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* The boisterous British House of Commons, which Creator/RobinWilliams once called "[The US] Congress with a two-drink minimum", has featured many gentleman snarkers[[note]][[CaptainObvious Technically, not many MPs come from the gentry these days]], but the kinds of insults they exchange have to fit this tropes to keep things orderly.[[/note]] in the past (some mentioned above) and more than a few today. Just watch the live feed for a while when they are discussing a contentious issue and there are sure to be at least a couple of them on opposite sides having at each other.

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* The boisterous British House of Commons, which Creator/RobinWilliams once called "[The US] Congress with a two-drink minimum", has featured many gentleman snarkers[[note]][[CaptainObvious Technically, snarkers[[note]]Technically, not many MPs come from the gentry these days]], days, but the kinds of insults they exchange have to fit this tropes to keep things orderly.[[/note]] in the past (some mentioned above) and more than a few today. Just watch the live feed for a while when they are discussing a contentious issue and there are sure to be at least a couple of them on opposite sides having at each other.


They are always polite, except when it is appropriate to be impolite. At that moment, they can deliver their victim [[StealthInsult an insult as sharp and subtle as a rapier.]] They spend their time making witticisms, flirting and pulling pranks. This characteristic is well known among those with a StiffUpperLip and when done right can be quite awesome. Beware the GentlemanSnarker. If you want your pride punctured, they're the one to do it. This was once almost a necessary part of being a high class person and thus political insults of the past were just as common but at least more interesting.

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They are always polite, except when it is appropriate to be impolite. At that moment, they can deliver their victim [[StealthInsult an insult as sharp and subtle as a rapier.]] They spend their time making witticisms, flirting and pulling pranks. This characteristic is well known among those with a StiffUpperLip and when done right can be quite awesome. Beware the GentlemanSnarker. If you want your pride punctured, they're the one to do it. This was once almost a necessary part of being a high class high-class person and thus political insults of the past were just as common but at least more interesting.



* The titular Manga/CountCain, in every detail. Witty but self-centred and lazy? Check. Living on inherited money, with no real job but an eccentric hobby (in his case, [[MasterPoisoner collecting and sometimes using poisons]])? Check. Flirtatious ladykiller, yet AmbiguouslyBi? Very check.

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* The titular Manga/CountCain, in every detail. Witty but self-centred and lazy? Check. Living on inherited money, with no real job but an eccentric hobby (in his case, [[MasterPoisoner collecting and sometimes using poisons]])? Check. Flirtatious ladykiller, ladykiller yet AmbiguouslyBi? Very check.



* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as "King of Knights", Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism befitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]

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* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted indicated by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as "King of Knights", Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism befitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]



*** Mr. Darcy is very haughty and proud and he snarks a lot, but he rarely doesn't behave like a gentleman. However, sometimes he can come off as insulting. For example his sneering remark about Elizabeth's beauty (he calls her "''tolerable'', but not handsome enough to tempt me" and later "I would soon call [her a beauty as] her mother a wit") and his aloof behaviour make him very unpopular among Meryton folks.

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*** Mr. Darcy is very haughty and proud and he snarks a lot, but he rarely doesn't behave like a gentleman. However, sometimes he can come off as insulting. For example example, his sneering remark about Elizabeth's beauty (he calls her "''tolerable'', but not handsome enough to tempt me" and later "I would soon call [her a beauty as] her mother a wit") and his aloof behaviour make him very unpopular among Meryton folks.



* Sir John Babcock in Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'' explains at one point to his Italian wife that the British young gentlemen's schools beat out all overt aggression from the boys, so that when grown up they'll make passive-aggressive insults masked as compliments instead of duelling to death like the Italian noblemen do. The main protagonist, Sigismundo Celine manages to be an excellent snarker himself, despite of his Neapolitan upbringing.

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* Sir John Babcock in Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'' explains at one point to his Italian wife that the British young gentlemen's schools beat out all overt aggression from the boys, so that when grown up they'll make passive-aggressive insults masked as compliments instead of duelling to death like the Italian noblemen do. The main protagonist, Sigismundo Celine manages to be an excellent snarker himself, despite of his Neapolitan upbringing.



* Dick Stuart-Clark from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels comes from old money (as his double-barrelled surname hints), with his medical studies funded on a per year basis by a wealthy relative's will (he coasts along doing as little work as possible so that "per year" lasts as many years as possible). He would much rather spend his time drinking and pursuing women than practising medicine. He is intelligent and savvy, but is far more likely to use that to engage in scams and schemes than in doing well at his job.

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* Dick Stuart-Clark from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels comes from old money (as his double-barrelled surname hints), with his medical studies funded on a per year basis by a wealthy relative's will (he coasts along doing as little work as possible so that "per year" lasts as many years as possible). He would much rather spend his time drinking and pursuing women than practising medicine. He is intelligent and savvy, savvy but is far more likely to use that to engage in scams and schemes than in doing well at his job.



*** In "Objects in Space", he's held hostage by Jubal Early who's trying to capture River for the bounty on her head. Even though he knows Simon is biding his time and waiting for a chance to try and turn the tables on him, Jubal is still astonished by Simon's laid back attitude to being held at gun point while a mentally unhinged bounty hunter takes over the ship. ("Doesn't anybody care that I'm holding a gun to this boy's head?!")

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*** In "Objects in Space", he's held hostage by Jubal Early who's trying to capture River for the bounty on her head. Even though he knows Simon is biding his time and waiting for a chance to try and turn the tables on him, Jubal is still astonished by Simon's laid back attitude to being held at gun point gunpoint while a mentally unhinged bounty hunter takes over the ship. ("Doesn't anybody care that I'm holding a gun to this boy's head?!")



-->'''Franklin:''' But to call me [an Englishman] without those rights is like calling an ox a bull--he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.\\

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-->'''Franklin:''' But to call me [an Englishman] without those rights is like calling an ox a bull--he's bull -- he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.\\



* Anna and Claire of ''Theatre/BostonMarriage'' are female examples, and written by Creator/DavidMamet no less.

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* Anna and Claire of ''Theatre/BostonMarriage'' are female examples, examples and written by Creator/DavidMamet no less.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Rachel Alucard is a rare female example, and quite funny one at that.

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* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Rachel Alucard is a rare female example, example and quite a funny one at that.



* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': Tharan Cedrax certainly seems to see himself his way, tossing off dryly sarcastic commentary about the situations he finds himself in while tagging along with the Jedi Consular. One of the best way to gain affection with Dr. Cedrax is to engage in sarcasm yourself, often by pointing out just how stupidly some DrunkOnTheDarkSide Sith or Imperial is behaving.

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* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': Tharan Cedrax certainly seems to see himself his way, tossing off dryly sarcastic commentary about the situations he finds himself in while tagging along with the Jedi Consular. One of the best way ways to gain affection with Dr. Cedrax is to engage in sarcasm yourself, often by pointing out just how stupidly some DrunkOnTheDarkSide Sith or Imperial is behaving.



