Totally Radical / Video Games

  • Awesomenauts. The game is one huge parody of 80's cartoons. Especially the theme song.
    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome! Ah! Awesome! Awesome! Ah!
    • The worst offender is Coco Nebulon, who is literally a Surfer Chick who uses talks in stereotypical '80s slang, peppering her sentences with words such as "gnarly" and "tubular".
  • Chuck Rock: "Chuck is a guitarist and singer (or shouter) in a rock band along with some other cavemen [sic], his foxy blonde wife Ophelia Rock, and a long-haired dinosaur bass player; and whilst on stage he wears a long wig to hide his balding head." (TOW)
  • Summon Night: Swordcraft Story 2 features a robot who initially talks in Spock Speak... but the main character can't understand him and asks him to speak more understandably, so he starts talking in obnoxious Totally Radical speech. He later goes back to Spock Speak, to the relief of the other characters, and likely the relief of the player as well.
  • Nintendo Wars
    • Jake from Advance Wars: Dual Strike. "Black Hole is all up in our business." Cue cringing. Or laughing, depending on the player's temperament. It gets worse from there: his victory line is "Get the plates, 'cuz you just got served!"
    • Waylon's very first line in Days of Ruin is a deliberate self parody/Lampshade Hanging of the NoA localization team's work with the aforementioned Jake. "Would someone tell me why these Lazurians are up in my business?". He then spends the rest of the game speaking in some kind of weird 50s hipster slang. Granted, Waylon is supposed to be an annoying jerk.
  • Totally Rad is a game absolutely loaded with this, to the point that it borders on (and actually is) self-parody. It was actually a translation of a painfully straight platform game called Magic John and was purposefully done over the top, but may have been too subtle. Also a case of All There in the Manual, where you KNOW they're not taking themselves seriously. Those who didn't get the manual missed out on a lot of jokes, including where they basically give away the whole convoluted plot and interrupt it with a random picture break of an airplane, as well as one of the US president of Jaleco or a picture of some...random chick. Imagine a video game manual written by Bill & Ted… or a stoner. But hilarious.
  • Oracle of Tao has a call shop item that summons really strange people (one of which talks about "fashions straight off the runway" when nobody even knows what that is) to buy and sell goods. One such guy sounds like a 1980s reject or Surfer Dude (to which Ambrosia tells him, "stop calling me man").
    " Whoa, man! You're selling stuff? That's totally awesome, man!"
  • Pokémon example: The mascot for the 2011 World Championships is a "skater-punk"-styled Pikachu.
    • The logo has a lot of Totally Radical in it. It sort of makes sense since Unova is based off New York and New Jersey, and that's stereotypical 90s Big Applesauce.
  • Pokémon Diamond and Pearl have people saying things such as "If you don't have Gym Badges, people think you're a total n00b, right?" and "I just got owned!" Translator Douglas Dinsdale of Something Awful put in a lot of Internet memes (like an artist on Route 208 saying he will name a painting "My Pokémon Is Fight") as injokes. Thankfully, much of the dialogue was rewritten in Platinum.
  • "Jock" type characters in Animal Crossing: Wild World also refer to you as a "total noob" if you annoy them.
  • Likewise, Metal Gear Acid 2 had a nerdy Playful Hacker who used Internet slang in dialogue; unfortunately, Internet slang evolves so fast his use of it seems dated just a year later.
  • One word: DOOD! 3 more words: THAT'S SWEET, DOOD!
    • "Dood" was an addition by the original translators from Atlus, but kept by Nippon Ichi when they opened their US branch. In the original, the Prinnies constantly end their sentences with ?? (ssu), a colloquial contraction of the polite copula ?? (desu).
      • Becomes a plot point in the first game — one of the Prinnies is special, and the cast calls her on it because she doesn't use "dood". So she tries, and sounds extremely awkward. The fact that she's pink (whereas every other Prinny is very, very blue) isn't brought up.
      • Moreover, "dood" is Dutch for "dead."
