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->''Blake understood. Humans are savage in nature. No matter how much you try to dress it up, to disguise it. Blake saw society's true face. Chose to be a parody of it, a joke.''
-->--'''Rorschach''', ''{{Film/Watchmen}}''

The fraternal twin of the StepfordSmiler. The Stepford Snarker has intense feelings of sadness, anger, numbness, loneliness, or other negative emotions, but, for whatever reason, wants to hide these feelings from the people around them. Whereas the Stepford Smiler hides these feelings by acting sweet and happy, the Snarker hides them by [[OhGreatASnarkIndex being snide and sarcastic]]. They often put on an outward appearance of being very jaded and bitter (though some may maintain a brighter disposition when in a better mood, snarking only when upset), and make sarcastic comments about everything and everybody, but those that are able to break their shell find that they're actually deeply hurt. If they're able to heal, they'll not necessarily stop being sarcastic -- it may just be a part of their personality -- but they'll hopefully find a way to express their feelings to their loved ones, rather than solely hiding them with their quips.

In addition, they may be an example of TheSnarkKnight, but don't always have to be. While the Snark Knight is antisocial and sarcastic because of discontent with their surroundings, the Stepford Snarker doesn't have to be anti-social. They could have many friends and even an optimistic view of the world itself, so long as they still hide their bad moods with snark. A staple of the JerkassWoobie and frequently seen in {{Goth}}s. Closely related to SugarAndIcePersonality, {{Tsundere}}, BrokenBird and DefrostingIceQueen, all of whom might use this sort of snark as a way of masking their inner sweetness. Compare/contrast SadClown, who is less rude and more ridiculous. Compare JerkassFacade.



[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

%%* Hitagi Senjougahara of ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}''.
%%* Shinji Ikari, of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'''s manga adaptation.
%%* ''TigerAndBunny'' makes no qualms about the fact that, under the TallDarkAndSnarky IceKing persona, Barnaby Brooks Jr. has some [[BrokenAce serious]] [[BrokenBird issues.]]
%%* Yozora Mikazuki in ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai''.
%%* Ai Haibara from ''DetectiveConan''.
* Yuu Yanase from ''Manga/SekaiIchiHatsukoi''. The guy is already a {{troll}} to a certain extent and an {{Ineffectual Loner}} but he has shown signs of being one as time goes on. [[spoiler: Given that your feelings are constantly ignored or laughed at by your best friend who is already taken by your {{Yandere}} rival is enough to be depressed, but given that your friend has become [[TookaLevelinJerkass more of a jerk]] as a result of dating said rival is enough would want to make you even more snarky. And given that his last appearance [[BreaktheCutie has him]] [[HeroicBSOD break down]] for being rejected a second time physically and emotionally]] one can only tell if he becomes a full-blown one.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Ryuuken Ishida comes across as grim, bitter, sarcastic and hypercritical although there are hints that he's actually a gentle, protective personality underneath it all. Then the final arc visits the past in flashback and it reveals that he really was an open, gentle, very protective person until a series of circumstances ruined his quincy future, doomed his adopted cousin and, worst of all, culminated in the loss of his wife. The people responsible are still at large (and pose a serious threat to his son Uryuu, the only surviving member of his family) and the story all but confirms he's a HeartbrokenBadass. The man's still incredibly protective, but he's learned the hard way to hide it.

[[folder: Comics]]
* Lupo from ''Minimonsters'' acts like this when he's not sleeping or [[ExtremeOmnivore eating whatever he sees]]. He is a werewolf who has to take care of his younger siblings instead playing with his friends, as his family is (probably) the most poor one in Villa Susto. As a result, he is incredibly sarcastic to everyone, even his own friends. His main target of his snark is his [[SpoiledBrat filthy rich vampire]] "friend" Victor Von Piro. No explanation needed.
* DependingOnTheWriter, SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} comes across like this, using his sense of humor to cope with his past trauma at Weapon X, as well as his own failings as a person.
* Likewise, depending on the writer ComicBook/SpiderMan does this for similar reasons. He uses his quippy brand of sarcasm to hide the fact he's usually pretty scared, self doubting and carries around a massive GuiltComplex.

