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge when]] his SuperPoweredEvilSide kicks in, that is.
* ''Literature/ThePolity'' has a definite debt to ''Literature/TheCulture'', as is seen in its own snarky artificial intelligences. ''The Skinner'' also has a snarky HiveMind of sapient wasps.
* Bob the Skull from ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. He's not really a skull, he's just anchored to it. He's actually a [[MagicalComputer supernatural library of the laws of magic]] that constantly evolves as the laws of reality do. He's also a [[DirtyOldMan complete lech]], a DeadpanSnarker to rival Harry, and something of a LovableCoward. He also has a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold conscience]] under there, [[TrueNeutral on occasion.]] Of course, [[SuperpoweredEvilSide other]] [[AGodAmI times]], he's [[NightmareFuel less so]]. As of ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', it seems [[BigFriendlyDog Mouse]] is as well -- and though [[CatsAreSnarkers Mister]] can't (or at least has yet to be able to) talk, he managed to snark pretty well himself, too. He must have taught Mouse about the virtues of threatening to 'literally tear (character's) ass off'.
* Bartimaeus from ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' could be called this. He does take over from the main character a lot of the time (Nathaniel would've died in the first book without him) but he is, technically, the sidekick and he has the snarky part down pat.
* Xemerius the gargoyle is this to Gwyneth in ''Literature/TheRubyRedTrilogy''.
* Rix is this to Lorelei in ''Literature/{{Eludoran}}''

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Despite being a normal non-speaking animal, due to clever scripts, good comic-acting, and cinematography tricks, Fraser's pet wolf in ''Series/DueSouth'' manages to be one of these. That sarcasm comes across so naturally from a silent animal is indeed a triumph.
* ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' has Salem, a powerful warlock who was turned into a cat as punishment and by far the funniest character on the show.
* ''Victorious'' has Rex, Robbie's puppet sidekick.
* ''Series/SpecialUnit2'' has Carl the gnome who is a kleptomaniac pervert. He may be a pervert, but he knows more about romance than O'Malley. As he puts it, "gnomes need love too".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Daxter from ''Franchise/JakAndDaxter'', an "[[MixAndMatchCritter ottsel]]" who is ridiculously snarky, as well as a very, very LargeHam. History's smallest, fuzziest large ham, but in a good way.
* In a similar vein, RobotBuddy Clank of ''VideoGame/RatchetAndClank'', though Clank is the thoughtful member of the duo rather than a LargeHam.
** "Mr. Zurkon is not here to satisfy your pathetic need for comic relief. Mr. Zurkon is only here to kill you."
* No one can forget Morte the flying skull from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''.
* Sulpher, a cat, from ''VideoGame/ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'', as opposed to his owner, an ExtremeDoormat.
* Gouto-douji from ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei : [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsTheSoullessArmy Devil]] [[VideoGame/RaidouKuzunohaVsKingAbaddon Summoner]].''
* Grimoire Weiss, a magical talking book from ''VideoGame/{{NieR}}'' always has something to snark about during battle. It doesn't help that it's never really clear just whose side he's on.
** In the English Dub, this is compounded as he is played by Creator/LiamOBrien in full [[VideoGame/ValkyrieProfile Lezard Valeth]] mode. If you didn't expect to have to fight Weiss at some point, you weren't paying attention. [[spoiler:However, this never happens, and Nier and Weiss become something more like VitriolicBestBuds.]]
* ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'': Banjo might be a bear, but he's much more anthropomorphic than his snarky bird companion, Kazooie. She is a rare female example.
* [[VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar Nall]] and [[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Ruby]] from ''VideoGame/{{Lunar}}'' are adorable baby dragons that could get very snarky, [[{{Woolseyism}} especially in the localizations]]. Nall favors sarcastic quips while Ruby is a bit harsher and more direct with her remarks.
* Captain Smiley from ''VideoGame/ComicJumperTheAdventuresOfCaptainSmiley'' has a talking star on his costume named, well...Star, who spends most of his time making cracks about just about anything...Smiley, Gerda, Smiley's enemies, himself, Smiley again. The only character safe from Star's sharp tongue is Smiley's muscle-headed nemesis Brad.
* Centurion [[strike:Tenebie]] Tenebrae from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'', an ancient guardian spirit of darkness that...kind of looks like a doggie, at least according to [[TheDitz Colette]].
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' we have Midna, also qualifying as TheImp and ExpositionFairy as well.
** Tatl, from ''[[Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask Majora's Mask]]'', qualifies as both this trope and ExpositionFairy as well.
* The {{Interactive Fiction}} game ''A Day in the Life of a Super Hero'' features Smelly the parrot. In his own words, "I'm your comedy sidekick, meaning I'm handy for crapping at inopportune moments and making inappropriate comments but damn all use aside from that."
