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Valley Girl

"Okay, fine
Fer sure, fer sure
She's a valley girl
And there is no cure"
Frank Zappa, Valley Girl

Oh my God! I am like — so totally glad to see you!

Except you. Put some pants on, already! Gross!

Like, anyway, I'm what some of you, like, call a "Stalk Parody Character", and yes, there are some totally creepy guys who—

Oh, "Stock Parody Character"! I am SOOOOOO completely embarrassed! I gotta watch out for homophobes. Wait, that's, like, something else.

So if you want to, like, put someone like me in a story, you need these four totally important traits. Leave one out, and you just have some cheap knockoff of me, and that would just be, like, so tacky. Oh my God.
  1. The way I talk is, like, way important. Aside from my fabulous clothes, it's the easiest way to tell it's my hot self. You can do, like, degrees of it, but if I don't hear a hint of it, you're not truly from The Valley. Go, like, screw yourself, impostor!
  2. I am so fashion conscious, everybody. See what I'm wearing? Does any of it, like, clash? I don't think so! Unlike those skanky bitches on Sex and the City, I don't throw on just anything I feel like. A dress isn't like a car. You can't just, like, turn the key and drive off. It's like the space shuttle, or something. Everything has to be, you know, totally perfect before takeoff.
  3. Some people say I'm dumb, and I say those people are fat. But I just, like, don't have room in my head for too much. I mean, The American Revolution was what, like, a hundred years ago? All the available Revlon lipstick colors are around right now. I think we all know which is more important.
  4. ...right? Yeah, 4. Being rich, is like, totally awesome, but you just need a good credit card. And if there isn't a mall to hang out, there should be some good stores around to shop in. If there isn't either, you totally have my sympathies. Heck, give my friends and me a call. We'll help you move. I am so dead serious. Towns like that are for, like, no one.

Okay, even though I'm best known for being from California, I can be, like, global, or something. The Valley isn't like, just in the Valley. Oh my God, was that like, totally deep or something?

Oh, and I totally know that I'm, like, not a real person in real life, or anything. I'm some kind of stereotype, you know, like parroting teens in The Eighties and The Nineties, or some junk. Sometimes people like to use me as like, an example for like, how kids don't know how to, you know, speak well, or something? And I'm also, like, intertwined with the Dumb Blonde troop now, I mean trope. And I don't care what what Mitzy Connor said, this is NOT a dye job! Puhleez!

Anyway, compare Totally Radical, The Ditz, Surfer Dude (who's, like, totally hot, could you just die?), Brainless Beauty, Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense.

Also, totally not related to that Uncanny Valley Girl. She's, like, soooooo weird. For sure!


Like, Examples (totally):

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    Advertising 
  • Played with in Paris Hilton's parody presidential campaign.
  • Some advertisements in the UK promoting imported American teen dramas will use Valley Girl-esque voiceovers. Can get very annoying when they're on every ad break.
    "HellooOOOOooo it's your mom!"

    Anime & Manga 
  • The NA DiC dub of Sailor Moon used valley girl slang for the first two seasons. "I'm outie!" and "Whatevah!" were frequently uttered, to the chagrin of the viewers. Under Cloverway, the next two seasons switched to gangsta . . .
  • In the English dub of D.N.Angel, Mio Hio was given a Valley Girl accent as a substitute for the character's Gratuitous English dialogue in the Japanese.
  • Poland from Axis Powers Hetalia has a Nagoya schoolgirl dialect in the original Japanese strips, and this was translated into Valley Girl speak as the closest English equivalent in the scanlations. It totally fits with his crossdressing habits and Ambiguously Gay bearing. Also his being somewhat of a Dumb Blond.
  • Misty's sisters talk like this in the English dub of Pokémon.
  • Rather annoying, the Viz Media translation of Hot Gimmick turns Hatsumi (and every other female character) into a Valley Girl even though she is a quiet, unconfident and rather poor Japanese teenager (seeing middle-aged conservative Japanese housewives saying "oh my god, Asuza is, like, such a hottie" is very, very jarring).
  • To translate her idiosyncratic way of speaking, Tsuruya-san in the Haruhi Suzumiya dub is given this type of accent.
  • A couple of minor duelists in the English translation of Hayate X Blade use Valley Girl speak.
  • In Fairy Tail, Lucy at some point finds out that she just lost her father. After visiting his grave, she goes for a walk with Natsu and Happy. As fate would have it, two Valley Girls appear soon after and bitch about how they hate their stupid, bossy, smelling fathers - right in front of Lucy who is so sad that she is not even able to cry. Natsu does not take it well.
  • In the dub version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Princess Rose. (But not in the original, where she acted more like actual royalty.)