* Creator/OscarWilde is almost entirely known for his sharp witticisms. Ironically, he is often claimed to have said "sarcasm is the lowest form of humor". If he ''had'' ever said that ([[BeamMeUpScotty he didn't]]), he would almost certainly have been saying it sarcastically. Here is one of his quotes:

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* Creator/OscarWilde is almost entirely known for his sharp witticisms. Ironically, he is often claimed to have said said: "sarcasm is the lowest form of humor". If he ''had'' ever said that ([[BeamMeUpScotty he didn't]]), he would almost certainly have been saying it sarcastically. Here is one of his quotes:



* The boisterous British House of Commons, which Creator/RobinWilliams once called "[The US] Congress with a two-drink minimum", has featured many gentleman snarkers[[note]][[CaptainObvious Technically not many MPs come from the gentry these days]], but the kinds of insults they exchange have to fit this tropes to keep things orderly.[[/note]] in the past (some mentioned above) and more than a few today. Just watch the live feed for a while when they are discussing a contentious issue and there are sure to be at least a couple of them on opposite sides having at each other.
* As well as often playing this sort of character, Creator/GeorgeSanders was born into the Russian gentry, and was technically a real-life example too.

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* The boisterous British House of Commons, which Creator/RobinWilliams once called "[The US] Congress with a two-drink minimum", has featured many gentleman snarkers[[note]][[CaptainObvious Technically Technically, not many MPs come from the gentry these days]], but the kinds of insults they exchange have to fit this tropes to keep things orderly.[[/note]] in the past (some mentioned above) and more than a few today. Just watch the live feed for a while when they are discussing a contentious issue and there are sure to be at least a couple of them on opposite sides having at each other.
* As well as often playing this sort of character, Creator/GeorgeSanders was born into the Russian gentry, gentry and was technically a real-life example too.


* In ''Manga/Brave10'', samurai lord Naoe Kanetsugu is extremely sharp-tongued toward everyone equally, offering backhanded compliments and politely-veiled insults indiscriminately.
* The titular Manga/CountCain, in every detail. Witty but self-centred and lazy? Check. Living on inherited money, with no real job but an eccentric hobby (in his case, [[MasterPoisoner collecting and sometimes using poisons]])? Check. Flirtatious ladykiller, yet AmbiguouslyBi? Very check.



* The titular Manga/CountCain, in every detail. Witty but self-centred and lazy? Check. Living on inherited money, with no real job but an eccentric hobby (in his case, [[MasterPoisoner collecting and sometimes using poisons]])? Check. Flirtatious ladykiller, yet AmbiguouslyBi? Very check.



* In ''Manga/Brave10'', samurai lord Naoe Kanetsugu is extremely sharp-tongued toward everyone equally, offering backhanded compliments and politely-veiled insults indiscriminately.



* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Alfred Pennyworth]]. Particularly beautiful in ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.



* As referenced below in Films, Alfred Pennyworth. Particularly beautiful in ''ComicBook/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''.



%%* The Grand Duke from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' has Lord Rogers, Prince Derek's [[TheGoodChancellor good]] but sarcastic advisor. For example, after an epic foot-in-mouth scene from Prince Derek:
-->'''Lord Rogers:''' You could write a book. ''How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less''.



%%* The Grand Duke from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' has Lord Rogers, Prince Derek's [[TheGoodChancellor good]] but sarcastic advisor. For example, after an epic foot-in-mouth scene from Prince Derek:
-->'''Lord Rogers:''' You could write a book. ''How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less''.



* Hobson in the film ''Film/{{Arthur}}''. So many snarky lines it is hard to pick one.
-->'''Hobson:''' Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.\\
'''Gloria:''' Hi.\\
'''Hobson:''' Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.
* Alfred Pennyworth is a master of this trope. Particularly evident in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Alfred:''' Will you be taking the Batpod, sir?\\
'''Bruce:''' ''[rushing off to protect Coleman Reese]'' In broad daylight, Alfred? Not very subtle.\\
'''Alfred:''' The Lamborghini, then? ''[to self]'' Much more subtle.
* Jeffery Pelt in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
-->'''Jeffery Pelt:''' You've lost ''another'' submarine?
* Harry Hart in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. As a Kingsman he is gentlemanly in all things, including his snarking, whether it be directed towards the BigBad or against an asshole attendant at a hate-mongering church.
-->'''Harry:''' I'm a Catholic whore, currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black, Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So hail Satan, and have a lovely afternoon madam.
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteYear'', the actor Alan Swann tends to speak in quips and with exaggerated nonchalance, just like the {{Swashbuckler}} characters he used to play on the silver screen. His mode of speech becomes more normal as he gets to know Benjy, a comedy show writer.
* In ''Film/ThePatriot'', General Cornwallis is holding 18 of Benjamin Martin's men prisoner, including his son. Martin meets with Cornwallis under a flag of truce and informs him that if his men aren't released, 18 of Cornwallis' officers will have to die[[note]]19, if he hangs Martin with his men[[/note]].
-->'''Lord Cornwallis:''' This is hardly the conduct of a gentleman.\\
'''Benjamin Martin:''' If the conduct of [[BloodKnight your officers]] is the measure of a gentleman, [[IllTakeThatAsACompliment I consider that a compliment]].



* Jeffery Pelt in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
-->'''Jeffery Pelt:''' You've lost ''another'' submarine?

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* Jeffery Pelt in ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'':
-->'''Jeffery Pelt:''' You've lost ''another'' submarine?
%%* Jeff of ''Film/RearWindow''.



* Christopher Riley in ''Film/{{Shadowlands}}'' is one of these, but it backfires horribly on him when he tries it on [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] Joy Gresham:
-->'''Christopher:''' I regard the soul as an essentially feminine accessory, anima quite different from animus, the male variant. This is how I explain the otherwise puzzling difference between the sexes. Where men have intellect, women have soul.\\
'''Joy:''' As you say, Professor Riley, uh, I'm from the United States, and different cultures have different modes of discourse. I need a little guidance. Are you trying to be offensive, or just merely stupid?
* One of the aspects played up in Creator/GuyRitchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''.
-->'''Lestrade:''' In another life, you would have made an excellent criminal.\\
'''Holmes:''' Yes, and you, Lestrade, an excellent policeman.



* Alfred Pennyworth is a master of this trope. Particularly evident in ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.
-->'''Alfred:''' Will you be taking the Batpod, sir?\\
'''Bruce:''' ''[rushing off to protect Coleman Reese]'' In broad daylight, Alfred? Not very subtle.\\
'''Alfred:''' The Lamborghini, then? ''[to self]'' Much more subtle.
* Hobson in the film ''Film/{{Arthur}}''. So many snarky lines it is hard to pick one.
-->'''Hobson:''' Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.\\
'''Gloria:''' Hi.\\
'''Hobson:''' Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.
* One of the aspects played up in Creator/GuyRitchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''.
-->'''Lestrade:''' In another life, you would have made an excellent criminal.\\
'''Holmes:''' Yes, and you, Lestrade, an excellent policeman.
%%* Jeff of ''Film/RearWindow''.



