Totally Radical: Comic Books
- In the early Silver Age, Snapper Carr was essentially the Justice League of America's collective sidekick. He spoke in constant slang and was always fixing hot rods, going to baseball games, and so on.
- Acknowledged in the JLA/Avengers Cross Over when Marvel's Rick Jones says that Carr is an okay guy "no matter how he talks". And when Rick Jones thinks your slang is outdated, brother, you got problems.
- It goes meta when Snapper says "daddio" instead of "Daddy-O", meaning the writer got the '50s slang wrong!
- Speaking of Rick Jones, there's a What If? issue where Rick Jones becomes the Hulk instead of Bruce Banner. This youthful Hulk mixes Hulk Speak with the early 60s version of this trope to hilarious effect:
"Don't jive Hulk with fancy lingo, bug-man! Hulk doesn't dig it!"
- Bob Haney's work on the original Teen Titans comics of the mid-to-late 1960s could be the archetype of this trope. The least subtle display taking place within one such issue which featured Robin deducing that a message from an adolescent was a forgery based on its "vernacular". Daddy-O.
- In fact, most slang in comics of that era sounds really stupid; Marvel tended to be ahead of the pack, but not by much.
- A number of other comic book examples are scrutinized here.
- Teen Titans gets mocked in a 1990s story in The Flash 80-Page Giant, which exactly duplicates the ludicrous slang from the original stories. It turns out to be a tale the former Kid Flash is spinning to Impulse. Bart points out that nobody ever really talked like that - and even if they did, it wasn't when the twentysomething Wally was a teenager.
- Although it appears to be taken for granted, Silver Age Spider-Man comics deserve special mention. While the original Ditko comics were pretty good as far as slang went, when Peter entered college and gained a social life, the characters' slang got crazy out of hand. Mary Jane is particularly impossible to understand◊.
- Lampshaded by Aunt May and Aunt Anna also speaking in this manner, on a splash page◊.
- An issue of Deadpool spoofed this when the title character time travels back to the 1960s and encounters the then-current versions of Spider-Man's cast. Their constant overuse of inexplicable 60s slang is a running gag throughout the issue, with Mary Jane being the worst offender. And upon hearing Harry Osborn speak, Deadpool actually asks if he is having a stroke.
- This isn't the only time Deadpool's travelled back in Marvel history and made fun of slang. Brian Posehn's run has featured an 80's issue with alcoholic Tony Stark & a 70's issue (complete with afro-wearing Deadpool) trying to join Heroes For Hire and fighting an albino pimp called "White Man". As one would imagine, there's PLENTY to make fun of.
- An issue of Superboy addresses this when the titular character seeks to reinvent himself after being given the cold shoulder by a girl for his over-use of early-90's cliches and expressions. However, all this accomplishes is trading sunglasses for bug-eyes (which were never seen again), a leather jacket for a PVC one, losing the piercings for a scruffy goatee, ditching his belts all together, and saying "Word. Reprezent." instead of "Don't Mess with the S!"
- In Nextwave, Boom Boom uses phrases like "Oh noes!" and "ZOMG!" in both everyday conversation and periods of extreme stress. However, this is due to her actually being completely brainless, in the most literal sense of the word. Warren Ellis, the comic's writer, practically lives on the Internet and was taking the opportunity to lambast some of its stupider members.
- The acid overdose survivor Arkady in Freakangels apparently starts talking in lolcat when drunk. "I can has vodka" indeed.
- DC Comics's miniseries The Weird from the late eighties had the 'son' of its titular character speak in terribly inaccurate slang — flying with his pseudo-father was apparently "bogus" and The Weird's abilities were "the dudest". Jim Starlin: good writer, terrible slangologist...
- The front cover of DC's Raven miniseries proudly states, "Finally in Her Own Emo Series!". Someone at DC is apparently unaware that emo, when applied to a person, is generally considered an insult.
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- Lampshaded in Buffy Season 8 story arc The Time of Your Life, where Buffy is thrust forward in time and actually meets Fray. Upon hearing Fray speak, Buffy's response is, "Uh....English?" Later, after hearing more of Mel's Future Slang and such, Buffy makes a comment amounting to "I should have been kinder to the English language when I had the chance"
- Archie Comics are notorious for this trope. For example, one late-80s story had a lifeguard tell a surfing Veronica, "I really dig the way you attacked those waves with your rad moves". Around the same time, an in-house ad for an Archie calendar featured a cartoon teenager, sporting a ridiculous multi-coloured mohawk, oversized shades that Elton John would reject, and mismatched-colour clothes, telling the reader, "I ordered mine!" Like gnarly, daddy-o, if a rad hepcat teen like him bought one, I better slap down the bread too, yo yo yo.
- Archie Sonic The Hedgehog, despite advertsing itself as "The world's most way past cool comic!", isn't actually terrible about this when it comes to its title character. Vector, on the other hand, sounds like he's having a stroke in a good half of the panels he's in. This was eventually toned downed, then hand waved as his initial attempt to hide his Downunda accent.
- During the 80s crossover series Secret Wars, most of the cast is notoriously guilty of this. In particular, She-Hulk, when punching the Enchantress, declares 'Oh wow! That was, like tubular, you know — TO THE MAX!'
- This example is even more absurd when considering the fact that She-Hulk is a high-end attorney.
- 2000 AD's D.R. & Quinch written by Alan Moore has the title characters describe literally everything as "totally amazing," "unbelievably awesome," or, like, "incredibly stupid."
- Subverted by Journey into Mystery (which used to be The Mighty Thor), where Kid-Loki has gotten his hands on a Stark-Pad and is casually surfing the internet. One hopes he won't go Totally Radical on us, and then not only does he use the same formal grammar as any Asgardian while typing, but he explains what he has discovered on the internet in equally archaic terms, making for great one-liners:
Loki: The humans of the Internet are uncouth!
Loki: I've primarily discovered that mortals like to rut and chronicle the experience pictorially.
- Seriously, has anyone else reported the amount of porn on the internet in such a funny way?
- He also gets called a troll, and is annoyed when the people he's chatting with don't accept his correction of "half-giant."
- Later in Young Avengers he displays some shades of the trope because he tries to fit in with a bunch of midgardian children and also body snatching, so technically he isn't Kid or even a kid anymore. He loses it when he gets an age up, though... and replaces it with occasional Buffy Speak.
- X-Men: In the 1980's and 1990's, Jubilee and Kitty Pryde were guilty of this just about anytime they spoke.