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"A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal."

In a World of Snark, every character is a Deadpan Snarker. These works usually lie far on the Cynical end of the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism, and most of their humor comes from the characters' reactions to what they perceive as their unsatisfactory lives and constant snarking matches.

This is not to say that this world is incapable of having genuine, tender moments. Half the cast may be jerks, but the rest may be jerks with hearts of gold. If they're all jerks, it's a World of Jerkass.

Compare Speech-Centric Work.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • And Yet the Town Moves has a cast that is equal parts Cloudcuckoolanders and Deadpan Snarkers, with a Genius Ditz main character.
  • Crest of the Stars: Part of what makes the series entertaining despite a lot of it being just people talking is the fact that the Abh have perfected the art of subtly insulting one another on a regular basis. Just about every conversation among them has snarks getting thrown back and forth.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler: As the characters know that they are in fact characters in a manga/anime it typically results in literally almost every character being sarcastic or witty if they have any lines at all. Nagi and Hinagiku tend towards snarking at villains and some of the more ridiculous weirdos that pop up, but the Student Council Rangers, Ayumu, Wataru, and even Maria all make remarks at the expense of the plot or craziness around them. Hayate himself probably takes the cake, especially in the manga where he is a lot more cynical than he usually appears and has had exasperated reactions to just about everything and everybody. The series is so full of snark that when Hayate and Hinagiku are inadvertently acting like a lovey-dovey couple with no other characters around it resorts to using nameless background characters, a pigeon, and even a potted plant to make sarcastic comments about them.
  • Applies to the early seasons of Pokémon: The Series as the Indigo saga was a much rougher and more cynical take on the Pokémon world than any later season. Ash himself had quite a few funny moments as he was quite prone to friendly jabs at Misty before developing into the All-Loving Hero he is today.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The dub gave basically everyone a few extra levels in snark, to the point where Duels are basically weapons-grade Snark-to-Snark Combat. You can tell that Cerebus Syndrome hits hard in season 3 by the way people stop snarking, and even then, Zane and Aster pick up the slack.
  • YuYu Hakusho: Especially in the English dub, with the somewhat simplistic dialogue replaced with witty and sarcastic comments/insults. Especially Hiei and Yusuke, but also Kurama, Genkai, Shizuru, Kaito, Koenma, Jorge Saotome, Koto (when the idiocy around her gets too much, especially towards Chu and Jorge), Shishiwakamaru (in the final season, at least), Sniper, Atsuko, Toya (when he's not being stoic), hell even Kuwabara shows this very rarely. The snark doesn't stop with the heroes and their supporters. Some of the major villains such as Sensui and Sakyo had their moments.

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 
  • Agnes.
  • Garfield. Mainly the title cat because Cats Are Snarkers, but Butt-Monkey Jon (in the strip's early months), Deadpan Snarker Dr. Liz Wilson (during the 1980s), and Silent Snarker Odie (sometimes) have got plenty of it. Special mention goes to the bathroom scale.
  • Calvin and Hobbes: Calvin and his father in particular.
  • Sally Forth was like this, back when Greg Howard was writing it. It was not cynical, but the humor mostly took the form of wry, snarky jokes from the characters.
  • Zits, featuring a moody teenager, his friends, and parents, is naturally this.
  • B.C.: Curls, created expressly to be "the sarcastic one", is a bit more of a curmudgeon than most characters, but snark is regularly traded between all the people, as well as dinosaurs, snakes, ants, etc.

    Fan Works 
  • The Infinite Loops take place in a multiverse of snark, mostly due to every reality being trapped in a time loop and those that are aware of it have to either accept that fact or potentially go insane.
  • Soul Eater: Troubled Souls is approaching this trope. Almost everyone has dropped at least one snarky line.
  • The Biter Bit: It is, after all, a Harry Potter fic. However, it increases the already dense concentration of snark in the Potterverse by making Luna a Deadpan Snarker when she isn't being a Cloudcuckoolander. If a character has more than a single line of dialogue in this fic and isn't called Horace Slughorn, they're going to snark.
  • Weiss Reacts: Everyone has dropped at least one snarky line. Weiss does it the most, but even Ruby and Tukson have done so.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! Reality's Curtain: A vast majority of the dialogue is just composed of characters being sarcastic and/or insulting. Special mention goes to Yamato for using his snark to be a troll to Kimiko, and to Matsuda who oftentimes just can't be bothered supplying a Shut Up, Hannibal! so he snarks instead, as well as using his sarcasm abilities to flat-out bully his best friend.
  • In The New Adventures of Invader Zim, just about everyone gets their Deadpan Snarker on at one point or another. Dib, Steve, Viera, Gaz, Tak, Red, and Norlock are the most frequent offenders.
  • Back To Us: All four of the main characters engage in plenty of playful sniping, and so does the rest of the cast. The number of characters who don’t snark at others could be counted on one hand.
  • Pokémon Crossing: All five main characters snark to each other at some point or another.
  • Star Wars: Lineage has Deadpan Snarker supreme Obi-Wan Kenobi as the protagonist, and literally every major character, as well as plenty of minor ones, range from "mildly snarky" to "can barely speak without snarking."
  • Aska: Mostly everyone manages to switch to Sarcasm Mode at least twice, with the exception of poor Percy.
  • Just about everyone gets their snarky moments in Final Fantasy VII: Another Side.
  • In X-Men: The Early Years, all the main characters are extremely snarky.
    Scott Summers: I don't know why you want me there, anyway. Most likely everyone will have a much better time without me. I'll manage to piss off the waitress in the first five minutes, and we'll get lousy service all night.
    Hank McCoy: We were discussing the concept of risk, correct? You pissing the waitress off is a risk we take bringing you anywhere, Scott.
