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"Wow, sarcasm. That's original."

A character prone to gnomic, sarcastic, sometimes bitter, occasionally whimsical asides.

The Deadpan Snarker exists to deflate pomposity, point out the unlikelihood of certain plans, and deliver funny lines. Typically the most cynical supporting character. In most cases, it is implied that the snarker would make a good leader, strategist, or consultant given their ability to instantly see the flaws in a constructed plan. More often than not, their innate snarkiness is the only thing preventing the other characters from comprehending this for themselves. In other cases, the Deadpan Snarker resorts to sarcasm because they're the Only Sane Man. Tends to be shot a Death Glare when they go too far (and probably isn't without one of their own, either). Note that due to the definition evolving, the "Deadpan" part of the title has gradually become The Artifact and a deadpan delivery is no longer a necessary part of the trope.

While the Snarker has existed (in both fiction and Real Life) since time immemorial, its most contemporary incarnation emerged in the early 1930s with the new popularity of sound cinema and the rise of "zinger" comedy. In fact, it was in 1933 that the word "wisecrack" (the Snarker's most trusted sidearm) entered English-language dictionaries. (And, in a stroke of genius, the word "wisecrack" is itself a wisecrack, carrying the sarcastic connotation of "Oh, yeah, you're a real Socrates, smart guy.")

Sometimes the Deadpan Snarker is shown to be incapable of avoiding sarcasm, due to their insecurity about expressing any genuine thought or feeling, and their fear of withdrawing from the cynical position and protection. This may turn them into a Stepford Snarker.

A sub-trope of this is Grade System Snark. Compare The Snark Knight, Little Miss Snarker, Cuckoosnarker, Weasel Mascot, First-Person Smartass, Servile Snarker, Gentleman Snarker, Silent Snarker, Disabled Snarker, Mentor in Sour Armor. See also Non-Action Snarker, Snarky Nonhuman Sidekick, Cats Are Snarkers, Tall, Dark, and Snarky, Surrounded by Idiots, Silicon Snarker, and Sarcastic Devotee. Sometimes overlaps with Genre Savvy and No Sense of Humor. A common role for a Straight Man. May wear Jade-Colored Glasses. Expect them to resort frequently to Brutal Honesty. If there are too many of these, you might be in a World of Snark. Overdoing it on one character may result in a Jerkass; even when done in sufficient moderation, however, the character still tends to rely on a certain amount of Jerkass Dissonance (since, well, the audience would probably be less amused by the Deadpan Snarker's biting wit if they were the ones on the receiving end of it). Expect plenty of Snark-to-Snark Combat if and when two of these meet. May result in Offing the Mouth. Try not to confuse the dialogue with Buffy Speak. It's common among narrators, making them into a Lemony Narrator.

The Troublemaker is often the recipient of their most biting snark.

Now, as for real life examples... Oh, yeah, right. Someone up there has got no sense of humour. noreallife

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    Wow. Advertising. Easily the biggest wastes of our time and only exist to annoy us. 
  • Geralt in one of the trailers for Gwent: The Witcher Card Game is playing Gwent with Ciri as soldiers bust into the locale and approach her from behind. He's still talking about their game.
    Geralt: Let me guess. She's got a dragon.
  • Morris the Catnote  from the 9 Lives cat food commercials does this on a regular basis.note 
  • There's a Liberty Mutual ad on YouTube with a comedienne and her self-aware puppet singing the jingle, the latter being this trope.
    Comedienne: That was great!
    Puppet: Well, at least one of us was...
  • In the Jay Bush and Duke ads for Bush's Baked Beans, this is Duke's default attitude in response to Jay's statements, such as one in which people are honking because of a message that he posted stating "Honk if you want the secret family recipe" and Jay says that they're friendly for honking like this.
    Duke: Yeah. Friendly.

    People actually consider Music an art. They’re just making noise, how creative. 

