Quotes: Totally Radical

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    Anime and Manga 

Jessie: (disguised as a Valley Girl) It'll be a radical party! All of the most radical Pokémon trainers will be there!
Ash Ketchum: (to Misty) Do you know anyone who says "radical" anymore?
Pokémon, "Battle Aboard the St. Anne"

    Comic Books 

Fred: What was wrong with last year's lingo?
Marie: It was last year's!!
Archie Comics, "Lingo Lesson"

    Fan Fiction 

‘See’ Jonas said to O’Neill. ‘There’s a passage over there which says Ra is a righteous dude and Anubis is bogus’ he declared, pointing to the far wall.
‘Now I know you’re making this up’ O’Neill responded disbelievingly.

    Film — Live-Action 

No, no, no. You gotta listen to the way people talk. You don't say "Affirmative" or some shit like that]]. You say "no problemo." And if someone comes on to you with an attitude, you say "eat me." And if you want to shine them on it's "hasta la vista, baby.

    Live-Action TV 

Sock it to me?
Richard Nixon seals his election victory, Laugh In

How do you do, fellow kids?
Steve Buscemi, 30 Rock ("The Tuxedo Begins")

Seriously, dad, who says 'dude' any more?
Josh Stevenson, Waterloo Road

    Stand-up Comedy 

I'm new wave, but I'm old school,
And my inner child is outward bound
George Carlin, "Modern Man"

    Web Animation 

The main character of Sunset Overdrive seems to be what a roomful of men in their thirties and forties think the kids are like these days: a snarky young punk who grinds through the town on an invisible skateboard, obviously does graffiti, and might as well have a slingshot sticking out of their back pocket. I say 'punk'; I guess he could be a hipster depending on how you dress them, because you can fully customize appearance. Sadly there's no option to customize their personality into one that doesn't sorely deserve to have their vocal cords gouged out with the length of their own frozen smug...Sunset Overdrive uses the word 'awesome' like a legal document uses the word 'hereby'.


The best part of getting older is gonna be intentionally misusing slang around teenagers just to make them squirm.

It was a gnarly day for extreme-minded dropout Harry Stoner when a totally brutal wipeout left his skin fused with the street. He then somehow got super-strength and became known as Cobblestone.

A.R.: You are ripping up so many hellaceous shreds this fierceshitty biznasty is getting so deliriously rudebrazen it... Ok you lost the handle on that sentence.

    Web Original 

In a pre-taped scolding of Triple H, Vince advised The Game without irony to 'take a chill pill,' a phrase he may have recently heard on Family Matters.

Our new jerseys look like we bought them from the XFL at their bankruptcy auction.

In Doritos' defense, the early aughts were a terrible time for all of us. I tried to figure out when specifically this had happened, and I came to the perhaps not all that surprising conclusion that Doritos appears to have attempted to expunge all evidence of the Cooler Ranchening from the internet. The only place I could even find a mention of it happening was on Doritos' Wikipedia page — they appear to have disavowed all knowledge of the time they committed an unspeakable crime against grammar in the name of edgy marketing. You can find images online, like the one I'm using here, but they're invariably grainy and outdated. They're basically the Zapruder Footage of corn chips.

One of the categories on Monday night’s episode of Jeopardy was called It’s A Rap and all the questions-phrased-as-answers were song lyrics that Alex Trebek was forced to – quote unquote – rap. And I say forced, because he sounded like he had a gun held to his head; there was about as much rhythmic flow as a prisoner of war during the filming of a hostage video. I think the highlights are definitely towards the end, when Alex Trebek tries his hand at Dr. Dre’s 'Nuthin but a G Thang' (he pronounces nuthin’ as nuttin’, which could only be made funnier if he pronounced it nutting, but that’s a completely different song all together) and when he raps the lyrics to Public Enemy’s 'Timebomb 'and drops the R from car.... Wait a second…the category was called It’s A Rap? ‘It’s A Rap’ also happens to be the name of Robert Goulet’s rap album in the Will Ferrell SNL sketch of the same name (actually, the full title is The Coconut Bangers’ Ball: It’s A Rap). And Will Ferrell also used to play Alex Trebek in the SNL Celebrity Jeopardy sketches. FULL CIRCLE.
Michael K., “I’ll Take Straight Thuggin’ For $1000, Alex”

This film was the result of an avalanche of unfortunate decisions. We'll never see anything like Cool As Ice again. It was based around such a rapidly fleeting concept of cool that by the time it hit theaters, it was less of a culture shock to walk in on a slave auction. After they finished this story of Vanilla Ice as himself the motorcycle crimefighter, there was enough unintentional comedy that they had to give irony a producer credit.

