"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."In a World of Snark, every character is either a Deadpan Snarker (who falsely believes themself to be the Only Sane Man completely Surrounded by Idiots) or, rarely, a Ditz of any kind. These works usually lie far on the Cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, and most of their humor comes from the characters' reactions to what they perceive as their crappy lives and constant snarking matches. This is not to say that this world is incapable of having genuine, tender moments. Half the cast may be jerks, but the rest may be jerks with hearts of gold. Compare Speech-Centric Work.
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Anime And Manga
- As the characters of Hayate the Combat Butler know that they are in fact characters in a manga/anime it typically results in literally almost every character being sarcastic or witty if they have any lines at all. Nagi and Hinagiku tend towards snarking at villains and some of the more ridiculous weirdos that pop up, but the Student Council Rangers, Ayumu, Wataru, and even Maria all make remarks at the expense of the plot or craziness around them. Hayate himself probably takes the cake, especially in the manga where he is a lot more cynical than he usually appears and has had exasperated reactions to just about everything and everybody. The series is so full of snark that when Hayate and Hinagiku are inadvertently acting like a lovey-dovey couple with no other characters around it resorts to using nameless background characters, a pigeon, and even a potted plant to make sarcastic comments about them.
- Soredemo Machi wa Mawatteiru has a cast that is equal parts Cloudcuckoolanders and Deadpan Snarkers, with a Genius Ditz main character.
- YuYu Hakusho: Especially in the English dub, with the somewhat simplistic dialogue replaced with witty and sarcastic comments/insults. Especially Hiei and Yusuke, but also Kurama, Genkai, Shizuru, Kaito, Koenma, Jorge Saotome, Koto (when the idiocy around her gets too much, especially towards Chu and Jorge), Shishiwakamaru (in the final season, at least), Sniper, Atsuko, Toya (when he's not being stoic), hell even Kuwabara shows this very rarely. The snark doesn't stop with the heroes and their supporters. Some of the major villains such as Sensui and Sakyo had their moments.
- Crest of the Stars: Part of what makes the series entertaining despite a lot of it being just people talking is the fact that the Abh have perfected the art of subtly insulting one another on a regular basis. Just about every conversation among them has snarks getting thrown back and forth.
- Every single word in Rat Queens drips with sarcasm. And most of the spaces between words, too.
- Everbody in The Wicked + The Divine gets some digs in at everyone else.
- Happens when Keith Giffen and J. M. DeMatteis write superhero comic books, usually drawn by Kevin Maguire. They played this trope in their acclaimed run in JLI for DC Comics, and in their run in the Defenders title for Marvel Comics, basically turning them into the Alternate Company Equivalent of the former.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye. Even characters who aren't typically snarky in other Transformers books, like Prowl or Optimus Prime, will suddenly take a level of Deadpan Snarker when they make an appearance.
- Pick an MST fic. Any MST fic. Considering the genre is made on mocking bad fanfics and pointing out inconsistances, it's a crime not to have it full of Deadpan Snarkers.
- Doing It Right This Time: After going through a war against giant alien monsters, outliving the end of the world and being sent back to the past, Shinji, Asuka and Rei have become very, very sardonic. Nearly every sentence comes out of their mouths drips with sarcasm.
- Part Right, Half Wrong, a Third Crazy: In its entirety. Even a lamp manages to be a Deadpan Snarker, due to everyone being some form of Cloudcuckoolander as well as sarcastic.
- Uninvited Guests, thanks to all the absurdly nonsensical events that happens all the time, even the most unlikely characters, like Kenpachi, snarks at some point.
- In Of Love and Bunnies, the characters are all former Power Rangers, and they snark to take attention away from the strangeness of their lives.
- The Wizard in the Shadows has literally everyone snarking at one point or another, usually to deal with how completely weird their lives are and the darkness of the times.
- Child of the Storm, by the same author as The Wizard in the Shadows, takes this trope Up to Eleven, on the grounds that the action and darkness are equally Up to Eleven and it's a coping mechanism. And arch snarker Harry Dresden is an important cast member.
- The Infinite Loops take place in a multiverse of snark, mostly due to every reality being trapped in a time loop and those that are aware of it have to either accept that fact or potentially go insane.
- Soul Eater: Troubled Souls is approaching this trope. Almost everyone has dropped at least one snarky line.