    Y'know, "Myths & Religion" isn't exactly the first thing that pops into mind when I think "snark", but yeah, sure, I guess. 
  • It tends to get lost in translation, but the Gospels often portray Jesus as quite the Deadpan Snarker.
    Jesus: Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for a fish, will give a snake instead of a fish? Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
    • There's also his interaction with the Samaritan woman at the well:
      Jesus said to her, "Go, call your husband, and come back." The woman answered him, "I have no husband." Jesus said to her, "You are right in saying, 'I have no husband'; for you have had five husbands, and the one you have now is not your husband. What you have said is true!"
    • There's also the first meeting between Jesus and soon-to-be-Apostle Nathaniel, which involves some snarking all around. Philip runs to get Nathaniel and tells him Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah, which contains such gems as these:
      Nathaniel: Can anything good come from Nazareth?
      Philip: Come and see.
      Jesus, upon seeing Nathaniel: Behold, an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!
      Nathaniel, to Jesus: How do you know me?
      Jesus: Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.
      Nathaniel: Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.
      Jesus: Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.
    • He often used the expression "as a sinner or a tax collector." Implication being, even on a list of lowlifes, tax collectors are the lowest. Guess what Matthew did for a living.
    • When Pilate asks if he's The King of The Jews, he basically answers "you said it, not me."
    • In chapter 10 of The Gospel of John, when Jews listening to Jesus's preaching pick up stones intending to stone him, his response is, "I've shown you many great works from my Father; for which of these are you stoning me?"
    • Other than him, Paul of Tarsus loved to deal some snark in his epistles. In one instance, mediating an argument amongst the Galatians about circumcision, he helpfully recommends to the conservative Jewish converts agitating against the pagan converts that they "go the whole way and cut the entire thing off!" Another translation is, "I wish those [agitating for the circumcision of the Gentiles] would castrate themselves," which is arguably even snarkier.
    • Another example: (Acts 22:26) As a Roman guard ties Paul up to flog him, Paul casually asks if it is legal to flog a uncondemned Roman citizen (it's not). The guard captain, upon hearing that Paul is a citizen says, "With a large sum I obtained this citizenship" to which Paul simply replies, "But I was born a citizen."
    • In Acts 23:1-5 (N.I.V.), when Paul is brought before the Sanhedrin:
      Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, "My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day." At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. Then Paul said to him, "God will strike you, you white-washed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!" Those who were standing near Paul said, "You dare to insult God's high priest?" Paul replied, "Brothers, I did not know that he was the high priest, for it is written: 'Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.'"
    • In I Samuel 21, David is brought before King Achish, and fearing for his life he feigns insanity. When Achish sees him, he sarcastically asks his servants if he has a shortage of madmen, that they need to bring him another.
    • In 1 Kings 18, Elijah challenges the prophets of Baal to a showdown, to see whose god could ignite a sacrifice. After what must be hours of calling for Baal:
      Elijah: Call at the top of your voice, for he is a god; for he must be concerned with a matter, and he has excrement and has to go to the privy. Or maybe he is asleep and ought to wake up.
      • In the Hebrew, Elijah uses a euphemism for the bathroom part (i.e. "busy with something", or the way an English speaker might say it, "on high"). Ultimately, one wonders if he was given any prophetic foresight that the ultimate fate of the temple of Baal would be as a public toilet (2 Kings 10:27).
    • What do you expect? The Bible was written by Jews wasn't it? A people famed for snarkiness and black humor — and getting into situations that required it.
      • Plus, when you think about it, God is the ultimate Knight in Sour Armor.
      • When Jonah (post-fish) sits on a hillside overlooking the Nineveh he hates and is angry that his preaching has led to the citizens' repenting and the city not being destroyed, God causes a vine with a gourd on it to grow over Jonah to shade him from the sun. God then causes the vine to die, and when Jonah is angry over the gourd's absence, He replies 'Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow, which came up in a night, and perished in a night; and should not I have pity on Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand, and also much cattle?'
      • The entire nation of Israel would seem to qualify. When they found themselves trapped between Pharaoh's army and the Red Sea, the people cried out to Moses, "What—there were no graves in Egypt, so we had to die here instead?"
      • The God Test in the Book of Isaiah, where God challenges the idols Israel is worshipping to prove themselves as gods, is four verses of God mocking the idols.
        Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods.
    • Jeremiah's sidekick Baruch, a scribe. To quote Jeremiah 36:17-18:
      They asked Baruch, saying, "How did you write all these words at [Jeremiah's] instruction?"
      Baruch: "He pronounced all these words to me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book."
  • From Classical Mythology, Momos/Momus), the Greek god of satire, mockery, censure, writers, and poets... or in other words, snark*. Gee, Zeus, the Trojan War is such a great idea. There are too many people on Earth anyway.

