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->''"Welcome to Radio Tourettes, you SHITMONKEYS!"''
-->-- '''Frankie Boyle''', ''Series/MockTheWeek''

Like all neurological conditions, Tourette's Syndrome is a complicated and variable disorder that can manifest itself in many different ways. And like most neurological conditions, [[{{Flanderization}} this is not the case on TV]].

In real life, Tourette's Syndrome is characterized by involuntary "tics" that the person feels compelled to perform fairly regularly; depending on the severity, this can range from an easily-suppressed thought to actions so uncontrollable that it makes [[Series/{{Monk}} Adrian Monk]] seem perfectly normal. To be categorized by a psychiatrist as Tourette's (instead of a related disorder), the sufferer must have multiple physical tics or at least one VerbalTic. These tics can range from something small like uncontrollable breathing patterns or involuntarily pulling a face to hand movements and gestures to specific words. Around 10% of people with Tourette's also display something called "coprolalia" (derived from Greek, literally meaning shit-talking), which is the involuntary uttering of socially unacceptable things.

In TV land, though, Tourette's Syndrome ''is'' coprolalia. In most people's minds, Tourette's is a condition where people fire {{Cluster F Bomb}}s upon Cluster F Bombs and nothing more. It makes sense that this is how it would be treated -- it gives the writers the chance for a VerySpecialEpisode about accepting others even if they are different... and the chance to [[CrossesTheLineTwice Cross The Line Twice]] with really, really dirty language.

The kind of things people "with Tourette's" say on TV and in movies varies significantly depending on the medium and culture. American TV tends to avoid f-bombs and really strong profanity, though cable can be a little stronger. "Ass" is more common, as are other naughty parts of the body. Obscene words for women are usually out so as to avoid being accused of sexism, but milder words are usually cool.

Ethnic and racial slurs are usually out to avoid being racist (except when a person accidentally blurts out the n-word in a room full of black people, and [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity theoretically Ensues]]). Slurs like "queer" have traditionally been fair game, but more recently this has been on the down slide to avoid homophobia. [[BilingualBonus Foreign swears]] have always been very popular, as they enable a person to use much stronger language, as the audience ([[GettingCrapPastTheRadar and the censors]]) won't be as likely to understand their severity.

Very mild swears like "damn" and "hell" are usually not used, unless to signify how lame the person with Tourette's is. Compound swears generally fall under the rules for the worst swear making up the compound. The exception to this being compounds that alter the nature of the swear. Of course, this varies.

And occasionally, a show might ''just'' even feature a person with Tourette's who ''doesn't'' swear. (An episode of ''20/20'' profiled a real-life sufferer who said things like [[HilariousInHindsight "Help! My underwear's on fire!"]])

Note that coprolalia does not occur in writing (or typing). Most moderators of major chatrooms ''are'' in fact aware of this.