    Comicbooks 
  • Tabby Smith of Nextwave. Warren Ellis even makes sure to Lampshade how annoying her dialogue is:
    Elsa Bloodstone: I swear to God, nowhere on Earth do they talk like you, Tabby.
  • House of M featured a story involving the New X-Men as being part of a private academy. While many characters had similar personalities as their main universe selves, Sooraya Qadir is a radical departure as she goes from a modest, fundamentalist Muslim to a quintessential valley girl that rivals Tabitha "Boom Boom" Smith in vapidness.
  • Comet Queen from Legion of Super-Heroes is a 31st Century version of a valley girl, one that speaks her own brand of slang, much to annoyance of nearly everyone she's around because half the time they have no idea what she's talking about.
  • Toola from Pocket God acts like one, but she's also very motherly.

    Films 
  • The movie Valley Girl, of course!
  • Cher from Clueless
  • Romy of Romy And Michelles High School Reunion is a born-again member of this group, since she walks the walk, talks the talk, but isn't rich and is actually from Arizona. (Michelle does the same things, but doesn't sound so, like, totally Valley, dihoood).
  • Buffy in the original film incarnation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
  • The three Alpha Bitches in Mean Girls.
  • The Star Wars fan-film Pink Five, a hilarious look at what happens when you send a Valley Girl to attack a Death Star.
  • Elle and her two girlfriends in Legally Blonde.
  • Samantha from Night of the Comet. Her only concern throughout The End of the World as We Know It is whether or not she'll get laid.
  • For some reason, the three main girls in the Halloween (2007) remake were turned into this. Particularly Lynda, who added "like" and "totally" to every other sentence.
    • Lynda used "like" and especially "totally" on a very regular basis in the original film as well. She's actually less of a Valley Girl in the remake, just meaner
  • All the girls in White Chicks had some form of this throughout the film. Including the Wayans. Karen, Lisa, and Tori to a lesser degree.
  • A few minor characters in In a World.... Lake Bell recruits them for her vocal training service to teach them to sound like "women" and not "sexy babies".
  • The mermaids in Barbie Mariposa'' are obsessed with fashion and completely ignore Mariposa's attempts to ask them about the antidote. When Rayna and Rayla offer to bargain with them by giving them rare combs, they're much more interested.