* Christopher Riley in ''Shadowlands'' is one of these, but it backfires horribly on him when he tries it on [[TheSnarkKnight Snark Knight]] Joy Gresham:
-->'''Christopher:''' I regard the soul as an essentially feminine accessory, anima quite different from animus, the male variant. This is how I explain the otherwise puzzling difference between the sexes. Where men have intellect, women have soul.\\
'''Joy:''' As you say, Professor Riley, uh, I'm from the United States, and different cultures have different modes of discourse. I need a little guidance. Are you trying to be offensive, or just merely stupid?
* Harry Hart in ''Film/KingsmanTheSecretService''. As a Kingsman he is gentlemanly in all things, including his snarking, whether it be directed towards the BigBad or against an asshole attendant at a hate-mongering church.
-->'''Harry:''' I'm a Catholic whore, currently enjoying congress out of wedlock with my black, Jewish boyfriend who works at a military abortion clinic. So hail Satan, and have a lovely afternoon madam.
* In ''Film/ThePatriot'', General Cornwallis is holding 18 of Benjamin Martin's men prisoner, including his son. Martin meets with Cornwallis under a flag of truce and informs him that if his men aren't released, 18 of Cornwallis' officers will have to die[[note]]19, if he hangs Martin with his men[[/note]].
-->'''Lord Cornwallis:''' This is hardly the conduct of a gentleman.\\
'''Benjamin Martin:''' If the conduct of [[BloodKnight your officers]] is the measure of a gentleman, [[IllTakeThatAsACompliment I consider that a compliment]].
* In ''Film/MyFavoriteYear'', the actor Alan Swann tends to speak in quips and with exaggerated nonchalance, just like the {{Swashbuckler}} characters he used to play on the silver screen. His mode of speech becomes more normal as he gets to know Benjy, a comedy show writer.



* Franchise/SherlockHolmes is highly effective at delivering gentlemanly snarks.

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* Franchise/SherlockHolmes Midshipman Literature/AlexisCarew is highly effective at delivering gentlemanly snarks.a daughter of landed gentry who produces ''many'' zingers. Her first night aboard ''Merlin'', an older midshipman, Roland, makes a "gay sailor" DoubleEntendre about Alexis' bunkmate Philip Easley, wondering if she took the top bunk or the bottom bunk.
-->'''Roland:''' Likely the top. Given young Easely, after all. Can't imagine him on top! ... Though I'm a topman, myself, and always will be!\\
'''Alexis:''' I'm quite sure that Mister Easely would acquit himself with distinction, no matter the position.\\
'''Roland:''' Mayhap. But you'll never find me on the bottom, I assure you.\\
'''Alexis:''' I'm sorry to hear your repertoire is so limited, sir. Perhaps with more experience, you'll achieve some versatility. ''[everybody else bursts out laughing]''
* Artemis from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is a prominent example. "Shall I walk? Or will you beam me up?" Classic.
-->'''Artemis:''' [to Blunt] If you were me, then I'd be you, and if I were you, then I'd hide somewhere far away.



%% * Macon Ravenwood from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles'', has shades of this.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': Willy Wonka has a gift for elegant snarking, with put-downs that whiz right over his targets' heads at times. When Veruca Salt asks him "Who wants a beard, for heaven's sake?" when he's explaining the purpose of Hair Toffee, he replies "It would suit you very well, but unfortunately the mixture is not quite right yet." (Though he is much more direct when arguing with her mother at one point: "My dear old fish, go and boil your head!") The [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film]] and [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage]] takes on the character follow suit. (The Wonka of the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] has NoSocialSkills and is more awkward and childish in his snarking.)
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Havelock Vetinari. The most magnificent MagnificentBastard ever, he has a title, and if you actually read what he's saying carefully, he's ''unbelievably'' snarky. His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples. Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you." Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately. This has become a major point of fear for those forced to frequently tell him things he's not going to like:
--->'''Colon:''' ''[with genuine dread]'' Lord Vetinari won't stop at sarcasm. He might use -- ''[swallowing]'' -- ''irony''. He's probably going to be satirical, even...
** Besides Vetinari, the ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' novel has some great examples of this from the Klatchian (fantasy Arabs) nobility, especially prominent with Prince Cadram., Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it is a racial slur. He is just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles:
--->'''Prince Cadram:''' Tell me, Sir Vimes, I keep hearing the term "towel-head" being thrown around, but I'm not sure I understand its meaning. Do you happen to know?\\
'''Vimes:''' Erm... it, uh... it refers to your headdress, your majesty.\\
'''Cadram:''' Really? Well, ''thank you'', Sir Vimes. Do you know, nobody else here at this dinner seemed to have any idea what it meant!
* Felix Harrowgate, of ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', is notorious in the court for his nasty barbs-- in fact, sarcasm is his default manner of speech, which interferes with his serious relationships.
* Charles Hythloday from Paul Murray's novel ''An Evening of Long Goodbyes''.



* Sir John Babcock in Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'' explains at one point to his Italian wife that the British young gentlemen's schools beat out all overt aggression from the boys, so that when grown up they'll make passive-aggressive insults masked as compliments instead of duelling to death like the Italian noblemen do. The main protagonist, Sigismundo Celine manages to be an excellent snarker himself, despite of his Neapolitan upbringing.
* Bilbo Baggins has a few Gentleman Snarks in ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'': Horatio Hornblower on one or two occasions when he got older.
* The Wizard Howl from ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Jem Carstairs from the ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* Literature/LordPeterWimsey keeps up a running stream of babble that makes the uneducated believe him to be an UpperClassTwit, but which references disparate subjects from the classical canon to campanology.



-->''"I bring you news of no such [[DirtyBusiness disgusting spectacles]]."''
-->'''SUNDAY:''' You mean Dr. Bullís [[ScaryShinyGlasses spectacles]]? ...Really, to call them disgusting, before the man himself.
-->''"Look at my face!"''
-->'''SUNDAY:''' I dare say itís the sort of face that grows on one. In fact, [[DeadpanSnarker it grows on you]].
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Havelock Vetinari. The most magnificent MagnificentBastard ever, he has a title, and if you actually read what he's saying carefully, he's ''unbelievably'' snarky. His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples. Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you." Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately. This has become a major point of fear for those forced to frequently tell him things he's not going to like:
--->'''Colon:''' ''[with genuine dread]'' Lord Vetinari won't stop at sarcasm. He might use -- ''[swallowing]'' -- ''irony''. He's probably going to be satirical, even...
** Besides Vetinari, the ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' novel has some great examples of this from the Klatchian (fantasy Arabs) nobility, especially prominent with Prince Cadram., Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it is a racial slur. He is just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles:
--->'''Prince Cadram:''' Tell me, Sir Vimes, I keep hearing the term "towel-head" being thrown around, but I'm not sure I understand its meaning. Do you happen to know?\\
'''Vimes:''' Erm... it, uh... it refers to your headdress, your majesty.\\
'''Cadram:''' Really? Well, ''thank you'', Sir Vimes. Do you know, nobody else here at this dinner seemed to have any idea what it meant!