* While the entire cast of ''VideoGame/{{Primordia}}'' consists of robots rather than humans, Crispin fits this trope, being a floating [[RunningGag armless]] 'bot who follows around the humanoid protagonist Horatio. His snarkiness comes from being a homage to [[VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment Morte]].
** The game hangs a lampshade on the trope on a few occasions, most notably when the duo meets Armstrong the bartender:
-->'''Crispin:''' Boss, I ''need'' that arm!\\
'''Horatio:''' Crispin, it appears to be a self-aware robot.\\
'''Crispin:''' Now I need it even more. Can you imagine? "The Adventures of Crispin and His Arm"! For once, ''I'' would have a sidekick! He would crack jokes, and I would say lame things, like: "It appears to be a self-aware robot." Actually... On second thought? You can be the serious one, I'll be the sidekick.
* Rose, the cat familiar in ''VideoGame/RivieraThePromisedLand'' serves as a resident DeadpanSnarker ''and'' a ButtMonkey of the team.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck has his moments in the ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' series. One example is when the party enter [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Agrabah]] in [[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII the third game]], with Sora and WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} speaking on if [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse King Mickey]] is with Aladdin; Donald responds with "Keep dreaming, you two".
* ''VideoGame/DustAnElysianTail'' has no humans to start with, but Fidget is less humanoid than the other characters and FunSize to boot. She's the source of most of the game's humor, though she tends to be the ''subject'' of snark almost as often as not.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The Cheat from ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner''. Also TheUnintelligible, so usually incapable of ''verbal'' snark. That's okay, Strong Bad has more than enough snark to go around. Somewhat ironic when you consider that physically Strong Bad is probably the most humanoid character in the cast.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Burble from ''[[http://brokenspacecomic.com Broken Space]]'' is a short, surly alien with a needlessly large rifle.
* Brilight from ''[[http://thebeastlegion.com The Beast Legion]]''
* Myhrad the drageling (young dragon) from ''[[http://www.fantasycomic.com/ Chasing The Sunset]]'' is such an articulate pessimist he could give Marvin a run for his money. And he's absolute adorable to boot.
* Ezekiel (Zeke), the X-box robot of ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel''.
* Subverted in ''Cwen's Quest'', where the Snarky Non-Human Sidekick is female, well behaved and generally well-adjusted. [[http://www.drunkduck.com/Cwens_Quest/index.php?p=395293 Of course this doesn't stop her from snarking]].
* Spark, a cat, from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan''. One of the least snarky examples on this page. Mostly he's here [[HurricaneOfPuns for the puns]].
* [[CatsAreMean Ellis]] from ''Webcomic/ErrantStory''. He's not the only one, though. He fits in with the other characters who all are snarky and bordering on sociopathic. Paedagogusi (or if you prefer, "moth with tits") Chicanery has this going for her too, although the "sidekick" part of the meme is several thousand years in the past by story time.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has Krosp, Agatha's cat(king!).
-->'''Krosp:''' Is this one of those situations that involves "ethics"? 'Cause I'm a ''cat'', you know. I've never been very ''good'' at those.
* ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' has [=McPedro=] the Talking Cactus.
* Reynardine from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is a dangerous demon, possessing a cuddle toy and [[TheKidWithTheLeash kept in check]] by Antimony. It is worth noting that Reynardine can shift into a large, dignified-looking white wolf form, and is not nearly as snarky or foul-mouthed. His snark is apparently dependent on his mascot status, and there is some serious confusion regarding what he actually thinks about others (at least, anyone he doesn't regard with snarky apathy).
* Although she fits the qualification of being the resident NonHumanSidekick-in-a-Webcomic, Molly the Monster in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' is innocent and naive rather than snarky -- but she is nonetheless a source of much comic relief. And she certainly takes the cuteness option.
* Artie from ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' (a superintelligent talking gerbil) was originally presented as this, but became more developed as the story went on.
-->'''Artie:''' I'm I fuzzy little animal who talks too much! I'm ''comic relief!''\\
'''Zeta:''' Congrats. You got promoted.
** He's also the most idealistic, kind, and trusting member of the cast, [[VillainProtagonist the rest of which is explicitly evil.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''
** Belkar, being a halfling, is small and snarky. He's also ChaoticEvil.
** The ever-present Demon-Roaches also do a pretty good job, on Xykon's side of things.
* Div from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' could count as this, although he's much too minor a character to really count as a sidekick.
* Skull from ''Webcomic/{{PvP}}''.
* Pintsize, Momo, and Winslow from ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', '''especially''' Pintsize.
* Howard in ''Webcomic/RPGWorld'', a pastiche of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI Mog]] who had roughly the same role.