    Literature 
  • Goss and Kylie in the Corinna Chapman series are Valley Girls, but they do actually help the protagonists occasionally.
  • In the Paladin of Shadows book A Deeper Blue, Katya takes up this sort of persona as a disguise.
  • George Alec Effinger plays with this in his stories about Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson. The stories are also very funny riffs on fantasy and SF stories.
  • Erin and Shaunee from The House of Night fall into this category, but Zoey and Aphrodite do have their moments.
  • In Murderess, Bridget and her posse are the English equivalent, Essex girls.
  • In Beauty Queens Shanti Singh is one, but puts on an British inflected Indian accent, as she feels that this is how the judges want to see an Indian girl. She feels too Indian for the Americans, but too American for the Indians. This is why she disguises her true Valley Girl self.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Jennifer from Square Pegs.
  • Parodied in "deleted scenes" from House where actresses Lisa Edelstein and Jennifer Morrisson perform some of their scenes together while speaking and acting like valley girls.
    Cuddy: You just go and you, like, write something. And then, like, you end up in this really fancy office with like a huge desk and fancy shoes and, like, people will call you and they'll be like "Omg, we like totally wanna work with Eric Foreman", and you'll be like "I have so many totally mean things to say to you."
    Cameron: I get, like, fancy shoes?
    Cuddy: Yeah, that's the best part.
  • In the Pushing Daisies episode "Robbing Hood", Elise, the gold-digging wife of the Victim of the Week, talks like a Valley Girl. ("Oh, my God! You think I totally did it!")
  • Julie Stark from Shark.
  • Debbie from Heroes. Claire herself is kind of borderline.
  • Hilary Banks from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Even though she has all the mannerisms down, she's actually from Bel-Air and in one episode describes hell as being "like, the Valley".
  • During one "Hollywood Director Game" on Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Colin demanded that his "actors" portray the scene again as "clueless teenage girls" - Valley Girl was the first thing on their minds, except Wayne Brady went with a Sassy Black Girl portrayal instead. Watch it here.
  • The original All That had a recurring sketch called "Whateverrr!" which was a talk show hosted by two valley girls, played by Amanda Bynes and Christy Knowings.
  • The X-Files. "Syzygy" shows the terrible consequences of two valley girls gaining cosmic powers.
  • X-Play's eighties flashback episode had Morgan Webb act like one of these.
  • Dharma and Greg: Dharma acted like this when shopping for a dress to wear on a date to a prom with a high school kid.
    Shop owner: What's the dress for?
  • Jackie from That '70s Show has elements of this (though she's from Wisconsin).
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess portrayed the Love Goddess Aphrodite as a Valley Girl played by Alexandra Tydings.
  • In the episode "Boston Tea Party" from The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Zach dreams he and all his friends were the ones that participated in the titular event. In this dream, the cast is talking about the skyrocketing taxes, only for Maddie to exclaim that she may not afford the down payment on her used horse. Then she gives us this tidbit:
    Maddie: And I'm totally getting my license, like, this year!
    • Lampshaded by Esteban when Moseby gives a skeptical look
    Esteban: She's a Valley Forge Girl.
    Moseby: Ah.
  • For a British chick, Catherine Tate can be, like, totally Val!
  • A Running Gag in The Armstrong And Miller Show has two RAF officers in World War II speak Valley Girl with upper class accents.
  • Larraine Newman on SNL possibly did the first seen version of this type of character in the 1970s.

    Music 
  • The Frank Zappa song "Valley Girl" like, totally counts.
  • Ke$ha's "Tik Tok", which is literally the Valley girl anthem. Her voice even has the trademark inflection, with autotune added for some reason. This doesn't mean she actually is one herself, though.
    • Ke$ha does this to almost all her songs.
  • And then I went to TV Tropes, like, totally expecting this one in the list, but you're all like 'eeeghhn'...
  • "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-Lot opens with two girls talking about another girl's big butt. "Oh my god Becky, look at her butt. It is like, so big."
  • "Stupid Girls" by P!nk is about these. She even appears briefly (and convincingly) as one in the Music Video for the song.
  • "Laura Pérez, la sin par de Caurimare" by Venezuelan comedy group Medioevo, shows a portrait of a local specimen circa 1982. The song is from the perspective of the titular Laura, trying to fend off the accusations of being a "sifrina" (the local word for this trope, albeit with insulting connotations) while demonstrating every and each one of the associated stereotypes.
  • Sure, I'll like, totally tell you The Chainsmokers song about us called #Selfie, but first, Let me take a selfie.