    Scott Summers: Warren's bringing Candy, so you know Candy and I will be sniping at each other all night. That woman annoys me.
    Hank McCoy: Couldn't tell. You hid it so well when you asked her how she feels about promoting a superficial, anorexic culture to young women all over the world.
  • In Between My Brother and Me: Mors Omnibus, nearly every single character replies with snarky remarks to the chaos that unfolds.
  • The MCU might be famous for its (occasional over)use of snarky quips, but the fanfic Bucky Barnes Gets His Groove Back & Other International Incidents elevates it into an art form. Most of the dialogue and narration is one snarky and utterly hysterical quip after another, elevating the already ridiculous events of the plot into total absurdist comedy and turning the occasional offhand flash of angst into horrible, tear-jerking punches to the gut.

    Films — Animation 
  • Hercules mostly by Hades, Meg, and Phil (and Cassandra in the series) mocking everything in sight.
  • The Emperor's New Groove, where with the exception of Kronk (who's too well-intentioned and dumb), everyone is prone to verbal takedowns.
    Pacha: How can you be this way? All you care about is building your summer home and filling it with stuff for you!
    Kuzco: Uh, yeah. Doy. Me. Everyone else in the kingdom gets it. You're the only one that doesn't seem to be with the program, eh, Pacha?
  • A large chunk of The Beatles dialog in Yellow Submarine involve the quartet making snarky observations about things and situations that would freak any normal person out. Fred, Jeremy, and Max also have their share as well.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Marvel Cinematic Universe is wall-to-wall snark.
    • It's amazing that putting all the heroes together under the directorship of Joss Whedon in The Avengers doesn't lead to people having snark overdoses in the cinema. In the Director's Commentary for The Avengers, Joss notes that the reason Agent Coulson was made a Squeeing Captain America Fan Boy was that everyone else in the film had a dry wit. Whedon called it "a desert of wit," which makes it sound like all that wit canceled itself out and the film lacked wit.
    • Iron Man 3 gets a snark master, Shane Black, and it shows.
      Tony: You walked right into this one. I dated hotter chicks than you.
      Brandt: That all you got? A cheap trick and a cheesy one-liner?
      Tony: Sweetheart, that could be the name of my autobiography.
    • Avengers: Infinity War loses Whedon, but given it combines everyone from the previous movies, there are enough personality clashes for non-stop snark.
      Doctor Strange: We swore to protect the Time Stone.
      Tony: Yeah and I swore off dairy, then Ben & Jerry's named a flavor after me.
      Doctor Strange: Stark-Raving Hazelnuts.
      Tony: [defensively] It's not bad.
      Doctor Strange: Bit chalky.
    • Avengers: Endgame has both personality clashes and the fact everyone became sour from the previous movie's Downer Ending to ensure the snark continues at this peak.
      Tony: Up until this moment, I thought you were a Build-a-Bear.
      Rocket: Maybe I am.
  • Shane Black built his whole career on it: Lethal Weapon ("How do I know you're the police?" "After I shoot you through the door, you can examine the bullet! Open up!"), The Last Boy Scout ("Wow, an actual house. I was expecting a cave, with like skulls and shit."), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (just about every dialogue here), The Nice Guys ("Mr March, we're gonna play a game. It's called 'shut up unless you're me.'" "I love that game.") and The Predator ("Reverse psychology. I can use it too. Don't go fuck yourself.").
  • Batman Returns. In a film as nihilistic as this one, this should come as no surprise. While the Penguin, Selena Kyle, and Alfred lead the pack in pure snarkiness, nearly every character from the Mayor on down has a snark moment (except Commissioner Gordon, who has maybe five short lines of dialogue in this outing). It's telling that the (ironically named) Ice Princess, the only character integral to the plot who does not behave this way, is also the only non-villainous character who gets killed. Contrast this with the 1989 predecessor film, where, while the Joker's dialogue is snark-a-minute, Vicki Vale radiates optimistic sincerity to a downright adorable degree (except toward the end), and Bruce Wayne himself is more emotional and personable than the stone-faced smartass he becomes in Returns.
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy. Most characters have their share of snarky moments, with a great example being Bruce taking Selina to a dance.
  • The Scream series. At the time, it was revolutionary for being among the firstnote  horror movie worlds in which the main characters were aware of the existence of horror movies. Casey, one of the first victims, watches her boyfriend die because she messed up on Ghostface's trick question about horror trivia, while Final Girl Sidney voices her disdain for scary movies as being filled with bad acting, fatally stupid decisions, exploitation, and tired clichés.
  • The Carry On films had every character making a snide comment or two in order to make the puns flow easily. One of the worst offenders was any character portrayed by Kenneth Williams, who would not only snark, but make aside glances and comments, roll his eyes within character eye-shot, and even put on a Simpleton Voice to belittle the people he couldn't stand. Others included Sid James when he didn't get his own way, occasionally a Charles Hawtrey character would have their moments too whenever he suffered from Not Now, Bernard, and lustful female characters when they weren't being satisfied by their spouses.
  • In Deadpool (2016), the only character who isn't snarky is Colossus. Everyone else does nothing but crack jokes, especially the title character, to the point that not snarking is a sign that something is wrong.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids is one of the more lighthearted examples. Just about every character would sometimes get a snarky quip, especially the kid characters.
    Nick: Baseball's for mortals.
    Ron: Maybe you can be the base.
    Nick: Maybe you can be the mound.
  • Star Wars and its Expanded Universe.
    • A scary accurate rule of thumb is the more snarky someone is, the more important they'll be.
      Leia: This is some rescue! When you came in here, didn't you have a plan for getting out?!
      Han: [points at Luke] HE'S the brains, sweetheart!!