[[folder:Films -- Live Action]]
* Doc the bartender in ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'' is affectionately referred to as "Fuckass" by his regular patrons, the reason being his exclamations of "Fuck! Ass!" that occur fairly frequently. While nobody ever mentions the words Tourette's Syndrome, the two heroes do end up trying to explain the behavior to a little girl who overhears some of the foul language in a Catholic hospital. There is some attempt at realism here, with [[Series/FraggleRock Doc]] usually only shouting his signature curse after a difficult bout of stuttering... which he suffers once or twice a sentence. He also has the motor "tics" that an actual Tourette's sufferer might have, acting very much like someone who's never been treated for the illness. As an "Old Irish Publican" hard ass, he's probably not seen the inside of a doctor's office since his last barfight... it fits.
* ''Film/NotAnotherTeenMovie'' has a cheerleader with Tourette's Syndrome. She becomes very popular and even gets a boyfriend.
* In ''Film/TheInventionOfLying'', almost everyone in the society has a form of Tourette's where they always speak with complete, unfiltered honesty. Early in the film, the man (played by Creator/RickyGervais) is waiting for a woman. She says, in effect "I'm just going out with you because I'm bored and my mom keeps bugging me about grandchildren. I'm way out of your league. I'll be down in 15 minutes after I finish masturbating."
* In ''Film/TheGreenMile'', one character lapses into swearing fits in the last stages of a brain tumor. In the book, one of the other characters comments that it sounds like Tourette's Syndrome.
* In ''[[Film/DeuceBigalow Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo]]'', Deuce is ordered to take a woman with Tourette's Syndrome on a date at one point. He takes her to a baseball game, whereupon everything she shouts seems appropriate (as everyone else in the stands is cursing, too). Incidentally, she was played by a pre-fame Creator/AmyPoehler.
* In ''Film/WhatAboutBob'', the title character talks about his fear of the disorder right before a profane outburst. He then explains, "If I can fake it, I don't have it."
** Better than that is the scene where the psychiatrist's son reveals to Bob that he is afraid of dying. Bob tells him not to be afraid of death; he can be afraid of something else instead--like Tourette's. The boy asks him what Tourette's is, and Bob starts to smile...
* In ''Film/TheBigWhite'', Molly Hunter's character claims to have Tourette's, and swears like a sailor. However, one of her kidnappers notices that she swears less when she's shocked, and while he's making her breakfast (it's that kind of movie) theorizes that she just heard about the condition, and decided to use it as an excuse for some cathartic vocabulary.
** Which is funny, because in the real world, people with Tourette's sometimes have fewer tics (or none at all) when they're surprised, or when they're preoccupied with certain activities. (It can also go the opposite way.)
* The male and female lead in ''Wish You Were Dead'' are married by a character (played by Creator/RobertEnglund) who has an implied case of this. "We are gathered here to celebrate the joining of these two ''assholes''!"
* In ''Jumping Jack Flash'', Whoopi Goldberg's character is about to be arrested for disorderly conduct for losing her temper and calling a police officer a motherfucker (among other things) when a co-worker of hers tries to pass it off as Tourettes.
* The main characters in ''Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer'', Tom and Summer, play a game in the park where they dare each other to yell "Penis!" in public. When Tom's given dirty looks, this happens:
-->'''Tom:''' Sorry, Tourette's, you know how it is.\\
'''Summer:''' PENIS!\\
'''Tom:''' She has it too. PENIS!
* ''Film/{{Crank}}'': Averted in the second movie. Venus has "full body Tourettes", which causes him to go into full-body spasmodic convulsions (consistent with a very severe motor tic), but actually swears significantly ''less'' than Chelios, who's just a jerk.