Ice-T is in this movie. Suddenly, I have more street cred than Ice T.

Chris: Martin sounds exactly like a middle-aged white dude trying to write an authentic inner-city black kid and basing it entirely on cartoons from the ’90s. He’s seriously one 'that’s wack!' away from just collapsing under the weight of it.
David: I had to stop the movie and cry in the bathroom as soon as he quoted the chorus of “C.R.E.A.M.”
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Steel

I don’t wanna watch the new Star Wars movie a year from now and see fucking Nyan Cat go zooming across the screen just because one Disney exec asked for a viral element.

It's arguably the case that nothing is more horrific than the title screen of The Great Waldo Search, a memorable entry into the canon of 'the terrible things that happen when white people attempt to insert rap into things.' Bad chipset music with a bad synthesized voice shouting 'Where's Waldo' at frequent intervals. In that exact tone that evokes 'Oh God, white people hired a black guy to add a brief moment of rap to this in order to make it cool.' For other examples, try REM's 'Radio Song' or, of course, Don't Copy That Floppy.
Dr. Phil Sandifer on The Great Waldo Search (NES)

After dealing with Kano's thugs, Jax follows Kano to Outworld, beats him up and uses the eye to create a portal back to Earthrealm. That's honestly pretty much all there is to the plot, except for the fact that Jax has been made into some kind of Blaxploitation hero, spouting out cringeworthy bad lines like "You want some fries with that whoopass?" ... When your experience reaches a certain threshold, Jax learns a new combo, which tend to have names like 'Git Some Sucka' or 'Takin Out The Trash.'

There are only two emotions Zell seems to be capable of: OHHHHH YEEEEEAAAHHH and AWWWWWW MAAANNNNNN.

Johnny Storm: Like wow, brother-in-law! That's the gearest!
Adam: Ok, maybe "reet" is a word, and there is actually some historical basis to "Sportin' Life." Anyone want to try and explain, "That's the gearest"?

Mom: what viol8s code?
Reg: The fact that you just spelled “violates” as “viol8s” causes me physical pain.
Mom: i txt liek the cool kids

    Web Video 

This sort of thing is what happens when a bunch of white shut-ins try to be hip. [Beat] And do so with fish.

"Sick beat"? "Hella good hair"?? Who—who talks like that?! Who wrote this, my mom? Taylorrrrrrr, you're embarrassing me in front of my friends!...Has Taylor Swift been a 40-year-old pretending to be a teenager the whole time? Is she an undercover reporter preparing an exposé on youth culture?
Todd in the Shadows on "Shake It Off"

Dude, your slang is so totally bogus and outdated.
Noah "Spoony" Antwiler on Party Mania

It's like one half of the game was written by fairly smart game writers who knew what they were doing, and the other half was written by out-of-touch 40-year-olds trying to appeal to the 19-years-olds on 4Chan.
George Weidman on Watch_Dogs

    Real Life 

Never use old slang. Slang, to be enjoyable, must be fresh.
Ernest Hemingway, Kansas City (Mo.) Star Manual of Style

He'd give you the peace sign and the Black Power sign in one. And you'd go, 'Excuse me, Sammy, but those are like very different cultures and symbols.' But not in his mind. Because everybody was doing them, he figured, 'Okay, if I can combine the two, then I can satisfy everybody.'
—Writer Carl Gottlieb on Sammy Davis Jr

Despite the many hours of literary labor, Nixon's style was seldom felicitous... 'to see it like it is, and to tell it like it is,' argot just slightly wrong for now but to Nixon 'tell it like it is' must sound positively raunchy, the sort of thing that had he been classy Jack Kennedy he might have heard at Vegas, sitting around with the Clan and their back-scratchers.
Gore Vidal, "The Twenty-Ninth Republican Convention"