    • Rogue One is a ship full of snarkers, and the bad guys also like verbal takedowns (as shown by Darth Vader when Krennic goes griping to him, of all people).
      K-2SO: Jyn — I'll be there for you. [Beat] Cassian said I had to.
      Jyn: Charming.
  • Casablanca: Between Rick's dry cynicism, Captain Renault's sly Self-Deprecation, Major Strasser's exquisitely polite veiled threats, Ferarri's cutting no-nonsense remarks and Rick's employees' love of getting one over on their boss, it's a miracle there's room in the film for a plot.
  • Although it's more subtle than many other examples, The Chronicles of Narnia is actually an example of this. Edmund gets the most, but he's far from the only one. The majority of characters get at least one or two moments.
    Peter: It's so... big.
    Mrs. Beaver: It's the world, dear. Did you expect it to be small?
  • In the Get Smart film, Max and Agent 99 are Deadpan Snarkers, and many characters, good and bad, make snarky comments throughout.
    Max: Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
    Chief: I don't know. Were you thinking, "Holy shit! holy shit! A swordfish almost went through my head!"? If so, then yes.
  • No Escape (1994): Many of the film's characters are Deadpan Snarkers, but Robbins in particular. He makes at least one sarcastic comment in nearly every conversation, and many of the other characters are able to keep up with him.

  • Nightfall (Series):
    • Both the Resistance humans and Prince Vladimir’s vampires. When a human talks to a vampire, it turns into Snark-to-Snark Combat.
    • Myra, Zack, Alerie, Franka, Tristan, and Prince Vladimir all have their moments.
      Vladimir: Besides, you are the only person to call me Vlad. As I have told you before, this is not even the proper way to shorten my name.
      Myra: Fair enough. What is the proper short form, then?
      Vladimir: "Your Highness" works.
  • The Mina Davis books Hungover and Handcuffed and Asshole Yakuza Boyfriend feature characters who communicate almost entirely by snark.
  • Fanfiction writers for the H.I.V.E. Series face a challenge upon entering the fandom: writing clever remarks is required for all characters, in all situations, at all times. In-universe, arguments go on for pages about who is the funniest. The snark is strongest with Otto, Shelby, and Raven. However, every one of the good guys and most of the bad guys are snarky as well. Laura will only snark in dangerous situations, and Wing will only snark if someone questions his ability to snark. Overall, in every scene, there is someone who is willing to snark in that situation.
    Otto: [on a trip away from the H.I.V.E. with Raven] Do we get a bedtime story?
    Raven [irritated] Absolutely. Here, we'll read one of my favorites. It's called The Little Boy and the Tranquilizer Gun.
    Otto: Does it have a happy ending?
  • David Eddings:
    • Belgariad isn't a comedy or very cynical, but you're lucky to go two pages in the series without two characters snarking at each other or nothing in particular. One could argue that a significant part of Garion's growing up is his education in snarkology.
    • Eddings' second fantasy series, The Elenium, plays the trope a little straighter, with its generally Darker and Edgier tone. Everyone gets in on the snarking, major and minor characters alike. A few characters, such as the Thalesian knight Sir Ulath, seem incapable of saying anything that isn't snarky.
  • The Artemis Fowl series. To the extent that, if a character isn't snarky, they're either insignificant or incompetent. Usually both.
  • Dragaera, especially the Vlad novels. Almost every character is either a Deadpan Snarker or someone who First-Person Smartass Vlad can make snarky comments about. Given that they're presented as transcripts of narrated recordings and Vlad is a known Unreliable Narrator, it's possible he's just projecting.
  • Percy Jackson: The powers that demigods and gods are born with must include snarkiness, because well, they are. Even the chapter titles are snarky!
  • The Nightside series is chock full of snarkers, as it's set in what's probably the most jaded place on Earth.
  • Harry Potter: There's Snape, McGonagall and Phineas Nigellus for starters. Much of the humour, especially in the later books, comes from the characters snarking at each other. In the core trio of Harry, Ron, and Hermione, snark is passed around like a hot potato. Fred and George, as the series's two most blatant sources of Plucky Comic Relief, deserve special mention. It's to the point where the series is the first one to have its own Deadpan Snarker page.
  • It's almost a pathological habit of the people of Blackburn from Mavericks. If you lived in a Crapsack World of insane mercenaries and gangbangers on every corner, you'd develop a defense mechanism too.
    "I'm here because I thought there'd be free food," Fritz called out. "We were lied to!"
  • The Skulduggery Pleasant series has three kinds of dialogue: Exposition, snark, and snarky exposition.
  • Most of Terry Pratchett's work.
  • Frequent in The Dresden Files since the main character is a massive Deadpan Snarker and almost every other character has at least a few snarky moments. Even Michael gets a moment or two, particularly when borrowing Harry's name for the Denarians. Harry claims that the Dresdenverse runs so strongly on this that badass immortals will be insulted if he doesn't snark at them, implying they're beneath his snarking. Take that with a bit of salt, because he was justifying mouthing off to two incredibly-dangerous beings to one of their lower-ranked (but still badass) coworkers.Specifically... 
  • Codex Alera: Nobody in Jim Butcher's works takes anything seriously unless they're the bad guy.
  • The Wodehouse 'verse fits the bill nicely. Much snark is had at the expense of Upper-Class Twits—many of whom can, in fact, be pretty snarky themselves.
  • Charlotte MacLeod's mysteries novels. Her primary snarkers are Hilda Horsefall in the Balaclava County novels and Uncle Jem in the Kelling ones.
  • George R. R. Martin's epic fantasy A Song of Ice and Fire. Fans have lovingly dubbed the Stark family "House Snark". The Lannisters generally take the lead, though Olenna and Renly could give them a run for their money, and the court is still out on whether or not Dolorous Edd is a master snarker, or just an incredibly serendipitous Eeyore.