  • Pocket Kingdom: Own the World, one of the very few good-by-consensus games for the N-Gage platform, is intentionally filled with this, as it attempts to mirror an actual PC MMORPG. Players buy and upgrade their weapons with "loot", and losing characters are "owned", rather than simply being defeated.
  • Seifer's painful rejoinder in Kingdom Hearts II (made even more Narmtastic in the fact that it's delivered in a complete deadpan). Xigbar of Organization XIII talks like a Surfer Dude, though in his case it's more his personal quirk than anything.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Justice For All: "That monkey doesn't fake the funk on a nasty dunk." To say nothing of Sal Manella, the fat, geeky TV director in the first game who largely communicates in 1337-speak when agitated, prompting your sidekick to ask "What are 'suck sores'?"
  • Zelos from Tales of Symphonia is a milder version of this; he doesn't speak in it constantly, but when he does, it's painful.
    Zelos: That was totally gnarly!
    Emil: People still use "gnarly"?
  • At one point in Tales of Legendia, an Oresoren acts as the translator for a huge, toothy monster whom his people reverently refer to as a "Mighty One". He speaks its words like a Surfer Dude, hilariously deepening his voice more then a few octaves as he does so. Some members of the party naturally question whether it's actually talking that way, to which he insists that it is.
  • Parodied in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, where the plumbers encounter a Hammer Bros. duo mind-controlled by the bad guys via special helmets that talk 1337-speak. After they're freed from the helmets, they wonder who'd talk like that.
  • Parodied, again, in Super Paper Mario in the third chapter — which is usually referred to as the nerd chapter. The (accidental) villain of the chapter is Francis, a "high-technicaaaal" nerd who abducts Tippi thinking it's a rare insect, with no worse intent than to take photos of her to show off his new camera.
  • Super Mario World uses this for the Special World level names, which even for the time were likely painfully outdated to the point of sounding ridiculous. Groovy, Awesome and Funky are somewhat okay level names, but Way Cool and Outrageous sound like Narm, and Gnarly and Mondo are about as outdated sounding as possibly imaginable. As for Tubular, apart from being That One Level, the name isn't exactly slang most people on the planet would have even heard of, and trying to use that in normal conversation would merely gain a lot of odd looks from others. The level does have a lot of "tubes", though.
  • Pops up a lot in The World Ends with You. At one point, you have to help a pin salesman pass around Red Skull Pins by implanting catchphrases into his head, which consist of such hilariously/painfully corny '80s buzz words as "Totally gnarly!" and "Come get some hot stuff!" The other characters wonder exactly what he's thinking.
    • The latter catchphrase results in a hilarious Ho Yay moment.
    • On the other end of the spectrum, we have Sho Minamimoto, who mixes mathematical phrases in with his dialog.
    Sho:You fractals have no future! QED. Class is dismissed!
    • However, for the most part, the game uses modern slang, and properly, at that. The sheer volume of slang makes some conversations odd to listen to, though.
  • In City of Heroes, an officer representing Nemesis (a villain who's been around since the 1800s) tells a member of the cybernetic punk Freakshow: "I assure you, my good man, Nemesis is most definitely 'down with the street'. Word up, my homie, as it were."
  • Lampshade Hanging in Mega Man Star Force: When Geo travels to the AMAKEN compound, he meets a girl named "Chatty Ditz" who's, like, totally having trouble, like, sending an e-mail to her friend, y'know? When Omega-Xis asks why she talks like that, Geo remarks that "it's some sort of dialect people used 200 years ago", to which Mega responds: "I'm not sure whether this means human language has reached its high point or its low point".
    • You encounter another largely incoherent speaker of fluent This-Trope in the Echo Ridge vending machine, who throws around a lot of words related to coolness that were obsolete in 2000, let alone 220X.
    • Also, parodied in Mega Man Star Force 3. One of the noise areas is inhabited by a corrupted wave being, which has a vocabulary that mostly revolves around one word, much to the confusion (and amusement) of the player.
    Wave being: "'SUP?"
    Geo: "Uh... 'sup?"
    Wave being: "'SUP... YEAH! 'SUP!"
