Gratuitous English: Live-Action TV
- In an episode of NewsRadio, Jimmy James' book "Jimmy James: Capitalist Lion Tamer" becomes popular in Japan, so for some reason he has the Japanese version translated back into English... and it ends up pure Gratuitous English. The title becomes "Jimmy James: Macho Business Donkey Wrestler", and the book now features lines like "Glorious sunset of my heart was fading. Soon the super karate monkey death car would park in my space. But Jimmy has fancy plans, and pants to match."
- "What did you mean when you wrote, bad clown making like super American car racers, I would make them sweat, war war"?
- Ninja Warrior's stages contain obstacles that are almost entirely named in complete or partial English. Aside from the competitors' names and periodic use of 'Sasuke' (the show's original name), this is all most watchers of the show are likely to understand.
- Most Super Sentai series feature a usual amount of Gratuitous English for attack names and such, but Engine Sentai Go-onger deserves special mention for having the team uniform be covered with it. Extra-special mention for Hant (Go-on Green)'s Gratutious Japanese along with the English. ("Doki Doki Delight")
TIGHTEN UP REALITY GANGSTER
- That is his roll call phrase, though he says it all in Japanese. The others' roll call phrases are mostly written all in English but said in Japanese or part English and part Japanese. (The phrases rhyme, too.)
- Jiraiya/Ninja Black in Ninja Sentai Kakuranger indulged in this quite often. It helped that he was a faux-McNinja played by Kane Kosugi.
- Gaku/Gao Yellow from Gaoranger was annoyingly fond of this habit.
- As does Hoji/Deka Blue in Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger
- And Shurikenger in Ninpuu Sentai Hurricaneger makes it part of his whole schtick, baby.
- Ironically, the page image is Takeru/Shinken Red from Samurai Sentai Shinkenger, a sentai series with a samurai theme that tries very hard to convince the kiddies that kanji really is cool. (A lot of younger Japanese citizens, by this point, don't know kanji, preferring the phonetic alphabet to the fancy one). It's also one of few series to keep the attack names in Japanese. Yet Takeru seems to own few shirts that aren't covered with (utterly incomprehensible) Engrish.
- Chiaki (Shinken Green)'s surfing T-shirts are worse, when you look at it, because he uses them Once an Episode.
- Kotoha has shirts with English on them too.
- Also, the names of the Shinkengers' weapons (except for Red's Rekka Daizantou and Gold's Sakana-maru): Water Arrow (a bow that shoots... well...) for Blue, Wood Spear for Green, Land Slicer for Yellow and Heaven Fan for Pink.
- A LOT of the HUD in GoGo Sentai Boukenger, sometimes veering into Engrish territory.
- One thing that is generally used across all seasons, it seems they use the English words for their Ranger colors more than the Japanese ones. Like in the 35th season, they're GokaiRed, GokaiBlue, GokaiYellow, GokaiGreen, and GokaiPink, with their Sixth Ranger GokaiSilver. Even in some of the older series, where the Ranger designations aren't always colors, they are in English (Spade Ace, Vul Shark, Change Phoenix, and so forth, though exceptions exist.)
- In Go-Busters, Masato Jin occasionally shouts "Oh shit!", which is... a little out-of-place on a kids' show.
- During the transformation sequences in Denji Sentai Megaranger, English words scroll across the screen, ostensibly listing systems activation and computer jargon. It is, in fact, completely random words seemingly picked out of a dictionary-dartboard hybrid. If you care:
STIGMA THROUGH IDIOT HEARING
KEEP FRUSTRATION CLEAR
PATIENCE OPEN AHEAD
GETTING AWAY WITH IT LEAD
SOME DISTANT MEMORY DROVE
GET THE MESSAGE
INDISCIPLINE ALL REMAINS
WISH DOUBLE EDITORIALS COVER
UNDER STRESS NEW CANOE
- It turns out that the words come from track titles from the band Electronic, fittingly enough, albeit a bit jumbled.
- One episode of Rescue Sentai GoGoFive has writing in the Humongous Mecha cockpit say "The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion!" in an out of the way place that looks like typical Ranger HUD stuff.
- Both of these examples can be seen in the Power Rangers versions. The Space morph is identical to the Mega morph but for "Morphing complete" replacing "Mega[Color] Ready," and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion can be seen in Lightspeed when the Megazord is fighting Queen Bansheera when she visits the human world in her full form for the first time.
- The second Rider of Kamen Rider Kiva is named Kamen Rider IXA, which stands for "Intercept X Attacker". While this is a less oddball example compared to others on this page, it's still probably not something a fluent speaker of English would ever codename a hero. Other seasons of Kamen Rider can be bad or worse with this type of thing.
- X Attacker is an apparent code name for Fangires. Emphasis on "apparent." Likely, it's there because X-es are cool.
- In Japanese this would be an example of Fun with Acronyms; it sounds like the word "ikusa", which means "war".