- The Biter Bit: It is, after all, a Harry Potter fic. However, it increases the already dense concentration of snark in the Potteverse by making Luna a Deadpan Snarker when she isn't being a Cloudcuckoolander. If a character has more than a single line of dialogue in this fic and isn't called Horace Slughorn, they're going to snark.
- Weiss Reacts: Everyone has dropped at least one snarky line. Weiss does it the most, but even Ruby and Tukson have done so.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! Reality's Curtain: A vast majority of the dialogue is just composed of characters being sarcastic and/or insulting. Special mention goes to Yamato for using his snark to be The Troll to Kimiko, and to Matsuda who oftentimes just can't be bothered supplying a Shut Up, Hannibal! so he snarks instead, as well as using his sarcasm abilities to flat-out bully his best friend.
- In The New Adventures of Invader Zim, just about everyone gets their Deadpan Snarker on at one point or another. Dib, Steve, Viera, Gaz, Tak, Red, and Norlock are the most frequent offenders.
- The Social Network, written by Aaron Sorkin. It helps that some characters are having disputes and lawsuits with each other.
- The Marvel Cinematic Universe is wall-to-wall snark, so it's amazing that putting all the heroes together under the directorship of Joss Whedon in The Avengers doesn't lead to people having snark overdoses in the cinema. In the Director's Commentary for The Avengers, Joss notes that the reason Agent Coulson was made a Squeeing Captain America Fan Boy was to keep the film from being "a desert of wit".
- Shane Black built his whole career on it: Lethal Weapon ("How do I know you're the police?" "After I shoot you through the door, you can examine the bullet! Open up!"), The Last Boy Scout ("Wow, an actual house. I was expecting a cave, with like skulls and shit."), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (just about every dialogue here) and The Nice Guys ("Mr March, we're gonna play a game. It's called 'shut up unless you're me.'" "I love that game.").
- Batman Returns. In a film as nihilistic as this one, this should come as no surprise. While the Penguin, Selena Kyle, and Alfred lead the pack in pure snarkiness, nearly every character from the Mayor on down have a snark moment (except Commissioner Gordon, who has maybe five short lines of dialogue in this outing). It's telling that the (ironically named) Ice Princess, the only character integral to the plot who does not behave this way, is also the only non-villainous character who gets killed. Contrast this with the 1989 predecessor film, where, while the Joker's dialogue is snark-a-minute, Vicki Vale radiates optimistic sincerity to a downright adorable degree (except toward the end), and Bruce Wayne himself is more emotional and personable than the stone-faced smartass he becomes in Returns.
- The Dark Knight Saga. Most characters have their share of snarky moments, with a great example being Bruce taking Selina to a dance.
- The Scream series. At the time, it was revolutionary for being among the firstnote horror movie worlds in which the main characters were aware of the existence of horror movies. Casey, one of the first victims, watches her boyfriend die because she messed up on Ghostface's trick question about horror trivia, while Final Girl Sidney voices her disdain for scary movies as being filled with bad acting, fatally stupid decisions, exploitation, and tired clichés.
- The Carry On films had every character making a snide comment or two in order to make the puns flow easily. One of the worst offenders was any character portrayed by Kenneth Williams, who would not only snark, but make aside glances and comments, roll his eyes within character eye-shot and even put on a Simpleton Voice to belittle the people he couldn't stand. Others included Sid James when he didn't get his own way, occasionally a Charles Hawtrey character would have their moments too whenever he suffered from Not Now, Bernard, and lustful female characters when they weren't being satisfied by their spouses.
- In Deadpool, the only character who isn't snarky is Colossus. Everyone else does nothing but crack jokes especially the title character to the point that not snarking is a sign that something is wrong.
- Rogue One is a ship full of snarkers, and the bad guys also like verbal takedowns (as shown by Darth Vader when Krennic goes griping to him, of all people).
- Nightfall Series:
Vladimir: Besides, you are the only person to call me Vlad. As I have told you before, this is not even the proper way to shorten my name.Myra: Fair enough. What is the proper short form, then?Vladimir: 'Your Highness' works.
- Both the Resistance humans and Prince Vladimirís vampires. When a human talks to a vampire, itís turned up to eleven.
- Myra, Zack, Alerie, Franka, Tristan, and Prince Vladimir all have their moments.
- The Mina Davis books Hungover and Handcuffed and Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend feature characters who communicate almost entirely by snark.