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    Videogames 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Sailor Venus from Megami33's Sailor Moon Abridged.
  • Also, Azula in GanXingBa's Avatar: The Abridged Series
  • There's a lonelygirl15 parody called "valleygirl15". She recaps the series with a valley girl voice and liberal quantities of Take Thats and snark.
  • Spoony pretended to be one for his review of "Party Mania".
  • In K-On! The Abridged Series, Mugi talks like one, like, yar.
  • Since the stories center around a high school in the Whateley Universe, it shouldn't be surprising that some of the girls from California sound like this. Scrambler may be the worst, since she is a speedster and tends to talk faster than she thinks.
  • Like, Bizarro Sister from like, Mall Fight, like, ya know?
  • Kelly from Liam Sullivan's Kelly series.
  • Averted by Flamegirl from TOME, whose player is from Burbank, which is like, totally in the Valley; but she doesn't act like a Val at all.
  • Ultra Fast Pony: Rainbow Dash is, like, totally weird. She has the talk down, but she's totally into sports, and instead of money she has a hilariously tragic backstory. (Series creator Wacarb has said he originally planned to make Dash an absolutely straight example of a Valley Girl, but he improvised all her lines so she quickly evolved into a distinct, but Valley-influenced, brand of idiocy.)
  • Welcome to Night Vale gives us Cecil, the community radio host, narrator and (for all intents and purposes) main character. Very little is given about his physical appearance and economic status, and he is presented as quite intelligent and philosophical. This trope only comes across in his speech, when he sometimes drops into a valley-girl cadence when reciting quotes from certain people or going on one of his "personal asides".

    Western Animation 
  • The Simpsons episode, "Summer of 4 ft. 2", has Lisa befriending a group of cool surfer kids on vacation. Besides dressing in hippy/surfer clothes, Lisa uses valley girl speech to disguise herself as one of them, instead of a shy nerd . . . like, you know, whatever.
    • In "Lard of the Dance", the new student, Alex Whitney shares this trope.
  • The girls of Totally Spies!, especially Clover.
  • This is why the X-Men: Evolution version of Shadowcat is, like, way infamous. (Fortunately, she shed this habit by the end of the first season.)
    • Amusingly at one point Rogue touches her, and acts like a Valley Girl too. Much to her disgust.
    Rogue: Ew, that was so totally like icksome. Aw, now I'm talking like her?!
    • Ironically, the comics had a perfectly good Valley Girl in the form of Jubilee— who doesn't talk this way when she shows up in the series!
  • Debbies from The Oblongs.
  • Shirley the Loon from Tiny Toon Adventures is like, a mondo primo example. If only she had more fashion sense instead of, like, being a hippie new age girl, or some junk. Cha.
    • It should, like, be noted that the voice actress who did Shirley's voice is one Gail Matthius, a cast member from the sixth season of Saturday Night Live (which nobody likes or remembers because it was around the time that Lorne Michaels and the remnants of the original cast left the show and a new producer and cast were hired in their places) who had a recurring character who was a Valley Girl named Vicki (duh!). She also used this character on a syndicated sketch show called Laugh Trax. The last anyone's heard of Gail Matthius was during the nineties when she did voicework in cartoons, often as a Valley Girl.
    • Babs also posed as one running the speech class of a fake charm school to outwit Dizzy Devil in one episode. Turns out the Valley Girl equivalent of the "Rain in Spain" verse is "The Walls in the Mall are tewtally tewtally tall." Fer sure.
  • Kelly, Bobby's sister in Bobby's World.
  • Like, Jett from Beverly Hills Teens, fer sure.
  • The "tweevils" from the Bratz TV series and (animated) movies (there are no dolls of the tweevils).
  • Claire Brewster from the Beetlejuice cartoon.
  • The two mermaids from Barbie Mariposa.
  • Veronica in The Fairly Oddparents.
  • Ditzy June (in KaBlam!'s first season) had a slight Valley Girl accent in the very early season one episodes, despite her being a huge tomboy.
  • There's an episode of Garfield and Friends where Garfield encounters a niece of Jon's who is explicitly referred to as a valley girl. Her accent is so bad Garfield even hires a professional linguist to add annotations explaining what she's saying to the audience. See the full episode here.
  • Adventure Time has Lumpy Space Princess, and pretty much everyone else from Lumpy Space for that matter.
  • Total Drama Island had dear sweet Lindsay. Although she took a lesson in badass when she cussed out Heather in season one just before getting eliminated, she reverted back to herself right after word.
    • Heather started as one, and there are still traces of it, but it's less noticeable in later seasons.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy has Mindy. Also, Eris started out as one.
  • Brattina from Pound Puppies (1980s), with her constant use of the term "mummy dearest" and referring to practically everything doesn't like as "icky".
  • Ophelia from The Life and Times of Juniper Lee would occasionally talk like a valley girl despite being a gothic punk girl.
  • Ty Lee of Avatar: The Last Airbender has been described as the Fire Nation version of this. Her best friend is a snarky goth.
  • Recess has this with The Ashleys. "SCANDALOUS!"
    • Which they apparently inherit from their mothers.
  • Debbie from The Wild Thornberrys.
  • A rare male example, but Mr. Jinks fits this perfectly, "Like are you for sure, there."
    • As does Shaggy from Scooby-Doo. Over forty years later.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Putting Your Hoof Down" like, featured a couple of mares like this. They even, like, had total '80s Hair.
    • Ditto Flitter and Cloudchaser, the Pegasus twins from "Hurricane Fluttershy"; and Lightning Dust from "Wonderbolts Academy". "We totally wiped them out with that tornado".
    • Diamond Tiara and Silver Spoon. "Waiting for your cutie mark is so last week...You're still totally invited to my cutceañera this weekend".
  • The Little Traitor Dudes For Children's Defense, from the Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation P.O.O.L.", who were the Mirror Universe counterparts to the Delightful Children From Down The Lane.
  • Katiebug and Sadiebug, the ladybug twins from Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures.
  • Claire from Motorcity, even though she lives in Detroit (Deluxe).
  • Miss Chatterbox in the U.S. dub of The Mr. Men Show
  • Whittany and Brittany Biskit, also known as the Biskit Twins, from, like, Littlest Pet Shop (2012).
  • Shellsea from Fish Hooks has, like, a complete Valley Girl accent.