  • Scott Lynch's Gentleman Bastard, where the lead character is a snarker, his trusted associate is a snarker, the rest of their team full of snarkers, their allies, enemies and targets are snarkers. The flashbacks show that the past times also were full of snark, whether it is in Camorr or among Bondsmagi. Locke Lamora seems to be physically incapable not to snark, even if doing so would save him a world of pain — which may be why he is the main character.
  • Heroics: The number of characters who aren't snarky can be counted on one hand, and it's almost impossible to find a (named) character who doesn't make at least one sarcastic comment. Snarky Tess Cassidy is a standout, but she gets some good competition from everyone else.
  • Everyone in the Red Room series is a smartass. It seems to be a hazard of joining The Men in Black.
  • Being a series with both feet firmly planted in the comedy, it's expected that in Zero Sight most of the characters are capable of snark.
  • In The Spirit Thief, everyone snarks, including knights, immortals, thieves, Inspector Javerts and even doors.
  • John Flanagan seems to enjoy this trope: Practically everyone in Ranger's Apprentice and its sister series Brotherband gets at least one snarky line, while Rangers and Skandians seem to train in Snark-to-Snark Combat in addition to their various other combat skills. Probably the only character with more than a few lines who never gets in any snark is Kloof. Even the narrator gets snarky at times.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5: Oh, so very much. If you're a main or recurring character and you aren't a Deadpan Snarker when you first appear, you will be one before your final appearance. The dynamics between the various characters produce some exceptionally fine examples of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Cheers and Frasier. Everyone, and we mean everyone, can potentially be the source of well-aimed snarks. Even Butt Monkeys on both shows get in their shots.
  • M*A*S*H. Even the blatant idiots get off a few good wisecracks, just not as many as Hawkeye and company. Hawkeye is a great example of Stepford Snarker who is really messed up but uses humour and sarcasm as his defense mechanism.
  • The gang of Corner Gas, including most of the supporting characters, is a giant snark-fest. Dog River may be the snarkiest place in Canada!
  • All of the detectives in Homicide: Life on the Street are Deadpan Snarkers of varying levels. It's deconstructed to an extent, as it's shown to be a way of coping with the horrific things they see during their jobs.
  • The main cast of the first four Star Trek series qualify, in a relatively restrained way, adding more to the "high-class" image of Starfleet and Trek humans than anything else.
  • Scrubs. Janitor, Cox, Jordan, Kelso, Carla, JD... List goes on and on. Everybody is sarcastic with everybody.
    • In one episode, it becomes a plot point that nobody dares to snark at Carla even when everyone in the hospital is stated as insulting everyone else. When Carla hears the others think she can't take a joke like the rest, she relents, after which the others proceed to make fun of her for two whole hours off-screen.
      Elliot: I honestly don't mind that you're making fun of me, but what does bother me is that no one is ever allowed to make fun of you.
      Carla: People can make fun of me.
      Elliot: Come on! What about that delivery guy yesterday? I mean, you practically tore him a new binglebore.
      Carla: But he's not my friend. My friends can make fun of me whenever they want.
      Elliot: Really? Well, then, in that case, you're a know-it-all smartypants and if you're not telling someone what to do, you're probably not talking.
      Carla: Okay, I guess I can be a little bossy.
      Laverne: A little? Girl, please! If you met Jesus himself, you'd be trying to tell him where to park his donkey.
      J.D.: Oh, are we allowed to do this now? What about that whole, like, hands on the hips, "Carla from the block" thing she does when she's mad — when she's like "Oh, Bambi, you do NOT want to mess me with right now."
      Doug: You do sound like that.
      >Carla: Careful Doug, we are not that close yet.
      J.D.: [posing like Carla] Careful, Doug!
      Elliot: That's what's up. Mm-mm. Mmm.
      J.D.: Doug, you better be careful, 'cause I'm Carla!
  • My Family: Husband and wife Ben and Susan seem to be engaged in a constant deadpan snarkery contest. Easy to see where their son Michael gets it from.
  • House. Let's see. We have a protagonist who practically cannot exhale without snarking, we have his team who eventually learn to snark back at him (enabling 2-4 player snarkball ping pong matches), we have his best friend who normally is unsnarky but at times cannot resist it, we have his boss who breathes sarcasm (possibly as a reaction to the snarking protagonist)...
  • Early episodes of Red Dwarf have Lister and Rimmer's interaction consisting solely of Snark-to-Snark Combat. The ship's computer Holly (his male form) hardly opened his mouth without being ironic or sarcastic. Cat is the group's dumbass but he had his snarky moments as well. Holly in a female form alternated between The Ditz and a solid snarker. When they got android Kryten, he was quite servile and literal-minded, but Lister managed to break his programming. In his "lie mode", he could snark gloriously.
  • Veronica Mars. It's easier to list who isn't a Deadpan Snarker, and the only main character on that list is a dog. The rest of the list is two minor recurring characters.
  • iZombie by Rob Thomas is packed with deadpan snarkers. Every main character has gotten in on the act.
  • Everything Joss Whedon has written, ever.
    • Firefly: The whole Intrepid crew are Deadpan Snarkers, especially Mal (The Captain and The Hero), Zoe (his Lancer) and her husband of an Ace Pilot Wash. Jayne, a hired gun and their tough guy, is the group's Ditz. Kaylee was generally too nice to snark, but when she was angry, she could do it. (Inara: "So are there aliens among us?"— Kaylee: "Yes, and one of them is a doctor." She said it when Simon kind of insulted her, albeit not intentionally.) It's safe to say that everybody from the main cast had some smart-ass comments.
    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., as if Whedon didn't put enough snark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
      Maria Hill: What does S.H.I.E.L.D. stand for, Agent Ward?