- Fanfiction writers for the H.I.V.E. Series face a challenge upon entering the fandom: writing clever remarks is required for all characters, in all situations, at all times. In-universe, arguments go on for pages about who is the funniest. The snark is strongest with Otto, Shelby, and Raven. However, every one of the good guys and most of the bad guys are snarky as well. Laura will only snark in dangerous situations, and Wing will only snark if someone questions his ability to snark. Overall, in every scene there is someone who is willing to snark in that situation.
Otto(on a trip away from the H.I.V.E. with Raven): Do we get a bedtime story?Raven(irritated): Absolutely. Here, we'll read one of my favorites. It's called The Little Boy and the Tranquilizer Gun.Otto: Does it have a happy ending?
- David Eddings: Belgariad isn't a comedy or very cynical, but you're lucky to go two pages in the series without two characters snarking at each other or nothing in particular.
- The Artemis Fowl series. To the extent that, if a character isn't snarky, they're either insignificant or incompetent. Usually both.
- Dragaera, especially the Vlad novels. Almost every character is either a Deadpan Snarker or someone who First-Person Smartass Vlad can make snarky comments about. Given that they're presented as transcripts of narrated recordings and Vlad is a known Unreliable Narrator, it's possible he's just projecting.
- Percy Jackson: The powers that demigods and gods are born with must include snarkiness, because well, they are. Even the chapter titles are snarky!
- The Nightside series is chock full of snarkers, as it's set in what's probably the most jaded place on Earth.
- Harry Potter: There's Snape, McGonagall and Phineas Nigellus for starters. Much of the humour, especially in the later books, comes from the characters snarking at each other. In the core trio of Ron, Hermione and Harry, snark is passed around like a hot potato. Fred and George, as the series's two most blatant sources of Plucky Comic Relief, deserve special mention.
- The Skulduggery Pleasant series has three kinds of dialogue: Exposition, snark, and snarky exposition.
- Frequent in The Dresden Files since the main character is a massive Deadpan Snarker and almost every other character has at least a few snarky moments. Even Michael gets a moment or two, particularly when borrowing Harry's name for the Denarians. Harry claims that the Dresdenverse runs so strongly on this that badass immortals will be insulted if he doesn't snark at them, implying they're beneath his snarking. Take that with a bit of salt, because he was justifying mouthing off to two incredibly-dangerous beings to one of their lower-ranked (but still badass) coworkers.
- Codex Alera: Nobody in Jim Butcher's works takes anything seriously unless they're the bad guy.
- The Wodehouse 'verse fits the bill nicely. Much snark is had at the expense of Upper Class Twits—many of whom can, in fact, be pretty snarky themselves.
- Charlotte MacLeod's mysteries novels. Her primary snarkers are Hilda Horsefall in the Balaclava County novels and Uncle Jem in the Kelling ones.
- George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire. Fans have lovingly dubbed the Stark family "House Snark". The Lannisters generally take the lead, though Olenna and Renly could give them a run for their money, and the court is still out on whether or not Dolorous Edd is a master snarker, or just an incredibly serendipitous Eeyore. Taken Up to Eleven in the HBO adaptation.
- Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard, where the lead character is a snarker, his trusted associate is a snarker, the rest of their team full of snarkers, their allies, enemies and targets are snarkers. The flashbacks show that the past times also were full of snark, whether it is in Camorr or among Bondsmagi. Locke Lamora seems to be physically incapable not to snark, even if doing so would save him a world of pain — which may be why he is the main character.
- Heroics: The number of characters who aren't snarky can be counted on one hand, and it's almost impossible to find a (named) character who doesn't make at least one sarcastic comment. Snarky Tess Cassidy is a standout, but she gets some good competition from everyone else.
- Everyone in the Red Room series is a smartass. It seems to be a hazard of joining The Men in Black.
- Being a series with both feet firmly planted in the comedy, it's expected that in Zero Sight most of the characters are capable of snark.
- In The Spirit Thief, everyone snarks, including knights, immortals, thieves, Inspector Javerts and even doors.
Live Action TV
- Cheers and Frasier. Everyone, and we mean everyone, can potentially be the source of well-aimed snarks. Even Butt Monkeys on both shows get in their shots.
- M*A*S*H. Even the blatant idiots get off a few good wisecracks, just not as many as Hawkeye and company. Hawkeye is a great example of Stepford Snarker who is really messed up but uses humour and sarcasm as his defense mechanism.
