Sarcasm might be the lowest form of irony, but as far as rhetorical devices go, it works.
There are plenty of characters on TV today that employ sarcasm as a weapon, using it deflect, shield, and even defend themselves at times.
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A well-placed sarcastic line can do a lot for a character and define their relationships with the other people in the scene.
Here are 21 television characters who like to use sarcasm as a weapon.
Bonnie Plunkett (Mom)
Bonnie Plunkett uses sarcasm as a defense mechanism on the daily. She's constantly cracking jokes at the expense of everyone around her. Her favorite target: her AA sponsor Marjorie.
Eleanor Shellstrop (The Good Place)
Eleanor Shellstrop may not have deserved to be in The Good Place, but her biting sarcasm and wit are hallmarks of the series.
Margo Hanson (The Magicians)
Margo Hanson has a sharp tongue, and a quick mind and her pension for sarcasm is unmatched by anyone else on The Magicians. (Except maybe, her best friend Eliot Waugh.)
Salem Saberhagen (Sabrina the Teenage Witch)
Every witch needs a familiar with a little bit of snark to him. The Spellman's black cat, Salem Saberhagen has his fair share of sarcastic quips throughout the show's seven seasons as he got into hijinx all his own.
Sarah Manning (Orphan Black)
There's not a lot of time for wise-cracking while you're at the epicenter of someone's science experiment, but you can still count on Sarah Manning to come up with a few sarcastic remarks here and there. As Mrs. S said, Sarah took all of the attitude and none of the politics from the punk rock scene.
Annie Marks (Good Girls)
Annie Marks is an expert in sarcasm and isn't afraid to use it. Whether she's joking about how the only thing of value she has are her eggs or she's fighting with her sister, she knows how to deliver a punchy line.
Donna Noble (Doctor Who)
The sassy temp from Chiswick bought some spunk to the Tardis in Doctor Who Season 4. Perhaps one of her prime moments was when she greeted an alien by introducing herself as, "Donna Noble. I'm a human being! Maybe not the stuff of legend but every bit as important as Time Lords like you."
Sophia Patrillo (Golden Girls)
While Blanche, Rose, and Dorothy all had their own unique personalities, Sophia's perspective and biting sarcasm, often at Dorothy's expense is a pleasure to watch.
Zelda Spellman (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)
While the older Spellman sister is usually very serious, there are times when the lowest form of irony graces her lips on occasion. And it's her satan-given right given everything she does for her family.
Gregory House (House M.D.)
As Dr. Cuddy once explained it, "The son of a bitch is the best doctor we have." Which means he can get away with quite a bit, including some incredibly sarcastic remarks directed at Dr. Cuddy (aka his boss), his underlings, his patients, and even his best friend Wilson.
Luke Danes (Gilmore Girls)
Luke Danes is your classic curmudgeon on Gilmore Girls. He meets anything he doesn't like with a fair amount of sarcasm and witty repartee. That hasn't changed over the years. The Netflix revival of the series had a sequence with him making up fake wi-fi passwords for any customer who asked. Totally in character for a man who hates phones.
Nicky Nichols (Orange is the New Black)
Nicky's got a special way of dealing with the world: sarcasm. While there are nuggets of smart advice underneath Nicky's biting commentary, it definitely feels like she uses it as a defense mechanism at times.
Charlie Harper (Two and a Half Men)
Charlie Harper is yet another character who kept people at arm's length with a sarcastic sense of humor. The target of many of his sarcastic comments is his brother Alan and the fact that he lives in Charlie's beach house rent-free.
Lily Tucker-Pritchett (Modern Family)
Kids have a way of telling it exactly like it is, and yet that doesn't make it sting any less. Cameron and Mitchell's daughter Lily has a feisty personality, and she can definitely deliver a hint of sarcasm with the best of them.
Jessica Jones (Jessica Jones)
Jessica Jones will tell you exactly what she thinks of your, and the odds are you might not like it. She tends to keep people at arm's length with her tough exterior and a few biting comments. A personal favorite: when she responds to Trish with a blunt, "It's called whiskey."
Rich Dotcom (Blindspot)
Rich Dotcom has become something like Blindspot's plucky comic relief, and he uses sarcastic humor in his storytelling and swindling all the time.
Karen Walker (Will & Grace)
Karen Walker is the sassy friend that has been trolling Will, Grace, and Jack for years. If not without her biting wit Will & Grace could have become a very different show.
Penny (The Big Bang Theory)
You need a sense of humor to put up with Penny's neighbors. Her witty lines during The Big Bang Theory's run are dripping with sarcasm and definitely feel like a coping mechanism.
Villanelle (Killing Eve)
Villanelle has many weapons in her arsenal, including the hairpin we saw her use in the very first episode. She also has a biting wit and sense of humor she tends to use off the job, usually when dealing with Konstantin.
Angela Montenegro (Bones)
When it comes to the Jeffersonian team, Angela is an artist in a room full of scientists. You can argue that her role as an artist gives her a unique perspective on human nature and sometimes that comes out in a sharp commentary amongst her Jeffersonian coworkers.
Jenna Marshall (Pretty Little Liars)
Jenna Marshall might have had an ax to grind, but she was also sassy while she did it. On more than a few instances, Jenna's entrances or exit was met with a sarcastic quip pointed squarely in The Liars direction.