      Grant Ward: Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division.
      Maria Hill: And what does that mean to you?
      Grant Ward: It means someone really wanted our initials to spell out "SHIELD".
  • The Defenders:
    • Jessica Jones in spades. At times her companions try to keep up with her:
      Trish Walker: Fine. Be the naked superhero. That can be your alias.
      Jessica Jones: Well, it's better than the name you came up with.
      Trish Walker: Jewel is a great superhero name!
      Jessica Jones: Jewel is a stripper's name. A really slutty stripper. And if I wear that thing, you're gonna have to call me "Cameltoe".
    • Especially present in Jessica's interactions with Matt Murdock in The Defenders:
      Jessica Jones: [to Matt, who has wrapped Jessica's scarf around his head] You look like an asshole.
      Matt Murdock: [completely stoic] It's your scarf.
    • Matt himself is quite the snarker, especially if he's playing off of Karen and Foggy:
      Karen Page: [taking a shot while playing billiards and missing] Goddamnit!
      Matt Murdock: What happened?
      Karen Page: There goes my shutout.
      Matt Murdock: [smiles] Ummm, you're going for a shutout against a blind man? [Karen giggles] H-How do you sleep at night, Miss Page?
      Karen Page: [grins] You don't get any sympathy from me, Murdock! Still not sure who's hustling who here! C'mon.
    • Luke Cage enjoys dry snark.
      Misty Knight: Your jacket is a little small.
      Luke Cage: So is your dress.
  • Hogan's Heroes. The only main characters who don't get to snark at least Once per Episode are Carter and Schultz, and even they get their chance at snark sometimes. Even Adolf verdammt Hitler gets an amusing snark in. When Hogan, as part of The Plan, pretends to want to spread German propaganda, he spreads it in a way that gives a Nazism-is-stupid impression. Hitler himself calls the studio to tell Klink that if Hogan tries to escape, to let him.
  • Gilmore Girls: Everybody snarks in the quirky town of Stars Hollow, though some of its Cloudcuckoolander inhabitants sometimes serve as The Ditzes and dumbasses. The Proud Elite represented by Emily and Richard Gilmore and posh Chilton and Yale students are snarky a lot as well. Rory and Lorelai trade snarks with each other in most of their dialogues, and they both love arguing affectionately with Luke (an owner of the local bistro and Lorelai's Will They or Won't They? love interest) or Sookie (Lorelai's Heterosexual Life Partner). Luke and his nephew Jess have Snark-to-Snark Combat dynamics. Well, the list could go on and on.
  • That '70s Show, where only the ones too dumb (namely, Jackie and Kelso - though the latter has "BURN!" as a Catchphrase) are not prone to snarking. Standouts are Hyde, Donna, and Red Forman.
    Red: [to Eric] So, this is how an immature, engaged, high school dumbass, with no car, no job, and no money trims the hedges.
    Hyde: That was like eight burns in one sentence.
    Donna: An octo-burn. Let's get outta here.
  • The cast of Blackadder changes every season, but it tends to be divided almost evenly between the snarkers (Blackadder, Melchett, Darling, and so on) and the people who are too dim to notice when they're being snarked at (such as Baldrick, George, Baldrick, Queen Elizabeth, and Baldrick). Did we mention Baldrick?
  • The Middleman is an interesting example, as the title character himself is too earnest to be particularly snarky. Everyone else, on the other hand...
  • Blake's 7, set in a Crapsack World where snark is universal, having such uses as: distraction (anyone in need of a getaway; Vila); defence (anyone being held prisoner, tortured, shot at, etc; anyone dealing with Avon), coercion (snark-to-snark combat; Blake); everything (Avon). The more idealistic characters (Gan, Cally, Dayna, Blake) entered the series with a relatively low level of snark. Their snarkiness grew on a par with their cynicism, especially with Blake. Avon was King of Snark, and every character becomes more snarky proportionally to how often they interact with him. Except Dayna, who can out-snark him from her first episode.
  • Lost: Basically everyone communicates via snark. If you look it up, nearly every Wham Line is snark.
  • Supernatural: Are there any non-snarky hunters? Demons? Angels? Apparently, everyone in this universe is either snarky or Comically Serious. Or both.
  • Doctor Who is just full of this.
    • Watch a multi-Doctor episode. Any multi-Doctor episode. Half the dialogue is snark between the different incarnations.
      • Actually, just watch an episode with more than one Gallifreyan in it. The race seems to have snark coded in their DNA.
    • In The Enemy of the World, most of the topside characters are snarky.
      • Astrid.
        Astrid: Really, as Head of Security, you should have more reliable guards.
      • Benik.
        Bruce: [puzzled about Salamander's apparent unannounced departure] Did you see the rocket take off?
        Benik: Do you mean did I stand there waving my handkerchief? Hardly.
      • The Doctor, naturally enough, exchanges snark with Salamander when they finally meet.
        Thete: [after the Out-of-Character Alert blows Salamander's cover] Welcome to the TARDIS.
        Salamander: Thank you. You're doing so well impersonating me, I thought I might return the compliment.
      • Fariah, who even dies with a snark.
        Fariah: I can only die once, and someone's beaten you to it.
      • Griffin, the pessimistic chef.
        Griffin: Well, sit down and write out the menus. First course interrupted by bomb explosion. Second course affected by earthquakes. Third course ruined by interference in the kitchen.
    • "The Robots of Death" contains a lot of Paranoia Fuel between a lot of clever people who all hate each other. They communicate mostly in sarcasm, and occasionally in death threats.
    • The Fourth Doctor (Awesome Ego), Romana (Women Are Wiser), and K-9 (Silicon Snarker) are one of the most sarcastic TARDIS teams of the Classic series, and their era's heavy focus on humour made it constant.