- The main cast of the first four Star Trek series qualify, in a relatively restrained way, adding more to the "high-class" image of Starfleet and Trek humans than anything else.
- Scrubs. Janitor, Cox, Jordan, Kelso, Carla, JD... List goes on and on. Everybody is sarcastic with everybody.
- In one episode, it becomes a plot point that nobody dares to snark at Carla even when everyone in the hospital is stated as insulting everyone else. When Carla hears the others think she can't take a joke like the rest, she relents, after which the others proceed to make fun of her for two whole hours off-screen.
Elliot: I honestly don't mind that you're making fun of me, but what does bother me is that no one is ever allowed to make fun of you.Carla: People can make fun of me.Elliot: Come on! What about that delivery guy yesterday? I mean, you practically tore him a new binglebore.Carla: But he's not my friend. My friends can make fun of me whenever they want.Elliot: Really? Well, then, in that case you're a know-it-all smartypants and if you're not telling someone what to do, you're probably not talking.Carla: Okay, I guess I can be a little bossy.Laverne: A little? Girl, please! If you met Jesus himself, you'd be trying to tell him where to park his donkey.J.D.: Oh, are we allowed to do this now? What about that whole, like, hands on the hips, "Carla from the block" thing she does when she's mad — when she's like "Oh, Bambi, you do NOT want to mess me with right now."Doug: You do sound like that.Carla: Careful Doug, we are not that close yet.J.D.: (posing like Carla) Careful, Doug!Elliot: That's what's up. Mm-mm. Mmm.J.D.: Doug, you better be careful, 'cause I'm Carla!
- In one episode, it becomes a plot point that nobody dares to snark at Carla even when everyone in the hospital is stated as insulting everyone else. When Carla hears the others think she can't take a joke like the rest, she relents, after which the others proceed to make fun of her for two whole hours off-screen.
- My Family: Husband and wife Ben and Susan seem to be engaged in a constant deadpan snarkery contest. Easy to see where their son Michael gets it from.
- House. Let's see. We have a protagonist who practically cannot exhale without snarking, we have his team who eventually learn to snark back at him (enabling 2-4 player snarkball ping pong matches), we have his best friend who normally is unsnarky but at times cannot resist it, we have his boss who breathes sarcasm (possibly as a reaction to the snarking protagonist)...
- Early episodes of Red Dwarf have Lister and Rimmer's interaction consisting solely of Snark-to-Snark Combat. The ship's computer Holly (his male form) hardly opened his mouth without being ironic or sarcastic. Cat is the group's dumbass but he had his snarky moments as well. Holly in a female form alternated between The Ditz and a solid snarker. When they got android Kryten, he was quite servile and literal-minded, but Lister managed to break his programming. In his "lie mode", he could snark gloriously.
- Veronica Mars. It's easier to list who isn't a Deadpan Snarker, and the only main character on that list is a dog. The rest of the list is two minor recurring characters.
- iZombie by Rob Thomas is packed with deadpan snarkers. Every main character has gotten in on the act.
- Everything Joss Whedon has written, ever.
- Firefly: The whole Intrepid crew are Deadpan Snarkers, especially Mal (The Captain and The Hero), Zoe (his Lancer) and her husband of an Ace Pilot Wash. Jayne, a hired gun and their tough guy, is the group's Ditz. Kaylee The Chick was generally too nice to snark, but when she was angry, she could do it. (Inara: "So are there aliens among us?"— Kaylee: "Yes, and one of them is a doctor." She said it when Simon kind of insulted her, albeit not intentionally.) It's safe to say that everybody from the main cast had some smart-ass comments.
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as if Whedon didn't put enough snark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Maria Hill: What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
Grant Ward: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
Maria Hill: And what does that mean to you?
Grant Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "shield."
- While on the MCU, Jessica Jones stars a Snark Knight, and at times her companions try to keep up with her:
Trish: Fine. Be the naked superhero. That can be your alias.
Jessica: Well, it's better than the name you came up with.
Trish: Jewel is a great superhero name!
Jessica:: Jewel is a stripper's name. A really slutty stripper. And if I wear that thing, you're gonna have to call me "Cameltoe".
