My close personal friends over at TV tropes define the Deadpan Snarker as “a character prone to gnomic, sarcastic, sometimes bitter, occasionally whimsical asides.”  Which, when you think about it, is a wide enough definition so as to be utterly useless, so thanks for nothin’, guys.  In any case, the quintessential example of someone who sits and watches so as to get in their verbal jabs is Randal Graves, one of Kevin Smith’s titular ‘Clerks.’  Later stories would emphasize that Randal was as dogmatic and hidebound as any of the annoying customers he dealt with, using his ability to mock others to assuage his own feelings of inadequacy. but in that first movie, he has a mean-spirited, obscene sort of zen, leading to today’s not-at-all-complicated query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would also accept James Evans, Jr., who not only had witty remarks but punctuated them with catchphrases like ‘Dyn-o-mite!’, asking: Which fictional character is your fave-rave example of the Deadpan Snarker in action?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I don’t usually like this type of characters but I’ll admit clerks was great. Another one of these types I can stomach is probably Braniac 5.

  2. Never seen Clerks, so I hope I am on the right track w/ this quesiton.

    Crowley from Supernatural. His snark is what makes his character so loved. Dean and Bobby from the same show have plenty of snark too, but Crowley has the accent which just makes his commentary even better.

    Oh yes, and Chandler from Friends. Rare is there an episode of that show that Chandler doesn’t make some sort of wonderfully sarcastic comment.

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