    • Watch an episode of the Sixth Doctor's era. Six snarks at everyone in equal measure, and everyone else from his companions to his enemies give it back to him!
    • The Moffat era really is where this begins to be obvious. The Eleventh Doctor and the Ponds communicate exclusively like this, as does the Twelfth Doctor with Clara and Nardole.
    • This continues into Chibnall's era. Even though Thirteen is a bubblier Doctor, she and team TARDIS can barely last an episode snipping at each other. Hell, Thirteen even snarks at her enemies in such a way that puts other Doctors to shame. This is especially true come series 13 with the introduction of Dan Lewis, who has Snark-to-Snark Combat with Yazmin Khan, among others.
  • Seinfeld, special mention going to Jerry himself.
  • In The Big Bang Theory, the only thing more prevalent than nerdy references is deadpan snarkery. Penny, Leonard, and Sheldon have loads of glorious three-way Snark-to-Snark Combat (or two-way, depending on how many are in the room), while Raj and Howard argue Like an Old Married Couple (which Bernadette eventually gets in on), and Amy can more than hold her own with Sheldon. Stuart often gets good one-liners, usually referencing his Butt-Monkey status, and Wil Wheaton gives as good as, if not better than, he gets from Sheldon, as do Kripke and Leslie Winkle. From what we've seen of everyone's families, the snark seems to be genetic.
  • Sherlock. Sherlock Holmes: Tall, Dark, and Snarky; John Watson: Deadpan Snarker and Only Sane Man; Mycroft Holmes: Gentleman Snarker. Most of the rest of the cast — be they villains or good guys — snark often.
  • Elementary. Sherlock's lack of tact and often bizarre leaps of logic tend to elicit sarcastic responses from Joan, Captain Gregson, and Detective Bell.
    Sherlock: Have you always been this observant? I'm asking sincerely; I'm wondering if exposure to my methods has helped you in any way.
    Bell: [sarcastically] Actually, before you came along, I've never closed a case. Neither had the rest of the department. Most of us were thinking of packing up, leaving. Letting the city fend for itself!
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000, where the main characters actually have to constantly snark in order to keep their sanity.
  • The X-Files, starting with both protagonists Agents Mulder and Scully and their boss AD Skinner. Episodes with snarky astrologers like Madame Zirinka from "Syzygy" or snarky cynical psychics like Mr Clyde Bruckman belong among the most memorable.
  • Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis have the entire cast snarking it up, some more deadpan than others. Even The Stoic Teal'c gets in on it now and again, and with him, less is more: it's epic when he does it. It's not just limited to the heroes either, with Ba'al and Todd the Wraith having a lot of fun engaging in Snark-to-Snark Combat against the people of Earth, often when they've been forced into an Enemy Mine situation.
  • The Thick of It, as an early 21st century British Government Procedural satirising Whitehall. It was inevitable, honestly.
  • Friends: Although Chandler is known as the Deadpan Snarker of the gang, the rest of the characters (apart from maybe Joey) would be extremely snarky on any other show. It's just hard to notice because 90% of his dialogue is snark, while everyone else only manages a weak 70%.
  • Yes, Minister, an Eighties British Government Procedural satirising Whitehall. Jim Hacker, said minister, was often out-smarted by Sir Humphrey and managed to utter just a desperate snarky one-liner. His assistant Bernard was torn between being loyal to the minister and to Sir Humphrey, and he often snarked at both. Sir Humphrey was a master of elaborate sophisticated and sneering speeches. Jim Hacker's wife was a very nice lady but could be snide with her husband as well, especially about politics.
  • Roseanne in spades, with Roseanne, Darlene, and in later seasons DJ pushing snarkiness to new heights.
  • Horatio Hornblower features many a Deadpan Snarker among the characters. Let us count the ways: Captain Keene, Captain Pellew, Midshipman (later Acting Lieutenant and Lieutenant) Archie Kennedy, the Duchess AKA Kitty Cobham, Gentleman Snarker Major Edrington, Tall, Dark, and Snarky Lieutenant Bush, and some more. They do not exchange snarks with each other, but they are paired with poor Sarcasm-Blind Horatio, who is a genius at everything else, but irony, jokes, and sarcasm usually escape him. However, some of Archie's smartass comments bring about his rare smile or chuckle. And occasionally, even Hornblower shows a possession of very dry observational wit.
  • Grimm has cops as a large percentage of its main cast, and they tend to snark as a coping mechanism anyway in real life. Add in assorted weird events, conspiracies, and so on, and it's not a big surprise that even the non-cop cast members can hold their own in snark-fests.
  • Almost every character on Boy Meets World was guilty of snark at one time or another, especially Cory in early seasons. Mr Feeny was also a primary source of snark, with Mr. Turner giving him a run for his money.
    Feeny: Well, well, Mr. Turner, your little experiment in democracy has left the eighth grade leaderless for next year.
    Turner: Too bad. I was looking forward to Matthews' five-day weekend.
  • The Librarians 2014 has quite the list of snarkers. Eve, being the Agent Scully, is capable of snarking about her disbelief about the craziness that surrounds her.
  • Arrow has an incredible number of snarkers. Team Arrow has Felicity Smoak, John Diggle, Oliver Queen, Sara Lance, Roy Harper, and Laurel Lance. The series also has Quentin Lance, Slade Wilson, Thea Queen, Ray Palmer, and Malcolm Merlyn. As you might imagine, there is a lot of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Madam Secretary would have it that deadpan humor is the rule in the US State Department, which is not really surprising for an organization full of very smart and frequently very frustrated politicians and bureaucrats. Everybody from Secretary Elizabeth McCord on down to her teenage children gets in a few good jabs.