- Hogan's Heroes. The only main characters who don't get to snark at least Once an Episode are Carter and Schultz, and even they get their chance at snark sometimes. Even Adolf verdammt Hitler gets an amusing snark in. When Hogan, as part of The Plan, pretends to want to spread German propaganda, he spreads it in a way that gives a Nazism-is-stupid impression. Hitler himself calls the studio to tell Klink that if Hogan tries to escape, to let him.
- Gilmore Girls: Everybody snarks in the quirky town of Stars Hollow, though some of its Cloudcuckoolander inhabitants sometimes serve as The Ditzes and dumbasses. The Proud Elite represented by Emily and Richard Gilmore and posh Chilton and Yale students are snarky a lot as well. Rory and Lorelai trade snarks with each other in most of their dialogues, and they both love arguing affectionately with Luke (an owner of the local bistro and Lorelai's Will They or Won't They? love interest) or Sookie (Lorelai's Heterosexual Life Partner). Luke and his nephew Jess have Snark-to-Snark Combat dynamics. Well, the list could go on and on.
- The cast of Blackadder changes every season, but it tends to be divided almost evenly between the snarkers (Blackadder, Melchett, Darling, and so on) and the people who are too dim to notice when they're being snarked at (such as Baldrick, George, Baldrick, Queen Elizabeth, and Baldrick). Did we mention Baldrick?
- The Middleman is an interesting example, as the title character himself is too earnest to be particularly snarky. Everyone else, on the other hand...
- Blake's 7, set in a Crapsack World where snark is universal, having such uses as: distraction (anyone in need of a getaway; Vila); defence (anyone being held prisoner, tortured, shot at, etc; anyone dealing with Avon), coercion (snark-to-snark combat; Blake); everything (Avon). The more idealistic characters (Gan, Cally, Dayna, Blake) entered the series with a relatively low level of snark. Their snarkiness grew on a par with their cynicism, especially with Blake. Avon was King of Snark, and every character becomes more snarky proportionally to how often they interact with him. Except Dayna, who can out-snark him from her first episode.
- Lost: Basically everyone communicates via snark. If you look it up, nearly every Wham Line is snark.
- Supernatural: Are there any non-snarky hunters? Demons? Angels? Apparently, everyone in this universe is either snarky or Comically Serious.
- Doctor Who:
- In The Enemy of the World, most of the topside characters are snarky.
Really, as Head of Security, you should have more reliable guards.
Bruce: *puzzled about Salamander's apparent unannounced departure* Did you see the rocket take off?
Benik: Do you mean did I stand there waving my handkerchief? Hardly.
Thete: *after the Out-of-Character Alert blows Salamander's cover* Welcome to the TARDIS.
- The Doctor, naturally enough, exchanges snark with Salamander when they finally meet.
Salamander: Thank you. You're doing so well impersonating me, I thought I might return the compliment.
I can only die once, and someone's beaten you to it.
- Fariah, who even dies with a snark.
Well sit down and write out the menus. First course interrupted by bomb explosion. Second course affected by earthquakes. Third course ruined by interference in the kitchen.
- Griffin, the pessimistic chef.
- "The Robots of Death" contains a lot of Paranoia Fuel between a lot of clever people who all hate each other. They communicate mostly in sarcasm, and occasionally in death threats.
- The Fourth Doctor (Awesome Ego), Romana (Women Are Wiser) and K-9 (Robo Snark) are one of the most sarcastic TARDIS teams of the Classic series, and their era's heavy focus on humour made it constant.
- The Moffat era really is where this begins to be obvious. The Eleventh Doctor and the Ponds communicate exclusively like this, as does the Twelfth Doctor and Clara.
- In The Enemy of the World, most of the topside characters are snarky.
- Seinfeld, special mention going to Jerry himself.
- Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes: Tall, Dark, and Snarky; John Watson: Deadpan Snarker and Only Sane Man; Mycroft Holmes: Gentleman Snarker. Most of the rest of the cast — be they villains or good guys — snark often.
- Elementary. Sherlock's lack of tact and often bizarre leaps of logic tends to elicit sarcastic responses from Joan, Captain Gregson, and Detective Bell.
Sherlock: Have you always been this observant? I'm asking sincerely, I'm wondering if exposure to my methods has helped you in anyway.Bell: [sarcastically] Actually, before you came along, I've never closed a case. Neither had the rest of the department. Most of us were thinking of packing up, leaving. Letting the city fend for itself!
- Mystery Science Theater 3000, where the main characters actually have to constantly snark in order to keep their sanity.