    Real Life 
  • If you, like, actually think we don't exist in Real Life, you can, like, go to hell, or something. Oh, and, like, watch this video. You can totally see one of us about, like, a minute in.
  • The speech patters associated with valley girls, such as using "like" as an interjection or a substitute for "said", have started to become ubiquitous among the younger generations in the United States and Canada, but can even be observed among people from older generations as well.
  • Kogals, the Japanese counterpart. There's also Ganguro, which is Valley Girl taken Up to Eleven with heavy tans.
  • The British equivalent is the Essex girl, although it's more insulting as it focuses more on being sexually promiscuous and unintelligent (very much like the Dumb Blonde). It was briefly a Discredited Trope before coming popular again when The Only Way Is Essex started appearing on telly.
  • Within the US, there exist several analogues to the valley girl stereotype in other parts of the country.
    • The Jersey girl stereotype is pretty much a Joisey-accented version of the Essex girl (particularly the promiscuity), coupled with an attitude problem. Given the similarities in stereotypes between New Jersey and Essex in general (i.e. suburban sprawl for the nation's largest city, filled with chavs and emo teens), this is rather fitting.
    • Also common on the East Coast is the stereotype of the Jewish American Princess, which takes the vanity and narcissism of the valley girl and adds sexual prudishness and an ethnic dimension. This is a very controversial subject in Jewish communities, as it's seen as a modernization of the Greedy Jew stereotype, though of course, jokes about "JAPs" were popular material on the Borscht Belt.
  • The Mexican equivalent is the "Niña Fresa" (Strawberry Girl) or "Chica Nice" (Nice Chick/Girl).


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