[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' has [[WorldOfSnark quite a lot of snarkers]], most of whom are garden variety {{Deadpan Snarker}}s, but [[IronMan Tony Stark]] and [[TheIncredibleHulk Bruce Banner]] specifically fit this trope because their sarcasm is respectively a defence mechanism and a way of maintaining self-control. This is particularly evident after [[spoiler: Agent Coulson]] gets killed, and Tony snarks about how stupid he was to face Loki alone, but is clearly using it to cover up his own grief. Given that Tony's [[Film/IronMan own films]] show his life to be something of a mess, with quite a lot of moral emptiness (before he decides to become a superhero), alcoholism, and relationship issues (continuing after he becomes a superhero) he counts as this trope in all his films.
* By ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' Loki is this. A few unguarded moments show that he actually still does care (at least about Frigga, though possibly about Thor and his former friends too) but he spends most of his time among other people, especially the Asgardians, snarking at them to cover up both this and his pain that they now (at least seem to) hate him.
* From ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Vanellope Von Schweetz fits this to a T. Years of being forbidden from racing in her game due to her [[spoiler:forced]] status as a glitch reduced her to a snarky shell. Her budding friendship with the title character eventually revealed her HiddenDepths.
* Rick from ''Film/{{Casablanca}}'' comes off as an uncaring wiseass, but we soon learn he's covering up deep pain over being exiled from his home country and losing the love of his life.
* Almost every line Lane Leonard has in the movie ''Film/SnowDay'' is pretty much either a sarcastic insult towards Hal's plan to win over Claire, or her just pointing out how dumb his plan is. However, she's really just insulting him because she's a bit bitter that he's not in love with her like she is with him.
* Rocket Raccoon in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' may seem like a jerk, but it turns out he only acts tough and sarcastic to hide his anger over being the only one of his kind who can talk.
* Sgt. Craig from ''Film/TheVictors'' may come off as rough around the edges, but he hides his pain and weariness behind such an exterior.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': [[CunningLikeAFox Nick Wilde]] snarks constantly as a conman, but it slowly becomes clear that it's a defense mechanism to deal with discrimination against foxes.


[[folder: Literature ]]
* Tyrion Lannister in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is a deformed dwarf who is widely hated for his infirmities. He develops into a brutally DeadpanSnarker as a coping mechanism, which, as he admits himself, only makes things worse.
* Marco from ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' gets like this from time to time. He explicitly states several times that he is choosing to see things that upset or scare him as funny, because he has no interest in the alternative.
* Nora Irving of ''Literature/{{Stuck}}'' has a sharp wit in general, but becomes outright spiteful at times when she gets irritated or sad.
%%* Asher of ''Literature/SomeoneElsesWar'' is this trope personified.
%%* Diana Ladris ([[Literature/{{Gone}} GONE, HUNGER, LIES, PLAGUE and FEAR]]) often embodies this trope.
* Will Herondale from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices'', uses wit and sarcasm as a defense mechanism to deal with the fact that he's supposedly "cursed" and whoever loves him will die. Which is a pretty understandable reaction to a situation like this.
* [[Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians Percy Jackson]] is a pretty good example of this from the start, responding to loneliness, ridicule, and abuse with an unchildlike level of cynical humor. And that's before [[RecruitTeenagersWithAttitude he becomes a war veteran twice over]].
* ''[[Literature/{{Heroics}} Heroics]]'': Cass, who hides her [[AbusiveParents backstory]] behind sarcasm.
* Udinaas from the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen''. He starts out as a mild version as he's considerably happy with his life as a slave, but when things go really bad he tries to hide his hurt, desperation and loneliness behind increasing bouts of [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech 'The Reasons All Of You Suck, Myself Included'-speeches]] and snide remarks.


