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09:31:21 PM Dec 3rd 2016
edited by leoryff
I'm hoping to post this group to the examples, but I'm not sure where.

It's an entire series dedicated to summarizing notable history and literature in a sarcastic manner. Both hosts are entertainly snarky, and worthy of this page. But is it a Web Animation, or a Web Original?

Hell, an argument could be made for Literature. (Please note, despite the name on the link, this group has little to nothing to do with the trope of the same name.)
09:15:02 AM Dec 5th 2016
Why would it be anything but Web Animation?
10:05:21 PM Dec 8th 2016
Because I couldn't tell at a glance? Because I wanted a second opinion so I didn't get it wrong?
10:43:53 AM Sep 4th 2016
Can Deadpool be the main page's image?
04:27:18 PM Sep 4th 2016
If you want to suggest an Image, you might want to take it to the Image Pickin' forum
10:24:53 AM Jun 7th 2015
Aw, I liked the real life examples.
10:42:19 AM Sep 4th 2016
What were they?
02:38:27 AM Nov 18th 2014
This trope seems misunderstood by many.

I see this trope mentioned around the wiki in various places, and many people seem to think it means "insulting someone". So they'd use examples of a character calling someone or something "stupid" and consider that an example of a Deadpan Snarker. What it really means is ironic commentary used to subtly verbally jab at a person or thing the snarker disagress with.
10:19:47 PM Oct 28th 2014
"alternate title: real life"?
08:02:33 PM Dec 2nd 2013
Is the "Deadpan" in the title The Artifact? Aside from the fact that tons of examples across the site just treat this as The Snarker, the description and laconic don't really make any mention of being Deadpan, just snarky.
07:41:08 AM Feb 9th 2014
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I actually think the deadpan should be considered a necessary requirement, even though the description has not really given weight to that aspect. Which may be part of the reason that the trope is so overused on the wiki. Current usage on the wiki is so inflationary, it's meaning has been diluted even beyond The Snarker to just Snark.

11:37:24 AM Jul 26th 2012
The heading at the top of the page currently reads "Dead Pan Snarker". How did that happen, and can we change it back pronto? I mean, it's equally as incorrect as writing "not able" when you mean "notable".
12:56:52 PM Jul 26th 2012
It's because someone linked it wrong, don't worry about it.
09:31:13 AM Jul 19th 2012
A message to all tropers

If you try to be a Deadpan Snarker all the time in real life, you're an annoying person. Please, only save it for the best occasions.

Thank you.
03:29:54 PM Jan 28th 2014
07:34:03 PM Jun 2nd 2012
I think this trope's getting overused. Now it's applied to anyone who's regularly sarcastic. Problem is, there are plenty of people pegged as this trope who only fulfill the 'snarker' part of it, not the 'deadpan' part.

People who are hammy and act sarcastic (like "NOOO REALLY? You don't say!" or variants) are still being called this, when they're not deadpan at all.
09:56:01 PM Mar 24th 2013
edited by Zaltys
Agreed. This category has become so broad that it's basically meaningless now. Especially the Comic Book section. It seems to be a generic gather-all for any character who cracks jokes.

Hellboy and Sonic, deadpan snarkers? I'm mildly surprised that nobody has added Joker yet.
07:58:19 PM Dec 2nd 2013
Came in here to say that. People seem to be completely disregarding the whole "deadpan" bit.
08:52:39 AM May 6th 2012
I can't be the only one who thinks of this trope and thinks "Tony Snark" first.
08:36:11 PM Jul 8th 2011
edited by stargirl93
Any reason why the caption on the picture keeps changing?

I've see it change a total of 5 times. We should pick something and stick with it.
12:37:24 AM Jan 29th 2013
How about something like this? Although, it's not quite Deadpan, and might work better for the Live TV example section:
04:13:18 AM May 6th 2011
I'm not sure where to put image picking discussion...But that image REALLY needs to go. It's just so ugly.
04:25:46 AM May 6th 2011
Sorry, bro. Consensus chose it.
12:28:34 AM Dec 24th 2010
I'm not sure that a character having one moment of deadpan snarkiness should earn them a place on this page, but it seems like it does. Am I dreaming?
07:56:42 PM Nov 9th 2010
Well... Can someone do a "Widepan Snarker" or "Fade-out Snarke"? Since I suppose that the title is defined by the panning of the camera?
03:52:14 PM Jun 6th 2013
it is definatley not defined by camera angle and i hope your kidding but i just got done fighting with a troll so at this point i honestly cant tell if you are
04:22:27 AM Aug 3rd 2010
is this where i bitch about that "checked out" message? tow makes the slow guy do the work, but tvtropes lets someone stop others' edits.

i just wanted to fix one missing bullet point :(
05:59:45 PM Mar 23rd 2010
I think this thing has been getting a little bit of a snarl recently, and that many of the examples are, and never were, deadpan. Deadpan is having almost no inflection or indication of a joke being present. It would cut the page down to almost nothing if we eliminated all the examples that weren't actually deadpan, so I propose that we simply change the name to "Snarker."
08:42:08 PM Mar 23rd 2010
This is a topic for the Trope Repair Forum. It would be better to zap the bad examples than to change the definition. When a definition starts chasing the examples, it is a clear sign that another trope is present.
10:25:56 PM Mar 26th 2010
Can you do that for me? I'm really not too big on the whole troping thing.
01:10:34 PM May 26th 2011
My interpretation was that the term deadpan refers to either the character maintaining a straight face while s/he says a witty remark or the sarcasm of said remark. I personally agree that the definition should not be changed, but I also think that most examples fit the trope and shouldn't have another trope made just for them.
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