- There's also Arkivat from The Movie when Kamen Rider Ark goes into its One-Winged Angel form. Its faceplate falls off and the skeletal space spots off "Go to hell!" at the heroes below in Gratuitous English.
- Some of the character songs are insane. "Get the Memory! Fight the scary!" "The bullet is running!"
- The English bits added to the new version of Let's Go, Rider Kick from OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Riders! take it Up to Eleven. "Rider Kick at the dark and black force! Rider Jump to the next generation! Rider Chop with the fighting in the truth! Let's go the hero, Kamen Rider!"
- More fun with IXA and Gratuitous English, when Diend summons IXA in Kamen Rider Decade we get an inside view of his helmet, which has the words, "Return it to the life and the god" scrawled across the heads-up display, which is a crude translation of Nago's Catch Phrase "Return that life to God". As an added bonus, IXA's partner in this scene is Kamen Rider Psyga, who simply says "It's showtime!" - made even more gratuitous by the fact that Psyga's original actor was a Taiwanese-American and spoke perfect English. ("Good to see you guys. Taking care of all of you is also part of my job. Henshin!"). Decade's Psyga didn't. After "It's showtime," he yells "Let's enjo-oy!" before whooping like he thinks he's in a cowboy movie while firing. It's hilarious if you remember the real Psyga, but not so much if you liked the real Psyga.
- And, of course, Kamen Rider 555 has... Psyga! There was no real reason for the real one to say all his lines in English, and strangely, nobody had trouble understanding him.
- Though one urban legend claims that the actor's Japanese was so bad nobody could understand him, so the director asked him to translate the lines into English. This was worked into the script by identifying Psyga's user as a foreigner.
- In one episode of Kamen Rider Skyrider, the villains are loading boxes of "DINAMAIT."
- Kamen Rider Fourze continues this trope with the English being tossed around every few seconds. Justified in that its setting is based around an American High School, but it doesn't help that poor Gentaro has no idea what those words mean.
- A very hilarious example was the first episode; the local Alpha Bitch called him "the trashiest of trash", but he thought she called the manliest of men.
- The short-lived series Doctor Doctor had an episode in which a Japanese television crew did a documentary within the hospital. At the end of the shoot, they left several Japanese gifts for the hospital staff, including a t-shirt that said "DOCTORS ARE BIG SEX."
- In Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon "Episode Zero - Birth of Sailor V" prologue, the jewel thief Cutie Kenko (who can only be described as Tuxedo Mask being played by David Bowie) speaks gratuitous English as part of his attempt to be cool. While preparing the next heist he quotes the English expression "time is money", and answers each his minions' reports with a lazily drawn out "ooo-kay!"
- In most Hispanic Soaps Operas (telenovelas) for adults or teens, preppy student and spoiled brats can be easy identified by the Gratuitous English they use. Girls will said "Daddy porfas" and boys " the veo en la party, brother". Oh and "Oseas...Hello!" is a classic.
- Whenever Top Gear visits Japan, Jeremy Clarkson has a great deal of fun pointing the horrific Engrish to be found. The following was from the Japan segment of Motorworld, a solo side-project he did in the late nineties where he traveled to various countries and locales around the world to see their car culture.
- "Full of sport mind & luxury feeling super potential winter wheel Iver"
- "Just a roller skate grand touring. All over the physical ironic power."
- Yomigaeru Iron Chefs! But damn if the Chairman doesn't make it sound awesome.
- Annyong Francesca is a comedy about a Korean business man living with a family of vampires. This trope is lampshaded when the main character talks about Lunar New Year and then says in English, "Korean New Year." The lead female character quickly berates him by saying "Don't try to impress me by speaking English!".
- Parodied to hell and back by The Fast Show's Chanel 9. Like here!
- Gutiérrez, a character in Colombian telenovela Yo soy Betty, la fea, does this a lot.
- The Italian Game Show Avanti un Altro! has a category called the "English Lesson," where all of the questions are asked in English.
- Panel Quiz Attack 25's Catch Phrase is "ATTACK CHANCE!"
- Also by the host, when calling for the last box: "Last call!"
- The Russian medical sitcom Interns has an American named Phil Richards as one of Bykov's interns. Despite his pretty good Russian (he's played by a Russian-American actor), he frequently swears in English or says things like "You've gotta be kidding me!" or "Please kill me" when agitated (upon hearing the latter phrase, Bykov says that he doesn't know what it means, but it sounds good). One episode involved the hospital administrator being sent to an international medical conference in London, so she enlists Richards's help in improving her English, which turns out to be so horrible that he feels physically sick to listen.
- None of the English is subtitled, but most Russian learn at least basic English in schools these days.
- In Best Motoring, Akira Kamiya will sometimes use English words in his speech to convey excitement. The later announcer was known for this, as well.
- In The Julekalender, the Nisses always speak Intentional Engrish for Funny. There's no in-universe explanation why.