Totally Radical: Anime and Manga

  • The Tokyopop translation of the Tokyo Mew Mew manga, which gave characters terrible catchphrases that clashed with their personalities (such as Ojou Minto's "Bust a move, girl") or just sounded awful (Ichigo's "Shocker!").
  • Likewise, to appeal to less traditional manga readers, the Viz Media translation of Hot Gimmick gives everyone vaguely Valley Girl speech patterns. While this sounds reasonable coming from the mouth of the teenage protagonist, coming from traditionalist middle-aged Japanese housewives? Not so much.
  • Speaking of Tokyopop, the OEL manga Bombos vs. Everything uses this trope liberally.
  • DiC and Cloverway who licensed the Sailor Moon dub at separate times were Mis-blamed for what was actually the actions of the sub-contracted dubbing company Optimum, who was responsible for most of the slang, as part of their marketing was based on the fact that they would add "correct" slang and cultural references. (DiC could arguably have sued them for false advertising.) It's also why the practice continued with Cloverway. Take for example this line from DiC's Sailor Moon dub:
    "Serena:" This contest is going to be major boss, Luna!
    Victim of the Week: "Hey, Serena! What's up dog?"
    • This leads to wrong, wrong characterization. Michiru, Haruka, and Setsuna are characters who would never use slang in the Japanese version, but here they are saying "Hey girlfriend!" and "You look like the bomb in those kimonos!"
    • Several other examples, like "Wicked cool," "the bomb", etc. "Hunkasaur" was used to describe a cute guy several times.
      "But Rini, I thought you said he was fly!"
    • Lampooned in Sailor Moon Abridged where Sailor Venus' debut is filled with hackneyed Valley Girl speech. "Okie dokie pokie!"
    • The Abridged Series also lampshades this by having the characters say the lines exactly as they are in the dub.
      "Serena:" Oh Luna, don't be such a stoigemeister!
  • Let's not forget the infamous "KRILLIN'S IN DA HOUSE!" monstrosity from Dragon Ball Z.
    • Also from the Garlic Jr. arc: "Totally crampin' my style!" or "What a bummer!"
    • Z has other examples as well, even in the superior re-dubbing of the first 60-some episodes - though they usually aren't quite as bad as the above. Krillin is the usual culprit, having actually said "totally radical" at least once, and describing Goku as "one bad dude".
    • Yes. That's right, boys. Mondo cool.
    • Yamcha: Vegeta was crying? THAT'S WACK!
    • Goku would use the word bummer a lot.
    • The narrator says the trope name word-for-word in the first episode of the Funimation Dragon Ball dub.
  • Demashita! Powerpuff Girls Z. Not too much in the way of speaking, but most of their motions seem ripped from '90s "thug4lyfe" gangsta rap videos.
  • Excel Saga had an episode where Excel and Hyatt had to be the teacher of a bunch of Delinquents who spoke in incredibly anachronistic slang. However, this was both in the original and intentional, as Hyatt actually questioned why they were talking like that.
  • Pokémon:
    • Parodied in the dub of an early episode, when Jessie and James disguise themselves as teenage girls who talk exclusively in over-the-top Totally Radical speak.
    • The original Japanese version is making fun of the ganguro fashion fad, wherein Japanese girls bleach their hair, tan their skin, and wear lots and lots of Day Glo eyeliner and lip gloss - all of which makes them look like a cross between the stereotypical California Surfer/Valley Girl and some sort of monstrous crone. Not surprisingly, this is also parodied with Jynx, which is also modeled off of the Yama Uba (Mountain Hag).
      • It even gets Lampshaded
        Ash: Do you know anyone who even says "radical" anymore?
        Misty: Mm-mm.
      • And even that lampshading was a pretty straight translation of the lampshading the original did.
      • Which is all very strange, since Jessie and James are supposed to be teenagers (or at most young adults) who would presumably be more aware of hip lingo than a bunch of 10-year-olds.
    • Brock: Blastoise is da bomb!
    • Brawly and a one-shot DP character named Sho, who the dub made into a Jive Turkey turned Up to Eleven.