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-->''"I bring you news of no such [[DirtyBusiness disgusting spectacles]]."''
-->'''SUNDAY:'''
"''\\
'''SUNDAY:'''
You mean Dr. Bullís [[ScaryShinyGlasses spectacles]]? ...Really, to call them disgusting, before the man himself.
-->''"Look
himself.\\
''"Look
at my face!"''
-->'''SUNDAY:'''
face!"''\\
'''SUNDAY:'''
I dare say itís the sort of face that grows on one. In fact, [[DeadpanSnarker it grows on you]].
%% * ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** Havelock Vetinari. The most magnificent MagnificentBastard ever, he has a title, and if you actually read what he's saying carefully, he's ''unbelievably'' snarky. His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples. Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you." Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately. This has become a major point of fear for those forced to frequently tell him things he's not going to like:
--->'''Colon:''' ''[with genuine dread]'' Lord Vetinari won't stop at sarcasm. He might use -- ''[swallowing]'' -- ''irony''. He's probably going to be satirical, even...
** Besides Vetinari, the ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' novel has some great examples of this
Jace Wayland from the Klatchian (fantasy Arabs) nobility, especially prominent with Prince Cadram., Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it is a racial slur. He is just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles:
--->'''Prince Cadram:''' Tell me, Sir Vimes, I keep hearing the term "towel-head" being thrown around, but I'm not sure I understand its meaning. Do you happen to know?\\
'''Vimes:''' Erm... it, uh... it refers to your headdress, your majesty.\\
'''Cadram:''' Really? Well, ''thank you'', Sir Vimes. Do you know, nobody else here at this dinner seemed to have any idea what it meant!
''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.



* ''Literature/HoratioHornblower'': Horatio Hornblower on one or two occasions when he got older.



* The Wizard Howl from ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Bilbo Baggins has a few Gentleman Snarks in ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* Artemis from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is a prominent example. "Shall I walk? Or will you beam me up?" Classic.
-->'''Artemis:''' [to Blunt] If you were me, then I'd be you, and if I were you, then I'd hide somewhere far away.
* Sir John Babcock in Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'' explains at one point to his Italian wife that the British young gentlemen's schools beat out all overt aggression from the boys, so that when grown up they'll make passive-aggressive insults masked as compliments instead of duelling to death like the Italian noblemen do. The main protagonist, Sigismundo Celine manages to be an excellent snarker himself, despite of his Neapolitan upbringing.
* Jem Carstairs from the ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.

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* The Wizard Howl Lady Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle''.
* Bilbo Baggins has a few Gentleman Snarks in ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
* Artemis from ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'' is a prominent example. "Shall I walk? Or will you beam me up?" Classic.
-->'''Artemis:''' [to Blunt] If you were me, then I'd be you, and if I were you, then I'd hide somewhere far away.
* Sir John Babcock in Creator/RobertAntonWilson's ''Historical Illuminatus Chronicles'' explains at one point to his Italian wife that the British young gentlemen's schools beat out all overt aggression from the boys, so that when grown up they'll make passive-aggressive insults masked as compliments instead of duelling to death like the Italian noblemen do. The main protagonist, Sigismundo Celine manages to be an excellent snarker himself, despite of his Neapolitan upbringing.
* Jem Carstairs from the ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian''.



* Felix Harrowgate, of ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'', is notorious in the court for his nasty barbs-- in fact, sarcasm is his default manner of speech, which interferes with his serious relationships.
* Charles Hythloday from Paul Murray's novel "An Evening of Long Goodbyes".
%% * Jace Wayland from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''.
%% * Macon Ravenwood from ''Literature/TheCasterChronicles'', has shades of this.
* Literature/{{Psmith}}. A rather [[TheWonka weirder]] example than most, but still deadly.



* Literature/{{Psmith}}. A rather [[TheWonka weirder]] example than most, but still deadly.
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes is highly effective at delivering gentlemanly snarks.
* This is particularly common in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': most of the Lannisters are good at producing zingers, but Lady Olenna Tyrell makes it into an art form.



* Literature/LordPeterWimsey keeps up a running stream of babble that makes the uneducated believe him to be an UpperClassTwit, but which references disparate subjects from the classical canon to campanology.
* ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory'': Willy Wonka has a gift for elegant snarking, with put-downs that whiz right over his targets' heads at times. When Veruca Salt asks him "Who wants a beard, for heaven's sake?" when he's explaining the purpose of Hair Toffee, he replies "It would suit you very well, but unfortunately the mixture is not quite right yet." (Though he is much more direct when arguing with her mother at one point: "My dear old fish, go and boil your head!") The [[Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory 1971 film]] and [[Theatre/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2013 stage]] takes on the character follow suit. (The Wonka of the [[Film/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory 2005 film]] has NoSocialSkills and is more awkward and childish in his snarking.)
* This is particularly common in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': most of the Lannisters are good at producing zingers, but Lady Olenna Tyrell makes it into an art form.
* Midshipman Literature/AlexisCarew is a daughter of landed gentry who produces ''many'' zingers. Her first night aboard ''Merlin'', an older midshipman, Roland, makes a "gay sailor" DoubleEntendre about Alexis' bunkmate Philip Easley, wondering if she took the top bunk or the bottom bunk.
--->'''Roland:''' Likely the top. Given young Easely, after all. Can't imagine him on top! ... Though I'm a topman, myself, and always will be!\\
'''Alexis:''' I'm quite sure that Mister Easely would acquit himself with distinction, no matter the position.\\
'''Roland:''' Mayhap. But you'll never find me on the bottom, I assure you.\\
'''Alexis:''' I'm sorry to hear your repertoire is so limited, sir. Perhaps with more experience, you'll achieve some versatility. ''(everybody else bursts out laughing)''
* Lady Lucy Fitzmartin from ''Literature/ThePearlandtheCarnelian''.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Mr. Morden is something of a villainous version of this.
** Mr. Bester is an even better example. After Mr. Garibaldi states he'd like to "Play pinata" with him:
--->'''Bester''': So, you think of me as something bright and colorful, filled with candy and toys for small children? Thank you, Mr. Garibaldi. That makes me feel so much better about our relationship.
* Mr Feeny in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.
* Tommy Lascelles of ''Series/{{The Crown|2016}}''.
* Dick Stuart-Clark from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels comes from old money (as his double-barrelled surname hints), with his medical studies funded on a per year basis by a wealthy relative's will (he coasts along doing as little work as possible so that "per year" lasts as many years as possible). He would much rather spend his time drinking and pursuing women than practising medicine. He is intelligent and savvy, but is far more likely to use that to engage in scams and schemes than in doing well at his job.



* Series/{{Frasier}} and Niles Crane are the ''masters'' of this trope. In fact, the more viciously snarky they are, the politer and more refined their language becomes. And since most of their remarks are aimed at each other, the show has some amazing SnarkToSnarkCombat
* Higgins often did this to Magnum in ''Series/MagnumPI''. He can't do it as well as some.