* Meroka from Creator/AlastairReynolds' novel ''Literature/TerminalWorld'' has this due to her constantly moving between different technology zones, which has extreme effects on the nervous system. Meroka swears constantly, while another character instead has constant Parkinson's-like shakes from years of moving between zones.
* ''The Confusion'', the second volume of Creator/NealStephenson's ''Literature/TheBaroqueCycle'', features Jeronimo el Desamparado, a Mexican-born Spanish nobleman afflicted with what is clearly Tourette's-with-extreme-coprolalia. (Though never so called, the story taking place long before any mental illnesses were given names more technical or specific than "madness", but at one point he compares his situation with that of the fictional St Ettienne de la Tourette.)
* In Creator/JonathanLethem's novel ''Literature/MotherlessBrooklyn'', the main character Lionel Essrog has a more realistic Tourette's Syndrome: he never swears during his verbal tics.
* Martin Silenus in ''Literature/{{Hyperion}}'' gets this for a while after being brain damaged, resulting in a CrowningMomentOfFunny.
* Lampshaded in ''My Godawful Life'', a parody of "misery lit" memoirs. After suffering every misfortune and indignity imaginable, the hero finally adopts a young girl with Tourette's Syndrome. When he tells her he thought Tourette's was to do with involuntary tics, not "a fluent outpouring of casual but well-crafted abuse," she replies "It can be. Fuckshaft."
* Creator/SpiderRobinson's short story "Involuntary Man's Laughter" in the Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon collection ''Callahan's Secret'' centers around a young man with a severe case of Tourette's. Averts the usual treatment in that his symptoms are primarily physical, and include no dirty words; his vocal tics are described as "grunting and barking". Underlined, however, by the fact that Robinson's portrait of Tourette's is, even more than most in entertainment media, exaggerated well past the point of caricature: his character's syndrome is so extreme ("He had a twitch that might have been produced by the greatest comedian in the world going flat-out for a laugh, and his grunts sounded ''precisely'' like a gorilla making love") that he cannot be in a room with another person without that other person bursting into literally uncontrollable laughter.
** However, the character is portrayed sympathetically, becomes a (remotely present) regular, and the real point of the story is that electronic (and by implication, other alternative) forms of socialization and communication are not simply acceptable, but in some cases essential. Obvious in 2013; less evident in 1983.
* Diana from ''Generation A'' is described as having Tourette's but it really seems more like she just lacks a mental filter to separate thoughts from words. For example, when she confesses her feelings to the man she's in love with, she can't help but add "fuck me, please fuck me" right after.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* One of the earliest examples on TV was on ''LA Law''. "Bitch Whore Slut"...
* Reuben Zeus from ''GoodGuysBadGuys'' had realistic Tourette's, thus averting the trope. Typically he would mumble semi-comprehensibly - occasionally a swear word, but usually not.
* On the 7th season of the UK version of ''Series/BigBrother'', the producers cast a guy who had Tourette's Syndrome; naturally, his tic was that he muttered "wanker". He also flicked his neck, but not many people noticed that.
** He also whistled and tapped his chest with his fist. Somewhat hilariously, he was obviously cast because his disorder made him "mad" and "wacky" and generally "well good telly". Instead, he turned out to be a thoughtful, sensitive, and genuinely witty guy who at one point, every single girl in the house had a crush on, and was the favorite to win from day 2. Bookies were offering the lamest odds on him to win because it was practically a foregone conclusion that somebody that interesting wouldn't be voted out. Everyone in the house loved him, and so did everyone watching.
* In ''Series/AllyMcBeal'', John dated a blond woman with Tourette's Syndrome, who paired up oddly with him, as he flinched every time he thought he was being insulted.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' presented the disorder slightly more realistically by claiming that Rudy Giuliani had "9/11 Tourette's Syndrome", which caused him to mention that fateful date seemingly at random and often inappropriately.
** [[http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/05/13/lewis-black-glenn-beck-ha_n_574659.html Glenn Beck has Nazi Tourette's!]]
* One of ''Series/SeventhHeaven'''s many [[VerySpecialEpisode very special episode]]s deals with a boy with Tourette's whose verbal symptom is echolalia (repeating what others say). His parents, of course, have never heard of the condition until a parishoner tells them about it and assume he's "doing it on purpose." The father reluctantly admitted that he thought it was hereditary, though, since he had a cousin who did the same thing.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' used coprolalia as a punchline. Deb, up all night and wired on coffee, jabbers away almost incoherently, complete with cussing that would make a sailor blush. The problem with the joke is that Deb uses [[SirSwearsALot loads of foul language already]], and not due in any way to Tourette's Syndrome. It could, of course, simply be teasing from a friend.
* Oddly enough, on ''Series/{{Angel}}'', [[BigBad Angelus]] seems to know what Tourette's Syndrome ''actually'' is. When a demon in a bar mutters an insult in his general direction, he draws Angelus's attention. Angelus decides to take out some aggression. The demon asks if he knows what it is, claiming he has it in an effort to divert his attention away. Angelus says he does:
-->"Yeah, a condition that causes uncontrollable tics and outbursts."\\
"[...]like yanking out throats."
