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"Leet speak" (or "1337 Sp34k") is a form of obfuscated writing which replaces [[Letters2Numbers letters with numbers]], symbols, other letters, or combinations of the above that resemble whatever letter is being expressed.

A similar phenomenon of ''chatspeak'', which consists of abbreviations, like "lol", "wtf", and "omg". Chatspeak also usually omits punctuation and capitalization. Originally leet speak came into being as a way for hackers, crackers and pirates to circumvent the primitive word-based censoring on bulletin boards, while chatspeak was born out of a need for for speed and convenience when typing on handheld devices. Nowadays both are mostly done for parody or simply out of laziness. Chatspeak, along with numerous other forms of net slang, has been a tremendous influence on leet, so expect loads of overlap. Kitty pidgin is the specific mixture of the above inspired by LOLCats

You'll also want to be on the lookout for [[StylisticSuck deliberate typos]] like "teh" (the), "liek" (like), and "pwn" (own, i.e. defeat), XtremeKoolLetterz , [[FunetikAksent phonetic spellings]], [[MyNaymeIs not-so-phonetic spellings]], and much, much more. Leet is also very grammatically loose, so "haxxorz" can mean "hacks" or "hackers" depending on context. And most importantly of all, leetspeak ''should never be consistent''. Different symbols should be substituted for the same letter within a single sentence, word, or even ''character''. The more random it seems, the better.

See also Letters2Numbers, FutureSlang, and TechnoBabble. We have [[Hax/HomePage a home page written like this]].

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[[folder:[=4|\|1|\/|U |\| |\/|/-\60=] (Anime and Manga)]]
* In ''LuckyStar'' [[OtakuSurrogate Konata's]] friends are slightly puzzled that she ''doesn't'' ever talk that way in real life...but when she shows them what her chat logs look like they can barely recognize it as Japanese.
** There's also this "gatongo" person in Konata's friend list that fills his/her chat log with "wwww" (which is the Japanese equivalent of "lolo[=l=]olo[=l=]").
*** Enhanced in translation by certain fansub group: "roflcopterskatesbbq".
* The titular {{Gantz}} communicates in this way.
* In ''Halo Legends'' (Specifically Toei Animation's "Odd One Out") one of the Spartans is designated "Spartan 1337"
* The 2010 ''GGundam'' manga introduces the [=JMF1337SD=] Shading Gundam, a [[PaintItBlack black version]] of the Shining Gundam. However, this was most likely a coincidence, seeing as the original 1994 anime had the [=JMF1336R=] Rising Gundam.
* A mystery Kogoro is tasked to solve in ''Manga/CaseClosed'' revolves around a mysterious text message that is revealed to be the Japanese version of leet.
* Frau Kojirou from ''VisualNovel/RoboticsNotes'' who says things like TY/thx and GTFO.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': [[http://www.mangahere.com/manga/full_metal_alchemist/v005/c017/29.html STFU!!]]
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[[folder:[=|<0n1Vl1|c 8uX=] (Comic Books) ]]
* ZOMG! A reference to ''{{Nextwave}}'''s Tabitha plzkthxbye.
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[[folder:[=|=& Ph:[k=] (Fan Fic) ]]
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/u/55667 Eric Lawson]] has [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3387678/8 introduced]] a new character into his VideoGame/MegaMan FanVerse, an autistic hacker named Schroeder "Latchkey" Dunlap, who uses a relatively mild version of this.
* The {{Warhammer 40000}} fanfic ''FanFic/{{Toyhammer}}'' features a Cogboy of the Adeptus Mechanicus who starts speaking exclusively in l33t after extended exposure to ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}''.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3478824 The Killer In You]]'' Rem is able to get around the restriction that Shinigami aren't supposed to help humans by giving them the names of people they want to kill by giving Light the names in 1337 lingo that she apparently learned from watching Misa chat. Because she writes it as [[spoiler:"'Ryuzaki: L L a 2u l i e t, 2uatari: Q u i l l s h 2u a m m y"]] she didn't ''technically'' give the name.
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[[folder: [=|_I7=] (Literature) ]]
* In the ''StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' novel ''Literature/DeathStar'', a character goes by the alias Teh Roxxor.
* ''Literature/SnowCrash'' has the unusually-subtle example of Da5id.
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[[folder: [=1|V 4CTi|\| -|-\/=] (LiveActionTV) ]]
* ''{{Numb3rs}}'' uses leetspeak on occasion. Charlie's girlfriend Amita is fluent in leet, often decoding leet passages for Don and his FBI team.
* mun2. Say it in Spanish.