    After a lot of bad news with slanted coverage, plus your favorite sports teams doing abysmally, I guess any art even REMOTELY humorous will crack you up. 
  • In Conchy, the cynical Oom Paul is always ready to point out the foibles of his fellow islanders, or the world in general, in an extremely dry fashion.
  • Will, Wheeler, and Cocoa from Dogs of C-Kennel.
  • While Garfield has always been a deadpan snarker, when his comic began, Jon Arbuckle was the original (human) snarker (being most notorious during the fall of 1978), with Dr. Liz Wilson taking that role when she was introduced the following year. (Jon at the turn of the eighties was not yet the Straw Loser he is today). Finally, by the mid-1990s the cast had been reduced to Garfield, Jon and Odie (apart from the unseen Ellen and Jon's various blind dates), and the fat cat took the deadpan persona he is today. Creator Jim Davis even noted how Lorenzo Music's voice acting Garfield in the cartoons worked well because “he had a way of throwing a line away and not really caring about it."
  • Snoopy from Peanuts.
  • Rudi from the German comic of the same name. His sister also has this somewhat. When Rudi reprimands her for wearing a sexy Little Black Dress, so all the guys on the street are staring at her:
    Vicky: "Don't like it? Sorry, but my burqa is being dry-cleaned..."
  • In Sally Forth (Wood): two specialists are Wild Bill Yonder and Q. P. Dahl.
  • In Andy Capp, every character is ready to make a sarcastic Aside Comment as a punchline, or a jab directed at someone else.
  • B.C. has Curls, who the title character introduces to the rest of the cast as "master of sarcastic wit."
  • Tumbleweeds is practically a World of Snark.

    Pinballs, stupid, outdated games. Nobody ever pays attention to these. 

    Podcasts are just people talking. Conversations are boring. End of story. 
  • Riley from Less is Morgue is insanely snarky and about as deadpan as it gets, speaking largely in complete monotone, unless they're feeling particularly angry or sarcastic. It's largely a defense mechanism, but they'd die before they'd admit it.
  • Most of Starlee's clients on Mystery Show. Starlee also gets in on it occasionally.
  • Both Dasha and Anna on Red Scare embody this trope pretty much 100% of the time.
  • Greg and Ella sometimes get like this on Relative Disasters.
  • All three of the co-hosts on Well There's Your Problem with Justin in particular standing out.
  • Chris James, the cohost of Guys is unabashedly this trope.

    People acting like fools and dressing in silly costumes is all that Pro Wrestling is. No thanks. 