  • White Men Can't Jump, a video game for the Atari Jaguar based on the movie of the same name, is notorious for playing this trope terribly straight. Bangin' up high the handle homey beef!
  • In Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3, the Japanese Commander Kenji will taunt you during skirmish matches with phrases like "Hey look! A noob in training." or "What? This wet nose scrub beat me?". Considering that this takes place (presumably) decades earlier in its timeline, this is probably still cutting-edge slang in-universe. How a character from an isolationist empire which has only just revealed itself to the world learned to speak in blatantly American slang is not explained, though.
  • In Tony Hawk's UnderGround 2, slimy movie writer/director/producer Nigel Beaverhausen talks in labored, outdated slang to the skating teams. Mainly to get the point across that he's a total square whose attempts to relate to them are just condescending.
    • In the previous game there was a Russian man who constantly spouted slang and apparently learned English from "American hip-hop videos, my man!"
    • Downhill Jam parodied this with Gunnar, one of the fictional playable skaters in the game. He absolutely mutilates hip-hop slang in a way that would have been cringe-worthy...if he wasn't an Arnold Schwarzenegger Expy.
  • In the English localization of Xenogears, Hammer the Supplier says, "Master, sir, did you just see my MAD SKILLZ!?"
  • Need for Speed: Underground 2's use of street slang was criticized when it came out; more than a decade later, and some of the dialogue is just downright painful to read or listen to. The most prominent example is that the in-game currency is called "Bank".
    • The 2015 Need for Speed game is absolutely dripping with this in the cutscenes where it is far too evident they were trying too hard to emulate street racing culture. However, shut your brain off and it might go all the way around and turn into Narm Charm.
  • Griffith "Griff" Simmons' speech in SSX 3 was... painful. And, indeed, he does say "TOTALLY RAD!" as he's hitting a particularly awesome trick.
    • Not to mention Mac Frasier's terrible street lingo, which aged pretty pathetically. Yeah, Mac, we can say "bling bling." But nobody has wanted to since 2004.
  • Bad Dudes: "Are you a bad enough dude to rescue the president?"
  • Many FMV games from the 90's suffered from this, particularly ones made by Digital Pictures. Make My Video, Slam City, Double Switch and Corpse Killer are particularly infamous cases.
  • Mr. Ekoda in Persona 3 attempts this in his first lesson to attempt to get students interested in his subject.
  • One of the villains in Sly 2: Band of Thieves is Dmitri, a French Jive Turkey lounge lizard who learned all of his English from American music videos, and communicates in a mish-mash of outdated slang. Eventually lampshaded after Dmitri delivers a convoluted threat right before the boss fight with him, and Sly retorts with "I have no idea what you're saying. And your suit sucks!"
  • The infamous intro rap from Donkey Kong 64 is chock full of this, but that's what makes it pure, cheesy Narm Charm for many players.
  • EarthBound, being the game it is, is full of this.
  • The Sims 2 expansion pack Teen Style Stuff evoked this trope in their Recurring Gag: Like, totally reticulating splines, dude.
  • Kaluha, a member of the Quirky Miniboss Squad in Solatorobo, is a parody.
  • Kurow in Ōkamiden. Justified because a) he thinks he's the coolest thing ever and b), he's from the moon.
  • Suikoden V features Lu, a hyper teenage girl who uses 1337-speak and emoticons in her dialogue.
  • Sprung features constant overuse of baffling slang. It's hard to tell if it's earnest or ironic. Possibly both.
  • Take a shot every time you see or hear the word "extreme" in NBA Jam Extreme. By the time you're halfway into playing the Vancouver Grizzlies, the first team you face in Arcade mode, you will be too drunk to continue. At the very least, they spell it properly.
  • Data East USA localized Kaiketsu Yanchamaru for the arcade/NES as Kid Niki Radical Ninja, though the "rad" makeover affected little more than the game's title and the protagonist's hairdo.
  • Ratchet had more than a few moments like this in the very first Ratchet & Clank. They changed his voice actor and characterisation from the second game on however, and most people agree that he's much more likeable now. Skid Mcmarx still plays this straight in all his appearances though, even after he gets turned into a robot.