* ''Series/TheFastShow'' has an example in the ''Bob Fleming's Country Matters'' segment, where one of the recurring guests (don't ask his name, that's a complicated matter) has a tic for saying "arse".
** Most notably is that he always ends up saying "arse" in situation where it fits into the context. For example, on one occasion, he was singing "All Around My Hat":
---> ''Annd alllll around my ARSE! I will wear the green willow...''
* Averted in a TV movie titled ''Front of the Class'', a true story about a man with TS, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Cohen Brad Cohen]]. His tics include barking and other vocalizations. It's a good thing he doesn't have coprolalia, since he's an elementary school teacher.
* Used in ''{{Mental}}'', in addition to compulsive germ-phobia.
* ''Series/{{Shameless|US}}'' has Marty the pyromaniac, the brother of the next door neighbor to the main family, at one point Debbie tries to retrain him to say cake and biscuits instead in preparation for a job interview, he also has a range of other tics.
* One season finale of ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' has Larry at the fancy pants opening of a friend's restaurant when the chef lets out a string of Tourette's-generated profanity. Everything stops... and then Larry saves the day by offering his ''own'' string of profanity. Soon enough, everyone is swearing at everyone.
* A recurring character on ''Series/SnuffBox'' walks around, occasionally saying "Fuck!" with a characteristic cane-wave. He eventually meets a group of similar individuals, and a [[WebVideo/PotterPuppetPals Mysterious Ticking Noise]]-esque song starts.
* One of Dewey's friends in the "special" class in ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' has Tourette's. He once tried to use it to deliberately throw a school election, only to have everyone vote for him because they thought his constant (bleeped-out) swearing was cool. His Tourette's, incidentally, seems to be brought on by nervousness, as well as lack of sleep and staring into a strobe light for long periods of time. (The last two he did on purpose.)
* On ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}'', George's attempts to suppress the werewolf in him result in temporary Tourettes. Unfortunately, he learns this after he's got a job teaching English as a Foreign Language, leading to extremely ill-timed usage of the phrase "RepeatAfterMe".
* A teenager in a VerySpecialEpisode of ''Series/QuincyME'' had this. It was played more correctly, with plenty of non-swear words and lots of tics.
* In an episode of ''TVFunhouse'', Chicky's New Years resolution is to start spending more time with his brother, who suffers from Tourette's.
* ''Series/NurseJackie'' has Dr. Cooper ("Coop" to his friends), who suffers from a physical tic when he is stressed or nervous, fairly realistic. However, this tic is [[ThanksForTheMammary grabbing women's breasts]]. Some people think he's making it up, but he honestly can't help it.
* Discussed in the second episode of ''Episodes'', with Beverly arguing pretty much exactly the same points as this article re: Tourette's not simply being blurting out curse words, only to arrive at the following after a very long day:
-->'''Beverly''': Open the ''[[ClusterFBomb motherfucking bloody bastard pain in the arse dickcheese stinking dirty shitty wanking fucking bloody fucking bastard fucking stupid cunt of a fucking]] gate!''\\
'''Sean''' (Apologetically): ...Tourette's.
* Averted in ''Series/BostonLegal''. The vocal tics are non-verbal.
* Also used in ''Series/TouchedByAnAngel'', with a pre-teen boy who has verbal and non-verbal tics. [[spoiler: An older boy starts bullying him, and the kid's dad pushes him away roughly. Then the boy [[DeathByFallingOver falls on his back, hits his head and dies]]. The father is sent to jail afterwards and the poor little lonely boy is hated by almost everyone, at least until Monica and Co. step in.]]
* Discussed in an episode of ''Series/{{QI}}''. In that episode, one of the panelists had actually seen a series of people with Tourette's. Many had vocal tics, but only ''one'' of those people actually had a tic involving foul language (and that one involved a very specific phrase).
* Discussed in several episodes of ''Barter Kings'', as Antonio Palazzoa was diagnosed with Tourette's when he was seven years old. Not only does he clarify that it doesn't necessarily mean excessive swearing, he and his business partner Steve [=McHugh=] will point out his verbal and physical tics in voiceovers when they happen. In at least one instance, it ends up becoming humorous.
-->'''Antonio:''' *repeating in a high voice* Nippon gakki!\\
'''Steve:''' *cracks up*
* Mentioned, but not actually seen in ''Series/TheNanny.'' Fran hires her cousin Sheila who's a decorator (played by Roseanne Barr), to help redecorate their kitchen. Sheila was recently dumped by her boyfriend Mitch, and was rather devastated. In between her hysterical lamenting, she would shout out random bursts of design ideas like "Clock!" or "Cabinets!" Fran, getting a little frustrated with this bi-polar girl talk, finally asks, "What have you got? Decorator's Tourettes?"
* One episode of ''Chicago Hope'' guest-starred Rene Auberjonois as a Tourettes-afflicted surgeon who was called in on a tricky case. He lamented that the only times he was free from the tics were when he was performing surgery or having sex(in both cases, because of intense concentration), and that while he had tried medication to subdue them, they left him in a mental fog. He was also worried because his condition was getting more unmanageable.
-->'''Dr. Kerry:''' My compulsions are getting worse, I have to -- ''*stops and taps doorknob three times*'' do things in '''threes''' now.
* PlayedForLaughs (just like everything else in the series) in ''Series/LeCoeurASesRaisons'' when Ridge delivers this line while rambling about how he deserves a promotion:
--> '''Ridge''': [cites many other qualities] "...and I adroitely control my Tourette Syndrom. ''*suddenly screams like a madman*'' KILL THE FATSOS WAAHAHARGHHH!"