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/VeronicaMars'': sophomore year, she is ridiculed, outcast and raped after the death of her best friend. Junior year, she makes quips.
* Ellie on ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' is introduced as a wry goth girl who frequently makes biting, sarcastic comments. After a while, it is revealed that she is deeply depressed.
* ''Series/{{Goth}}'': Goth girl Daisy and JerkassWoobie Shelby from ''Series/HigherGround'' often use sarcasm as a defense mechanism. Ezra could qualify as one, but he's probably better described as a SadClown.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Chandler could be a poster child for this trope. He openly admits to using sarcasm to hide deep insecurity that developed due to his rather unusual and traumatic childhood. His snarking also grows noticeably worse during painful situations such as Ross and Rachel's break up, his parents visiting or friends leaving. When he falls in love with Monica, the fact he isn't as sarcastic with her is a telling indicator of how secure he feels and how she builds his confidence.
---> '''Chandler:''' Hmm, what must it be like not to be crippled by fear and self-loathing? ''(laughs)''
** Monica whenever her critical, emotionally abusive {{Jerkass}} of a mother is around.
---> '''Judy:''' Oh we don't mind paying for our son's wedding in England. After all it might be the only wedding we get to throw...
---> '''Monica:''' Ah, a joke that's funny in all countries.
%%* DS Barbara Havers of ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries''.
* Santana from ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has always been ruthlessly snarky - even cruel. Turns out she was hiding bitterness and loneliness due to being in love with Brittany and unable to come to terms with it. Even now while her friends are trying to being supportive and get her to open up, she's still as prickly as ever.
* Naomi from ''Series/{{Skins}}'' outright admitted that she "learned how to be a sarcastic bitch" as way to hide her feelings for Emily.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** When the Ninth Doctor gets snarky about humanity, it's often a sign that he's very upset and trying hard not to show it. Rose even lampshades this in "The Doctor Dances".
** River Song. "Oh, I hate you." is usually in force when she's very worried or upset.
* JustForFun/JohnMunch, DeadpanSnarker extraordinaire. In one episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', he is directly asked, [[ArmorPiercingQuestion "Do you always deflect personal questions with jokes?"]] His immediate response is "Do you always deflect jokes with personal questions?", which, [[LameComeback being somewhat less impressive than his usual quips]], suggests that did actually get to him. Given the fact that he's spent most of his career dealing with brutal murders and horrible sex-crimes, it's not all that surprising that he needs some sort of defence mechanism.
* Dr. Cox from ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Partly it's because he's more desensitized to the hospital environment than the young staff he works with. The rest is because, as his therapist tells him, [[AttentionWhore he has a personality that craves any kind of attention, positive or negative]].
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Garak is both a Stepford Smiler and a Stepford Snarker. He's always amiable, cheerful, engaging and polite... and also very sarcastic. Strip away the StepfordSmiler routine and what's left is the Stepford Snarker routine. Then he suffers a life-threatening breakdown that reveals the truth: his exile is absolute agony for him. He's lonely, desolate, full of self-loathing from the contempt he receives off the station's Bajorans and even the station itself is torture for him to live on (human norms are too bright and cold for Cardassian physiology). After he recovers from his breakdown, he returns to his amiable, cheerful, sarcastic disposition but every so often episodes will revisit just how much pain and loneliness he continues to hide as a result of his exile.
** Ezri Dax makes a lot of sarcastic comments and uses SelfDeprecatingHumor to cover her anxiety. It's implied she did this before her joining.
%%* On ''Series/WillAndGrace'' Will's mother Marilyn (Blythe Danner) fits this trope to a T
* Jeff on ''Series/{{Community}}'' has been accused several times of hiding his feelings by being a wise-ass. This may be due to the fact that he spent several years as a lawyer, where keeping things to oneself is a professional necessity. It's also due in no small part to his misery at being forced to attend a crappy community college. He has himself on occasion admitted to it, and being in the study group has [[ThePowerOfFriendship softened him a little]], as shown in later episodes. Still doesn't stop him snarking when he's in a bad mood or feeling insecure, though.
* Gabriel from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' fits this trope - he's a sarcastic smart-arse full of mockery and cynicism, and with a superficially-upbeat demeanour... but it turns out that [[spoiler: he knows that his brothers are destined to kill each other and destroy the Earth and that there's nothing he can do about it, and it's tearing him apart. Hence his running away and hiding on Earth.]]
** This trope also applies pretty effectively to Dean Winchester. Dean makes with the witty remarks to cover up his major self-esteem issues. Demon!John emotionally tortures him in "Devil's Plan" with the knowledge that he acts tough and snarks a lot but is really using it as ammo to mask up "all that nasty pain".
* Built into the premise of ''Series/GoOn''. It's a sitcom about a support group, so naturally, there'd be plenty of these in the cast, including the main character.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Tess Mercer is a BrokenBird with history of AbusiveParents, ParentalAbandonment and OrphanageOfFear, and it only gets worse during her tenure on the show. By later seasons it's obvious that, while DeadpanSnarker is her default setting, she tends to fall into irony defensively whenever someone gets too close to figuring out [[BrokenAce how badly she's broken]].
%%** [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Chloe Sullivan]] managed to remain the PluckyGirl crossed with Deadpan Snarker for most of the time, but [[TraumaCongaLine season eight]] is a bit too much even for her to bear. Let's just say that it was the time when "[[KickTheDog Kick The Chloe]]" was an OncePerEpisode game.
* Josh Lyman on ''Series/TheWestWing'' manages to be both this and a StepfordSmiler, going back and forth between the two and doing it well enough that it takes six months for anyone to realize [[spoiler:that he has PTSD after being nearly fatally shot.]]
%%** Toby Ziegler fits the trope as well, albeit it a more mild fashion.
* Malcolm from ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' does this to hide his insecurity and loneliness over his DysfunctionalFamily, the fact that his only peers are sheltered rich nerds who don't understand how poor peoples' lives work, and the fact that almost everyone else ostracizes him for being smart. In his words, "I pretend it doesn't bother me and then lash out at people who don't deserve it."
* Detective Jake Peralta in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' outright admits in one episode that he makes smartass quips in large part because he's "not comfortable with emotions". The fact that his DisappearedDad abandoned him at an early age also helps, as does his (apparently) unrequited crush on his partner.
* [[RichBitch C.C.]] [[HopelessSuitor Babcock]] on ''Series/TheNanny'' is a snobby BlueBlood businesswoman constantly looking down upon almost everyone. Though as the series goes on, she's shown to be a very depressed and lonely woman who struggles to come to terms with the fact that Maxwell Sheffield isn't romantically interested in her.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': April becomes one of these after she first tells her boyfriend Andy, in an uncharacteristic (for her) moment of emotional availability, that she loves him, and he's caught so off-guard that the best response he can manage is to say "Dude! Shut up! That is awesomesauce!" Later on, talking to the camera, a visibly angry but very deadpan April flatly insists that there's no problem, then smiles brightly and says "I awesomesauce Andy!"