  • Chrono Crusade (the English dub at least) uses slang from the 1920's such as "Jake" instead of "cool" or "fine". Justified, though, because the setting is New York City in 1928.
  • There is Nunally's in one of the dubbed Picture Dramas: when trying to talk like a boy (it was the Crossdressing Festival), she comes up with "Radical, dudes!". Between her attempt at a masculine voice and the picture accompanying it, it came off as adorable rather than annoying.
  • This gem from the dub version of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX:
    Elemental Hero Neos: If you go into this duel doubting yourself, Yubel will own you!
    • "Get your game on!"
  • Intentionally invoked with Bakura in a few episodes of Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series.
    • Taken to the logical extreme in the BBT Abridged Movie, Jaden uses slang so often that Yusei has to translate for Yugi to be able to understand. Also; he raps.
  • Yuma, main character of Yu Gi Oh ZEXAL has his own arsenal of awfully (or perhaps awesomely) corny phrases. As dubbed in English, they include "Time to high-five the sky", "Get set to get decked", and "I'm feelin' the flow!" His optimistic lingo tends to irritate others at first, then work its way into their hearts.
  • Rad, of Transformers Armada is infamous for his catchphrase "Wicked sweet!", as well as the meme "I want to tell you about the Transformers!"... and, well, just look at his name.
  • The infamous 4kids dub of One Piece changed the original Japanese opening (which they even had translated) into a rap song. A very bad rap song.
  • The Mahou Sensei Negima! manga has this problem in a few volumes, depending on who's doing the translation. The first volume practically borders on a Gag Dub. Volume 5 is a little better, but having characters actually say "OMG" and "WTF" does not work well.
  • In the .hack//SIGN DVD exclusive episode "Unison," there is a lovely conversation between Balmung, who is an office worker in the real world, and Kite.
    Balmung: This shindig looks like the bomb-diggity.
    Kite: What did you say?
    Balmung: What I mean is, it's not bad at all.
    • Interestingly the Japanese script had Balmung speaking normally: Kite's reaction is because Balmung praised Helba and her party, who previously only had his contempt
      • Balmung's English dub VA Crispin Freeman changed the line intentionally. It's a subversion since that was the effect he was going for.
  • In the Wind Waker manga, the Deku Tree's attempt to play up the annual Kokiri ceremony comes off as hilarious.
  • Psychic Academy gives us such gems as, "Good Golly".
  • Lampshaded/discussed in Bleach when Ganju, Ichigo, and Hanataro argue about whether certain slang is still current. This raises interesting questions, since Ganju and Hanataro live in a world resembling Feudal Japan. That said, Ganju is the leader of the local equivalent to a motorcycle gang, so whatever.
  • Common in Viz's translation of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! A collection of these lovely lines is up on one of the KHR forums.:
    • Tsuna: Holy ham with rye on kraut!
  • Plug Man Tanaka from Air Gear mixes this and Cluster F-Bomb.
  • The dub of Inuyasha kept throwing ridiculous slang into Inuyasha's dialogue. He's grown up in feudal Japan, but he keeps saying things like "Hella Nasty."
  • Considering that High School is in the title, the English dub of High School DXD has this with everyone, although a little more modern. compare
    Jap Issei: {after the girls claim that Kiba will be sullied by Issei's presence): Damn, cut the BS, will you.
    Dub Issei: (same scene): Settle down will you? I promise not to steal his pimp juice.
  • In-universe example in China's drama CD in Axis Powers Hetalia, when he's trying to earn Shinatty's and his younger sister Taiwan's respect.
    China: I’m not an old man! I’m young, cool, and hip!
    Taiwan: ‘Cool and hip?’ That just dates you even more...
    America: Dude, I'm like, the first one here~! Now when everyone else shows up I can go, 'Aren't you a little late?' (Beat) They're gonna feel, like, totally ridiculous, yo!
  • Volume 2 of the Lucky Star manga has a one-shot, non-dialogue example, which is especially for the better given how Out of Character it is for the character in question. Of all people, Miyuki is shown holding her glasses in a "cool" position while wearing an outfit that one would not call reserved.
  • Oh, just try reading the English version of the manga called "Rave Master" without either laughing your rear off or facepalming after every panel.