- The X-Files, starting with both protagonists Agents Mulder and Scully and their boss AD Skinner. Episodes with snarky astrologers like Madame Zirinka from "Syzygy" or snarky cynical psychics like Mr Clyde Bruckman belong among the most memorable.
- Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis have the entire cast snarking it up, some more deadpan than others. Even The Stoic Teal'c gets in on it now and again, and with him less is more: it's epic when he does it. It's not just limited to the heroes either, with Ba'al and Todd the Wraith having a lot of fun engaging in Snark-to-Snark Combat against the people of Earth, often when they've been forced into an Enemy Mine situation.
- The Thick of It, as an early 21st century British Government Procedural satirising Whitehall. It was inevitable, honestly.
- Friends: Although Chandler is known as the Deadpan Snarker of the gang, the rest of the characters (apart from maybe Joey) would be extremely snarky on any other show. It's just hard to notice because 90% of his dialogue is snark, while everyone else only manages a weak 80%.
- Yes, Minister, an Eighties British Government Procedural satirising Whitehall. Jim Hacker, said minister, was often out-smarted by Sir Humphrey and managed to utter just a desperate snarky one-liner. His assistant Bernard was torn between being loyal to Minister and to Sir Humphrey, and he often snarked at both. Sir Humphrey was a master of elaborate sophisticated and sneering speeches. Jim Hacker's wife was a very nice lady, but could be snide with her husband as well, especially about politics.
- Roseanne in spades, with Roseanne, Darlene, and in later seasons DJ pushing snarkiness to new heights.
- Horatio Hornblower features many Deadpan Snarkers among the characters. Let us count the ways: Captain Keene, Captain Pellew, Midshipman (later Acting Lieutenant and Lieutenant) Archie Kennedy, the Duchess AKA Kitty Cobham, Gentleman Snarker Major Edrington, Tall, Dark, and Snarky Lieutenant Bush, and some more. They do not exchange snarks with each other, but they are paired with poor Sarcasm-Blind Horatio, who is a genius at every other thing but irony, jokes and sarcasm usually escape him. However, some of Archie's smartass comments bring about his rare and most attractive smile.
- Grimm has cops as a large percentage of its main cast, and they tend to snark as a coping mechanism anyway. Add in assorted weird events, conspiracies, and so on, and it's not a big surprise that even the non-cop cast members can hold their own in snark-fests.
- Pretty much every character on Boy Meets World was guilty of snark at one time or another, especially Cory in early seasons. Mr Feeny as well was the primay source of snark with Mr. Turner giving him a run for his money.
Feeny: Well, well, Mr. Turner, your little experiment in democracy has left the eighth grade leaderless for next year.Turner: Too bad. I was looking forward to Matthews' five day weekend.
- The Librarians 2014 has quite the list of snarkers. Eve, being the Agent Scully, is capable at snarking about her disbelief about the craziness that surrounds her.
- Arrow has an incredible number of snarkers. Team Arrow has Felicity Smoake, John Diggle, Oliver Queen, Sara Lance, Roy Harper and Laurel Lance. The series also has Quentin Lance, Slade Wilson, Thea Queen, Ray Palmer and Malcolm Merlyn. As you might imagine, there is a lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
- Madam Secretary would have it that deadpan humor is the rule in the US State Department, which is not really surprising for an organization full of very smart and frequently very frustrated politicians and bureaucrats. Everybody from Secretary Elizabeth McCord on down to her teenage children get in a few good jabs.
- Garfield. Mainly the title cat because Cats Are Snarkers, but Butt-Monkey Jon (on the strip's early months), Deadpan Snarker Dr. Liz Wilson (during the 1980's) and Silent Snarker Odie (sometimes) have got plenty of it. Special mention goes to the bathroom scale.
- Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin and his father in particular.
- The Jack Benny Program is an early example of this, with sarcasm making up some of the jokes, a rarity at the time. Frank Nelson (the "Yes-man") seems to be the biggest one.
Jack: "Are you the floorwalker?"Frank: "What do you think I am with this carnation, a float at the Rose Parade?"
- Anything written by Jean Baptiste Pocquelin aka MoliŤre oozes snark towards everyone and everything. Specially against the clergy, the doctors, and the bourgeois. Tartuffe was banned for several years because of the REALLY bitter anti-clerical snark.
