Valley Girl

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

Oh my God! I'm, 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 or shopping district to hang out, or something, 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, and we'll help you move. I am so, like, 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 '80s and The '90s, 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, couldn't you just die?), Brainless Beauty, Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense, Socialite, and some junk.

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

Like, Examples (totally):

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  • 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 highschooler dialect in the original Japanese strips, and this was translated into valley girl speak in most of the English scanlations. It's questionable if this was an accurate translation (since the dialect is seen as very rude and tomboyish when a girl speaks it) but it happened to fit his character perfectly as he's an effeminate, blond airhead.
  • 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.)
  • The English dub of Yurikuma Arashi has Chouko Oki speak like one, with all the usual Verbal Tics in place; every two or so words out of her mouth are punctuated with "like", "way", or, "totally". Of course, she also has the accent to boot.

  • 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.
  • X-Men: Kitty Pryde is a book smart, but has been portrayed as ditzy and slightly shallow at times. This was Flanderized almost beyond recognition in the first episodes of X-Men: Evolution.

  • 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. Two more films were made with the same character, set in each of the sequels.
  • Elle and her two girlfriends in Legally Blonde. Elle is an interesting variant: she has a pretty powerful intellect, it's just that she likes the lifestyle and (at first) lacks ambition.
  • 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.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A Mage's Power: Parodied by Mia when Tiza calls her a "smiling pink haired ditz". She affects the accent while threatening to give Tiza a mission that she knows Tiza will hate. Tiza immediately recants.
  • In Bubble World, every girl in Agalinas is like this, partially due to memory erasure, partially due to an extreme focus on shopping, hair, and makeup, and partially due to the education system being tailored to their wants, not needs.
  • Despite being set in London, the Bridget Jones series had a twenty-something assistant named Patchouli who behaves in a similar manner, yet subverts the trope by being very respectful (esp. to Bridget) and more competent than their incompetent and drug-addicted Bad Boss Richard Finch.

    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.
  • 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 Saturday Night Live possibly did the first seen version of this type of character in the 1970s.
  • As of season 3, episode 7, Orphan Black has a valley girl: Krystal, one of the Project Leda clones. Loves pink, blonde hair, hot guys on her locker, she has it all..... except there are hints dropped all throughout her introductory episode that show she's a bit wiser than you'd expect.

  • Parodied in William Shatner's album Has Been.
    My kids say, 'He said to me, and I'm like and he's like and she's like'
    'It's all, he's all, she's all'
    I can't get behind that kind of, like, English
  • The Frank Zappa song "Valley Girl" from Ship Arriving Too Late To Save A Drowning Witch like, totally counts, for being like, totally the Ur-Example fer shure! Features guest vocals from Zappa's daughter Moon Unit, who generally doesn't talk like this.
  • 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 TVTropes, 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.
  • Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea in Pretty Girls music video where they act as one. It is inspired by Earth Girls Are Easy.



    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • Sailor Venus from Megami 33'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".
  • Things Mr. Welch Is No Longer Allowed to Do in an RPG: 26. Valley speak has no place in a fantasy setting. Especially if you're the paladin.

    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.
  • The, like, wicked cheerleader Stacy appears in one episode of Captain N: The Game Master and totally fits this trope. For the record, she is actually from California.
  • This is how the X-Men: Evolution version of Shadowcat was for, like, just least 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 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 afterward.
    • 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. Shoeshine, Sweetie Drops/Bon Bon, and Cherry Berry also have the accent in this episode.
    • 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".
    • Sonata Dusk in Rainbow Rocks.
    • Lyra talks this way in "Slice of Life".
  • 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.
    • Within Southern California itself, the rising pitch has effectively entered the local accent among young people — even the men are using it.
  • Kogals, the Japanese counterpart. There's also Ganguro, which is Valley Girl 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 teensnote ), 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.
  • The Mexican equivalent is the "Niña Fresa" (Strawberry Girl) or "Chica Nice" (Nice Chick/Girl).
  • Cindy Margolis identifies herself as one:
    "I'm a Valley Girl. You can't get me out of the Valley, I'm still here."

Alternative Title(s): Like Gag Me With A Spoon