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* Series/{{Frasier}} and Niles Crane are the ''masters'' of this trope. In fact, the more viciously snarky they are, the politer and more refined their language becomes. And since most of their remarks are aimed at each other, the show has some amazing SnarkToSnarkCombat
SnarkToSnarkCombat.
* Higgins often did this to Magnum [[MagnificentBastard Chuck Bass]] from ''Series/GossipGirl''. He ''does'' have a job, but keep in ''Series/MagnumPI''. He mind that he's an eighteen-year-old hotelier who spends more time drinking, having sex, and playing mind games with everyone he knows. His excuse? "I'm Chuck Bass." He's also not the eternal bachelor, but if he can't do it as well as some.have Blair he seems determined to have every prostitute and easy girl in New York instead.
* In the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' mini-series, his Lordship Major Edrington is a Gentleman Snarker par excellence, which contributes greatly to his fan popularity. He's always cool and he always utters snide remarks while smirking. He also makes sure everybody knows he's better than them, yet he remains a perfect British aristocrat and gentleman.
-->'''Edrington:''' ''[watching Horatio try in vain to get on a horse]'' I can see why you chose the Navy.
* The eponymous Series/InspectorLynley.



* Mr Feeny in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.

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* Mr Feeny Jeeves from ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Doubles as a ServileSnarker. Of course, he's played by Creator/StephenFry, who could himself be considered a GentlemanSnarker.
* Raylan Givens
in ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld''.''Series/{{Justified}}''. Boyd Crowder is no slouch either.
* Ben Stone, of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', is very much a WASP. God help you if he calls you "sir".
* Higgins often did this to Magnum in ''Series/MagnumPI''. He can't do it as well as some.
* Major Charles Emerson Winchester III of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. A distinguished member of the American [[TheProudElite Proud Elite]] who has sarcasm for everybody.
* ServileSnarker Niles from ''Series/TheNanny'' certainly qualifies as this.
* O'Hara from ''Series/NurseJackie'' is a female example.
* Harold Finch of ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
* Mycroft Holmes of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. His brother Sherlock is more the TallDarkAndSnarky type.
* Robert Gilliaume in ''Soap'' and ''Benson''.
* Ianto Jones from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' develops into something of this in later series.



* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Mr. Morden is something of a villainous version of this.
** Mr. Bester is an even better example. After Mr. Garibaldi states he'd like to "Play pinata" with him:
--->'''Bester''': So, you think of me as something bright and colorful, filled with candy and toys for small children? Thank you, Mr. Garibaldi. That makes me feel so much better about our relationship.
* Major Charles Emerson Winchester III of ''Series/{{MASH}}''. A distinguished member of the American [[TheProudElite Proud Elite]] who has sarcasm for everybody.
* Robert Gilliaume in ''Soap'' and ''Benson''.
* Ianto Jones from ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' develops into something of this in later series.
* In the ''Series/HoratioHornblower'' mini-series, his Lordship Major Edrington is a Gentleman Snarker par excellence, which contributes greatly to his fan popularity. He's always cool and he always utters snide remarks while smirking. He also makes sure everybody knows he's better than them, yet he remains a perfect British aristocrat and gentleman.
-->'''Edrington:''' ''[watching Horatio try in vain to get on a horse]'' I can see why you chose the Navy.
* Jeeves from ''Series/JeevesAndWooster''. Doubles as a ServileSnarker. Of course, he's played by Creator/StephenFry, who could himself be considered a GentlemanSnarker ...
* ServileSnarker Niles from ''Series/TheNanny'' certainly qualifies as this.
* Ben Stone, of ''Series/LawAndOrder'', is very much a WASP. God help you if he calls you "sir".
* Mycroft Holmes of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''. His brother Sherlock is more the TallDarkAndSnarky type.
* The eponymous Series/InspectorLynley.
* O'Hara from ''Series/NurseJackie'' is a female example.
* Harold Finch of ''Series/PersonOfInterest''.
* Raylan Givens in ''Series/{{Justified}}''. Boyd Crowder is no slouch either.
* [[MagnificentBastard Chuck Bass]] from ''Series/GossipGirl''. He ''does'' have a job, but keep in mind that he's an eighteen-year-old hotelier who spends more time drinking, having sex, and playing mind games with everyone he knows. His excuse? "I'm Chuck Bass." He's also not the eternal bachelor, but if he can't have Blair he seems determined to have every prostitute and easy girl in New York instead.
* Dick Stuart-Clark from ''Series/DoctorInTheHouse'' and its sequels comes from old money (as his double-barrelled surname hints), with his medical studies funded on a per year basis by a wealthy relative's will (he coasts along doing as little work as possible so that "per year" lasts as many years as possible). He would much rather spend his time drinking and pursuing women than practising medicine. He is intelligent and savvy, but is far more likely to use that to engage in scams and schemes than in doing well at his job.
* Tommy Lascelles of ''[[Series/TheCrown2016 The Crown]]''.



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* In ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'', Irene's refined but polite personality serves itself well to her occasionally droll remarks.
-->What a cheery thought. The club of the damned, meetings on Tuesdays, tea and cookies provided.
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* John Dickinson of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. He's a refined, well-dressed landowner who wins a snark-off with ''Creator/BenjaminFranklin'' thusly:
-->'''Franklin:''' But to call me [an Englishman] without those rights is like calling an ox a bull--he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.\\
'''Dickinson:''' When did you first notice they were missing, sir?



* John Dickinson of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. He's a refined, well-dressed landowner who wins a snark-off with ''Creator/BenjaminFranklin'' thusly:
-->'''Franklin:''' But to call me [an Englishman] without those rights is like calling an ox a bull--he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.\\
'''Dickinson:''' When did you first notice they were missing, sir?
* The Theatre/MrsHawking play series: Clara Hawking, though she is a lady, and Justin Hawking as well. Their scenes together are a complete battle of well-bred wits. Nathaniel also becomes more so as the stories go on.

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* John Dickinson of ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. He's a refined, well-dressed landowner who wins a snark-off with ''Creator/BenjaminFranklin'' thusly:
-->'''Franklin:''' But to call me [an Englishman] without those rights is like calling an ox a bull--he's thankful for the honor, but he'd much rather have restored what's rightfully his.\\
'''Dickinson:''' When did you first notice they were missing, sir?
* The Theatre/MrsHawking ''Theatre/MrsHawking'' play series: Clara Hawking, though she is a lady, and Justin Hawking as well. Their scenes together are a complete battle of well-bred wits. Nathaniel also becomes more so as the stories go on.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Rachel Alucard is a rare female example, and quite funny one at that.



* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'''s Rachel Alucard is a rare female example, and quite funny one at that.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': While [[spoiler: Leon]] was a bit too hot-headed for this, by the second game, Judas has matured into this trope.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'': While [[spoiler: Leon]] was a bit too hot-headed for this, by the second game, Judas has matured into this trope.



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See also ServileSnarker - though due to ConservationOfCompetence, one is rarely in the employ of the other. A GentlemanSnarker may apply SophisticatedAsHell, often sparingly. Put two of them in a room together, and SnarkToSnarkCombat becomes almost inevitable.

