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.
- 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.
- Justified: Alice used to be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold before becoming depressed.
- Inverted: Alice uses snark to cover up her happiness.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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