- Endless Frontier is a more lighthearted example. There's always somebody available to hang a sarcastic lampshade on the absurd levels of Fanservice, pointless violence, and anime/RPG cliches present, but they all seem to enjoy living in their crazy little world(s).
- Spiritual Successor to Endless Frontier, Project X Zone, amps up the snarking to different characters, some of which who aren't known to snark.
- As one of BioWare's signature staples, suffice to say their games frequently fall into this category.
- Dragon Age: Origins is filled with a good deal of Deadpan Snarkers, particularly party members Alistair and Morrigan.
- It gets extreme in Dragon Age II, where everyone is sarcastic, regardless of whatever tropes they fit into. Even Aveline, Merrill and Fenris get in on the action occasionally. However, they are all overshadowed however by a Hawke with the Sarcastic Personality, who takes the prize as Kirkwall's resident goofball and Bunny-Ears Lawyer.
- Mass Effect: Even the brightest Paragon Shepard is going to indulge in enough snark. Their crew members are usually worse! Taken into overdrive in the second and third games, where it seems to practically be a requirement for anyone wishing to join the Normandy.
Kasumi: Trapped in a Reaper. Could be worse. Don't know how. Beat I guess it could be full of rats.
- Mix BioWare and Star Wars, and you get Knights of the Old Republic where it's possible to not only snark, but just barely fly under a PG-13 rating in doing so. The first game's crew snarks about as much as a Buffy marathon, with even Bastila and Juhani getting in the occasional zinger. Jolee and HK-47 are hard-locked in Sarcasm Mode. The second game resembles Blake's 7 with Atton aspiring to Avon's level. Kreia ought to register her words as a deadly weapon. Disciple and Handmaiden, by contrast, are too often oblivious to sarcasm.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic, especially the Smuggler (who rides the line between Han Solo and Mal Reynolds of Firefly) and the Sith Inquisitor (who is the Empire's answer to Blackadder, especially if played lightside)
- The Sims. Maybe not exactly a world full of Deadpan Snarkers, everyone in the thing speaks gibberish, but near everything else is snarky, sarcastic or fuelled by schadenfreude.
- The Sims Medieval is even snarkier than The Sims, original flavour. Active Hero Sims and Royal Advisors, especially, nearly always have something snarky or critical to say.
- In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, nearly every major character except the Silent Protagonist gets in one or two snarky lines. And thanks to the emoticon responses, the Silent Protagonist can be played as a Silent Snarker. Yes.
- Heroes Rise. Almost every character, especially the Player Character, Jenny and Black Magic is at least somewhat sarcastic.
- The world of Kid Icarus: Uprising is very much a World of Snark. This is compounded with the game's lack of a fourth wall, since the characters will lampshade and snark about video game conventions. The only speaking characters that don't snark are such Large Hams that snarking would get in the way.
- No More Heroes: Travis may not be the only self aware character in the cast and a ton of people love making snarky remarks. The world itself is a massive self aware parody of videogame and anime conventions, just how subtle it is depends on the situation.
- The King of Fighters was heading towards this since Day 1, but XIII firmly cements the trope with all of the pre-fight intros and a good part of the Story Mode dialogues. Comes complete with Lampshade Hanging and Leaning on the Fourth Wall, too! It's both hilarious and awesome.
- Marvel Heroes has just about every character, playable or not, spitting biting wit at every turn. Even the normally humorless Storm is not immune to the occasional sarcastic observation.
- Tomb Raider: All over the place, particularly from the Core Design era, where the majority of spoken dialogue consists of snarky back-and-forth. Taken Up to Eleven in Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness where Lara's Dialogue Tree usually consists of a mean, snarky comment and a meaner snarky comment, with the recipient usually giving as good as they get.
- Pillars of Eternity. While the frequency varies, with Hirvias and Edér being the true standouts, every non-generic party member (save for Grieving Mother and possibly the Watcher themself) finds themselves at least occasionally indulging in witty quips and banter. A fair number of the non-party characters fire off their share of jests as well.
- Tyranny, another Obsidian game, is even more filled with snark, at least partially to avoid Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy. Every party member, even Kills-In-Shadow, gets in a good quip from time to time, usually at the expense of the ever-bickering archons (who engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat themselves) or one another. The Fatebinder is given plenty of opportunities as well, and some of the memetic "Glare Silently" options serve as a Sarcasm Failure for when even snark is insufficient.
- The world of Antihero for Hire is rather silly, so every sane character has become a Deadpan Snarker as a coping mechanism.