    A radio, your number one source for white noise. Unless you have a TV. 
  • Legendary comedy team Bob & Ray based their entire act around this trope, as applied originally to the medium they worked in, and later expanded to take in every media trend and fad going. Given their influence on modern American comedy - including but not limited to Bob Newhart and George Carlin - it could be argued that they played a major role in popularising the concept.
    Bob: (introducing a "human interest" segment) We've found that you listeners enjoy hearing these pathetic people tell their tragic stories.
  • First Officer Douglas Richardson in Cabin Pressure. It's one of the things he does best, and he's good at everything; pretty much every character in the series has their moments, with the exception of Arthur, but Douglas is the standout example.
  • Ed Reardon of Ed Reardon's Week.
  • One might miss it between Captain Obvious moments, but Arthur Dent in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1978) was not above indulging occasionally.
    Ford: How would you react if I said I'm not from Guilford after all, but from a small planet somewhere in the vicinity of Betelgeuse?
    Arthur: I don't know. Why, do you think it's the sort of think you're likely to say?
    • More obviously, Zaphod snarks at Arthur, Ford snarks at Zaphod, Trillian snarks at both of them and Marvin just snarks.
  • The late Humphrey Lyttleton on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue, whose chairman persona believed the entire game was insane, and the teams were clearly idiots for doing these things. (Except Mornington Crescent. That was Serious Business.)
    • The current host, Jack Dee, has carried on the tradition, with a few subtle differences. Humph was more bored, Jack is more bitter.
  • Paul Darrow (best known as Avon in Blake's 7) portrays one of these on Jack FM. He supplies all the recorded between song/advert/news/weather etc voiceovers in this style. (Jack FM is a "jukebox" style station with no DJs apart from a weekday breakfast show.)
    "Plans for CSI:Basingstoke were dropped after it was discovered no-one has any dental records and they all share the same DNA"
  • Robin Ince in Mitch Benns Crimes Against Music. And in real life.
  • The Devil in Old Harry's Game is very definitely one of these, though most of the other characters get their moments.
  • Our Miss Brooks: Miss Brooks' character uses sarcasm with frequency (as does many of the characters Eve Arden plays in other works).
  • Everyone in The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show has their moments, but Julius the grocery boy takes the prize. This trope defines how he enters a room and greets Phil and Frankie.
  • On the Preston & Steve show, Steve is known for being able to deliver lines completely straight.
  • In Riders Radio Theater, a great many of Woody Paul's lines, despite an earnest delivery, seem to absolutely drip with irony.
  • Spock in the Spock Versus Q audio plays Armageddon Tonight and Did I say that?. Technically, Q is the Deadpan Snarker for most of the latter play, but only because he's Spock. It Makes Sense in Context.

    Roleplay, because obviously there's no better way to use your time than make-believing that you're someone else. 
  • AJCO:
    • Will Heggers, the Castle Crew engineer and Only Sane Man, is the most qualified character by far.
      <Ranger> That's a lot of ash.. and ... dead people...
      <Will> It looks like the last birthday party at AJCO.
    • Other characters, such as Breyos and Frances, have their moments. The normally polite Egg will turn into one when backed into a corner.
  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Fesxis has a very acerbic wit to go with her formal and dour personality, and spends most of her time snarking at her host Sebastian.
    • Simon is an anti-social brooder with a snide remark for any situation he finds himself in.
  • DC Nation:
    • Green Shield and Caleb Zukov take snark to the level of art form — usually at the other's expense.
    • Anything by Itsjustsomerandomguy, especially the Joker and the Green Goblin (when he isn't high).
  • Glowfic has a lot of this - Adarins, Bells, Yvettes, and others snark every now and then.
  • A lot of the cops on NoPixel have a lot of deadpan snark, like Malton, Wrangler, Bundy, and Toretti. Ditto for judges like Judge Crane, Judge LaBarre, and Judge Stanton.
  • Touhou: a Glimmer of an Outside World has Koakuma providing lots and lots of snark, along with Mima. Hilariously, Koakuma is a Mima fangirl.

