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Basic Trope: A character uses snark to hide their negative emotions.

  • Straight: Alice, a Deadpan Snarker turns out to have depression.
  • Exaggerated: Alice, who uses the most snark out of the cast, turns out to have a horrible past and be suicidal.
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice doesn't use that much snark in the first place.
    • Alternatively, although Alice has no suicidal thoughts, she does have some problems that need to be addressed.
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  • Justified: Alice used to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold before becoming depressed.
  • Inverted: Alice uses snark to cover up her happiness.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice uses snark, but she's not depressed.
    • Alice is snarky and depressed, but she's not using the snark as a cover...
  • Double Subverted:
    • She uses snark to hide her feelings of loneliness.
    • ...she takes pride in her wits and uses snark to bolster her flagging self-esteem.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice switches between The Eeyore and the Deadpan Snarker without dropping the snark. Bob and the other characters say what the heck is wrong with her openly.
    • Alice says to Bob, "You're dumb." Bob says back, "No, You." Alice then curls up on the floor and loudly sobs for a good ten minutes or so.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice's mask of snarkiness cracks, revealing her depression, but she doesn't drop the act.
  • Averted: Alice doesn't hide her emotions behind snark.
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  • Enforced: "We need to show Alice's sadness, but we can't make her pretend to be happy! Let's just make her current snarker attitude be a facade."
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: "You're a snarker. I like that."
    Alice: "That's just how I look! Inside I want to die!"
  • Invoked: Alice has something tragic happen to her, so she takes her current state of snark and makes that a mask.
  • Exploited: Charlie breaks Alice's mask by reminding her of a Noodle Incident.
  • Defied: "I'm not going to hide my sadness behind my sarcasm. I don't care, I'll just show it."
  • Discussed: "Alice is being more snarkier than usual. I bet something happened to her."
  • Conversed: "That Alice is suspiciously snarky... I bet she's hiding something."
  • Played For Drama: Alice hiding her emotions behind snark serves as a Tear Jerker.

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