- Rumors of War straddles the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism, and its more cynical characters (read: the main cast) are pretty snarky.
- Homestuck. Even ditzier characters like John and Feferi have their moments of snark, and the snark levels go through the roof when Rose, Dave and Kanaya are involved.
- In Shiniez more and more magnificent snarkers have appeared since the start of the second chapter and older characters have been seen holding their own against them in Snark-to-Snark Combat. ALL the many red headed characters in the strip save for Lisa are talented snarkers.
- Roommates gave us this little gem to prove its standing:
Javert: He can snark — he'll be fine.
- The spin-off of Roommates Girls Next Door takes this trope very far, thanks to copious amounts of Belligerent Sexual Tension and With Friends Like These.... Luna is about the only character who doesn't get in on the act.
- Paranatural has most of the cast made up of snarky teens, plus a few snarky adults.
- The Order of the Stick: pretty much all of the main cast snarks, including Roy and V, who usually serve as the straight man, Elan, who until the fourth book had a tenuous grasp on sarcasm (although most of his snarks seem to be accidental anyway), and Redcloack (who serves as the straight man to Xykon's Affably Evil attitude and the Monster in the Dark's childlike naivete). It's pretty much guaranteed that most named characters (and some unnamed ones) will snark at one point or another. At one point, Elan even takes a class that allows his attacks to be based on puns, one liners and snark as opposed to his Strength score, showing that the universe itself can be bent to someone's will through snark.
- Donkey Kong Country site DK Vine used to contain the most bitter, sarcastic and unsocial people on the internet, thanks to eleven years of waiting for a new Donkey Kong Country game. The announcement of Donkey Kong Country Returns helped a lot.
- That Guy with the Glasses. They already review things with as much bile as possible, but take it Up to Eleven in a Crossover given the reviewers start taking shots at each other as well.
- Red vs. Blue is full of people who cope with their Crapsack World by snarking about it and each other. The full list of characters who don't snark at some point is pretty much Donut, who's too nice; Caboose, who's too stupid; and the Counselor, who's too creepy calm.
- Cracked abounds with sarcastic articles. They had a photoplasty contest If Sarcasm Ruled the World.
- Rational Wiki, which generally combines this trope with Rule of Funny.
- Anything by Ursula Vernon. Written works tend to have a Lemony Narrator, artistic pieces tend to be either Absurdity Ascendant or loaded with Funny Background Events, and comics like Digger combine the best of both worlds with a snarky cast.
- The Skype chat room "The Lubricatti" is a good example, for instance there is this exchange:
[12:06:52 AM] Teeburrito: well thats okay[12:07:02 AM] Dawngate (RIP) Platinum Akkuck Dark-Shriek The Reign Of Fire: i bet there lots of fun adventures down this kobold hole[12:07:08 AM] Justin: I filleted a bluefish once.
- Archer exists in a world where even enemy secret agents are as likely to engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat as any other kind.
- South Park, to the point where sarcasm itself is made fun of. "Sarcastaball" goes a step further and has Randy Marsh accidentally invent a sport by sarcastically suggesting it. Everyone involved with it in any way only speaks of it sarcastically, to the point that Randy temporarily loses his ability to speak of anything without sarcasm.
- Hercules mostly by Hades, Meg, and Phil (and Cassandra in the series) mocking everything in sight.
- Ben 10: Ultimate Alien has the main trio snarking at one another every episode.
- Everything in The Venture Bros., whether it be human or otherwise, is prone to sarcasm.
- Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Every one of the gang are snarkers. Especially Scooby.
- There are few characters in Oban Star Racers that don't get in a line of snark, even if they're one-shot characters. If they don't, they're probably The Voiceless.
- Daria, to the point that most non-snarkers end up being snide by accident.
- This is an accurate description of Men In Black The Series. In rough descending order of deadpan-ness in MiB alone, you've got Zed, K, Elle, J, and the Worms, and that's without getting into the rest of the cast or the one-off characters.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle and Rarity are the three quick-witted snarkers of the Mane Six, though the other three have had their moments. Spike, Princess Luna and Scootaloo also can't resist to slip in a good quip from time to time. Rarity's cat Opalescence also fits.
- A large chunk of The Beatles dialog in Yellow Submarine involve the quartet making snarky observations about things and situations that would freak any normal person out. Fred, Jeremy and Max also have their share as well.