  • The Hallmark show Good Witch has usually gentler snark than many of the above examples, but seldom does an episode pass without at least one or two instances of Snark-to-Snark Combat.
  • Deadwood is full of snark, usually delivered in a unique Sophisticated as Hell style.
  • Nearly every character has had a line or few of snark in Once Upon a Time but being a Deadpan Snarker seems to be a requirement if you are one of the villain characters of the show.

  • The Jack Benny Program is an early example of this, with sarcasm making up some of the jokes, a rarity at the time. Frank Nelson (the "Yes-man") seems to be the biggest one.
    Jack: "Are you the floorwalker?"
    Frank: "What do you think I am with this carnation, a float at the Rose Parade?"


    Video Games 
  • Endless Frontier is a more lighthearted example. There's always somebody available to hang a sarcastic lampshade on the absurd levels of Fanservice, pointless violence, and anime/RPG cliches present, but they all seem to enjoy living in their crazy little world(s).
  • Spiritual Successor to Endless Frontier, Project × Zone, amps up the snarking to different characters, some of which aren't known to snark.
  • As one of BioWare's signature staples, suffice it to say their games frequently fall into this category.
    • Dragon Age: Origins is filled with a good deal of Deadpan Snarkers, particularly party members Alistair and Morrigan.
    • It gets extreme in Dragon Age II, where everyone is sarcastic, regardless of whatever tropes they fit into. Even Aveline, Merrill and Fenris get in on the action occasionally. However, they are all overshadowed however by a Hawke with the Sarcastic Personality, who takes the prize as Kirkwall's resident goofball and Bunny-Ears Lawyer.
    • Mass Effect: Even the brightest Paragon Shepard is going to indulge in enough snark. Their crew members are usually worse! Taken into overdrive in the second and third games, where it seems to practically be a requirement for anyone wishing to join the Normandy.
      Kasumi: Trapped in a Reaper. Could be worse. Don't know how. Beat I guess it could be full of rats.
    • Mix BioWare and Star Wars, and you get Knights of the Old Republic. The first game's crew snarks about as much as a Buffy marathon, with even Bastila and Juhani getting in the occasional zinger. Jolee and HK-47 are hard-locked in Sarcasm Mode. The second game resembles Blake's 7 with Atton aspiring to Avon's level. Kreia ought to register her words as a deadly weapon. Disciple and Handmaiden, by contrast, are too often oblivious to sarcasm.
    • Star Wars: The Old Republic, especially the Smuggler (who rides the line between Han Solo and Mal Reynolds of Firefly) and the Sith Inquisitor (who is the Empire's answer to Blackadder, especially if played lightside)
  • In Shing! there's hardly a voiced character who isn't filled with irreverent cheek.
  • The Sims. Maybe not exactly a world full of Deadpan Snarkers, everyone in the thing speaks gibberish, but near everything else is snarky, sarcastic, or fuelled by schadenfreude.
  • The Sims Medieval is even snarkier than The Sims, original flavour. Active Hero Sims and Royal Advisors, especially, nearly always have something snarky or critical to say.
  • In Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, nearly every major character except the Silent Protagonist gets in one or two snarky lines, and with the emote responses Matthew can be played as a Silent Snarker (although it doesn't actually affect much).
  • BoxxyQuest: The Gathering Storm takes place in a fantasy version of the Internet, so of course it was going to be this by default. Even the NPCs are snarky, but some of the protagonists, (mainly Til and Anonymous), take it to a whole new level.
  • Heroes Rise. Almost every character, especially the Player Character, Jenny and Black Magic is at least somewhat sarcastic.
  • The world of Kid Icarus: Uprising is very much a World of Snark. This is compounded by the game's lack of a fourth wall since the characters will lampshade and snark about video game conventions. The only speaking characters that don't snark are such Large Hams that snarking would get in the way.
  • No More Heroes: Travis may not be the only self-aware character in the cast and a ton of people love making snarky remarks. The world itself is a massive self-aware parody of videogame and anime conventions, just how subtle it is depends on the situation.
  • The King of Fighters was heading towards this since Day 1, but XIII firmly cements the trope with all of the pre-fight intros and a good part of the Story Mode dialogues. Comes complete with Lampshade Hanging and Leaning on the Fourth Wall, too! It's both hilarious and awesome.
  • Marvel Heroes has just about every character, playable or not, spitting biting wit at every turn. Even the normally humorless Storm is not immune to the occasional sarcastic observation.
  • Tomb Raider: All over the place, particularly from the Core Design era, where the majority of spoken dialogue consists of snarky back-and-forth. In Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, Lara's Dialogue Tree usually consists of a mean, snarky comment and a meaner snarky comment, with the recipient usually giving as good as they get.
  • Pillars of Eternity. While the frequency varies, with Hirvias and Edér being the true standouts, every non-generic party member (save for Grieving Mother and possibly the Watcher themself) finds themselves at least occasionally indulging in witty quips and banter. A fair number of the non-party characters fire off their share of jests as well.
  • Tyranny, another Obsidian game, is even more filled with snark. Every party member, even Kills-In-Shadow, gets in a good quip from time to time, usually at the expense of the ever-bickering archons (who engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat themselves) or one another. The Fatebinder is given plenty of opportunities as well, and some of the memetic "Glare Silently" options serve as a Sarcasm Failure for when even snark is insufficient.
  • The story mode of Dragon Ball Fighter Z basically consists of the cast throwing shade at each other. Cell in particular seems intent on roasting everyone within earshot.
  • About every character in Mortal Kombat X has improved their snark game for their pre-fight banter, even the Satanic Archetype Big Bad.

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  • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, as the bodies start piling up and the stress wears everyone down, the characters all constantly make sarcastic remarks. By the final chapters, everyone except Makoto is trading snide comments with each other.
