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Considering who he has to deal with, can you blame him?


"Don't you roll your eyes at me; it's a good plan!"
Dr. Doofenshmirtz, Phineas and Ferb

The Silent Snarker is just that. A combination of Deadpan Snarker and The Voiceless, The Speechless or The Unintelligible. A character who does not speak, usually a sidekick, who is a lot more competent than his superior, who does things most Deadpan Snarkers would have a field day with. But since they cannot or don't speak, they communicate their snark through eyerolls, facepalms, furrowed brows and aside glances. These characters normally have very expressive faces to properly convey their silent exasperation.

May overlap with The Silent Bob. If the character is The Unintelligible, this can sometimes overlap with Repeating So the Audience Can Hear. Contrast with Deadpan Snarker, the vocal version of this trope.

The Voiceless, The Speechless, and The Unintelligible characters only (Silent Bobs are exceptions). If they can talk, or at least talk frequently, they don't count for this trope.

Examples of Silent Snarker include:


Anime & Manga

  • Pikachu in the earlier seasons of Pokémon.


Comic Strips

  • Odie from Garfield, every once in a while. Garfield himself is an odd case of us actually seeing what the Silent Snarker is thinking. If we couldn't read his thoughts, he would count for this. This is explored with the Silent Garfield experiment, which removes his dialogue but leaves him in the panel, still making his grins and aside glances.


Films -- Animation


Films -- Live-Action

  • Star Wars
    • Based on C-3PO's reactions to some of the things he says, if his speech were translated, R2-D2 would be a definite Deadpan Snarker who speaks in robot noises.
    • Chewbacca as well, if you pay attention to how people react to what he says he's probably one of the most sarcastic characters in the franchise.
    • In Return of the Jedi, when Lando Calrissian has ownership of the Millennium Falcon, Chewbacca's role is filled by the monkey-faced alien Nien Nunb, and Lando bilingually bickers with him in much the way Han Solo did with Chewie.
  • Burt Lancaster had a childhood friend, Nick Cravat, who appeared in several of Lancaster's movies. Cravat was never able to get rid of his thick Brooklyn accent, so he communicated -- and often snarked -- by mime in any movie where the accent would be inappropriate. He gets the last "word" in The Crimson Pirate, for instance.
  • Clint Eastwood is a master at getting across any emotion wordlessly.
  • Cosmic Creepers the cat in Bedknobs and Broomsticks, notably in the scene where Ms. Price is trying to fly.


Literature

 Baddeley: (to Fanny, whose suitor has come to discuss things with her and her uncle) Sir Thomas wishes to speak with you, ma'am, in his own room.

Mrs. Norris: Stay, stay, Fanny! What are you about? Where are you going? Don't be in such a hurry. Depend upon it, it is not you who are wanted; depend upon it, it is me, but you are so very eager to put yourself forward. What should Sir Thomas want you for? It is me, Baddeley, you mean; I am coming this moment. You mean me, Baddeley, I am sure; Sir Thomas wants me, not Miss Price.

But Baddeley was stout. "No, ma'am, it is Miss Price; I am certain of it's being Miss Price." And there was a half-smile with the words, which meant, "I do not think you would answer the purpose at all."


Live-Action TV

  • Teller of Penn and Teller Bullshit
  • Diefenbaker from Due South is treated as one of these thanks to the various reaction shots from his human co-stars.
  • Glee has Brad the Silent Pianist.


Video Games

  • The Legend of Zelda: Link on occasion, suprisingly enough. Most notable in Majora's Mask. In Wind Waker as well. Link's dialogue options can also have a fair share of snark.
  • Classic Sonic, who was retconned into being a Heroic Mime for Sonic Generations, would glare towards the camera and impatiently tap his foot as his Idle Animation in the classic trilogy. We can only wonder how snarky he'll be in Generations.
  • Wonder of wonders, Freddy Krueger is turned into one in his cameo appearance in Mortal Kombat, aside from the occasional Evil Laugh.
  • Sis from Alpha Protocol is mute (and cute), but makes it clear through some expressive body-language that 1) she is in command of her squad and 2) you are all imbeciles. She's armed with a glare that could strip paint along with her twin revolvers.
  • Shizune Hakamichi is the Visual Novel Katawa Shoujo is deaf and mute and communicates primarily through Japanese Sign Language, she also has a very dry and cutting wit that becomes all the more obvious in her route when Hisao learns JSL himself and he (and the player) can understand her without relying on Misha.


Web Animation


Web Comics


Web Original


Western Animation

  • Phineas and Ferb
    • Perry the Platypus could probably give Gromit a run for his money in this, silent snarking in regards to his nemesis Dr. Doofenshmirtz, and his allies Major Monogram and Carl the Intern. He also at one point mocked Candace behind her back.
    • Ferb could count since he rarely talks, and spends more time rolling his eyes at the stupidity of his peers.
  • Spot from Hong Kong Phooey. He only ever makes annoyed sighs as he's bailing Phooey's dumb ass out of trouble.
  • Gary from SpongeBob SquarePants, who meows snark to his master.
  • The Simpsons: Maggie Simpson
  • Chowder: Shnitzel. "Radda radda."
  • Ruby Gloom: Doom Kitty
  • Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar sort of fits, as he is (usually) The Unintelligible. Although oftentimes his snarks are the only intelligible things he says.

 Private: That won't be necessary. Private LIKES big.

Rico: Oh boy.

  • Snoopy from Peanuts combines this with Large Ham. He doesn't just snark Charlie Brown, he gets angry, yells and throws books at him. This only applies to the animated specials, where Snoopy is silent (most of the time).
  • Looney Tunes
    • Wile E. Coyote (at least, during the Wile E Coyote and The Road Runner cartoons; he's Suddenly Voiced in his shorts with Bugs Bunny). Have you read the things on his signs?
    • Road Runner is similar, but with an amused smile and equally snarky signs.

 (after Coyote tries to tar and feather Road Runner) "Road Runners already have feathers!"

  • On My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic, Fluttershy's pet bunny Angel is like this sometimes, as is Rarity's cat Opal. Opal is especially silent-snarky in "Sweet and Elite", since she can only communicate with meows and facial expressions and is constantly having to deal with the ridiculous ramblings of an owner with a messed up sense of priorities.
  • The original My Little Pony and Friends series had Moochick's assistant Habbit the Rabbit.
  • Soundwave of Transformers Prime.
  • Horace the ferret from My Gym Partners a Monkey.
  • Azrael in The Smurfs snarks in meows.
  • In the Wander Over Yonder episode "The Bad Hatter", Wander's hat turns out to be capable of delivering such a routine while in the clutches of Lord Hater. (Although its first couple of responses do seem to have been sincere.)

Real life

  • Babies. Before they learn how to talk, they're capable of giving some very withering looks, particularly if you're trying to make them laugh.
  • Deaf people can often communicate snark through sign language.
    • And some elements of sign language seem to be born from snark. For example, the sign for "idiot" is mimmicking shooting yourself.
  • Cats.
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