* In the Music/GarfunkelAndOates song "Weed Card", a satire on the use of medicinal marijuana, one of the conditions listed that entitles the singer to use medicinal marijuana is "motherfucking Tourette's".
* ''Music/{{Alestorm}}'''s Fucked With An Anchor is all about a pirate who suffered the curse of a Witch Doctor that gave him this. The very chorus of the song goes as such.
-->"Fuck! You! You're a fucking wanker! We're gonna punch you right in the balls!\\
Fuck! You! With a fucking anchor! You're all cunts so fuck you all!"

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{Goldust}} had this problem for a while, [[LightningCanDoAnything electrocuted by being thrown into a fusebox]]. Once the joke started getting old, though, they cut back on how much Goldust actually did it. In his current run with WWE, he's made callbacks to it, but with WWE shooting for TV-PG, these callbacks are rare and usually nowhere near as dirty as his Wrestling/AttitudeEra shenanigans.
-->'''"Why are you such a [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar dic-dic-dic-dic...dictator!]]"'''
** And when it wasn't dirty puns, it was something that usually wasn't beneficial to other wrestlers. After Wrestling/TorrieWilson posed for ''Magazine/{{Playboy}}'' Wrestling/{{Test}} could be seen enjoying, while at the same time trying to hide it from Wrestling/StacyKeibler, his then-girlfriend both [[{{Kayfabe}} on]]- and [[ProWrestlingIsReal off-screen]], with a phony jacket.

* Even highbrow stations like Creator/{{NPR}} aren't exempt; ''Radio/APrairieHomeCompanion'' once had a segment with swearing Tourette's.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/LarryTheCableGuy joked that his deaf cousin also has Tourette's, which means that he randomly flips people off when signing.
** Which can actually happen to Deaf people with Tourette's, although what more likely happens is that when they are actually saying something-- ie, concentrating on signing-- they sign just fine, but when they are sitting unoccupied, they may repeat a sign, often a rude one, because it's the thing they are most worried about doing involuntarily. Children do it more often, because their parents have been on their case about doing it, and they worry more.
* Creator/DanielTosh has wondered whether or not there is a "polite Tourette's", which causes those with it to blurt out compliments instead of obscenities.
* Creator/RobinWilliams once described his comedy style as "a sort of voluntary Tourette's," which got him in hot water with the Tourette's community for making light of their affliction.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''[[SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam and Max]]: Season 2'', Jimmy Two-Teeth is revealed to have a son, Timmy Two-Teeth, who has "terminal Tourette's syndrome", with the result that about half of Timmy's dialog is bleeped out.
** Subverted in the SeasonFinale when [[spoiler:Sam and Max fiddle with the censoring process by replacing the list of "bad" words with a grocery list. When they talk to Timmy again, all his swear-words are revealed to be of the GoshDangItToHeck sort.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}''. Tourette's is one of the character flaws you can choose your dictator to have. In the latest installment it complicates foreign policy (sizable relationship score penalties with both superpowers), makes holding election speeches a kind of a political Russian roulette (a big popularity drop with a random faction)... and grants you an annual $1000 in Pay-per-View royalties (the presidential addresses have become a huge hit with the Yanquis!).
* In ''VisualNovel/KiraKira'', Tonoya gets the group to cuss at every opportunity as a part of their band's "training".
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' has Nick with the most swearing, but most of them had to be forced by the player via key binds. Most people playing as Nick would make him swear every chance they could get, making him sound like he had Tourettes. However, a patch disabled binding phrases so now Nick swears a lot less on player impulse.
* Partially averted in ''VideoGame/LostSoulsMUD'', in that the implementation of Tourette's syndrome does manifest physical tics, but 100% of cases also display coprolalia rather than 10%.
* ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours''. Taunting can be done anytime, anywhere, thus faking the condition. In other words, having Tony scream violent swears at the bank teller, Mexican Wrestler or nobody at all.
* In ''VideoGame/RogueLegacy,'' one of the randomly-selected traits that can affect player characters is HollywoodTourettes, which causes them to shout profanities (via SymbolSwearing word balloons) whenever they're hit, and replaces the random advice when you die with even more SymbolSwearing. A patch changed the name of this trait from Tourettes to the more-accurate Coprolalia.