* Douglas Richardson of ''Radio/CabinPressure'' uses blistering sarcasm to distract people from the loss of his position at Air England, his three failed marriages and his alcoholism. It works.


* Joanne from ''{{Company}}'' could be an example, depending on the interpretation. She is a snarky, abrasive alcoholic who has been divorced twice. Her current husband, Larry, says that she is "wildly conceited" with "no self-esteem", and that she still is unable to believe that he loves her and continues to be fascinated by her. Her song, ''The Ladies Who Lunch'', starts as her critique of rich middle-aged women who wile away their lives with meaningless activities but turns into a scathing description of her own directionless life.


[[folder: Video Games ]]

%%* Ionae in ''VideoGame/TheSpiritEngine2''.
* Soren in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path Of Radiance]]''. When his facade even slightly pulls back, Ike notices. [[DefrostingIceQueen Thanks to Ike's willingness to listen, he's mostly feeling better in the sequel]], although there are still some loose ends to tie up (namely, that Ike couldn't remember their first encounter).
* Rhajat in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', especially in the localization where she's as much a creepy snarker as the character she's an {{Expy}} of. She's sour and grumpy and obsessed with creepy things, but her supports with her parents and fellow child characters reveal her to be quite awkward and vulnerable. She even ''cries'' in her A support with [[spoiler:her father]] Hayato.
* ''VideoGame/{{Lux Pain}}'':
** Shinji who talks to everyone in a very snarky manner. While he's always getting yelled at or even beaten by constantly saying what he thinks, he manages to tell Atsuki why he prefers to be a {{Jerkass}} than be a kind person that he is capable of. [[spoiler: Wanting to be a surgeon was his dream but the idea of getting someone killed and being held responsible has made him put a wall between people to avoid someone from asking about his issues. He was also neglected by his parents.]]
** Hibiki has similar problems as Shinji but he combines being a Stepford Snarker with Stepford Smiler. To everyone, Hibiki is "polite" but his [[NotGoodWithPeople personality]] ends up getting him isolated so the only friend he does have is one he's very snarky toward. Given that Ryo is so dense, almost all the insults and compliments go over his head.
* Jade Curtiss from ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has elements of this ''and'' Stepford Smiler - his brand of snark comes with a permanent smile and cheerful tone attached. It seems to be a sort of self-enforced IntelligenceEqualsIsolation, and covers up his insecurity over his [[MyGreatestFailure troubling childhood]] and apparent LackOfEmpathy for others.
* Morrigan, resident LadyOfBlackMagic from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins,'' who uses the facade of a sultry ice queen to hide her extreme awkwardness from being raised in an isolated environment by a HumanoidAbomination.
* A conversation during Act II of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' with Aveline can have her explicitly refer to a [[TheGadfly sarcastic Hawke]] as mix of this and a SadClown. This is due to Hawke's loneliness after the events of the game cause them to lose most of their family, either to death or the Circle/Templars/Wardens, leaving them nearly all alone in their family's big fancy estate.
%%* Squall Leonhart in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* Gannayev of ''[[VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 Mask of the Betrayer]]'' has a thing for throwing around snark and wordplay in order to avoid things he's uncomfortable talking about - usually himself. Kaelyn can see through it instantly, as Gann discovers when he unwisely asks just how she sees him.
-->'''Kaelyn:''' You toss about words like a wind around you, in the hopes that their speed and flurry will deflect questions and prevent you from being seen for what you are. You are hurt, Gannayev-of-Dreams. And that pain drives you to hurt others, for you have been taught that that is the wheel that turns the world.
* The Sith Inquisitor often comes across as one of these in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', apparently having developed a world-weary disdain for other people during their time as [[MadeASlave a slave]].