    Imagine movies with more effort and less money. Something something art something something. 
  • Arcadia has a healthy dose of them, but most notably Septimus and Thomasina. And possibly Valentine, but he might just be being rude.
  • Arms and the Man has Nicola, who is always ready with some witty banter behind the master's back.
  • Touchstone and Jaques from As You Like It.
  • Mrs. Baker in Butterflies Are Free. And it's awesome.
    Jill: (talking about auditioning for a play naked) I don't think anyone could call me a prude.
    Mrs. Baker: (mock outrage) I'd like to see them try!
  • The Bridges of Madison County: Francesca definitely has her moments. See: her suggestion that "the patron saint of Iowa housewives" sent Robert to her, or this little exchange:
    Robert: Is there anything else you'd like me to do?
    Francesca: That you haven't done to me already?
  • Joanne in Company. She's about as snarky as you can find.
  • John Proctor of The Crucible shows some of this, especially in Act One.
  • Cyrano de Bergerac: In a play settled in Paris at The Cavalier Years, Witty Banter is Serious Business for everyone.
    Ragueneau: Have you been in some danger?
    Lise (shaking her finger at him): Methinks you speak not the truth in saying that!
    • Raguenau’s wife, Lisa, gives us her opinion of Raguenau’s poet friends:
    Ragueneau: How can I? In a moment,
    My poets will be here.
  • Countess Orsina from Emilia Galotti who brims over with sarcasm, being the only enlightened woman in the whole play.
  • John and Ken mostly in Fifth Of July, but everyone gets their shots in at least once.
  • Phyllis from Follies.
  • King Gama from Gilbert and Sullivan's Princess Ida.
  • Hamlet: Hamlet himself. All the time, even when talking to himself.
  • Maggie Grant in Lady in the Dark.
  • Lorenzo de Medici in Lorenzaccio is famous in-universe for his snarky remarks, some of which are extremely bitter.
  • Portia in The Merchant of Venice.
  • Mary Flynn from Merrily We Roll Along. An unusual character trait given that she's the chick in her Power Trio.
  • Much Ado About Nothing has Benedick and Beatrice, whose Belligerent Sexual Tension results in much Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Natalie of Next to Normal, though she's something of a Stepford Snarker
  • Othello: Iago has some sweet moments.
  • The Lemony Narrator of Passing Strange.
  • Pokémon Live! has Meowth and, surprisingly, Giovanni.
  • Romeo and Juliet:
    • Mercutio. Especially as he's dying.
    • Romeo's usually too busy whining, but he is shown to be quite snarky himself when he's in a happier mood, i.e. Act II.
  • In 1776, Franklin, Jefferson, and Adams all have their moments, but Jefferson wins for sheer... deadpan-yness.
    Adams: Do you mean to tell me that [the Declaration of Independence] is not yet finished?!
    Jefferson: No, sir. I mean to say that it is not yet begun.
    • And then, almost immediately afterwards:
    Adams: He has a whole week! The world was created in a week!
    Jefferson: Someday you must tell me how you did it.
    Adams: Disgusting. Look at him, Franklin. Virginia's most famous lover!
    Jefferson: Virginia abstains.
  • Gemma on Sons of Anarchy:
    Gemma: Jesus is the guy who cuts my lawn.
  • Archie from 13.
  • Twelfth Night
    • The fool. Olivia even calls him a "dry fool".
    • Olivia herself, mostly in the first act and towards Orsino.
    • Maria.
  • Speed, Servile Snarker extraordinaire from Two Gentlemen of Verona. Proteus jokes that he's so dry, he'd save a ship from sinking simply by being on it.
  • Royal advisors in U.S.L.E.S. productions are often this, e.g. Dandini in Cinderella.
  • Wicked
    • In Act One, Fiyero has elements of this. His response when Elphaba claims his carriage almost ran her over is to comment that his driver saw green (her skincolour) and thought it meant go, and when asked if he was sleeping rather than paying attention tells her that he was sleeping, it's daytime.
    • Elphaba very much.
    Fiyero: Uh, listen, I've been thinking—
    Elphaba: Yes, I heard.
But that line is the least of it.
Nessarose: What are you doing here?
Elphaba: Well, there's no place like home.
Glinda and Elphaba: There must be some confusion for you see my roommate is...
Glinda: Unusually and exceeding peculiar and altogether quite impossible to describe.
Elphaba: [Beat] Blonde.
  • Ruth Sherwood from Wonderful Town, especially in her song "One Hundred Easy Ways".
  • Henrik Ibsen, a virtual Snark Knight in Real Life, put deadpan snarkers in his plays for good measure.
    • St John's Eve has Johannes Birk, especially when confronting a useless urban romantic.
    • Comedy Of Love has Falk, the poet.
    • Brand: the titular character to a T.
    • Ghosts: Regina Engstrand (a rare female example).
    • Hedda Gabler: The titular character - another female example.
    • The League of Youth: Fjeldbo, the doctor, especially when confronting the hero of the play. Also the old politician Lundestad.
    • The Wild Duck: Both Gregers Werle and Doctor Relling.
    • The Pretenders: Jatgeir the minstrel, in service of Skule Baardsson. Also Nicolas the Bishop of Oslo.
  • Hamlet has his moments-like Mercutio, he combines being a Deadpan Snarker with a Hurricane of Puns.