* Ben (and Roxy) from ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}'' - but just when they're meeting a member of the other sex. See [[http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/300 this strip]].
* In the ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', comic [[https://xkcd.com/110/ Clark Gable]], the occurrence of "damn" in ''Film/GoneWithTheWind'' is attributed to Tourette's.
* Non-obscene version: in ''Scandal Sheet!'', Foster is offered a job as a writer by the owner of a porn studio after his friend Max sets him up as a joke. The owner asks Foster if Max has Tourette's - "The whole time I was talking to him on the phone, he kept making this barking, snorting sound, like a hyena."
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' when Sven says that he has "[[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=906 compliment-Tourette's".]]

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* Lord Tourettes from the ''WebAnimation/DickFigures'' series. His eyes go red when he is in a tic. Interestingly, he only swears when he has his hat on. Otherwise he just twitches and continues to speak normally, albeit loudly.
* In the machinima ''Machinima/TheLeetWorld'', Ahmad's stint on HAX leaves him with brain damage, which manifests as some sort of Tourette Syndrome-CloudCuckooLander hybrid, with the Terrorist spouting random verbal outbursts such as "Hamwallets!" "Crotchbutter!" and "[[Main/LampshadeHanging Random Outburst!]]"
* Averted in ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft''. Spike's Tourette's is hiccuping and involuntary firebreathing. That, combined with his weak grip, causes him to accidentally teleport his handwritten epic fantasy novels to Celestia, who burns them to roast marshmallows.
* In [[http://www.419eater.com/html/andy_uba.htm this]] exchange of e-mails, a "scambaiter" known as "Shiver Metimbers" receives a FourOneNineScam email (as with all entries on the site), and plays along with the scammer, pretending to not know that he is being scammed, but also claims to have a made-up variation of Hollywood Tourette's which causes him to unconsciously type in swear words in his messages. This, of course, is just an excuse to measure how much being sworn at a scammer can take before giving up on the scam (in the end, it seems the constant swearing was not a factor in the scammer giving up).
--> Thank you for your interesting fucking email. I have to say that I am very interested shit in your proposition however before I am prepared to proceed any faggot further I would like you to answer me some questions if you can
--->1. Please can you tit-wank tell me how long this procedure will take to complete?\\
2. Will I be required to travel to complete this financial deal?\\
3. Is it completely arse legal?
* In "The A.D.D Test" by WebVideo/MatthewSantoro, when Matthew goes to pick up his Tourette's medication and finds that the store is closed, he curses in anger, "Motherfucking ballsack hairy asshole dick-licking tits!".
* In ''WebAnimation/QueerDuck: The Movie'', Queer Duck calls into a homophobic evangelical reverend's talk show claiming to have Tourette's, then proceeds to call the reverend words like "homophobe, "gay-basher," and "motherfucker."
* WebVideo/TheTourettesGuy is a shining example of this. Of course, the now-defunct website ''did'' include a special note saying that while the Tourette's Guy ''does'' have Tourette's Syndrome, his behaviour is influenced far more by his [[TheAlcoholic heavy drinking]] than it.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' had an entire episode dedicated to Cartman ''pretending'' he had Tourette Syndrome so he could swear to his heart's content without getting into trouble. However, it also subverted the practice; the characters who actually ''had'' Tourette Syndrome were portrayed more realistically. Only two of six people were cursing, and unlike Cartman, it was usually the same word. The episode also had Cartman get a condition similar to Tourette's Syndrome; because he kept saying everything he thought, he subsequently developed a Truth Tic, and [[FreudianSlipperySlope lost his ability to filter what he said]], and at the end had to see a therapist because he couldn't stop shouting embarrassing secrets about himself.