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See also ServileSnarker - -- though due to ConservationOfCompetence, one is rarely in the employ of the other. A GentlemanSnarker may apply SophisticatedAsHell, often sparingly. Put two of them in a room together, and SnarkToSnarkCombat becomes almost inevitable.inevitable.



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* Death the kid from ''Manga/SoulEater'' pulls this gem (among many others) in his first duel with Soul and [=BlackStar=] after he shoots them in the most refined way possible:
-->''"Oops. My finger slipped."''

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* Death the kid Kid from ''Manga/SoulEater'' pulls this gem (among many others) in his first duel with Soul and [=BlackStar=] after he shoots them in the most refined way possible:
-->''"Oops.-->'''Death the Kid:''' Oops. My finger slipped."''



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* Captain Amelia, a female version, from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' owes her best lines to this trope.
-->'''Captain Amelia:''' Doctor. To muse and blabber about a treasure map, in front of this par''tic''ular crew, demonstrates a level of ineptitude that borders on the imbecilic. And I mean that in a very caring way.

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* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'':
**
Captain Amelia, a female version, from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' owes her best lines to this trope.
-->'''Captain --->'''Captain Amelia:''' Doctor. To muse and blabber about a treasure map, in front of this par''tic''ular crew, demonstrates a level of ineptitude that borders on the imbecilic. And I mean that in a very caring way.



-->'''Captain Amelia:''' Let me make this as...monosyllabic as possible. I don't much care for this crew ''you'' hired; they're... how did I describe them, Arrow? I said something rather good this morning before coffee.
-->'''Mr. Arrow:''' A ludicrous parcel of drivelling galoots, ma'am.
-->'''Captain Amelia:''' There you go; poetry.
* The Grand Duke from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.

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-->'''Captain --->'''Captain Amelia:''' Let me make this as...as... monosyllabic as possible. I don't much care for this crew ''you'' hired; they're... how did I describe them, Arrow? I said something rather good this morning before coffee.
-->'''Mr.
coffee.\\
'''Mr.
Arrow:''' A ludicrous parcel of drivelling driveling galoots, ma'am.
-->'''Captain
ma'am.\\
'''Captain
Amelia:''' There you go; poetry.
* %%* The Grand Duke from ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''.



-->'''Lord Rogers:''' You could write a book. How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less.

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-->'''Lord Rogers:''' You could write a book. How ''How to Offend Women in Five Syllables or Less.Less''.



* Lady Rebecca Gibson is a female example in ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane''. She is described by one observing character to be "very choice, very choosy" when it comes to her long line of unsuccessful suitors, sending one off in the same scene with a particularly barbed remark. Though unheard by the audience, the reaction of the suitor indicates the remark was particularly vicious, though probably deserved.
** Even with the man she likes, her initial flirting has a particularly snarky and mischievous tone.
--> '''Lady Rebecca:''' ''(to Macleane)'' You are ''not'' a gentleman.
--> '''Macleane:''' I'm sorry?
--> '''Lady Rebecca:''' No gentleman would stare at a lady like that in public.
--> '''Macleane:''' I do beg your pardon. Captain James Macleane, at your service.
--> '''Lady Rebecca:''' Oh, so you are a gentleman?
--> '''Macleane:''' Yes.
--> '''Lady Rebecca:''' What a shame.

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* Lady Rebecca Gibson is a female example in ''Film/PlunkettAndMacleane''. She is described by one observing character to be "very choice, very choosy" when it comes to her long line of unsuccessful suitors, sending one off in the same scene with a particularly barbed remark. Though unheard by the audience, the reaction of the suitor indicates the remark was particularly vicious, though probably deserved.
**
deserved. Even with the man she likes, her initial flirting has a particularly snarky and mischievous tone.
--> '''Lady -->'''Lady Rebecca:''' ''(to Macleane)'' ''[to Macleane]'' You are ''not'' a gentleman.
-->
gentleman.\\
'''Macleane:''' I'm sorry?
-->
sorry?\\
'''Lady Rebecca:''' No gentleman would stare at a lady like that in public.
-->
public.\\
'''Macleane:''' I do beg your pardon. Captain James Macleane, at your service.
-->
service.\\
'''Lady Rebecca:''' Oh, so you are a gentleman?
-->
gentleman?\\
'''Macleane:''' Yes.
-->
Yes.\\
'''Lady Rebecca:''' What a shame.



--> "You've lost ''another'' submarine?"
* The French movie ''Ridicule'' (often referred to as "''Wit''" in English-speaking countries) suggests that before the Revolution, the entire French political system revolved around who could do this most effectively.
** After the Revolution, most of the entire political systems in the whole world began to revolve around who can do this most effectively...

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--> "You've -->'''Jeffery Pelt:''' You've lost ''another'' submarine?"
submarine?
* The French movie ''Ridicule'' (often referred to as "''Wit''" in English-speaking countries) suggests that before the Revolution, the entire French political system revolved around who could do this most effectively.
**
effectively. After the Revolution, most of the entire political systems in the whole world began to revolve around who can do this most effectively...



-->'''Captain von Trapp''': If the Nazis take over Austria, I have no doubt, Herr Zeller, that you would be the entire trumpet section.
-->'''Herr Zeller''': You flatter me, Captain.
-->'''Captain von Trapp''': Oh, how clumsy of me. I meant to accuse you.

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-->'''Captain von Trapp''': Trapp:''' If the Nazis take over Austria, I have no doubt, Herr Zeller, that you would be the entire trumpet section.
-->'''Herr Zeller''':
section.\\
'''Herr Zeller:'''
You flatter me, Captain.
-->'''Captain
Captain.\\
'''Captain
von Trapp''': Trapp:''' Oh, how clumsy of me. I meant to accuse you.



-->'''Alfred''': Will you be taking the Batpod, sir?
-->'''Bruce''': (''Rushing off to protect Coleman Reese'') In broad daylight, Alfred? Not very subtle.
-->'''Alfred''': The Lamborghini, then? (''to self'') Much more subtle.

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-->'''Alfred''': -->'''Alfred:''' Will you be taking the Batpod, sir?
-->'''Bruce''': (''Rushing
sir?\\
'''Bruce:''' ''[rushing
off to protect Coleman Reese'') Reese]'' In broad daylight, Alfred? Not very subtle.
-->'''Alfred''':
subtle.\\
'''Alfred:'''
The Lamborghini, then? (''to self'') ''[to self]'' Much more subtle.



-->'''Hobson:''' Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
-->'''Gloria:''' Hi.
-->'''Hobson:''' Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.

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-->'''Hobson:''' Thrilling to meet you, Gloria.
-->'''Gloria:''' Hi.
-->'''Hobson:'''
Gloria.\\
'''Gloria:''' Hi.\\
'''Hobson:'''
Yes... You obviously have a wonderful economy with words, Gloria. I look forward to your next syllable with great eagerness.