    You know a cartoon is really good when it doesn't get airtime. 
  • Anon has Dani, Hunter and Tucker. Candace, Tucker's daughter, is shown to have inherited this trait in Season 6.
    Jasmine: Um, EXCUSE ME! I'm trying to give a presentation here.
    Candace: Oh my God, Jasmine. I am SO sorry I interrupted the presentation that no one was listening to.
    Jasmine: Umm...
    Candace: Please continue.
  • Max from Camp Camp, which while not totally deadpan given his tendency to scream, frequently makes fun of his fellow campers, and the staff's, eccentricities.
  • Chadam can be quite sarcastic, such as telling the 8-year-old Ripley that her drawings are good "for a 6-year-old", and tells Sandy that he'll "just pour some ink on the Pallid".
  • Charlie the Unicorn.
    "Were on our way to Candy Mountain, Charlie!" "Yeah, that's great."
    "I think I died long ago, and you two are my eternal punishment."
  • Dreamscape: Vampire Lord is quite the wisecracker and definitely the most sarcastic of the group.
    • Keedran is very prone to dropping her two-cents and sarcasm, especially when its with someone she doesn't care for, like Melissa.
    • Keela has her moments, especially when it comes to Kaila. Her monotone voice helps with the delivery.
    • Anjren can be pretty cheeky at times, but not to the extent of some of her friends.
    Vampire Lord: Why do you think I'm called Vampire LORD?
    Anjren: Because of your ego?
    • If Pita is not being aggressive or edgy, he's probably being sarcastic.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Killdra. And her monotone voice definitely helps.
    • Comes free with Dave, due to being around people he really doesn't care about.
    • Even in comparison to the other cast members, Cody has a quip for just about everything.
    Cody: This is gonna end badly and I'm gonna love it.
    • Lisa is The Gadfly, so of course she's sarcastic too.
    Killer: If you survived having your skull crushed on steel, you'll survive THIS.
    Lisa: You really know how to comfort a gal, Killer.
  • Tom from Eddsworld is a self-despising cynic who is a major definition of this trope, thanks to de-flanderizing his personality, and making him more sarcastic in later episodes.
  • Epithet Erased:
    • Ramsey spends most of the Western arc being sarcastic about and/or bewildered by the deranged coterie of eccentrics who seem to be the entire population of Redwood Run, including both regulars like the bartender and visitors like Percy. When Percy drags him out into the open, his response is, "Oh yeah, I love getting shot at!"
    • Mera is a villainous, Stepford Snarker version, who deals with her chronic pain by taking it out on the people around her. It may not help that she spends most of her time around Indus.
      Mera: What's the most dangerous thing you guys have done? Loiter outside the mini-mall? Shopwift some bwubble gum?
  • Homestar Runner: Strong Bad. Strong Sad sometimes fulfills this role when he isn't busy being The Eeyore.
  • The Emperor from If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device constantly snarks from his throne at Kitten, Magnus and the universe at large. The delivery of his lines is helped by the fact that he speaks in Computer Voice.
    Kitten: So the Necrontyr became the Necrons?
    Emperor: Someone give this man a PhD because that's some serious brainpower for a giant armored potato chip.