* ''TheITCrowd'': The DVD has subtitles in leet. Most episodes just substitute numbers and symbols, but the first episode has some hilarious "geekspeak" translations, like when Denholm Reynholm is saying that the company has a lot of sexy people working there, the subtitle says "We R Natalie Portman"
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[[folder: [=1u1_\-||;|\l1\/|@=] (Machinima) ]]
* Master Chief from the ''ArbyNTheChief'' spends the entire series talking in this fashion. "Mai [=ROFLcar=] gos n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-n..."
* The character Player from the {{machinima}} series ''LeetWorld'' seems to speak pretty much just this, as does Leeroy sometimes. Player differenciates himself from Leeroy in that he actually does not speak literally, using text shown at the bottom of the screen or the Counter-Strike: Source radio commands (naturally, the game used for the machinima), and Leeroy uses it mostly only when speaking of [[WorldOfWarcraft 'World of Battlelore']], and is a {{Geek}} about it and computers. It is lampshaded by others asking the character Cortez, who is blind, how he can know what Player is saying (he doesn't know how himself). Westheimer has tried to say it himself, likely to trying to be 'on the same level' as Leeroy, as defacto [[TheCaptain captain]] of his team.
* The name {SuP4hl33tk1LLa} CaP-a-CoP (spelling varied) is recycled in videos by director [[http://youtube.com/jsxanatos Xanatos]].
** Also parodied in a frag movie in Gman Squad [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG9UGesXmEg#t=7m38s episode 7]]
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[[folder: [=μ|_|-/_1|<=] (Music) ]]
* [[http://thefump.com/fump.php?id=137 This song]] pretty much defines 1337-5p34k.
* One DemoScene module musician had the artist name Tr/\sh (pronounced "trash").
* All of the tracks on ''[[LinkinPark Reanimation]]''.
* Creator/BellaThorne's ''TTYLXOX'' is chocked full of this trope.
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[[folder: [=|\|V M|=_|>lA=] (New Media) ]]
* {{Image Macro}}s typically use chatspeak captions (partly for comic effect, partly to minimize blocking of the image).
** The Orlies from ''{{Erfworld}}'' are a parody of the (in)famous O RLY owl Image Macro. They talk in snippets of chatspeak (e.g. one says "OMGWTFBBQ" as it's roasted by a [[PhantasySpelling dwagon]]).
* And then you get things like [[http://lolcode.com/ LOLCODE]], a (working!) programming language based on [[MemeticMutation lolcat]]-based leetspeak.
** And then you have the [[http://www.lolcatbible.com Lolcat Bible.]] "An Ceiling Cat sayed, I can has lite? An lite wuz".
*** Don't forget the [[http://www.corprew.org/content/lolcat-wasteland/ Lolcat Wasteland!]] "earth in ur winter, covered in snow / can has potato. PO-TA-TO. / INVISIBLE SUMMER! RAININGZES! / im in ur hofgarden, drinking ur coffeez."
* Google now allows you to view their [[http://www.google.com/webhp?hl=xx-hacker Home Page]] this way.
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[[folder: [=V1D30 94|\/|35=] (Video Games) ]]
* ''KingdomOfLoathing'' has the Valley of Rof'lm'fao, a whole zone full of monsters themed around Internet annoyances, such as the XXX [=pr0n=] (a sleazy prawn monster) and the 1335 [=hax0r=] (who's apparently not quite skilled enough to be 1337).
* The Freakshow name themselves in [=l33tspeak=] in ''CityOfHeroes''. Even more disconcerting: some of them apparently ''speak'' it aloud. [[BellisariosMaxim Don't think about that too much.]]
** An early mission to defeat a Freakshow gang leader (named "[=T3h PwNxx0rz=]") rewards the player with the 'Pwnz' [[BraggingRightsReward badge]]. Badges can be displayed underneath your name, as sort of a title, so you can see people with that badge walking around like this:
---> Superhero Name \\
Pwnz
** Horrifically, there's a story arc in ''CityOfVillains'' that has you defeat a Freakshow Boss, who then gives you a speech in l337 that spans about four or five paragraphs! Your character, thankfully, gets the gist of it but good luck getting through it yourself.
* The L33t Hamm3r Broz. in ''VideoGame/MarioandLuigiPartnersInTime'' speak only in leet. This is later parodied after they're freed from Shroob brainwashing ("Who talks like that?"). This is a prime example of {{Woolseyism}}, as in the original version, they simply spoke in Katakana.[[labelnote:*]]Which is comparable to English practice of [[RoboSpeak WRITING IN ALL CAPS TO REPRESENT MONOTONE.]][[/labelnote]]
* Sal Manella in ''PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' also speaks 1337. It's pretty funny when Maya tries to figure out what he's saying. "Hey Nick... what does 'suck-sores' mean?"
* The MMORPG ''AnarchyOnline'' features ratlike creatures called "Leets" who sometimes spout leet-speak.
