Playing With / Deadpan Snarker

Basic Trope: A character given to wry, sarcastic, or excessively dry humor, usually in the form of snide commentary or an occasional aside.
  • Straight: Alice, Brave Bob's loyal girlfriend, continually makes witty and ironic comments on what he does, using gentle and usually affectionate sarcasm.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: Alice has a very dry wit, and Bob's moronic antics give her plenty of opportunities to display it.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Alice makes a witty comment... then can't keep from laughing at her own joke.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: The character sprays acerbic wit all over everything - we do mean everything - and everyone loves it because it's funny.
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes they snark, sometimes they don't.
  • Averted: Characters mean what they say most of the time.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Ooh, yay. Another dipshit that thinks he's Mike and this is Mystery Science Theater 3000."
  • Invoked: "I want to be the sort of person who always has something witty to say".
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I should be sincere so people don't think I'm a Jerkass".
  • Discussed: "Alice always has something snarky to say".
  • Conversed: "There's always someone on a show like that to snark at the antics of everyone around her".
  • Deconstructed:
    • The snarker being an asshole drives everyone else away from them, and they feel the burn.
    • Offing the Mouth.
  • Reconstructed:
    • They don't care that they're driving everyone away, or thrive on it.
    • The snarker is a Knight in Sour Armor; their fundamental decency keeps their friendships intact despite the barbed quips.
    • Others learn from the guy who got killed for his snark, and learn to be more subtle about it, or realize when it's appropriate or inappropriate to be snarky.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is hiding a deep inner hurt, and uses sarcasm because she's afraid to get close to people after her grandmother died.

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