[[folder: Visual Novels ]]

* Archer in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' It's clear early on that he's got some issues, but Tohsaka is actually bothered when he ''stops'' being stepfordy about it [[spoiler:even before he {{Face Heel Turn}}s.]]
* Ange Ushiromiya from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is a very troubled person, having been in a strained relationship with her aunt Eva who took her in after the deaths of the rest of the family on Rokkenjima, but she hides most of her issues behind an indifferent, snarky facade.


[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Dave, though that be more like NotSoStoic. Dave uses irony and jokes to hide his emotions.
%%** Rose Lalonde might as well be the queen of this. Rose uses sarcasm and SesquipedalianLoquaciousness.
* Vero from ''[[Webcomic/M9Girls M9 Girls]]'' hides her loneliness with a strong attitude and caustic remarks.
%%* Faye in ''QuestionableContent'' can be this.

[[folder: Western Animation ]]

%% * Given what [[WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent kind of parents]] she has, Sam Manson of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' can easily be considered this.
* WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}, in later seasons of her show, becomes even ''more'' acerbic and sharp-tongued as [[ComingOfAgeStory she faces more real-life adolescent challenges.]]
-->'''Helen''': Daria, the easiest thing in the world for you is being honest about what you observe.\\
'''Daria''': And?\\
'''Helen''': What's ''hard'' for you is being honest about your wishes. About the way you think things should be, not the way they are. You gloss over it with a cynical joke and nobody finds out what you really believe in.\\
'''Daria''': Aha. So my evil plan is working.
* PJ on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' switches between this and TheEeyore. He will give snide criticisms to a lot of his best friend, Max's {{Zany Scheme}}s, particularly when he thinks he'll have to suffer for them. However, when in this mode, he only snarks defensively, mainly when he's being [[TheDragAlong dragged into doing something]] or [[NoRespectGuy given inadequate respect or sympathy]], and is [[NiceGuy otherwise very friendly]].
* Lance from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' has a DarkAndTroubledPast, mainly pertaining to his DisappearedDad. At the start of the show, he's this often acting very moody and only seeming to be concerned with his duties. He does get a bit more cheerful and open as the show goes on though.
* Bugs Bunny turned into this for ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' as he has been SurroundedByIdiots (and has to live with the ''biggest'' one of them, also known as Daffy). A (Latin American) promo referred him as having more insulting jokes than common sense.
* Raven of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. On the surface she's a stoic snarker. Beneath the surface, she's a lonely and fearful girl with DaddyIssues.

[[folder: Real Life ]]
* Insult comedian Lisa Lampanelli gave a speech where she related her experience going to a "fat camp" to lose weight. The other attendants criticized her for making jokes about the process, accusing her of using humor as a defense mechanism to distance herself from treatment. Offended, Lampanelli was preparing to leave when she discovered that her ex-boyfriend had just died of diabetes, so she stayed in and presumably cracked less wise.
* There's a whole bit on Creator/PattonOswalt's ''My Weakness is Strong'' album about how much he'd grown to depend on cynicism and sarcasm as a defense mechanism, and how he had to suddenly abandon that when, after he voiced the main character of ''Ratatouille'', he found himself on all sorts of children's programming being interviewed by actual children. Suddenly he had to be sincere, and ''he hated it.''