  • Super Macho Man from Punch-Out!!. Almost everything he says falls under this trope.
  • In one death of Space Ace, Dexter says, "TOTALLY COSMIC!" Only then does the Star Pac go boom!
    • As ace, he sometimes says "Oh, far out!", usually in other death sequences, but he also says it in at least on regular gameplay sequence.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog is known to talk like this. For example, when he defeats a boss in Sonic Adventure:
    "Hey! I'll play with you some other time!"
  • Dm C Devil May Cry, with its gratuitous swearing, and pseudo-"edgy" protagonist, fits perfectly.
  • The titular character Neptune in Neptunia speaks with this trope. It wasn't until Hyperdimension Neptunia V that she gets into another world where everyone speaks in Totally Radical.
  • Radical Rex: On the Super Nintendo: "Rad-rad-rad Radical Rex! / Radical! Excellent! Awesome! Legendary! / He's so rad he's so rad he's my real cool Radical Rex! (Radical Rex!) / He's so rad he's so rad he's my real cool Radical Rex! (Radical Rex!) / He's so rad he's so rad he's my real cool Radical Rex! / He's my real cool Radical Rex! / He's my real cool Radical Rex! (Radical Rex!)" The Sega CD intro is debatably better.
  • ToeJam & Earl. It would be hard to find someone in Real Life who uses the games' peculiar blend of slang without irony.
  • Borderlands 2 DLC Mr. Torgue's Campaign of Carnage has Flyboy, a 16-year old pilot who's constantly taunting his foes with some kind of weird slang that mixes Leet Lingo with Final Fantasy references with such terms as "Tough Tidus" or calling his opponents "Hojos".
  • Iggy's Reckin' Balls is written almost entirely in outdated slang. However, the tongue-in-cheek and not at all serious nature of the game suggests that this trope was intentional on the part of the writers.
  • Jimmy Lightning from Peggle considers himself a "rad scientist", and talks entirely in this style. When the player makes a particularly good shot, he will make comments such as "Mad skillz!" and "Tubular!"
  • Retro City Rampage parodies this trope heavily.
  • Cosmic Soldier: Psychic War, an obscure PC-88 RPG, featured such gems as "Bodacious!", "Bogus!", and "Heinous!" in its Woolseyism localization.
  • Done intentionally with Suzuha Amane in Steins;Gate, who mixes this trope with just some bizarre word choices in general. She's a time traveller, and as such is doing a rather poor job of using local vernacular.
  • Life Is Strange is an interesting example in that the slang is not particularly out of date, just overused or used in odd places ("You got hella cash", "You hella saved my life", "Are you cereal?", etc). A few reviewers and fans have noted that the slang itself appears to be used correctly - instead, the audience hearing it is out of touch, and thus assumes that it is being used incorrectly. However, by the time Episode 4 arrived, the writers had listened to audience criticisms and dialed back on the slang. But "hella" stuck around as sort of a Verbal Tic for Chloe.
  • In Life Of Pixel, one of Pixel's powerups is a skateboard
  • Phone Dude from Five Nights at Freddy's 3 has stereotypical Surfer Dude accent, puts word "Like" to almost every sentence and affectionally calls Player Character "man". Some fans joked that he didn't said actual reason why your character is hallucinating
  • Ghostbusters: The Video Game has Winston use 80s and 90s slang.
    Winston: Take it to the bridge!
    Ray (over radio): Did Winston just say "take it to the bridge"? What are you guys doing out there?
  • Splatoon is very, very unabashedly retro-'90s in everything it does. Even the tutorial sequence is thickly saturated in ghetto-fabulous slang. Funky fresh! Characters even unironically use 'radical' in a 2015 game, for example when Callie says "I just saw the raddest car drive by!" in the European translation (in North America she says "I just saw a SUPER fresh car drive by!").
  • Chip's Challenge has some painful attempts at nerd slang peppered into the between-level messages, including the use of "computer breath" as an insult.