    ** Magnus finishes Calling the Old Man Out*
    Emperor: Good, Magnus. Give that revenge shit your best shot.
    • Dominique, Karamazov's literal right-hand man, has his moments as well.
    Dominique (after Karamazov's lengthy rant): Hey, Fyodor? Maybe you should just preach them to death?
    • For someone whose entire character up revolves around Literal-Mindedness and Brutal Honesty to the extreme, Rogal Dorn drops some excellent quips in Episode 23.
  • Foamy the Squirrel provides the page image.
  • Calamity/Chalchiutlique of No Evil gets off some decently snarky zingers at the other characters, while Kitty/Kajortoq alternates between this and Team Mom.
    Calamity: (to Wrip) It's amazing. You don't seem at all concerned that this plan is a poorly constructed tapestry of lies.
  • The makers of Overly Sarcastic Productions take this trope and make it into history and literature lessons. FUN history and literature lessons.
  • About half the cast of Red vs. Blue, especially Grif and Church.
    Simmons: Well of course it sounds stupid when you say it like that.
    • With the Exceptions of Caboose, Donut, and Sister
    • Lampshaded when the Reds ask Grif to come up with his own plan and he's unable to think of anything. "My skills lie more in listening to other people's plans and telling them what's wrong with them."
    • Lopez revels in snark, since none of the Blood Gulch Crew speaks Spanish. For instance, when asked by Simmons if he can fix Sarge's radio (Sarge is miles away in the middle of a desert at the moment):
    Lopez: ¿Puedo arreglar su radio desde aquí? Sí. Porque soy mágico. Yo soy un robot mágico.(Can I fix their radio from here? Sure. Because I am magic. I am a magic robot.)
    • The Director judging by the letters we hear dictated in Reconstruction has a pretty sharp pen. When explaining what 'The Meta' is to the politician who's new oversight he resents he describes it as "nothing more than an entity seeking to increase its power in these confusing days after the war. From my perspective, that seems to be a common occurrence at the moment." Ouch.
    • Nearly all of Pilot 479er's few lines fall into this category.
    • Surprisingly enough, the super-logical AI Delta is a Deadpan Snarker too. It works so well for him because he seems so serious, people just don't expect his sarcasm. The fact that his assigned Freelancer partner, York, speaks Snark as his native language, may have something to do with it.
  • Blake from RWBY has a tendency to calmly and bluntly put down others, particularly with Adam and Weiss.
  • Bridget Tice from The Most Popular Girls in School
    Bridget Tice: Hello and welcome to-
    Brittany Matthews: Fuck off.
    Bridget Tice: Don't mind if I do.
  • A lot of characters in TTA fall into this category, but Kirbopher15 is by far the worst offender. It gets worse when he goes into 1111 form and is openly acknowledged as being an asshole in said form. Which is quite odd when you realize that had season 4 been produced, Phaxal would've been revealed to be Kirbopher 1111. It's not the reveal, it's that their personalities are entirely different, Kirbopher 1111 for the most part is a snarky asshole, while Phaxal is a somewhat melodramatic guy who's definitely evil, but doesn't seem to be entirely sure on what his evil goal is.
  • Gary to Roamin the Paladin in Unforgotten Realms. Usually in the form of blunt, tactless explanations of how Roamin is being stupid.
    Roamin: Gary, why are we even friends?
    Gary: Well, no-one will be friends with you, and I enjoy pissing on people's parades.
    Roamin: Better reasons than most, I suppose.
    Gary: Not really, it's probably the worst reason for being friends out of anyone who has ever used the word "friendship" to describe their bond with another person.
  • ’’Wolf Song: The Movie’’has a few characters with this tendency. Notably Kendon, although protagonist Kara does have her moments
Kara [flatly]:’’’why don’t you become a tree and die in a forest fire’’’


Deja Q

When none of the Enterprise crew believes that Q has been stripped of his powers, Q asks what he should do to convince them otherwise. Worf then gets his jollies with a single word...

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