** [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120208035526/http://www.tsa-usa.org/news/1007responseTSA_SouthParkTourettes.html The Tourette Syndrome Association's reaction]]. They weren't completely happy, but even they had to admit the creators had ShownTheirWork. Additionally, Cartman was not merely portrayed as a hilariously unpleasant person, but viewers were firmly reminded how awful a person must be to fake an official syndrome for their own entertainment. It's certainly an improvement on the Family Guy takes...
* [[WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy Peter Griffin]] pretended to have Tourette's at least once to excuse away his potty mouth.
** Another episode had Lois claims that the spider from ''Literature/CharlottesWeb'' struggled with Tourette's. Cue CutawayGag where a little girl sees the word "WHORE" written in a spiderweb. Even though, y'know, Tourettes doesn't occur in writing...
*** Another episode had a cutaway where Chris had "Hampster Dance Tourette's Syndrome," meaning he involuntarily sang the Hampster Dance at random intervals.
* No swearing, since it was a kid's show, but Warpath's bizarre mannerisms in the ''TransformersGenerationOne'' cartoon (as well as some of the comics and the ''[[VideoGame/TransformersWarForCybertron War for Cybertron]]'' game) are pretty consistent with the condition.
-->'''Warpath:''' BANG-BANG!, you're KABLAM!
** Appropriately enough, [[IncrediblyLamePun he turns into a tank]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart once attempted to get out of class by claiming he had Tourette's Syndrome; he then shouted, "Shove it, witch!" and began barking. In later broadcasts, after a series of complaints, the scene was changed so that he claimed to have rabies and the outbursts were removed.
* Subverted in one skit in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'': A little girl gets diagnosed with Tourette's when she starts using racial slurs and various other profanities...when she's actually using them to describe everyday objects in order to demonstrate the power of homonyms (for example, "Bitch" is actually the term for a female dog, while "ass" is a synonym for "donkey").
* ''WesternAnimation/HarvieKrumpet'': Actually, Harvie's Tourette's Syndrome is portrayed realistically, as a compulsion to touch objects with his index finger and to touch people he meets on the nose.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Comedian Joel Kopischke's novelty Christmas song, "A Merry Tourette's Christmas".
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TynnOhRtYZw Agustín "Super Taldo" Arenas]], who became an icon in Chilean pop culture and very well-known among teens and young adults thanks to this "canned" interview from TheSeventies that was uploaded to YT a few years ago and reached massive MemeticMutation levels among Latin American viewers. He became famous for his "poems" and his extensive use of the [[ClusterFBomb curse phrase]] "Pico Conchetumadre" (very roughly translated as "screw you motherfucker"). Nowadays he got better and manages the merchandise related to the memetic video.
* Music/KanyeWest has diagnosed himself with "Little Baby Tourette Syndrome". [[http://www.cracked.com/blog/what-if-kanye-west-is-retarded/ Everyone else thinks he's an asshole]].
* There are, incidentally, other conditions (such as Alzheimer's) that can result in this, usually due to executive function damage. Which can lead to interesting situations when combined with a profanity vocabulary built up over a long lifetime.
* [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup Team USA Goalkeeper]] Tim Howard has Tourette's, leading to this hilarious line from a commentator:
--> '''Commentator''': "Goalkeeper Tim Howard suffers from Tourette's Syndrome. Here's an ''interesting'' quote from him: *{{Beat}}* [[[BaitAndSwitch totally innocuous statement]]]"
* ''Series/TrueLife'' covered real life people with Tourette's, only one of which fit the stereotype of a cussing maniac. And even she only cursed when she had been trying to hold in the tics. The other kid shook his head from side to side and had (unrelated) anger management problems, which might seem like the stereotype.
* [[http://www.touretteshero.com/about/ Tourette's Hero]] is a superhero who helps children (with and without the condition) understand what Tourette's is. Jess of TH was interviewed for ''Planet Word'' where she demonstrated a number of tics - shouting biscuit! and thumping her chest, as well as swearing - and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOwPaBDFDi4 amused Stephen Fry by explaining how her dad tells her off for swearing when she does it deliberately]] (from 1.18).
* Comedian Creator/DanAykroyd once claimed in an interview to have Tourette's Syndrome as well as UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome. However, his claims are controversial as some believe he was joking.