-->'''Lestrade:''' In another life, you would have made an excellent criminal.
-->'''Holmes:''' Yes, and you, Lestrade, an excellent policeman.

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-->'''Lestrade:''' In another life, you would have made an excellent criminal.
-->'''Holmes:'''
criminal.\\
'''Holmes:'''
Yes, and you, Lestrade, an excellent policeman.



* Charles Xavier has shades of this in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. He's from an extremely wealthy family, attends Oxford and possesses an absolutely brilliant mind--but he prefers to use his mind-reading abilities and genius knowledge of genetics to seduce women, and seems more interested in drinking than helping mankind. Even when he starts the team, he still possesses a keen wit and sense of fun (which is not to say he is in any way flippant about his beliefs). Only towards the end, when [[spoiler:his friendship with Erik is destroyed and he is left paralyzed]], does he truly become the mentor and leader we would come to know and love.

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* Charles Xavier has shades of this in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. He's from an extremely wealthy family, attends Oxford and possesses an absolutely brilliant mind--but mind -- but he prefers to use his mind-reading abilities and genius knowledge of genetics to seduce women, and seems more interested in drinking than helping mankind. Even when he starts the team, he still possesses a keen wit and sense of fun (which is not to say he is in any way flippant about his beliefs). Only towards the end, when [[spoiler:his friendship with Erik is destroyed and he is left paralyzed]], does he truly become the mentor and leader we would come to know and love.



-->'''Christopher''': I regard the soul as an essentially feminine accessory, anima quite different from animus, the male variant. This is how I explain the otherwise puzzling difference between the sexes. Where men have intellect, women have soul.
-->'''Joy''': As you say, Professor Riley, uh, I'm from the United States, and different cultures have different modes of discourse. I need a little guidance. Are you trying to be offensive, or just merely stupid?

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-->'''Christopher''': -->'''Christopher:''' I regard the soul as an essentially feminine accessory, anima quite different from animus, the male variant. This is how I explain the otherwise puzzling difference between the sexes. Where men have intellect, women have soul.
-->'''Joy''':
soul.\\
'''Joy:'''
As you say, Professor Riley, uh, I'm from the United States, and different cultures have different modes of discourse. I need a little guidance. Are you trying to be offensive, or just merely stupid?



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s Havelock Vetinari. The most magnificent MagnificentBastard ever, he has a title, and if you actually read what he's saying carefully, he's ''unbelievably'' snarky. This has become a major point of fear for those forced to frequently tell him things he's not going to like:
--> '''Colon''': ''[with genuine dread]'' Lord Vetinari won't stop at sarcasm. He might use -- ''[swallowing]'' -- ''irony''. He's probably going to be satirical, even ...
** His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples.
** Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you". Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately.
** Besides Vetinari, the ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' novel has some great examples of this from the Klatchian (fantasy Arabs) nobility, especially prominent with Prince Cadram:
--->'''Prince Cadram''': Tell me, Sir Vimes, I keep hearing the term "towel-head" being thrown around, but I'm not sure I understand its meaning. Do you happen to know?\\
'''Vimes''': Erm... it, uh... it refers to your headdress, your majesty.\\
'''Cadram''': Really? Well, ''thank you'', Sir Vimes. Do you know, nobody else here at this dinner seemed to have any idea what it meant! ''(Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it was a racial slur. He was just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles.)''

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'''s ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
**
Havelock Vetinari. The most magnificent MagnificentBastard ever, he has a title, and if you actually read what he's saying carefully, he's ''unbelievably'' snarky. His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples. Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you." Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately. This has become a major point of fear for those forced to frequently tell him things he's not going to like:
--> '''Colon''': --->'''Colon:''' ''[with genuine dread]'' Lord Vetinari won't stop at sarcasm. He might use -- ''[swallowing]'' -- ''irony''. He's probably going to be satirical, even ...
** His lines in the council of war in ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' are quite possibly the best examples.
** Vetinari occasionally says "Please don't let me detain you". Those to whom he says it usually consider exactly what that detention might involve, and then leave immediately.
even...
** Besides Vetinari, the ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' novel has some great examples of this from the Klatchian (fantasy Arabs) nobility, especially prominent with Prince Cadram:
Cadram., Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it is a racial slur. He is just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles:
--->'''Prince Cadram''': Cadram:''' Tell me, Sir Vimes, I keep hearing the term "towel-head" being thrown around, but I'm not sure I understand its meaning. Do you happen to know?\\
'''Vimes''': '''Vimes:''' Erm... it, uh... it refers to your headdress, your majesty.\\
'''Cadram''': '''Cadram:''' Really? Well, ''thank you'', Sir Vimes. Do you know, nobody else here at this dinner seemed to have any idea what it meant! ''(Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it was a racial slur. He was just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles.)''meant!



--->'''Simon:''' "I'm sorry, Dad. I would never have tried to save River's life if I had known there was a dinner party at risk."

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--->'''Simon:''' ---->'''Simon:''' "I'm sorry, Dad. I would never have tried to save River's life if I had known there was a dinner party at risk."



--->'''Simon:''' "I can't keep track of her when she's not incorporeally possessing a spaceship, don't look at me."
--->'''Simon:''' "Well, my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood."

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--->'''Simon:''' "I ---->'''Simon:''' I can't keep track of her when she's not incorporeally possessing a spaceship, don't look at me."
--->'''Simon:''' "Well,
\\
'''Simon:''' Well,
my sister's a ship. We had a complicated childhood."



--->'''Distinguished Old Man:''' Why, Banning Miller! What a vision you are in your fine dress. It must have taken a dozen slaves a dozen days just to get you into that getup. 'Course, your daddy tells me it takes the space of a schoolboy's wink to get you ''out'' of it again.

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--->'''Distinguished ---->'''Distinguished Old Man:''' Why, Banning Miller! What a vision you are in your fine dress. It must have taken a dozen slaves a dozen days just to get you into that getup. 'Course, your daddy tells me it takes the space of a schoolboy's wink to get you ''out'' of it again.



--->'''Sir Warrick Harrow:''' Now, you're going to have to rely on your winning personality to get women. God help you.

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--->'''Sir ---->'''Sir Warrick Harrow:''' Now, you're going to have to rely on your winning personality to get women. God help you.



-->'''Bernard:''' [The painting] was on loan from the Musee d'Orsay to the National Gallery. The President, on a visit to the gallery, and possessing even less taste in fine art than you have in accessories, announced that he liked the painting. The French government offered it as a gift to the White House. I suppose in retribution for [=EuroDisney=]. So here it hangs, like a gym sock on a shower rod.\\

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-->'''Bernard:''' [The painting] was on loan from the Musee Musée d'Orsay to the National Gallery. The President, on a visit to the gallery, and possessing even less taste in fine art than you have in accessories, announced that he liked the painting. The French government offered it as a gift to the White House. I suppose in retribution for [=EuroDisney=]. So here it hangs, like a gym sock on a shower rod.\\



** Mr. Bester is an even better example.
*** After Mr. Garibaldi states he'd like to "Play pinata" with him:

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** Mr. Bester is an even better example.
***
example. After Mr. Garibaldi states he'd like to "Play pinata" with him:



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-->'''Ghost Rider:''' You're like a demonic employment agency. Anyone who fights you gets a job with some lesser lord of Hell.
-->'''Dr. Strange:''' Joke if you must, O man named Johnny Blaze with a flaming skull head.
-->'''Ghost Rider:''' You making fun of--?
-->'''Iron Man:''' Pointing out irony. Not the same as making fun. But Strange, snark is my department. From you, we need a briefing.
-->'''Dr. Strange:''' [[NarratingTheObvious There are demons on the doorstep. Mephisto stirs. The threat of Dormammu lingers.]] Anything else?