* Ennesby in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', with eponymous sociopathic (and sometime [[ImAHumanitarian humanitarian]]) amorph Schlock himself in second place.
* Nick Zerhakker from ''Webcomic/SkinHorse''. He does have a human brain, but two out of three ain't bad. As a military combat helicopter (albeit unarmed) he is also the biggest member of the cast until Gavotte starts swarming. His snark is somewhat hampered by the speech synth censoring his swearing.
* Bun-Bun from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' might be the Ur-Example, at least in terms of webcomics.
* Choo-Choo Bear from ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. To be fair, he is only snarky in the rare moments when he is given a voice, none of which definitively take place.
** Creator Randy Milholland's own comic ego has a mascot in [[RefugeInAudacity Rippy the Razor]], who is himself occasionally shadowed by [[GrotesqueCute Fluffmodeus]] and the Misery Monkey.
* ''Webcomic/WalkyVerse'': ''Shortpacked!'''s Ultra-Car has moved in this direction since his origins. He's just not very good at snarking.
* Robot the robot from ''Webcomic/{{Zap}}''
* Mr. Stinky from ''[[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com Flying Man and Friends]]'' is sort of an aversion: though he seems to be sociopathic and often serves as a punchline, you never actually hear what he "says". He did [[http://www.flyingmanandfriends.com/?p=163 write a note]] once, though.
* [[OverlyLongName Sir Percival Throckmorton Scruffs Esq, Eigth Viscount of Lower Hemmingwedge-on-the-Fritz]], the rat sidekick from ''Webcomic/{{Guttersnipe}}'' is more pompous than snarky but still fits the trope.
* Fuzzy from ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'' started out as this, until eventually evolving into a more dramatic figure with equal billing with Sam as CerebusSyndrome took hold.
* Effex and Aihok, the [[OurFairiesAreDifferent fairies]] in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace'', aren't exactly sociopathic, although they do work with a woman who wants to TakeOverTheWorld. They just don't have much idea of consequences. They're more snarky (and even less sociopathic) in the modern arc, where they're [[ShowWithinAShow fictional]] aliens.
* Subverted and {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'' with [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=67 Aibo]], Mia's robotic guide dog.
* Jeff from ''Webcomic/{{Fathead}}''.
* Asimov from ''Webcomic/{{Marooned}}'' communicates purely in snark.
* ''Webcomic/{{AGirlAndHerFed}}'' gives us Speedy, resident genius sex-obsessed koala, whose whole purpose in life seems to be populating the world with his koala descendants and delivering snarky insults.

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/ManateeGirlTheMovie'' has Baby Manatee, a DeadpanSnarker manatee HandPuppet fond of making fun of the absurdity around him.
* In their video "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfQbM4SBzfc Top 10 Mascots in Anime]]", Anime America creates a mascot for themselves: Tsumi, a mostly white vulpine creature who looks cute but to Robyn's disdain, has quite the snarky attitude.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Iago in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'' definitely qualifies, especially after his HeelFaceTurn in the sequels and television series.
* Falina from ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingFeatsOfYoungHercules'' is a wisecracking sable who accompanies Hercules on his journey. Although [[spoiler:she was originally a human princess who was transformed as punishment by the vindictive goddess Hera; by the end she is changed back]].
* Roger the alien on ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''.
** Klaus the fish also has his moments.
* Porkchop, Doug's dog from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}''. While Porkchop can't speak, his expressions and body movements can show his snarkiness at times. Especially when his owner starts drifting into {{Cloudcuckoolander}} territory.
* Azrael from ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs" because CatsAreSnarkers.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Bender is a robotic sidekick who indulges in vices from gambling to strippers and often remarks upon "his" desire to kill his friends.
** Kif Kroker vents his frustrated annoyance with his superior Zapp Brannigan with a steady stream of sarcasm.
* Custard becomes one of these to ''WesternAnimation/StrawberryShortcake'' in the 2003 series.
* Rubilax, a TalkingWeapon from ''WesternAnimation/{{Wakfu}}''. Actually a [[SealedEvilInACan sealed demon]], and definitely a sociopath -- if freed, his main occupation is ''senseless carnage''. He compensates for his imprisonement by ruthlessly snarking at his idealistic guardian. Season 2 features loads of such sealed demons, all of them just as snarky as the other. Justified by one admitting in their sealed state it is pretty much all they can do.
* While he never turned this trait towards his boss, Imp from ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'' tended to be this when his felt sufficiently protected. One of his favorite targets was [[EvilWitch Shadow]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse Weaver]].
* Brian from ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', although he's often paired up with Stewie (as mutual sidekicks sort of), who together are the snarkiest characters on the show, in their own ways. But in terms of being Peter's dog, he'll ruthlessly snark on his "owner".