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Basic Trope: A world-weary character who snarks indiscriminately.

  • Straight: Alice wearily snarks at everything and everyone, even herself.
  • Exaggerated: Alice relentlessly crusades all places, from streets to kindergarten classes, to berate kids and adults alike at the slightest misbehavior they commit.
  • Downplayed: Alice occasionally gives a good quip about how stupid something is.
  • Justified: Alice is the Only Sane Woman.
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  • Inverted: Alice is the only Cloud Cuckoo Lander in a depressingly sane world.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice gets multiple ideal occasions to tell others I Told You So, but never seizes the occasion.
    • Upon hearing her ally's plan, Alice will say "Really? Are you dumb enough to try that?", then follows it with "Count me in!"
  • Double Subverted: Alice observes her friend's ridiculous actions without saying a word only because she is aware they know what she really means despite her not saying it, her silent treatment making them beg her to "Just say it out loud already".
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  • Averted: Alice doesn't waste her time openly snarking at others, seeing it as wasting her time on idiots.
  • Enforced: "OK, rebellious kids nowadays love the Snarky yet smart dude/girl, so if you want the show that pays our bills to stay on the air, we should include a main character like this."
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  • Lampshaded: "You know, Alice is annoying us all the time with her advice, but as much as I hate to admit it, she does have a point."
  • Invoked: A group of friends decide on having one of them play the Snark Knight's role to keep them out of trouble, or because "All cool posses on TV include one."
  • Exploited: The Evil Overlord hires Alice. Yeah, her comments wound his ego, but they're also the reason that half of his plans actually work.
  • Defied: Alice goes through life too drunk to remember how to talk.
  • Discussed: "I cannot fully understand how these kinds of people can exist. In the real world, we're constantly surrounded by so many idiots that it would exhaust us to shout witty remarks at each of them."
  • Conversed: "Ah, there he finally is, the obligatory snarky smart guy of any typical Sitcom comedy. I bet he'll snark at the writers for using cliché stereotypes."
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  • Deconstructed: Alice's unrelenting snark is enjoyed by the audience... but not her friends, who are eventually alienated by them.
  • Reconstructed: ...But they soon realize that Alice's snark keeps them from carrying out several insanely dangerous plans, proving that she does care a great deal about them.
  • Played For Drama: Snark is Alice's coping mechanism. But it's also hurting and alienating her friends, driving them away and deepening her depression as a result.

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