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-->'''Ghost Rider:''' You're like a demonic employment agency. Anyone who fights you gets a job with some lesser lord of Hell.
-->'''Dr.
Hell.\\
'''Dr.
Strange:''' Joke if you must, O man named Johnny Blaze with a flaming skull head.
-->'''Ghost
head.\\
'''Ghost
Rider:''' You making fun of--?
-->'''Iron
of--?\\
'''Iron
Man:''' Pointing out irony. Not the same as making fun. But Strange, snark is my department. From you, we need a briefing.
-->'''Dr.
briefing.\\
'''Dr.
Strange:''' [[NarratingTheObvious There are demons on the doorstep. Mephisto stirs. The threat of Dormammu lingers.]] Anything else?



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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Delta, an AI which is supposed to be the pure embodiment of logic, and who typically has a very blandly friendly and overly formal and polite personality. He's also the BondCreature to a very, very snarky soldier. The end result personality mix is rather entertaining, especially when the two VitriolicBestBuds are [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snarking at each other]].
* Eli from ''Webcomic/{{Lapse}}'' is genuine one, considering from what time period he's from.

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* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' has Delta, an AI A.I. which is supposed to be the pure embodiment of logic, and who typically has a very blandly friendly and overly formal and polite personality. He's also the BondCreature to a very, very snarky soldier. The end result personality mix is rather entertaining, especially when the two VitriolicBestBuds are [[SnarkToSnarkCombat snarking at each other]].
* Eli from ''Webcomic/{{Lapse}}'' is genuine one, considering from what time period he's from.
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* Eli from ''Webcomic/{{Lapse}}'' is a genuine one, considering from what time period he's from.
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* Whilst being a Jedi precludes being an actual gentleman, Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has the gentlemanly demeanour and reserved attitude of the trope - as well as making some truly cutting putdowns and snarkery in the most polite way possible. Not for nothing does a compilation of his best lines (https://youtu.be/H2sjvbtk1kw ) label him 'the Master Of Trolling', yet not once in the whole video is he outright rude.

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* Whilst being a Jedi precludes being an actual gentleman, Obi-Wan Kenobi in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' has the gentlemanly demeanour demeanor and reserved attitude of the trope - -- as well as making some truly cutting putdowns put-downs and snarkery in the most polite way possible. Not for nothing does a [[https://youtu.be/H2sjvbtk1kw compilation of his best lines (https://youtu.be/H2sjvbtk1kw ) lines]] label him 'the "the Master Of Trolling', Trolling", yet not once in the whole video is he outright rude.



* As well as often playing this sort of character, [[Creator/GeorgeSanders George Sanders]] was born into the Russian gentry, and was technically a real-life example too.

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* As well as often playing this sort of character, [[Creator/GeorgeSanders George Sanders]] Creator/GeorgeSanders was born into the Russian gentry, and was technically a real-life example too.

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** Besides Vetinari, the ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' novel has some great examples of this from the Klatchian (fantasy Arabs) nobility, especially prominent with Prince Cadram:
--->'''Prince Cadram''': Tell me, Sir Vimes, I keep hearing the term "towel-head" being thrown around, but I'm not sure I understand its meaning. Do you happen to know?\\
'''Vimes''': Erm... it, uh... it refers to your headdress, your majesty.\\
'''Cadram''': Really? Well, ''thank you'', Sir Vimes. Do you know, nobody else here at this dinner seemed to have any idea what it meant! ''(Note that Cadram is very familiar with Morporkian culture and almost certainly knew it was a racial slur. He was just "innocently" bringing it up to embarrass the Morporkian nobles.)''


* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as "King of Knights", Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]

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* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as "King of Knights", Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting befitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]


*** Elizabeth Bennet loves absurdities and making fun of silly people and their faults, and she very often exaggerates or twists her opinions to be witty. She's arch and very endearing, and always a [[SpiritedYoungLady lady]].
*** Mr. Darcy is very haughty and proud and he snarks a lot, but he rarely doesn't behave like a gentleman. However, sometimes he can come off as insulting. For example his sneering remark about Elizabeth's beauty (he calls her "''tolerable'', but not handsome enough to tempt me") and his aloof behaviour make him very unpopular among Meryton folks.

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*** Elizabeth Bennet loves absurdities and making fun of silly people and their faults, and she very often exaggerates or twists her opinions to be witty. She's described as pairing her arch comments with a sweet and very endearing, and always a [[SpiritedYoungLady lady]].
friendly demeanor, so much so that Darcy finds her remarks attractive without ever realizing that she ''is'' deliberately trying to irritate him into going away.
*** Mr. Darcy is very haughty and proud and he snarks a lot, but he rarely doesn't behave like a gentleman. However, sometimes he can come off as insulting. For example his sneering remark about Elizabeth's beauty (he calls her "''tolerable'', but not handsome enough to tempt me") me" and later "I would soon call [her a beauty as] her mother a wit") and his aloof behaviour make him very unpopular among Meryton folks.


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** Henry Tilney of ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' is similar to Elizabeth Bennet--he's never without a sarcastic aside or a witty reinterpretation of someone's remark, but he's so good-natured and charming Catherine just finds him cuter (even when most of his humor flies over her head).


* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]

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* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as 'King "King of Knights', Knights", Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]


* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]

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* ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't change the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue tends to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]


* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]

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* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': ''[[Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor A Knight's Tale as Inquisitor]]'': As indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] as 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she's landed in.]]


* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': As the indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] of 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she landed in.]]

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* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': As the indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] of as 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she she's landed in.]]


* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': As the indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] of 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she landed in.]]

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* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': As the indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] of 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword.sword]]. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she landed in.]]

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* ''Fanfic/AKnightsTaleasInquisitor'': As the indicted by her [[RedBaron moniker]] of 'King of Knights', Arturia is very courteous, eloquent, and polite to others at all times, showing professionalism fitting for one such [[KingArthur her]]. However, this doesn't the fact that the wit that comes out of her tongue to be just as sharp as her [[{{Excalibur}} sword. This actually fits right in with the [[WorldOfSnark world she landed in.]]


* One of the aspects played up in Guy Ritchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.

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* One of the aspects played up in Guy Ritchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.Creator/GuyRitchie's ''Film/SherlockHolmes2009''.



* Jeff of ''Film/RearWindow''.

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* %%* Jeff of ''Film/RearWindow''.

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