  • It's extremely common for characters in the Zero Escape series to snark at each other in the several Deadly Games. Virtue's Last Reward takes the prize, with the entire cast throwing bitter sarcastic replies at questions or comments that didn't ask for them on a regular basis... except Luna.

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  • Red vs. Blue is full of people who cope with their Crapsack World by snarking about it and each other. The full list of characters who don't snark at some point is Donut, who's too nice; Caboose, who's too stupid; and the Counselor, who's too creepy calm.
  • DSBT InsaniT: If a character isn't evil, cute, or a Nice Guy, then there is a big chance they are a smartass.
  • Despite being the platonic ideal of a Caustic Critic, Yahtzee of Zero Punctuation actually considers this to be a Pet-Peeve Trope because it usually means none of the characters have a unique voice or personality, the tone is generally uneven due to the constant effort to turn every other line into a smartass quip, and —since it's so frequently attempted but so rarely handled well— it simply grates on his nerves. He often invokes Joss Whedon in a derogatory way with games that overdo it on the snark.

    Web Comics 
  • The world of Antihero for Hire is rather silly, so every sane character has become a Deadpan Snarker as a coping mechanism.
  • 8-Bit Theater. Aside from Fighter, who's too stupid and well-intentioned, everyone is prone to snark. The standout is Black Mage, due to his disgust with the stupidity of his comrades.
  • Rumors of War straddles the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism, and its more cynical characters (read: the main cast) are pretty snarky.
  • Homestuck. Even ditzier characters like John and Feferi have their moments of snark, and the snark levels go through the roof when Rose, Dave and Kanaya are involved.
  • In Sunstone, more and more magnificent snarkers have appeared since the start of the second chapter and older characters have been seen holding their own against them in Snark-to-Snark Combat. ALL the many red-headed characters in the strip save for Lisa are talented snarkers.
  • Paranatural has most of the cast made up of snarky teens, plus a few snarky adults.
  • The Order of the Stick: All of the main cast snarks, including Roy and V, who usually serve as the straight man, Elan, who until the fourth book had a tenuous grasp on sarcasm (although most of his snarks seem to be accidental anyway), and Redcloack (who serves as the straight man to Xykon's Affably Evil attitude and the Monster in the Dark's childlike naïveté). It's almost guaranteed that most named characters (and some unnamed ones) will snark at one point or another. At one point, Elan even takes a class that allows his attacks to be based on puns, one-liners, and snark as opposed to his Strength score, showing that the universe itself can be bent to someone's will through snark.
  • In Nightmare Factory, everybody snarks at some point. It's practically a requirement for every character.
    • Emai always has a smart remark ready, as shown in this scene, right after Phirre has Kreyul turned into a spider.
      Phirre: Aw, why the face? He's your friend, isn't he? His appearance shouldn't dictate your attitude towards him.
      Emai: You misunderstood. My repulsed face was more toward the realization, that you're still here. Ugh, the irony of waking up to a nightmare.
    • Kreyul can be an even bigger snarker than Emai.
      Kreyul: [to Phirre] If being a beetch for a living was a career, you’d be a CEO of your own company.
    • And of course, the Game Master himself, Phirre is very snarky.
      Phirre: [to Emai] How do you breathe with your nose all up in my business?

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    Western Animation 
  • The Animals of Farthing Wood has the animal protagonists who can be sarcastic with each other, apart from Fox speaking in a sarcastic drawl and Adder and Owl's lines, pretty much everyone else gets a few chances at a snarky line or deadpan facial expression.
  • Archer exists in a world where even enemy secret agents are as likely to engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat as any other kind.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien has the main trio snarking at one another every episode.
  • Daria, to the point that most non-snarkers end up being snide by accident.
  • The Flintstones has Wilma frequently being snarky to Fred. An example, from the episode "Fred Flintstone: Before and After" is:
    Fred: Come to think of it...I think I was standing on the "Before" side. Ah, but you know what they say; television adds 10 pounds to your appearance.
    Wilma: Well, eating like a horse has added 50 pounds to yours.
  • This is an accurate description of Men in Black: The Series. In rough descending order of deadpan-ness in MiB alone, you've got Zed, K, Elle, J, and the Worms, and that's without getting into the rest of the cast or the one-off characters.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Rainbow Dash, Twilight Sparkle, and Rarity are the three quick-witted snarkers of the Mane Six, though the other three have had their moments (yes, even Pinkie Pie). Spike, Princess Luna, and Scootaloo also can't resist slipping in a good quip from time to time. Rarity's cat Opalescence also fits.
  • Ōban Star-Racers: There are few characters that don't get in a line of snark, even if they're one-shot characters. If they don't, they're probably The Voiceless.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. Every one of the gang are snarkers. Especially Scooby.
  • Sonic Boom: Everyone has some sass on them. Examples include:
    Amy: I still can't believe they asked you to speak on Career Day.
    Sonic: And I still can't believe they asked you to speak on Snide Comment Day.
  • South Park, to the point where sarcasm itself is made fun of. "Sarcastaball" goes a step further and has Randy Marsh accidentally invent a sport by sarcastically suggesting it. Everyone involved with it in any way only speaks of it sarcastically, to the point that Randy temporarily loses his ability to speak of anything without sarcasm.
  • Thomas & Friends: The inhabitants of the Island of Sodor are very snarky. Special mention goes to Gordon and James being the pompous jerkasses, but even the nicer characters like Thomas and Percy get their snark on. Hell, even Edward, the nicest engine on the Island, gets a few lines of snark. Not forgetting Bill and Ben, Daisy, Diesel, and many others.
  • Everything in The Venture Bros., whether it be human or otherwise, is prone to sarcasm.