* ''Persona3'' has "Maya", a player in the MMPORPG that the Main Character plays type out entirely out of this, even though [[spoiler:she happens to be his composition teacher in real life.]]
** In addition, [[spoiler:She has no idea that the protagonist is her MMO partner, and freely confesses that she finds his real life self ''very attractive''.]]
* In {{MUGEN}} programming, one parameter is "airjuggle" defining how many hits may be landed on a falling opponent. Fittingly, Rare Akuma's airjuggle is defined as "1337".
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'' has an amusing example of this. In the sections not played in the Animus, Desmond can gain access to the personal mailboxes of the researchers. While Lucy Stillman, the doctor's assistant, types her mails with perfect grammar and spelling, the arrogant, self-righteous Dr. Vidic's e-mails look like he's text messaging, or like he's almost completely illiterate.
* In the ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack]]'' video games, the character Sora speaks in leet online ([[{{Woolseyism}} in the English version]]). IN the japanese version he spoke in a way that made it near impossible to translate directly.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' provides an early example; a young boy you meet in Timber speaks partially in chatspeak, with "u" for "you", "2" for "to" and so on.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando'', Scorch will occasionally say "Nobody can match my l33t h4x0r skills!" when hacking a terminal.
** Despite the fact that Fixer is the slicing specialist of the group.
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes2DesperateStruggle'', Kimmy Howell says that Travis should read her letter "just for lulz".
* In ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]]'', Hibachi's theme in Daifukkatsu is ]-[|/34<#!, which is "HIBACHI." Yeah...
* Yuzu in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' uses LeetLingo in all her mails.
* One of the pre-made Sims in [[TheSims The Sims 3]] is a computer nerd called "Cycl0n3 Sw0rd".
* The [[LemonyNarrator newscaster]] in ''GalacticCivilizations II'' drops into this for one of the [[BoringButPractical miniaturization upgrades]].
* One of the enemies in [[BookwormAdventures Bookworm Adventures Vol. 2]] speak in this. Unsurprisingly, the team was in [[CyberSpace a virtual world]]. The enemy was named Rogue Hacker.
* ''PerfectDark'' includes an unlockable version of the Klobb gun from ''VideoGame/GoldenEye1997'', renamed the "[=KL01313=]". Also, in the Attack Ship level, the information screen for Cassandra de Vries' necklace displays the message "Password: [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair I8MOZYM8NDI8S]]".
* Zero's skills and heads in ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' all feature this. Skills have names like [=B0re and Headsh0t=], and his heads include [=Ech0l0cation and Gh0st=]. Hyperion also uses this style for a number of their robot names, such as [=CL4P-TP=] (Claptrap) and [=BNK3R=] (Bunker).
* [[Franchise/CrashBandicoot Coco Bandicoot]] is surprisingly proficient in leet speak, [[FridgeBrilliance which makes sense,]] as she ''is'' the computer expert. In ''Crash Nitro Kart'', she is audibly crying out, "Roxxor!" and "Suxxor!" which mean "rocks" and "sucks" respectively.
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[[folder: [=\/\/E8C0|\/|1C2=] (Webcomics)]]
* The "Grammar Nazi" character who occasionally showed up in ''Webcomic/QueenOfWands'' is shown [[http://www.queenofwands.net/d/20051023.html here]] lashing out at a l33tspeak user.
** 'We do not negotiate with terrorists!'
* There's also a guy in ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}'' who solely speaks l337 (called, appropriately, "L33t D00d"); Largo is the only person in the strip who can understand him.
** There's even a claim that [=l337speak=] entered the mainstream when he was introduced on [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/9 strip #9]], the most famous strip of the entire comic.
*** The whole scene parodies the "Jive-Talk" scene from the movie ''Film/{{Airplane}}''.
* A mad, tire-stealing caper in Creator/RalphHayesJr's ''Webcomic/TallyHo'' features a carload of zoo animals, all of whom speak in LeetSpeak [[MemeticMutation Internet memes]]. The impressive thing about this is that a large number of them speak in ''species-appropriate'' Internet memes -- the owls' first lines of dialogue are "O RLY? YA RLY!", the more feline characters use {{Lolcats}} dialogue, and [[TheBigGuy the walrus]] was convinced to join up when he was promised that he would get his bucket back.
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' had Missi use some in her excitement, followed by an admonishment from Emily [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2009-11-17 here]].
* Saturn and his parents from ''Webcomic/StarGuys'' only speak in n00b. Considering that they're an '[[TheDitz unusual]]' family, this isn't really surprising.
* In ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' [[EverythingsNuttierWithSquirrels squirrely]] "[[WetwareCPU organic procesors]]" are called [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=454 #5C4RL37]], [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=471 #V10L37, #4M83R and #J4D3]].
* Several of the troll kids from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' speak in either this manner or their own unique spelling patterns. Some of the symbol substitutions:
** Aradia replaces 'o' with '0' to [[EmotionlessGirl sh0w her emptiness]].
** Terezi types in all caps and the numbers 4, 1 and 3, [=TO R3PR3S3NT H3R 1NT3NT1ON4LLY 4NNOY1NG P3RSON4L1TY=]. (The number 413 is [[ArcNumber significant]] in ''Homestuck'').
** Vriska replaces the letter 'b' and the sound 'ate' with '8', [[AnimalMotifs 8ecause she's associ8ed with spiders]]. When she gets really flustered, she st8ps c8ring a8out wh8re sh8 p8ts 8n the 8s.
** Sollux replaces 's' with '2' and 'i' with 'ii' because he ha2 a lii2p.
** Nepeta replaces 'ee' with '33', to look like a CatSmile emoticon (:33).
** Equius uses '%' for 'x', and '100' and '001' for 'loo' and 'ool' sounds, because he's themed around the legendary "Man of a Hundred Horses" of Arabic myth.
** Feferi uses ')(' instead of 'H'.
** A special mention to [[TheUnintelligible Mituna Captor]], [=PR08481Y 7H3 C105357 70 FU11 1337 7H3 C0M1C W1LL 3VER G37=].
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'', during one of the author's irregular (and strange) Q&A sessions, where she answers one of the questions her fans email her. One question was in l337, and she couldn't understand it. She did her bestů But it certainly led to one of the oddest jazz ensembles everů Prawn suits and saxophones indeed.
* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' got [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2006-04-19 a punny/multilingual version]] as one of NamingConventions for AI.
* ''Webcomic/{{Unichat}}'' has sentientconspirator, who types in ''extreme'' leet.
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[[folder: \/\/E8 0R1Gi|\|41 (Web Original) ]]

* The optional subtitles in ''WebAnimation/{{Arfenhouse}}: [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/63227 The Movie]]'' are mostly rendered in [=LOLspeak=]. In ''[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/63227 Arfenhouse Teh Movie Too]]'', the subtitles aren't optional (though "LOLO[=L=]OLO[=L=]OL" is spoken as "HA HA HA HA HA").
** The only exception is the OnlySaneMan Joe, whose lines are written in perfect English.
* The WebAnimation/TeenGirlSquad has been known to pepper their speech with 1337 haXXorz.
--> '''Cheerleader:''' I just picked up this fashion magazine with MORE HOT TIPS!
--> '''So And So:''' w00t!
--> '''Whats Her Face:''' w00t!
--> '''The Ugly One:''' w00t!
** The TGS menu page title reads "T33n G1rl Squ4dx0rx!!"
* The ''Literature/ChaosTimeline'' has its own version: The currency of the German technocracy is the Thaler, abbreviated "Th". Thus, people from this timeline will replace the T's in names of firms considered too greedy with Th. One example is the computer/electronics firm Werstand (imagine a cross between Microsoft, IBM and Siemens), which becomes Wers''th''and.
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[[folder: [=\/\/35T3R|\| 4n|\/|4z|-||_|N=] (Western Animation)]]
* ''TransformersAnimated'' brings us The Headmaster, and in his wake follows [[GrandTheftMe total ownage]].
* Sierra from TotalDramaWorldTour
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[[folder:;R|_ (Real Life)]]
* Inserting Leet characters to passwords is actually an efficient way of increasing its length and complexity, making it exponentially harder to crack, especially against dictionary attacks. For example, if your password is "Password" changing it to "P4$5\/\/0r|)" puts your password past the length and character range of all but the most persistent hackers, while still maintaining enough visual cues for you to remember that it is merely your intentionally screwed-up way of spelling "Password".[[labelnote:*]]The human's superior symbolic solution ability is the reason why CAPTCHA images are still readable. [[TechnologyMarchesOn At least for now...]][[/labelnote]]
** This no longer holds water, as the makers of dictionary lists have caught up and you can now find plenty of leetspeak wordlists that cover pretty much any plausible variation of a word (read: any that you wouldn't have trouble remembering yourself). This, of course, doesn't stop many registration pages from accepting leetspeak words that they otherwise wouldn't - but the usefulness of this is highly questionable.
* In January 2011, {{Funimation}} tried to sue 1337 Bittorrent users over downloading ''OnePiece'', the number no doubt chosen intentionally.
* Creator/WilWheaton, PaulAndStorm, and [[{{Series/Mythbusters}} Adam Savage]] put on a music and comedy show for geeks called "W00tstock."
* Filipinos take this UpToEleven through [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jejemon Jejemon]].
* R!OT; one of effects company MethodStudios' many siblings.
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